In its simplest terms, affiliate marketing is where a website allows a bigger – usually retail – web-site to place an advertisement on their landing page. The ad is a “click-thru’ link – if a visitor to the hosting site clicks on it, they will be taken to the retail site and offered the chance to receive the promised offer or make the offered purchase. Each time a visitor makes that all-important click, the owner of the original hosting web-site receives a commission.
What’s the catch? None, really. Cash back apps act as affiliates for many online merchants, which means that whenever you make a purchase through one of the apps, they get a small commission — but then, they give you a portion of that commission as “cash back”. For example, if I buy a pair of Nike shoes through the Ebates app (or website) and spend $75, Ebates may get a $10 commission but then they’ll pass $7 back to me. It’s basically a way to get sale prices on stuff that isn’t on sale!
I loved seeing the example of the Kids Tablet with Wifi utilizing affiliate marketing. It gave me some great ideas on integrating amazon for my own children’s blog. I would be interested in knowing how much they are earning monthly from their affiliation. Being a mother of a two year old myself, I could see myself writing reviews on Amazon products my daughter enjoys.