The Big Difference Between ‘Affie’ and ‘Affiliate’

I have been involved in the online world for years now. I got my start on Neopets, and then eventually moved to a hosted sub domain on someone elses site. From there, I bought my own domain and hosting. This scenario may be all too familiar to other teens out there. People not directly involved with our types of graphic sites don’t understand. But I remember the days of Divergente, and when Outspoken Kate was really up and happening. Swimchick was the place to be, us part of the ‘in’ crowd were friends with each other, providing support as we learned the ways of the web. We blogged about our lives and shared our own unique experiences.

I remember those days fondly, and even now I contemplate getting back into it. It seems as if that scene has come and left, although I’ll never know for sure. Enough reminiscing, I’m here to talk about ‘affies’. Affies is a term us kids used to refer to our online friends or link exchanges. Its just a cute word that stood for affiliates. At the time, my definition of the word affiliate was just so – a person’s site who I linked to and linked me back. A link exchange.

As I grew up and transitioned into the real online world, older people were using the term affiliates in a much different way. To them, ‘affiliate‘ was a company who’s prodcuts they marketed on their websites. That’s a whole different ball game! Link exchanges and selling products for profit. Actually, affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online, and teens and adults alike can benefit.

To give you a better explanation, here’s a definition from Wikipedia.

Affiliate marketing is a marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. Examples include rewards sites, where users are rewarded with cash or gifts, for the completion of an offer, and the referral of others to the site. The industry has four core players: the merchant (also known as ‘retailer’ or ‘brand’), the network, the publisher (also known as ‘the affiliate’), and the customer. The market has grown in complexity to warrant a secondary tier of players, including affiliate management agencies, super-affiliates and specialized third party vendors.

I’m going to show all of you how to get into affiliate marketing to make extra money online! Hey, you might even be doing it without knowing 😛

So, if you use the term ‘affie’ or ‘affiliate’ on your site, will you change it after knowing the real definition?

6 years ago

First Steps in Affiliate Marketing: Is Outsourcing the Way to Go?

I have spent the past few weeks fully immersing myself in learning about affiliate marketing, better blogging and the like. Why you may ask? I believe that I have what it takes to make it big out there. (As an entrepreneur in the online world that is).  I want to make money online, and I want lots of it. I am tired of seeing my family struggle month to month. I am tired of not being able to have the things I want (and sometimes need). I know that I can do great things — why not use them to make money?

Well folks, here it is. The time has come and this is the first start of my journey to being rich and famous online. Before I was scared. Scared that I would waste my time, money and efforts, but now I truly believe in myself. I will succeed. I just have to put my mind to it.

As the title says, I’m going to start off my journey by outsourcing. Outsourcing may not be for everyone, but for me: I’m still a teen, which means I have school. That equates to me not having tons of time to do keyword research, article writing, etc. I just ordered two gigs on I’ll write about my experiences in a few days! Now, if you are considering outsourcing there are a few things you have to ask yourself. 1) Can you afford it? 2) What kind of tasks are you going to outsource? 3) Why are you outsourcing? (ie. are theses tasks you could just be doing yourself)

My first goal is to make $150 online before my 17th birthday (May 14th). That’s 32 days. It’s going to take sweat, blood and tears, but nothing can stop me from achieving my goals. You with me or what?

How I’m going to make this money? I really don’t have a solid plan yet. But this is what I do have.

Find niche -> Do keyword research -> Find products to market -> Build niche site -> Monetize site -> Buildbacklinks and get traffic to site -> Happy ending?

We’ll have to see how my plan works out. Wish me luck! 😀

6 years ago