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Affiliate Marketing: A Complete Beginners Guide to Become a SuccessAffiliate marketing: every tip and trick you will need to know

Answer me a couple of quick questions if you could before you leave

How much of the same information about Affiliate Marketing have you read this week?

Too much to take in and digest I would imagine…

And how much of it have you understood and wanted to pursue?

My guess would be that you have understood a tiny bit but still really want to go for it

The problem for you is that not everything has been explained in detail

If you want to know the how, where, what, when, and why of the whole process

You would be better to stay right here to learn everything you will need to know to start being an affiliate marketer

Once you have gone through this easy to follow step by step training

You will soon be wondering why you thought it was so difficult to get started in the first place

If anyone ever tells you that your dreams are silly; remember there’s someone walking around out there who invented the pool noodle Click To Tweet

The Beginning

The concept of affiliate marketing was first put into practice by William J Tobin

The founder of PC Flowers and Gifts in 1989

Then later on in 1996 was officially patented by him

And since then it has just snowballed into a huge online business within itself.

What is Affiliate Marketing?Googles definition of affiliate marketing

It’s a type of online marketing where a merchant (business)

Pays a small commission to the publisher (affiliate)

For driving traffic (customers) to their site

I don’t mean literally go round to their house and pick them up like an uber would

Through whatever means they have of advertising

Whether it be a blog, website or sending out an email.

As long as the customer is making a purchase

Or in some cases, just for signing up for an e-mail, newsletter or just a free trial

THE AFFILIATE GETS PAID

Now There Are 4 Core Groups Involved in Affiliate Marketing

  1. Merchants  –  companies who are willing to pay other people to help sell their products.
  2. Networks  –  a middle man so to speak, the ones the merchants go to rather than individuals and these people sort out the payments and give you a list of all the advertiser’s that have signed with them.
  3. Publishers  –  individuals or companies that promote an advertiser’s product or service for a small commission.
  4. Consumers  –  basically people with money to spend and looking for something to buy.An infographic showing the 4 core groups for affiliate marketing

Merchants often prefer Affiliate Marketing

As they only have to pay the publisher if a sale has been made through the traffic they have sent them

But it does often get overlooked and frowned upon by some companies

Because some publishers use spam to try and sell products

And I don’t mean the tinned meat

Spamming is a search engine’s biggest threat

Stopping them getting accurate results for keywords or phrases used to search for something online.

With the birth of search engines in the mid-90s

The internet grew into a huge e-commerce and information magnet

Letting advertisers reach out to people in the millions

Rather than getting consumers through the actual shop door

Here’s a quick video that will explain what affiliate marketing is if you are still not sure

You might think that you need to know all about computer coding

And have to start from scratch but that’s not the case at all

So having a website for affiliate marketing isn’t necessary

WordPress is one of the main platforms that many affiliate marketers use because of how easy it is to use

They have thousands of web templates already created for you to use straight away

The hardest part of affiliate marketing is making the money

But with the right training, determination, and a load of patience at the beginning waiting for your first sale

There is a very intelligent man, Neil Patel, owner and founder of neilpatel.com who I have been following and learning from since I started my own online business

And what he doesn’t know about working online, isn’t worth knowing

He has an amazing Step by Step of Affiliate Marketing which I followed myself when I first started

And got me where I am today which you might want to check out once you have finished here

And I strongly suggest you sign up to his email list for more help with affiliate marketing

Then success is just around the corner for you.

Types of Affiliates

I have been into affiliate marketing for a while now

And it can be very lucrative if you play it right

You just need to find the right affiliate programs that suit you and your blog or website that you want to advertise on

These are some of the ways Affiliate Marketing is used online today

  • Pay per click  –  paid to promote advertisers by clicking on ads.
  • Price comparison  –  websites and directories.White brick wall with the ways you can do affiliate marketing written on it
  • Loyalty websites  – provide a reward or incentives like points, miles or cash back for purchasing online.
  • Coupon or rebate  –  focusing on sales promotion.
  • Weblogs  –  Just blogging about certain products or services.
  • Shopping directories  –  usually they have lists of merchants but with no coupons or information about changes in prices etc.
  • Content or niche  –  often involves product reviews and useful  information
  • Cause-related marketing  –  sites that offer charitable donations.
  • E-mail marketing  –  they send out automatic e-mails or newsletters.
  • Virtual currency  –  offering advertising views for a hand out of virtual cash that can be used online like bitcoins.

Pro’s and Con’s of Affiliate Marketing

Pros

  • YOU DECIDE what hours you work and for how long.
  • MAKE YOUR OWN MARK on the world wide web for everyone to see.
  • A FULL-TIME CAREER can be made out of affiliate marketing with the right training
  • WORK ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO whether it be at home, down the park or even in the local pub.

The words pro & contra written over Red and green boxes with rope handles

Con’s

  • CAN BE STRESSFUL but only if you let it get to you so take your time and get help when you need it.
  • CAN BE ADDICTIVE….. once you start building your website you have all these ideas in your head and you just want to get them written down
  • IT TAKES DEDICATION as it won’t get you rich overnight but with persistence and hard work you can….no wait…YOU WILL achieve great things

Now, What Do You Do?

If you want to start affiliate marketing

Then you can take a look at some affiliate programs that are free to sign up to that I personally use myself

Which I will show you below

Or you could try out the free training provided here to see if it’s something you would like to get into.

How Much Money Can You Earn Doing Affiliate Marketing?5 Stacks of silver coins with 3 red and black question marks in front of them

I would earn more money than I do as an affiliate marketer if I got paid every time somebody asked me

“How much can I earn a week?” or “How long will it be before I could quit my boring 9-5 job?”

“How long is a piece of string?” I say to them…

The more dedication and ability you have to do the job the quicker you will start earning a living from it

But one thing I will say is that it isn’t going to make you rich overnight

Once you know what you’re doing and it won’t be long until you do

Then there are 4 stages of payments you can look forward to

STAGE 1: This is when you are just starting out and trying different things to see what works to get you paid

That isn’t really a paid stage but it’s a learning stage ready for the next stage…

£0 TO £0 PER WEEK

STAGE 2: You will never stop learning, but this stage is when you should start earning

You could start this stage at about 3 months into it or even a year

Depending on the training that you have and how fast a learner you are…

£0 TO £400 PER WEEK

STAGE 3: This is where you can start to tell people that your job is affiliate marketing and maybe try different Ways You Can Earn Money Online

Branching out your business and make it even bigger which is why we all do it in the first place…

£500 TO £5,000 PER WEEK IF DONE CORRECTLY

STAGE 4: Now you are a fully qualified affiliate marketer and will probably be a bit of a dick about it to people you know

Bragging about how much money you are earning for doing hardly any work at all

Just sitting back and watching that money just roll into your bank account…

£1,000 TO £10,000 PER DAY!

And I’m not even exaggerating with the amount of money that you can earn

Just take a look what at a mate of mine Is Earning Per Year As An Affiliate Marketer

That is going to be all profit

If you had a brick and mortar business you would have a load of outgoings to pay for

But with an online business that’s all you would have to pay for is a New Laptop or computer and a subscription to an affiliate training program.

If you don't find a way to earn money while you sleep, you'll end up working until you die! ~ Warren Buffet Click To Tweet

Choosing Your NicheNiche wrote on a folder with a magnifying glass over the letters C & H

Finding what you want to promote and advertise is more important than anything

There’s no point in spending months or even years writing about something that you don’t enjoy

You need to find something you enjoy or an interest of yours…

Your Niche” 

Which basically is a certain product or service that isn’t too broad

For example, football is a niche but its a bit too broad

So you would have to narrow it down to something like football boots or football kits etc…

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Hоw tо Find thе Best Niсhеѕ fоr Affiliаtе Mаrkеting

If I hаd a penny fоr every timе I wаѕ аѕkеd “Whаt аrе the bеѕt niches for аffiliаtе marketing?”

Then I соuld rеtirе аnd live оn a yacht in thе Cаribbеаn!A red X over the top of an image of a yacht on the sea

And, no, I dоn’t аlrеаdу have оnе, but maybe ѕоmеdау!

In fact, whеn I am аѕkеd that quеѕtiоn

Whаt thеу аrе rеаllу аѕking mе iѕ whаt is thе bеѕt ѕеlling рrоduсt

And thаt rеаllу bothers mе! Why?

Because if уоu ѕtаrt with thе product

Yоu аrе rеаllу соming аt it from thе wrоng аnglе altogether.

>>> SEE WHAT WIKI HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE NICHE SUBJECT <<<

Sо, whеn I gеt asked thiѕ quеѕtiоn

I аlwауѕ ѕау that thе рrоduсt comes wау down thе list оf рriоritу questions

Tо find the best niсhеѕ for affiliate mаrkеting the quеѕtiоnѕ I ask them back are…

  • What are уоu intеrеѕtеd in?

Thе rеаѕоn I аѕk thiѕԛquеѕtiоn is that once уоu hаvе сhоѕеn a niche

Yоu will ѕреnd quitе ѕоmе time writing аnd rеѕеаrсhing it

So уоu bеttеr hаvе аn intеrеѕt in it, оr thiѕ will bе rеаllу hard wоrk!

  • Dо уоu have tаlеntѕ or skills thаt аrе rеlеvаnt tо thiѕ niche? 

Hаving a ѕkill that rеlаtеѕ tо thiѕ niсhе will givе you a lеvеl of expertise

And that will give you the authority tо mаkе judgmеntѕ аbоut thе rеlеvаnсе of рrоduсtѕ or оffеrѕ bеing made to thе niсhе.

Thеrе iѕ a view оut thеrе that уоu саn mаrkеt in аnу niсhе

Irrеѕресtivе оf whеthеr you hаvе аnу intеrеѕt оr еxреriеnсе in it аnd I think that is truе

But оnlу tо thоѕе whо hаvе rеаl еxреriеnсе оf a niсhе аnd affiliate marketing.

If you are just starting out I highlу recommend thаt уоu gо with what interests you

And then maybe рrоgrеѕѕ to оthеr niches

Yоu will lеаrn quiсkеr in niсhеѕ уоu know ѕоmеthing about thаn thоѕе you know nоthing about

Market ResearchingA hand writing the words "big data" with coding surrounding it

Yоu muѕt ѕtаrt with the market and ѕtаrt tо dо ѕоmе market rеѕеаrсh intо finding market niches

Did I say “MARKET” too many times then?

Bеfоrе уоu gasp in hоrrоr at thе thоught and рrоѕресt оf “market rеѕеаrсh”, lеt mе рut уоu аt еаѕе!

20 уеаrѕ аgо thiѕ wоuld have bееn diffiсult, but tоdау it iѕ a соmрlеtе dоddlе!

Juѕt gеt in front оf уоur computer аnd away уоu gо!

Lеt’ѕ ѕау уоu аrе intеrеѕtеd in rеѕеаrсhing “Hоw tо Mаkе Pоttеrу”

I hаvе nо idеа whу I chose that niсhе as it is so far frоm аnуthing I knоw аnуthing аbоut!!

This is what I would look at before choosing a niche

  • Arе thеrе any magazines printed оn thiѕ ѕubjесt?
  • Do any fоrumѕ еxiѕt?
  • Cаn уоu idеntifу аnу рrоduсtѕ thаt are аlrеаdу being ѕоld?
  • Does your market buy products оnlinе? – check with Amаzоn or еBау
  • Are thеrе аnу advertisers tаking space on Gооglе раgеѕ fоr thiѕ ѕubjесt?

Yоu will lеаrn a lot from thе аnѕwеrѕ tо thеѕе questions

So bе rеаllу hоnеѕt with уоurѕеlf аbоut thе results

Dоn’t just rеаd thе аnѕwеrѕ that you think will work

Thiѕ is соld data, аnd it hаѕ a real message!

Fоr a niche tо be wоrth tаrgеting, it muѕt tiсk these nеxt 3 criteria:

  • The niche is аlrеаdу in еxiѕtеnсе – A рiоnееring nеw niche might bе еxсiting, but extremely diffiсult (tо bе hоnеѕt, I would ѕау imроѕѕiblе!) tо mаkе mоnеу frоm.
  • The niche has a rесоrd оf buying рrоduсtѕ оnlinе – thеу hаvе disposable inсоmе
  • Yоu know whеrе the customers hang оut or gather – Or, in other wоrdѕ, уоu know hоw уоu саn tаrgеt thеm.

This will get уоu started оn your рrоjесt tо find the best niches and hopefully get the results you want

Thеrе are nо quick wауѕ to gеt thе answers

Sо dо thе homework and you will find thе right information that you need

3 Great Niche’s Yоu Can Prоfit FrоmTake your pick from these 3 profitable niches for the road to success

Thе key to аffiliаtе marketing iѕ finding hоt niсhеѕ thаt dо nоt hаvе muсh competition

It iѕ a соmmоn misconception that thе оnlу way tо mаkе money with аffiliаtе marketing is to рrоmоtе thе “mаkе mоnеу online” рrоduсtѕ

Thiѕ could nоt bе further frоm thе truth!

Gо tо Cliсkbаnk or MaxBounty аnd уоu will find multiple categories thаt have nothing tо do with making mоnеу online.

The bеѕt niсhе fоr аffiliаtе mаrkеting iѕ the оnе with a hungrу сrоwd аnd low соmреtitiоn

Sо, I аm going tо рrоvidе уоu with 3 truly grеаt niche’s fоr аffiliаtе marketing that уоu can uѕе tо mаkе money in no timе

1. Finding Pеорlе

This is a grеаt niсhе, аnd whilе it dоеѕ hаvе ѕоmе соmреtitiоn it iѕ not much соmраrеd to dеmаnd

Wе аll knоw thаt a niche where thе dеmаnd is muсh highеr than thе ѕuррlу then the affiliates can rаkе in the рrоfitѕ!

2. Vidео Gаmе Rental   

Thеѕе аffiliаtе рrоgrаmѕ аrе nоt аffiliаtеd with Clickbank

Hоwеvеr, Blосkbuѕtеr, GаmеStор, аnd many оthеr movies аnd vidео game buѕinеѕѕеѕ hаvе affiliate рrоgrаmѕ

People аrе соnѕtаntlу lооking for nеw аnd improved vidео gаmеѕ

Sо a ѕmаrt affiliate соuld really саѕh in on this niche

3. Refurbishing Batteries

I know you didn’t expect to see this niche here but trust me on this one

Thеrе are рrоduсtѕ оn Cliсkbаnk аnd оthеr affiliate nеtwоrkѕ thаt hеlр реорlе learn hоw tо refurbish bad bаttеriеѕ

Thеrе iѕ big money in thiѕ buѕinеѕѕ, аnd nоt mаnу аffiliаtеs

Which mеаns уоu nееd tо go and саѕh in on thе рrоfitѕ!

You mау have nеvеr thought оf thеѕе thrее niсhеѕ

But thеу саn rеаllу bring in ѕоmе ѕubѕtаntiаl рrоfitѕ

As I said, уоu can use thеѕе оr find уоur own niсhе, it’s totally up to you

One thing iѕ for sure, people lооk fоr everything оn еBау

So if уоu have an account оn еBау уоu could litеrаllу mаkе tоnѕ оf саѕh

How tо Chооѕе The Right Niche

Affiliаtе mаrkеting iѕ аlwауѕ аѕѕосiаtеd with рrоduсtѕ оr lеаdѕ viа ѕurvеуs оr gео-tаrgеtеd viѕitоrѕ

In rеturn for pipelining trаffiс оr bringing ѕаlеѕ tо thе соmраnу

You, as аn аffiliаtе, will еаrn a соmmiѕѕiоn that fаllѕ bеtwееn £1-£200 or even much more dереnding оn thе product уоu are endorsing

Some соmраnies offer рrоduсt samples fоr vаlid customers for free еxсерt fоr shipping аnd handling

Maxbounty has some amazing offers that you can promote and get paid every time somebody takes the free trial by clicking on your affiliate linkRed and black Maxbounty logo

Mоѕt оf thе timе, free trials or leads givе thе lаrgеѕt commission оf аll ranging frоm £2 tо even £100

But before thinking аbоut thе роѕѕiblе cash inсеntivеѕ уоu’ll gеt

Yоu nееd tо рlаn hоw tо set uр уоur marketing tactics and thаt bеginѕ with сhооѕing a niсhе

A niсhе соuld be аffiliаtе marketing tо dog flaps, anti-depression supplements, fixing your саr, debt, аnd mаnу mоrе

There are tоnѕ of niches tо сhооѕе from, thе quеѕtiоn iѕ…

Is it a good one?

You really саn’t tеll if it iѕ thе best niche оr not

Onе affiliate mаrkеtеr may hаvе thе worst niche in the world but still manage to mаkе ѕаlеѕ оut оf it

Whilе the bеѕt niсhе with a poor affiliate can’t mаkе a реnnу оut of it

It all dереndѕ hоw уоu uѕе thаt niсhе to your аdvаntаgе

A соuрlе of guidelines I would likе tо ѕhаrе аrе thе fоllоwing:

Niсhе Finding Tools

Sеvеrаl ѕоftwаrе will mаkе your jоb fаѕtеr in finding a gооd niсhе you соuld dоminаtе

Thеrе аrе several programs available but a couple of gооd оnеѕ I have used аrе Ubersuggest and Jaaxy

The homepage of Neil Patel's Ubersuggest keyword tool

Thеѕе 2 саn save уоu a lоt оf timе narrowing down your list uр tо ѕuреr ѕресifiс niсhе’s

I find that I use Jaaxy more myself

The homepage of Jaaxy keyword tool

It just depends on what you prefer

Take a bit of time exploring them both and find out which one is easier for you to use

3 Points to Think About Before Choosing a Niche

Choose Eаѕу Niсhеѕ

Your ultimаtе gоаl is tо find a niche with a gооd numbеr оf viѕitоrѕ which уоu can dominate

Agаin, thе software саn make this jоb much easier fоr you

Rеmеmbеr tо get lоw competition and high trаffiс niсhеѕ ѕо that уоu can ѕtаrt mаking mоnеу in nо timе

Avоid Too Mаnу Niсhеѕ

Dоn’t fаll intо thе trар of thinking, “mоrе is bеttеr”

Try tо nаrrоw уоur сhоiсеѕ tо just 5 niсhеѕ, or even just the 1 if you are just starting out with affiliate marketing

Sо уоu саn concentrate on building уоur content and wеbѕitе аrоund them

Hаving ѕеvеrаl niсhеѕ аt a timе will give уоu nоthing but confusion аnd lасk of focus

Dоn’t worry аbоut lоѕing рrimе niсhеѕ as thеrе аrе mоrе than еnоugh fоr еvеrуоnе.

Commit to a niche; try to stop being everything to everyone ~ Andrew Davis Click To Tweet

Focus

Lack оf focus саn dо mаnу miѕtаkеѕ on your раrt and eventually your buѕinеѕѕ

Try tо fосuѕ оn one and only one thing аt a timе.

Fосuѕ аll уоur еnеrgу аnd intеlligеnсе on hоw уоu саn grow уоur аffiliаtе empire оn that niсhе.

How tо Chооѕе a Prоfitаblе Niсhе fоr Affiliаtе MarketingA pair of hands holding out a rolled up ball of 100 dollar bills

Onе of thе firѕt аnd mоѕt important decisions you’ll mаkе as аn аffiliаtе marketer iѕ сhооѕing the right niсhе

In thiѕ аrtiсlе, I would likе to diѕсuѕѕ some idеаѕ with you fоr сhооѕing a profitable niсhе with еxсеllеnt lоng-tеrm potential

Thеrе iѕ оnе соmmоn question that mаnу реорlе hаvе whеn thеу firѕt gеt into аffiliаtе mаrkеting 

Or just about any оthеr kind of buѕinеѕѕ, for thаt mаttеr

The question iѕ thе following:

“Shоuld I сhооѕе a niсhе that I’m раѕѕiоnаtе аbоut, or should I just fосuѕ оn what iѕ рrоfitаblе?”

This iѕ аlwауѕ a соntrоvеrѕiаl question, and I think the best аnѕwеr iѕ a combination оf bоth

Yоu dеfinitеlу want tо сhооѕе a niche that hаѕ a lоt оf ѕаlеѕ potential because you аrе treating thiѕ as a buѕinеѕѕ

If уоu choose a niсhе оnlу bесаuѕе оf уоur реrѕоnаl intеrеѕtѕ

You still need to treat it as a business but you can have fun with it at the same time

I have a niche site called shwnisports.com which is all about rugby and football merchandiseshwnisports dot com website home page

Even though it’s competitive I am really passionate about the niche so it just makes it easier to write about

>>> SEE WHERE I CREATED THIS WEBSITE <<<

On thе оthеr hand, if you оnlу wоrrу аbоut thе mоnеу with no interest in the subject

You mау end uр getting vеrу bоrеd with your сhоѕеn niсhе, and you соuld have a lоng аnd difficult road ahead оf уоu

Even if you аrе finаnсiаllу successful

Your buѕinеѕѕ соuld bе mоrе bоring аnd diffiсult thаn nесеѕѕаrу

Aѕѕuming you dоn’t еnd uр quitting altogether

Sо the bеѕt advice is to сhооѕе a profitable niсhе thаt уоu hаvе ѕоmе intеrеѕt in

After all, thе аffiliаtе mаrkеting mеthоdѕ wе are going tо be teaching in thiѕ post hаvе a lоt tо dо with creating уоur own content

This means сrеаting content like аrtiсlеѕ, blog роѕtѕ, and оthеr kindѕ оf information rеlаtеd tо уоur niсhе

If уоu’rе gоing to bе doing the writing yourself

Yоu should have ѕоmе kind оf intеrеѕt in the topic in оrdеr to mаkе thingѕ easier fоr уоu

This is particularly true if уоu аrе gоing tо be fосuѕing оn juѕt оnе or two niсhеѕ inѕtеаd оf ѕрrеаding уоurѕеlf over many different topics

Hоw tо Dеtеrminе if a Niсhе is Prоfitаblе

Here are ѕоmе very ѕimрlе but роwеrful tiрѕ thаt саn help you determine how much demand thеrе iѕ in a раrtiсulаr marketAn opened laptop with a blue zig-zagged arrow coming out from the screen

1. Gо tо Amazon.com and look fоr niсhеѕ thаt hаvе high ѕаlеѕ volume аnd lоtѕ of positive rеviеwѕ.

A рrоduсt with 20 оr mоrе роѕitivе rеviеwѕ (four оr five stars), fоr еxаmрlе

Tells уоu thаt that рrоduсt iѕ quitе рорulаr because mоѕt реорlе whо make a рurсhаѕе will not еvеn bоthеr tо writе a rеviеw

If thеrе are a fеw оf these рrоduсtѕ within a раrtiсulаr niche, thаt iѕ a rеаllу gооd ѕign.

2. Go to CliсkBаnk.соm аnd ѕеаrсh for diffеrеnt tорiсѕ thаt you аrе intеrеѕtеd in

Anу niсhе that hаѕ products with good sales are dеfinitеlу рrоmiѕing.

A gооd number of sales to look for, in my орiniоn, iѕ аbоut 30 a month or highеr

Thiѕ numbеr indiсаtеѕ that there аrе mаnу аffiliаtе mаrkеtеrѕ making mоnеу рrоmоting thiѕ рrоduс

And this, in turn, tеllѕ you that there is рlеntу of ѕаlеѕ activity gоing оn in thе niсhе in gеnеrаl

3. Gо tо Gооglе.соm аnd tуре in a keyword phrase rеlаtеd tо уоur niche

If уоu see lots оf аdvеrtiѕеmеntѕ аt the tор and оn thе ѕidеѕ

This tеllѕ уоu thаt соmраniеѕ have tо bе making ѕоmе рrоfit in оrdеr to pay for thеѕе аdvеrtiѕеmеntѕ

4. Check Out Thе Mаgаzinеѕ at уоur lосаl bооkѕtоrе or оn
Amаzоn.соm

Any niche thаt саn support a magazine subscription with all of thе аѕѕосiаtеd ads hаѕ tо hаvе ѕоmеthing gоing for it!

Obviоuѕlу, thеѕе are not thе only wауѕ tо invеѕtigаtе a niche

But thеу саn сеrtаinlу gо a lоng way tоwаrdѕ finding niсhеѕ that make you mоnеу.

Affiliate Marketing With & Without a WebsiteWomen holding an open laptop with make-up products behind her

When I tell people that I am an affiliate marketer

Apart from asking me how much I earn

I always get asked, “Do You Need a Website For Affiliate Marketing?”

My answer is always “No, but it does help if you have one”

Not many people want to have their own website because they are a bit scared of it and wouldn’t know what to do

Or even where to start, and that is understandable

Now as I said above that you don’t need a website to startAffiliate marketing article from an old newspaper

Because affiliate marketing has been out longer than websites have believe it or not

Years ago you could do this kind of work with advertisements in the papers and a phone number that was linked to your account

Which would track the sales that you made

I want to show you how you can start doing this yourself easily WITHOUT a website

But if you have the time

I also want to show you how you can start doing it WITH a website

So you can see if being an affiliate marketer is for you or not

And which way you would want to go with it.

6 Easy Ways to Start Affiliate Marketing Without a Website

1) Free Advertisement Websites

We have all used these sites looking for a bargain or 2

But have you ever considered putting your own ads or reviews of a certain product in there with your affiliate links?

It really is that simple providing you know how to write an Ad that would make people want to click on it

You can find some really helpful tips on writing the perfect advertisement on WIKIHOW.COM

So I suggest you take a look there before deciding to write up your own advertisement and get it wrong

There are plenty of these types of sites out there but these are just a few…

2) Write an eBookPile of books tied with a leather strap on top of an open laptop

You might not think that this is going to get you anywhere

But if what you write is full of useful information then you could put relevant affiliate links within the eBook and either sell it on Amazon KDP or eBay.com

Or give it away to friends, family

You could even get in touch with webmasters that have sites that promote the same type of product you are

Tell them that they could give it away to their visitors for free providing they leave everything in there as it is

I mean not to remove any of your affiliate links

The more people that see the book, the more chance you will get some affiliate sales, do you get me?

Whatever you do, don’t just plaster the eBook with affiliate links

Otherwise, it will just look spammy and nobody will want to click any of your links

3) Forum Posting

If you are a bit of an internet hog and are constantly on different forums

Chatting about different subjects that you have a passion for

Then you could pop your affiliate links in there

Forum Community

You would have to be an active member and have a bit of authority in the forum for this to work though

If you just go into a forum and nobody knows you

Then you won’t get many clicks on your links and you could get banned from there

Don’t just put your links up and run either

Join a conversation that could potentially lead to you putting your link in the comment

FOR INSTANCE…

Let’s say you are promoting dog food

The best place to go would be a dog training forum or something like that

It’s no good going into a forum that is all about extreme sports

Unless the extreme sport is eating dog food

Start chatting with a few people in there and just drop in the conversation that you know of a dog food that is healthy and nutritious which will keep your dog well-behaved

And a well-behaved dog is half-way there to being fully trained, and that’s where you put your affiliate link in

Do you get me?

Like I said, you need to be part of a conversation for this to work well and you need to be in the right forums

4) TouTubeYoutube logo on the screen of a television

YouTube has been growing in popularity since it was created in 2005, 14th February

And is used by millions of YouTubers to reach out to their audience and earn some serious cash

All you need to have is a webcam or some way of recording yourself, a subject or topic to talk about, a shit load of followers, and a personality…

There’s no point in going on there and just saying “BUY THIS” and think that people will

Build an audience of followers and that’s when the money will start rolling in.

There are so many ideas of how you can create a great video on YouTube itself

So if you are nervous about doing this then just practice on your own first and see what it will look like if you were to upload the video

Once you have a video that you think will work

Then all you have to do is to add your affiliate link to the description below the video

Keeping with the dog food theme

If someone was to search for “Dog Food” on YouTube it takes them straight To This Page

You need to see what is top of that list and try to do a better video and a better Meta Description & Title

Fingers crossed, you will soon be getting all the views and hopefully all the sales

Things You Should Think About Before Creating a YouTube Video For Affiliate Marketing

  • Don’t Use Clickbait Titles:

Clickbait titles are when the title says one thing to draw in viewers and the video is not what the title is saying

For instance, don’t make the title “My Dog is Eating My Cat”

And then the video is really just about a dog eating cat food

There will be thousands of sick people that will probably want to see a dog eating a cat

But not that many will want to see it eating cat food

If you made the title “My Dog is Eating My Cats Food”

Then there is probably still going to be hundreds of people wanting to see the video

As they probably have the same issues with their dog

Do you understand me?… Great stuff!

See How to Write Clickable YouTube Titles Here

  • Be Honest:Honesty wrote out in stones on the sand

You might make the best video that anyone has ever seen

But if you don’t be honest with your viewers then you won’t be seeing many of them coming back to see more videos from you

If there is something you don’t like about the dog food, say it

Just because you are trying to get people to buy the dog food through your link then it doesn’t mean you have to lie about it

You will find that you will get more sales if you just tell the truth about what you really think about it

No product is ever perfect and your followers know that

  • Be Informative:

The reason that your viewers have clicked on the video in the first place

Is to find out everything that they can about the dog food before buying it

So let then know everything there is to know

Your first priority should be informing people and then you should think about your affiliate links

And not the other way around

  • Read The T&Cs:

You can’t just upload a video on YouTube and think that’s OK

YouTube has a strict policy that you need to know about before you do anything on there

You Can Read All The T&Cs Here

YouTube could potentially be a goldmine for affiliate marketing

You just need to know how to do it correctly

5) Getting Social

Social media is perhaps the easiest way of affiliate marketing without a website

If you are not on any sort of social media platform

Then where the hell have you been and what have you been doing?

Different social media icons

You can reach out to millions of people from all over the world and not just your friends, followers, and subscribers

Some platforms don’t like blatant affiliate links

So you need to be careful that you don’t get your account banned

But it can still be done by cloaking the links and making them shorter with a toolbar called tinyurl.com

Similar to the list I gave you on YouTube

You need to build a following

But posting relevant and informative content on your social sites should be your main priority

Show people that you can be a brand that they can trust

You will soon you will get an audience that will be happy to go through your affiliate links to buy the product that you are advertising

Just be careful not to lose your following with a stupid mistake

Like posting spammy content that people can’t trust.

HERE IS A LIST OF THE TOP 5 SOCIAL MEDIA SITES THAT YOU SHOULD BE ON FOR AFFILIATE MARKETING

  1. FACEBOOK
  2. TWITTER
  3. INSTAGRAM
  4. GOOGLE+
  5. PINTEREST

6) Pay Per Click Advertisements

Pay Per Click Advertisements are where you pay the search engines for the top spots that you see when you search for something on Google

Like So…Example of the paid per click adverts on the top of google pages You definitely would have seen these

This isn’t the way you should start off really as you want to start without paying any money

But it is a very good option if you want to drive traffic to your affiliate links

If you have never done anything like this before, and I’m guessing you haven’t

Then I would highly recommend you go through this training that shows you How To Use Bing Ads For PPC

Blue and yellow Bing logo

This will get your affiliate links clicked that takes visitors directly to the merchant’s site rather than yours

So no need for a website

All webmasters try out PPC advertising with their own websites as it could be very profitable

4 Problems With Using PPC

  • The more you pay, the more chance you will get your advert to the top of the list.
  • There are hundreds of people doing the exact same thing as you are so the competition is tough.
  • You need to make sure you write an advertisement that visitors will want to click on and that can be a job in itself.
  • The search engines will decide what merchants they are prepared to put into their ads at the top spots so you have no control over your placement even if you have written the most enticing advert that anybody has ever seen.

I have tried PPC before but that was after I had an established online business

Some people think it’s a great idea to start with… I DO NOT

That decision is totally up to you to make.

10 Easy Steps To Start Affiliate Marketing With a WebsiteAn open laptop next to 2 desktop computer screens

Now, where do I start with this one?

The options are endless for affiliate marketing with a website and even though you don’t need one to do this job

I personally wouldn’t do it any other way

Having a website will give you an authority on the internet if you get it right

Once you have spent time building it up and getting the visitors

Then all you will have to do is to keep it updated and watch the money roll in

Like everyone in this business, I wasn’t always an affiliate

I was struggling with debts in a construction job for 20 years that I hated getting out of bed for

I won’t bore you with all the details but what I will say is that building a website for affiliate marketing has been the best decision that I have ever made for both myself and my family

If you take these easy steps to get a website then you will soon be on your way to a successful online future

1) Find a Host The machines used to host a website

You are going to need somewhere to host your website but at the moment there are way too many places to choose from

If you are new to it all then I would suggest finding a Free Web Hosting Service just until you understand how it all works

You could always move your website to somewhere else once you have understood the basics and want more from your provider

>>> SEE WHERE I HAVE MY WEBSITES HOSTED <<<

2) Learn Web Building

You don’t have to learn it all from scratch so don’t worry about not knowing about coding or anything like that.

Like I said before, WordPress and many others have already built templates that you can useWordPress logo with a metallic outer ring

But you will have to know how to personalize it to your own style

That might take you a couple of hours to understand how it all works

But totally worth the time and effort in the long run

Find somewhere that can teach you everything you need to know about building a website.

>>> SEE WHERE I LEARNED HOW TO BUILD A WEBSITE <<<

3) Affiliate Training

Being an affiliate is not that hard but finding out how to start doing it is the hardest part I think

So you are going to need somewhere that can provide you all the training that you will ever need 

When you know enough to start then you are going to have to sign up for affiliate programs

Where you will be given links and information for products that you want to promote on your site

They will have your own personal affiliate links embedded into them

So that if anybody clicks a link on your site and buys something

You will get a commission from it

How Easy Does That Sound?

4) Knowing Your Audience With a NicheDark shadow outlines of a crowd with a small group of blue figures in the middle

You might think that finding a high priced product will get you the most money

And to a point, you would be correct

But the higher price the product is, the harder it is to sell it to someone, unless they really want it

You want to find an audience that is looking to buy a certain product

And not have to be persuaded to buy it without you sounding desperate to make a sale

You will also need to find something that you either know loads about and are passionate about

Or something that you won’t get bored with learning about

I can’t think of anything worse than spending a couple of years writing about something that you have no interest in whatsoever

The more you enjoy the research and the writing, the better your content will be

5) Content & SEOMultiple online marketing words written to make the shape of a crown

As the saying goes in the online world “CONTENT IS KING”

Everything that you write should be written with honesty and 100% plagiarism free

Which means it should be unique and in your own words

Don’t go copying off other websites with the same niche as you

Or the search engines will kick you where it hurts when it comes to ranking your posts

Google only loves you when everyone else loves you first ~ Wendy Piersall Click To Tweet

Write like you are just talking to one of your mates down the pub

Only like you would in the first hour when you get there or you might start to offend people with your bad language that you write

If you aren’t familiar with what SEO means then it just means Search Engine Optimization

As I mentioned above there is a very intelligent webmaster that runs a website called neilpatel.com and he really knows his stuff

He has a perfect beginners guide to SEO and I really think you should Check it Out to see what it’s all about as it has helped me so much

Or You Could Check His SEO YouTube Video Out Below

6) Online Tools

Building a website with tools isn’t like building a piece of furniture

But it is the same when it comes to having the right tools for the job as it makes things much easier

There is an abundance of helpful and useful tools that you can use online to make your life much easier when building your website

Some free and some you have to pay for

I would use the free tools when you are first starting though

You want to earn money before spending money, don’t you?

Keyword Tools are the most important to use when it comes to building your website

As they will help you find keywords that will help you rank up the search engines

And also tell you how much competition that it has

The lower the competition, the higher you could potentially rank for it

And the higher the rank the more visitors you will get to your website

And that is why we all do this brilliant job!

I use Jaaxy to find the perfect keywords for my posts

Have a Couple of Free Searches on me in The Box Below

7) Driving Traffic

Having no traffic on your website is like having a supermarket in the middle of a desert

It doesn’t matter how full it is of great things

If there is nobody there to see it you might as well just quit

I have written a post about Promoting Your Website which will help you to get more traffic

If you use that with all the other training that you will learn

Over time and site maturity your website will be full of visitors

8) Building a Trusted BrandCreate a brand for yourself

How many famous brands can you think of off the top of your head? Thousands I bet…

They didn’t just come on the scene and become recognizable, did they?

No, they did not

Building a recognizable brand should be your main priority

You want to be noticed and remembered as a trusted brand that people will keep coming back to

And the content that you write is just one of the things that you will be remembered for

The other is a memorable brand image

I’m sure there are loads of brands that you could look at without their names and know exactly what they are, Am I right?

You know I am so you will want to get your online business to a point where YOUR brand is recognizable and known the world over

9) Subscribers

Getting visitors to your site is one thing but getting them to sign up to your email list is another thing

Having an email list is very important as you will always have potential customers that you could get to your website providing they stay on your list

If for some reason your visitor size starts to drop

Then you will always have your list to try and bring more back in

You just need to remember to keep sending those emails out while you have them subscribed

Providing them with informative and useful links to posts that are relevant to your audience

>>> SEE HOW TO BUILD AN EMAIL LIST <<<

10) Expanding Your Online Business Expand your online business

OK, You have got that website where you want it to be, and earning serious money from it, where do you go from there?

One thing you shouldn’t do is just stop

You could either start a fresh website or try other Ways to Earn Money Online

But I would suggest that you just keep doing what you are doing as you can see it is working

How to Join Affiliate Programs

Firstly find an Affiliate program that is within your niche

If it’s a network they will sometimes have hundreds of merchants to sign up to within the one program

But some merchants have their own in-house programs

You will have to sign up to join individually on their own websites if they have an affiliate program in place.

All you have to do is apply to join and fill out your personal details

But don’t panic it’s not that personal

You don’t have to tell them the last time you excavated your bowels

Most of them want to review your website or however you are planning to promote them

So it could take a few days to be approved but some are instant approval.

Once you’re accepted you will have a huge range of banners, links and sometimes even training videos on how you can promote them…..

All merchants are very helpful and have all the answers you will need to start getting the ball rolling and start earningScrabble letters spelling out SEO on a wooden table

If you are new to this affiliate thing or even a seasoned veteran

Everybody needs help and in affiliate marketing…

Everybody gets it…

And if you still are unsure about what it’s all about, just keep reading

It’s really easy to sign up as an affiliate and free

So if any programs ask for a payment to join then its best to stay clear of them

Now down to the part where you can start signing up to affiliate programs…

The Top Rated Affiliate Programs 2018 (in my eyes)Best affiliate programs to join

So you have a blog or a website ready for affiliate marketing

And its time to start monetizing from it

Now you need to join up to a few programs so that you can get paid.

Which is why you started doing this in the first place wasn’t it?

There are many ways to earn money online at home and affiliate marketing is one of the reasons to work from home,

And one of the best ways to get you out of that boring job that you are finding it hard to get up for in the mornings

Now as you already know, the secret to getting traffic to your websites is brilliant content and now you have the traffic

You can find affiliate programs in ANY niche you can think of

And I’m sure you will find exactly what you need just by doing a little research

All you would have to do is go to your search engine and type

YOUR NICHE + AFFILIATE PROGRAM

For instance, if I was looking for a pet affiliate program I would type into the search engine

PETS + AFFILIATE PROGRAMFind affiliate programs on google

 

And you will find a load of them to choose from

Just to past all the ads at the top and look at the others that you can sign up to

And you just sign up to them, easy peasy…

Or you can just take a look at the ones I have found for you below and just sign up to them if they are related to your niche

AMAZON & Ebay are obvious choices but if you want to broaden your options you could check these out.

Affiliate Networks

Before I move onto the others, I just want to tell you a bit about shareasale and why I think they are the best affiliate network to join

Shareasale ReviewShareasale part of awin

Introduction

OWNERSAWIN

SHAREASALE has been active since 2000 and growing year by year

Constantly improving and getting more and more merchants for you to be able to promote more products than ever

In 2017 AWIN took over shareasale so they could provide further international opportunities for both merchants and publishers

REPUTATION

In 2006 they did terminate a lot of affiliate accounts without notifying the

And didn’t even pay the commissions, but since then they strive to make it a place that you won’t want to leave

SUPPORT

The support you get here is second to none with 24/7 contact available to experienced staff who will help you with anything you need and also has a FAQ section

TOOLS

Now, where do I start with what tools they have to make your affiliate life so much easier?

  • Affiliate API
  • Make a video
  • Make a page
  • Pay per call
  • Product showcase
  • RSS notifications

All these tools will make creating a website so much easier to promote anything and convert them into sales

There is also step by step instructions on how to use each and every one of them

MERCHANT’S 

They have 4511 merchants that you can sign up to and advertise their products, 308 of which are paid per lead so if you send someone their way and they fill out a sign-up form you will get paid.

The merchant categories that you can promote include…

  • Accessories
  • Art/music/photography
  • Auction services
  • Automotive
  • Books/media
  • Business
  • Career/jobs/employment
  • Clothing
  • Commerce/classifieds
  • Computers/electronics
  • Domain names
  • Education
  • Family
  • Financial
  • Food and drink
  • Freebies/free stuff/reward system’s
  • Games/toys
  • Gaming and lotto
  • General web services
  • Gifts
  • Gourmet
  • Green
  • Health
  • Home and garden
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Military
  • Moving
  • Online dating
  • Real estate
  • Recreation
  • Search engine submissions
  • Shopping malls
  • Sports/fitness
  • Travel
  • Web hosting
  • Webmaster tools
  • Weddings

So as you can see there are a wide variety of niches to choose from to get your business rolling and start earning

And you don’t even join up to any other affiliate programs

If you need any more information about shareasale please feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will gladly answer you

Now Onto The Rest

E-Commerce

Trading

Health and Fitness

Dating

Bitcoins

Images

Once you have affiliate programs you are going to need pictures to put on your website which can make your website more visually appealing

And thats where this serviuce will come in handy

Keyword Tools

Web Hosting Sites

And The Star of The Show is…

☆☆☆☆WEALTHY AFFILIATE ☆☆☆☆

I will be adding to this list regularly so keep checking in

If there’s any other niche you would like me to add to this list please feel free to let me know and I will happily do this for you

> LEARN AFFILIATE MARKETING HERE <<<

How Long Does it Take to be a Successful Affiliate

You are probably expecting me to expose my secret system that will make you a success overnight

Well, I apologise for what I am about to tell you but with affiliate marketing there is no such thing as overnight success

I’m not going to promise you something that won’t happen

And I’m certainly not going to show you a photo of myself standing next to my Lamborghini throwing wads of cash into the air

Hell No!!!

I’m here to tell you the truth even if you don’t like what you hear

Like any business, whether it be offline or online it’s going to take time to build into a successful one

Don’t listen to all these so-called “Guru’s” that try to sell you a product that will make it all happen with a click of a button

The real answer to to the question “How long does affiliate marketing take”Start affiliate marketing in January and start making money in december

Well, you are looking at making some real money at around 12 months if you stick to it

I know what your thinking, a whole year to earn money?

Yes, but that is just the start of things

Once you have mastered affiliate marketing and making money from it you will have your very own online business and the only way is up from there

So there you have it, no bullshit magic e-book that will make you rich tomorrow

Just the honest truth by someone who has gone through it themselves

Don’t let that time frame put you off though, this time next year you might have your ass sitting on your favourite chair and working from home in comfort

Affiliate Marketing Frequently Asked Questions

Is Affiliate Marketing For You

Affiliate marketing can be the easiest or hardest job to get into if you have never done anything like it before

It just depends on the help and training you get in order to achieve what you set out to do.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is an arrangement between an online retailer and an external website that sends traffic to the retailer to generate sales for a small commission

Affiliate marketing is often confused with referral marketing

As they both use third parties to help retailers with sales

But affiliate marketing relies just on financial motivation to send sales over to the retailer

And referral marketing relies on personal relationships and trust to send sales over to the retailers.

Will Affiliate Marketing Make You Rich?

It certainly can make you rich but it won’t happen just overnight

You need to focus on your goals and what you want to achieve in this industry

But it is indeed possible to become financially secure.

Take a look below at what people in affiliate marketing have achieved through their very own website.

Success Stories of Affiliate Marketing

I myself have always wondered if it actually workedSuccess, motivation, inspiration, leadership, teamwork, innovation, vision

And until I started making a success of things myself I was always sceptical

Until I read this article on success stories from actual real people like me and you that have done well 

Some of them really well with affiliate marketing.

JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THEM HERE

What did you think? Me too, once I read them I was hooked and started the journey for myself

Where Do You Start With Affiliate Marketing?

There are a few options you could use like your own website, social media or e-mail marketing

You can even go “Old School” and use websites such as craigslist or classified ads which you could use your affiliate links to advertise and sell products for your commissions

With social media, ie Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest etc

Make sure you read the small print as they all have certain criteria about how you can post affiliate links

What Is An Affiliate Link?

It’s a special link with your own personal code embedded into it

So if anybody clicks on any of your links it tells the retailers where the sale came from so they know who to pay

Do You Need a Website for Affiliate Marketing?

You don’t need one but I personally get more traffic from my website than I do with social media etc

But it is, of course, possible to work in affiliate marketing without one.

How Can You Begin to Build a Website?Build a website

There is a wide range of web hosting sites out there to help you join the thousands of people already doing this all around the world

But there is one, in particular, that got me where I am today

The training I have is second to none and you could start your training for free right here which I highly recommend that you at least try it….you have nothing to lose as there’s nothing to pay

Before I started I couldn’t even spell website let alone build one!

You can either see exactly who they are right here

Or you can go ahead and just claim your first FREE website and fill in this form and join straight away with a website name of your choice.

It really is free and yours to keep for as long as you want

Conclusion

Looking back over the points I have covered in this post you first need to decide if you really want to pursue this career change

Next, you want to think about whether you want a website for affiliate marketing or not

Moving forward to the niche you want to be working with

Finding a niche isn’t going to be all that hard if you just follow what I have taught you here in this post

Don’t just rush into the first one you think will work

Do your research like I said, you will be writing and researching that topic for quite a while so it has to be just right for you or you might get fed up with it

Joining affiliate programs and networks will be your next step so you can start to profit from your new business

Don’t forget, you can join as many or few as you want to

Then the final stage is making loads of money which should be the main goal and what you want to be working towards

So, what have you decided to do?

Do you think that this online work is for you?

If there is anything else you would like to know or you need help to start

Then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me in the comment section below and I will get right back to you

All the very best in whatever you decide to do and good luck in the future

Maybe we will be working together very soon

Just Remember…

Marketing takes a day to learn and a lifetime to master ~ Phil Kolte Click To Tweet

Shwni

Have any Questions or Comments?

109 comments on “What is Affiliate Marketing

bill

You have a great list of affiliate programs here. I’m already using a few of them. I will be checking out a couple of the others you have here in the near future. I look forward to checking back and finding more great affiliate programs soon. Thanks for the list.

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My pleasure bill, there are so many out there I will have to keep adding to it weekly.
Look forward to having you back

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Nice post! This has a lot of information that helped me with my new starting business! 😀

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Glad I could help javiera, wishing you all the best for your future venture

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Really great list, sometimes it’s hard to find affiliate programs in some niches and this list will help them out. I’m actually kind of interested in the bitcoin affiliate program and will check it out. Which affiliate program do you think is the best for the “internet marketing” niche?

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Hi Ben, there is an internet marketing affiliate program called ebuyer business that you should check out that could be useful for you.
All the best

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Lots of good information here. Thanks for list of affiliate programs. I am going to check a few of them out.

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My pleasure, if you need any help just let me know ok 🙂

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Jean

Very useful info indeed. I’ve only very recently made the decision to get into affiliate marketing so I’m very much still in the learning phase. I have joined amazon but nothing else so thanks for the list. Will check back soon to see what has been added.

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Hi Jean, affiliate marketing is a hard game but don’t get put off and keep working hard.was there any particular niche you were looking for that I could add?

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What a lot of information all in one place. It always amazes me that something so apparently simple can be made complicated and difficult. I enjoyed the natural segue into WA towards the end.

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This is a very useful and empowering site that offers a clean and simple way to explain how affiliate marketing works. I bookmarked this site for future reference!

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Thanks Jeff, the world of affiliate marketing can seem overwhelming at first but like anything once you get the hang of it its fun business to get into

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I am new to affiliate marketing and just love the concept. I was always into mlm business models however you have to worry too much about building a distributor and customer base etc. With affiliate marketing, it is up to my efforts. Thanks for your helpful article.

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I love it, being able to choose when I work and the hours of my choice. Wishing you all the very best in your new venture 🙂

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Alina

Hello! I would highly reccommend http://www.affiliate2day.com
Affiliate Commissions:
• Pay per Lead: up to $8
• Pay per Sale: 25% of sales amount + $25 registration bonus
• Pay per First Order: from $150 to $25

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Wow! That’s really good payouts! Thanks for that 🙂

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Wow! Just as that WOW!!! was in your face ( which I loved) so is this post. Talk about perfect timing. I was just reviewing digital and Clickbank and what should I do and Boom! There you are with this awesome information. Sorry to be so excited but I seriously was just looking like 20 min ago. Thank you SO much Shwni! You are the best

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It’s my pleasure, im glad I could be of assistance. Let me know if you need any further help with anything 🙂

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Bobby

So much to learn about building web sites and now you have given me additional things to study. I had no idea all that existed. Nice sites and very informative. Do you use these sites a lot? Do most people use it? Free is always good.

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Thanks, I have only just started using this site but I’m really enjoying it so far, it’s going to be the next best thing I think. Watch this space

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Kevin Bulmer

4511 different merchants. That seems like a lot, and maybe even a little overwhelming.

I’m not sure I understand exactly how Shareasale works still. Is it pretty much like other affiliate programs, like Commission Junction, etc?

That episode from 2006 sounds a little scary. I’m glad to hear they’ve corrected it!

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It’s only overwhelming if you let it be, if you stick within your niche you won’t have to worry about all the other merchants.
I personally don’t like CJaffiliates and find shareasale much better to work with and have been with them for some time now

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Hello and thanks for sharing this awesome information. Affiliate marketing is really amazing and anyone who is serious, willing to put in the time can really get great success from this line of work. Thanks again for sharing.

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It’s not an easy task that’s for sure but like you said, affiliate marketing is amazing if you just stick go it 🙂

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Excellent post Matthew and I must say that if I wasn’t already here and read this then I would definitely be clicking on the links to see what it was that you were talking about.

Very interesting and informative post with lots of good detail.

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I’ve had a few comments on my website from a couple of people who have already signed up, it seems like everyone is jumping on the free bandwagon.lol
Nice to have you on board 🙂

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Jay Parker

Very informative for someone who is just starting out. That was me a few weeks ago. I had no idea what this was all about, and whether it was possible to see results. I started with the free training, but liked what I saw so much I joined full force a few days later.
This post and the information on it can lead you to an eye opening experience. Give it a try, it’s free, so there really is nothing to lose.

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Exactly! You might aswel try it as its free so if you don’t like it or its not for you then you can just leave

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Ronnie Jordan

Very good information that is very helpful to us who have been thinking about affiliate marketing. You showed us a way we could get started and see if it is something that could work for us. I am all for trying something out first. What you mentioned in your post sounds promising and worth giving a shot.

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You know that old saying “try before you buy” well it applies here aswel so take that step and try it out for Fred 🙂

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Nice article helpful information thanks

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My pleasure thanks 🙂

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You have definitely provided the components need to start off in affiliate marketing. Even though it is a very low cost to start, people should know that the training is intensive and takes commitment.

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Hey this has been so useful, thanks! for the awesome tips!!

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No problem at all, glad you found it useful )

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NathanG

Hey Matthew, thanks for the information. I’ve been online a while and have worked with some of the programs you list here, but some I have never heard of and plan to check them out. I appreciate the StockUnlimited tip and have bookmarked your site for future reference. Lastly, I agree that Wealthy Affiliate is the “star of the show” . Great post!

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Shwni

Wealthy Affiliate is most definitely the star of the show, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here writing this today and making money

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Andrew G

Affiliate marketing is of course great as long as you had experience as a beginner it takes a lot of time to organize many activities that lead to blogging list building advertising building your final out and sorts of other things related of course to SEL and keyword research but when persistent overtime these methods work very well

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Shwni

With the right training it can be made so much easier though and with patience and persistence you will soon be on to a winner

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Crystal

My site is relatively young but I have some visitors. I hope to get some affiliate sales rolling in. I was a bit skeptic of the shareasale affiliate program but I guess it’s worth giving a try. My Website is about home and gardening. I hope I will find some related products to promote.

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Shwni

There are plenty of products on shareasale to promote about gardening, you wont be disappointed, good luck

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David J Moore, MBA

Great Informational website on affiliate programs with top ratings. This is a topic that interests me lately. I’ve been looking for the best affiliate marketing ranking websites for a few months now. What is hard to find is the actual success rate of many affiliates. I think if affiliate marketing websites would be more transparent about those types of statistics, it would help people looking to rank their website in the top of google search engines feel more comfortable about promoting your affiliate marketing website. With that being said I recently came across this website which has good rankings and helps me out with my rankings in google search engines. YPN dot US is a real estate and technology website that has great content and information without having hardly any spam and great relevant links. I would recommend this post for any small business owner looking to rank high in google.

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Shwni

Thanks for the heads up about TPN David, Ill have a look at them to see what they are like, cheers

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Stephen

Hello Shwni,

I must admit that I really like your list of Affiliate Programs.Most of them I have never seen or heard about them before . I know about VigLink, but as for rest, I have no idea about them at all.

My question is, which of the list you provided will you best recommend for me, and which one is most favorite ?

I will be glad to hear your reply.

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Shwni

Hi Stephen, there is a difference between all of these affiliate programs and they all have their good points and bad points but I would have to say that I like Shareasale slightly more than the others

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RichPersonality

There are quite a lot affiliate networks to choose from. I think it’s really important to know your target audience and the products that sell best for that audience. If you choose the wrong products, you might not do as well as you could potentially do. And when it comes to choosing affiliate network, I think it’s okay using 1-2 networks to see fantastic results.

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Shwni

I currently use 4 of these myself and I have to be honest it does get a bit too much on times

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Great post Shwni. Navigating through affiliate programs, I have found some dodgy ones. I have to agree with your recommendation of Wealthy Affiliate. I found I’ve learned the most there.
Thanks for this info

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Oh indeed, there is certainly some dodgy affiliate programs out there but I can assure you that I won’t be showing any of them on my website 🙂

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John Rico

Hello there! I’m actually interested on doing affiliate marketing but I don’t know where and how to start. I read your article and I found it very informative and helpful. It really helped me learn new things that I haven’t heard before. I will surely try this affiliate programs and start earning money through my website. Thank you for sharing this information!

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Shwni

That is awesome to hear that my post has helped you to understand what affiliate marketing is all about and I wish you all the very best in you’re online venture, good luck 🙂

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Jill

Hi Matthew, Thank you for all this information. I also think that Wealthy Affiliate is the Star of the Show and really don’t want to change to anything else. The training is superb and having all the members so interested in growth of their and my business is also helpful. If I get stuck on anything there is always some kind soul out there ready to answer any question I may have.
Best wishes, Jill

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You are not alone in thinking that WA is the best affiliate program with the best payout of them all

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I wish I had seen this site when I had started my research into Affiliate Marketing….would have saved me a ton of time! I really appreciate your addition of your top Affiliate List. Well done!

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My pleasure, keep coming back as I will be adding to the list regularly

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Justin

I have been researching and researching for the past 2 weeks trying to find the best affiliate programs and this article is definitely one of the best I have come across – the types of affiliate you have outlined be it pay per click, price comparison or even virtual currency is very good to know – as I only have worked previously with content niche sites. I have not heard of Max bounty before – can you share more about them please?

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Shwni

Max Bounty is still pretty new to me but from what I can tell so far they have been quite very profitable for my websites. They might not work for everyone so I would take a look to see what they have to offer and see if they could benefit your websites. 

Let me know if you need any help signing up to them.

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Michael

As a health and fitness instructor and writer I cannot agree with Cash in Pills.

The title itself is very wrong in my minds.

Health and fitness should be about educating people on how to live a healthful lifestyle and lose fat if that’s what they want – and pills are not the solution to this in any, way, shape or form.

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That is a fair point actually but not all pills are bad for health and fitness, surely?

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Julien

Hi Shwni!
This post is so useful! I have spent so much time looking for affiliate programs, this article is gold to me! I have putted it in my favorites. Thank you for the research, this will save time to many people!
I appreciate how you explain the different types of affiliate programs, very usefull information!
I have one question though, can I sign up to affiliate programs eventhough my website is pretty new and doesn’t have a lot of content? or would you recommend growing my website first?
Thank you in advance for your help and for sharing!

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Shwni

I would build an audience first and get more trust from the search engines and then look into affiliate programs so hopefully it won’t be long before you make your first sale. 

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RichPersonality

Yeah, Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the star over here! It has everything in one place! Really good affiliate program, awesome hosting service, support, community, tools (keyword research), etc. Can anything even compete? LOL. And on top of all that, it has amazing training! Nothing comes even close… But, I’m not saying that there’s no good products or platforms in the market. Just that WA offers the most!

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Shwni

Wealthy Affiliate certainly offers the most out of all the affiliate programs that I have come across and I don’t think they will ever be beaten if I’m honest. Thanks for dropping by and giving your opinion on WA.

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Anthony Little

Hey Shwini great article, I enjoyed reading your post. It kept me engaged all the way to the bottom. You really went far and beyond with your teaching about affiliate marketing. I do agree with on ways affiliate marketing is generating income today by online marketer and blog owners. You have done a great job in providing some of the top affiliate programs available. If anyone looking to learn should definitely bookmark your article. Thanks again

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Shwni

Affiliate marketing can be very profitable if you join the right programs, take your time to see which one works best for you

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Matt

There is tons of great information here! I never thought I had the smarts to build a website, and I was wondering if trying to be an affiliate marketer could even be possible without a website, and now I know. This is going to help me out lots.

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Of course it is possible, there are many ways that you can be an affiliate marketer without a website and thousands of people are already working like this so you wouldn’t be the first to succeed with it

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Wow, and that is an understatement! There is a ton of useful information here. I had to read it a few times to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I like your stages descriptions. I am only in stage 1 right now, but am doing all I can to get to all the other stages. I am already doing many of the things you talk about. I haven’t thought about a YouTube video yet, but I will now.
Thank you so much for the awesome information!

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Having your own youtube channel can bring in most of your income if you get it right. Just search for the best ways to make a youtube video and keep practicing until you are a pro with a video camera

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Hi there, you gave me some great ideas here.

I thought affiliate marketing is reduced to advertising on a website. That I could use social media or even public add websites I didn’t know.

I’ll also think a subscribers list is what is to come most urgently. Do you have a tip how I could start making people subscribe?

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You need to give your visitors something for free to join your list, Who doesn’t love a freebie, Right? You will have to give something of relevance to your website though like a free ebook or something like that so people will want to sign up just for that. Make sure you keep them with interesting emails regularly as well. Good Luck

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Wow, thanks.
I just read through your post and its been immensely helpful.

Someone once told me about affiliate marketing but I didn’t really show interest in them.

But with what I’ve read here, I am inspired to give it a try.

Thanks for the effort.

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If you don’t give affiliate marketing a try then you will never know how successful you might be. I am so pleased I took that leap and I would always recommend this type of work to anybody that listens to me. If you need any help with anything then just let me know and I will do all I can for you. Good Luck

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I would expect youtube to be an alternative to having a website when it comes to affiliate marketing. I see a lot of product reviews in the form of videos and I usually see a lot of affiliate links in the video description. I am curious as to how you would go about sharing affiliate links on other social sites?

Do they not see it as a sort of spam? I have heard of Facebook stripping affiliate links but I am not sure if this is true. Can you shed some light on this?

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Yes, like I said you can cloak the links for social media by shortening them with tinyurl.com and you should be fine. You might be better creating just 1 web page so that you could have all your affiliate links on there and just direct your followers to that page instead of cloaking your affiliate links straight to the merchant’s page

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Hi Matthew, What a great overview of all the options out there and the pros and cons of having a website or going with the other options.
Such a well thought out post. Will have to read it again as am sure missed a few important facts.

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The options that are shown here are so simple that anybody could start affiliate marketing no matter what experience they have working online. Bookmark this post and keep coming back to it for future reference

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The only thing with me when it comes to Affiliate marketing is that you need to be consistent and patient. Two of my weaker points, especially when you re working a “boring 9 – 5” and don’t feel like doing any work when you get home. I’ve been on and off with it, but I’m doing my best to be consistently on.

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That is one of the main problems with people failing as an affiliate marketer, if they don’t get results quickly they tend to allow down. Consistency is key when it comes to this job so keep at it and you will soon see that you are making progress, all the best

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Wow, this is a very nice and explanied article about affiliate marketing, it’s almost a class about Affiliate Marketing. I have a few months into Affiliate Marketing and even though I trained I learned new things here in your post. Very Nice, Thanks! This is a post to have it in my bookmarks for reference.

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How are you enjoying working as an affiliate marketer? I can remember when I first started, I couldn’t take it all in but you just have to take it step by step and try not to get ahead of yourself. Take your time and it will all work out for you I promise, good luck buddy

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DerrAd

Great post! I’m thrilled by the tons of information you’ve provided in your article. It’s a great relief to have learnt how affiliate marketing started. I’m also going to check on some of the affiliate programs you shared and thanks for your honest view about building business online through affiliate marketing.  

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Shwni

My pleasure, always happy when somebody learns from my experiences, good luck 🙂

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Jimsolo247

Affiliate Marketing is what I can recommend to anyone who seeks to earn big while working from home. At first when I was searching for ways to make money online, people often refer me to go into affiliate marketing, and I didn’t like the whole thing about it, so I kept skipping it when people refer me to it, but a time came I had to take the bull by the horn to try out affiliate marketing, it was then I discover how awesome it is to be an affiliate marketer, it really worth investing on because it pays big when you have grown in it.

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Shwni

Its what I recommend to everyone I know also, even complete newbies to the game. As long as you have the right training and don’t expect it to all happen overnight then you are going to make your online business a success.

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Laura

I’ve been reading a lot the last few weeks about affiliate programs and a lot of the same info comes back, yes. But it is all kinda fuzzy to me, as I count myself as a complete beginner.

I actually needed the infograph AND the video to finally understand the concept of Affiliate marketing.

I’m following your guide at the moment, although it will take me some time to get to the end. I am now at searching for a niche. So I need something specific and not to broad, right? Is there something as going too specific?

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Shwni

Don’t get overwhelmed with it all and take it strep by strep.. It can get too much for some people and they end up quitting which I wouldn’t want you to do.

As for getting a specific niche, sometimes you can go too specific and you lose a lot of traffic too your website so do some thorough research about your niche before you jump into it all, good luck.

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Daniel

Great article Shwni! I think that affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to earn money online especially for beginners. Although I am 10 months in affiliate marketing I still learn new things and there is so many things that I don;t know about it. What I can say is that affiliate marketing definitely work and it is worth investing.

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Shwni

Oh most certainly, affiliate marketing is the way forward for beginners to start working online.

Best of luck to you in your future venture and if I can ever help don’t hesitate to ask me anything you get stuck with 🙂

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kemdi21

Great and amazing post. Tons of content to go through. Nice analysis and description of affiliate marketing as well as  the best ways of approaching it. Also loved how you talk about  getting the right niche, making great content by using the right keywords and finding nice affiliate programs like amazon and Share A sale to promote great products and earn nice commission!!

Thanks for sharing.

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Shwni

Finding the right niche is crucial for your success in affiliate marketing, do your research and don’t just dive into the first niche you can think of. It will make a huge difference if you take your time choosing, trust me 🙂

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Brenda

Great look at Affliate marketing. So much useful information, your readers won’t be disappointed. I like that you’ve mentioned Affliate programs too. Can you share what you know about share a sale?

For someone just beginning you have covered the basic aspects and provided a foundation for building a successful business. 

Thanks for sharing

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Shwni

I have worked with ShareASale for quite a while now and I highly recommend using them for affiliate marketing as they have a huge variety of businesses and merchants that they work with. Whatever the niche you are in I can guarantee you will find products to promote on ShareASale

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Joejr

Awesome post, Mathew!!!  You have it covered, soup to nuts.  I liked the way you smoothly eased from one area to another…and to be honest, I noticed early on the tiny square slide bar on the right, and thought “oh wow, this is going to be a LONG post!!!”, but then I got back to reading and sailed through to the end–even read the comments at the end.

This comment is for your readers: “This guy is spot on about Wealthy Affiliate!!!  They are not only honest, but their training is awesome!!!”.  I promote it myself, and if you haven’t looked into it, I recommend that you click on one of the links in the post above and check it out.

I have heard of Shareasale, but am not familiar with them–do they have minimum sales targets, like Amazon 🙁 ?

Best wishes for your continued success,

Joe (joejr49)

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Shwni

Thanks Joe, if you are going to explain something then it’s better to explain it thorough I say, lol.

Wealthy Affiliate has taught me everything I know so I thought I would share what they have taught me to others looking to get into affiliate marketing.

Shareasale has a minimum of $50 sales before they pay out so it shouldn’t take long for you to make that much, thanks for reading this post and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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Tom

Wow, so much to think about.  What people forget or maybe don’t realize that even with affiliate marketing there are many many ways to do it.  It can be easy to get information overload.  That is where programs like Wealthy Affiliate come in.  These types of programs can provide a step by step roadmap to your success.

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Shwni

Yes, sometimes it can be a lot to take in so it’s best not to rush things and take your time to get it right

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Joseph Ferland

Very, very, very long read.  Seems that this post would do better if it were broken up into several posts.  This is something that you could offer as a mini course to viewers.  Chances are that they would come back to your site instead of trying to explain it all at one sitting.

You cover just about every aspect needed to get into affiliate marketing, and to someone new to this, it would give them the beginning road map to follow.

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Shwni

I think it’s best to get it all in one post so the reader hasn’t got to keep going to different posts but thanks for your input 🙂

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Dale

What a great article.  Your dedication is shown in the depth and thoroughness.  Affiliate marketing is the way to go.  With the right tools and training failure isn’t an option.  I see you are involved with Wealthy Affiliate.  I am serious when I say there is no better platform for learning the ropes of affiliate marketing.  Again, what a great read,  Thank you.

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Shwni

Thanks very much Dale, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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Olonisakin Kehinde

The concept of affiliate marketing is a broad one.  In this week alone I have read quite a number of them though saying apparently the same thing but in different ways.  But in all of these,  the four components are well represented……  merchants, network , publisher and consumer. We it’s an aspect that I will say has evolved and is doing quite well over the years since 1989 that it was founded by Williams J.  Tobin. 

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Shwni

It’s hard to take it all in sometimes so take it slow and learn what you can I say

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Josh

I think your description of affiliate marketing is spot on. The really nice thing about affiliate marketing is that you’re giving a customer a real opinion based off of what you learned about the product or service, and if they decide to buy it doesn’t cost anything extra to them and you get a little of the money for the hard work you put in.

One common misconception is that affiliate marketing is easy, and hey it doesn’t help with people throwing information out there saying that it is. But as you touched on it’s a business that takes a lot of time and effort!

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Shwni

Yes, as I said, it’s not easy to begin with but once you have learned the basics you should be good 🙂

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Kevin

Wow. There’s a lot to take in, here. I’m bookmarking the article, so I can give it a closer read, in the near future, and so that I can regularly refer back to it, when things don’t seem to be working out for me, in the world of affiliate marketing. Thanks for the honest assessment of roughly a year. Knowing about how long I ought to expect to keep my nose to the grindstone, before I could reasonably hope to expect results, is helpful. That way, I know just about how much patience I ought to exert, before I should even begin to think about having buyer’s remorse. Thanks very much for all of the good information. 

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Shwni

There are so many things to think about with affiliate marketing I just thought that I would put it all in one place so that people won’t have to look elsewhere for other information

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