Learn Affiliate Marketing​

Affiliate marketing is one of the fastest growing ways to make money online, but the secret to success is to learn affiliate marketing first.

Let’s start with what affiliate marketing is.

Affiliate marketing is when you (the marketer) recommend products/ services that help out people in your niche and then you get paid a commission if they click on your special affiliate links and then go on to buy a product.

Sounds perfect doesn’t it!

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The Top 5 Reasons why People Become Affiliate Marketers

1) Affiliate Marketing is a GREAT way to make money online.

2) You DO NOT have to purchase hundred’s and thousands of dollars in inventory.

In the “real-world” shopkeepers have to purchase HEAPS and HEAPS of products (inventory) to stock their shelves. This amount of money can add up into the tens of thousands and even hundreds and thousands of dollars worth.

there is a saying in business that “cash is kind” and many businesses have gone bankrupt because they have too much money tied up in inventory and not enough cash to pay their bills.

This NEVER happens in affiliate marketing.

3) You Get To Pick The Products That You Want To Talk About

In affiliate marketing you get to pick and choose what topics and products you think will interest your website visitors the most. You are in control of ALL content that goes on your website.

4) You Get To Choose From The Best In The Industry

As a standard shopkeeper in the real world often you are locked into selling Brand A and you have to exclude Brand B.

An example of this is if you own a local retail store often you can only stock Coca-Cola products and you are not allowed to sell Pepsi products.

But consumers want choice right? I mean it’s not the 1980s anymore.

In affiliate marketing, if your niche was soft drinks, then you would get to chose if you would like to promote Coco-cola AND Pepsi AND all their competitors products.

Sound great right.

5) No Customer Returns

This is a BIG one for many people who are exhausted with the standard shopkeeper sales model. The customer buys the product directly from the manufacturer, so any store returns etc go to the manufacturer.

The main benefit of this is that it then frees you up to focus more on what you want to do – promote quality products and attract website visitors.

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Easy 4 Steps To Being An Affiliate Marketer

1) Create your very own website on topics that you like to write about.

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2) Then write some articles on a topic (niche) that you really like.

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3) Apply to join some affiliate programs in your topic niche.

These companies are easy to find for example, if your topic was coffee then you would simply type into your search engine “coffee + affiliate program”.

As you can see there are over 5 million different sorts of affiliate programs in the coffee niche to choose from.

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4) Pick Some Affiliates Program Companies That You Like

Different companies will suit different people for different reasons.

Some affiliate marketers only pick the really big affiliate marketing companies.

Some affiliate marketers only pick specialists in their niche to work with.

What works for one person may not work for someone else.

Here are some well respected companies to take a look at and see if they suit you.

Click Bank

They have been around for a very long time and they are trusted name in the internet marketing space. They used to specialize in digital products but they have branched out now.

CJ (Commission Junction)

Is a well-established industry player. They have a HUGE selection of merchants to choose from. You will probably find something here to cover every niche.

Share A Sale

Sale A Sale is an affiliate program member site that has nearly 3,000 different merchants offering products to different affiliate marketers to promote. Share A Sale provides the software to manage any sales that the affiliate marketer helps creates.


Rakuten is an affiliate program that is one of the largest in the world. They specialize in attracting many brand name companies. The commissions on Rakuten are often higher than other affiliate marketing programs.

Wealthy Affiliates

Wealthy Affiliates is an industry leading training course and online support forum for affiliate marketers.

If you want to get ahead in affiliate marketing in the fastest time possible, you will need some help to get there. Wealthy affiliate is an excellent place to start out in the affiliate marketing world.

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Amazon Affiliates

Amazon is the largest retailer in the world. They offer an affiliate program. The commission is usually anywhere from 0-10%.

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5) Add Your Unique ID (“cookies”) to your Content

The next step is just to add your unique ID (“cookies”) to your content.

Now when your website visitor comes along and reads your content and then clicks on your links, you will receive a commission for every sale.

If you would like help with how to add unique ID’s or cookies to your website, please click here.

6) Focus on Getting Website Visitors

People who do affiliate marketing full-time spend a lot of their time creating content and then promoting their website to attract new website visitors.

The more website traffic that you can attract then the greater the chance is that one of them will click your links and then go on and purchase something.

There are many different ways to attract website visitors.

Top 4 Ways To Get Website Visitors

1) Using SEO Techniques

This is also called “organic and FREE” search engine traffic. This is when your website visitor types something into the search engine and then your website comes back as Page #1, Position #1 on Google or Bing (or any other major search engine).

This is the best possible result and one that everyone wants to have happened.

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2) Writing Guest Blog Posts

When you get really good at affiliate marketing, you will be invited to write a guest post on someone’s website. This is a very flattering invitation to receive. If it is a high traffic website, then you could get lots of free website traffic visitors coming over to your website.

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3) Pay Per Click or PPC

This is where you use Google Adwords or Bing Adwords and you pay money to have your website appear in the paid section of the search results. Be careful using this method. If you are not sure how to do this properly it can cost you a lot of money very quickly.

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4) Social Media

Social media would probably be most affiliate marketers second favorite method of getting traffic. It seems that almost everyone has at least one social media account these days.

Setting up your business account and then adding links to your main website and waiting for visitors to click on the links is a great way to get fresh traffic.

Social media is constantly changing. What worked really well on one platform 12 months ago doesn’t work anymore.

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Knowing Where Your Traffic Is Coming From

As a website owner, one of the best things you can do is know where your website visitors (traffic) is coming from.

Luckily we have access to one of the most sophisticated website tracking tools around – and its FREE.

Google analytics will provide you with a free tracking code that you can add to your website in order to track your website visitors.

Google analytics is sophisticated enough to break down your website traffic sources and they will tell you if a website visitor has come via a Search Engine Query, Social Media campaign or directly to your website.

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12 thoughts on “Learn Affiliate Marketing​”

  1. Super great post on affiliate marketing. I love the list of affiliate networks that you gave. I have heard of them all but didn’t know that Rakuten generally paid out a higher percentage. Think I’m going to check out what merchants they have in their network. You just gave a really great overview as well as references to help with each step of the way. Well done and thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Lynne,

      Thank you for stopping by today and for sharing your knowledge and experience with us, I really appreciate that.

      Thank you also for saying that you are keen to explore other affiliate networks.  I think as an affiliate marketer, we all need to keep our options open on which programs pay the highest commissions in the quickest time and are the best match for our clients.

      I am glad that you are going to go off exploring and see if you can get a better deal for yourself and your clients. 

      If you are looking for some top tips on how to get a yes from every affiliate program that you apply to, please click here Affiliate Marketing Companies: Top 10 Tips To Get Accepted

  2. Hi Glenys,

    I am new to the affiliate marketing world, and have recently signed up with Wealthy Affiliate. Not knowing anything about the affiliate marketing world, there is so much to learn. However, I’ve created so much in such a short time, and can see the potential.  I have just added to my site Amazon links, but now I’m hitting the social media sites to hopefully get a sale soon! You’re information is very comprehensive, in fact I have book-marked your page. I have Pinterest account – but didn’t realise there is all that other stuff you can learn about it. Thank you for sharing your expertise here, it has been most beneficial to me!

    1. HI Shelley Ann,

      Thank you for stopping by today and for sharing some of your knowledge and experience with us, I really appreciate that.

      Thank you also for saying that there is a lot to learn in the affiliate marketing world – you are certainly correct when you say that.  

      Well done for creating your website and publishing content. That is a milestone in itself. You have obviously created quite a bit of content and now Amazon has accepted you.  You need to celebrate that.

      If you are looking for top tips regarding other affiliate programs, please click here Affiliate Marketing Companies: Top 10 Tips To Get Accepted

  3. Affiliate marketing is such a hard place to learn online.  There are all kinds of scams out there.  I have seen thousands of scams in the industry over the years.

    What has worked for me over the years is I build relationships with affiliate managers.  When you have made enough commissions ask for a raise.  More often than not they will increase your commissions.

    However, be aware that some affiliate managers don’t give you the time of day.  Don’t give them the time of the day because it will just end up causing you a lot of headaches down the road.

    I like long cookies like 90-days.  Also, monthly recurring affiliate commissions are a huge advantage, too.

    1. Hi Garen,

      Thank you for stopping by today and for sharing some of your knowledge and experience with us today, I really appreciate that.

      You are correct of course Affiliate marketing is a very hard thing to learn solo online. There are so many “small” technical things that you need to learn in order to be successful….. and of course all those scams out there are not helping either.

      I really like your tips around building relationships with affiliate managers…. and it’s great to hear that when  you have made enough commission you ask for a raise. 

      That advice would help another affiliate marketer out. He wanted to know the best tips to get extra commission – I think I should write a follow up blog, what do you think?

      Thank you for also saying that some affiliate managers can push their products on you and cause you a lot of grief down the road.  It really is a two way street.

      I agree with you, long cookies are best. 90 days plus if you can….. lifetime is even better if you can find any programs like that in your niche.

      If you would like some tips on how to get accepted to every affiliate marketing company that you apply to, please click here Affiliate Marketing Companies: Top 10 Tips To Get Accepted

  4. Hi, this is great content. I am also trying myself in the affiliate world and there is soo much to it that you sometimes forget where to start or continue. I am still mainly focused on SEO and Social media and I am yet to try guest blogging. I do a little bit of amazons affiliate program but no luck yet. I totally forgot about all the other ones like shareasale and commision junction. I have to look into those. Do you think they will work for my niche? Plastic Pollution? Thanks for the info.

    1. HI Hendrik,

      Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your knowledge and experience with us, I really appreciate that.

      You are right of course when you say that affiliate marketing is so involved that you can often feel a bit overwhelmed and not sure where to start or what to continue on with next.  

      I like that you have chosen to focus on SEO and Social media.  I am happy that you have signed up for your first affiliate program – being Amazon. I hope that it goes really well for you and that you get to make some money.

      Every niche has a HEAP of different affiliate programs with it. In order to find new programs please type in “plastic pollution + affiliate program”.  You will get a list of different programs to join. When I did this I got an initial list of 7,000 hyperlinks (URL’s) to go and check out.

       I am sure you will find something that will work for you.  When you are ready to contact them and apply to join their programs, please feel free to read of my guide to getting accepted by any affiliate program that you want.


      Thanks again for stopping by again.

  5. Glenys,

    Affiliate Marketing I do believe is catching on now days for many people, training is the biggest problem that most people have a problem finding.

    Without proper training you are not going to be able to become an affiliate marketer no matter how hard you try or how much research you do on your own.  All those you tube guru’s telling you that it is possible for free with them are lying and that is a shame because people believe they can do affiliate marketing without help or training.

    I am with you and believe in Wealthy Affiliates and everything they have to offer training and benefits are top notch.  One question is how can you get more affiliate companies to promote?


    1. Hi Susan,

      Thank you for visiting us today and for sharing your knowledge and experience with us. I really appreciate that.

      You are right of course more and more people are discovering that it’s possible to make money with affiliate marketing.

      The zero / low entry cost is definitely a major drawcard for many people.

      You are also right in saying that without proper training people will struggle to become a full-time affiliate marketer. It’s simply too hard to learn about each of the sub-specialities that make / break your success with affiliate marketing.

      Thank you also for you question, how can you get more affiliate companies to promote?  I wrote a blog post with just that very answer. You can read the details here https://extramoneyafter50.com/affiliate-marketing-companies-top-10-tips-to-get-accepted/

      Thank you again for visiting us today.

  6. There are definitely a lot of ways to get people to your content and my favourite so far, is through search engines. I also agree with you when you say that PPC should be exercised with caution, because money can be burned pretty quickly. I tried it myself, wanting to get results faster, but that did not go too well.

    I have since stuck with SEO, which has been working reasonably well for me. I will check out your training on PPC and see if I get a better experience out of it.

    1. Thank you Reyhana for stopping by today and for sharing some of your knowledge and experience with us.  I really appreciate that.

      Thank you also for explaining your experience with PPC.  I agree that PPC really is one part art and one part science.  People who understand it do an amazing job and get great results.  People that don’t understand it can burn through a lot of money really quickly.

      I agree with you that SEO is a great way to build long term sustainable website traffic that you can rely on for your income.  That really is a great way to build a stable business.

      Thank you for stopping by today.  If you are looking for ways to help improve your website rankings, please click here Top #3 Ideas of How To Improve Your Website Ranking

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