Affiliate marketing can be a very lucrative way of making money from your website. To be a successful affiliate marketer, consider growing your website as a review or a resource website. Get to know your audience so they trust you and so that you know relevant products to promote. Learn up about search engine optimization to get your reviews ranking highly in the search results. FYI we have a plain-English guide on how to use the Yoast SEO plugin.
We’ll go into more details regarding each step but let me give you a quick overview of each. The product/offer is the ClickBank product you’ll be promoting. This might seem like it’s simple enough but screwing up this step could potentially hinder you from earning a single cent because the other steps are built on top of it. Product research has its own separate section below.
Calling all fashion bloggers. Reward Style is connected with a broad reach of fashion brands and retailers. The site offers an invitation-only monetization platform for top-tier digital style influencers and brands. Thousands of fashion bloggers and influencers are using Reward Style to maximise the financial success of their content, whether it’s on blogs, social media or mobile platforms.
For example, if you were an Amazon affiliate and linked to some of your favorite books with affiliate links, if someone clicked on a link and purchased that book, you’d get a small commission. Even cooler is that some affiliates have 30-day cookies, meaning that if someone didn’t buy right then but bought 20 days later (and bought other stuff too), you get a commission for all of that. While most affiliates pay per sale, some pay per lead as well.
When you already have Affiliate Link (Hoplink), the next step that's promoting that product. Similar to other ways of Affiliate Marketing, Clickbank also has many other ways to advertise their products. We cannot create and sell our own products on Clickbank so i choose to be an Affiliate. But despite being a vendor or affiliate you still have to advertise your products to potential customers. I will tell you some basic methods to do this:

Pretty Link Pro is a feature-rich plugin for creating and managing shortened links for your affiliate links. A free version of the plugin is also available, and that version will be covered later in this post. The Pro version includes a lot of features like cloaking re-direction, conversion reports, delayed re-direction, double re-direction, automated keyword replacement, split testing, and Twitter integration. Pricing starts at $37 for a single-site license.
Affiliate marketing with cards and end screens is tricky because you can only promote your website(s) and sites approved by YouTube. Instead, many affiliates use cards and end screens to direct viewers to their sites, which contain affiliate links. Secondly, YouTube supports many websites that have affiliate programs including Shopify, Etsy, Ticketmaster, and Microsoft (it’s too bad Amazon is not authorized). Therefore, it’s possible to add affiliate links from these sites.

I have developed what I think is a pretty cool 11-part auto responder series that solves a critical problem people have in my niche – it includes a number of affiliate links as well (although not clickbank – yet). I currently have a squeeze page set up which I’m driving traffic to through using FB ads, but I’m finding that I’m having to pay way too much for every conversion ( > $1.50 per conversion).


The earlier that you upload a video, the more likely you’re going to rank higher in the search engine versus somebody that was to create a video on a certain subject later on. You’ve noticed probably after people create a video on a specific subject for so long, after, it becomes so saturated when you upload the video, it is very, very difficult to rank, so once I saw that this was launching on the 23rd, what I did is I went out there and I created this prelaunch overview video to kind of give people an overview of what this product’s going to be about, give them a little bit of insight, and then what would happen is I would create a bonus package. If I found the product to seem like it’s going to be a good quality product, I’ll create a bonus package that compliments the product.

Let’s say you’re promoting ConvertKit as an affiliate of their system. Instead of doing a video where you’re constantly saying “buy ConvertKit through my link”, you may do a video titled, “How to Use Email Marketing to Double Your Revenue”. Then as an asset and tool in that video and process, you mention ConvertKit and that the viewer can get their first 30 days free by using the link in the comments.
Shawn’s Affiliate Marketing Blog provides the latest industry news and advice on how to make money online. Like many other bloggers on this list, Shawn is honest in saying that you won’t get rich through affiliate marketing, but you can make a little extra cash on the side. He also only endorses the products and services that he uses himself, so you can rest assured that these are quality products/services.
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Showing the wrong price is a violation of Amazon’s terms and conditions. As you know, the price in Amazon, so it’s a good practice not to share the amount in your site. If you can maintain the update, then there’s no obligation. But, the question is how would you get your website updated especially when there’s a ton of links. Don’t risk to include the price unless you’re able to connect Amazon’s API for an instant update.
Thanks to the inbuilt rating system of this theme, it’s easy to add a bit of extra interactivity to your website in order to keep your visitors coming back for more. Splash also includes a good selection of page templates. These designs can be applied to the different types of content you are publishing on your site, helping to give them a unique and bespoke look.
That’s a great tip Sean, thanks! I was thinking about what you said in your post about some companies not putting that they have affiliate links and you having to do some digging and there are couple of companies/authors who made products I love and keep using, but I’m not sure how to go ahead and ask about the affiliate link. I read the post you linked below about asking for guest blogging, which I thought was a must-read, and so, if you think of doing a follow-up on this one, would love to read some of your tips and do’s and don’t about this. Thanks again, Sean, you’re doing some very inspiring work here!
Know when to wait. Some affiliate programs require a certain level of traffic, subscribers, etc. If that’s the case, I say it’s better to wait to apply for that program instead of applying and hoping for the best. You risk being labelled the person who can’t follow guidelines and you might also risk not be allowed into the program when you do meet the qualifications.
The drawback is that it’s slow at first, it could take 2-3+ months to see your first sale if that is your main traffic source. It’s also tedious in the sense that it requires a lot of effort link building, especially if you’re trying to rank for highly competitive keywords. For an in-depth SEO blueprint, check out our how to rank in Google guide for beginners.

Awesome article! This is jam packed with great info. I am just starting a personal finance blog with my fiance and we were a little confused about how to start monetizing. We were initially thinking about using Google AdSense but between this post and another blog I read I am surely convinced that’s not the correct route. I’m really happy you have shared this information because it’s provided an excellent starting point for creating income.
If you are an Amazon affiliate EasyAzon can help you to save time and make more money. With this plugin you can easily create any type of Amazon affiliate link (text, image, info block, call to action, and search results) right from the WordPress dashboard. This feature alone can save you a lot of time bouncing back and forth between WordPress and Amazon. You can set default controls to do things like open your links in a new window, use nofollow tags, and more.

You’re not going to … I’ve said this before. If you work at a Mercedes dealership and you own a BMW, you just bought a brand new BMW, you’re probably not going to sell that many cars when people ask you, “Well, do you have a Mercedes? How does Mercedes compare to this other brand?” If you got a completely different brand of car or whatever it is, clothing …
Ask for VIP (sometimes called “tiered”) commissions. Many affiliate programs have different commission levels. Usually the standard commission level is made public, but higher commissions are offered to higher performing affiliates. Sometimes you may be bumped up to “VIP affiliate” status by the advertiser, but most times you have to ask if there’s a higher tier and how you can get there.
It has universal appeal. Unlike some types of marketing that work better for certain segments than others, affiliate marketing is really something that anyone can use on their WordPress site or e-commerce store. With millions of products available and categories covering a wide spectrum, you’re bound to find more than enough products worth promoting.
Mistake #5: Promoting a lot of affiliate products instead of just a few. Once you start affiliate marketing, you realize how easy it is to share affiliate links. Instead of becoming an affiliate for a lot of different products and sharing them liberally, I recommend concentrating on just a few and sharing them intentionally. It doesn’t seem as spammy, plus you can be sure the products you do promote are closely aligned with your brand and message. Deep is better than wide.
It’s relatively hands-off. Once you set up your affiliate marketing program, the affiliates will do most of the work for you – and they’re continually motivated to do so by the commissions they recieve. Of course, you will need to keep an eye on their progress, manage your affiliate network, and update your strategy regularly (if you want to achieve the best returns).
Godaddy – 15% commissions and even though they used to suck, they have made significant improvements in the last few years. My site loaded in less than 1 second on their cheapest shared hosting plan and their support team is based in the US (Arizona). Still, I would go with SiteGround or WP Engine. Read my SiteGround vs. Godaddy review to see the difference.
StudioPress – StudioPress builds WordPress themes in the Genesis Framework and is my main affiliate for themes with over $8,000 in commissions. Read my StudioPress review if you haven’t heard of them but they are so legit. I average $28 per sale with less than 5% cancellation and high conversions since StudioPress is endorsed by tons of top WordPress people like Yoast and Matt Cutts. They are truly SEO-friendly WordPress themes that have top-notch coding, lightweight so they load fast, come with tons of Genesis plugins, and awesome documentation. Sell their Pro Plus all-theme package and get a $175 commission.
ClickBank’s journey started when founders Tim and Eileen Barber observed that the rapid growth of the Internet was creating an explosion of websites and digital content. They recognized that the explosive growth of the Internet would make it increasingly difficult for consumers to be able to locate the products and services they needed online. Since those embryonic days, ClickBank has grown into a top 100 internet retailer and worldwide leader in digital ecommerce, processing over 30,000 digital sales each day, improving the lives of over 200 million customers and working with more than 6 million entrepreneurs in 190 countries around the globe.

After a few months, Charles was able to convert $4,000 into $1,000,000+ in profit. Of course, there were some hiccups along the way. Charles launched 14 unsuccessful campaigns and lost $4,000 before he found success. What makes Charles unique is he’s open about his failures and uses that to help advise anyone interested in affiliate marketing. Not only does his blog offer affiliate and marketing tips, Charles also shares lifestyle and career advice.
There are lots of success stories that prove that earning commissions through affiliate marketing can give you the so desire financial freedom. Of course, this does not happen overnight. You need to work "hard" at the beginning to settle your website (design, content, structure, strategy, etc.) but once all this is set and you start earning commissions, you can start enjoying of spare time.
Know when to wait. Some affiliate programs require a certain level of traffic, subscribers, etc. If that’s the case, I say it’s better to wait to apply for that program instead of applying and hoping for the best. You risk being labelled the person who can’t follow guidelines and you might also risk not be allowed into the program when you do meet the qualifications.
Mistake #2: Using the “They must not be my people” excuse to be spammy. I’m not a fan of this common tactic. Here’s how it works: people send a huge number of sales/promotional emails to their list with no warning and with no easy way to opt out. When people complain or unsubscribe, they put it on their subscribers (“Oh well, they aren’t my type of subscriber anyway…”), instead of taking responsibility for the spam (let’s call it what it is). What ever happened to “treat others the way you want to be treated”?
There are a number of different ways a blogger can drive sales through their affiliate links. The most common is text links in blog posts themselves. When writing content about a product you want to promote, place text links in the product titles to send traffic to the merchant’s website. Each merchant also has a specific cookie duration, so you can get credit for a sale 30, 60, or even 90 days after the click takes place.
Use this contact with your readers to help you understand more about their needs. If you keep hearing the same questions over and over, you’ll know that those are topics that you should write about and include on your site. If you’ve been thinking about creating your own product, you might poll readers to see if they’d be interesting in something like that. By doing this, you can avoid doing a lot of work on a project that doesn’t turn out to be profitable.
Thanks for the great article. If i’m a manufacture/seller and want hire affiliate to promote our product, which are the most effective ways to do so? To be more specific, we’re a start-up selling glass vessel sinks and high end kitchen sinks/faucets(www.arsumo.com).We’d like to give high commission rates for marketers to sell our product (10+%). Our product quality is great and we sell on wayfair and overstock currently but like to grow our own marketing channel. Thank you for your advise! I’m also considering to take your class to dive deeper into the marketer world.

You’ll Always Get Paid On Time. We’ve built our reputation by paying our affiliates on time, everytime for 17 years. You can choose to get paid as often as every week, through multiple payment options. Also, thanks to ClickBank’s HOPLINK™ tracking system, you’ll always get credit for your sales even if a customer waits up to 60 days to purchase after clicking your link.


It’s called the Global Banking Service. Check it out and get $25 USD for free after you cash in $1,000 USD just for clicking our referral link (we get a free $25, too). They used to pay that $25 USD after cashing in $100 USD but I think their awesome service gave them a wee too much success and they beefed up the bar to get your free money. But the service is great –and even though we endorse Transferwise often, we still use Payoneer for our affiliate program payouts.
Promote products at various price points. Even the little products (like Amazon ebooks) add up. If there is a truly useful product on the pricier side, it can still be worth the promotion even if only a few people buy it. If you’ve used a product of exceptional quality and it’s a good investment, or if it’s a product that’s unique, specialized or one-of-a-kind, go for it.
I have been making money online for over a year now. Not in the big time yet, still consider myself to be learning my craft. I was doing it really ineffectively (using adsense and amazon along with a t shirt affiliate deal) and driving traffic almost exclusively though facebook. Probably averaged about $800 a month over the last year, mostly because Christmas brought an absolute ton of t shirt sales)

Movavi is a company that provides high-quality software to budding videographers and photographers. They run an affiliate program with some very attractive offers for youtubers looking to profit off of their channel. They start their margins of at 40% (meaning you get at least 40% of each commission) and they are known to provide safe, secure transactions. Plus, they're product shouldn't be to hard to sell to any kind of audience. They're software is well-known and since so many people are looking into starting their own youtube channels, it's easy to steer your audience towards their software.
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