In 2008 software called Build a Niche Store (BANS) became very popular for creating affiliate sites linking to products on eBay. As the search engine result pages became cluttered with spammy affiliate sites all using the same template, Google declared all-out war. As they all used the same code, it was very easy to find all the sites and de-index them.
Brands recognize the value of affiliate marketing, and that’s evident through digital spending. As of 2016, 81% of brands and 84% of publishers leverage affiliate marketing (including Ryan here on his blog). While there’s money to be made in virtually any niche, affiliate marketing is most popular among fashion, sports, and health and wellness brands.
Note: I highly recommend taking a couple of months to add great content and build your social media following before you start trying to monetize your blog. This will allow you to build trust with your audience before you start trying to sell something! And once you’re ready to dive headfirst into affiliate marketing, the next four steps are waiting for you!

Hi, Steve! Thank you for sharing this. You’re right, I shy away from making videos because I don’t believe I can make one. I enjoyed watching the video that you have prepared; it was very explanatory. I also visited Animoto and I liked it very much. I want to start making my own video now and I hope I will be successful in creating and promoting it.
Of all the ways to earn money on YouTube, advertising revenue stands out in most people’s minds. The YouTube Partner Program (YPP) enables users to earn money from advertisements served on their videos. A channel must reach 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers to join YPP. Google AdSense facilitates payments to content creators once a month.
Sign into Youtube and go to “Creator Studio.” Now go to Channel –> Status And Features –> External Annotations. Add your website and go through the verification process. You may need to add your website to Google Search Console. Now go to the “Advanced” tab under Channel and add your website as an Associated Website. Full instructions are found here.
Yes pretty much – I found a niche (WordPress speed / SEO) and write detailed tutorials for topics about those. In them I refer people to SiteGround with aff links. You can do videos too. Finding a niche and creating good content is the hard part (getting traffic)… from there you just drop some affiliate links to a product or service your readers would benefit from.
Affiliate marketing is an area that even the most seasoned bloggers can improve upon. Plus, most bloggers aren't making anywhere near the amount of affiliate income that they should be and are leaving money on the table. If you want to grow your affiliate income, there are numerous tips and strategies that I share in Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
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!
What I struggle with is that it’s hard to stay IN a lot of affiliate programs if you don’t do well with them. So in that “building up to 1000s of affiliate programs” stage or when choosing an affiliate program that only really fits in one or two microniche posts, if you’re not already big and converting well, those links won’t do well and a lot of programs will boot you out.
They're newbie friendly: Some affiliate networks are strict when it comes to accepting new affiliates. They're usually scared of fraudsters who can potentially jeopardize the network's relationships with their advertisers and vendors by using shady promotional techniques. While this cautiousness is generally a good thing, it also makes it hard for new affiliates to get into those networks. How can you start taking your baby steps and experimenting with things when you're not even allowed to promote any products?
Promoting and marketing to people is easiest when you’re promoting products or services that you can get excited about. Find an affiliate program within a market you’re most interested in or passionate about, sign up, pick products you’re familiar with (whether by personal experience or lots of knowledge gained by reading reviews by others within the community), and go to town! It’s easy to get others excited about the product because you’re excited about it too, and when you have that much passion about something, it draws people in. Don’t be afraid to tell them how you feel about the product; they are there to get as much information as possible so they can make an informed decision. Tell them what you like about it. If you’ve been using it for a while, tell them why you’ll continue to purchase it. The key here, and with any successful marketing strategy, is to tell them about the product, not telling them to buy it. Be honest, give them as much information as possible, and let them make the decision on their own. After that, you can watch the commission you’ve earned fly in.
No links…that’s what has me so confused by all of it. I received snail mail from these affiliates with this info, my tax gal says something to do with the IRS but when I go looking for info….there’s lots of confusion. I’m as mixed up as a swirley on this. I pay income on everything and don’t take stuff I know I could because my …tax gal’s from a different era and…well…it’s REALLY hard explaining this job to someone that remembers when computers weren’t even invented. Och I need a new number cruncher.

If you use banner ads at your website or blog to promote affiliate products, OIO Publisher can be a very useful plugin. This plugin also includes all the functionality you need to sell ads to paying advertisers, but affiliate marketers can use it to manage and rotate their own affiliate banners. The price of the plugin is $47, which allows you to use it on an unlimited number of your own websites.


Membership to Author hReview includes the plugin for editorial reviews, and it also includes two other plugins. WP Rich Snippets makes it possible for your rating info to be seen in Google searches thanks to rich snippet integration. WP Reviews allows you to build a user review website where others can post their own reviews and ratings, which can also be a great way to promote affiliate products. Membership pricing starts at $69 for a single website license.
"Think of affiliate ads as additional resources that complement your content," says Truong. "Don't put up a list of your favorite books, hoping people will click on the affiliate link and purchase the books just because you listed them. Take some time to write a detailed review, and use affiliate ads to point them in the right direction if they decide to act on your information."

If you decide to create one or more websites to host the content you want to create while advertising the products that will earn you money, you’ll quickly run into a problem: how do you bring people to your website to see the ads in the first place? That’s why an Affiliate Marketing for Dummies course needs to explain not just how to enter a contract and create good content, but also how to advertise your own site by networking with other sites, creating a social media presence, and learning how to optimize your site for search engines, or SEO.
It has over 175 million users and it’s an amazing tool for generating page views. And although a few years ago Pinterest users used to be mostly women, over 40% of new subscribers are men! People go on Pinterest to be inspired and they love seeing content from websites: over 75% of images saved on Pinterest are created by bloggers and business owners.
Very high commissions: Most ClickBank products pay 70%+ commission. You read that right. So in that case, if you sell a $100 product, you earn $70. You might think that’s way too high to be real, but it is. They’re mainly able to do that because most of their products are digital, which means there are no “production” costs, “shipping” costs or any other costs that are usually associated with physical products, hence the high commissions.
As for me, I ran a bloggy b-card series where I tackled everything from what to put on a business card to a giant showcase of awesome cards I received at Type A. On that showcase, I listed a few places you can buy cards and a few of those links were affiliates. Based on what I learned from this session, I went back to the other four posts and added those links there too. Since then, I’ve also created a hub page with all the posts and places to buy cards in one place.
Tremendeous free teaching, that helps clear the smoke on what it takes to get an online business going. BUT, you concentrated on click bank and said nothing about getting my web site going and all the necessary details. I always thought the web site as a business sign telling people that xyz is open for business, check it out! Otherwise, people would walk and not even knowing that your biz is open. True?
I have received letters from some affiliates I was starting with who are closing their affiliates due to the new tax laws. One company mentioned that bloggers would be hit hardest by it. Do you have info over them? Because my understanding only gave a severe headache and my tax gal said I should stop using them too. Would love your thoughts though.
The Traffic Center: With the traffic center you’ll discover how to generate almost unlimited traffic and clicks, practically on demand. Inside ClickBank University 2.0, you get brand new modules that deliver all the latest traffic training in easy to follow video tutorials. You’ll know exactly where to go and what to do to unleash a ‘flash flood’ of traffic to your own offers (or to someone else’s) whenever you want. This is an absolute must for success whether you choose the affiliate or publisher route and worth the price alone.
Computer scientists Arunesh Mathur, Arvind Narayanan, and Marshini Chetty compiled a random sample of hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube and millions of pins on Pinterest. They then used text extraction and frequency analysis to investigate URLs located in the descriptions of these items to determine whether the URL or any redirects behind it connected to an affiliate network.

Managing multiple websites is a bit of a nuisance, isn’t it? ManageWP streamlines the process by letting you manage all of your WordPress-powered websites from one handy dashboard. Their plans are affordable, plus the lifetime recurring commissions are bound to appeal to affiliates. A good selection among affiliate programs for WordPress users and developers.

Win-win-win. The advertiser wins because they only pay when a purchase is made (as opposed to the shotgun approach of paying to advertise to the masses and waiting for a small percentage to actually buy). The affiliate wins because they make money while providing helpful advice. The customer wins because they get a trusted recommendation for something they might not otherwise have known about.
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.

Customers pay a yearly fee, then receive full access to the entire ThemeIsle collection. From a customer’s perspective, this represents exceptional value; from an affiliate marketer’s perspective, the program is a reliable converter. Taking an objective view, our data shows that ThemeIsle is one of – if not the – best affiliate program for freemium themes. Plus, high price points at the top levels represent a seriously lucrative offering.
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Thanks Nathalie! And glad to see you came over from AONC 🙂 When done the right way I think affiliate links in context are much less intrusive and offensive than having ads on your sidebar. The average non-tech reader probably wont even know its an affiliate link anyway. So just by doing everything you’ve already been doing, you can switch out links, and probably make a nice side income!
The social share sign up widget is a great and easy tool for recruiting affiliates. The social share widget only asks potential affiliates to enter their email address. Once they have provided their email address, the affiliate can immediately promote your WordPress. The affiliate will be able to promote via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and email. Here’s how the social share widget works.
We’ve seen many YouTubers (including very popular ones) who have links to their websites and Facebook pages in the description but don’t include a link to the product(s) they discuss. When an affiliate link adds value, don’t be shy about giving people opportunities to click on it. If you have content on your site, your social channels and your YouTube channel that is complemented by certain affiliate links, include those links in all of those places.
If you want to build a website about a specific topic (your niche) then using email is not to be missed. Basically, when customers read the contents in our website. They have subscribed to our newsletter (you can see this on the sidebar of our blog). Then we will send marketing email with offers, discounts and advertising other products also to their emails.
Frank, thanks for this primer one of my favorite business topics. I like your style. You wrote this “take Me By The Hand” kinda post and it works for me. I know that we all recommend products and services to friends and family members and never even think about getting paid. “Hey guy you ought see this movie, or eat that food, or buy those jeans.” When was the last time a company paid you consistently for your referrals? Some do I’m sure but most do not give you a dime to drive people to their store. Yet we make buying referral willing all the time.
Landing pages can make or break a campaign. It just so happened that a landing page would benefit his particular vertical. He studied the landing pages from the competition. He programmed his own versions which were faster and cleaner. For two weeks his mind concentrated on improving each aspects of his landing page. The headlines, pictures, adding scarcity, etc. His landing page was actually better than a lot of other super affiliates. He took theirs and improved upon them.
The Traffic Center: With the traffic center you’ll discover how to generate almost unlimited traffic and clicks, practically on demand. Inside ClickBank University 2.0, you get brand new modules that deliver all the latest traffic training in easy to follow video tutorials. You’ll know exactly where to go and what to do to unleash a ‘flash flood’ of traffic to your own offers (or to someone else’s) whenever you want. This is an absolute must for success whether you choose the affiliate or publisher route and worth the price alone.
This post was so helpful! I launched my blog in January and just started to try and monetize it in June. I’ve added some affiliate links for a few of the programs you recommended, so hopefully, I will see some results soon. I’m realizing that this is gonna be a harder journey than I originally thought, but thanks to bloggers like you I have great resources to guide me! Twitter.com/Disfordollars
A decent computer. Making videos can consume your computer's processing power and RAM. If you're making long videos, doing lots of editing and recording, your computer will need a good CPU and a decent amount of ram. A good idea is to test your current computer out and see how you get on. If you find video capturing to be sluggish or video editing software keeps crashing, it's usually a sign that you need a better computer. Upgrading RAM is very easy and cheap to do; but a good high-end CPU can cost north of $200 these days.
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