Hi Tiffany – Great job explaining the various affiliate tools out there. My question is this; I wish to ONLY display affiliate links on the blog portion of my website. I am an author, but I want to continue using the homepage as an ‘introduction’ so to speak (for my book and brand) and allow visitors to explore the affiliate links through other available links on the website (podcast/blogs/merch). What would you advise in this scenario?
Some themes are also designed to work with specific affiliate programs, like this WP Affiliate Store theme, designed for use with Amazon. These themes have extra tools included in the dashboard that make it easy to search for products, create thumbnails, display prices, and insert the affiliate link from within WordPress. This can really speed up your work flow and make it easier for you to create sites.
It’s extremely WordPress-friendly. As you’ll soon see, it’s very easy to add Amazon affiliate links to WordPress. If you decide that you want more than just the occasional link to appear within your content and you want to build an entire affiliate store, there are WordPress affiliate themes and plugins built specifically for Amazon Associates members.
Posting your YouTube videos and affiliate links on other sites related to the products you are promoting also works.  Forums are a particularly good choice since they are frequented by people looking for product information. Don’t just drop your video links in the threads. Engage in conversations with the other members to know what exactly they are looking for. This gives you a better opening to push your affiliate links and get them to click and buy.
He makes a lot of money. He generally makes around 100,000 dollars (approx. 70 lakhs in Indian rupees) every single month. He does this without selling hard. He never spam your email inbox with lots of sales pitches. You can learn a lot how he sells by spending some time on analysing his blog, design, content etc. The blog is a goldmine for all the affiliate marketer beginners who want to make passive income online.
For 17 years, we’ve partnered with digital marketers like you to sell our products to over 200 million customers around the globe. Our digital marketers stick with our Affiliate Network because of our ever-expanding catalog of quality digital products and unsurpassed reputation for reliability – we pay commissions on time, every time so you never have to worry about when you will get paid.

This is extremely helpful information for somebody who is a newbie blogger! I’ve been looking for an all inclusive “guide” to explain affiliate marketing and this is the best I’ve found. Quick question for you – when you talk about the cookie expiration date, is that from the date that you post your review/recommendation or from the date that the reader clicks on the link? For example, the affiliate links you posted in this post are well over 90 days old but if I click on one of them now and buy that product, do you still get paid? Just curious how that works.
My clickbate tends to be “check out this unbiased Facebook poll” or “look at what everyone’s recommending in Facebook Groups” – something that people will actually appreciate and I can be transparent about. Anyway thanks again for such supportive comments and keep me in the loop about SiteGround and your other ventures – totally love helping people like you who really appreciate this stuff.
If you’re a blogger, start by going through your analytics and finding your most popular posts. In Google Analytics (GA) you can find these pages by going to your GA Dashboard > Behavior > Site Content > All Pages. Examine the ones at the top of the list that bring in the most traffic. Are there any affiliate products or services you can naturally include in them?
Many online retailers offer affiliate programs (Amazon Associates is one of the biggest and most well-known). It’s also possible to register with an affiliate program like Commission Junction, ShareASale and ClickBank, all of which offer a huge variety of physical and digital products and services from hundreds of different companies, all in one place.

Firstly, when you build a site on a free host, you’re effectively renting rather than owning. This means that you have no real control over your site (and your income). In other words, it could be there one day and gone the next. Blogger has become particularly notorious of late for taking blogs down suddenly, without warning and they seem to prey mainly on affiliate sites.


Nice tips here, Steve. I’ve been a huge fan of YouTube for niches other than IM-related stuff. Apart from a few outliers, my Blogging Bookshelf and The Backlight videos never got too many views. How do your SSS vids fare? My Amazopia videos, though, have 220,000+ views now and are the main source of traffic for the blog. And I know you’ve said in the past that you get lots of YouTube traffic for your main niche.
It’s very simple - if your content isn’t that good or can be found somewhere else, your blog will not be successful. Period. Do not simply post an article because it’s Wednesday and some “guru” says you should blog mid-week. Say something valuable. Give your readers something they can use so they leave your blog feeling more enlightened than when they arrived. To stay relevant with your readers:
The thought of building a website can cause a lot of people looking into affiliate marketing for dummies to run for the hills, but it really isn’t quite as complicated as it sounds. The one thing that most people agree on is that it’s best to have your own website, hosted on your own domain. You can get a free site through companies like Blogger.com, but having your own site gives you more freedom.
The affiliate program provides a one-time high signup bonus. The amount of this depends on the plan the referral signs up for: $50 for Starter, $100 for Pro, $150 for Business 1-4, $500 for Enterprise level plans. On top of that, there’s a monthly recurring commission of 10%. On the custom affiliate dashboard affiliates can track page-views, subscriptions, and payments.
In 2007, life was pretty good for Pat Flynn. He was a senior drafter in a Bay Area architecture firm, a job that he loved. When the economy slowed in 2008, Pat was laid off and forced to think of another way to make a living. He took his experience of studying for the LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – and launched a blog (GreenExamAcademy.com) that shared his study notes. This lead Pat to publish his first e-book, which resulted in $8,000 of income during its first month. Since then Pat has launched the Smart Passive Income Blog and the popular Smart Passive Podcast.
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.
Many affiliate marketers have a large number of different sites to promote their various affiliate products. If this is the case for you, the free Duplicator plugin may be able to save you a great deal of time. Most likely the majority of your sites have a similar foundation or structure. With Duplicator you can easily Duplicate any site and move it to another location. So if you create a lot of WordPress-based sites you can create a foundation site that includes all of your typical settings and content, back it up, and then clone it at another URL where you want to start a new site. This can save you time by not needing to go through all of the same monotonous steps with each website.
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.
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).

My advice for beginners – especially beginner bloggers with new sites – focus on your site content and traffic for a while, then add your Amazon links once you have a little traffic. So many beginners focus on making money from their links and sacrifice their content building in the process. Without good content and traffic you won’t make much anyways.
Many YouTubers do not disclose their affiliate links, but they should. The FTC has disclosure guidelines to help educate viewers, increase transparency, and reduce conflicts of interest regarding affiliate marketing. Standard practice is to put a blurb in the about section and at the bottom of videos. For example, “The video and description may contain affiliate links. If you click on a link, I may receive a commission.” There are various ways of saying the same thing so craft a statement to your liking.
Everyone wants to be a youtuber nowadays, so everyone watching your videos will likely be eyeing them up and wondering what kind of camera equipment you use. You can profit off of this curiosity by jointing the canon affiliate program. Although the commission rate is only up to 6%, you will get full support from their advertising team and 30 day tracking of your links (making it more likely that you will actually make a commission). Plus, they will provide you with banners, text link and more creatives ways to advertise their products.

Be sure to create a unique online presence for your brand. Your site will rank better for the niche keywords you are using once more people begin to Google your brand name, and they give you a leg up over competitors who used exact-match keywords in their website name, like “best-travel-supplements.com” (which Google doesn’t treat as kindly as it does branded URLs).
Obviously you shouldn't be spamming your videos everywhere, but making detailed posts/responses about your content that you think other users might find interesting. The more times your videos are shared, the more YouTube will see your video as useful and give it a boost in it's rankings. You'll also gain traffic from those shared videos, some can even be evergreen.
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