Lander > Offer: This is a much better approach than the above. A lander or landing page is a web page that you create and that acts as a middleman between the offer and the visitor. This could be a review of the offer, a video, an article…etc. The visitor would land on it, consume it and then click a link and get redirected to the offer. Warren Wheeler’s case study on AMNinajs.com uses a variation of this funnel.

Enthusiasm. You don’t need to be bubbly and happy throughout your video — you should be yourself. But you should not speak in one tone and completely deadpan. Try to get people excited about whatever it is you’re video is about. Think of the things YOU like to see in YouTube videos and then try to do that the best you can. Remember, you will never please everyone, but you don’t have to.
hey sean, am a newbie who is so ethusistic about online marketing. great post , i must commend , it came in handy. through your post i clearly understand that an affiliate mustr have a website and a blog as a platform for promoting the good and services. here the thing with me , i dont have either of them and am asking ….. is it advisable for me to delve in affilate marketing peradventure i get a blog running now …?
Bad product picks could hurt your brand. Chances are good that if you’re including an affiliate link in your content, then you’re willing to put your full support behind the product. However, if the reputation of that product should sour with the public and you fail to catch it, that recommendation of an untrustworthy product could hurt your brand.
If you’ve followed our affiliate marketing for dummies guide so far, you should have the start of a successful affiliate site. You should be getting some traffic and a few sales here and there. If you’re not seeing the dollars flowing into your account, though, it may be time to move beyond affiliate marketing programs for beginners and on to some more advanced affiliate marketing strategies. Check below:

Hey- I’m Melissa! I’m a mom, side hustler, online course instructor, and brand marketer. I run a 6-figure blog helping online biz owners find their a-ha moments with can-do tips, tutorials, and online courses. I also work at Burt’s Bees as the assistant manager of Brand Engagement (yep, it’s as cool as it sounds). Jump start your biz productivity with my free worksheet!
If you worry that your readers won’t like the fact that you’re making money, I encourage you to shift your paradigm on this a bit. If someone provided valuable information to you, wouldn’t it be nice to reward them a bit? Maybe they taught you something. Maybe they saved you time for not having to search for the information themselves. Maybe they showed you some great uses for a product you were considering buying anyway. Whatever the case, if you’re providing affiliate links in an ethical way, no one should fault you for it.

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.


Thank you! This is really helpful. I have Amazon Affiliates, but I want to get more intentional with how I use it. The only negative thing I have about the program is that since I live outside of US the only way I can get paid is by amazon gift card, or expensive checks mailed to me. I mean, I can use the money I earn now on Amazon on things I actually need, but I don’t know if it’s worth putting a lot of effort into earning more when I can only use the money on Amazon 😛
I am absolutely new to the whole online marketing thing. I visited CB in 2012, then, it appeared overwhelming so I put it on the back burner. A week ago I revisited CB and ran two campaigns without a website nor blog . I went to Fiverr and had traffic directed to my CB ad. At this point, I’m just waiting to see if anything converts. I jumped in without knowing too much of what I was doing… I needed to take some type of action.

This guide showed you how to get started with affiliate marketing. There’s a lot more you can do with affiliate marketing and your WordPress. You can check out our other posts, guides, and resources to learn how to grow your business. If you want to learn more about how you can grow your WordPress website using affiliate marketing, please let us know in the comments below.
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.
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.
Amazon has a wide-range of products for you to promote, and you can always create affiliate links for those products. Don’t skip this step, because this is what will make you money. If you forget to promote the products using your affiliate links, but instead, you are promoting the product directly using the product link, then you will not get the percentage of any sales that come from your link. So, be sure that before promoting any products, you should create affiliate links for it. Only then will you be able to make money from your promotion.
It’s also very important to think about disclosure. Guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) state you must clearly disclose your affiliate relationships on your blog in a way which can be easily noticed by readers. This means you need to make it very clear to readers from the outset that if they click the links in your post and purchase, you’ll get a commission. Note that having the disclosure after the post or on a separate page is considered inadequate; your disclosure must be clear and available before a reader starts looking at the post. The FTC guidelines apply to all websites promoting to US citizens – so if your site has US readers (it almost certainly does) you should comply.
This theme might not have the most cutting edge design out there, but it’s a tried and tested look that has been used by countless websites in the past to build up a loyal audience of readers and subscribers. You get a pretty good selection of theme options to configure your website through, and the included shortcodes make adding new and interesting page elements to your content a breeze.
For example, let’s say you offer online support and maintenance for WordPress businesses. An affiliate tech professional or WordPress blogger could talk up your services through a blog post or comment, and post a unique link to your site. If a potential customer were to click on that link and make a purchase, you’d pay a cut to the affiliate – while keeping the rest of the profit generated.
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.
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.
About Youtuber Chris Mitty is an Affiliate Marketer and Technology Professional from the UK. He has sold a variety of products online, and works with some of the worlds largest organisations as a freelance consultant. Chris has studied and implemented a number of carefully thought out strategies, which has helped him build a successful affiliate marketing business off the back off Technology. He shares his advice on how to achieve the same level of success, if not better!
Signup is free and takes less than 1 minute, with instant approval. This means you can start earning straight away through your own easy-to-use dashboard. Barn2 Media provides you with links and banners, but you are free to promote their plugins in other ways, including designing your own banners. They offer 365-day return cookies, meaning you will still get paid even if the customer ends up buying later, and they pay commission on a monthly basis with no minimum payouts.
Quarterly strategies are the best idea to judge your blogging results because they are not too long-term. On the one side, this makes them more flexible and easier to adjust as you go, especially, when you see that some approach is not performing as expected, on the other side, the research for it is not that demanding and laborious as creating an annual blogging strategy.

I’m not sure of the exact reasons why I started to rank, but I have a few theories. It was a very long, honest, and informative post on the subject. I believe this made it stand out from all the other reviews in which the author just wrote up a basic summary of what it’s about. It also is one of the latest reviews on the book, so perhaps google freshness has something to do with it. I haven’t done any linkbuilding on this page and it currently sits at #2.

HostGator – $50 – $125 per sale (same tier program as SiteGround) but HostGator is TERRIBLE and the reviews show it so conversions are lower. You can generate custom coupon codes which is good if you’re creating videos and makes it easier for people to type the code rather than click a link (YouTube prohibits affiliate links), which can generate even more commissions. However I’ve talked to a few other HostGator affiliates who said they made nothing because people do their research and learn they are definitely not the best choice.

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.
With the WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates plugin you can set up an affiliate site and import products from Amazon. You’ll have a site that functions very much like it’s own e-commerce website, but at checkout customers will be led to Amazon. It includes an automatic spinner that will help you to avoid duplicate content issues. When products are no longer available on Amazon it will automatically remove them from your site. The cost of this plugin is $33 for a single-site license.
Among proven, established affiliate programs and networks, there are plenty of fraudsters wanting to take advantage of your effort. Like everywhere. To avoid them, don’t let yourself be tempted by the promise of easy and quick money. Affiliate marketing is known for its convenience, but it does not offer a shortcut to making money overnight. What you should remember is to stick to affiliate programs of companies with established position on the market (yes, LiveChat with over 18,000 customers worldwide is exactly what you are looking for!).
Bi-Weekly Expert Classes: Every two weeks Adam and Justin will bring in people just like you who’ve experienced great success in this market. Their aim is to inspire you with real-life examples of people who are living the dream and showing you exactly how you can do it too. This is the kind of training that will build a fire under you and keep you motivated.
As an affiliate, all you have to do is sign up for a ClickBank affiliate account and then start browsing their marketplace which lists all the available products from their partner vendors. Once you find a good product (we’ll get into that in a moment), ClickBank will give you a unique “affiliate link” that points to the vendor’s sales page. All you have to do then is make people buy through that link. You earn a commission for any sale made through your affiliate links.

This is a solid resource on SEO optimization!!. I have a basic understanding of SEO already but it's ssoooo difficult to find a resource that puts everything together all in one place. I feel like this book covers the inner game of SEO so I have a much better understanding of the fundamental information. I also learned the practical steps so I can start improving my rankings it's truly a great book on this topic!!
Other more general features found in the themes in this collection include fully responsive designs, a wealth of theme options and customization controls, and also some bundled premium plugins. Some of these affiliate themes are available as part of multi-template theme clubs, so if you are in the market for more than one theme, be sure to check these out.
You can sign up for many of these through shareasale.com which is used to find, track, and payout commissions from tons of merchants. But that is just one place. Browse the list and I assure you will find a new affiliate program you will be excited to make more passive income from. And don’t forget to leave me a comment if you have questions – or new programs to add!
Clickbank, huh… now that’s a name I haven’t heard in a while! I remember messing around with them back in 2011 when I was a newbie. Never did make any money with them, haha, but I’ve seen plenty of people who have! I’ve just never been any good at pushing the weight loss stuff, which I’m pretty sure is where most people make their money with Clickbank.
Created by Pippin’s Plugins, AffiliateWP proudly proclaims it’s, “The best affiliate marketing plugin for WordPress.” Users can opt to approve affiliates’ requests individually by choosing the “Allow affiliate registration” option or automatically approve all affiliate applicants — after which they’ll continue on directly to the website’s affiliate area for the ultimate in turn-key convenience.

Although your blog posts should focus on a very specific niche and web of related topics, you need to know how well these articles can potentially rank on Google. Use tool like Google Keyword Planner to view your target keyword’s monthly search volume and competitive metrics when deciding on blog titles. Remember, the target keyword should be used in your META title and throughout your body copy.
Thank you! This is really helpful. I have Amazon Affiliates, but I want to get more intentional with how I use it. The only negative thing I have about the program is that since I live outside of US the only way I can get paid is by amazon gift card, or expensive checks mailed to me. I mean, I can use the money I earn now on Amazon on things I actually need, but I don’t know if it’s worth putting a lot of effort into earning more when I can only use the money on Amazon 😛

Their policies are strict. Be sure to read through Amazon’s affiliate program policies very carefully. Any violation of their policies is grounds for account suspension--something which could be devastating if you build an entire website or store around affiliate links. Amazon has also been known to suspend accounts without any prior notice, so tread carefully.
Other more general features found in the themes in this collection include fully responsive designs, a wealth of theme options and customization controls, and also some bundled premium plugins. Some of these affiliate themes are available as part of multi-template theme clubs, so if you are in the market for more than one theme, be sure to check these out.
I am Edward, I would like to do online earning. I already clickbank beginner. Can you help me to send me your link, how to make online earning using facebook & instagram easy way. or I will send you my clickbank link you will publish in website or google traffic. I don’t know your best way. If I get money, sure I will pay you some commissions. This commitments for few months until I learnt from you 🙂
This is a VERY high quality course with an Instructor who really cares about his students. I learned so much in such a short amount of time and loved that KC covered all bases throughout this course!! I will be giving this oh-so-simple system a go tomorrow and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an easy way to get in the affiliate game." – Jamie Briggs
First of all, you need to create the banner ads you want your affiliates to use. If I'm in a rush I'll create some simple ads on my Mac using Pixelmator. It's a fantastic app that is only $29.99 compared to Photoshop, which will run you $9.99 per month. It's a great program if you're a professional graphics person, which you and I probably are not!
Affiliate marketing is a performance-based marketing activity. An affiliate promotes a product/service online and receives compensation for achieving a specific objective or action. A merchant or advertiser specifies the goal, which is usually a valid sale. For example, a merchant will pay the affiliate a 30 percent sales commission. Some merchants have pay per lead programs that pay for getting prospects and signups. You can learn more about affiliate marketing here.
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.
That means if the product is $100, and I sell it I’ll get somewhere in the neighborhood of $68 or something like that (after all the fees). As an affiliate, you’re not charged any fee, but because the vendor is charged the 7%, that gets passed on to you so you got to do your math accordingly. On my site, I actually have a Clickbank calculator where you can figure out this stuff. Now, you can go to affilatedude.com/clickbank, see that calculator and learn all about how to make money with the Clickbank. Now the way that this works is that
While free is sometimes good, it’s worth noting that the plugins featured in this post are all affordable. In this plugins case, for $39, single site users can add premium technical support. Developers should opt for the $97 package to install the plugin across an unlimited number of sites. I’m not sure if this business model is the most sustainable or likely to result in a plugin that continually introduces new features.
This is an example that I did with the tattoo market. I got my tattoo site, and then I said, “Put your email to search for tattoos”. Then on the thank you page, I run an offer for the gift card/tattoo offer, and then I took them over to the Clickbank offer. Now, the Clickbank offer has made about 10% of the income. So when I got like $200 a day, I was getting about 2 to 3 sales of the Clickbank tattoo book and the rest of the income was from the CPA offers. If you want to be a real affiliate and actually want to make the stuff work in a cool way, I’ll suggest
This is an example that I did with the tattoo market. I got my tattoo site, and then I said, “Put your email to search for tattoos”. Then on the thank you page, I run an offer for the gift card/tattoo offer, and then I took them over to the Clickbank offer. Now, the Clickbank offer has made about 10% of the income. So when I got like $200 a day, I was getting about 2 to 3 sales of the Clickbank tattoo book and the rest of the income was from the CPA offers. If you want to be a real affiliate and actually want to make the stuff work in a cool way, I’ll suggest
You can argue about which method will get you the most money overall, but the most important determining factor isn’t the reason you get paid, it’s how well you can sell the advertisements you have. After all, it’s one thing to have some passive banner ads here and there to help pay for the site’s upkeep, but you may have noticed that media websites have to do a whole lot more to pay for their businesses. Going to their sites, you encounter pop-ups and pop-ins, clickbait titles, and ads that masquerade as real articles but have a tiny disclaimer at the bottom.
Affiliate marketing is fully a part of this advertising landscape. It’s not inherently better or worse than any other form of advertising, but you may find that the format and the side benefits of becoming an affiliate marketer are just what you need to start making money online and to eventually do the things you want to do and make a living from doing it. Getting to that point won’t be easy and it won’t happen overnight, but with enough skill and enough hard work it’s at least possible.
For instance, the authors of the study suggest that products like YouTube should have better native features to disclose affiliate sponsors. Placing disclosures though could dampen enthusiasm for some clearly high-engagement content. How then can companies build a framework for building ethical policies that follow FTC requirements while also ensuring their products reach the right metrics?

During this meeting, tell the merchant how much you enjoy promoting their product, ask them about their highest converting landing pages, and see what commission bumps you could expect to receive to promote them more on your site. This simple conversation could result in a commission bump resulting in getting 2x more revenue from each sale that you create for them.

Your first welcome email should thank the reader for subscribing, discuss their specific pain point (and how you have felt it yourself), and develop a narrative around solving the problem. Once you’ve developed a rapport, further emails can include affiliate links, which will monetize your emails quickly and efficiently, without the need for your own info product or online course.


hey sean, am a newbie who is so ethusistic about online marketing. great post , i must commend , it came in handy. through your post i clearly understand that an affiliate mustr have a website and a blog as a platform for promoting the good and services. here the thing with me , i dont have either of them and am asking ….. is it advisable for me to delve in affilate marketing peradventure i get a blog running now …?
Once you start getting a bit of traction and you're spending many hours a week doing this, that's when I'd recommend to start building affiliate links into your videos. It's the same case as making a new website- there's no point in adding ads to your page when you don't have any page views. Work on content first, then once you have a decent traffic stream, then start to work on monetization.
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