Whether you’ve been looking for a way to earn a bit of money on the side or earn a full-time income with a bit more flexibility, it’s time to look into affiliate marketing programs for beginners. That’s how many of your favorite bloggers earn a regular income. The best part is that it’s relatively simple to get started, even with a basic “affiliate marketing for dummies”-level of knowledge. Affiliate marketing is easy to understand but does require you to invest either time or money. Is it right for you? Read on to find out.

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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.
Once you’ve set up your account, do note that Amazon requires you to use product links and generate income from at least three of them within 180 days. If you fail to do so within that time, they will close your account. If you are able to satisfy that requirement, Amazon will review your account as well as your usage of affiliate links once the first sale is complete.
A great SEO tactic is to do create one "featured article" where you send all guest post and link building traffic. This post will be the cornerstone of your website and you should focus on getting as many links as possible to this URL. Aim for a target keyword here with 25,000+ searches/month on Google and make sure to shorten the blog URL to only include the focus keyword. For example, Ryan's amazing post "10 Steps: How to Start a Blog on the Side and Make Money in 2018 (The Ultimate Guide)" simply has the URL ending in /how-start-blog/ (and is dominating search engines).

Glad it was helpful, Kimberly! Yes, from what I understand they use an affiliate program for 1-2 links in some cases. For example, I use scrapbook.com’s affiliate program for that one bunting how-to but I don’t really blog about my scrapbooking so that’ll probably be all I used it for. I was also concerned about having so many, but for old posts that still get a lot of traffic, it’s a good idea!


Every section of the homepage is customizable so you can add whatever coupons and offers you want. There’s also a complete coupon archive integrated with site search which allows visitors to easily find any deals on your site. Coupons can have expiration dates, extra reward options, and a counter advertising how many other people have used the coupon so far.

Congratulations! You’ve developed your blog content and are generating some serious traffic - you can now begin to monetize your blog with affiliate links. Once you sign on with affiliate marketing programs, don’t think throwing up a few banner ads will allow you to rake in the cash. It takes skill, effort, tracking, and at times, reevaluation, to turn affiliate marketing blogging into a steady income.
Thanks for all the information I am slowly working my way through your list of do’s and donts! ! I’ve been approached by a website that wants to develop editorial content for my blog featuring home improvement tips from their”national client” and pay me $40 a year for reviewing and publishing their content. Boy, I am just not sure how this all works? Any words for when we are approached by others to write for our blogs?
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.
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.
Once you’ve set up your account, do note that Amazon requires you to use product links and generate income from at least three of them within 180 days. If you fail to do so within that time, they will close your account. If you are able to satisfy that requirement, Amazon will review your account as well as your usage of affiliate links once the first sale is complete.
This training program has been created by KC Tan, Online Business Coach who has trained over 35,000 professionals, of which 12,000 have taken up this CB course itself. This course will help you gain the skills and knowledge to select good profitable products to promote, boost your sales by optimisation techniques, even market products without spending a penny on social media and build your own online passive income that can then grow depending on how aggressively you pursue and optimize it. At an average rating of 4.5 out of 5, we think this could be your best bet to get started on the journey to learning ClickBank Affiliate Marketing & Selling.
Enjoyed your article it is just packed with information and good resources, as you say building an online business like any other takes some investment and time, however this is a great way to build a future income and if done right could well replace a regular full-time income and more freedom to work in the way that suits you, a great way to go if your a stay at home mum or these days we see many retirees looking to top up their pensions
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:
SEMrush – 40% recurring commission for SEMrush subscription sales. That means $40 – $160/month for each person who continues their subscription when they sign up with your affiliate (not bad). This is one of the top rated SEO tools on the market and provides you with a large amount of data about keywords, backlinks, authority, referring domains, and more.
Hi Kamrul! I wouldn't try searching for low competition niches on Amazon. What you want to do is find products that sell really well on Amazon, but that you can get good traffic for on your site. The perfect niche would actually have high competition on Amazon (lots of sellers offering the same high-selling product) but low competition on Google and the other standard search engines.
Most of the people think that Clickbank is just another affiliate network, but that’s far from the truth. The platform is simply a large marketplace for product creators with a massive list of affiliates. Product creators pay Clickbank to list their product, Clickbank uses its massive affiliate follower base (me and you) to promote those products and everyone gets a cut. Simple, right?
Suppose you love fashion or maybe you’re all about the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets. These are both great opportunities for affiliate marketing. However, if your current blog, website or social platform (if you have any of these) might not be the best fit. Try your hand at a pay-per click campaign, all you need is an account, a landing page and a small budget to get started!
Thank you for posting this. In the last 2 weeks, I have started signing up for affiliate programs, however find it overwheleming. I did a few links in a post, however wasn’t sure how to do about it. I also didn’t think about linking in old posts (Really?! This is awesome!) I have a couple posts that get daily hits! My mouth hit the floor when I read people sign up for hundreds. Yeah, not all at once, however I would feel so unorganized. Is it that they just use particular ones possibly once or twice and never again?
Affiliate marketing on YouTube can be difficult to wrap your head around if you're a beginner or even if you've been making videos for while because when you first start making videos you don't think about affiliate marketing. There is a lot to explore on the subject, however, once you learn the basics it is possible to make money as an affiliate on YouTube.
This is the first tip for making money with YouTube videos and affiliate links that you should follow if you are going to use the Amazon Marketplace. Remember that the affiliate links for the products that you promote on Amazon can be really long and will be pretty ugly if you put it on your video description. That’s why you should shorten your affiliate link to make it simpler and easier for people to click on it.If you choose to participate in the Amazon affiliate program, you should only use the link shortener provided by Amazon, not other link shortening services like bit.ly or private link shorteners like VTO.io. If you are participating in an affiliate program from other merchants, you should use the link shortener provided by them, if one is available.

Another way that you can boost interaction is to create separate sites on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Not all of these will really fit with every type of niche, but if it seems appropriate, go for it. A lot of your readers use these sites on a daily basis, so it can be a good way to help them stay up to date.

You don’t need to buy an expensive camera or drone. You can produce top notch quality videos using just your smartphone. One thing that you do need to work on though, is the editing. Get very good at editing or pay somebody to do it for you. It would be great if you took the trouble to learn to edit well. it’s a useful skill that will pay off very well in the long term. Psst…it’s not that hard – really!
Cloudways – usually the second highest rated host in Facebook polls offering higher commissions than SiteGround (once you climb to higher tiers). Doesn’t have CPU limits, a common complaint with SiteGround. Reports from the WordPress Speed Up Facebook Group have been that their hosting is super faster. Only reason I don’t promote them is because I’ve been doing so well with SiteGround, they’re not #1 in every Facebook poll like SiteGround, and Cloudways is a little expensive for the average user (although SiteGround’s promotional price expires after 1-3 years and then THEY get more expensive). There are pros and cons for each.
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!).
At that point, the customer is happy with your product and more receptive to promoting it especially when there’s money in it for them. If you choose affiliate marketing software that comes with an automated affiliate emails feature, you won’t have to deal with the time-consuming, tedious task of emailing people one at a time. (Yes, even if you’re a copy / paste master.)
WooShop has a customizable homepage that includes a responsive slider at the top to promote your most popular or highest converting offers. You can choose from three different types of grid layouts for the homepage sale listings and add as many product categories as you want. Visitors will appreciate the optimized product and cart pages. WooShop is also optimized for AdSense ads and SEO-ready to help bring more visitors into your site.
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.
To be able to share your affiliate video on youtube, you need to become a partner withYouTube. To become a YouTube partner, all you need to do is make a video that will get a considerable number of viewers. You will know that you are getting a great many visitors when youtube will contact you and allow you to fill an application form to become a partner.

Website owners and bloggers who make money from affiliate marketing must clearly disclose that you earn a commission from the links on the page as part of the Federal Trade Commission’s disclosure requirements. While the FTC’s jurisdiction is limited to the United States, it is good practice to be clear and transparent to your website visitors. Doing so will actually help enhance your recommendation and increase website visitors’ trust in you. I recommend that you take the time to also read these articles:
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Always make affiliate links nofollow. Google’s goal is to provide its users with the best possible search results to their search queries. One of the main ways they figure out which webpages are the best is through links. The Google bots crawl the web, reading text. When they come to a link, it’s like an open door. They follow the link (walk through the door) and explore the site you linked to.
Great post, Sean! I have been using Adsense for the most part for two years now and each year, due to great content, my income has doubled. Thanks for all the great content, and this is sure to open my eyes a bit more to the likes of Amazon, which, I will admit, I have been ignoring due to the way they treat their affiliates. But, maybe it’s just me being a turd….
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.
I was actually with Bluehost at one point and Godaddy. I didn’t know much about hosting when I started and did the same thing (I think everybody does) where they either do a Google search and follow an affiliate’s recommendations whose in it for the money or they ask their developer. But I am glad you’re giving SiteGround a shot and like I mentioned in the previous comment – let me know how it works for you. Yes their support is amazing I am always impressed by it.
That’s right, although you might see YouTubers using much nicer (and expensive equipment) such as Pat Flynn, this is not a requirement. In fact, we highly recommend you use what you have first to decide if using YouTube for affiliate marketing is a strategy you like. If not, then you won’t have wasted any money. As with everything else, I don’t recommend you put time and effort into anything unless you actually enjoy it. Play to your strengths! If it is something you enjoy, though, then you can make an informed decision on what equipment you might want to upgrade to eventually.

WordPress is fairly optimized right out of the box, but there are also a handful of plugins like the All in One SEO Pack and Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin that do a great job of making your WordPress site search engine friendly. Beginners can install these plugins with their default settings and start reaping the benefits immediately and more advanced users can tweak them as required.


Shopify’s affiliate program is narrower since their target audience is those who want to build their own eCommerce sites. The program makes up for this with sizable rates. You can earn up to $58 for each successful referral. The company also has various tools to help in your affiliate campaign, including tutorials on how to better promote their products.
Contact the company directly. If you use a product or service and want to recommend it but you can’t find evidence of an affiliate program, consider approaching them and asking if they are willing to set one up (maybe with your help). Highlight your audience and the value of your recommendation. Explain that an affiliate program is simply rewarding happy customers (you!) for promoting, and they don’t have to pay until a sale is made.
Thank you for sharing your advice on Amazon and affiliate marketing. I just recently joined Amazon and have been updating my blogs using your techniques. Hopefully it works for me like it has worked for you, granted I know now based on your experience that I probably won’t see any big income from it for awhile but it is really nice to know I am on the right track to some success in the future.
"I started my blog in March 2015 and didn't even know what affiliate marketing meant. And....I didn't do much about it. I think my largest month was around $500 last year and then died down to sometimes only a few bucks per month. It wasn't my focus, but I didn't realize I was leaving money on the table, meaning I was losing money every month! I decided to enroll in Michelle's course, and I quickly noticed I didn't know a thing when it came to true Affiliate Marketing! No wonder it just 'wasn't working for me'...
Last week, I found out that all of my BuyCostumes.com links were dead (they are through CJ). When I contacted the affiliate mgr to ask why, her first response was this, “Hi Sandee, are you aware of tax nexus laws that have been passed in IL, CT, RI, NC and AR? Do you reside in any of these states?” I replied back that I live in IL and her second response was this, ” I’m so sorry. I had to terminate partnerships with IL affiliates as of June, 2011.” Then I emailed CJ to find out how I can tell which merchants within the network are still doing business in IL. Here’s the response I got, “If the advertiser accepted you, then that would generally mean that the advertiser has no problems with your state. You may always follow up with the advertisers directly, but them accepting you should generally be a good sign.”

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.
What do Clickbank’s statistics say about this product? When you look at the product, Clickbank offers key information about it and the results being generated. You can find out metrics, such as average commission amounts per sale, to see how profitable it may be to you and see how well the product ranks in terms of total sales, in its category, and so on.
There are many ways to make money with your videos and one popular way is to make money is to combine YouTube videos and affiliate links. If you have an active channel on YouTube are building subscribers, and like to upload regular videos about anything, you can turn your video views into constant income for you. Many people opt to use the YouTube ads program to make money out of their videos. This is the most standard money making program on YouTube but it may not provide much of an income in the long run. For hundreds of views on your videos, you might only make a few cents out of your YouTube ads.
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From what I can tell it appears to be an effective money maker when you put the time and effort behind it. Knowing how to do this with the right websites and how to work through the SEO process in order to make the right gains is what really impressed me. This video series is not about getting you into the money making mentality, it is more about showing you and walking you through the process of how to do the actual work to be successful at Affiliate Marketing. To quote Yoda from Star Wars "Do or do not, there is no try". That's the only mentality you need when you go into this to be successful.
It’s a great way to make passive income. Of course, when I say “passive”, this doesn’t account for the time needed to spend building or maintaining your WordPress site. However, in terms of having to promote these affiliate links, you can put in as much or as little work as you want to drive traffic to them. This obviously makes this a great option for a passive income stream if you’re not in the business of e-commerce.

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.


Thanks for the tips, Tiffany! It was very helpful. I just started my blog about a month ago and just signed up for Shareasale. I do have a further question. Do you know what blog post on Shareasale’s blog, gives me the best information in getting started and what I need to do? I am finding it hard to navigate my way through and really get an idea of the best way to start. It’s all quite overwhelming. Or is there a post that you have to guide me better?
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.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a great learning tool, even if you are a brand new blogger. By taking this course, you will start off blogging the correct way. You can learn from my affiliate marketing mistakes and learn the best ways to start making an income by being an affiliate. Through taking this course you are sure to grow a profitable blog quicker than the average blogger, as you'll learn exactly what you need to know about affiliate marketing. So, even if you only have one blog post, you are ready to get started with this course!
What kind of commission do they offer? One-time commissions or recurring commissions? For example, many programs pay you one time for sending a customer. On the other hand, some programs like membership sites or SaaS (software as a service) programs will pay you a commission as long as the person you referred is a paying customer. Recurring commissions are great when you can find them!
If somebody’s asking recommendation on clothing and you work in a clothing store, you don’t wear that specific brand that you’re selling, then people aren’t going to believe that the quality is what you say it is. You want congruency in your marketing completely, and I think by showing people the back office shows that, hey, you went out there with your own money, you purchased the product, which means you believe in the product, which means you can endorse the product.
If you decide to start your own affiliate program, there are a few alternatives to choose from. Since your website is run by WordPress the obvious choice would be to use a WordPress plugin, right? Surprisingly, there are not that many competitors as expected in the plugin niche to choose from. But here we take a look at the plugins that are available and are excellent choices to kick-start your very own affiliate marketing platform.
I try to personally just err on the side of being as transparent as possible about my relationship with the brand. So if they gave me a free product, and I’m not getting compensated for it, I’ll just say that. If it’s an affiliate relationship, like they have no idea who I am, that I’m even talking about it, but I do get a small percentage of the sale, thank you. I just try personally just to be– because trust is the main thing, like currency with your viewers that is most important. And anything that could kind of potentially violate that, personally I’m just like, I want to be completely up front with you guys about everything, whatever’s going on, so there’s no questions. And you guys can always feel like you can trust what I’m saying.
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