It’s amazingly difficult to get people to click affiliate links. I’ve only met two people in real life outside of the internet who knew what ClickBank is, so while internet marketers oftentimes worry about disguising their affiliate links thinking that people “know” they are affiliate links… most people who aren’t internet marketers don’t even have a clue about it – YET it still seems like it takes an enormous amount of people to a website (even if they are “targeted”) before you get clicks. And hundreds of clicks before sales.
Here at ShoutMeLoud, I am continually sharing ways in which you can earn money from your blog. One of the most effective ways is through affiliate marketing. In affiliate marketing, you choose a product related to your blog niche, create product awareness, and then when somebody buys a product using your affiliate link, you receive a referral commission from it. If you are a complete newcomer to affiliate marketing, here are some articles that will give you all the information you need to get started:
Ready to get started? Install Omnistar Affiliate Software for your WordPress by clicking the link below. Once installed, you can follow this guide to set up an affiliate program for your WordPress. Want to grow your WordPress website using affiliate marketing? Need an affiliate program to get your WordPress store more traffic, leads, and customers? Well, this post is for you! In this detailed and actionable guide, you will learn how you can create an affiliate program for your WordPress website. Create an affiliate program for WordPress is very easy. In this guide, you will learn how you can integrate Omnistar Affiliate Software with WordPress. Omnistar Affiliate Software makes it easy to create and manage an affiliate program. Omnistar has a WordPress plugin and in this post you will see how you can use the Omnistar WordPress plugin to create an affiliate program for your WordPress. Before we jump into the guide, we have to discuss and see why an affiliate program is important for online marketing. Affiliate marketing allows your business to get access to a customer network you never had before. Using affiliate marketing, you can get your customers to promote your WordPress business to their family and friends. This can be easily accomplished using social media platforms and email. In this post, we will show you:
Corruption in the postal, medical, government departments and police in African countries, and especially the Philippines is well known. Any affiliate marketer living in a third world county would know the risks of doing the work and not receiving payment. The last time I heard, Clickbank would not make payment directly to any bank outside the country an affiliate lived, and getting payment to a foreign bank was impossible - unless CB have recently changed their payment policy.
The MoneyFlow internet marketing theme will work especially well if you like to publish new content frequently. If you take a look through the demo, you’ll see that there is a lot of opportunity in the multi-column homepage for displaying new and featured posts. Another cool feature is the WooCommerce integration which allows you to add an entire affiliate shop to your site (sell your products or someone else’s).
While affiliate networks (like Shareasale) are suited rather for affiliates with no particular strategy, I’d suggest you choosing SaaS affiliate programs (software as a service) if you want to work independently on a large scale. SaaS affiliate programs are usually much higher paying, due to the value of software they offer. While it may take a bit more effort to find a customer for B2B-oriented software, revenues from closed deals are incomparable. What’s even more enticing, some of SaaS affiliate programs sell monthly recurring licenses and - therefore - offer fixed recurring commissions!
The rest of the layout of theme gives your deals plenty of room to breathe, while also displaying a good selection of links to the other offers you are promoting. Another nice feature of the CouponXL theme is that your visitors can sign up and start submitting their own deals. This is great, as enabling this feature can really help your website grow organically, as more content is added. You also have the option of charging your visitors a fee for making use of this service, giving you another way to monetize your site.
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?
Whether you are going to start your affiliates with electronics or sports items is totally up to you. If you choose a small niche then it might be hard to make money out of it since the industry is already way too competitive. By selecting multiple platforms, you’re spreading the seeds all over the yard. You can hope, some plants you will get for sure even if some can’t live.
Great tips! Since I just started blogging in January I am still really just getting my toes wet in affiliates. However, I did notice that pictures and real life demonstrations of the product really help. For instance, I have several food posts where I talk about my favorite cook books and show what I have cooked out of them, and then included amazon links, sure enough I sold a few cook books.

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.
If you’re like most affiliate marketers and you have several different websites, ManageWP can save you a lot of valuable time. With this plugin you can manage all of your WordPress-based sites from one location, saving you from the need to flip back and forth between the WordPress dashboard of several different sites. It includes features like scheduled backups, client reports, a clone wizard, SEO analysis and much more. If you manage several different WordPress-based websites ManageWP can become a very valuable tool for you.
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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.
These results raise a series of challenging product and policy questions for startup companies with user-generated content. In the wake of the 2016 election where fake news factories built viral content and generated serious advertising revenues, social networks like Facebook have had to confront the tradeoff between a maniacal focus on quantitative engagement like page views and time on site and the quality of that engagement. If affiliated content does have higher engagement statistically as this study showed, that poses a dilemma for companies looking to boost revenue while also improving engagement quality at the expense of quantity.
What I did is I went to JVNotifyPro, and you can go to either one of these. On MunchEye.com, you can see the big launches on the left-hand side here. This is typically all the launches that are going to have a lot of affiliates. We can also go to JVNotifyPro. We can scroll down here, and what I did is I went to January 23rd. This was back around the end of December, and I saw this offer by Aidan Booth and Steve Clayton. It’s The 7-Figure Cycle. It’s an eCommerce product, and what I did is I looked at the Clicks to JV page. If this over 1,000 unique clicks, even over 500, it means it’s going to be a pretty popular product. It’s going to be a good launch.
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.

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.

Thanks! I have a few products mixed into my blog posts, and will be adding more. I have found CB to be a mixed bag so far – but need more time to see how it pans out. Also wondering about setting up more sites to follow the funnel you set up. I was pleased to hear you mention having 3 follow ups in the responder sequence. Someone else had suggested 10! I figured by 4 or 5 you lost them anyway.


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:
My situation is I’m a Professor and Program Director for a Community College teaching massage therapy, a very in-demand field yet my college does little marketing. It’s my job to recruit students. I have a Facebook page and Twitter, and about 100+ followers on each. Can you see this type of system with funnels etc. working to help recruit potential students? If so, how? I feel like building content and creating opt ins should help, as we too are offering a “product”. Thanks for your time!
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).
Now, that is one side of Clickbank and it’s the Vendor side. So we have the vendors on one side. This is if you have a product or service or something that you want to sell, you go to Clickbank, you sign up, and you get your order forms and everything like that. The cool thing about Clickbank is that they have tens of thousands of product vendors. There is all kind of different products from, ‘how to teach your kid to walk or ride a bike, to “how to make money on the internet”. Tons and tons of digital products are on the Clickbank.
The first thing you need to do is install the Omnistar Affiliate Software plugin to your WordPress. To do this, visit the Omnistar WordPress Affiliate plugin page and then install it. Next, you have to options for install the plugin. The first one, you can upload it via FTP. If you use FTP, just upload the files in this directory `/wp-content/plugins/` If you are not using FTP, you can upload the files from within WordPress by clicking on Plugins.

The book is well organized. I appreciated the discussion of how to avoid common mistakes like being too salesy or thinking that affiliate marketing is a get rich quick scheme.This is definitely the book to get when you're first starting out to help you understand the process of affiliate marketing. So get your pen and highlighter out and use this great resource to get you started on the right track for creating your affiliate marketing goals.


SEO optimization is important to rank high on Google and draw attention of potential customers. However, the content you fill your website with has to maintain this attention and turn website visitors into customers of products/services you sell as an affiliate. Popular ways of promoting affiliate offers include writing honest product reviews, using in-text content links, email marketing activities and offering unique discounts and special offers.
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.
I’ve just got to hear about affiliate marketing and am really a newbie to this matter. The post above was so great and helpful for a person like me. I also took a look at locationrebel which seemed very exciting to me. I wonder if those courses and blueprints are still applicable because as far as I’ve seen, the reviews and testimonials all refer to the year 2013. It was the only reason that hold me back from joining the Locationrebel. I would be very thankful if you help me with this matter.
If you don’t know this by now, please be aware that your audience can sniff out a BS blog post faster than you can hit them with a sexy retargeting campaign. If you wouldn’t use the product or you don’t completely understand how it works, what it does, or the brand that makes it, do not promote it. Period. The fastest way to lose readers is to produce content that’s clearly only created for the cash.
The default home page layout of this theme makes it a great option for websites that have busy publishing schedules. From the moment a visitor lands at your site, they will have a wealth of articles to choose from. After making their choice, they can then read the article, as well as find their way to more of the content on your site, via the trending article display in the header, the multiple sidebar widgets, and the range of footer links.
I think affiliate marketing works well for you Tom, because you write good content and refer good products regardless if you make money from it. As you said in a previous comment that you don’t get anything from yoast and write tutorials for people to learn wordpress seo. That’s how it should be. Other sites trend to list “top 10/best” of “something” and list a few pros and cons and stuff affiliate links everywhere.

This one's for the gamers out there.. the Nintendo Creators Program works much like any other affiliate program, whereby you receive a cut of every commission Nintendo receives from your YouTube videos, so long as those videos are Nintendo-related. It was designed for any youtuber that uses Nintendo copyrighted content in their videos, as a way to give back to the creators. The entire program is run through paypal, which may put some off, but should give you peace of mind that your transactions are safe. You have a choice between registering your entire channel, or just individual videos and the advertisement revenue share is 70% for entire channels and 60% for videos.

The researchers next investigated the text of content with affiliate links and analyzed whether they made any disclosures about their economics to users. Among content that had affiliate links, 10.49% of YouTube videos and 7.03% of pins on Pinterest had disclosures. Worse, the disclosure language recommended by the FTC was only included on roughly 2% of affiliated content across the two platforms.
The homepage doesn’t waste space with blog posts or non-monetized content. It immediately advertises the site’s best deals and follows this up with a slider of some additional popular coupons. Below that visitors will find more coupons organized by category. Clicking any offer will take visitors to the dedicated coupon pages where they will then click the ad again to get the code and visit the vendor’s site.
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.
Referral fees aren’t just for the products you recommend. Perhaps the coolest thing about the Amazon Associates program is that you receive credit for any sale associated with your affiliate link for 24 hours. So, if a customer visits the page of the product you recommended, but then goes on to purchase five more eligible items during that same visit, you will receive a portion of that entire sale.
Marques Brownlee, who is mentioned in this post and featured in our Top Tech Reviewers, is a fantastic example of how to include affiliate links on your YouTube videos that actually provide viewers with even greater value. With such high quality, professional tech review videos, it’s easy to see why he has a YouTube following of nearly 3.5 million people, and receives well over a million views on many of his videos.
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.
Whether you’re featuring products on a strictly affiliate basis, or you’re also selling your own items from your website, REHub is a great choice. This is thanks to its full support for two of the leading ecommerce plugins for WordPress: WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads. By using either of these two plugins, you can list products you are promoting as an affiliate alongside your own inventory to ensure maximum sales and money making opportunities.
WP RSS Aggregator is an ideal plugin to fetch content from affiliate networks into your WordPress site. With its powerful add-ons, you can even set up auto blogs with your affiliate networks. This plugin will automatically fetch products as posts into your WordPress blog. Combine this with your own original content, and you can easily boost your affiliate earnings.

Once you have built up your email list, you can start promoting offers via email. And when I say “built up” I mean one person will do! Get used to sending emails to your readers, and make sure you create a relationship with them before you start to promote offers. You don’t want to come across like that person that only cares about making a sale! Be genuine, share tips and only promote when there is an honest offer that will fit your audience.


I don’t try to sell too much. All you need to do is to drive value and give good information to the buyer. Put yourself in the shoes of the buyer and address their fears and questions. Don’t beat around the bush and don’t try to waste their time and at the end, try showing some sort of proof or results. If you own the product, show what’s inside and talk about your experience with it. This will help you to build a relationship with them quickly.
The only downfall is you can only use an affiliate link on the Freelancer homepage. So instead of linking to someone’s profile directly, you will need to tell people to sign up through the homepage (using your affiliate link) then search the freelancer’s username. But if you show their portfolio on your website like I do (these WordPress speed projects), people will do it.
What I’m going to do is I’m going to go over to my search results here, and I’ve pulled up all the JV emails that I’m going to get from Steve and Aidan or that I’ve gotten. When we go to the JV Launch page, we want to make sure we fill this out so we can receive all the promotional material. What I’m going to do is I’m going to click this top one here, and if I go to, “Click here for full details,” it will basically give you the strategy of what email to send out to your list and when, and it will also include swipes that you should be sending out to your list on any given day. It’ll say, “Okay, on Monday, you need to send out this email. On Tuesday, you need to send out this email,” so on and so forth.
Great stuff here Sean – thanks for all of these insights and sharing some best practices when it comes to affiliate marketing. I’ve never been comfortable giving it a shot, but after reading this post and your perspective on how and when to do it, I may just have to give it a try. Especially considering I’m already mentioning and recommending services and products on my site, I’m just not getting the potential rewards associated with doing so. Thanks again.
Thanks for sharing this post Kim. Great summary of top affiliate programs out there! I started setting up affiliate links on my site on a Resources page after hearing Pat Flynn and Leslie Samuel talk about affiliate marketing in their podcasts. My new site is in its infancy, and I now have it with a designer to make it look better and to optimize elements of each page. So I plan to promote my affiliate links more in the future when the site is looking better. I took the approach of “go ahead and start blogging even though the site isn’t really set up yet!” I’ll use my podcast as a way to further promote my affiliate links – primarily about course design and elearning.
ShareASale offers pay-per-sale, pay-per-lead, and pay-per-click programs, with a minimum payout of $50. ShareASale is my favorite affiliate program network because of their large marketplace (they have tons of blogger-friendly affiliate programs) and the ease of use. If you want to make money through affiliate marketing, I highly recommend you give ShareASale a try.
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Author hReview is a comprehensive plugin for managing reviews. Publishing product reviews is an excellent way to earn money as an affiliate, and this plugin makes it easy to promote products through reviews on your blog. You can write your review and give the product a rating. The plugin includes a widget to display the highest-rated products in your sidebar, or wherever the widgetized area of your theme is located.
You may have noticed in my overview of the Amazon Associates site that I left out the mention of the plugin they built for WordPress. That’s because the plugin doesn’t work (at least not well). Luckily, the Amazon Auto Links plugin will simplify the process of finding new and relevant products to promote and creating affiliate links to them--all from within WordPress.

Marques Brownlee, who is mentioned in this post and featured in our Top Tech Reviewers, is a fantastic example of how to include affiliate links on your YouTube videos that actually provide viewers with even greater value. With such high quality, professional tech review videos, it’s easy to see why he has a YouTube following of nearly 3.5 million people, and receives well over a million views on many of his videos.
Another way to promote your affiliate income is by using affiliate links to your own blog post. When doing this, you should always write targeted-posts. For example, when you are writing about How to Select the Best Hosting for your WordPress Blog, you can add a line at the end saying: “I recommend this particular host for a WordPress blog:” (insert your affiliate link).

One of the most effective and most popular ways to make money online is affiliate marketing. As an affiliate marketer you will probably be managing several different websites and promoting multiple affiliate products, which can become quite cumbersome to manage. Fortunately, there are a number of excellent WordPress plugins that affiliate marketers can use to accomplish different things that will help to save time and make more money.
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.”

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.
Pat believes that affiliates, and businesses as a whole, should be both ethical and transparent. This means that Pat only recommends products that he’s passionate and familiar about. He also uses four concepts when working with affiliate networks: provide massive value, earn massive trust, learn and understand the needs and wants of your followers, and lead and teach by example.
When providing affiliate links, you want to do is discreetly but also so that the user will actually see it. You can place links in your description (mention this in your video) or even put annotations in your videos for people to click. I wouldn't spam your videos with links, otherwise people will just see you videos as pushy and trying to sell something. The best way is to appear genuine and honest.
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