"I have followed Michelle’s blog for years. Her blog posts are incredibly informative and never disappoint. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is no different. The detailed strategies she shares in her course can help any blogger implement affiliate marketing. Within two days I received my first ever affiliate sale! From then I was hooked. The Mastermind alone is worth the cost of the course and the immediate access to an affiliate marketing expert is priceless! I highly recommend Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing." - McKinzie Bean, Momsmakecents.com

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.


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.
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 …?
In addition to automatically monetizing existing links, VigLink can also optionally insert new, ordinary links where none existed before. For example, if a blogger mentions a product, brand or store, they don't have to worry about linking it themselves: VigLink will take care of that with its link insertion technology, which optimizes for both user experience and revenue.

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!
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.
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!
Thanks for stopping by! Blogging is a great way to make an income. What you are reading is a blog and it can be filled with words or videos to help your audience. You create content to attract a loyal readership and then you can monetize your blog by promoting products to your audience. Check out my free email course! https://twinsmommy.com/start-grow-earn-free-course/
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.
I have been making money online for over a year now. Not in the big time yet, still consider myself to be learning my craft. I was doing it really ineffectively (using adsense and amazon along with a t shirt affiliate deal) and driving traffic almost exclusively though facebook. Probably averaged about $800 a month over the last year, mostly because Christmas brought an absolute ton of t shirt sales)
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.

Buy a domain name that fits your niche. Names that have keywords in them can help you rank in the search engines. For instance “SaltwaterFishTanks101.com” might be a better choice than “SaltyTanks.com,” even though the later has a better “ring” to it. Often, hosting companies will offer a free domain when you sign up for a year of hosting, so look out for offers like that.
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.

Showing the wrong price is a violation of Amazon’s terms and conditions. As you know, the price in Amazon, so it’s a good practice not to share the amount in your site. If you can maintain the update, then there’s no obligation. But, the question is how would you get your website updated especially when there’s a ton of links. Don’t risk to include the price unless you’re able to connect Amazon’s API for an instant update.

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.


Will my target audience realistically spend this amount for the product? Again, your reputation is on the line here. Is the product you are thinking of promoting priced reasonably for your audience? When I was writing my ebook, I was stuck on pricing. I asked around for opinions. A number of people suggested I price my ebook at $47! Their idea was to price according to value, not size. In my mind that was crazy. My network was composed of a lot of stay-at-home bloggers, and my collective audience was comprised mostly of people without a whole lot of disposable income. There was no way anyone was going to pay $47 for my 30-page ebook.
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.
Due to the fact we thousands of different business-related templates, we are asking ourselves, if it possible to setup clickbank in such a way it adapts the Clickbank presented content to a keyword we give so that it’s matches up with the content on our website. For example, if our page contains a drop shipping agreement template only drop shipping related Clickbank content if presented.

One of the hardest things about getting started with affiliate marketing for dummies is that you don’t start out with a strong audience. You work hard and start to build up an impressive amount of blog posts and web pages, but no one is visiting your site. When no one reads your content, you have no chance of making those affiliate sales. The key is to put yourself out there.


Every single brand has a different commission rate. So Amazon’s will go up to 10% depending on how many products you sell in a month. But some brands will only do 5%, and some will do 50. Some will do 20. So you’ll have to look in the terms and conditions of that advertiser to see what kind of commission they get and whether you want to work with them or not.

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.

Post Affiliate Pro lets you choose from several pricing tiers (Monthly and One-Time). It’s fair to say their pricing structure is the most complicated in our roundup. Monthly plans can be restrictive in their offerings and limit tracking requests and integrations with other plugins so make sure you pick the right plan for your business. A basic package starts at $29/month and the ultimate package runs $99/month.
Just because you built a site and started promoting products on it doesn’t mean that you could start earning affiliate commissions right away. To generate affiliate sales on your site, you need to ensure that you’re attracting the right audience who would want to read reviews and recommendations on your site before purchasing the product you promote.
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.
If you don’t have the skills to build yourself a top-notch site or design compelling graphics, invest in a quality designer and copywriter to help you get your project off the ground. They’ll be able to help you set up your business for successful conversion. After all, if you’re going to put the time into starting a new venture, don’t you want to succeed?
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!
Anyone selling digital products online has probably already heard of Clickbank for affiliate marketers, one of the world’s largest affiliate networks. Whether you’re an experienced affiliate marketer or just starting out, you may want to consider using the platform. Clickbank currently connects some 12,000 vendors with more than 100,000 affiliates, and it also has a good reputation for on-time payment. However, the platform is not without fault either, and affiliate marketing is not as easy as many people might claim. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most significant pros and cons of this major affiliate network and online payment processor.
Affiliate Royale is a simple, user-friendly choice for an affiliate management plugin that gives entrepreneurs, marketing departments, or product creators total control. It’s a complete solution for WordPress and provides plenty of specific details about your marketing efforts including total clicks referred per affiliate, total sales and marketing activity. Offline sales tracking capabilities set this plugin apart from the others on the list.

ClixGalore is a pay-per-action affiliate network that offers various types of programs, including PPL (pay-per-lead), PPC (Pay-per-click), PPM (pay-per-impression) and PPS (pay-per-sale). Several well-known brands use this affiliate program, such as Citibanks and Fox sports Shop. The program also offers a two-tier network, in which bloggers can refer other affiliates to the network and receive a portion of their earnings.
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.
WooCommerce users will enjoy AffiliateWP’s easy integration and international functionality. If you’re already running an affiliate program, you’ll benefit from the time saves thanks to assisted migration. Shortcodes allow you to choose where and when your visitors find new affiliate invitations. Reward high-performing affiliates with personalized coupon codes with affiliate coupon tracking.

Thanks for the great article. If i’m a manufacture/seller and want hire affiliate to promote our product, which are the most effective ways to do so? To be more specific, we’re a start-up selling glass vessel sinks and high end kitchen sinks/faucets(www.arsumo.com).We’d like to give high commission rates for marketers to sell our product (10+%). Our product quality is great and we sell on wayfair and overstock currently but like to grow our own marketing channel. Thank you for your advise! I’m also considering to take your class to dive deeper into the marketer world.

If we scroll down here, you’re going to see email one is on Monday, email two is on Tuesday. This is actually this week. Email three is on Wednesday, or it looks like there’s another series of emails that say, “Coming soon.” This promotion is still going on this week. It’s actually a two-week promotion, which is one of the longest promotions I’ve ever seen. It’s still not over. I could be bringing in even more commissions because of this launch, and to add to that, guys, this is a quality product. You want to find a product in the marketplace that is in high demand, and, right now, eCommerce is in very, very high demand.
Another thing about affiliate marketing is the payout percentages as well as how these people track your viewers who are clicking on these links. Every time someone clicks on one of your special tracking affiliate links, a little cookie is put onto that person’s computer to track what they purchase. The best part about the cookies is that if you link to a specific product, they don’t have to purchase that product. Anything they purchase on that website, you get commissions for. So they could click over with your affiliate link and that cookie and decide not to purchase that, but purchase a whole bunch of other things, and you get paid commission off it.
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