How to Get Started Online in Affiliate Marketing

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In a previous article I explained what Affiliate Marketing is exactly and how it works, so I thought I’d follow up with my take on how to get started with this online method of monetizing your website.

It has to be my favorite way to make money but you do need to know what you’re doing – done the correct way, with dedication and perseverance, you can do really well with this business model. Many online business owners use this method alone and are financially very rich due to it.

A whole business can be created and managed just by building a website around a topic or niche and then by writing about products or services relevant to the niche.

As part of the planning stages of creating the website, choosing products or services to promote and finding companies that offer affiliate programs, would have been already done. So when content is created you’d already have affiliate products in mind to promote.

Another good thing to do is review products and services and write up these reviews for your website – again, always link to the product using an affiliate link.

People love reading reviews before buying something online, so if your website offers value to readers you are onto a winner.

Watch Out for Affiliate Marketing Scams


I’d say that nearly every online business owner has, at some point, lost money to some Internet Scam that’s been floating about the net, disguised as something worth having.

Do your homework before signing-up to any offer. Check out the company the best way you can. Do searches, read reviews, know what it is you are subscribing to beforehand and not after you’ve lost money or been taught ‘black-hat’ marketing methods that simply do not work or are out-dated.

Being scammed online does not only cost financially but it can harm a person’s confidence. I’ve been scammed in the past and it very nearly resulted in me throwing the towel in on the online world – so glad I found the courage to pick myself back up and continue.

It is also worth mentioning that using out-dated marketing techniques and ‘black-hat’ methods to create websites and get traffic will not only bring you poor results but can harm your online presence, as Google will not look favourably on your site and will probably blacklist it.

What Types of Affiliate Offers Are There?


Most large sized companies offer an affiliate program with varying commission scales; you just need to check out this information as you sign up to them. Plus, more and more smaller businesses are following trend with providing a service for affiliates to join, especially as increasing numbers rise in customers trust with buying online.

Companies such as Amazon offer their own program and this is great for any niche. Whatever your niche; weightloss, pets, sports, or gaming, you will find tons of suitable affiliate programs.

There are also Affiliate Networks in which companies sign-up to and allow the network to manage their program. This is great for both businesses and affiliates because the business sells products through the affiliate and the affiliate has a whole marketplace of programs to choose from.

Here are some of the Affiliate Networks I know and use are: Clickbank, CJ Affiliate by Conversant and Shareasale. Take a look for yourself, I’m sure you’ll find at least one company that interests you.

Affiliate Marketing Training


Getting started with Affiliate Marketing can seem a bit daunting for the online business novice, why make it hard for yourself? My suggestion would be to join an online training platform that teaches up-to-date methods and also provides support. I’m a member of Wealthy Affiliate, an Internet Marketing Training Community, that has both; highly-experienced, successful, marketers and ‘new-to-the-business’ marketers, working alongside each other. They also provide fully managed web-hosting with FREE SSL (essential for a successful online business in 2017). This website was built and is hosted at WA. Wealthy Affiliate offer a free 7 Day Trial, why not check it out or read my review for more information.


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Want to learn how to build a business online? If so get in touch, I can help. I began working online in 2011 because I wanted the freedom to work when I wanted and to get away from being an employee. I've learned lots in that time and now work full-time from home online. With this website I aim to help others who also want to work from home and learn about the online world. Leave a comment in the box below or use the contact page on this website. You can also connect with me over at Wealthy Affiliate. Here is my profile link, Suzanne-SB's Profile at WA.

21 Comments on “How to Get Started Online in Affiliate Marketing”

  1. Doing an honest review of a product is probably the best way to have people take you seriously. I would take a review and really read what the writer has to say about a certain type of product. If you want to get into affiliate marketing then the writing good reviews will surely help people make the right buying choice and at the same time drive traffic to your website.Couple this with genuine advice around comments that people have left will build your authority in any given niche.

  2. Thanks Suzanne for simple but very understandable for beginners explanation of online business.
    I am in about eight years and almost a couple of years in Wealthy Affiliate community like you are. I was some success in online money making enterprise before joining WA, but unfortunately, it was bit gray style method. Google is very smart, and today we need to be very careful, and the only way is not to violate TOS.
    The knowledge base in Wealthy Affiliate University is enough to find everything you need.

  3. I’ve heard about Wealthy Affiliate. My only concern was I read too many sites claiming it was a scam. Reading through your post, however, it doesn’t seem like a scam at all. I appreciate the honesty you provide. It’s really hard to find a legitimate online program that provides real answers on how to start up an online business. For me, personally, this would be ideal because I really don’t like my day-time job lol. I appreciate all the hard work you’ve put into this website and doing your research, making it easier for us, who are very skeptical when it comes to online “make passive income” type programs.

  4. Hi there Suzanne,

    A nice and concise article indeed, with plenty of interesting facts.

    As you pointed out, the key elements to affiliate success are researching, reading reviews and making a list of products that are suitable for our niche. In other words, being prepared.

    I might add that one should also go and test new products, and review them while they’re still fresh in the market as people will definitely be looking for those types of reviews in a very active way.

    Other than that, the article is very fulfilling and includes the most legit recommendation in the online world. Wealthy Affiliate.

    Keep up the delicious fresh articles,

    Cheers

    Aydo

    1. Good point Aydo, thanks for mentioning it, of course testing and reviewing products as the come to market is a great way of providing some valuable information to readers.

      speak soon
      Suzanne

  5. Hi there

    Thank u so much for the information u have provided. I have been looking into working online and this affiliate marketing sounds like it might work for me. I have a passion in diving that I would love to write about and if I can make money while doing that then I am all in.
    This Wealthy Affiliate you mentioned, will it have all that I need or will I still need to sign up with someone else for additional information or training? I will check back for your response. Thanks again for a great article, I really enjoyed the read.

    Carl

    1. Hi Carl,

      Thanks for your comment, the ‘diving’ niche sounds great and if you have a passion for it, better still.

      WA has just about everything you’ll need to get you started, further down the line you may want to purchase your own domain but you can do that through WA and a domain cost is minimal.

      Hope this helps
      regards
      Suzanne

  6. Great tip at the beginning, Always do your homework before you sign up for anything. That is so true and so important, being young and a person who just wants to make money, but not in the usually way (9 to 5 or school) anything that has large amounts of money following the dollar sign, of course a lot of things are going to sound good. Well, that’s just it, most of these opportunities are too good to be true. You shouldn’t just jump at the chance just because it sounds good. To all the young people out there who want to make money, think before you act. You don’t want to risk everything. Thanks for this, you touched on a lot great points that are needed to start working from home.

    1. Thanks for the comment Emonne and thanks for your ‘call-out’ to all young people. It really bothers me that that some scammers on the internet will take everything from a person if given the chance!

      Be careful out there people!

      regards
      Suzanne

  7. Hi Suzanne,
    Thanks for the great information.. I enjoyed your article and I agree that there are many scams out there on the internet.
    Is the free training at Wealthy Affiliate a good way to get started to learn how to build a business online and do I have to give out my credit card number for the free training?
    Thanks for your help
    Mitch

    1. Hi Mitch,

      Glad you liked the article.

      In response to your questions; the free training is an excellent introduction to Affiliate Marketing and no you don’t have to provide any credit card details.

      You really have nothing to loose by giving it a try.

      regards

      Suzanne

  8. Hello Suzanne!

    I’m new to affiliate marketing and i have to say that first of all for some reason your article gave me hope. 😛 Also, Wealthy Affiliate is indeed a very useful and helpful platform even to people that don’t have a clue on this matter. Keep up the good job!

    1. Oh Antonis, what a great thing to hear! I’m so glad my article gave you hope.
      If I can help you more, do please let me know.

      regards
      Suzanne

  9. Hi Suzanne

    I have also had my fair share of scams, I was involved in several , in fact I still remember this one called egomoneyac, it’s not even online anymore, you’ll only find traces of it.

    So when I came across wealthy affiliate, back in mid-2014…I also still remember that fateful day, WA really did get me started and it also set me on the right path to my affiliate success.

    I’ve been able to establish a long-term business. and I’m only 24, if I can do it, everyone can!

    Thanks for the great information about making informed decisions before buying or joining any affiliate network. You’ve really addressed some of the pitfalls that aspiring affiliate marketers, and beginners often encounter in this industry.

    -Khanya

    1. Hi Khanya,

      Thanks for the comment, I’ve not heard of egomoneyac but by the sound of it, I didn’t miss much, apart from being scammed.

      It’s so cool you have a business aged 24, and you are so right, if I can do it anyone can. You and me both 🙂

      It’s said over and over, throughout the training, just follow the lessons and you’ll succeed; they’re not lying.

  10. Hello there, thanks for explanation about affiliate marketing. I think that it is a great opportunity because everybody is good at something. I do not know any person who is not knowledgeable about particular things.

    What fascinates me that if we are passionate about something, we can write about it. It is a lot better to research information and share it about topics which inspire us.

    There are so many opportunities with affiliate marketing because manufacturers are happy if their customers would buy more products. We can help them writing about items which we tried and liked.

    All the best, be healthy and wealthy, Nemira.

    1. Hi Nemira,

      It is so true, there are so many avenues you can go down with affiliate marketing. There are tons of affiliate programs out there now-a-days, you can basically promote anything 🙂

      You have a good and profitable day.
      regards
      Suzanne

  11. Thanks, really love to see your great information shared in this article. It will really help newbies who are interested in learning Affiliate Marketing.

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