Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing for Beginners 2021

I can still remember the moment and excitement of when I had made my first affiliate commission, or rather the moment I realized when I woke up one morning to the email…

I jumped up and couldn’t wait to tell the wife that I had made my first sale from Amazon after working tirelessly for months to achieve it.

It was only a $3 Amazon commission…

But until you realize how much it means to you to achieve your first dollar online, then you will not know how important and exciting that moment was.

To those of you who have made your first dollar, you will know exactly what I mean. The feeling of excitement and elation is beyond description and it doesn’t matter that it was only $3, it proved that affiliate marketing did work!!

You will start to tell yourself, “This Works!”

You will start to gain confidence in your own ability and your motivation will only increase!

Many people have gone on from this point and gone on to the point where they are earning a full-time income (a 4-figure passive income every month) from Affiliate Marketing. We will show you some results later in the post.

Don’t worry if you haven’t made any money online yet, regardless of whether you have not started with affiliate marketing or you are still struggling to break through.

Because in this post, we are going to give to you a step-by-step guide to Succeed in Affiliate Marketing for Beginners.

This information is going to be totally relevant as we go into 2020 and beyond.

Our promise is that you will be walking away from this guide with your own fully functional website which is ready to make money after reading this post in full.

However, that is only guaranteed if you follow the guide closely and TAKE ACTION from what we have said in the guide!


For the sake of people who have not heard of Affiliate Marketing, or those who think they know what Affiliate Marketing is but have been led astray elsewhere, let’s get into explaining the basics of Affiliate Marketing.

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What is Affiliate Marketing?

Before I got started in Affiliate Marketing, I didn’t even know it existed. I was looking online for ways to make money online and came across a blog talking about ways to make money online and they started talking about Affiliate Marketing. At first, I didn’t even know what it meant. But when you get into what Affiliate Marketing is, you realize that everyone has been involved in it one way or another without even realizing it.

For example, many of us have used an Uber. When you refer your friends to try Uber or become an Uber Driver, Uber rewards you with a coupon code to use on your next trip, right?

That is affiliate marketing in action. It is basically referring people or recommending a product or service to people and getting a reward. Sometimes it’s a coupon, other times it is a commission.

Let’s look into another example…

Let’s say you are looking to purchase a new tablet. But you aren’t sure of which one to go for. Do you buy an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy?

What is the first thing that you will do?

That’s easy, you would go to Google and type in something like Best Tablet or “iPad vs. Galaxy Samsung tablet”.

You will find blog posts written to help you with your decision. If you have eventually purchased your tablet online, then an affiliate marketer will have made money from you buying that tablet.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

Simply put, affiliate marketing is the process of promoting someone else’s product or service in return for earning a commission from the sale.  There are other examples, where you can also earn money from getting someone to click on an ad, or signing up to a membership and earn a commission if someone does the action that the company is after.

In the case of the tablet example, when you did your online research the post that you landed on was probably written by an Affiliate Marketer. Or maybe you landed on a YouTube video and they were doing a comparison of the different tablets and they had an affiliate link within their video description.

Either way, when you click on their link and go and purchase your tablet online, that affiliate marketer is credited by the seller and they will pay them a commission.

Which means, a percentage of the money you paid for the tablet will go to an Affiliate.

SO, if we searched for the “best tablets of 2019…” gives us the post below:

This has been written (really well) and offers a great insight into the best tablets for you. It also includes an Affiliate Link.

This post can be making money for this Affiliate Marketer 24/7 365 because they will be people reading this post from all over the world. Anytime someone clicks on it and decides to buy a tablet, they will be earning money regardless of whether they are awake or not.

That is how Affiliate Marketing works and that is how powerful it is too!

So, the real questions at this point is…

Do you want to do something once and get paid over and over again?

Why Affiliate Marketing?

There are plenty of reasons why we feel Affiliate Marketing is the best way for a beginner to earn money online. We are going to discuss the top 4 reasons why you should consider Affiliate Marketing.

Potential for a Full-Time Passive Income Stream

Think about a normal job, you work 9 hours and get paid for 9 hours. You don’t get paid more if you perform better… Put simply, you will never achieve financial freedom in that traditional system and that mindset.

That is why Affiliate Marketing is the ideal system. It has the potential for you to do something once (write a blog post) and get paid over and over again. Your website/business can be working for you even whilst you sleep or travel. This is about creating a passive income stream.

This is about having the right mindset and knowing that the more effort you put in, the better the results will have. You are showing a fantastic mindset just by reading this guide. Take action and you can change your life and start to pursue your dreams.

Fully Flexible Working Schedule

In the early days you are probably going to need to keep on with your full or part-time job. But once your business is on the right path, you can kind sack your BOSS and plan your own working schedule.

The good thing about an online business that you don’t have a boss to listen to is – You don’t need to work set hours. You can work from wherever you want to.

You can literally work anywhere… as long as you have WIFI of course.

The local coffee shop, your sofa, even whilst traveling the world. Wherever you feel most comfortable, that is where you will get the best benefit.

No Need to Sell

I bet you have heard of the business model called MLM or Multi-Level Marketing. It can also be referred to as Network Marketing. Maybe you have tried it or are doing it right now.

Either way, we all know that not everyone is born to be a salesperson. The problem with most MLM’s are the products are too expensive, do not always have a benefit and there is always a pressure to make a quota.

That is when you start to push these products onto your friends and family and ruin those relationships.

The beauty of Affiliate Marketing is that none of that will happen. For starters, you will not be having to deal with anyone face to face as your website will be doing the selling for you.

People only need to find a friendly and helpful website, not you personally.

There are plenty of people who are introverted and find it hard to meet new people, let alone sell to them. But many introverts have found affiliate marketing the perfect way for them to make money online by helping people from behind their keyboard.

No Prior Experience Needed

I am serious, there is no need to know coding or how to build a website. You don’t need to learn any sales techniques. All you need to bring to the table is your time and effort.

Before I learned about Affiliate Marketing, I didn’t know how to build a website. I didn’t think my writing was any good, let alone how to deal with affiliate programs or even what they were.

But here I am helping new people get online and that is because I had the best training on the planet. All I had to bring was my determination to make this work and it is… I’ll show you the results later.

Who is Affiliate Marketing For?

At first I was going to write Affiliate Marketing is for everyone… However, there is a catch to that statement.

To make this work you need to start thinking about the long game!

Affiliate Marketing is not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme. You will not wake up in a week and find yourself earning a 4-figure monthly salary from Affiliate Marketing.

The main difference between Affiliate Marketing and a traditional job is whether you are thinking about the long term or the short term.

Let me explain. In a normal job, you work for your next paycheck. If you knew you weren’t going to get paid, you wouldn’t do the work, right?

The opposite can be true too, if you stop working you will not get paid.

With Affiliate Marketing, you are working for your passive income streams. When you start to earn from your passive income streams, you work only if you choose to, not because you have to!

If you can get that into your head, you will do extremely well. You need to work hard and then you will see the results, but not just around the corner.

Back to who is affiliate marketing for, you do not need to have any prior experience to get started with affiliate marketing. That is because we have an awesome community to help you every step of the way.

But you need to have the will and determination to succeed online, then we will welcome you with open arms.

How to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing for Beginners in 2020 (And Beyond)!

You might be surprised by how many ways there are to make money from Affiliate Marketing. There are tons of ways! For example, you can sell your affiliate products via Email, Solo Ads, Pay Per Click (PPC), Social Media, Sales Funnels, etc.

But the one we are going to focus on is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or Content Marketing.

Don’t worry if it sounds really complicated, it isn’t and the huge benefit is that it is a free way of attracting visitors. Follow our steps and you will be in really good hands!

The first step to make money is to sign up with an Affiliate Program. The most common ones are:

These are called affiliate networks and it is where you can find thousands or millions of products for you to be able to promote as an affiliate

(You have probably already heard of Amazon and they have one of the biggest affiliate networks in the world. Check out my Amazon Associates guide to learn more about how to get started with Amazon)

Signing up to become an affiliate is FREE. So, if you ever come across one that requires you to pay a fee then it is probably best to stay away from it.

Once you are in the affiliate program, you will be given a special link called an affiliate link. This is the link that will track who was the affiliate that referred the sale.

To make money from affiliate marketing, all you need to do is get people to make a purchase via your affiliate link…

It sounds really easy but getting people to purchase through your affiliate link is sadly not that simple. We will cover exactly how you can do it in the next section.

Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing Guide for Beginners

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Here will be giving you a brief overview of how to get started with Affiliate Marketing. So, don’t worry if you feel lost or don’t understand certain parts. You can always check out this community for further help and guidance!)

Step 1: Choose Your Niche

The first step is to choose your niche. A niche is a specific market you want to go in, and it can also describe the target audience who will be interested in the things you are going to promote.

Narrowing down your niche will help you determine the topic of your website and the affiliate products you are going to be promoting.

A good starting point is to think about a passion, an interest or a hobby you have. This should mean you already have some knowledge and experience in that subject area. It also means you will be interested in learning more about that subject to help others.

Don’t worry if you are thinking, “But I am not an Expert” you don’t need to be!!!

Believe it or not, you don’t need to be an expert to make money.

Some experts out there, don’t really know how to leverage their knowledge to make money.

The main focus you need is to learn the “marketing” aspect. As long as you know how to market a product and put it in front of the right target audience effectively, you can make money even if you are not an expert.

As your authority and knowledge grows, so will you level of expertise.

Step 2: It’s All in the Planning

You need a plan; business requires a plan.


For Affiliate Marketing there are two things you are going to need to be good at planning. One of them is your time and the other is your strategy.

Most of us will tell you that we started off doing affiliate marketing part-time. So, you are going to need to be good at time management between the time spent at you current job, family commitments and your new business.

Ideally, you will want to spend at least 2 to 4 hours per day on your new business.

It might seem impossible, but when you factor in how much you want this and the amount of time you have probably spent (wasted) on social media, you could easily find 2 hours a day for you new venture.

As for the strategy, our recommendation is content marketing. This means creating content consistently. You are going to need to plan how many blog posts you are going to write each week, what are they going to be about, etc.

Once you get started, you will find you have a much better understanding of what to prepare and how to plan you week.

Step 3: Build a Website

Now, we are getting to the really exciting stuff!!

That is because you are going to have you very own website set up and ready to start making you money.

Building a website is not that complicated these days, thanks to the technology we have you don’t even need to know a single line of code.

Many of us affiliate marketers do not know anything about website coding or programming (myself included)

Nowadays, with the help of tools like SiteRubix, you can build yourself a website within minutes. It just takes a couple of clicks and you will have your very own website.


Step 4: Affiliate Products Research

Now we are at a point where we can start researching for affiliate products we can promote on you new website. But you need to consider the relevance of those products and not just the profitability.

You can’t just promote anything and everything on your blog. Relevancy is the key to converting sales.

The more relevant the product is to your target audience, the higher the chance they will buy it from you.

I have found the best way to research for products relevant to your niche is through Amazon. You can check out the best seller list to get ideas. See what is getting good reviews in your chosen category screen and also see what is selling well too.


You will notice they have a number of tabs you can use for research:

  • Best Sellers
  • New Releases
  • Movers & Shakers
  • Most Wished For
  • Gift Ideas

Just by going through these, you can get a good idea of what people are interested in learning more about within your niche.

Step 5: Drive Targeted Traffic (Visitors)

Once you have got your affiliate product and post in place, you need to drive traffic to you landing page or product review page because that is where you have your affiliate links.

There are lots of ways to generate traffic, we aren’t going to list them all, but we can categorise them into 2 main ways:

  • Free Traffic
  • Paid Traffic

Simply put, the free traffic is the visitors that will come to your website from Google search or Social Media.

The paid traffic is where visitors come to your website through your paid advertisements.

Step 6: Make Sales

Notice how this is the last step – Making Money.

As long as you have done all the hard work of putting a highly relevant product in front of a highly relevant audience with all the trimmings that go with that process, you will make money!

All in all, The Affiliate Marketing process can be broken down into these 4 main stages:

How Much Can I Make with Affiliate Marketing?

One of the most common questions we will get asked is, “How much money can I make with Affiliate Marketing?”

The real answer is, as much as you can imagine.

There are successful Affiliate Marketers like Pat Flynn who is earning more than $2 million dollars.


That might seem like light years away, so what we did was grab some income reports from some members within our community.

Success Stories Because of the Community We Recommend…

Here are some of the success stories from the community we are a part of, it provides excellent training, support and tools to get started with affiliate marketing…

Now, we know that is going to lead to your second question: how long will it take me to earn that kind of money?

Let us try to give you a realistic expectation. From experience, you can start making your first few sales within 3 to 4 months. You could be earning a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars within 1 to 2 years’ time.

Are you willing to spend 1 to 2 years of your life to build your own PASSIVE INCOME so that you don’t have to work a normal job for the rest of your life?

It should be a no-brainer, right?

But the problem is you are going to need to put in the time and effort and make some sacrifices in that 1 to 2 years to achieve it!

We are not able to give you a guarantee or a promise that it will work to those timelines. It is just a rough gauge, as every situation will be slightly different.

You might be thinking, if anyone can build their own passive income online in just a few years’ time, and never have to work again why there are so many people still struggling financially?

I am glad you asked, that is why we created the next section.

Top Tips to Double or Tripe Your Success Rate in Affiliate Marketing!

Most people fail because they do not follow the advice below and they walk away too soon and thinking it isn’t working, when in reality they didn’t give it enough time.

Treat it Like a Business

You are only going to be able to achieve results with affiliate marketing if you treat this like a business. Because, it is a business model!

What we mean by treating it like a business is dedicated time every day to achieving something, anything and really putting some focus on your business.

You cannot expect to work part-time and earn a full-time income. That is not how this works.

But that is the biggest problem, people play with it. They work really hard for a couple of days and think they should see results from it, but that is where your mentality is back with the normal day job.

They will think that they will only put in the effort when they see some results. However, the reality is it is the other way around. Only when you are willing to put in the effort, then you can see results!

You need to set yourself daily, weekly and monthly targets and then strive to achieve them. You might not achieve them all, but at least you will be on the right track.

Remain Consistent

This will be common amongst anything we do in life. You cannot expect to attend the gym for one session and expect to have lost weight or gained muscle mass. That is impossible. You would need to set yourself a strict regime of training to achieve whatever your target is.

Affiliate Marketing is no different, you will need to have a well-planned schedule that you can follow and that allows you to put in consistent work.

But this doesn’t just mean working on your website, this also means investing in yourself with education too. You are going to have to find the balance of working on your business and learning what it will take to become better at elements to do with your business.

It can be hard to find the balance, there are many who work tirelessly on their website but never spend time to improve their skills. They might be doing something wrong, but they will never know and could be doing something wrong over and over again. And also wondering why it isn’t converting into sales.

But the same could be said for someone who is constantly learning new skills and methods, but if they never put them into action – what is the point?

The balance is key to you building a solid foundation and then growing it into a financial free future.

You Need Patience

Affiliate Marketing will not make you rich overnight, it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. This means you are going to have to be patient.

You have probably found plenty of adverts for systems that promise you that you can earn thousands within a couple of days, following this simple system.

We can tell you that almost all of them are scams, and if they are not technically a scam, they will not do exactly what they tell you it will do.

I have seen systems where they claim you can earn thousands overnight. When you do the research, you find that they want you to pay a huge fee and then they tell you about Affiliate Marketing. They provide only basic training and no help and have just robbed you have a couple of hundred dollars for your trouble.

My point is be extremely careful out there.

In Affiliate Marketing, you will not see any significant results in the first few months. But this is about building for the long-term game. If you are persistent and stay patient along the process, you will be able to get the results you so deserve.

The amount you can imagine can and will be achieved, if you stay patient and determined…

Find a Mentor

To be successful in affiliate marketing, our final tip is to find a mentor from whom you can model.

But how can you find a mentor without paying an expensive fee?

Don’t worry, we have got your back. Like we have mentioned a few times in this guide, there is a community where we like to hang out. There are a lot of successful affiliate marketers in many different markets ready to help you out.

This community is a great resource, and we have a number of different mentors from whom we are following and learning from.

All you need to do is Create a FREE account here and you will be able to mastermind with other like-minded affiliate marketers very soon…


Affiliate Marketing is by far the best option to make money online. Affiliate Marketing is going nowhere and with e-commerce growing at such a pace, it is going to be around for a very long time. Retail e-commerce sales are only going one way and that is upwards.

Are You Ready To…?

  • Do Something Once and Get Paid over and over again
  • Make Money Whilst You Sleep
  • Work Anytime & Anywhere you Want
  • Have More Time to Be with Your Family
  • Plus Many Other Benefits…

We have tried to cover as much as we can within this post and we hope you have found it useful? If you have any questions, we encourage you to write them in the comments section below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We hope you are really considering Affiliate Marketing and you can start building for your future with what you have learned.

All the Best

John & Gem

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84 thoughts on “Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing for Beginners 2021”

  1. Hi! I have seen this affiliate marketing trend is everywhere. And I have been trying to get started but up to this point I haven’t been able.

    Your post has inspired me to get started today. Hearing your realistic story of how you earned these $3 on Amazon has made me also understand this works. Thank you very much for not writing a hyped post. I appreciate this.

    • Hi Abel,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  If you never get started, you will never get to achieve it.  I get what you mean though, you want to make sure you are signing up with the right thing.  That is why we fully recommend the training at Wealthy Affiliate – the community, the training, the tools and the support are second to none and offer a great platform for a beginner to get started with and succeed at Affiliate Marketing. 

      If you can put in the time and effort and learn what they teach and then put it all into action, you will be building your own path to financial freedom.  Which is what we all want, right?

      You can make your own $3 and then move onto building a full time income…

      All the best Abel, if you ever need any help you know where to find me 😉


  2. Thanks a lot for sharing such an amazing instruction for beginners about affiliate marketing. 

    I want to build a website and use an affiliate marketing program to earn some passive income. I find on the internet different websites with fake informations and scams. I just joined on Wealthy Affiliate 2 months ago and i want to say that this was the best decision i made. Now i’m a premium member and i recommend to all the people who want to make an online business to join on this platform. You have put here a lot of information that I have not yet discovered on Wealthy Affiliate and thank you very much.

    If you don’t mind, i want to share this article to my friends who want to make money online. Wish you all the best! 

    • Hi Nagy,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  Really glad you found it really useful.  WE want to help anyone and everyone who is serious about getting started in affiliate marketing.

      We felt the exact same way when we first signed up with Wealthy Affiliate.  It is a great place to get started and learn everything you need to know to make this work.  Put in the time and effort and you will be rewarded with your very own success story.

      Of course, you are more than welcome to share this post with your friends.  We love helping people achieve success!

      All the best


  3. Hello, I really want to appreciate your effort in putting together this website and writing this article. Making money is the goal of every individual and doing this with ease and comfort is the desire of every worker. Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to make money online with so much comfort.. But how is it possible to know if a website or a company is not real? Do you have a list of genuine ones? 

    • Hey Benny,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  I wouldn’t necessarily say that affiliate marketing is easy, as you are going to have to work your butt off to achieve success.  But I get what you mean, it is a simple process of helping people for a result.

      As to a list of genuine affiliate programs, that is why most beginners will start with Amazon or eBay who are both legit.

      When you start expanding your affiliate program suite, the key is thorough research.  Research the heck out of the affiliate program before you sign up.

      All the best


  4. Yeah my first affiliate commission was $1.50 and I had the same reaction as you did. It took me 4 months to make that first commission but when it did happen I couldn’t believe my eyes, I refreshed my Amazon affiliate page a few times to make sure it’s really there.

    Great step-by-step guide for affiliate beginners by the way, the way you laid it out is perfect and informative. People need to know that this is a very viable way to make a good part time or full time income online, but it’s a business that takes a lot of time to grow and it won’t happen overnight.

    • Hey Son,

      thanks for checking out our guide, we appreciate your feedback.  It is such a great feeling when you suddenly realise that this works and can become a good earner!!

      You know it can lead to it, but part of you is sceptical until you see that money in your account.

      It is totally possible to achieve it, but you need the right mindset and put the effort in!

      All the best


  5. Some years ago, I stumbled upon the term “Affiliate Marketing” and I was so excited about it. I was looking around for mentorship but damn it, I couldn’t afford them as they’ll cost me 1000s of dollars and I’ll still need some extra money to set up my business online. I have tried several ways but I couldn’t continue especially due to finance. I recently joined this community you’re recommending and I can’t believe it, looks like I am still dreaming. I am making some 100s of dollars right now and this is only the beginning. Hardwork pays off! Affiliate Marketing for life!

    This article is well explained to the simplest way possible. Good to see you share it.

    • Hi,

      thanks for checking out our guide. Glad you are benefitting from the training at Wealthy Affiliate.

      There is no need to pay thousands to get a mentor, when you get the help and support from Wealthy Affiliate for a lot less!!

      Thanks again


  6. Hello John & Gem, Thanks for writing Step by Step Affiliate Marketing guide  for Beginners. I am also a beginner in affiliate marketing. I have very little knowledge about affiliate marketing. Your guide helped me to learn about affiliate marketing. 

    My earning is very little because I am a beginner at this time. Now I understand one this affiliate marketing have huge income potential.

    I will also sharing your valuable post with my friends who don’t know about affiliate marketing. I am sure everyone will achieve good results.

    Pat Flynn who is earning more than $2 million dollars from affiliate marketing. How we can earn huge income?

    Thanks you


    • Hi Parveen,

      thanks for checking out our guide, we are so glad you found it useful!

      Affiliate Marketing does have a huge potential, and the only barriers will how much time and effort you put into this.

      Pat Flynn started earning that kind of money through hard work and time.  Anything is possible!!


  7. I found your article very useful and informative.

    In order to promote any product, we need to choose our niche,a blog or a website ,a quality content and affiliate links.When a customer buys a product,we get commision .Currently i am promoting shareasale and clickbank products on my website and it goes very well.I agree that affiliate marketing is the best option to make money online.

    Thanks for sharing affiliate marketing guide for beginners 2020

    • Thanks S.J.

      We are so glad you found our guide useful.  Helping people can go a long way with affiliate marketing, and that is great as it means you don’t need to be a sales person to pull this off.

      Affiliate Marketing does require time and effort, but pursuing something you already have an interest in makes it a great way to make money online.

      All the best


  8. Very comprehensive article you wrote there. I have been doing affiliate marketing for 2 years now and in my opinion one of the most important things to do when getting started is to choose a niche that you are crazy passionate about. This because the first year when you have to work extra hard and you get no results things can get tough…and I mean really tough to stay focused and committed. If you choose a niche that you are not very passionate about it’s almost certain a time will come that you will quit. And I think this is one of the major reasons why most people fail. Because they choose niches that are not crazy about and when they don’t see any progress they just give up.

    • HI Stratos,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  Absolutely, we agree with you! You don’t always realise how much of an important decision that is.  People often chase the money, and that is the wrong thing to do.  Picking something that you love and can really get into without worrying about the money is a long term strategy that will work.

      It helps when you are struggling for traffic in the early days.

      Great comment, thanks again


  9. The screenshot of commissions you shared has inspired me to try doing affiliate marketing in my spare time and I’m thinking of getting started this week. I am just wondering if I have to make the same amount of $60,000 in over a year, what particular kind of product should I sell in order to make that dream come true? Do I need to sell expensive products so that I’d also earn big commission per sale?

    • Hi Gomer,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  

      The problem I see is that people think to make big money, they need to sell expensive items.  But the real success stories come from choosing a niche that you can provide value in.

      If you are targeting low value products to promote, then you are going to need to bring in high traffic to earn that money but the products will be easier to sell as they are cheaper.

      If you are targeting high-ticket affiliate marketing, you are going to need to target a very specific section of the audience to get them to buy your high ticket items.

      But the key is to pick a niche you have knowledge in, can provide value in and not just choose a niche because it has expensive items.

      Think of it this way, I could choose technology as I have an active interest in it, know my stuff when it comes to techie questions and can provide a lot of value to people who need to learn about it and then they would trust me enough to follow my suggestions.

      But my wife, has very little knowledge in that area but could leave me for dust when it comes to arts and crafts.

      By providing real value in both niches, my wife and I could probably earn the same from each website.

      So, think about the niche that you can provide real value in, and don’t just think about the money at first.

      Providing value and bringing in traffic will lead to sales, choosing a niche that you don’t know anything about but has expensive products will not bring you money.



  10. Thanks for this detailed article on Affiliate Marketing. It is much more evident to me now how it works, and I can realize the enormous financial potential it has. Now, I understand how site owners make large sums of money. Thank you so much for offering us this free training, I can’t wait to get involved and learn all I can about this method of making money.

    • Hi Jelena,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  We are so glad you found it helpful and answered many of your questions.  If you ever need any help, we are always here to help you!!

      All the best


  11. Hi John-  I really like your article.  
    I truly believe that if you can create compelling content and direct people to solutions that help them – thenyou can really have a successful online business.

    Affiliate marketers really seems to be connectors or “matchmakers” of sorts.  You give information and introduce people to products or services that solve a problem.    Do you think most people can build a business faster online than the time and effort it takes to build an offline business?

    I like how you have laid out the mindset and exceptions before any new affiliate marketer can be successful.  Notably the effort required, time taken and to treat it like a business.  I also think the key to success is to have a passion for what you are promoting and to believe in what your are writing about.  For any newbie – Your perspective is unique and that’s what makes you different in the marketplace.

    Keep up the great posts!

    • HI John,

      thanks for checking out our guide!!  I think the biggest difference between an online business or an offline business is the investment needed.  To build an offline business, you are going to need to invest a huge amount really and it will be really difficult to get your name and brand out there without the benefit of having an online presence.  More and more people are going online and it is the ideal location to build an online business, with a little investment and helping people with something you enjoy.

      Affiliate Marketing allows people to build something from nothing, with little or no investment and in something you love.  There is no better way of building a business that will lead to it being profitable.

      It will take time, it will take effort, but it will totally be worth it!!

      All the best


  12. Hello John, Thank you for writing a Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing for Beginners 2020. I learn a lot from your post. I am also a beginner in this affiliate marketing. Your step by step guide provide me confidence to become a successful person in affiliate marketing. I learn the main thing – Affiliate Marketing is no different, your will need to have a well-planned schedule that your can follow and that allows your to put in consistent work. Thank you for your awesome guide.


    • Hi Parveen,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  A well planned schedule and consistency is the key to making your mark on the world with affiliate marketing.

      If you can follow the guide and remain consistent, you will achieve great things.

      All the best Parveen


  13. Hello John, this is such a simple and straightforward post. I still vividly remember when I found out about affiliate marketing like it was yesterday. I don’t believe in luck, otherwise I would have credited that occasion to pure luck. I was desperately in need of a way out of my regular job so I started searching online.

    The short of my story is that I found affiliate marketing and I never looked back since then. Now, I have to say, you make a really compelling point. Affiliate marketing might require intense focus and dedication, but the whole system is not as complicated as many others make it sound.

    This is really great as I’m sure so many others earnestly searching for their freedom will find this post and be grateful they did. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hey Rhain,

      thanks for checking out our guide!

      There are unfortunately always going to be people out there trying to tell people affiliate marketing is complicated, so they can sell them a platform they do not need to make it work.

      Affiliate Marketing is all about helping people, and you don’t need any complicated systems to do that!  Just awesome training, and that is why we recommend Wealthy Affiliate.

      Funnily enough, before I found a post on affiliate marketing I didn’t even know that affiliate marketing was a thing and yet we are here helping other people get started with an amazing business model.

      All the best Rhain


  14. Hi John,

    True, there is no words to explain the moment and the joy when I made my first dollar online.

    Since 2018 I am a full-time Affiliate Marketer. 2019 helped me to make around $1000 and you know that’s not a lot of money. I am taking my online business very serious this year and your post gave me motivation and I am inspired.

    I have tried many ways to make money online including MLM and crypto currencies but I only lost money with them. However, with Affiliate Marketing I started to see results. The best thing about Affiliate Marketing is you can start it with a low investment. 

    Tips you have provided to 2X or 3X the success rate with Affiliate Marketing is an eye-opener. I have learned a lot of helpful information. Moving forward I am going to implement what I learned from your informative article.

    • Hi Paul,

      thanks for checking out our guide!

      I totally agree with you, when that first pay check comes in, it is euphoric feeling!!  It is the reality that you can make a living out of helping people and doing something you love doing.

      $1000 is still a lot of money, especially when you are doing this aside a normal job.  It is something that you can build on and get to a point where you are earning that figure monthly and maybe even weekly…

      The more work and effort you put in, the sooner that reality will come.

      I am glad you found our tips useful.

      All the best Paul


  15. Hello. Last days I had my first referral on Wealthy Affiliate who made a first month membership with $19 and I received $8.  I was so happy that my work is finally appreciated and that motivated me even more. Maybe a few dollars don’t make you a millionaire but for me every dollar counts and shows me that anything is possible. My business is still growing and every day I add content to my sites to help me to increase my traffic and make more money from it.
    I really like how you put this useful information step by step. I still consider myself a beginner in this affiliate marketing industry and I really need such articles like yours. Thanks for this and i will come back here always to read your posts. Wish you all the best! 

    • Hi Nagy,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  We appreciate the feedback, we hope that this guide can help people.  

      It is such an amazing feeling when you earn that first few dollars and you start to realise that if you can earn $8, then you can earn $80, then $800 and it can be a great way to start building financial freedom.

      You definitely seem to be on the right path, especially with the training available at Wealthy Affiliate.

      All the best to you on your journey


  16. Hey thank you very much for the awesome post!! I really enjoyed this post because it went over the amazing benefits of affiliate marketing!! I have been doing affiliate marketing for about three months and I love it! It is fun and I can base it off of my own passions! I agree, though, that it does take time and patience to start earning money and that it is not a get rich quick scheme. 

    • Hey Jessie,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  I agree Affiliate Marketing is so enjoyable, especially when you base it off your passion or hobby.

      It does take time but that shouldn’t put people off.  The amount of people who keep flitting between different schemes that promise quick results and end up out of pocket and have wasted time, when they could have build a profitable affiliate marketing business in the same time.  That is the key difference when we mean it takes time and some patience.

      Get Rich Schemes are scams and only benefit the owner who is fleecing the users.

      If you want to build a future where you are making good money from something you love, you need to put the groundworks in, it will not give you immediate results but the long game is definitely worth it

      Thanks again Jessie


  17. These are all the basic skills you will need to affiliate market and start making an income online and I do believe that you do give some great advice in this blog post. Personally I have had the most success on youtube but if you are good at seo I suggest blogging. What social media platforms do you use to advertise your blog?

    • Hey Jon,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  I think both Blogging and YouTube can be very effective in their own right.  But not everyone is ready to jump in front of a camera and starting vlogging.  Blogging is an ideal route for beginners to learn their trade and then they can always use YouTube to build up their traffic routes.

      We have a Facebook Page, Instagram, Pinterest and a YouTube channel, although we need to get better at posting videos ourselves, lol

      Everyone is different, but the path is pretty much the same.  Help people with great content, build up your traffic and then the sales will hopefully come.

      We hope you found our guide useful and all the best Jon


  18. That is really an amazing review and guide in one you offered here. I think it is perfect guide for starters-to get an idea what affiliate marketing is about and how or where to start. But it is perfect helping tool as well for all those who already started with affiliate marketing in any form. I like to overall structure of the article, as it is very clear what you have to do in order to be successful online, such as your point on planning, research and marketing. I can not thank you enough for this helpful, motivational and supportive article. All the best for your future achievements.   

    • You are welcome Julius,

      we wrote it to help people, even the more experience sometimes need to go back to basics and scrub up on where they can improve.  The online world is ever changing and learning is as much a part of it as doing.

      Thanks again


  19. You are right that affiliate marketing can actually make money, but it really does take a lot of time and patience. I have been dealing with this for over ten years. I have had mixed successes and also falls, mainly due to less invested work.

    For example, for now. For me, Amazon’s affiliate commissions have fallen by at least half over the past six months, although the number of visits has even increased. I can’t say the exact reason, but I keep writing and attracting visitors.

    • HI Andrejs,

      the key is to remain consistent.  Many people do not realise the importance of keeping up with content, and posting regular.  But you need to make sure you content is relevant, there is no point in writing content for the sake of writing content.

      Put yourself in the shoes of your target audience and think about what help they need, or what questions they have and that is where you have a ton of content ideas. or are great sources for finding out what people are asking for in your chosen niche.

      It might help with getting the right traffic.  There is no point getting high numbers of traffic, if they are not engaged in your content.

      Might be worth a look

      All the best


  20. Thanks for this thorough look via a step-by-step explanation at what it takes for beginners to have success with affiliate marketing in 2020. Your simple and clear directions and examples really provide a solid path to building their own online business.

    I totally agree that this is not a get rich quick opportunity, rather one that requires careful planning so the efforts are not in vain. Even earning $3 as you did is a sign that this works, and we all start earning little to start. If the framework you have laid out is followed, it appears to me that everyone that has a true interest can succeed if they put the effort in. Good post, thanks again! 

    • Hey Dave,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  I have yet to review a get rich quick scheme that isn’t a total scam there to empty your wallet at the first opportunity.  They are not real.

      Affiliate Marketing does require time and effort, it does require patience but when you compare it to someone who chases shiny objects and ends up out of pocket and no closer to earn money.

      I would choose affiliate marketing any day, when you open your email to realise you have earned some money and this works and it can become the best way to earn money online, it is such an awesome feeling.

      Definitely worth the hard work and if you are someone who wants to earn genuine money online, affiliate marketing is the way to do it!!

      All the best Dave


  21. Affiliate marketing seems like a lot of work! I’m not sure I’m a good enough writer to get started. Should I take a course? Starting a new business just sounds really scary. Should I have an attorney? Is there a lot of paperwork? It does sound like fun. Once an affiliate marketer starts making money he or she can work whatever hours are convenient. I like the idea. Thank you for writing about it!

    • Hi Cathy,

      I think we all have worried about the quality of our writing at the start.  But you have to remember, you are not writing a school exam paper.  You are talking casual as you would do to a friend.  Write as you would talk to a friend and it is actually a lot easier than you might think.  At first, I don’t think I could write more than 500 words now I easily top 4,000.  

      Starting a new business does sound a little scary, but it is to make sure you are in the right mindset.  If you play at it, it will not yield any results.  Whereas if you plan it like you would going into business, it makes it more successful and ultimately earn you more money.

      There are too many “make money online” opportunities that are fake and tell you that you do not need to do anything to earn money.  That is not the case.  

      We are honest upfront, so you know what you are signing up for.  It does take hard work, but you will reap the benefits of that hard work.

      If you still have any questions or concerns, please come back to us and we will help you out where we can.

      All the best

      John & Gem

  22. I recently started my own website for affiliate marketing, and I am still waiting for that first sale. I have just now started to see traffic not driven by sharing on my social website, so that is a start! Thank you for the encouragement, you have given me hope that it is possible to achieve my goals with my new website!

    • HI Travis,

      you will achieve your goals.  Work hard, play hard.  Once you start getting ranked by the search engines, you will start to see real progress and then sales.  If you ever need to reach out, you know where to find us!

      All the best

      John & Gem

  23. The Internet is all about scalability, automation, and performance. That means that if you figurated the way to make 1 single dollar, you’ll be able to scale it to get 1,000,000. The potential has been already proven.

    I’ve taken a look at your recommended platform. Thanks a lot for this great post. Within Wealthy Affiliate, I’ve found a very active community, connected to a live chat resolving each others issue, I feel like being in Facebook (but with a purpose in mind).

    So far it has been fun and, as you mentioned earlier, I didn’t have to pay either register my credit card (This is a great indicator as it means that the owners of the platform do really believe in their products).

    Great post!

    • Hey Juan,

      you are so right.  Earning your first few dollars proves that you are on the right track and to keep going!!

      The community at Wealthy Affiliate makes you feel like you are connected to a large extended family.  all there to help you out at any moment.  It is the best (and most positive) community online!

      The free starter membership is for anyone to see what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.  The reason you do not need to pay for that membership, is the owners are wanting you to make your own mind up by using their product.

      The owners are really supportive and you are actually able to connect to them at anytime.

      Best Training & Community online by far…

      All the best


  24. Hi John, thanks for sharing this step by step Affiliate Marketing Guide for beginners; it will go a long way helping newbie to get started with Affiliate Marketing. The benefits of Affiliate Marketing are mouth watering and I see it as one of the best business models online today. I have seen ordinary people with no knowledge of Affiliate Marketing got started, learn what they need to learn, took action and they’re making passive income today. I wish I got started a long time ago. I love the idea of working from anywhere in the world, having time for myself and my family and time to do what I love doing while making money doing all of these and even making money while sleeping. What makes me more exciting is the fact that we can add multiple streams of income to one particular website. The possibility is endless… Nice guide!

    • Thank you,

      we think it is the ideal way of making money online, earning from a passion or hobby whilst travelling the world is something I think we can all dream of doing.  Affiliate Marketing makes it a reality for many every day.

      With the right training and effort, anything is possible.



  25. Thank you for such a comprehensive article on affiliate marketing.  Indeed affiliate marketing has a way of earning on a most needed online income at the comfort of their homes thanks to the affiliate companies out there. I like the fact that you mention that one needs patience in affiliate marketing and its not a get rich quick kind of a thing.

    • Hey Emmy,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  Working from wherever you choose, is a real reality with affiliate marketing.  It all starts somewhere and the best place to start is with the right training.  That is why we recommend Wealthy Affiliate. 

      All the best


  26. A great overview of what affiliate marketing is and has to offer. After launching in the middle of last year, my website now gets over 3000 visitors a month and I have a small but steadily growing income from it. Yes, it’s hard work and requires determination and persistence – as you rightly point out this is not a get-rich-quick scheme – but it can lead to great things.

  27. Hello,I really enjoyed this post because it went over the amazing benefits of affiliate marketing!! I have been doing affiliate marketing for about three months and I love it. I like to overall structure of the article, as it is very clear what you have to do in order to be successful online, such as your point on planning, research and marketing. Thanks for you research

  28. This is a really comprehensive article on affiliate marketing and what it entails to be successful. I have been in this game part-time for a couple of years now and I would advise anyone who wants to make a living from doing this join up with Wealthy Affiliate as they can teach you all you need to know, from building a website to monetizing it and earning an income online while you sleep.

    I tend to stick to Amazon, Clickbank, and Adsense, but thank you for reminding me that there are many other highly successful affiliate programs out there. I need to add some of them to my profile and I will probably find even more exciting products to promote. Which one is your favorite, or the one you have the most success with?

    • Hi Michel,

      thanks for checking out our guide and endorsing Wealthy Affiliate as the best option for learning affiliate marketing.

      I still think Amazon is the easiest to work with for a beginner.  But it all depends on your niche and what you are trying to promote.  There could be loads of independent affiliate programs that you need to, just might be useful to keep a spreadsheet of all of them to keep on track.



  29. Hi John, I have tried many ways to make money online including MLM and crypto currencies but I only lost money with them. However, with Affiliate Marketing I started to see results. The best thing about Affiliate Marketing is you can start it with a low investment. Moving forward I am going to implement what I learned from your informative article.

    • Hi Naksh,

      thanks for checking out our blog.  MLM requires extensive marketing and networking skills.  It is not designed for a beginner.  Cryptocurrencies are a volatile market that requires a level of experience.  

      Affiliate Marketing requires hard work, perseverance but does not require any special skills.  We are capable of learning, and working hard.  that is all you need to succeed with affiliate marketing…

      Glad you found our post useful…

      All the best,


  30. I like the way you put, it is not a quick rich scheme; even from your story, your first 3USD came in after several months of work. Too bad, so many other people will tell us to buy a particular product and make 100dollars in one day;
    Affiliate marketing, is about doing good work and getting good return.  Thank you for this brilliant post

    • Hi,

      thanks for checking out our blog.  Unfortunately you will always have the people who are chasing the quick-winner.  But there is no such thing, $3 might not sound like much and that is why people turn away from it.  But after months of not finding any program that earns them money on auto-pilot, they then soon realise they have been wasting their time chasing dreams that are not reality.

      That $3 can become $30, then $300 or even $3000.  But if you never get started, you will never earn anything!!

      All the best


  31. Thank you so much for sharing such a great article among us. I really enjoyed this post. Here you have discussed in detail the Affiliate Marketing for Beginners 2020. The most important part of Affiliate Marketing is that you can make good money easily. That can be the best medium for online income.
    In my opinion, Affiliate Marketing is better than any other option. I’ll earn from affiliate marketing. I want everyone in the world to know about this. I’m very impressed. I will follow this article in my Online life.
    Finally, I would like to share this post on my social media so everyone can know about Affiliate Marketing for Beginners 2020. Thanks

    • Hi Tanvir,

      thanks for checking out our blog.  Feel free to share it with your friends, we are here to help anyone find the best training and tools for success with affiliate marketing!

      All the best,


  32. This is a very comprehensive guide to Affiliate marketing and exactly what it is all about. It is good to hear that you have already had your first success. Consistency and patience are definitely two of the characteristics that you need to have. I will certainly check out some of your affiliate suggestions as I only new about Amazon. Thanks for giving me encouragement to persevere.

    • Hi Line,

      thanks for checking out our blog.  Glad you found some useful information.

      Writing content after content is the key to making this work.  You need to convince the search engines you are serious, and write content that helps your target audience to ensure you can convert sales…

      All the best


  33. Affiliate marketing is one of the fast growing online means of making money online and i must admit I find it really fascinating and easy to make money through such means that doesn’t require stress. Starting up a site is quite easy but deciding what niche to go with is what causes issue for so many people because they are always confused about going for passion or something fast selling. Thanks for the tips on how to go about it.

    • Hi Benson,

      you have a very valid point.  Choosing a niche can sometimes be the biggest stumbling block.  I made a mess of my first niche, but I learned so much from that failure that it made the next niche I chose a lot easier to identify the right niche and I made progress a lot quicker.  Sometimes your first niche is your forever niche and sometimes it is not.

      But, many people see failure as a reason to stop.  But real entrepreneurs will learn a lot more from failure and then make a bigger success the second time round.

      All the best


  34. Hi there,

    Thank you very much for sharing this informative article about Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing for Beginners 2020 with us. I have enjoyed it very much. Through the article, I got a lot of information. 

    It helped me a lot. The affiliate market is really helpful to any freelancer. Freelancers always try to find out new ways for earning money online. The affiliate market is really helpful for them. it helps them in passive earning. Your review is really helpful. Thanks for the article.

  35. Hello, After research I landed on your article and find it very helpful.  I stumbled upon the term “Affiliate Marketing” and I was so excited about it. I was looking around for mentorship but damn it, I couldn’t afford them as they’ll cost me 1000s of dollars and I’ll still need some extra money to set up my business online.  Making money is the goal of every individual and doing this with ease and comfort is the desire of every worker. Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to make money online with so much comfort.  Thanks for providing the best ways to make online online.

    • Hi Bai Asha,

      thanks for checking out our blog!  Mentoring does not have to cost thousands.  We have found a great training platform that includes access to experts and the owners to ask all your questions for a reasonable monthly fee.

      We help anyone who has joined Wealthy Affiliate via our link, and we will always be there to help others too.

      Our step by step guide takes you through the basics, but the training within Wealthy Affiliate along with the ability to ask all of your questions takes it to the next level and is the reason why so many affiliate marketers are seeing success.

      If you want a mentor, without a high price tag – then why not get access to real experts with a FREE STARTER membership.  Click HERE to get that access!!

      All the best


  36. This is a good one. I must first commend the time and energy that you have put into making this website with nice templates and finding time to write an article on a step by step guide for beginners who want to go into affiliate marketing. i quit my job just a while ago and this is really of great help to me. thank you

    • HI Kelvin,

      thanks for checking out our blog!  Affiliate Marketing is an awesome route to making money online.  It requires a little bit of patience whilst you build it up, but what better way to earn money than taking a hobby that you love and helping others whilst making money!!

      The step by step guide we have created helps take you through the early stages and once you are creating content regularly, you will start to see traffic and ultimately commissions.

      You just have to keep at it, but if you ever need any help we are here to help you!!

      All the best,

      John & Gem

  37. Hello, I really appreciate your effort and hard work in putting together this website and writing this article. Making money in comfort is the goal of every individual and worker. My earning is very little because I am a beginner. Now I understand one this affiliate marketing have huge income potential.Thank you for inspiring me to start this affiliate marketing trend.

    • Hi Jaydin,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  Glad you found it useful.  There is huge potential with affiliate marketing, if you are willing to put in the effort in the all-important early stages of building an affiliate marketing business.

      Getting the right training and going in the right direction are oh-so important. 



  38. How long can an affiliate marketer wait for the first conversion?  Affiliate marketers tend to promote products that are already flooding platforms like Clickbank and Digistore24 not realizing that they limit their chances to convert as they already have a small share of the market. You will be surprised how many great unrecognized products are out there which are high ticket products with so much potential to convert. I have been doing great in this industry as I target products with lifetime cookies. Great Article

    • Hey Ezra,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  It totally depends on the niche and the amount of effort the individual puts in.  It could be 3 months or a year, but it is all relative.

      thanks again


  39. This is really good to see here. Honestly it makes a whole lot of sense seeing this here. . this step by step guide would create a lot more of awareness for people reading through all of these and have the right understanding and knowledge in it all. I like all you shared here and it makes a whole lot of sense here too. Thanks so much for sharing this information with us all. 

  40. Always good to learn it new and this one has really opened my eyes to what affiliate marketing is and how I would be able to make money as am affiliate online. I have just started my affiliate marketing journey so I am happy that you are able to tell me about how to start my journey to become successful with wealthy affiliate.

    • Hi Suz,

      thanks for checking out our guide!

      Affiliate Marketing is a fantastic way to make money online, but many think that is is overcomplicated or that it is a quick route to making money.

      This is part of the problem, there are too many misconceptions about it.  That is why we create this guide to show how simple it is to get started but also why it is not a get-rich-quick scheme but still is a great way to make money.

      Glad you found it useful

      All the best


  41. Hello John, business grows when we learn more about it and take our time to make research that could be of help to us. However, putting effort into your business is another great step and that’s why I like these tips you have given here. I look forward to going into affiliate marketing and this is just the right steps to take. Cheers

    • Hey Justin,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  You make a great point, but rather a lack of effort is the main reason why people fail!!

      People give up too easy or too quickly and never realise their potential.  So, putting effort into your business is probably the most important thing, other than learning the right methods.  There is little point putting effort into something that you are possibly doing wrong.

      That is why we created this guide to help people start on the right foot and to realise why effort and patience are so important.

      thanks again


  42. Learning about affiliate marketing is very interesting and it takes not a very long time, easy to understand for the open minded people and it has a lot of benefits. For newbies, it’s good that they know that online business is not something that yields money in a day, you have to build it up, and affiliate marketer is in that category too 

    • Hi Bruce,

      thanks for checking out our guide.  We think Affiliate Marketing is a great way for newbies to learn and make money online, but patience is so important if you want to actually see results.  It is not like a normal hourly paid job where you receive money for the time you put in, at first.

      You have to invest time and effort in the realisation that you will earn it back later on.  This is hard for some to comprehend but is really important to understand if you want to find success.

      All the best



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