Affiliate Marketing Vs Network Marketing: Which Is The Better Option?

Affiliate Marketing Vs Network Marketing

There are many people who aren’t sure as to what are the differences between Affiliate Marketing and Network Marketing. They then cannot really understand which is the better option for them.  It can be hard to get the right information, especially if you are speaking to someone who hasn’t had experience with them both. This usually leads to a very one-sided answer, that really doesn’t help.

There are pros and cons for both business models, and the truth is, you can make money with either of them.  But it really does depend on which is a better fit for you.

In this post, we will go through the main differences between the two…

What Are the Main Differences?

Affiliate Marketing is about earning commissions by promoting other people’s or companies products online.  It’s more suitable to those that prefer the flexibility of promoting anything you want, without having to do any face to face sales.  There is also no need to recruit anyone either.

With Network Marketing, you are promoting products from just one company.  You will need to sell to people face-to-face, and to be successful you will need to recruit a team of effective consultants under you, to do the same thing.

I personally prefer affiliate marketing.  We’ve tried both, but I’m not that inclined to do face to face sales, and I prefer the option to choose what I want to promote.  

But don’t let that worry you, I’m not here to sway you either way.  Some people love face-to-face sales, others don’t.  We’re all different.  I’m just going to share my thoughts on both business models, and hopefully it’ll help you decide which is best for you.

Let’s start with Affiliate Marketing…

What's Affiliate Marketing? & How Does It Work?

Affiliate Marketing is a fairly simple business model.  It is where you earn commissions by promoting products that are owned by a company or another person.  It’s a little bit like a refer a friend model.  

There are no levels like with Network Marketing, there’s no need to recruit people, and there is no downline.

You just decide on which product to promote, sign up to the relevant affiliate program (which is usually free), start promoting that product, and then when people buy something through your affiliate link, you earn a commission.

The idea is pretty simple, but the execution does require time and effort if you want to master affiliate marketing.  It’s definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme.

There are so many companies that work with affiliates, it would be impossible to list all of them.  So, let’s go with the most popular example.  And that is Amazon.

Amazon pays their affiliates up to 10% commissions whenever someone buys through your link, through a free program called Amazon Associates.

The advantage of joining Amazon is that they one of the largest marketplaces online, so have a wide selection of products, so can definitely cater for the majority of niches you might decide to start with.

Other examples of legitimate affiliate marketing companies include:

These are more commonly known as Affiliate Networks.  By joining them you can access to 10,000’s of individual products from companies around the world.  All in one place.

There are also may different ways to do affiliate marketing too.  This brings a lot of flexibility, no just in the terms of what you actually promote, but also how you go about promoting those products.

I personally like the method where you setup a simple website to do affiliate marketing.  That is because it doesn’t require any money to be spent on advertising.  You just setup a simple blog, write useful content that attracts free traffic from Google, and then promote relevant affiliate offers to your visitors.

It’s a simple process, and the one we’ve been using for a while.

Related Post: Beginner’s Guide to Affiliate Marketing

But like I said, there are many ways of doing it.  You could create a YouTube channel or use Paid Ads on Facebook.  The options are limitless, and the basic priniciple is exactly the same: Choose a niche, signup with an affiliate network (free) to get your affiliate links, and then start promoting those products to earn commissions.

I’m not going to sit there and tell you that this is quick and easy.  It is by far anything like that.  It requires time to build up an authority, it requires a lot of effort to research and write helpful content.  But in my experience, all that time and effort is totally worth it, i the long run.

Affiliate Marketing Pros

Here are some benefits about Affiliate Marketing…

  • Affiliate Marketing is a simple, legitimate, low cost, and potentially lucrative business model.  It is something that virtually anyone can be successful with, as long as they are willing to invest the time and effort required to see that success.
  • You’re not tied down to one product range, brand, or company.  You can promote virtually anything you like, from virtually any company online so long as they have an affiliate program (and most of them do).  This gives you freedom and flexibility and means you’re not putting all your eggs in one basket.
  • When you build an affiliate website, you’re building an asset. This is something that you one and one that is not tied to any individual company.  Websites regularly sell for 20 to 40 times their monthly revenue.  So even if your website is making $5K per month, you could sell it for a very tidy profit.

Affiliate Marketing Cons

Here are some concerns about Affiliate Marketing…

  • Affiliate Marketing is more reliant on technology than Network Marketing.  It’s not that hard to wrap your hear around, and building a website these days is very much like creating a social media profile.  But there is still a learning curve at first when you first get started, and those who aren’t that used to using a computer.
  • Creating content for your business requires time and effort.  This includes blog posts, videos, social media posts, etc.  If you don’t have the budget to go down the paid ads route, know that you will be sitting there creating a lot of content if you want to see results.  Researching and creating content takes a lot of time, but it’s the only way of attracting people to your website.  So, if you hate the idea of creating content, and you don’t want to pay for advertising, then this might not be for you.
  • As an affiliate, you will typically be working from home, and on your own.  This means you can, at times, feel isolated.  It’s a lot of time sat in front of your computer.  You can do that work from anywhere, as long as you have wifi.  But for some people, this can mean a lack of social interaction, that you would usually get at a normal job, for example.

Who's Affiliate Marketing Best Suited For?

Affiliate Marketing is typically best suited to people who are wanting more freedom and flexibility in the way they run their business.  You don’t have to handhold the transaction like you would in Network Marketing, so you can work when you want and how you want.

It is also ideal for those who want to leverage the internet, and who don’t like the idea of recruiting people.

We chose affiliate marketing, as it is a way of helping people without being too salesy.  We can also work it in and around our other commitments. Gem runs a wedding business, and we have a son to care for too.  So it’s ideal.

There’s also the fact that if you want to create a sellable asset, and develop a business that isn’t reliant upon any one company in the process, then this is the better option…

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What's Network Marketing? & How Does It Work?

What's Network Marketing?

Network Marketing is similar to Affiliate Marketing, in the sense that you earn commissions from selling other peoples products.

But there are differences, the main one being that you don’t just earn commissions by selling products.  You can also earn commissions from recruiting people, who then go on to sell the companies products too.

That’s one of the reasons that Network Marketing is also referred to as MLM or Multi-Level Marketing.  This is because consultants can earn commissions on multiple levels.  This is referred to as building your downline.

So, if you hired Bill as a consultant who sells products, then you would also earn a commission for any sales Bill makes.  This is in addition to your own product sales.  You can also build up a bigger team, and earn more commissions (in theory).

It is a little more complicated than that, but that is the general premise of MLM.

Each company you sign up with each have their own specifics on what the commission level is like, for both product sales and recruitment commissions.  This will be set out in their compensation plan, and from my experience most MLM compensation plans are a little complicated to work out.  But they will definitely be broken down between the two side; product sales and recruitment.

Like I said, each company has a different way of doing this.  The Norwex compensation plan will be very different to the Tranont compensation plan, and so on.

In any case, the way MLM’s work in general is relatively simple.

The idea is to choose a company you want to work with, sign up and earn commissions when people buy through you directly, which is usually called direct sales. Then also earn commissions when you recruit new distributors or consultants, called residual commissions.

The more products you are able to sell, but typically the more people you can recruit, means the more money you can make.  It is important to know that success within Network Marketing is usually based on how well you do with regards the recruitment side.

MLM compensation plans are usually geared up more towards rewarding your more for recruiting new distributors over selling the products.  But this will also depend on how well your recruits do too.

Is MLM a Scam or A Pyramid Scheme?

There is a huge misconception around MLM.  The biggest problem is the MLM companies themselves don’t do enough to get themselves away from that misconception.

The simple answer is that MLM is not a scam… 

But the longer answer is… that it completely depends on the company itself, but it could be…

There’s a lot of confusion around this very topic.  Many people do wonder what the difference is between MLM, Affiliate Marketing and a Pyramid Scheme.

Let’s get this cleared up now…

A Pyramid Scheme is  a system where recruiting is the only option you have to make money.  When someone joins the company they have to pay a fee, only to have to recruit others in the same business, who recruit more than people, and this goes on.

However, when this recruitment stops, the scheme will collapse and there will be no more money.  There are also no products to speak of in a pyramid scheme.  The only thing you are selling is the same opportunity that you just signed up for.

Pyramid schemes are illegal in the majority of countries.  They are unsustainable, and very unethical.  They eventually fall apart and the majority of people lose any money they have invested into them.  This is because you need a continuous supply of new recruits, but the money always flows to the top.  So, those at the bottom don’t tend to get anywhere anyway.

Affiliate Marketing is not a scam or a pyramid scheme.  This is a much simpler business model as there are no levels, you only earn money when people buy real products or sign up for a membership.

Network Marketing or MLM is not a Pyramid Scheme or a scam either.

However…

Some MLM Companies Do Operate As A Pyramid Scheme… as they place too much emphasis on recruitment, and very little on the actual selling of their products. 

The majority of their compensation plans do have short explanations for their retail commissions, but then they have several pages based on their residual commissions or recruitment.

There’s a very fine line between a legitimate MLM and a Pyramid Scheme.

My advice is to ensure you do your research thoroughly, as to which company is the best fit for you.  Always look for companies that are selling high value products and services, and are more interested in selling their products, rather than being more focused on recruitment.

Related: What is the Difference Between Affiliate Marketing and MLM?

Network Marketing Pros

Here are some benefits about Network Marketing…

  • Building up a large team of distributors, who you can earn money from, is a big selling point of MLM. This allows you to leverage the efforts of others to generate commissions.  There is also a point where you could earn a decent passive income as your team continues to grow, and perform.
  • If networking with other people, doing in-home presentation (house parties), and face-to-face selling is your thing, then MLM is probably the best option for you.  This is definitely more about building relationships and selling to people.
  • Most MLM companies provide self-development training, especially at their live events. Since developing a good mindset is definitely a part of being successful. Having said that, I do need to point out that there is, at times, a dark side to this.  Some of the events are little cult-like, which is something I’m not keen on.

Network Marketing Cons

Here are some concerns about Network Marketing…

  • Most MLM companies expect you to achieve a certain level of sales or points per month to qualify for commissions.  This often leads to distributors having to buy products each month that they don’t earn enough sales.  Even then, some will still expect you to buy products each month as well, classed as personal consumption.  Prices can soon mount up if you aren’t making any sales quickly enough.
  • Network Marketing is more focused on recruiting people into your “downline” than it is on actually selling products.  The company still gets sales either way, as their consultants usually end up having to buy products like we mentioned in the point above.  
  • Often the products within MLM are usually more expensive that non-MLM companies, so earning money from selling products alone is very difficult.  The real money is from recruiting.
  • As a network marketer, you are restricted to promoting products from one single MLM company.  This brings in a level of restriction, that I don’t personally like.  It also means that you are putting all of your eggs into one basket, that company fails or doesn’t resonate with your network, then you will fail as well.
  • Between 73% and 99% of people who join an MLM end up losing money.  Part of this is down to them not knowing what to expect, or the person who has recruited them has not been completely transparent with them.  But this is still a hard business model to get right, without the right support.

Who's Network Marketing Best Suited For?

MLM is best for people who the idea of networking with people, and building their business more of a team-based fashion.  Those who like attending events, giving presentations, recruiting people, developing their team, and those who want to work with a specific company.

The most successful Network Marketers are those who know how to develop and motivate people, and sell the dream of financial freedom.  When you get to the nitty-gritty, that’s what this is all about…

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Affiliate Marketing Vs Network Marketing (Key Differences)

Let’s go through some of the key differences between Affiliate Marketing & Network Marketing, with a side-by-side comparison chart:

Affiliate Marketing Vs Network Marketing

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Both Affiliate Marketing & Network Marketing allows you the opportunity to potentially earn good income over time. The amount of money you can earn will ultimately depend on how much effort you put in to your business, and how persistent you are.  But that could be said for anything.

It is also a worthy point to mention that both business models have the potential to generate passive income for you.  Which is money you make “passively” without trading your time, like you do with a normal job.

The only difference is the way you earn that “passive” income.

With Network Marketing, you earn passive income through building a team that can eventually sustain itself through your coaching and motivation.  That way you can earn passive profits from the work your team does.

With Affiliate Marketing, you can generate long-term passive income.  This is because you can create high-quality content that ranks within the search engines.  This gives you the ability to get traffic for years.  One blog post could go on getting you traffic and earning you income for years to come.

Those are the key differences between the two…

My Personal Thoughts on Both...

We tried Network Marketing, when we were in our twenties, and for us, it wasn’t right for us.  At first, it looked like a good opportunity, but the more we got into it, the more we disliked it.

I’m not going to go into the details of the company we tried, but it honestly felt more like a religious cult, than a chance to become an entrepreneur.  All we wanted to do is run our own business selling real products.  But they just solely focused on recruitment, and selling the dream of changing their life.

We also found it almost impossible to make money, and we couldn’t afford to keep spending to stay “qualified”.

The reason was, in order to be successful, we were told to contact everyone we knew and start conversations with random people, all with a hidden agenda of recruiting these people into our team.

Don’t get me wrong, there were certain aspects we enjoyed and we learned some good stuff that helps us now with our current businesses.

But I personally just wanted to sell products that people would find useful or actually wanted, without facing constant rejection.  And without attempting to convince people to join an “opportunity” we weren’t even making money with ourselves. 

How can you convince people to join, when they ask “how much are you making?”  It just didn’t feel right.

We gave it up, and went back to focusing on our day jobs.  But I still wanted to create a passive income, and spend more time with the family, so I did keep on looking for an opportunity.

Fast forward to 2016, and I started learning Affiliate Marketing

And we’re so glad we did.  Because for us, it was completely more suited to us.  Now we earn commissions selling products people are already buying online, we don’t have to recruit anyone, and we let our websites do the talking, meaning we don’t need to speak to our family or friends, or anyone for that matter to sell these products.

I have people coming to our sites and buying stuff through my links everyday, without ever having to speak to them.  I also feel really good about what we do, as we are helping people with their decisions and not hard selling things to people.  These people are already interested in the product, they just want some help deciding on whether it is the right product for them, and we help them with that as part of our website.

It’s paid off top, thanks to the training in our top recommended training we are earning a 4-Figure Monthly Passive Income Stream.

That’s our journey though, and that doesn’t mean it’s the right path for you.  There are those that love Network Marketing, and they also utilise internet marketing to help grow their business with it too.

It totally depends on picking the right network marketing business for you, and then how driven are you to making it work for you…

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What If Neither Business Model Interests You?

If you are sitting there thinking that neither Affiliate Marketing or Network Marketing/MLM sounds right for you, then don’t worry.  There are other options out there that might suit you better.

For example, you could sell a service on Upwork as a freelancer, start a dropshipping business, or you could sell physical products through the Amazon FBA program.

Any of these could work.

Selling a service on Upwork is a good place to start, as you can tap into an existing customer base.  See what others are offering, and then just provide a better service than the others.  Dropshipping is an affordable way of selling physical products, as you don’t require storage space for products.

Selling on Amazon is a higher cost business, but can be very lucrative if you choose the right products.

These are just a few examples of ways of making legitimate ways to make money online.  The point is, that you don’t have to just limit yourself to only one of them.  You can start with the one that suits you, then expand into others as you want.

Conclusion

Both Network Marketing (MLM) and Affiliate Marketing are legitimate business models, that allow the average person to create a good income stream and lifestyle.

Whether you’re successful or not, will depend a lot on how much time, effort and perseverance you put into your business.  You’ll also need to remain consistent as you build up your business, and get it to the point where you are earning an income from it.

With that being said, we’ve gone through the key differences between the two, and some pros/cons that you should consider, with both business models.  

That way you can choose the right one for you…

The bottom line is that it will come down to your own personal preference as to which direction you choose to go down. It will then depend on your effort as to how successful you are.

Hopefully, you’ve found this article useful, but if you have any questions, or maybe you want to share any experiences you have had with either business model, then please write to us in the comments section.  We’d love to hear from you. 😉

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What is the Difference Between Affiliate Marketing and MLM?

What is the Difference Between Affiliate Marketing and MLM

“What is the Difference between Affiliate Marketing and MLM?”  We get asked this question regularly, so we wanted to show you the differences between the two in our guide and share with you why we prefer the one over the other.

They are both very different business models and the main reasons we prefer the one over the other is main down to flexibility, choices and the huge cost difference.

In this guide we will detail the main differences between affiliate marketing and MLM, the pros and cons of both business models and a little bit more about our preferences.

Let’s get started, shall we?

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Affiliate Marketing for Dummies: A Complete Guide for Beginners

Affiliate Marketing for Dummies

Here is a complete step-by-step guide for beginners on everything to do with affiliate marketing.  From what affiliate marketing is to how it works in practise. If you want to learn all about affiliate marketing, you need to read this guide!

A Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing Guide for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know

step by step affiliate marketing guide for beginners

When I first started looking into ways of making money from home, I started to do some research on how to make money with your blog.

I was aware of the more obvious ways to make money with a blog, like selling your own products or with advertising.  But I knew very little about affiliate marketing.

In fact, in honesty I knew nothing about Affiliate Marketing at all!  It seemed such a foreign subject, but I had never realised I had been involved in affiliate marketing (as a customer) plenty of times, I just never put two and two together.

That’s why we put this guide together, to help anyone and everyone get a firm grasp on what affiliate marketing is and how it works.

I can still remember the excitement I got when I made my first affiliate marketing sale.  It was only $3, but after a couple of months without any commissions it was a massive achievement.

amazon affiliate earnings example

I knew at that point that this would work!!  If I could make a $3 sale, what was stopping me going and getting more sales.  It made me hungrier to learn more about affiliate marketing and how to improve my writing, my website, my niche in more detail.

I had already been following an awesome training program that was proving its worth by following their strategy, but I wanted to know more, and this proven training program gave us that extra information we needed. (You can read up on that training program here).

This guide is going to share with you some information, tips and techniques that I have learned from my experience with affiliate marketing.

It’s going to be a long read, so you may want to grab a cup of coffee first…

What is Affiliate Marketing?

It is a common question we get, as not many people offline know what it is or what it means or anything.  They know it has something to do with marketing, but what does the affiliate part mean.

Affiliate Marketing Definition

According to Wikipedia:

“Affiliate Marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts”

The problem with that statement is it doesn’t really help you understand it any clearer.  It doesn’t break down how simple affiliate marketing actually is.

But what does that mean in simple terms?

In the simplest terms, affiliate marketing is a “refer a friend” type of marketing.  Affiliate Marketing allows you to make money (normally referred to as a commission) for recommending products and services to readers.  You will only get paid when one of your recommendations turns into a subscription or a sale.

By creating a blog and then signing up with an affiliate program, you can then promote products or services and then one of your readers buys something you recommend you get rewarded with a commission on the sale.

Many of us have probably already been involved in affiliate marketing without even realising it.

For example, many of us have used an Uber.  When you refer a friend to try Uber or to 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 for it.  In this example it is a coupon, other times it is a commission (money).

Here is another example.  You are looking at purchasing a new laptop.  But you are not sure which model or brand is best for you.  Do you buy a normal laptop, do you buy a tablet/laptop hybrid?  Which brand do you go with?  There may be tons of questions you need answering before you make your decision.

How do you go and find out those answers? 

That’s easy, you would go to Google and type in something like “best laptop” or “MacBook review” or “Surface review”.  Pretty much exactly the same way you typed into google to learn about affiliate marketing.

Google would then give you a selection of blog posts written to help you with your research.  If you land on a blog post and they answer all your questions and then follow their link through to the marketplace that laptop was being sold on and then buy the laptop.  That blogger would have received a commission as a thank you for introducing a customer.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

Like I said, affiliate marketing is the term for the process of promoting other people’s products or services and earning a commission from the sale.

Here is a flowchart that describes the steps involved:

how does affiliate marketing work flowchart

  1. 1. The customer does a search for the help they need
  2. 2. They land on your website where you have helpful guides and product reviews
  3. 3. AS you have signed up with an affiliate program with Amazon (for example), you have a special link that tells Amazon it was you that introduced the customer.
  4. 4. If that customer buys through your affiliate link, you make money

In the case of the laptop example, when the person did an online search, the blog post they landed on was probably written by an affiliate marketer.

The same can be said for if they clicked on a YouTube video, an affiliate link would be included in the description of the video.

Either way, when that person clicks on the link and goes and the buys a laptop, the affiliate marketer would earn a commission from the sale.

There are a couple of other points to consider with affiliate marketing and they are great examples of how good affiliate marketing is for a blogger.

The first is the fact that a well written blog post could be earning you passive income for years to come.  You do not need to handhold the sale.  My first affiliate sale happened overnight whilst I was sleeping.  If we take Amazon as the example, as they are the world’s largest marketplace and has an affiliate program.

Then we can say that someone lands on your blog post.  They like what they read, and you have helped them decide to buy the product you were writing about.  They then click on your affiliate link and go through to Amazon.

Amazon handles the transaction, they handle the shipping, they handle everything including triggering the commission for your help in the process.

Even though, you weren’t even around.  That means an Affiliate Marketers website is working for them 24/7 365 days a year.

The second point is that the customer doesn’t actually have to buy what you are promoting to earn a commission either.  I am going to use Amazon again for simplicity.  They have, what you call 24 Hour cookies.  Some affiliate programs have longer ones, and some are lifetime cookies.  But with Amazon, it is 24 hours.

This means that once your readers click on the link, the program will save a cookie on their device.

They might not make a sale when they click it immediately, they might change their mind.  But, if they decide to go back to Amazon within that same 24-hour period and buy something else, you would still qualify for the commission on that other product they bought.

Let’s use an example:

Mary is reading your blog post about slow cooker recipes and clicks on the link to one of the slow cookers.  She has a look on Amazon at the product, but then decides it isn’t for her.

She goes out for a walk, but then she gets home, she remembers that she was going to buy a new Apple laptop and logsaffiliate example - macbook pro back into Amazon and goes and buys a $2,000 MacBook Pro… but guess what the best part is?

You just got that commission on that sale.  As long as Mary did it within 24 hours of clicking on your link, the sale stands.

Ok, it is unlikely to be that easy.  But hopefully you get the point.

The reason we love affiliate marketing is that it is one of the most passive ways to make money with your blog!  You could write one blog post and it could earn you money for years to come. It would require very little maintenance to keep it up to date and current.

At this point I just want to show you an example of what an affiliate link would look like.  So, here is a standard link to Amazon’s marketplace:

Standard Link to a website: https://amazon.com

Affiliate link to the same website: https://amzn.to/2XVtLra

They would both take you to Amazon’s website.  But the second would tell them that we were the ones that took you there.  Amazon gives you the option of a short link (which is what we used) or a full link.

When you hover your mouse over links in your browser it will normally display the link at the bottom left hand side of the screen (at least it does in chrome).  So, you can start to see which links are affiliate links or not.

Why Affiliate Marketing?

There are a number of reasons why we feel Affiliate Marketing is ideal for a beginner to earn money online.  But we are going to discuss the top 4 reasons on why affiliate marketing is the right choice for a beginner.

Potential for A Full-Time Passive Income Stream

When you compare affiliate marketing to a normal day job, there is such a difference.  A normal job, you will only get paid for the hours you are there and with very little chance of you getting paid more an hour for doing a good job.  That is often for your employer to make that decision.  So, you will never achieve financial freedom in that traditional system and that mindset.

With affiliate marketing, by putting more effort in you will have a direct impact on your earning potential.  It has the potential for you to do something one (write a blog post or product review) and get paid over and over again.

Your website/business can be working for you even when you sleep or are travelling.  This is about creating a passive income stream.

Having the right mindset is also an important factor, but you are showing a fantastic mindset just by reading this guide.

Take action and you can change your life and start pursuing your dreams for a change.

Fully Flexible Working Schedule

You might not get this in the early days when you are building up your business, you are probably going to need to keep your job for a bit.

But once your business is on the right path, you can give up your day job and plan your own working schedule.  You will be the boss and you can literally work anywhere.

The local coffee shop, your sofa, even whilst travelling the world like many affiliate marketers do.  Wherever you feel most comfortable, as this will make you the most productive.

No Need to Sell

Have you heard of a business model called MLM?  It stands for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-level_marketing.  If you have heard of Avon, then Avon is an MLM.

It relies heavily on your ability to sell products face-to-face and your ability to recruit other marketers,

The problem with MLM is that this is made extremely difficult due to the products being so expensive, don’t always have a benefit and there is always a pressure to hit targets.  99% of people in an MLM lose money or end up in debt. 

They end up trying desperately to get friends and family to buy stuff to hit those quotas and ruin many relationships.

Yet, most people have heard of MLM and even tried (and failed at it) but have not heard of affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing has none of that.  You are not having to sell direct to anyone.  There is no face-to-face sales.  Your website does all the hard work for you.  You only need to create helpful and friendly content.

Many of us are slightly introverted.  We are not outgoing people who can go out and become a salesperson or find it easy to meet new people.  But we do not need to with affiliate marketing.

This is a great way for people to make money online by helping people from behind their keyboards.

No Prior Experience Needed

I am totally serious with this one, there is no need to already have a website or a blog.  You do not need to know how to use computer code.  And building a website is super easy these days.  We will show you shortly how you could have a website up and running with just a few clicks.

All you need to bring to it is your time and effort and a willingness to learn.

Before we got started with affiliate marketing, I knew nothing about online marketing or even how to build a website.  I also felt my writing wasn’t going to be good enough, let alone how to apply for affiliate programs.

And yet, here I am helping new people get online and that is because I had the best training on the planet to help me every step of the way.  All I had to bring was my determination to make this work and it is… I will show you the results later.

Who is Affiliate Marketing For?

determined individuals

It could be easy to write that affiliate marketing is for everyone, however that isn’t strictly true.

The reason is that you need to start thinking about this as a long-term goal.  Affiliate Marketing is not a get-rich-quick scheme that will have you waking up in a week and earning a 4-Figure Monthly Salary from it.

To explain the difference, we need to go back to a comparison between a normal job and this.

In a normal job, you work for your next paycheck.  If you knew they weren’t going to pay you, you wouldn’t go to work, right?

The same could be said for the opposite scenario.  If you stop going to work, you will not get paid.

With affiliate marketing, you will be working towards earning a passive income stream.  Meaning you will not be earning straightaway, but you are working towards making that a reality.

When you start to earn from your passive income streams, you work when you choose to, and not because you have to.

If you can get that in your head and know that you may be working on your business for free for a while, and yet know that it will lead you somewhere, you will do extremely well.

But you also need to work hard to see the results, the only reason you will fail at affiliate marketing is because you walk away before that earning point.

But to answer the question of who affiliate marketing is for, you do not need any prior experience to get started with affiliate marketing, but you will require determination and some support.  The support we got is open to anyone who is serious about making affiliate marketing work, it worked for us because we have an awesome community to help us every step of the way.  You can check out this awesome community for yourself for FREE.

But you are going to need to be the one that takes this opportunity and work hard to achieve it.

How Much Can You Make with Affiliate Marketing?

The answer is pretty simple, there is no limit to the earning potential of an affiliate marketer.

There are plenty of examples of successful affiliate marketers earning truly astonishing amounts.  It is pretty common for people who have mastered affiliate marketing to be making tens of thousands a month using the affiliate marketing business model.

Here are some examples showing the potential:

  • Pat Flynn earns more than $2 million a year from affiliate marketing
  • Michelle from Making Sense of Cents makes over $50,000 a month with Affiliate Marketing.  She has also created a course to help others.
  • Mike from Stupid Simple SEO, makes over $95,000 a year in passive income, using SEO techniques and Amazon

But How Long Will It Take?

You are probably asking yourself; how long will this take to earn me money, right?

Let’s try and give you a realistic timescale for your expectations.

From past experience, you could start making your first few sales within the 3-4-month mark.  From then, you could be earning a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars within a year, maybe two.

Are you willing to spend one to two years of your life to build up your own PASSIVE INCOME stream so that you don’t need to work at a normal job for the rest of your life?

To put a bit of context on this, that is a year of hard work.  That is, you putting in time and effort to achieve success.  There are plenty of times when I was working on my site in the evenings after the family had gone to bed.  But it was totally worth it in the long run.

We cannot give you a guarantee or a promise that this will work to those timescales.  It is just a rough guide as there are many different factors to consider.

You may also be thinking that if anyone could build their own passive income online in just a couple of years, why isn’t everyone doing it and why are so many people struggling financially?

The reason is that many people fail because of their mindset or they do not follow the advice set out by our amazing training program.  Keep reading after our step-by-step guide where we will share with you some top tips to double or triple your success rate in Affiliate Marketing…

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide

We are now going to go through all the steps that you need to take to be successful in affiliate marketing and I am sure, that by the end of it, this “Affiliate Marketing for Dummies” guide will make your life much easier!

How to Start Affiliate Marketing

The steps you need to take to start affiliate marketing do sound very easy on paper:

  • Apply for the best affiliate programs
  • Add your affiliate link to your blog or review
  • Wait to make money…

Oh, if only it was that simple.  You will soon realise that it is not as straightforward as that.

Whilst we are keeping the guide simple, there are many steps you need to make before you get to the point where you make money.

If you really want to make money with affiliate marketing, you need to start the correct way and ensure you follow all the steps.

1. Choose a Niche

This is an important step that you need to make to become successful with affiliate marketing and it is about choosing a niche.  There are some huge factors that will help you with this, that we will get into in a moment.

But when you are deciding on your niche, it is important to not be too broad.  If your niche is too broad, it will make more difficult for several reasons including the competition from others in your chosen subject.

Choosing a tightly focused niche will help you rank higher up in Google, allowing you to grow your following faster.

Start too broad and you will find that you will find it harder to get ranked because you are competing against a number of different niches for the same keywords.

Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself when choosing your niche:

What Topics Am I Passionate About?

There is little point of choosing a topic that you know nothing about just because someone said it was profitable.  Whilstpassion led us here people choose expensive stuff on Amazon because of the commission rate.  What is the point if you cannot write any content because you know nothing about the products?

You need to pick a subject that you are passionate about and can help other people with blog posts written about stuff relating to your subject.  That is why we suggest you choose a hobby or passion you have.

This will normally mean you have some knowledge and experience related to that subject.  I also means that you are willing to learn more about it too.

That way you can come up with loads of ideas for blog posts that lead to product reviews for items related to your niche.

No passion about a subject will mean you lack any stuff to write about.  Without content, you will have no rankings.  No rankings leads to no traffic.  No traffic means no sales.

There is no point having an empty blog about Gaming PC’s that retail for over $2,000 where you will get no sales.

When you can choose a subject you really enjoy that you can fill with content and make money on.

I have known people who are really interested in knitting make money from their hobby.  It won’t have the high commission rate of the PC’s, but then it doesn’t matter as they are making plenty of sales from helping people with something they know or love.

You don’t need to be an expert in that hobby or niche, people want to learn from real people and that is what you are.  Provide them with help around a subject you know, and the money will soon follow.

Can I Make Money in My Niche?

Having said that, passion will only get you so far.  You need to make sure that you can make money from your passion or hobby and the niche you have decided on.

A good way of doing this is to check out the Amazon marketplace or doing a Google search for affiliate programs within your niche. (we will show you that in a little more detail later).

By checking if Amazon has products related to your niche, then you know you have products to promote for your idea.

If it lacks any products, then it may be too niche, and you may need to have a rethink.

But you might be sitting there going I have no idea John on what I could use.  Well the following four markets have a huge marketer and always have buyers, so they may be a good starting point for you to choose a niche from one of these four:

  • Health & Fitness
  • Money (Making and Saving)
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Beauty & Fashion

So, if you are not too sure which direction to go, you could explore a niche within these.  These in themselves are too broad, but they are a great starting point and you could explore a specific niche in each of them.

Is My Niche Too Niche?

Whilst, you need to drill down as much as you can to find a niche, there is a point where you go too niche.

You need to be able to come up with like 50 to 100 article ideas on that niche. So, if you chose pink dog collars, you are going to find it extremely difficult to find much to write about.

But if you went with dog accessories, then you may have better luck.

NO matter what the niche is you decide to go with, make sure you write about products you are familiar with.

If there is one thing that you really need to focus on to be successful with affiliate marketing is that you need to help your potential customer and not sell to them.

Helping your readers to solve problems or to answer their questions must always come first.  You also need to be confident that whatever you are recommending will be really useful to that customer.

2. It’s All in the Planning

Now you have a niche, you then need to consider your plan.  All businesses require a plan and for affiliate marketers thereplanning and setting goals are two things that you need to be good at planning.  One of them is your time and then the other is your strategy.

Time management is key when we are first starting out, especially if you are still working at your normal job.

So, when are you going to put the time aside to do some research or write a blog post or do some training?

There will be times when normal stuff gets in the way, family commitments, etc. But planning some time each day and each week will be really important to your success.

Ideally, if you could spend at least 2 to 4 hours per day on your new business, you will be surprised at how much you can get done. 

That might seem impossible, but when you factor in how much you want this and the amount of time, we all spend on social media (wasted time), you could easily find 2 hours a day for this.

As for the strategy, we are going to focus on content marketing in our guide.  This means creating content consistently.  You will need to plan how many blog posts you are going to write each week, what are you going to write about, etc.

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

3. Build Your Own Website

Now, this is where it gets a little exciting!! 

build a website

That is because we are going to show you how you can your very own (FREE) website up and running and ready to start making you money in just a few minutes.

If you already have your own website, that is a great start and you can skip to step 4.

If you don’t, then this is where you are going to take your research to the next level.

If you have never built a website before, then please relax.  It is nowhere near as complicated as many people make out.

These days, it is so simple and there is no need to know any complicated code or anything.  Many of us affiliate marketers (us included) do not know anything about website coding or programming.

There is no need to, with the help of tools like SiteRubix, you can build yourself a website within minutes.  In fact, it normally takes longer to choose the domain name than it does building the site.

There are just a few steps you need to follow to get your website setup the right way:

Pick a Domain Name

A domain name is just a fancy way of describing the name of a website.  Our domain name is visible in the address bar up the top – https://bestaffiiatemarketingtools.org 

Here are some ideas of how to pick a name for your website:

  • Pick a name that is easy to remember
  • Make it easy to spell
  • Try to avoid using dashes (i.e. instead of best-affiliate-marketing-tools we went with bestaffiliatemarketingtools)
  • Choose a name that relates to you or your niche

You can see if your domain name is available using the box below:

Choose the Right Platform & Hosting – WordPress

We want to make this as simple as we can make it. WE recommend SiteRubix and WordPress.

WordPress is by far the easiest Content Management System (CMS) for bloggers and affiliate marketers.  It is so easy to manage and customise your blog with a number of different themes to match the look you are after.

Over 50% of the websites out on the web are WordPress websites, showing that it is the preferred option.

But if you think of your website as a building (your house for example).  The hosting is the ground or foundations that your house is built on.

There are many hosting providers, Bluehost and SiteRubix are both good examples.

But if you are not ready to commit fully and pay for hosting, SiteRubix is the ideal choice as they will provide you with a free website and free hosting.

You will also get access to that community we spoke about earlier and mentoring from ourselves too.

If you chose SiteRubix, here are the steps you will need to follow to install a WordPress website:

  1. 1. Choose a Domain Name
  2. 2. Choose a Title for your website
  3. 3. Choose a theme from the selection available
  4. 4. Click Install Website

Once you have gone through those steps and created a free Wealthy Affiliate account.  You will get your own affiliate marketing website, access to Wealthy Affiliate’s training program and access to ourselves to help whenever you need it along your affiliate marketing journey.

If you need more help building your website, check out my step-by-step guide to building a WordPress website to go through everything in detail.

4. Find Affiliate Marketing Programs for Beginners

Here is where you can start to explore the products and affiliate marketing programs there is within your chosen niche.

There is part of me says, that until you have built up an extensive range of content on your website and actually have traffic before you apply for them.  But there is nothing wrong to see what is out there for ideas on what you can write about and ultimately promote further down the line.

There are two different types of affiliate programs you can join:

  1. 1. Affiliate Networks: Affiliate Networks group publishers that have affiliate programs under one single website platform, like Awin.  If you are accepted into an affiliate network, you will find it easier to find and apply for several different affiliate programs and it helps you keep a track of the different offers and conversions too.
  2. 2. Individual Affiliate Programs: Some companies offer their own affiliate programs meaning you will need to apply individually to each company.  Examples include Amazon, eBay, Bluehost, etc.

Here is a list of some of the top affiliate networks:

Here is a list of individual affiliate programs:

Things You Need to Know Before You Apply to Any Affiliate Marketing Program

  1. 1. You need to have content on your website before you start applying and sometimes you will get rejected!

Before you are allowed into an affiliate program, you will need to go through their application process.  This normally requires you to fill in some details and includes information about your website, your location and how much traffic your website is currently receiving.

Depending on the affiliate program, you might get rejected.  The main reason is normally because of a lack of content on your website before applying to the program.  We recommend you have at least 15 articles on your website to make your website look good and legit.

If you do get rejected, try to find out why by contacting them.  It will normally be down to the lack of content or traffic levels.  But when you get the feedback, you can work on what they feedback to you.

Don’t let it get you down, it is totally normal to get rejected from time to time.  Sometimes you just need to go back and prove you are in this for the long term and are willing to put the effort in.

If you imagine they get a lot of applications and the serious marketers will stand out from the crowd with their persistence.

  1. 2. There is a minimum threshold payment you need to reach before you get paid

Most of the affiliate programs have a minimum payment threshold you need to achieve before you receive your money.  Some are as little as $10 and then there are others that are over $100.  Therefore, you may need to remain a little patient to get hold of your money.

It took us ages to receive that $3 from Amazon as we had to wait until we earned a few more sales…

Make sure you do your research and see what the minimum threshold is before you apply

  1. 3. It could take up to three months to receive your payments

This will depend on the affiliate program.  Some pay every month on the same day.  Some will hold on to the money for at least 30 days but some all the way up to three months.

This is normally because they need to verify the sale, and most of them offer a 30-Day money back guarantee.  If someone cancels the purchase, you will not receive the commission.

  1. 4. Check how much commission you will receive

Every affiliate program is going to be different.  Some will get you a fixed amount on someone subscribing to a service, others you will get paid a fixed commission on a sale.

Knowing the commission rate can help you determine how profitable it can be, and how feasible it is to get a sale.

It would be much easier to get some to buy into a free subscription to an app and receive $2 every time, than it would to sell a $250 product offering a $100 commission.

You need to know what is realistic and achievable

  1. 5. You must keep track of your affiliate programs

Once you get going, you will find that you will end up with a long list of your affiliate programs and it is easy to get lost.  So, my advice is that you keep a track of all your affiliate programs you have applied.  Also, whether you were accepted or rejected.  It can also help you factor in which programs are earning you money and which ones you need to work on to improve.

Other Ways of Finding Affiliate Programs

Affiliate Networks are great in a sense, but they do not cover all the affiliate programs there could be in your niche.  So, here are a couple of ways you can find other relevant affiliate programs in your niche.

Google Search

We use google every day, and it can be as simple as typing:

“Niche + affiliate program” or “Company + Affiliate Program”

For example, if you typed “Amazon Affiliate Program” you would find the link to their associates program.

Check Out Your Competitors

You will need to keep an eye on what they are doing anyway to see how you can compete and come out on top, but you can also figure out what affiliate products they are promoting through checking out their website and hovering your mouse over their links.

Affiliate Search Platform within Wealthy Affiliate

I also want to share with you another way…  If you did decide to get a website through SiteRubix, there is an easy way of searching for a ton of affiliate programs within your niche using the Affiliate Program Search Function within Wealthy Affiliate.  You will get hundreds of results, but you will also get reactions from other Wealthy Affiliate members as to how good they are.  But you can also apply direct from the platform.  Definitely a great tool for affiliate marketers looking for affiliate programs.  Click HERE to learn about this awesome tool.

affiliate program search - health and fitness

5. Create High Quality Content That is Relevant

I would not suggest you go out and apply for loads of affiliate programs at this point yet.  It can do more harm than good.

The simple reason is that many affiliate programs require you to have a qualifying sale within a set time period.  Amazon needs you to have 3 qualifying sales within 6 months.

Another reason is that a brand-new website full of affiliate links will not rank that well in the search engines.

So, our advice is work on building up great content before you start delving into affiliate programs.

The simple fact is that your route to success with affiliate marketing is to provide high-quality content that draws in an audience and then you can bring in affiliate offers and product reviews with affiliate links in.

Once you start getting traffic, you can then start searching for affiliate programs.

If you want to make money, you need to create engaging content worth sharing with others and that is relevant to the reader who is looking for it.

By creating in-depth blog posts that include call to actions, short paragraphs and written in a conversational style (write as though you were talking to a friend), it will make sure your readers will have a great experience on your website.

Here are some ideas of what you could include on your website in your chosen niche:

How to Guides & Tutorials

How to guides and tutorials are a great addition to your website, they are also a great way of building up trust with the reader.  Trust is an important step in them wanting to follow your advice (which will be to affiliate links).

But remember you are there to help and need to really write a guide that helps them fully.

Product Reviews

When you factor in the customer purchase lifecycle, people searching for product reviews are typically in the “ready to buy” stage and are looking for a review to see whether it is the right choice.  If you can provide an in-depth product review that can help someone with their final decision, you can earn some good money through your affiliate link.

List Articles

It is well-known that people love lists – The top ten, or 14 facts about.

List articles are a great way of attracting readers and in turn attracting traffic.

If you can create a few list articles you will see a great leap in traffic, which you need to make sales.

Product Comparisons

If you have a couple of key competitors in your niche, then a good comparison post which lists the pros and cons of each, you will have a great article.

If someone is looking for a comparison, it is likely they are in that “ready to buy” stage and just need help finalising their decision.

Before you start writing that content though, you need to understand the importance of SEO or Search Engine Optimisation.

6. Learn to Master SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is an important step in getting readers to your website from Google or Bing.

SEO is a free method of getting people to your website and is really key to you getting people to your content that will lead to potential sales.

There are two factors, one is User Intent and the other is Keyword Research.

User Intent

You really need to understand what a user is looking for when they type that search into google.  By understanding your target audience’s intent, you can then answer that question in the right manner.  Understanding where that customer is in the purchase lifecycle is also key to leading them down the sales funnel.

If they are nowhere near ready to make a purchasing decision, then you should consider that in answering the question.  If they are ready to buy, you need to suggest it in a more forward manner.

To optimise your sales, you need to really understand the intent in the search and your target audience.

But you also need to be able to complete keyword research,

Keyword Research

Keyword research is integral to your affiliate marketing business.  Blindly writing blog posts related to your niche will not yield results.

You need to understand what questions people are asking Google and how many times a month people are searching for that given term.

To keep it simple, any term you type into Google is a keyword.

So “Affiliate Marketing for Dummies” may have been the keyword you typed that led you to our guide today.

But how did we know how many people are searching for that.  Well, we did some keyword research.  There are many different keyword research platforms.  For example, Ubersuggest or Jaaxy.

We are going to use Jaaxy for our example as it is integrated into Wealthy Affiliate and is the tool, we use most.

Check out the screenshot below:

This was us doing keyword research for this blog post:

jaaxy keyword research example - affiliate marketing for dummies

It shows us that on average 206 people search for Affiliate Marketing for Dummies on a monthly basis.  There are 126 other competing blog posts out there we are up against, so we need to ensure we write a high-quality comprehensive guide for Google to rank us high up.

You could also use Google Instant. Have you noticed how as you start typing in Google, they try to predict your question?  This is a good indicator of what people are searching, but you need to still do keyword research as it can sometimes show that the competition for that keyword is too high for a new website, or there might be a better alternative.

For example, here is a screenshot of Google Instant in action:

google instant example - affiliate marketing for dummies

So, I could have used “internet affiliate marketing for dummies”.  But the search term does not get searched that often:

jaaxy example - internet affiliate marketing for dummies

Meaning, I can expect less than 10 visits a month…

That is why you need to get keyword research right to bring in an audience.

If you want to learn more about keyword research, here is our complete guide.

By combining keyword research and great high-quality content you will be well on your way to building up that all-important audience.  Now, we can start adding some affiliate programs to the mix…

7. Promote your Affiliate Offers

If you are still with us in this guide, then it means you are serious and are ready to start promoting your affiliate products and to make money!

Once you have an audience coming to your website and you have gained their trust, you can start to suggest valuable products to them. 

You have to remember to only promote relevant products that your audience would be interested in.  Otherwise you will risk losing the trust your readers have gained into you.

But there are ways you can promote these products in the right way and highlight the products and services that you believe in.

Banner Ads

Banner ads are a way of promoting affiliate offers on your website.  Most affiliate programs will actually provide you with their own banners to use on your website.  Placing banners in the right places where there is a lot of traffic and relevant posts is key to conversions.

People are more likely to click on an image as it grabs their attention.

Like This!

wealthy affiliate banner ad

Product Reviews

Product reviews are a great way to promote affiliate products, especially as they are targeting people who are in the “ready to buy” stage.  You must remember to be completely honest, as your readers are after your genuine opinion.  Highlight both the positives and the negatives of any product and let them know your thoughts.

They are also good to help you centralise your affiliate links.  Keeping your affiliate links to your reviews, with other posts leading to your reviews has a positive impact on your rankings.

If a website has affiliate links everywhere on it, the search engines will not see this in a good light.

In-text Content Links

This is one of the more common and easier ways to promote affiliate products.  Whenever you see a link within the text of a website, it will lead you somewhere.  People will click on it if it is relevant.  For example, we used one earlier to go through to our step-by-step guide to building a website.  This is an internal link and not an affiliate link.  It just takes you to another page on our website that is relevant to building a website.

But the idea is the same to take someone to an external link that is an affiliate link.

As long as the link is relevant and helps the user, they will be inclined to click on it.

Use Your Email List

Once you have started to build up your email list, then you also have an audience of people that are interested in what you have to say, and you can use this to promote products via your emails.

Remember to keep it genuine, relevant and not have every email selling stuff.  Include some useful hints and tips related to subjects in your niche.

I am sure you have signed up for an email list from a company and can see examples of what they send.  Not every email is a plug for a product.

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

You will find that most people fail at affiliate marketing when they do not follow the advice, we will go through in the points below.  They walk away too soon as they think it isn’t working, but the reality is they just didn’t give it enough time.

Here are our top tips to improve your success rate!

Treat it Like a Business

Affiliate Marketing is a Business Model, it needs to be treated as such.

What we mean by treating it like a business is having a plan and working that plan.  Set yourself daily, weekly and monthly goals.

You cannot expect to put in the odd hour here or there and realistically expected results.  The problem is people do that all the time.  They put in effort for about a month and then expect there to be results, when that isn’t how it works.  Remember that you are working for the long run and not the short term like in a normal job.

Remain Consistent

If you are anything like me, we can relate this one to visiting the gym.  Everyone signs up in January to the gym to get fit.  The gyms are really busy in January.  But are they still busy in March?

The same could be said for an affiliate marketing business.  If you remain consistent and work at it at least an hour or two a day and be productive in that time, you can see success.

But the same needs to be said about learning.  You need to keep learning through your affiliate marketing business.  We are still learning now.  As you gain more experience, you can then start learning how to implement email marketing better or how to improve your sales funnels, etc.  (Here is our top recommended training program review)

You Need A Lot of Patience

You have to understand that affiliate marketing will not make you rich overnight, it is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme.

I am guessing you will have already seen plenty of adverts for programs that make those promises.  They claim you can earn thousands overnight with a simple system.

People get scammed out of a lot of money through these programs, only to find out they are talking about affiliate marketing.  They provide only basic information and conveniently have already taken your money.

Don’t get fooled by gurus who claim they can help you earn it quicker, as they are only after your money and not to help you.

You cannot expect to see results within a few days or weeks.  If you remain persistent and motivated (and we can help you there, along with our community), you will see those results as long as you follow the right step-by-step plan.

Remain Patient and Determined and you will see those results…

Find a Mentor

Having a mentor and support is a massive step towards success.  Someone to help and guide you when you feel lost or demotivated.

But how can you find a mentor without paying a huge fee?

Don’t worry, we have got you covered.  Like we have mentioned a couple of 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 on there, ready to help you out.

This community is a great resource for any budding affiliate marketer, 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.

How Can I Learn More About Affiliate Marketing for Beginners?

I hope you have found this guide for beginners useful and you have a good understanding of what affiliate marketing is.

Affiliate Marketing is THE best way to make money online.  Affiliate Marketing is only going to grow as more and more people go online to do their purchases.

If you really want to become successful with Affiliate Marketing, you are going to Love Wealthy Affiliate.

This course is how we got started with affiliate marketing and are now earning a 4-Figure Monthly Passive Income thanks to their training and support.  They offer you a Free membership to get you started with fantastic training on Affiliate Marketing, a free website with hosting and they also provide you access to a huge community of over 2 million affiliate marketers and direct access to the owners to ask for their help and support at every step of the way.

If you are ready to take the first step into building your own affiliate marketing website with our support and the support from the team at Wealthy Affiliate, then all you need to do is click the button below and sign up.  We will be there on the inside waiting to help you out.

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Are You Ready To…?

  • Do something once and get paid over and over again
  • Make money whilst you sleep
  • Work anytime and 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 with our Affiliate Marketing for Dummies guide, and we hope that you have found it useful?

If you still 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 starting your own affiliate marketing business and can start building for you future with what you have learned.  WE are here to help anyone who needs it, all you need to do is ask

All the best

John & Gem

Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing for Beginners 2020

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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…

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10 Tips to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

10 Tips to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

When you start thinking about it, it isn’t that difficult to make money with affiliate marketing.  But you need to know the following tips if you want to make some serious money with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing can be a fantastic way of making money online or from home, but it can be a hard slog if you aren’t on the right strategy.  That is why we want to help.  Did you know that 99% of Affiliate Marketers fail?  That is why we want to help you become part of the 1% that succeed.

If you are still unsure on what exactly affiliate marketing is and how it works, then check out this guide and it will fill in all the blanks…

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The Best Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners… With Proof the Training Works!

The Best Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners… With Proof the Training Works!

You can spend years checking out all of the different training courses for affiliate marketing, but which one is the best affiliate marketing course for beginners?  Well, we want to help you with not only showing you the best training course, but also show you proof that following their training works.

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How to Start Affiliate Marketing Today – A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Start Affiliate Marketing Today – A Step-by-Step Guide

Want to know how to start affiliate marketing today?  Then know that by the end of this step-by-step guide you will have already taken the first few steps to making that a reality.

Affiliate Marketing is a fantastic option for making money online, it doesn’t require huge start-up costs and despite what some say, you do not need to be a technical know-it-all who knows computer coding to be able to achieve it.

In fact, you could get started with affiliate marketing today with expert help, support and training without any real technical knowledge and you will not need to spend a penny either.  Does that sound like a great deal…? 

Then read on and we will first talk about what real affiliate marketing is, how it works and then show you a simple step-by-step guide into how you could get started today… Let’s get started…

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Top CBD Oil Affiliate Programs – We have Picked the Top 3 For You…

Top CBD Oil Affiliate Programs – We have Picked the Top 3 For You…

Affiliate Marketing is one of the best ways to make money online and if you have been considering if CBD Oil might be a good niche to choose for it.  Well, we have come up with a list of the top CBD Oil Affiliate Programs.  We do not know a lot about CBD Oil, but we do know a lot about affiliate marketing.  Let’s get into it…

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How to Become an Affiliate Marketer for Amazon – 5 Easy Steps

How to Become an Affiliate Marketer for Amazon – 5 Easy Steps

Amazon is the largest marketplace in the world, so it is only natural that people start asking how to become an affiliate marketer for Amazon.  We have racked our brains and have come up with 5 easy steps to getting started and want to share those with you… We will also through in 5 tips to making sure you are successful including some great training and tools that we have used to build up our affiliate marketing business and you can learn how to get started too.

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Why Affiliate Marketing is So Appealing? Because it is Awesome!

Why Affiliate Marketing is So Appealing? Because it is Awesome!

Affiliate Marketing is so appealing these days, especially as more and more people are searching online for ways to make money from home and naturally land on a page all about affiliate marketing, but why is affiliate marketing so appealing?

The simple fact is that Affiliate Marketing is Awesome, but there are many questions around it and a few reasons why people fail…

We aim to answer all of your questions, show you why affiliate marketing is so appealing and also, what the watch-outs are too before showing you how you can get started with your very own affiliate marketing business for free.

Let’s start by clarifying exactly what affiliate marketing is…

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Before I go into detail about what true affiliate marketing is, you need to know there are plenty of training platforms that areWhat is Affiliate Marketing? actually scams pretending to be affiliate marketing.  We have reviewed a number of them, and some have actually been closed down by the FTC because they couldn’t live up to all of their promises.  If you ever find something that states you can earn money on auto-pilot or with little effort, then that is exactly what I am on about.  That is why we wanted to clarify your understanding on what is affiliate marketing.

It is very likely you have already experienced affiliate marketing is some way, especially if you have every purchased a product off of Amazon.

Affiliate Marketing is a beneficial way of marketing products for both affiliates and companies themselves, as the act saves them a fortune on their marketing campaigns.  It is as simple as promoting products and receiving a commission if someone chooses to buy said product through your affiliate link.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

An Affiliate Marketer signs up with an affiliate program, for the example I will discuss Amazon Associates.  This gains you access to all of their products to promote via blog or on social media.

How Does Affiliate Marketing work?

You create a blog or website on any subject you want to cover and promote products or services on it.  If someone lands on your website and decides to follow your recommendation and goes to the Amazon website via your affiliate link, if they buy the product you receive a percentage of the sale price as a reward for introducing a buyer.

There are thousands of affiliate programs, and affiliate networks that house thousands of affiliate programs meaning that you can create a blog in any subject you can think of.

That kind of adds to the appeal.

Why Affiliate Marketing is so Appealing?

Affiliate Marketing is so appealing for a number of ways, let’s go through a few:

Start an Affiliate Marketing Website About Anything

The best thing about Affiliate Marketing is the fact that you can start an online business in any interest or passion you have.

Interested in golf, then you can use that.  Interested in getting fit and helping others to get fit, then you can use that.Start an Affiliate Marketing Business in any Subject You Enjoy

Literally, you can start a business today in anything you are really interested in and you could find an affiliate program that will fit perfectly with it.

Gem runs and maintains a wedding stationary business, and affiliate marketing runs well with that.

Why start a business about something you don’t enjoy or know anything about when you could get started with a business you know loads about and enjoy immersing yourself within that subject.

It’s a Work from Anywhere Job

Another appealing feature of Affiliate Marketing is the fact you can do it from anywhere, the only restriction is internet coverage.

Work from Anywhere

Affiliate Marketing tends to go really well with travel blogging because that is one of the main benefits of an online business using affiliate marketing, you can blog about your travels and help others get started on their own travelling plans.

This is because it is classed as a passive income stream, meaning you do not need to monitor the sales.  Create great content and move on, you do not need to there for someone to decide to buy something you are promoting.

You Do Not Need Your Own Products or Services

Another great thing about affiliate marketing is the fact you do not need your own products or services, because you are promoting other people’s products.

No expensive warehouse, no need for a Point of Sale system.  This is often the reason why people do not think they can start their own business, because they have nothing to offer.

But, with affiliate marketing you have something that you can offer which isn’t a physical thing.  You can offer help and advice about a subject you know about, that is what you need to get started with affiliate marketing.

There are three great reasons as to why Affiliate Marketing is so appealing, but what stops Affiliate Marketers from succeeding?

What Stops Affiliate Marketers Succeeding?

There are a number of reasons why affiliate marketers do not succeed, we have picked out the top three that we feel is why they do not succeed:

Think it is a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

We mentioned earlier in the post that there are loads of programs claiming to be affiliate marketing and they all have Thinking Affiliate Marketing is a get-rich-quick schemesomething in common.  They make you believe that success can be achieve overnight.

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this is anything but a get-rich-quick scheme.  In fact, there is no such program that can make you loads of money overnight.  It is was a thing, plenty of people would be reaping the benefits.

Affiliate Marketing is a great business to get started in, it can be any subject you love but if you think that in a month’s time you can sit back and watch the money come in that is not going to be a reality.

It is going to take a lot of hard work to realise your goals.  I will be honest with you, I didn’t earn anything for 6 months when I first started with affiliate marketing and it will be a long road to actually achieving a way of replacing my full-time job.

The more hours you put in, the more effort you put in the better, as realising your dreams will take hard work.

An honest affiliate marketer will tell you that you still need to put the hours in, even after you have established yourself in your chosen niche.

There are examples of where someone has got to the point where they are earning good money, they have even been able to leave their day job.  So, they decide my website is making good money now, I will go on a month-long holiday.  They do nothing with their website for a month, and then realise that their traffic levels drop a little because they haven’t worked on their website.

Hard work will pay off, but many do not give this any thought and the best way to describe it is they “play at it”.  They do not invest the time and effort to realise it and then they decide to give up…

They Give Up Too Soon

People give up before their hard work pays off.  This is normally because people think of it like an hourly-paid job.  I have done an hour of work, so I therefore deserve an hour’s worth of pay.

An online business does not work out like that.  Affiliate Marketing is a truly passive income, but it will not earn you moneyAffiliate Marketers fail because they give up too soon straightaway.  The harder you work in the early stages, the more likely you are going to enjoy the benefits down the road.

You could write an awesome quality post and it doesn’t make you money for 6 months, but then it starts earning you recurring income on a regular basis and could do so for years to come.

But many affiliate marketers give up after a couple of months and say affiliate marketing doesn’t work.  That is why the search engines does not really trust a new website until it is about 6 months old, because a website owner still engaged in their website after 6 months is the real deal and will keep on working and understands the long-term plan of an affiliate marketing business model.

A normal bricks and mortar business will typically not plan to turn a profit in year one, and yet online we seem to think we can be turning profit immediately.

Whilst the costs are nowhere near a typical business, the main investment you need to put in with an online business is your time and effort.

If you can commit to putting at least an hour a day into learning and acting within your business, you have what it takes but you need to keep at it until all your hard work pays off!

Lack of Quality Training & Support

You will find loads of contradicting strategies online, or you are being drawn in by affiliate marketing training that is outdated or clearly not affiliate marketing.

Quality Training & Support is Essential

But there are training programs out there that do help their members, and will give a easy to follow step-by-step plan to success.

The support is the key, I think anyone who cares enough will follow a structured guide, but it is the help aspect that people lack, and they feel like they are doing this all alone and that can be one of the hardest things to get over.

I am part of a community of affiliate marketers and we all engage together to help each other.  If we did not have that, I would have felt like I was swimming upstream.  In other words, it would have been extremely hard to keep going until the money started coming in.

We can help you get the help and support, with some awesome training to.  But I think it is one of the factors as to why many affiliate marketers are struggling, and that is wrong or outdated training with a real lack of support.

What Do You Need to Succeed?

Let’s just summarise so far, Affiliate Marketing is an awesome way of building an online business in a subject you really love and enjoy.  You can literally work from anywhere and enjoy the freedom that a work from home job can bring.

You also do not need any of your own products or services as you can promote other peoples and not have all the hassle that would normally bring.

But it does take long hours and hard work to become successful and people tend to give up too easily because they think it isn’t going to work – this is often because they do not get shown a proven method to follow and have a lack of support.

What I want to share with you is the fact I know how you might be feeling at this point; Do I take the plunge??

If you are just trying to piece together bits of information from Google and keep looking for those (fake) proven methods, you will look back in six months time and realise you haven’t achieved anything and you are no closer to having financial freedom.

Or you could read on, learn about how I now make money online and get all the help you need to succeed.

I was there at that point and thought there were no genuine ways of making money online until I read a review about a training platform called Wealthy Affiliate.

Things That You Need to Succeed?

I have broken down what you need to get started on the right track, and they are all things that Wealthy Affiliate will offer you in abundance.

Step-by-Step Training

Up-to-date training that all users can understand and follow.  I have found and reviewed many pieces of training around affiliate marketing, and typically they are outdated and that is why they are being offered for free.

The search engines are constantly changing, the way people navigate searches is changing and you need to keep up.

That is why we highly recommend the step-by-step training available at Wealthy Affiliate.  Kyle and Carson (the WA Co-Owners) do not try and confuse you or get you to do strategies until you are ready.

Online Entrepreneur Certification Course at WA

By the end of the first ten lessons, you will fully understand what Affiliate Marketing is, help to choose the right niche, how you are going to monetise your website and actually have your own free website up and running ready for your all-important content.

Learn from their experience and gain personal access to them to help you along your affiliate business.

Websites & Website Tools

The second thing you need for your affiliate marketing business is a website.  You will find many free ones online, but when you actually start to scale your online business you find the prices start to rise rapidly.  With Wealthy Affiliate, a free starter membership gains you 2 free websites with no limit on the number of users.

A premium membership adds a different level with up to 50 domains available to you, with no limit and free SSL certificates.

You will also experience some fantastic website engagement tools including a keyword research tool.

You can Learn More about the Different Membership Levels in our Wealthy Affiliate Review.

Expert Help & Support

I have already expressed the importance of the right support network.  You will find no better support that from the community at Wealthy Affiliate.Expert Help & Support at Wealthy Affiliate

If you ever feel like you are stuck, or just need a comforting word to keep you on the right track you will find it in abundance within Wealthy Affiliate.  You will find experience affiliate marketers and newbies alike all engaging in the training, asking and answering questions and encouraging everyone to achieve their goals.

Are You Ready to Get Started?

Affiliate Marketing is so appealing because of the fact it can be about anything in the world.  Whether you are interested in starting a business in a hobby you love, want to help people in a subject you consider yourself an expert in, or want to document your fitness plan to help other people learn from you it all leads to the same thing.

A profitable online business that you actually enjoy working on.  Gem and I chose helping people and I have a background in learning and development.  We love helping people, and we also understand what good training is and that is why we recommend Wealthy Affiliate.

If you think you are ready to work hard and build a business that will allow you to enjoy it and work when you want and not be dictated to by a work schedule then I highly suggest you click the button below and start a free starter membership with Wealthy Affiliate.

Get Started with a Free WA Starter Membership

It is totally free, with no credit card required.  You will have access to the first ten lessons of their Online Entrepreneur Certification Course and 2 free websites that are yours to keep.  There will be no pressure to upgrade until you are ready.  But trust me, even those ten lessons will transform what you know about affiliate marketing and you will truly understand the potential behind it.


If you still have any questions about Affiliate Marketing or Wealthy Affiliate, I would be happy to answer all your questions.  Just write your questions in the comments below and we will respond.

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