How to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing [For Beginners]

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Beginners Guide on How to make money with Affiliate Marketing

The main aim of Blogeroo is to introduce you to the world of Blogging and show you how to make money online with Affiliate Marketing as a beginner. I believe that I can offer a unique perspective on this subject, as I am still a relative newcomer myself. Over the course of the next few months I will share with you my ups and downs, and hopefully inspire you to start your own blog.

My Story

Just 12 months ago, my financial situation was dire. I was struggling to pay the bills, and my business was failing due to the seasonal nature of the work. I have a family of five young daughters to support and a wonderful wife, who suffers with some chronic health issues.

I needed a consistent income, where I didn’t need to work all the hours under the sun. This was important, as my wife needed me to help her in the day to day running of the household.

It was at this point I started looking at ways to make money online. I went through the motions – I looked at countless videos on YouTube, and performed seemingly endless Google searches, desperately looking for a solution to my problems.

There was one particular guy on YouTube who I kept going back to, and the primary method of making money online he discussed was Affiliate Marketing.

In this blog, I will not only get into the ‘nuts and bolts’ of Affiliate Marketing, but show you that anyone regardless of age, experience, gender or physical ability can make money online from this business model. I will also be providing step by step advice on how to make money with Affiliate Marketing.

Other ways to Make Money Online

Since I started blogging, I have looked into numerous other ways to make money online. And believe me, Affiliate Marketing is just the tip of the iceberg! There are so many different online opportunities available, that anyone with a laptop or smartphone can earn a living from the internet.

Moving forward, I will be sharing with you some alternatives to Affiliate Marketing, and also delve into some very exciting emerging opportunities that will be big in 2020.

Did I Succeed in Making Money with Affiliate Marketing?

To be truthful with you, I haven’t been doing Affiliate Marketing for very long. In fact, my first blog didn’t even go ‘live’ until the very end of 2018.

2019 was the year I finally had my Eureka moment! It dawned on me that I could put all the years of struggling with debt behind me once and for all, and forge a better life for my family.

I am certainly well on the road to recovery from the financial mess I was in last year. By spending countless hours tapping away on the keyboard of my old laptop, and enduring the painfully slow internet connection where I live. Through sheer perseverance (and lots of very late nights) I am finally starting to reap the rewards.

In May 2019, after months of slogging away on my keyboard, I finally received my first commission payment from Amazon Associates. Although it was a fairly modest sum of money, at last I had something tangible to prove to my myself, that Affiliate Marketing really does work.

In the following months, my earnings increased exponentially. By July, I was starting to earn what I considered to be a decent wage.  Below is a screenshot of my August 2019 earnings with my two main sources of Affiliate income. I also earned additional income from other Affiliate programs.

Aliexpress affiliate earnings

Amazon earning dashboard

My total Affiliate commissions for August 2019 were $3600

As you can see from the above screenshots, Affiliate Marketing does indeed work, but just like any venture, you only get out what you put in. Below is a recent screenshot of traffic to my blog.

All of the above web traffic was FREE… I never paid for any traffic, at any stage while I was building my blog. I couldn’t afford to pay for traffic, so I had to learn Search Engine Optimisation and Social media marketing strategies.

I had to make sacrifices to achieve the results above, the main one being sleep. Due to the hectic nature of my life, I still needed to keep my other business running to bring some money in during the early stages. This mean’t sacrificing most of my spare time.

I’m not going to say it was easy, because it wasn’t.  I have been driven by the desire to provide a better life for my family, and now I have been given a taste of the earning potential of Affiliate Marketing, I want to share my experiences with others and hopefully help get you started on your journey to a better life.

Contents:

Introduction

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Start Blogging

Affiliate Marketing programs

Affiliate Marketing without a Website

Resources


Introduction

The changing face of retail has seen many big household names fall by the wayside. The way we buy things has been changing rapidly since the new millennium, and it is predicted that by 2021 over 2 billion people will be buying goods and services online.

In 2018 the total global annual spend on digital advertising exceeded $250 billion and in 2019 it is predicted to break-through the $300 billion mark. The current trend is likely to continue, and by 2021 digital media will eventually surpass all traditional forms of advertising.
upward trend for affiliate marketing
So where do affiliate marketers fit into all of this? Well you may be interested to know that US retailers spent over $4.7 billion on affiliate marketing in 2016 – this is predicted to rise to over $6.8 billion by 2020. That equates to a 10.1% annual growth in the industry.

This trend is not unique to the U.S. For example, the total UK spend on affiliate marketing in the same year was roughly $2 billion, and it is estimated the total global spend on affiliate marketing was $16 billion.

These figures are truly staggering, and emphasise the very real earning potential that comes with being a successful affiliate. In a nutshell, there is a very large cake and there is more than enough to go round. It just boils down to you finding your slice… It’s there, you just need to go and get it!


Affiliate marketing tools for beginners

Below I have listed some useful Affiliate Marketing tools for beginners. My personal recommendation for training would be Wealthy Affiliate, as that is the training I used to get where I am today.

If you are more interested in promoting digital products, particularly from Clickbank or JVZoo then CB University is good, and John Crestani’s Super Affiliate course is excellent.


Training


Affiliate tools

  • AliPlugin – Import Aliexpress affiliate products direct to your website
  • Affiliate Bots – 37 different software tools in one bundle ***HIGHLY RECOMMENDED***

Website, Domains and hosting (free and paid)


Email Autoreponders


Outsourcing Work

  • Fiverr – 1000’s of freelancers available for anything from logo creation through to content
  • Udimi – Solo Ads provided by accredited email marketers

Social Media tools

  • Tailwind – the perfect application for increasing your Pinterest or Instagram presence

Ebook and Video resources


Video creation tools and resources


 

37 Responses

  1. Louis says:

    Affiliate marketing is a growing market with expansive potentials. I believe in no time, most families will start sourcing for almost all their needs online. This will further broaden the horizon of affiliate marketers. For this reason, I do advise my friends to tap into this earning stream, and create viable structures while we are still young. I hope that when I’m older, I can quit work as a whole and depend on my affiliate income.

    • Tony says:

      Hi Louis,

      Thank you for your comments. I believe the potential for affiliate marketing will just keep on growing, and as a long-term, sustainable business model it is excellent. I first discovered it in 2009, but I never did anything about it until 2018! 

      I feel that 2019 is going to be a great year for affiliate marketers in general as there is just so much earning potential out there. I have 5 daughters, and I am already teaching my eldest daughter who is 11, about affiliate marketing. University education has become way too expensive now in the UK, and traditional careers do not have job security anymore.

      I wish you well for the future!

      Tony

  2. Peace says:

    I have never thought of choosing a niche that has a broad appeal until you just mentioned it in your article. I always went for what I feel comfortable with and what I have a passion for, but now I’ll give going with a broadly appealing niche a serious consideration. Because, if we want to make big money, we’d have to go with the flow. 

    I’d sure use the Google Trends analytic tool, now that I want to adopt a trending niche. 

    Thanks for the list of 10 popular niches for 2019, because, it has opened my eyes to the fact that my present niche is not a top 10 popular niche. 

    Can I change the niche of my website or do I have to start a new website? 

    I’m just an 8 day old premium member at Wealthy Affiliate and I highly recommend it for any body that wants an all in one package of making money online. 

    • Tony says:

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comments, and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.

      You can always change your niche, in fact it is far better to change it early on. I did the exact same thing. I started off with a general health and fitness blog and ended up being primarily focused on electric bikes.

      Google trends really is a fantastic tool, I ran a Facebook ads promotion at the end of last year for a Clickbank product. I did my research on Google trends and narrowed my target audience down to 4 States in the USA (I live in the UK) and the results were excellent.

      I wish you all the best on your journey!

      Tony

  3. Achievers says:

    This article is really loaded with how to work from home and earn money online in 2019. I am richly informed and really updated. I can’t start mentioning all the affiliate tools I have read I your article but I will say for now am home is wealthy affiliate. I joined about a month ago now and I have never regretted being a premium member. All you said about it is truly and am enjoying every moment on the platform. I will love to try other affiliate tool like Amazon, Aliexpress, Ebay, Clickbank etc but that will later and am fully experienced with wealthy affiliate. I have bookmarked this page for further reading on other affiliate too box. 

    • Tony says:

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comments. I’m glad you found the information useful. 

      Wealthy affiliate is a truly amazing place to learn and grow your internet marketing skills. I can’t think of another platform that has all the resources, website hosting, affiliate tools and training all in one place. Plus the added bonus of a friendly and helpful community.

      If you ever need any help or advice, please feel free to contact me.

      All the best

      Tony

  4. Peihoo says:

    Dear Admin,

    Great article you got here. Can consider it as complete ebook and unique. You done it well compiling all the necessary data and topics. All topics related to Affiliate in one page. I really like the arrangement. Starting from “What is Affiliate”, “Where to learn and join Affiliate community”, finally ” How to use Affiliate tools” and lots more. I frequently used Jaxxy for keywords research. But till now I haven’t use the “Alphabet Soup”. What is it for? How to relate with my search keywords? Anyway thanks for sharing this awesome knowledge with me.

    Zammil 

    • Tony says:

      Hi Zammil,

      Thank you for your positive comments.

      I very rarely use the ‘Alphabet Soup’ feature myself, but it is quite useful at times. 

      Let’s say for example you are researching keywords for a fitness equipment blog post relating to ‘exercise bikes’, you would type in ‘exercise bikes’ into the Alphabet soup section and it will give you a list of long-tail keywords and search phrases like: Best exercise bikes, exercise bikes review, what are the best cheap exercise bikes, and so on. You would then click on the phrase to get the search data, QSR etc. along with a list of similar keywords. 

      It is quite a handy tool if you are struggling to find suitable keywords in your niche.

      All the best

      Tony

  5. ajibola40 says:

    Thanks for writing this article on how to work from home and earn money. I must thank you for writing this article because the article comes at the right time for me. I have been brainstorming on the right niches to write about for somedays now until I read the best 10 niches for 2019 in the article, I gave me all the answer I need about what to write.

    this is my first time of creating a website and writing any content,i want my content to be professional as much as possible even if is not perfect 

    • Tony says:

      Hi,

      Thank you for your positive feedback, I’m glad you found the article helpful. 

      I wish you all the success in your journey. 

      Tony

  6. Paul says:

    Dear Tony,

    Wow, what an extensive guide indeed! I thoroughly appreciate the research you must have done to gather & compile so much information.

    Thanks for the article I enjoyed it and I must say I found your post highly uplifting and educational.

    How to work from Home and earn Money Online? Is the question which 1000’s of people are asking/having and searching for the answers in search engines. You have provided a great guide and answered everything in this helpful guide.

    I am a full-time blogger and making money online since 2008 so I can say that… Your guide can be used as a blueprint on earning money online. You left no stone up-turned in explaining how it all works and you covered all the aspects and answered every possible questions one might get.

    For me, Popular niches for 2019 is very helpful and I got great insights for my second blog. Through your research you have saved me a lot of time.

    For newbies this guide is going to be a greater help.

    Much Success!

    Paul

    • Tony says:

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for you comments, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

      My primary goal is to earn a full-time living by blogging, while providing people with the knowledge and inspiration to help improve their quality of life. I have spent the last four months doing so much research and the opportunities for earning money online are almost limitless!

      I’m glad you found the information useful, and I will be aiming to add 2-3 new posts weekly.

      All the best for 2019!

      Tony

  7. Topazdude says:

    Really very happy to say, your post is very interesting to read, that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man,Keep it up. Marketing affiliate is one of the best way to earn from home in few years and still on the front line, only with right niche as you can then be an influencer in your niche. There are many ways, but the one I can recommend with the the knowledge of the article and my experience so far is Online retail websites and social media ads which are inexpensive ways for starter to start e-commerce stores and market their goods and services. And Wealth Affiliate is there to help you from starter and make you a giant earners online. Wealthy Affiliate is a large community of like-minded people who have the desire to create an online business and make money from home. A community of affiliate marketers who work together to help each other every day and to learn everything there is to know about affiliate marketing. Training is one of the key aspects of Wealthy Affiliate. It’s premium is the best with lower subsidized price of $19 currently for first timer, and bear it in mind that this is not a get quick rich scheme

    • Tony says:

      Hi,

      Thank you for your positive comments. 

      Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the best online community and platform to help guide people to a better life. The main thing a lot of people don’t realise, is that it takes a long term commitment (and a little bit of trial and error) to succeed. We live in a society where everyone expects results instantly and that is not going to happen unless you have lots of money to invest in paid advertising. 

      I have had some degree of success with fb ads, the key is to advertise smart, and do thorough research beforehand. 

      If you have an E-commerce store, having a blog is a fantastic way to get customers to that store. When I tried E-commerce last year, I didn’t have the knowledge I have now, so I’m going to give it another go. 

      All the best for the future. 

      Tony

  8. Adamu2 says:

    Thanks for writing out this lovely article and I must say its a must for every one looking for how to make money online  to read and digest.Am an affiliate marketer with wealthy affiliate program, this article gave me an insight to search a niche and create a blog or website for my affiliate marketing business. Affiliate marketing has been the best industry to make money online working from Home.this article has been helpful to me. Best regards 

    • Tony says:

      Hi,

      Thanks for your positive comments. I’m really glad to have been able to share some valuable ideas. 

      Affiliate marketing is a really great business model, and as long as you are focused and persistent, you will succeed. 

      Best wishes for the future. 

      Tony

  9. Daniella says:

    Hi there,

    Great article, I really enjoyed the reading!

    I am a Wealthy Affiliate member for over three years now, and all I can say is that this platform is the best place to build a thriving business online. I do have a website, which I am working on it a lot. My niche is about sailing holidays and sailing gear, but I feel that it’s way too broad. Do you think it’s possible to narrow it down and then expand it in the future? Or should I change my niche? I ask this because I don’t see a very good result at this moment.

    Thank you!

    • Tony says:

      Hi Daniella,

      Joining Wealthy affiliate was the best decision I made, and it provides excellent value for money. 

      Regarding your niche, I believe sailing holidays and sailing gear is an excellent niche to be in, although I can imagine it is quite competitive. It may be worth refining your niche further by doing some further keyword / market research. ‘Similar web’ is a good tool to analyse the competition. I would have thought possibly sailing-related clothing, safety gear and tech (gps etc.). 

      Have you joined any fb groups relating to sailing? You could even start your own fb group. YouTube videos are also a great way to increase brand awareness. 

      If you need any further help or advice, please feel free to contact me. 

      I wish you all the success in the future. 

      Tony

  10. Ayodeji says:

    This is a wonderful post for me to begin working with right away, to monetise my blog and put a little extra money back into my business.I just started blogging so this is a big step for me because you’ve shed enough spotlight for me to know all I needed to know and understand about blogging, great work putting this out. 

    • Tony says:

      Thank you for your feedback, your comments are very much appreciated. Stick with it and you will succeed. Earning money from blogging can be a long and arduous journey. Patience and persistence is the key. 

      All the best with your journey to success. 

      Tony

  11. Melinda Curle says:

    I like that you mention being a little bit obsessive to succeed. I wasn’t committed when I first tried out the model in 2012. However, when I joined Wealthy Affiliate a second time in 2017, I was much more committed and actually did get a fantastic return on investment. I’m still working at it because there are things that I need to learn. I got a bit sidetracked with freelance writing, but I like the passive income that affiliate marketing can provide. My website still earns me money whether I promote it or not, it just earns me less when I have to focus on a copywriting client. The great thing about learning about affiliate marketing is that the skills can be applied to writing blog posts for companies and that tends to pay well. 

    • Tony T says:

      Hi Melinda,

      It definitely helps to be obsessive! Since I joined WA, Blogging become a big part of my life, but ultimately i’m doing it to provide my children with a good future.

      I totally agree with you about developing writing skills through affiliate marketing. I am getting approached by lots of people who want me to write content or help them with their websites. There aren’t enough hours in the day!

      I wish you all the success for the future.

      Tony

  12. Barbara says:

    Wow, this is a very detailed view about blogging and how to start your own blogging business and more. I really liked this article you made because this can be used for some help for anyone who needs some knowledge about the online business. I will definitely share this with my friends and family. Bye

    • Tony T says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Thank you for your positive comments, Glad you enjoyed my article. 

      Blogging will continue to be a good business model for years to come,and the potential to make money online with affiliate marketing will just keep getting better.

      Wishing you all the success.

      Tony

  13. Nice Gal Nikki says:

    Wow such an informative article! I will have to bookmark this! I am new to the blogging world but want to get right into it as I want more freedom with my life. I do know affiliate marketing is a great job to have I have also saw success stories. What are your thoughts on solo ads? Do you believe it helps your business?

    • Tony T says:

      Hi Nikki,

      Thanks for your positive comments.

      In answer to your question regarding Solo Ads, they can be very lucrative, but getting it right is incredibly important as it can end up costing a lot of money, without generating any sales. Having a great landing page with a good lead magnet is crucial, and setting up an email autoresponder sequence is essential. 

      Look up Franklin Hatchet on YouTube, he has some of the best videos on using Solo Ads to promote Clickbank products successfully.

      I wish you all the success at WA.

      Tony

  14. Chloe says:

    Thanks for this really wonderful post. There are lots of people out there who are into blogging but are not conversant with how they can make money from their blogs and this makes them see the idea of blogging not profitable where as they are the ones who are not aware of it. 

    Affiliate marketing through ones blog have been one of the best way to amen money from blogging if not the best. I love the detailed description on how one can make money from their blog which you have given here. And the steps you gave to going into affiliate marketing is indeed beneficial.I’ll inform others about this wonderful post. Thanks for sharing 

    • Tony T says:

      Hi Chloe,

      Thanks for your positive feedback, glad you enjoyed the article. 

      Blogging has changed so many lives for the better, and it is great to be able to offer people help and advice on different subjects.

      Affiliate marketing is predicted to keep growing in the next ten years, I’m starting to pass the knowledge on to my older daughters, who are still at school. So hopefully they, themselves can blog about something they have a passion for and earn money through affiliate marketing.

      Wishing you all the best success!

      Tony

  15. Dave Sweney says:

    I just loved this easy to understand guide on how to earn money by blogging. I have come across many articles that try to explain all the intricacies of the concept, but often they get so caught up in the many nuances of the tricks of the trade that they lose the audience.

    You have done no such thing with this article, The images and graphics helped get the points across well and complemented them at each step of the guide, as they were intended to. It is refreshing to know that we will be able to earn money using blogging as a base for years to come.

    Not only have you explained the concept, but you also added in training and tool platforms to help get started, the process to plan for and deploy the blog, and even suggested niches to pursue. Overall, one of the best laydowns that I have had the pleasure to read. Readers would be well advised to follow your suggestions, as they are a path to success with making money online. 

    • Tony T says:

      Hi Dave,

      Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I have been working on this post on and off for a few months now, fine tuning it and adding to it. 

      Since joining WA, I have experienced first hand, what can be achieved with persistence. There’s a lot of hard work and long hours involved, but eventually things have payed off.

      Now my main niche website is running on autopilot, i’m going to be adding more content to this site over the coming months.

      Wishing you all the success in the future.

      Cheers,

      Tony

  16. Dane says:

    Wow, this is really nice to know. I am planning on quitting my day job and going into blogging but i have had doubt’s about making money through blogging. Although I know of a few people who are earning some cool money from blogging but looking at it alone I think it will be a hard Considering  the the fact that I’d be new in it. 

    I would love to try blogging through affiliate marketing now because your post gives me so much assurance it would be something I wouldn’t regret. I’ll take my time to think about a good niche and then follow the steps. Best regards. 

    • Tony T says:

      Hi Dane,

      I started out as a complete novice 10 months ago, and I had some reservations to start with. The best advice I can give is blog about something you are passionate about. For me it was cycling and electric bikes.

      I was struggling financially when I first started this, but now i’m starting to earn a decent living from blogging.

      Stick with it, take your time, be patient and you can achieve your goals.

      All the best,

      Tony

  17. Queen says:

    Oh My Gosh! There is so much wealth of knowledge to take in from this article.

    You’ve literally transformed me from a total novice to someone with a grasp about starting a blog and signing up for affiliate programs.

    I never even made it past knowing what a niche is let alone how it fits into all this, your article has just gotten me ready on how the whole thing fits in.

    there is so much here I have to bookmark this and come back to it over and over again to learn more as I progress.

    There is si much to learn here, I think I will just sign up with your recommendation of Wealthy Affiliate first and follow the steps gradually.

    I really love the idea of this GTranslate for a global audience, sounds like a worthwhile investment which I will definitely look into with time.

    Thanks, so much for taking the time to compile this guide for us.

    Cheers..

    • Tony T says:

      Hi Queen,

      I’m really happy you got so much from this post. It has always been my intention to help others and share my own personal perspective on how we can achieve our goals.

      GTranslate really did make a massive difference to my website traffic, and I really enjoy chatting with people from all over the world and giving advice.

      If you ever need any help or advice, let me know.

      Wishing you all the success for the future.

      Tony

  18. Willy says:

    Affiliate marketing is a really growing and trending form of making money online lately. It expands and requires a lot if hard work,patience and time. This is the most comprehensive and fully packaged review I have read in a long while. There are a lot of tools and strategies here that are so straightforward and well structured in a way that good be easily understood and utilized without confusion. I have been reading on owning a site and this is the best I have read. 

    • Tony T says:

      Hi Willy,

      Thanks for the positive feedback, glad you enjoyed my post. Because I have been concentrating on my primary website, this post has taken quite a few months to get where it is today. I’m now in a position where I can concentrate more on this site, and start adding more content on ways to earn money online.

      Wishing you all the success in the future.

      Cheers,

      Tony

  19. Queen says:

    Wow! What a comprehensive article you have here!

    There is so much wealth of knowledge to obtain in all you have written that I have literally gone from one confused beginner to having a basic knowledge of how this all ties together.

    I have always been confused about lead magnets, landing pages, and email marketing in general, but your article has done justice to that, and now I have a clear idea what and how each one works.

    Wow! There is so much potential in blogging and becoming an affiliate. I will check out your recommended platform and see what it has to offer.

    Thank you for also providing us with so many resources that can help one achieve better success.

    Cheers..

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