How To Start Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

By | 15/09/2017

I am often asked by people how to start affiliate marketing for beginners and today I wanted to explain the process to you in five easy to follow steps so you can get started.  If, after reading this, you have questions or need help then please leave a note for me below this post and I will get back to you.


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First A Word About The Cost

Most of us don’t have a lot of money to throw around in the beginning so it is important to first talk about the costs.  The good news is you can become an affiliate marketing beginner for no whatsoever. I will explain how below so keep reading. All you really need to know for now is that you can get started for FREE.  You also need to know there are no hidden cost or up-sells waiting for you after you sign up for free.

Getting Started Affiliate Marketing


Step One: Choose A Niche

You are probably wondering what a niche is so below is how Wikipedia explains it.

A niche market is the subset of the market on which a specific product is focused. The market niche defines as the product features aimed at satisfying specific market needs, as well as the price range, production quality and the demographics that is intended to impact. It is also a small market segment.
A good example of a niche market is something I looked into when I started affiliate marketing.  I wanted to build a website targeting new parents.   Even though my children are grown up now  I remember what sleep deprivation was like.  My first baby was one of those babies who never learned to self-soothe and at that time there were no products available to me that would help me with the problem.  Controlled crying was bandied about but I could not stand to listen to my baby crying without going and comforting him so, of course, that didn’t work.
I did some research and found a number of products that I could promote on my website.   I found some really great books on ways to train a baby to sleep as well as digital products that could be downloaded.  One of the best products I found was a doll with an audible heartbeat and breathing sound to soothe baby to sleep.   There are some really good reviews on the doll and  I found it being sold on Amazon.
Of course, Health and beauty are always hot topics and a niche in this area should do well.  None of us want to look old and we spend a fortune on cosmetic creams and lotions to prevent the visible signs of aging.  Weight loss and fitness are also popular topics.   There are literally thousands of niche products you can promote to make money online from home.
A quick search through Amazon is sure to find a product that will inspire you.  There are a number of companies such as Amazon, ClickBank,  ClixGalore, Commission Junction where you can find products related to your niche to promote and get paid  for any sales you send from your website.

 Step Two:  Keyword Research

Once you have your niche you need to think about who will want to buy the product you are promoting.  This is your target audience.  In my case it was simple, sleep-deprived parents.  Believe me  there are thousands of them.  You will be offering your target audience a solution to their problem but how will they know about you and your product?

For this you need to do some keyword research.  Keywords are what your target audience types into the search engines to find a solution to the problem you are going to solve for them.  In my case it was terms like ‘how can I get my baby to sleep all night’ or ‘my baby won’t sleep’.

There are a lot of keyword tools you can use but most of them cost money.  Your free Wealthy Affiliate membership comes with a free keyword  tool.




Step 3-Build A Website

Now you have decided on your niche,  have a pretty good idea of who your target audience is and what search terms they will use you are ready to build your website.  A lot of people panic about here and believe me, I was no exception.  I wasn’t a computer geek or a nerdy type and things like this did not come easily to me.

Because of fear, I chickened out and I started by building a blog and ended up building several, each one selling different products.  I made a little money but nothing to brag about or keep me in tea bags.  I guess you could say I cut my teeth on blogging but I realized what I really needed to do was create a website.  Without a website you are just nibbling around the edges of your potential income.

When I finally built my first website it was through Wealthy Affiliate and it was simply dead easy.  I thought I would spend hours tearing my hair out and instead it took less than 60 seconds. Wealthy Affiliate walked me through setting up my first website step by step and then their training filled in the (huge) gaps in my education.  They taught me everything I now know about online affiliate marketing.   It was only after I had set up my website that I started to see some real financial results from my marketing.


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Step 4: Getting Traffic To Your Website

You are probably wondering how the heck do people get to see the stuff you are selling.  This is probably where you need the most help.  Going it alone can work in the end but it takes a long long time.  By starting on day one learning how to get people to visit your website to see and buy your product is the best way to go and it gives you an advantage over the go it alone crowd.

To get traffic and promote your niche product you need to write articles for your website.  People will find the articles you write on google because you have used the keywords they search for when they want what you are selling and this will take them to your website.  You can also use social media to get people to visit your website.  Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus and all the other social media sites are great places to promote your website to your friends and followers and get more traffic to your website.

There is a lot to learn before you become a successful internet marketer but if you have the commitment and determination to learn then the rewards can be awesome.  Once you break it all down into small steps it really isn’t that difficult.  All you need to do is take the time to learn each step before moving on to the next step.

Getting The Help You Need

Of course, you need help along the way and I got all the help I needed at Wealthy Affiliate.  Without them I would still be banging away at my blogs for peanuts.  Support is everywhere in Wealthy Affiliate from Kyle and Carson, the guys who built and own, it to the members who have done the training, found success and are still there helping everyone they can.  Some have been there since the programs beginning in 2005.

The majority who have been there for years are there because the cost of hosting their website is much less than they can get it anywhere else.  They are also making a very satisfactory income of course.

It is easy to get started and best of all it is FREE. No risk means you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Instead of sitting there wondering  just click the big green button and check it out for your self.

How to Start Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

Finally, if you have any questions or comments be sure to leave a note for me below and I will definitely get back to you.





4 thoughts on “How To Start Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

  1. Margaret Post author

    Hi Jojo,
    Thanks for your comments. I found deciding on a niche very difficult because I knew I had to be able to be able to write about it for my posts. You are aright about doing too many at the same time.
    I think it is better to do one thing and do it well that try to spread yourself too thin and never really get anything right.
    Like anything else it is better to take small steps and be sure you are doing one thing right before starting on another.
    All the bes t to you

  2. Jojo

    These are good instructions for anyone who would like to start a business online.
    There is no end to how many different things you can promote. There is no problem finding niches or products to promote. My problem has always been to choose what I want to write about and what I want to promote. Many people do the mistake of trying to do to many things at the same time when starting out.

  3. Margaret Post author

    Hi Ralph,

    You are right it is always easier to write about something you are interested and the Wealthy Affiliate training and support make it even easier to get your business in profit.

    Thanks for your feedback and best wishes to you.


  4. Ralph

    Hi Margaret! I always wanted to start a site, but was never sure how to get started. Not only that, i have always been afraid of the many scams that come with making money online.

    But I see that with this program, it is more about creating a site based on your passion which is guess makes it easier to talk about something you are interested in. I am definitely interested in learning more. thanks!

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