Affiliate Marketing

[Complete Guide] Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners- How to Start it?
(Last Updated On: October 16, 2016)

Affiliate Marketing is an online monetization strategy which online marketers use to promote the products and make money online. The process of affiliate marketing is not hard to understand, in fact, the more you understand, the easier it becomes to apply. Most of the bloggers and video marketers struggle with their affiliate marketing and that’s why I thought to cover this up on my blog.

Do you promote any product on your blog?

Have you ever thought about making your conversion rate better?

Do you want to know the secrets of affiliate marketing success?

Well, we all want to know this stuff.

The best part is that you’ll find out something interesting in this article. This article is a guide for affiliate marketing beginners who are either going to start blogging or struggling with the affiliate marketing.

So What You Will Learn In This Article?

  • What is Affiliate Marketing?
  • Understand the affiliate marketing basics
  • Know the secrets of affiliate sales
  • Figure out the affiliate marketing of your niche
  • Help your audience in any way possible
  • Learn the art of affiliate marketing
  • Get to know that it’s not easy
  • Different Examples
  • Embrace the patience
  • Recommended Affiliate Programs and Recommended Readings!
  • Become consistent in order to succeed

The reason I’m covering this topic is that once newbie bloggers or video marketer get their hands on something useful and a certain part of their blogging strategy gets better and they start making some money from their blogs, it becomes easier for them to focus on rest of the game. The psychological impact of a few sales give them a big boost to change the destiny of their blog or video channel and that’s the time when they learn, evolve, and get better at this.

So, there will be  a lot of connected things with affiliate marketing and once I’ll start this up, you’ll see everything (that I’ll discuss) would have a link to the affiliate marketing.

Without any further delay, let’s begin the process.

How to Start Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is a process that is based on trust, loyalty, and honesty. You can’t win in this with your SEO techniques and advertising budget. Gone are the days when a $300 Facebook Ads campaign used to give a 10x ROI because everything was new to the people and people were ready to try things up.

Now things are completely different, in fact, the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) game has totally changed in last 5 year because people are become more sensible, choosy, brand oriented and the competition has gone way up then before, so you need to come up with a proper plan and strategy. Coming back to the topic, In order to start affiliate marketing, you’d need to follow these steps:

1) – Building a Platform

Consider this as a base to get started. How would you refer any product to someone online when you would not have any existence on the internet? This is why building a platform is necessary. A platform refers to any website or blog that is well-managed and updated. A blog could possibly the right platform in order to keep the new content coming and fulfilling other requirements. Most of the affiliate marketers try to build a blog that does have a niche and the content marketing plan to entertain the audience and get affiliate sales. A blog or platform is not about just having an online existence, in fact, the purpose of having the platform is far bigger than the platform itself, for instance, when a blog is established to make money from affiliate marketing. It is established as a business. The content is published on the regular basis, readers are taken care of, the blogger tries to engage the readers in the comments, and the sole purpose of the content publishing is to help resolve the readers’ problems.

There are two type of websites I recommend to start with.

1.1) Website Designed Completely Just for Affiliate Marketing :

Let’s have a look on which is just designed for affiliate marketing and Adsense Income.

1.2) A blog in any particular niche which regularly recommends multiple products time by time.

For Instance, Michelle earned more then $100,000 income last month alone via his blog


Or You can also see the blog of Pat, who earned more then $167,000 last month alone and that too in Affiliate income from his SmartPassiveIncome blog and other properties.


This website launching guide or how to create your own blog in just 15 minutes? will help you launch your site in minutes in order to build a platform online to get started. Once there is a blog up and running, you’ll be able to move forward to the next step. All this doesn’t mean that you should launch your blog first and then think about the other steps. The blog should be launched after the complete understanding of all the steps involved. 

You can also consider running a Youtube Channel and promote your affiliate programs through giving reviews or just mentioning the products or videos frequently in your videos.

Video’s are also being used alone as a platform or combined with website to earn Affiliate Income. There are many people who do this. Have a look on Matthew Wood Youtube Channel.

He has more then 12,500 subscribers with videos having thousand of views which is earning him money round the clock via affiliate marketing.

matthew wood ward youtube channel

If you are starting out with Video Marketing, Do checkout my complete guide on Video Marketing and if you are considering Youtube for starting with, my 10 youtube video tips are going to help you a lot!

2) – Catering the Prospective Audience

Have you ever heard of niche selection? This is exactly what you’ve heard there. When you talk about niche selection, what you’re supposed to mean is that you’re talking about targeting the certain kind of audience. This is exactly the same thing. Catering the prospective audience means, you should cut down the unnecessary section of the audience by honing your content strategy, so that you don’t waste your resources on the visitors that aren’t supposed to come to your  website because they don’t need your content and they will never be your customer (affiliate prospect).

target audience

When you cater the prospective audience, it means you’re very clear with your target audience and you’re serving the right kind of people through your blog. This will eventually impact positively on your blog’s conversion rate.

The affiliate marketing without analysing and fixing up the conversion rate is incomplete. After setting up your blog for affiliate marketing, be very clear with your audience selection. Find out who should be your possible audience that will need the content you’re good at creating, while the products you have in hands to promote are the ones that audience would be interested in buying.

3) – Start Solving the Problems

problem solving content

Don’t keep dreaming about getting affiliate sales. The affiliate sales will ultimately start coming once you’ve found the right path to keep moving. When you publish content to solve readers’ problems and people can’t wait to check out your articles, that could be a time when you’d start thinking about affiliate sales, in fact, you won’t even care about affiliate sales because they would ultimately come without any hassle. When bloggers spend years in building their blog’s audience and worth, after a certain time period, they just reap the benefit. The key to reaching to that level the SOLVING THE PROBLEMS. If you don’t solve the problems through your content, you won’t be able to make a difference. The affiliate marketing isn’t just about getting referrals and getting paid out of the promotion. In fact, it’s about giving away the valuable knowledge with full of solutions. And the interesting thing is that the perk of being a problem solver is that sometimes you manage to grab some affiliate sales as well.

For Instance, there are thousand’s of people who don’t know how to create an online wordpress blog? Now this a Blog and Michelle know’s it very well so what she did was she created a detailed post on his blog about it back in 2014 and till date, that post alone is helping her to earn more then $30,000 a month just by solving a little problem of How to create your own WordPress Blog?

how to start your blog michelle

You can check the post by clicking here.

4) How To Place Affiliate Ads and Offers on the website/video for promotion?

If you are promoting affiliate programs via Video Marketing, then you can recommend the links in your videos along with writing them in your description.

If you are promoting it via your website, there are different ways on how you can promote them, for instance you can promote it via

Banners on different area’s of website

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Having an Affiliate Link in middle of your article.

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5) – Develop a Community

Developing a community is an essential part of growing as an affiliate marketer. The affiliate marketing success doesn’t revolve around just affiliate promotion and sales. Don’t forget that the readers are real human beings who have feelings, mind, and observation. The reason I’m focusing on developing a community for your affiliate marketing success is that if you try to be focusing on sales and profits, you would start to appear salesy which is clearly not a good option to go with. There could be only two possibilities, either you focus on building a good relation with the audience by helping them out, solving their problems, and developing healthy relations with them or by trying to sell everything you got without any concern of your readers’ feelings and problems. I’m sure you’ll clearly see that being social and problem solver for others would be the ideal way to moving forward. I added up this point of ‘developing a community’ because at the end of the day, everyone realizes this and it’s better to get started as soon as possible than after a few years from now. You can establish a Facebook group and get connected with it via Facebook Groups app. In fact, there might be a lot of options to get started with. Use Triberr to build a tribe. You can also start using Disqus commenting system to establish a Disqus community of your own.

5) – Promote based on Personal Experience

The most important step of starting an affiliate marketing program to make money from your blog is this one. You can’t sell something that you don’t personally use. People won’t trust the offer that you haven’t taken for yourself. In fact, it goes the other way around as well, once you buy it for yourself and like it, then you come up with a review, it really works. You’ll always see bloggers and online marketers are doing this for a long time and this is legit. The personal experience means you have the proof of the product that you’re promoting, in fact, it builds trust of your audience because you never went for promotion straight away, you’ve rather chosen to step up and spend money before recommending it to everyone, if everything goes the right way, you can certainly come up and give a heads-up to the audience that this product works. The best way to do is writing a full-fledged review of the product that you’re using and wanting to promote to the audience.

For Instance, Iftikhar Ahmed of knows this technique very well.  His review of Revenuehits went viral very soon and even Revenuehits started promoting it itself making the situation win-win with free traffic and referral earnings.

Iftikar Ahmed Review of Revenuehits

revenuehits review by iftikhar ahmed

and then Revenue Hits started promoting his review! (That happens when you spend time in writing an awesome review)

Revenuehits promoting Iftikhar ahmed review

6) Build Your List

Now if you are planning to achieve something big or planning to build multiple streams of income by selling multiple products to the same user and branding yourself, it’s time for you to build your email list to make your audience even bigger. This strategy also helps in branding yourself as i mentioned above.

While a go, I have written a guide on How to Start Email List Building To Grow Your Business? Spend some time reading it as it will definitely help you!

7) Use SEO/Paid Advertising For more Traffic :

As with anything online, you can use SEO (Search engine optimization) or Paid Advertising such as advertising over Adwords, Facebook or Social Media can bring you ample of traffic of your website to convert very well and that too in a very short time frame.

For SEO, I recommend you to read 8 Ways to Establish Your Website Authority in Search Engines which will educate you in knowing the key factors in establishing your website trust/authority in the eye’s of search engines.

For PPC, I recommend you to read How To Make a Successful PPC Campaign? article which outlines basic fundamentals you need to know about starting your own first online PPC Campaign.

8) Don’t Over do :

dont over do it

Remember, excess of anything is bad. Same is the case with affiliate marketing, when you over do something or promote a product excessively, the consumer starts losing the interest in the offered product or service. They start considering that they are trying to be fooled by you, which makes it even harder for you to generate sales. So you need to remember that overdoing not only will reduce sales but it will also lose your visitor’s trust.

9) Recommended Affiliate Programs :

There are hundreds of Affiliate Companies and programs out in market, however if you are starting out, I recommend you to initially work with these companies and expand over time.

Recommended Readings :

I suggest everyone to checkout the recommended articles for further command over Affiliate Marketing.



The affiliate marketing game isn’t the world’s toughest thing to do, of course.

All you need is to understand what works in this. Remember like with everything, you need to be consistent with anything you do, nothing in the world is called as overnight success because behind every overnight success there is years of hard work involved, so keep on testing and eventually you will start seeing results!

Once you come up with the strategy that helps others around you, you’ll start figuring it out that solving the problem and helping others are the best ways to get into the affiliate marketing.

Because you’re connected with humans, not robots who don’t have feelings and motives.

Be human.

Once you start being human, you’ll care for others and definitely choose the path that does good to others.

The basic idea of this article was that the affiliate marketing success isn’t just surrounded by the sales. You have to earn respect and trust, once you get that, you’ll continue to get sales in the future. The community building and harbouring the audience are the strategies you should be understanding if you really want affiliate marketing to work for you.

What else would you do to get success in affiliate marketing?

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Ali Raza
An Internet Entrepreneur who converts visitors into customers; A Google & Microsoft Advertising Professional with years of experience in Internet Marketing, Social Media and Blogging.
    Uzma Asghar Oct 18,2016 at 4:46 pm

    I want to know Which Platform is better for Affiliate Marketing ?

    is it CJ , Click Bank or Amazon ?

    • Ali Raza Oct 21,2016 at 9:08 am

      Uzma all have their own con’s and pro’s.

      For instance, the prime focus of Clickbank is to sell digital products such as ebooks, courses or information online while CJ focus on products, digital goods and various things.

      So you need to first define your audience and then work on it. However all three above are good in their own categories.

    Aron Brown Oct 17,2016 at 11:14 pm

    Hello Ali Raza,
    Its very simple in your words .
    I learnt a lot by your post
    Thanks man!

    Anmol Singhi Oct 17,2016 at 4:14 pm

    This is really awesome <3
    Thanks for this wonderful guide :)

    • Ali Raza Oct 21,2016 at 9:11 am

      Your’s welcome Anmol! Glad that you like it. :)

    Ammara Khalid Oct 17,2016 at 6:39 am

    Worth reading content. I am in search of best affiliate marketing sites nowadays and this article is really helpful.

    • Ali Raza Oct 21,2016 at 9:12 am

      Thank you Ammara! Glad that it helped you! Good luck

    Asim Khan Oct 16,2016 at 5:20 pm

    Very nice and professional work. Thanks for Sharing this precious article. :)

    • Ali Raza Oct 16,2016 at 6:12 pm

      Your’s welcome, glad to know.

    Abdul Samad Oct 16,2016 at 5:07 pm

    Hello Ali,

    It’s Just Awesome Brother! :)

    I liked the way you explained each and everything with examples!

    I’ll try your suggestions for sure!

    Keep It Up! <3

    • Ali Raza Oct 16,2016 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks Abdul! Glad to know that. :)

    Saad Salman Oct 16,2016 at 2:40 pm

    Worth reading it brother!

    Abdul Haseeb Oct 16,2016 at 2:19 pm

    Ali Raza,

    Bro, I can’t describe in words how much I was shocked when I seen this post. In simple words, I can see that you are trying to answer my questions through your blog post :)

    Well, affiliate marketing is really sometimes headache. Your guide clears many confusions and gives many tips.

    Much appreciated!

    Keep posting.

    • Ali Raza Oct 16,2016 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks glad to know that my posts are helping people! Good luck with you too.

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