Guide to Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

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You are planning on trying affiliate marketing, but you are unsure of what you need.  Today I am going to provide a guide to affiliate marketing for beginners.  We will outline:

  • the advantages of affiliate marketing
  •  a definition of affiliate marketing
  • What is a niche
  • What  you need, to market your niche successfully
  • Ways to get the knowledge you need to be successful.

Advantages of Being an Affiliate Marketer

  • You can make  extra income
  • Once your business grows you can give up your job.
  • The start up costs are minimal in relation to other business startup’s

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is an online business where people market products for other companies.  Generally an Affiliate Marketer creates a blog or a website that represent a product.  The affiliate marketer receives a commission for sales from his website.

To begin with you need a niche.  This is a product or type of product that you will represent.  It is important to represent a product that you are  passionate about.

How do you Market your niche product?

To market your product you will need a blog or a website which will have a link to the product you represent.For your website you will need a domain, and someone to host it. There are free sites that will host your website and a domain.   These sites offer no training so as a beginner you train yourself.

What your Website Should Contain to sell the product

To market your product you need to build a website that  includes:

  • A link to the product provider
  • Content that inspires the customer to buy the product.
  • A Review of the product
  • Other pertinent information
  • Your own personal domain which becomes your brand.

What You Need for Success.

To be successful you need to develop traffic to your website or blog. If you want high traffic your website will need to rank high in various search engines.    Ranking high in various search engines is very important so your website is noticed among thousands of other sites.

So How To Create a Successful Website

For  high website rankings there is information you will need to  construct your website. . This includes:

  • The theme of your website-Your website theme is the layout and design of the information you are presenting.  Applications like WordPress provide many themes to choose from.
  • The Style of Your Content-You don’t have to be a world renowned author to write good content.  It has to be clear, simple, and to the point. Long compound sentences are confusing to your customer.   Content that is not relevant is boring and the customer will leave.  Most customers scan and read content reviewing less than 30% of it.  You have to grab their attention and lay it out so it is easy  to read
  • The Layout of your content-Your content is perhaps the most important factor in achieving good rankings. Where and how you display it will entice people to buy your product.  Deficient content that isn’t laid out well can hurt  rankings. Poor ranking mean no sales.
  • The look of your website-The look of your website is the first impression your customer has of your website.  You want your website to look professional and attractive.  The inclusion of images is important to help convey your message.  These images can help lead to a sale.

To reiterate, a website of poor design and content will not rank well and not lead to sales.

Where do you learn to optimize search engine ranking to get sales?

There are many programs that teach how to optimize search engine rankings  and I have found a good one. Wealthy Affiliate a proven program that provides the knowledge to get the sales. This program  with tutorials, tools, and community puts you in a position to succeed.

A word of warning

Be careful  if you are searching for an affiliate marketing program.  Many programs are deficient in their training. These programs contain the following:

  • A high cost with a lot of costly “add on’s.”
  • Training that is does not provide the level of knowledge to product traffic
  • The program is not well laid out and is difficult to follow
  • No  community

Why is a community important?

As a beginner there are going to be times when you have questions, or confusion.  This is the nature of learning any new skill.  Imagine that you are learning to play golf.  You are standing on the tee and you slice the ball into the woods.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have an experienced player to help  you figure out your mistake.  It is also important to have help to recover from the bad shot also?  That is what the community can do for you.   Wealthy Affiliate includes a helpful community of experienced marketers that provides this support.

If you have any questions, or would like to leave  a comment please do in the comment section below.  I will be happy to get back with you.

Best Regards,

Dick H

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19 Responses to Guide to Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

  1. Cathy says:

    I’ll have to echo you on the part about community. Being an affiliate marketer, working full day on the computer, can lead to a very solitary routine. Sometimes, you forgotten how is it like to talk to strangers.

    Having that community support, people who share the same concerns and commitment to building successful online businesses help us think better as an entrepreneur and boost traffic (through social sharing) to our websites too.

    • admin says:


      Thank you for the comment. My experience with the community has been very satisfying. I have found some friends in the Wealthy Affiliate Community. Through the community I have also learned a lot.

      That’s why it is such an important feature of Wealthy Affiliate that I highlight in my guide for beginners. I want them to know that when they sign up they are not going to be out there alone.

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. Alex Dias says:

    Hi Dick
    Great post and very clear!
    I was wondering, I’m searching for an affiliate marketing program, but I don’t know much about marketing or how to create a website. Even though do you think this program is for me?
    Thank you very much

    • Dick Howard says:

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      In answer to your question, I would answer yes this is the program for you. Wealthy Affiliate is designed to be for the beginner to the expert. The program leads you step by step to become an experienced marketer and how to build a website. In fact they have a tutorial on how to build a website in 30 seconds. With the Wealthy Affiliate tool it is easy to build a website, and they have instructions on writing content and increasing search engine rankings. Having high search engine ranking means more traffic resulting in more income. If you follow the lessons and put the work in you will with out a doubt be successful

  3. Kenny Lee says:

    In affiliate marketing we are competing on a global scale. There are over 100 million blogs on the internet. If anything, an online community that we could get advice and support is the best way start.

    Wealthy Affiliate offers exactly that. To date, I think there are over 300,000 members in WA. I joined in 2015 and I’ve made some good acquaintances through WA. Great place to learn and grow.

    • Dick says:

      I agree 100%. I joined in January and have met some great people. In my humble opinion I think the community is one of the best thingsabout WA

  4. Neil says:

    Thank You for the beginner affiliate marketing guide. 🙂

    There sure are awesome advantages to being an affiliate, and the option to give up my job would be my main reason for starting an online business.

    I appreciate all of your guidance, especially the help with putting together a successful website.


    • Dick says:

      Thank you for your comment. I know that starting something like Wealthy Affiliate can be a daunting task. With hard work, perseverance, dedication you can achieve the goal of giving up you job, and having the life you want. All you need to do is sign up and to start. Follow the tutorials, learn the tools, and interact with the community.

      I wish you success.

  5. cesario solorsano says:

    Wealthy affiliate is a fantastic way to earn recurring commissions from home as an affiliate marketer! Very clear steps on how to get started with an internet marketing business. I host earnrecurringrevenuefromhome .com on WA, I can say that the training is priceless on WA to build a sucessfull affiliate business. Very well put together guide, very helpful for beginners. WA makes it easier than ever to create a free online business that earns recurring commissions from home on autopilot. Easily read broken up content, written in a way in which everyone understands Great review! Cheers!

  6. Neil says:

    I’ve looked into affiliate marketing as a way to top up my income because it makes perfect sense to earn from what you love doing. It’s the smart way to make money online, in my opinion!

    Blogging is definitely something I’d like to do in order to build a successful affiliate marketing business, and Wealthy Affiliate sure sounds like a great platform for starting up a business.


    • Dick says:

      Neil, If you feel that affiliate marketing is a way to top off your income then by all means sign up for the starter membership. Wealthy Affiliate is the best Affiliate Marketing program around. Just go on the site through my website fill out a little information and you can start your money making venture.

      To use the old cliche nothing ventured nothing gained.

  7. Chris says:

    This has always seemed like an intensely difficult subject to me but I would still love to learn it and give it a go!
    I think it’s the actual starting up costs that attract me – how many businesses can you build with near enough zero investment after all?
    How have you found the whole process? Do you feel you are successful at it yet?

    • Dick says:

      I have found the lessons well organized and informative. The cost is great, and most important is the community who help you get started

  8. Warren says:

    Nice article on affiliate marketing. I really like your stressing that you need good, quality content for your site. If no one visits because your site is bland, no amount of bells or whistles will generate any income. Wealthy Affiliate is a good program, dedicated more to education concerning affiliate marketing than anything I’ve seen anywhere else. Well done.

  9. Stephen says:

    Hello Dick,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this valuable information about affiliate marketing with me. I have been trying to become an affiliate marketer but I didn’t really understand all that is involved to be \ a successful affiliate marketer.

    For example, I didn’t know that I will need my personal website as an affiliate marker to be able to promote other peoples products for commission.

    I also didn’t know what a niche really is, but you have clearly explain this term to me in a very simple way.

    Now I’m ready to go. I will surely try your recommended training program since you mentioned that they can give me all the training I need to become a successful affiliate marketer.

    • Dick says:

      Wealthy affiliate will be a great place to learn to be a successful affiliate marketer.  You can sign up through my website.

  10. Jacob Schilling says:

    Hey, thanks for the informative article. I have been involved in WA for about a year. It truly is one of a kind. They give you all of the tools you need for success and then some. One of the best places you can go to learn all of the ins and outs of affiliate marketing. I think some of my favorite training is about keyword research and the correct ways to implement Jaaxy. What is your favorite training?

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