When you are a business owner, you always search for ways to improve your sales. In this day and age selling over the Internet is more than standard. But, when you sell online, you need a few tools to help you boost your traffic. Internet marketing and SEO, which stands for Search Engine Optimization, are good options. However, have you ever heard of affiliate marketing? Well, now you have and you probably have a ton of questions. How to start affiliate marketing? Does it work and do you need it? In this affiliate marketing for dummies guide all of your questions will be answered, so don’t waste any time and sign up!
Shopify is a very popular site building platform for people interested in building eCommerce stores. It has been around for the past few years and seen significant growth in its user base over this time. You can earn a staggering 200% per sale for every new customer you refer to them, which means that there is up to $2400 per new customer on offer.
3. An ethical, legitimate business you can feel proud of. Listen, I'm not telling you to build some junk website with a 900 ads on the homepage because nobody likes getting hit in the face with advertisements. What you should to is make a website about something you really love. Like dogs, skiing, cooking, telling jokes. You should pick something you can easily talk about and something that you'll enjoy talking about forever... Because that's how long you want this business to last right? Forever?
Affiliate marketing on the other hand can be done with very little to no investment. The only investment is the domain name and auto-responder service like Aweber. You need to set up a opt-in page to collect email of prospects in return for a free gift and do your marketing in follow up emails that you set up in your auto-responder. If you want you can spend some money advertising your opt-in page or go the free route for promoting it. However, don't expect to make sales right away. It can take a while for sales to trickle in.
I love learning about new programs.I have learned over the past year that making passive income is not as easy a I first thought.I tried clickbank and I was confused at first it takes awhile.And I have recently been working with amazon .I have never made an in dept look into what I want from an affiliate company and this has made me stop and think thanks
Hi Jamie, awesome content that is very helpful esp with the resources, links and the rich discussions. Want to start e-commerce and blog for money…selling others products, want to go full on with this, tired of the daily routine crunch working for others. I live in a developing country (PNG) that has high internet costs (work still in progress with getting rates down…) so will see how I go with your posts. Any advise? Don’t have a website yet, have to build one I guess….

Some affiliate programs pay just 15 days after the end of the month, but most affiliate programs will take between 30 days and up to three months to pay you. This is normally because they need to verify the sale, and because sometimes they offer a 30-day refund. If someone decides to cancel their purchase, and ask for a refund you will lose your commission.
Rakuten Linkshare is one of the oldest affiliate partner networks that is gaining popularity very fast. To wade off competition as well as making it user-friendly, the platform come with some distinctive features. One of these features includes rotating different banner ads for specific products, making it easier to administer and optimize in the long run. Instead of having to select the ad, you would want to run on your blog manually; that will let multiple versions of ads rotate with a small piece of code.
We’re not going to tell you which eCommerce solution is the best for you. Each person has their own preferences. You may already have a solution in mind. Heck, you may be too lazy to try a different one. That’s fine! We support a number of integrations for eCommerce, including for PayPal, Stripe, Shopify, and more, and each of them can do the trick. But typically affiliate managers who enjoy Shopify enjoy it for one of the following reasons:
I do find the rejections strange sometimes, and you are SO right that often there doesn’t appear to be a good reason. Just yesterday I got a rejection from a program I applied to months and months ago citing that “my site wasn’t a good fit”, but I had actually been accepted to them through CJ Affiliate when I first applied and have been generating pretty consistent sales haha. Oh well! Guess we’ll never know the “inner workings” of it all, but thanks for reading Robert 😀 

I recommend that you start with affiliate marketing first in order to identify the vertical/product that you want to pursue. You will want to use native advertising as it is the best and most efficient way to drive traffic to your landing pages. There are many native advertising networks each with their own strengths, though I recommend finding a platform which allows you to aggregate your media buy under one account. These aggregator platforms also offer CPA optimization tools and also offer much better personal support.
The choices I’ve listed above are the affiliate networks that I’m most familiar with. Most I use today or have used in the past. It’s hardly a complete list of all the good affiliate networks that are out there since there are so many. If you would like to share a network that you really like working with please list it in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
One thing that I look for in an affiliate program is a good transparent analytics system. I want to be able to see the clicks and transactions, so that I can track my stats. Otherwise, I get a little nervous about the legitimacy of the program. Other things to look for is to see how transparent they are when answering questions and how the responsiveness of the affiliate manager.
Alex, a Honda Civic enthusiast, is looking for the best exhaust for the money. He stumbles on John’s carmufflers.com after doing some research on Google. After much debate Alex decides to go with a Borla catback exhaust system for his Honda Civic. After spending enough time on John’s website, Alex clicks John’s affiliate link to the Borla Exhaust Honda Civic page. Right there is when the cookie is stored on Alex’s computer. John (the affiliate) will ONLY get commission if Alex decides to make a purchase within the 7 days. Luckily for John, Alex decides to buy a $239 exhaust system. This means that John would have just made $21.51 for this one sale.
1. You can start with what you have; advertise your affiliate program to your current customers and try to recruit your current customers to join your affiliate program. The benefits of recruiting your current customers are: (a) they are already loyal to you and your product so they believe in it (b) you already have their emails and phone numbers so you can contact them and inform them about your awesome affiliate program (c) who doesn’t want to earn money on the side?
Although it has a dynamic and well-designed website, PeerFly has a limited range of offers at any given time (around 8,000). On the upside, it does offer good commission/payout rates, lots of FAQs and educational information, and regular contests and reward programs that can substantially increase your bottom line. Based on online customer reviews, Peerfly enjoys a very high reputation amongst participating affiliates.

Hi, Jamie! Very good list. I needed something like this for 2018 so that I know what to target in the future blogs I create. As for now, I’m comfortable using SiteGround affiliate network and it’s pretty good actually. Their hosting service is pretty much the best considered its price. I’ve tried others but SiteGround stands out. I’ll also try new affiliate networks, something from the list you have just provided. I think Amazon is too saturated at the moment, and I need a better network. 2018 will be interesting indeed.


Shopify’s program is high paying one that pays a 200 percent commission on most plans. For each referral who signs up for a paid plan, you will receive a 100 percent commission on their first and second monthly fees. For example, a Basic Shopify plan will earn you $58 ($29/month x 2 = $58). The 200 percent commission applies to all plans except Shopify Plus. You will earn $2,000 for each Shopify Plus referral. A 200 percent payout is fantastic and exceeds my minimum threshold of 30 percent.
Understanding the effectiveness of your affiliate program is crucial for sustainable success. Identifying your top-performing affiliate marketers, for example, can help you double-down on what’s working. Why are they so effective? Were they very loyal to your brand before becoming an affiliate? If yes, then maybe you need to contact your most frequent shoppers about joining the program.
What a very informative article. You not only give the understanding of Affiliate Marketing but how to do it and how to get traffic to your sites as well. So much is shared here so thanks heaps for that. I like how you say posts stay out there forever. That is nice to know as a blogger myself! Once again great tips on affiliate marketing and I will definitely be referring back to this article!
Depending on the specific requirements, you might get rejected. The trick is to make sure you have at least 5-15 articles on your website and make sure your website looks good and legit. And if you get rejected for one affiliate program, try to find an email contact and ask the reasons why you were rejected. You might just need to improve some posts or to get more traffic from a specific location.
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