As an affiliate marketer, one of the most important things to work on is your credibility as a product reviewer. That is why we recommend first to try using the product or service before writing a review and recommending it to other people. Until you work up your skills, you may want to try promoting recognizable brand products. And work your way to reviewing and recommending products of less popular brands.
Since the late 90s digital affiliate marketing has grown to a big industry, in 2016 US-based retailers have spent $4.7 billion on affiliate marketing. According to estimates by 2021 the affiliate marketing industry will grow to $6.8 billion. Not surprisingly, given the size of the sector, there are a lot of different affiliate marketing companies operating in various market segments.

StudioPress is a WordPress hosting service and framework that is designed to make setting up and running a WordPress site much simpler and easier. StudioPress comes with its own unique themes and SEO tools, collectively known as the “Genesis framework.”. Their affiliate program is solely for referrals to pay for a StudioPress framework account or buying a StudioPress theme. Previously, the affiliate program also included web hosting, but this is now managed separately by StudioPress’s owner, WPEngine.

When do you want to get started?  If you are just starting and have no audience then some of the programs may not accept your application to become an affiliate, while others will let you get set up in minutes.  If you want to get started straight away then make sure you’re applying for programs that are less restrictive. Generally the larger, network style places will enable you to get going quickly while specific niche programs may require you to have a certain audience size or characteristics.
You will see that I created a simple image with some selling features, noting the SALE, warranty, RETURNS and a big SWIPE UP which was pointing to my http://bit.ly/amazonferrariwatch URL I created from the Amazon Associates Affiliate Offering code (yea it’s a mouthful) but it’s the big long messy URL in the image below (which is from Bit.ly dashboard). This is an amazing officially licensed Ferrari watch backed with a 2 year warranty and FREE returns. It doesn’t get any nicer of a “sell” than offering all these things to an automotive enthusiast following like I have!
Review: Since Refersion charges based on the quantity of affiliate sales processed in a given month, I recommend them for medium/higher ticket item stores, or stores with an average checkout of $30-$60 or higher. At that level, their fee structure becomes very attractive because you're only paying incrementally for sales, and not for traffic, whereas many other apps charge based on the number of visits regardless of where they originate from. Whereas if you're a high volume low ticket store, you might prefer paying for traffic and getting unlimited sales. 

Commission Junction is a pioneer in digital performance based marketing. It provides a solution for mobile publishers to monetize their apps and be paid for action they specify, like app install, account register inside an app, in-app purchase of a product and so on. The solution features sophisticated tracking system to track actions within a mobile web site or a mobile app, mobile optimized links and comprehensive insights reports.
I had that happen to me as well, HOWEVER, as a result of this comment I checked into what the current rules are and while the default payout threshold is $100 for all accounts, you can now change that to as low as $10. You will incurr a $2.50 for pay period charge for each payment if receiving payment by check, but it looks like if you setup direct deposit there is no charge. That is good news and something I wasn’t aware of.

MoreNiche is an affiliate network with a focus on several specific offers niches – Health, Beauty and Fitness. It offers affiliates from 30 to 80% commissions, which is above affiliate marketing average commission level. It provides a chargeback protection, guaranteed bi-weekly payments, robust affiliate support, on-going campaign optimization, real-time stats, personal consultation and more.


On a monthly basis, I’ve had success devoting an hour or two to a couple of activities. First, I send out a monthly newsletter to my affiliates (you can typically do this within your affiliate app). In the email, I let them know about anything new that’s cooking – and encourage everyone to log into their affiliate dashboard so that he or she can share the news.
Once your hosting is set up, you need to install a content management system (CMS) for your site. We recommend WordPress because it is easy to use and a beginner (like you!) can quite quickly figure out how it works. Most good hosting providers will have a one-click install option for WordPress, which means it will only take you a couple of minutes and you will have WordPress installed on your site. 
I did a lot of research to find the right one, and so I chose Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner (as I mentioned earlier). I figured it made sense to learn from the best, and with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee, I had nothing to lose. I chat WAY more in-depth about it in my review here, but this course was definitely a gamechanger for me.
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!
I told them to send me their pictures….and I had to do this at the beginning…I created post with their image and they paid me for this. And now every two weeks I create for them sponsored post. I can't tell how much they are paying me because it's in our agreement. I can tell you that if your Instagram account has between 2k to 8k followers and your post usually have good engagement Rate between 200 to 400 likes per post you can easily charge from $80 to $180 Dollars per post and it of course depend on your Niche.
Without hesitation (after some research), I bought her course. As an aside, I’m not one of those people who buys any and every thing that comes down the pike. I’ve bought enough online products that DIDN’T work that it takes a lot for me to shell out money. I’m pretty good at figuring out stuff, but the more I researched Michelle, the more impressed I was by her and her course. 

However, more recently, people have been using affiliate links in social media, particularly on Facebook and Instagram. Affiliate marketing is ideal for Instagrammers who have a large audience to promote and sell products to, but have no actual products to sell. Instead of creating their own product, Instagrammers can simply promote someone else’s, taking a percentage of the profit once someone from their Insta-audience makes a purchase. Sounds appealing right?
Ordering a supplement to try out might work, for instance. Writing a journal detailing how you use that supplement and what you feel off of it might help. It gives people an idea of whether or not something is all that appealing. It also works if the product you are promoting is in high demand. Your knowledge of the product gives readers a clear idea of what to expect out of it.
This is a HUGE one! A lot of people register for Amazon Associates at the beginning of their blogging career because they assume it’s just good to “get it out of the way”. Don’t!! *foams at the mouth* I repeat: don’t register until your blog is reasonably established and you’re quite certain someone out there will buy something off of your link. If you don’t net any sales within your first 90 days, your account will get shut down. You’re welcome to apply again, but by then, your fragile ego will be in ruins.
An affiliate program is an arrangement between you, the affiliate marketer, and the online merchant that allows you to promote their products with links to their site, and get paid for the sales that you bring to them. When you sign up for an affiliate program, they provide you with your very own affiliate link to use within blog posts, e-mails, or social media sites. This link is essentially your name stamp for that company. When someone clicks the link and makes a purchase, the company will see your name on that purchase and give you the amount of credit – usually a percentage – earned on that sale based on your affiliate agreement with them.
With a suite of performance marketing solutions focusing on qualified audiences instead of vanity metrics, Fluent delivers new customer acquisition at-scale for more than 500 top brands. Plus, it fuses hardcore data science with human interaction in measurable ways, capturing 6 million survey responses from more than 500,000 users daily through one-on-one conversations. 

When do you want to get started?  If you are just starting and have no audience then some of the programs may not accept your application to become an affiliate, while others will let you get set up in minutes.  If you want to get started straight away then make sure you’re applying for programs that are less restrictive. Generally the larger, network style places will enable you to get going quickly while specific niche programs may require you to have a certain audience size or characteristics.
First, you must recognize that there are much better social media networks than Instagram for affiliate marketing, for example, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Therefore, you might abandon IG altogether. Secondly, if you want to play on IG, you must accept its limitations and focus on what is available (the bio section). Four strategies accompany the all-important bio link.
You need to invest some money upfront if you go for a Shopify store and if you want to automate the business then you can pay for plugins like Oberlo. Creating a Shopify store, filling it up with products and setting everything up can now be done within few hours. It doesn't take much time but just a little investment. Then comes the next part - Advertising your store. You'll again have to spend some bucks but the best part is you will see sales and income soon.
In effect, VigLink works as the middleman between a publisher (blogger) and merchants by scanning the publisher’s content and automatically creating links to publishers that are chosen “in real time” based on their payout/conversation rates. This makes VigLink a very hands-off affiliate program for publishers who prefer to focus on content instead of managing their affiliate links.
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….

A Direct Message on Instagram is only slightly better. It can get lost in the mix of other DMs, and it’s often a crap shoot as to whether they will even read it since if they don’t follow you on Instagram, your DM will show up as a “message request” in their inbox. These are often just ignored. However, Influencers on the micro-level are more likely to check these DMs so for those with smaller followings, it’s worth a shot.
CrakRevenue is a CPA-based advertising platform that connects advertisers and publishers. It provides affiliates with three plans (Active Affiliate, VIP Affiliate and Elite Club), all of which has Help Desk included, hundreds of offers and 5% lifetime referral program. On top of that for the second and third plans it offers a dedicated affiliate manager, exclusive offers and promotions, annual payout bumps and more.

Alternatively, to find niche affiliate programs, a basic Google search will suffice. Then simply sign up with the individual affiliate programs you like the look of and take it from there. There is no limit to how many affiliate programs you can sign up with, but make sure the products you are going to promote are high quality. If you promote products that aren’t up to scratch, you will lose the trust of your Insta-followers, and quickly lose your audience.


Affiliate marketing is a program used by companies that allows people like you and me to promote their products, and make money doing it. Anyone can get started as long as they are passionate and dedicated, but many articles you find on the subject contain lots of confusing acronyms and other things that are difficult to comprehend if you’re just starting to learn about the business.

All CPA marketers put their eggs in one basket. I’ve seen plenty of the greats go from zero to hero and vice versa several time in their careers. The smart ones learn to build their own business in the process and pimp their products to CPA newbies (where the real money is). So if your only focus is to make the most money you can I would advise you not to spend it all because that business model won’t last.
Give it all a try yourself: As a hopelessly stubborn person, I understand that sometimes you just want to try things out for yourself. No stress, friend! All these resources will still be around later, so if your gut tells you that it’s not time to buy a course or eBook, don’t force it. Test the waters for yourself and then see later whether or not you need the extra boost. 

Many affiliate programs will often run promotions with good discounts or giveaways that might be attractive to your audience. For example, if you're an Amazon Associate and the site have a big Holiday Sale, it would be the perfect opportunity for you to promote discounts to your website visitors. This is a great way to promote your offers while also providing good value to your audience. 
Hi Jamie! Thank you for the great information. I just learned about affiliate marketing last week. The source however, is an older couple who work for World Wide Dreams Builders (WWDB). So, basically Amway. After researching a bit. I have no interest in WWDB and. (It sounds like years of recruiting people with minimal payout) Though, I am highly intrigued by e-commerce and affiliate marketing. Before your post the company I recognized was Amazon. Can you please tell me if that will be the best 1st step. I am currently an unemployed student Veteran. So plan to fully emerge into this business regime and would greatly appreciate your advice on this!!!
It takes all sorts of action to win over the minds of prospective customers. With advertising costs plummeting every year, the struggle for better conversions often leads to more cost-effective ways to achieving that goal. Paid traffic needs significant investment that is difficult to pay off on your Shopify store. You need to manage to land a sufficient number of sales to make a profit, which is no easy task.
Hi Tony, after loging up in wealthy affiliate it says free starter accounts are not available in your country, so if i pay for the monthly premium will i have to pay anything after that eg making a website or i will be guided through at the first login, or is there anything i should do before paying for the membership so i can start making money as soon as i pay for the premium? 

An affiliate program is an arrangement between you, the affiliate marketer, and the online merchant that allows you to promote their products with links to their site, and get paid for the sales that you bring to them. When you sign up for an affiliate program, they provide you with your very own affiliate link to use within blog posts, e-mails, or social media sites. This link is essentially your name stamp for that company. When someone clicks the link and makes a purchase, the company will see your name on that purchase and give you the amount of credit – usually a percentage – earned on that sale based on your affiliate agreement with them.
Hey. Yes you can use just one website to promote multiple affiliate programs, but I’d say that your website should focus on just one niche. So you mention, SellHealth, that would lead me to believe your site is about health and fitness. I would then advise you to stick to that niche rather than promoting unrelated products like dog leashes and fashion accessories.

Leadpages claims that its affiliate program is not exclusively for affiliate marketers, which is true, but the narrow focus of this niche means that only professionals affiliate marketers will ever be able to earn significant income from the program. Leadpages’s affiliate program does offer quite a lot of different options (webinars, videos, blog posts, free marketing courses, etc.) to send referrals to, which can lead to higher conversion rates if done correctly.

When do you want to get started?  If you are just starting and have no audience then some of the programs may not accept your application to become an affiliate, while others will let you get set up in minutes.  If you want to get started straight away then make sure you’re applying for programs that are less restrictive. Generally the larger, network style places will enable you to get going quickly while specific niche programs may require you to have a certain audience size or characteristics.
FlexOffers is an affiliate marketing network that connects advertisers and publishers. The network provides access to 12,000+ affiliate programs, offers revenue sharing program that promises affiliates 50% of the revenue generated through new partners they bring to the network. All affiliates get dedicated managers to guide them through affiliate ad campaign running process.

One last thing to consider: even if your product listings point to reputable retailers, visitors might be confused or freaked out when they’re sent to other sites when trying to purchase your curated products. By being upfront about your affiliate relationship and how the site works, you’ll increase trust and remove any doubts they have about shopping with you.
Once your hosting is set up, you need to install a content management system (CMS) for your site. We recommend WordPress because it is easy to use and a beginner (like you!) can quite quickly figure out how it works. Most good hosting providers will have a one-click install option for WordPress, which means it will only take you a couple of minutes and you will have WordPress installed on your site. 
Great post and perfect timing as i’ve been googling free affiliate marketing courses. michelle’s course always comes up but i didnt want to spend any more money on my blog until i made some of it back, which i finally broke even. might be time to take the plunge. my traffic is up but my conversions are still low with amazon. congrats on your success! i’ve enjoyed seeing your blog grow.
If you're only starting out, affiliate marketing might seem like a complicated concept. Don't let that intimidate you! This affiliate marketing for dummies guide will make it very simple. The whole course is split into separate short and exciting video lessons. So, there's no doubt that you will succeed in this course and learn many useful tricks. Furthermore, to complete this tutorial, you only need a few free hours of your afternoon. You'll learn a ton of helpful information with the minimal amount of effort and time invested.
If that’s all you’re aiming for, then you shouldn’t have any problems. As long as you choose a market with enough consumer interest. The poll represents mostly CPA arbitrage affiliates. To earn the big money, paid traffic is your best friend. But yes, $1000/day is a pretty standard target for CPA affs. You have to set your targets high because the business is so volatile.

I just LOVE your writing style, Christina! I recently purchased the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course, but have yet to really dig in. I had NO idea all of those crazy complications with Amazon! I’ve already been rejected once 😛 But luckily, though my ego was bruised, I pressed on and am now on round 2 (with no success so far..lol) Hopefully with this post and the course I will make something in the next 90 days!


Not only is there almost too much information out there about affiliate marketing, it can be difficult to know which information you can trust, and which are just trying to sucker someone into trying something that will inevitably fail (an example would be ‘programs’ like pyramid schemes). With so much information available on the internet, how are you supposed to know where to start? I’m hoping I can help with that. I’m here to lay out the basics of affiliate marketing and how it works, and help you understand how you can make it work for you.


Another awesome site to check out is PeerFly. This site is similar to ClickBank and is interesting enough to explore. The payouts are excellent and they even provide accelerated payments so affiliates like you can earn even better, fast. With the thousands of companies under their belt, anyone can promote a product that is specific to their niche. If you love the idea of earning money online then you can give this a visit and check out what they have to offer.
All articles are published under the name of one of our employees or are in a ghost-written format. However, if you’d like to be the author of the article, simply choose this option when placing your order (extra fees apply). It’s worth noting that if you choose to be the author, we’ll ask you to create a company email for us (e.g. content@yourdomain.com). We’ll also need an additional 10 days to complete your order.

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.
Glispa is a global mobile ad technology company that consists of 4 solutions – Glispa Perform (to run performance campaigns, as well as data-drivers app retargeting), Connect (data-driven programmatic exchange), Discover (tailored for mobile operators and hardware manufacturers) and Create (to generate HQ compelling ads, as well as Playable Ads). It runs ad campaigns in 187 countries, reaches 1 billion+ active mobile users and serves more than 400 billion advertising impressions a month.
Anyways, learned a lot here today, tThanks for giving info on affiliate marketing. I have been an affiliate for few programs but failed to make a profit because I haven’t done it correctly. Also, web traffic on your site requires to be really good and targeted to get things work. Require to work on traffic first and then you can go for affiliate marketing. An Affiliate Marketing also depends on what niche are you blogging about. If you have a technology blog, you can join Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal. If you talking into web-hosting, then you can join the affiliated programs derived by Webhosting companies.
Affiliate networks offer you access to multiple (and by multiple, we mean hundreds if not thousands) of individual affiliate programs. They basically work by simplifying the signup process - instead of applying to become an affiliate for a each product you want to promote, you simply apply to join the network and instantly have access to hundreds of different affiliate offers.
There are two characteristics that describe the variety of affiliate marketing programs, that are interconnected into a network, the best – types of offers and commissions. In today’s affiliate marketing the most popular types are game offers, casino offers, app offers, dating offers and nutra offers. The most in-demand commission types are CPA and CPI.
FlexOffers is an affiliate program that deserves a chance. This site works like Clickbank and has more than 6,000 publishers and big brands. There are even major brands of gadgets like Samsung if you sign up as a publisher under this site and you can get approved in a matter of hours. It’s a good option for those who are looking to promote big brand names. 

However, once affiliates know the damages that they inflict on those who buy WA after reading one of those fake reviews, it falls on them (cost of product, lost time, pain and suffering of failing to reach significant goals). Worse, WA’s Terms of Service puts all the legal weight on them, whereby they indemnify the company (for following the process, basically!)
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