Before we can adequately explain how to start affiliate marketing, however, let’s first examine the concept in more detail. What is affiliate marketing? Affiliate marketing involves partnering up with a more established ecommerce entrepreneur in your niche and asking them to promote your products to his or her audience. In return, you’d give the affiliate a percentage of revenue from each sale he or she generates. Affiliate marketing can be a great channel for first time ecommerce entrepreneurs because it’s one of the only marketing channels where you can get a 100% return on investment, every time.
While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $113,500 and as low as $20,000, the majority of Affiliate Marketing salaries currently range between $40,000 (25th percentile) to $71,500 (75th percentile) across the United States. The average pay range for an Affiliate Marketing varies modestly (up to $31,500), which suggests there may be fewer opportunities for advancement based on skill level, but increased pay based on location and years of experience is still possible. 

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $113,500 and as low as $20,000, the majority of Affiliate Marketing salaries currently range between $40,000 (25th percentile) to $71,500 (75th percentile) across the United States. The average pay range for an Affiliate Marketing varies modestly (up to $31,500), which suggests there may be fewer opportunities for advancement based on skill level, but increased pay based on location and years of experience is still possible.


If you think about the shares you see on Facebook and Twitter, they often have a “newsy” component to them. So I like to give our affiliates the inside scoop on what’s new, and update our social sharing content at the same time so that they have something unique to share (and our commission-based public relations team hits the social media streets on our behalf!)
One thing I found odd with Clickbank is that to register, your IP address needs to match the country of the home address you are inputting. If you are traveling around, this makes it hard to register for an account. My application was immediately denied because although my home address is in Canada, my IP was coming from Europe as I was currently traveling when I applied for Clickbank.
Tip#2 is to go sign up for elink,io right now. It’s a free tool that lets you post multiple links on your instagram bio which is super helpful to increase profits for us affiliate marketers. You can share links to multiple different landing pages and offers which is great for split testing, while you simultaneously share links to your other social media, and even your website. So now you don’t have to choose between a link to your landing or a link to your youtube channel, you can have both…. And no i’m not sponsored by them.
You can also make "money marketing" by having ads on your site. Some companies will pay you directly to place their ads on your site, but Google’s AdSense automatically places ads on your site and pays you whenever someone clicks on it. Many affiliate marketers also earn money from writing “sponsored posts,” where a company pays you directly to feature their product on your site.
There are lots of success stories that prove that earning commissions through affiliate marketing can give you the so desire financial freedom. Of course, this does not happen overnight. You need to work "hard" at the beginning to settle your website (design, content, structure, strategy, etc.) but once all this is set and you start earning commissions, you can start enjoying of spare time.

Ana I may have missed this, but I didn’t see anything regarding ClickBank. Perhaps ClickBank wouldn’t be considered an affiliate marketing program as such, but rather an affiliate management program. At any rate ClickBank has both an enormous amount of programs to promote and an enormous amount of affiliates. This might seem to be a positive on its face but in fact trying to promote a product through ClickBank feels a lot like a little fish big pond scenario. Tough to stand out in the crowd. I am presently trying to help a site find affiliates for their ClickBank product. Not sure if this is kosher but here’s their link: http://hooponoponohelp.com/hooponopono-help-affiliate-program . And if it’s not kosher then remove the above link and please accept my apologies.
This is my first comment on your blog and I am really impressed by the quality of the content! You said that Amazon is famous but it’s complex and I agree with you upon that. As a beginner, I don’t think it’s a good idea to join complex affiliate programs. I recently published an infographic about affiliate marketing sats (https://www.earnyfy.com/affiliate-marketing-stats-2016) amazon was not the list of top affiliate networks used by affiliate marketers. I think Clickbank is good for the beginner. And another I think liked is that telling people that it’s not as easy as it sounds. Most people think making money is really and when they know the truth they call it a scam and give up.
Hi Christina. I have been looking for answers about how to start affiliate through a travel blogging for more than 3 weeks and this post shined a light for me. Thank you! I still have a question about how and when to start applying to affiliate programs. I just opened my travel blog last week and had only 2 posts. Off course I have no established traffic and posts yet. I want to use affiliate links to start writing about reviews of hotels and places where I have visited, but I know my blog won’t be accepted by advertisers because I don’t have enough contents. I also took Michelle’s course and one of the chapters said to start affiliate marketing as soon as possible, but I don’t know how would you be accepted by advertisers at very very beginning?? Should I forcus on writing more posts first? And how many would be adequate to start applying to programs? Thank you for reading. Your blog is very helpful!!
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Nah, you should work backwards: Start looking for the “noisiest” people on social media; the ones who have posted written or video reviews, tweets about how much they like your product, and of course, those who leverage Instagram. It’s important to check all social media because these potential partners may have, say, posted on Facebook about you but haven’t bothered to post on Instagram specifically. Then, after you’ve compiled a list, cross-reference their names/emails with your customer database. Got a match? That person is a prime candidate to reach out to, if they meet the criteria above that we’ve already established.
As opposed to referral marketing, any affiliate marketing should be incentivized by an attractive commission rate and transparent rules. It is especially relevant to eCommerce newcomers: a solid monetary base can act as a means of building trust among prospective affiliates. If you want to prove the credibility of your new business, be generous when considering the reward.
Wonderful course. Completely takes the guess work and mystery out of setting up a Shopify Affiliate Store. Tim Sharp is knowledgeable, engaging and enthusiastic. He is truly a natural teacher. And the fact he shares SO much detailed information, without subliminally selling alternate personal products, means he really wants us - his virtual students - to succeed. Not only do I recommend, I would pay for any future courses he offers...
Yet, if you are still not sold on the payoffs of offering high commissions, remember that your affiliates are not just bringing you sales, they’re bringing you customers. You’ll have access to people who you can re-market to time and time again. Repeat customers have a 60-70% higher chance of buying from you compared to a first time customer, and they also give your store more word of mouth marketing. Thus, it’s best to do what you can to foster a strong, mutually beneficial business relationship with them.
It’s important to give a first good impression. Don’t relax after you’ve got the influencer’s approval of your offer, stay focused. Decide what should be said about your product, brand or service and provide the influencer with a full story. Give the influencer all of the details about your services, send them a product sample, so they can try it out and then write an honest review.
One of the hardest things about getting started with affiliate marketing for dummies is that you don’t start out with a strong audience. You work hard and start to build up an impressive amount of blog posts and web pages, but no one is visiting your site. When no one reads your content, you have no chance of making those affiliate sales. The key is to put yourself out there.

Leadpages also offers an option for affiliates to send referrals to attend a Leadpages webinar with standard commissions paid for any sale generated from the webinar. However, Leadpages requires you to get at least 150 people to sign up (but not necessarily attend) each webinar. Leadpages also offers affiliates the ability to view blog posts and videos on Leadpages’s site, again with the standard commission paid for any sales.
ADXMI is global mobile advertising platform owned by Youmi Technology. Using resources and technical solutions developed after years of Youmi Ad Platform operations in China, ADXMI managed to develop various solutions for advertisers and publishers to generate revenue in overseas markets. Among areas the company succeeded are social media marketing, global promotion of mobile gaming, cross-border e-commerce marketing and more.

Websites help you reach a new set of audience and would also help complement the efforts you’re putting into social media. The best way to do this would be to run a blog that offers solution to people’s problems. You can start a blog that talks about skin conditions, and then insert your affiliate link in the call-to-action of every blog post you write.
Leadpages also offers an option for affiliates to send referrals to attend a Leadpages webinar with standard commissions paid for any sale generated from the webinar. However, Leadpages requires you to get at least 150 people to sign up (but not necessarily attend) each webinar. Leadpages also offers affiliates the ability to view blog posts and videos on Leadpages’s site, again with the standard commission paid for any sales.

That is why online retailers seek ways to drive more prospective clients to their stores with the help of more cost-effective techniques. In this case, affiliate marketing sounds like a good choice if you want to gain more affordable traffic and make a profit. This component of online marketing doesn’t require an initial investment and is likely to pay off even for first-time entrepreneurs.
Hello Clicky! In terms of connecting with affiliate marketers, a good place to start would be the major affiliate networks in your niche. Two examples off the top of my head are http://www.uk.cj.com/ and https://freshpress.media/ – these sites are heavily used by affiliates but you’ll want to make sure you have great visibility when people are searching for affiliate programs in your niche. A great way to do this is to find out what the top business in your niche is doing in terms of their affiliate offer and match with something similar. Another way of attracting affiliates is to perform some market research and find out the top blogs in your niche, then reach out to the owners with a delicious affiliate program deal they cannot refuse. In terms of logo’s and banner ads, most affiliate don’t really use them anymore (from my own experiences). But again, I would research everything before making any decisions. Hope this helps!

Love music? Interested to become an affiliate that allows you to promote songs? If you are then this is the best program to sign up to. With the millions of songs and thousands of app you can download from the iOS App Store, it is not impossible to earn money. iTunes are also well-known for good payouts and is reputed to pay on time. Why not give this one a try and see how it works out for you?


Also referred as Commission Junction, CJ is a large affiliate network offer affiliate programs for a wide range of popular and well-established organizations. This program acts as the intermediary between the merchants who will provide the products to sell and the affiliates who will do the marketing. This program is very advantageous as it provides very many affiliate programs at the same place.
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. 

For those new to this powerful online merchandising concept, affiliate programs work as intermediaries between the affiliate marketers who will sell products and services and the merchant who provides those products and services as well as the affiliates programs.  Merchants work with affiliates to help get their products or services to their consumers.

Your customers' photos: Linked to this is the use of User Generated Content on your account. Get customers to share their images of your products and re-gram (download "Repost for Instagram" app to repost your customers' photos). This is a proven successful method of selling and would make a great addition to your account. It also calls for you to start up your own unique hashtag which you can then promote to all your customers: it’s a seriously slick way to make yourself stand out from the crowd. For example, White Castle asks their customers to use #MyCrave to their photos. Now when they see them using that hashtag, they can repost (or regram) their photos to their Instagram account. Here's an example:

Let no one tell you that email marketing is dead. An email list is crucial for every affiliate marketer. You can start building up your email list with a lead magnet (like the information products mentioned previously) or even just by encouraging your audience to sign up for your updates. You can then push your content to this audience via email and also direct them to your affiliate offers. Don't be sleazy about the sales, but if you build up enough trust with your email audience; when the time comes, they will not mind purchasing a product from you. 


What struck me about Dr. Rose’s experience was how affiliate marketing attracts everyone — from those with no degrees (but with strong work ethics), to those who are fully degreed (and pedigreed), but who want to do their own thing. Dr. Rose stated in that post that her mission was to earn what she earned as a pharmacist in a year — in one month in affilite marketing/blogging.
This is one of the best ways for influencers to get their traffic to convert to sales. If your Instagram is full of beautiful lifestyle images, that people are curious about, then by letting them know they can shop these items is key. @sheshopped has done this on her Instagram and the page on her website has all of her shoppable Instagram photos, and when you click on one, you are given some information on it, and you can click through to the store.
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Like them or hate them, hashtags make a difference. They improve the discoverability of posts and drive likes and comments. The key point here is relevance. Use the hashtags that correspond to your niche. Carry out research and pay attention to the tags your competitors use in their posts. Incorporate some branded hashtags to raise awareness, like the name of the promoted product or any other related tag. Let your creativity flow. Instagram allows to use up to 30 hashtags per post, but be careful not to go overboard. The optimal number of hashtags for maximum engagement is 11.
Finally, the promoting your link method. This method makes it a little tougher to build a community of readers than the others because you’re never truly interacting with them. You will simply display your affiliate link online and let customers use the link to make purchases. You don’t have to have a website; you can use banners and links to advertise on other sites, search engines, and social media to promote your link, which will bring in sales from people who were interested enough to click the link. Personally, I would recommend either of the other two options if you want to build loyalty with your audience, but if you’re looking for something short-term, this method is easy and perfect for you.
Okay, I’ll be honest, when I first started out, I found it surprisingly difficult to understand how to even generate links (and deep links). For a while, I legitimately thought I was stupid. In hindsight, stupidity may have been a small part of the cause, but the truth is the process is actually pretty confusing. SO, I’ve written some pretty boring (though helpful) step-by-steps on how to generate links on a few common programs and affiliate networks… So, for my fellow life-dummies, here’s:
FriendFinder is an adult-friendly network of dating websites that has a terrific affiliate marketing program, both in terms of customer service and commission rates. Because they rely heavily on affiliates to recruit new members, they treat their affiliates like true business partners. They have a solid reputation for payment and security, and have frequent special offers. Checking into your affiliate account at FriendFinder is always a fun experience, and often a profitable one.
Once you’ve recruited your affiliates, you’ll want to keep tabs on them and the performance of your program. Regular communication is essential to establishing a strong affiliate program, and this can happen via email, as that’s the preferred method of communication for most affiliate marketers, per the AffStat 2016 Affiliate Marketing Benchmark Report.
Thank you Ana for this informative post about affiliate marketing. Internet is about trust and there are so many affiliate programs out there. Seldom do we find an affiliate product that we can trust to help us monetize our blog and your tips are something I should read on again when looking for the best affiliate marketing programs out there. I know every internet marketer has affiliate programs and this post will best help us to scrutinize the programs better.
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.
Well, in my personal experience, affiliate marketing makes up the largest chunk of my blog income. Since getting started back in October, I’ve made a few thousand dollars from affiliate marketing (including $1500 in the first 30 days!). The road to get there wasn’t easy though… affiliate marketing isn’t just about dropping links and hoping people will buy things. There is, in fact, a lot more strategic thinking involved, which brings us to the next major question: 

Affiliate marketing is well known for being a process under which you will be promoting someone else’s product and will get paid for it on the commission based on your successful transaction. You can also get more information on it from SEO Expert Pakistan that works really well for letting one understand the things that are helpful for becoming an successful affiliate marketer.
I read your article and enjoyed reading it. I am on the opposite side of the fence though: trying to find an affiliate marketing program / company to go with so I can get people like you to promote my products. To be honest I am a bit at a loss for words. It seems like this industry is full of sharks that not just affiliates want to avoid, but also people like me (merchants?).
No matter where you’re at with your business - whether you're a newbie or seasoned expert - it’s always beneficial to drive more traffic to your store. More traffic means more leads, more leads usually mean more conversions, and more conversions means more sales. The bottom line? Affiliate marketing done right can dramatically increase your sales and revenue.
Well, in my personal experience, affiliate marketing makes up the largest chunk of my blog income. Since getting started back in October, I’ve made a few thousand dollars from affiliate marketing (including $1500 in the first 30 days!). The road to get there wasn’t easy though… affiliate marketing isn’t just about dropping links and hoping people will buy things. There is, in fact, a lot more strategic thinking involved, which brings us to the next major question:
Recent corporate changes and folding 2Checkout into a larger company that is involved in payment processing and e-commerce means that the affiliate program can sometimes feel somewhat neglected. But the ability to generate custom coupon codes and the comprehensive knowledge base make 2Checkout a good option for experienced affiliates with an established user base. But if you’re just entering the affiliate field for the first time, 2Checkout might not be where you want to start.

VigLink works a bit differently than other affiliate programs in that it is specifically designed for bloggers. Instead of affiliates picking and choosing which merchants to work with, VigLink uses dynamic links that automatically change to work with merchants that VigLink has determined are offering the highest conversation rates and/or commissions at any given moment.
Advertising Disclosures - Let your audience know that your links are affiliate links, either with a page on your website with full disclosure or by including a disclaimer in your content. If you're honest and transparent with your audience, then they will be more likely to trust you and check out your recommendations. Make sure that you review our Partner Terms of Service, which outlines the rules, regulations, and FTC requirements that you need to adhere to as a Shopify Affiliate.
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.

Affiliate marketing is used both in business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) campaigns, but it’s far more popular among the consumer products industry. According to the AffStat 2016 Affiliate Marketing Benchmark Report, nearly 60% of affiliate marketers promote B2C, compared to 22% for B2C services and even less for B2B products and services.


Earnings are what matter to most affiliates. Our commissions indicate how we are performing, which is why affiliate marketing is also called performance and commissioned-based marketing. You can monitor traffic to your website in which case Google Analytics will do the trick. To learn more about your audience, measure reach, and track engagement, check out Instagram Insights (for business profiles), Hootsuite Analytics, and Iconosquare.
Make sure your bio includes some good information about you or your company - you have 150 characters to show off what you’re about. Make sure you include your website link, and a way of contacting you as well - this is important for influencers, and also brands. At the moment it isn’t possible to search bios for keywords and hashtags, so don’t worry about using those in your bio.
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It’s important to do some research into both your potential Influencer and their followers to see if this affiliate partnership is a good fit. While there’s no need to go over-board and nit-pick every single post, scrolling through and reading the comments on a few dozen will give you a good sense of whether this Influencer is right for your business.
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. 

We will NOT be held responsible for any search engine penalties your website may receive if you don’t follow search engine’s guidelines, including (but not limited) to spammy comments, heavy and spammy linking from guest posts, spammy guest blogging, publishing poor quality content with a sole intent to gain backlinks, buying or exchanging backlinks, etc.

This is a great post and very informative. I have a follow up question. once you get approved by an affiliate, do they provide you with links to their page with products or do you just use the direct link to the product from the affiliate’s website? I know you said they’ll provide banners but do they provide anything else to make sure I’m using the correct information? Thank you!
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You can also do well by visiting the forums that other affiliate marketers read. In doing this, you can ask questions to your specific problems and get answers quickly. Start by checking out the Warrior Forum and AffiliateFix. If you’re focusing your efforts on Amazon’s affiliate program, you can learn a lot through their help files or by checking out the Amazon forum at Digital Point.
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