The term affiliate marketing has become very popular in this day and age and many people are making a nice income doing it.

Now in order to make income with affiliate marketing you have to put in work. I know you may have heard the term passive income, but there is no such thing as passive income with it comes to affiliate marketing. 

To be effective in affiliate marketing there are some things that you need to do before you start seeing income as an affiliate marketer.

Now I know affiliate marketing has gotten a bad rap through out the years because of all the claims that people make about affiliate marketing.

You have heard them right:

  1. Just buy this 12 step affiliate marketing program and you will be rich overnight
  2. Just send me $49.99 and I will show you how to get this huge house and nice car
  3. Are you tired of working a 9 to 5? Well let me show you how to stop working and make a ton of money

And the list goes on.

In this blog, I will show you how to go about getting started in the affiliate marketing arena. If you are looking for a get rich quick plan, then this is not for you, but if you are willing to put in the work and be consistent then keep reading.

7 Steps : How to get started in affiliate marketing and make your first commission

I will show you 7 simple steps that you can take today to get started in affiliate marketing and start making your first commission.

1. Choose Your Niche

Before you get started you want to decide what niche you will be targeting. If you are not sure what niche you are targeting, then you will not know what type of website to build.

Now don't feel you have to choose the right niche the first time around. As you get into affiliate, marketing your niche may change and that is ok.

You don't want to spend too much time on deciding what your niche will be, but here are a few things that can help you out when deciding on a niche.

  • Ask yourself what are you passionate about?
  • What topic do you have knowledge about?
  • Are you able to help people solve problems on this topic?
  • Can you write about this topic and enjoy it?

One thing that you need to know is you are going to be writing content about this niche so you want to have a little knowledge about it and enjoy the topic. This will make writing content on your niche so much easier. 

Also remember the main goal of an affiliate marketer is to help those in your niche solve problems. If you can help people solve problems in the arena of you niche then you are well on your way to becoming a successful affiliate marketer.

If you are still not clear on what you want your niche to be here are some additional resources that will help you to decide.

Additional Resources On Choosing  A Niche

2. Find a good affiliate program

Once you find your Niche, you now need to find out what type of programs are out there that you can promote in your niche.

Choosing the right affiliate program is a little harder than choosing a niche, but if when you do find the right program it can be very lucrative.

You want to take your time and do some research when it comes to finding a program, product or software to promote.

You want to make sure that what you promote is something that lines up with your values and gives the people who are buying the product what they are looking for. What you don't want to do is promote something just because it is popular and you end up promoting something that is ripping people off.

I would even say if you get a change purchase that product first, so you have a firsthand experience of the product.

This will help you when you write about the product and even give you some leverage if you write a review about the product you are promoting.

Take your time because this is where your income will come from and choosing the right program will take some time.

What you should keep in mind when choosing an affiliate program:

  • What are the commission rates? 
    How much are you going to get for every sale that you make? You want to make sure that the work you put in is worth the commission that you will get.
  • Are other people promoting the product?
    You want to make sure that other people are promoting the product, as this will help you gauge if this product is worth your time.
  • Does the product promote your values and are you OK with your brand being associated with this product?
    If you have a certain set of values, then you don't want the product you are promoting to come against your values and what you stand for.
  • What type of support does the program offer?
    What I like to do is send the customer service an email first. Then I like to see if they respond and if so how long did they take to respond.

Additional Resources For Affiliate Programs

Here are some additional resources that can help you find the right affiliate program. I am a little biased for Wealthy Affiliate because I am a part of their affiliate program and they rock!!!

3. Build a Website

The next step when it comes to getting started in affiliate marketing is to build a website. Now I know you might get a little intimidated if you don't have any experience building a website, but you don't have to.

With the advancement of technology now a days building a website is as almost as easy as setting up a Facebook account. No really it is.

There is a new web design platform that is taking the internet by storm and it is called WordPress.


If you don't have any experience what so ever in designing a website, then WordPress is perfect for you. When I first started designing websites WordPress wasn't around, but now that I am using WordPress it makes the web design process so much easier.

The WordPress platform is very simple to use and makes creating a website almost as easy as setting up a Facebook account.  You don't to have any experience at creating a website and there is no need for coding.

Here is a blog where I teach you how to make a WordPress website from scratch.

Here are a few simple steps that you want to follow when setting up your website:

  • Buy a domain name
    If you are not familiar with the term domain name it is the web address for your website. Example: - - -
    (These are all domain names that take you to their website)

    Tips when choosing a domain name:
    - Keep it short
    - Don't use numbers
    - Make it memorable
    - Try to have it relate to your niche

    There are several places that you can buy domain names on the web I recommend Wealthy Affiliate. Not only can you get domain names here, but you also have the option to claim a free domain name and web hosting.

  • Purchase and set up your web hosting
    After you purchasing a domain,  you then need to get web hosting. I like to look at it like this. The domain name is the address of your house, but the hosting is the property on which we build your house.

    So now that you have an address, you need to find a place where you can build your house or, in your case, your website.

    The good thing is web hosting is very affordable nowadays and there are many places that offer great deals.

    You want to choose a place that is reputable and has fast servers. Don't cut corners on your web hosting because your affiliate marketing business is depending on your hosting. You want to make sure once again that they have good customer service and they reply fast. This is important in case your site goes down, you want them to fix it right away. 
  • Install WordPress
    Now that you have set up your hosting, you need to install the content management system for your website. WordPress is one of the most used content management systems on the internet and that it what I would recommend.  Especially if you are new to web design and you want to get your website up and running as soon as possible.

    Most hosting providers accommodate for WordPress and they even have a one click button that will allow you to install WordPress fast and easy. 

    Check out this video on how fast you can build a website using WordPress.

  • Choose your Theme:
    The next step is to choose theme that you would like to use for your website. This is where you choose how your website is going to look to those who visit your website. There are a plethora of themes that you can choose from, some paid and some free.

    My advice in choosing a theme is to go with something that is simple and stylish. Try not to get to complicated when choosing a theme, because this can take unnecessary amount of your time.

    You can get unlimited themes at Envato.
  • Create Content
    The last step, once your site is up and running, is now you want to create compelling content for your website. Keep in mind the content you create should be related to the niche that you chose in the earlier step. You want to write content that attracts the reader, keeps their attention and makes then want to read your content above everyone else. 

    If you can keep your audience coming back to your website by the content you write, then you are well on your way to becoming a successful affiliate marketer.

    You also want to make sure that your content is optimized for search engines. This process is called Search Engine Optimization. I have written an entire blog on this topic called " 7 Tips To Boost Your SEO Ranking In Google ."

    After all what good is writing excellent content but you don't any traffic to your website for people to see it. That is why SEO is so important. Now don't get distracted with SEO, ​it is easier than you think.

    I also have a 7 step SEO course that teaches you how to optimize your blogs and websites for search engines and you can get FREE access today. I will put a link to this course in the additional resources section or you can get access by signing up below.

Additional Resources To Build A Website

Here are some additional resources that you can use when it comes to building your first affiliate marketing website.

4. Produce Amazing Content

Now that you have chosen your niche, decided on a domain name, set up your hosting, installed your WordPress platform, decided on your affiliate program, and learned how to get traffic to your site. You know need to write some amazing content.

This is the part that takes the most time out of them all, but it is the part that makes the difference between an average affiliate website and a lucrative affiliate website.

If you haven't heard of this phrase yet, let me introduce you to " Content Is King "

As an affiliate marketer you want your website to rank high in the google search engines and the way you do, this is by your website gaining authority.

The way you gain authority is by writing content that is unique, high quality, solves a reader's problem and keeps the reader on your page. The longer the reader stays on your blog or website stays the better.

Here are some ideas on how you can create content:

  • Write Product Reviews

    One way you can get traffic to your affiliate website is by writing reviews about different products or services. This is very popular and has proven to be very lucrative if done correctly.

    Remember when writing a review, I recommend you buying that product first and using it. This will help you to write a more in-depth review and will help you gain the trust of your reader.

If you would like to look at a sample review and how to write one, you can look at the Review I did on Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate is a great platform to join for those that are barely getting starting in affiliate marketing, but it is not limited to affiliate marketing. You can learn valuable tools on how to start an online business, how to do affiliate marketing, how to increase the online presence on your website or blog and so much more.

If you are interested in finding out more about this amazing platform, I would encourage you to stop by and read my Wealthy Affiliate Review.

  • Writing blog posts that help people solve problems or answers questions

    Another way you can build an authority site is to write blog posts that will help the reader solve a problem or answer a question that the reader may have.

    If you get anything from this post about learning how to get started in affiliate marketing, then make sure you get this.
    If you want to be a successful affiliate marketer for the long haul, your goal should be to solve problems and answer questions for those who are searching the internet for solutions. That's affiliate marketing.

    If you need ideas on what to write about, you can find a plethora of topics by doing what we call keyword research.
    Keyword research is finding out what words your target audience is searching for in google or online and write content around those keywords.

    I have written a blog on how to do  keyword research if you would like to get more familiar with this process.
  • You can also write blog posts about daily products

    This is where you write a blog post about products that people may need daily, such as shoes, makeup, clothing and the list goes on.

    If you choose to go this route, then the best place that I can think of for you to sign up for an affiliate program would be Amazon. Amazon has a good affiliate marketing program and can prove to be very lucrative when done right.

    There are so many products that you can write about at Amazon that if you go this route, it will keep you bush for a while.

    I have listed some topics from amazon below and as you can see there are a lot. Imagine how long you can stay busy with writing blogs from just one of these topics.

Yes I am an affiliate of Amazing and I will get a commission if you choose to purchase anything from Amazon using my link.

  • You can also write blog about peoples passion

    Say someone loves making music and they want to build a studio at their house. You can write blogs about recording equipment,  put a link to your affiliate program and if they buy from your link, you get a commission.
  • Say someone wants to do a podcast from their house, but they don't know how to get started, but maybe you have experience in that area. You can then write blog posts on how to set up the podcast and all the equipment that needed.  Such as computer, mic, software, sound proofing and so much more.
  • Say someone loves cooking and you have experience in that area. You can write blogs about recipes, the right pots and pans to use, the correct stove to use and before you know it you are getting affiliate commissions because someone bought a stove from your affiliate link.

As you can see, there is really no limit in affiliate marketing. The good news is there are over 4 billion people online, so if you do affiliate marketing right, it can be very lucrative.

My advice would be find something that you are passionate about , help people get answers to their questions or solve problems for them in that arena and you will be well on your way. 

Podcast Host is a good example of writing about how to get started in podcasting.


Additional  resources on creating content

5. Build your audience

Now that you have amazing content on your website you will need to build an audience. What good is having amazing content that no one is reading? It is like having the best hamburger stand in the middle of the desert. It doesn't matter how good the hamburgers are if no one knows about it.


So now the next step is to get you an audience that will be interested in reading your blogs.

  • Search Engine Optimization

    The best way to get an audience and traffic to your website like I mentioned earlier is through the process called Search Engine Optimization. Once again if you would like to get FREE access to my class on SEO short for Search Engie Optimization, you can go here 7 Tips To Boost Your SEO Ranking In Google ."

  • Social Media

    One of the easiest ways to build traffic to your blog or website is through social media. There are plenty of social media sites that you can use to promote your blog or website such as Facebook, Twitter, Linked In,  and Pinterest
  • Build an email list

    Building an email list is one of the best ways to keep in touch with your audience and keep them engaged with your content. If you are new to email marketing, you can look at my blog entitled " How to get started in eMail marketing. "

    In building and maintaining my email list I use a company called convert kit. I have used a good deal of email marketing programs and software, but this is one of the best by far. Yes, I am an affiliate of convert kit , so if you use my link to sign up I will get a commission.

    If you are serious about affiliate marketing, then I would say the sooner you build your email list the better. An email list is a must have for every affiliate marketer.

Additional Resources on how to build your audience

6. Promote Affiliate Products

Last but not least, now you are all set to promote your affiliate products.

Now all you need to do is find an affiliate program that you want to promote and you are on your way. Advice. Try to find something that you are passionate about or you have experience with, because you will need to provide answers and solve problems in this area. 

Remember the main goal of an affiliate marketer is that you are out to help people solve problems or help people get answers to questions they may have. One way that you can solve their problems or answer their questions is by providing them with the right product, right software, right item, or the right equipment and the list goes on.

If you are not sure where to start 

If you are not sure where to start you can always join wealthy affiliate. They have many affiliate programs that you can chose from.

If you follow these 6 steps, you will be well ahead of most of the affiliate marketers out there today. Most of them skip steps 1 - 5 and go straight into promoting a product just to make money. It is people like this that can give affiliate marketing a bad name.

Do me a favor, if you are serious about becoming an affiliate marketer, remember your goal is to help people. If you do this, you will have a good future in affiliate marketing, unlike some of these fly by night affiliate marketers who are just promoting products they no nothing about. 

If you can show your audience that you have some thing valuable to offer in your niche, you will gain the trust of your audience and before you know it your online business of affiliate will take off.

Yes affiliate marketing is an online business. 

Following these steps will take a good amount of time, but once your business takes off it will pay off and you are going to reap the benefits.

Now  find an affiliate program that you want to promote. To get started I would say find a product that you are passionate about or have some experience with 

Additional Resources to promote

7. Keep doing steps 1 through 6

This might sound funny and feel like this is not an important step, but this is the most important step of them all. Once you complete  steps 1 through 7, do steps 4 through 6.

The key to affiliate marketing is to keep posting articles and stay up to date with your content.

In order to do affiliate marketing the right way it takes time and you need to repeat these steps, but if you will invest time into your online business of affiliate marketing, it can be very lucrative.

Let me know if you have questions by posting them in the comment section below and I will do my best to respond as soon as possible.

Review - Key Steps

Now I know this might seem like a lot of work and you may want to take the shortcut like most affiliate marketers do, but if you follow these steps, it will pay off in the long run and you will celebrate the commission of your first sale. 

OK, so let's take a quick look at what the steps are on how to get started in affiliate marketing:

  1. Choose our niche
  2. Find a good affiliate program
  3. Build a website
  4. Produce amazing content
  5. Build your audience
  6. Promote your affiliate product
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 7 

Put in the work , do affiliate marketing the right way and it will pay off.

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