Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing (step by step)

Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

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In this beginners guide to affiliate marketing you will get to understand the complete affiliate merketing strategy.

Are you tired of working day and night without generating any income?, Have you been struggling to generate income as an affiliate marketer?, if that’s the case.

Now read…

You need some beginners guide to affiliate marketing, before you can kick-start and understand what affiliate marketing is and how to make money with it.

Making money online as an affiliate marketer is not that easy and on the other hand it’s easy.

It’s going to be easy if you do it in the right way and that right way is what am going to show you in this article,

Basically am going to discuss and take you literarily by hand on how you can make your first sale even if you are just getting started with affiliate marketing.

Dude I love clickbank and that’s why I usually use it as example, if you go through most of the article on this blog you will notice that I usually cite example with clickbank and that’s because it’s easy to navigate and they have high paying product which varies.

Am going to explain something that you should know about affiliate marketing and we will go straight into the main deal which is how to generate buyer traffic to your affiliate link.

What Is Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is the process of making money (in form of commission) when you refer people to someone else’s product just to make money.

It’s that simple, making money from a product that someone else’s create and set up with the help of affiliate companies like clickbank, digistore24, nutriprofit and others.

You don’t need to create a product before you can make money as an affiliate marketer and that’s exactly what you will learn in this article.

Let me give you a typical example of how affiliate marketing works, let say you have a friend selling books like novel, you now meet him and ask if you can get people to buy his novels and he told you that you will receive a percentage cut when you bring someone to buy his novel.

That percentage that will be given unto you is called commission.

Now let’s talk in term of online world,

there are people that have created a product and they just need people to promote it so that they can make money and if you perhaps don’t know “affiliate marketing is a win-win game. i.e you as an affiliate will make money and the vendor (vendor is the person that create products) will also make money when you refer people to their product ”.

How Can I Become A Successful Affiliate Marketing

#1. The first and the most important thing you should have is a website or a blog of your own.

I have heard some people saying you don’t need a website.

Yes I agree but the funniest thing is that “all of them not even most of them have their own website”.

When I first started on this journey I have no website even I don’t have a laptop or desktop, I made my first sale using my smartphone.

I later realize that I need a website and a laptop.

If you want to make money as an affiliate marketer without a website you can check the article I wrote about that.

How To Make Money On Clickbank Without A website Or Blog Of Your Own.

If you have your own website the thing is that you will have dominion over everything, like you will be able to build your email list which is the key to passive income in affiliate marketing.

Although you can build your email list without a website of your own using Builders like Getresponse, Builderall, Mailchimp, Aweber and lots more.

I have tried most of those builders but presently am using Getresponse which am not planning to leave anytime soon because it is very easy to set up, very easy to navigate and also cheap.

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I will explain what email list is and why you need it later on in this article.

You might be wondering how you can make money as an affiliate marketer with your blog or website.

Now read…

I hope you are getting what you really need in this beginners guide to affiliate marketing and if so let’s continue.

Don’t dismiss blogging as a way of making affiliate sales.

Starting a niche blog, building up an audience and sending them to affiliate offers can certainly work well for many people.

There are a few different blogging strategies when you want to make affiliate sales but here I’m going to cover just two…

#1 Banner advertisements

The first one is placing banner advertisements on your blog.

People come along, read your blog posts and see your banner advertisements.

A lot of product vendors put together affiliate promotional graphics to help encourage people to promote their products, so often it’s simply a case of grabbing the banners, copying and pasting them onto your blog and then linking them with your affiliate link.

Whenever anyone clicks on the banners and makes a sales you’ll get paid.

See the example below:

Image of banner ad on this website

#2 Blog review posts

Again, this goes back to being a trusted advisor.

You simply write up a blog post reviewing a specific product and then at the link of it you insert your affiliate link so that people can buy it.

The thing is that most people will search online for reviews before they purchase a product,

I reckon we’ve all headed to Google and typed in something like “product name + review” before buying or trusting a product or services – and thus blog review posts are an excellent way of cashing in on this.

The most important element of writing a blog review post is to give a totally honest review.

Forget that you are trying to make affiliate sales and instead write up an impartial view that anyone considering buying the product would find useful.

What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? List those points in your review (EVERY product has negatives) and then draw up a conclusion as to why the person should buy the product.

(Obviously only review products that you like and fully recommend) The classic mistake people make is to only harp on about the positive points, however this actually works against you because people will look at your review and think that you’re simply trying to earn a commission.

By talking about the negatives of the product you’ll actually enhance your credibility – and remember that every product has something that isn’t quite perfect!


 #2. You need to build email list, in the journey of affiliate marketing if you really want to survive and last long in affiliate marketing.

There are lots of list builder around the internet,

You can go to Google and type in ‘Best email list builder’, you will be provided with the best list builder and I have tried most of them but right now am using Getresponse because it’s the best have ever seen, it’s cheap, it’s easy to setup and it’s easy to navigate.

The money is in the list!

You’ve heard that expression before, right?

As an affiliate marketer, building a list of prospects is fundamental to your success.

There are certainly other ways of making affiliate sales but many would say that doing so through having an email list can be one of the most effective – and here’s the reason…

An email list literally allows you to make money on tap. Once you have a list you can simply find a relevant product to promote, type out an email, press send and make instant sales.

There’s a little more to it of course but please understand that this is the reality once you’ve got a decent sized list of targeted prospects.

So, how on earth do you build a list if you don’t have one?

The first thing is to get together something that you can give away in return for people signing up to your list…

It could be a free report, video course, etc.

Whatever it is should be highly appealing to the people in your niche.

You want people to be desperate to join your list so that they can get hold of your freebie,

so it’s worth investing the time to create or source a great product to give away. You could create it yourself or find a good quality product that comes with Private Label Rights or Resale Rights.

Once you’ve got something to give away then you need to set yourself up with a squeeze page (also called landing page).

This is a simple one-page website where you tell people what your free offer is, together with an opt-in box where they enter their name and email address.

Most squeeze pages follow a fairly similar format, so have a look at others in your niche to get a feel for what they are like.

You can see an example squeeze page below:

Example Of A Squeeze Page or Landing Page

It’s worth mentioning at this point that in order to build a list you’ll need to sign up for an autoresponder service such as Aweber or Get Response.

They give you all the tools you need to capture and store email addresses and to send emails to them once you’ve built your list.

Behind your squeeze page you should have a paid offer, sometimes called a One Time Offer (OTO).

Again, this could be your own product, a resell rights product or even an affiliate offer – but whatever you decide it makes sense to offer people something to buy as soon as they sign up to your list.

You’ve engaged them enough to persuade them to give you their email address so there’s a decent chance that they might also be in the mood to buy something.

Most won’t buy of course but a percentage WILL and thus it provides you with the opportunity to make some money as you build your list.

You’ll also need to set up a download page (a simple page which thanks people for signing up and provides them with the link to download their freebie.

What you’re doing here is building a simple sales funnel.

I’m not going to cover list building in great depth here because there are plenty of guides to list building available online – and many of them are free.

The point that must be emphasized however is that building a list is pretty essential for any online business owner and it’s particularly a valuable asset to have as an affiliate marketers.

Getting People OntoYour List

This Image Demonstrate getting people to your email list.

Once you’ve built your funnel then you’ll need to send traffic to your squeeze page.

Am going to share how I drive traffic to my landing page shortly.

There are probably hundreds of different ways out there of doing this, including solo ads, Facebook ads, article marketing, forum marketing, linking your squeeze page to your blog – etc.

If you’re just starting out and can afford to spend a bit of money on advertising then many people would recommend solo ads.

If you don’t know what a ‘solo ad’ is then it’s really simple – it’s just where you pay somebody who already has a list to send out an email to their subscribers promoting your free offer.

Solo ads are popular amongst many because they can provide you with an opportunity to build your list pretty quickly…

Most solo ad sellers will offer you a certain number of guaranteed clicks. So, if somebody guarantees you 200 clicks from the solo ad and your squeeze page converts on average at 45% then you’re going to get 90 new people joining your list.

Once a solo ad has been sent you usually get the traffic pretty quickly, so it’s possible to build a list of hundreds or even thousands of people in a matter of days. Obviously solo ads cost money.

But if your sales funnel has paid products behind it then you could recoup back the cost of the ads and even make an upfront profit.

Often you won’t recoup back your costs initially but you’ll have a list that you can market to for years to come.

A key aspect of being successful with solo ads is knowing your figures – especially your conversion rates…

If you know the average conversion rate of your squeeze page and backend offers then you can work out how much you can afford to spend on solo ads.

It’s important to TEST your funnel thoroughly so that you can improve on it. You can split test different offers and work out which ones convert the best…

Take the following example: You’ve got a free report you’re giving away to build your list and you make two different squeeze pages promoting the report.

You do a simple 50/50 split test on your offer, which simply means you send 50% of your traffic to one squeeze page and 50% to the other (there are plenty of tools out there that enable you to do this)

You buy a solo ad with 200 guaranteed clicks, so 100 of those people will see the first squeeze page and 100 will see the second.

When you’ve done the test you find that the first squeeze page converted at 32% (so 32 people subscribed) and the second one converted at 48% (so 48 people subscribed).

As you can see the second squeeze page converted at a much higher rate than the first…

So imagine if you had not bothered testing and had simply thrown up squeeze page number one.

You’d have lost out on quite a few subscribes, and as you bought more and more solo ads you’d lose out on even more. PLEASE test because it’ll make your chances of success so much higher.

Not got any money to spend on advertising?

If you’re trying to build your list and don’t have any money to spend at all then there are other options.

A good one can be forum marketing, where you sign up to forums in your niche and post to those sites whilst including a signature link to your squeeze page.

Forum marketing works well for many people, although you need to make sure that you get your strategy right…

The key to forum marketing is to forget you are actually there to promote your squeeze page.

Instead you should simply join in the forum conversations and become an active member of the community.

Demonstrate your knowledge but NEVER mention your squeeze page or any of your products.

Your signature link will do the “selling” for you because people will see your posts, be impressed by your knowledge and thus decide to click on your signature link, which will take them to your squeeze page.

NOTE: it’s always important to check out forum rules and establish whether they allow signature links to external websites because some don’t.

Promoting Affiliate Products To Your List

Ok, so you’ve either already got a list or you’re on your way to building one…

The way you make money as an affiliate is to let your list know about products you recommend – and that means sending them out promo emails.

As we talked about earlier, one of the key aspects of being a list owner is becoming a ‘trusted advisor.’ People on your list are looking to you as the expert and when you send them an email saying “go and buy this product” then they are trusting your judgement – which is why you need to carefully select the product’s you promote, as we discussed earlier.

If you’ve done that – and are genuinely recommending products that you think will help people on your list – then you shouldn’t have a problem with or feel “bad” about selling to the people on your list.

But here’s a quick warning…

When you sell to people, some of them get upset.

That’s just a fact of life and there’s nothing you can really do about it.

Some people seem to think that your only job in life is to provide them with free information.

If people don’t like the emails you send or get “upset” because you’re selling to them then they can simply go and unsubscribe.

You really don’t want those sort of people on your list anyway.

But whilst you shouldn’t have a problem with selling to your list (it’s how you make money) you also need to remember that you need to provide a balance between selling and giving people free content…

At the end of the day you’ve got to give people a reason to stay on your list – so just like a TV show can’t show adverts all day without any programs then you can’t simply send promo email after promo email without any content.

Some people DO do that but those sorts of marketer’s burn out their lists very quickly and rely on constantly getting new people onto their lists in huge quantities to replace the ones who got fed up with being sold to all the time.

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with the above strategy but it’s definitely not for everyone.


Hot tip: Study How Top Marketers Talk to Their List

This Image Shows How Top Marketers Talk to Their List

You might be wondering how on earth you are going to do that.

Calm down and chillax.

This is how I usually do it, I will sign up through any of their squeeze page and wait for them to email me, whenever they email me I will study how they interact.

I will check their subject, body and the conclusion.

and that’s exactly how you can also do it.

Crafting a Promo Email

So – you’ll need to send out content to people but you’ll also need to sell to them too.

The first thing to think about when creating an email is the subject line.

The subject is your only chance to get people to actually open your email – and if they don’t open it then they can’t make a purchase, so it’s important to get this right.

One thing to avoid is spammy subject lines…

Ever seen emails in your inbox like… “You’ve got cash” or “You’re payment is waiting” or “I’ve been trying to contact you” They’re a total turn off, right?

When you see those you immediately think SPAM.

They may used to work in the past but nowadays most people are wise to such tactics and generally most people would probably agree that they only serve to piss people off…

The thing is that when people then read your email body and see what you are actually promoting then they will most likely be pretty annoyed because it bears no relation to the product itself.

Following on from the advice I give a little earlier then I’d recommend heading over to your email inbox and having a look at how your favorite marketers write their subject lines.

What intrigues you but doesn’t pee you off at the same time? It’s good to add a little mystery into your subject lines because at the end of the day you don’t want to give the entire game away because you want them to open the actual email and read the body text,

but at the same time your subject lines shouldn’t be so irrelevant that they have absolutely nothing to do with the content of your email.

It’s all about striking the right balance.

Once you’ve written your subject line then the next thing to think about is the body of the email.

Obviously your job here is to get people to click on your affiliate link and land on the product page.

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to just be yourself.

Give your promo emails a slice of “you”, a bit of your personality.

Whilst I highly recommend studying the promo emails of other marketers and learning from how they do things you never want to copy them.

Take a look at pretty much any top marketer and you’ll notice that they all have their own style.

You’ll often see multiple marketers promoting the same product but they’ll each do it in a completely different way.

Some marketers have certain “buzz” words that they like to use.

Other’s always structure their email content in a certain way.

Find your own style and don’t be afraid to experiment a little.

I mentioned earlier that part of being an affiliate/email marketer is becoming a trusted advisor – and that definitely comes into play when writing your promo emails…

Before you write a single word of your email spend some time studying the product and the sales page.

What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? You can then give your opinion of those things into the email.

So – you might say something like: “I purchased this product yesterday and spent some time this afternoon going through it.

On first glance you’ll see the sales page is pretty hypey”.

Can you see that by making points like that you’re actually differentiating yourself from everyone because you’re giving your opinion? Don’t be afraid of pointing out the negatives either.

For example, you might check out a product and find that it’s not as detailed as you were expecting.

So, you could say something like:

“From initially glancing at the sales page I was expecting a detailed step-by-step training product but when I actually started reading it I discovered it’s not quite like that.

If you’re looking for a paint-by-numbers system then this probably isn’t for you, however what it IS is one of those reports you’ll read and it’ll leave you feeling fantastically motivated.

I like that you can read this in less than an hour and I almost guarantee you’ll be smiling by the end of it because the author’s story is so inspiring and I challenge anyone not to feel motivated by it.”

I’m rambling a bit, but hopefully you get the point. Inside any promo email will be a strong call to action, so something like: “Click here NOW to check it out” or “You can get full details at the link below”

I think you are really getting value from this beginners guide to affiliate marketing because for you to read to this extent you are really getting value (don’t mind my joke).

So lets continue…

How Can I Drive Traffic To My Blog, Website Or Squeeze Page

image of how to drive traffic to your website

Am not going to discuss a lot of strategies with you but if you leverage on those ones that am going to share with you, you are going to be at the point of generating passive income.

Here are some methods:

 #1    Guest Post On Other Blogs Related To Your Niche

Posting on other blogs is a very powerful method to get people to notice your blog/website.

When you post on other blog/website your article is going to be exposed to to the blog’s traffic and of cause a link back to your blog/website will be there. It’s a free site where you can find bloggers who are looking to guest blog and find possible blogs for your guest posting. It’s been featured on many popular sites and I use it and recommend it.

Google: Sometimes few simple Google searches will help you find the right blog to guest post on.

Use this search format and Google it.

Note: Replace “Your keyword” with your niche of your site/offer. Example: “Weight loss”+ “write for us”

Here are the guest post search formats you can use.

Use any of them until you get what you want.

“Your keyword”+”Guest post”

“Your keyword”+”Post as a guest”

“Your keyword”+”Guest”

“inurl:- “write for us”

”Your keyword” + “Guest Article”

”Your keyword” + “Become guest writer”

”Your keyword” + “Become guest blogger”

”Your keyword” + “submit a Blog Post”

”Your keyword” + “submit Post”

”Your keyword” + “Guest Blogging”

“Keyword” + “guest post”

  • “keyword+ “write for us”
  • “keyword” + “This post was written by”
  • intitle:guest post guidelines
  • intitle:guest blog guidelines

You will find tons of blogs related to your nice to guest post on

How to make sure it’s the right blog?

1) Check the last post date. Make sure it’s recently updated.

2) Check for onsite SEO of the blog. If author didn’t care about onsite SEO, there is chance that he won’t care about your guest post either.

3) Make sure the Blog is not spam or filled with spam comments.

4) Check for page rank and Alexa rank to determine the credibility of the blog

5) Check for the domain age. If it’s old then it’s gold.

6) Make sure the blog is regularly updated.

7) Make sure the blog is crawled by Google and other spiders and is properly indexed

8) Make sure the guest post is allowed to have a link back to your blog and allows author bio. If a blog ticks all these boxes then it’s the “right” blog to post on.

Contacting Guess Blog owners

Just go find a site that you like that is in your niche.

Then find the owner/webmaster’s email address and shoot him a message.

Tell him or her that you like the site and you’re interested in writing a quality guest post on XXX topic.

Some people will ignore you, some will say no, but a surprising number of them will likely say yes.

Guest posts are great for the site owner because they get free content, and it doesn’t really cost them anything.

Wrap Up Email Before taking the time to write something incredible, I sometimes email the site owner with a list of topic ideas, along with links to my published work.

This helps drive home the point that your content deserves to be published.

Here’s a script that works well.

Subject: Guest Post for (Their Site)

Hey (Their Name),

I just want to start by saying that I’m a huge fan of (Their Site).

I’m reaching out to you to offer up a unique and value-packed guest post for you.

I did some research on topics that have performed well for (Their Site).

Here are some ideas I had:

-Headline #1

-Headline #2

-Headline #3

You can check out some guest posts that I’ve already published at (Authority Site) and (Authority Site).

Please let me know how that sounds.


(Your Name)

Ask some primary questions to yourself before writing that letter-

Why they should consider you to write your post there?

What’s the new idea you are going to put on the table?

What’s the unique feature your posts will have?

Whether it is highly informal or controversial, it should be powerful enough to attract a lot of readers.

Your posts should have the personality that will make your posts popular among the readers.

Once you are done with writing that mail, it’s time to start sending it to the webmasters and you will definitely see a better approval rate.

You can outsource the writing of the article on fiverr if you cannot write yourself. Another idea of knowing the style of the articles they accepts, just look through the guess post blog previous articles to see how it should look be.

This method pulls tons of targeted traffic to your affiliate offers and you are sure to make tons of cash daily using this traffic method.

All you need to do is keep repeating the strategy to other niches.

#2     Forum Traffic

You can get heaps of traffic from forums, provided that it’s popular, targeted to your niche, and ranks high on Alexa.

You can get traffic from your signature from the readers of your posts, to be effective you have to be very active in posting and provide value to the forum.

Join a few forums of the niche you are in Most forums do allow linking or advertising in your forum signature Forum posting is perhaps seen as a little bit old hat and out of fashion but for a little effort it is a great way of bringing in a steady stream of targeted traffic.

How To Find Targeted Forums In Your Niche Google searches: keyword+forum

Example: weight loss forum, beginners guide to affiliate marketing forum

  1. keyword inurl:forum
  2. keyword inurl:board
  3. keyword inurl: phpbb
  4. keyword inurl:viewtopic

Replace “keyword” with your own keyword or niche.

Forum Search Sites:

#3      Craigelist Traffic

Craiglist is the most trafficked classified ad site on the internet.

I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t used craigslist yet, however I’ve heard some incredible success stories that cracked the code of craigslist.

One thing to keep in mind, that your best option is to send them to a squeeze page, build a list and then promote stuff through email marketing.

Craiglist traffic can work for any niche: Jobs, Games, Health, Dating, Free stuff, Local lead gen.. AND MUCH MORE.

Watch this to know how to use craiglist:

You Can Also Try These Classified Ad Sites:

I hope you have learned one or two things at the course of reading this beginners guide to affiliate marketing.

I hope to hear from you through the comment box below.

If you want me to enlighten you on something or you want me to write article on a specific topic, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me through the comment box or contact me here

Conclusion and Suggested Resources

In all honesty it doesn’t take a genius to make sales as an affiliate.

It’s all about selecting the right products and then promoting it to the right people, in the right way…

I hope that this report will help you to do that.

Whatever you do now make sure you go away and work hard on your business.

Whilst affiliate marketing can provide one of the easiest ways of making money online it still requires considerable effort in order to be successful.

As you become more experienced as an affiliate marketer you’ll start to learn and get a “feel” for what works and what doesn’t.

Now, go and get selling

I wish you much success!

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