How To Become an Affiliate Marketer? 12 comments

actionAffiliate marketing is definitely one of the fastest growing businesses on the internet today. Dozens of new websites are published every single day.

There was very low competition, for example, ten years ago. People who started their businesses back then, are now making six figures every month, or even more! Now it’s harder to find your place in the market. Ten years from now it will be much harder (if not almost impossible) to compete.

I suggest to all my readers to at least try it. Most people just now starting to realize how much blogs can really help them. This is a huge opportunity – who knows, maybe ten years from now you’ll be a millionaire! Remember, anything is possible if you believe! But this belief is stupid if you’re just watching TV and believe that one day you’ll become rich. YOU HAVE TO TAKE ACTION!

If you don’t know what affiliate marketing is, I suggest you read the previous post: What Is Affiliate Marketing?

So You Decided To Try

Of course, at this point you probably have a lot of questions – “Where do I need to start? What skills should I have? What exactly do I need to do to make money? How much can I actually earn?” and so on.

Don’t worry, I’m 19 years old, English is my second language and when I started (about a year ago) I had absolutely no Idea what affiliate marketing is… Yet I’m almost making a full-time income online, so you can as well!

At first sight, it looks complicated, but the answers to all these questions actually are just a common sense. I just want you to understand, that every successful person had to start somewhere, and they definitely didn’t had all the knowledge and skills they have now.

Speaking about affiliate marketing, the first thing you need to do is to choose your niche. In the previous post I wrote, that the first thing you need is your website, but probably more rational decision would be to start from the niche.

Don’t put too much thought into it, just pick anything you like (fashion, sport, cars, watches, vacations etc.). When starting a business It’s important to test yourself – your first niche probably won’t be your last

Earning money online shouldn’t feel like a regular boring job which you hate. It should be fun. And the best thing is, that you have the opportunity to make it fun by choosing something you love!

When choosing a niche, ideally you want to choose your passion, hobby or a subject that you’re familiar with. Something you can talk about and want to learn about. I’m sure that even the laziest fool on earth has something that he likes.

It could be anything, there’s no such thing as the wrong niche. There are billions of people looking for information online every day, and every single person is interested in hundreds of different things!

Needless to say that those things can often be very unexpected and surprising. Very often what seems to be the smallest thing, that at first sight no one’s interested in, becomes a full-time business!

Creation Of a Website

When you have your niche chosen, the next thing to do is to create your own website. I’ve tried several website creation platforms in the past and most of them were paid. From my experience, I can tell that with all of them you just buy a domain name, a hosting service and from this point, you’re left on your own.

You have to learn about the whole business creation process by yourself, without any help. Not very pleasant, right?

I continued to search for the cheapest platform possible, until one day I found Wealthy Affiliate. And I know what you’re probably thinking – “This guy just shamelessly pushing this thing and trying to scam people!” Well, that’s very incorrect…

It’s true that I’m getting paid for every person that signs up (I’m an affiliate), but this service is very far from a scam! Please sign up FOR FREE and you will find out! (And please do this through my link 😉 ).

Once you sign up, you can also get paid for every single person who joins from your website! And you can create multiple websites! They have one of the best affiliate programs in the world (highest payouts per person), and you can create your very first website and become the part of it even today!

Upon joining, you will never need to go online and look for information, their online entrepreneur courses has everything you will ever need to know about affiliate marketing! And they have an amazing forum with more than 800 000 users from all eround the world!

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After creating your free account just mouseover the “SiteRubix” icon on the main menu, and when the secondary menu appears press “Site Builder” as shown in the picture on the right.

Once you do that you’ll get to the “Build my website” page where you need to:

  1. Choose your domain name.
  2. Name your website.
  3. Choose the theme (appearance) for your website.
  4. Click “Build My Website Now”.

The only reason why I suggest starting with the niche is because there’s very wide selection of themes (12 for starter members and over 2000 for premium members).

When you already know your direction, it becomes easier to decide which theme suits your needs the most. You can change the theme later at any time, so don’t be scared just pick something simple that you like.

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Before creating a website you probably should check out “Getting Started” training course where the owner Kyle introduces you the whole concept of affiliate marketing and the Wealthy Affiliate platform itself.

For more information please read Wealthy Affiliate Review.

Writing And Visitors

As you probably already understood, you are going to write posts about things (usually goods and services), that are relevant to your niche. Ideally, you should be able to write in plain English, but not necessarily. You can write in your own language (if you’re having a big trouble with English).

You may not realize yet, but there are plenty of people who are interested in a very wide range of things even in your own country! Writing in other languages can even have some advantages, such as smaller competition and the ability to do local marketing.

Speaking about marketing, the most important thing is traffic that your website generates. There are many techniques to increase your traffic. The process of increasing the visibility of a website in a search engine’s unpaid results, in order to increase its traffic is called SEO (search engine optimization).

You can also pay for advertisement, but that’s another topic altogether. There are many techniques that can help your website to get a nice number of visitors. We’ll discuss them in the future. But in order for these techniques to work better, you have to trigger specific keywords in your posts.


Keywords are the words that you have to tastefully repeat in your article, so the search engines can know better what your article is about.

For example, if you’re writing a post about iPhone cases, you should repeat “iPhone” and “case” from time to time. When a person types “iPhone cases” in Google, your article will appear in a higher position because it has more of these keywords.

When deciding which keywords you should trigger with your posts, the most important things you need to know are: How many pages have already triggered this keyword (competition), and how many people are searching for a particular keyword every month (searches):

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Competition is about 341 it opens in a separate window.

As you can see 25889 people are searching for this keyword and there are about 341 pages with posts about it. This is kinda low competition but definitely not the best. That’s because this keyword is not specific enough. Don’t be fooled by many searches – that’s not the key! The competition is what matters the most!

You can have 300 monthly searches and the competition below 200 and that would be much better than this. That’s because people always tend to look at the first several pages of the search results. The closer your page is to the first page – the better.

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Competition is about 115.

That’s what I’m talking about! That’s a great keyword, you would probably be on a second or even the first page of Google if you write a review about these cases!

Keyword searches were performed through the Wealthy Affiliate keyword tool, which is also included for free. You can read about it here.

Genuine Kindness And Attentiveness

kindnessBut no amount of traffic will generate money for you if you just trying to sell something to people.

When visitors come to your website they expect to find some useful and honest information on particular topics, which hopefully helps them to decide about buying something or just simply helps with certain issues.

They don’t want you to just sell stuff to them! Your articles and product reviews shouldn’t be written like a promotional campaign.

When writing a review mention all sides of the product or service and don’t lie by no means! If a person would want to read an advertisement full of exaggerated statements and lies, he/she would simply go to the official sellers/providers page and read it.

People are already fed up with it. Your visitors expect from you something exactly the opposite – another point of view, a review from the customers, not from the seller’s perspective.

If you just trying to sell, exaggerating the positive sides of a product/service and concealing the downsides, the visitors will become irritated and will never return to your website again. You need readers to return to your website in the future, comment, like, and share it on social media, so give them a reason to do so!

Be grateful to those people who came to your website and respect their time. Show your appreciation by providing them honest information! Eventually, your website will become popular and you’ll get the money that you deserve.

Replying to the comments is also important. When people write comments they maybe have something unclear and want to ask something. Show that you care about them and reply to as many comments as you can. Even if they just gave you a compliment for a well-written post – just simply say thanks.

Also, search engines like that, and you will get higher rankings, more traffic, and ultimately more money! Remember – your money is in your reader’s hands. If you want them to buy something based on your recommendations and get the commission for it, you have to be nice and professional!

If you have any questions or just want to share your thoughts, feel free to comment 🙂

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12 thoughts on “How To Become an Affiliate Marketer?

    • Grey Post author

      Thank you for your comments, Gayle! I really appreciate your time and effort! It helps me a lot. By the way, nice website you have here 🙂

  • John Rico

    Hey there! I’m a college student and I’m searching for a part time job online. I don’t have a lot of knowledge when it comes to this kind of work. Also I only have limited money to spend but I have a lot of time to invest. I read a lot of stuff about this affiliate marketing that it is a good way to earn money. I like to try it but do you think I can handle this kind of job? I really appreciate your response.

    • Grey Post author

      Hello John,

      if you saw my other posts, you probably know that I just graduated high school, so we are probably about the same age 🙂

      First off, I’m glad that there are people like you, who actually care about their lives, and who are trying something new! You are on the right path. Affiliate marketing really is a good way to make money online. Don’t worry about anything. It’s easy, and everyone can do it! If you have a hobby or some general knowledge about anything, you can build a website about it and make money!

      Or even if you don’t (which is highly unlikely, since everyone has something they enjoy) you can write reviews of other people’s products. It’s as easy as it sounds and doesn’t require much money at all.

      In fact, you can start without spending a penny! Check out my Wealthy Affiliate Review. They have everything you could ever need including website building tools, a keyword research tool, beginner training courses, a community of more than 800 000 people, and much more!

      Best of luck, sincerely Grey.

    • Gayle Hopkins

      Yes and you will be very happy that you did, but remember that you invest your time now , it will pay off way better than some simple job later. Give your slef a month or two to actually expect the money to come and th3n it will keep coming

  • Michel

    Great article on affiliate marketing. I love your honest approach when you promote Wealthy Affiliate.

    I can also vouch that this site is not a scam, as I have been a member for almost a year, and I will gladly renew my membership for another year, and the company and the community is awesome.

    • Grey Post author

      Thank you for your nice words, Michel!

      I like being honest, I don’t have anything to hide. I just want to help people, share my knowledge and experience, and make money while doing so. I also have a yearly membership and I love it, the community is truly awesome!


  • Abdul

    Hey Grey,
    Read your article, It looks very easy to built a website on WA, I have decided to give affiliate marketing a go and looks like WA is a very good place to build a base. I have come across many platforms but compared to those WA looks very promising. I always wanted to create a website about cars and bikes. Will definitely give this free website a try. Thanks for sharing,
    Nice work.

    • Grey Post author

      Hey Abdul,

      It’s very nice to hear that I was able to help you! Yes WA really is superior to any other platform out there (I tried many of them as well). Also your niche looks very promising. I wish you all the best with your business!

      See you inside WA, I will reach out to you when you join!