A COMPLETE Beginner`s Guide For Affiliate Marketing

A Complete Beginner's Guide For Affiliate Marketing
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(UPDATED June 1, 2019)

Do you want to earn money thru AFFILIATE MARKETING?


Let this be your guide in your journey to become a successful affiliate marketer!

But before I give you the details, let me give you first an idea of what you are about to learn, so you have an understanding and right mindset about this journey called affiliate marketing.

First and foremost, this is one of the ways if not the best method to make money online.  If done correctly, will for sure give you a passive income in the long run.

Unfortunately, this is not a “get-rich-quick” way to earn money, but the most sustainable one.

I have started affiliate marketing with no knowledge about the business at all, so I have learned the hard way (I had been scammed several times).  READ my story.

After all the trials and errors of building an online business, I am very lucky to have found the best strategy I used in creating my own online business.

I have created this guide to make it easier for you as I will teach you the right ways on how to build your profitable business by using the right tools and guidelines.

It will truly change your life for the better and will give you the financial freedom you desire.

“If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die!” – Warren Buffett

What You Will Learn From This Guide?

I have compiled all the necessary pieces of information and guidelines for you to get you started and build your own sustainable online business.

This is the same strategy I used to help me create the online business that is giving me passive income and live the life I desire.

  1.  What is Affiliate Marketing? 
  2.  How does Affiliate Marketing work?
  3.  Why Affiliate Marketing Works For Me?
  4.  Why Affiliate Marketing Works So Well?
  5.  The Process of Making Money Online through Affiliate Marketing.
  6.   Who Is Affiliate Marketing For?
  7.   How to get started?

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

It is defined as:

“a business relationship with a merchant or other service provider who allows you to link to their business. When a visitor clicks on the link at your website and subsequently makes a purchase from the merchant, you receive a commission based on the amount of the sale, a referral fee or a pay-for-click fee.” Wikipedia

In a nutshell, affiliate marketing is the process of recommending someone else`s products or services and earning commissions from the sale.

If affiliate marketing is recommending someone else`s products or services, the best way to accomplish this is by having your website.

Through your website, you will write articles or showcase products/services that you are affiliated with. These products and services are of course connected with “links” which if clicked and purchased by a “buyer,” you will get commissions for it.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

It is the process of BUILDING A WEBSITE that reviews products through writing content.  This content would have links to an online store (such as Amazon) where readers would then purchase the product, and you earn revenue through commissions.

The more often you direct visitors, the more income you potentially could earn. An effective way to drive visitors or TRAFFIC to your website is through using the right search engines(SEO).

Your goal is to get your website ranked on the first page of Google, Yahoo, Bing, or others for your targeted keyword (your product that you are promoting).

When you have accomplished this, there will be significant amounts of search engine traffic that will end up at your website, thereby, giving you more profits in the long run.

How affiliate marketing works?


This is the process of making money through affiliate marketing in a nutshell.

Why Affiliate Marketing Works For Me?

There`s NO SELLING in affiliate marketing.

That is why this business model works perfectly for me (I don`t like selling!)

There are so many good things about affiliate marketing:

  • You don’t create a product.
  • You don’t have to set up an online store.
  • You don’t have to worry about refunds.
  • You don’t have to worry about product updates.
  • You don’t have to worry about customer service.

But of course, if there are good things, there are also the “not-so-good” things about affiliate marketing.

  • It takes time and dedication.
  • It takes a lot of work!

In affiliate marketing, you usually recommend products and services that you like.  You tell people about it through writing articles or blogs.

You give relevant information to people about the products and services you like so that when people search on the internet, and they read your blog and believe you, then they will click your link and buy the product/services.  This will then give you the profit.

Why Affiliate Marketing Method Works So Well?

Just imagine, there are over 3.75 billion (and growing each year) people searching on the internet for answers all day long, 24/7.  There should be at least more than one person searching for that particular product you just wrote about.

So, writing that one beneficial article on your website can help way more than one person, it can be hundreds or thousands!

What if you have more than one post that can be very helpful to so many people… there will be thousands (possibly millions) of people reading your posts and visiting your website!

This is an income potential!

That is why having your own website is so important because people come to you!

Don`t worry yet; building your website is not that hard… I will teach you how to do it step-by-step.

But let`s have a recap first.

The Process of Making Money Online Through Affiliate Marketing?


Niche is your idea of a website.  It usually starts with what you like or your passion.  It is something that you are interested in and something that you would like to learn more about.

I don`t want you to get stuck in this first step, but just to let you know, with millions of people using the internet, there are tons of ideas and topics that will work in any business.

But just a reminder, once you have an idea for your niche, try to do research about affiliates on that topic and how to market it.  You can read my article about finding your niche.


When I started learning affiliate marketing, I don`t know how to build a website.  But with all the evolution of technology nowadays, it is easy as 1,2,3.

You can read my article on how to build a website step-by-step.

It is not as hard as you thought.  There are so many designs you can choose from which will work with any niche you have.


At this point, you have created your website with your contents/articles. The next thing you need to do is to attract visitors/readers to your site.

There are strategies on how to do this.

Traffic can be established through free and paid methods. What you would want is to learn the strategy of getting traffic for free. Once you know how this can bring you unlimited traffic, which is your goal.


This is what you call monetizing your website.  All you need to do is find affiliate programs that are connected to your niche.

Examples of affiliate programs are Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Nike, and a lot more.  There are so many affiliate programs in all niche that you can think of.

If your niche is services like holistic healing, learning skills, and others alike, there are also affiliate programs for those.

So, you need to be affiliated with the program you chose (it is always free to join an affiliate program) and then use your affiliate link to those particular products.

Once people click on your link, then you get commissions on that sale.

Who Is Affiliate Marketing For?

It is for anyone – which is a great thing!

Anyone who wants to earn revenue through online marketing as long as the person has the will to learn, to give time and effort, and ready to take action.

It is essential to have a good foundation on how affiliate marketing works and how to incorporate special techniques to be good at it in attracting an audience to your website.

  • You have to create a platform/or a website (the foundation of your business).
  • You need to know how online business work.
  • You need to have the right tools.
  • You have to build trust in your audience (visitors).

How To Get Started In Affiliate Marketing?

At the beginning of this guide, I have mentioned that I am fortunate to have found a proven strategy on how to make money online through affiliate marketing.

I have stumbled into a platform, for my constant search on how to make money online, that says:


I was hesitant at first because I was cautious(I`ve been scammed and lost a great deal of money before).

It is FREE TO JOIN, and from this free membership, I was promised:

  • free 10-lessons to start building your own online business
  • free two websites to start with domain and hosting
  • free tools
  • and mentorship.

True to its words, through this platform, I have learned everything I need to know how to become a successful affiliate marketer. Read my Review on Wealthy Affiliate.

And it didn`t take long; I signed up for its Premium Membership.

From its training, tools, and support from the whole community, not to mention the cost to join the program, I was impressed by how this platform was structured.

In no time, I was able to build my very first website (my niche – health).

Do You Want To Be A Successful Affiliate Marketer?

I hope this COMPLETE BEGINNER`s GUIDE for affiliate marketing has helped you understand how it all works.

Now, I invite you to do the same.  JOIN IN MY COMMUNITY, which has helped already around 200k+ successful affiliate marketers.

It will get you started with building your very first affiliate website regardless of your current knowledge about all this.

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Thank you for reading this COMPLETE BEGINNER’S GUIDE FOR AFFILIATE MARKETING. If you find this helpful, don`t forget to share it. If you have any thoughts about this article or anything that I can help you with, please leave a comment below.

All the best!

Join in my community!

22 Comments on “A COMPLETE Beginner`s Guide For Affiliate Marketing”

  1. Hi there, As an affiliate marketer myself I still like to read reviews about it from other qualified people as I have only been working with it for about 10 months and there is still a load I need to learn.

    It seems like you know exactly what you are talking about and I am quite intrigued by the community you mention that you are part of and might need to join myself because I started affiliate marketing after reading about it online and I thought I could start making money straight away so I bought a website and started working on my own with no help whatsoever. and I am really struggling now if I’m honest with you.

    I have noticed that it isn’t a get rich quick scheme which is something that everyone should avoid if they get told that the online work they will be doing is exactly that

    The wealthy affiliate program that you mention, would they be able to teach me how to work with affiliate marketing properly as I think I’m in this way over my head?

    Please help!


    1. Thank you, Matthew, for connecting with me.  I am always appreciative of affiliate marketers, especially beginners, to really find answers and people that will show them the right way of doing the online business.

      Wealthy Affiliate, to be honest, is the ONLY platform that has taught me how affiliate marketing works.  Their training and tools are so organized that you will be able to build your business properly. Not to mention, the support from the community you will get who are ready to answer you anytime you encounter any issues or difficulty.  I am still a member of that program until to this date.  If ever you`re thinking of signing up to the program, I am, for one will always be there to help.

      All the best!

  2. Dear Hanna,

    Wow, what an extensive guide indeed! I thoroughly appreciate the research you must have done to gather and compile so much information. This is one of the most excellent and well detailed beginners guide I’ve read lately on Affiliate Marketing.

    I am a full-time Affiliate Marketer for nearly two years still I got helpful insights from your guide. I have spent nearly two months in finding my niche and many people struggle in finding their niche but you have provided great advice on finding niche in your article “How To Find A Niche For A Website?”.

    Based on my experience Affiliate Marketing is the very best way to make money online with low investment.

    Affiliate Marketing has made Businesses Millions and Ordinary People Millionaires. – Bo Bennett

    Your guide is going to save a lot of people time & effort, There are many make money online programs and products which under-delivers but you are guiding people in the right direction.

    Much Success!


    1. Thank you, Paul, for reading this guide.  I am very glad that you find it helpful as I am really hoping for this guide to be read for those people who would like to establish their online business through affiliate marketing.

      Affiliate marketing is really a very lucrative way of creating online business and make passive income for anybody who will be dedicated to it. But one thing that will add to its success is being able to be guided effectively and having to use proper training and tools. I am always open to guide anyone who is willing to become an affiliate marketer.

      All the best!

  3. Hello Hanna! This post is worth sharing with friends! It’s very easy to follow. And this is indeed a great opportunity to start making money online.

    The most interesting part of this post is that with affiliate marketing you don’t have to create a product, set up an online store, worry about refunds, product updates or customer service. I’m interested in learning more.

    1. Hi Henry, if you are willing to create and build your own website and become an affiliate marketer, you have to be in a training platform that will offer lessons, tools, and mentorship. You can start learning right away in this program Wealthy Affiliate, and I will see you in the inside.

      Thank you for your comment.

  4. Whenever I go to Youtube, invariably whatever it is I’m watching gets interrupted in the middle of the presentation (be it news, music or DIY video),by some fast talking person trying to convince me to click, watch and join whatever program they are selling.  Needless to say, I find it annoying and frankly its a big turn off. 

    So running into your website and reading your presentation was a very nice alternative. 

    Since you’ve picked my interest about affiliate marketing, I am now definitely interested!

    I’m signing up, thanks!!

    1. Hi Christie, I am glad you have read this guide.  This complete guide for affiliate marketers are easy to follow and will let you create your own online business in a very organized manner. Let me know if you need help, you can contact me HERE.

      All the best!

  5. Affiliate marketing is a great entry point to understand about online niches, targeted keywords and writing engaging content. Once those skills are mastered, you can move onto the next level such as creating your own digital products or starting an eCommerce business – both of which will rely a lot on marketing as well. I see myself running an online store or doing dropshipping someday. I would love the challenge and see both sides of these lucrative industries. 

    1. Hi Cathy, thanks for sharing your thoughts about affiliate marketing.  Those ideas are really very good and profitable especially if done right, meaning you have the right foundation.

      Yes, once you have mastered all the necessary points such as keywords and engaging contents, then you can move to the next level.

      This complete guide will give you that foundation you need in order to create your online business, and once you`re ready, you can step up and do more.  Affiliate marketing is vast and offers so much potential in making money online.

      All the best!

  6. Hey Hanna,

    You explain on a simple, honest and complete way how affiliate marketing works,
    thank you for that. Newbies will learn a lot of that
    The internet needs more honest souls like yourself
    Keep on doing the good work. I really like your style of writing.
    greetings Koen

    1. Hi Koen, thank you for reading my post and I appreciate your good comment.
      I am glad you find this helpful which is really my goal. I would like to help people wanting to become a successful affiliate marketer, earning a passive income. Anybody can do it as long as you have the determination to succeed online.
      All the best!

  7. Hi 🙂 Reading this post is a really refreshing alternative to the ads I get on Youtube because I’m also doing affiliate marketing and so I get these money-making schemes thrown at me which is frankly quite annoying. I’m still quite new in this business so I’m glad I can have a sincere comprehensive guide on it 🙂

    1. Thank you, Ann, for your comment. If you need more help or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact me HERE.
      Also, I invite you to JOIN MY COMMUNITY of entrepreneurs that has helped almost 200K people achieve their goals as a successful affiliate marketer. They have training which is so easy to follow, tools, and mentorship.
      All the best!

  8. Great guide, How do I determine if my niche is profitable or not?. It would be horrible to enter a niche and later find that it is not so viable financially speaking?

    1. Hi Derek, finding a niche usually starts with something you are interested in. But, for me, if you are planning to create a profitable online business, I suggest you find an idea (it may be something you are passionate about or interested in) PLUS making sure you have a market for it, a market that will possibly give you revenues in the long run. Doing good research in deciding on a niche is very important. You can also read my article on “How to find a niche?” and “How to succeed in your chosen niche?”
      All the best!

  9. Hello Hanna, thanks for sharing this amazing articles. Based on my experience Affiliate Marketing is the best way to start making money online with low investment. However, it is not as easy as someone says. If you want to be a succesfull affiliate marketer you need to work very hard and be systematic. It is good to understand that Affiliate Marketing it like a marathon, not sprint.

    1. Hi Kamil, that’s really a good point, affiliate marketing is not that easy. In my experience, learning the skills is not really that hard. What is hard for me is time. In creating a profitable online business, you need to give time and effort to build your business properly. One of the great thing that happened while I am learning is joining a community of affiliate marketers who are new and experienced ones.
      When you are just starting, it is good to have someone to guide you – that is what I am here for. I invite you to join my community and I will guide you to create the online business that will give you financial freedom.
      Thank you for your comment. All the best.

  10. Hi Hanna,

    wow – you did really a good job!
    It’s so informative an detailed!
    Affiliate marketing is really an opportunity to earn money. And with WA it’s professional as well. I found so many “gurus” out there that I could hardly imagine that affiliate marketing could even work – or there are serious platforms.
    But WA is really great – and aside of all the things you mentioned already – what I really love with this platform: There are so many well educated and experienced people helping each other! That’s really tremendous!
    By now you know of course that I’m with WA as well. And it’s absolutely great – I can just recommend everyone who is interested in affiliate marketing and willing to hard work – join! 🙂

    All the best for you Hanna!

    1. Thank you, George, for your comment.
      Definitely, affiliate marketing is a great opportunity to make money online. When I was beginning on this journey, I thought it will be very difficult. But I am just glad that there is a platform that will help you understand and learn how to do it in a very easy yet organized manner.
      I am hoping to help other people to learn how to do affiliate marketing. All the hard work really pays off.
      All the best!

  11. I really like this article, if there’s anyone that’s interested in affiliate marketing or starting an online business, I will refer them to you.

    This is so easy to read and understand, I wish I could have read this when I first started.

    Best of luck!


    1. Thank you, Kayin. I am glad that you find this helpful. My goal is really to reach out to those people who want to learn affiliate marketing. With the right training, tools, and mentorship, anybody can be successful in this field.
      All the best!

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