How To Make Money Using Affiliate Marketing? (4 Steps)

How to make money using affiliate marketing

One of the most lucrative ways of creating money online is by using affiliate marketing system.

How to make money using affiliate marketing? Let me tell you first what is affiliate marketing.

How to make money using affiliate marketing

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a way to earn money from another company by promoting their products or services online. You earn a commission for sending new customers to their company.

If this is done properly and successfully, your online business as an affiliate marketer will let you generate a passive income, even while you sleep. It is passive income because theoretically you just need to add links to your website, and readers can click these links anytime without your input.

I believe affiliate marketing is really very popular among digital entrepreneurs since it is really a straightforward way to make money. With an amount of time and effort you put in this kind of business, this is going to be a good way to earn extra money or even be your source of income if you become a full-time affiliate marketer.

But just be clear, in order to be successful at affiliate marketing and make a lot of money, you are required to really put in the works. You have to spend a lot of time building relationships, creating promotional content and really pushing your brand. You really need to promote yourself and do it well.

Let me explain it to you further how does affiliate marketing work?

How to make money using affiliate marketing

The first step, someone is searching on the internet and landed on your website, you are the publisher of that website. You are also called the affiliate marketer.

As a publisher or the affiliate marketer, you will do your best to promote a certain product. You are basically marketing. You have to attract potential buyers of what you promote, and try your best to convince that the product or service that you are offering is worth buying.

So, the publisher or the affiliate marketer uses different channels to market the products such as leveraging social networks or search engines using content marketing on websites.

The second step, now the aforementioned searcher on the internet is persuaded to click on your link because of his/her interest. He or she is then called the visitor of your website who then is converted to be the buyer.

The buyer is one of your target markets. Successful affiliate marketer understands the key to affiliate marketing success: that is finding the right target market or audience. Once an affiliate marketer has chosen a certain product or service, they must think about who is going to buy it.

Finding the right audience is the first step in their overall marketing strategy. For example, if your niche is selling swimsuits for women, you will target audience who are women, maybe between 30-40 yrs old. You will also think on where do you think these women will likely be targeted. Is it in social media or in a blog? This is something you also would consider.

The third step, the publisher now receives a certain commission from that sale coming from the company he/she is affiliated. That company is called the merchant.

The merchant is the real seller of these products or services you are promoting. The merchants are the ones paying you with the commission.

So, basically, you, who are reading this blog, is probably planning to be an affiliate marketer. If you, the creator of that website sells a product or a service of a particular merchant or company, and someone makes a purchase as a result of your marketing efforts, then you make money.

The neat thing about affiliate marketing is that it is beneficial to all parties: the affiliate marketer(publisher), the merchants, and the buyers (customers).

All the involved parties are benefiting and getting something from this type of relationships.

Are you ready to make money using affiliate marketing?

Are you willing to give your time and effort to understand how to create a passive income using affiliate marketing?

If so, be an affiliate marketer!

Here are the important steps you need to follow to become an affiliate marketer and make money:

1. Choose a niche

Your niche or the topic of your business is one of the biggest determining factors of your success in creating money. I have an article you may want to read how to find a niche for your website.

Another thing to consider when you are looking for a certain niche are the merchants (affiliate programs or affiliate networks) you want to join.

I know it is easy to get carried away at the beginning because honestly there are so many products and services that you can promote. For me, I promote products or services that I use and I trust.

So, just a piece of advice: do not ever recommend something you don’t believe in just to get some money. You make sure to find something that you are happy to promote and that you know that your audience will really benefit from it. You will understand it in the long run. As I`ve mentioned a while ago, you are promoting yourself. Your audience should trust and believe in you.

2. Create a website or blog

Now you have a niche and an idea what products and services you want to promote, it is time to put them into a website. So, what kind of website are you planning to build? Is it a blog, an e-commerce website, a coaching website, or however you want to promote your products and services.

By the way, although it is NOT really necessary to have a website or a blog for affiliate promotion, it is a GREAT and recommended tool for your online business. You can leverage any other ways such as Pay Per Click (PPC), email marketing, social media marketing or any forms of advertising.

But for me, I think it is good to have a platform for your business, like a website.

Do you know that you can actually build a website for free? Try it out here:

3. Write good contents or posts

Your content is the key to making money in affiliate marketing. Writing content regularly around your chosen topic gives you the best chance of generating sales. The more informative articles that you post, the more product reviews, comments from the visitors of your website, and other consistent ways you can do to maintain your website, the greater the chance you have of attracting visitors.

When I say good contents, generally speaking, you are publishing high-quality articles. You use the right keywords to target the right audience. If you achieve this, then you are to generate significant sales.

The good thing, there are keyword research tools that you can use to write a high-quality article. I recommend Jaaxy.

4. Get rankings and visitors

Since we are aiming to make money using affiliate marketing, it is important to get traffic to your website. Meaning, you need to have lots of visitors to your website.

You will have visitors to your website if you are ranking well in the search engines, such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo. You have to be on the very first page, so people will see and have access to your article right away.

It is important to learn how to rank high in search engines. Again, this has something to do with how you create good contents on your website.

If you are successful in doing all these steps as an affiliate marketer,

Then, you will start to make money!

How to make money using affiliate marketing

In Conclusion

Finally, you have learned how to make money using affiliate marketing. This is just the basic and I know there is still a lot to learn. Honestly, affiliate marketing is really a good way to make money and if you will put your time and effort in this business, you will be successful in it.

I have learned to be an affiliate marketer in my own trusted platform. It is a community of affiliate marketers, beginners, and experienced ones. What is good is about it is that this community help each other to become a successful affiliate marketer.

I invite you to join my community. It is free to join!

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What`s included?

  • 2 free websites to start with (with domain and hostings)
  • 10 lessons to start with affiliate marketing
  • use of keyword research tool
  • and mentors to help you out. ( I will be one of them!)

All the best:)

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Do you have any thoughts regarding this article? Please leave a comment.

24 Comments on “How To Make Money Using Affiliate Marketing? (4 Steps)”

  1. Thanks for writing this article on how to make money using affiliate marketing. You really did very well with how you explain every part of this article in details. Affiliate marketing is truly a lucrative business but it can only be lucrative at the long run if you have the necessary knowledge and experience on how to go about it. That is the reason why it is a must to learn it from beginning and never attempt to look for shortcut in affiliate marketing because there is nothing like short cut in affiliate marketing 

    1. Thank you Afolabi for your comment.

      Affiliate marketing can really be a good source of income if done right.  Please help yourself browse in this site for more resources. And if there`s still any topic or idea about affiliate marketing you would like to know, please don`t hesitate to leave me a comment.

      All the best!

  2. Thank you Hanna for this post!

    I have been wondering how I can start earning online and had been scammed many times!

    This post is incredible in terms of how thorough it is but also in terms of information it offers. I wish I saw it before.

    From the choice of  a domain and niche…oh my God…This is amazing.

    I was wondering how affiliate marketing works and now I start having a thorough understanding of how all work.

    But I still struggle to understand what a best niche is !

    Would you recommend a good niche, Hanna or all the niche, whichever I choose are pretty fine for me to earn me a living?

    I still thirst for a GOOD NICHE.

    Again thank you for your initiative to guide US


  3. Dear Hanna,

    Thanks a lot for the very thorough and comprehensive article.

    While doing some research online I came across your post and found it very helpful. Although I am a full-time Affiliate Marketer for the past two years still I got some helpful insights from your post.

    Your post can be used as a guide for starting Affiliate Marketing and you covered everything in detail. When I started I nearly spent 2 months on choosing my niche but you have give great advice on choosing a niche.

    In my experience Affiliate Marketing is the best way to earn money online because…

    “Affiliate Marketing has made Businesses Millions & Ordinary People Millionaires.” – Bo Bennett

    Warm Regards,


    1. Hi Paul! Thanks for your comment.

      You are definitely right.  If done properly, and with time and effort put into this online business, anybody can be successful in it. Affiliate marketing is surely one of the best way to earn money online.

      All the best to you!

  4. Your article really is on point on how to make money using affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing has taken over the online business world. People are now really making passive income in it. I also have a desire to be an affiliate marketer, à friend introduced wealthy affiliate to me some days ago and it has really been fun joining the platform. I am being exposed to top notch training and courses in area of affiliate marketing.

    1. Hi Brent, thank you for sharing your thoughts with regards to the topic.

      I am very glad to know that you are also part of Wealthy Affiliate.  It is the platform that has taught me to become a successful affiliate marketer.  Keep learning.  It is the platform that has all the tools and trainings.

      All the best!

  5. Thank you for this wonderful article, I am ain’t the stage in my blogging career where I really need to start getting more rankings on the search engines especially google, its been such a nightmare!

    Thanks to your post, I have realised the best steps to take to acquire this and become successful. 

    Now I understand better why they always say content is king. I have booked marked this page and will always use it for reference.

    1. Thank you Queen.  I do appreciate your comment.

      I really would like to help beginners like you to succeed in this career. Please feel free to visit this website because i have gathered so many resources which will be helpful in your online business.

      All the best!

  6. You have a good content and though I already knew some of the info you have written, but you have given me a good refresher course which I thought is important. Thanks for the sharing.

  7. Great post Hanna, you have listed all main steps about affiliate marketing and how and on what people should concentrate most at the beginning when starting an affiliate marketing business.
    It’s great that you have explained what actually affiliate marketing is and how does it work. You have listed the tools which can help to start affiliate business to I personally use Jaaxy and find it very helpful. Thank you for sharing this great article.

    1. Hi Marius, thank you for sharing your thoughts about this article.
      I`m glad that you`re also using Jaaxy as your keyword research tool. Jaaxy is really very helpful and gives you a lot of data for your online business.
      All the best!

  8. You provide a step-by-step guide clearly, some good points here! Also, you offer everything that a person who is new should know. Thanks for the helpful information!

    1. Hi Chas Lu, thank you for sharing your thoughts about this article.
      Your welcome, and feel free to browse all the other resources here in my blog to quide about making money online as an affiliate marketer.
      All the best!

  9. Totally agree affiliate marketing is a good way to make extra money or as a replacement of current income, but it does require efforts and persistence just like in any business. Anybody who has access to computer or tablet and wifi can be an affiliate marketer and the good thing about an affiliate marketer is that you can work anytime, from anywhere you want. Once it is going and you generate a steady stream of income you can be living in any country you want, unlike the traditional 9-5 job.

    Thanks for the insightful post

    1. Thanks Ahearst for your comment.
      You`re right! In any kind of business, it really takes time and effort to make it really successful. As they say, easy money easy goes.
      All the best!

  10. very good post and a great step by step information for the beginners especially, I will share your article in my community so the people in need could get learn how to earn money with affiliate marketing. Keep up the good work and have a great time.

    1. Thanks Sarah for your comment!
      I will do my very best to give more informations and resources to those that need them especially those who are beginners in this field.
      All the best!

  11. Thanks, Hanna. This is such an informative article. I got your ebook for for information, but I feel I do have a grasp on affiliate marketing – exactly what it is.
    Wealthy Affiliate sounds like a very very good program. It offers far more than anything else I have seen out there. And I can start for free. If it doesn’t seem to by for me, then I have lost NO MONEY!
    What a great opportunity.

    1. Hi Suzanne, thank you for sharing your thoughts about affiliate marketing.
      As i`ve mentioned, affiliate marketing is really one of the best ways to make money through online. The good news there is anybody can learn it, even those who doesn`t have experience about it. All you have to do is really give time and effort, and of course really understand how affiliate marketing works. Wealthy Affiliate is my #1recommendation program which will surely help you achieve your goal.
      All the best!

  12. I regularly search for and find articles on Google related to affiliate marketing and I have to say this one was one of the easiest reads I’ve come across. I can personally vouch for the Jaaxy keyword tool you mentioned, too 🙂 Nicely done! Keep up the great work!

    1. Hi Eric, thank you for leaving a comment!
      I will for sure work hard to give easy to read and understand informations for people wanting to earn money through affiliate marketing.
      All the best!

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