There are many different publisher types to work with and these relationships are facilitated by an advertiser joining the network and using the promotional tools available- these are owned by the publishers. In every case the publisher takes the risk of sending you traffic at no cost to you as you only have to reward them if their traffic completes a purchase- therefore, advertisers only pay out on results.
2. Finding the correct products to promote – If you’re promoting crap products, no one is going to buy them. No matter how good you are at marketing. Finding the correct merchant is one of the most important steps on your affiliate journey, you need to be promoting attractive products that people want to buy. That way, half the work is already done for you!
To become a decent affiliate marketer that can build profitable websites, you’ll need to develop at least a basic understanding of all of the following subjects: Building a WordPress website, writing high quality content researching niches and keywords, website usability, conversion optimization, email marketing, interpreting analytics, and more. You can absolutely “earn while you learn” and begin making money before you have a thorough understanding of ALL of these topics, but becoming a successful affiliate marketer will ultimately require you to gain experience in all of these at a minimum.
I believe in The Law Of Attraction and I believe what you put out you will get back in return. Basically if you are willing to really work on your business then you should go out and do what you can to achieve all your goals. Results in affiliate marketing can vary from time to time but once you get consistent traffic to your site you will surprise how many sales you will get.
Trying to cut corners with marketing methods is a huge no-no in affiliate marketing. By cutting corners, we’re talking specifically about black hat SEO. Get banned by Google, and you’ll be spending your time building a new site. Don’t learn from your mistakes, learn right now. Blackhat SEO only ever leads to a broken site. Google will hunt you down, and it will punish you!
I try to stick with personable where possible. Why? Because people connect with people. People build trust and relationships with people. Do you love when you ring up customer service and have to sit through a computerized menu? Or do you prefer to speak to someone directly. Definitely the latter. My websites and topics allow me to write in a personable manner. Yours may not.
When Tim Berners-Lee invented the hypertext webpage, he envisioned a world of shared information. It didn’t take long for businesses to realize that the web was a new shopping platform too. In fact, years before the web, in 1989, the first ever internet affiliate program was born when William J Tobin enlisted people to refer customers to PC Flowers, Inc. The company is considered the web’s first ever commercial success story, and it paved the way for today’s multi-billion dollar affiliate marketing industry.

In Affiliate Marketing you will see people that are doing really well and there are people that aren’t so affiliate marketing results depend on your knowledge and work. Affiliate Marketing will continue to expand and grow as more merchants are launching their affiliate programs on the major networks. If you want to grow your business with affiliate marketing you should have complete knowledge about it. Great article, thanks for sharing.

Wealthy Affiliate was where we got our foundation, and today many years later, we have a legit online business that has generated over 6 figures a year for the past several years and we’re currently building a products business that’s looking to grow much bigger. But WA is certainly where it all began, so yeah – we can vouch for that. We proudly tell people that we got our basics at Wealthy Affiliate.


Hi Ted, Love your comments! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You are so on the same page as me with the changes in even the use of the TERM affiliate marketing. I have a post coming out next week about the difference between performance marketing and affiliate marketing. Do stay tuned. I would love your thoughts on that post once it’s live too. Best!
I wasn’t until mid-2017 that I began to see some traction. My blog finally began to receive organic traffic, and that inevitably led to some affiliate sales. Most of the time, it was just $5-$15. I was in no way enough to support me, but it still was something. Hey, if you love what you do and you don’t expect to be paid for it, but you do anyway, you’ll feel good about it regardless of the amount.

Great advice Sarah – thanks for this article. You’re right-on about the coupon sites. As a merchant I don’t want to deal with any more sites that are not adding value for the reader. I think the best affiliates are the ones who are blogging about an interest or something they care about. They authenticity of it comes through and people trust their recommendations.
In other ways some affiliate’s business models are flakier than ever – as an astute industry observer I was in a meeting with a few days ago pointed out, the reason 100% cashback sites haven’t been bought up is because, by giving away almost all their commission earnings, he stated they are not particularly profitable – and, as a result, have destroyed margins for other affiliate businesses as well.
A while ago, one of the marketing consultants at my company, Kogan, came to me and advised that we should get involved with affiliate networks to expand our digital marketing reach. I asked him, “Where do these affiliates get their traffic from? How will they drive traffic to Kogan.com?” He couldn’t really answer the questions, but I agreed to run a small trial. Based on our results, that marketing consultant is no longer with us.
That question has a different answer for everyone. Basically, the harder you work, the quicker you will see results. I always recommend you work as many hours on your website as you can find in a day. And don’t forget to apply the proper SEO techniques. Check out Wealthy Affiliate for the best training course. It’s free to join and you get 2 free websites.

Very nice. I have to admit that I am not familiar with a wide array of affiliate marketing systems. I do have an MBA and an ounce of common sense so I am not easily fooled, but I really appreciate the way you laid this review out. It seems foolish to invest $2,000+ in something you have no idea about, where zero $ seems to make some sense. I appreciate your insight here, very helpful in my decision-making process. Thank you.


Influencers, high profile leaders, and authors. ‘Influencer’ is a popular buzzword right now, and that space overlaps with affiliates more than you would initially think. Simply put, to earn big commissions in affiliate marketing you want to get the right product/service in front of the right audience with the right message. Influencers already have a strong audience, and are determined to continue to grow it into the millions, making them perfect for affiliate programs. For some time, the space has been very fixated on monetizing through general sponsorship for a one-time payment, however, an affiliate payout allows the influencer to earn ongoing revenue for as long as the content lives on. This can easily earn the right influencer 10x more in the long-term.


That led me to more research on the affiliate marketing systems out there and it finally led me to the WA, its been about 2 weeks as apart of WA and so far i am really glad i found it. My website is coming along and every time I think ‘how do i do _______?’ there is a video to walk me through it and a calm voice guiding me to do that which I would not be able to figure out on my own.
Cookie stuffing involves placing an affiliate tracking cookie on a website visitor's computer without their knowledge, which will then generate revenue for the person doing the cookie stuffing. This not only generates fraudulent affiliate sales but also has the potential to overwrite other affiliates' cookies, essentially stealing their legitimately earned commissions.
Too much too soon. Stick to one website to begin with. Don’t get distracted by shiny new niches. This will only dilute your efforts. It’s absolutely not a waste of time to spend hours on end researching the very best niche for you to enter into. The commission, cookies, product and even the advertiser’s website all have to be excellent. The last thing you want to do is invest money in creating your own site only to send visitors to an advertiser’s site that barely converts a single sale. Would you buy from the advertiser’s site? Question everything before you spend a single penny on building your new site.
Let’s say you have a promotions page where you’re promoting a product via affiliate links. If you currently get 5,000 visits/month at a 2% conversion rate, you have 100 referrals. To get to 200 referrals, you can either focus on getting 5,000 more visitors, or simply increasing the conversion rate to 4%. Which sounds easier? Instead of spending months building domain authority with blogging and guest posts to get more organic traffic, you just have to increase the conversion rate by 2%. This can include landing page optimization, testing your calls-to-action, and having a conversion rate optimization strategy in place. By testing and optimizing your site, you’ll get far better results with much less effort. 
Assuming a four-percent cut may be underestimating the overall commission rate the media giant averages. Amazon’s commission structure consists of multiple classes of commission rates. Certain product categories have fixed commission rates, while commissions on General Products start at four percent and can go up to 8.5 percent, depending on sales volume.
Dr. Rose wrote that she was about to give on in frustration, then, fortuitously, she ran across a pin that blared, “How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours Using Pinterest.” She clicked it out o fcuriousity, then found out what the “catch” was. The link was to a purchase page for a book by that name. Not wanting to make the purchase — after all ,she’s been blogging for a couple of months, but still ahdn’t made any money, she thought to herself “How’s this possible?”

Another over-looked aspect of affiliate marketing is the proliferation of rewards and loyalty programs. Affiliate Marketers love incentives: “Get double points for today only!” or “Buy one now, get a $10 gift certificate”. These are all compelling messages that can drive a huge amount of traffic. But we don’t necessarily think of these as being associated with affiliates.
The area that really breathes life into the “Is affiliate marketing worth the effort?” question is trial and error. Successful affiliate marketing will take quite a bit of it, and you shouldn’t expect to build your website one day, and be flooded with commissions from sales the next. This is where many people give up on affiliate marketing, and get the wrong impression that just because success isn’t instant, it must not be for them. You’re not going to hit every mark from the get-go, and you’re going to need to look at your statistics to see what’s working and what’s not in terms of attracting audiences and turning their visits into new sales.
Great post Kyle! I appreciate the honesty and straight forwardness. Sometimes I feel as if honest and straight forward people are a dying breed. There are still a few of us out there and we will need to keep hustling and pushing forward to reach as many people we can so that we can reproduce more of us. I’m sure a lot of people want to be honest and have an honest business but they just get turned because of the majority. True leaders will be alive forever.
Dave makes a very valid point. If I visit each of my websites in succession (all are different topics), the Google ads tend to stick with the topic of the first site, presumably trying to get me to buy by repeating the same ads through my period of browsing different sites. I’ve certainly seen my affiliate income drop off dramatically in the last 2 years. Some free applications that folk download, install software to hijack affiliate banners. Meanwhile, merchants have become better at marketing themselves online without the need for affiliate help. I also believe that Google tends to ‘ban’ certain practices, to clear the way for them to take over where the competition has been suppressed. Affiliate marketing isn’t quite dead, but it’s getter tougher all the time!
How can you do this? Be clear on what is working in the industry and not. Be clear on what strategies both merchants and affiliates are using so you can offer fair, honest and useful feedback to your affiliate partners. Be ready to offer helpful tools and tips affiliates can learn more about. The PMA blogs about all kinds of important issues – things that can help prepare both affiliates and merchants for those changes. That’s usually a good place to start.
Yes, it’s true that certain bloggers that have been around for long earn tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars a month from affiliate marketing alone. But it’s important to remember that they started when there weren’t yet that many blogs around, and they have been doing it for very many years now. But does that make affiliate marketing dead for you and me though? Absolutely not!

Very simply if you are not passionate and excited about it, you will not succeed. That applies pretty much to anything in life and affiliate marketing is no exception. Not only you must be excited for your niche but also for online business and marketing in general. Otherwise, you will not stand out from the crowd. Persistence is the key and if there is no passion you will give up pretty fast. That’s what really separates the people who succeed in this business and those who don’t. People with no passion end up promoting everything and they never choose the right kind of affiliate products. They never properly research their products or their market and they fail to connect with their audience.
So, now you know what kind of mindset you shouldn’t have if you want to do affiliate marketing. If you are looking to “get-rich-quick” you have to stop now. It’s not going to happen. There is no need to try it if you don’t have the patience it takes to succeed. No success is not waiting for you, you have to build it from scratch. It’s not easy and that’s exactly the reason why it’s worth it.
The terms of an affiliate marketing program are set by the company wanting to advertise. Early on, companies were largely paying cost per click (traffic) or cost per mile (impressions) on banner advertisements. As the technology evolved, the focus turned to commissions on actual sales or qualified leads. The early affiliate marketing programs were vulnerable to fraud because clicks could be generated by software, as could impressions.
In spite of what those who describe the affiliate marketing program as legit, which is many cases it probably is, the fact is if they wanted you to try a free sample to decide if you like the product, why ask for your credit card information? The answer is simple,they count on you not remembering to cancel the subscription within the 30 day period. This way they can legitimately hook you into monthly payments you never intended to make. If they want to be honest about the process, let them send out the free sample and then let you decide if you want subscribe. That whole process is a ripoff because it counts on you making a mistake that allows them to make money off of that mistake.
To be honest I don’t think Affiliate Marketing is difficult since all you need to do is get your affiliate link and promote it. For example, I have a blog in my blog I will be talking about different things in some of my posts I post on my blog I will review a program or product. When I do that I will get my affiliate link for that program or product, which in turn I put it in my blog post putting a CTA (call to action) in the blog in certain places.
This is definitely the case and you have to be skeptical of anyone that is “touting riches” to get you to join their scheme. This is commonplace within the various schemes out there that rely on portraying success to the sell their product. It is typically a scam when people need to sell a program based on the money that it can hypothetically make you versus what the product or service actually is.
In Affiliate Marketing you will see people that are doing really well and there are people that aren’t so affiliate marketing results depend on your knowledge and work. Affiliate Marketing will continue to expand and grow as more merchants are launching their affiliate programs on the major networks. If you want to grow your business with affiliate marketing you should have complete knowledge about it. Great article, thanks for sharing.
Most affiliate programs are not scams, in fact 95% of them are legitimate. It is more on the side of affiliate marketing training/coaching/schemes, people that portray their companies as being affiliate programs, and then the odd affiliate program with tangible products that doesn’t pay. Generally speaking affiliate programs are very low risk them, lots of fantastic ones out there.

The cost of Five Figure Niche Site are really up there and so it sounds like the training is superb which is what I would hope for that much money. I’ve recently gotten into something else called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and I haven’t gotten through all the training yet, but what it does teach so far is pretty good. Of course nothing can beat Wealthy Affiliate though. Do you know of anyone who’s been successful with those other Affiliate Marketing programs?
And with the emergence of social networks like Facebook and Twitter, the potential reach for affiliate marketers has increased significantly. Social networks are an affiliate marketer’s dream come true: they offer a constantly changing feed for which they can tailor their ads, as well as gain valuable remarketing data on shoppers’ habits. This is a relatively untapped market that is only going to continue to expand. So affiliates aren’t dead and gone; we’re right in front of you. You probably just don’t recognize us.

I try to stick with personable where possible. Why? Because people connect with people. People build trust and relationships with people. Do you love when you ring up customer service and have to sit through a computerized menu? Or do you prefer to speak to someone directly. Definitely the latter. My websites and topics allow me to write in a personable manner. Yours may not.


I basically just stumbled on Wealthy Affiliate a few years ago, and only since then have I found out about all the other programs that are out there. Some of these other programs you review look interesting, and definitely like things I would have tried out at the beginning of my work-from-home research. But so many things keep me at WA now, including the price, and the hosting package.

This is a very good article and in great depth. It is good to have this sort of information online for customers who are interested in venturing into the world of affiliate marketing. I myself have looked online for many different ways to make money online and whilst coming across affiliate marketing, I never went ahead because I was scared and had very limited knowledge.
Not necessarily, but a blog is really the best promotional tool. With that said, you can always use methods such as PPC or advertising to promote a product. This is more like hit-and-run affiliate marketing, however. The best way to make the most out of your affiliate marketing opportunities is to have a blog and use it for hard and soft promotion. Learn how to start a blog here.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Rufat. I have just started my journey in affiliate marketing and after reading your post, I feel very excited. There is so much potential in affiliate marketing and to me that business will never die as there are a lot of people out there looking for ways to earn passive income as well as there are a lot of businesses looking for websites or services to promote there products. Again, thanks for sharing and wish you all the best!
Hi Kyle, that is a good post. A few weeks ago i was one click away from joining an affiliate network called GAZ then i looked further into it and it looke to me to be one of the systems that simply sells its own memberships. The coach that i was connected with assured me it was a legit system that sells health products but for the life of me i could not find proof of that online.

A lot of companies creating pyramid scams online are in fact getting caught and they are getting taken down by authorities. The likes of ZeekRewards, BannersBroker, Vemma…just to name a few in recent years. The SEC/FTC has their hands full with programs like this and they tend to go after the bigger fish in the industry where the most people are getting ripped off, but they are definitely aware of all of the others.
Great stuff here Sean – thanks for all of these insights and sharing some best practices when it comes to affiliate marketing. I’ve never been comfortable giving it a shot, but after reading this post and your perspective on how and when to do it, I may just have to give it a try. Especially considering I’m already mentioning and recommending services and products on my site, I’m just not getting the potential rewards associated with doing so. Thanks again.
An affiliate marketing program is a lot of work, and in most situations there's a lot of competition so you're not going to be bringing in money immediately. Business owners and entrepreneurs suppose that all you need do is setup a site and choose an affiliate to associate with and then just let it run its course. But according to Three Ladders Marketing, only 0.6% of affiliate marketers surveyed have been in the game since 2013. That means that affiliate marketing takes time and effort to build and make money.
Affiliate marketing has increased in prominence with the internet age. Amazon popularized the practice by creating an affiliate marketing program where websites and bloggers put links to the Amazon page for a product being reviewed or discussed in order to receive advertising fees when a purchase is made. In this sense, affiliate marketing is essentially a pay for performance marketing program where the act of selling a consumer on a product is outsourced across a potentially vast network.
CPA marketing programs pay affiliates when a specific action is taken by the referral or lead. Common actions include clicks, impressions, form submits, sign-ups, registrations, or opt-ins. Since Cost-Per-Action models don’t necessarily involve a direct sale (and involve more risk taking) the payout percentages are far smaller than they are in Cost-Per-Sale.

Creating a unique tracking ID for an Amazon link is easy. Simply log in to your Amazon affiliate dashboard, click “Account Settings” at the very top on the right, then click “Manage Tracking IDs”. From there you can make a new tracking ID so you can track which web page/campaign sold what.  You can learn more about using Amazon’s Tracking IDs here.
Cookie stuffing involves placing an affiliate tracking cookie on a website visitor's computer without their knowledge, which will then generate revenue for the person doing the cookie stuffing. This not only generates fraudulent affiliate sales but also has the potential to overwrite other affiliates' cookies, essentially stealing their legitimately earned commissions.

Not all “free books” or “free ebooks” are scams by any means, but there are a lot that I have seen over the years that are free hard cover books that offer free shipping. They seem to have gained popularity once again and this scheme relies heavily on up-selling people, auto-payments, and/or luring them into some very high ticket mentoring, mastermind, or conference programs.
Maybe you have heard that term before or maybe not but you should know that it affects even experienced marketers sometimes and not only beginners. What it basically means is when people go from one method or from one training course to another hoping they will succeed this time. They spot something new online that looks promising and they get excited. They will try it for a short period of time but pretty soon they get discouraged and move on to the next one. Don’t be that person. Ignore the distractions that promise you easy results. Distractions lead to procrastination. Stay focused on your path.
Is affiliate marketing dead? This is the question that I often see on the internet. As a matter of fact, “is — dead?” is generally a question related to business that I come across very often. Is Amazon FBA dead? Are cryptocurrencies dead? Is real estate dead? Is affiliate marketing dead? It’s usually asked by people who are interested in a certain business idea, but haven’t yet made the decision to try it out for themselves.
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In today’s world value matters to everyone; although the other platforms may teach affiliate marketing their costs do not include much except the training if I read this correctly. I feel anyone would make the best choice by going with Wealthy Affiliates not only for the training but everything else that is included with the membership at the low price.
You’re going to be overwhelmed enough building one website and trying to learn all of the different skills I’ve mentioned in Problem #1 above. Do yourself a favor and pick the most promising, most exciting idea and don’t let yourself get distracted from it for at least six months. If you don’t follow this advice, you are almost guaranteed to fail in this industry, unfortunately. It’s better to build out one site very well than to build out multiple sites sloppily that all result in failure.
After being accepted into an affiliate program, marketers receive a unique URL that includes their affiliate ID. They share that unique URL with their subscribers, site visitors, and social networks via text links or ads. When someone clicks on that link, affiliate software records that click and any resulting product sales in the affiliate’s account. When commissions reach a pre-determined threshold, the affiliate is paid.
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