Welcome to my updated-for-2019 guide of how to become a successful affiliate marketer.

Another year has passed and no; affiliate marketing is still not dead and yes; there's still plenty of money to be made - even if you're just finding out about this business model in 2019.

Nonetheless, becoming a successful affiliate marketer is getting tougher with so much competition but don't worry, there are 3 things that are going to give you an edge and a fighting chance and they are:

  • Way too many people quit way too quickly.
  • There are a lot of tools you don’t know about that will help you make it easier and
  • I am about to show you a proven way of how to become successful in this business.

I have to warn you, this is going to be a long post, but I assure you; if you have your thoughts set on becoming an affiliate marketer, then you are going to want to read this post carefully.

So put the kettle on, make some hot brew, lean back on your chair and let me show you the steps I took to become a successful affiliate marketer myself.

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Let’s get started with step numero uno:

Picking The Right Affiliate Marketing Niche

If you want to have a fighting chance at becoming a successful affiliate marketer, one thing you need to do right now is to pick a niche (which in other words is your website/blog topic).

Also, it’s important to make sure you pick the right one for you. The topic of how to pick the right niche is a complex one which you can see in the linked resource but since we’re on the topic, let me tell you why I think it’s important that you do this step very carefully.

One of the main reasons why I struggled at first because I had no idea what a niche was in the first place, and once I understood what it is and how to go about creating an authority site focused on one niche, I chose not one, but many, many niches that were just wrong for me.

Why were they “wrong”?

The main reason was they weren’t niches, but rather I thought that they will make me easy money (which is never the case in any niche you choose).

This meant that for years, I was pedaling away at something I did not like and eventually had to give them up because I ran out of ideas, they were not successful and got bored with it.

This means that for years I spent an ungodly amount of money setting up websites, buying up plugins, premium themes, collecting subscribers and not to mention the hours I put down in this thing.

At the end of it all, it was a disaster and I had gotten nowhere and made absolutely $0.

Now this site you’re reading right now was the second blog I launched and (clearly) it didn’t fail.

The main reason is this: I love blogging, I knew what I was talking about, I was genuinely interested in learning more and more about blogging (as I was running my first one) and I had the patience to let it ride.

For the first 9 months or so; this blog got me nothing. Shittt.. have I made a mistake again and wasted a lot more time?

The answer was that no I didn’t’ because I had learned a lot about blogging and while there was (there still is) a lot of competition in this niche, none of the others could compete with me because I had my own views (and they had theirs obviously), so this gave me an edge and a drive to keep going.

Needless to say; here we are 6 years later nearly and this blog is now my biggest earner bringing in around 80% of my overall income.

So the lesson here is this; picking the wrong niche can mean losing a lot of time, energy and money.

But what if you happen to pick the wrong niche?

Well, then you get on with it and try again if you really want to have your location freedom business online.

The main step you have to do now is to simply go with your gut, look at what you like to read/talk about and experiment with it and go with that.

If you genuinely like it, I am sure you can make it through the initial learning phase and become a successful affiliate in your own right.

Ok, enough positive vibes -for now – let’s get on with this:

When To Step Away From A Niche

When To Step Away From A Niche

If you pick a niche that you actually enjoy, but for some reason, it’s just not working out, then do not be afraid of pulling the trigger and walking away.

This piece of advice contradicts with what I will be talking about next (patience) but there is no harm in walking away if that is what you want to do.

However; let it be for the right reasons.

If you have not made any money in your first week, that is not a reason to quit. If, however you go through a year without making at least some money and there is no hope in sight, then it is time to walk away.

*Please note that I also believe that every niche can be profitable and if you know what you are doing, any website, in any niche can make money in a year. That is why it’s important to know what you’re doing, which we’ll also be talking about later on in this guide.

Failure is, and will forever be, a part of your learning curve.

I know there are a lot of mistakes that I still have to do and that’s ok, I have learned from the past 5 years of experience online that it will, eventually, work out for the better.

Do not let one failed blog ruin your goals and dreams of being free, independent and running a successful business online. Take it in stride, be hard working but if you feel things are not working out, cut your losses and try again.

Have Patience With It – It Will Happen!

Having Patience with affiliate marketing

Ok, continuing on from the previous point here, I’m really trying not to deliver contradicting advice that will just confuse you before you even start.

Patience is really a virtue and if you can suffer the learning phases of becoming a successful affiliate marketer online then I have no doubt you will eventually get there.

I know I told you that if you see a niche or industry is not working out for you, the get out of it but that does not mean abandon your goals.

It actually means that you should now double down, learn from your mistakes and start a new project instantly (that very same day if possible).

I network and tutor a lot of aspiring affiliate marketers online through my mentorship at Wealthy Affiliate, and I work closely with each and every one of my students doing weekly and monthly reviews of their work.

The most common mistake I see these people do is not having great content or not knowing what they are doing, but an ungodly lack of patience.

Some even make money and yet still decide to quit. I understand that after 6 months of constant work, making $1.30c is not something to be joyous about, but that is usually the starting point of the whole show.

Ever since I made my first dollar online, I have always managed to increase it month after month since then and I have been earning for around 5 years now.

Is it hard to suffer it?

You bet. But that is why you have got to have the right niche (so at least you’re enjoying what you’re doing).

Have a good understanding of what it means to become an affiliate marketer and then keep working at it until those few cents you’re making a day become hundreds of dollars per day.

And believe me, it does happen that way.

Picking The Right Affiliate Products To Sell

how to pick the right affiliate products to sell in 2019

Luckily, as affiliate marketers, we do not have to create, manufacture, promote or ship a product that we have created ourselves.

Coming up with a product that will actually sell well is a hard thing to do these days but affiliate marketing allows you to find products that are already selling well and then you can sell them on your own site to your own readers and make a commission of that product (given that the product has an affiliate program).

So, our business here is selling products that others have created and made money off that.

Where and how do we find products and how will we know if it will sell well?

There are many affiliate programs out there, and if you’re a beginner to all of this then I suggest you read a post I did a few months ago revealing the 4 best affiliate programs for beginners.

If you do not know what an affiliate program is, I highly suggest you read this post before you continue reading this one.

Now, there are good products to promote and bad product to promote and by that, I do not mean the actual quality of the product.

That is up to you and how you share your findings about certain products in your reviews (which we’ll be talking about next), but before you decide to promote a product.

Look at these 2 main things:

Is the product selling well?

Amazon, if you decide to use their Associate’s program, will tell you if a product is selling well or not (Simply look at the ratings the product has and the reviews. More reviews = more people buying it.)

If it is, then it will be a good product to promote if it is related to your niche. Do not waste your time reviewing and trying to sell products that even Amazon can not sell.

Amazon is a machine that has been finely tuned to generate over $136 billion in revenue a year.

If they are not selling, chances are you won’t either.

If, on the other hand, you are promoting a product form any of the affiliate networks mentioned here, then all of them have charts that will show you the best selling products for the day, for the week, for the month and even for the year.

Any product on those lists is a good product to promote as it has been shown that it does sell well, it’s being promoted and people are looking to buy it online.

Is the product new?

Sometimes a product might not be selling that well yet because it’s a recently launched product; in that case, it is ok to review it if you know what you are doing.

Whenever I want to do another review for my review sites, I look at the daily charts and see which products has just launched.

When a product is launched, you should expect it to be being promoted everywhere, which means people are being told about it and the first thing most people will do is to look for this product online first,

If you can write a solid review about that product and have it ranked on the first page of Google as soon as possible (I explain how to do that easily here), then you’ve just landed on a possible gold mine and if the product is good, you should expect to start seeing some sales very, very soon (that very same day even).

Recurring Affiliate Commissions = Big $$$$

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This may not apply to everyone obviously, but if you are becoming an online affiliate for products and services that have a recurring fee connected with them, then you’ve just unlocked one of the biggest secrets of affiliate marketing.

Making a sale once is great, but making one sale and repeatedly get paid for that same sale (without extra effort on your part) for months and years to come is the holy grail of this affiliate marketing business.

I only came to realize how powerful this method is when I started promoting products that had recurring fees to them.

I promote Wealthy Affiliate (which is a training platform for bloggers), Aweber (which is an email management software) and a lot more other products that all require a monthly billing system to use them.

Every sale I make will continue to pay off for at least 5 months (from my own research and data), so making a sale once was actually making me 5 sales.

This is a secret that is not often shared but trusts me; if you want to know the secrets to becoming a successful affiliate marketer in 2019, this is something you should keep in mind.

How To Promote Your Affiliate Products

How To Promote Your Affiliate Products

Ok, there are a lot of ways in which you can promote products and make money as an affiliate for them.

The most commonly used one which doesn’t work is:

Posting on Social Media

Posting affiliate links on social media is not a good way at trying this business because social media networks hate us, (yes they do unless you’re paying them for ads) and most likely, your affiliate links will probably get removed and you banned.

Not to mention all the spam you will be creating.

If you want to use social media for getting traffic to your site and to your reviews then that is fine and I would advise you to learn how to properly do social media marketing.

A big portion of traffic from my site comes from social media. I get over 20,000+ readers a month from Pinterest alone so I am not trying to put you off social media, I’m only asking you to not post affiliate links on them as it will get you nowhere.

And to be honest; I like it that way.

I’m happy to see social networks banning affiliate links as I do not want my newsfeed to turn into a retail store. Having said that, Pinterest recently did a 180 on that and have since started allowing affiliate links for some companies and for some affiliates.

The second way you can promote a product is through;

Email Marketing

Now, email marketing has a lot of benefits sure, but it is not a quick fix for you to make commissions.

First of all, to have an email list that makes you money on a consistent basis, you’re going to need to have a sizeable email list.

Anything less than a 1000 people is not going to produce many results and if you do have a list that is bigger than 1000 subscribers, you’re going to have to learn how to properly build & manage that list while sending them quality information in a timely manner and knowing the “spam ratio”.

Doing Product Reviews

This is my favorite method which you can use to be able to build a solid affiliate marketing business online.

This method, which I have learned from my mentors inside Wealthy Affiliate is something that I first did not focus on because I never understood the power of doing reviews.

But, once I started doing them I have been getting so many positive results and boost to my monthly income that I just can’t deny the power of product reviews anymore.

And you shouldn’t either.

Product reviews, if done well can get you ranked within seconds in front of targeted audiences looking for information online and you can also make sales rather immediately because the first step of the battle is already won.

Let me explain:

As affiliate marketers, we want to be able to convince people that this product is right for them, but with doing product reviews, you are already targeting people that have found out about this product and are only a few pushes away from actually buying.

When somebody is looking for a review online, most often they are ready to buy or they are looking for information to justify their expense so once they land on your review.

If you can do a good job at convincing them (which is not that hard seeing as they are already interested), then you’re in the money.

All it takes to complete this sale is:

  • Find products that people want to buy,
  • Write a kickass review about them,
  • Get them ranked in search engines (ideally on page 1),
  • Watch as your traffic numbers (and sales volume) starts to slowly increase.

Obviously this not as simple as it sounds (although it’s not hard either) but I do have a detailed guide on how to do product reviews where I go through everything I just told you.

Definitely check that out.

Doing product reviews is my favorite way to get new readers and new customers so if you’re serious about becoming an affiliate marketer – and your niche allows it; that is where you should start.

Creating Your Affiliate Marketing Strategy

creating your affiliate marketing strategy

Affiliate marketing is a business and in the 29 years (30 in 2019) I have been on this planet, I have yet to see a business that succeeds without a plan, or at least a roadmap of how things should go.

You are no different and to make it as an affiliate marketer, you are going to need a plan.

The first step you have to do first is: get a website.

You just can’t do business online without a website so having one, even a free one is good enough. Do not skip this step.

Second is getting traffic, and although you do not need a whole lot to make money with affiliate marketing, you’re going to need some (and the more you have the more money you make).

Learn how to properly build your blog’s authority & search engine rankings through the use of quality content that you will be creating for your site.

These are not easy steps, but they are a must to have.

Getting traffic is the key that will unlock everything so again; learn how to craft content that gets you ranked in search engines and also utilize at least 1 social media platform which you can use to get even more traffic.

Third, is finding products and we already talked about this so I am not going to go into detail about it again here.

The fourth step is to have a content strategy in place (now this is going to need some explanation):

Creating a bunch of content in 1 week because you’re feeling inspired and then not posting anything for months is a sure way to kill your blog, your business and any chance you had to succeed.

Content is what brings in readers and readers are what make you money so do not neglect the importance of creating a great content schedule for yourself.

You do not want to burn out, and you do not want to just publish 1 post a month and that is it.

It has to be consistent. I have a guide on how to create consistent content here but I’d also invite you to see this video tutorial on why is it important to create consistent content and also how to do it:

Your Affiliate Marketing Backup Plan

One of the major realizations I came to in this business is from a story I have read from a fellow affiliate marketer which I am lucky to be in contact with.

The story goes as follows:

At one point in time, this guy was making very close to 5 figures a month from promoting a product which was selling very, very well and he was even ranked number 1 for the review of this said product.

One fine day, the company disappeared from the internet and his unpaid commissions along with his “successful” business disappeared in a single hour!

How would that make you feel if it were to happen to you?

Me I would shit my pants and probably do some other unthinkable things.

Yes, this is the nature of affiliate marketing; you are an affiliate for a product. You do not own it, you do not own the rights to it and you have no say when a company decides to stop selling/stop promoting the product you make commissions off.

That is why it is very important for you to have a backup plan.

There are a lot of ways you can make money online but since we’re talking about affiliate marketing here, I’d like to urge you not to build your whole business around 1 product or one company.

Now, I myself make the most of my earnings from one single monthly membership site and although I’m pretty sure it won’t disappear overnight, it still is something I have to fix.

That is why recently I’ve also started promoting a lot of other products which, in hindsight was a good idea as my main product is still selling and also the new products are earning me a nice chunk of change as well.

So for me, if the membership site I’m involved with stops operating, I would still lose a nice chunk of my monthly earnings but at least not my whole business.

This is not something you may hear a lot of experts talking about because it rarely happens but that is why it is essential you take the time to pick a good product to promote and not just a flash-in-the-pan product that is “hot” for 1 week.

I would not have realized this loophole in this affiliate marketing business if I hadn’t heard this story from my friend so I am passing it on to you just to be careful yourself and make sure you include a whole range of products that you review and promote so that your business will always be safe.

Btw.. for those curious to know; my friend did get back on his feet and now runs a business that is making much more than 5 figures a month so don’t worry; whatever this business throws at you – if you just stay focused – you’ll be ok.

Diversifying Your Affiliate Income

Continuing on from the last point. as I just said it’s good to diversify your income and not just focus on 1 thing or 1 product.

Make sure you learn about all the ways that you can monetize your business and it’s recommended that you have at least 2 going for you making you money.

Your product may not disappear but a dip in sales could happen on “hot selling products” so if you have multiple streams of income financing your business and your life, it won’t be that big of a deal.

Tools To Become A Successful Marketer in 2019

Tools Needed To Become A Success Marketer

I am a huge fan of tools that help me run my business in a much more efficient way and also, help me be more profitable in this business.

Over the years I have tried many, many online tools and while not all of them were great, I do have a few tools that I keep using time and time again as I have found that they do either one of the following or both:

  • Save me time or
  • Save/make me money.

Those are probably the 2 things I am most interested in and anything that can help me achieve either, while not costing too much thus it remains profitable, I’m game.

There are many tools that I use so I won’t go through them all but my main ones would be:

These are the ones I use the most on a daily basis but you can find more great tools to conquer this business on this page.

Take some time to go through them and see if something catches your eye. Most of the tools on this list are free to use (or to get started with) so go ahead and explore.

I am sure you will find them to be useful for you wherever in the “affiliate” journey you find yourself to be.

The Mindset Needed To Become Successful Online

The Mindset Needed To Become Successful Online

I am no Tony Robbins, but in this section I want to hopefully change a bit your perspective on what being successful really means here and how you can go about changing your mindset, just to make it that little bit easier on you.

You Don’t Deserve It:

What? WOW, dude!

I see so many people that think because they took the first step, then it should all be laid out for them.

I even had people emailing me to start a business for them, then sell it back to them so they continue reaping the rewards.

Now why would I do that!?

My mindset is this; there is an opportunity here to make money and I am lucky to be alive during this era where information is readily available to solve any problem imaginable.

I am going to make it happen for me. I don’t want to be lucky and I don’t want somebody to give it all to me. I want to make it happen myself.

This mental process wakes me up on fire every morning and seeing success stories such as these makes me want to do the work necessary to get there even if I don’t feel like it.

There Is Skill Involved In This:

Also, another common mental problem is that people do not realize that a certain level of skill is required to be successful in this business.

We are not born with natural abilities to be affiliate marketers, none of us are.

It’s a skill that requires patience and dedication to learn.

How long do you have to wait to become successful?

For me, as long as it takes. I will happily work for 5 years non-stop for nothing to know that one day I will have a business (like I have now) that will see me earning passive income while I am sleeping 24/7 for life.

It Takes Money To Make Money

With affiliate marketing, you can start with little to no money.

However, starting on a budget is one thing but to continue improving your business; you’re going to need tools and additional add-ons to make your whole affiliate marketing business run much smoother.

I understood this when I heard John Chow (a pro blogger and a master affiliate marketer) talked about how much he spends in a month to run his business.

He spends around $5,000 just to keep up with all his content writers, managers, assistants, hosting, list management etc..

Sure he makes close to six figures a month, but people do not realise that once you start growing, so do your expenses.

Me personally I also have moved away from “running it all for free”.

Nowadays, although I do not spend anything close to John’s $5K a month, I have expenses such as:

  • A premium theme template subscription
  • Aweber to run my email marketing campaigns
  • Buffer to manage my social media accounts
  • Wealthy Affiliate for tools, hosting and networking (amongst other things)
  • Content writers for this site and my other one.

It all adds up, but I couldn’t be making money with my blog if I didn’t have these tools that help me run my life.

Also, might I add, that all that still doesn’t compare to running a real life business. Larger businesses run on thousands of dollars a month on rent and employees and they have no guarantee of making money.

Actually; I also know (on a personal basis) some affiliate marketers that pull in every month more than any branded shop on High Street can. It’s just the way it is.

The affiliate marketing business is open for business 24 / 7 / 365. There is just no stopping it and no stopping to how much you can earn.

Are You Ready To Make 2019 The Year You Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer?

Next we’re going to look at how you can start your journey and where to get the best training from (free of charge).

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How To Build A Successful Affiliate Marketing Website

There are a lot of platforms that will allow you to build a free site, but it’s not just about getting any site. If you want to do affiliate marketing, then look no further than WordPress.

WordPress will allow you to build a fully functioning affiliate marketing website and with all the plugins, themes, add ons and features they release on every new update, there is nothing you will be needing.

WordPress is the best, and best of all it’s even free to start with.

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While you can go to WordPress and create a new site on their hosting, I suggest you try out SiteRubix first which is a site builder that runs on WordPress, doesn’t show annoying ads and it also comes with training how to build your affiliate marketing website.

Apart from WordPress, there are other tools you are going to need to have but at this point, and especially if you are working on a budget, then just a simple WordPress website is more than enough to get started and even make money.

However, once you do start getting better at this and you start making some money, it’s wise to start investing in some tools that will help you run your business easier and much more smoothly.

Stuff like;

These are not a necessity, but they sure do help and they sure allow you to reach success much quicker with your website.

I’ve have seen a huge spike in traffic and sales since I started implementing premium tools and trusting them to do their job.

Remember; you need to invest money to make money so do not be afraid to spend money on your business.

Nowadays with all the pro-tools and extra fluff I have going on for my business, it still only costs me $2.74 per day to run my full-time business.

Can you imagine running a business in $2.74 a day?

It probably costs you more than that to commute to and from work every morning. Just something to think about.

Build Content For Your Readers

One thing you need to have to build a successful affiliate marketing website is content; but not just any content; content that speaks directly to the audience you are trying to reach.

This is not to be taken lightly though. You hear a lot about how content is KING but the right type of content can make you successful and the wrong type of content can send you home packing.

It’s an absolute must you know how to create content that is a perfect fit for your audience.

But Chris, how can I know what my audience wants to know about?

If you’ve chosen your niche wisely, then you should already be familiar with the “most common problems” people in that space have.

For example, my niche here is “SEO and affiliate marketing”.

I do not have to be a genius to figure out that the main thing an aspiring affiliate marketer wants to do – he/she wants to make $$$!

Also, keyword research is something that should not be taken lightly and you should spend a great deal of time just finding out keywords that your audience is looking for.

For those that do not know, “keywords” (or keyphrases) as they are sometimes called are what people type into search engines when they are looking for information.

I won’t go into great detail about keyword research here, but you can check some of my previous posts:

Once you figure out what content you need to focus on and how to best deliver and promote your content, you’re already halfway to being successful so if you only do one thing from this post today, make sure it’s this one.

Make SEO Your Friend, Not Your Enemy

For the most part of my starter years as a newbie affiliate marketer, I hated SEO because it was just too damn slow and complicated.

But, once I learned how Google really works, what makes it tick and what makes it love you, I started seeing great results from it.

Whenever an update hits (like a Penguin update for example) all over my Twitter feed is people complaining that they lost rankings. Whenever there is an update; I either stay the same or get higher rankings.

Actually, I’d come to look forward to these updates because I know it will help me. There is a lot of garbage online and as long as I stay away from publishing bad content and/or try to use some hacks to game Google, I’ll be ok.

This also goes hand in hand with creating the right content for the right audience.

Google wants to deliver the best content they can find to the people that need it and that is what you have to do to build a successful affiliate marketing website; deliver what people need and don’t worry; the money will come as a by-product!

Here are some of my most popular SEO guides:

Keep In Touch With Customers

Your customer is not just a one-time customer and if you think that way, then it’s time for you to change your thinking.

The way I make most of my earnings is through monetising my email list. This way I “own” my customer in a sense that I can get in touch with them at any given time or day.

This is powerful! I do not need to wait around for Google to rank me on the first page or pray for my post to go viral on social.

I take care of my customers like my life depends on it because guess what; it does.

Do not think that “making a sale once”, or as some call it “hit and run marketing” is a good strategy to use.

You need to make sure that you own your customers (through the use of an email list) but also keep them happy by providing content they are looking for (there this goes again) and also a few free resources that can help them get things done quicker.

Your customer is your friend, your life-line and your bread and butter. You’d be crazy to think that they do not matter!

I Repeat: Recurring Commissions Are Your Golden Ticket

It’s good to make a sale once, but continually making money month after month, year after year from one sale you did ages ago is when you know you’re doing something amazing.

Every business needs repeat customers. If all the businesses in the world only make money from 1 customer once, then we would be in a totally different scenario when it comes to business.

You need to find out a way to promote products that have a recurring fee! That way you only make a sale once and continue reaping the profits for as long as the person remains a member.

I am writing this in October 2018 and I am making commissions of a sale I made last year! How crazy is that!?

There was no extra work from me; just one customer paying me over and over again.

Whatever niche you’re in; I am sure you can tie in a product like this so please do your research and try to find ways you can earn recurring commissions.

*The physical goods space might not have this luxury, but if you sell digital products, there is something out there waiting for you to find.

Nowadays, all the products I am promoting on this site have a recurring fee tied to it. That goes for domains (yearly payment), premium services (monthly payment), training course (monthly payment) and so on.

It’s the best way to make sure that your affiliate marketing websites become and stay successful earning you passive income as you live your life. Do not neglect the power of recurring income!

Thank you, John Chow, for teaching me this tip, it has made me a lot more successful and much quicker than I imagined!

Have More Than 1 Product To Promote

This last and final tip I have for you goes with what we’ve just talked about and that is to have more than 1 product that you promote.

My first experience with affiliate marketing was promoting a niche jewellery store making 10% off expensive jewellery, which as you can imagine; I didn’t need to make many sales to earn a nice comfy income.

However, that store, which I was still earning money from, closed down, thus my business took a bit of a hit!

*The main reason I did not panic though was that I had started my own store affiliating with Amazon so I was also making sales from my store (at 6.5% commission instead of 10%) so while I did take a hit, I still had a source of income feeding my businesses.

This happens more often than you think and while yes, most reputable affiliate programs and networks are unlikely to shut down, it’s not an “impossible” thing either.

In 5 years I’ve only seen it happen twice; once to a friend of mine, and now me.

Which brings me to this point: always, always, always have multiple products making you money. Do not put all your eggs in one basket here as it’s a dangerous thing to do.

Luckily for me, I had other options to go to but if that wasn’t the case, I would’ve invested 4 years on a project only to have all my progress taken away from me in a second.

Not cool but hey; that’s the affiliate marketing business for you.

The Training You Need To Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer Online

We’ve already discussed how becoming an affiliate marketer is not an easy job and there is skill involved to making it happen (amongst other things).

Now, what if I told you that there is something that will make your journey much easier with the help of some amazing training that you can get started with for free?

This is where I have learned all that I need to know to get started and once I “made it” (i.e made my first sale), I also got the help I needed to scale up my profits to what they are now.

That training is none-other than Wealthy Affiliate and it is with full confidence that I say this is the best affiliate marketing training there is available.

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As a Wealthy Affiliate member (you can see how to join for free here), you will get:

  • 2 free websites that you can build your business on
  • 2 training courses that will show you all you need to know about affiliate marketing
  • Video tutorials for every step.
  • Free keyword tool for your affiliate marketing research
  • Live chat going 24/7 so you can ask questions and get instant help.
  • Your own personal profile to network with other affiliate marketers
  • Free hosting for all your websites
  • The cheapest, safest way to register domains
  • and much more.

You can read all about Wealthy Affiliate and why I think it is the best in the review I did for it.

The cost of this training is free (for the beginner phases of the training) so you have nothing to lose in trying it out.

I promise you this is the best you can get and I can credit all my “success” and future success also to WA. Don’t take just my word for it either.

Here are some testimonials from some students such as yourself and their success stories:

My Wealthy Affiliate Review

You’ve just spent the last 15 minutes or so reading this post so you know have the right mindset and the right knowledge to get started. However; Wealthy Affiliate will take it from here and turn you into a pro if you decide you want to be one.

Also, I’m an active member on there and a mentor to many students so I will be in there to greet you in and show you around the community.

Just get in touch with me by leaving me a message on my profile page and I will get in touch with you asap.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your own success story inside Wealthy Affiliate.

This is a journey that will lead you to unimaginable things and I am so happy you’ve decided to take action now.

I’ll see you on the inside. Till next time.

Christian Lee


PS: Wealthy Affiliate is not a get rich quick thing so do not expect instant results. It goes in line with what I have shared with you here and that is patience and hard work. Let me know if you’re up for the ride!

PSS: My Top Affiliate Marketing Guides To Read Next:

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I was sick of people telling me what to do, so I set out to create a passive-income business online. Nowadays I share my experiences and what's been working for me as I work my way up to my goal of $10,000 p/month. If you think that sounds exciting, maybe you should follow along - here's where I suggest you start.

23 Comments

  1. I started a blog about 2 months ago, but still have yet to see much traffic and no money. I am getting a little discouraged, but definitely feel a little better after reading this post. I chose a very flooded niche for my first website, oops. But now after as much learning as I have done, I think I have chosen an excellent subject for my next niche. I just wasn’t sure how long to give the first niche before I start on a new website?? Thanks for all of this information.

    • Hey Andrea.

      In theory, any niche can make money; with enough time and patiece, all can eventually turn a profit.

      You just have to see if it’s worth your effrot and if you are enjoying the niche.

      It’s much better to grind it out with a niche you love and enjoy then go on to start something in a niche you don’t lioke just becasue you think it can make you more money quickly.

      This website is in the affiliate marketing and SEO niche and it is brutally competitive and insanely hard to break through, howebver I’ve stuck with it for years becasue I enjoy it and now it even makes me the most money.

      You just have to analyze your own situation here. 🙂

      Hope this helps.

      DOn’t get discouraged with this, I know niche picking can be a bit weird but you;ll eventually find your niche and you will crush it.

  2. Affiliate marketing is way too big of a growing industry to be dying out any time soon. Each party truly helps each other out so it only makes sense to take a piece of the pie just like myself and so many people are. I can attest to the fact that this valuable information you’ve laid out to be successful is not only true but is neglected by so many people with or without experience. But, if you stick to your guns and be patient, you could accomplish what this article outlines with enough effort. Great read!

    • 3HUNDRD Reply

      Well said Ryan.

      Thank you very much for the great insight.

      Talk to you soon. 

  3. Lynne Huysamen Reply

    You have nailed it in this post and given some incredibly valuable points. There are so many people that have told me they are working so hard but not getting there and when I dig a little deeper I find out they have only been blogging for a month as a complete newbie with maybe 5 or 6 posts on their websites. It takes quite a bit longer than that to start seeing results. 

    I’ve got to agree with you about sharing affiliate links on social media – I do share affiliate links every now and then on my Facebook page and on Pinterest but the conversion rate for marketing affiliate links on social media is very low. There are lots of people trying to market affiliate links on social media and most people just spam which is not the right way to go about it! 

    Thanks for sharing these great tips!

    • 3HUNDRD Reply

      You are very welcome Lynne.

      Glad you liked this post.

      Hope all is well with you.

      Talk soon.

  4. Wait a minute, who is saying that affiliate marketing is dead? There are 600,000,000 webpages, but two billion people actively using the internet. When you think about it, there is A LOT of money to be made.  My website is about a year old and all my traffic comes only from all the efforts I put into making a Pinterest following for myself. Nothing comes from google yet! I swear though if I didn’t make a Pinterest and waited around for google to acknowledge me, I would have thrown in the towel so long ago. It gets discouraging when you don’t have visitors for so long. I feel a little discouraged. But since you say be patient, does that mean….that Google just might acknowledge me? Sooner or later they have to right?

    As your website matures, I would like to think it gains authority in googles eyes? My niche is baby sleep, and I think because I am not a pediatrician that I don’t have the EAT that google would primarily like to see. Although my content is really good! Like I said though, its been a year and well… I am getting a itch where I want google to scratch!

    • 3HUNDRD Reply

      Hey there Sophia. 🙂 

      I can’t believe this but I just saw you on the IncomeSchool video! 🙂 Literally just a few hours ago!

      My reply was going to be the same as the guys told you in the video – so follow that and just don’t give up!

      Well done and congratulations! 

      Talk soon. 

  5. Man, you weren’t lying, I should have put a pot of brew on the stove haha! Long article but very informative. Its incredible how many resources are out there to help generate and manage a consistent stream of content. I am still in the early stages of my affiliate career but am curious to know more about this product review concept. Can you review a product more than once? Should you be updating your review? Do you typically purchase the product before writing the review? Seems like an interesting avenue but the reviews seem to be a little bit limited unless you plan to find a new product each time.

    • 3HUNDRD Reply

      Hey there Josh – yeas this was a long one, I really wanted to put pen to paper on all the information I have regarding affiliate marketing – lol but I hope you enjoyed the read.

      To answer your questions:

      Can you review a product more than once?

      Ideally no, just do one main review and drive traffic to that. having more than one review will confuse Google as to which one you want them to rank – avoid doing that.

      Should you be updating your reviews?

      Yes; things change and quickly too – make sure you keep your reviews update with the current price, best / latest images and so forth. Updating a review also helps with SEO.

      Do you purchase products you review?

      Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t – it depends on the niche and of course, if you are reviewing expensive products, nobody expects you to buy them all.

      When I do not buy the product my self, I mention that in the review and also mention I have done thorough research on this product – this saves customers time and most often they appreciate it as if it wasn’t for my review, they would also have to spend hours researching. 

      Hope this answers your questions – let me know how it goes. 

  6. Scott Hinkle Reply

    WOW, what a comprehensive post!  Your insight is spot-on and you practically cover the nuts and bolts in this article alone, not to mention the links to so much more.

    I totally agree with your stance on patience and I appreciate the list of tools you use.  I’ll have to look into Buffer and I’m amazed that your daily expenses are $2.74!

    I’m already an affiliate marketer and started on the Wealthy Affiliate platform just over 7 months ago.  I’m already making more than my expenses and look forward to growing my business.  It not only offers great training but excellent hosting and a wonderful community of fellow members helping each other.

    I need to diversify to protect myself should my one niche stop generating income and I thank you for brining that shortcoming to my attention.  I’ve been so excited and focused on my single niche that I got tunnel vision.  I think finding products that offer a recurring commission will do wonders in this regard.

    Thanks for the great post!

    • 3HUNDRD Reply

      Glad to hear that Scott.

      Well done on your progress – just keep at it and do not give up.

      Success does take time in this business. 

      Regarding keeping your expenses low, my best tip is to go yearly over monthly with any expenes you may have – this usually saves you a lot of money in the long run! 

  7. This post will definitely guide readers on a successful path. Very thorough, you have basically shown people how to get their websites off the ground and some common mistakes persons tend to make while doing this. I think it is important as to become a successful affiliate marketer there are no short cuts. 

    Starting out can be a little overwhelming, but of course with wealthy affiliate’s awesome platform, much help and support awaits persons who decides to join.

    Awesome post. 

    • 3HUNDRD Reply

      Thank you very much Brenda – I am glad you enjoyed this post. 

      Hope all is well on your end and please do not let me know if you have any questions 🙂 

  8. I read your article for a couple of hours since I’ve always found the key things that can help you succeed in affiliate marketing. Based on your experience, you know what is essential; choosing niche, creating high-quality content, knowing what your target audience really wants, how to get traffic to your site, utilizing social media, and so on. You focus on key issues and link them to detailed articles that provide great additional information. I know a lot of affiliate marketing and I’m now in the stage when I’m waiting for the big breakthrough. I have one question about getting traffic to my site. My natural traffic through SEO is under 50 visitors per day although I’ve published over 60 blog posts and several of them are ranked high in search engines. What is the reason that I can’t get the traffic enough according to rankings. Is there something I’ve done wrong. How the bots are analyzing your keywords? Is there something wrong with my Tag managing? or what else could it be. Sorry now i asked more than 1 question. I really appreciate if I can get some hints about those things.

    • 3HUNDRD Reply

      Hey there Kari.

      ~50 visitors a day from 60 blog posts does not sound too bad actually. 

      That’s close to 3,000 potential customers that are coming in that you can make money from.

      I understand that you want to see better results and you will – but I am assuming this is a new website?

      From my experience, it will take a posts (or a new site) around 6-8 months to fully hit its peak traffic – so if you’re new and you are getting 50+ visitors, you are in for a treat in a few months.

      Well done. 

  9. Ben Stewart Reply

    This a great resource! Simply said, there are a lot of people trying to get into the affiliate marketing business and do no know the steps to take.  Thank you for putting this together and I look forward to hearing how you take this moving forward.  Will be watching!

    Quick question – do you offer affiliate coaching?

  10. Great article, I have been learning about Affiliate Marketing for a while now, but I can honestly say, that I learned something new since reading your article.  I never thought to not put in affiliate links to sale pages until a website have some traffic going to it.  It does make a lot of sense, since google loves a lot of content and of course it has to be helpful information to the readers and by putting sales links slows down your rankings especially if the website is new.  I have a 2 month old  website and I have many internal links and 3 sale links, and I am going to take your advice and take sales links down, because my website is going down in ranking instead of going up.  

    Thanks for the advice

    -Dora

  11. Chrissie Spurgeon Reply

    Hi Chris

    What an amazing and inspiring post.

    Anyone who is looking to start an Affiliate Marketing business could do no better than to follow the processes which you recommend. 

    Have you really learnt everything that you know from Wealthy Affiliate? If so, it certainly sounds as though that is the best place for anyone to learn, thank you so much for sharing it with us. Is it also suitable for people who are already trying to make Affiliate Marketing work?

     If I join Wealthy Affiliate, will you be able to mentor me too?  I have already learnt some brilliant tips from your post, and I will be referring back to it frequently.

    Thank you so much for sparing the time to help others through your post.

    Chrissie 🙂

    • 3HUNDRD Reply

      Hey Chrissie. You are very welcome and I am glad you enjoyed this postl 

      Yes I learned all that I needed to know from Wealthy Affiliate and then of course by experience you will learn much more. 

      I would love to help you inside WA, just send me a DM when you’re in. 

  12. 3HUNDRD Reply

    Hey Dora – yeah that could help out. Please not the is just a theory and not exactly a fact but that is what I do with all my niche sites.

    0 monetization until I start getting some noticeable traffic. 

    Let me know how it goes. 

  13. To be a successful affiliate you have to be patient until you get the results and choose the right niche. Your article made it clear what to do to succeed as an affiliate.

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