So you’ve been wanting to make money online for a while now & you finally figured out how to get a website up & running and you also understand the basics (at least) of affiliate marketing.
In other words; you are more than ready to actually start making money online.
What comes next?
Well, joining affiliate programs and making money of course!
In this guide, I am going to show you how to get approved for affiliate programs.
From the feedback I’ve gathered; joining an affiliate program can be a bit tricky for newbie affiliates not quite understanding what is required of them from them (and how to go about joining).
This will be a quick guide as joining (and getting approved on affiliate programs) is often a very easy and straight forward procedure, at least if you know what you are doing.
Let’s get started…
What Do You Need To Be Approved Into An Affiliate Program?
A Website (Almost-Always)
A website yes; is a must!
If you don’t have a website up and running, then go get one and for the time being; put the idea of joining affiliate programs on the backburner.
Almost always, any affiliate program you decide to join will require you to have a website.
There may be a few ones that do not require a website (I believe ClickBank is one) but for the most part; when you want to join affiliate programs, you need to add a URL during your signing up process.
This is not a must, but there are many affiliate programs out there who would require to see your traffic before you get approved.
You’ll often find that the more “niche” and “bespoke” affiliate programs are, the more likely they are to ask you for your traffic numbers.
What do you do if you have no traffic?
If you have a website, but you don’t have any traffic coming in yet, then again; I would suggest you re-think joining an affiliate program just yet
& let me tell you why…
My theory is that you do not add any affiliates links until you have traffic.
Again, this is my theory but personally, I avoid adding any unnecessary affiliate links if a post does not have at least 10 sessions (visitors) a day coming in (~300 people per month).
The reason I do this is because I
believe think that Google will rank the post higher and quicker if it does not have affiliate links.
Whether this is a fact or not is to be debated, but back to my point;
If you do not have traffic coming to your website, then you do not need to join affiliate programs just yet.
One thing you should also keep in mind when joining affiliate programs is that they don’t like having their “brand” appear on porn sites, gambling sites or any other “controversial” topics (think: gun-control, politics, abortion and all these political hot-buttons).
Of course; if your website is in one of the above-mentioned industries, then there are affiliate programs which cater solely to these industries so don’t feel like you’re cut out of making money with affiliate marketing.
BONUS: How To Get Paid
One other thing you are going to have when you decide to join an affiliate network is of course; a method to get paid.
Most affiliate programs do payout via PayPal, bank transfers and/or cheque payouts so you are going to need at least one of those things.
Personally, all the affiliate programs I work with payout with PayPal, and it’s my favourite way of getting paid as it’s just much easier to manage.
So yeah; make sure you have a way to get paid.
Sidenote: If you are under 18 years old, you may want to ask a guardian to help you set up all that you need to get paid.
Do All Affiliate Programs Require An Approval Process?
You may find that some affiliate programs will need to first approve you from their end before you can join them.
This usually takes about 2-3 business days (sometimes even more) to get approved but these long-approval processes are not the norm.
If you happen to be rejected by an affiliate program (see why an affiliate program can reject you here), don’t hesitate to try another one – there are plenty more affiliate programs that you can join.
You can see my list of the best high-paying affiliate programs & networks here.
Oh, One Last Thing…
Never, ever, ever pay to become an affiliate!
If a certain affiliate program asks you for payment, then you are no longer in the affiliate marketing world. but you are in the MLM world (multi-level-marketing) or worse; in a pyramid scheme.
Never pay to become an affiliate – make that a rule.
Not Sure What To Do Next?
Now that you know and understand how to get approved for affiliate programs;
Do you have all the right methods in place to start making money with affiliate programs?
If you’re new to affiliate marketing, then do not leave my site before you at least take a look at my Wealthy Affiliate course review.
Wealthy Affiliate is where I learned to make money online and its thanks to it (and only it) that I know enjoy a full-time income from affiliate marketing.
I highly suggest you read my little “rags to riches story“!
I’ll leave you to it…