Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

I guess you’ve heard Affiliate Marketing many times, so you came to my blog and want to know more. In this post, I wrote everything about Affiliate Marketing for beginners.

I would help you understand the process step by step, and I hope this will lead you to your own online success once you are well-prepared and doing things correctly with a hard-working attitude.

Let’s get started!

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What’s Inside This Post?

What Exactly is Affiliate Marketing?

Did you ever have this experience that you are reading a post for something you wanna buy? When you click the link on the post and you do purchase it eventually, you are one part of Affiliate marketing.

For example, I fall in love with “iPhone 11 Pro” at the very first sight and I decide to replace my iPhone 6s with it.

So, I google it on the Internet and find out an article with a link for the best pricing on Amazon. I would buy it through the link on the article, and the owner of the article with the link could get a commission from Amazon.

Easy to understand, right? You create the content of any product & service for someone who also has the same interest. And, if they do finally buy it through your link, you could earn commissions.

Watch this video to get the idea of affiliate marketing from the founder of Wealthy Affiliate – Kyle. (Yes! The founder!)

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

Let’s go through again for the whole process of Affiliate Marketing by the below image.

First of all, a customer is looking for a certain type of product & service they need.

Then, you have a review to comment on the same product & service with your own helpful and invaluable insight on it.

The 3rd, customer likes your detailed post and do the purchase.

The last, you make money!

So, no matter the reasons you come here. What we are looking for is a way to make money by doing it just once but getting paid again and again even when we sleep, right?

Affiliate Marketing is the easiest one to achieve this.

Why Affiliate Marketing?

I started affiliate marketing when an idea came to my mind long time ago. It’s that “Being your own BOSS is much BETTER to get paid by others in the long run!”

Let’s go check the most common advantages come with Affiliate Marketing.

A Flexible Working Schedule

Yeah, working 9-5(or later) is something we don’t like much about our daytime job since it constrains us to be FREE. Raise your hands if you think the same as me!

Working as an affiliate marketer, there is a guarantee that you could work anytime and anywhere once it has the connection to WiFi.

For example, you might be able to work in Public Libraries and a decent cafe. I think there is no one would say “NO” for flexible working time. Right?

A Potential Income Resource

The works you are doing for your website or blog could lead to a potential full-time income resource.

Like I explain in the previous paragraph, if I buy iPhone 11 through someone’s link, he or she might get paid by my purchase.

The best part of it is you only write an article once, but this specific article could bring you hundreds or thousands of potential income in the future.

It would be online 24/7, so you still could make money even when you sleep or take a vacation.

I cannot come out with a better choice than this if I have to provide the other alternative.

NO Face-to-Face Selling

The traditional way to make money is to sell products or services with strangers on the street or making cold calls. Probably, some of you were doing this but quit after many indifference from the pedestrians.

I am introvert and afraid of doing small talks with total strangers, so it is a very good benefit for me.

If you have the related experience, you would know face-to-face selling require you to find your target down lines first and convince them to buy your products to make money.

What if we use all the time that we used to spend doing face to face selling to develop a blog/website that could lead to an ultimate full-time income resource? Think about this.

NO Prior Experience Needed

What would you do when you see a job that requires previous experiences? I think the majority would just skip this one and chase for the next one.

But, in Affiliate Marketing, you don’t need to have prior experience. You could start with nothing on hands but end up with treasures in your mind and bank account.

Is it Good For Me to Try Affiliate Marketing?

Yes, Affiliate Marketing is for “EVERYONE“! We all have things we love with our personal comments on it.

Even when we are writing for the same product & service, it’s extremely hard to have the same feedback.

Unless you are a copycat. Copy and Paste would be recognized by Google’s algorithm, so I suggest you to write your own piece of work with your original thoughts.

Another important key point is the way we look at Affiliate Marketing. If you take it as a long term goal and do not quit for any moment, it would be highly possible that a passive income stream comes to your pocket.

It’s quite different from traditional jobs. You only get paid for what you did last month for traditional jobs, but in affiliate marketing, you will get money online when you only do things once without any prior experience needed. Isn’t it wonderful?

All you need for Affiliate Marketing is hardworking, consistency, and patience!

What Are The Most Common Affiliate Networks?

There are thousands of Affiliate Programs on the Internet, and it’s quite easy to find it. You simply type in the product you want to promote + affiliate program, then the search engines would show you enough results.

For example, I want to buy an iPhone 11 through someone’s link and it takes me to the Amazon page. If I do purchase, the owner of the link would get commissions from Amazon. Sounds nice!

They are called Affiliate networks where house thousands of products & services for you to promote & add the links in your posts.

Joining to be an affiliate marketer for the above networks should be FREE. So if you happen to see some others ask you to pay, please shut down the page and embrace the next one!

So, if you want to start to get money from any Affiliate Networks, you might need a real blog/website for all your creative ideas to put your links.

I’ve written about how to create a website in 30 SECONDS and The Best SEO Keyword Tool. You are more than welcome to check it out and give me your honest feedback.

Top Secrets To Succeed!

Let’s talk about the correct mindset we need to prepare every moment while we do Affiliate Market. Most people quit in the first 6 months because they don’t see the positive results and being impatient.

Treat it like a Business

If you are the boss of a company, would you dismiss the whole company when you don’t see any positive results for the products you are making? I assume the answer is “NO”.

You probably turn to the best consultants to help you go through this tough time and keep GOING until you make it work. For your own affiliate marketing career, it’s the same! It’s a REAL business you are doing!

When you don’t see the result for the first 6 months, don’t quit(maybe just take a short break and kickback). Once you return to manage your website, I think it’s important to have honest feedback to improve it.

Wealthy Affiliate is famous for its world-class friendly & helpful community, and there are also experts in each marketing category who will help you with your problems. This is the reason why I LOVE Wealthy Affiliate so much!

Consistency is Key

This is for everything in your life. If you want to master something, would it happen if you only do it once a week or once a month?

Would you lose 10kgs soon if you only go to gym once a week or once a month?

When you treat Affiliate Marketing as your online business or even your career, would you maintain it once a week or once a month?

My answer is “NO!” You need to pay more attention to your business by a well-planned working schedule! A website with updates will be recognized as a living website by search engines, and you would get ranked higher.

On the other hand, you also need to put in consistent work to sharpen your skills no matter in writing, email marketing, Facebook/Instagram marketing, etc.

All the above definitely leads you to success ahead of others!

Be Patient

Like I mention in the previous paragraph, people quit in the first 6 months since they don’t see the positive result they want. If you treat it like your own online business, you would understand that this takes time.

Affiliate Marketing isn’t a program that brings you lots of money quickly. Instead, it’s a program that needs you lots of effort, time, and hard-working.

Next time, if you see an Affiliate Program that promises you to make USD$5,000 in the first month, you would know that might be a scam! Please be careful!

Find a Mentor

It happens quite often that people get down easily by seeing no result in the first 6 months. I am like this.

My own way to conquer this is to find a mentor who is likely-minded and succeeded in the Affiliate Marketing industry. Like I found Wealthy Affiliate, there are thousands of members share positive feedback for each other.

Did I mention you could send direct messages to the founders of Wealthy Affiliate – Kyle & Carson? I cannot think of any other platforms empower me to do so.

Reading other members’ successful stories also motivates me to go further, and I think the community of Wealthy Affiliate is a treasure that I found along the way. I am so happy I found them!

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Thanks for reading Affiliate Marketing for Beginners till the end, you are showing me your consistency today. A great job you are doing.

Affiliate Marketing is my favorite way to get money online since it doesn’t require any prior working experience. You could work with a laptop at any time & anywhere.

Don’t be panic if you don’t see the results in the first 6 months, it’s quite normal to newbies. This is the time you could go further to improve all the skills needed and put consistent work for your website. You are one step close to success!

I hope you enjoy reading this post and you are more than welcome to share ideas or leave your comments below. Don’t forget to smile today. Everything is possible when you smile!


Matt is a 30ish guy who has a corporate job and chases the dream to become a digital nomad with a laptop lifestyle. He is passionate about making money online and will keep creating quality content to find his online success.

24 thoughts on “Affiliate Marketing For Beginners”

  1. Hi Matt,

    I’m pleased you emphasised the need for hard work and consistency in order to succeed at affiliate marketing!

    There is a broad range of skills that you need and, as with everything, the better you become at those skills the more successful you will be.

    As with any business, the key is to keep learning. The moment you stop moving forwards you start moving backwards – everyone else will continue to move forwards leaving you behind!



    • Hi Martin,

      Love to see you again on my website and thanks for your feedback. Doing affiliate marketing requires hard work and consistency. This is for sure. Based on the success stories that I read, those who made a good living by affiliate marketing literally work their butt off for achieving the goal.

      Keeping learning is also a key to success since no one is born to have all the needed skills at first. I believe once you keep learning more skills, you will likely to have more positive results for your online success.

      If you are interested in affiliate marketing, I would recommend this keyword tool and this platform. I use them everyday. 🙂


  2. Yeah, approaching people with the intent of selling them something I guess is the worst thing that could be done nowadays since we live in this world of abundance in terms of different products or services that are at our fingertips.

    Thank you for breaking down things about Affiliate Marketing in such an easy to comprehend way.

    You are one of the few people out there who is telling the truth about how affiliate marketing really works. I think this is crucial to succeeding at it – having the right understanding and, respectively, the right expectations.

    I have one quick question for you. There are a lot of affiliate marketing programs and networks out there, some of them you have mentioned in your post here.

    Do you have a preferred affiliate marketing program or network that you enjoy working with the most?

    Best Wishes,

    • Hi Natalie,

      Thanks for your honest feedback here. I think we have the likely mindset for many concepts towards network marketing.(MLM), and I guess that is the reason why we prefer affiliate marketing.

      From all the platforms that I mentioned in this article, I did try Amazon Associate & Shareasale. They work quite well for my other websites. Currently, I am using this platform to consolidate all my hard works for my online business, and it is the best platform I could find on the Internet at the most affordable cost. You are welcome to check it out.


  3. Hi Matt!

    Perfect explanation of Affiliate Marketing with great design as well.

    Although the process of AM is pretty simple in explanation, the reality is very often different. You mentioned important points and I am glad you noticed that steady work and dedication are so important.

    Affiliate Marketer’s main preoccupation is marketing itself. What I mean with it is advertising as the main priority.

    You know the saying within the AM world: “no visitors-no money!”

    Wish you massive success,


    • Hi Igor,

      Thanks for your honest feedback. I agree with you that we need to work our butt off to make things done, and it might take some time to see the result. If you feel tired and blue for no positive results yet, you could take a rest instead of quitting.

      Another good point you mentioned is to do the advertising for your content or your online business since “no visitors = no money!” For beginners with tight budgets, constantly creating content is the best way to get higher rankings on Google. It requires lots of good SEO in all your articles, and you can check this article about it.

      Hope you like it 🙂

  4. Hi Matt,

    Hard work and patience is indeed needed. I have been working on my websites for 11 months now and I am at a point now where I have to remind myself again to be patient. For some, it takes 6 months, for others a year, for others more, or less.

    I liked your quote “you begin with nothing on hands but end up with treasures in your mind and bank account.” Very true, as long as we don’t lose our vision and our goal. So many people quit because they expect quick money, but there is no such thing as quick money … The platforms that promise quick cash are indeed scams, thank you for pointing that out.

    Even today, with so much information and so many scam reviews online, a lot of people still fall for the scammers.

    Wealthy Affiliate is an amazing platform, and it has helped me in many ways. Like you, I absolutely love the community there, they are always so supportive and even pick each other up when one is down. There are many affiliate veterans and also newbies and all of these members complete this platform perfectly.

    • Hi Christine,

      Thanks for your honest feedback on my Affiliate Marketing article! It looks like you totally get my points from this article, and I love to connect with people who are likely-minded like me.

      You also pointed out my worries about online scams. Most of the time, people get scammed when they search for ways to make money online in some urgent situations. But, they lose more without earning the money they spent. I’ve written an article about how to avoid online scams, and I think people should read it to examine the programs they are about to join.

      I also love Wealthy Affiliate platform and use it every day for the Jaaxy keyword tool, training courses, support from the WA community, and many other great features included in the premium membership. People will love the idea that you pay less than $1 dollar to get full access to your future online success!


  5. Hi Matt,

    You have created a very easy to understand article that answers the main questions about the topic. I checked out the video. I kid you not, this was one of the shortest videos I’ve seen that clearly explains how affiliate marketing works using easy to understand terms.

    There are many interesting sections in your article but I want to focus on one. Affiliate Networks. Which Affiliate Networks have you joined and what has been your experience with it?

    I have noticed you must be a member of Wealthy Affiliate. Judging by your article I can see the results of the training you have received from them.

    All the best to you in your affiliate marketing business.


    • Hi Edwin,

      Thanks for the honest feedback, I am glad you like my article about Affiliate Marketing. Among all the different Affiliate Networks, I only have experiences with Shareasale, and it’s pretty easy for beginners to promote anything you like from the network.

      Yes, you have an eagle eye and a Sherlock attitude checking on me. I am indeed a Wealthy Affiliate premium member, and I LOVE IT every single day after I joined. If you are interested, you may be interested in my WA review HERE.


  6. Hi Matt!

    I totally agree with your review in regard to Affiliate Marketing. One thing I would like to add is having “A Niche”. Your niche in making money online is a very excellent one. We are always looking for opportunities to make extra money online, especially now when we are on a mandatory stay-at-home order.

    Finding the right niche for yourself and also attracting others is crucial. Lots of marketing and working hard as well as working smart. There are lots of trial and error. When implementing it correctly, you are on your way to success.

    Keep moving forward. There is no failure only stepping stones to success.

    Best wishes always!!!

    Ha —

    • Hi Ha,

      Thanks for the adding, love it. I agree that finding a niche to put all your effort and time to curate it a platform where you can share your ideas or insights. You can choose something you are passionate about and explore the ultimate possibility to add content to this niche.

      My passion here @SmileAffiliateSuccess is to find all opportunities to make money online, and I LOVE to share my findings every day. 🙂


  7. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for an easy-to-understand post. I’ve been running a website for 9 months, I see no progress (not making money), and I do not know am I doing them correctly, and do I have a good niche.

    This Wealthy Affiliate you recommended seems like a good program that can guide me through the process. Is the platform provide 24/7 support and help? Cos I am in Malaysia, the timezone can be different from the U.S.

    When you say “find a mentor”, do I get to find a mentor inside the community? Is everyone willing to guide me through things? My concern would be will it be an ocean of information on the platform, to the extent that I don’t know where to start?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Yongli,

      Thanks for the honest feedback on my article about affiliate marketing. Try to take this as a long term success by years, not just count them in months. By doing this, you might get the correct mindset about your website.

      For support from WA, there are three ways to request for help.
      -use LIVE Chat and shout out your question, but it might get ignored by others.
      -use SiteSupport for all your technical issues about your website, it takes about 30 mins to 2 hours to get a response.
      -ask your questions in the classrooms on WA, and other members will answer.

      I joined WA by a mentor(helper/upline/whatever you name it), and he helps me a lot with all my questions. You could check the left sidebar and click Help Center to know who is the third one on the side of Kyle & Carson(WA founders).

      For people who feel confused for the above, you can check my Wealthy Affiliate review for a clear picture.


  8. Very helpful post for newbies or people who are interested in starting with affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is my favorite online business model and I recommend it o everyone to try

    • Hi Delqna2001,

      Thanks for the feedback, I am a big fan of Affiliate Marketing, so I am glad you like it too. Doing affiliate marketing has the below advantages that I LOVE:

      -You don’t even need to buy any physical or digital products and sell to someone face to face.
      -You also don’t need to convince people to join you as you downlines to build a team.
      -You are not restricted to only promote the products from a specific company. You can promote anything you like!

      Therefore, you only need to create a website/YouTube channel/Facebook or Instagrams. The platform I am using is Wealthy Affiliate with the powerful Jaaxy Keyword tool. If you are interested, you could check HERE for Wealthy Affiliate or HERE for Jaaxy.


  9. Nice article.

    I can totally understand being an introvert and avoiding small talks. That’s one of the reasons I like affiliate marketing. It’s not face to face plus I can do it anywhere I want once I have a device I can use with good internet and on my time.

    Exactly! You need to have patience (some people see positive results quickly while some it takes awhile), be consistent and treat it like a business because it can be your full time stream of income. Though, it can be a side hustle as well.

    • Hi Jordon,

      Yes, even an introvert could generate stable income streams online by doing affiliate marketing, so it’s really a great deal for someone like us. I believe if you have the right mindset toward it, your success is approaching.


  10. I’ve seen a lot of posts about affiliate marketing and what it is, but this one explains it best. I can definitely understand why people like affiliate marketing, and why an introvert (like me) would like to do something like it to earn some online income.

    If you don’t already have a following and your starting from scratch, affiliate marketing will take some time before you achieve any sort of substantial income, but I think that going through the journey of growing a website is fun.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Joseph,

      Yes, I love building a website that gives me lots of fun, especially when you could make some extra money by doing so. I am introvert just like you, so this might be the best opportunity for me to create another income source. 🙂

      Although my ultimate goal is to quit my 9-5 job by my website, the process of making an online empire makes me have something to look for after long day work. I do believe that everyone could achieve something by affiliate marketing if they don’t quit in the first few months or stick to the plan for at least 1-3 years right?

      This is the platform that I use at the moment, feel free to take a closer look.


  11. Very informational. I had no idea how Affiliate marketing really worked. I had heard it before but you explained everything in so much detail. I just have one question. How long does it take on avarage to start seeing the results.

    • Hi Ladia,

      Wow, this is the most asked question about affiliate marketing! I don’t have the right answer because the time and effort everyone spends on their online business is not the same, so the length of time varies. If you spend at least three hours or more for your website/blog, it is possible to make it work or see positive results in 2.5 years.


  12. Hi Matt,

    Thank you for providing us a good insight into what affiliate marketing is. It’s a fantastic read for those thinking about starting an online business. You’ve answered quite alot of their questions.

    Many Thanks

    • Hi Rani,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your honest comment here. Affiliate Marketing is indeed a great business model that everyone could leverage to make a passive income stream online. All the best for your online business too!



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