Affiliate Marketing for Dummies 2019: Get Started Right Now Step-By-step!

Affiliate Marketing for Dummies

Can someone really make money online?

Which is the best way to make money online?

These questions have been asked dozens of times.

Most people know that one can make money online but don’t know how. The main reason being that most online products are hyped to make you believe that you can make money just with a click of a button.

If you want to Learn Affiliate Marketing for Dummies/Newbies, you are in the right place.

Read on:

I’m not here to give you those lies or sell you a software that will be pumping money to your bank account passively.

I would tell you if it existed.

While there are so many ways to make money online, my personal preference is affiliate marketing. Details on why will be discussed later.

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What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a type of business that pays you commissions per every sale(Products or services) that you make. Find a product you like/believe in, promote it then profit from each sale. [Wikipidia Def]

Fair Warning: I’m not trying to tell you that you can make money online overnight. I’m just showing you that it is possible and you can do it.

I’m not showing you part of my income to brag but to motivate you and proof that you can really make money online.

Before You Get Started.

There are some basic things that you must be aware of before joining any affiliate network. Affiliate marketing is not for everybody but anybody can do it!

#1 What Are You Going to Promote?

You need to know the direction. If you are interested in computing, there are so many programs you can join like Amazon, Apple, and Walmart to mention a few.

Most people fail in this first step. They promote any product that comes their way. By promoting any product, you’ll lose trust from your audience. For authority sites, you can do it once in a while.

People buy something that will solve their problems.

Below are my best programs to Learn Affiliate Marketing as well getting the tools you need to run a successful Online Business.

Read them both and join which suites your needs!

#2 Know Your Niche

I have previously written about choosing a profitable niche which is very important in affiliate marketing.

But what is a Niche?

A niche is a group of people looking for something online.

For example, if you wrote an article about “How to get your Ex back” then your niche is about dating. There are thousands of people searching for that kind of information.

Related: How to Chose a Profitable Niche for a Living

Details on how to Make money with your affiliate website will be discussed later in the article.

#3 Recommend Products that you are Familiar With

The #1 reason for promoting a product is helping a potential customer out.

You should have confidence in any product that you promote because it either helped you achieve your goals or made you money.

What do You Need to Get Started in Affiliate Marketing?

#1. Website

Whoever told you that you can make money through affiliate marketing without a website, they are lying. Most of the Gurus telling you this have many websites to diversify their income streams. Be warned!

A website is not as hard to build as you may imagine. In fact, you can build it in 30 seconds. See Kyle doing it here.

Build a FREE website below!

While there are some Cool website builders like Wix and Website Builder, WordPress still rules because it has plenty of flexibilities and users too.

#2: Domain Name

While some hosting providers like FatCow and Bluehost give you a FREE domain when you buy their hosting, you can still buy a domain from a registrar

NameCheap is the best option out there and Cheap as the name suggests. In fact, I have bought all my domains there.

A domain name is a brand of your website. You need to be creative and interesting as it is the first thing every visitor sees before visiting your site.

Check out a beginners tutorial on How to choose a Perfect Domain name.

#3. Hosting

This is the place where your Files, images, and content will be stored on the web.

While you can build a website on a sub-domain, it loses the meaning of your brand. So you’ll need hosting.

You can either use BlueHost which is Recommended by WordPress.Org or Try HostGator exclusively here for 1 cent!($0.01)

#4. Content

Are you tired of the term “Content is the King“?

It still remains the king in online marketing.Affiliate Marketing for Dummies-Creating Content

But who is the queen?

The queen refers to all affiliate programs out there that are willing to pay you whenever you promote their products/services.

You need to create content that people love and worthy to share.

Some sort of research is needed before creating any type of content because you want people to find you online.

Check out this article on the top 10 Steps to top Google Rankings to see how you can rank high and attract traffic.

Ideally, when people search for content, they’ll find your site. If they make a purchase, you make money. Simple. Right?

Type of Content You’ll be Creating to Attract Buyers

Here is the truth:

If you create content that no one is interested in reading, you are shooting yourself on the foot.

Content is one of the most important aspects of a website. Not all content types are the same.

Search Engines also treat your content differently. For that reason, some post may bring you tons of traffic while others not as much.

Don’t tell me that you’ll be writing about something that nobody wants to read. People want helpful and entertaining content. They’ll eventually buy from you!


Your aim is to help. Right?

Why should you let internet users buy something of low quality or a program that does not deliver what it says?

In addition, most people search for reviews online before they decide to buy anything online. So, you should take advantage of this and get a slice of the pie.

As you may have noticed(or not) my website is full of reviews. Most of them are to assist internet users in making an informed decision before buying a product.

Here is an example of How it works:

Articles stay ranked online for lifetme

Our Site ranked #1!

When someone searches for ” Commission miner Review“, they’ll find my article ranked on #spot in Google. If they decide to buy after reading, I’ll get compensated accordingly.

Products Comparison

Assuming you already did a review of some products. Why don’t you become a bit creating and make a comparison?

This one works like crazy because you simplify the work of a potential buyer. Mind you, somebody searching for a comparison or alternative is ready to buy.

With comparison, you can contact things like distinctive feature and pricing.

Check out my comparison of Jaaxy and SEMRush.

Related: Start Here: Let’s See What Works[This article summarizes the process of affiliate marketing]

Create List Articles

List article performs very well and attracts hundreds of visitors.

Backlinko 200 ranking factors have received thousand of shares and hundreds of comments.

Affiliate marketing for Dummies: Google ranking factors

Over 12,000 social shares to date!

Target Specific Keywords

This is a hard concept for most if you are new to writing online.

As soon as you get started you will see it is such an easy thing to do.

The main objective of targeting keywords is to help with information and attract traffic to your site.

Tony, do you still our traffic and rankings?

No, keywords are available to anyone doing keyword research. For example, I did an article on how to get a refund from Empower Network. That article has attracted hundreds of visitors to my site and some sales too. 🙂 

Create Tutorials

Come on Tony. Aren’t you tired of helping?

How to‘ article perform very well.

When you become helpful, your visitors tend to trust you. I do care so much about my reputation so should you?

How to Affiliate Article

Example of a tutorial from NicheHacks

You could even tweak your tutorial a bit by adding affiliate links. But remember, your #1 goal is to help. Who wouldn’t want to thank someone who helps them? Your visitors will pay you in one way or another.

How Do I Get Traffic?

By Now, you should have an idea on some of the ways to generate traffic.

All the types of content described above are ways to generate traffic. Surprised?

You’ll be generating traffic in what is referred to as organic traffic.

Other Ways to Generate Traffic:

Social media

Take advantage of social media platforms, be active in the communities but never spam. Be helpful and people will be interested to know you.

Facebook, twitter, and G+ can drive you a continuous flow of traffic.


Just like social media, forums are a great way to drive traffic. Check out Warrior Forum or Quora a Q & A site. Great staff!

Paid traffic

You can pay for facebook ads or Google Adwords. The best one to start with is facebook with a budget of only $3/day.

Solo Ads

While some people are against Solo ads, I still think it is a way to generate fast traffic if you have money. Udimi lead in high-quality solo ads that guarantee clicks and sales. Be careful while choosing!

How do I Make Money with an Affiliate Site?

You already have a website. Now let’s see how you can make money with it.

After you set up your site, you can really turn it into a money making a machine.

  • Promote products. You are already an affiliate
  • Sell Advertising space(John Chow does this)
  • Join advertising networks like AdSense(I don’t like it personally since they pay cents)
  • Build a emails list that you can alway promote high-quality products like Stuart Walker
  • Create your Own Product and sell. (Zaxaa will help you)
  • Sell a course.
  • Make you site a paid membership site

FREE Webinar: How to Make $10k/Month OnlineWhen you become an authority in the long haul, you can achieve a lot with your affiliate website.

Why Affiliate marketing?

Ah! ha!


While there are so many ways to make money online like Freelancing, affiliate marketing remains the best as mentioned earlier in the article.

Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income, builds a HUGE passive through affiliate marketing and so can you.

Here are the top 7 reasons:

#1. Little Start-up Cost

You can build a business for less than $10/month.

The only upfront investment could be your domain which cost around $12/year

Of course, it needs time, dedication, consistency and a little effort.

#2. Flexibility

Affiliate Marketing for Dummies FlexibilityWork on your own terms.

You know what I mean.

There are times where I don’t feel like doing anything and there are times like now where I just feel like writing the whole day for you guys.

Most people hate their jobs because they have to ask for permission to do things they love like going on a vacation.

With affiliate marketing, you can decide to work the whole night while traveling the whole day. No one is there to question you.

#3. Promote Products, you Love


If you bought a product and you were happy, why don’t you make other happy by sharing it with them?

With MLM, you have to remain loyal to their product and NEVER promote competing products. Here in Elite Affiliate Hacks, I promote a good number!

By sharing, you increase your income potential.

The good thing with doing something you love is that you’ll never get bored doing it. Do it over and over again.

#4 No Recruiting

Unlike Multi-level marketing where you have to recruit to make money. With affiliate marketing, it’s only promoting.

How much you make does not depend on your team but totally depends on your efforts and abilities.

#5. You are not Trading Your Time for Money

Affiliate marketing for Dummies: Time vs Money

Affiliates don’t trade time for money!

This is HUGE.

I think it makes no difference to a normal day job if you are trading your time for money.

For example, a Freelancer in iWriters has complete an order and meet the deadline in order to get paid.

In affiliate marketing, things are different. Write once, get paid for life!

Here is what I mean.

There are a couple of reviews(products I promote) that I wrote in 2015. To your surprise, they are still ranked on the first page of Google and bring me a continuous flow of random sales.

#6 No Worries about Job Security

Most people don’t love their jobs because it may be snatched from them in daylight living them with no job.

On the other hand, for freelancers, I hear them complaining about a “low season”. This leaves me with a lot of question about job security.

With affiliate marketing, you get paid for your efforts. Affiliate marketing will never be dry. People are shopping and searching for products any time of the year, although there is some a spike in sale during holidays.

# 7.You’ll be Having an Asset

Affiliate marketing SkyscrapperYou read that right.

You own a website.

On the other hand, with freelancers, you do not own the content. You’ll have to keep writing to make money!

A website is an asset that appreciates over time.

At a later stage, you may even sell it for profits like Ramsey from Blog Tyrant.(Hint: Sold at $20,000)

Which asset do you have with your day job?

Which asset do you have with freelancing?

The question remains.

Wrapping Up

Like any type of business, making money through affiliate marketing take time, hard work, consistency and even money.

I’ll be blunt here.

If you want to get started, you’ll have to invest time, money or both. It doesn’t occur overnight.

If you do not want to go through all the hustle learning affiliate marketing Join this program over here. But…

If you think you can do most things by yourself, Get your hosting and domain exclusively here(paid Yearly)

Use the Comments below and tell us what you think about affiliate Marketing for Dummies or why you are so deeply in love with it.

See you making Sales Soon,

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Author: Tony Omary

What’s up, ladies and dudes. I’m glad you finally made it here. I hope you found this post Helpful. My name is Tony Omary. I build EliteAffiliateHacks to teach others Affiliate marketing the right way.(Thanks to The Wealthy Affiliate) You will find me here helping newbies make their first Dollar Online and assisting advanced & intermediate marketers to make MORE Affiliate Commissions. Learn more on my about me page and make sure you check my Resource Page here for more Awesome Tools, Courses and more resources that you may need to run a successful Business. Also, Be Sure to register for a FREE live Training here to Learn how to Build Your Own Online Business Using Email Alone.
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  • Thank you very much Tony. You are a very resourceful person. A gift to this planet.

  • Hi admin Tony I just wanted to let you know about Yoonla CPA platform Where you earn when your referral signs up check it out and also review it

  • How does WA help you make money is it only based on writing an article only?……and is it possible to regain the 49$ premium price within that first month?

    • It teaches you the entire process of creating a website, driving traffic and making sales. In addition, it has coaching, hosting for up to 25 domains, Keyword research tool, Live weekly classes and more.

      Yes, it possible to make money in your first month. But, man, I don’t believe in making money overnight. Whoever promises you that is lying. Building a solid Online business takes time but worth it since you’ll reap the benefits for a lifetime.

      Hope that helps Hamza.

  • Hi Tony, after loging up in wealthy affiliate it says free starter accounts are not available in your country, so if i pay for the monthly premium will i have to pay anything after that eg making a website or i will be guided through at the first login, or is there anything i should do before paying for the membership so i can start making money as soon as i pay for the premium?

    • Hey Hamza,

      There is nothing additional that you are required to buy except the domain name(cost around $13/year). It is wise to get the membership first as the training will take you through the entire process. That is the only necessary cost.

      See you on the Other Side.

  • Thanks for the information, its such a great inspiring article. Please help me out on the procedure and requirements of becoming an affiliate marketer

    • Hey Kelvin,

      There are a few basic steps that you need to follow. Below is a breakdown…

      Choose an interest(It has to be profitable and solving peoples problems eg, how to get your ex back)

      Build website~ Here you’ll need to buy a domain name(Your brand) and hosting.

      Attract visitors. You need people on your site to make money. They are different ways of attracting traffic, social media being one of them.

      Make money. You’ll make money anytime someone buys a product or service through your website recommendation.

  • Amazing review Tony, you are an inspiration.

    • Great Cornelius,

      Glad that I’m an inspiration. It’s my mission to help internet users. Hope this article gave you some insights on affiliate marketing and make money online.

  • Hello ?
    I like the way you replied to every question asked mine is who pay u when u are doing affiliate business and how do u monitor that business

    • As an affiliate, you’ll act as a bridge between the companies you are working with and the customers who buy from your site.

      I monitor by trying to produce better content than my competition.

  • I’m happy I found this site; I’ll be back to check more.

  • Thanks for sharing great article about tips to earn money with affiliate marketing
    Make Money Online

  • Hi Tony

    You have explained well and in detail how affiliate marketing works that even a newbie who has never made a penny online will follow your post and be able to make money online.

    Most newbies fail to make money online because there are so many pieces and bits missing when they get started and in making money online if a piece is missing, you struggle.

    What I like most about affiliate marketing is the ability to earn continuously with a single good article and product, unlike freelancing which is quick money but you only earn once.

    Another real positive in affiliate marketing is the flexibility to work from anywhere without location limit,a housewife can work from home, people who love to travel can make money even during travels.

    Having said that, getting started is not easy and many newbies soon get confused and give up but following the right steps like you`ve laid out in this wonderful post,it`s possible to succeed online.

    Thanks for sharing,very informative.

  • Great site! Finding a niche is incredibly difficult for some people because often times we think that we will enjoy writing about something we like to do. But, then come to realize we hate writing about it…we just like to read about it LOL. Keep saving those from the 9-5 lifestyle!

    • Thanks for complimenting my site, Liz,

      It can be hard to choose a niche. Instead of spending hours in keyword research and Niche selection, why not choose the Proven profitable Niches.

      It is recommended that you concentrate on one niche/website first. After profiting, that’s the time you can go for second or more niches including your passions. With time you’ll screw your 9-5 job.

  • Enjoyed your article it is just packed with information and good resources, as you say building an online business like any other takes some investment and time, however this is a great way to build a future income and if done right could well replace a regular full-time income and more freedom to work in the way that suits you, a great way to go if your a stay at home mum or these days we see many retirees looking to top up their pensions

    • Affiliate marketing will work now and in the future, Katie.

      We are living in an information age where the place we search for solutions to our problems is the internet. We want everything at the comfort of our homes.

      I agree it can replace anyone’s regular full-time income.

  • I like how thorough you are with this post. The more thorough you are with readers the more they will appreciate you and take you seriously like an authority. People like to be taken by the hand these days. The scary thing is that it’s rare you get this kind of thoroughness

    • You are right Geek.

      People want us to show them the exact steps to follow in order to make it in affiliate marketing. Thanks for stopping by. Keep visiting for future content Geek.

  • Hi Tony,
    You have many good tips and many links to good information, for the budding affiliate marketer. Good to see you have a post at no.1 on google, thats what we all aim for.
    People don’t always realize that an article can be written once, but bring in money for years. Keep up the good work.

  • Hi Tony,
    What a very informative article. You not only give the understanding of Affiliate Marketing but how to do it and how to get traffic to your sites as well. So much is shared here so thanks heaps for that. I like how you say posts stay out there forever. That is nice to know as a blogger myself! Once again great tips on affiliate marketing and I will definitely be referring back to this article!
    Cheers, Sharon

    • Hey Sharon,

      Thanks for dropping by to comment. Most people struggle from traffic and conversions. With this site, search traffic is the main source and converts pretty well. When done right, it should not as hard. One thing to remember, it takes time to build something solid.

  • Hey Tony, all of this sounds great but is it really possible to rank in Google against all of these huge websites that have been around for years? It seems like even if you have some success eventually a large website with a bunch of employees would just create something that would outrank you…maybe I’m wrong though.

  • Marios Tofarides

    Hey Tony!

    Where do you find products to promote, review and compare as an affiliate?
    I would also like to ask more about Solo Ads and how they work. Do you have anything on that? Do you plan to write about it? It seems interesting and cost-effective. Is it?

    Keep up the good work!

    • Most of the reviews are actually request from readers. In most cases, I’ll have to buy the product before reviewing. Affiliate Networks you can Works with are: Clickbank, ShareASale, Impact Radius, Deal Guardian and Zaxaa.

      Solo ads are one of the fastest ways to traffic. I have not tried them yet. Udimi is the #1 recommended source for quality out there.

      For it to be effective, choose the right person and write a convincing copy.

  • Hello Tony,

    First of all, I LOVED your article. It is chockful of goodness. I NEVER knew so much about Affiliate Marketing and the other things you wrote about. I was taking notes all the way to the end of your article.

    A big thank you for all the information you have provided. Once I leave your site, I will be checking out some of your suggestions; I will need a lot of computer time to absorb everything, but I am so excited.

    I am just starting out and it really encourages me with the tips you have provided. The part about job security and flexibility are the selling points for me.

    Thanks again and much success to you.


    • Hey Michelle,

      I’m glad that my article helped you in getting started with affiliate marketing.

      You are always welcome to drop a question or an opinion.


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