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How To Do Affiliate Marketing Revealed In Free Online Guide

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In this How To Do Affiliate Marketing Revealed In Free Online Guide [2019], I reveal if affiliate marketing is any good and can you make money with affiliate marketing.

I’m David, I’m an affiliate marketer and I’m the person behind this AffiliateWonders.com website.

The information here on this page is up to date, educational and informative for anyone who is interested in affiliate marketing, including those half thinking about it, those about to start, those who have started, those who have some experience and those who have lots of experience.

There is something here for you no matter what your affiliate expertise and experience is at this stage.

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Before continuing, may I make a suggestion? I suggest that you bookmark this page now. Bookmarking a page is easy in most internet browsers: Just press the control key and the D key at the same time. You wouldn’t want to be not able to find this page again. 🙂 🙂

I would suggest that you get a coffee or your drink of choice as this is going to be a long and thorough guide.

Why I like being an affiliate marketing affiliate?

I enjoy having my own affiliate marketing business and being my own boss. I like doing my own thing. I love this lifestyle. I am the owner and founder of a few websites.

I am a big fan of affiliate marketing. I am also a big fan of using the right tools for the job after learning how to use the tools properly.

To educate yourself in the science and the art of affiliate marketing you need to know about different affiliate marketing topics from a practical viewpoint. I outline here how I learn about different affiliate marketing topics from a practical viewpoint.

My thinking is if I can do this, why not you? I am just like you an ordinary person.

I also know that affiliates need certain skill sets and personal characteristics. I learned a number of these skill sets by doing applicable training.

I also learned a number of skill sets by doing. I have a number of personal characteristics which help me in my affiliate marketing which I am continually working on.

In my opinion, no two successful people in any human activity have the exact same skill set and personal characteristics. Every single person brings something different to the table which can help them develop their skill set and personal characteristics for that human activity if they so wish.

This is also the case with affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is mostly a learned skill set that is mastered with practice assuming a few very important points:

Your Affiliate Marketing Source: That you are learning affiliate marketing skills from someone who has already done it and that person is able to communicate that information very well (that person is a good trainer and a good teacher). If that person has already done it, why not you?

Some of Your Attributes: That you have persistence, the ability to keep at it. Remember that Rome was not built in a day.

Work Smart & Hard: That you are prepared to work hard at it.

There are more important points, however if you are learning affiliate marketing skills from someone who has already done it and pay close attention to what they are saying, you will naturally pick up those additional important points.

For instance they may outline a good affiliate marketing strategy, which you like and you simply follow that strategy. In this case, you did not have to develop the strategy yourself. You just have to check for yourself that you think the strategy is for you and then follow it.

how to do affiliate marketing: success go get it

Later on in this article, I talk about a great free online affiliate course that consists of 10 lessons. This course was developed by a person who in my opinion is a highly successful affiliate marketer, has great affiliate marketing practical real world expertise and experience, and is a great trainer and a great teacher of affiliate marketing.

He explains affiliate marketing concepts very well and quite often in those 10 lessons you will be able to see a step by step video training that shows exactly what he did, which makes learning that and practicing it for yourself so much easier.

This step by step video training will most likely save you a lot of time and effort. I know that it did for me.

Sometimes when people explain things to me and then when I do away to do them for myself I can get struck. Does that ever happen to you? With the step by step video training I can see exactly how the presenter got there and see exactly how to do the steps.

If I miss something, I can simply rewind the video and see it again and more often than not, I notice what I missed earlier. If not, another rewind!

Affiliate marketing is not rocket science. Affiliate marketing is open to anyone who is prepared to learn and work smart.

It is best to learn affiliate marketing strategies that work now for other affiliate marketers and implement those successful strategies that resonate with you the most.

I will discuss later on in this article how you can start this process for free yourself. That way you are way better placed to make those calls yourself. 🙂 🙂

Can you use a search engine? Can you write and send an email?

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Some people think that they can not do affiliate marketing. Well, let me ask you a few questions:
Can you do online research on the internet? If you use a search engine like Google or Bing or Yahoo to help you find things online, then the answer is Yes.

Can you write a meaningful 200 word plus email and then send that email to someone? Well, most likely if you are reading this, the answer is Yes.

Well then if you can do both of these activities, you can most likely learn how to be an affiliate.

You learned how to do both these activities sometime in the past, right?

It is also possible that you had to setup, configure and trouble-shoot your email environment in order to send emails successfully in the first place.

Of course, affiliates have a much larger skill set however those skills can be learned.

All affiliates have to start from somewhere. Then it is a matter of learning new skills and mastering them over time. Skill sets can be learned, practiced and mastered.

Affiliate marketing is like other activities in life. You need to spend time learning about it, practicing it often enough to master it, and doing it on a regular basis if you expect any progress. Just like any other activity.

However the good news is that the training process when done properly is nowhere as long and as extensive as learning how to be for instance a medical doctor.

Medical doctors spend a lot of time on their education, training, on the job training and actual job experience before advanced in their chosen career.

The same idea applies to affiliate marketing however the curve is usually shorter, way shorter. Especially if you have access to successful affiliate marketers who have already made it and can learn from them as explained further on in this article.

What are the four main steps in affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing involves four main steps. These are:

1: Choosing a niche: This could be related to a hobby or passion of yours.

2: Creating a website: Using modern tools and know-how, creating a website can be done in less than a minute. You will be able to see a step by step training video which does this. Then you can simply repeat this process yourself and build your own live website that is accessible on the internet.

3: Building an audience: Learn how to drive traffic to your website.

4: Starting to earn: Once you have traffic and once you have affiliate links on your posts, when people buy using those links, you typically earn an affiliate commission.

Each of these four main steps in affiliate marketing are discussed in more detail later on.

Skill sets and ways of working in affiliate marketing

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You need a certain skill set and a certain way of working in order to be a success at most things in life. No two people who are a success at anything in life will have the exact same skill set and the exact same way of working. Whatever the skill set and whatever way of working that person has, helps make that person a success in that activity. This is also the case for affiliate marketing.

You need the ability to keep working on this and you need the ability to keep learning.

For example, your goal for the coming fortnight might be to write 10 quality posts for your website. Your goal is something that you have an element of control over. You will typically have control over your “writing content” schedule. Just don’t stop when you have written those 10 quality posts for your website. Of course, you need to keep setting your goals on a regular basis. Writing quality posts for your website is completely different to writing essays, especially if you want your writing content to rank in the search engines to allow you to make applicable recommendations.

If you have persistence skills and the ability to keep learning, affiliate marketing may be for you.

Some people put up a simple e-commerce website and have loads of product links. This is not unique content. There are loads of other websites with similar content and so the search engines can not rank the content on that website. At best, little traffic, few customers, you get the idea.

I am assuming here that traffic coming from search engines is the only source of traffic. A shop in the offline physical world might put up a simple e-commerce website with this approach and be successful, because they already have the email details of their offline physical world shop and are able to drive traffic to their e-commerce website using those emails that the offline physical world obtained. This is a brilliant approach for that business. That is a completely different ball game to affiliate marketing for people like you and me.

Some people put up a simple website and write three or four general articles with little unique content and then expect to make a living from those few articles. The search engines if they can see the content can see that it is general and not unique and therefore the search engines do not rank those articles resulting in little or no traffic with of course at best a few sales.

It is a lot more that that. A lot more.

Putting up a simple website and writing a few articles is a great start however for that website to be a success it needs more unique quality content.

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how to do affiliate marketing: paypal you got money emails

Affiliate Marketing has some great things going for it. The thrill of receiving “you make a sale” emails is exciting. The thrill of receiving “you’ve got money” emails is exciting. The fact that you control your time is exciting. With this I do not have to leave my house in the morning to work as I do a lot of my affiliate marketing activities at home. I could do them in the local coffee shop however I much prefer to do them at home.

I do my thing in my own time frame without being concerned about what other people are doing or not doing. I personally find that a great plus.

I do not have to go out into the offline world to meet people to discuss my affiliate business, so my time is not spent on non-productive work going to non-productive meetings nor attending non-productive meetings.

Anyway, I simply build out great content on my websites in my own time frame.

Right now as you are reading this I could be fast asleep getting my beauty sleep or enjoying a walk in the countryside or enjoying looking over a lake or enjoying time with my family. Ah, happy days. 🙂 🙂

Imagine in the near future people could be reading content from your niche website when you are fast asleep or when you are enjoying time with your family or when you are doing something else that you love. Of course for that to happen you will need to do some focussed effort on your part.

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I also keep in touch with other affiliates to find out what is working for them. Then I can try out any applicable approach myself and see if that approach also works for me. If it works for them there is usually no reason why it does not work for me.

Below I am going to talk about certain affiliate activities. Later on in this article, I provide a way for you to find out a lot more about those activities as a while back I did not know this stuff either. Remember I said earlier in this article that affiliates need to have the ability to keep learning. Well, guess what? That includes me.

Learning and practicing Affiliate Marketing techniques requires a certain skill set and includes the following activities:

“Writing content” activity

how to do affiliate marketing: writing content

Affiliate Marketing has some great things going for it. Once you have a “writing content” routine in place, some affiliate marketers can write a number of quality posts a week. When you consider how much work goes into writing just one quality post, you understand why this is such an achievement. It is important to point out that writing content that you want ranked in the search engines that has enough traffic to justify you writing the content is way different to writing an essay.

Different affiliates do things in different ways however there is usually some sort of keyword search phrase that needs to be found that has got some good related statistics around it. If these stats are no good, there may be no point in writing the post because the search engines will not rank it and without this, there is no hope of getting decent traffic unless you use alternative methods which may cost money. Keyword research is therefore an important step.

“Keyword research” activity

The next stage is to do some research on the keyword itself (keyword in this sense may be a phrase) along with other applicable information. Then you need to write the article itself. You want to find out the likely traffic that searched on that keyword over the last while to determine if it is worth your while to write a post. You also want to determine how many other websites are using that keyword.

An example of keyword research

Using the keyword research tool I use, I discover that the keyword “fashion” attracts 275,960 searches a month.
If I managed to get my article ranked in Google on the first page I might expect to get 46,914 monthly visitors for that keyword.
This keyword has a number of considerations for me. This would be very hard for me to rank under. I would end up very low that I just will not get any traffic.

“Fashion” is also way too general, it needs to be way more targeted for it to stand some sort of chance.
I also need a keyword that has got some sort of “buyer intent”.

how to do affiliate marketing: ladies laptop bag

Using my keyword research tool, I notice the following suggestion: “fashionable laptop bags for women”.
So I dig into that a bit.
I discover that this has 338 searches a month.
If I managed to get my article ranked in Google on the first page I might expect to get 58 monthly visitors for that keyword. As this is above 30 it looks look.
I discover that the number of competing websites using this keyword is 40, so it would be in the running if I had a website in a fashion related niche. As this is below 50 it looks good.

Why is this good I hear you ask?

With a long word keyword of “fashionable laptop bags for women” and with “low competition”, if you write good content backed up with good SEO techniques (which is discussed elsewhere in the guide), chances are high that your article will get ranked by the search engines for this long word keyword. The article will naturally include other related words that the search engines will also rank. When traffic arrives via the search engine results (the technical term is SERPs which stands for Search Engine Results Position) for the long word keyword, the search engines “notice” and if the search engines “think” that you helped those real world readers, they will give you additional SEO juice which is all good.

Back to the keyword, the keyword is “fashionable laptop bags for women” so the following heading “3 fashionable laptop bags for women” makes a lot of sense.
This would be displayed in the Search Engine Results Positions (SERPs) so people looking for fashionable laptop bags would know exactly what the article is about and be more likely to want to read the highly relevant article. Assuming that ladies are the only readers of this type of content may be a mistake as I am sure that “fashionable laptop bags for women” would make good practical gifts.

The title also suggests a “buying intent” if the 3 bags discussed have good quality, good prices, good delivery and are a well known brand. People reaching the article by way of a search engine would most likely expect the article to discuss each of those 3 bags in turn with an affiliate link for each bag.

Here we are assuming that this article is going to be written for a new website in a fashion niche that may be further drilled down to “bags for women”. We further assume that the affiliate is a lady who is fashion conscious and really fond of her bags, and that she is extremely knowledgeable about this, her passion. We also assume that she finds a number of other great keywords and writes articles for them so that after a few months, she has a number of great posts on her website and is starting to get some real traction.

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“Search Engine Optimization” activity

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You need to include your Search Engine Optimization techniques into this as well. SEO is the acronym for search engine optimization. SEO is getting your website as ready for the search engines as you can, to help them rank your content higher. Your SEO techniques will evolve over time. However it is much better to learn about SEO techniques and then apply them when applicable.

“Adding Images” activity

Your post will most likely need to include a few applicable images, so help convey your content and to help keep interest in the post. No one wants to read 1200 words with no images on a website blog. So you need sources for images, both free images and paid images. Then you need to include them in your website.

“Setting up website” activities

This includes determining a domain name (An example is google.com) that you like for your niche website and buying that domain name for a year or more.

You need to decide on a “design” for your website. You basically select a “design” that you like the best from a list. The “content” is separated from the “design” which typically gives great flexibility if you decide to change the “design”. I have changed the “design” quite often on my websites and I find this flexibility great.

Below you will see an image of three different “designs”:

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Some great wonders of affiliate marketing

Here are some great wonders of affiliate marketing:-

  1. You do not have inventory. You do not have to buy inventory. You do not have to store inventory.
  2. You do not ship the products. You do not have to invest time to ship the products with its associated activities and its associated costs.
  3. Your decide and work to your schedule. You work at your own pace. You decide when to start and end work. You do not have to start work at 7:00 am unless you want to.
  4. You can work anywhere anytime there is an internet connection with your laptop.
  5. You get to develop your website the way you want it. You get to write content on things that you want to.

There are more great wonders of affiliate marketing however these are the main ones. Another word for wonders in this context would of course be advantages.

What is this affiliate marketing thing all about?

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With affiliate marketing, you can become an affiliate for different businesses. The most well known one worldwide is probably Amazon. You might even have brought from Amazon and an affiliate earned a commission on that sale. So you know that the concept works. Of course, Amazon is only one of many businesses worldwide that use affiliates.

How does an affiliate earn?

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This is the real question that you want answered, don’t you?

For instance, let’s say you were looking for a book on self improvement however did not have a particular book in mind.

An ordinary person just like you and me put up a website and wrote an article on the extremely popular book “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie.

You did your online research, putting in various terms into your favourite search engine, and one of the results led you to an interesting page talking about the book, about how the author of that page found that book helpful in their life and you decided to buy the book from the link on that page.

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When you completed the process to buy that book, that ordinary person who wrote that article discussing that book will have typically earned an affiliate commission from that sale.

This is one way that an affiliate earns.

The main idea is that you select a highly targeted lucrative niche that you are highly passionate about and where people are looking to buy related products or services after reading your good quality related content.

You build a website with good quality related content for this niche that gets ranked by the search engines that brings in visitors to your site, who read your content and a percentage of these visitors to your niche website take you up on your recommendations and buy. You then typically earn an affiliate commission.

This is one affiliate marketing process.

Why Be An Affiliate?

If you write good quality content that helps people that gets ranked by the search engines you get traffic. There are over 4,400,000,000 people worldwide who are active internet users and there are over 40,000 search queries per second worldwide on Google alone.


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Google processes over 40,000 search queries per second on average which translates to over 3,500,000,000 searches per day worldwide. Remember these are real people putting real search queries into Google that expect answers which answers their search queries.

How many of these are opportunities for affiliates to put their answers to these questions in front of those people?

Think about this for a few moments.

Even better would be to think about this for a few minutes and what they may mean to you when you are building your niche website.

These are huge numbers and deserve an element of careful thought when you consider what these huge figures could mean to you when you are building your niche website.

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The opportunities are very real for affiliates who understand this and take appropriate action steps:

1: Doing highly focussed keyword research to identify “questions” to answer.

2: Writing highly focussed content that answers those “questions”.

3: Getting content ranked high enough to get at this highly focussed traffic.

4: Having ways of earning from that highly focussed traffic once they are reading those answers to those “questions”.

Here I guide you through all these appropriate action steps at a high level and point you to where you can get additional information and help.

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One of the really cool things about affiliate marketing is that you as the affiliate do not have to invent, develop, manufacture and store products or services to promote.

You simply promote other businesses products or services. So the opportunities are very real if you take focussed actions and for this I truly recommend that you learn affiliate marketing in a well structured way so that you can benefit in a real way from this.

This does require real work however the potential that is out there makes this worthwhile.

Choosing a niche

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Now that you know the huge numbers of search queries that the search engines provide every day you want a way to put your content in front of that traffic with the aim of converting that traffic to buying from affiliate links on your webpage for which you get an affiliate commission.

Your content needs to be unique and of high quality. So you need to select a topic that you are already very passionate and very knowledgeable about. This topic has a number of problems that you know the solutions to which other people are searching for. Because of your passion and knowledge, you already may know which products work and which do not, based on your experience. You could write product reviews outlining your thoughts about the product based on your findings or your experiences or both.

The topic you select is your niche. Some examples of niches include fashion, sports, health & beauty and travel. There are many more.

These example niches are at a high level. Your niche needs to drill down a bit so that you are seen as an authority in that niche after you write a number of posts talking about that niche. Your posts will typically provide advice, solutions to problems and product reviews in that niche. Most if not all of your posts will target a “keyword” which you will target after doing keyword research. This is discussed in more detail later on and includes an example which makes this clearer.

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Creating a website

how to do affiliate marketing: website building

As an affiliate you need your own website. Doing it without your own website is going to be very difficult. Having your own website gives you additional flexibility and additional options and is in my opinion, way more professional than not having your own website. Your website acts as your brand and as your platform and you have way more control over your own website.

Creating a website is no longer a huge project in its own right. Thank goodness.

Twenty years ago, you had to be a technical computer guru to create your own website. Now there is a process that takes less than a minute to create a website. This is a very powerful and secure hosting solution. The process to create a website with many other webhosts today is not as refined and is not as powerful and is not as fast as this approach.

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Building an audience

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The next step is to build an audience. For this you need to learn solid affiliate marketing concepts and techniques including proven ways to drive traffic to your website. Once you learn these ways, then you need to actually practice these proven ways.

There are free ways and paid ways. The initial focus is on the free ways and if you like, you can do the paid ways later.

You need to learn and do these ways a bit like the way that you learned how to ride a bike as a child. You basically kept at it until you mastered it. Remember? The same concept applies here. After you learn the applicable theory, you need to practice, practice and practice until it becomes second nature for you.

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Another example from real life is if you have been driving a car for some time now, do you remember when you learned how to drive? You learned driving theory and then with practice and time, you actually drove a car until over time, you mastered it well enough to not been think about it now. You simply get in the car and drive to where you need to go. After you learnt the applicable theory, you practiced, practiced and practiced until it becomes second nature for you.

Of course, you do not do any way that you yourself are not comfortable with. For instance, you focus on the free ways first because if you focussed on the paid ways first, you could spend a lot of money with little return if any.

Most if not all of the techniques, both free and paid for one involve time and effort. However some of the free techniques have the potential to be evergreen. This is where the content you write is always relevant, today and for the future. This content is interesting, relevant and timeless. A review post talking about the latest Apple device may do well for the next three to twelve months, but in twelve months time it may be completely useless. A review post talking about some strong hardwearing boots made by a long established trusted market leader is interesting, relevant and timeless for today, next week and most likely in ten years time.

Evergreen content and non evergreen content

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I think that a review post using the keyword “fashionable laptop bags for women” with the heading “3 fashionable laptop bags for women” can be evergreen with a bit of additional thought. Ladies are going to want fashionable laptop bags for as long as laptops are around, so we make the assumption that laptops are going to be around for the next 10 years at least which I think is reasonable. The 3 fashionable laptop bags for women in this case would be made by 3 different long established trusted market leaders that are likely to be still around in 10 years.

In this case the heading might become “3 timeless fashionable laptop bags for women”. The article itself might talk about a number of timeless attributes that the bags need to have that make these timeless fashionable laptop bags for women. These timeless attributes would be qualities that would be considered timeless by a lot of fashionable conscious ladies.

Of course, an affiliate marketer using this keyword might have variations of this keyword that make it less evergreen. A title could be “3 new fashionable laptop bags for women this year”. The challenge with this is that it effectively in my view has a limited time frame but during that limited time frame may be quite successful.

And I assume that an affiliate marketer with such a title and knowledge would write another post with a similar title a year or so from now. Know that both of these articles with the same “basic” keyword may end up competing against each other in the search engines, so the targeted keyword for the second article would be a slightly different keyword after doing more keyword research to find out a good keyword to use.

If say the word “new” is used in both titles, people wouldn’t be too surprised if completely different fashionable laptop bags are discussed in these articles as fashion is changing all the time as well.

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Of course, writing evergreen content is more challenging and more interesting in the first place. Depending on your niche and your strategy, which can change over time as you become more knowledgeable in affiliate marketing, it may or may not make sense to write evergreen content. It could for instance make a lot of sense to write both evergreen content and non evergreen content.

If the content is high quality in SEO terms and in real reader terms (a real human being finds the content interesting and relevant), then there is the potential for the search engines to send traffic for quite a while.

You of course in the meantime, keep publishing more good unique content so that you are not reliant on a small subset of posts that the search engines send traffic to. The search engines keep changing their algorithms, your posts keep changing their ranks in the search engines and so on. Nothing stands still in life and this is also the case with affiliate marketing.

The usual advice is to master the free ways of attracting traffic to your website before you look at paid ways. With paid ways, unless you know exactly what you are doing, it is possible to spend a lot of money without a decent return. And once that money is spent, it is gone. You see why I opt for the usual advice which is to use the free ways of attracting traffic and then build on that knowledge and expertise and experience.

There are usually different ways to learn how to do things. Some effective and others not. This is also the case with affiliate marketing. You can learn the really hard way out in the “school of hard knocks” where you try out different ways with no reference or little reference to how other people do it, whether they are successful or not. I do not think that is a good approach. I wish you good luck with that approach.

A much better approach is to do some solid affiliate training ideally online and when you have time. Then to practice what you learned so that the information and techniques become second nature to you. It is also fair to say that there may be some techniques that just don’t really appeal to you. That is okay. You want to find techniques that appeal to you and that also work effectively for you.

This affiliate training covers more than just learning proven ways to drive traffic to your website which you see below.

The Free Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started Level 1 Course

With the free online Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started Level 1 course you learn about affiliate marketing from a practical viewpoint focussing in on a niche or hobby that you already are very familiar with. You learn about affiliate marketing concepts and do practical tasks that firms up on your practical knowledge of affiliate marketing. Like any other practical subject, you learn some theory and then practice it using practical tasks which firms up on your practical expertise of that subject. It is the same with affiliate marketing.

This online course consists of 10 lessons and you do the course at your own pace and it is free. As you can see from the image below, these first 10 lessons cover a lot of affiliate related topics.

how to do affiliate marketing: online entrepreneur certification getting started level 1 10 lessons

The Free Online Affiliate Bootcamp – Getting Your Business Rolling Level 1 Course

With the free online Affiliate Bootcamp – Getting Your Business Rolling Level course you learn about affiliate marketing from a practical viewpoint focussing in on a specific niche that the course presenter is extremely knowledgeable about which may give you an additional edge if you are also interested in this subject. You learn about affiliate marketing concepts and do practical tasks that firms up on your practical knowledge of affiliate marketing. Like any other practical subject, you learn some theory and then practice it using practical tasks which firms up on your practical expertise of that subject. It is the same with affiliate marketing.

This online course consists of 10 lessons and you do the course at your own pace and it is free. As you can see from the image below, these first 10 lessons cover a lot of affiliate related topics.

how to do affiliate marketing: bootcamp getting started level 1 10 lessons

Which of these two online courses should you do?

My opinion is that you should start doing the “Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started Level 1” course or the “Online Affiliate Bootcamp – Getting Your Business Rolling Level 1” course to see if this is for you. The “Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started Level 1” course is more general however has the advantage that your niche may be easier to do affiliate marketing with. The “Online Affiliate Bootcamp – Getting Your Business Rolling Level 1” course is more focussed on one particular niche which the course presenter is extremely knowledgeable about.

My opinion is that you should do the course that resonates with you the most. You can do one or both of these free online courses at your own pace and both are free. You have to decide which one makes more sense for you. Of course, you are not tied down to this choice and you can also do the other course. It is really a priority thing. There is nothing stopping you from going from one to the other. In an ideal world, you would select one and do that one completely. However we live in an imperfect world, so there may be a bit of jumping from one to the other. As long as you are okay with that, that is okay. I think that is perfectly okay myself because you are sure to learn something that you can apply to your affiliate marketing online business.

After you complete one of them, both the theory and the practical tasks, you should discover that you know more than a lot of affiliate marketers out there, so if you apply the knowledge you should be well on the way with your affiliate marketing journey.

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Starting to earn

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The next step is to start earning.

When you have an amount of good unique relevant content on your website, you can apply to applicable affiliate programs and join them.

A number of affiliate programs will allow you to become an affiliate for them without having a website with good unique relevant content.

Within your content, you add affiliate links from the companies that you have an affiliate association with, like for example, Amazon.

With enough traffic and assuming that your affiliate links within your website content are for products that your traffic wants, people will buy these products using your affiliate links and when they do, you typically earn money from those sales.

Some styles of posts are more effective than others. For instance an “information” post about something may not result in sales but may result in giving you visitors who might explore your website further which may result in sales. Review types of posts may be very effective. List types of posts may also be effective, like the “3 fashionable laptop bags for women” keyword/heading discussed earlier.

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Getting familiar with a great affiliate platform

how to do affiliate marketing: start

The next step is to create your free starter account so that you become familiar with a great affiliate platform.

The one I use and recommend is one that has a lot of affiliate related education and training, great web hosting, and a whole range of other affiliate tools, some of which I mention below.

My Invitation To You To Create Your Free Account Right Now

Now, I want to invite you to take this great affiliate platform on a FREE spin and see if you like it. Below are some excellent reasons.

First 10 lessons of Online Entrepreneur Certification (Phase 1)

This is step by step online training developed by one of the co-owners of this great affiliate platform. This includes videos which makes the learning process even better. With videos you can rewind and re-watch as many times as necessary to take in the content. You can even do the activities in parallel yourself.

As you can see from the image below, these first 10 lessons cover a lot of affiliate related topics.

how to do affiliate marketing: online entrepreneur certification getting started level 1 10 lessons

First 10 lessons of the Affiliate Bootcamp course (Phase 1)

This is step by step online training developed by one of the co-owners of this great affiliate platform. This includes videos which makes the learning process even better. With videos you can rewind and re-watch as many times as necessary to take in the content. You can even do the activities in parallel yourself.

As you can see from the image below, these first 10 lessons cover a lot of affiliate related topics.

how to do affiliate marketing: bootcamp getting started level 1 10 lessons

2 free websites

These are 2 sub domains within this platform’s main domain. These websites are accessible on the internet the moment you create them. Nothing beats building a website yourself and then adding content that is accessible on the internet the moment that you make it available.

Easy to use and extremely fast WordPress website builder

This uses modern technology combined with WordPress to create a website in less than a minute by answering some questions online. Awesome.

If you ever installed WordPress on the platform your webhost provides, then added an associated WordPress database and got the two to “talk to each other”, you know how time consuming this is. Using this website builder is way faster and way more efficient than that “old” way.

Highly secured WordPress web hosting

It needs to be highly secured these days. Your web visitors at least expect to see the “padlock” indicated that the webpage is secure.

When it is not, a good percentage of them will jump off your website. If you have a secure website and you want to display an image from an unsecured page it makes that webpage unsecure. This catches a lot of affiliates out.

Also know that using a secure website can help your search engine rankings.

Anyway this affiliate platform take care of managing WordPress for you behind the scenes. You would have needed somewhere like 50 to 150 hours to learn the complexities of managing WordPress if you did not use a WordPress webhost.

2 classrooms

Access to 2 classrooms to learn from.

Keyword research tool

You are allowed 30 searches per month to help you with your keyword research. The training I referred to above explains how to use this keyword research tool.

You can stay free for as long as you want

You can sign up for the free starter account and can stay on that for as long as you want before you upgrade to premium, if ever. You might have the free starter account for a week before you upgrade or you might have the free starter account for a year before you upgrade or you might never upgrade. It is completely up to you.

There is a special very generous discount for the first month of premium membership which does require you to buy a premium membership before a certain time in order to get that very generous discount which is fair enough.

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This platform includes top-notch affiliate marketing tools, products and services that affiliates need to build their affiliate marketing businesses. These include Education & Training, Websites, Hosting, Tools to Help Create Content, Keyword Research Tool, Community, Domains & Support.

Becoming a Premium Member of this great affiliate platform

how to do affiliate marketing: achieving

The next step is to become a premium member of this great affiliate platform.

However you do not need to do this quite yet and I wouldn’t recommend it quite yet. That’s like running before you learned to walk. 🙂

I recommend that you do what I did when I came across this affiliate platform initially.

$0 to build up to two free websites within this affiliate platform, $49 per month for paid membership. Even better value if you go yearly (which works out as less than $30 per month). Only upgrade after you are happy to do so and not before, it is worth every cent. 🙂

It is cheaper than getting “a coffee to go” daily that’s a fact.

The value provided within the premium membership is way higher than its cost when different offerings within this great affiliate platform are taken into account. You might get great value from a few of the live training video recordings as they discuss different affiliate related topics from a practical how to viewpoint. You might get great value from the top-notch secure managed WordPress hosting that they provide.

Do what I did. Get a free starter account. Upgrade to monthly after a few weeks, once you review what is in the starter account and you like it within this great affiliate platform, then become premium, once you are happy to do so and not before.

What comes with Premium membership

Below are some of the things that come with premium membership:

Full access to all 50 lessons in the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course (Phases 1 to 5)

This is step by step online training including videos developed by one of the co-owners of this great affiliate platform.

Full access to all 70 lessons of the Affiliate Bootcamp course (Phases 1 to 7)

This is step by step online training including videos developed by one of the co-owners of this great affiliate platform.

Hosting for up to 25 websites within this platform’s main domain

Hosting for up to 25 sub domains within this platform’s main domain. These websites are accessible on the internet the moment you create them.

Hosting for up to 25 websites using your domain names

Hosting for up to 25 domains. These websites are accessible on the internet the moment you create them.

Easy to use and extremely fast WordPress website builder

This uses modern technology combined with WordPress to create a website in less than a minute by answering some questions online. Awesome.
With the free starter membership, there are something like 12 different themes to select from.
With the premium membership, there are loads more different themes to select from.

Highly secured WordPress web hosting

It needs to be highly secured these days. Your web visitors at least expect to see the “padlock” indicated that the webpage is secure.

When it is not, a good percentage of them will jump off your website.

Know that using a secure website can help your search engine rankings.

Anyway this affiliate platform take care of managing WordPress for you behind the scenes. You would have needed somewhere like 50 to 150 hours to learn the complexities of managing WordPress if you did not use a WordPress webhost.

Training classrooms

Access to over 10 training classrooms to learn from.

Keyword research tool

You are allowed unlimited searches per month to help you with your keyword research.

Live Video Classes

There is a live video class every week. These are recorded and premium members can access them on demand. These classes last a minimum of 60 minutes. These usually include a “question and answer” session where people attending the live training ask related questions. These are other real affiliates so these “question and answer” sessions provide a lot of great information. I always learn something from those sessions which makes the time I spent watching the recording well worth it.

I have enjoyed a number of them. They were entertaining, educational, informative and fun. The ones I have looked at I have enjoyed a lot and learned a lot.

how to do affiliate marketing: webinars
These are examples of live video class recordings that are now available to premium members.

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This platform includes top-notch affiliate marketing tools, products and services that affiliates need to build their affiliate marketing businesses. These include Education & Training, Websites, Hosting, Tools to Help Create Content, Keyword Research Tool, Community, Domains & Support.

The Wrap-up

I have been using this leading affiliate marketing platform since January 2015 when I started my free starter account with them. I have been paying for my premium account with them since February 2015 because I find that I use a lot of their offerings as an affiliate marketer myself.

The offerings are all within two membership options – free starter and paid premium. The free starter is used for getting started and if you like it and if you want to, you can upgrade to premium in your own time scale.

This is a great way to see for yourself if this is a good fit for you.

Writing articles on niche website that are highly focussed on applicable keywords is key. There is an extremely high number of people using the internet every day. The search engines process a huge number of search queries every second.

The search engine results are displayed to the person making the search query. This person selects from these search engine results. Reads/skims a few of those articles and potentially buys and affiliate marketers potentially earn.

This is a business model that works.

Affiliate marketing is a way for people all over the world who have access to the internet to made it in the wonderful world of affiliate marketing.

As I have already explained, it does take an amount of effort and you need solid practical know-how. To get the solid practical know-how, I recommend that you do the Online Entrepreneur Course as explained earlier above.

Please also know that it typically will require an amount of time. If you know nothing or little about affiliate marketing now, don’t expect to be making a full time income from this for some time.

I do not know how long that time may take for you as there are too many variables involved.

Affiliate marketing is like other activities in life. You need to spend time learning about it, practicing it often enough to master it, and doing it on a regular basis if you expect any progress.

Just like any other activity. However the good news is that the training process when done properly is nowhere as long and as extensive as learning how to be for instance a medical doctor.

Medical doctors spend a lot of time on their education, training, on the job training and actual job experience before “climbing up the ladder”. The same idea applies to affiliate marketing however the curve is usually shorter, way shorter.

However if you are looking for a way to make it and are prepared to learn and to work at it, this could be exactly what you are looking for.

The Next Step

free affiliate marketing guide: next step

I hope that you enjoyed this guide and that its content resonates with you.

Now that you have some knowledge about affiliate marketing, I would like to introduce you to the affiliate marketing platform I have been using since January 2015.

This is called Wealthy Affiliate and its platform is designed for affiliates of all levels, those you have no experience, those who have some experience and those who are already super successful affiliates.

===> Click Here to Read About Wealthy Affiliate, The Affiliate Platform I Use!
This platform includes top-notch affiliate marketing tools, products and services that affiliates need to build their affiliate marketing businesses. These include Education & Training, Websites, Hosting, Tools to Help Create Content, Keyword Research Tool, Community, Domains & Support.

I hope that this is a good fit for you.

I look forward to working with you,

Peace,

David

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16 thoughts on “How To Do Affiliate Marketing Revealed In Free Online Guide”

  1. I learn so much everyday with affiliate marketing and am so happy and i believe am going to go places with affiliate marketing and am so pleased to know more about affiliate marketing through what i just read about them and the tips on how to earn more and without stress.

    • Hi Cynthia,

      Affiliate Marketing is much a wide subject. You could spend ages reading up on it on the internet and elsewhere, and still not have practical know-how that will empower you to properly do affiliate marketing. It is important to think of your daily days in affiliate marketing as “training” and not to expect too much from it in the early days. That is why I recommend that you get yourself a starter account here and start the process.

      Happy Affiliate Marketing,
      Peace,
      David

  2. I am a fledgling affiliate marketer, I recently began my own website. I’d been writing online for a while and told my current audience to start reading my novels on my website. My niche is books and literature and writing/office tools. I’ve been trying to keep myself motivated and keep out consistent content but I can’t help but feel frustrated because I want fast results, but like you said, Rome wasn’t built in one day. So I’ll just stay consistent and persistent.

    • Hi Alexia,

      That is so cool being a fledgling affiliate marketer. Thrilled to hear that you recently started your own website. It sounds like you are an author of books and you are using your website to help promote your novels. Books are an interesting niche for sure and you will never run out of content ideas.

      Affiliate Marketing is a process. One way to learn and practice a process that works is to get your very own starter account here. The training is top-notch and you will get numerous ideas on how to promote your website and you may also explore other niches as well. 

      Happy Affiliate Marketing,
      Peace,
      David

  3. I commend your article is great to certify my motive towards becoming affiliate marketing expert online.
    I’ll bookmark this blog immediately after this comment because I wouldn’t like to miss more of your great articles to put me through on affiliate marketing as an amateur for now.
    This article is enough to guide me through the process on how to become an affiliate marketing expert and earn a living at the comfort of my home.
    Keep the good work coming David.

    • Hi Preciousgreg,

      Becoming an affiliate marketing expert is very possible for you. You do of course need the proper grounding in affiliate marketing and the best place to get this in my opinion, is to get your very own starter account here.

      This is where you can get great practical real world training from other affiliates who have learned this practical know-how and have communicated this practical know-how in training content, some in the form of videos, others in the form of blogs, others in the form of training courses. 

      You also have access to affiliate tools which will increase your efficiencies even more. 

      Happy Affiliate Marketing,
      Peace,
      David

  4. Affiliate market is one of the best online business you can venture in. There is no location boundary, no shipping  and you don’t need to be there physically. Ever since i started doing affiliate marketing i can work  at the comfort of my home any time any day. From the first tutorial here, i learnt a lot about online marketing.

    • Hi LABULO FUNMILAYO,

      You nailed it for sure. Thrilled that you are finding this affiliate marketing platform good and helpful for your online business.

      Happy Affiliate Marketing,
      Peace,
      David

  5. Hi David,

    Thanks for the great effort in sharing your knowledge on affiliate marketing. This is very insightful and helpful. I think you’ve gone a bit further than i expect in explaining how to do affiliate marketing which is really good, thank you. 

    I think your approach in this article is in dept enough to be a very good tool not just for beginners in affiliate marketing but even those who are new in the industry like me. I potentially started affiliate marketing two months ago and if i’m to be honest, i think your blog is an eye opener for me.

    There is a great amount of details on how i can do affiliate marketing but the information on driving traffic to my website is really the bit i call ‘the real deal’ in affiliate marketing. So, thank you for being a great help.

    Thank you.

    Bolaji    

    • Hi Bolaji,

      Affiliate Marketing is a process. Like all processes, it can become very complex very quickly. And like a lot of processes, it can be boiled down to a few steps. Driving traffic to your website is one of those steps. However, if you do not have anything relevant to say when the traffic arrives, that effort is lost. Therefore creating relevant interesting content is an extremely important step. 

      Happy Affiliate Marketing,
      Peace,
      David

  6. I have now completed the four steps that you outline in your guide. I’ve been affiliate marketing for almost a year and a half. Starting to earn wasn’t the most difficult part. But turning those earnings into a steady stream of cash has proven much more difficult. I know that content creation isn’t my problem. I thoroughly enjoy creating new content and I feel good about the behind-the-scenes SEO work I’m doing to optimize that content. But I’m not seeing the type of conversions that I’d like. Do you know of additional resources for those with experience and looking to take the next step? 

  7. I am a self-proclaimed online business coach here in the Philippines and has a following on social media of about 4,000. Half of this crowd are people looking for an opportunity to earn online and they usually ask me for a recommendation. Because I know how good affiliate marketing is, I recommend this online opportunity but the question I often receive is, “Do we really need to blog?”. I understand the frustration as English is not our native language. Now, I’d like to ask you about this, if this is a killer question, then I need to formulate a killer reply. What do you suggest? Something like a one-liner reply that address this issue of people here being hesitant to enter affiliate marketing because they are afraid of blogging.

    • Hi Gomer,

      The short answer of course is that they do need to blog. The usual advice is to blog in something that you are already passionate about and therefore already know how you can help people within that area of expertise. There is nothing stopping your audience from blogging in their own native language.

      This way their blogging audience would be people who know that native language. They could do their research, taking in knowledge from whatever languages that they understand. Then write their own unique opinions in their own unique blog posts in their own native language. It is extremely important that the content is not copied from elsewhere as that is plagiarism. Translating raw content and then putting up that content is not what I mean. That may be considered as translation plagiarism which is clearly what I mean.

      If you had such a niche website yourself, you could have a standard reply that talks about that niche website and how you create content for it.

      Happy Affiliate Marketing,
      Peace,
      David

  8. The value of a raw true cannot be measured.I love this article been new in the world of affiliate marketing make me more knowledgeable about the marketing Business.This is a real secret of making money and firing your boss to be self independent.Encourage doubting people Whether educated or Not. You Can do it.It begin with the will ” DETERMINATION”

    • Hi Abreal,

      Like most careers affiliate marketing does require personal attributes that help people to become successful at it.

      As you say, determination is one of those attributes. 

      Happy Affiliate Marketing,

      Peace,

      David

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