I once persuaded my mum to buy all my Christmas presents using my affiliate links on Amazon, and then found out that Amazon won’t pay out to anyone with the same surname as you (as they assume them to be family; luckily I have an unusual surname!) or anyone who lives at the same address. However one of my friends has ordered through one of my affiliate links and the commission has tracked for that. It’s my ONLY commission, mind. And my account hasn’t been shut down yet (touch wood, fingers crossed etc etc…)
Individual sellers and companies offering products or services have to deal with their consumers and ensure they are satisfied with what they have purchased. Thanks to the affiliate marketing structure, you’ll never have to be concerned with customer support or customer satisfaction. The entire job of the affiliate marketer is to link the seller with the consumer. The seller deals with any consumer complaints after you receive your commission from the sale.

5) Marketing Effort Done – Marketing your website everywhere helps in increasing traffic to the site. And when traffic shoots up, more people are able to read your content and decide if the product or service you’re promoting is worth checking out. As a result of the amount of marketing effort you commit, your chances of earning commissions increase with every person that visits your site.
If you actually use the product and get results with it, then sharing a case study or your personal experience can be one of the most effective ways of selling those products to your audience. As you build a more responsive list of email subscribers and buyers and your reputation, merchants may offer you “free” samples of e-books or other products.
When you visit an affiliate company, you’ll be able to choose between a free plan or one that comes with a monthly cost. The premium membership comes with more support, more websites, and a stronger connection to the affiliate marketing community, but if you’re at the point where you’re just dipping your toe in the water to see what it’s like, the free membership option comes with some support for the first week and enough freedom and tools to quickly create a basic website and get going.
I really hope this tutorial on how to create an affiliate marketing website was helpful for you. No doubt, running a profitable affiliate marketing website takes more than just having a website. You really need to grow it and nurture it over an extended period of time. But for those that do, the affiliate marketing lifestyle is incredible. Enough waiting, just do it. It may seem overwhelming, but you’ll find all the tools and resources you need as you go along. Just start.
I do find the rejections strange sometimes, and you are SO right that often there doesn’t appear to be a good reason. Just yesterday I got a rejection from a program I applied to months and months ago citing that “my site wasn’t a good fit”, but I had actually been accepted to them through CJ Affiliate when I first applied and have been generating pretty consistent sales haha. Oh well! Guess we’ll never know the “inner workings” of it all, but thanks for reading Robert 😀
When you join an Affiliate program and choose the products that you want to sell, sellers provide you with a unique affiliate code that you can use to refer traffic to the target site. Most affiliate programs will offer ready made text links, banners and other forms of creative copies whereby you only have to copy the code and place it on your website to start referring traffic. When interested visitors click on these links from your site they get redirected to the product site and if they purchase a product or subscribe to a service you as the referrer make a commission.
This site might seem authoritative, but it doesn’t really cater to the visitor. As you can see the site contains a ton of ads, and doesn’t do much to provide a good reading experience. The content is long, but it’s also very hard to read. You could easily create a site that reviews this product and provides a better reading experience and higher-quality review. 

You can sign up as an Amazon associate straight away without a site. As long as you have the URL and it belongs to you. They won’t approve your site until you have made your first commission. So what I would do is get the site built and add all the content that you need. Make sure its finished. Then sign up to the Amazon associates, add in your aff codes to your review pages and then you just wait for your first sale. Make sure you read the amazon T&Cs so your site is compliant. If it isn’t then they will not approve your site.

If you've ever wanted to make money online, I'm sure you came across the term affiliate marketing. Maybe you even purchased eBooks and video trainings, joined affiliate networks such as Clickbank and JVZoo and thought the sales would start rolling in. Because when peopel think about affiliate marketing, they think about the 'fantasy' they've been told - the Easy Button. You start to get the idea that you can quit your day job, push the Easy Button, and live happily ever after after. But then, when you follow that, they seem to make money... but you don't. Sounds familiar?


Browsing the web, you’ll have noticed various call to actions to sign up for a brands newsletter. Digital marketers have long encouraged their readers to subscribe to their lists. Email lists let you contact previous site visitors, outside of them being on your website. This is what makes them so effective, they expand your reach. The flexible structure of emails allows plenty of room to get creative. 

If you find that a specific affiliate program is not working for you, try another one. Programs vary from one another based on the services, products, and the payment system followed by them. While some vendors will offer better marketing materials than others, there are some who will have a lifetime payout on sales compared to the limited 30:90 ratio by others. You can also check with your preferred merchants if they offer an affiliate program. When mixed with organized ad testing methods you can increase your profits in the long run.
Ah, my favourite section. SO, by now, you guys should know that I hate crappy advice. Wellll, I feel like the Internet really let me down with affiliate marketing, because there’s so many small considerations and details that people rarely mention in the beginner guides. SO, here are some sad truths to be wary of (that I had to learn the hard way):

With its business and online store options, Wix isn't just for hobby-bloggers, indeed it counts among its loyal users everyone from publishing companies through to, yes, affiliate marketers. You will find that with just a few sessions of fine-tuning, you can use Wix's suggestions to get a slick site online that shows off your affiliate programs to maximum effect.
Great post, Sean! I have been using Adsense for the most part for two years now and each year, due to great content, my income has doubled. Thanks for all the great content, and this is sure to open my eyes a bit more to the likes of Amazon, which, I will admit, I have been ignoring due to the way they treat their affiliates. But, maybe it’s just me being a turd….
Shopify is probably the most popular e-commerce solutions provider out there, but because there are so many products and options, newcomers can easily get confused. If you believe your audience has products to sell and could benefit from Shopify’s products and are able to elucidate the benefits of signing up for Shopify, you can definitely earn some big money with their affiliate program.
Below are some details about what I'm doing and what I'm looking for to improve my results.

I am an affiliate who drives traffic to landing pages to offers.

Market Sector: Sexual adult dating community
The average conversion rate at present is 0.3% conversion rate per month
Traffic comes from banner ads from adult traffic source

What I am looking for is someone to work with who can assist with increasing landing page conversion with page copy to improve conversion rate above 4% minimum.
There is massive room for growth with traffic, however first step is to increase conversion rate before increasing volumes.

If there are people who are sensitive to sexual adult content, this will have to be something you are comfortable with.


Hope this helps to give you more context, get in touch for more information and specifics.

Designed to create a huge amount of traffic at all times, these sites focus on building an audience of millions. These websites promote products to their massive audience through the use of banners and contextual affiliate links. This method offers superior exposure and improves conversion rates, resulting in a top-notch revenue for both the seller and the affiliate.
Don’t just hope and pray that visitors will buy; setup everything correctly and make it happen! If you think that visitors will click on your affiliate links and buy just because you placed dozens of affiliate links on your website then you are wrong! You need to have a structured plan in place. Affiliate marketing is a business so you will have a much better chance of succeeding if you treat it like one.
I can relate about your experience with scams, there’s no shortage of them online. Sorry to hear about your career but the good news is you can absolutely build an online business from scratch with a website and you can do it for very little money. If you willing to put in the time and effort then there’s much you can learn in this space and a lot you can achieve.
Same here, this post kind of fell from the sky at such a great time. Been building a great community of readers over the years but reached a point where I’m losing money maintaining the site and newsletter. As you said, the ads don’t bring much -ironically I use Adblocks too but affiliate marketing always seemed like a weird and opaque subject. I’ve read many of Chris Guillebeau’s books in the last few months (this is how I discovered your site actually!) and I didn’t realize he had affiliate links for instance. Your post opened up a new window of possibility for me. Still need to process everything and do the work behind but a big thank you to you Sean!

This article is a good one I started affiliate marketing around 2010 but quit alonged the line because I was not getting the necessary traffics needed but now I see most mistakes I made was targeting more niches and not focusing on one. Also did not do more research on the products so as to get more information about it… Lastly as being impatient. Maybe if I had made more research on how affiliate marketing works, that would have helped alot. Thanks for the insights 
Nice one.I like your post. Thanks for sharing your strategies. You have said it all. A lot of people are using affiliate marketing to augment their income through their websites. Your post has highlighted some of the mistakes I made when I started as an affiliate marketer three years ago. I wasn’t patience; I didn’t use a call to action in my post, and I was expecting much without concentrating on building my traffic. I’m book marking this post.
The purpose of this type of marketing is not to shove things down your readers’ throats and hope that they will become so annoyed by your advertisements that they’ll click them.  The purpose is to convince your reader that you are a trustworthy source of information and then to suggest ways they can improve their lives with the products and services offered by your affiliate partners.
I wasn’t expecting to see immense results as early as my first month. I thought that I have to wait for a long time to actually see people visiting my website and buying my affiliate products. I am really happy with my website builder and because of this website maker I know how to create a website and I created a new website for my new business. My second website is also a big hit to my clients. Like the first one, it is easy to navigate and people like what I offer.
Affiliate marketing is the practice of a merchant rewarding their affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate's marketing efforts. Examples include sites where they pay you a commission for referring a sale. This is usually accomplished by the affiliate putting a merchant’s banner or text link on their website, blog, newsletter or placing links in social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. When someone clicks on a banner, it places a cookie in his or her computer that allows the merchant to track where the sale came from.

All the work you do promoting third-party products shouldn’t be in vain. You have to understand that commissions in affiliate marketing aren’t guaranteed – you’d have to make sure your blog has traffic first, and that you’re able to encourage people to click the affiliate link. From there, you’d have to cross your fingers that these people buy something from the affiliate network so you can earn a cut from the sale.

As an affiliate marketer, you create content.  Maybe it’s blog content or a full informative website.  Perhaps it’s a lively Facebook or Twitter feed.  Either way, your content is helpful to people who go online and search for things.  Maybe these people want to hear someone else’s thoughts on a particular product.  Maybe they want to know what types of products they need to achieve their goals.


I’ve written about affiliate marketing before, but at this point, i would like to quickly remind everyone what affiliate marketing is. It’s the process of promoting another companies products/services and if people end up buying you earn a commission. You can join an affiliate network or affiliate with a company directly. Basically, you connect the consumer with a product. The better your marketing skills are, the more sales you will make.
If you actually use the product and get results with it, then sharing a case study or your personal experience can be one of the most effective ways of selling those products to your audience. As you build a more responsive list of email subscribers and buyers and your reputation, merchants may offer you “free” samples of e-books or other products.

DreamHost is a hosting platform designed specifically for entrepreneurs. Though a little pricier than other hosting platforms, but they offer more free features. When you sign up for DreamHost you get a free domain name, free site builder, and free privacy protection including SSL/TLS certification. They also offer unlimited storage and bandwidth, a 100% guaranteed uptime, and free credits for any period of downtime. If these offers aren’t enough they also offer a 97-day full money back guarantee if you are not happy with their service. So the extra couple of dollars are worth it.

Luckily I found BlueVoda, thanks to my friends. I thought that they were only trying to sell this website builder just because I do not know how to create a website. What I did not know is that this is indeed the best free website builder. It took me just an hour to create a website from scratch. With the help of BlueVoda website builder, everything that I wanted for my website was all there. My website is easy to navigate, easy to understand, and it attracts a lot of traffic.
If you have built up an email list, you could also promote your affiliate offers via email promotions. Just make sure you build up a relationship with your audience first instead of going for the hard sell straightaway. The emails you send out must contain your affiliate links to products so when your audience click through. the sale is attributed to you. 
Start an eCommerce store: This may come later but you have the option to showcase your business and include eCommerce features including SSL checkout on your domain, shipping and tax management, coupon and discount codes, filtered search, and one-click integrations from the Weebly App Center. If you don’t need a store for what you’re doing you don’t have to worry about it.

Hi Christina. I have been looking for answers about how to start affiliate through a travel blogging for more than 3 weeks and this post shined a light for me. Thank you! I still have a question about how and when to start applying to affiliate programs. I just opened my travel blog last week and had only 2 posts. Off course I have no established traffic and posts yet. I want to use affiliate links to start writing about reviews of hotels and places where I have visited, but I know my blog won’t be accepted by advertisers because I don’t have enough contents. I also took Michelle’s course and one of the chapters said to start affiliate marketing as soon as possible, but I don’t know how would you be accepted by advertisers at very very beginning?? Should I forcus on writing more posts first? And how many would be adequate to start applying to programs? Thank you for reading. Your blog is very helpful!!
Don’t just hope and pray that visitors will buy; setup everything correctly and make it happen! If you think that visitors will click on your affiliate links and buy just because you placed dozens of affiliate links on your website then you are wrong! You need to have a structured plan in place. Affiliate marketing is a business so you will have a much better chance of succeeding if you treat it like one.
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