Your blog is a great way to make things personal.  You can show your personality more on blog posts than on individual informational website pages.  You can also focus each post on a particular topic, niche, or reader.  It is also a great way to utilize SEO strategies to pull readers from search engines. Remember to make all posts focused on being helpful.

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.
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 😀
HI Dawn. Really useful article. Affiliate marketing is something I’ve tried on and off for years but as soon as it comes to keyword research, i block. i’m blind so understanding all the information that keywords research gives you is just soooo. difficult. and i don’t know how to choose longtail keywords. As a result I’ve always stuck to direct selling but I love to write and feel sure that if i got my head around keyword research and knowing how to pick words I could make a go of this. Any advice?
Look at Ebates (a rebates website acquired by Rakuten for $1 Billion) and at The Wirecutter (a content resource bought by The New York Times), and at Stylinity (a community that helps brands leverage the clout of influencers to reach shoppers). What do they all have in common? Three things: (i) they innovate to create “something worth seeking out,” (ii) they use affiliate marketing to monetize what they do, and (iii) they are successful at it!
I wish I could promise you an easy way to build an affiliate marketing website and start making money by tonight. I just can’t. There are plenty of “guru’s” out there who promise get rich quick methods. Of course, 99.99999% of those are scams. If you want to find that needle in the haystack, good luck. Over several years I’m still searching for that get rich quick jackpot.

Awesome article! This is jam packed with great info. I am just starting a personal finance blog with my fiance and we were a little confused about how to start monetizing. We were initially thinking about using Google AdSense but between this post and another blog I read I am surely convinced that’s not the correct route. I’m really happy you have shared this information because it’s provided an excellent starting point for creating income.
Hello, my name is Evelyn and thanks for visiting my site Begin At Zero.  I started this website because I enjoy looking for ways to make money online. I learned from researching online that finding the right business is like finding the right ONE. We don't want NO lying, NO cheating and NO up-sells. These businesses are always wanting you to join their business. Just like any first date, the business should fork the bill. What I mean is that there should be a free version. Stay safe, keep your money in the bank and don't be too easy. 

Wow. Thank you for parting the mists of the mystery of affiliate marketing. I was drowning in vagueness and confusion for a few weeks there and now I feel like I have enough information to at least create a strategy around when I might want to start. I had no idea that it was so country-specific, which is important because I get just as many hits from European countries as I do the U.S.

Domain Name – Your “domain name” is simply the URL you want to use for your website. For example, the domain name for this site you’re on right now is AffiliateMarketerTraining.com. In order to obtain a domain name, you must register your domain with what is called a “domain registrar”. Don’t get intimidated, it’s going to be incredibly easy to do this.
These two services are requirements for a successful affiliate marketing website. While there are free options available, I never recommend setting up your first affiliate marketing website on a free platform. For more information about why I do not recommend setting up a free affiliate marketing website, you can read my article about why free affiliate marketing websites are a waste of time.
Affiliate Marketing Tip #3 – The Niche is Everything: You can’t earn money with affiliate marketing if you can’t get traffic to your website or blog. Competition on the Internet is fierce. Someone –or many others cover almost any topic or specialized area you can think of. Some competition is OK. In fact if you pick a niche that has a few competitors, that tells you that the niche is probably viable. But you don’t want to pick a product or a niche that is dominated by large professional affiliate marketers. Some examples of this would include mortgages, credit cards, lawyers, cancer treatments and so on. These areas have affiliate deals that pay huge commissions, but therefore they attract much more competition.
Shopify has three different account types as well as standalone third-party products like themes and apps. Commissions are paid for sales of any of these products, including users who sign up for a 14-day free trial and then convert to a paid account. Shopify also has a wide range of blog posts, webinars, and video tutorials that can be linked to with the standard commission paid on any sales that are generated.
The meat of the post is his month by month playbook and recounting of how his site grew. The first month was all about creating and setting up the site, as well as how he chose a product and how he decided to monetize it. This highlights the sheer amount of work he put into research and content to fill his site. He dug deep into reviews for his chosen product and he wrote deep reviews stretching into the 2,500-word range. Month 1, he had just over 800 visitors and made $115.
Most businesses require startup fees as well as a cash flow to finance the products being sold. However, affiliate marketing can be done at a low cost, meaning you can get started quickly and without much hassle. There are no affiliate program fees to worry about and no need to create a product. Beginning this line of work is relatively straightforward.
Tim that great advise, I surely do appreciate it. I paid some amount of money last year for someone to help me establish my own website, however I never took it further than that. Now I have tried a few different online scams, that are just that “SCAMS” ! They don’t tell you 90% of the negative behind it, like e-bay or amazon and retail marketing for example. So, anyhow I have a little online experience in different areas, and I have nothing but time on my hands I lost my career a few years back and I can no longer drive. This is fantastic I’am going to take some time and figure out what I am truly interested in and have some knowledge about and start a web site or two. From my heart I truly thank you for the wisdom and encouragement. 

Can you spot influencers? Do some Google searches for terms or keywords related to your topic. Do many blogs or informational content appear in the search results? Do these blogs seem to have authority? Are the readers engaged and commenting on posts or does there seem to be a strong social following? Strong engagement or following tells you there is an audience for the topic. Note the blogs and social influencers within your topic, and jot down what you like about them or feel is missing from their content. This research will come in handy later as you plan your content.
The site has grown immensely popular as one of the first of its kind, though its design has been mimicked endlessly in the years since it reached success. It’s estimated that, as of the time of the post I linked above, it was making an estimated $20,000 per month from Amazon affiliate sales alone, along with more from, eBay partner sales and referrals to a whole host of other sites, like ThinkGeek and Wicked Lasers.
While any “regular” job requires you to be at work to make money, affiliate marketing offers you the ability to make money while you sleep. By investing an initial amount of time into a campaign, you will see continuous returns on that time as consumers purchase the product over the following days and weeks. You receive money for your work long after you’ve finished it. Even when you’re not in front of your computer, your marketing skills will be earning you a steady flow of income.
If it all sounds like a lot and you’re overwhelmed, don’t feel bad. It is a lot . But the only way to move forward is to get started and learn as you go. And if you can find the money to do so, it’s worth hiring someone to help. Look into online marketing agencies and consultants, or freelance specialists to help with things like SEO and blogging. Your life will be a lot easier if you outsource some of your online marketing to people skilled in doing it. Then you can focus on creating the products or content you built the site to promote to begin with.
Trying to create a website for their own business, Simbla's founders recognized, over the years, a lack of excellent, simple tools available on the market. Therefore, in 2013 Simbla was founded, for the purpose of providing a smart and easy website building solution for all types of businesses. Simbla's founders have more than 15 years of experience with web-based platforms and website building. We are helping SMB's to create a web presence and to evolve easily into a highly competitive market.

The most important thing you’ll need to do to be successful in affiliate marketing is getting to know your product first, then your audience. If this is a product you’re selling and putting your time in to, you should be an expert on the product at hand, because this gives you the ability to create real trust between you and your audience base. Not to mention, I also feel it’s important to remember that you’re putting your own reputation on your product, and you want it to reflect that type of quality. When building your first affiliate marketing website, make sure to include plenty of informative content that really teaches your audience about the products you’re referring them to, and allows them to have all questions answered in one place. When your audience trusts you, they’re like to keep coming back to you for more.
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