Introduction To Affiliate Marketing : Getting Started

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Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. I do not yet know your story. However, you are here because you want to change your current situation. You have realised that you cannot solely depend on active income. Relax, you are in the right space. It is your time to take control of your future. However, to achieve your goal you have to move from content consumer to  content creator. This is where I come in, I will show you how to do it. On this post, my aim is to introduce you to the concept of affiliate marketing. You will learn about the basic resources that you need to get started. 

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is simply the art of promoting other peoples products or services to earn a commission. It is that simple. However, to be successful you require certain skills and knowledge. In all honesty, most of these skills can be acquired online. The problem is that most people get distracted by the get rich quick schemes online. In the marketing community, it is called the shiny object syndrome (SOS). Everyone is drawn to this idea, but the reality is that you need to learn and apply the skills required to succeed. 

Essential Resources for Affiliate Marketing

There resource are essential  for a beginner to get started and achieve success.  

  1. Good Training Platform
  2. A Mentor
  3. Affiliate networks
  4. Marketing Resources & Tools
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1. Good training & support network

To be a doctor, you would have to attend medical school. To practice law, you would have to attend law school. It is not rocket science, to figure out that the same applies to become successful online. Choose a training & support platform to help guide your path. The two platforms listed below are ideal. Your choice depends on what you want to accomplish and your budget. My Top recommendations is:

  • Clickbank University

Clickbank University

Clickbank University 2.0

Affiliate Training platform created by Matt Hulett, Adam Horwitz and Justin Atlan. Clickbank University is a good platform for serious entrepreneurs who are looking earn money through affiliate / digital  marketing. 

You learn how to create and  market your own info products (mostly digital). You also learn how to market Clickbank products as an affiliate. This training was pulled together using the best strategies of their most successful entrepreneurs.

How much does it cost?

Price: $47 per month

Clickbank is my top recommendation for someone searching for  marketing education and community. This training was put together using the best strategies from elite marketers that have generated millions of dollars online. 

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Quality Training – Current innovative marketing strategies
  • Online Community 
  •  Learning to create your own info products 

Cons

  • Focus on driving Clickbank Marketplace 

Close Alternative But Not Top Recommendation

Wealthy Affiliate - Free Starter Membership

An affiliate marketing online training platform created by Kyle Loudoun & Carson Lim.  Offers a free starter membership.

How much does it cost?

Starter membership – Free (please see the chart below) – Recommended

Premium membership – $49 per month (please see the chart below) – Not Recommended

Annual Yearly Price – $ 359 (This is a discounted price for annual subscribers)- Not Recommended

Pros & Cons

Pros –

  • Limited Web hosting (50) included in premium offer 
  • Jaxxy Lite Keyword Tool included in offer 

Cons – 

  • Focus on blogging & product reviews as a traffic strategy
  • Restrictive community
  • No contact number for hosting site support 
  • Self promotion not allowed

Wealthy Affiliate Vs Clickbank University

  • Wealthy Affiliate offers basic training that is suitable for a complete novice. The blogging strategy takes time to yield results. If you choose this option my advice would be to use article marketing /blogging to promote your own business and other high ticket affiliate offers rather than focusing completely on promoting wealthy affiliate. Most members loose sight of their business and spend lots of valuable time within the community promoting wealthy affiliate. 
  • Clickbank University offers more advanced methodologies suitable for someone that wants to hit the ground running. The platform has tons of high converting product selections. I like this training because it also shows you how to create and market your own digital products.  You gain access to network with top sellers that have generated millions with online marketing. 

2. A Mentor

The biggest expense in entrepreneurial life is not knowing the secret of successful entrepreneurs (i.e. having mentors).

I have being in this industry for a while now and I assure you that navigating the intricacies of entrepreneurship and online making is not easy without a guide. To be successful you need someone to guide your path who has already dealt with the challenges ahead of you. Someone who will share the secrets to their success. This will enable you progress without hindrance and avoid the usual pitfalls and shiny objects.   

There are several successful mentors out there to pick from. You have to find one suitable and compatible to you.

I offer 1-2-1 mentoring over phone and Skype to help guide beginners and expedite your path to success. To learn more about my mentoring program. Please contact me using my contact form. Due to other commitments sometimes I am unable to offer this service. 

3. Affiliate Networks

These are networks that connect you to affiliate offers. A marketplace where you can choose which offers you would like to promote. There are several of these networks around. Just do a bit of research to find them. I have listed two suggestions below:

  1. Amazon Associates 
  2. ShareASale

Amazon Associates

Amazon marketplace provides access to numerous products from different niches. It is free to join. This platform has enabled many marketers to create wealth online. 

ShareASale

ShareASale is a marketplace similar to Clickbank. You get access to numerous product offers from varied niche markets and vendors.         

4. Marketing Resources & Tools

After gaining knowledge from quality training and association. The next step is implementation. Your level of success and time requirement depends on the resources available to you. Most people fail to grasp this simple fact. For example if you are travelling on an air-plane, you will get to your destination faster than someone travelling on road. There are several marketing resources and tools that will help you accomplish your tasks more efficiently and effectively. Click below to see my top marketing resources.

Top Marketing Resources and Tools 

Related articles

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Thank you for reading, much appreciated. If you ever need a hand or have any questions, please feel free to leave them below. I will be happy to help.

About The Author

Anthony is a UK certified business strategist and consultant. An entrepreneurship mentor and ezine published writer.  He embraced entrepreneurship after experiencing an existential awakening. Anthony helps entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners achieve success. You are invited to check out his services page and connect with him via the following social platforms:

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This Post Has 44 Comments

  1. Hi,

    Anthony, I Just found this web post in passing and saw you talking about Wealthy Affiliates. In fact, I’m a member as well and I can guarantee the readers here that it’s absolutely what you’re looking for on why you found this website. It helped me a lot and I was able to have my website even though I don’t know anything about how to make one. It also guided me in every step on how to be a part of affiliate marketing. I’m actually glad I joined.

    Great success to you, Anthony.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts Eli, much – appreciated. Looking forward to following your success. Best wishes

  2. Affiliate marketing is certainly a great way to make money online but it’s not as easy as some people make it sound. I’ve been a member of Wealthy Affiliate for more than 2 years now and I can say it’s one of the best training courses out there. It’s very difficult to find another  program that can offer everything WA has for just $49 per month. 

    From my experience as an affiliate marketer success it’s all about hard work and not giving up. No matter your niche or the training course someone will end up buying nothing will happen unless you work hard and create value for your readers. 

    1. Hi Nikos – I agree with you 100% that Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best courses out there for anyone looking to establish an online business. The FREE starter membership offers so much value to get anyone started at no cost. I started my journey as a free member and upgraded down the line. Like you pointed out, it fundamentally comes down to valuable content, hard work and perseverance. Thanks for sharing your insights and experience. Best wishes 

  3. Hi Anthony, your post is really informative and I’ve managed to pick up some good points about affiliate marketing. At this point I might need some training since I’m a newbie, which would you recommend, Wealthy Affiliate or ClickBank University? I’m leaning towards Wealthy Affiliate since ClickBank seems too expensive for me at this point.

    1. Hi Lucas – Glad you found my content helpful and informative. I recommend you kick-start your journey with Wealthy Affiliate. The free starter package is ideal for a newbie. It will walk you through the fundamentals of establishing an online business at zero cost. You will also be on my team with direct access to my consultation guide. Looking forward to following and participating in your success. Best wishes 

  4. Great article on introduction to Affiliate Marketing.  It’s great to be able to start your own online business with very little capital.  I would suggest putting aside some funds to ensure that you get the proper affiliate training.  I have personally gone through the training Wealthy Affiliate offers and if you apply what you learn and work hard you will see results.  Trying to learn on your own can take many years since you will probably make all the mistakes others have already made.  My advice to new affiliate marketers has always been to educate yourself and fast track your journey to success..

    1. Hi Celeste – I agree with you 100% that putting aside funds would expedite the process. However, ultimately it comes down to proper guidance, hard work. and perseverance.Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insights and experience, much appreciated. Best wishes 

  5. Thanks to Kyle and Carson the founders not just founders but they open free gate to all us how Wealthy Affiliate operates freely yep yep very excellent platform to establish our online marketing entrepreneurship thanks to all of us because the will never work without a team makes dream works.

    Beside I will be lost if did not find Wealthy Affiliate thanks again Kyle and Carson bravo excellent well done .

    And to all of us lets bring team back home 

    1. Hi Otis – Glad to know that you found the WA platform helpful and things are working out well for you. The synergy derived from the pay it forward community environment is awesome. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your experience, much appreciated. 

  6. I’m a great fan of affiliate marketing. My favourite website to promote is Amazon because my main blog is a parenting and family website and Amazon has amazing products that I can share with my readers. 

    There are so many people that hear affiliate marketing and think it is a scam, but like you say it really is as simple as promoting products on behalf of a company and being paid commission on sales. It’s like being an independent sales rep. 

    1. Hello Lynne – Amazon is a great affiliate network known to most people. Glad that you are enjoying promoting and sharing their products with your readers. The scepticism about online marketing mostly relates to the failures of people chasing after get rich quick schemes. For those that learn the fundamentals by seeking proper guidance. Success comes down to hard work and commitment. Congrats on your achievements. 

  7. Great article!! This is definitely the toolbox for getting started with affiliate marketing. The Wealthy Affiliate site walks you through step-by-step to creating a site that fits your niche and guides you on how to maximize your income potential.

    The Jaaxy tool is as essential for any Internet marketer as a blueprints are for a home builder. The keyword tool alone is priceless but there are so many others that make your life easier in the Internet world as a business person.

    I am also an affiliate marketer and I don’t know what I would do without these tools at my finger tips. The support from Wealthy Affiliates along with the Jaaxy tools have made my experience that much more rewarding. Keep up the good work. We need more people like you helping others to make their businesses a better experience for themselves and their customers.

    1. Hello Duncan – I appreciate you stopping by to share your insights and experience. Access to the right tools and resources is essential to establish a successful online business. Wealthy Affiliate training teaches the required fundamentals that enable autonomy.

      Jaaxy is an amazing tool. It enables me to target keywords with precision. Having a community that supports each other succeed is also awesome. Congrats on your achievements. Looking forward to more of your insights. Best wishes 

  8. Yea, affiliate marketing is getting to promote market places and individual products and services for a commission without actually buying them. I’m trying my hands on affiliate marketing and I hope it will work out for me.

    1. Hello Matt – Thanks for stopping by and contributing much appreciated

  9. Affiliate marketing is almost present anywhere. As what I have observed, it can be always seen in social media by influencers.

  10. A good training platform is all I need to get started..thanks for sharing the two training platforms..they are not too pricey though but I hope the training is worth every penny..

  11. I love your great information. To be a successful affiliate net worker you need good training and support team. Otherwise you will be swallowed and frustrated before you even start.

    1. You are absolutely right Grace – Being in the right environment and having access to the right resources enables success. Thanks for stopping by much appreciated. Please feel free to reach out anytime. Best wishes

  12. These videos are super informing. I’ve heard about affiliate networking but never got an in depth information about how it works. I need to come back here more and learn.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Janet much appreciated. Please feel free to bookmark my site for future reference. I endeavor to keep my content updated.

  13. Great to know that the Wealthy affiliate membership offers a starter program. I prefer to start simple and then climb the ladder as I learn.

    1. Great to see you again Barak – Wealthy Affiliate’s starter program is ideal for someone on zero budget. It is a great community for a novice. For someone that wants to earn money straight away, Clickbank University is the ideal option in my opinion.

  14. I wish I had this back then. I am a rookie marketer who quit simply because I do not have enough knowledge. I might get back at it soon.

    1. Hello Scott – Digital marketing is evolving at pace. You should get back on your horse again. Please feel free to reach out anytime. I will be happy to help

  15. Thanks for the article i have learnt a lot about affiliate marketing, new information i never had before. Like the 3 resources for a beginner to know all about this kind of marketing.

    1. Hello Robert – Glad you found my content informative. Please feel free to reach out anytime. I am here to help

  16. A lot of people are looking for ways to make money online but they always want a shortcut. Affilicate marketing isn’t a get rich quick scheme but it does reward hard work.

    1. You are absolutely right Roy – Affiliate Marketing is not a get rich quick scheme. It is ideal for someone that understands the concept of delayed gratification. Unfortunately, most people due to circumstances focus on instant gratification. Thanks for stopping by and contributing much appreciated

  17. Starting out with affiliate marketing is the real struggle. The first few months can be very difficult.

    1. Hi Meg – You are absolutely right. It can be a struggle at the beginning because of the learning curve. It is always ideal to have a mentor to guide your path. Having a mentor does make things easier because you will have someone in your corner that has overcome the challenges you will face. Please feel free to reach out anytime.

  18. I started doing affiliate marketing but I was having problems attracting traffic to my blog. I might pick it up again this year.

    1. Hi Patricia – Traffic generation can be challenging but there are several strategies that will help you get traffic. Forums and social media are great traffic sources. Please feel free to reach out if you need to discuss more advanced focused strategies. Best wishes on your blog. Please let me know how you get on…

  19. Affiliate marketing, like any other money making venture, requires investment in terms of time and effort. It’s a better route to take than those online scams that are everywhere nowadays.

    1. Hello Oliver – That’s a very valid point. Most people fail to realize that Affiliate marketing like any other business requires investment both time and money. Having some investment will help expedite the process. Thanks for stopping by and contributing much appreciated

  20. I think the initial investment in training to be a successful affiliate marketer is totally worth it in the long run. I have read testimonies of people making thousands of dollars each month just from affiliate marketing.

    1. You are absolutely right Daphne – The initial investment is definitely worth it. You get to learn a skill that serves you for a lifetime. Thanks for stopping by much appreciated.

  21. Thanks for this detailed piece. I like that the training and online platforms are very affordable especially for someone just starting out in the affiliate marketing process. I think you made a key point about implementation and using the resources you have at your disposal. In this digital age, it is always to your advantage to spread awareness about your product or startup with all the networking tools online.

    1. Hello Maury – You are absolutely right. Success in online marketing comes down to learning and implementation using quality resources and strategy. We live in a digital age and smart business owners are taking advantage of this great opportunity. Please feel free to reach out anytime. Thanks for stopping by and contributing much appreciated.

  22. Thank you for explaining the differences between Wealthy Affiliate and Clickbank University. Both options sound profitable to start with affiliate marketing.

    1. Hello Vanessa – Glad you found my content helpful. Yes, Wealthy Affiliate starter program is suited for a complete novice with zero budget. You can gain access to some resources that offer great insight without upgrading to the premium platform. Clickbank is more suited for someone that is serious about making money straight away. The strategies are more cutting and performance driven. Please feel free to reach out anytime. Thanks for stopping by much appreciated.

  23. Hmm it seems like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum
    it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.

    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing.
    Do you have any tips for inexperienced blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate
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    1. Hi Efren – Thanks for stopping by. Glad you found this information useful. My advice is to write about what you know and get someone to guide you to effectively use this strategy to grow your business.

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