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Introduction To Affiliate Marketing : Getting Started

Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. I do not yet know your specific drive. 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 consumer to 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 success

There are three essential resource categories that need to be in place for a beginner to get started. 

  1. Good training & support network
    1. Wealthy Affiliates
    2. Clickbank University
  2. Keyword research tool
    1. Jaaxy
    2. Google Keyword Planner
  3. Affiliate networks
    1. Clickbank
    2. ShareASale

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. 

  1. Wealthy Affiliate 
  2. Clickbank University

Wealthy Affiliate

An affiliate marketing online training platform created by Kyle Loudoun & Carson Lim. Ideal for someone on a low budget. This platform provides all the training and resources needed to kick-start a successful online business. You can work from anywhere. It is very accessible and easy to use. Starter membership is completely free. Members can earn through referrals. 

How much does it cost?

Starter members – Free (please see the chart below)

Ist Month Premium Membership – $19 (Discounted Price)

Premium members – $49 per month (please see the chart below)

Annual Yearly Price – $ 359 (This is a discounted price for annual subscribers)This is the best package and my recommendation. 

Wealthy Affiliate Course Outline

Wealthy Affiliate is a good place to start your entrepreneurial journey. It is my official training platform for all business associates, new to affiliate marketing.

I recommend you create a free starter account and check out the community and training. This will enable you to make an informed decision. Business is all about due diligence. Once registered you can access the Online Entrepreneur Certification Level 1.

To learn more about the WA starter and premium membership features, please click below

Clickbank University

Affiliate Training platform created by Matt Hulett, Adam Horwitz and Justin Atlan. Clickbank University is a good platform for entrepreneurs who are looking to create their own info products (mostly digital) to market online.

You will 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?

Advertised price: $47 per month

Upsell: $ 594.

Members can earn through referrals. This is a genuine platform, but a bit pricey for someone on a low budget. Clickbank University is a good fit for someone with capital, seeking to build a business publishing your own info (digital) products. To learn more about this offer, please click below

2. Keyword Research Tool

Every top business person knows that research is a very important aspect of any business. In Affiliate Marketing It is no different. You need a keyword research tool to gain insight on focus keywords and market competition. I recommend you check out the resources below:

  1. Jaaxy Keyword Tool
  2. Google Keyword Planner

Jaaxy Keyword Tool

This is one of the most effective keyword research tools available. It provides information on traffic, site ranking and competition etc. Jaaxy is an awesome research tool. Experienced online marketers know that content is king. You need valuable insight to effectively connect with your target audience. Quality keyword data on traffic and competition is essential. Jaaxy delivers the golden goose (Organic SEO traffic)

Jaaxy helps you discover relevant low hanging keywords, with good traffic to drive effective marketing campaigns. By gaining insight into what your audience is searching for on the web,  you gain insight on how best to serve them. It also provides competition analysis. You discover why other websites are ranking higher. Knowing your audience and competition helps you to devise more effective strategies to achieve success. I use Jaxxy for my keyword research.

They offer a free starter trial membership of 30 searches. To check out Jaaxy in more detail Click here

Google Keyword Planner

This is a free keyword research tool within Google AdWords (Google Ads). You will need a google account to access this resource. It is not as precise as Jaaxy, however,  it is free to use. Something to get you started on a low budget.

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. Clickbank
  2. ShareASale

Clickbank

Clickbank is a marketplace that 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.         

Related articles

To find out more about Niche Affiliate Marketing and other essential resources that I use, please read the related posts below:

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 14 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 

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