12 Things to Get Started Affiliate Marketing

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To Get Started Affiliate Marketing, you will need several key elements and tools to help you succeed. Here are 12 things you will need:

Affiliates are people who advertise or promote products and services offered through vendors and stores that offer affiliate programs that pay a commission to the affiliate for completed sales. An Affiliate is a small business contracting to perform advertising and marketing on behalf of a company on a commission or percentage of the sale and not a salaried employee of the company. You will be required to check into licensing needs and tax reporting requirements for your own business.

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Below are 12 things you need to get started with affiliate marketing.

1 Niche selection:

Identify a niche or industry you are passionate about and that has potential for affiliate marketing. A Niche needs to be well targeted, low competition, and something you are passion driven in. You will learn about content creation and it will take a lot of content to gain traction in search engines and write your legacy as a top affiliate.

Here are tips on Niche Selection for those about to get started affiliate marketing.

Selecting the right niche for affiliate marketing is crucial for your success. Here are some steps to help you choose a niche:

1. Identify your interests and passions: Start by making a list of topics you are genuinely interested in or knowledgeable about. Passion for your niche will keep you motivated and make your content more authentic.

2. Research profitability and demand: Look for niches that have a potential customer base and are profitable. You can use keyword research tools like Google Keyword Planner or Ubersuggest to gauge the search volume and competition for keywords related to your potential niche.

3. Assess competition: Analyze the competition within your chosen niches. Are there already established affiliate marketers or websites targeting the same audience? While competition is healthy, too much competition might make it harder to stand out. Look for a balance.

4. Narrow down your niche: Refine your niche by narrowing it down. For example, instead of targeting the broad niche of “fitness,” you could focus on a specific segment like “home workouts for busy professionals” or “yoga for pregnant women.”

5. Identify target audience: Determine who your target audience is within your chosen niche. Understand their demographics, interests, and pain points. This will help you tailor your content and promotions to resonate with them.

6. Affiliate product availability: Research the availability of affiliate products within your niche. Check if there are reputable affiliate programs and products you can promote. Look for a variety of products and affiliate networks to ensure a steady stream of potential offers.

7. Profit potential: Consider the earning potential of your chosen niche. Look at the average commission rates, the price points of the products you’ll promote, and the overall market demand. Make sure the niche can provide you with a sustainable income.

8. Long-term viability: Evaluate the long-term viability of your niche. Is it a passing trend or something that will remain relevant in the future? Choose a niche that has the potential for growth and sustainability.

9. Test and validate: Before fully committing to a niche, test its viability by creating some preliminary content and promoting relevant affiliate products. Monitor the response from your audience and assess if there is enough interest and engagement.

Remember that choosing a niche is a personal decision, and it’s important to select something that aligns with your interests and goals. Balance your passion with profitability, and be willing to adapt and pivot if needed as you gain more insights and experience in the affiliate marketing space.

2 Website or blog: 

Create a website or blog to serve as your online platform. This will be the primary place where you promote affiliate products and provide valuable content. My personal choice as you can see is BLOGS. The reason behind it is mass distribution of content through RSS Feeds, and easy indexing through regular search parsing of my XML sitemap. 

In addition, sections like the comments below give me a chance to get to know

Website or Blog for Affiliate Marketing

readers that e-mail and other methods never will. My blog is also an extension of my personality and a place to express my thoughts.

Please note I am also the owner of Kiosk Social, a newly launched social media network that is monetized through verified memberships, advertising, and affiliate marketing. We will talk about social sites and leveraging other people’s content in future posts.

3 Domain Name: Choose a unique and memorable domain name that aligns with your niche and brand.

A domain name is like a street address for your business and the website you can learn to make in a few simple steps is like your storefront for both ideas and products. A Great domain name may have nothing to do with your niche. Some of the biggest names in websites in terms of users in traffic are Google which is to stare at something, Facebook which has nothing to do with a picture book or photo album, and Amazon which has nothing to do with a group of warrior women in S. America.

Still, these short-domain sites are memorable and attract Billions of daily page views.

4 Web hosting: 

Find a reliable web hosting service to ensure your website is accessible to visitors. If you are starting with WordPress which is a simple to learn Content Management System that powers millions of blogs like this one you should really seek WordPress Specialized Hosting through a company like Wealthy Affiliate or NameCheap. While signing up you can purchase your domain name,

My personal host is Wealthy Affiliate which also provided me the knowledge to write this blog and a powerful research tool for search engines called Jaaxy.

5 Content management system (CMS): 

Use a CMS like WordPress to build and manage your website easily. WordPress is highly extendable including community-We reccomend WordPress CMS for Blogs and Websiteslike features ranging from making blogs to social sites, forums, and even classified ads sites. 

CMS Like WordPress allow comment and social interactions that can have 1 reader become 1,000 visitors if they share your influence with their following. You will also have a place to create a newsletter or report for e-mail marketing that keeps readers coming back and sharing new content and special offers.

6 Content creation: 

Create high-quality content such as articles, blog posts, videos, or podcasts that are relevant to your niche and engage your target audience.

Content can be in any format and mixed sizes. On this blog so far I have a couple of longer posts, over the 1500-word average I aim for but we will also boast shorter content as well. The big thing in content creation is flow. A reader for example should learn something new in every paragraph of subheading and they should be given an intro that says what to expect or what is in it for them, and a summary that offers a brief review of the post.

7 Affiliate networks:

Join reputable affiliate networks like Amazon Associates, ClickBank, ShareASale, or CJ Affiliate to find affiliate programs and products to promote.

Affiliate networks and online Super Stores like e-Bay and Amazon allow you to promote trusted product suppliers and in the case of affiliate networks, you can find hundreds of stores in one place. Don’t be lazy though, smaller brands often offer better quality, huge opportunities, and pay higher commissions. Search Product or company followed by Affiliate Program to find a list of affiliate offers when adding a niche-related product to your website.Affiliate links Track Commissions and Sales

8 Affiliate links: Obtain affiliate links for the products or services you plan to promote. 

These links contain a unique identifier that tracks your referrals and commissions. An Affiliate link found inside the affiliate program or Affiliate Network Marketplace as mentioned has a unique identifier that sets a tracking cookie in the internet browser of the person who clicks your link. The information is unidentifiable most of the time and only records that a sale was made to this computer at this time on this day and was referred by this affiliate.

Without using your affiliate link there are few ways to know you promoted the sale. Be sure to note your affiliate relationship or status on your blog so it is clearly visible above the fold, or the part of the website that requires you to scroll to see more. This statement and a system of denoting that advertising content is an ad are required by most 1st world and 2nd world countries.

9 Promotion strategy: 

Develop a comprehensive promotion strategy to drive traffic to your website and increase the chances of earning commissions. This may include SEO, social media marketing, email marketing, or paid advertising.

We use content marketing through search engines so our needs are the full spectrum of the promotion strategy ideas above. The thing that helps me out best is having learned through Wealthy Affiliate to generate a proper customer avatar for the perfect buyer of each product we promote. By understanding a customer avatar which includes things like ideal earnings, hobbies, interests, and relationships to the niche, you can figure out what needs the buyer has and the questions they ask in Google.

10 Email marketing software: 

e-mail marketing through newsletter is a part of content marketing strategy

Use an email marketing platform like Aweber or ConvertKit to build an email list and nurture your subscribers with valuable content and affiliate offers. We use Aweber here at Income Legion because of the range of features, and cost control, and their affiliate program is another big turn-on.

Responders are your first step in Automation and handle tasks like delivering free reports, regular sales messages, and new content notices on a scale of 1 reader to 1 million subscribers or more. If you can imagine handwriting a proposal or report for each of the 1 million subscribers more power to you but you can get started with Aweber for Free.

11 Analytics and tracking:

Implement tools like Google Analytics or affiliate tracking software to monitor your website’s performance, track conversions, and analyze the effectiveness of your marketing efforts.

The more you know about conversions and traffic the better. You can measure simple small changes in things like a call to action or buy now button that either increases or decrease your number of sales per 1,000 or more visitors and write more of these changes into future content.

12 Patience and perseverance: 

Affiliate marketing takes time and effort to build a successful business. Stay committed, continuously learn and adapt, and be patient as you work towards achieving your goals.

The fact is you need a minimum of 1 year and 200 pieces of content to break into the realm of full-time income potential. This is a standard point of traction and the only fast path to success is through expensive ads which bear a high risk of loss. Companies telling you otherwise go belly up daily. Don’t pay them thousands of dollars for a hype-built lie.


Remember, these are just some of the essential components to get started with affiliate marketing. As you progress, you may discover additional tools and strategies that suit your specific needs and goals.

Our mission here is to educate you for a powerful future and we mentioned a few tools and resources along the way. The most important resource I feel is Wealthy Affiliate which is the place millions of members have passed through to learn techniques used by millionaire bloggers. Combined with these success steps are power tools and hosting and a live peer-to-peer support chat that make sure you don’t do this alone with a price of entry under $50 a month. Get started with Affiliate Marketing today by joining me at Wealthy Affiliate. 

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8 thoughts on “12 Things to Get Started Affiliate Marketing”

  1. I found your guide on getting started with affiliate marketing to be incredibly informative and comprehensive. It covers all the necessary elements and tools, providing a great roadmap for beginners. I’m particularly interested in hearing about your personal experience with affiliate marketing. 

    What has been your biggest challenge or learning experience so far? Is there any specific strategy or tactic that has worked exceptionally well for you? I’m eager to learn from your insights and hear your unique perspective on the subject.

    • Thank you Israel. The big thing is I started in 2004 and Wealthy Affiliate launched in 2005 but I waith 9 years before joining them. I had all the moving parts and they had the system to put them together in the right order.

  2. Hi there! I just read your article on getting started with affiliate marketing and wanted to say great job. Here are a few friendly thoughts:

    The 12 tips you share are super helpful for anyone looking to dive into affiliate marketing. I especially like how you start with the basics – choosing a niche, building a website, getting affiliate links – before moving into more advanced strategies. Your advice to choose a niche you’re passionate about is so important. It really helps drive traffic and sales when you genuinely enjoy creating content around a topic.

    I also appreciate how you emphasize the need for patience and consistency. Building an affiliate income doesn’t happen overnight. But sticking with it and regularly publishing valuable content pays off in the long run. Thanks for the reminder to stay persistent even when results are slow at first.

    Overall this is an encouraging, thoughtful intro to affiliate marketing. Your passion for helping others succeed comes through. Keep up the great work and thanks for taking the time to create resources like this. Wishing you lots of success!

    • I have watched over 80% of would be super affiliates walk away too soon having not done any of the hard parts trying only what is comfortable for less than a year. The ones with solid training and staying power do far better than those who lost 20k trying to take shortcuts to the top.

  3. Thank you for highlighting the necessities for getting started with affiliate marketing. I wished I saw an article like yours when I started affiliate marketing. Niche selection, quality content creation and email marketing are three(3) essentials for any internet marketer. They may take some time to learn the rudiments, but they are essential for success.

    • I’m glad you found Wealthy Affiliate my friend. You have been an asset as a member. I was largely self taught before WA and being there has mad me so much better off.

  4. Amazing article and you have covered it all. I think the most important tip in this article is the one about patience and perseverance. So many people start out with all the steps you have listed, but then give up too soon, as it takes time to get traffic, and in the beginning, it feels as if you are working and working and getting no return on your investment. Hold out and keep going, and one day it just happens, and it is the best feeling knowing you can generate your own income without having to rely on working for a boss.

    • Way too many fall for hype programs offering 90 day results a start seeing money fly out the window and quit. Many of those hype programs work if you have cash for paid ads but only build that program. This review will share something different.



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