Raelyn Tan: Blogging & Digital Marketing Strategist

The Ultimate Guide: Affiliate Marketing For Dummies

This is part 5 of the affiliate marketing series.

Part 1: What is Affiliate Marketing, And How Does it Work?
Part 2: 18 Top Affiliate Marketing Programs to Join
Part 3: 10 Crucial Tips to Make Money With Affiliate Marketing
Part 4: How to Multiply Your Affiliate Income Using The 80/20 Rule
Part 5: The Ultimate Guide: Step-by-step Affiliate Marketing For Dummies


Affiliate marketing for dummies, anyone?

I’ve seen bits and pieces of advice about affiliate marketing, but rarely do such tutorials cover everything you need to know about affiliate marketing.

This post will be the best post about affiliate marketing that you’ll ever find on the net. 🙂

From finding your niche to multiplying your affiliate income, you’ll both beginner and expert tips to help you make money with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing For Dummies: The ultimate guide for the best affiliate marketing tips and programs to make money from your website.

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Step 1. Affiliate marketing for dummies: What is affiliate marketing?


Affiliate marketing is the process of recommending someone else’s products or services, and earning a commission from the sale.

If you are completely new to what affiliate marketing is, read this post: What is Affiliate Marketing, And How Does It Work? 

Step 2. Finding a niche


After you get acquainted with what affiliate marketing is, you’ll need to decide what kind of business you’ll be starting and what niche your business will be in.

A good niche will fulfill these criteria:
1. Passion
2. Profitability
3. Works with your desired business model
4. Scalability
5. Has a reasonable market size

Finding a niche is important as it allows you to establish your website as an authority of a certain topic. Over time, you attract a specific segment of people who are interested in your blog’s content AND interested in the affiliate products you recommend. (aka, cha-ching!)

Check out this tutorial if you need help with finding your niche.

Step 3. Start a website


You need a website… duh.

Follow this post to learn how to start a blog in 20 minutes. You will also learn how to get a domain name!

Step 4. Find good affiliate products to promote


If you want to make money with affiliate marketing, you’ll need someone’s product to promote, right?

You can do this by joining someone else’s affiliate program as an affiliate.

A good way to find high-converting affiliate programs is to sign up for affiliate networks – sites that aggregate these affiliate programs for you.

Some of the better affiliate programs include:

  • Amazon’s Affiliate Program
  • Shareasale
  • CJ Affiliate
  • Rakuten’s Linkshare
  • Clickbank
  • Viglinks
  • Skimlinks
  • Avangate
  • Ebay’s Partner Network
  • Affiliate Window
  • Pepper Jam Network

If you need more information, I’ve written an article that gives you a list of the top affiliate marketing programs that you can sign up for. They all contain a ton of great affiliate marketing programs, so sign up for the ones that feel good for your business.

Step 5. Focus on a few affiliate products


To maximize your affiliate income, I would recommend that you focus on a few top-performing affiliate products. I call these your golden eggs

Golden eggs are products with a high payout and sky-high demand. It must be something that your target audience really desires to buy.

I go through this in detail in this article about maximizing your affiliate income.

Step 6. Write compelling content and start promoting it

To start a successful blog, you’ll need great content.

Make sure that you create content that is “Google-friendly”.

If you optimize your posts for search traffic, you will also start ranking for more and more keywords over time. This is because in general, most websites become more authoritative with time (aka Google loves you more).

Optimize your blog posts for Google with the following steps:

  • Have every post target a particular keyword
  • Optimize title tags
  • Write interesting and click-worthy meta descriptions
  • Create longer posts
  • Alt text for images
  • Interlink abundantly
  • Optimize permalinks
  • Use the Yoast SEO plugin for more assistance
  • Increase your site speed

If you want to learn more writing blog posts that are optimized for search engines, I go through the above SEO steps in this post: SEO blog tips.

Aside from search engine traffic, you can also get traffic to your blog posts by other methods. Do check out this post for some amazing tips on how to promote your blog posts after publishing them.

Not too sure about how to structure your blog post? Here’s how to write the perfect blog post (with a template just for you!).

The end-goal? To drive people to your website so that they will read your kickass content.

Step 7. Build an email list along the way


Some people may read your posts without buying. You want to capture these leads and build a relationship with them so that when they are ready to buy, you’ll be at the top of their minds.

This article talks about how you can build and grow your list, and this one covers how you can get more subscribers by optimizing your website and converting your existing site traffic.

In my opinion, this is the part of the process where a lot of people get stuck.

If you need additional support with regards to traffic and list building, you can check out my flagship course, which will teach you how ton get traffic and skyrocket your list to get your first 1,000 subscribers. Check out Traffic, Subscribers, Yours here.

Step 8. Make money with affiliate marketing


Once you’ve eyeballs and you’re ranking for the right keywords, it’s time to monetize.

This tutorial covers some of my best tips on how you can make money with affiliate marketing.

You’ll learn 10 great tips on how you can utilize your blog to make some affiliate income by recommending great products that will help the lives of your readers.

Here’s a summary of the 10 tips you can use to make money with affiliate marketing.

  • Stay legal, add your affiliate disclosures
  • Cloak your links
  • Don’t recommend anything that you don’t love with all your heart
  • Weave your links naturally in a relevant tutorial
  • Add affiliate links to your most popular posts
  • Resource page
  • Make sure your target audience actually needs what you are recommending
  • Experiment with different styles (Eg banners, coupon codes etc)
  • Add affiliate links to your email newsletters
  • Add affiliate links to your lead magnets

You can check out the full article – learn how to start making money with affiliate marketing.

Step 9. Don’t expect instant results

Like many other online business models, making money with affiliate marketing takes time and a ton of work.

Don’t give up! Keep working on it and you’ll reach your goals.

I hope that this article has helped you learn more about affiliate marketing.

Do check out all the articles that I’ve featured in this ultimate affiliate marketing guide for dummies – they will definitely help.

Don’t skim through this article; all the resources you need are here. Now use them.

Have a great day ahead!

This is part 5 of 5 of the affiliate marketing series.

Part 1: What is Affiliate Marketing, And How Does it Work?
Part 2: 18 Top Affiliate Marketing Programs to Join
Part 3: 10 Crucial Tips to Make Money With Affiliate Marketing
Part 4: How to Multiply Your Affiliate Income Using The 80/20 Rule
Part 5: The Ultimate Guide: Step-by-step Affiliate Marketing For Dummies

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Yay! I’ve just switched comments on. Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below:

I’ve just read a ton of posts about affiliate marketing and your series was by far the best. I’m a big fan of your clear no-nonsense approach to writing valuable advice.

Thank you Lucy, I really appreciate your kind words. 🙂

I am into affiliate marketing from a short span of time and the above affiliate marketing guide is like a charm for me. Its just awesome 🙂

Thanks for sharing

You’re welcome! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.


How wonderful to learn from you. Thank you for the amazing info and style. I would love to work with you!

Hey Dez, thank you for your kind words. You can check out my work with me page at http://workwithme.raelyntan.com.


I want to do affiliate marketing and start a blog. What is the very first thing I should do? That probably sounds stupid but it is sometimes what it takes to get me off and running.

Hey Laurie, you can start here: http://raelyntan.com/how-to-start-a-blog 🙂

Good info, got a little stuck but will definitely take your suggestions and put to use.

Hey Macie, great! Where are you stuck at?

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