Introduction to Affiliate Marketing And How to Become a Millionaire With Affiliate Marketing

Introduction to Affiliate Marketing And How to Become a Millionaire With Affiliate Marketing

New to affiliate marketing? Not sure what it’s all about? Basically, it comes down to promoting products online to get a commission whenever a sale is made through your recommendation. Get More Info »

Can You Make Money from Affiliate Marketing? (For Beginners)

Can You Make Money from Affiliate Marketing? (For Beginners)

If you’re wondering what this whole “affiliate marketing” and “make money online” thing is all about, then this lesson is exactly what you’re looking for. Get More Info »

Make Money With Affiliate Marketing Without a Website

Make Money With Affiliate Marketing Without a Website

Want to get a taste for affiliate marketing but don’t want to build a website just yet? Here are ways to get started without having to build a single page. Get More Info »


Introduction to Affiliate Marketing And How to Become a Millionaire With Affiliate Marketing


New to affiliate marketing? Not sure what it’s all about? Basically, it comes down to promoting products online to get a commission whenever a sale is made through your recommendation.

You’ll make a website, which isn’t as hard as you might think, and then you’ll place affiliate links to the products you are promoting throughout that website. Then, when someone clicks on your link and buys the product within a certain time frame, you get a commission!

There’s a variety of affiliate networks that you can join to find products to promote, and if you pick a topic (or “niche”) that is interesting to you — first making sure with a little market research that it’s also profitable  — it can be quite a lot of fun to build your affiliate website.

There’s a huge range of different methods for getting visitors to your website, including signaling to search engines like Google that your website is relevant to your topic, and spreading the word on social media. Because of the variety of strategies available to you, you’ll be able to find something that suits your strengths to get the ball rolling for your own affiliate website.

The goal is to be making your own money just with your own efforts and a computer, setting yourself up for some great potential income. These lessons will give you a thorough introduction, show you what affiliate sites look like, and walk you through the basics of these important affiliate marketing concepts.

Discover Affiliate Marketing

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Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

If you’re wondering what this whole “affiliate marketing” and “make money online” thing is all about, then this lesson is exactly what you’re looking for.

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How To Identify Affiliate Sites

One of the first things you should learn when getting started as an affiliate is how to spot other affiliates. In this lesson we show you how to spot others in action.

BULLET - checked box blue redHow To Find Affiliate Programs

This lesson contains an introduction to one of the best affiliate networks on the internet. how to sign up as an affiliate, and how to pick good affiliate programs.

BULLET - checked box blue redHow to Get Traffic to Your Website Using Alternative Methods

Affiliates often focus on SEO or PPC to get traffic to their websites. In this lesson, however, we show you some alternatives to get in the mix.

BULLET - checked box blue redWhat’s the fastest way to get started online?

Once you’ve decided to get started as an affiliate, you can choose to build your business slow and steady, or fast and hard. Learn the fast way here.

BULLET - checked box blue redHow Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

Do you have what it takes? This lesson has the no-hype low-down on how affiliate marketing works, and why you should give it a go.

BULLET - checked box blue redExamples of Affiliate Sites: How Are They Making Money?

A good way to learn about making money as an affiliate is to look at what other affiliates are doing. We show you some of their tips and tricks!

BULLET - checked box blue redAffiliate Marketing Without a Website

Want to get a taste for affiliate marketing but don’t want to build a website just yet? Here are ways to get started without having to build a single page.

BULLET - checked box blue red12 Essential Tips to Double Your Productivity

Anyone can become a successful affiliate if they knuckle down and get the work done. That’s why we’ve created this lesson to keep you on the straight and narrow.

12 Essential Tips to Double Your Productivity

Many of you will be giving internet marketing a go while also holding down a full-time job, so learning how to get the most out of your hours is essential. That said, sometimes it’s even more difficult to be efficient if you have all day to do it so decent time management is also super-critical for full-time marketers. That’s why in this lesson we’re going to look at 12 Essential Tips to Double Your Productivity


#1: Use time-management software

We recommend – it’s free and it does the trick.

Add in your ongoing and one-off tasks and select a due date. When you begin working on a task, click on the “start work” icon and ClockingIt will start the timer. Click on the icon again when you finish working on the task. You can keep stopping and starting until you finish the task — at which point ClockingIt will tell you how long you’ve spent on it.

The software makes it easy to see where you are spending your time and pinpoint potential bottlenecks (it’s quite shocking to realize that you spent five hours of your working week checking your email!). It’s also a great tool to get your staff using too, if/when you employ any.

You may also find it useful to use a countdown timer for when you want to accomplish a lot of work in a short period of time; try setting your timer for two hours and then working solidly for that time, refusing any interruptions. Try to this a couple of times a day, and you’ll see big results! (If you’re nervous, try 30 minutes to begin with. You can still get an amazing amount done in 30 minutes if you avoid distractions! Once you master that, increase the time period.

#2: Keep a notebook of ideas

It’s easy to get distracted by a brainwave while in the middle of a task. If you follow it up, you can inadvertently spend hours of time away from what you really needed to get done. Obviously, this isn’t good for productivity — but at the same time, you don’t want to ignore and potentially forget about these good ideas.

Dave Allen, author of the fantastic book Getting Things Done, recommends that busy people keep a ‘tickler’ file. A ‘tickler’ file can be a Word document, notebook, or a permanent ClockingIt task. The idea is that a tickler file is somewhere to quickly jot ideas when they occur to you, so that you don’t need to interrupt what you are doing and you can easily find the idea again in the future.

#3: Set daily micro goals

All too often we get overwhelmed by big tasks and end up floundering around not really achieving anything at all. The best way to counter this is to make a list of three to five small goals to achieve each day. You can either make your list the night before or first thing in the morning.

Online task lists are handy, but there is something about actually picking up a pen and writing on paper that helps to focus your mind. Micro goal setting ensures that you systematically get where you want to go. And it also helps you to feel like you are achieving something, each and every day.

 #4: Get rid of clutter

A tidy office equals tidy mind. If you find yourself getting distracted by items on your desk, chat windows, the phone, or the view out of the window, then simply remove them (or change the position of your desk). It makes a world of difference to your power of concentration.

 #5: Limit your email checking to twice a day

Did you know that, for most people, email is the single biggest interruption? We recommend checking your email only after midday, as you may discover a lot of fires to put out that are best left until after you’ve done some important work. Don’t keep checking your email throughout the day; close your email program or the window in your browser. Concentrate on your current tasks and limit yourself to two checks a day at the most.

 #6: Learn to say ‘no’

Being able to stay on task for an extended period is vital for getting a good result, but that can’t be done if you are constantly getting interrupted throughout the day.

The solution is to get ruthless: only say ‘yes’ to tasks that just can’t wait, or that can be easily completed along with your other goals for the day.

#7: Get the worst job over and done with first thing

Procrastination is very distracting. Get into the habit of tackling the task you dread the most first thing in the morning, so that your mind is free from niggling worry for the rest of the day.

#8: Pull to-dos out of emails and add them to your task list

Going back and forth from the original email to check up on what you need to do can waste valuable minutes, and increase the likelihood that you’ll overlook something critical. Make sure you immediately add tasks from emails to your time-management software.

#9: Use the 80:20 ratio

Eighty percent of your time should be spent ‘doing’, and no more than twenty percent should be spent ‘learning’. This is an especially important lesson for affiliates! We can be easily suckered into sales pitches from Internet marketing gurus, and we all know how long those sales pitches can be! If you’re going to give time to these sales pitches, or to reading forums and blogs and newsletters, make sure it fits in with your schedule for getting things done – set yourself a timed task and keep track of how much time you spend, then decide whether that time would have been better spent achieving goals on your task list.

#10. Use a cell phone with a calendar or personal organizer

When you’re busy it’s easy to forget important appointments. One way of solving this problem is to add appointments and meetings to your cell phone calendar and schedule the alarm to go off 15 minutes beforehand.

#11. Keep a separate to-do list for personal matters

If you suddenly realize there is something that you need to do that has nothing to do with work, write it down in a separate personal to-do list and come back to it outside of work time. Keeping your personal life organized ensures it doesn’t overflow into your business day.

#12. Delegate as much as you can

Don’t hoard tasks that your staff or other people are more than capable of carrying out for you. Some people find letting go of pet activities is tough at first, but it’s very necessary in order to free up more time.

Also, make sure that you have set times each day for appointments with staff and/or joint venture partners. This is critical if you want to avoid constant interruptions throughout the day.

So there are 12 tips for doubling productivity! It’s easy to downplay or put off organizing your business, but setting up efficient business practices is just as important as good SEO or pay per click strategies, so make sure that you take these seriously!

Make Money With Affiliate Marketing Without a Website


Building a website is the most common way affiliates launch themselves into the affiliate marketing world, and if you’re interested in creating a long-term business you’ll inevitably need to put together a website.

However, if you’re still learning about web design or you’re simply not interested in building a website, there are other ways to get your affiliate links out there, so this lesson will teach you Affiliate Marketing Without a Website.

Remember: the key with affiliate marketing is get your affiliate link in front of an interested audience – how you choose to do that is completely up to you! With that in mind, here are a few methods you could try:


#1: Post on blogs and forums

This is a really simple way of getting a taste for affiliate marketing – all you have to do is find a product you’d like to promote, then start posting on blogs and forums with your affiliate link in your signature.

Here’s an example from our very own forum: you can see that this member has an affiliate link in their signature. He’s also made himself an active and respected members of the forum.


Of course you should only post on blogs and forums where people would be interested in the product – you’re not going to get many bites for a dog training affiliate product when you’re posting on a classic car enthusiast forum.

Similarly, you’ll find that you have a lot more success if you’re making useful and interesting posts and if you become a regular on the site. Once you have established yourself people will begin to respect your opinion and will be more inclined to click on your link. If you simply spam a blog or forum with useless posts you’re likely to be banned and your posts deleted.

#2: Write a viral eBook or some other “viral” product

A “viral” product is one that is designed to spread (often quickly) to a great many people – this can be a great way of getting your affiliate links out there without ever having to create a website. You can produce a short 30-page eBook or a “special report” on a particular subject, insert links to affiliate products into it, then distribute your book through whatever means you like – you could tell people that they’re welcome to give it away, sell it or put it on their websites. You can kick it off yourself by selling the eBook on eBay for a small amount.

If your book is informative and useful, rather than simply laden with affiliate ads, you might find that it spreads quite well.

#3: Create a YouTube series

YouTube has taken the world by storm with one billion unique visitors per month. You can use this to your advantage. It doesn’t take much more than a webcam and some quirky or informative ideas to get a channel going. That way you can add affiliate links into your description, or over your video, and convert some of that fan base into affiliate profits.


Just pick a niche and create a video series related to that topic, with a related affiliate promotion. That way, the viewers you get will be a lot more likely to be interested in the affiliate product, as they already have some interest to be watching the video in the first place.

There are two main rules for doing this, however, that you MUST abide by:

  1. The content has to be full of value for viewers. Financial gain has to be secondary to this. 
    If your video is obviously just there for you to make money from a link, you will get listed as spam, and your efforts will become useless. Producing something worthwhile is a lot more successful, and you get the attention and respect of potential customers that way.
  2. Don’t be misleading! 
    If your video is unrelated to your link, or your title or description claims something that isn’t in the video, you are violatingYouTube’s policies. This is also something to avoid.

Basically, video marketing on YouTube can be a risk, because affiliate links can get listed as spam, but the best way to avoid this is just to be up front, honest, and useful. Avoid spammy behaviours. Some quality content options could include:

  • Honest, informative product reviews
  • Instructional videos (e.g., if your niche was food and nutrition, you could do cooking demos)
  • Topical discussions (e.g., tips for keeping food fresh, or interesting nutritional facts)

Just have one link in the description, and possibly one over the video if it’s extremely relevant (such as a product review video). If you want to be especially careful, note somewhere that you’re an affiliate or that the link is an affiliate link, and contact YouTube to check that you’ll be in the clear. If your videos have value for the viewer, and that stands out more than your money making efforts, this shouldn’t be a problem.

#4: Write ads or reviews for classifieds websites

You’re probably already familiar with using sites like Craigslist to look for old furniture or car parts, but you can also use classifieds sites to promote affiliate products. Consider writing ads or reviews for affiliate products and posting them with your affiliate link.

Some sites you might want to try are:

#5: Build a “Hub”

Building a “Hub” is a great way of getting started as an affiliate without needing to build your own website from scratch. A Hub is like a 1-page mini website where you can talk about a subject you’re passionate about (eg, your affiliate market and associated products!). It’s hosted on the HubPages site, and you don’t need to know anything about web design to make it look fairly professional.

A Hub allows you to build a page on a topic, insert ads, reviews and other content as you please, all without having to write any HTML.

The best part, though, is that HubPages is also part social-networking site, so simply by being on HubPages you will begin to attract traffic interested in your topic and looking for recommendations. HubPages is especially easy to monetize, and Hubs have tended in the past to do pretty well in the search engines.

To sign up and start creating your Hub, visit HubPages.

#6: Promote affiliate products directly through pay-per-click advertisements

We’ve left this method for last because, quite frankly, it’s not one we recommend. This method involves creating pay-per-click campaigns through search engines like Google and Bing, and promoting the merchant website directly through your affiliate link.

So instead of using PPC to promote your own website, you send them straight to the merchant.

There are a number of downsides to this method.

  1. First, with Google’s AdWords in particular, there will only be one paid listing for a particular website displayed at any given time. This means that instead of competing against other advertisers for one of eight spots on the page, you’re competing for just one spot. If you bid a large amount and write an attractive ad then you might see your ad displayed, otherwise you can forget it.
  2. Secondly, you have no control over the quality of the merchant page. Increasingly the search engines are looking at the page you’re promoting and deciding whether this offers a good experience for their users. If the merchant site has little content, or poor quality content, you could end up paying a much higher amount for your advertisements.

There are always new affiliates who see this as a fast and easy way to get started, but we really recommend that you try the other methods we’ve introduced first.

Lesson Summary:

In this lesson you’ve learned some ways of getting your affiliate link out in front of an audience without having to build a website, such as…

  • Posting on blogs and forums
  • Writing a viral eBook or some other “viral” product
  • Creating a YouTube video series
  • Writing ads or reviews for classifieds websites
  • Building a “Hub”
  • Promoting affiliate products directly through pay-per-click advertisements


Examples of Affiliate Sites: How Are They Making Money?

How To Analyze Affiliate Marketing Sites

Start on your path to success by learning from these Affiliate Marketing Examples!

Example 1 – Affiliate Products:

The first site we’re going to look at is a decent example of an affiliate site promoting affiliate products with a smattering of AdSense. It’s quite a large site with a lot of things going on inside it.

Affiliate Marketing Examples: Example of an affiliate site promoting affiliate products with a smattering of Adsense

When you first visit the site it seems like information overload: it looks difficult to tell where to go or what to read first. However if you click around the site a bit and read some of the articles you’ll see that eventually all roads lead to the product review pages, or directly to affiliate programs.

Let’s take a look at the ‘Top Program Reviews’ page.

At the top of the page the affiliate has a section displaying the “5 Star Weight Gain Programs“.

Clicking on the product name takes you directly to the merchant’s page through the affiliate’s link. (Incidentally, you may notice this affiliate has stopped most of his affiliate links being displayed in the status bar when you hover over them, by using a small piece of JavaScript. This makes the link more attractive to nervous clickers who might be scared away by the complicated looking URL and also helps to prevent link hijacking.)

If you don’t directly click through to the merchant site, you can choose to read the affiliates “short” or “full” reviews of each product. The short reviews appear further down the same page, while the full reviews have a whole page to themselves.

The reviews for the recommended products are understandably glowing (these are “five star” products after all) and, again, include the affiliate’s affiliate link.

So how much is this affiliate earning from these links? If you click on “No Nonsense Body Building” you’re taken through to the merchant site. If you then scroll to the bottom of the page you’ll see the ‘affiliates’ link to the affiliate program page. If you follow this, avoid the popup box and wade through the sales pitch for the affiliate program you’ll see that the merchant pays 75% commissions on the product, which costs $77, netting the affiliate $53 per sale. You’ll also see there is additional revenue to be gained from up-sells and one-time offers.

Some affiliate products won’t have their affiliate information so readily available. If you can’t find an affiliates link on the product page try to the ClickBank Marketplace, and you should be able to find the product you’re looking for. For example if we try the keyword “Muscle” we’ll see all the usual suspects. If we scroll down the page a little we can see another of the affiliate’s recommended products “Muscle Gaining Secrets” you can see that this affiliate is earning $38.53 on each sale he refers from his page which works out to be 50% of the list price of $77 – not bad.

If you return to the affiliate’s program review page you’ll see that further down the page the affiliate lists products that don’t get the five-star seal of approval. He also provides links to reviews of these “not recommended” products which explain why they’re not recommended. Reading his reviews, it does indeed sound like he knows what he’s talking about – his reviews are credible and seem unbiased. Most of them don’t seem to have affiliate programs, and he hasn’t bothered to link to them through affiliate links.

Why would an affiliate review products if he doesn’t get anything out of it?

First, it makes his other reviews look credible; simply listing a whole bunch of products that are “really great” seems a little unbalanced.

Second, he’s able to attract people who are searching for those particular products in the search engines. If they search for those products they might end up on one of his review pages, where they would read his negative review of the product.  The affiliate hopes to make the customer reconsider their decision to buy the product and question what alternatives are available. In fact the affiliate has (quite cleverly) anticipated this response, and placed a number of his high-earning “five star” recommended products at the bottom of the page. Readers of the review can click through to his favorable reviews of these products, or simply go through to the merchant site directly

If we leave the reviews section now and take a look at one of the articles on this site you can see that this affiliate is also earning money through having AdSense ads on his site.

(You can tell these are AdSense ads because they say “Ads by Google” at the top there.) You’ll notice that the ads are pretty relevant to the content on the page. That’s all automatically worked out by the ad network who, in this case, is Google.

Finally if we go back to the home page one more time and scroll to the bottom of the page you can also see that the affiliate has a signup box for his “Get Big” e-zine.

This twice-monthly publication is apparently full of “informative articles, a question and answer section, site updates and more.” This affiliate will probably use this e-zine either as an additional place to promote affiliate products or to get his readers back to his website by providing snippets of new articles with a “read more” link. By getting readers back to his site he’s able to expose them to more promotions.

Example 2 – Affiliate Products :

The next site we’ll look at is one that appears on page one of Google’s results for the popular term “how to get a girlfriend”.

One of the first things you’re hit with when you visit this site is a popup box that offers you a package of free online lessons… all you have to do is enter your name and email address.

pop up

This “free course” offer is a variation of what we saw in the last site: it’s a newsletter signup box. By offering people something concrete (the “FREE Texting Mini Course”), as opposed to something vague (for instance “our informative newsletter”), you essentially reduce people’s anxiety about signing up for something. This is why you’ll see so many “mini-courses” littered around the Internet – not only is it a mini-course as opposed to a newsletter, but the visitor only needs to commit to a small number of lessons, as opposed to a potentially unending subscription. By lowering the perceived commitment involved in signing up for something you’ll find that people are more willing to give you their email address.

So what happens when you sign up for these free lessons?

This affiliate will probably send out a lesson from the mini-course every day or every couple of days for a set period of time. The lessons will direct the reader back to the website so that he or she can be exposed to more promotions and affiliate ads in addition to their “free lessons”. Then, once the reader has received all the free lessons, they will likely be added to the affiliate’s “regular” newsletter list. Unless they unsubscribe they will receive occasional news or promotions from the affiliate but less frequently than with the lessons. If this affiliate is smart he will continue to provide good content to his list and not just use it as a vehicle for pushing affiliate products. You need to give your readers good reasons to open your emails and not just send them straight to the trash folder.

If you close that box and look on the front page you can see that right away the affiliate has launched into affiliate product reviews. He’s written a glowing review for “The Girlfriend Activation System”.

If you hover over any of the links in the content of this page, whether it be a “WATCH THE VIDEO NOW >>” button link, or a text link worked into a paragraph you can’t tell right away that it’s an affiliate link because it points to a page on the affiliate’s website.

redirect links

If you click on either link, however, it will automatically and instantly redirect to the merchant site through the affiliate link. This is a very popular technique, not only because it looks less artificial to a nervous clicker, but also because it can help prevent link hijacking.

So how much will this affiliate earn if I buy The Online Game through his link? Let’s find out.

If you click through to the Online Game site and scroll to the bottom of the page you’ll see a small “Affiliates Click Here” link. If you click this link you’ll be taken to a page of information about the affiliate program. It states that they’re paying out $100 per sale of the Girlfriend Activation System, not too bad!

Back on the front page you can also see that the affiliate has reviewed numerous other products, all linked to in the sidebar.

So that’s a look at where the money is coming from; let’s take a look at how this site appearing so highly in the search engines.

If you go back to the main ‘Your own wingman’ site you’ll see that there are a variety of blog posts on subjects related to meeting and dating women.

Each article contains links to a review of the most recommended products and at the end another opportunity to sign up by entering an email in order to post a comment.


It’s likely that this affiliate has created articles based around popular search terms, at the same time he’s probably trying to boost his “relevance” in the eyes of the search engines by having a lot of content appropriate for a “dating” or “attracting women” website.

Analyzing the “desired action” and the flow of traffic through an affiliate site

Affiliates should gently direct people towards the action which makes them the most money

When you’re looking at affiliate sites like this one (and, indeed, when you’re planning your own affiliate site) ask yourself what the affiliate is trying to make you do (or what you want your own visitor to do). Question what desired action the affiliate is pushing for: do they want you to read their articles? Sign up for their newsletter? Click on their ads? You’ll often find yourself being gently directed towards a certain action in one way or another. This will be what the affiliate determines to be the course that will eventually get him or her the most money!

In this case we can see that the affiliate is promoting his newsletter list very heavily. It appears as a popup when you first visit the site, so he obviously wants you to sign up for that before you do anything else.

Once you’ve either signed up for the newsletter or closed the box you’re presented with his most recommended product, the ‘Girlfriend Activation System’. There are at least 3 other reviews on the site, many of them featuring very high praise.

While there is other content on the site, the general blog posts are not where he wants you to go most.

How can you tell? The “Start Here” option, first on the navigational menu at the top of the page, leads to a page which encourages you to read reviews, and sign up with your email to the mini-course.

As all paths on the site eventually lead to reviews and affiliate links, most people will end up reading the reviews and click through to the recommended products. What this affiliate is saying is that if you happen to arrive at one of the content pages because it appeared in the search engines, fine – he can promote to you there – but the page that converts to sales best is the review.

Of course all this assumes that the affiliate has considered these things. Sadly, many affiliates don’t put much thought into how their visitors flow through their sites, so they’re not able to make the most of their traffic.

Example 3 – AdSense

So far we’ve looked at two sites that are primarily set up to make money from affiliate programs. The next couple of sites we’ll look at are set up primarily to earn money from cost-per-click context ads, like those served by Google AdSense.

To refresh your knowledge you might remember that context ads earn you money for each person who visits your site and clicks on the ads. The ad network automatically generates the ads and you insert them into your site just by copying a small piece of code. The biggest context ad network is Google AdSense, so a lot of people (including us!) will use the word “AdSense” when they’re really talking about “context ads” in general.

Sites that earn money primarily from these context ads do so by capitalizing on either high traffic in that particular market, or high revenues for clicks (of course the best situation would be to have a high traffic market with high paying ads; if you can find one of those markets, and rank well for it, even better!). Here are three ways your site could earn at least $40 a day through context ads:

  • 500 clicks @ $0.08/click
  • 125 clicks @ $0.32/click
  • 20 clicks @ $2.00/click

One example site earning money off low-paying AdSense ads but high traffic is The “hair styles” market has a huge number of people searching on it each month but relatively little in the way of affiliate activity, because there aren’t many high-paying affiliate programs for this market.

You may wonder why there are few good affiliate programs for such a popular topic; but if you consider the demographic searching for “hair styles”, you’ll realize many are just after hair style pictures and advice. Not only that, most don’t want to pay for anything – they believe this information should be free.

Generally, if there’s nobody willing to pay money for things in a market there aren’t going to be many products with affiliate programs. This also means that the AdSense ads for that market won’t pay a huge amount either – there’s not enough competition to drive the prices up, and no justification for paying a large amount.

However this site still manages to earn a modest amount each day, purely because it’s built around such a highly searched for topic.

You can see that this site has a lot of content and a couple of sections with ads in them, with a telltale “Ads by Google” note at the top. Google AdSense will allow you up to three ad blocks on each page of your website.

As you can see, this site also promotes a couple of affiliate programs, but not very heavily.

Example 4 – Blog Site

A lot of people consider a blog to be an extra “something” you tack onto the end of your website, but there are many affiliates out there running blogs as their main affiliate site. Instead of creating articles, they write blog posts. Over time these can build into quite a large body of work.

One good example of this kind of affiliate marketing is

The author of this blog earns money by:

  • Discussing affiliate products

Rather than simply writing reviews or pasting ads on his site, he uses his blog to discuss affiliate products that are newsworthy. With this format the news takes center stage, while the affiliate link becomes secondary. In this blog post, for example, he discusses AWeber:


In this post he recommends AWeber, but that’s not the primary purpose of the blog post. Often in the course of discussing things related to Internet marketing, you’ll mention products that just happen to have affiliate programs.

Note: the author of this blog has conveniently written an article analyzing his own site himself.

Lesson summary

In this lesson you’ve seen four different affiliate sites earning money through a variety of methods:

  • Product reviews
  • Newsletter subscriptions
  • Context ads (like AdSense)
  • Blogs that include mention of affiliate products



How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

How To Analyze Affiliate Marketing Sites


In this lesson you are going to learn how affiliate marketing works. You’ll also discover why it’s GREAT to be an affiliate, how much money you can make and how you can get started.

Let’s start with a basic definition of affiliate marketing, it is:

“An Internet-based system where you (as an affiliate) get paid for referring sales or customers to another business.”

It’s a bit like how a real estate agent doesn’t own the houses they sell; instead they promote houses on behalf of their clients, and earn a cut of the sale price of any properties sold.

When someone, who’s keen to make money on eBay, clicks that banner, they are taken to the merchant’s website below.

Merchant website

The merchant is the person or company that creates and owns the product. Now it’s up to the merchant to work their magic and get that person to buy. If the person does decide to purchase, then the affiliate that sent them to the site earns a commission, which is a percentage of the product’s sale price. Easy, right?

There are a lot of ways to place these commission-earning links on your website, so you don’t even have to know how to make banners. One of the most popular ways to add links is to simply include them in your content. Here’s an example of a product suggestion within an article, with a link to the relevant product where it’s most useful in the content:
product link
In a similar way, you can write (or have someone else write) content on a topic, and then link to a product that might be useful for the reader. So long as the link you use is an affiliate link, you’ll be lined up to earn a commission, and you can learn more about that in the Affilorama lessons.

6 great reasons to become an affiliate

  1. Start up costs are super low. To start a regular business where you rent retail space and stock inventory could easily set you back tens of thousands of dollars. As an affiliate, you can get started for the cost of a burger and fries.
  2. You don’t need staff. No more office politics, and no messy payroll handling. When you get started as an affiliate you can do it all yourself, and when the time comes to grow your business it’s easy to outsource.
  3. You don’t even need a product you simply have to promote products which are already for sale. Whether it’s an eBook about dog training your or a weight loss supplement – there is a product out there that you can sell as an affiliate.
  4. You don’t need any expert knowledge on a subject to sell affiliate products either. If you want to be an affiliate for weight loss products, then you don’t need a PhD in nutrition or exercise. All you need is an eager-to-learn mindset and the ability to market the right affiliate products to the right people.
  5. Earn passive income. It’s a bit like the money you earn if you buy a house and then rent it out – for as long as you own that house and are renting it out, you earn money. In a normal job you only get paid once for the work that you do, but as an affiliate you can keep making money from the same work day in, day out.
  6. The opportunity to work your own hours. I’m not saying that you’ll be sitting on a beach drinking Pina Coladas and only working an hour a day after your first month as an affiliate. However, you do have the power to work when it suits you and have a more flexible life. You become your own boss – how cool is that?

How much money can you actually make?

Like any real business it all depends on how much effort you put in and how seriously you take it. For example if you only work an hour a day, or you spend most of your time checking emails as opposed to doing the work, then you might not make much money at all.

But if you are really dedicated and treat your affiliate marketing like a real business, and you put 100% in every time you sit down in from of your computer, then you can DEFINITELY make a full time income.

Let’s do some quick math on how much you can actually make as an affiliate. Imagine you’re promoting Singorama, a really popular learn-to-sing training course.


Checking the affiliate statistics for Singorama tells us that the average sale earns you just over $106.

singorama stats

If you could get just ONE sale per day of Singorama (and trust me when I say there are many affiliates who make far more than that), then you would be making an extra $840 per week. That’s an additional $3360 per month in your bank account, or over $40,000 per year.

What would you do with that kind of extra money?

How does affiliate marketing really work?

With affiliate marketing you typically have a website, like the World of Warcraft Black Book site you can see below. Now you don’t actually need a website – there are loads of different ways to do affiliate marketing and some of them don’t even involve owning a website – but most affiliates prefer to have their own digital real estate. It’s also the method we teach here at Affilorama, because there’s so much more potential to build a brand, and grow an affiliate strategy that will profit you in the longer-term.

wow black book

On your website you talk about different affiliate products – recommend them to readers, give detailed reviews, make comparisons and so on. For example Zygor’s Leveling Guide is one of the affiliate products on WOW Black Book.

You’ll have a special link, known as an affiliate link, for every product that you’re promoting. Affiliate links have tracking in them to make sure that you get credited with every sale you make. When someone clicks your affiliate link, then the merchant knows it was you who sent the customer.

Let me stress that affiliate links don’t affect the customer at all… they don’t pay more, they don’t miss out on anything, and they will most likely never know that they purchased through an affiliate link.

All it means is that when a customer buys something within a certain time period after clicking on your affiliate link, you get the commission.

So the big goal of affiliate marketing is to get as many people as possible clicking on your links and visiting merchant pages like the one below for Zygors Leveling Guide; the more people that click on your affiliate links, the more chances you have of a sale occurring and earning a commission.


What this means is that affiliates talk a lot about getting “traffic” – which is basically the number of people coming to your site who can potentially click on your links.

The aim of the game is to get your traffic to climb… because the more traffic you get the more clicks and sales you will make.

website traffic

In the Affilorama lessons, we cover loads of different ways of getting traffic! Some of these methods are paid, such as PPC (pay-per-click) advertising, and some are free, like SEO (search engine optimization) but take a little more time and effort on your part. You can find more information on both of these traffic methods in “introduction to PPC” and “introduction to SEO.”

If this all seems a bit overwhelming, don’t panic. Getting started with affiliate marketing is actually really easy. Start by checking out the affiliate marketing for beginners lesson.

These exciting video lessons will get you started on the right foot, and teach you the basics of affiliate marketing.

Most importantly, you need to take action. The most successful affiliate marketers are those who do, rather than those who think about doing. Take what you learn from Affilorama and start working hard. You might not get it right the first time, but the experience is what really counts when you are learning affiliate marketing. You will hone your skills and abilities over time, so don’t sweat the fine points!

If you want to get it right the first time, then you need to try AffiloBlueprint. It’s our exclusive step-by-step blueprint for building profitable affiliate sites to a proven formula.

Check out how AffiloBlueprint

will help you start earning faster.



What’s the fastest way to get started online?

How To Analyze Affiliate Marketing Sites


Once you’ve decided to get started as an affiliate, there are two ways you can choose to build your business:

  1. Slow and steady, with minimal extra costs (This is the method we teach in AffiloBlueprint)
  2. Faster, but with additional costs (But these costs are easy to make back once you’re up and running)

Which method you choose depends on how much money and time you can spend, and how fast you need to see results.

For anyone wanting to see results FAST, and prepared to spend a bit of money to get the ball rolling faster, here’s my most straightforward and simple method.

Step 1: Create a one-page website

I see a lot of newcomers get bogged down with creating big websites with lots of content: Not only do you need to create all that content, but you also need to figure out how to put your website together.

So instead of creating all that extra content, you’ll just create a one-page website.

The only thing you’ll have on your website is a page telling people to sign up for your newsletter list. We call this kind of page a “squeeze page”.

squeeze page

You basically give them just two options: Subscribe, or leave.

Step 2: Give them a good reason to subscribe

In order to encourage people to subscribe to your newsletter list, you offer them an incentive on your squeeze page, like a free book, a podcast, an exclusive video, etc.

The job of your squeeze page is to make people really really want this.  So you need to make it irresistible. Tell them all the excellent things they are going to learn. Tell them how it will help them. Build their curiosity with mysterious bulletpoints like…

  • Discover the top X things you should never do when XYZ
  • The 7 steps to ABC… no XYZ needed!

Add an enticing picture of your incentive: If it’s a book, turn it into a 3-d book image so that it seems more valuable.

(You can easily find somebody to create an image like this for you on Fiverr:  Try searching for “3D book cover”)

You can also say that your bonus “normally sells for $47” (or some other dollar figure) to give it more value. Make people feel like they’re getting something really incredible for free.

Step 3: Connect your page to an autoresponder

An autoresponder is an automatic-emailing service. When someone comes to your page and enters their email address to receive your book/bait, the autoresponder is what captures their email address, and automatically sends them the stuff they’ve been promised.

To get it working on your website you need to sign up with a company likeFluttermail, AWeber, GetResponse or MailChimp. They will give you a snippet of code to add into your website that will do all the hard work.

Step 4: Add emails to your autoresponder

Your autoresponder can also drip-feed emails to your subscribers at regular intervals: You pre-load them into your autoresponder, and any time a new subscriber joins, they’ll start at the very beginning of your sequence.

drip feed newsletters

You can use this to automatically send emails promoting affiliate products. When one of your subscribers clicks on a link in your email and buys one of the affiliate products… you’ll get the commission.

The longer your subscriber stays subscribed to your newsletter list, the more chance that they’ll buy something, and the more valuable they can be. So find the right balance between giving them enough information to keep them happy, and making sales.

A word of warning: This system relies on your subscribers growing to trust you and your opinion. These emails should be well-written and not just full of fluff, and they should do a really good job of encouraging people to check out the affiliate products.

(If this sounds hard and slow, keep reading: I’m going to show you how you can get these emails pre-written for you for less than $2.50 each.)

When your newsletters are set up correctly, they will just sit there, automatically emailing your subscribers, and automatically making sales for you. And because you’ve already got your squeeze page and “bait” encouraging people to sign up, all you have to do is get visitors to your page to start getting subscribers and making sales!

Step 5: Getting visitors to your page (the fast way)

Here is where the “you have to spend money to make money” part comes into play.

You need a quick traffic injection so that you can start making money. The easiest way to do this is to approach other websites that already have a big list of subscribers, and pay them to send out an email promoting your website and your book/bait.

Solo AdsThis is called a “solo ad”.

There are directories of websites that sell solo ad slots, but the most effective way to do this is to just go out there and look for websites who might be interested in doing this for you.

They might not always advertise that they do this. In fact some of the best ones might not even know what a “solo ad” is. (These can be good because their subscribers won’t have been exposed to hundreds of other offers already, and they may be more responsive.)

If you’re not going through a solo ad directory, here’s what to look for “in the wild”:

  • Websites that have a newsletter list: You’ll be able to tell because they’ll probably have a sign-up form somewhere on their website.
  • Websites where you can contact the site owner: Look for an email address or a contact form that you can use to send them a message.
  • Websites that attract the kind of people who you are trying to attract: If you’re a weight loss website, you just need to find a website that has a large audience of women. Easy. If you’re a “dating advice for men” website, you want to find a website that attracts a lot of men. They don’t need to be exactly the same topic as your website.

Contact the website and ask if they do sponsored emails. Once you’ve got this set up with your solo ad provider, the next two steps will happen quickly, and automatically.

Step 6: You get subscribers

A solo ad provider sends an email to their list, and some of their subscribers will click through to visit your website and sign up for your book. Boom! You’ve got subscribers.

solo ads lesson

Step 7: You get commissions



As these subscribers sign up to your list, they’ll start receiving your drip-fed promotional emails. Boom! You’ll start seeing commissions.

It may take a while to make back the money you spent on the solo ad in the first place, but since subscribers tend to stay subscribed for a long time, you have many opportunities to make money from them.

Step 8: You leverage your list to earn REALLY BIG commissions


The best thing is: Once you have a reasonable sized list, you can start earning big money from product launches and promotions. There’s always a lot of buzz around new product launches, a lot of special discounts, and a lot of money to be made by affiliates.

You can email out to your list telling them about a new product that’s launching, or a new promotion that is running, and you’ll earn commissions for anybody who buys. This is how most of the big marketers make their really big commissions. In some niches it’s not uncommon for an affiliate with a particularly large and responsive list of subscribers to make 6-figures over the course of one weekend.

Can you imagine earning 6-figures in one weekend? This is only possible if you have a good subscriber list.

Why is this such a great way to get started?


  • You don’t need to build a big website: You just need one page. This cuts out a lot of the work for a newbie.
  • You don’t need to worry about creating lots of articles. You just need to create the content for the emails. (Or you can buy them ready-made. Keep reading and I’ll show you how to do that.)
  • You don’t need to worry about researching keywords or building links to your site. You don’t need to wait for Google to notice and start raising your search engine ranking. When you pay for your visitors, you skip this whole step.
  • All you have to do is get somebody to sign up for your newsletter, and the newsletter does all the selling for you automatically. It makes your job a LOT easier.

Recap: What you need for this system to work:

  • A 1-page “squeeze page” style website (web hosting, a domain name, and the actual page set up on your website)
  • Some “bait” to encourage people to sign up
  • Text / images / headlines for your squeeze page that “sell” your free book (ie, make people really really want it)
  • An autoresponder service subscription: Eg, Fluttermail, AWeber, GetResponse, MailChimp
  • Emails for your autoresponder sequence — at least enough for 30 days (10 – 15 emails), and ideally up to a year’s worth.
  • A solo ad provider to email their list promoting your website.



How to Get Traffic to Your Website Using Alternative Methods

How To Analyze Affiliate Marketing Sites

Pay Per Click (PPC) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) certainly aren’t the only ways to get visitors to your site. In this lesson we show you How To Get Traffic To Your Website Using Alternative Methods.

Successful affiliates usually make a point of diversifying their traffic sources – relying too heavily on any one source of traffic leaves your business vulnerable to the whims of the search engines, or to dramatic shifts in PPC costs. If you’ve got all your eggs in one basket when it comes to getting traffic to your site, you could find yourself in trouble when the situation turns sour. Additionally, by just restricting yourself to SEO or PPC methods you could be missing out on a large amount of potential traffic. With that in mind , here are some ways to mix things up a bit:

Links from other sites

Getting links to your site is a hugely important part of being a successful affiliate. Not only do they deliver a little bit of traffic to your site independently of the search engines, they also help your search engine rankings

Even though linking is a huge part of search engine optimization, try not to think about links purely in terms of the SEO benefit they deliver. You may be able to get links from sites that rank low on PageRank, or use nofollow tags to block the flow of PageRank, but which deliver a lot of high-quality traffic to your site. Always remember that the point of SEO is to get visitors to your site, and that any link that delivers traffic to your site is achieving that goal, regardless of whether it helps you move up the search engines.

Posting on forums and blogs

Forums and blogs can be excellent places to promote your website, provided the promotion remains subtle and is part of other useful content that you’ve added to the conversation; if you simply bombard a random forum with your URLs you’ll be banned. Similarly, if you post pointless comments as badly disguised self-promotion your posts will likely be deleted.

The best method is to find a few high traffic blogs and forums in your market and spend some time there reading and familiarizing yourself with the discussions. Start replying to posts with useful remarks so that you gradually build a reputation as a genuine and helpful contributor. Once you have established yourself as a valuable member, like the member in this example from our own forums, people will be much more interested in seeing what else you have to say on your website, or in checking out the products you recommend in your signature.

As already mentioned, don’t dismiss forums and blogs simply because a link from them won’t help your SEO – remember that it’s traffic you’re after, and if traffic comes from these blogs or forums then that’s a successful promotion.

(Read a bit more about how you can utilize forums on our lesson about ‘Affiliate Marketing without a website’)

Submitting articles to article directories

Article directories are places where people can submit their articles. The articles are then free for anyone to download and reproduce, provided that the author information and any links the author has inserted into the article remain intact.

Directories benefit both parties: the author gets his or her article distributed around the internet for free, earning backlinks and traffic in the process while the person using the article gets free content for their website, eBook or newsletter.

Good directories to try include:

If you want to speed up the process and get your article submitted to a lot of different directories in record time, then check out services such as:

  • — SubmitEdge will write a unique article for you and submit it to 100+ article sites.
  • — An AMAutomation membership let’s you submit unlimited articles to numerous article and blog sites; AMAutomation also has a mechanism for making sure your articles are unique.
  • — This service is similar to AMAutomation, except it uses different article and blog sites.

Lesson Summary:

In this lesson you’ve learned:

Pay Per Click (PPC) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) aren’t the only ways to get traffic to your website; in fact, by simply using just those methods you could be missing out on a large amount of traffic and potential customers.

Alternative methods for getting traffic to your site:

  • Links from other sites

Try not to think of links being purely about SEO, getting links from other websites can get more traffic as people follow those links. Traffic is traffic, regardless of the impact on your search engine ranking.

  • Posting on blogs and forums

Post subtle promotions in your forum and blog posts, and become an active and respected member of popular forums/blogs. Once you are a valuable member of a forum or blog, people will be more likely to follow the links you post.

  • Submitting articles to article directories

Submitting articles to article directories is a great way to get traffic and backlinks at the same time.

How To Find Affiliate Programs

How To Analyze Affiliate Marketing Sites


One of the best places to start when building your affiliate website is investigating what affiliate programs are out there. In this lesson we’re going to teach you How To Find Affiliate Programs. We’ll give you a closer look at ClickBank, one of the largest affiliate networks on the Internet and home to some pretty high commission products, and we’ll show you some other networks to check out as well.

But first things first, what is an affiliate network?

Introduction to Affiliate Networks

Affiliate networks are the coordinators of the affiliate world. They coordinate between the merchant and the affiliate, are responsible for processing payments from the customer, keeping track of affiliate commissions and paying affiliates.

They’re a very good place to start when you’re looking for affiliate products to promote, since many will maintain a directory that you can browse by subject.

Let’s take a look at one such network:

ClickBank is one of the best affiliate networks for digital products, like software and eBooks. The good thing about software and eBooks is that they tend to have a lot higher commissions than physical products. (You can probably figure out the reason for that yourself – software and eBooks have no manufacturing costs per item, so merchants don’t have to worry about affiliate commissions cutting into their margins.) Commissions of between 50% and 75% are reasonably common for digital products.


If you click on “Marketplace” you’ll be taken to ClickBank‘s directory of affiliate products – here you can browse affiliate programs by subject:

ClickBank provides some statistics on affiliate programs in their listings.

Initial $/sale = How much you earn for each sale

Avg %/sale = What percentage of the sale price makes up your cut.

Avg Rebill Total = If the product has recurring billing (for example, monthly memberships) then this is the amount of money you might you expect beyond the initial sale. If the product doesn’t have recurring billing this figure will be blank.

Avg %/Rebill = This number is only shown if the vendor offers products with recurring billing, and shows the average commission rate earned on that part of the income.

Grav = Gravity Gives an indication of how hot a product is at the moment. Products with high gravity have a lot of affiliates making money selling this product, while those with low gravity have comparatively less affiliates selling the product. Take this figure with a grain of salt, since it is open to manipulation, but in general you’ll probably want to look at products that have a decent amount of affiliate activity, since that obviously means that people are making money from them.

Signing up to become a ClickBank affiliate is a fairly straightforward process: click the “Sign up” link at the top of the page, fill in the details as required, click “Submit” and follow instructions from there.

Once you have your ClickBank ID you’re able to promote any product on the ClickBank network. When you’re browsing products you’ll see a link to “Promote”.

Click this, enter your ClickBank ID and the site will generate your HopLink (affiliate link).


You must use your HopLink any time you link to the merchant site. If you just link directly to the merchant site using the website’s usual address you won’t receive credit for any visitors who click that link and then purchase, as they won’t have been tracked!

Logging in to your ClickBank Account

When you belong to an affiliate network you’re able to check how much you’ve earned by logging in to your account and reviewing the statistics. ClickBank pools the commissions from your whole account into a daily amount, which is shown on the first page when you log in.

You can also delve further into your statistics and break it down by product in the reports section.

So that was a basic introduction to ClickBank. However there are many other affiliate networks out there that you may wish to join as well. Some other you might like to take a look at are:

Other Affiliate Networks

Other ways of finding Affiliate Programs

Some affiliate programs operate outside of affiliate networks, so you won’t see them listed in directories. Finding these affiliate programs is more word of mouth: you can look around at other affiliate sites in your market and see which products they’re promoting, and then see if you can find a link to the affiliate program on the merchant website. You could also email the merchant site directly and ask.

One thing you may encounter is the “invite only” affiliate program. Some sites restrict entry to their affiliate program to people who have already purchased their product, or they choose to approve affiliates on a case-by-case basis. Often this is to prevent affiliates from getting hefty discounts on their products by purchasing through their own affiliate links. If you contact the merchant directly and plead your case, they might let you in, but usually there’s not much you can do aside from purchasing the product.

Lesson Summary

In this lesson you’ve learned:

  1. That affiliate networks co-ordinate between affiliates and merchants. They’re responsible for tracking affiliate commissions, processing payments and paying affiliates.
  2. How to find affiliate products in affiliate networks using as an example. is one of the largest affiliate networks for digital products.
  3. How to sign up as a member of ClickBank
  4. Some other affiliate networks you might wish to look at
  5. Some other ways of finding affiliate programs
    • Word of mouth
    • Seeing what other affiliates are promoting
    • Browsing websites
    • Emailing the merchant directly

How To Identify Affiliate Sites

How To Analyze Affiliate Marketing Sites

Affiliate marketing can be quite subtle – most people using the Internet are unaware that affiliate marketing exists, yet it’s the reason behind a lot of the content on the Internet; therefore one of the first things you should learn when getting started as an affiliate is How To Identify Affiliate Sites. Once you start to spot affiliates you’ll realize exactly how pervasive affiliate marketing is, and it might just give you ideas for your own affiliate business!

Affiliates In Paid Search Listings

One of the places where affiliates are most obvious is in the paid advertisements on search engines like Bing or Google

hese affiliates will be promoting their websites through these advertisements, paying for each person who clicks on their ad.

The idea with this sort of marketing is that the money they earn in affiliate commissions is enough to pay for these advertisements, with a bit left over. However, because they have to pay for you to visit their site, you’ll often find that they’re a little more to the point than affiliates who don’t have to pay for their traffic. (You can read more about why this might be, in our overview lesson on PPC Affiliate Marketing)


Let’s take at an example from a Google search on the phrase “learn guitar”.

Look at the search results in Google: the ads along the right hand side of the page are clearly marked “Ads”, otherwise known as paid advertisements.

Depending on what you search for you might see ads in this list that have been placed by merchants themselves rather than affiliates; however, in this particular example it would appear that most of these ads have been placed by affiliates.

Telltale signs that an ad has been placed by an affiliate include any mention of reviews… there’s always the favored affiliate catchphrase “Don’t buy anything until you’ve read these reviews!”

These are very obvious affiliate ads. Another favorite affiliate hook is the mention of a “scam” – for example “Guitar lesson scams”.

Nobody likes to be scammed, and everyone loves a scandal, so a lot of advertisements use this “scam” hook to get people clicking. Lets’ take a look at this ad in action

(To take your own look, go to [Link no longer available])

This site appears to be a review site built to target more than just the ‘guitar lessons’ affiliate market – however, let’s take a look at just the ‘guitar lessons’ page: at the top of the page they have a summary of the reviews, where they’ve given a number of affiliate products ratings out of five stars with a couple of brief points. If the visitor clicks on this link they’ll be taken to the merchant site through the affiliate’s affiliate link. These brief reviews at the top are a good way to grab people who are just looking for products to research and don’t want to spend time reading reviews.

If you look a little further down the page you’ll see the “full reviews” of the products, for example “Learn & Master Guitar”.

All the links on this page are affiliate links. An affiliate link is a link that (generally) places a cookie in the visitors browser to say to merchants “This visitor, X, came from affiliate Y’s link”. This helps the website track affiliate sales, and means that if the visitor comes back to buy at a later date the affiliate will earn a commission Affiliate links don’t harm the visitor in any way – the visitor doesn’t end up paying any more for the product than if they bought directly from the merchant – in fact the affiliate actually helps the visitor to find a product they were looking for.

Affiliates In Natural Search Results

Not all affiliates choose to promote their websites through paid advertisements, however. A lot of affiliates rely on traffic that comes from normal search results in the search engines.

We call these search results “organic” search results, or “natural” search listings. You’ll also hear people talking about SERPs, which is short for “search engine results pages”.

For those of you who are new to these terms, the difference between natural search results and paid search results is that with the natural search results your listing is free, but you have a lot less control over how and where your website appears.

The natural search listings are the sites that the search engines deem to be most relevant to the particular search term, ranked in order of relevance. The problem for webmasters is that we never really know what the search engines are thinking; all we can do is guess and try to make our websites look as relevant as possible.

This gives rise to a whole area of Internet marketing called Search Engine Optimization, which we cover in other parts of Affilorama. But for now let’s take a look at affiliate sites that seem to be doing well in the SERPs for the term “dog obedience”.

It can be a little more difficult to spot affiliates in the natural search results because they tend to be a little subtler than in the paid search results. We’ve got a few here which look like they could either be affiliates or merchants selling their own lessons. For example below is a merchant site, but sites like or could be either merchant or affiliate sites.

Reviews, free advice, and “learn the best way” are all tried and true methods affiliates employ to gain traffic, so let’s have a look at the site offering “free obedience training advice”,

If you take a look at the front page for this site you can see that it seems to follow a fairly similar formula to the last website we looked at.- up front they have a review of their ‘Top Dog Training Guide”, and further down the page we find more reviews to other top ranked products. All links to these guides will be affiliate links.

Since this is an SEO site there must be more content here – you can see that on the left panel there is a list of articles about dog training: how to deal with jumping dogs, stopping chewing, digging and so on.

If you click on “Dealing with a whining dog” you’re taken to a page with a lesson on stopping your dog from whining. And here go those recommended products again!

Let’s take a look at one more affiliate site from the natural search listings, this time from Let’s find another affiliate site in the natural search listings. I’ll do a search for “Pet training” in Google.

If you follow through to the first listed item you can see, down the right hand side, that they’re promoting a number of pet training eBooks.

You can tell they’re likely to be affiliate products because if you were to click on them you’ll be taken to a completely different site; if you hover over the links you’ll (sometimes) see in your status bar (at the bottom of your browser) that the link looks a little convoluted, with in it.

That means that the product comes from ClickBank — an affiliate network. You can also see some ads on the side that look like affiliate products too. This site doesn’t seem to offer any reviews: they simply have a “recommended” column and some ads.

Lesson Summary

In this lesson you’ve learned:

A few things you can use to spot obvious affiliate sites:

  • How some affiliates are making money in a few different markets
    • Deriving traffic from paid search listings.
    • From the natural search listings.
  • Sites comparing and reviewing products are often affiliate sites
    • Sites promoting products or services they did not create are often affiliates
    • Catchphrases like Reviews” “ratings” “learn the truth!” “scams” etc, often indicate affiliate sites.


Can You Make Money from Affiliate Marketing? (For Beginners)


How To Analyze Affiliate Marketing Sites


There are many a number of ways to make money with internet. The Options range from creating your own product to sell online,affiliate marketing , making money as a professional blogger, managing an online community, developing a content site on a hot topic – just to name a few.

All of these are just various ways to deliver content online. Your first step will be choosing a niche, which is the market or topic you are going to focus on.

One of  focus, with so many options to make money online – focus is key. You want to find and choose the best a niche and a business model, and work on that one project all the way from start to profit. Don’t let all the other options distract or derail you. 😉

Once you decide on a topic or niche, you should sit down and map out a plan for your internet business model { Affiliate Marketing }. What market are you targeting, and how can you best serve that market? This is the angle you want to work from, vs the more common: how can I make the most money from this market? (Most people get it backwards and then get frustrated when that doesn’t work out for them)


See: How to Become a Market Leader in Your Niche Or Affiliate Marketing

So you choose a niche, create a blog or website, set up social media profiles to interact with your target market on the topic, and you create and share useful content that will build your reputation and readership in that niche.

I can hear what you’re saying…

“That all sounds great, but how do I make money from it?”

-How to Make Money Online or Internet (For Beginners)

The absolute easiest way to make money online is with Affiliate Marketing. You don’t have to create a product, set up a shopping cart and merchant account, do customer service, work with clients, etc. It’s very much like a traditional commission-based sales job where you earn commission on any sales you refer. Just as one example, you can promote a web hosting affiliate program and earn commission on every new account sign-up.

The difference is that you’re doing it online, and you can do it from home without ever doing in-person or phone sales. You simply recommend products and/or refer people to specific merchants through the content on your website.

-The Method To Earn $50-$100 Through Affiliate Marketing

The 100% working method to earn money with affiliate marketing is here. It is so simple and easy with fast and guaranteed results upon your hard work.

First of all, you’ll need a blog. I think most of you already have it. You need a little 100 daily visitors to your blog. If you don’t have a blog, then first create it and write unique articles to generate traffic. Reaching 100 visitors daily isn’t much hard for any of you.

Now create a eBook for your blog. This is the most important factor in this process. You have to create an eBook which is really totally unique. It must attract your readers.

Write an eBook with great information about your niche, which audience all over world wants for FREE.

For doing this, create a very catchy cover and make the title of eBook a bit spicy.

If you can’t write an eBook then you can outsource it from others too. They are many writers available there. It may be a bit expensive. So better you write by your own.

After creating eBook, it’s time to create a landing page for your blog. A landing page is where your visitors lands, and that page attracts the visitor and makes him give his email/buy the ebook/subscribe to your blog etc.

“How can I make 3-4k a month or more?
What steps will it take to get there?”

I know this is stating the obvious, but it should be said:

It takes time, work, and being both persistent and consistent. An online business is the same as any other business in that it requires an investment on your part to get it up and running. The positive side of online business is that it takes a lot less time and money than most traditional offline business models.

Do these 10 steps, in this order, to get started:

  • Choose Your Niche.
  • Register a Domain Name.
  • Set up a Website or Blog with WordPress.
  • Set up your Social Media accounts.
  • Download and read SEO Fast Start .
  • Create SEO Content. Also read: Keyword Strategy.
  • Sign up for Affiliate Programs in your niche.
  • Write Product Reviews for those products.
  • Get links pointing to your pages or blog posts.
  • Continue creating content, getting links & interacting via Social Media.

Once you get all this set up and you’re making money as an Affiliate, you can look at other ways to monetize your site. You might create short reports on your topic to sell, test contextual advertising, or look into even more methods to make money.

Yes it’s work. And yes – it’s worth it! 😀

If you do these steps, and continue to learn & tweak as you go, you’ll start earning money. You can increase your traffic (number of visitors) and your income as you continue to grow and market your website.