How to Make Money with Online Affiliate Marketing

Hello friends, this is Clark. Welcome to This post is about how to make money with online affiliate marketing.

The word “online” in online affiliate marketing is really redundant. Because almost all affiliate marketing is done online. For the rest of this post, I’ll just use the term affiliate marketing instead of online affiliate marketing.

The steps in affiliate marketing are similar to Internet marketing (also called “online marketing”). Internet marketing is promoting a brand, product or service over the Internet, while affiliate marketing is promoting other people’s products.

Below this let me discuss in detail the fundamental steps in affiliate marketing.


A) Choose Products You Want To Promote

In affiliate marketing, you (affiliate) promote products for other people (merchants). Affiliate programs connect you with the merchants, and are free to join. There are over 100,000 affiliate programs online, and millions of products that you can promote as an affiliate. There are millions of products on alone.

To find an affiliate program, just type product + affiliate program into Google, for instance bodybuilding equipment + affiliate program.

So sign up for the affiliate programs whose products you wish to promote. Then get the “affiliate link” associated with each product. An affiliate link is a URL, for example, which contains your ID for a particular affiliate program product. If people click your link and buy the product, you’ll earn commissions.


B) Build a Website For Free

Next, you want to send potential customers to the merchant’s website by having them click on your affiliate link. Instead of promoting your link on forums or social networks, building a website and then publishing relevant and helpful CONTENT on it allows you to develop brand and trust in a relatively short period of time. Your website is your online “store”, where you welcome visitors and promote helpful products to them.

Wealthy Affiliate provides a platform where it is possible to build a website in less than a minute, and your involvement is just choosing a name and design for your site.


C) Attract Potential Buyers (Traffic) to Your Website

Next, you want to get LOTS of people to visit your site. The key to this is publishing engaging and informative content that helps your potential customers solve their problems or get what they want. This is what Google and the other search engines are looking for. When someone types in a “search term” in Google or other search engines, the content that show up on page 1 of the search results are those which are most relevant and helpful.

Another thing that will put you in good standing with the search engines is publishing high-quality content frequently, at least at the initial stage. Publishing one post (content) per day is ideal, but if that’s not possible 2-3 posts per week is the minimum.

More traffic translates to more sales and hence more money, because shoppers actually do check out and purchase the products they come across through affiliate marketing.


D) Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

So what you do is paste your affiliate links within the content on your website. If somebody comes to your website, clicks your link and ends up buying the product, you earn commissions. Affiliate commissions can go as high as 60% or more.

Many affiliate programs will pay you through PayPal. To receive your commissions, just sign up free for a PayPal account. Then let the affiliate programs know your PayPal email.

If you’re interested to know how much passive income you can possibly earn doing affiliate marketing, plus how to start your own affiliate marketing business for free, read my post below:

Is Affiliate Marketing a Good Career?

That’s all from me today. If you have any questions or comments about affiliate marketing, please feel free to leave them below and I’ll be more than happy to help you out. Thanks!

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