A Complete Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing

A complete beginners guide to affiliate marketing

Here is a complete beginners guide to affiliate marketing that I have been asked many times to write for my readers. So here it is. Enjoy it and make sure to write a few words in the comment section at the bottom of this tutorial.

As we are all aware, because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, there will be millions of people around the world that will be out of their jobs.

Large companies have already started to layoff employees by the thousands. Yes, some of them have been promised help in various ways, but for how long? Governments are putting themselves into some extreme financial stress. For how long will they be able to keep up with their promises?

What seemed to be a difficult situation to last a couple of months at most is more likely to continue for many more months, and the damage will remain with us for years to come.

There are no countries in the world, even among the richest, that can support such a financial burden for that long. So what can be done?

You have heard that those that can work from home should do so immediately. If you think of it, with the technology that is at our disposal right now, many jobs and businesses could be done online. And if not, isn’t time to get started in a new career?

The average person will change careers 5-7 times during their working life according to career change statistics. With an ever increasing number of career choices, 30% of the workforce will now change careers or jobs every 12 months.

According to “Career Change Statistics

Do we have any choice? The answer is NO!

So, What Can We Do? …

Work from home and make a living as an Affiliate Marketer is the answer! To work from the comfort of your own home, is it not what you have always wanted to be able to do?

Well, now that you don’t have a choice, then why not go for it? I will help you do what I have been doing very successfully since 2001. I will show you exactly how …

Affiliate Marketing can earn you $5,000 a month

There are so many scams out there that make it look so easy to make money online. Yes, it can be easy but it requires to follow a procedure.

Anyone can earn from Affiliate Marketing and the good news is that it is the safest, easiest and cheapest way to make a living from home.

Why? … Because it is …

  1. Safer, as you shouldn’t have to invest any money to join an affiliate program.
  2. Easier, because you do not have to create the products that you wish to sell.
  3. Cheaper, because you do not have to bear the cost of creating the products; and you can learn how to become a very successful affiliate marketer for FREE!

That’s right for FREE … but be aware that there are not many legit affiliate marketing training platforms out there.

This Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing Will Get You Started!

I know that for fact because I have been in the affiliate marketing scene since 2001 and rapidly started earning from it. I did make many costly mistakes, yes, but I learned from them. Now, I can easily turn any idea into a money making machine.

By the way, I have a FREE Internet Marketing Course which I have just updated. If you are interested to join, click HERE !

Whether you are a newbie; a seasoned entrepreneur; or an intermediate business owner, this is for you, and also whether you are a:

  • stay at home mom or dad
  • retiree with very little retirement income (like me)
  • person wanting to sell your own craft online, or offline
  • someone with a job looking for a way earn more money
  • redundant person in search of a job (good luck with that)
  • person who hates his/her boss (I don’t blame you)
  • hard worker but failed at making money online
  • school drop out or someone who never had the opportunity to attend school (that’s me)
  • busy man or woman with little spare time who needs an extra income (who doesn’t?)
  • physically impaired person who can’t get a job
  • mom with a disable child or an elderly parent at home to take care of
  • clever person wanting to plan a decent retirement
  • more clever on wanting to retire early

And the list goes on and on …

If you go online and search for any kind of beginners guide to affiliate marketing, you will find loads of them. But, just pick one or two of them, and you will immediately notice that there is so much contradictory suggestions and approaches from one to the other; and of course loads of scams. This is more than enough, scam or legit, information to get you to shut your computer down and walk away from it.

But it shouldn’t be, because affiliate marketing is a very legitimate way of offering a quality product or a useful service to anyone out there, without spamming your address book with scams.

This is what I am going to show you how to do in a moment. But first of all let me answer the question that comes to your mind at this moment:

Why should you believe me?

The complete beginners guide to affiliate marketing

The answer is very simple … you don’t have to! But it will cost you nothing to trust me because I am not selling anything to you. I only wish to share with you my nearly 20 years of affiliate marketing experience, and the success stories of people like you and me who have done it.

So, if you are ready, let’s get started with …

The complete beginners guide to affiliate marketing

One of the main reasons why most people do not succeed at building up a profitable online business, is that they gather a lot of information from here and there and then they try to create theirs on there own, with just the little information the collected or no real training and basically zero support.

Then, they purchase very expensive tools on the grounds that they will help them. Although some tools are needed to get you business off the ground, they do not have to be expensive, and can even be free. They then get themselves into more expenses than income. Then they give up claiming that affiliate marketing doesn’t work, or isn’t for them.

If only they were properly guided they would know that affiliate marketing is full of benefits. It is one or the most esteemed form of businesses, either online or offline. The earning potential is proven to be very high; and all you need is to have a computer and an internet connection. Therefore, you can build a very profitable online business from practically anywhere.

This course is designed to provide you with the stepping stones to your future career. It is not a complete training, but it will give you an idea of what it entails to become a successful affiliate marketer. If you prefer to receive a more complete training directly into your email box, just click on the banner below and I will be very happy to send it to you …

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This beginners’ guide to Affiliate Marketing will teach you how to …

1 – Find a profitable niche
2 – Set up your blog for FREE, with all the bells and whistles
3 – Access a FREE training and the support of thousands of like minded people
4 – Become a successful affiliate marketer

1 – How to find a profitable affiliate marketing niche

This is where many wannabe affiliate marketers are giving up. I prefer to tell you now so that you don’t do like them and give up too soon. Once you’ve got this step right you will have passed the test which determines whether your future is in affiliate marketing or not. So, don’t worry I will explain to you how successful marketers do their thinking.

The most common mistake that beginners to affiliate marketing make at this stage is to choose a niche that they have a personal interest in, but that nobody else is interested in and therefore, has no real desire to spend their money on.

Being a member of wealthy affiliate myself, and since a few years already, and because of its first class and largest affiliate marketing training community online, this is the one we are going to work on in this tutorial.

In simple terms, choosing a niche is like if you were shouting:

A complete beginners guide to affiliate marketing

The idea is to create some value for a distinctive crowd of people and offer a solution to their problems. If you get that, then you are certain to have a perfect foundation for a profitable online business.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself in order to put you on the right track for discovering a possible niche to work on:

  • What is it that I am genuinely passionate about
  • In which area could I provide value to others
  • What really moves me and makes me click inside
  • How could I translate this passion into a successful online business
  • What are the problems that I have overcome and how could I teach others how to do just the same

Choosing the right niche in affiliate marketing

As you must have gathered now, a niche is simply a solution that you think will help solve a group of other people’s problem. Think about your past, and how much time and money you have spent trying to solve that particular problem.

For example: have you ever purchased a book, on or offline, to try getting rid of some skin issues that you might have? Or perhaps spent a little fortune on creams and essential oils? And finally found what worked well for you? It could have been something as simple as a diet. This is a niche which covers an enormous group of people around the world who would pay a fortune to know what you have discovered.

But it doesn’t have to remain to a skin problem. Each and every solution to a problem is a niche. And if you have the solution to a problem that enough people are looking for … you have your niche!

It could be that you know how to create a special spreadsheet that will help a lot of people to save them time and money. Or it could be a special recipe that you got from your grandmother that helped you lose weight and keep it of for many years. Or …

Of course, these are only 3 examples that came to mind as I was writing:

  • Skin problems are very common, in various forms and at all ages
  • Not everyone is computer literate but most people need to keep tract of their daily expenses for example
  • More and more people are overweight, but not everyone has the weight loss program that would work for them

Again, these are just a few, so don’t just jump on them because I am showing them as examples. Yes, they are great niches, do they really relate to your situation? Instead, I am going to introduce you to a niche that is the most profitable out there. It is how to make money online.

Just think about that:

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  • Who in the whole world doesn’t want to make money? I don’t know of any.
  • How many people are made redundant each year? More and more.
  • Have you ever heard of someone going into retirement saying “great, I am looking forward to my retirement income”. Never heard that, ever.
  • How many moms would love to stay at home to care for their young child, but instead have to go to work to be able to pay the bills? All moms.
  • Do you know of anyone who is disable and could do with an income from home, if they knew how to go about it? I know of many that I have already helped, and their are thousands more that I don’t know.

And the list goes on and on …

There are at this time more opportunities to create a very profitable online business in just about any niche than ever before. And affiliate marketing is for that matter, the most lucrative and fascinating business model to take advantage of. Because, as I have said at the beginning of this affiliate marketing guide, you do not need to have your own products or services to start and have a successful online business going.

2 – Set up your blog for FREE, with all the bells and whistles

Now that you have found your niche, your next step will be to setup your website. Don’t let that frighten you as it is much easier than you think, and you don’t need to be an expert on the subject nowadays. You will see. So your website or blog as it is also called, will be your focal point, it will be the heartbeat of your online business.

Creating your very own business website and finding the right domain name for your business can be a complex process, because what is of most importance is to build your online business on a solid foundation, you cannot build any sort of business on some weak foundations, can you?

So, buying the correct domain name and shelling out for hosting, plus trying to learn, at the same time, all the technical skills that are require to set up a WordPress website can discouraging to the inexperienced.

But, there is an easy way out …

By joining Wealthy Affiliate for FREE, you will have access to a FREE website builder for WordPress. This will setup your professional WordPress website in less 30 seconds. It will also remove all the technical teases out of building your website.

Not only that, but it also comes with 2 FREE domain names of your choice, plus FREE hosting and a complete beginners guide to affiliate marketing, also completely FREE! So, as you can see, there is zero risk as everything is totally FREE. No payment will be asked of you at any time. Not now, not tomorrow, not ever!

If that looks like a great deal to you, then why delay? I will even tell you something, also for nothing: if you join now by clicking on the button below, you will automatically be in my team of very successful business owners. You will benefit from my 20 years of experience in affiliate marketing, and I will personally mentor you till you succeed. So the decision is yours ⬎

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3 – Access a FREE training and the support of thousands of like minded people

Building up and running a business on the Internet can become a very lonely and often a disheartening occupation More especially for a beginner who hasn’t have a clue whether he or she is doing right or wrong. Even top affiliate marketers out there know very well that best chances for succeeding online is to have a mentor to guide them.

At every level of setting up and running a successful online business, we need a mentor. So, to …

4 – Become a successful affiliate marketer

To become a successful affiliate marketer, you need:

  • a proven system
  • an excellent support system
  • a complete and serious training
  • at least one dedicated mentor with loads of experience

Wealthy Affiliate has it all and I will guarantee that you have the last one!

When I joined Wealthy Affiliate I quickly realised that it was the best decision I have ever made. I just couldn’t believe how much I was getting, and when you join you will be amazed yourself. You will be part of the largest online community of affiliate marketers on the web.

You will also receive the highest quality and up-to-date training available anywhere online and a 24/7 support system.

Having a mentor prepared to work with you, on top of having access to top marketing tools will drastically multiply your chances of becoming a successful affiliate marketer. Most people are giving up too soon because of the frustration they encounter when trying to learn it all on their own.

With the appropriate tools, the best support and a top quality training you cannot fail to have your very own websites out there in the niche that you have chosen, and within a few minutes.

The critical point of creating an online business business online is at the very beginning. Getting your foundations right in place is so important. This why this beginners guide to affiliate marketing matters, because, hopefully, it will stop you from searching around and falling into the trap of scammers. Being properly guided through the first phase of your online business is crucial to the success of your future online business.


Hopefully this little guide will help you make the right choice towards the future you are looking for. Like most online marketers, possibly yourself, and even those that are now very successful, I have been scammed early on in my only online career. This is why I have written this article, and created this blog. As you might have guessed, this blog / website was built using WordPress, and following the easy to follow training I have received from Wealthy Affiliate.

Thanks for reading this beginners’ guide to Affiliate Marketing …

How To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing

So, I hope that you enjoyed reading this beginners guide to affiliate marketing. If you have any other tips in this particular field, my readers and myself would like to hear from you. Should you have any problems and would like to find a solution, please make use of the box below. I normally respond within 24 to 48 hours. If you enjoyed reading this article please share it socially and post your appreciation in the comments area below, I will highly appreciate it!

I am a Premium Member at Wealthy Affiliate, where I learned how to share my passions and successes. You are most welcome to join my team and learn how to become successful in business and retire early. I will personally mentor you for FREE. It is 100% FREE to join, learn and earn! So, click the button below and I’ll see you on the other side.

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  • Jessica Sharma

    Hi John, my name is Jessica. I wanted to join your mentor group and its telling me that my email is blocked. Then tried again and it was banned… Can you tell me why this is happening?

    • Thanks for contacting me Jessica. Apparently, the issue has been solved as, if I am not mistaken, you have joined with Username JessicaShar1, so welcome to my group Jessica.

      Let me know if you have any questions or need any help at any time.

      Best wishes,


  • Love Yourself

    This is truly a great article.  You have explained, in a very unbiased way, the opportunities of earning money online.  And as far as I can tell, a legitimate way.

    How do you choose a niche that is right?  My tendency would be to go for something that I think would make a lot of money quickly.  Would this be correct?

    Also, once I have chosen a niche, how do I come up with ideas of writing posts or blogs about it?  This seems to be a very tricky aspect for me.

    Would love to hear your thoughts.  It is something that I would certainly be interested in.

    Thanks so much, Renée

    • John

      Thanks for taking the time to read my beginners guide to Affiliate Marketing Renée. Finding your niche is the most difficult part for getting started in Affiliate Marketing. Unfortunately it is the first thing that you must get right in order to have a successful website for years to come.

      To reply to your questions would take too much space here, but I suggest that you subscribe to this free tutorial where all this is very well explained ~~> Free Internet Marketing Course.

      I am sure that you will find your answers and more in it.

      I wish you the very best for your online venture Renée.

      Have a great day,

      John 🙂

  • WSwartz

    Great information ! The Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing offers up some really great information on internet marketing and on where to find the best SEO . I never realized there were so many. I do like my Wealthy Affiliate training and I love the Google Search Console. It’s great that you give free copies of your internet marketing Training. I signed up for one myself. One can never have too much information. great job !

    • John

      Thanks very much for the compliment Wendy, and for subscribing to my free Internet Marketing course which helped many subscribers to become very successful Internet marketers.

      I am happy to know that you are also a member of Wealthy Affiliate which is to my knowledge the best Affiliate Marketing University in existence, so well done!

      I wish you an excellent online future!


  • Isaac

    Finding a niche isn’t easy. I’ve only changed my niche once, but it’s important to stick with one until you get results. I’ve heard that if you can talk about your niche for hours on end, then that’s the niche for you. It’s also important not to spend too much time picking a niche because there probably won’t be a perfect one. In the article, you said you had twenty years of experience and have only just recently joined Wealthy Affiliate. How much did WA improve your overall success?

    • John

      Thanks so much for your comments Isaac. What you have heard about finding your niche and running with it is absolutely true, in fact all this is taught in the excellent training at Wealthy Affiliate.

      To answer your question about my Internet experience, yes I did only decide to join Wealthy Affiliate about 3 years ago and it is definitely the best thing I have done in my entire online career.

      I wish you the very best and I look forward to seeing you again soon on this website.


  • Anand

    Hi John

    Affiliate marketing is indeed one way to create passive income. I believe the competition must be tight as barriers to entry are low, however, rewards are massive once you commit to it. One of the barriers is to find a niche which I initially struggled as I didn’t know where to start but after trial and error I realised making money online is the best place to start. I would love to join your mentor group. Please send me the link

    • John

      Thanks for your comment Anand. You are quite right, if you commit to become successful and make a living with Affiliate Marketing, you will, even sooner than you think.

      Finding your niche is what most newbies are struggling with and unfortunately, it is where many of them give up. Once you have passed this barrier, all you need to do is to focus on it go forward. 

      However, a good training is necessary. As you asked for it, here is where you can join my free training ~~> Free Internet Marketing Course!

      I wish you the very best,


  • Lee

    This is a very good guide. It is an easy step by step guide that will help almost anyone especially those that are not familiar with affiliate marketing can follow and get going on the road to a successful online business. The niche you pick is critical to long term success. The niche will determine success and utilizing Wealthy Affiliate can go a long way to starting a very good online business. The niche is based one what you like and what you know. So you should be able to come up with material that you can blog about. 

    • John

      Thanks for sharing your views on my complete guide to Affiliate Marketing Lee. I take it that you are a member at Wealthy Affiliate and you seem to understand well how it works, right? 

      I hope that you are doing well and I am sure that you enjoy the community and the help you can get from it.

      I wish you the very best,


  • Trevor Patterson

    I have registered,but,unfortunately have mislaid my log in particulars,so sorry,could you please resend them to me.
    Many Thanks

    • Hi Trevor,

      Can you remember to what you have register? Is it at Wealthy Affiliate?

  • Perryline

    this is a great and amazing article. i sincerely your effort creating time  to write on such an informative article which has taught me a lot more on beginners guide to affiliate marketing. i have been an affiliate marketer for two months and i have been earning a lot commission from home but where some people get this wrong is that this aren’t a get rich scheme. thanks for sharing this amazing article.

    • John

      Thanks for sharing your views and experience on Affiliate Marketing Perryline. I am glad that you are earning a lot of commission from home, but is it from Affiliate Marketing? Already after only two months? If so, you are doing quite well and it proves that it can be done when following the right training. Well done Perryline.

      I wish you the very best and a great future as a affiliate marketer.


  • Ann

    Hi John! I have read other posts trying to learn a bit about affiliate marketing but none has been as helpful as your complete beginners guide. I greatly appreciate you avoided all those technical terms most people use when talking about affiliate marketing. I could understand everything you explained. I liked the fact that you have so many years working with this, 20 years experience! Wao!

    I’ll give it a try!

    • John

      Thanks for the compliment Ann, and for being such a regular reader of my tutorials and guides. I am glad that you enjoyed reading and that you have been able to easily understand my “Complete Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing”.

      Let me know if you have any questions at any time.

      Wishing you an excellent day.



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