What Is Affiliate Traffic For? – And How to Get the Best Affiliate Traffic?

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This article is intended to answer a question that I regularly receive from my readers:  what is affiliate traffic and how to get the best affiliate traffic?

Already established affiliate marketers either already own their customers (usually because they already have a high traffic website) or they know how and where to find customers (normally through search engines or online advertising).

Therefore, if you understand this fact, your search for finding great affiliate traffic is now simplified.


  1. You build one or more niche websites to attract targeted web traffic for the product you are promoting.
  2. Or, you receive your web traffic through search engine optimization and online advertisements as with AdWords, or …
  3. You have a “secret fishing hole” that provides you with high quality traffic.

Each of these is a huge topic on their own which are already being under discussion in details in some other articles which you can find via the search box located on the right column.

Let’s quickly see how Wikipedia is qualifying web traffic …

Web traffic is the amount of data sent and received by visitors to a website. This necessarily does not include the traffic generated by bots.

Since the mid-1990s, web traffic has been the largest portion of Internet traffic. This is determined by the number of visitors and the number of pages they visit. Sites monitor the incoming and outgoing traffic to see which parts or pages of their site are popular and if there are any apparent trends, such as one specific page being viewed mostly by people in a particular country.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Web Traffic

So, for now, we will stick to the topic of this report, which is …

What is Affiliate Traffic? And How to Get the Best?

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What is Affiliate Traffic?

We call affiliate traffic the number of people who click on your affiliate links.

These links may be on your website, eMail, social accounts, etc. and lead to an affiliate website or splash page that you have decided to promote.

Then, you can be offer to these people a product to buy that they might like or need. As your link was used during the purchasing of the product in question, you will receive a commission which is a percentage of the product price.

The company that is selling the product will have previously setup the commission rates.  It will either be a large commission or a smaller one that you might receive.

1 – Build your niche websites

As an affiliate, your long term goal is to become the ‘owner’ of this traffic. You don’t want to keep spending money advertising to just receive traffic directly to your affiliate site.

What I mean by to be the ‘owner’ of the traffic, is that you should be creating your own content website, review website or blog, and building your own mailing list.

Yes, it is a bit harder than merely posting an advertisement to make a quick commission. But building your website and your own mailing list is a guaranteed way to grow at an exponential rate and provide you with a nice passive income for a long time to come.

Building your own niche authority will require a long term commitment on your part. It is not a quick fix. But it is a serious investment into your future retirement plan.

If you want a quick fix, then the next chapter is for you:

2 – Advertise

What is Affiliate Traffic

Imagine that you are trying to sell a product or service, for yourself or on behalf of a client. You then do some keyword research and post some AdWords ads and you may get some potential buyers.

With low competitive keywords, you can leverage on Web 2.0 sites and find top rankings in the natural search results. So, this will save you some money.

You may also want to entrust the advertising to some online freelance sites such as Fiverr, this is also a very economical and successful way to go about it.

For certain products or services, you may be able generate affiliate traffic through article marketing, a.k.a. bum marketing.

As I also explained in one of my previous blog posts, your primary goal is to find targeted affiliate traffic.

A few questions and answers …

Q: What is affiliate marketing and how does it work?
A: “Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.”

Q: Are affiliate programs worth it?
A: Sure, you can make money with affiliate marketing. … However, affiliate marketing is not worth the effort for everyone. In fact, I’d say that affiliate marketing is not worth the effort for MOST people, simply because most people wouldn’t enjoy the work affiliate marketing entails.

Q: Can you really make money with affiliate marketing?
A: Affiliate marketing can be lucrative, but it takes a commitment of time and money to make it a real business. … Traditional advertisements and selling your own products can help if your affiliate-marketing revenue dries up.

And my final words

Last but not least. Now that you know what is affiliate traffic, how and where to find it, I want to remind you about the importance of generating passive and fresh traffic.

Passive traffic is a regular and steady traffic coming to your website. They can be people who have voluntarily opted onto your list or they are already your clients.

Fresh traffic would be new traffic coming to your website from your advertising campaigns, search engines or other means.

You need to make it a goal to develop a system that will produce both passive and fresh traffic. This will guarantee you long term success as an affiliate marketer. Once your system is in place, and up and running, you should not have to worry about affiliate traffic all the time.

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  • Dee

    Thanks for explaining what affiliate traffic is. Guess I didn’t really think about the difference of fresh or passive traffic and I am needing fresh traffic. Still haven’t tried advertising such as Fiverr so will need to look into it further and that should help my fresh traffic. Good job.

    • Thanks for your comment Dee. Fiverr is a good place to buy traffic, but also LeadLeap which becomes cheaper in the long run.

      Let me know if you have any questions about advertising and I will very happy to help you.

      John ツ

  • Vasiliy

    Hi John. I cam across your post, this seems pretty interesting. Affiliate marketing seems like can offer pretty interesting opportunity to make money online. I had a question: What do you think is the most effective traffic source would be? I would say both free and paid. Thanks

    • Thanks for visiting my site Vasiliy. Affiliate marketing is the most powerful way of making money online. It is accessible to all, newbies and seasoned marketers. It is an easy way to make money online.

      If by any chance you are already marketing online, you might have come across Wealthy Affiliate, and perhaps you are a member already, if not, you can read all about it on my review page.

      To answer your question, in my nearly 17 years of marketing online, I have never come across an advertising platform which is so generous with its members, in the form of advertisement space, tools etc.. It is LeadsLeap. In fact, Wealthy Affiliate and LeadsLeap can work very well together as one sends traffic to the other and vice versa.

      There are two levels of memberships at LeadsLeap, the FREE version and the PRO. Of course the PRO level is much more advantageous than the FREE but the FREE level is a good start to find out exactly how it really works.

      I hope to have answered your question fully, and if you have any more, please feel free to post them below so that all my readers can benefit as well.

      I wish you the very best with your online venture.

      John ツ

  • Paul

    Hi John found your website informative and interesting I use fiverr when I get writer’s block..
    Do you have any success with fiverr and getting web traffic?

    • Thanks for your comment Paul. I have been a buyer and a seller on Fiverr since January 2011. I have also used their services for writing blog posts for me but have never been very happy with what I have received, I always had to re-write the article myself, so if you have a good seller for that, please share their profile name or link here, thanks.

      As for getting web traffic, I offer this service on my Fiverr account and have a very successful Gig with over 350 positive reviews, which I highly recommend especially to members of Wealthy Affiliate with special free gifts with their order. So if you are a Wealthy Affiliate member and you order any of my Fiverr Gigs, just mention it when ordering and you will be particularly well served.

      I wish you the very best for your online venture.

      John ツ

  • PrettySophia

    Wow!!! I think this is what I have been looking for for a long time now…as we all know traffic is the bedrock of any online business as with out it there would be no proper yield…. anyway thanks a lot for sharing this awesome article I hope it helps other as it has helped me….I would start in touch for more helpful article like this one.

    • John

      Thanks very much for commenting on my Affiliate Traffic guide PrettySophia, I am glad that you found it very useful. 

      As a matter of fact, I wrote this article because I know that it would help a lot of my readers, having been marketing affiliate programs for the past 20 years, I know very well how hard it is to find good and responsive traffic. 

      So here it is, I hope that you take advantage of this blog post PrettySophia and I wish you the very best for your online projects.


  • Richard U.

    Hi I have heard of Affiliate Traffic before and I am sure I have used something similar to that before but I have not really seen a detailed review of Affiliate Traffic before until now. 

    I tried clicking on the link you provided but it wasn’t loading properly I am not sure why as I will like to test it out. 

    Great job explaining how to get the best affiliate traffic as this is a very vital piece of information that will come handy on my next article write.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • John

      Thanks for taking the time to go through my tutorial Richard and for commenting on it. I am curious as to which link isn’t working properly Richard, I have re-checked all of them and have not noticed any issues. Would you be kind enough to test them again and point out to me which is causing you an issue?

      Thanks for doing that.


  • Chundra

    Hi There! Nice to talk to you hear. I tried to sign up for some of the things recommended here but they kept giving me an error message and saying that I was already signed up with you under this email. I also tried to sign up with you as my mento but it gave the same message.


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