Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

Today I will be discussing how to make money at home in your spare time with affiliate marketing for beginners

But first, a little tough love…

For the sake of transparency I will tell you that you need to have at least up to $300-500 ready to start affiliate marketing. Be realistic and prepared to invest in your business and yourself. There is no getting something for nothing or ‘get rich schemes’. It takes time, patience and perseverance to build any business. Yes, there will be frustrations and roadblocks along the way but if you keep at it, you can and will be successful

Many online entrepreneurs have gotten their start through affiliate marketing. With that I mean, being an affiliate was the stepping stone to making an online income and they became successful enough to quit their day jobs and were able to work from home. Spending more time with loved ones, travelling or doing whatever they feel like

You can get started without having your own product, without having to deal with customer support or even a website or blog (although I do recommend that you have both, it just makes things easier). And you can start right now…

So What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is where you, the affiliate, promotes another company or persons product. When you make a sell through your affiliate link you earn a commission from the products’ vendor or seller. Basically you get paid for bringing buyers to sellers via ads or promotional tools such as banners, videos or wherever you can place an affiliate link.

* Note * It is very important to read the terms of agreement on where you can and can not place an ad or your affiliate link. Every company is different in the way they want their products’ advertised and promoted. There are restrictions for example on sending out spammy emails and violating these restrictions can get you thrown out of an affiliate program and banned

The fact that there are many ways that you can advertise for free online or with very little money, makes affiliate marketing the best place to start or expand your online business. With your own flexible time schedule and your advertising efforts working 24/7, your online business can eventually lead to a passive income lasting many years.

Imagine…NO boss, NO commute with the headaches of traffic, NO interaction with customers, NO major tech skills needed and the option to take a day off when it suits you. There is no better business than creating one for yourself that allows you the flexibility to take charge of your own life.

See how I began my affiliate marketing dream

Where Do You Find Affiliate Programs?

To start with you need to choose a niche, or a category that you would like to promote. Ideally this will be something that you have some knowledge about or can easily research to learn more about. If you have a niche that you are passionate about, say gardening or weight loss for example, then those are the products’ you should start with

Choosing your niche depends on what you want to sell. If you have an interest in selling digital products’, informational products’, software and/or affiliate tools, there are some great platforms to get started. Almost all of them are free to sign up and get started and most have training on the inside to help you make the most out of it. Take advantage of this training, it will be the best thing you can do to help you in your efforts of marketing.

Joining Affiliate Programs

ClickBank is a great place to start and my number one recommendation for affiliate marketing. It is also the top platform for affiliates and vendors that create their own product and wish to have affiliates promoting them. Signing up is free and there is also a knowledge base that helps you learn everything you need to know about using their site. Once you have signed up, go to the Marketplace tab and look around they literally have thousands of products’ and programs that you can promote. When you find a product you think you are interested in you can research it a bit more. ClickBank lists everything you need to know as far as how much commission is paid per sale, conversion rate etc. and an affiliate page link is also listed where you can get email swipes, banner codes and small ads to promote etc. Click on the programs title link so you can view the product and or video to better understand what the program is about. You DO NOT need to buy the program to promote it

As you can see below, ClickBank has tons of program niches to choose from. You can see in the screenshots below how many categories they have and how ClickBank shows the stats on each program

ClickBank Market Dashboard Example

ClickBank Affiliate Program Description Example

Sign Up For ClickBank

*Note* While ClickBank can be an excellent platform for affiliates, be aware that some of the programs are what I call “over nighters”. Meaning that the vendor/product is only there to make quick cash off your promotions and not really adding any support past the buying phase. Stay away from programs that say things like “5 Minute Profits” or anything that promises millions in a year etc. Do a Google search on the program name adding scam after it to read some reviews. You don’t want to promote programs/products that don’t keep the trust with your customers.

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is

Another great site for digital products’ is JVZoo, it’s also free to sign up and use. I highly recommend that you sign up for their newsletter as it can be full of great educational information. The only drawback to JVZoo is that you have to request approval from the product vendors to promote their products’. They offer free video tutorials showing you the best way to do this. While some are very difficult to get approval for, most are very easy as the vendors want their products’ out there. The more advertising they get the more money you make, the more money they make. It’s a win-win

If you are new to JVZoo, your payment may be delayed for up to 30 days by the vendor to cover refunds etc. Don’t let that scare you off though. Request approval from a few programs in case you don’t get approved for some of them. Sometimes the vendor doesn’t respond to those request that haven’t gotten any sales. JVZoo also lists stats on the products’ as you can see below. It is a great platform for finding product launches giving you an advantage of being prepared to start your advertising efforts as you can schedule your promotions and ads for the date of product launches and get your links out there as soon as they go live. Make sure you read up on how JVZoo works if you sign up it can be a little confusing in the beginning but you’ll get the hang of it quickly

JVZoo vendors don’t give you an affiliate page link, meaning you will have to create the content for your ads yourself but you can copy and paste certain pieces of the sales page to help you build the content for your campaigns or ads. Most of the vendors at JVZoo allow you to add bonuses for your affiliate link. Although for now I recommend just sticking with promoting products’ until you are more comfortable in affiliate marketing

JVZoo Affiliate Request Link Example

Sign Up For JVZoo

If you are more interested in selling physical products’ without creating an actual online store, renting a warehouse, buying and shipping products’ or dealing with customers then Amazon has an amazing affiliate program that allows you to advertise products’ where you make a commission. In fact, you can discover many affiliate programs by scrolling to the bottom of any online store. If you see a link that says ‘Affiliates’, ‘Associates’ or ‘Partners’, you can apply to their affiliate program. If you have a particular store or retailer that you want to promote, do a Google search for the store and add affiliate program at the end of your search term

Amazon Affiliate Program Link Example

Sign Up For Amazon Affiliate Program

Walmart Affiliate Sign Up Page Example

Sign Up For Walmart Affiliate Program

Getting Your Affiliate Links

Once you choose your niche, have signed up for affiliate programs it’s time to get your affiliate links for products’ or programs that you are interested in. Every program is different in how you generate your link. For now, I am just going to use Amazon for explaining further. Once you sign up, make sure to fill out all the tax forms and your payment information so you can be paid, usually through PayPal, bank account or check. After the account set up process for Amazon, click on the Product Linking tab to start your product search. I suggest that you use a new note pad page to list your product links, using separate pages for each niche and affiliate programs. This will also help in tracking your affiliate links. On the product links page, Amazon also has an area where you can search all the latest best-selling products’ via a drop down menu listing all the categories of products’

Amazon Product Search And Link Page

Once you’ve searched and found the product you want to promote click on ‘get links’. This will then open a link page displaying HTML Code you can insert on your website, blog or video description (more on video description in my next post). On this page you can customize your link in colors. You can choose to get text and image, image only or text only…just click on the tab you want and copy the code. You can be specific in searches or use a general keyword term

For the example below I have searched ‘Gardening’ as my product keyword…

Many big box retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot just to name a few, offer affiliate programs. They all work basically the same in that you advertise their products’ and get paid a commission when someone buys through your affiliate link. I do recommend that you stick with one category of products’ to start with, however you can get related products’ from many sources. That’s what is so great about these kinds of affiliate programs, you can offer your customers or visitors on your site different prices and options from more than one retailer while making money by selling the products’ through your links. If you have a particular store or retailer that you want to promote, do a Google search for the store and add affiliate program at the end of your search term

Whichever affiliate program you decide on, be sure to bookmark the site so you can easily get back to it. When I first started out I would sign up for a program and not save the info or bookmark it and then I would forget it, this possibly cost me making money on those programs. Since then, I’ve created a bookmark folder solely for my affiliate program sites and I also make a list on notepad on my computer with the site/product and my affiliate link. This also helps in not having to constantly log in to a site to get your links when creating your promotion campaigns or ads. It’s just as important to be organised with your online business as if you were working a regular job, maybe more so as this is YOUR business

Some affiliate programs make your link very visible on your account dashboard or in the case of ClickBank and JVZoo (with vendor approval), an affiliate link will generate when you choose and click on a product to promote. There may even be more than one affiliate link promoting different upgrades, premium accounts or added bonuses etc for you to use. Click through them to choose which one you want to promote or promote them all

For ClickBank, once you have found your product to promote, click on the red ‘Promote’ button then you can add a tracking id or not and hit ‘generate link’ and it will show your hop link or affiliate link. Copy it to promote it

My ClickBank Hop Link (Affiliate Link) For Flat Belly Fix Program

As you can see, they are completely different in how you access your affiliate link and even how they look. Look around on the inside of the site you signed up with and you’ll get the gist of how it works. Don’t be afraid to click on stuff, you can’t break it.

All of the affiliate programs I use offer stats on your links so you can see if you have clicks, referrals or buyers. You’ll usually find this under ‘Reporting” or ‘Stats”

*Note that most of the big box retailers and some affiliate programs don’t offer referral links to the program itself but instead give links to products

Are You Ready To Get Started?

Now it’s time for you to explore, sign up for an affiliate account, find your niche and do some research. Follow your instinct, if you are passionate about a particular niche or product…go with it, you are already an ‘expert’ in your niche! Remember to stay organised and make note of your affiliate sites, the products’ and their affiliate links

Next, I will be discussing how to get buyers and traffic to your links or site. I hope to see you then!

In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments or feedback, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to post them below or send me an email

Cheers To Our Success!


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Affiliate Marketing-Creating The Laptop Lifestyle

If you are a newbie on the scene to affiliate marketing, you might find it all a bit overwhelming. There are thousands upon thousands of products that you can promote and sell. Information overload by reading up on everything you see regarding being an affiliate or watching endless webinars. Infinite spammy emails promising to be the next big hit. Yet, you are still struggling.

I am hoping to help clear out some of the clutter so that you can focus on bringing your business together. To show you how to focus on one or two things from the beginning so that you have direction and can stick to that until you are more comfortable in promoting your chosen niche

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Affiliate Marketing From Scratch

Starting a business of any kind should always begin with something you are passionate about or at least have some knowledge in that niche. There are a few websites that I would recommend for you to research to help you choose your niche. Have a look at these websites and find something that suits your purpose or or There are millions of niches, products and even big name stores that you can choose to promote. Choosing ECommerce is another great way to go and can generate a nice income over time. I will be exploring this with you at another time

Please be aware that none of these are get rich over-night schemes. They DO NOT exist! It takes a lot of work, time, patience and determination to make an online business grow. The goal is to get up and running with 1 idea or niche to start with and once you are more comfortable with affiliate marketing and generating money you can add more

Biggest Affiliate Marketing Mistakes

Truth is, I have made A LOT of mistakes…but I learned from them! I am still learning from them every day. I hope that I can save you time and money by sharing some tips and tools to help prevent you from making those mistakes. As always I would love to hear any input or ideas you may have so we can travel the journey together.

Here are a few major mistakes I have made and am still working on myself…

  • Buying everything that came my way….when you buy or join any system, program, software or tools there is another affiliate or even the creator that captures your email and consequently sends even more ‘opportunities’ to your inbox. I bought a lot of them thinking I needed it to get to the next level. STOP! Don’t spend too much of your money on this as you don’t really need them. If you come across a program or system that makes sense or resonates with you, then it’s your choice to follow through with it. Always do your research to know if it’s genuine
  • Not Capturing Email Addresses From My Website I would say this is the 2nd biggest mistake I made. I left a lot of money on the table by not following up with my visitors and connecting with them or offering any kind of support. While you don’t need to offer support for someone else’s products etc., you can offer support as a fellow affiliate from your site. Everyone needs help once in a while
  • Not Doing Research I can’t say it enough! Research… Research…Research! It is of major importance on almost anything you are selling or promoting. You need to have some idea about what you are selling when you are setting up promotions, ads, blogs or sale pages. Also, people that you communicate and offer support to can see right through someone that doesn’t know what they are talking about
  • Distractions Getting distracted while you are trying to work on your promotions etc. can often times lead you to being unorganized. If you are a master at multi-tasking then go for it! But I find that setting aside a certain amount of time daily where I can work quietly with no distractions (phone, kids, too many tabs open on my screen etc) I get so much more accomplished. I also need a clean-ish desk to work from or I get distracted by papers, bills and whatever else may be on my desk. If your the mad scientist type and can work efficiently with all that around your work space, well then I envy you!

It’s All About Traffic

I would say finding effective traffic for your promotions has been one of the most difficult obstacles for me. I spent tons of money on lists, PPC (pay-per-click), solo ads and the list goes on. Very little of it was effective. Yes, I got people to my site. I would get clicks on my links. Guess what? No one was buying. That’s one of the reasons it was such a mistake for me not capturing those emails and following up

To be honest, free organic traffic is your best bet starting off. How do you get that? By putting the work into your website and blog. Creating real unique content about your niche. Unique content is key to getting the best ranking on Google, Yahoo and Bing. This is where you want your free organic traffic to come from. These sites can also give your website authority which is almost as important as the traffic itself. These are people that went searching for YOU and what you are promoting. You really can’t get better than that.

That’s not to say that buying traffic doesn’t work because it does if you know where to get it and how to use it. We will be exploring that and some sites for you to try in another post

Affiliate Tools

As a marketer, there are several tools that you will use constantly to help you succeed. First and foremost is a website. I highly recommend Word Press and it’s worth it to buy an upgraded one so that you can use all the features. I will be offering you a special deal at the end of this post so keep reading. The search engines love WP (word press) websites and with the right content you can get great rankings.

The second thing I recommend is an email auto-responder. This is a great little tool that helps you capture those emails and follow up with your visitors and buyers. Once it’s set up it’s automated and easy to use. An auto-responder can greatly make a difference in generating your online income

There are a few software packages out there that offer great combinations of tools such as video creators, squeeze page makers, training on video content for YouTube, image capture video editors etc. I will be offering some of those on this site under  Recommendations.

So, there you have it. All you can do now is get focused, know that it is possible and get started!

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The Laptop Lifestyle

The laptop lifestyle is all about being able to carry your laptop with you and to be able to work from anywhere in the world (even on vacation) while doing what you want with your free time. I know that this is my dream ‘job’ and since you are here, I’ll assume it is yours too.

It’s time for you to get started on building your online business dream!

I hope that this article has helped you in making some decisions on where and how to begin affiliate marketing and prevents you from wasting time and money by not making my mistakes. I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Don’t forget to check out my amazing deal!

If you ever have any questions or need help, feel free to comment here or email me at my personal email

To Our Success!