A beginners guide for affiliate marketing

A beginners guide for affiliate marketing! Don’t do it alone!

Affiliate marketing is not a difficult business, but it does require an education and support if you really want to make money doing it.  There are certain specific steps and a process you must follow in order to earn money from your affiliate website! 

Therefore, let me show you this beginner’s guide for affiliate marketing!

I also want to tell you that this website is designed specifically for affiliate marketers.  It has been set up to help you find the best programs, tools and resources to run your business efficiently, and I offer free mentoring to anyone who wants my help!  That being said, let me give you the run-down on how the affiliate marketing process works!

Do you want to online?

That is what you’re looking to do, right?  You’re looking to make money online?  Let’s start with that.  That, essentially, is the beginning of this journey.

Why do you want to make money online?  You have your reasons for this.  I can tell you what mine were and why I started my online business.  I hated my job.  It took me away from my family, and it caused me a lot of anxiety.  The people I worked for were nice, but the company was just terrible.  I couldn’t stand it!

I wanted more freedom.  I wanted to be able to spend time doing things that mattered to me.  I have a lot of people in my life that need me and that need my help.  All the hours I spent behind the desk at my job were, in my mind, terribly wasted.  Yes, I was making good money, but I knew there had to be a better way.

What is your why?  Think long and hard about that, because keeping your why in the forefront of your mind will bring you a lot of energy and ambition to build your online business!

A beginners guide for affiliate marketing

Learn from other Affiliate Marketers

I looked long and hard for a program to get the education I needed to run an online business successfully! I found a program called Wealthy Affiliate, and it is the real deal. Take a look below at an article I wrote all about the Wealthy Affiliate University and the training they offer!

What is the best training for affilite marketing?

Education is your first step! This article will tell you all about the Wealthy Affiliate University!
A beginners guide for affiliate marketing

Choose your niche carefully!

What is your niche? That's the "subject" of your website. It's the group of people interested in your website content! You want a niche that can make you money and also that you have a great interest in! Read this article which will explain how to choose the perfect niche:

The Best Niche Website Ideas!

Read all about the best niche website ideas and learn how to choose the perfect niche for you!

Build a money-making website 100% free!

The Wealthy Affiliate platform will give you two free websites! They are WordPress websites, and you will have your choice of themes. I'm going to tell you all about the platform in this article here and how to start your business 100% for free:

How to build your own website free & easy!

Learn the steps to get started with your own money-making affiliate website 100% for free! This article will give you all the information to get you going!

Create compelling content on your website!

No matter what niche you choose, your main function on your website is to help your readers. You will help them by providing fantastic information on your niche, by answering questions they have, and by providing awesome products to help your readers! So how do you create the best content ever? Here's an article I wrote to explain all about that:

How to come up with content for a blog!

If you've followed my website for any length of time, you've heard me talk about content! Content is the heart and soul of your business! Providing content and assisting your readers is the main focus of your business! It is what will make you successful! Here is an article I wrote that will assist you in becoming a superstar affiliate:
A beginners guide for affiliate marketing

Set up your affiliate agreements to make money!

Once your have your website established, you will be in a position to apply to be an affiliate and market products and services to your readers! Merchants will want to see your website and make sure you are a good fit for their products. Here is an article about setting up affiliate agreements:

Top 10 Affiliate Programs

You can set up an affiliate program with just about any merchant for just about any product or service, and this article will tell you how. Find out the top programs, and how to make a lot of money online with your new money-making website!
A beginners guide for affiliate marketing

Get connected with other marketers & continuing education!

This business is ever-changing and continuously evolving! You need to stay connected! You want to know what other marketers are doing, what's working, and what isn't! Stay connected through the Wealthy Affiliate community with 24/7/365 live chat and Support! Keep up-to-date with Wealthy Affiliate live trainings and classroom modules, updated daily! Here's an article about the Wealthy Affiliate community:

You need other marketers and a support system!

In this article, you will see how the Wealthy Affiliate program provides 24/7/365 live support for any questions you have, anything you don't know or understand, or just some encouragement, which we all need from time to time! The technical support for the Premium members is also 24/7/365. Read all about it here:

You need to market and get comments!

They call it affiliate "marketing" because you need to get the word out in order to bring people (traffic) to your website! The Wealthy Affiliate University teaches a lot about free (organic) traffic and how to get that, and it also teaches how to use paid advertising to bring people in. Social media marketing is a huge factor as well. You also need to get relevant comments on your website~This is critical~ Read about it here:

Marketing your Website

There are numerous articles on this website under the Marketing and SEO tab above. Feel free to peruse and learn! Meanwhile, here is an article I wrote that encompasses some of the important elements of marketing your site:


I hope this article was helpful to you in learning all about how to get started building an affiliate marketing business!  Remember, I am here to help you through the process.  You can get started 100% free today with the Wealthy Affiliate Starter membership level.

Here’s a chart that shows the two membership levels:


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The top 10 affiliate programs


Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you found this article of value!  

I’ve been marketing online for many years, and I pride myself in providing you with the most up-to-date, relevant information to start and grow your affiliate marketing business!

Please leave me a comment below, or if you prefer to contact me personally, you can email me at Babs@CoachingforInternetMarketers.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Babs Wagner

Born in Texas, raised in upstate New York, I have been marketing for my entire adult life.I have decided to share all the information I have gathered on what works in affiliate marketing, and what doesn't because I want to let the world know that working online gives you the freedom to work from anywhere, and that is exactly what I do!

Starting out can be tough, I know, so I will also be sharing lots of free resources to get you going.I am dedicated to providing this information to my readers, and I hope you always feel free to reach out to me.

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  1. Hey Babs:) , 

    this is the best beginners guide to affiliate marketing i have read and you provide help easily. I wish i had read this 5 months before i started my own education but still thanks for some resources you have pointed me towards to help me learn more>

    As with every worthwhile pursuit, i am beginning to realise that it takes time and hard work but the more i learn the more i feel confident and know i would be successful. thanks 

    1. It is realizing that it does take time, that’s so important.  People want instant gratification, but all businesses must be built, and that can take time.  If you keep working hard, building content, and following the Wealthy Affiliate proven steps, you will enjoy the fruits of those labors.  Good luck to you and thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!  ~ Babs

  2. Wealthy Affiliate is no doubt the real deal when it comes to affiliate marketing . I personally joined a few years back but failed to take any steps forward . A few months ago I decided to give it a serious go as id tried many other programs along the way, but they were just schemes which failed to make any money.  I now have a site up and running and I have learnt so so much here on Wealthy Affiliate that maybe would have taken me years in university or college .   I am really happy here and the WA community is so good to have around . 

    Your site is really well laid out and easy to follow , Well done, Babs,  and all the best to you!

    1. TJ, I’ve heard this before from many of my readers.  I applaud you that you didn’t give up.  Many people do give up when they don’t see immediate results, but it can take time, but once it gets going, it is very lucrative.  I’m so glad you stopped by, and thanks for the kind words.  All the best to you and good luck in this venture!  ~ Babs

  3. I actually attempted to start affiliate marketing about 5 years ago… this was well before I came across Wealthy Affiliate. This simply didn’t work for me because I was literally winging it with only some limited knowledge.

    It wasn’t until about a year ago that I decided I’d like to try affiliate marketing again, but knew this go round would need more structure and in depth training in order to achieve my goals of being successful.

    Using the steps you cover which Wealthy Affiliate goes incredibly in depth on I was able to essentially set up a plan that would help me hit baby steps on my way to success.

    I’d say the biggest hurdle for any new affiliate marketer, and I still consider myself this, is creating content. Reading your article on creating content gave me some really helpful ideas.

    But back to the main point, trying to do affiliate marketing without having a detailed plan and gaining success is really tough. Having the right support system, and knowledge has really helped me on my journey and over time I will continue to see great success.

    1. I assist a friend with his business funding other businesses.  One of the requirements is that the business seeking financing must have a business plan.  This is no different.  You need a plan, and Wealthy Affiliate helps you lay out that plan.  Right now I’m enrolled in their Super Affiliate Bootcamp, and talk about a plan.  It’s awesome.  It’s a strict and stringent process, and very time-consuming, I won’t lie, but I’m loving it, and having a plan is where it’s at!  Well said, Josh!  ~ Babs

  4. Hello Babs,

    Thank you for your post, I find it very useful for the people, who struggle with the problem at the beginning of their journey – how, by whom, who help me and how should I handle all this about a new website. The post actually answers all the important question the newbie could have.

    Wealthy affiliate is really the place, where people get the knowledge, support, does not need to solve the website hosting and its creation (creation itself yes), everything is on one spot only and this is a really big advantage of Wealthy Affiliate.

    I am also quite new and I have to say I am nicely surprised how many support I get, any problem has been solved, any advice needed has been answered promptly. Nothing is perfect, but WA is a good way how to get easily what you need for starting the affiliate business.

    Thank you for sharing it and wish you all the best!

    1. You’re welcome, Renata, and I wish you the best as well, for sure!  Everything in one spot, that’s a good way to put it.  So true.  Thanks for stopping by!   ~ Babs

  5. Hi Babs! Getting started at affiliate marketing is tough. Thank you for pointing to a place where we can get help. With affiliate marketing there is a learning curve to cover and there are many pitfalls. But doing it alone is almost a recipe for failure. We get stuck at so many points and not having support will work in a huge disadvantage. Listening to others that have already threaded the affiliate marketing road makes the difference. And they’re usually willing to share their knowledge because being in diferent niches means that our business doesn’t conflict with theirs.

    1. You are right, Henry.  All businesses have “associations” or “groups” where the members support each other, even the Chamber of Commerce and Business Associations.  Affiliate marketing is no different.  It is a legitimate business where people make a lot of money if they do it right, so belonging to a group like Wealthy Affiliate is really a requirement, in my opinion.  ~ Babs

  6. Such a great reminder! I tried doing it alone, when I first decided to create a website and monetize it. The problem for me was that while most of the information was out there in some form, a lot of it was contradictory and in no particular order. It’s just kind of all over the place and it’s hard to make sense of it. When you suddenly find a youtube video that clears up something you’re stuck on, you realize that you should’ve done all that before the previous three or four steps you took. Eventually, you end up giving up. Wealthy Affiliate has a great training program, as you mentioned. I can’t imagine now doing this without them. You even save a ton of money on the hosting, so there’s no reason to pass it up. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes, so true.  I tried it alone for many years, trying ridiculously overpriced programs that didn’t provide anything I really needed.  Many of them rehashed information I already knew.  Anyway, Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal.  ~ Babs

  7. Hi Babs,

    I started affiliate marketing almost a year ago and failed many times. With that said, your beginners guide to affiliate marketing, is so easy to understand. I’m not sure why, I couldn’t understand how affiliate marketing worked the first time. 

    However, after reading this very informative article. I understand how making money online with affiliate marketing works, and I also learned so key points that I never was taught. Such as SEO, getting comments, and connecting with other marketers. A huge eye-opener I must add.  

    Finding my why is the easy part. I want to be able to travel and do more things with my family. So, my why has been found. The tough part for me is finding a niche. So, I’m glad you provided an article on how I could find a niche. Is any niche profitable? I hear a lot of marketers say choose your niche wisely.  Is this true?

    Anyhow, I’ve tried many programs before, and driving the traffic, or getting eyeballs on my product, has been my challenge. It was easier said than done. So, Wealthy Affiliate sounds like a great place to learn how to drive traffic. I can remember having to pay thousands for coaching programs that offered services like this, but, since Wealthy Affiliate free to start, I guess I have nothing to lose.  

    Thanks, Babs for all of your help!

    1. The niche is tricky.  Look, just remember, #1 it has to be something you love, want to learn about or know a lot about, and #2 it has to be something that a lot of people have an interest in.  If you don’t have people, you don’t have traffic.  No traffic, no sales.  It’s not complicated.  ~ Babs

  8. Hi, Babs.

    Michael from Texas here. Visited upstate New York several times. One son went to West Point, another to Rensselaer. I even drove across NY from Buffalo to Boston.

    What a great introduction to Affiliate Marketing. I’ve been in sales most of my adult life, am a Business Broker now, and always had a passion for cooking. I’ve always wanted to put my unique spin on food into a cookbook or some restaurant menu. I’m more convinced than ever that this is the next best step.

    Affiliate Marketing made sense to me because I could share my recipes and describe techiques and cookware that I used. There have to be lots of merchants with ingredients, appliances, utensils, cookware that have affiliate programs because I’ve shopped for them online, too! I thought I could showcase them in my recipes. Your article is very clear about what’s needed and has all the background necessary to take that next step. 

    My ‘Why’ is that I want income that I can earn from anywhere. I’m looking to leave my local market and travel and have more fun. I’ve worked at ‘residual income businesses’ before and started a few, and they never panned out. So, a friend referred me to Wealthy Affiliate. I found your post here, it’s very professional, and I can tell that you are a great coach. 

    Best of success to you.
    Maybe I’ll see you on the inside.


    1. Many people want to leave the grind of being tied to a job and have the freedom that affiliate marketing offers.  You can do this business anywhere, which is what I love about it.  Best of luck to you.  If you saw, I was born in Texas myself, so I am a member of the Lone Star State!  ~ Babs

  9. Hi there, Babs!

    I loved your post on Affiliate Marketing – Don’t do it alone!

    Support is pretty much the number 1 priority when starting an Affiliate marketing business.

    Wealthy Affiliate is a top platform to get all the support needed from caring WA members.

    Have you seen any such marketing platforms online that stacks up the quality training one gets at Wealthy Affiliate?

    Cheers, Jeff.

    1. I like that, “caring WA members.”  That is exactly right.  The members really make the community quite something!  ~ Babs

  10. Great review! It was helpful to me in learning all about how to get started building an affiliate marketing business!
    Wealthy Affiliate is a great platform to start an online business. They have all the support you need to succeed. I’d like to share it with my community so they can learn how to create a website from scratch.

    Thank you for sharing!

  11. Dear Babs,

    Indeed, without proper training and guidance it is really hard to succeed in Affiliate Marketing.

    Learning from experienced and successful Affiliate Marketers is the key. As we know Success Leaves Clues and by modeling (Not Copying) successful people we can also achieve success.

    Normally people struggle on choosing their niche I spent nearly two months on finding my niche but you have provided helpful information on your “The Best Niche Website Ideas” post. I am sure this will save people time and guide them in choosing their niche.

    This is one of the most excellent and well detailed guide on starting Affiliate Marketing I’ve read recently. Being a full-time affiliate marketer still I got great insights from your guide.

    Affiliate Marketing has made Businesses Millions and Ordinary People Millionaires – Bo Bennett

    Much Success!


    1. Thank you so much, Paul!  I really appreciate you saying that!  I really tried to put together a comprehensive guide for people, and I’m glad I succeeded!  ~ Babs

  12. I totally agree with your title, Babs.  This is not something you want to try and do alone especially if you’re new to this and have absolutely no experience.  There is a lot of stuff out there in cyberspace and a bunch of it is not very good at all.  Mostly because you pay and get nothing in return which puts a bad taste in peoples mouths and makes them leery of anything that promises success.

    That’s why I think Wealthy Affiliate University is the best deal and you have listed all the reasons here.  A couple of free websites, free training, help from community members around the clock, learn how to write great content and so much more.  Premium membership offers even more.

    I don’t know why anyone would want to try and do this alone when there is so much support available at WA.  That’s why we need to get the word out. 

    Happy at WA and Moving Forward,


    1. It really is difficult to do it alone, and I know, because I was fumbling around before I found the Wealthy Affiliate program.  You feel like I do.  I can’t imagine, now that I am a member of WA, doing this business without it.  It’s just not possible.  ~ Babs

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