The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is an awesome business model.

Not only does it allow practically anyone to create a substantial income online, but the process of getting your business rolling is incredibly simple when you break it down.

With that being said.. becoming a successful affiliate takes time and effort.

I won’t sugarcoat it.

Despite what many ‘online gurus’ will have you believe, there is no “magic formula” to making affiliate sales. Like anything worthwhile, you need to learn the correct process and put in the effort if you want results. The good news is that over time those ‘results’ can be very exciting.

And I’m speaking from first-hand experience here…

I started my affiliate journey back in October 2015 as a complete newbie. I worked my butt off for 3 months just to earn $1.17 as an Amazon affiliate, which was actually pretty exciting at the time (lol). By the 6 month mark I was earning small, regular commissions and in less than 2 years I was earning a full-time income as an affiliate.

Long story short, my life has completely changed for the better.

I’m not some ‘internet millionaire’ or anything, but I do earn enough to live a comfortable lifestyle, doing something I love, from the comfort of home… wherever the heck I want!

Anyways, I’ve learned a LOT about affiliate marketing since starting out. I’ve literally gone from ‘struggling newbie’ to ‘super affiliate’, just by following the right process.

The same process I’m going to share with you in this ‘newbie guide’.

So set aside any distractions and read this article in full. By the time you finish reading, you’ll know exactly what affiliate marketing is, how it works and how you can get started.


Okay, let’s dive in!

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a business model where you earn commissions by promoting other company’s products and services.

In other words, as an affiliate, you receive a kickback for sending buyers to companies you partner with. You are the ‘middle person’ who connects vendors (sellers) with customers (buyers).

When you get this process right, the vendor is happy to pay you (the affiliate) a commission. Because you are sending them sales they would not otherwise have made.

In fact, vendors LOVE affiliates, because they’re only paying for results!

And there’s clear evidence of this when you look at the numbers. According to, companies in the United States spent $5.8 billion on affiliate marketing in 2018 alone. A number that is expected to rise to $8.2 billion by the year 2022.

These figures are staggering. Especially when you consider that the bulk of that money is going directly to affiliates!

Clearly, there’s some serious money to be made here. And it’s not too late to get your slice of the ‘affiliate pie’ either.

There are literally millions of products you can promote across practically any industry you can think of. So there’s a TON of opportunity here, and there will continue to be well into the foreseeable future.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

As I explained earlier, affiliate marketing is a business model whereby affiliates earn commissions promoting other people’s stuff.

How Affiliate Marketing Works

You are essentially getting between the customer and vendor to earn your slice of the sale. And you are doing so in a way that helps people, which makes it a win-win situation.

In the following sections, I’m going to delve into this concept in more detail, by looking at each individual ‘player’ in the process. So that you understand how the process works and what what role you play as an affiliate.

To kick things off, here’s an overview of the three main ‘players’ in the game of affiliate marketing:

  • The customer
  • The affiliate
  • The vendor
  • Optionally, a third party affiliate network

Each of these players are essential to the process of affiliate marketing. Without any one of these, it simply doesn’t work.

There’s also a fourth (and optional) player, known as an affiliate network, which acts as an intermediary between you and the vendor. So instead of working directly with the vendor who’s products you want to promote, you go through an affiliate network.

Now let’s look at each of these roles in more detail…

The customer

The customer is the person who is willing to exchange their money, in return for a product or service of some kind. Pretty self explanatory.

The affiliate

You are the affiliate (also referred to as the “publisher”). And the customer comes into contact with your marketing efforts, at some point before making a purchase with the vendor.

For example, imagine you’re an affiliate for a “dog training equipment” company, and you have a site full of useful content about dog training. Product reviews, tips, how to articles and so forth.

The customer comes to your site in search of helpful information about dog training, which they find through a search engine or social platform. While on your site, they see an advertisement for a dog harness that you’re promoting as an affiliate, and they click on it.

Or perhaps they were on your site reading a review of a dog training collar, since most people read reviews before buying, and they click on the link to buy after reading the review.

Either way, that person is on your site and clicks on your ‘affiliate link’, which takes them to the vendor’s website, where they can then purchase the product. Thus earning you a commission.

The vendor

This is the company that is actually selling the product or service you’re promoting. They handle all of the ‘hard stuff’ like payment processing, order fulfilment, shipping, warranty issues and so forth.

So you are sending customers to the vendor site, where they can then make a purchase. And if the person you send to the vendor does buy, you’ll earn a commission.

How much you earn, depends on the individual agreement, but this is typically 5-10% for physical products and 50-75% or higher for digital products.

The reason vendors love affiliates is because they are literally only paying you for RESULTS. You send them a paying customer, they give you a slice of that sale.

The reason this is so awesome for affiliates, is because you don’t need to worry about 95% of the BS that comes with running a traditional business. No inventory, shipping, dealing with annoying customers and all of that stuff.

The downside for affiliates is you don’t get to make repeat sales on those customers. Once you’ve made a sale, that’s it.

But this can be more than made up for by promoting recurring commission offers, and by incorporating email marketing into your campaigns. Which I explain later in this article.

Optionally, a third party affiliate network

An affiliate network is not always involved in the process of affiliate marketing.

But when it is, it acts as a kind of ‘silent player’ in the process. It “ties it all together” and makes sure everything is working as it should, like an intermediary between you (the affiliate) and the company who’s products you want to promote (the vendor).

Some well known examples of affiliate networks are AWIN, ClickBank and CJ Affiliate.

Joining any of these affiliate networks is 100% free of charge. And as an approved affiliate, you’ll have the ability to promote products from a multitude of companies. In some cases, big name brands like Nike, Apple and even Gucci.

Once you choose a product to promote, the affiliate network will provide you with a special link called an ‘affiliate link’. This is a link that is unique to YOU and the product you’re promoting, so that the affiliate network knows which sales you brought which company.

When you work with an affiliate network, you rarely (if ever) deal directly with the vendor. Because everything goes through the affiliate network.

However, as I said earlier, using an affiliate network is optional…

Some companies, like Amazon for example, run their own affiliate program called Amazon Associates. So you can literally just go straight to Amazon and sign up directly, and get instant access to promote millions of products.


As you can see, the process of affiliate marketing is quite simple when you break it down. You signup with a vendor or affiliate network, choose a product, get your affiliate links and start promoting to earn commissions.

It’s a simple process and it can be lucrative over time.

It’s also beneficial for the vendor, since you’re sending them sales. And it helps the customer, since you are directing them towards buying quality products you know they’ll love.

In the next section, I’ll show you how to get started.

Beginner’s Guide to Affiliate Marketing – How to Get Started

Up to this point, I’ve explained what affiliate marketing is and how the overall process works. In this section, I’m going to show you how to actually get started, so that you can build an affiliate business that you can be proud of.

Here’s how to start an affiliate marketing business:

  1. Choose your niche
  2. Build a simple website
  3. Attract visitors to your site
  4. Earn revenue with affiliate offers

This is a simple and effective process that is proven to work. I can say this with absolute confidence because this is the exact process I use to earn 6 figures per year online as an affiliate.

It’s also (hands down) the lowest cost method of building your business. So you don’t need a large bankroll to build your business or for advertising.

In the following sections, I’m going to break this 4 step process down in detail…

1. Choose Your Niche

This is a critical step in building a successful affiliate business, and unfortunately, it’s one that trips a lot of people up.

On one hand, you need to choose a good niche if you’re going to be successful. Get this wrong, and you’ll end up putting a lot of effort into your business, for minimal returns.

On the other hand, choosing the right niche can make your journey both enjoyable and profitable, for many years to come.

The good news is, choosing a profitable niche is a LOT easier than you may think, and I’m going to break it down for you.

So what exactly is a niche?

A niche is just a group of people looking for stuff online.

That’s it.

When choosing a niche, all we are doing is identifying a group of people that we want to help with our site.

For example, “weight loss” is a niche and the group of people you are helping, is people who want to lose weight.

On the same token, this is quite a broad niche, so ideally we would narrow this down to something more targeted, such as “weight loss for men” or “weight loss for men over 50”.

This is a better choice for a niche because it’s more targeted. Which will lead to you becoming an authority within that niche, and your conversions will be higher as a result.

How do you know if you have a good niche idea?

Well, first and foremost, practically ANY niche can be profitable. If you can get eyeballs on your site, you can make money. But there are a few questions you can ask yourself when selecting your niche that can steer you in a more profitable direction.

  • Are you interested in your niche?
  • Is there traffic potential within this niche?
  • Are the people in your niche buying products online?

Asking yourself the above questions will help you choose a niche you’ll actually enjoy building your business around, and one that will actually create you a profit.

Let’s take a closer look at each question…

Are You Interested in Your Niche?

Being interested in your niche goes a long way, and this is where I recommend you begin when coming up with niche ideas.

Because your main goal as an affiliate is helping people with your site, which is a lot easier when you are interested in the topic. You will be spending time researching and creating content (because this is how you will be driving traffic to your site), which is going to be a LOT easier if you’re interested in your niche.

Not to mention, people can see when you care about helping them, versus when you’re just trying to ‘sell’ them something. Which can have a huge impact on conversions.

It’s possible to turn virtually any passion or interest into a profitable site. So while there are other factors to consider when selecting a good niche, starting your search around topics that interest you is a great way to go.

Is There Traffic Potential Within This Niche?

Traffic (visitors to your site) is your bread and butter as an affiliate. Without traffic, you’ll make zero dollars. With it, you’ll thrive.

There’s over 4 billion people online, searching for information and buying products. Which means there is a lot of traffic potential within countless niches.

Assuming you don’t choose a niche like “healthy smoothies for women over 60 who are suffering with allergies”, you’ll find there’s plenty of traffic to go around.

As you develop your skillset as an affiliate, you will come to learn how to do keyword research. Which is one of the best ways to gain insight into the traffic potential within a given niche. I’ll explain more about this process shortly.

Are the People in Your Niche Buying Products Online?

You can be interested in the topic, and be getting lots of traffic, but if those people aren’t buying anything online you aren’t going to be making any money as an affiliate.

So you want to make sure people are actually buying products and/ or services within your niche. Which in most cases they are, because most people buy stuff online these days across virtually any niche you can think of.

One way to gauge ‘buyer interest’ is to visit sites like Amazon and look for customer reviews. If people are regularly leaving reviews for a given type of product, then chances are a LOT more people are actually buying.

You don’t need to limit yourself to physical products either, there are many digital products and services that you can promote. As long as it’s relevant to your audience, you can promote it. And it goes without saying that if it’s a digital product, people are buying it online.

In any case, by asking yourself these few simple questions, you will be well on your way to selecting a profitable niche.

Whatever you do, do not overthink choosing a niche. Because action trumps overthinking any day of the week. Even if your first niche doesn’t work out, it almost certainly won’t be your last, and you’ll learn a lot in the process.

So take action, and do not overthink this step!

2. Build a Simple Website

Building a website is a critical part of creating a successful affiliate marketing business, and thanks to modern technology, it’s actually the simplest step in the process!

So, how do you build a website?

There are lots of ways to create an affiliate website. However, in my opinion, the best and simplest way is to create a free website using Wealthy Affiliate.

And I’ve put together a short video that walks you through the process:

Video showing the process of building a website in Wealthy Affiliate for free.

Wealthy Affiliate makes building your website easy; it literally takes less than a minute to get your site built. You’ll be amazed at how simple the process is.

Why do you need a website?

The short answer is: a website is the foundation of a successful affiliate business and it’s the primary tool you are going to be using to generate traffic and affiliate sales.

You can do affiliate marketing without a website, and some people see great results this way. But in my opinion, building a website is superior in practically every way possible.

And there are three main reasons I say this.

First, having your own site means you OWN that asset. One that you can potentially sell for a considerable profit down the road, once your site is in good shape. And unlike affiliates who rely on social media sites like Facebook, for example, your site won’t suddenly be ‘taken down’ for breaching a rule you didn’t even know existed.

Second, by using the website approach, you can leverage free quality traffic through Google and Bing, which is incredibly beneficial to your business. Traffic is the lifeblood of every affiliate business, as I explain in step 3.

Third, with the website approach, you’ll naturally build a lot more trust with your audience and those you partner with. Because you are giving people value, instead of just trying to sell stuff. Which in turn will lead to higher conversions and more opportunities to work with better quality companies.

Anyway, now that I’ve shown you how to build a website and discussed why you need one to create a successful affiliate business, let’s take a look at what’s “under the hood” of a website. You don’t need to know this stuff, but it can give you a better understanding of how things work. So I thought I’d take a moment to give you an overview.

In short, there are three main parts to a website:

  • Domain name
  • Web hosting
  • Content Management System (CMS)

A domain name is the ‘virtual address’ of your site (for example is a domain name). This is how people know how to get to your site.

Web hosting is what makes your site ‘live’. Without this, nobody would be able to access your site, so every site needs hosting.

A CMS (AKA ‘website builder’) is the platform you use to create your site and the content that goes into it. I personally use WordPress, as do millions of other site owners, because it’s simple and effective.

You can buy a domain name for about $14 per year, get halfway decent hosting for about $10 per month, and WordPress is free to install. So as you can see, the costs are very low when it comes to building your site.

However, trying to put all of these elements together as a newbie, without proper training, can be an absolute nightmare. And you really don’t want to spend ANY more time than necessary on this step. Because if you do, you are wasting your time that could be far better spent on building your business.

So to get rolling as quickly and easily as possible, I recommend you skip all the technical stuff and check out the video I linked to above. That way, you can have your site up and running within the next few minutes if you want. Fully live, hosted, and ready to go!

3. Attract Quality Visitors (Traffic) to Your Site

Traffic is the life blood of every affiliate business.

As an affiliate, you want as many of the right type of people in front of your affiliate offers as humanly possible. And there are TWO main ways you can get this traffic:

  • Traffic you buy
  • Traffic you earn

Buying traffic is good if you’re an intermediate to experienced affiliate, and you have a decent bank roll. This can be an excellent way to scale your business and create a lot of success.

But it’s not the best option for newbies in my opinion.

Unfortunately, most ‘make money online’ programs teach ‘quick and easy’ paid traffic methods, like buying solo ads. Which is one of the main reasons why so many people fail at affiliate marketing.

Earning traffic is a FAR better approach for a beginner.

Because first of all it’s 100% free, which significantly reduces your risk and allows you to the time you need to learn, before you start spending huge chunks of cash on ads. And second of all, free traffic can also be VERY high quality. So free doesn’t mean ‘cheap’ in this case.

Specifically, I’m talking about free traffic through search engines like Google.

When you follow the right process, you can have your content ranking high in Google search, which will bring you free, targeted, quality traffic.

It’s not hard to learn how to do this effectively, but it does take time and effort. In fact, this is where the bulk of your affiliate efforts are going to be within the first 3-6 months of building out your site.

So how do you get quality free traffic to your site?

Well, the process of getting rankings and traffic from search engines, mostly comes down to these TWO things…

  • Performing keyword research
  • Creating good quality content

These are ALL skills you can learn and become very good at over time.

I was in construction before I started doing affiliate marketing. And now I drive 100,000’s of visitors to my sites each year, just by doing these things well.

So you can learn this stuff, it just takes some effort.

Keyword Research

A ‘keyword’ is just a search term people are typing into Google to find something.

For example “how to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks” is a keyword. And the reason keyword research matters is because this is how you know what you’re going to write about.

The idea is to find out what keywords your audience are using to find information, and create your content based on those keywords.

There are endless amounts of good keywords across every niche imaginable. So once you learn this process it will open up a lot of doors for you.

You can learn more about keyword research here.

Quality Content

Quality content is by far the most important element of all. But at the same time, you don’t need to be a fancy writer to create high quality content.

All you need to do, is create content that helps your audience in some way.

For example product reviews, how to articles, guides… anything your audience is searching for, is something you can create blog posts around.

When you combine good keyword selection with quality content, you will be in a position to drive a lot of traffic to your site.

There are other elements that go into ranking in Google, but these are paramount.

At the end of this article, I’ll show you how you can get your hands on a free training that walks you through this, and every other concept I’ve explained, in a lot more detail.

For now, just know that by getting these three elements right, you will get traffic. And as a result, you will be in a prime position to earn regular affiliate commissions.

4. Earn Revenue With Affiliate Offers

This is the fun part of being an affiliate- earning revenue.

This step is all about recommending relevant products and services to your audience. Which in turn, will equate to a profit if and when a percentage of your visitors buy.

And this step is easy when you’ve followed the previous three steps properly.

Here’s why…

Firstly, you’ve already got targeted traffic on your site, and the people in your niche are already buying the types of products you’re promoting. So ‘recommending’ something you know they’ll enjoy, is easy.

Second, you’ve started the relationship with your visitors by giving them value, through your helpful content. As a result, you’ve built trust and goodwill, which is essential to making affiliate sales.

Third, the actual process of signing up with an affiliate network, getting your affiliate links and inserting them into your site, is very simple. The first time you do it, you’ll probably want to slap me for saying that, but like every other aspect of this process, over time it will become like second nature.

All you are doing is inserting your affiliate links within your content, to encourage people to make a purchase.

You are not ‘selling stuff’. You are ‘recommending quality products’ that your visitors are going to be interested in. Obviously not everyone will buy, that will never be the case, but a percentage will.

Affiliate marketing is a numbers game.

The more quality traffic you have, and the more you fine tune your marketing over time, the more money you will make.

Also worth mentioning is that there are different types of affiliate products you can promote, and what you choose to promote can make a big difference to your bottom line.

For example, physical products and digital products are very different because physical products will net you much smaller commissions than digital products.

But there’s also high vs low ticket offers, one time payments versus recurring billing and other variations of offers you can promote.

Personally, I love recurring subscription affiliate offers.

Because this creates steady, reliable income for you. Even if your traffic deviates from one month to the next, the money keeps rolling in since you’ve already made the initial sales that keep on paying.

In any case, as you progress in your business and develop your skillset, you will come to learn what works for you and your niche. And you can experiment by promoting different types of products to see what converts best.

You can also delve into things like email marketing once your site is in good shape.

Once you have the foundation of your business in place (ie. a website that generates steady traffic), building an email list is easy. And doing so can help you build better relationships with your audience, and ultimately increase affiliate revenue.

In any case, you don’t want to spend too much time worrying about this step, at this stage of your journey. The most important thing is to build an audience which you will do by following the previous 3 steps.

When you follow the process, making affiliate sales is simple.

With that being said, you might still be wondering if the “average person” can really make money doing this stuff. And if so, how long is it going to take to start making money?

Read on.

Can You Really Make Money Doing Affiliate Marketing?

Yes, you can make money with affiliate marketing. If you follow the right process and take massive action, then it’s really just a matter of how much money you’ll make, and how soon you’ll make it.

Which in my experience boils down almost exclusively to how much effort you put in and how persistent you are when it comes to building and scaling your business.

Affiliate marketing is a simple business model and it can be very lucrative. But like any worthwhile endeavour, it does take effort and time to get into profit.

So you will make mistakes along the way, you will doubt yourself at times and you may sometimes even feel like quitting. But if you stick with it- you can and will succeed.

And the rewards are WELL worth it in my experience.

To help put things into perspective, I often compare the path to becoming an affiliate marketer, with that of doing a traditional university degree.

On one hand, you could rack up $10,000’s in debt and spend 3-5 years of your time going to university. In the hopes that ‘maybe’ you’ll get an entry level job that you’ll probably end up hating before too long.

On the other hand, you can learn how to become an affiliate marketing, without going into debt, and within 2-3 years be earning a full time income. And unlike a typical ‘job’, you’ll enjoy what you do, and have the freedom only an online business can give you.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against traditional education. But I do think this comparison helps to put things into perspective.

As an affiliate, you are building a longterm, viable business that you can scale to any height you want. You just need to be willing to take massive action.

Those who are persistent and put in the effort, reap the rewards. Those who dive in ‘half cocked’ and want everything to happen overnight, earn very little (if any) money at all. It’s really that simple.

Summing It Up

If you’ve read this far, well done! This was a huge article so you’re clearly serious about building an affiliate business, which is good to see.

I love sharing this stuff with you guys because it works. There’s so much opportunity within affiliate marketing, that anyone willing to put the effort in can be successful.

Once you get the process dialed in, you can (literally) be earning money while you sleep. In other words, passive income. Which trumps any other form of earning out there.

Cool, but where do you go from here?

Well, one option is you could take what I’ve shown you and try to “go it alone”. There’s tons of great information and resources online, both here and across other sites, to help you get started with affiliate marketing. And you could use sites like NameCheap or GoDaddy to buy a domain, get some cheap hosting, and create a simple WordPress site.

I guess if you’re super motivated to build a business and have an extremely limited budget, like not even $50 per month, then this is better than nothing.

But honestly, this is probably going to take you a lot longer given you are just kind of “figuring it out as you go along”. Because you don’t even know if you’re following the right process and could easily get lost in the noise.

So if you have at least a few spare dollars to start your business, there are better options. Like getting yourself access to a proven step-by-step training course, proper tools, and mentoring from people who actually know their stuff.

And this is where sites like Wealthy Affiliate come into play.

This is the platform I used to go from total newbie, making zero dollars, to super affiliate, earning 5 figures per month. Literally everything you need to build a thriving affiliate business is all under one roof. It’s well worth checking out and you can even get started for free.

Whatever you decide, I hope you found this article helpful. And as always, if you have any comments or questions, chime in below!

28 thoughts on “The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Affiliate Marketing”

  1. You are a spoke person for Wealthy Affiliate.He is paying you well to promote his program. Your article was well written.I am a writer and could be just as persuasive.

  2. Regarding ” Steven S. “, October 19, 2019 you should’ve told him to do a spell check before doing a posting . He has ” brake ” where it should be ” break ” .
    This sounds like ” click bank ” which I never investigated as I am 85 years old and very illiterate on computer issues although I am on a fixed income , living from day to day and sometimes don’t make it . What happens after the 30 days for $1 ? Do start charging $35 ?

    • Hi Martin,

      I think you might be talking about the Insider Newsletter, a stock-picking service I recommend on this site. If so, yes, $1 is for the first 30 days then it automatically renews at $35 per month if you decide to continue with it.

      However, if you’re talking about Wealthy Affiliate, a platform I recommend for people who want to start an online business, that service has three options. A free Starter option, a $49 per month Premium option, and a $99 per month Premium Plus option. Although the $49 Premium option gives you everything you need to build a business (websites, hosting, training, support) so you don’t need to join Premium Plus.

      Hope this clarifies your question and all the best.

  3. Nice article Tim, I struggled for many years, lost lots of money trying to find a quick way of making money online. I was almost falling into another guru tra, then by providence I stumbled into a review that informed me about wealthy affiliates. I joined for free trail and was blown away by what i experienced. I upgraded immediately as a premium member. I am about 2 weeks on, learning how to set up from business from the scrath, super platform, incredible community support, it is mind blowing.

    • Excellent Nnamdi, glad to hear that and I can relate. When I was first getting started it was a nightmare of one scam after another, not knowing where to turn. I was just lucky enough to stumble across a legit blogger who led me towards Wealthy Affiliate and, while it took time and effort, I was able to completely change my life as a result.

      My advice to you at this point is to think longterm. Where your success will come is in the daily, weekly, monthly consistency in terms of learning and taking action in your business. Just keep moving forward no matter what and you WILL succeed. That’s the exciting thing about this business, anyone can do it, once you have your hands on real training, tools and support, like you get at WA, it’s all about persistence.

      Thanks for sharing and all the best going forward.

      • Good morning from Cape Town Tim.

        Was led to your site to check out Partner with Anthony after I was sent there by a friend. As I am a Financial Adviser and still working for a living at 79 I decided to do Internet trading to compensate for loss in income due to the Lockdown in this country.

        Now I am super excited as I believe I have found a way which is based on my Niche of living healthy and avoiding all the rubbish we eat and improving the right way to exercise. Thank you for an excellent introduction to my new business.

  4. Thanks Steve I am retired in my 70 needing to supplement my pension. I live in the U.K. have been doing courier work to supplement pension but due to lockdown work has finished. Before retirement I worked in logistics is this for me I can put the hours in but don’t have a huge amount of funds

  5. Thank you, Tim, for the detailed explanation of how Affiliate Marketing works. Now, I feel my head is straight and not feeling discombobulated each time I watch one of the Affiliate Market Gurus on YouTube. I will go on the Wealthy Affiliate so I know where to start, which according to your article, I need to pick a domain name for a website and create my website. Yes, I want to have a website.

    Again, thank you for writing this long helpful article. I stumble upon your blog trying to find out if Partner With Anthony was a good program to join. Thank you for that blog as well.

    Kind regards and keep safe,

  6. Tim,

    Great article and quite motivating, thanks for the inspiration and I will continue my journey with Wealthy Affiliate.
    The amount and quality of training is unsurpassed I can give testimony of it.

    To a very profitable and successful future!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. I have no experience in online marketing and im almost 50 and tired of the 9 to 5 bs ive worked hard my whole life and i was wondering if you show how to set up websites or how to build them i am trying to find anyone who can teach or show me how to do this without costing me thousands of dollars to promote them.

    • Building a website is the easy part, you can get a professional looking site up in less than a minute with the right tools. The important thing is to educate yourself on how to get traffic coming to your site and generate sales as a result. The best place to get all of the tools, training and support to create a successful affiliate website is Wealthy Affiliate.

      This is where I learned everything I know, so it’s well worth checking out, and you can even get started for zero cost which is cool.

      Hope this helps.

  8. Great article, I’m having the same trouble with the wealthy affiliate site as the other
    person and I don’t see a “forgot password” on there

    • Hi Ollie, thanks for the comment. 🙂

      Okay I’m happy to help you with this:

      So first, if you haven’t already signed up to Wealthy Affiliate, you can sign up here through my WA affiliate link. Which is a good idea if you want my bonuses and private access to me if you eventually decide to upgrade to Premium.

      If you have already signed up and you’re having trouble signing in, then you will want to go to ” ” and click on the “forgot password” link:

      Wealthy Affiliate Login Page

      Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

  9. Thanks tim really appreciate you putting your time to helping people like us. You are a great person for trying to help others. Respect! And best wishes to everyone trying to become successful in using the internet to try an make a living to we dont have to brake our asses and live the life we suppose to live.

  10. I wish I would have read this 3 months ago! Great walk through of affiliate marketing and who,what, when & where of it. I personal have spent money on those promise to help you websites and never seen a dime back from it.

    Thanks Tim for this article!!! I hope more and more people see it and less ppl get scammed in the beginning like I did. I think as a human we all have trusting instincts and think we are making a good call and rational decisions when we buy from these guys promising they can “finally help us succeed online”.

    Unfortunately the result is your ashamed and embarrassed that you bought the course to begin with! If more people speak up and warn each other then maybe we can put the a-holes out of business or at least not as profitable as I know they must be!!! IMHO anyway!

    Thanks again! Great article!

    • Yeah, you’re right there’s definitely a lot of misinformation out there. I’ve bought into my share of bunk programs over the years too, just because it sounded so convincing so I kept buying into these hoping the next one would work.

      So it’s cool to have found what works and to be able to share that with others, especially when I see people taking action and building real businesses as a result. Very rewarding feeling.

      Anyway thank you so much for your comment Reyna. Glad you found this article helpful and I wish you all the best going forward! 🙂

  11. Hi Tim for some reason every time i try to apply they say my email is already in the system could you tell me where do i log in at?

    • Hi Terry,

      Do you mean you are trying to create a Wealthy Affiliate account? If so, and it’s saying your email is in the system, could you have joined at some point in the past? Because that is the likely scenario.

      The best option is to click on the “forgot password” link at the the login screen and follow the prompts. Or you could try to use another email address.

      Hope this helps.

  12. This article sounds almost flawless; in fact too good to be true
    Please give me any information that is not visible in the promotional material


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