Create A Hyper-Profitable Affiliate Business From Scratch

This article was co-authored by Michael R. Lewis. Michael R. Lewis is a retired corporate executive, entrepreneur, and investment advisor in Texas. He has over 40 years of experience in business and finance, including as a Vice President for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. He has a BBA in Industrial Management from the University of Texas at Austin. This article has been viewed 185,873 times.
Hello Adam. Thank you! After months of searching and reading how to start a blog, I decided to stop procrastinating and take the plunge…just get started! I signed up for three years with Bluehost using the link at the site of one of the MANY bloggers I came across in my search (didn’t want to miss out on the low cost). I have joined MANY courses for beginner bloggers. Yours has been by far SUPERIOR! Thank you for laying out the information so simply, for providing all the links for more information, but BEST of all, for providing the FULL course, in such detail no less, at the start! My blog is almost three months old, but I have gone back through using the steps in the checklist you provided. THANK YOU!
This is a superb site, and I think well needed for those that are very interested in affiliate marketing to make money online. The site presented very professionally and laid out. I would venture to say though that if I were a beginner looking for how to do and be successful with an affiliate site. I think I would be a little overwhelmed. And while I understand if I were looking I would be searching all the details, so from the site, I would contact the author for a question. If this was the aim, then its well executed.
Affiliate programs are arrangements where an online merchant that’s selling products pays an affiliate website a commission for any sales generated from their referral traffic. The affiliate website places affiliate links pointing to the merchant’s site to track transactions. Each agreement between an affiliate and a merchant features the commission structure and payout information.
Commission Junction is a long-running affiliate marketing company, and attracts some larger brand names for promoters to apply for. It’s at the bottom of my list for one reason only: They expect even the newest affiliate marketer to produce results in as little as six months, so it’s best to apply after you’ve already established your website and have some experience under your belt from other programs. That may make it sound like it’s not the best for beginners, and for those starting completely fresh in the affiliate marketing world, that’s very true. But, again, for those who have some experience with affiliate marketing (maybe you’ve been an affiliate partner with Amazon for a little while and want to move on), you can be very successful with Commission Junction.
Deeper analytics. One thing that sets Everflow apart from other affiliate marketing software is deep analytics. The application allows users to drill down into campaign metrics like profit, revenue, margins, conversions and clicks – all from a single dashboard. Most importantly, Everflow provides real-time metrics that make it easy to identify advertisement placements that are posting excellent and those delivering unsatisfactory results.
The topic you choose must have enough depth that you can create a lot of content for it. This is important for building an authoritative site, for search engine optimization, and most importantly, for the end user. If you don't have enough content about a topic, you're not going to be taken very seriously as an authority on the topic and it's unlikely you can convince someone to make a purchase from you. 
Another great thing about Amazon affiliate program is that you will have a choice of promoting products that interest you. You can promote the products by writing reviews or articles about the products. The earning potential in Amazon affiliate program is unlimited. Unlike other companies where you will earn by promoting a single product, Amazon offers you with a unique link that earns you a commission each time a customer purchases any product from the site.
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I think there are a couple main reasons why the research aspect is so overlooked in affiliate marketing. The first reason is, people are just lazy. Most new affiliate marketers are only thinking about making money in the shortest period of time, so they simply choose a niche and build a site in their first day. Then, months go by with little to no website traffic and they proclaim that affiliate marketing no longer works. Considering affiliate marketing is a multi-billion dollar per year industry driving about 20% of all online sales, that of course isn’t true. Most people just don’t do the research necessary to truly find a profitable niche that is in demand without too much competition.


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Similar to salespeople, affiliate marketers also guide their potential buyers through a buying process. The most common and most lucrative strategy that is being used by affiliate marketers to accomplish this step is through writing or video recording a product review. They usually give the pros and cons of the product, why you should buy it and why you shouldn’t, provide an alternative product to buy etc.

Joining some of the world’s most popular affiliate programs and networks has its perks. Because these are typically run by well-known companies in the digital space, you will likely already have thousands of products to market and existing customers to market to. This makes your job as an affiliate marketer even easier, as you don’t need to take the additional step of selling consumers on the company itself.
Post content online regularly and build up an email list. If you’re posting affiliate marketing links but nobody visits your website, you won’t make much of an income. The best way to draw new people to your website is by posting new, interesting content. Also offer an email newsletter that users can subscribe to for additional content! Don’t start doing any affiliate marketing until you have at least 500 email list subscribers.[7]
Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m glad you find my post useful. For the common folk getting an online job may seem a hard thing to do, especially because he doesn’t even know What is an affiliate website. Most people when looking for an extra income online, go for the fast return option. If was possible people would like to find an ONLINE ATM where they can insert their email and withdraw money.
When do you want to get started?  If you are just starting and have no audience then some of the programs may not accept your application to become an affiliate, while others will let you get set up in minutes.  If you want to get started straight away then make sure you’re applying for programs that are less restrictive. Generally the larger, network style places will enable you to get going quickly while specific niche programs may require you to have a certain audience size or characteristics.
Unbounce has a wide selection of premade templates that emphasize landing page conversion. The editor is more advanced than that of many other LPBs mentioned here. At the same time, it makes it more challenging to master Unbounce fast. As long as you’re not in a hurry and can dedicate a week or two to get used to a slightly complex interface – Unbounce should be the tool for you. 
Affiliate Partner Commission Management.PayKickstart allows you to build and retain your network of affiliates by making your commission management process more efficient than ever. It lets you offer per-campaign as well as lifetime commission tracking, support 2nd-tier commissions while allowing you to create branded links. Moreover, it is equipped with a marketing materials portal that simplifies the relaying of all affiliate promotional files.
Paid advertising is NOT something I recommend for those who are just getting started. With that said, it’s good to have a basic understanding of what is known as PPC or Pay-Per-Click website traffic. In short, you can use services like Google Adwords or Facebook Ads to drive traffic to your site. You pay per website visitor, but you can make a lot of money doing this. Say it costs you $1 to send a visitor to your site, but each visitor on average earns you $2 in affiliate commissions. You, my friend, have a money machine on your hands.
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Hi Christina. I have been looking for answers about how to start affiliate through a travel blogging for more than 3 weeks and this post shined a light for me. Thank you! I still have a question about how and when to start applying to affiliate programs. I just opened my travel blog last week and had only 2 posts. Off course I have no established traffic and posts yet. I want to use affiliate links to start writing about reviews of hotels and places where I have visited, but I know my blog won’t be accepted by advertisers because I don’t have enough contents. I also took Michelle’s course and one of the chapters said to start affiliate marketing as soon as possible, but I don’t know how would you be accepted by advertisers at very very beginning?? Should I forcus on writing more posts first? And how many would be adequate to start applying to programs? Thank you for reading. Your blog is very helpful!!
Additionally, you'll receive promotional materials, a tracking dashboard, and personalized support to help you succeed with the affiliate program. Constant Contact is used by major brands including Facebook, WordPress, and Shopify. If you believe your clients or prospects could benefit from email marketing tools, this is a good partnership to consider.
Steady, Trackable Growth. ReferralCandy takes notes of referral engagement metrics, which entrepreneurs can use to learn more about customer behavior when sharing their brand. This way, you can efficiently track the progress of your referral system, find out how much sales it yields, as well as help you figure out how to further improve the referral scheme you are using.
Income Access is a digital marketing agency with proprietary technology. We specialise in affiliate marketing, other digital marketing services and provide a robust affiliate software. Since 2002, Income Access has partnered with more than 300 individual affiliate programmes. We work with global brands across the iGaming, lottery and forex industries including PokerStars, Jackpot Joy, Ladbrokes, Pennsylvania Lottery, Caesars Interactive, TwinSpires, Gain Capital and Fanduel. Learn more about Income Access

Hi JD, great article! I decided to buy Savage Affiliate I am a beginner and his program has a lot to offer. One question, I work Monday-Thursday 10 hours a day and off on Friday. Since you and others talk about putting the time and work into the program. I have no problems. My question is would it hurt my business if I spent 8 to 10 hours on Friday versus trying to find the time at work during the week. I really worry about this, because I’m also thinking about waking up at 4 am to put some time into my business once I get it up and running.
No, there is no install version because what we have to offer you in our hosted solution is better. We can set up FTP access for your business so that you can make changes to any files. However, in most cases, it is not necessary because you can integrate with any shopping cart or gateway without needing FTP and use our easy to use wizard. You can also use your domain name for the administrative and user area. Also, we take care of upgrades and security so you can have peace of mind and focus on growing your business.

The Amazing Selling Machine is an Amazon FBA training program. They have a very heavy focus on launches. They build scarcity by opening the program at only certain times. It is very effective messaging when the state that, ” We are currently helping all of our new ASM12 Members build a life of freedom through business Join the waitlist to be notified when ASM becomes available.”
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How he makes money – he begins his hosting pitch at 4m34s, but at 9m31s he presents his HostGator coupon code which not only saves viewers money, but it credits him for the sale (without people even having to click any affiliate link). That’s why coupon codes are so powerful for YouTubers. Don’t use HostGator though; they’re cheap but a slow/terrible hosting company.
This is the affiliate program of the world’s leading auction site.  Ebay’s affiliate program was previously run via Commission Junction, but they split from their umbrella affiliate partner in 2008 to launch their own affiliate program.  Ebay pays a hosting web-site each time a visitor to the site “clicks-thru” and makes a bid or purchase on Ebay, or registers as an Ebay user.  The program offers affiliates multiple ways by which they can make money via Ebay.
I once persuaded my mum to buy all my Christmas presents using my affiliate links on Amazon, and then found out that Amazon won’t pay out to anyone with the same surname as you (as they assume them to be family; luckily I have an unusual surname!) or anyone who lives at the same address. However one of my friends has ordered through one of my affiliate links and the commission has tracked for that. It’s my ONLY commission, mind. And my account hasn’t been shut down yet (touch wood, fingers crossed etc etc…)
If your audience is looking to launch an online business, migrate their ecommerce platform, or simply interested in ecommerce content, we encourage you to apply for the BigCommerce affiliate program. Our team will carefully review your application. Once approved, you will receive access to support, tracking, reporting, payments, and have your own unique affiliate link to track every referral you generate. BigCommerce is committed to the success of our affiliate partners.	

ClickBank is known by most affiliate marketers and digital product creators. Like JVZoo, Warrior Plus, and 2Checkout they specialize in digital products. You do need to be careful with ClickBank as many of the offers are of lower quality. Many use email, solo ads and similar marketing methods to promote the products. They specialize in info products with health, dating and self-improvement offers.	

Affiliate Network Reputation. Search for affiliate marketing forums and review sites to find out what other people are saying about the networks you’re interested in. Are they reliable? Do they always pay on time? Do they have a responsive customer service team to help you when you have questions or problems? What is their refund rate? Will you have an individual affiliate manager dedicated to your success?
Clickstream Attribution. Consumers can be capricious when making a purchase. It is possible that they check on your link using a single site multiple times but only buy a product once. To help you properly observe a buyer’s behavior, ShareASale provides timestamp data. Through this, you can create rule-based commissions and incentivize affiliates to encourage a specific behavior among your target audience.
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