A Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing 2018

Affiliate Marketing

So I guess you’ve arrived at my page as you would like to know more about Affiliate Marketing as a beginner.  No problem.   In my post, I will answer all your questions concerning this business which has been around for a very long time and is going nowhere.   In fact, more and more people are now becoming  Affiliate Marketers as a means to earn an income as it is a very lucrative business.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is promoting a product or service belonging to a third party merchant, through your own vehicle, be it a website or through email marketing.   If you want an in-depth view of “What is Affiliate Marketing”, you can check out the Wikipedia review here.

With Affiliate Marketing, when you make a sale of a product or service, you earn a commission.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

In the diagram below, you as the Affiliate will place an advert on your website from one of the merchants you have signed up with – here, the diagram shows eBay, Amazon and AliExpress as merchants.

You will sign up to merchants that promote products related to your niche. So if you’re in the Health and Wellness niche, you will sign up with merchants promoting health and wellness products.

When a visitor (customer) to your website clicks on an advert  – usually a link, but it can be an image –  this click is tracked by your own unique Affiliate link.  It is through this link, that you, as an Affiliate will receive your commission and the merchant – in this case, eBay, Amazon or AlIExpress will get a sale.

Commission amounts vary depending on the cost of the item and the rate of commission.  I will show you an example below of How much money you can make from Affiliate Marketing.

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Why Affiliate Marketing

  • It’s a $6 BILLION/YEAR industry and continues to grow
  • Best way to earn income online
  • No phone calls
  • No face-to-face
  • Quick and cheapest ways to make money online
  • No huge start-up cost – buildings, inventory etc
  • 1000’s of products you can promote
  • Mobile working from anywhere – all you need is a PC and internet connection

Tools Needed For Affiliate Marketing

As you will be promoting a product or service, you will need a web presence in the form of a website.  Don’t panic.  Website creation is so easy these days with tools that you can be up and running with a website in a matter of minutes.    Check out my review here to watch the video to show how quick and easy it is to create a website using SiteRubix.

With SiteRubix, you don’t need a domain or a hosting company.  It is all-inclusive.  As a beginner, it’s is a great way to check out building a website at no cost.    However,  if you want a unique site and your business is a long-term investment, which Affiliate Marketing is, I suggest you purchase a domain name and register with a hosting company so that you will have full control over the branding of your site.

Domain Name Registration

Without a domain name, you will not have a website address.  The domain name for this website is goworkfromanywhere.com

Domain names are fairly cheap ranging from $1/£0.99 to $39/£28 per year.   They are usually renewable each year although some providers offer  2/3 year deals when you make your first purchase.

Choose a domain name that will reflect the type of business you are going to promote.  I chose ‘goworkfromanywhere’.

The extension of your Domain name is equally important –  .org, .com, .co.uk are common extensions however, newer extensions are coming out.  I have seen a few .blog, .biz .pro and .online websites.

If you’re interested, you can read more about domain names here

Here are some of the main Domain Registration Companies:


It doesn’t matter which company you choose to register your domain with.  Once you register with them, you won’t have to deal with them again UNLESS you decide to host your site with them and you have questions about your site.

Most people register with companies that have a special offer, others prefer to register with a well-known brand.  It’s your choice.

If your domain company offers hosting as well, then this is great.  It means you pay one fee and you won’t have to worry about too many different accounts when it comes to renewal – one for the domain and another for hosting.  I wish I had known this when I first started out.

Hosting Company Registration

If you have registered your domain name separately,  you will need a hosting company to host your website.  Most hosting companies have different packages depending on your requirements.  You may already have a website which you want to leverage using affiliate marketing so you may choose to go for the ‘Business Package’ as you may want to set up a website similar to Amazon where you are selling different types of goods.    Most people new to Affiliate Marketing will often choose the ‘Basic Package’ which will probably suffice.

However, as your site begins to grow with content and you start to see the visitor numbers increase, the site will start to slow down making the experience unpleasant for each potential customer.  You should then upgrade to a higher spec package, which is usually a seamless upgrade carried out behind the scenes by the hosting company.  Whilst they are carrying out the upgrade, your site will still be up and running and you should still be able to continue working and publishing posts.

Don’t worry, I’m not telling you to wait until such a time, there are analytic tools and resources which will help you to monitor your website for these statistics.  I will do a post on these tools another time and post a link here.

For now, here is a list of hosting companies you can consider:


Hosting costs range from $32/£24 to $47/£35 per year

Again some hosting companies offer an introductory fee.  If the price increases on renewal, you can always re-register your website with another hosting company before you renew.  Your current host company will give you the information you need in order to carry out the transfer.

OK. So you have your domain name and a hosted website.  What now?   You need to build your website.


You can use the tool below to create a free website that you can build and test before you take the plunge.  It is free to do so. You don’t have to worry about a Domain Name or Hosting.  It is all included!!  However, you will not get a .org or a .com name for your website.  It will be .siterubix.com.  Your website will still be public and accessible to those on the internet, so, why not give it a go!!  It’s FREE!!

Just enter a name for your free website in the box and click on the ‘Build it Now’ button.

What Affiliate Programs To Join

So you now have your website and you would like to place some affiliate links to your posts.   First, you will need to join an Affiliate Program.  There are 1000’s of Affiliate Programs available.  They are all free to sign-up to.

Some Affiliate programs will not accept you until you have traffic coming to your website whilst others will accept you even with a brand new website

You should sign up to Affiliate Programs that have products related to the content of your site.  So if your site is all about fishing gear – we call ‘fishing gear’ a  niche – you will need to find Affiliate programs that are related to your niche.  To do this is quite easy.  In Google, enter the following into the search bar ‘Fishing Gear + affiliate’.

From the screenshot below, you can see that the results returned, lists Affiliates or related Affiliate sites to do with Fishing Gear.

You can then sign up to the program of your choice or more than one if you want to. It is not capped.  That is why the amount of income you can generate from Affiliate Marketing can be very lucrative.

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Top 10 Affiliate Marketing Companies

Here are the top 10 popular Affiliate Marketing Companies.  Most of them cater for all niches.   What differs, is the commission payout.  You will find that some pay a higher commission for the same product. Your job is to shop around and sign up to the best offer.

How Much Money Can You Make From Affiliate Marketing?

Most people new to Affiliate Marketing often ask ‘How much money can I make’.  The answer is ‘There is no limit, it depends on how hard you are willing to work to make the money’.  It’s no different to someone working 2 or 3 jobs to earn an extra income.  Affiliate Marketing requires hard work.  However, the beauty of Affiliate Marketing is that it is work that you enjoy doing as you will be passionate about the niche you are promoting.

You may even be learning some new stuff as you build your website.

Let’s say someone is looking to buy a new TV and after googling came across your excellent review for the Philips 43PFT4132/05 43-Inch Full LED TV with Freeview HD – Black (2017 model). They click your affiliate link and make a purchase. Hey Bingo!! Some commission for you.


TV image

For this item (electrical goods) Amazon pays a 6% commission.  The television cost £350.  Just by someone clicking on your link and making the purchase, you will have earned £21 in commission.  You may say that isn’t a lot.  Remember, this is just ONE click.  What if you did really brilliant reviews on several other items and received 10 purchases.  That figure increases exponentially!!

There are thousands of affiliate programs online offering literally millions of higher-end products in virtually every niche imaginable.

What you earn depends on how seriously you take it. Remember it’s your business and if you take it seriously it can be life-changing. There are affiliates earning millions a year and those earning £100’s a month. What this tells me is that the time and effort you invest will determine the results.

You need to build your website in such a way for it to show up in the Google results, you also want to write good quality content so that people don’t click on the [x] button when they land on your page and many other factors which will help you in your Affiliate Marketing venture.  I learned all that I’m telling you – and there is still a LOT more to learn – through the Wealthy Affiliate community.

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Want To Get Started With Affiliate Marketing?

When I started out a year ago, I learned the hard way.  I purchased my domain name from a different company to my hosting company when I could have saved money and purchased both my domain name and hosting from a single company.

I started to use WordPress to build my website without fully understanding how to make the best use of its features for optimization purposes and wasn’t aware that my website was a live entity which I should keep on adding content to.  Being overwhelmed with all the jargon and the plethora of information I nearly gave up,  until I came across Wealthy Affiliate.

It is through the great training, consistent updates within the program, access to entrepreneurs who have made a full-time living out of Affiliate Marketing why I am an still here as an Affiliate Marketer.

It is not easy as it takes a lot of hard work and dedication but once you have the basics covered, its a matter of rinsing and repeating what you have done. Many people do go on to create other websites for other niches.

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Quick Recap Of A Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing

1. Decide on your niche
2. Register your domain name
3. Get hosting
4. Sign up for Affiliate programs around your niche
5. Build your site
5. Write excellent content
6. Promote your affiliate products
Repeat steps 5-6

I know this is a lot of information to take in so if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below and I will get back to you.



  1. After working for others for over 20 years I’m at the point where I’d love to be my own boss. The idea of being able to set my own schedule and have more control over my life is really appealing. I’m wondering if there is a good way to pick the best paying affiliates in my niche, which is beauty. Do you know anything about that? Also, I’m guessing that it is probably good business sense to review the most expensive products since the payout is based on a percentage of the product sales price.

    • Hi Lynn,

      Being your own boss, especially after working for someone else for such a long time is very rewarding and appealing.  Affiliate Marketing is a GREAT way to start out on your own and I see that you’re going down this route.

      There are several factors you should consider in choosing which affiliate to sign up with.  Have you seen my post here

      This will give you some ideas for choosing an affiliate program for your beauty niche.

      Let me know if this helps.

      Best wishes.  

  2. This is a really good overview of affiliate marketing and has given me an understanding of what needs to be done. I have a niche in mind but I am unsure of who to get Hosting from. You have suggested several but I would really like to know which you think is best ? I have heard good and bad about all of them

    • Hi Karen,

      I’m glad that this review has been of some help to you.

      I have seen of lot of positive reviews about HostGator and they seem to be one of the most popular of choices.

      However, as a beginner, I would register with the one that fits in with your budget – they will all meet your need for now.   

      It is not until your website has gained momentum, traffic and has grown exponentially, that you will need to analyse the options and features that each hosting company has to offer, in order for your site to run efficiently.

      I hope this helps.

      Best of luck with your niche and online venture!! 

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