How to be a Successful Affiliate Marketer – A definitive Guide for beginners

Last update May 17, 2020

A Detailed Guide that helps in Becoming an Affiliate

How to be a successful affiliate marketer?

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When it comes to making money online, Affiliate Marketing lies at the top of the list. Affiliate Marketing is considered to be one of the easiest ways to make money online. However, it’s pretty hard to set up your empire in Affiliate Marketing.

This is a vast niche that possesses many routes, roads, and tracks, that leads to success if they are chosen wisely. This is the key thing that distinguishes between a beginner and a pro in affiliate marketing.

Everyone can tell you about how to become an affiliate Marketer but no one will explain How to achieve success in Affiliate Marketing. 

So, here is the Detailed Step By Step Guide for strugglers to be a successful affiliate marketer.

What is Affiliate Marketing? 

Affiliate Marketing meaning

Affiliate Marketing is the process of promoting someone’s Product (either product or service of any company) by providing values, in a way to pursue the visitors, so that they can purchase the product from your link. As a result, you’ll gain a commission from the company.

Sounds simple?

Huh, it’s not that simple.

Behind this simple and concise definition, there are many steps and procedures required to be an affiliate marketer. 

Let’s have a look at how it Works….

How to become an Affiliate Marketer? 

To start affiliate marketing there is a simple yet tricky way. According to the meanings of affiliate marketing, it looks simple and easy. But it’s not.

Yeah, it’s easy as compared to launching a product. You can easily get commission by simply promoting someone else’s products.

All you have to do is, search for the product that you love, or you want to promote.

Check if the company is offering any affiliate marketing program. If so, then apply for it.

Set up a strategy to promote the product and start doing it.

So simply there are 3 basic steps to start affiliate marketing.

Step 1: Select a Product

Step 2: Apply for affiliate program

Step 3: Start promoting the product. 

But how will you get the commission? How will the company identify the leads generated by you?

Huh! It’s simple my friend.

In the affiliate marketing program, once you get approved you’ll be given by a special link which is called an affiliate link

What are Affiliate Links And how to market them? 

Affiliate Links are special & unique links generated by a company’s or vendor’s affiliate program.

This link contains some unique numbers or letters that describe the identity of an affiliate.

That’s how once someone purchases the product from your link, you’ll get a commission. That’s how they identify the affiliates.

As far as market concerns, you can pick the following approaches to market your affiliate links.

  • Blogs
  • Vlogs
  • webinars
  • Ads
  • Email swipes
  • Something other

But keep in mind, you have to give value to your visitors. You have to generate a relationship with them. As a saying stats

“Companies that sell values, are more likely to be successful as compared to those who sell Products”

That’s how simple it is, People won’t forget how you make them feel. 

Now, you are aware of how to start affiliate marketing. Let’s have a deep dive into “How to Be a Successful Affiliate Marketer.”

How to Achieve Remarkable Success In Affiliate Marketing

Same as other businesses, there are many Do’s and Don’t in affiliate marketing too

A successful Product Review and its promotion will help you to achieve remarkable success in affiliate marketing.

If you have a blog and want to know how to write a successful Product Review read this post.

However, today I’m going to share Some Don’t of Affiliate Marketing niche.

Here are some things that make it hard to achieve success in affiliate marketing.

  • Promotion of unreliable Product

There is a long list of products that are poor in quality. The product won’t meet the expectations of its users. Moreover, no one wants to purchase that product.

In this scenario, the company tries to go with the product by offering high commission affiliate marketing programs. That’s where the newbies attract and start writing about the product.

Moreover, the review they write is totally based on expressing the qualities of the product. That helps in pursuing their visitors.

That’s the biggest mistake that people make often. For short term income, they lost the long term customers’ trust.

As a result, you’ll lose the trust of your visitors.

  • Do not promote Outdated Products

Technology is evolving day by day. Every day a new product hits the market with Unique features that everyone loves.

In this situation, if you’re promoting an outdated Product it will never get any sales.

Whether you’re promoting it very well with multiple sources. But no one will purchase it because there is something new, with more advanced features at a low price.

That’s why you have to choose the product wisely. Otherwise, you’ll always remain struggling.

  • Don’t Rush Out

Sound’s different?

Yeah, It is.

This is what I learned from my experience. There are many affiliate marketers, who pick up the persuasive approach to promote a product and immediately rush out with its details.

It’s not the right approach.

Using a persuasive approach, in promoting a product or service is a good thing. Try to use something different in it. Do not describe the details of the Product directly without knowing your Audience about its use.

First, try to explain the “Why”  rather than what the product is all about.

If you start to describe What instead of why visitors will start analyzing the product.

However, if you start by describing why, your reader will understand the purpose of your review and product.

  • Don’t Forget to track YourWebsitee Performance

What is affiliate marketing
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If you’re using a blog for affiliate marketing, you have to check its performance regularly. Make sure, that your website is mobile-friendly. According to research, there are more than 90% of website visitors use their mobile devices to search and read about the different products. In this sense, if your website isn’t mobile-friendly, and takes too long to load on mobile, you’ll lose most of your potential visitors.

But that’s not mean that you entirely forget to make your website PC friendly. There are still many peoples (as like me) who use PC or Laptops for visiting websites.

  • Don’t forget to come with engaging content

This is another major mistake made by most of the affiliate marketers. Once they start getting approval from affiliate programs, they forget to come up with something new that their visitors love.

For example, If you’re on the Software niche, and you promote new software, try to write about something new and unique except software/product’s review.

For example, as an additional guide, you can write about “Best Software of 2020 With advanced new features.” 

This type of additional, guide type topics will increase your visitor’s engagement by providing them values.

As I’ve mentioned above, those who provide something more than a product or service are more likely to achieve success.

Pro tip: I suggest you make a schedule and content strategy and strictly stick to it. This will help you in building a relationship with your visitors.

  • Don’t forget to manage Social Media

Social media is the best place to connect with your visitors and build a relationship with them. There are many potential visitors who want to connect with you on social media. Also, this will help you in attracting more new visitors by regularly posting new updates and engaging the audience.

Also, you can ask them for feedback, about anything that you want. Moreover, it will be helpful for you if you ask them what they want to know and write about that topic.

This will make them feel special and ultimately result in increasing your reputation.

  • Never stop Learning

Feed your mind with the best material, so that it can generate new ideas. That’s simple. Never stop learning, learning is an ongoing process that can never hit its end. Whatever you’re thinking about your success, or whatever the stage of success you have, in order to achieve a successful sustainable career you always have to keep learning.

This will help you in providing new & up to date content to your audience that is full of advanced information.

This ultimately results in an increase in your reputation.


Affiliate marketing is a daunting task and considered to be the easiest way to make money online. There are many tips and tricks that can help you in starting your career as an affiliate marketer. However, in this post, I’ve discussed how to be a successful affiliate marketer, by avoiding the mistakes that affiliate makes in their career. These mistakes create hurdles in their careers. By avoiding these mistakes, anyone can be a successful affiliate marketer.

Anyone who wants to learn affiliate marketing can take advantage of this post. however, this post mainly focused on the beginners in this field.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. You can ask your questions in the comment section below, or you can connect with me on Facebook & Twitter.

Here are some common questions asked by newbies in Affiliate Marketing.


  • What does an affiliate marketer do?

Answer: Affiliate Marketers promotes products that are made by others either companies or single person, on every sale they made, the company or the vendor give them a commission.

  • How do I become an affiliate?

Answer: To become an affiliate marketer follow the steps that are mentioned in this post.

  • Does Affiliate Marketing Works?

Answer: Yes it works, that’s why it is the most famous way to make money online.

  • How fast can I make money with affiliate marketing?

Answer: Well, it depends on you. There are many peoples such as Franklin Hatchett and more who are successful in affiliate marketing and earning a 6-figure income. However, on the other hand, there are some losers who left it even in 6 months.

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About the Author

Bushra Khan is a Food Technologist by profession with a keen interest in Content Writing, Search Engine Optimization, and Content Marketing. She is a potential learner and loves to serve her community.

Bushra Khan

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