Ways to Make Money Online – Affiliate Marketing

Ways to Make Money Online – Affiliate Marketing

One of the best ways to make money online is through Affiliate Marketing.

I want to show you how you could do this too.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

If you are going to learn the ways to make money online, then you need to know something about Affiliate Marketing

In simple terms, Affiliate Marketers help people with something to sell find people who want to buy it. They refer would-be buyers to the vendors. When this happens, the Seller pays the marketer commission based on the price of the product they buy.

Commissions vary greatly. Some can be very low, as low as 1%, and  commissions on some digital products can be as high as 75%. In the health and beauty sector, for example, average commissions are around 30%. Commissions are only paid when the purchase is completed.

How do Affiliates find the purchasers?

Typically, affiliates will have their own websites where they can either display the products or create a blog where they will write product reviews and recommend products.

Most affiliates find it works better when they do both of these things.

When they have written the product reviews, most Affiliates will also post links to their reviews on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. Doing that will bring more people to read their reviews.


Avoid Affiliate programs which want to charge you to join them. All good affiliate programs are always free to join.

So the very first thing you need to do is to

Build a website

Build a website! I don’t know how to build a website!

Don’t worry! I will show you how to build a website quickly and easily, and install WordPress on it in less time than it would take you to boil an egg!! WordPress is free to use, and it gives you a platform where you can use your website.

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What to do next

You then need to choose which of the Affiliate ways to make money online you would prefer to use.

  1. The first thing to do is to find your niche, that is the area which most interests you or you have a passion for.

For example, if you have spent years trying to lose weight and you have finally found a way that works, then that would be a good niche for you.

2. Choose your product or line of products. You may be surprised to find that almost every well-known, or even not so well know product has an affiliate program which you can join.

In our example of losing weight, simply google “affiliate programs for losing weight” and then choose which one(s) you want to promote. You can do this for any product.

3. Sign up with that program. You will then be given an affiliate link.

4. Share your link. You can do this by reviewing and recommending the products in your blog. Some programs also give you a commission when someone you have recommended also signs up to be an affiliate. It is worth checking this before you choose which one to sign up to.

If you would prefer to recommend a number of different products, the you could sign up with a company like Amazon Affiliates which also has the advantage of being a very well-known and trusted company. If you are in the UK, then you can sign up with Amazon UK.

Choosing a product to promote 

I am using the Amazon Affiliates program as an example of how to promote products on your website. These guidelines can be used for any affiliate program you join.

Customers do not pay any extra for following your links to Amazon, it is the seller who pays the affiliate (you!) commission for your referrals.

When you are choosing a product to promote from Amazon, don’t just rush in and choose anything that catches your eye.

Remember that you are trying to build up the trust of your prospective purchaser, so for a start choose a product that you yourself already use and trust and is of good quality.

Don’t just copy and paste Amazon’s description, but make it personal and give your own perspective. Say:

  • Why you like the product
  •  Why you use it.
  • List its good points and describe how easy it is to use.
  • Make it your own opinion, not just a repeat of other peoples’.
  • Check out the reviews of other users on Amazon, and make sure that overall the positive comments far outweigh the negative ones.
  • You could even copy one or two of those good reviews on to your own review.
  • Also check the reviews on other sites that sell the same product, and make sure they are all in agreement as to its quality.
  • Check out the manufacturer’s guarantee on your chosen product, and make sure you include that information.

When you choose your subsequent products, always choose products that interest you even if you do not yet own them. Carry out the above checks to make sure that it is a good product.

Always remember the importance of building up trust with your prospective customers. You will never write convincingly about a product that you do not believe in.

How to obtain products to review

Many established blogging sites will get products sent to them free so that they can review them for the vendor, in this case Amazon.

Of course, this is not the case for the rest of us. But there is a website called Snagshout which offers discounts on products, often new products, in return for an honest review of them which the companies who make them will publish on their sites. These discounts can range from very small to up to 97%.

You can find out all about Snagshout here

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If you are serious about becoming a success as an Amazon Affiliate, you may be interested in a new product which allows you to build whole pages of Amazon products in just a few minutes, thus saving you hours!!

This product is called InstantAzon, and I can thoroughly recommend it.

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So you can feel quite safe to try it out, as the Vendors and creators of InstantAzon guarantee that you will get your money back.

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Other ways to make money Online – Affiliate Networks

As in the name, these are companies which host a large number of affiliate marketplaces where you can choose what you would like to promote.

Here are just a few:

  • Clickbank
  •  JVZoo.
  • CJ Affiliate
  • eBay Enterprise Affiliate Network
  • iTunes Affiliate Program
  • Rakuten Affiliate Network
  • ShareASale

Again, you simply need to sign up with them and create an account.

Affiliate Marketing really is something worth considering when you are finding out about ways to make money online.

This sounds too complicated for me!

I agree in many ways. I could never have managed to find my way on my own!

But I was lucky enough to find somewhere where I could get all the help I needed. And I can show you where to get it too.

Wealthy Affiliate has the most comprehensive and in depth training that it is possible to find anywhere online, combined with an amazingly helpful and friendly community.

If you want to know how to learn about all the best ways to make money online you quite simply will never find a better place! And it is FREE to join!

Amongst so many other things you will learn how to build your own Website, write your reviews and the best ways to attract visitors to your site.

To learn more about Wealthy Affiliate click here

To join Wealthy Affiliate click here

Many thanks for reading this, and please do leave me any comments or opinions you may have, and I will answer them as soon as I can.

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30 thoughts on “Ways to Make Money Online – Affiliate Marketing”

  1. I love the fact that Affiliate Marketing is helping so many people make money online. It’s important for people to know just how simple it truly is to move forward with Affiliate Marketing

    1. Thank you so much for your comments.

      What you say is so true.

      With the right kind of training, anyone can learn how to become an Affiliate
      Marketer and build a successful business.

      Very many thanks for dropping by

      Chrissie 🙂

    1. Hi Sean

      I am so happy if this was helpful to you, and I wish you the best of luck
      with your marketing.

      If you feel that you could benefit from some help with your marketing, please feel
      free to check out the great training at Wealthy Affiliate

      Thank you so much for dropping by

      Chrissie 🙂

  2. Hi Chrissie, I must say I am really enjoying your site I have found it incredibly useful. Before finding your site I knew I wanted to get on the internet and build a website to make money, I just didn’t know really how to do it. I know now that affiliate marketing is the way for me and thanks to you I have now found a great training platform and a direction towards learning how to do this myself. Thanks again for sharing another great post. Keep up the fantastic work 🙂

    1. Hi Graham

      I am so happy that you have found my website helpful to you.

      I am in no doubt that Affiliate Marketing is the best way to start with
      an Online business, and it is really great to have helped you to find
      the way ahead.

      Thank you so much for your comments

      Chrissie 🙂

  3. Thank you,

    very interesting and well informing post. Affiliate marketing is interesting and I’ve been looking around for some time to learn more about how we do that. Now I know a lot more, thank you.

    You mentioned something about not paying for being an affiliate, could you please say some more about that, I’d really appreciate it.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Odd Helge

    1. Hi

      I am very happy that you found my post useful.

      With regard to paying to be an Affiliate, you will find that you will
      have to pay to join many “High ticket” programs. Those are the programs
      which pay their affiliates very highly, but you do have to pay for the

      Therefore, if you are interested in the high end of the Affiliate market,
      I advise you to spend time on “due diligence” – in reading reviews of the
      program and what costs are involved, before making the decision to join one
      of them.

      I have written a review of one such program if you are interested.

      Very many thanks for your comments

      Chrissie 🙂

  4. Hi Chrissie,

    I like the idea of affiliate marketing! I can make money from this without having such a big overhead. I used to have a brick and mortar business and on top of inventory, there was lease payments, payroll, taxes, etc. Very expensive!
    But, I think once I build out my website, I will bookmark your page and come back to it for more instructions.
    Thanks for this!

    1. Hi Cindy

      I am really happy that you have found the information about Affiliate Marketing helpful.

      You are quite right, anyone who wants to build up their own business without a huge outlay really cannot do better than Affiliate Marketing. where the costs are minimal.

      The best of luck with building your website, and many thanks for your comments.
      Chrissie 🙂

  5. Chrissie,

    Thanks for explaining what affiliate marketing is in a very simple way. I’ve heard about people talking of trying to monetize their websites.

    You have provided so much information in this post, that I’ll have to come back and read it again when I’m not about to fall asleep. I really would like to understand what I need to be doing to earn some money from one of my websites.

    Thanks again, Sondra

    1. Hi Sondra

      I am so happy that the information I have provided is useful to you.

      There is no doubt that Affiliate Marketing is a great way to make money
      from your website.

      If you would like more information and help with this, then please do
      check out the brilliant training available at Wealthy Affiliate. The
      name says it all!!

      Very many thanks for your comment, and if I can help you in any other way
      please do not hesitate to ask me,

      Chrissie 🙂

  6. This is interesting because I tried affiliate marketing before and I didn’t get anywhere. How do you think I can succeed this time if I try again? Do you think I have to have a website? It just seems so hard to maintain to have one.

    I like all the details you have about affiliate marketing though but scared to try again. Any advice you have for me would be great.

    1. Hi Grace

      My very best advice would be to go through the training offered at
      Wealthy Affiliate, which is where I have learnt how easy it is to build
      and run a website.

      So far over 800,000 members have gone through or are going through the
      training there, and the majority of them are seeing their businesses become
      very successful. You can go through the training in your own time, and you
      are able to learn everything you need in order to become successful.

      You can find out all about Wealthy Affiliate here.

      Once you have joined Wealthy Affiliate, you will find that there is nothing to fear!!

      The best of luck

      Chrissie 🙂

  7. Hello there Chrissie,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this VERY informative article about affiliate marketing. I have always wondered what that ‘was all about’ – now I have a more informed idea – thanks to you.

    I have bought things from Amazon and it is true, before I purchased, I read reviews about the product that I was interested in buying. So, yes, I can definitely see where ‘writing a review’ could indeed lead to a possible sale if you are an affiliate of any company offering this program.

    I am not familiar with some of the other companies you mentioned, but I will surely check them out.

    A question for you: have you been successful as an affiliate? And with which company? And any more tips that you might have – you provided a wonderful list – however, I am wondering any useful beginner tips that have helped you as an affiliate for the company that you chose to work with?

    Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.

    1. Hi Michelle

      Thank you so much for dropping by and reading my post.

      The most success I have had so far as an Affiliate is by following the
      Bootcamp training in Wealthy Affiliate and then promoting the Wealthy Affiliate
      training, which really is worth doing. You can earn really good commissions
      from promoting Wealthy Affiliate, and by doing that you will also learn the
      best ways to promote any other product of your choosing.

      I really cannot recommend the Wealthy Affiliate training highly enough, it is
      beyond doubt the best that you can find anywhere.

      I do hope that I have answered your questions satisfactorily, please feel
      free to ask me anything else you may wish to know.

      Very many thanks for your comments

      Chrissie 🙂

      Very many thanks for your comments

  8. Thanks for the article. Starting a business online or otherwise can be very expensive with a lot of rick. Looks like affiliate marketing might be a good way to start up with out a whole lot of out of pocket expenses. Any recommendations as to choosing a niche? How would I know if what I pick would be good for affiliate marketing.

    1. Hi Joe

      I am sure that you will find Affiliate marketing a good way to start your
      online business.

      As for choosing a niche, I would recommend that you choose something in which
      you have an interest, even a passion. It could be a sport or a hobby; anything
      that “floats you boat” in fact.

      A really good way to put your foot in the water of Affiliate marketing would be
      to join Wealthy Affiliate where you can learn everything you need to know to start
      an online business, and you can also earn really good commissions from promoting
      Wealthy Affiliate itself.

      Good luck with your journey in Online Marketing, and very many thanks for your

      Chrissie 🙂

  9. Hi Chrissy,
    I’m seriously thinking about going into Affiliate Marketing. It’s the way things are going as you don’t need to stock inventory, push sales and use valuable time going to these sales pitch seminars to get advice and instructions on how to promote other people’s products. I like the idea that I can do this within the confines of my own home. You have mentioned different ways of doing Affiliate Marketing. I will be checking some of these out no doubt!!
    You seem knowledgeable in this area and I’m assuming that you are an affiliate with more than one company. What would you say was the deciding factor for you joining a particular affiliate over another that was selling the same product?


    1. Hi Jackie

      I think that if you want to work online, Affiliate Marketing is definitely the best place to start.
      Take it from me, working from home gives you so much more freedom than you could ever have in a conventional job!

      In answer to your question, when I am choosing which company to affiliate with, I would be looking for a company with a good track record with regard to customers, products and affiliates. I would check online reviews and customer feedback to ascertain that.
      I would also be looking for a good commission rate, and a bonus would be if they also offer a commission for the introduction of other affiliates.

      I hope that this information would be of help to you.

      I would add that the very best way to learn everything you need to know about Online and Affiliate Marketing is by joining Wealthy Affiliate

      Very many thanks for your comment.

      Chrissie 🙂

  10. I’m convinced that affiliate marketing is the fastest and easiest way to make money online. It may not always seem fast or easy, but compared to other methods it is.

    Now is the best time to get into affiliate marketing too. People are conditioned to buy online and the technology makes it easy to promote to them.

    1. I definitely agree with you Gary, and there is no doubt that we are in the right place to learn exactly how to take advantage of the modern trends in marketing at Wealthy Affiliate.

      Very many thanks for reading this, and for your comment.

      Chrissie 🙂

  11. H chrissie,
    I’m very excited to of found this article. I have been searching for a way to earn online and was becoming frustrated. I check out Wealthy Affiliate’s reviews and I have found nothing bad about it. I am going to give it a go and see what happens. Thanks again. Hopefully my search is over.

  12. Affiliate marketing certainly has a lot of advantages as long as you can find quality products/services to promote within your chosen niche. It’s not necessary to develop products, hold inventory, or deal with customer service issues. You simply refer people to other helpful products/services and they take it from there. How do you feel about private affiliate programs vs. affiliate networks?

    1. I think it depends a lot on which niche you choose Matthew. They both work well so it really depends what you want to promote as to which is the best for you. As I said though, don’t choose a private affiliate program if you are expected to pay for it, there is absolutely no need to do that. Many thanks for your comments 🙂

  13. Thank you for a interesting article on affiliate marketing, I have been considering adding digital products to my business, what can you tell me about digital products to choose the best ones available? I am promoting nutrition and fitness products, are there any digital products available in this product line

    1. I’m afraid I’m not an expert on digital products as yet, but I do know that there is a number of digital products on Clickbank.
      Otherwise I think your best plan would be to google what you are looking for and choose from there.
      Many thanks for your comments 🙂

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