How and Where to Start Affiliate Marketing, Even if You’re a Novice.

You want to start affiliate marketing but you don’t know how to start or where to start.

Right here is a good place to find out.  Why? Because I found out through trial and error, HOW to start, and through research and observation, WHERE to start.  

Table of Contents

  1. HOW Do You Start.
  2. Creating Your Website.
  3. Choosing a Theme.
  4. The Keyword Phrase
  5. Affiliate Marketing Programs.
  6. WHERE Do You Start.

It doesn’t take a lot of money to start affiliate marketing.  So stay away from the hundreds-of-dollars make-big-money-by-tomorrow-at-6-AM overnight programs.  

They don’t teach you any more than the other sites and if by chance you don’t quite fit into the affiliate marketing scene, you won’t be out a chunk of change.

Affiliate marketing does take some effort, some time, and some patience.  You have to do the work, you have to do the training and you have to keep at it until you see the success.  

Once you see that success, you’ll know why people LOVE it.

HOW do you start affiliate marketing?

how and where to start affiliate marketing

You start affiliate marketing by first deciding what your niche will be (pronounced neeshe) .  Look around and see what is popular in your life.  Do you like music, animals, other people, hiking, biking, what is it that interests you?  Make yourself a list of all the things that appeal to you.  

Then start looking for the ones that stand out to you.  Maybe you’re an expert at something like being handy with tools, being able to craft useful items, or having a good understanding of fashion.  You’ll be immersing yourself into your niche, becoming the expert, so it should be something you are passionate about.

How not to choose a niche.  

A niche is not a section of the population such as a certain age group such as millennials or baby boomers.  Those are demographics for target markets.  A niche is not just one word, such as music, or animals.  Those are categories of target markets.

An animal niche might be flourescent, glow in the dark, dog collars and leashes, or cat houses and toys.  If your interest is music, ask yourself what type of music you like, do you play a particular instrument, or what is your favorite genre. So your niche needs to be small enough that you can eventually become the big fish in the small pond.  For more on niches, go here. Choosing a Niche For Your Website

Creating your website.

Then, once you have your niche, you can start working on creating your website.  You’ll be writing a lot of content about your subject, or blogging, as the term is used. In order to create that website, the best choice for bloggers is to find a webhost that offers WordPress.

How and where to start affiliate marketing

WordPress is a great content management system (CMS)  for creating and managing a website, especially a product information website.  Wordpress also offers about 38,000 plug-ins for finetuning your website to your exact niche and method of marketing.  

With the right training, you can learn how to create a WordPress website in as little as 30 seconds.  For more on creating the actual website, go here.  Creating a Website In 30 Seconds.

Choosing a Theme.

As you are creating your website you’ll want to look for a theme that fits your niche.  A theme is just the WordPress structure of the website you want to build.  There are plenty of free themes to choose from so don’t go overboard buying a theme when you will probably want to change it later anyway.  

A few of the basic free website themes that work well for all around niches are the Twenty Sixteen,Twenty Seventeen, and Twenty Nineteen, all created by the WordPress team..

Once you have your website up and running you can add content and some product reviews.  Product reviews are the backbone of the affiliate marketing business.  

People are looking for information on products so your job is to give them as much information as possible and to the best of your knowledge.  Then, if it’s an accurate review and they like the product, they will go ahead and purchase it.   And you’ll receive a reward for letting them know your opinion.

The keyword phrase.

Your post will need to focus on a keyword phrase in order to rank with the search engines.  In order to do that you’ll need a basic keyword finder tool.  There are plenty out there, some are offered along with the platform, others you might have to pay for. Think of the keyword phrase as the subject of your post.  That’s what you will be writing about.

How and where to start affiliate marketing

Your niche might be quality large breed dog food.  So your subject might be “best large breed puppy dog food” and do a review of the “Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy Dog Food.”  Incidentally, those are both great keyword subject phrases and you can go purchase Blue Buffalo here!   Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy Dog Food.

So you have your niche, you have your website, and you have some keyword appropriate content.  Next you’ll need to get enrolled in some of the affiliate marketing programs.

Affiliate marketing programs.

These come in all sizes, shapes, and configurations.  Once again, do not spend money joining an affiliate network.  They are paying you, not the other way around.

One of the biggest, not the be-all-end-all, is Amazon.  When you sign up you’ll be able to find products, get affiliate links, and then add them to your content using photos of the product or links in your content.  Once someone clicks on the link, they will be taken to the purchasing site in order to complete the purchase, such as the Blue Buffalo example above.  Your job is done.

WHERE do you start?

Being a novice you’ll want to start out inexpensively with as much training as possible and access to a website building host.  There are several good ones, there are a lot of them that charge a pretty chunk of change, so stay away from those.  The one I use in particular has worked well for me so I’ll cover it.

How and where to start affiliate marketing

The name of that site is Wealthy Affiliate.  They offer loads of training, website hosting with the WordPress system, and a keyword tool, all included there in the package.  They have a free level with training, so you can start out with some training, get your website running and find out of this is for you.

The training is great.

Like I said, you can join for free, and that basic training will get you all the way up to and through creating your website, on their hosting platform.  Then they offer unlimited free training and access to 1000’s of other successful entrepreneurs with the Premium level.  This way you can try it out, get the website up and running, and see how you like it.

Wealthy Affiliate is how and where to start affiliate marketing with FREE training.   

By the way, did I mention the big discount?  Read about it here!

You can start out creating blogs of some of the products you use in your everyday life pertaining to your niche.  Such as clothing for fashion or tools for collecting fossils.

My personal opinion?  It’s exciting, it works your brain, it’s like a video game in real life, and that is why I love it.

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  1. I must say I found this article quite helpful and insightful. It feels like it is something I can give a try. But I will need your help all the way.

  2. Hi,
    I have a couple of guys who can do certain types of work by their own professions, thing is I need to promote them to give the leverage they need-thus becoming sort of like a consultant. What would be your advice of a proper Niche?

    • Rarua, What you are talking about is a local marketing business, where you promote local businesses in your area. Definitely a great niche!

      There is actually a number of webinars that were posted lately by one of the great trainers on Wealthy Affiliate. He produces them for the Premium members only.

      Here is a link to the first video of the series, like I said you’ll have to be a Premium Member to see it. Building a Local Marketing Business


  3. Hi i want to start a business pnline but dont know what to do because i am not computer expert

    • Ella, I can help you as much as possible! First, go into Wealthy Affiliate and sign up for the free training. I will meet you there. As soon as you are there, I’ll send you a message on your profile. I am not online all the time, so be patient with your questions, I will get back to you as soon as possible! We’ll go from there! I will be happy to coach you as much as I have time.


    • Davies, Two steps to get you started.

      Number One: Read about Wealthy Affiliate and the training they offer.

      Number Two: Sign up for the free training HERE, there’s a video, and you can take all the time you need with the free training.

      HOWEVER, did I mention you can get a BIG discount on your first months PREMIUM Membership if you sign up within a certain time?


  4. Hulo I have liked this article I would like to do online business of selling silver fish I need your help pls

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