How to start getting sales as an Affiliate Marketer

Where to start

Some affiliate marketers use social media websites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more, for doing affiliate marketing, while others decide to build their own website or blog. Getting your own website is a great approach to affiliate marketing, because it gives you control over everything.

The tips here will focus on affiliate marketing using your own  website. As mentioned in my earlier post, you will want to find an affiliate programme that you are comfortable with. You should also ensure that you are knowledgeable about the products you are promoting, so that you don’t sell products you don’t know anything about.

Amazon’s Associate Program 

Quite a number of affiliate marketers consider Amazon’s associate marketing program to be one of the best. It’s possibly the most trustworthy programme, and Amazon also has a large inventory of products to promote and get your commissions.

Being part of Amazon’s Associate Program offers an affiliate the possibility to promote nearly any product in the market. On the other hand if you decide on a niche,  you can pick a niche which has low competition and it is possible that you could be earning commissions very early on going the program.

You can access a training on how to become an Amazon Associate (Affiliate) here.

Finding A Good Keyword 

Finding keywords which are relevant to the product or niche you are promoting can be the hard part when you start out as an affiliate marketer. However with commitment and practise it can be mastered and become easy to do. You cannot make sales if you choose any random keyword. This is one of the reasons why it is easy to fail at affiliate marketing through choice of the wrong keyword(s).

If you are just starting out in affiliate marketing, you would need to use keywords that have low competition. To help with this begin your keyword research by finding long tail keywords that have a low search volume. This would mean much less money spent, whereas you would spend more on keywords that have larger competition.

To help you further in achieving good results in regards to keywords, you can compare and review keywords  which are being used by the competition. If they are using identical keywords which you are looking to target, and they have a high authority website in that niche, it would be better  not to use the same niche. Instead you could  opt for a brand new niche which is not as competitive.

Quality Content 

It is important to provide quality content which engages your audience. Provide content which provides solutions. Even though you goal is to earn income by referring visitors to the product and offer you are promoting as an affiliate marketer, your content should offer something of importance to them. It is not about just having sales pitches and posting links. Writing interesting reviews about the product can be an effective way to engage your visitors.

If you are joining an affiliate marketing program, you could write an informative article on the homepage of your website or blog. Here you can include your primary keywords and some secondary keywords throughout the article.

Avoid these Mistakes  

Now I have given a few pointers to the process to becoming a great affiliate marketer with your own website or blog, it is good to note  some common mistakes that new affiliate marketers make. These are as follows:

Not Providing  Value or Solutions

As mentioned above in ‘Quality Content’, it is important to remember that you should not be to be extreme with your words to the extent that there is a sense of pressure on the visitors to click on your affiliate link. This type of content will most likely be considered to be junk or spam and will not result in any referrals, hence no sales or commissions.

However, you can gain the trust of visitors to your website and your audience through relevant solution focused content. This will hep your audience and visitors be confident they are selecting a solution determined by their particular needs. This strategy of quality content results in a confident audience who will want to check out the products you are marketing.

Product Research 

Another mistake to avoid is not carrying out your own product research to gain knowledge on the product you are promoting. This is part of providing value to your audience and visitors. It is important that you do your own product research because it not doing this could result in your audience not relying on any product you market.

Track Your Affiliate Links 

Be sure to track your affiliate links because this can help you identify which website is doing more sales and then apply that strategy to your other websites or blogs.


Affiliate Marketing can be very fulfilling but it does have a steep learning curve. You may  experience disappointment on one occasion or more before you get the break through you want. And this is why, for those who can deal with failure and come back with a positive approach, learning from their mistakes, they can succeed. Resilience is key to success as an Affiliate Marketer

Would you like to learn more about Affiliate Marketing opportunities allowing you to work from home and generate an income? You can access a training on how to become an Amazon Associate (Affiliate) here.


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