What is Affiliate Marketing and How to Get Started

What is Affiliate Marketing and How to Get Started

Affiliate Marketing is a lucrative way of making money online if you get it right.

Chances are even if you don’t know what affiliate marketing is you have purchased something online through an affiliate. For a business it is a clever way to get someone else to promote their product or service and increase their sales, you get the sale for the business, and they pay you a commission, that is basically how it works.

How to Get Started

Let’s get Fair Dinkum, I have been around affiliate marketing for a long time and have seen things come and go, let’s get this straight affiliate marketing still works great if you follow the 4 key steps.

It is pretty simple to get started in affiliate marketing, but if you want to make some money, you will need to put in some work and do things a certain way to ensure your success.

There are 4 key steps to creating an online business for affiliate marketing; they are:

  1. Choose an interest
  2. Build the website
  3. Get some visitors
  4. Generate the cash

Now you can do all of this yourself, building a website is relatively easy these days, finding affiliate programs is easy, and you can even buy some visitors, but if you don’t get it right, you will not generate the cash despite all your hard work. You can build the best website in the world, but if you don’t know how to drive traffic to it, you will not make any sales.

The best and quickest way to achieve anything in life is to find someone who is already successful and mirror them, or copy what they do. Find a mentor with the results you want, which will fast track your journey to success. Sure you can do it all yourself, but it will take you a lot longer, and you may fail a few times before you get it right, is that a risk you want to take?

If it is, go for it, google will be your friend, but if you want to fast track your MMO journey and get access to expert help and tools along the way let me introduce you to Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate is a platform that I personally use and think you should take a look at it if you are serious about starting affiliate marketing.

I won’t lie I am a Premium member because I think they provide the best hosting, training and support for the money. Now I pay $49 a month for access to their services which I consider awesome. However, you can start for FREE – Yes Try Before You Buy If you are serious about starting I would recommend you sign up for a free account that way you can check out what they have to offer without forking out any money and decide if it is something you really want to do.

As I said, you could do it all yourself, but I like to make things as easy as possible, and that is why I use Wealthy Affiliate and recommend you do too.

Look at the comparison table below to see what you get with the free account compared to the $49 Premium Level.

The 4 Steps to Creating a Successful Business Online

There really are only 4 steps, but for success, it is critical to get them right, Wealthy Affiliate provides all the training and support you will ever need to make sure you get this done right.

1. Choose an Interest – Your Niche

The true beauty of affiliate marketing is that you really can sell and promote any niche market; there are thousands of products out there to sell on your site. What you want to do is pick something you are passionate about or interested in, that way, you will enjoy doing it, but people will also believe in you because you know what you are talking about.

Don’t worry Wealthy Affiliate will cover all this in training, if you’re still not sure what a Niche is go here and have a look ===>> WHAT IS A NICHE

2. Build the Website

You can set up a website with the Wealthy Affiliate Website Builder all with your Free account.

Don’t get scared off by this part, with technology today and the help of Wealthy Affiliate this part is easy. Wealthy Affiliate will give you all the tools and training you need to get your WordPress website up and running in no time, and you can even start with a Free Domain.

With a Free account and a few clicks, you can have a website published in about 30 seconds. BS you say, No Fair Dinkum, it will take you longer to trick the site out and get the layout exactly how you want it, but the training will show you how to do all this, building a website is easy the Wealthy Affiliate way, you Do Not Need to learn HTML coding.

3. Traffic – Get Some Visitors

If you want to make money, this part is crucial to making sales, More Traffic = More Sales – No Visitors = No Sales. You have to get people to your site if you want to make sales.

There are quite a few ways to do this, but ultimately the traffic will come from the content you publish on your site. This is true organic traffic that you can get for FREE. Once again, don’t get scared off because you have to write articles, you Do Not have to be a brilliant writer, you have to tell a story like you are talking to someone. If you choose a niche, you are passionate about it should come pretty easy.

Once again Wealthy Affiliate will give you all the tools and training required to do this the right way, try out their Keyword tool below, they have been doing it for over 15 years, it worked then and still works today.

4. Generate the Ca$h

This is the final stage to focus on once you have the rest in place, the key to selling online or anything for that matter is to help people solve a problem, don’t just try to sell. You need to have your site up and running with the traffic before you can monetize your site.

Have a look at this lesson from Wealthy Affiliate – Understanding the MONEY in Online Business

There are more ways to make money from your site than just affiliate sales. Wealthy Affiliate will show you this in training. Once you get to this stage, you can start making money while you sleep = True Passive Income.

What I Reckon

I honestly reckon that if you want to get Fair Dinkum and give affiliate marketing a crack, you should get a free account at Wealthy Affiliate and try them out. I think they are the best value for money affiliate platform out there. They have got all aspects covered, and you can get help from experts in all fields of affiliate marketing, real people who are actually doing it, not just some Guru selling a course.


Now if you have read this far I know you are Fair Dinkum about making a go of this affiliate stuff so when you join your FREE Starter Account, I am going to offer you a bonus on top of the 59% discount you get on the first month($19, for 1st Month) if you do decide to become a PREMIUM member in the first 7 days.

When you create your account at Wealthy Affiliate, I will personally get in touch and say G’day and let you know about the bonuses I have for you.

What are you waiting for you never know what you are missing out on if you don’t give it a go and Try Wealthy Affiliate?

If you have any questions at all, please drop me a line in the box below I’ll be more than happy to help a mate out.

See ya Later Mate

OZ Dave

14 thoughts on “What is Affiliate Marketing and How to Get Started”

  1. While I was looking for online job opportunities I came across affiliate marketing, and me being the typical naive person who is terrified of trying something new i debated for so many weeks whether I should give it a try or not. I’m grateful that I did. I have gotten so many amazing opportunities thanks to everything I have learned along the way. 

    1. Hey Stephanie

      Good to see you found affiliate marketing and yep I would have to agree there are heaps of opportunities once you start to learn a few tricks. That is what I love about Wealthy Affiliate they have a community of experts to help you on your journey you just have to ask.

      Good onya Mate

  2. After the experience I had with the Covid-19 pandemic destroying my business, I decided to opt in for an online and work from home business. Affiliate Marketing being my choice, I have read quite a lot about it, your article inclusive. Having a substantial knowledge on affiliate marketing, I started by joining Wealthy Affiliate. And it has been great so far. I did have a great time reading this article.

    1. Thanks Nelson, glad you liked the article. I agree affiliate marketing is the go I reckon, glad you found Wealthy Affiliate and are liking it so far.

      Have you completed ALL the training? Let me know where you are up to.

      All the Best Mate

      OZ Dave

  3. Thanks for the detailed affiliate marketing tutorial! Choosing an interest is the first challenge for most beginners and when this is solved, the next issue is getting the traffic. And this is what affiliate marketing training offers – showing the right way to drive the potential visitors. When traffic comes, revenue will automatically come.

    Checking the Trust Pilot reviews, Wealthy Affiliate has got many positive reviews from both the members and those outside the community. Since I joined the WA community, I’ve noticed some appreciable progress in my affiliate marketing journey and if I can do it, others can. 



    1. Hi Joyce

      Yes WA is great the way all the training is structured, it steps out the exact process. I guess there are so many positive reviews because they are genuine and yes it does work.

      Good luck on your affiliate journey.

      OZ Dave

  4. Thanks for the great read. I love affiliate marketing and what it has to offer. I signed up for WA about 4 months ago and have not regretted it. I just now got 4 referrals back to back within 2 days. The training really works, the community is amazing and I just love the way affiliate marketing works.

    People can life free, take care of themselves and family and replace their W2 income.

    1. I have to agree with you mate, the community and training at WA are amazing good luck on your journey, glad to see it is starting to work for you.

      I really believe anyone can achieve success with affiliate marketing if you are prepared to put in the effort.

      All the best Mate.

      OZ Dave

  5. Affiliate marketing is indeed a great thing to venture in and it is something that I would definitely recommend for anyone looking for what to venture in because it is really lucrative and can give you a decent pay in these times where tunings are hard and the global economy is dwindling. Thanks for sharing this here. I really appreciate this

    1. Affiliate marketing is a great thing that virtually anyone can do from home, that is one of the reasons I do it. 

      Yes, you can make good money however it is not a get rich quick plan, you need to put in the time and effort before you will see any results, unfortunately, most people give up before they have any success.

      Glad you appreciated the post, thanks for reading.

      OZ Dave

  6. Peggy Scott (True2U2)

    Hi Dave: Your website is amazing, full of valuable information.  Very easy to navigate and understand.  I to am trying to get my online business started so I hope I’m on the right track.  I’d love to hear how it felt to make your first $100 at WA.  I need all the help I can get.  I plan to follow some of your rules. Again, thanks for sharing your site and I look forward to hearing from you again.

    1. Glad you liked the site, my first affiliate sale was over 10 years ago for a high ticket item, I think it was around $2,000 commission per sale, that was an exciting day. Just stick with the training and sing out if you need any help.

      OZ Dave

  7. Hello OZ Dave, 

    Ah, what a wonderful piece you have here. I do like the idea you have presented here! An online business to make some money! Outstanding!

    I have been dabbling in this myself and have been using the platform you mention. Wealthy Affiliate is an outstanding platform. It is like you said to find a mentor, they have those. Mimic what they do to succeed, they help you. 

    You have done a great job of spelling out what is available at WA and the steps to take in building your business. You can actually start for free and even build your website without paying a dime. 

    Once you have done this and found your niche, you can then go premium and use all of the resources to launch your site like a rocket using the information to gain organic traffic to make conversions and make money online.

    Great article man! 


    1. Yes WA is a great place to learn affiliate marketing, glad to see you have found them, see you in the community.

      You certainly can start with a free account and build from there.

      OZ Dave

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