Is Affiliate Marketing For Beginners?

Woman drinking coffee in bed working on her laptopI was having a conversation the other day with someone who was curious about how I made money online. They were interested in my online business and what led me to do affiliate marketing.

Then they asked a question that I’ve heard several times before, “Is affiliate marketing for beginners?”

I asked the same question when I started out.  It seemed to me that if I did anything called affiliate marketing, I would need marketing experience.

But affiliate marketing is the best online business for beginners, and I’ll explain why!

What Do You Do As An Affiliate Marketer?

As an affiliate marketer, you will be creating a website about something that you are interested in or passionate about–this is your niche.  Your site can truly be about anything because you can make money in any niche!

Showing 3 people voting a 10On your site, you’ll post articles and reviews about topics and products associated with your niche.  There will be links to retail websites for the products you promote, and you’ll earn money if your visitors use the links to buy something!

Have you ever clicked on a website link and it took you to a product listing on, say,  Amazon?  The website owner is an affiliate marketer, and if you bought anything on Amazon, he got a commission!

Not only did he get a commission on the product that you were promoting, he earned money on every single item that you purchased during your visit.

Maybe you left the site without buying anything, but thought about it later that day, and then made a purchase.  The affiliate marketer still received a commission!

Your goal as an affiliate marketer is to relay helpful information to your readers about your website topic.  You’re not selling to them, so you don’t need to be a salesman.   Your focus is to help your readers solve a problem, figure out the best item to buy, show them the best way to do something, etc.




For example, supposed your passion is golf, and you choose that for your niche.  You may write a post about the best titanium drivers.

What you’ll do is write an honest, in-depth review of several drivers which let your visitors know all of the pros and cons of each one.  You’re not selling any of them, just giving the info so that the visitor can go to the retailer’s page and choose the one that’s best for them.

The best part is that you don’t have to be an expert about everything.  As long as you know how to research your topic thoroughly, you can give your visitors accurate, helpful information.  You will become an authority in your niche, and people will come back to your site again and again.

Affiliate marketing is absolutely the best business model for beginners because it is extremely low cost and easy to start.  See more details about why you need to consider it if you’ve never started an online business before–How To Make Money Online For Beginners!

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Anybody Can Be an Affiliate Marketer

You don’t need to have a marketing background or know how to build a website to be an affiliate marketer. But there are some important skills that will be beneficial if you’re looking to start your online business:

Can you do online research? You’re going to be doing a lot of research for your website on the internet. This will include finding keywords for your articles, looking up answers to questions from sites like Google, checking analytics to see how much traffic you’re getting, researching information for the content of your articles, and much more.

Basically, if you can do a Google search, you can do online research!

Can you communicate an idea? The thought of writing articles and reviews may seemCan you communicate intimidating, especially if you haven’t written any before. But what you’re really going to be doing is just communicating.

Most people enjoy talking about their hobbies or interests with people who enjoy them as well. Writing an article isn’t supposed to be like a lesson in a textbook, it’s a conversation that you’re having with your readers.

If you think about how you’d explain something to someone in person, that’s how you want to explain it to them on your website!

Do you have basic writing skills? You don’t need to have an English major to write great content on your website. If you can construct sentences that make sense and know basic grammar and punctuation, you won’t have any problem.

Do you have anybody around who can proofread your post for you?  (If I write an article late at night, I always have my husband give it a once over before I publish!)

Remember also, there’s always a spell checker around when you need one!

Do you enjoy engaging with others about a shared interest? Affiliate marketing is not just about having people read your posts and click on affiliate links. Your readers will want to ask questions and share their thoughts and experiences, and you’ll need to answer the questions and engage with them.

If you don’t enjoy this type of interaction, it will come through in your posts and comments. If you do, your readers will get a much more positive experience and come back again and again.

This is also the reason that I suggest choosing a niche that you’re passionate about or very interested in.  I’ve never seen anyone that didn’t enjoy talking to others about something they truly enjoy!




Are you willing to work hard? This is the most important one of all! No matter what you read online or hear from others, you will not succeed as an affiliate marketer without putting in the time and working hard at it.

One of my dad’s favorite sayings when I was growing up was, “Work hard and you’ll get somewhere, don’t work hard and you don’t deserve to get there.” As with most things in life, this is definitely true with affiliate marketing!

I won’t lie to you, it will take time before you’ll start making money with affiliate marketing.  How much time?  That totally depends upon the amount of effort you’re willing to put in.

I’ve written a good general guideline that will show you what to expect at How Long Does It Take To Start Making Money With Affiliate Marketing?

For those who are willing to put in the time, effort, and commitment now, their earnings can be unlimited down the road.  There are many people making $100,000+ from their site each year, but they all started by doing the work!

If you’ve answered yes to all of those items, you have all the skills it takes to be a successful affiliate marketer!

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Finding the Right Niche

For most beginners, finding the right niche is no small feat! How do you know what your website should be about or what niche has the potential to be profitable?

There are two schools of thought about this–finding popular products and building your website around them or choosing your niche from something you are interested in, such as a hobby.

Finding the right nicheAs I said above, I personally believe that a beginner needs to look at their own interests and hobbies when choosing a niche for their first site.

It will be easier coming up with ideas for articles, and you’ll be able to write more easily about something you’re comfortable talking about. You’ll also find that you enjoy doing the research and creating content for your site more, and that is a great motivator!

Today, there are affiliate programs for virtually anything you can dream up, so you won’t have a problem finding ways to make your website profitable. Finding an affiliate marketing niche that works for you will be easier than you think!

The Importance of the Right Platform and Training

OK, you have what it takes and you’re thinking of your niche, but what about building a website and getting traffic? Technology is amazing and creating a website can now be done with a few clicks of your mouse.

But don’t underestimate the importance of starting your site on a high quality platform where you can get training and have your questions answered by experienced affiliate marketers!Getting the right training

There are some good programs out there, but the one I highly recommend, especially for beginners, is Wealthy Affiliate for the most comprehensive platform.

That’s where I got my training, and I was a total newbie to the whole world of affiliate marketing when I started.  I now have 6 websites hosted at Wealthy Affiliate!

The best part?  You can see all of WA’s features, receive affiliate marketing training, and even build 2 websites for free–no credit card required!

You can read my review to find out more specifics about everything they have to offer, but I want to highlight their community forum. It’s built on the concept that when everyone participates to help others, everyone can succeed. So you have marketers with years of experience answering questions and creating training modules for every aspect of building your online business.

I encourage you to check out Wealthy Affiliate’s free membership and see for yourself if it’s the right platform for you!

Avoiding Scams

While you’re looking over training and website platforms to start your business, you’re going to run into some scams–it’s inevitable because they’re all over. Here’s a few tips to help you navigate through your choices:

Claims of huge income right away–Successful affiliate marketers know that you’re not going to get rich quick and it will take time to make substantial money over the long term. So beware of any programs that claim things like, “Make $500 a day starting your first week!”

Easy Money!–There are sites out there promoting programs where you can “make thousands ofAvoiding Scams dollars working an hour a day” or “a few clicks of the mouse and you’ll have a landing page that will make you hundreds of dollars with free traffic”.

A lot of these programs are cheap to sign up with, but then as soon as you do, you’re hit with all kinds of upsells. Before you know it, you can be in for hundreds of dollars and making very little, if any, money.

We’ll do it all for you!–It may sound pretty good for a program to tell you that you don’t have to do anything–no selling, no writing articles, no building a website, no emailing, no anything….except for driving traffic to your site!

Unfortunately for you, driving traffic to your site is the heart of affiliate marketing, and if you’re a beginner, how are you going to do it? Mostly by paying for it–not what you signed up for–and it’s very expensive!

Only promotion is their program–Some sites swear they’ll teach you all about affiliate marketing and provide you all the tools. The problem is that they don’t actually teach you to promote anything for your niche or have products to sell other than their program.

Look to see what you are actually going to promote with their platform and whether you’re truly starting your own online business or just making them money.

The old saying is so true, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!” If you keep that in mind, you’ll do very well in avoiding those who want to line their pockets with your hard-earned money!

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No matter what your level of experience is with any type of online business, you can become a successful affiliate marketer. It takes effort and time, but it’s also fun and rewarding!

What are your thoughts? Do you think affiliate marketing is for beginners? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

I'm Janelle, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother of 5 angels (most of the time)! I started BuildYourEarlyRetirement.com as a way to show how anyone can become financially independent and retire early. As I build out this site, I hope you'll comment and share your experiences as well. Good luck in all your endeavors, and may your success start now!

66 Replies to “Is Affiliate Marketing For Beginners?”

  1. A very well written content which is really really relevant. I’ve seen many other sites with lackluster content and not telling exactly what a beginner should do and this creates a problem among newcomers.
    In my earlier days i found it hard to find a source which can exactly tell me what is Affiliate Marketing. So I really appreciate this content, everything at one place :))
    I agree with all the steps and advises stated above in the content.

  2. Hi Janelle, I can definitely attest to everyone that Affiliate Marketing is for beginners, but you need a great platform as you mentioned. I use Wealthy Affiliate and I have been amazed at the training and how fast I have been able to get several websites up and running and have launched into creating some great content. No one should be afraid of getting involved with online marketing.

  3. I think affiliate marketing is suitable for all – beginners and those that have experience. After all, even those that have experience must have started off as beginners too, right? I know when I started, I was a complete novice and I’ve learnt quite a lot in the last few years.

    You’ve highlighted some important points and I think finding your niche is so essential – after all you are building your own online business so reading, writing and researching something that you have an interest in is an important foundation. Thanks for the informative read.

    1. I totally agree! Actually I think there are times when being a beginner has it’s advantages. Instead of trying to fit affiliate marketing into the mold of traditional marketing, newbies are usually open to trying different things and listening to the advice of those who are successful.

  4. Thank you for this honest article. This work is not for the faint hearted or an easy fix. I am certainly glad I learned the hard way (scammers!!) to know who was in control of my online destiny (me) and how I was going to do that! I appreciate your direction, newcomers need to know what they are getting into and have resources to get there. Great work Janelle.

    1. So many people are intimidated by the idea of promoting products online with their own website, and they shouldn’t be. That was the purpose of this article–to help people understand what they’ll need to be an affiliate marketer and to not be afraid to try it! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  5. A great article explaining how easily we can get into Affiliate Marketing. I particularly like five questions you presented that emphasize we don’t need special skillset but more for passion and persistent. Thank you for the alert for the scammers. There are definitely out there to get new marketers!

    1. Just like anything you do, if it feels like a chore, you won’t enjoy it or do as well IMO. That’s why I think it’s important for beginners to ask themselves those questions before starting out. One of my daughters was interested in affiliate marketing and loves researching things on the internet, but absolutely hates writing of any kind whatsoever. When I showed her what I do, I advised her to look into the idea of selling products on a storefront instead. For her, affiliate marketing would be trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, but selling products online with a dropshipper was right up her alley!

  6. It has only been a month since I began this adventure so the questions you ask and answer are fresh in my mind. They are most of the same questions I was asking so this is a very helpful site with great information.

    I like the retirement focus. I wouldn’t have thought of that way to approach this as a business. Your article has presented this affiliate marketing in simple terms. I appreciate that. We all begin somewhere.

    1. Thank you Paul! I’m at the point in my life where I wanted to develop a second stream of income that would enable my husband and I to retire early and enjoy our grandchildren more. The focus of my site came about because I think there are a lot of people out there with those same goals and dreams as we have. Glad you enjoyed the article!

  7. A very good and helpful article for those who are beginners, and considering to do Affiliate Marketing. I like how you ask the questions under Anybody Can Be An Affiliate Marketer. It really helps people to reflect and know that they can be one. And the part about Avoiding Scams – very very helpful!

    Thanks for this. I will show this to anyone who asks me the same question in the future.

  8. Hi Janelle

    Thank you very much for sharing this article. I found it to be very helpful and informative. I enjoyed reading this article as a budding entrepreneur, I wish I had access to this type of information when I started my online business.

    When you are a newbie is very easy to get mislead and be overwhelmed with millions of products and services out there. Not all of them are good or nor do the company owners have the best interest for you. I found out the hard way so I really appreciate you sharing this info with newbies.

    I agree with you that Affiliate Marketing is the best option for beginners. It is by far the easiest and cheapest business model to start with, as you don’t have to have your own products, maintain inventory or deal with customer service.

    Your focus is mostly to promote other people’s products or services and drive traffic to them and you will get paid a commission when a buyer purchases something via your affiliate links such as from Wealthy Affiliates as you rightly mentioned.

    I am also a member of their training program and promote their products. I highly recommend your readers to sign up for their services. They will never regret it.

    Like you, I found Wealthy Affiliates to be genuine, authentic and offer the best-affiliated training program I have ever come across.

    They truly go out of their way to educate and support their students. Their commission payout is also pretty good

    Keep up the good work.

    Rabia

    1. Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with Wealthy Affiliate. So many people start affiliate marketing without the kind of support and training that they can get with this platform and then get discouraged and frustrated. Having people with the same goals encouraging you and answering your questions is invaluable, and I’ve never seen another program that provides this level of positive interaction with others in this field. Your input is greatly appreciated!

  9. Hey i really enjoyed this article, i was a beginner and did not no too much about affiliate marketing. Now i pretty much know what im doing and i keep grinding every night to keep putting out content and working on bringing in that traffic. I get asked a lot of what i do and i try to explain as much as i can and tell them this is not a get rich quick scheme and you just got to think about your future.

    1. I’m so glad your online business is going well and your hard work is paying off!  There are so many scam sites out there telling people that they can buy their system and make hundreds of dollars the first week.  No legitimate program will promise that because it takes time and commitment to start earning consistent income.  You are so right to tell them that they need to think about their future!

  10. Hi Janelle,

    thanks for a great article…and you are right.  Affiliate marketing is for beginners – if you have a solid program of training and community.  Honestly, I never thought about having to have a marketing degree or experience…but I’m glad you answered the question for those out there unfamiliar with the concept.

    All the best to your success!

    1. Beginners hear the work “marketing” and that’s intimidating because they’ve never sold anything.  But one of the things that makes Affiliate Marketing so great for beginners is that you don’t have to sell anything!  You promote products that you love just by talking about them on your site and providing a link to a merchant.

      I definitely believe that anyone who has a passion for making money online can be successful with Affiliate Marketing.  Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  11. I get asked this question all the time.  Most of the time it’s because people don’t really understand what I do for a living.  I show them sites and try to explain affiliate marketing to them.

    As far as basic writing skills are concerned.  I am leaning more and more towards creating videos and then doing a transcription down below it.  I believe people are more visual more than ever.  Especially when they are looking for stuff online.

    Don’t get me wrong there is a lot of garbage information out their with affiliate marketing, though.  If it looks to good to be true it probably is.  But, I do use Wealthy Affiliate and have for several years.  This goes back to the video, though.  Wealthy Affiliate has their entire training with videos which I really believe is the way stuff will be going in the upcoming years.

    What do you think?

    1. I totally agree that there is a lot of garbage information out there trying to sell affiliate marketing systems.  I review a couple of sites a week usually and am alarmed at how many are extremely low quality or downright scams. 

      Videos are definitely popular and that’s just going to continue, people are visual by nature just like you said.  I’m just getting started in YouTube and it’s fun and exciting to see what you can create!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  12. Frankly speaking, it was not even in my dream to do online job before . i thought it was for new generation who learnt ICT and other courses related to the use of computer. I joined Wealthy Affiliate and want to put in my 2 cents worth. I found it is not difficult as i thought because WA has a well detailed platform for its community.With WA anyone can be affiliate marketer regardless the age, education,..

    1. I’m so glad you’re having success with Wealthy Affiliate!  I agree with you, the training is very detailed with step-by-step instructions that make it easy to learn.  There are so many ways to ask questions and get help from the community of marketers, so you never feel as though you are alone.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  13. Hi Janelle,

    I came upon this article by accident while I was searching for ways to make money online.

    Forgive me for saying so, but, I was prepared to just see another scam website promising another “get rich quick” scheme.

    But, you didn’t do that.  You are the first one to be honest enough to say that things don’t come easy.  We have to work hard.  And, then, when we’re too tired to go on, we need to work even harder.

    Since I’m just starting out, I will heed your advice and sign up with a quality affiliate marketing platform.  And, it looks like my best bet according to you is Wealthy Affiliate.  You’ve inspired me with your down-to-earth integrity and I really appreciate it!

    Wealthy Affiliate – here I come!

    Jim

    1. You have the right mindset going into an online business!  I recommend Wealthy Affiliate because I know it works and everything taught is on the up and up–no gimmicks or black hat techniques that are likely to get your site penalized by the search engines.

      I’d love to hear back how your business is going.  Good luck, and I wish you great success!

  14. Awesome article Janelle! I agree with you that anyone can be affiliate marketer and very successful marketer. I like it because you really don’t need any experience, you only need to educate yourself about SEO and most important, chose a niche. You explained it very well. I will definitely share it because people should read this and invest money in good things.

    1. Thank you!  I talk to a lot of people who are intimidated about the idea of running their own website and online business.  So many of them just need the right program and training to get started–just like I did!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  15. Hi Janelle, I remember the first time I read the words : Affiliate marketing!” I was totally confused because I knew nothing about it. But with Wealthy Affiliate anyone can do it and I do mean anyone!
    If you can follow the training and do the hard work, you’ll be a success. But it’s really a four step process and that’s why I joined. Choosing a niche, building a website, getting traffic, and creating income, that’s it in a nutshell.
    It’s important to choose the right niche first. I agree with that. But you know that this is a real business and it should be treated as such. As a beginner, it’s a must to follow the training and ask for help. It works!
    Did you find that choosing a niche was easy or hard for you?

    1. I totally agree with you! If a beginner follows the training in Wealthy Affiliate and utilizes the wonderful community, they can definitely be successful.

      Choosing my first niche wasn’t hard for me, but narrowing it down was. It took awhile for the concept of having a narrower niche to get targeted traffic took hold. But I figured that I had joined WA to get training from experts, so I needed to trust their advice! I’m glad I did, because I now have 6 websites hosted on WA and absolutely love what I’m doing. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  16. You make it sound easy! I like that you’ve provided relevant info here on affiliate marketing, and included the importance of training with the right company. I believe there are more people now than ever looking for a solution to work from home, start a new business, become their own boss, etc. It’s NOT easy, but with the right tools, people have the ability to see this dream through. It’s nice to know there are possibilities out there for those with little or no experience, but with the willingness to learn. Thank you for sharing this information!

    1. You are right, it’s not easy–it takes work and time to be successful.  Hopefully anyone who is interested in affiliate marketing won’t be intimidated because they don’t have any experience.  With a program like Wealthy Affiliate, anyone with the drive and desire to make money online can run their own online affiliate marketing business!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  17. Not only do I think affiliate marketing can be done by beginners, but I also feel it can be done by anyone regardless of age group as well. 

    I feel a lot of people think that affiliate marketing is only for a younger crowd who grew up with the internet. I have come to find that middle age and older people can easily do affiliate marketing. They have many passions that I have seen as profitable opportunities as well. I’m sad that they don’t end up pursuing it because they think this is way over their heads. 

    1. I agree with you!  A lot of people don’t understand that technology has made creating a website easier than ever.  They don’t need technical knowledge or know how to code anything.  If they can communicate with people about their passion, they can be successful at affiliate marketing!

  18. At the moment I am working as an affiliate marketer but that’s only been in the last year and a half, before that I was a scaffolder in the construction industry for 20 years until I had a heart attack and wanted to work from home. I found a place where I could build my own website in the exact same place you show on this post where you can create a siterubix website, and I haven’t looked back since, trust me, I couldn’t even spell website until I joined wealthy affiliate, let alone build one but affiliate marketing has really changed my life, for the better I may add.

    People really need to realise the potential that affiliate marketing has and just go for it as I did. Thanks for this great post and I have just subscribed to your list to see what else you can teach me 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you found Wealthy Affiliate and are having a great experience with them!  When I tried a online business years ago, it involved selling products online.  So I didn’t know anything about affiliate marketing when I got started.

      All of the SEO methods that I learned back then were outdated, and I knew nothing about content marketing.  Wealthy Affiliate gave me step by step instructions to build out my site and drive traffic to it, and all of the community members gave me encouragement and answered my questions.

      WA definitely has the right formula to help you become a success–good luck with your affiliate marketing business, and I wish you continued success!

  19. Hi Janelle. Great encouragement for startups. Of course as you have said, Affiliate Marketing can be done by anyone. By the way, the professional Affiliate Markers Started as beginners. As time flies by, they learnt a lot, put in lot of hardwork and got so much experience while making money online and now we call them experts in the field.

    Beginners can do Affiliate Marketing. They just need to get the right Training and put in efforts.

    Keep sharing gr8 Contents

    1. You’re exactly right!  Every successful affiliate marketer started the same way, by creating a website and promoting products, then expanding their business as they gained more and more traffic.

      As long as beginners go into it with the right expectations about the effort and time involved, they will be able to make money with affiliate marketing.  Wealthy Affiliate gives you the best chance by offering world-class hosting, step by step training, and a great community of mentors–and you can see everything they offer for free!

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  20. I’ve tried affiliate marketing before and had no luck. I had no idea how to promote things or how to do SEO. I actually didn’t even know what SEO was. 

    With Wealthy Affiliate I learned all of those things and my websites are either looking great already or are in the process of getting there. And after putting everything into practice that I learned at Wealthy Affiliate, I started making money. 

    1. Good to know you’re making money with your websites!  Wealthy Affiliate takes all the guesswork out of affiliate marketing and gives you step by step instructions so you know exactly what you have to do.  

      Good luck with your online business, and I wish you continued success!

  21. Hi Janelle. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your site. I clicked off “is affiliate marketing for beginners” post and almost didn’t come back. Nah, just kidding. It answered a question that I still have to this day. I have been with Wealthy Affiliate also at least three months now and find it to be all that you say it is in this post. I have also been burned before by scams but not with as much money…ouch…thousands of dollars? It would kill me to be out that much money. 

    Either way, you point out many of the reasons I am happy to be with Wealthy Affiliates (WA). They truly are the best there is and the free membership option is awesome. Since one can be a starter member indefinitely like you said. Me…I’m a Premium member, because I just couldn’t pass up the chance to miss the continued training that a starter member is unable to utilize. 

    Bob

    1. It was definitely an “ouch” to be out that kind of money.  While I look at it now as the price I paid to learn how to spot scams and recognize legitimate programs, it wasn’t always that way as I worked long hours to keep our finances whole.  

      I’m glad you found Wealthy Affiliate and are having a very positive experience there as well.  The training and community are amazing, and the value you get with the Premium membership for $49 a month is unparalleled.

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  22. Dear Janelle,

    Thanks for the Great inspiring post! This has to be motivating, not only for me but also for many others. 

    I am a fan of Affiliate Marketing the below quote will say you why…

    “Affiliate Marketing has made Businesses Millions & Ordinary People Millionaires.” – Bo Bennett

    Finding the right niche is the biggest challenge I faced when I started, nearly I spent 2 Months and still its one of the biggest challenge for the newbies. You have provided great advice and the related post you shared is also very helpful in selecting a Niche.

    Indeed, as a newbie without right guidance and coaching it will be really hard to achieve success not only in Affiliate Marketing in almost everything. Whatever we know we learned it from someone!

    Much Success!

    Paul

    1. We have something in common–I love that quote by Bo Bennett!  Affiliate marketing is a very lucrative way to make money online, but only if you can recognize the scams and find the right hosting and training program.  Wealthy Affiliate has success stories every day and can help anyone become a successful online marketer!

  23. I love this site.  I find your style of writing very inviting.  I also rather liked your “Proven 5 Steps … “.  I signed up thru your form, but never received anything.  I did a little digging, and it was in my spam folder.   

    I rather enjoyed your “Not Recommended” Reviews.  I had to chuckle a bit because I’m familiar with some of them … even gave them money … and promptly asked for a refund after I saw what they really were!

    All in all, I realliy like your site!

  24. Hello Janelle,

    What a really great article.

    I love that you are encouraging the beginner.

    It is true that if a person has marketing skills they can do better, but I like the way you support the beginner with your advice…

    …and it is good advice.

    Being part of the right support system is essential.

    Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best I have ever used.

    Their support is outstanding and the community spirit is beyond anything I have ever experienced before.

    What I also like about WA is that even if you do not have great success with sales from your site, you can still earn a respective income from the platform.

    Awesome Job!

    Tim

    1. You’re exactly right! The community and support you get is something I’ve never seen anywhere else in this industry. Thank you for sharing your experience with my readers!

  25. Hi Janelle.   You have a very nice website.  I too am a member of Wealthy Affiliate.  In my opinion, Wealthy Affiliate is the the best program that I am aware of that can teach beginners about building a profitable affiliate marketing website.   

    Yet, once the initial courses have been completed, there is ongoing opportunities to keep learning.  New courses and training lessons are added regularly.  (Sometimes it seems like short training lessons are added almost daily.)  The Wealthy Affiliate community is very large and active.  Members share information via blog posts and the chat.   As result, members get to hear about the most current information and updates relevant to the affiliate marketing field and business development and growth.      

    I also agree with you, I would recommend beginners choose a niche that is related to something they are passionate about or a favorite hobby.  A successful affiliate marketing website will require a lot of work in order for it to become profitable.  Thus, it is much easier to spend hours working on something that you love rather than something that you think might be profitable.    

    Best wishes for helping many people on their journeys to retire early.   

  26. Hi there. This article is really an eye opener for newbie like because most beginner that wants to venture into affiliated marketing always thinks it is little or now work when it comes to earning on affiliated marketing. Since I have joined the industry, I have realised one thing is that you just need to work hard and must be willing to do research almost every time

    1. You have the exact right mindset to be successful in affiliate marketing because you understand the need for hard work and putting in the time needed to produce accurate post–good luck!

  27. Of a truth, affiliate marketers is for beginners and for everyone. Anyone who has the passion to be an affiliate marketer will eventually succeed because passion comes with a great zeal and this zeal or strong desire will propell you to push harder. Pushing harder is to employ all necessary strategies and input hard work. Doing this, success will be found very close. 

    1. Great zeal and passion are definitely 2 things that will help anyone work hard and become successful with affiliate marketing!  The other thing is having the right mindset for the amount of time it will take.  Without that, many people give up after a few months because they become discouraged without seeing a lot of results.  

      Thank you for stopping by!

  28. Really insightful post. I knew about affiliate marketing for about three years before I actually started out. I was always skeptical because I don’t have marketing experience 

    However, now that I’ve taken the giant step, it doesn’t seem as hard as I thought. Though, I still have challenges writing articles, I believe it’s a gradual process and we all improve everyday.

    I encourage anyone looking to join affiliate marketing to take the bold step. Especially with a trusted program like Wealthy Affiliate. Such persons should also know that it takes hard work, determination and patience to be successful.

    Kind regards

    1. You’re exactly right!  Hard work, determination, and patience are definitely needed and will be keys to success in affiliate marketing.  

      Writing articles is one of the biggest challenges for a lot of people, including me!  The first time I wrote an article, it took me 8 hours to get to 1000 words, and it was a struggle.  But the training at WA taught me that I just needed to write like I’d talk to someone about my topic.  With practice, I started getting much better and can write an article in a couple of hours now, images and all!  

      You will find your self improving every day as well–good luck!

  29. Very true Affiliate marketing is for beginners, as long as they get the training and help they need to understand how to do it. Wealthy affiliate is a good start for everyone looking into affiliate marketing. With it’s step by step teaching method and network of community.

    Working hard is a must in owning any traditional business as well as online. Good article about how it is for beginners i agree with all your points. 

    1. You’re very right–no matter what business you’re starting, working hard is a must!  For some reason everybody wants to believe that making money online is supposed to be fast and easy.  But with the right training and a lot of effort and commitment, affiliate marketing is one of the best, and lowest cost, ways for beginners to make money online.  Thanks for stopping by!

  30. Thank you for the article is Affiliate marketing for Beginners. I have to agree with you that anyone can do Affiliate marketing as long as they are willing to put in the work and realize that they are not going to be an overnight success. Your tips on avoiding scams and not joining companies that have no products besides reselling their program is valuable information. Thank you for the article. 

  31. I always thought Affiliate Marketing isn’t for beginners. I thought you needed a marketing degree or experience and you would need to undergo some writing classes to be able to start on this route. Alas, it isn’t so. There are now so many platforms offering to make it easier and even though sometimes there are unscrupulous elements out to defraud desperate or inexperienced people of their money, there are a lot of genuine platforms still making affiliate marketing for beginners look like a walk in the park especially when they put in the required hardwork. 

    1. Those are the keys–finding a genuine platform to learn and putting in the effort.  If someone’s willing to do the work, they can become a successful affiliate marketer!

  32. Hi Janelle! Thank you very much for this great post. It’s worth sharing. Affiliate marketing is the best way to generate revenue online (in my book). And I think anybody can give it a try. It’s easy for beginners to get started if they are exposed to the right training.

    Writing does seem intimidating at first. And it’s even harder if English is not your first language. But, as time goes by you start gaining confidence. I’m still a newbie and have been struggling with that point. But I feel I have progressed. 🙂

    1. The writing is the hardest part for many people, especially the time that it takes!  I was so glad that there were writing tips and training modules to help me get going.  Now I’m at the point where I sit down to write a 1000 word article, and by the time I’m done, it’s 2000+ words in a fraction of the time it took before!

      Good luck to you, and I’m glad you’re progressing!

  33. Hi Janelle!

    Interesting article. Does Wealthy Affiliate teach affiliate marketing only or does it cover other areas of digital marketing like copywriting, email marketing, podcasts, etc. as well? I always read that a person needs to have a passion for an activity to start a blog to promote affiliate products. But most of us have passing interests and dabble into many things without having a specific activity that one could truly say is a passion. Can someone without previous knowledge in a subject start a blog and learn in the process itself? I mean, if I’m eager to learn about a subject of which I have no earlier interest, can I still start a blog? By the way, you have a nice blog with many good articles on it. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!  The Wealthy Affiliate program itself specializes mainly in affiliate marketing training, which includes copywriting, some email marketing, and creating videos.  

      But one of the best things about the platform is that community members can create training for others.  There are literally 1000’s of modules available at your fingertips for anything you’re looking for!  If any of them don’t cover your topic well enough, you can ask the community, and they’ll respond with any help they can.

      You can start a blog about anything you’d like, whether it’s something you know something about already or something you have an interest in learning about!  My advice is always to start your first website with something you have a passion about or an interest in because of the time and effort that’s involved before making money.

      Since it takes time before you get results and get ranked well on the search engines, you’ll stay motivated much more if you really enjoy the niche you choose.  So if you don’t know a lot about a subject, but really have a desire to learn about it, that could definitely be a great niche to start with.  You can research your topics and learn along with your readers!

      The niches that I’d stay away from at first are those that are extremely competitive.  Something may be very popular and a great money maker for those who are ranked well.  But the competition will be high, and it’ll take a lot longer to get traffic and see results.  

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