How do I start affiliate marketing?


If you are asking yourself this question “How do I start affiliate marketing?”, then you have probably already concluded through your research that affiliate marketing is indeed one of the most lucrative ways to generate income online, with very little to zero risk. The reason why there is very little risk involved in affiliate marketing is because you are selling other companies’ products for commission and therefore you do not have any overheads in regards to paying for production, storage, the payment of employees etc. This also means that this is the cheapest way of building an online marketing business as there is hardly any start up cost involved. The cherry on top is that a lot of online marketers are able to generate so much money through affiliate marketing, that they never even consider the prospect of starting their own personal online marketing business. Affiliate marketing, is in fact, their online marketing business.

 “How do I start affiliate marketing?” – The important pointers before considering this question.

(1) Anyone can achieve success online. All that is required to achieve success online is hard work, dedication and perseverance. There are more than 4 BILLION people using the internet, so there is a big potential customer base to sell to regardless of the niche you choose. The internet has now brought with its establishment great new possibilities of financial freedom for the average Joe, like you and me, which was never possible previously. Exciting times!

(2) Anything NEW can seem to be overwhelming at first.  The experience is similar to riding a bike. When you first tried riding a bike it was quite a difficult skill to learn, but once you have mastered that skill, it is a skill you have with you for a lifetime. We all know that expression: “It is as easy as riding a bike”. All that is required is a bit of patience and a bit of getting used to how things work and then before you know it, it will all become second nature to you and will become easier and easier the more you practise it and you will realise soon enough it is not at all as complicated as you thought it would be.

(3) Technical or prior business experience is not essential. Although it could certainly help, this is not required at all. You will be learning everything you need to know in regards to online marketing right here on Product Spotlight and I will aim to simplify things as much as possible. The truth is a lot of people unnecessarily complicate the process.

(4) Success is a journey. This is an important concept to remember, because success does not come overnight. Success certainly accumulates over time but is as a result of that journey. What you sow you will certainly reap in due time. Continue on that journey characterised by dedication and patience and it will eventually accumulate to great success.

“How do I start affiliate marketing?” – A quick look at how you will be creating success


Broken down the process looks like this:

Step 1: Choose an interest. This can be anything at all, something that you are super interested/passionate about or even something you have no personal experience with at all.

Step 2: Build a website. Your website will be your foundation as this is where most of your online traffic will be diverted to and where all of your sales will be generated. To some, building a website may sound like quite a daunting prospect, but here at Product Spotlight I will teach you how to make this a relatively simple process.

Step 3: Attract visitors. You will be learning how to generate traffic to your website. The initial focus will be on how to generate free traffic to your website of which there is a lot out there.

Step 4: Earn revenue. Once you managed to generate traffic to your website you will be able to start earning revenue. There are more than 50 ways in which you are able to monetise your website traffic and more than 550 MILLION products/services that you can promote as an affiliate.

“How do I start affiliate marketing?” – The Goal Setting Process

One of the most important things about being successful in any business is to have goals, especially in regards to finances as this is what a business is all about, right? And this is of course no different when it comes to affiliate marketing. Although it is important to be realistic, it is much more important for you to ensure that you are not limiting yourself when setting goals. If other people can be super successful via affiliate marketing , then why can’t you?

Why don’t you take action right now and set yourself some goals! In the comments section below this article post your answers to questions 1 to 3 that is to follow and make a note for yourself about the goals you have set for yourself. Once you have set yourself some affiliate marketing money goals, we will soon explore ideas in how you will be able to meet your goals.


What Are Your Money Goals?

 QUESTION #1: How much money would you be happy earning?

 QUESTION #2: How much would you be ecstatic earning?

 QUESTION #3: How much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?

This exercise is more for your benefit so you can start setting yourself some goals which is a very important first step in the pursuit of online success! Also reflect on why you want this success? What is your real motivation?


Now that we have identified and broken down the steps required in answering the question:  “How do I start affiliate marketing?”, and we have set ourselves some affiliate marketing goals, we are now ready to explore in the articles to follow, how to choose a niche, how to create a website and how to generate money online via affiliate marketing.


If you are looking for a complete course to teach you everything you need to know about the affiliate marketing process and how to create a successful online business, then I highly recommend Wealthy Affiliate. You can read more about Wealthy Affiliate in this article, by clicking here.

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6 thoughts on “How do I start affiliate marketing?”

  1. Your post on affiliate marketing is so true. Yes, you can be successful, but it does take hard work and persistence. Its not easy but can be worth the hard work and time. “Success is a Journey” – I love that and its so true, success at Affiliate Marketing is definitely a journey. A journey of many steps, but learning those steps and making them work for you can be a wonderful experience and pay off in the long term. One way to succeed is to learn from great teachers, and Wealthy Affiliate’s Online Training and hosting platform is a great place to learn and share your journey with many others of like mind. I totally agree that WA has awesome and expert training and the online community is one of the most helpful I have ever had the privilege to be part of. Good Post and many blessings on your journey -Shirley

    1. Shirley, I totally agree with your comments regarding the Wealthy Affiliate community, and what I like so much about the course is the transparency and the honesty in what it really takes to build a sustainable online marketing business. How refreshing it is to hear the truth that hard work and dedication is required just as it is in building a real physical business instead of the spreading of lies of overnight rich schemes that does not exist, the so called, all you need is this magic software that will generate you millions overnight lol.

      The saying nothing comes from nothing certainly rings home, but it is however fantastic to know that what the so called online marketing gurus do not lie about, is that there are tons of money to be made online and this is certainly not fantasy, but a definite reality.

  2. Hello Schalk,

    I think your website looks very Professional. I also read your ‘About Me’ page and learned a great deal about what ‘NOT’ to do in regards to Online Marketing. Thanks for sharing that information as well and I’m sorry all of that happened to you If I were to be in the market to sign up for an Online Marketing Program, your website certainly would have convinced me to join. I think the image of the 4 Steps was especially convincing. However, your offer to help whomever signed up under you was the icing on the cake. It was one of the things that convinced me to join under the Coach that referred me because was not familiar with the world of Blogging at all and I knew I was going to need help. I also think you answered most or all of the questions a beginner would have regarding how to get started. GREAT JOB AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.


    1. Many thanks, Deatrice, for your very kind words. It is much appreciated and I am very glad to hear that you found the information on my website helpful to the extend that you will now be able to avoid certain pitfalls when it comes to the online marketing process. I am delighted to hear that. I am also wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year!

    1. Alex, you should certainly give it a go, you won’t regret it. It may be tough in the beginning, but once your hard work and dedication starts paying off, you will be handsomely rewarded for your patience. Thanks and wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year tool!

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