How to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer – Step by Step

How to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer - Step by StepSo you came here because you want to learn How to become a Successful Affiliate Marketer step by step -> well you came to the right blog site. πŸ˜€

You will learn a lot on making money as an affiliate marketer on this blog online, make sure to bookmark it.

The concepts to making money online are very simple and it will be no challenge to learn it all. The massive action you have to put into it, will be what might challenge you. I think that’s where most people get challenged online.

Not everyone will be “okay” with taking massive action online. For example; writing articles on a daily basis for a while, is just not for everyone.

I know writing on a daily basis and marketing online on a daily basis can seem like a lot of work for you, but that is what it takes to build up traffic online. You also need to make sure you are doing it all right, otherwise all that work will not be worth it.

This is why you need to learn the right internet marketing knowledge and take massive action right away, to learn what works best for you and what doesn’t.

Now, lets talk about making money online as an affiliate marketer…..

The concept is very simple:

How to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer - Step by Step

As you can see on the image above, the way you make money online as an affiliate marketer is very simple.

The main problem most new affiliate marketers come across online is the traffic generation part.

Most newbies in this field might not get the right internet marketing education to reach out to a huge amount of targeted people online – people who might be interested in what you have to offer (the affiliate products).

Driving Targeted People to the Affiliate Websites is another challenge most new affiliate marketers encounter online. The truth is that it is not a challenge, and it is simply a matter of knowing the right knowledge and implementing the right internet marketing skills online.

Anyone can make money online as an affiliate marketer, but not everyone will. There are real reasons behind why – this is just how it is online, and it will always be.

We cannot really change the statistics of how many people succeed and fail with affiliate marketing online, and that is because we cannot really change people. Some people will just not get it right and struggle so much that they tend to lose all hope in making it happen online.

You need to understand that your success online will be about 80% Mindset and 20% Actions. If you cannot change the inside, you cannot change the outside. So you need to change yourself first if you are not getting any good results as an affiliate marketer online.

The problem to your failure so far, it’s most likely you, not what you are really doing. Your mindset has probably not changed or evolved since you first started online, so your outcome will remain about the same.

Anyways, I’m just giving you some great tips on mindset so you can become the best affiliate marketer you can be online!

So far I hope you are already learning how to become a successful affiliate marketer online!

Here are the simple steps to becoming a successful affiliate marketer….

How to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer – Step by Step

1 – Find your Niche Market & Affiliate Products

This is where you need to do a little bit of research and also decide what type of affiliate products you want to sell online. Find something that you are passionate about, so it will be easier to promote for you.

You can sell a huge variety of products online and earn a commission for the sales through you. Do some research on Niche Markets and also sit down to think about what product you would be really comfortable selling online.

There are many niches online. From Weight Loss to Parental Tips. You can use affiliate websites to help you do the research on different Niche Markets.

You can use sites like and Go to their Marketplace and look around the many different affiliate products on different niches online.

Once you know what Niche you want to make affiliate money with and what Affiliate Products you would like to promote online and profit from, you are ready to go.

Check if the Vendor has an affiliate program with affiliate tools you can use. They usually have affiliate tools like Banner Ads and Email Swipes you can re-use.

If they don’t offer you affiliate tools, do not worry too much. You can learn how to create your own Banners and affiliate material.

2 – Buy a Domain NameΒ  & Hosting to Build a Niche Blog Site

I’d highly recommend you to invest on building a successful niche blog online. I would recommend you to learn How to start a WordPress blog online – and get building!

You might not really need a blog site to make money as an affiliate marketer, but if you want to make money for the long run and on autopilot, a blog site is the best way to go online.

When you buy a Niche Domain Name, make sure you do a little bit of keyword research and settle for a relevant, short and sweet, domain name. Avoid having hyphens in the domain name.

Don’t stress “too much” about the blog’s domain name if you are struggling a little bit coming up with the name for it. Don’t get stuck, learn to make the right decisions and move on. We want to be making money as an affiliate marketer soon, right!

Once you have a nice domain name, you need to invest in the Hosting Service and then Install a Blogging Platform. WordPress is highly recommended here.

If you want to learn more on this process, you can watch some video tutorials on how to build a WordPress Blog Site from scratch, at the video section of this blog – or just go here. πŸ˜€

3 – Monetize your Niche Blog with Affiliate Products

Once your blog site is done and set up right, it is time to monetize it.

This is where you will need some of the affiliate material from the affiliate program, if the vendor of the product has one. Use the Affiliate Product Banners, place them in good places around your blog site.

One way to monetize your blog site is by looking at how other successful blog sites are monetizing their revenue. Take a look at this internet marketing blog for example – to help you out, just place an affiliate banner where I have banners and capture forms.

Place a Banner at the Top of your blog, right below the Header. Another Banner on the Widgets Area. One Banner at the bottom of every blog post and one banner all the way at the bottom of your blog site.

You also want to make sure the Banner Ad converts very well!

So when it comes to monetizing your blog, you also need to learn about conversions. You want to get the most out of the blog’s traffic. Learning about conversions and working with it, will help you get the most clicks, leads, and sales from your niche blog.

Play around with the way you monetize your blog, just do not over do it. Keep it simple and clean. When there are many things to click on your blog, people tend to get a bit overwhelm unconsciously and leave. Less is sometimes better than more.

4 – Build an Email List

I’m sure you have heard this line before; “the money is in the List” …

Let me re-phrase that a bit; “the money is in the Targeted List”…

And well, yes it is!!

This is why you need to start capturing targeted leads right away. It will take time to build it up and profit good from it.

You should invest in an Auto-Responder Service like and capture the emails of those who are interested in the affiliate products you are promoting on your niche blog.

One of the best ways to capture targeted leads is by using Capture Pages or “Squeeze Pages”. You should send your traffic to a Capture Page first and then to a Sales Page. This way you will be able to follow-up with the people if they don’t buy.

If need some help creating capture pages by yourself, here is an interesting article that will teach you how to do it: How to Build an HTML Page from Scratch

5 – Learn Internet Marketing Strategies to Build up the Blog’s Daily Traffic Flow

This is where the challenge will take place. You know that the most important piece of this affiliate marketer puzzle is the targeted traffic you need to make the money.

Without targeted traffic or any traffic in general, you will struggle a lot here. So it is very important that you spend a lot more time marketing your blog than working on your blog.

You should be blogging daily and also marketing daily. It will be a lot of work for a while, until you start making good money online at least. Once you have a lot more money to play with, you can outsource a lot of the work you don’t want to continue doing.

I suggest you to learn many internet marketing strategies to help you build up the traffic flow to your blog online and to your affiliate websites online.

You can learn a lot on Traffic Generation Strategies here: Traffic101

6 – Take Massive Action!

This last step is very obvious and simple. Once you learn everything you need to know to make money online as an affiliate marketer, Take as much massive action for at least 90 days or so.

Take a lot of productive action on a daily basis. Okay, you can take the weekends off if you want. But at the beginning of your journey online, you need to get off the ground as fast as possible. If you want, of course.

The best and only way to start making some good money as an affiliate marketer online, is to take as much action as possible. Even if you fail many times, keep on going and implementing.

You will fail alright, just realize it, deal with it, and move one. Keep on working hard to get the results you are looking for. Learn the right information before taking massive action, of course.

This is how to become a successful affiliate marketer – step by step!

What do you think?! …

If you have any more tips to help someone become a successful affiliate marketer online, leave them below. Leave your comments and thoughts below…. πŸ™‚

Thanks for passing by and reading this!

Don’t forget to share the knowledge online! πŸ˜€

I wish you the best success online!

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Freddy G. Cabrera
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  1. Sunday June 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Becoming an affiliate marketer is not rocket science. This post has just reemphasized that knowledge. The individual should follow steps like those described in this post to become an affiliate.

    However, when taking these steps, it is important not to forget that a successful affiliate marketer usually have employ discipline and commitment in helping customers solve any problem that is affecting them.

    Affiliate marketing is not about the affiliate but about the customer!

    I have shared this same comment in where this post was shared and “kingged” for internet marketers.

    Sunday – contributor

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera June 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      hey Sunday!

      thanks for passing by and leaving an interesting comment! πŸ˜‰

      Solving problems and fulfilling needs is what selling is all about! …

      Sometimes people buy things that don’t necessarily involve solving a problem – it’s more about fulfilling a need sometimes.

      When you buy a movie or a game online – you are just fulfilling your needs for entertainment at that moment. And there are many affiliate products in many different niches you can promote and earn from. I’ve seen a lot of affiliate marketers earning commissions by promoting Online TV-Streaming Subscriptions.

      Anyways, nice topic!

      I wish you the best success online!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€

  2. Kingsley July 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I really learnt alot. Because i just opt-in to affiliate marketing.
    But, my problem is creating a huge list.

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera July 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      hey Kingley!

      Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment! .. and welcome to the Affiliate Marketing WOrld! πŸ˜‰

      You just have to be consistent with the targeted traffic you drive to your Capture Pages. Keep on working towards getting new leads daily and add it up. It will be a process and realize that before you do all this. Nothing can happen overnight.

      I wish you the best success online!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€

  3. Kuldeep July 4, 2014 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Hi Freddy,
    It seems like a complete guide for Affiliate Marketers to become successful. In my views, Choosing the affiliate product to promote is most important step to get success in affiliate marketing.
    Thanks for sharing this brief guide.

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera July 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Kuldeep!

      Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment! πŸ™‚ …

      I wish you the best success!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€

  4. sherman smith July 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Hey Freddy,

    I have to say that the one phrase that you said in this post that really got my attention was β€œthe money is in the Targeted List”… is the bulk of it!

    When I first came online I was trying to target everyone LOL…. when i started breaking it down to a smaller market, focusing on the interest of people, that’s when I started getting better results with a lot less effort. Imagine that!

    But these are some great tips you suggested! I do have to say focus on leverage and working smarter. I don’t think you have to blog everyday, but focus more on promotion.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera July 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Sherman!

      Thanks for coming by and leaving an awesome comment! πŸ˜‰

      I went through the same thing in the past. I was targeting everyone online, I didn’t really care about the targeting part. Big mistake. Once you deal with targeted traffic, everything goes smoother. Better conversions, more clicks and more sign ups.

      And well when you are building a blog online, is more about the marketing you do for the blog, not so much the work you put in the content. Content can be created very easily and fast, the marketing is what might take you on a bit of a challenge! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the comment man!

      I wish you the best success!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€

  5. Mi Muba July 12, 2014 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Becoming an affiliate marketer does not mean you simply sell affiliate products and deserve to be called this title.
    It is so easy to sell affiliate products but making it full time living is heck of the task. You must have strong grip on affiliate products and its relevant markets.
    Everyone is selling affiliate products at his blog. So the most important point is what difference you offer to your customers and make successful leads.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post that has much value for internet marketers.
    I found this post at and also kingged it there.

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera July 13, 2014 at 1:39 am - Reply

      HEy Mi Muba!

      Thanks for passing by and leaving a nice comment on the topic! πŸ™‚

      I agree with you here!

      I wish you the best success!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€

  6. Gangadhar July 12, 2014 at 6:58 am - Reply

    H Freddy,

    To successful affiliating marketing key element is to choosing proper affiliate ads for your niche because if your audience and your affiliate have correlation then its more beneficial.

    Article’s 4th point is very important to increase your affiliate sale. It means that if your website have great list of subscribers then increases possibility of selling products on your website.

    Overall this article covers important points which required to become a successful affiliate marketer. Thanks for sharing this informative post.
    I found this post on……!!!

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera July 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Hey Gangadhar!

      Thanks for passing by and leaving a great comment! ..

      You got it right man! πŸ˜‰ .. an email list is very important!

      I wish you the best!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€

  7. aceclue July 13, 2014 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Great tips on making money online as an affiliate. You’d really explained the system step-by-steps from the scratch. traffic generation as you said is the greatest and common challenges for affiliate marketers especially those just starting out.

    Aside from traffic, conversion is important and this is easily achievable through targeted traffic. That is where setting up micro-niche site is essential. Such sites rive more target traffic.

    Ant in the utmost, selection of affiliate product to promote. relevancy and quality matters. Promote offers that are in or very close to your niche.

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera July 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Aceclue!

      Thanks for coming by and leaving an interesting comment!

      I’m glad this information is helpful for the people online! πŸ˜‰

      For me blogging has been a great way to drive free traffic to my affiliate links.

      I wish you the best!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€

  8. Emmanuel July 13, 2014 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Hi Freddy,

    There is of course no doubt affiliate marketing is the next big thing but as to how to go about it is what leaves many of us hanging.

    This was such an insightful post and it was worth every read!

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera July 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Emmanuel!

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment! πŸ˜‰

      I wish you the best success!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€

  9. Amadeuz07 July 25, 2014 at 2:48 am - Reply

    Great tips out there..! I like how you emphasized that affiliate marketing is like Win-win game.However, being consistent on the strategy and tools that will make you your blog on the list of of the search engine Nevertheless one of the mistake that affiliate marketer do is selling directly their products to the consumer without making their blog relevant to read and therefore not winning the trust of the readers.Anyway thanks for this great article.

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera July 25, 2014 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Hey Amadeuz07!!

      Thanks for passing by and leaving a cool comment! πŸ˜‰

      I’m glad these tips are helpful and valuable!

      I’d highly recommend a new affiliate marketer to learn about blogging and start building one. In the long run, a successful blog can make a lot of affiliate money from the revenue.

      I wish you the best success!!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€

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  11. Sandeep Kumar December 7, 2015 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Freddy Gandarilla, sir you wrote and informed well to all newbies and others who want to do a successful affilate marketing. Really it is a complete step to step guide.
    But sir i am confused and my question is how should i start it? What will be best? Should i create a landing page on without converting i in premium or should i buy a new domain on blogger? Please clear my doubt. Thanks once again…

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera December 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Sandeed!!

      I’m happy to see you here man! … and I’m glad that you are learning and taking action πŸ™‚

      Alright – what I recommend you to do, is get yourself your own Domain Name – and then get an Auto-Responder Service like Aweber or GetResponse. Then, learn how to build Landing Pages. You can learn how to create them yourself, I have a good blog post on that – read it here.

      Start driving traffic to your Capture/Squeeze/Landing Pages – and Capture Leads. Start building your Email List and then build a relationship with your leads through frequent Follow Up Emails πŸ˜‰

      You will make it happen!

      I believe in you, Sandeep!

      Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment!

      Keep up the great work man!

      Have a successful week!

      I’ll see you around πŸ˜€

  12. vilas February 10, 2016 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    sir my name is vilas.i have published some post in my blogs for affilative programs.and prepared to google for WEBMASTER TOOLS , but unfortunattely in commission junction accaunt,there is no any performance,and no any earnings means ‘0’$ shows.sir what can i do for bettet performance.

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera February 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      Hi Vilas!

      What you need to do is study more about your Niche and its Audience. Find out exactly what they are looking for and what problems they have. Then, you can solve their problems with your content and also offer them the right tools (which you are an affiliate to).

      The key to making money blogging is in the Consistent Action – with the Right Actions!

      You must invest in the right internet marketing and blogging education. So you will know exactly what you must be doing every single day.

      Here are two blog posts I highly recommend you to read and learn from:

      Keep on learning, keep on implementing, and be very consistent with everything my friend!

      Let me know how things goes! πŸ˜€

      Thank you for passing by and leaving a comment!

      Keep up the great work! πŸ˜‰

  13. Trevor April 25, 2016 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Some nice tips there – thanks!

    One thing I’ve found on driving traffic is (very) long content that automatically ends up weaving in lots of long tail keywords.

    Another is honest reviews – I get best results when I’ve actually seen and used the product I’m promoting. People seem to have a built-in alarm which goes off when the review isn’t based on facts. At least add in one or two negatives (nothing’s ever perfect), preferably with easy ways to get round the issues you’ve found.

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera April 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Trevor!

      I’m glad you are finding the content here, valuable!

      And yes, Long and Very Valuable Content – which is also very Unique online – will help your blog get a lot of organic traffic from the search engines. You just have to keep on producing these magnificent pieces of content and also take the time to really promote the heck out of every piece of content on your blog. The rest will fall into place naturally! πŸ˜‰

      Honest Reviews are another great way to get some good organic traffic – as they can rank well in the search engines. Plus, since the reviews can be on a very specific product and/or service, sometimes there is not a lot of competition in the search results πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment man!

      Keep up the great work yourself!

      Have an awesome week! πŸ˜€