10 Tips for the Beginners in Affiliate Marketing

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She is a regular contributor to several well-known websites. Her in-depth topic analysis is worth mentioning. She loves to share her knowledge on Blogging, SEO, Affiliate Marketing and various other Make Money Online subjects.

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In this post she specially points out 10 vital tips for any new blogger who wants to enter into the field of Affiliate Marketing.

Read on and find out what she says about this important subject.

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10 Tips for the Beginners in Affiliate Marketing

Hello all PHILIPScom Readers,

It’s a delight to share my insights with you all. I am very much thankful to Philip for adding this article in his blog page.

Affiliate marketing tips for beginners is a precise guide to help the newbies to start their affiliate journey in the right direction. One must do the things wisely to make it work while avoiding costly mistakes.

If you have heard that affiliate marketing is easy and it will help you to earn millions of dollars in a month, then I must share that there is a catch in that.

It is definitely not like you will just share your affiliate links here and there and people will start buying from you. Affiliate marketing is a tricky job and you have to be smart enough to land your first affiliate check.

In this article, I will share the basics of affiliate marketing which will help the new bloggers (or I must say affiliate marketers) to make a successful career in this highly lucrative industry.

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Affiliate Marketing Tips for Beginners

What is Affiliate Marketing?

As the definition goes, “Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.”

In basic terms, it is a way of making money online by referring people to purchase some products online. Now a days more and more businesses are starting to use this form of marketing. It is an extremely cost-effective tool as the affiliates are paid only when a purchase is made.

Being an affiliate, the commissions can range from as low as 1% with established retailers, to an extent of 80% for some new and forthcoming products. The beauty and wellness market offers most of the hefty commissions with an average of around 30% per sale.

How to Become an Affiliate?  

Most of the companies intending to go for an affiliate marketing model, opt for an established affiliate network. These networks with their large base of affiliates is a convenient option for both the company and the marketer.

Normally the affiliates are free to join and have no pre-requisites for approval. But sometimes the approval process may take some time as they have their own criteria for the approval process.

Affiliate Marketing Tips for Beginners 

1  Choose the Right Niche

Choosing the right niche for your blog and hence your affiliates is one of the biggest determining factors that will contribute in your success while making money online.

However, if you try to promote something you don’t have interest in, chances are more that you will get bored and give up in some time.

Concentrate on a particular niche and stick to specific products rather than selling everything. Gradually build and promote products and services related to that.

2  Pick your Affiliates Wisely

Tips for the Beginners in Affiliate MarketingAffiliate marketing is not about selling anything and everything which comes your way. Try to join only reputed affiliate programs and networks. For example ShareaSale, Amazon Associates, Commission Junction, Viglink etc. have decent authority and trust in the market.

Some of them might have a better commission percentage than others. But more or less all these affiliates work in a similar manner. You need to do a thorough research to decide which one is best suitable for you.

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3  Cloak your Affiliate links

It is one of the very first learnings to make your links look shorter and decent. No one likes to click on some ugly links. So cloak those ugly affiliate links by using a link cloaker. A link cloaker makes your link dressed for good while increasing your click through rate.


4  Appreciate the FTC guidelines & your Legal Obligations

If you wish to build your own website and promote your affiliates, then make sure that you educate yourself with the FTC guidelines and understand the disclosure requirements. Having a website is highly recommended for building credibility. But at the same time, you must acquaint yourself thoroughly with the current FTC regulations.

Affiliates must have a disclosure in their site informing that they will get a commission from the promoted products if the user buys anything through their affiliate link.  Also make sure to understand all other policies mentioned in the FTC website.

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5  Do not mislead your ReadersTips for Beginners in Affiliate Marketing

Your buyers are clever enough to see you through. So do not try to mislead them. Misleading posts may help you to get popularity for short term. But it is not going to help in building a perpetual business model. Being dishonest is very silly and highly unprofessional. So make your marketing strategies wisely. Otherwise, you may invite legal obligations from FTC.

6  Understand your Responsibilities towards email List

To increase the likelihoods of your affiliate sale, it is very much needed that you build your email list. But you need to understand the responsibility involved and set your own policies to abide by. No one likes SPAM. So try to limit the number of mails sent per week and provide only useful information to your readers. Do not ever SPAM your email list.

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7  Build Relationship with Your Affiliate Manager

Most of the reputed affiliate networks have a dedicated affiliate manager whom you can access for all your affiliate queries. They can help you with the information like which offers perform better and assist you to maximize your affiliate earnings.

Your affiliate manager wants you to be successful, as they make money when you make money. It’s a win-win situation for both the parties.  So try to form a lasting relationship. Schedule an initial call and be prepared with your list of queries. Time to time, write to them for all your concerns and be thankful for their support. xxxx


8  Build Trust among your Audience

To become a successful affiliate marketer, you need to build trust among your readers. It is not tough to make a few sales. But without building the trust factor, you won’t be able to keep it in the long run. Do a proper research on the product, check whether the product has a good reputation in the market. It is also very important that the product gets good after support from the company.

9  Give Discount or Bonus to your Product

Beginners Guide to Affiliate MarketingWho doesn’t like a discount! With a huge competition in the market, it is highly challenging to make one convince to buy your products. You can try to give some discount from your affiliate earnings to attract them. This in a way compelling them to buy products only from you. You may also offer the guidance to use the product as a bonus. An individual discount in a product review works the best.


10  Keep Patience – It will take time

Affiliate marketing is not any kind of get rich sooner scheme. So if you are not making money at the first place, don’t lose hope. You need to promote your business to generate traffic and build your audience-base. Keep doing things on a regular basis and wait for better results.

Affiliate marketing is the place for split testing. So try and test the products as per your niche which can be the best seller for you. You may refer to the resource pages of the established bloggers in your niche and checkout which type of products they are promoting. Then do your research properly and decide on your products.

Hope this guide will help you to start on the right path and avoid some of the starting hurdles of affiliate marketing. There might be different other techniques you have explored in your way to making it a success. Please feel free to add your tips in the below comments to enrich the article for the newbies.

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Muhammad Ahmad

Hi Manidipa,
its awesome to see you here at Philip’s place!
And an informative post indeed.
I love the way you described these tips, heck these are just excellent.
I will try all of them for sure!
~ Ahmad

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hey Ahmad,

Thank you so much for reading through this. It’s great that you found the tips useful. Take care and have a great day ahead 🙂

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hey Philip,

It’s a privilege to write for your audience. Thank you so much for letting me share my insights here. You have been a great support throughout.

Hope your readers will enjoy this one & and also share their valuable inputs to enrich the article for the newbie affiliate marketers. Take care and have a great day ahead..always 🙂

Robin Khokhar

Hi Manidipa,
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money. And is my favorite too.
And also the tips you have are really good, got some new tips.
Thanks for sharing.

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hey Robin,

This is surely one of the best money making opportunities for any online marketer. It’s great to hear that you could take some new insights from this article.

Thank you so much for your time to read through and share your comment. Take care and have a great day ahead 🙂

Chery Schmidt

Hello Philip,
Such a pleasure to meet Manidipa here on your blog today!
I loved all 10 of her tips for beginner affiliate marketers and one really stood out for me.

This isn’t something a lot of people talk about, but is important HUH Yes Cloaking those Affiliate links!

You see those big long ugly links everywhere, Crazy Right?

You can also then track your ads, or whatever you are using this for.
Great Share!

Chery 🙂 🙂

Manidipa Bhaumik
Hey Chery, It’s a delight to meet you and receive your inputs here 🙂 You are correct in saying that it’s not the most discussed topic yet, but is surely one of those most sought after opportunities many online marketers are trying to get a foothold on. Done in the right way, it can definitely give you the desired boost in your online income. Affiliate links without cloaking is a big thumbs down no doubt and often is a reason for loosing those prospective leads. Thank you so much for taking time to read and share your feedback. Happy to… Read more »
Joan M Harrington

Hi Manidipa 🙂

Fantastic post! Loved all of the 10 tips for learning affiliate marketing right, especially if you are a beginner 🙂 You have laid each tip out wonderfully, thank you for sharing your awesome knowledge and value 🙂

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hey Joan,

What a joy to read your comment. It feels great that, you found the article handy for a beginner. Thank you so much for taking time to share your views. Take care and have a great week ahead 🙂

Mandy Allen

What a great article! So very useful for people just starting out on affiliate marketing. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with us!

Enjoy the journey!

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hey Mandy,

Thank you for reading through and sharing your views. It’s really great that you found the article useful. Take care and have a great week 🙂

Lesly T. Federici

Wonderful, informative post. One thing I think many forget is once you decide on an affiliate product you have to promote it. You just can’t have it on your website and forget about it. It’s work to promote but well worth it, like anything else if you stick with it…

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hey Lesly,

It’s great to connect you through Philip’s blog. True indeed. You must promote your affiliate products effectively to make the most out of it. Thank you so much for reading through and sharing your views. Take care and have a great day ahead 🙂

Reji Stephenson

Hi Manidipa,

Good to see a very informative post on affiliate marketing and I agree with most of the points you mentioned here. Thanks for sharing this very important points about affiliate marketing. This post will be useful not only for beginners in affiliate marketing but also for those who are in the field for a long time.

Hoping to read more posts from you soon.

Have a great blogging journey.

Best regards

Reji Stephenson

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hey Reji,

It feels great that you found the post useful. Thank you so much for sharing your views and also your wishes. Truly appreciate it. Hope to see you in my space soon. Take care and have a great day ahead 🙂


I often visit your blog Philip, and want to start a new blog on affiliate marketing. Thanks to you and Manidipa I found some basic tips and helpful information here in this post for new bloggers. Thanks to Manidipa Bhaumik for sharing these tips, and great knowledge.
~ Charan

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hey Charan,

Thank you so much for reading through and sharing your comment.
It sounds great that you found these tips useful.
Wish you great success in blogging.
Take care and have a great time ahead 🙂

Yogesh Shinde

Hi Manidipa,

I like the last point, being patience is really important. Affiliate marketing is a business and the points you mentioned like building relations and trust with your audience takes time. We have to be consistent in order to earn trust of our audience.

Thanks for sharing these tips with all of us Manidipa.

Yogesh Shinde

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hey Yogesh,

It’s great to read your comment. Yes, you have captured the exact idea. Working consistently while being patient is the key to get success in any field. Affiliate marketing is no exception either. Thank you for taking time to share your views. Take care and have a great week 🙂

Muhammad Tabish

Hey Manidipa,
Great article. Meanwhile, you may be interested to know amazon affiliates now have a tool where they can tag certain phrases in their content using a tool that searches for related amazon products . You select the best one for the match and the link is then added automatically as a sort of hover text banner thing. It’s really good 🙂 Keep Up The Good Work,
Have a Nice Day.

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hey Muhammad,

That’s some useful information shared. Thank you so much for taking time to read through and sharing the piece of info. Take care and have a great weekend 🙂

Karthik Linga

Good article about affiliate marketing. Yes, every points in this post will clearly explained about the importance of affiliate marketing with links in a post. Cloaking your affiliate links in your post will give some user friendly clicks to your affiliate partners site. Also the final point is the most important point in affiliate marketing, it should take some time to get your expected sales. But sure, you get if you follow the steps on above on this article. Helpful to read & share to fellow bloggers.

Thanks for sharing & keep sharing !!

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hi Karthik,

Thanks for taking time to read through & sharing your views here. Yes, you got it right. Making your affiliates a regular earning source takes time. You must have to build the trust and also design your store well for getting the expected sales. Take care.


Hi Manidipa,

Selecting right niche first and foremost thing to become successful in blogging, I failed so many times in choosing the the right niche for me, now I gained some knowledge how to choose the niche.

Building community is another important factor to outreach influential bloggers to reach more audience, affiliate marketing is not easy to earn money, continuous effort and patience is the key to success.

Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hi Madhavi,

You are very right that, if the niche is not chosen wisely, then there are high chances that you may not grow your blog as expected. Great to know that, you finally found the correct blogging niche. Thanks for sharing your comment. Take care.


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Arpit singh

Hi Manidipa,

Nice write-up. Affiliate marketing is the smart way to make money and these tips work like a smart guide for beginners. Thanks for sharing


Manidipa Bhaumik

Hi Arpit,

It’s great to hear that you like the article. Thank you for taking time to read through and share your thoughts.

Rohit Singh

Affiliate marketing is really good way to make money by blogging and these tips are really good for beginners who wants to start affiliate marketing

Manidipa Bhaumik

Hi Rohit,

Thank you for reading through and sharing your comment.


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