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Affiliate Marketing Some Successful tips To The Beginners 

Affiliate Marketing is a hot subject now on the world wide web.  I am sure this is an interesting and much called for the subject on these pages.

I am sure Philipscom readers will like to read more on this subject here.  I am so glad to introduce our guest author Manidipa Bhaumik, a young and enthusiastic blogger and a renowned affiliate marketer from my own city. She is a very passionate and dedicated blogger who enjoys content writing.

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.

Manidipa also had a professional practice as a human resource consultant for many years, so I guess it’s no surprise that she enjoys helping people to reach their greatest capabilities.

Read more about her in the author bio section at the bottom of this post.  In this post, she especially 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.

Thanks, Manidipa for your valuable time to share with our readers your expertise. Hope to see you again!

We wish you all the best for your future endeavors.

Keep on sharing your valuable knowledge with your fellow beings.

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Affiliate marketing
Philip Verghese ‘Ariel’

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 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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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. Nowadays 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 Marketer?  

Most of the companies intending to go for an affiliate marketing model, opt for an established affiliate network. These network 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 are one of the biggest determining factors that will contribute to your success while making money online.

However, if you try to promote something you don’t have an 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 Marketing

Affiliate 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 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 a 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 on 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 on the FTC website.

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5  Do not mislead your Readers

Tips 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 the 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 likelihood 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 emails 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 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.

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 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

Who 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 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 check out 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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Author Bio: Manidipa Bhaumik is a passionate & dedicated blogger and an affiliate marketer who enjoys going in-depth on any given topic.
She loves to share her knowledge on Blogging, SEO & Affiliate Marketing through her web page:
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Published on: Mar 16, 2016.
Updated on October 2, 2017

Disclaimer:  This is a guest contribution to Philipscom Associates and the tips tricks, strategies, views, etc. mentioned in it does not reflect the view and opinions of P V Ariel or Philipscom blog. 

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  1. Muhammad Ahmad
    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

    March 16, 2016
    • 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 :)

      March 16, 2016
    • Hey, Ahmad,
      Happy to see you here again.
      Sorry for the delay in responding to your feedback.
      I appreciate your valuable time.

      October 28, 2016
  2. 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 :)
    Manidipa Bhaumik recently posted…Top 10 Genesis Plugins to Customize Website’s DesignMy Profile

    March 16, 2016
    • 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 :)
      Manidipa Bhaumik recently posted…WPForms – New WordPress Contact Form Plugin for BeginnersMy Profile

      March 17, 2016
  3. Chery Schmidt
    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 :-) :-)
    Chery Schmidt recently posted…3 Simple Steps To Help With Your Retirement PlanMy Profile

    March 16, 2016
    • 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 connect. Take care and have a great day ahead :)
      Manidipa Bhaumik recently posted…WPForms – New WordPress Contact Form Plugin for BeginnersMy Profile

      March 16, 2016
  4. Joan M Harrington
    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 :)

    March 19, 2016
    • Hi Joan,
      Glad to know that you like the post.
      Thank you so much for your valuable time here.
      Sorry for the late response.
      Have a good day
      ~ Philip

      October 27, 2016
  5. Mandy Allen
    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!
    Mandy Allen recently posted…Cleansing your personal spaceMy Profile

    March 20, 2016
    • Hi Mandy,
      Than you very much for your valuable time here.
      Glad to know that you love this post.
      Manidipa did a good job with this post.
      Sorry for the delayed response.
      Have a good day.
      ~ Philip

      October 27, 2016
  6. Hello!
    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…

    March 21, 2016
    • 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 :)
      Manidipa Bhaumik recently posted…15 Killer Blog Post Ideas that are Proven to WorkMy Profile

      March 30, 2016
  7. 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
    Reji Stephenson recently posted…Top blogs about blogging to follow from IndiaMy Profile

    March 22, 2016
  8. charan

    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

    March 28, 2016
    • Hi Charan,
      Thanks for your valuable time on my page.
      I am glad to know that you got some valuable information regarding affiliate marketing.
      Wish you all the best for the new venture.
      Keep informed.
      Have a good day

      March 28, 2016
  9. Yogesh Shinde
    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

    April 1, 2016
    • 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 :)
      Manidipa Bhaumik recently posted…Liebster Award – A Peer Nominated Blog AwardMy Profile

      April 5, 2016
  10. 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.
    Muhammad Tabish recently posted…What Is Internet Network Marketing Bill Gates favorite business?My Profile

    April 15, 2016
  11. 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 !!
    Karthik Linga recently posted…GetResponse Review 2016 – Compare Top Email Marketing ToolsMy Profile

    April 25, 2016
    • 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.

      May 21, 2016
  12. Madhavi

    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.

    May 13, 2016
    • 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.

      May 21, 2016
  13. 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


    June 20, 2016
    • Hi Arpit,

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

      October 14, 2016
  14. Rohit Singh
    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

    July 22, 2016
    • Hi Rohit,

      Thank you for reading through and sharing your comment.

      October 14, 2016
  15. Wonderful tips here Mandika, as an affiliate my biggest error was that I forgot to cloak affiliate links early on. Then I had to go back and redo them. It was a nightmare.

    January 6, 2020
  16. Jeff Green
    Jeff Green

    Very nice overview of elite Marketing. Particularly want to add that patience is the key to most things online. I would had patients along with having a process.

    January 8, 2020
  17. SOS

    Hi Manidipa,

    Sometimes it’s a good idea to see some success stories within affiliate marketing to truly understand the concept of “affiliate marketing”. You write a perfect article, your research work is very commendable. This was an excellent article to get my juices flowing for Affiliate Marketing.

    Thanks for sharing!

    February 4, 2020
  18. Tina Collins
    Tina Collins

    I was looking for right information regarding affiliating marketing and I found it here. Thanks for the sharing of correct information with us.

    April 13, 2020

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