How should a beginner start affiliate marketing?

So, you started your website, wrote a few great blogs, and got positive feedback. Now, you want to start making money, but you realize that you don’t actually sell a product or offer a service. Confused, aren’t you? The answer to this mind-boggling question is simple, Affiliate Marketing.

Let’s take a quick beginner tutorial about how it works.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is a highly potent way to generate passive income by selling another company’s products and services. You promote someone’s product on your website in exchange for a small commission with each sale.

By using your website to refer a product, you become an affiliate. The affiliate earns a fixed commission on each sale which is decided by different affiliate platforms.

How to get started with Affiliate Marketing?

In order to start your journey as an affiliate, you need a couple of things in place. Don’t worry, it’s not a long list, and it doesn’t require investment.

Step 1: Find an affiliate marketing platform

Broadly defined, there are two types of affiliate programs. We have high-volume, low commission programs and low-volume, high-commission programs.

The former kind, like Amazon, offers very low to low money on each sale depending upon the product. The only benefit of using such platforms is the insane traffic they pull. The latter kind, like Kinsta, offers high commissions with each sale of their costly products. The competition for such programs is usually extremely high.

So how do you choose the best program for yourself? The answer depends on your niche and your audience. To simplify matters, you should go with programs like Amazon if you are marketing to customers, and choose programs like Kinsta if your audience is mostly businesses.

Step 2: Choose the products you want to promote

It is important to select the goods and services you want to list on your website. Your foodie audience may not want to see a link to a web hosting package deal while reading about their favorite recipes. Always be an affiliate of products in your own niche.

You may not think of all the products your audience is interested in. That is where keyword research comes into play. You will find out about other products that people are looking to buy while browsing your content. For example, someone looking to buy a bag of whey protein may also be interested in a shaker or gym gear.

Step 3: Displaying products on your website

Once you have found the products that you want to promote, you can put their affiliate links in your content. All you have to do is copy the URLs and paste them strategically on your page.

That’s it! It’s just that simple.


All you need to earn handsomely through Affiliate Marketing is good content and a basic understanding of SEO. There is no investment required that blows a hole in your pocket. There is no advanced high-tech stuff that requires an ability to code. It just needs the affiliate to understand what the audience wants and sell it to them by making them want it.