Affiliate Marketing For Newbies

In this post, affiliate marketing for newbies, I want to address some of the concerns that newbies are likely to face when learning affiliate marketing basics. There is a lot to learn, but if you learn to do the right things at the right time, you will greatly increase you chances of achieving online success.


Getting Started


There are 4 major pillars to building an affiliate marketing business. The rest is details…….many, many details.


  1. Finding A Niche
  2. Building A Website
  3. Driving Traffic To Your Site
  4. Monetizing Your Traffic


When I was an affiliate marketing newbie, the first time I saw the word niche, I thought they were talking about an Italian explorer or something……. seriously!

When we say niche, we are basically talking about a group of people looking for “stuff”. So, we are looking for a group of people, who are looking for certain kinds of “stuff” and leading them to that “stuff” that they will hopefully buy, thus earning us a commission.


1.) What’s YOUR Niche?


If you are having trouble deciding on a niche, or you still don’t quite understand how to find a niche, the video below should be helpful to you.


Choosing a niche




Here are a few things to keep in mind when targeting a niche:


  • You Must Have Enough Interest To Write About It Extensively
  • You Need To Create Content That Is Helpful
  • You Need To Learn To Effectively Communicate Idea’s
  • You Will Want To Promote Products/Services To That Niche
  • Any Niche Can Become A Successful Business



2.) Building A Website  funny computer


Wouldn’t it be great if website’s built themselves? Until they do, we have to build them. Building a website is not as hard as many would believe it to be.


I am constantly seeing new webmaster’s who are ecstatic over how easy it can actually be. Especially after being convinced for so many years that it was “just to hard to do”.


I’m not suggesting that building a website is “fall off a log” easy either. There is a lot to learn and there are some slightly tricky, technical aspects to it, but at least you don’t have learn to write computer code the way webmasters had to 10 years ago.


Building Websites For Newbies


If you are a total noob when it comes to website’s, I would recommend starting with a free site to play around with and practice on. There are lot’s of site’s where you can signup for a free account and start building a site. There is only 1 that I recommend because the video tutorials and live help that is available is far superior to anything else I’ve found.


Choose a name for your site in the box above, choose a user name and submit your email, and you’ll be learning to build a site within minutes!



3.) Driving Traffic To Your Site


Of all the different techniques people use to drive traffic their sites, creating keyword focused content is, by far, my favorite way. Why? Because I enjoy writing so much? Heck no! It’s my favorite way because once an article is done, it stays done!


I don’t have to find clever ways to create posts for social media sites and all the other internet marketing “noise”. A well written article will bring traffic to your site through Google searches day after day. If I want to increase traffic to my site, I do a little keyword analysis, publish a new article, and within a few days I’m getting more traffic.


Getting Social


Although I’m not big on social media, that doesn’t mean I ignore it altogether. I am a fan of G+. Whenever I publish a new article on one of my sites, I will go to my G+ account and create a quick post with a link to my article. These posts tend to rank well and rank quickly!


I don’t spend a lot of time there. It takes me less than 30 seconds to get a post on G+. If it’s a low competition keyword phrase, I will sometimes find my post on the first page of Google in less than 24 hours!



4.) Monetizing Your Website


Show me the money!!! I know…… it’s an outdated phrase but it never gets old for me. This is the reason to build an online business after all, no?


Once your site is receiving daily traffic, you’ve got a business on your hands. Now, it’s just a mater of leading those visitors to what they want, and earning a commission in the process.


This is where affiliate offers come into the picture. There are more and more companies offering their products and services through affiliate programs now so your choices can be vast.


To find affiliate programs, simply do a Google search like this: (product you want to promote) + affiliate programs.



You will usually find an extensive list of companies offering affiliate programs this way. Some of them will accept your application immediately, while others may reject you the first time around. My advise would be to wait until you have at least 12 pages of good content before applying to an affiliate program.

(If they offer instant approval, it will be clearly stated on their affiliate agreement page)



These are the 4 basic pillars of an affiliate marketing business. Choosing a niche and deciding how to monetize are the easy parts. Building a site and driving traffic through the creation of quality content takes time and practice. (A little patience wouldn’t hurt either.)


These are skills that can be learned by anyone who takes the time to learn them. It won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it! Affiliate marketing is a great way to make a living. I hope you decide to make your own journey into the world of affiliate marketing.


If you would like to work with me personally, check out my review of the best affiliate marketing training program online! If you decide to take me up on my offer, I will provide you with 1-on-1 coaching at no extra cost!


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  1. This is great advice for newbies. It’s amazing how far the siterubix platform has evolved even since I started using it. It truly IS incredibly easy to build a website with it.

    I remember my first site I created on a siterubix site, I eventually ended up buying my own domain for. By that point, I had quite a bit of content on my siterubix site, but back then it was just common practice to “start over” on your new domain (to avoid dup content)… But man, good thing they now have the 1 click web transfering from siterubix to your own domain… I just did it the other day and it was a piece of cake (literally ONE click). I don’t think people realize how incredible that is (and how much work it would be to transfer that on your own)!

    Definitely recommended the siterubix platform for all newbies!!!

    Also, I totally agree about the G+… it isn’t hard to share your content and does lead to great engagement and rankings. However, you do have to work at building your social circles and groups!

    • Steve

      Hey Wendy,
      It is incredible that you can replace a sub-domain with a newly purchased domain name with a single click! I really appreciate your testimony because it can be difficult to explain to those who haven’t tried it how revolutionary it really is. I also really appreciate the fact that someone who does such amazing work online would take the time to drop in and comment, so thank you!

      • Michelle

        Does any stay at home moms work from home?My husband and I are tight with money right now, besuace he now has to pay alot more child support, we are also renting the house from my parents, we are just barely making it. I also have a baby and was wondering if I could work from home without having to go to school. Does anyone have any ideas of any jobs online I could try? Thank for the help.

        • Steve

          Hi Michelle. I have quite a few colleagues who are stay at home mom’s whom also work from home. I will tell you honestly that finding a “tradition” work at home is not easy. The stay at home mom’s that know are building businesses which is different than working a job. There is also some investment required in building an online business as there is with an other type of business. I would recommend starting free here and see if it’s for you.


    • Steve

      G’day Jo,
      I am the same way when it comes to learning new things. Sometimes I have to refer back to own articles to remember how I did something! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Shell

    Hi Steve, So well written and easy to follow, I think I could do this! Thanks for taking the time to share.

    • Steve

      You absolutely CAN do this! Yes, you will need to develop some new skills, but once you learn them, you own them! After that they pretty much become second nature 🙂

  3. Wendy

    I agree that by targeting keywords is your favorite way to get traffic. It’s mine too. And the best reason is because it is totally free traffic.

    Once you do the work, people will find you on Google.

    Great Post Steve!

    • Steve

      Absolutely. Free traffic that comes in day after day with no addition work on our part. It’s pretty amazing when you wake to find out that someone has taken you up on your “call to action” while you where sleeping. That never gets old!

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