How to become a affiliate marketer is the question most looking to start an online business ask. But what is affiliate marketing? The dictionary definition, a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.

Personally, I prefer Pat Flynn’s definition, “Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.” To me that sums it up. Easy to understand right?

So, to become a affiliate marketer is simple find a product you like from an online retailer, promote it others, and earn some money from each sale. Sounds easy enough, but is it?

How To Become A Affiliate Marketer

To Become A Affiliate Marketer Sounds So Easy

To become an affiliate marketer is easy to make money at it is another story altogether. This is where fantasy meets reality. Unfortunately, the so-called guru’s dupe the unsuspecting newbie with tales of riches overnight. But the truth is making money online takes time.

Having said that sure someone could get lucky make a windfall, but that is few and far between. Yet ask yourself this after the windfall then what? That bit of money won’t last forever. To make consistent income online takes training and know how.

How do I get training that’s legitimate? How do I know what I’m learning will work? Where do I get the support I need if problems arise? How much will it cost me to get training? These are some of the questions you should ask yourself before embarking on any affiliate marketing training program.

To be sure there are many affiliate marketing training platforms out there. But do they measure up? Do they deliver on what they promise? Does the affiliate marketing training platform stay on top of and deliver the latest strategies to help the new affiliate marketer succeed?

The one affiliate marketing training platform I endorse is Wealthy Affiliate. Read my article: The Wealthy Affiliate Review Is In, to understand why.

Why Should I Become A Affiliate Marketer?

That is a good question. Most people who start a business will go to a bank for a business loan. The SBA loan averaged for 2019 has been between $13,000 to 1.2 million. Here are my reasons for becoming a affiliate marketer:

  • No Business Loan
  • No Employees
  • No Inventory
  • No Signup Fees
  • Be Your Own Boss
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Work From Home
  • Low Start Up Cost
  • No Special Merchant Account
  • Work Anywhere In The Word
  • Unlimited Income Potential
  • No Shipping
  • Make Money While You Sleep
  • Plenty Of Products To Promote
  • Learn New Skills

Affiliate marketing has many great benefits. It can be fun as well as challenging. Just don’t get into it with the idea that you will be making $1000s and $1000s of dollars by next week. It’s a process, and if you can stand the process in time you could very well be making $1000s and $1000s of dollars.

However, most can’t stand the process so they chase after shiny object after shiny object and never get anywhere. Then they come to the conclusion (a deluded one) that affiliate marketing doesn’t work. Just understand that it takes time to see rewards in affiliate marketing, but the longer you wait the longer it’s going to take.

when should I get started

When Should I Get Started?

The time to become a affiliate marketer is NOW! The majority of people are working at a job every day that they hate. And on top of that they feel like they just can’t get ahead. Why? Because the cost of everything is rising every year.

But if you read the newspapers or listen to the radio everything’s good. The unemployment rate is low and wages are at an all time high. Your job is secure like never before. Is that the truth or are thy just blowing smoke?

But the truth of the matter is that many people are working harder and harder for less money. And the middle class are having it the worst.

A survey by CFSI states that only 28% of Americans are considered financially healthy, 44% said their expenses exceed their income and 42% said they have no retirement savings at all.

Also, a report by states that 22 million US workers can be considered underemployed. And if you’re not getting paid what you are worth what do you do?

Surprisingly many think that going back to college is the answer. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for education. And going back to college at one time was a certain way to get a better job.

In today’s job market is it feasible? Plus, with the high cost of going back to college and owing $50,000 to $120,000 or more at graduation is it worth it? And its proven that most will never work in the field they went to college for.


Ivy League School Means Success

Surprisingly we go through life being told that you can only learn and be successful unless you go to some Ivy League school. That is so far from the truth.

Did you know that the majority of millionaires have made their fortunes without going to college? I’m willing to bet that if they had gone to college, they would not be millionaires. College gets you ready for a job.

We are now living in the Information Age! The old model of going to school and sitting in a classroom day in and day out is not the only way to learn.

The majority of subjects you can think of you can find a course on it. The class will give you what you need to succeed on the subject without all the years and heavy added expense.

One thing is for sure, things are not going to get any better for the average day worker unless they take matters into their own hands. It’s time to be an online entrepreneur! There is no better time than right now to become a affiliate marketer.

financial freedom

Financial Freedom VS Job

Also, I know that you will never find financial freedom on anyone’s job. You want financial freedom then you become the CEO. You must become the one calling the shots, the one who is in control.

Job security doesn’t exist. There are companies that are downsizing every day. There are companies that are closing their shops doors every day. In the 21st
century the job is not the only way.

More and more people are starting online businesses, because they’re starting to understand that just having a job won’t cut it any more. They’re starting to understand that their dreams will never be fulfilled with a job alone.

Understand that if you have a job, I’m NOT telling you to quit. I’m advocating supplementation. I want you to do what the owner of the company you are working for has done. Build a business.

Are you trainable? Can you follow step by step instructions? Will you put the time into something that eventually one day could give you the financial freedom you’ve been looking for?

In truth it will not be easy. It will take time. This is where you lose the instant gratification people. They run off after the so-called guru’s that promise them riches overnight. Some will not do anything.

The question I want you to ask yourself is this, if I do nothing will I be father ahead financially in 2 years, 5 years or 10 years from now? Now ask yourself this question, what if I did join a community like Wealthy Affiliate and followed the step by step affiliate training, where could I be financially in 2years, 5 years or 10 years from now? Only YOU can answer these questions.

The point that most people often overlooked is that the old concept of working all your life and then retiring at age 65 then you will start living, never comes to pass. If you believe that you will die broke and never have lived.

Interestingly enough most people will not stay in the same job long enough to retire and get a pension. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average worker will hold ten different jobs before age forty. And what about those who are not average. Their numbers will be even higher! Where do you fall average or above average?

How to become a affiliate marketer is easy. How to become a successful affiliate marketer is not. It will take time and patience. It will take lots of training.

In conclusion let me introduce you to an awesome community of some of the most dedicated affiliate marketers in the industry, who are all about helping one another succeed.

Let me introduce you to affiliate marketing the right way. Permit me introduce you to the path where most of the successful affiliate marketers in this industry have walked. Permit me introduce you to WEALTHY AFFILIATE.

To your future success.


28 Replies to “How To Become A Affiliate Marketer”

  1. Great question! How to become an affiliate marketer. There are lots of options out there, some good, some great, others terrible. You’ve referenced a solid product in Wealthy Affiliate. It’s not only one of the best platforms out there, it’s also one of the best online communities of people. Everyone reading should definitely check out the links to see what it’s all about!

  2. Hi Eric, I was impressed with your post about How to become a affiliate marketer.
    So many people are frustrated with their jobs, job uncertainty and lack of money so need options.
    With so many people being tired of all the MLM and make money scams out there….affiliate marketing has a lot of credibility compared to those other options.

    I think that’s an important warning…the gurus that promise tales of riches overnight.  You are right, building an affiliate marketing business takes time, you are creating an income producing asset through your website, growing traffic and helping your audience making informed buying choices (through your affiliate offers).  Sure that takes time.

    I agree with you that there’s more economic uncertainty and people are working harder and harder for less money.  Underemployment is rife and we live in the information age with 4+billion people online. Thanks for offering a viable sustainable alternative to so many people.

  3. This post is really interesting. Fantastic write up honestly. You have made me realise that affiliate marketing is the right choice to choose and it’s not just a scam. I also like that you have added that it’s not a get rich quick scheme. I just joined WA and I feel like your post had given me enough conviction to put in more efforts to becoming a successful affiliate marketer. As you have said, one should get started NOW and I believe it is my time. Thank you again for such awesome write-up.

  4. Haha, I definitely fall above average, I think I have changed job 10 times in 10 months. Maybe not quite that extreme. Nice article on affiliate marketing and it is so true, it’s not a walk in the park but so worth it. I have started this journey just a bit over a year ago and yet have not made a cent. However, I have learned a lot about myself because I am pursuing my dreams and affiliate marketing is a crutch to help me get there. Since we pretty much all market other peoples products, why not make some money with it. I am sure you might have a shirt with three stripes on it but are you getting paid for it?

    Cheers Hendrik

    1. Hi Hendrick 

      I appreciate you being honest ha ha and you’re not the only one. Yes affiliate marketing is not easy, but well worth the pursuit. Thanks 

      All the best


  5. I do agree, the time is now. The shopping mall is slowly becoming a dinosaur. While some sulk, others gain. So yes, it’s time to get on the wagon. That some people have become millionaires without a college degree is really the American dream, and I say that as a college graduate. I mean, look at Einstein, didn’t he drop out of college? You’ve referenced a nice product in Wealthy Affiliate, which is the first step in attaining that dream.

    1. Yes I believe this is the best time to be an affiliate marketer.Wealthy Affiliate is the way to go if you want to start off learning how to be an affiliate marketer the right way. Thanks Pentrental 

      All the best


  6. I get this question a lot from people who ask what I do for a living. When I tell them I earn online from affiliate marketing and other marketing segments they almost always ask this as a second follow-up question: “How can I become an affiliate marketer?” 

    This is good because I can go into my elevator speech (you do not have long to capture their attention) and highlight how I did it and how they can do the same. It is not rocket science but it takes a plan and then some work over a period of time. I do let them know that there are quite a few moving pieces but they are easily handled if you have the right resources and mindset.

    Really it comes down to those three elements and then when you drill down as you have done quite nicely in this post, you can see that anyone really can do it. The market segment is still growing, with thousands of niches to select from, and products that are now sold more and more online.

    The advice you have provided will get people started in the right direction. The link at the end of the article is one well worth clicking on to try out a platform that has worked for me and over a million other marketers. Wealthy Affiliate has provided me all the training, the resources, and the community to get my own business off the ground, and they can do the same.


    1. Hi Dave 

      I’m glad to see that my article resonated with. You mentioned something that’s near and dear to my heart: mindset. I believe without the proper mindset you won’t go far. You’ll quit at the first bump in the road. Thanks

      All the best


  7. One of the great things about Affiliate Marketing is its flexibility in accepting members globally. Unlike other online businesses who only accepts select western citizens, WA made it possible to give this offer this opportunity to others as long as you have a Paypal account.

    Monetizing money through affiliate marketing really depends on hard work and time you are able to give in this business. But with the help of substantial training, you can definitely gain knowledge and skills on how to achievw this goal. Another nice thing to say about is that it has no upsell. All the tools, program, training,community and affiliate partners you need for this business is given to you without extra charge. People should try it out.

    1. Hi Missus

       I love your comment because your comment gave me an idea for another post. You made me see something about Wealthy Affiliate from a different angle. Thanks

      Much Success


  8. I can’t agree more. Too many people online are looking for the get rich quick schemes and you said it, they don’t work. If it sounds too good to be true, stay away. Affiliate marketing is my favorite way to make money online and I have been doing it for just over 2 years. It does take a lot of work, ambition, and perseverance, but in the end it is definitely worth it as the passive income just keeps coming in. Wealthy affiliate is what I use and I too recommend it. It will teach you from the very beginning even if you have absolutely no clue what affiliate marketing is. It will take time and hard work, but in a year or two from now, if you stay with it and work consistently, you will be very happy. Great post and I completely back up your review. 

    1. Hi Rob

      Yes affiliate marketing is not get rich quick. I’m happy to hear that you are having success with affiliate marketing. Sometimes it’s hard for people to believe you when you’re telling the story, but it becomes that much more credible when they hear it from someone else as well. 

      Wealthy Affiliate is the best place to start if you to learn the business of affiliate marketing the right way. Thanks Rob

      Much Continued Success


  9. Hey there!  This post has a lot of great ideas, but I think a lot of people forget is that unlike other jobs, your insecure wage means that you can pour hundreds of hours and money into a niche that isn’t effective.  Where would you draw the line as to when to cut your losses?

    1. Hi Andrew

      I wouldn’t say that the niche isn’t effective. I would rather think that the marketing to the niche isn’t effective.  That is where the training that Wealthy Affiliate provides that would help with that.

      I think that a person who has a niche site already with the proper training from Wealthy Affiliate could take their niche site to another level. Thanks

      Much Success


  10. Few opportunities can offer big profit potential at extremely low risk like affiliate marketing. The biggest challenge lies in generating the high level of traffic required to bring in sales of the product and commissions in your account. One recommendation I have for new marketers is to start promoting just one or two products first. 

  11. In fact, becoming an affiliate isn’t so hard, but you need to follow the right courses and track for it. Also, which is the most important part, know what you want to write about. If you have this, you will see how your business is growing and flowing. Thanks for sharing it with us. 

  12. Hi Eric

    I like your post. Affiliate marketing is a good business. I like the fact that it does not require an important start-up capital and it is easy to start. I think that can lead people to think that anyone can succeed in doing affiliate marketing. But that is a wrong assumption, just like in everything we do in our lives, affiliate marketing needs work, patience, and commitment. Without that people quit and never achieve their goals.

    I have been doing affiliate marketing for a while now and I love it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Adyns

      Indeed! To excel at affiliate marketing will definately take work, patience and commitment. I’m with you i love affiliate marketing too. Thanks for commenting.

      Much Success


  13. Very nice article summarizing everything a newcomer needs to know about affiliate marketing. In theory it’s so easy when you hear the general concept but there is so much to it that once you start diving deeper you understand that there is so much to learn. But for anyone that wants to break free from their 9-5 job and are willing to spend the time, energy and effort to make it happen I believe it’s a great option to follow.

    1. Hi Stratos

      I agree. The concept is easy, but there is much to learn to be successful at it. Thanks for sharing.

      All the best


  14. A solid read Eric. 

    Definitely a lot of good information that can be applied to the affiliate marketing arena.

    It does take considerable effort, research, some good product knowledge acquired over time, and a willingness to read and learn.

    Collaboration with good authorities on products can definitely assist as well.

    When it comes to Wealthy Affiliate, the training it has provided me with is simply out of this world – I love it and fully recommend it to people looking to enhance their marketing skills.

    1. Hi Shane

      I appreciate you commenting and the compliment. WA is the place to be. Thanks

      All the best


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