If you’ve ever wondered, how can you make money by affiliate marketing?  Follow these steps. I will help you. It’s simple but may not be easy.

  • Create a website
  • Become an affiliate

If you don’t already have a website set up, you’ll need to first create one. These steps are both simple and easy.Making money

From there, you’ll need to know what you’re doing.

Nowadays there are countless companies that have affiliate programs. Aligning yourself with a company or companies is where you begin. It’s generally as easy as providing some basic information. There is generally no cost to become an affiliate.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

In a nutshell affiliate marketing is selling other people’s products and being paid a commission for doing so.

Whether you realize it or not, you have probably bought things through an affiliate or affiliates. The reason you may not know is that you wouldn’t have paid more, although it’s entirely possible you may have even paid less.

For example, perhaps you’ve shopped for pricing of a cruise or vacation package and booked it online. It’s entirely possible you clicked onto an affiliate website without realizing it and booked it through that affiliate.

These days, nearly anything you purchase online is potentially sold through an affiliate.

Choose a product or company to promote

There are approximately two BILLION people online at any given time who are buying just about anything and everything.  Products to sell

You don’t have to limit yourself to only one product or company. It’s entirely up to you.

There’s a wide, almost endless variety of products and companies to choose from. Commissions can range anywhere from 1% to upwards of 50% or more.

Naturally, you may be more attracted to promoting high-commission products/services, or companies. However, it may be in your best interest to focus on lower commission percentages that will result in higher volume. There’s no right or wrong. It’s up to you.

Ideally you’ll choose to promote products and companies you either believe in or know something about, preferably both.

In the end the thing that will determine your level of success or lack thereof is how well you market whatever it is you’re promoting. This is where being simple often times becomes not easy, although that’s not necessarily the case.

The key factor to know who wants what you’re promoting in addition to how and where is the best way to reach them. That can be tricky.

How To Know Which Companies Offer Affiliate Programs

It’s easy if you know where to look.

Some companies allow you to sign up directly on their company website. Others go through a wholesaler or clearinghouse, a network that offers many affiliate programs.

Follow these steps to become an affiliate:

  1. Go to the company’s website you want to affiliate with
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the home page
  3. Find where it says affiliates or affiliate program
  4. Sign up

Let’s start with Target, a well-known American company.

First click on to the Target website https://www.target.com

Target website


Then scroll all the way to the bottom of the home page which is where you’ll be when you enter the site. There you will find five tabs (help, stores, apps, social, more). Click the tab that says more.

Target 2

That will take you to a pull-down menu. Scroll down until you see affiliates and click on that.

Target pull down

Drop down to affiliates


It will take you to a page that looks like this. Click where it says join today.

Target join today


It will take you to the sign-up page. Simply complete the form. There are five steps/pages.

Target affiliate sign up

Once you’ve completed the sign-up process, you wait for them to notify you of your approval. Sometimes that can be as quick as a few minutes, although it could take a few days. Every company is different. However, most companies use a similar sign-up process.

As is the case with Target, it shouldn’t cost anything to become an affiliate.

How and when you make money

Ultimately, your goal is for people to buy what they were going to buy anyway but to buy it through you. Your job is to make it as easy as possible for people to buy through you.

How creative are you?

You are paid when someone buys what you’re promoting through your website.making an affiliate sale

It’s possible you could start making money right away, although there’s no guarantee that will happen.

There are countless ways how you get people to buy what you’re promoting through you rather than anyone else.

Here are some ways:

  • Advertising (TV, radio, online ads, social media)
  • Word of mouth
  • Write articles
  • Discount coupons (the discount will come out of your commission)
  • Rebates (the rebate will come out of your commission)
  • Product reviews

How and where you can learn

The best way to learn anything is by doing.

You can learn by trial and error. There will be a certain amount of that no matter what. The question is, how much time and patience do you have?

You can pay someone to do the work for you and learn from watching what they do. Can you afford to do that?

You can also take classes at a community college or adult school.

You can also earn while you learn by being trained by an affiliate who offers an affiliate program of their own.

It’s an affiliate boot camp!

You can promote their product/service and earn affiliate commission while learning all the facets of affiliate marketing and more.

The boot camp includes how to create and develop a website.

One such company that offers such a program is one I highly recommend is Wealthy Affiliate.

Bootcamp classes

Click to read>>>>>> “What Is The Wealthy Affiliate Program For Or About?

Final thoughts

You can definitely make money by affiliate marketing.  There’s no one single way to do it.  There are countless ways.

It’s extremely important to know whom you’re trying to connect with, where they’re located, and that you offer them what they’re looking for.

Competition can be stiff.  However, if you’re creative and can reach people who are looking for what you have to offer, the rewards can be very lucrative.

It’s worth your while to do your homework and your due diligence by researching products and clearly define a target market if you plan to be successful.

Still wondering how you can make money by affiliate marketing?

If you have comments or questions, leave them below.  I will respond quickly.

  1. Hi

    Great information on how to make money with affiliate marketing.

    There are a lot of affiliate programs out there for a specific chosen niche and many different training platforms.

    I have always found Wealthy Affiliate the best in regards to learning affiliate marketing. The training is second to none.

    I look forward to some of your future posts.


  2. Excellent article on affiliate marketing Chris and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

    I particularly appreciated your focus on signing up with potential vendors. In your opinion when is the best time for an individual new to affiliate marketing (me) to expand on their affiliate network. Should I concentrate on one organization to start, and build a little traffic or is it ok to have several vendors in place from the beginning.



    • Anytime is the right time to start.  However, a lot of newbies make the mistake of bombarding their sites and their readers with so many affiliate links and ads that it drives people away.  Whatever/whomever you affilate yourself with be sure it’s relevant to your niche and target audience.

      Thanks for your comments.


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