If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this post on how to make money with affiliate marketing, it’s that affiliate marketing is fundamentally easy. I don’t mean that it’s a get rich quick scheme and the money will pour in overnight, but I mean that with dedicated work over time, anyone could be a successful internet marketer, because the skills required are not difficult.

So, to help get you started I’ve boiled the essence of getting started with an affiliate site into 3 Easy Steps.

How to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

Step 1: Choose a Niche

Niche selection is one of the most important things for you to consider when you’re starting out with a new site. Properly choosing a niche is a key step that will set you up for success, but if you don’t understand the basic principles of niche selection or how long-tail marketing works, your site might not do as well as you think.

The biggest mistake new marketers make is selecting a niche that’s too big. So whatever your website idea is, try to narrow it down. Then narrow it down again. That’s how you find a niche. Then you find a domain and hosting to match your niche, and you’re ready to go.

Step 2: Invest in Training

Affiliate marketing is not rocket science.

Yes, it is relatively easy to make money with affiliate marketing, but you can’t simply throw up a website and expect it to provide significant returns. The most valuable task you can do when just setting out is to invest in your own education. I hope this site can be a great resource for you, but investing in a quality course is also important so you can learn the tricks of the trade.

My personal favorite is Wealthy Affiliate because it provides a strong community-centered approach to learning, which is extremely important in keeping you motivated during the early days. Affilorama Blueprint is another good option.

However, the important thing is that you find the affiliate course that’s right for you, and only you can make that decision based on your personal experience, strengths, and objectives for your site.

Step 3: Write, Write, Write

This step is where most people run into trouble. They key to developing a successful site is to build out high quality and consistent content for your target audience.

You will need a minimum of 50-100 posts or pages before you will even begin to see results, and several hundred posts is really a strong target. This means that you need to be prepared to spend time writing content for your site for several months.

This step takes dedication, but your labor will eventually pay off.

I hope this post encourages you to get started building your own affiliate site. Please let me know if you have any questions and how else I can help. Remember, the most important action is simply to take action!