Looking for an internet marketing online affiliate program that will make you money?
Or do you simply want to learn about internet marketing and how to find and leverage an online affiliate program?
Today I will be showing you some quick and easy methods that you can use to find affiliate programs as well as provide you with a basic education on internet marketing.
Don’t worry, you’ll feel much better than this baby by the time you’re done reading this article.
Internet Marketing Online Affiliate Program Basics:
How does internet marketing and affiliate programs work?
Maybe you know this, but for those who don’t, it’s a very simple & cool concept.
Almost every product or service sold online has an affiliate program associated with it.
An affiliate program works by allowing a person/business/website (a.k.a. affiliate marketer/internet marketer) to affiliate themselves with a product or service.
With each affiliate program that you get approved for, you will get a tracking code that is specific to you, your company, and your website.
That code is embedded in the form of a link or banner that you place up on your site.
So if someone comes to your site and clicks on an affiliate link, they are instantly connected to the sales page or website where they can purchase the product or service.
Once purchased, you as the affiliate marketer would get a commission for the sale.
Now this will not cost the customer anything extra for purchasing a product through an affiliate link or banner.
That fee comes to the internet marketer from the seller of said product.
The only major stipulation for most online affiliate programs is that (in most cases) you need to have a website.
Not all affiliate progrsm require the physical presence of a website, but the majority do.
So if you’re really looking to get started with affiliate marketing, you need to start by building a website.
You can build a free website using the Siterubix Website Builder below. Just put in your website name and you can start building your site right now for free.
Now one thing to note with all free website builders who use a free website builder: You won’t have your own domain name.
For example, with this site Learn To Grow Wealth Online, if I used a free builder, my domain name would be https://learntogrowwealthonline.siterubix.com/ AND NOT https://learntogrowwealthonline.com/.
If you’re just starting out with internet marketing, you can always go with a free website. You can still get content ranked and sell affiliate products on a free site.
But if you want a more professional name, like a .com or .org, you will want to purchase your domain name.
You can purchase a domain name from Wealthy Affiliate’s Domain Name Service. This is who I use on all my websites and they are quite easy to work with and provide quick service. Plus their domain names cost under $13 dollars.
You will also need hosting. You can have free unlimited website hosting with Wealthy Affiliate, (which is more of an affiliate marketing/online business training program) or you can opt for a service like SiteGround.
If you need help putting up your site, I’d go with Wealthy Affiliate.
Otherwise, SiteGround will work fine. If you have multiple websites, Wealthy Affiliate offers state-of-the art Cloud Hosting for up to 25 sites with a WA Premium Membership.
Do You Already Have Your Own Website or Blog?
If you already have a website set up, then you simply apply to be an affiliate with the product you would like to promote.
Once approved for the program, you can promote that product on your website, blog, social media, wherever.
The tracking of affiliate marketing from website to purchase is completed using “cookies” that are stored in the buyers web browser.
These “cookies” allow you, as an affiliate marketer, to get credit for the sale when the buyer goes on and purchases the product.
“Cookies” typically are stored on the buyer’s internet browser for a specific period of time (usually 30 days).
This allows the affiliate marketer to get credit for the sale even when that buyer makes their purchase at a later date.
So say for example that I want to market Dr. Dre’s Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones.
I would first set up my Amazon account with their affiliate program (Amazon Associates) and that would allow me to get a tracking code for this product (already completed).
You can set your own Amazon Associates Account right here.
I then place this code into my photo here and if someone clicks the link (embedded in the photo) and buys these headphones, I would get a commission.
So it’s a win-win situation for both the product owner and the internet marketer.
The internet marketer can earn commissions for virtually any product available online while the product/service owner can increase their sales numbers and further their product outreach, without paying costly advertising fees.
The commissions will vary per product or service.
But if you have a website that sees a decent amount of traffic or if you can drive traffic to your site, you can make some good money in sales commissions.
Creating Successful Marketing Campaigns:
Like I said, the majority of affiliate programs require that you have a website.
So if you need to get started building a website, you can learn the basics of how to build a quality website right here.
Once you have the basics of your site established, you need to be able to drive traffic naturally to your website or pay for advertising to get visitors.
Most sites that are set up only with advertisements are ignored and will never see good search engine rankings.
They are considered SPAM sites by search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
People need a reason to stay on your website. You need to be able to offer something of value.
Most of the time this is in the form of content. I’m talking about website content that provides your users with valuable information so that they can be better informed to come to a buying decision.
In most cases with affiliate marketing this in the form of providing a quality product review.
Your review needs to contain substantial information backing up why you recommend or don’t recommend such and such product.
You need to offer your visitors something of value if you want them to stay and read your take on a certain product, so really you need to offer your readers Quality Content.
Quality Content does a couple of amazing things for websites.
- It provides value to your readers.
- Establishes credibility and trust with you and your website.
- Provides search engines a way to rank your content and then drive traffic naturally to your site.
For example, let’s say you are marketing a product from Amazon.
If you write a basic product description and review just like the ones that already exist on Amazon, then what are you really offering that’s different or unique from what Amazon already provides?
Amazon provides a product description and reviews for every single product they sell.
Your content needs to be original and based on your unique perspective as someone who really knows the product.
You want to give a first hand experience as to why owning that product is beneficial.
If you sound like a salesman, you won’t do well in affiliate marketing.
But if you write quality content based on your personal perspective about that product, you won’t even have to try to sell the product. It will sell itself just like a personal referral from a friend.
Have you ever asked a friend about a product or movie recommendation?
Of course, we’ve all done that.
Once your friend gives you the basics, you don’t even question the referral, you just trust your friend and make your decision.
So if you honestly convey yourself through your product reviews or promotions, you will build trust with your audience.
It will be like you are just giving a natural recommendation to a friend.
Do Your Research Before You Market a Product?
The last thing you want to do on your website is promote products that are low in quality.
You want to put in a little due diligence and investigate the product. It’s better to first look at the product you want to promote and see what kind of product reviews are out there.
Are there any negative ones?
Is the product durable and well made?
Does the product have great reviews on Amazon or other sites that sell the product?
What type of warranty does the product offer? How stable is the company that sells the product? What is their customer service and exchange policy like?
Below is a review of the Dr Dre Beats headphones that I listed above.
With this review there are several negative reviews (2 Stars or below = 66 negative reviews).
So I would have to dig in and research the product as well as buy it if I really want to promote this product as an affiliate marketer.
But we have a good start here with over 280 5 star reviews.
Questions like the ones I listed above will allow you to find solid products to represent and market on your site.
Remember it’s your reputation too as the owner of your website and business.
How to Find Internet Affiliate Marketing Programs?
Now this is about the easiest thing in the world. So if you haven’t heard of this technique, you’re going to love it and never forget it.
Ready here it is…
Product Name + Affiliate Program
Just take whatever product you are looking for and do a Google search with the “Product Name”, a + sign and the worlds “Affiliate Program”.
You will then see within the first few search results the affiliate program that you’re looking for.
With this system, you can also find affiliate marketing networks that represent a specific line of products or 1,000’s of other different products.
For example, let’s say I love Schwinn bikes and want to promote them on my site. I type in Schwinn bikes + affiliate programs.
You can see within the first 3 results that there are three affiliate programs. Two from Schwinn themselves as well as one from Performance Bicycle Affiliate Program. I would further investigate who has better commission structure and so on.
I would then click into their affiliate program, check out their pay structure and policies and then sign up to be an affiliate.
You normally just need to put in your website address, name, and personal information of your business or self. Many times the affiliate program will give you an approval with in 24-48 hours.
Once approved, you will get your special tracking link and choice of banners that you can put up on your website.
Special Note: Banners don’t prove to be as effective as links. So content driven reviews that use links that are placed strategically create higher sales conversions and more payouts.
Exceptions to the Rule:
Not all affiliate programs will accept you if you don’t have a well developed site that sees a good amount traffic.
It doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen. So taking the time to build your website based on quality content and keyword research.
You’ll find this is very important in order to build a successful long term affiliate marketing business.
What Are Affiliate Marketing Networks?
Sometimes when you type in a Certain Product Name + Affiliate Program, you will be taken to an affiliate marketing network (like the Performance Bicycle Affiliate Program listed above). These networks represent multiple products, sometimes 1000’s of them.
You still follow the same procedures to get approved with affiliate marketing networks, but you have some advantages.
Once the Affiliate Marketing Network approves you, you can easily apply to market multiple products.
Examples of these types of networks are:
- Amazon Associates
- Commission Junction
Now these are well know affiliate marketing networks that have thousands of products to market and sell.
But there are literally thousands of other products and services that have their own affiliate programs or affiliate networks.
You can even market books, hotels, flights, vacations, online educational systems, etc.
Just use the method above and you can find an affiliate for whatever product you want.
Remember, just type into Google…
Product Name + Affiliate Program
You’ll be able to find the affiliate program that’s right for you.
Now there is an amazing tool that I mentioned earlier, Jaaxy.
Jaaxy is a keyword research tool that streamlines the whole process of finding affiliate programs, domain names, and awesome keywords, but I won’t get into that today.
Click here to learn more about Jaaxy!
If you really want to understand how to create awesome affiliate marketing campaigns, build authoritative websites, write quality content, then get yourself educated today.
I learned how to do these tasks through an online training center called Wealthy Affiliate. You can read all about Wealthy Affiliate right here and get started on the right track.
Thanks for reading my internet marketing online affiliate program article. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you.
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Alex Morco says
Thanks for this awesome guide, I was looking to setup an affiliate business and your post helped me a lot to set up a blog for affiliate marketing. Hope it will help your readers as well.
First of all, I would like to thank you for your very good information with regards to affiliate marketing. I am one of your subscribers here for quite some time now and really learned so much from your site.
In fact you are one of the few people that convinced me to go premium at WA.
I was never able to have a free trial but the reviews of other members, including yours, made me to go premium this black Friday only.
I just want to ask a particular question with regards to looking for an affiliate program. You said that I can apply and promote several products from an affiliate program or network.
Can we just select or choose products to promote even if they are related?
Are the products we need to promote are those related to our niche website? Can we promote for example a bicycle or headset even if our site for example is a health-related website? Or we need to build niche websites in relation to the product we are about to promote?
Please enlighten and looking forward to your more content-driven posts. Thank you so much.
Thanks Troy for the kind feedback, very cool. As to your questions, I hope this clears it up.
You can certainly promote two products in the same niche or multiple. You should stick to products based on your niche, but if their somewhat related, this isn’t an issue.
I wrote a review about an egonomic desk accessory that I really liked and it was related to this niche site on Learn To Grow Wealth Online because this site discusses working online. Plus I have a background as a Therapist to add in my own unique perspective.
If you’ve got a brand-able site, then make it an authority site based on anything related to your niche. If you want to create smaller sites where you target the domain name with your keywords, and then hit just products about that specific niche, that would work as well.
It’s an open system so to speak. You can build larger niche sites or smaller ones. I think I prefer larger ones because over time you can rank targeted content much quicker and the site presents as an authority and that will improve sales conversions.
Hope this helps,
Thanks for the very thorough post on how affiliate marketing works. I’ve been intrigued to learn more and I’m so glad I found your post.
I also checked out your recommendation to learn more about online business through Wealthy Affiliate, and I must say that I’m loving the style of classes and it’s really easy to complete the tasks and build my website. Looking forward to more learning.
You bet Andy, happy to help and I think as you keep taking classes you’ll find your site evolves over time and gets better and better if you put in the work.
If you get stuck, just ask the community or send me a message.
Jose Carrillo says
I like the look and feel of this blog post. When you have a niche website, market on the Internet for free traffic.
Then have a landing page for paid traffic and scale up with a winning landing page and winning ad you can make money online.
Thanks Jose for your feedback.
Hey! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone!
Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!
Keep up the excellent work!
Thanks Kerstin for you kind feedback and reading my blog, the intention is to help people learn internet marketing and how to leverage online affiliate programs to make some green.
Let me know if you ever need any help or have any questions on internet marketing/affiliate marketing/website development.
My brother recommended I might like this blog.
He was totally right. This post truly made my day. You can’t imagine just how much time I have spent looking into affiliate marketing only to be let down by gurus and scams!
You’re welcome Alvera, happy to help. You might also find this post interesting, How to Make Money Blogging For Beginners or my Guide to Making Money Online.
Way cool! Thanks for all the information on affiliate marketing, now I finally know how to find affiliate marketing programs and know what internet marketing is all about. I appreciate this write-up and the rest of the website as well.
Quick question, what is the best way to get started with affiliate marketing and do I really need to use a program like Wealthy Affiliate?
Thanks for your feedback on my internet marketing online affiliate program post. To answer your question, you certainly can go about putting up a website and trying it out on your own.
But why struggle when there is such a step learning curve. Wealthy Affiliate allows you to get started for free with them to test the waters out and then their professional program comes out to $1/day on their yearly program. Plus you have such a great structured program that teaches you systematically how to put up affiliate sites correctly.
Plus you have wonderful community support and access to affiliate marketing professionals to guide you along your journey.
I wouldn’t waste my time struggling with something like starting an affiliate marketing business, I’d go with a proven system like WA.
When you join the Free Starter Membership, I’ll send you a message on how to get started and you can start taking classes to build your online business right away.
Let me know if you have any other questions and have a nice day,
I just saw a presentation by Anik Singal on his Affiliate Marketing programs, and I was wondering if you’ve ever reviewed him or his programs. He has a membership site (Profit Academy) for anyone wanting to learn about autoresponders using opt-in pages for affiliate marketing. The program is a lifetime membership for $3000 USD, which pretty much comes out to 10yrs worth of the “Wealthy Affiliate” marketing program, but is all upfront. I was intrigued because it seems like its a fast way of coming up to speed to quickly start making money online. Many of his students came on the program to talk about the millions they were already making just a few short months after starting. I was contemplating purchasing his program, but was wanting to know your thoughts on it before I commit. Please let me know what you think about this business opportunity. Many thanks for all that you do. BTW, I already am a WA member…
I have not reviewed Profit Academy at this time. But after receiving your message, I started looking into Anik Singal and Profit Academy.
A cautionary note, Anik Singal has made great money online as an internet marketer but with mixed perceptions within various internet marketing communities. Many products that he has sold have been major let-downs for most users.
I’m referring to Inbox Blueprints, Future of Wealth, Income Kickstart, Lethal Commission, and IMTarget.
He also doesn’t allow a free trial period and only unlimited support within the first 90 days that you enroll in Profit Academy. There is no set community support since the program is new and you’re forced to shell out $3,000 for a product that breaks down to..
1). Learning how to sell affiliate marketing products.
2). Learning how to create your own digital product to then sell through affiliate marketing networks.
All this with an unproven track record and a hefty price tag of 3K, I’d think twice. Personal stories of lots of success in a short period of time usually represent a scam. I believe I read that he was telling people that they can make $3,000 to $4,000 dollars/mo within the first month of doing his program. I don’t think you’ll find any experienced internet marketer tell you statements like this, and I know several very successful internet marketers.
Again, I don’t fully know this program, but what I’ve gathered when I did a short search were that there are two types of reviews out there on Profit Academy.
1). Affiliate link reviews supporting Profit Academy and
2). More realistic reviews that were pointing out some obvious flaws in this system.
If you want to build your own digital product to sell online, I’d recommend Clickbank University as a much cheaper alternative to Profit Academy. $297/year for unlimited training and support versus $3,000, no free trial period and 90 days of support with Profit Academy.
Give it some time and see if new reviews come out or investigate a bit further. If I end up doing a review on them, let me know if you’d like to see it.
For now I’d focus on your training at Wealthy Affiliate, build out your site with quality content and fill your mind with as many Webinars as you can, stick with the training for now. We all want the automated fast track, but it’s not the reality.
Thank you very much for doing some research on this. I was very drawn in through his sales pitch, but from what you’ve taught us, the “hurry up & buy now” thing just doesn’t sit too well with me. I guess I was just trying to fast track it since I do now believe (after getting educated on your site & WA’s site) in internet marketing. So much information to sift through. I sooo appreciate you taking the time to do some research on this & look forward to anything you put out on your site. Your information is great! It’s nice to know good, honest people like you exist in the world.
Blessings to you,
You bring a tear to my eye. What a wonderful and kind thing to say. I really appreciate your feedback on me and my site.
As for Profit Academy, I’m going to have to investigate them more. But from what I was seeing and what you were saying, they’re pushing all the buttons that scam programs push. Which are, testimonials of people making great cash right away, no free trial period to try out their system and then they sell you on the big ticket idea that you’re only paying 3K but you get a life time membership.
Sounds creepy to say the least. I’ll put out a review on these guys very shortly.
Stick with the training with Wealthy Affiliate if you really want to build an online successful business. It’s the best training available in today’s market. It takes time, hard work, and perseverance. But if you are passionate about your niche, you can do it.
Come back anytime Rose and leave a comment or question on anything you might have and I’ll help you out.
Blessings to you too,
Wow, I’m super impressed with your prompt review of PA (as well as all other reviews). I really appreciate knowing there’s a real person on the other end to communicate concerns with. I am especially grateful to you for your high standards & level of integrity you hold in your community and for continuously looking out for us (your devoted followers). This is the kind of thing that stands truthfully through the test of time.
Much success & happiness to you Todd,
That’s very kind of you to say and actually really means a lot to me. I’ve spent more hours than you want to know on my reviews and I strive to get the most accurate picture of whatever I’m reviewing.
It takes time to do the research and time to put the pieces together.
It took some time to realize that although the education on affiliate marketing he was providing was quality, the misrepresentation of expected income, the past programs taught by Anik Singal that have failed people, and the ridiculous cost of his educational system make this one a LOOSER.
You can get a much more complete education with more in depth training with the Wealthy Affiliate University.
They provide ongoing support, structured classes, and the best online education in affiliate marketing.
Thanks again Rose for your super kind words and I wish you the best.
I’m still learning Internet marketing and happen to find your site.
It does help me refresh what is internet marketing again.
Hope to see more updates from you
Thanks for your kind feedback on my site and in regards to internet marketing. If you really want to get back into it full swing, I would recommend following the training program offered by Wealth Affiliate. Even if you have some experience, it’s amazing how much there is to learn about internet marketing. You also want to make sure you are following correct strategies and not some out-dated strategies that can actually hurt your website.
Let me know if you have any questions on getting started and best of luck to you.
Hilda Buitrago says
Hello Todd. The first picture beautifully illustrates how overwhelmed some people might feel when they first hear about affiliate marketing. The detailed information you provide here regarding the steps, the tools, the resources and the support they can get should greatly bring peace of mind to those people. the emphasis you put on qualitly content and reviews is very important. Knowing the pros and cons of a product and niche will turn any beginner into an authority in a short time. As yo so wisely stated here, due diligence is required to achieve this goal. Congratulations for your great work here. Blessings!
Hi Hilda, thanks for your comment. I know there can be some confusion with internet marketing and online affiliate programs, so I really hope I made it as clear as possible. Affiliate marketing is a hot field, but I think a lot of people miss the fact that you have to provide valuable content if your going to have success in this business. Good to hear from you and blessings to you.
Gary Rethford says
Hi Todd, are you a member of Jaaxy? I noticed that you had the free keyword tool set up, I would like to put that on my website as well, what a great way to serve your readers…outstanding!!!
Hi Gary, thanks for you feedback. Yes, I am a member of Jaaxy. To me, it’s just a must have tool if your writing online or building a website. If you want to see my review of Jaaxy, you can take a look at it here
Agreed on putting up a free keyword tool to your website to help others, that’s what it’s all about, helping others.
Thanks again and have a great weekend,
Hi Todd, I really enjoy visiting your site, your website is very helpful and detailed. This sure will help someone looking to start out with affiliate marketing on the right foot. Keep up the good work!
Look forward to your next article. 🙂
Thanks so much for you kind comments about my site. That really is nice to know that people are benefiting from all the hard work I’ve put into Learn To Grow Wealth Online. Internet marketing and online affiliate programs still prove to be one of the best methods for people to create real (HONEST) online businesses. And I know there are a lot of people out there looking to learn how to make money online.
Unfortunately there are also a lot of scams out there that confuse and mislead people. The goal to this site is to provide accurate detailed information to help people who want to really make an online career. And the easiest way for someone who is new to online marketing is to start by building a niche website. Then apply affiliate programs that they know, trust, and believe in that will be useful for their readers.
Jennifer, if you need any help finding a proper education to accomplish your online goals, I highly recommend the Wealthy Affiliate Program. WA provides great training, 1,000’s of hours of educational content and videos, personal help from the WA community and owners, and the price is very economical. Much better than any university or college out there.
You can even start out for free. Check them out, start your training and build your own passive income producing website.
It can happen, it just takes passion, work, and time. But you can do it. Best of luck and let me know if there is anything else I can help you with regarding internet marketing or online affiliate programs.
My brother suggested I might like this website.
He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You can’t
imagine just how much time I spent looking for this information! Thanks!
Thanks Augustus, glad to hear that this internet marketing and online affiliate program article could help you out. Let me know if you have any follow up questions and I’d be happy to help.
Busy Girl says
Hi Todd, You really pack a lot of information into a small space! You make me feel like even I can do this too.
I was talking to my landlady this evening who is retired and she is looking for something to do to occupy her time. So I had to tell her about the Wealthy Affiliates University. Such an amazing program to help anyone who wants to write in their spare time – but on top of that can earn money too, and not just give away their time for free!
Most people are afraid to start their own website, but if they knew how easy it is when explained by Wealthy Affiliates, all their fears would be over! I appreciate all the information you have provided here, now it’s time to get started!
Hi Busy Girl,
Thanks for your feedback on my post and your kind compliment. I agree with you, for an outsider looking into the online world of building websites or learning how to make money online, it can be a little overwhelming. But you are correct, the Wealthy Affiliate University really lowers those fears and shows you how you can do all these tasks. Then once you begin following the daily classes and completing the daily tasks, you realize that it’s not all that hard.
Great to hear from you as always and tell your landlady to give it a go. It’s free to try out and easy to follow.
Ms. Linda says
I have been looking at trying Affiliate Marketing for some time now.. Thank You for all of the great advice. I feel like I have a place to start now.
You’re quite welcome. Affiliate marketing is a hot market, just go to the Wealthy Affiliate University and they can teach all you need to know to become a super affiliate marketer.
Let me know if you have any other questions and I’d be happy to help.
What a thorough article. You left no stones unturned here. One thing I would suggest to anyone who wants to learn to become an internet marketer is to learn how to build a website if they haven’t done so yet. Not ALL affiliate programs require you to have a site to be accepted into their affiliate program however, you will know much more about how to promote affiliate products by building a site first.
Thanks for your feedback and you are absolutely correct. Starting off building a website is the first step, coming up with a theme and laying the foundation just takes a little time (for me about 3-4 days). Then you can start building out your site with with quality content articles that support your product reviews that will help with organic traffic and natural rankings. Affiliate marketing is incredible, it just takes a little time. If you want any more information on how to get started in this process, check out the Wealthy Affiliate University, they teach it all.
This is some great stuff. I have read a lot of stuff online on this subject and I would have to say that you have explained the process of Affiliate Marketing in the best descriptive and yet interesting way I have found.
Some pretty awesome information here and I will definitely recommend this to any and everyone I come across wanting to learn how they can become an affiliate marketer.
Thanks for all that is Learn To Grow Wealth Online!
Until Next Time Todd,
Nice to hear from you and really appreciate your comments. Affiliate marketing is the way to go if you want to make real money online and more importantly if you want to create a real online business that can continue to grow over time.
Thanks for stopping by and take care,
I love your focus on quality content. It is a good exercise to ask what you may be providing different than Amazon already has. A video review of the product would be a great way to create unique content. Plus, it gives you credibility because it would show that you actually have used the product and you know what you are talking about.
You always have great advice and I love that you give tips on doing things the right way.
Thanks so much for you kind compliment. I agree with you, if you’re going to give an in depth review and you want to have success as an affiliate marketer, you really need to know the product you are reviewing, even if it takes a little extra time. Video is absolutely a strong component to any review and well worth the time to use it in conjunction with quality content. Plus, getting your review videos up an YouTube is a great way to reach a larger audience.
Thanks again for your feedback and have a wonderful day.