How to Join Affiliate Programs and Start Earning

How to Join Affiliate Programs and Start Earning

If you have a blog or a website, I’m sure that you are thinking about how to join affiliate programs. Aside from creating consistent and compelling content, you should definitely look at monetizing your site.

With affiliate marketing, you don’t need to create your own products. You can leverage on products and services available in the market and place promotions in your site. It can truly be a lucrative online business, and how much you earn depends on the effort you put in this business.

We will be looking at what you should do as you start joining affiliate programs and including affiliate links in your site. I will also share with you how you can save time and manage your affiliate programs with much ease.

If you have any questions or want to offer you own personal review or feedback, feel free to share any insights you have at the bottom of this page.

How do you become an affiliate?

Simply put, you earn from helping others. When you promote other companies’ products or services, you earn a commission from it. You don’t need to spend a lot to start and it’s up to you if you want to do it part-time or full-time.

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose your niche and find relevant products to promote
  • Sign up as an affiliate, get your affiliate link and add it to your site
  • If your website visitors clicks the link and purchases something, you receive a commission based on the value of the item

I want to emphasize though that it takes time and you don’t reap the benefits of your hard work overnight. It is like any business – you have to commit to take action and look at ways to grow your business. You have to plant the seeds before you can even start to harvest.

I also think it’s really important to establish trust so don’t recommend anything you wouldn’t use or purchase yourself. Focus on helping others.

Search for relevant affiliate programs

At this point, you should’ve already selected your niche. It’s best to look at your interests and hobbies, or think of a problem you can help address.

>> Read: How to Find Niche Markets with 4 Simple Tips <<

Look at search engine results

Search for affilliate programs that are relevant to your niche using any search engine. For example, your niche and website is dedicated to iPhone photography.Google came up with 41,000,000 results! At an instant, you have pages of potential affiliate programs you can promote. If you sign up to these, you can be promoting iPhone photography training.

Look at affiliate programs or networks

You can also go further and do your research in popular affiliate programs since they might have other products or services that are relevant to your niche. Let’s look at some examples:

1. Amazon Associates

If we look at this search in Amazon, you have over 3,000 products to look at. For instance, you can find products such as lens and tripod kits, books, ring lights and waterproof casing.

Amazon Associates is a very popular site, however commission rates are quite low. If you want to read more about making money in Amazon as an affiliate, click here.

2. Shareasale

ShareASale allows affiliates to earn up to 10% commission on the products and services they promote on their website.

In this case, you can also look at different merchants that are relevant to your niche. It also shows you some stats which you might want to consider.

3. Clickbank

ClickBank features digital products like software, ebooks and membership sites. It has thousands of products available which reportedly offers up to 75% In commission.

Here are the results for iPhone photography:

As you join affiliate programs, it is a good idea to check the following:

  • Reputation of the affiliate program/ network
  • Payout method – This could be through direct deposit, check, or online payments like Paypal, Payoneer or Skrill.
  • Minimum payout – What this means is that is you are under the threshold, you won’t be paid.
  • Cookie length – While this differs, standard is 30-60 days.

As you have seen, while it can be exciting, it can also be time consuming to look for relevant affiliate programs to your niche. Each affiliate program would also have different ways of signing up, and it will definitely help to keep a spreadsheet of all your affiliate programs and log-in details.

Produce engaging content in your website

When you have your website up and running, it will definitely help if you consistently publish engaging and compelling content. This helps build trust and credibility.

You can promote affiliate offers using your affiliate links in the following ways:

  • Banner ads – These are usually prepared by affiliate programs/ networks and you can choose which ones you would like to use for your website. You can consider placing it in your sidebar or footer. Here’s an example:
  • Text links in your content/ reviews – When you recommend a company’s products or services, it will be good to place hyperlinksin your content or product reviews.
  • Email promotions – You can link to products and services in your email newsletters when your website visitors sign up to your mailing list.

What’s the easiest way to find and manage affiliate programs?

While ultimately it is your choice on how you go about your online business, I do recommend using a platform that serves as a one-stop shop for afiiliate marketers to create and grow their business.

My recommendation: Wealthy Affiliate

I really like this platform because it pretty much has everything you need for your online business and you can start for FREE. You can have access to training, access to the community, and earn while you learn. If you want to know more, read my review of Wealthy Affiliate.

While they have significant updates every year, what I wanted to share with you is their new Affiliate Programs Platform. It’s just been launched in May 2019. There is finally a place to see it all without going through a long process and it also offers transparency.

Here are the great things you can do:

  • Search for affiliate programs – It’s so easy to look for relevant affiliate programs. Using the previous example which is iPhone photography, you can easily see all the affiliate programs/ networks, you can apply filters to look at country availability, payout options, network fees, auto-approval, commissions and rating. You can also go straight to their website if you want to find out more – all in one place.

  • Follow and manage your affiliate programs – It’s also good to follow affiliate programs that you like so that you can get any program updates. And managing all your affiliate programs in one place will definitely help to be more organized. What I love is that you can communicate directly with affiliate managers.
  • Join discussions on the affiliate program – This is a good way to find out about positive or negative reviews from others who have tried it, and you can also ask questions. I think this is important because sometimes it’s challenging to find a review of an affiliate program elsewhere and you just have to try it out if you’re interested.

As this is version 1.0, it will continue to evolve. I highly recommend trying this out since I haven’t seen other platforms like this, and having it all in one place will definitely help you utilize your time better and get more information faster.

Putting it all together

It is definitely important to join affiliate programs so that you can start monetizing your site. You will be surprised at the number of affiliate programs and networks out in the market. There’s so much to choose from!

While it can be time-consuming to find relevant affiliate programs through search engines and going through affiliate programs one-by-one, there is an easier way. Try the Wealthy Affiliate affiliate programs platform and let me know how it has worked for you.

I hope you found this article on how to join affiliate programs valuable. If you want to learn more about how to start an online business, let me know and I can show you how.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these common affiliate marketing mistakes and the tips to make it work for you. If you have any questions or any feedback, please leave them below and I will be more than happy to help!

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8 thoughts on “How to Join Affiliate Programs and Start Earning”

  1. I’ve been trying to make a success of affiliate marketing for quite a while now and although I have made a few sales here and there I just cant seem to get any sort of consistent income. 

    I’ve tried Amazon associates and Shareasale before but I found you had to make an awful lot of sales to make even a smallish return. Clickbank can be a good place to find programs to promote but there’s also an awful lot of absolute dross in there too.

    I like you idea about searching google for affiliate programs and your description of how to use the + affiliate program is good. I also really like what you say about wealthy affiliate – I think I might check it out myself!

    1. Hi David. While affiliate marketing can be a lucrative source of income, you need consistency for it to work. It’s great that you’ve made sales. Try to look at what’s working for you. Which keywords or posts are bringing people to your website? What are they buying? How often do you post content? What ways have you looked at to increase traffic to your website? Perhaps you can also look at other affiliate programs. Might be good to look at your website’s dashboard and review what other strategies you can do. All the best!

  2. Hey,

    Thank you for this helpful post. I have been looking on the internet to start an online business for almost 2 years. I have spent money on buying courses and training, but so far I haven’t any income from trying everything I have learned. Also, I have used Amazon Associates and Clickbank, but still no income. It seems that my problem is how to attract traffic to my business.

    I really love what you said about Wealthy Affiliate, so I have to try them too. Can you start with a Free Membership?

    1. Hi Oana. It’s great that you are investing on learning, after all it is very important to know how to build your own business. I really do think Wealthy Affiliate will be very helpful because you limit what you have to spend on various tools and resources there are so many valuable tools and resources in that platform, plus training and the community. You really do get your money’s worth and you can definitely start with a free membership. Give it a try.

      You also mentioned that need to work on driving traffic to your website. I would suggest that you read this article on how to generate more traffic to your website. It’s also good that you are part of several affiliate programs, however how long has your website been up? Are you producing quality content consistently? Are you engaging with your readers? There are several factors to consider and you do need to give it some time. I recommend that you check your website’s dashboard (analytics) and look at your audience’s behavior. It might give you some idea of what else you need to work on. All the best.  

  3. I like Amazon as an affiliate program a lot. It’s easy to get accepted and pretty much everyone trusts Amazon to buy from there. I think it’s the best for beginners. I mean, we’re talking about 3000 products! I haven’t used ShareaSale or Clickbank yet, but I think it’s time to start, they look very promising.

    1. Agree with you, Kate. While the Amazon affiliate program offers low commission rates, it will be a shame to ignore their huge subscriber base. There’s 90 million paying Amazon Prime subscribers in the United States alone, and their international customer base just keeps growing. They do have a lot of products to choose from. Just don’t limit yourself to Amazon, try other relevant affiliate programs too. 

  4. Khobayer Khan

    Hello Raquel,

    At this current time, Affiliate marketing is the most popular platform for online work. In your article, you describe everything of the Affiliate program. In previous, I read a lot of articles but I must say this your article is the best article. In your article, you recommend Wealthy Affiliate for the affiliate program. I agree with you that Wealthy Affiliate is the best platform of affiliate marketing. Let me add that I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate. The training there is second to none and I’ve never been a part of such a great community. The tools, training, and resources are too good. When I start to work the Wealthy Affiliate community helps me a lot.

    Thanks for writing a wonderful and helpful article.

    1. Thanks for the compliments, Khobayer. Really glad to hear that you find Wealthy Affiliate valuable. The training does teach you everything you need to learn, and there are video classes to help you further. Since it is an online business and while you’re working on your own online business, you’re never really alone since the community is there to support you. All the best.

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