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Updated on July 31, 2009

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners-One Step At A Time

In my hubs I am going to try and be as straight forward as possible especially since I am leading towards writing about affiliate marketing for beginners. I am rather disappointed in so many of the so called gurus who keep tricking new people into buying product after product with no concern for them at all.

So the first thing I'm going to tell all newbies is quit buying anything right now. Yes, as a marketer there are some things you should buy, but that can come a little later. Before you get all excited at the concept of making a pile of money over the weekend in your pajamas sitting at your kitchen table you need to understand some things.

First of all the pajama, kitchen table thing just doesn't work unless you happen to scratch a winning lottery ticket at that moment.

There are a lot of gurus I had a lot of respect for until the last couple of months. It seems the boys club has all got together and at least once or twice a week they are all introducing a new product to the market that is supposed to be better than the one released just a couple days ago.

So put your wallet away for a while, sit back and listen to what I have to say.

Affiliate Marketing For Beginners-The First Step

The first step in affiliate marketing for beginners is taking a look at yourself and deciding if you really have what it takes. I know many of the gurus say things like "easy money", "quick cash", "make money today" and so much more. Sorry to disappoint you but that just doesn't happen.

You need to understand 5 things before you even attempt to move forward in an affiliate marketing career.

You need to believe in yourself, willing to learn, willing to put in the hard work, willing to be patient and have the desire to succeed.

I will now go through each one of these points briefly.

Affiliate Marketing For Beginners-Believe In Yourself

As a person at the beginning of trying to make money online you are going to have to put up with a lot of negative attitude from people around you.

That is the main reason I got out of MLM and only focus on affiliate marketing. At least with affiliate marketing you don't have to beg people to sign up to something. When they buy it is something they came looking for.

You have to be able to shrug of the negative influences in your life. Now I'm not saying to disown your family or something like that. It's important to just not let them get to you.

At the beginning they will be very quick to jump all over you because you won't be making much if any money at the start. You will also hear the word scam from them a lot. While there are a lot of scams going on it's your responsibility to make sure you don't get involved in these kinds of programs.

Every morning when you wake up just tell yourself that no matter what you will be moving forward with this. Slowly you will start seeing things happening and then they will come around.

It took me three years to get things figured out. Don't worry there is no reason for it to take you that long because you just don't have to make the same mistakes I made. I finally learned about affiliate marketing and all things have since worked out very nicely.

Affiliate Marketing For Beginners-Be Willing To Learn

When you get into affiliate marketing for beginners you need to be willing to learn. Even the most advanced marketers need to be continually learning so you must understand you are at somewhat of a starting point here.

You will need to set some time to just learning. That means you have your chat shut off, you are not reading emails or anything like that. It will require focus but you could consider it like an apprenticeship. If you dedicate an hour each day then use that hour for learning. You will be very surprised how much you can learn and retain in an hour if you focus.

If there are parts you just don't understand you will need to write down your questions and find the answers. I can't stress enough that no matter what anyone tells you the affiliate marketing process takes time. It just won't happen over night.

Affiliate Marketing For Beginners-Hard Work

Affiliate marketers for beginners or veterans will prove the same thing. There is nothing easy about it. You need to understand that affiliate marketing requires a ton of effort before you ever see any real rewards for your efforts.

The biggest warning I can give to anyone is there is no such thing as easy or quick money. I am sorry to disappoint you but that's just a fact of life. I too fell for the get rich quick garbage so please learn from my mistakes. If someone offers you the easy money route just walk away and don't look back.

You will have to put in hard work. Now I don't mean physical labor but mentaly you need to be prepared to put in all the effort you have. You will need to focus and stay focused. You will need to work and keep working. The biggest thing is when things get tough just work harder and never give up.

Affiliate Marketing For Beginners-Be Patient

In affiliate marketing for beginners I must have told 1000s of people how they need to be patient. So many times they think they need to be making money on Tuesday when they only started on Monday.

I'm sorry but barring a miracle the money just wont come that fast. Anyone that believes it will really needs to sit back and rethink their decision to work online. Thinking you will make quick money will get you disappointed and force you to quit quicker than you can even really get started.

All these people that promise you fast and easy money have lost sight of where they got started. I can guarantee they too had to be patient and work their butts off to get where they are. It's important to know that most of these people forgot where they actually came from. It is sad but you will be pleased to know there are still a lot of great marketers that do remember where and how they got their start and are always willing to help the people just getting started.

Affiliate marketing for beginners will always need the kind of people who still care when they are looking for mentoring. If the very first thing they do is try and sign you up to courses that are going to cost you hundreds and hundreds of dollars then you better do some rethinking.

Affiliate Marketing For Beginners-You Will Succeed

You have to have the desire to succeed when you make the decision to make a living online. When I say you need the desire that means you are willing to do whatever it takes as long as it is only ethical ways.

I used to lie to myself by saying I was working online. All I would really be doing was checking emails, browsing the internet, playing games and really not getting anything done that meant anything.

I'm not sure what did it but one day I finally decided that enough was enough. I decided that I was going to succeed online. I decided to quit wasting my time and start doing the things that I needed to do. It took me a long time to figure this out, I wasted a lot of time and I would be at least a year ahead if not for my wasted time.

You don't need this to happen to you.

Affiliate Marketing For Beginners-The Final Word

At the end of the day the decisions need to be up to you. You need to take the time to sit back and decide if you have what it takes. Working online isn't for everyone and that's okay. Of course if it was easy then everyone would be doing it.

The thing is you really don't have to be one of those 95% that don't succeed. The fact is myself and others can help steer your way, we can show you where to get the tools but how you decide to react is something only you can decide on.

I have helped many people move forward in their affiliate marketing for beginners. But unfortunately even people I have tried to help have failed. I use to take this personally but not anymore. I know what it takes and I know if you want to succeed you also need to know what it takes.

When all is said and done have a look at the best training course online by checking out the Affiliate Nuts website.


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    • kev8 profile image


      8 years ago

      Good article,I have an affiliate marketing website. Its doing okay but I think it could be doing a lot better. Any recommendations on websites I could look it to learn how to improve the layout of my site or how to improve conversion rates???

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      One step at a time

    • profile image

      I C MONEY 

      8 years ago

      I'm new and I've been crawling all over the place looking for appropriate guidance. Getting same informations and ideas but often stuck. I understand now. I have to take it one by one, slowly, to be affiliate marketing beginner.

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks fm


    • FGual profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Great information here. It's easy to get lost in information overload, with many IMs trying to entice you into their products or programs. There are a few great Internet Marketers out there.

    • samironwebtrack profile image


      8 years ago

      Very important and interesting hub.

      Checkout my hub and comment it.

    • seamist profile image


      9 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      Great hub!

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      9 years ago from Canada

      There are things you should eventually buy but they are tools that will assist in making your business easier and bigger. Some are like autoresponders, hosting, domain names and actually there are a couple of pretty good training courses but you need to purchase these things when you are ready and not when some guru talks you into it.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment.


    • PpcJen profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for the great advice for newbies. I agree that it is terrible how some "gurus" prey on new people and try their best to convince them they NEED this new product. Its disheartening and sad.

      Great advice - STOP BUYING THINGS!!

      Great job!

    • Research Analyst profile image

      Research Analyst 

      9 years ago

      Affiliate marketing is the best way to make money online and with a set marketing funnel even a newbie can do it:

      1.start with picking a product, either digital(clickbank,or plr master resell rights) or physical(amazon,ebay)

      2.then check search volume on google keyword search tool

      3.then pick keyword phrases create a niche blog using weebly, wordpress or squidoo or on your own blog use PHP code

      5.pick a domain name from GoDaddy (with main keyword in the url)

      6. add content to your blog, and a opt-in box for a newsletter, Cloak/mask affiliate url with tiny url

      7. promote your blog (use article directories, use twitter, video marketing)

      8. track your clicks with google analytics

      9. rinse and repeat

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      It's a tough world out there! Affiliate marketing ranks up there with trading in terms of competitiveness. But if you can develop your edge, it can be very profitable.

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Scamming or scheming might make you some short term money but if you want to be in this for the long haul you need to believe in yourself and your business.

      Thanks for being a fan and thanks for the comment. I will go and check your hubs and profile.

    • dodofone profile image


      9 years ago

      You have a very quite good hub, very informative. I am not a believer for a quick scheme money. You 're right we are wasting a lot of time to not be focus to succeed! I joined your fan club. I am newcomer with HubPage but really like it!


    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      9 years ago from Canada

      You are absolutely right. There has to be results in order to even stay interested. My partner and I have just finished our first year online together and I will never forget our first month of which we made $150. It has all been uphill from there.

    • Silver Camphor profile image

      Silver Camphor 

      9 years ago from Maharashtra India

      Great information. The only thing I feel important to be successful on Internet is time. If you work on Internet for 5 years, you will definitely learn a lot and get successful. But you can not dedicate 5 years without results. The need is to be smart in your thinking and do what is useful and that gives results, quickly.

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Its absolutely important if you want to succeed online to treat it like any other business and understand all businesses need a starting point.

      Thanks for stopping by

    • Earthscribe profile image


      9 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      As a new student to Affiliate Marketing, I applaud your frank advice. I began to sense the truths in your points a while back, but reading your post helped me to snap them into the forefront of consciousness.

      Thanks, and Good Hunting!

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Thank you my friend. There are so many more steps to take after this and thats where the patience comes in. Affiliate marketing is always a learning game. Stop learning, stop making money.

    • Army Infantry Mom profile image

      Army Infantry Mom 

      9 years ago

      I sure liked your hub Dale, it covered a lot of great information for the beginers and its easy to understand as well. Sure wish it was around when I first started,..LOL.

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Thats a very good idea 2patricias. As for the fish I just felt like changing my pic for a few days


    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      9 years ago from Canada

      There is a lot to learn but it really is no different then starting a new job. Work hard, learn and you will be rewarded.

      Thanks for the comment

    • 2patricias profile image


      9 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      A tip from the 2patricias: once in a while, turn the computer OFF for a day, and go to the real-life shops. Don't go to buy, but to think about how real-life shops actually make money. Then think about how you can apply what they are doing to affiliate marketing.

      A question to Dale - where's your fish gone??

    • k@ri profile image

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the information! Work and patience and constant learning...I find there is sooo much to learn! :D

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Its great that you understand that. Too many people think they can come online and be rich in a couple of weeks.

      Thats not usually their fault but the fault of so many empty promises.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment.

    • profile image

      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      I agree that to be successful at whatever you do, you need to be prepared to put in the time. That means doing some of the things you don't like as well as the things you enjoy.

      The internet can certainly be a time thief and learning how to deal with that should be pretty close to top of the to do list if you plan on using the internet to earn a living or to supplement your income.


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