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How to Start Affiliate Marketing as a Beginner in 2020 [Step-By-Step Guide]

How to Start Affiliate Marketing as a Beginner in 2020 [Step-By-Step Guide]

This post will help you to understand how to start affiliate marketing as a beginner in 2020, do it in the right way and profitably. If you are already into affiliate marketing, I believe this post will show you how to make more money out of affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a business model where you get paid commission for promoting other people’s products and services. An affiliate marketer is a person who advertise products and get paid a certain commission for every sales or lead he/she generate.

In other to have a better understanding of affiliate marketing, Consider real estate agents. All they do is to help promote/market other people’s estates and property, and in return of the sales they made they get a commission. Although the commission differs with each property and the more sales they were able to generate the more money they make. So that is basically how concept of affiliate marketing works.

To have more simpler and understanding, Below are the 5 steps on how to start affiliate marketing:

  1. The first and foremost is you find a product you to promote
  2. I always advice doing a little bit of research of the product and the affiliate program.
  3. Register with that affiliate program
  4. After you’ve register pick the product you want to promote and obtain a special link which allows the merchant to track yours sales.
  5. Once a customer buy the product, you get a certain percentage allocated to the sales of that product.

Advantages of affiliate marketing

  1. It is one of the simplest ways make money online from the confort of your home.
  2. Little experience is required. You don’t need to be an expert before you can do it.
  3. There are no limits to the amount of money you can earn as an affiliate. Many marketers around the would make thousands of dollars monthly through affiliate marketing.
  4. You don’t need to create or have your own product, your duty is just to promote the products using the materials give to you by the company you are promoting.
  5. There is nothing like risks involved. You are not paying anything to promote an the products. If at all you didn’t generate sales with that product you are always free to change and promote another product.

Now to the Step By Step Process on how to start affiliate marketing as a beginner in 2020

1. Pick a niche

One of the first thing I always tell people before jumping into affiliate marketing is to pick a niche. A niche is simply an area of where you want to build your blog upon. Because having a niche will always ensure you speak to the right and target audience instead everybody which is pointless. Some niche examples may include:

  1. Automobiles
  2. Gaming
  3. Cryptocurrency
  4. Health
  5. Dating
  6. Finance
  7. Business
  8. Family
  9. Entertainment, etc

2. Build a blog around that niche

So the number two on how to start affiliate marketing as a beginner in 2020 is building a blog around that niche of yours. When you pick a niche, the next thing to do is to create a blog around that niche.

Although, you can you promote affiliate products without owning a blog, However, if you want to have a long-term success in affiliate marketing, having a blog gives you an enournous advantage.

Blog also gives you the freedom to interact with your readers, help them with helpful information, build a loyal subscribers and follow-up with them.

In my opinion sending visitors directly to an affiliate offer its really a bad idea, instead you can direct those visitors to your blog, turn them to your loyal followers through email broadcast and later promote many other affiliate offers to them as you wish.

With this you can make money over and over. In fact they will always appreciate you for sending them useful information.

3. Join affiliate programs

The next step after building your blog is to find and join profitable affiliate program, the next step is to sign up for affiliate programs of your wish and start making some money. Honestly I will be honest with you, it’s not as easy as it sounds but with time you will get the gist.

In order to protect your trust among your subscribers, make sure you select only effective products. So to know this always check the reviews the product has.

And another thing too is to research the product to see the experience of other users with it. In fact some merchants will even let you try the product yourself so as to see how good it is.

How to find affiliate programs

The number one way I use to find affiliate programs is through affiliate networks. They usually have lots of products in diffrent niches. And they also have more reasonable payment methods. Although many merchants will prefer to pay you through PayPal which is not comfortable for some people due to restriction issues. But some Affiliate networks have other payment methods like Payoneer, direct deposit, etc.

Here are some reliable affiliate networks you can join:


It is always Good that when you join an affiliate network you understand their rules.

Commission Junction, In particular, will cancel your account if you didn’t generate a commission for a specified period of time. So it is always good to join them only when you have a better understand to affiliate marketing and you are quite sure of making sales.

Clickbank does not accept certain countries entirely which is also another downside of it. Other networks have their own rules too. Always do a little bit of research before you apply for any of this programs.

4. Promote the affiliate products

All of the steps I mentioned above will not work if you don’t promote any affiliate products. Of course Promotion in this aspect means driving traffic to the products, so as to get people to see and buy them. But you can checkout my post here on how to drive traffic to you website for free as a beginner HERE

There are different ways to promote affiliate products which include:

  1. By inserting banners/affiliate links onto a blog post (it could be yours or someone’s blog)
  2. Product reviews
  3. Email marketing
  4. Social media
  5. Using Search engine traffic
  6. Paid Advertising, etc.

The last thing which is Getting paid

So the last but not the least how to start affiliate marketing as a beginner in 2020 is the rewarding aspect. There is this one too that you need to put into consideration which payment threshold.

Most affiliate program will pay you when attain a certain threshold, but mostly it is just $100 before you can cash out.

There are lots of payment methods available. They include: Western Union, PayPal, direct bank deposit, checks and using Payoneer.

But If you cannot get a PayPal account due to some issues and you live in a country where direct bank deposit or checks is a problem, then Payoneer is your best choice.

When you register an account with Payoneer, you will be issued a valid US bank account and they will send you a MasterCard to your advice.


To be honest with you to make money online as an affiliate marketer is simple but it do takes a lot of work, especially when you are a beginner. And another thing is Consistency, affiliate marketing is not just a plug and leave.

That’s it Guys on how to start affiliate marketing as a beginner in 2020 see you in my next post. Meanwhile if you still what to learn how get traffic to that little blog post of your that you create you can read this article HERE. Or if you are looking for more ways to make money online in 2020 then read this article HERE.



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