How To Make Money Online With Affiliate Marketing

Making Money Online with Affiliate Marketing

I’m sure everyone on the planet is aware by now that there’s a pandemic going on. The global scale of this virus is frightening and debilitating to families’ sense of security for both health and financial survival. Markets are under immense pressure, governments are doing what they can to manage their country while others are wondering what the hell can they do now that life has turned upside down. So while being stuck at home, it makes sense to find out more on how to make money online with affiliate marketing.

You might have lost your job, had your hours cut back, working from home along with homeschooling the kids while partners are cooped up at home together, feeling trapped with nowhere to go. You can either choose to crumble under the weight of the pressure, or choose to be proactive and invest in yourself and learn new skills in this unchartered territory.

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For those who are curious, you’ve turned to the internet to look at how to make money online. This can be even more confusing to a newbie who’s never considered working from home or thought to use the internet to make extra income to support the family.  Well now’s the time to push aside any reservations you may have had in the past and make the most of this time in quarantine wisely.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Enter affiliate marketing. You may or may not have heard of it before. In a nutshell, it’s where you can make money online by promoting someone’s product either physical or digital product and thanks to a unique link, you can make a commission when the someone you bring to that product purchases it.

Basically, you become the person in the middle between the product and the customer. It’s not about being an expert in marketing and sales either. If you know how to put together your ideas, or have ever talked to someone about something you found value in, then you have the ability to do affiliate marketing by simply being you.

Choose a Niche

There are so many products and programs that you can promote and earn a commission from. The hardest part about affiliate marketing is choosing a niche so you can get started.

Here are a few examples of niches to choose from:





Pet ownership




Musical Instruments

Home interior design

Sporting Equipment

I could go on and on but you get the idea. These are just a small snippet of ideas. And within each niche, you can narrow it down to an even smaller niche. The benefit of having a narrowed down niche means you will get more targeted traffic that is looking for a specific thing that you have expert knowledge about. You don’t have to actually be an expert in your chosen niche. Just have a passion or interest in it so you can research it to demonstrate your knowledge.

As you build rapport with your audience, you build trust which leads to increased sales and traffic. Over time your website grows as does your income. Without an interest in the topic you choose, it will be extremely hard to stay focused and do any research if you aren’t interested in the topic.

If you are nervous about creating your own website, fear not. It’s something that can be learned in a very quick period of time.

Things to Learn

In addition to choosing a niche to work on, and a website name, you’ll also learn about a bunch of other stuff. Things like how to get free and paid for traffic. You’ll also learn about keywords and how they are relevant to your blog posts and traffic.

You will also learn about how to find affiliate programs that help you monetize your site. It’s great to have a website and pour your passion into it, but unless it’s giving back to you even just a little, it will keep costing you money instead of it paying for itself. You really can make money from home by doing affiliate marketing.

The reason it takes a bit of time to start making money online is that It takes time for your site to be trusted by Google. What does this mean? It means that your shiny brand new website will take time to be recognized as a legitimate site for people who search online every day for everything. Google has what’s called an algorithm that no one really knows exactly what that is, however knowing that you will need your website to be added to on a regular basis, be getting legitimate traffic and offer relevant and helpful information to its reader will help Google grow in trust for your website. This will then allow it to get higher ranking on search engines which leads to more traffic because you’re offering helpful information to your readers which leads to them clicking on your affiliate links and you make a commission.

Create your own website

Creating your own website couldn’t be easier. It’s better to learn it yourself than pay someone to create a website for you. It might feel daunting at first but with the right tuition and guidance, you can build one in less than 30 mins. Wealthy Affiliate is the most comprehensive learning space where you can learn how to make your own website through guided tutorials taking you step by step through the whole process. Don’t get caught out by various scams out there, which is very easy to do. Learn how to build your own website with the support of a community as well as professional tutorials by people who know what they’re talking about.

It’s how I learned and took the giant leap into the online world. My university studies didn’t prepare me for the online world, so I had to find somewhere that I could learn the ropes to start making money online. It might surprise you how fast it is to learn how to build an online business. You start with choosing a niche, create a website, and promote products. I haven’t looked back since. Don’t expect to make money right away. It’s definitely no get rich quick system. If something promises you to get rich quick, run away, cos there isn’t a system that exists. Those are usually scams where they promise far too much that isn’t actually possible.

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The Benefits

There are numerous benefits of doing affiliate marketing as a side hustle to get started online.

Affiliate marketing can be done from the comfort of your own home. And from anywhere around the world. It’s the perfect time right now when everyone is self-isolating and spending more time at home.

There is a wide range of products available to promote. For almost every niche online. It’s a win-win situation for both the affiliate marketer and the product owner. The owner of the product shares a portion of the sale with the affiliate. It’s their way of saying thanks for bringing quality traffic to their product.

There are so many products to promote and a multitude of platforms who offer affiliate marketing. Place such as Clickbank, Amazon, eBay, Aliexpress and many other niche-specific companies offering products for affiliates to promote. This is just an example of the types of places that offer affiliates commissions in exchange for traffic.

Affiliate marketing is also cost-effective. For very little upfront costs, you can get started straight away.

Where Can I Learn More About Affiliate Marketing

Wealthy Affiliate is the place where I learned how to become an affiliate marketer. It’s a platform that offers free and premium membership where online learning is available to anyone with an internet connection and a computer/laptop.

As you can see, there are two options for becoming a member of a Wealthy Affiliate. You can join free as a starter and do the 10 classroom tutorials and get started using the siterubix platform. It’s a great way to get a taste of what it’s like to create a website while also learning about choosing a niche and doing the 1st 10 lessons that are available for free.

If you like what you see, then consider going premium. It’s absolutely worth the monthly payment. You get access to a broader range of benefits. These include faster speed for your website, more websites available for you to create of your own, 50 lessons to grow your knowledge of the online world, 70 Affiliate Bootcamp lessons instead of 10 and so much more.

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Final Words

Hopefully, it’s clear just how easy it is to learn how to make money online with affiliate marketing. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. If it’s done with the right guidance, it can be the beginning of a healthy side hustle. It also has the potential to build and grow your income. All it takes is to remain focused on helping others. If you keep that in mind, you will successfully find affiliate marketing as a valuable way of making money online.


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10 Responses

  1. Lisa says:

    Hi Kat,

    Thanks for the interesting post! In these very unsettled times it does seem to be the right time to create additional income streams to increase financial security. Also, as people who haven’t already realised how easy online shopping is get on board I imagine the online sales of physical products will increase massively!

    Making money online with affiliate marketing does seem to be an easy entry point to capture some of this increased traffic, but what kind of organisations use affiliate links to drive their marketing?


    • Kat says:

      Hi Lisa, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yes, I agree, it’s the perfect time to creating additional income online especially with online shopping booming while we are all locked up inside. It’s a great way to help boost the economy where we can while also increasing our own financial security. As I mentioned in the article above, there are numerous organizations and companies who need affiliates to their sites. These include but are not limited to Amazon, Clickbank, eBay, AliExpress to name only a few. Here’s a link to an article that explains it in further detail.

  2. Tom says:

    Hi Kat,

    I love your article. I think the perception of affiliate marketing and online marketing is that you can ‘get rich quick’. But, as you have stated, there is no such thing.

    Affiliate marketing requires real work, and hard work at that. I have not been amazingly successful with affiliate marketing yet, but I do believe that I will. Again, as you have stated I just need to keep with it, and stick to the process, and most of all not give up.

    I will certainly not give up, and I hope your readers will not give up either. Your article is very inspirational, so keep up the amazing work.

    All the best,


    • Kat says:

      Hi Tom, yeah it definitely does take time and effort. It’s not something that just happens magically. But if you follow the training such as that which Wealthy Affiliate walks you through you’ve got an excellent chance to make some money. It does take time and maybe trial and error even. Maybe the first niche you choose isn’t as successful as a second niche. The key is not giving up, learning from mistakes and know that it’s okay to change direction if you find that the first choice is not bringing any money. It’s a fun way to learn how to create a website and then how to monetize it. Keep persisting and don’t give up. ~kat

  3. Jeff says:

    How to make money online with affiliate marketing is going to become even more popular in the near future than ever before, but many people are out of work and lost much of their income so what happens if you join Wealthy Affiliate and can’t upgrade to a premium membership?


    • Kat says:

      Hi Jeff, great to have you pop over and share your thoughts. In answer to your question, one can get started using a free account to build up their website in their chosen niche without the need to upgrade. Then once their site starts bringing in some money, I would recommend reinvesting that money and saving up for going premium with Wealthy Affiliate. It will open up more tutorials to help hone in those online skills. The best time to go Premium if monthly cost is too much at this time would be to save for the Black Friday Sales on the first weekend of November. So start-up to a new account today, then save from any sales made, and join with a big discount at Black Friday sales. Here’s the link to join up for a free account.

  4. Stefan says:

    I am thankful that I found Wealthy Affiliate and started building my website back in 2015.
    We were traveling in the Philippines when borders started shutting down and flights were canceled. Now, we find ourselves locked inside a flat in the Philippines and the only source of income we have is the website.

    So, I agree with you. For those who are at home, there is no better time to get started. We never know what tomorrow holds for us, so it makes sense to take action now before it’s too late.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Stefan, thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to share your thoughts. It’s lucky that you started your online journey and discovered how to earn an income before this pandemic so you can continue to support yourselves financially. ~kat

  5. Simon says:

    Affiliate marketing is one of the very few legitimate methods that nearly anyone can use to make money from home, and WA are the kings of the hill without a doubt.

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