Affiliate Marketing For Dummies

I created this site a year ago because I wanted to find a way to help people who have been trying to find success online with affiliate marketing. If you are looking for affiliate marketing for dummies training then you are at the right place.

Over the past year, I have been sharing some of the things that I learned through trial and error about affiliate marketing. The good news is now I know what works! Yippee!

Affiliate marketing is actually way easier than you may realize and it is fun! I love what I do. To me, affiliate marketing is more of a hobby than anything. But getting paid to do what I love is way fun!

Affiliate marketing in itself as a definition is really simple: You recommend products on a blog or through article promotion and if people like your recommendations, they will buy the product. When they buy, you get paid!

Easy Peasy right? 🙂

Well, not really. 🙁

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“What am I doing wrong?”

You see lots of people, like me, get excited about affiliate marketing. We set up blogs and begin to write reviews about products. Then the next day when there is no traffic at all, we feel let down.

I know. That was me. I felt like such a dummy. I wondered what I was doing wrong. I was very frustrated. But I refused to quit on my dream. So I kept at it and spent many years learning what worked and what didn’t work.

Finally, I don’t feel like such a dummy because I am getting results. Real results! I am earning money online while doing what I love!

So the purpose of my affiliate marketing dummies blog is to help save you some aggravation and help you start earning some money.

On this site, I have lots of free resources for you in hopes of helping you find the same success that I have found.

But first…

I want you to take a moment and think about what your life would be like if you were a successful affiliate marketer. Imagine being about to fire your boss and work from home. You will have more time to spend with your loved ones. You could travel. You really can do whatever you want.

Imagine if You Mastered Affiliate Marketing!

I highly recommend three things for success: (Boy, I wish I knew this when I got started)

Education: If you want real success, you need to learn everything possible about affiliate marketing. I highly suggest you check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate. This is a free site that is 100% focused on educating you in learning the skills you need to be successful.

You need to surround yourself with like minded people who want to see you succeed. Within the wall of Wealthy Affiliate, you will meet really awesome people, like me, who are eager to help you!

Website: There is no way around this. If you want real success with Affiliate Marketing, you need your own WordPress website. The idea of setting up a website is scary at first. This is why I am recommending that you start out with the two free websites and training offered over at Wealthy Affiliate. It is part of the free membership.

SEO Training and Keyword Tool: If you want your website to get good traffic then you will want to learn how to help people find your site when they do a search. You do this with SEO. Don’t let SEO scare you. It is easy once you learn it.

A huge part of SEO is keyword research. I recommend using Jaaxy for finding effective keywords. I have been using it for years and I usually see my site rank within a few days, often a few hours.

I am here too! (I’m sending you a giant hug)

I was an affiliate marketing dummy for years so I know first hand what it feels like when you work hard but are not seeing the results you want.

Please feel free to contact me if I can offer any assistance to you.

As always comments are welcome and appreciated!

Best!

Wendy Krick

 

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35 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Great encouragement to anyone who is still trying to understand affiliate marketing!


  2. // Reply

    Great website for anyone looking to start a Home Business..


  3. // Reply

    This is good information for anyone that is confused about what affiliate marketing is. I use Wealthy Affiliate and can verify that it is the best (and easiest) program to teach you how to create a professional website that gets ranked and generates money.


  4. // Reply

    Wendy, Thanks for the article, and the encouragements in it. I am in the beginning, and it’s like the time has stopped, nothing moves. 🙁
    Also, very good “Instant Grammar Checker”, I will be using it in the future.
    laura


    1. // Reply

      Laura please don’t get discouraged. It takes time to build your foundation. But I promise you, you will begin to see results soon. I often find that just as things start to slow down, I can wake up to lots of sales the next day. So hang in there. Thanks for your comment. Yes, Grammarly is a great proofreader. ~Wendy


  5. // Reply

    This may come in handy for me since I am at the feeling like a dummy stage. I wish you all the success with affiliate marketing.


    1. // Reply

      Melva you are not alone. We all feel a bit like a “dummy” in the beginning.


  6. // Reply

    The article acts in a realistic inspirational way towards the readers.
    Well done Wendy.
    Keep at it.


    1. // Reply

      Thank you Marios. I appreciate your comment.


  7. // Reply

    Great information I wish I would have found this a long time ago it would have saved a lot of time, money, aggravation, and heart ache. Keep the good info coming.


    1. // Reply

      Thanks Bob. I will try my best. 🙂


  8. // Reply

    Hi There Wendy,
    One can never absorb enough info on affiliate marketing. I have dabbled here and there the past few years but have been more consistent this year and reading your article makes it easily understandable to someone learning this for the first time as well as a good reminder and another perspective for someone who is a little more familiar with it. Keep up the good posts.


    1. // Reply

      Thank you Michael. I will try my best.


  9. // Reply

    I wish I had known all this stuff, too, Wendy! It’s so much easier when you start off right! And it’s a lot more fun!


    1. // Reply

      Yes it is more fun, Beckie! Thanks for stopping by.


  10. // Reply

    Hello, Wendy

    I really like your blog post affiliate marketing for dummies 🙂

    I had tried for years to become a successful affiliate marketer and it just wasn’t happening because I didn’t have the access to the right training or tools. Eventually I found the Wealthy Affiliate and I was taught everything there is to know about affiliate marketing, creating a website, building a successful online business and above all, being able to engage with a helpful community of other like minded people.

    Wealthy Affiliate will always be my number 1 recommendation to anyone looking to start an online biz.

    Neil


    1. // Reply

      I’m with you Neil. I always recommend Wealthy Affiliate to people wanting to start an online business. It will save them many years of frustrations in trying to learn.


  11. // Reply

    I LOVE this page! Very valuable information, and I certainly agree that Wealthy Affiliate is the best place to get fully educated on affiliate marketing. Thanks for your terrific websites, Wendy. I’ve learned a ton from you!


    1. // Reply

      Patty you are so sweet. I’m glad you found it helpful!:)


  12. // Reply

    Love the way you write this down Wendy! This is really encouraging especially for us newbies who feel like we’ve been hitting walls non-stop. Keep up the good work!


    1. // Reply

      Thank you for the compliment, but honestly it is just that I have been there. I remember feeling like I was banging my head against the wall trying to figure out how things work online. Success was just around the corner! 🙂


  13. // Reply

    Hi Wendy, nice to see this information as I am also in the same niche of affiliate marketing. I love this opportunity as there are many benefits of doing it. I agree with the three things you mentioned that is education, website and some kind of legitimate tools without which your success will take longer or finished within a year.

    I found some links to Wealthy affiliate, as a member there I will recommend this to all who are looking online business. It is a nice platform to get started. Thanks for sharing and motivating!
    -Santosh


    1. // Reply

      It is a great platform to get started. Thanks for the comment Santosh. I wish you all the success.


  14. // Reply

    Wendy, what a great and encouraging article, thank you so much for writing it, I really feel a lot better about starting my own web-site now. I joined Wealthy Affiliate about 2 weeks ago and I am working really hard on my web-site. I feel like WA is an awesome resource because it gives you comments and surrounds you by like minded people, but at the same time I am not sure how long it’s going to take me to be successful. How long did it take you start making money after you joined WA? Thank you!


    1. // Reply

      Hi Katie. I’m excited for you. I sounds like your are off to a great start. It took me a few months before I got my first sale. Everyone is different. So just trust that Wealthy Affiliate and the skills you learn there works. If you keep doing the work, you will begin to see results. Take Care! :


  15. // Reply

    Keyword research should not be underestimated for just how important it is for your success. If you can find low competition keywords related to your niche, then you write great content around those keywords, it can be very easy to rank in Google for those keywords. Then when people search for those terms and arrive at your content, they are extremely well matched to the content you have written. That means you are half way to selling to them already. It really is the best way to get highly targetted traffic to any website. The downside is that it does take time to write great quality content, but it is so worth it.


    1. // Reply

      Yes, Marcus. It is very much worth it.


  16. // Reply

    Great article for beginners on affiliate marketing. I like how you broke your article down into specifics. I agree that education is the first step. Learning how to do Affiliate marketing the correct way from the beginning can save yourself a lot of headache down the road. Creating a website and learning proper SEO and Keyword skills is also very important. Thanks again for this great article. Keep up the good work.


    1. // Reply

      Yes! Knowledge is power Kelara. Thanks for the feedback. :


  17. // Reply

    Hi Wendy, I am happy that affiliate marketing is working for you. Can you tell us how many hours do you work per week on your website? I think that many beginners avoid putting a lot of time on their work and training. Hopefully your story can inspire many of us.


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      I have several websites now. But when I am creating a new website, I post on it at least 3 times a week and I am constantly tweaking. Once I get good traffic and interaction….after about a year or so of constant posting…I then post around 1 a week. I generally work on my business about 2 hours every day. I work around a full time job so my time is a bit limited at the moment.

      The more time a person invests, the quicker they will see results. Although it takes someone longer to see results when they don’t have a lot of time, results will follow. You just need to be passion. I’m proof of that.

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