5 Little Talked-About Tips for Succeeding As an Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate marketing is no doubt one of the super-easy ways for anyone to start making money online. Whatever your online marketing experience you can get started today as an affiliate marketer.

There’s no doubt that building and growing a successful online business requires some form of work however affiliate marketing is unlike creating and launching your own products. Definitely that requires much more time and commitment plus a greater level of risk!

Why is affiliate marketing that less demanding?

While there may be different reasons for this basically, as an affiliate marketer the products are already there for you to promote and make the money. There are a good number of fairly known brands for you to choose from. Most of these brands are not so hard to sell since they have already built some form of goodwill in the market. You only need to know how to sieve through the numerous products on offer to get a slice of the cake.

How affiliate marketing works

Affiliate Marketing Definition

To really make the best of your affiliate marketing efforts it is important that you have a good understanding of what affiliate marketing is and how it works. For this I will want us to turn to Wikipedia.com.

And here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

“Affiliate Marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. The industry has four core players: the merchant (also known as ‘retailer’ or ‘brand’), the network (that contains offers for the affiliate to choose from and also takes care of the payments), the publisher (also known as ‘the affiliate’), and the customer.”

From this definition one thing you must note is that unlike programs like Google Adsense that pay you per click affiliate marketing pays per performance. That is, you are only paid for results. This way both the merchant and affiliate marketer wins!

To learn more about how affiliate marketing works, watch this video:

Now, let’s discuss some little talked about affiliate marketing tips that will help you succeed with your online business as an affiliate marketer.

How to Succeed With Affiliate Marketing

1. Choose Wisely

How to win with affiliate marketing

To get started, you may want to choose something that you are familiar with. This product or service may not be the hottest thing in the market right now nor make you a millionaire, but you will come off more confident and sincere with something you know and believe in.

Besides, if you’re already running your business online, incorporating it into your existing business will be much easier since you may be running a business that is in sync with your talents and desires already.

Something familiar will allow you to be more personal and creative.

Trying to build your home business around something you know little about will soon become boring and tedious. Working with something familiar will also give you some experience in the program. You can always expand at a later time when you are more familiar with how things work.

Remember, in the world of affiliate marketing there is no such thing as the perfect program. Any particular program will be stuffed full of varying testimonials. Some will be great while others not so great. You need to decide for yourself and not get put off by a few bad experiences. In the end it is down to you and how much you want to put in.

2. Identify the Demand

With affiliate marketing programs you’ll likely be given a range of products to sell. Check out the demand of these products. You should try to stay away from trendy items. They’ll sell like mad one minute but you’ll be giving them away the next.

You need to sell things that you know people want and need. That way your long term sales objectives will get met.

Start your affiliate business by first identifying the demand

3. Never Limit Yourself

Don’t limit yourself to just one product. Try to offer a variety of affiliate products. Many affiliate marketing programs offer a selection and it is best to go with these. Basing your business on one product may work in the short term. However, someone will eventually come along with something better or cheaper.

4. Set Yourself Apart From Other Affiliates

You are not definitely the only one marketing that affiliate program! There are hundreds and in most cases thousand others doing just that. You need to establish what makes you and what you offer different from others. What do you offer that sets you apart from other affiliates?

You should always use tact when talking about your competition. Putting them down or being rude will only backfire on you. Talk up the advantages that you offer and leave it at that.

Stand out as an affiliate marketer

5. Do Everything You Can To Keep Your Customers

Finally, keep your customers happy. The happier they are the more likely they are to come back. Offer your customers incentives such as savings on their next purchase. It may cost you more but only in the short term. Keeping your customers happy will result in them referring you to others.


Starting an online business as an affiliate marketer requires much less risks than creating your own business to sell online. However, everything else is like any other business. You need to work very hard and be dedicated.  How much you put in will determine the level of success you achieve. There are no surefire ways but there are of course good tips that can be of help. Use the above tips and you can be sure of success today.

Over to you: If you’re an affiliate marketer I will love to hear your thoughts on this. How do you choose your products/services to promote? What one thing do you do that you think many affiliates are not doing? Share with us in your comments below.

  1. Hi Chadrack,
    This is an excellent post. I think it is important to spend some effort and time to do a little research to determine your niche to target the type of affiliate products people are searching for in search engines. Your objective in doing so here is to find something lots of people search for, but doesn?t have too much competition and you?ve found yourself a good target market.

    Peter Lee
    p.s. thanks for visiting my blog, keep in touch

    • It’s really important to research your target market. Launching into any business without a market research is nothing but a failure recipe!

  2. This is an excellent post! You are 100% right when you said selecting something you are familiar within will be a big help. It is much easier to market and talk about something you know of or are interested in!

    • Thanks for your comment Tara. Marketing is such an important aspect of building a home business and doing it right is something we all must try and get right!

  3. Thanks for this post,,i am trying my hands on affiliate marketing,,so will be frequent visitor

  4. Hi Chadrack,
    Affiliate marketing is everywhere! Great to learn about some good tips about affiliate marketing. I agree that it is quite hard to market an affiliate product which can potentially be already widespread all over the net, but once you manage to set yourself apart from the others who are offering it too, you will certainly be able to sell a good number. One great thing I like about bloggers who offer affiliate products is when they themselves have already tried or used that program themselves, and if they have reviewed it fairly without any exaggerations and laying out its pros and cons, for sure people will love to try them out too. Happy and satisfied customers mean that you can always sell them other affiliate products/services that you will recommend in the future and they will try them out too.
    This is my first time visiting your blog, and I have learned a few good things here, thanks!

  5. Reply
    Budd @ budgie cage for sale November 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

    In the beginning you have to choose something that you are familiar with. After you have got experience you can approach to “foreign lands”. I work in affiliate marketing and these tips are very useful for any business entrepreneur.

  6. Hi,
    Affiliate marketing is everywhere! Great to learn about some good tips about affiliate marketing. I agree that it is quite hard to market an affiliate product which can potentially be already widespread all over the net, but once you manage to set yourself apart from the others who are offering it too, you will certainly be able to sell a good number.
    Thanks for the sharing.

    • @herb411,

      You are definitely right about setting yourself apart from other affiliates. This is really the biggest secret to affiliate marketing success. I’ve seen many affiliate simply copying the marketing materials provided by the vendor and promoting with those same materials. I think affiliate marketing truly needs some creativity if one wants to succeed with it. Thanks for the comment.

  7. I agree with your statement that we should identify demand of the products we are promoting. It doesn’t matter how good the site looks, if you really want to make a serious money with affiliate marketing. Look for a product that has a high demand.

  8. Reply
    shan@method2earn.com November 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Hi Chadrack
    Excellent to understand regarding good quality advice on internet affiliate marketing. Certainly that it must be very challenging marketplace a joint venture partner item which could possibly become currently common all around the internet, however when you find a way to arranged your self in addition to the other people that are providing this as well, you are going to definitely have the ability to market many.

  9. Hi,

    All I have to say about this is W O W! I’m truly impressed at your in-depth writing ideas and experience. I didn’t know you had these sort of tricks up your sleeves. There’s no telling what kind of tricks you has.


    • @Kend,

      It’s a good thing to know that this post resonate with you. I do hope you will be able to put the tips to use and profit with them. Thanks for the comment.

  10. Affiliate Marketing is great idea to have when it come to online business. I have been thinking of this a while ago. I think a thorough research and study in order to have a successful affiliate marketing.

  11. Affiliate marketing will become more mainstream, which is both a blessing and a curse. Consumers will be more aware of how it is used to monetize content, and they will accept it as legitimate. However, consumers will themselves become affiliates in greater numbers thanks to an increase in revenue sharing apps and tools.

  12. Great Post.
    As we are promoting our e-commerce portal named Urbaneparent for school uniforms, shoes, bags with various business techniques.
    Affiliate marketing is one more option we got know through your article.
    We are already started our affiliate program but we had less knowledge about the same.
    So this is great to know in brief way.

  13. Charity, thanks for the good words. Sharing knowledge is one of the purposes of bloggers like me. We feel the sense of satisfaction when someone like you are satisfied!

    Oh, tried visiting your site but got a 500 internal error. Sure there’s something to fix over there!

  14. Well put. Niche segmentation is neccessary if you want to succeed with affiliate marketing. You can’t just fill your site with all kinds of ads. Let them what your readers are looking for.

    Thanks for your visit.

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