How To Become An Affiliate Marketer: Complete Beginners Guide 2024

Simon is a former UK call-centre worker who has gone on to build several highly successful affiliate marketing businesses in various different niches & become officially recognized as a Super Affiliate by the world's largest affiliate marketing training platform. He has since relocated to Thailand & now teaches affiliate marketing to others through Commission Academy.

Want to become an affiliate marketer? Good for you! It’s one of the most enjoyable and rewarding careers out there. The first step is taking our free affiliate marketing course. Created specifically for beginners, Commission Academy will give you the right training and support you need to succeed.

Ever wondered how to start affiliate marketing and make enough money to go full-time?

You can do it. Tons of people already have.

And I’m going to show you how.

I’ve earned $100,000s through affiliate marketing and been able to quit my call centre job, make the move from the UK to Thailand and now have the freedom and flexibility to control my own destiny.

And yet, I started exactly where you are right now. The only difference between you and me is I’ve been doing this for nearly a decade.

I failed A LOT along the way. I got impatient and tried to shortcut the process. I’ve made a lot of bad decisions.

This guide is going to help you avoid the common newbie mistakes I made so, not only will your path be easier, but you’ll also get there a lot quicker.

How To Become An Affiliate Marketer in 5 Simple Steps

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work And Why Should You Become An Affiliate Marketer?

Affiliate marketing is a simple business model where you earn commissions for generating sales online. Big brands like Amazon, Nike, Samsung and Walmart have affiliate programs you can join for free where they give you a unique affiliate link to promote their products.

Your job as an affiliate marketer is to then use that link to match the right products to the right people.

Here’s a quick overview of how affiliate marketing works:

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work

Before showing you HOW to become an affiliate marketer, let’s quickly talk about WHY you should get into the affiliate marketing game.

1. Affiliate Marketing Gives You Great Earning Potential

What I love the most about running an online business is that you can decide how far you want to go. Is your goal to earn $10,000 or $100,000 a month? You can make it happen.

Unlike a shop on the high street that’s limited to 9 to 5 opening hours, your affiliate marketing website is online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to a truly worldwide customer base so you can bank commissions around the clock.

And things are only getting better as stats show a 10% increase in affiliate earnings for the last 5 years, with no signs of slowing down.

2. Affiliate Marketing Is Easy And Inexpensive To Start

Imagine if you wanted to start a traditional brick-and-mortar business…

You’d have to pay $10,000s out for:

  • Rent
  • Rates
  • Stock
  • Salaries
  • Insurance

And this is before you even open your doors!

The costs of starting an online business are nowhere near that. All you need to become a successful and profitable affiliate marketer is:

  • Good training
  • A website domain
  • Hosting

And that’s it.

You can get set up for less than $30 a month. Heck, we can even show you how to get started for free.

3. Affiliate Marketing Puts YOU In Control Of YOUR Life

This was the whole reason I got into this in the first place. I was sick and tired of working for other people.

To be honest, I was never any good at it.

I needed a way to live life on my own terms, to be in control of my schedule, how much I worked and how much I wanted to earn.

The beauty of becoming an affiliate marketer is it puts YOU in the driving seat.

You can work anytime and anywhere…

All you need is a laptop and wifi! πŸ˜‰

How To Become An Affiliate Marketer In 5 Steps

Now I’m gonna walk you through the entire process in detail. Here are the 5 steps to take:

Step 1: Commit To Starting An Affiliate Marketing Business
Step 2: Choose An Affiliate Niche Idea You’re Passionate About
Step 3: Create Your Affiliate Website
Step 4: Create Helpful Content That Ranks
Step 5: Promote Relevant Products And Make Money

These are the exact steps I took when I started my affiliate marketing journey. Follow this 5-step process and you will have a long and happy affiliate marketing career.

Step 1. Commit To Starting An Affiliate Marketing Business

Any business, online or offline, is gonna take investment. It’s absolutely possible to earn 6 figures with this, but it’s having the right level of commitment that’s going to get you across the finishing line.

There are two things you’ll need to invest to become an affiliate marketer: time and money.

Investing Time In Your Affiliate Business

You can start investing 30-60 minutes a day. Whatever fits your schedule. If you can go full-time, even better if you want to see results faster.

The key is having the right expectations going in and being intentional about setting aside the time to work on your business.

Investing Money In Your Affiliate Business

You could shell out a lot of cash to start an affiliate marketing business, but you definitely don’t need to and I don’t recommend it.

I’ve tried building both an affiliate website from scratch and hiring people to outsource the work and I’ve got to say, I’ve always had the most success doing it myself.

When you’re starting out, it’s crucial you drive your business forward and get good at every step of the process. That way you’ll understand how your business works on every level and what’s expected so you’re armed with the knowledge and skills you need to start outsourcing further down the line.

The good news is it takes very little money to get started in affiliate marketing.

Step 2. Choose An Affiliate Niche Idea You’re Passionate About

Your affiliate marketing niche is the specific audience or market you’ll be targeting going forward.

When picking a niche, it’s important to ask yourself what you’re passionate about. You don’t have to be jumping up and down with glee every time the subject is mentioned but you should at least have some level of interest in it as this is what will help keep you going in the long run.

Your niche could be absolutely anything. Just pick a hobby or interest you like.

affiliate marketing niche ideas

A few questions to help you identify your ideal niche:

  • What do you like to read about?
  • What topics do your friends consider you an “expert” on?
  • What do you do in your free time?
  • What kind of podcasts do you listen to?
  • What kind of YouTube channels are you subscribed to?
  • What are the last 3 purchases I’ve made on Amazon?

Running? Cooking? Horse riding? Being a parent?

Have you found your passion?

If so, whatever it is, that’s the right niche for you.

Don’t overthink it! πŸ™‚

Step 3. Create Your Affiliate Website

Now you’ve decided to become an affiliate marketer and decided on a niche, it’s time to create your website. This is going to be your piece of virtual real estate, the foundation of your online business that’s going to set you up for success.

While there are other ways to make money with affiliate marketing, every serious affiliate we know builds an income-generating website that attracts search engine traffic as this is the best, most profitable approach.

No idea where to start?

Guess what – neither did I! Before I become a full-time affiliate marketer I’d never built a website, had no clue what a domain name was or why you needed hosting. Heck, I couldn’t even spell HTML!

Don’t worry though, the good news is you don’t need to know any code. It turns out starting an affiliate website is a lot easier than you think and we’ll walk you through it.

Follow our step-by-step video training and you’ll have your website up and running in less than an hour.

Step 4. Create Helpful Content That Ranks

Congratulations! You started a website, and now it’s time to start writing and publishing content. This is where the fun begins.

Building out your website with helpful and unique content is the best way to get your website ranked in search engines, build an audience and eventually attract 100,000s readers to your blog.

So help your audience with every piece of content you create. Answer questions. Offer solutions. Add value.

Let’s say I chose electric guitars as my niche. I could now write product reviews and how-to posts like “How to play barre chords on the guitar” because these are the types of keywords people type into Google:

how to become an affiliate marketer

I could also write top ten lists like:

  • Top 10 guitar pedals
  • Top 10 guitar amps
  • Top 10 guitar courses

I could go on but you get the picture. Use keyword research tools like Ubersuggest and AnswerSocrates to come up with a list of keyword ideas so you’ll never run out of things to write about.

I recommend publishing a blog post at least once a week. Publish every day if you can, especially in the beginning, to get momentum on your website quicker.

Whatever you decide, try to stay consistent. Set yourself a weekly schedule to stay on track.

Express yourself. Be authentic. Have fun. Try not to be a perfectionist (it’s hard I know!) but put your audience first and you’ll build a real strong connection with them and eventually establish yourself as an authority.

Step 5. Promote Relevant Products And Make Money

Follow steps 1-4 and you’ll have a really solid business foundation on your hands and be well on your way to becoming a successful affiliate marketer.

You’ll have an affiliate website built around your chosen niche that’s being packed out with super-awesome content. Keep going and the daily streams of daily visitors will come.

Now it’s time to add some affiliate links and start making money! πŸ™‚

Whatever your target niche, they’ll be plenty of relevant products and services you can naturally promote to your audience.

If you’re starting a golf website, look for the best golf affiliate programs where they’ll give you your own unique affiliate link so you can link to a whole array of golf-related equipment on your website and earn up to 80% commissions on every sale.

If you’re starting a skincare website, find the best skincare affiliate programs and make money promoting high-quality skincare products.

Do it this way and you’ll get an extremely high conversion rate and make a lot of affiliate commissions.


Because you’re matching the right products with the right people. Instead of buying email traffic or spamming social media, you’re attracting free and organic traffic made up of people you know are already interested in what you are promoting.

And never forget, one of the biggest secrets to affiliate marketing success is this:

Help people solve their problems and you’re all but guaranteed to make money as an affiliate. And the more helpful you can be, the more money you will make.

And if you want to find out what affiliate programs are and how they work, watch this handy video:

Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer Today

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, affiliate marketing is a great low-risk, low-cost way to make a lucrative income online and now is the best time to start.

I hope this affiliate marketing guide gives you a track you can run on to achieve great things online and live the life you’ve always dreamed of, like so many other affiliate marketers have done.

You have a lot of exciting milestones ahead so make sure you enjoy the journey! πŸ™‚

Have any questions about becoming an affiliate marketer that isn’t answered above?

Drop your comment below and we’ll get right back to you!

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39 thoughts on “How To Become An Affiliate Marketer: Complete Beginners Guide 2024”

  1. Firstly ;Iam a Zambian Aged between 34 and 36 I have never done any course ever since I completed School in 2007 until now.There for Iam intrested in making instant cash on line.Please Help

  2. Dale and Simon,
    Hello I am writing to you today from Lincoln NE. I stumbled upon your course by accident as I was trying to learn about Affiliate Marketing without investing more money than I make in a year. I have been asked for $97 dollars here another $37 dollars here $19 dollars and more up to $14,000 to get training and be able to make money. All I wanted was someone to show me the way to get there and you guys totally rock I have learned so much more from these few classes than I did spending hours days on computer taking classes going to seminars and launches. I just want to take a minute to say thank you for making this easy to follow low cost to do and explaining exactly how to become a marketer something no one out here seems to do. It is generally on how much money they are making or have made and how if you follow their exact plan you in time will make money to. So again I thank you from my heart you guys are amazing. Connie Brown

    • Hello Connie & thank you so much for your comment. It really means a lot to us as we put a huge amount of effort into Commission Academy to truly help people (like yourself) get into affiliate marketing. We also run weekly live hangouts as well, so by all means, feel free to join us on those one time πŸ™‚

  3. tell me Please πŸ™ You have Maybe also the same Instructions Video explanation πŸ—£οΈπŸ“Ή but in Hebrew language or with translation to Hebrew ?
    Thanks for your response πŸ˜„

    • Certainly, you can use Google Translate for that (it’s free) & all of our videos are subtitled, so you can also translate those too. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

      • I saw πŸ‘οΈπŸ‘ƒπŸ‘οΈ Some From the your videos πŸ“Ή And until now ⏳ I didn’t understand anything πŸ€” From what that you explained πŸ—£οΈπŸ‘‚ and the video πŸ“Ή of Lesson 1 – Meet Your Instructors He does not have Translation to Hebrew πŸ˜–

    • Hello Kayla, you would pay taxes as you would on any other business income in your country/state. You’d need to contact a financial professional for further assistance on that, though, as we’re not qualified to give financial advice (we’re just affiliate marketers). As to whether or not affiliate marketers need a business license, we explained that here. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  4. Thank you very much Mr Dale and Mr Simon for this wonderful free training. I have heard of affiliate marketing two months ago and I was asked to pay $300 for the training. But I was not able to go through because I didn’t have that money. Am very inspired to start right away. So all have to say is thank you very much and God bless you for this training.

    • You are very welcome Arimiyaw! I’m glad you’re enjoying it and getting a lot out of it! πŸ˜„

      Yeah, there are a lot of expensive affiliate marketing courses out there. I’ve seen them go up to $6,500 – it’s crazy! But we know not everyone is in a position to pay for training and you really don’t need to. That’s exactly why we decided to offer all of the Commission Academy training completely free of charge.

      You totally got this!

  5. Thanks Dale.i am very happy you get me commission but Iam very poor not to pay fee please help name is Humaira

  6. Hi Dale
    This looks very Promising.
    I am in South-Africa. Will it work for me?
    We don’t buy from places like Amazon and Shopify?

    • Yes – you can either promote companies that are popular in South Africa to residents of South Africa or you can promote companies like Amazon & Shopify to those in the countries that buy from them.

  7. Hi I’m an African and I’m using an iPhone 6plus.
    I love to be a affiliate marketer, as I know I can work 4 over 15 hours a day.
    How possible is it for me DALE and Simon

  8. Hello, thanks for this all, you’re awesome πŸ‘Œ
    But……I don’t have a laptop, just an android phone Samsung A12, does this also work ?

    Best regards,
    Rutten Eric.


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