Affiliate Marketing Tips For Beginners

Affiliate Marketing Tips For Beginners
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Today, I’d like to go over some affiliate marketing tips for beginners. Approximately 95% of affiliate marketers fail at making money online and it comes as no surprise why most people end up quitting.

You see, a lot of beginners get into the industry assuming that the money will come easy. Who can blame them though because that’s what I thought?

There are so many get-rich-quick schemes claiming that you can get rich fast, but nothing could be further from the truth!

In this article, I will go over 2 tips that would separate you from the 95% of affiliate marketers who are likely to end up quitting due to minimal results.

Affiliate Marketing Tips For Beginners

Tip #1. Own The Customers

Any successful business requires a customer-base and when you get into affiliate marketing, you should treat it as a regular business.

Most affiliate marketers will tell you, the way to make money through affiliate marketing is by promoting affiliate product(s).

That is true, but the cup is half empty. Sure, you need to promote affiliate product(s), but you need to do so strategically.

Your typical affiliate marketer would find relevant affiliate products from sources like Amazon, Clickbank, ShareASale, etc.

Next, they would buy traffic and have it sent directly to the advertisers landing page.— Their goal is to earn more than what they spent.

Here’s the problem with this method:

  • You don’t own the customer, you are actually giving away customers. Basically, you are spending your own money to send traffic to the advertiser. If they make money off of your paid traffic, they will give you a small percentage. If they don’t make the sale, they lost nothing and you lost money? Does that sound fair to you?
  • There is no guarantee that you will make more than what you spend on advertisement. In a sense, you are gambling, but not at a casino. First, you’re giving away your traffic to the advertisers landing page (slot machine). Next, you’re hoping that they convert your traffic into sales (hoping to win a few games). In the end, you’re hoping to make a profit or worst-case scenario, break even.— Unfortunately, that’s not reality and you will likely spend more than what you make.
  • Even if you do end up making sales, it will only be a one-time thing. Let’s say you do make a sale! Well first of all, congratulations. However, because the customer belongs to the company that sold your prospect a product. Your prospect belongs to them and not you.— You have no way of contacting this customer anymore because you didn’t capture their information such as email address.

You see, the problem with not owning your customer is that you will not earn additional commissions if your referred company ends up selling more to that customer in the future.

The biggest flaw in this affiliate marketing approach is that you are always going to spend money on traffic to help grow another person’s business. This leads us to the second tip on how to own your customers!

Tip #2. Build An Email List

I can’t stress enough about the importance of building your email list from the very beginning. I didn’t do this at first and I still regret it to this day. If someone actually told me the importance of building an email list, my list would probably be 2 or 3 times the size of what it is now.

Most beginners don’t start an email list right away because they feel like it’s a waste of time and effort. I had the exact same mentality. I questioned the importance because I didn’t have much traffic, so why build an email list when it relies heavily on traffic.

It’s a numbers game…

The more traffic you get, the more likely someone will opt-in to your email list.

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The good news is, AWeber doesn’t charge you a dime as long as you have 0-500 subscribers in your email list.

When you build an email list, you are building your own customer base. People don’t opt-in to your newsletter if they are not interested in your offers.

Here’s what you should do with your email list…

Instead of sending your traffic to your advertiser’s landing page, you should send your traffic to an opt-in page where you can capture their information. Once you’ve built a sizable list, you can start promoting affiliate product(s) directly to your subscribers.

The benefit of doing so is that you own the customer, so you can continue to recommend products and services designed to solve their problems.

In Conclusion

The best way to make money online through affiliate marketing is by treating it like a real business. A real business requires repeat customers.

If you follow my tips, you will be far ahead of most affiliate marketers in the field. I can’t guarantee you will get rich by applying my tips, but I’m confident that you will do much better than your typical affiliate marketer.

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Hopefully, you benefited from this article. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Please leave a message in the comment section below.

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Stefan Vogt
2 years ago

Hi, and thanks for this great reminder. I’m too one of the many that started late with collecting emails. In fact, I did the autoresponder installation this week. Luckily I started collecting email addresses before but not in an efficient way. Like you I now have a free give away. It really looks much harder to create all necessary forms and links for this email list campaign than it really is. Ok, it took me about three days and now I have another monthly fee to pay but I’m sure in the end it pays out, much better than paid… Read more »

Reply to  Stefan Vogt
2 years ago

Hi Stefan,

I’m glad you took the initiative to start an email list(: I wrote an article on how to make money from your email list at first. I will have it published some time tomorrow, so stay tuned for that(:


Sanders Whitley
2 years ago

Hi Eric,
Interesting amd some good information. I recently started up and did not really know just what I was starting. I also thought I would be rich in a week.
Tip one is good advice and I never consideted it as a viable option.
Tip two is something I have not followed…yet. I will be in the future.
Thanks for a great article that is already helping me.

Reply to  Sanders Whitley
2 years ago

Hello Sanders,

Thank you for your kind words! It’s best to start your business sooner rather than later. Most are free to get started(: My recommended one is free for life as long as you have less than 1000 subscribers. You can always migrate your list to another service provider if you choose to in the future.


Winslow Do
2 years ago

hi, this is very helpful especially for new affiliate marketers. I agree with owning your customers and that’s exactly what I will try to do.