8 Things You Should Know When Starting Out As An Affiliate Marketer


So you’ve decided to try your hand at affiliate marketing?

Great! It is one of the best ways to make money online.

But it can take several months to make your first sale. It’s not difficult but requires consistency; which is one of the top 5 reasons why affiliate marketers fail when starting out.

Newcomers usually overlook a few important things which cost them later.

To avoid making mistakes, here are some tips you should know before starting out as an affiliate marketer.

  1. Content Relevance

Creating relevant and useful content for your target audience is a crucial foundation to drive traffic to your affiliate website.

If you choose to publish a post about a topic, most likely there are already several posts about it on the internet. Simply picking a trendy topic is not enough.

You’ll have to offer fresh perspectives and make sure they are informative. Your goal is to be an expert in your niche.

  1. Connect More

In the beginning, the work can be strenuous and you barely find time to catch up with your friends. But this shouldn’t stop you from communicating with your audience and connecting with like-minded people.

Use social media and know your followers on a personal level. Encourage them to share their views and opinions.

Surround yourself with those who appreciate affiliate marketing. Find mentors and take their suggestions (of course, with a pinch of salt).

  1. It’s Not Entirely Rosy

If you’re dreaming about going on fancy vacations while your website makes money — wake up!

Sure you can do that in the future but it’s going to be a hustle until you establish yourself.

While it’s tempting to blow all of your commissions in pampering yourself, investing some of it for your website’s improvement will yield better results in the long run.

  1. Honesty Is The Best Policy

I’ve seen some budding content creators publish fake information and mislead their audience. Although they don’t get caught for a while, at one point their audience will start criticizing them. All their online reputation will shatter overnight.

Do not fall into the trap of publishing “too good to be true” content. If you’re writing a product review, give equal weight to pros and cons. Suggest only those products or services that you think you’ll be satisfied with.

  1. Dependence

I didn’t forget the ‘in’ before ‘dependence’. There are dozens of articles telling how independent it feels to be an affiliate marketer.

While most of them are true, you’re also dependent on affiliate marketing networks.

No matter how great your content is or how loyal your audience is, the merchant’s affiliate program can end anytime.

  1. Extreme Competition

With the internet being available in all corners of the earth, people have resorted to online money-making methods like never before.

In any niche, there are influencers and creators who already possess a huge fanbase. Many other online marketers are working hard to make a name for themselves.

Stepping into this game, you must be ready to sail through this extreme competition.

  1. Requires Research

As an affiliate marketer, one can build an empire from scratch in no time. Oh, how we wish it’s true!

In reality, you’ll have to study a lot about affiliate marketing, take up a course if possible, and research about everything before getting started. This takes time, patience, and a strong determination.

  1. Don’t Be A Salesman

An increase in sales will boost your income. But this doesn’t mean you’ll have to sound like a salesman whose sole aim is to sell the product.

Social media pages of a few affiliate marketers look nothing less than a shopping website and it’s a major turn-off.

Create a win-win situation where your audience can benefit from your content and you can gain monetarily from their sales.


These are some of the basics you must keep in your mind before becoming an affiliate marketer. However, you cannot master it in a single day.

Be a constant learner and adapt to the changes this field puts you through.

Author Bio

Res Marty, the founder of Affiliate Academy, works towards his goal of best tips and tricks to help fellow netizens achieve financial freedom with online marketing. He believes that affiliate marketing can be extremely confusing but highly rewarding when done right. His hobbies include cooking and traveling around the world.


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