How To Start With Affiliate Marketing?

If you have landed from my earlier guide on What is affiliate marketing, this guide will help you to get started as an affiliate marketer. If you get basics right, you can also earn from affiliate marketing like me. You can check my 5 years affiliate earning here for inspiration. When ever I have published my income reports, many readers have asked about a guide on getting started with it, and in this guide I will share tips and ideas which will help you to get started with zero knowledge.

So far, I assume you are already aware of basics of Affiliate marketing, and if not do check out FAQ’s about affiliate marketing over here. There are many ways internet marketers are doing affiliate marketing, and I have my way. Below I will share how I started with it, and so far I can say confidently that it’s working and it will work for you too.

What you Need to Get started with Affiliate marketing:

I have shared all important links below to become a master of affiliate marketing, but first lets take those baby steps which will help you to get the basics right.

Promotion Channel:

Affiliate promotion channel

I would have talked first about product, but realize it’s more important to talk about promotion channel first.  You can promote any product on various platforms like Google, Facebook and etc.. etc. What I prefer is and suggest to other; User blog for affiliate marketing. Promoting a product on your own blog will help you to keep earning in longer run, and more over you can earn more money from your blog using various other methods. It’s a good idea to learn about other techniques as I mentioned above, but blog should definitely be a part of your promotion channel. I have shared a link at the end for you to understand how you can use for promoting an affiliate product.

Picking the right product and marketplace:

Right Affiliate marketplace

Above: Screenshot of ShareASale Affiliate Market Place

If you are one who like to give value; I suggest you to pick a product that you personal use or want to use. If not, you can always be a good critic and try product to share your review and opinion. Most of the product in online market have affiliate link associated with it. It can be any eBook, Cheap web-hosting and more.  Make sure you select the best product based on your niche. Else you might get 1000+ clicks but your conversion rates will be 0%. Here is a useful guide to learn how to pick good affiliate products for your blog.

Related Read:

Sales pitch

For selling any product, you need to create a sales pitch. The sales pitch can be in the form of a blog post or can be a static web page. Many companies provide you with a product landing page. Creating a sales pitch in simple words, you need to make your readers aware of what are they getting with their investment. The things which you need to keep in mind before selecting your product is, who is going to be your target audience, do you have any current target audience related to same product, or you have to start from scratch. In both the cases your strategy will be different.

Link Cloaking:


One of the major concern with Affiliate marketing is search engine ranking. Most of the affiliate marketers miss out on optimising their blog to ensure their blog is SEO friendly. I highly recommend you to read this post to understand how Google treats affiliate links and do check the WordPress plugin solution Gocodes for clocking your affiliate link to make it look beautiful. Here are few more guides to make your WordPress blog SEO friendly:

Now before you get started with Affiliate marketing, here are few guides as promised to further refine your skills:

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 20 )

  1. says

    This was great. It really helped me.but the links are a little too much. At a point I got confused and had to start again. Thanks anyway.

  2. says

    I have used Sharesale . And it is really very nice , but my conversion was less than average . Keep sharing so that I can learn more and more .

    Thank you for sharing

  3. Vibhuti says

    Affiliate marketing needs good direction if you want to earn something from it. And you are providing all best information and what should anyone do with respect to it. Keep sharing like this.

  4. Yogita Aggarwal says

    Affiliate marketing can be the great source of income for blog owners but only if they work with enough knowledge and expertise. And i think your blog posts on affiliate marketing are enough to get that expertise.
    Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Krishna Moorthy.D says

    Nice Article Harsh! Last Month I made my first Affiliate Sales by reading some of your old Tips.Thanks Again :)

  6. says

    Nice Harsh, but please suggest me a marketplace where I can get all affiliate, otherwise signing manually to each affiliate and maintaing is really hectic.

    I have tried top marketplaces like cj, Amazon, clickbank etc, but either they don’t have all affiliate related to blogging niche or they don’t approve. In case of cj they don’t approve and I don’t know why?

    Is registering manually is the only option? Of yes then how could we manage each account.?

    Waiting for your reply ASAP.

  7. Rohit Gahlawat says

    Affiliate marketing is better source of income than ads and you have included important points of improving affiliating skills. One more thing your another “CydiaGuide” is great. Bookmarked the post for future use. Thanks for such a useful information.

  8. NilanthaNRNM says

    Really amazing post. I’m a newbie to the affiliate marketing. But, After this post I thought affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money.

  9. Rehman says


    Amazing post Harsh. I’m kinda young with my affiliate knowledge.

    Could you suggest a few affiliate networks which work closely with Technology / Software :)


  10. Shabnam Sultan says

    I never had much luck with Affiliate Marketing. I was infact looking forward to your posts on it.

    I like your posts Harsh as it is easy to understand . :)

  11. techprism says

    Yes, When it come to choose affilates products & services many things should be kept in mind, where product selection & sales pitch plays very important roles. Thanks, Harsh

  12. Sanjeev Mishra says

    Very much helpful post. The sales pitch funda is really cool and the results related to your affiliate marketing plans are visible in your monthly reports. Thanks a lot Harsh for sharing this info, will definitely try some of them on my blog.