• Kelly

How to Get Started with Affiliate Marketing

Updated: Dec 6, 2020

The picture below is a screenshot from my affiliate account for Ontraport showing my commissions for the past 18+ months…

Since January 2017, I’ve made $4,298 in affiliate income from sharing about this one particular program.

I share this screenshot not to brag, but to show you what’s possible when you start making money using affiliate marketing!

In this blog post, I’m sharing about what affiliate marketing is, why it’s a good idea, and resources for getting started!

What is Affiliate Marketing

Simply put, affiliate marketing is when you promote a company’s products or services and in exchange, you receive a commission for any purchase made through your affiliate link . When someone purchases through your affiliate link, it does not cost the buyer anything additional - you just get a piece of the pie for recommending the product/course/service.

As an online business owner, having an affiliate income stream is a total win-win because your community gets introduced to what they need, and you get to make some extra moo-lah by sharing your sign up link and knowledge with them about the product, program or service.

Adding an affiliate income stream to your business is a good idea for 3 reasons...

  1. Your overhead costs for doing affiliate marketing is ZERO. It costs you nothing but your time to bring in affiliate income. {And honestly, it doesn't take a lot of time to do!}

  2. Sharing your affiliate links with your community is really easy... and you can totally promote your affiliate links in a super authentic way without being sleazy or salesly.

  3. You get to decide exactly what companies you'd like to affiliate for and how you want to share about them with your community.

(Side note: Affiliate marketing works even if you don’t have a business! If you don’t have an online business, you can still promote affiliate links for products you use and love… For example, I’m an affiliate for Wantable, StitchFix and some of my favorite Amazon books.)

How to Get Started with Affiliate Marketing

  • Decide what products/services you will affiliate for.

To be successful with affiliate marketing, you don't need a huge following, an email list or hundreds of social media fans. You just need a few products/services you really believe in and the desire to make extra money by sharing about them with the people in your community!

(Looking for some business products to be an affiliate for? Grab my list of 45+ affiliate programs here for just $10 - I’ve done all the research for you on the best ones to sign up for and these are the same ones I’m an affiliate for, too!)

  • Start sharing your affiliate links!

Once you’ve decided on the affiliate programs you’d like to be a part of, you’ll want to start sharing your links at!

Share on social media - One of the ways I share my affiliate links are inside Facebook groups I am a part of. For example, when someone asks a question like “What course platform do you recommend?” I can chime in and share “My favorite platform is MemberVault. I love it because [I insert the specific reasons I love MV as it relates to their post]. Here’s my link to check it out: https://membervault.samcart.com/referral/membervault/iukXkJ9pR8SaCLtb .”

(Side note: You must always disclose that an affiliate link is an affiliate link.)

Share in your company’s newsletter - If you send out a weekly or monthly newsletter to your community, pop in affiliate links when you

Share on a resource page on your website - If there are certain programs or services that your ideal client could benefit from, or if there are things you find yourself recommending over and over, consider putting up a page on your website that anyone can find when they visit your site that has these affiliate links on it. Take a peek at my resource page here.

You can earn a small amount or a large amount of "Extra" money through affiliate marketing. I hope this blog post has you convinced to give affiliate marketing a try. Comment below and let me know if you have any questions - I’m happy to talk more about affiliate marketing!

PS: Don’t forget - you can grab a list of 40+ affiliate programs I recommend by purchasing my spreadsheet here.

Please note - this blog post contains affiliate links. I will receive a commission if you purchase through my links but it doesn't cost you anything extra, and I only recommend products I know, use and love!

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