The easiest and most common way to start building an audience for a website is via social media. Depending on your niche and industry, you can choose from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and several other niche and location-specific networks. Building up an engaged and interested following on social media is a great opportunity to build relationships and once you have their trust, promote your products and services to them. 
Great stuff here Sean – thanks for all of these insights and sharing some best practices when it comes to affiliate marketing. I’ve never been comfortable giving it a shot, but after reading this post and your perspective on how and when to do it, I may just have to give it a try. Especially considering I’m already mentioning and recommending services and products on my site, I’m just not getting the potential rewards associated with doing so. Thanks again.

I am at ABSOLUTE ZERO on this affiliate marketing idea. I have no website (other than a facebook page), no domain name, no clients, and negative money.  I am in a situation of extreme financial hardship after a psychological breakdown and come very unfortunate events.  I  was wondering, though-- here's  my idea:  Because I  am at such an absolute zero of experience and getting started (I am even pretty much not just computer illiterate other than Word, email, basic internet, etc, but I would say I am computer challenged or have a bit of a learning disability with respect to computing skills), you could and should consider starting me up and taking me through everything with everything needed included along with the training so that you could use me as a true example of how much your system can do for someone.  You could look at me as a charity case, perhaps even write off what you give me for free as a business expense, and then use me as a complete rags-to-riches spokesperson, which I would gladly do for you.I have a lot of time but no starting skills to offer, which I think would make my success stand out from the many (and outdated and stagnant and presented-the-same-way success stories that so many of the affiliate marketing videos and websites I have looked at have.  A story like mine as an example of your success in training people would be like a breath of fresh air in what is starting to look like a stagnant and outdated and no longer worthwhile world within computing and marketing.  I have seen comments that say that affiliate marketing is "not what it used to be" and that it is harder for younger millenials to make as much money as the older millenials have.  I think such a trend should be reversed and the reversal of the trend should be what YOU have to offer, from your method of how to do affiliate marketing.I thank you for reading, and thank you please for considering.
12 Affiliate Programs with Recurring Commissions That Keep On Giving Money does grow on trees. You just need to plant the right seeds. And by that I mean, choose the right affiliate programs and the right products. The ones that give you the most bang for your buck. The ones that reward you the most—and the most frequently—for all your hard work...

Hi Ray! Thank you for such an informative article. I am hoping to make a passive income from affiliate marketing, I’m willing to do anything that experts suggest, and just found your site. I haven’t decided my niche yet but I find your site so helpful. I’m trying to get my head around this weekend and will start something. I have some questions if you don’t mind,
And while that may sound like a tall order, just remember that all you need to do to be unique is act like yourself as you write reviews or provide readers with blog posts and articles full of interesting information. The important part is to keep up the volume since the longer you wait between articles, the further your website will fall in the search engine rankings.
Hi Kristian, thanks for your comment and questions. The bottom line is being honest and sincere about any products that you recommend. And if you’re in a traffic selling business, you essentially promote products on your clients’ behalf whether you like them or not. If it sounded too scammy I had no options but to reject the order, but I would never know what’s behind with each product unless I use it myself. As a reviewer and blogger, it was hard to run two different business parallelly. About some of the products being too expensive…yes you’re right, some of them are for advanced/corporate users, I perhaps need to review them too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it.
Email marketing: This is best in small doses. You don't want any partners sending out bulk emails to customers who aren't interested in your products or services, but with proper consideration for who's receiving the email, this could be an effective method. For instance, if you sell design tools, you might reach out to marketing agencies and ask, if they're working with a specific client on a design project, whether they might consider sending a URL from your site within the body of the email. This could help their clients leverage your tools to create higher-quality content, while giving agencies an added source of income.
The formula for affiliate marketing remains relatively constant no matter what your market or niche. Your main task will always be traffic generation (i.e. driving prospects to the merchant’s website via your unique “affiliate” link). If you don't have any money you can get started by finding ways to get free traffic to your website, including blogging, guest posting on other websites, and posting to social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, etc.
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Email marketing: This is best in small doses. You don't want any partners sending out bulk emails to customers who aren't interested in your products or services, but with proper consideration for who's receiving the email, this could be an effective method. For instance, if you sell design tools, you might reach out to marketing agencies and ask, if they're working with a specific client on a design project, whether they might consider sending a URL from your site within the body of the email. This could help their clients leverage your tools to create higher-quality content, while giving agencies an added source of income.
That’s a great tip Sean, thanks! I was thinking about what you said in your post about some companies not putting that they have affiliate links and you having to do some digging and there are couple of companies/authors who made products I love and keep using, but I’m not sure how to go ahead and ask about the affiliate link. I read the post you linked below about asking for guest blogging, which I thought was a must-read, and so, if you think of doing a follow-up on this one, would love to read some of your tips and do’s and don’t about this. Thanks again, Sean, you’re doing some very inspiring work here!
Start blogging: Content is key to blogging and affiliate marketing beginners need to be cognizant of the fact. To get people to your site you need to write great, relevant content. Content Marketing works through Search Engines such as Google and Bing and you need to make sure that you have this in mind while writing your content. Search Engine Optimization is a useful tool in this regard. You need to be aware of all the tools that can be used to give your content greater visibility on search engines. For that, you first of all need relevance. Search engines will not choose your content if it’s not relevant to your search query.
Hi, I read your spamming story with great interest. I have had a similar experience in the past. Because my mentor told me that we were targeting stupid people so we had to act simple and dodge these people by sending so many emails. Which was wrong. I am now willing to earn commissions in the most legit way. Your post helps and I just want to say thank you. Edita.
Recent corporate changes and folding 2Checkout into a larger company that is involved in payment processing and e-commerce means that the affiliate program can sometimes feel somewhat neglected. But the ability to generate custom coupon codes and the comprehensive knowledge base make 2Checkout a good option for experienced affiliates with an established user base. But if you’re just entering the affiliate field for the first time, 2Checkout might not be where you want to start.
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