how to start affiliate marketing for beginners in 2021

When wondering how to start affiliate marketing for beginners in 2021 it could be pretty confusing where to start. 

No worries! I've got you covered. 

Forget Affiliate Lab, Affiliate Savage, or Authority Hacker. 

Even thought, all 3 programs are legit and will provide value to experience marketers, they are not suitable for BEGINNERS. 

So, don't invest any money in them. 

In my post, you'll find the most important (time accurate) strategies to help you build your affiliate empire in 2021. 

You'll discover what works, what not and my recommendation on where to start. 

Shall we start?

What is Affiliate Marketing?

I wrote entire post about why is Affiliate Marketing the best option for starters. 

In a nutshell, Affiliate Marketing is selling other people's product.

Obviously, it is not as easy as 1,2,3 and you'll be earning money. But with the right guide, tools, and products/services, it can be done quicker as you would think. 

In my blog post I will talk about what are the 4 Most Important Pillars of your Affiliate MARKETING BUSINESS, what tools you'd need and where to start. 

Before I dig that, I want to spend minute or two on the various types of Affiliate Marketing. Most likely, you've seen it as well, before even realising it. 

We distinguish between 2 major types: 

  1. Paid
  2. Free

Later on in my post, I will give more characteristics on each of the method, so for now it is enough for you to know that there are these two types. 

If you want to receive my guide on how to start a FREE Affiliate Guide, just leave us your e-mail below.

4 Pillars on How to Start Affiliate Marketing for beginners in 2021

Product or Service (Niche)

First and foremost, you want to start with defining your niche.

Whereas, it could look scary, it is not. You have to think about niche as something you have affinity with. Having affinity is important. 

Mostly because you will be dealing with this topic day in and day out. 

Additionally having an affinity with your niche is helping you overcome, the first hurdles. You can think of niche as the result of your passion or  knowledge. 

Whereas passion niche is something, where the content goes out of you more naturally, I wouldn't underestimate the knowledge niche, as you can keep your self "more distant" from the problem. 

how to start affiliate marketing for beginners in 2021

Some examples for niches for someone who studied medicine and has a hobby in fishing could be then:

  • silicone rods for beginners (passion) 
  • how to stop being obese (knowledge)

Moreover, we can distinguish between broad and micro niche. I think the meaning is clear. What you want to know regarding your Affiliate Business is, that micro niches rank somewhat faster , than broad niches. 

It has something to do with competition as well.  

You want to spend some time before you move to the other pillar. So, think on what you like, what would you like to be busy with and gain knowledge in. 

Customer (Audience) 

"Hey bruda:? Whoss ap?" is something you would use for peers of other age group as " Good afternoon everybody. How are you?"

I think you know what I mean. While it doesn't matter how you speak to your audience, it is important that you understand them. 

Firstly, you want to define them. 

What they are, what do they read, they interest, where do they hang out. Their opinions, wishes, desires. 

But as well, their fears and hopes.

Whereas, not the easiest part, as more as you know about them, the more "to the point" you can be. 

Furthermore, as more you understand your audience, as more connection you will create. 

That in the end, would lead towards more sales. Because, looking on yourself, do you intent to buy something from someone you trust, or from random guy?

how to start affiliate marketing for beginners in 2021

Your Website as Source of Information 

When you have the ideal product or service solving other people's issues (your niche) . When you have  found the group of people searching for this product or service (your audience).

Following these two steps, you want to have a website. 

This website will serve as connection point, or market place if you will. 

Even so, today trends are make quick sales and push button solutions, the traditional "helping people" wins. Why did I mention the push-button? 

Because out there, there are "gurus" who will try to sell you those systems. Something like this or this.

They will try to tell you that you will be ok with squeeze pages. That short quiz, with YES/NO answer is going to create you "money-making machine". But even in these low value provided programs, there is sort of website you have to have. 

Problem is that those "push-button" DFY programs are offering low quality products that people won't buy after sale or two. 

Programs like 12 Minute Affiliate is example of such a platform.  Your "audience" will be tired of those crappy products and you end up spending thousands $$$ on traffic.

What you want to do instead, is to build a website.

Ideally with blog posts, where you share your knowledge and during the process of building the trust, you will became authority.

After that, you, together with your website would be the right solution, if your "audience" needs help with the "problem" in your niche. 

I hope you starting to see the bigger picture. 

Creating a website is nowadays pretty straight forward and no time consuming at all. 

See below, how you can create FREE website with Siterubix  platform provided by Wealthy Affiliate. 

Next to Wealthy Affiliate, there are several providers with website building opportunities. Places like blue Host or Host Gator offer cheap solution when searching where to build your website. 

Find your Affiliate Program or Platform 

Finally, when you have set up your website, you want to find affiliate offers you are going to share with your readers. 

Now, it is fair to say, that to make a sale could be one of the most difficult, yet the most important in the entire process. 

Because, even if you have a great looking website, you have people who are reading your great content , but you are not making sales, you won't be successful.

Make sense, right?

Again, there is difference between affiliate program and affiliate platform. Program is a place of singular offer. In most of the cases, it is program that has already some client base and will use Affiliate Marketing as additional tool for extra sales. 

My girlfriend works for Under Armour, and they have such a program. The commission is around 20% (depends on which item).  

So, if you are in health, or fitness niche and you like Under Armour, that would be interesting for you. 

Normally, you have to apply with such a company by sending them request on their website. After 1-3 working days, you will hear if you got accepted or not. 

Platform, is collecting more vendors under one roof. ClickBank, WarriorPlus, Amazon are such a platforms. Oftentimes, you don't need approval from such a place.  In fact, I have created guide, how to choose the best affiliate platform for beginners.

how to start affiliate marketing for beginners in 2021

How to  start affiliate marketing for beginners in 2021?

Lastly, I want to talk about the traffic.

If you've done your research, you know that traffic will define your success or failure. 

In other words, you want to have people finding your offers.

Previously, I talked about the FREE and PAID options. 

I prefer FREE, organic traffic, also defined by SEO optimisation. 

Below is short, yet very clear description of those two strategies. You can decide whichever is fitting you better.

1. Paid one- Investment coming from your own pocket. Often times is short living and oftentimes you don’t earn what you initially invested. So you are in search for new shiny objects on and on. The only one who earns in that case is the owner of the course/program.

2. Free on- No(or very low) investment. Need of building your website and audience. Even, it can be time-consuming at the beginning. Sustainable profit on long term.

If you are clever, you’d choose the second option.

Not only will cost you much less to start with, but it will bring you success over longer period. When done correctly, and with right guidance, you can achieve results like guys below:

The decision is yours.

You can go ahead and buy 12 minute affiliate, or similar get-rich-quick schemes and hope for the best, or you can choose the FREE and more sustainable way. I

n case, you go for the second way leave your email below and i'll show you step-by-step guide on how to start affiliate marketing for beginners in 2021.

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Julius is an Online Marketing enthusiast helping people with creating financial freedom. Thanks to Affiliate Marketing it never has been easier. In his free time is Julius spending his time on the soccer field, in the airplane, with a great book, or with his friends.

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  1. Hey Julius,

    I am a big fan of affiliate marketing as it is one of the best ways to make money online. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

    And, you’re right…

    Research on the niche they would be interested in like you mentioned and also get valuable information from reviews like yours that may not have been obvious from the program website to avoid wasting time (and money). I see you cited the 12 Minutes Affiliate program as an example of this.

    Another point that stood out to me was the advice of using your website as a source of information.
    I’m glad you address it ‘cos I believe such approach works and brings your closer with your audience. Having blog posts where you share your knowledge and help others with useful information in your niche builds trust.

    Affiliate marketing can be a wonderful and profitable venture with useful information as yours.


    1. Hey Femi. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. Indeed, there is a huge difference between the programs where you want to start with Affiliate Marketing. While programs like 12 Minute Affiliate, Fast Tracks of LOAN are all get-rich-quick schemes with low value, WA is something that can teach you sustainable affiliate marketing.

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