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Affiliate Marketing Training For Beginners [The Complete Guide]

Affiliate marketing is simple.

In fact, it’s one of the most simple ways to make money online for starters. You don’t need a product or an insane huge amount of traffic (to profit from advertising).

A little bit about me.

My name is Anh, I’ve learned how to make money online via affiliate marketing.

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My results are humble. A lot of my experienced friends who followed the same process even ended up becoming a full-time online marketer

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… or even make up to 5 figures in a year.

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But simple doesn’t mean easy.

In this post, I’d like to share everything I know about affiliate marketing, as well as introduce the best affiliate marketing trainings for beginners. I’ll try to be as realistic and down to earth as possible. Starting from

With no further ado, let’s dive in.

Affiliate marketing tips for beginners

In one sentence, affiliate marketing allows you to earn money by selling other company’s products.

Chances are you’ve heard about huge affiliate marketers’ successe like Pat Flynn who makes up to 100k per month online. When ValueClick reported their affiliate marketing revenue to be over $84,573k in 2011, you know the potential is huge.

And the best approach to affiliate marketing is to create a WordPress blog and give honest reviews on products from Amazon or any other affiliate networks (with your tracking links, of course). After that, work your way to rank on Google’s top results.

If you’ve done a good job at targeting buying keywords, you’ll profit.


Because folks who bother to search for things like “LG 32LB550A LED TV review” already have their credit card on the table, ready to buy a new TV for their appartement.

This is called the Customer Purchase Lifecycle.

Of course, you’ll need a bunch of skills to successfully nail the whole process.

So… how the heck do you succeed with affiliate marketing?

How to succeed with affiliate marketing

Success doesn’t happen overnight. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t look back.

Erin Andrews

There are thousands of things you can learn in order to succeed with affiliate marketing, from technical know-hows to SEO to content marketing.

However not all tips are weighted the same, below are two ultimate tips that can make or break your online business.

Ultimate tip number 1:

Let’s play a little game.

Answer this question and I’ll tell you if you can succeed with affiliate marketing:

“How long are you willing to commit?”

  • If your answer is “three (or four, or five) months, if I can’t make money then, this whole thing doesn’t work.” Then this thing won’t work, for you that is.
  • If your answer is “one year or more. You know what? I want to become financially free and I’m willing to crash and burn for as long as it takes.” Then congratulations. You’ve just passed this test!

That said, I understand why you’d think a couple of months is enough. You’ve probably ran into folks like these

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Well, no one have a weird trick up their sleeve to make $3,500 per month, they just want to make money off of your naivety.

That’s right, you simply don’t make money online fast.

It’s gonna hard, and you will want to give up. However, making passive income online is possible. Anyone can do it, no matter where you come from (as long as you have a laptop and internet connection). Me and thousands of other online marketers are living proofs of that.

When you think about how a lot of us are shopping online, it makes total sense how making money online is no joke. Where there is a market, there is profit to be made.

While you fumble to learn the craft, you will fail several times, and that’s okay.

Accept it, learn from it.

And tell yourself:

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Ultimate tip number 2:

Eli Seekins

Eli Seekins
Launch Your Dream
I knew that I was missing something. And I didn’t want to spend who knows how long trying to figure it out on my own. So I went looking for help. And it made all the difference.
I knew something was not right and I started to reach out to other members from Wealthy Affiliate and even seek help from the owners of the program.

They guided me along and I finally got a breakthrough in my life as well as on my online business. I made my first dollar online on 24 April 2014.

Over and over we hear how mentors can change our lives.

My story is no different than Eli and Jack’s.

Once up a time, I thought I was smarter than everyone else and that I can make money online all one my own. Long story short, I didn’t make a penny.

It wasn’t until I start investing into my business and learn from the best, that things really take off. In order to learn anything, you’ll need throughout training and mentors, even better if there is a supportive community keep you accountable.

You’ll succeed much faster and you won’t have to weep as much along the way.

Okay, what are the best affiliate marketing training for beginners?

I’ll cover all of that below.

The best affiliate marketing training for beginners

The only affiliate marketing training program that I recommend is Wealthy Affiliate, an all-in-one training and community for aspiring affiliate marketers founded by Kyle Loudoun (on the right) and Carson Lim (on the left), two amazing guys that you can contact anytime as a member.

Wealthy Affiliates - Kyle and Carson

This is the platform that helped me make my first dollars online. They have detailed courses designed for absolute beginners to start their own affiliate marketing business.

With over 600k members and growing, Wealthy Affiliate is more than a simple learning space. It’s also one of the most active online marketing community on the internet.

The most difficult aspect of building a business online is getting help when you need it. We are a community that truly cares and will be there for you all day, every day.

Is Wealthy Affiliate for you?

Before you jump into something like affiliate marketing and Wealthy Affiliate, it’s wise to ask yourself if you are ready to invest a decent amount of time, energy and money into it before ever seeing results.

Instead, if you are looking for a quick solution, I would recommend something much more simple than affiliate marketing to begin with, like offering your skills on freelance sites like PeoplePerHour or Fiverr.

That said, if you can relate to any of the following sentences:

  • I want to create a passive income stream.
  • I want to turn my hobby into an additional income,
  • I want to monetize my blog,
  • I love a good challenge,

… then there is a huge chance that you’ll love Wealthy Affiliate, too.

Price and membership

Wealthy Affiliate has two pricing plans: one free Starter and one Premium membership at $49 per month (click here to get a 50% discount!)

Wealthy Affiliate - Memberships

The Starter membership is ideal for new users to experience the Wealthy Affiliate platform at zero dollar. For the first 7 days you are free to use all Premium features, then you’re limited to

  • Only access the Level 1 course,
  • No access to Live Chat,
  • Create only up to 2 websites,
  • No access to SiteComments and SiteFeedback.

Aside from being limited to 2 websites, you also can’t host your own domain name (like, and has to settle for a domain name instead. Note that while you can use a SiteRubix extension for as long as you want, later upgrading to will hurt your traffic and search engine rankings.

Other than the fact that you can get one single price for everything, the best part about the Premium membership is that it opens up the whole social side of the platform. A few key features include

  • Freely chat and blog,
  • Personal support from Kyle and Carson,
  • Create and fully control up to 50 websites,
  • Access to SiteComments.

Some folks may claim that you can make money with the Starter membership. But in my opinion, it’s very unlikely because the level 1 course only covers the basic of the basic. And you won’t have access to the community to ask questions.

Worst of all, you can’t use your own domain name when creating a website with SiteRubix. In our line of work, trust is vital and not having your own domain name is a clear lack of seriousness to your visitors.

If you’re not ready to invest in Wealthy Affiliate, you’re better off hosting your site for $3.95/ month on a solid web host like BlueHost, then devour

My post on How To Create A Blog,
and Luqman Khan’s Amazon Affiliate Site Case Study.

Especially Luqman’s (one favourite posts), you’ll learn much more about online marketing then with Wealthy Affiliate’s free membership.

How long does it take to make money online?

Seriously. Who cares how long it takes? As long as you can keep going, and get through the burnouts, you’ll reach some level of success.

If you ask me how long it takes to profit from affiliate marketing with or without the help of Wealthy Affiliate, my answer will always be…

I don’t know.

That’s right. I don’t know how long it’ll take you to learn Japanese, or Portuguese and I don’t know how long it’ll take you to get a hang of online marketing.

It depends on your initial knowledge and experience, your determination, the amount of time you show up to do the work.

For some, it takes a month to see results…

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Others takes 4 months…

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Or even up to 6 months.

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I’m not here to give you false hope when 53% of affiliate marketers earn less than $20,000 per year.

Wealthy Affiliate is just a tool.

It’s you who’s gonna do the work, who’s going to put in the extra hours to make it work.

So the question is not how long it’s gonna take, but how?

6 steps to make money with Wealthy Affiliate

Here’s the thing… not all of us succeed at Wealthy Affiliate.

Over the year, I’ve seen dozens of posts like this one.

Affiliate Marketing Course Success - Yinc88

Here, Yinc88 made up to $43 AUD from her first sale, that’s great isn’t it?

But when I checked her website, she hasn’t updated since 2015.

There are a lot more folks whose website even ended up disappearing from the surface of the internet.

It’s really a shame.

I hope that you are different.

I’ll give you a hand, here are 6 steps to succeed with Wealthy Affiliate compiled from my own personal experience and research.

Step 1. Sign up for Wealthy Affiliate

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.

Abraham Lincoln

If you truly, madly, deeply want to making money online, sign up for an account at Wealthy Affiliate right now. To start — go to Wealthy Affiliate (this link opens in a new window so you can reference this guide as you work).

Affiliate Marketing Course - Sign Up To Wealthy Affiliate

On the right corner, enter your full name, email address and password.

Make sure that you use a working email address because this is where your login information will be sent. Then click the green Create Your Free Account! button.

You will automatically be directed into the Wealthy Affiliate platform.

Note that Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t offer the free Starter memberships in certain countries like Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam. So if you’re in these countries like me, you’ll need to buy a Premium membership first-hand.

Step 2. Say hi

Aside from being a great course with super timely support, Wealthy Affiliate is also an active community of over 600 thousands members.

This little feed nicely summarizes our liveliness.

Wealthy Affiliate - Activity Feed

There is no denying the importance of a community.

It motivates us, keeps us accountable and shares our journey.

Did you know that folks that have a complete profile are 50% more likely to receive support from other members? Take one minutes to fill out your description and profile picture (i.e. here’s mine!)

Then come over to the Live Chat section (on the right corner) and say hi or if you are more shy, write a blog post instead.

Step 3. “Get Started Here”

Wealthy Affiliate has an impressive list of lessons on affiliate marketing.

There are five courses from beginner to advanced, designed for you to go from one to the other until you reach level 5.

Level 1: Getting Started
Level 2: Building your Own Traffic Producing Website
Level 3: Making Money!
Level 4: Mastering Social Engagement
Level 5: Achieving Maximum Success through Content Creation

Each of these courses contain 10 throughout lessons, all accompanied with video guides.

Wealthy Affiliate - Training Level 1

The best part is that you have a checklist at the end of each lessons, which makes the course a lot more actionable and fun.

One more thing, below the checklist is a comment section that you can use in case you have any questions. Despite the fact that there are over 100k comments, you’ll actually receive a quick reply since all questions are featured on Wealthy Affiliates’ homepage.

Wealthy Affiliate - Lessons and support

This is just one of the many ways to seek help on Wealthy Affiliate. If your question is not course related, just submit a stand-alone query or simply chat in the Live Chat section.

Step 4. Find a mentor (… or mentors)

I used to think mentors need to be some wise, old sage who know everything about anything, the kind who sticks with you through thick and thin, as cheesy as that may sound.

That is until I read The Art of Work by Jeff Goins.

Your mentor may not be the teacher you dreamed of, and that’s the point. This is your education of what is, not what you think should be.

Jeff Goins

As long as you are willing to learn, anyone can be your mentor.

They can be that guy who pointed out a broken link on your site, or that successful marketer who answered one of your newbie questions, or that blogger who wrote something that makes you think.

So be deliberate.

Read a lot and ask a lot.

Wealthy Affiliate’s founders are some of the most approachable folks I’ve had the chance to work with. I’ve lost count of the times I reached out to Kyle (and Carson, too, he’s more of a technical guy in my eyes) for just about just anything from chatting about business, to asking for some advices.

Wealthy Affiliate - Chat with Kyle

On top of that there are also many successful, full-time online marketers at Wealthy Affiliate who are more than open to give back to the community.

A few of my admirers are Dom Wells, Todd Maltzahn and Nathaniell. Read their blogs, follow them and give them a shout. You can learn so much from them.

Step 5. Leverage all the features

SiteComments is the only platform in the world where you can get real comments, from real people who are interested in your type of website.

Wealthy Affiliate boasts a handful of must-use useful tools that will surely make your life easier. Here are my most recommended:

  • WordPress web hosting — while you can easily rent a reliable web host for less than $4 a month. It helps to have your site and community in one place. And of course, this adds more value to Wealthy Affiliate’s offer.
  • SiteComments — Wealthy Affiliate helps me gather over 1,552 thoughtful comments to my blog by the time of this post.
    Wealthy Affiliate - SiteComments Pending Comments
    What I love about SiteComments is that it’s a simple give-and-take system, nothing automated or shady.
  • Keyword Research — a straightforward keyword research tool that helps you save time and money on setting up the Google Keyword Planner.
  • SiteFeedback — a tool to give and take feedbacks for your blog. It’s good to use it at first, then you’d also want to develop your own style.

Step 6. Show up all day, everyday

I was a complete beginner yet I managed to make money after a week.

You want to know my secret?

I spent over 100 hours in front of the computer in that first week. This was certainly overkill and I wouldn’t recommend that to you. However, I am not smarter than you, I am not better than you, I am not special in any way. All I did was put in a lot of time and a lot of efforts into it and I saw the results.

Signing up for Wealthy Affiliate and setting up your blog is just stage 1.

Want to go to stage 2 and make money online?

Show up and put in the work.

Oh and remember not all of us started out on the same level. Folks like Alex who made money in his first week had already spent a lot of money crashing and burning with online marketing scams.

Don’t compare yourself to other folks and give up because “you take longer”, you don’t know the silent hours they’ve put in to get where they are.

This is about you and your journey.

Be a winner.

And run the marathon.

Affiliate marketing resources

Here are the best tools and resources I’ve used to build up my affiliate marketing business that you may want to check out as you create your own. I’ve also included some comments and personal notes alongside each products for easier reference.

Most recommended resources:

  • Wealthy Affiliate – A must-have to create a lucrative affiliate marketing business. An online course and community to learn about online marketing. This is the course that helped me make money online, also where I host Bloggingthing.
  • NameCheap – All of my domains are purchased through them. These domains are as low as $4.88 per year.
  • BlueHost – I’ve had a good experience with BlueHost, very affordable hosting. A nifty solid host for starters.


  • Jaaxy – Keyword is at the foundation of ranking on search engines. Jaaxy is a great low competitive keyword research tool that helped me rank on search engines.
  • MozBar – A Firefox and Chrome extension that shows you sharing and SEO ranking metrics of every site and pages you visit. I can’t live without this one.
  • Google Analytics – A classic. Google’s free website tracking and analytics tool that allows you to track all the stats and activity going on in your website.
  • MailChimp – Minimal, characteristic and easy to use, this is my email marketing tool of choice.
  • PeoplePerHour – A freelancer marketplace to hire web designers, programmers, graphic designers etc. for a great price.
  • Fiverr – Another freelancer marketplace… starting at only $5, I’ve found a lot of gems here!


Affiliate marketing is about recommending the best products to your audience and put yourself in spaces where they can easily find you.

Well, that’s easier said than done.

My wild guess is that it will take way longer than you’d expect to earn your first sale. When I first started, I thought I’ll make… 10k in 3 months. Obviously that didn’t happen.

It took me over 6 months to make my first sale.

Looking back, I’m super proud that I didn’t give up halfway. I guess I was desperate enough with living a bland, typical life.

I don’t hate my job. But it doesn’t excite me, I crave to work on something… I’m passionate about. And that’s when I stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate. But I am from Vietnam I didn’t get the discount or free membership.

In the end, I took the plunge anyways.

Fast forward one year later, I finally made money online. And was featured on huge sites such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Egg and ProBlogger. Even better, I had the chance to interact with industry leaders like Joe Pulizzi, Michael Stelzner and Neil Patel.

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… none of this would have happened without Wealthy Affiliate.

I highly recommend Wealthy Affiliate to anyone who wants to make a difference in their life. I hope it can help you ass much as it did me and then some.

Click here to sign up for a free membership and claim your Wealthy Affiliate’s discount.

If you have any questions about Wealthy Affiliate, feel free to drop a comment. I’ll try my best to answer!

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Anh Nguyen is a blogger and minimalist who's crazy about design and content quality. Learn more about him here, or connect with him on Twitter.

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  1. Truly you gave me ideas on how to boost my affiliate marketing websites. I am just starting as online marketer and hopefully your ideas can help me. Many thanks!

    • Aww, I’m so glad I can help Tom. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. 😉

  2. Pierre

    Thanks for a thorough overview of Wealthy Affiliate. I love the fact that you were clear that this was not a get rich quick but rather a journey that requires persistence and diligence and a no quit attitude.

    I feel that I now know that WA is a site to be recommended.
    Keep up the great work.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Aww, thanks Pierre for the kind words and I wish you all the best on your journey!

  3. Anh Nguyen

    Aww, thanks for the kind words Jonathan! I wish you all the best in your online endeavours and of course feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions related to affiliate marketing.

  4. Jonathan

    I love your blog here. Nicely done and we’ll thought out. Making money online takes time but it can be done. As you said with determination and hard work you can accomplish anything.

    I agree that Wealthy Affiliate is the best affiliate marketing training for beginners. It’s just so user friendly it helps you want to learn. Combining the drive and your dedication you’re surely to make money soon.

    The hardest part is like you said, are you ready to make the commitment. Because that’s what it will take to fulfill your dreams!

    Nice meeting you!


  5. Jodes

    Extremely informative post, so much so that I don’t even have any questions! Thank you for this wealth of information, it took me a while to read but I gathered more information from your one page than I had in a week of Google searches elsewhere. I will definitely be looking at this platform. It sounds like a lifesaver. Again, thank you.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Aww, thanks Jodes for the kind words! I’m so glad you learned something new from the post, it’s the reason I wrote them. 😉

  6. Hey Anh,

    Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to monetize online content. While there are many true stories of Internet entrepreneurs amassing small fortunes by delivering high-converting referral leads to affiliate businesses, this relatively straightforward concept isn’t always as simple to execute as it appears.

    Affiliate marketing is an effective money-making strategy for countless online entities – however, as straightforward as it is in theory, success is rarely as easy as it looks. By choosing a sustainable long-term strategy, devoting resources to quality content production and promotion, understanding legal obligations, and optimizing with software solutions, we can position our affiliate marketing program on the path to success. Eventually, thanks for sharing your worthy information with us.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar

    • Wise words as always, Amar. 😉 What I like the most about affiliate marketing that you don’t have to disrupt your audience to make money. All you need to do is to lead them where they already want to go.

  7. Jojo

    Yeah that is affiliate marketing, simple but not easy, I know it all too well. Soo many times I have started a project only to abandon it a few weeks or months later because I lost faith in it. Like you say the key to succeeding is to persist, to keep on working and not give up. I would also say that as a beginner, try to focus on one thing not several at the same time. It is better to start out with one niche and one way to market it and then add other niches and methods later.

    Also like you say, there are a great number of scams out there trying to sell you a “system” that will make you plenty of money in no time with little effort involved. Well if anyone had such a system why would they try to sell it online? They wouldn’t. They would keep it for themselfes.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Jojo, I totally agree with focusing your energy on one task at hand. That said, I’ve heard guys who do better multitasking as a way to cope with how long affiliate marketing and SEO can take to take off. In the end, it all comes down to what suits you the best. 🙂



  8. Tony

    Great website, you have a lot of content, I like that. It looks really good. I am amazed Wealthy Affiliate has over 600k members. But then again, not really. I have found a lot of information here, and I will be back. Thank you, and God bless! P.S. I must bookmark this.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Aww, thanks Tony for the kind words. 😀 Yep, it’s amazing how WA is so crowded. Personally that makes me quite happy to have so many people joining me on the same journey. It’s like a big family to me.

  9. Vertical Veloxity

    That was a very good informative and encouraging post. Thank you much for it. It was great to see the success stories. Great to know that there are people making income doing what they love.

    Buy you also gave the other side of the story. It is not easy. You have to work hard. If you do and have the right training you will succeed. Awesome!

    • Anh Nguyen

      Hey there Vertical Veloxity, I know how it’s easy to be swept away and then be disappointed on how making money online is a “pain in the butt”. I was lucky to be taught in a down-to-earth kind of way and that’s what I want to teach others as well. 🙂

  10. Hey Nguyen,

    It’s good to see that you are providing an amazing content here. Affiliate marketing is something you need to dwell into with the full force.

    It’s not about just making the money. You would get in touch with many reputed firms by selling their products.

    Sometimes it’s good to have a mentor who can guide you.
    An informative post indeed.

    • I couldn’t agree more, Ravi. Thanks to affiliate marketing, I’ve got the chance to meet a lot of great folks behind the product. 🙂

  11. Shashinth

    Hello Anh,

    Awesome post. This post has all the important details about how to get started in affiliate marketing.

    Of course Wealthy Affiliate is the right choice if you want to become successful in affiliate business. It is my no.1 choice also. Hope this post will be beneficial for those who want to learn and start affiliate marketing business and earn a passive income.



    • Anh Nguyen

      Thanks, Shashinth! I really appreicate your kind words and glad to know that you also enjoy WA.

  12. Margaret

    It is so true that unless you are committed to achieving your goals and willing to stick with it until it happens you will not make money online. It takes time to learn what works and what doesn’t. If you don’t take the time it wont happen. Having said that isn’t it true that some people start earning almost immediately? I know they are rare but they do exist.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Hey there Margaret, there are a few people I know who make money online faster than others. One thing is common in all of them, experience.

      They either have failed at online marketing before, it’s not their first trial or they have other experiences that boosts the process. That or they work their butts off more than anyone else.

      I’ve yet to meet a person who “just got lucky”. If you can give me an example, I’ll be happy to look into it. 🙂