affiliate marketing for dummiesIf you’re searching for a step-by-step guide tailored to affiliate marketing for dummies, you’re in the right place.  As a 6-figure super affiliate myself, I can hopefully share some unique insight into the sometimes overwhelming and confusing world of affiliate marketing on the Internet.

I plan on making this a multi-part crash course, so let’s start out today with the basics…

Simply put, as an affiliate marketer, you’ll be connecting people with high quality products and services that they’re looking for.  It’s important to note that there’s no selling involved.  In other words, you don’t need to act like a used car salesman to make money with affiliate marketing.

In fact, this is what ‘most’ online entrepreneurs do, and it negatively impacts their Internet business…


Simple — people don’t want to be sold to.  We love buying things, but only when it’s under our own discretion… and not when we’re pressured into it.

So, in this affiliate marketing for dummies training course, the first step is to determine a niche you’d like to enter.

I recommend either selecting a niche (by the way, a “niche” is just a smaller, more specific subcategory of a “market”) that you’re truly passionate and knowledgeable about… or, you can always just go straight for the highly commercial niches, such as make money online or weight loss.

I’ve had success in all sorts of niches, but I’ve definitely had far more failures overall.  And from those failures, I’ve learned a lot about niche selection, buyer intent, conversions and so on…

Affiliate Marketing Important Tip

My best advice is to spend an adequate amount of time planning things out from the start… otherwise, you’ll expose yourself to oversights that can literally be the difference between making 6-figures online and not making a penny.

Again, if you’re unsure about a particular niche and it’s chances for making you money, you might want to play it safe and go into a proven profitable niche.  Now, most people would assume that a competitive niche is something to be feared, but the opposite is true:  competition means there’s lots of money to be made…

… and all you need is a small piece of that huge pie, and you can make a killing.  That may sound like a simple tip, but it’s actually a gem that will save you lots of headaches and frustrations down to road.

I used to go for non-competitive, tiny niches that had almost no competition, thinking I was clever.  The now obvious oversight I made was that those small niches had no competitors for a reason — there was NO money to be made in them.

Step one, and your homework for today, is to brainstorm a list of potential niches you’d like to enter.  Then, drill down a bit more into a sub-niche of that topic.

For example, if you’re interested in weight loss, what realm of the weight loss market do you want to promote products and services for?  Would you like to help mothers lose weight post-pregnancy?  Would you like to help men over 40 to lose weight and look their best?

We need to target a subset of the niche, otherwise your affiliate marketing efforts will be less effective.

If you try to talk to everyone, you’ll connect with no one.  On the other hand, if you’re talking to one specific person, you’ll make an immediate bond that boosts your credibility and authority…

In return, it will be much easier to suggest laser-targeted products and services that this very specific sub-niche would be interested in.

That’s it for today — stay tuned for part two of our affiliate marketing for dummies training, which is coming up shortly…


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  1. Bruce says:

    Hey, great info here. I’m a beginner affiliate marketer, so I will follow this advice and look forward to more of the steps. Many thanks.


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