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Affiliate Marketing for beginner bloggers

Affiliate Marketing For Beginner BloggersBeginner bloggers look for many different ways to make money with their blogs.

And they want to earn money quickly, so they look for the easiest ways to accomplish this.

I outlined many things bloggers do in one of my earlier articles… How to make money with a blog for beginners

Now, I’d like to show you specifically how beginner bloggers can start earning some profit by using their blogs for affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is probably the most available method of making money online for beginner bloggers.

That’s because you can set up your blog to sell other people’s products and services.

You don’t have to do all the work of creating a product, or delivering a service.

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Someone else will do this.

Your job is to let other people know about products and services that you think they would benefit from.

So you have to know who your niche audience is, and what kinds of problems they typically have.

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What are their key challenges?

What do they really need?

Then offer those products and services as solutions to their problems.

Ask them to buy them through your affiliate link.

In other words, you do the marketing in return for an affiliate commission.

This is a really easy and straightforward way to make money for beginner bloggers.

And there are so many ways you can market affiliate products.

Most of them entail linking back to your blog via social media channels.

And on your blog, you want people to find your review articles of the products and services you are affiliating.

Review articles

Now this is the key for beginner bloggers.

Learn to write great review articles about the product you are trying to sell as an affiliate, and build your email list of hot prospects at the same time.Awesome List Building With Your Perfect Blog PostHere’s a little secret for writing great review articles.

Use the product’s sales page to build an outline for your article.

Determine the key benefits of the product you are promoting.

They should be listed pretty clearly on the sales page.

Then elaborate on those benefits.

And even more, show your readers how the affiliate product you are reviewing can give them those exact benefits.

So what should you write in your review article?

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Just read the sales page for whatever you are promoting.

That should give you all the material you need to write an incredible and compelling review article.

Now, if you get lots of traffic to your blog, then just writing a great review post could make you money right away.

But if you don’t get a lot of traffic, then you need to go out and find it.

There are many ways to do this for the beginner blogger.

Organic Search

This is probably the most popular method that beginner bloggers use.

Try to get the big search engines, primarily Google, to  rank your review article high in the organic search results.

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Buyer keywords

One of the best ways to do this in a way that will help you promote affiliate products effectively, is to use Buyer Keywords.

Buyer keywords are keywords that people will use when they intend to buy something.

So, for instance, if you are affiliating a webinar software, a buyer keyword might be “best webinar software.”

That’s a buyer keyword because most people typing in that keyword phrase are looking to buy webinar software.

So they will gladly read your review article, hoping to get help for making a smart buying choice.

And if your article makes a convincing case for buying the software you are affiliating, then you stand a good chance of converting your reader into a buyer of the webinar software you are promoting and recommending.

Tell Your Story

Keep in mind that the greatest value of blogging for affiliate marketing is that people are looking for personal stories and experiences with a product.

So even though you’re giving people information about a product or service… always try to put it into the perspective of your own experience with that product.

Try to deliver it with a story-form narrative to keep people’s interest.

People like to buy from other people.

Not directly from big companies.

That’s why they’re checking out your blog to begin with.

They want to hear what you have to say about the product.

Give them that, and you have a good chance of having them buy the product from your affiliate Link.


It’s a good idea to do a video to promote affiliate products.

Now when you put up a review video on YouTube, you can actually link back to your blog from YouTube.

That way, people can get more information there.

I don’t recommend putting affiliate links directly on YouTube.

Instead, send people over to your blog where they can read fuller information about the product and get your take on it.

Then they can make a buying decision.

And, of course, your affiliate link will be on your blog post for those instant commissions.

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After you put your video on YouTube, you can even embed it on your review blog post.

That will help it rank higher in Google search, to get you even more traffic flow to your article.


Podcasting is very popular these days.

If you do a video, you can simply take the audio track from it and create a podcast for it.

Or you can do just an audio recording and use it for your podcast.

People like to get information from podcasts at times when they are not on their computer.

For instance, when they are in their car, or at the gym.

They can simply listen in and get your affiliate review post on their headset.

That way, there’s nothing to read or nothing to watch on screen.

So it’s a very effective way to reach out to a broader audience.

And, of course, you will refer people to your blog post so they can get your affiliate link when they are ready to make a purchase.

Pay Per Click (PPC)

Some of the big affiliate marketers will use Facebook and Google Pay Per Click ads (PPC) to promote affiliate products.

That’s an excellent thing to do because you will get a very large audience.

Your ad should send people to your review post so people can get all the information they need about your affiliate product.

And, of course, they buy directly from your affiliate link on your blog post.

PPC is effective, but can be quite expensive.

Unless you know what you’re doing… it’s not the easiest thing for a beginner to do.

Not to mention the fact that you do need to have a working budget for that strategy to work.

Solo ads

Solo ads is another good way to reach out to people with your affiliate offers.

But once again, you do need to know what you’re doing and you do need to have a budget for this.

Solo ads are offers you can send out on other people’s email lists.

You can link directly to your blog post where people can buy directly.

It’s not cheap, though.

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So you have to make sure that your message is resonating with people and converting them into buyers.

Otherwise, you can run into a negative cash flow situation pretty quickly.


If you want to do affiliate marketing without breaking the bank, I suggest you share your blog posts on social media.

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Pinterest is a great place to promote your review articles.

You need to make an image that is compelling and immediately draws the attention of people who might be interested in your affiliate product.

But it’s free, and Pinterest has its own search engine.

So I highly recommend that you consider promoting your affiliate marketing articles on Pinterest.

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Reddit is another good place to promote your blog post.

Find communities where people are interested in the solutions that your affiliate product offers.

Get involved in the conversations, and direct people back to your review article.

And, like with Pinterest, this is a free, organic method you can use to drive more traffic to your blog.

Facebook Live

This is always my favorite method.

Facebook Live is such an enormously popular platform for finding people interested in just about anything.

Just think about the problem that your affiliate product solves.

Then promise to demonstrate during your live video session, exactly how your affiliate product will offer that solution .

You can get tons of free traffic and lots of people going back to your blog by using this method.

You can even use it to promote your affiliate link directly.

Facebook Live can really give you a cutting-edge advantage over your competition in affiliate marketing.

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Affiliate Marketing for beginner bloggers

There are many great ways for beginner bloggers to make money with affiliate marketing.

You don’t need to do everything listed above.

Just find one good method and run with it!

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Do you use your blog for affiliate marketing?

Are you ready to give it a try?

Which of these various methods sounds like something you’re ready to explore more fully?

Leave me a comment below, and let’s talk about it.


PS: Remember to share this article on your favorite social sites.  Thanks for pitching in 🙂

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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26 Responses to Affiliate Marketing for beginner bloggers

  1. Jatin Ahuja July 27, 2019 at 3:30 am #

    Every blogger dreams of making money with his blog – for many, it’s the reason why they started the blog in the first place.

    Although making money with your blog shouldn’t be your only focus, it sure is amazing to know how to build a full-time income simply by blogging about the things you like.

  2. Aadarsh Roy
    July 2, 2019 at 4:29 am #

    Hey Donna Mam,

    Great post with great guide for beginners. Affiliate marketing is an amazing way to earn extra amount of income. Reviews are an excellent way for readers to know about product and services. Affiliate marketing works well if done in a right way. Telling the story is an effective way to engage more readers, whereas putting the perspective of own experiences with product will be helps a lot. You tube also have become one of a great and effective way to promote the products. Social media platforms are also a great and effective way to promote the products. Sharing the blog post on social media platforms like Facebook, pinterest will also provide good results, whereas creating an appealing and attractive image is also compulsory to attract more and more people, readers and audience. Your all tips are effective but i truly like on idea of using social media platforms and YouTube.

    Really helpful post for newbies and beginners. Thanks for sharing

  3. Pedro
    July 1, 2019 at 5:52 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Great post as ever 🙂
    Affiliate marketing is an amazing way for bloggers to earn an income, even established bloggers. At the moment, I have a couple affiliate products which provide a recurring commission. Instead of only getting a one-off commission when your referral signs up, you can make a lot money long term, because the products offer a recurring commission. And my pick of the lot is BeRush, the affiliate program of SEMrush, which has been a game changer for me. Not only do that pay 40% commission, they also pay a recurring commission with a cookie life of 10 years! And SEMrush, is of course an awesome product.
    Thanks again for sharing.

    Best regards,

  4. Sheera Denial June 30, 2019 at 2:56 am #

    Hii Donna Merrill,
    Thanks for creating this wonderful blog. This article is very nice and interesting. I totally agree with your views. Using this article one cam easily learn what is affiliate marketing. Thanks for taking out your precious time and sharing such an informative information.

  5. Naveen June 25, 2019 at 6:47 am #

    Hi Donna

    I started my career as Content Writer and now slowly getting to know all things in Digital Marketing. I searched about affiliate marketing, I saw your article and get a clear picture about affiliate marketing. Thanks for providing such a good piece of information.

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  6. Joy Healey
    June 17, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    When I started out online I was “persuaded” by a coach to develop my own product and promote it. My knowledge of online marketing was zero and I was totally overwhelmed by the whole process. I never even made enough money in sales to cover the cost of the course.

    But the ultimate insult was discovering “affiliate marketing” and realising that there product already available that I could have promoted and – being honest – they were far better presented that my stumbling beginnings.

    I wish I had learned about affiliate marketing much earlier

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

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    • Donna Merrill June 20, 2019 at 10:08 am #

      Hi Joy,

      Funny because I came into the blogging world with the training of affiliate marketing first. It wasn’t until later on that I developed my own products/and services. I needed to be online a while to understand the whole marketing avenue.

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  7. Gaurav Kumar
    June 16, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Affiliate marketing is something that most people are afraid of, especially newbies. We all want to make money, and people want to make money quickly.

    But, easy is not enough.

    For example, You may be making money with Adsense, but you see that every year your total earning from the same number of views is dropping.

    To make money with ad networks, you need to work more and more, and still many people think that it is easy because they need not make any sale.

    My experience says that making an affiliate sale is 1000 times easier than making money with Adsense.

    You only need to work on an excellent piece of helpful content and update it regularly, then promote it to generate affiliate sales.

    There is always more to say, but I know comment box is not enough for that.

    Still, I know that professional like you, my friend, understand what I am trying to explain.

    Glad you have shared this.

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    • Donna Merrill June 20, 2019 at 10:01 am #

      Hi Gaurav,

      I fully understand and want to thank you for the input here. Affiliate sales come when we either review a product/service, or we keep on linking to it where appropriate.

      Indeed we only need to work on one excellent piece of content and then update it here and there then promote it to generate sales.

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  8. Moss Clement
    June 14, 2019 at 5:30 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Valuable tips and advice for any blogger, not only newbie bloggers. I love using Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter for my affiliate links. But there are more on your article where one needs to explore to boost affiliate revenue. Reviews are excellent ways to help the reader know the dos and don’ts of a product or services. And with your affiliate links placed strategically, you will make more money.
    Thank you for sharing these useful tips.

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    • Donna Merrill June 20, 2019 at 9:51 am #

      Hi Moss,

      I must agree with you here that reviews are an excellent way to help the reader know about a product and/or service. It is so important that we remember this one.

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  9. Lisa Sicard
    June 13, 2019 at 8:37 am #

    Hi Donna, I’m only an affliate for a couple of products and the one I’m afraid of is Reddit. I’ve joined and mostly watch and answer things there but haven’t posted in fear of being banned. Strange, right? I do love Facebook and Pinterest as well as Twitter for sharing. I haven’t done the solo ads but that’s a great thought as well!
    Next is Facebook Watch Party and Live for me! Thanks for all the tips and advice here Donna as I’d like to increase my affiliate income as it’s PASSIVE for the most part!

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    • Donna Merrill June 16, 2019 at 8:59 am #

      Hi Lisa,

      I too am an affiliate for a few products and services. All of which I use myself and know it would be helpful to others. It is nice to do a blog post about it once in a while. Also sharing it on Facebook has worked wonders for me. As long as I put the link in the “comment” section, Facebook allows that.

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    • Anuj June 28, 2019 at 2:49 pm #

      Always love your article!!
      But I wanted to know is having book and e-book affiliate website still a good idea because there are lot of competitors in that same field.

      Can you give some input in it. Anyone can give suggestions.


  10. Rohan Bhardwaj June 13, 2019 at 1:52 am #

    Affiliate sales work wonders because the commission is high. Done right, it drives a huge income. I guess the basic underline is to have great review content so that the buyer can make informed decision and doesn’t go to read more about the product. But the grey line is to have recommend genuine products and not only high commission ones. That way, trust can be built and more reviews can be done.

    Thank you for this info. Stay Awesome

  11. Emenike Emmanuel
    June 12, 2019 at 8:56 pm #

    Awesome! Awesome!! Awesome!!!

    Thanks for sharing great value here, Donna.

    What I do tell anyone asking me for advice about affiliate marketing is that they should focus on products they believe in.

    If I don’t believe that a product will solve a problem for the people you are recommending it, why do it? Doing so will be deception which will surely boomerang on anyone that does it.
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    • Donna Merrill June 14, 2019 at 9:47 am #

      Hi Emenike,

      Absolutely true that affiliate marketers need to focus on the products they believe in. Anytime I will share an affiliate product, it is something I use or have used myself.

      I like that you mention that if someone doesn’t believe a product or service will help others, then it will boomerang. Wise words my friend.

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  12. Marquita Herald
    June 12, 2019 at 9:20 am #

    Well done Donna. Even though affiliate marketing has been around for a while, “online” trends are constantly evolving so it’s great to have such a thorough and well-written review of this business model. Thanks!
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  13. David Smith June 12, 2019 at 8:17 am #

    Hey, Donna. Love your resources!
    I appreciate your details and depth writing style and all your eye cache points about affiliate marketing. Many people don’t know the power of Affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is almost always worth the investment and can take your online store to new heights.
    Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

    • Donna Merrill June 14, 2019 at 9:39 am #

      Hi David,

      So true that many people don’t know the power of affiliate marketing. Every time I introduce an affiliate product or service that I have used myself and can benefit others, I like to share it. Because there are already people who have the know, like and trust factor with me, they will eat it up.
      The one thing that people need to recognize that just like in any business we cannot affiliate products all willy nilly. We have to keep it on point to our readers OR find the people who will benefit from it.

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  14. Ryan K Biddulph
    June 11, 2019 at 9:36 pm #

    Fab advice Donna. Reviews work well on the affiliate side. People want to know how things work, and your experience working these things. Rather than buy blind, people love having bloggers be guinea pigs. As for video, goodness you know I love selling through video. Live, recorded, whatever. Simple way for me to earn through my Amazon royalty author stream and Amazon Associates Affiliate stream.

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  15. Elise L Ho
    June 11, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

    I am not a beginner blogger but I still found this post to be quite useful. There are plenty of good tips and reminders herein. Thank you.
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