Wealthy Affiliate – How To Learn Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

For years I had heard of this thing called affiliate marketing. A gentleman in one of my circles was telling us how he created an entire blog on a cell phone and it was really starting to pick up momentum. At the time I was working as a bill collector on a commission only basis from home and doing extremely well. Now completely lacking humility for just a minute, I have to say, I was pretty darn good at my job. 🙂 I had no need at the time to take a course on how to learn affiliate marketing for beginners

This guy was talking about a website that showed a program of how to learn affiliate marketing for beginners, but I wasn’t listening at the time. It sounded like a lot of work and maybe one of those pipe dream schemes… I had a good job that I was really good at anyway. No need to take a risk on something that might not work.

Now stepping down from my soapbox. The job I just mentioned above that I was really good at… Well that job ended rather abruptly. I wasn’t fired if that’s what you’re thinking…

It wasn’t long until I had another job with a network marketing company. I was able to get back on my soapbox and was once again doing really well in the commission only environment! I felt invincible and that nothing could stop me!

Well… One thing led to another and by now you can probably guess what happened. In less than a year that job went away. Now just to clarify that when I say the job went away, it didn’t necessarily go away like Blockbuster… Let’s call it a string of bad luck. we’ll save the follow up questions for another day. Back to the drawing board I went.

I quickly remembered the gentleman talking about how he made decent money from a blog on his cell phone. Something about a website of how to learn affiliate marketing for beginners.

The moments after changed my life in so many different ways I could write a book about it. But I will spare everyone the time. 🙂

Let’s break down six of the most important questions I had prior to starting my journey with affiliate marketing.

  1. What Is Affiliate Marketing?
  2. How Is Affiliate Marketing Different From Other Forms of Marketing?
  3. Can I Be An Affiliate Marketer If I am Not A Computer Guru?
  4. I Want To Know How To Learn Affiliate Marketing For Beginners…
  5. Is This Type of Work For Me?
  6. The Time Is Now, It’s Definitely Not Later

What is Affiliate Marketing?


what is affiliate marketing chart showing how to learn affiliate marketing for beginnersAffiliate marketing in its simplest form is selling products or services for other companies that are online without you having to stock products, make a sales pitch, or even call someone on the phone. Each time a product or service is sold you make a commission.

To go into a bit more detail and give you a better idea of how this works, think of it as a referral service. You choose a particular topic that you would like to write about. It could be something you know a lot about, or maybe a hobby, a passion, or maybe even something you would like to learn. Once you know what you want to write about it’s then time to start writing and bring people to the products and services that relate to your topic.

You’re probably thinking that you don’t have a website, don’t know where to start, don’t even know what to write about. These are exactly the same questions I had. Please keep reading and they will all be answered. I am going to explain more in just a bit about a program that shows you how to learn affiliate marketing for beginners.

How Is Affiliate Marketing Different From Other Forms of Marketing?

Chart Showing How To Learn Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

Once you become an affiliate marketer you soon realize that the work you put in today pays you for years to come. Unlike the regular 9-5 job that gives you a paycheck once or twice per month. If you have ever been in any type of sales or marketing job you know that everyday is a grind. Times don’t really change when in sales as you are always working for that next sale. With affiliate marketing you are building a platform that will eventually sell itself without even needing you. A platform that will bring in a passive residual income.

Can I Be An Affiliate Marketer If I am Not A Computer Guru?

Guru Character How To Learn Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

I was far from a computer guru. I was a big fan of the internet because I was really good at asking Google questions. Google had almost all of the answers. 🙂  Seeing as how the internet was not my first language I took the advice of my friend and went to an online community of 1.5 million people. This was a free service at the time and fortunately it still is today. This is what my friend was talking about. It is how to learn affiliate marketing for beginners also known as Wealthy Affiliate.

I Want To Know How To Learn Affiliate Marketing For Beginners…


Guide for how to learn affiliate marketing for beginners

You have arrived to the fun part of this article! Let’s talk about this community of 1.5 million people that I found. Well thanks to my friend’s recommendation… As I talked about before I was pretty much starting out not knowing anything about the ins and outs of affiliate marketing. The affiliate marketing training program at Wealthy Affiliate is a no nonsense approach to learn affiliate marketing for beginners. Let me give you a quick rundown of how you start and how you finish the training.

  1. Getting Started Training: Gave me a really good idea of what affiliate marketing is all about and building your first website. Took me less than 15 minutes to get a general outline of my website.
  2. Build Your Own Traffic Producing Website: Just like the title reads I learned how to create great content and get folks to come visit my website.
  3. Making Money Online: Learned about affiliate programs, getting people to pay me for ads, and overall financial success.
  4. Mastering Social Engagement: How to engage correctly within Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and the 1.5 million folks in the Wealthy Affiliate Community.
  5. Achieving Maximum Success Through Content Creation: The final course of the Online Entrepreneur Certification course.  Setup Google Webmaster Tools, creating top notch content, and putting together a short and long term plan.

Is This Type of Work For Me?

Now you should have a really good idea of what you’ll learn throughout the 50 lessons in the Online Entrepreneur Course. I would compare this initial course to an affiliate marketing internship. You could also look at it as the equivalent of earning your Associates Degree with a Certificate in Online Entrepreneurship.

If you dedicated a full time effort you could complete this training in 2-3 weeks and become a highly qualified affiliate marketer very quickly. All of the training is completed online with Kyle walking you through step by step videos. I was actually amazed of how much is covered. Kyle’s voice is also very calm and soothing. 🙂 There are no up sells or gimmicks as you go through the training. You can also take your time and complete everything at your own pace in your spare time.

I know this is an article talking about how to learn affiliate marketing for beginners but for those extremely serious and wanting to earn their PhD in affiliate marketing, please check out 6 Figures From Home – Passive Income For Life Section.

The Time Is Now, It’s Definitely Not Later

Wish you had started today with how to learn affiliate marketing for beginners

You’ve completely gone through this information. If you decide to take the affiliate marketing journey it will be fun, and you will learn a lot. It is not a get rich quick scheme nor is it going to be really simple. There is one thing for sure though. If you put in the time to obtain the skill set, master your craft, and implement all of the things you learn it is going to be near impossible to not have some fun while bringing in a nice income. I found it is nice to be a part of something, to have a large community to ask questions 24/7, and to share the things I am passionate about.

Wealthy Affiliate has a great free starter program from my experience. Please check out some other great programs I review as well to give you a really good feel of what’s out there.

Would love to hear your thoughts, opinions, and feedback. Feel free to comment below.

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Lynne

    You have given a really nice overview describing what affiliate marketing even is. I used to hear about it as well but really had no clue what it was about. Watched a couple (of what I’m pretty sure were scam) videos on YouTube with some guys pumping you up about making millions of dollars with affiliate marketing. Figured the whole affiliate marketing scene was a scam at that point. Until I too stumbled upon  Wealthy Affiliate. I was hesitant at first to sign up but they give you the first week free so you can really get a taste of what their platform is like. Then after that I got a discount on the first month and it only cost $19. I got five weeks of training for 19 bucks. I figured if it wasn’t for me I didn’t lose too much money. Eight months later I am still there and plugging away! Anyway, great post and I think it will be really helpful to a lot of people!

    1. admin

      Thank you for the kind words Lynne. They are actually now providing a lifetime starter membership right now at


      Great to see that we are two happy people of the 1.5 million in the amazing WA community!

  2. Genesis

    Years and years ago, I learned about affiliate marketing and tried it out on my own blog. I struggled a bit, but made a few bucks here and there. Then I found Squidoo (now defunct) and ended up doing really well on there! That gave me a taste for affiliate marketing, since it was pulling in $2k a month for me . . . more than enough to live on.

    Unfortunately, Squidoo went away and I hadn’t built up any outside equity, so that was the end of that. I’m fairly new at Wealthy Affiliate, but I hope I can make it work. 

    1. Jay S

      I am happy to see that you are a member of Wealthy Affiliate and are amazing community. Have never heard Squidoo but $2000.00 a month is a nice paycheck. I am sure you will do very well here. You have everything you need to be very successful.

  3. Emmanuel Buysse

    Great post, and indeed, affiliate marketing is the best thing to do when it comes to earn online money, the potential is huge, and the only thing which is in the way of success is yourself, Wealthy Affiliate offers the best training, and the community is awesome.

    Now, I’m in it for quite a time now, and what I’ve found out is that even with zero knowledge, you can become a very good marketeer fast.

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

    1. admin

      I couldn’t have said it better Emmanuel! It is amazing that a community such as WA exists. We are lucky to be in a place where as long as we work hard, learn, and apply the tools we learn, success is inevitable. 

      Patience and consistency and before you know it success is at your door.


      – Jay S.

  4. Jag

    You have described wealthy affiliate really well. I know when I started out, all I had was an old laptop, but it was worth to at least see  my name out there. I had to quit, but once I am happy to be back as member of WA. It just keeps growing and growing. There is so much to learn, but the learning they have is pretty amazing.

    1. admin

      Thanks Jag for the compliment. Yes. WA is absolutely a great place to be no doubt and it only gets better and better each and every day.

      Learning is a life long journey and we are living in the best time to share great information!

      – Jay S.

  5. Ropata

    What an awesome post to lead the way in breaking down a great explanation of how affiliate marketing works in such a simple way beginners can understand. That really important, when I begun 10 yrs ago, the information given was so bobbling to my small mind. The way the entire affiliate marketing industry has progressed since then has literally made it easy for just about any thinking walk of life to achieve great success. 

    More in particular if they choose a dedicated program that has aged with the industry like Wealthy Affiliate! Iv’e really enjoyed the stats you have provided here, All the best Rob

    1. Jay S

      Appreciate it Rob. Always love to hear from the affiliate marketer veterans in the business.

      It is no doubt the best time to be alive. We are in the information age.

      Information seems to be one of the most valuable currencies in the world!

      – Jay S.

  6. Mary

    Hi, I have to agree with your post of the benefits of affiliate marketing and learning the ropes with Wealthy Affiliate. The platform is well laid out and the community is far the best internet community I have ever belonged to. I search many options before choosing Wealthy Affiliate, none compared to it. I joined as a free member but soon realized the benefits of being a premium member.

    One thing I like most in I can’t write about subjects I love in my blog. It makes it great because not only do I love the subject I blog about, but I have in depth knowledge, so I can really help people, which I love. You said you were not a computer guru, how did you find your computer skills after you finished the training? Personally, I knew so much more post training, and all though it was work, I couldn’t wait to complete a lesson because I enjoyed it so much.


    1. Jay S

      The training is amazing and I can say that throughout the training my understanding and skill set of how the different online tools work,helping people, and writing great content has gone through the roof.

      Thanks for asking that question because it is giving me goosebumps thinking about how much I have learned being immersed in the community and going through the training.

      The crazy part is that the best is yet to come!

      Learning is a lifestyle and never ends!

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments Mary!

      – Jay S.

  7. Paul

    Dear Jay,

    Thanks for the detailed post on Affiliate marketing and you explained it well.

    I tried a lot of ways to earn money online, to name a few… PTC, GPT, Captch typing, Surveys, Ad posting, Email reading etc., and I found that the best way to earn money online is by Affiliate marketing.

    “Affiliate Marketing has made Businesses Millions & Ordinary People Millionaires.” – Bo Bennett

    Since I want to learn it properly from the beginning I searched for many training platforms that teaches affiliate marketing and after many days of research I found Wealthy Affiliate is the best to go with and joined in November 2016. That’s the best decision I ever made in my online business. As a result I am a full-time blogger (Since December 2017) working from home.

    Thanks again for the post and wishing you great success!


    1. Jay S

      I absolutely love that Paul. Going from surveys,reading e-mails, and even completing captcha’s to a full time blogger.

      You are an inspiration to me and many! Love the quote as well!

      Your 12 month anniversary is fast approaching and imagine how many more amazing years are yet to come!

      Thanks Paul for your thoughtful and inspiring comments.

      – Jay S.

  8. sanjay

    Wealthy affiliate is great platform to learn affiliate marketing for beginners as the training is step by step and if you face any issues or have any doubt you can ask them instantly and get the answer. It is also great because it teaches easiest way to get traffic to a website and how to help each other.It has one of the best helping community who also share their success stories and training inside WA for free.You never feel you are alone and others real struggle and success stories gives you enough encouragement to keep doing it.

    1. Jay S

      You took the words write out of my fingertips!

      Nothing to it but to apply everything that you learn. All the knowledge is there at your disposal.

      Keep doing what you’re doing Sanjay!

      – Jay S.

  9. Alexander

    I like to see those Affiliate Marketing growth statistics – that is very encouraging.

    Wealthy Affiliate is so perfect for beginners, but then you get introduced to great tools in WA that really support the building of a successful and profitable online business. I’m personally blown away by the high quality premium web hosting, the keyword tool, the SiteComments platform and super fast and efficient technical support I’ve used twice.

    As a beginner with a premium Wealthy Affiliate membership I concur with your high recommendation for anyone looking to build a real legitimate online business with everything you need included and no upsells to get everything.

    1. Jay S

      Well Alexander, you pretty much just wrote it all. It’s nice we are on the same page and would love for you to come back to this very same comment section when you finish the Online Certification training and provide some feedback on how your feelings of the overall training process.

      Keep doing great things Alexander!

      – Jay S.

  10. MONDOS

    I am a beginner and newbie on WA for a week now. If I hadn’t been here and somehow have come across this article, I am already convinced to click and follow through. This article is great and very fitting very beginners and newbies seeking opportunities out there. Many people are seeking and searching for affiliate marketing opportunity but at the same time there are overwhelming number of scammers took quick to appear on screen. Your article covers well to identify WA unique from all other affiliate marketing opportunity. Thanks I am learning a lot here.

    1. admin

      Mondos you are absolutely correct! WA is a great place to learn. Stick with it, keep learning, and then keep learning some more and one day everything will all come together.

      – Jay S.

  11. Jason

    Sorry to hear about your ups and downs in the job market. I too have experienced many trials in my professional world.

    I’m glad to see posts like this, because it allows for the world to realize that we aren’t confined to the 4×4 cubical prison or the 9-5 grind that we think we “Have to” go to every day.

    I’ve been building my marketing firm for a couple years and it’s not easy to get it off the ground. I’m lucky that I stumbled onto affiliate marketing. When done correctly you can get all kinds of passive income from it.

    Just curious, do you have any other insights on Vlogging? Does Wealthy Affiliate also teach about that? 



    1. Jay S

      Thanks Jason for mentioning you too have had struggles in your professional career. It’s always nice to know that I’m not the only one.

      That’s a great question about Vlogging. It looks as though WA is not actively training on Vlogging but it is definitely worth mentioning to Kyle and Carson to see what their thoughts are…

      I am happy you are part of the WA community. It is truly one of the best communities online today!

      Let’s keep pushing forward Jason and enjoy the journey.

      – Jay S.

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