5 Golden Tips for Affiliate Marketing Success

by Harshit Singhal · 40 comments

This is a guest post by Harshit Singhal from ExceptionalBlogger.com

Affiliate Marketing is one of the best ways to earn money through your blog by promoting other people’s products.

Though it sounds simple, making people buy stuff is not an easy task at all, which is the reason very few bloggers attempt to make money through it and an even lesser number of them enjoy even a trivial amount of success with it, let alone achieving breakthrough success.

However there is no need of being disheartened. All you have to do is to learn a few simple rules which I have used over the years to make money with Amazon, Clickbank and many other affiliate programs.

These rules will surely make you successful as an affiliate marketer if you follow them diligently.

Affiliate Marketing Success

1. Promote the Right Products

Of course this is a no brainer, right? Even though it is, yet a lot of bloggers make the mistake of promoting the wrong products to the wrong audience. Though they feel that those particular products are perfectly suited for their audience, yet they aren’t able to make any sales. The reason for this is simple – the products have to be “exactly” matched according to the kind of readers, and any digression from that would mean very little success.

For example, if you have a blog on technology, you would feel that putting up an Amazon affiliates widget for the electronics section would get you a lot of sales, but that isn’t going to happen. I did the same mistake when starting out, so just believe me it won’t work. However if you carefully put up links in the content of each blog post individually according to its topic, the chances of your traffic converting will be quite high.

2. Build Trust with Your Readers

Building relationship & trust with your readers is also one of the keys of affiliate marketing success. Since there are surely going to be other marketers who will most probably be promoting the same products as you are promoting, people are going to have plenty of choices of affiliate links to use to buy the product.

So they are most likely to buy from the person whom they trust the most. If you just spread out affiliate links/banners all over your blog without having any sort of connection with your readers, chances are you are going to make a very few sales.

3. Provide Detailed & Honest Insights

When promoting products, many bloggers/marketers make the mistake of just using the information from the sales page of the product and then hoping that people will click-through and buy from their links. However this is not a good strategy to follow, and will result in a low conversion rate. Since people will also realize that you are just trying to get the commission and not offering them honest insights, they will avoid reading & trusting reviews written by you in the future as well.

To avoid this from happening, it’s best to provide your readers with honest reviews that talk about pros as well as cons of the product. Remember you do not want to make a sales pitch or your readers will soon realize it and leave your blog within minutes. If you write the review by expressing what you genuinely feel about the product, and discuss its shortcomings, people will not only start trusting you, your conversions will also be pretty high.

4. Build a List Right Away

You must have read the phrase “The money is in the list” all over the internet, and even though it is a cliché, it is certainly quite true. Building a list refers to you capturing the email addresses of the people visiting your blog or in other words, making them subscribe to your mailing list so that you can contact them whenever you want. An email marketing company can help you to not only develop a list, but also create engaging and successful emails. Building a list is especially important since a majority of your blog’s visitors will not buy a product the first time they come across it. If you somehow manage to get their email addresses, you can send multiple mails over the course of a few weeks discussing the product & its benefits and some of your subscribers will be convinced and buy that product.

Apart from this, another advantage of building a list is that you won’t have to rely on Google all the time for your traffic & income. With Google changing their algorithms ever so often and many innocent bloggers losing out in the process, you can never be sure of organic traffic from Google anymore. However if you start working on building a list from right away and manage to get a decent number of subscribers, you can make a lot of money from them every month, thereby reducing the over-dependence on Google for your income.

5. Have Patience

Even though each one of the above discussed factors is paramount for success in affiliate marketing, the most important of them is patience. Since affiliate sales can take a lot of come by, you have to keep working hard and believing in yourself. After you make your first sale, things will start looking much easier, sooner or later you’ll be able to build a decent stream of income from affiliate marketing.

But to be able to make that first sale is a challenge in itself, so gear up and make a promise to yourself that no matter what the circumstances you are never going to quit. Once you have the right mental attitude and stay positive, success won’t be far away.

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Pemba August 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I have been in the affiliate marking industry for nearly 7 years as and would add up point 6 which for me have been helpful. Its “experiment” : This is one point that should be combined with point 5 and result is a must. When we are trying to market a product, its experimenting with different methods over and over again gives the result. And this time spent here is “patience” as to get results online needs time.

Martina August 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Definitely golden tips.
In my opinion, patience is very important.
With a combination of a hard working is a very successful combination.
And of course, positive attitude is a must 🙂 not just for working, but in everyday life

Erick Trejo August 25, 2012 at 1:35 am

Excellent!! Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money but it is not easy to do it. Once you find the right way, then you will see you bank account flowing with money. Of course, if you choose a good niche it will be easier to get success. Now there are a lot of people trying to promote “making money” products and i think is one of the hardest niches. Thanks for this article.

Edward August 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Great post – I too find that in-post links work better than Amazon product reels or banners ads. The subject of trust is also a big one for me, you hace to build trust with your subscribers. I would share this post with others. Thanks to share awesome post.

bbrian017 August 30, 2012 at 10:32 am

Promoting the right products is key to success in sales and making money, I’ve been hitting it large with elegant themes, why? they have cheap themes and great service,. In today’s economy it’s what bloggers are looking for.

Cristian Stan September 4, 2012 at 12:26 am

It is very useful for us to equip ourselves with the right plan that we could actually follow as we go on. But the biggest challenge of the whole thing is for us to maintain that right attitude to do everything.

Lisa September 12, 2012 at 12:19 am

Have patience is really #1. I really like how you explain about promoting the right product, it is not easy to realize that in the beginning. A clear plan from the onset would help. I would also agree with Pembo on experimenting. It all takes TIME.

Gary Ganesan October 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm


Hard work is the key here, building a successful internet marketing business requires a lot effort.

However just trading time doing certain task without a proper plan will not work as well.

What you require is a proper plan and some coaching from someone who have made it.

If you do it right affiliate marketing can make you sizeable amount of passive income on autopilot.


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