How To Be Successful At Affiliate Marketing

how to be successful at affiliate marketing

I am sure many people are wondering how to be successful at affiliate marketing, and we also know that many people are doing very well with this method of making money online. Let’s look at what it takes.

If you are not sure what affiliate marketing is, you can read all about Affiliate Marketing For Beginners Right Here.

How To Be Successful At Affiliate Marketing

We all know that there are many people who work from home doing solely affiliate marketing, and they are making enough to give up their full-time jobs.  How do they do it?

Let’s first look at the traits of successful people in general.

It has been proven, on studying successful people over the last 300 or more years, that they have certain traits that accounted to their ongoing achievements.

These success techniques below not only helped them forward but also kept them there even in times of depression, recession or other personal disasters.

These are the four great M’s of all successful people, whether you are doing affiliate marketing or any other form of entrepreneurship.

 Mentoring, Masterminding, Marketing & Motivation

Get a Mentor

I have heard it repeated over and over again, “Get Yourself a Mentor.” Get help, advice and guidance by someone who has already been there and made a success of it.   A mentor can save you years and years of errors.

Mentors can propel you forward, in ways you never could on your own. You’ll have a much greater ability to achieve your goals because you will have a blueprint to guide you on your way.

Surprisingly, many people go to a friend or relative for advice.  These are normally people who have never succeeded and have no ambition to go anywhere, and then these same people are surprised when they too don’t succeed.  Then they look for excuses and reasons outside themselves for their failures.  Anything from recession to the location to the competition muscling in.

When choosing a mentor, find somebody who is an expert in affiliate marketing, or whichever field you are interested in following, and you will have a much greater chance of success.


Accomplished people normally also belong to a Mastermind group.  They are people like you, entrepreneurs working towards a better life.

The collective power of the group brings increased knowledge that can help you resolve challenges that you may have.  

Masterminding also helps you to stay motivated and accountable.  The power or synergy of a mastermind group has shown over and over its ability to help people overcome any problems and difficulties.

Each week, each person in the group will state what they have accomplished, what they are doing next and ask for assistance with any matters that arise.  

The group as a whole then works together to come up with solutions.  This is a very powerful way to move you forward towards achieving your goals.  It also gives you the opportunity to give back to the group by helping them.

A small sample of people who are in or were in masterminds is: Henry Ford, Firestone, Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie, Anthony Robins, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, Joel Christopher and so many more.

No matter what your business is, if you don’t market yourself or business, you won’t get very far. You can’t expect to hide under a blanket in the corner and hope that someone finds you.

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No matter what your business is, if you don’t market yourself or your business, you won’t get very far. You can’t expect to hide under a blanket in the corner and hope that someone finds you.

Marketing is more than just advertising.  It’s also understanding your target market and knowing how to promote to them the benefits that your product or service will provide to them. Without this knowledge, you will either not attract anyone to you or you can waste a lot of money with zero results.

It pays to find people who understand this and can help guide you. They can help you define your niche’, explain copy-writing and the magic of words.  They can show you the difference between features and benefits and why they are so important. And they can teach you how to test everything for better results.


Last but not least, motivation is the juice that will keep you going.  Motivation allows your ideas to persevere, even when the going gets tough.  

No matter how great your product or service is, if you don’t stay motivated, you probably won’t last through any of the hard times.

There are many ways to help you stay motivated. One is to be around others that are also moving forward.

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A second is to write down and post right in front of you, why you are doing what you are doing.

Get as detailed as you can.   Put this in front of your computer or where ever you work the most.  Look at it often to remind your self why and watch your motivation soar.

With a mix of the four M words above, you will be well on your way to being a successful affiliate marketer.

Let’s Get Started With Affiliate Marketing

If you are new to the game and are not sure how to get started, the best thing to do first is to start to build out your website based around a topic that you know a lot about.

It is from this website that you will eventually be selling your products and earning your income.

Click here and fill in the name of your new website.

Answer a few short questions and you will have your website up and running and ready for you to take action. This website will be hosted on WordPress, and if you are not sure how to work this platform, fear not as there is free training available for you within the platform to get you going.

The secret to doing well in affiliate marketing is to provide your audience with helpful information, answer their questions and recommend products that will truly help them with their problems.

Remember with affiliate marketing, it is going to take you a while to get noticed, and you won’t make money overnight. You will need to build your website up from the bottom up, just as you would any business.

The bigger your website gets, the more successful you are going to be, providing you are providing helpful content within your niche.

If you want to learn how to be successful at affiliate marketing, learn from the best just as I did.

You can read how I got started with my affiliate marketing training by clicking here.





Michel Maling


  1. Hi Michel, 

    Thanks for sharing these 4 tips for how to be successful at affiliate marketing.   

    As I think about it, they will apply to almost any kind of business.    

    All too often we forget about how a mastermind group can help.    

    I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate, an affiliate marketing training program and website hosting service. For now, it allows me to feel like I am part of a master mind group even though my websites are still young and small.    

    My membership also allows me to get daily sources of motivation along with updated education.    

    Yet, this post reminds me that I am not marketing my businesses as well as I should be. Even though it sounds obvious that we need to market, I needed that reminder.   


    • Hey Sondra and thanks for stopping by to share a comment. It is always wonderful to hear from other Wealthy Affiliate members, and I agree, belonging to Wealthy Affiliate is certainly like having your own mastermind group.

  2. Needless do I need to reiterate that you have really been spot on with this post. The places of these factors you have highlighted cannot ever be overlooked when addressing success in affiliate marketing. 

    Mentorship is germane to success. The more you are willing to learn from a mentor and getting guidance from them would enable success faster rather than later. 

    To be honest, I learned well through this post and I’d surely make good use of the info here.

    • Thank you for stopping by to comment and you have both made very valid points.

      Having a mentor and good training is the key to being successful, but there are also many other factors involved, like – motivation and dedication.

  3. Learning the rudiments of affiliate marketing is one thing, being successful at it is another thing entirely. 

    To be successful, all these that you have listed in this post must be given consideration. Being a loner would only hurt the chances of getting successful at affiliate marketing. 

    Since the market is wide, getting to pick the right from the wrong would become way too difficult and the only way to do the best thing is to ensure that one is making greater use of whatever is learned from the mentor. 

    Motivation too is integral. There would be times that one would feel like quitting, having the right motivation would ensure that none of such happens. Thumbs up to you on this

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