Step by Step Affiliate Marketing Set Up

How do we climb a mountain, especially a big one like Mount Everest? Well it is easy, as we all know how to walk right? Wrong! Same as a step by step Affiliate Marketing set up, someone has to show you the tools, training required and the way go.

3-Basic Strategies of Affiliate Marketing

I’m going to assume that you have decided to embark on this journey and you know what Affiliate Marketing is.

Just a reminder: Selling a product, not owned by yourself, online for a commission.

There are many strategies of affiliate marketing and paths to follow, each with their own difficulties and costs.

The 3 basic ones are,

  • buying traffic to send to a Landing Page, created by yourself or the product owner
  • Email Marketing
  • SEO, (Search Engine Optimization)

These are all good strategies that will generate an income online for yourself but they can become overwhelming if you are trying to do all at the same time.


Buying Traffic for a Landing Page

This strategy allows you to choose any product you so desire to market, sell and receive a commission on the sale. All you need is a healthy advertising budget and the sky’s the limit but in my book, a bit risky if you are just starting out.

You would need to sign up to an affiliate network like Clickbanks, choose a product and send traffic to a Landing Page hosted by the product owner through an Affiliate Link, unique to yourself. The way you send traffic is that you place an advert on Facebook, Google, LinkedIn or with a company called Udimi who will send your advert out according to your purchase arrangement. 

1) Register with Clickbank & Search for a Product

2) Find the Product & select “Promote”

3) Generator your Affiliate Link

4) Place your Paid Ad on Facebook

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As the owner of this website, I have tracked the best deals through my experience and research for the products and services mentioned herein. When you use the links on this page and make a purchase, I may get a small commission for the effort I’ve put in, to bring you the knowledge. It’s a win-win all around. Full disclosure.

5) Traffic sent to the product owner’s Landing Page

The difficulty with this strategy is that you need to know how to create your advert, know how to present it in such a way that a customer clicks on the offer, as well as to know on which platform to place it.

Email Marketing

In short and in simple terms, it’s sending offers to an email list. The hard part is generating an email list that has warm potential buyers on it. There are many rules on list generation as you can quite imagine, I think this is where the word SPAM came from.


If collected ethically and honestly by means of a Website offering the visitor value, you will have a warm email list of customers interested in your niche. You would then send them offers from an affiliate network related to their interest and earn a commission on any sales generated.

Example of Value, everyone needs help in excel at some point.

Every Email will end with a Call To Action Button, which will take you to the Product Owners Landing Page and if your customer / page viewer purchases the product, you will earn a commission.

The difficulty with this strategy is collecting and building that list. Some newbies get frustrated and end up spamming the world just to get a sale.

SEO / Search Engine Optimization

I would say that this is the best strategy to go with as it allows you to grow personally and technically as your skills get better and better along your journey.

Why I say this,

Is because you will build a website, choose a niche, write about the subject and google will send you customers for free. You will grow technically because you will learn slowly how to set up your website that allows google to send you the free traffic and you will grow personally because you will be writing about a subject that you love.

The difficulty with this strategy is that you have to write content and be patient.

Step by Step Affiliate Marking Set up for the SEO Strategy

Step 1: Think of a niche that you would like to be in and decide.

This task can be overwhelming but to break it down, picture yourself with a group of friends and think of what you love talking about. There is no need to be an expert on the subject right now as you will become one on your journey. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to think about what would make yoy the most money because remember you will be writing a lot of content on the subject, connecting with your audience is your objective.

To start your thinking process and to get some ideas, go have a look at this article on niche ideas to help you come with one that suits you. Remember your decision should make you excited.

Also check out this video,

It has quite few good points to it.

Step 2: Choose a Domain Name

If you have followed step one and read the article, you would have noticed that the domain name has a connection to your chosen niche. So, try and choose a name that by the written word gives google an idea of what your content is all about. This will help you later on.

For some extra help go to this website to help you select your domain name.

Step 3: Sign up for a Free Website

Normally you would need to pay for website name and hosting but if you would like it for free until you are well on your way, fill in your chosen domain name below. You will notice that it has a siterubix after your domain, no worries this is just the free platform hosted by Wealthy Affiliates. You will be able to change it later, if you wish to purchase the domain which then the siterubix would fall away.

If you really want to buy your own domain name, right out the gate, go to which are one of the top ones but you pay for everything like security and certificates etc.

Step 4 : Creating Your Website

Now this can become very scary but if you have gone with the free version, it will be all done for you.

Watch this video, to see how!

“Create a Website in under 30 seconds”

Step 5: Build your Website out & Start writing your content

Once again, this can be scary but I have your back. There is tons of info on you-tube on how to get started. If you have time watch the video on how to start just follow the steps as the video plays. To be honest this is the way I did it.

Then I found an easier way, I joined Wealthy Affiliate’s. It’s free with 10 lessons to help you set up your website along with a community to help you should you get stuck. What more can a newbie Affiliate Marketer want?  

Won’t get that from you-tube.

Step 6: Insert your affiliate link on the products you recommend with-in your niche.

Check out this post, to see where I placed my affiliate links.

Step 7: Master your skills.

Land rover have a saying, “Life’s a Journey, Enjoy the ride”

Well now it’s time to do just that, concentrate on becoming an expert, enjoy writing the content and your audience will see it.

Thus creating an online business.


I have given you three strategies and now it’s up to you to choose which one to follow.

Perfect one, don’t try all three at the same time because you will fall.

My suggestion is that you start with the SEO, as this will get you gradually into Affiliate Marketing space to learn and understand the industry without falling into the traps laid out for the Newbie.

For me I joined Wealthy Affiliate’s and for you?

Well, it’s your choice but can you afford not too?

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Mick

    Affiliate marketing is a great business model and the route I wish I’d gone down a few years ago.

    However, whilst it is a simple concept, people expect things to happen overnight and really are not prepared for how long it could take.

    Paid traffic as always been a bit of a minefield. Do you have any suggestions for paid traffic and which traffic agencies I could use?

    I notice that you are part of Wealthy Affiliate. How is that going if you don’t mind me asking?

    Thanks for creating and sharing this guide and should be helpful for newbies coming into this competitive industry.

    1. Barry

      Hi Mick, Thanks for your comment, I see you want to put me on the spot.’s OK, visitors will see that this website is a pathway to success. You are correct, it does take time and when I first started on my affiliate journey, i did expect things to work faster than they have but every time I push and force the concepts they fail. So now I’m applying what I learn and only when I fully understand I move forward. The SEO journey can take long but it does teach you to be mindful and really write content that adds value. I have learnt that this is not a get rich scheme but more like a self discovery and growth scheme that will bring you passive income the more honest and helpful you are to your audience. Thanks again. Barry

  2. Robb

    Great post. I incorporate all 3 strategies, however I primarily use email marketing and seo. I was glad to see you included email marketing, I find many affiliate marketers leave this important aspect out. Cheers an thanks for the post.

    1. Barry

      Thanks Robb, I will get there but for now it’s building an audience. They say it’s in the list but the trick is to build that list honestly with good people who value your content, which takes time. Regards Barry

  3. Ceci

    Hi Barry.
    I totally agree with you that buying traffic for a Landing page can be a really risky business – and it requires resources which you might not have. The email marketing strategy will take time and crave for your patience.

    It makes perfect sense to go the Search Engine Optimization route which is methodical and also requires time and patience. Since both the email strategy and SEO require time and patience, I think combining both would be helpful.

    Clicking on your Wealthy Affiliates link, it seems that this would be the perfect platform to do this.

    1. Barry

      Hi Ceci, I have gone down this rabbit hole before and it must work because you see the internet is full of it but for newbies it,s risky because what the guru’s don’t tell you is how long it took them to master the art. It’s was by chance I came on Wealthy Affiliates and for me it’s a no brainier to start on your Affiliate Marketing career here. You will learn from everyone at varies stages of there journey. Expert to newbies. Regards Barry

  4. Satz

    Very nice post, I enjoyed reading it to the end. The first two strategies which you mentioned will allure people who want to get rich quick, however if you want to create a thriving online business then you must go for the third strategy. It does take time but it makes complete sense if you are looking to build a long term sustainable online business.

    1. Barry

      Hi Satz, Thanks for your comment. Yes you are correct it takes time but worth it because it’s all about the journey in the end and if we start rushing things we will risk the wheels falling off. Regards Barry

  5. Jason

    Excellent article, well written and great at informing us about the topic, have booked marked this page in fact !
    Many thanks Jason

    1. Barry

      Thanks Jason for your comment, it’s always great to get some praise.Regards Barry

  6. Eco

    I am now building my third website. The first two were practices and I was learning from the start. my second one was starting to pick up traffic so I know that my SEO skills are effective. This time around I am going to focus on my email marketing strategy because this really is key. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Barry

      Hi Catherine, Thanks for comment, it looks like we on the same page. I’m also starting to instigate the way forward on building an email list. So far mailerlite is looking good for the free option. Good Luck, Regards Barry

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