Affiliate marketing has become very popular for people looking to earn money online, increase their income, or start a business from home with very few start-up costs. One of the benefits of affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to be very tech savvy to become a successful affiliate marketer. However, here are a few tips to help you start off on the right foot and avoid some of the costly mistakes that can happen when starting out.

1. Find Unique Products to Promote

If you promote the same product as thousands of other affiliate markers, you'll be going up against a lot of competition as well as very strong competition. However, if you can find a unique, less popular product that is still in demand, you could make good money since there won't be as many affiliates competing for the traffic for that product.

2. Look Info Merchant Affiliate Programs and Tools

Realize that choosing to promote a product with a lot of affiliate support will make your life much easier. Setting everything up on your own can be difficult and is usually very time consuming. It is well worth your time to look into different merchants and products before choosing what to promote. Many merchants will provide you with banners and images, and some will even supply you with specific keywords and articles to use on your website.

3. Track Your Website(s)

Failure to track and test the results of your affiliate marketing campaigns is one of the biggest mistakes that rookies make. A small few tweaks to your websites or sales copy can make an enormous difference in the success you have marketing your product, so it's imperative to test different versions of your site, banners, images, sales pitch, etc...

It is crucial to understand where your visitors are coming from and how they are finding your site. Once you know that, you can track specifically what they are looking at when they come to your site. There are numerous tracking software programs available, but many of them come with a price. If you want to save a little money, you can begin by using Google Analytics, which is completely free.


Affiliate marketing can be a very lucrative source of additional income. By simply following the tips above you can start your new business without having to take out a loan.

On a final note, remember that just like any other business, setting up an affiliate marketing business takes a little time. Be prepared to put in a good amount of work at the beginning and keep your eye on the prize. Once everything is set up, you'll be earning additional income with very little work whatsoever!