Affiliate Program Tutorial – Mastering the Basics

Posted on 3rd August, 2006

Affiliate program is one of the most widely used and effective ways to make money online. Affiliate program is an online marketing method where you refer visitors from your website to the merchant’s website.

You don’t have to fulfill any products or service, handle customer service issues or do anything else except refer your visitors from your website to a merchant’s website.

Because it seems so easy to setup and run, most people, especially newbies would simply send spam emails or spam the forums with their affiliate links to promote their programs.

Some will go one step further by creating websites or blogs and plaster their affiliate banners and links on all available space, then sit back and hope for the money to roll in.

Unfortunately, that’ll never happen.

If you can’t seem to make any money from affiliate programs, than it’s likely because you haven’t mastered the basics. Therefore, the most important thing you’ve to do is to master the basics before trying to create marketing empires.

To be successful in affiliate marketing, you need to offer value to your visitors. The basics are

1. Build an interesting, and valuable site
2. Attract targeted website traffic via search engines, pay per click etc.
3. Promote things your visitors want

So you see, there’re actually only three variables you have to deal with here i.e, website, traffic, affiliate products. If you can master all three, then you can start making money from affiliate programs.

Allan Gardyne of the fame AssociatePrograms.com has written an affiliate program tutorial to help you master the basics. He makes little updates to it every now and again as things change and new materials become available.

I highly recommend you to read the tutorial which is available here:

You’ve joined an affiliate program. Here are the 18 steps to take next.


An engineer by training, Victor has been working full-time online as an Internet marketer, a programmer and an app developer since 2001. He has been blogging at Sabahan.com since 2006 sharing his experience and teaching people how to make money online. Click here to join his private Facebook Group for bloggers.

  • A Nahwi says:

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future. Thank you

  • Gaman says:

    titan, you need to master the basic first and the article will tell you how. If you do not know what an affiliate program is, you might want to try searching for “affiliate program” in Google.

  • titan says:

    how to master affiliate program?? can u teach me? how to build affiliate program?? hava any software to build it? im glad to learn about it..

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