How To Learn Affiliate Marketing For Real Online Success

How To Learn Affiliate Marketing


Learning affiliate marketing is pretty tough and I know that many of you have actually tried to teach yourself!

"I also know, for a fact, that this leads, in the majority of cases, to failure for so many reasons, one of them being that the methods are constantly changing. What works today may not work tomorrow!"

I have decided to write this article How to learn affiliate marketing for real online success in order to both kind of define the word affiliate and to go over 3 of the major skills that you need to know and become proficient with in order to become successful as an affiliate marketer and how to learn this valuable skill which really can afford you your freedom.

I’m going to show you how to learn affiliate marketing – the right way.

"Take action! So many people fail because they simply don't take action ... they never get started!"

Now, this is not something that you’ll find tought in schools but it is a way to work for yourself and create your own freedom of location, being anywhere you want, and working at any time, and also financial freedom. You can make a decent amount of money with affiliate marketing.

"In fact, you can make whatever amount of money you want in this industry if you start off on the right foot and are committed to putting in some effort."

So I’ll be going over what you need to do to make a sure footed start.

So first off, the word affiliate. What is an affiliate? What an affiliate marketer is, is you are selling someone else’s product on a commission only basis.

Image showing how affiliate marketing works

So, a good example of an affiliate marketer would be like Uber. Uber doesn’t actually own any cars or they might now, but for a long, long time at least, Uber didn’t own any cars.

They were simply connecting drivers with people who wanted to be driven around. They provided a platform to connect these 2 parties and they made a commission for providing that connection.

Same thing with Airbnb or So, doesn’t actually own any hotels. They’re simply connecting people who want to stay in a hotel with companies that do own their own hotels.

"And guess what? That's right! They’re making commission just for connecting those 2 parties."

Or, as another example, if you’ve ever booked a flight on, there’s people who want to take flights and there’s the plane companies. is an affiliate. They’re just connecting those 2 parties and they’re making a commission for that referral. So, that’s all affiliate marketing is, it’s a very old business model.

Nothing about affiliate marketing is unique or necessarily a trick.

What I’m trying to say is if you come across people or sites that say that this is a way to make quick easy money, you know the ones, they have a “trick” or a “hack” or a special hidden secret or piece of software where you just press a button and make money, well … IT’S JUST NOT REAL! Run for the hills!

"Affiliate marketing is a business … a real business. Affiliate marketing takes a number of skills just like anything else. There aren’t any secret hacks to what we’re doing here."

The second thing to understand is the difference of learning versus doing.

If you spend some of your time learning then you should spend a lot of your time doing … TAKING ACTION! But some people fall into the trap of substituting the fact that they are watching YouTube videos, for example, for actually doing work.

You’re not going to make any money if you’re just watching YouTube videos or reading articles like this one! However, doing some learning will help guide you when it’s time to take action and actually put things into practice.

So, make sure when you’re learning, you’re actually doing. Don’t just watch YouTube videos and try to digest all the information because that won’t allow you to make money.

What you need to do would be to watch a YouTube video, maybe 2 or 3 YouTube videos, and then put what you learnt into action. Set up that website, set up that squeeze page, set up that ad.

"Take action! So many people fail because they simply don't take action ... they never get started!"

Now, I’m known as an action taker.

One of my strong suits is that I’ve always been extremely proactive.

Translating this into affiliate marketing has been very good for me because anything I learn I put into action immediately. And it’s largely resulted in a lot of online business success. So make a start now!

The next things to understand are the top 3 skills for affiliate marketing. Yes, affiliate marketing is a skill-based profession. It’s not just a trick or hack.


Copywriting is an important affiliate marketing skill

Copywriting is the right brain thinking.

More specifically, what copywriting essentially is is being able to write words that make sense to people on a website that makes them want to take action in order to solve their problem and, more to the point, by whatever solution it is that you are marketing to them.

Copywriting is also called copywriting because a lot of it has to deal with copying things.

"Again, in marketing, it’s not all about being creative. It’s about taking control."

You want to make sure you’re always basing your marketing off of what’s already working in the marketplace.

That’s why so many marketers have what’s called a swipe file of already proven ads that they can draw information from and draw inspiration from when they’re creating their own marketing messages or their own ads online.

Great content is what it's all about!


Screenshot showing Google data analysis for a website

Data analysis is important when you’re setting up marketing campaigns.

Let’s say you’re going to market a skincare product and you put up 4 different ads with 4 different images.

  1. Maybe the fist image can be showing somebody, an old lady, with a turkey neck.
  2. In another image, the second, you show the kind of crow’s feet that appear at the end of your eyes when you get old.
  3. Maybe in another image you focus on the sun damaged skin on somebody’s face or on the backs of their hands.
  4. And maybe on the final image, you just show a smiling happy beautiful older lady, okay?

So, that would be an example of a good split test of 4 different images.

In marketing, to understand what image is working best, what ad is working best, we need to make use of data analysis.

Now, this isn't the most complicated of statistics. This isn’t anything that is, you know, complicated algebra we’re doing here. It’s simple numbers. It’s simply understanding which ad is working better than the other.

But in order to do this, you need to be comfortable looking at numbers.

You need to be comfortable drawing conclusions from numbers and that goes into data analysis. Again, this isn’t complicated.

But these are skills and you do need to learn them or hone these skills through experience as you’re doing your affiliate marketing if you truly want to become great.


Research is an important affiliate skill. Google is great for this.

This skill is a little weird but it ties everything together. Being able to be resourceful and do your own research is so paramount because of all the different systems that we're using.

Facebook changes every week, or more specifically, Facebook ads changes every week.

Google ads seem to change every month.

All of these software’s and platforms and the whole internet space has evolved so rapidly. You really need to be able to be resourceful and be able to research things effectively.

Now, just like you’re doing right now, you’re doing a little research. You’re being resourceful in terms of finding your own information about affiliate marketing.

What’s going to take you out of your current job and create that financial and lifestyle freedom for yourself? Well. You want to be intentional about things. And you’ll need to be able to Google things to find out your own information on affiliate marketing.

So you know what? I'm not going to link you to a course about data analysis like most marketers would at this stage! You’re going to have to Google it yourself and you’re just going to have to look up maybe 'data analysis' as your search term.

Or you know, maybe specifically look up 'data analysis for affiliate marketers'. Whatever. But you’ll need to Google things yourself ... helpful aren't I?

As you go along, let’s say you’re taking some training videos from me on my YouTube channel, you’ll need to … well, let's use a better example ...

Let’s say Facebook Ads ... it looks different today than it did one month ago when I released my video on Facebook ads.

So, you’ll need to kind of be able to poke around in the Facebook Ads interface to figure out where that section was.

Little things like that or knowing when to be proactive and being able to message a support desk to ask them a question.

Or if you have signed up (from either of my websites Big Affiliate Machine and The Best Affiliate Marketing Programs) and are taking my free 50+ part training e-course about affiliate marketing, you’ll need to be resourceful and post on my forum, message my support if you have any questions, be active on the weekly webinars and ask questions. These are things that will help you succeed.

Again, proactively researching things and utilizing that research.

Effective research is actually a skill and it’s a very important one if you want to survive in this fast-moving industry. So, if you got something really cool from this article, make sure to share it and check back often.

Now, if you have a question for me or any thing related to this article, feel free to leave a comment in the comments below.

If you’d like me to delve deeper into any one of those subjects, copywriting, data analysis or research, again, name it in the comments below.

So now you know how to learn affiliate marketing for online success all you need to do is ....

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Caelan Cheesman

I live in the UK in a small village called Minster in the South East of the country, not too far from Dover and Canterbury and only around 80 miles from London. I have been making money online now for a number of years and have built this site specifically to help others to also achieve success online!