How To Start A Profitable Affiliate Marketing Site That Makes At Least $500 A Month

How To Make Money Online With Affiliate Marketing
How To Make Money Online With Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of the largest untapped gold mines on the internet that over 90% of entrepreneurs and people looking for how to make money online have failed to notice or completely don’t understand. It has proven to be more valuable than CPA networks like Google Adsense because, the returns from successfully engaging in high paying affiliate programs can run into thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly for any individual, even if you’re in Nigeria.

But Really, What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a form of performance-based marketing where companies running affiliate programs reward each of their affiliates for every visitor or sale they bring in by their own sales efforts.

This basically means that if for instance, you get 100 people to sign up on affiliate programs like Hostgator’s through your affiliate link, they’d pay you up to $125 per sign up. If you can get 1,000 people to sign up on the website in a month, you’d be paid $125,000 the next month.

And the best part of affiliate marketing is that it is 100% legal and 100% guaranteed, as long as you go with reputable high paying affiliate programs and can drive a lot of sales and sign ups to your affiliate links.


So How Can You Take Advantage Of Affiliate Marketing To Grow Your Income To $500 or well over $1,000 monthly in Nigeria or Anywhere else in the world?

Before you can start earning any income from affiliate marketing programs, you must be all setup from the ground up and have built the right foundation for it. All these can be done in a very short time and the sooner you start, the better.

Here are 7 important steps to take to start a profitable affiliate marketing site that makes at least $500 monthly:

See Also: How To Make At Least $1,000 Monthly Online Without Google Ads


Step 1: Select A Target Audience

Before you start any profitable online business, it is important to clearly define who your target audience are. To do this, you should first write down many possible niche areas to choose from. Some could be:

  • Fitness & nutrition
  • Travel
  • Fashion
  • Online marketing
  • Tech

And a whole lot more.

When you have highlighted some blog niches you may want to start, the next step is to narrow them down, so you can pick the exact type of blog you want to run. To do this, you need to ensure you answer these questions genuinely:

  • Can I write up to 100 articles on this topic?
  • Are people making money from this type of blog?
  • Are there high paying affiliate marketing programs in this niche?
  • Are there a wide array of products I can review and discuss in this blog category?

You need to ask yourself these questions and be very sincere in every answer you give. Successful affiliate marketing sites are built on help and trust. The people reading need to know that you genuinely care and want to help them.

So instead of trying to choose a blog niche that is wide and popular, choose rather, one that serves an already existing and abundant market. If you don’t take your time to identify your target market, you’d end up with a website that serves a very broad range of people and will find it almost impossible to make any high-value affiliate sales.

See Also: 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Starting A Blog


Step 2: Setup A WordPress Blog

The next important step is to create a custom WordPress blog. WordPress blogs are a must if you want to run a very successful affiliate marketing site. They are crucial because of a wide array of benefits and features they carry, which are far more valuable than free blogs like blogspot. Some great features a custom WordPress blog will give you that are far better than a free blog are:

  • Hundreds of ways to monetise your WordPress blog.
  • WordPress blogs have the best plugins like Yoast to help greatly improve your SEO ranking.
  • Google can easily suspend your Blogger site just as they did to Linda Ikeji in 2014, but with WordPress, you control your full rights. This makes Blogger a mirage and nothing solid.
  • You can do extremely limited things on Blogger, but on WordPress, the unlimited availability of plugins makes almost anything you think of possible.
  • Blogger themes are very bad looking and few, but WordPress themes are not just in their millions, but a majority of them are built to make you money!
  • Moving your Blogger site to another platform is extremely difficult, so most of the time, you’re stuck. But for WordPress, moving it is extremely easy.
  • There’s a limited support for Blogger sites if you run into issues, but WordPress has a vast community that provides solutions for everyone.
  • Google could decide to shut down the Blogger platform for everyone, just as they did with many of their other services, but WordPress is self-hosted. So your WordPress site is not going anywhere unless you want to put it down yourself.

As you can see, setting up a WordPress blog is the next crucial step to start a blog that leverages affiliate marketing to make hundreds or thousands of dollars every month.

To create and host your money-making blog, click here now. If you have any challenges or questions through the process, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.

Click here to start creating your blog.

See Also: How To Start A Blog From Scratch, In 20 Minutes


Step 3: Choose A Professional And High-Converting WordPress Theme

The next step is to pick a great WordPress theme for your blog. The user experience of the theme must be professional, beautiful and highly conversion-optimised for the blog niche you intend to write on.

To make a lot of money from affiliate marketing, you need your website to look great enough to motivate people to take action. The landing page for the affiliate sale for instance, must be highly actionable, and the site in general must be able to load really fast in other to rank well on google.

Two great sites to purchase an exceptional SEO-ready WordPress theme for your high-paying affiliate marketing site are:

These two sites have some of the world’s best themes that will help you build a highly-converting affiliate marketing site user experience.

If you have problems picking a great theme for your site, you can always reach out to me via email or leave a comment below and I’ll gladly help you out.


Step 4: Start Writing Valuable Content

The next critical step is to write great content. What you write here shouldn’t just be what you feel like writing, but should be the solution to your readers’ problems.

To increase the chances of your write ups reaching the first page of Google, ensure they’re at least 800 words and that you did a proper keyword research before typing the first word.

A slight strategy for your write ups can be the following:

  • Write 3 list posts.
  • Write 3 in-depth how-to articles in your niche
  • Write 5 articles reviewing 5 of the most popular products or services in your niche

To ensure your write up stays largely free of errors, I’d advise you sign up to use the Grammarly tool. This will ensure any mistakes in your texts are corrected on time, and that you churn out professional content that will help your affiliate marketing efforts earn you money.

See Also: Make Money Blogging: Here Is How To Start


Step 5: Sign Up For High-Paying Affiliate Programs In Your Niche

The next step is to sign up for reputable high paying affiliate programs in your niche. Some of these can be used to great extents to help you make over $1,000 monthly. Some great products to sign up to their affiliate programs are:

And thousands more.

Now, the affiliate programs that you sign up for must be able to solve your readers problems, so you can make money. What you need to pay attention to are high-converting affiliate products. Especially those you have used and know very well. This will help you make a better judgement when referring them to your audience.


Step 6: Create An Exceptional Traffic Strategy

This is one of the most important steps. And it’s largely focused on how to draw traffic to your affiliate marketing site. Without traffic, you’ll never earn any affiliate income because, people wouldn’t even get to know about the products or services you’re promoting.

Some great ways to get the traffic you need to promote your affiliate marketing blog are:

  • SEO
  • Social media
  • Email marketing
  • Guest posting
  • PPC

And a whole lot more.


Step 7: Repeat Steps 4, 5, & 6!

You read that right! Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6, over and over again. The more valuable content you write, the more your readers will trust what you have to offer, and the more affiliate income you’ll earn.

When an affiliate program doesn’t workout well for you, repeat step 5 and try out other affiliate programs. Picking the right affiliate program that’d turn out great usually requires patience. But once you’ve figured an exceptional one (or a couple) out for your niche, you’d make a whole lot of money monthly.


The Most Important Thing To Do Right Now!

Affiliate marketing is an amazing way for anyone in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Africa as a whole, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom or in every other country around the world, to make at least $500 monthly.

But while it’s exciting to know, how do you get any income you’ve earned? If you made $5,000 for instance in the past one month, how do you get the cash sent to you in your country, especially Nigeria.

There are two ways, one is with Paypal and the other is with a Payoneer card. Many countries are not allowed to receive money via Paypal, and Nigeria unfortunately, isn’t also allowed, so you’re left with one option: to use a Payoneer card.

So What Is A Payonner Card?

A Payoneer card is a free debit card like the regular ATM cards in Nigeria and any other country. The difference is that it’s a dollar card that’s registered to a US bank account that Payoneer would create on your behalf in seconds after registering on their website.

With this, your affiliate earnings can get paid straight into the card and you can withdraw your money from any ATM around the world or even use it to pay for things online.

How Do You Get A Payoneer Card?

Firstly, a Payoneer card is FREE to own. Secondly, you can get one by applying here.

The sooner you apply for the card even if you won’t start your affiliate marketing site or efforts soon, the better, because it will take a few weeks to get to you.

Click here to get your Payoneer card now.


What are your thoughts on how to build an affiliate marketing site that makes at least $500 monthly? Let me know by leaving a comment below.


Stan Edom
Stan Edom
I'm an entrepreneur with expertise in supply chain management, international trade, small business development, e-commerce, internet startups, renewable energy, and agriculture. I'm also a network engineer, I.T security expert, and computer programmer. In my spare time when I'm not working out at the gym, I try to solve problems people face in their everyday lives with whatever means necessary.

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    • Hi Hart,

      I’ll have an affiliate marketing course available on the blog sometime in 2017.

      Do lookout for it.

      Thank you for asking.

  1. How can I Start A Profitable Affiliate Marketing Site and how can you help me to start it and develop my website.Reply.Thanks.

    • Hi Eburu,

      I can walk you through the entire process.

      First get a WordPress hosting. You can do that here.

      If you have any issues, send me an email and I’ll help you through the rest of the way.

      Thank you for asking.

  2. I am interested in a profutable affiliate marketing venture. What IT infrastructure do i need to have in place? I would like us to discuss more. My whatsapp number is 08189899575. Thanks.

    • Hi Olugbenga,

      You don’t need to have any specific I.T structure in place.

      All you need is to start a WordPress blog and write content that solves your audience’s problems.

      Then you can join some high paying affiliate marketing programs to promote their products.

      The first literal step is to set up your blog, and you should do that here.

      If you run into any issues, do let me know.

      Overtime, I’ll post many more articles on high paying affiliate marketing sites everyone can take advantage of.

      Thank you for asking.

    • You’d need to computer to blog efficiently. But you can register your WordPress blog here directly with your phone.

      Thank you for asking.

  3. Thanks sir!
    I would wish to start an affiliated marketing business. I need a coach and a rough estimate on how much it will cost me to start up

    • Hi Oruese,

      I’d advice you stay glued to the blog. I’ll post one article about affiliate marketing weekly so everyone can fully understand how it works and how to select the best affiliate networks.

      But what I’d suggest you do now is to setup your WordPress blog hosting here first, so you can follow the courses easier and get your affiliate programs up and running as soon as you have content. The sooner the better.

      Thank you for asking.

  4. Hi,
    Please i will like to start an affiliate marketing and i will need you to guide me thru the process. I already have my market area. Thanks

    • Hi Kemi,

      The first step is to start a WordPress blog.

      You can do that here

      If you have any issues you can let me know by sending an email to [email protected]

      I’ll also write more articles focused on affiliate marketing weekly.

      Thank you for asking.

  5. I want to start a blog and the niche I have chosen is similar to yours…the business ideas most especially in agric…I am currently writing articles and gathering tools for efficient blogging. I see you as my role model sir. keep the good work.

    • Thank you for the commendation.

      I’m glad I inspire you.

      Do let me know if you run into any issues.

      Thank you and have a wonderful time!

    • Hi Zainab,

      Do send me a screenshot of the date of birth issue you’re having on Payoneer to my email address at [email protected], and I’ll do well to advise you better.

      Thank you for asking.

  6. I tried registering for a payoneer card but i have issues with the postal address as a result of where i live.what do you suggest i do

    • Hi Chigo,

      Try sending the card to an address in Lagos or a major city close to you.

      Thank you for asking.

  7. A weel explained article about affiliate marketing. I’ve been struggling at first and affiliate marketing tips are all available online including this article. Many thanks to you!

  8. I think far too many people see the internet as a way to make a quick buck. As this article suggests, you need to be in it for a long run and do things properly to really benefit.

  9. Thanks for the tips and advice as someone who has tried to get on in affiliate marketing and failed more than once it’s always useful to find information that helps point me in the right direction.

  10. Thank you for the great tips. I think affiliate marketing does depend on the relevant and quality content ,traffic volume and appearance of the site.

  11. Hello Stan, i tried to register with bluehost but am having a problem with the post code. i keep getting the response “invalid post code”. please what do i do?

  12. Really great article, a lot of info to make you think where your strategy might be placed, especially if you are just starting with this like I am.Thanks.

  13. Nice article! It’s great to see people giving useful information on affiliate marketing.

  14. Absolutely great post I loved the last point the you have to do something different rather then promoting affiliate products in traditional matter.

  15. I have been blogging for 2 years but haven’t tried affiliate marketing to earn. This is really helpful for beginners like me. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Great advise for all new affiliates. It takes a long time to get a reasonable amount of traffic. This will help a lot of people out

  17. Thanks for the tips and advice as someone who has tried to get on in affiliate marketing and failed more than once it’s always useful to find information that helps point me in the right direction.

  18. Stan thanks so much!! you made my evening. I just stormed your blog while I was looking for some answers and I haven’t left it for like an hour, I have read lots of your articles and you have broader my thinking and answered lots of questions I have harbored in my mind not knowing who would answer them. You are God sent.

    • I’m glad you found the blog valuable Joshua.

      Thank you for reading the articles.

      Do have a wonderful time!

  19. This is really helpful. I’ve been blogging on and off for years but this is my first time to try and use affiliates.

    • I wish you the best in your affiliate journey, Ali.

      Do let me know how it goes.

      Have a great time!

  20. I love this post. I follow and read a lot of posts on your site and get many tips for me. I am also blogging but I have just started for several months. So, I do not have too much experience on this field. thanks for sharing. Hope that you will post many useful tips!

  21. This is really helpful. I’ve been blogging on and off for years but this is my first time to try and use affiliates. Many Thanks!

  22. This is really helpful. I’ve been blogging on and off for years but this is my first time to try and use affiliates. Many Thanks!

  23. Truly impressive ideas you have here about affiliate marketing. I’ve been working with my affiliate sites before but it’s not working for me. I am missing something and thanks for writing those tips. Gonna try those. Will update you once I see some improvement.

  24. good day sir .

    I have read so many of your articles and they have really solved our problems and clear a lot of doubt in our mind.

    but I still have these two question to ask.

    1st- how do these affiliate marketing links or adverts appear on blogs or websites especially. am asking these because I don’t see any on your own blog . am asking these because am new in these area and am doing some research right now.

    2nd – I have passion or should I say interest on something entirely different from the most or common niches that would generate traffic to my blog or traffic. and how do these traffic generates to income when being marketed.

    thanks hope an not asking too much sir, thanks for your prompt response .

    • Hi Abidemi,

      Most of my links are affiliate links. Also, there are several ways to make money blogging. I’ll post an article about that sometime next week.

      Do lookout for it.

      Thank you for asking.

  25. Thanks so much for the tips. It revealed how affiliate marketing works especially for the beginner.

  26. Hi! Thanks so much for the tips, it really helped me on my newly built affiliate marketing site. I am positive I could get nice result after few months from now. And also hoping to read more affiliate marketing tips from you soon.

  27. Great advise for all new affiliates. It takes a long time to get a reasonable amount of traffic. This will help a lot of people out.

  28. As in my experience, affiliate marketing is the easiest way to make money on the internet today. Thanks so much for sharing this incredible post

  29. Almost everyone that makesan income on the internet (even the millionaires) do so through affiliate marketing. Being successful in affiliate marketing involves knowing the formula that makes other affiliate marketers successful.

  30. These are good source for blogging, but I usually used email marketing because I can easily sell and exchange products and links of website. I do guest blogging and link exchange.

  31. You always provide great tips and information. Many thanks for helping all newbie marketers.

  32. Great article! Actually i am not making decent money from AdSense. I will surely try Affiliate marketing to grow my blog’s income.

  33. You are right , although adsense is top rank choice of blogger to make money but affiliate are also good option. thanks for sharing.nice description.

  34. Thank you for this Amazing information. I have been reading many of the articles and posts that belongs to your website, Carry on the awesome work and I wish to read some more great content from you in the future.

  35. Interesting ideas. I am new doing affiliate marketing and hope I can see a difference after trying out some of your ideas. Many Thanks!

  36. I stumbled upon your site by chance some time ago, and since then, I’ve been reading different posts in your blog and I find them quite interesting .

  37. Thanks for sharing these tips. Something as simple as adding your affiliate link to images is one I’ve overlooked sometimes lol. What has worked the best for me is adding bonuses to the affiliate offer.

  38. You need to be very patient with affiliate marketing. It is not an overnight success kind of business model. With enough time you can begin earning consistent commissions and I believe SEO is the best approach.

  39. Thanks for the tips! I think it is very easy to side track these days with so much marketing noise about Affiliate Marketing especially if there’s too much focus on selling the product instead of promoting a second opinion or solid content.

  40. Great post on affiliate marketing. As an affiliate marketer myself I think the tips you have offered are really useful and I will be coming back to this page again if ever I need more help.

  41. These are some really good tips to earn money from affiliate marketing, as of now I am displayed only banner ads in my blog, I never included text links to my articles.

  42. Thanks for the tips and advice as someone who has tried to get on in affiliate marketing and failed more than once it’s always useful to find information that helps point me in the right direction.

  43. Thanks so much for the tips, as I am a beginner in affiliate marketing and will take heed to the advice. Less is more for sure in trying to advertise too much and money is time as time is money.

  44. Great post, I think the most relevant advice for me was to stick to only a handful of affiliate offers. When I first started I went crazy posting several different products and made… nothing.

  45. I must commend you for this very useful article. I have been searching for tips on affiliate marketing to find out if it is a source genuine online business, or something fraudulent. Thanks for the encouragement.

  46. Great article currently trying to understand affiliate marketing really interested to start my own website not expecting high returns straight away but wants to experience and if possible put some hard work behind it to make it successful.

  47. Thanks for sharing such a great, very informative and useful article to Affiliate marketing tips. Keep it up.

  48. I must commend you for this very useful article. I have been searching for tips on affiliate marketing to find out if it is a source genuine online business, or something fraudulent. Thanks for the encouragement.

  49. How can I thank you for publishing such informative insights about affiliate marketing. I am new to marketing world and you are a big help to me. Thank you so much!

  50. Good thing there are still free information about affiliate marketing nowadays. A happy newbie here.

  51. I found an answer to my affiliate blog problem. I never got any sales and after reading your blog, I gained ideas on how to do it the right way. Many thanks!

  52. Your post is very helpful to me. I am a newbie in terms of affiliate marketing. Hope I can see more post from you about some tips. Thanks!

  53. Thank you for sharing. It is helpful to my blog. I’m working on how to get more sales. It’s harder than I thought but I know it’s worth investing some time.

  54. This is great article.Thanks for a very interesting post.That is an extremely smart written article. Affiliate marketing is becoming popular and many website owners are adapting it to promote products while still making money. If you have a passion for writing, don’t hold yourself back. There are many affiliate companies looking for partners. Go for it, especially since you don’t need much capital get started.

  55. Hey buddy! What a nice write up you have. Yes, Affiliate marketing can make a living if you are very patient and willing to invest time on it. Keep up the good information.

  56. I was actually on the point of giving up but you gave me last hope to try again. What you said was very inspiring. Affiliate marketers should never give up. Hoping to see changes after applying what yoiu said. Once again, thank you!

  57. Yes, I agree with you. And affiliate marketing is very effective. It just needs a focus, patience and time to it. Marketers need not to be discourage because it is not really an “instant money”. You need to work on it.

  58. I agree with you. But affiliate marketing is kinda hard at first because you need to build a good impression and get people’s trust to buy something from you. Great tips by the way. 🙂

  59. Oh dear, this might be the answer I am looking for. I am struggling with my blog and I’m very positive I could see changes after reading your guide. Many thanks!

  60. I never knew that affiliate marketing could be this so great. Would probably try this idea for sure. Keep up inspiring people to make money online. 🙂

  61. Very good news to me as this can be very helpful to me. I am selling other people’s product on my blog and that is an affiliate marketing, right? Hope I am doing the right thing.

  62. I do not earn with doing affiliate marketing stuff. I gave up to tell you that. But what I have read from you were very inspiring. It’s like I wanted to give it another try. Thanks for your guidance and encouragement.

  63. I am a newbie and trying so hard to understand all marketing stuff. Which is better, you have your own website for branding or just an ordinary blog space where you put all content? It has high maintenance right? Not really sure if it’s a good.

  64. Helpful article, I bookmarked this article, Each every expert tips would be the guiding force for newbie affiliate like me, looking forward to more information, keep sharing with us.

  65. Thanks for sharing about starting the affiliate marketing..

    I am blogger and earn the good money from affiliate marketing…

    but recently, I sent request Godaddy to join the affiliate program.

    I am little bit disappointed after that i decide to apply to one more ..

  66. Hi buddy! Super thank you for sharing this. I followed everything and I think my traffic change a little bit. It’s a good start for me. I can see I’m moving forward with this few traffic. It’s does really need a push.

  67. Last year, I quit with affiliate marketing. But after reading this one, the excitement came back to my senses like I want to try affiliate marketing again. This is just so inspiring and thank you for that. 🙂

  68. Hello Stan! Hope you reply to this message. I registered with JVZoo company and got a lot of affiliate links to promote. Do I still need a WordPress blog to promote this affiliates? I have been using email marketing that I paid for but have not made any sales since last year June I registered. You talked about Email marketing in this your write up, do you think there is an email marketing I need to promo this products better. Please kindly reply because I am looking forward to start making money online. Thank you, this your write was a lot on encouragement

    • Thank you for the comment, Victoria.

      It would help if you own a blog that adds real value to the readers then remarket to them.

      If you’re just marketing, then it doesn’t really show you care about them. But when you add value and at the same are showing them great tools to help them succeed, they’d be more motivated to buy.

      Thank you.

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