How To Earn Commissions Online [Affiliate Marketing]

Updated: March 1, 2022
by Ray Alexander

Do you want to know how to earn commissions online the right way? Then you're in the right page. This guide will show you the way to set up your own successful web platform. You'll be learning how millions of others do to 'legitimately' earn commissions online as affiliates.

How To Earn Commissions Online

I Was Trained To Be A Spammer

Have you ever tried to claim your commission by the way, because someone told you there was some 'money for you to collect'?

I receive the same question from my subscribed members from time to time - asking where the money is. They keep receiving emails that say they are entitled to some commissions, but the emails never tell them where the money is or how to collect it. 

Does it make sense? Yes it does to me.

These emails are simply and officially, from spammers. They would say anything to get you to click the link in their email. You'll be directed to the spammer's client's website, and of course there's nothing for you to 'claim'.

You're neither gaining nor losing anything, you're just wasting your precious time. But every time you click their link, the spammer will receive $0.30 - $1.00 from their client. So you're actually helping spamming businesses just by clicking to see what it is.

Why do I know this? Because I was trained to be a spammer when I was brand new to the online business (by a wrong group of mentors!) Wow, how deceptive! That's how things work? ...I was naïve enough to listen to all they said.


Anyway, stating the obvious - a commission is only awarded to you when you've done some for a company and they've made a profit. You have to work for it. If someone tells you that you've made a commission but you have no recollection of it - then there isn't such a thing. You must forget that. Don't even try to threaten to sue whoever advise you to claim money out of nowhere. Because there are millions of them and they don't care. You'd only be wasting more of your time. Let's see how the authorities come up with better way to crack them down.

In case you want to know what happened to me as a spammer - did I become one? Yes, but only for a short while, then I quit. I found it too stupid. Do you see a value, a quality, a meaning of life, in the way of making money by lying to people? Some people may do, but I don't!

Affiliate Marketing

The most popular commission-based work online is undoubtedly, affiliate marketing. People choose to work as an affiliate, because it's easy to become one. There is almost an infinite number of affiliate programs that you can choose from, many of which will let you join without strict approval process.

Manufacturers, online stores and brands need affiliates, because they need people to spread the word and create buzz, you see? And when they make a profit as a result of it, they're happy to reward their affiliates.

For that reason, affiliate marketing is fairly sustainable for you to make money online. The commission rates vary anywhere from 3% the sales price, 10%, 30%, 50% and even 100%. Yes, some companies are happy to pay their affiliates 100% of the sales price in exchange for promoting their brand on their behalf. 

But how hard for you to work as an affiliate?

How To Enjoy Earning Commissions

Working for commission can be stressful even online. It's most likely the case with network marketing (or MLM - multi level marketing), where they reach out to other people on internet markers' forums and social media. All depending how they approach it, but what many of them are doing is essentially cold-calling. They deserve to be bitten back, "get the f- out of my life, or I'll report you to the admin!"

No, you're not doing that. 

Affiliate marketing is never supposed to be about selling. It's about recommending. You share your interest with internet users, and make product recommendations. Therefore inevitably, you choose a niche that you love in the first place. Your hobby, things that you have a good knowledge of, professional career that you are proud of.

Affiliate Marketing Recommendation

You write about what you love or know a lot of in your website. You can broadcast it on YouTube too, if you're good at talking. Then you recommend related products. People in the same interest will find your site (or video) useful, and buy products that you recommend. That's when you earn your commission.

This way, you're not pushing anybody but you're pulling visitors by sharing what you're good at on your website. They will find you. With pressure of sales quota or deadline, no stress. What's not to enjoy?

Every time someone buys a product via your site, you'll receive a commission, and as long as your website exists, this will continue in years to come. That's your passive income source.

What Kind Of 'Niches' Are Available?

What can you write about, and what kind of affiliate products are available? The answer is "anything you can think of"!

There are two ways to find out.

1. Browse Topic Categories

Visit a social/news sharing sites. Flipboard is great. Click the top menu that says "Whats your passion?" - it will come up with topic categories, such as News, Business, Travel, Celebrity, Workouts, Street Art, Parenting...

If you love celebrity gossips, then it is. You can start a website, blogging about celebrity news and promote related merchandises as an affiliate. Movie or audio streaming services, calendars, magazine subscriptions, vinyl records, rarity collections...etc.

Visit an online superstore such as Amazon and Walmart and browse through the categories/departments. Think about what kind of products you often buy. The categories will remind you what kind of class of products you know a lot about. Then you can decide to promote (recommend) these products as an affiliate too.

Amazon Categories

Browse categories on Amazon

2. Look At Your "Life Story" So Far

You might get a good inspirational idea by checking these topic/product categories, but it's not necessarily the best way to find out your niche, because;

  • They might give you a false idea. You think of Travel, for instance. "That's great, I love backpacking. I can write about budget traveling and promote travel goods!" But if you've backpacked twice in your life, and the last time was 3 years ago... Do you still have the same passion for traveling right now?
  • You might look at these categories and none of them might interest you. "I don't have a hobby. I don't have any products to recommend to anyone!" Is that right, really?

Think about what you've invested a lot of time in your life so far - not just professional or educational aspects, but anything in general that's affecting you physically or mentally. Good or bad.

You may be suffering from say, acne or diabetes. You have a good knowledge, enough to write about it and to give tips and advice to your readers. Or you have overcome an alcohol/nicotine/drug related addiction. With things like that, you can recommend natural remedies or any related products including books, services such as counseling. 

So you really can be a niche affiliate marketer, promoting anything in the world based on something that you know the best about. Relationships, magic, something supernatural, reincarnations, ghosts... There are always related products or services to promote.

High-Paid Commissions Online

With all that said... There are 3  x particular niches that are proven to serve well, that are health, wealth and romance.

  • Health & beauty: weight loss, anti-aging and beauty products
  • Wealth: business opportunities, make-money-online, forex and cryptocurrencies
  • Romance: online dating, marriage and relationship counseling

People continually search for such information and look to buy better products in order to improve themselves or fix the problem that they have. So these 3 niches are said to be evergreen.

But then again, how you define "high-paid commission" depends on the (a) product's unit price, (b) commission payout rate and (c) popularity of the product.

How many book lovers out there in the world? So many. And how often do they buy books? Monthly or even weekly. How many people buy drones, which are more expensive than books? Not as many. And how often do they buy drones? Once every few years or less. Here are an example scenario;

  • 1,000 people bought a $10 book this week via your website link (=$10,000 in total).
  • 15 people bought a $200 drones this week via your website link (=$3,000 in total).

It seems much more beneficial to promote books other than gadgets such as drones? But what about the commission payout rates? If the book company only pays you 5% of the sales price, but the drone company pays you 20%?

  • Books: 5% x $10,000 = you will receive $500 commission.
  • Drones: 20% x $3,000 = you will receive $600 commission.

That's pretty tricky! In the beginning, you should really start with the niche that you're most confident with. And once you get yourself on track, you can start building a new website for the 2nd niche. And then some more... Believe me, you'll know more about the industries as you go along.

How Does This All Work?

Many companies offer an affiliate program (or they call it a "partnership" program). If you want to check it, you can google it. For example you love products from a furniture store called "MyFurnitureStore". Then google search it by the keywords "myfurniturestore affiliate program". Something should come up in most cases! If they do offer an affiliate program, there will be a joining instruction in the page.

Here's how to join Amazon Associate affiliate program: How To Make Money As Amazon Affiliate

You can also join affiliate networks. An affiliate network is a marketplace where hundreds of brands or product holders advertise to offer their affiliate program. There are so many; big networks includes, ShareASale and Clickbank.

Signing up with an affiliate program is always free. But you know, none of them just randomly lets anybody to join. They usually offer it to people who are ready to become their affiliate. It means, upon signing up, you'll be asked your website address. You have to have one.

So here are typical steps to become an affiliate, and earn commissions online;

  1. Decide your niche (what kind of category of products).
  2. Build a website - actual setup won't take you more than a few minutes!
  3. Request to join affiliate programs - it may take up to 24-48 hours for them to approve your request. It can be instant.
  4. When approved, you can log in to your affiliate dashboard where you'll find your special affiliate links.
  5. Start writing blog posts. You'll be writing about products that you recommend, or product comparison reviews. And place your affiliate link(s) in your blog post.
  6. People visit your site, and when they click your affiliate link, they'll be directed to the seller's store site.
  7. When they make a purchase, you'll be rewarded a commission.

Isn't it so easy? No!!

How will people find your website? That's the main technique you want to learn.

Learn How To Earn Commissions Online

Join Wealthy Affiliate. This is definitely the perfect place for beginners. Wealthy Affiliate is an online business learning community, where you can also build your own website using WordPress for free. You'll also have an access to the keyword tool for free (so that people will find your website!)

Wealthy Affiliate

You know at the beginning of this post, I mentioned about a 'legitimate' way to earn commissions. This is where it is.

The difference between Wealthy Affiliate and other online training courses is the availability of knowledge-sharing spaces. It is so beginner-friendly that you'll never be intimidated by jargons or any kind of arrogance that can often exist in internet marketers' forums. You can ask any kind of questions, however trivial they may seem, other members will guide you through almost immediately.

You can join free and stay as a free member as long as you like. You'll have access to;

  • Create up to 2  websites
  • The first 10 essential online training
  • Plus 2 extra classrooms
  • Raise questions as often as you like
  • Live chat (first 7 days)
  • 1-on-1 coaching (first 7 days)

And if you feel you want to receive in-depth training, the premium membership will offer a lot more. It's not cheap ($49 per month - $39 per month if you pay 6 months in advance - or $30 if you pay 12 months in advance). But the membership will give you more than the money's worth, including;

  • Create up to 50 websites
  • Over 120 training lessons
  • Plus 12 classrooms
  • Live chat 24/7
  • Weekly live webinars
  • Unlimited 1-on-1 coaching
  • Unlimited keyword searches

How Much Affiliate Commissions Can I Earn?

It's been over 3 years since I joined Wealthy Affiliate, and it allowed me to earn my first $1,000. But first 8 months, I struggled. That's partly because I was occupied with two other businesses that I had. First one year, my monthly affiliate income was somewhere between $100 - $200. But I knew there was always a big learning curve in the beginning and I was never going to quit.

Income Report Chart to Jan 2019

My 2nd year, my affiliate income was steadily on the rise. Currently I receive other income online and offline and how much work I put in reflects the level of income. But my affiliate commissions are passive income -  I make $3,000 - $5,000 in total every month.

Some successful members from Wealthy Affiliate earn well over $10k every single month. If you are willing to become a full-time affiliate marketer, you know that's where you want to get to!

About the author 

Ray Alexander

Hi! I’m Ray. Over the past 15+ years I have been involved with web designing, programming and online marketing. I work from home and have a passion for exploring new tools, services and programs in order to make money online. I’m here to help you succeed in building a profitable business by sharing my experiences. Any question, don’t hesitate to ask!

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  1. Hello. Thank you for such invaluable information. Trying to find ways to earn commissions online has been a challenge for me. Among the affiliate networks I have tried are Clickbank, Warrior Plus, etc. Also, I have spent a lot of money on training. The one thing that I can’t accomplish is video marketing because my home/living space is too noisy and my storytelling skills are lacking. I am most comfortable writing a blog, and I agree with everything you said. It does take time, and I suppose it will depend on how I use it. I appreciate your advice. Everything I do is a learning process.

  2. I appreciate your honesty.
    I was also trained to spam because many affiliate sites tell you not to use your own name.
    I have been trying affiliate marketing for more than a year now and made some commission but
    my expenditure is too high I don’t know I’m making a profit.
    I try to use your method. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Al for sharing your experience. I’ve never heard of a site that “tells you not to use your own name” though! It does take time to build trust before you start making decent money, and it’s also important to monitor your spending. I wish you all the best!

  3. How can I earn commissions online. I had a membership with wealthy affilate 4 while but I did not make any money.
    For me it was too hard cos I cannot write have problem learning. There any other system I can join

  4. I checked your other post get paid to write comments and now I found this post. I appriate that the pen is stronger than sword. If you like reading a long story and make comments or writing a long story to post your site but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. plus maintain the site is too much of a fuss. What do u think about medium or quora? I hear people can make a lot of money by affiliate marketing on those sites ??

    1. Hi Ashley, thanks for your comment. If you’re not a fan of writing/reading, you can perhaps consider content marketing via YouTube? Medium is fine but you’ll still have to write quality content to get ranked on Google. Quora is question & answer site, so you won’t be able to promote affiliate products directly. You can write a relevant answer and place a link back to your site though – only if it’s relevant, if not, it’ll be reported as spam. Any more questions don’t hesitate to ask. I wish you all the best!

  5. Hi Ray. I have been invited to join a backlinking and social media promotion service. What do you think of them? I know backlinks can be important to rank in search engines but how many do you need? I have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and Pinterest but I don’t use them regularly. Can a social media promotion service automatically post my affiliate links for me, they did not give me the detail?

    1. Hi Mollie, a backlink is only effective if it’s linked by an authority site. Most of the paid backlinking services are useless – they use low-quality websites specially made for a backlinking purpose, or they leave comments on random sites that may not necessarily be approved by the webmasters.

      Social media posting services aren’t effective either, because they simply re-share your posts within their account as well as hundreds of their other clients’. By repeatedly doing it, they never gain their own followers. For these reasons, I personally wouldn’t recommend you to use professional services. Thanks for your comment. Any more questions don’t hesitate to get back to me. I wish you all the best!

  6. There have been at least 10 people in the past 12 mths telling me I made commissions but every time I click the link it wasn’t there. They keep sending me wrong links. One of them said I made 1000 dollars over night they owe me a lot where can I complain?

    1. Hi Jacklyn, are you talking about unsolicited emails that you've been receiving? Then there is no commission…unless you have worked on something. There are thousands of spammers out there. If you don't remember signing up with those people, I suggest that you should simply ignore them. I wish you all the best!

  7. i finally found great post here i will get back here.I just added your blog to my bookmark site. thank quality posts is the crucial to invite the visitors to visit the web page .that’s what this web page is providing.

  8. Woaah this is a great article to help people earn some bucks on a daily basis. Affiliate marketing is what I need to quit my job. Thanking you for ur advice coz I NEED success BADLY

  9. I don’t know what people think of it but I think these are really practical ways that can get you a certain amount of money every day from home. Thank you for sharing great tips on how to make money online…

  10. As much as I would like to learn I have a 16 yr old dog to look after 24.7 and my husband who is on the night shift work. How many hours do I need to put in?

    1. Hi Kerry, it doesn’t matter how little time you spend, the main thing is to try to learn something new every day. Why don’t you set say, 30 minutes each day, and try not to miss it whatever takes? (But never feel guilty if you miss it.) Be persistent, you can do it!

  11. Hi you have a great site. there is so much information everybody can learn from. I agree with you about MLM. There are too many people who make cold calling. They believe that speaking or messaging directly person to person is the way to make more money. I don’t like it. I agree with everything you describe. Thank you for the awesome post.

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment. I’m glad to hear that the post is of help – yes cold-calls…they are intrusive, inconsiderate, and old-fashioned as far as I’m concerned. I simply cut off the line if I receive one because I think cold-callers deserve it that way, think about it!

  12. Hi Ray, thanks for the very informative article. I think this is just what everyone needs to get their affiliate marketing started. I know Wealthy Affiliate provides everything that we need and the level of help and advice is top class. You can ask any questions at any time and almost immediately you receive helpful answers. It’s the best way to earn commissions. Your guide is perfect for people who have not tried.
    The opportunity should not be missed. Thank you for your advice.

  13. V motivational…..
    I read ur post and can get totally encouraged.
    Happy earning. I will be the next one to follow…..

  14. Hi Ray, great article. To me affiliate marketing is the best way to earn commissions. I know other ways like joining surveys or writing for others but you can only earn temporary income not passive income. I would rather like to have a good income source that provides constant income for years to come. This is to me the only way so I totally agree with your suggestion. Thank you for such an informative post.

    1. Hi Sam, online surveys never let you earn proper income as you know. You’re absolutely right about passive income, and if you want a long term success, the best option is definitely to have a website and stick to your plan. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it.

  15. Hi, I find your article so interesting because I too was nearly trained to be a spammer (?) or hard sell some beauty products in such way that I would never. In the end I just could not follow my coach and left the job. I also lost a few hundred dollars for buying anti aging products that I didn’t think worked. Now I know the only way is that as an affiliate I really have to be myself. I hope I can earn my commissions as much as you earn in the future.
    Thank you for your advice.

    1. Hi Nicky, thanks for sharing your experience. Assuming you were in a network marketing loop, which I’m not personally fond of. Whether you can be totally by yourself AND be persuasive enough is totally down to your natural personality I guess. Blogging has turned out to be the best option for me. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get back to me.

  16. Hi Ray, I was just like you until about 3 years ago, was involved in a spam business. I had no other option and didn’t have a clue about SEO, blogging or YouTube marketing, I just had to carry on to feed my family. I knew all along that it wasn’t an honest business but the time just went by.

    I quit only because I had a good brick & mortar job. I’m desperate to have the freedom to spend more time with my family. Your guide seems so decent and I will follow you.

    All the best to you, take care of yourself.

    1. Hi Ian, thanks for sharing your experience, I appreciate it. If you have time to build your website and start blogging using your spare time, that’ll be a great starting point (I guess you already know that!) I wish all the best to you too!

  17. Hi, thank you so much for your blog. I learn a lot about affiliate marketing. I didn’t understand about spamming 100% but maybe something I should never have to be involved? How can I be sure that I am going to do a legitimate job? What do I need to be careful of to stay safe online?

    1. Hi Kenny, no you shouldn’t be involved with spamming. If you receive an unsolicited email, either ignore it or report it 🙂 The basic ‘rule’ is (as you may have guessed it) to be as honest as you can and think about the benefit for the users and not to try to sell something unless you think it’s worth the money in their eyes. If you need any help in starting up, don’t hesitate to get back to me at any time. Thanks for your comment.

  18. In all honesty anyone can be a spammer without realising it, if you are trained that way things like rinse & repeat. Sending the same message to the same buyers, subscribers because it’s proven to work, it doesn’t work for repeated customers. Your suggestion of making commissions from website is ideal. Good job. keep it up.

    1. Hi Brian, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yes you’re right, ‘rinse and repeat’ – whatever that method is, if it’s a one trick pony it won’t work with the same audience. I appreciate your comment!

  19. Hi, I appreciate your confession about having been a spammer in the past. I know how difficult it is to promote your business without being completely transparent. There is always an element of evasive expression involved when sending swipe emails in an attempt to be brief to novices. I totally understand what it feels like. It’s good to hear you got out of it. I quit my email marketing and moved on to investment which also involves a lot of dishonest activities going on. It is my biggest challenge.

    1. Hi Mohammad, thanks for your comment. I see a lot of email-only marketers who truly believe that their promotional method is genuinely helping others and don’t realize that sending unsolicited emails means spamming. Yes I can imagine it can be tricky in investment niches also.

  20. I have been trying for 3 years but have not earned more than 7-8 dollars. Maybe I need to try your method.

  21. Very encouraging post Ray, well done to you. We all have to learn basics whether email marketing or SEO and organic traffic, in order to start. I would say the beginning is one of the most difficult stages. Once you get going you’ll be carrying on easy.

    1. Hi Dexter, thanks for your comment. Yes as you say, it’s always hard to take the first step. Once you get the feel of it, you’ll start to see where you’re going. Applies to anything in life!

  22. Hi, I appreciate you being so honest about email marketing. I can learn a lot from my past experience as well as from other experts like your experiences. It is very inspiring. What I really want to do is to step up by learning SEO technique and make a constant commission online like you in the future.

  23. Hi Ray, the information is an eye-opener for me, about 3 categories, health, wealth and romance. I feel I should really choose one of them. I’m most interested in the wealth category but I’m not particularly wealthy. Is it something that I can do?

    1. Hi Russell, yes of course. Millions of affiliate marketers promote “make money online” products when they’re not earning themselves (by pretending they are!) There are numerous products that are rather interesting, and there are also some scam products to avoid. If you need any help in starting up, don’t hesitate to get back to me any time. Thanks for your comment.

  24. Your honest review helps me, thank you. I am willing to learn anything to make success. I have set some goals by the end of this year to quit my job. I will take your step by step as much as I can. After I have tried so many products, I believe this is the best way to go. Thank you so much.

  25. Hi, it’s impressive how you are making a success by making so much affiliate commissions. It’s good to know about email marketing. But if it costs so much it’s outside my choice.
    What are your other income, any other possibilities for me to try?

    1. Hi Kingsley, thanks for your comment. Yes, email marketing involves a lot of direct costs (acquiring subscribers) as well as overhead costs (email marketing service, link trackers) so you need to keep an eye on your expenses. My other online income includes some consultancy, a little web designing, it’s becoming less and less now. If you don’t have a skill to sell, for example and cannot think of other possibilities, try creating your website to start with, and I can take you through. Any more questions don’t hesitate to get back to me at any time!

  26. Hi, very informative site. Also thank you for your newsletter, I appreciate your advice. I have also recommended this site to some of my friends as they are desperate to learn to make a success online. It is difficult sometimes if there are too many resources and advice, they can be too complicated to learn. Your advice is the most comprehensive and you tell us what not to do. This is exactly what we need. Thank you.

  27. I appreciate your honest opinions. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I am hoping to earn commissions successfully by building a website.

  28. Hi Ray, I enjoy receiving your emails but I never thought you were sending anything with spammy content. How did you change it and what are you trying to be careful of? Is it just the products you promote in your emails? Some of them are too expensive to consider if I’m honest with you. But I always learn something from you about internet marketing. Thanks, and keep up with good job.

    1. Hi Kristian, thanks for your comment and questions. The bottom line is being honest and sincere about any products that you recommend. And if you’re in a traffic selling business, you essentially promote products on your clients’ behalf whether you like them or not. If it sounded too scammy I had no options but to reject the order, but I would never know what’s behind with each product unless I use it myself. As a reviewer and blogger, it was hard to run two different business parallelly. About some of the products being too expensive…yes you’re right, some of them are for advanced/corporate users, I perhaps need to review them too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it.

  29. Hi darling good to find your site 🙂 Omg you’ve been through a lot haven’t you?
    Good to see you do well! I had to laugh when I read about spamming business, what’s that all about lol?
    Anyway I’ll catch u up soon, don’t get yourself too busy darling!

  30. Hello. Which one should I promote to make sure I receive some commissions. I tried for about 2 years. Unfortunately all I received was about 1-10 dollars every month. I could not make a living with that kind of amount. I need to make sure my online commission is enough to live. Can you tell me the best product please. Thank you.

    1. Hi Abhijit, sorry to hear that you haven’t seen great success yet, but don’t give up, you will work out in time because it takes a lot of learning and persistence. It’s all up to you to decide ‘which products to promote’ because you have to believe in whatever that you would recommend to others, remember? Thanks for your comment!

  31. Hi, earning commissions seems very easy for some, but it takes a lot of courage and the right personality to make it as success….
    Like you, some people decide to learn email marketing but they can go wrong way if they are taught wrong way….
    The thing about it is there are so many things to learn….it is not worth quitting after you have gained so much knowledge….
    Congratulations for carrying on making money by affiliate marketing.

    1. Hi Fergus, there may be a lot to learn but you don’t have to try to take everything in so quickly. In fact many people are overwhelmed by the availability of information. You can just start a simple blogging platform and gradually build it as you learn, then the amount of affiliate commissions will gradually scale up accordingly. You might want to start considering it too. Any questions don’t hesitate to get back to me. Thanks for your comment!

  32. Hi, I like this post very much. Now I know how to earn commission from affiliate marketing. I am craving for success. Please forward me any information to my email. Thank you.

    1. Hi Tushar, thanks for your comment, all the information is on this site! If there’s anything specific that you want to know, let me know, and I can help you as much as I can!

  33. Hi Ray, thank you for your help the other day, I’m making a progress slowly but nicely. But I just read this publication and now I really understood why you didn’t recommend me to try a traffic selling business. It all makes sense now! It’s not only difficult to set up but too many problems by products and people. If they report me as a spammer I won’t be able to grow as an online marketer any longer. I really see what you mean.

    I followed your recent instruction and I have set a 3 months goal, so I’m hoping to start earning Amazon commission first, then I’ll take it from there. Thanks again for your help.

    1. Hi Masaya, it was great talking to you! The primal reason I didn’t recommend a solo ad business is that it requires a lot of investment in the beginning and it will take a long time before you see the breakeven point. Anyway it’s great to hear that you’ve all set up to start a niche marketing via your website. I look forward to visiting your site once it goes live. Good luck! Thanks for your comment.

  34. It’s very brave of you to tell us that you were nearly scamming people. But I will like to congratulate you for achieving a success that you wanted. Thank you for inspirational post.

    1. Hi Arslan, thanks for your comment. But let me be clear – I’ve never even nearly “scammed” people…! What I meant in my post was spamming – sending out unsolicited emails, but what I was promoting on behalf of my clients were always legitimate products. If it was something scammy, I had no option but to refund money and refuse to serve. I appreciate your visit and comment though. Thank you!

  35. Hi, I’m looking to make $10k per month, is it possible by following your method? I was earning a lot until last year by my crypto scheme but it’s now dried up I’m looking for better ways in earning money. I guess I was spamming as well now I realize after I read your article it wasn’t the best method not realizing I was deceiving perhaps I was. Now stopped I need a convincing way to stay online making money. Thanks Augie

    1. Hi Augie, great to hear that you’re searching for better ways to earn commissions online. Yes of course, it is possible for you to make that much of money every single month by running a blog website and promote affiliate products by using your site. Because you’ve been in the email marketing business and also networking (?) already, I have a feeling that you’ll learn new areas very quickly. You can join us and start now? Thanks for your comment.

  36. Hi, I’m impressed how you constantly making affiliate commissions online but how sustainable is it, do you work all day, every day, or do you just spend a few hours… If you reduce your working hours will it affect the level of income ? I guess if that’s the case it’s not going to be passive income, but just roughly I want to get an idea. Thanks.

    1. Hi Dexter, I like exploring a lot of web tools and investment opportunities so I do spend a lot of time surfing the net, and I consider it as part of the…job maybe? I guess if I start to stay away from my laptop for longer hours, then I’ll take less information then, I’ll have less blogging ideas, perhaps. It’s hard to say. The main thing is to enjoy it, of course! Any more questions don’t hesitate to get back to me. Thanks for your comment!

  37. Hey it’s great to be an affiliate an make recuring commissions month after month. You can make a million if you are goal oriented and persistent. Awesome yo

  38. Hi Ray! Thank you for such an informative article. I am hoping to make a passive income from affiliate marketing, I’m willing to do anything that experts suggest, and just found your site. I haven’t decided my niche yet but I find your site so helpful. I’m trying to get my head around this weekend and will start something. I have some questions if you don’t mind,

    1. Hi Premia, thanks for your comment! Great to hear that you’re about to start your niche affiliate marketing. What were your questions? I’ll answer as much as I can. I look forward to hearing from you again!

  39. You never mention good about MLM, what do you think of that. Because I know of many people on Facebook that they post daily about making like hundreds of dollars every day that looks most successful to me. They are working on commission right. It’s a guy called Cameron who tells me the only way to make decent money is from MLM.

    1. Hi Georgia, thanks for your comment. I personally don’t like including multi-level marketing as one of my recommended ways to earn commissions online. Either online or offline, successful people in MLM are aggressive salespeople.

      Also I don’t believe the way they make more commissions each time your referral happens to refer to others, and the referral’s referrals and so on. It means the part of the job is about educating others to sell. If you love that kind of stuff, then perhaps that’s what it is, but I don’t personally recommend it, just like I don’t recommend jobs that I’m not interested, for example working for a call center.

      I hope it makes sense. Whatever you do, I wish you the best of luck. Thanks!

  40. Hey Ray, I appreciate your brutally honest view about spamming. Now I’m clear about how I should earn commissions properly, from a website building, not by sending random unsolicited emails. Too many people do that nowadays, with no malicious intent, but I see there’s almost no effect or whatsoever. I nearly put myself into that trap. Thanking you for that.

  41. Oh man, I wish I had an ongoing motivation like you have, and smart enough like you to make good money online. I’ve been trying for many years and don’t seem to get any closer. What’s your secret mate, also tell me more about guest posting. MP

    1. Hi Martin, I know that you’re doing very well. Have you finally built your website? If so contact me and let me know of the URL, I can help you! I’ve just sent you a detail about the guest post opportunity. Thanks for your visit!

  42. Hi, do you teach how to make a commission by yourself… I would like to have 3 to 6 months for learning then would like to seriously start to make commission because I have too many things around me right now. When it is convenient and if it’s convenient to teach me any time in the evening EST I will appreciate it.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Rosianna, I suggest that you try the steps I explained in the post. I understand you seem to be busy with other things. When you have more time (I would say a good couple of hours each day you can dedicate), check this post again and give me some specific questions, I’ll be more than happy to help you. Thanks for your comment.

  43. Hi Ray, I can learn a lot of stuff from here. I am hoping to make a good success in earning good commission income month after month so that I can leave my day job, hopefully within this year. I have joined CJ and Awin so far but haven’t decided what to promote as yet. I’m busy building my site and there seems to be so much to learn. Your post sure helps a lot, and I have also recommended it to a couple of my friends also. Great job, thanks!

    1. Hi Francesco, ah, I never mentioned in the post is Awin is another good affiliate network, isn’t it…I have an account and receive some commissions from some retailers based in USA and UK via Awin, the network is reliable and it has a lot of first-class brands advertised there. I’m glad to hear the post has helped. Thanks for your comment!

  44. Hi, free version seems perfect to me, I only want to make one site for now, I don’t need two, but I definitely need to receive a good training session for a while. I need to think about spending my money wisely here. Thanks, best.

    1. Hi Nilson, thank you for your comment. As far as the investment is concerned, paying $49 for training AND web hosting is a bargain in my opinion. Yes you could perhaps try the free option, start building your site and see how you feel. Any questions don’t hesitate to get back to me.

  45. Hi, I read your spamming story with great interest. I have had a similar experience in the past. Because my mentor told me that we were targeting stupid people so we had to act simple and dodge these people by sending so many emails. Which was wrong. I am now willing to earn commissions in the most legit way. Your post helps and I just want to say thank you. Edita.

  46. Hi Ray, it was very nice talking to you.
    Thank you very much for your advices. I am not so good to write blog but I am trying my best for 2 years. I am interested in learning about WordPress.
    Also I am interested in Amazon link.
    I will contact you the next 2 – 3 weeks.
    Thank you !!!

    1. Hi Jun, nice talking to you too. It’s great to hear that you’re interested in using WordPress, it’s one of the easiest and most comprehensive website building platforms, and that’s the reason for popularity. Best of luck to you, I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  47. Hi, thank you for such a valuable information. I am desperate to make some commissions online. I have learned about drop shipping business from your other page but while I am learning about the business I would also like to earn money as an affiliate to make some extra income.

    This information is very useful for me as I haven’t tried any online marketing until recently. Thank you.

    1. Hi Maurizio, thanks for your comment. Great to hear that my posts have helped. I’m not sure if trying to earn income as an affiliate “while setting up a drop shipping business” will be the best option though… It takes time to get either of the two going, and trying to do both might simply cause to delay, I’d rather focus on setting up a drop shipping business first. But that’s my personal opinion. Any thoughts or questions, I’ll always welcome, thank you so much, and good luck!

  48. Good advice that we can all use. I am in affiliate marketing but I know how hard it is to earn commissions. First one year I only received about 1000usd combined. It took me more than a year to learn everything.

    1. Hi Grzegorz, thanks for your comment. You know with your dedication and persistence you’re constantly making a progress, and you’ll make a great success in time. Good luck to you. Any questions don’t hesitate to get back to me any time!

  49. Hi Ray, there’s a lot I can learn from this page. I have only started online marketing recently and have hardly made a commission yet, but I know with persistence I can get through this and make a full time living with affiliate marketing like you do. Like you say, it’s important to find a niche that you really love and enjoy what you do. Otherwise you’ll easily get bored after a while and quit. I’m setting a long term target and willing to achieve my monetary goal within a year. You have a great site, thanks!

  50. Please i need help , i want to start up a small scale business. I think in my country we are not allowed certain business or credit cards.

  51. Hello. I have my own business during the day but it’s hard for me to start affiliate marketing using my free time in the evening. I only have 2-3 hours, maybe a little bit in the morning. It will be extremely hard to juggle 2 jobs. How many jobs do you have and how can you manage it please. Thank you.

    1. Hi Dilip, that’s exactly how I started my internet marketing journey. I had a full-time job and I only had 3 hours max. each day to update my websites, sometimes none at all, tried to write a blog while commuting (using Evernote). You don’t have to rush into it, you could start right now, and try to log on to your web platform even just for 10 minutes every day (every single day, that’s the key!) You’ll soon get used to the environment? Give it a try and see what you think. Any more questions don’t hesitate to get back to me. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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