Case Study :: Getting Started With Affiliate Marketing


Lately we have been having a great deal of discussion surrounding affiliate marketing, as many of us want to be successful and earn four and five-figure affiliate commissions (heck, most of us will be happy with two-figure commissions) but aren’t quite sure how to do it.

In an effort to gain a better understanding of affiliate marketing, we need to explore the steps necessary to getting started and what it takes to be successful. One of the best ways to learn is to roll up your sleeves and get dirty, which is exactly what we will be doing here.

As we begin this case study into getting started with affiliate marketing, I will do my best to walk you through the process that I have used – all the way from the custom scripts that I have been using – to the 3rd party tool that I am using now.

Here is an overview of the topics that we will discuss:

This case study will be a living experiment and will continue to grow as we learn more about affiliate marketing. Together we will explore what does work and what doesn’t work, with the end result being a blueprint that we can all use on our sites.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian H. February 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

I need to come back here often and learn. I really stink at getting visitors. I know how to get a few hundred a day from a forum I frequent. But never get clicks on affiliate ads when I do it that way. The best thing I’ve tried to do so far is just get natural traffic from search engines. Will keep learning and will do so by returning here more often. Now onto click a couple posts above. Thanks.


Frank March 6, 2010 at 10:57 pm

My visitors have no idea how to click on an ad.


Ray May 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

lol at Frank – I know exactly how you feel mate.


Helen Rhinehart July 6, 2010 at 5:48 am

Hi again,
Just a few lines to let u know that I have just started my Website with professionals.””. Please visit google, amazon or expedia (ads with travel or cruises in them). I only get a small commission if you buy something.
I have spent quite a bit to get started and hope I make some money back.
Derek, if you are interested email me or else, click on the banner to find out
how to make money. It may surprise you – but I’m certain you could probably do it yourself, since you already have such great things on your blog. Heken


carmello April 12, 2011 at 7:38 am

yeah am not sure how to add products either am just not getting it please help me out


Lynda May 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I’ll be be referring to these posts that’s for sure. Thanks for sharing. I would be happy making a single figure with my affiliates and I hope to learn how from you. Thank you for sharing 🙂 As always a great help.


Kostas@Online Opportunities August 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

Well the best way to make money by affiliate marketing is to build an email list and send recommendations to your affiliate products together with useful content, it’s much better than just adding affiliate links on your site!

Reply September 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

Good information on this post…in fact the whole site rocks! Need to come back often for a refresher. Thanks!


Robert@p90x November 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thanks Derek. I will enjoy reading over the case study. I plan to go over all six topics covered.
– Robert


Jack@Wall Heaters December 30, 2011 at 3:38 am

I love case studies! Being a newbie at affiliate marketing, I’m glad I found the old posts you’ve shared here. But hey are the ones in the last not published yet?


derek December 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

Thanks for the comment Jack. I’ve not published the remaining pieces yet and as of right now I don’t have a schedule as to when I might address them.


Russ@Michigan Web Design January 14, 2012 at 3:52 am

I’ve always wondered about affiliate marketing but never took the time to look into it further. However you do have some great points from what I’ve read here. I run a small web design/graphic design/web hosting company. Is there any way get into the affiliate marketing field utilizing my existing operation or would starting a new venture be more suitable?


andres April 22, 2012 at 3:48 am

Looking forward to try this out, although a 5 figure montly earning would be nice so i could quit my day job i guess a 2 figure sum will do to begin with. Hope you will continue on this series soon


Kenny@How do I join MCA August 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Excellent blog article Derek! I just recently joined ClickBank. I took note of what you said about “Adding Aff. Products to your site” I’m sure this article will help me. Thanks for the great info keep up the good work!


Erin @ best genesis themes October 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

I’ve had some luck with some affiliate marketing in the past. I think the best thing you can do is find a product that you believe in and start promoting that. I’ve tried promoting products that weren’t quality and failed.


Whitney@Affiliate Marketing October 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Hi Derek, It is true that many of us really wanted to earn multiple-figure affiliate commissions. Well, for me it is possible but it really is tough. It needs dedication of work. Some think that it is so easy. Many people are very fortunate to have this tips on how to start for free. I really like the thought of your article. It makes sense. Thanks for this.


Leave a Comment

{ 9 trackbacks }