A Get Started Guide
For Beginners
In Affiliate Marketing

Are you unsure and exhausted, wasting countless hours and precious time to learn
exactly how to earn money online


Then you are in the right place!

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I put this guide together to help you get started on a better path.

This Getting Started Guide will help you move in a focused direction.

It will take a bit of work on your end, but it will be so worth it in the long run.

What this is not!

This is NOT a get rich quick scheme

This is NOT about gambling in the stock market

This is NOT about selling your own product

This is NOT an MLM opportunity

This is NOT a job where you get an hourly paycheck

A Strategic Approach

Affiliate marketing allows you to work from home or anywhere you choose. You can build up your income from multiple streams and eventually create a passive income.

There’s no limit to how much money you can make. The limits are set only by you. It depends on how much time and effort you invest.

My downfall was that I didn’t learn the strategies and fundamentals of working online.

Success in affiliate marketing is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes knowledge, time, and commitment to start a business. Invest in yourself by joining a marketing community teeming with experts.

I have discovered a better method of training, and I would like to share that with you.

Here’s a snapshot of my profile from Wealthy Affiliate, the marketing community I belong to.

Madison Lincoln (KCSquirrels)

Through this marketing community platform, the training taught me how to set up a website that is now recognized and ranked by Google. Other lessons teach you how to attract visitors and get sales. If you aren’t familiar with any of this, don’t worry. That is the very reason for the training and will talk more in detail later.

Again, the reason for this guide is that I want YOU to succeed too. This is a job that ANYONE can do as long as you get started in the right way. 

My mission here is to help YOU succeed. 

What could be preventing You From Achieving Success?

What could be preventing you from earning an income online?

  • Fear of failure?
  • Fear of getting scammed?
  • Fear of the unknown?

The reasons above are why I started this website, Marmalade SEO.

Remember when I said, “Avoid those who say you can earn income while sleeping?” I, unfortunately, did not avoid those scams. I want to help you NOT make the mistake I already have. It never turned out to be a positive experience.

I got roped into a few scams, and my expectations were so high.

So what did I do when these programs did not deliver?

Don't Quit

I got overwhelmed, defeated, and I quit.  

Looking back, I am amazed by how far I could have gotten if I had found Wealthy Affiliate at the start of my interest in marketing. I would not have thrown in the towel and quit. After quitting, I made my way back to affiliate marketing a little more than a year later. I started over.

This time the right way.

If I had started with Wealthy Affiliate and just kept going, I would have been so much further along.

Quitting puts you right back at the starting line and wastes a lot of your time and money.

You won’t need to quit if you get started the right way.

Like you, I have experienced frustration and doubt from the mass overload of information about getting started in affiliate marketing.

I don’t want you to waste your time or money, so let’s talk about your expectations of affiliate marketing!


You won’t see pictures of me with wads of cash. I live very comfortably in a condo that I own. I travel when I want, although the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t allowed that lately, and I work when I want.

I am an affiliate marketer because I have the flexibility to do what I want when I want. I don’t have to ask a boss for permission to leave early to go to the doctor or any other important appointment. My schedule is mine and not what someone else dictates to me.

I am an affiliate marketer because I love being in an environment that allows for creativity. I’m not sure if you want to sit in an office cubicle all day and stare at the wall, but I don’t.


I’m able to work outside on my balcony when it is a beautiful sunny day. I can exercise in the middle of the day, take my dogs for a walk, or have my lunch at 1:30 pm instead of 12:00 pm.

So, no, I don’t have loads of cash to throw around. But I do have freedom and financial security where I don’t have to worry.

But it does not happen overnight.

The money did not roll in at first.

I’m telling you this because I want your expectations to be realistic. You may be tempted by people who claim their programs can have you start earning $1k a day within a week. Don’t take the bait. I know because I already did.

Don’t get sidetracked with those scams!

You will waste your time and money, and most likely, you will end up starting over…..getting frustrated…..and even quitting.

I want to show you a better way. Then, when you are ready, let’s start making one awesome website. (Don’t panic about building a website. It’s super easy. I’ll show you in a bit.)

The “Earn Money While You Sleep” programs are distractions. They undoubtedly will lead you down the “rabbit hole” and leave you feeling disappointed.

Let’s talk about how to get you going in a better direction. Let’s start there first.

The Basics of Making Money Online

Let me briefly take you through the process of how affiliate marketing works.

  • You think of a topic that you’re interested in and has products you can review, recommend or talk about in some way
  • You create a website around this topic
  • You partner with affiliate programs (there are an abundance of programs and it is a simple process)
  • You blog about your topic, give reviews, help people answer questions
  • You insert your custom affiliate link in your blog
  • Your readers click on your links and buy the items you recommend
  • You earn a commission from the affiliate program

Companies need affiliate marketers because we have a positive impact on their sales numbers. People are already searching for the products that you will write about. You can give you a review of the product, and your reader can determine if that product is a good fit for them.

Then, you earn a commission for a product you believe in and truly enjoy writing about.

I would consider that a WIN for both your reader, you, and the company!

Endless Opportunities

There are so many opportunities to earn money online through affiliate marketing.


Because there are 5.6 billion searches every day through Google, I haven’t even included other search engines like Bing and Yahoo.

And what are those billions of people doing? Besides watching videos of squirrels and kittens? They are searching for help with their questions and problems.

Almost everyone has typed a question into Google?

Just the other day, I typed in “how to get ink out of a shirt.” I had an answer in mere seconds (and hairspray is the best method, in case you’re wondering). Once you know what people are searching for around your topic, you can be their solution to their problem.

Because there are billions of people searching online for solutions, that means the opportunities are endless. Only the sky and your imagination are the limits.

You will want a great website because people will come to YOU for your opinion, review, and informational write-ups.

Once your site has gained some authority, you can partner with products and services you believe will help your audience. The best part is you will earn a commission from their purchases.

Do you see the unbelievable income potential here?

Don’t Know How to Make a Website, No Worries!

The tutorial to build your website is step-by-step.

You will learn everything about how can set up your website to be live and up and running in a matter of minutes.

You absolutely don’t have to be a computer techy. I know because I had zero computer skills when I started my website.

Step-by-Step you are guided through:

  • Picking a domain name (this is the name of your website)
  • Choosing a theme for your site
  • Getting your site up and running (this is done with a push of a button and takes just seconds to complete)

We’ll talk about this in a bit. Rest assured that I will take you through the process.

You Can Do This, Don’t Worry!

One great thing about affiliate marketing is absolutely anyone can do it.

 You. Can. Do. This. 

I have seen everyone from stay-at-home moms, retirees, students at college, and so many more become successful in affiliate marketing.

Everyone begins at the same place—the starting line.

When I first started, I didn’t know ONE THING.

But it will be so much easier than you thought.

But first, you have to START, work consistently, and continue to learn new skills. All this is so much easier with the support of the Wealthy Affiliate community.

A Community of Support

At Wealthy Affiliate, you are NEVER alone. Thousands and thousands of people in the community are always willing to lend a hand, answer a question, or chat!

You can always find my profile ( I’m KCSquirrels) and send me a message there. Or you can send me a private message (for Premium Members).

There’s also the Help Center if you have a technical issue or Live Chat, which always has people willing to help answer questions.

I always recommend starting with the Free Membership because you can see if you like Wealthy Affiliate and affiliate marketing before investing any money into it.


You can also “Ask a Question” to the community members. You can set up alerts so that you’re notified by email when you get an answer. 

You can blog to the community about your affiliate marketing journey. We love success stories!

Let’s Get Started

Wealthy Affiliate can guide you step-by-step to create your website, get it running, and earn income from start to finish.

Everything you need is right inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform. You can:


Purchase a domain name (there is also a free option)

Web hosting services

Write and publish content right inside the platform

Ask for help any time of the day or night

Discover solutions to your questions in archived content

Watch LIVE and recorded tutorials from experienced Premium members

Get support and chat with other members

Let’s go into even more detail about what’s provided at Wealthy Affiliate.

View here how to get started with a free starter membership account so you can follow along.

Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam and will not trick you into purchasing a membership. No credit card is required. And, you won’t have to stand on your head and solve a calculus problem to find the area inside the platform to cancel if you decide to.

Not a free trial. Your membership is a Free Starter Membership. This means you can stay a free member as long as you wish. 

There are many valuable resources inside Wealthy Affiliate, but I’ll take you through the basics that will help you get started.

What is Affiliate Marketing all about

Step 1

Choose an Interest

Sometimes choosing an interest can be overwhelming and seem complicated. The training inside Wealthy Affiliate will help you nail down your niche easily if you don’t already have one in mind.

You can choose any interest, passion, or topic, even if you have no experience in those areas. I suggest choosing a topic that inspires you. Again, the step-by-step training explains exactly how to choose an interest you enjoy and profit from.

Step 2

Build a Website

Wealthy Affiliate features an easy-to-use platform to build a fantastic-looking website.

Anyone, even with no tech or coding experience, can build a website in under one minute. Yes, it is that simple.

I may be repeating myself, but Wealthy Affiliate makes building websites easy.

In fact, this site you are on right now, Marmalade SEO, was built through WA. It took me just seconds and a few keystrokes for the site to go live.

If you would like to view how quickly building a website can be, take a look at the video demo.

Let me take you through the steps of how building a website works.

Choose a domain name. 

You can choose a FREE domain right through Wealthy Affiliate, or you can use a domain that you already own.

You can also purchase additional domain names through Wealthy Affiliate. 


You’re gonna go nuts by how quickly you can build your very own website in about 30 seconds.

Name your site. 

After you pick a domain, you will give your site a title. Don’t worry. This title can be changed if you like later. So, don’t overthink this part too much right now.

When you decide on a site name (it will tell you if it is available), enter the name again in the “Enter a title for your website” area.


Choose your theme/design.

There are over 4000 themes to choose from! It can be overwhelming, but pick one that you like and try it out.

If you decide you don’t like it, you can always change it later!


Click the button to build your site. 

All you have to do is click the button, and your site will be live in a matter of SECONDS. Easy, right?


Step 3

Attract Visitors

This step is crucial. You may have heard that getting the right traffic to your website is the lifeblood of your business. This saying is absolutely true! The tutorials will show proven ways to drive free traffic to your site right from the start.

Wealthy Affiliate outshines other programs when it comes to teaching methods to attract visitors.


Because others fail with outdated tactics or, even worse, convince you to spend heaps of money to buy visitors.

Spending money to get traffic is not necessary.

There is A Lot of FREE traffic out there, so Wealthy Affiliate focuses on showing you how simple it is to get it.

Step 4

Earn Revenue

Earning revenue is the best part and my absolute favorite step.

When people visit your website and make a purchase, you can earn income.

There are collectively over 550 MILLION products and services that you can promote as an affiliate marketer.

There are numerous ways to monetize your traffic online, in addition to people purchasing through your affiliate link.

Wealthy Affiliate’s track record can speak for itself.

Here’s what others are saying about this program.

Recap of What We Have Covered, So Far

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All This is included.

I like the idea of trying out a business before spending a dime! Don’t you?

You don’t need to pay anything or give any credit card information.

With the free starter membership…

  • NO credit card needed
  • Stay FREE as long as you want
  • Full Premium benefits for the first 7 days
  • Receive 1 free website with secure web hosting
  • View the first lessons for the Online Certification Course and the Affiliate Bootcamp Course
  • 30 searches per month with the best keyword tool Jaaxy to find those magic keywords that will bring people to your site.

2 important (but easy!) steps when you begin your free starter membership

  1. Upload a profile picture. It doesn’t even have to be of yourself, but we’d love to see your face!
  2. Enter a profile description. We want to get to know you better!

People who do these two things are MORE likely to succeed than those that don’t. Why? Because members can get to know you better. And it shows that you’re engaged and ready to do this!

You will not find this quality of training anywhere, plus the support is phenomenal! You are moments away from accessing this powerful training and community of support. The best news is you can get started today.

Don’t miss out!

Please message me at @KCSquirrels to let me know you got started.

There’s something to be said for those who make decisions quickly and act on them right away. It shows that you’re willing to try something out to better your future.

When you act quickly, you get the momentum going until you create your success. When you put things off, those are the things that start to fade into the back of your mind.

Of course, it’s totally your choice whether you start right now or not. I’m not here to force you to do anything you don’t want to do. But, I am here to push you out of your comfort zone a bit because that is when growth happens.

Does all of this seem strange and a little scary? That’s a good thing! When you tackle new, scary things, you grow. You learn. You achieve. You accomplish.

And you’ll eventually say to yourself, “Wow, I should have taken this step a long time ago!”

Interested in affiliate marketing?

Here are the Next Steps that will get you Going!

  1. Click the button below to create your free starter member account
  2. Upload a profile picture.
  3. Write a profile description.
  4. Click Training on the left side of your screen –> Online Entrepreneur Certification –> Getting Started
  5. Come find me and let me that you got started! (I’m KCsquirrels)
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