You need to start at step 1…

Now I know this might sound ridiculous but trust me, so many beginners do things in the wrong order which sets them up to fail.

So how do you find step 1?

Well you need some type of business plan or “system” to follow. Then do things in order and execute with consistency. That’s the key.

I have a 7 Step System for building successful affiliate marketing businesses, and we will focus on what to do first (Steps 1 and 2).

Watch or read on!

Bonus: Download the 5 Step Blueprint for Beginners which outlines exactly how I personally build successful affiliate marketing businesses. This is the original training guide but you'll get all the new updated training as well.

Before We Begin - Ask Yourself This Question:

Do you want to use some tactic that can't scale or grow you a full time income?

No you don't!

You want a real business you can scale and grow. You want to be able to leverage the power of the internet and earn passive income.

In order to do this, you need the right strategy.

In my 7 Step System,  Steps 1 and 2 are all about strategy.

You need to understand two things to master these steps:

  • Your Business Model
  • Your Platform

What is Your Business Model and How Does it Work?


Your business model is affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing allows you to recommend someone else's products and services, and receive commissions when they're sold.

As an affiliate, you are the middle man. You connect a potential customer to a store, and when they make a purchase and you are shown to be the referrer, you will receive a commission.

For a more detailed explanation of affiliate marketing, check out this guide.

Which Platform Will You Use for Affiliate Marketing?


This is where the big decision comes in.

You need to choose a platform to start with. Here are some common platforms you can use:

  • Website
  • YouTube
  • Social Media
  • Advertising

The strategy that I personally use and recommend is to do affiliate marketing with a website. This is your primary platform and foundation for your business. If it makes sense to branch out to other platforms then that’s fine, however you need to focus on one area first.

In my article Why I Don’t Recommend Affiliate Marketing Without a Website, I highlight a few platforms that people recommend for beginners, but which I feel are not the best options.

When you're just starting out you need to focus on one platform, and I recommend you focus on building a website.

This Quick Summary Covers the Affiliate Marketing Strategy


Are You Interested in Learning the Full 7 Step System?


Remember, the first steps in starting any type of business is to understand what your overall strategy will be.

If you want to be successful with affiliate marketing, I recommend having a crystal clear strategy in place. This is how you "start".

If you want to move beyond step 1 and learn the complete step-by-step system I've used to make a full time income online with affiliate marketing, then I suggest you take my free 4 part video course here: Learn more about the free affiliate marketing course.

Tyler Stokes
Tyler Stokes

Hey I'm Tyler Stokes and I'm the creator of Affiliate Marketing That WORKS. I have been doing affiliate marketing for well over 10 years and have built several online businesses. These days my passion is helping others get started through this blog and my YouTube channel. The best way to contact me is on Twitter.