How to Build an Affiliate Website That Earns $500 per Month

Affiliate marketing is one of the most common ways that people make money online. There are a virtually unlimited number of products and services that you can promote and earn commissions on, so whatever market or niche you're working in, chances are you can find affiliate offers.


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Taking a step back for a moment, the way affiliate marketing works is you (the affiliate) recommend a product from a merchant, such as Amazon for example. If someone clicks through to buy the product using your special link, you will get credited for the sale and earn a commission.

These commissions can vary from a few cents to hundreds of dollars per sale, depending on the merchant, the cost of the product, the market you're working in and various other factors.

In many ways, it's very similar to working as a commissioned sales person for the vendor, except you can promote the products in many different ways, through whatever method is best suited for your particular situation.

And, you're a completely independent affiliate, of course, so you don't have to worry about working certain hours, showing up at an office for weekly sales meetings or anything else that would go along with a traditional "sales" job :-)

In this article, we're going to look at several strategies that you can use to earn $500 per month (or more) as an affiliate marketer. Then we're going to lay out a step-by-step action plan that you could either follow directly or tweak as you see fit.

Let's dig in…

What Can You Promote?

There are literally tens of thousands of things that you can promote as an affiliate. Anything from books and movies, to common household items right through to heavy machinery and other highly specialized products.

One of the most popular affiliate programs is, where you can earn a commission on virtually everything they sell. Whether you're recommending a book that you read or anything else in their massive product catalog, you can get paid for referring sales to them. 

Of course, there are many other alternatives to Amazon as well. Some of these other programs, such as eBay, offer a wide range of products to promote while others are focused on specific products or services, such as website hosting.

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If you already have a website, chances are you can find affiliate offers that will appeal to your audience. And if you don't already have a website and are looking for ideas for niches that you can work in, you can choose from hundreds of options.

How Much Can You Earn?

This is a question that can't be answered easily. Some products will pay just a few cents on each sale, requiring a lot of referrals to reach the $500 per month mark. Other offers might earn you that $500 with a single sale.

Rather than asking how much you can make, the better way to look at it is what you need to do to earn $500 per month.

The best way to determine this is to calculate how many of something you would need to "sell" each month in order to generate that $500. If the product you're recommending pays you a $50 commission, you would need to refer 10 sales to earn $500. If it pays 50 cents per sale, you would need to refer 1,000 sales.

Once you have some idea of how many sales you need to make every month, you can start to design a plan for reaching that goal.
Let's look at a simple example…

Let's say you have a blog where you write about woodworking. There are lots of different things you could promote that would appeal to readers in this market:

* Project plans
* Tools
* Books
* Instructional DVDs
* Specialty wood suppliers 

Project plans and books would typically pay out up to about $1 per sale based on the relatively low prices. Tools, on the other hand, could pay out much more. If you referred a sale for a $1,000 tool, you might earn $75 to $100 in affiliate commission.

Let's say you choose to promote tools, because of the higher payout. If you earn an average of $75 per sale, you need 7 sales to reach (and slightly surpass) your goal.

That doesn't sound like many sales, but something to keep in mind is that higher priced products don't sell as easily since there is a higher investment required on the part of the buyer. Even though you don't earn as much per sale, you might earn more by promoting a lower cost product.

We're going to look at some strategies for determining what the most profitable option is shortly.

Keep in mind that this is just one example. You can find offers related to virtually any topic - we've included a list of places to look for these offers at the end of this section.

How to Promote Affiliate Offers

There are various ways to promote affiliate offers:

* Via your website
* Through social media like Facebook and Twitter
* Classified ads (both online and in print)
* Purpose-built websites

If you already have a website, you can promote affiliate offers through the site itself, through your email newsletter if you have one, via your Facebook Page and so on. In this case, you would want to go looking for affiliate offers that would appeal to your audience.

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter can be used in conjunction with a website or they can be used completely on their own. If you have a reasonable following on either or both of them, and you've built good relationships with your followers, you can post short promotions along with your affiliate link and generate referrals from there.

In both of these cases, one of the most effective ways to promote these offers is to review products or services that would be of interest to your audience. Ideally these would be things that you've bought and used yourself so you can talk about them with some authority.

Number two, you can link to a page on your own website where you offer the visitor a review, more information about the product or something else that adds value above and beyond the product page itself. You would then link to the product's page from within the content on your own website.

Both these methods will work, but you'll often find that sending the visitor to your own website and giving them more information about the product will be more effective. If they know what they're looking for, it's quite likely they would simply go directly to the product's website in the first place. But if you offer something else of value, they will often visit your site first to see what you have to say.

Purpose-built websites aren't that different from promoting through your own existing website. You will still offer similar things - reviews, tips & tricks for using the products, etc. - but you do so on a website that you build specifically for this purpose.

The website will contain information that is specifically about the product(s) that you're promoting, and it will be built in such a way that everything points your

visitors towards your ultimate goal - getting them to purchase the product(s) you're promoting. We're going to look at this particular strategy in detail in the step-by-step action plan at the end of this section.

Multiplying Your Results

If you want to earn $500 per month as an affiliate, there are some "shortcuts" that will help you reach that goal faster.

High-Paying vs Low-Paying Offers

One of the choices you have that can have a significant effect on your income is whether to promote high-paying or low-paying products.
That doesn't mean choosing between two suppliers for the same thing, one paying more than the other. It means a higher-cost, higher-paying item versus a lower-cost, lower-paying item.

If you can earn $100 per referral it's going to take a lot less of them to reach your $500 goal than if you're only earning $1.

But the purchase cost is also going to be significantly higher, which means less people will buy it on your referral. Which way to go comes down to testing and tracking.

Testing & Tracking

This sounds like a complicated process but it's really not. What you want to do is test different promotions and track how well each of them does to find the one that is more profitable for you. You might just find that the lower paying alternative actually earns you more money in the long run.

For example, let's say you test two promotions - one that sells for $100 and pays you $10 in commission and one that sells for $10 and pays you $1. You recommend the $100 product for one month and refer 20 sales, which generates $200 in commissions.

Then you recommend the $10 product for one month and refer 250 sales, generating $250 in commissions.

In this hypothetical case, the $10 product would be more profitable for you even though it pays less per sale.

Focusing on higher-paying offers can be a good way to earn more, but it's not always a given that you'll earn more this way. Always test different offers to see what works the best.

Two-Tier Promotions

Another way you can earn more income from affiliate commissions without having to do any more work is to promote "two-tier" offers.
Two-tier means that you get paid a commission on any referrals you make, but you also get paid a smaller percentage of any referrals made by the people you refer.

For example, if you refer Sam to a product and he buys it, and then likes it enough to become an affiliate himself, you would earn a smaller percentage of any sales he refers in a two-tier program.

These programs are not as common, and you won't find them in every market, but it's worth looking to see if you can find one in yours. If you happen to refer someone who becomes a successful affiliate, that second tier of commission can add up quite nicely - and you won't have to spend one minute more to get it.

Market Research

There are literally tens of thousands of markets that you can choose from when deciding on a topic for your website and product(s) to promote. For your first project, it's often best to stick with a topic that you have an interest in yourself.

You're going to be creating content for your own website, posting in forums and doing other things that will be centered on the topic. If you pick something purely because you think it can make money, and don't have any interest in it yourself, it can become a grind to have to deal with it. Better to choose something that you enjoy, at least for the first project or two, so you can have some fun while getting experience.

It's even better to pick a topic that you know something about so you'll be able to write about it, but if it's something you're interested in learning more about that's okay too.

If you're having trouble coming up with ideas for a market, try one of these ideas:

1. Go to your local newsstand or bookstore and browse through the magazine section. Look for topics that would be interesting for you to create a website around. If there is a magazine in the market, chances are there are plenty of people interested in it. Magazines aren't cheap to publish, so they're a good indicator of market potential.

2. Browse through the various departments on and look for ideas there. You can use the Amazon Top Sellers page to find their best sellers in various departments, as well as several other lists - top rated, most wished for, hot new releases, etc.


Once you find something you think would be a good topic, you're not ready to start building your website just yet.

First, we need to check and make sure the market is a good "buyer" market. You want to be sure that you're choosing a topic in which people are actually spending money.

The two market identification techniques (magazines, Amazon) will help narrow this down right from the outset, but next you want to check and see whether other people are advertising for it in Google.

If there are advertisers in a market, it's a good sign that there is money being spent. Advertisers won't spend money if they're not making a profit from it, at least not for long.

The next step is to use Google's keyword tool to get some ideas for "keywords" in the market - things that people are searching for on Google.

The keyword tool can be found at 
Enter a general keyword for the market as shown below and click the "search" button.

Let's work through an example. Say your research in the bookstore found the magazine "Cigar Aficionado" and you're thinking of targeting people who enjoy smoking cigars. Amazon has lots of products that are related - humidors, books, cutters, etc. - so there's opportunity there.

When we run the word "cigar" through Google's keyword tool, this is what we get:

google keyword tool

We want to order the list by the most popular, so click on the "Avg. Monthly Searches" title at the top of the third column. Now here's what we see:

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The next step in this process is to check some of these keywords (from column 2 above) to see how many people are advertising on Google. So we go to and search for several of the keywords supplied by the keyword tool.

What you're looking for on Google are paid ads - the "Sponsored Ads" at the top and right side of the results.

Here's the results we get for the above keywords at the time this report was written:

* Cigar Smoking: 0 ads
* Shop Cigars: 1 ad
* Cigar Pipe: 0 ads 
* Best Cigars: 0 ads
* Cigar Humidor: 3 ads

This doesn’t look like a great market to target based on those numbers, but one thing that you need to consider is that Google displays different results depending on where you’re located.

This can have a bearing on how many results you see. If you don’t see many ads for something, you can change the location from the main Google search results page.

Click on the “Show search tools” link and then the “Custom Location” link.

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You can enter a city or country in this box to see results from that specific place.

Another problem you might run into is if you’re not located in the United States,
Google will default to your local version of Google. For example, in Canada, you’ll default to when you run a search.
This can skew your results because you’re going to see results that are more targeted to that country.

If you want to see results from the United States instead, you can use this URL to run your Google search:

If you find a topic like this example that doesn’t have a lot of ads, and you find more by changing locations, it’s up to you whether or not to continue with it.

Personally, I would move on to another alternative and run through the same process until you find one that has more advertisers in general. There’s no sense limiting your potential right out of the gate.
For comparison's sake, I've run the "golf" market through the Google keyword tool and wound up with the following keywords:

* Golf clubs: 11 ads 
* Golf equipment: 8 ads
* Golf bag: 1 ad 
* Golf shoes: 2 ads
* Golf instruction: 2 ads

You can see there are more ads here so this is a more suitable market.

Setting Up Your Website

Once you've picked your market and found a few products that you can promote, it's time to set up your website. There are several steps involved in this process, the first of which is to register your domain name - the address for your website.

Domain Name

For these purpose-built websites, the best option for a domain name is what's known as an "exact match domain" - a domain that is the same as one of the keywords for your market.

For this step, you're going to need to go back to the Google Keyword Tool and make a list of potential domain names. We want to find keywords that aren't too competitive but are still relevant to the topic and types of products you're going to promote.

The keyword tool lets you narrow down your search by filtering the results.

First, click on Keyword Filters on the left-hand side.

google keyword tool

Next, under "Filter Ideas" choose Competition on the drop-down list and check Low and Medium, and for Average monthly searches choose <= 10000 searches:

google keyword tool

This will narrow down the search to keywords that have low to medium competition and somewhere fewer than 10,000 searches every month. This will give you a list of keywords that have relatively low competition but still get enough searches to make it worth pursuing.

Take note of any keywords in the results you get that would make a good domain. Avoid keywords with things like city names, brand names or anything else that is obviously specific to a place, person, event or other things.

You also want to avoid brand names because they are usually trademarked and you could wind up in legal trouble if you use a trademark in your domain name.

In our golf example, this is the list of keywords that we've come up with once we weed out all these other things:

* golf drivers reviews
* golf partners
* golf swing basics
* golf club ratings
* golf swing mechanics
* golf headquarters
* golf equipment review
* golf equipment reviews
* golf gadgets
* golfing news

The next step from here is to run these keywords through a bulk domain checker, which will tell you which of them is available to register.

We recommend Namecheap for domain registrations, and you can find their bulk search tool here:

You can search up to 50 domains at a time. Take the list of keywords you came up with and copy and paste them into the search box. The only catch here is you will need to remove all the spaces first, since you can't have a space in a domain name. So instead of "golf drivers reviews" you would have "".

Click on “Search these extensions” and then go down to the bottom of the page, and click on “check all” and then “uncheck all” and then come back up and select .com, .net, and .org. We don’t want to consider any other extension.

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It's not always going to be this easy to find a perfect domain name, but it’s worth the effort. Sometimes you will find none of your potential domains are available and you have to do some more digging - but it's surprising how often you'll find these "hidden gems" right off the bat.

If you can find a .com available, that’s best, but you could consider .net and .org names also if worst comes to worst.

If none of the domains are available, it's better to go back to the keyword tool and do some more digging than to choose a less-effective extension that might be available. If you don't have a .com, .net or .org extension it makes getting traffic to your website more difficult.


Once you have your domain name picked out and registered it's time to sign up for a hosting account. This is where your website will "live" on the internet.

Think of the domain name as your address, the hosting as your plot of land and the website as the house you build on that land.

There are all kinds of hosting plans, varying from a couple of dollars a month to thousands of dollar a month. You don't need a big plan to get started, but you also want to make sure you don't go so cheap that you run into trouble as your website gets some traction in the market.

We recommend Bluehost as a good entry-level host.

If you're planning to set up multiple websites (or even if you aren’t yet), or already have the need for more than one, their Baby plan is a better option at a little under $2 per month at the time of this writing. It lets you set up multiple websites through a single account.

One of the advantages of Bluehost is the fact that they have various levels of hosting plans so you can easily upgrade to a higher plan as your needs grow. Choose the plan that's right for you now, with some room to grow if you already know you'll need it, but there's no need to get more than necessary - you can make that change when the need arises.

Note: When you sign up for a hosting account, Bluehost gives you the option to register your domain name with them. It's not a good idea to register your domain with your web host simply because if something ever goes wrong, they control everything.

By using a separate registrar like Namecheap, you can easily redirect your website to a new host if necessary, without worrying about it being locked up by the host you're transferring away from.


Once you have your domain registered and your hosting set up, it's time to get your website started. The first thing you'll need to decide is what platform you want to use to build it.

WordPress is our preferred platform, for a couple of reasons. First, it handles all the layout and design stuff so you don't have to think too much about it. And if you ever want to change the design of your site, it's as simple as loading a different theme - all your existing pages will be changed automatically.

The second reason we recommend WordPress is that it creates websites that are more effective for getting ranked in Google and the other search engines. This can help you get more traffic compared to designing your site by hand.

Setting up WordPress is not difficult, but it goes beyond the scope of this article. There are lots of tutorials available online - a simple Google or Youtube search will find plenty, and your hosting provider will also normally have tutorials for you.

Site Structure

Site structure is something you don't need to spend too much time worrying about, but there are a couple of things that you should be sure to do.

First, you should have a "Contact Us" page on your website. It doesn't have to be fancy - just a page that tells your visitors how they can get in touch with you. It could be a form-based system, where they fill out a form and the message gets emailed to you, or it could simply provide your email address.

The second thing you should have on your site is a privacy policy page. This is especially true if you're collecting contact information to communicate with your visitors, whether via email, Facebook or some other method. But it's also important even without those things because you may be doing other things that have a bearing on privacy, such as using affiliate advertising that places cookies on your visitors' computers.

Lastly, you should include some sort of "About This Site" page where you give your visitors a brief introduction to the site, what its goals are, and so on.

These three pages are important from your visitors' perspective, but they're also important from Google's and other search engines' perspectives. They will help build your "trust" score with the search engines, which can ultimately help generate more traffic to your site.

Site Content

The content you add to your website is ultimately what's going to convince your visitors to take action - in other words, click on your affiliate links.

You can create all kinds of different types of content:

* Written reviews of the products you're promoting
* Video demonstrations showing the products in action
* Tips & tricks for using the products
* Buyer's guides for choosing the right product

The more content you have, the better, so you can also combine different types of content on your site.

For example, you might have a video showing a product in action, and link to your complete review from there. The review gives more information about the product itself and then refers the reader to your affiliate link where they can purchase it.

You can target as few or as many products as you want, too. Using our golf example, the website could have new content added on an ongoing basis. When new clubs are released, you could write about them. 

If Tiger Woods releases a new clothing line, that could be something else that gets added to the website.

Over a period of time, the website will continue to grow, with more and more opportunities for your visitors to click one of your affiliate links and generate a commission for you.

Promoting Your Website

"If you build it, they will come" doesn't apply on the internet. There are millions upon millions of websites and if you simply build a site and wait for people to find it, you're going to be disappointed.

To generate any revenue from your website, you're going to need traffic. In other words, real people who are visiting your site and clicking through on your affiliate links.

There are many different techniques for getting traffic,

There's no way we could cover them all in this article, but we're going to look at several that require little or no technical knowledge and can be done absolutely free.


Facebook is a huge potential source of traffic, with over 900 million registered users at the time of writing this. While they offer a paid advertising platform, we're going to use them to promote your website for free. We'll do this through a Facebook Page.

You can create a Facebook Page for your website, or about the topic that you're targeting. This page can be used as a "hub" for staying in touch with other people interested in the same topic.

Creating a Facebook Page is a simple process. When you're logged into Facebook, look in the bottom right corner of the page for a link that says "Create a Page." You might need to click the "More" link to see it.
Once you click the create link, Facebook will walk you through the steps to create the page. There's not much too it, and it is all pretty self-explanatory, so don't worry if you've never done it before - it's quite straightforward.

Once you've created your Page, you can post things to it just like you post things to your own timeline. Anyone who is a fan of your page will see those posts in their timeline.

Getting people to like your Facebook Page (become fans) can be done in various ways:

* Add a link to it on your website so people can "like" your page from there
* Promote it in other places - Twitter, forums, email, etc.
* Interact with other pages that are related to your market by commenting on posts, liking those pages and so on. 

Other people who follow those pages will see yours and a certain number of them will likely click through to check it out and wind up liking it
You can post links to your website, links to affiliate offers and other things on your page and as you get more and more fans, you'll generate more and more traffic to those places.


Twitter is similar to Facebook in that you can post updates and all the people who follow you can see them in their timeline.

You can build your network on Twitter in much the same way as Facebook. Search out other Twitter users who post about the topic that your website addresses. Follow them, reply to their "Tweets" and interact with them whenever you can. Some of those people will follow you back, other people who follow them will likely find you and you will be able to post updates for them to see.

You can post links to your website, affiliate links, interesting stuff you find and anything else that would be of value to them.

These are just a few of the many different traffic generation methods you can use. If you’d like to learn more about the various ways to get traffic,

 I’ve created an excellent article about getting traffic  to your website at, I believe can help you a great deal: Good Luck


Hi, i.m Micheal, the guy behind fastwaystoearnmoney. I share different ways to earn money online. It's possible to make money online, but as a newbie, you will start with $5/month, but as time goes on, and you follow the tips that I share on this blog, you would definitely start to make $300/month

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