What Skills Do I Need For Affiliate Marketing?

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If you are familiar with my website / blog (click here) you will know that here at Work For You, we look at ways to make money online and how to make money work for you instead of you working for money. Today’s post will concentrate on the question what skills do I need for affiliate marketing?

First, I want to congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on affiliate marketing. There are many scammers out there and you need to know whether affiliate marketing is for you. Well, you have come to the right place. I have been one of those unfortunate ones who has been scammed and lost money. So Hopefully at the end of this article you will be more aware and will hopefully know if affiliate marketing is for you and if you have the skills.

What Is Affiliate Marketing? – The Key To Quitting The Rat Race

First, before we get into the question what skills do I need for affiliate marketing, we need to know what affiliate marketing is. If you already know what affiliate marketing is then you can pretty much skip this paragraph and move on to the next one.

According to Wikipedia:

Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.

Or in simpler terms, promote other people/companies products/services on your website/social media pages and get paid a marketingcommission for every sale you make. I also have dedicated page explaining the process of affiliate marketing and I have done this via imagery and a YouTube video for ease of research. To view this page click here.

Examples Of Affiliate Marketing

So, lets say your niche (if you are unsure what a niche is please click here) is in the beauty industry. You simply join an affiliate network that sells beauty products and then promote products on your website / social media platforms. Let’s say your website has a blog or online shop, once your website gets traffic and people buy things from your site, you get paid a commission from the affiliate network for your efforts. The customer will clock buy on your site and then be redirected to the company whose product your are promoting site, where the customer will then complete their order. The beauty of this is you do not have to have any stock and do not deal with any returns or potential problems that may come (hopefully not) with the order.



What Skills Do I Need For Affiliate Marketing?

So here comes the million dollar question. What skills do I need for affiliate marketing? Well believe it or not, very little skills are required. When I first looked into and started affiliate marketing I was sat thinking how can this work for me as I only know basic computer skills. However, that doesn’t matter. See below a list of skills and requirements needed

Skills / items needed for affiliate marketing:

  1. Laptop/computer/iPad/smart phone

obviously in order to manage a website and social media pages you will need one of the above. My suggestion is to get a laptop as writing content and managing a website can be difficult on a phone / tablet. Don’t be fooled into thinking you must have an Apple Mac or a very expensive laptop. Yes, the Mac is great for content editing but I started with and still have a simple £250 Lenovo laptop this as good as anything to start with.

2. Internet connection

Of course, you will need an internet connection in order to create a website etc. No internet connection? No problem, pop down to your local library or coffee shop and watch the world go by while you create your masterpiece website. Free Wi-Fi

3. A niche / passion

As previously mentioned you will need something to write about. This can literally be anything. There are hundreds of thousands of affiliate networks out there so don’t ever think your niche may be to broad or wild (the wilder the better, less competition). I recommend your niche is something you know a lot about and have a passion for. This way creating content will be easier than if you just choose a high commission product. The easier it is to create more content, the easier it is to get converting traffic to your site.

4. A training platform

I started my affiliate marketing journey with a great and highly recommended online business building platform. That platform is called Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy affiliate help train you in regard to everything related to starting your own online business from building website(s) and creating social media platforms to driving traffic to your site.

Wealthy affiliate give new affiliate marketers a HUGE head start in marketing and the best thing is they offer a FREE membership, which I highly recommend you take advantage of. I will provide a link at the bottom of this list for you.


5. Skill #1 – Patience

This is probably one of, if not the most important skill needed. There are far too many marketers and online ‘gurus’ online promoting a ‘quick buck’. If you haven’t heard it before please hear this, there is no such thing as a get-rich-quick scheme. If there was such a thing lets be honest, every ma and his dog would be doing it. Affiliate marketing can take a bit of time for your website to start converting however, once it does, you will wonder why you didn’t start sooner.

6. Skill #2 – Persistence

Persistence is probably the second most important skill required when it comes to affiliate marketing. There will be days when you think what is the point or why am I not making money yet. We have all been there (myself included, many times). However, if you keep pushing and keep believing I can promise you, you will achieve.

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Skills Overview

What’s great is looking back at the skills list, skill wise, all you really require is patience and persistence. How great is that. Just think, all you need to create a successful online business in affiliate marketing is 2 day to day life skills. Also, with affiliate marketing you can train and work in your own time so if you only have 1 hour, 5 hours or 15 hours a day you can make it work for you. I started off with just roughly 2 hours a night!

My Final Thoughts

As mentioned, bar the items required e.g. laptop etc, all you need is a good attitude and 2 key life skills to become successful in affiliate marketing.

If you want to change your life today and start online today and make a success of your online business and take advantage of many benefits such as:

  • Passive income
  • Be your own boss
  • Work from anywhere that suits you
  • Spend more time with your loved ones
  • Start an online business for FREE!!
  • and many more…

Simply sign up to Wealthy Affiliate today for FREE HERE.

Why not take a look at my Wealthy Affiliate review (click here) and also my Wealthy Affiliate training review (click here) and start your online business journey today!!!




10 Responsesso far.

  1. Yoana says:

    Hi Russ,

    Thank you for your review. I agree with you, patience and persistence are the most important qualities and skills one can have in order to succeed as an affiliate marketer. Keep up the good work.

    Kind regards,

  2. Andrea says:

    Hi Russell,

    you definitively gave a very good overall idea about what everybody can expect from Affiliate Marketing.
    I agree with you on everything and appreciate your focus on patience and persistence. If someone is starting from 0, it takes time to learn all the needed skills.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day,

  3. Emily says:

    Hello Russell,

    You gave a well described outlook on what to expect with Affiliate Marketing. I agree with you that patience and persistence will help you achieve the financial goals you aspire to reach. What you put in is what you’re going to put out. I joined Wealthy Affiliate 2 months ago after visiting your page and I am so grateful for you post and help.
    Kind regards,


  4. Tom says:

    Hi Russ,

    I really enjoyed reading this article as I am still getting to grips with affiliate marketing. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to master, and that is exactly where I want to get to. I want to be able to master it.

    I will definitely take into account your recommendations in your article and if I have any questions then I will get in touch.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,


    • Russell Amos says:

      Hi Tom, thanks for your comment. Ive just had a look at your website and it looks great. you are creating great content I am sure, if you aren’t already, that traffic will be hitting your site. Keep up the hardwork and be succesful.

  5. Jason Kang says:

    I am a beginner in affiliate marketing, and I am highly interested in learning about it.
    Like you, I also believe both patience and persistence are the two most crucial skills. By the way, it will be essential to be heading in the right direction, because all the efforts might be fruitless and wasted otherwise. As a beginner, I am working on my affiliate marketing with patience and persistence.
    I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate (WA), and WA has provided me with all the necessary guidelines.
    Thank you for introducing affiliate marketing.

    • Russell Amos says:

      Hi Jason, thank you for your comment. I have had a look at your site and it looks great. So much so I will be looking at some options to purchase to read to my kids. WA is a huge help isn’t it? They get you started and are there for you all the way through your journey. Stay patient and reap the rewards.

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