Affiliate Marketing: The 7 Stages of Affiliate Marketing

I’ve helped many affiliates go from super newbies to super affiliates.

I’ve noticed everyone tends to go through the same path. I’m going to break down all the stages in the super affiliate journey.

The benefit is you can identify where you’re at on the spectrum, and see what the main challenges are at each level.

Don’t worry if your evolution is going slower than others. Your goal should be to be better than you were last year, and to keep getting better.

p.s. I was inspired by this article from that I read a few years back. Check it out if you want to see a different perspective on the same subject.

Stage 1: Clueless Newbie

You’ve just discovered the wonderful world of affiliate marketing. Maybe your friend told you about the industry, or maybe you discovered it through Google.

Right now you’re both clueless and skeptical because it seems too good to be true.

Yes you can make millions of dollar a year online, and still have the freedom to travel. The problem is every other multilevel marketing scheme and shitty warrior forum product makes the same promise.

Your #1 goal right now is to find a trusted source of information about affiliate marketing. Reading the wrong blogs or forums can set your progress back by years.

You should be going through the Start Here and Archives of and getting a membership at StackThatMoney.

The most important stage at this level is to avoid misinformation.

Stage 2: First Campaign


You’ve decided to give this affiliate marketing thing a shot.

You have a ton of challenges right now:

  • You have to learn the technical setup: Voluum, a Server, Pixels
  • You need a budget. We’re doing affiliate marketing using paid traffic. You need money to fund this.
  • You’re dealing with information overload.
  • You also have to get over your fear of losing money.

The fact that you’ve even launched a campaign says a lot about you!

Find a solid traffic source / vertical and dive in.

I’d say 95% of affiliates can’t make it from Stage 2 to Stage 3.

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