FREE And Paid Traffic Sources

Last Update: July 18, 2019

At wealthy affiliate, the training is focused on driving organic traffic from search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo through the power of SEO.

That's something I'd continue doing.!

But guess what, there are many other ways we can drive the traffic to our websites using free and paid methods.

There are basically three methods that you can use in order to get started with affiliate marketing.

You can either get started using free, paid or both.

The method that you choose to use will have a direct effect on the amount of time that it will take you to see results.

See it this way, if you lived and L.A but wanted to get to New York, there will be more than one way to do it.

  • If you wanted to get there fast, you can buy a plane ticket, which can cost you money, but you can make it there in a few hours.
  • Or If you wanted to get there and didn't mind how long and how much effort it took you, you can take the journey by foot, which will save you money, but it can be months before you arrive at your destination.

My point is that regardless of the method you choose to adopt, you will have to sacrifice something one way or another.

You can either invest a few dollars to buy tools that can make your job a lot easier and achieve results faster, or you can "save" a few dollars, do everything by hand, sacrifice valuable time and effort, to hopefully see results after months, or even years.

Nevertheless, I don't want to discard either one of these methods, people have made money using both and you will have to decide on the one that adapts best to your goals or current financial circumstances.

In order to help you make a more informed decision, here is a more in-depth explanation or each.

The Free Method

Free methods can take a bit more work and obtaining results can be slower than if you use paid methods, but it is indeed still very possible to create a lucrative affiliate marketing business using free resources.

The real advantage about getting started with affiliate marketing for free is that it can save you a few bucks.

In order to make a free method work, you will have to do it right.

As mentioned, getting started for free will require some patience, as well as a good strategy.

Here is a free strategy that you can use:

  1. Go through the training here at WA and don't stop creating the awesome content on your blog to drive the organic traffic from the search engines.
  2. Create accounts on free social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.
  3. Join multiple Facebook groups related to your niche.
  4. Give as much value as possible to those groups. Don't sell anything at first, simply take time to answer people's questions, like other people's posts, be friendly and create new connections.
  5. Once you have gained people's trust, begin to share links to your own social media.
  6. After you have created a good following on your own pages, you can start promoting affiliate products or services.
  7. Start making some money.
  8. Rinse and repeat from step 3.

You can combine multiple free methods at once.

For example, you can create a YouTube channel, upload great content related to your niche, then post the links to this content on the Facebook groups.

YouTube is not only a great way to get free traffic, but also to build an audience.

You can use Facebook groups in your niche to find out what topics people are most interested in and create blog posts or videos within these interests.

This could be a great way to drive larger amounts of traffic to your content and increasing the possibility of making affiliate sales.

In order to make good money with affiliate marketing by using free methods you will need a very sizable following on your social media pages.

Like I said earlier, free methods can take you a bit longer and involve a bit more work at the beginning, but if you truly don't have the money and don't mind putting in the extra hours of work, it is a great way to get started.

The Paid Method

This is the method that I highly encourage anyone who is capable of making some small investments over time and serious about making bing with affiliate marketing.

Investing some money into your affiliate marketing business will enable you to grow your business at a much faster pace.

With just a few bucks a month, you will be able to get access to tools that will make your life lot easier, and allow You to collect data and reach your goals a lot faster.

The amount of money that you invest into getting started with paid affiliate marketing will solely depend on you, as most of it will be on purchasing traffic.

If you don't intend to buy traffic, you can get started with as little as $10 a month for hosting and a domain (that is free here at WA) then use the free strategy above to drive free traffic to your offers.

Keep in mind that this can still take a lot of work and time.

In order to get started with this paid method, you will need a few tools.

These tools are essential because they allow you to systemize the entire process and pretty much allow you to make money on auto-pilot.

Here are the tools you will need access to in order to do paid affiliate marketing the right way.


This is the product that will promote to earn a commission every time you generate a sale.

These could be physical or digital products and services.

Website or Opt-in Page

The website can be a blog where you write articles about your chosen niche and recommend products within the content of your articles for your readers to purchase.

A capture page also referred to as lander, landing page, or squeeze page is a page specifically designed to capture someone's information such as their email.

Capturing email addresses is extremely important, and a part that you can't leave out of your marketing strategy.

Click Tracker

This is software that allows you to track the number of people that click on your links.

This tool is essential in order to scale your business to thousands of dollars a day as it will help you to identify which offer attracts more visitors than others.

There are many link tracking tools available on the internet like linktrackr, clickmeter, clickmagick etc.


The autoresponder is the tool that will allow you to send automatic emails to the people who sign up to your email list through your landing page.

Once Your online business starts growing, it becomes essential to incorporate the power of email automation as one of your marketing arsenals.

GetResponse, Aweber, ConvertKit etc are a few popular email automation tools that You can use to integrate the email automation for Your business.

Now that you know briefly what you will need, you can go more in-depth on how these tools interconnect and how to successfully use them to create a profitable affiliate marketing business.

Best regards,

Hardik Raval
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DukeDivDoug Premium
Great job Hardikk. Great info
hardikkk Premium
Thank you so much!

Best wishes,
JKulk1 Premium
Thanks for this terrific information. I must admit to not knowing a lot about paid advertising etc. Jim
hardikkk Premium
Thank You :)

I have tried both Google Ads and Bing Ads but honestly abandoned them for now because of the constant investments it required.

Currently, I'm focusing on the free methods, with SEO and YouTube channel being my primary traffic sources.

I'm yet to explore FB Ads, hope will do it one day once I start generating the constant results from the free traffic sources.

Pawar006 Premium
Good you are success .God bless you .regard rohit pawar
hardikkk Premium
Thank you and all the best :)

Pawar006 Premium
Thanks Hardin you are fine you are great regard rohit pawar
hardikkk Premium
My pleasure.!

DarrenNicola Premium
Thanks for sharing with us, it is very good information to know.
Darren :)
hardikkk Premium
Thanks, Darren for your feedback :)

Traffic is something every affiliate marketer struggles to get.

There is a lot of scope beyond SEO, that's something I tried to emphasize in this post.

Best wishes,
LamaRama Premium
Thankyou!! This is a really great clear summary of what is essential for affiliate marketing. Well written!
Thanks again!
Lyndal and Remy 😊
hardikkk Premium
I tried my best to put together the important points.

Hope both of you enjoyed reading it :)

Best wishes,
LamaRama Premium
Yes, great read! :)