The question arises all the time about how to learn cpa affiliate marketing and what is the quickest way to get started.  Most of the time people have no clue what the abbreviations CPA stand for: Cost Per Action.  Let me explain this in the simplest way possible.

One of the easiest ways to make money online is by starting out with CPA affiliate marketing.

Why do I say this?


I say this because in order to get started you do not need:

  • A website
  • A product
  • A sales page
  • Any technical skill or jargon

To break things down, it really boils down to two things that you need: Traffic and a Converting offer.

It’s ALL About the Traffic

Traffic will play a huge part in your success with CPA affiliate marketing.  It will dictate the way your offer converts just because of the sheer fact that you do not want to get traffic from a kids source and send it to a Viagra offer, do you?

One of the best ways to get traffic is to get paid traffic.  It’s pretty instant and you can start to see results that same day on your offer.

Some good paid traffic sources are:

  • Facebook Ads
  • Google Adwords
  • Bing Ads
  • Private traffic sources on various websites that you may browse

Now, those are some really good traffic sources to use if you are willing to spend money BUT what if you want to save some money and try free traffic sources?

You have options which you can roll with as well:

  • Blogging (Create your own blog or be a guest blogger)
  • Article Marketing
  • Social Media (Tweet, Post on Facebook Groups, Use LinkedIn Groups, Instagram)
  • These are just a few options to use

Getting Accepted Into CPA Affiliate Networks

There are some really great Affiliate Networks out there that you can join and start promoting offers almost the same day.  A great resource to do some research on these companies is to go to

  • NeverBlue
  • Above All Offers
  • MaxBounty
  • NamOffers

Of course, there are some people who think answering a couple of questions to get accepted into certain networks is worse than death.  They think that they will get turned down.  Even though getting turned down may happen in some instances, it’s far and few in between.

Certain networks look for certain criteria as most Affiliate Managers already want someone who is competent and knows what they are doing.  They don’t want to spend their entire day holding someone’s hand, so the screening process might seem a bit intense for some.

When filling out the application and as you are expecting that phone call back, don’t panic!

You’re human and you are talking to another human being on the other end of the line.  Let them know you are just starting out if you are or that you have some experience and want to test some offers from their network.  Just remember, the first step to getting accepted into an Affiliate network is applying for the network.  🙂

You can let the Affiliate Manager (AM) know that you plan on using paid traffic sources on the offers (Just reference some of the sources in the above post).  This will give you some momentum with getting accepted as they understand that you are spending money to make money, which in their eyes means you are not a newbie.

Ok, so now you need to choose an offer.

How Do You Choose A Offer

As you are logged inside the Affiliate Network, you will be able to search different verticals for offers.

  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Email Submits
  • Gaming
  • Plus many more…

When you are promoting a CPA offer, you want to make sure that there is a good demand for your offer.  Remember in school when you learned about, Supply & Demand in Economics class?  Same rules apply here.  You may want to shy away from an offer if it’s in low demand and high supply.

You can gauge the demand for a CPA offer by checking the search volumes for the most relevant keywords.  This will be important if you are using Google Adwords or another PPC platform.

A free tool to use that is great is Google’s Keyword Planner and Google Trends.  What you are looking for within these two tools are the “search volume”.  You can adjust the numbers as you see fit as not all the time a keyword with 200 searches a month will not be a bad option if it’s very laser targeted to a market who has disposable income.

Another indicator if an offer is converting well for other affiliates is to look at the EPC (Earnings Per Click) from within the network or ask your AM.

Affiliate Managers are a great resource to have on your side as they know what’s hot and happening and can also give you a bump in your payout if you are performing well or to match another Affiliate Network.  Remember, YOU are that Affiliate Networks biggest asset. Without YOU promoting offers and generating clicks and producing money for you and that Affiliate Network, there is no win-win opportunity.

Hope this helps you with getting started with learning how to learn cpa affiliate marketing.  Stayed tuned…

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About the author


Gregory Baskin is founder of, a website created to help the frustrated entrepreneur with creating online businesses, utilizing social media and other avenues available to generate the results they want. Greg consults with many online business owners and marketers and students helping them get the results they need. Greg is a expert at using the power of the internet to coach and teach his expertise and skills to others.


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