As someone who's been immersed in a number of online industries for quite some time, I know a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in this arena. However, just like you, I started at ground zero with little knowledge, but a great deal of passion. What I learned along the way were some invaluable lessons from failure that hurt at the time, but helped immensely in the grand scheme of things.
Since the emergence of affiliate marketing, there has been little control over affiliate activity. Unscrupulous affiliates have used spam, false advertising, forced clicks (to get tracking cookies set on users' computers), adware, and other methods to drive traffic to their sponsors. Although many affiliate programs have terms of service that contain rules against spam, this marketing method has historically proven to attract abuse from spammers.
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It was by pure chance that I was reading an article written by a reporter. The article was about scams but at the end, offered the services of a Canadian Company. The company was called Wealthy Affiliate and they had been in business for 15 years and had at that time over 500,000 members and this somehow looked very serious. Today they have 760,000 members, which means they are certainly doing something right.
Over the month that my site has been live, I've made $8 with with a combo of Chitika and infolinks.. In two weeks... With 24,000 visitors.. Before I get a ton of comments about why I shouldn't have used Chitika and infolinks, shush. Before those, I made $0 with amazong affiliates and ebay partners and Adsense won't approve because of lack of content. But because my site has actually become something special, I don't want to dishonor my work with crap ads that dont pay. So now i've ditched chitika and infolinks, and signed up with cj, maxbounty, amazon, ebay, shareasale, and a few others I cannot remember because I'm slightly intoxicated at the moment.. Basically, I have options as far as ads. The site is based on making the best of old tech, and the article that is doing really well is on Linux, so I'm currently showing primarily ads for a free tablet through maxbounty. Just started those today though. Also showing a few other affiliate links that I've written about and could incorporate. I take pride in the way my site looks and only add ads when they are appropriate and look good. I tell my readers, very clearly and pleasantly, that ads help to pay for the content that they read and to whitelist my site. If the ads are ugly or irrelevant, they don't pass.i've even payed for a few things that I advertise lol.
Great post! I really enjoy your writing style,how you show how to do things step by step and give reasons why you are doing it. I have heard good things about Clickbank and bad. I definitely like the sound of 75% commissions. Your review was very insightful and very informative. I am glad you clarified a lot of questions I had,cleared up. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.
Try to think outside the box when it comes to traffic building. Look at what Jonathan did for his eBook. Instead of using PPC to send traffic to his squeeze page, he set up a contest to give away three Apple iPads. Two iPads will go to the top two affiliates who send the most referrals. However, the the 3rd iPad will be awarded to a random affiliate on a draw based on one entry per referral. By referring a friend to download Jonathan’s eBook, you earn an entry. Refer two friends and earn two entries and so on.
Mark Ling’s AffiloBlueprint course is an amazing affiliate marketing training course, especially for beginners that are serious about making a serious career out of affiliate marketing. In a nutshell, it’s a complete affiliate marketing course that teaches newbie affiliate marketers how to build profitable affiliate sites from scratch. AffiloBlueprint 3.0 offers you a step-by-step guide that focuses on everything you need to know about affiliate marketing and how to make money with it. But in all honesty, it’s only going to work for you if you, if you TAKE ACTION on everything you learn throughout the course.
If you’re serious about making money selling things online, it’s pretty much impossible to not recommend Shopify. The platform gives you everything you need to get your online store up and running in less than a day including a custom domain, beautiful templates (so you don’t need design skills), secure payment options, and they can even take care of marketing and shipping for you. Whether you’re promoting your own products, designs, or curating other products for people in your niche, Shopify is the best option for powering your online store.