Personally, I feel that affiliate marketing will never die regardless of what Google does – Because Google is not the only traffic source in the world. I work directly with the vendors as their main affiliate because I push around 1,000 – 1,500 leads per day – vast majority of the leads being on advertising platforms other than Adwords. The only way I see affiliate marketing coming to an end is if there is some sort of Governance of the Internet by the United Nations – or something freaky like that. As long as there is advertising platforms with great inventory, the right affiliates will never let the industry fade away. My primary point being – that SEO or Paid Placement (PPC / PPA / Media Buys) will never “die”. It’s out of Google’s hands!


Affiliate marketing is commonly confused with referral marketing, as both forms of marketing use third parties to drive sales to the retailer. The two forms of marketing are differentiated, however, in how they drive sales, where affiliate marketing relies purely on financial motivations, while referral marketing relies more on trust and personal relationships.[citation needed]
The easiest way to find out the legitimacy of any affiliate program or training course is to Google it. If it's a well known scam, you will more than likely see reports about it online. If you can't tell just by searching for the name, try searching for variations, such as "[affiliate program name] scam" or "[affiliate program name] ripoff." You can also search for "[affiliate program name] reviews," etc. 

In Honolulu, walking down the main street near Waikiki one evening, there were several people (mostly older kids) approaching people and asking if they wanted to shoot guns. If they said yes, they got a marked coupon for entrance to the shooting gallery. Those kids were "Affiliate Marketers" who got paid for every coupon turned in with their code on it.

Even if they sign-up with an online course they refuse to follow the training. Creating a plan and following the necessary steps are things they don’t consider important. The main reason for that kind of behavior is laziness and an attempt to avoid the time investment that is absolutely necessary. Affiliate marketing requires careful planning and the will to learn. People with that kind of mentality will give up after 6 months blaming everyone else for their failure.
If that’s all you’re aiming for, then you shouldn’t have any problems. As long as you choose a market with enough consumer interest. The poll represents mostly CPA arbitrage affiliates. To earn the big money, paid traffic is your best friend. But yes, $1000/day is a pretty standard target for CPA affs. You have to set your targets high because the business is so volatile.
As this article aims to cover affiliate marketing for beginners, here’s a little example for you. So, let’s assume John is an affiliate. He has a website which is all about skateboarding. On it, he has a blog where he shares videos of his latest stunts, pictures of the parks he’s visited, and in-depth reviews of the best and worst skateboards he’s ever used.
Where do you start?!? This is the age of the INTERNET! There are simply piles and piles of free resources at your disposal. In fact, if you sign up for my free 7-day affiliate marketing e-course, you’ll be up and running in just one week from today. You’ll have a business plan and your very own website ready for success. From there, all you have to do is feed your awesome new website fresh content. Just 2 or 3 pages per day will be enough to see success within’ 6 months.
Thanks Nathalie! And glad to see you came over from AONC 🙂 When done the right way I think affiliate links in context are much less intrusive and offensive than having ads on your sidebar. The average non-tech reader probably wont even know its an affiliate link anyway. So just by doing everything you’ve already been doing, you can switch out links, and probably make a nice side income!
Another interesting example of how things have changed. Approx 10 years ago, everyone had small simple landing pages on Google Adwords, this was the thing and it worked well. Until one day, Google had enough and started suspending people for this, the ones who could adapt did and found other traffic sources, the ones who didn't were forced to look for a job.
Affiliate Marketing is process of promoting someone else’s product in exchange for the commission. These can be digital or physical products and there are literally 10,000’s of affiliate programs (free to join) and MILLIONS of products that you can promote as an affiliate. It in essence allows you to enter any niche/vertical online and creating a business within it, without ever having to carry any inventory, deal with shipping, returns, or support for the actual product.
Great post Kyle! I appreciate the honesty and straight forwardness. Sometimes I feel as if honest and straight forward people are a dying breed. There are still a few of us out there and we will need to keep hustling and pushing forward to reach as many people we can so that we can reproduce more of us. I’m sure a lot of people want to be honest and have an honest business but they just get turned because of the majority. True leaders will be alive forever.

I was scammed recently by a site that ‘paid’ for referrals….it was a front for a ‘referral spam’ site that changed names every time you reached the payout level! Then, to make it worse, it used your own sites against you! It took some doing to get it out of my sites back office….lol. A lesson I won’t forget. Apparently, a lot of it comes from RU links….be forewarned.


Your article makes for a very interesting read Radhika. Over several decades now I have engaged in Entrepreneurship marketing my own inventions/publications, as well as Affiliate Marketing for Health Food Companies such as GNLD, Symmetry, Herbalife, a.s.o. There were no established courses in Jamaica at the time of my commencement. Having gained experience and being petitioned with requests for help, I am trying to help some people, locally, who wish to sign up for the courses which I am fleshing out with selected sign-up offers of a legitimate nature for test driving practise. Few people are funded to the level of appropriate sophistication expected in the U.S.A., but well intentioned ones, such as myself, can make a difference by providing preliminary training which can then be 'fleshed out' at your U.S.A. levels, should the Course Participant wish to follow through. I intend to offer your fine programme to my students as soon as they arrive at the appropriate level to benefit. Part of the problem in Jamaica is linguistic difficulties due to the Jamaican dialect/language which can be taxing when local students attempt foreign courses structured in the Standard English Language that they are unfamiliar with at home. I have taken due note of your scam commentary and hope that will not reflect on our local efforts which are not based on 'solicitation'.

On the other hand, they may need longer to think about it. Perhaps they’re waiting for payday, or they’re not quite sure yet whether they prefer the blue one that they also spotted while browsing around the advertiser’s site. They may go away and come back in a couple of weeks’ time, no longer able to resist the urge to blow their wages on a better board.

Another interesting example of how things have changed. Approx 10 years ago, everyone had small simple landing pages on Google Adwords, this was the thing and it worked well. Until one day, Google had enough and started suspending people for this, the ones who could adapt did and found other traffic sources, the ones who didn't were forced to look for a job.
Affiliate marketing will be around for as long as reviewers are needed. Whether you’re listing the best toasters to use or the best budget laptops, there’s always a chance that you can continue to grow big as an affiliate marketer. To help you out, we’ve put together a few of the most useful tips that will catapult your career and get you off to a fantastic start.

Great article as it gets me thinking about the various ways to monetize my sites. With that said, my biggest hurdle has been how to get started building traffic. You see articles all over the net talking about massive traffic techniques, but I’ve never really found a guide for a fresh blog/website and how to get to their first 100, 500, or 1,000 daily uniques. Of course writing consistent quality content is key, but writing alone an audience does not make. Any tips or articles to point us to? Thanks again Sean!
Hi Tommy. I vet the programs listed on my site and eliminate the ones that people make complaints about. But its important for you to also use your due diligence when you choose a program. Google the name of the company followed by queries such as “complaints” and “fraud” and “scam” to see if people are making accusations. You can also contact their affiliate manager directly to ask questions. If you can’t locate an affiliate manager that is definitely a red flag. Finally, diversify into a few different companies so you can compare them. Hope this helps. Sincerely – Bill
Bloggers use different channels outside of (but not excluding SEO) to drive new traffic and business to their websites and build solid relationships with their readers through shared opinions that are either original, said with conviction or as a proven expert in their field. They rely on building a following through social channels, newsletters or RSS feeds, search, conferences, online and offline PR and even good old word of mouth. All in all, they don’t put all their eggs in one basket.
Varies from not at all to hugely important. Social is a great way to drive traffic in the early days before google shows you love. It is also a great way to connect with a reader on a different medium whether that be through pictures (instagram), short news updates (twitter), solving problems that users are facing (quora/reddit), or videos (youtube) Not all social media is going to be relevant to your audience, but you could leverage any social medium on it's own to drive major traffic and to connect with an audience you might not otherwise be able to sell to just by appearing in google. And let's be realistic, diversification of traffic is important - if you are relying on a single source, and it dries up, you don't get paid.
Great stuff here Sean – thanks for all of these insights and sharing some best practices when it comes to affiliate marketing. I’ve never been comfortable giving it a shot, but after reading this post and your perspective on how and when to do it, I may just have to give it a try. Especially considering I’m already mentioning and recommending services and products on my site, I’m just not getting the potential rewards associated with doing so. Thanks again.
To become a decent affiliate marketer that can build profitable websites, you’ll need to develop at least a basic understanding of all of the following subjects: Building a WordPress website, writing high quality content researching niches and keywords, website usability, conversion optimization, email marketing, interpreting analytics, and more. You can absolutely “earn while you learn” and begin making money before you have a thorough understanding of ALL of these topics, but becoming a successful affiliate marketer will ultimately require you to gain experience in all of these at a minimum.

With the ability to rank organically in search engine queries, bloggers excel at increasing a seller’s conversions. The blogger samples the product or service and then writes a comprehensive review that promotes the brand in a compelling way, driving traffic back to the seller’s site. The blogger is awarded for his or her influence spreading the word about the value of the product, helping to improve the seller’s sales.
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