My first suggestion? Don’t start a coupon site. Affiliate managers are sick to death of reviewing affiliate applications where 80% of the new applications are pop-up coupon sites that are trying to get into the market. If you’re coming in now, you’re way too late. Merchants do not need 100+ coupon sites. They only need a handful of selected ones to get the job done.
Most businesses require startup fees as well as a cash flow to finance the products being sold. However, affiliate marketing can be done at a low cost, meaning you can get started quickly and without much hassle. There are no affiliate program fees to worry about and no need to create a product. Beginning this line of work is relatively straightforward.
Content is king, people look for value and entertainment and reward those who can give one (or both) to them by signing up to their lists, consuming their content and eventually buying products as well. Its definetly a tough job: providing a ton of free content, establishing a relationship with your audience, being helpful and seeing the whole thing as a longterm venture.

I tried out affiliate marketing a year ago and had absolutely no results. But because I am into self-development and I love sharing this information with other people, I kept creating content for absolutely no money. If it would have been any other niche, I would have probably given up on the third month. And then I would be one of those people online shouting that affiliate marketing doesn’t work.. just kidding. 🙂


If an affiliate changes the terms of its program, your revenues could be directly affected. Choosing the wrong affiliates can also be problematic if your blog or website audience doesn't feel compelled to buy their products or services. With the affiliate-marketing industry experiencing a boom, you’ll also have to contend with competition from other marketers shilling the same affiliate products.

Since you’re essentially a freelancer, you get ultimate independence in setting your own goals, redirecting your path when you feel so inclined, choosing the products that interest you, and even determining your own hours. This convenience means you can diversify your portfolio if you like or focus solely on simple and straightforward campaigns. You’ll also be free from company restrictions and regulations as well as ill-performing teams.
Greed is something that is slowly taking over the internet marketing and affiliate marketing spaces and hopefully the better interest of the people within this niche and the “voice” of the people will reclaim this industry. I can slowly see an uprising to these and people of the opinion of “making money at any cost” are hopefully slowly transforming their businesses putting the customer first. Those that do will prevail.
Totally agree with your opinion on affiliate marketing. I’m in the same space myself and can tell you what it feels like to earn $1000 commissions while literally sitting on the sofa watching TV. It is absolutely mind-blowing. High-ticket commissions are what sets apart the affiliate marketers that scale their business up to six or even seven figures to the ones that only make a few thousand a month. I run a website based on digital marketing an entrepreneurship. You should check out our affiliate program – it is guaranteed to blow your mind. 🙂
Merchants receiving a large percentage of their revenue from the affiliate channel can become reliant on their affiliate partners. This can lead to affiliate marketers leveraging their important status to receive higher commissions and better deals with their advertisers. Whether it’s CPA, CPL, or CPC commission structures, there are a lot of high paying affiliate programs and affiliate marketers are in the driver’s seat.
Since you are not actually carrying or storing the products you are selling, the sky is the limit! There are no limitations to what you can sell or how much of it you can sell. This all translates into endless opportunities for profit making. Also, since there are no physical items being sent from you to the buyer, you don’t even need to worry about packaging and shipping!

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]
Do Paul! Affiliate marketing is awesome – and you’re right, it can be overwhelming b/c it can be hard to know who to trust, but it’s a wonderful way to make money online — esp when you’re promoting products/services you are proud of. Let me know if you have any questions. There’s a lot I don’t know … and a lot I do. For what I don’t know, I can find the answer for you.
Affiliate marketing is a good way to promote a product or service as long as the ad is truthful. The problem is that some dishonest affiliate marketers put out ads with exaggerated claims or misleading information to get people to click. They may say anything to get you to click on their ad because they have an incentive – getting paid. Check out the infographic we created to explain this.
As each state is different, I can only tell you about federal requirements in general. A limited liability company (LLC) is composed of members. When an LLC is composed of only one member, by default, it is disregarded for federal income tax purposes. This means the member will report all the activities of the LLC in Schedule C, just as a sole proprietor would, and attach Schedule C to the member’s personal income tax return, or Form 1040.
There's a lot that can be said in terms of strategum to deal with the decline of mainstream affiliate marketing, but our agency has largely moved away from the vagaries of CPA and CPL to far more robust, profitable and stable models, aka CPM, CPC and tenancy fees. We have the likes of Dell, Disney, HP and Google biting our hands off to book CPM campaigns.
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.
They try over and over again but they never stop to think if they are the problem. They will always blame something else like a training program for their failure. They never seem to understand that because they keep moving from one method to another they never gain any experience in anything. It’s not a game of chance. Your failures are your only real teacher. The only way to succeed is to create your own affiliate marketing strategy.
This was a popular scam doing the rounds a couple of years ago. Say you owned the domain abc.com. You would receive an email (usually from China) telling you that someone is trying to register the domain name abc.cn in China. They are emailing you out of concern as they have noticed you own the .com domain. They want to make sure your trademark is protected in China.

Also, it really depends on who you ask. In any business, you will see people that are doing really well and people that aren’t. Their results depend on so many variables, including the business that they are engaged in, the number of years they have been in it, the age when they started, how much their initial investment was, were they mentored, etc.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn money online, I concur fully! I am personally trying to become an affiliate marketer and you outlined the basics of what you need to know very well! What do you think the toughest part of affiliate marketing is? Great article, I think this will be very helpful for people looking to get into affiliate marketing!

Amazon is an amazing platform to be an affiliate of. They provide much detail and reviews that people are looking for. The only problem is that the affiliates don’t always read the fine print. What I mean is, if you have no sales in a certain amount of time, they revoke your membership. Always read up on your contract, with any company, and know what to expect.


Do Paul! Affiliate marketing is awesome – and you’re right, it can be overwhelming b/c it can be hard to know who to trust, but it’s a wonderful way to make money online — esp when you’re promoting products/services you are proud of. Let me know if you have any questions. There’s a lot I don’t know … and a lot I do. For what I don’t know, I can find the answer for you.
I decided to apply simple commercial market fundamentals to the situation. Essentially an “affiliate” is a digital salesperson working for your company, driving sales and getting commission. If you offer a salesperson a 10 percent commission to sell your product, assume they will sell $200,000 of product a week for you. What if you raised their commission to 20 percent? You’d assume they would work harder because they get more reward wouldn’t you? And if you lowered their commission to just 5 percent, they wouldn’t work as hard as they did before.

Across all of these methods, authenticity is crucial for long-term, high earning growth, and top earning affiliates know it. With a solid affiliate program strategy, and proper execution and management, this channel is often one of the best sources of new customers for merchants who participate in affiliate marketing, and is a consistent revenue stream for all affiliates.

Next, you’ll want to target that audience and figure out what type of information they are searching for in the search engines. In order to attract the audiences most likely to be interested in your information and buy the products you’re marketing, you’ll want to entice and interest them, and figure out what type of content is best for doing just that. The single best method of attracting highly targeted and ready-to-buy visitors to your website is using the C–>T–>P–>M strategy I outline here.
I then got the marketing consultant to lower the commission we pay to half the sites on the network to zero percent. Amazingly, they still kept driving sales. Something wasn’t right. Upon further investigation, I noticed that many of the sites that were driving sales were ranking highly for Google search terms like “Kogan Voucher” and “Kogan Discount Code”. The funny thing was that we rarely have any publicly available discount codes active on our site. These guys were all advertising codes that don’t even exist and capturing some of our brand traffic.
That’s a great tip Sean, thanks! I was thinking about what you said in your post about some companies not putting that they have affiliate links and you having to do some digging and there are couple of companies/authors who made products I love and keep using, but I’m not sure how to go ahead and ask about the affiliate link. I read the post you linked below about asking for guest blogging, which I thought was a must-read, and so, if you think of doing a follow-up on this one, would love to read some of your tips and do’s and don’t about this. Thanks again, Sean, you’re doing some very inspiring work here!
Focus on reviewing products that fall within your niche. Then, leveraging the rapport you have created with your audience and your stance as an expert, tell your readers why they would benefit from purchasing the product you are promoting. It is especially effective to compare this product to others in the same category. Most importantly, make sure you are generating detailed, articulate content to improve conversions.
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