Hey Vlad! If it’s any consolation, feeling overwhelmed at multiple points while building a successful online business is very, very normal. I think it would be much more abnormal to not feel intimidated or overwhelmed at all. I can’t tell you how many times I burned out, gave up, and came back a couple of months later before I made decent money for the first time.
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.
Thats a great point, and I’ve definitely seen my fair share of those “how to start a blog” posts. That’s always been a good fit for people at Location 180, and if they do a good job on the post (truly make it useful) that’s one that doesnt bother me as much – solely because I know how valuable starting a blog can be for your life and goals. So if it’s some personal finance blogger that creates one and you start a blog from that by following their tutorial – all the better!
Not only does the emphasis on quality apply to affiliate websites: it also applies to the products themselves. A quick look at the digital products available through any of the major affiliate networks shows us just how much junk there still is on the Internet, in spite of the fact that it is rarely profitable these days. There was a time when almost anyone could make a bit of money online by becoming an affiliate and selling a low-quality product (particularly a digital one such as an e-book or a program) using one of the affiliate networks such as Clickbank without even having any knowledge or even interest in the niche itself.
Good question and sorry to hear you are one of the thousands who’ve been affected. Some people have moved out of state to other locations they are free to promote products in. Others simply pick and chose merchants who work with affiliates regardless of their location. This means you still do have earning potential with merchants who want to work with affiliates in all locations. I wonder if those merchants could stipulate more clearly who they are…. I’ll think about how I can communicate that more. The other way is to create your own product or service and sell it online. There is still money to be made in that arena as well. Finally, if you’re really stuck on the affiliate site of things, you can also look to make money through google adsense or through sponsored listings if you have a site that generates enough targeted traffic. Don’t give up if this is a dream. You will find a way to make it work if you really want to 🙂
Thanks for your time and really great feedback from your experiences with Google, Amazon and EBay. The amount of people struggling with this issue is really mind boggling and I’m all ears to potential solutions to the problem. I’m also all ears on how this industry will survive if Google decides to shut it down completely. The power really is in their hands in a lot of ways. But since they don’t own EVERYTHING yet, there are still opportunities out there in the social, mobile and offline arenas. There are also a few affiliates who have recovered from both Panda and Penguin and are still going strong. Though those seem to be far and few between at the moment…
That means that it’s now actually one of the largest U.S. industries today. So people asking ‘is affiliate marketing dead?’ may be a bit premature. In fact, you could easily say that affiliate marketing has even become the biggest segment of the overall online marketing landscape. Approximately 15% of the total revenue from digital marketing is now being generated by, (yes, you guessed it) affiliate marketing.
There is also last-click attribution, which involves assigning the order commission to the correct affiliate. When you click an affiliate ad and buy something, the credit goes to the affiliate whose ad you last clicked.  So if you go looking for a coupon online, the coupon site will get the referral commission because they are the “last click” before the sale. However, we humans love to click as much as possible, so the order may not always get attributed to the correct affiliate. This can generate a lot of wasted spending because, as humans, we can’t resist clicking on things! It’s up the affiliate marketer to determine who the commission really belongs to.
Major companies like Google, Amazon, and eBay have joined the affiliate marketplace. These companies have the resources to get their ads in front of a large audience. Anyone can publish their affiliate ads on their webpage and earn commission on any sales. These ads serve a rotation of ads based on your site’s content and traffic. So now if you end up at a country musician’s homepage, you might see Amazon ads for country CDs, or eBay ads for guitars online. This is affiliate marketing on a large scale.
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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!

At the time, everyone was talking about this one affiliate who was making a lot of money, so I installed their adware to check them out. Then a few days later I just happened to go on my own site, and this message popped up: “You can get a discount on this product by clicking here.” And I was, like, “No, I can’t,” and I immediately realized what they were up to.
That is how high ticket programs work, they close the deals through fine as it is very difficult to sell high ticket products of $5K plus without some sort of phone consultation. This is very often how they will capture your financial details by asking how much money you have and what sort of access you have to “debt”. These are sure signs up of a program you never want to get involved in. If they are phone you offering high ticket programs or if they are asking you how much money you have in terms of access to debt, RUN!

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.

I know there are probably some legitimate affiliates out there. For instance, someone who runs a fashion blog may talk about a certain trend, say black pants. If they showed their readers how black pants could be worn, and then at the bottom of the blog they linked to a few retailers who sell a large range of black pants, that would be a legitimate affiliate. This is based on the assumption that their blog gets a lot of natural readership and organic traffic. This would be a situation where prior to reading the blog, the visitor did not necessarily already want black pants.
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. 🙂
Affiliates are most successful when the products they promote match the interests of their followers and subscribers. In addition, many successful affiliate marketers advise recommending and promoting only products that the affiliate is personally familiar with. That’s because familiarity with the product, program, or service helps build trust between the affiliate and end-user.
If the only motivate is profit, then the business will eventually crumble under the external pressures put on that very company to continue pushing profits over people. Word of mouth marketing works in both ways, if you offer a low quality service at a price that is too high, eventually word will get out in the exact same way that word of mouth marketing can be a really good thing for companies offering a high quality service.
To those on the outside, affiliate marketing can seem like a black box. It’s inner workings are mysterious to most marketers and in many companies it’s not treated with the same seriousness as other channels. Some marketers, only familiar with the bad reputation acquired by some industry players in the 2000s, deride it as a source of spam and little more.
An elegantly straightforward process, affiliate marketing via reviews, blogs, social media, and other platforms is a new frontier in marketing that’s just waiting to be utilized. Follow the tips included in this article, and you’ll be able to engage your audience, convert passive readers into active consumers, and enhance your paycheck one click at a time.
While affiliate marketers are generally able to join affiliate networks for free, merchants usually have to pay a fee to participate in the network. Affiliate networks usually charge an initial setup fee for each merchant and often a recurring membership fee. It’s also common practice for affiliate networks to charge merchants a percentage of the commissions paid to affiliates. This percentage is known as an ‘over-ride’ and is payable on top of the affiliates commissions. But make no mistake about it, despite these fees, the benefits to the merchant for joining these networks is well worth the price. Here’s why…
Google’s Penguin algorithm update radically changed the affiliate landscape, forcing affiliates to stop link-spamming practices, offer unique website content, and limit displayed banners. Gone are the days of mass-produced ad banner sites, full of the latest deals and offers. Failure to comply meant certain death as Google moved your site to the bottom of the search results.
Is affiliate marketing dead? This is the question that I often see on the internet. As a matter of fact, “is — dead?” is generally a question related to business that I come across very often. Is Amazon FBA dead? Are cryptocurrencies dead? Is real estate dead? Is affiliate marketing dead? It’s usually asked by people who are interested in a certain business idea, but haven’t yet made the decision to try it out for themselves.
Major companies like Google, Amazon, and eBay have joined the affiliate marketplace. These companies have the resources to get their ads in front of a large audience. Anyone can publish their affiliate ads on their webpage and earn commission on any sales. These ads serve a rotation of ads based on your site’s content and traffic. So now if you end up at a country musician’s homepage, you might see Amazon ads for country CDs, or eBay ads for guitars online. This is affiliate marketing on a large scale.

When someone starts to look for ways to work online sometimes you will hear the phrase “Affiliate Marketing” the reason you will see or hear Affiliate Marketing. This is that this is one of many ways to actually make money online. Some probably will ask if Affiliate Marketing is Legit or not, and if you ever look up Affiliate Marketing you will see that a lot of people do it so it is legit.
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Another over-looked aspect of affiliate marketing is the proliferation of rewards and loyalty programs. Affiliate Marketers love incentives: “Get double points for today only!” or “Buy one now, get a $10 gift certificate”. These are all compelling messages that can drive a huge amount of traffic. But we don’t necessarily think of these as being associated with affiliates.
There are definitely many low quality programs online in fact we reside in an industry where there are vultures everywhere you look. They are in the business of taking your money, nothing more. Many of these companies have to tell you that making money online is an instant process, it will happen overnight and they will usually tout success of a select few in their programs (the only ones actually making money) to sell their program.
There are people who are getting into the industry who can still make some good money with great content, a solid following and / or an angle or technology not yet matched. The market is growing every day. Competition does increase, but so do the opportunities. If you’re not ready and willing to put in the time or effort without seeing immediate return, affiliate marketing is probably not the best place to start. Thanks for your comments!
Its private deals, sponsors, if you're looking for to earning great, look for sponsors in your niche and sign a deal. You get better ROI against your efforts, and you can offered money upfront sometimes (partially). Big corporations rely on sponsorship; affiliate marketing is geared towards mediocrity. You need, however, great digital assets, which offer tremendous quality traffic, which is the hardest to achieve, not the money. Research top sites and closely scan any review copies, articles, or ads relating to a particular product or a series of the same products, they offer in addition to pure content. Contact those companies, offering your propositions. This is how the biz works.
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.
Great post in pointing out the top affiliate marketing scams. What I notice is that since pyramid schemes are illegal, a lot of companies are just adding some products into their “scheme” to hide the fact their still scamming people of their money. Even if you know what a pyramid scheme is, you still might be scam by them because they are just so good at using psychology to trick people. They really bring a bad name to making money online…
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Many affiliate marketers use paid advertising to generate additional traffic to their site and drive more sales. Paid advertising on social media is often a good place to start, as these networks tend to be more affordable.You may also want to consider taking out inexpensive banner ads on small niche sites. Depending on your niche, Google AdWords could also be a good option to drive some paid traffic to your site.
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.
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Thanks for your kind words Stu and I am so glad your eyes have opened to not only the idea of what a real business looks like online and you have some sound direction moving forward with the build out of your business. We all run across things along our journey to find something that works and you definitely cannot dwell on your past or your involvement in the particular MLM that you were involved with.
The problem is also in part to companies biting off more than they can chew when it comes to having an in house affiliate program. They invest into the technology and to get it set-up, but often times don’t have the time and resources to have a team manage the affiliate program, payouts, and support side of things. At that point it collapses and affiliates don’t get paid.
Kyle, wish I had found WA before being scammed by MOBE. It was a learning experience although an expensive one. They insinuated that they had a suite of on line learning products but the farther in you went you discovered that their only product was MOBE. Their “coaches” turned out to be nothing but up sell stooges. They never even read any of your e-mails . Justice Dept. finally closed them down.
Hi Ted, Love your comments! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You are so on the same page as me with the changes in even the use of the TERM affiliate marketing. I have a post coming out next week about the difference between performance marketing and affiliate marketing. Do stay tuned. I would love your thoughts on that post once it’s live too. Best!
In 2006, the most active sectors for affiliate marketing were the adult gambling, retail industries and file-sharing services.[21]:149–150 The three sectors expected to experience the greatest growth are the mobile phone, finance, and travel sectors.[21] Soon after these sectors came the entertainment (particularly gaming) and Internet-related services (particularly broadband) sectors. Also several of the affiliate solution providers expect to see increased interest from business-to-business marketers and advertisers in using affiliate marketing as part of their mix.[21]:149–150
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.

Designed to create a huge amount of traffic at all times, these sites focus on building an audience of millions. These websites promote products to their massive audience through the use of banners and contextual links. This method offers superior exposure and improves conversion rates, resulting in a top-notch revenue for both the seller and the affiliate.
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