Let me just say that finding a legit affiliate marketing program these days is extremely difficult. Since 2013, I’ve had this site up and have been exploring which ones work and which ones don’t. The 95% of systems I’ve found, don’t. The remaining 5% do, but many of these good places have also gone out of business, not because they were bad, but because they were overtaken by other sites, some good, some not so good.
Good post Malan. I have lost almost $ 10 000 by investing to my friend’s business. It is huge sum of money for me. The lesson – if you wanna loose the close relationship – give money without any agreement ), just trust the words))). But If you wanna have graft/vaccination for the whole life – do the same, I am not sure that any story can teach this. After that you will think more then 7 times in future to give your own money to somebody or not. The great takeaway for me from the story is the emotion which I was feeling, I am sure that I will forget after some years the number of lost money, but I will never forget that feeling and emotion. I can say thank you to the friend). P.S. I do not hate that guy ( and as Malan wrote earlier – may be he needed money much more than me), because hatred makes you the hostage of the situation, and I wanna be free man ); it was just his desire to do like this.
First I tried Google adsense, but the revenue was low. Later joined a few programs under CJ and was impressed by the high percentage of commission. After trying few promotional pages on my existing website and getting impressive rewards. I quickly started developing dedicated niche websites. The income started to grow as my websites were gaining positions on search engines. After 4 years of starting this business, I reached the peak income, I was making over $30,000 per month in profit with over 100 websites.
Blogging on the other hand is a completely different story. People go online to find solutions to problems they have, and generally they need to find information about something so they can make a decision for themselves. This is where bloggers have so much success in affiliate marketing. There are incredibly successful bloggers out there making an insane amount of money through performance marketing because they have found their voice, their niche and a loyal following of people who are learning and buying through their recommendations because they are considered experts on their topic. That, and they have earned the trust of their readers. You can blog about anything and everything under the sun and the cool thing is you can be as creative as you like.
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.

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!


In November 1994, CDNow launched its BuyWeb program. CDNow had the idea that music-oriented websites could review or list albums on their pages that their visitors might be interested in purchasing. These websites could also offer a link that would take visitors directly to CDNow to purchase the albums. The idea for remote purchasing originally arose from conversations with music label Geffen Records in the fall of 1994. The management at Geffen wanted to sell its artists' CD's directly from its website but did not want to implement this capability itself. Geffen asked CDNow if it could design a program where CDNow would handle the order fulfillment. Geffen realized that CDNow could link directly from the artist on its website to Geffen's website, bypassing the CDNow home page and going directly to an artist's music page.[14]
Forms of new media have also diversified how companies, brands, and ad networks serve ads to visitors. For instance, YouTube allows video-makers to embed advertisements through Google's affiliate network.[22][23] New developments have made it more difficult for unscrupulous affiliates to make money. Emerging black sheep are detected and made known to the affiliate marketing community with much greater speed and efficiency.[citation needed]

I am also a member of WA. I’m a newbie but I plan to stay. Whenever I see an article claiming to list the best affiliate networks, I have to read. I like to see if there is anything new to pop up that could be compared to Wealthy Affiliate. I don’t at any time plan to leave WA but just like to scope out what other people are having their success with. Thank you for the reviews as well!
Affiliate marketing overlaps with other Internet marketing methods to some degree, because affiliates often use regular advertising methods. Those methods include organic search engine optimization (SEO), paid search engine marketing (PPC – Pay Per Click), e-mail marketing, content marketing, and (in some sense) display advertising. On the other hand, affiliates sometimes use less orthodox techniques, such as publishing reviews of products or services offered by a partner.[citation needed]

The results were damning proof that affiliate networks are little more than a scam. Of all the traffic our affiliate network sent to us that had made a transaction, only 1.68 percent hadn’t been to our site before. This is more than 95 percent lower than our site average. Basically, of anyone coming to our site through an affiliate network, there was a 98 percent chance they had been to our site before.
You know I never considered just paying for shipping & handling a scam, that was an informative and interesting point.However, I do believe you’re right, when the word ‘FREE’ is mentioned there shouldn’t be any payment at all or someone has told a big fib. That really aggravates me and I fuss about that quite a bit.My true pet peeve though is the scam that you mentioned called pyramid, I was involved in one but was unaware at the time.

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.
Hello, I just read your post. I am a public school teacher and I am trying to create additional income. I enjoyed your article because it provided some good information. I can’t help but think that you should get someone to help you edit your material for grammar mistakes. Please don’t take offense to this, I just think it would help your writing be more professional and polished.

An affiliate marketing program is a lot of work, and in most situations there's a lot of competition so you're not going to be bringing in money immediately. Business owners and entrepreneurs suppose that all you need do is setup a site and choose an affiliate to associate with and then just let it run its course. But according to Three Ladders Marketing, only 0.6% of affiliate marketers surveyed have been in the game since 2013. That means that affiliate marketing takes time and effort to build and make money.
Once you've protected your prospecting pool, maximize your affiliate program by working with the best and leaving the rest. As the old 80/20 adage implies, most of your revenue will come from a very small percentage of your affiliates. Because it can be time-consuming to manage a larger affiliate network, consider selecting only a few companies initially, and interview them before signing them on. Affiliates are an extension of your sales force and represent your online brand, so choose partners carefully.
The cost of Five Figure Niche Site are really up there and so it sounds like the training is superb which is what I would hope for that much money. I’ve recently gotten into something else called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and I haven’t gotten through all the training yet, but what it does teach so far is pretty good. Of course nothing can beat Wealthy Affiliate though. Do you know of anyone who’s been successful with those other Affiliate Marketing programs?
Another interesting realization I had is that the performance marketers and other ad partners are all much more keen to share their data with advertisers, which they appreciate. The advertiser and ad partner relationships exist on a mutually beneficial communication process by which ad partners share data with the advertisers (costs, clicks, impressions, engagement, etc.) and both parties can work to optimize based on this data. This issue has come to full light with the recent issues around Facebook’s overstating of video metrics and Twitter’s video ad inflation debacle.

The easiest and most common way to start building an audience for a website is via social media. Depending on your niche and industry, you can choose from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and several other niche and location-specific networks. Building up an engaged and interested following on social media is a great opportunity to build relationships and once you have their trust, promote your products and services to them. 
In November 1994, CDNow launched its BuyWeb program. CDNow had the idea that music-oriented websites could review or list albums on their pages that their visitors might be interested in purchasing. These websites could also offer a link that would take visitors directly to CDNow to purchase the albums. The idea for remote purchasing originally arose from conversations with music label Geffen Records in the fall of 1994. The management at Geffen wanted to sell its artists' CD's directly from its website but did not want to implement this capability itself. Geffen asked CDNow if it could design a program where CDNow would handle the order fulfillment. Geffen realized that CDNow could link directly from the artist on its website to Geffen's website, bypassing the CDNow home page and going directly to an artist's music page.[14]

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.


A common misconception about online business is that it is quick and easy to earn money. There are far too many snake-oil salesmen out there who will sell you up the river on hollow promises of ‘six-figure launches’. Listening to most of these marketers will get you nowhere fast. Most of these ‘gurus’ will, in actual fact, they send you out into the affiliate marketing world without the benefit of an effective strategy.

Once your hosting is set up, you need to install a content management system (CMS) for your site. We recommend WordPress because it is easy to use and a beginner (like you!) can quite quickly figure out how it works. Most good hosting providers will have a one-click install option for WordPress, which means it will only take you a couple of minutes and you will have WordPress installed on your site. 

I’ve put together a free 7 day fast-start guide to earning your first dollar online. Go access this free affiliate marketing training. You’ll discover why internet marketing is by far the funnest and easiest way to earn passive income each and every month. Please note that I did not use the word ‘job’. There’s plenty of work involved but it will never feel like a job to you.


But personally, I think its no longer worth the effort to work more and earn less with mounting problems facing this business model. As you grow older, you want to progress, not retreat. Since I've extensive SEO and marketing skills, I think starting my own store will be right option. That way I can choose my own percentage per product and lifetime cookies that don't require tracking. Of course it will present with different harder challenges, but in the end I will have a brand with returning customers and I could be truly my own boss.

Mobile continues to dominate the discussion and many people don’t know how to effectively market to these groups. The mobile marketing funnel differs from the traditional marketing funnel, and simply copying your existing marketing practices over to mobile won’t help. If you are interested in some resources that explain this, check out our Mobile Marketing 101 webinar.
Affiliate marketing isn’t dead.  The field isn’t oversaturated.  What you need to make it in affiliate marketing are the tools to help you stand out from the crowd.  Those tools are above.  It’s time for you to succeed beyond your wildest dreams!  If the world needs what you have to sell, it’s only a matter of convincing your prospects why they should buy from you.
If you have a passion to learn this Ian, I can definitely help you out. There are a few things I will always be real about. Success does not happen overnight. It takes hard work, but anyone can achieve success within the affiliate marketing world if they are willing to work at it. If you are cool with that idea, then I invite you to check out Wealthy Affiliate, a platform where you can get personal coaching and help directly from me and absolutely everything you need to create and grow a business to any level online.
This is real informatic information. I found this one real meaningful, wow! you truly showing the way affiliate works. I agree ad monetize can be passive income theme while affiliate can be our primary hope…I read so many articles but feels like something is hidden..but found this one real insidefull. This is showing us how our 100 bug can be harvested from from small sources. Because newbies might want to give up blogging as they are not going to earn because they thought it’s one shot income source. Thanks Sean it will really encourage every new entrepreneurs.
What struck me about Dr. Rose’s experience was how affiliate marketing attracts everyone — from those with no degrees (but with strong work ethics), to those who are fully degreed (and pedigreed), but who want to do their own thing. Dr. Rose stated in that post that her mission was to earn what she earned as a pharmacist in a year — in one month in affilite marketing/blogging.
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.

We advertise ourselves to specific products and do make a profit, the cost of our per product advertising is usually less than our brand name, now that the affiliates have all driven up the cost of it, and direct to product has the highest conversion rate. I think, there will always be an opening for people who target our products rather than our brand, I feel most of the affiliates out there are very lazy when it comes to their advertising and targeting, and are leaving almost all of the profit possibilities on the table. I am pretty sure this will apply to almost all affiliate marketing out there.

I really hope affiliate marketing is not dead. I feel it is essentail for affiliates to lobby their merchants to say that 1. toolbars are unfairly hijacking their commissions and 2. don’t the merchants realise that the toolbars will cause them to lose thousands of links from affiliates who drop them and cause direct visits to merchants’ websites to become affiliate sales.
Before you get into it, ask yourself, “do I care enough to do it for free?” If the answer is yes, then that’s a good place to start. Also, don’t focus on affiliate marketing alone. Find other ways to make money. For example, I use my blog to coach people, and I also sell on Amazon FBA. When I realized that my blog was finally making me affiliate income, I was surprised because I had totally forgotten about it. I was so occupied with other things.
First get up to speed on the best practices for running an affiliate program and then launch your program. Too many businesses just sign up with a network and turn on the switch, and then they wonder why they have a mess on their hands. Affiliate marketing can be very profitable, the return on investment can be terrific, but it has to be done correctly.
I just made my first affiliate commission sale! … So I’m a little over a month into my affiliate empire building. … Right out of the gate I built 5 affiliate niche websites. … It’s been kinda tough getting that site to rank high enough to get Google traffic, but … After that, through talking with Dan, and through the direct access I get with Deadbeat University, I built 4 different sites around things that I like or am interested in.

Although Google is constantly updating its algorithms with dozens of modifications every year, there are a few particularly important ones that have a major effect on affiliate websites. One of the most important was the Google Penguin update of April, 2012 and subsequent versions of the algorithm thereafter. Penguin cracked down heavily on black-hat search engine optimisation techniques such as link schemes and other methods of artificially manipulating website rankings in the search results. For affiliate websites in particular, the most important update was the Google Panda one introduced in 2011 which has seen numerous updates ever since. Panda’s goal is to decrease the ranking of low-quality sites, particularly affiliate sites with thin content and an excessive amount of advertising.
I’m a newbie and just stumbled into this article, which I find hugely informative. So thank you for writing this article. I’m close to finishing building my very first website and don’t have a domain yet, but have a question. Since affiliate program is considered a business, I’m wondering how do we set up a simple LLC one person company to separate our personal stuff from our online business stuff? Is there a simple reliable step-by-step guide we can follow, or does anyone here can advise with your own experiences? Thank you.
90% done for you? I never like the sounds of that, as it is unrealistic and is setting you up with false hopes. It takes work and effort to build a business online, you need the proper tools, training, services and support. If you are looking to build a business online, then you shouldn’t look any further than Wealthy Affiliate as absolutely everything you need is within WA to create, grow and manage a business of any size online. 🙂

A really good article and lessons to learn. Years ago I was recruited into Mary Kay, a skin care company. At the time, I was so naive I didn’t realize was an MLM was. I ended up spending way more money than I earned and when I decided to send everything back and quit, I received a tongue-lashing from my “director” that completely threw me for a loop! She was angry because my leaving the company was going to reflect on her numbers!!
Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing – An easy to follow online course that teaches you the ins and outs of affiliate marketing. It’s written by Michelle Schroder who makes $100K+ a month from her blog. A genuine super affiliate that shares her success stories and affiliate marketing techniques with her community both on her private Facebook group and on her blog. Sign up here.
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