13. FlexoffersFlexOffers.com is a premiere affiliate network that builds mutually profitable relationships between strategic, skilled, and trustworthy online publishers and a robust portfolio of 5,000+ popular advertisers spanning all verticals. With over 10+ years of experience in the affiliate marketing industry, they offer unparalleled customer service, an array of optimized data delivery tools, and fast and dependable payments proving that flexibility is the key to affiliate success. FlexOffers.com was recently ranked the eighth overall affiliate network in the Revenue+Performance Top 20 Affiliate (CPS) Network 2015 Blue Book survey.
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…
Some of the products for sale through affiliate programs have multiple products in the sales funnel - known as upsells and downsells (sometimes side-sells as well). These are products that are related to the primary product and can help to make the use of the primary product faster, easier or more efficiently. A certain percentage of people who buy the primary product also go on to buy the extras which could account for the higher amount.
Do you have zero interest in an expensive mountain bike the company you are an affiliate of sells? Well, you probably don’t want to feature it on your blog, as it is extremely difficult to persuade readers (or anyone for that matter) that they should buy something you wouldn’t be caught spending a single penny on. When you are passionate about a product or–at the very least–interested in learning more about it, this will come through to your readers, engage them and better coax them to buy
10. Commission FactoryThe purpose of Commission Factory was to make performance-based marketing available to everyone and not require a steep learning curve in order to get involved and be successful. The platform has been designed to foster a spirit of collaboration between Merchants, Affiliates and Agencies in order to grow mutually beneficial and prosperous relationships. Because they have little to no barriers to entry Commission Factory has an enormously fast growing user base that enables companies of all sizes to discover the power of performance marketing.
I am always skeptical of such internet celebrities. Real successful affiliate marketers don't go around publicizing how they are making their money. They usually profit from the publicity. I don't know this guy, but I am sure if I do a little digging I will find something he is selling directly or covertly to its followers and that will be his real source of income.

This is extremely helpful information for somebody who is a newbie blogger! I’ve been looking for an all inclusive “guide” to explain affiliate marketing and this is the best I’ve found. Quick question for you – when you talk about the cookie expiration date, is that from the date that you post your review/recommendation or from the date that the reader clicks on the link? For example, the affiliate links you posted in this post are well over 90 days old but if I click on one of them now and buy that product, do you still get paid? Just curious how that works.


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.
File-Sharing: Web sites that host directories of music, movies, games and other software. Users upload content to file-hosting sites and then post descriptions of the material and their download links on directory sites. Uploaders are paid by the file-hosting sites based on the number of times their files are downloaded. The file-hosting sites sell premium download access to the files to the general public. The websites that host the directory services sell advertising and do not host the files themselves.
This is huge in BC Canada right now, GAZ has over 10,000 people buying into this scam! Its unbelievable this is not illegal- the catch is they all sell their lives to show how rich they are and they only work for 2 hours a day. Sign up for a membership for $99 but then you have to buy a water filter system for $8000…. scam for sure. Hopefully someone catches on to this soon. It was on ctv news, an 70 year old man fell for this and they refused to give his money back. Funny thing is the one running this brags about making $300,000 a year…
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.
Hey Celia! I don’t aim to maximize profits through this site. I do make small commissions (compared to a lot of what’s out there in this industry) for people that purchase legitimate training/tools that I recommend if it’s what they’re looking for. But I prefer to give my training away for free, as I’d rather help people in an industry flooded with crooks than maximize my profits – I have other websites I focus on for that purpose 🙂
Many affiliate programs will often run promotions with good discounts or giveaways that might be attractive to your audience. For example, if you're an Amazon Associate and the site have a big Holiday Sale, it would be the perfect opportunity for you to promote discounts to your website visitors. This is a great way to promote your offers while also providing good value to your audience. 
Well, it is free until you get to the shipping part which is usually inflated to the point where it costs the same amount as buying a paper back in the store anyways ($12-15), so it is hardly a discount. This is usually followed by a series of pitches for much more expensive products, coaching, mentoring, masterminds and conferences…the spending was just begun!
Without hesitation (after some research), I bought her course. As an aside, I’m not one of those people who buys any and every thing that comes down the pike. I’ve bought enough online products that DIDN’T work that it takes a lot for me to shell out money. I’m pretty good at figuring out stuff, but the more I researched Michelle, the more impressed I was by her and her course.
One of the basic tenets of any kind of marketing is putting your best foot forward and capitalizing on the opportunity to make a good first impression. The first step in formulating a sustainable marketing plan is to understand what the naturally occurring information or opinions are out there about your specific product or service. Next, is to decide if the information paints an accurate picture of you. If it does, you’re ahead of the game and you can begin to build upon this. Since the healthcare industry is a little late to the party of web-based and interactive marketing, I expect that most people will find that there is very little information out there about them and their practices. At the very least, you need to be checking to be sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date. After all, patients can not make appointments if your phone number is wrong. However, all is not lost! The time to think about marketing plan and marketing message is now. As consumers/ patients begin to take a more active role in their own health care, it will become increasingly important to have some sort of web presence. Take action early because it is much better to begin to participate in your web presence early in the game than it is to have to fix huge problems that occur without you knowing. I am a physicist practicing from about 7 years. I was also unaware of such a fruitful resource that can be taken care of. Then I came across a similar blog regarding the website for physicians. I consulted a web designing and marketing company named http://www.medicalwebexperts.com. They designed my website embellished with a large amount of functionalities which include, learning materials, tests and scans descriptions, information regarding what all we do, blogs where patients can comment on the articles, provide suggestions. And the most important function that was unparallel with every other function was e-Medical Records. They provided the functions to store the details of the test and scans conducted on the patient, hence providing them 24/7 access to the medical details to the patients. And after my website was host and marketed, I am able to feel the outcomes on my income. My patient count is definitely increasing (though not as fast), but quite distinguishing.
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]
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.
As we can see from the very significant effects of Google’s major algorithm updates on the search results, the emphasis on quality over quantity and SEO is constantly being reinforced. Google’s Matt Cutts announced in 2012 that the search engine’s ultimate goal is to reward content that offers value by increasing its rank in the search engines. As a result, numerous affiliate websites went under in a matter of weeks after the major updates, but these websites were those that didn’t place enough emphasis on quality.
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!
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.
Pat doesn't know shit about affiliate marketing. He got famous by pretending he runs successful "niche websites". Let's check out some growth - Last month he made $4,675.56 off his "niche websites". If we rewind to june 2010, he made $2,172.00 from niche websites - in terms of growth, over 7 years - that's shit. Pat makes most of his money "teaching you to be successful". In terms of affiliate marketers who make good coin, he is small time.
This is quite an interesting collection. You have to remember that a lot of the people running scams are actually misdirected geniuses. They are experts at manipulation. I think any one who has been involved in shopping around for some sort of an income for a while has been taken in by one or more of these scams. It is almost a badge of honor saying I survived and still have enough of an ego to go on trying. I bet you even left a few grammatical errors in this so we could think that this guy is really one of us!

Many of the ads you see online are created by marketers who are paid each time you click on their ad. And if that click takes you to a website where you sign up to try a product or you make a purchase, the marketer may get paid even more. These are affiliate marketers. They are hired by the owner of the product to promote it on social media, on websites, and through email. Sometimes networks of affiliate marketers negotiate the rate marketers will get paid per click, per sign-up to try the product, and per purchase. Everyone from the merchant to the affiliate marketers gets a cut. And all these people may be tracking you, too, just from that one first click.


As Director of Marketing at TUNE, Jonah-Kai’s main focus is leading a team of marketers with the goal of helping push the mobile and performance marketing industry forward. Along with his team, Jonah-Kai works on marketing and product strategy, brand development, and strives to bring the TUNE story to life for clients and prospects. Jonah-Kai has over 15 years of experience in marketing and has had the pleasure of working for some prestigious companies in the Seattle area, including Weber Shandwick, Tableau Software, AdReady, Razorfish, and Concur.
The topic you choose must have enough depth that you can create a lot of content for it. This is important for building an authoritative site, for search engine optimization, and most importantly, for the end user. If you don't have enough content about a topic, you're not going to be taken very seriously as an authority on the topic and it's unlikely you can convince someone to make a purchase from you. 

I would keep the experience very simple for now. Make it clean, easy to navigate, but don’t worry about backgrounds or graphical headers too much. You can worry about all of that later. For now, focus on your content until you’re getting a decent amount of traffic (at least 50-100 visitors per day, maybe more) and at that point I think it would be okay to start tweaking the design a little bit and working on the “branding” aspects a bit more.
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.
In Affiliate Marketing you will see people that are doing really well and there are people that aren’t so affiliate marketing results depend on your knowledge and work. Affiliate Marketing will continue to expand and grow as more merchants are launching their affiliate programs on the major networks. If you want to grow your business with affiliate marketing you should have complete knowledge about it. Great article, thanks for sharing.

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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.
Based on what she said, I figured that Greg probably didn’t leave the company for an “Exciting new opportunity” at all. He was probably fired because they caught him stealing money out of the company’s bank account or something. And after he got busted he came up with a desperate scheme to drag as many clients as he could out of the company with him so he could take advantage of their trust to make some quick cash.
So an effective affiliate marketing program requires some forethought. The terms and conditions have to be tight, especially if the contract agreement is to pay for traffic rather than sales. The potential for fraud in affiliate marketing is a possibility. Unscrupulous affiliates can squat on domain names with misspellings and get a commission for the redirect; they can populate online registration forms with fake or stolen information; they can purchase adwords on search terms the company already ranks high on, and so on. Even if the terms and conditions are clear, an affiliate marketing program requires that someone be monitoring affiliates and enforcing the rules. In exchange for that effort, however, a company can access motivated, creative people to help sell their product or services to the world.
To be honest I don’t think Affiliate Marketing is difficult since all you need to do is get your affiliate link and promote it. For example, I have a blog in my blog I will be talking about different things in some of my posts I post on my blog I will review a program or product. When I do that I will get my affiliate link for that program or product, which in turn I put it in my blog post putting a CTA (call to action) in the blog in certain places.
As affiliate networks keep coming up with more effective techniques, as well as better payment methods these numbers can only keep getting bigger. In addition, proficient online entrepreneurs like you know just how incredibly effective blogging can be at driving traffic to their websites for the purpose of marketing affiliate products and services to visitors. Blogging, and affiliate marketing is indeed a very lucrative business.
After 2008, it all went downhill. Merchants I was working with started to reduce commission and cookie duration. Some highly converting merchants even closed their programs. I now get 30% of what I used to get because of reduced commissions and cookie duration. There is not a single store that hasn't reduced commission and cookie duration. This is just merchant side, the other end "search engines" is another story. 2008 is the year search engines started targeting affiliates. Your website could be penalized just for having an affiliate link. A lot of my websites were targeted.
There are two ways to approach affiliate marketing: You can offer an affiliate program to others or you can sign up to be another business's affiliate. As the business driving an affiliate program, you'll pay your affiliates a commission fee for every lead or sale they drive to your website. Your main goal should be to find affiliates who'll reach untapped markets. For example, a company with an e-zine may make a good affiliate because its subscribers are hungry for resources. So introducing your offer through a "trusted" company can grab the attention of prospects you might not have otherwise reached.
When Tim Berners-Lee invented the hypertext webpage, he envisioned a world of shared information. It didn’t take long for businesses to realize that the web was a new shopping platform too. In fact, years before the web, in 1989, the first ever internet affiliate program was born when William J Tobin enlisted people to refer customers to PC Flowers, Inc. The company is considered the web’s first ever commercial success story, and it paved the way for today’s multi-billion dollar affiliate marketing industry.

This is a particularly important distinction if you decide to make a website that rates and reviews products. All too often, professional reviewers have their neutrality compromised because the products they review are the same ones that pay for ad space and can punish the review company by removing them if they submit a poor review. That same temptation can exist with affiliate marketers, but thanks to the commission system, the only pressure to deliver a slanted review comes from inside the reviewer.


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]
At MoreNiche, our commissions are some of the highest found on any affiliate network selling physical products. We actually turn away potential advertisers who we believe don’t offer a fair deal. In fact, none of our advertisers’ commission rates fall below 30% per sale and the most they pay is 80%! That means for every sale you generate with a value of £100, you could potentially earn between £30 and £80 in commission. Not bad, we think you’ll agree!
No, because there are way more good, honest affiliate marketers than bad. And it’s actually gotten better. There’s more awareness today among merchants than there was when I first started, which has helped to clean things up quite a bit. The problem is there’s still a little of this attitude in the industry of looking the other way when the numbers are really good. As long the merchants are satisfied the affiliates seem to be bringing them a lot of traffic,  networks and program managers are still willing to suspend belief sometimes about where all that traffic is really coming from — because they’re making money too. At our trade shows, the sites with the most abuse going on are like the cool kids. They’re the ones throwing the big parties, because they’re making the most money and other people want in on that. But I’d argue that attitude gives the whole industry a black eye.
In 1996, Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon.com, popularized this idea as an Internet marketing strategy. Amazon.com attracts affiliates to post links to individual books for sale on Amazon.com, or for Amazon.com in general, by promising them a percentage of the profits if someone clicks on the link and then purchases books or other items. The affiliate helps make the sale, but Amazon.com does everything else: They take the order, collect the money and ship the book to the customer. With over 500,000 affiliate Web sites now participating, Amazon.com's program is a resounding success.
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.
Yes, I am always reviewing new programs and helping folks understand various business models (some good, some bad) that are taking place within the online world. There are an incredible amount of high quality and very consumer quality “conscious” companies out there, but there are also others that are in the business of taking money from people. It is my mission to help people understand both dynamics within the affiliate marketing industry.
One of the main reasons why most newbie affiliate marketers give up after 3 months is the fact that they can’t build up traffic to their affiliate website. It’s a thorn in most marketers’ sides, but one that can be easily resolved if you put the effort in. Below I have covered a few areas that will get you good targeted traffic to your affiliate deals.
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