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.
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.
I’m seeing more and more “bundled installs.” They first came to my attention because a client said that some of his employees went in and used their own site one day and saw a strange display ad at the top of the home page. Somehow one of their affiliates had not only cookie-stuffed their customers, but had installed a software application on their site so that anyone who received the cookie and visited their domain would see a banner ad for his site. I think that’s really insidious.
And with the emergence of social networks like Facebook and Twitter, the potential reach for affiliate marketers has increased significantly. Social networks are an affiliate marketer’s dream come true: they offer a constantly changing feed for which they can tailor their ads, as well as gain valuable remarketing data on shoppers’ habits. This is a relatively untapped market that is only going to continue to expand. So affiliates aren’t dead and gone; we’re right in front of you. You probably just don’t recognize us.
Well written article – i think affiliate marketing on both sides of the Atlantic has changed. One of the things that we have to note is that affiliation seems to be becoming a redundant term. The deals i strike are paid er performance, but they are more convoluted than previous years. you can no longer cater for affiliates the way you used to, and in a sense the majority of top affiliates have changed into – well traffic drivers using mixed methods, payments etc…
Some merchants run their own (in-house) affiliate programs using dedicated software, while others use third-party intermediaries to track traffic or sales that are referred from affiliates. There are two different types of affiliate management methods used by merchants: standalone software or hosted services, typically called affiliate networks. Payouts to affiliates or publishers can be made by the networks on behalf of the merchant, by the network, consolidated across all merchants where the publisher has a relationship with and earned commissions or directly by the merchant itself.
Sorry to hear you were taken by the MOBE scheme. You certainly are not alone and currently the receiver is in the process of recouping some of the money (as much as they can), to pay back to the customers. Be careful not to fall in this trap again, anything with a “phone coach” is more than likely a scam. These people, as you have figured out are not in fact coaches, rather they are high pressure sales people with the only goal of getting as much as they can get out of customers.
Dave makes a very valid point. If I visit each of my websites in succession (all are different topics), the Google ads tend to stick with the topic of the first site, presumably trying to get me to buy by repeating the same ads through my period of browsing different sites. I’ve certainly seen my affiliate income drop off dramatically in the last 2 years. Some free applications that folk download, install software to hijack affiliate banners. Meanwhile, merchants have become better at marketing themselves online without the need for affiliate help. I also believe that Google tends to ‘ban’ certain practices, to clear the way for them to take over where the competition has been suppressed. Affiliate marketing isn’t quite dead, but it’s getter tougher all the time!
This is why I believe sometimes you should find what is right for you like just say someone isn’t th best at writing their ideas they could try recording themselves and post it in their blog and YouTube. SometimeVideo and or YouTube can be underutilized in affiliate marketing. I have seen a lot of make money online videos on YouTube but I believe it is a good source of traffic you know?

An e-commerce merchant that wants to be able to reach a wider base of internet users and shoppers may hire an affiliate. An affiliate could be the owner of multiple websites or email marketing lists; therefore, the more websites or email lists that an affiliate has, the wider his network. The affiliate that has been hired would then communicate and promote the products offered on the ecommerce platform to his network. The affiliate does this by implementing banner ads, text ads and/or links on their multiple owned websites or via email to their clientele. Advertisement could be in the form of articles, videos, images, etc., which are used to draw an audience’s attention to a service or product.
And yeah, it definitely does ruin it for those authors that are legitimating creating a free book to gain traction and recognition for their great work. Fortunately though, many people that utilize that model are within industries that are far disconnected from the affiliate marketing/mlm/opportunity world (like children’s books) so I think they will be just fine in many cases.
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.

3. Wide Markets Wide Markets Ltd, provides a unique cross-channel advertising solution for eCommerce businesses. The company owns Wide Markets Media™ , Wide Markets Fashion™, Wide Markets eTickets™ and Wide Markets eStores™. Advertisers can sell their goods and services through the native products created by Wide Markets, receiving outstanding User-Values. In the other hand, publishers benefits from a native method to monetize their online assets finding higher conversion rates. The company supports the Performance Marketing Association and is an active Champion Member.
Websites and services based on Web 2.0 concepts—blogging and interactive online communities, for example—have impacted the affiliate marketing world as well. These platforms allow improved communication between merchants and affiliates. Web 2.0 platforms have also opened affiliate marketing channels to personal bloggers, writers, and independent website owners. Contextual ads allow publishers with lower levels of web traffic to place affiliate ads on websites.[citation needed]
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
1. Finding a mentor – When you first get started with affiliate marketing, you need guidance. You will have a million questions to ask and having a mentor really does make a significant difference in terms of starting you off in the best possible way and giving you the correct advice you need to start taking action and build your internet business.
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.
CPA marketing programs pay affiliates when a specific action is taken by the referral or lead. Common actions include clicks, impressions, form submits, sign-ups, registrations, or opt-ins. Since Cost-Per-Action models don’t necessarily involve a direct sale (and involve more risk taking) the payout percentages are far smaller than they are in Cost-Per-Sale.
Hi Dave, interesting point. the only way this would be disadvantageous to the affiliate is if they are using Google Adwords to drive traffic to a page that has Google AdSense on it, which is not a profitable strategy. Generally affiliates who have AdSense on their pages (to earn from clicks) use a variety of free methods to drive traffic to that page. Otherwise, if they are using PPC to drive traffic to another type of affiliate link, such as a CPA offer or PPS (pay per sale) product, especially in a direct linking situation, the affiliate can be profitable. If I understand your point point and other affiliates are reading it, please don’t use PPC to drive traffic earn money on adsense. The math just doesn’t add up and you will likely take a huge loss.

As you rightfully say, in the last few years it has certainly become a LOT harder. Networks like CJ which you refer to have gone down the pan, commissions have been slashed, commission tracking for many advertisers is highly dubious, Google has been on a war-path against affiliate websites of most types, ISPs obsessively filter out affiliates' emails, ad blockers have also hurt affiliates' revenues, cookie and therefore commission theft by coupon websites, and many leads driven by affiliates on mobile devices are not tracked for a variety of reasons etc. etc.
Same here, this post kind of fell from the sky at such a great time. Been building a great community of readers over the years but reached a point where I’m losing money maintaining the site and newsletter. As you said, the ads don’t bring much -ironically I use Adblocks too but affiliate marketing always seemed like a weird and opaque subject. I’ve read many of Chris Guillebeau’s books in the last few months (this is how I discovered your site actually!) and I didn’t realize he had affiliate links for instance. Your post opened up a new window of possibility for me. Still need to process everything and do the work behind but a big thank you to you Sean!
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.
Be wary of networks that claim they are free, but legally control your work, and only pay you a commission. They can legally cut you off. Just one example of what Mobidea does. They’re also powerful enough to suppress their critics and pitch a false narrative, as is self-evident from the thread linked as Mobidea. Aside, everyone makes mistakes, especially learners and self-starters, which some affiliate networks may not tolerate.
In February 2000, Amazon announced that it had been granted a patent[18] on components of an affiliate program. The patent application was submitted in June 1997, which predates most affiliate programs, but not PC Flowers & Gifts.com (October 1994), AutoWeb.com (October 1995), Kbkids.com/BrainPlay.com (January 1996), EPage (April 1996), and several others.[13]
Do you think the inability to connect with the types of people who buy these products makes affiliate marketing a bad fit for me? And don't say I'm lazy or want a quick win because I work hard. I've sunk weeks of research into this and still haven't gone forward. It's easier to get things right the first time. I brought up PBN's for a variety of reasons. Some people think they're the fast track to getting a site deindexed. You obviously think they have some value. They can also take a long time to properly build while minimizing footprints.
Where there is money to be made, there are people that are trying to take advantage of others though.   That is the unfortunate part of the business world.   However, not all companies operate their business in this way and there are a lot of “shining stars” within the affiliate marketing world and people that truly care, that push the industry in a positive direction, and then continue to work to evolve and truly help folks within this space.
The “red flags” have to be set off when it feels as though you are being sold on “the riches” or “the glam” without truly being told what you are doing, what you will be selling, and how you will be selling it. If a company or person selling you into a program feels as though they are being secretive, then you absolutely should avoid the program at all costs.
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.

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.
Never send in a large pre-payment to an unknown ad network. If you’re working with AOL and they ask you for a $10,000 prepayment, you’re probably fine. But if you get a call from ’24/7 Grind Ad Network” based in Nigeria it’s probably not a good idea. Keep your test budgets with new networks small. It’s always better to work with large, established networks.
Wow Yuwanda, I’m so impressed with this site and very thankful you made it! I’m very new to all this and chose a site on what I was interested in and that’s drones. They are fun to use and a wide variety so this was a easy choice. I made lists of different price ranges for people looking to buy one as a gift or for themselves. I’m constantly looking up new ideas and trying to find other people’s experiences with affiliate marketing. That’s why this site was so amazing to me. It’s very inspiring and I’ll be checking back from time to time to read everyone’s experiences. Thanks a lot! BTW I signed up for share a sell through you. Maybe they have something I can add
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Many advertisers are unaware of the potential of the affiliate marketing business model for their own businesses, in fact, most small businesses have never heard of it. But imagine marketing your products only to interested people for no upfront fee. Paying only when you get results is a risk-free way of advertising that requires no marketing budget to get started. As you can imagine, this is great for any start-up business with little funding for marketing their new brand.
Same here, this post kind of fell from the sky at such a great time. Been building a great community of readers over the years but reached a point where I’m losing money maintaining the site and newsletter. As you said, the ads don’t bring much -ironically I use Adblocks too but affiliate marketing always seemed like a weird and opaque subject. I’ve read many of Chris Guillebeau’s books in the last few months (this is how I discovered your site actually!) and I didn’t realize he had affiliate links for instance. Your post opened up a new window of possibility for me. Still need to process everything and do the work behind but a big thank you to you Sean!
Hi Kyle, that is a good post. A few weeks ago i was one click away from joining an affiliate network called GAZ then i looked further into it and it looke to me to be one of the systems that simply sells its own memberships. The coach that i was connected with assured me it was a legit system that sells health products but for the life of me i could not find proof of that online.
CPS, also referred to as PPS (Pay Per Sale), is a low-risk, high-profit, revenue-sharing model used by marketers to lure an unlimited number of new customers to their product or service. Cost-Per-Sale pays a set commission to the affiliate marketer who refers a lead that results in a purchase. Marketers love the CPS model since they only pay a commission after they get paid first by the purchasing customer. It’s in essence free marketing and advertising since the affiliate is the one who produces the lead without any up-front cost to them. This is also why CPS payout commission percentages are so high. Incidentally, the CPS model is primarily what we focus on here at highpayingaffiliateprograms.com.
I don't think affiliate marketing is dead but the competition is definitely fierce. You're right,commission payouts aren't as sexy as they used to be and cookie duration is becoming less and less by the day. You can still make good money on the affiliate side of things but the secret is to create your own products and services so you can leverage your efforts through affiliates and JVs.
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It would have to be the guy who was cookie-stuffing with a smiley face. This guy was hanging out in the online chat forums for major brands like Apple and Blackberry, posting these jokey little comments like any other engaged member of the community, except at the end of his posts instead of using the usual smiley face icon provided on the site he was using a cookie-stuffer in the shape of a smiley face. All someone had to do was read his post with his fake smiley face, and they’d get a cookie stuffed on their browser that gave this guy credit for any purchases they made at hundreds of sites around the Web.
The problem again is the so called “gurus” and “experts” that promise quick success. They try to sell their online courses using titles like “Look how i made $30,000 online in a month working only one hour per day. People believe them and later they discover that the training is really bad and vital pieces of information are missing. They just try to sell you their product and the easier they make it sound the more money they make. Affiliate marketing is not easy and a quick way to make money. If your expectations are not realistic you will fail. Actually, you never had a chance, to begin with. I know that may sound harsh but it’s the truth.
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.
Most affiliate programs are very good about payment and will offer you their payment schedule (ever week, every month, etc). There are very rare circumstances where they don’t end up paying you on the date they were supposed to and that should create need for alarm. Either they don’t have the resource system in place to be able to pay on time or they simply do not have the money.
While any “regular” job requires you to be at work to make money, affiliate marketing offers you the ability to make money while you sleep. By investing an initial amount of time into a campaign, you will see continuous returns on that time as consumers purchase the product over the following days and weeks. You receive money for your work long after you’ve finished it. Even when you’re not in front of your computer, your marketing skills will be earning you a steady flow of income.
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