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!
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.

A few years ago when everyone jumped on the rebill bandwagon, the money will flowing and many were making money, it was a bubble that was sure to burst and it did. Unfortunately many people were using some grey methods (and some straight shady methods) to promote these and the FTC, networks and merchants have really cracked down on this. Many of these people weren't able to adapt to a more whitehat and legit approach.
I am surprised someone as experienced as you could be making such statements as Affiliate Marketers like myself are still making lots of money from it.You need to diversify your portfolio and set up multiple streams of income. Since you been in the game i presume you should have a sizeable email list that you have built up over those years. You need to concentrate on high ticket items and earn big commissions like myself rather than those $20,$30,$50 commissions. You should also try e-commerce as that is the money tree nowadays!
Being open and upfront about earning affiliate commission is another way not to appear pushy or as if you’re just trying to make a sale. This very useful and informative post contained a number of affiliate links and were I to want to buy one of those products or services mentioned, I would actively seek out this post and buy it through Sean as a way of saying thank you for such top information.
When e-commerce retailers try to drive sales by introducing affiliate marketing programs, they frequently contract outside program managers to help them recruit the best affiliates and to ferret out the coupon abusers, the “cookie-stuffers,” and the other unsavory characters who drive up their commission costs and erode their bottom lines (the subject of a small-business guide just published by The Times).
Those same whiners forget to mention things like the population increasing, people trusting buying online more then ever, more people buying online then ever in history, more ways for people to pay online, people being a lot less suspicious of affiliate links now even when they are not cloaked, people making buying decisions in seconds with their mobile phones, people buying with their phones that don't even own computers, companies that pay commissions having far, far better tracking software so you get more commissions, and companies being more honest with crediting commissions because they know it benefits them in so many ways as opposed to skimming some minor profits. I could go on but those are just at the top of my head. There were lots of negative things that were hard to deal with in the past also.
I have to wave a red flag for a common mistake people make when they start out with affiliate marketing, which is a waste of time if you ask me. In many cases you may start out with an affiliate marketing training program to get the basic “know hows” to get started. These programs (listed in the article above about affiliate marketing training) are charging you a monthly fee to take part in their education.
Affiliate marketing continues to move into the mainstream, with advertisers from REI, AirBnB, Uber, Amazon, Liveperson, FlipKart, and others joining Affiliate Summit West this year. Unlike years past, where advertisers would avoid these types of events, now they embrace them. The feedback that advertisers whom I spoke with shared was as the world continues to become global, affiliates, influential marketers, and other niche ad partners add tremendous value to the industry. This is because these entities can give them accesses to audience that Google, Facebook, and the social platforms fail to reach.
Referral Marketing is considered one of the fastest-growing channels in all of digital marketing. You’ve seen it before: “Refer a friend and get $10 bonus credit!” With the rise of social networks, it’s even easier to refer friends to special offers. So look to see even more of this in the future. Many affiliate networks have dedicated social sharing tools to maximize their reach.

If your audience is looking to launch an online business, migrate their ecommerce platform, or simply interested in ecommerce content, we encourage you to apply for the BigCommerce affiliate program. Our team will carefully review your application. Once approved, you will receive access to support, tracking, reporting, payments, and have your own unique affiliate link to track every referral you generate. BigCommerce is committed to the success of our affiliate partners.
When there are multiple affiliates involved in one transaction, payment gets much more complicated. Sometimes it’s even possible for affiliates to jump in at the last minute and claim commissions for customers brought in by other affiliates. Successful programs use multi-channel attribution to ensure the affiliates that create the most value get paid the most.
I try to stick with personable where possible. Why? Because people connect with people. People build trust and relationships with people. Do you love when you ring up customer service and have to sit through a computerized menu? Or do you prefer to speak to someone directly. Definitely the latter. My websites and topics allow me to write in a personable manner. Yours may not.
Wealthy Affiliate was where we got our foundation, and today many years later, we have a legit online business that has generated over 6 figures a year for the past several years and we’re currently building a products business that’s looking to grow much bigger. But WA is certainly where it all began, so yeah – we can vouch for that. We proudly tell people that we got our basics at Wealthy Affiliate.

Since I share affiliate marketing strategies with awesome people like you, naturally my content may contain affiliate links for products I use and love. If you take action (i.e. subscribe, make a purchase) after clicking one of these links, I’ll earn some coffee money ☕️ which I promise to drink while creating more helpful content like this.Affiliate Disclosure
Now, if you think affiliate marketing is for you, you can start with it right now with almost no money. All you need is a hosting and a domain name for your website/blog. I personally use Bluehost (It’s an affiliate link. If you make a purchase with it, I will get a small commission and will use it to buy myself a nice cup of coffee. 🙂 ) for that, and that is what I recommend to others. Bluehost is very cheap and has always been there to assist me. If you also need help with setting things up, you can always ask me in the comment section below. I am more than happy to help where I can.
The most important part of affiliate marketing is not selling but helping your audience. By offering solutions you are building trust. People will buy from you only if they trust you. The more you try to sell the fewer sales you will make. If all you see at people is the chance to make $ then you are not going to achieve much. Anyone can offer their affiliate links and tell their visitors “click here” or “Buy Now”. But if that’s the only thing you want to do you are just sabotaging your own business.
Affiliate marketing companies such as Linkshare and CJ are complicit in the toolbars’ actions. This is because in an ideal world for Linkshare and CJ most online purchases would be affiliate sales through their network and this is the ideal the toolbar operators are working towards. Linkshare and CJ get paid more because of more affiliate transactions and they have no reason to care that affiliates are having their referrals and commissions hijacked.

Its because many internet marketers release junk products with headlines like ‘make $278.99 in the 2 days even if you are a newbie’ its things like this that make people give up. If the industry was more transparent maybe so many people wouldn’t fail, but when they are sold a bunch of lies and then find out its not as easy as advertised that’s when the majority just give in.
Requests for direct comment from Gawker Media surrounding their use of and investment into affiliate marketing went unanswered. But investing into custom platforms and granular data collection doesn’t seem like something a publisher the size of Gawker Media would be doing unless it were a central part of their current and future overall monetization strategy.
Thank you for your kind feedback on my blog and your comment. Although, I’m a bit torn if this is advertising for the revglue software or not. I’ve never heard about this software before, but I’m using free WordPress plugins myslef for different functions on my site. I build my whole website in WordPress. I checked out the affiliate store plugin and it looks like a good and efficient option to build an affiliate site that re-directs to different eCommerce stores. Probably a good way of earning affiliate commissions IF you can get enough traffic to the site. Sometimes it’s easier to get traffic to a specific niche site, since you’re targeting specific keywords, and the competition may be less.
You don't need a guru to be successful and you need to do very little studying of actual affiliate marketing. Find a topic you're in to. Create quality content. Promote it through various channels - SEO, paid, email, social, etc and you can build a digital empire. It won't be fast or easy, but it is very much possible. Check out sites like the points guy for inspiring examples.
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.

Now most affiliate programs have strict terms and conditions on how the lead is to be generated. There are also certain methods that are outright banned, such as installing adware or spyware that redirect all search queries for a product to an affiliate's page. Some affiliate marketing programs go as far as to lay out how a product or service is to be discussed in the content before an affiliate link can be validated.

More and more people get to my sites from Bing and Yahoo and Ask. If Google want’s to get out of the search engine business, of which I doubt, someone will gladly come by and pick up the slack. What would replace search engines for all the information people are seeking? There is a market and always will be for that. Statistic show the huge and continuing trend to online shopping as well.
Affiliates work to introduce their visitors to the merchant’s brand. They might write a post about a new product or promotion on the merchant’s site, feature banner ads on their site that drive people to the merchant’s site, or offer visitors a special coupon code. If people come from that affiliate’s site and make a purchase, that affiliate gets paid.
Mediocre product publishers that we’ve reviewed repeatedly here on StoppingScams like Ewen Chia, Adam Horwitz, and Michael Cheney might lead you to think so, but fortunately the answer is no — affiliate marketing is a very viable business model when approached correctly. In this post I’m going to address three circumstances that commonly make people ask this question, and what you can do to avoid reaching that level of burnout yourself.
Whether you want to use affiliate marketing to boost your earnings, or you want to carve out a new career, it’s not too late to join some programs and start work as an affiliate. With dedication, creativity, and persistence, you could supplement your salary. If you know how to create great content, you could engage a loyal and highly engaged audience.
I think I'm missing a lot of points. Maybe I'm a tough sell but how the heck do I create compelling content for these promotions when I would never buy one? You'll probably say something like I need to pick a niche I'm interested in but I've tried that. I've gone down the categories list in ClickBank and the one's I have a slight interest in, either the product barely fits or crap quality.

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.


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.
But big brands began to become enlightened in the mid-2000s. They started to invest more and more budget into online marketing initiatives, while Google slowly moved to favoring them in the search results. Blogs were undergoing a metamorphosis — evolving from glorified online diaries to significant sources of valuable content with increasingly large readerships.
The Amazon affiliate program has a 24-hour cookie, which means that once users click on an affiliate link to Amazon, anything they buy in the next 24 hours is commissionable to the affiliate whose link they last clicked. So if you click on Gawker’s affiliate link to Amazon to look at cable ties and end up buying another, unrelated product, Gawker Media still receives a commission for that sale.
The Starter membership at Wealthy Affiliate is completely free. This includes a great deal of training, 2 free websites, support, mentoring, etc. The access is of course more limited than the Premium membership, but whether or not you upgrade is completely up to you. W hat I can tell you is tha tWA is the most comprehensive, cost efficient platform in the industry (even at $49 per month for Premium) and others in this space are charging several $1,000’s per year for MUCH less.
While the commission model means you might not get as many payments as a standard internet ad, it also means that you can run your affiliated marketing campaign in any way you choose. If you mess up and run ads for sporting goods on a website dedicated to duck breeds, the only result is that you won’t see many commissions. As a self-employed contractor, the companies you affiliate with don’t have to pay you anything if you don’t sell anything and so you’re free to try whatever strategies you want.
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.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer! I will definitely check out the link. I see the really visible people like Pat Flynn and he's super charismatic and friendly with commenters and that's just not something I'm skilled in. The whole reason I want to go into "passive" income like this is because I don't want to talk to people haha! But a friendly tone in articles and writing is not a problem, it's a lot easier to fake that than it is in a video or chatting on Facebook.

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.
Thanks for sharing all of these, I never knew about any of these except for Wealthy Affiliate! I do think WA is very good. As a personal member, I can testify that the platform makes it so much easier to do affiliate marketing. The training is also great for keeping you on track. The community, arguably, is the best thing. Great place to share with other people and learn together, glad you shared WA here on your blog!
Do you have a blog as of today? That is the first step. I don’t know if revglue offers hosting? You will need a web host to host your blog. When your blog is up and ready, you can sign up with any affiliate program you want and start marketing it on your blog. There are well know reputable affiliate programs like; shareasale.com, CJ etc. If you want to be in a multi niche, I have a suggestion of a good company to affiliate with; Get Happy e-Deals. They offer a wide range of products to market and earn commission with.
The best way to think about affiliate marketing is quality over quantity. There are a lot of small websites that will promote your product, but the key is finding a small number of partners that will deliver conversions. For example, an equity management services firm has over 20,000 affiliates in its system, but only about 25 affiliates generate 85 percent of revenue.
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.
If you have built up an email list, you could also promote your affiliate offers via email promotions. Just make sure you build up a relationship with your audience first instead of going for the hard sell straightaway. The emails you send out must contain your affiliate links to products so when your audience click through. the sale is attributed to you. 
Maybe you haven’t decided on a career yet. Or perhaps you’re lost, not knowing what to do, jumping from job to job. Going back to school may be a consideration, and there’s nothing wrong with that path. I went back to school in my late 30’s, and I don’t regret a second of it. In fact, I miss it. But there is a significant cost (and there won’t always be a job waiting for you at the end)

From the affiliate side, not only is the coupon market already saturated, it’s almost impossible to compete against super coupon affiliates such as retailmenot.com in organic search. If you don’t have paid placement budget, then how are you going to get found? Facebook? Maybe. But I doubt you’ll get the volume you need in order to drive enough sales through performance marketing to earn a living relying strictly on Facebook as a coupon affiliate.

I work as a freelancer and I also often use different affiliate programs, often associated with site designers or hosting providers. For me personally, this is a good extra income to the main orders. Recently, I also tried an affiliate program from the form designer and calculators https://ucalc.pro/en/affiliates Earnings, of course, less than on site designers and hosting, but constant. The bottom line is that I register a client in the service and plus to the whole I create a calculator on it for the client. Clients are happy and my money goes 🙂


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.
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.
I haven’t had any experience with any of these except for Amazon Associates which is a good program they have thousands of products that you can leverage to make money. Amazon Associates does have a really low commission rate of around 5%-10%. This shouldn’t deter you from using Amazon Associates since it can make you money and eventually a full time income.
Comparison/review and niche topic sites. These sites typically review products for a specific audience type or compare a line of products against their competitors. You could have a mommy blog that compares all of the large brand strollers, a marketing blog reviewing SEO tools, or a lifestyle site that compares organic makeup products. These sites will review products and push that message out through channels such as a blog post, detailed comparison chart, video, and social media.
I absolutely see the value in affiliate sales (and Pay Flynn is one of the masters at doing this authentically and openly), but I got really turned off it when I saw a lot of bloggers I read and respect writing junky “How to set up a blog” posts that didn’t seem relevant to their audiences purely so that the could get the sweet Bluehost commissions in.
Comparison/review and niche topic sites. These sites typically review products for a specific audience type or compare a line of products against their competitors. You could have a mommy blog that compares all of the large brand strollers, a marketing blog reviewing SEO tools, or a lifestyle site that compares organic makeup products. These sites will review products and push that message out through channels such as a blog post, detailed comparison chart, video, and social media.

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.
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!
Thank you Yuwanda for this encouragement and information! My website is nowhere near finished yet but another blogger had recommended starting to get affiliate approval as soon as possible so I gave 2 of them a shot and was turned down today – but then stumbled upon your great post so I think it was all meant to be. I feel like it takes a lot of failures to achieve a small amount of success so this is just helping me to get to there… but patience is sometimes hard. I appreciate your excellent words of wisdom.
Education occurs most often in "real life" by becoming involved and learning the details as time progresses. Although there are several books on the topic, some so-called "how-to" or "silver bullet" books instruct readers to manipulate holes in the Google algorithm, which can quickly become out of date,[41] or suggest strategies no longer endorsed or permitted by advertisers.[42]
“It took me about six months to make my first affiliate sale, and my first affiliate sale was worth about $35,” Miki says. This blogger went on to say, “I didn’t make my first dollar until I decided to invest in the “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” course. Taking an affiliate marketing course was the best decision I ever made because I had no idea how much money I was leaving on the table. This course taught me the exact strategies to make money with affiliate marketing.”
That’s totally up to you but if there are products/services that could help your audience then in my opinion you should definitely think about promoting them. You could use affiliate marketing not just for making extra money for yourself but also for providing more options/solutions to your readers. Assuming of course, that your audience will appreciate that.
The concept of affiliate marketing on the Internet was conceived of, put into practice and patented by William J. Tobin, the founder of PC Flowers & Gifts. Launched on the Prodigy Network in 1989, PC Flowers & Gifts remained on the service until 1996. By 1993, PC Flowers & Gifts generated sales in excess of $6 million per year on the Prodigy service. In 1998, PC Flowers and Gifts developed the business model of paying a commission on sales to the Prodigy Network.[8][9]

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!
My name is Jamie Spencer and I have spent the past 5 years building money making blogs. After growing tired of the 9-5, commuting and never seeing my family I decided that I wanted to make some changes and launched my first blog. Since then I have launched lots of successful niche blogs and after selling my survivalist blog I decided to teach other people how to do the same.
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