Many affiliate programs run with last-click attribution, where the affiliate receiving the last click before the sale gets 100% credit for the conversion. This is changing. With affiliate platforms providing new attribution models and reporting features, you are able to see a full-funnel, cross-channel view of how individual marketing tactics are working together. For example, you might see that a paid social campaign generated the first click, Affiliate X got click 2, and Affiliate Y got the last click. With this full picture, you can structure your affiliate commissions so that Affiliate X gets a percentage of the credit for the sale, even though they didn’t get the last click. 
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!
I totally agree, Don (and sorry it took me so long to see this post! EEK!). Authentic content and value do come out but it takes a little bit of training and thought from the merchant side to really understand what impact each affiliate is bringing to the table. As you said, once you’ve been able to identify which affiliates are brining you good value, you’re able to make better decisions on who to approve into your program and not. Thanks for the comment!
Affiliate marketing will be around for as long as reviewers are needed. Whether you’re listing the best toasters to use or the best budget laptops, there’s always a chance that you can continue to grow big as an affiliate marketer. To help you out, we’ve put together a few of the most useful tips that will catapult your career and get you off to a fantastic start.
A.) Affiliate marketing is like any other business in that you need an ok to good idea and excellent execution, which takes time to hone and perfect, in order to be really successful. But, it is absolutely possible. As always, luck is involved. I am an affiliate marketer, have been for about three years, and make a very healthy living with now 8 remote employees dedicated solely to helping grow the business more. I started small, one sale at a time. B.) I just got done having dinner with a "guru" in the industry who charges lots of people thousands of dollars for one to three day courses. While this person knows the industry, they make WAY more money off guru stuff than actual affiliate marketing.

Yes, I am proud of my daughter for it out. She was definitely frustrated with it, but in the end, it turned out to be a great teaching moment. Now, their fingers do get a little too much exercise on those games though. 😀 Actually, it’s not the games that bother me so much. At least they’re learning something or trying to solve a problem. It’s the Netflix I need to limit.
You can’t rush this process. It takes time and will get overwhelming at multiple points in your journey, but in the end it’s worth it. You have to keep focused on your goals of working for yourself, quitting your horrible job, developing some extra income, spending more time with your family, etc… and use those goals as motivation to push through the hard times when you feel like you just don’t have anything left to give.
So although there are a lot of scams in the affiliate marketing industry, there are a lot of programs that will truly help you and your business.  The opportunity within the affiliate marketing space only continues to grow with each day that passes.  You can literally promote MILLIONS of different products as an affiliate and carve out your business within any niche that you want.
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.
Many people are just lying to you. Making money is not easy at all. Why should it be easy in online world? You are right. It’s different from a so called normal business. You just promote services/products and earn a commission. You don’t need to stock products, ship or return them. This is an easy part of affiliate marketing business. The rest is not easy. It takes effort and time.
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.
Across all of these methods, authenticity is crucial for long-term, high earning growth, and top earning affiliates know it. With a solid affiliate program strategy, and proper execution and management, this channel is often one of the best sources of new customers for merchants who participate in affiliate marketing, and is a consistent revenue stream for all affiliates.
I personally prefer to do it that way--you can create a more convincing review that's more likely to make sales. It's not always possible or practical, though; for example, would you break up with your significant other just to test a product for getting your ex back? ;-) In cases like that, or if the product is expensive, it's usually best just to use the vendor's affiliate resources instead.
I am probably a bit different than most of the people reading this, I have never done an affiliate program or made money online..I have a great career but I realize to have true freedom I need to do something else for myself..I see all of these people on fb pimping out new programs every week and talking about their amazing lifestyle but it is so hard to know who or what to trust so I haven’t started anything.
As you can see, affiliate marketing still works in 2018 and will continue to work no matter what year it is. As long as there is a demand for content about new products or a niche line of services, there will always be a place for affiliate marketing. Make sure you get to know your audience and don’t neglect the technical side of affiliate marketing. If creating a website isn’t your cup of tea then change it for something else. Whether it’s creating YouTube content or getting more involved in social media, there are plenty of alternatives that don’t involve making your own site.
I was shocked when I saw that in the first week, affiliates drove about $200,000 of sales to the Kogan website. We were then able to generate a list of sites that drove the sales to Kogan. I had not heard of a single website on the list. “Where are these guys getting their traffic from?” I asked the marketing consultant again. “I don’t know. They must have people going to their site to look for deals,” he told me.

They thanked me by closing my account ($1,200 per month in earnings) and my Google affiliate account went with it. Last year they closed my Adwords account with no solid reason. At first they said I had iframes and I told them Amazon affiliate banners use iframes. Then they gave another excuse. That’s all I got was excuses for trying to be honest with Google.

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!
I’ve been thinking about affiliate marketing for a while now and decided to check to see if they are a scam. Your info was valuable. I don’t know all the ins and outs about affiliate marketing. I get bits and pieces. One question I have is do you buy your products or can you get them drop shipped from a supplier. I have a product in mind to make so am also wondering about stock. Any info will help.
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
As a course developer and promoter, I can say that on the face of of it, promoting can be easier than developing one. The upside of development though, is that once it’s done, have to do is keep it updated and it can earn you money for years. That’s the case with my SEO copywriter training course, which I’ve been teaching (and earning from) since 2009.
Hey Vlad! If it’s any consolation, feeling overwhelmed at multiple points while building a successful online business is very, very normal. I think it would be much more abnormal to not feel intimidated or overwhelmed at all. I can’t tell you how many times I burned out, gave up, and came back a couple of months later before I made decent money for the first time.
Of the many key reasons these sites are so massively successful, one stands out in particular: they are genuinely helpful to their visitors. When you need to renew your car insurance, do you seriously go filling in forms on every individual provider’s website, or do you instead just fill in the one form on a site like Comparethemarket to get all the quotes you need at once? If you think about the answer honestly, you’ll realise exactly why comparison websites like this are so genuinely useful to a visitor.
Media buying provides you with leverage, particularly when done programmatically. DSPs will instantly provide you with the use of vast amounts of ad views worldwide. Being an affiliate, your work would be to understand your offer and know your audience. When you are aware your audience, you are able to effectively acquire them around the beginning. If you do not know your audience, you are able to perform a number of tests before you do.

Good question and sorry to hear you are one of the thousands who’ve been affected. Some people have moved out of state to other locations they are free to promote products in. Others simply pick and chose merchants who work with affiliates regardless of their location. This means you still do have earning potential with merchants who want to work with affiliates in all locations. I wonder if those merchants could stipulate more clearly who they are…. I’ll think about how I can communicate that more. The other way is to create your own product or service and sell it online. There is still money to be made in that arena as well. Finally, if you’re really stuck on the affiliate site of things, you can also look to make money through google adsense or through sponsored listings if you have a site that generates enough targeted traffic. Don’t give up if this is a dream. You will find a way to make it work if you really want to 🙂
2. Finding the correct products to promote – If you’re promoting crap products, no one is going to buy them. No matter how good you are at marketing. Finding the correct merchant is one of the most important steps on your affiliate journey, you need to be promoting attractive products that people want to buy. That way, half the work is already done for you!

Totally agree with your opinion on affiliate marketing. I’m in the same space myself and can tell you what it feels like to earn $1000 commissions while literally sitting on the sofa watching TV. It is absolutely mind-blowing. High-ticket commissions are what sets apart the affiliate marketers that scale their business up to six or even seven figures to the ones that only make a few thousand a month. I run a website based on digital marketing an entrepreneurship. You should check out our affiliate program – it is guaranteed to blow your mind. 🙂
Apps and solution type partners. These are strategic partnerships where products and/or services are placed in front of a relevant audience through an app partner. Some examples could include a shopping app that can help you find the best price on a pair of sneakers, or a beauty app that includes a specific makeup brand, and that allows users to virtually “try on” makeup using swatches of color and their live image.
After claiming them, you’re going to want to start finding blogs where your target audience hangs out, and leave comments that are useful, and relevant to the topic. By leaving a link to your website when you leave a comment, visitors will begin to trickle onto your site, and you’ll open the door to building a relationship with the webmaster that you can tap into later on down the road.

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.
Keep in mind, affiliate tracking links are only valid for a certain period of time. For example, when you sign up to an affiliate program that advertises a “30-day cookie”, that means you’re only eligible for a commission if your visitor makes a purchase within 30 days. If they buy something on day 31, you don’t earn unless they clicked the link again at some point.
If I was a blogger I would have posted a blog about this myself but found your site searching to see if anyone was blogging about it. I did not find anything but thought this was a good place to start discussing it. I am investigating cookie behaviour and contacting merchants and affiliate marketing companies such as Linkshare and CJ. My findings probably do need a blog of their own.
The implementation of affiliate marketing on the internet relies heavily on various techniques built into the design of many web-pages and websites, and the use of calls to external domains to track user actions (click tracking, Ad Sense) and to serve up content (advertising) to the user. Most of this activity adds time[citation needed] and is generally a nuisance to the casual web-surfer and is seen as visual clutter.[citation needed] Various countermeasures have evolved over time to prevent or eliminate the appearance of advertising when a web-page is rendered. Third party programs (Ad-Aware, Adblock Plus, Spybot, pop-up blockers, etc.) and particularly, the use of a comprehensive HOSTS file can effectively eliminate the visual clutter and the extra time and bandwidth needed to render many web pages. The use of specific entries in the HOSTS file to block these well-known and persistent marketing and click-tracking domains can also aid in reducing a system's exposure to malware by preventing the content of infected advertising or tracking servers to reach a user's web-browser.[citation needed]
It doesn’t let the link influence its decision of whether to include or omit anything it deems worthy of inclusion, as to do so would damage its trust rating. There’s a lot you can learn from taking this stance. Remember, your site should be built with your visitors in mind, not profit. Take care of your visitors and the profits will take care of themselves!
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.
It was for $1.49. I had to pay a few people to help me out. So I’m actually still in the negative but I’m hoping consistency is going to pay off. I focused mostly on social media because I knew my site wasn’t going to be ranked very high more then likely for awhile. It’s been fun overall. I try to stay active researching and adding posts at least a few times a week.
So, now it’s time for me to answer the questions. Let’s start from the first one. Of course, you can make money with affiliate marketing. “Is affiliate marketing a scam?“. No, it’s not. It’s just one the many ways you can use to monetize your website/blog and it’s one of the most popular ways to make money online. If people couldn’t make money with affiliate marketing it wouldn’t be so popular. 
I'm new here and only tried a couple things to make money online and failed so far, but the formula you briefly touch on...do you know offhand if there's a trust worthy person out there teaching those steps and terms? I've been trying to learn things like that. I attempted a landing page once with Weebly, but obviously didn't know what I was doing. I was trying to give away an ebook to promote Site Build It. I never attempted or really knew how to get targeted traffic. As far as email compaigns, I do know about Mailchimp and finding products in your niche to be an affiliate, just typing up an email describing how that product can solve problems and send it out. Surely some will buy. Clickbank products work for that? Would you purchase and review it first before promoting? Maybe the creator of it will send it for free to review and promote? I'm sorry I've just never had a mentor and have tons of questions to online success that I've never had answered lol. I just want to succeed and change my life.

Well I am co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate and I can assure you that if you do take the step to even create a free Starter account at WA, you will be entering a world that you have not experienced anywhere online. We are the only all-inclusive affiliate marketing platform in the world and even with the free membership (truly, no catches) you will be able to get training, help, websites, hosting, and access to network with other like minded entrepreneurs.
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.
There are a lot of ways to place these commission-earning links on your website, so you don't even have to know how to make banners. One of the most popular ways to add links is to simply include them in your content. Here's an example of a product suggestion within an article, with a link to the relevant product where it's most useful in the content:
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.
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.
The implementation of affiliate marketing on the internet relies heavily on various techniques built into the design of many web-pages and websites, and the use of calls to external domains to track user actions (click tracking, Ad Sense) and to serve up content (advertising) to the user. Most of this activity adds time[citation needed] and is generally a nuisance to the casual web-surfer and is seen as visual clutter.[citation needed] Various countermeasures have evolved over time to prevent or eliminate the appearance of advertising when a web-page is rendered. Third party programs (Ad-Aware, Adblock Plus, Spybot, pop-up blockers, etc.) and particularly, the use of a comprehensive HOSTS file can effectively eliminate the visual clutter and the extra time and bandwidth needed to render many web pages. The use of specific entries in the HOSTS file to block these well-known and persistent marketing and click-tracking domains can also aid in reducing a system's exposure to malware by preventing the content of infected advertising or tracking servers to reach a user's web-browser.[citation needed]
While this definitely created a drop-off in affiliate activity (and quite a bit of panic amongst affiliate marketers), it was only a matter of time before affiliates adapted. Banner ads are not mobile-friendly because of image size and are no longer effective. They have been all but replaced by Text Links: those little one-sentence ads in between paragraphs on your favorite news articles. This creates a more seamless and immersive experience, as opposed to having banner images all over the page taking up valuable display space.
Bloggers use different channels outside of (but not excluding SEO) to drive new traffic and business to their websites and build solid relationships with their readers through shared opinions that are either original, said with conviction or as a proven expert in their field. They rely on building a following through social channels, newsletters or RSS feeds, search, conferences, online and offline PR and even good old word of mouth. All in all, they don’t put all their eggs in one basket.
That means building a brand and a reputation that is on a completely different level to how the average affiliate runs their business, and I would encourage my Warrior friends to do the same. It takes time, it takes patience, it takes diligence and it takes investment. 99% of online marketers are not willing to make those sacrifices (as nicheblogger75 states in his post above), so the barrier to entry means if you do have the right fortitude and attitude, you have significantly higher chances of succeeding than slugging it out in the cesspit of low-grade grey-hat-style affiliate marketing.
If you are involved in such a program as this or being sold a program like this, you are on the fringes of operating in a space in which the FTC is going to be investigating the program you are involved with. If you are operating in an MLM where your goal is to recruit others into it, be careful. That is not an mlm, that is likely going to be deemed at some point a pyramid scheme.
The get-rich-quick idiots who have no skills or work ethic, who were terrible at their shitty jobs, and quit probably just before they were about to be fired. They then post all over facebook about how they're making a courageous move to find themselves. They then go to Chiang Mai, make very little money, but they are sure to hit everyone over the head about how they're so brave for being a digital nomad. They wash out in a year. Then they blog about how the digital nomad life isn't for everyone. Meanwhile, their savings are gone, they have severed relationships, and a year of trying to get people to buy stupid shit on your own shitty website doesn't look good on anyone's resume.

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.
you're just used to the easy old days, you're an old timer...nowadays more management is involved..I guess, if you wanna complain about it..SEO has never changed, just a sweep and the way sites are made and distributed these days....don't put allot of thought into it..you shouldn't be filling up your money sites with affiliates links to begin with anyways if you're not sure you're gonna rank..that's what gets you hit..the project isn't worth it until it ranks and sticks..why put so much work into uncertainty.
It can be very difficult when starting out to determine what is a legitimate opportunity and ethical way to build a business when there are so many companies and individuals out there that are operating in a way that is quite unethical. Glad I could offer you some clarity in respect to items to consider and scams to avoid when looking to get into affiliate marketing.
Next, you’ll want to target that audience and figure out what type of information they are searching for in the search engines. In order to attract the audiences most likely to be interested in your information and buy the products you’re marketing, you’ll want to entice and interest them, and figure out what type of content is best for doing just that. The single best method of attracting highly targeted and ready-to-buy visitors to your website is using the C–>T–>P–>M strategy I outline here.
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.
There’s a saying in authorship circles: “Money flows towards the writer, not away.” This is essentially a warning against vanity presses, which accept anyone’s money to print a few thousand books and will often inflate their clients’ egos to get more money out of them. However, once you have these books taking up space in your garage, your chances of getting them into bookstores or libraries is slim to none. Instead, a writer should get a literary agent who works on commission and a publisher who takes on the costs and gives the writer royalties in exchange.
There is also last-click attribution, which involves assigning the order commission to the correct affiliate. When you click an affiliate ad and buy something, the credit goes to the affiliate whose ad you last clicked.  So if you go looking for a coupon online, the coupon site will get the referral commission because they are the “last click” before the sale. However, we humans love to click as much as possible, so the order may not always get attributed to the correct affiliate. This can generate a lot of wasted spending because, as humans, we can’t resist clicking on things! It’s up the affiliate marketer to determine who the commission really belongs to.
As an affiliate, you will make money off commissions. If a company is offering a ridiculously high commission percentage, don't believe it straight away. It's not impossible (some programs really are quite generous), but it's better to do your research and see if they really pay out their affiliates. Also, make sure the products and services they offer are genuine and of good quality.

All CPA marketers put their eggs in one basket. I’ve seen plenty of the greats go from zero to hero and vice versa several time in their careers. The smart ones learn to build their own business in the process and pimp their products to CPA newbies (where the real money is). So if your only focus is to make the most money you can I would advise you not to spend it all because that business model won’t last.


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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