I don’t regret the attempt and I certainly don’t discount the lessons I learned. I do however regret that I hadn’t learned more about affiliate marketing while I was running my own show. I certainly would have been in a different place if I had known even a little bit about it. The one business that’s still around had a pretty robust website that was focused in the fitness “niche”. At the time that I stopped working on my business we peaked at around 30K pageviews for the month (early 2012) but were only generating about $600/month in advertising revenue! Ahhh, hindsight! I was trying to go door-to-door and get advertisers to buy ads - wow, that was hard.
“We recruit affiliates far and wide using our in-house recruitment tool, AffiliateRecruitment.com. We also participate in forums, purchase paid search advertising, attend Internet conferences, and more to promote the CrazyForBargains affiliate program. Once affiliates are aware of the program, they’re very likely to sign up and begin promoting the program due to all the benefits I described previously,” Nunez explains.

The basic idea that I had when starting out was to research all the sites that are currently in my niche and take detailed notes about what I liked and didn’t like about their sites. I didn’t critique content, per se, just the format, layout & structure of their sites. If their menu only had 3 items in it and I couldn’t find my way around easily then I made a note of that. If they had a ton of flashy ads in the right sidebar, and I found it distracting, then I took note of that as well. The general rule here is that I was building a site that I would want to visit – and one I would be proud to say I created… so I know what I like and I just used other sites to help me articulate what that is.
As far as advice, quite frankly I feel like the cool products magazine niche is oversaturated and competition is very high, so my best advice is to probably just find a new idea for a website/improve upon an idea for an existing website that doesn't have a lot of competition. When I started TIWIB there wasn't that much competition, but now theres hundreds of sites just like us.
The chances are, it will take you a while creating new blog posts until you start to get your first 10 proper reads (most of the visits to your blog initially will be bots and so on), then your first 100 will be next, and so on - but before you know it, you'll be happy with the quality of the posts you're churning out, you'll be writing to thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of readers, and generating tonnes and tonnes of lovely, high quality traffic to your sales funnels as a result!

Next, it’s completely normal to have reservations about publishers that are in coupon/loyalty based programs, but just because they’re more widespread across their advertiser offerings doesn’t mean they won’t give special treatment to Luxury Brand advertisers. Rakuten affiliate experts noted that many publishers in these models recognize the importance of presentation and aesthetics for Luxury Brands and are more than happy to provide customized brand pages for their luxury partners. The best way to find out how to accomplish this is to work with your Rakuten account representative.

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