From humble beginnings and big dreams, Welsh travellers Craig Holmes and Aimee Bannister have developed their travel bug into a travel business by documenting their journey around the world. With a successful YouTube channel, clothing line and website, Kinging-it are now growing their affiliate presence. We speak to both Craig and Aimee as they tell us how they got into affiliate marketing and how they are looking to grow their programme going into 2017.
Over the last 20 years, I have seen lots of training courses. I agree with most of your experts. Site Build It was the first good training course I took shortly after Ken Envoy launched it. I have gone the Affiliorama route and thought it was a good program for beginners. At the time I took the course, there weren’t many options for niches. I have heard good things about Chris Farrell’s program but personally have not taken it. Wealthy Affiliate is by far the best program. Members learn to build an online business regardless of the niche(s) they select. Wealthy Affiliate also has a very strong support system in place. The active community of members means people can get their questions answered quickly.
Hey Anh. I found this article very convincing and informative. I like how you went the extra mile to show your readers the process of signing up and getting started. You also made it clear that this wasn’t a get rich quick scheme, and truth be told people still fall for those type of things because they aren’t ready to put in the work and have patience. The way of the entrepreneur isn’t the easiest path, but it is the most rewarding. Thanks for this article.
As an affiliate marketer for Hot Juice you’ll not only have access to a range of advertising content but the ability to choose between hundreds of banners for either traditional eliquid or CBD vape juice. Experience twice the reach, twice the conversions and twice the affiliate marketing commissions with Hot Juice. As part of the Hot Juice affiliate network you’ll have access to endless content to help your audience discover the best vape juice and CBD products available. Give yourself the opportunity to reach a broader scope of potential customers when you become an affiliate of Hot Juice.
#2. Site Build It - Site Build It is my second choice for learning how to create an online business. The training is very good and you get one website with hosting included. There is no free option, which is one of the reasons that it is not my first choice. I started here back in 2007 and the education that I received was very valuable and helped me to achieve a great level of success.

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Affiliate Network. This is the company that helps brands set up their affiliate programs. Brands who don’t want to spend the time and effort to set up their own affiliate program from scratch will normally partner with an affiliate network to save costs and overheads. Though so, not all brands will choose to partner with an affiliate network to market their products.
Easily one of the most popular brands in the CBD vape industry, Koi CBD has been a customer favorite for years. What this means for affiliates is that they can depend on a high-converting user experience driven by strong brand loyalty. Combined with great payouts and dedicated affiliate support,  Koi CBD’s offers one of the best CBD affiliate programs around.
It was about 2 years from starting how to make money online before I found Wealthy Affiliate, spending loads on sites which had none or very little training, Scams! Then when I signed up for WA I couldn`t believe how good it was with all the help when you had problems and questions, there is a community of dedicated entrepreneurs some with years of marketing experience giving you a hand when you`re stuck which with me was quite a bit.
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DuckDuckGo - It’s an alternative search engine to Google - it doesn’t track your history so the results it returns (in theory) are completely unbiased. This was nice when I was doing keyword research as well as other searches. I felt like my results were more targeted around the specific keywords and not around the ads, my history or whatever else Google thought I would like to see. I found a lot of high quality resources on page one of DDG that were on page 27 of my Google searches so I would have never found them otherwise.
Always research the companies that you plan to join! This is becoming a booming industry and there isn't yet much in the way of regulation to ensure safe and quality products. When researching CBD Oil affiliate programs, look for reviews (not from their own sites) that mention things about the quality of the products, as well as information on shipping and customer service.  Be on the lookout for any negative reviews that raise flags. The best way to promote is to try the products and then begin with that company so you can fully testify to it.
I've worked my way up to between 1,500 and 3,000 avg daily visitors and I'm just a month and a week. So considering that nothing was payed for with anything but time and typing, I'd say I'm on to something.. Actually, the last article I wrote has gotten over 200 facebook likes and 6,000 views in two days. This might not mean much to a lot of you because you actually know what you're doing, but I'm proud. My problem is going to be an obvious one that many have asked, so admins I apologize to you. But for the love of this community, I need your help.
The meat of the post is his month by month playbook and recounting of how his site grew. The first month was all about creating and setting up the site, as well as how he chose a product and how he decided to monetize it. This highlights the sheer amount of work he put into research and content to fill his site. He dug deep into reviews for his chosen product and he wrote deep reviews stretching into the 2,500-word range. Month 1, he had just over 800 visitors and made $115.

If your customers enroll in the Hot Juice auto-delivery program, as the referring affiliate you’ll receive regular commissions for every repeated order they make. Picture yourself getting a regular check that you can depend on while your customers get the vape juice and CBD products they love on the same schedule. Happiness is delivered door-to-door on both ends with continuous commissions that correspond with recurring deliveries of America’s favorite vape juice.
Great example and breakdown of not only a unique approach to niche marketing, but an excellent example that sometimes you need to think outside the box. Although, I am certainly not going to advocate to affiliate marketers that having quality content is not important, TIWIB is a prime example that there are in fact, other approaches. It certainly gets my wheels turning and provides some great ideas. You make some excellent suggestions here too. I may still be in the earlier stages of diving back into Internet Marketing, but I am a firm believer based on my experience through the years and witnessing both positive and negative affects of various IM practices that it is always wise to spread your efforts out. I think your odds of generating traffic increase dramatically when you set your sites up to rely on multiple sources of traffic. Quite simply, not putting all of your eggs in one basket. I have really enjoyed your newsletters and blog posts and I have seen them all! I only subscribe to a very few these days. Again, thanks for sharing and all the best!
DuckDuckGo - It’s an alternative search engine to Google - it doesn’t track your history so the results it returns (in theory) are completely unbiased. This was nice when I was doing keyword research as well as other searches. I felt like my results were more targeted around the specific keywords and not around the ads, my history or whatever else Google thought I would like to see. I found a lot of high quality resources on page one of DDG that were on page 27 of my Google searches so I would have never found them otherwise.
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.
Access more than a hundred courses on various aspects of affiliate marketing and related domains on Skillshare, by simply subscribing to the platform for nearly zero cost. The best part is that you are not charged until a few months, so you can test things out and cancel subscription at any point if you want. The courses here include techniques on how to drive traffic to your website for free, how to use Instagram for promoting offers, how to set up an Affiliate Business and a lot more.

Quora - similar to Reddit but it’s not anonymous so you have to limit how much you ask/share if you want to protect your niche and your ideas. But, it’s nice for getting answers from actual “known” experts. That’s the one drawback to Reddit - someone on here that claims to be an authority could actually just be some guy living in his mom’s basement regurgitating information found on the internet.
This month I broke the site! I had originally used this site for local news & information so each subdomain was specific to a region. Each one had it’s own WP instance and, in some cases, duplicated content. I had to get rid of those so I merged all the content and deleted all the subdomains & consolidated. This made me take a huge hit in traffic. My webmaster tools on Google now show that I have 1400 404! error pages. This is concerning since it also shows that I have 229 external backlinks - so I fixed the main ones and redirected the rest as best I could. I also found an internal link checking tool (Broken Link Checker by Janis Elsts) and it showed that I had over 2200 Broken Links! I’m not sure I’ll ever fix all of them but at least this way they are identified. This is going to be a long process to rebuild but I knew that coming in since the whole strategy will pivot. But at least I have some quality content and a base of users/traffic that I can start to regrow. 

Over the month that my site has been live, I've made $8 with with a combo of Chitika and infolinks.. In two weeks... With 24,000 visitors.. Before I get a ton of comments about why I shouldn't have used Chitika and infolinks, shush. Before those, I made $0 with amazong affiliates and ebay partners and Adsense won't approve because of lack of content. But because my site has actually become something special, I don't want to dishonor my work with crap ads that dont pay. So now i've ditched chitika and infolinks, and signed up with cj, maxbounty, amazon, ebay, shareasale, and a few others I cannot remember because I'm slightly intoxicated at the moment.. Basically, I have options as far as ads. The site is based on making the best of old tech, and the article that is doing really well is on Linux, so I'm currently showing primarily ads for a free tablet through maxbounty. Just started those today though. Also showing a few other affiliate links that I've written about and could incorporate. I take pride in the way my site looks and only add ads when they are appropriate and look good. I tell my readers, very clearly and pleasantly, that ads help to pay for the content that they read and to whitelist my site. If the ads are ugly or irrelevant, they don't pass.i've even payed for a few things that I advertise lol.
Yet again a trusted brand of CBD oil and pure cannabidiol products which are reasonably priced and ships to all 50 states. The plus point is that you don’t need to show the prescription before buying the product. This will bring in more buyers from your blog and you will get more heavy pockets. The products are 100% natural, not high at all, and are lab tested so as to provide the high-quality standardized product to its users. The site contains genuine user reviews which help in building the trust.
There are challenges to running a successful affiliate program. One of them is “trademark bidding,” the practice of affiliates submitting pay-per-click bids on a brand name or trademark, hoping to get their ads to appear in search engine results when a consumer searches for that brand or trademark. Traditional marketing theory would attribute that traffic to successful branding campaigns, not to an affiliate who manages to bid high enough to get its affiliate link listed in results. Nunez combats that with constant monitoring of search engine results.
Truthfully, I'm not an expert on affiliate marketing. Perhaps if I was better at analytics, I could optimize my website for higher conversions and increased revenue and such. But I just approach things with the mentality of "how can I make the best possible website that people will want to share with their friends?". I don't really focus on how to make the most money - I'm still just looking for ways to improve the user experience.
The words on the program page could have been my very thoughts that you put into writing. I have been researching this for a while and have the ‘overload’ of info. Would you be willing and able to allow me to work out a payment plan with you for your program? I know that $77 doesn’t sound like much to most but to me, it is the ability to pay my next month’s bills or not. Do you think it would be better to purchase the program or put the money towards your mentoring program. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration.
There’s a lot of skepticism in the affiliate marketing community about how many people are actually successful out there. I can certainly appreciate why that is, too. Anyone would be skeptical if they looked around and noticed the only people making money in affiliate marketing were the people selling tools to help newbie affiliate marketers get into the game.
HempMeds is a CBD Oil company, which is causing quite a buzz among medical scientists and patients. The past year has seen a surge of interest in cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabis compound with significant therapeutic properties. Numerous commercial start-ups and internet retailers have jumped on the CBD bandwagon, touting CBD derived from industrial hemp as the next big thing, a miracle oil that can shrink tumors, quell seizures, and ease chronic pain—without making people feel “stoned.”
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Nunez immediately saw the potential of the CrazyForBargains affiliate program, and thought it would be successful because it paired a generous commission rate with an extensive inventory of a niche product. “They have a wide variety of fun family sleepwear at very affordable prices, and free shipping for purchases exceeding $40. Further, they have a terrific conversion rate. Put that all together, and they are a very attractive program to promote for all affiliate marketers,” Nunez explains.
When I first decided to start my own company and was looking into the different ways to make money online, I was shocked by the number of scams, so-called “gurus” and get-rich-quick schemes that were out there. I kept coming across company after company, website after website, promising to help me make millions online overnight. These “get-rich-quick” schemes were a huge turn off and made me think there was actually no legitimate way to make money online other than becoming a part of these schemes. It got so bad that I almost gave up and resigned myself to the fact that I’d never be able to start my own business and I’d spend my life working as a long-haul truck driver the rest of my life. If you want to read my full success story you can do so here.

And speaking of customers, one of the best ways your Luxury Brand can gain an advantage by simply thinking about who their customers are, not who they envision them to be. According to Rakuten affiliate experts, the challenge comes from Luxury Brand advertisers thinking that their customers prioritize the presentation and exclusivity of the brand, which is why they’d prefer to learn about products from places like content sites versus coupon/loyalty programs. While it’s true that customers do appreciate the value and presentation of the brand, they’re not on coupon sites or loyalty sites for a discount or because they can’t afford the brand otherwise – just the opposite in fact. Most affluent shoppers are looking to buy Luxury Brands through these sites because they’re looking to earn value in places other than savings. This could be because of a rewards-type structure on loyalty sites, or free shipping on a coupon site. Knowing your customers are key, knowing where they shop and why is even better. the graphic on the right illustrates the mindset of affluent consumers: they shop for the best deal the can, even if that deal means finding their savings somewhere other than the pricetag. 

This is probably going to just be a preference, but when I am building smaller niche sites, they are about 30-50 pages/posts long. I target my main keywords, and then the rest of the posts target smaller keywords and I interlink my posts with other content on my site. Once I have about 30-50 pages of good long engaging content, i will then start link building.
In July 2009, Murphy hired an outsourced program manager to run the affiliate program. She chose Michael Nunez of AffiliateManager.com. Nunez’s fees range between $2,500 and $5,000 per month. The variance depends on whether or not there are performance incentives in place, and on whether additional services are needed such as design and development.
I was just reading your article and it seems like all of these experts are pointing primarily towards this one course – Wealthy Affiliate. Do you have anymore information about this course? What is it exactly and how does it work? Furthermore, I actually have a bit of experience myself with Affiliorama and I find that it’s so tough because of all the information. I get so overwhelmed. Is Wealthy Affiliate better in terms of this?

The meat of Darren’s post is about why he chose to use Amazon for his affiliate marketing, despite all of the perfectly valid criticisms out there. Amazon commissions are small, sure, and a lot of Amazon products are cheap, so success often relies on big ticket niches – which are packed – or volume, which takes a long time to build. However, he points out:
I've worked my way up to between 1,500 and 3,000 avg daily visitors and I'm just a month and a week. So considering that nothing was payed for with anything but time and typing, I'd say I'm on to something.. Actually, the last article I wrote has gotten over 200 facebook likes and 6,000 views in two days. This might not mean much to a lot of you because you actually know what you're doing, but I'm proud. My problem is going to be an obvious one that many have asked, so admins I apologize to you. But for the love of this community, I need your help.  

Very thoroughly explained helpful information on Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy affiliate is a great platform but one of the bad things about it is once you sign up for premium, you can’t cancel your membership without it affecting your website. When first starting with Wealthy Affiliate, many don’t ever achieve success because they overestimate the difficulty of making a site with all the helpful resources within Wealthy Affiliate. Thanks for the helpful information on this site. Cheers!
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