Yes I am definitely going to start an affiliate site/blog. Now I have to decide a niche. I am sure I will be able to do that easily with your help. My major concern is; how will I drive traffic to it? (though I know you have mentioned a lot of information about it on your blog). I have no major experience with social media marketing, etc - just some SEO. Any suggestions how I should move forward?
Starting from scratch was fun! It took a lot of time to plan and build the framework but I think once this gets going it will be really fun to write creative, targeted, and SEO rich content. I will spend a lot of time on this site since it’s truly in a niche I love already and generating content and traffic should be natural since I live in this world. I had originally planned on this being a small and very targeted niche site for just a couple products but I soon found that my outline was at 4 pages. In order to cull the list I decided that I could only focus on the top 3 subjects and the rest had to go to a “someday maybe” list that I’ll get to later. Right now I’ll only optimize and focus on those 3 subjects within the niche until the site is in the very top for that category - and hopefully that will generate a greater return than trying to focus on 15 very light topics.
“In the very beginning, I did have a few affiliates who I tracked with Yahoo! store’s Track Links affiliate system. There’s nothing particularly wrong with that system, but you have to have the time to constantly monitor it and remember to pay affiliates regularly,” Murphy explains. “It is very time consuming. Even at the very small scale that I was using it, I didn’t think it was practical.”
GRW is the manufacturer of the highest quality CBD Hemp oils and CBD products. The brand offers its users a safe, effective alternative to prescriptions painkillers, other toxic prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs that contain harsh chemical compounds alien to nature’s perfect remedies. This brand has more demand among the users as the products are formulated with soothing botanicals and natural plant-based ingredients. You will definitely gain more by joining its reward programs.
The best way to increase your own earnings is to offer your audience products that truly benefit their everyday lives. Our Hot Juice eliquid and CBD affiliate program was created to broaden the reach of a product line we created with passion to offer the world products they’ll immediately appreciate. In turn, your website will provide you with the growing fruit of an expanding marketplace without being directly linked either ideologically or ethically to the use or connotation of those products. The end result, is an endless stream of revenue generated by offering potential customers items they already want and pointing them towards a brand they can invest sincere trust in for a long-term business relationship that benefits everyone involved.
Reddit - I think this goes without saying. A few searches on the different subreddits and you will spend a ton of time reading about everything you should do, didn’t know you wanted to do, and didn’t know even existed. However I found that I was spending too much time on Reddit last month so I gave it up for Lent - I’m not Catholic so I don’t know how long my forced fast was supposed to be but those 2 weeks without the “Reddit Temptation” were very productive.
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There's an element of gambling to it, each campaign is a gamble to a certain degree, although it's an informed, educated gamble rather than just rolling a dice and hoping for the best. Well, actually, I think for some people rolling a dice would be just as effective, but hopefully if you decide that advertising is your thing, you'll do it intelligently.  

Hello, i love your website and all the good stuff you teach us:) I have a question concerning the copywrite of the pictures somebody would use on a site like thisiswhyimbroke.com. Is it enought to just link to the products? Is there any Disclaimer you would recommend for a site like this? What is your opinion on that? Thank you a lot for your help!

I say congrats regardless of which is your forte' becuase I genuinely think that once you find your "thing" you have the best possible chance of soaring. Most would be affiliate marketers flounder because they never find their forte', they end up confused, overloaded with info, not sure of what to do, and quit. This shouldn't happen to you if you figure out what your thing is.
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:

So you know at the beginning of the website the title "This is why Im broke" is big at the top center, but when you scroll down it gets smaller. Is that what you call Image Slider Plugin? Thank you for your reply. I am more going for Pinfinity but i like SympaGrid. I also like the one you recommended which is $47 but it is too simple and doesnt look as nicer as the other (Sympagrid&Pinfinity)

“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.
– It’s a personal channel where you convince real humans to take a chance on your brand and promote it. They might earn a commission if there’s a conversion, and they might not. This changes the dynamics of the channel too. You can’t just say: “Hey, do this for me! I’m paying you!” If you’re engaging with a new affiliate it’s because you think their audience would be interested in your client’s product or service – but it might not work and thus they might not get paid afterwards. It makes it more challenging but it also makes it more fun.

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The first tip is to not come into affiliate marketing with broad opinions of what won’t work. Rakuten account managers stress that overarching statements such as “We refuse to work with a certain publisher or publishing model” can be detrimental to early success. Affiliate marketing affords a lot of opportunities and countless potential, and limiting yourself to these opportunities will prevent you from gaining a competitive advantage in the affiliate space.

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There's an element of gambling to it, each campaign is a gamble to a certain degree, although it's an informed, educated gamble rather than just rolling a dice and hoping for the best. Well, actually, I think for some people rolling a dice would be just as effective, but hopefully if you decide that advertising is your thing, you'll do it intelligently. 
Affiliate Marketing Domination- Become A Super Affiliate- During this course, u will get to know some unobvious tricks and methodologies across affiliate marketing and an opportunity to learn about multiple platforms in one go. This training program includes Clickbank, CPA Marketing and Amazon.This course would let us know how to make money with and without a site and how to drive free organic traffic and monetize it.
And finally, before signing up for any type of affiliate marketer training program, ask yourself, “does this REALLY make sense?” For example, if someone is selling you an $8 e-book and that e-book is supposed to show you how to create websites that earn $10k per month on autopilot, do you really think that makes sense? If you figured out how to create “auto-pilot” websites that earn $10k per month would you give away your secrets to everyone in a measly $8 e-book? Of course not! You’d be spending your time building as many of those auto-pilot websites you could and become a billionaire!

Once people you know see how much you enjoy and benefit from NuLeaf Naturals CBD products it’s easy for them to start making purchases. We have found that networking on social media brings a great return. By simply posting your affiliate link with a picture of NuLeaf Naturals products, people will be curious and ask questions. Once they visit the site from your affiliate link and make purchases, you will begin generating commissions. The best part is you are helping people live a happier, healthier life!


But, I have a hard time focusing my attention and efforts so my one site idea suddenly turned into 3 sites to test 3 different approaches. I have an existing Fitness related site, a new Sports site and a new Outdoor site (we’ll creatively call them the FitnessSite, SportSite and OutdoorSite during this case study). I’m going to test building an authority site, a comparison/review site and a pure Amazon affiliate site and see how it goes. You’ll get to come along for the ride.
Today we’re going to talk about how to sell CBD oil online. CBD is Cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis. The most often discussed cannabinoid, and the one you’ve most likely heard of is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The difference between CBD and THC is that THC gets you high, while CBD does not. CBD is the compound in cannabis that is most often attributed to the medicinal benefits found in marijuana. While CBD won’t get you high, it is often used for anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, seizures and a whole lot more. The other difference between THC and CBD is that THC (and marijuana) products are still federally illegal (and in most states), while CBD is completely legal nationwide as long as it’s extracted from hemp. Because marijuana has recently become legal recreationally in a number of states, CBD has also dramatically increased in popularity due to the increase in coverage and availability.
Luxury brand advertisers have been empowered through affiliate marketing. Partnering with publishers that promote their products to very specific types of consumers, highlighting not just the features of the product but why those features are right for those shoppers, is a reach that wasn’t nearly as available years ago. This model of advertising achieves two goals simultaneously: shows shoppers why that particular luxury brand is right for them, and maintains that brand’s prestigiousness. However, there’s a challenge that many luxury brand advertisers face: how do they maintain prestige while simultaneously capturing new customers?
I'd recommend that you learn to touch type if you don't already (I learned to touch type as soon as I decide this was going to be my forte', it took a few weeks to master but it's not as difficult as it looks, and as well as being far more productive, it looks cool ;-). Just wait until the first time you're sat in a cafe' or something and someone looks over at you and says "Wow how do you type that fast!?" - it's great :-). 
I wish I could give more than 5 stars because this course deserves more stars. I have learned a lot by taking this course. I was able to complete two websites making them look half way decent because I used what was taught to create the websites in a matter of days. I still have to add content to the website but I was able to accomplish more by taking this course than I have by taking other courses. I really felt like I accomplished something by taking this course. I plan to watch it again several times. This course is great for anyone wanting to build a website. The website does not have to be an affiliate website. I advise everyone to use the same theme that he uses in the course. I will take more of his courses for sure. – Latoya Simmons
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!
Once you have traffic, you need to "make money" from this traffic. This is the fun part. Without spending a dime, you can promote all the top brands in the world through affiliate programs. As a WA member, you'll learn how you can choose from close to 600 MILLION products/services and easily promote them on your website. No inventory. No shipping. No support required.
Sometimes, you need a good refresher about how successful actual people can be. People who post about their success, people who try to help others become successful, people who don’t care about their niche being undercut because they know they’re the best at what they do. I’ve tracked down case studies from five of these successful marketers, and that’s what I’m bringing to you today.
Right now, there are hundreds of CBD companies you can promote and earn affiliate commissions from, but choosing the program that’s best for you is crucial. One method is to sign up for all of them, and review each CBD product/brand in a comparison chart or top 10 post, but that requires more effort than you realistically need in order to start earning money after learning how to sell CBD oil online. I recommend finding one reputable brand who has the best affiliate program for your specific needs, and to focus on that single program by promoting their products exclusively. After doing hours of research, I determined the best brand for my promotions would have to be Diem CBD. I didn’t make this decision lightly, but I did make it after hours of research and thorough testing. For starters, Diem CBD offers a 4 tier referral system, which is ideal for someone like me who is interested in referring new affiliates. Most CBD affiliate programs only offer commissions on direct sales, but Diem CBD offers lifetime commissions on referred affiliates as well, up to 4 levels deep. Before I decided to promote their products, though, I contacted them and asked for a discounted sample that I could try in exchange for an honest review of their product. I can’t in good faith promote a product I haven’t tried. So I tried their products and compared them with the local competition, and I can honestly say that their CBD products not only provided better results but they tasted better and lasted longer than anything I found at my local head shops. To be completely transparent, I haven’t tried all the online competition, and I don’t plan to because I am pleased with the quality of this product and I am motivated by Diem’s multi-level affiliate program.

There are SO MANY training programs out there all promising to make you rich online with as little effort as possible. Well, first of all, a good program will never promise you overnight success or millions of dollars. The fact is that it takes an average of 18 months to 2 years to build a successful affiliate marketing company online, and though there are some extreme examples where people make millions of dollars a year, most successful affiliate marketers earn a comfortable living. I highly recommend you check out the following two articles:
When you enroll in this program, you’ll be a part of the best CBD affiliate program for vape juice online, you’re beginning a journey, a professional relationship with a company focused on serving people the highest quality vape products available. As a result, the Hot Juice eliquid and CBD affiliate program transforms the organic traffic that already exists on your website into actual dollar amounts. You’ll be pleasantly surprised on a regular basis at how much your earning potential translates directly into impressive *lifetime commissions with the simple addition of a banner. Join the Hot Juice vape affiliate program and start seeing the benefits today.

Hey, Sarai! Sure, you can be an affiliate without a website, it’s just about being creative. So, to answer your question… no, you do not need a self-hosted website to be an affiliate for most affiliate programs out there. And even if you’d need to submit one, during the sign-up process, you can always use any of hundreds, even thousands web 2.0 platform and create something there. Creating a CBD blog is, of course, a good idea, you could also create your own Youtube channel, FB page, Instagram, and on and on… just be creative, there are no limits.
Cannabis-related products are clearly a massive growth business, now you can see the dividends of that revenue stream without making any investment up front. It’s a low risk, high yield opportunity for you to monetize an existing market and earn a constant flow of commissions with the simple click of a button. The Hot Juice CBD and ejuice affiliate program is designed to bring recurring benefits to you and top shelf vape products to the people who will definitely appreciate them.
The site has grown immensely popular as one of the first of its kind, though its design has been mimicked endlessly in the years since it reached success. It’s estimated that, as of the time of the post I linked above, it was making an estimated $20,000 per month from Amazon affiliate sales alone, along with more from, eBay partner sales and referrals to a whole host of other sites, like ThinkGeek and Wicked Lasers.
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.
Cannabis-related products are clearly a massive growth business, now you can see the dividends of that revenue stream without making any investment up front. It’s a low risk, high yield opportunity for you to monetize an existing market and earn a constant flow of commissions with the simple click of a button. The Hot Juice CBD and ejuice affiliate program is designed to bring recurring benefits to you and top shelf vape products to the people who will definitely appreciate them.
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.
We pay you 15% commission on every sale that comes through the NuLeafNaturals.com website using your affiliate link. Note: We do not pay affiliate commissions on wholesale orders. You can not receive commissions on your own orders through your own affiliate link or wholesale orders from you or other wholesale accounts. We are not able to go back and readjust commissions so please make sure your referrals are using your link when they order.
Cannabis-related products are clearly a massive growth business, now you can see the dividends of that revenue stream without making any investment up front. It’s a low risk, high yield opportunity for you to monetize an existing market and earn a constant flow of commissions with the simple click of a button. The Hot Juice CBD and ejuice affiliate program is designed to bring recurring benefits to you and top shelf vape products to the people who will definitely appreciate them.
With one of the highest paid CBD affiliate marketing programs in the vape industry, Hot Juice offers massive incentives that benefit both those enrolled and their audience. Just for pointing your readers to our superior CBD eliquid and premium vape juice products, you experience the benefits of being a cannabis affiliate. Become a part of the smoke free future by getting in on the ground floor of a “high growth”, green industry with the Hot Juice eliquid and CBD affiliate program.
Share your personal affiliate link we provide on emails, websites, blogs, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media source. For every person who clicks on your affiliate link and makes a CBD purchase, you get a commission of that sale. We can also provide you a custom coupon code that will further entice your target audience to make a purchase. This coupon code can be printed on business cards or shared on social media to further boost sales. Your special coupon code will also keep track of your sales so we can pay your commission.
Hempbombs offers natural CBD products with viable prices in the market. It focuses solely on the best and involving customer experience thus rendering more sales. This is the plus point for all those who want to join their affiliate program. The high conversion rates attract more affiliate towards it gainful affiliate program. The influential marketing content for a promotional purpose, the simple pay structure, and the facility to earn indirect revenue through sub-affiliates add up to make it a top brand. 

If you noticed the first table in my summary it showed that one of my sites was active with over 3000 posts before I started this case study. I used to run it as a business and I had 11 paid freelancers all writing content for me for a couple of years. It didn't work out - the business model was flawed as well as a lot of other factors - but the content was already paid for so I left it up there. Other than the content that was in the first table, I wrote everything myself this past month. I'm pretty good at structuring articles and pumping out content. I get that from college - my B.S. skills are pretty good! Thanks for the question!
One of the most sought after and highly recommended course is this one on Guide to Effective Affiliate Marketing Strategies by Kudus Adu. Not only does he focus on create an affiliate marketing strategy, he focuses on best practices to create money pages, tells you how to build your email marketing list and how to profit from it. He clearly asks people looking for ‘get rich quick strategies’ to stay away from the course.

#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.
Rakuten Marketing is the global leader in integrated marketing solutions. With 16 offices around the world, our integrated marketing solutions span affiliate, display and search. Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, we have offices throughout the United States and in Australia, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. Rakuten Marketing empowers marketers to transcend the conventional and achieve the full potential of digital marketing. We deliver data-driven personalized ad experiences that engage consumers – across screens, platforms and traditional publishers – and influence them to purchase. Our commitment to transparency provides consumer journey insights that allow us to continually optimize for performance.
“Parasites” is industry slang for any technology that unfairly takes credit for a completed purchase. For example, if a consumer types www.crazyforbargains.com directly into the address bar of a browser, any resulting sale should be attributed to a direct type-in, also called a direct load. If the consumer has adware residing on his or her computer, it is possible that the adware will take credit for the direct load. Adware may also be able to overwrite affiliate cookies, so it could also take credit for affiliate-referred traffic.
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!
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Selectiveness Can Make for Few Options: Luxury Brands that are trying to find content publishing partners may run into the issue that, by the time they narrow down their selection, there are only a select few options available for them to work with. This creates a challenge for Luxury Brands who are looking to develop a successful affiliate model: fewer publishers mean fewer opportunities, and fewer opportunities will result in an uphill battle.
As the demand for products created from the marijuana plant such as CBD oil and vape juice increases, more potential users are seeking the benefits of those compounds every day. Becoming the conduit where they find those products helps that growing number of individuals receive the benefits those items provide as well as the added gratuity of healthy commissions for matching them with vape juice made with either 99% pure CBD isolate, the highest quality nicotine possible in addition to integrity, passion and care.
In a competitive market of live chat softwares it’s easy to get confused. Especially for customers not delved into the specifics of the industry. That’s where dedicated product reviews come in handy. ChatToolTester.com sheds some light on how they gain new referrals by reviewing live chats and blogging about best practices in the industry. It should be pinpointed as a perfect affiliate marketing case study.
To draw traffic to your site, you must provide relevant content that speaks to the particular audience you are trying to reach. For instance, if you are interested in vaping, you could provide your audience with information about how to vape CBD oil and medical cannabis, the benefits of vaping CBD, and the many options they have, between pen-style vaporizers, and tank-and-coil mods and various weed products that can be vaped.
GRW is the manufacturer of the highest quality CBD Hemp oils and CBD products. The brand offers its users a safe, effective alternative to prescriptions painkillers, other toxic prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs that contain harsh chemical compounds alien to nature’s perfect remedies. This brand has more demand among the users as the products are formulated with soothing botanicals and natural plant-based ingredients. You will definitely gain more by joining its reward programs.
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If she is already someone who likes to write about beauty and skin-care and has several friends/followers on her social channels that like the topic, she can start promoting FOREO products to them. This second program from FOREO can turn out to be a faster, easier and more enjoyable for her compared to the electronics affiliate program we saw earlier.
I can’t remember exactly when, but I decided to turn online looking for earnings. Various scams and attempts to “get rich quick” came and went. I tried a bit of MLM (failed), tried to earn money with spread betting (failed), tried this and that (failed this and was terrible at that), before I eventually found a community that would train me. Think of it as half “training course” and half “forum”.
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.
By identifying commercial products mentioned within a publisher’s content, VigLink automatically monetizes those terms by transforming them into revenue generating hyperlinks whose destinations are determined in real-time auctions. Our technology works across sites, apps, and social networks so you can focus on your business, earn more, and avoid the hassle of managing countless affiliate programs. 

#1. Wealthy Affiliate - Wealthy Affiliate is my top choice for anyone interested in learning how to create an online business. The training is the best out there and websites and hosting are all included in the program. They also have a free option to join without a credit card so that you can see what is available in the program before you purchase.
The one main thing I learned this month is that it’s not easy work. Well, it is actually pretty easy work compared to being an electrician in winter or a heart surgeon… but overall it’s very time consuming and requires a lot of mental power. I was tired after this month. I also realized after the 3rd week of research that there probably isn’t one BEST WAY to do things - everyone has their own opinions and they all counter each other - if you’re looking for the answer it’s not going to come - there just isn’t one answer to any of this. The best SOLUTION is to just get going and see how it goes otherwise you will suffer “Analysis Paralysis”.
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