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!
The answer has assumed to be exclusivity: partner with a few publishers that reflect the high value that a luxury brand advertiser brings in their products, and capture that market that values exclusivity and high quality. However, there are publishing partnership opportunities in affiliate marketing that maintain that exclusivity and value while capturing new customers and extending the brand’s reach. In this case study, we take a close look at how luxury brands can yield high amounts of success in affiliate marketing by partnering with Coupon and Loyalty/Reward sites without compromising the brand’s high value.
Besides the already-quoted (a) substantial increase in affiliate-referred business (1,609% YoY increase in monetary sales volume, and 3,525% YoY increase in the number of items sold), the program now has (b) a well-diversified and active affiliate base, and (c) due to the proactive compliance policing and prompt removal of violators, it is now more attractive for new affiliates to join.
Google - I Googled everything!! Here are some of the actual things I Googled this past month: “Best Affiliate Marketing Networks”, “Popular WordPress Popup Plugins”, “Best Plugin for Affiliate Marketers Wordpress”, “Find Keywords Ranked by Competitor Website”, “Best Review Plugin for WordPress”, “Find Traffic Stats for Site Free”, and “Affiliate Marketing Case Studies”. Plus many more. As you can imagine the list was huge. I could write a whole post just full of my keyword searches. Another thing I did notice is that a lot of my searches returned the same information so I researched an alternative search engine and found DuckDuckGo…
yes I am aware of the search button as I posted. I am looking for direction and I want to "cut to the chase" I am not interested in spending months sifting through every single post about affiliate marketing trying to figure out what is good information and what is useless (as I am sure there are tons of useless posts and mis information) not to mention outdated information. 

Thanks Stuart for the article. I am just trying to clear some of my confusion. On TIWIB, there is hardly any content. I mean there are lot of images and ads going to Amazon and other retailers, but hardly any written content. Despite of thin content, the site is still ranking on google. What about the "content is king" statement that everybody brags about. I am assuming the site is ranking due to many of the products it is promoting are weird. Less competition and easy to rank.
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.
plenty of exact copies of TIWIB out there...I made one (www.coolkaboodle.com) using one of elegant themes WP themes...working on a new site using Elegant themes Divi (and set up a showcase site http://www.divithemeexamples.com)....no reason to copy TIWIB exactly....look for a new angle. more niche is needed I think as way to many copycat sites out there..FWIW my coolkaboodle site doesn't make a huge aount now I stopped maintaining/updating it...
As a consumer of CBD Oil products myself, I can testify to the tremendous results that CBD oil provides for those dealing with chronic pain and other ailments. Although I primarily blog about blogging and finance topics, I found that many of my friends and family were very interested in learning more about the benefits of using CBD Oil after seeing my quality of life improve drastically after using it.  I decided to research as to whether the company I buy my CBD Oil online had an affiliate program.  Turns out it did! (BTW – I purchase mine exclusively through Hemp & CBD Superstore.)  I found many other reputable companies had programs as well.  This provided an opportunity for me to actually help people going through my same struggles with pain AND create an additional income stream separate from my blog. Smart bloggers always create multiple income streams!
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.

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:
Now that you know my situation, I need to ask.. Wtf am I doing wrong? I've got the traffic. 85% is from the US my bounce rate has been under 1% for two weeks. I've got social media presence and likes. Very easy to find on google because of my linux post.. I cannot tell you what writing that did for my traffic, but there isn't anymore money coming in. I understand that the popularity of my best post did wonders as far as SEO, but shouldn't that come with at least a littler more money or clicks or anything?? I just don't get it!
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

Join one of the most effective CBD Affiliate and Vape Juice marketing programs for free and start making money immediately with some of the highest commission paid industry wide. With our tiered system you’ll be connecting your audience with some of the best vape juice products available while earning a bonus for helping them find them! This is your central hub for controlling the endless stream of commission revenue and related marketing materials as an affiliate of Hot Juice.


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.
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.
*Yes:  As you may have guessed, the link above is my two-tier affiliate link.  There are a few of these links on this site to pay me a small commission and allow me to keep this site free instead of a monthly membership site.  Using my two-tier affiliate link will not affect the amount of commission paid to you with this or any other program.  My commissions are paid out of the vendor’s cut, not yours.  

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.
Its amazing of the many affiliate programs that are out there where people are making a good living from them. For example the few that you mention that has such a great training model, wealthy affiliate tops them all because of the way this business is structure and I believe that wealthy affiliate has the best training program in the world when it comes to affiliate marketing. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Stuart, I'm thinking of using something like this for my niche, been looking at the covert store builder you talked about and have a few questions, I noticed that you're not using this software for your site any reason why? On a forum I read that there have been no updates for a while and have you tried the theme just wondering how responsive it is as this is why I'm broke is such a fast site (no loading time when scrolling ect).

You may not have given the Chris Farrell membership a fair try. You are right that it does start rather slow. Which is great for absolute newbies. You will find that you can eventually move at your own pace. By the time you complete his "21 days to success" (which you can complete much quicker if you want to) you will have a pretty solid, hands on understanding of Internet Marketing. I tried much more expensive coaching programs before finding Chris Farrell. I can tell you that there is a lot to be said for keeping it sweet and simple. No one does that better than Chris Farrell and his team. BTW... Support from Chris Farrell membership is incredible. If you do any research on him, you will see that he has a huge and happy following and still he makes you feel like you're needs and concerns matter to him, When friends and family ask me who I recommend, I ALWAYS point them to Chris Farrell and no, I am not an affiliate that hopes to gain something from this. I'm just a very happy member.
“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.” 

*Yes:  As you may have guessed, the link above is my two-tier affiliate link.  There are a few of these links on this site to pay me a small commission and allow me to keep this site free instead of a monthly membership site.  Using my two-tier affiliate link will not affect the amount of commission paid to you with this or any other program.  My commissions are paid out of the vendor’s cut, not yours. 
At number two we have CBD Essence which is also a top-quality CBD products manufacturer. For the affiliates, it has an added advantage due to its long cookie duration dogma which will help them to earn commission for a long time on their recommendations. In addition to this, the company offers absolutely high-quality products for various purposes keeping in mind their privileged customers. The customer-oriented shopping experience and fetching customer service are also great. So, these strong points definitely make this brand a competent one.
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?
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?
Hi Stuart, I'm thinking of using something like this for my niche, been looking at the covert store builder you talked about and have a few questions, I noticed that you're not using this software for your site any reason why? On a forum I read that there have been no updates for a while and have you tried the theme just wondering how responsive it is as this is why I'm broke is such a fast site (no loading time when scrolling ect).
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In 2004, she started an affiliate marketing program on the ShareASale.com platform. “I wanted to develop a diversified stream of revenue for my business,” Murphy explains. “At the time, almost all of our traffic came from search engines. We still rely on the search engines for much of our traffic, but we have developed other revenue streams, including our affiliate program.”

There are many types of marketing methods, but when we look at the big picture, affiliate marketing is the best to create automated income. With affiliate marketing, as soon as a visitor clicks on the affiliate link – no matter how many days later he purchases the product, it will still be considered as an affiliate sale, entitling you for a commission.


Thanks Stuart for the article. I am just trying to clear some of my confusion. On TIWIB, there is hardly any content. I mean there are lot of images and ads going to Amazon and other retailers, but hardly any written content. Despite of thin content, the site is still ranking on google. What about the "content is king" statement that everybody brags about. I am assuming the site is ranking due to many of the products it is promoting are weird. Less competition and easy to rank.
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