The inherent challenge that many advertisers have is identifying their customer’s buying habits. This disconnect comes from where advertisers believe their customers are going for their shopping versus where customers are actually buying from these advertisers. This misunderstanding on where consumers are coming from is not uncommon, but it does hinder an advertiser’s ability to be successful in affiliate marketing if they try to dictate where their customers should be looking, rather than focusing on where their customers already are.
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.
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Schefren brought something new to the Internet marketing business, which had hitherto been compared to the ‘old wild west.’ Where others had learned by experimentation tricks and fancy ways to apply direct marketing tactics to the on-line world, few knew how to run their businesses and enjoy quality time at home with their families. This was somewhat ironic since many of these Internet marketers were working out of bedroom, home-offices.


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?

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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.
And I was also been able to land on the biggest marketing blogs like Problogger.net, Daily blog tips, Basic blog tips and a lot more with my guest posts. The key here is – “I spend a lot of time from research to finish the posts I write”. If you create posts worth bookmarking, you will naturally attract links, shares and sales. That’s what you need to do – “create great content and add value”.
For a slightly different take on the subject and figuring out how to get targeted traffic onto your promoted links, you must have a look at Affiliate Marketing: Instant Traffic to Affiliate Links. A quick look at the reviews will help you decide if this is the exact course you are looking for. Sometimes the right approach is what is required to make a campaign work, this one might just work for you.
Review : I found the course comprehensive and I learned a lot. I wish I found this course when I still owned my Brick and Mortar store, it would have made a big difference in increasing my traffic. I had people coming into my store years after I was open telling me they had no idea my store existed. I used social media but now I see I wasn’t utilizing the platforms to their true potential and that they were not fully optimized at all. I look forward to using what I learned in this course on my next adventure. Makes me excited to get going. Thanks Diego. – Shawn Vesper
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.
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.

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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.
First of all - The 30-Day Challenge. This is a completely free 30-day course we put together over at MonetizePros. The goal of it is to teach you all of the critical skills in internet marketing while getting you to your first dollars in the first month as well as giving you a long-term road map to building out the business to something more serious.
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.
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.
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.

- A blog goes without saying - just think of your audience - do you want to target newbies, amateurs or pros? Each one of these people will be very different and will want to see different things on the site and a different angle so try just focusing on 1 of these groups rather than trying to cater to them all. I think if you targeted newbies for example you could build a good following because you are an expert compared to them - don't know your experience enough to comment on the other two.


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.
It’s no secret that affiliate marketing is built on the entrepreneurial spirit of its publishers and the variety and diversity of businesses driving the channel forward. It is also, by no means, just a business for the top performing elite. This attitude is now supported by brands more than ever as they initiate influencer campaigns and actively seek out offerings from smaller content publishers via Opportunity Marketplace.
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).

A blog/ pricecomparison website/ coupon website/ email marketer/ influencer/ or anyone else with an audience puts a special Link or banner (there are more options, but let’s keep it simple) on their site, network or newsletter to promote Brand X. If someone clicks on the link then buys something on the site of Brand X within a certain window of time, the Affiliate gets a commission. This could be a flat rate or a percentage of the sale.

My strategy was to get sales and traffic through SEO. That meant I could work 1 to 3 months without seeing any substantial increase in my affiliate commissions. But once my SEO tactics allowed my sites to climb Google’s ranking, then I would have a sudden increase in profits overnight. However, SEO became tougher and tougher, plus the mix of paid/organic results changed a lot in favor of paid listings.
*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. 
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