But it literally changed my life… I moved out of my parent’s house (sigh) into a nice studio in downtown Denver, bought my first car (a Mercedes c300), adopted 2 kitties, and my credit raised 45 points. I also donated $6,000 to GoFundMe campaigns. I’m a humble dude but in affiliate marketing, the numbers do the talking. So… I want to show you how I did it. Enjoy!
PPPS. I am also involved in the making of the (2nd) ever documentary about internet marketing, that will be launched in June, and will first go on VICE, and then onto Netflix. Its called ‘Make $ Online’, and being shot by Joseph Burgess. Top JVs will have the opportunity to be covered, and immortalized in this documentary, that will be released nationwide.

To make money from affiliate marketing, you need to ascertain that the product has a high demand. No matter how much efforts you make, you might make little or no sales, it totally depends on the demand of the product. You need to know if it is what your audience really needs. If you manage to get a reasonable amount of traffic on your site, then you can run a small online survey to get input from visitors.
The ‘Xtreme Case Study Archive’, shows interviews with affiliate marketers who are actually making money. The videos are quite long (some over 2 hours) and the guests are VERY transparent about what they do and HOW they do it. However, I don’t blame you for not going into this section. Having to watch multiple 2 hour + interviews would take a LOT of time.
Websites and services based on Web 2.0 concepts—blogging and interactive online communities, for example—have impacted the affiliate marketing world as well. These platforms allow improved communication between merchants and affiliates. Web 2.0 platforms have also opened affiliate marketing channels to personal bloggers, writers, and independent website owners. Contextual ads allow publishers with lower levels of web traffic to place affiliate ads on websites.[citation needed]

Some advertisers offer multi-tier programs that distribute commission into a hierarchical referral network of sign-ups and sub-partners. In practical terms, publisher "A" signs up to the program with an advertiser and gets rewarded for the agreed activity conducted by a referred visitor. If publisher "A" attracts publishers "B" and "C" to sign up for the same program using his sign-up code, all future activities performed by publishers "B" and "C" will result in additional commission (at a lower rate) for publisher "A".
And finally, while a great community already exists, if you use this link to create your free account I will personally be notified, at which point, I will shoot you a quick message saying hello and offering some free mentoring. So check out Wealthy Affiliate using my affiliate link and once you get inside, be sure to reply to my welcome message and introduce yourself!
Another major issue is that when I went through his programs, he was heavily promoting MOBE (My Own Business Education) inside his course. However, MOBE is another very scammy program which was shut down by FTC a few months ago. I’m not sure which program John is promoting right now. But just take note that you’ll have to purchase many other things within his course.
SEO: getting consistent traffic by writing AWESOME content about your keywords (there’s a phrase “length is strength” in SEO and this paid off big time for me). Maybe you’re doing videos or an eCourse, but I found blog posts WAY easier to update which means less maintenance. The biggest factor by FAR was the time I spent meticulously creating my tutorials… which eventually resulted in a sudden 3x increase in SEO traffic
I wrote an entire article about this, but I generally tell people to wait it out for 6 to 12 months before you start seeing any revenue. Most of this really depends on YOU. Some people are able to learn quicker than others, but the main thing is how quickly you can create kick-butt content for your site. The more content you write, the more likely you will begin ranking in the search engines. Just notice that my websites have 100’s of pages of content and I continually add more. How long will it take you to write 100 to 200 pages of content? That’s about how long it will take.

He is the co-founder of Neil Patel Digital. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies. Neil is a New York Times bestselling author and was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 35 by the United Nations.


Nicely written and so helpful info. Having too much advertisement in a site is so painful for visitor cause it makes the site look cheaper. Instead, If one can limit the number of one’s advertisement and have some affiliation it would be way cool and wouldn’t be so harsh for the visitors . You have shared some significant point for affiliate marketing . Thanks for sharing
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.

When it comes to marketing products, exposure is everything. With paying the affiliates you will have a chance to have worldwide marketing. People around the world will recognize your products. It is necessary for you to ask your affiliate to mention a twenty-four-hour service so the potential customers will always be able to access your website. Make sure you have customers service online for twenty-four hours.


ClickBank allows you to join for free, and the approval process is virtually automatic, so it’s a great choice for people entering the affiliated game for the first time. ClickBank has a ton of information, including FAQs, walk-throughs, and videos available, so the barrier to entry is quite low. There’s also a (paid) program called ClickBank University with courses and assistance from experienced marketers.
Hey Tom, thanks for this tutorial – it’s a good thing to get a tutorial like this from a trusted person like you and not from the thousands of (sometimes) confusing articles about passive income/affiliate marketing/clickfunnels and what not that I come across from time to time, I am making a living as a web designer and I have been thinking of pivoting from design and creative work to focus on passive income but didn’t know where to start. This is the perfect foundation article I have seen so far and I ‘d like to ask if you have any further reading/guides/videos on affiliate marketing that you’d recommend. I like to do my deep research before starting :) One more thing, there are some broken or missing images in this article, it could be my browser but check from your side too because there are quite a few images (e.g your Mercedes) that are missing. Thanks
The last but not the least quality to succeed in this kind of business is being optimistic. What other people say and negative attitudes should not discourage you from advancing. Whenever you venture on a business people are going to have all kinds of say, regardless of what you think. Do not be discouraged, let your burning desire drive you and keep you headed towards your goals.
I am a new blogger, it’s been around 8 months blogging and now i have built a good number of traffic and following that i need to get into affiliate marketing. Can i get some guide on which program i should go for that won’t make things complex for me a lot in beginning? Like so many on engine available I found this revglue company from UK which is 100& commission for affiliates and free affiliate CMS plugins(wordpress) ….. should i go for that or should i just keep searching or maybe you can suggest me something. I’ll try to link you with that tool list of theirs revglue(.)com/free-wordpress-plugins any sort of guide is appreciated.
Tradedoubler was founded in 1999 by two young Swedish entrepreneurs. They have offices in the UK and multiple countries throughout Europe, including Sweden, Germany, France, Poland and Spain. Their focus has always been to provide smarter results for both clients and affiliates through technology. In 18 years, they’ve amassed an army of 180,000 active publishers, connecting them to over 2,000 merchants in Europe and the UK. Many of these merchants are household names.
So, before you criticize any other Wealthy Affiliate member’s website, please do your own research and don’t just criticize based on your own limiting beliefs. I can’t guarantee for other people but I can swear to you 100% with my life that I always write my reviews honestly based on thorough research. The proofs are all on my website if you’re willing to do your own research.
Actually Nunya, Jafar’s English is very good, with only a few very minor errors, and far better than most English speakers. It is simply not true that you can “barely read it”, it’s as good as yours. Most Americans, Australians and British I see online have very poor spelling and grammar, and use memorized abbreviations and SMS-speak instead wherever possible. You cannot sound as if you have something to teach people, if it sounds as if you still have to learn basic literacy yourself!
Amazon’s affiliate program is the most popular of them all. I don’t participate myself (yet) but the majority of affiliate marketers I know use Amazon because… it’s Amazon. You can review products you have used or write tutorials (eg. how to connect computer to TV) and drop an affiliate link to an HDMI cable… just a couple examples. You may want to build relationships with the manufacturers so you can get products before they’re released – giving you time to create a review before the product is launched and capture sales during peak buying times.

Article marketing — this method seeks to gain a higher ranking in search engine results by establishing the marketer as a credible source that won't use spam software.[33] Many marketers use websites like Ezine Articles to publish articles that contain a unique "resource box," and as other bloggers and website managers republish the article (with the resource box intact), the marketer who published the original article gradually earns higher search engine rankings.[34]

Target 1-2 Keywords Per Article – until you can successfully rank for 1 keyword for an article, don’t try targeting 2. Once you get the hang of it and are ready to write an article around 2, choose a secondary keyword that is a synonym of your primary keyword. An example would be “Slow WordPress Site” and “Why Is WordPress Slow.” Then craft your article title/SEO title/meta description to mention individual words of each – while making them read nicely.
Once you’ve learned all the basics, you will be well on your way to creating multiple income streams. The reason I believe this is so important is that these systems come and go. I’m not saying his will, but what if it does? You’re left with nothing. If he decides to take his business in another direction, you will lose all the premade templates. And if you have no training for anything else, you’re back at square one.
Some advertisers offer multi-tier programs that distribute commission into a hierarchical referral network of sign-ups and sub-partners. In practical terms, publisher "A" signs up to the program with an advertiser and gets rewarded for the agreed activity conducted by a referred visitor. If publisher "A" attracts publishers "B" and "C" to sign up for the same program using his sign-up code, all future activities performed by publishers "B" and "C" will result in additional commission (at a lower rate) for publisher "A".
Thanks for warning us about this scam, Jerry. I have come across Crestani’s videos online before, and I’m always skeptical when I see someone flaunting their cars, houses, jets, etc. coughtailopezcough Like you, I have tried Wealthy Affiliate, and I do consider it to be the best of its kind around. They don’t promise you commissions in 2 hours because, as you wrote, that’s impossible. Great review.
This program is strictly about paid advertising. John Crestani has developed a 3-step sales funnel and teaches you how to use it. He wants to show you his secrets, but really, there’s nothing secret about this. This is what a sales funnel is. In fact, there is another program available online that does this same thing. It’s called the Inbox Blueprint by Anik Singal. You can read my review here.
Another Wealthy Affiliate site designed to bash other sites and sell WA. I signed up with WA and got out. No way do I want to promote a business model that tears down others and redirects them to buy their own. And forget the “free” training. You won’t get anywhere with Wealthy Affiliates free training. If you want to really learn anything you need to pony up to a monthly investment.
Our community isn’t merely a forum. Its a place where students can receive advice from experts, in an organized, easy to follow fashion. Myself, and my team, are very active in replying to messages in the forum, so that people get the support they need. The forum is very neatly integrated with the course, and we encourage members to post messages, and their campaigns in the forum, as well as reply to others where value can be added.
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In August of 2011, I started my personal finance blog with the hopes of teaching people how to save money after reading a magazine that featured a personal finance website in one of their articles. Due to that website, I became extremely interested in personal finance blogs, and my interest in blogging just grew from there. Before August of 2011, I didn’t even know that blogs existed. I didn’t know what they were, I didn’t know that they could make money, or anything like that.
As someone who has been earning a full time living as an affiliate marketer for many years now, I can tell you for certain that you really CAN make money online. But there’s a catch. Internet affiliate marketing is a legitimate business. This isn’t some get rich quick system, there’s no software program that will earn money for you, and anyone who promises to show you how to earn 5 figures in your first month is simply scamming you in order to sell some low quality e-book or “training program.”
There are around 25 files of buyers targeting data available for download inside the members area. This is what made the Facebook campaign I ran profitable right away, however it took about $400 in testing to get the first sale. This is not for the faint-hearted as there is some testing budget required. However, I did a lot of mistakes that could be avoided if I followed the training better.

If your audience is looking to launch an online business, migrate their ecommerce platform, or simply interested in ecommerce content, we encourage you to apply for the BigCommerce affiliate program. Our team will carefully review your application. Once approved, you will receive access to support, tracking, reporting, payments, and have your own unique affiliate link to track every referral you generate. BigCommerce is committed to the success of our affiliate partners.
Post Affiliate Pro is another useful affiliate marketing tracking software trusted by over 2,700 companies globally. It can link to more than 170 CMS as well as best payment gateways. Features: • Customizable interface • Themes • Multilingual support • Forced matrix • Direct tracking of links • Affiliate link styles • Fraud protection • Image, flash, and text link banners • Trends reports.

The next platform, which has created a great community of affiliate marketers and is a fantastic resource for a versatile and step-by-step affiliate marketing training program is Wealthy Affiliates. Over the years it has become one of the most reputable and highest-rated resources to teach you the ropes of digital marketing and online business for someone who has no or very little experience in the online and blog world.
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