The Google Mayday update caused quite a stir in the affiliate community. Why? Because it was said by webmasters to be, and was then later confirmed by Google to be, most heavily impacting long tail traffic.Many affiliate marketers running sites ... Read More
Affiliate Marketing – Page 4
Below you'll find the posts at Sugarrae from the affiliate marketing category. I highly recommend you read each of them if you're serious about making an income as an affiliate marketer.
If you already know about affiliate marketing and want to get straight to the tips and strategies for making more money with it, click here.
If you're not familiar with affiliate marketing or are unsure of how it works, keep reading.
How does affiliate marketing work?
Affiliate marketing allows you to recommend products and services from other companies and be paid a commission if someone buys the product as the result of your recommendation. To track which purchases happens as a result of your recommendation(s), the merchant will provide you with a special link to use when linking to their website that contains a unique referral code assigned to you. If people click that unique link, and buy the product or service within a specified timeframe (the timeframe varies depending on the merchant), you get a commission on the sale.
The products cost the consumer the same amount of money as it would if they didn't buy it through your affiliate link, but the merchant pays you a referral fee for generating the sale. For a visual explanation of this process, click here.
So affiliate marketing is legitimate?
Absolutely. Affiliate marketing is a viable and legitimate way to monetize your blog or website. Tens of thousands of merchants run affiliate programs and will pay you a commission for sending them sales. However, there are some scams centered around affiliate marketing. You'll find information on how to spot affiliate scams – and avoid them – here.
So how do you find affiliate programs to promote?
The easiest way to find affiliate programs to promote is to check if the people selling products and services you love have an affiliate program – assuming those products and services would be relevant to the visitors to your blog or website. There are also multiple ways to find new quality products or services to promote to your audience based on their interests. You'll find more information on how to do this here.
Is affiliate marketing free?
Yes and no. You should never pay to become an affiliate for a merchant's program. Joining and promoting an affiliate program is a free opportunity. If someone is asking you to spend money to become their affiliate, then you're being presented with an affiliate scam and should steer clear of that program.
While joining affiliate programs is a free opportunity, it's a business – and like any business, it will cost some money to start and run it. But those costs will be associated with building, running and promoting your blog or website. There are many tools – free and paid - you can use to assist you with all of these processes. I list a few of my favorite affiliate marketing tools here.
Can you really make passive income with affiliate marketing?
Yes and no. Affiliate marketing can generate passive income, but the passive side of the income usually only follows putting in a few years of hard work to generate the brand and audience you'll need to begin generating those passive sales. I have multiple sites earning passive income, but each of those sites took a lot of front end work to build up to that point. And not every site gets to the point of passive income. Some sites require continual maintenance though the revenue they generate can also allow you to pay for that maintenance to be done vs. you needing to do it yourself.
Anyone promising to teach you how you can make thousands without putting in much work is selling you the dream and should be avoided.
Where can you learn more about how to do affiliate marketing?
I offer a ton of free resources, tips, guides and tutorials here on my website that can help you get started in affiliate marketing – and help you find success with it. While there are plenty of paid training programs out there, you need to be careful. Some of the people who create these programs make their money by selling the dream and not through doing true affiliate marketing for products or services outside of selling you the dream. That's not to say there are not some good training programs out there - but buyer beware. For now, I'd recommend you start with my free information here on my website – and to sign up for my free weekly newsletter here.
Why should you listen to me?
I've been doing affiliate marketing – successfully – for well over a decade. While I earn affiliate income from this website, I've made the bulk of my affiliate revenue from selling real users products and services – in multiple niches - that have nothing to do with the making money online niche. I've been nominated as Affiliate of the Year three times in the Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Awards – taking home the award in 2016. I've spent the last decade+ teaching people how to find success with affiliate marketing - based on my own experiences - as well as advocating for the industry as a whole. I'm often blunt and can sometimes be controversial, but I'm also 100% bullshit free.
If you have suggestions for posts you'd like to see me do or information you'd love to see provided, please feel free to contact me and let me know.
Over two and a half years ago I wrote what I consider to be one of my best posts ever about affiliate marketing called how to survive the affiliate evolution. And while it basically outlined my entire business plan at the time - and still remains a ... Read More
I was reading the recap Shawn Collins did of his trip to SMX on day one and a comment he made within it got my attention:Some interesting revelations in the duplicate content session, such as Google’s Joachim Kupke saying there is no duplicate ... Read More
It’s not a secret that one of my companies publishes affiliate websites. We utilize what I consider an evolved method of building affiliate sites and monetizing them primarily via affiliate marketing.And creating evolved sites means trying to ... Read More
I know, I know. I've been an affiliate for over a decade now [I'm not old, I'm not old]... how have I not attended an Affiliate Summit before? I must have been asked that question thirty times this week.I really don't know... I think because I've ... Read More
About 18 months ago, I wrote what I consider to be the best post I've ever written on the topic of affiliate marketing, how to survive the affiliate evolution.When I say that I wrote out my business plan and posted it on my blog in that post, I'm ... Read More
Recently a new merchant we're working with made the move over to Pepperjam Network (they're an affiliate network and yes, that's an affiliate link), which forced us to get familiar with them.After a few days of working with their backend a bit, I ... Read More
While last in the list of reasons you fail at affiliate marketing from this week, it is the most common plague I see new affiliates suffer from. When you're building a new affiliate website, you're usually filled with motivation.From design, to ... Read More
Whenever I get an email from a newer affiliate asking for advice on a site, it usually contains a 14 paragraph, in depth explanation of what they were thinking of doing and why no matter what route they take, it might be the wrong route because ... Read More
I twittered a few weeks back that affiliate marketing (or any Internet marketing for that matter) is a lot like weight loss.Tons of people has it as a goal, the majority won't do the work it takes to achieve it and those who are in shape often ... Read More
I'm going to keep this post short since I'm sick of constantly rehashing the topic.Unfortunately though, it could not be ignored as a top five reason for failure in the affiliate marketing industry."What is fame? The advantage of being known ... Read More
When compiling a list of the top five mistakes would be marketers make, you definitely have to put working soft and playing hard at the top of that list.I don't know where it originated from, but the first time I ever hard "work hard, play hard" ... Read More