Affiliate Site Maintenance (& Avoiding Potentially Costly Mistakes)

By Rae / September 27, 2012 /

After 10+ years as an affiliate, I own a lot of affiliate sites. Some very successful, some semi-successful and yes, some have been complete failures. Once you start getting into the running multiple sites arena, it’s easy to let some things slip through the cracks. It’s not uncommon for me to check out a less…

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48 Things I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then

By Rae / September 25, 2012 /

I entered the online marketing space 15+ years ago now – first running a non-profit website and then falling into the commercial side of things in the early 2000’s via affiliate marketing. While I was solely an affiliate until 2009, I tended to hang more in the search engine marketing space – because that was…

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5 Simple Ways to Make More Money from Your Blog

By Rae / September 24, 2012 /

Based on the reader survey, website monetization ideas are a hot topic. So you have some traffic – now how do you go about monetizing it (and without selling your soul)? Affiliate programs are obviously my top choice for monetizing. Being a direct affiliate for a merchant and driving traffic to their website via ads,…

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How to Make Money Blogging

By Rae / August 23, 2012 /

I was recently trying to explain to a friend new to the concept of affiliate marketing how I made money from blogging. For this post, I’ll use Sugarrae specifically as an example of how I make money by blogging since most people blogging primarily to earn extra cash (or a full-time income) are doing it…

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How to Add SID Tracking to the “Big Network” Affiliate Links

By Rae / February 27, 2012 /

Call it a SID, CID, MID, TID – but no matter what you call sub campaign affiliate link tracking, you damn sure better be using it. Sub campaign tracking is critical in helping you determine which affiliate links on your site are working and which aren’t, rather than using a generic link site-wide that only…

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Why You Should Never Build Your Site on a Free Subdomain

By Rae / August 17, 2011 /

I’ve been asking my readers and subscribers for feedback on what they find to be obstacles to finding success with affiliate marketing. As a result, I’ve been learning a bit about what I take for granted as far as SEO knowledge goes. At the top of the list? The concept that you should never blog…

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Simple Linking Maintenance for WordPress Sites

By Rae / May 18, 2011 /

The site structure of the Sugarrae blog has changed several times over the years. Sometimes for testing, sometimes for “bettering” SEO. This blog has been moved from Moveable Type to Expression Engine to WordPress. The internal linking structure has been changed from /blog/post-name/ to /post-name/ to /category/post-name/ and who knows what else. Category landing page…

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How Affiliate Marketing Works – A Step by Step Visual

By Rae / May 13, 2011 /

Recently I’ve been doing some articles aimed at the beginner affiliate – like how you can avoid affiliate marketing scams and how you can find reputable affiliate programs to promote. After spending over a decade in the Internet marketing industry, I think I often forget – and have failed to address – the most obvious…

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How to Find Affiliate Programs

By Rae / May 2, 2011 /

On my latest post about avoiding affiliate marketing scams, a commenter named Chance Hoggan asked the following question in the comments: “Where would you recommended people go to find affiliate products to promote?” Since this was also brought up on the Sugarrae fan page on Facebook when I asked what topics people wanted more information…

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