Thats the problem with affiliate programs most don’t stick to one to make it profitable. I’ve have done it myself and i’m sure there are many more that will just jump from program to program and wonder why they don’t make any money.
Nice post Reed
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I centainly agree with Bruno. Been there, done that.
Funny thing checks… I’m from Finland and checks have not been used here in ages. So for me to join a program, I’d choose one that has other payment options. Like Reed pointed out, most checks are $25 or less. To cash in a check of $25 would cost that $25 so it would leave you with only a receipt to give your accountant. I don’t know what the situation is elsewhere in Europe, but affiliate marketers do come from all over the world.
Reed, how about a post about the countries affiliate marketers come from. Do you have any idea?
I have been marketing affiliate products for the past 2 years and it seems I am not getting anyway. The commissions are not consistent and regular. What do you advice
i have asked this question many times i never
get a answer.How do i find an affiliate
to market my product.
please respond thank you john m
I have to agree, multiple streams of income is the way to go, I personally receive dozens of affiliate checks each month.
A word of warning though, distraction and saturation are two of the greatest foes that work from homers face. Make a commitement to a single program FIRST, treat it like a business, see it through to actually breaking even or becoming profitable and then look to expand your sources of income.
Affiliate marketing is a sweet life that I wouldn’t swap for any other job I know of.
All my best!
Yes its very true indeed.
I think the main problem with probably the 95 % of affiliates that fail is that they jump from program to program, possibly and partly due to information overload, lack of Focus and even the amount of noise in the marketplace.
I know I was the same, despite buying up almost every course that came up, sometimes making things even worse.
I read somewhere recently that whenever a new product is being launched – by all means look at it and if it does not fit into your overall business plan – bypass it! Problem is that the Sales pages are sooooo good these days especially with IM products.
I must say though that getting multiple affiliate checks is definitely getting easier if you do have a solid plan and pursue it particularly with CMS platforms like WordPress taking a front line in SEO terms.
Talking about checks – Even with an advanced banking system – I remember taking a clickbank check into my bank and they charged me almost $25 to cash it . Its crazy.
Many thanks for your great content
If you are looking for affiliates to market your products, try using the many affiliate directories that are out there. Do a search on Google for “affiliate programs” or “affiliate program directories” and you will find great resources such as AssociatePrograms.com, WhichAffiliate.com, Affiliate Scout and more.
Reed, hope you don’t mind me answering that one. 🙂
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Interesting points of view from comments
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PS. I went out and found some of my own affiliate businesses in the past, my friend who does credit card processing, others who do networking with cell phones, ect…they get traffic, they are happy, and they do the same for me….win-win situations…Dr Curt
Hey Reed, Great info, and right on the mark too.
sometimes it takes several weeks or even months before a program actually starts to pay off and most people today don’t want to or refuse to wait that long for a check so they bail out. thats the main reason 97% of affiliate marketers do not make it in this business. Patience and
perseverance are the two words that mean the most to any marketer! without both you are destined to lose! Have a wonderful Day.
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Bruno and Reed hit it on the head. One of the hardest things to do is pick a program…stick with it…and once it’s working you can then move on to the next opportunity.
Focus gets lost easily when we’re constantly bombarded with opportunity after opportunity.
I’ve also been there, done that and it took me a long time to understand why it wasn’t working. I went from opportunity to opportunity and never really completed the entire process on any of them.
It was only when I became focused on one thing at a time that I truly saw results. This is a hard lesson for almost everyone new to online marketing.
No truer words have ever been spoken. Take it from someone who has 500Gb of product and no sales. Thanks Reed.
Velma Gallant, The Queen of JOY!
This is to John Marena. 🙂
John, I’m fairly new to offering an affiliate program, but here’s what I do. I get to know people within my own industry, and invite them in. I’m right in the middle of preparing a product launch, and I’ve sent out emails to a number of people I already know…and soon to others I don’t know…asking if they are open to reviewing the product, and then inviting them in to become a JV partner as well.
I’ve supported enough people with their various launches, so my list of people to ask has grown.
I have no idea what your products are, but if you are able to offer a mini-version as a free report to others within your industry as a bonus to their products, that can support you to establish some more relationships.
Hope that gives you a few ideas to play with!
The Queen of JOY!
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Host of Welcome Changes Radio
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Affiliate programs are great, and can become a gold mine if you apply the gold mine rule.
Only mine for Gold, decide on your niche, and if a product does not fit in it – loose it, its better than loosing the gold!
Get as many affiliate programs as you can that compliment your niche, Gold mines sell hotdogs and coke-a-cola to staff.
The more targetted you are – the better you will be able to give your targeted visitor exactly what they are looking for – WHAT THEY WANT!
This brings me to my product The Revolutionary Internet Marketing System which supplies anyone who emails a request with the relevant info. Like the url to your landing page for an affiliate program.
Imagine being able to channel everyone to the appropriate landing page for the specific affiliate program they as for. — This is the true power of The Revolutionary Internet Marketing System.
have a look at http://www.e-marketingsolutions.info
Thanks for a great blog,
I’d prefer PayPal.
Thanks for your care.
I agree most of the was down @Jane – right on the money systems work. People don’t finish them
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I think the best way to start make money is to join affliate programs, even I think that if you have write a book and have a website to it you have own your small business on the internet then you are the boss for letting other people join you. And more better as you have said that the best way to join one affliate program if it is good keep doing 😀
thanks for your blogs Mr.reed
Thanks for the thoughtful post, Reed. Am enjoying your blog. One thing I found that made a huge difference in my profits as an affiliate marketer is a “dirty little secret” that few people will admit to. That is – ebooks never convert as well as physical products. So while it’s nice to promote Clickbank products if they relate to your niche, don’t neglect promoting physical products just because the checks take longer to arrive. When I switched over to mostly promoting physical products instead of chasing after yet another lame, over-promoted Clickbank ebook to sell, my profits rose by over 50%. Since then I’ve been able to get a portfolio of profitable affiliate sites going. These days I ignore Clickbank unless I find something unique to promote which few affiliates know about. (Hint: just because a product has a low gravity doesn’t mean it’s not high quality or well-converting! 🙂
Anyway, thanks for the great info here.
This exactly what happened with me and I think with many of Affiliates. Jumping from one program to the other without concentration on any of them of course will lead to losing much money, specially if using PPC for advertising.
Reed, don’t forget to mention other products someone may become an “affiliate” for. Most of us would understand that digital information products are what you are referring to but also, I would like to point out, are the referral programs many online retail businesses offer. Take a look at ShareaSale.com and CJ.com for physical products in a multitude of categories. I have affiliate commissions for clothing, gifts, pet products, collegiate gear and more that allow me to diversify markets and sell without inventory or fulfillment.
Affiliate programs are not just for the internet marketer to sell downloadable products. Certainly ClickBank is number one for that. But don’t forget to mention the many affiliate networks offering additional income streams that compliment (or completely represent) your product lines.
To get a comprehensive book on how affiliate programs can make you money and can be set up, check it out here:
I have the book and it is exactly what every beginning affiliate marketer needs.
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Great information It is true that affiliate marketing need proper training and good information otherwise you will switch over new programs all the time you have to be consistant and stick to one take action step by syep it will give results shortly
Hey Reed, It is very true what you say. I personally jumped from program to program and wondered why nothing seemed to work. And more importantly why everbody was making money except for me. I had trouble with the fact that it’s so much information and sometimes complicated. This guy says you have to do this, the other guy says to never do what the other guy just said I should do. To be honest I couldn’t make out wich was the head and where was the tail. Only to conclude that both were a total scam and only after my money. And boy, did I waste time on some of those fake ptc’s, I can’t believe how ignorant I was. Now any program I encounter I do a quick program+scam check on the search engines. Saves me lots of time and wallet-ache! Now I have come to the point where I can affiliate any product and make money of it at no cost in no time. Strange but true as I came to understand how it works in the fineprints. I could sell you one shoe-string, show you how to use it and how to sell it yourself. The biggest nut to crack was the amount of time I wanted to invest in my business. It does require your attention before you can let it run on autopilot. Also I didn’t have much money to start with so I took a 3000€ loan and blew all that money on affiliate programs and forex trading. There I said it, I lost money allright but I learned none the less. Mananging money was new to me especially with a credit card you can just zip and be on your way. But here come the creditters, bills and other expenses and I really was in too deep. Beeing without a job or just my weekend job at the loungebar, I knew I wouldn’t be able to pay them. So I did something different, something that comes natural to human mind. I prayed, I prayed to Lord I would get massive traffic to the sites I owned. And it’s kinda like a miracle but there it was, the answer, the one thing I forgot to do and should do in all parts of my life. Pray! So I prayed for discipline, for concentration, for patience, and for a better financial status. I always gave to charity but now I can just give more and plenty of it. Thanks for the confirmation in your post and a have a blessed day!
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I have to agree with Vladimir.
I’m in Australia, and it costs something like $20 per foreign cheque I cash. Currently I have a cheque for $5, and another for $40 to be cashed – despite specifically requesting PayPal and being told that would happen. Not happy.
I promote a number of programs, and make a ‘reasonable’ amount from them – in one of the niches I’m involved in. Nothing like enough to earn a full-time living, but enough to buy the little extras.
I consistently promote around seven programs, and they’re the ones that make money for me. The rest are very much hit and miss.
I’ve been doing this for about six years, but making money for only three. It’s certainly not an easy business.
John, one option to find affiliates is to use Clickbank, but there are others around. (I find Clickbank to be very high when it comes to fees.)
What is your product? Feel free to email me privately.
I am fairly new to affiliate marketing. I am offering to sell for 40 or 50 clients. As mentioned by some of the others it might be better to work one at a time putting the effort in for each one. Using my method I find that I am getting more response from only 3 or 4. For these, I am putting in more effort. Most of my clients come from Click Bank, Commission Junction, and 3 or 4 other such organizations. My commissions range from 3 to 75%. There can be quite waiting period for collecting the commissions. It can be fun.
James and Helen
We have traveled down the same road and learned the hard way until we realized find a program and stick with it and you will get paid and our first check was $18.00 which means we have never looked back. We had to get out of the rut we were in and find people like Reed and start learning and apply what we learned. We have a team that works together and we leave no one behind. James and Helen
Determination and “Hard Work” Reed.
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just went online 1 hour ago and has already recieved several hits.
Regards – Wayne
I enjoy your article. You have done the best thing writing about affiliate marketing. It is knowledgeable as well as a source of inspiration. True to say that anyone disappointed with affiliate marketing can take a turn to generate new efforts after reading your article. Thank you!
Ooops, I also meant to say that when I started out I promoted a lot of high ticket products.
One in particular paid out $100 per sale. (It was a $300 physical product) I ran a huge campaign, did a review, had solos and so on.
I sold a total of three over a period of a couple of weeks. Bottom line: I find it’s better to promote products that carry a lower ticket price and sell more of those than try to go for the big ticket stuff.
As an example, one of the niche ebooks I promote is a constant seller. I get $6-48 (50%) for every sale, and practically every time I advertise it in my newsletter I sell 10-15 copies. That’s almost $100 for 15 copies.
Recently I’ve promoted a product that sells for about $70. There’s a 50% commission, and I’ve sold over ten copies, and it’s still selling because I’m still promoting. The product is fantastic, and the customer service is incredible.
Despite the fact this product is higher priced, it works extremely well for my target audience, so it was pretty easy to sell. Again I reviewed the product (as I do with everything I promote), and from my personally written promotional material, my very loyal subscribers saw the benefits THEY WOULD DERIVE. (I hate using the same materials everyone else is using.)
My preference is always to promote these low ticket items – simply because people can afford them. And that’s the bottom line really; if people can’t afford what you’re promoting, then you won’t make a brass razoo.
Spot on as is your right
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Reed, I have been simply asking local business if they would like a blog set up and I work my way into doing an entire internet marketing program for them. It is not hard to do and it helps build a list of followers and I market products to them. I make more money over time because I position myself to earn a percentage of the profits I help generate with internet marketing. If they don’t want hands on help, I offer a written plan of action which includes affiliate links to ebooks, software, autoresponders and hosting. The enthusiasm is awesome and I haven’t been thrown out of an office yet but then, this is Minnesota and everybody is nice here(lol)
I have been attempting to make sales on onlky ONE specific clickbank affiliate category I am tragically passionate about. I have about 8-10 url’s with landing pages and one website (shop). I have thrown manual and adwords plus have a great blog (FMSurvivor.com)that is attracting attention but no sales. One week I tested a slew of daily $$$ with adwords on one of the url’s and the sales came in like miracles. But the cost was greater than the profit so I put the adwords account on hold. Now I’m out of cash and wondering how I’m going to pay my credit card balances and rent for the month. I’m paying monthly autoreponder fees and I haven’t even generated a list yet! This is no joke! Hope you truly read your blog comments as I’m hanging on a thread.
Hey Reed, I used to have a saying:”My name is Jimmy, and I’ll take all you’ll gimme! Jim
You said the right thing. In order to make a huge amount of money you have to work hard, over all in the beginning when you don’t have enough experience.
If you work hard and with dedication it will pay off in exponential rewards.
On the other hand, starting with only one affiliate program is crucial. If you try to make money from several affiliate programs you’ll end up confused and probably making no money.
Pick one program and stick to it, when you are achieving great results then you can start joining more affiliate programs… that’s the key.
igen a very usefull post from you. I made the mistake also to try to handel too many affiliate programs, now I have two and hope to make some money:)
Thanks and have a nice day
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@Bruno I agree many people suffer from ADD it seems when it comes to business opportunities
@Katja if that’s the case I’d strongly encourage communicating with those who send you checks and see if there is any other way you can have the money transferred.
@Emmanuel build a list
@John send me an email reedfloren AT gmail.com
@Rick nice to see you on here. Can you shoot me an email? reedfloren AT gmail.com I think you’d be a great guest blogger
@Hamant one thing I try to stick with when buying products is did I make at least my purchase price back from the last product I purchased? If not then I tend to keep plugging away at it until I have made that back or made a profit.
@Rick great tip
@Dr. Curt that’s a little too self promotional please try to add some value to the conversation instead of just advertise
@Anatoly I’m not loaning you money
@Ari yes isn’t it nice having this community set up?
@Dr Curt that’s good keep up the good work
@Timothy I agree 100%
@Jane I agree that is a very hard lesson
@Velma thanks for that note for John
@Brian in other words sell the tools to the gold miners?
@Vladimer I tend to like paypal as well
@Kenny agreed systems work
@Joes affiliate marketing is awesome
@Dan very interesting yeah I think you’re on to something there since when I promote a home study course it takes up the money a lot faster
@Hilal yeah happens to a lot of us
@Jay very good point thanks
@Tripti thanks agreed they need to be taught and guided
@Tshiananga I’m glad that you are able to say you learned from losing that money there are so many people out there that would just give up after that. I think if you continue with your mindset and keep trying you will continue to see success
@Cheryl that’s not fun; I guess continue trying to get the payments via paypal.
@normz2 yeah I would recommend having a few core affiliate programs when starting out so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
@James & Helen nice to hear about your success I’m sure much more will come
@Wayne agreed determination is key
@subroto thank you
@Cheryl it depends on the conversions and the marketplace personally I like high ticket products since those customers are easier to deal with but it’s nice to promote lower priced stuff to
@Stephen where in MN are you? Our state rocks! Have you been to one of our meetups? http://minnesotamarketingmastermind.com/
@Cheryl you could try participating in JV giveaways to build a list for free.
@PV agreed I’d say one to maybe half a dozen at first to get a feel for it but more than that makes it hard for a newbie
@Urpo keep us posted on your success
Adding only this little text to your article to give you and your readers a litle kick what is possible about Ads, clickbank and working as affiliate and answering your question about how many checks from affiliate marketing do you want? my answer >unlimited<
In what is perhaps the most shocking announcement made in some time regarding the vast world of the Internet, a New York doctor has just released a very private “secret” he’s been using since the earliest days of targeted paid advertising at search engines.
He admitted without hesitation that he’s gotten over $87 million in pay-per-click advertising over the last nearly 8 years at such search engines as Google, Overture, MSN, Yahoo and others, and resulting in his having amassed a $300 million fortune!
In the past 2 years alone he’s netted over $166 million as a result of what he calls a very simple “oversight” promoters online have altogether missed.
So valuable this “oversight” has proven that he’s finally decided to share it with the rest of us.
And his timing couldn’t be better!…
– Since going public Google’s ads haven’t become any cheaper!
– Other paid-for search engine advertising at large is rising faster than inflation can keep up!
“Back in the day” even an affiliate could just go to some website, sign up free to sell some product (such as with Amazon stores or the vast ebooks at ClickBank) and then just place a small 4-line pay-per-click ad, fine tune it, and then sit back and make money on autopilot.
But with rising costs this is getting much, much harder, and has literally seen the demise of many, many affiliate businesses go completely under.
But now with the release of this New Englander’s super-secret, webmasters, promoters, both big and small business owners, as well as affiliates with shoestring budgets are back in the game!
When asked why he kept this “oversight” secret, the New Yorker responded “I knew I had a good thing, quite possibly a monopoly over any market I cared to try … I made a success of 16 web businesses in less than a decade … do you honestly blame me? …”
But now he’s decided to share his know-how as he knows that doing so doesn’t take a single dollar away from his $300 million fortune, and it won’t cause widespread usage to the degree that it will even put a dent in search engine activity.
To be sure the good doctor had the sense to consult several Internet experts and “macroeconomists” just to be on the safe side.
Additionally, you should know that nothing about his secret either robs search engines (so you don’t have to fear Google coming after you!) or is anything about it illegal in any other way.
What you may even find strangely surprising about his secret is the fact that it actually “helps” search engines make even more money! (You’ll have to see it for yourself to understand how this is actually possible!)
So if you think you’re smarter than most people, then here’s your chance to prove it to everybody else! Just grab the good doctor’s secret for yourself at:
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But I feel it only fair to warn you that this doctor fellow from New England is a tad eccentric and self-admittedly “moody” and he’s threatened to withdraw this secret at some point soon without so much as a single day’s notice … (Northerners!)
So if I were you I’d not take any chances because although he may keep it available for the next 2 months, he may also take it off the market just 2 days from now (and then you’ll kick yourself saying “Dad-gummit! I knew I should have grabbed that when I had the chance!” … so don’t let this happen).
Also keep this in mind…
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Great article Reed.
That was MY first mistake when I started in IM… I joined 1001 affiliate programs and did nothing because then it became overwhelming.
Then I started one by one promoting the ones I hand picked and then started making money 🙂
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@Jorge glad you shared your insight I think a lot of us made that mistake.
Conversion is the king! And traffic is the kingdom!
@Jussi yep agreed
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I’m in promoting in of affiliate that related to health, hope I can get check every month 🙂
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