A Day In The Life Of A Busy Affiliate Marketer

With the possibilities opened up by the internet, it is now easy to be an affiliate marketer. It was once the case that the telephone and fax were the primary means of communication, making the entire industry much smaller than it is now.

With these new technologies, an affiliate marketer can work from home – their typical day is something like this:

After getting up and having breakfast, the marketwer turns on his or her computer and checks for any relevant news to their business.

They need to revise the design of their site; this increases opt-ins and brings higher conversion rates.   With this step out of the way, it’s time to submit the affiliate program to a directory of these programs.  These directories are one more way that an affiliate can promote their program.

Next, they will check to make sure that their commissions are being accurately tracked. There are orders and emails to keep track of and respond to. If they are new prospects, they will take down their contact information – this may be useful in the future.

There are plenty of resources to look at – ads, banners and recommendations. These are all ways to increase sales and keep your profile as an affiliate marketer high.

Then there is more email to reply to; questions from site visitors – it is important to answer these as quickly as possible. Nothing will turn off a potential customer faster than a seemingly unresponsive marketer. These queries should be answered quickly and professionally, yet with a friendly touch.

While taking care of all of these things, the marketer is at the same time in a chat room talking to other affiliates involves in the same program – they can use this room to discuss promotional ideas and swap tips.
An affiliate marketer is always learning. Sharing knowledge is a good way to improve their business and is an unending process.

The affiliate marketer has updated their newsletter and e-zine a few days back and it’s time to start thinking about the next ones already; they need to check into market developments to work up article ideas for the next issue – this newsletter or e-zine will be sent to both old clients and prospective customers.   These publications serve another useful purpose; keeping in touch with prospects and informing them about new products. For instance, if a marketer has put on a sale or a promotion, they can tell customers and prospects about it in this way.

This can also be a way of showing your gratitude to those who have helped you out along the way; you can do this by giving them a mention in your newsletters.

Finally, the marketer has to write some recommendations for people who want some sources of information on their products and to post some comments on a message board sharing a few tips on becoming a successful affiliate marketer.

The day goes by fast; he or she might even have forgotten about lunch, but finds themselves satisfied with what they’ve accomplished in a day’s work. Time to relax.

Not all of these things may be done in a single day; but this is an example of how a particularly driven affiliate marketer may spend a day.


  • Ray Johnson

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Great post Reed,

    Sounds a bit like me sometimes – and I’m not even a specialist affiliate marketer!

    Keep spreading the knowledge buddy 🙂


    Ray Johnsons last blog post..3 Crucial Steps To Online Success – LISTEN NOW…

  • admin

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    @Ray it’s still way more than what I typically do but if I really want to have a productive day it’s similar to that post.

    @ezineaerticles thanks for the trackback

  • Paul

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Hi Reed,

    Sounds too typical, but throw in a full-time job and family time above and beyond these things, and you have my typical day.

    I appreciate your tips and information, as always! 🙂


  • Amy Stephani

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008


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  • Gaj

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Hi Reed,

    Its a great post.

    It kind of directly reflects what I have been going through.

    looking forward to see some more stuff like this.


  • Joy Marino

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    I can totally relate to what you said here. My days can be insane, especially with 5 children (4 in school). What I am learning to do is make sure that I stick to income producing activities within a set time. I set a kitchen clock for 60 minutes and only do those things which actually make money. The rest, I just thread throughout the day, now. Also, setting “business hours” has been very helpful for my team members. They know when I am available, and when I am not.
    Thanks for the article!
    Joy Marino

  • John Marena

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    I am trying to locate an affiliate to help sell
    my book,or a jv partner.I never see this covered by anyone.Could you recommend a way
    for me to go
    thanks John M

  • Liz Nichols

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    This is a very typical daily scenario. The more time one spends writing and submitting articles and links, and commenting on other people’s blog posts, the better. It’s not a fast road to wealth, but it is a steady one, as you point out.

    Where the average newbie stops is at clearing email and responding to offers, pretty much blind to what is actually needed to make money.

    Liz Nicholss last blog post..Nickel Mania X– You’ll Hate Yourself If You Pass It Up

  • Rivers Corbett

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Hey Reed…the key to this daily acitivity is consistency of activity. One of my favorite authors ..Jack Canfield..says that one of the keys to his initial success was doing 5 activities EACH and EVERY day. He followed this plan religiously and it worked!

    Here’s to your success!!

  • Artracejr

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Hi Reed, as an affiliate marketer I
    spend about 1 hour a day working.The rest of the time Im just spinning my wheels.

    Artracejr ;]



    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    with main streem youfeel that the affiliation is carried over only the earning but in a broad spectrum we though see one more thing that the affiliation increases the friendly relations too. does’nt matter you belong to which contry but a membership makes brotherly relations.

  • Zara

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Hi Reed, just popping in to say hello as you said subscribers to your newsletter can! 😀

    So hello, from Zara (in Weston-super-Mare, UK)

  • edna

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    reed…..what i really like about this website is there ample to space to leave a comment…i love the widgets…to join affiliate/mrketing organizatins,webinars..etc…by asking the community to leave comments and messages, we learn from each other….everybody brings something to the table to share..could arrange a weekly get together….
    ohh….. a little color please..gray,black and white tooo boring….a couple of photos???

  • Kenny Ritchie

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Yep you nailed it Reed and you didn’t even have to note all the tasks involved in promotion and traffic generation.

    It feels like it never ends. If you really all appreciate Reed’s posts as much as the comments then give him a little vote or bookmark this page at your fave bookmarking site.

    Kenny Ritchies last blog post..Cool blog stuff from PRWeb

  • irfana kirmani

    Reply Reply September 10, 2008

    Reed, you still not telling about your jv with us?

  • William Beck

    Reply Reply September 11, 2008

    Hi Reed,
    Another good article about what a person needs to accomplish
    each and every day to improve sales and search engine rankings.
    Willy B

  • Ari Lestariono

    Reply Reply September 11, 2008

    Hi Reed,
    I love reading and learning many things from your blog, it is good way to learning transfer.Keep up the good job.

    Warms regards,

    Ari Lestarionos last blog post..Traffic for your Home Business

  • admin

    Reply Reply September 11, 2008

    @Paul that’s got to be hard, keep up the good work.

    @Amy I’m not familiar with that exact product, keep us posted on your results.

    @Gaj thanks

    @Joy wow, keeping track of 5 kids and running an internet business that’s got to be really tough. It’ll be great to hear about your successes as I think right there you have a unique story which would appeal to a lot of parents

    @John shoot me an email reedfloren AT gmail.com

    @Liz I agree once people stop looking at offers and using the knowledge they have learned is when it starts to get exciting

    @Rivers speaking of Chicken Soup for the Soul people I think I heard somewhere that the secret behind their success is doing at least one interview every single day.

    @Artacejr are you working on building your list? The money is in the list.

    @Dr. TRIVEDI yes being a super affiliate for other marketers can help you convince them to promote you in the future

    @Zara thanks for checking out the blog

    @edna thanks for the feedback, I’m still learning a lot about this blogging thing if someone has some tips on how to do some of what you suggest I’m all ears.

    @Kenny thanks for that, that’s a fantastic suggestion 🙂

    @irfana Can you remind me? What JV are you talking about?

    @William thank you

    @Ari thank you

    @ezineaerticles thanks for the trackback

  • Ivan Marin

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  • Doug Allitt

    Reply Reply September 11, 2008

    Hi Reed,

    It never stops amazing me how quickly the day goes by. Very hard to ever fully get through the “jobs for today” list I always make out each morning – but at least we are never bored!!



    Doug Allitts last blog post..Take your time – about your day.

  • admin

    Reply Reply September 11, 2008

    @Ivan I left you a more detailed comment on a different post, go check that.

    @Doug as I’ve gotten older the days seem to just keep going faster and faster. Is that normal or am I just going slowly crazy?

  • Steve

    Reply Reply September 11, 2008

    Reed, I’m almost exhausted just reading your list of actions and activities. What ever happened to passive income?

    Do you outsource any of these activities?

    Great post thank you and shows people what really needs to happen to make a lot of money.

    My focus tends to be joint venturing as a broker to off line businesses and both my business partner and I work pretty solidly.

    Lots of little critical steps and success is there for all of us.

    Best wishes


  • admin

    Reply Reply September 11, 2008

    @Steve no it’s very rare for me to put in a day like that. My typically day is send out a promotion to my list and now put a blog post up, I also reply to emails and other messages but for the most part my day is just having fun with family and friends. A day like the one I mention here is when I’m really inspired to get something done.

  • relate to what you said here. My days can be insane, especially with 5 children (4 in school). What I am learning to do is make sur

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