Getting Started with Affiliate Programs


Affiliate Marketing is probably one of the most popular forms of Internet Marketing, since it doesn’t involve having to create, stock, or sell problems of your own. You simply earn commissions from referring customers to the affiliated product. It is pure marketing, in that you promote and advertise for a third party.

As I mentioned before whatever you do with Internet Marketing you are basically connecting customers and products. Therefore, finding the right customers, and the right products, is essential.

These days most large online retailers, such as Amazon and eBay, have affiliate programs. There are also vast networks of affiliate programs for almost every industry you can think of. Commissions will vary widely, from around 6% for a book or DVD from Amazon to 75% or more from selling digital products such as eBooks, Software or Memberships. Some affiliate programs will pay fixed fees, such as $50 per customer. Some will even pay recurring commissions, for services that are billed monthly or members for private sites. It’s easy to see why this form of marketing is attractive.

If you want to earn good money from affiliate programs it’s essential you aim for one that suits you. Some marketers will swear by targeting smaller, less overcrowded niches, so you can focus your efforts there and become a big fish in a small pond. Others will aim for higher payouts, so even though the amount of sales might be lower, the overall profits are good. It’s different for everyone.

One of the first things you do is decide what, and how, to promote. Traditionally paying directly for clicks has been proven to work, but getting it wrong can cost you dearly. Using a system such as Googles Adwords you bid on keywords, pay for every click from that keyword, and direct that visitor to a page where, hopefully, they’ll buy. As an example we’ll say you’re promoting a company that sells motorcycles. These are high value items, with considerable potential rewards. If an average sale of $10000 nets you $650 in commissions, and 1 in 1000 customers you send to the website buys, you know that you can afford to spend around $1.50 per customer. Spend less per customer, make more money. You’d therefore target keywords in Google with terms such as “Buy Motorcycle” – but that would be too vague, and cost dearly. So perhaps “2013 Suzuki GSX-R 750″ is a little more targeted. Perhaps you’d discover customers are unlikely to buy a motorcycle online at all, or it’s only 1 in 10000 who’d buy, but the beauty of Pay Per Click campaigns with Adwords and others is that you can quickly get a feel of how much traffic will cost, and how much you could potentially make. Another example is to target local sales, e.g. “Cable TV in Virginia” or “Broadband in Miami, Florida”. Still massive markets.

The other major way of getting traffic is through the search engines directly, so called Organic Search. These are the sites people visit when searching for information or even when looking to buy. To be successful here your site, or pages on your site, must rank highly, preferably on the first page, for terms people use to search. Getting ranked high is an industry in itself, but in short the keywords you use, the sites that link to you, the age of the site, and the content all contribute. It’s always best to aim your site at your human visitor first and worry about the search engines last, as good quality content, regularly produced, will always win out. Sites such as Blogs, Review Sites, and Forums are all easy to build content for in specific niches. Take for example Amazons affiliate program. You might decide to drill down through the categories (Amazons “Best Sellers” in niche categories are a good start) and start promoting their “Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS Unit”. It’s a specific item in a popular but still less crowded niche (and as a bonus, golf players tend to have more disposable income). You could build a few pages around that product, and others, and start including articles on GPS systems in golf to build content. At around $160-$200 a pop the commissions could add up on this one item. WordPress is a great platform for building niche sites. A content site that grows over time could slowly target every variation of keyword, increasing your rankings as you do.

The great advantage of affiliate marketing is that once you’ve found that ideal product and that ideal audience you build from there, either tweaking your PPC campaigns, adding more products to your portfolio, adding content to your sites, or driving traffic from other sources such as social networks, youtube, or even offline (print ads, flyers, phone). Most of the effort involved in affiliate marketing is driving all this traffic. Some affiliate programs even increase commissions are you get more sales, and the top affiliates often benefit from one-to-one partnerships rather than fixed percentages.

Most marketers will start with affiliate marketing due to the ease of starting up. I won’t say it’s easy making a big income, but once you understand how it works there’s only really one way to go… up!

Finally, a popular affiliate site that sells digital products is Clickbank. You can often enjoy 50% commissions plus on products from here, since the seller has no real overheads other than providing their products digitally. Other websites even offer 100% commissions on digital products, usually direct from the site rather an affiliate network, since to the seller the value is not that initial sale, but rather the lifetime of the customer. All this is worth noting when you consider that affiliate marketing not only refers to you making sales as the affiliate, but the flip side – getting affiliates to sell for YOU…


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Social Media Tactics and PaySpree and 100% Commissions

You probably know that most of the work involved in Internet Marketing is in promotion.

After the initial effort of creating a product, the only way to make money is to get people to see it. This can take many forms, from writing articles, through to getting affiliates (more on this later), paying for advertising, search engine optimisation, and much more.

However, lately one form of promotion that is increasingly taking center stage is using Social Networks to get your product before the masses.

Social Networks are the hot new websites of today. Sites and services like Facebook and Twitter are a hotbed of activity. Some people, for example, use Facebook more than they use Google. In fact, some reports claim Facebook could actually overtake Google!

Today I have an excelent report called Social Media Tactics, which details 77 ways you can use these social sites to send traffic to YOUR sites.

It includes tips on creating a Facebook “Fan Page”, on using Youtube, and LinkedIn, and Google Buzz. It’s ideal for those new to social marketing, and seasoned pros could also learn a valuable tip or two.

Social Media Tactics shows how to create your own Blog using WordPress, using Tumblr to save time, and much much more. It’s a concise and direct report – easy to read cover to cover and leaves you raring to go!

I have managed to secure Master Resell Rights to this exciting report, and so can offer it to you for just $7.

And – in an interesting twist – I’m using the new “instant commission” marketplace of to promote it!

That takes me to the second point of this post.

PaySpree is a new affiliate system that uses PayPal to create instant commission networks. Think of it as Clickbank without the fees, or PayDotCom without the hassle of paying your affiliates manually. You can set up any percentage sales, even 100%!

It’s in beta right now, but fully working. You can join up for free or grab the special offer to really hit the ground running.

I set up this whole offer / experiment this afternoon. This report – Social Media Tactics – powered by You can do the same.

Grab Social Media Tactics here

Join PaySpree.Com here

Remember – having affiliates to promote your producs means free traffic, and sales you would not have made yourself. Payspree makes it easy.

And – through the power of PaySpree – you can earn 100% instant commissions on Social Media Tactics!

838 Products With Rights

This has been a very popular collection of resell rights material of late. I’ve promoted bumper packages like this before, and given you a ton of ideas on how to use them.

838 Products

I’ve often toyed with making my own mega collections, but why bother when other people have already done it?

You’ll get:

  • Resell and Master Resell Rights
  • Private Label Rights
  • Private Use Rights

On a wide selection of:

  • Scripts
  • Ebooks
  • Software
  • Videos

So what do you do with all this?

Why not, for starters…

  1. Rebrand the Private Label products and use them as giveaways or low cost sales (perhaps with an affiliate program) that lead to further products from the collection as an upsell? You will find more tips on utilising the hidden  power within every PLR product in this post.
  2. Use one or more products – or even better, rebranded PLR products – to build your list? Consider using Giveaway Events, too.
  3. Use one of the videos, streaming from a webpage, to use as a “squeeze” — or even upload them to YouTube or one of the many, many video sharing sites?
  4. Simply bundle together some of these to make your own sale?
  5. Or even just promote the entire package, as I have done. It’s the lazy way to be sure, but it works.

Most people will simply download the entire collection and do nothing. Don’t be one of them – and have fun :-)

The Irresistable Offer

Amazing Conversion Rate

Amazing Conversion Rate

In the first of my “Back To Basics” posts yesterday I mentioned that half the battle in Internet Marketing is to find that mythical perfect customer, to whom you would supply the perfect product.

And guess what came across my desk later that day? This video course from Rob Howard and David Bullock entitled “The Irresistable Offer“.

This is all about converting traffic into buyers. After all, why spend all your time, energy and money driving traffic if that traffic is useless to you?

So if you want to discover what makes your perfect customer tick, and find out his buying patterns and keywords, or if you want to push your conversion rates to the heady heights of as much as 20% you need this.

And if you want to work less, and enjoy more, with your business running on autopilot (every marketers goal) get this.

The Irresistable Offer

There are three videos included, total running time of 53 minutes.

  1. How to find your perfect customer.
  2. How to write killer presell content.
  3. Raise Your Response.

Get this, it’s only $4.97, and start increasing your profits today.

PS. I love David Bullocks products (as I’ve stated many times before). He delivers. I like the way he thinks, with statements like “Nothing in Internet Marketing is Hard” and “Why Have I Failed To Make Money” sprinkled across his site. In any case, you have a full 100% money back guarantee stretching to 56 days if you’re not happy. And perhaps the fact that you’ve paid – and not got it for free – will spur you on to actually watch and benefit from these videos.

PPS. A note for Affiliates:  You can earn instant one hundred percent commissions paid directly to you via PayPal, and even grab 75% of the back end.

PLR Bargains – Dimesale

Here’s a quick update on a new Dimesale from Greg Lloyd.

(If you’re quick you’ll get it for around $5 !)

These come with Private Label Rights and Master Resale Rights. Meaning you can:

  1. Edit the packages to sell as your own.
  2. Include in your own packages.
  3. Create your own Sales.
  4. Giveaway – perhaps with an OTO or Upsell
  5. Or – as they are mean to be – learn from yourself!

The software included is:

  • Membership Building For Profits in the 21st Century
  • Facebooking Craze For Internet Marketers
  • E-Book Reseller Riches
  • Cashing in Big on the Health and Wellness Industry
  • Dog Obedience
  • Cat Training
  • $1000 in One Week on Ebay
  • Overcome Shyness 101
  • Get Your Ex Back
  • Copy Your Way To Success
  • Article Master Series

Here’s another tip:

Create a Blog – say, “Overcoming Shyness”. Each day or week post extracts from the book, with an option to buy the complete book. OR post the complete book, and use affiliate links for income. Don’t forge tthe “Article Master” product above also contains a ton of fresh articles.

Download Here – and remember, you’ll get full access to Greg’s…

100% Instant Commissions included.

Niche Adsense-Enabled Websites: Dimesale, $1?

George Pluss of “My Profit Affiliate” has released another of his immensely popular “Double Packs” of Niche websites. These come with some amazing features including:

  • Professionally Designed Webpages
  • Built around High-Paying Keywords
  • Several Adsense Blocks on each page
  • Completely customize the site(s) from just one config file
  • Designed to draw visitors to the Adsense Blocks
  • Built in admin-section to moderate Comments, Link Exchanges, etc.

They also feature PLR articles with content based around the sites keywords, auto-updating news content, user generated content in the form of comments, keyword related videocasts, auto link exchange and auto RSS feeds !

Throw in Amazon Adsense links, the ability to change the Google Ads to anything you wish, and you’ll see these Adsense sites are a step beyond what you normally see, and include the features you really want.

And there’s the Adsense Portals…

Well – I know how these can look too good to be true, and you might want to think carefully about the purchase. In today’s market you have to be aware of spammy offers and junk downloads.

So here’s the clincher:

1. This is a DimeSale. The price rises over time. I just purchased, and it was $0.70 – yep, 70 cents. When I checked back it was $1 – so the quicker you act the lower the price will be.

2. I’ve uploaded a copy of one of the sites. You can see it in action. The danger is here, of course, you could clone or copy the site – but I think for the price you’d rather own the whole pack. See it at

The portal demo is at

At this moment I’ll just mention those took around five minutes to setup and upload. It’s that simple, and full instructions are included.

And just so there’s no surprises:

1. The price rises, as I said, so I don’t know what you’ll see. It will be low though.

2. There’s a one-time offer to get 40 sites, followed by a second to get 20 sites if you didn’t want the first. These are again low prices, and are of interest to those who get the package. Treat them as a bonus – if you don’t want them you can skip them.

3. There’s 100% commissions for affiliates. It doesn’t affect YOUR purchase in any way, but if you like marketing why not offer this yourself? The affiliate program is not advertised on the site to stay within PayPal rules, and I’m not sure if I should mention it – but I like to be transparent.

You can download the Double Pack Volume 6 here, and remember, for the lowest price act now!

WordPress Salesletter Theme

Dirk Wagner has revealed a WordPress Salesletter Theme, which he’s offering for just $5.

First, I was a little bemused by this. After all WordPress is an incredibly powerful platform – capable of producing many types of sites – including a Blog which it was designed for. Why would you “waste” this amazing software on a simple salespage?

WordPress can be used for review sites, blogs, shopping sites, local sites, homepages, and much more. Surely it’s overkill to use this for a salespage?

Then it clicked. Of course! It’s because WordPress is so powerful that it’s ideal for this!

Simply install the theme and use WordPress’s editor to create your salespage. Maybe there is a lot more to wordpress than sales pages, but that doesn’t stop you using it for one. I have to agree that it DOES make it easy to build one.

So if you want a salespage – powered by WordPress – use this:

WordPress Salesletter

I doubt there’s an easier way to build a salesletter / salespage :-)

PS. This being Dirk, you can earn 100% commissions too.

Accelerated List Building

James Penn is only a teenager, yet he’s grasped the power of e-mail already.

We’re all told how e-mail can make your fortune. Even if today it’s not the money spinner it once was – it’s still more than  capable of boosting your profits and throwing $$$ at you.

It’s not hype. There’s no better way to contact people than via e-mail. Customers, subscribers, and fans of yours are open to new opportunities and are more than welcome to purchase anything they feel can help their business, or help them get started in one.

I’ve discussed list building and e-mail marketing before. It’s still the best way to send out offers, and stay in contact with the people who want to hear from you. After all – we’re all in this together, and the way we find out about new techniques and new offers is via e-mail.

James’ report is a breath of fresh air.

He shows you how to build a list fast. He discusses how to ensure your opt-in conversions can hit 85%. He shows you his own Ezine Articles account to illustrate how simple articles can drive traffic and signups, and even let’s you in on a simple secret that let’s you steal new signups from competitors.

In fact, he’s reduced this to a six step system — but added much more.

You can get James’ system right here.

James himself made $1,500 with 32 sales in 3 days. Maybe that’s not enough for you, but it’s a lot for most people. He then went on to make nearly $4000 over the next few months.

But the beauty of this is that is just an example. It’s easy to replicate!

Effective e-mail lists rely on two strategies. First, you need to build that list, and second, you need to market to that list. He covers both bases with aplomb.

E-mail lists are amazing. I’m on… well, let’s just say more than a few. It’s my primary method of staying in contact with top marketers, learning from the best, and discovering just what works in today’s market. You’re probably the same. That’s the magic – we’re all both consumers and producers. We know how mailing lists work, and we know how to work with them. We all win.

Grab “Accelerated List Building” by James Penn today — for just TEN BUCKS – and get the awesome “Mailing Lists Unleashed” (RRP $37) thrown in!

PS. E-mail rocks. It’s power is undisputed, so take this opportunity to grab a unique guide with some amazing insights at a bargain price. You have a signup form at your site? Learn how to do so much more!

Accelerated List Building with Mailing Lists Unleashed – $10 while stocks last.

PPS. James doesn’t tell you this – but I’ve been to the download page and can  confirm there’s more than one bonus there – along with a special affiliate program… You probably know what I mean 😉

Blog Carnivals, Traffic, and Backlinks

Ever heard of Blog Carnivals?

They are collections of like minded blogs, all within the same niche or subject area. It’s a series of posts from participating blogs compiled into one post – and that super-post is called a carnival.

What it means for you is traffic and backlinks!

Blog Carnivals also work to bring together everyone within a particular field. It allows people to network, or simply discover each other. If you have an interest in this field a blog carnival is a great way to see a whole collection of articles and information about that field, as well as the blogs who provide it.

Carnivals can work in many ways. Sometimes, it is all down to one person who seeks out the relevant blogs and posts and compiles them. Sometimes they actively ask for submissions to be included.

You can think of somewhat as a magazine. The organiser is the publisher, and you are the contributor. The time and date of publication is set in advance, and you can submit your articles/posts up to then. When accepted, it means a ready source of traffic to you – and a valuable backlink.

The main site on the net for carnivals is Here you’ll find a catalog of carnivals, which you can look through and join any you fit in with. Submit your blog/post, and away you go!

Remember – you don’t have to simply join a carnival. There’s nothing stopping you hosting one, too. There’s one obvious benefit in that each blog who submits a link should link to you too, as part of the reciprocal deal. The big downside is that it can take a lot of work to read all the submissions and organise the event. Popular carnivals get literally hundreds of submissions!

Blog Carnivals can be fun, worthwhile endeavours, so please – provide quality content, do what the organiser asks, and do not spam…

Carnival SubmitterIf you want to save time submitting to blog carnivals there’s a neat piece of software called Carnival Submitter that will do the work for you. If you want a ton of traffic to your blog, simply fire up the software, and start submitting. You can even multiply your efforts and submit many articles to many carnivals all at once. This can result in a lot of backlinks, from authority sites, and instant traffic, as well as brand yourself to the people who matter most – your peers. Download Carnival Submitter today and enjoy the fruits of blog carnivals, without the hard work.

Reviews Press 25% Off

Reviews Press

Reviews Press

Remember the “Conduit Method” And the “Review Blog System“?

Reviews Press is another great WordPress speciality theme, giving you the ability to build powerful Review Sites with ease.

Since I first read about the Conduit Method from Chris Remple the idea has really taken off. Simply build a blog around a theme – e.g. Flat Screen TVs – and simply submit posts to it with affiliate links to all the Flat Screen TV’s you can find. Add a short review, and away you go.

These kinds of sites tend to rank high in the Search Engines because you can tailor each review, or post, to a specific keyword. And when people are searching for reviews of these items it’s normally because they are ready to buy – and therefore are more likely click that link than not.

Reviews Press has numerous features to make your own review site stand out. For example, visitors can vote on items, and it will display top 10’s, Key Features, and prices. There’s a full working demo on the page.

There’s a number of themes you can choose from, depending on what type of review blog you aim to launch, and – again – at my special link you’ll get 25% off the prices you see!

Reviews Press – 25% Off

Reviews Press is one of the best looking themes I’ve seen to create a review site. Simply install a copy of wordpress, use this theme, and you’re good to go. Do some quick research for the niche you want to target, find the best keywords for that niche in Google, get an affiliate program from one of the big online stores (e.g. eBay, Amazon or Commission Junction) and that’s it – you are the proud owner of an optimised affiliate-review blog!

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