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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Massive Video Pack Bargain

Here’s a great bargain at a really insane price, that will suit all kinds of internet marketers, such as:

  • Those looking for training, information, and guidance.
  • Those who need a newbie-friendly course to help them get started.
  • Those who want a powerful income-earning package.
  • And those who simply like bargains, or like to offer them.

It’s called the “Amazing Video Tutorials Mega Pack” and it includes 370 videos in 16 packs, all with Master Resale Rights, Commissions (on two levels), and immediate download!

Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • Pay Per Click Powerhouse
  • SEO Education 101
  • Marketing Secrets for Newbies
  • How To Research A Product
  • Article Marketing Explosion
  • Traffic Generation Explosion
  • SEO For WordPress Secrets
  • Web Traffic Secrets
  • How To Stream Live Video
  • Yahoo Answers Secrets

And much more. Click Here for the full listing.

Here’s what’s great:

These are all video courses, so simply grab a coffee, kick back, and learn all about traffic, online video, and much more.

You can then promote this package to your list, at your site, from your thank you pages, or wherever – and earn 100% commissions on 75% of your sales, as well as 25% of the sales of those you sign up. Believe me, that can add up to a nice paycheck. It’s paid instantly to your PayPal to boot.

Or, since these come with full Master Resale Rights, add them to your own members area, blog, webpage or wherever. For example, they’ll make an ideal addition to your marketing – perhaps as an OTO?

Here’s the clincher.

It’s just $12.

Grab it while you can :-)

Amazing Video Tutorials

Christmas Sale

You know… I was really trying to get away from promoting multi-sales like this. But when an offer this good comes along I have to let you know. It’s relevant to the subject matter of this blog, and it can help an awful lot of people.

This time around it’s a Christmas Sale. Nothing to do with Christmas of course, and no doubt you’ll see a lot of these over the next few weeks!

But this a good for two reasons: $9.97 (if you access today, it rises over the week) and 100% Commissions. That should satisfy the frugal, the affiliates, and the resellers/bundlers :)

Here’s a selection of the products in the quick sale. Visit the site for the complete skinny. These I think are the standout items in the collection, including techniques and processes you can put into good use.

Super Thank You Pages – great templates for your product download areas.

Niche Blogging Profits – a cool guide to start small, simple, profitable blogs.

Atomic Web 2.0 – Forget the old traffic methods, Web 2.0 is where it’s at!

Adsense Ready Niche Sites – Add them to your network

Sneaky Cost Cutters – Save on hosting, domain names, and more

Bumbling Idiot Makes $5.000 A Week – Says it all!

Local Business Fortune – Many folks succeed here, target locally

Affiliate Review Riches – Another new method, creating “review sites”

Guru Traffic Secrets – Copy the best!

There’s a lot more, as I said, including PLR, Templates and other products you can use, resell, or whatever takes your fancy.

The Christmas Sale

Super Quick Videos Review

This is a new video training package, aimed at “newbies”.

I put that in quotes because I’m not sure this mythical newbie that an awful lot of products are aimed at actually exists – but I still like the package, and I’m sure it will benefit a whole load of people.

Refreshingly, these videos are quick and to-the-point. They each target a specific task, and show you how to accomplish it. Some are awfuly basic – but then, that’s the idea here. These are videos for the kind of task that perhaps we take for granted. Things like opening a clickbank account, setting up a PayPal button, and more.

There are however some more advanced techniques covered. Videos are there for using Camtasia, creating e-covers, and using Facebook and PayDotCom among others.

All in all, a great idea. Not a hour or two bore-a-thon, but 50 short and concise videos over two volumes.

Rating: 8 / 10

For the marketers among you, this is a great package to promote. You can get it from the Wacky Wednesday sale as I did for $14 and promote for comissions, or grab the resell rights. If you have visitors, readers, or subscribers who you could call…. “newbies” :-) then this is a very attractive offer for them.

Super Quick Videos

Traffic Tools Pack

Brett Ingram has just released his new Web Traffic package.

This is a collection of tools that can help you increase the traffic to your web pages, in many unique and interesting ways. And, since traffic = profits , this is a very useful collection.

There are 15 products included in total, such as:

Give-A-Tron – How to get happy subscribers.
Intelligent 404 – Put your error pages to work
Exit Feedback Trapper – Interesting take on exit-traffic
PR Ninja – Boost your PageRank
SEO Spider – Essential competitor research
Content Clamp – Squeeze content!
Squeeze Buzz – Squeeze page maestro

Plus: a selection of top guides on List Building, Advertising and S.E.O. , the Multi Media Autoresponder software, and much more.

To see the full contents and to grab your copy, please click below:

Web Traffic Tools

(And… Shhh! …. Brett is offering 100% Commissions!)

Traffic Tornado Dimesale

Traffic Tornado is an excellent tips bundle that aims to help you drive as many visitors as possible to your site , promotion or link. This includes the new “750 Traffic Tips” product that was released just a week or so ago!

For just $6.95 you’ll get:

750 Traffic Tips: The full 6 Volume Package containing traffic building, site optimization, fast traffic, long-term traffic, and monetization reports.

Traffic Tidbits Pro (with the Advanced Edition!)

Traffic Dictionary A-Z

Traffic 2.0

This complete bundle is just $6.95 , availiable to download immediately while the promotion is running!

Traffic Tornado

New Dimesales

First we have the latest Frugal Friday deal.

You’ll get 12 really cool Squeeze Page templates you can use to build your list, the “Internet Marketers Guide to Web Design and Graphics” which is a great tutorial on web techniques, from a marketers perspective. And you’ll get 5 Ultra Simple Tactics for Traffic Generation.

You’ll also get a good beginners guide called “Newbie Money Making” there!

Frugal Friday Deal

This is, as I said, around the $5 to $6 price if you act fast. Plus you can earn 100% Commissions.

Over at Dimesale Dollars you’ll get some very nice video packages, with Master Resale Rights plus a couple more products for around $7. Again, this price is rising so it depends on when you act on this.

* List Building Basics Videos – Master Resale Rights
* Google Adwords Basics Videos – MRR
* Traffic Hybrid System – Master Resale Rights
* Niche Video Empire Video – MRR

And as a bonus: Video Game $$$ (personal use) all about the lucrative gaming market!

Dimesale Dollars

Again, 100% Comms.

Script Dojo

Script Dojo is a “business in a box” site from Joel Comm.

Basically, it’s an Internet Marketing script review site where all the latest products are reviewed and promoted.

Setup is simple: Script Dojo gives you a personalised review site / store and helps you build your downlines and make sales. You simply add your Clickbank, Dealdotcom, Paydotcom and PayPal details and Script Dojo does the rest.

You can earn 100% Commissions right off the bat, and the first 30 days membership is just $0.01 ! (After that it’s $9.95 per month, but the first month at 1 cent should give you plenty of time to see if this works for you). Since the subscriptions are paypal-based you can easily end your membership before the first month is out if you decide to quit.

Give it a try… Get your own Script Dojo today!

Script Dojo

IM Triggers

IM Triggers is a new package that’s garnering very good reviews across the Internet Marketing community. Basically, this is a book and software combination that helps you utilise psychological sales triggers in your websites to “urge” your visitors to take action – whether that action is to buy your product, sign up to your list, or whatever.

This is actually a first volume entitled “Scarcity and Urgency” – two well known triggers you may already know about or at the very least have already experienced…

The best part is this thorough guide also comes complete with a script called “IM Urgency” that helps you put some of this theory into action!

Only $9.97 and offers 100% Commissions. Download below.

IM Triggers

Dimesale Uber-Sites

I still love Dimesales, they still work well, and my favourite sites for these are:

Dirk Wagner’s “Crazy Week” Sales

I love Dirks sales because he always comes up with amazing deals and usually with software or collections you probably haven’t seen before. This is no exception.

This week, you get some  unique “WordPress Plug-In-Profit Themes”!

That means you can build a blog – or even modify an existing one – using the widely popular and easy to use (not to mention free) WordPress Software that come complete with money-making elements.

This is currently just over $5 at:

You also get some amazing niche templates you can use to build sites dedicated to things like Ipods, Gossip, Ebay, Dating etc. Just think, a monetized Dating or Gossip Blog where all you have to do is find and add info each day and kick back and enjoy the success :)

More after the break…

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