Month: August 2017

Income Report August 2017

Income Report August 2017

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Wealthy Affiliate Review – The Best Affiliate Training

Wealthy Affiliate Review – The Best Affiliate Training

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The 8 Top Affiliate Programs For Bloggers [How To Make Your First $1000 Online]

The 8 Top Affiliate Programs For Bloggers [How To Make Your First $1000 Online]

Are you looking for the best affiliate programs? I am 100% convinced that affiliate marketing is one of the best business models to ever exist!

A successful website can easily make $10K+ for you every single month (Check out my income reports!). The best part is that you do the work once and the site just keeps paying you!

Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below, but these are all products I highly recommend. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.

We personally make $10k+ per month from affiliate marketing using just two small websites.

Here are some of the most popular affiliate programs around. Be sure to check out my Recommendations page to see the programs, courses and tools that we have used to generate thousands of dollars per month online.

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Approval Process for Affiliate Programs

It is not unusual for affiliate managers from these companies to visit your website to check that it is high enough quality and that it New bloggers need to sign up for these 8 affiliate networks! Affiliate marketing can make you a fortune and the affiliate networks discussed in this article could be crucial to your blogging success!qualifies for their affiliate marketing network. If they are satisfied, they will approve your site. They will give you access to the affiliate links (text format or banner form). Occasionally, we have had to even do an interview over the phone in order to be approved as an affiliate.

All you have to do is place the affiliate links on your website and then sit back and earn a good amount of money (40% per sale or more!)  if people click on the links or purchase any of the products through them.

A good option is to search in regular affiliate networks like ClickBank and Commission Junction. Affiliate networks are awesome because you can become an affiliate for dozens or even hundreds of different merchants all from one platform.

Traffic: You will need to make sure that you drive high quality traffic to your site in order to earn money from the affiliate links.

Pinterest is one of my best traffic sources, you can learn the techniques and strategies from the experts that I learned from right here.

The Best Affiliate Programs

Our advice is to join many affiliate networks at a time to maximize your chance of making a good income online.

The best affiliate programs will be easy to work with, highly converting and make you great income!

1) MaxBounty

This is a major CPA network that we are part of. Join for free. This affiliate network is acting as an intermediate between the publisher (webmaster) and the advertiser.

Choose the advertisers which you want to be an affiliate. Every advertiser offers you different incentives for every sale, visit or signup to their websites through your website.

MaxBounty has over 20,000 active affiliates. With 1,500 campaigns to advertise across all traffic types like surveys, freebies, financial, insurance, dating, diet, etc there is no shortage of resources! Our MaxBounty Affiliate Manager is very responsive and we can reach him easily by phone, IM or email whenever we need!

The downside to Maxbounty is that all the ‘good’ CPA offers are only available to you when you have been on the platform for a long time. However, it is well worth it as they offer $10 CPA for some paid survey sites!

2) www.cj.com

Join for free. This affiliate network is acting as an intermediate between the publisher (you the webmaster) and the advertisers. You are required to register. Your website will be checked and if accepted, then you will be allowed to get the ads. Hundreds of advertisers are there from which you can choose the best according to your website nature. Get the ads or banners of the advertisers and place them on your site.

For every action that is done on these ads e.g. a visitor goes to the advertiser’s website, registers there or makes any purchase; all this is recorded by the CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction). The revenue is collected from all of your advertisers by the CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction) and is paid to you every month. Good websites are earning $10,000 – $15,000 every month. The well known publishers are Netflips, MyPoints, Ebates etc.

3) www.affiliatetip.com

Join for free. Look at this website and check all the advertisers and their offers. Choose the best ones according to the nature of your website and start earning today.

4) PeerFly

Join PeerFly for free – it is one of my favorite general affiliate programs. The approval process is easy and you are assigned a helpful, yet hands off affiliate manager.

The offers NEVER seem to expire or ‘pause’ and the commission is decent. I use PeerFly for CPA offers of paid survey sites – these can be very lucrative for the new affiliate and I highly recommend signing up for these types of offers on PeerFly. If you would like to read more about my exact affiliate strategy, you can check out my article on how I use PeerFly to monetize this blog.

They have a wide range of different offers and it is an easy platform to navigate. PeerFly has been around for a long time and has proved to be a reliable and honest affiliate network. One of the nicest features of Peerfly is how they pay their affiliates.

PeerFly have a low minimum threshold of just $50. They can pay you via almost any method that you can think of and on any time frame! They realize that cash flow is a big issue for bloggers and I love that I don’t have to wait 2 months for payment! They can pay you for money earned as soon as the next business day!

5) www.clickbank.com

This is a very well known affiliate network. It only markets products that are downloadable, especially software products, courses and e-books. ClickBank is very easy to join and is very inexpensive. If you are an affiliate vendor, then you will pay 7% and $1 for each sale.

The downside to Clickbank for the affiliate is they have the worst minimum payout I have ever seen. To be paid the first payout, you have to have made a minimum of 5 sales that were purchased by a minimum of 3 different payment methods (e.g. Visa, Mastercard, Paypal etc.).

Apparently this is in place to prevent fraud but it is very discouraging for a new blogger to see affiliate commissions piling up but with no way of being paid!

My experience is that Clickbank products do not convert well (but the products usually offer a high commission percentage, sometimes as high as 90%).

6) www.linkshare.com

It has more than 600 merchants and 10,000,000 affiliates. If you are an affiliate then you have the chance to promote a larger number of different products. Some famous merchants are Dell, American Express, Disney and others.

7) www.sharesale.com

Sharesale is a big network with more than 400 merchants. They pay pretty good affiliate commissions. The fee for an affiliate vendor to use their service is 20% of affiliate revenue. You don’t need to buy any additional software. I use sharesale mainly for coupon site affiliate offers.

8) www.clixgalore.com

This network has more than 1,200 merchants and 2,500 programs. All applications are accepted at the time of submitting application so entry is very easy. Usually small and medium level affiliates like to join this network. It offers 2-tier referral payment system for affiliates. Advance payment is collected from the merchants so there are no chances of commission theft.

Conclusion – The Best Affiliate Programs

There are many other affiliate networks available but care should be taken to not get involved with companies that might defraud you. The networks discussed above are large, established and have excellent track records of paying affiliates. We have personally found these to be the best affiliate programs online.

Be sure to check out our Recommendations page to see the programs, courses and tools that we have used to generate thousands of dollars per month online.

I hope this article on the best affiliate programs has helped you get started with affiliate marketing!

Russell & Maleah

How To Get 100,000’s Of Page Views from Quora

How To Get 100,000’s Of Page Views from Quora

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How To Make $100k+ A Month With Affiliate Marketing

How To Make $100k+ A Month With Affiliate Marketing

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Our Experience Buying a Website on Flippa

Our Experience Buying a Website on Flippa

Today, I want to share with you my story of buying an already established website on Flippa.com. Did we get rippedRead these 3 lessons we learned after Buying a Website on Flippa! Don't repeat our COSTLY mistakes! Buying a website can be lucrative if it already has a good positive cashflow but there is alot of scams out there! off? Read on to find out!

Setting up a website from scratch and earning the first few dollars in affiliate commissions can be a frustrating and difficult process for the new affiliate marketer – however it is totally worth it!

We have started websites and blogs on WordPress with great success, however, as any experienced online entrepreneur will know, the process of setting up a new site from scratch is hard work and time consuming.

There is just so much to do – find hosting, buy a domain, write articles, test, test again, market it and the list just goes on and on.

A few months ago we decided to buy an established website from Flippa. Maybe it was just laziness. We have had four years of affiliate marketing experience so we basically re-invested some of the profits back into what we thought would be a positive cash flowing asset.

In this post we want to reveal what happened when we purchased a website claiming to be generating affiliate commissions passively on a daily basis.

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Buying a Website on Flippa – www.Rescuemyhair.net

We purchased the website from Flippa.com for $4,000. It is an Amazon review site that reviews hair loss products like natural shampoo, conditioners and other products that have great reviews on Amazon. The website is called Rescuemyhair and here is a screen shot of the home page:

Buying a Website on Flippa

We bought this website http://www.rescuemyhair.net because we knew we would learn a ton of valuable information from it! We have never owned or built an Amazon Affiliate Review site until now. We were right – we learned so much from buying this site!

So Was Our New Website a Scam ?

We did all our due diligence before buying the website. We verified that the organic traffic that was claimed by the seller (about 200 visitors per day) was legitimate buy using free tools like Semrush.com. Next we checked that the seller had a legitimate record of positive sales and chatted with him extensively. He seemed like a legitimate seller.

**Update 12/10/17 I visited Flippa today and noticed that the seller had been banned from Flippa. Not good!

The claimed Amazon affiliate revenues for the site were rather low ($40 – $120 per month) for the asking price and in retrospect we grossly over paid for the site.

As a precaution, we purchased the site using an escrow service so that we would have 10 days or so to verify that the site was genuinely making money and that the traffic was genuine. We know that many people get scammed buying sites so we were pretty paranoid.

However, everything has worked OK and the site continues to generate some passive income from Amazon sales in a rather high competition niche! For the more experienced Amazon affiliates you may be interested in knowing the stats:

1. Click thru rate of 8% from the site to Amazon

2. Visitors on Amazon are converting at 7.7% which is pretty decent!

3. We are getting about 150 visitors per day which is a little less than advertised by the seller but we are not complaining.

**Update: Traffic has continued to fall over the last few months and we feel that we were ‘scammed’ afterall. I suspect that Google has penalized the site, probably due to black hat methods used to rank the site by the seller. The only hint of this at purchase was a large amount of ‘back links’ that might be considered ‘spammy’. 

Conclusions

We am glad we bought the Rescuemyhair website since we are learning SO much about how to convert traffic. Amazon only pays 4% affiliate commission so it takes a lot of sales to make decent affiliate income. Here is the 3 main lessons that we learned from buying this website:

  1. This site is forcing us to really work on improving our skills in converting visitors to buyers and work on developing our skills in driving organic google traffic to the site. It was very nicely setup (nice theme and carefully placed Amazon affiliate links).
  2. If we buy another website from Flippa, we will be very careful to not over pay. We paid $4000 and this site is really only making $15 – $25 per month at this point (the traffic has crashed horribly as described above). This is not a good investment in my opinion.
  3. The site is based on natural cures for baldness. This is not a subject that we know much about! This was a HUGE mistake as neither of us has the motivation to write articles about it! The lesson is to only work on sites that we LOVE or we will just give up.

We have decided to just stick with building our own sites from scratch (Check out our tutorial on How To Start A Website) as the risk-reward ratio is much more in our favor.

BE CAREFUL when buying sites from Flippa!

Does anyone else have any experiences buying websites that they can share with me? Please leave comments about your experiences buying a website on Flippa!

Russell

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