The $60,000 question: What makes some affiliates earn thousands
when other people struggle to earn hundreds?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with making $100 to $300 a month
extra on the side. But wouldn't it be better to make 10 to 20
times that amount?
Before we start, let me tell you the way it is:
Everybody can't make $5,000 to
$10,000 a month being an affiliate. There is too much
There is no easy money that
will fall into your lap without you doing anything. (And in
case there was any easy money I would keep that
information to myself and not write it in an article read by
thousands of people.)
You will find the best working
affiliate opportunities only by finding them yourself,
either through testing and research or networking and
With all this said, let me give you
the three high-level keys to making money with affiliate
programs on the Internet.
1. Google and Overture rock!
The days of free traffic are not completely over, but certainly
fading away at a rapid pace.
Sure, you can work hard to create pages that score high in the
search engines and build sweat equity into a site.
But by paying for clicks and focusing on Google and Overture you
will have the top three positions on all search engines that
really count on the
If you want to generate traffic from Yahoo, you need to be on
top of Google, it's as simple as that.
Overture and especially Google are the best key drivers of
qualified traffic on the Internet.
Pay-per-click search engines
let you quickly test different affiliate offers and new
landing pages on your site.
When it works, you can scale
Stay away from top competitive
keywords for $1 to $2 per click. Niche marketing on Overture
and Google works.
2. Do you have your own email list yet?
Sending offers to your own email list is the true way to build
freedom and residual income.
Instead of just sending traffic away and hoping for the best,
you should have your own email list to which you can send
3. Consider starting your own affiliate program and/or your
own unique offer.
If you know that each filled out form on your web site generates
$0.50 in revenue, would you be willing to pay someone else $0.25
to generate that
Probably the most overlooked way of generating traffic is to
have other people generate it for you.
The only thing you need is a
destination site that is profitable. It can even be with
other affiliate programs as the back-end.
Identify companies that pay
well for co-registration leads and bundle 3-4 offers
together with your own subscription form (for your own email
Find a successful company and
recruit new affiliates for them and make a commission on
their sales. Brokering deals (unique deals) can make you
quite an income.
The bottom line:
What do all these three techniques have in common?
It involves paying for traffic in one shape or another. To
accelerate your income, you need to invest smartly in