[Tips] What Makes Affiliates Successful

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I was just reading through a bunch of posts on Warrior Forum this morning and it looks like a lot of people don't have the right mindset to really succeed at this.

I've done quite a bit of coaching - I used to consult with a training program, and now of course AffPlaybook. In that time I've seen lots of affiliates who failed, or went on to make way more than I ever have. Here are my thoughts on what I've seen from the most successful affiliates.

1. They focus on 1 niche and 1 traffic source

A common problem with newbies is they spend $100 on PPV, then $50 on POF, then $75 on Bing. In that time they go from insurance, to dating, to credit reports.

I've never seen an affiliate who jumps around have much success. Successful affiliates start with 1 traffic source/1 niche, remove all other ideas/distractions, and make it work.

There is no 'best' traffic source. I've seen affiliates do great with PPV, PPC, Facebook, POF, Media buys, and SEO.

Likewise, there is no best niche. You want to pick something popular so it has enough volume.

2. Does it Scale

The top CPA affiliates run niches that have lots of volume, and on high volume traffic sources.

The first thing you should ask yourself when you pick a niche is 'how much volume does it have?'. In general, stick with popular niches like weight loss, dating, insurance, etc, etc. Niches like this have a ton of volume.

It's not that you can't make money promoting left handed can openers, but the potential market is limited. How many people are looking for left handed can openers vs. weight loss information or a dating site? Nothing against lefty's btw

Likewise, does the traffic source scale? How much could you potentially spend on it? If you can only spend a few hundred dollars per day, you're never going to be able to scale very far.

Again, you could have a profitable campaign with a low volume traffic source, but what is it really costing you? Is your time and money going into a campaign on a 2nd tier search engine where you make $50/day profit? $50/day is cool but if there's no potential to scale beyond that you're going to be stuck at that income level.

3. Keep Building Campaigns

I have a friend that was just starting out a few years back. He was bouncing around a little, with a little success here and there. One day on Skype he told me "I'm just going to start building 5 campaigns per day, every single day no matter what.". In about 2 months, he was making steady profit, and since then he's become a huge success.

The 'secret', if there is one, is to keep making campaigns. Don't fall in love with your campaign and think that every one will work. Be very methodical about testing - cut losers and scale winners.

4. There is a LOT of Money Out There

This ties back into point #2. Successful affiliates know what the potential is out there. I've never seen one ask 'is $100/day really possible?'. I'm not knocking the people who ask those questions, because I used to also. The point is that successful affiliates network, go to shows, talk to lots of people, and learn what the potential is out there.

This is a basic concept, but it's really just about knowing the potential out there. Who do you think will do better - an affiliate who wonders if $100/day is possible, or an affiliate who networks with affiliates making $5,000 per day?

5. This Isn't Easy

I'm often surprised at how easy people give up. They might throw $50 at a traffic source or campaign, and declare it a loser. It's easy to lose perspective when it feels like you're throwing up failed campaign after failed campaign.

Take a step back and look at how much you've really spent/earned. I bet it was less than it felt like. Affiliate marketing is a business like any other business - it requires an investment of time and energy. Even if you spent $5k without any return, you're still doing better than most business owners who spend much more than that getting their business up and running.

Successful affiliates don't look at their unprofitable campaigns as 'failures'. They look at them as investments in the business. Some also think of it like school - if you went to college you would spend a lot of money on your education right? I mean sure, you might get to act out your favorite scenes from Animal House, but you would be spending a lot of money to get educated.

Spending money on affiliate campaigns is similar - it's an investment in your education. Remember - the skills you develop in affiliate marketing can be used in many areas. I've known affiliates who took the skills learned from running affiliate campaigns and made successful businesses out of them. Consulting, creating a product/offer, creating a traffic source, creating a tool/software, etc. are all areas I've seen affiliates branch out into with success.

I hope this helped a little. I would be happy to answer any questions you guys have!
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  • Profile picture of the author kpac
    Hi PPV, thanks for the awesome post. Very informative stuff. For #3 when you say keep building campaigns what do you mean by that. I've picked my niche, I've picked my traffic source, do you mean just keep creating ad campaigns with different landers within that niche and traffic source until I find the right combo?

    Maybe of you could give us an example of what your buddy did (the one from the skype convo).

    Thanks for taking the time man!
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  • Profile picture of the author rahsheen
    this is very true of many that are participating some dont get off 1 and 1 in a million make it to 5
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  • Profile picture of the author slurpeeman
    awesome , Thank you for your post. i love ppv taffiic. first time i start with Leadimpact
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  • Profile picture of the author Jetmir
    That's a valuable post. Thank you for sharing this tips with us.
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  • Profile picture of the author dimager2003
    Listen to David - he knows what he is talking about
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    • Profile picture of the author PPV Affiliate
      Originally Posted by kpac View Post

      Hi PPV, thanks for the awesome post. Very informative stuff. For #3 when you say keep building campaigns what do you mean by that. I've picked my niche, I've picked my traffic source, do you mean just keep creating ad campaigns with different landers within that niche and traffic source until I find the right combo?

      Maybe of you could give us an example of what your buddy did (the one from the skype convo).

      Thanks for taking the time man!
      Yeah, basically just keep building. You would build campaigns for different offers, different countries, etc.

      They don't need to be totally different campaigns. For example, if you built a campaign targeting the USA, you could just take that same campaign and run it in another country.
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  • Profile picture of the author silverace
    David knows his sh*t, listen to him great post D!
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  • Profile picture of the author frazgta
    haha nice post good for beginner and intermediates
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  • Profile picture of the author cloudstrife
    Always nice to see people sharing information on this forum. Brilliant contribution. People like you make this forum tick along.
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  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    Good post. Don't get swayed by the next shiny object. Focus on one thing at a time and once you become good at it scale up and diversify.
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  • Profile picture of the author chupia
    Thanks for the insights David. I'll apply it into my IM journey
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Deegan
    Great post! To add, the guys I know who make the most cash test, track and tweak more then anyone else I know. It's as if they are addicted to optimization like it's crack. They are also noticeably more persistent compared to most. They don't whine about what they dont know or what's not working. They accept the rules of the game and just rock it out. Most people give up WAYYYYY to easily & to early.

    Much love, health, wealth & prosperity,
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    • Profile picture of the author PPV Affiliate
      Originally Posted by Daniel Deegan View Post

      Great post! To add, the guys I know who make the most cash test, track and tweak more then anyone else I know. It's as if they are addicted to optimization like it's crack. They are also noticeably more persistent compared to most. They don't whine about what they dont know or what's not working. They accept the rules of the game and just rock it out. Most people give up WAYYYYY to easily & to early.

      Much love, health, wealth & prosperity,
      Daniel.
      Good points! Yeah, they really love what they do. They treat it almost like an addictive video game - testing and tweaking every little thing they can to squeeze more profit out of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author MLEWISJRONE
    Thank you for the post Sir! I will be implementing your tips and keep you guys posted on my results. I have a niche and traffic source picked out already. Having some doubts about how to make an effective and CONVERTING squeeze page though.
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    Plus the fact that many people on here trying CPA or IM still live with mommy and daddy are young and never owned a business experienced the failures and overcome them
    they are wet behind the ears, lazy and easy quitters

    not a good breed for the tough tales of IM and CPA

    The successful ones ENJOY, tweaking ads changing things around
    they are creative people
    they dont mind failure they expect it, and move on
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke Frisby
    Hmm... I must say that few weeks ago I had a similar idea. Your tips were just an addition, however still helpfull.

    Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author Saucy
    All of these a tips are important but i believe #1 is the most crucial. Staying focused on being successful at one niche and one traffic source is essential in the beginning. Pick one of each and own it.
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  • Profile picture of the author majestyk
    such a great stuff. I am trying to build a list. I have a webpage which offers free eBook about domainname flipping. Do you thing adfly is a good way to get some hit to my list?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Lim
    Great post mate, the "Focus" is what you cannot miss.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ebolarex
    I am very new to all of this and still trying to wrap my head around it all...
    Thanks for this post, it is definitely helpful!
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  • Profile picture of the author Cabbey
    Very good info and tips.

    Apply this info, stay focused, determined and you should see success.
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  • Profile picture of the author spud7001
    Thanks for the tips bro! Really helped
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  • Profile picture of the author Cash37
    Stick to one thing at a time and ride it until it works, or until you blow your budget. Scattered energy will not help you.
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  • Profile picture of the author rising_sun
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    Open knowledge,observation power ,strong financial support ,proper invest of time can make a affiliates successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author jcss
    The point is to develop a solid plan of the combos of Research + Implementation + Tracking + Optimization. It is like a chain.
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