What experiences do you have with affiliate marketing now, as we're entering 2013?
I know Google doesn't like and downgrades sites containing primarily affiliate links, e.g. affiliate banners... some even rumor it doesn't like its own AdSense ads (if there are many, especially placed above fold).
I've managed several sites primarily monetized through affiliate programs and in recent years they didn't do as well as prior to Panda and Penguin. That doesn't mean that some of them aren't delivering, just far below expectations.
So we create our own products, diversify our services etc. But it seems as if some sites would have "died" simply... The affiliate sites, despite plenty of original content are like dead fish on dry land, on the shore...
So, what do you think: how alive is this model of business? :confused:
Should we still believe in affiliate marketing-driven monetization techniques? :rolleyes:
Is affiliate marketing "almost dead"?