This is a long term business plan for affiliate marketing. Long term business plans are the only type that create wealth so here you go.
This is "outside the box" but it's how all those fancy "gurus" and I got started..... and what we stiill do presently.
We all engage in "affiliate marketing" but we do it backwards.
We do some basic market research to determine what market we'd like to enter and determine what kind of product we could create to sell in that market.
We then set out to create that product.
Once we've created that product, we create an affiliate program and promote our affiliate program to recruit affiliates to promote our products for us.
Your affiliates will generate the traffic (most of it anyhow) to your sales page that sells your product.
For the sake of generating traffic, you should be concentrating on generating traffic (and promoting) your affiliate program JV page.
This is the way the BIG BOYS use affiliate marketing to generate long term wealth, success and business.
If you're serious about YOUR long term success.... I implore you to start thinking about affiliate marketing this way.
So many newbies attempt to "learn traffic" when they should be learning how to spot and analyze markets and product creation (all of which can be learned right here in this forum).