How start and succeed in Affiliate Marketing?

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Hi ,

I would like to start affiliate marketing and I need some good resources, guidance or website which gives me proper understanding and learning material on how to start and become a successful affiliate.

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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    Really being an affiliate marketer is similar to being able to connect with a lot of people and tell them about something. You probably won't have this just given to you with a clear plan, as if it was easy, the market would be saturated. You have to find a bunch of people that you can ask the same question with a likelihood they will respond positively. It really helps if it is something that interests you too (ex. Arabic lessons).
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    • Profile picture of the author Apra Barua
      You can start with a proven method.
      1) decide which niche you would like to work in.
      2) get a domain name, hosting and build an opt in page
      3) set up an auto responder to collect email address in return for a free gift.
      4) set up auto response emails to promote the affiliate products when they subscribe.
      5) send targeted traffic to your opt in page.
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      • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
        Originally Posted by Apra Barua View Post

        You can start with a proven method.
        1) decide which niche you would like to work in.
        2) get a domain name, hosting and build an opt in page
        3) set up an auto responder to collect email address in return for a free gift.
        4) set up auto response emails to promote the affiliate products when they subscribe.
        5) send targeted traffic to your opt in page.
        This framework gets repeated on this forum all the time, but the truth is that your chance of success is damn near 0%. I know of literally nobody who is currently having success with this. Nobody. The only people pushing the concept are forum idiots who just like to pretend after their McDonald's shift is over and also get rich quick scammers who need to teach something (this specific list building model) that newbies can understand and have faith in even though it's a load of crap.

        You've really got two options with affiliate marketing:

        A) Have existing high traffic websites (possibly including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. satellites to the website) that you can frame out with affiliate offers. This is what the affiliate program concept was originally developed for.

        B) PPC... essentially the equivalent of being a commission-only employee of the merchant where you cover the advertising costs yourself. The key here is to find merchants that are really good at what they offer, but lack in their own advertising efforts and pay out well.
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        • Profile picture of the author heavysm
          Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post

          This framework gets repeated on this forum all the time, but the truth is that your chance of success is damn near 0%. I know of literally nobody who is currently having success with this. Nobody. The only people pushing the concept are forum idiots who just like to pretend after their McDonald's shift is over and also get rich quick scammers who need to teach something (this specific list building model) that newbies can understand and have faith in even though it's a load of crap.

          You've really got two options with affiliate marketing:

          A) Have existing high traffic websites (possibly including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. satellites to the website) that you can frame out with affiliate offers. This is what the affiliate program concept was originally developed for.

          B) PPC... essentially the equivalent of being a commission-only employee of the merchant where you cover the advertising costs yourself. The key here is to find merchants that are really good at what they offer, but lack in their own advertising efforts and pay out well.
          I don't understand how you can say that affiliate promotions via email don't work. It does and many warriors have great success with it. You can switch out affiliate products for your own products, but what you're implying is that promoting through email doesn't work and that's just rubbish.

          Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post

          I know of literally nobody who is currently having success with this. Nobody.
          This explains it then. .

          Network a bit more and you might find people who are actually successful online. It might lessen the extreme negativity in your posts.
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          • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
            Originally Posted by heavysm View Post

            I don't understand how you can say that affiliate promotions via email don't work. It does and many warriors have great success with it.
            Affiliate conversions are too low for total reliance on the list building model as this forum defines it. Affiliate programs are a numbers game. You do a minimal amount of pre-selling (as to not lose interest) and get that cookie set.

            The idea that people are doing this using email as the center of their business universe is laughable.

            Originally Posted by heavysm View Post

            You can switch out affiliate products for your own products, but what you're implying is that promoting through email doesn't work and that's just rubbish.
            This thread is about affiliate marketing.
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            • Profile picture of the author heavysm
              Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post

              Affiliate conversions are too low for total reliance on the list building model as this forum defines it. Affiliate programs are a numbers game. You do a minimal amount of pre-selling (as to not lose interest) and get that cookie set.

              The idea that people are doing this using email as the center of their business universe is laughable.
              You say that affiliate marketing is a numbers game...yes, IF you're doing zero preselling on your traffic. You would then have to rely on large quantities of traffic, PPC or whatever, and hope to squeeze out sales (direct to sales page). But thankfully most real businesses aren't built upon hope, they're built upon solid strategy and that includes email.

              Many successful affiliates funnel all their traffic toward their email sales funnels to extract sales. So I really don't see your point.
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              • Profile picture of the author icoachu
                Originally Posted by heavysm View Post


                Many successful affiliates funnel all their traffic toward their email sales funnels to extract sales.
                You nailed it!



                An A/R funnel is great for filtering members based on where in the Know-Like-Trust buying cycle they are. You either push them further until they get to the trust stage and convert them or, if they are in the trust stage already, lead them to a landing page optimized for people in the Trust stage.
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              • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
                Originally Posted by heavysm View Post

                Many successful affiliates funnel all their traffic toward their email sales funnels to extract sales.
                No, many do not do this. Hardly anyone even attempts it since it's so stupid.

                Who does this? And don't name off a bunch of snake oil salesmen who need to use email to brainwash over an extended period of time to pull off sales.
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                • Profile picture of the author heavysm
                  Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post

                  No, many do not do this. Hardly anyone even attempts it since it's so stupid.

                  Who does this? And don't name off a bunch of snake oil salesmen who need to use email to brainwash over an extended period of time to pull off sales.
                  Email marketing is stupid. There, you said it. It's evident from what you've said here that nothing will change your mind, and that's perfectly okay.

                  Everyone is out to get you and on top of that email marketing doesn't work, because it's stupid. I think you have safely wrapped up discussion here.

                  // painful sarcasm
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                • Profile picture of the author discrat
                  Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post

                  Affiliate conversions are too low for total reliance on the list building model as this forum defines it. Affiliate programs are a numbers game. You do a minimal amount of pre-selling (as to not lose interest) and get that cookie set.

                  The idea that people are doing this using email as the center of their business universe is laughable.


                  This thread is about affiliate marketing.
                  then

                  Originally Posted by heavysm View Post


                  Many successful affiliates funnel all their traffic toward their email sales funnels to extract sales. So I really don't see your point.
                  then

                  Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post

                  No, many do not do this. Hardly anyone even attempts it since it's so stupid.

                  Who does this? And don't name off a bunch of snake oil salesmen who need to use email to brainwash over an extended period of time to pull off sales.
                  Huh ? WTF ?

                  This reminds me of a good story...
                  I had a buddy once . He got run over and killed about 10 years ago walking on the side of the road.. Before this we used to hang out a lot. He was a slight fellow, kind of wimpy to be honest. He was from Long Island. His name was Tom. I would hang out with him watching Movies and what not. He was a good friend

                  But when it came to clubbing I hung out with cooler guys. He just could have a negative vibe at times.

                  Funny thing about ole Tom is that I would talk about meeting women and picking up women at clubs with my running buddies.

                  And Tom, being the cynical guy he was with that Long Island macho accent, would always scoff and say that picking up a woman when just meeting them at a bar and taking them home that night was just a "Myth".

                  He refused to believe that I did it and literally refused to believe that anyone could ever take home a woman after just meeting them.

                  You know why ? He was delusional because it never happened to him.

                  My point is ...Just because you cannot do something does not mean others can't


                  - Robert Andrew
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      • Profile picture of the author icoachu
        Originally Posted by Apra Barua View Post

        You can start with a proven method.
        1) decide which niche you would like to work in.
        2) get a domain name, hosting and build an opt in page
        3) set up an auto responder to collect email address in return for a free gift.
        4) set up auto response emails to promote the affiliate products when they subscribe.
        5) send targeted traffic to your opt in page.
        This is fine but you have the ORDER wrong.

        Start with #5. Put more precisely, figure out WHERE the traffic is. Study the traffic and understand what those people NEED. Then, you go on to #1 and pick the niche and the products/services you'll offer.

        Email list building is a FRAMEWORK. That's all it is. You have to pick the RIGHT FOUNDATION for the framework or else it won't generate the results you're looking for.

        I always start the analysis on where the DEMAND is... everything flows from there.
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        • Profile picture of the author pennya08
          Originally Posted by icoachu View Post

          This is fine but you have the ORDER wrong.

          Start with #5. Put more precisely, figure out WHERE the traffic is. Study the traffic and understand what those people NEED. Then, you go on to #1 and pick the niche and the products/services you'll offer.

          Email list building is a FRAMEWORK. That's all it is. You have to pick the RIGHT FOUNDATION for the framework or else it won't generate the results you're looking for.

          I always start the analysis on where the DEMAND is... everything flows from there.
          Agreed. You need to know what they want. Focus on the demand - then sell that if you are wanting to just get started and don't know what you want to do.
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    It's a great site with tons of stuff on becoming a successful affiliate marketer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    5) send targeted traffic to your opt in page.
    B) PPC...
    I fail to see the difference...
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    • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
      Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

      I fail to see the difference...
      haha

      Well, technically, you are correct. Traffic is traffic.

      The difference is that in the PPC promotional model it can be immediately scaled up to the amount of traffic available for purchase (which is usually more than any one person can afford to buy). Whereas relying entirely on your list limits you to the size of the list and then open rates and CTR rates.

      You can incorporate list building into an operation monetized by affiliate programs though. I'm not necessarily saying don't do that, but you shouldn't do only that.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryan2008
    Check out Affilorama then learn how to build a landing page and create an e-mail list.
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  • Profile picture of the author oagece
    Hey you can send me private message if you want some cool ideas free ideas for getting started. Basically what you want to do is research a awesome product that converts well and learn the best ways to get traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Path Theory
    Being successful in affiliate marketing is fairly easy.

    What you need:
    Solid presale with a good ctr
    Facebook ad with clicks under .05c

    You can be profitable in 99% of niches if you have both of those. Your cpc can be higher depending on the offer, but .05c isn't that hard to do. Depending on the ad I can get 5-10 clicks per cent. That's up to 1000 clicks for a dollar of targeted facebook traffic.

    All you need to do is split test as much as you can. Never stop testing. On a new demographic I'll run up to 50 ads on one account to see which one performs best. Once you get into that type of mindset, you're set.

    Side note - I've done a lot of email marketing for my own products, and I've managed lists for other companies - But I do not do it for affiliate marketing. CTR and conversions drop drastically from the presale page if you have an opt in box. Why should I take a 30% cvr hit up front, with the hopes of recouping that at a later date, with much more work involved? It doesn't make sense for my business model.
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    • Profile picture of the author wadevanlaius
      Originally Posted by Path Theory View Post

      Being successful in affiliate marketing is fairly easy.

      What you need:
      Solid presale with a good ctr
      Facebook ad with clicks under .05c

      You can be profitable in 99% of niches if you have both of those. Your cpc can be higher depending on the offer, but .05c isn't that hard to do. Depending on the ad I can get 5-10 clicks per cent. That's up to 1000 clicks for a dollar of targeted facebook traffic.
      I would love to know how you achieved a result like that. UID scraping? I thought that was no longer possible if users didn't download an app of yours.
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  • Like what others already suggested Affilorama is a good place to start learning about affiliate marketing. You may find free video lessons on the site plus there is also a forum section where you can ask members and support for assistance.

    For other resources on affiliate marketing, try Udemy as well or look for ebooks on affiliate marketing.

    I also suggest you follow related blogs and forum section as these sites will also give you a lot of useful information.
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  • Profile picture of the author Perseverance
    Once you get the technical side clear in your mind and a strategy in place you will need to have right mindset to make it successful. Your belief in what you are doing will also determine your perseverance and results
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    • Profile picture of the author GregDeTisi
      Honestly I was trying to succeed in Affiliate marketing for years before I really got it. I have found that YES you can make some money DIRECT LINKING meaning sending visitors directly to your affiliate offer and this may create commission and possibly recurring commissions depending on the type of offer you have. BUT by far the best way is to build a SOLID dependable, trustworthy relationship orientated, responsive specific list and this is where I make repeat commissions as people trust me.

      Once you learn that you can begin sculpting your own products/services, create high end offers and even membership sites where you can create monthly commissions. Not only that but, if you don't have a list yet then try solo ads with reputable companies so you can rent a good list that is relevent to your niche and advertise your free offer to them to get your list growing a little.

      The biggest issue is that people get excited about promoting anything thinking of the $$$'s and get F*** ALL because they have not thought it thorugh.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas W
    before you start "Affiliate Marketing"... You need to understand the basic fundamentals. That is creating content for a niche that you are passionate about. Then you can slowly introduce Advertising into your audience.

    Or if you have funds, that you can do PPC advertising. But I highly suggest you understand first of building traffic to a website.
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    • Profile picture of the author ahmedezzezz
      Originally Posted by Thomas W View Post

      Or if you have funds, that you can do PPC advertising. But I highly suggest you understand first of building traffic to a website.
      How much funds should he has to start PPC campaign ?
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  • Profile picture of the author emmerson
    For me, I think avoid the generic, training sites etc as it is very easy to experience info overload by going through that type of training.

    I would suggest gaining basic knowledge on the various major methods and deciding on one to start off with that is most appropriate for you. Then you can get specific actionable training that you will be easier for you to implement and start taking action while you learn. There are lots of useful, straightforward WSOs here that can help you as well as loads of additional info in the forum.

    After you have decided you can then get advice on what specific type of training other warriors recommend. Trust me you will be way better off going that way. Shorter learning curve, shorter time before seeing results etc. Just don't become complacent when you start seeing results, continue to learn and diversify.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas W
    PPC is like gambling in the beginning. Your goal is to make it a sure bet. That is by testing testing. Depending on niche play with $1000. Once you find the best conversion that keep the daily ad by high. $1000 a day and then make $250 profit is very good goal.
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  • Profile picture of the author ContentPro22
    Read and learn everything that you can about affiliate marketing. "The more you learn, the more you earn" (I love that saying ) With that being said, here's a method that works well:

    1. Choose your niche
    2. Setup a landing page (for capturing emails)
    3. Setup your auto-responder (Aweber, Mailchimp, etc.)
    4. Build your list
    5. Promote affiliate offers

    Some years ago I invested close to my last $2,500 in soloads over the course of a few months. I ended up with 5,000 email subscribers. I made my money back fast by promoting affiliate product (even my own products). Just takes a little time...can be quicker if you've got more money to invest.
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  • Profile picture of the author wadevanlaius
    Everybody seems to be in agreement about the necessity of finding a niche. How can one go about finding one? Are there even any left in this saturated world?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jurrie
      Originally Posted by wadevanlaius View Post

      Everybody seems to be in agreement about the necessity of finding a niche. How can one go about finding one? Are there even any left in this saturated world?
      That's simple, look at yourself.. what are you interested in, what are your hobbies...

      for example : if you like to homecook... experiment with food... well then, that's a niche, and a lot of ppl have the same interest and are constantly searching the internet for new recipes..
      so make a niche out of that start blogging about the recipes you try ... twitter or share pics of your finished plates... other people will come to your blog ... once you have that audience , start advertising and build a list , put all your recipes in an ebook and offer it for free on your blog in return for their email....

      Just start with yourself and don't go for niches you don't know anything about
      there is always room on the web for more
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    Good choice. Let somebody else handle everything and all we as affiliates focus on is delivering the traffic!

    Supply and demand. Research your market and niche with a demand and find your product. Also really the thing that is really important is finding where your ideal prospect is online and how to step in front of the sources. Anotherwords learn how to get traffic. Paid is fast and you can get a lot of it. Free is slow and you don't have the volume at first. Unless your doing something like adswaps or something. Maybe some guess post on high traffic blogs in your niche.

    After you get the traffic you have to convert that traffic. You can directly send to your affiliate offer to make sure or see how well the page converts for you then you can build your own landing page. There really are so many ways. Find one and stick with it!
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  • Profile picture of the author J50
    Still waiting for the first celebrity affiliate billionaire to be honest. Patiently waiting...
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