affiliate marketing not working for me

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I am about to give up on affiliate marketing, for its just not working for me. I started affiliate marketing last year june of 2010 after which i bought a Internet Marketing product (tycoon cashflow) which some of you guys may heard of. At the moment everything looked bright for my future in affiliate marketing, at least based on what they were telling and a showing me that was how it seems. I was really souped-up and ready to get going for at the moment i was thinking that this money could help me in paying my college tuition, with that said let me add that i am a 21 yr old college student pursuing a BSc in IT.

I thought i would be rich!! by now but i am here, a year later, feeling tricked, for its just not working for me. I am still here yet to profit from clickbank products, in fact i have lost money through pricy PPC campaigns. I sold a few products on click bank, 6 to be exact but my investments have outwayed my returns. I currently have $110.00 in my Clickbank account which i am unable to get, because of their CDR rule which i did not know much about until lately. My most recent case of lost was whereby i found a rather cheap PPC network where i paid $0.01-0.03us per click which i thought was very good. So far i have spent $34.00 and got about 1,400 clicks in total from adverting 15 clickbank products, but there are just no sales thus i am here getting increasingly frustrated as my money keeps being spent in vain.

the only way i have managed to make a bit of money online is from selling a few "TWEET ADDER 3" software from my website online-career.com, i also cashed in on flippa when i sold my then iphone4gsguide website for $470.00. so those were the only two good news for me. And they are what keep me going at times, because they remind me that there is a lot of potential ways to make money online.

Does anyone feels the way i do? or have been in a similar situation?
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  • Profile picture of the author BaltimoreDave
    I've only been doing this for a few months, so I don't want to get a bunch of people thinking I'm in patient. But, I worry about that same thing happening to me sometimes. I've invested some time and money and still have yet to make my money back. Understanding the mechanics of the affiliate site process and a few sales here and there are what keep me going.
    Since I've joined this forum, I've seen that a lot of people don't even bother with affiliate marketing, and the only real way to make money is to sell your own products and have a list. I want to stick with affiliate marketing for now, because that is what I'm learning. Never the less, some times I wonder if affiliate marketing is bunk, and I should just jump into other forms of marketing. Luckily I have a good plan that starts with affiliate marketing and begins to diversify. I would like to support this "diversification" with my affiliate sites. It would really make me feel good to read that actual people are making out well in affiliate marketing. But, I really want to learn what's real.
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  • Profile picture of the author trishworks4u
    yes, getting started can be frustrating.

    Just a few things that I see here. First, You started last June but just now joined the WF - this place is FREE. Lots of help here and could have saved you a lot of grief.

    Second - why are you promoting 15 CB products? Pick 1 or 2 at most.

    Third - stop paying for traffic if you can't afford it. There are other ways. See #1.

    Hang in there.
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  • Profile picture of the author BryanShearer
    I just wrote a post about this the other day, about what you may be going through. What I said basically is that it is okay to fail, but you really need to learn and see what you are doing wrong or else you will fail at failing.

    While you are working on your PPC sites, build affiliate marketing sites as well. What I mean is that target niches so that you can place CPA or CPL ads on so that you will start to earn money through your SEO efforts. That way, you can back down on dropping money in PPC.

    In all honesty, PPC is tough to get into nowadays without a large budget to test and tweak with. Try going the SEO method and build for the long term. In the meantime, develop your own products too!
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  • Profile picture of the author paintbrush4u
    Nicolas.... you are way tooo brutally honest....

    It looks to me that you didn't do that bad afterall....

    Yes compared to the hype... you might not have performed to that level... but let me ask you this.....

    Did you learn the trade or were you just learning the tricks of the trade?

    Too many of us have that glazed look when we are reading the copy of the newset shiniest product launch.....

    But if you have learned things from that trade... apply 101 RULE....
    Out of 100 things you have done... find the one that has worked for you and give that ONE a hundred percent...
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  • Profile picture of the author BaltimoreDave
    Learning and experience is great and I'm still working with trial and error. I understand that affiliate marketing is sort of low on the totem pole, but is it really fruitful monetarily? Or should we continue with our research with plans to move on to something else in the near future?
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  • Profile picture of the author Staktdex
    I love to see other people out there in their growing pains, just starting myself and it's nice to see it's not all butterscotch and rainbows the first day. That gives me some ammo for perseverance to continue on this path, after all this is a career, not the lottery.
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  • Profile picture of the author AceOfShirts
    Did you build any type of list during your PPC advertising, or did you link directly to the sales page? Did you try a squeeze page on any of them?

    Were you trying to sell IM products or were you in other niches?

    Did any of the customers you referred join a program that gives you a residual income stream or were they all onetime commissions?
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    • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
      Originally Posted by dnsg View Post

      Did you build any type of list during your PPC advertising, or did you link directly to the sales page? Did you try a squeeze page on any of them?

      Were you trying to sell IM products or were you in other niches?

      Did any of the customers you referred join a program that gives you a residual income stream or were they all onetime commissions?
      well luckily i got a rebill , 1st i got $7.00 two weeks ago and i got $3.00 yesterday so i am here looking to see if any more will come. the 1st time i tried to create a list it did not really worked out because in two months i got in total about 7 subs and i had to pay aweber $19.00. However recently i gave it another shot and have been getting on average about 3 subs per day which i think is not bad.


      thank you for the suggestions i really appreciate it
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      • Profile picture of the author mikeroosa
        My opinion on this is you need to scale down and focus on 1-3 sites. Set aside time each day to come up with a plan and work that plan. Try some article marketing or forum marketing for some free methods.

        Make sure you are building a list so you can market other similar products to them as well.
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        • Profile picture of the author leadmonster
          Success waits for 99.9% of us to give up and then shows up at our doorstep Just keep plugging away and that is great advice telling you to research different niches and I can tell you from experience that they are many niches that are untapped and room for us to grow in we just have to take action and understand all the pieces of the puzzle.

          SEO is key sometimes and most times in my case. Just my opinion and I guess that I am fortunate enough to understand it to a tee. It is alot of work but thx to good ole softwares it makes our job easier. PM me if you need any further advice on SEO and untapped niches. STAY POSITIVE
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        • Profile picture of the author genietoast
          You might need to go the membership site route. That helped me. I did the same thing in the beginning wasting money on PPC, and not knowing what to do.

          Eventually, I ended up getting into a membership course which gave me a better foundation of what affiliate marketing was and what to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author Benson P
    It's part and parcel for most affiliate marketers..
    To fully utilize PPC, PPV, you need to do lot's of testing because there are plenty of areas affecting the conversion, from ads itself to how you push the offer.

    Think outside the box because you don't necessary need to spend money to earn money.(At least that's what i teach in my WSO..)

    Don't give up! Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author shuvo
    Choosing the right product and product related strategies are really important.I dont know but I think better is you may change your strategies to sell those clickbank products by changing your IM strategy like content based marketing.This is also good to know that still you have made some good amount of money from your other efforts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diane S
    I would definitely stay away from PPC - way too easy to lose money on non-converting traffic. Save that for later, when you are already in the profit zone. I currently have several income streams, and they are all profitable, but I would have made a lot more money if I had learned them one at a time and taken one to its full potential before adding the next. So that is what you face now. I would advise to go after the free traffic using methods described here in the WF, and don't spend money on linkbuilding. Learn to do that yourself for free. When you feel you have done everything to optimize your affiliate income stream, then move on. If you spend any more money it should be on a War Room membership. There are so many free tools and worthwhile ideas there, you will have recouped the fee easily within a month. After affiliate marketing I developed a product as my second income stream. When sales slowed down drastically I created an affiliate program for it, and sales are on the upswing. All those customers make a nice list and now I can market new products to the list.

    I wish you all the best. Don't give up, as the ramp up period can be a year. If you are strapped for cash, put up some gigs at fiverr or start an article writing service. But save the bulk of your time for your own long-term income streams.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
    Hi Nicholas

    I hope you don't mind but I visited your site (o-c.com) to take a look.

    If it's OK with you, can I make some suggestions? These are meant with the best intentions, and are offered from the point of view of 'first impression'.
    • Name of Blog and sub title are excellent, although I recommend taking the dash out of the heading, even if it has to stay in the url. The search engines would not recognise the heading with a dash as easily. This may help your SEO slightly. Better SEO means more visitors.
    • Change the Theme. The H1, H2 headers are pretty ugly, and distract from the articles. The QPD Ad at the top obliterates the tabs entirely. This makes the site look thrown together. Find a theme, even a free theme that isn't so 'in your face'. Oh yes, get rid of the Get Rich Quick tab, it'll drive visitors away quickly.
    • Place Title of post and post at the top of main column, and move Adsense stuff to sidebar. Many people being assaulted by ads before content will click off immediatel. It also makes the articles hard to find, and visitors don't want to (and won't) hunt for information.
    • Use Capital Letters in Titles. Writing bits of the titles in all lower case looks amateurish and lazy. Stop using different weights of text and different colours for tiltes. It makes the site messy.
    • Don't write articles with all the text centred. It's hard to read, and if it's hard to read, people won't read it.
    • Backlink Registration Box. Remove date (Mar 25) entirely. Next correct spellings (Please is spelt with an e at the end), change "your name and details to download this software now!!!! FREE!!!!" with "Get Instant Backlink Monster Now - FREE!" (Don't use lots of exclamation marks, they're ugly!!!! and amateurish!!!!Sorry, but the You Tube video is terrible, the audio is so bad I couldn't be bothered to stay. Didn't notice the Read More sign bt video link immediately.
    • Mobile Monolpoly. Reduce size of, number of or completely the photos, they don't help, just confuse. Don't be lazy. At least write an intro article for this, and get rid of the hideous link under the two scans/links. They will drive people away. The whole of this article is too busy with scanned bits of the sales page. Edit it heavily.
    • If you're going to continue using a three column theme.
    • Move your Adsense to first column, not the main article column.
    • Opt In Box.Keep at Top, either sidebar.Way too much to read, and again bad use of lower case. What 3 Books, Winnie the Poo?
    • First Sidebar. Suggested order. 1. Optin Box, 2. Adsense, 3. Tweet Adder ad., 4. Popular Posts
    • Second Sidebar. 1. Twitter Follow, 2. Feed Buttons, 3. Recent Posts, 4. Tags (If you insist)
    • AdSense by Google ads. Why are they related to the Forex Market when your blog isn't? Recode your Adsense to match the theme/niche/market that your targetting. You're much more likely to get some click juice.
    With all due respect, I can see why you will be suffering form low hits and I suspect low registrations. Your blog isn't giving you the prescence you need to look professinal and businesslike.

    I hope you read these suggestions in good faith. I am a graphic designer, so I have (too many) years of experience with this, and advertising etc.

    I'd be interested to know if this is any help to you; if you make changes; any improved results.

    Best wishes

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    • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
      Originally Posted by Alan Ashwood View Post

      Hi Nicholas

      I hope you don't mind but I visited your site (o-c.com) to take a look.

      If it's OK with you, can I make some suggestions? These are meant with the best intentions, and are offered from the point of view of 'first impression'.
      • Name of Blog and sub title are excellent, although I recommend taking the dash out of the heading, even if it has to stay in the url. The search engines would not recognise the heading with a dash as easily. This may help your SEO slightly. Better SEO means more visitors.
      • Change the Theme. The H1, H2 headers are pretty ugly, and distract from the articles. The QPD Ad at the top obliterates the tabs entirely. This makes the site look thrown together. Find a theme, even a free theme that isn't so 'in your face'. Oh yes, get rid of the Get Rich Quick tab, it'll drive visitors away quickly.
      • Place Title of post and post at the top of main column, and move Adsense stuff to sidebar. Many people being assaulted by ads before content will click off immediatel. It also makes the articles hard to find, and visitors don't want to (and won't) hunt for information.
      • Use Capital Letters in Titles. Writing bits of the titles in all lower case looks amateurish and lazy. Stop using different weights of text and different colours for tiltes. It makes the site messy.
      • Don't write articles with all the text centred. It's hard to read, and if it's hard to read, people won't read it.
      • Backlink Registration Box. Remove date (Mar 25) entirely. Next correct spellings (Please is spelt with an e at the end), change "your name and details to download this software now!!!! FREE!!!!" with "Get Instant Backlink Monster Now - FREE!" (Don't use lots of exclamation marks, they're ugly!!!! and amateurish!!!!Sorry, but the You Tube video is terrible, the audio is so bad I couldn't be bothered to stay. Didn't notice the Read More sign bt video link immediately.
      • Mobile Monolpoly. Reduce size of, number of or completely the photos, they don't help, just confuse. Don't be lazy. At least write an intro article for this, and get rid of the hideous link under the two scans/links. They will drive people away. The whole of this article is too busy with scanned bits of the sales page. Edit it heavily.
      • If you're going to continue using a three column theme.
      • Move your Adsense to first column, not the main article column.
      • Opt In Box.Keep at Top, either sidebar.Way too much to read, and again bad use of lower case. What 3 Books, Winnie the Poo?
      • First Sidebar. Suggested order. 1. Optin Box, 2. Adsense, 3. Tweet Adder ad., 4. Popular Posts
      • Second Sidebar. 1. Twitter Follow, 2. Feed Buttons, 3. Recent Posts, 4. Tags (If you insist)
      • AdSense by Google ads. Why are they related to the Forex Market when your blog isn't? Recode your Adsense to match the theme/niche/market that your targetting. You're much more likely to get some click juice.
      With all due respect, I can see why you will be suffering form low hits and I suspect low registrations. Your blog isn't giving you the prescence you need to look professinal and businesslike.

      I hope you read these suggestions in good faith. I am a graphic designer, so I have (too many) years of experience with this, and advertising etc.

      I'd be interested to know if this is any help to you; if you make changes; any improved results.

      Best wishes

      Alan, UK
      thank you very much these suggestions are really helpful, first and foremost i need to change my theme, do you have any suggestion as to which theme i could use instead?

      I will be really thankful for right now i really want to change my theme to something appealing...
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
        Originally Posted by nicolas simpson View Post

        thank you very much these suggestions are really helpful, first and foremost i need to change my theme, do you have any suggestion as to which theme i could use instead?

        I will be really thankful for right now i really want to change my theme to something appealing...
        This is something you have to decide and select yourself, it's very personal to you and your style of working.

        Install a WP plug-in called "theme-test-drive". This will allow you to test various themes without interfering with your current one.

        Then go shopping. There are thousands of excellent free themes, or if you want a paid for one, even better. The Genesis theme is very flexible (at a cost). You may even outsource someone to design a custom banner that is unique to you.

        You'll be looking for a style that is 'fresh', and easy on the eye. For your market, avoid dark backgounds with white text. They're great for rock/music/games/grunge type blogs, yours is for Internet Marketing, and you want to look PROFESSIONAL.

        If you're not going to overkill tons of advertising, you may choose a two column theme, but as you're Affiliate Marketing, I would recommend a three column theme.

        When you've selected a 'nice, calm, fresh, professional' style, there are other things I recommended above you need to concentrate on.
        • Great Care With Capitalization and Spelling.
        • Don't Try Make Too Many Lines of text BIG AND BOLD (In your face)
        • Reduce Graphics and Photos in Size (to support text)
        • Include links in text rather than sticking up big headings
        Keep in touch.

        Alan
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    You need to cut back on the number of products you are promoting. 15 is way too many. You said you got 1400 clicks but when you divide that by 15 you only have about 93 clicks per product. Focus your attention on one or two products and give those products your all. Write articles, create videos, write press releases etc.
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  • Being successful with affiliate marketing just has to do with having a lot of traffic. Conversion rates are typically low so you have to have large amounts of traffic to get any devent revenue. With little traffic you will make 0 to little money with affiliate programs.
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  • Profile picture of the author pmbrent
    If I could provide some advice I would say stick to what has worked so far and just modify it to get more sales and then rinse and repeat. Also, stick to affiliate marketing in "hot niches" for they may change over night, you just need to research what is currently "in demand" and promote products in that area.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ian Jackson
      Sorry, but it just makes me want to hit my "back" button. There are some really good, helpful comments above, and I would only add that you use/apply them in collaboration with a good free WordPress theme, through Hostgator cPanel (not Wordpress.com), and upload the free Wordpress flexibility theme.

      There's much info already posted in this forum about Wordpress, and also loads on YouTube.

      You just need to spend some time researching... using appropriate keywords

      hth
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    Just keep reading and learning man. Don't get discouraged. Build backlinks. Optimize your sites. Always do keyword research.

    You'll do well eventually. It's hard not to if you're persistent enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author JMPruitt
    On top of following the advice given above which is all really great, I would recommend adding valuable content on your blog rather than just sales pitches. Especially in the internet marketing niche.

    This industry is already full of "expert" blogs who have never made a dime but want to sell you another get rich quick scheme.

    start writing about your experiences, and keep it real. the IM niche is probably one of the hardest niches to get into, but that is mostly because a majority of the people out there do it wrong.

    Honestly, there are so many things to learn with internet marketing in general, most of the time when I see someone not making money, it isn't the monetization method that is the problem.

    first you have to learn how to market yourself and build credibility with potential buyers. Then, when you offer a product recommendation, people will trust you more, and they will buy. Without credibility, especially in the IM niche, you are dead in the water. Just promoting a product with an affiliate link isn't enough.

    Also, a lot of these programs give you unrealistic expectations. Although a small number of people do make it rich, most people don't.

    You can make really good money just as an affiliate, but most of the really big earners also own their own products and are building an email list of proven buyers.
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  • Profile picture of the author incliner
    I've been using the Flexibility Theme for a couple years or so and it has worked well for a variety of websites so you might want to investigate it and learn all the ways to customize it for your needs. I haven't built any sites with the new Flexibility 3.1 but if it's better than version 2 you'll be unstoppable. Good luck and just keep going. If you quit, you're guaranteeing failure.
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    • I also bought Tycoon Cashflow at around the same time, weird..

      I moved on from the PPC method after about a month.. They teach direct linking to the clickbank product and that just does not work. Not without the right product and lots and lots of testing.

      I then went onto the SEO route, and made my first sale within about 2 months. I have made around $1200 since last July, which is enough evidence for me that this can work. Unfortunately all my long tail keyword articles on article directories have lost their rankings and I lost a lot of traffic.

      I'm now back to square one except I'm now focusing 100% on my own websites and perfecting my list. The moment I have made a proven email marketing campaign, is the moment I will move onto a different niche. I'll do exactly the same thing and rinse and repeat.

      However the worry of the Google slap is in the back of my mind all the time. There just doesn't seen to be any other free traffic generating method that is as effective as Google. I know that I will have to focus on other methods eventually, probably ezine solo ads and forms of PPC, but for the time being I'm focusing 100% on the one method I mentioned earlier.

      We are in the same boat buddy, but this game is all about perserverance. I'm convinced (And others have said this) that the key to success in IM, is finding ONE method that works, and focusing ALL of your efforts into it. Disregard everything else until you have mastered that one method, and then scale up.

      We will be rich.
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  • Profile picture of the author emoneynow
    Yes, it can be very frustrating, but the number one thing to succeed in this is to see what works and scaling it. You have to remember that there is no such thing as an 'easy way'

    It's easy to get demoralized especially after such a year of not making anything. It helps to have experienced ones point you to the right direction. Use the forums to gain new knowledge or advice.

    My own advice, is to focus on 1 thing first... maybe 1 site and get it to make a buck. Doesn't matter how little at first as long as you get traffic and making some kind of 'formula'. You then move on and repeat the same formula at a larger scale. rinse. repeat.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    get more traffic

    and test more.

    I do not think you are doing these enough.

    If you were you would be having more success. l

    Just sayin'!
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
        "This is a a very value add.. thread.... thanx for posting on this thread.. and thanx for all the advice offered..."

        This is nonsense. Looks like spam to me.
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        • Profile picture of the author Anthonyblim
          Nicolas, I am also quite new in this IM , and doing amazon affiliate program. I am having the same problem as you are. Sometime I wonder, the people claimed making all the big bucks are the people selling all the software tools to newbies like us trying to follow their foot steps. at the end, they make the money selling the software and we are stuck with nothing. but will all fairness, they did a good job creating the product and selling them. So I am going back to somehow create my own product. Dont know how yet, but got alot of emails pushing products already. so to buy who's product?? taking so much time just reading all these products marketing and searching from warrior on comments.

          Its not easy to depend your monthly income just on IM. At least not for the first 6 months.
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          • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
            hey guys thanks for the comments, i really appreciate them.
            i am definitely going to put some of those suggestions into action.

            i changed my blog theme a day ago, so if any of you guys saw it before, please i will be thankfull if you take a look at the new theme i have installed and give me your honest opinion, however its still in construction for i only started working on it yesterday.

            i must also say thanks to you guys again and this forum for it as helped me a lot since i joined a few days ago....
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            • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
              Originally Posted by nicolas simpson View Post

              hey guys thanks for the comments, i really appreciate them.
              i changed my blog theme a day ago, so if any of you guys saw it before, please i will be thankfull if you take a look at the new theme i have installed and give me your honest opinion, however its still in construction for i only started working on it yesterday.
              Hi Nic
              Revisited your blog and left a comment there.

              First Impression? Excellent. The site looks 100% smarter and more professional. It's very easy on the eye, and now your visitors can see what's there without all the clutter.

              I have a few more tweaks which I hope will help, and as they're specific to your site will put in a message.

              P'raps you'll pay me visit by way of a thanks. Would be appreciated.

              Cheers
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        • Profile picture of the author 1SEO
          Originally Posted by Alan Ashwood View Post

          "This is a a very value add.. thread.... thanx for posting on this thread.. and thanx for all the advice offered..."

          This is nonsense. Looks like spam to me.
          Or it could be someone who is greatful for the advice being given in this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author DancingHamster
    Well, alot of it is picking something that people are interested in and are willing to buy. Second, you need to rank for a keyword related to the product that you are affiliated with. It's best to be ranked at least 5th.
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  • Profile picture of the author tj0575
    Just to add my two cents. I personally know a few people who have done very well with affiliate marketing. That said, I did not do so great with it. I took the road of creating my own products, and also taking some plr products and making them alot better(lot of work involved with the latter, but worth it for me) that is how I have been able to make my living online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Abigail Rose
    There is always the other options for you!

    PPC marketing ~ adsense

    Offline/Product Creation/Squeeze Pages

    or a combination of all of them!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
    Hi again Nic, sorry it's here, but I don't have enough posts to send PMs yet.

    I've left you some backlink juice by visiting your blog and leaving a comment. I'd be grateful if you would do the same. I don't expect you buy anything, but you're welcome to if you so desire.
    The blog looks great - a vast improvement. Provided you're getting traffic, this should help a lot to help you convert and sell.
    If you're OK with it, I'd like to offer afew tweaks that may help some more.

    Your Post: "Viral Marketing"
    • 1. The post is very long and hits you with big blocks of text.
    • Read my post "6 Tips . . ." which advises breaking down the post into smaller paragraphs, and why.
    • 2. Post looks like a PLR article, and maybe 'spun'.
    • If you use PLR -
    • a. Read it carefully to make sure it makes sense;
    • b. Do not use PLR unchanged (you will be penalised by Google for duplicate content), re write it changing at least 30-40%;
    • c. Spinners. If this has been (as I suspect) spun, go through it carefully, try to reduce the quantity, and ensure it makes sense.
    There's a great plugin called post-teaser. Basically it shows the first 100 words of your most recent post on Home page. It looks slick, and doesn't overpower the information on the page. If you visit my site by just entering rookiesfirstguide.com (the Home Page) you will see what I mean.
    • 3. Plug Ins: I made a recent post "10 Top WP Plug Ins . . ."
    I don't know what you use, but you may find these helpful, particularly:
    CommentLuv.
    CommentLuv allows visitors to display their most recent post when they comment at your site. This increases comments a lot, giving you backlink value, which Google loves.
    It also gives you other blogs to visit, which can generate 'relationships'.
    Best wishes
    Alan
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
    Hi Nicolas,
    Ok...I'll add my 2 cents for you. There's far too much noise on your site. A site needs to have 1 or 2 aims..yours seems to have about 50 at once. I'd install a clean wordpress theme. I'd move adsense from the main column...I'd make the sign up box more noticeable with a great reason to give their name and email addy. Join my newsletter won't fly in the MM niche. Most people now guard their email address.
    I'd also think of an angle to your blog. What about talking about your own experiences?

    Rich
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    Nicolas, there are SO many ways to make money in internet marketing - certainly don't think that you're stuck in affiliate marketing. That is just one of many, many lucrative business models in IM.

    Don't give up!
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  • Profile picture of the author TrumpiaTim
    If affiliate marketing isn't working out for you, have you thought about starting up as a reseller / white label for a program?
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
    jus wanted to let you guys know that i made,,$120 this week
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
      Great.

      Congratulations. I hope my tips helped you...

      Now here's just the matter of my consultation fee - $120. LOL

      Alan
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
    I'll give you a little tip on what made me the most money in affiliate marketing.

    I have promoted [with effort] 2 products.

    1. One was a clickbank product.


    2. One was not and paid 500 per sale.

    The Clickbank product paid like $33 per sale and I made about 1k in that month through the website I made for it. (this is really easy to do) I spent alot of time making sure I had backlinks getting created yada yada yada..It took some effort..Not a TON, but some..

    The second product I just emailed my list within that niche and made 1k the first day.

    You see - I needed roughly 33 sales to hit 1k with clickbank but only 2 sales with the other product.

    Which do you think is easier ? Finding 2 people to spend 1k or 33 people to spend $67 ?
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberonic
    I am new to this forum thats for sure .I am not at all new to internet marketing. Read this entire post if you are really feeling like quitting.

    last year i was ready to quit .I spent tons of money and tried everything you can think of . A friend of mine told me to hang in there .At that time i already had 3 years in to I.M..It was really dragging me down .Spent all my money and all my great ideas seem to die out one at a time..Then Someone told me to STOP! What im doing .Which was jumping around from one thing to another. You are surely not going to get rich simply by living out the very first How to get rich Software you buy. Especially since 90% of those e books are only BS.

    One month after i was ready to quit.I woke up on a monday morning and none of my ads were running.I looked at my email and seen like 9 sign ups.I immediately figured a credit card went thru and my ads are running on adwords.I looked every where to find where these came from only to see roughly 5 more sign ups in a very short time frame. I got 62 people signed up that day and i was getting $16.50 per lead at the time .

    Come to find out ,ALL The SEO work i had been doing was starting to kick in..the next day i only got 15 sign ups. But to this day i am making some un telling amounts of money online.

    Never give up !! And certainly dont count on I.M. For any type of support money for college .Instead simply enjoy what you are doing and as time goes on you will eventually run into something that works for you.

    GOOD LUCK
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  • Profile picture of the author Naills
    Hey Nicolas. Getting going is definitely frustrating - we've all been there. Even after making some really good money at times I've lost my focus and taken a few steps backward until I realized what I was doing wrong.

    You mentioned that you made some sales selling the tweet-adder 3 software off of your blog, and selling your iphone site on flippa. Why not do more of that? Once you find something that is starting to work for you, even modestly, it's worth keeping at it and building off of that.

    I know for myself, several times I've made some decent money on a project, and instead of working on doing more of that and leveraging off of the success I've already had, I would instead scrap that and start all over with something new. Not the best plan of action, looking back on it...
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  • Profile picture of the author omk
    Well, there are lots of other Internet Marketing business models out there. Affiliate Marketing is just one of them. For example you can create your own product, make money through blogging, Teach people internet marketing, set up sites for offline business owners - you get the idea. All it takes is a little time to think and research other ways that take advantage of your experience and what you like to do. I bet that after you do that, you'll have at least one or two new ways to make money online.
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