The real issue was with my sales funnel and the lack of skill with follow-up email series. With some expert assistance, I have been able to reconstruct and tweak my sales funnel strategy and selling techniques. The result, affiliate profits up 600%+ from last year, in just the first 2 and a half months of 2014!
How did I do it? Firstly, I stopped 'overselling' in my email series. A big mistake many marketers make. I improved my traffic generation by only investing in high quality solo ads and those to proven buyer's lists. Some marketers complain that solo ad traffic is too expensive for them but I encourage you to focus on quality, build your list at a slower pace and forget about quantity of leads.
Also, I started tracking more closely what was working in my marketing campaigns. Hours of social media marketing was trimmed, Facebook and Twitter efforts were replaced with targeted forum content submission. My choice of promoted affiliate products was also changed, in order to maximise ROI.
I also stopped promoting on StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Digg, Reddit and a few other sites, as the efforts were not paying off. Instead, I built a Tumblr blog to help with traffic generation and used it for redirects to my lead capture page as direct linking was hurting my marketing efforts through site warnings and potential bannings.
After streamlining my marketing approach, and being a bit ruthless in changing selling strategies, the results are starting to pay off. I encourage you to adjust your own marketing efforts, where needed, and don't be afraid to do a radical overhaul with your sales funnels etc. Best of luck!
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein"