I’ve been tagged by Pepperjam Affiliate Marketing Director Robyn Martin (and soon to be Mrs Kris Jones) in the latest incarnation of the “8 things about me” meme. Instead of telling you more things beyond what’s already in my bio, I’d like to focus on 8 things I’ve learned about affiliate marketing.
Here are the tag rules:
Here are the tag rules:
- Each player must post these rules first.
- Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
- People who are tagged need to write about their eight facts on their blog.
- At the end of your blog post, choose eight people to get tagged, list their names, and link to them.
- DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forget to contact them telling them theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re tagged. Also, point them to your blog post so they know what to do.
Here’re the my 8 “facts”:
- Payouts don’t tell the entire story. If an offer doesn’t convert, even at $150 a lead, it doesn’t do you any good.
- The Affiliate marketing big guns are using PPC (PayPerClick) traffic to drive traffic in great volume to their sites. Check out Gauder Chaudry’s PayPerClickFormula and blogs from PPC Super Affiliates like Shoemoney, Amit Mehta, Kris Jones and Geordie Carswell, Andrew Johnson, Shawn Collins’ Affiliate Tip and Aojon’s Affiliate Marketing Blog among others if you want to gain the competitive edge.
- Knowledge is going to be your biggest weapon and who you know is going to be a big part of it. I like visiting and more importantly, contributing to forums like the WickedFire Affiliate Marketing and 5Star Affiliate Marketing Forum. Once I get a number of projects off the ground, I plan to get more involved in ABestWeb. If you haven’t listened to ABestWeb founder Haiko De Poel’s “Affiliate Marketing Today” podcasts on WebmasterRadio from back in 2004 and 2005, you’re missing out.
- Join a quality CPA network. Do your homework, check network reputations with other super affiliates. Make sure you have a great affiliate manager supporting you. Besides giving you marketing tips, they can help bump your commissions once you start generating quality leads. I like Copeac (Danielle Iovino), AzoogleAds (Erin Hughes) and MaxBounty (Jessica Dagg). [If you join as part of my affiliate network through my links. Drop me an email and I'll help you get started].
- Internet Marketing is more about “Marketing” than merely the “Internet”/tech side of things. You need to be able to establish rapport, build relationships with merchants, affiliate networks and fellow affiliates. If you’re a prima donna, you get relegated to the “has beens” once your numbers drop. Build bridges, create connections to key players in your market. Do whatever you said you’d promise to do. [Many marketers fail on this point...]
- Constantly add value in whatever you do. If you’re looking for the quick fix, or a shortcut to bumping your affiliate revenue, you can probably game one of the sites out there and get a blip on your commissions for the month, but it’s not likely to be long term. Focus on building a long term business and it’ll continue bringing you income even when you’re not tending to it (which was the original intent of starting a business, wasn’t it?)
Ok, I better add 2 personal “bits” to (more…)
An interesting discussion arose over at PPC Super Affiliate Amit Mehta’s blog: Is it easy to create content, which ultimately drives traffic and generates profits, at an attractive price?
Amit and I are in obvious agreement that niche sites can be very profitable. As Amit notes:
Yes, $1k-$2k/month is fairly typical for the amount of revenue that I generate from my content sites just free traffic. Small compared to what I make from PPC from these site, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a great source of long term revenues & profits, especially if you continue to add content and get backlinks to your site.
That $1k-$2k/month can grow to $1k/day, I know one affiliate who have done this in 6 months by ranking high in Yahoo and MSN.
Certainly, niche sites can provide nice long tail income, especially if you’ve built a critical mass of niche sites.
Amit’s experience of talking to one super affiliate: I had a chance to speak with some other very successful super affiliates. I talked to one guy who was running 500 affiliate offers at one time, making $20-$50/day from each one. WOW!
Is fairly typical of a number of Super Affiliates I’ve worked together with.
But the one limiting factor, especially if you’re not already doing this regularly is:
How do you generate original and more importantly “sticky” content.
Tim notes in the comments to Amit’s post:
Thanks for addressing the issue of content creation. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m curious to know where you are finding writers who work for $5 a page. Most of the eLance article writers I have seen who actually have a good command of English and write well charge a lot more than $5 a page. Maybe IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not negotiating enough.
It would be great if you could share your Ã¢â‚¬Å“insider strategiesÃ¢â‚¬Â on quality content control and selecting the right people to outsource to. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve found some great people on eLance, but theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not insanely cheap not do I want to insult them by nickel-and-diming them down to nothing. I think what Amit has said is that if you find someone good, expect to pay them well because theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in pretty high demand.
The reality is that you will get what you pay for. Proven quality costs.
A workaround is to (more…)
Most PPC Marketers would probably send traffic direct to the Affiliate Marketing/CPA (cost per acquistion/action) offers landing page. But here’s an idea, build a niche community, like the folks at newly launched Boomj.com are doing.
You might’ve received a notification about the site targeting Baby Boomers and “Generation Joneses” last week.
It appears to be a fairly “mass” campaign, rather than a targeted one because I’m clearly a “Gen Xer” (born between 1965-79).
Although guys like Shoemoney, PepperJam’s Kris Jones, Gauher Chaudhry and Amit Mehta do really well with PPC traffic to CPA offers, I’m thinking that building a dedicated niche community helps you get better leverage out of your lead generation efforts.
With Gauher’s background in information marketing, I’m sure he’s one of the frontrunners in putting this process into action.
This requires a paradigm shift, from going beyond just a product-based focus to (more…)
Affiliate Summit co-founder Shawn Collins has posted a number of the presentations at the upcoming Affiliate Summit East on the Affiliate Summit blog. One of the standouts has to be Super Affiliate Amit Mehta’s Secrets of a PPC Super Affiliate. [PDF download]
Performance Marketing Worldwide CEO and co-founder Amit owns the Super Affiliate Mindset blog and has done well for himself.
Besides sporting his black Centurion American Express card:
Amit’s ASE presentation contains several (more…)