How I Earn 80k a year in Affiliate Income?
Jim Daniels shares his secrets to finding and working the right affiliate programs to bring in 80K a year – and how YOU can find the right program to help YOU do the same!
A few years ago, when affiliate programs began to make their way
onto the Net, I was already “living” online. So naturally, I was one
of the very first marketers to take a look at this “new” online
And frankly, after a close look inside the numbers, what I saw was
not overly exciting. But thanks to a little patience and a few
strategies I developed, I’ve been able to generate affiliate income
that most experts predicted was impossible (and continue to say it’s
impossible to this day!)
If you’re looking to do the same, read on…
The very first affiliate program I reviewed, paid an average of ten
percent commissions on each product sale my site generated. The
products (mostly books) averaged around $15 so my share would be
about a buck and a half per sale. I figured if I could get one sale
out of every 35 visitors I sent to the site, that would be a decent
conversion rate (better than average, actually). After doing a little
math, I concluded that I would earn about $45 for every 1000 visitors
I sent to the site.
But getting 1000 visitors to any given affiliate site meant I’d have
to get about 10,000 visitors to my own site. If I could do that every
week, I’d be doing OK for a small business site with a marketing
budget close to zero. But I was already learning that it takes time
and money to get 10,000 visitors a week. And let’s see… for all my
traffic generating efforts I would pull in a cool $180 a month? It
didn’t take a genius to figure out that it might not be worth the
effort. I passed.
But I did NOT pass on the affiliate game altogether. I knew there was
potential for excellent long-term income in the right affiliate
programs so I bided my time and grew my website traffic and my ezine
subscriber numbers. Meanwhile, I kept a close eye on the affiliate
Then during 1998 and 1999 I joined my first few serious affiliate
programs. And to make a long story short, these few affiliate
programs were responsible for over $80,000 in income at my website
last year alone. Who says you can’t make a decent income with
While I’ve sampled a few other programs along the way, I continue to
promote only a select few programs on a regular basis. As far as
affiliate program marketing goes, you won’t find too many marketers
who are as picky as I am. But picky works. Had I joined that very
first affiliate program I looked at, I would have been lucky to make
$5,000 last year in affiliate income. Not bad, but a far cry from 80K.
So what programs pulled in 80k last year for me?
I’m not going to tell you!
That’s right, you’ll have to poke around at my website and find out.
I did not write today’s tip to round up more second-tier affiliates.
I wrote it to show you the TRUE potential in affiliate program
marketing and to explain exactly how you can grow affiliate income
like I have.
So let’s get to that next. What are the secrets to generating
measurable affiliate income? Here they are in a nice five-step
1. Choose the right affiliate programs!
As my example above shows, this important step can mean a difference
of 75K a year, easily. The right programs for YOU are …
a) programs that tie in with your site well (Ex: don’t promote a
dating service if your site focuses on business)
b) programs that you can get behind 100% and recommend personally to
your website visitors, subscribers and all else who come in contact
with your business
c) programs that pay serious commissions of 25% or more on sales —
and if you can earn residual or recurring income that’s even better
(Ex: services like web hosting require customers to pay monthly, so
you as an affiliate can earn monthly too!)
2. Promote your best programs with personal recommendations at your
website and in your email messages.
While most affiliate programs offer marketing assistance to their
affiliates, your best bet is to form your own marketing plan and
promotion material. This sets your affiliate site apart from
thousands of others.
And don’t forget, in order to truly make personal recommendations,
you’ll need to be a CUSTOMER as well. I see far too many affiliates
making personal recommendations without even making the investment in
the product or service they are promoting. Not only will you lose
credibility when you do this, you’ll be limiting your marketing
potential by not knowing the product like you should.
3. Don’t go affiliate crazy and promote too many programs.
A handful is fine, but a dozen or more cheapens the experience for
your users. If you absolutely MUST promote lots of products and
services, PERSONALLY RECOMMEND only a small number of them. Take your
very best ONE or TWO affiliate programs and stick to recommending
them as your staple. A premium service with a slightly higher than
normal price tag and generous commission is ideal for this strategy.
But be sure it is worth the price!
4. Don’t expect to grow serious affiliate income without having a
website of your own.
Too many newbies make this mistake. They think they can avoid ALL
online business start-up time and expenses by joining an affiliate
program and using the free site they get as their main site. It’s a
mistake. The best affiliates in EVERY program have their own website
where they bring ALL their traffic first. From a “home base” like
this you are free to make personal recommendations, promote a variety
of programs and earn income other ways such as advertising or selling
your own products and services. Growing your own site is a major key
to growing serious long-term affiliate income.
5. Get help!
Don’t go it alone. Ask successful affiliates how they’ve grown their
incomes – most are happy to share the details. Read their books, take
their courses and get on their subscriber lists. There’s no point in
trying to reinvent the wheel. Simply follow the path that other
successful affiliates have taken before you and you can achieve
success too. It really is that simple.
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long-term, “wow!” income online, read my new five- page website that
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