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“The Affiliate’s Creed”-Shoemoney ASW Contest Entry Post

December 21, 2011 | Affiliate Marketing | 2 Comments

The Affiliate’s Creed

“This is my computer. There are many like it but this one is mine. My computer is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I master my life. Without me, my computer is useless. Without my computer I am useless. I must make my computer true. I must use my computer better than any other affiliate who is trying to make more money than me. I must out-do them before they out-do me. I will, before God I swear this creed: my computer and I are money-makers in the affiliate world, we are the masters of our offers, we are the creators of wealth. So be it, until there is no better affiliate, but me! Amen.

I hope you enjoyed the video above.  It’s the launch of my official entry into the  Shoemoney Affiliate Summit West Contest. I thought the video would be very amusing.  The idea came to me after I read about Shoemoney’s ASW contest.  I quickly began to work on it and although it’s not Hollywood studio material, I’m happy with the outcome.  The original video clip is  “The Rifleman’s Creed” from the movie “Full Metal Jacket”.

A Little about Me

My name is Patrick; I’m a husband, a father and an affiliate marketer.  I’ve been trying to make significant money online for a few years with some successes and too many failures to count.  I’ve been an affiliate marketer who has always been inspired by reading blog’s such as Shoemoney, John Chow and Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income.   I’ve definitely profited from the invaluable information provided by these blogs.

I’ve had many frustrations which you can read about here and had a home run or two, you can read here.  However, I’ve pretty much struggled over the years to maintain consistency and to take my business to the next level.

My Main Reasons for Wanting to Attend Affiliate Summit West

Unfortunately, making money in affiliate marketing has never been consistent for me and I realize I have a lot more to learn.  Additionally, I have found networking with people within the affiliate marketing industry very challenging at times.  Attending Affiliate Summit West would help with these limitations, especially having the opportunity to network with the legendary, Jeremy Schoemaker!

I look forward to seeing who the winner of the ASW Shoemoney contest is and sincerely hope it’s me! 😉

I would love to hear some feedback below about the video! :-)  

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Make Money Online With Affiliate Marketing

October 10, 2011 | Affiliate Marketing | My Ramblings | 2 Comments

The top 4 things I absolutely love about making money online are:

  1. You can automate your business.  There is no need to man it.  It’s not like a brick-and-mortar business where you have to be there 8 hours per day.  Your website is your employee and does all the work.  You can literally make money while you sleep.
  2.  You can be mobile.  You can live and travel anywhere in the world as long as you have an Internet connection.  I’ve been on vacation in Jamaica where I conducted business via the Internet.
  3.  You can try things fairly quickly and inexpensively.  If you have an idea, its extremely cheap and easy to develop a website and then pay a small amount of money to drive traffic to it to determine if you can convert visitors into making you money.
  4. You can sell and market products/services you don’t own via drop shipping and affiliate marketing.  There is no need to buy inventory, find space to store it and the pray you can sell it!.

One of the fastest ways to make money online is affiliate marketing. Affiliate Marketing is promoting products or services that you don’t own for a commission.  You register with an Affiliate Company to get an account, which gives you access to hyper-links (via text or banners) to products/services.  You take a link and place it out in the Internet world (via e-mail, website / landing page, paid advertising) to send traffic to your advertiser.  When an action is taken (sale or lead generated), you get paid a commission.  It’s that simple, but not easy because it involves a lot of trial-and-error! 

Some of the top affiliate companies include Commission Junction (CJ), AzoogleAds, ClickBank, PepperJam Network and Sharesale.  However, there are many other mid to smaller affiliate companies, but these are the ones I use the most.

As stated, the beauty with affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to own anything.  As a matter-a-fact, you don’t even have to own a website.  One of my most successful affiliate marketing campaign was marketing products via paid advertising where I sent traffic directly to the advertiser’s website.  However, now this strategy is rare.  Most advertisers want you to send traffic from another website and not directly from paid ads.

High traffic Blogs do very well with affiliate marketing because they don’t pay for any traffic.  All traffic is free, so they keep all earnings via affiliate links embedded in their blog posts. Blog owners with high traffic usually have loyal followers / readers who will purchase products/services that they recommend.  I know of blog owners making $30,000+ per month with this strategy!

Below is a screen shot from one of my affiliate accounts where I have grossed $33,304.00 YTD. Most of the traffic is from paid advertising, so there is cost in generating this amount.  However, the profit margin is pretty decent. 

The thing I like about generating 33,304.00 is that it’s pretty much on auto-pilot.  After setting up the campaigns,  I do very little but monitor and make adjustments.  Weeks may pass where I don’t even touch a campaign where I literally make money while I’m sleeping. 

However, please don’t be too impressed with the gross earnings because it’s nothing compared to some Internet Markets who make this amount in a month or less.  As a matter-a-fact I’m very disappointed that I haven’t done better.  As you can see from the screen shot, in Q1 I generated $14,738.76 but in Q2 it dropped to $10,148.29 and dropped again to $8,416.95 in Q3, which was very disappointing!

If you are interested in learning more about affiliate marketing, there a many blogs ran by Affiliate Marketers with articles on how they make money via affiliate marketing.   There are also many people selling training programs on affiliate marketing that can get you up to speed quickly.  However, if you are diligent, you can find most of the information for free on the Internet.  Just Google “Affiliate Marketing” and you’ll be presented with an abundance of free information.  This is another thing I absolutely love about the Internet.   There is so much free information on the Internet that, if you are smart and highly motivated, you can exploit to make money!

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How I Made $125K in Commission via Affiliate Marketing

March 9, 2009 | Affiliate Marketing | My Ramblings | 8 Comments

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If you are looking to make money on the side with the Internet, then consider Affiliate Marketing.  I kept hearing about people making a killing with Affiliate Marketing so I decided to do some research and I soon became an Affiliate Marketer.  

Affiliate Marketing is promoting products/services that you don’t own or provide for a commission.  You register with an Affiliate Company to get an account, which gives you access to hyper-links (via text or banners) to products/services.  You take the link and place it out in the Internet world (via e-mail, website / landing page, paid advertising) to send traffic to your affiliate.  When an action is taken (sale or lead generation), you get a commission.  

Some of the top affiliate companies include Commission Junction (CJ), AzoogleAds, ClickBank, PepperJam Network and Sharesale.  There are many others, but these are the ones I use the most.

There are a few Blogs run by Affiliate Marketers with articles on how they make money with Affiliate Marketing.   I registered with a few of them to get their email updates  and learned a ton.  After a while, I realized that most of the information was the same.  

At first, I tried marketing a few items but I was not successful.  I didn’t lose too much money, but  I never gave up and just kept trying to promote different items.   Then my luck turned and I promoted 2 items that generated $125,052 in commission in 10 months (last year – 2008).  I spent $52,086.15 advertising the items on Google, $15,492.96 on Yahoo and $856.74 on Microsoft AdCenter and was able to net $56,616.15 (before taxes) in profit.  See screen shots below, keeping in mind the numbers do not match exactly with the numbers I’ve stated due to a variety of reasons.

Screenshot of Affiliate Account

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Screenshot of Advertising Accounts

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The great thing about pay-per-click marketing is that you can try marketing a product or service fairly quickly and cheaply.   No need to build a website or spam people with e-mail marketing.  Let’s say you want to market diet pills.  You can go to Google and write an ad for diet pills.  Many Affiliate Marketers will build an advertising page (called a landing page) to pre-sell the item while others will link directly to the affiliate’s website.  Now to get people to find your ad, you bid on specific keyword phrases.  The beauty of this is only people looking for diet pills using the specific keyword phrases will find your ad.  

Someone going to Google looking for auto insurance will not be presented with your ad.   Someone going to Google looking for diet pills, or maybe a specific type of diet pill will be presented with your ad.  Now if you create appealing ads, with a good landing page to pre-sell the visitor and good keyword phrases, you will be able to send converting customers (customer who will buy or sign up) to your affiliate.  

Now the numbers have to make sense.  Lets say it costs you $100 to send 200 visitors to your affiliate who will pay you $50 per sale.  If your conversion rate is 2%, meaning 2% of the 200 visitors buy, then you’ll generate $200 in commission.  Minus the $100 you spent on advertising you’ll profit $100.  Now when you see that your promotion is working, you then want to scale the campaign by spending more on advertising and advertising on Yahoo and Microsoft AdCenter, where you now spend $1,000 per day for advertising generating you $2,000 per day in commissions with a nice $1,000 per day in profits.  

Affiliate Marketing takes some risk, hard work, money and a little luck.  It’s a trial and error system.  Try a bunch of stuff; learn from your mistakes and hopefully, eventually you will make money.  Maybe not the type of money you want, but you will make money.  I would imagine the majority of people don’t make a lot of money, but there are people doing it full time making over $1,000 per day and are labeled as “Super Affiliates”.  These people spend all day before their computers promoting products and services via mostly by pay-per-click advertising and it’s making them rich!

I’m always on the hunt for another big moneymaker, however, I do make some money with embedded affiliate links on my websites.  To find out more about affiliate marketing, I recommend using Google to find a ton websites and Blogs that will give you free information.  No need to pay for any training or buy e-books.  There are tons of people trying to sell you these items, when all the information is already free on the Internet.  It’s not rocket science.  It’s all about learning the basics, then trying it, learning from your mistakes, having discipline, hard work and never giving up.  That’s how I started!