How to make money using affiliate marketing

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  • June 27, 2007
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

Most web publishers use a CPC network such as Adsense or a CPM network that shows banner adverts and pays a tiny amount such as $1 per thousand impressions. I prefer to use affiliate programs that pay me a commission for every product I sell.

Having been banned from Adsense 3 times in the past for no reason at all I’ve had to learn how to make money without relying on Google to send me a cheque. The reason for my first ban was that I signed up with a site and never got round to adding the Adsense code. Then one day I added the code to the revenue sharing program in the Digital Point forums, quickly earned $60 and then got banned. Google didn’t even offer an explanation. The next two bans were for starting accounts when I was already banned.

The best thing about affiliate schemes is you can’t get banned easily and you have email & phone access to loads of people who want to help you make as much money as possible.

Making money using affiliate marketing is way too large a subject for me to cover it in one blog post so I will be doing a series of probably a few posts per week explaining exactly how I make over
$10,000 per month from affiliate marketing on various blogs.

If you have any specific questions please post them in the comments. Otherwise wait until tomorrow for the first post which is about link baiting – the first thing you need to do when launching a new affiliate site.

The first step – link bait

The key aspect of link baiting for affiliate sites is to make sure you don’t have any affiliate links in your posts. This might sound strange but bloggers won’t link to sites with affiliate links. You need to wait until your posts are about a week or two old before you start adding affiliate links.

Remember that any visitors from feed readers or social bookmarking sites are very unlikely to want to buy anything. Visitors who find your posts by searching on Google are very likely to want to buy something.

A link baiting campaign for a new affiliate site can help the site get good rankings very quickly and avoid the dreaded Google Sandbox. Affiliate sites are very hard to build links for so starting your
sites life as a blog allows you to build links for free and then flip the blog to an affiliate site after a few months.

Read the rest of the link baiting article here.