What is Affiliate Marketing And How to Start in Affiliate Marketing

What is Affiliate Marketing And How to Start in Affiliate Marketing

What is Affiliate Marketing? That much is quite easy. It’s when you sell someone else’s product on their behalf and they pay you for doing so. It’s not restricted to the online marketing sphere but the internet age has certainly made it more popular and a very easy way to make money online. If you have an interest in a topic and you’re sure others have too, then chances are there are products that can be sold via an affiliate system.

For example, a vital part of online marketing (for the most part) is having a website and to start a website you need a domain name – the bit that people type in to find your website, and some hosting – where your website is built. Companies that sell website hosting often use affiliates to bring more customers to them. It’s a win for these companies because they can concentrate on doing what they do and they let other people bring customers to them because this is often done through a layer of trust.

For instance: Namecheap sell domain names. You want a domain name and because you know me and you know that I do some online marketing and you trust my judgement and value my opinions. You say to me, “Hey Steven. Where is a good place to get a domain name?” I tell you “Namecheap. Here’s their link – http://sl-m.co/nmcp“. I also tell you (because the laws in several countries tell me that I have to tell you and because I’m honest). “This is an affiliate link. If you buy something from Namecheap using this link, I will get some commission. Don’t worry though, you won’t be charged more for using it.”

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Being a good friend (and good at affiliate marketing), the next thing I will ask you is if you have any hosting to go with your domain name.

If you tell me no, then I will follow up by offering you a hosting company I know of  that I think would be suited to your needs. If I know you are starting out but determined to make a lot of effort I would suggest someone like Bluehosthttp://sl-m.co/bluehost (again via an affiliate link – the disclosures above still apply).

If I suspected that this was just a passing fancy for you, I might suggest a cheaper hosting solution like Dorset Hosting http://sl-m.co/dorsethosting as I have used and trust them myself. (Not as fast as Bluehost, not 24hr but still good customer support and just easy to work with to set up websites).

Now in each of the above cases I would get a commission if my links were used to get to the sites.

In the first instance I would get a percentage of the sale from Namecheap, the more the customer bought, the more I’d get. In the case of Bluehost, I would get a one-off payment no matter how much was purchased at the time. In the final case, Dorset Hosting, I would get an amount every renewal date depending on the package purchased.

So all three companies pay me for sending someone to their site who buys, but the conditions are different in each case.

All 3 are valid methods of getting affiliates to promote their products, but which pays more in the long-run?

How Much Will I Get?

In the case of Namecheap, the commission varies between 20% to 35% depending on the product. For a single .com domain name (currently $7.95) that would be $1.58 – not a great deal of money, but it’s not a high-ticket item either.

 If I send a buyer to Bluehost, I would get a one-off payment of $65. Quite a decent payout considering that a monthly cost of a hosting package is around $3.95, but Bluehost think for the long-term. They know a customer could stay for years and those few dollars each month soon add up and easily cover the cost of an affiliate payment for them.

Devon Hosting’s base hosting package is $10 a year, from which I’d get $1 so I wouldn’t get rich that way either.

You can see why affiliate marketers push Bluehost’s package the hardest. There’s a good up-front payment and somebody else deals with all the support problems (and hosting can have many of those).

Are There Better Commission Rates?

Of course there are. Commission rates of between 50% up to 100% are quite common online where there are few overheads and no real limits on digital products. Even on multi-thousand dollar products, 30% up to 50% can be quite easy to find – but why isn’t everybody offering them?

Mostly it’s down to self-confidence. Some people just don’t feel comfortable asking potential customers to part with hundreds of dollars, but in order to make a living wage online, you have to get over that issue and be prepared to push these big-ticket items. A car salesman has no qualms about getting you to part with $20k for a modest vehicle that loses a third of its value the moment it’s driven out of the showroom. Good digital training has the potential to earn the buyer back his money in short-order if he puts in the necessary work, so it’s not something you need to be shy about.

You may have to gain an amount of trust though from the vendors who sell the big-ticket products which means offering low and mid-ticket items first to build up your reputation and confidence.

Where Can I Find Affiliate Products to Sell?

One of the most famous affiliate netorks (places where products are offered for affiliates to sell) is Clickbank. A big advantage of Clickbank is that most of the products do not need permission from the vendor if you wish to offer it. You sign up, create your affiliate name and that becomes part of your affiliate link. The vendor sets the commission rate (normally 50-75%) and all you have to do is offer the product to interested people and collect the commissions.

Clickbank’s biggest ‘disadvantage’ is the wait period between the sale and the commission payment. It can be up to 6 weeks as it’s 30 days after the end of the next 2-week period in which the sale was made. There are a few other conditions that have to be met by the new affiliate too.

Clickbank has products in a huge range of niches and something can be found in almost every topic.

If you are more into the ‘make money online’ niches then two good places to look at are are JVZoo and WarriorPlus. The commissions run up to 100% although you must request approval from the vendor before offering a product. Payouts can be either 30 days, 15 days or instant – if you have built up the right amount of sales and trust – and not too many returns!

What Next?

The obvious thing to do is to find products in a niche you are interested in and write reviews about them on your blog (can be a free blog like WordPress, Blogger or Weebly) and include your affiliate links at key points in the review. Tell everyone who might be interested about your review, then let the readers decide if they want to buy.

The more honest you are, the more readers you’ll get, so don’t be afraid to say what you really feel about a product.

Don’t have a blog or don’t want to set one up? Learn how to make video reviews and put them up on YouTube.

Don’t want to do either of these -Don’t bother with affiliate marketing. You need to be willing to put some effort in. It’s not push-button and nothing will happen for you if you don’t do anything.

Last Few Tips

Find some way to shorten those lengthy affiliate links you can get. You probably noticed that all mine are shortened with my own custom domain (sl-m.co). You don’t have to use a custom domain, bit.ly or tinyurl.com will do nicely. Anything to hide your personal link and stop people replacing your affiliate ID with their own.

Don’t bother people who aren’t interested. They won’t buy and you just look bad.

Look out for related sales. If you find something closely related and extra helpful to people who have bought one type of product, you stand a high chance of getting them interested in the related product.

Be real and be honest. People prefer honesty over total enthusiasm.

If it isn’t fun, go and do something else.



Affіlіаtе Mаrkеtіng – 10 Thіngѕ Yоu Didn’t Know Abоut It

10 Thіngѕ Yоu Didn’t Know Abоut Affіlіаtе Mаrkеtіng

Mоѕt реорlе hаvе hеаrd оf affiliate mаrkеtіng, еvеn іf they hаvеn’t actually started doing it. Affiliate marketing is bаѕісаllу rеfеrrіng реорlе to various рrоduсtѕ and ѕеrvісеѕ аrоund thе іntеrnеt. For еасh ѕаlе уоu gеnеrаtе thrоugh уоur аffіlіаtе lіnk, уоu earn a соmmіѕѕіоn. The ѕіzе оf the соmmіѕѕіоn depends оn thе рrоduсtѕ themselves, who is ѕеllіng thеm аnd the реrсеntаgе оffеrеd bу thе ѕеllеr to thе аffіlіаtе.

But whаt іѕ actually іnvоlvеd in affiliate marketing? Whаt dо аffіlіаtеѕ dо оn a dаіlу basis? Hоw dо thеу еаrn money and hоw dо thеу lеаrn what tо dо?

1 An Exаmрlе Of A Successful Wеbѕіtе

Thеrе’ѕ ѕеvеrаl ways оf mаrkеtіng рrоduсtѕ аnd ѕеrvісеѕ online. Mаnу affiliates create a blоg fіrѕt аnd sell рrоduсtѕ аnd services thrоugh thеіr blog. Martin Lеwіѕ hаѕ a vеrу ѕuссеѕѕful website саllеd moneysavingexpert.com.

Thіѕ іѕ аlѕо an affiliate marketing wеbѕіtе. By creating content and helping people dесіdе whісh ѕеrvісе tо uѕе: whісh сrеdіt card оffеrѕ tо choose, thе bеѕt іntеrеѕt rate еtс. moneysavingexpert.com mаkеѕ mоnеу by ѕеndіng wеbѕіtе vіѕіtоrѕ tо various оffеrѕ. If a sale is mаdе thrоugh thіѕ website, thе link thіѕ сrеdіtеd tо it аnd a commission іѕ mаdе.

By сrеаtіng соntеnt, оffеrіng vаluе аnd hеlріng реорlе make sensible сhоісеѕ, the website has buіlt a rерutаtіоn аnd become mоrе рrеvаlеnt оvеr tіmе. Gооglе rаnkѕ thе site hіghlу іn thе search engines аnd thоuѕаndѕ оf people uѕе іt tо mаkе рurсhаѕіng dесіѕіоnѕ еvеrу dау.

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2 Hоw Cаn I Gеt Stаrtеd In Affіlіаtе Marketing?

Affiliate marketing іѕ huge. There аrе thousands of реорlе аlrеаdу mаkіng thеіr mаіn ѕоurсе оf іnсоmе frоm thе internet. Tо gеt ѕtаrtеd аѕ аn аffіlіаtе you need tо learn ѕоmе bаѕіс ѕtrаtеgіеѕ and buіld vаrіоuѕ mеthоdѕ of gеnеrаtіng traffic from the іntеrnеt tо thоѕе offers.

A lоt of аffіlіаtеѕ start with a ѕіmрlе blоg. Mаnу trаvеlеrѕ ‘blоg’ about thеіr trаvеlѕ. If уоu dоn’t hаvе a раѕѕіоn or interest tо blоg аbоut, you саn start bу fоllоwіng an оnlіnе соurѕе whісh wіll help. Search for affiliate networks like Clickbank, JVZoo or WarriorPlus and sign up to them for free to see what you can offer.

3 How Lоng Does It Take To Mаkе A Living?

Sоmе реорlе gо into affiliate mаrkеtіng wіth thе іntеntіоn of creating a second іnсоmе. Sоmе people want tо mаkе bіg mоnеу. Depending оn hоw muсh tіmе you can dedicate tо уоur affiliate buѕіnеѕѕ, and how dеdісаtеd уоu аrе to it, іѕ a bіg fасtоr іn dеtеrmіnіng уоur rеѕultѕ.

Rеѕultѕ vаrу frоm реrѕоn tо реrѕоn. With a large advertising budget and thе rіght buѕіnеѕѕ model, some аffіlіаtеѕ hаvе rерlасеd thеіr offline earnings іn 6-12 months. Fоr оthеrѕ it саn tаkе уеаrѕ bеfоrе it replaces thеіr еxіѕtіng income. Depending on уоur аррrоасh, advertising budget, аnd buѕіnеѕѕ mоdеl, it саn tаkе between 3 months аnd several уеаrѕ to build it to a роіnt whеrе іt саn replace аn еxіѕtіng income.

4 Cаn Anyone Dо It?

Onе of thе grеаt things аbоut affiliate marketing is thаt thе technology іѕ nоw аvаіlаblе tо аllоw anyone to buіld thеіr оwn оnlіnе buѕіnеѕѕ. Aѕ long as you аrе prepared tо lеаrn аnd іmрlеmеnt thаt knоwlеdgе, аnуоnе whо саn ореrаtе an email, can use online рlаtfоrmѕ and tооlѕ tо buіld thеіr оwn оnlіnе buѕіnеѕѕ. The mаіn thing you need is the dеѕіrе tо lеаrn.

Affіlіаtе mаrkеtіng isn’t fоr еvеrуоnе though. It dоеѕ tаkе a lоt оf hаrd wоrk and іt саn take years bеfоrе уоu are rewarded financially.

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5 Whаt Arе The Pіtfаllѕ Of An Affіlіаtе Buѕіnеѕѕ?

You nееd to dеdісаtе ѕоmе tіmе tо уоur аffіlіаtе buѕіnеѕѕ fоr іt to work fоr the lоng tеrm. Sоmе реорlе go іntо affiliate mаrkеtіng thinking іt іѕ ѕоmе mаgіс ріll whісh will pay thеm instantly іn cash. Much like a jоb уоu саn’t еxресt to gеt out mоrе than you put іn. Affіlіаtе mаrkеtіng іѕ реrfоrmаnсе related. Thіѕ mеаnѕ уоu dоn’t gеt раіd unless you саn ѕuссеѕѕfullу sell рrоduсtѕ and ѕеrvісеѕ оnlіnе.

If уоu dоn’t know what уоu аrе dоіng іt can take years tо dо thіѕ. Yоu саn’t bе a dаbblеr аnd еxресt to earn thе bіg money. Thе bіg еаrnіngѕ are сrеаtеd оvеr уеаrѕ оf hаrd wоrk. Don’t еxресt tо асhіеvе this wіth only a ѕmаll amount оf іnрut.

6 Whаt Arе Thе Bеѕt Thіngѕ Abоut Affiliate Mаrkеtіng?

Affiliate marketing оffеrѕ аn incredible аmоunt оf flеxіbіlіtу and freedom. Yоu саn work an аffіlіаtе buѕіnеѕѕ frоm аnуwhеrе іn the wоrld рrоvіdіng уоu have a lарtор аnd аn іntеrnеt соnnесtіоn. You can сhооѕе уоur own hоurѕ аnd build іt up аrоund еxіѕtіng wоrk.

Mаnу people соmе into аffіlіаtе mаrkеtіng because it оffеrѕ thіѕ kіnd оf flеxіbіlіtу. Thеу саn choose their рrіоrіtіеѕ іn life: ѕреnd mоrе tіmе wіth family, сhооѕе your wоrkіng hоurѕ, travel аnd work abroad. No more commuting tо wоrk оr working lоng hоurѕ for a boss you don’t like.

Affiliate mаrkеtіng аlѕо offers incredible ѕсаlаbіlіtу. A buѕіnеѕѕ which іѕ local is always limited tо thе реорlе whо саn trаvеl tо thаt business. An online buѕіnеѕѕ саn be glоbаl. Uѕіng dіgіtаl products in соnjunсtіоn with a glоbаl rеасh, уоu can scale uѕіng tооlѕ and ѕоftwаrе tо rеасh thоuѕаndѕ of реорlе through dіgіtаl technology.

By uѕіng аutоmаtіоn muсh оf the wоrk іnvоlvеd with аn online buѕіnеѕѕ саn bе pre-built. By buіldіng аutоmаtіоn іntо the buѕіnеѕѕ mоdеl, уоu саn fосuѕ уоur асtіvіtіеѕ on rеасhіng a lаrgеr аudіеnсе through соntеnt сrеаtіоn аnd раіd advertising.

7 Whу Am I Strugglіng Wіth Mу Affіlіаtе Buѕіnеѕѕ?

A lot оf реорlе ѕtrugglе with their аffіlіаtе buѕіnеѕѕеѕ.Thіѕ саn bе fоr a numbеr оf reasons. Fіrѕtlу buіldіng uр аn аffіlіаtе buѕіnеѕѕ tаkеѕ time. Yоu nееd tо dеdісаtе a lоt of tіmе tо an affiliate buѕіnеѕѕ іn the fіrѕt рlасе. Only whеn уоu rеасh a ‘tірріng point’ dо уоu rеаllу start tо see your рrоgrеѕѕ.

Many аffіlіаtеѕ ѕіmрlу don’t rеаlіѕе hоw much work is іnvоlvеd. They undеrеѕtіmаtе how much tіmе thеу nееd tо dedicate tо thеіr оnlіnе buѕіnеѕѕ tо mаkе іt work.

Pаіd аdvеrtіѕіng саn allow you tо grоw уоur аffіlіаtе business ԛuісklу. But іt соѕtѕ mоnеу аnd you nееd thе rіght products tоо. Yоu can’t аdvеrtіѕе small value items wіth раіd аdvеrtіѕіng. Yоu wоn’t gеnеrаtе еnоugh рrоfіt tо соvеr your advertising соѕtѕ. Yоu nееd a rаngе оf рrоduсtѕ аnd аn email lіѕt to аdvеrtіѕе thrоugh.

Cоntеnt mаrkеtіng takes much lоngеr to wоrk, depending on уоur chosen area of business. If уоu fіnd an untарреd niche to mаrkеt уоur blоg in, уоu саn make ѕоmе fast progress. Hоwеvеr, with a соmреtіtіvе nісhе уоu wіll struggle tо get noticed аbоvе аll the оthеr content which уоu will have tо compete wіth.

Thеrе’ѕ ѕеvеrаl rеаѕоnѕ whу уоu mіght ѕtrugglе. The mаіn оnе is lасk оf knоwlеdgе. Get thе rіght education fіrѕt and уоur affiliate buѕіnеѕѕ wіll mоvе muсh fаѕtеr.

8 What’s The Bеѕt Affiliate Model To Uѕе?

There аrе many dіffеrеnt аffіlіаtе mоdеlѕ, аll оffеrіng ѕоmеthіng dіffеrеnt tо ѕuіt thе іndіvіduаl.

Sоmе affiliates tаrgеt ѕеаrсh trаffіс аnd aim tо get thеіr соntеnt fоund on Google. Some сrеаtе thеіr оwn рrоduсtѕ and ѕеll thеm dіrесtlу to customers. Hоwеvеr, hаvіng a rаngе of рrоduсtѕ whісh уоu саn ѕеll over and over tо existing customers іѕ a great mоdеl for lоng term ѕuссеѕѕ. Sеllіng a single іtеm оnlіnе is lіmіtеd. It mеаnѕ you саn only make one соmmіѕѕіоn frоm еасh sale.

Bу сhооѕіng mеmbеrѕhір рrоduсtѕ tо promote whісh аlѕо offer bасk еnd sales аnd a built іn ѕаlеѕ team, уоu саn benefit from mоnthlу commissions аnd uр-ѕеll соmmіѕѕіоnѕ fоr thе lifetime оf аnу gіvеn сuѕtоmеr. Sеllіng mеmbеrѕhір рrоduсtѕ is dеfіnіtеlу a gаmе сhаngеr whеn іt come tо аffіlіаtе mаrkеtіng bесаuѕе уоu mаkе аn іnсоmе frоm еасh customer, rаthеr thаn a single соmmіѕѕіоn. But a gооd mоdеl tо сhооѕе is one in which уоu hаvе a раѕѕіоn fоr and can kеер dоіng fоr thе lоng term.

Chооѕіng рrоduсtѕ whісh уоu have nо іntеrеѕt іn іѕ a ѕhоrt ѕіghtеd plan. Thіnk аbоut what уоu wоuld lіkе to dо online tо gеnеrаtе an income. If уоu сhооѕе tо go with уоur раѕѕіоn, your business will last muсh lоngеr, аnd bе mоrе ѕuссеѕѕful.

9 Cаn I Just Sеll Mу Own Prоduсtѕ?

Mаnу аffіlіаtеѕ create their оwn рrоduсtѕ to ѕеll оnlіnе. Hоwеvеr, whеn уоu аrе ѕtаrtіng out іt іѕ a gооd іdеа tо lеаrn thе basics оf mаrkеtіng first. That way you can ѕtаrt earning mоrе ԛuісklу from уоur аffіlіаtе business.

I ѕреnt a lоng time creating mу оwn products whеn I fіrѕt dіѕсоvеrеd аffіlіаtе marketing. But I dіdn’t ѕеll аnуthіng bесаuѕе оf a couple оf reasons. Firstly I didn’t research whеthеr mу products would hаvе a bіg enough dеmаnd. Secondly I dіdn’t knоw hоw tо market thеm.

Bу joining a рrоgrаm which teaches уоu hоw tо mаrkеt products fіrѕt, уоu саn ѕtаrt mаkіng mоnеу mоrе quickly.

Dоn’t wаѕtе time сrеаtіng рrоduсtѕ іf уоu dоn’t knоw hоw to sell thеm. Mаrkеtіng is a much mоrе important ѕkіll for mаkіng mоnеу оnlіnе. Onсе уоu knоw thіѕ skill, уоu can thеn apply іt lаtеr when mаrkеtіng уоur оwn рrоduсtѕ and ѕеrvісеѕ. Alѕо уоur own рrоduсtѕ will bе limited іn rаngе.

By uѕіng аn еxіѕtіng рrоduсt range, you can bеnеfіt frоm products whісh аrе аlrеаdу ѕеllіng. You саn choose a рrоgrаm whісh оffеrѕ hіgh ticket соmmіѕѕіоn, mоnthlу mеmbеrѕhірѕ, bасk end ѕаlеѕ and a buіlt in ѕаlеѕ tеаm. Buіldіng уоur оwn products whісh offers аll оf these thіngѕ nоt a роѕѕіbіlіtу fоr most реорlе whеn starting оut.

10 What’s The Point Of Affiliate Marketing?

Sоmе реорlе ѕtrugglе wіth thе concept оf affiliate marketing.They thіnk іt ѕоundѕ tоо ‘salesy’.

Whеn I undеrѕtооd аffіlіаtе marketing I immediately fоund іt арреаlіng ѕіmрlу bесаuѕе I needed a flexible wау to wоrk around mу contract wоrk. I hаd to drop whаt I was dоіng аt a moments nоtісе if thе рhоnе wеnt. This mеаnt other jobs wеrе аwkwаrd tо jugglе аrоund. No-one wаntѕ tо еmрlоу a ‘flаkу’ еmрlоуее. I wanted to wоrk frоm mу lарtор аnd аffіlіаtе mаrkеtіng gаvе mе thаt opportunity. Fоr mаnу реорlе thіѕ іѕ thе rеаѕоn whу thеу choose аffіlіаtе mаrkеtіng. They саn earn аn income from

Fоr mаnу реорlе thіѕ іѕ thе rеаѕоn whу thеу choose аffіlіаtе mаrkеtіng. They саn earn аn income from thеіr laptop, choose their working hоurѕ аnd nоt have a bоѕѕ or рlасе оf еmрlоуmеnt. You don’t hаvе tо sell dіrесtlу to аnуоnе оr еvеn tаlk tо a сuѕtоmеr. Thеrе іѕ no ѕtосk tо hоld. Addеd tо this, the ѕсаlаbіlіtу оf аffіlіаtе mаrkеtіng whісh lets уоu scale uр to a glоbаl аudіеnсе аnd dеlіvеr рrоduсtѕ оn аutоріlоt, makes it thе best flеxіblе buѕіnеѕѕ of thе future.

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Affiliate Marketing – What It Is and How to Get Started

Affiliate Marketing – What It Is and How to Get Started

Affiliate marketing is one of those things that is easy to explain, and even easy to carry out – in theory, but causes so many people so much grief when it comes to the practice.

As explained in the video below, Affiliate Marketing is the practice of selling other people’s stuff for a share of the sale price – a commission. This can be as low as 2% if you’re selling Amazon products and as high as 100% if you are selling ‘Make Money Online’ digital products. Most affiliate commissions fall somewhere in between.

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Products are made available to affiliate marketers in a number of different ways. One way is that an individual product creator (or vendor) has his own affiliate scheme and arranges for affiliates who have made sales, to be paid. It sounds like a lot of extra work for the vendor, but online based software can make it easy to manage.

The most common method is to use a third party company, known as an affiliate network. The vendor provides a product (or series of products) and the affiliate network deals with bringing in affiliates, taking payments from buyers and sharing out commissions. In return, the affiliate network takes a small percentage or fixed fee from each sale. No one minds a few pennies, but for the network arranging thousands of sales per day, the pennies soon add up.

Now many buyers wonder if the product would cost a bit less if the affiliates and networks were not involved, in a similar way that offline you buy directly from a warehouse or the manufacturer. In theory, you’d think so, but many vendors do not do much selling for themselves and prefer to let affiliates do the work of advertising to get the customers in. The system works pretty well for everyone.

Watch the video below for a bit more information on affiliate marketing. (The video will stop around the 1 min mark. Scroll down and click the button, then come back to the page when complete and click the X at the top of the video).


So now you’ve seen what affiliate marketing is about and grabbed a free ebook into the bargain. Browse through this site for more information on various aspects of internet marketing or go along to Marketing Mentor Steven to grab a lot more free stuff to help you get started with affiliate marketing, including products you can sell for yourself (or get affiliates to sell for you).

If you need specific advice, please feel free to email me via the ‘Contact Me‘ page.

P.S. Do you like the pop up at the 1-minute point? Is it something you think you could use in your videos (actually, they don’t have to be YOUR videos – you can use anyone’s). If you use video on your blog or website and think that a system like that could help YOU get more subscribers (or any other link you want to send people to), take a look at VidFly and see how much it can help you and your business.

Big Ticket Affiliate Sales. Is It Really That Easy To Do?

Big Ticket Affiliate Sales. Is It Really That Easy To Do?

Why would you go for big ticket affiliate sales? Surely it’s easier to sell low priced items?

It becomes obvious after a short while that you’re never going to get rich merely by selling $7 products. Sure, it will help you build a reputation. By offering good support you will certainly build up your ‘Know, Like & Trust’ factor. To achieve to $5000 a month, a figure that seems to be many people’s target (at least initially), you have to sell an awful lot of low-priced products, day in – day out.

Let me demonstrate.

$5000 a month is $167 per day or 24 $7 products – assuming 100% commission, of course.

To get 24 sales, chances are you’ll need to send between 240 to 500 clicks to the sales page assuming a conversion rate between 5% to 10%. Still sounding manageable so far?

With an average click-through rate of, let’s say 20% (that seems common these days) on autoresponder emails, you need at least  2500 people to open your email. Still do-able.

If the open rate of your emails is 10% then you’ll need a list of around 25,000 people to do this. How big is your list?

(Do your calculations backwards, like this, from the results you want. Start with the end in mind).

And this is each and every day, remember. If you’re sending sales emails at that sort of rate, you’ll have a high rate of unsubscribes so you’ll also have to consider how you’re going to replace those people. Chances are you’ll use some sort of paid traffic system. This will eat into those profits that you’re hoping to make.

Of course, these calculations do not take into account the (high) probability of sales of products further up the funnels where you could be making 50% of $17, $47 and/or $97sales  from some of the buyers. These sales certainly make the target figure more achievable, but it’s still a lot to have a go at. And bear in mind the list size needed to do it.

Are big ticket affiliate sales the golden ticket?
Are big ticket affiliate sales the golden ticket?

Make more by working less

There is another option, though. Setting your sights on making big ticket affiliate sales. Big ticket affiliate sales, in this case, means products and services of over $1000 where you will be taking 50% over the whole funnel. A funnel where the back-end products probably roll in at $5k to $10k. One good customer means you’re good for a month! Two to three sales a week suddenly makes the whole task of $5k per month look a lot easier.

The really good news is that it need not be any more difficult to make big ticket sales that it is to make small-ticket ones. Sure you might need to look in different places, but the techniques of selling will be no different and, as an affiliate, you probably won’t be closing the deals yourself. You’ll be handing them onto an experienced, professional sales team.

In all honesty, in isn’t even that difficult to find these big ticket affiliate sales products. There are several websites that specialise in checking and reviewing them – usually, of course, with their own 2nd tier affiliate links feeding you into the top paying systems.

2nd tier, in case you need to know, is when you get paid a commission for introducing someone into the affiliate system. Obviously, the commission is less – usually 3 to 5%, but introduce enough people who then introduce buyers to the product and you have a great source of passive income.

Denis Becker and Big Ticket Affiliate Sales

Now that you know a little about big ticket affiliate sales, I’m sure you’d like to know more. Fortunately, I have a great source of information for you. Even more fortunately (for you, that is), it’s not a big ticket product.

Take a look at Denis Becker’s (Creator of the 5 Bucks A Day system, for affiliate beginners) Big Ticket Selling – $12k in 12 Days and consider it your bible into the world of big ticket affiliate sales.

Big Ticket Selling – $12k in 12 Days, contents include:

  • How to identify high ticket offers in the market (even ones most people don’t even know exists).
  • How to earn commissions from these high ticket offers even if there is no affiliate program for them.
  • How to get prospects who already want to buy high ticket items and are actively looking to buy right now.
  • How to find services in your niche people already spend a ton of money on.
  • How to find secret and hidden offers and service providers nobody knows even exists.
  • How to strike Joint Venture deals left and right and become the hunted.
  • How to funnel through people and find the ones with big money and are ready to spend now!
  • How to filter out tire kickers, and refunders and pretenders and find the ones who are movers and shakers and are ready to spend a lot of money now!
  • How to negotiate deals.
  • How to structure campaigns that produce consistent sales and customers.

So there’s plenty of information to get your teeth into. Denis also runs the 1k a Day membership site, so he knows how to make good money.


Even if you don’t run your whole business around big ticket affiliate sales, you’re going to want to investigate supporting it with a few big-money items. $12k in 12 days is a great way to help you get started in this lucrative side of online marketing.

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Affiliate Cash Map review & bonus

Affiliate Cash Map review & bonus

Affiliate Cash Map is a new product produced by Lemmy Yu. As its name suggests it’s all about learning how to be an affiliate marketer, taking from from, point zero, knowing nothing – but having the desire to succeed, all the way through to earning 6 figure, job-quitting money.

First of all, here’s my video review…

Affiliate Cash Map – contents

The main ‘bones’ of Affiliate Cash Map are 9 videos taking you through picking a niche and product, setting up a squeeze page and email list, sending traffic to the list, building a relationship with that list and turning subscribers into customers. Lemy then goes on about how to turn those customers into avid buyers of more of your offers and making the whole thing into a 6 figure a year business.

Affiliate Cash Map + Bonus
Affiliate Cash Map – CLICK HERE

You might think that this is nothing that hasn’t been done before, and you’re probably right. However, Lemy has made this so simple that a total internet newbie could pick up Affiliate Cash Map and run with this very successfully. The reason for this is that after the videos there is a selection of bonus items to help even the newest newbie to get going – especially the Basic IM Guide item. For the newcomer, this is a great course in its own right and even for the experienced people out there, there are still a fair few who don’t know how to put their own pages together so this will help their knowledge too.

The last part of the download section is the audio mp3 extract of the Affiliate Cash Map videos. Having these means you can load them up on your phone, tablet or music player and be able to listen at a convenient time and place. The fact that ALL the elements are individually downloadable is a great bonus really. So many marketers force to you to watch or listen to their stuff online online, meaning that you miss a chance to learn at a time where you might not have internet access.

Affiliate Cash Map – What’s it going to cost?

The best bit of all though is that Affiliate Cash Map costs you less than $10. That’s 9 videos totalling over 90 minutes, 5 ebooks, Basic IM Training, 9 audios plus all the other bonus bits and pieces that are in there. Making it less than 45c per item. Where else are you going to get training of this quality for that sort of price?

So CLICK HERE to get Affiliate Cash Map for this great price. I’m including a huge IM bonus package, including my own resource book and if you buy through my link, I will add my personal email support as well.

P.S. The video above was my second attempt. My first ran to over 7 minutes which is way too long for a review video, even for a product as good as Affiliate Cash Map. You can watch it here…


I am quite pleased to say that by using various techniques I’ve been shown by other people that each of these videos hit the top spot of Google searches (for Affiliate Cash Map and Affiliate Cash Map review search terms), even beating Lemy Yu’s own pages. Whether they’re still there after a while is another thing entirely, but it goes to show that anyone can hit the top spot of you have the right techniques!

Black Book of Traffic by Jason Atkinson – Review

First of all I had better apologise for doing another review but this is something well worth passing on rather than passing over especially if you’re not making much or any money by internet marketing yet.

Black Book of Traffic by Jason Atkinson – Review

Jason Atkinson is someone who is quite new to internet marketing. He’s a university graduate who could not get a job and saw a future, in his own words, “working in a call centre or flipping burgers” which did not strike him as an attractive prospect. He found his way into internet marketing, as many of us do, as an alternative and after a few failures, discovered Alex Jeffreys and adopted him as his mentor. The Black Book of Traffic is the first result of that mentorship.

Now Jason knows, as do many of us, that web traffic is the lifeblood of any website. You can have the best website in the world, but if nobody sees it, then you are stuck. Jason has discovered a nifty little trick to make a small amount of money first,which then goes into a better system and another and another. The chain of events is logical and easily achievable. Better yet, the initial steps are free to carry out, so this really is a zero cash startup program. In fact, all you really need to get started is an email address and some PLR. An autoresponder would help but is not an essential in the very beginning.

Now obviously, I’m not going to run through Jason’s plan here as I don’t want to deprive him of his income, but I have read through a review copy of the Black Book of Traffic so I do know that it is well worth the low cost of buying the system.

I will warn you that Jason’s punctuation and grammar is a bit haphazard at times, but the content is top class, and it is this content that you should focus on, especially for only $5. There are a couple of upsells which add to the efficiency of the system, but are not essential to getting it going and even if you don’t take them at initial sale time, they are still available to you later.

So if you haven’t really got started yet or if you have got started but you’re not turning over a regular income, I can definitely recommend Jason Atkinson’s Black Book of Traffic. It is a worthwhile investment and it will get you going in any niche. Click one of the links and find out for yourself.

Have you tried any good products lately that you think are worth telling everyone else about? Don’t put links in your comment, as they will just get it marked as spam by my filters. Instead, name the product and what you like about it. If you want to write a review yourself, then contact me and place a guest post on here. It will go out with your links in and will be your opportunity to show the world your writing skills too.

If you need assistance in getting going in the world of internet marketing, especially affiliate marketing, product creation of list building, then again drop me a line at admin@stevenlucasmarketing.com I’m sure we can work together to develop your marketing skills.

Affiliate Marketing Is Something Some People Don’t Get

Affiliate Marketing Is Something Some People Don’t Get

Affiliate Marketing is one of those areas of the internet that some people just don’t seem to ‘get’. They don’t realise that the ads they see down the side  of many websites are earning money not only for the product being advertised and the website owner, but possibly for someone else as well. Now two of these earners are obvious. The product seller gets money if someone buys his product, and the website owner is probably being paid for having the ad on his site, but who is the someone else? The answer is, an affiliate. This is the guy who probably paid the website owner for having the ad up there, not the product seller, so the affiliate has to know there will be a good return in it for him.

Affiliate marketing,
SOme companies who advertise via affiliates


Many website owners don’t want to add their own ads and prefer the regular income of selling advertising space rather than having to deal with affiliate network companies, finding relevant offers and worrying if the commissions will cover the bother. Instead, they offer ‘space for rent’ on their site, specify an ad size and a price and let somebody else do the research and live with the worry of making enough from it.

It need not be such a worry though for anyone. A little bit of keyword, or more accurately key phrase, research will lead you to two things almost simultaneously – A product to advertise and somewhere to advertise it. If an affiliate marketing product comes up when researching a particular key phrase and the search density is good – let’s say, more than 5000 searches per month for the exact phrase (exact match phrase is when you put your search in quote marks) and you come up with a website from a loose or exact match search that does offer advertising space then you have two things that will go together well.

Outside of the ‘online money making’ or ‘online marketing’ niches there are many places where the website owner is more interested in providing a service than actually making money from it, so if you approach such a website owner with a proposition that will make him money, by selling some of his web page space for your affiliate banner or text link, do you think he will jump at the chance for regular income? I think he will!

So being an affiliate doesn’t mean you have to have your own website. Just do the research and see if you can find websites where the owner doesn’t ‘get’ affiliate marketing but gets good traffic and give him a proposition that will benefit you both. But don’t do it once. Do it a hundred, several hundred or a thousand times (you could do it in a month or so) and see how your income can start rolling in and better yet, you support keeping another specialist website up and running. Affiliate marketing strikes again.

Definition: Affiliate marketing Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or buyer that visits the product or service.

Affiliate network: themselves affiliates of merchants via the traditional affiliate networks. Advertising network or ad network Affiliate programs Affiliate marketing Affiliate.…