Ready To Learn About Affiliate Marketing? Here’s How I Got Started.

If you rely on PPC for your income then there’s a good chance you have been desperately searching for a new solution – a way to grow your revenue. Affiliate marketing is a great way to take your domain monetization to the next-level but sometimes it can be difficult to know how to get started. I’ll let you know how I learn and you can use the same approach or develop your own strategy!

When I get involved with something I like to understand the industry more which means reading industry blogs and learning from the experts in the space. Back in 2007 when I started in Domaining I was reading every blog I could find…and still I read just about every Domaining blog out there! On top of reading blogs I like to read one or two books written by experts in the field. My own book has helped countless new Domainers get started in the industry and when I got started in Affiliate Marketing there was one book that I used to help me get started.

The Super Affiliate Handbook is written by Rosalind Gardner – a legend in the affiliate marketing world. Now this is NOT a sponsored post, instead I honestly think this is a great resource for Domainers that want to learn more about Affiliate Marketing. In the book Rosalind details exactly how she became a super affiliate and provides all the information you need to become successful with affiliate marketing.

People sometimes ask me – aren’t all these eBooks a rip-off? I’ve bought tons of eBooks over the years and I don’t think a single one has been a waste of money. While some were less useful than others it is the few jewels that you get from each eBook that helps you develop a successful monetization strategy. In the case of The Super Affiliate Handbook I think you’ll learn hundreds of jewels that will take your domains making a few bucks with PPC and get them to start generating more significant revenue.

If you’ve read this book yourself please feel free to share your comments. Also please feel free to share other affiliate marketing resources that you’ve learned from!

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  • Billy April 26, 2010, 12:05 pm

    Over 95% lose money. I have seen plenty lose their shirts after short-term gains.

    Too many crowded verticals, low commission payouts, shady aff. programs.

    Most must spend several thousands of dollars on Google & Yahoo ads.

    Spent $75-000 to $100,000 on ads each month, and sometimes I would earn a net profit, but often I would lose.

    Not worth the time, money or aggravation.

    • Morgan April 26, 2010, 12:22 pm

      Thanks for the comment @Billy!

      I do know many people that make a full-time living just doing affiliate marketing so there are people who are successful! Affiliate Marketing has also been a key element to my success with Domain Monetization.

      That being said – it’s not easy – which is the answer to the question – “Why isn’t everyone doing it” – it’s hard and it takes time! Most people aren’t patient so they expect instant results – if they don’t see the results right-away they get discouraged.

      I think a lot of the people that lose money in Affiliate Marketing lose money the same way people do when they get started with Domaining. It can sometimes be an expensive learning experiences but learning from the experts really is the best way to avoid the pitfalls and find some success 🙂

  • Michael April 26, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Billy, you don’t have to practice arbitrage to be an affiliate marketer, it just speeds the process up. It seems to me that Morgan is building quality sites that get natural traffic, and monetizing those visitors through affiliate programs instead of just PPC ads. I don’t see how you could lose money with that strategy, unless you are really terrible at developing sites or picking relevant affiliate products.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Morgan is buying traffic and hoping it earns him more in commission than he spends on the traffic. That is a great way to lose your shirt, and like Morgan said, will be an expensive education.

  • Morgan April 26, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the comment @Michael!

    Correct – I don’t spend a dime on marketing for my sites so 100% of the traffic is organic.

    This is the main difference between what I do and what most affiliate marketers do. That’s the great part about being a Domainer – that exact-match domain gives us a nice edge in the search engines 🙂

  • Michael April 26, 2010, 1:48 pm

    The consensus seems to be that all these various fields are merging.

    The affiliate marketers know how to monetize traffic, but most aren’t great at driving traffic and often resort to buying it. This is risky and costs a lot of money. I know people who used to spend six figures a week on arbi.

    Developers (who already sort of merged with SEO) know how to build a site and get it ranked, but are usually clueless when it comes to monetizing traffic. They throw up PPC ads and wonder why they’re broke. Most don’t get the value of an exact-match domain when it comes to ranking well.

    Domainers know the value of a memorable, exact match domain and know how to acquire them. Most have no clue how to build a site OR monetize it.

    Now you’re seeing guys like Morgan who get the big picture, and are putting all the pieces together (the way it always should have been). Take a solid domain, build a quality site, choose appropriate affiliate products, and you’ve got the perfect storm.

    I’m glad Morgan is trying to clue in the domaining community, we’ve already spent way too long leaving money on the table with parking. Parking and sites with scraped content are the most ridiculous game of cat and mouse. Search engines figure them out and de-index, visitors realize the sites are crap and bounce, and the providers have to come up with another way to trick them both. Also, you’re giving visitors away for pennies when they are worth dollars.

    It’s time to stop seeking instant gratification. Put some blood, sweat, and tears into creating quality sites, and you will be rewarded. Keep looking for the easy way out and cutting corners, and you’ll always have to keep looking for another angle.

    Now I’m not saying every domain is right for development, some will do better parking, some will do better with mini sites, and some really need full-scale development. But if you don’t develop the domains you should, and you only rely on PPC ads when you do develop, you’re definitely leaving money on the table.

  • Bobi April 27, 2010, 7:28 am

    Thank for sharing article about affiliate revenue…. I think affiliate plus ppc will drive money…. 🙂

    • Morgan April 27, 2010, 11:26 am

      Thanks @Bobi – I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Morgan April 27, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Excellent point @Michael and a very well-written comment. Thanks for sharing your insight with the group!

  • Paul Profitt December 28, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Hi Morgan, When I first started out in Affiliate Marketing, I tried to send traffic to my website by using PPC. Needless for me to say that I got severely burned by using this method. I now mainly stick to the tried and trusted methods of driving targeted traffic to my site, that are. I am pleased to say mostly free.

  • Bekele February 20, 2020, 11:44 pm

    This article, we’ll help us a step-by-step method we can use to learn how to become an affiliate marketer. And it will provide a platform for our efforts, and can help give us a leg up when we’re starting out.

    Whether we decide to go it alone, partner with others, or look for affiliate marketing jobs, these steps will prepare us for what’s ahead.

    Thank you man for nice post.


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