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Affiliate Marketing - Is The Party Over?

john14
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Affiliate Marketing - Is The Party Over?

Hi all,

I might be late but finally I would like to join the AM stuff now. I have a site which gets 250+ visitors per day. I have put ClickBank affiliate products on my site and am already getting like 6+ hops per day without any sale yet. I would like your suggestions about the same.

Site : [removed]

Any help would be highly appreciated.

Thank you.

-John
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john14
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Wow! This forum has fewer active members than I thought it did.
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cecille.l
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Hi John,

Welcome to Affilorama and affiliate marketing! :)

Now that you're an affiliate, you might want to add in a FTC disclaimer on your footer so that you comply with FTC rules and regulations. You might also want to place call to action links after the first 2-3 paragraphs of your article.

What are the keywords you're targeting? Based on the domain and the information on your website, it's an information site. You might want to add a few more articles in there that are optimized with keywords that have buyer intent or crisis keywords. It also says "dermatologists-reviewed" but I did not see any reviews.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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john14
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Hi Cecille,

What do you mean by 'FTC disclaimer'? I don't know about it. Please explain it a little more.
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cecille.l
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An FTC Disclaimer is a short message declaring you're an affiliate and that you get a commission for the products promoted on your website. An example would be something on the footer of t he site stating:

Note: The owner of this site is an affiliate of the products promoted.


You can read more information on the FTC at the Affilorama blog:

FTC to Crack Down on Affiliate Sites
FTC plans to regulate bloggers, but what does it mean for me?!

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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ashley.edwards
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You definitely need to add a disclosure. Transparency is going to be key in developing an authentic relationship with your audience.
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esolutions
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Hi,

You should be building a list of email addresses from your site as this will improve your long term ROI.

Build a free guide to get rid of acne and then give it away as a gift when they signup. Send them valuable information and references to where they can get more help (your affiliate links).
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john14
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Thanks everyone.

I just improved my site a little more. Removed clickbank ebook links. Added amazon physical product links and got a sale today.

@esolutions

Is there any newsletter service that is free of cost and easy to incorporate?

What more can I do to improve the CTR and more conversions?
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cecille.l
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Is there any newsletter service that is free of cost and easy to incorporate?


I have yet to find a free newsletter services/autoresponder that is free for affiliate marketers to use. Mailchimp is free, but you can't use their service for affiliate marketing.

You can try Aweber. They have a free trial for only USD$1 for a month. After that, the monthly fee is USD$19.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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easyrider
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Infusionsoft sounds like it would be the way to go, but it's horrendously expensive.
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esolutions
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John14, yes, I use GVO which provides hosting and autoresponder all in one, it's far less expensive than aweber, etc... as well.
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jimcoe
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Good idea, eSolutions!

Many of the best shared server web hosting services offer free autoresponders and other mail list services. I favor BlueHost.com and they have a low price, outstanding phone and chat support, great control panel and many free tools. Also lots of helpful videos, in case you're new to webmastering.
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john14
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@Cecille

I'm new to Amazon and it is showing 3 items ordered yet but only 1 shipped and its commission only. What about 2 other items ordered? When will I see their commissions? Thanks for your response.
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cterao
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@John14, With Amazon (I believe...) you only get commission when products are shipped. Perhaps the two other products ordered have a longer shipping time. Or perhaps the person that ordered them cancelled the order for those products.

Hope this helps.
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Make $100 commissions by being my affiliate - http://exsolutionprogram.com/affiliates/
 
john14
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Thanks a lot cterao.

I am hoping the shipping period for those items is longer. Because those two items were ordered on different dates so it was not the same person. Thanks again for your input. Really appreciate it. :)
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support29
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John14, that is correct. Amazon only pays the refferal fees when the product ships. Some of Amazon's 3'rd party shippers take a little longer to ship. Things Amazon stocks directly usually ship pretty quick.
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esolutions
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John,

Here's a tip.

Search Commission Junction and or Linkshare for vendors offering the same products that you are referring to Amazon. In most cases you will be able to find much higher commissions as Amazon's rate is insulting.
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cecille.l
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@Cecille

I'm new to Amazon and it is showing 3 items ordered yet but only 1 shipped and its commission only. What about 2 other items ordered? When will I see their commissions? Thanks for your response.


I'm sorry I missed your question. Clayton is right. Amazon gives you a commission after the product ships.

Have a good day!
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john14
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@esolutions

Do you think I will get more commission at CJ?

Hey everyone,

My question "Is the party over?" is still unanswered. Is it really tough to get into Affiliate Marketing stuff and make a decent income with it today seeing the fierce competition all over the web?
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cecille.l
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My question "Is the party over?" is still unanswered. Is it really tough to get into Affiliate Marketing stuff and make a decent income with it today seeing the fierce competition all over the web?


The "party" isn't over but it is tougher now to succeed in affiliate marketing as compared to a few years ago. There's competition and various changes in search engines, PPC, etc. This is not to say that you can no longer earn through affiliate marketing or succeed in it. It is just more challenging now.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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wollowra
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I agree with Cecille,
It is tougher than a few years ago as Google changes and competition are always going to be there.
However I always like to say to myself,
"What is tougher 1. Going full on into affiliate marketing for a few years to have the possibility of earning a lifetime of income or 2. Working for a boss the next 30 years." well that's if the company doesn't close or you get layed off or can not work due to ill health.
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john14
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Thanks for the answer. But before I go full on into Affiliate Marketing, I want to know .. Should I focus on ClickBank or Amazon? Digital products or physical ones? Which is the best way for a beginner to start with?
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cecille.l
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I suggest you start with Clickbank because products in Clickbank earn you higher commissions as compared to Amazon. Majority of the products in Clickbank, if not all, are digital products so there is no need to wait for the products to ship. The only catch is that there is a refund period (usually 60 days) in Clickbank so your commission is not secured until after the 60-day refund period.

There's really not one correct answer to this. Affiliate marketers have varying opinions. Some started with physical products and found success with it. Others started with Clickbank or another network and earned from those.
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dann02
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The only thing that might kill affiliate marketing, half way or all the way would be many more regulations. AM is a beautiful way to make money.

In my opinion the FTC should mind their own business since it doesn't hurt anything to make a purchase through an affiliate link... Do you guys agree or am I missing something.
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Here, I talk about my experiences with affiliate marketing and related topics:
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cecille.l
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There's nothing wrong with purchasing through an affiliate link, but I think that users appreciate knowing that they *are* purchasing something based on the recommendation of someone who earns a commission from it.

Have a good day!
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