Create A Hyper-Profitable Affiliate Business From Scratch

Not promoting the right products is a common issue with newbie affiliates. Would you purchase the product you are promoting through a website? Think about it. You can advertise a Ford dealership on your website until the cows come home, but will anyone seriously purchase a brand new car via a website without visiting a garage? I don’t think so. Don’t market cars, houses, wedding venues, perfume or dogs online. Do market products people will actually buy from a website without seeing them in the flesh!
Retargeting: You’ve probably heard of retargeting before if you’ve been part of the online marketing community for any length of time. Retargeting, sometimes referred to as remarketing, is a type of online advertising that allows you to keep your offers in front of ‘bounced’ traffic after they leave a particular website. This is a very effective strategy since 97% of people who visit a website for the first time, leave without making a purchase.  	

Easy, Customizable Integration. Harnessing the power of Sovrn’s various products is not as difficult as you might think. They offer a variety of customizable integration methods that can work across different websites, mobile apps, and desktop apps. Whether you are a merchant looking to sponsor content and make paid placements or a publisher interested in making extra income or expanding your influence, Sovrn is sure to have options for you.
Hey Cliff, building a successful, informative blog is a whole (massive) topic to tackle in itself 🙂 My tips here are more meant for beginner/intermediate bloggers who are seeking to monetize their existing blogs through affiliate marketing.
Trusted by the World's best brands, SaaSquatch is the #1 Affiliate Partner Platform for companies with 10,000+ customers. Startups, Unicorns, and Fortune 500 companies all work with our software and team to grow through partner programs. Our best-in-class referral platform provides you with detailed Partner Tracking, Sharing and Status Widgets, Fraud Detection, Multi-language and Multi-program support, Program Coaching, and much much more. Learn more about Referral SaaSquatch
I do find the rejections strange sometimes, and you are SO right that often there doesn’t appear to be a good reason. Just yesterday I got a rejection from a program I applied to months and months ago citing that “my site wasn’t a good fit”, but I had actually been accepted to them through CJ Affiliate when I first applied and have been generating pretty consistent sales haha. Oh well! Guess we’ll never know the “inner workings” of it all, but thanks for reading Robert 😀

Just imagine how much you could start investing if you owned or two of these niche sites. The thing is, it’s completely do-able. I have the skills (most people do) to create something like this. I am so freaking pumped to start my next niche website! I’m using these lessons learned to start my keyword research now. I’ll follow up on my progress in the upcoming blog posts. I really hope this helps you as much as it did me. It’s really inspirational to see how others are making additional income online with niche websites!
I just LOVE your writing style, Christina! I recently purchased the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course, but have yet to really dig in. I had NO idea all of those crazy complications with Amazon! I’ve already been rejected once 😛 But luckily, though my ego was bruised, I pressed on and am now on round 2 (with no success so far..lol) Hopefully with this post and the course I will make something in the next 90 days!
Deeper analytics. One thing that sets Everflow apart from other affiliate marketing software is deep analytics. The application allows users to drill down into campaign metrics like profit, revenue, margins, conversions and clicks – all from a single dashboard. Most importantly, Everflow provides real-time metrics that make it easy to identify advertisement placements that are posting excellent and those delivering unsatisfactory results.
As well as providing services, we are keen on educating our readers with the content we publish. Some of the links you see in our posts/guides/tutorials have affiliate links, meaning if you decide to purchase a product or sign-up for the service using our links, we get a commission (at no additional cost to you). We’ve published a lot of posts, and can’t keep track of every affiliate link. So, please assume that every link is affiliate before clicking away. Also, we do not recommend the tools & products we don’t admire, even if they offer decent commission rates.
A more beginner-friendly option to earn money as an affiliate marketer, without maintaining a blog or website, is through Amazon. And, as previously mentioned, the Amazon Associates program works well with many non-blogging platforms. Plus, their tools make it easy to integrate your unique affiliate links into the content you share, whether you’re making a YouTube video or posting a social media update.	

Wealthy Affiliate is my top suggestion for two reasons: They offer in-depth training on how to be a successful affiliate marketer, and they offer round the clock support from other affiliates, both old and new, so it’s essentially a huge community of people working together to help each other be as successful as possible. It’s free to sign up, and once you get used to the way everything works, you can either upgrade to a premium membership or stick to the free one if you want to.


In the travel niche, most affiliates get their income from travel agencies, airlines, booking aggregators, reviews sites, and travel goods. For example, from the airport transfers you can earn around $7-10 on the transfer price or from 20 skip-a-line tickets to La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, you will earn around $70. The commission rate and total income depends on the niche you work in. For instance:

You don't want to cannibalize your affiliate program with your own marketing tactics. Keep in mind that affiliates drive a lot of their business through search marketing. If you are both competing on the same keywords, this can often cause issues. For example, if you don't want them to bid on your brand terms be upfront about this at the very beginning of the program.


Deeper analytics. One thing that sets Everflow apart from other affiliate marketing software is deep analytics. The application allows users to drill down into campaign metrics like profit, revenue, margins, conversions and clicks – all from a single dashboard. Most importantly, Everflow provides real-time metrics that make it easy to identify advertisement placements that are posting excellent and those delivering unsatisfactory results.
Robust and mature affiliate network with over 10 year track record. They have a nice concentration of outdoor and sporting products to offer visitors. Based on Park City Utah they provide a cool  automatic link encoder  to create a link when you mention a certain website, or  a certain keyword. So if you want to link to the affiliate merchant website whenever you mention the company name in any article, just add the company name as a keyword — nice.
Join the Leadpages Affiliate Partner Program a start promoting their suite of lead generation tools, which have helped hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs create sustainable small businesses online.  Earn 30% recurring commission on all sales you generate, for as long as your referrals remain customers, including renewals and upgrades of their Leadpages plan.
I want to find a company to send customers to from my website to buy parts from for a commission as well as order/buy parts for my own service business from. I cannot seem to find any of these affiliate parts supplier companies with search engine queries. Years ago I remember seeing companies that would do the warehousing, stocking and shipping of items and all I had to do is make my own site and name and integrate their catalog of parts/items on the back end. Do these opportunities exist anymore. I believe they do because I see it done in the plumbing and heating supply/parts industry. I just cant seem to find the supplier company that does this. Do any of the affiliate program companies you have listed here have this type of affiliate based catalog system for the Plumbing and Heating supply industry?
So, how do landing pages work? Well, the landing page definition is “the first page of your website, or the page that visitors ‘land’ on when they visit your website or follow an external link to your site.” Your landing page serves as the online storefront for your affiliate offerings, and helps to set the tone and style of your endeavour, as well as showcasing what you sell or promote and trying to encourage conversions.	

I was able to completely customize the software to appear where I wanted it in the website and incorporate an approval process for applicants. There is an option for pretty much everything - which is great. The only drawback is that because of the many options and settings, it was sometimes confusing and I needed assistance setting up. Luckily, Arlen and the rest of the support team are quick to respond and extremely helpful. Arlen went above and beyond to help me integrate the software into our website and was very patient to explain terms and features I didn't quite understand yet. I would definitely recommend OSI Affiliates! Thank you guys!!!
This is a review site that focuses on high end shaving equipment to have a nice mix of lower end and higher end shavers for a nice variety. It’s a simple/clean website design with lots of photos to help people understand the variety. Each review is decently long, but nothing to rave about. What is impressive is each review has a good amount of comments that are answered by the website owner. That tells me that the owner is monitoring this site and probably adding new content. A site like this wouldn’t be too hard to maintain. I’m thinking, maybe they add a new blog post once a month.
Are you an expert in conversion optimisation, sales funnels, SEO, website building, copywriting and proofreading? If so, you have a better chance than most newcomers. Chances are, if you’ve only just heard about affiliate marketing, you don’t have all or even any of these skills just yet. In this case, settle down for the long haul. This is going to take some time, but you will get there – as long as you don’t give up along the way!

Be sure to check what kind of customer support you can expect from your affiliate program once you have signed up. Do your research online and if possible, speak to other sellers using the program to get their thoughts. Can you speak to someone via phone or Skype or do you have to wait 72 hours for email responses? Be clear on this because trust me, you will need support at one point or another. 
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Scaleo is a fully-managed affiliate marketing software that allows you to track, analyze, and optimize your affiliate business and affiliate marketing campaigns in real-time, utilizing cutting-edge AI technology. Suitable for networks, businesses, and media buyers, it can help you find the best time your campaigns convert, optimize traffic sources by cutting out fraudulent traffic and focusing on quality conversions. Scaleo can be integrated with an endless number of 3rd party technologies. Learn more about Scaleo

Refersion is a referral and affiliate marketing software designed to help brands create and launch their own promotion network and boost revenue. Using Refersion is easy. Businesses simply have to connect to one of Refersion's partner apps to start tracking affiliate orders. Users can also customize the program and the look to fit the business' needs. Finally, see the results of all affiliate activities with Refersion's easy-to-read reports.
AvantLinkInspired by the need to create innovative tools for merchants and affiliates, AvantLink aims to provide better data, reporting, transparency, and support for those utilizing an affiliate marketing strategy. Accessible via Windows and Mac, this software solution lets you pull reports, create ad campaigns, plan paid placements, and make custom tracking links without having to switch from app to app. It also gives granular details on the sales, clicks, and impressions of your affiliates through real-time reporting.Lowest Price: AvantLink is only available by quote. Should you want to know whether this platform meets your budget, be sure to speak with the vendor’s representatives.
More than 16,000 high-growth and midsized companies and divisions of large enterprises use NetSuite to run more effectively without the high costs and inefficiency of on-premise systems. By using NetSuite to automate operations, streamline processes and access real-time business information anytime, anywhere, growing businesses realize breakthrough performance improvements.

Alright, I know that was a lot to digest, but if making passive income was easy, don’t you think we’d all be walking around, draped in velvet like the fancy people we truly are? Making money off blogging, passive income no less, is super difficult… and it takes hard work and dedication. With these basics out of the way, it is my genuine hope that you now feel (somewhat) less confused and more motivated than ever to tackle this beast. If you haven’t run away to the woods yet, you might be wondering, “ugh crap what do I do now?”


In a world where time is money and hard work is time, investing your soft resources wisely is just as important as managing the money you spend. Scaling your day-to-day profits is all about prioritizing your workload so you can gain without the pain. If you already have an active website or social media handle, there’s good news for you: You can earn just by sharing content, as you already do.
Fully Customizable Platform. One of the major challenges in implementing affiliate marketing platforms is integrating it with your internal systems. With Tune’s fully customizable features, you can personalize your dashboard, build your own applications to run alongside theirs, as well as utilize a 2-way API functionality so you may work with third-party systems easily.
Join the Leadpages Affiliate Partner Program a start promoting their suite of lead generation tools, which have helped hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs create sustainable small businesses online.  Earn 30% recurring commission on all sales you generate, for as long as your referrals remain customers, including renewals and upgrades of their Leadpages plan.
TransferWise helps people send and receive money – internationally and locally – at a mid-market exchange rate and low fees. It offers a multi-currency account with a debit card that allows you to send, spend and receive money internationally, covering over 80 countries and currencies. With 8 million customers, TransferWise helps people save over a billion dollars in fees every year. 
Marketing through affiliates is also a good choice if you can find ones with an existing relationship with your product or service, as well as their own strong audience. As with all types of marketing, it’s best when the partnership feels natural. And since affiliate marketing can take some time before you see results, it’s important to choose your partner wisely.
Similarly, if you're making lots of landing pages, it's nice to have help. Instapage is the best app for working with a team because of its handy collaboration tools. Everyone can edit the page in real-time, much like in Google Docs, or they can add comments to any section of the page to highlight things they think need to be changed. Instapage also includes heatmaps (so you can see how people interact with your sites), dynamic text replacement, and A/B testing—great for fine-tuning as many pages as you need to.
Trusted by the World's best brands, SaaSquatch is the #1 Affiliate Partner Platform for companies with 10,000+ customers. Startups, Unicorns, and Fortune 500 companies all work with our software and team to grow through partner programs. Our best-in-class referral platform provides you with detailed Partner Tracking, Sharing and Status Widgets, Fraud Detection, Multi-language and Multi-program support, Program Coaching, and much much more. Learn more about Referral SaaSquatch
CJ.com – Also known as Commission Junction, CJ.com has been around for decades. What’s great about this program is that it’s a directory of thousands of affiliate opportunities. Companies register their products and services with CJ in order to share their products with potential affiliate marketers. CJ has both physical and digital products to promote in their marketplace.
The Affiliate Dashboard is where your affiliate can share their link via email and social media with a single click. For example, when they click the Facebook button, they’ll automatically be forwarded over to Facebook, with a new post pre-populated, and their affiliate link already embedded! They can add a personal note or recommendation if they’d like – or they can simply click “Post” to get the message up on their Wall immediately. This “convenience factor” is huge.
Many affiliate marketers use paid advertising to generate additional traffic to their site and drive more sales. Paid advertising on social media is often a good place to start, as these networks tend to be more affordable.You may also want to consider taking out inexpensive banner ads on small niche sites. Depending on your niche, Google AdWords could also be a good option to drive some paid traffic to your site.
It would be nice if we could create websites about whatever niche we wanted, and that’s fine if you don’t care about money, but if you actually want to earn an income from your affiliate marketing efforts, you need to know for sure that your niche is profitable and winnable (enough demand but not too much competition). Trust me, there is a niche for you. Go out there, do some research, and find it. These videos will show you exactly how to do that, step-by-step.
Hi Christina, quick question about amazon affiliates? I recently signed up for amazon.com as 45% of my readers are from US and I was only with UK amazon. However, my 90 days is almost up for the uk version. Do you know if the 90 day resets for each country you sign up to? And if someone buys something with my UK link, does that count for my 90 days with the US version as well?
Direct Link Tracking. Many consumers often hesitate to click links on reviews once they recognize them as affiliate links. To resolve this, Post Affiliate Pro utilizes a direct link tracking feature that maintains the appearance of the affiliate’s page, thus discreetly masking your URL. This protects the credibility of affiliates while increasing the number of conversions for your business.
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