Hey Tom, thanks for this tutorial – it’s a good thing to get a tutorial like this from a trusted person like you and not from the thousands of (sometimes) confusing articles about passive income/affiliate marketing/clickfunnels and what not that I come across from time to time, I am making a living as a web designer and I have been thinking of pivoting from design and creative work to focus on passive income but didn’t know where to start. This is the perfect foundation article I have seen so far and I ‘d like to ask if you have any further reading/guides/videos on affiliate marketing that you’d recommend. I like to do my deep research before starting :) One more thing, there are some broken or missing images in this article, it could be my browser but check from your side too because there are quite a few images (e.g your Mercedes) that are missing. Thanks
The phrase, "Affiliates are an extended sales force for your business", which is often used to explain affiliate marketing, is not completely accurate. The primary difference between the two is that affiliate marketers provide little if any influence on a possible prospect in the conversion process once that prospect is directed to the advertiser's website. The sales team of the advertiser, however, does have the control and influence up to the point where the prospect either a) signs the contract, or b) completes the purchase.
You must remove from your Site any links and related references to limited time promotions as soon as that promotion on the relevant Amazon Site ends. For example, if you include links to Products in the apparel category of an Amazon Site and mention that there is 15% off select products in Amazon’s apparel category, you must remove the mention of the 15% discount from your Site as soon as the promotion ends.
Starting an online business should not be that expensive. Learning how to become an affiliate marketer also shouldn’t cost you that much. The method SAN is teaching people to create an online business is not the right one. Businesses are built by keep working until you earn a profit and then reinvesting your profits to make more and so on. Not by spending thousands of dollars in advance hoping someday you will earn your money back. Most people who join SAN won’t get their money back. Experienced marketers who know how to sell high-ticket affiliate products and have the budget to do it have a chance making money. Beginners or people who don’t have money for ads i seriously doubt if they are going to make a profit.
Many merchants will still give credit for this sale to the affiliate, even though the visitor came directly to the site and not through an affiliate link when they completed their purchase. This is a fair solution in many cases, since many customers take time to make a decision and commit to a purchase. In the scenario above, the affiliate still provided a valuable service to the merchant–getting the customer to their site–and deserves to be compensated for that.
Hi, Jamie! Very good list. I needed something like this for 2018 so that I know what to target in the future blogs I create. As for now, I’m comfortable using SiteGround affiliate network and it’s pretty good actually. Their hosting service is pretty much the best considered its price. I’ve tried others but SiteGround stands out. I’ll also try new affiliate networks, something from the list you have just provided. I think Amazon is too saturated at the moment, and I need a better network. 2018 will be interesting indeed.
On the other hand: the main reason of bankruptcy for small businesses is bad financial management. Simply said: to forget to make invoices, not checking the payments and not following bad payers. 1 out of 3 is going bankrupt for this reason alone. I had to learn it myself. I spend at least 10% of my time with financial stuff. I don’t love it but the bills get payed ;-)
There are other alternatives to reducing the affiliate commission. It’s possible to shorten the cookie life, so that the only channel credited with the sale is the last click. The company could opt to only payout the last click, so that an affiliate cookie set prior to the last click receives no credit. A better solution may be to establish weighted payouts to reflect the proximity between the purchase and the affiliate click, but honestly I’m not entirely convinced any of these options is better than reducing the commission. How would you approach the challenges of balancing the marketing budget?
I could have promoted WP Engine (hosting company) for $200/sale with no tier program to climb – sounds pretty good right? But when I checked ShareASale I saw their reversal rates were 24%! Just to give you an idea SiteGround’s reversals are less than 10%. WP Engine starts at $29/month while SiteGround’s is $3.95/month, plus SiteGround has a better reputation. I had to climb a tier program to get SiteGround’s $150/sale, but long-term my research paid off.
The best analysts and affiliate managers will be able to interpret this data and use it to their advantage. For instance, lower-value partners –those who are commonly credited for driving actions when high buyer intent already exists (e.g. at the point of check-out) or who poach traffic from other channels—can expect to see their payouts adjusted accordingly.

Shopify is a very popular site building platform for people interested in building eCommerce stores. It has been around for the past few years and seen significant growth in its user base over this time. You can earn a staggering 200% per sale for every new customer you refer to them, which means that there is up to $2400 per new customer on offer.


This is the first time I have heard of a copy and paste method to make money. I guess it could be legit, but would take some time to build an email list. There’s no doubt that WA is the real deal. Have you used copy and paste metthods. I just read further where you state you would avoid the copy paste methods. Thanks a whole lot for your honesty. I am looking for something for my daughter to work at home. I will research some of your other suggestions. Thanks for a good read.
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Affiliate Disclaimer – if you sign up for SiteGround using my affiliate link I will donate a good chunk at no expense to you. This year I donated $3,000 to feed the homeless in Denver. In 2017, I donated $3,000 to American Red Cross at Hurricane Harvey. Your support helps and I genuinely appreciate it. I try to make my reviews unbiased and backed by evidence in the form of Facebook polls, tweets, and real conversations. If you don’t want to use it, here’s a non-affiliate link to SiteGround. Either way I truly believe they’re the best host and that your site will run faster/smoother… do your research on Google and Facebook groups and you’ll find most people say the same.
Affiliate marketing also is a very broad term; under this umbrella there are several different strategies that can be employed to generate affiliate revenue. The most appropriate and lucrative method (or methods) can depend on a number of factors, including your site’s niche and characteristics of your audience. Below is an overview of some of the most popular affiliate marketing implementations, along with examples of each. Click here to read more about the proven affiliate marketing strategies.
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Demand for these insights and the flexibility to use them will soon become the expectation rather than the exception. What’s more is that these critical tools will ultimately help further allocate marketing budgets towards truly incremental partners. Without them, brands will be hamstrung and will struggle to fully leverage the potential of the affiliate marketing model.
Google Autocomplete – go to google.com, start typing a phrase and look at the dropdown autocomplete results. You can use the underscore character “_” to have Google fill-in-the-blank. Just make sure the last character you type is an underscore. Try using plurals and change the word ordering to see different results. This is how I find 90% of my keywords.

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First, you will be subjected to some up-sells. This is nothing new, but it’s still annoying. Up-sells are only tolerable when they offer true value, but that isn’t the case with Copy Paste Commissions. These up-sells range from $17 to $37 and while Copy Paste Commissions makes you feel like these are necessary, they really aren’t. In fact, these up-sells provide little value.
Learn the definition of paid channel advertising. This is also sometimes referred to as Search Engine Marketing (SEM) or pay-per-click (PPC) marketing. All of these terms can be used interchangeably, and they refer to purchasing or renting traffic through online advertisements. Although it can be expensive, this strategy is effective because it is measurable and can be used to target specific niches in your target market. But you have to be savvy and develop a successful strategy.[16]
Summary: Copy Paste Commissions is an affiliate marketing system that hypes up the potential of earning $1,000 in less than a day. It does everything else apart from its supposed name, which is Copy and Paste. After paying the premium membership fee, you're taken to several pages of upsells before you get to the product. The system is nothing more than a sales funnel into other products. And you know what I found? All their testimonials are FAKE. (I'll prove to you in my full review below!)

Upon joining the Super Affiliate Network, you will gain access to a 3-week long training boot camp. This is marketed as fully loaded with valuable information that helps in putting together money-spinning sales funnel for empowering your business. The members then need to take up a quiz. The results of the quiz would be notified to a business coach who would make contact with the member and ensure that he gets a grasp of the information conveyed in the video. This is not something hard to find on the internet and you don’t need to spend money for this purpose. So why would you pay for something that can be found for free? 
They say all the frustration resulting from failed affiliate marketing, blood-and-sweat-wasting methods have given rise to an affiliate marketing unrest that is leading to a great affiliate marketing change in power and authority, which is turning things around for those who are disconnecting from their old, unsuccessful affiliate marketing approaches and tapping into the little-known, new-generation affiliate marketing methods that they practice and teach.
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