That being said, LinkConnector’s platform looks and feels outdated and is rather clumsily designed. Their dashboard also makes it difficult to find “hot” products or compare conversion rates, leaving affiliates somewhat in the dark about which products to choose. Ironically, despite their low-quality website, they offer some of the best customer service in the affiliate space.
Affiliate marketing is usually one of the first methods bloggers and marketers will use to make money online. It’s also one of the oldest methods of making money online too. Although it has evolved a lot over the years it is still one of the best ways to monetize your website. Affiliate marketing today is a multi-billion dollar industry and it is growing at an incredible pace.
Your niche is one of the biggest determining factors of your success in generating money. As a starting point, where possible write about something that interests you. If you enjoy hiking, for example, go with that. You could start off looking at REI for products and Zappos for outdoor footwear for inspiration. For movie fans, sites like http://www.redvdit.net/ and http://www.dvdbeaver.com/ are a good start. Take the latter; you can probably make something a lot prettier than DVDBeaver. Similarly, If electronics is your thing, check out wirecutter.com and rtings.com for inspiration, what are they doing well, and what can be improved upon.
In effect, VigLink works as the middleman between a publisher (blogger) and merchants by scanning the publisher’s content and automatically creating links to publishers that are chosen “in real time” based on their payout/conversation rates. This makes VigLink a very hands-off affiliate program for publishers who prefer to focus on content instead of managing their affiliate links.
WordPress is used by over 25% of all websites. Not just affiliate sites, ALL websites. The reason is its simplicity and customer support offerings. As a content management system, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that offers such a helpful overall experience. Of the 300+ CMS sites monitored by W3Techs—a web technology survey site—WordPress assumes a 58.7% market share.
You can also search within an affiliate network to choose the products you want to promote. Acting as an intermediary between a merchant and the affiliate, an affiliate network is like a marketplace holding a large database of affiliate opportunities. Amazon’s Amazon Associates is by far the biggest network. Simply join, choose which products to advertise and generate as many custom affiliate links to Amazon products. Once someone purchases on the Amazon site through your link, you earn commission. If you’re interested in the Amazon route, head to this post from Cloudliving to find out more.
The post I linked isn’t a direct post from the owner of the site. It’s a case study performed from the outside, so you have a better idea of how objective it is. The founder of TIWIB struggled with failed ventures before he hit upon the formula he used for the site, taking existing product affiliate pages and adding infinite scrolling, better images, and careful product selection.
Fact is, the vast majority of people fail to do affiliate marketing with success and I showed you some of the most common reasons why above. But people don’t fail because the affiliate business model is for the birds. They fail for internal reasons that lie in their own behavior and mindset. Actually, that’s good, because everyone can change his own behavior and way of thinking, if he really wants.