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Gold Affiliate Marketing Doesn't Work

Discussion in 'Follow Alongs and Online Journeys' started by EuronGreyjoy, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. EuronGreyjoy

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    Affiliate Marketing Diary

    Affiliate Marketing Definitely Works
    I lost my job due to Covid-19 and I have no other source of money so I started my affiliate marketing journey in lockdown with $25 invested in a domain name and hosting

    Before I started I read in lots of place that affiliate marketing doesn't work so I decided to try it for 6 months full time 100% effort and see what happens
    • Start date: August 2020
    • Budget: $25
    • Target: $100 a day by Christmas
    • Niche: Clothing/fashion
    • Commission range: 5-10%
    • Traffic source: Google organic search
    Month #1 Target
    • $40 daily commission
    • $1200 monthly commission
    Month #1 Results
    • $25 daily commission
    • $750 monthly commission
    • Visits: 30k
    • Views: 85k
    • Revenue: $12k
    Month #2 Target
    • $60 daily commission
    • $1800 monthly commission
     
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  3. EuronGreyjoy

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    Week 6 update
    Just passed $1k commission milestone
    Got burned by one program
    Will read program terms carefully before promoting in future
    Starting to plan ahead for Xmas/winter campaigns
     
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  4. EuronGreyjoy

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    Week 7 update
    Started promoting $100 products instead of $20 products
    Result was 50% week-to-week increase in sales/commissions
     
  5. EuronGreyjoy

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    Some things that are working
    1. Regular product research
    2. Keep applying to new programs
    3. Sign up to network and partner email list
    4. Use 2-step verification where available
    5. Find ways to increase AOV
    6. Keep notes on analytic software
    I learn this too FAILURE IS PART OF SUCCESS STORY
     
  6. Graybeard

    Graybeard Well-Known Member affiliate

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    One success can make up for many failures.
    Lose small --win big!
    You are making progress so don't stop ;)
     
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  7. EuronGreyjoy

    EuronGreyjoy Affiliate affiliate

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    Glad I found this community
    Today I started learning PPC
    My plan is to test Xmas products with SEO
    Once I have a clear picture will start paid adverts
     
  8. Andy Hoang

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    Awesome job, @EuronGreyjoy!

    Keep it up! You are an inspiration for me. The festive season is coming, time to ramp up the skills for the upcoming kills.

    And please, keep us updated as well!

    Cheers,
     
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  9. AmNovice

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    Awesome! What's your overall budget and traffic sources? are you just doing Google/FB for ppc or other sources as well?
     
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  10. EuronGreyjoy

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    Good questions @AmNovice
    1. My budget is my time - 5 hours a day for ave $50 = $10/hour (above minimum federal hourly rate)
    2. 100% SEO - will add PPC in October for festive shopping as @Andy Hoang mentioned above (October-January) on specific products linked to long tail search queries (example 'brown mongolian cashmere winter jacket for women' which retail to $2k @ 5% commission = $100 a pop so if the PPC acquisition per sale is $10 then I'd make $90 on each PPC sale, minus the cost of my time)
    For scaling very important to automate everything you can, that way you spend less hours and earn more money (keep track of hours and work), this week I'm automating all my reports and tracking work completed in Google Calendar
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2020
  11. InMark98

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    Awesome results, I'm working on an affiliate site with amazon and also cpa+paid ads. Can you please tell me what method you followed to achieve such results.? How you were able to make 750$ in the first month? is it only with SEO ?
     
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  12. EuronGreyjoy

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    Example formula
    • Product A (blue sunglasses) cost $100
    • You make $8 earnings per sale (8% commission)
    • If you sell 10 sunglasses a day it's $80 (x 7 = $560/week)
    Go to Wordtracker and search blue sunglasses
    Keyword volume is 1,433 visits/month (US)
    Further down list is blue mirror sunglasses 678 visits/month (US)
    Now you decided to promote blue mirror sunglasses
    • Register the domain name bluemirrorsunglasses.com for $1
    • Register hosting for $10/year
    • Register SSL for $5/year
    • Set up CMS
    • Install e-commerce platform
    • Add products (ONLY blue mirror sunglasses)
    • Start to rank on Google after 3-4 weeks
    That's what I did now I'm earning $50/day ($1500/month)

    To do this successfully I cannot stress enough how important it is to read and apply the Google Webmaster Guidelines
     
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  13. InMark98

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    I got it, so you did like a wocommerce store with affiliate products. It's a good idea, but the big difficulties that I face is traffic. SEO is very slow, am I wrong ?
     
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  14. EuronGreyjoy

    EuronGreyjoy Affiliate affiliate

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    Not trying to be mean but SEO is not slow
    You are slow at SEO
    Just read and apply the Google Webmaster Guidelines
    Same as you read and apply Google Ads Policies
     
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  15. InMark98

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    I got you. I'll try to figure it out and see how it goes. Thank you
     
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  16. EuronGreyjoy

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    This is what I did
    1. Go to Google Webmaster Guidelines
    2. Copy and paste into Google Docs
    3. Highlight each point
    4. Create SEO checklist
    5. Apply to your website
    Be under no illusions
    It takes A LOT of time and effort
    There are easier ways to earn (PPC)
     
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  17. InMark98

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    I think what you achieved is logic, category pages, and product pages are easier to rank than a regular blog post with a bunch of keywords. especially if you find the right spot, I mean good search volume with low competition. I'll apply your method soon. good luck with your journey, I'm following
     
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  18. Graybeard

    Graybeard Well-Known Member affiliate

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    Sorry, not to be mean; but WooCommerce is not meant for affiliate products --you are not the actual seller when you are an affiliate ... You are the marketer/salesman for the program/network/vendor of the product or offer.

    So, you have set up a fake WordPress/WooCommerce e-commerce store with links or redirects? --if that is what you have done --you will not get much SEO or organic referrals.
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    Interesting comments about the BLUE sunglasses --that's a micro niche with substantial interest --you are working smart ... However, now every copycat out there will 'attack' your niche now :p :(
     
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  19. InMark98

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    Yes I know it's not for affiliate marketing, I said it's the same layout and design. It's like an ecommerce store but when click on check offer or order from you're redirected to affiliate product. Anyways, it's a smart idea especially if you focus on specific niche with low competition with enough SV to make sales
     
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  20. Graybeard

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    'like' i see now :p
    I don't even consider WP or Woo
    If you understand HTML/PHP/JS you can use Bootstrap4 to do that sort of thing --Mosaic (jQuery) would be an option also for a Pinterest type website.
    Bootstrap
     
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  21. InMark98

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    I'll consider this option it sounds interesting, thanks for sharing . Are you doing AM in the same way?
     
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