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All commissions I received so far come from a handful of merchants in CJ and Clickbank.
In CJ, I only promote two products. In good season, I earn around 1000 dollars (steadily) in winter, since most prospective customers buy that service from Nov to Jan.
Now I want to earn more. I want to earn 3000 dollars a month through affiliate every month.
It looks to me that hosting is very lucrative to promote. It usually pays 80-100 dollars per day. But my experience tells me it is must be a very competitive market as well.
And yes, hosting is a difficult nut to crack; it's a very overcrowded and competitive space. Unless you can bring something very unique to the table it's doubtful you can make it pay as a part-timer.
I donít see traffic in and of it self being the key. Whatís important is finding the *right* traffic that is people looking to spend their money. Iím in travel and that works but again it took me a few years to find a good (and better yet somewhat unknown) niche. Good luck.
Ignore big-gun keywords like mortgages and go towards a decent niche. Create a site dedicated to it - write every single bit of content about these products that you possibly can. Buy some links.
Then you can either sell advertising, join an affiliate program or use adsense. I have had the best luck by contacting google advertisers (knowing the pay $1 per click) and selling them clicks for $.50 using a click tracking script.
I have one site with about 50 pages that's on the first page of Yahoo and Google and gets about a thousand uniques a day. It has a high CTR, but what it generates a day wouldn't a fancy cup of coffee at Starbucks. To make $3000.00 a day I'd need at least fifty websites.
* A lot depends on what you consider low traffic, 1000 uniques a day? 5000, 10,000 etc.
Most affiliates that do well have multiple sites for the same niche/product. Why reinvent the wheel searching for a profitable niche when you have found one already :)?
your goal is not unrealistic at all. good luck!