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Affiliate marketing can be very .... very lucrative ;-) Understand that there is much to learn, finding the right mix of a site, an affiliate program, getting links and pagerank. Not easy but once you understand the basic principles of the above and can then combine that with a profitable affiliate program you can stand to make a nice monthly income.
Good luck and stay focused on your goal. You have a goal right?
My main goal right now is traffic and the more the better, once i have a ton of traffic i can focus on how to get money from them. I suppose i should go and find out what other sites in my area have been linking to because they must have found a good affiliate program?
Mike_Mackin are you selling big ticket items? I get about 400 visitors a day and would love to see those kind of revenues ;)
MrSpeed Last update it missed 2 PR7's that where linked to me so i got bad PR, but for this upcoming update i added the words "free" and "dating" all over the place. So hopefully i can do better.
Anyone have any other suggestions or improvements? Also all i can think of is upselling dating books and to other dating sites...
Or $1K per month.
Just make $1 more next month than this month. Refine what you're doing. Convert 1/2% more visitors over the next 3 months. Rethink your navigation. Target 2 or 3 more keyword phrases. Work the links. Visit your site and read the copy. Make a purchase.
And DON'T DO IT ALONE. Read, read, read and study what everybody here has to say. There are a lot of success stories and there's also a lot of blood, sweat and many tears.
How much do we make from affiliate programs? Not near what we did 3 years ago. A blunder here, a miscue there and just being generally befuddled on the hind end. It ain't always what you make today but how you're going to keep earning it tomorrow.
RC, we got a pretty good oyster bar up here, too. Might not be in a boondock, but they had about 30 varieties on ice the other night. At least this business is still paying for that.
Whats the point of selling 1000 $1.00 posters when you only need to 50 users buying a $20 item.
It may be easier to sell a large number of inexpensive items than a small number of more expensive items, depending on the nature of your site and your audience.
Also, from an affiliate's point of view, it's no more expensive to sell 1,000 one-dollar posters than 50 twenty-dollar items.
If there were no point in high-volume/low-margin selling, supermarkets and a lot of other brick-and-mortar businesses would disappear overnight. (To put it another way, your local Best Buy store or Wal-Mart probably doesn't have the margins of a high-end jewelry store, but I'll bet it produces a lot more revenue in a typical day.)
(wouldnt it be good if allposters opened a forum like amazon where affiliates could discuss successful linking strategies?)