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what does a successful affiliate site look like?

     
4:50 am on Jul 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I know this is a broad question, and I also know I'm not going to get specific sites for an answer, but I'm still curious.

I hear about everyone making money by setting up sites and then earning a cut of the profits- I get the concept behind it- but what does a decent site that does this actually look like?

the only things (that I can remember running into) are:

1) reviews of a product, and it links to the site where the product is sold with a ref url

2) just random ads on a site (ie amazon ads) that are almost like banners, etc- I can't imagine this performs well at all

have I just completely missed over the traditional affiliate sites?

where would you suggest looking to just see some sample ones?

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Just do a search for your favorite consumer product or brand name. The top 10 sites for your SERPs should mostly be affiliates.
5:18 am on July 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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thanks, I've found some sites and I already have some ideas in my head. :)

which sites similar to CJ are worth signing up for (as a publisher)? I'm assuming they don't cost anything to sign up as a publisher?

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few more CJ questions:

since you have to sign up with a primary site, what happens if you don't place affiliate links on that particular site? what if you plan on setting up sites just to sell the products they list, is this okay?

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Thats what I did/do no problems at all
7:02 pm on July 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>> what does a successful affiliate site look like?

Ugly ,aggressive, texty and non-profity! ...

11:08 pm on July 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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How is non-profity successful? Do you mean just look like it is non-profitable? Like a geeky personal blog page with personal recomendations that know one knows is making the webmaster any money for? Except for that adsense in the corner of course...
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>> How is non-profity successful?

IMO sucessfull Affiliate sites will not appear to be making money to the average surfers!

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And the best sites are those your competitors don't think make any money. :)
6:05 pm on July 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Nope - the best sites are the ones that make you lots of money, regardless of what your competitors think.
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Hey we can argue about best sites all day, right?

The best sites are the ones that leave people feeling good enough to want to come back and use it again and recommend to it their friends in the meantime.

There is a powerful advantage in building a base of repeat customers which allows an affiliate site with a strong brand blow the socks off sites which get a one-time click-through and are forgotten.

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but how exactly do you accomplish that?

how do you build an affiliate site that's really going ot have people wanting to come back?

1:20 am on July 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What makes you want to come back to a site?
What is it that you like most about the sites you visit most often?

Start with that.

1:45 am on July 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hey,

I can see where some people may want to build a unique site and all that other stuff... But seriously, the best site for any Affiliate is the one that consistently brings in the most profit, day after day after day :-]

Of course if the said site was partnering with a junk product, then maybe it isn't the best site... But that is different.

All the Best,

C.K.

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Well said ronin
The best sites are the ones that leave people feeling good enough to want to come back and use it again and recommend to it their friends in the meantime

But little difficult task an affiliate site, may be depending on the product you choose to sell.

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The best affiliate site is google.
 

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