10 Websites For Making Money Online + Best CPA Affiliate Networks — affiliatemarketingmc at YouTube.com
Today, I want to go down the list of the top 10 websites you need to know about if you want to make money with affiliate marketing. This is a list that I’ve used over the last 19 years as an affiliate marketer to make close to eight figures.
You’ll want to know about these links and check them out. I put a list of the links over at www.AffiliateDude.com/links so you could print them out, put them on your desk, visit them often so you don’t forget. Let’s go ahead and dive right in.
This one is kind of obvious. This is the AdSense platform. If you didn’t know, Google AdSense, which is the reverse of Google AdWords, actually has a program where you could put a little code on your site, and it’ll generate ads on your site. It makes the ads relevant to whatever is on your site, and when people click, you get paid.
You don’t have to sell anything. You don’t have to go out there and get people to do stuff. All they got to do is click the ad, and boom, you get paid. Really cool. AdSense is a great way to supplement any affiliate marketing website.
This is another obvious one. You may have heard of ClickBank. Now, ClickBank is an online retailer for digital products. I started out with ClickBank back in 1999. They started out giving a platform for people who created digital products, eBooks, softwares, and things like that.
And what they did is they attached it to an affiliate program. So if you have a ClickBank account as an affiliate, you can promote hundreds of thousands of products on the ClickBank platform. All you have to do is get people to go to the link, they buy, and you get paid. There are tons of things to choose from. From goldfish care guides to how to lose weight, to how to make money, to software that will find and replace little codes in your text, and stuff like that. So they have all kinds of stuff.
You might have heard me mention this one. OfferVault is not an affiliate network. What they are is an affiliate offer search engine. So you can actually go to OfferVault right now, and you can type in whatever niche you’re looking up. Perhaps you’re in the bodybuilding niche, or perhaps you have a bunch of traffic with people who want maps. If you want it, they got it.
You type it in, and you find the offer. It’s going to tell you the network that has the offer, the amount you’re paid, and what it takes to get paid. Sometimes you can get paid per lead, per sale, per download, per click, per trial, and more. There are lots of ways to get paid as a CPA affiliate marketer, and OfferVault is a great place to go find those offers.
4. Commission Junction
This one is little-known and isn’t talked about a whole lot in our industry. I’ve made a lot of money with Commission Junction over the past few years, sometimes as much as $600 in sales of fonts. That’s right—someone actually bought $600 worth of fonts from my website in one day. I usually averaged about $100, or $50 a day, but that was a special day. I got $200 in commission just from that.
They have stuff from fonts to ink cartridges, to legal leads, to Zappos shoes, to web hosting. You get seven percent for your sales. Commission Junction is great for a one-size-fits-all affiliate network. They have everything. It can be a little tough, because you have to get approved for each offer. But once you get in there and get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy.
5. LinkShare / Rakuten
This is kind of like Commission Junction, but it’s a little bit different and a little bit smaller. It’s an affiliate network that has all kinds of stuff. I’ve used it to promote things like software, or different downloads, or even Christmas trees.
That’s right, I actually had a site that sold Christmas trees online. They weren’t real ones, they were the fake kind of Christmas trees (which was good, because they’re more expensive, so I made more money), and I was able to do this with the Link Share program. You want to find the place that has the offer you need, and this is a great place to look for that.
6. Amazon Affiliate Program
This is an important one. A lot of people talk about the Amazon Affiliate program as if it’s the be-all, end-all Holy Grail. There are a couple things I will say about the Amazon Affiliate program. The first is that the barrier of entry is low—everyone knows about Amazon. If you need to buy something, you click a button. You don’t even have to get your credit card out.
The second is that whatever people add to their cart at the moment you get the click, you get paid on all of it. So if you’re selling something like a pen, and you’re only going to make a little bit of commission, and the customer decides they want to buy a background, or a camera, or a $20,000 printer along with it, you’re going to get commission on all of it.
You can also add “big box stores” on this part of the list. Because you can compare which of these big box stores will pay you the most. These guys will fight for your business.
This is one of my personal favorites. MaxBounty is an affiliate network that has downloads, zip submits, email submits, leads, to anything else. You name it—they have all kinds of offers.
They use CPA marketing, which means “cost per action”. So instead of going out there and having to get everyone to buy stuff, you can just get them to click, download, fill out a form, call a number, or whatever it may be, and you get paid. You don’t have to go through the hassle of selling stuff.
8. GlobalWide Media
This one is a lot like MaxBounty, but more advanced. GlobalWide Media has a lot more download offers, and a lot more exclusive offers for you with better payouts. But they’re a little more exclusive What I suggest you do is start with MaxBounty, get some numbers under your belt, then go to GlobalWide and sign up. If you have the traffic and the chops to back it up, it’s pretty easy.
I’ve made seven figures with GlobalWide, from back when they were called Never Blue. A bunch of Canadian guys started this company, and I think I was their 12th affiliate.
I promoted a lot of download offers, and our best year with them was over $1,000,000, which was really cool. They since went on to sell that company for some obscene amount of money. But the company is still great, and it runs well. It’ has great offers, and you should definitely add this to your affiliate link rolodex.
This is one that people don’t talk about as much, but I’ve made hundreds of thousands of dollars with this type of stuff. At credit.com, you can sign up and get links for different credit cards. Credit.com has lots of different credit cards, from travel to flight, you name it.
I made a little website about gas prices. I had a little zip code submit offer where people could get some gas rewards (that was through GlobalWide), and I also had a link from Credit.com for a gas rewards credit card. It paid me around $100 a sale, or lead, or something like that. And all people had to do was apply for the card, which they wanted to because it would help them save money on gas. I made lots of money with that.
Last but not least, we have ShareASale. This is a lot like LinkShare and Commission Junction. It’s kind of a smorgasbord of everything, where a merchant can go sign up and become a vendor, and you can be the affiliate, and promote them, and get paid.
ShareASale has some really unique offers. For example, there’s an offer for one to eight hundred flowers, where you could get paid to get people to send flowers for Valentine’s Day. (If you needed a keyword for that, go after “love poems”.)
The key to making this whole thing work is understanding how to find niches. You have to be creative.
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Passive Income Is Easy??? – Marcus’ Passive Income Rant — affiliatemarketingmc at YouTube.com
Is the idea of making passive income complete and utter bullcrap? Or can it happen?
So here’s the deal: You have lots of people out there, and they all want to make money on the internet. They don’t want to invest a whole lot, they don’t want to do a whole lot of work, but they want to make money while they sit around and let the Internet fund their lifestyle.
Three Major Types of Passive Income
So first, let’s define the three major types of passive income.
1. Real estate. This one is really obvious. I could go buy a bunch of houses. When people pay their monthly rent as I rent them out, I get paid passively. I’ve done this for years, and it works pretty good. Sometimes it’s a pain in the ass, but it’s a good way to make passive income. Now the downside is that sometimes you got to have a lot of money to pony up to make this stuff happen.
2. Stocks and investing in companies. This is the number two second biggest passive income source that we see. This is where you go out and put money in a company, and hopefully that company grows over time, and you get paid over and over based on the growth. Which is cool, unless the company falls—then it sucks.
But most of the time, when you invest in stocks and stuff, you could pretty much anticipate the rate of return you’re going to get and how much you’re going to make every month. Now again, the downside is that unless you have a crystal ball that tells you which companies are going to do good and which are going to do bad, you’ve got to have a lot of money to invest.
Let’s say you invest 1 million dollars in the stock market, at a rate of 8% return. That’s going to average you about $8,000 a month in passive income. But the downside is, who’s got a million bucks laying around? You’d do better to buy a McDonald’s franchise for a million dollars and pocket the money you make off of that. That’d be a better passive income investment that would fall under the category of investing in a business.
3. A business on the Internet. This is my favorite way to make passive income. You can actually set up little businesses that pay you little bits each and every month. For example, if you were to set up a video, or a blog post, or an article, or a website, let’s say you get traffic to it each and every day. Maybe you get 100 visitors a day. Wow at 100 visitors, you have to be able to sell $100, that would be an average of $1 per visitor.
If you then went on the next day and built something else, and got another 100 visitors, and that would be again one dollar per visitor, you’d now have $200 and 200 visitors total. And you can keep growing and growing.
Now, of course it probably won’t be that simple or that easy. You can’t just make a website and expect to make $1 a click—most websites make way less than that. But as you grow, as you learn about your audience, you can build and understand them, and make even more. You can build mailing lists and posts and other things that are going to get people into your passive income-producing business.
My favorite way to do this is with what’s called affiliate marketing. This is where a company like Best Buy or Amazon (or anything for that matter) has products and services to sell, and they reach out to affiliates like you and me—regular people with websites—and they say, “If you sell this product from your website traffic, we will give you a cut.”
So let’s say you’re like me and you like to smoke cigars (you know it’s a bad habit, but you like them anyway). You set up a website or a series of videos about your favorite cigars, and you talk about what they taste like, and how they feel, and whatever it is cigar people are into. And you get some traffic. Snd the guy who sells the cigars has an affiliate program you can actually attach their link to the cigar you’re talking about, and you get paid when someone orders a cigar through your link.
The cool thing about this, and the way that it translates into passive income, is you could make a video one day, and that video could get 100 people watching it a day. Or 200 people. Or maybe you make a blog post, and it gets people watching it. And out of those people, some of them are going to like what you have to say and actually go and buy the cigar through your link. Which is pretty cool, because if people are watching your video all day every day, you’re going to make sales off that cigar.
Disclaimer: Don’t sell cigars online. There are too many legal ramifications. It’s a bad idea; just don’t do it. This is for example purposes only.
Here’s where it gets really good. As time goes on, you’re going to build up a group of people. And that group of people is going to come back to you and say, “Well, Marcus said some good things about that one cigar I like. I wonder what he has now.” And they’re going to check out more stuff, and buy more stuff, and it’s going to compound. It’s going to build, and your passive income is going to grow and grow.
This is exactly what one of the top business people in the marketing space has done with Wine Library. He actually went through and had a little wine library with his family, and he did video reviews on each and every wine, and built the company from very small to like $60 million dollars a year. I’m not even kidding. This stuff happens each and every day.
And this blog post I’m making right now is going to get people to watch it every day from the words “passive income”. They’re going to come in, they’re going to learn about affiliate marketing, and hopefully buy my stuff, enjoying my passive income stream.
There are two things that can compound on this and make it even better. The first thing is getting more people to buy stuff more often. This one is obvious. The people who come in, you get them to know, like, and trust you. They look at your reviews, whatever they’re about, and they like what you have, and they want to buy more stuff from you. Excellent.
But the problem is this: if they stop buying from you, that number dwindles down quite a bit, and your passive income goes away.
The second compounding thing you want to pay attention to is actually making people buy more stuff, or selling things that have a recurring basis. For example, I could have a Cigar of the Month Club, or I could send out ten cigars to each person and sell them for a small fee, or work it out with the company to have them sell them, or whatever it may be.
Or I could sell things that have recurring revenue attached to them. For example, I could sell a software product that has a recurring income. Like credit, for example, where people could check their credit every month. Or maybe web hosting, or something like a funnel builder software, or an antivirus software, or a pest control service, or whatever it is. Anything that pays monthly.
Instead of getting paid one time, for one guy, from one click, you are now going to get paid over and over again from the same person. Let’s say you get the same 100 visitors per day. Wonderful. Those 100 visitors come in and you get your one sale. One sale, and you’re happy about it. You’re ready to go celebrate.
But wait. The odds show that the average person who buys that product stay for around 9 – 15 months. Then the $50 you just made has now turned into $450 or $750 just like that. You’re not going to get it right away—you get it as the customer pays. Which is really cool, because you could build and grow and it’s not that hard to do. You just have to stick with it.
The Problem with Passive Income
Now, the problem with passive income is that everyone has this idea of sitting on the beach, and drinking tea, and having money fly from the air into their wallet. They have all these ideas and expectations, and they set up a site, and it doesn’t get 100 visitors right away. They don’t get their first sale right away. So then they quit, and they go look for an easier way to make money on the internet, and it doesn’t exist. They quit before the magic happened.
If you really want to make this passive income thing work, you’re going to need to stick with it.
Now, I’m a big believer of seeing results really fast. I don’t like to wait for anything. I want to put up a video and make money the same day. I want to put up a blog post and see it ranked on Google the same day. I want to see things fast. But you have to go through and do this systematically.
Here’s the deal. The Internet is a big place, and there is a lot of competition. But the competition is all on obvious stuff. There are little niches out there that people are searching for every single day, and there are gaps in the marketplace. Do you think companies like Best Buy, AT&T, Amazon, and other huge stores have time to answer your question about your camera, or whatever it is you’re going to buy? Forget about it.
That’s where you come in. That’s right—there’s room on the internet for the little guy to make money, because the big guy has lost touch with his customer, the little guy. So your job is to go find little micro communities of people searching for things.
For example, I found this popular software that people wanted to embed on their blog. And last I checked, there’s like a bazillion people with blogs, and lots of people who want to embed this thing on their blog. So I made a little video about. It took me about eight minutes. And boom, we get customers each and every day coming in, checking it out, buying stuff, and adding to my passive income.
Passive Income Can Be a Reality
So, my friends, passive income can be a reality. But you have to get your head out of the clouds and into reality. Because the Internet does not care what you think. It doesn’t care what you feel, it doesn’t care how much you desire money. Desire is not enough. Desire is a word that’s used by marketers to get you to buy things. They say, “If you desire this, you should attain it.” Of course I should, because it’s going to put money in their pocket when I buy it.
My friends, desire is not enough. Feelings are not enough. Wanting it is not enough. You have to do the work, and the work is not hard. So instead of sitting around and desiring ways to make money every day, and looking for the easiest way to make money possible, why not start with something simple. Find a group of people who have a problem that needs to be solved. Find an affiliate offer that pays you for solving that problem. Pair them together, make some content based on what they’re searching for, based on what their questions are, and boom. Put it out there, and you’re off to the races.
Don’t expect big things overnight, but expect to see little returns and grow. This is exactly what people are doing to grow their income to $5,000, or $10,000, or even $100,000 a month passively, using the internet. Some of them make way more than that.
Now unfortunately, the average affiliate marketer makes nothing, because they never stick with it long enough. But I know you’re going to want to stick with it, and I know you’re going to want to make a plan that’s going to work for you.
And I’ll close with this. A lot of people say that making passive income is hard work. To me, hard work is like building houses out of clay in 100 degree weather. Sitting on the computer and typing things out, it’s not that hard. It’s pretty easy. Now, knowing what to do is a different story, but it’s not that hard.
Think about it this way. Let’s say you took eight hours on a Saturday, or your day off, or whatever, and you took the same time that you put into your job. And your goal for the day was to make one dollar a day, every day. And you sat down for the eight hours, and all you did was laser focus on producing content aimed at making one dollar a day, every day. I think you could do it. It’s actually not that hard.
The problem is that people spend the eight hours focusing on things that don’t matter. They spend the eight hours on research, and idea-making, and scheming, and products, and stuff like that, instead of what actually works.
What actually works is getting a message in front of your market. Plain and simple. There are tasks that you can focus on each and every day that will get you closer to your goal of passive income. And over at my site, www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com/passive, I have a list of 31 tasks that you can do each and every day to get your content in front of people, make sales, and build a passive income stream.
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