But, along the way you’re learning important marketing strategies, and you are developing the skills needed to build the online ‘infrastructure’ needed to operate a business… such as a website (built to rank high in the search engines), social media pages and groups, as well as email marketing funnels etc. Those skills are critical for any business. So even if you already own a small business, what you will learn at Wealthy Affiliate will give you to ability take it to the next level.
As far as affiliate programs, you would first consider what your audience would need. Someone who is doing a water fast might be interested in books on that topic, multi-vitamins and other health products. If they’re doing a water fast, they’re doing it for a reason. To lose weight or to cure something that traditional medicine might not be curing.
For example, which affiliate products you choose to market and what medium you use to promote the products will make a significant difference in terms of what you gain from this type of marketing. I always select a product that I use for my day-to-day blogging, and I write tutorials and guides for the use of the product. This helps to promote the product I’m pitching, and gives the prospective buyer the information he needs about the product.
You see, affiliates have a lot on their plates. Brands are always reaching out for their help in promoting and if they’re a top-notch influencer, you can bet their inbox is full. That means you’re competing with other programs that might offer a higher commission, hard-dollar budgets, better promotions, etc. You don’t have to go revamping your program structure to compete; you just have to find ways to get attention and motivate.
AWIN is probably best for experienced affiliates who can hit the ground running without a lot of guidance or feedback from the network. There is a $5 fee charged to apply to become an affiliate, but if you’re approved, the $5 will be added to your account. If your application is denied, however, you will lose the $5 fee. AWIN operates globally, but it is most heavily concentrated on British and EU merchants.
While there are several platforms for doing this, clearly YouTube is the most popular for doing this. However, video marketing is also a great form of both content marketing and SEO on its own. It can help to provide visibility for several different ventures, and if the video is valuable enough in its message and content, it will be shared and liked by droves, pushing up the authority of that video through the roof.
Again, Affilorama is a good program, it’s just a little more expensive. And the other main reason I’d recommend Wealthy Affiliate is because the owners are very active in the community (Kyle regularly joins the live chat to speak with members and answer questions) while Mark Link (Affilorama’s founder) is less involved. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a really good affiliate marketer… he just has several other projects he puts his time into. The community overall in Wealthy Affiliate is just far more active.
To help save your time, I’m going to just tell you what program I think works best and the program that I am STILL a part of to this very day. After months of searching, I got a recommendation from a friend to check out Wealthy Affiliate. Needless to say, I was pretty blown away by it. They offer every tool you’ll need to grow your business and they train you on how to use all those tools. You will also get access to their training which gives you all the information you need to know in the order you need to know it in.
At its core, affiliate marketing is an online referral program where merchants pay commissions to publishers on sales generated by customers they’ve referred. The merchant can be an online retailer like eBay, or a service provider. Individuals and companies referring the traffic are called publishers, or affiliates, who publish content on the web promoting the merchant’s offerings. Customers are the people that click on the promoted content and make a purchase or complete a specified action. Payment is typically in the form of commission, but sometimes merchants offer a flat rate for a specific action, or a bonus for a type of visitor. EPN offers both commissions and bonuses.
A U.K. based dating affiliate network that operates a number of mainstream and niche dating sites, including Cupid.com, Flirt.com, BoomerDating.com and PlanetSappho.com. You can promote any of these sites based upon the needs of your audience, and with so many sites to choose from, it’s pretty easy for most affiliates to find at least one or two that are a good fit. Commission rates at Cupid plc can be impressive, too, with $15 paid just for free sign ups, and up to 90 percent commission paid on paid memberships.
More recently, companies have sought to merge their advertising messages into editorial content or valuable services. Examples include Red Bull's Red Bull Media House streaming Felix Baumgartner's jump from space online, Coca-Cola's online magazines, and Nike's free applications for performance tracking. Advertisers are also embracing social media and mobile advertising; mobile ad spending has grown 90% each year from 2010 to 2013.:13
Hi, Jay. This is absolutely most thorough and complete review of Wealthy Affiliate I have ever seen. I love the part where you get down to where the rubber meets the road and reveal what happens when you get a commission from Wealthy Affiliate. I feel very vindicated for every comment, review and opinion that I have had about WA and that is that it takes WORK. To me, it’s a college level course for a fraction of the money. Well done, sir. Well done.