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5 Top Reasons to Create a Membership Site


5 top reasons to create a membership site



It’s Saturday evening and I’m jamming out to an 80’s rock YouTube video.  It’s a compilation of the top rock songs from one of the best eras for music.  It suddenly occurred to me I experienced the best era in history for music although I didn’t realize it at the time.  Isn’t that how life is?  We don’t realize how great things are until we look back on them years later.  Looking back on my life, I believe there were many opportunities I didn’t take advantage of because I was too busy.  Too busy learning, too busy earning, too busy having fun, too busy being depressed, too busy worried about the future, too busy trying to find the right person, too busy contemplating life…

I would never go back 30 years to change my life.  My children wouldn’t be here if I were to do that.  But reflecting on opportunities missed has given me something to write about this evening so here goes.


My Top 5 Reasons to Create a Membership Site

Reason #1. To help others – Membership sites are intended to bring like-minded people together for a common good. Consider a the top membership site today; Facebook.  Facebook is probably the most popular membership site by far.  The platform provides people with ways to connect to others in ways previously not available.  Although Facebook is a free membership site, there are many facets to examine.  It helps people in many ways.  It allows people to express their opinions, their emotions, their interests, etc.  It is an outlet in so many ways.  Marketers use the platform to communicate their messages to their niche target market in order to sell more products and services.  Facebook helps a lot of people in a lot of ways.

Your membership site can rival Facebook.  Really, I’m totally serious!  It may not reach the same membership level as Facebook but it can cater to a niche that really needs a similar outlet, or information, or specialized training.   How many ways can your membership site help others?


Reason #2. To make money – Membership sites can provide incredible residual income to their owners.  Consider how much money you can make in a month or year if you created a membership site and charged members a monthly fee of say $29.  That’s about a buck a day to be a part of something great.  Now imagine if your membership site had 2 new enrollments daily.  At this point I think a picture is in order.


Membership site income chart

If you receive $29 a month from each member and you increase your membership base by 60 each month (approximately 2 per day), you will be earning $10,440 in the 6th month!  You will be earning $20,880 in the 12th month!  For a grand total of $135,720.00 earned for the 12 months.  How does an extra 6-figure residual income sound to you right now?

How much money do you want to make each month?

The membership fee you receive is the amount you decide to charge and the amount each member agrees to pay.

Most people create membership sites for the money.  Can you begin to comprehend the potential?


Reason #3. To learn new skills – My major in college was Management Information Systems.  I learned a great deal about technology in school and in my 10-year IT career.  I’ve been in sales & marketing for about 17 years now.  Creating my membership site was a challenge.  I was forced to learn new skills and implement them effectively.  I developed a sense of accomplishment and confidence after completing each phase of the creation.  I faced my fears and forged ahead into new frontiers.  It was fun and I look forward to helping you along each step in your membership site creation.


Reason #4. To brag to your friends & family – Having your very own membership site gives you bragging rights.  After all,  who else do you know personally who owns a membership site?  Think of the dining room conversations during the holidays and the bbq’s.  The first in the family, in the neighborhood, in the PTA, in the country club who has their own membership site.  Ah, just thinking about it brings a tear to my eye.


Reason #5. To make better use of your time – Creating a membership site is a positive way to spend your time as opposed to hanging out at the local VFW, Hooters, bingo hall, singles bar, etc.  Your time will be well spent when you create an investment into your future and you will be grateful you devoted the time to creating your membership site.  How would you feel 10, 20, or 30 years from now if you missed this opportunity to create a brighter future?


That’s it!  I hope you enjoyed discovering the top 5 reasons to create a membership site.


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3 Reasons Why You Should Join My Affiliate Program



1.  Help others who are looking for ways to earn an additional income.

More people than ever before are looking for ways to make extra money.  A new survey from Bankrate reveals that we are seriously a country of hustlers, with 44 million American adults claiming they have a side gig—aka an extra way to rake in cash aside from their main source of income. The age group most likely to grow their green with a side hustle? Millennials.

Yep, that’s right. Millennials are—yet again—defying their stereotype as being “lazy and entitled” and are actually a generation of go-getters.


2.  Earn 50% on training sign-ups.  

Webinar and on-site training is offered.  You have the opportunity to earn 50% each time someone you refer signs up for a training session.


3.  Earn 50% on monthly membership fees.

Members pay $29.95 each month and you have the opportunity to earn 50% each time someone you refer becomes a member.  You earn commissions each and every month the referred member pays their monthly fee.

As you can see, this is really an incredible residual income opportunity for you as an affiliate!

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3 Ways to Make Incredible Money Online

It seems like there are limitless ways to make money online these days.  With so many options, how do you decide which are the best ways to get started?

I have researched numerous opportunities and have gathered information on the top 3 ways to make huge amounts of money online.

Take a look at the list and decide for yourself if they are the best ways to get started making money online.



    1. Create a Digital Product and Sell it Online

According to Kyle Maurer – WordPress plugin developer, meetup and WordCamp organizer, guitar player and beer enthusiast from Jackson, Michigan,

digital products are easy to distribute, significantly more sustainable, can be replicated infinitely, and are oftentimes simpler to create. With little more than one or a few devices, any person is capable of making a digital product worthy of sharing or selling. No physical materials, factories, or staff required. Just a computer, a sprinkle of passion and drive, and some time.

So, you may now be wondering “But what types of digital products can I create?” Well, we counter your question with a question in return: “What kind of products do you want to create?”

If you have something to share, you can turn it into a digital product to sell. You can share your knowledge, talents, opinions, or passion, and potentially make some money along the way.

In this post we’ve gathered a short list of digital products you can sell online. Get ready for some digital product inspiration, so you too can start creating and sharing with the world!

1. eBooks
eBooks have been and continue to be one of the most popular digital products for both creators and customers. They are relatively simple to produce since they require little more than written text and a few relevant images. eBooks are simple to distribute via large marketplaces or self-created online stores. They’re easily consumed by customers, who can read them on e-readers, tablets, computers, and even their mobile phones.

The beauty of creating eBooks is that you can share almost anything you know, or are passionate about, in text form. You can educate, advise, or curate existing content with an eBook to then sell on your website.

Interested in selling eBooks? We wrote an entire post on the topic here.

2. Software
Selling software online is something we should know a fair amount about. Not only have we helped thousands of customers sell software online, but it was originally the entire purpose that we created Easy Digital Downloads for; to sell WordPress plugins online. All types of software sales combined make up nearly 28% of sites using our platform, so it is something we truly care about.

The software industry is enormous and consistently growing. It is also extremely ripe with opportunities. Any person’s ability to write code of any kind can result in new, useful products. Whether it be desktop software, web-based applications, website templates, mobile apps, video games, or anything else powered by code. The possibilities are endless, and an established market likely exists.

If you speak (or rather, write) a code language, you can develop numerous things to sell online. Whether you have experience with apps, plugins, themes, snippets, websites, or something else entirely different, you can turn code into cash.

Want to know more about selling software online? A more detailed post is over here.

3. Video
Video is an extremely popular and effective format for delivering information online. Video content can be educational, informative, or entertaining. It’s significantly more engaging than text, and can be easily consumed by clicking a play button and watching. Users love video, and in many cases are happy to pay for it.

If you’re a great public speaker, have a visual-based passion, or just love sharing your thoughts on video, with a little editing time up your sleeve you can sell videos online.

4. Audio & music
Audio is a powerful medium for communicating messages, and there are many different types of audio digital products. People pay for audio tracks that entertain them, soothe them, inform them, inspire them and help them achieve business goals, to list just a few examples. Audio products can include:

Recorded lectures
Musical samples
Foreign language lessons
Relaxing background noises
Karaoke versions of popular songs
Reusable sound effects
Full lyrical or instrumental music tracks

5. Photography
High-quality, premium photos are one of the most sought-after digital products today. The biggest consumers of online photographs are bloggers and website owners.

It’s true that stock photography has commoditized the market to the point where some photos are sold for less than they are worth (or they are given away for free). However, for truly spectacular images (and not some of the cheesy stuff you’ll find on stock websites), photographers can still command fair prices.

One of the biggest downfalls of stock sites from a customer perspective is not knowing exactly how much one or two images are. In some cases, a membership to the stock photo site is required. If you’re a photographer, you can combat stock photo sites by selling your images on your own website for the price you want (and undoubtedly deserve).

A website is a vital part of a photographer’s portfolio. Showcasing your work beautifully is imperative to raising your profile. With competitive pricing, and excellent quality images, it’s possible to do very well selling your independent or client-commissioned photos on your own website.

6. Graphics & digital art
Graphic designers and digital artists can create a wide variety of unique and valuable products. From logos, to .PSD templates, to icon packs, to PowerPoint themes, to original artworks, designers can apply their skills in numerous ways to create digital products for sale.

Graphic designers can create and sell card designs, patterns, brushes, backgrounds, UI assets and more. Digital artists can sell finished pieces, drawings, and sketches. Finished original art of exceptional quality can be priced higher than graphic design pieces. If you can produce artwork digitally, it’s worth selling online (just be sure to license it correctly!).

7. Documents
Documents come most often in the form of informational pieces (like industry reports, manuals, or guides) or templates (like resumés or proposals). There are documents which are password protected, documents which include large files, documents with variations on the same files (like other languages or color schemes), documents which can be well suited for recurring models (like periodically revised or updated reports), and documents shared freely as lead magnets.

Have you written blog posts on your website specific to your industry or profession? If so, consider the value of packaging up your content and selling it as a manuscript or white paper so others can learn from you. You’ve already shared your knowledge on your website – curating it into a useful document for sale will be beneficial for both you and your site visitors.

8. Courses
e-Learning is an industry rich in innovation, and is growing with unprecedented momentum. As it grows, we are starting to see traditional educational institutions explore new ways to make their content available to learners. As for established educational programmes, learning material can be sold in a few different ways:

As a downloadable one-off course
As a downloadable collection of courses
As a memberships/subscription to a web-based service.
Courses are very often sold the same way as other digital products, and with the same tools, which is why we’ve become very familiar with online course sellers.

According to our recent user surveys, the number of people using Easy Digital Downloads to sell courses has quadrupled in one year. This is the most drastic increase for a specific product type we’ve seen since we started monitoring this data through our surveys.

Some courses are entirely autonomous, while others offer interaction with a teacher or assignment reviewer. Many courses provide students with some form of certification or reward upon successful completion.

Courses are becoming an increasingly popular foundation or complementary component for online businesses, due to consumer trends, and the prevalence of affordable and easy-to-use Learning Management Systems. They offer a lucrative outlet for anyone with knowledge or expertise, and enable educators to reach a broad audience without being constrained by geography, technology or time.

9. Professional services
Services are, of course, not products at all. However, they are very commonly sold in the same way digital products are. They are often sold one of two ways:

As fixed-price services. The cost of the service is predefined and known to the customer before needing to engage with the service provider.

On a case-by-case basis. The required work is scoped by the service provider, quoted to the customer, and the cost is agreed upon by both parties.

In the world of eCommerce, the line between product and service has become a little fuzzy, and in many cases, the customer doesn’t care very much about the difference. Customers can buy pre-made logos as a product with a defined price. They can also pay a predefined price on some sites to have someone design a logo which results in a very similar experience and end result.

With many service-based jobs, you are selling your time in exchange for a specific outcome or result, instead of a product. Or, you may be selling your time for a completely bespoke product, unique only to that one customer.

These days, all kinds of service providers are opting to sell their services online. Below is a very brief list of some of the professions that can sell services online:

Graphic designers
Web designers
Legal professionals

And that’s barely scratching the surface! This is another segment of digital products we have seen on the rise, with more than three times as many people selling services using Easy Digital Downloads now compared with a year ago.

For an excellent, detailed read about selling services online, head over to another post we wrote on the topic.

10. Tickets
Though definitely quite different from other digital products due to the fact that they are (usually) applicable only for a certain time period, relate (often) to some physical location, and (normally) have limited availability, tickets are very commonly sold in the same way everything else in this post is. Customers can make their selections, checkout and receive their ticket independently and instantly through a seller’s website. These tickets can get them into conferences, concerts, carnivals and other time-based events or can be for admission to amusement parks, zoos and museums which may not enforce a specific time. Tickets can also be sold for purely online experiences such as webinars, classes, online conferences, or in-person conference live stream feeds.

11. Fonts
Typefaces are a great example of a digital product which is always popular and constantly experiencing change as customer preferences gradually shift over time. Fonts can be created and distributed for use on the web by website creators, or for use in desktop applications like Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. Enthusiasts appreciate fresh new fonts which means continuing to expand one’s commercial catalog over time may be necessary in order to maintain revenue.

12. Web-based applications
Web-based applications are similar to software, but are not downloaded from the web. Instead this category encompasses anything customers pay to use within a web browser. Also called SaaS (Software as a Service) businesses, they are not digital products in the truest sense, but can be sold and perceived very similarly, so they are important to acknowledge.

Many software creators find themselves faced with the choice between building a web-based SaaS app, and a distributed, installable program. Examples of these applications include services for email marketing (like Drip, MailChimp, AWeber, and Constant Contact), contact management (like Salesforce, Nutshell, and Pipedrive), site monitoring (like Pingdom and Status Cake), project management (like Basecamp, Asana, Podio and Jira), online course-based learning memberships (like Team Treehouse, Lynda, Skillshare, and Coursera) and file storage (like Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, and MediaFire). Since customers are paying for access to tools/services, recurring payment models are standard.


      2.  Create a Site and Sell Memberships to it

Have you ever thought about starting a membership site but don’t have any ideas on what you want to do?

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

1. The “Evergreen” Membership Site

This type of membership is perhaps the most common. It is called evergreen because the content is relevant for a long period of time.

Typically this type of membership site will utilize your site’s “drip” feature. Drip features are when members don’t get access to your content at once, but rather have the information leaked out to them over a set period of time.

An evergreen site is great if you are sharing articles or information that don’t require constant upkeep. You can upload and schedule all of your content well in advance and just let it roll out automatically.

The other advantage to dripping out your information is that it keeps your members coming back every day, week, or month and gives you more opportunities to sell them into higher level packages or products.

2. The “Community” Membership Site

What better way to keep your members engaged than by helping them engage and connect with each other. Protected forums and communities can breed some of the most loyal members of any of these membership site ideas.

Community forums are a great place for your members to interact with one another, discuss your products, get their questions answered, and share other relevant information with one another. However, we don’t recommend setting up a community membership site until you’ve gathered a substantial fan base, or the point will be moot.

3. The “Courses” Membership Site

Protect your course materials and the privacy of your students by creating members-only areas within your site. Share your password with those participating in your course, upload the content, and you’re good to go! By keeping all of your course materials in one place, you eliminate having to send workbooks, videos, and important updates out individually. Pop in a community forum too and give your students a safe, confidential space to interact with one another!

4. The “Buffet” Membership Site

Ever heard of Lynda.com? This and other premium websites like it give users access to a whole set of content available all at once for a recurring fee.

This is similar to the evergreen model, but without the drip, and usually works best for protected, embedded video content.

The key with this type of system is to ensure that your content stays relevant and that new material is added regularly to keep members engaged. With this type of system, we also recommend getting feedback from your members to determine how often you should be releasing new content.

5. The “Content Mill” Membership Site
Water Mill

The Content Mill membership site can be the most lucrative but most labor intensive type of membership site. Starting a content mill will require you to setup a system for delivering relevant content on a regular basis.

A good example of this type of membership site could be anything from a podcast to a full-scale periodical. Some other examples of this could be more time-sensitive content such as daily stock picks or sports.

You can make it happen
Think about your domain of expertise and see which of these ideas makes the most sense. These applications of membership software have been tried and tested, so adding your unique voice to one of them could help you turn your expertise into a solid business for you!


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  3.  Promote Another Product or Service

Become an affiliate and earn money by following the steps below:

  1. Choose your niche.
  2. Research different affiliate programs and products.
  3. Create a Blog or Website.
  4. Produce interesting and relevant content.
  5. Attract an audience.
  6. Promote your affiliate product(s).
  7. Repeat steps #4–7 on a continual basis!



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How to Drive Massive Traffic to Your Blog

One of the best ways to drive massive traffic to your blog is to use  a referral program.

Philipp Schmitt, Bernd Skiera, and Christophe Van den Bulte studied 10,000 accounts in a large German bank over a period of three years, and found that customers obtained through referrals are both more loyal and more valuable than other customers. After controlling for such factors as age and gender, we calculated that referred customers are, on average, about 18% more likely than others to stay with the bank. We also projected that they generate 16% more in profits (amounting to €40 each). Thus, the bank earns a return of about 60% on its €25 referral reward.

The bank’s managers were relieved to hear these results. They’d feared that their current customers, in pursuit of easy cash, might be bringing in anyone and everyone they could—and that the ensuing pool of new customers would be full of low-profitability clients.

Their findings were published in the June 2011 issue of the Harvard Business Review.


Philipp Schmitt is a graduate of the business and economics doctoral program at Goethe University, in Frankfurt;

Bernd Skiera is a chaired professor of electronic commerce there.

Christophe Van den Bulte is an associate professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.



In a recent webinar, Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing, revealed key insights and useful strategies for B2B referrals from a comprehensive research survey conducted by Heinz Marketing and Influitive. For the research, Heinz Marketing surveyed over 600 professionals in B2B sales, marketing and leadership positions at a variety of companies.


1. Referrals are the best leads you can get in order to drive massive traffic to your blog

The majority of survey respondents found that referrals convert better, close faster and have a higher lifetime value than other types of leads.


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2. Marketing-led customer referral programs are more likely to succeed

referral research 1In the survey, respondents were asked if marketing, sales or another department was heading up their referral program. They were also asked how on track they were towards meeting their sales targets. The responses were definitive: companies where referral programs were managed by the marketing team were 3X more likely to hit their EOY revenue goals.

“When marketing is driving referral programs, they’re generating more referrals,” Matt says. “There’s more consistency in the execution and the results.”




3. Tools make referral programs more effective… but so does a referral strategy

referral research 2Only 22% of respondents had a set of referral marketing tools in place. However, the research reveals that this small group was 3X more likely to accelerate the creation and conversion of referrals—leading to greater lead volume, lower marketing costs, and better sales forecasts. “There needs to be tools and systems in place to make it work and create consistent, repeatable results,” says Matt.

However, a lot of companies adopt tools before creating a clear marketing strategy for generating referrals. “I see plenty of sales teams that have referral tools, sales automation tools and messaging tools,” Matt shared. “But if they don’t have a strategy for usage behind it, they don’t deem it as valuable.”

The research discovered that 68% of reps with formal referral marketing strategy rated these tools as effective or highly effective, compared to 40% for those without a formal strategy. “When they have those programs along with the tools, the perception of value goes up. And the results go up significantly as well,” says Matt. It was also found that 45% of reps that have a referral program strategy expect their closed deals to increase within the next 12 months, while 47% of those without a formal process expect their sales to fall flat.

It’s clear that the existence of both referral tools and a formalized strategy makes a difference.



Going from Referral to Affiliate



5 Success Stories from Affiliate Marketers

Published by
James Parsons
on January 20, 2016

There’s a lot of skepticism in the affiliate marketing community about how many people are actually successful out there. I can certainly appreciate why that is, too. Anyone would be skeptical if they looked around and noticed the only people making money in affiliate marketing were the people selling tools to help newbie affiliate marketers get into the game.

Combine this with the fact that so many people are stingy with their information and techniques for fear of having their niche stolen and their profits undercut, and you can see why it happens.

Sometimes, you need a good refresher about how successful actual people can be. People who post about their success, people who try to help others become successful, people who don’t care about their niche being undercut because they know they’re the best at what they do. I’ve tracked down case studies from five of these successful marketers, and that’s what I’m bringing to you today.

Don’t feel like you’re being played just because you haven’t gotten a foothold yet. Affiliate marketing takes time, to establish yourself, to build an audience, to create content, and all the rest.

Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net

Darren is one of the most prominent affiliate marketers around, precisely because he’s always open with his history, his techniques, and his success. This post is from 2013, so he’s had three more years to rack up his success, but even then it was impressive. In 2013, it was the 10th year he had been working affiliate marketing with Amazon, and he had racked up nearly half a million dollars.

ProBlogger Case Study

Now, $42,000 a year isn’t all that impressive, all things considered. That’s not quite the whole story, though. His earnings only really started to shoot up in 2008 or so. It’s more accurate to say that he started out making a pittance, and that in recent years he has hovered around $80,000 per year. That’s a respectable haul, and all from running a handful of websites, one of which is geared specifically towards helping bloggers reach their own success with affiliate marketing.


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What’s impressive is that Darren isn’t even one of the top tier Amazon Affiliates. His experience is actually rather typical of the people who put a lot of time and effort into getting serious with affiliate marketing. There are, no doubt, much more successful affiliates.

The meat of Darren’s post is about why he chose to use Amazon for his affiliate marketing, despite all of the perfectly valid criticisms out there. Amazon commissions are small, sure, and a lot of Amazon products are cheap, so success often relies on big ticket niches – which are packed – or volume, which takes a long time to build. However, he points out:

  • Amazon is a highly trusted brand, much more than many other affiliate sellers.
  • One referral link works for everything a user buys in that session, whether or not you referred them to that product. If you send someone a referral for a $2 book, and they decide to buy a $900 TV, you get the commission on the TV.
  • Amazon is perhaps the easiest affiliate network of all to get started using. They provide a ton of tools, easy embeds in a half a dozen different ways, and even referral tagged shortlinks.
  • Amazon sells, well, everything. There’s very little that Amazon doesn’t sell, and often those categories are just MLM schemes anyways.

You can read the rest of his post above for a bunch of tips on becoming an Amazon affiliate success. Some of the tips are pretty common, like “get more traffic,” but that doesn’t change how valuable Darren’s site is as a whole. You can also listen to a more recent post about his success – showing he topped the $500K threshold – with this podcast post.

David McSweeny of Top5SEO.co.uk

David is a UK marketer and SEO expert who has been working in the industry for 15 years. He shares his methods and tips for how to create and grow a marketing site, based on his own experiences. The blog he uses for a case study went from freshly created to making just under $4,000 a month, in the span of six months. That’s remarkably fast, and stands as a testament to David’s skill as an affiliate marketer.

The meat of the post is his month by month playbook and recounting of how his site grew. The first month was all about creating and setting up the site, as well as how he chose a product and how he decided to monetize it. This highlights the sheer amount of work he put into research and content to fill his site. He dug deep into reviews for his chosen product and he wrote deep reviews stretching into the 2,500-word range. Month 1, he had just over 800 visitors and made $115.

Month 2, he made a blog to accompany his site, and he talks about how he created content, how he linked things together, and how he worked on link building. Through content and links, he boosted up to 2,200 visitors and $391 in sales. Month 3, he further expanded the blog, and his traffic continued to rise, as did his profits.


All of this shows how much work goes into running a site. His total time breakdown for the first four months reaches 234 hours of effort, creating content, researching products, building the site, and earning links. Combining this with the holiday season, his affiliate site shot up, where it has stayed since.

David’s study is a case where white hat effort can grow a site very quickly, but it does rely a little on timing, as well as a lot of research in picking the right niche. His post doesn’t go too deep into it, but you can find more about picking a niche in a post we wrote a few days ago. There’s also a ton of information on it out there on other sites, like David’s, Darren’s, and others.

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This Is Why I’m Broke

The website named in the subheading there is little more than an odd product aggregator, with a focus towards interesting, often expensive, amusing stuff. I’ve seen everything from drones to pajamas, and let me tell you; it’s always tempting. Looking at their front page right now, I see things like color changing showerheads, the Playboy Mansion that recently went up for sale, a magic wand TV remote, and a dolphin-shaped speedboat. Needless to say, the selection of products on the site runs the entire spectrum of price ranges.

The site has grown immensely popular as one of the first of its kind, though its design has been mimicked endlessly in the years since it reached success. It’s estimated that, as of the time of the post I linked above, it was making an estimated $20,000 per month from Amazon affiliate sales alone, along with more from, eBay partner sales and referrals to a whole host of other sites, like ThinkGeek and Wicked Lasers.

This Is Why Im Broke

The post I linked isn’t a direct post from the owner of the site. It’s a case study performed from the outside, so you have a better idea of how objective it is. The founder of TIWIB struggled with failed ventures before he hit upon the formula he used for the site, taking existing product affiliate pages and adding infinite scrolling, better images, and careful product selection.

The case study goes on to tell you what you can learn from the site, and how you might be able to mimic its success with a drilled down niche version of the same concept. Niche affiliate sites are typically less lucrative but easier to start than broad category sites like TIWIB, and that’s okay.

TIWIB receives millions of visitors every year and is still a very lucrative site, so you can learn a lot from watching how it works and mimicking its success.

Chris Guthrie on UpFuel

This post is very much like Darren’s post in the first section. So why do I include it? It proves to you that Darren is not a random outlier, he is – as he says – in the middle of the road. Chris’s websites combined to earn him over $45,000 annually, and would be making him more if he hadn’t sold one of his best sites for six figures.

Make Money on The Internet Case Study

Chris only really uses his success as a framing device for the post itself, which goes into great detail about how to get started with affiliate marketing. You can visit the post for the tips in full, but I’ll summarize them here.

  • Pick a good niche. This has been hammered into any affiliate marketer time and again, so it should be nothing new to you. A good niche is the foundation of all good affiliate marketing. Don’t try to be too broad; you can always expand later.
  • Use content links rather than Amazon boxes or sidebars or tables. Content links are much more commonly clicked. Just make sure you’re not trying to trick or mislead people into clicking links to Amazon that they thought went somewhere else. This includes cloaks and redirects; don’t use them.
  • Make your product images into clickable affiliate links. A lot of people click images, so having them lead to the product page is valuable. I – and many other people – hate clicking an image link just to be brought to the image itself rather than something relevant.
  • Link to Amazon quite frequently, but don’t overdo it so much that you earn a penalty from Google. Chris recommends 5-10 links per post, but his posts are quite lengthy. Keep track of what you’re doing and slowly push boundaries to find what threshold works best.
  • Write review articles that come across as genuine; they are some of the highest converting content you can produce. You can pay people to write the reviews for you, so long as they’re well written.
  • Make sure to cover the holidays and take advantage of the sales you find in your niche. Aggregate sales posts are insanely highly converting. A “Best Black Friday Deals on [Product]” post is incredibly valuable, and I’m sure you can see why.
  • Gradually expand your niche and sell more and more products, both to increase variety and increase volume. If you start off by selling faucets, you can expand into more plumbing products, more bathroom fixtures, other kinds of valves, or all of them. Just don’t try to take on more than you can handle.
  • Focus on small, cheap products early in the month and expensive products later in the month, so the cheap products boost your variable commission rates. Amazon’s commissions are a monthly performance test, starting at 4% and rising up to 8%. You’d rather get 8% on big purchases, so push those more when your commissions have grown.
  • Make evergreen content as much as possible. Product comparison tables and recurring deals posts are both great for this. Make sure to keep them up to date and, most importantly, make sure people know they’re up to date. Update them monthly if possible, and always update the most recently edited date.
  • Publish retrospective monthly bestseller lists and analysis to accompany it. If nothing else other affiliate marketers love to see what is and isn’t working, but if you’re doing everything right, they shouldn’t be able to undercut and supplant you.
  • Ignore the Amazon AStore functionality completely; it’s not very useful.

Once again, we see that Amazon can be a great, lucrative place to be. However, pretty much all affiliate marketing advice works with other affiliates as well. It doesn’t matter if you’re promoting web hosting, selling products on eBay, or selling digital services for some app company; it’s all the same information.


Hieu Nguyen’s Affiliate Sale

Hieu is a marketer from Vietnam, and while his case isn’t as impressive as the others on this list, it shows the viability of a different sort of affiliate marketing business model. Specifically, what he did was build an affiliate site and then sell it for a sizable profit.

We’ve already seen how much work it is to set up and establish an affiliate site. It’s also a lot of work to maintain, but many newbie affiliate marketers believe that it’s the startup that’s the hardest part. As a consequence, they look out for affiliate marketers selling their sites, and they buy. Oh, do they buy.

Hieu’s business model isn’t designed to set up 1-2 sites and push them until they’re powerhouses he can live off of indefinitely. Rather, he builds sites and makes them moderate successes, something like a proof of concept. The site he sold in this case study took nine months to reach a monthly income level of $1,600, at which point he sold it for about 10x that amount.

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There are two things to take away from this success story. The first is that, if you enjoy building sites, doing the research, and establishing the start of a business, you can still make a profit without having to maintain the site. You can simply sell it for a good chunk of change, then start over and do it all again. The second takeaway is that if you’re on the other side of the coin – perfectly capable and willing to maintain and improve a site, but incapable or unwilling to build it from scratch – you can just buy a site and go from there.

The post is an interview with Hieu, and it goes over the strategies he uses to build and rank his sites. Be aware that he does use some gray and black hat strategies, so your results may vary if you’re trying to follow in his footsteps. The post is over a year old, so some of those techniques may be more heavily penalized now than they used to be.

So there you have it; five successful affiliate marketers and the techniques they used to achieve that success. By following their guides, you too can be one of the people on a list like this someday.



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