Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Working with Affiliates

I am old enough to still remember way back to the beginning of internet time when affiliates were all the rage. I made some money on some, got scammed on others and basically forgot about them.

One of my top paying affiliates in the past was Yahoo sitebuilder. Because I used to build a lot of Yahoo websites; I put a link to their webhosting on my farm website. For every person that signed up I got 60.00 For the first year it was a really nice little money maker. Then they changed the terms, payments etc and it got to be more hassle than it was worth. The one constant in affiliates is that they will change. What makes money one day may disappear the next. Never count on it for your bills.

Now they are making a comeback. I do have a few friends that make very good money with affiliate programs. Like most free lance income it is not overnight. It takes time to build them and nurture them.

Some of the top affiliate programs are of course Amazon.com affiliates and Google affiliates.

I am taking another stab at these and signed up for both. I am putting google affilate banner ads on my pony forum to see how it goes. I will say it is not easy finding ads that are a good fit for a pony forum. For sure if the ads do not fit your website audience they will not be successful. Google affiliates are very picky about what sites they allow to show their banners and link ads.

If you look to the right of this blog that is an Amazon.com affiliate ad. You can also make a whole Amazon.com affiliate website. Once you get an Amazon affiliate account they give you the steps to make a whole website of what you want to sell to your audience. Again I know quite a few people doing very well with these amazon duplicate websites. I tried to set one up but it is labor intensive. I haven't had time to finish it yet but hopefully someday.

So far my affiliates have not paid off very well but I only started about 40 days ago. Like I said previously some things take time and will not give you overnight success.

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