Make Money In Affiliate Programs

Affiliate Programs… Review;  

Overall Rank: 90 out of 100The Cashed Up Nomad

Affiliate programs are one of the safest ways to make money online, because they are free.

The Cashed Up Nomad is dedicated to finding  honest, lucrative and low risk ways to make money online.

In this article we de construct a real affiliate program;

  • See what an affiliate program looks like
  • Find the right programs for you (niche and terms)
  • How to Join an affiliate program
  • What kind of work affiliates do
  • What are the costs of affiliate marketing
  • 3 Secret tips to improve your success

 Finding An Affiliate Program.Make Money In Affiliate Programs

I want you to do this for me here and now…

Open a new tab in your browser and type in a word to describe something you like, just any old word like porcelain dolls or Harley Davidson or trout fishing or pyjama fashion. OK? Now after your word (keyword), leave a space and type this;        + affiliate program. eg; Harley Davidson + Affiliate Program

The way I do it.

In my browser,  I typed  doll + affiliate program, just because doll is a short word to type , right…not because I care about dolls so much. Let’s use whatever URL comes up first in my search for ‘dolls + affiliate programs’ as our example.  Make Money in Affiliate Programs

“Rooti Dolls Affiliate Program. After about 1 minute of looking at their site I can see that Rooti Dolls are unique but not expensive, around $60 USD. They have characteristics of different cultures and backgrounds, hence the name. Rooti Dolls are unique because they have a voice that speaks in multiple languages. The company produces a range of fashion designer dolls, BHM dolls, Music inspired dolls, NGD dolls and pageant dolls,  with or without the voice.

OK, so if your niche is ‘dolls of the world’ or  ‘educational toys’ or ‘language learning’ or ‘roots and heritage’ this might be a good affiliate program for you. Interestingly, Genealogy is a high demand niche with a hungry audience. Note how Rooti Dolls crosses a few different niche categories, indicating a broader audience and potentially increased sales.

Terms of the Rooti Dolls affiliate program exampleread the fine print

  • 10% commission on every sale (approx $6USD per sale.)
  • they track your sales, commissions and payments through their website
  • payments are made monthly through Paypal
  • they provide stylish banner ads to copy and paste onto your website
  • you apply to be approved as a suitable affiliate
  • no mention of cookie life or minimum payouts
  • new product with no proven sales

Do you remember Cabbage Patch Dolls back in the ‘80’s? Cabbage Patch Dolls were a sales phenomenon, reaching multi millions in sales and revenue. If your website is in one of these niches the Rooti Dolls affiliate program could add a tidy income stream to your Paypal account every month.

Affiliate ID; identification number.

When you are accepted into an affiliate program you are designated a unique affiliate ID. It looks like a string of letters and numbers. Here is one of my raw affiliate links.  If you click on this one, you will be taken to a product that I like to recommend, which  has nothing to do with dolls and everything to do with affiliate marketing. There is a simple link feature on WordPress websites that make these long links look far less ugly!

Each program you enlist in will give you a unique ID. You need to create a file to store all of your affiliate ID’s and related details like site URL, rates and product . An Excel spreadsheet is a great place to store this info, so you can access at a glance.

Private Affiliate Programs and Affiliate Networks.

Make Money In Affiliate Programs
AffStats 2015 survey show how affiliates are spread between markets

The Rooti Doll example is a Private Affiliate Program, they handle everything themselves. Many advertisers go through Affiliate Networks such as Click Bank, Commission Junction, Shareasale, Rakuten. Different networks have their specialised fields, eg; Clickbank is for digital products. Choose a network to suit your niche. Join many networks and use them all. For more info on how the networks operate see my article ‘What is Affiliate Marketing about?’.

Which is the right affiliate program for you?

Some points to consider when choosing affiliate programs;

  • Niche relevance (your number one consideration)
  • Commission rate that seems fair to you
  • Payout  threshold and frequency (each program sets a minimum payout ranging from $10.00 to $200.00. I prefer  the lowest minimum payout and the shortest payment frequency.)
  • Affiliate support
  • A long Cookie life.
  • Understand the Fees and Conditions 

What does cookie life mean to an affiliate?

When a visitor clicks on your affiliate link within the content of your post, or in the image or a banner ad, they are  transferred to a product. The cookie is automatically placed to track the connection between the visitor – affiliate – product.

Many programs run a 30 day cookie, which means that if visitor makes a purchase within 30 days of clicking on your link, you get the payment…even if they come from a different link when they come back to buy. You get the credit for introducing the customer to the product… and you get paid.

Two affiliate programs that I am a member of, have lifetime cookies. You gotta love that! It means that if a visitor comes through one of my links and signs up but doesn’t buy, the cookie stores the data. If that same visitor returns next year and buys the product, I get the credit, thanks to the lifetime logo

Amazon, on the other hand, has a 24 hour cookie. If the visitor comes and goes through your link without purchasing, but then comes back next week through a different link , you don’t get that sale. It sounds tough, doesn’t it.? But to balance that out, Amazon also has a method where if the customer comes in through your website about dolls (for example) but shops around Amazon and decides to buy a pair of steel cap boots or something in any related or unrelated category, you get the commission. It is possible to earn a commission on steel caps, or babies diapers or fitbits through your ‘doll’ niche.! Cool Huh?

Affiliate Program TipsSecret Tip 1

  How to improve Amazon’s cookie lifespan.  Examining The Amazon Affiliate Cookie Lifespan’ from Ryan Stevenson who designs plugins for wordpress users. 

Affiliate Program TipsSecret Tip 2.

It takes the same amount of affiliate work to earn a large commission on a high ticket item as it does to earn a small commission on a cheaper product.

Affiliate Program TipsSecret Tip 3.

Affiliate Programs can be affected by seasonal demand and lifespan. It is possible for a program to close without notice, causing loss of income. To protect yourself from these fluctuations, join numerous programs to create multi streams of income, independent of each other.

What kind of day to day work do Affiliates do?

Affiliate marketers are work mainly within the content marketing sector on the web. They produce articles, stories, images, videos and podcasts about their chosen niche and publish them onto a blog or website. A lot of time goes into producing quality content and updating posts, which involves research both online and offline. Make Money In Affiliate Programs

Their website niche is usually, but not necessarily, a subject that they have a lot of knowledge about or a great interest in. They  create helpful and informative or entertaining articles that solve a problem or fill a desire for their audience. Online shoppers like to research products and read reviews, before they buy. They shop around for best value and they want to know what others have experienced. The affiliate helps a buyer decide what brand or product is best for them.

Affiliates connect with their visitors through comments and questions on the site. Many affiliates also utilise the social media platforms to expand their audience reach and grow traffic.

How Janita, from Florida, became a successful affiliate.

Janita had a great idea to put together all of her knowledge about her hobby, breeding rare parrots. She wanted to connect with others who have the same interests and help new people learn about caring for these lovely birds. It really is her passion.

She’s not great with money or English but she’s has so much info and photos about parrots to share.  The best way for her to reach out was through a website, where she could post photos, videos and stories.Make Money IN Affiliate Programs

Her website is like a journal of different activities from week to week.  She shows the products and equipment and treatments that she uses for the parrots. She gives her opinion on what works and what doesn’t. She is now recognised as an expert and often is asked for advice about breeding and keeping parrots as pets.

Most products related to her hobby, which is now a full time business, are for sale on Amazon. She became an Amazon Associate (affiliate) and earns a commission whenever people buy any of the products she links to.

Janita is now also an affiliate of a specialist live parrot merchant, under a private affiliate program. She writes a monthly online magazine about special deals for those exotic birds. She charges $4.95per month to subscribers (238 and growing) who are always the first to get the ‘insiders’ trade details of rare birds coming on the market. Occasionally she includes interviews with other well known breeders and has started going to some of the trade fairs, where she expands her knowledge and her contacts and keeps up with new products and services.

She works from home on her laptop and spends most days working between the laptop and her beautiful parrots.

What does it cost to be an affiliate?

Affiliate programs are free to join. If you are asked to pay a membership fee to join any affiliate programs, DO NOT PAY. It is  a scam, for sure. Other costs to being an affiliate relate to websites, domain name purchases and website hosting.  

  • Domain names can cost from .99 cents to $1000’s but a typical domain name is $15 per year.
  • Buy A Website The cost of getting your own website can be unpredictable. It depends on who builds it and how complex it needs to be.
  • Website Hosting prices also vary immensely. Mostly you pay per website from $5 to $500 per month. They offer packages and bundled plans a bit like phone plans.

What are Janitas overheads?

In Janita’s case she pays $12.99 per year for her domain name from NameCheap. She learned to build her own website for free through Wealthy Affiliate. They teach how to write great content, work with affiliate links and rank a website on google. She learned how to set up the subscription magazine with them too. She chose Wealthy Affiliate to host her website because she is thinking of starting a new site in a different niche. At WA she can have unlimited websites for $49 per month.

It is possible to build your own website for free and get hosting, support and affiliate training for less than a dollar per day with an annual membership at Wealthy Affiliate.

How long does it take to make money with Affiliate Marketing?Affiliate Earnings From AffStat

How long is a piece of string? There is no clear cut answer. It will depend on your niche and  products. It also depends on how user friendly your website is and other factors, like positive Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and traffic.

See Nathaniel’s success story.

Zero to Ten Thousand (per month) In Three Years

Why Affiliate Programs Are A Good Way To Make Money Online?

The reason I like to recommend affiliate programs is this aspect of low investment for something that can grow to a substantial income with no increase in overheads. Affiliate Marketing is a rapidly evolving industry with very healthy forecasts. Read the statistics.

Your biggest investment will be your time, even then a lot of the software systems used in affiliate work automates the repetitive tasks. The affiliate programs take care of orders, stock, delivery, refunds, complaints and everything else. The affiliate just introduces the product to the audience.Thumbs up

Name: Affiliate Programs Method Review

Overall Rank: 90 out of 100

Making Money In Affiliate Programs is a method that definitely gets the thumbs up from The Cashed Up Nomad. I can answer all of your questions about Affiliate Programs. Just leave comments below, I will respond asap.

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Go with it and go well,

from Janelle,

Founder of        ‘Earn Your Freedom Online’

Thank you to Affstat 2015 Affiliate Marketing Benchmark Report for these info graphics and statistics.

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  1. Bert said:

    Very very nice site cashed up nomad! Good integration of the video aswell 🙂

    November 25, 2015
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hi Bert. I see you are using a siterubix website. I’m impressed at how good it look for a free site. Apparently they work well as far as conversions go too! That’s what it’s all about in the end, hey!

      November 25, 2015
  2. Cees said:

    Thanks for all that info I am into affiliate programs too and was wondering what your idea is regarding the commission percentage. Would you go for hight but less quantity or high quantity.

    Another thing I clicked on your link regarding amazon lifespan but link doesn’t work. Which is to bad since I was interested in that topic.


    November 25, 2015
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hi Cees. In answer to your commission percentage question here are my thoughts. Like I said in my post, it takes just as much work to earn a high ticket commission as it does to earn a low one. It will always depend on the niche you are working in. Some will never have that high ticket opportunity.

      On the other hand , I have a colleague who gets $1 dollar affiliate commission for every new referral he makes. Not much is it? Last time we talked, he was up to about 58,000 referrals for the year so far. Hmmm.

      I think that having a plan B and C and D will cover all bases. Go for a mixture of high volume-low commish and low volume-high commish and why not search for high volume-high commish?

      Thanks for notifying me of that broken link. It’s fixed now.

      November 25, 2015
  3. Timbi said:

    I don’t really get affiliate sites but as I am watching a few I am learning that clear and to the point works great. your page is clear and to the point. I can understand it. I would change the yellow to a softer yellow. I love how you add video to the page. if will offer better direction on how affiliate marketing works.

    February 8, 2016
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Thanks for your observations.

      February 8, 2016
  4. John Rico said:

    Hi there! I have heard of affiliate programs when I was searching for legit online programs to use to earn extra income. I have a question, so is affiliate marketing advisable for everyone? I have no prior experience in working online and I dont know how to make my own website. Can you help me with this. Thanks!

    March 13, 2016
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Affiliate marketing is not really for everyone, you must have some patience because it takes time to set up recurring income. But it is something that most people can learn to do, given time and a good training program. You obviously have research and online skills that will make the learning faster and easier than for someone who starts out with no computer/internet skills. I actually started with Zero skills except for email and search. Now I make my own websites and earn from them.

      I would be honoured to help you learn the ways to earn online with affiliate marketing. It is my favorite method of online work. If you would like to start learning now click here , fill in the simple form and I will see you on the inside.You can do 10 free lessons and get 2 free websites and free hosting with no cash outlay. See for yourself if affiliate marketing is for you.

      I will be standing by to help you further. You can contact me by leaving more comments here on this website. Or you can contact me at Wealthy Affiliate.

      Go really well John,

      from Janelle.

      March 13, 2016
  5. Derek Marshall said:

    HI there my friend,

    I LOVED reading, you are obviously an expert and rather experienced in what you are doing.

    The Amazon secret tips I found awesome, I had no idea I was leaking cash for many of the products I am promoting.

    I will be defo tuning in to this site more often.

    March 13, 2016
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      I’m looking forward to hearing more from you too, Derek. Here’s another secret tip about Amazon….if you use the plugin Genius Link you can sell to anyone in almost any country. Sweet!

      March 13, 2016
  6. Can't Cache Me said:

    Great post! I recently heard about affiliate marketing myself and although I have read various other articles about it, I thought that you did a great job of highlighting points that I had not heard or considered before. It’s been a good push for me to keep heading towards affiliate marketing. I thought your post was so good I shared it with my brother who has also taken an interest in affiliate marketing, but is a bit more skeptical about it. I think that your views and opinions will be a big help for him.
    Out of curiosity, how long have you been doing affiliate marketing? Do you have any other tips for someone who is just getting started?

    March 13, 2016
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Thanks for this question. I have been working in affiliate marketing for a little over two years and that time has flown by. I still have a lot to learn but I have some awesome mentors and a great resource of training at WA. You can check my profile at WA, it is one of my favorite places to be.

      My best tips are 1. choose a niche that is in demand

      2. makes sure the niche has related products that are worth promoting

      3. join Wealthy Affiliate to learn how to do it the right way.

      Tell your brother it takes time to set up recurring income streams, so if he can’t commit to a long haul, its not going to work. The reality is, no business makes money over night. Even if you have a shop on a busy street, you don’t expect to breakeven for the first 2 years at least. Online marketing is better because you dont have the big capital outlay of a regular business.

      March 13, 2016
  7. Kristof said:

    Great article. I agree with you that the affiliate programs are great for making money online. There’s no need to keep the merchandise, no need to do any inventory, etc. It is the easiest way to start your own online business.

    You have reviewed a few affiliate programs, but I can see that your favorite is the Wealthy Affiliate. I’m glad to see it, because I’m also a member of WA. It’s a great program.

    May 10, 2016
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hi Kristof, I will see you inside then. Please make sure to connect at Wealthy Affiliate.

      May 10, 2016
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Thanks for checking my other posts. I definitely recommend WA …because it is a combination of quality training, hosting and support and a community that is unrivalled. Cheers.

      May 25, 2016
  8. Owain said:

    Thank you so much for an interesting read, I had no idea that cookies had a life span. I was then shocked to see that Amazon has a 24 hour lifespan. Thank you for putting up a link on how to extend this. I will have to look into this. Thank you once again.

    August 10, 2016
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      You are welcome Owain.

      With Amazon, it is such a lively platform with so many opportunities to make a sale, the short cookie life is not such a big deal. It is more important to have content that really helps the buyer make their final decision while on your link. J

      August 11, 2016

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