A few days ago Jeremy Blanton, a friend and regular contributor to Social Media Edge, was telling me about a new way he had discovered to put a little more change on the table without too much effort. Interestingly enough I have had the same conversation with a few others I consider “inside the industry” when it comes to online and social marketing. These ideas ranged from creating accounts as ad resellers, marketing Amazon products, reselling web hosting, and many other ways I know from experience can put a few hundred dollars in your pocket every year even if you don’t push them to hard.
While he was visiting my office I showed Jeremy my Google AdSense account for one of my account names and it averages about $50 per month without me ever touching it. The account I showed him goes back to 2008 and I literally sat it up on a semi-popular site and never touched it again. What if I did touch it again? What if I did decide to really work my Amazon account and up the numbers from a few dozen dollars per year to a few dozen dollars per hour?
The companies I have associate accounts with include Amazon, HostMonster, Commission Junction, Google AdSense, and Cafe Press. I have others but these regularly result in enough to buy my gas, a few meals and pay some hosting fees. What is missing is that I am not really pushing any of these. Occasionally I log in and check to see what my balances are or I notice a small deposit of $150 or so into my bank account. So am I inspired enough to actually put my skills to work, trim back a few clients – mostly the ones who hire someone else to set up their WordPress account then come to me bitching about how much it cost and that they don’t get any support after the fact – and see how well I can do? Research … show me the numbers!
The first article I found is from a trusted connection, Darren Rowse, written nearly 5 years before today – http://www.problogger.net/archives/2007/02/08/how-i-make-money-from-blogs-my-top-earners/ and Darren revised his blog about 6 months later here. Darren’s income at the time? “Well over six figures per year.” That’s doable, eh?
The second link was to an equally aged “List of Highest AdSense Earners” posted on 12-1-08. With five entries at the time earning over $100,000 per month I needed to know more because now we’re getting into the price range of replacing what I had been able to earn in the mid 2000’s. Now we’re talking a serious income.
Let me insert here that almost every penny I have earned since 1995 has been a result of online marketing. Where I did the best I was generating leads for others and profiting from there efforts to the tune of more than seven figures and never a year from 2001 through 2008 less than high six figures. From 2009 through 2011 it has been a different story and with 20012 here now is time to explore the need for changes. What I like about these methods is you do what you enjoy (although it’s still work) and benefit from the efforts of others.
One of the tools I see most often referred to is LinkShare and you can find more about them with a free membership. “Enjoy the benefits of partnering with 400 top online merchants.”
Take a few minutes and listen to Chris Guthrie as he tells his story and how he does quite well online. Keep in mind, too, that this is a moving target and to consistently hit it means being able to quickly adjust and move to new techniques quickly! How I Built A Six Figure Online Business
How To Make Money With Affiliate Programs Online
Let’s turn again to Darren Rowse who we know to be successful with his online ventures How To Make Money With Affiliate Programs Online. While this article was written back in late 2009 it seems to be still highly relevant. Hopefully it can help you get started or become more successful. I know I’ll be paying attention as I shoot for six figures and then some in 2012!
Let’s wrap it up with a quick guide on affiliate marketing. It’s not definitive and does not provide a list of links to ways to make a bajillion dollars overnight but it does define some terms and give a little detail on what to expect.
So, how does your affiliate marketing garden grow? What are you doing that others can do?
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