The Affiliate Marketer Blues


This is going to be a major rant so get ready.

I remember a long time ago when I was just a wee little thing, well not so little, I dreamed someday I would be a successful marketer on the internet.

Yes I visualized how I was going to make alot of money, make my own hours, fire my boss, yada…yada. HA! what a laugh, what was I thinking. Yes it was a whole lot of stinkin’ thinkin’

I wanted to do this craziness as a affiliate marketer. My dream did not include what I was going to sell or how I was going to sell it. I had no clue how much money I needed to invest or even how the internet worked. I thought the internet was a magical land where all your dreams came true.

When I first started to realize my dream I started to use traffic exchanges. (I still use them). Yes you are reading the frustrated words of a closet traffic exchange clicker. I clicked for hours at a time and guess what! I did not get anywhere. Oh I made money… much is another post.

I started thinking, there is more to this affiliate marketing then meets the eye. Actually, I was not thinking about affiliate marketing at that time, I just wanted to make money. I certainly was not making any moolah clicking all day.

How am I going to make money, I said to myself. I certainly was getting a very sore shoulder from using traffic exchanges.

In fact I really cannot remember what I did next.

What I do remember is that I started looking into affiliate marketing. I was very suspicious of all the ads I did see in my traffic exchanges. I thought most of them where downright scams. No money-making schemes for me.

I was still to naive to realize that you needed lots of traffic to be successful.

Another thing I remember was a pro saying “its not the system its the person working the system”

I found a program that I liked and decided to sign up. It was called SFI, its a very popular program worldwide. It was free to sign up. In my inexperience I thought it was completely free.

Then I found another program that was run by a very buff gentleman who had very good intentions. He just charged a little to much a month to stay a member.

These programs were good for some marketers but not for me. I was to inexperienced and to naive to even see the value in these programs.

I hung around the internet as a marketer for a while trying out different things and I started getting jaded about the whole business. I was hooked on it but I still did not find what I was looking for.

There was one site that I found that I absolutely loved and it was all free, its called

This was the beginning of a new way of looking at things for me.

Make Money Blogging: How to Use Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s or companies products.

You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.

Let’s start by breaking down how it works. When you sign up to become part of an affiliate marketing program you’re given a unique url you can use anytime you promote the company’s product, then you write an amazing blog post about the product and include a link in the blog to invite your readers to check it out.

Keep in mind your readers trust you so make sure you’re only promoting products that you believe in and actually use yourself. Be transparent and let your readers know that you may earn a small commission if they buy through you and if they choose not to use your link that’s okay too.

People will appreciate your honesty and want to support you. It’s also a good idea to put up an affiliate disclaimer page on your site to.

So you have written a blog post that has an affiliate link in the article and the person reading the article has clicked on that link.

A cookie will be placed on the product owners computer. The cookie will ensure that the blog reader will be credited with the sale if he chooses to buy the product.
Even if the referral sale occurs days or week later.

This is awesome because not everyone will buy right away if they leave the site and come back a few days later you’ll still earn the commission.

That’s right when a buyer completes the sale the merchant checks the sales record for a cookie identifying the source of the referral and if they see a cookie with your affiliate id then you’re credited for the sale.

How much and when you get paid is determined when you set your agreement with the company or person that you’re promoting the product for.

So how do you choose which products to promote, I suggest starting with something that you have used and would feel good about recommending to your readers. Select a high quality product or service from a company with a good return policy and great customer service.

You’d hate for your reader to buy the product or service and then have a terrible experience with the company this would reflect poorly on you and maybe cause your reader to lose faith in your future recommendations.

Once you know what products you want to promote you need to see if that company has an affiliate program and get signed up you can use google or reach out to that company directly these are just a few ideas to get you started with affiliate marketing.

Make Money Blogging: How to Use Affiliate Marketing