Yes it’s true.     content marketing dollar

Affiliate marketing is a reliable way for content marketers to make extra income online.

And it might surprise you to know that most super affiliates have poor blogging sense?

In other words, the people who succeed in the affiliate business might miss it in blogging.

But there is a reason why it’s happening and in this post, I want to highlight the seven major reasons.

If you’re a blogger, I’m sure you’d want to increase your income, build a better business and join the league of the internet’s millionaires.

Well, the reasons below have their own fixes and if you can take action on each, your success is guaranteed.

The right time to start making impact with your blog, and earning affiliate income is right now. Let’s explore the reasons why you’re still stuck behind and how to pull the trigger:


1.      Flimsy wishes.

According to the Encarta Dictionary, the word “flimsy” simply means not strong: weak and too easily broken.

If your wishes are backed up by a plan and you take action on them, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving success online.

Bloggers who fail to realize their financial goals through affiliate marketing have weak plans. Or better yet, they don’t have plans at all. How pathetic?

They only wished things turned out right for them. When someone walks up to you and says, “I wish I made $2000 in commission this month!” Guess what?

That person had neglected that money will always answer to VALUE. And since he or she doesn’t have any offer that can brings value to the target audience, money can’t come. Stop making excuses. Stop wishing and start doing what it takes to actually earn the commissions.


2.      No investment into your business.

Another vital reason why most bloggers are stuck in the dungeon of “no commission” is because they’ve not mastered the art of investing wisely.

Investing is not only for Wall Street Experts. It’s not for Warren Buffet or Donald Trump. It’s for you, too.

If your ultimate goal is to make money online, by promoting other people’s product, then set a budget each month for your business. You’ve to invest in a good autoresponder service.

What about a good hosting package. If you’re like me that own multiple niche sites, then you also need to invest in good themes.

There is no free meal anywhere and I’m glad that Corbett had advocated on investment practices on several of his posts.

Can you make money as an affiliate without investing any money? Of course you can – but you should be ready to WAIT and WORK your butts off.


3.      Poor marketing practices

The era of build it and they will come is far gone. Yes, it used to work in the past. You register an exact match domain name, install wordpress and add content.

Within 72 hours, Google spider would index and start ranking your web pages – because the number of websites and blogs available at the time was limited. Today, over 160,000 new wordpress blogs are launched every day. Wow!

So, you need to work extra smart. Yes, working hard is good and could enhance your chances of making money online, but you’ve to adjust your marketing practices.

Today, you only have to concentrate on marketing strategies that truly works. If you find out that guest blogging is working for you the most, invest more funds into it and dominate that niche.

If email marketing is producing good results for you, scale it up and add more subscribers to your database, then start building relationships before recommending any product or offer.

Even if you’ve to be everywhere, according to Pat Flynn, make sure that you’re on the right places that can bring you closer to making more money.


4.      Not willing to learn

One of the qualities of successful affiliate marketers is that they’re open to correction. They’re also willing to learn. Are you?

They spend money to buy products that can increase their knowledgebase. Most of the time, super affiliates spend huge amounts of money to attend conferences and seminars across the world.

Yes, they can afford it. But that’s not the reason why they invest so much money and time into their business.

The ultimate reason is because they are willing to learn. If you’re a blogger and you think that you’re the “tree of knowledge,” failure is already at the corner.

There are so many things you don’t know yet. Other successful people have gone ahead of you – you’ve to pay to learn from them. As you go about blogging, don’t lock your mind from learning. Don’t be arrogant.

This year, make it a duty to listen to premium podcasts. Buy hard copy books, not digital books. Discipline yourself and study them. If you ever desire the internet lifestyle where you’re in control of your life, you must be willing to learn today.


5.      Not selling through backend     how-to-sell

You’ve to sell affiliate products through backend. I want to give you a personal homework.

I want you to ask any successful affiliate marketer how they got to where they are financially.

You’ll be surprised that 95% of the responses you’ll get will be hinged on backend sales.

In 2012, I joined to promote an affiliate program where the product owner was paying out a full 100% commission.

To me, I thought this marketer was insane! How could a normal human being reward me in such a manner – he’s got bills to pay, I questioned.

The truth of the matter is that the REAL profit is on the backend. With my story, the product owner was more concerned about generating targeted leads and then building a strong relationship that could translate into BIG ticket sales.

As a blogger, don’t just promote any new hype out there. Carefully study the sales funnel so that you can make more commission when the customer decides to buy into the recurring programs.

Don’t just promote one-off programs. Look for those with backend products and plunge yourself into it.


6.      Social media addiction

I know the feeling of getting a retweet, a facebook like or someone just subscribed to your feed.

It can be motivating at times, but is that TRULY the real deal when you want to make money online?

Social media addiction can cripple your success rate online.

If you want to succeed BIG time online as an affiliate marketer, then you MUST minimize the amount of time you spend on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and even Google+.

Those are shadows. The real essence of marketing is to connect with ideal customers, and convince them in a subtle manner to buy from you one time, and repeatedly thereafter.

The question to ask is: does marketing on twitter and Pinterest bring me leads? Remove all sentimental answers and just face reality.

For me, I prefer to write epic guest posts that truly answers questions. And I like redirecting prospects to my landing page where they can learn more about me.

Embrace social media marketing, but don’t be addicted to it. Remember, you’ve a business to build and affiliate products to push to those who truly need them.


7.       Low, untargeted traffic

The final piece of puzzle that stops 87% of bloggers from earning decent affiliate income is low, untargeted traffic. Web traffic is the lifeblood of every successful website.

No matter what niche you’ve chosen or your passion – without the right people visiting and taking interest in what you’ve to offer, you’ll make a whopping $0.00 by month end.

One thing I’ve discovered is that you CAN make more sales sending affiliate offers to few, but targeted traffic, than thousands of generic visitors.

I’ve a micro niche site in the health niche that receives less than 50 visitors a day, from search engines, but I still earn $400 – $700 monthly.

There is no magic bullet to it. Aim for targeted traffic; the ideal customers who are desperately looking for the product you’re promoting.

That’s why I love search engine traffic. It’s the best form of targeted traffic ever. With less than 1000 visitors per month, you can still smile to the bank if the traffic is targeted.


Are you an affiliate marketer?

When I looked around, I found out that most people started blogging, with the intention of adding affiliate banners to their sidebar. And after that, they do nothing other than add new content regularly and expect miracles to happen.

This is only but a pipe dream. And it’s not content marketing

That’s not how Super Affiliates are made. In fact, six-figure affiliate earners don’t give a damn about blogging per se, but more on generating the right kind of leads and making sales.

Use the fixes in this post to boost your affiliate income today.

Do you find it easy to difficult to earn decent affiliate income, despite all your hard work? Drop me a clear comment below – I’ll address it.


Bennie Fox · June 12, 2013 at 4:53 am

Unless you’ve magically found some massively under-exploited niche, you absolutely must be prepared to work damn hard and wait for results. The money isn’t just going to start rolling in because you have a live website with an affiliate link. I remember the day after I’ve put my first affiliate site live, logging into the PokerStars affiliate site and being surprised to see no commission!

Manikandan J · June 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I have a plan to start affiliate marketing.Now I have got ideas and tips before going to start affiliate marketing from your blog. Thanks for the nice tips.

Mark Jordan · June 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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Marco Blohem · May 30, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I’m starting in affiliate marketing right now and this is really interesting. Now I know the logic behind 100% comissions.

ipankint · May 30, 2013 at 4:38 am

That’s really make sense..
much people only thinks about fast earning..
They don’t plan their action. Just do and keep hope for a miracle..

Marie J. Nicholson · May 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Once that is done, you are ready to get your affiliate links and website set up so that you can market the most effectively. Determine the amount of money that you want to make, and set up an outline of how you are going to make it. There are so many ways that you can get a website out there to be seen, and you will want to make the best decisions. So, finding out the best ways for you to do this is that is cost effective is a good start.

Chandra · May 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Thanks for the tips, Michael, it’s awesome… 🙂
I try to make some target of traffic for each month, but unfortunately i don’t know how to achieve it… 🙁
Any tips maybe?


    content marketing up · May 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Use guest blogging to drive targeted traffic to your website.

Wayne · May 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Awesome! I was wondering how to improve my business. Then, I finally visit this blog, I found something interesting and help me to understand my way you improve my business.

Joel · May 27, 2013 at 1:55 am

.This is extremely helpful article because all of us are waiting our amount of time in poor marketing, however I realize what type of mistakes I’ve done. So, thank you for discussing.

    content marketing up · May 27, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Thank you Joel – poor marketing is a dangerous thing. You must avoid it.

himanshu · May 26, 2013 at 7:42 am

Hi michael i am not getting the traffic to my site then how i can i think of affiliate marketing. Need some tips to increase traffic could you please help i read your all traffic targeted posts and trie best of my hard work but still have nothing in my hands and got weak, Could you please tell me and give some tips to target traffic to my ste.

safayet · May 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Thank you for a great article about affiliate marketing for blogger.its really a awesome article.i think it will be so helpful for me and my work field.thank you again.

Mark · May 25, 2013 at 1:04 am

yes sir your are right… I appreciates your amazing knowledge about… Marketing thanks a lot for sharing your precious knowledge with us .. and I request you please make Video tutorials about SEO .. and how to get first page of Google and of other Search engines .. this will really become very helpful for us

Thank You

    content marketing up · May 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Sure Mark, I’ll definitely make video tutorials to help you and my loyal fans.

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SHIV · May 24, 2013 at 6:14 am

Hey I don’t know how to start affiliate marketing. Please post some initial stage tips. I am not aware of these things I am now in blogging Area. Thanks!!!

    content marketing up · May 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Keep reading this blog and you’ll definitely learn some cool affiliate marketing tips, especially for beginners.

Johnnie X. Kennedy · May 23, 2013 at 9:55 am

Mobile affiliate marketing, you’ve probably know it’s hot and you may want to give it a try?

Ricksjan · May 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

This is a great post! I like this topic. This site has lots of advantage because of the information on Affiliate marketing that other sites don’t have! I found many interesting things from this site. It helps me in many ways especially now that I’m about getting started as an affiliate marketer.

    content marketing up · May 22, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Sure, you’re welcome on board and I wish you the very best in this new journey of success. God bless you.

Rithesh · May 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Good article with nice tips. btw, how did you reach to the 87% figure? Is is based on some studies?

    content marketing up · May 22, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I got to the 87% based on survey I conducted on my email list. I used the total number on my list to gauge this, and their responses proved confirmed it. Thank you for stopping by.

Estella Barry · May 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

When you look at ways to make money online you will predominately run into the business opportunity business model. Affiliate marketing is not a “done for you opportunity” it is a method of earning that you can turn into a real and sustainable business. There are several successful affiliate marketing coaches who have created tutorials on how to build a profitable affiliate marketing Internet business. These membership websites are complete and geared with the affiliate markeing beginner in mind and the best programs don’t cost much either. They will simply show you how to build a successful affiliate marketing business from scatch. It teached the exact business model I’ve used myself for the last 5 years. I’ve built a consistent recurring full time income online over the past few years and I recommend this business model as the best way to make money from home.

    content marketing up · May 22, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Yes, I agree that membership websites can teach so many things about affiliate marketing. Good recommendations for my readers. Thank you Barry.

Chlorinated Paraffin · May 21, 2013 at 11:19 am

This is very useful article because we all are waiting our time in poor marketing, but now I understand what kind of mistakes I have done. So, thanks for sharing.

    content marketing up · May 22, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Poor marketing can be fixed when you have a proper plan in place and be consistent.

Watson Ricky · May 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

Thanks for the info about affiliate network. Its such a great info.

    content marketing up · May 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I’m glad you found the post helpful. Let me know how you implement the tips.

Wayne · May 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

I was wondering how to improve my business. Then I finally visit this blog, i found something interesting and helps me to understand my way to improve my affiliate marketing business. Great content you’ve written Michael. Keep ’em coming.

    content marketing up · May 21, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Good to have you read and comment on my post. You’re the reason why I’m a content marketer. Thanks for all your support.

Jane Stevens · May 21, 2013 at 3:47 am

Affiliate marketing is very important to all of us to increase our blog traffic. This post is giving us some important suggestion to getting successful to a blog.

    content marketing up · May 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Thank you Stevens for reading this post. I’m truly grateful.

Martin · May 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm

This was a heck of a lot more like a course you just offered here rather than a post! thanks. Some of those things I’ve done but it looks like I still got some work ahead on SEO! Great share

Much appreciation

    content marketing up · May 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    So glad you gained so much from my post. Thanks a bunch!

mansi [email protected] Recruitment Agencies · May 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

Hello Dear

its very nice post and great to share with me really and affiliate marketing is great way of sale really but use only correct way that is most important, so thanks for sharing me

    content marketing up · May 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    You’re more than welcome Kaul, and your comment made my day. God bless you richly.

Sheikh Rakibul Islam · May 20, 2013 at 6:20 am

I really appreciate this detailed information on affiliate marketing. I think you’ve a great understanding of how anyone can profit promoting other people’s product in order to earn commission. Keep the flag flying Michael.

    content marketing up · May 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    You’ve been of great support Rakibul. Thanks a million.

Christina · May 20, 2013 at 4:06 am

Hi Michael,
I was just looking get up in Affiliate Marketing for my blog but due to these 7 Reasons. I seriously came to know why it doesn’t make money.

    content marketing up · May 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    If you can learn and apply these tips to your affiliate marketing business, you’ll significantly boost your income. But you must be patient.

Hendri · May 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

thax for sharing. To be honest I had what you said, do not get any kind of affiliate marketing. But I like blogging as a hobby and it’s all the matters. 🙂

Daniel Adetunji · May 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

This is awesome bro! I really liked the no 6 and 7th point; it’s very important that we provide quality information through our guest contents–that’s our real estate.

Thanks for sharing


Syed Qasim · May 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Few days ago i started my own affiliate website too. After reading you guidelines. I think i should change my work standards. Thanks 🙂

Varun · May 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

Thanks for very nice information and i am very happy to see the readers who wants to make money online through affiliate marketing. Thank you Michael

    content marketing up · May 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I appreciate your support and implore you to continue. God bless you.

Sofiya · May 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

Well, Michael it’s not a funnel anymore. It’s a more circular process now and, yes, inbound marketing can play a role at each of these six new stages.

Nam · May 18, 2013 at 4:35 am

Thanks for your interesting sharings!
I am a new blogger and also new in affiliate marketing, I will read it again and again and keep in mind the things you post here.

Bruce · May 17, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Hey Michael !
When somebody do not have money and time to spend on his blog then definitely he would not get even a penny, This is a true post, mentioning all the mistakes which mostly bloggers use to do. I have found a mistake which I also use to do and that is “Not selling through backend “. But now I have to avoid it and should work properly.

    content marketing up · May 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Glad you benefited from the post. Go make some cool cash Bruce!

Orjiakor · May 17, 2013 at 10:41 am

Thanks for this informative post.

Kamlesh · May 17, 2013 at 8:01 am

You’ve some nice information right here on affiliate marketing. I just hope that your readers would find it helpful and actually implement the tips in order to grow their income.

Mohammad Nishat · May 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

that’s great .. I have been surfing online greater than 3 hours these days, but I never found any fascinating article like yours. It’s beautiful value sufficient for me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made just right content as you probably did, the net will be much more helpful than ever before.

    content marketing up · May 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Yes, we need to constantly produce helpful content. I’m really glad I could help you get better.

Siegfried · May 16, 2013 at 10:12 am

Excellent points, I need to read them again and again
thanks for sharing

    content marketing up · May 16, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Go ahead and reread it. That’s the only way to digest the tips.

Olatunji Femi · May 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Hello Michael,

I absolutely resonate with If your wishes are backed up by a plan and you take action on them, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving success online.

The truth is that most affiliate blogger don’t back there plans up with actions. Doing this is just like planning to fail, because failure doesn’t require effort but when efforts are been invested INTO ANYTHING then success is bound to be attained.

    content marketing up · May 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I’m glad you picked up gems from the post Femi. Thanks for reading.

Evan · May 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Thank you for the informative post about affiliate network , I will just add more thing just about choose of traffic coming, I have one account in Amazon in British and really is difficult to make sure that you will make money with this account in UK I think is more difficult to sell than US; Thanks again for putting all together.

    content marketing up · May 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    There are wordpress plugins you can use to redirect sales either through Amazon US or Uk. There is no need to whine. Everything is doable.

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