Category Archives: affiliate

Short stories of hobbies that become successful businesses

  • A number of years ago, I decided to start a blog and write up the projects I was already messing with for other people to learn from, with the end goal of maybe making a few bucks from advertising to fund hobby supplies. It wasn’t long until a random stranger found my blog and sent me an e-mail. “Hey, I saw you fixed a radio. I have that same radio, and money. Can we work something out?” So I took my first commercial job.

Fast-forward to today and now I own a stereo repair shop serving customers across the country, and I write a magazine column based mostly on my blog posts.

My local competition is all about to retire (not to mention most non-local competition)….things are going to get interesting in the next 3-5 years.

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Lessons from expanding a site elapsed $1000 a month in a year.

While these results aren’t very impressive compared to some people, the fact I’ve done it with only 20 articles posted and with no link building, hardly any social media or much of a clue what I’m doing might be motivation for some of you!

Results so far

2016 Earnings

I started in January, didn’t get my first click through to Amazon for two months (I had 2 clicks in March). In June I made my first sale and earned a huge $2.12, and from there the snowball really took off with earnings doubling or more every month since. Continue reading

A Two Year timeline On A Successful Website

This month is the two-year anniversary of my entry into affiliate marketing with a little WordPress blog and the Amazon Affiliate program. In the last two years, I’ve had much more success with my single website than I initially imagined I would ever manage. The last few months have seen something of a decline compared to the high points of last year, but I’m gearing up a new strategy to take over rankings in a major way. Now that my site has built up some real authority and quality backlinks, I think I am well positioned to leverage my position in order to take it to a new level.

Looking Back

Most of the action took place in 2016. The site experienced massive growth starting in April of 2016. In January of 2016, I was already very happy with the website’s results. It was earning around $1,000/mo, having grown from earning nothing in April 2015, to a few dollars here and there, to a steady stream of income. By late 2015 it was making enough money to pay my (modest) rent, and I was very happy with myself. Continue reading

Affiliate Marketing Guide: How I Made Millions & My Advice On Getting Started.

My Story

Way back in 2002 I got my start as an affiliate when I borrowed $4,000 from my mom (credit card) to run some ads on Google Adwords for an auto insurance offer on CommissionJunction that paid a whopping $3.00 per lead.

I turned that $4,000 into a little over $25,000 revenue my first month! For the next 4 years, I averaged around $25,000/mo in revenue, due in part because of payout ($3.00!) and in part because of caps (they only allowed a certain amount of leads per month). Continue reading

How I Made $204,598.67 From My Website in 2016

First of all, I won’t reveal my website.

Second, I’m not selling anything via this post. I don’t have a $159 $97 course. I’m not trying to get anyone to click any affiliate links. I just want to help provide some insights into what I’ve done.

Alright. Let’s go.

I just finished filing my taxes. I’ve officially made $204,598.67 in 2016. Of that, I had roughly $4,000 in expenses (hosting, some web development, a bit of writing, and a few hundred bucks on FB advertising to boost posts). Continue reading