It’s been about a week since I posted the first article in this series, “Novice Affiliate – Part 01“. How have I done since then? Have I made any money?
I ran four “campaigns” this week; each ad campaign cost me $10.00.
And how much did I earn for my efforts and expense? Zip. Nada. Goose eggs. ZERO!
Oh poop! I guess there is more work to making this affiliate marketing work than I realized. Let’s review exactly what I did, and see if we can spot where I went astray.
For my first three campaigns, I chose to market a ClickBank product called, “Venus Factor”, which is a weight loss program for women. I built three affiliate links for this product, one for AdFly, one for LinkBucks, and one for Yarpp, (which is the only pure ad network I’ve been accepted for so far). If each of these links appear the same, that is good; the only difference between the three was a tracking id I stuck on the end, so I could track which campaign sold the most product. (They all struck out, but that’s a different story!)
I invested $10.00 in each campaign, and selected the option for the cheapest amount of traffic possible, (“worldwide”, versus targeted to a specific country, such as the United States).
These campaigns ran quickly, generating lots of views, but no sales. Phooey!
Hmmm ….. In one of the videos I recommended last week, Vick warns you that if you don’t do it right, you can “lose your shirt” buying traffic. I can certainly see his point! As it turns out, I still had $10.00 left in LinkBucks, (their minimum funding amount is $20.00), so I could try one more campaign. I opted this time for a different product, “Living on a Dime“, a different ad type, (a “pop under” ad rather than the usual AdFly/LinkBucks “interrupting” ad), and targeted the United States only for my campaign. I thought this campaign might work better because, instead of immediately offerering something for sale, you were presented with a home page full of information.
This campaign ran much slower than the other three, over the span of days rather than hours, but the end result was the same: no sales!
Here are my thoughts on these results:
1. Just like you have to learn to crawl before you can run, it’s probably best not to purchase traffic right away, until you learn what marketing methods will produce sales for you. Also, in his video Greg Davis does warn you that your first few campaigns will probably lose money until you learn how to do them correctly, so prepare for that!
Don’t overlook the fact that you can make a little money, (a very, very, teeny-weeny little!), by using AdFly and LinkBucks to redirect your links. You’ll have to decide if irritating your readers is worth the billionth of a penny you receive. And if you want to sign up for AdFly or LinkBucks, please consider doing so through these links, because that will give me a tiny commission.
3. ClickBank products may not be the easiest things for beginning affiliates to market. Besides the referrals for AdFly and Linkbucks above, you should consider marketing things like your webpage host, and other products.
I’ve already mentioned “Living on a Dime“. They have an affiliate program of their own, which includes tracking clicks and sales. (As best I can figure out ClickBank tracks sales, but not clicks.)
4. You can never get too much training, particularly when it is FREE on YouTube! As I said in Part 01, I would probably pass on ClickBank University, but YouTube is a GREAT resource for aspiring affiliate marketers. For example, here is another good training video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztfYtSu1FDg .
The author of this video, Jason Orban, has a channel dedicated to training newbie affiliates like me. Of course, you would also want to check out his website, http://jaysonlinereviews.com/ . (And if you’re serious about this, download his free training materials here: http://jaysonlinereviews.com/freetrainingcoursegift/ .)
All of which brings me to my final point …….
5. Getting up and running as a successful affiliate marketer takes TIME AND EFFORT! Since I have a full-time job and two young kids, my time is at a premium. (I haven’t even downloaded Jason’s free training materials yet!!) Because of this, it is difficult for me to squeeze out a few minutes here and there to work on my online business. Even typing in this webpage was a compromise between competing demands. I started working on it at 5:00 am this morning, while watching the infant and older kid while my wife tried to get some sleep. Due to various interruptions it is past 7:00 am by the time I am finishing it.
Okay, enough of that! I don’t want to bore you with my daily life struggles, (if you’re really curious, you can read about that here: http://www.arph001.com/day-in-a-life/ ), but rather point out that if you think you can be a successful affiliate with just a few minutes of effort per day, you’re probably deluded. Once again, this takes TIME AND EFFORT!
Until next time, happy selling!