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Welcome to Day 1 of the ’30 Days To Affiliate Income’ Challenge!

Now, as cliche as it may be, it’s important to start off right.  Today, we’re going to get into exactly what affiliate marketing is, what it isn’t, and what you can expect.

If you’re already an affiliate, you can safely skip this training :0) Don’t worry though…  We’re going to be diving into the actionable how-to stuff tomorrow, including the first product you should be promoting!

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

When it comes to making money online, there are two different ways you can go about it. You can either:

  1. Sell somebody else’s products or services
  2. Sell your own products and services

Affiliate marketing is best described as: Selling Other People’s Stuff.

Being an affiliate, or selling somebody else’s products, is a lot easier to get started with overall.  When you promote another product or another company, they do all the hard work.  They write the sales copy.  They maintain their product.  They do customer service and merchant processing…

And you, as an affiliate, get a check in the mail!

For you, it’s pretty hands off.  You promote a product online and get paid!

How To Promote Affiliate Products

There are tons of ways to promote affiliate products, some more difficult than others.  In this 30-Day Challenge, we’re going to be talking about 3 of them:

  • Websites that cater specifically to a niche, like ‘how to get better grades.’
  • Facebook Pages that cater to one particular segment of people, like ‘parents who have kids ages 8-12.
  • Email marketing campaigns and list building techniques that work in any niche.

Needless to say, we’ve got our work cut out for us!  That’s a lot to cover in 30 days…

Each of those 3 affiliate marketing strategies incorporates some different skill sets, with the easiest being ‘content-based marketing’ or websites and articles.  That’s what we’re going to start off with.

The other advantage is that content marketing is free!  You don’t need any ad budgets or anything to get started (and you really don’t even need a website!)

Why Do Companies Pay Affiliates?

The simple explanation is that people and companies pay millions of dollars every day to folks like you and people like me to help them sell their stuff.  These companies are smart.  They know that the Internet is a big place and it’s way easier to pay you to market for them than it is to market themselves.

Plus, they know that your personal recommendation about their products means a lot in the eyes of the public.

Think of it this way.

You recommend a good restaurant to a friend.  Your friend dines at that restaurant spending $50 on him and his family there.  The restaurant, if they participated in an affiliate marketing campaign would send you a percentage, say 20%.

So that would be $10 in your pocket.

The same thing happens online, only it’s all tracked through affiliate networks!  You send a friend (AKA lead) to a company.  Your lead buys.  You get paid!

Here are a couple typical affiliate marketing scenarios that you’ll see time and time again online:

  • You recommend a TV on Amazon.com, using a special link. If somebody actually clicks that link and buys the TV you get paid.
  • You can recommend an e-book for sale on Clickbank.com, and if someone buys it, you get paid.
  • You recommend the audiobook service, Audible.com, to a friend on Facebook.  Your friend signs up for their trial program and you make $25.

Best yet, you don’t need to worry about any of the tracking!  Affiliate networks take care of all that for you, and you just collect a check!

Some Examples Of Affiliate Sites

Here are some examples of sites that make their money selling affiliate products.  Each one is a little different but you’ll get the idea :0)  We’ll be showing you how to create these puppies throughout the rest of the series.

Review Sites:

Review sites are awesome.  We’ve made a lot of money on them.  There’s one problem with them though.  Google doesn’t typically like review sites that ONLY have reviews.  You need to mix in some content.

If you search Google for ‘best 3d TVs’, this is one of the top listings right now (and the dominate the search engines for tons of different categories).  This review site, TopTenReviews.com is absolutely huge…

Content Sites And Articles:

The next example is a content site.  If you search Google for ‘how to get your ex back,’ you’ll find this site, UncommonHelp.com.  What you’ll find in clicking through is a long article, promoting a product on getting your ex back!

Advertorials:

The third kind of site that kills it is ‘advertorials.’  You’ve seen these before in magazines and newspapers, but they work tremendously well in promoting affiliate products.  Normally, you have to drive paid traffic to them and they can be used for the wrong reasons, but they still work.  (

NOTE: When using advertorials, steer clear from fake claims and make it absolutely obvious that the prospect is reading and advertisement by noting it at the top of the page…

This site, HealthHeadlines has been around in a lot of different forms for at least 2 years now.  The owners drive a tremendous amount of traffic to it.

Up Next…

Up next, we’re going to talk about affiliate networks, including the Big 3 that everyone gets started with.  I’m also going to cut through a LOT of the pain of looking for something to promote by just showing you what works!  We’ll be using that as a basis for the rest of this training!

The rest of the schedule will look like this:

  • Days 3-14 – Setting up affiliate money making sites
  • Days 15-21 – Setting up niche-oriented Facebook Pages
  • Days 22-30 – Email marketing and list building strategies

By the end of Day 30, you’ll be a certified super-affiliate.  Stick with me.  Do what I tell you to do.  You’ll be there in no time!

Thoughts?

In the comment box below, tell me what you’re most interested in learning: Niche Sites, Facebook or Email Marketing and why!  

Keep in mind, this training is being created for you daily, live…  So if you have a question about affiliate marketing that I can answer in a later module, I’d be happy to do so.

Just let me know!

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36 Responses to Day 1: 30 Days To Affiliate Income

  1. Cheryl Ridgway says:

    How much is this going to cost?

  2. yossi says:

    i cant wait to the next article !!! thank you very much

  3. Jennifer says:

    This is wonderful training… Thank you!

  4. Fred says:

    I know all 3 are important but Facebook always fascinated me because of dealing with the social media locally and globally.

    • Jason Drohn says:

      Hi Fred! You’re right, Facebook is awesome for both local and global. My favorite thing is you can target such specific groups of people :0)

  5. Samson Kotey says:

    I like your explanation of Affiliate Income and will like to learn more. Thanks.

    Samson

    • Jason Drohn says:

      Thanks Samson! That’s how it’s always made sense to me, and after trying to explain it a million times, it’s seemed to resonate..

  6. Steve says:

    Email Marketing and why! Seems to be the least restrictive of the 3 options from above.

    • Jason Drohn says:

      Email marketing is awesome because of the simplicity of ‘sending an email.’ The hard part comes from getting leads, which at least involves a website (which is why it’s first). Right now, Facebook is a great place to get traffic and leads, which is why that’s second. Then email marketing :0)

  7. Walt says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for creating this 30-day challenge.

    Will the Facebook pages be fan pages?

    Take Care,
    Walt

    • Jason Drohn says:

      My pleasure Walt! Yep, Facebook Pages will be fan pages. I’ll give you some posting strategies and traffic strategies that you can use..

      — Jason

  8. Reuben says:

    Love it! I made my first affiliate sale ever by following your advice from some of your articles.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Reuben

  9. Gary says:

    I’m a grandpa and have been resisting getting involved with Facebook after seeing how much time some people spend/waste on Facebook accumulating “friends.” However, I now have seen the light regarding marketing with Facebook and I’m ready to learn how to do it. Thanks for this free course.

    Gary

    • Jason Drohn says:

      My pleasure Gary! Yep, I agree with you on the spend/waste of time on Facebook. Honestly, I spend about 10 minutes on non-business activities, if that. Most of the time I spend on there is in testing/playing/tweaking/etc. :0)

  10. Debi says:

    Hi Jason, I can’t believe I’m following along AND understanding every bit!
    I can’t wait to open your emails for the next lesson. All free, you
    have broken the mold of people who won’t help, or send out stuff for me to buy that’s the same!!
    Kiddos to you Jason!
    Debi

    • Jason Drohn says:

      Hi Debi! Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s truly my pleasure. After being caught up in that space for so long, I can’t tell you how good it feels to publish this training, knowing that it’s helping shed some light on the affiliate marketing space, and enabling folks to finally make some money online…

  11. Geir says:

    Both domains purchased a month ago, but so far “passive”. Hope they can be good when the work progresses.

  12. linda says:

    would like to know to get people to go to your site do i need to pay for traffice

    • Jason Drohn says:

      Hi Linda! Nope, this tutorial will show you how to get free traffic to your website through the search engines. It takes a little bit longer, but all the traffic you get is free.

      You can of course go the paid traffic route if you like which’ll give you instant traffic, but can be expensive if you don’t know what you’re doing…

  13. Renata says:

    Hi Jason

    I am starting to read your emails a bit late but I will catch up. I want to add that this is a real service and I truly thank you for the information.

    • Jason Drohn says:

      It’s my pleasure Renata! Make sure to keep commenting and if there’s something I can make more clear, I’ll try my best!

      J

  14. Jocelyn says:

    Thank you so much for this free training course. I still can’t believe it’s really for free! To be totally honest with you, I signed up for this course a few weeks ago and forgot all about it. It’s a good thing i checked my inbox a couple of days ago and look what I found. I found a gold mine sitting idly undiscovered within my inbox! Again thank you so much.

    • Jason Drohn says:

      My pleasure Jocelyn! Thank you for commenting so much :0) I really appreciate it!

      Anything you need, just let me know. If the tutorials aren’t clear or I mess something up, I’m all ears :0)

      — Jason

  15. Wilmoth says:

    Thank you so much Jason for caring about someone besides yourself…I have been trying for 3 yrs to learn to do this and have not made 1 red cent!
    I am a Great Grandmother, widowed and want so much to make enough money to help my family and anyone else I could with a nice income.
    My friends and family don’t understand…in fact I’m not sure they don’t think I’m crazy! Anyway I do believe the money can be made if I can get it all together and you have just given me a wonderful gift by doing this free training…I too am getting started a little late, but will catch up.
    Thanks again and God Bless You
    Wilmoth Forsyth

    • Jason Drohn says:

      Hi Wilmoth! Thank you so much for your kind words and I KNOW you can do it!

      Some of the lessons might be a little more detailed and a little more intensive than others, but my goal is to give you ALL of the information and training you need to make money online.

      Take your time. Do a little bit every day. You’ll be well on your way in no time!

      — jason

  16. Greg says:

    Niche oriented Facebook pages are something I would like to learn more about. I have never had a Facebook page of any kind.

  17. Tom says:

    I’m getting in late here, but the content is great so far – thank you! I have been busy with my business, but I want to branch out into a different direction from selling services to possibly sell eBooks or get into affiliate marketing. I started looking into E-Junkie and Optimize Press to possibly use and put something together for an eBook that I’ve been working on – but I think I am going to hold off on going at it on my own without any real direction until I’ve checked out your content here since this is obviously going to bring tremendous value. Thank you again – I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

    • Jason Drohn says:

      Hi Tom! Thanks so much for the kind words!

      We’ve got about 7 lessons to go in the Affiliate Marketing training, and then we’re getting into ebook writing and development (plus video courses, membership sites, etc). Hold off just a little bit longer and you’ll have some guidance there as well!

      J

      • Tom says:

        Just a quick follow-up. I decided to go through the Affiliate Marketing 101 training in its entirety first, then go back through each e-mail from the individual days of the challenge to let it all “sink in” well.

        I do have a question. I read recently that Facebook is planning to limit pages to 1-2% of “organic” views for page posts, so the majority of people who like a particular Facebook page won’t see the post unless the page admin(s) fork over the $$$ to boost posts. How would you work that in if you were just getting started? It seems like an uphill battle to 1) get likes on the pages, then 2) have to deal with Facebook’s limitation that is being imposed to force admins to fork over $$$ to boost posts. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

        By the way, the Affiliate Marketing 101 training was awesome! It really got my wheels spinning, and that’s how I like to learn. I also shared it with a friend of mine, and she told me that she signed up for it yesterday and is just awaiting her password info. :)

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