I’ve heard numerous success stories relating to affiliate marketing, although it wasn’t until this time last year I saw concrete proof that there is money to be made. Credit for this goes to Andrew Clarke, Technical Director over at Smarter Housing (and to be honest, the rest of the Smarter Group!) who was pulling in around £1,000 per month from a Nintendo Wii blog. The majority of income came from eBay, who pay good money for quality leads.
For the past 12 months I have been getting to grips with affiliate marketing, signing up for as many affiliate sites as possible. Some companies, such as eBay and Amason, have their own affiliate schemes but the ‘norm’ is that a third party company will manage individul affiliate marketeers. For instance, the buy.at affiliate network grants access to 100s of leading brands from the AA to Zurich.
In the past three months or so I have discovered what does and doesn’t work when it comes to affliate marketing so some sort of guide is in order. The screenshot below is from one of my affiliate websites for the month of August 2009…
This income is derived entirely from one source. Without too much effort it would be faily easy to double the income from this particular affiliate site. My intention is to achieve similar income levels across ten separate sources – covering home broadband, mobile telecommunications, (home, buy to let and travel) insurance and bank accounts amongst others.