Why Blogs About Blogging & Making Money Make Money

When I told a friend of mine that I had finally started this blog after reading John Chow’s October income report he first congratulated me and then made this statement via email, “I keep having trouble wrapping my head around the idea of guys like him who make tons of money off a blog whose only purpose is to tell others how to do it.”

I’m going to attempt to explain why this happens.

First of all, if you’ve ever been over to ClickBank you know the number one selling type of ebook has to do with making money online or how to get into Google’s supposed super secret back door or whatever so you can, what else, make more money online. Then there are the groups or more like cliques of Internet gurus who’s individual members come out with an ebook every week it seems like, telling you how to, you guessed it, make money online. The way they make money is by promoting each other’s books.

And I’m sure in your online trekking you’ve come across those 10,000 foot long web pages that attempt to tell you how everybody else is doing it all wrong and you absolutely must listen to them about how to…make money online.

Are you seeing a pattern here?

The trouble with these supposed secrets is that they cost a bunch of money and while some are good, some are really bad and very costly. They are filled with stuff that you could probably get from reading forums and the top bloggers on the net. So here’s your answer:

When someone Like John Chow or Jeremy Shoemaker shows up on the scene and tells you how they make a killing on the net and they give that information away for free, people are naturally going to gobble it up. Even when they tell you their failures as in Shoemoney’s 10 Worst Ideas To Make Money it’s worth listening to because it just shows they are not really superstars, they’re just trying to make a buck like the rest of us.

Secondly, there are tons of blogs that tell you how to make money, but they are nothing but affiliate spammers that haven’t made a dime themselves. All they do is refer you out of their blogs or sites to those expensive ebooks found on ClickBank. Jeremy, John, Darren Rowse, Yaro Starak, all of these guys have made money outside of their primary blogs and they write a lot about how they have done that.

I recently read an ebook found on ClickBank that was going to tell you how to make thousands from blogging. It turned out to be nothing more than a formula to set up a huge spam blog network and make money from scraped content by putting Adsense on all your spammy sites. No thanks, not interested. I’d rather learn how to make a living from someone who’s actually done it in a legit way that’s going to last longer than the next Google update.

I don’t know about you, but I want an honest representation of what people really do to make money on the web instead of getting a bunch of hype about how the next ebook someone comes out with will contain even bigger secrets.

The next time you ponder how someone like Shoemoney or John Chow are making a killing from their blogs just think of them as constantly updated free ebooks. Those spammy affiliate blogs telling you how to make money, guess what? They don’t make money!

If you must read an ebook to learn how to make money on the net, go read John Chow’s ebook on how he did it. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you’ll find a direct link to his ebook. Oh, by the way, it’s free.

Shoemoney is also coming out with an ebook that is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2008. I’m sure he will be charging for it, but there are definitely some things worth paying for so I will be reading it when it comes out.


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Complete Honesty About Cyber Monday

When you write a blog entitled Affiliate Confession it’s probably a good idea to be completely honest. That’s why I’m letting you know the hype about Cyber Monday didn’t translate into affiliate riches for one affiliate marketer, namely myself.

As reported in a previous post Adsense income on Monday was $54, but unfortunately my CJ commissions were only $19. We did sell another Vegan Meal Planner at $17.97 so at least I can add that to the total. So the total comes to $91. That’s better than my daily average for the year so far, but not what I expected. That’s the way the affiliate game goes.

However, there were 106 clicks to eBay on Monday and that’s good news because eBay auctions don’t necessarily end on the day of the click-through. Once someone goes to eBay they can bid on anything and you have 7 days for them to win an auction. You also don’t get paid your commissions from eBay until the auction winner pays for the item, so it could be several days after you receive clicks before you see any benefit.

A better overall look at affiliate selas would be to take stats from the whole Cyber Week Sunday through Saturday which I will report on sometime next week.

So, that’s the Cyber Monday report. I just keep doing what needs to be done…


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Cyber Monday Began On Sunday

My promise to post earnings for Cyber Monday probably won’t happen until tomorrow because there seems to be quite a delay with CJ updating their stats. I still don’t see any earnings posted for Monday at the time of this post, but I do have earnings posted for Sunday and they are fairly good.

Sunday’s earnings were right at $100 in Commission Junction, $35 in Adsense revenue, $13.75 at Azoogle Ads and we sold a Vegan Meal Planner from our Healthy Diet website for $17.97. So that brings the grand total for Sunday to $166. I can say that I had a pretty good Adsense day at $54 on Monday, but that’s all there are updated earnings for.

Cyber Monday Adsense earnings:

Google Adsense Earnings

The reason Cyber Monday started on Sunday is because Sunday is always one of the best shopping days online. Being that the Thanksgiving Holiday was winding down and you put your dear Aunt Mildred on a plane back to Kentucky and won’t have deal with that for another year, it was time to go shopping online.

You may not know this, but for you eBay sellers, the best day to end your eBay auctions is on Sunday evening between 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm Eastern time. The worst days to end your auctions is on a Thursday or a Saturday evening. I can attest to this in the way I see my Adsense income go up and down during the week. Sunday, Monday & Tuesday are definitely the best earnings days with Google and Wednesday & Thursday are my lowest earnings days.

Hopefully by tomorrow morning I will get a report for Monday’s earnings from CJ and I’ll report that here.


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Being An Affiliate Requires Action

I wrote a little about this on a previous post, but I thought I’d go into a little more depth on taking action. I’m sure many people are at different levels of being able to take action, but there is a basic level at which if you just procrastinate you simply won’t make any money. Like anyone there are things I haven’t taken action on, like hiring a writer or two through Elance for my travel site, however, the site has been up and running for about 4 years. I’m talking about the basics here.

I used to have an MLM business (I don’t recommend anyone do MLM) and people who didn’t take action were the scourge of my business. There were around 250 distributors in my downline 120 of them were personally sponsored. I should have been more selective. Out of the 250 people in this business only about 10% of them ever took any action. So that means 225 or so never attended a meeting, never talked to anyone about the business and never even bought a product. I talked to all of these people and they all wanted to be in business for themselves. It’s kind of hard to be in business if you don’t have a business.

Translate that into affiliate marketing and that means there are millions of people out in cyberspace who desire to have some kind of internet presence, but will never take the first action to get there. They won’t start a website or blog, they won’t spend any money on advertising, they won’t talk to someone who knows their way around the net and they will probably never buy a domain name, they’ll just use a free service like Blogger or Google Pages.

Many are afraid to take action because they look at hugely successful bloggers or other Internet gurus and think that it’s just too much work. Yes, it is a lot of work, but everyone has to start somewhere. I didn’t get 25 websites, about that many blogs and around 4,000 pages of content by doing it all at once. It has happened one domain name, one page and one web site at a time through consistent action.

Here are some links to help you get started:
(Some affiliate links below)

Don’t know anything about building a website or hosting or any of that stuff?
Here’s a complete beginners way to get started.

Don’t have a hosting plan yet?
I use 1and1.com for my BANS stores

Don’t have a domain name yet?
I use Godaddy.com to look up domains and if the one I want isn’t available I like their suggested names or premium names and prices. I don’t buy from Godaddy.com, I just like their domain name suggestion tool. I get domain names for $5.99 or $6.99 through 1and1.

Have hosting and maybe even a site, but want to find a fantastic affiliate opportunity?
I use Build A Niche Store and made some decent cash with the eBay affiliate program.

So now it’s up to you. You don’t have to do any of those things I suggested above, but please do something.

As soon as I finish this post I’m heading over to 1and1.com to buy 2 domain names for my next BANS eBay affiliate stores. What are you going to do?


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Why Would Anyone Be An Apple Store Affiliate?

Apple Store Affiliate ProgramThe Apple Store affiliate program is a joke. When joining affiliate programs one of the most important things to look at is how much you’re going to get paid as a percentage of a sale. So how much does Apple’s affiliate program pay? A mere 1%. And if you make $8,000 in total sales for the month they will bump it up to 1.5% and if you manage to increase your sales to $16,000 per month you get another .5% increase bringing your total take to a whopping 2% of sales. Big deal.

Come on Apple, you act as though you guys aren’t making any money! This has to be the stingiest affiliate program on the net. I know Steve Jobs salary is only $1 per year to run the whole shebang at Apple, but us affiliates out here would like a little more.

I wouldn’t be ranting and raving about this except for the fact that I got a nice form letter at CJ from the Apple affiliate manager asking me to join their program. I deleted it after reading their terms…and then I got a second personal email from said affiliate manager acting as though he was perplexed as to why I wouldn’t want to join. It’s the 1% payout dude. I’d like to get more than $4 for selling a $400 iPhone.

And you know what? You can.

If you join the eBay affiliate program, open your own Apple affiliate store and end up selling that same iPhone you will earn $6.75. But that’s not all, eBay also pays you $25 for new sign-ups and I get around 1 new sign-up for every 125 people that go to eBay through my sites. And it gets even better when you find out that the average iPhone sells for around $500 on eBay and an unlocked iPhone that you can use with any mobile carrier sells for $550 to $600.

And yes, it just keeps getting better because eBay raises their payout by 20% when you reach the $5,000 sales mark instead of Apple’s $8,000 tier.

So, let’s break this down. If you sell $5,000 worth of iPhones through the Apple Store affiliate program you will earn $50. If you sell that same $5,000 worth of iPhones by driving traffic to eBay you will earn $55.80 and I can guarantee you will have a few sign-ups at $25 each in the process. It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out the best deal here, now does it?

That brings me back to my original question. Why would anyone want to be an Apple Store affiliate?

PS – If you want to build your own eBay affiliate storeselling Apple iPhones or anything else you can find from Apple on eBay, you should check out Build A Niche Store.

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