The Harsh Realities Of Affiliate Marketing

I couldn't find a 2 by 4Just a short post today to let you know that tomorrow I’ll be starting a 6 part (maybe more) series on the harsh realities of affiliate marketing. While you can make a living online and you can even become what one would consider rich, affiliate marketing can be cold, cruel and difficult to make a buck with for those that either don’t get it or and trying too hard to become rich.

The series is mainly for newer affiliates just getting started and trying to figure out the whole game and may be a good reminder for those who have been at it awhile. If you’ve read any ebooks by gurus (most are garbage) or enrolled in courses that you purchased after reading a quarter-mile-long sales page, you may have found out that the reality of affiliate marketing is very different than the make money, get rich fantasy. There’s no doubt that this business is hard work. Some people however, just need a 2 by 4 upside the head because they just don’t get it.

My goal is to make this series that 2 by 4, with a soft cushion on the end you get hit with. Some people may be offended by something in the series because it resembles them too closely. I won’t be refering to anyone in particular in my posts, but you just may be the latest one to ask the question or leave a comment the post is addressing. Don’t worry, there’s a long line of people behind you who have asked the very same question, but sorry you had to be the most recent.

For now, here’s what the series will cover:

1. Why ranking even number 1 for some keywords is no big deal.

2. Prepare to lose money on PPC.

3. Banner ads don’t really cut it.

4. You will have a major setback.

5. Be too careful and you will fail.

6. Analysis will cause paralysis, and eventually death.

In writing this post I just thought of another topic, so now it’s a 7 part series before it’s even started.

7. Don’t count on your blog to make any money.

The post isn’t quite as short as I expected, but that’s the scoop on the upcoming series staring tomorrow. Stay tuned…

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13 Responses to “The Harsh Realities Of Affiliate Marketing”

  1. Looking forward to the series. I really don’t dabble too heavily into PPC marketing just because of the severe losses that you essentially HAVE to fall victim to in order to ever turn a consistent profit.

    It’s definitely one of the more harsh learning curves out there, something a lot of people don’t quite understand.

  2. Looking forward to it Alan.

  3. This should be an interesting series. :) Thanks Alan, I look forward to reading more.

  4. Looking forward to this myself Alan… Should be just as interesting to read comments!


  5. great. Looking forward for the series.
    It is a very interesting subject, speacially because of the potential of profit. but it is not a simple thing to dominate…

  6. This is why I love your blog- good information that even noobs can understand.

    And I hear you on the search engine rank: I rank higher on two local attractions than their own websites do, and while I get decent traffic from that, no cash flow.

  7. Because I value your word and experience, but also because I somewhat fit the profile of a newer affiliate I really look forward to this series. It’s been a while since I have come across a good blog series that is straight forward without the bullshit – and I know how much you dislike bull feces.

    @ Mark – I’m also looking forward to the comments throughout the series, should be some interesting debates going on.

  8. Elijah,

    I’m hoping to keep newer affiliates from stepping in it.

  9. Alan, why are you hoping to keep newer affiliates from stepping into affiliate marketing?

    Looking forward to reading and learning from the series.

  10. Let me have it upside the head.

    The wife has found the 2 by 4 to be a very effective means of communication.

    I doubt your 2 by 4 series will have the same force that hers has but I’m looking forward to it anyway.

    Hey, maybe you should call your series; the 2 by 4 guide to successful affiliate marketing. Just a thought.

    Mark M.

  11. I think you better name these posts “you might/may lose money…” My first day I profitted, and actually haven’t lost more than a penny, yet. One of the lucky few.

    Either way, I look forward to seeing the post.

    Justin Dupre
    Affiliate Marketing with an Attitude

  12. Justin,

    Congrats on being one of the lucky few. Looks like from reading your blog, you’re doing pretty good at Facebook ads as well.

  13. I’m already loving the series that I’ve read so far, I will need to catchup on the rest of them, but I’m lovin your style dude. Keep up the good work man, you’re well on you way to mad link lovin! :)

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