SPI 041 : Affiliate Marketing the SMART Way – How to Stop Hoping and Start Earning

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In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast you’ll hear a revised (blog & podcast-friendly) version of my recent solo presentation at Blog World Expo in New York, which is all about how I manage to earn a significant income from affiliate marketing without using aggressive or forceful marketing tactics and hardly any pitch at all.

In general, affiliate marketing has somewhat of a negative connotation, but my goal was to show that you can make a significant income from affiliate marketing while at the same time strengthen the relationship that you have with your audience and keep them coming back for more.

In this session you’ll learn about:

  • The model or “experience” that I take my readers which requires very little pitching in order to eventually make a sale.
  • The one component that’s absolutely necessary in order for any transaction to happen on your website.
  • Why the old way of teaching affiliate marketing has led to so much failure.
  • 3 strategies you can use to speed up the relationship building process and connect on a deeper level with your audience much faster.
  • The one question that you must be able to answer in order to succeed with affiliate marketing, and how the answer to that one question can show you precisely what products you should be promoting to your audience.
  • What Amazon.com teaches us about affiliate marketing.
  • Why promoting a product that you didn’t use yourself can be extremely harmful to you and your brand.
  • How science and mirror neurons play a role in how we should be promoting affiliate products.
  • The specific kind of proof that enabled me to increase my earnings for one particular affiliate product from $4000/month to $15,000/month.
  • 5 not-so-popular tips that you can use at the exact point of sale (where you place affiliate links on your site) to help increase earnings.
  • And much more!

Right click here to download the MP3

Items mentioned in this podcast include:

The Soft Pitch Pipeline

The Soft Pitch Pipeline

A well-balanced “pipeline” or user experience through your site and your brand, like what’s shown above, is exactly what you should shoot for.

The better the relationship you have with your audience, the more careful you are about the products that you actually promote, the more you can share about your own experiences with those products and any sort of proof that goes along with it, the softer the sell can be and the more your audience will appreciate your recommendations.

Your earnings are a byproduct of how helpful you can be to your audience. (<- Click Here to Tweet this Quote)

Use affiliate marketing as a tool to help your audience, and the commissions will come.

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Transcript

Click Here to Download the Transcript for Session 41 (PDF)

The quote from the intro in today’s podcast session was by Oscar Wilde

  • Josh Tuttle

    I love the soft pitch pipeline illustration! You are the perfect example of using affiliate marketing as a tool to help your audience, and the commissions have come. I look forward to applying the information from this post.

    All the best,

    Josh

    • Pat

      Thanks Josh, I appreciate it! Cheers!

      • http://libeltyseo.com TomL

        When presenting… its hard to simplify. You did great with that slide.

        Regards,

        TomL

  • http://incomepress.com Joey

    dude, a girl. Man congrats. My first 2 kids are girls. Oldest is about to be 18 soon and youngest is 13. Our third child is a boy, our first experience with a boy ;-) He’s 2 1/2.

    With now experiencing both boy and girls, I think for the first 3 years of their wonderful little lives are about the same. As far as being babies, diapers, and all that good stuff.

    Now this is just from my own experiences with my kids. My sons still young so it’s hard to say at what age is different, but I can tell you this for sure. You’ll know you have a “girl” when she’s about 8-9 years old.

    I think your boy being older, he’ll be very protective over her growing up, which is a very good thing.

    Anyways dude, congrats on your new edition. God bless you and your entire fam ;-)

    • Pat

      Haha, yeah I remember seeing the video of you and your boy singing, that was great :)

      Thanks for the kind words and the advice dude!

  • http://www.mobileapptycoon.com Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon

    Been waiting for this one :) The sad thing is that I’m seeing more and more people moving away from these tactics rather than towards them, which is unfortunate. Some IMers whose email list I’m on are starting to become more pushy with affiliate sales and starting to use their list mostly to sell than to provide content to. Kind of sucks, but it at least makes more room for the people doing it right to succeed :)

    Thomas

    • http://incomepress.com Joey

      Totally agree with ya Thomas. Some of my favorite old timers are doing the same thing. Less and less content and more and more heavy pitching.

      I’ve learned through out the years that it’s ultimately the customers choice on whether they want to buy or not.

    • Pat

      Hopefully I can steer a few people in the right direction Thomas!

    • http://www.tonywheeler.net Tony Wheeler

      Thomas,

      Great point. I’ve been unsubbing like a madman lately. Gets old really quickly!

  • http://www.nichesiteadventures.com Johnny Bravo

    Hey Pat, thanks for the post. If anyone has the ability to talk about a great affiliate marketing strategy, and numbers to show it, it’s you.

    Looking forward to learning from a pro.

    ~Johnny Bravo

    • Pat

      Cheers Johnny! Thanks, I appreciate it!

  • Wes

    Thanks a bunch Pat! Got the podcast just in time for a 7 hour flight. Love the soft pitch pipeline illustration. Thanks again!

    • Pat

      Awesome! Enjoy the podcast and have a safe trip!

  • http://talesofwork.com Kimanzi Constable

    Thanks for this info Pat, I’m going to enjoy listening to this on my 21 hour flight to Australia! Your info is always top notch.

    • Pat

      Thanks Kimanzi! Have a safe trip and enjoy!

  • http://extraincomeblogger.com Sune @ ExtraIncomeBlogger

    I’ve just finished eating dinner, washed the dishes, etc., and wondered what I could do next… And then I saw your new post! *happy dance*

    Thank you, I will be sitting and listening to this now. ;)

    • Pat

      Awesome! Glad I could give you something to do Sune!

  • http://howtomakeawebsitetools.com/ Rohit @ How To Make A Website Tools

    Pat,

    I think you should also get a trademark on “the SMART Way…” and “X Strategy that works”.

    • Pat

      ;)

  • http://www.mylearningprocess.com Miki Vicioso

    great advice there pat! Congrats also on the little girl must be a great feeling.

    • Pat

      Absolutely! I’m incredibly stoked!! :D

  • http://webmarketingcamp.com Brock Taylor

    Hey Pat,

    I love the pipeline graphic, did you create that yourself or did you have a designer do it?

    You seem to always have pretty schnazzy graphics, what’s your secret? :)

    Thanks!
    Brock

    • Pat

      Thanks Brock! Actually, this was created for me by a designer who I hired to help me with my slides. I usually do a lot on my own though, and the architecture experience I had and working with photoshop every day helped a lot :)

  • http://www.blog-growth.com/ Mauro D’Andrea

    Thanks Pat, this is probably your best podcast!
    There a so big quantity of information in this that I should re-listen to this at least another time :)
    I’ll download the podcast to listen it on the bus so I can use that time in a good way.

    • Pat

      Thanks Mauro! Enjoy the session!

  • http://www.e31purses.com Richard Worthington

    Appreciate all the info as always. This kind a valuable and transparent insight goes a long way towards me building my own online business. Thank You!

    • Pat

      Awesome Richard, I wish you all the best in your business!

  • http://www.get10000subscribers.com Howie

    Pat, is it okay to use your Soft Pitch Pipeline graphic and link back to you?

    • Pat

      Sure, definitely! Thanks for asking Howie!

  • http://CraigDesmarais.com Craig Desmarais

    Thanks for this awesome post. I recently established my new blog and want to start monetizing it with affiliate marketing that really benefits my readers. I really want to get involved with the amazon affiliate program but unfortunately I am located in RI and am not eligible. Any idea about good alternatives or ways around this? I’m short of moving to MA haha. If anyone has input I would greatly appreciate it.

  • http://CashFlowsToo.com Monty Campbell

    Pat, the soft pitch graphic seems to be hit. I agree that it was a great win for this particular message. It also could be a great win for the graphic designer if you decide to promote the source.

    I know the graphic artistry and video production are key elements of your professionalism. Your content is always great, but the the consistency of your graphic branding makes your message come across consistently skillfully.

    I would love to see you discuss for a blog or podcast the impact and progression of:

    1) Your Company Branding (how its expanded your business)
    2) Video Outsources (if and how you do it)
    3) Video Style Sheet Production (how its helped you do better slides and slideshows)

    Again, I thank you for the smart passive income article and podcast.

    Wish you continued success and prosperity.

    • Pat

      Absolutely! Thanks to David Crandall from http://www.brandsuperpower.com – he did the graphics for the presentation, taking what I had in a messy sketch and making it real. Thanks David!

      I actually don’t outsource my videos, although I probably could. I’ll be getting involved in something very soon that will probably make use of 1 or 2 video editors, so we’ll see what happens!

      • benboyer

        I had been dying to hear your presentation from this past blog world expo , I just missed you by a few days in NY as I couldn’t make the timing line up.

        After your previous BWE presentation ( and everything else ) I knew this one was going to be off-the-charts awesome also and it was. Another epic piece of art! Congrats! and Thanks!

  • http://www.entrepreneuronfire.com John Lee Dumas

    Pat,
    I saw this live (Awesome) and now having it in a podcast format is the best of both worlds. Great lessons and take-aways….I can’t wait to start applying!

    • Pat

      Awesome John! I’d added a bit of new content to the podcast session so if you haven’t heard it already, it should be somewhat new to you still ;)

      Cheers, and thanks for the support!

  • http://valueofsimple.com/ Joel Zaslofsky

    Hey Pat,
    I still refer to SPI #30 as my “Affiliate Marketing Handguide”. Not that it’s a contest or anything, but I’d rank that one way up there on my lists of podcasts I’ve listened to…anywhere.
    I just downloaded #41 and I’m going to crank it up tonight. You do so many things the right way and affiliate marketing is definitely one of them. I’m looking forward to learning even more about it.
    Thanks man!

  • http://www.slipstreamhq.com Christel

    Awesome episode Pat. I’ve been listening to your podcast for a while now on my way to and from work and it’s my favourite because of your genuine and personable style. Learnt so much from this one so cheers!

  • http://affiliatebuys.com John Michael

    I really enjoyed your podcast. I have been doing affiliate marketing for about six months now and like your advice. It’s good to see the art of selling isn’t lost.

  • http://www.beyourkidsphotographer.com Jen

    Just downloaded and will be listening on my commute tomorrow.!

  • http://1000naturalwonders.blogspot.com Jenny

    Great Podcast. I really needed these tips. I was starting to wonder “How the heck am I going to get myself going?” And you answered the question. :) Thanks.
    Keep up the good work! And Congrats on having a daughter :) well…going to have a daughter :P

  • http://BricBaccus.com Bric Baccus

    Great episode Pat! And a girl! Congratulations! I have four girls. Your life will never be the same my friend.

  • http://www.ilovefrenchmovies.com Will

    Great content Pat. There’s an out of print book called “Selling Retail” where the author, John Lawhon, states that “a salesperson’s job is to give the customer the information they need to make the best decision for them.” I’ve been reading SPI for several years now, and you’ve always followed that philosophy. Thanks!

  • http://ultimatedomainmanager.com Ruan | UltimateDomainManager

    Hey Pat! I’m so glad I subscribed to your podcasts quite a few months ago already. Truth is, I haven’t gotten to listening to them all yet, but again it’s also nice to have some good value at hand for when one has some spare time and need to use your time wisely.

    I have just finished downloading this one and surely I won’t be leaving it for a special occasion as this topic is hot on my mind right now, starting out with affiliate marketing myself at the moment.

    I just recently launched my new site and blog, so at the moment my main aim is to build that audience and the trust and credibility I need to establish long and prosperous business relationships with them. I guess I don’t want to go too deep into promoting affiliate products to them just yet, so I am not really sure exactly where, when and how I should start but hopefully this podcast will shed the light for me a little on that.

    Looking forward to your future content bro; as always it’s highly appreciated that you are willing to share your experience and knowledge with others! :)

  • http://www.virtualbusinesslifestyle.com Chris C. Ducker

    Rockin’ session, as always, my man.

    Glad that the session was a roaring success LIVE, and it’ll no doubt be just as success via the podcast, too.

    Keep up the hard work – as we both know, it aint easy, but it ALWAYS pays off.

    C

  • http://www.rethinkingyourself.com Shaun Emerson

    Hey Pat,
    Wonderful job on yet another great podcast!
    I like your discussion about the soft pitch pipeline, because it really does work!
    You come across as a really nice and honest guy, and reading your posts feels more like having a chat with a friend than doing business and marketing research. That’s what got me to use your affiliate links. And as you said I did it gladly because of all the valuable information you’ve provided here. Keep up the great work!! I look forward to your next post!

  • http://www.annieandre.com Annie Andre

    Pat, this was an amazing podcast. I loved the phscho analysis and all the examples.
    From the unboxing, testimonials to where to place the links to the pitch. Insanely useful.

    I’ve been building my relationships for about 6 months now and i’m finally seeing some traffic but i have to say when my family got on house hunters international i started getting more and more people emailing who googled me from the show to tell me how they I’ve been an inspiration for them because their dream is to live travel long term with their family like we are. That show was like the equivalent of us unboxing. I never really understood or thought about the importance of it until i head you talk about it in this podcast.

    So thanks and congrats on your new addition ( a little girl). I have 2 boys and a 4 year old girl and having a girl is going to be the death of you because they usually have their dad’s wrapped around their pinky. Good luck trying to resist. :)

  • http://www.detailedsuccess.com Kris @ Detailed Success

    Amazing podcast Pat.

    You really make a lot of sense and I completely agree with you.

    My philosophy is I just want to be helpful and if success comes with it – great.

  • Chaseki

    I’m so happy for you and your wife about to welcome a beautiful little daughter into this world. Four years ago when I found out I was going to have a baby girl, I immediately went to Amazon and searched, “Father daughter raising relationship”, and went down the line reading all the book previews and the table of contents.

    Sorry, but not able to reference but I do remeber a few snippets that went something like this…

    “The father should be the FIRST guy she considers a hero, the first guy she goes on a date with, and the first guy she falls in love with.”

    Stages of what a daughter would say about her father:
    “My daddy knows everything!”. “My dad just doesnt understand!”
    “My dad was right!”. “I miss my daddy!”

    That last one almost had me in tears. Actually, I did tear!

    Once again congrats and many blessings to you and family on your baby girl!

  • http://optima-lifestyle.com Cristina Ansbjerg

    Congrats on the baby girl!

  • http://howtospeak-japanese.com Yamato

    Awesome post – you should put an additional affiliate link (amazon?) to your list of items mentioned in this podcast promoting the juicer you bought.
    I will get out my juicer out of the cellar and start making fresh juices tonight. Don#t have such a big weight problem but need to loose a few pounds.
    Thanks for this healthy reminder!
    Y.

  • Robert Goodwin

    If any body want to watch Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, it’s on Hulu for free. (with commercials)

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/289122

  • Rene

    Thank you for uploading a transcript. Since I am German, I have problems understanding english speakers (I just lack experience ^^) but reading it is great =)

  • http://www.jobsinayurveda.com Bill @ Jobs in Ayurveda

    What can I say. Another exemplary podcast. Your topic this week really piqued my interest because, until recently, I hadn’t really been considering this type of approach to affiliate marketing. Your approach really makes sense and goes a long way toward explaining why some of my previous techniques weren’t really showing results.

    Congrats on the new addition! Hopefully, you’ll take some time to enjoy this marvelous time in your kid’s life. I know the paternity leave I took when my son was born almost 2 years ago (wow, did I just say that?) really changed my life and helped me bond in a way I never would have been able to if I hadn’t slowed down.

  • http://www.johnbanksblog.com/do-not-build-a-list-build-trust/ John Banks

    Hi Pat!

    Nice soft pitch pic. For me its all about trust! We should be building lists, we shoul be building trust. Its a much more ethical sale anyway, and it allows to sleep better!

    All the best with the kids, our second one is due in 6 weeks! eeek….

    John

  • http://www.lazybastardlife.com Jason

    Pat,

    Good stuff. Congrats on the girl. I actually got into a small debate a few months on another blog. I said that I didn’t view you as an internet marketer because of the negative (slimy) connotation. I mentioned how you’re approach is more – this is how I do it. if you want, here are some links to get you started. No pressure sales.

    Others have already stated above and I agree. I’ve unsubscribed to several lists that used to provide good content through email. I now just have them in Reader (or not at all) and pop over when they post something on their blog.

  • BTBUZZ

    Well i closed up shop, I lost 100k on trying to make a nice site and offering real nice niche sites, But people want crap for crap prices, So i gave up , I can’t compete with outsourced junk. So good luck to all of you and your internet adventures.

  • http://extraincomeblogger.com Sune @ ExtraIncomeBlogger

    Pat, just a heads-up: At the time of me writing this comment, this posts’ transcript says “show notes at: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session41” but when I click on that link, it gives me a “Page not found” error.

    • Pat

      Ahh, thanks Sune! I appreciate it – it’s fixed now! Thank you!

  • http://www.carlpicot.com Carl Picot

    I found a link to this blog on Peggy Barron’s website. Really glad I followed it.

    This is a fantastic blog Pat – I love the mp3 embedded in the page – what a cool idea.

    You really do give an awesome amount away here which is really good for helping people.

    I love the monthly business part – and will definitely pop back for more :)

    many thanks

    xxxxcarlxxxx

  • http://onlineaffiliatemarketing101.net/ Ben @ OnlineAffiliateMarketing

    you really have agreat out-look pat and it really shows with how successful you have become.

  • http://olympicdistancetriathlons.com Brandon Breshears

    Dude pat this stuff rocks, thank you so much. Right now I am doing adsense as I build backlinks and content but then I’ll be doing tons of this once I get my site to a point where I don’t have to work on those two things.

  • Steve

    Another great session, Pat. And yeah, you really do need to get an affiliate link going for the juicer. Because I am going to buy one!

    Thanks!

    • Pat

      Haha – okay Steve! I added the link in the post, but here it is again :)

      http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/juicer

      Cheers!

      • http://howtospeak-japanese.com Yamato

        Pat, add one to the transcript (page 11) as well. There are people who rather save and read teh transcript than listening to a mp3 (at least i know of 1 person :) ).

  • http://getthecommoditycode.com Haroun Kola

    Thanks for the post Pat. I’m learning something new everyday, and will help me to be a better affiliate marketer.

  • http://letmelearngraphics.com Ruben

    I complete agree with everything said on the podcast… Made me realize I should create my own tutorials for graphic design on my website.. I have to be honest, Im kinda of a shy person but I guess Ill just have to go for it..

    I guess it would be impossible to do that if I outsource some of my videos???

    thanks,
    Ruben

  • http://www.changevolunteers.org/ ken

    Thanks Pat. I’ve learned a lot from your work. In this post, you continue to do your thing and provide great information.
    Thanks again
    Ken

  • http://www.zzzprofits.com Moe

    Excellent podcast. You are like the Mozart of blogging. I reflected and realized i need to tell more stories and do more unboxing.

  • http://avnishgautam.com/top-best-travel-hotels-affiliate-programs-join avnish gautam

    The above smart ways of affiliate marketing is very good in personal views. Thanks for sharing the post.

  • http://rafderamas.com Rafael Deramas

    This is one hell of a podcast. Been following you for quite some time now, watching videos while at the office. This one probably is the best I have watched so far!

    Anyway I would also like to share something to your viewers, it’s something I found on the net http://www.captivatedesigns.com/get_found_online.php

  • http:bootstrapcafe.com Adam Beckett

    A Girl! Wow. Congratulations Pat.

    I’m about to be an Uncle twice over in October, sworn to secrecy over the sex of either whippersnapper :)

    Two points stood out for me here: first, your personal story builds powerful relationships with your readers – I’m about to add a few photos to my blog late tomorrow afternoon that should engage visitors with my own unique character.

    Second, you’ve reaffirmed my own opinion that the resource page is the most profitable area of a blog. Again I’ll personalize and add all the elements necessary now that I’m about to step up my game.

    Thank you for your help Pat.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dreamjobguy Alex B.

    Pat,

    Once again, you did not disappoint with this podcast episode. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the “pipeline” and sharing your stories and encouragement.

    I completely agree with the fact that everyone enjoys a story, especially if they can relate.

    Thanks again Pat, and keep up the great work!

    All the best,
    -Alex

  • http://canzpt.blogspot.com/ James

    Wow this was an amazing podcast. I loved the part about relationships, I learned a lot. Thanks Pat

  • Zane Miller

    Hey Pat! I shared your YouTube channel with my facebook group of fellow YouTube marketers, and they love it.

    Your doodle video tutorial was mind melting, and this podcast is stellar.

    I for one am impressed with the fact that the podcast and the videos are two different things, and not just riffing on previous content.

    I love coming back here and finding more free content than I could ever consume. Your whole approach is making think a lot differently.

  • http://freefrombroke.com Glen Craig

    This was an awesome session at BWE NY. Thanks for providing the session here as well. I’ve seen you speak twice now and both were inspiring.

  • Meindert

    Hi Pat,

    Just a shout out: this was a really good episode ! Lots of good karma coming your way ;) !

    Thanks

  • http://inedapic.com Rheo

    Great format for posts. I love that I can download the mp3 and listen to it in my car.

    As always, great information.

    I am nervous about doing video and audio but you stress the importance of these tools. It’s time to get over my performance anxiety and get busy making some video and audio.

  • http://www.KettlebellsForSaleHQ.com Brian

    I came. I listened. I changed.

    As soon as I was done listening, I did an about face on my site. I had been taking the approach of the “Wizard of Oz” and the man behind the curtain. I took immediate action and opened the site. Allowed more comments, introduced myself and will update the site to be transparent (affiliate links).

    I should have listened to my gut from the beginning. It always felt shady going to product affiliate sites. I think in the age of spammers, hackers and viruses, being redirected makes me feel uneasy. So why did I take the same approach for my first affiliate site? Maybe because that’s the norm? Having that transparency gives me more piece of mind and hopefully does the same for my visitors.

    Thanks…Brian

    • Pat

      Glad the presentation helped you figure things out Brian. I think people take that approach your’e talking about first because it’s easy and it’s what everyone else does. It’s tough to put one’s self out there sometimes and it takes time to build relationships – but it’s absolutely required, I think. Cheers, and all the best to you!

  • Carlos

    Hey Pat. Excellent post. I have one doubt . If I promote an affiliate product or service on my webpage, is it MANDATORY to mention that I will earn a commision if the reader buys something from my link or it is just a recommended procedure?. I was reading the Bluehost affiliate page and I understood that I should explicitly state on my webpage and clearly to my readers that the Bluehost link, banner is a promoted one. Thanks so much for your input here.

  • Alicia

    Pat,
    This is great information. I even took notes. I especially enjoyed the tips for the soft pitch pipeline. I have been following your blog for two years and I love it. Thank you so much. BTW, congrats on your baby girl:)

  • http://inmyhomeoffice.com/ Ian McConnell

    Thanks Pat, that was an awesome podcast and I had many aha moments.

    I’ll certainly be doing much more unboxing videos… Thanks for the great free advice.

    Cheers
    Ian McConnell
    Western Australia

  • http://mypassivepaycheck.com Scott Frye

    Hi Pat,
    Thanks for the great podcast as usual! Would you or any of your readers have any ideas as a new clickbank vendor of a WordPress plugin, on how to attract affiliates to my product?

    I’m launching next week, and would love to have a big start, and have it gain momentum!
    Thanks
    -Scott

  • http://www.breakingzero.com/1k-in-1-day/ brian yang

    Great post right there Pat! At first I was simple staring at the picture and didn’t have a clue on what it means. Then after reading some texts, I finally got to my head. LOL.

    Is that the scaling that you are promoting that is supposed to be methodically correct?

  • http://www.simplebutcreative.com Kevin of Simplebutcreative Media

    Man I wish I was there to see this presentation! This is probably one of the best advice I’ve heard in a very long time. Your presentation has given me insights on a lot of things that I’m not implementing on my websites. Well, I never really got into affiliate marketing to begin with but it’s something I’m looking to focus on from now on.

    I’m definitely going to listen to this presentation again. Great job Pat!

  • http://www.betherave.com Electronic Music Blog

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for
    electronic music blog

  • http://androidbent.com sai krishna

    First of all your title is really awesome, stop hoping and start earnings, its really inspiring to start affiliate marketing today, I will try my luck on it.

  • http://www.myjuicerreviews.org/ John J

    Awesome tips! Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead well thought out. Congrats on the baby girl!

  • http://entrepreneurstudent.com Nick Kringas

    Hey Pat,
    I just wanted to comment and add a little proof of concept. You said that if people know, like and trust you they may even buy through your affiliate link BECAUSE you will earn a commission.

    I just registered a new domain name through your blue host aff link as a small thank you for all you’ve done to help me over the past few weeks.

    I’ve been working part time online for almost two years now and have a few sites (never used blue host before though) that I make some passive income from….

    you helped me hone in on a target market, focus on solving their problems and finally enter a market that I am passionate about.

    You taught me to study this highly competitive market and enter it from a unique angle in order to create a market of one.

    I listen to your podcast all the time… keep up the good work!

    Thanks again, Pat
    Nick

  • http://www.moonfiller.com Taran

    Great tips! I love the post, you have written such a nice post.Its a good sharing, great job.

  • Tune

    Hey Pat,

    This is some of your best stuff. And I working on a new project where I’ll try to use everything I’ve learned from you (I know it works, since I’ve already purchased several products through your affiliate links ;)).

    Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.english-studyguide.com/ Mark Hunt

    Hey pat,

    Another great podcasts, keep up the great work:-)

  • http://vinnyohare.com Vinny O’Hare

    Great podcast filled with good information on affiliate marketing.

  • http://aniphonecase.com Shane

    Smart Passive Income is such a great resource and inspiration. I have no sales or marketing experience, and found the podcast completely by accident last week… instantly hooked.

    I have experienced had various degrees of success running a few, now defunct, personal interest web sites. The level of interaction the sites received was rather discouraging, and I let each fall to the side over time. My epiphany hit after listening to a couple of podcasts, and I immediately decided to give it a try again.

    What really caught my interest were the success stories on affiliate sites. As it turned out, I needed an iPhone case while listening to the podcast last week. I could not decide on the case I needed, and found my burning platform for the affiliate site I wanted to experiment with.

    Searching for domains by the keywords, “buy an iphone case”, I found an available domain for http://aniphonecase.com and was able to register it. I had not heard Pat’s recommendations for niche sites yet, and later realized that I had registered a domain name that used very active key words, yet was also very competitive in AdWords.

    Should I be concerned that my selection may end up buried in search results. Or, should I put that out of my mind in favor of building content and backlinks since I am in no rush? What experiences do other commenters have with this situation?

    After one week, AdSense registered $0.75 of earnings. It is hard to remember the last time I got so excited over such a small achievement.

    Thanks Pat, for making Smart Passive Income available!

    Shane
    http://aniphonecase.com

  • Max

    Hey Pat.
    I’m new to tis affiliate marketing business.
    I just wanted to ask you a quick question: A lot of customers might discover a website through mine, but won’t buy anything on it on their first visit. They might however go back on it later and buy something.

    I assume that there’s no way I’ll get a commission in that case, right?

    Thanks, for your time and your incredibly helpful podcasts.

    • http://blitheniche.com Lori Stalter

      It depends on who you’re affiliating for. Every program is different. Some are able to track if somebody comes back later after having gone through your link – and depending on how much time elapses, that sale still counts as your sale. Various programs have different time limits.

      So, yes, sometimes you sill get credit. If you do, that will be listed in their affiliate guidelines.