SPI 030: Pat’s Top 30 Tips for Successful Affiliate Marketing

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In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I go over my top 30 tips for successful affiliate marketing, which involve a wide range of topics – all the way from the approach and mindset of affiliate marketing, to the little details of where links should be placed and how often.

As many of you know, especially if you’ve recently glanced at my monthly income reports, affiliate marketing has become a major portion of my earnings over the past year, which is why I wanted to end the year with a hold-nothing-back type of session that will definitely help you and your online business one way or another – whether you already promote products as an affiliate or not.

There are 30 different tips here – all based on my own experience – so I hope you enjoy!

Oh, and you’ll notice that during the session, my voice starts to “go away” or change a bit. The reason is because I’ve been sick the last few days and I guess my vocal chords were just not ready for an hour long recording session yet. All good though – I got through it and the information is there for you.

If you’re at work and can’t listen to audio or you just aren’t into podcasts, I recommend you open up the transcript at the bottom of this post so you can read through the tips instead. The transcript is already available for you.

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Please let me know what you think of session #30, and if you enjoyed this episode, please share it!

Thank you all for making the SPI podcast such a major success. It’s just a few downloads away from 1,000,000 downloads since session #1 and the response from you has just been incredible. I couldn’t ask for anything more. :)

2011 was amazing, but 2012 is going to be even better!

Happy New Year, and look out for a lot more from me in the new year!



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  • http://www.englischtestonline.de Tom

    Hi Pat,
    I see you spent holidays wisely :)
    Thanks for this tips list. Just from browsing through the transcript I took away 3 or 4 real nuggets. Tip #19 (the indirect email promotion) is golden. Will apply this technique in my next newsletter.
    Thanks again – for all of the 30 episodes of the SPI podcast and the whole site (lots of knowledge shared here) and have a healthy and prosperous new Year!

    • Pat

      Thanks Tom, glad you found some nuggets in there to help you. Cheers, and all the best to you!

  • http://www.darryltott.com Darryl Tott

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! Intro was great, “classical hip-hop” made me smile.
    Always look forward to the podcast.

    1. Trust – Totally totally agree! Most important!

    Also some advice to all, if there is a product you heavily believe in, but their site looks spammy, if horribly salesy or does not convert. Offer to help! I have done this in the past and it has not only helped my conversions but also significantly increase the conversion for their product/business.

    You can do this through either directly, or through providing them an alternative solution. Ask them to A/B split test and track the sales funnel. Sometimes they may allow you to create your own landing page that links directly to their cart. This is more straight forward for smaller products/business or newly launched products as they are more receptive, you have to come to some arrangement with the provider who will host the page etc.

    Hope that helps. Keep up the great work.

    • Pat

      Great addition, Darryl – thanks for that! Working with the other company is definitely something you can at least try to do, because then it’s a win-win for both parties.

      Thanks again, and Happy New Year!

  • Chris Green

    That’s the first “Happy New Year” i’ve had … Just listening to the podcast now Pat, i’m sure it’ll be a corker !!

    • Pat

      Nice Chris – hope all is well, and thanks for listening, as always!

  • http://www.fling4.com/ Takis Karras

    Happy new year, Pat. I believe affiliate marketing is the fast and proper road to success. Work hard and tenaciously and you have see the money in your pocket.

    • Pat

      Relatively speaking, I think it’s faster than other methods, simply because you don’t have to create a product yourself, which takes time, however it still does take some time to build an audience and get to a point where you can recommend products and get paid for it. Thanks and all the best!

  • http://www.amazonaffiliatesblog.com/ Brock @ Amazon Affiliates Blog

    Happy New Year! SPI has become a daily read for me, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of the archives. Thanks for the great content and inspiration!

    • Pat

      My pleasure Brock!

  • http://www.iwouldcoach.com Dan Gheesling

    Fired up to listen to your latest PodCast! I think a lot of people have been waiting for this topic! Happy New Year Pat!

    • Pat

      Happy New Year to you too Dan! Thanks for listening! :)

  • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    Totally agree with the emphasis on trust. IMO Affiliate marketing is one of the more challenging ways to generate income online because of the trust factor. It’s not easy to gain someone’s trust, but as you have demonstrated it is possible over a period of time given certain things are executed correctly.

    Once you have gained the trust of thousands, affiliate marketing can be one of the most lucrative ways to generate income online. It’s no different from having your own money printing press. But with that said, though it can be tempting to feed your list with just any product/service, it is more important to hone and maintain that trust which takes so long to develop in the first place.

    As a small business owner would say, retaining an existing customer and have them keep coming back is easier and cheaper than getting new ones.

    Happy new year to you as well Pat – all the best in 2012

    • Pat

      Well said Sunil! Thanks, and Happy New Year!

  • http://www.echeapflightstolagos.blogspot.com/ Khurram

    Thanks for Sharing!

  • http://www.hqslapbass.com Lado @ HQslapBass

    Another podcast from Pat, number 30! This topic is certanly very interesting to all of us doing business online. Happy new year to you Pat and to all of readers here!

  • http://www.chasingpace.com/ Wesley Banks

    The two things that have helped me more than anything else are Tip #2: Know the Product and Tip #11: Create an Epic Post.

    I was recently contacted by leading manufacturers for some of the Amazon products I promote thanking me for mentioning their products. It all started from a massive post I made on “Best KEYWORD of 2011”. I wouldn’t have been able to make such an epic post if I hadn’t put in the hours researching and using some of the products to know exactly what people were looking for.

    My philosophy for all future affiliate sites is Go Big or Go Home :)

    • Pat

      Very cool Wesley – congrats on the success with your 2011 post, I should do one for one of my product sites for 2012 and see if I can leverage that somehow too. Go Big, or Go Home – I love it.


  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert

    Those are some great tips, but it all does start with trust. And that takes time to build! Thanks for putting this together Pat!

  • http://www.planetnaveen.com Navee Kulkarni

    Hi Pat,
    Have a great year ahead :-)

    Now , going to download your mp3 to my phone.

  • http://YoungAdultFinances.com LaTisha @YoungAdultFinances

    Great podcast and excellent tips! Here’s to a great 2012!

  • Paul

    Thanks for the PDF of the post. I always have to sit some where where I don’t have a MP3 player and I can always read Your the goods.
    Have a great New Years and looking forward to seeing more of your posts n 2012.

  • http://www.deedawber.com Dee

    Hi Pat
    Hope you are feeling better and have a Happy New Year.
    I must find time to come and go through your archives.
    I am off to read the PDF, thanks for the download.

  • http://dylanvarian.blogspot.com Dylan Varian

    Just finished listening to the podcast Pat, amazing as usual. I also updated my entire ‘books’ page (here: http://dylanvarian.blogspot.com/p/books.html) so let’s hope the cash from the the affiliate program starts rolling in soon :)

  • http://www.jennybizz.com Jen

    Great episode, Pat! I listened to the first half on my way to work and will listen to the second half on my way home!

  • http://www.idontknowwhattoblogabout.com Patrick Irish

    Wow, congrats Pat on reaching almost 1,000,000 downloads, Well Done. I just listened to the Podcast and as ever it was brilliant. Some great tips which I know I will use.

    Thanks and Happy New Year

  • http://recordingdrummerproducer.com craig zarkos

    Pat, I’m on round two of listening down to ALL of your podcasts thus-far. ( great to listen while chasing my 2 yr old and 6 yr old home on school break)

    You talk alot about “testing”. Testing all facets of your site for conversion etc.
    Could you go into detail on HOW you do that? maybe a video that takes you through the tools to test with? I’m a little familiar with analytics like google and woopra, but I think your talking about something altogether different.
    How do you test, what do you test, and for what reason do you test?
    Happy New Year to you and yours, and I look forward to this next year and YOUR MEMBERSHIP SITE. (maybe?)

  • http://www.negocioseninternet.net Daniel

    Great Tips. Thank you

  • http://recordingdrummerproducer.com craig zarkos

    btw: hilarious to take your Market Samurai webinar into VLC . take you down from normal one notch and you sound like your drunk. Maybe I’ll have a drink and watch it. πŸ˜‰

  • http://www.yourbossblows.com Bryan Knowlton

    Hey Pat! Always love to hear your podcasts!!! Hope you do some more step-by-step videos again soon. Loved your older one doing keyword research using Market Samurai. I found it on ROKU!

    Have a Happy New Years, wish you were going to Affiliate Summit!

  • Ron

    Nice post Pat, enjoyed it and it reinforced many of my beliefs not just about Online Bizz but about life in general . I’m somewhat of a newbie at this but after four months of study of this blog and a many you have recommended , I will be jumping into the deep end of the pool in a couple of weeks with my first Niche sites . Although I can’t give back anything of value on this subject , I am the sucessful parent of two young men and I will suggest to take the advice on your post – Trust and Patience – as great guidance for your parenting journey

  • http://thevirtualonlineassistant.com/ Nica Mandigma

    Whew! I finished the podcast in one sitting and got lots of notes typed. But I do have to listen to this again because I think I missed some. Time to buy a shuffle again.

    I can’t believe that you’re giving such content away for Free!

  • http://www.besthairproductreviews.com kabiru

    this is an ideal gift for the end of the year. I’ve really learnt a lot from it

  • http://www.laughsheal.com Kim

    Great work, Pat! This is to be studied very well as you have provided tons of information, thank you and Happy New Year!

  • http://www.mymmatraining.com Brendan

    Thanks for the info Pat, hope you’re feeling better now. It sucks to get sick over Christmas / the holidays. It happened to me last year.

  • http://brendanvraibel.com Brendan Vraibel

    Love it. Looks like I’ll be getting good use out of the Ipod on my way up north for New Years. Thanks as always, Pat.

  • http://www.Mazzastick.com Justin Mazza

    Looking forward to listening to the podcast Pat. Take care and have a great 2012.

  • http://www.synchrimedia.com Patrick

    Great podcast, Pat. Lots of good ideas! I am going to look into affiliate marketing to help sell my movie captioning software. Would you recommend ClickBank, or some other service?

  • http://www.thedigitalceo.com Jason Gracia

    Thank you, Pat! This is an incredible resource. Affiliate marketing has been a huge part of my business, but it’s a road you have to walk carefully to ensure integrity and transparency. You’ve shown the way to achieve that with this episode.

  • http://eclecticdesignstudio.net K. Hill the Direct Response Design Diva

    Hey Pat, good tips in your post but one thing seems somewhat contradictory…

    You say that your strategy is to recommend products that you actually use. This makes sense for your SPI blog, but what about your niche sites? It’s not realistic to first try every product that may be related to your niche site as prerequisite to becoming an affiliate.

    Also, what backup strategies are you guys (& girls) using in the states that have been kicked to the curb by internet marketing tax laws? Just curious…

    • Pat

      K.Hill – using the product is one strategy that one should try to implement, if at all possible. For niche sites, I absolutely think it should be done as well. Why isn’t it realistic? Chris Guthrie had a netbook review niche site he sold for 6 figures that reviewed netbooks, and he actually got netbooks sent to him via postmail to review from various companies so he actually did use the products. Again – not always possible, but it’ll totally help you and the site for the reasons mentioned in the podcast.

      As far as internet tax marketing laws, I know there are still some sites with affiliate programs that have kept their programs open even after the new regulations in those stats – such as buy.com and bestbuy, just to name a few. It’ll depend on your niche but you’ll have to dig around a little to find open affiliate programs for whatever product you’re looking to promote. Also, try contacting companies directly – get rid of the middle man and try to work out a deal.

  • http://www.ipnostudio.com Andrea

    Thanks for the full transcripts! Being that English is not my first language I usually have to jump over podcasts or videos because even if I have little difficulties with written English the spoken one is a bit too much. Also I stick to the theory that written words remain forever.
    Anyway, I begun dealing with affiliate marketing lately and it’ surely a better way to earn some money than just showing ads. But you’re surely right when you say that it has to be done in the right way. All of your advices are good, especially the first three, and surely the transcript is a great list which I’ve printed for referencing often.

    Thanks again Pat and Happy Holidays!

  • http://giddyfreckles.co.uk Rebecca

    Thanks for the super tips. Affiliate marketing involves more consideration than I’d first thought, but I’ve no doubt that it pays off in the end.

  • http://www.cloudklein.com/ Ben Klein

    Thanks for another great post Pat! Have a great New Years!

  • http://jackfoley.net jack foley

    Brilliant Tips Pat. I listened to the podcast and I must say the one that stuck out was doing an interview with the product owner. Yea, talk about social proof..

    Cheers Pat

  • http://www.makemoneyonlineng.com Adesoji Adegbulu

    Right timing Pat.

    Consuming the transcript now

  • http://www.startyoungfinishfirst.com Tram Tran

    How I loooove tip number 30- we all need it. And great intro. Classical hiphop made my day=D

  • http://www.helpfordepressiontreatment.com/ Tanji @ help for depression

    I really appreciate your transcripts. It was so much helpful that I print it out and read twice. happy new year

  • http://www.3StepColdSoreRemedy.com David DuBose

    Great topic Pat! Can’t wait to check it out.

  • http://freetoliveyourdreams.com Emily

    Thanks for the tips, Pat! And Happy New Year to you. :)

  • http://jackfoley.net jack foley

    just listened to it again..

    One needs to jot all the points down…

  • http://www.findyourcashcow.com Taline

    Hey Pat,

    Trust, trust, trust! I can definately tell you that along with knowing the product very well is key. I used your affiliate links for Bluehost and Thesis because I trusted you and did not feel that you “pushed” any products. You simply stated what worked for you and why. Thanks for some awesome tips!

  • http://www.ivblogger.com Sheyi Shobayo

    I’ve downloaded this and i’m going to listen to it later tonight.

    Happy New Year!

    Sheyi Shobayo
    The Billion Dollar Boy

  • http://yourvirtualservices.com Mimi Klosterman

    Great tips, Pat! I am definitely going to implement as much as I can.

    For Tip #28 – Testing offers – Besides looking at your stats, do you put the summary/report of your results somewhere to review later when you have another offer you’d like to promote? Lilke where you’re going to place your links for the next offer?

  • http://www.naturalhairspeaks.blogspot.com Alicia

    Thank you so much for the tips. Some of these I never even thought of. You are right about the trust tip. Especially in the online world integrity is important. Thank you for sharing this information with us.

  • http://www.thebravemanblog.com Rodrigo @ The Brave Man Blog

    hahahahaha @Chris Green, it’s my first Happy New Year as well, Pat Happy New Year! Nice Timming by the way, I’m just finishing my first business and it’s actually monetized using Amazon Affiliate Marketing, it’s still not finished I just want to add some posts before publishing it to the public.

    By the way, I’ve been thinking about something that it’s mentioned in your first tip about earning trust, I added an “about page” with my photo and some description of myself but should I add the link to my personal blog? I’ve seen many people on forums saying that the personal blog should not be added to the business, what do you recommend? or anyone here have any bad or good experience with adding your personal blog to a business?

    Thanks as always for all your knowledge as always, Happy New Year πŸ˜€

    • Pat

      It’s up to you Rodrigo. Depends on the business I guess. Here on SPI, I get very personal with my audience and would love to have them understand me outside of business as much as possible, to build on those important relationships that are what make the SPI brand.

      Some businesses and models, I can see that not being of value to the audience or to the business in whole.

      I think it should be looked at on a case by case basis. Hope that helps!

      • http://www.thebravemanblog.com/ Rodrigo @ The Brave Man Blog

        Thanks a lot Pat, I will think a lot about then, but yeah, I think you’re right, it would be better to have a little space to be you outside business πŸ˜€

  • http://blog-and-get-rich.com Chris

    A comprehensive guide, well written. I have the impression these features become more and more rare these times. I wish I had followed your articles before. I will go to the archives. I tried to imagine what could be added but couldn’t find. Have a wonderful celebration of the New Year.

  • Tom

    What a great podcast! I listened twice. Great information here that I am going to use. Thanks for all your info and have a great new year!

  • http:www.ilovephotoblogs.com Rick

    Amazing podcast! I was scribbling notes as fast as I could write. You gave me a lot of homework to do. Can’t believe I actually enjoy having homework. Keep up the wonderful work you do. It’s a tremendous resource for people looking to take their online ventures to the next level.

    Best wishes for 2012!

  • http://jbdcolley.com John Colley

    Hey Pat
    Another masterful podcast – now going to be a checklist for my online affiliate related work. You will laugh to know that I made my first 80 pence commission on Amazon this Christmas – retirement has been postponed!!! :)
    Thank you for all your amazing content this year – have a blisteringly good New Year and I look forward to you continuing my education next year
    Best regards John

  • http://www.enlightenedresourcemanagement.com/ Joel Zaslofsky

    Wow Pat. You topped yourself once again. This would have been a worthwhile listen or read with just 2-3 of the tips you gave. Throwing 30 quality ones at the SPI community is really a gift.

    Time to start implementing!

  • http://masseusesalary.org Cris

    Hey Pat,

    Thanks for taking the time to provide a transcript for your podcasts. These 30 tips somewhat summarizes what you do in your blog, so the transcript is nice to keep.

    Some people are just smart, but some, like you, are able to bring their smartness to a level which always produce results, and in this regard you continue to be an inspiration to me and to others.

    Keep it up, and happy New Year!

  • http://recordingdrummerproducer.com craig zarkos

    Hey, can someone point me to how to set up Google analytics on my new site? is there a particular plugin that works best?

    • http://www.thebravemanblog.com Rodrigo @ The Brave Man Blog

      Craig I use the Google Analyticator plugin, add your Google Analytics UID (the number with the format AB-12345678-9) to that plugin in the settings and then enable it and that’s it

      If you want to add it manually, then go to the Gear icon below Sign out, then select tracking code and select that code and paste it to the header of every page you create, if you use the thesis theme you can select the “thesis options” and in additional scripts paste it there, but I would go with the plugin :)

    • Pat

      I use the same – Google Analyticator. Great plugin :)

  • Marv Dumon

    Hi Pat,

    I was wondering why you have chosen to keep your Podcast and eBook free instead of charging a minimal amount like $0.49 cents or $0.99 cents each. I understand that it’s a way to convey value, as well as, a marketing channel. Can you share your monetization rationale?


    • Pat

      The more I give away for free, the more I get back in return.

      With the podcast, I know I wouldn’t have over 1,000,000 downloads if I started charging for it – and the purpose of it is twofold: get more people to discover and become fans of the SPI brand, and get existing fans to enjoy SPI material even more, off the site and in their cars, on their walks, etc.

      I know I will make more in the long run by giving this away for free and earning affiliate clicks or even customers (once I have a product out), than if I were to charge a microfee like that.

      Same with the eBook, except the main purpose of that is to get people to subscribe to my newsletter, and blow them away with extremely high-quality stuff, for free, to make a long-lasting first impression.

  • http://www.appsandkids.com Ole

    I have just used Social Proof Giveaway (tip 18) strategy over the Christmas. And it worked great.

    We gave away our iPhone app in exchange for the comments. And we got great comments on the game’s page and on the facebook even though we are just starting out. Really nice!

  • http://tool.tl Rina As

    The Podcast is very helpful to me which not so good in England. I learned what would you give it, can expect success like you
    Awesome share…

  • http://www.totalmommyfitness.com Tatum Maguire

    Thanks Pat! I have learned so much from your podcasts. You are an inspiration. I appreciate all of your helpful advice. This podcast motivated me to click through and purchase all of your amazon book recommendations, as a thank you to you and hopefully to learn more! I trust your referrals.

  • http://fiverr.com/msharp/design-a-professional-banner-ad Melissa Sharp

    As always, this is brilliant! Thanks Pat

  • http://bizfromthekitchentable.blogspot.com/2011/11/affiliate-marketing-tips-building-your.html Daniel Thorley

    Affiliate marketing is a real challenge and you won’t earn or make extra money off of it until you build organic traffic and provide high-quality, relevant, valuable and engaging content. That content will encourage visitors to take action in the end such as clicking your ads or buying the products you offer. The more traffic visitors you get, the more money you could potentially make.

  • http://onlinemarriagecounselor.org Dave P


    Not that you haven’t heard it before, but I have to tell you the truth…

    The content you produce here at SPI is absolutely top shelf. Seriously. As you know, this whole industry is fairly screwed up in terms of egos, hype, misinformation, etc… The information in this particular episode flies in the face of all that crap. Thanks too for providing the PDF transcript here, it’s definitely helpful to have that as a reference after listening to the audio…

  • http://www.CRAZEDpilot.com Brendan

    Thanks again for all the work you go to Pat – in the evenings even my wife looks forward to your podcasts and videos, asking me regularly “has Pat released anything new yet?” Your tips and techniques continue to help us grow our brand and expand further using the BE EVERYWHERE techniques you recommend. Thanks Pat!

  • Scott Jensen

    Outstanding podcast Pat. You’ve got some great ideas here. I can’t wait to start putting these into practice.

  • http://gireviews.net Brendan

    Great stuff as always Pat. Your podcasts make my lunch breaks a million times better! Thanks for finally tackling how to do affiliate marketing in one concise podcast!

  • http://gireviews.net Brendan

    In one of the tips, you recommend multiple affiliate links in the article. Has anybody on here ever had an issue with google dropping it from rankings for too many affiliate links in the article?

    • Pat

      It’s probably hard for people to tell Brendan, but if you just have a few instances I don’t think it’ll be a problem. You should set them to all be no-follow anyway.

      • http://gireviews.net Brendan

        Wow. Just wow.

        I knew that. I’ve always known that. Yet none of my affiliate links are no-follow.

        Also, thanks for such a prompt reply!

  • Robin Stanley

    Thanks Pat, another brilliant episode jam packed with actionable ideas. Thanks for all your hard work throughout 2011. Looking forward to the next episode.

  • http://www.hothitmedia.com Ralph | Social Media Explained

    Great podcast again Pat!

    Epic posts.. man I must admit i’ve done one recently and took me full weekend to get done but was awesome to do. Over 3700 words for just one product!
    > http://www.hothitmedia.com/fbinfluence-review-facebook-marketing-success if anyone want to read it. Its about Facebook Influence.

    Insane but fun :)

  • http://www.hothitmedia.com Ralph | Social Media Explained

    ps.. why did you use Vimeo for your video for the keyword research and not put it on your YouTube account?

    • Pat

      Great question Ralph. Actually, when I made that video I was unable to upload a video more 10 minutes in length to YouTube. I’ve only recently become a partner with YouTube which allows me to upload unlimited length videos, so I’m probably going to move it very soon.

      • http://www.hothitmedia.com Ralph | Social Media Explained

        Ahh ok.
        I was thinking that Vimeo wouldn’t allow you to download video’s..
        Its always possible but it just depends how techie you are.

        Thanks for the answer!
        Listening to your podcast (#2 for today) and you make it sound so easy :)

  • http://lifecoachingspot.com Michael

    I’m on the fence about the Affiliate Marketing for Beginner course. I want to go through it, and I honestly will soon anyways, BUT, I wanted to ask you (Pat) or anyone that could answer:

    I can’t find any reviews on it, has anyone taken it, and if so, what did you think? Also, is there a discount/coupon for the $97 price tag it has? I have the money, but of course if I can use a coupon and save $20-30 by just asking around, I’ll do it :)

    Thank you!

  • Chris

    Hey Pat. Cool Article.

    I’m building out my first affiliate site atm, and I already wrote my “epic post” before hearing this so it’s nice to know I’m on the right track.

    Just wondering though – I’m considering implementing the Youtube video idea of reviewing my affiliate product and comparing it to it’s nearest competitors. But I’m worried that by mentioning the competitors’ products and by saying the names of all these products that I might lose clicks/sales if people decide they want to try the others (or even if they just hear me talking about mine, and just decide to go to google and type it in there instead).

    How would handle this situation? I’m thinking give them plenty of opportunities to click on my affiliate link so they know it will be easier than Googling it, but what about the competitors products? Should I provide (non-affiliate) links to them too? or should I try not to talk about them, or to talk them down maybe?

    Cheers :-]

    • Chris

      If anybody else has advice for me as well, it’s an open question :-]

    • Manie

      This is a valid point, what if you mention that it is the same price as when you google it… You’ve put in all the marketing and built up that trust, just mention I am an affiliate for them but I don’t charge anything extra… I would like to hear opinions from others though…

  • http://emagrecerperderbarriga.com Matheus

    Hey Pat, great podcast!
    One of my websites is about weight loss and diets, and ok, there`s a lot of affiliates options out there for this niche, but mostly, they`re not quite good, i mean, my blog gives free and good content, and i write against medications to lose weight and this kind of thing, and as i was saying, a lot, maybe even all of diets affiliates are about these not-good-products to lose weight.
    Do you think that i should stay only on adsense, or maybe go somewhere else?


  • http://www.killthecablebill.com Dave

    Hey Pat,
    I took your advice and added a section to my blog that discloses my affiliate marketing techniques. I decided to try and spin what could be a negative, into a positive. Or at least i attempted too.

    Here is the verbiage i added:

    We spend 100’s of hrs. researching & testing all the products & services out there, and then pass that knowledge on to you. To offset this cost, we utilize affiliate marketing techniques, which means that we earn commission when you click on one of our links & purchase from sites like Amazon.

    If you find value in our posts, please help us keep the doors open by using one of our links when purchasing items online.


    What do you think Pat? Is this a smart way to disclose my affiliate status?

    Thanks for all the great advice btw.. without you i would never been able to get off the ground.

    Best Regards,


  • http://howtospeak-japanese.com Yamato

    This post in combination what I just learned in Session #41 is golden. Will go through the lsit again over the next days (need some time to think about everything and let it settle down) and then start implementing. – Thanks for showing me these opportunities to improve my sites.

  • http://intentionalsuperhero.com/ Josh Bulloc

    Hello Pat,
    I am working my way through all of your podcasts. Great info and thanks for doing this for us.

    In this podcast you mention the potential confusion between features and benefits. They way I like to differentiate the two is that a benefit relates to am emotion you will have by using the product. For instance, you mentioned the flat wires reduces frustration i.e. that is the benefit.

  • Carlos G.

    Hey Pat. Excellent Podcast. Thanks! I was wondering if you have written a post where you explain – in detail – how to add a bonus to your affiliate offer. I mean, how can I confirm that one person used my link to make a purchase so I can deliver the bonus. Can you do it automatically?, do you have to ask for the receipt?, wiil the affiliate company allow me to see the ones who have purchased through my link?. I mean, the concept is crystal clear, but the HOW TO is a llitle bit confusing for me. Thanks so much for your advice.

  • http://www.spunkyseniorsclub.com Mary Beauareaux

    http://www.spunkyseniorsclub.com — What a way to go for the 50+ boomers and seniors!

  • http://agilecustomwriters.com/ Great Essays

    Thanks pat.This is great.I must admit i’ve done one recently and took me full weekend to get done
    but was awesome to do. Over 4000 words for just one product!
    if anyone want to read it. http://agilecustomwriters.com/

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  • http://www.holinessadvocate.com/ Musa Dube

    It sounds difficult… will try.

  • Essi Pau

    Hey, I know this is a really old post but I noticed I’ve been going back to this podcast at least 9 times in the last 2 weeks at least!
    I have to say that I love the points that were made and I try to keep up with all 30 of them.
    I’m grateful for tips like these and I’m trying my best to make a living of my blog as well.
    Thanks Pat,


  • Phillip Swindall

    Hey, Pat! I LOVE your help with affiliate marketing! Thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge and not keeping it to yourself.

    I have a question: do you advice that we rely completely on the producer’s sales pages and swipe files, or should we personalize everything to our audience and our personality?

  • Phillip Swindall

    Pat, I’m so thankful that you updated these three episodes, especially this one on affiliate marketing! Thanks to your willingness to try new things so you can teach us new things, too!

    Just though I’d show you that not all of your training has gone to waste… thought I’d share with you a post I wrote on another blog about some of the lessons I’ve learned from you and others. I mention this post specifically in part of the post: