How to Become a Super Affiliate and Make Commission-Part 7

Using Tools to Generate Larger Lists
There are quite a few tools out there that have proven themselves effective for researching keyword lists. I could list them all, but I want to get on to the juicy stuff pretty quick, so I’ll use one of my favourite tools – Traffic Travis. You can find it at and it is free to download (though there is a premium version with more features). Once you install it and get it running, you’ll have a basic interface that looks like this: The tool itself is pretty much everything you’ll need to research recent search ranking data for keywords, get keyword ideas, generate long lists that can be exported to AdWords, and even research and review the ranking data for competitor websites. In short, it’s a highly valuable research tool that you’ll be coming back to again and again.
Using Traffic Travis
Just to show you how valuable this tool is and how much data you can get out of it, let’s use a simple term like “acne removal” and see what kind of data we can dig up for it. Start by entering the chosen keyword into the interface and searching. As you can see, there are dozens of responses, populating a relatively solid list of keywords (up to 200). You’ll then be able to order them to see who searches, how many per day, and what the data is for each of the major search engines. You can then choose to export all these keywords in a couple of formats. If you’re going to be using these for a PPC campaign, you’ll be able to run them through PPC analysis. You can save the keywords to a project, then switch to PPC analysis and check to see how well the keywords are performing among the different competitors. If you’re using 3,000 keywords for a PPC advertising campaign, this data can make the difference between success and failure.
Once you’ve run the tool, you’ll be able to see the specific advertiser sites for particular keywords. Each advertiser can be reviewed so that you can see which keywords they are marketing for, how many phrases they’ve chosen and their current rankings. In short, you can see exactly how many competitors you have, and if you’re interested, you can export those competitor URLs and analyse them separately to see how effective their sites are.
The really valuable thing here is that you can come back in a few weeks and see which terms and phrases are still being advertised by those particular competitors. If they’re still using certain ones, those keywords are obviously top quality and are getting them sales.
The goal here is to get the top keywords from your competitors so that you can analyse what they’re doing and how it will benefit your business in particular. PPC advertising is such a tricky business – if you’re serious about getting into it, you’ll need to have this kind of data on hand. Even if you’re not into PPC, you’ll need a good chunk of information to ensure you’re able to optimize your site properly.
Google Keyword Tool
Another free tool that can help you with general ideas on keyword generation is the Google Keyword Tool that comes with AdWords. The tool has been beefed up a few times over the years and while it still doesn’t have some of the gusto of other paid options, it gets the job done in terms of presenting you with relatively good traffic data, competition estimates and synonyms for your phrases.
When you’ve been researching on Forums and the like, going through Google Keyword Tool to make sure people are actually searching for the terms you’ve discovered is very important. This will allow you to create a good list of potential keywords that you can use later.
Analyzing Competition Levels
Too often people will think of a keyword or phrase, or Google it and see 15 million results and assume they’ll never be able to rank for it. Think again, my friend. The truth is that the number of results is practically meaningless. The real information you want to seek out is whether the sites that are already ranking for that keyword are competitive or not. That’s where research comes in handy.
Hop back into Traffic Travis and go to the SEO Analysis tool located there. Enter a few terms similar to “fast acne removal”. Wait a few seconds and the difficulty values will pop up from Google. These are calculated from the sites that already rank for that keyword.
If you browse further along the table, you can click to get a table for individual keywords which provides more details about how the difficulty was calculated.
Using a variety of different factors, the tool will tell you the overall difficulty of ranking for that keyword. The difficult it stats is how hoard Traffic Travis thinks it will be to get on Page 1 for that keyword. Now, look at the different pages that already show up for the keyword to see what you’ll need to do to reach Page1:
• Website Age
• Page Rank
• Backlinks to Page
• Backlinks to Website
• Links from .edu and .gov
• DMOZ and Yahoo! Directory Listings
• Title Tag and Header Keyword Placement
In short, the tool will analyze the pages for all the things that are generally recognized as important to Google. The green checkmarks will tell you how much of the different SEO tasks needed to rank have been completed by the site. The fewer green checks you see, the easier it will be to push your way into those rankings. The difficulty rating may not be accurate 100% of the time, but it is often very accurate and will give you a good idea of what terms to optimize for. Since a good website should only optimize for a collection of phrases, you can then choose which ones to narrow down to, usually focusing on a handful of easy, or relatively easy, terms and a few medium/hard terms.
Once you have your keywords in hand, put them into a chart so you can see what is most difficult and what will be easiest to rank for. Prioritize those keywords based on which ones get the most searches. For example, if you find that a keyword has 15,000 searches with a 4 star rating and another has 5,000 searches with a 4 star rating, the first keyword should be ranked higher in your optimization, presuming it is a valuable, targeting keyword.

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Crisis Keywords
When I start a Google AdWords campaign, I will often have a handful of ad groups that focus on product names and author names, and then a big collection of keywords that focus very specifically on crisis keywords. While the name-keyed phrases are very valuable because you’re targeting people who are ready to buy, the crisis keywords are equally, if not more important because you’re targeting people with an urgent need that are willing to buy. They might be willing to buy multiple products and will be far more likely to act on impulse when they read your call to action, rather than continuing to shop around and research.
So, how do you snag crisis keywords that will help you pinpoint the best possible potential leads? Here are some tips.
• Ask Who Needs the Product – Always determine who needs the products you’re marketing most. For example, if you’re selling guides for how to remove acne, who do you think will need that guide immediately? A 25 year old interested in preventing acne in the future or an 18 year old who wants to get rid of acne before they start a new job? The latter will always be a better prospect because they have an immediate crisis that you can solve.
• Does the Phrase Solve the Problem? – The keyword phrases you choose need to be things the prospect would search for to solve the problem. For example, “acne tips” is not a good keyword because it could be searched for by anyone, including children and adults helping their children. However “get rid of acne now” or “remove acne in a week” are good because they are going to be written by people who need to act sooner than later.
• Can the Phrase Mean Anything Else? – Finally, ask yourself if the phrase can be interpreted as something else. This is especially important for pay per click advertising, where you don’t want to pay for a keyword when non-buyers will click. For example, if someone searches for “get rid of skin problems”, it seems like a crisis keyword, but in reality, it could be about anything. It could be related to dry skin, dandruff, rosacea, or a dozen other problems that your website does not relate to. You need to target only people who will be interested in what your articles and reviews can provide them.
Crisis keywords are important for every marketing campaign, whether you are using organic search engine optimization or PPC advertising. Just remember to pinpoint the problem your audience is having and adapt your keywords to match their needs.
Long Tail Keywords
There are two instances when you would want to look at long tail keywords. First, there is PPC advertising. With advertising, the more keywords you have, the better. That means you’ll want lists of several thousand keywords. The second is development of an authority site. You could write a dog training website with 10 pages of content, but if you want it to become an authority site, you would want to start specializing pages for breeds, such as “Labrador retriever food bowl aggression”. That’s a long tail keyword because you’ve added specific details to the basic term of “food bowl aggression” that can be changed depending on the several hundred dog breeds out there.
Finding long tails will require a bit of research, both on your own and with tools. If you don’t know a niche especially well, this will be extra important to ensure you don’t miss any potentially valuable keywords.
Buying Keywords
Other keywords that perform really well are buying keywords – terms people will use when they are ready to make a purchase. Product and author names are one example of this, as are any keywords that end with “review”. Other examples include buy, order, and purchase.
Forum Research
Another tool I like to use, which is a fantastic for getting inside the heads of the people you’re targeting, is a little basic forum research. Again, this is an incredibly simple strategy that too many affiliate marketers neglect because they’ve been told to move on and use more advanced tools. Why? On every forum you have the exact data you need to pinpoint what people are searching for, the industry terms you wouldn’t know unless you’re an expert, and the details you’ll need to start crafting your keyword lists.
People put their problems on forums, and even if you have a passing knowledge of a niche, you’ll never understand everything in it without digging deeper and learning what people’s problems are. Take a niche like World of Warcraft for example. This is a niche that has been highly successful in recent years. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like a traditional IM niche. It’s a game and most of the time, games don’t breed the urgency that you’d find in things like weight loss or dog training. However, this particular game is an online, socially motivated game where players are constantly competing with each other. Immediately, players are going to push themselves to work harder and faster and eventually want to get a cutting edge. Enter the info products on how to do everything better in the game.
If you’re an affiliate marketer, the odds are that you don’t have time to play a time consuming game like World of Warcraft. Yet, you may want to market the successful guides that come out of this niche. So, instead of spending hours playing the game to acclimate with it, you can spend just a few minutes scanning the forums of and learning that players want to know more about Horde and Alliance characters, how to make gold, how to level up, how to do better with their professions, etc. There are dozens of little details you can draw from here to create keyword lists.

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Take a look at what you get if you just type in dog training. Look at all those reviews.
This is definitely a hot niche:
I could go on and on for hours about how many other ways there are to find hot niches, but really, why? Just the two above will help you find dozens upon dozens of potentially hot, highly profitable niche options. If you’re really interested in making some serious money with them, you’ll be able to do so easily enough. You don’t need anything trickier.
Google and Other Networks
Another very valuable tool is just to Google something and see if there are other affiliate networks that will allow you to make commissions. Type in “learning languages affiliate program” into Google to see if there are direct programs you can sign up for or any other tools that will let you earn a profit without going through Clickbank.
I prefer Clickbank in many ways, but it is not the only tool on the market – not by a longshot.
Physical Products
Again, I’m a big fan of promoting info products, but don’t let that stop you from considering some physical products if the commissions are right. For example, a product like the Sunforce 50044 Watt Solar kit on sells for $299 and has more than 60 positive reviews. The total commission will only be $15, but the people who read those reviews or articles will already be primed buyers if they’re searching for a specific product name (as is often the case with physical products).
Digging Up the Keywords
So, the niche research part is relatively easy. You just go where the money is. But, now we get to the part where many marketers start to stumble. Yeah, the dreaded keyword research. There are few things less entertaining to read about than keyword research. It never seems like there are enough keywords, and if you’re doing something like Pay Per Click advertising, there really aren’t enough.
Luckily for you, I have a few tools and strategies I use to make this a whole lot easier. It’s all about having a process and being willing to invest the time and energy into developing lists that will actually be useful to you.
Where to Get the Best Keywords
Okay, so if you’ve been interested in Affiliate Marketing for any longer than a week or two, you should have a good idea of how important keywords are. They are the foundation of every good website and since you’ll be diving deep into a hyper competitive field, you pretty much need to have a good strategy in place for making sure the keywords you choose can be marketed successfully. Patience is important in this business, but you don’t want to pour hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars into ranking for a simple affiliate site.
I like to find my keywords in a number of ways. In my opinion, there are three types of keywords that hold the most value:
1. Product Names
2. Author Names
3. Crisis Keywords
In addition to these three very vital, basic groups of keywords, you can also search for keywords in the following categories:
4. General Specific Keywords
5. Longtail keywords
How you use these sets of keywords will ultimately determine how successful this part of your preparation will be. To give you an idea of what I normally do though, I will focus my energies into the first three almost entirely. It’s not that general specific keywords and longtails are not effective (they’re vital for PPC campaigns), but they’re just not going to covert as well. If you were about to buy something like a new DVD player, would you be more likely to search for “dvd players” or a specific review of a model you liked such as “Oppo DV-980H DVD Player Review”? The same goes for your info products. People will search for product and author names when they’re ready to buy, so even if the number of searches is lower, the value of those searches is much higher.
The one thing to consider when using author names or product names in your optimization is the terms and conditions of the affiliate program. Rarely but on occasion you’ll find that you cannot do this, so it is important to check first, especially with some CPA programs and large companies that like to protect these terms and how they are optimized.

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The Two Ways to Find a Niche
There are hundreds of complex ways to look for a niche, but I say keep it simple. Don’t try to find the “next big thing” every time you start a new site. Look for things that already sell, that have a substantial market and that have room for you to build a site. I utilize two very simple methods for finding new niches – neither of which requires an expensive membership or epic insights that only a guru would have.
No, it’s not the only affiliate network or method out there, but it’s sure one of the best and when it comes to finding profitable niches, there are few places where you can find better data. Here’s my basic walkthrough for finding your niche here:
1. Hit the Marketplace – Go to the Clickbank Marketplace ( and search for any term. For example, enter woodworking. You’ll find Woodworking4home – a site with a gravity of 145 (as of writing this)
2. Use the Gravity – The gravity score is an easy snapshot to see what is selling and what isn’t. What the gravity score means is that there are that many separate affiliates selling the product. Every time a product is sold by a unique affiliate within a certain time period, a point is added to gravity. If someone sells 200 products, it still only counts as one point.
3. Checking the Niche – So, as you can imagine, when a product has been sold successfully by more than 130 people, it is clearly a good niche – one with a lot of profit potential. In fact, I tend to aim for anything with a gravity over 30. At any point, there might be between 30 and 75 products on Clickbank with gravity that high. It’s always a good sign that the niche is converting and that particular product is doing well.
Now, some gurus will try to tell you that the gravity score being high is a sign of too much competition. I completely disagree, though. Just think about it. Over 130 affiliates have successfully made money with that same product. How many people must have bought that guide, then? Don’t you think there is a bit of room in the market for a new marketer to join? I think so. Research
As I said before, Clickbank isn’t the only tool around. There are dozens of other affiliate networks, including CPA networks (which will talk about more soon), so using just Clickbank, where not nearly every evergreen niche is represented, isn’t always best. For that in-between research, I like to visit and view the hot products there.
1. Selling Off Amazon – First off, I should mention that I don’t normally sell physical products. You’re talking about a measly 5% profit instead of 50%-75% from a digital product. So, obviously the real money is in info products. But, as a research tool, you don’t get much better than Amazon.
2. The Reviews – Start by looking through any product pages or niche on They sell pretty much everything in the realm of consumer goods, so you’ll be able to find quite a nice selection of stuff. Your goal here is to look for products with at least 20 reviews, however.
3. How Hot is the Niche – So, why do we look for products with 20+ reviews, and not the wide array of other stuff that pops up on these sites? Think about it for a minute. How many people actually review something they buy? I don’t have the exact stats on hand, but it’s something like 1 in 1,000. So, if a product has 20 reviews, you can estimate that more than 20,000 of that product have been purchased. Yeah, I’d consider that a niche worth checking into.
4. Researching from There – Once you find a hot niche product on Amazon, take to Google and start searching for related keywords. For example, if you find a product on Amazon like Cesar Milan’s “Becoming the Pack Leader” with 60+ reviews, go to Google and search for “dealing with dog aggression” or“being the dog pack leader”. You’ll find a number of products that are related to this niche. You’ll find more on Clickbank too, where the dog training niche has been an evergreen favorite for years.

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And if you’re looking at the sample numbers up there right now and saying “I really have to get 1,000 people a day to make just $135 a day,” stop and think about it for just one moment. Consider this. Not only is a 0.40% conversion rate moderate to low at best, you can have far more than 1 website building those traffic numbers.
In fact, you should count on it. If you build only one website, you’ll never be a super affiliate. You might eventually snag that traffic, but you’ll never be the top level marketer you’re aiming to be. Consider what happens if you have 20 websites with 50 hits a day – it’s the same effect, and then there is something to work toward in increasing your traffic numbers. Yes, this is doable, and yes it will make you a lot of money. Another note I want to make is that your pages will not all convert at the same rate. Some conversions are much higher (as we’ll discuss soon), and some lower. It depends on the keyword you’ve optimized for, who you’re targeting and how eager your audience is to make a purchase. All of these are factors you must consider before making assumptions about how effective a site is.
There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Website
You cannot have a bad website. You may have an underperforming website, or one that needs more content, or one that needs to be upgraded a bit, but it isn’t bad as long as there are no zeroes in the formula that we’ve just gone over. You’ll be making money whenever there is money, traffic, and conversions involved. Now, the goal is to boost all of those numbers equally across the board. When we do that, we’ll be able to make a tremendous profit that can then be reinvested and turned into a viable marketing business.
Finding the Perfect Niche
Every business starts with the same thing – a good, solid, profitable niche. One of the major mistakes every failed affiliate marketer makes is not finding and sticking to a niche that works. They think they need to look for something new and exciting, the non-competitive niches, or that they need to try multiple niches over and over again to spread out their business.
Here’s a secret though – most major Super Affiliates will have only two major niches in which they focus their efforts. Sure, they’ll try other niches – hundreds of them in some cases. But, they only keep searching so they can find the two or three niches that are the absolute most profitable. Does it make sense to choose a niche, invest hours of time into it, make a lot of money, and then start over again? Of course not. You should take what works and do it again, rinsing and repeating to build a recurring income stream that you know for a fact works. Of course, before you can choose a single niche and invest all your time and money into it, you actually need to go out there and research a little bit to find out which ones are going to be worth your time. That’s where I come in.
Myths About Affiliate Marketing Niches
There are a lot more people out there selling affiliate marketing advice than those who have actually managed to use that advice to make their fortunes. And, unfortunately, those people are constantly aiming for ways to stand out with exciting new strategies that teach new things no one has ever seen before. They tell you all sorts of things that are generally untrue or questionable at best. Do any of these sound familiar:
• Some niches are too competitive
• You cannot make money selling “money making” products
• Clickbank is the only way to go
• High gravity means a product is too competitive
They’re all false and while sometimes it might seem like they’re true, it all really comes down being able to stand back and knock out the better website. There is no such thing as a niche that is too competitive. There are just websites that don’t do enough to be competitive. There are plenty of sites other than Clickbank. High gravity is a very good thing. And money making products can be highly effective…if you sell them properly. So, instead of just taking what you hear at face value, let’s take a look at what does and does not work when researching a new niche.

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Becoming a Super Affiliate
Success in affiliate marketing is all about self-belief – you have to know you can succeed. Ignore the failure stories – those are people who constantly paint everything with a pessimistic paintbrush – not getting their hopes up and assuming they will fail. Those are people who do not enjoy learning and spend their free time watching TV instead of building websites. Those are people who only dream about their dreams, rather than going out and making those dreams come true. They are people who feel guilt when they make money, instead of being happy that they succeeded. The actual technical details and processes of becoming a super affiliate are extremely important, but let me tell you this – the absolute first thing every affiliate marketer needs to do is to challenge their assumptions about what they’re doing and truly strive for excellence. Only then will they be able to succeed on a par with the truly great Super Affiliates of the world.
Creating a Process
As an affiliate marketer, nothing is more important than having a steady, regular process in place that you can follow at all times. That said, everyone’s process will be different. But, that doesn’t mean there are not some very important factors to keep in mind.
1. Daily Action – You have to make daily strides toward your goal. That means spending time each and every day working on something that helps your business. That does not mean spending 5 hours reading emails or finding new “info products” that will help you. It means taking real, measurable action on a project and building websites. You’ll never learn if you don’t act.
2. Time Management – How you manage your time will be a big deal. By this, I mean you should have a list of things to get done each day –approximately 30% of whatever you have time for that day. If you have 10 hours to work, give yourself 3 hours of things that absolutely must get done. Everything else is a bonus. Additionally, saving email for last can be a big time saver.
3. Getting a Staff in Place – You’ll never get anywhere if you do it all on your own. Try to set aside a good chunk of your affiliate income – I started by setting aside 50% of mine – to outsource new tasks, hire people and make sure you can balance income with new projects and results.
4. Have Specific, Measured Goals – Goals are vital and they help you measure how successful you’re being. Set up a list of goals both for the short term and the long term and then measure how they proceed from day to day, week to week, and month to month. This mindset will be vital later on when you start testing and tweaking websites.
5. Learning is Key – Your knowledge base will help determine where you stand against other marketers. Spend as much time as possible reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching videos. Don’t let your learning replace your action, though. Instead, supplement the websites you build and the actions you take with your learning.
6. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be healthy and fit to do this job. You’ll be spending hours in front of a computer. Do you know how quickly you can get sick and fall behind on your tasks if you don’t exercise daily, eat well, and get sleep? Just try to be productive when you’re eating a back of Doritos every afternoon – it isn’t easy.
There are other things that might be important to you. You may have hobbies, volunteer activities, children, a spouse, or a deep love of a particular TV show, but keep the above things in mind and you’ll be able to find that sense of balance you’ve always been seeking in your business ventures.
Starting Your Affiliate Mega-Business
Every super affiliate starts somewhere. Some of them started in the 1990s when things were messier and more experimental. Some of them started three months ago and did everything right as they worked their way up. Whatever you attempt to do, know that when you get started, you won’t make a fortune on day one. It will take time to be successful. That’s exactly why I put the mindset chapter first. It’s that important. This business can be extremely discouraging if you don’t already know that it will take time and a bit of failure before something good happens.
But, when you’re ready to get started and have the confidence you need to invest into the business, it is time to stop wondering what will happen and start pouring your energy into getting something done.
The Money
Okay, I’ve been making you wait long enough. Let’s get into the thing you really want to know. How much money can you make as a super affiliate? You already know that there are millionaires out there, making massive fortunes doing this. But, what does it take to do the same thing? Let’s take a look at a simple formula that most of us
(Traffic) x (Conversion Rate ) x ($ per Customer) x (# of Transactions) = Payday
Yup, there is math, but don’t worry – it’s not nearly as complicated as it seems.
Basically, what you see above is a simplified version of everything we do. The amount of traffic you get, the conversion rate of that traffic, the amount you can make per customer and the number of transactions you pull off will equal your total payday.
This is actually a formula I found in a Brad Sugars book from a decade or so ago, but it works well for just about any of us.
Here’s a simple example of a weight loss website:
• Traffic – 1,000 Hits Per Day
• Conversion Rate – 0.40% (1 in 250 customers buys something)
• $ per Customer – $22.50
• # of Transactions – 1.5 (The number is higher than 1 because you have an email list that can upsell additional products to prospects later down the line)
Now, put all those numbers into a simple formula, and you get the following data:
• 1,000 x 0.40% x $22.50 x 1.5 = $135/day
Now, while that might seem very straightforward to most of you, the truth is that many affiliate marketers forget the simple formula. They forget that they need traffic, or they forget that the traffic needs to convert, or they forget that they can actually get more than 1 transaction per customer with an email list. Your goal, and what we’ll work on in the coming pages, is to develop a strategy that allows you to focus on all four factors simultaneously, keeping balance in your websites at all times. That balance will be crucial to your bottom line and is what will push you over just about every other marketer out there (yes, many people do neglect this formula, surprisingly enough).

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There are two things every good affiliate strives for – making a great deal of money, and constantly improving how you make that money. It’s no secret that the world of affiliate marketing is a tricky business where the vast majority of newcomers fails, but never forget that it’s also the business where pizza delivery boys and movers are able to start making millions of dollars with no special education or training in less than a few years. If you’re a starting affiliate marketer with the gleam of profits in your eye and a bright and beautiful future in front of you, the last thing you want to do is join the first group– the people who crash and burn in the first few weeks. No, you want to be the super affiliate – the big time cash producer who turns everything they touch into gold –whether it’s a CPA offer or a major affiliate product launch. It’s not enough to just learn the basics and become “another affiliate marketer”. You need to tap into a reserve of passionate energy and desire to succeed and you need to have the tools and processes in front of you to acquire that level of success. In the next few pages, we’re not just going to talk about what an affiliate marketer does – you probably know quite a bit about that already. We’re going to dig down and talk about what a Super Affiliate does and how you can make not just a profit, but unheard of amounts of money like the biggest and best marketers out there. It’s time to toss those bad habits out the window and learn what the very best are doing every day to turn each of their business prospects into pure gold.
What is a Super Affiliate?
When I say “super affiliate” I’m not talking about a marketer with an “S” on their chest and a weakness to green rocks. I’m talking about the cream of the crop – the top 10% of all affiliate marketers who not only make a living, but who get filthy rich putting the basic strategies that all marketers use to the test. They optimize their marketing strategies, push their limits, and leverage tools you probably haven’t even heard of. So, what specifically makes a super affiliate so special? It’s all in the mindset.
The Mindset of a Super Affiliate
Before you even log on to the Internet – before there are any Clickbank accounts, blogs, squeeze pages, or email lists – something extremely important goes into the creation of the top tier affiliates. And don’t think the top dogs in the industry just wake up one morning, decide they must be the best and have these traits ready to go. They spend years toughing it out, making mistakes, and tweaking their mindset to take full advantage of what they can get out of their time each day. This isn’t an instant pill – it’s a 7 course meal and it takes time to prepare. But, like any dedicated professional, Super Affiliates never give up. They keep trying and eventually they develop a special mindset that allows them to approach each project they take on with the clarity of vision that has made millionaires the world over. They do this by constantly taking actions towards their goals. The number one thing the top affiliate marketers never do is procrastinate. I cannot stress this enough. It’s very easy to get bogged down in the educational materials that float around out there.
So and so has a new product about how to make $10,000 a week in 6 weeks or less? Pick it up. That guy has a single tool that will triple your conversions?
Download it now!
These are the reactions of someone who is too busy preparing and educating –looking for the next major toolset that will help them suddenly understand everything there is to know about the business. News flash – there is no such tool. You want to know what will help you understand everything there is to know about affiliate marketing? It’s called experience. And the only way to get that experience is to keep trying, making mistakes – often times outright failing – on your path to understanding the business.
The only way to ever truly understand what you are doing is to fall on your face a few times. When a child touches a hot stove, they quickly learn that it will burn them. The same thing goes for an affiliate marketer – someone can outline every little tip they’ve ever learned and yet you still need to touch that stove for yourself and learn how hot it is. Some of us get burned less than others, but we all get burned at some point, and that’s the only way you’ll ever learn.
Optimism Pays Off
If there’s one thing I’ve become accustomed to, it’s beginning affiliate marketers lighting up forums and message boards with comments about how hard it is, how they’re about to give up, how they cannot do this or that task. Forget the obstacles, though. A true super affiliate is one who never thinks in terms of obstacles. They think in terms of opportunity and what they can do to overcome those obstacles. The single biggest example of this is paid traffic. I can practically guarantee you that no affiliate marketer ever makes a profit with their first paid traffic campaign. There are just too many variables. But, what a super affiliate does is take the data from that first failed campaign and learn what they did wrong. They highlight keywords that were unsuccessful, analyze the tools they used, and adapt their budgets and their ad groups to match. The other guys? They quit. Now, why do you think the failure rate is so high?
Beyond simply believing that you can succeed, you need to put your money where your mouth is. You need to invest the money you make in software, outsourcing, and pay per click advertising, then spend whatever is left over. Stop buying new electronics with those affiliate checks and use the money to reinvest in your business. There will be plenty of time to enjoy your spoils later on, when you’re sitting on the top of the earnings charts.

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Part 11 – Thinking Outside the Box
Thinking outside the box is crucial for success and will allow you to make sales even in higher competition niches. For example, a product like Sciatica SOS attracts significant affiliate interest, resulting in higher competition. However, you can easily think outside the box and still make lots of sales from it as a b8eginner e.g. by focusing on long tail kws for both organic and paid traffic (e.g. ‘sciatica foot pain’, ‘lower left back pain causes’ etc.. rather than ‘cure sciatica’ or ‘sciatica treatment’), or buying ad space on websites that others might not think about – e.g. instead of advertising of back pain websites, you could advertise on a golfer’s website (golfer’s tend to suffer from sciatica a lot)… Same when it comes to targeting on other platforms, e.g. facebook.
I want to give you one more tip – don’t be afraid of promoting FOREIGN LANGUAGE products!! There are literally just a couple of affiliates promoting Spanish, French, German, and Italian products and these are gobbling up all the cash from the goldmines!
Part 11 – Foreign Language Products
For example, our foreign language versions of Sciatica SOS and Gout Code are super low competition even though the demand is huge. Trust me on this, DO GIVE foreign language products a try…you might never promote another English product after these Foreign Language Vendor IDs to check out: ISCHIAS, FSCIATICA, SCIATICA0, SCIATICAT, CGOTA, GOUTTE
Part 12 – TAKE ACTION!
Yep, I just added this part to remind you once again that the most important determinant of your success is to TAKE ACTION! So get started NOW and thank me later
P.S. if you need any help, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me! I’d also love to hear any comments you have about this report, so hit me up and let me know what you thought.

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PART 9 – Facebook Ads
Back to facebook ads.
As a vendor, I’m in touch with affiliates doing fb ads on a daily basis, and in general the main approaches that I see affiliates doing are two. One leads to loss of money, the other leads to some affiliates doing over $1,000 daily.
So, what is the crucial difference?
The type of campaign that tends to lead to loss of money is where affiliates set up some nice looking ads, and point them to the vendor’s page, i.e. direct linking. People tend to use facebook as a way to kill time/’socialize’ Direct linking will not work with fb ads. Linking to a review page is a step in the right direction, but generally this is still too much of a hard sell to bring a profit from facebook traffic. and generally they are NOT in a buyer’s mode. Think of your facebook user as a chick at a restaurant scrolling through fb while waiting for the waiter to come to take her order…do you think she’s going to buy anything at this time, no matter how good the vendor’s page is?
So what is the right way to do it?
1. First, set up an external blog or micro niche site. The site should be focused on the NICHE not the product. For example, I advise affiliates promoting my product Cat Language Bible to set up a page about cat language/behavior or even cats in general, rather than around the product. Each page should feature an opt-in for a free pdf report (on the side, corner, or as a pop-up). The report should contain actually useful information with a soft-sell for the product.
2. Next, set up a niche-specific facebook page. On this page, have posts that are share-able, such as pictures, infographics, and articles of the “top 6 things…”/ “10 tips for..” etc type. These posts should link to pages on your external page. For example, “3 ways your cat tells you he loves you”, “10 tips to be a better cat parent”, “Top 5 ways to show your cat you love her”, etc..
3. When running the ads, link to posts on the facebook page (not directly to the external page). Obviously, writing catchy headlines and finding an
4. With this set up, you should get lots of ppl to your page from the ads, and through their engagement (likes/tags/shares of posts), this will further provide free publicity to your page (each time a person likes/shares a post, their friends will see it on their home feed). Many will click through to your external blog/site, and if you have an incentivized opt in (free report), it is likely many will opt (fb traffic is a sucker for free stuff). If your free report/mini course is set up right (soft sells work best), then kick back and watch the cash flow. attention-grabbing picture is very important. I would recommend you follow established pages such as viral thread, ladbible, etc. to get ideas on headings and graphics that get people to click on.
5. Eventually, when you get enough people liking your page, you can decrease/stop your ad budget altogether, as the page will promote itself through user engagement. I like to emphasize this – you should always have a niche-specific facebook page set up, and send traffic from the fb ads to it. That way, each time each person engages with the page (likes it or likes/shares/comments on a post), it will show up in their friends’ newsfeed/home, and this will generate free further exposure of your page, creating a snowball effect. The key is creating engage-able posts. IMHO, fb ads that do not funnel traffic to fb pages are missing out big time. Focus on having a page full of useful and engage-able content while you are running ads, not on immediately sales (that will come automatically if your set up is as described above).
Going back to the example chick scrolling facebook at the restaurant…it is likely she won’t be buying anything, no matter how good the offer. However, it is very easy to get her to like, comment or even share a post from your page through an ad. If she has 500 friends on fb, let’s assume 200 of these see her engagement on their fb home feed (Chick X likes/shared ….) and let’s assume at least 20 (10%) are interested in the same topic as she is. There’s a good chance you may get a sale out of these 20 (who may be sitting at home, opt in, and buy through the incentivized opt in)…but even better, it is likely that a couple of these 20 will also engage with your post (like/share/comment)…snowball effect———–>full avalanche mode
Part 10 – Monitoring and Scaling
Keep an eye on your clickbank stats. If you get conversions of less than 1%(1 sale per 100 hops), there is something wrong. Either the vendor’s page is not as good as you thought, or there is a problem with your traffic (it is not targeted). Email the vendor and ask for advice. A helpful vendor should be happy to have a look at your site/method of promotion and give you advice.
Next step is to scale up! The above can easily be replicated as many times as you want for as many micro niches that you can find. Obviously make If you are doing IM part time you could easily set yourself a goal of launching an MNS per week (creation and traffic generation eg 2 video uploads, some links using social media, and a facebook page + $50 in ads to get the ball rolling on the likes and popularity of the page). If you have all the time in the world (eg if you are currently unemployed), it is not an unrealistic target to launch an MNS per DAY, and in just one month you can find yourself with an empire of MNSs and some fat checks in the bank! sure you are continuously monitoring your MNSs and products, so can improve and adapt accordingly.

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PART 8 – Optimizing Profit of Paid Traffic
Profit is going to depend on:
1. how much you spend ($ per lead/visit/click),
2. how much you earn per sale (you’ll know this from the avg $/sale on the marketplace), and
3. your conversion rate.
Number 2. You cannot do anything about as this will depend on the price set by the vendor, the commission rate, and the refund rate. However, as the clickbank marketplace displays this, you will always have an accurate number. Of course, if you are a high volume affiliate, you may be able to negotiate with the vendor for a higher commission rate than the standard set.
Number 1. You have control on by optimizing your ads in terms of the keywords and targeting you use. Avoid non-converting keywords (make use of negative keyword lists), continuously monitor your kws so you keep only those with the best conversion rates in relation to their bids, use ad groups to match ad title, description, and destination url’s content with the keywords targeted, and know your demographics so you can target countries). accordingly (e.g. promote English products only to English-speaking. Using ad groups is extremely important. If you are unsure how to use them, here is an example (e.g. if promoting a sciatica solution product like Sciatica SOS)
In ad group 1, you would have keywords that include “cure sciatica” in them. eg sciatica cure, how to cure sciatica, home sciatica cure, etc
For this ad group, the ad title and text should include the keywords “cure sciatica”, so for example: title: 72 Hour Sciatica Cure!
Text: How to cure sciatica FAST. 100% Guaranteed!
And the destination url will be to a page about sciatica cure (page title should also include “Sciatica Cure) On the other hand, in ad group 2 you would focus on keywords related to“sciatica treatment”, eg sciatica treatment, home sciatica treatment etc.
In this ad group, the ad title and text should include the keywords “sciatica treatment”, so for eg text: Step-by-Step Sciatica Treatment. 100% Risk Free title: Best Sciatica Treatment And the destination url will be to a page about sciatica treatment (page title should also include “Sciatica Treatment”)
Number 3 ‘ now this will depend both on the vendor and on yourself. The vendor’s job is to have a high quality website with a killer copy. Have a good look at the vendor’s site before you start promoting and see what you think. Would you buy the product if you yourself had the problem the product promises to solve? Get in touch with the vendor and ask about average conversion rates. Conversion rates will also depend on you both in terms of the people you are reaching (your targeting) and on your pre-selling. This is where having a good lander comes in.
It is all About ROI!
A lot of affiliates will focus on getting cheap clicks/visits. But, on its own, how much you spend is irrelevant. The returns on your investment is what counts. You can be getting cheap 10 cent clicks, but if you are only getting 1 sale per 300 clicks on a product that pays $25 per sale, then you’d be operating at a loss (get $25, but spend $30 – a loss of $5 per sale).
Keep this in mind when comparing different products, different niches and different platforms.
On the other hand if you are paying $1.00 per click, but getting 1 sale per 10 clicks on the same product, you’d be operating at a profit (get $25, spend $10 – a profit of $15 per sale).
For example, facebook ppc tends to convert less than bing or adwords, but clicks tend to be cheaper on facebook. Which one will give you the best profit? Run a small campaign on each to find out your avg cost per visitor, and use the calculations above to find out. Note that these calculations/logic apply to all paid traffic, not just ppc. Profitability of solo ads, banner advertisements, etc… can all be tracked using the above system.