I've been an affiliate for over 6 years now

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Hello, I've been away from this forum for a while, but somehow keep coming back. I don't know what's the point of this thread, but I just want to share what's on my mind.

My main source of income has been affiliate marketing for over 6 years now. It's crazy to say that as I still feel as fresh as when I started. I never wanted to be a marketer and I never believed I could make any money on the internet, so I tried for the sake of it.

The moment I made my first $1 online, I felt like a fire started inside me motivating to keep going. It was more and more encouraging after every dollar I made. To tell the truth, the first half of the year I didn't make much more than $2, but that was enough for me, because now I knew it was possible. So I kept going, was persistent and determined to reach for more.

Back then I would probably kill to be in a position I am in now, but to be fair I hate it. I never liked affiliate marketing and I still don't like it now. I hate how shady and scammy most offers are. I hate how unstable the whole market is. I hate how difficult it can be to communicate. I think my dream job is to be a programmer, but I can't compete in the freelance market with my lackluster skills and there is no way I can go back to a 9-5 job after working for myself for so long now. So now I'm stuck being an affiliate marketer. It's funny how so many people fail to become one after trying for years and I am here trying to run away.

It's not all bad though, I love the freedom that comes with it. I can schedule my day as I wish, go to the gym when its empty, meet my uneployed friends or just play video games all morning. I am also able to frequently travel and work from wherever, all I need is my laptop. I cannot imagine having to work for someone and be restricted on how to manage your time. The work hours as an affiliate are unpredictable, some days I work for 12 hours without a break and sometimes it's enough to get on my phone for 30 min.

I don't regret starting affiliate marketing, but it's not as glamorous as some make it seem. If I could change things in the past, I would probably have pursued my computer science career. I know it's technically never too late, but I don't know if I have it in me to try to start something from the very bottom again. Will see..

2 most triggering phrases for me are "just scale it" and "set it and forget it" as if it was that simple, right?

As I said I'm not sure what's the point of this thread, but feel free to ask me if you have any questions.
 
Thanks for taking the initiative to share your experience with bhw.
Which all affilaite programs and networks are still legit?
Which all shave?
Which all scammers?
 
Triggered. Lol

Without scaling most methods don't make sense. You will make less than in a job. That's not the point of affiliate marketing on black hat boosts imo.

No, you don't need a laptop only.

You need an infrastructure to bank. Not a laptop. Laptop is only good to write code and research.
 
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Thanks for taking the initiative to share your experience with bhw.
Which all affilaite programs and networks are still legit?
Which all shave?
Which all scammers?
I don't know if I should respond with specific names, because I have a lot of negative experiences with some networks as well. I am convinced all of them shave and will never admit it, it's just their business model. Most sweepstake offers are a scam both ways, if you have traffic for those, you might as well look for more solid monetization methods.

Triggered. Lol

Without scaling most methods don't make sense. You will make less than in a job. That's not the point of affiliate marketing on black hat boosts imo.

No, you don't need a laptop only.

You need an infrastructure to bank. Not a laptop. Laptop is only good to write code and research.
Scaling is necessary, but not as easy as most make it seem. Online gurus always act as if you can scale with a click of a button. It does not work that way.

Yes, but you need a laptop to connect to the said infrastructure ;)
 
I don't know if I should respond with specific names, because I have a lot of negative experiences with some networks as well. I am convinced all of them shave and will never admit it, it's just their business model. Most sweepstake offers are a scam both ways, if you have traffic for those, you might as well look for more solid monetization methods.
Good to confirm my biases.
What all networks and programs do you recommend?
 
Good to confirm my biases.
What all networks and programs do you recommend?
ClickBooth (now renamed to performcb), OGADS, Maxbounty, CPAbuild - All seem to be solid companies with minimal issues. I’ve also worked with some directly like Vetster, AmericanSolar, BestCompany - these were all a pleasure to work with as well.
 
This is definitely inspiring. I can imagine lots of people trying to enter the same affiliate marketing landscape and giving up knowing that it's not a quick and easy game after all.

What would you say a person who is starting out should do to maintain consistency given they have no jobs to pay the bills, is there a reasonable program/niche they need to start with to make some stable income and then perhaps move on to exploring more niche ideas?

What does your current income look like just roughly if you don't mind sharing after 6 years?
 
Affiliate marketing is not that easy is take time to get the ball rolling. Unfortunately most give up after few tries
 
Affiliate marketing is not that easy is take time to get the ball rolling. Unfortunately most give up after few tries
I mean he is still going after 6 Years to congrats for that :) !
To the OP. definitly try to get as much of the workload automatet off your Shoulders as possible, in Todays world it is easier than ever.
Also take some investments to mabey start a Sideproject you enjoy a lot more which you can slowly feed resources to so your not dependend on that affiliate marketing.
Wish you the best of luck! :)
 
What make me feel good is that customers can always ask for refund if they didn't like what they get
how much are you making now?
 
ClickBooth (now renamed to performcb), OGADS, Maxbounty, CPAbuild - All seem to be solid companies with minimal issues. I’ve also worked with some directly like Vetster, AmericanSolar, BestCompany - these were all a pleasure to work with as well.
Which ones allows email spamming?
Did you tried spamming affiliate links to emails addresses.
 
This is definitely inspiring. I can imagine lots of people trying to enter the same affiliate marketing landscape and giving up knowing that it's not a quick and easy game after all.

What would you say a person who is starting out should do to maintain consistency given they have no jobs to pay the bills, is there a reasonable program/niche they need to start with to make some stable income and then perhaps move on to exploring more niche ideas?

What does your current income look like just roughly if you don't mind sharing after 6 years?
I'd say find a stable job to cover the bills, because marketing is not a quick and easy process. Make sure to stick to the niche you pick and try to make it work. My biggest mistake when starting was trying to market everything at once.

I mean he is still going after 6 Years to congrats for that :) !
To the OP. definitly try to get as much of the workload automatet off your Shoulders as possible, in Todays world it is easier than ever.
Also take some investments to mabey start a Sideproject you enjoy a lot more which you can slowly feed resources to so your not dependend on that affiliate marketing.
Wish you the best of luck! :)
Always investing and busy with side projects.

What make me feel good is that customers can always ask for refund if they didn't like what they get
how much are you making now?
I try to avoid selling people things I wouldn't buy myself.

You up for doing paid mentorship? Looking to get into AM. How much are you banking per month after expenses?
Sorry, no.

Which ones allows email spamming?
Did you tried spamming affiliate links to emails addresses.
Message your AM, there are definitely email friendly offers.


Elephant in the room - how much do I make? My best year was $120k, but now I don't grind as hard as I used to and focus more on my personal life, so it diminished a bit. Nevertheless, I am constantly working on side projects, so I am content with my income.

For some this might seem like an insane amount and others will say it's pennies. I personally see it as a middle ground as I know I can achieve more if I commit to it.
 
That's quite the love/hate relationship you have with AM. At least you still see the positive side of it.
 
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