I've been an affiliate for over 6 years now

Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Do you use popunder traffic or cloaked ads?

Do you use traffic tech to filter bots out and push offers based on geo/device/ect?
 
Happy for you man you made it, as a self taught developer I would recommend you to give web development a try, it might seem boring at the beginning but it gets exciting once you learn the basics (html, css, js) and then you can learn a framework like React & some backend dev with Nodejs
 
Thank you for your informative thread @OpenSauce - what do you consider currently to be the most profitable sectors for affiliate marketing?
 
also what would do you see as the most cost effective sources for traffic at this time? Thanks
 
I've been an advertiser in the affiliate space for 12 years. Got ya beat.

When you said the whole shady thing, that's triggering.
Here is why.

The affiliates caused it.
I had years back, offers that were fully legit. Good products, good shipping and CS.
(Nutra) and you know what we got. Nothing but requests like this.
"Could you make that more aggressive on the checkout page" "Add in the upsell" "make it 1 click" "Put OZ on the page"
That all worked for a time, but you know how that goes.

Sweeps as well.
Sweeps, I have a real passion of hate right now.
There is a few groups of pubs out there, doing nothing but stolen cards and spun data.

Again, pubs ruined it. Our first go with sweeps, we did a nice model.
Every month we had a random draw, the call center verified the winner and we shipped a product.
I think I sent out like 20 ipads and tons of Iphones. I was HAPPY to send them bro.

Then as I said, guess what.. along comes some traffic. Suddenly it was wack a mole.
You'd pause a source, scrub the hell out of it and it would move to another network.
The pubs got even more creative to try to hide it, some of the well know "fraud" detection systems couldn't find it.

But when the chargebacks and refunds hit.. you knew what it was.

So yea, these days what does work? Not much from what I can see.
I'd love to be wrong, I'd love nothing more for a legit traffic source to start up and all.
But hardly worth the risk. New mid's get killed in a week if one of these guys gets on your offer.

My point? Eh, you know when you said you'd rather be doing something else.
Yea. I agree on that for sure.
 
That's quite the love/hate relationship you have with AM. At least you still see the positive side of it.
I just wanted to say, I'm digging the pink and purple aesthetic you've got going on.
 
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.
i dont know how much money you make, but if you make enough you can always change your route.
you can save money and start buying some real estate, or you can start buying stocks, go learn a new proffesion that can still give you enough money and give you the freedom you have.
and if all of this doesnt help you, or your too lazy to try, then my opinion is that you forgot that you need to appreciate your achievements in life. most people dream about being in the place you are now, it might not be the love of your life, but you cant hate the source of power in your life. it gives you a lot of benefits most people dont have.
so wake up every morning and appreciate it. change your point of view.
 
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us. It sounds like you've had quite a journey in the world of affiliate marketing, with both ups and downs.

It's understandable that you may feel conflicted about your current path, especially if it's not aligned with your true passions and interests. While affiliate marketing has provided you with financial freedom and flexibility, it's clear that it's not fulfilling you on a deeper level.

It's never too late to pursue your passions and interests, whether it's in computer science or another field. You mentioned feeling limited by your current programming skills, but keep in mind that acquiring new skills and knowledge is always possible with dedication and persistence. Consider exploring online courses, tutorials, and resources to improve your programming abilities and pursue your dream job.

It's also important to acknowledge the positives of your current situation, such as the freedom and flexibility that affiliate marketing affords you. While it may not be your ideal career path, it's allowed you to live life on your own terms and explore other opportunities.

Ultimately, only you can decide what path is right for you. Take some time to reflect on your goals, interests, and values, and consider what steps you can take to move closer to them. Whether it's continuing to grow in affiliate marketing while exploring other interests on the side, or making a more significant change, trust yourself to make the best decision for your future.

And remember, success is not always measured by financial gain or career achievements. It's also about finding fulfillment, happiness, and balance in your life.
 
I just wanted to say, I'm digging the pink and purple aesthetic you've got going on.
Thanks a lot! Premium membership inspired me to do it, but going blue with the Jr. VIP at some point would make me adjust again. Prefer pink/purple though :D

I see you're going for colors in-line with your name color as well, looks good ;)
 
Thanks a lot! Premium membership inspired me to do it, but going blue with the Jr. VIP at some point would make me adjust again. Prefer pink/purple though :D

I see you're going for colors in-line with your name color as well, looks good ;)
You would've liked it more when my username was purple. ;)
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You would've liked it more when my username was purple. ;)
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I did notice it when taking a peak at your profile. Hoping to see this better looking version again ;) Or is the title non-existing anymore in general? Couldn't find it in the BHW member levels thread.


Is the competition hard for AM?
Whats your retire plan?
Arguably competing with other Affiliate Marketers is one of the hardest parts of AM, especially for oversaturated niches. Finding something with less competition is key.
 
I did notice it when taking a peak at your profile. Hoping to see this better looking version again ;) Or is the title non-existing anymore in general? Couldn't find it in the BHW member levels thread.
It was just a usergroup that I made for myself. You won't see it again as an upcoming update to the forum meant that I had to change my username colour back to the default teal.
 
Hi, I used to read about affiliate marketing and I got overwhelmed with the things I've read about what it is and the how to do affiliate but I stopped for for than a year now. I want to give it another go though. May I ask for some advice if I want to start all over again? Thanks
 
Hi, I used to read about affiliate marketing and I got overwhelmed with the things I've read about what it is and the how to do affiliate but I stopped for for than a year now. I want to give it another go though. May I ask for some advice if I want to start all over again? Thanks
Hey buddy, let's exchange some experiences.
I'm also an affiliate of clickbank and another bizopp network.
 
Unfortunately relatable..
Although, you learned the hardest skill online - how to sell, so you definitely aren't tied to the affiliate marketing, I feel that affiliates are the ones that do the most work and get paid the least, you feel me?
So instead of selling someone else's product why not creating a product that you actually feel good selling? More money for you, and you wouldn't have to feel like scamming people.

I understand that 'creating your own product' might sound like a fairytale, but you could simply start a dropshipping brand, or make a JV with someone that can code if SAAS is something you're after.
Best of luck comrade!
 
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.
Did you talk my story?
I know how it works and feels. Affiliate is a great model and I love it. Both sides are doing what they do best.
 
Well said - a lot of people are sold that horse crap image of someone off on the deck of a yacht sailing the clear blue waters sitting on the deck with his laptop, which we all know is not true at all. There is a lot of grinding and hard work, at least initially, to get going and a lot of hard work staying current in this ever evolving space.
 
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.
If you could rewind 6 years and start an ecommerce shop and make the same amount of money, do you think you would prefer that?
 
Thank you for the post!
I am wondering recently if a network of faceless YouTube influencers (ai generated) can become an affiliate selling army of my own products?
Any experience with that?
 
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