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How to Make Money Promoting Monitoring Software

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As affiliates and online marketers, we have a pretty good idea that most of what we do online is already tracked and monitored on some level. While we are quite knowledgable on how internet history, page caching and cookies work, most of the world thinks that what they do online isn’t really linked to them in anyway. With most of the world being oblivious to the different types of online and mobile tracking tools and software that are out there, this leaves a huge opportunity for any affiliates, bloggers and online marketers to cash in and take advantage of the situation.

A good example of this can be seen through the recent Ashley Madison data leak. With millions of people going online to see if their loved one created an account on their site, there is now a missing trust factor that was once there. Now the question is, what are people actively thinking about when others are online? (and what if they could actually see what they were searching for online)

All of this is leading up to millions of people going online and looking for software that can report keyboard logging and monitor internet usage. This type of software isn’t just for people that are worried about trust issues, it’s also for parents that want to monitor their kid’s internet usage and even businesses that want to make sure their employees are actually spending their time on work.

Another big concern is how families might be using their mobile devices… whether it be going to inappropriate sites, contacting people they shouldn’t be or even for keeping an eye on where you kid is going on a daily basis — it’s now all possible through advanced online monitoring software.

Before jumping into the concept of how you can make money with such a service, let’s take a look at mSpy monitoring software and how it works.

mSpy Advanced Desktop and Cell Phone Monitoring

As described through the scenarios above, mSpy has created a software solution that allows you monitor desktop and cell phone usage across multiple platforms. What’s also important to note is that this software isn’t just being used to track internet usage among the family or for parents, it’s also being used to keep workers more productive while online as well.

Check out the short 30-second video below to see how mSpy works.

Here are just a few of the features and benefits to using mSpy monitoring software.

  • WhatsApp, SMS, call logs, location tracking & 25 more features
  • Compatible with Android, iOS, Windows and Mac OS
  • Easily accessible from any browser
  • 24/7 multi-language support
  • 5 Minute Installation

In the screenshot below you will see what it looks like when you are logged into the dashboard area. On the left hand side you will see all of the different monitoring features that are built into the desktop monitoring service, while also seeing the “Keylogger” details in the main area.

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A preview of the mobile monitoring service can also be seen below. Notice the many different data points and area that are being tracked, especially the “10 Most Calling Contacts”, “Recent Cell Phone Activity” and “Locations” — all of which are powerful assets when trying to keep your children safe at all times.

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For more on mSpy and their software, you can visit their main site at http://mspy.com — however, now it’s time for use to dive into the affiliate marketing opportunity that lies within this software as well!

How to Make Money with mSpy Monitoring Software

Like many services and software solutions, mSpy has an affiliate program that allows you to promote their site and earn a nice commission on all referred sales. Besides the obvious advantage of earning money by recommending a solution to something people are already looking for, affiliates of mSpy also a have the following advantages.

  • $95.5 average sale (mSpy knows their audience well and exactly what they want, which leads to a higher sales average and more earnings for your site)
  • 120 days cookie life (affiliate programs with 100+ day cookies allows you to earn money should the user come back to the site in the future and complete their purchase)
  • 1.5% average refund rate (with a very low refund rate, you won’t be surprised at the end of the month with many order refunds to lower your total commissions)
  • 200+ promo tools (banners, text, ad copy — mSpy has you covered with all of their top performing ad copy and custom creatives)
  • Real-time Statistics (don’t you hate waiting around for your affiliate stats to lag behind your traffic and click stats? mSpy has real time affiliate stats)
  • Weekly Payments (forget about waiting til the end of the month to get, mSpy pays out to their affiliates on a weekly basis)
  • Dedicated Support (with affiliate marketing a main focus for mSpy, they also have a full dedicated support team to help with your promotions.

TIP: As mentioned above, mSpy also offers “cell phone monitoring”, which is an extremely lucrative niche that has little saturation at this point. Any affiliate marketers who establish their presence in this area can keep making money for years to come and mobile continues to grow.

In addition to everything mentioned above, each affiliate is also given access to their own affiliate manager who can answer any questions you might have, create original ad creative for you and also give you new ideas for how to best promote mSpy.

Earn up to 70% Commission per Sale

Another benefit to the mSpy affiliate program is that you can earn up to 70% commission per sale with the right amount of volume. Something affiliates always have to struggle with, is the concept of sending their high quality leads and customers to a company and only getting a fraction of the cost. With mSpy and a 70% payout, you are going to be stressed to find a higher paying product with anywhere near the same quality, brand and services in place.

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To join the mSpy affiliate program, you can go to http://www.mspy.com/affiliates.html

As for promotion of the mSpy software, you have a lot of options.

With the Ashley Madison hack still gaining a lot of attention and our privacy being put at risk everyday, there are many ways you could be creating content around people who are actively searching for keylogging and internet monitoring software — while both addressing the issue of why it’s important, how to set it up and why mSpy is the best software to get the job done.

Through the use of Keyword Planner we can see a wide variation of monitoring and tracking based keywords that people are actively searching for on a daily basis. Everything from “cell phone tracking” to “spy mobile” and of course everything relating to “desktop monitoring” and internet usage as well.

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This type of marketing and targeting could be done through search marketing and also by creating your own content, while also becoming an authority site in the process. We already know that someone becomes a new parent every day and that millions of kids are getting their first phone every day as well — all of this leading to new parents going online to find information on how to track, monitor and protect their families at the same time.

Should you put in the time and effort to build out your own resource site catering to this audience, you could see a steady steam of visitors and mSpy referral sales coming in on a daily basis!

Want a couple more ideas? Creating mspy software review articles (or sites) and videos is another great way to drive sales for this product. Lots of affiliates are already doing this and it’s simply a matter of you taking action to get your own slice of the earnings pie.

Want one last knowledge bomb for how to effectively promote mSpy? Of course you do!

Don’t forget about the power of Facebook Ads and their superior demographic targeting. Want to hit “Parents” with pre-teens and teenagers… consider it done in just a few clicks. (Tip: When using Facebook Ads, I highly recommend building out your own landing pages to target the right audience, cater your message/ad copy the best way possible and to also make the FB Ads approval process as seamless as possible.)
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I only scratched the surface on different ways you can promote mSpy monitoring software, now it’s time for you to join their affiliate program and put these ideas and concepts into action.

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How to Make Money Promoting Survey and Quiz Affiliate Offers

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Remember the days of email and zip poll/survey offers being all over the place, and how they would pay out $1-$2 per lead? Back before GDPR and data regulations were in place, these offers were everywhere you looked. They still are today, but just not as popular as they once were. While these offers aren’t getting the same attention and promotion as they used to, personal data is big money and these same types of offers are still generating millions of dollars daily.

In addition to the “Complete this survey to get a free _____” offers that you’ve seen all over the place, the survey niche is still stronger than ever before. However, it’s not so much the smaller zip and email submit offers that are getting so much attention, but actually the data companies behind them. You’ve likely seen these names and brands before — InboxDollars, Pinecone Research, Vindale Research, and Survey Junkie are some of the more popular ones.

WAHadventures.com highlights many of these surveys on their site and say it possible to make over $250 per month by using survey and incentive networks like Survey Junkie, SwagBucks, MySurvey, InboxDollars and PanelPayDay in your spare time. If you are already making good money online, this might seem like nothing to you — but the average person, getting paid $250+ to take online surveys is like a dream come true! With this same concept in mind, this is why email and zip submit offers do so well. People want free stuff!

Even more, when you start to add a viral or personal interest factor into the mix, that’s when you will really start to see some great results. Just take a look at BuzzFeed quizzes and how they are still one of the most popular sections on their site. People love taking surveys, seeing results, and when you throw an incentive, prize, or money into the mix… big things happen!

The Business of Online Paid Surveys and Giving Stuff Away for Free

On the business side, these offers still do well because customer data is worth a ton of money. Most of the data from these survey sites are sold for huge multiples over what they are actually paying for people to complete a survey. They are also making a huge profit because a large number of survey takers will simply never get to the point where they can cash out (hitting the usual minimum $25-$50 thresholds), which ultimately just keeps that money sitting within the data company.

With all of that being said, millions of dollars are being spent daily from these ‘get paid to complete survey’ companies in advertising, content creation, paid search, and of course, affiliate marketing. To make the most out of all of this money up for grabs, be sure to follow some of the recommended steps below.

How to Promote and Make Money with Online Surveys

Now that we have an idea on the offers available, you will need to focus on how to drive traffic and convert these surveys to audiences that actually convert into leads. One of the best ways to bring in low-cost traffic and convert them into leads is through a survey/poll site or creating an ad campaign with an attractive call to action. Using surveys to generate leads is nothing new, but I will break down the process for you and show you how easy and effective it is.

PRO TIP: Before moving forward, you must check the affiliate promotion guidelines for any specific offer you promote. For example, many zip/email submit offers will allow you to create a custom landing pages, but other high-end survey offers might only allow for text or banner ad placement. Either way, just make sure you are promoting the offer in the required method so you don’t get all of your leads reversed.

Step 1: Find something that everyone is talking about!

If you want to get cheap clicks and grab the attention of audiences around the world, you need to find what everyone is talking about today. For example, “Donald Trump” is likely to be a hot topic for several years now, while “Lebron James” going the Los Angeles Lakers is bound to be a hot trend throughout the next NBA season. This also works well for any highly searched celebrities as well, or anyone is currently trending in the news. The good thing about both of these examples is that it would be quite easy to target these audiences through Facebook Ads, Media Buying, and Social Media.

Still can’t figure out what a good topic is to base your survey or ad campaign around? See what’s currently trending on Google Trends, Twitter, and Facebook.

Just for example sake, let’s take two celebrities (Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Alba) and plug their names into Google Trends. We can immediately see that there is a steady flow of searches being made for both and that they continually have a solid following online. Let’s move forward with that.

 

Step 2: Create a survey/poll landing page.

Using the topics above, I created a simple landing page that can be used for media buying (or banners if you were to resize it). This literally took two minutes to create within Canva. All you need to do is add some fancy images, create a title and make it look like an interactive survey.

There is really nothing that special about this landing page/media buying copy. Make sure you have a clean design and to the point. I also enticed the visitor to place a vote, by adding “BONUS: Vote Now & Qualify to Receive a Free Gift Card!“. (This can vary depending on your backend offer) All you want the end user to do is click on the image, button, or text you might have in place here.

Again, this is very simple, and depending on the time and effort you put into this, you can make it more advanced or even collect user data for yourself or a newsletter.

Step 3: Finding your backend offer

The next step in the process is to find an affiliate offer that you want to promote. Ideally, this should be a simple email, zip, or one-click submit type of offer. Once you have an audience click on your initial survey/vote offer, you can then pass them along to the affiliate survey offer to complete. You can either setup your own landing page and pass the user onto a confirmation page with stats, or pass them directly to the offer. Make sure you check on marketing options available for the campaign before promoting.

Leadbit currently has this offer active for audiences in the UK and is paying out .70 per lead. The offer can be promoted through mobile, display, emails, search and pop — which allows for a nice range of data, traffic, and split testing purposes.

Step 4: Promotions and getting traffic

Now that you have created your landing page or media buying ad copy, you are ready to go. The best way to generate targeted low-cost traffic would be Media Buying (popunders) and possibly Facebook Ads and using Facebook Fan Pages or Groups (direct relationship or ownership of a group). You could also start targeting news/celebrity sites/blogs through the use of Google Adwords (context display network), native advertising, and popunders ads.

To start playing around with demographic targeting and see how much of a demand there is for a topic, you can use Facebook Ads campaign tool (shown below), or play around with search reports on a tool like SEMRush — which currently shows ‘jessica alba’ at 368,000 searches per month, and  ‘jennifer lopez’ with 823,000.

Step 5: Tweaking and watching your numbers

The last step of making money with surveys/polls and news is to continually tweak your landing pages and ad copy to try and get the best conversions. Don’t put all of your traffic to one offer, the reason I went with celebrities, is that there is pretty much an endless supply of traffic related to them out there. See what works best with your traffic, and then expand out into different countries when you start finding success.

This concept is not just limited to celebrity campaigns, however with all of the attention towards the latest hot movies, celebrities attaching the President, and everything else going on… it’s a good market that hasn’t died down and likely won’t.

It all starts with a click…

A few things to point out here…

  • This concept is nothing new, but it should act as a reminder of how to reach new markets
  • Customization and creating unique landing pages and ad copy is key here
  • You also need to split test the end affiliate offer, as this will sway heavily

If you haven’t done anything with affiliate marketing or CPA zip/email submit offers, it’s one of the best ways to get started — as the conversions are usually very high, and the payouts are low. Which means you can start split testing campaigns fast and know right away if you are going to soon find financial success.

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Top Dating Keywords and How to Create a Profitable Dating Site

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With so many different ways to make money on the internet, it’s important not to fall into the trap of shiny object syndrome. And by this, we mean jumping from one idea to another and trying to get rich overnight. Even if this can be successfully done, it will likely only bring minimal results and only last for a short period of time.

A much better way to make money online is to look at the long-term picture and create a website, or an ad campaign that will continue to provide value, incoming traffic, and revenue for years to come. With virtually an unlimited supply of traffic and advertiser money out there to benefit from, it’s simply a matter of choosing a niche market, then making the most of it.

One such example of an industry that is completely evergreen and will have a never-ending supply of traffic and revenue, is the online dating niche — much like the weight loss and financial markets, they just never seem to die out as more people come of age daily. However, this is an extremely saturated online market as well. If you are going to jump into this area, you need to put in the time and effort to know who your audience is and create the best ad campaigns possible, specifically targeted towards geographic and demographic interest and data.

You might also be thinking about how saturated the online dating space already is — which is correct. If we take a look at the Wikipedia graph below, we can see just how many members are subscribed to the top dating sites. However, you will also learn that there are hundreds of online dating sites with affiliate programs, and millions of individuals throughout the world are trying online dating for the first time daily.

As for growth, Nasdaq reported, “Online dating is also gaining traction overseas, most notably in China, where revenue is estimated to total $1.6 billion for the year by the end of 2016.” For even more updating online dating numbers, we can take a look at some stats and revenue growth charts from Statista.

  • Revenue in the “Online Dating” segment amounts to US$1,383m in 2018.
  • Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2018-2022) of 3.9% resulting in a market volume of US$1,610m in 2022.
  • User penetration is at 5.7% in 2018 and is expected to hit 6.3% in 2022.
  • The average revenue per user (ARPU) currently amounts to US$4.70.
  • From a global comparison perspective, it is shown that most revenue is generated in the United States (US$590m in 2018).

So what does this mean for content creators, site owners, and affiliates marketers?

Simple… a world of opportunity and growth! And also, stop focusing all of your efforts on just the U.S. and English speaking markets!

With all of that in mind, today we are going to walk through the process of how to create a profitable dating and relationship blog. This is a perfect business model or marketing method for anyone to get started with online and affiliate marketing. Even better, this method also doesn’t require a lot of upfront money in the process and is ideal for anyone that would like to focus more on putting their free time and effort getting put to good use.

This process breaks down into the following three steps.

  1. Know your audience and target demographic
  2. Have a form of monetization (ie: affiliate2day)
  3. Promote your site with SEO and social media

Be sure to follow along and consider your options with making money in the world of online dating and providing relationship advice to the millions of people who are searching for these types of resources daily.

The Target Audience and Demographic of Your Site

While it might seem like your audience and the demographics of your site would be anyone who is single and is looking for a relationship, you would be correct, but you would also be way too generic at the same time. Instead, if you want to make money and be able to rank above the competition, you will need to have a very niche specific site that not only caters to a specific gender but also provides them with exactly what they are looking for.

When looking at the type of content to create and how to target an audience, a perfect example of this can be seen below in this dating keywords list from Modovo. While many sites will list one or two keywords to target, Mondovo has done an excellent job with listing a wide range of long-tail keywords and search phrases — all related to everything dating.

In that same article, we can also take a look at some of the most searched dating keywords as well. When doing any research on these dating keywords, be sure to look at the additional long tail keywords and other ways that you can spend this into more creative topics while giving the audience exactly what they want. For example, you might see that “dating app” and “dating sites” have more than 600,000 searches per month. But going after a search phrase like “what to do on a first date” (with 5,400 searches per month) has a completely different focus and mind set. Depending on what keywords and search phrases you are going after, you will have to create content based on these needs and individual call-to-actions that relate to the users need.

When creating the content for your site, it’s important to always focus on not just your end goal (which is likely to get users to sign up for a dating offer) but to also rank higher in the search results with the most targeted content possible. If you have a site that is strictly focused on kissing, you can cover every type of kissing/making out search phrase there is. You can see a few more examples of these keywords below.

Sticking with this same concept, you can use any of the most searched for phases at the beginning of this section, then plug them into Google and see more “related searches” like the ones above. For best results, create one super long article with all of these topics covered, or multiple articles (2,000+ words in length) and link each of them back to each other on your site.

How to Best Monetize Your Site Content

The great thing about creating dating tips or relationship blog is that there are plenty of ways to monetize your content. At the most simple form, you can always use Google Adsense ads on your site and make a small portion of the revenue generated, or you can promote individual dating related offers or actual dating sites in themselves. In most cases, going with an affiliate offer to send leads to a dating site is probably the best option — since that is likely what your audience is interested in.

As mentioned earlier, there are now well more than a billion active sites on the internet today. That is a lot of content, and way too many distractions out there. This is especially true if you plan on converting your audience into a lead after just one visit. A better way to connect and provide value to your audience, might be through the use of an autoresponder series where you can deliver quality information, guides, and resources over time.

This is just one of the many forms on monetization available to site owners and bloggers today. Through the visual below we can see how marketing might start through ppc ads, forum posts, banners, or even social media… but that is just the start of the process. It’s then up to your content and websites to flow the user through a process where they trust your content and find value in it, then also subscribing to your mailing list, and also be ready to take action through your site.

This isn’t just an effective business model for brands and site owners selling courses of digital products, it also works in the world of online dating and relationships as well. Once you have a content focus and target audience in place, don’t just think of a monetization play and how to make money — consider your options with longterm subscriber and revenue growth as well.

Also mentioned earlier, the online dating space is absolutely saturated with content, competitors, money, and advertising options — however, there is still plenty of room to compete and make money as well. There are many well-known brand name US dating sites, many of which you probably already know and maybe even use or promote. The same holds true for dating outside of the US. If you are only targeting the USA or just English-speaking countries, you are missing out big time! Take a look at this list of the world’s most single countries.

  1. BRAZIL, 10%
  2. KENYA, 15%
  3. SOUTH AFRICA, 24%
  4. RUSSIA, 25%
  5. CANADA, 27%
  6. U.S., 28%
  7. ITALY, 29%
  8. JAPAN, 31%
  9. BRITAIN, 34%
  10. SWEDEN, 47%

To make all of this easier to follow, we will use Affiliate2Day as our example affiliate program for monetization on dating tips or relationship blog. Like many other affiliate networks, Affiliate2Day is a dating-specific affiliate program that offers compensation when someone joins or purchases on one of their dating websites.

If you don’t already have an affiliate account with them, you can create one by clicking here.

Most of my site readers should already be familiar with the process of affiliate marketing and how to set up their first campaign. You simply join a program, grab your affiliate link, and post it to your site. For a program like Affiliate2Day, it would be best to place call-to-actions throughout the content on your site. If you were going to promote the dating offers through paid marketing and media buying, then using unique landing pages that cater to different demographic audiences and their interests would be best.

When attempting to make money with a dating and relationship blog, it’s important to keep your efforts focused on one common call to action. Either use a solution like Google Adsense, an individual product/service, or a specific dating website. Too many options can lead to site readers being overwhelmed and simply leaving your site. This can also be a headache for tracking site earnings as well.

In reference to making money with Affiliate2Day, affiliate partners have three monetization methods to choose from.

  • Pay Per Sale: 25% of sales amount + $25 sign-up bonus
  • Pay Per Lead: $6 to $8 per lead generated
  • Pay Per First Order: $150 to $250 per first order

If you aren’t sure which monetization method is best for your site, I would recommend going with the “ up to $8 per lead” option, as this will give the best results overall while also letting you know the type of data and leads you have flowing through your site. Higher quality sites and leads would likely benefit more from the “$250 per first order option”.

Another way to make money with Affiliate2Day, is to refer other site owners and affiliates to their network, and then earn 10% of their commissions.

Now that we have a content monetization method in mind, we can now move onto the content promotion part.

Attracting New Site Visitors with SEO and Social Media

Creating a website or a blog is extremely easy. Content creation is also very easy as well, and can even be outsourced if you don’t know what you are writing about. One of the most important factors when attempting to make money online with a website or a blog, is knowing how to get a consistent flow of new visitors to your website.

Two of the most common and effective ways to accomplish this is through the use of SEO and social media. As mentioned earlier, ranking at the top of Google for any type of generic term is nearly impossible. This is why you are going to have to get creative and unique with the type of content you create. We recommend you go after long tail keywords and make your content as specific as possible, not only so you can target your audience, but also make it more likely that they will take action when they get to your site.

However, there are better ways to approach this process. For example, using a tool like SEMRush, we can plug in any dating or relationship blog and see what keywords they are currently ranking for. We can also see their placement in Google, how many people search for that phrase monthly, the difficulty in ranking for that keyword, and also a direct link to the article that is ranking. Obviously, you don’t want to copy the content on these sites, but instead, study the long tail keywords that are ranking and getting traffic, which you might not have found otherwise. You can see an example of all of this below.

At the same time, if you are completely against the idea of waiting around for your site to organically rank in Google, you can also focus your efforts on social media. Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest are three of this hottest social platforms for building a following around relationships and advice — and Facebook Ads is ideal for targeting singles based on their interests and locations (think custom landing pages here).

No matter what method you choose, understand that it’s all about the time and effort that you put into your content, call to actions, and link building/promotion efforts. With more than a billion active sites on the internet, creating a site and content means nothing — it’s all about the value, delivery, and getting it in front of the right audiences.

Can You Really Still Make Money in the Online Dating Space?

Without a doubt. Just ask any of the top dating affiliate platforms on the internet today, and they will tell you they are paying out thousands of dollars per month to hundreds, if not thousands of their site partners — and best of all, affiliate marketing is paving the way. This means you can test different dating sites, content offers, and traffic sources, to see which work best for you.

As always, I can only provide you with so much information and details. To see real results, you need to actually put all of this into action. If you haven’t started a website or blog yet, follow this guide, and feel free to shoot me an email when you get started. I would love to hear about your online success!

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My First Affiliate Checks and How It All Started!

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While I was cleaning up my office, I came across a few copies of some of my first affiliate checks I earned online over twenty years ago! It’s funny when I think back to how you got started, because everything was so different, yet the same. Affiliate marketing was just starting out… companies were taking a chance at a new form of advertising and most didn’t know what to expect. Imagine if the Amazon.com Associates Program had never exist… would affiliate marketing still be as big as it is today?

C’mon everyone, hop into the delorean…  and let’s step into the affiliate time machine and go all the way back to 1997!

Back in the 90s… Domains Cost $70!
Before finally spending the big bucks to get my own domain, I spent years on free web hosting sites like Geocities, tripod and mostly through my free AOL accounts. Who didn’t have 20 or 30 free AOL disks sitting around… so I went for a very long time without having to pay for internet access. Getting my own domain several years later was one of the biggest events yet to hit my business, not to mention… one of my first big expenses!

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Back in the 90s… CJ was Personable!
Sure, Commission Junction is now one of the largest affiliate networks out there… if still not the largest! However, years before ValueClick even thought about buying them, I was an affiliate and merchant on their network for years. Along with your monthly check, you also received a printed letter from CJ and their President Lex Sisney… and YES!, he actually did sign off on each of these original letters.

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Commission Junction Monthly Statement, Signed by President Lex Sisney

Back in the 90s… Checks were smaller, but meant so much more!
No matter what sites you visit today, it’s not hard to come across their affiliate program. Back in the 90s they were far and few… and many companies weren’t even online yet! One of the first companies I worked with was a hosting company called eAds, and they were the equivalent to what ValueClick Media and CasaleMedia are today. They had a small network of banner advertisers that you could place on your website and you would be paid a specific amount per click.

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eAds Check: $10.45, September 16, 1998

One of the most lucrative companies I worked was a hosting company called AdGrafix. What was really great about their affiliate program was that they offered residual income on any new web hosting clients you sent them. I used to go into the AOL chat rooms and find people that wanted to get a website for themselves or their companies. I was around 15 or 16 when I started pushing the web hosting programs and they continually made me residual income for years. Affiliate programs now as days just pay a large affiliate commission per signup, to avoid paying nice residuals and keep it for themselves.

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AdGrafix: $29.65, October 5, 1998

Back in the 90s… Amazon was King!
Not only was Amazon.com one of the largest and fastest growing sites online, they were also one of the first affiliate programs available. Here is one of my earlier checks from Amazon.com. During the first few years of their associate’s program, you could earn 5-15% on sales, depending if they were books or movies (since that is all they sold at the time). Using FrontPage97 I created hundreds of celebrity pages with Amazon.com book/movie listings to generate sales. The high-quality content from the sites ranked very well in the search engines, bringing in new traffic and sales. Still, at this point, I hadn’t spent any advertising dollars to promote my sites… but I was still able to send Amazon.com a couple hundred thousand dollars in sales.

As my online shopping sites became more popular, so did affiliate marketing. I added new advertisements to the site and found I was starting to make more money from getting signups to CPA offers, then pushing sales for Amazon. I gradually moved everything over to a CPA perspective for affiliate marketing and my main focus.

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Amazon.com: $38.72, Jul 30, 1998

Back in the 90s… it was all coming together!
Everyone has to make a start somewhere. Below is one of my first financial reports and as you can see, payments from AdGrafix hosting revenue was one of my biggest money makers. Seeing this type of revenue, while just starting high school, only fueled the fire to excel and make the most out of what I had started. It was only a matter of time before everyone else started to get into the game and more affiliate marketing opportunities became available.

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Beginning Monthly Earnings Chart – 1997/1998

Back in the 90s… The Almighty Banner Started it All!
But what really started it all?… it was “The Almighty Banner Ad“. Before affiliate marketing, before affiliate networks, mailing lists, and blogging… there were always banners, and even more importantly, the AOL Web Diner. The Web Diner was a chat room on AOL where webmasters and designers could talk about what’s happening on the internet. Long story short, I made my first dollars online by designing 468×60 banners for people to promote their website. There was no Paypal at the time, so I would receive actual dollar bills in the mail… well, most of time (imagine that, people ripping a 15-year-old kid off!) Nonetheless, the experience was amazing and even in it’s the smallest form (of $1.00), it showed the true potential of the internet and what was to come!

Looking Back, 20+ Years Later…
It’s amazing to look back and see how everything started. I still have my original computers that I worked endless nights on, cranking out new web pages and absorbing as much information as I could. I should load them up again and see what other old school goodies I can find. It’s been an amazing journey, and it’s still just in the beginning phases… I’m still so excited for what the future holds and the fire is still burning to excel that much more!

When did you make your first dollars online and what stories do you have from yesteryear?

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