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My First Affiliate Checks and How It All Started!



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 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 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 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 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 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.

amazoncheck by you. $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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  1. R. Patel

    October 15, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Pretty cool, I personally wasn't in the internet world back then, as I was too young, but it's interesting reading how it all went down back then!

  2. Ha Ha Shirt Shop

    October 15, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Great post. Thinking back… diddlyoo, diddlyoo, diddlyoo (think Waynes World & waving hands)….

    I was just out of college in 98/99 and had just purchased by first computer, but had to wait a couple of months before a local ISP opened shop in our village. The ISP was so new it didn't even have its billing software up and I think I fell through the cracks on receiving a monthly bill (only about 3 months worth before I moved). I never saw any AOL disks until I moved back to the college town for grad school, but of course didn't need them w/ a dial up connection included in the tuition.

    It wasn't until 2005 that I read a WSJ article on the online TShirt business that I started a CafePress store. I didn't have a design up until March of 2006 and made a sale a week later. The design: joe

    Yep, that is all it said. joe in black letters, plain white background. I got $5 commission for that shirt. After that I shelled out the $7/month to have a premium shop and uploaded as much as I could. I registered a website (since changed) and put adsense on it (alltime earnings of $2.83 so far since 2006).

    T-shirt sales are quite brisk relative to the amount of time I spend, but am now finding myself enjoying reading about affiliate marketing. 2 years into online $ now and closing in on your first financial report total of $1,100.

    I don't recall how I found your blog (maybe QuickSprout?), but glad I did.

  3. Mike Huang

    October 15, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Zac, I'm sure people have told you this before, but you are meant to make money online and be a top affiliate that you are now. It really takes brains and knowledge to know of these things before the Internet is what it is now. This is how millionaires are still rich and were rich to begin with. way to go Zac!


    • Zac Johnson

      October 16, 2008 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks, ever since I was in elementary school, I was figuring out ways to make money in my spare time. 🙂

      • kouji

        October 18, 2008 at 12:33 pm

        this is brilliant. now if only my brain worked similarly back when i was in high school. :O

  4. Christopher Ross

    October 15, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    LOL, wow what a great trip down memory lane! I used to use CJ and always got excited my even small cheques.

    • Zac Johnson

      October 16, 2008 at 11:09 am

      CJ was awesome in the beginning… not so much anymore.

  5. Scott Kublin

    October 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    I still clearly remember working as a Paramedic in which I worked for 24 hours straight (at a station) and was then off for 48 hours. Each day before my shift, I'd pack up my computer and take it to work with me.

    Since this was from 1996-2000, "my computer" consisted of an actual desktop pc, crt monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I'd then set it up at the EMS station and work on web design during my downtime.

    That routine went on for a little over 4 years until I finally had built up enough of a client base and residual income, that I was able to quit the EMS job.

    I've now been working out of my house ever since and have loved every minute of it. And with having 3 daughters, I've been able to attend almost every single school event for each of them since I no longer have to answer to "the man". 🙂

  6. Ad Hustler

    October 15, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Good friggen post. Reminds me of the good ol' days.

  7. Michaela

    October 15, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    christopher is right! what a trip down memory lane!!

  8. MLDina

    October 15, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Those are some classic pictures. I can't believe people were sending actual cash in the mail. It's so different today, I wonder what it will be like 10 years from now. Maybe we'll get Jetson style computers that crank out the money automatically.

    • Zac Johnson

      October 16, 2008 at 11:10 am

      The dollars in the mail were awesome… never know what I was going to get or not! haha

  9. Christian

    October 15, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Very very nice!

  10. CDFnetworks

    October 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Its great that you saved all those. You have been at this game a long time which says a lot about your skills.

    • Zac Johnson

      October 15, 2008 at 8:10 pm

      Hey Chad, thanks. Amazingly enough I still scan all of my checks received… just a habit I've gotten into.

  11. X-Factor Blog

    October 15, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Good to finally see a decent post here…

  12. Tip Jar

    October 15, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Wow, that's a wicked post. Cool to see a little piece of history. Domains for $70!!??! Jesus.

  13. MDC

    October 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    hey nice post! i remember my first checks back in the early 00's. wish i had of stuck with it now! hah.

  14. Josh Smith

    October 15, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Cool post. A nice bit of nostalgia.

  15. Monty's Mega Ma

    October 15, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    $70 for a domain name? You've got to be kidding me.

  16. speedymillionaire

    October 15, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    2 years to make $70? thats really long.

    • Zac Johnson

      October 16, 2008 at 11:11 am

      The $70 was the cost of a domain from network solutions for 2 years.

  17. Bryn Youngblut

    October 15, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Lol pretty cool. I still remember my first incomes, although most were on paypal back in 2004.

    Before September 1995 domain names were free!

  18. soares

    October 15, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    i DONT think in portugal existed anything like that a few years ago but now it exists some good ones also….

  19. Paul

    October 15, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Awesome post, lol. I have a check here for $29 from one affiliate network, hehhe. It all starts with small checks!

  20. Mitch

    October 15, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    The first dollar I ever made online was on the purchase of my first book, which, at the time, I only had in electronic form. When I got that first email from Paypal I almost thought it was a scam because I'd never seen anything like that before. What a rush that was; I think it was 2004.

  21. Nicholas Chase

    October 16, 2008 at 12:12 am


    Great post! I have made twenty dollars in four months of blogging. No bucks for PPC, no clue how or where to start, on info-overload, looking for that next great day job to pay the bills..will keep blogging at night until the 'ship comes in'.. Respectfully, Nicholas Chase – 'the video guy' at BlogWorld Expo 2008

    • Zac Johnson

      October 16, 2008 at 11:12 am

      Blogging is tough to make the big bucks.. but it's definitely cool that it's profitable in the process.

  22. Sherry

    October 16, 2008 at 6:01 am

    My ebay affiliate proceeds just began and they are adding up. You totally amaze me with what you are doing here.

  23. Kok Choon

    October 16, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Yeh, it brings many memory back then,

    You should start keeping all your memory in the videos, may be 10 years from now we still can see the old days…

  24. Nick Throlson

    October 16, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Going back in time we all gotta start some place even if its $50 checks great post Zac

  25. Chad

    October 16, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Great post.

    Really inspiring!

  26. Jonathan Volk

    October 16, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Cool Post! 🙂

  27. Catie

    October 16, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    ahaha I havent even made 5$ yet! but ya know, I do it for the fans. Just kidding. Back in the 90’s I was wondering why they kept changing all the pokemon and when Brock was coming back. I was being reintroduced to the coolness of Micheal Jackson and rocking out to Ricky Martin. I didn’t know what this “internet you speaks of” was until like…7 years ago. 😛

    • Ha Ha Shirt Shop

      October 22, 2008 at 11:01 am

      All it takes is one design, keep at it. Funny thing, I checked today, and my last 3 sales were all "joe" merchandise. I think it must be some sort of residual effect from Joe the Plumber – you never know where the next opportunity will pop up.

      Good luck to you eh.

  28. Downloadic

    October 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Wow. Its going back in time.

  29. Nicole Price

    October 19, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Wow you do go back a long way, that would make you one of the originals; one of the pioneers then!

  30. Whateverebay

    October 20, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Zac, With great power comes Great Responsibility. Love your site! 🙂

  31. Jeremy Day

    October 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Zac,

    Great post. Ahh, the good old days. I was one of the first youngsters on the internet in 94'. I remember the days when hackers were cool and everyone knew what IRC means. One of my best friends growing up went to school with Justine Ezarik. I knew her as an acquaintance and was her friend on Myspace when we both had around 1,000 friends.

    Now she has about 45,000 friends on myspace and runs a successful blog called Tasty Blog Snack and is doing this fulltime. I followed her as she got more popular and even got featured in Wired Magazine.

    I say all that to say that I have been sitting on the sidelines too long. It may take awhile, but I am in this for the long run and will be making money here soon.



  32. elmo live

    October 21, 2008 at 11:28 am

    wow, you were killin it in 98?!?!?!

  33. MaxRPM

    October 23, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Great story. I didn't get a computer until 1996 and I never thought about using it to make money until 2002.

  34. Peter Fortune

    November 25, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Great Story Zac. Incredibly interesting and inspirational. I got my first computer in 1998, when I was 11 years old; I got the Internet setup in 2000; and got my first check in 2002 for $1,500 after I sold my website. That is what got me started.

  35. Franck Silvestre

    January 3, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I think I wasn't even using the Internet at this time.

    You are really an old school guy man.


  36. Nizam Khan

    April 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Excellent! That's crazy to hear that domains cost $70 in 90's. Loved the sentence "checks were smaller, but meant so much more!" Thanks for sharing your affiliate marketing experience/success. Liked and Tweeted 🙂
    My recent post Tips on how to Speed up your Mac

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How Attrace is Changing Affiliate Marketing with Blockchain Technology



Every once in awhile something new hits the industry and it grabs the attention of audiences around the world. In the business of affiliate marketing we all know the importance of technology and crunching the numbers as much as possible to make a profit —  however, the core foundation, basic principles, and how affiliate networks are tracking leads and paying out commissions to affiliates haven’t changed much over the years.

Sure, there are faster payments, more offers, and better tracking technology, but doesn’t it seem like we should be more advanced and have more control over such analytics and data? With so much emphasis on blockchain technology and everyone talking about Bitcoin as being the future of personal and business finance, I think the next question is how blockchain will disrupt the affiliate marketing industry.

That is exactly what Attrace, a decentralized affiliate marketing network, wants to do with their brand new and blockchain technology-driven platform. Today we are going to look at not only how blockchain technology can disrupt the affiliate marketing industry, save merchants money, and also help affiliate marketers earn more than ever before.

The Time for Blockchain Technology is Now

As mentioned earlier, if you’ve heard of the phrase blockchain, you’ve likely heard it associated with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The reason why blockchain is so popular and gaining so much attention, is because it’s changing the way data is transferred among users, makes only payments and transactions after, and also integrates the power of a decentralized internet in the process.

With so many companies using blockchain to protect their data, make transactions safer, and also keep all sides of the party safe and secure,  it seems like a perfect fit for affiliate marketing as well.

This is where Attrace comes into play.

Attrace Affiliate Network and Features

With so many opportunities in the world of affiliate marketing, every once in awhile you will come across a new network or tracking platform that takes advantage of the technology around it, and makes a solution that’s better for everyone. Today we can look at a trace and see that they are building a platform with the future in mind, while also catering to the affiliate and advertiser alike.

When you look at the impact of affiliate marketing around the world and see that billions of dollars are generated every year, it’s also important to realize there are hundreds of millions of dollars being paid to affiliate networks in transaction fees. With these basic concepts and financial figures in mind, it would make perfect sense for someone to develop a decentralized platform with minimum transaction costs to the advertisers, and making the withdrawal and payment process to affiliates more seamless.

That is exactly what Attrace has focused their efforts on creating, which we can see through the short explainer video below.

For anyone that has ever signed up to an affiliate network as an advertiser or merchant, you know there are several costs involved —  such as the initial setup fee, integration, program management and of course the ongoing transaction costs. If you are paying out several thousands of dollars to your affiliates, you will likely be paying thousands and transaction fees as well.

It’s not just on the merchant or advertiser side that you will find new improvements, features, and benefits, Attrace has built their network with the affiliate marketer in mind as well. As more people continue to use mobile devices and different types of browsers and ways to access the internet, it’s always a question of how well your leads and sales are actually being tracked. Just the smallest percentage of leads getting lost or scraped can be the difference between a successful campaign, or a failed one.

All of these elements and focus points are a top priority for Attrace, while also focusing on the following areas:

  • Very low fees
    Affiliate Networks charge 10-25% commission. Attrace reduces this to ~0.5%.
  • Faster Real Value payments
    Instant commission payout instead of waiting for weeks if not months, based on very precise definitions and dynamic scaling.
  • Fraud detection
    Smart contracts attached to every click/referral cannot be manipulated resulting in all statistics being the absolute truth.
  • No more tracking problems
    Every individual click/referral will have a unique ID, resulting in the fully reliable tracking of the Publishers’ performance.
  • Direct connection between Publishers and Merchants
    The Attrace platform enables direct communication between Publishers and Merchants via the advanced messaging board.
  • No Merchant restrictions
    Long Tail and Emerging Markets acceptance will be based on reputation, not at the discretion of Affiliate Network.

With so many features and benefits in place, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the floodgates open for advertisers and affiliates to join a new platform like Attrace. At the same time, with so many elements in play and the technicalities of the blockchain, this will likely be a transition and work in progress for months and years to come. You can actually see how all of this will come together through the timeline created by Attrace, while also seeing their projections and goals over the next year.

How to Get Started with Attrace Affiliate Network

There are two ways to get started with Attrace affiliate network —  the first is to sign up through their telegram group or to take part in their upcoming ICO token sale — which is also featured on their main page.

No matter which of the methods you decide to go after, it will be quite interesting to see how blockchain technology continues to change the way we all use the internet and especially in the world of affiliate marketing.

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GDPR Rules, Fines and Compliance – What You Need to Know



As most business people know, taking care of sensitive and personal data of customers is of the utmost importance. Failing to do this could see you getting on the wrong side of your customers and the wrong side of the law – and the penalties can be severe. In the past, the Data Protection Act has provided regulations and guidelines to help businesses to implement data protection policies. However, this is now changing with the introduction of the GDPR.

How will this affect your current business and email marketing efforts?

The biggest question is always what needs to be done next to make sure you are compliant. iContact answers this easy enough with the following statement from the site:

The good news is, if you are already following email marketing best practices and asking your subscribers for permission to join your email lists via a subscription form on your website or requiring the subscriber to tick a box on your ecommerce site (and you can prove this ), you are well on your way to GDPR compliance.

Just like CAN-SPAM came out several years ago, and caused a big fuss, GDPR will likely do the same but everyone (and all of the major solution providers) will make compliance process quite simple and direct.

In order to ensure you do not end up being penalized as a result of failing to implement these new regulations properly, it is important to keep up with the latest developments. Businesses that do not follow these new regulations, which are due to come into play within a matter of weeks, could find themselves facing serious consequences. These regulations are all linked to how data is handled by businesses and it is important for all businesses, large and small, to get to grips with them.

Just like any new laws and regulations that are about to go into place, they have some hefty fines lined up for anyone looking to be made an example of. Imperva has a nice write-up and infographic on the new laws, and their associated fines as well. As you will see from the infographic below, the fines associated with the GDPR are quite high… with maximum fines hitting the $22 million range! In short, prepare your business now, or pay the price later on!

Fortunately, the government has already put a lot of information online about the GDPR, so those with lack of understanding can make sure they do their research to find out what needs to be done. Furthermore, specialist experts from specific industries are being taken on so that businesses can turn to someone with expertise in their specific industry in order to ensure they are following the new regulations to the letter.

One thing to remember is that your business does not have to be located within the EU in order to be tied to these regulations. The regulations also apply to businesses that are not in the EU but that sell products and services to others that are in the EU. Therefore, make sure you do not ignore these regulations just because of the location of your business, as you may find that they also apply to you because of the location of your customers.

How to Prepare for the GDPR Going Live on May 25th, 2018

As fun as it is to read up on all of these new laws and legal jargon, it’s much more exciting to watch a short video that breaks it all down. Not only will you learn more about what GDPR is, but you will also discover eleven things you need to make sure you have in place before May 25th hits and the law goes into effect.

An even better and more detailed resource on how to keep your business safe and compliant is this Forbes article on how the GDPR will affect advertising and e-commerce. With nearly all websites, blogs, and online businesses collecting emails, data, or placing cookies on their visitor’s computers, this is something we all need to be aware of.

How to Stay Up to Date with the Latest GDPR News

Since the new regulations are only just coming in, there may be some teething problems to begin with. This means that there is a chance there could be some changes and adaptations to begin with. In order to ensure you continue to implement the regulations properly, you should keep on top of any chances and developments. You can also hire the services of experts to help you get to grips with the GDPR as well as to help keep you informed as and when any changes are made.

With the introduction of the new regulations, all countries within the EU can benefit from the same data protection laws, which can help to make things much fairer and far easier to understand. Having different sets of rules from one EU country to another could be confusing and frustrating for both customers and businesses. Experts believe that these new regulations will help make things far easier to manage and understand as well as ensuring fairness across all EU countries.

However… only time will tell, and it will be interesting to see how the next few months play out after GDPR goes into affect.

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Affiliate Marketing in Asia – $1 Trillion Up for Grabs



Affiliate marketing has completely changed the way advertising and business are done on the internet today. What started out as a simple referral-based monetization platform from Amazon, and then soon adopted by Google, quickly spread throughout the industry and is now used by millions of businesses and brands around the internet today. At the same time, affiliate marketing first got its start in the United States, but soon found itself making its way around the world over the years.

One of the most common things United States-based affiliate marketers and brands neglect to focus on is the power of affiliate marketing and targeting towards other countries around the world. Just because you are living in a specific country or region, it doesn’t mean that you should be focusing all of your advertising and online marketing efforts there. This is especially true when you factor in the amazing demographic and geographic targeting options available online today. At the same time, language and translation barriers are really no excuse as well — there are plenty of low-cost services out there that this can be outsourced to.

Affiliate marketing in the U.S. is expected to be worth $6.8 billion over the next five years; in the UK alone it is already worth $1.6 billion. With these two markets already in demand and quite saturated, it might be best to start focusing your efforts on Asia. It was also pointed out that “Asia’s e-commerce spending hit US$1 trillion in 2016 alone”. (source)

With all of this in mind, today we are going to take a look at affiliate marketing in Asia, and why it simply can’t be ignored. Special thanks to Leadbit, an industry leading direct advertiser and affiliate network, for providing the infographic visuals and stats on each of these breakdowns.

Affiliate Marketing in India

Of all the countries and regions in the world today, India is growing at one of the fastest rates — both with people and their technology. More people are getting online than ever before, and with a population of more than 1.3 billion, this market is huge enough for any business or affiliate marketer to see huge results from. At the same time, of those 1.3 billion, less than half of them have access to the internet (whether it be through the internet or mobile devices).

When it comes to internet usage, most Indians are spending their time watching online video and using social networking platforms — both of which offer amazing demographic targeting and advertising options. It’s also important to consider your language usage and targeting as well. While English is one of the main languages in India, it’s just one of many.

As for promoting offers in India, this is something that many affiliate marketers and brands might struggle with, as traffic to individuals with India is usually pretty cheap, but the conversion rate on any type of credit card or payment offer is usually low. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t find success. Evergreen offers like weight loss, health supplements, and anything else that everyday people need on a daily basis is well worth a test in this region.

Affiliate Marketing in Thailand

While India is one of the largest world markets that many brands and affiliate marketers are taking advantage of right now, Thailand is also making its way onto the radar. With a population of around 70 million, and more than half having access to the internet, this demographic is quickly getting online and looking to take advantage of what the internet has to offer.

Just like with promoting offers in India, it will be tough to find winners, but again… traffic costs are also at a fraction of what you would expect to pay to target countries like the United States, Germany, New Zealand and others.

Internet usage in Thailand is mainly focused on search engines, social networks and shopping online. Thailand residents who have access to the internet, are getting online nearly every day.

Affiliate Marketing in Vietnam

The common theme that we are seeing with affiliate marketing across Asia, is that the traffic sources are cheap, and the monetization and affiliate offers are slim. The benefit here is that the competition is low, but if you can master the art of finding success with one offer in an Asian country, you can likely replicate it with others as well.

Next, on the list, we have Vietnam. With a population of almost 100 million people and nearly half of them being online, this market is just waiting to earn affiliate marketers millions of dollars. Like many other countries on this list, social media and search engines are the best ways to reach such audiences.

When it comes to social media in Vietnam, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Google+ Lead the way — which is quite different from what you might be used to seeing in US and English-based markets.

Affiliate Marketing in Singapore

Singapore is one of the most well-known and recognized names in the world, yet they only have a population of around 6 million people, which more than half of them already being online. With an average daily internet usage of seven hours, most users are spending their time in the search results, social networks and watching online videos.

One of the key takeaways to remember about targeting an audience in Singapore, is that 91% of the people in the country are accessing the internet daily. Even though there are less than 10 million people in the country, almost all of them are accessible online.

Affiliate Marketing in Indonesia

As we move away from the small population of Singapore, we jump over the massive population of Indonesia, which is around 262 million. With more than half of the country already having access to the internet, it’s yet another country on our list that will offer an amazing opportunity with demographic and geographic targeting, while also offering low-cost traffic in the process.

Something to consider when marketing to Indonesia, is that Islam is the main religion of the country. Considerations here shouldn’t be just on the language and religion factors, but also what type of offers might better apply to them as well.

Like many other countries, Indonesia is very social media hungry — with more than 106 million people accessing social networks regularly. With Facebook being the number one social platform of choice, it also paves the way for great demographic advertising through the Facebook Ads platform.

Affiliate Marketing in Taiwan

Taiwan is another big name in Asia, and there are currently has more than 23 million people living in the country. What makes this country stand out from others in it’s surrounding areas, is that there is a heavy demand for Facebook, and a great majority of people in the country already have access to the internet.

With more than seven hours of internet browsing taking place daily, most of this time is spent on search engines and social media, while some shopping and emailing, of course, takes place as well.

Affiliate Marketing in Hong Kong

Another well-known name, yet small in population, is Hong Kong. With nearly all of their population already having access to the internet, if you can find a profitable way to market to this audience, you could find some big success.

More than 97% of residents within the country are accessing the internet daily, mostly to use search engines and social networks — while also spending 6 hours a day online in the process. The one demographic stat to point out here is that 38% of the population falls into the 25-34 age range, which is perfect for selling products, services and offers to. However, it’s simply a matter of finding the right offer to promote and squeezing enough profit out in the process.

Affiliate Marketing in China

Last but not least… we have the massive population of China, which currently sits at 1.4 billion. With so many different factors at play, China can be one of the most profitable, yet frustrating, markets to master. Not only will affiliates and brands have to master the art of language and translation, they will also need to cater to a whole new world of regulation, censorship, and limitations that Chinese users have to deal with on a daily basis.

Of all the countries mentioned in our list, China has a steady structure of what users are doing when they get online — which consists of mostly shopping online, checking the weather, communicating through social media and downloading photos online. Something interesting you will also notice is that none of the major social networks are in play here either. (as they are mostly all blocked)

China is a massive multi-billion dollar market, but also one of the most confusing to master. There is also a lot of focus on how affiliate marketing is bringing new brands and businesses into the Chinese market right now as well. Since this method has worked so well in other countries, there is no reason why we shouldn’t continue to see the same success as more brands make their way into China.

How to Find the Best Affiliate Offers to Promote in Asia

While we tried to cover the many different ways affiliate marketing can play a role in Asia, it’s actually more about how to best understand, target, and monetize the audiences around you. With so many traffic sources and demographic targeting options available today, it’s quite easy to run an ad campaign to any of the countries listed below, and also doing a quick split test.

The other factor in play here is to find an affiliate network that provides access to offers for each of these countries. When doing so, be sure to keep an eye out for different ad copy, creatives, and landing pages that are already pre-built to the specifications of each country (ie: in their own language and style).

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, special thanks to Leadbit for the visuals and stats to make this post possible. Affiliate marketing is changing all of the time, and if you want to stay ahead of the curve, you need to start expanding your campaigns to new areas of the world.

Leadbit currently has affiliate offers for all of the countries listed above. Be sure to check out their ad network and explore your options with affiliate marketing in Asia today.

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