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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
How to Make Money with RunCPA Crypto Affiliate Network
There are two critical lessons you need to learn if you want to find success as an Internet marketer. First, you have to stay on top of the latest trends and be willing to strike while the pan is hot. The Internet continues to change and evolve at an ever-increasing pace, so you have to be prepared to jump on opportunities when they arise.
Second, you must understand that as appealing as a “get rich quick” idea might be, you really need to be positioning yourself for long-term success and profitability. It’s better to make a dollar today and every day for the next five years than it is to make $20 today and that’s the end of it.
And really, it is at the intersection of these two deceptively simple insights that we arrive at RunCPA. This network “started the entire Crypto Affiliate Marketing gig in 2015” and hasn’t look back since. Are you into cryptocurrencies?
The Apex of Crypto Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing has proven to be a wildly successful model for affiliates and advertisers alike for a number of years, but never before has the paradigm been focused so specifically on crypto traffic in particular. That changes with RunCPA.
As you might recall, many people viewed the rise of the blockchain and cryptocurrencies with a healthy dose of skepticism a few years ago. Other people saw it as the second coming of the gold rush, investing heavily in Bitcoin mining as a rags-to-riches opportunity. Other people simply bought the cryptocurrencies with fiat currency (“normal money”) in hopes of seeing the value rise so they can cash in.
Regardless of how you may have felt at the time, it’s undeniable now that cryptocurrency has earned significant legitimacy among the general public. It’s gone mainstream and while it is certainly subject to volatility, it also means that a lot of “regular” people are getting into cryptocurrency in some form if they haven’t already. And as an affiliate marketer, this presents a potentially lucrative opportunity as these offers can appeal to an increasingly larger audience.
The Crypto Offer Vault
Even before you sign up for an account with RunCPA (more on that in a moment), you can browse through the available offers on the affiliate network. This screenshot is from within the affiliate dashboard, but it largely displays the same information as the publicly-accessible database.
In browsing through the available offers — there are over 30 as of this writing, but RunCPA has indicated that they have over 40 of them, the most in the crypto vertical — I noticed a couple of notable features. First, just about all the offers are open globally. Some say “world” for the region, whereas others list off over 200 countries, which is basically the whole world.
This is a big appeal of working with crypto, as it removes so many of the geographic limitations that you might face with more traditional marketing. If the user can get online and use crypto, they can convert on these offers, and you can earn your commission.
Secondly, a good number of the offers are based on a revenue share model, going as high as a 50% revenue share. That’s lifetime. That goes back to the previous point about setting yourself up for success now and into the future. Revenue sharing is an excellent source of passive income. There are also some offers that operate on a CPL or CPA basis, including commissions of up to $700! Offers include crypto casinos, ICOs, games, and exchanges, among others.
An Anonymous Network
A big part of why cryptocurrency has gotten as big as it has not only has to do with its incredible security and instant validation, but also the anonymity that it is able to afford. RunCPA respects that people who are interested in crypto likely place a higher value on their privacy as well.
To this end, you can work with RunCPA on a mostly anonymous basis. All you need to sign up is an email address is a password. Verify the email by clicking the link in the registration message and you’re ready to roll. That being said, if you prefer, can also sign up and log in using your Facebook, Google, or Vkontakte account.
After signing in for the first time, RunCPA re-asserts that it is an anonymous CPA network, but “it would be easier to help you if you state one of the following ways to contact you.” That’s entirely up to you, of course.
The Affiliate Experience
The affiliate dashboard is kept simple and straightforward, giving you everything that you need and nothing that you don’t.
You get access to the full suite of statistics, of course, as well as the ability to browse and search through the list of available offers. You can look through your conversions, adjust your account settings, and so on.
Something that is very important to note here is that unlike other affiliate networks that typically have a holding period for payouts, like net-30 or net-45, RunCPA operates on a net-0 basis. That’s right. You get payouts in Bitcoin (BTC) instantly when you request a withdraw through your affiliate dashboard. This allows for a swift, secure, and transparent process for all parties involved, plus the security and anonymity of the crypto industry.
One feature that RunCPA provides to help you maximize your earnings is the ad rotator. This allows you to select multiple offers and run them in rotation using a single set of ad code. The ad rotator supports over a dozen ad sizes, including 120×240, 300×250, 468×60, 728×90, 250×250, and 160×600, plus more.
Once you’ve selected the size and offers, you can actually go through each one and hand pick which image you’d like to use with each corresponding offer too. Then, just paste the JS code on your website where you’d like the ad to appear.
In addition to everything else mentioned in this review, RunCPA also has the following measures in play to help affiliate marketers grow their revenue and traffic to that next level.
- they have a private CPL only for trusted affiliates, that makes their catalogue of offers even bigger.
- they have personal managers for the affiliates, which help choose best offers for the particular traffic type and open “private” offers.
- they have the tools and resources in place to help educate affiliates their both personal manager and the content on their blog.
To learn more about each of these options, be sure to join their affiliate network and get in touch with your affiliate manager right away.
A Growing Industry
Whether you’re a crypto evangelist who has worked and traded in cryptocurrencies for years, or you’re brand new to the industry and you want to get a foothold as a marketer, RunCPA is a potent option for affiliate marketers with crypto traffic. The instant payouts are tremendously appealing and the laser focus on crypto means you’ll always know what to expect. Go ahead and sign up today and start making some serious coin.
8 Affiliate Marketing Niches to Start Making Serious Money With
So, if you’re looking to make money online, now is the time to get started.
There are a virtually unlimited number of internet money-making methods. You could create videos, blog, sell crafts… the list is endless.
In my opinion though, given its ease and proven record, few online moneymaking methods are better than affiliate marketing. This is especially true with 10% of all purchases made in the United States happening online. That number is growing every year.
With affiliate marketing, you get to market other people’s products, help them generate sales, and collect a commission on those sales you facilitated. The best part is, you get to sell stuff without having to deal with any inventory!
To get started with affiliate marketing, all you need is an internet connection and a solid niche. Below, I break down what affiliate marketing niches are and which ones you should focus your efforts on!
What Is an Affiliate Marketing Niche?
When you market other people’s products online, it’s recommended that you build your marketing funnels around particular niches.
Niches in marketing are like categories. For example, if you marketed products in the organic dog food space, your niche would be organic dog food. If you market products in the plus-sized fashion space, your niche would be plus-sized fashion.
Now that you have an idea of what a niche is, let’s dig into some of the most evergreen affiliate marketing niches that people like you have found the most success with.
Love is a broad category that encompasses a lot of extremely lucrative affiliate marketing niches.
Because love never goes out of style.
Falling in love, dating, sex and everything in between is baked into humanity’s DNA. That means there will never be a shortage of customers around products that make people’s love lives better.
When you’re thinking about what kinds of things to market within the love niche, start with products and services around dating. You can then branch out to things having to do with sex and reconciliation (winning a loved one back).
Fitness products sell like hotcakes online. That’s due largely to the fact that the media, for better or for worst, has embedded in most people’s minds an optimal look. Being “beautiful” has consequently become the quest of men and women alike and they’re willing to spend a lot of money to meet their goals.
That’s where your marketing efforts come in.
Exploring affiliate marketing niches like weight loss products, hair growth, gym memberships, “get fit quick” products, and more can be extremely lucrative.
3. Dog and Cat Products
An overwhelming amount of Americans own dogs and cats. Of those people, many spend a lot of their income ensuring that their pets are healthy and comfortable.
Given that reality, selling high-quality toys and pet foods online can mean a steady income stream for your affiliate marketing efforts almost immediately.
I would recommend having separate marketing channels for your dog and cat products. Mixing the two could cause distrust among enthusiasts.
4. Money and Wealth
Everyone wants to get rich and people are willing to spend a lot of money to figure out how to do it.
Selling products that revolve around making money online, investing strategies, and lucrative career advice can all garner you a fast following. Also, consider offering products that are aimed at building businesses.
Everybody needs a lawyer for something. Giving people the legal advice they need on your marketing channels and then connecting them with firms like Bond & Taylor Injury Lawyers for compensation is a way that tons of affiliate marketers build their fortunes.
If you have a knack for law, promoting and selling legal products and services can be one of the highest ROI affiliate marketing niches you can explore given that legal services are typically costly.
Tech is getting more popular among the global community which means more people are looking for advice, tips, and tricks revolving around the latest and greatest products. If you can provide that information through your marketing channels and push readers to buy high-end phones, computers, and other things, you’ll make a pretty penny.
The only downside to leaning on technology as one of your affiliate marketing niches is that competition in this space can be fierce.
7. Smoking Products
It’s funny that both health and smoking products have both made it onto this top affiliate marketing niches list. That just goes to show you how polarized people’s tastes are.
With the resurgence of smoking through vapes and e-cigarettes, more people than ever are buying smoking-related paraphernalia online.
An affiliate marketer who starts targeting vapers and e-cigarette enthusiasts can experience a tremendous amount of success in today’s market, fast.
8. Subscription Boxes
Last but not least on our affiliate marketing niches list are subscription boxes.
Subscription boxes are a type of business that has really picked up traction over the last decade. Basically, people subscribe to boxes across a variety of niches and every month they get a mystery box of items having to do with their niche of choice.
For example, if someone subscribed to a monthly beauty box, they’d receive a box of cosmetics in the mail every month.
As an affiliate marketer, you can curate subscription boxes on your marketing channels and promote ones to your readers that you feel are the best. Whenever one of your readers buys into your box recommendations, you’ll receive a commission!
Ready to Brainstorm Affiliate Marketing Niches?
From subscription boxes to health to smoking, there is no shortage of lucrative affiliate marketing niches to get into today.
Remember, people are buying more online every day. That means that opportunity abounds and that the sooner you start selling, the sooner you can start making a lot of money!
Want more advice on how to make money online? If so, check out my content and entrepreneur start-up services on ZacJohnson.com. Doing so could change your financial life!
Save Time and Increase Earnings with Binom Pro Tracking Solution
For entrepreneurs, business and brands, and of course affiliate marketers — time is money. As a performance marketing professional, you don’t want to be wasting your time working on campaigns that aren’t contributing in a meaningful way to your bottom line. You also don’t want to be wasting your time looking for the right kind of data on which you can base those kinds of decisions. The more time you’re able to save, the more money you’ll be able to make.
Designed as a tracker for professionals, Binom puts speed first and foremost. From the speed of click processing to the speed of report generation, Binom strives to save your time and increase your efficiency.
Pro Tracking Excellence with Binom
A self-hosted tracking platform, Binom offers an incredible bounty of data and functionality. Everything is just a couple of mouse clicks away.
And even though you are presented with such a wealth of information, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The core metrics and data are broadly organized across intuitive tabs, so you can easily sift through your campaigns, landing pages, affiliate networks, offers, traffic sources, trends, conversions, clicklog and users.
This may sound overwhelming at first, especially for beginners, but Binom has been designed such that even novices can use it. Tracker-related errors are minimized if not eliminated altogether. You’ll also find detailed documentation and an extensive FAQ to help you get a better sense of how best to use the product. And then support is always there to help when you need it too.
Binom is certainly not the only tracking platform on the block, but it confidently boasts that it is better than the competing software. Whereas some other solutions charge you based on click volume, Binom offers one low monthly price for unlimited traffic, handling millions of clicks per day.
But again, it really comes down to speed and this really is something that Binom prioritizes in its solution. Whereas other trackers can suffer from long redirect times, performance drops under high load, and click loss, Binom promises a click processing time of just 5 ms under any server load. You don’t want to lose clicks just because the server can’t handle it. Processing speed does not depend on volume and Binom guarantees zero losses.
Look at this stuff. Isn’t it neat? It really does look like Binom is complete. The sheer size of this feature list is remarkably impressive, handling just about anything and everything that you would need with click tracking, traffic redistribution, detailed analytics, and even a full API for more advanced functionality.
At the most basic level, you look for an appealing offer on an affiliate network, you grab your affiliate link, and then you start to promote that offer using your link. However, this can be far too simplistic of a model if you really want to maximize your earnings.
That’s why it is so valuable that in addition to all the tracking and reports, Binom also offers a robust traffic distribution solution. You can work with simple A/B split-testing if you want, but the system can also handle multivariate testing for more complex combinations.
You’ll also find a great rotation system, multiple paths, multiple landings, redirecting of proxy traffic, distribution rules based on 20+ metrics, and the list goes on and on. By setting these rules, you can redirect traffic based on a wealth of parameters, like country, browser, language, part of day, lander, connection, device and more.
It’s when you leverage more powerful implementations like this, coupled with the incredible depth of data analysis, that you can really elevate your earnings. Look for where you’re getting the most clicks and if those clicks are actually converting into revenue. How much is this traffic costing you? What is your ROI?
Dig Into That Data
If you’re only running a small handful of campaigns with a couple of landing pages, getting a handle on the data can be pretty easy. When you’ve got hundreds or even thousands of campaigns at scale, you’re playing in a different league and that’s when you’d need something like Binom.
Remember that Binom is a tracking solution that is geared toward professionals, so this means that is geared toward handling just about any volume you can throw at it. With those super fast click processing times, the traffic you generate will reach where they need to go more quickly and this provides a much more positive user experience.
The next step, of course, is to dive deep into the wealth of data at your fingertips. Everything that you need is here, and it’s all easily filtered, sorted, and searched through. Look for parameters that are offering the best CTR or look how you’re doing with EPC or CPC. This can reveal new opportunities for growth, as well as what campaigns you should probably drop.
Visually, it can feel like a lot, to be sure, but that’s kind of the point. Binom has done a great job is presenting this data in such a way that is more easily digestible, including convenient color coding and sorting. Filter by network, time frame and more, looking for where you’re getting the best ROI (and where you’re not).
One of the best ways you can get a good handle on how Binom works is to have a look at the product tour. You’ll learn more not only about speed, but also about how the group system will help you organize your information, how the traffic distribution can offer smart rotation, how the deep analytics can offer incredible detail, and how just powerful the tracking solution can be.
The live demo is worth checking out too.
Monthly Subscription Price
Tired of complex pricing schemes where you’re not really sure what plan is right for you? Binom has kept things very simple. You can choose to pay $99 monthly or, if you prepay for a year at a time, the monthly cost for the license is cut down to $69. In both cases, you get one server, unlimited clicks and domains, and lifetime updates, as well as a 14-day free trial.
Binom will install the tracker on your server for free. Updates are pushed out as single clicks, so you don’t have to replace files manually. Support is always available via Skype and the web with responses in five minutes or less. If you need additional licenses, they’re $49 each.
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