Affiliate Marketing News December 2015

November 2015 Affiliate Marketing News Archive

December 31, 2015:  Happy New Year


December 30, 2015

Why Content Marketers Need Editors –

“I’m good at math.

If you looked at my standardized test results from when I was back in school, you’d see I scored very high in math and very low in verbal.

And yet, today I’m a professional writer and editor. It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world…”

Valuable Lessons Learned In 2015

“This is one of my absolute favorite weeks of the year, because I not only take the time to plan the entire upcoming year, but I take a really close look at some of the valuable lessons that I learned along the way in the previous year. 

Here are 10 valuable business and life lessons that I learned in 2015…'”

December 29, 2015

How To Craft Content That Sells –

“In this post, we’ll talk about four types of content that will help increase desire and motivation in your prospects to open up their wallets and purchase. We’ll offer some ideas for increasing your conversion rate optimization, and make that cash register ring more.

Marketing your company and encouraging customers to purchase is a tall order in today’s digital world. For some business owners, it can be downright scary…”

What To Do When You Hit The Wall

“I really don’t feel like writing a blog post today.

The truth is – I haven’t felt like writing a blog post for the last year. But somehow I’ve managed to put out at least 3-4 posts a month (sometimes a lot more) for the last two years. How? Because even though I don’t want to do it – I do it anyway. Why? Because writing here is important to me…'”

December 28, 2015

Best Ways To Promote Affiliate Products On Your Blog –

“Affiliate Marketing isn’t a new term as it is one of the oldest forms of marketing. In affiliate marketing, you refer someone to an online product, and when that person purchases the product through your recommendation, you will get a percentage of the sale known sales commission. The sales commission can be anywhere from $10 to $1000. The higher the value of the product, the bigger the sales commission will be...”

Awesome Landing Page Tips For Small Offers

“‘Do I need a landing page?”

Visit a marketing forum, and you will see this question treated with scorn.Affiliates are adamant that, 90% of the time, a landing page is required to make money. You cannot simply direct link paid traffic to affiliate offers and expect to make a profit. It would be too easy…'”

December 27, 2015

Effortless Ways To Become A Morning Person –

“Do you have a “love-hate” relationship with the morning? Yeah, yeah, you already know that getting up early can make you more productive, focused and motivated — which is why successful entrepreneurs like Sir Richard Branson and CEOs of multi-billion dollar companies like Tory Burch and Indra Nooyi (CEO of PepsiCo) wake up before the sun rises...”

Timeless Online Income Methods

“Many online marketing trends are just that — trends.

They rise, they fade, they die. It’s one of the most frustrating things about marketing. You spend all this money and invest all this time in something, and then — poof! — it’s gone. You feel like you’ve wasted time and effort.

In the grand scheme of things, digital marketing is still a new industry. It wasn’t until 1990 or so that marketers first started dabbling in that new thing called the Internet, and discovering ways to amplify their brand’s presence…'”

December 26, 2015

Never Quit When You’re Ahead –

“Welcome to the hardest decision you’ll ever make as an entrepreneur. While it’s tempting to stick with a run of financial success for as long as possible, it’s important to understand what you might leave on the table if you wait too long to cash out...”

What It Takes To Succeed At Affiliate Marketing

“One of the oldest forms of marketing that gives you a chance to make some money or commission when the referred online product is bought is what affiliate marketing is all about.

While you don’t have to create a product yourself, the challenge lies in taking on the pivotal role of simply linking the buyer and the seller. The seemingly simple sounding world of affiliate marketing may make it a lucrative and preferred career option in the online space, but it’s highly competitive too. And to stand out, it’s imperative to know the market needs, learn how to promote products, what works and what does not…'”

December 25, 2015

FTC Releases Native Advertising Guidelines –

“Using native advertising practices has been one of the most effective options for marketers for quite some time now.  The reason they are so effective, of course, is because they look and feel very similar to the rest of the content on the page.  Even if consumers can see that it is a sponsored post, the content has the same feel as the rest so they naturally seem to trust it more...”

Never Forget How Powerful You Really Are

“You, yes you, are far greater than any problem or disappointment that may be present in your life.

I don’t care who you are or what you have accomplished, we all go through disappointments in life and struggle from time to time with coming to the realization just how special we truly are…'”

December 24, 2015

Patience, Persistence, Payoff –

“You’d flip through the pages that were brimming with products and think about what it would be like to possess the Deluxe Hand Loom (make beautiful potholders!), the Alaskan Wooden Toboggan, or the Young Artist Studio Toolkit.

Christmas Eve was a test of my patience. That was the night we had our big Christmas dinner, followed by The Opening of the Gifts…”

How To Automate Your Business

“As entrepreneurs, bloggers and small businesses we are continually tasked with various day-to-day operations that many large organizations  also have to deal with. No matter if you are large or small, such tasks still need to be taken care of. At the end of the day, the client doesn’t care if you have one employee or 5,000, as long as they get the quality work they are looking for...'”

December 23, 2015

Sixteen Entrepreneurial Tools You Need –

“In the thralls of startup battle, efficient teams figure out how to maximize their precious resources. Bootstrapping time, money and personnel effectively can be the difference between the teams that survive to battle another day, and the ones that don’t. In this chaos we call entrepreneurship, tools can provide infinite value, and finding the ideal tools can be the “saving grace”...”

Iconic Santa Claus Ads

“When you think of Santa Claus, we’re willing to bet that words like “jolly,” “bearded,” and “rosy-cheeked” come to mind. After all, that’s the image of Santa many of us — regardless of age — have grown to know and love, right?

The mall Santa that our parents forced us to take an annual photo with (despite the trauma it caused). The Santa we watched Tim Allen transform into in the first installment of The Santa Clause trilogy. And the Santa we’ve seen used in countless holiday advertisements — from Coca-Cola to Kodak…'”

December 22, 2015

Where To Find Affiliate Marketing Referral Content –

“Marketers know that personalized content is key to successfully sending the right message to the right customers at the right time. But who actually has time to create a treasure trove of custom content?

Publishers are on the opposite side of the puzzle: they’ve got a treasure trove of great content, but do not always have a home for publishing this sponsored content. Referral content and affiliate marketing to the rescue!..”

How To Make Money With Your Product Reviews

“Writing a product review blog may sound simple and easy, but the same cannot be said when it comes to monetization.

Whether you’re sneaking in affiliate links into your content or are still living off of ads, you need to focus on positioning your site for a steady stream of traffic. But that’s just the easy part.'”

December 21, 2015

The Quickest Way To $100K Online Per Year –

“Say you want to make $100,000 a year online, and you have the option to receive advice from someone who has actually made that or from someone who hasn’t, who would you choose? Obviously, you would go with the person who has done it. However, you’ll be amazed by the number of people who will listen to people who hasn’t...”

Top 5 Affiliate Managers For 2015 Announced –

“A hearty congratulations to the top 5 affiliate managers of 2015, as decided by the readers of Performance Marketing Insider. Was a tough competition with thousands of votes, a bit of cheating and a disqualification, but here it is — the most anticipated list in Affiliate Marketing…‘”

December 20, 2015

Why You Need To Be Yourself –

“When I first started my career on the internet I was in my basement. I had no employees. Other than a $299 server cost I had no other expenses…. I taught myself how to program, although not very well, I was able to produce a website that would go on to create a lot of money...”

How To Keep Healthy While Working From Home –

“For many of us, going into the office doesn’t even require heading out the door. More than 30 million Americans work from home, and Forrester Research’s US Telecommuting Forecast predicts that number will rise to 63 million by next year — meaning that 43 percent of the U.S. workforce will work remotely...'”

December 19, 2015

What The Color Of Your Logo Says About Your Company –

“If you are building a company that depends on making people feel sexy and sophisticated, it’s probably going to confuse your consumers if you your logo is bright green.

That’s because different colors are associated with different feelings. Green conveys organic growth, the earth, nature, or feelings of caring. Meanwhile, black communicates feelings of sophistication, authority or seduction. Not convinced? Consider the green logo for Starbucks or Greenpeace and the black logos of Chanel or Sony…”

Barnes And Noble Affiliate Program Switching To –

“The Barnes and Noble has announced that they are closing their current network affiliate partner Linkshare on December 31st. This will affect anyone who uses their blog or website to link to e-books, e-readers, tablets or anything else that B&N sells online. Starting January 1st 2016 Barnes and Noble is switching affiliate providers and the new company everyone will be doing business with is “CJ Affiliate Network...'”

December 18, 2015

How To Record A Screencast For

“It has been said many times before that a picture is worth a thousand words. In the context of professional blogging, you can see how this lesson can be applied in a multitude of ways. Every blog post should have at least one relevant image, for example, because you want to break up those giant blocks of text. And a more illustrative image, like an infographic, can turn into an incredibly valued resource...”

How To Find Scalable Offers

“I’d like to present you with a way to do extra analysis on your campaigns before running them that will give you a much better chance of success.One thing I always tell affiliates, is to know how to identify and follow the big money, this video will help you find offers that:

  • Are in demand
  • Are in a big market that allows you to scale when you find the winning angle.
  • Are optimized for conversions…”

December 17, 2015

Indispensable Writing Lessons

“Do you ever catch yourself romanticizing earlier time periods?

Thoughts like, “It was so much easier to establish authority with ebooks when they weren’t as common” or “I wish people still had longer attention spans.”

Before you get too bummed out, remember that digital content creators are currently well-positioned and previous generations had their challenges as well…”

Quotes To Light A Fire Under Your Ass

“Building great businesses, achieving massive goals and rising to the top of your profession doesn’t just happen by accident. It happens through a ridiculous work ethic and consistently showing up every single day.

Here are 20 quotes to help motivate you to hustle like never before…”

December 16, 2015

5 Things That Millionaires Do

“My lifelong dream is to create more millionaire students than any other stock trading teacher out there. I’m lucky enough to have reached the seven-figure mark myself, and now, I’m dedicated to sharing everything I’ve learned – including the stock trading patterns that work in any market – with the students in my Millionaire Challenge....”

Engagement Based Marketing Segmentation Tips From An Expert

“When I started in digital marketing, I ran one channel, paid search. Each channel operated in its own silo, with different creative strategies. That’s when things were just getting started. These days, marketing has evolved towards a consumer-centric approach, with all channels working together in unison...”

December 15, 2015

Using Social Media To Increase your Customer Loyalty

“There’s no doubt consumers have become increasingly demanding around how brands engage with them via social media platforms. And the pressure is on marketers to quickly adapt their communications and engagement strategies if they hope to transform social interactions into customer advocacy and loyalty...”

What 12 Experts Expect To See Next Year (2016) In Perfomance Marketing

“Over the coming year, marketing and advertising technologies will continue to march closer together because brands are tiring of point solutions; they want to see audience, attribution, lead gen and others getting optimised for performance and simplified for execution. This will strongly affect the current ecosystem and some players’ standings...”

December 14, 2015

Cashing In With

“I got a call from my friend Scott Richter (Media Breakaway, CPA Empire,, etc) last May about a new service he was launching called

On between our affiliates and our own media buys we have a lot of traffic from countries we don’t allow to participate in the ShoeMoney Network. So the traffic is a waste of our bandwidth and resources.

Scott explained to me that you can send traffic you don’t to your link on and get paid…”

What’s The #1 Selling Affiliate Product?

““What are the best affiliate products to promote?”

Because if you have built/are building an awesome relationships with your readers AND you select awesome products that will be of awesome use to your readers… you WILL be rewarded...”

December 13, 2015

The State Of The Internet Of Things

“The Internet Of Things (IoT) refers to a phenomenon and an entity. It refers to the way Internet connectivity has expanded to include everyday objects and to how those everyday objects interoperate with our daily lives.

No longer do we “access” the Internet. The Internet is ever-present. It operates as an automated entity that can carry out functions that reflect and affect the physical world…”

Should Millenials Get Into Internet Marketing?

“$997. $11,000. $0.

The first number represents the retail cost to sign up for a course called Yourself With Wealth that I opened registration for two weeks ago. The second number is the amount I agreed to pay (in total) to my various partners and course instructors for 10 separate hour-long interviews as well as editing for four different videos used to help sell the course…”

December 12, 2015

Affiliate Marketing Trends For 2016 

“The internet marketing industry is perplexing and unpredictable; however, it is an energizing one for anyone who stays up on cutting edge patterns. Every year, new equipment, new programming, new organizations, and new client inclinations direct a large group of far-reaching changes that either gets received or overlooked by the organizations of the world...”

Creative Subject Lines

“Just because someone opened and responded to your first email doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to keep the conversation going. So what happens if your contact goes silent? Below are 16 email subject lines you can use to restart a stalled conversation without getting lost in the noise...”

December 11, 2015

Influencer Marketing: The 7 Deadly Sins – 

“An infographic...”

Want To Make A Free Logo?

“If you want to be a well-respected site owner or blogger, it’s in your best interest to have a high-quality logo designed for your site. The good news is that creating a unique logo is not only easier than ever before, but it’s also cheaper too...”

December 10, 2015

New High Paying Loan Program Launched – 

“ is a rapidly growing specialty online lending platform connecting small business owners with alternative funding resources. The BizCapRX online system is a free, no-obligation online tool for business owners throughout the USA...”

Digital Marketing Is Much More Than Just Blogging

“When it comes to digital marketing, it’s important that businesses gain a better understanding of what “digital marketing” actually means. Over the years, the terms “digital marketing” and “Internet marketing” have somehow become synonymous. However, they shouldn’t be viewed as one and the same. If you don’t see any distinction between your digital marketing efforts and your online marketing strategies, then something is fundamentally wrong in your approach...”

December 9, 2015

How To Be Yourself On LinkedIn And Boost Your Business – 

“Putting your true self out there on Facebook or Twitter is pretty easy. Those networks are more casual, more “anything goes.” Being you on LinkedIn, a professional network (arguably the professional network), takes bravery...”

Is WordPress Version 4.4 Giving You Trouble?

“I just updated WordPress to v4.4 this morning but upon doing so, I started to receive errors when I attempted to upgrade my themes.

Apparently you can also get the error when you try to upgrade plugins, or use certain features of WordPress…”

December 8, 2015

How To Turn Happy Customers Into A Sales Team – 

No matter what your sales and marketing strategy looks like, there is never a good time to overlook the power of “word of mouth” marketing.

With this, you don’t have to lift a finger.

Your happy customers do all the hard work for you...”

Life Beyond Google

“About three years ago I was attending an affiliate conference when, during one of the panel discussions, the host asked a selection of different affiliates whether they sourced some or all of their traffic from popular search engine Google. Almost all said yes to this question. Amazingly though, one of the affiliates suggested he got very little traffic from Google and didn’t see it as a necessary source of potential business for his site…

December 7, 2015

Six Critical Elements To SEO in 2016 – 

“If you do great work with your search engine optimization (SEO), it could mean a significant amount of revenue for your business. At the same time, however, it is also an ongoing initiative. Once you generate a steady stream of traffic from SEO, you need to constantly be maintaining and improving your SEO in order to keep those rankings you worked so hard for...”

How To Boost Your Marketing Campaigns

“As Managing Editor of, one of my primary responsibilities over the year has been producing our monthly Web clinics. These clinics have historically given us the chance to share discoveries from MECLABS’ research efforts with the marketing community at large. With a legacy dating back over a decade, I had large shoes to fill when taking over these online events, but thanks to the outstanding mentoring of my dear friend Taylor Kennedy and the support of the incredible team around me, we’ve had another great year of Web clinics to add to the vault…

December 6, 2015

Is Anything Online Original Anymore? 

“We have an insatiable thirst for the new.

In business, we want new products, new campaigns, and new ways of reaching consumers.

The shiny object syndrome isn’t just about being easily distracted. It’s also the result of thinking that what is new — and seemingly unique — is better. So how can we meet the increasing demands to come up with new ideas under shorter deadlines?

Mark Earls believes we need to get better at copying — badly…”

Are You Tough Enough (Mentally) For Affiliate Marketing?

“I’ve seen many smart people try affiliate marketing and fail horribly.

On paper, they had everything they needed to succeed

  • Technical Skills
  • Large Budgets
  • Success at Others in Life
  • Intelligence…”

December 5, 2015

How To Get More Of Your Blog Posts Opened 

“I talked earlier about how your post title is one of the most important elements on your blog because, when crafted properly, it draws you reader to your opening paragraph.

Well, if your title is the most important element, then your opening paragraph is a close second because that one paragraph either engages your reader and pulls him into the body of your post, or it turns him off completely and he leaves your page…”

Have You Seen The New Metrics In Google Analytics?

“Shortly after its 10th ‘birthday’ Google Analytics has had a new announcement that some new features are being added.  The new feature, which is called ‘Calculated Metrics’ will allow users to setup their own reports based on compilations of existing data and metrics...”

December 4, 2015

How To Become A Master Storyteller In Content Marketing – 

“How would you answer the question, “If you were stranded on a deserted island — and could only have five books with you — which five would you choose?”

I’d choose my favorite stories to help me feel less alone and remain motivated.

If stories are powerful enough to bring a sense of belonging to someone subject to the ultimate level of isolation, think of the effect they can have on your clients and customers who are (presumably) integrated into society…”

How To Be Entrepreneurial On Social Media

A video...

December 3, 2015

The Skyscraper Technique To Traffic Building – 

“Finding it increasingly difficult to capture the attention of your target audience? Can’t seem to actually deliver on their expectations? In today’s marketing landscape, the competition is heating up. 

As a result, marketers are getting more creative, experimenting with new content mediums, and varying their approaches to bringing in targeted new customers. From listicles to infographics to video content, those who are taking action to find out which type of content resonates best with their audience are coming out on top…”

How To Enlist Super Affiliates

“‘Hey ShoeMoney, do you do anything with (product vertical) ?  We have the highest converting offers and the best payouts. We are looking for super affiliates can you help?

Side note: Can you find something original to say? “Best converting offers, highest payout”. C’mon.

My honest response in general is “probably not” and it usually ends there.

Mostly because I don’t have time to explain what I am going to write out in this post..'”

December 2, 2015

How To Use Twitter 

“If you are a business owner, you might be looking for some ways to promote and grow your business in social platforms such as Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn.  But is Twitter really helpful in growing a business? The answer lies in the question itself. If Twitter is already a successful social media platform, then ofcourse you can grow your business as well through this platform. With these kinds of involvement of social media in businesses, the owners will be able to engage more customers and drive the business goals...”

More List Building Insight

“I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying before “the money is in the list”. Well, I’m here to confirm to you that it’s 100% true, but not in the way you may think.

If I had to share my number one productivity hack ever, it would be this: USE LISTS!

I’d love to say this is a trait I picked up from some super internet marketing guru, but when you work in a kitchen as a chef, there’s one thing and only one thing that keeps you sane – the list!..”

More on how to build you own list.

December 1, 2015

Five Habits Of The Wealthy That Made Them That Way – 

“Why do the rich keep getting richer? Most of the time, it’s not because of luck. It’s not because of the family they were born into. It’s not because they won the lottery.

Wealthy people simply do things differently…”

Search Advertising Trends To Take Notice Of

“In the world of online marketing, search advertising is one of the most effective ways to deliver traffic and high quality leads online. Through the infographic below we can take a look at some of the search advertising trends across the Americas and where all of the big advertiser money is being spent…”

Why Affiliate marketing Is Exploding (Again)

“As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but think about all of the changes that have taken place over the past 12 months in our industry — things like the shift toward content marketing versus traditional online ads, social “buy” buttons, advances in online to offline, and the list goes on.

There’s no doubt that 2015 has been the most innovative and interesting year of my career. The conversations and top headlines have really helped me home in on what it is that I enjoy so much about my job and the marketing channel I’ve worked in for 12 years…”