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5 Steps Affiliate Marketing Blueprint for Beginners: Make first 1000 dollars online

Affiliate marketing blueprint is a step by step system that you implement and make your first 1000 dollars online as a newbie affiliate marketer.

Affiliate marketing is wild jungle and without a proper guide, you may get astray. The 5 step affiliate marketing blueprint for beginners act as your guide to keep you on the track of making money online.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is a commission based business model where you promote someone else's  product and earn a predefined percentage of commission when a sale is made with your promotion.

Sales are tracked via hyperlinks which are generally termed as Affiliate link. As an affiliate marketer you promote these affiliate links by creating helpful product reviews, how-to-do guides etc. 

Affiliate marketing is a modern version of referral marketing where you refer clients to a business and the business in turn gives you a commission for your favor.

Amazon associate is a popular affiliate marketing example where amazon pays you affiliate commission when someone buys a products within 24 hours after clicking your affiliate link.

Why Affiliate Marketing is a good business model

  • You don't need your own product: To start your affiliate marketing business, you don't to spend money on creating your own product or keep someone else's product inventory. All you need to create is helpful user oriented content whether in image, blog,audio or video format.
  • More profitable compared to banner advertising: Online business is a traffic game. But with same amount and quality of traffic, affiliate marketing beats revenue from any banner advertising program.
  • Scalable: You can share your affiliate product promotion content to a large audience group on internet and make it scalable in terms of profit. 
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    Freedom of working from any location: Because Affiliate marketing is a internet driven concept, you don't have to stick to a location to make it work.
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    Compatible with other online earning methods: You can use affiliate marketing as a earning source along with other online earning mediums like Banner Ads, Information products, consulting services etc.

5 Step Affiliate Marketing Blueprint for Beginners

While affiliate marketing is a very lucrative source for online money making but it requires significant hard work in beginning to get noticeable results from affiliate marketing.

Often, Newbie enter affiliate marketing world hearing success stories of super affiliates without proper training and guidance and end-up wasting their time and energy.

Super affiliate become successful not by hit and trial but by following a proven system developed over years of experience.

In this guide, you can find one such affiliate marketing system in form of a step by step affiliate marketing blueprint for beginners that will help you as a newbie affiliate marketer to make your first 1000 dollars online. 

Step 1: Join an Affiliate Network & select Affiliate Products

To earn any kind of affiliate income, you need to have an affiliate products to promote first. You have two choices here:

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    Join Individual affiliate program
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    Join an Affiliate Network for managing multiple affiliate product sales

As a beginner we should go for affiliate network over individual product affiliate program for 2 reasons: 

  • Affiliate network will give you faster payouts. (because of accumulation  of multiple product payouts)
  • You can manage all your affiliate products/offer from one location.

Clickbank is a popular Affiliate network for beginner affiliate marketers. It is geared towards digital products like ebooks, courses and software. 

Clickbank has a wide range of products which they have organized under several niche.

You can easily choose products that are relevant to your own niche, create your affiliate link for product promotion (also called Hop links), check analytics for sales and manage affiliate commission payouts all from a single dashboard.

Clickbank Marketplace

Signup for a Clickbank affiliate account,  select your niche, sort products by gravity score and select your first product for promotion. (choose product with at least gravity score of 50. Higher the better.)

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Choosing a right affiliate product is the most important thing for affiliate marketing success. At the end of the day if the end product doesn't solve a customer problem, the product is bound to fail in the long run.

Additionally, It is easier for you to sell a good product which has demand in the market and earn your first affiliate commission. 

Apart from Gravity score on clickbank, you should also look for following features in an affiliate product:

  • The product must solve a problem faced by a potential customer.
  • Products that have evergreen demand or have demand in your target market.
  • Products that are already making profit for other affiliates.
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    Products that we have used and trust.
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    Products that have good sales copy, website layout and convincing marketing material.
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    Products that pay higher affiliate commission & recurring revenue.
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    Products that are relevant to our niche and expertise.

Based on these criteria, we have create a list of best Clickbank affiliate products that you can readily promote and make your first affiliate commission.


While not necessary, it is always a good idea to test these products yourself for quality & usability before promoting them as an affiliate.

Step 2: Create an Optin Funnel to Capture Lead

If you are a movie lover, you will correlate with me that most people don't make up their mind for watching a movie the very first time they watch a movie trailer. 

For a movie that seem interesting after viewing trailer, people will go to the movie website, read about the plot, story and casting.

They will discuss with their friends, read the movie review or wait till they hear good stuff from a friend before finally deciding to go for it.

It requires multiple touch and hearing good things from several sources that motivates people to go for a movie.  

The same thing happens with your affiliate products.

Your target audience may not be convinced to buy your promoted affiliate product when you first direct them to an affiliate sales page.

You also need to promote an affiliate product in several different ways mentioning its advantages for a potential buyer several times. Present them examples of success and case studies before your online audience will make up their mind to buy it. 

To build this kind of multi touch communication with your audience you need to have their contact details (Email) to be in touch with them.

You can collect these emails with a special web page designed to capture visitors email. In affiliate marketing, we call them Optin funnel.

An optin funnel is nothing but a collection of web pages which you use to capture your visitors email before redirecting them to an affiliate offer.

We use these collected email to build a connection with our audience and nurture them about the affiliate product benefits in future emails.

With captured emails, we basically take your audience from product awareness, to desire and finally action step to close a Sell.

Most beginner affiliate marketers fail because they try to convince their visitors to buy an affiliate product by directly sending them to affiliate sales page. 

Their visitors see the affiliate offer and decide not to buy immediately. 

One month pass, two months pass, but nothing happens. The newbie affiliate marketer could not understand what is happening. The experienced affiliate marketers are making good money with same products, so why can't he?

After a few months, with a dozen product reviews on blog , the newbie warrior leaves the battle field.

You don't want to act like that newbie affiliate marketer. Right?

Building an optin funnel with lead magnet is among the most common tactics to build an email list and profitable online business. 

To attract visitors and make optin process (lead capturing) easy, we use a free content, discount or offer as a bait.

This bait, also called Lead Magnet, entices visitors to submit their contact details in exchange of this free gift.

Ebook, how-to-video, webinar, mini-course, blueprint, report, checklist, cheat-sheet are some of the common Lead Magnets marketers use to convert visitors into subscribers.

Affiliate Marketing Blueprint for Beginners

In the above example of a typical optin page, I have used a Free E-book as a lead magnet to attract visitors and turn them into subscribers.

After someone subscribe to your email list, you have two choice for where you can redirect a visitor:

1. Redirect visitor to an affiliate sales page with our affiliate link

2. Redirect visitors to a thank you cum Pre-sell page where you discuss benefits and features of affiliate product with your affiliate links in the page content. 

The first option is self-explanatory and doesn't require a discussion.

With option 2, you use your product affiliate link as call-to-action either in thank you page (Pre-sell page) content or as button to redirect visitors to product sales page.

You need to achieve just one goal with your thank page, generate visitor's curiosity to check the suggested affiliate product.

If you have hand on experience with the affiliate product, you can share your own experience as to how the product helped you.  This personal touch increases your visitors' trust and induce curiosity to visit product sales page.

For most people explaining product benefits on thank you page (Pre-sell page) with video performs better compared to written text, but we can always test what works better for our specific situation. 

Things to remember

If you want to increase your conversion rate for affiliate product sales, you must follow the concept of Marketing Scent while creating your optin funnel.


Marketing scent refers to the congruency of communication across web pages in your Optin funnel. 


Thus the Optin page should match with the design theme, color and content of the Thank you page and affiliate product sales page.


This single hack makes your visitors more comfortable.


When a visitor sees the same design, imagery and page layout on all the pages on a funnel, he doesn't feel distracted and confused.


To take this concept of marketing scent a step further, you can even create your lead magnet on topics that directly relates to product sales page.

If you are wondering and asking yourself how will you build such an optin funnel with so many things to remember, don't panic.  


We have an easy fix for you. 


You can easily create your optin funnel in minutes with Clickfunnels. Clickfunnel is a useful marketing software to create any sales funnel in a minutes.


It has ready-made optin funnel templates that you can customize without any coding knowledge. You can signup for Clickfunnels 14 Days free Trial to see how easily you can build your optin funnel with it.


For more details on how Clickfunnels works and why you should use it for affiliate marketing, you can check our blog post Clickfunnels- The ultimate Money Making Machine or attend their Free Funnel Hacking Webinar.

Step 3: Setup Autoresponder series for Followup

Although a repetition, I want to discuss once more this mistake of sending direct traffic to affiliate product sales page which breaks many aspiring dreams of newbie affiliate marketers.

The problem with this approach of direct marketing is: You don't get the chance to remarket our audience. In simple words, if a visitor decides not to buy the affiliate product the very first time you send him to product sales page, he is lost.

You cannot give him more product details or promote other affiliate products without spending money in re-marketing with paid ads. 

But only collecting email address is not enough, you also need to send your email subscribers regular targeted emails to build a trusting relationship.

Email marketing autoresponders are your best tools to build this trusting relationship and win the battle of affiliate marketing.

In fact, Email marketing is the single most important factor that makes the difference between a struggling affiliate marketer and a 6 to 7-figure income generating affiliate marketer.  

Now the question is how do they do it?

Once a website visitor subscribe to their email list, a super affiliate sends him series of targeted emails focused on bring sales.

Remember those emails you receive regularly in your inbox?

These targeted email series aka autoresponders help to keep a consistent communication with subscribers and build trust. Remember people will only buy on your recommendations, when they trust you.

Hope this background clarifies your doubts about importance of Email marketing and autoresponders.

Now the question is how do you integrate all this in your own system?

How do you get started with Email Marketing?

First thing first, you need to choose a reliable email service provider (ESP) who offers email features that help you sell more products.

Below I have mentioned some essential features, you should look before selecting an ESP:

  • Easy to follow intereface & campaign setup process
  • Drag & Drop builders for rapid Email Customization
  • Good Email Reputation & Deliverability
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    Tagging capability for List segmentation
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    Time triggered autoresponders for sending emails by predefined time.
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    Behavioral Triggered autoresponders for sending emails based on how people behave with our sent emails. 

To keep it short, I found ConvertkitActivecampaign & Aweber to be the best ESP for affiliate marketing, for details you can check our blog post on Best Email Marketing Companies for Affiliate Marketing.

Next, you need to connect our email marketing software with your optin funnel pages.

Because you want to record our subscriber email address directly to your email marketing software without needing to do transfer them manually.  

This automatic process also help you trigger email autoresponders as soon as people subscribe to your email list.

If we are using Clickfunnels for setting up Optin funnel, connecting optin funnel with email marketing software is very easy.


Clickfunnels has ready-made email integration feature with all leading ESP to link up accounts in minutes. Smilarly is the case with LeadpagesInstapage and wishpond like Landing page builders.


But if you are building an optin funnel on wordpress, you can go for Thrive leads and OptinMonster like premium optin plugins.

And Finally, we need to setup the the email autoresponder series itself.

A typical Autoresponder series begins with your introduction to new subscriber discussing the benefits of subscribing your list. You can also discuss how many weekly emails they may expect from you and also deliver your lead magnet with it.

In next few emails, focus on building rapport and authority with your audience by offering them valuable actionable information--Information that they can use and see that your advice works.

After building rapport with your subscribers, you can now pitch them affiliate products that align with subscriber goals.

To increase conversion rate, you can create helpful content like how-to-do style emails, step-by-step guide around affiliate products and share them with your subscribers. These guides act like pre-sell pages and warm subscriber for product sales page.

You can create separate autoresponder series for each affiliate product you want to promote where each autoresponder series has 3-5 targeted emails promoting a single affiliate product.


It is also a good idea to insert your best content between two autorepsonder series to give psychological break your email subscribers.


When one product autoresponder series ends, you send subscribers 2-3 emails without any product promotion and then next product autoresponder series begins. 

Here are a few tips to get most out of your email autoresponder series:

1. Before directing affiliate products to our subscribers, it is better to build some brand image with your personal introduction and why they should listen to you. 

Sharing a quick winning tip which gets a subscriber sure little benefit is also a good idea. For example, if you are promoting a memory enhancement program, you can share a quick memory tip that subscriber can implement immediately and see results.

2. Use plain text HTML Templates over fancy looking templates to give personal touch to your emails. Infact, as per Hubspot research Fancy HTML templates with images, decreases open rates by 25%

3. Rather than Product features, focus on product benefits: People buy products for benefits not product features. You can even convince them for product benefits by showing case studies of other customers who got desired results with your products.

4. Share your personal story of success with product to inspire your audience.

5. Write email headline that induce fear, curiosity or profit emotions. Fear, gain and curiosity are the psychological trigger that induce people to take action. You can use them in our headline, copy and call-to-actions to improve our open rate and conversion.

6. Segment the email list with tags based on action people take on your emails. Segmenting people based on their behavior decreases the unsubscribe rate and increases engagement. In simple words you get more sales and profit when you segment your audience and delivers them specific content as per their interest.

When you have a segmented list with tags , you can send different emails to different group of subscribers based on their interest and engagement with your past email.

It also means that rather than trying to sell everyone the same affiliate products, we can sell people different products based on what they like and need.

7. We must put our affiliate links in emails 2-3 times in different part of email to allow a reader multiple opportunity to take action and visit affiliate sales page.

8. Send subscriber emails at consistent intervals: Subscribers turn inactive if they don't hear back from us for a long time. Thus it is important that we send them emails regularly. 

If a subscriber didn't buy product from one email autoresponder series. Switch his subscription to another autoresponder series with a different product.

This chain must go on and on. 

Step 4: Bring Paid or Free traffic to Optin Pages

The last thing required to make our optin funnel functional is to drive traffic to it. We can use both free and paid mediums to drive traffic.

 Let's see what are they and if one is better than the other.

1. Free Traffic: Free traffic generally refers to organic traffic from Search engines like Google and bing, but with changing traffic landscape now there are many other free traffic sources that we can use to drive free traffic to optin funnel--

  • Social Media Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin
  • Social Forums like Quora, Reddit
  • Bookmarketing sites like: Stumbleupon, digg, delicious
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    Guest Blogging on high authority sites.
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    Video Platforms like Youtube, Dailymotion, Vine
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    Blog commenting on other blogs in same niche
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    Listing in web directories like Dmoz, Blogcate,Technorati
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    RSS Directories and aggregators like Alltop, Feedagg

But still search engine traffic is considered as the best free traffic sources for Affiliate marketing simply because it converts best.

Blogging and SEO techniques are your best friends to increase search engine traffic to your optin funnels.

You can write blog posts on topics directly related to the affiliate products and offer your lead magnet in between blog content to direct traffic to the optin funnel.

If somebody is interested to read a blog post relating to a affiliate product, he is likely to be interested in the Affiliate product itself.

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But you should always remember one thing about the Search engine traffic: It takes time. You won't see the results of our hard-work immediately.

Search engine traffic builds over time.

You have to post good quality content regularly that our target audience want to read and benefits from.

A post frequency of 1-2 post per week is a good starting point; However, the more frequently you post, the better.

Let's warn you about one mistake that many new bloggers and affiliate marketers make:


In their drive to write more content, they sometimes copy the content from other websites and blogs which creates duplicate content problem.


Search Engine like Google hates duplicate content and impose ranking penalty on websites that indulge in publishing duplicate content.

2. Paid Traffic: Paid traffic is best option to get started quickly with affiliate marketing and find a winner product.

Your affiliate product will be the base of all marketing efforts. It is recommended to find a winning product by testing different affiliate products with paid ads before long term commitment with SEO and blogging.

You can also use paid ads to build an email list by bringing targeted traffic to our sales funnel.

However, stay clear that if you decide to use paid ads to build your email list, you may not recover your full investment immediately. Any email list will become fruitful over time when more and more readers join the list. 


As a rule of thumb, your affiliate learning will be directly related to list size of engaged subscribers.


Pay attention to the engaged word here, not any email subscriber, but email subscribers who are engaged--who open, read and click link in our emails.

Below are few benefits of going for paid traffic over free traffic

  • Paid traffic is fast, you can quickly see what is working and what is not.
  • You can bring targeted traffic based on keywords that people are searching, interest they have or websites they visit.
  • Paid traffic results are traceable and you can measure our ROI against investment
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    You are in control: Unlike free traffic, with paid traffic you decide who should visit your optin funnel and for which keywords.

Below are some popular traffic sources that you can use to drive paid traffic to optin funnel and testing products.

Google Ads: Google ads offer range of ad format to bring targeted traffic to your optin funnels like Search ads, Display ads, Youtube Ads. The choice of ad format depends on advertising objective and affiliate products you want to promote.

Search ads is a good option for products that already cater to a larger established target audience like health niche where people are already searching about their health problems and products that solve them.

Display ads are more geared towards brand awareness and remarketing, while YouTube ads are great for building authority with your audience and explain a complex concept, product and its benefits like a software.

In my experience, you get the best results when you combine all of three ads format together.

Facebook Ads:  Facebook ads offer interest based advertising where you can laser target people based on what they like and show interest it.

In fact, Facebook offers a complete advertising medium for ads in awareness, consideration and decision stage in buyer's journey.

Facebook let's us decide your advertising object for ads. Y?ou can choose objectives like reaching to people, building brand awareness, driving targeted traffic, conversion and video view etc.

As Affiliate marketers, traffic and Conversion are two important objective in Facebook Ads.

Solo Ads: Solo ads mean buying traffic from someone else's email list; mostly from the same niche as you are in.

 Solo ads is a quick way to build an email list with paid traffic. The average optin rate for solo ads traffic varies from 20-40% with a CPC of 40-80 cents.

The problem with buying solo ads for driving traffic is to find reliable Solo Ads vendors. 

There are many scammers in the Solo ads industry who cheat their customers (us) by sending bot traffic in name of solo ads. If you don't do our proper research for a vendor before buying solo ads, you should be ready for cheating.

That's the reason, it is always a good idea to buy solo ads from a trusted source like UDIMI, a marketplace for Solo ads, which filters bot traffic from real traffic and keep on blocking scammers. 

To keep their blacklist database robust, Udimi even buys regular ads from suspicious vendors themselves for testing. When they find a scam seller, Udimi block them from offering solo ads on their platform to save buyers on their platform.

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Below are a few points to keep in mind, while buying solo ads:

  • Always start small with solo ads, generally Solo ads vendors offer minimum 50-100 click packages for testing.
  • Rather than relying on single vendor, it is a better idea to test 4-5 vendors service before selecting one for long-term commitment.
  • Before buying solo ads talk to each vendors about their list behavior like which niche and products work best with their list. To keep their reputation up, most good solo ads providers will deny if your product does not fit their audience taste.

Popup & Popunder Ads: Popup and pop-under ads are two popular ad format that offer higher Click-through Rate (CTR) as compared to traditional banner advertising. 

These formats are good for product testing and initial product promotion before switching to more popular paid advertising networks like Google ads.

Many people get confused between the two, so I have created this graphic to mark the difference.

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Popup ads appear above the browsing window when someone visit a web page configured to show popup ads.

Because of its upfront intrusive nature, popup ads have higher CTR as compared to its counterpart Pop-under ads.

As clear from the image, pop-under ads appear under the current browser window in a separate window. It appears only when a visitor closes his current window. 

Popads and Propeller ads are two popular ad networks for Popup & pop-under advertising you can rely on.

Both the networks offer wide range of targeting options based on location & interest. Now you can even take advantage of artificial intelligence for auto-optimization with these two networks.

Robust Fraud detection technology is another reason to choose.

Native Advertising: Whether it be a sponsored Quora and reddit question or a related post on outbrain and taboola like content discovery platforms, native advertising is in-demand advertising concept these days.

With native advertising, the advertisers get the chance to create ads that look and feel almost like the original advertising-free content that a visitor is consuming.

The success of native advertising depends on how closely your ads relates to original content a visitor is consuming. 

Below are some suggestions that will help you to improve ROI on your native advertising campaign.

  • Make it Entertaining: You make native ads successful not only be making them resemble to the original content, but by making them enriched with entertainment as well. Entertaining content will keep your audience engaged and it is no brainer that you get more business with an engaged audience than otherwise.
  • Adapt Content tone to the existing original content. Don't interrupt the user reading flow by talking in a tone that is alien to what the visitor is consuming.
  • Analyze your results: See what is working by comparing different native ads across different native ads platforms. Because of fluid nature of native advertising, you may not get expected results from every ad that you try. Compare different one, choose a winner and then scale it up to the point it remains profitable for you.

Step 5: Optimize Marketing strategy with A/B Testing

The cost of online advertising is increasing everyday as more and more businesses realize the importance of online marketing for business growth.

It makes optimizing marketing strategy imperative to remain profitable.

From optin page designs to lead magnet to Call-to-action, ad creatives, ad texts, email sequences etc you have to test everything one at a time to see what is working and what is not.

To begin with optimizing your marketing strategy, you first need to implement the first 4 steps we discussed in this Affiliate marketing blueprint and get some initial data for testing.

Setup up analytics tools like Google Analytics, Smartlook, Crazy Eggs, Kissmetrics etc in your optin funnel pages and website pages to collect marketing data.

Then, drive traffic to your optin funnel (affiliate marketing funnel), we have built in the past 4 steps and generate marketing data for A/B testing.

Here is a 4 step process to optimize your marketing strategy with A/B testing-:

Step 1: Create Hypothesis for different assets: Once you have setup your affiliate optin funnel, you need to make negative hypothesis of why you are not getting desired results or what changes can bring improvement in results.

Brainstorm things that may impact marketing performance and make a list of it like--:

  • I am not targeting right audience
  • I have chosen a wrong marketing platform for targeting this specific audience.
  • My offer is not appealing; I need to change it.
  • The sales copy is not triggering psychological buying triggers.
  • The content doesn't align with our offer.
  • The call-to-action is not clear.
  • Images don't convey my message effectively.
  • Email copy is not convincing.
  • Ad text is not effective.

Step 2: Verify your hypothesis based on existing analytics data: No all your negative hypothesis will be true. So next you need to validate your hypothesis based on existing analytics data. 

You can check analytics data from tools like google analytics, smartlook, crazy eggs, kissmetrics etc to verify your hypothesis.

It is easy to get strayed in the jungle of Analytics with so many metrics available. Thus before reaching to any judgement, it is imperative to link KPI with your hypothesis. 


Link each of your hypothesis to a KPI before delving into any analytics dashboard and make informed decisions regarding validity of your hypothesis.


For Example, you can understand whether you ads are effective or not by checking the click-through rate (CTR) and cost per click (CPC)

Remove the hypothesis that are already proven wrong and shorten your hypothesis list to those that seems true based on existing analytics data.

Step 3: Test you remaining hypothesis one at a time: You may be tempted to test multiple hypothesis together, but unfortunately testing multiple hypothesis together is a bad idea.

Even if you improve performance with multiple changes in your affiliate marketing funnel, you cannot say with surety what actually enhanced performance. 

And when you are not sure, what worked & what not, it basically defeats the very purpose of A/B testing. 

Thus it is important that you only test one hypothesis at a time, make changes in your optin funnel, analyze results and only then move on to the next hypothesis.

you can setup A/B test (split test) in Clickfunnels with their split testing feature. For other platforms use A/B testing tools like Optimizely, Google optimize etc.

If you are wondering, which hypothesis should you first test and what should be the sequence of testing your hypothesis? I have a suggestion for you.


Begin with a hypothesis that takes least amount of time to implement, but will impact the performance most.


For example, if you are confusing between testing call-to-action text and content copy, go for call-to-action text first because it will take least time to implement and has significant impact on sales process. 


Use this same principle to decide the sequence in which you will test you list of hypothesis.

Step 4: After testing every hypothesis from the list, create a new list of hypothesis and test them: 

Optimizing your marketing strategy with A/B testing is a continuous process. Each change you implement after analyzing your test result will open gates for new hypothesis and new A/B tests.

It is also important that you don't take decision based on short data trends, drive at least 100 visitors to your sales funnels after each A/B test before reaching to a conclusion regarding impact of that A/B test.

Final Note:

I know so many details can look daunting and difficult to implement. But who said that you have to implement everything all in a day. 

Go easy with your plan, first be clear on what you have to do in each step, implement it. If you are struck at any point, you can take support of affiliate marketer communities or directly contact me. 

Remember--The biggest risk in life is not taking any risk. Until you start you will never know whether it works or not.

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5 things you need for starting affiliate marketing business

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If you have come across business proposal of earning $100-500 per day from your home working with just a laptop and internet connection, you have most likely been approached by an affiliate marketer or network marketer. 

what is it and how people make such amount of money?

We will discuss all this in this article and more.

First thing first,

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a branch of Digital Marketing where we make money by promote others product. It is based on the power of mouth publicity.

The original producer of the product which we call Advertiser or merchant decides to share his profit on fixed commission basis with Affiliate (us) who brings sales of the product. It is a win-win situation; advertiser gets the sale while Affiliate get the Affiliate Commission.

To track sales Advertisers contract with Affiliate Networks who provide sale tracking system and affiliates to promote business.

Once we join any Affiliate Network, we get a link to promote and track sales, all we need to do to earn affiliate commission is to promote this link and bring sales.

Starting Affiliate Marketing Business

We can start our own affiliate marketing business and make decent income from it that too from the comfort of our home. But like all worldly affair, this is a not an easy task as people assumed based on deceptive advertising done by some Affiliate Marketers.

To make those $100-500 per day, we have to develop some new skills and work hard to build an audience who believe our recommendations and act on it. With consistency and dedication you can definitely make a living online with your affiliate marketing business and  live a life of financial freedom.  

To start our affiliate marketing business and be successful at it, we will need these 5 things:

1. Right Mindset

Affiliate marketing is a little different from your traditional brick and mortar business. Unlike traditional businesses, you don't see immediate results from your affiliate marketing business.

Affiliate marketing is a relationship driven business where we have to influence people's purchase decision with our recommendations and people are only going to follow our recommendation when they trust us. It takes time to build trust and we have to create value for others in the first place to begin a trusting relationship. 

We can create value for other by helping them solves their problems. For this we can create problem solving content in form of product reviews, product comparison, how-to-do videos etc. Next we need to reach the right audience who need and value our content with SEO, Paid ads and Social Media like channels and build our audience.

All this process takes time and patience. If we are not willing to build a trusting audience by creating value first, we should not enter into this business of Affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick scheme, if you don't put efforts in it you will not make money from it. Period.

2. Affiliate Product/Offer

With the right mindset of creating value first, next we will need an affiliate product to promote. For this we join an affiliate network like Clickbank, Amazon, JVzoo etc or contact directly advertisers in our niche to join their affiliate program.

Simple type "Affiliate programs in your niche" in google and you will get some resources to begin your product research.

We should choose a product which passes following criteria:

  • The product should solve a real world problem. There are many scam products in the market which actually don't address any problem of the target audience, the sole purpose of these scam products is to make money and disappear from the market. We don't risk our reputation promoting such products.
  • Products that bring recurring commission: Products that bring monthly recurring stream of income after first sale are the ideal products to promote. This way we passive income stream for us and focus our efforts on creating more valuable content for our audience. While it is good to have recurring commission products, it is not a must. We can promote single commission product also as long as they are good and actually help buyers solve a problem.
  • Products you personally use and like: Products that you already use and have first hand experience with their quality and suitability for a specific audience is the best product to promote simply because you can share details as to how these products helped you and because you have confidence in them.  
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    Products with Good Marketing Material for affiliate: Our conversion rates as an affiliate will depend on the quality of marketing material we use to promote the product. Generally Advertisers ( merchants) provide swipe files and marketing material to promote their product, we can judge the quality of actual product with its marketing material and stay away from scammy advertisers. If we product products whose website and marketing material looks scammy, our audience will question our recommendation themselves. We don't want that.  
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    Products that pay higher commissions rate: Higher commissions give us leverage as affiliate to invest more into marketing with paid ads, content marketing etc to build our followup list. While product quality should always be the first criterion for product selection, higher commissions rates are always good to have.
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    In-demand Products: Every product in the market has a life-cycle. Advertisers spend the most money during the product launch to create hype in the market to sell more units of product. It is easier to sell the product during launch and early days. As the product gets old, it market becomes saturate. Thus either we should product that are in-demand right now or products that are evergreen by nature.
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    Products already making money for other Affiliates:  As affiliate marketers, we should be ready to learn from the mistakes of other affiliate marketers and implement success strategies of successful affiliates. Selecting products that are already making money for fellow affiliates is wise strategy as beginner affiliate marketer. Affiliate networks like Clickbank provide gravity metrics for each product on their marketplace which we can use to make an informed decision. Higher the gravity score denotes that more affiliates are making money the product. We should select products that have gravity score of 50 or more.
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For your convenience, we have built a list of best Clickbank products to promote as a newbie affiliate based on all these criteria so you can get started with the right affiliate product from the start. 

3. Right Guidance & Training

Like any other skill out there in the market, Affiliate Marketing has its learning curve. When you become affiliate marketer, you also become a copywriter, a web designer, a Facebook Advertiser, a google advertiser, a webmaster and an email marketer. 

That are too many skills to learn. But don't worry, you can master many of them in a month or two with proper Affiliate marketing guidance and training. 

A robust affiliate marketing training will clear all your doubts and take you step by step path to success and save your hundreds of dollars wasted on learning things by trial and error.

Because training is such an important part of affiliate marketing, I have written a dedicated post on best Affiliate Marketing training program.

4. Blogging Website & Sales Funnel

Whether we decide to promote affiliate products with product reviews, product comparison articles, or how-to-do articles, we will need a blogging website to organize all our content and collect visitor's contact details. 

While some people would say that we can make affiliate commission without a website, having our own blogging website not only makes us more trustworthy but also provide base for the robust strategy of using sales funnel for product promotion.

For the blogging platform, we highly recommend going for self-hosted wordpress blog because of its impressive SEO capabilities. While for web hosting SiteGround is the best option because of their proprietary cache system supercache which makes websites speed blazing fast, but if you are tight on budget you can also go for Bluehost recommended by wordpress itself.

Sales funnel is a modern affiliate marketing strategy where rather than focusing on converting a website visitor immediately, we collect his contact details and retarget the visitor with email autoresponders. 

Developing a sales funnel for product promotion brings following benefits:

  • We get chance to convince an email lead multiple times.
  • We don't look salsy to a first time visitor.
  • We can shatter a potential customer doubt with frequently asked question and relevant case studies in follow-up emails.
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    We can build a potential customer trust by sharing past customer testimonials in our follow-up emails.

Clickfunnel is the best marketing software to create a complete sales funnel in minutes and get started with building email database for affiliate campaigns. If you are unsure what Clickfunnel is and how may it help you double your affiliate marketing sales? you can read our dedicated article on Clickfunnel: The ultimate Money Making Machine

5. Email Marketing Autoresponders

Email marketing is the magic potion of affiliate marketing. If you have heard the famous adage--"The money is in the list", rest assured it is true.

Our affiliate marketing earning will directly depend on the size of our email list, larger is the size of our engaged subscriber email list, more chances we will have to convert it into affiliate sales.

Let's understand this with an example. Suppose we have a list of 3000 active subscribers and we are promoting a $10 affiliate product. With a click through rate of 5% (percentage of people who click link in a received email), we receive 150 click on our product sales page. Let's assume our conversion rate is 2%, so we make 3 sale (150*2/100) of $10 out of those 150 click.

Now if we increase our email list size to 30,000 subscriber. Keeping everything intact, we will get 1500 clicks on our sales page which translate to 30 sales (1500*2/100) of $10 product making a total of $300 affiliate sales.

The above example has clarified the importance of email list size, now lets take this example a step further. Instead of 1 email, we decided to make an email autoresponder series of 5 emails on following topics:

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    Benefits of product to the consumer
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    Case Studies of success using the product
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    Testimonials of users who have achieved success with the product
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    Frequent asked questions to shatter a potential buyer's doubts
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    Limited time offer, discount or bonus

Let suppose, instead of 5% click-through rate (CTR), we get 3% CTR on email list of 30,000 active subscribers, so for each email we get 900 clicks amounting to 4500 click (900*5 emails) on our product sales page.

With even 1% conversion rate, we will be able to make 45 sales (4500*1/100) of $10 affiliate product amounting to $450 affiliate sales. That is $150 additional sales just because of sending 5 emails instead of 1.

That is the power of Email marketing autoresponders. If we really want to maximize our earning potential from affiliate marketing, we must use Email marketing Autoresponder. Period.

About Email Marketing Software

While there are many email marketing software available in the market ranging from free to paid, it is important to understand that not all email marketing software are created equal. For Affiliate marketing we need a Email provider which has marketing automation capability like Activecampaign or Convertkit where we can create autoresponder series with behavioral triggers, so once we setup the autoresponder series, we can focus on bring more traffic.


For more traditional newsletter style email marketing Aweber is a good software. 

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5 Reasons: Why most people fail to make money with affiliate marketing

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1. Nothing is as simple as it seems

You may come across many YouTube videos or blog posts where people claim to make 6 figure, even 7 figures a month with affiliate marketing starting from ground zero.

The good thing is many of these claims are true but these are not instant success, all these so called gurus are into the affiliate marketing business for years, tried and burnt their hands with various affiliate marketing strategies and got success after constantly improving their skills as an affiliate marketer.

As a newbie, you may be mistaken to believe that you can become overnight millionaire with affiliate marketing and live a life of freedom based on passive income but you have to understand that no real world success comes before putting the required efforts in the first place and affiliate marketing is no different. 

You have to master many skills as an affiliate marketer such as copy writing skills, Facebook ads, Google ads, Solo ads, Email marketing etc before you can live that freedom lifestyle. 

But don't be disheartened , you will definitely make some decent money on the journey to become a super affiliate when you put time and resources to master the art.

The process and strategies for affiliate marketing will look simple and easy to apply that's the reason anyone can make money with affiliate marketing but despite looking simple, they may be hard to implement consistently over a long period of time. 

Consistency is the key with Affiliate marketing. If you learn a simple strategy like sharing a post of Facebook but don't apply it regularly for long time, you won't see results from your affiliate marketing campaigns.

We have to apply the strategies we learn from different online sources again and again to be good at it. We learn the nitty-gritty of any strategy when we implement it, learn from our mistakes and find out the reason for failure and improvise it. 

2. Unrealistic Expectation

Affiliate marketing works at its own pace, our income potential depends on how much efforts and resources we put into the system. Despite doing right things from the beginning, we may have to wait to see the results from our affiliate marketing efforts.

This is where most people quit Affiliate Marketing. People step into affiliate marketing with a bang, they spend some good money setting up their website, sales funnel, autoresponders and buy traffic from Solo Ads or Facebook adsm when it hit them. They don't recover their initial investment in the first day.

They curse their luck and sanity for spending money into the system and quit affiliate marketing thinking that it is not their cup of tea.

What they had to do instead was to continue their efforts and build a larger audience, nurture it for sales and see rising balance in their Bank Account.

That is how typical a Affiliate marketing sales funnel or any other online money making system works.

"Delayed Gratification" is the term that we need to follow if we want to see success as an affiliate marketer. Delayed gratification for affiliate marketing simply means that we accept to see results from our marketing efforts down the line over a long period of time, immediate setbacks won't stop us from achieving our bigger dreams. 

We may not see results today, tomorrow, next month or may be in next three month, but if we continue to putting efforts to promote our affiliate product with a consistent strategy,   we will see results from your affiliate marketing any where from 6 months to 1 year from our start

A clear vision and defined realistic goals will take us long way towards our dream of financial freedom.

3. Spending money in ads without proper research & training.

Here is thing that you need to remember about Advertising--If you don't know what you are doing, spending money on advertising may quickly turn into flush the money into a gutter.

As a newbie, people start with advertising after watching 5 minutes Youtube video on any advertising platform--like Facebook ads, Google Ads etc. The things may look pretty simple in the video because the man/woman prescribing the recipe for advertising is a seasoned professional or expert. They do advertising all day and night and know from experience what works and what doesn't.

But the case is different for us, as a newbie either we should join a good training program which covers all aspect of advertising for affiliate marketing or we should have a separate portion of budget for advertising which we spends towards testing and don't mind losing money on it for the sake of learning.

I personally suggest the first option. There are a few good affiliate marketing training programs that you join and learn from the mistakes of others apart from learning their success strategies and that's what we call smart investment. Right?

There will be a learning curve for any advertising network we want to try--be it Facebook, google, taboola, propellar ads or solo ads etc, and each network works well for some niche while fail for others.

Thus the best strategy to start with any advertising networks is to start small and see what is working and only when we become confident with our advertising skills should we increase our investment and scale a campaign. 

4. Not putting enough efforts to promoting an affiliate offer

We can definitely start with a simple Facebook post or tweet featuring an affiliate offer, or sending to our existing list a pre-written email autoresponder that affiliate network provide us but the story should not end there.

The internet marketing world has changed, it doesn't work as it used to be 5 or 10 years ago. Competition has increase so does public awareness about what they want and what they can buy from money in their pocket.

Thus wee need to create an ecosystem of helpful content that solves a real problems and target a specific audience that faces these problems before directly asking them to buy our suggested solution. Our helpful content could be--how-to-do videos or honest product comparison or may be an extra bonus or a free training course. 

The Truth is Affiliate Marketing has become a crowded place, thousands of people have entered into this space after reading success stories of millionaire Affiliate Marketers.

If we will also promote an affiliate offer the same way, hundreds others are promoting how may we stand out from the crowd?

Thus it is important that we turn ourselves from content consumer to content producer and create something that improves people's life, help them solve a problem, make them take an informed decision.

But people assume Affiliate marketing as a black magic trick that will work without you putting in the efforts. Let's get away with this notion and let me be very clear--If we are not willing to help others solve their problems that our affiliate offers solve, we are hardly going to make a sustainable living out of it. 

The truth is we want to remain content consumers, don't want to give before asking, and don't implement what we learn. We daily read many tips and tricks to improve our affiliate marketing efforts but honestly speaking how much information do we use? 

That's the real problem--The habit of staying in comfort zone. For affiliate marketing success, we have to get out of our comfort zone and create valuable content for the offer we promote as an affiliate and only then we can expect success with Affiliate marketing.

Here is a 5 step Affiliate Marketing Blueprint that you can follow to make money from affiliate marketing. It involves serious work but the good thing is anyone can implement it. The affiliate marketing blueprint only requires your time and investment in paid ads that you can recover profitably over time.

5. Not Focusing on One Marketing Strategy.

As affiliate marketing is a crowded space, there is a lot of happening going on here. People try new things, fail, get success and teach others how did they do it.

There are different marketing strategy that you can implement for success one at a time. Read that carefully "one at a time" and that too after giving your 100% to it.

Lets understand it with an example:Consider a scenario where we decide to learn Facebook to ads to promote affiliate offer and midway switch to learn Google ads or Bing ad. we reduce our chances of getting success this way because each marketing strategy has its own learning curve and when we go back and forth and put half-hearted efforts in any strategy. We Fail.

Yes, we might even experience difficulty in recovering our original investment for promoting affiliate offer, get disappointed and leave affiliate marketing space which we don't want.

What we should do instead is focus on any one strategy and switch to another only after we master it. Once we start getting good results from your existing strategy, we can definitely switch to another strategy and learn its ins and outs.

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Super Affiliate System by John Crestani

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Why You Need Super Affiliate System

Most people who make lots of money from digital marketing, generally by invest major portion of their online marketing education towards mastering the art of affiliate marketing, simply because earning money from display advertising with Google Adsense, Infolink, Media.net like advertising platforms require a lot of content and traffic. While the most profitable option for making money online is launching your own products & services but require significant time investment and expertise. Affiliate marketing is the domain where you can make good money even as a newbie.

But don’t mistake the last statement to consider that affiliate marketing is easy, it is difficult until you master this art because affiliate marketing consist of large chunk of puzzle pieces. If you miss one or two elements of the puzzle, you cannot solve it.

The trouble is the most affiliate marketing education product out there, especially the cheaper one teach you only about a few pieces of the puzzle but don’t tell you about the rest of the stuff because either they don’t know about themselves or they want hide them and confuse you until you buy the higher ticket version as an upsell, they will segregate the whole affiliate marketing domain in multiple courses covering them in separate step and offer as an upsell.

Another thing to remember about affiliate marketing is: "What works yesterday may not work today". The rules of affiliate marketing game changes with time. The strategies that worked with older Facebook algorithm will not hold true today, similarly the SEO and PPC techniques are constantly evolving and giving birth to new system, new strategies and that is one thing I like about John Crestani who keeps his system updated with the change in market.

That’s why I say that affiliate marketing is not easy, it is hard, there is a lot of smaller skill set that you can master but may still be struck to solve the puzzle of online money making with affiliate marketing. You can also read my articles why most affiliate marketers fail? to understand things you should know before starting as an affiliate marketer.

But once you master the art of affiliate marketing, you can make a lot of money online and can even replace you day 9 to 5 job. Many people have done it and set milestones for others.

You can master affiliate marketing with Super affiliate system by John Crestani, which is s good but not cheap system, you not only have to spend good money for it but will also have to spend time to go through information rich system to master the art. With the right mindset, this is the right product to jump into affiliate marketing.

Search for super affiliate system online for review, you will get multiple mixed reviews partly because of multiple copycat products with the same name, partly because they are dated and refer to past version of this Super Affiliate system, which is regularly updated to keep pace with the changing landscape of affiliate marketing.

Who is John Crestani

John Crestani is a millionaire Internet marketers who has made fortune after years of experimentation and multiple failures with Entrepreneurship. He earns 5 million dollars a month as an affiliate marketer and teaches the tricks of the trade to others. 

Long story short, he is the who has gained success with real world practice and built his internet empire. He knows ins and outs of what had worked, what is working and what should be working in the affiliate marketing space in future.

Does that sound like the right person to learn from?

If yes, we are on the same boat.

Super Affiliate System by John Crestani

I am going to cover what you will get with the system and how to follow through it to make the most out of it.

After purchase, once you login to the system, you will be an easy to follow membership site with clear call to actions. As you can see in the below screenshot, the course is organized multiple modules running for week 1 to week 9 to make it step by step easy to follow system.

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As you can guess it is not a course to finish in one sitting, there is more than 60 hours of exhaustive training material that you should bite once at a time and finish the entire system over a period of 9 weeks. You may try your hands going a little faster, but if you consume it too fast you may suffer from information overload and give up. We don’t want that right? So stick to the schedule as suggested and you will be good to go.

What will you learn in Super Affiliate System

Week 1: An overview, getting everything set up

From defining a niche, to joining an affiliate network to setup your website for lead capture and setting up you pre-sell page and maintaining good relationship with your affiliate network, john covers everything that you need to know to setup as super affiliate.

Week 2: Mindset, niche research, networks, intent

Week 2 is all about developing the right mindset as a super affiliate. You learn to select the right niche, find the right product, understand consumer psychology and learn why people buy. The most important lesson is about Intent, where you understand the importance of getting the traffic with right intent to get maximum sales for your affiliate offer.

Week 3: Copywriting skills

This section deals with effective copy writing and not only teaches you the secret of converting sales page writing, but also teach you how to write converting Facebook ads, email autoresponders, google ads, headlines, optin pages and everything in between.

While you don’t have to be a professional copywriter to make money from affiliate marketing, but these skills are essential to stay in the game and in week 3 you will exactly learn that.

Week 4: Google and Facebook Ads

Week 4 is all about getting paid traffic from the two behemoth of internet marketing--Google and Facebook ads. You will not only learn about retargeting, lookalike audience like important concept but will learn tricks to get high quality traffic at affordable cost.

Week 5: YouTube and Native Ads

You will discover the power of Youtube ads to bring targeted traffic with story telling, and getting relevant traffic from native ads network like outbrain etc.

Week 6: Scaling and Automation

In week 6, you will learn how to scale your profitable ads to maximize your profits and leverage automation to save time.

Week 7: More Ad Campaign

In the week 7, you will how to multiple other campaigns to take your affiliate marketing to next level.

Week 8: Advanced softwares & tools

While every affiliate marketer uses autoresponders, optin like marketing softwares, there are some advanced softwares and tools that you should know and use as a super affiliate to maximize profitability.

Week 9: More Affiliate Programs

In Week 9, john discusses about some other useful courses that will Take you affiliate marketing to next level.

What is in the bonus

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Ready2launch Campaigns 

This is what I call over delivery, with super affiliate system, you not only learn how to master affiliate marketing but also get multiple ready-made converting ad campaigns in different niche so you can model them and create your own winning campaign.

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Targeting Data

John shares the excel sheets of buyers data in different niches that you can use to create custom audience and lookalike audience for your facebook campaign. This data will take the guess work out of Facebook targeting and help you get the target laser sharp audience that converts.


The targeting data alone will cover the cost of course when utilized properly.

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Ad Swipe Files

 Ever wondered why some facebook ads works while other don’t despite a better design? If your answer is yes, you are not alone there are thousands of marketers out there who ask the same question to themselves everyday.

 

John understands this and the importance of inspiration for crafting ads that convert. Thus he shares ad swipes files which you can customize based on your business and save hundreds of dollars in guesswork.

 

Just be clear that the all swipe files are for inspiration and should be used as the actual ads after customization for your specific situation.

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Pre-Sell Pages

Inside the super afffiliate system, john also share pre-build pre-sell page templates that you can readily import in Clickfunnel and edit to suit your branding communication. This ready-made templates will save you tons of time and money doing it other way around via cpanel which John has also discussed if you don’t want to use Clickfunnel.


By the way, if you don’t use clickfunnel, I highly recommend you do to setup a sales funnel fast and start selling. Join this free webinar on Clickfunnel or register for a 14 days Clickfunnel free trial get started with marketing funnels.

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Weekly Webinars

A practical training is always ongoing thus apart for this robust pre-recorded sessions. John also holds weekly webinar to cover specific aspect of course which you can use to clarify your doubts and ask question relating to the webinar.

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Bonus Free Courses

As extra bonus, John shares a library of small courses & tools on specific topic of marketing. Leverage them as additional resources after finishing the main course.

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Free Ad Credits

While it is always good to know that you can make money with paid ads, it is exciting to know that you can get free ad credits to test the water. John has also shared hacks to get $900 ad credit to get you started with affiliate marketing and save some money in your pocket.

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IM Jetset

IM Jetset is an earlier training program from John which you get as a free bonus with Super Affiliate System.

Pros

  • 50+ Hours of Quality Training
  • Facebook Group and Chat Support
  • Ready made Ad campaigns, Swipe Files, Pre-sell pages.
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    Useful for both beginner and Experienced Affiliate marketer.
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    Hacks to get free ad credits worth $900

Cons

  • Not a get rich quick schemes
  • You may free overwhelmed with amount of exhaustive training. 
  • Not a cheap option, the price may limit some people from taking advantage of quality training.

Is Super Affiliate System right for you?

Yes and No, actually it depends, if you are that kind of person who believe in get rich quick schemes, earning money with putting upfront efforts or earning money without investment, this course is not for you.

If you are serious about making money online and are willing to put the time to learn the system this is the right affiliate marketing course for you. If you are ready to invest money on paid ads to make money from it, this is the right training for you and if you believe that hard work in the beginning pays off long-term returns this the right system for you.

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