One big difference between SkimLinks and VigLinks, however, is that once you’re approved by the company, you can choose to work with any merchant or program on its platform. SkimLinks has also published a white paper discussing its partnership with Buzzfeed, giving SkimLinks a lot of credibility. SkimLinks also has a higher tier of vetted merchants called “Preferred Partner” and “VIP” that both pay higher commissions than standard merchants.
A relative newcomer that was only founded in 2014, ConvertKit has taken the world of email marketing by storm. According to the company, they now have nearly 20,000 active customers of their email services. Their affiliate program works by paying existing customers a lifetime 30 percent commission for referrals that subsequently become ConvertKit customers or who sign up for ConvertKit webinars and other digital products.
Pros & Cons to both for sure, but in the long run a business that runs on free traffic is superior because its completely hands off business that keeps making money for you while you sleep since the internet never sleeps. With Paid Traffic you can start getting traffic much more quickly but in the long run it ends up being a lot more work because you have to constantly tweak & monitor the performance of the ads, more on this later.
If affiliate marketing is simply a “side hustle” or something you do for fun in addition to a full time job, you most likely haven’t filed any paperwork to form a legal entity for your business.  If so, you are deemed as operating a Sole Proprietorship for tax purposes, with all income from your affiliate marketing activities flowing through to your personal tax return on your Schedule C.  This effectively means that any earnings from affiliate marketing are treated as earnings by you as an individual, and you’ll pay taxes on these earnings on your personal tax return.
As an affiliate marketer, you are essentially operating your own business, which opens you up to some potential tax savings in the form of deductions.  Some common deductions for affiliate marketers are things like hosting fees for websites, content creation fees (i.e. Photoshop, video creation software, etc.) and equipment purchases.  What deductions allow you to do is essentially lower your amount of taxable income.  As a basic example, say you earned $1,000 in 2016 from affiliate marketing.  However, in order to earn that $1,000, you spent $350 on eligible expenses such as hosting fees and landing page creation.  This reduces your total taxable income to $650, which can be substantial from a tax savings standpoint.  To find out more about what types of expenses are deductible for tax purposes, make sure to speak with your CPA before year end, and document all eligible expenses in a clean and organized manner.
There’s no avoiding it: internet marketing is critical for the success of your business in 2018. But with all the gimmicks and tricks, it can be difficult to distinguish short-term wins from effective long-term strategies, which is why we’ve created an ultimate guide. Here, we’ll cover everything from marketing strategies to real-world examples, to ensure your business reaches the right people out of that four billion.
Funnel marketing is not new. I think that knowledge about it spread five years ago but it was a practice of most successful marketers even before that. The key is to set the stage for your customers. In a funnel, you create a series of content that primes your customer to buy. So at the end of the funnel, your audience would have already built a relationship with you. In this course, you’ll learn how to create your own funnel. You can do this through a tool called Clickfunnels.
One of the things that you should explore as an affiliate marketer is Amazon. Amazon allows you to become an affiliate. With it is the permission to sell their items for a commission. While this may sound great, it can be quite hard to do especially when you are starting out. You see, you are only one of the millions of affiliates that Amazon has. This means that you have to compete against all of these people. Fortunately, there is a way for you to stand out. In this course, you’ll learn how to be on top of your game when it comes to Amazon Affiliate marketing.
Paid channel marketing is something you’ve probably come across in some form or another. Other names for this topic include Search Engine Marketing (SEM), online advertising, or pay-per-click (PPC) marketing. Very often, marketers use these terms interchangeably to describe the same concept — traffic purchased through online ads. Marketers frequently shy away from this technique because it costs money. This perspective will put you at a significant disadvantage. It’s not uncommon for companies to run PPC campaigns with uncapped budgets. Why? Because you should be generating an ROI anyway. This chapter walks through the basics of how.
9. Post online video. Video is still a little cutting-edge for some, but the benefits can’t be understated. Online video is the wave of the future, and every business needs to have something on YouTube, Metacafe, etc. If you’re concerned about expense here, keep in mind there are some low-budget options that won’t damage your brand while still providing concrete benefits.
Sometimes, individual entrepreneurs with great products are worth a look, although you should check them out first and do some research. Entrepreneurs or companies may run their own affiliate program and you can apply directly to them to promote their products and services. Finally, Amazon is always an option as you can be an affiliate for just about any type of physical product on their network.
First impressions are everything, so anything you can do to showcase your reputation and trustworthiness should be leveraged. “Any potential customer that visits our ‘About’ page will see all of the professional organizations we are members of, like the Chamber of Commerce, as well as our Better Business Bureau (BBB) accreditation and our A rating,” explains Ksenych.
Your federal income tax remains separate from any consideration of the companies you market for. You may pay corporate tax if your affiliate-marketing company is incorporated. You will not pay any federal tax as a limited liability company, though you will have to file an informational return. As owner of the limited liability company, you will pay individual income tax on the income earned from your company. You have to fill out a W-9 form for each company you market for.

Blog posts are the bread and butter of any company’s online marketing – but it gets better from there. A good blog post can be extended to an e-book, shortened into a series of videos, parceled out into infographics, and much more. Each different format gives you the opportunity to reach new prospects and build your brand’s thought leadership chops. All this and you save time.


15. Optimize Your Website for Local Search – If your law practice only handles cases in Albuquerque, New Mexico, then it doesn’t do much good to get it seen by consumers searching for legal consultations in Crawford County, New Hampshire. Make sure your business website includes local information, like a phone number, address, and geo-targeted keywords so that local consumers call you.

Shopify is a very popular site building platform for people interested in building eCommerce stores. It has been around for the past few years and seen significant growth in its user base over this time. You can earn a staggering 200% per sale for every new customer you refer to them, which means that there is up to $2400 per new customer on offer.
Stumble Upon is pretty cheap compared to other paid ad structures. You start with a base price of 10 cents per click, then add +2 cents for age targeting, gender targeting and device targeting. You can see the whole price list for detailed info.  Whichever way you spin it, Stumble Upon’s paid offering is leagues cheaper than most other social media ads; Facebook ads, for example, can cost as much as 80 cents per click.
VigLink works a bit differently than other affiliate programs in that it is specifically designed for bloggers. Instead of affiliates picking and choosing which merchants to work with, VigLink uses dynamic links that automatically change to work with merchants that VigLink has determined are offering the highest conversation rates and/or commissions at any given moment.
If you filed paperwork and formed a Limited Liability Company (an “LLC”), there could be some additional tax ramifications to be aware of.  If your LLC is a single member LLC (meaning, only one owner), then you are taxed the same as a Sole Proprietorship with all earnings from affiliate marketing flowing through to your personal tax returns. However, if there are multiple members (owners) of your LLC, you’ll be required to file an informational return (Form 1065) with the IRS to report all earnings from the LLC.  In addition, you’ll be required to furnish a Schedule K-1 to all owners of the LLC, which they then use to report their earnings from the partnership on their personal tax returns.  The final wrinkle is if the LLC has made an S-Corporation election, you’ll be required to file Form 1120S and furnish a Schedule K-1 to each owner, once again indicating their pro-rata share of the entity’s earnings.  The S-Corp election can be a powerful tax savings strategy, and one that I recommend in many circumstances, but is one that you should consult a CPA on before making the election.
Shopify has three different account types as well as standalone third-party products like themes and apps. Commissions are paid for sales of any of these products, including users who sign up for a 14-day free trial and then convert to a paid account. Shopify also has a wide range of blog posts, webinars, and video tutorials that can be linked to with the standard commission paid on any sales that are generated.
JVZoo was founded in 2011 and has since rocketed to near the top as one of the most popular affiliate programs out there. JVZoo is unusual in that there are no upfront costs for either publishers or merchants (advertisers). JVZoo’s income is exclusively from charging fees (to both the merchant and the affiliate) after a sale has been made. It is also unusual in that it pays commissions “instantly” via PayPal rather than once a week/fortnight/month like other affiliate programs.

Shopify is a very popular site building platform for people interested in building eCommerce stores. It has been around for the past few years and seen significant growth in its user base over this time. You can earn a staggering 200% per sale for every new customer you refer to them, which means that there is up to $2400 per new customer on offer.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If you only promote one merchant’s products, you are stuck with their commissions, their landing pages, and ultimately, their conversion rates. It is important to work with many different merchants in your niche and promote a wide range of products. This affiliate marketing strategy will diversify the amount of commissions you make and create a steady stream of revenue when building an affiliate website. 
The quote above comes from a blog article on How to Create Content to Attract Your Target Market. Porterfield says that once you know your target market well enough, creating content for them becomes surprisingly easy. This holds true whether that piece of content is a social media post, video, image or blog post. The key to great content is consistency, because it’s one of the primary ways a brand earns trust and respect. Porterfield also recommends diversifying your content (blog posts, series of images, podcast) and opening the conversation with your customers. She says you can start the conversation by identifying a commonly asked question and writing a post about it, or reviewing your three most popular social media posts in the last 6 months and finding the common thread to elaborate on.
Access more than a hundred courses on various aspects of affiliate marketing and related domains on Skillshare, by simply subscribing to the platform for nearly zero cost. The best part is that you are not charged until a few months, so you can test things out and cancel subscription at any point if you want. The courses here include techniques on how to drive traffic to your website for free, how to use Instagram for promoting offers, how to set up an Affiliate Business and a lot more.
The next platform, which has created a great community of affiliate marketers and is a fantastic resource for a versatile and step-by-step affiliate marketing training program is Wealthy Affiliates. Over the years it has become one of the most reputable and highest-rated resources to teach you the ropes of digital marketing and online business for someone who has no or very little experience in the online and blog world.
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