Make Money Online with E-Junkie

When I came out with my May Income Report a couple weeks ago, many people were surprised that my primary earner for the month of May was a company called E-Junkie.   Based upon what I have been hearing, many of you either have never heard of it at all or you weren’t aware that they had useful products that people would actually buy!

I’ll be the first to admit that at first I wasn’t overly impressed with E-Junkie.   I actually signed up originally because there was an eBook I wanted to promote and their affiliate program was through them.    After looking around their website and learning how to navigate and create my affiliate links, I stumbled into their marketplace (shop tab) and started looking through the different categories that either interested me or that I already had related indexed content.   I was surprised to find a few things I had written about in the past that I was promoting for free.   

After signing up for each product and getting my affiliate links for each one, I grabbed my copy of the WP Affiliate Pro WordPress plugin and began adding affiliate links to all my old posts with a single click for each affiliate link.  Once done, I looked around and found some other products that I felt I could convert sales on and added them to my existing BANS site, niche sites, or created small sites to promote them.   The rest is history. 

Unlike previously reviewed affiliate programs, E-Junkie seems to specialize in digital products (though they do have merchandise as well), and it is easy to find products with huge percentage payouts.   You’ll find all sorts of digital goods like eBooks, training classes, tutorials, and also a lot of services like dating services, foreclosure consulting, lessons, etc.

So far, my only complaint with E-Junkie is that they don’t actually collect the money when a sale is made.  They simply manage the affiliate program for sellers.  Sellers have to login and manually make a payment once a month, or however often they want to.    I have a contact within E-Junkie and she informed me they are actually working on this, so hopefully this will be fixed soon.   I’ve only had a problem once; otherwise, I sometimes have to e-mail people and remind them to pay their affiliates, but it has never been a real problem getting paid.  

Make Money Online with Affiliate Marketing

If you are a blogger who attempts to make money online completely through Google AdSense, writing paid reviews, or even by selling advertising blocks, you are probably missing out on a huge amount of income each month.

When I first started placing advertising on my blogs, the logical place to start was with Google AdSense. 6 months later, I’m making between $1.00-$5.00 a day with Google AdSense. Not bad right? At first I thought so, but I had no idea that I wasn’t living up to my potential. Paid reviews? That is a one-time payment and usually requires a lot more work than should be required for the amount you are paid. Sell paid advertising blocks on your site? There is nothing wrong with this, but if your blog isn’t mainstream yet, you probably are having trouble finding advertisers for your website.

So, what is the best way to make money online? I am now 100% confident that the best way to do this is through affiliate marketing. I still use Google AdSense, but I only place one ad block per page and only display it on homepages or posts that are x number of days old. That way, it just serves as a supplemental income, rather than my primary income.

Now rather than dealing with 1 or 2 cent AdSense clicks, with affiliate marketing I know exactly how much I will get paid each time I refer a sale. I also know that affiliate marketing is much less intrusive on your readers, because you’ll be focusing on getting conversions from your search engine traffic. If you pick the right affiliate programs, you can make up to $100.00 each time you convert a sale. Yesterday I made $2.14 with Google AdSense, but I made $95.00 via affiliate sales from some of my websites. That is comparable to what I would typically make working an 8 hour day sitting at a desk for a large corporation, and there was no active work. Those same affiliate links may make me another $50.00-$200.00 tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, or I might go a full day without any sales. It does tend to even out over the course of the month, however. Keep building upon it and your income should go up over time. Heck, one day I made $270.00 by the time I woke up for the day!

So, where do you start? More than likely most of my readers already have at least one site setup. No matter what your blog’s niche is, there is going to be an affiliate program available that would convert well for your audience. You just need to find it. I also pull a large percentage of my income from BANS websites, which takes an hour or so to setup and optimize.

Here are the main sites you need to find affiliate programs, listed in order of relevance:

  • Commission Junction – Commission Junction has probably the biggest selection and deals with huge companies. One of my best performers here is Bass Pro Shops for example. You’ll find all sorts of large companies here.
  • Clickbank – Clickbank is great for digital and electronic stuff, so if your site is in this area, here is probably where you’ll want to start.
  • Amazon Associates – Amazon obviously does Amazon products, so you can get paid for basically anything that is sold at Amazon.com. As a matter of fact, you can refer someone to their website and get paid for anything they buy, even if you don’t refer them for those specific products!
  • Linkshare – Linkshare is one I haven’t had much success with yet, but I do have an account with them and I have read about others who have found success with them.
  • E-Junkie – E-Junkie has some nice products, but they don’t keep the money. In other words, you have to rely on the affiliates themselves to pay you, which usually happens (but I’ve had a few times I didn’t get paid).
  • ShareASale – ShareASale is fairly new, but I’ve already got a few companies with them that are producing fairly well.

These are the 6 that you should concern yourself with when you are starting out. If you use BANS, you will also be working with the eBay affiliate network (though everything sets itself up).

For now, if you have an established blog(s), go ahead and sign up for any of the above companies that interest you and get started digging for good affiliate programs that match your audience. I will hopefully be digging into these companies a little further in the future.