Hello, Affiliate Marketing

So this is Finch Sells, another voice in a crowded space.

Here, you can expect a blog about making money online via the love-it or hate-it industry that is…affiliate marketing. A lot of people ask me what exactly is affiliate marketing. How can I afford to give up my day job in the middle of a recession?

Well, I don’t want to explain how I got started or what my day-to-day work involves. The information is out there if you want to know. Affiliate marketing can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. But it basically comes down to this: you make money or you don’t.

I don’t want to preach the basics or explain the difference between an EPC and a CPC. These pages are gonna be aimed at those of you who already have half a clue what you’re doing.

Even if you’re active in the usual affiliate marketing circles, it’s unlikely you’ll have heard of me.

Young Affiliate Mistake No #1: Spend too much time talking, not enough time doing.

You soon realize you’ve achieved sweet jack all except for warming your desk chair. Hey, that sounds a lot like my 2007.

Organic “natural search” occupied my agenda back then. It was essentially donkey work. I spent endless days link building and far too many nights at the computer screen crafting expert-review websites when the only thing expert was my ability to type utter bullshit and make it look believable. Not only did I realize that the money rewards were tight, but I got no satisfaction from pretending to care about the latest herbal mix diet some middle aged housewife had been saving a lifetime to try.

Certainly not enough satisfaction to justify a couple of Adsense clicks and a sprinkling of dollars and cents for my troubles. The money funded my morning coffee but not much else.

So I realized pretty quickly that my time was more wisely invested in the work that was actually going to pay my rent, improve my opportunities and save me from redundancy peril. I read some great resources. Most of you will be familiar with them, and if you’re not, go get familiar with them – Nicky Cakes, Blue Hat SEO, Slightly Shady, Seocracy – I turned what was blind theory in to PPC campaigns.

Guess what? A little blind theory can go a long way if you’re not a complete retard. Those campaigns are bank-rolling my wages while I craft the art of creative layabout. A creative layabout who can’t wait for his first summer of self-employed freedom.

You won’t find me on Wicked Fire (yet), I’ve never been to an affiliate summit and I was thankfully banned from Digital Point long before I had chance to enter the same brain-dead coma as it’s average poster. So why show my face when it’s all going so well?

…To sell you my new Clickbank ebook, right?

Come on, guys. With this endless fountain of knowledge, you could be sunning yourself on a yacht with a crowd of supermodel shag buddies hired just to cash your cheques. That shit’s only gonna cost you some shipping and handling now, a rebill in the morning, and the smell of regret in the future. So what are you waiting for?

Not quite.

I thought I’d offer some creative advice in exchange for the pittance of an occasional affiliate link click (bling bling) and the widening of my networking horizons. You might find this page useful, you probably won’t. If you’re anything like me, you’ve learnt that the best way to learn affiliate marketing is to get your hands dirty with the real deal.

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Finch
Finch

A 29 year old high school dropout (slash academic failure) who sold his soul to make money from the Internet. This blog follows the successes, fuck-ups and ball gags of my career in affiliate marketing.

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