Google Affiliate Network Shutting Down: Options for Merchants Looking for Affiliate Networks

GoogleAffiliateNetworkFor the second time, Google has announced that they are closing their affiliate network. Before you start to panic, you may feel more at ease knowing that there are other options available so that you may continue your affiliate marketing. As a merchant, you are likely now seeking a new affiliate tracking solution that involves simple policies as well as procedures. Below are a few options for affiliate networks that merchants have to choose from now that GAN (Google Affiliate Network) is no more. Continue reading

Book Review: Extra Money Answer

Extra Money AnswerI recently finished reading Extra Money Answer: How to Create, Promote, and Monetize an Affiliate Site by Shawn Collins.  I have been in the affiliate marketing world for nearly five years, but I have not always been active in the affiliate side of things and have been more active on the merchant side of it by doing affiliate management.

Shawn states that this book is not for people who are already active in the affiliate marketing world or those that are looking for a get rich quick scheme, this is not one of them.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anybody who wants a step by step guide to learning how to get started in affiliate marketing.

Please read my full review on Amazon.

Create Content First or Find an Offer First?

You have decided that you wanted to enter the affiliate marketing world, but you don’t know where to start.  Do you find the offers first and then create content around those high converting offers?  Or do you create content and then find offers that are relavent to the content that you are creating? Well, the best answer that I can give is, either or.  Let’s discuss both situations. Continue reading

Affiliate Marketing Monday – Affiliate Beginner’s Guide

domain nameIn the four previous Affiliate Marketing Monday, I have discussed tips and issues from an affiliate manager side of things.  Today we will get into a four part series from the affiliate side.  You can tell from the right hand side of my blog that I am also an affiliate, as I think most affiliate program managers are as well.  What does it mean to be an affiliate?  Basically, you promote links or banners of another company for your visitors to click on.  If that visitor makes a purchase from that site, you receive a commission.  That is the very basics of things.  Another name that you may be called as an affiliate is a publisher, because you are publishing the content and links on your site.  Now, let’s get into how you can make money, and no this is not going to be a get rich quick post, if you want that, watch infomercials at 3:00 a.m. in the morning.  Here are 5 tips to getting started. Continue reading

Affiliate Marketing Monday – Affiliate Reporting

seo reportingThis week’s Affiliate Marketing Monday is going to be fully focused on the reporting aspect of managing an affiliate program.  As discussed in a previous edition about Managing Your Affiliate Program, reporting is an essential part of properly manging any program.  I am going to discuss a few different categories that you will want to include in your report:  Traffic, Sales, Costs, Affiliate Data.  Let’s begin. Continue reading

How Do You Explain Your Work to Family Members

seo workWith part of my consulting business being social media management, it is tough to explain to family what it is exactly that I do because they just don’t get it.  CSI Marketing Solutions primarily does social media management, web design, affiliate program management and SEO consulting.  Having this type of job can become stressful on your family and relationships that you have, so it is important to manage them properly. Continue reading