Affiliate Marketing Success

by kirtok on June 20, 2009

in Affiliate Marketing 101,Affiliate Mindset,Affiliate Success Stories

Affiliate Marketing Success

I have been involved with affiliate marketing business for almost 4 years now. Like any other online marketing method, I have started with reading and researching about affiliate marketing. I have read every single blog post, forum topic and article I could find about affiliate marketing before running my first campaign. While researching about affiliate marketing, I was getting more excited every single day.

I had the feeling that affiliate marketing would be the next big thing for me and for the internet advertising. Later, it was proven… Affiliate marketing was the next big thing for me.

Lately, I have been getting involved more in affiliate marketing industry, and trying to network more often with fellow affiliate marketers and networks. During these networking events, I have been meeting with many smart people who are new to the industry and just getting started with affiliate marketing business.

I am a huge believer in the benefits of networking and helping the newbies. I help people without asking for a return or favor. It might sound too naive, but this is a part of my character, and I’m glad I have this in my genes. As much as I would like to help all the newbies in affiliate marketing, my crazy busy schedule doesn’t let me to be flexible. Therefore, I have decided to share almost everything I know about affiliate marketing via my blog posts. I am also planning to add videos and screencasts.

Let’s start with the mindset I had when I was first starting affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing Mindset

I was already making money online when I first got involved with affiliate marketing. Whether you are a newbie in the online game or not, you can be successful in affiliate marketing if you have the right mindset.


Most people fail making money online because they are lazy. Making money online is not rocket science. You have to start by setting your mindset. Please take a few minutes and read this blog post I’ve written some time ago about failing to make money online.

Get rid of all the excuses you’ve had before.

If you are total newbie in affiliate marketing, and still trying to understand the basic logic behind it, please spend a few minutes reading this blog post I’ve written about CPA Arbitrage. It’s the basic introduction to CPA marketing.

If somebody is trying to sell you an ebook promising a 4 hour work week, and millions of dollars made online, pass the opportunity and save some bucks.

If you are a newbie to making money online, there’s absolutely no short way to success without working hard, I mean really hard work. But if you work, and keep improving yourself, affiliate marketing is one of the most rewarding professions I have ever found.

You have been doing research and reading about affiliate marketing for a while, or maybe you have already started testing some campaigns, or you are a full time affiliate marketer making a great income. The question is; Do you have the right mindset to take it to the next level?

Ask this question to yourself, and come up with an honest answer.

When you read success stories of affiliate marketers, see the pictures and videos on their blogs, you only see the final outcome. You don’t see the countless sleepless nights we put into work, you don’t understand how much we sacrifice for ultimate success. If you have been in online game for a while, probably you know what I am talking about.

While doing your research about affiliate marketing, you will get a good feeling about it. You have to make sure affiliate marketing is right for you. This is extremely important, you have to be happy and love what you do to be able to become a huge success story.

Love What You Do


It doesn’t matter what you do for living. Unless you love what you do, you will NEVER become the most successful person in your profession. Affiliate marketing is no different than other professions.

You have to get excited, and love affiliate marketing, PERIOD. If you treat affiliate marketing as a regular job, you might still make lots of money, but in the long term, you will never be one of the most successful people in this field.

Life is short, do not spend your life working on something that doesn’t get you excited.

If you get so excited with affiliate marketing, and can’t even sleep sometimes working online, you are absolutely on the right track. You can become one of the most affiliate marketers in the world.

Let’s talk about how you can be more productive with setting up goals and self motivation.

Setup Goals

Setting up goals with affiliate marketing is more important than anything. Setup both short term and long term goals. Trust me, setting up goals will keep you targeted and motivated. If you have a next level dollar amount goal, write it down on a paper and hang it everywhere.


Setup meaningful goals, if you are a newbie and if your first goal is $10.000/Day net profit within 30 days, it’s not a goal, it’s a dream.

Short and long term goal examples for affiliate marketing:

  • I will launch my first campaign 30 days from today
  • I will increase my net profit per day from $100 to $150 within 3 weeks
  • I will make $6000/month net profit after taxes within 6 months and quit my day job
  • I will work at least 5 hours/day on affiliate marketing
  • I will buy a Porsche within 24 months
  • I will hire my first employee within 3 months
  • etc. etc. etc.

Depending on your age, situation, financial condition, schedule, time etc. you can setup the right goals for yourself.

Setting up goals is the most important part of self motivation. And self motivation and hard work will bring financial freedom to your life.

Big Secret in Affiliate Marketing

Everybody is in search of the big secret for ultimate success in affiliate marketing.

I will one more time repeat what other successful affiliate marketers have been saying for years;

  1. Read, research, be on top of every new trend in affiliate marketing world
  2. Don’t wait, and test whatever you learn. You will fail many times, but testing is the route to success.
  3. Back to #1

You can be a successful affiliate marketer by doing the things above. But to become the best in what you do, especially in marketing, you have to be different. You have to learn the big secret:

Big Secret In Affiliate Marketing


Thinking outside the box is the key and the big secret to become a successful affiliate marketer.

Do you want to follow the latest trends in affiliate marketing world, or do you want to be a trend setter?

This whole article might sound like a motivational speech, but you will understand the importance of setting up your mindset first when you get really involved with affiliate marketing.

How Do I Qualify to Give You Advice About Affiliate Marketing?

Simple answer is I don’t.

I am not a guru nor a super/uber affiliate. I’m just a guy who happens to make more money with affiliate marketing in a month than most of the people make in a year with a regular job. I work at least twice more than any regular person who works a 9 to 5 job.

This is my personal blog, I write what I want, and I share my personal experiences. So, take it or leave.

But if you are a hardworking person, who is also serious about making money online, I will be happy to help.

Spend some time on researching and reading about affiliate marketing and make sure this is right for you. I have written this post to let you know that setting your mindset is the most important part of the road to success in affiliate marketing. Take it as a motivational article and laugh about it, or take it serious and start thinking about it now.

I will be writing about affiliate marketing and online marketing more often. I will get into details, share some case studies, and will try to help you succeed in affiliate marketing business. Thanks for stopping by, and please leave your comments. I love reading your comments.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Serhan Baykan June 21, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Thank you for this very timely post.
I can’t agree more when you say: “Trust me, setting up goals will keep you targeted and motivated.”
This is how you don’t get lost, and keep going when the going gets tough.
Looking forward to your new posts on affiliate marketing.


Misha August 26, 2009 at 12:19 am

i am just starting out with affiliate marketing. i have signed up with Clickbank and Amazon. i am still reading lots of stuffs on the net about how to be successful on affiliate marketing.


spunkyduckling @ Why God Made Pets November 19, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Research is an ongoing thing. I am sick of it though. I’m a struggling newbie affiliate and I think one of the best advises is not to spend as much time reading/researching as one should on actually doing.
What tips have you got for selling posters from allposters? Check my site out if you like in the link. The problem is you cannot make money if you got no one to visit your site huh? So you have to set goals and then mini goals…to reach that goal “making money”. Thanks for writing on this sought after topic..


kirtok December 4, 2009 at 12:16 am

I have more articles with tips and case studies coming. I’ll check your site also.


spunkyduckling December 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm

OMG thanks. Looking forward to the articles with case studies.
I just realized affiliate marketing can be tricky! Some people prefer not to give you credit, but instead they would go straight to the company to buy..hmm


Jodi November 22, 2009 at 2:14 am

I have tried Affiliate Marketing via Amazon affiliate program and i earn a good deal of profit from it. Just make sure you have lots of us, uk and canada traffic.


Yumikimi November 24, 2009 at 4:07 am

Affiliate marketing is the easiest and the most lucrative way to start your internet marketing career. Once you get the feel of the business you can then venture on to others. And remember, success is not by chance, it’s by choice!.


kirtok December 2, 2009 at 5:54 pm

@Serhan, Thanks. New Posts coming…

@Misha, Good luck with affiliate marketing. I hope you will be successful.

@spunkyduckling, I’ll starting posting some case studies, so stayed tuned.

@Yumikimi, I understand what you say, but I don’t agree that affiliate marketing is the easiest way to start your internet marketing career. It’s pretty hard work especially for beginners.


Jeevan December 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Great article. Doing my first part right now. Researching :)

If you got more sources for learning then please send them to my e-mail above. Thanks.


kirtok December 9, 2009 at 7:01 am

Jeevan, proper research is the key to success in affiliate marketing.

Check my blog daily for new posts and case studies. I have some surprises to my readers :)


Mariano December 18, 2009 at 9:32 pm


I came to your blog by a sort of destiny’s way, but I am so happy to find it! :-)

I am learning a lot of IM from paid and non paid information, but sometimes is hard to take action because being afraid (of what???).

I left my job a year ago and living with some savings / investment, I espent my nights reading and I am sure I would finish to make my living by IM. As youy said in your post, if you love what you do there is nothing that could stop you reaching the sky.

Your posts are very inspirational and found useful information here. Keep going!


Mariano (from Argentina)


kirtok December 20, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Mariano, I’m glad my posts are inspirational for you. Don’t be afraid of trying. Success in internet marketing including affiliate marketing relies on testing as much as you can.

Good luck, and I hope you will start making a living on IM.


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