Affiliate Links Are Still Better Than Adsense (Most Of The Time)

Last Update: March 05, 2018

I've written a couple posts about Adsense and display ads recently that may have over-hyped the effectiveness of it, or made it seem "easier" than using affiliate links. E.g.

However, I just wanted to do a short PSA that affiliate links and affiliate marketing are still my preferred choice to monetize a website! True, there are many ways to make money from a website, and display ads like Adsense is one possible way.

However, a well placed affiliate link can go really, really far.

For example, you may remember my blog about One Post Makes Me $300 Per Month. Or this one about how I made $500 from forgotten affiliate links.

Did you see last week when someone made $100k+ from a single sale?

Or what about this one about a $3000 Dollar Sale?

That's not to say that every single sale you make is going to be so impressive. But the potential is huge!

It's very tough to scale a website from 1,000 visits per day to 10,000 visits per day. It's a lot easier to scale 1 sale to 100 sales!

Two Affiliate Commission Tips!

When researching products to promote for your website, I always look for two things:

  1. High ticket items
  2. Recurring commissions

I don't exclusively promote those types of products, but they are just two things I keep in mind during my research. It's easier to make 1 sale for $100 than 100 sales for $1.

On top of that, a recurring affiliate program can mean you make a single sale that repeats for several years. I have money coming in from affiliate programs from back in 2011! That's 7 years of recurring sales so far!


Do you prefer display ads or affiliate marketing?

Do you use one or both on your websites?

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Cori9 Premium
Wow! Awesome info for newbies. No tv tonight!! Thank you so much for writing and posting. :)
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nathaniell Premium
Hope you enjoy the extra links in there. Lots to read about!
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Cori9 Premium
Absolutely!
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EddySalomon Premium
So I'm big proponent of multiple sources of revenue on a site. Because it covers the sensibilities of your audience. A smaller percentage of people will actually buy something on your site than people that will fill in a lead form. And with display ads on your site you cover everyone that visits your site. So when you employe affiliate links that pay you per sale and per lead you cover two sets of your audience. Then display will cover that set and people that will take no action at all. So for me it's all useful. I don't like leaving money on the table.

It's just a matter of trying to balance it out properly on your site.
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nathaniell Premium
That balance you're talking about was very hard for me to achieve in the early days of my site, but it seems to be coming together more nicely nowadays.

Trying to ramp up my "pay per lead" game this year (among other things) to try to add another stream of revenue to the site.
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EddySalomon Premium
Well it is very hard because there is always these nagging fears we have. For instance I was terrified that adding one stream may take away from another. But then I had to realize that as it stands not everyone is going to take action on that one aspect. They're going to leave and I get nothing out of it.

But now I feel like I have everything covered and it's led to greater revenue. The pay per lead things has been my bread and butter since day 1. It amazes me how many people sleep on it and it provides so much income because the barrier of entry is so low for your users. So as long as you're doing effectively you can earn several extra thousands dollars per month with it and your users don't have to spend a dime for you to get paid. So it's definitely something to explore this year.
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EZbobb Premium
Thanks for your sharing and discussion.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome.
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TaniaHersel Premium
Great information and a big help. Thank you.
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks for reading Tania!
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PMbaluka Premium
This is a noble piece of information we all need to know. If I may ask what do you mean by "high ticket items"?
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nathaniell Premium
Expensive stuff. Something that costs $500-$5000 or more. It's easier to make one sale of a big thing than tons of sales of small things (usually).

At least it'll mix in more diverse types of sales on your site, so you can make a big sale every couple of months, and small or medium sales consistently.
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PMbaluka Premium
How do you identify such items? This sounds interesting to me.
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ArjunUllaz Premium
So true. I always prefer affiliate marketing because it works well for me over any other forms of monetization. Also sponsored ads bringing a good side income for one of my sites.
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nathaniell Premium
I haven't done any sponsored ads on any of my sites before, but I know that people are making money with them because I continue to see them on other blogs in my niche :)
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ArjunUllaz Premium
You should give a try then.
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