Last year we signed up for one of those organic food delivery services. In each shipment, they include a little newsletter about what’s happening on the farm and some recipe suggestions for what you can make with the stuff in the box. At the end of the newsletter I noticed there was a bonus for […]
Affiliate marketing is simply helping other companies sell their products or services online — and getting paid a commission to do so.
I’ve been an affiliate since 2004 and affiliate marketing was the vehicle that let me quit my job. It actually still brings in a majority of my revenue today.
The challenge when it comes to making money as an affiliate is the WHY. Why should someone visit your site? Why should someone purchase through your affiliate link? What unique value are you adding to the equation?
In the case of my original affiliate business, ShoeSniper.com, I was able to save customers money on their next pair of shoes by comparing prices from multiple stores, estimating their tax and shipping, and integrating any available coupons or discounts into the price.
Earlier this year, I came across an interesting business called Simplx.com. They claim to be “The Next Generation in Dropshipping.” That’s a pretty bold claim. (At the time, I was considering adding my own inventory to ShoeSniper and using dropship suppliers to mail the products.) Quick Definition: Dropshipping is when the perceived seller of the […]
If you’ve shopped online at all in the past 4 years, you’re probably familiar with RetailMeNot.com. The online coupon aggregator generates millions of page views each month and enjoys top Google ranking for almost every “_______ coupon” query. This is a company that literally prints money — an estimated $30 million in 2010. Most of […]
When shopping on Amazon.com, it sucks to pay for shipping. And when your order total is close to $25, it sucks even more. This is where FillerItem.com comes in. The next time you see a message like this in your cart, head on over to FillerItem and appreciate the simple genius of their business. On […]
VigLink and Skimlinks are two companies that aim to help bloggers and other website owners monetize their content and traffic. They do this by transforming regular outbound links into affiliate links wherever possible. If any sales result from those links, the website owner earns a commission. (Technically, VigLink or Skimlinks earns the commission, which they […]
MyRegistry.com is a free gift registry consolidation service. You can register at multiple stores and import your gift lists into their system to display them all in one centralized location. You can also register for single items at ANY online store, regardless of whether or not that store has a gift registry option. How does […]
Evaluating the potential outcomes of passing the “Amazon tax” to force out-of-state retailers to collect California sales tax, the legislature will be forced to make a business design – something government entities are notoriously bad at. They need to look at revenues and expenses, and the impact on California citizens. We’ll save the debate about […]
This week I was interviewed and photographed by the San Francisco Chronicle for an article on California’s proposed “Amazon tax.” Obviously I don’t get a lot of press so I thought it was pretty cool. Hopefully Gov. Schwarzenegger will veto this bill again if it passes. The full article is available here. The photographer, realizing […]
What Every Google User, Advertiser, and Shareholder Needs to Know Last summer was kind of stressful. After careful consideration, and 2 years of Internet-business income history, I decided to quit my job (salary, benefits, company car, all gone). The very next day, Google decided my site was “poor quality” and “irrelevant” — and would no […]