Monday, 13 October 2008
Way back when, I couldn't understand what Kirsty found so attractive about travelling the world. Up to a few months ago, I didn't have a passport and holidayed around Britain. Why explore the world if you haven't seen the UK?
Anyhoo, an overseas holiday disparaged that theory, after returning to the UK with a travel bug. I'm keen on seeing various areas of America (New York, more of Florida, etc.), Canada, Lapland :-) and a few more places.
So what has this got to do with affiliate marketing? To cut a long story short, I've made my first commission with Sunshine! It's bizarrely not from the source I expected though...
When Sunshine were running their competition, I set up a demo site called Fun 4 Less Holidays using Price Tapestry and the Sunshine Price Tapestry template. The site was used to demonstrate how easy a travel site could be set up.
Admittedly, I didn't expect my site to do well. I added a couple of portfolio backlinks and just left it sitting there. I updated the feed twice, I haven't added any content, I haven't done anything to it, focusing more on Orlando Florida Holiday. Since it's launch in the middle of June 2008, it's had 15,212 clickthroughs to the Sunshine site. Some of those will be spiders I imagine.
15,212 clicks and no sales is not impressive but given I built it as a "throwaway" site from the purposes of the tutorial, I'm not bothered by it.
As I said before I have put quite a bit of effort in creating nice fresh content on my Orlando site. When I saw the sale appear in my panel, I was chuffed. Someone had bought a holiday to Orlando on the back of what I had to say about it.
Er, well no. They'd stumbled across the F4L site and bought through that. Instead of sunny Orlando, they're off to sunny Madeira! Nevertheless, it's not the destination that is interesting, it's the commission.
Sunshine pay an industry leading 7% on hotel bookings which is great for travel. After all, 7% of £100 is £7. I forgot one major thing though - holiday's aren't *that* cheap. My commission was based on a hotel fee of around £1,000 :-)
This has both intrigued me and excited me. One sale like this a day and I've added more than £25,000 to my bottom line each year. One sale a day doesn't happen overnight but with a lot of effort, time, content and a Price Tapestry element ;-) I should be able to get somewhere decent with it.
I've caught the travel bug and the travel affiliate bug. Expect lots of posts about holiday sites ;-)
Oh, and perhaps the odd aeroplane picture! (This was our actual outbound aircraft (photo taken on the date we flew)).
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Written on Monday 13 October 2008 at 13:37:40 GMT (Permalink)
@Doug Mr Promotions - Err, would you believe me if I said it was a deliberate error?!
Written on Monday 13 October 2008 at 14:49:04 GMT (Permalink)
I have just got into aff marketing..well 4 months really.
I have a few sites up but none are making anything really. I am doing a little ppc as well (some days I win, some I lose).
i was just hoping to find out, when you got started...how many sites and how long did it take for you to start getting some where?
Written on Tuesday 21 October 2008 at 12:43:38 GMT (Permalink)
@Marc - The biggest mistake many new affiliates suffer from is the belief that this is a quick and easy business.
The first year was patchy - some good months and some bad. This year is a bit more stable with a little growth. I started with a couple of domains and now own around 80. Some are 'throw away' sites aimed at covering costs. Some are holding pages as I've yet to do anything with them ;-)
The key is to formulate a strategy on what makes money and what doesn't. My formula is different to everybody else's. What works for me may not work for you, for example.
PPC is the quickest way to get somewhere but also the most costly (if you get it wrong). SEO takes ages to achieve.
Keep going and keep learning. If you are 4 months in, you are bound to know more than a fresh newbie but there's still a lot to learn.
Written on Wednesday 22 October 2008 at 09:25:43 GMT (Permalink)
Just trying to get my head right.
Some days I feel really pumped up and other days I am down in the dumps
Just battling to see the light at the end of the tunnel really
Written on Wednesday 22 October 2008 at 10:05:40 GMT (Permalink)
@Marc - It's a tough battle to begin with and many a time I questioned whether this was a smart move.
However, once you can clearly identify what works and what does not, you can start moving forward at a faster pace.
Affiliate marketing is simple in theory but difficult in practise. Keep at it and continue learning and you'll soon be on the right track.
Written on Friday 24 October 2008 at 09:47:08 GMT (Permalink)
You've inspired me to take a closer look at sunshine now and see if there are any niches I can get stuck into- as if I don't have a load of sites that don't need working on already!
Written on Saturday 24 January 2009 at 09:27:03 GMT (Permalink)
@Bags- That's a familiar tale ;-) Too many niches and not enough time...
Sunshine's a great company to work with. I also have independent proof that it people are buying through them - as we checked in in Manchester, the person behind us had the sunshine luggage tags too! It's a small world.
Written on Monday 26 January 2009 at 10:20:54 GMT (Permalink)
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