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Graham Cox: How did you get started as an affiliate marketer?
Allan Gardyne: My first online business was selling recipe ebook I wrote for people who, like me, have celiac disease – an intolerance to gluten. I sold my first ebook in May, 1996, although at that time I’d never heard the word “ebook”. I called it an “electronic book” – and then had to explain what that was!
To learn how to market my website, a bought a little book by Jim Daniels called “Insider Internet Marketing”. Jim offered his customers the option of signing up as an affiliate and receiving commissions from sales. The book was very helpful, so I signed up.
I collected hundreds of Internet marketing tips from everywhere I could find them and put them on a new website. As one of the tips, I recommended that people buy Jim’s book.
I earned about $10 from each sale.
Graham Cox: You’re probably best known for your affiliate directory AssociatePrograms.com. How did the idea for that site come about and why do you think it has been so successful?
Allan Gardyne: I liked those $10 commissions. I wanted to join more affiliate programs like Jim Daniels’ so I hunted in all the main search engines for a directory of them. I was surprised that no one appeared to have created one. I reckoned that many people like me would be searching for a directory of affiliate programs, so I started one. Apparently, one did exist, but I couldn’t find it.
One reason I’ve been successful is that I was fortunate enough to get in early in a fast growing industry. AssociatePrograms.com has dozens – maybe hundreds – of competitors now, but I’ve continued to do well. I think one reason may be that I’ve been able to earn a reputation for honesty and no-hype reviews.
Another reason is that AssociatePrograms.com is much more than just a directory of affiliate programs. It also has a friendly, helpful affiliate forum, archives of all my newsletters dating back to the first one in April 1998, dozens of articles on different aspects of affiliate marketing, and a “Knowledge Base”, which is a sort of extended affiliate marketing FAQ. We’re working on plans to extend and improve the site, too.Other Details
- 1 Ebook (PDF), 9 Pages
- 1 Software (EXE)
- 3 Ecovers (JPG)
- Bonus Rebranding Tools & How To Guide
- Year Released/Circulated: 2009
- File Size: 1,146 KB
[YES] Can be packaged
[YES] Can be sold at any price
[YES] Can be offered as a bonus
[YES] Can be given away for free
[YES] Can add to free Membership Sites
[YES] Can be added into paid membership sites
[YES] Can convey and sell Personal Use Rights *
[YES] Can convey and sell Giveaway Rights *
[YES] Can be sold in dimesales, firesales, variable price sales or auctions, eBay.com…
[NO] Can extract the graphics for use elsewhere
[NO] Can convey and sell Resale Rights
[NO] Can convey and sell Master Resale Rights
[NO] Can convey and sell Private Label Rights