My experience as an affiliate marketer
Danny D’Ambrosio, Affiliate Marketer
I stumbled upon affiliate marketing over 10 years ago while working downtown Toronto for a major media company. I was working as a web developer at the time and acquired a fair amount of knowledge of SEO that was mostly self taught.
As someone who was willing to try anything I created my first affiliate website that showcased home & garden products. I used my SEO knowledge to target all the product brands featured on the website. To my surprise, it only took one month before I started earning an average of $200/day and that number kept steadily growing. After a steady stream of income I decided to take the plunge and pursue a career as a full-time affiliate marketer.
A year later I was already earning 3 times the salary I was being paid at my previous job. And for 5 glorious years I worked at home having no boss, no schedule, no deadlines and no stress. It was truly a beautiful life! Unfortunately due to Google’s algorithm changes thousands of affiliate marketers like myself took a big hit as earnings started to dwindle and I forced to shut down sites that were no longer profitable.
The affiliate marketing landscape requires a lot more effort and strategy prior to 2009 when I was able to get away with some unethical (grey/black hat) search engine optimization tactics. I am not as profitable than previous years however still earn a monthly passive income.
Today, the success of an affiliate marketer has a lot to do with having compelling content, standing out in their niche and the ability to drive customers through their marketing efforts. I can certainly teach someone the tools but it’s ultimately up to them to take it to the next step.