The heavy weights of affiliate marketing make most of their commissions off of leads. These commissions are made when someone clicks and signs up for a service. They don’t have to pay anything. They don’t have to buy anything. The higher paying leads usually require credit card entry. Even though they won’t take funds out of your credit card, they want you to sign up for a trial, so that you will forget about ever signing up and get hit with charges after the trial period. This happened to me with a company called Doba years ago. I signed up for their service cause it was free, and after i saw how useless it was, i tried to cancel. But i called at night and their offices were closed. So wrote a little memo to myself and probably lost it the next day. Totally forgot to cancel. And when my credit card bill came, i discovered a 40 dollar charge. I was so angry. But this is how the higher paying leads work. High payouts are possible cause a lot of people forget to cancel. This type of business is big business on the internet.
I kinda went off on a tangent. Anyway, here is a neat little trick. 125×125 pixel ads are pretty useless. Even tho i sell them on bloggernoob, it really isn’t worth it to advertise your blog this way. Plenty of free traffic sources available. Some people buy the ad space and place their affiliate link. This could be a good strategy. But it’s still a hard sell. Cause you’ll need to find a new affiliate link. Too many people do this already. I was thinking that you could do an exchange. For example, go to a no name blogger, and offer to buy a 125×125 ad. Make sure the site gets some traffic. Buy the ad with an agreement. Have the owner of the blog agree to click and sign up for that affiliate. The blogger will be more then willing to sign up cause it doesn’t cost him any money. And, he getting paid for the private ad sale. You can cover the ad purchase with the affiliate commission. The blogger gets paid, you get paid. Good times.
That’s why it’s important to make a network of blogging friends. Make friends with blogger who are of similar level. If you have enough blogging buddies, you could make at least 20 bucks a day with these affiliate leads.