How To Earn Higher Affiliate Commissions

A few months ago I explained why I prefer affiliate marketing to product creation, and nothing has shaken me from that decision, because it is a way to earn higher affiliate commissions AND free myself from the chore of product creation.

This video summarises the reasons:

  • YOU may have the skills and time to produce a high quality product – I congratulate you. Go market it 🙂
  • I have neither the time nor the skills.
  • And I certainly don't have the funds to “buy in” someone to produce a product of the quality I would be prepared to put my name to.

Putting A Price To Quality

Like most of my readers will have done, I purchased and evaluated many affiliate products over the years.

  • Some were so cheap and nasty I'd be ashamed to even give them away
  • Others have been such amazing value I know I couldn't produce something of the same quality
  • Why should my readers have to settle for something in-between, when I can instead recommend top quality?

I'm happy to produce a quick free ebook as a lead magnet, but I'd need to spend many, many hours creating a paid product I'd be proud to put my name to.

So having removed product creation from my “to-do” list, the next step was to find and test some top quality affiliate products.

Problems Of Affiliate Marketing

Finding high quality affiliate products wasn't difficult – another reason why I don't feel the urge to create my own. But there are a few pitfalls for the unwary:

  • If a prospect didn't buy on the first viewing, I proved (by careful testing) that a later sale would often go direct to the product creator
  • Often if one of my clients made a further “back-end” purchase, the sale didn't come to me, but to the product creator
  • Commissions on some purchases made by trusted contacts never even arrived with me. I just gave up arguing with the product creator in the end, it got too embarrassing
  • Most of the commissions were tiny – nowhere near enough to generate a decent monthly income for the average affiliate marketer without a huge list of contacts following him / her round
  • It's hard to compete with mega-marketers' bonuses when so many of your prospects are already on their lists

The simple maths are that to earn (say) $3,000 a month, your goal can be to earn 3 commissions of $1,000 each, OR 300 sales at $10 – OR even 30 x $100 commissions?

How close were you to making 30 sales last month? I was a long way short 🙁

I concluded that I needed to earn higher affiliate commissions.

How To Earn Higher Affiliate Commissions

earn higher affiliate commissionsSo to earn more, I needed to either find a program that paid out high commissions, which I wasn't comfortable with because they were expensive for my customers and could have left them with debts.

Or, I needed to find a program with repeating affiliate commissions and one with a high retention rate.

No more chasing about trying to replace members who left after a couple of months.

No more monthly targets to meet. If I'm too busy with family or my offline business, I need to be able to take a month off worrying about my online business.

There are several programs that fit the bill and I researched a few before making my final selection, which was one that also grabbed my interest.

But there are no free lunches with any affiliate marketing business, IF you decide to promote, so there are varying amounts of work to be done with these programs. Make sure you pick one that matches the time you can spend on it. For me, there had to be the option of spending “no time”, on occasions!

Check out the program I chose

What's Been Your Experience Of Affiliate Marketing?

I'd love to hear your experiences with affiliate marketing. Please share them in the comments below.

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Eyasir Arafat - September 7, 2016

I was tried ShareAsale, Clickbank and MyThemeShop affiliate program so far. But none of them are suitable for beginners and new affiliaters. Now I am trying to find out one affiliate program relevant to SEO or Blogging topic where I can create coupons at first without filling out any target amount of sales.

    Joy - September 8, 2016

    Hi Eyasir,

    I agree with you about using those affiliate programs, because the costs of making sales vs the commissions earned just don’t stack up.

    Need to be thinking higher earnings per sale.

    My program ticks your boxes except for the coupons – not quite sure what you’re meaning here. The products cannot be discounted – otherwise it just becomes a pitch fest and devalues the product. However we have feeder programs that people can get started with if they can’t afford the initial cost. Contact me on Facebook of you’d like to know more about the lower cost start-up program we’re promoting as a team.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Muhammad Mairaj - September 10, 2016

Hi Joy,

Well as you already know that Paypal is not available in Pakistan that’s why i am not getting benefit from many well known affiliate programs. I only work on Clickbank because it also support bank wire.

I personally like JVZoo, ShareAsale which is indeed an excellent program where bloggers can easily earn some good money.

Many thanks for your lovely post, keep sharing 🙂



    Joy - September 10, 2016

    Hi Mairaj,

    Yes, it must be very difficult for you not to have PayPal – we tend to take it for granted.

    That’s why I’m now tending towards programs that offer more than one way to pay. So for instance the List Building Program 7DayPlan allows payment by PayPal, or Payza or SolidTrustPay – as do some of the other higher ticket products I’m promoting now.

    Glad you have found some other places for good products.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Sue Bride - September 12, 2016

Hi Joy,
Thank you for the recommendations, especially as you’ve talked about both the pros and cons. It’s good to read honest reviews.

One issue with belonging to a few different affiliate networks is building up enough money to be able to cash out, because of the minimum payout levels.

    Joy - September 12, 2016

    Hi Sue,

    Yes – that’s a very good point for the smaller ticket items.

    With a high ticket item this isn’t usually a problem, although you may have to wait for the “next payment run”.

    With iPro that’s every two weeks which is pretty good compared to some other programs.

    With Exitus Elite the purchaser pays you direct so you get your money before you release the product.

    And of course with both of those there’s no need to wait for smaller commissions to accumulate.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Chery Schmidt - September 17, 2016

Hello Joy! This is one great review of Exitus Elite! I really liked how you shared the pros and cons.

I know you will do great here, looking forward to watching your Success..
Thanks for sharing
Chery :))

    Joy - September 17, 2016

    Thanks Chery,

    There are some changes happening with Exitus that will make it even better. There were some suggestions from members that the owner has taken on board, which is always great.

    I’ll keep you posted,

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Andy James - September 17, 2016

Hi loved you post

Well so far I am pretty much new to affiliate marketing and learning a lot . I am promoting clickbank products and havent really made much of the sales/…. Its tough! Actually my blog is only 6 months old and I have been only serious for about 3 months now…

    Joy - September 18, 2016

    Hi Andy

    Promoting Clickbank products is tough, and the big mistake I made was not realising how unlikely people are to buy from one exposure to your product.

    They usually need to see it several times. The danger is that if you don’t have some kind of product funnel / follow-up mechanism, the next time they see it (and buy it) might be on someone else’s website. Some products will have left a cookie so that you get credited, and some won’t have – or people may have just cleared cookies.

    I did several tests on some Clickbank products that, on the face of it, followed up for you. Unfortunately I found that “further down the line” the sales often went to the product producer rather than the affiliate. PLEASE test this on anything you’re promoting.

    You might benefit from a $25 (+ $5 admin) training package I sell that teaches the basics of Affiliate Marketing and Network Marketing online. Here’s the link: http://JoyHealey.com/Easy1UpProducts

    I’ve sent you a friend request on Facebook if you have any questions.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

ikechi - September 18, 2016

Hi Joy

I haven’t really seen products that fit my goal and I know the headaches of creating a product. It is great to read your experience about Affiliate marketing. Thank you for sharing this info and have a wonderful week.

    Joy - September 18, 2016

    Hi Ikechi

    Creating a product worthy of a high commission is just beyond the time and skills I have available.

    I too felt as you did, until recently and I wonder if this sales funnel to high ticket products would fit your needs. Easy1Up.

    Do let me know via Facebook if you have any questions.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Rosie Tesmenitskaya - September 19, 2016

I am impressed with your post and think that it is high quality with lots of valuable information.

I am new to the affiliate marketing game and had it in my mind that I needed to add a high-commission paying offer to my mix to boost my sales.

You gave me some really good ideas. Thanks for your Information!

    Joy - September 19, 2016

    Hi Rosie,

    Anyone who is new to affiliate marketing, and especially to high-ticket products can do no better than look at the range of training products you need to learn for Internet Marketing success. It will really change your thinking.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Vidya - September 20, 2016

I have tried Commission junction but couldn’t make much money there. Its really very hard for me to earn money at CJ. I didn’t try any other affiliate system. Actually after falling at CJ I thought that I will not be able to earn money anymore with affiliate and I was so sad about that. Than I searched on Google for some tips and I found your post there and believe me it help me a lot. Now I will start again with affiliate but not with CJ. I will try your suggested system. However, thank you very much for sharing such useful information.

    Joy - September 21, 2016

    Hi Vidya,

    Sorry you haven’t made money with affiliate marketing. It is harder than “they” make out, because of the low commissions vs cost of finding a customer.

    The way round it is to market high ticket products so that any sale generates a decent commission – AND will lock that customer in to you so that if they make further sales the commission will go to you.

    The problem is that giving a high commission means there’s often a high cost to get started which puts people off.

    That’s why I offer a program with a low enough starting price for everyone ($30).

    Check out here.

    You’ll notice that this training program has its own funnel leading to an optional higher ticket product for those who need build up to it.

    Contact me if you need any more advice.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Amar kumar - October 1, 2016

Hey Joy,

Affiliate marketing is all about making money as quickly as possible, in as much volume as possible. Therefore, we need to sign on with the most lucrative networks. Affiliate opportunities can amaze us when we promote the right programs to the right audience. E-commerce field gives the highest paying affiliate programs for us to use. We get high paying commission repeated over months for one sale. Finally, very many thanks for exploring such an informative topic, it will really helpful to maximize the productivity level.

With best wishes,

Amar kumar

    Joy - October 1, 2016

    Hi Amar,

    I have had a few false starts with Affiliate Marketing before I found out what was happening with products that are so low ticket you can’t make a decent income selling them. Many are just designed to build the product creator’s list and then get nothing from future sales. Once I fully understood this I looked round for programs where the commissions were “worth having” AND you would make sales “on the back-end”.

    Now I have appreciated the pitfalls to avoid, I have found a couple of programs that satisfy what I’m looking for, with something for every budget.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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