I am now a member of Elite Clicks Media (ECM) and after looking over the programs they have to offer, I think it’s going to be interesting to learn about everything and put something into gear. I’ll be updating this post tomorrow with all the details because this weekend was moving kind of slow and I didn’t get a chance to review much of anything.
Once I do, I’ll have a full report here with what I think of everything and what some of my plans are for getting my feet wet. Hopefully by this point, you have already looked at my top five affiliate networks and have either signed up for a couple and/or are already approved.
I’m already thinking about some of my ad campaigns and once I get them into place, you’ll see a detailed report with stats and other information. Stay tuned for daily updates Monday through Friday.
I just got off the phone with them in regards to my pending application and of the three results it could have been, it is pending. They actually call it “working”, which essentially means I wasn’t denied or approved, but it’s sitting in limbo until I can work with some other networks first.
The girl I spoke to was very nice and she said that I should go get some experience with another marketing firm and come back to get my application approved.
According to Azoogleads as of this very minute, they are only accepting applicants with previous network affiliation experience. This translates into you having worked with or are currently working with another affiliate network. This leads me to believe that they are trying to weed out the saturation in their network and to be quite honest, I like that. It shows me that they are interested in keeping their members working in a competitive market that’s not drowned out by people that don’t know what they’re doing or people that sit there and don’t put much effort into their marketing business.
So what’s next? I plan to sign up for Elite Clicks Media which happens to be the number two recommended affiliate network by Jonathan Volk. If needs be, I’ll keep moving down the list until I can find a company willing to take a chance on me.
If you’re following along with me during all this, you may or may not have the same outcome as I did, so I strongly recommend that you:
- Still apply for Azoogleads first and see how your phone verification process goes.
- Apply for another affiliate marketing company while you’re waiting in case Azoogleads doesn’t accept you at this time. I created a list of the top affiliate marketing programs as defined by top marketers.
- Don’t get discouraged!! It’s easy at this point to start feeling like you’re not up to the challenge, but don’t let it get you down.
I’ll start a new post for ECM as soon as I get the application out.
While I’m waiting, I’ve been reading and reading and reading as much as I can about all the money-making programs and so forth. I’ve also been adding links and running around the Internet responding to other people’s blog posts, publicizing my blog and just trying to spread the word.
More updates to follow at the end of the day.
March 2nd, 2010
This is technically not day 1 for the blog, but this is the first day that I started my project and it was a big day! I think at one point, I had about 15 tabs opened in Chrome!!
I want to start by saying of all the sites I’ve looked at in regards to free information to making money online, JohnChow.com seems to be the most honest. This is not to say that others are crooks, but John Chow appears to be in this industry for the freedom of it and not just the money plus he’s willing to help out anyone who needs it.
I’ll start listing the other sites that have been helping me out in this as soon as I get my links directory up. As I get further into this project, these daily reports will no doubt get more detailed, so stay tuned and follow me on Twitter or Facebook and the RSS feeds.
What I did today
I signed up for AzoogleAds today and expect my application to be approved (or not) within a couple of days. From what I gather, they seem to be the best affiliate network to start with. Previously, people were touting their referral payout system as being great, but I learned today that they have changed their payout from being a lifetime system to being only valid for 6 months.
I also made minor changes to the site including two subscribe links in the top right to allow visitors a choice between viewing RSS feeds in a reader or getting them by email. I then worked on some various SEO techniques on some of the older posts I had made.
The last thing I did today was setup an email newsletter account with Aweber. Newsletters is not all they do. This service is a monthly charge of $19.99 for the basic service, which is all I needed to begin with. Check out their website to see more details on what this service done, but basically it allows visitors to sign up on the site so you can send them newsletters, updates, free downloads, etc–email marketing.
Although I haven’t edited it completely, I did add a basic form on the sidebar for users to sign up for the newsletter. I plan to move this form up and make it fit in better.
That’s it for now.