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PowerAffiliateClub-YourLocalMomandPopStoreLesly Federici asked me the other day to write a post on why I prefer affiliate sales over any other kind of marketing online, so here goes.  

I started out on eBay in the year 2000 but after about three years of dealing with the auctions, packing and sending of physical products that I decided to move on to something else.  This was before SOS – Has It Gotten Hold Of You Yet? 

 
Like most everyone else, I came across the “next best Shiny Object Syndrome” and I just knew it was going to work out. No problems in the future, this is what I will have as my online business; final decision made and moving forward. 
 
After a few months of the hype of that program, talking with hundreds of people who were interested and wanted to make a change in their lives too, I signed up, I believe 60+ people that the majority of them did absolutely nothing in terms of building their own team. Most just wanted to sign up, sit back, wait for spillover, collect their money and go on with their new life.  
 
NOT… It doesn’t work that way.  So, I was off to another program.  There were a group of us, about 5 or 6 at that time, I think that stayed together and vowed to make the next program work, no matter what.  Again, same thing; we signed up people and nothing happened. I do have to say there were some who put 110% into making the program work but in a matrix type program; all have to want the same thing and be willing to work for it and do it continuously. 
 
After quite a long time of “program hopping” I decided to try affiliate sales. I had been involved in affiliate sales all along and had been making sales but the “SOS” kept pulling me along every few weeks or so to some where else. 
 
Lots of lost money down the road but plenty of education on all kinds of internet marketing, I decided that affiliate sales was the only thing that made sense.  If you cannot make money in affiliate sales, then you are absolutely in the wrong internet arena.  Note; this post is from my experiences and does not refer to any one program or person.  

In affiliate sales, the products and believe me there are an unlimited supply of items that you can sell and earn commission from.  Selling physical items from Amazon, Walmart, K-Mart or any of the other retail stores and shops is a perfect business model.  You decide on your strategy, get the word out to those who are interested in buying and the products sells itself.  Amazon or what ever retailer you are an affiliate of takes care of the ordering details, the shipping and the refunds if needed.   

 
In fact, the very first thing that I ever sold online was the book from Rosalind Gardner called Super Affiliate Handbook (aff.) 
 
I had no idea how I did it, what I did to make the sale or anything that I could replicate.  All I knew is that I wanted to keep doing it over and over again.  Rosalind’s book is still in print and although I haven’t gotten the updated copy, I’m positive that Rosalind has kept up with all of the Google “Animal” updates and her methods still apply to selling items online today. 
 
The main problem that I see with affiliate sales is that many people do not understand how it works.  For example I have asked friends and family to use my Amazon link when they purchase something but I know that rarely, if ever, that happens.  Why? I think it is because the notion has been planted in their heads that if they use an affiliate link then you are going to always be bugging them about something, they will be put on some kind of list or the price of the item they buy is going to have a markup in order to pay you commission; none of which are true. 
 
I know of three very well known ladies online who make their living with affiliate sales and they do very well at it but they also work very hard at it; Rosalind Gardner, as mentioned; Pot Pie Girl (aka, Jennifer Ledbetter) and Lynn Terry. 
 
It used to be that all you had to do was to put up a website, add some items to sell, do some keyword research and just wait for the search engines to find you.  Those days are gone now but affiliate sales is still a great market to be in when you are looking to earn money online.  You have to make your “online store” more like a “Mom and Pop” store now.  Review the product and give your honest opinions of it and make your site a user friendly site that people will want to come back to and shop over and over.  
 
As mentioned earlier there is an unlimited supply of items that you can sell and as for the time of year, all you have to do is find a calendar and start early to promote and build your site (search engine friendly site) by the holidays listed on the calendar.  Look online, there are also so many other days that are considered a day of celebrating something.  For example today (Wednesday, June 18, 2014) is International Panic Day. Coming up is “take your dog to work day, Chocolate éclair day, Color TV day.”  If you think “out of the box” as they say, I’m sure you can come up with items that would be a perfect match to whatever day is being celebrated. 
 
So back to the original question from Lesly, “I like affiliate sales because the inventory is endless and you can get and become as creative as you dare to be.”  It is just a matter of getting people to understand that clicking on your affiliate sales link is NOT going to cause them to give up their first born or anything drastic like that.  
 
This is why we created Power Affiliate Club.  All of the links are affiliate links.  If you buy something through clicking on one of the links, a member of PAC will receive commission on the sale.  We have the rotator set up sequentially so it is fair to every member. We add affiliate links from members and the different places they are affiliated with all the time and the database will continue to grow.  

Think of shopping at Power Affiliate Club as buying from your local Mom and Pop store.

 
Monna Ellithorpe

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I am a writer/author of various published works. I became a widow in August of 2008 and after what seems like a lifetime going through my grief and recovery process, I realized I have the ability and the need to give back to others for the support and encouragement I received in my time of need.

All you have to do is to reach out through modern technology and you will never be alone again. Search within yourself to to discover the hidden creativity that makes you special; create it, share it and give it back to the world.

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27 comments on “Power Affiliate Club – Your Local Mom and Pop Store
  1. Thank you for sharing your story Monna,

    I used to sell on Ebay way before I knew what a blog was. When it came to packing and shipping…well, need I say anymore? Although I did well, the time spent wasn’t worth it.

    Affiliate Marketing is a never-ending stream of supply and demand. When done correctly, one can make a pretty penny in this marketplace.

    -Donna

    • Hi Donna,

      Thank you and I agree with you. eBay still works for some but obviously you and I outgrew it and moved on.

      Affiliate sales will always be around.

      People always buy what they NEED and WANT, no matter what.

  2. Wow Monna ,
    what a nice Story ,I wish I could
    write like you 🙂
    I think the Power Affiliate Club is something
    good .I anyways bought things from people
    who I knew are affiliate and this is a good
    and easy way to do this .
    Thank you for this great Idea

    • Hi Erika,
      Thank you. You are doing great with your writing. I admire your determination with the different languages you speak each day and still can write a post that is understandable.

      Have a great evening.

  3. HI Monna,

    I really enjoy reading this post. I love the fact you say that ‘if you can’t make money in affiliate sales, then you are absolutely in the wrong internet arena.”
    I encourage those who wants to sell something online, affiliate sales is a good start to gain experience and one of the easiest and fastest method to begin with.

    Cheers.

    • Hi Justin,
      Thank you very much. I agree, affiliate sales is here to stay. We buy because we have to and we want to, so as long as we want and buy there is a need.

      Have a good evening.

  4. You can certainly say Affiliate Marketing is never dull! There is so much choice out there for everyone to find products that match their business or interests.
    We have a Retail Internet business too which we run from home, so I know what you mean about packing!!
    The key for Affiliates is for people to find you and use your links, and that is why PAC is such a brilliant idea within a community …we all know the products there are tried and tested, and reviewed too.
    Wonderful post Monna 🙂
    Jacs

    • Hi Jacs,

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Even for affiliates, you have to learn how to get traffic to you but the product usually sells itself. I think our PAC site and group will do well, given time for us to perfect it and test it. Hoping other groups will adopt the same practice.

      Have a great day. Monna

  5. The Power Affiliate Club is a great place to be, for affiliate marketers. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Monna. I enjoyed reading it, and seeing how your journey has led you here.

    Willena

    • Hi Willena,
      Thanks for your visit and commenting. We are happy to have you as a part of our group. It was a bumpy ride for a while but smoothing out now.

      Have a great evening. Monna

  6. Dexter Roona says:

    Nice article i also started on Ebay and actually returned back a 6 months ago and have since lost my account because i refused to bend to buyer demands, long story short, buyer buys lots of items for pennies and tells me what his postage should be for all items, all the buying terms clearly stated, i declined his offer and he then trashed my seller rating and ebay banned me for 2 years as a bad seller, i had close to 3000+ positive ratings.

    Ebay is now just so biased to the buyer that they know they can make demands and there are members who are out there doing this day in and day out.

    regards Dexter

  7. Interesting article, and you are spot with affiliate programs. I am an Amazon affiliate and always trying to get people to use my links, glad I am not the only one. Good to know why PAC is there. Many Thanks Andy
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  8. Thank you for posting this insight into the world of affiliate marketing. I hope that it will open people’s eyes up to a few more of our wonderful worlds possibilities.
    Elise Cohen Ho recently posted…A Possibility AchievedMy Profile

  9. Sonia says:

    A wonderful explanation Monna!

    I have only recently joined the ‘Affiliate Marketing’ arena so am a relative newbie but what attracted me was that I could find a product that suits whichever niche market I am targeting instead of stressing about creating my own product!
    Some day I certainly hope to gain enough knowledge to have my own products but in the meantime, as you said, there are so many products out there already and you don’t have to worry about postage, refunds etc.

    Sharing 🙂
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  10. Hi Sonia,

    I agree, affiliate sales does solve a lot of problems all the way around. You will grow and change in your ideas and interests but for now it sounds as though you have found your place on line.

    Have a great day, Monna
    Monna Ellithorpe recently posted…Be Yourself and Join the KLT CrusadeMy Profile

  11. Monna, I really really needed to read this! I tried affiliate marketing in the past but never did well. I got very discouraged. I would write like one post out of ten wrapped around a product (affiliate link) and it seems those posts were pretty much ignored. It’s like the readers knew I’d make a few cents or dollars if they clicked so they didn’t.

    I so want to learn the right way to set up and do my affiliate marketing! I’m not personally interested in MLM companies or products. I guess I just don’t want to build my site based on anything anyone else does. I want to just rely on my own efforts (something I can mostly control). Does that make sense? 🙂

    More, more! Give me more!

    Deborah
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    • Hi Deborah,

      Oh yes, you make perfect sense. I stopped working MLMs quite a while ago for the exact same reason. I was tired of trying to motivate people who wanted it all handed to them.

      I decided I would work online and do it myself. If I didn’t make any money, it was my own fault.

      Lesly and I are working on different training ideas, so keep a look out for the information.

      Have a great day.
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  12. Hi Monna,

    Thanks so much for sharing your story! I know so many can totally relate 🙂 Awesome share and I am so glad that I have found PAC and I now know that affiliate marketing is very much alive and well! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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All you have to do is to reach out through modern technology and you will never be alone again. Search within yourself to to discover the hidden creativity that makes you special; create it, share it and give it back to the world.

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