Years ago, if you combined good content with Google AdSense as part of your business’s passive income, you received decent commissions each month.
I recall getting account deposits for hundreds or thousands of dollars each month thanks to the advertisers who probably made more than what I received. Still, it was a great time to be part of passive income that was new, exciting, and an easy way to earn cash.
Today, I don’t receive as much money, and the deposits are closer to every two months. I realize that it’s not because my content has diminished. The advertisers have changed, and they’re not spending as much as those first adopters.
Affiliate income continues to have revenue potential whether you’re an advertiser or a marketer of other people’s products. If you’re on the advertising side, the possibilities for making money through affiliates still exists. The passive income opportunities you choose as a product or service affiliate occurs through months and sometimes years of experimentation.
A short list of revenue programs include:
- Amazon Associates
- Commission Junction (CJ)
- eBay Partner Network
- Google AdSense
- Rakuten Affiliate Network
Here’s how to benefit from these programs as part of your marketing.
As an Advertiser
- Check each program to learn what and how competitors are advertising.
- Edit ad descriptions that resonate with you for your own campaigns.
- Look at per-click or per-sale costs as a model for your own program.
As An Affiliate
- Join selected programs to earn passive income on your website and/or blog.
- Be mindful of program terms that may end your account without notification (CJ did this to me, twice).
- Monitor results and eliminate the ones that don’t pay on time or pay very little.
Affiliate programs have a double-sided benefit for you. Be sure to view this popular vehicle both ways for productivity and a side dish of income.