I'm not sure you're "missing" anything. I imagine the facts, as you report them, are entirely accurate. And about the hosting, I agree with you (and I suspect that that's where most of their profit is, really). For the rest, we just have different perspectives, because you don't think a ready-to-go site like that can be worth $30 (perhaps because you're able to produce one yourself in very little time, because unlike me you have some technical skills?), whereas I think it could easily be worth that (because I can't easily make it myself, but can fairly easily replace the expected poor quality writing on it with masterpieces of my own. Or at least mantelpieces, which is close enough).
As you grow as an affiliate marketer, you’ll likely use the same affiliate link on tons of different blog posts. For that reason, managing and organizing your affiliate links in WordPress is essential. If you use an affiliate link management plugin like ThirstyAffiliates, you can organize all of your affiliate links in a single place, so finding and replacing won’t be a hassle.

Cost per action/sale methods require that referred visitors do more than visit the advertiser's website before the affiliate receives a commission. The advertiser must convert that visitor first. It is in the best interest of the affiliate to send the most closely targeted traffic to the advertiser as possible to increase the chance of a conversion. The risk and loss are shared between the affiliate and the advertiser.
By purchasing one of our pre-made websites, you’re actually making an investment into your business, and some of the most successful people we know all understand the value of spending money to make money, especially when it comes to saving themselves time and purchasing from professionals that know more about the process than the entrepreneurs and marketers, themselves, do.
My question is when I do an initial google search of my niche, using the most obvious keyword, I get 2 huge sites set up by very reputable companies (that are paid results) on this topic. Think like Pepsi setting up a site on cocktails to make with pepsi, I hope that illustrates what I am trying to say… then the rest of the page 1 results are all articles about this topic from larger sites that cover a very broad range of topics, such as a food website having an in depth article on BBQ’ing.
Have you read through the Federal Trade Commission’s Endorsement Guidelines? The guidelines are meant to reflect the truth-in-advertising principle that endorsements aren’t misleading. Fortunately, the Endorsement Guide has a section dedicated to affiliate or network marketing. Rae Hoffman has also written a comprehensive exploration into what affiliate marketers need to know in regards to disclosure.
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Affiliates were among the earliest adopters of pay per click advertising when the first pay-per-click search engines emerged during the end of the 1990s. Later in 2000 Google launched its pay per click service, Google AdWords, which is responsible for the widespread use and acceptance of pay per click as an advertising channel. An increasing number of merchants engaged in pay per click advertising, either directly or via a search marketing agency, and realized that this space was already occupied by their affiliates. Although this situation alone created advertising channel conflicts and debates between advertisers and affiliates, the largest issue concerned affiliates bidding on advertisers names, brands, and trademarks.[35] Several advertisers began to adjust their affiliate program terms to prohibit their affiliates from bidding on those type of keywords. Some advertisers, however, did and still do embrace this behavior, going so far as to allow, or even encourage, affiliates to bid on any term, including the advertiser's trademarks.
Amazon runs one of the largest affiliate programs around, called Amazon Associates. You can become part of the program as long as your website already has some content (about five or ten posts). Bear in mind that once you’ve applied, it can take a few days to be approved. Once your account is ready, you can start to focus on building an effective website.
While these templated sites won’t be the solution for every client you onboard, they will be for some – and that alone will start to make a big difference in your team’s workload. Even though turnkey sites are typically meant for lower-paying clients, they allow you to take on more work without cutting into development time, which means more money in the bank and an easy-to-scale solution.
I tried several websites before finding YLdist. Oh how I wish I'd found them first. The website is designed with the end user in mind. It's easy to navigate and provides everything a visitor looking to learn about oils and why I use Young Living specifically could want. There is a good mix of print, video, and graphics. Nothing was left to chance. As for bells and whistles, well, it's loaded and just gets better all the time. If you are worried about using a cookie cutter website, don't! You can customize to your heart's content. If you are not good at customizing, just ask for help. The stellar customer service is more than willing to help with whatever you need, AND they are fast too. As for price, you won't find a better deal anywhere. Believe me, I looked. I love the company and the website so much, I' ve already signed up for another year and my year doesn't renew until July!
File-Sharing: Web sites that host directories of music, movies, games and other software. Users upload content to file-hosting sites and then post descriptions of the material and their download links on directory sites. Uploaders are paid by the file-hosting sites based on the number of times their files are downloaded. The file-hosting sites sell premium download access to the files to the general public. The websites that host the directory services sell advertising and do not host the files themselves.
As you’re taking on more web design clients and trying to grow your agency, eventually you’re going to run into the natural problem of scaling your services – it’s a growing pain every business must address. While the dream is to only work with collaborative, cooperative, and creative clients that have an unlimited budget, those unicorn customers aren’t always the easiest to find. And when you’re ready to scale your agency, sometimes it’s best to look outside the box of your usual clientele and explore a few simpler options that are easier to scale.
I agree but at this point let's be honest, wouldn't it better to be offering a site with domain+hosting+fresh WordPress installation and that's it. Up to the buyer to design - or have designed - a website UNIQUE and search engines friendly. If you look at one of these sites (as said they are exactly the same, see acnetreatmentadvisory.com for example) from a design point of view they are just basic wordpress themes, from a content point of view they are not PLR just articles scrapped from articlebase with the author name stripped, from a SEO point view also total disaster, they have no H1/H2 tags, no METAs such as keywords or description, no cache etc.
We’re willing to bet that about 95% of websites contain (or should contain) some sort of contact form. Why spend valuable hours programming a contact form? Just grab the one that Wufoo has already created for you! Our contact form gives people a way to email people, without sharing the recipient’s email address. Of course, if you want to customize the contact form and make it extra jazzy, you’re free to do so. You can customize all of Wufoo’s forms.
We also saw a big increase in Amazon Associates earnings when we went back to some of our older articles are started adding more shopping comparison charts.  The theme we used has comparison chart functionality built in.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, I wrote a pretty comprehensive guide on how to create a Amazon shopping comparison chart here.
Wonna make some money? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? And do you know what the best part is? You can make a killing using WordPress as we’ve already seen in the recent past. Today we will build you an affiliate site, so you can go ahead make some moolah, and buy beach houses, Ferraris and the works. All this for you, just so you can learn something new and live large because you deserve it.
2. There's different levels of start up. If you were on a super tight budget most things can be done for free if you are willing to compromise on quality but if you want a good level of service and quality then much more - for example NicheHacks costs around $600-$800 a month to run. It can be done for less than $20 though I'm sure if you use cheap shared hosting, get a discount coupon for a domain, use a free autoresponder etc.
Building a successful Amazon affiliate site does take a lot of work. But, even if you’re a beginner it’s a great way to learn the fundamentals of working online. The steps above gave you everything you need to know to get started creating your very own website. Now it’s time to get to work! Remember, success will only come with consistent and sustained effort.
If it were as simple as paying $100 to buy a website that will make “instant profit” and “give you financial freedom” don't you think everyone would shell out the $100 bucks? Hell – shell out $10,000 bucks to buy 100 of them? When you look at it logically, you know it's a product that preys on desires of finding financial freedom – and not a real solution to that desire.
Great article! I need to go back to your post many more times for it to properly go in and for me to understand. Sorry if my question is a strange one. I am quite new to the whole concept of amazon affiliate marketing. When we are advertising their products, do we spend any money ourselves? Or we are just middle wares advertising their product? In what case, we have to have inventory? Can we sell products in Amazon?
  Ensure your new customers use the products, order more and stay active! You'll be able to get your new customers excited about and using their Premium Starter Kit, when you take advantage of the “PSK” email sequences that are pre-written for you to send to folks when they sign up with a psk. Putting your new PSK customers on either of the PSK sequences is very valuable to you because when they start using the products and getting good results they are 10 times more likely to continue using the products as well as share with others.
I can also promise you this… Once you see those residual payments coming in, all that effort will be totally worth it. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is check my phone to see how much money I made while I slept. When I go on vacation, I will still get paid, even though I’m doing no work. It’s incredible and YOU can have this lifestyle too. You just need some guidance.
You can find the BEST sites right here in the forum. Seriously, there are some great sites that you can easily make money with BUT you still need to WORK them. These sites are designed from fellow internet marketers...just because someone designs, does not mean they know internet marketing and what it takes to get CONVERSIONS. But the designers here in the forums DO KNOW what it takes.
Once you hit the green Select button you’ll end up on the domain name page.  This is where the fun begins!  Choose a good, short, easy-to-spell, and relevant domain name for your business.  Keep in mind that the best .com names are long gone so get creative or use a .net if you need to.  If you need some help please take a few minutes to read this article I wrote on the topic: domain name tips.  
I think of turnkey affiliate websites like I do sensational weight loss products. They prey on people desperate to lose weight (make money) and their laziness to workout (spend time and effort) and non-desire to eat right (work hard). And like sensational weight loss products, if these things worked then everyone would do it. Everyone in the world would be skinny (making money online) with no effort required. Like sensational weight loss products – it's all BULLSHIT.
Blueprints have been incredibly useful in developing about 75% of the websites we build. We have a theme that’s super-fast and flexible (Enfold) and a small list of plugins that we trust implicitly (Gravity Forms, Yoast). Having that scaffold available to spin up a website that’s immediately ready for customization shaves hours off of every project, no matter how custom or “cookie-cutter” the end product may be.
Blueprints have been incredibly useful in developing about 75% of the websites we build. We have a theme that’s super-fast and flexible (Enfold) and a small list of plugins that we trust implicitly (Gravity Forms, Yoast). Having that scaffold available to spin up a website that’s immediately ready for customization shaves hours off of every project, no matter how custom or “cookie-cutter” the end product may be.

In 2006, the most active sectors for affiliate marketing were the adult gambling, retail industries and file-sharing services.[17]:149–150 The three sectors expected to experience the greatest growth are the mobile phone, finance, and travel sectors.[17] Soon after these sectors came the entertainment (particularly gaming) and Internet-related services (particularly broadband) sectors. Also several of the affiliate solution providers expect to see increased interest from business-to-business marketers and advertisers in using affiliate marketing as part of their mix.[17]:149–150
I think “turnkey” in general lives up to the name, and that’s where its appeal is. Simple, easy, and you don’t have to have any web skills to get started. Obviously the marketing strategies for these types of businesses are geared towards selling these cheap sites to naive buyers without an ounce of web knowledge, and probably not much business sense either. I have found that regardless of what you do online, if you don’t have the patience to learn your niche, and that means a lot of research and trial and error, you’re not going to have much success with these types of sites either.
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Simple, it saves you time and we offer unique turnkey websites. We don't just take a snapshot (same exact articles, pictures and graphics) of a website and resell it over and over and over like many do on the internet. We have built a complex system that makes sure no website we build will ever look identical. Every website is built with a custom header and will have a different set of articles and pictures. We not only provide you with a professional turnkey website, we also provide the knowledge and support to help you run a successful internet business. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee with every turnkey website you purchase from us.

I don't see what the problem is. They are giving you a ready made website. If you spend the time learning how easy it is to setup and create your own wordpress site then fine, but lots of people have no clue and don't want to LEARN or spend time learning, which is fine. So then they will be sold stuff like this. $80 for a ready to go website, steal.
Thought I’d weigh in on this because I have a private label line on Amazon and use my brand website simply to point back to my Amazon listings and some related products on Amazon that aren’t mine. I don’t generate a lot of sales through that website, but when I do get an order it’s super fun because I get the sale AND the affiliate commission. I, too, checked with Amazon before using this strategy and they were fine with it.
$40, $50, $60, more or less? Either way the figures start to add up. 124 (1500 word) articles x $50 = $6200, if not more. Now that is significant. Yes you could write these on your own to save costs, but would you want to, especially if you want to scale? Probably not… What had you earned up to this point? Break even, behind or in front. My point is this process potentially has cost implications that could restrict some people in starting on this journey?
Cost per action/sale methods require that referred visitors do more than visit the advertiser's website before the affiliate receives a commission. The advertiser must convert that visitor first. It is in the best interest of the affiliate to send the most closely targeted traffic to the advertiser as possible to increase the chance of a conversion. The risk and loss are shared between the affiliate and the advertiser.

Forms of new media have also diversified how companies, brands, and ad networks serve ads to visitors. For instance, YouTube allows video-makers to embed advertisements through Google's affiliate network.[18][19] New developments have made it more difficult for unscrupulous affiliates to make money. Emerging black sheep are detected and made known to the affiliate marketing community with much greater speed and efficiency.[citation needed]
I tend to agree with you there. People promote these things as “pay our fee and start raking in the cash”. In reality, all they’ve done is given you a cheap, outdated looking free template with the ability to show an affiliate datafeed. But, when you read the sites, they tell you how you spend $ and there’s no work involved. They scrape other sites for content, pull in useless videos and show an affiliate datafeed with no unique content. All of these are against Google’s guidelines, so, you’ll have almost no chance of ranking using their site “out of the box”. I get there might be other avenues to push these sites through, but why would one want to build and market a website that has an entire online traffic channel cut off?

Some commentators originally suggested that affiliate links work best in the context of the information contained within the website itself. For instance, if a website contains information pertaining to publishing a website, an affiliate link leading to a merchant's internet service provider (ISP) within that website's content would be appropriate. If a website contains information pertaining to sports, an affiliate link leading to a sporting goods website may work well within the context of the articles and information about sports. The goal, in this case, is to publish quality information on the website and provide context-oriented links to related merchant's websites.
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