It’s critical to think about the big picture when it comes to affiliate marketing. Sometimes that means turning down money-making opportunities that aren’t a good fit for your audience. However, if you’re endorsing a product that solves a problem, that you’ve actually used and can recommend, it can be a win-win for both you and your readers. Continuing to recommend quality products to your readers can lead to a more sustainable and profitable business long-term.
Just because you built a site and started promoting products on it doesn’t mean that you could start earning affiliate commissions right away. To generate affiliate sales on your site, you need to ensure that you’re attracting the right audience who would want to read reviews and recommendations on your site before purchasing the product you promote.
Hmmm – there’s this Price Compare plugin but it’s over 2 years old so I wouldn’t recommend it. I know there are many free product comparison add-ons for WooCommerce and EDD, so you could use one of those and simply add each product multiple times (once for each affiliate that offers it). But perhaps another reader has a better plugin or idea to recommend?
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.
The people that you refer too did not master amazon, they merely mastered the value they offer to visitors. If you are able to engage/connect with visitors, then you got a winner, some people merely have better skills then others, which may include offering high value content, coding/custom skills. Do you agree that these people brought something to the table? If they did not, then visitors would not continue to visit their sites, right? You can put up all the content in the world, you can get all the backlinks you want, but if you can not engage/connect with your visitors, then all is lost. These site most likely did not start off with custom sites; they started off just like everyone else, some rag/tag site. I ran across an affiliate site a few months ago, and the content on his site would just blow your mind, and let me tell you,this guy had affiliate links from all major affiliate networks, his site has so much authority that he is listed right up under amazon, and some actual product manufacturers; how did he do this? He brought solutions, and value to his visitors, he knew what they were looking for, and knows how to engage, and connect with them. If you can not figure out how to blow your visitors mind, then what do you really have to offer? His avg reviews were between 7k-10k words? how about you? 500-1000 words? at the end of the day, which site will google find more impressive, yours, or his, and i assure you, he had far more affiliate links on his site then you have on yours as you could not skip-a-paragraph without seeing affiliate links.
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).

The product review website model is great since many shoppers use the internet to save time researching their potential purchases. If you choose this website type be prepared to face alot of competition. Since there are so many review sites out there you must find an approach or ‘hook’ that is unique to set your site apart. It’s best to drill down into a small segment of your niche and expand from there instead of casting a large net over an entire market. 
Niche specific themes sometimes prove to be more capable than some of the ones which are called multipurpose. Musical Sounds is a bright example of the above said. Initially crafted for the musical world, artists and singers, musical bands and producers, this template has a broader application and can easily wear the needed outfit to match your brand.
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.
Cost per click was more common in the early days of affiliate marketing but has diminished in use over time due to click fraud issues very similar to the click fraud issues modern search engines are facing today. Contextual advertising programs are not considered in the statistic pertaining to the diminished use of cost per click, as it is uncertain if contextual advertising can be considered affiliate marketing.

The product review website model is great since many shoppers use the internet to save time researching their potential purchases. If you choose this website type be prepared to face alot of competition. Since there are so many review sites out there you must find an approach or ‘hook’ that is unique to set your site apart. It’s best to drill down into a small segment of your niche and expand from there instead of casting a large net over an entire market. 
Some advertisers offer multi-tier programs that distribute commission into a hierarchical referral network of sign-ups and sub-partners. In practical terms, publisher "A" signs up to the program with an advertiser and gets rewarded for the agreed activity conducted by a referred visitor. If publisher "A" attracts publishers "B" and "C" to sign up for the same program using his sign-up code, all future activities performed by publishers "B" and "C" will result in additional commission (at a lower rate) for publisher "A".

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.
Turnkey websites are steadily increasing in popularity and may have you wondering just what exactly is a turnkey website and how it is beneficial. Turnkey in business has always meant a business that you can start right away by just turning the "key" and beginning. Turnkey websites follow the same concept but the key to understanding them is how and why they work.
In November 1994, CDNow launched its BuyWeb program. CDNow had the idea that music-oriented websites could review or list albums on their pages that their visitors might be interested in purchasing. These websites could also offer a link that would take visitors directly to CDNow to purchase the albums. The idea for remote purchasing originally arose from conversations with music label Geffen Records in the fall of 1994. The management at Geffen wanted to sell its artists' CD's directly from its website but did not want to implement this capability itself. Geffen asked CDNow if it could design a program where CDNow would handle the order fulfillment. Geffen realized that CDNow could link directly from the artist on its website to Geffen's website, bypassing the CDNow home page and going directly to an artist's music page.[10]
Whether you need a website to store your images or you're looking to showcase your photography work, this template has it all. Use Wix Photo Albums to create private collections for your clients, and Wix Art Store to easily sell digital prints. Write a few blog posts, upload photographs, and publish a professional site where your visual creativity takes center stage.
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