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    Since, I am new to this wonderful world of affiliate marketing, I thought I would ask two very important questions:

    How much do affiliates TOP affiliates make?
    (and don't just say lots of money, I need soma e numbers, people...)

    How much do top affiliate managers make?
    (and don't just say a percentage of the caffiliate commissions, im talking what type of percentage 1%, 2% 15%?)

    Please don't be shy, I'll be happy to tell you I made an average of $8000 per month in 2003. I am not sure if this is good, bad, average or what??

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    $8,000 that's it? Not bad for a newbie. I thought there was a $100,000 minimum per month to be able to post in this forum?

    I work in lounge pants . Looking for a sponsor, PM with offer.

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    Folks who ask for AM and affiliate earning figures obviously are getting hurt by the collapse of e-mail spamming -SE list spamming -privacy info peddling. Either that or it's Santa Clause trolling ABW seeking to see if his part time affiliate off-season job has a income potential for quitting his regular delivery service job.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I thought there was a $100,000 minimum per month to be able to post in this forum?

    I work in lounge pants . Looking for a sponsor, PM with offer.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I am assuming your kidding, but I am happy with where I am at, no complaints.

    Mike & Charlie:

    Folks who ask for AM and affiliate earning figures obviously are getting hurt by the collapse of e-mail spamming -SE list spamming -privacy info peddling. Either that or it's Santa Clause trolling ABW seeking to see if his part time affiliate off-season job has a income potential for quitting his regular delivery service job.

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    Actually I am not getting hurt by the collapse of e-mail spamming -SE list spamming -privacy info peddling. I simply am looking for goals to shoot by... Believe me, I wouldn't think of quitting my day job either. I love it way too much.

    I am just curious...I am more interested to know what a typical affiliate manager makes? I mean if some affiliates are making $100,000 plus per month, what are the AM's making? I am assuming that its higher then their top affiliates but again I could be mistaken?

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    Not sure the numbers you are demanding are any of your business.

    Funny, it never occurred to me to walk into a shop near my business and ask a neighbor merchant "How much do you make?"

    I guess all the old rules of courtesy are down the toilet.

    Wayne

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    Most AM's I know get paid much like a sales manager does. Base salary plus a SMALL bonus override on total sales generated by the team.

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    What Linda said

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    I don't think it is rude to ask what someone makes..most people before deciding on a career do want to know what to make.

    Maybe there should be some sort of anonymous poll where people can put what they make.

    I made around $500 last month and am going to make about the same this month. I know that is the bottom of the barrel and I'm not embarassed.

    My husband does much better, but he is one who doesn't like to discuss it. From what i can gather with his ratings at affiliate companies..if you are making 8k/month then you are probably in the upper echelon.

    Robin

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    Robin, you are definately *not* the bottom of the barrel Most affiliates don't earn over $100 a month. And it's because of people like you that affiliate marketing is working!! You rock!

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    $500 is definitely not the bottom of the barrel. I'd love to be making $500 per month with my sites, but right now, I'm only making about $10-$20, but that will increase very soon.

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    &lt;---- Bottom of the Barrel

    I'd love to have a $500 month.

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    LOTS of money.

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    I wont give # but I will say that my CJ check payes my rent,bills,beer,food and cigs

    "I did'nt get where I'm at today by worrying about how I'm going to feel tomorrow."

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    Sorry everyone! I guess compared to what my hubby makes, I thought it wasn't a lot. I didn't mean to make anyone feel bad.

    Thanks for the encouraging comments, Akiva...you rock too! Even if you do like NY pizza.

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    ok man, you want it you got it!

    I make 1 gazillionbillion a month! alright now everyone knows...dammit!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by NorthernStudio:
    Not sure the numbers you are demanding are any of your business.

    Funny, it never occurred to me to walk into a shop near my business and ask a neighbor merchant "How much do you make?"

    I guess all the old rules of courtesy are down the toilet.

    Wayne<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Actually, i guess thats how me and you are different. I don't think there is anything wrong with asking my competitive business owner how much he/she makes. I wouldn't care if they asked me. In fact, I would want to share my numbers with them. I think there is plenty of $$$ to go around. My theory is be happy and grateful for what you have, if I can help someone else out or "gauge" something, then I would be certainly glad to.

    Thanks to all the AM out there who shared there information. It just gives me something to go by.

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    Most AM's I know get paid much like a sales manager does. Base salary plus a SMALL bonus override on total sales generated by the team.

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    Why wouldn't an AM want to become an affiliate then? If they can make more money doing this, are there some AM's out there who start as an AM/affiliate do so well, they drop the AM and just become a full-time affiliate?

    Thanks again for all the help, and remember if I offend anyone, simply don't answer and move on to the next POST.

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    8 grand a month is pretty respectable. Even after taxes, insurance, and putting away something for retirement, you should be able to live comfortably on that - especially if you already have a day job. Anything over that is either greed or a well-made plan for early retirement.

    As to why a Aff Manager would want to work for a merchant instead of being an affiliate themselves:
    1) Secure income. A bad google dance doesn't cut them off at the knees like it can most who depend totally on affiliate sales
    2) Personal interaction. Affiliate sales as a full time job is good for people who don't need a lot of human contact - but those kind of people are a rare breed.
    3) Different skills - making pages, tuning keywords, etc. are a different set of skills than cajoling marketing directors, building sales plans, etc.

    For me, I've reached a compromise. I have day job in IT/Business management so I get to meet people and have a steady income, and the affiliate income is gravy. Enough gravy to buy 3 new cars a year if I wanted. Not 8 grand a month though.

    If you can handle a day job AND still make 8 grand a month on the side without killing yourself nights and weekends, I would say you've found just the right spot. Secure monthly income with lots of gravy on the side. Keep doing what you're doing and enjoy life.

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    As this thread shows people have different goals. When I first started out I was very happy to make enough with Amazon to turn around and buy a couple of CD/DVDs per month.

    I think the most I ever did in a month was
    $4,000, but that was short lived. I am in the middle of a rebuilding phase and I think I do close to $500/month. It's spread out over a whole bunch of $50-$75 dollar checks.

    My goal in 2004 is to have a $10K month.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>If you can handle a day job AND still make 8 grand a month on the side without killing yourself nights and weekends, I would say you've found just the right spot. Secure monthly income with lots of gravy on the side. Keep doing what you're doing and enjoy life.

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    Very hard to do, never enough sleep or enough time to do everything that you want, but the checks rolling in everyday certainly help make up some of it.

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    If you can handle a day job AND still make 8 grand a month on the side without killing yourself nights and weekends, I would say you've found just the right spot. Secure monthly income with lots of gravy on the side. Keep doing what you're doing and enjoy life.

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    I think that is our problem. Not enough time in the day. My husband works a full-time job, yet because he loves the affiliate/computer stuff, comes home from work and puts in another 4-5 hours of work. He is almost matching his monthly income from his day job, but has no plans to quit. (at least he'd better not!).

    It can certainly become addicting..luckily, he is still there (surprisingly) to help with the kids and such. But it is easy to get sucked in; myself included. You're always reaching for more!

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    Robin you bring up an excellent point! In a "regular" job there is a salary cap so you do your job and go home. In affiliate marketing you can just work more to make more (well, usually at least). At what point do you say "ok, I'm making enough and I'm satisfied" when it's so easy to reach for more and spend more time working. As an affiliate myself, I know that the limit is when my friends start telling me "hey, we partied last night - we missed you" that it's time to take a breather and let things roll. It's sooo easy to get sucked in when things are going well. A good question for everyone to answer is "How do you prevent yourself from getting sucked into working 24/7?". That'd make an interesting discussion.

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    Hi willy styles , there are many 100k affliates there mostly in ultra competitive fields like OP's and Casinos's ...

    There are many 10-30k guys in travel and financial products which is also competitive but in a lesser scale than OP.

    I guess most of the active ABW members like me are in the $0-$5k range , as far as i know the heavy hitters just lurk and dont post much

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by AffiliateDude:
    as far as i know the heavy hitters just lurk and dont post much <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    From an AM's perspective, i can attest and verify this statement is accurate....

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>
    as far as i know the heavy hitters just lurk and dont post much <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>
    From an AM's perspective, i can attest and verify this statement is accurate....
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I'd better start to lurk more often and see if it helps any

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