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    This is for all those who do affiliate marketing fulltime, i.e they have no other means of income except from affiliate marketing...

    whats your day consist of?

    Lastly, if someone wanted to do it fulltime what niches would you advise them to look at.?

    thanks

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    Basically, I am in at 8 a.m. Say hello on numerous boards. Then get right to handling my accounts. Basically I am non stop ICQ or AIM until lunch. After lunch it's more of the same unless we have a creative meeting or something of that nature.

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    My alarm clock died last October. I used to think I probably should replace it, but so far I haven't needed to. Once a friend wanted me to pick her up early in the morning, so I told her to phone me to make sure I was up.

    I get up when I wake up, check my email, clean out my 200 or so spams, check stats, check ABW.

    Then if I have made fun plans for the day, like ride my horse, visit friends or relatives, or whatever, I do that. If not, I think about maybe working on my websites. If that sounds like fun I get to work, and if not I don't.

    Sometimes I work 8-10 hours a day for weeks, other times I don't do anything but minimal upkeep for weeks. When my income starts dropping below my expenses I start thinking I should make a few more sites.

    It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.
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    Mine is similar to Prophets except I do a few more meetings and have to spend some time delegating tasks which take too much time as it is.

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    MissDonna,
    That is like music to my ears. I had such a life for about 9 mos. but the income just wasn't enough to sustain my wifes high standard of living so I had to go back to work.

    I have to reach a few more zeros before I can go back to that lifestyle, but I'm workin' at it!

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    John riddle, you speak of meetings and such, what do you have an army of employees for an affiliate business?

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    Donna.... no need to show sites, just answer this please iff yu want to, do you have sites that are malls? or are you specific with each site?

    second have you gone for high compeitive things like, direct tv, credit cards, casino, dating?

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by shiner25:
    John riddle, you speak of meetings and such, what do you have an army of employees for an affiliate business? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    WP is just a subsidiary of Hopsports Inc, and yes they are 100+ strong. We have a handful of large sponsors who always need updates on what’s going on which require many meetings and also require a staff of people on the Internet side that include Marketing, Engineering, SEO and creative.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> whats your day consist of? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Get up sometime in the afternoon or evening (NOT morning unless some fluke happens).

    Check stats, starting with sources most likely to have made money and ending with least likely.

    Check email accounts and update spam filters if any spam made it through.

    On to ABW.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Sometimes I work 8-10 hours a day for weeks, other times I don't do anything but minimal upkeep for weeks.~MissDonna <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Similar for me, only I wouldn't w*rk 8-10 hours/day for weeks! 4 hours/day is plenty. And "weeks" sounds dreadfully like a j*b. Occasionally a fluke will happen and I'll get on a roll and go for 7, but 8 hours = employment's hours so I avoid going that long.

    Definite dittos to not doing anything but minimal upkeep for weeks, though!

    I never plan what I'm going to do in a day. Some things are routine, but to have a plan for the entire day is too rigid for me! Usually I play video games or talk on ABW most of the time, but sometimes some pr*ductivity happens in order to keep things rolling and growing.

    At the end of the day (usually sometime around dawn) it's time to read the paper and then knock off.
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    Get up late morning or early afternoon, turn computer on while I get my coffee.

    Get email going, delete 99% off it due to spam, get to work updating anything that needs updating, like checking for new sales, specials, coupons or hot promotions for about 10 hours. Tweak the new site, get to bed after about 18 hours of work and start all over again.

    I envy those that don't have to update every day.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by shiner25:
    Donna.... no need to show sites, just answer this please iff yu want to, do you have sites that are malls? or are you specific with each site?

    second have you gone for high compeitive things like, direct tv, credit cards, casino, dating? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>I have some malls, some individual product sites, even some c*ntent sites. Almost all of them pay enough to support themselves, but a few (and I never know which it will be) pay enough to support me. I try almost everything.

    Of course, I'm easy to support. If I had expensive tastes I'd have to work a lot harder. I prefer to spend less so I need to earn less, rather than earn more so I can spend more.
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    pretty sweet, for some... do you find donna that your mall sites do better than your individual sites? like each month they pull in more profit?

    What should an average mall site pull in, given you work hard to optimize and such?

    p.s do you rely on ppc though donna?

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by shiner25:
    pretty sweet, for some... do you find donna that your mall sites do better than your individual sites? like each month they pull in more profit?

    What should an average mall site pull in, given you work hard to optimize and such?

    p.s do you rely on ppc though donna? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>That's all very hard for me to predict. I have several sites that I spent less than a day making and regularly earn me $100 a month or more. I had a one page site that took me a couple of hours to make that was earning me $500 a month minimum for a long time, but that was years ago. Now it's earning me maybe $5 a month.

    One site I was really excited about and spent at least 400 hours on almost 2 years ago is bringing in maybe $50 a month.

    I don't pretend to be able to predict what will do well and what won't. And I make a point of not taking it personally. Some do well, Some do OK, and some are dreadful. And some do great for a while, then almost nothing.

    I don't do PPC, because that requires paying attention. I'd rather spend the time making another site.
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    I have a similar day too:

    Get up when my dog wakes me to go out.
    Answer emails. Check stats.
    Take dog out to play ball.
    Shower. Check stats.
    Take dog out to play ball. Come in and check stats.
    Eat lunch. Spend the meal ignoring dog who waits by table with a ball in her mouth.
    Check stats.
    Take dog for walk where I periodically throw the ball. Come back from walk and play ball.
    If I feel like working I do. If not, we go to the park to play ball.
    Come back. Check stats.
    Feed dog dinner.
    Check stats.
    Go out for a last round of ball playing.
    At night, if I feel like working I do. If not, I read ABW, surf the web and get ideas for future sites.
    Check stats.
    Go to bed.

    Depending on how into a new site I am I only spend at most 25% of my day on web site stuff. Who has time to work? Most of my day is spent entertaining my dog.

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    I love that KIP, what a great life. The best part of my day is how happy my dogs are when I walk in the door.

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    I'm quite With Missdonna too, I just try everything, content, products and any other ways to sell, If I don't see results, I will tweak my pages, I only spend about 4 hours a day making sites and then I check stats, and ABW. sometimes I get in a website frenzy and spend 16 hours(when I'm not on ABW) doing sites. Actually I make sites when I'm on abw. like right now. reading the forum and making sites.

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    LOL Kip,

    You reminded me of something I forgot to put in the description of my day: All the stat checks! I only listed one round of stat-checking, but I check many, many more times than that!
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    I know. I go into complete stats withdrawal if I don't check every so often. God forbid if I'm ever away for a whole day! It's good too so that way if there is something out of the ordinary going on with them I can check on it immediately.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by shiner25:
    pretty sweet, for some... do you find donna that your mall sites do better than your individual sites? like each month they pull in more profit?

    What should an average mall site pull in, given you work hard to optimize and such? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Well, good question, that is what I want to know also.

    I am now working on an individual site with specified stuff only, but wondering if it is necessary for me to make a mall or something like that, then focus on some good conversion programs, and build individual site for it.

    Any comments from experienced AM people would be appreciated!

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    I love hearing that most of you are night people too, up late, don't do mornings unless something out of the ordinary happens, like the phone rings repeatedly. My day is mostly spent at my computer, I check stats on my "Big 3" (which do not include ANY of the networks!) just to give me incentive to make more sites. Some days I build new sites, some days I work on existing sites, some days I work on my personal merchandise sites, and very rarely do I do what I made notes the night before to do the next day.

    And the sites I put up and ignore, make the most money, hands down. Gotta do more of those.
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    Morning person here. My typical day:

    4-6 AM - Check email, clean spam from inbox, check out ABW. Update time-sensitive content on main site.

    6-10 AM - Work on main business designing custom log homes.

    10-Noon - Lunch & Power Nap

    Noon-4 PM - Check email, remove spam, hit ABW. Work on main business.

    4-5 PM - Get mail and run the aff checks to the bank. (Now I'm getting motivated)

    5-7 PM - Check email. Remove more spam. Back to ABW. Build more pages, add more products, find new merchants, dump pooper merchants, check stats.

    7-9 PM - Grab a brewski and fire up the barbie.

    after 9 PM. - Don't remember anything that happened today.
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    How long were many of you in the game before you became full time affiliates?

    I have had been kicking around a site idea for years and during the last four months have started it up. A small nitch market but one that is very loyal, happen to be the same field as my full time job. Every month I see a more visitors coming in and seem to be keeping prior visitors as returns. I am not looking to become full time but hoping to have a little extra discretionary income.

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    Re: How long were you in the "game"
    I don't think the vast majority of AMs woke up one day or graduated college and said let me see if I can be an AM. I think most people probably had a website (or three) and saw how you can improve performance with the right optimization and marketing, and then just continued from there with a bunch of different sites.

    The best things is to stick to niche markets that you are very familiar with and you will probably be very successful at it.

    My daily routine:

    Wake up when I wake up
    Check stats
    Check email
    Check up on the competition and see what new offers they've got
    Check stats
    Check email

    Combined, they probably take up about 3-4 hours of "work" per day which is nice except for two things:

    1. Its not 3-4 consecutive hours but rather one hour here, then another hour there, and another 30min, then another 15min, then another hour.

    2. 7 day "work" week

    Like someone else said, its a rough life but someone's gotta do it. I *DO* like the pay

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    My day usually starts around 10am to noon. First thing I do is check my stats and email. Once this runs dry I hit up ABW as I'm doing now. I may go take a shower and get some food after this. I'm trying to maintain a regular work schedule. I work for about 4 to 6 hours Tuesday through Friday. Any other day I try to go on a little trip to get out of the apartment. If I don't go on vacation I still check my stats, but I generally don't work unless some sort of emergency comes up. When it comes down to real honest programming work I tend to put in at least 20 - 30 hours a week, but when it comes to checking stats that number is considerably higher.

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    Like Kip I am being held prisoner in my own home by our dogs. They allow me to go out at most twice a week and they have a lot of input into how much work I get done.

    The puppy (who now weighs about 65 pounds) wakes me up around 7:00 when hubby takes his shower.

    Check stats, read mail (i.e. delete spam), check a couple of forums. Start making pages. Depends a lot on which site is hot at the moment. (Dogs are asleep.)

    9:00 eat breakfast and walk the puppy. If the weather's nice the dogs get playtime outdoors. (Dogs go back to sleep.)

    Work until noon. Do a little housework or laundry. Eat lunch. Walk the puppy and more playtime for dogs. (Dogs go back to sleep.)

    Work until about 3:30 pm. At this point the dogs are wide awake. Encourage them to play together and leave me alone! Start making dinner.

    5:00 pm hubby gets home from his job. Eat dinner.

    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm work on websites. Dogs hang out with hubby.

    8:00 pm to 11:00 pm watch TV, read, make phone calls.

    Sometime between 11:00 pm and 1:00 am I go to bed.

    Tuesdays I ditch the dogs and run errands or do a little shopping. Fridays I go to my volunteer job and do the food shopping afterward. It's a hell of a glamorous life, doncha think?

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