It seems that a huge segment of the online content industry that had been previously vilified by “respectable” online “journalists” (use of quotation marks intentional and appropriate) is also finally being seen as another savior of online content.
Some are even trying to call it “commerce journalism.”
It’s actually called affiliate marketing. And it’s been around online at least since Amazon launched its Associates Program in the 1990s, but never given proper credit as a “respectable” monetization avenue.
In this 25-minute talk, Robert Bruce and I discuss …
- What is affiliate marketing?
- The ancient origins of affiliate marketing
- The Great Internet Marketing Conversion of 2013
- Why affiliate marketing can make a great baseline revenue model
- The difference between native advertising and affiliate marketing
- The basics of affiliate disclosure
- The simple Copyblogger business model
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The Show Notes:
- Why Advertising Doesn’t Work for Bloggers
- How to Turn Affiliate Marketing Disclosure Into a Selling Point
- The Wirecutter
- Former Gizmodo Brian Lam Sees the Light
- Gawker Media’s Revenue Future is Affiliate Links and Commerce Journalism
- Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings
- The Brainpickings Brouhaha and the Problem with Affiliate Links
- How a Passion for Fitness, Health, and Happiness Sparked a Vibrant New Media Startup