Not too long ago, Lynn Terry invited Rosalind Gardner to her weekly webinar. The room was packed, and the information Rosalind shared was amazing. But what impressed me the most was how much the Super Affiliate Handbook helped Lynn in her business. So, I decided to ask Lynn a few questions about her experience with Rosalind’s teachings.
My Question: Since we are talking about the Super Affiliate Handbook, what is a super affiliate? And if I am not a super affiliate, does that mean I won’t be able to benefit from Rosalind’s eBook?
Lynn’s Answer: This is a great question. There is not a standard definition for “super affiliate” and a lot of people define it differently. Some will tell you that super affiliate status is based on specific income numbers, such as minimum $10,000/month. Others will have different ways to qualify the term, such as how long you’ve been an active profitable affiliate marketer.
Once you start showing up on the leaderboards for your merchants, which are the Top 10 or Top 20 affiliates in terms of traffic or sales, you can pretty much consider yourself a Super Affiliate. Many merchants offer contests and prizes to top sellers, so it’s a nice position to be in. The affiliate prizes can get quite nice – from electronics to cruises, even!
In any affiliate program, it’s the Top 1% that make the majority of the sales. Those are the Super Affiliates.
To answer your second question, no – you don’t need to be a super affiliate to benefit from Rosalind Gardner’s super affiliate handbook. In fact, it’s very newbie friendly and one of the absolute best places to start if you’re interested in affiliate marketing.
I was doing affiliate marketing for several years (on the side) when I first read it, almost 6 years ago. That guide is actually what took me from being a part-time affiliate marketer… to a successful super affiliate 😉
My Question: I know you’ve owned the Super Affiliate Handbook since it first came out. How has it benefited your business? And are you still using the methods you learned from it?
Lynn’s Answer: It made a dramatic difference in my business. And yes, I am still using Rosalind’s methods on a regular basis. It’s probably the one guide that really stuck with me more than anything else.
The major difference it made was in helping me go from an active business model (get paid for what you do, or trading time for dollars) to creating a passive income model. Meaning set up the site, and then it starts working for YOU. I make affiliate sales while I’m asleep, away for 2 weeks on vacation, out to lunch, etc. THAT is a great business model!
I’ve continued to use her methods, and duplicate the processes, to the point of having thousands and thousands of web pages on the web across a wide variety of niches. That didn’t happen overnight of course, but something I’ve been building on strategically for the last 6 years. I was making money with her model in the first few weeks though.
My Question: Can you give me one specific tip that you got from the Super Affiliate Handbook which made a difference in your pocket?
Lynn’s Answer: I think the biggest thing I got from Rosalind Gardner was that affiliate marketing is a business model. I had always looked at it as easy money on the side, in addition to other things I was doing, but she really showed me the other side of it.
Another thing I picked up from her guide was that merchants and affiliate managers are people. They’re in business to make money just like I am – and they’re open to feedback & negotiation. That alone has made a big difference over the years. I no longer just accept a decline notice from an affiliate application – I contact the affiliate manager and ask for reconsideration. I also don’t hesitate to ask for coupon codes, interviews, or whatever else I might need to sell more product for them.
My Question: Would you still recommend Super Affiliate Handbook today? Why?
Lynn’s Answer: Absolutely. The number one reason is because she continues to update it, so you’re always getting fresh relevant information no matter when you download it. You’ll get the updates as well, just log in and download the new version. It’s hard to find a publisher that goes to that length to keep her readers informed and active.
I recently read the latest edition of the Super Affiliate Handbook, and fell in love with it all over again. It’s thorough, chock full of real site examples, and it left me motivated and inspired. I launched 2 new affiliate sites the same week I read it again! 🙂
Thank you Lynn for your candor. And way to take action! For those who are reading this now, what are you waiting for? Get your own success story right now by checking out the Super Affiliate Handbook.