Throwback Thursday, My First 6 Figure Year as an Affiliate #tbt

By Ian Fernando

It is Throwback Thursday and I wanted to share a screenshot I took as an affiliate. This was a year that I cracked 6 figures in affiliate marketing. I used to work with a lot of networks back in the day and I needed something that helped me tracked them. Luckily this software came out, StatsJunky, not sure why its not in business anymore, which helped me consolidate all my Adwords accounts and affiliate accounts.

Here is a screenshot.. I cut this off from a bigger image from my desktop. FYI, if you are as old as me the API dev wasn't all the best with networks back in the day.


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According to the image tags this was taken November of 2009, so this means it was my 3rd year into affiliate marketing, 2nd year full time. I was a Google guy back in the day and it was fun for me to look at stats and convert. Having this system help me organize my offers and obviously the Adwords accounts I had.

You can see that I have networks that I sent clicks to without any conversions. Others with very little ROI while some have huge ROI. I was testing an doing a ton of verticals from sub prime to email submits to lead generation. I was at least doing 5 verticals at a time back in the day.

I don't want you to look at this as a brag, take this as inspiration. I was once struggling in this game called affiliate marketing and now grown into a business that is more than that. Use this image as inspiration, I was struggling until i started reading blogs from John Chow, ShoeMoney, and many others in this industry.

They inspired me and I want you to use this post as inspiration. It took a lot of hard work and long nights to reach this level and I am still hard at work creating new companies and helping out on investments. I am now in a different level than before I was an affiliate. I now run businesses instead of running campaigns - even though I run my own internal campaigns.

Inspiration can come in many ways from everyday quotes to screenshots like this. Never be afraid to lose and risk it all for the future you want. I remembered one time I flopped and I was 3 months behind on rent. Luckily I had an understanding landlord and allowed me to pay him later. Things happen for a reason, good and bad - they are all lessons. Learn from them.

If you are having a hard time remember it doesn't happen overnight. It only happens when you do, if you work for 20 hours then you get 20 hours of lessons. If you work for 5 hours, then you output 5 hours of lessons. It is all up to you.

You also have to understand that you have to give up time to get time. A lot of people don't understand this concept. For example can you give up watching your favorite TV show for 3 months to better yourself? Can you stop golfing every weekend to learn how to create a campaign? Are you willing to sacrifice time with your kids to learn to make $5,000 dollars? You have to make time is what I am trying to say.

Time is important depending who you are. The question is what will you do with that time? How are you improving yourself? What is making you WANT to succeed? A lot of people hated school, so naturally people hate learning. Don't think about it as learning, it is more of an improvement.

Basketball you force yourself to ball everyday for long hours because you want to be the best. Same thing in marketing, be the best in marketing means keeping up with information and putting it to use to see if it will work with your business. If you want it you will get it.

Hustle. Execute.

Ian Fernando
Involved in the internet space since 2002 and have been through the ups and downs of this online industry. I am a traveling digital nomad, media buyer, online strategist, and many more online titles.

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