Affiliate Marketing Ideas 47 Comments
Affiliate Marketing Ideas

Hey Everyone,

With Christmas only 3 months away it’s time to start thinking about some affiliate marketing ideas for this time of year.

You can make great commission from the massive surge in buyer traffic that is due to hit the internet at Christmas, so get ready now.

The key to doing well at Christmas as an affiliate, is to make sure you start your traffic generation methods early, free traffic anyway.

In this post I’ll provide a few helpful tips on what I’m doing this year with a some of my sites, that I’ve ready to sell things from Amazon.

Affiliate Marketing Ideas

There’s a large spike in traffic at Christmas, and not just ordinary traffic, I mean traffic that has credit cards in hand and are ready to buy. So keep this in mind when you’re checking the Google keyword tool, because if a particular keyword phrase gets an average amount of searches now, it will most likely shoot up, if it’s something that could be bought as a gift.

I’m focusing on Amazon myself because it is full of so many great affiliate marketing ideas. However the main reason I’m doing this is because from other sites I have that sell Amazon products, I’ve noticed that the traffic I send to Amazon often ends up buying a totally unrelated product to the one I was trying to sell!

This is great for me, because I still get paid the commission, no matter what the customer buys. This works in your favor even more around Christmas time, because people are looking to buy more than one item in most cases. So half affiliate-marketing-ideasthe job is just getting the traffic over to Amazon and let Amazon do the rest!

You can target products on your site that are low dollar value but high search volume, in hope of achieving the result I just discussed above, however I’m targeting items that are a minimum of $400, so I atleast make a decent commisson from that product itself.

If you are into SEO like me, then I encourage you to get a site set up for Christmas now, because you really need to get your rankings by late November early December. If you don’t get the traffic by then, you’ll simply miss out.

So start thinking what would make a popular Christmas gift now and what you could potentially create a mini affiliate site around. You don’t need many products, in fact you could just select one if you wanted to and build a mini site around that and drive SEO traffic to it on product specific keywords.

There are so many affiliate marketing ideas out there for Christmas, such as toys, electronics, sports gears, tools to name a few, the potential is huge!!

All the best and Merry Christmas (even though it’s only September!)

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42 Comments to Affiliate Marketing Ideas

  1. September 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Great idea. I am new to marketing and appreciate the advice. I wish there was a site that gave you items that are expected to sell high volumes around Christmas.

  2. September 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Great tips Matt and thanks for the reminder. I plan on getting into physical products soon (I still run a blog that does quite a bit of health related amazon products) but also seasonal ones as well. I have big plans for the future. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. September 18, 2010 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    Aloha Matt, great idea and encouragement. Working online is a challenge but with persistence I know over time will be well worth it. Thanks for sharing! Lani 🙂

    PS…I luv the idea in cashing in on the holidays!

  4. September 18, 2010 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Hey Matt, good ideas!
    I have been promoting more expensive products for a while now, but I find that conversions are much lower. I have been doing better with items under $100 and as you pointed out, many times you will get commissions on other things purchased under your cookie.
    Good Luck on your Christmas strategy!

  5. Scott's Gravatar Scott
    September 18, 2010 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the heads up. Now I need to get serious and put up a site. Any idea’s on the best way to go about that? I have worked at affiliate marketing and really don’t have the skills to put up a site.It seems like I spend so much time trying to learn these things but never pull it all together. I can’t stomach reading another HOW TO E-BOOK only to realize when I’m done it was just more B.S.that I wasted my time and money on.

  6. September 18, 2010 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    As always Matt you provide excellent information. I never miss one of your emails and I get 100’s a day!

    I’m looking ofrward to learning more about taking advantage of affiliate opportunities next week during the Challenge. I’ll spend some time between now and then considering which product(s) I can build a site around.

    Thanks again,


  7. john's Gravatar john
    September 18, 2010 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Nice info.
    Thank you for always giving quality information to your LIST.
    God bless you.

  8. September 18, 2010 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Appreciate the reminder that comes with great tips and encouragement This keeps me motivated. Thanks a lot,

  9. September 18, 2010 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Holy Cr…!
    Christmas already!!! 😉 I’m still finishing off my halloween sites.
    So my question…is there a way that you use to figure out what is going to be hot sellers in the coming season? You said you only price things at $400 and over, how do you choose WHAT you’re targeting at >$400?
    Also, do you have 1 website for ALL of your products you’re targeting? Or do you have a keyword domain specific website for only 1 product?
    Thanks for the reminder Matt…

  10. Ann's Gravatar Ann
    September 18, 2010 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Matt, You are always ahead of the crowd and I am actually starting with Makita Power tools. Just wish I was better at SEO. I guess there is a steep learning curve for me, but I will get there. Have a great merry Christmas

  11. Ann's Gravatar Ann
    September 18, 2010 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt. Something I am confused about. If someone goes to your site and clicks on the link that takes them to amazon, but they are already a registered amazon customer do you still get a commission if they buy something???

  12. September 18, 2010 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    Nice post Matt

    I started my Christmas activities this week

    I can’t wait

    I am pretty excited because on 3 keywords I tested via Google Adwords, they ended up at 1,000 searches PER DAY

    And I know it will convert because I wrote the worlds worst ad:

    Product Name
    Decent Prices
    Possibly in Stock

    And got 16 clicks lol

    Keep me posted on how things are going for you


  13. September 18, 2010 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Very wise insights Matt and not to be ignored. I have seen some very big commissions ($14k, $9k, $22k) from other Internet Marketers for 2009. So, like you say get yourself ready now in preparation for the huge influx of hungry shoppers with credit cards in hand.

    Am enjoying all your webinar trainings covering site setup, affiliate marketing and SEO, so will look to put as much of the lessons learned from you into practice to hopefully ride a decent wave all the way into shore. Thanks Matt!!

  14. September 18, 2010 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    thanks for valuable advice. I am thinking to make serious money these holidays. But was clueless about how to make money from Amazon. Have few ideas in mind. Hoping to see big profits.


  15. September 18, 2010 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt! Very good idea!

  16. September 18, 2010 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt:
    I’ve been on your mailing list for quite a while now, and would like to say thanks for all the tips, tricks , and strategies you share with us After 2 yrs. of trying and failing, I am now starting to make money on a daily basis. I would like to give you some of the credit for that.
    Thanks Again for the timely tips

  17. September 18, 2010 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    I set up a Christmas sight 2 years ago and I’m amazed that I get traffic and sales all year along!

    And you’re definitely right about the Amazon thing. People get on the site looking for one thing and end up buying other items…I’ve even sold diapers to someone starting at my Xmas site!

    Love your blog, great tips and ideas.


  18. September 18, 2010 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Good Idea Matt

    I wouldn’t have thought about starting so early… I guess kids toys would be the best place to start for me.


  19. September 18, 2010 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Great advice, time to get onto Amazon and pick out some products.

    Thanks for the idea.

  20. September 18, 2010 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Great idea Matt.
    I have a query which really has nothing to do with this post but thought I’d ask anyway since it’s fresh in my mind.
    I notice you link back to the post within the post.
    I had learned that it was better to link back to another page on your blog for SEO purposes??????

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Sean

    I have heard and tested it, and it is best to link back to the same post and also the home page using the exact keyword phrase for that post.

    All the best


  21. Pam's Gravatar Pam
    September 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Are you suggesting using PPC as opposed to establishing natural traffic, which can take some time?

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Pam

    Actually I am suggesting free SEO traffic, not paid traffic. You can do paid traffic if you know you have a good offer that will convert.



  22. September 18, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    could you please explain a bit more about using sub-domain. Do you think if I build my site in a sub-domain, it will be ranked well by search engine?

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey again Kamrul

    I don’t use any subdomains, I do use addon domains, and they are fine for SEO, but I don’t know
    about subs,



  23. September 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Could you please through some light on : how to go around the situation of bad serp thing in Clickbank. As you are an expart in this line, I hope you would understand what do I mean by the bad serp of CB.

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Kamrul

    Sorry but I don’t know what your mean by bad serp in Clickbank.

    Perhaps you can clarify.



  24. September 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I have to say, this is rather interesting. I have an Amazon Associates account collecting dust. Thanks for the wake up call!

  25. September 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks as always Matt for the great tips! It’s hard to believe it is that time of year again! I do not have an Amazon account but will look into setting one up. Again, thanks for the great tips!

  26. September 20, 2010 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Great idea about preparing for Xmas selling. Xmas is the busiest time of the year. There are others that are not as good, such as Thanks Giving, Valentines, Haloween, St. Patricks, New Years, Grey Cup, and a few others. Every one takes some preparation.

  27. September 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I love reading your ideas. Great blog and a great man.

  28. September 20, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    how do you select Amazon products, would you just look at Amazon or Google keyword tool?
    kind regards

    Matt Carter Reply:

    With Amazon product look for ones that have high user feedback.



  29. September 21, 2010 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I was finishing my emails and saw this message, so I came to take a peek. My plan for the day was to find some Christmas items to promote.

    As usual your right on target with your message.


  30. September 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Hello Matt,

    “With Amazon product look for ones that have high user feedback”

    Thanks for that tip, Matt! That does make a lot of sense – that means there is a lot of interest in that product. Once again, thanks!


  31. Scotty's Gravatar Scotty
    September 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt, First I want to thank you for all the video tutorials I think they will help me a ton. I am brand new in the affiliate game and would like to be successful in my ventures. At the moment I have no website because I cannot decide on a niche, in this post you talked about expensive ticket items with high feedback wouldn’t this be hard to get good keywords associated such as like the new big thing with apple the Ipad. Any tips would be appreciated. I am thinking about going with an electronics type theme or niche n then build multiple pages around lets say 8-10 different products in the electronics field.

    Thanks for all the great tips and for the blog posts
    Merry Christmas
    Scotty H

  32. September 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    I also taught of this strategy last few months but I am a kind busy. But I will do this immediately after I got free time on building my other mini sites.

    I also plan to build a trend affiliate sites that specifies the occasion or events on specific month. Though I will build those sites 3 months earlier to its target.

    Thanks for this post. I recall my ideas before.

  33. September 27, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt

    New to your site but like your style and information. I picked up the free template and ad manager early nice work. already up on one of my sites 🙂

    As to christmas 2010.. Im actually starting building Halloween and christams 2011 sites 🙂 They will have age and plenty of links for that season.

    For this season im just promoting my amnazon affiliate sites and making sure they have traffic flowing.



  34. September 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Matt is always right on with his stuff.


  35. bobby's Gravatar bobby
    September 29, 2010 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Wow, thanks for the great ideas. Its nice to see a blog that doesn’t try to sell you some hyped $97 ebook. Good post, thanks!

  36. September 30, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the Christmas marketing ideas. I haven’t tried a physical product yet; however I think that will need to be my next step. I am looking forward to trying for part of that Christmas market!

  37. October 5, 2010 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    Hey Matt,

    Thanks for the marketing ideas. I thought about Amazon before, but I never did anything about it. I need to get started right now and hopefully I can get some sales during the holiday season.

  38. October 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    really this is a great idea.. about affiliate marketing..

    Great post Matt…

    Thanks for this post..

  39. November 18, 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for sharing affiliate marketing idea with us. I want to know one thing about a domain name for physical product affiliate marketing.

    2 years back I bought a domain (Ten on Ten dot com). Can I use this generic domain name to start my affiliate website to sell let’s say headphones, or golf kits?

    Or will I be better off, if I use a keyword specific domain name (something like Best Head phone dot com)?

    Will there be any SEO drawback if I Use this name for affiliate marketing?

    What will be its effect on the conversion rate?

    Please reply.

    Thanks a lot

  40. November 20, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    It’s a great post! In all honesty, whenever I start having doubts about self-publishing I come here and gain the motivation to keep moving forward. Thanks.

    CPA Affiliate Marketing

  41. December 3, 2010 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Another great post Matt. I love that your not affraid to share some of your secrets and ideas for free. Its a huge help!


  42. June 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    This is a great article .. Affiliate marketing could really boost sales and popularity of your products and services…

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