Jonathan Volk Interview With A Super Affiliate
Interview with Jonathan Volk a 20-something Internet marketer and Super Affiliate – The $3000 Dollar Day Guy. Solid advice on how to make money online from someone who is doing it daily.
Jonathan Volk – Super Affiliate
This interview is with Jonathan Volk of www.jonathanvolk.com a 20-something Internet marketer who mostly focuses on affiliate marketing.
Anyway – can we start of with a little background information – where you live? How old you are? What motivates you? Inspires you?
Background: I live in the Bay Area, about 30 minutes away from San Francisco, California and I am 20 years old (21 on the 31st of January). Right now what motivates me is both the desire for financial freedom and also because I want to affect many lives with the money I am obtaining. I’ve posted before on my blog about how important it is for me that I don’t just get things here on earth but I desire to invest into things that I believe are eternal, which is people.
I note that the theme of your blog is “The life of a young Internet Marketer” and “Ready, Set, Super Affiliate”. Can you explain what your ambitions are for your Blog?
What advice would you give someone who wants to make money as an Affiliate? Are there any particular Niches that you favor? Recommended companies?
My advice would be to research all the steps needed for an affiliate campaign. You’ll need to research pay per click marketing, landing page design, and tracking techniques. Find what most successful people are doing and imitate them. Do not be afraid to test new campaigns and ideas out. Set your daily budget low and monitor your traffic closely.
Some of the best niches to start in are those which people are desperate for a solution. A couple suggestions might be: dating, refinance, spyware, antivirus, viagra (why do you think it’s so popular? desperation), etc. The theory behind this is that the people who are desperate are much more likely to purchase something. These are the type of visitors you want to send through your affiliate links! As a side note, I have not tried all of the above niches so feel free to do some testing
I list my favorite affiliate networks right on my about me page located here: http://www.jonathanvolk.com/about
You appear very experienced with PPC – can you share perhaps two of your Top Tips for using Google Adwords
I believe the tips at the bottom are very good tips that not a lot of people use. Other than those tips, I recommend buying an adwords voucher for the biggest amount you can possibly find on a place such as digitalpoint.com.
If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started. What business related advice would you give yourself?
Get into affiliate marketing sooner. I’ve been promoting websites since before there was a quality score. Back then if I had only known to use affiliate programs instead of adsense I would have been much farther ahead financially speaking.
Do you think that entrepreneurialism is something that is in your blood? Or is it something that can be learned?
I believe entrepreneurialism is in your blood but can also be cultivated. What I mean by that is there are certain people who have a natural talent for it. Still, others need to grow this ability by learning from those who have the natural talent.
I believe it’s in your blood because of my childhood. As a child growing up, I was always the one to start up the random businesses selling stuff to friends. In my middle school years, I started buying candy in bulk from Sam’s club and selling it to my friends at school. Soon, everyone knew that I was the guy to go to for cheap candy. While the machines would cost $0.65 cents per package, I would only charge $0.50 so that people could buy two. I ended up making a couple hundred dollars in profit from this business before I was shut down by “the man” (aka the school principal).
Is there anyone that you look up to and model yourself on?
My dad is the marketing genius. He gives me many, many great ideas. He was also very crucial in getting me started with affiliate marketing. He is also the one who taught me how to do SEO. He has paid for me many times to go to conferences and stuff when I could not afford them. He even tried to start a web business with me back in 2004 but it failed. He helped me to learn why we failed and what could be done better.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
If you’re going to do something, do it with excellence.
What advice would you give to a Young Entrepreneur setting up their first business?
Going off of the question above, if you’re going to do something, do it with excellence. Don’t do something half-heartedly. I think this applies for more than just business, but everything in life.
What do you like least about the Internet?I think mostly the anonymity. People never have to take responsibility for anything.
What are your plans for the future?
My immediate goals are to continue growing this business while expanding into more non-affiliate related websites. I have plans on launching one of my first drop-shipping websites very soon and I also am launching ( in the first quarter of 2008) a complete affiliate tracking and training system, called www.affiliateunleashed.com.
I’d also love to start getting into real estate investments. The housing market is just getting cheaper and cheaper so I’d love to be able to buy a couple houses or condo units before the market starts to go back up.
My long-term goals include starting a charity organization, which helps to start churches both nationally and internationally and also to move into more brick and mortar type businesses