If Referrals Told The Story…

Well they certainly don’t, but it’s interesting to look at.

I’m not overly pushy about promoting referrals so I don’t really have that many compared to other guys who are hardcore about pushing them. I do have a decent amount with a few networks from over time though so I thought it’d be interesting to look at what network my affiliates are making most of their money at.

I just get 2% on total commissions with each network, so all we have to do is multiply the referral commission by 50 to get the total revenue generate. Let’s take a look then at how my referrals did in August alone.

CX Digital

Number of referrals : 56
Referral income : $783.61
Total revenue generated : $39,180.50
Top affiliate revenue : $21,901

As you can see here out of 56 referrals, my biggest one made over 50% of the revenue. Keep in mind that most of the referrals aren’t even active and didn’t make anything (they just signed up)…about 10 were making consistent money.


Number of referrals : 28
Referral income : $1,915.25
Total revenue generated : $95,762.50
Top affiliate revenue : $87,192.50

Alright well obviously I had a superstar here at Azoogle who made almost all the money. There were around 2 other affiliates that totaled the rest of the revenue, but this guy knew something everybody else didn’t.


Number of referrals : 38
Referral income : $341.20
Total revenue generated : $17,060
Top affiliate revenue : n/a

I can’t see the top affiliate on a monthly basis, but I do see reports overall of all affiliates, and Neverblue is by far the most consistent with all my affiliates generating revenue. Whereas in the previous 2 networks, I had a couple superstars, there were a lot more “medium” sized affiliates making money.


Number of referrals : 21
Referral income : $10
Total revenue generated : $50
Top affiliate revenue : n/a

Hydras referral program is ghetto and I can’t see last months stats either. They pay 5% on the income THEY make off affiliates, not total revenue generated. So if an affiliate makes $10,000 and Hydra makes $500, I only make $25 instead of $200. Pretty dumb if you ask me, no other network is like that. Cheapos!

CPA Empire

Number of referrals : 17
Referral income : $0.00
Total revenue generated : $0.00
Top affiliate revenue : $0.00

I think something is messed up with their referral program because CPA Empire is a huge network and I’ve made like $20 total over the past 6 months off my referrals. Maybe they just didn’t do anything, always seemed odd.


Number of referrals : 17
Referral income : $20.58
Total revenue generated : $1,029
Top affiliate revenue : $1,029

A4D is smaxor’s network and I’ve said before how he’s a good guy and I recommend signing up. Haven’t really had any affiliates make money there yet except for 1 guy did a little revenue last month.


Anywho, it’s interesting I guess to take a look at what affiliates are making money where – on my end at least. Aside from the guy doing 90k/month with Azoogle, I haven’t referred any other massive affiliates which doesn’t really matter, but goes to prove again that only a very small percentage of affiliates make all the money.


  1. September 1, 2008

    Wow, that one Azoogle guy is really leading the pack! Looking at the total revenues, I guess Azoogle is the way to go if you really know what you’re doing?

  2. September 1, 2008

    Yea I don’t care about referrers these days because it never ends up making much of anything…


  3. September 1, 2008

    That’s a lot of money comming from referrals.

    Many get discouraged since there’s not much money in that field.

    Thanks for showing these numbers.


  4. September 1, 2008

    Wow. Those numbers are really something. I would really like to understand how this stuff works.

  5. Tip Jar
    September 1, 2008

    So I could totally live off of your referrals alone lol
    Total: $3,070.64

  6. September 1, 2008

    Some Nice Stats Keep up the referrals

  7. September 1, 2008

    This once again proves that referrals can generate you a nice chunk of change he he The only thing I’d ask is over what time period did those stats come from?

  8. Steven
    September 1, 2008

    That’s a horrible way to look at it. Just because someone is pulling volume doesn’t mean everyone else will and that goes with the network as well. There are other high volume affiliates on several other networks, you can’t look at it so black and white. If you do, chances are, you’re one of the people in the pack trying desperate to follow that leader you’re talking about.

  9. Steven
    September 1, 2008

    Sounds like it was probably last month’s stats. He mentioned that CPAEmpre earned him $20 in the last six months yet the stats were listed as $0. I can only presume this is monthly recap.

  10. September 1, 2008

    Nice post. It is great that there is someone who are very successful on this affiliate marketing practice although there are more people who fail.

  11. September 1, 2008

    Any idea how much profit your Azoogle superstar is making? I understand 87K is a lot of revenue and that is quite an accomplishment, but what level of costs are we looking at? Is there a general figure (i.e. percentage) rule of thumb to estimate by?

  12. September 1, 2008

    Oh Cool, Azoogle on top and I have never ever thought of using it, I used to think nvb is best and its just in the base, anyways I love to get advice from you uber :D

  13. September 1, 2008

    Think about those who referred Paul…

  14. September 1, 2008

    You guys gotta learn to read the whole post :).

  15. September 1, 2008

    you will soon need more though!

  16. Tip Jar
    September 2, 2008

    lol, you know they’re banking

  17. September 2, 2008

    Yes, once again the terrible truth: Only a handful of affiliates are making El Banko Grande, while so many make peanuts.

    This leads me to draw an obvious conclusion: It is not that they have an IQ of 3000 and everyone else is plankton. (sorry Paul :) ) It must be that they have cracked the code…. or something…. dammit…

  18. September 2, 2008

    he says that directly right here…

    this guy knew something everybody else didn’t.

    Now if he would tell us what this guy knew, then we
    could be that guy next.

  19. Tip Jar
    September 2, 2008

    The “code” is already out there. Most affiliates sign up to affiliate networks to place banners on their blog….thus making peanuts. The super affiliates are the guys doing PPC, landing pages, etc., the real marketers.

  20. September 2, 2008

    boooya….. iam making $5-10 profit a day from cpa offers! …… it’s a start… lol

  21. Anonymous
    September 2, 2008

    Yea, you’re not banking because Paul hasn’t told you exactly what to do.

    That’s gotta be it.

  22. September 2, 2008

    Yeah well, these days, Azoogle only pays you on your subs for the first 6 months so it’s hardly worth it.

  23. September 3, 2008

    interesting issue ;)

  24. NormanNormal
    September 3, 2008

    There are many affiliates out there who are quieting making large sums of money that do not wish to have a blog or be in the public spotlight. You will never hear about them or know their names. So there are many more than you might think . However one thing is true and most networks will tell you, 90% of the revenue is generated by 10% of the affiliates.

  25. September 3, 2008

    Nice post, It’s great to see the difference in what different networks will do, some do nicely and others, well don’t.

  26. September 3, 2008

    I make quite a lot from Azoogle affiliate refereals..

  27. September 5, 2008

    Nice to see…My August earnings are posted here: http://www.harry-inc.com/august-affiliate-earnings would appreciate if you post a comment on how good or bad is it for a starter.


  28. September 10, 2008

    Hey, you’re still making something without doing anything at all… that’s the best income that flows in!


  29. January 9, 2009

    I must be doing something very very wrong. Those numbers are truly impressive

  30. December 3, 2010

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