As said here before you always need to think "outside the box" when it comes to internet marketing. there is a lot of marketing "noise" that bombard your potential clients on a daily basis, the only way to get yourself above this noise is to take a unique marketing angel !
as for your issue with good daily opt ins with no commission from it , their is plenty of variable to consider , but i think the niche is crucial for success and also i have 2 main advises for you:
- If you building a list you should consider move to affiliate from cpa, you would get better $$ per subscriber !!
- if you go to this root ,build relationship with your subs !- dont just bombard them with promo after promo .they need to trust you before they take there CC and buy from you. instead bombard them with value first and then when they trust you you could deliver a solution to the problem they have. (depend on the niche you'r in).
And, (this one is a beast!!) ==> you must know your audience!!
send your list a mail and ask them to answer a few QA about what is the biggest obstacle/problem/thing they must learn from you/ so you would know what exactly to sell them.
Email marketing is an art ...
P/S/ as for the 90%/10%missing thing ,its damn right !! ...
TINY STORY==> i talked ones face to face with big internet marketer and say to him the same thing . he said to me, don't be a pussy(SWEAR BY MY MOTHER), you buy a 17$ product and want to become a big dog??? when you learn any craft it takes you years and you pay 10000's for it . only to finish 1 degree and be nothing ! haha. and then he said to me , mate , invest in your education and enjoy the road!! and swear to succeed no matter what! .
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hope it help you a little or at least put a smile on your face !
im here to help,