Last Tuesday I originally posted this but that night got a little crazy with the db and lost it =(
I am often referred to as a “Super Affiliate” and its always kind of made me feel weird. As I have said many times on this blog I never have considered myself a “super affiliate”.
In September I took a twitter poll on “what is a super affiliate?” and got some interesting responses. But not many responses from leaders in the industry. So I wrote to them and asked them what was their definition of a Super Affiliate:
NickyCakes, Reformed Blackhat – “Super Affiliate is a stupid buzzword used in the affiliate marketing blogging community by bloggers who want to make you think they make more money or are somehow better than you. When I had my first $1000 week at one of the very well known affiliate networks, they said I was now a “Super Affiliate,” which showed me that it means absolutely nothing. Anyone using the term “Super Affiliate” in a non-joking manner, especially when referring to themselves, has no credibility, and is an idiot.
Zac Johnson, Professional Super Affiliate – “As for a term “Super Affiliate”. I personally consider “super affiliate” status to be anyone making six figures a month consistently.”
Kris Jones, President/CEO Pepperjam Network -“A Super Affiliate is anyone who makes enough money as an affiliate to quit their day job and become a career sustaining affiliate marketer.”
Paul Bourque, Uber Affiliate – “Coining the term “super affiliate” in my mind is very dependent on the person defining the term. Someone making $1,000/day might say a super affiliate is someone who makes $10,000/day. To others, a super affiliate may be a person who makes $500/day. If I had to give “super affiliate” a definition, it would be this : a super affiliate is someone who is able to generate enough net profit to sustain their lifestyle without having to work any other job, over the long-term. To me that’s what makes super affiliates better than an affiliate just promoting things for a hobby or some extra cash. The super affiliates are the ones that make a career out of it and can live off the profits. UBER affiliates on the other hand, well that’s a whole different story ;)…”
Neil Patel, CEO, ACS SEO – “A super affiliate is someone who can make 5 plus figures a month in profit through affiliate marketing.”
Michael Jenkis, Founder/CEO Marketleverage – “Industry wide a super affiliate is defined as a person or company capable of generating a substantial amount of CPA conversions via legitimate means. At MarketLeverage we apply the word “Super” to affiliates who create traffic the right way regardless of their current volume capabilities. We believe that these are the affiliates who will show the most sustained growth in revenues over the next few years.”
Joel Comm – Author/Entrepreneur – “A super affiliate is a partner who drives large number of sales with one promotion. Whether through a large blog readership or sizable email list, they are the 1% of all affiliates who drive 99% of the sales volume in many case.”
John Chow, Professor of Evil – “A Super Affiliate is an affiliate that is super. 😀 OK, I guess the term Super Affiliate means someone is making a lot of money with affiliate marketing. The exact amount of money to be classed as super has yet to be determined. But I would say $100,000 or more per month would do nicely.”
Steven S. Richter, President Media Breakaway – “A Super Affiliate consistently generates $10,000 or more per month in net revenue for themselves. Super Affiliates are successful due to their ability to be creative and self disciplined.”
Alex Zhardanovsky, Co-Founder AzoogleAds – “A super affiliate is not measured by the amount of revenue they generate or the number of impressions their sites generate, rather it is someone that is very in tune with the ever changing landscape of affiliate marketing; someone that works closely with their partners and is either first to react to new opportunities or is able to capitalize on new and emerging trends quickly. All of these things, will ineviatbly enable the affiliate to generate more revenue than others and be deemed what many call a “super” affiliate.”
Pretty diversified answers eh? Even so I would have to agree with all of them.