To boost your conversion rate (your visitor-to-sales ratio), try little experiments, one thing at a time.
Try changing the heading on a page, the words, the colors, the placement of your links. With each change wait until about 1,000 visitors have seen the change, and monitor your affiliate commissions to see if they rise or fall.
You do this because you understand that if 1% of your visitors are buying and tiny changes boost your success rate to 2%, you'll DOUBLE your commissions.
STEP 17: The future
When you reach your goal of $300 a month, you wonder whether you should expand your site, perhaps adding a newsletter, an autoresponder course or two, a forum, RSS newsfeeds, a blog, a whitepaper, a report to sell ... and turn it into a portal. You dream big. Perhaps you even start dreaming of having your own affiliates promoting your reports for you...
Or perhaps you just research another little overlooked niche and start on your next simple little, low-maintenance money-generating site.
It can be done. The main ingredient needed is persistence. Been there, done that, and I have a very nice lifestyle to prove it.
The $300 a month target is very conservative. If that's all you earn, you've done something "wrong". You haven't chosen profitable keywords carefully enough, you haven't built enough attractive, keyword-rich pages, you haven't learned the basics of optimizing pages for search engines, or you haven't attracted enough good quality links to your site.
That's the wonderful thing about this business. You can make lots of mistakes and still earn useful money. Just don't make TOO many mistakes.
STEP 18: Take the first step
That's the one that matters most.
I suggest you go back and read through this affiliate program tutorial again.
Picture yourself owning a successful online business. Picture yourself opening letters and finding checks in them. Picture yourself going into your PayPal account and seeing the latest commissions you've been paid by affiliate merchants.
Imagine enjoying yourself spending the money, perhaps even giving up your day job so that you can concentrate on your own business.
Now take the first step.
And when you've quit your day job, please write and tell me. I love getting emails like that.
All 18 steps of Affiliate Program Tutorial:
Affiliate Tutorial (Step 1 - 3 ) - Set a Goal
Affiliate Tutorial (Step 4 - 5 ) - Research Affiliate Merchants
Affiliate Tutorial (Step 6 - 7 ) - Add Affiliate Links
Affiliate Tutorial (Step 8 - 10 ) - Good links to your site
Affiliate Tutorial (Step 11 - 13 ) - Place Articles on Websites
Affiliate Tutorial (Step 14 - 15 ) - See Affiliate Success!
Affiliate Tutorial (Step 16 - 18 ) - Tweak site to make even more money