An Interview With Jonathan Volk of JonathanVolk.com
Posted on February 25, 2010 by Tim Schroeder
Jonathan’s blog is one of the top on my must-read list. He provides a lot of great resources for affiliates and online marketers. He also recently wrote a free guide, Affiliate Marketing 101, and has some fun contests running to announce the launch.
An Interview With Jonathan Volk
How did you get started in the industry?
It was roughly around age 11 that I began to learn to code first in C and C++ and then websites languages. I’ve been doing it ever since and it’s really what began this passion for everything internet-related.
It was then in 2004 that my Dad called me into his office and told me that he was interested in starting another business with me, web hosting. This was my first venture into making actual money online.
While attempting to get a successful hosting business up, my Dad invested tens of thousands of dollars into learning SEO and other techniques. As an example, one conference with Brad Fallon and a few select others cost $10,000 for two days. While there was a lot of great information, the hosting business still failed.
The business might have failed, but we did not fail. It really was this foundation that enabled me to reach the level that I have reached currently.
After moving on from the hosting business, I had learned quite a bit about SEO and affiliate marketing.
Early in 2007, I really decided to get serious about affiliate marketing. I had been running some adsense websites and such for a while and had made up to $250/day during the peak of my adsense days.
The adsense income was very inconsistent and the profit margins were very very slim. I was essentially buying traffic and sending it to my heavily ad ridden websites.
As I began to apply my techniques to affiliate marketing, I began to learn how much potential affiliate marketing had. I researched everything I could about affiliate marketing through forums, friends, and my friend, google.
What was your biggest learning experience to date?
The biggest learning experience has come from all the failures that I have had. I’ve had many businesses and websites that would have been successful had I executed them better. Looking back on those failures, I have learned the most from those experiences.
What was your biggest success to date?
My biggest success is probably marrying my beautiful wife Maria.
How did you learn the business (eBooks? Webinars? Membership sites? Freebies? Paid services?)?
I learned the business from forums (digitalpoint, clickconsultants, etc), from blogs, and any resource I could find on the subject.
What do you think is the true value to consumers in affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketers try hard to show relevant products, services, etc to people looking for a solution to a problem.
Do you think sponsored conversations have their place in the industry?
Sponsored conversations? I don’t really know until I saw it. It’s less about the idea and more about the execution of the idea.
Besides yourself, who do you think is the most valuable resource to the affiliate community?
I would say all the affiliate marketing blogs listed on Affbuzz.com. I couldn’t pick a single one as they all mostly have good information. If I had to pick it would probably be Chad from CDFNetworks.com. Great information.
How do you balance professional v. personal?
I set a schedule. I get up around 8 am every day, start work around 9:30 or 10 am. I work until 4pm. Then I spend some time with my wife, cook dinner with her, and clean up the kitchen. After this we go back to work until 9PM. At 9PM we go and watch TV for a little while. Around 10:30 or 11PM, we go and read until we are tired enough to sleep.
It works really well for us.
How often did you check your stats….1 month in? 1 year in? Today?
Month 1: Very often – 10-15 times a day or so.
1 Year in, 4-5 times a day.
Today: 1-4 times a day.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
What are some of the key differences between a ‘super affiliate’ and the veteran, less successful affiliates?
I would say connections in the industry and drive.
Is where you are now where you thought you’d be…10 years ago? 5 years ago? A month ago? Why/ why not?
Where I am now is way beyond what I would have expected when I was younger. Where I am now is not where I want to be in 2-3 years, however. I want to always be growing in more areas then just affiliate marketing. I want to create websites and services that I can sell later on.
Explain affiliate marketing so a child would understand it.
Affiliate marketing is being a sales man online. You get commission for selling products or services for companies. This is done by telling interested people about a product or service and helping them to know the benefits of the product or service.
Thanks for doing the interview with eMonetized, Jonathan! For more affiliate marketing strategies and interviews, check out JonathanVolk.com!
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