21 Time Management Tips for Affiliate Marketers

Time management skills are essential for affiliate marketers. One campaign can take up a large amount of time to get launched and sometimes there is a sense of urgency, so you have to be able to use your time efficiently. Being an affiliate myself and having a ton of affiliate friends, I’ve noticed there are certain productivity tips only applicable to affiliates. Here are 21 time management tips you can use to effectively manage your time and thus make more money.

1. Get a male affiliate manager

The pretty female affiliate managers are there to lure you in the networks and are great for networking, but it is the male affiliate managers who get real work done. Real talk. If you are a female, get a female affiliate manager.

2. Call your affiliate manager

Talking to your affiliate manager on the phone is the fastest way to get info and to get work done. Don’t email him if you need something done in timely manner. Call him. Also, do it at least once a week to build better a relationship with him. Which brings up the next point.

3. Treat your affiliate manager well

AMs can do a lot of good things for you. They can get you exclusive offers, insider info and faster access. Treat him like you would treat your best friend and down the line he will save you a lot of time, but also make you a lot of money. Send him gifts when your campaign is doing well, and especially send him a gift on his birthday.

4. Get on the cash flow highway

Cash flow is really important for this line of work. Don’t wait for it too long for it to come in, especially if that is stopping your growth. Get a credit card to fund your campaigns and get weekly payouts (ask your affiliate manager). Weekly payouts are good (daily if you’re really killing it) because you can grow your campaigns while you have 30 days to pay off your credit card debt.

5. Plan major areas of your work

Know what to do and when to do it. This will prevent you from procrastinating, because we often do it when we don’t know what to do. This will also prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Plan ahead, implement and then launch your campaign.

6. Get a to do list

Us humans are bad at remembering things and using our brain as a temporary storage medium. Having a to do list will help you with planning and you will know what to do at all times. Don’t rely on your memory, rely on your to do list. For Mac users, use Omnifocus. Remember The Milk, Teux Deux and Toodledo are also good ones, which are web-based.

7. Track your time you spend working on campaigns

Everyone knows what ROI is (if not, be ashamed!), but most affiliates don’t take into account how much time they spent on a campaign. To get a true ROI on your campaign, track how much time you are actually working on your campaigns. Then calculate ROI based on money spent and your time. That will give you a true ROI and you will know how much you are worth per hour. This will help you in the next point.

8. Outsource menial tasks

Before you can outsource things, you have to know how much your time is worth per hour. Focus what you do best, outsource the rest (if it economically makes sense). You can hire someone in Asia for as cheap as $5/hour to do all the things you don’t want to do for your campaigns and that are not the best use of your time.

9. 80/20 your campaigns

The 80/20 rule says that 80% of your results usually come from 20% of your efforts. In other words, it’s usually the few that bring you most of your results. Apply this idea to your campaigns. Find the 20% campaign that gives you 80% of your cash, and scale it like there’s no tomorrow.

10. Work on your biggest campaign every single day

Once you know your what your biggest campaign is (whether it is making money or not), foster it every single day. All the other ones are a relative waste of time.

11. Organize your campaigns and data

On your hard drive, have separate folders for all your campaigns. You should be able to access your files and data very fast. This will stop you wasting time on searching for files.

12. Manage email before it manages you

Email can be a huge productivity killer. Check it 2-4 times a day and at fixed times. Turn off email notifications when you are working. Also, if you are afraid to miss out on important emails regarding your campaigns, tell your affiliate manager or traffic sources to call you if things go bad.

13. Exercise

Since you sit most of the day behind a computer screen, you barely get any exercise. One of Richard Branson’s secrets for time management is exercising, because it gives you more energy and better focus. Do it at least 3 times a week and you will see that you have more energy to do more work.

14. Get enough sleep

Your physical energy is key to productivity. Think about it. You can’t get any work done when you’re tired and sleep is a huge cornerstone for your physical energy. After a good night of sleep, usually around 8 hours, you are more energetic to get things done. This goes hand-in-hand with exercise.

15. Leave the house

If you’re in a bad mood, no work gets done. Because most of the work you do is sedentary and indoors, it can get depressing at times. Especially if you don’t get enough sunlight. Leave the house AT LEAST twice a week to get some fresh air and to change your mood. By leaving your workspace for a long period of time, you will also get the feeling of wanting to work again.

16. Stay connected with fellow affiliates

They can act like accountability partners and help you overcome procrastination. Especially when you see your fellow affiliates are banking; it can act like fuel for you to make a killing too.

17. Build productive habits

Having routines in your life will make your work flow very smooth and you will feel like you are more in control. Some habits you want to build are knowing the times you call your affiliate manager, when to check email and voicemail, knowing when to check your stats and having set times where you work hard on your campaigns.

18. Identify and work at peak times

As an affiliate you have the freedom to work whenever you want to. Use this to your advantage. Everyone has certain times of the day when they are most energetic and get the most work done. Identify those peak times and work hard during those times. For most affiliates it’s somewhere in the early morning and/or late at night.

19. Learn to say no

There are always new offers coming out or new ways to make more money, but there are big opportunity costs involved every time you switch. Don’t try out new things all the time. Constantly switching is inefficient. Be willing to say no and keep working on what you’ve been working on.

20. Learn keyboard shortcuts of all your frequently used programs and operating system

Over time you will save a lot of time and this will also streamline your workflow.

21. Work in cycles

If you are someone who gets easily distracted, work in 25/5 cycles. Work 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break. For every 4 cycles (2 hours), take a 30 minute break. This is also known as the Pomodoro Technique. If you can have longer focus, do 50/10. It’s important to take breaks. Get some food and then go back at it.

Thanh Pham is a productivity nerd and affiliate marketer. When he is not traveling the world, he is writing about business, self-help and time management.

49 thoughts on “21 Time Management Tips for Affiliate Marketers”

  1. Centist says:

    I agree but why do you write then in #1 “Real talk. If you are a female, get a female affiliate manager.”

    1. Yes would love to hear that …

      But however sometime gender factor plays a great role.

    2. Leave the house is a great tip. I do it a couple times a week just for a change of scenery.

    3. Free Picks says:

      why female? why not male man?

  2. O Man, the rest, exercise and leaving the house is so important for me. I’ve got to take the time to live and be a real person. Otherwise, I’m just cooped up on the computer for much too long – and my reality becomes slightly screwed.

    With that said – I’m going to go hang out with some siblings.

  3. imagine says:

    Wow your first “tip” is so condescending. It is really ridiculous. I am not an idiot. I know that some of the affiliate companies just hire pretty affiliate managers just to lure in male affiliates. However, to make a blanket statement discourage having a female affiliate manager and saying that that the male affiliate managers are the ones that get the work done is sexist. How about working with the affiliate manager that is working hard for you regardless of sex? That should be the true determination of whether you should work with a manager or not!

  4. Those are awesome tips… to be a successful affilite, you have to know what you are doing and manage your time well…

    1. This is not applicable in affiliate … I must say that to be successful in any kind of act you must respect time.

      1. This not applicable in affiliate… What does that mean?

        1. I mean this is not only applicable in affiliate time management is essential in every kind of business.

    2. Planning is essential, otherwise you just meander all day long as I do at times.

  5. Kristi Hines says:

    I feel a little offended by the first point. I hate mindless chit chat and am all about getting the job at hand done, more so than a lot of males I know. Outside of that, great tips, especially 13 – 15. Keeping up on one’s health makes a huge difference in productivity.

  6. Real talk: delete point one.

    1. guru says:

      I concur, point one has been made too bluntly. On that basis alone, I think the article is not worth much.

    2. Nasif says:

      I also want point 1 to be deleted !

  7. YoureADickbag says:

    Dear sir:

    You are a misogynist dickbag.

  8. geekbabe says:

    I vote for rewording tip number one, how about doing one’s homework, finding & hiring the best affiliate manager in one’s field, regardless of their gender?

    1. Mathew Day says:

      Agreed, a little surprised this was even mentioned as a tip and don’t agree at all. A lil sexist are we?

    2. Boy, he’s getting beaten up on that one.

  9. Tip #1 is right on the money. I agree whole heartily. Speak the truth, and spread the word.

    Correction: I just re-read #1, I actually disagree.

  10. Mathew Day says:

    Nice range of tips. I like how you mentioned different ways of keeping your mind and body healthy and sharp. I’ve found balancing your life is key to succeeding with affiliate marketing long term. 🙂

  11. This guy has his own point of view of what he believes are the best methods for maximizing affiliate marketing. You can choose to agree or not to and also you can choose to be offended or not.

    I hope no one is expecting an apology.

  12. I think overall the most important thing you can take from this list is to always be very kind to your affiliate manager and give them lots of gifts 🙂

    1. John Chow says:

      Shouldn’t that be the other way around? 🙂

      1. Mathew Day says:

        Right… I know I’m not going to be kissing butt to any of my affiliate managers. It better be visa versa.

      2. Depends on how much traffic you have 😉

        But in all seriousness, the it’s a relationship. Both parties need to be happy in order for it to really work. I try to be as kind as possible to all of my PeerFly affiliates and we send out gifts each year 🙂

    2. Techabouts says:

      This Is the most important thing .
      Great point Luke

  13. Meh I can see why people get so up in their pants about #1

    So nobody here knows any of their affilaite buddies who sit in their basement testing campaigns day in and day out. How much female company do you really think they have? They will and alway will try to bang their manager since that is their try hit it up whit their manager, the more money they make the more entitle to it they think they are. This thread here is about that same thing http://www.wickedfire.com/affiliate-marketing/121725-what-would-you-do-if-you-ran-6-figures-aff-network-but-your-am-flaked.html this guy is making descent amount of money and got flaked on by is AM when they where suppose to meetup and starts to cry a river,

    With this said I’m not saying that there isn’t Female managers that aren’t any good, just that I don’t think its good to mix business and pleasure if I have a choice.


  14. Hi John, why should choose a manager with the same sex?

    I usually taking well with male managers while i am a female.

    One more thing, It’s hard for many ppl that have a call in English.


    1. yes i agree you may consider these points dude.

  15. E Brian Rose says:

    First, I want to point out that nit everybody is as stupid as you think they are. I know that the only reason that you put the tip about using only male affiliate managers was to attract controversy, which attracts more traffic. If by chance my usurpation is wrong, then let me say that you are a moron. Making a broad statement about all female managers shows your ignorance and immaturity. It also puts you on my list of people to ignore in the future. Bridge burned.

  16. E Brian Rose says:

    Blame iPhone for the typos. 😉

  17. Great tips Thanh, I really need this one! this is the most important things.

  18. Interesting tips for the affiliate marketers

  19. Love all the very useful tips, thanks John

  20. Free Picks says:

    all these 21 tips gona help us, thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. Some great tips John! I really think affiliates should apply this to their lives or they will just go sane.

  22. Excellent tips for time management, can u please shed some light on Online Writing Jobs too

  23. PPC Ian says:

    All very good tips! Tip 10 is my personal favorite. Its enticing to work on new, small campaigns but you must focus where the money’s at first!

  24. I have to disagree with number 1. I believe it’s just a matter of who you hire to be your affiliate manager. Either a male or female can do the job right if he works hard for it. 🙂

  25. i think it could be very useful online affiliate marketers.

  26. fas says:

    Affiliate markets also need to be effective with their time. The approach that a day has 1440 minutes is better than the 24 hours one.

  27. Work online says:

    Yes i also appreciate to you by this Is the most important thing for the affiliate marketer,well thanks for sharing.

  28. I fare poorly especially on number 14. I really need to redefine my sleeping habits..

  29. Work online says:

    And it could be very useful online affiliate marketers.Thanks for the great post.

  30. It’s easy to waste away the day if you do not manage your time! I agree that getting out of the house and exercising is important. I make sure I get out at least a couple of times per week, you cannot isolate yourself from the world!

    Great time management tips. If more people would write down their goals and tasks they want to accomplish eash day, they would see far more success. Thanks!

  31. Work online says:

    I accept that AMs can do a lot of good things for our,Your post will help me.Thanks.

  32. Great tips for affiliate marketers

  33. Hi John,

    Who works at home needs to be very focused to not fall into the temptation to stop working. Certainly not for everyone.

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