During my first 4 months (July-Nov 2009) with affiliate marketing, my main business model revolved around direct linking from articles to the merchant page. I would buy a cheap .info domain name and forward that with my affiliate link. I then realized that this wasn’t really a long term business model because all I was doing was building articles for the merchant. I should be building my own assets!
So I decided to start building my own websites and now use all of my articles to give some traffic and backlinks to my own pages. I would start out by choosing keyword rich domain names so I can easily get them ranking in first page. After that I’ll just point articles back to the homepage and inside pages and hopefully after 2-4 weeks my money pages will climb up the rankings. I had setup many sites but only one campaign is making me an average of $200-$300 per month which is enough for now to survive.