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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by elgaby, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. elgaby

    elgaby Affiliate affiliate

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    Hello everyone,

    I joined a few weeks ago and been doing quiet some reading and researching, I decided to start wit mobile and begun to get thing together, witch is not easy due to budget limitations. Could I please get some ideas on the bare minimum of tools needed? VPS, Spy, software, tracking etc.
    I for starters joined the Dojo and the HMS software. Also i have a domain name and a share hosting account and I wonder if I could use these to start instead of a VPS .

    I'll really appreciate any feed back.

    Thanks
     
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  2. T J Tutor

    T J Tutor Administrator Administrator moderator affiliate

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    Hi @elgaby and welcome to the AffiliateFix and the Dojo!

    I don't feel that using a shared server is appropriate. You need to understand that lots of spammers sign up for shared accounts and then throttle up the server until someone notices and bans their account. This will screw with your landers and site. Also, when you develop a serious amount of traffic the shared server will not be able to handle the loads.

    You can get a VPS for $29.95 a month at BlueHost. There are any number of other hosting options out there as well. Lot's of marketers are using Beyond Hosting, and there are plenty of others recommended by members.

    The most popular trackers over the past year have been Thrive, Voluum, and AdsBridge.

    Spy tools are abundant and it's easy to get caught up in which ones are the best. A lot of it is dependent on budget. some of them are quite and expense. WhatRunsWhere, BoxOfAds, and loads of others are represented in our Resources area. Some have a free period to decide if they are right for you.

    Perseverance, dedication, and taking action are the cornerstones of the success you will obtain.

    As a Newbie, you need to read, study, invest, and implement.

    Read
    Read through the various areas of the forum to learn about the types of marketing available for your new business. Make a list of all the types of marketing and take some notes along the way. Then determine which area of marketing with which you will start your journey.

    Do this to select an area of marketing to start, as well, do this to select a tracker, a traffic source, and to select a vertical.

    Then read up on the affiliate networks and select two to begin with that will serve your needs and the types of offers you would like to promote. Put your application in and they will call you for an interview. Be professional and be prepared to answer some questions about how you will promote offers, do you have a website, are you a Newbie, etc. Please note, if you join the Dojo, we have a thread there that can offer assistance in getting accepted to some of the networks.

    Study
    Now that you have selected a basis to begin, read all of the threads in this forum that relate to your initial selections so that you have a rudimentary understanding of their features and benefits.

    Invest
    You will require some investment. A VPS server, domains, traffic, landing pages, etc. You will need a budget for daily, weekly, and monthly expenses. This will change over time and you will need to update it often so that you know exactly what your costs and earnings are.

    Implement
    This is where it all starts to earn. You must now begin to implement what you have established as your foundation for your business.

    Here is some advice and guidance that will help you establish your initial goals:

    Make sure you complete the following first.

    Every business needs:

    1. a plan
    2. a schedule for research, learning, and execution
    3. a budget.

    Remember to read through our WIKI and get to know the basics as well as some of the buzz words in the industry.

    I also recommend reading the following thread:

    As a Newbie, What Stops You From Getting Started

    Here is a set of immediate goals:

    1. Get a VPS
    2. Select a vertical
    3. Select a tracker
    4. Select a couple of networks and get your approval
    5. Select a traffic source
    6. Create a schedule for researching, learning (training), and working. This is a business, treat it as such!
    7. Create a budget for every expense (daily, weekly, monthly)
    8. Be very active in this forum by researching, asking questions, helping others when you are able.

    As well, I highly recommend you join the DOJO as it is full of great tools and contributions for successful marketers. Click the banner below to learn more.

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    T J
     
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  3. CoolSpot

    CoolSpot Affiliate Manager Affiliate Manager affiliate

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    I use shared hosting at the moment and havnt had an issue, but it's gonna come down to a few things weather you need a vps or can scrape by on shared hosting, one of the big ones is going to be the kind of volume you are going to be pushing to your server. I dont currently run spy software, for tracking there are free options but again it's going to be dependent on the volume of traffic you are pushing if these will be suitable.

    My recomendation: Learn the trade with what you have, when you scale beyond what you can do with this, then it's time to upgrade your infrastructure.

    Bare minimum set up you would need, affiliate network account, tracking, way of getting traffic (media buys, blog, etc) also skype ( your am will most likely be available for support on skype, I have found this the best way to get answers to questions quickly).

    the tools you will want to buy will be dependent on your background as well, are you coming from a programming or tech background? you might find that you can create simple scripts that do most of what you want, coming froma web/design background? thats another area where your able to do the work to lower what you have to pay out.

    I would recommend setting some time to learn some basic skills ( you dont need to learn them all) then you always have the option of swapping skills with someone (eg/ if you make landing pages and need an mailing script, you have the option of swapping some landing pages for a script or even just selling off some landing pages)

    so second recommendation: Make things as modular as possible
     
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