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Ready to Taste My First Bite of the Affiliate Marketing Apple

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Louise Honea, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. Louise Honea

    Louise Honea Affiliate affiliate

    I am 56 years young and burned out in the corporate slavery workforce. I'm so certain there is something better in store for me aside from the 9-5 grind. I've been researching for some time for the possibility of becomining self-employed and finally living the dream of being my own boss!
    I'm so ready to get my feet wet with my first website, affiliate work and online marketing.
    I didn't think I had any marketable niches till I started tracking my interests on Pinterest and Stumbleupon. Very encouraging to find within days of signing up for Pinterest, I have 30+ followers and easily started compiling quite a collection for a couple dozen boards. My strongest niches (so far) are anything gardening and water feature related, crafts and handmade gift ideas, pets, and accessibility for the aging and handicap lifestyle. But there will be plenty more where those came from! So much to learn and share! Looking forward to the journey.
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  3. CoolSpot

    CoolSpot Affiliate Manager Affiliate Manager affiliate


    Welcome to AffiliateFix, Have a read through the forms journeys and guides and you'll be up and running in no time.

    Have you given any thought to what kind of marketing you want to get into? mobile or web etc

    There is certainly a lot to learn, I spent a long time reading forums and info on the web, and after all that time, finally got started to find I had the same issues as if I had just said "let's go for it". So the best advice I could give is read the forums, build a plan of action, make sure you can answer these questions before you start.

    What am I prepared to spend learning this new skill? (different verticals preform differently across different networks some networks ask for a large deposit on to the account some are fine with $20+ )
    What vertical you want to start in
    What method will you use for traffic <-- important as this will be asked by the majority of affiliate networks when you apply.
    What networks will I apply for ( having a few backups is always a good idea as you may not get accepted on the first one)
    What tracking system you will use

    The most important thing to learn is how to use your tracking software. Getting 1000's of clicks and views is great but if it doesn't convert you need to know at what point it's failing so you can put a plan in place to fix that. ( this is what I am currently having an issue with)

    Also a lot of people will run one campaign, not make a penny and write it off as being a scam, first thing to remember is your learning. When I try and explain to people that it costs money to learn I always use poker as an example as you cant really learn to play poker without expecting to loose a few hands, the key is to identify why your loosing and change that, not to give up.

    I am actually working on something that sounds like it might be something you are interested in, don't want to say to much about it just yet though as it's still in a fluid state, gotta find some time to nail it down and build it out, run some tests etc.
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  4. T J Tutor

    T J Tutor Administrator Administrator moderator affiliate

    Welcome to the AffiliateFix @Louise Honea !!

    You are looking for more out of life and that's exactly what triggers many to come to this industry. As you can see from @CoolSpot , he's been through this like so many others and he's telling you straight up when he says "So the best advice I could give is read the forums, build a plan of action". This is so very important for you to know!

    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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    T J
  5. Landerspro

    Landerspro Affiliate affiliate

    Hey , if you need any help with Banners or mobile Optimized landing pages. We can do it for you at cheap rates.

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