Should a newbie start with affiliate marketing or adsense?

by Directionwise 73 replies
As with most people starting out, I am having information overload learning about making money on the internet. How should I take the plunge?

I have zoomed in on 3 areas: Adsense or affiliate marketing of digital or physical products? There seems to be more people teaching affiliate marketing of clickbank products to newbies. However, it seems some who started with that said that they wish they had started with physical products.

The "longevity" of good adsense sites that call for minimal maintenance once setup also interests me very much.

Would anyone care to comment? Thanks!

[EDIT] Wow! thank you, everyone, for chipping in to offer your views and expertise! Now I have more questions after all the suggestions.

1) It seems that the danger of the Big-G kicking you out of their Adsense program is very real, however, if that happens, can't the same adsense websites join other alternatives such as Bidvertiser and AdBrite? I would reckon the level of income can be maintained somewhat if traffic is not affected and Big-G does not de-index the sites?

2) How does one build a list if starting with Amazon? Is it by offering some tips and advice about the niche that the potential buyers are eyeing? I can't get started yet now because I have to first educate myself about the How-To's on building a list from Day 1!
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    The answer you get will depend on who's posting it.

    I would say to skip adsense altogether, and start with affiliate marketing & CPA.

    Affiliate marketing has much faster payouts, some networks even pay instant commission directly to your paypal. The ones I'm posting below are some of them.

    With CPA, you are paid per action - for example, when someone submits their email & zip code, they convert and you get paid. Simple email/zip submits are really easy to convert if you know how to target your traffic properly.

    They typically pay around $1.30-$2.00 per email/zip that you bring in.

    So - for affiliate programs, check out:

    JVZoo.com - Instant Commission Platform for Sellers and Affiliates
    DigiResults — Work Less, Sell More
    RAP Bank*Instant Commissions Vault
    iDavi - THE Digital Product Marketplace

    For CPA, start with PeerFly :: We Have an Offer for That since you are new. They accept pretty much everyone.

    Just be honest with your application, dont try to lie about your experience. If you're new, say so.

    And so you know, vertical = niche/category in CPA terms.

    Good luck!

    OH - And for the love of god, START BUILDING A LIST!

    I wish I'd done that when I first started IM, but I didnt.. So now I'm telling you!
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    • Profile picture of the author Directionwise
      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      The answer you get will depend on who's posting it.

      I would say to skip adsense altogether, and start with affiliate marketing & CPA.

      Affiliate marketing has much faster payouts, some networks even pay instant commission directly to your paypal. The ones I'm posting below are some of them.

      With CPA, you are paid per action - for example, when someone submits their email & zip code, they convert and you get paid. Simple email/zip submits are really easy to convert if you know how to target your traffic properly.

      They typically pay around $1.30-$2.00 per email/zip that you bring in.

      So - for affiliate programs, check out:

      JVZoo.com - Instant Commission Platform for Sellers and Affiliates
      DigiResults — Work Less, Sell More
      RAP Bank*Instant Commissions Vault
      iDavi - THE Digital Product Marketplace

      For CPA, start with PeerFly :: We Have an Offer for That since you are new. They accept pretty much everyone.

      Just be honest with your application, dont try to lie about your experience. If you're new, say so.

      And so you know, vertical = niche/category in CPA terms.

      Good luck!

      OH - And for the love of god, START BUILDING A LIST!

      I wish I'd done that when I first started IM, but I didnt.. So now I'm telling you!
      Thanks for the many suggestions! CPA is something that "looks" like easy money (but is it?) It is something I have not explored as I am already buried in a truckful of affiliate courses.
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      • Profile picture of the author Directionwise
        Originally Posted by iamlindasue View Post

        With adsense sites, you have to remember that google is always changing and with one update you could have all your hard work go down the drain. With affiliate marketing, you can at least build a list and still mail to them.
        Hmm...can't we build a list too on adsense sites?:confused:


        Originally Posted by kc33 View Post

        You have to pick a method that you like. A method that you will stick with for 3 months and not get bored and distracted by the next shiny object. Pick one and just do it. Whatever method you choose will require "Work".
        Totally agree!!
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    • Profile picture of the author blogeomics
      Originally Posted by Robert Michael View Post

      The answer you get will depend on who's posting it.

      I would say to skip adsense altogether, and start with affiliate marketing & CPA.

      Affiliate marketing has much faster payouts, some networks even pay instant commission directly to your paypal. The ones I'm posting below are some of them.

      With CPA, you are paid per action - for example, when someone submits their email & zip code, they convert and you get paid. Simple email/zip submits are really easy to convert if you know how to target your traffic properly.

      They typically pay around $1.30-$2.00 per email/zip that you bring in.

      So - for affiliate programs, check out:

      JVZoo.com - Instant Commission Platform for Sellers and Affiliates
      DigiResults — Work Less, Sell More
      RAP Bank*Instant Commissions Vault
      iDavi - THE Digital Product Marketplace

      For CPA, start with PeerFly :: We Have an Offer for That since you are new. They accept pretty much everyone.

      Just be honest with your application, dont try to lie about your experience. If you're new, say so.

      And so you know, vertical = niche/category in CPA terms.

      Good luck!

      OH - And for the love of god, START BUILDING A LIST!

      I wish I'd done that when I first started IM, but I didnt.. So now I'm telling you!
      I agree! CPA is the best to start and I would never prefer Adsense as all the traffic drains out leaving us few pennies which is not really worth it but for the starters, we can surely give it a shot.
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  • Profile picture of the author kc33
    You have to pick a method that you like. A method that you will stick with for 3 months and not get bored and distracted by the next shiny object. Pick one and just do it. Whatever method you choose will require "Work".
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    • Profile picture of the author David McKee
      I have been researching bleeding edge affiliate marketing methods for several years now - and frankly "Adsense" could be considered to be a "tiny affiliate marketing" method.

      • For both methods you do not need a product of your own.
      • For both methods you direct traffic to a link with the hope that someone will do "Something" (for adsense it is a click, for affiliate marketing, it is an actual purchase)
      • For both methods there are good ways and bad ways to get targeted traffic and drive "actions".
      But, as said previously, pick one thing and get good at that one thing. Then expand. Eventually you will understand much of PPA (Pay Per Action - which is what both things are really) and you will know what works for you.

      Then, you may want to expand into your own products, but get the knowledge first, and make something that works.

      Also, take a lesson from me, if you will... Don't invent something that nobody wants. My site for example - as it turns out, marketers like to do their own research, and do not like canned research sites like mine below. That is why it has not performed as I had hoped despite the hundreds of hours developing the server software that drives the research. I made the mistake of solving a problem that nobody cared about, or more accurately, that most who do care have their own pet processes in place.

      I will learn from that. And you will most likely make similar mistakes, but here is the real question...

      Will you quit?

      or...

      Will you keep going?

      -DTM
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      • Profile picture of the author Directionwise
        Originally Posted by David McKee View Post

        I have been researching bleeding edge affiliate marketing methods for several years now - and frankly "Adsense" could be considered to be a "tiny affiliate marketing" method.

        • For both methods you do not need a product of your own.
        • For both methods you direct traffic to a link with the hope that someone will do "Something" (for adsense it is a click, for affiliate marketing, it is an actual purchase)
        • For both methods there are good ways and bad ways to get targeted traffic and drive "actions".
        But, as said previously, pick one thing and get good at that one thing. Then expand. Eventually you will understand much of PPA (Pay Per Action - which is what both things are really) and you will know what works for you.

        Then, you may want to expand into your own products, but get the knowledge first, and make something that works.

        Also, take a lesson from me, if you will... Don't invent something that nobody wants. My site for example - as it turns out, marketers like to do their own research, and do not like canned research sites like mine below. That is why it has not performed as I had hoped despite the hundreds of hours developing the server software that drives the research. I made the mistake of solving a problem that nobody cared about, or more accurately, that most who do care have their own pet processes in place.

        I will learn from that. And you will most likely make similar mistakes, but here is the real question...

        Will you quit?

        or...

        Will you keep going?

        -DTM
        Decisions, decisions, decisions...:confused:
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    • Profile picture of the author lizashaw
      Originally Posted by kc33 View Post

      You have to pick a method that you like. A method that you will stick with for 3 months and not get bored and distracted by the next shiny object. Pick one and just do it. Whatever method you choose will require "Work".
      I couldn't have answered any better than that, just pick one and stick with it. Personally I use both adsense and affiliate marketing and results are fairly even so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author iamlindasue
    With adsense sites, you have to remember that google is always changing and with one update you could have all your hard work go down the drain. With affiliate marketing, you can at least build a list and still mail to them.
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    • Profile picture of the author jingrong
      Originally Posted by iamlindasue View Post

      With adsense sites, you have to remember that google is always changing and with one update you could have all your hard work go down the drain. With affiliate marketing, you can at least build a list and still mail to them.
      Agreed. I am not using SEO. I only focus on building quality list. I can always send quality affiliate program to the same person through my Auto Responder. I don't bother I am at the 1st page or last page on search engine. What I am focus is to find the right person to Opt-In my website.
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  • Profile picture of the author louie6925
    I agree with who's that guru! while adsense is good way to start earning, the returns for your work and effort are minmal! therefore affiliate marketing is far superior and easier to earn your first money, and once you make your first sale then that will motivate you to ramp up your efforts!
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    AdSense is *much* easier to implement especially for a newbie, it takes a little experience to know what affiliate programs will perform.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    You can make some pretty decent money with adsense with putting in lesser effort, but like everyone said here, google's constant changes can easily flush all your work down the drain.

    I was making a decent amount off adsense until I got banned for a competitor clickbombing my ads.

    I've started a list as an affiliate marketer and now I make exponentially far more money than I ever made with adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    For me, adsense is a long shot and more complicated than affiliate marketing. I suggest start with CPA little by little. You have so many program options. Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Joni D
    As a newbie, I am setting up some amazon sites that can be left after building some revenue and then move into another like affiliate sites or maybe CPA, but that can be costly if you don't know what your doing. I think it's a safe start with amazon or other affiliate sites and continues to bring in cash to use so you don't go in debt.
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  • Profile picture of the author larry1113
    Originally Posted by Directionwise View Post

    As with most people starting out, I am having information overload learning about making money on the internet. How should I take the plunge?

    I have zoomed in on 3 areas: Adsense or affiliate marketing of digital or physical products? There seems to be more people teaching affiliate marketing of clickbank products to newbies. However, it seems some who started with that said that they wish they had started with physical products.

    The "longevity" of good adsense sites that call for minimal maintenance once setup also interests me very much.

    Would anyone care to comment? Thanks!
    Hey man,

    I would start with product creation, affiliate marketing or services. Something related to selling units of something.

    Adsense is really an SEO game so unless you're prepared to really master SEO which by the way seems to be changing every freakin' day these days lol then I'd definitely get into one of the things I mentioned above.

    Service's would probably be the fastest way to earn money. Everybody hates doing the techy stuff lol. Just master Wordpress and then go sell your services.
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    • Profile picture of the author Directionwise
      Originally Posted by larry1113 View Post

      Hey man,

      I would start with product creation, affiliate marketing or services. Something related to selling units of something.

      Adsense is really an SEO game so unless you're prepared to really master SEO which by the way seems to be changing every freakin' day these days lol then I'd definitely get into one of the things I mentioned above.

      Service's would probably be the fastest way to earn money. Everybody hates doing the techy stuff lol. Just master Wordpress and then go sell your services.

      Hey Larry, you are probably the first one whom I've come across to want to start with product creation, since there are so many skills to master before you can launch your own product. Providing service is an option too, that has crossed my mind too but not too sure which ones have the highest demand, besides WP?
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Al
    You know what...

    If I were you I wouldn't care about either the adsense or the affiliate marketing. I'd look at what specific market you want to get into and then decide which is going to be the best way to monetize it.

    Might be adsense or it might be affiliate marketing.

    And my real goal would be to become a master of getting traffic to that site and getting clicks (the buying kind) on those links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vince1990
    Affiliate marketing is what you should start with man. When I first started back in june 2009 I was trying to make money with adsense with a hip-hop blog. Back then I didn't know anything about SEO and the only traffic I was getting was from my friends on Facebook. A bad niche to get into if you want to make money with adsense. If I were you first place I would head straight into is video marketing via Youtube.

    I made majority of my money with YouTube, out of every 30-40 videos you make at
    least one of them will go viral. It's all about the right keywords and if you provide
    great content which your viewers and if think it's worthy enough to share with their friends. That should be your #1 goal.
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    • Profile picture of the author Directionwise
      Originally Posted by Vince1990 View Post

      Affiliate marketing is what you should start with man. When I first started back in june 2009 I was trying to make money with adsense with a hip-hop blog. Back then I didn't know anything about SEO and the only traffic I was getting was from my friends on Facebook. A bad niche to get into if you want to make money with adsense. If I were you first place I would head straight into is video marketing via Youtube.

      I made majority of my money with YouTube, out of every 30-40 videos you make at
      least one of them will go viral. It's all about the right keywords and if you provide
      great content which your viewers and if think it's worthy enough to share with their friends. That should be your #1 goal.
      Vince, do you mean using Youtube to drive traffic to your website or how do you monetize the videos?
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  • Profile picture of the author Elion Makkink
    You can do both, but you will learn a lot more from affiliate marketing (which is a bit harder as well) but if done right, much more profitable!
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  • Profile picture of the author JanRuehling
    Question: What skill do you want to learn first?

    Copywriting and PPC ... Affiliate Marketing

    SEO optimized content / websites ... Adsense

    The reason is simple. If you want to earn money with adsense you will never promote it with paid traffic ... either it isn't allowed, or it makes no sense. So you have to get good in SEO!

    If you go the Affiliate route you will have to get good in conversions ... learn copywriting and learn how to master paid traffic to keep a profit.

    Answer the question above ... and everything should be clear!
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  • Profile picture of the author ivanadee
    affiliate marketing.
    when I was a newbie, I start adsense earlier than clickbank
    but, my adsense account gets banned and it hurts.
    so,just directly focus to affilite marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author Elion Makkink
    Check out this post if you want to get into affiliate marketing:
    Uber Affiliate Marketing Guide | Make Money Online with Uber
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    • Profile picture of the author Directionwise
      Originally Posted by Elion Makkink View Post

      Check out this post if you want to get into affiliate marketing:
      Uber Affiliate Marketing Guide | Make Money Online with Uber
      Thanks, Elion, I thought you like adsense more since you are making $100 days with adsense as shown in your signature.
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  • Profile picture of the author fenixpro
    I've seen studies before of affiliate marketing vs adsense and the number are drastically in favor of affiliate marketing. That said, these were from 'professional' site builders and people who really know how to build a site and drive traffic to it - mainly from KWR.

    I know someone who builds around 1 authority site per week (I have a hard time with one per month!) who mainly uses affiliate programs because they out perform adsense 3-1.

    It obviously depends on the CPC, KWR and a number of other things.

    One of the sh*tty things about adsense too is that you can lose your account for basically no reason at any time - whether you've had it for years or a few weeks.

    I have a friend who made 12K / month passively off of adsense on his sites until they sent him the "unusual click activity" message - of which he had none - all his traffic was natural organic search traffic. 12K / month poof! Gone. So I wouldn't rely on it.

    For a Beginner though, not a bad way to go if you can get traffic. Comes down to percentages and how optimized your site is for conversion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jim Nariel
    Yes agreed with most people. Adsense is easy to implement but you do need a whole lotta content to make decent money.

    I started with this and just made a few bucks.

    If I was a newbie Affilaite marketing would be the way to go
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Originally Posted by Directionwise View Post

    As with most people starting out, I am having information overload learning about making money on the internet. How should I take the plunge?

    I have zoomed in on 3 areas: Adsense or affiliate marketing of digital or physical products? There seems to be more people teaching affiliate marketing of clickbank products to newbies. However, it seems some who started with that said that they wish they had started with physical products.

    The "longevity" of good adsense sites that call for minimal maintenance once setup also interests me very much.

    Would anyone care to comment? Thanks!
    I started with both and was successful with both. To me it all depends on the niche. Some niches are great for physical or digital products, while others are better for cpa or adsense. Just depends on the subject.

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  • Profile picture of the author DeMango25
    Another vote for affiliate marketing, and build a list while you're at it!

    Make sure you check out the possibilities in your niche... what sells? physical or digital? possibility for amazon integration?
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  • Profile picture of the author quercus5
    Adsense looks to be on its way out as far as popularity for internet marketers (which may be the best time to get in!) but Google is really clamping down on Adsense sites that provide no value to visitors and you never know when they will disable your accounting, crippling your income.
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  • Profile picture of the author Newquirk
    I think you've seen enough regarding the best pathway. Affiliate marketing is where all of the money is being made. It is safe and cost effective but you will need focus, direction and determination.
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  • Profile picture of the author loi77
    I definitely recommend affiliate marketing for newbies.

    This most important element is to learn to build a list from day 1. This will ensure your long term sustainable IM success.

    The single biggest IM mistake is to send people directly to the website or sales page without collecting their email address. I wish someone had told me this when I first started, but I had to learn it the hard way.

    I spent 6 months working on my site and hiring a VA to help me along the way. Then I realized that my conversion rate was 0.05%. 99.5 out of 100 people left my site and I will never do business with them again.

    That was when I realized the importance of capturing the leads with an opt-in page. it is better to have an opt-in than a sale in the long run, because with an opt-in you can sell to him/her over and over again.

    I sincerely hope that you don't make the same mistake I made. Think big, think long term, build a list!

    To your success,
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    • Profile picture of the author Directionwise
      Originally Posted by loi77 View Post

      I definitely recommend affiliate marketing for newbies.

      This most important element is to learn to build a list from day 1. This will ensure your long term sustainable IM success.

      The single biggest IM mistake is to send people directly to the website or sales page without collecting their email address. I wish someone had told me this when I first started, but I had to learn it the hard way.

      I spent 6 months working on my site and hiring a VA to help me along the way. Then I realized that my conversion rate was 0.05%. 99.5 out of 100 people left my site and I will never do business with them again.

      That was when I realized the importance of capturing the leads with an opt-in page. it is better to have an opt-in than a sale in the long run, because with an opt-in you can sell to him/her over and over again.

      I sincerely hope that you don't make the same mistake I made. Think big, think long term, build a list!

      To your success,
      David

      Thanks, David, one question though. If I am starting with Amazon, is it still relevant/essential that I build a list?
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      • Profile picture of the author nheddi
        I say start with an adsense and go from there
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      • Profile picture of the author loi77
        Originally Posted by Directionwise View Post

        Thanks, David, one question though. If I am starting with Amazon, is it still relevant/essential that I build a list?
        Definitely!

        List building is for every niche and every market. If not, you are leaving too much money on the table.

        A person may have to be exposed to a product many times before buying.

        Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    when i started out over 4 years ago i tried clickbank but didnt really make much

    the only way to really make anything worthwhile and long term is to build a list when promoting a clickbank product

    because i wasnt experienced enough to build a list back then i got stuck into adsense and did well out of it

    adsense is far easier in my opinion

    with easyness first i would say:

    adsense
    amazon
    clickbank
    cpa
    list building

    what ever you do just make sure you stick at it untill your making money

    paul
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  • From all the experienced replies here, it seems as though Affiliate marketing makes a whole lot more than Adsense. Is there any room for Adsense marketing anymore then?
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  • Profile picture of the author amyaselia
    I had good experiences with affiliate marketing. You can make a lot of money when you know how to use the products!
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  • Profile picture of the author WinstonTian
    Originally Posted by Directionwise View Post

    As with most people starting out, I am having information overload learning about making money on the internet. How should I take the plunge?

    I have zoomed in on 3 areas: Adsense or affiliate marketing of digital or physical products? There seems to be more people teaching affiliate marketing of clickbank products to newbies. However, it seems some who started with that said that they wish they had started with physical products.

    The "longevity" of good adsense sites that call for minimal maintenance once setup also interests me very much.

    Would anyone care to comment? Thanks!
    Look, I've made money with BOTH of
    them. 5-figures, 6-figures...

    But here's the main takeaway.

    You need to have a good grasp on
    what "MARKETING" exactly is.

    There's no "internet" marketing.
    There's no "direct mail" marketing.
    There's no "TV" marketing.
    There's no "Radio" marketing.
    There's no "social media" marketing.

    Ask yourself this million-dollar
    question...because it surprises me
    when my students tell me they don't
    know the answer:

    Do you know what marketing really
    means?

    Here's what it means.

    It means finding what people want,
    and giving them what they want, in
    exchange for money.

    That's it.

    Traffic is a small issue, because you'll
    get it anywhere.

    The big problem is - is there anyone
    out there which wants your solution?

    Are you being narcissistic? Are you
    telling your customers...

    "HEY! I made this, so you must crave
    it!"

    Instead of...

    "You craved this, so I made this for
    you!"

    ???????

    Are you doing that? If you are, flip the
    whole world around man.

    Once you got that down, you'll easily
    find out the best strategy to really
    Get. The. Freaking. Sale!!!

    It doesn't matter if it's an affiliate, as
    long as you match your offer...

    ...to their EXACT craving!

    That's what people outside want, and
    that's what people are missing.

    Think it through, and hopefully you'll
    be able to make a rational decision
    between the two.

    Sincerely,
    Winston Tian
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  • Profile picture of the author BigUncleTom
    None of them. Please try to make some real website where you get returning customers and higher profit margins (for example: drop shipping which has usually 30-40% profit margins). Anything else is wasting of time and money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
    Affiliate marketing is something every newbie must start their internet marketing career with. Adsense won't make much money compared to what affiliate marketing will make you.

    Ronak.

    PS build a list.
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    Originally Posted by Directionwise View Post

    As with most people starting out, I am having information overload learning about making money on the internet. How should I take the plunge?
    Well, IMHO, a product review site for physical products (Amazon for example), is just as easy (if not easier) to create as an AdSense site or a Clickbank affiliate site. I'd say it's easier because the product page on Amazon typically includes everything you need to form an educated opinion on virtually any product.

    Building an information site (AdSense) sometimes requires lots of research on a given subject if you want your site to be taken seriously.
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  • Profile picture of the author gentryliving
    You can do both but depend on a person who wants to start on it. Personally, i started as affiliate marketer and it was pretty good.
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    • Profile picture of the author fizyusuf
      Yup, i'll agree with affiliate marketing. and i think the most suitable way to do it by building list. At least you already have list of targeting customers..
      But remember everything is easier by talking only, but when it comes to "work" only less people really keep going..
      So FOCUS and DON'T STOP...
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  • Profile picture of the author davidsu
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    I vote for Affiliate Marketing...

    Make money from Affiliate Marketing is much, much easier than Adsense.

    And the easiest form of Affiliate Marketing is promoting WSOs through Warriorplus/ JVzoo.
    You get instant commission, and it converts better and easier than Amazon, Clickbank products.
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  • Profile picture of the author JKflipflop
    Yep - Affiliate Marketing all the way. Master the best methods of getting traffic to the niche in which you intend to promote Affiliate Offers - and then that's it. Even the learning curve is not at all overwhelming - just simple principles.
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    • Profile picture of the author JeffreyBenson
      I'd vote for affiliate marketing. The money you earn from adsense is not worth it unless you are getting bucket load of traffic to your website. Go for affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
    I have to agree with the others that recommend affiliate marketing and list building.

    Whereas Adsense looks passive, all the work required to get sites and articles ranked in NOT PASSIVE. And Google's ongoing algorythm changes mean you can lose all of your invested time, as well as income in the blink of an eye.

    If you build a list, you own it, it's yours, and no one can take it away from you.

    Then, you have to treat the people on your list, like people, not numbers.. and things can go along quite well.

    All the best
    Patrick
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    • Profile picture of the author richescorner
      I'd also suggest affiliate marketing over adsense in the beginning. You can get a greater return with less traffic with affiliate marketing. As you build up your traffic you can gradually integrate adsense.

      One downside to Adsense is that their ads take people off your website. You'd rather have them stay on your site and visit more of your pages. You can set up affiliate links to open in a separate page so that people can easily go back to your site.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dignified
      With adsense Google can get pretty annoying. You really have to do your homework with them. Otherwise, you will find that you have your account shut down.

      Affiliate marketing is denfinitely the way to go. Sure you have your learning curves, but that is with everything on the internet concerning making money.
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  • Profile picture of the author HansDavid
    A newbie should start offering services like writing content or translations in freelancer websites. By doing that a newbie can immediately feel how it is like to make money online. Then, a newbie can re-invest those money for building websites and joining affiliate programs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
    Hi OP,

    I would say the best place to start would be with a Plan. It may not be fancy, it may not that cool but taking the time out to brainstorm what is it that you actually want to achieve from your business? What are interested in? What would you like to do?

    If you braindump all your idea's/goals down on paper and then organize them you will have a pretty good Blueprint of what you have to do.

    Getting back to your initial question I would go for affiliate marketing (as I have no experience with adsense) but in order for you to make money off this and not waste 6 months jumping from one niche to another you'll have to sit down and do that Planning!

    Best of luck with it... In the meantime have a search around the forum, you'll find loads of threads about this and learn from others.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chuck Sterling
    Originally Posted by Directionwise View Post

    As with most people starting out, I am having information overload learning about making money on the internet. How should I take the plunge?

    I have zoomed in on 3 areas: Adsense or affiliate marketing of digital or physical products? There seems to be more people teaching affiliate marketing of clickbank products to newbies. However, it seems some who started with that said that they wish they had started with physical products.

    The "longevity" of good adsense sites that call for minimal maintenance once setup also interests me very much.

    Would anyone care to comment? Thanks!
    You should start with affiliate marketing. It is by far the easiest way to collect commissions and start scaling up your business pretty quickly without you having to spend time creating products (which can take forever if you want to create a good one.)

    Please don't go down the Adsense route. It is very time consuming and won't generate much income for you - only frustration (trust me I've been there!)
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  • Profile picture of the author thechoice1
    I have found it difficult to consistently make money online. I have some money I can put aside and am currently looking to buy a money making site. Though it will take some due diligence on my part, have found several scammers already, I am sure that I can find a good website that is making money consistently. May even find a decent one that has some upsides, that will some more work can bring in even more revenue. What ever you decide, stick with it and do not chase the next shiny object.

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  • Profile picture of the author WinstonTian
    From my experience, either works. Because, both are
    really affiliate marketing. However, sticking to just
    Adsense is just suicidal. I've seen so many people
    lose their Adsense accounts (Yes, plus their earnings)
    overnight. 6-figures down the drain just like that.

    On the other hand, you have higher leverage when
    doing affiliate marketing through promotion of other
    products. You can branch out and have more
    opportunities. I suggest that you go to the broader
    affiliate marketing route instead instead of sticking
    to one medium like Adsense.

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  • Profile picture of the author project1010
    Adsense banned my account few days ago , I'll not recommend you to use adsense . Use other affiliate programmes like amazon,clickbank .
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Minor
    Adsense should be a part you your income. I know a guy that doing $11,000 a month with it. You just need to know what to do to create a good income from it.

    I start using Jim's tips and I double income with it already and I am looking forward to even better earns after I complete his course. There's a link under here to my review if you wish to read up a little.

    Jim also is a warrior member and his course is the real thing, NO Bull Crap, Just Facts that work
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  • Profile picture of the author mindfulness
    Adsense is the easy to make money online but you can be banned for no reason..
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    • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
      I'm going to say affiliate marketing. I think it
      is easier to learn and you can get bigger pay checks.

      Depending on the product price and the commission,
      you can be making $100.00 a sale.

      Best advise, pick only one, master it. Then if you want
      pick the other and master it.
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  • Profile picture of the author elzafonv
    pick a sub market and work on that. u can always change how you menotize it once u have traffic and conversions. adsense is a numbers game. once u build 10 or 50 sites each month (or each week) than u will start see good money. but u have to start with one site.
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  • Profile picture of the author peewhy
    I started with both Adsense and Affilliate but Adsense earned me a lot of money and dribs from affiliate but that was lack of knowledge.

    I now wish I had invested in learning from people here and focusing on some of the Affiliate WSO's get gain knowledge.

    I also need to revisit Adsense and see where I'm now going wrong by not moving with the times and keeping up with the changes.

    My advice is this; no matter what you choose or road to take. Stay here and keep dipping into WSO's but acton on them because more WSO's are bough and left on the back burner than actually put into action.
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  • Profile picture of the author andyjbenson
    Hi,
    I can only speak from experience, but I started out with afilliate marketing of digital products. I cant say eitherway as to Adsense as I have never tried it, but I would suggest you stay clear of physical product! Too messy, and you can find your cash tied up in stock that your are frantically trying to sell.

    Digital afilliate products have always worked for me, but you still need to do your homework as there are just as many bad ones out there as good, and when it's YOU that's recommending them to your propects, it's YOUR reputation on the line!

    But don't let that put you off buddy. Even though I am now producing my own products, I can still attribute a good 40% of my income to afilliate sales. So it does work!
    Just make sure you check out what you intend to promote. Look at the EPC ratings, and a good thing to do is look at any reviews of the product here in the forum, as many warriors get advance copies to check em out, so you know it's not a doctored review by someone who is ALREADY selling it.

    And PLEASE PLEASE dont even think about skipping the List Building process! This should be an integral part of your sales funnel if you want any longevity to your new online business!

    Hope that helps and all the best!

    Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author Henri Lind
    I think adsense is the best way to start. Doing some microniche sites wont cost much and ranking shouldnt be hard. Getting first dollars will motivate you like hell.
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    • Profile picture of the author Directionwise
      Originally Posted by vapsjee View Post

      I think adsense is the best way to start. Doing some microniche sites wont cost much and ranking shouldnt be hard. Getting first dollars will motivate you like hell.
      Many microsites will mean paying for many domains, isn't it?:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author Muhsin Aziz
    Starting with affiliate marketing is good.
    I woudnt wanna go into adsense if I were you.
    If you wanna get good results with affiliate marketing,
    you should consider starting a mailing list.
    With that you can continue to promote affiliate products
    to your list and achieve better results.
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  • Affiliate Marketing is a great way to start making money as a newbie. Don't jump in head first without doing many many hours of research first though, and see if you can get into coaching or find a mentor as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chronic IM
    Hello! I say, your best bet would be CPA and affiliate marketing. As they're both easy source of being paid.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
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    I would definitely recommend adsense as a starting point. Affiliate Marketing is fine but with some investment you could earn more. So in the meantime make some money from adsense and invest with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    The combination of both makes a lot for you, if you do it effectively. I used both of them and making some bucks from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mobidea
    The most important thing is method.

    If you set goals and have a method, you’ll be able to test what works and what doesn’t. Income is relative: there’s money to be made everywhere.

    Indeed, you just need to dedicate yourself 100%, test regularly and understand what has potential.



    Best of luck to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    Finding a good product that is proven to convert. Step 1. Something with good E.P C's or earnings per click. If you can't find them contact the vendor. If they don't share then don't promote them.

    After you find a proven product then you need to seperate yourself from the masses. Today if you don't do that your there is a 99% chance your going to fail. Its a good think. It means there is so much traffic out there.

    Give people a reason to do business with you and not one of the other 10,000 other affiliate pitching the same products.
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  • Profile picture of the author SamNuku
    Id go into affiliate marketing myself if it was info products id go with clickbank.

    If u want to go real products amazon is the way. But i feel digital is more appealing.

    Stay away from adsense man. Youll have to build hundreds of sites and maintain threm and rank them to get anything worthwhile from adsense.

    Just my 2 cents. Wanna get next level? Get into product licensing. Affiliate marketing on fire
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  • Profile picture of the author Domsdad23
    Hi, I'm Kevin.
    Building a list is simple as long as you have your set up. The problem is nobody wants to teach you how to get your set up started without charging you a arm a leg.
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