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!
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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".
    • 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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      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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      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.
  • 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.
  • 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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