by Hankus
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Hi all,

Brand new to the forums, and what an amazing read it's been so far. A lot of posts and the responses to them really inspired me to reach out to the community about my own concerns.

First, and probably quite most obviously, I am dying to get into Affiliate Marketing/CPA as a fresh college graduate currently working an extremely boring 9-5 job to pay the bills. For the past few weeks, I have been researching and trying to learn what I can about it, but have hit this mental wall that I feel is hindering me.

I feel incredibly inundated/overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information and complexities this seems to bring, and am afraid that I am not making sense of them and will simply be throwing money away with no clear direction if I just plunge right in.

I have previous experience working with PPC (specifically Adwords) through multiple internship positions, and all of the experiences created a passion for IM that I did not know existed.

I suppose the cause of most of my anxiety is the fact that, despite long hours of research, reading, videos, and so on, I am still INCREDIBLY unsure of where to even begin. Is it really as simple as finding an offer/service, making a landing page for the PPC ads, and diving right in with testing? It just sounds slightly haphazard and unsettling.

Any advice or ideas would be so welcome and appreciated,

Hank
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  • Profile picture of the author boghi
    Originally Posted by Hankus View Post

    Hi all,

    Brand new to the forums, and what an amazing read it's been so far. A lot of posts and the responses to them really inspired me to reach out to the community about my own concerns.

    First, and probably quite most obviously, I am dying to get into Affiliate Marketing/CPA as a fresh college graduate currently working an extremely boring 9-5 job to pay the bills. For the past few weeks, I have been researching and trying to learn what I can about it, but have hit this mental wall that I feel is hindering me.

    I feel incredibly inundated/overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information and complexities this seems to bring, and am afraid that I am not making sense of them and will simply be throwing money away with no clear direction if I just plunge right in.

    I have previous experience working with PPC (specifically Adwords) through multiple internship positions, and all of the experiences created a passion for IM that I did not know existed.

    I suppose the cause of most of my anxiety is the fact that, despite long hours of research, reading, videos, and so on, I am still INCREDIBLY unsure of where to even begin. Is it really as simple as finding an offer/service, making a landing page for the PPC ads, and diving right in with testing? It just sounds slightly haphazard and unsettling.

    Any advice or ideas would be so welcome and appreciated,

    Hank
    Not many people could read very much .A lot of the newbies are falling because they don't read a lot.
    You amde the first part,it's time to take action.
    You can't make money without fails .You'll fail one time ,another.
    In every bussinesses there are good and bad moments.
    Don't need to be afraid of loosing money.In this way you'll learn not to repeat your mistakes even if you'll be newbie or expert.
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  • Profile picture of the author AllanJames
    Originally Posted by Hankus View Post

    Hi all,

    I feel incredibly inundated/overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information and complexities this seems to bring, and am afraid that I am not making sense of them and will simply be throwing money away with no clear direction if I just plunge right in.


    Any advice or ideas would be so welcome and appreciated,

    Hank
    That's a common problem when people are starting out. My suggestion, as given to me by one of my mentors, is "You have to learn to walk before you try to run"

    That lead me into affiliate marketing - all I did was pick a service to promote (online marketing tools and hosting services - because I recognized the power of the residual incomes that offered) - and then I simply advertised to drive traffic to the vendors sales page. Easy and simple, with only one thing to learn, effective advertising.

    I even found an autoresponder service supplier that had what he called an agenda to earn $50 a month, then move onto $500 a month then $5000 a month. Nice and step by step and real easy for a Southern Kiwi country boy like me

    I recommend keeping it simple, taking one step at a time and learning as you go and develop experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidLasry
    I'm also kind of newbie so I can understand your anxiety. My advice? Just dive in and see what happens. You've read a lot. You probably got the big picture of IM and what needs to be done. In this point, you should be focusing on how you're going to execute your campaigns.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarcCPASAW
    The best way to start is to dive in, pick a service you know something about, ask your AM whats converting well, create a landing page and trial it. Don't over spend and just play with the results by changing things up. If you keep getting overwhelmed and hesitating you will not get anywhere.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hankus
      Originally Posted by MarcCPASAW View Post

      The best way to start is to dive in, pick a service you know something about, ask your AM whats converting well, create a landing page and trial it. Don't over spend and just play with the results by changing things up. If you keep getting overwhelmed and hesitating you will not get anywhere.
      All of your posts are quite true and make a lot of sense. Thank you for them.

      I suppose this is one of those cases where diving in is the only solution and only way to start swimming back to the top.

      I do have a question though. I tried signing up for Peerfly, but it asked me for websites that I have. I have not yet set anything up, as I want to take a look at offers first. Is that typical? I can't ask an AM without being approved but I have no website to get approved with yet since I haven't asked an AM what's converting well =P
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  • Profile picture of the author Greedy
    I feel incredibly inundated/overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information and complexities this seems to bring, and am afraid that I am not making sense of them and will simply be throwing money away with no clear direction if I just plunge right in.
    Start with what you know PPC.

    1. Get a VPS server setup (LiquidWeb or BeyondHosting) and get on some quality CPA Networks (Peerfly, NeverBlue, or MaxBounty.)

    2. Find a traffic source. PPC or PPV work good for those starting out. So Bing Ads, 7Search, or LeadImpact are all fine for beginner.

    3. Research all you can about this traffic source using the WarriorForum's search function and buying a few cheap but needed guides. (Don't spend over 10% of your budget on guides/training.)

    4. Pick a good CPA offer.

    5. Research your niche and CPA competition on your Traffic Source, and decide what type of landing page and angle you can use to beat their landing pages.

    6. Setup tracking, Sub-ID or Tracking202 will do.

    7. Start testing, and split testing. Analyze the data and make decisions, if you are unsure how to interpret things, post it here on WF and you'll get some great feedback!

    Is it really as simple as finding an offer/service, making a landing page for the PPC ads, and diving right in with testing?
    Yes, that is pretty much it. Simple to start, and fun to master.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanm88
      I'm new to this and I just have to say thank you so much for posting some real advice and terms for me to research. I appreciate you giving some real direction and not an answer in the form of some misbegotten riddle.

      Originally Posted by Greedy View Post

      Start with what you know PPC.

      1. Get a VPS server setup (LiquidWeb or BeyondHosting) and get on some quality CPA Networks (Peerfly, NeverBlue, or MaxBounty.)

      2. Find a traffic source. PPC or PPV work good for those starting out. So Bing Ads, 7Search, or LeadImpact are all fine for beginner.

      3. Research all you can about this traffic source using the WarriorForum's search function and buying a few cheap but needed guides. (Don't spend over 10% of your budget on guides/training.)

      4. Pick a good CPA offer.

      5. Research your niche and CPA competition on your Traffic Source, and decide what type of landing page and angle you can use to beat their landing pages.

      6. Setup tracking, Sub-ID or Tracking202 will do.

      7. Start testing, and split testing. Analyze the data and make decisions, if you are unsure how to interpret things, post it here on WF and you'll get some great feedback!



      Yes, that is pretty much it. Simple to start, and fun to master.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hankus
      Originally Posted by Greedy View Post

      Start with what you know PPC.

      1. Get a VPS server setup (LiquidWeb or BeyondHosting) and get on some quality CPA Networks (Peerfly, NeverBlue, or MaxBounty.)

      2. Find a traffic source. PPC or PPV work good for those starting out. So Bing Ads, 7Search, or LeadImpact are all fine for beginner.

      3. Research all you can about this traffic source using the WarriorForum's search function and buying a few cheap but needed guides. (Don't spend over 10% of your budget on guides/training.)

      4. Pick a good CPA offer.

      5. Research your niche and CPA competition on your Traffic Source, and decide what type of landing page and angle you can use to beat their landing pages.

      6. Setup tracking, Sub-ID or Tracking202 will do.

      7. Start testing, and split testing. Analyze the data and make decisions, if you are unsure how to interpret things, post it here on WF and you'll get some great feedback!



      Yes, that is pretty much it. Simple to start, and fun to master.
      Thanks so much Greedy!

      By the way, I have been studying up on your GreedReports. Amazing reads. Super informative. I guess it's simply time to plunge in for better or worse.

      Thank you to everyone else who replied as well. I suppose there is always going to be that feeling of apprehension unless I just dive right in.

      Maybe I'll start a progress thread
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  • Profile picture of the author johnnydio
    You have to learn from the people before you.

    To be successful you have to do what successful people do.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPC-Coach
    Keep it simple.

    Start with 7search and direct linking. Do 10 campaigns there on 10 different offers ranging from $0.50 payouts to $100 payouts.

    Use 7searchs tracking pixel, skip 3rd party tracking completely when starting out.

    Spend $20 per campaign, that's $200 invested to LEARN and gain EXPERIENCE.

    Then go an make more complicated campaigns with landing pages, 3rd party tracking and all that good stuff AFTER.

    Walk before you run is right.

    Too many get too bogged down in details that don't even apply to them yet. Don't do that.

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    • Profile picture of the author DavidLasry
      Originally Posted by PPC-Coach View Post

      Keep it simple.

      Start with 7search and direct linking. Do 10 campaigns there on 10 different offers ranging from $0.50 payouts to $100 payouts.

      Use 7searchs tracking pixel, skip 3rd party tracking completely when starting out.

      Spend $20 per campaign, that's $200 invested to LEARN and gain EXPERIENCE.

      Then go an make more complicated campaigns with landing pages, 3rd party tracking and all that good stuff AFTER.

      Walk before you run is right.

      Too many get too bogged down in details that don't even apply to them yet. Don't do that.

      Definitely agree with you.
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    • Profile picture of the author techforce
      Seems great advice but the low profit offers are mainly email submit offers which many experts didn't recognize them at least for beginners

      Originally Posted by PPC-Coach View Post

      Keep it simple.

      Start with 7search and direct linking. Do 10 campaigns there on 10 different offers ranging from $0.50 payouts to $100 payouts.

      Use 7searchs tracking pixel, skip 3rd party tracking completely when starting out.

      Spend $20 per campaign, that's $200 invested to LEARN and gain EXPERIENCE.

      Then go an make more complicated campaigns with landing pages, 3rd party tracking and all that good stuff AFTER.

      Walk before you run is right.

      Too many get too bogged down in details that don't even apply to them yet. Don't do that.

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      "Wherever You Go, There You Are"
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  • Profile picture of the author Greedy
    By the way, I have been studying up on your GreedReports. Amazing reads. Super informative. I guess it's simply time to plunge in for better or worse.
    Thanks for joining, and yes, it seems like it is time for you to get your feet wet.
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