Read a book first, or jump right into it? (Affiliate Marketing)

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So, I have yet to make my first affiliate website, but I have web hosting set up and I have a couple ideas for niches etc that I would be comfortable writing about...

However, I also just purchased a book recommended to be called "Affiliate Program Management". I only read the first 20 or so pages out of about 400 and I've already learned a TON of new information I had no idea about before.

So, my question: Should I first complete reading this book (which basically covers most of what there is to know about the basics of Affiliate Marketing, or so I've been told)...or should I just jump right into it and learn as I go? / Perhaps reading small sections of the book as I go?

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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    https://www.warriorforum.com/beginne...l#post11533672


    Same answer - just do it! If the book is a good one - use it as a reference when you get stuck or read it as you build your site and write content, etc.


    You will always be able to find a reason to 'wait' or 'do more planning', etc. Get moving on your site and learn as you go. If you wait for 'the perfect time to get started' - you'll never start.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    I generally don't think actual books are great for anything dealing with eCommerce because it takes so long for them to be written and published, the information becomes out of date by the time it hits the street in the fast paced, ever changing online business world.

    If it is an eBook or an online course that is updated, that's another thing.

    Regardless, I always advise people to go through the whole book (or course) quickly to get an all-around knowledge of what they will be doing and why. Then, I tell them to start at the beginning and start implementing things one step at a time.

    If you don't do that, there is a tendency to skip things that you might think are unimportant or take too long or cost too much but you find out later why you should have done them and you've got to start all over.
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  • Profile picture of the author DRP
    Originally Posted by TestTube View Post

    However, I also just purchased a book recommended to be called "Affiliate Program Management". I only read the first 20 or so pages out of about 400 and I've already learned a TON of new information I had no idea about before.

    LOL that book is about managing an affiliate program, for VENDORS! That book won't help you BE an affiliate LOL!!!


    Just don't, ok? Stop what you're doing and keep your day job. Or get a day job if you don't have one. Quit while you're ahead, which is now.
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by DRP View Post

      LOL that book is about managing an affiliate program, for VENDORS! That book won't help you BE an affiliate LOL!!!

      Just don't, ok? Stop what you're doing and keep your day job. Or get a day job if you don't have one. Quit while you're ahead, which is now.
      lol, were you born as an expert, or did you learn along the way?
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  • Profile picture of the author TestTube
    Thanks for the vote of confidence friend lol...if you weren't aware we're in the beginner's section, I don't even know what 99.9% of this stuff is or means.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    what 99.9% of this stuff is or means.

    Many here began just like that. Google search is your friend - but also learn to efficiently use the forum search here - to find similar discussions, tutorials, etc.


    The more detailed and researched your questions here are - the better the answers can be.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    I've been promoting affiliate / CPA offers for almost 19 years. However, I do things differently than most.

    I heavily promote PPL (pay per lead...lead generation) offers. This is because there is no credit card / purchase required to complete an offer. All a user has to do is fill out a form, so conversion rates are typically much higher compared to offers that require a sale to be made.

    I favor offers that have a make, get or save money benefit to them, as they have overall worked the best. They also tend to have the greatest mass appeal (will be of interest to a large general audience), so the potential exists to produce high volume and they are fairly easy to cross-promote on the back-end.

    Some of the verticals (niches) I have done extremely well with are: education, insurance, loans, debt, credit, mortgage, assistance, discount offers, homeowner offers, etc...

    The bulk of the PPL offers that I promote pay $20-$40 per lead, but I also promote offers that pay more and less. You don't want to get too caught up on what an offer pays because how well it converts is just as important. For example, if you have an offer that pays $9, but if it converts at 2X or more of a $20 offer, then it will perform about the same or possibly better. At the same time, if you have an offer that pays $90 and it converts poorly, it may not even be worth promoting.

    I have also done just as good with dating website sign-ups and pretty good with free trial + S/H offers. I also promote a very limited number of offers that are straight sales. For them, mass appeal is still the number one thing I look for and I also look for one of the following...

    1) The product is new and/or novel-unique and you can't purchase it locally or even something similar. I don't waste my time with it once something similar shows up in Walmart.

    2) The buyer can truly get what is being offered at a decent discount.

    3) Solves a house is on fire type problem.

    However, I mainly promote non-PPL offers on the backend.

    Bottom line, it's far easier to get someone fill out a short form than to get them to pull out their credit card and make a purchase. So why struggle with trying to sell this or that, when you can provide free information that users want/need and get paid well doing it.

    Something to think about.
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  • Profile picture of the author azgigi
    I say just go for it. Speaking from my own experience, the more I read, the more "overloaded" I seem to get. Before long, my head is spinning with all the information coming from different sources. I still read, but am now very selective about what I read. I'm also finding that doing the work, brings questions. I then seek out the answer. Seems to work for me. Trust yourself and just do it. Someone else said it too, Just do it and use the book as a reference.
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  • Profile picture of the author TestTube
    Well right now I feel like all I can do is write reviews on products I'm familiar with...not only do I not know where to go from there but I also don't know where to even look to see how to expand, like where to go from there without reading books...

    Because of this I'm kind've afraid to even put an hour a day into this, when I could be putting 14 hours a day into this at no loss...Everyone's telling me "just do it do it do it" but I'm so freakishly skeptical I don't even know how to express it...just be honest here. ><

    But I DO want to do this, and I DO want it to work...I'm just so freaking nervous about all of it, even though I'm rather computer savvy.
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    • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
      I'm just so freaking nervous about all of it
      What are you nervous about? Losing money? Not getting sales? There's nothing to be "nervous" about with online marketing. It's not like you're getting ready for open heart surgery

      If you're computer savvy, you can save yourself a lot of money that many of us have spent in the beginning to get the technical side of things up and running.

      You posted this question a day ago. While we are debating whether or not you should finish the book or just start, you could have finished the book AND started something. Stop over analyzing this.

      I advise to do both - read the book AND start. How much time are you seriously going to save if you decide to start instead of reading the other 380 pages? You said you learned a lot in the first 20, so that suggests to me that you should probably keep reading as you are finding a lot of value?

      There are lot so threads in the forum as well as others have mentioned. Youtube is great as well because all you have to do is search for "how do I....." and you can get step by step visual instructions on how to do things.

      Learn to be resourceful. Don't over analyze. Fail forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    I think its Tom Adams who has an affiliate guide that costs a few bucks here somewhere on the forum, it is a basic look at the complete set up for cpl etc marketing and I diablo above has a guide and there would be half a dozen people here on the forum with free affiliate guides, go and download them and read up. also start out not trying to do one hundred things
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamell
    Create that balance between learning and applying.And it is good tô be informed but there is no way of knowing what the Market is going tô do unless you take action .
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