"Make Money Online" + List Building

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So two weeks ago, I decided to stop sitting in the beginner's circle and start making money online. I created my first Fiverr gig and sold $40 worth of SEO articles. While working on that, I've been researching affiliate marketing because it seems to be one of the "easier" methods for beginners (so I've read). The most common recommendation I've seen, no matter what methodology is involved, is to build a list.

Now my gut tells me I should be focused on making money with niche blogging, but I can't shake the feeling that I can be effective in the "make money online" niche despite its "saturation." I have an idea on how to be an authority in the niche and amass a following, but I want proof of my experience when I get started down that path. I know I'm capable of this because I've done something similar before. I was getting subscribers for years even when I wasn't making videos anymore. Unfortunately, it was a non-paying niche.

So my question is, would it be effective to setup a domain that redirects members to an affiliate on ClickBank or JVZoo, then use a separate portion of my site to build a squeeze-page where I'll send paid traffic for list building? My carrot would probably be some PLR content or product I create myself, and my traffic source would likely be PPC ads. I'll manage my list with Aweber, and I don't mind the up front investment all of this requires, though I am curious about a decent amount to pour in.

I've already proven taking action is the best way to learn, but I want to see if there's a flaw in my thinking before I go throwing money down the drain.

Edit: Now that I think about it, perhaps I should follow my instinct and work with niche blogging. The amount of investment I've read about for PPC campaigns is upward of $1000, and probably more for such a dense niche. I'm probably better off putting this aside until I have more investment funding.
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  • Profile picture of the author skmyna
    One thing I can mention here is when you are so clear about your traffic generation with PPC then I'd suggest you to make a short "review kind" of blog with an opt-in box widget .

    This kind of short "product review" blog works great with PPC campaign.If you ask me how to do it then probably I won't be able to show you out here. I think you should give it a try.
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    • Profile picture of the author Boonqueesha
      Originally Posted by skmyna View Post

      One thing I can mention here is when you are so clear about your traffic generation with PPC then I'd suggest you to make a short "review kind" of blog with an opt-in box widget .

      This kind of short "product review" blog works great with PPC campaign.If you ask me how to do it then probably I won't be able to show you out here. I think you should give it a try.
      I see, that makes sense. I'll keep that in mind. I'm working on what niche I want to go into while doing my research. I don't want to rush things and see my money get flushed down the drain.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamstout
    Review blogs work the best with proper optimization!
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewAdamSmith
    Try building a blog. I was able to make money doing this.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Henson
      I believe you have a great plan but I would think twice about direct linking when it comes to ROI for your PPC campaigns.

      With direct linking, you'll be giving away subscribers for free. The vast majority of people don't buy products when they directly land on an affiliate landing page.

      However, if you send them to a presell or review page and collect their emails, your conversion rate increases considerably during your follow up sequence of emails and you can continue selling to your buyers after that. This means you'll have a much better ROI for your PPC campaigns.

      If you want a serious and sustainable business that continues to grow, NEVER direct link your affiliate offers with PPC. You might make money in the short run on a hot product, but once the product cools off, you are back to square one.
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      • Profile picture of the author Boonqueesha
        Originally Posted by Jonathan Henson View Post

        I believe you have a great plan but I would think twice about direct linking when it comes to ROI for your PPC campaigns.

        With direct linking, you'll be giving away subscribers for free. The vast majority of people don't buy products when they directly land on an affiliate landing page.

        However, if you send them to a presell or review page and collect their emails, your conversion rate increases considerably during your follow up sequence of emails and you can continue selling to your buyers after that. This means you'll have a much better ROI for your PPC campaigns.

        If you want a serious and sustainable business that continues to grow, NEVER direct link your affiliate offers with PPC. You might make money in the short run on a hot product, but once the product cools off, you are back to square one.
        Hey, thanks for the great information. The main reason I'd redirect to an affiliate offer is so my domain doesn't return a blank page if anyone is curious after landing on my squeeze page. That said, perhaps it isn't the best strategy in retaining leads.

        Would it work better for me to create a website targeting the "make money online" market and burrowing down into a niche? I'd write articles, create videos, build my social media accounts, establish authority, etc. and then send PPC traffic to a squeeze page hosted somewhere on my site. It would seem like this is the better alternative, though I'm not 100% positive, especially since so many people are targeting this market and I don't exactly have earning reports that I could show my visitors.

        I'm ready to take the next step and get hands on experience with building another site, writing articles, looking at SEO, etc. I'm just not sure in which direction I should step yet.
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        • Profile picture of the author DianaLensbury
          Originally Posted by Boonqueesha View Post

          Would it work better for me to create a website targeting the "make money online" market and burrowing down into a niche?
          Definitely. You can then build a list of subscribers who are interested in that sub-niche, which will result in a much more responsive list. And therefore... the list won't need to be very large either.
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  • Profile picture of the author AngelaWest85
    Building a blog and making sure to have quality backlinks to it and social bookmarks is a great way
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    If you're looking to build a long term sustainable business online, there is no doubt that you will eventually have to build a list of prospects related to your niche. Having a list is important because it gives you the ability to make multiple sales from the same prospect and the ability to have traffic on demand. Yes , you can make money without a list, but who's business are you ultimately building in the end? Remember the story of the 3 little pigs?
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  • Profile picture of the author gabelumagui
    I agree with the review blog idea. Then you could connect other things to it, such as youtube.
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  • Profile picture of the author garethjehu1
    TARGETED traffic – the people who are serious about buying your ‘stuff’ is what
    you want heading to your website/Blog

    It’s quite easy to put up a simple ad on Google PPC, Facebook or a banner ad and
    send people to your website.

    There really is only one way of getting this TARGETED traffic.

    And that’s by making/forcing potential customers to do a little work and qualify
    themselves before reaching your site.

    And you can do this easily by first recording a short video enticing people to an opt in page, and then sending them to the website.

    You see video is a great way of connecting, building trust and rapport with your customers. You have the best chance of your potential customer getting over the initial obstacle "I don't know this person from Adam."

    But better still is to send the traffic to an opt in page, then send them a short report.

    Then next day after receiving the short report you start emailing them, outlining problems
    they may have concerning your niche, and offering a solution at the other end of the link you now include. (This link takes them to your sales website)
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Edit: Now that I think about it, perhaps I should follow my instinct and work with niche blogging. The amount of investment I've read about for PPC campaigns is upward of $1000, and probably more for such a dense niche. I'm probably better off putting this aside until I have more investment funding.
    Wise thinking. Sometimes you have to invest quite a bit before and if you get a campaign profitable. Many newbies lose all their money and never make a dime.

    I suggest reading some of Perry Marshall's stuff.
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