Starting Out - Need some advice!

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Hello All,

Just joined the forum!

I am starting out w/ affiliate marketing and am honestly lost in the sea of information.

I have about $1K to spend as a start (have more if the campaign(s) are successful) and want to jump into promoting affiliate offers via paid-advertising (AdWords, Facebook etc.).

I have a couple of niches in mind but I'm not sure how to start!

If I want to promote an offer from Clickbank, can I just create a Facebook Ad that links directly to the affiliate's product page? Or do I have to create a landing page myself and then have the traffic go to the affiliate product page?

If the campaign is successful, I can scale pretty quickly - meaning spend more money for paid-traffic. I am not looking to create any content - no blog/website for these products - just choose an offer from an affiliate network, buy ads on Facebook, Google, Bing etc. and track the conversions and hopefully make some sales.

Can someone who is experienced give me some advice on whether this is feasible?

I am also looking for a mentor - I'm in the Bay Area, CA. People seem to be quite cryptic about their business - understand that they don't want to share which products they are promoting - but they just seem to be cagey in general.

Appreciate any positive advice.
#advice #starting
  • Profile picture of the author TheMostCreative
    Why not start a small product, and promote is massively, I think this would be a better option since you will be selling your own product you can be more creative when its your own.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikefelman
    I'd say start a blog. I just started promoting clickbank products also and I was advised by someone i respect to start a blog and post articles about your products at least a couple of times a week. You can develop trust, and then they are more likely to buy. Sending paid google traffic to plain ads with no write-up to support your ads, when people don't know you, chances are they will not be inclined to spend their money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doug
    Here's the deal, as I see it...

    Keep your money in your wallet.
    There are some very successful affiliate marketers here, and elsewhere online.
    Clickbank, as you mentioned, is actually now teaching more to help their affiliates and vendors be more knowledgeable. Go see what they offer.

    You are going to get people responding here, they are going to say...
    Build your list
    start a blog
    use paid advertising
    be the expert
    and on and on

    Here is something to understand today. All business takes time, lots of time, to see sustained profit. The Internet is not a magic bullet and a business online that becomes successful takes time. Just like an offline business. Pick any franchise, sure the system is setup ready to go, but profit and sustained business takes time. The Internet is the same.

    Cagey - yep, it's the Internet.

    So, if you truly want to send traffic directly to a vendors sales page I strongly suggest you consider making that sales page yours. It will take time, but remember this is a business, not get rich quick. And should you decide to spend your $1K investment, don't you think it would be better to spend it on a solid business? rather than total hit and miss?
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Appreciate any positive advice.
    So you are not interested in the truth?

    want to jump into promoting affiliate offers via paid-advertising (AdWords, Facebook etc.)
    With no experience and sans building a list, you can kiss your $1K goodbye.

    I'm positive!
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Steps you want to take:

    1. Find strong demand within one of the niches you are considering
    2. "Test" that niche with some initial content and offers (I would start by picking a platform that plays to your strengths (blog for writing, Youtube for videos, itunes for podcasting, etc...) and begin to generate content around the niche to guage interest
    3. You can also run small paid ad tests toward your offers as well...but these should be offers for front-end content that gets YOU the lead and then you can market affiliate products on the back end
    4. Track everything, test different ads as well as landing pages with your offers - this would be the best use of a couple hundred dollars out of your $1K - this will allow you to find the right niche, message and offer which you can then scale up with more ads and/or content

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    • Profile picture of the author emmerson
      To add to what Jeff said above, I would also recommend testing different audiences with your ads as well for example different interests, age groups or even locations on facebook ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author stews
    The most important aspect of any internet venture is to develop a plan and stick to it. Most, including myself get bogged down in all the information available. We bounce around and don't concentrate on one project. Develop the ability to zero in on your plan of choice and see it through until the completion. Good luck1
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  • Profile picture of the author cherrytom
    I'm so pleased to see that you are considering a mentor! I wish I had done when I started. I wasted a lot of time, and a lot of money I could not afford, trying to go it alone, without success. I finally realized I would not get anywhere without a mentor --- someone to tell me what to do, and show me how to do it. Another, similar, idea, is ClickBank University --- they do an online course for affiliates. Keep smiling!
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    • Profile picture of the author alfiejack
      I joined the Clickbank University because, as a newbie, I thought they would be the best teachers. Unfortunately all the information was in short videos which only gave an overview of what to do. They didn't really show you how to do things, they just told you what to do.
      As a newbie you need a more hands on approach and I would suggest a mentor.
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  • Profile picture of the author online only
    Start learning SEO instead of paid ads. $1k is a bit too low for starting out, you'd probably need something around $5k. At first you'll burn your money anyway, just to see what works and what doesn't.

    Secondly, I don't think Adwords tolerates affiliate sites and affiliate offers that are solely from promoting clickbank products.
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  • Profile picture of the author astral walker
    Originally Posted by BOOGUM View Post

    As you already have a couple of niches in mind, I would suggest you narrow them further. Go to google keyword planner tool and find the a long tail keyword with low competition and a minimum of 3000 daily searches. Target a specific country, may be more local to reach the right audience.

    For example: If you know that a particular product or service would sell like hot cakes in a particular state. Target that state and find the best keyword. What you are doing here is actually helping people. You will surely get ranked in google as the competition would be really low.

    Make sure you start a blog and write relevant articles in your niche. Articles more than 2000 words rank higher in google. Not many people would take the time to create a quality article with loads of information. Most blog posts have 250-500 words.

    Write reviews but be realistic. Give people what they want and do not exaggerate and make it a sales post.

    Try to build quality backlinks from high authority sites. It's not easy, you will have to publish atleast 3 guest posts every month. Do it slowly don't be too aggressive with link building as it needs to look natural.

    Then you can concentrate on paid advertising. Build a base and scale up.
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