If the newbies are pushing them self against the big dogs with giant list or big pocket to dominating SEO or others, of course the newbies will be hard to fight with them all. Some newbies don't have a list and think twice if have to use autoresponder that cost $12-$19/month, must buying domain or hosting to build a site, most of them start doing IM to make money that means most the newbies don't have enough money in their wallet.
So, affiliate marketing sounds like easy but it's very hard to get into because most newbies are fail and don't know where to go. I have a friend that bang his laptop because doing IM not give him a single dime.
Like me, I almost give up. I'm online years ago using my little brother in law pc and cheap internet connection. I have a baby and my offline business is bankrupt. I believe online business is my best option to get income for my family. But I always try to find a way how to get that affiliate marketing dream. I must realized have to find another road to get there. I must going away from that crowded, but will be my homework to get there someday. I go to forums, freelance sites, check my inbox hoping any news about some chances to make money online. Losing some money by scam programs and shiny products.
Struggle to get income from online till one day I ask a friend (his name is Erick from Germany), he suggest me to go to fiverr... I don't like the ideas about $5 and I don't have many advance skills like designing, SEO spam backlinks or writing. I only can open gig about build a wp blog. So, I don't have many orders and my gig seller only to Level 2. Building a blog for $5 is very pain and consume time. Years ago fiverr don't have premium gigs and very little extra gig can be offer. Also my competitors are selling 1x gig for two blog creation. I don't know how to beat that. Even I have some income from online, but not enough to cover my bills. I must find a way to get more sales.
I have my blurb when some IM vendors are selling bundle pack in some season like Black Friday or other Holiday evens. So, I grab some cool offers, mostly the vendors are trowing their old products, this is what I can afford to buy. In 2012 or 2013 I bought covert bundles from IMW.. (I saw they launch it again this year!) and found some ideas to buzz more about the products but use my gig version. The feedback are good, most of them have the same products but not to dig more or some just to buy and leave to dust. When I offer them.."hey use the plugins or themes but with my version", seems like they're okay with that and some just want to see what's the different and some get exited again with the buzz.
I found also this is my chance to sell the affiliate products related with my gigs to them using file on the attachment or ask them visit to youtube video to build my list, I got more sales from affiliate products. I know this methods are not new and some vendors selling this fiverr-to-affiliate technique, but it works for me. Until now I use this methods, most of my buyers thankful about my affiliate recommendations. Yes, till now I'm still standing here and feel lucky not "wasted" from make money online. Even now still struggling from another failed, but I always try to find a way to get back to the track.
My tips for newbies or new comers are don't easy to give up and always find a way to be there. Use your skills, creativity or anything you have to win the battle in this game. You don't have to listen to others because you have brain, heart and power of you to get what good for you. There are many doors for you to go into the game and if there are no doors just build one. Just think outside the box and watch and learn from the other side.
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