just starting out, looking for good advice

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hello there! Just signed up today... i've been looking into affiliate marketing for a few years now & I've really wanted to get things running, but it seems that in order to be really successful, you need to invest at least a couple hundred dollars for domains & search engine submissions, which I just don't have! To be honest, my boyfriend & I are unemployed, i'm going to school & we're on the verge of losing everything. Again. All of this seems to be a little overwhelming at times. So here's my questions & any decent NONgeneric advice anyone can give me would be immensly helpful...

1. Pretty much everything I look into says first get a website. I've got a free domain with windows live, but it's not really something i'm entirely happy with since it's 4th tier(meaning there's 4 dots in the domain). Will that actually get in the way of me being able to promote?

2. As far as the website goes, every seasoned affiliate seems to say "keep it as simple as possible & you only need 1 or 2 pages on your site". Well, it doesn't seem just that simple. No website that actually gets traffic is! There's 15 pages & they're all confusing & full of whoopla garbage, links & articles written by fools who offer incredibly generic information! It makes it all quite confusing! I want to offer a variety of products so people have things to choose from & keep coming back, but I'm not sure how to go about that without confusing myself or anyone else. Should I start with something incredibly simple & add more after I get the site up? Will it actually help get things moving?

3. Traffic. It's a big 1 apparently. I know about facebook & myspace, but i'd like to NOT spam my friends with posts they don't really care about. Should I set up a business page? But how would I get people to like or join my page? When looking into it, it seems the only big name companies are the ones getting likes & whatnot. I don't like the idea of ppc & adsense. Everyone says adsense is a great way to pull in some extra profit, but quite frankly, it just seems annoying. There's always 500 ads all over & makes it somewhat overwhelming when trying to search for something. And blogs. How can I actually get free traffic to my blogs?

4. What's up with these affiliate "training" sites? Why does everyone require $47 to post THIER stuff? It doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever! I don't want to promote anyone elses thousands of dollars, I want to make my own. & I've read HUNDREDS of blogs about marketing & they all say the same thing, but it's nothing more than common garble. Does anyone know of any good people to get in contact with who actually have GOOD solid advice & is not going to make me pay for some generic info I already know?

5. Btw, here's what I've got in mind to start out with for my site. I'm currently going to school for massage therapy so I'm planning on building my site around that offering info, supplies, products & books for potential buyers. I'd like to start out as cheaply as possible because funds are incredibly low. However, once I can start pulling in some profits, the money will go into more advertising & whatnot.

So if there is anyone out there who can give me some good tips, advice or ideas on any of my thoughts or questions, it would be more than helpful=)
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    • Profile picture of the author MeganFreed
      It is possible to start without any money or little-to-no money. There are hosting sites that are really cheap and most come with a free domain name. The one I use is $6.95/month and I use a self-hosted Wordpress site, which is free.

      The autoresponder I use is only $1 for the first month and then just $19/month after that.

      As far as advertising, there are of course the expensive ad campaigns and such that will bring in quite a bit of traffic. Then there are the free ways to get traffic such as blogging, writing and submitting articles to article directories, posting in forums with a link in your signature, commenting on other blogs, etc.

      It takes time to get things going and you are going to have to work really hard for awhile until you get a constant flow of traffic to your site, but then it will get easier and you won't have to work so hard to make a sale.

      Good luck with starting up your business and I wish you much success!
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      • Profile picture of the author laurie390
        It sounds like you have your niche. That's good, because you really do want to start out centered in one niche. Get successful in it before moving on to other ones.

        Get a Wordpress blog and set it up on your own domain. Yes, that will require that you pay for hosting it (about $120/yr.) But it's good to have it yourself (as opposed to hosting it on blogger.com, etc.) because then it's yours. If the site that you have it on goes down, there goes all of your content.

        There are lots of free ways to market your affiliate products.

        Articles - write them and submit to article directories
        Leave blog comments on blogs that are related to your niche (with a link back to your page where you promote the affiliate product)
        Guest blogging - do guest blog posts for blogs in your niche
        Forums - join related forums and you can usually include a link in your signature back to a particular page on your blog

        That should help you get started!
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  • Profile picture of the author MissLauraCatella
    Hi bubble,

    I empathize with your problem and was in a very similar situation just a few years ago. The most important thing you can do is take action, and not get caught up in the details or specifics. It seems like you know the ropes pretty well so I suggest you dive in. If you have literally zero investment money, then I would suggest you start with HubPages. Sign up, create Google AdSense and Amazon Associate accounts, then write some hubs about massage therapy and include Amazon links to massage-therapy-related products. Think big ticket items like massage tables and massage chairs. I was surprised by how quickly I made Amazon sales through HubPages, it seems like it's a pretty warm market over there so you may also be similarly surprised. This method costs literally, nothing, except some time. Of course, time/money is the ultimate trade off when you're first starting out.

    You write well. You can monetize that. Ever consider offering your services as a freelance writer? You can check out TextBroker or look at the warriors for hire section and consider offering up your services that way too. Again, these methods cost nothing.

    Remember, don't fall into the pits of information overload. Not acting is the only sure way to fail.

    If you have minimal investment money, then get a good domain name and hosting. Pretty sure there are some deals hosting sellers offer here on WF that are quite cheap, a few bucks a month. Then, devote your time to creating content. You can use your HubPages to send traffic to your new site by linking from your Hubs to your site. Again, your site can be monetized in several ways at once: offering your services as a massage therapist, and selling physical (or digital) products related to massage therapy.

    Whatever you do, just do it. Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author money bubble
      Thanks everyone for your advice! It's great to finally find a place where people actually know what they're talking about! In the past hour, i've actually gotten a tremendous amount of help & ideas that I just could not find in the past few yrs! I think I'm officially in love with warrior forum
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  • Profile picture of the author calfred
    hello there! Just signed up today... i've been looking into affiliate marketing for a few years now & I've really wanted to get things running, but it seems that in order to be really successful, you need to invest at least a couple hundred dollars for domains & search engine submissions, which I just don't have! To be honest, my boyfriend & I are unemployed, i'm going to school & we're on the verge of losing everything. Again. All of this seems to be a little overwhelming at times. So here's my questions & any decent NONgeneric advice anyone can give me would be immensly helpful...

    Right. I have found affiliate marketing to be so much more profitable than AdSense simply because there's better ROI (return on investment) for every article that you write.

    1. Pretty much everything I look into says first get a website. I've got a free domain with windows live, but it's not really something i'm entirely happy with since it's 4th tier(meaning there's 4 dots in the domain). Will that actually get in the way of me being able to promote?

    Reason for a website is you can attract free search engine traffic. And traffic means money. However, owning many sites can be costly especially in the beginning and is a real problem if you don't have much money to spare.

    Just remember this. New websites take time (often 2 - 4 weeks) to rank in 1st page of Google or top 3 spots.


    2. As far as the website goes, every seasoned affiliate seems to say "keep it as simple as possible & you only need 1 or 2 pages on your site". Well, it doesn't seem just that simple. No website that actually gets traffic is! There's 15 pages & they're all confusing & full of whoopla garbage, links & articles written by fools who offer incredibly generic information! It makes it all quite confusing! I want to offer a variety of products so people have things to choose from & keep coming back, but I'm not sure how to go about that without confusing myself or anyone else. Should I start with something incredibly simple & add more after I get the site up? Will it actually help get things moving?

    Yes. That's what everyone is doing. They're keeping it between 1 - 2 pages because they have many websites targetting many keywords. Often times, 1 website will target 1 or 2 keyword.

    Adding extra pages is always important but may not be the best ROI for your time. Starting up new sites and ranking them proved to be more profitable in most cases.

    Why? Simply because most of the time, there's an advantage given to a domain name like How to Cure Acne (or .net / .org). This is called an EMD (exact match domain). When ranking 'how to cure acne', that domain stands a very high chance to rank.


    3. Traffic. It's a big 1 apparently. I know about facebook & myspace, but i'd like to NOT spam my friends with posts they don't really care about. Should I set up a business page? But how would I get people to like or join my page? When looking into it, it seems the only big name companies are the ones getting likes & whatnot. I don't like the idea of ppc & adsense. Everyone says adsense is a great way to pull in some extra profit, but quite frankly, it just seems annoying. There's always 500 ads all over & makes it somewhat overwhelming when trying to search for something. And blogs. How can I actually get free traffic to my blogs?

    If you want to look for Facebook and Myspace traffic (aka social media traffic), you gotta think in the thousands. This means not JUST targetting your friends. Think of it like a viral marketing campaign. You wanna hit millions of people if possible.

    To answer your question, there are quite a number of ways to get free traffic.

    - 1st page ranking in Google (most popular method, aka SEO)
    - PPC (you buy traffic)
    - Guest posting
    and tons more

    But what's most important is you get targetted traffic because they bring you sales. What is targetted traffic? If your site is How to Cure Acne, a targetted visitor will type 'how to cure acne'. Not something else like 'the history of acne' and 'acne for teenagers aged 16' and other far-related long tail keywords.

    Remember. You want targetted traffic. SEO can help you get it because people type 'how to cure acne' into Google. Those are the visitors you want. These people are actively thinking about how to cure acne.


    4. What's up with these affiliate "training" sites? Why does everyone require $47 to post THIER stuff? It doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever! I don't want to promote anyone elses thousands of dollars, I want to make my own. & I've read HUNDREDS of blogs about marketing & they all say the same thing, but it's nothing more than common garble. Does anyone know of any good people to get in contact with who actually have GOOD solid advice & is not going to make me pay for some generic info I already know?

    Quite frankly, you can search for almost anything in the WarriorForum if you just use this command (which I find much better than the Search button at the top).

    Type "site:warriorforum affiliate marketing tips" without quotes into Google if you wanna know about affiliate marketing tips.

    It's all in here.

    But, it is time consuming. This is why people subscribe and pay for affiliate training. It's all in one. Furthermore, the psychology is that when you pay for something, you pay much better attention and care about it much more. But trust is a big factor. This is why you have to scan for the scam factor and make sure the particular "guru" has real results and not just hype.


    5. Btw, here's what I've got in mind to start out with for my site. I'm currently going to school for massage therapy so I'm planning on building my site around that offering info, supplies, products & books for potential buyers. I'd like to start out as cheaply as possible because funds are incredibly low. However, once I can start pulling in some profits, the money will go into more advertising & whatnot.

    Just know this as a general guideline.

    Authority sites (many pages) are like big trucks. They're tough but require much more effort to start.

    Mini sites (few pages) are like cars. They're faster than the slow authority sites.

    Article directories are like mini fast cars. They're the fastest (in my opinion) and your best bet if you're super tight on budget.

    Hope this has been helpful to ya.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jaronwright
    It is important that you focus on your main keywords. The majority of your traffic will come through Google, not Facebook or MySpace. Make your website easy for Google search bots to find. Also do not make it general, if you try and target the keywords massage therapy you will never get ranked high. You have a better chance going with something specific.
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  • Profile picture of the author Keen creations
    focus on main keywords make it easy for google to find they like it more and ya...
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