Newbie looking for help!

by Kevin Marshall 14 replies
I just joined this website today. Three days ago I picked up my first book, Moonlighting On the Internet" by Yanik Silver and I read most of the book in three days. After doing some research I think I want to get involved with this as soon as possible. Where are some places I can learn about setting up a website? I pick up computer applications quickly so I know it wont take long for me to learn. I lost my job five weeks ago and the job market is terrible. I was involved in marketing for the yellow pages and superpages.com before so I know internet marketing works. I need to bring in some income ASAP and I am willing to tough it out to be successful in this business. Since I lost my job I have plenty of time to get this business up and going. My questions are... Do I need a website to get started in Affiliate Marketing? Where can I go online to learn how to put up a good website? Lastly, how many of you are making a full time living doing this? I dont want specific figures or anything. I just want to know if you are making a full-time income doing this. I am dedicated to making this work and I need to get started as soon as possible!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Marshall
    I hope you can help!
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    • Profile picture of the author Keyblast1
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      • Profile picture of the author Khemal
        My best advice would be that you play to your strengths. If you were a marketing person for yellowpages etc then you know how to market. You don't need a website per say to begin making money. A simple blog will suffice really. Funny how people think that getting a website, all the bells and whistles to go with it and killer graphics will start making money for them. All of those are tools that support your business model and plan. Start of without one, or worse, with a bad one and non of those will help you make a dime.

        The main thing is finding a business model and hungry niche market to feed. Many newbies of internet marketing jump into the IM niche and they get burned because the market is saturated. There are plenty of other non saturate markets out there so find one that's got people who are spending money in and feed that market. You don't have to play in the IM market to be an Internet Marketer!
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  • Profile picture of the author gmichaelh
    Hello Kevin!

    As stated above you don't HAVE to have a website to get started, especially if money is an issue. But if you are serious about making a living in Internet Marketing eventually you are going to want to have your own website. You will have some expenses with a web site, the main ones are:

    1. Domain name registration - you will need to pick a domain name and register it with one of the registrars online, this can run you around 10 bucks for a year depending on who you go with.

    2. Web site hosting - you need to pay a company to "host" you site, you create the web site on your computer but you will need a web host to store your files on their site and to make your site available for viewing online. This can cost you anywhere from $10 a month up to as much as $90 or more depending on the host and the package you get.

    Those are you 2 main expenses with a web site, the hosting obviously being the most expensive as it's a recurring monthly expenditure. The other main expense would be the software to create your site. Microsoft Expression Web, and Dreamweaver are probably the 2 most well known ones and both can be pricey. But there are some good free editors out there you can get that will work quite well.

    That said you can start a blog for free at places like Blogger.com to get started if money is tight. This will get you an online presence with out laying out a bunch of cash.

    If you opt for creating your own site as opposed to outsourcing it to someone which can again run you into some $$, then do some research and get some basic knowledge of html, the language used in creating web sites. The editors out there you can use to create web sites don't require you to know html but it can help to have some knowledge of it when you get into creating your own site. If you do a search for html you will find plenty of free sites that will give you all the information you need on setting up a web site.

    If you follow the link below in my signature to my website I have a link at the top of my site that will take you to a page where I have posted a video on creating a web site. It's just a short how to video showing people how to get a basic site up and running. There is also a link on there to a free web site creating program made available by Ewen Chia who is one of the "gurus' of Internet Marketing. He also has a bunch of tutorial vidoes showing how to use the free software. He doesn't charge anything for the program or the videos but you do have to sign up for his newsletter to get the link to download the program.

    The Warrior Forum is, in my opinion, one of the best places online to get information on Internet Marketing. Just ask and you will get plenty of help on whatever subject you need help with.

    Hope this helps.
    Good Luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author rich85
      Hi Kevin,

      The answer to your question is yes you can make a living online and a very good one at that. I am a successful internet marketer after buying a website off a company and then marketing it myself from the excellent training i recieved from them. i now work from home and enjoy working the hours i wish to work and spending time with my family.

      You can make a bit of money online by advertising other websites and selling products through dropshipping companies and such like but if you want to make serious money you do need to either purchase a website or try and set one up yourself, which can be very hard work if you dont know what your doing!

      let me know if you want any more advice.
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      • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
        One time investment.... WF. OK thats free... so hang around and hear what others are talking about!

        Other investment... My second best till date... War room
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        • Profile picture of the author David Raybould
          Hi Kevin,

          Check out Bum Marketing Method - Free Traffic Tips. It's travis sago's course about getting started with affiliate marketing, and it's free. If you follow the instruction you can start making money within a few days.

          Contrary to what keyblast1 seems to believe, affiliate marketing is definitely a business, and getting started with that kind of article marketing would be a great way to make money as you learn.

          Hope that's useful

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          • Profile picture of the author Kevin Marshall
            Thank you for all of your help! I am learning a lot here. Before I picked up Yanik Silver's book Moonlighting on the Internet four days ago, I was trying to find ways to market by just looking on the internet. I lot of the websites seemed like scams to me, so I finally started looking up books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. I found Yanik Silver's book and saw it was at my local Barnes and Noble down the street and went to browse it Friday afternoon. After reading about 40 pages I knew I had found what I had been looking for! This gave me the foundation for looking up more information. I found this website through looking up info about Affliate Marketing on Yahoo Answers.
            I am so excited about pursuing this venture that I almost forget that I am still looking for a J O B. I have been unemployed for five weeks as of today and I really want to make this work. Despite at least 20 interviews, I havent even received one job offer. My goals are to make enough money to A. Replace my unemployment compensation with this venture. B. Make enough so my wife doesnt have to work two jobs anymore. C. Make enough so I can make this my full-time job. I dont care about making a million dollars, but I am tired of seeing my wife so tired all the time working two jobs.

            Should I go ahead and get a business license? Do you think I have an advantage being unemployed right now? If I were to go into this full-time tomorrow with my previous background in marketing, can I replace my little unemployment stipend from the Government within a month? Those checks for $340 per week from the Govt help, but I am ready to begin my new career!
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            • Profile picture of the author gmichaelh
              Hello again Kevin!

              As far as getting a business license, if you are planning on pursing this it would certainly be a good idea.

              Advantage being unemployed...hmmm, I guess from the standpoint that you are getting some income and not being tied down to a 9-5 job and have more time to pursue IM...then I guess you could say yes.

              Can you replace the $340.00 a month you are receiving now withing a month...that will depend on you and what avenue you pursue. There are people who have been at this for a year or more and are still waiting to see some income. But many times that is for a variety of different reasons.

              I have found one of the main reasons is not taking action. It's easy to be overwhelmed by all the information out there on Internet Marketing and ppl try to learn all the different aspects of it. This can take forever as it's going to be a constant learning experience as you go as there are so many different ways to make money online, and so many different tactics as well.

              The key is to concentrate on one thing at a time and focus on it until you see some success. Then you can branch out into other avenues. But yes, I believe it is possible to at least come close to replacing that $340 a month income within a month if you are willing to buckle down and get to work. There are plenty of people making a good living in the Internet Marketing world, and I believe that with a background in marketing already you should be able to as well.

              Good Luck and if you have any other questions don't hesitate to post them on here, you will find many people willing to help you however they can. If you want feel free to send me a pm if you have any questions on any of the nuts and bolts of getting a web site up and running, I would be happy to help.
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              • Profile picture of the author Kym Robinson
                Hi Kevin
                I have PM'd you!
                Check your box and read, read, read!
                If you need any other help, pm me back.
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                • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
                  Actually, you CAN get into Internet Marketing. The key is to teach or provide Internet marketing to OFFLINE businesses (as opposed to going after the saturated work-at-home crowd). Businesses are always looking for new, inexpensive ways to promote themselves.

                  If you already have experience with working with YellowPages.com and SuperPages.com, you're one step ahead of the game. I'd learn everything you can about Internet marketing and how it applies to real-world, offline businesses. Check out Andrew Cavanaugh's "Offline Gold" report. (I don't have a link handy, but just do a quick search for it here or on the Copywriter's Board (CopywritersBoard.com).

                  IF you want to do Internet Marketing, that is....

                  Good luck!

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                  • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
                    Aha! I found it! (I also misspelled Andrew's last name. It's actually spelled Cavanagh. Sorry Andrew!)

                    Here's the link. If this is the avenue you'd like to pursue, I highly recommend it. Andrew is a legit guy.

                    Good luck!

                    Internet Marketing To Local Businesses

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  • Profile picture of the author louiefrias
    OK...so you don't get anyone telling you "I told you so."..keep your new venture "under the radar" with the peeps you love.

    Inthe meantime, go get onsome lists and listen in on some live teleseminars...here's one: 8WeeksAway.com

    Then stay in touch with us on your needs and progress.
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    • Profile picture of the author Eric Land
      My best advice for you after being in internet marketing for 4 months is that dont get upset if you dont make a dime for a month or two because if you keep trying you will. But if i were to start over i would buy one of the wso that garentee you will make money or your money back. I know right now there is a great one that the guy says that after 30 days he can bring in your first 100 dollar day or your money back or he will personally get you to that 100 dollar day.

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      • Profile picture of the author napoleonfirst
        Man, you do not need a website to succeed in Internet Marketing you just need the right information. If you need some bucks you can work as a freelancers. There are good websites such as RentAcoder, Elance, Scriptlance, Guru.

        When you have some bucks, buy a .com domain name and webhosting. Install a Wordpress blog and use TrackBoost. After a month you can go to Payperpost and create good income.
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