Methods for IM for a newbie?

by avamarie 10 replies
I am a little confused between which is the best method for a newbie to get into IM:

Method One:
Choose a sub-niche and do a site about it (ie: instead of digital cameras, then only a site one camera type, or whatever) and make money via adsense or being an affiliate for one product?

Method Two:
Choose a broad topic (ie: adult acne) and do a product review site and being an affiliate for many products?

Not sure which direction I should be heading in.

Thank you for any advice anyone may have!

Tiffani
#main internet marketing discussion forum #methods #newbie
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  • Profile picture of the author Marian Berghes
    At first i suggest go only with one product. Try to find a niche that you know something about or you just like it, and then try to find a product and promote as an affiliate.
    You should make some kind of a business plan, like what is your audience, what type of advertising will you use and also try to set weekly goals, like "this week i want to make 10 sales" or something like that.
    Next step is to make a blog, make a review of your product and post it. then bookmark the site to all the famous social networking sites like digg, technorati etc..
    Start writing articles in your niche that are related with your product and offer the product as a solution. You can also try and make a squidoo lens, that helps too. In your blog try to put some part of the articles you write just to keep your blog updated all the time. this is a good start
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mason
    This is just my opinion, but I say go for the first option. Pick a specific product/niche and make a detailed website or blog about it. The more content the better is what I have personally found out. Make a lot of good content and focus on helping your readers. If it looks like a sales page, your visitors will realize that. So make the site focused and helpful while still getting in a subtle sales pitch.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Tiff, I wouldn't recommend either because you're choosing a "gimmick"
      rather than building a real business. But if you're limiting yourself to these
      two choices, I'd choose method A because it is more highly targeted and
      you'll probably have more success with it, though I have seen people do
      very well with method B. Problem is, I don't know how experienced these
      people are to begin with. I have a method B site that does very well, but
      I've been doing this for 5 years.

      If you have the time, work on an actual business plan. If you don't know how
      to do that, get somebody to help you. I recommend Bev Clement right here
      at the forum. She really knows her stuff.

      Hope this helps.
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      • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
        Hi Tiffany,

        Can I ask what you're hoping to achieve with your intended online business?

        Whatever it is - you just need to make sure that the model you choose supports you reaching that goal.

        There are a lot of ways to make money online but unless you have a clear overall plan for what you're hoping to accomplish you'll find it easy to get distracted by unrelated things. Once you're clear about what you're trying to achieve you will see that many of the things that seem like possible options now become obviously not sensible.

        I would suggest that before you jump into a niche that is nothing to do with your experience and skills just to make money, you consider how you might best use your existing skills and knowledge to support your online business (or vice versa, build a business to support your skills and knowledge).

        Many of the IM strategies available only make sense if you're happy to start spending time and effort (and even money) doing things that you have no real idea of what the results will be.
        I know that sounds crazy but you'd be surprised how many IMers do it and think it's a good idea.

        If you want to have a chat about it some more - feel free to PM me.

        Regards,

        Andy
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        • Profile picture of the author avamarie
          Thank you all for your input. Sounds like the first method is better, therefore, adult acne is probably way to broad. It's interesting you have all mentioned a business plan which I haven't done as I am not sure what my plan is at the moment. Just to learn more about IM and try things out to see what works I guess. There are a lot of the basics I am still learning.

          Anyway, I appreciate you all taking the time to respond. That's why I love this forum!

          Thank you.

          Warmly,
          Tiffani
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          • Profile picture of the author Eric Lorence
            Do not expect a huge income at first, it will take a lot of work and time to develop the right income system, which can vary for everyone.

            Be honest about your abilities, and choose methods that you can easily implement.

            Remember the the high income earners have developed their business over years of trial and error, success and failure.

            Spend more time than money at first, do the research and don't fall for all the unsubstantiated "Hype".

            Approach your goals methodically and stick to your system, no matter how boring or monotonous.

            Try to improve a little each day, even the smallest improvements will add up to great gains.

            Never stop learning, there will always be new methods and techniques to try and master.

            Good luck!
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            • Profile picture of the author redline_nz
              I'm going to say master the art of driving traffic.

              Both will work but they need traffic.

              I'd start with affiliate marketing due to the lesser technical demand needed to create a product and website.

              Start with focusing on getting a subscriber.

              Then focus on getting a sale.

              Then rinse and repeat because that's the process. You can make it more efficient but it all start with the fundamental baby steps.
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              • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
                Take a step back...

                Spend a day or two reading here at the WF and gather thoughts, opinions, feelings..

                You CAN build a constant income stream and then build into a business, but you need a plan of action and business.. one "method" is just not enough substance to build a foundation from which to work from...

                Take care and ask plenty of questions

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  • Profile picture of the author napoleonfirst
    It is good for a newbie to work as a freelancer, writing some articles in the freelance sites to get some bucks. Then you should buy a domain name and hosting. Install a Wordpress blog, then use Article Marketer to drive traffic. After a month use Payperpost to get more income.
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      • Profile picture of the author avamarie
        Wow, thank you all again for taking the time to respond to my post. It's all such helpful information, I really do appreciate it. I just have a lot to learn, I guess!

        Warmly,
        Tiffani
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