When Starting out with Affiliate Marketing

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Would you say it's better to go with one idea and make one website and put all effort into that and roll with it till it fails or succeeds, or to start up multiple websites/blogs and see what works out of those? In the multiple website method, even if you see just a small result on one page and none at all on another then you could just put more time into that one as you know it has potential? Is that a good way to do it? If I set up multiple things at once, I'd probably do like this: a few content blogs just looking for traffic, amazon affiliate blogs, amazon review sites. And then I can see which receives more traffic, which gets more sales etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    It's easy to get distracted with lots of "noise". I'm not against starting more than one project, but be aware that it is extremely common for people to start things and never develop them fully. Realize that much of your success will come from your own creativity and effort, and there is not a magic pill as many may want you to believe. There are some great tools and shortcuts, and you have to learn about them over a period of time.
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    • Profile picture of the author znightmare
      Originally Posted by dvduval View Post

      It's easy to get distracted with lots of "noise". I'm not against starting more than one project, but be aware that it is extremely common for people to start things and never develop them fully. Realize that much of your success will come from your own creativity and effort, and there is not a magic pill as many may want you to believe. There are some great tools and shortcuts, and you have to learn about them over a period of time.
      Thanks I think I see what you mean about the creativity. Sometimes instead of trying to copy someone else's ideas it's better to come up with something that you think is good. I don't think I would have trouble not developing a site, if I pay for it I'll be sure to complete it, thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Khondoker
    I would go with start up multiple websites/blogs and see what works out of those? And then discarding the failure ones and put all the effort on the succeeding ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author znightmare
    Any more thoughts on it
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  • Profile picture of the author Evan H
    Originally Posted by znightmare View Post

    Would you say it's better to go with one idea and make one website and put all effort into that and roll with it till it fails or succeeds, or to start up multiple websites/blogs and see what works out of those? In the multiple website method, even if you see just a small result on one page and none at all on another then you could just put more time into that one as you know it has potential? Is that a good way to do it? If I set up multiple things at once, I'd probably do like this: a few content blogs just looking for traffic, amazon affiliate blogs, amazon review sites. And then I can see which receives more traffic, which gets more sales etc.
    Personally I would stick to one idea if possible...I remember when I was first starting out I jumped around using so many different methods...It wasn't until I stuck to just making and ranking Youtube videos and nothing else that I started seeing results...It took me a while to learn but the "process" of everything really opened up my mind to marketing, competition, branding, squeeze pages etc...The key was I said to myself "OI am sticking to this one method until I see results"...At first it was just a few views here and there, then subscribers, then leads and eventually sales...Patience is key!

    Best of luck
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    • Profile picture of the author znightmare
      Originally Posted by Evan H View Post

      Personally I would stick to one idea if possible...I remember when I was first starting out I jumped around using so many different methods...It wasn't until I stuck to just making and ranking Youtube videos and nothing else that I started seeing results...It took me a while to learn but the "process" of everything really opened up my mind to marketing, competition, branding, squeeze pages etc...The key was I said to myself "OI am sticking to this one method until I see results"...At first it was just a few views here and there, then subscribers, then leads and eventually sales...Patience is key!

      Best of luck
      Oh okay thanks for the advice! I don't know, I don't really see it as jumping around from one thing to another I just see it as working on multiple things at the same time.
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  • My thoughts, if you are just a beginner I would start small. I would just put up one site, focus on one course or idea then slowly develop it until I achieve success. But of course this is easier said than done. There are also times that no matter how hard you try, you do not seem to achieve your goals. If this is the case you may need to re-evaluate everything and perhaps go through related blogs and community to ask for help/feedback. This is what I have done and it works for me. I think everything will work for everyone provided that they really focus on only one thing at a time.

    Now with regards to multiple websites, you can still do this in time if you are used to the process. I would also suggest you find a working process for you before you even go and make a lot of websites at a time.

    I hope that helps and good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    I would start with one idea and website and see how that goes for a few months (at least 3 months). Then you can decide whether it would be a good idea to build another site or focus on your current site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    I would start with research.
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    • Profile picture of the author cobra5106
      Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

      I would start with research.

      Research and pick 1 method and try it....
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  • Profile picture of the author Marco Moeschter
    I wouldn't be Jack of all trades because if you spread yourself to thin you wont have to much success with your sites. It's better to build one make it successful and move on to the next one!
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    • Profile picture of the author YaniB
      I think the issue is spreading across different niches, maybe.
      I don't see anything wrong with setting up separate websites in the same niche and seeing if one outperforms the other. That way, you wouldn't have wasted time on a 'bad egg' so to speak. It's not always that you hit on a winner right out of the gate.
      In any event, all the best to you!

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  • Profile picture of the author Robin Grant
    That's good advice.
    Concentrate on one market niche and a few keyword phrases. Build a website and try to drive traffic to the site. If you start making sales stick with it and drive more traffic. It may take 3 months before you see results from the search engines.
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    • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
      There are (at least) two things to consider if you plan on diversifying your efforts...

      1) If you do too many different things, you may end up not doing enough on any one of them to make them successful. If you decide to do it anyway, choose one to be your primary site and commit to doing a serious job with that one. Then, in your "spare" time, you can work on the other sites, probably one at a time...

      2) It is becoming more and more important to establish yourself as an authority in your field, and if you're hopping back and forth between too many things, especially if they're incompatible, then you're undermining your efforts to be taken seriously.

      I think diversification works best if the topics are very closely related and pretty much in the same niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author Spencer Jones
    Multiple =Disaster

    Start out with one vision, you'll reach there faster. The only factor that makes your vision in to di-vision is multi tasking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    My train of thought has always been multiple sites = multiple streams of traffic = multiple streams of income.

    If your just doing this part time and the money is not necessary, than yes one site would be a good route to go. At the very least to learn the ropes and go through the trial and error.

    But as others have mentioned, you have to be careful. It's way to easy to have multiple projects started and none of them getting finished. unfinished projects don't make you any money.

    If you plan on living off the income, or it will be your sole income, it's not wise to rely on just one site. I've learned that one the hard way.

    Same goes for traffic, it's unwise to rely on one traffic source, like search engines. Things can change over night and everything could be gone. Learn that one the hard way as well

    Big thing is to get things finished and promoted. Where most people fail and then you see them on the forums complaining they haven't made any money, even though they've been doing it for years.

    Just my thoughts
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