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I guess I am a newb though I've been pursuing technology and a little IM for years now. In the past I wanted to literally start with nothing no domain no server, that was obviously stupid.

I currently have 2 blogging style niche sites that I've been promoting through pinterest and tumblr. I put amazon links in some of the articles and in one site I also have an ebay banner. I have made a good amount of content some with amazon links and some without. And have maybe 50 visitors a day from social media.

I'm not sure where I should invest my time next. I can keep promoting on tumblr and pinterest and produce content every now and again. I feel like I'm at a roadblock though. I don't get many visitors and they rarely click on my links. Also I am a pretty decent writer, but writing to sell always seems to psych me out.

I did get my first sale a couple weeks ago so I'm still chasing that high, but when I crunch the numbers I would have to sell a ton of amazon merchandise to make more than a couple bucks. One of my sites I actually really like the niche a lot so I want to develop it more. I also feel like I should just keep experimenting with new sites, but I don't want a bunch of shitty sites, quality over quantity.

I also have some interest in other ideas, eg. site flipping. Like I said I'm pretty new, though not to technology, but earning from it seems somewhat mystical.
#advice #newbie
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    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      Clarity is a HUGE part of IM success. I hope this post brings some clarity. It's so simple when you know it -- and darn difficult when you don't! I owe my mentors a world of thanks for bringing this clarity.

      IM is actually pretty simple: you can sell only one of two things:

      1. Products
      2. Services

      That's it!

      And selling products or services online happens in the same basic way for everyone, no matter what they're selling:

      Traffic > Opt-in page > Autoresponder series (or e-zine) > Sales page

      That's it! It's just that simple. (We IMers tend to overcomplicate things.)

      But no matter what your niche is, or whether you're selling a product or a service, do you know what your business model is?

      A business model is the framework or skeleton of your business. Essentially there are three types of online business models:

      1. Membership-based model

      A membership-based business model allows you to build a community of people (your members) who are as passionate about your subject as you are. Your membership fees can be monthly or annual, but either way, you're building recurring, passive income.

      There are a lot of resources and information out there to help you build a membership-based business if you're interested in doing this.

      2. Product-based model

      Selling products allows you to maximize your time and effort by selling items over and over again. This can be hard goods or it can be information products. Information marketing is it's own business model under the product-based model. Information marketing allows you to take your brain to the bank by creating a product ONCE based on what you know and selling it over and over again.

      Affiliate marketing falls under both models. You can choose to market either products or services as an affiliate.

      3. Service-based model

      Selling services can be great for 1) generating quick cash (as in the case of article writing or video producing) and 2) establishing your expertise and getting testimonials.

      However, in the long run, your goal should be to offer services at a PREMIUM. The biggest advantage of IM is LEVERAGE. You're able to leverage your time, money and expertise exponentially online. We all have just 24 hours each day. Time to get ruthless about what you expect for those hours you spend in IM each day. Expect more of yourself and more from your business friends, clients, partners, etc.

      What results are you getting for those hours you spend online each day? Ultimately, your services should be at the bottom of your funnel and cost the most since they involve your time and personal attention. (We all have a limited amount of time each day.)

      The fun (and confusion) comes in with all of the endless mix-and-match possibilities of the above models. If you're just starting or still struggling to make money, keep it simple:

      Pick just ONE!

      1. Pick ONE niche. (Something you're interested in and know something about.)

      2. Pick ONE target market for your product or service. (Who will buy what you're offering? The more specific you are, the more you narrow it down, the more successful you'll be.)

      3. Pick ONE business model.

      Now that you're clear about what business you're in, FOCUS! (And stop buying any info not related to your niche and target market, period!)

      F -- Follow
      O -- One
      C -- Course
      U -- Until
      S -- Successful


      And remember: build a list, Build a List, BUILD A LIST!

      In IM, it's easy to put the cart before the horse. Take a deep breath, step back and consider what type of business you REALLY want. Don't worry about getting traffic or buying that expensive traffic product until you know 1) what your business model is, 2) what niche you're in and 3) WHO your target market is!

      Successful business people will tell you that MARKETING is more than half the effort that's needed for success anyway. So pick a niche, target market and business model. Then spend most of your time and effort marketing it.

      If you DON'T have a solid plan or system, THAT'S when it's hard. A good system will shave YEARS (and save you big $$$) off of your learning curve

      That's why I recommend investing in at least one good, comprehensive IM course (or mentor who will give you such a system) instead of jumping from one $37 e-book to the next. A lot of people here complain about not being able to make any money. But neither are they willing to invest in their business. (Buying a random bunch of $37 e-books doesn't count.)

      The best thing I ever did was invest in a comprehensive IM course aimed at REAL business owners, not just other IM wannabes. Yes it was $1500. (It's no longer available.) But it was truly some of the best A-Z IM info I ever bought. Everything else I've learned (from the $37 e-books) since has simply been plugged into this system.

      My two best recommendations for phenomenal IM training programs are Ali Brown's Elevate program (ElevateBizTraining.com) and Jeff Walker's Product Launch Formula (ProductLaunchFormula.com)

      Get a solid plan or system and then work the plan!

      Hope this helps!

      Michelle
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  • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
    Well it seems you are doing something right so i suggest you keep building your sites adn drive more traffic.

    Make sure to start building a list though, then you'll have a direct line to your visitors and you can send out newsletters and promote related products. That would be the first thing i would focus on now if i were you.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    Have you tried SEO? It's one of the best ways to promote your site and get loads of free converting traffic. Most people running profitable affiliate sites don't rely on social media to do the trick. SEO works wonders for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author LivingCovers
    If you want to get visitors quickly, I'd advise you go the paid route and learn more about the paid traffic methods such as Facebook PPC or BingAds PPC and at the same time building a list so that you can grab those prospects to your site and market to them once and again. Depending on how determined you are, you can get results using this marketing model.

    Believing the best for you, matey!!!
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  • It's all about choosing the right thing for you.

    Do you think you're the kind of person who wants to build websites and make money from them selling affiliates products? Do that. And find the right strategy to get started with this.

    Do you want to get into product creation? Do you want to build a list (which you should be doing from the beginning)?

    Find what you want to do, learn about it when you can, and take good action,
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  • Profile picture of the author CashMoneyOnline
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    When I first started I did services on the warriors for hire section and created a site to take my orders. I then went over to flippa and sold the Business model. In one month I had made over $11,000 .
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  • It's all about choosing the right thing for you.

    Do you think you're the kind of person who wants to build websites and make money from them selling affiliates products? Do that. And find the right strategy to get started with this.

    Do you want to get into product creation? Do you want to build a list (which you should be doing from the beginning)?

    Find what you want to do, learn about it when you can, and take good action,
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  • Profile picture of the author fr33flow
    Some good advice guys, thankyou. Nightengale that was very comprehensive.

    I have some keywords I am trying to rank, but that hasn't happened yet, I guess it can take months for google to rank a site?

    What is the consensus on linking to amazon products (as a simple text link or picture) and hoping it nudges some people to buy? While it doesn't have a strong call to action it is subtle and people will probably buy. It seems kind of like adwords in that sense only sneakier and with better potential.

    Also, am I dreaming if I think I'm going to go anywhere quick with a classic blogging model? Would only a few articles and a big call to action be better? I actually do have some readers, which is good, but it seems like a lot gets lost in the shuffle of a blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author fr33flow
      Originally Posted by KristofferIM View Post

      But what's your question?
      Oops didn't actually ask anything in the OP, see:
      Originally Posted by fr33flow View Post

      What is the consensus on linking to amazon products (as a simple text link or picture) and hoping it nudges some people to buy? While it doesn't have a strong call to action it is subtle and people will probably buy. It seems kind of like adwords in that sense only sneakier and with better potential.

      Also, am I dreaming if I think I'm going to go anywhere quick with a classic blogging model? Would only a few articles and a big call to action be better? I actually do have some readers, which is good, but it seems like a lot gets lost in the shuffle of a blog.
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  • Try ranking your youtube videos on the first page of google. Just buy some backlinks for very cheap price on fiverr. Make sure you check your keywords first on google keyword planner or any keyword tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author KristofferIM
    Hi fr33flow,

    I think you are on the right track with quality over quantity.

    I understand you wanna make money by promoting affiliate products from Amazon.

    But what's your question?
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