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Affiliate marketing is not for Everyone

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by lumbian, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. lumbian

    lumbian Newbie

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    Hey peoples....I recently joined this site...which i must say is pretty darn good.....I find my self religiously coming back several times a day reading and reading, looking for a good way to make some online $$$.

    After some trials with the whole affiliate marketing and observing other peoples journeys, i have come to the conclusion that it's not for everyone.....Some people can make a profit while some just can't get it done ( like me). It's just like....Everyone can't be a drug dealer or a Sales Person......you have to be talented in that area of work. I consider myself more of a "Builder" that a "Marketer"

    Me now....i am a pretty decent web / multimedia developer...I can build almost anything a client wants or provide a solution for their problem....BUT....I totally suck at being a Sales Agent and bring in actual work...Most of my work come from recommendations from other clients or the random person that visits my website. I know people who can go out and practically sell anything.

    Anyhow back on the topic......I been reading this forum alot or money making techniques....I am currently working with adsense and amazon (astore)......the profits are not even worth mentioning...lol......but still see persons "claiming" they made this amount of money a month or that much sales etc. I have come to the conclusion that I won't be able to get this marketing done and make those amount, even tho i might be able to build the prettiest of websites or other graphic work. I have accepted my faults and limitations.

    Maybe there are other money making avenues that I can work on, as I am not the type to give up. I havent given up on Affiliate Marketing, just accepted the fact that i basically suck at it. I have been trying freelance stuff, but most of the clients just like to put you on a shortlist and then discard you. If anyone has any comments on the topic, feel free to do so, they are welcomed and appreciated. Bless and Be Cool
     
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  2. yeahsure

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    Hi lumbian,

    You remind me a bit of myself. I've been a web designer / developer for years now and started playing with affiliate sites like two years ago. I'm not a good salesmen as well. Actually, I think I really suck at it!

    Anyway, when I started, after building a couple of sites, the results were VERY discouraging. I didn't made a sale on Amazon for months and my adsense earnings were less than 2 bucks a month. So I just decided that I wasn't good enough and I would go back to web development were I have people that sells my services for me. Bad Choice!

    A couple of months ago, I was burned with a client so I decided I was too tired to keep messing around with these people (even though I have employees that do a lot of the work for me) and I started again with the IM venture.

    Long story short, it's been around 2 and a half months now. My adsense earnings are NOT incredible, but I'm pulling in around $10 / day on complete, real autopilot. I only have a handful of sites done and with just a few odd backlinks they are ranking on the first page of Google and one is at #1. I'm now building a dozen of sites and I plan on promoting heavily the first sites I've built to dominate those niches.

    Bottom line is: I think you have more than enough to be successful in this business. You don't have to be a good salesmen to do it. What you already know is more than the average guy knows.

    My guess is that you didn't pick the right niches. That's the key, spend 50% of the time finding a niche, 10% building the site and 40% promoting.

    All the best and good luck!
     
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  3. lumbian

    lumbian Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply....I am using the "unique niches" method and build sites with quality content (that I will write). I can't find my self building crap websites tho.....like site about "cheap car insurance" or "loose weight in 2 days" etc. I am also thinking if I should build most of the sites one time and monetize them all after, or focus on one then move on to the other.

    I think if i have 50 sites making $1-3 a day...I should do reasonable. Even with 50 sites at $1, that should bring in decent $$$. In my country I get $2 for each US $1...so $100 ($50US) a day isn't bad at all

    Also on burning by clients....I find they don't give a small company of freelance person the same respect as a Large Established company, even tho the large company might be producing crap work
     
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  4. Boltblue

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    Aff marketing is not something that comes easy to a lot of people. But the good news is there are definately techniques that CAN be learned in order to be successful at it.

    You are in one of the best places on earth, as far as having resources to learn those techniques - BHW. One thing is for sure,,,if you give up you surely will not become successful at it.

    My 2 cents: keep working and trying different methods that you find in the pages on this forum, read, learn, read some more. Experiment,,,trial and error is a great teacher. Failure is just a stepping stone to success.
     
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  5. fcdude

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    As long as you keep at it you will succeed. If you do what successful people do, then there is no reason why you wouldnt be as well. Don't set yourself up by thinking in your mind that you are not good at this. Someone cant work out a few times and expect too look fit right?

    There is a really good thread in the download section that you should check out about information overload. A lot of people read and read as well as prepare but only spend a small fraction of time actually implementing it.

    The good news is that everyone started out pretty much the same. At least you are taking action, thats a good start man. Often the methods do work but people do not work them--i think it was "wiz" who said that on here.

    Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Eduction alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. --- Calvin Coolidge 1872
     
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  6. lumbian

    lumbian Newbie

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    I am far from giving up, thanks for the replies....I will continue doing what i'm doing and also try some new methods that I can be good at, and be happy doing. I will also and not jump into the 1st one is see with out researching and planning 1st. It might turn out to be stressful....lol
     
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    yeah, this applies to generally any profession.

    it's also dependent on an individual's work ethic.
     
  8. penaakul

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    adsense is for everyone as long as you can research keywords properly, writing and get your properties ranked.

    meanwhile, affiliate marketing needs more than that. you need to understand the market very well. you need to understand the keyword very well. you need to understand the product very well. you need to test user's interaction by testing and changing several things like head line, author box, etc. affiliate marketing has far more than i've mentioned. last but not least, copywriting.

    adsense is the easiest monetization model in the earth but you can get banned easily too. affiliate marketing is very lucrative but you need to grasp those variables properly before you can see the result.
     
  9. plut0

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    IMO Affiliate is everyone just like Internet it self, but success story always have a different genre that follow people. No matter how completely newbie or looser people are. Everything just need "dedication" and little time to develop solidity on its revenue. May be what i say is too general, but you have to know that your market are general people that less sophisticated than the way we are thinking. So Keep it simple stupid.
    just my 0.02 cent / clicks :)
     
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    If you want to make residual and passive income, there are some methods that can do that for you. Your best bet is with CPA, or you could try autoblogs.
     
  11. yeahsure

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    Exactly. At first I HATED building *ugly* websites. My solution was to NOT design them myself and only use free templates. I usually edit them to optimize their on-page SEO (h1/2/3 tags, meta tags and stuff like that) and that's it. I also try to use "minimalist" themes, they load fast, have good CTR and are not that ugly, maybe boring, but not ugly. Look at the wordpress theme "vigilance" for example.

    I don't have an answer to this one, but this is the approach I'm taking right now - building lots of sites and see what sticks. Keep in mind that if you do your keyword research right, most of the sites will AT LEAST pay for themselves (hosting, domain and a few extra bucks) so the worst that can happen is that you learn which niches do not perform well. Knowledge -in my opinion- is a greater asset than a big bank account.

    Same here, I get $3,78 per dollar so that's a good thing.


    Amen to that! Imagine if you are not only a small company, but you are based on a second-grade country like mine! We may produce quality work, but latelly it seems our clients only care about the price.

    Oh, and BTW. My sites have really crappy content at the moment. I plan on outsourcing that soon, I hate writing, but at the same time it's really important!
     
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  12. mahan_eesh

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    Well dude earning big paychecks from Affiliate marketing is "NO MAGIC, BUT ONLY LOGIC".. Several people see that from different perspective.. But the real process you need to allow yourself to cultivate is no one sit with CC to just drop on your site and buy things randomly. :) And dont be in a conception that i need to build a list and develop trust factor for years lol.. The big guys actually know that a list is made for earning money and not to to have gossips and keep building relation online.
     
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    yeah it is not for everyone. Only persistent one survive. Its not that easy and its not that difficult. Very simple logic is if you are procrastinator and blaming others(it reminds me of southpark where they show stupid people(racist too) yelling "they took our jobs"). If you suck offline then don't think some magic will happen online.
     
  14. xixilee

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    i learned a lot of method ,thanks to you all!
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    Aff marketing is so huge right now, in terms of ways to do it and products / offers to promote, that there's something for everyone. If you're interested, but not particularly computer and web savvy, no problem! All you need is a blog, Amazon affiliate account, and a Google account. (All free.) It can all be set up with templates, no coding required. Blog about whatever you know, whatever you're interested in. You won't get rich quick, but with patience and a little effort you'll start making something.
     
  16. yeahsure

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    Dude, did you read the OP? He's a seasoned web designer / developer. He has no need of setting up a free blog with templates LOL
     
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    My point was that one could get started for free.
     
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    Keep it at it buddy
     
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    Ohh I see! Totally agree with you :)
     
  20. lumbian

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    Thanks a lot for the replies people, appreciated

    there is no method posted...lol

    I have forced myself to write, after a while it becomes simple and easier to do

    This is inspiring...nothing beats persistence


    They are so much techniques out there, I am sure I can find some that suits me and my work and feel comfortable with.