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Some questions about affiliate marketing

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by Lenna, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. Lenna

    Lenna Registered Member

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    My current IM plan is, I think, flawed in many ways and after investing over 200 hours in the first IM venture over 6 months I have less than $300 to show for it. :(
    Now yes it is recurring passive income but not guaranteed passive income. I hope to make another $300 passively by the end of the year but it's not much.

    So with an old website I got accepted into Amazon Aff, the old website also has Google Adsense but I've been a member of Adsense for 8 years and I still don't have a check.

    I'm not really interested in Google Adsense, I will never be paid anyway at that rate. However Affiliates programs I think are better.
    1. Is it possible to start with blogspot and make small websites for affiliates such as Zon and Clickbank?
     
  2. NutraCash

    NutraCash Regular Member Premium Member

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    You can create as many sites/blogs/etc as you want and link them each to different products at cpa networks. Just keep building and promoting.
     
  3. Zandamonium

    Zandamonium Junior Member

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    200 hours in 6 months, works out to be a bit over an hour a day. If you're serious about this, you need to put more time in. Focus on getting more traffic / better rankings. If you're short on time, outsource as much as you can.
     
  4. Lenna

    Lenna Registered Member

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    Thank you very much for your advice. As you've probably figured out, I'm not asking for fast results and I don't want to be spoonfed, but yes, I'm somewhat short on time. However, if this means it will take years instead of months, that's fine.

    Also, I've spent more than 200 hours on this if I also count all the time I spent studying this money-making method. Maybe 400 hours, I don't know. In any case, I have little time with college, so I'd be happy to work on this 30 minutes or one hour a day for now.

    I've thought about outsourcing, but for what I'm currently doing which is based around producing highly original content, I don't think it would work. I would be putting my account at risk if something was fishy, and since payments are held for a long time before you get paid, it's not worth it.

    I think the biggest flaws of my current business model are putting all my eggs into one basket, and having to produce so much original content. I just don't have any disposable income to try out writing services, and even if I did, I'm not sure that would be a good investment.

    This is why I want to diversify. I have several more questions. My old website got approved for Amazon aff.

    I'm fine with the fact that it's on blogspot because I don't want to pay $40 for hosting like I did a few years ago, but my niche is HORRIBLE. Really. Think of the worst niche possible. It's mine. I know of a grand total of THREE people who are making money off this niche on the internet. That is, semi-passively or through affiliates. Yes, it's that bad.

    Anyway, I have some questions regarding "ethics" as I don't want to lose my account.
    1. Can I paraphrase some reviews on Amazon to make my own 500-word review, choose an overarching theme/niche for the blog and do that 10 times then put the aff links and I'm good?

    I think that's probably forbidden, or at least a gray area. I mean, if I want to "borrow" reviews, maybe I shouldn't borrow the ones that are on Zon. Tell me what you think please.

    In other words, can I use a brand new website for Zon aff right away?

    2. Zon seems to want quite a lot of content on approved websites. Is a new website automatically approved if you add it to your account? I must add that the website I used to get the account is aged (over one year) and has around 30 highly original (albeit short) articles + Google Adsense.
    Won't Amazon catch on if I just write review websites?
    How many pages should a review website have?

    3. Does Clickbank auto-approve everyone? Do I have to be individually approved by each advertiser? Are huge one-page sales copy websites fine for Clickbank? Should I create a small niche website instead? I'm not sure that would be okay with blogspot.

    4. Let's say I make 5 or 10 blogspot blogs for affiliate purposes only just to test the waters. I write my own reviews by taking ideas from other reviews all over the web. Worst case scenario, I say a friend lended the item to me so that I could review it. I make 10 pages, put some pics that I have rights to.
    Is there anything else I need to do apart from putting all the disclaimers for Amazon?
    Also, I can't write about babies right? Since I can't target customers younger than 13. I wanted to targer moms...
     
  5. dannyslimited

    dannyslimited Registered Member

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    I'd like to help you. Contact me via Skype. I can answer some questions.
     
  6. Zandamonium

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    Wow so many questions haha.

    Seriously, you need to stop worrying so much, and start doing something big or you'll never get anywhere. You're over thinking everything, asking too many questions and getting caught in the weeds. It's ok to make mistakes, just take lots and lots of action, and then worry about something like which bank to put your millions of dollars in!

    BTW, congrats on making $300 so far, you're doing better than most people!
     
  7. Lenna

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    Dannyslimited, I added you to Skype, I'm Lenna with several numbers after my name. I hope you got the invite, I just downloaded Skype and created the account.
    Zandamonium, thank you for the congrats and I understand what you're saying, but I've accidentally breached TOS before several times, and really I wouldn't like losing my account.
    I mean, we all know that most of the methods that are sold in WSO's are shady at best and may get you banned down the line.
    Of course even right now I'm a proponent of being as efficient as possible in my work (not working too much for nothing.)

    I'll do more research on Amazon aff and clickbank, but I already know Google won't answer the questions I asked above, and neither will Amazon.
    For my main money-making gig which I'm moving away from, I'm still not 100% sure how much I can "push" without getting slapped, if you know what I mean. However I figured I need to sacrifice some quality if I want to bank hard one day, no matter what I do.

    I'll give you an example and maybe some people will think I'm being harsh but that's fine. Pat Flynn's securityguardtraining website (MFA basically) has not much content and whatever content it has sounds spammy as h3ll.

    So, I look at his website and think "Well yeah I can do that too." but it's not that easy. Like I said I made peanuts with GA over a period of 8 years, and I made the same money working for 3 hours on Fiverr and at least I can get a check. Fiverr ain't an option for me with the cost of living in my country.

    I don't know, maybe I just need some good example of Amazon aff websites that aren't getting banned and are earning money. I'll look into that some more, but I'd really appreciate it if anyone could answer, even partially, the questions I've asked.