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Yet Another Newb Thread (YANT!)

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by kryah, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. kryah

    kryah Newbie

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    Greetings, everyone. Even though I am abiding by all rules for posting a new forum thread, something I have typed is hindering my to post it. I assure there is absolutely no rule-breaking going on here, so I will post this to start the thread, and my actual question as the first reply. Thanks!
     
  2. thejake

    thejake Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    This will end well.
     
  3. kryah

    kryah Newbie

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    To start, I'd like to say I've been a long-time lurker, but I actually just recently stumbled upon this website. I've been trying to get into the affiliate area for some time now and have just been beating my head trying to make sense of pointless threads on pointless websites. Finally found Black Hat World which has an abundance of useful information. Anyway, to get straight to the point, I'm in need of help. I'm not here to ask how to make $1,000/day. You see, I've had several ideas of how to make money using affiliate links and what-not; however, they just seem to fall apart. It doesn't make sense to me.

    About a year ago is when I realized how much money there is to be made off the internet. What I did was create a website that has a list of free trials and top-rated trials. All free trials offers I have are affiliate links, so whenever somebody tries a free trial, I obviously get a few bucks thrown my way. The other half of the website are products and services that are not free, but will save the reader money, I argue. For example, in my free trial area, a user will have access to Hulu Plus, Tide Pods, and Gamefly free trials. In the "top-rated deals" section, I try and convince the reader that buying Neutrogena SkinID will save money because of how well it works, or that using V2Cigs' electronic cigarettes you can improve your health and still have your vices.
    If it isn't already clear, the website is basically one giant affiliate website. I review products and services, and hope readers click my affiliate link that I link in every article. To maximize profits, I even add "Related Advertisements by Amazon" that does just that. On my Hulu Plus review, at the bottom of the page you might find headphones or a new tv/monitor ... Something from Amazon that would make sense to try and maybe sell with a Hulu Plus review. Something that users might be in the market for, anyway.

    Now here's where things are getting nasty. I originally started with a Bing! $300 advertising credit. I spent it all on advertising my website (foolishly paying $.45-$.65 a click) and ended with ~1800 views in that month. Since then, I average about 500 unique views a month. Nothing great. Likewise, I have accrued a grand total of $19.30 :p. I spent the first $200 on advertising my website as a whole, which is what made me the original $1.30 off a Tide Pods click through. I spent the remaining $100 on advertising a specific article that I put much more work into than the others (a Bidcactus review page..). This is what made me $18.00 off one sign-up.

    My question here, is what can I do to improve this and maybe make a bit of money every month? I am not here to only take and not give. If anyone would be interested in taking a newbie with plenty of other unique ideas under his/her wing, let me know. I'd be happy to share $.60 of every dollar I profit.
     
  4. kryah

    kryah Newbie

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    Luls. Turns out it was because of a sentence explaining my first idea involved fartlices haha.