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Top 6 hurdles for an affiliate marketing newbie

Top 6 hurdles for an affiliate marketing newbie

I have to confess, it can be kind of hard working for Affilorama.

All around me people are doing affiliate promotions and earning cash on the side... while I'm the fresh graduate whose eyes boggle at the very prospect of it all.

So six months ago (has it been that long?) I started following AffiloBlueprint and putting together my own affiliate site.

Here I am with all these resources around me, this great course to follow, and a very big student loan I'd like to pay off... and still I find myself procrastinating.

In fact it's taken me all this time to get my site to a point where I'd even begin to call it finished. I've just started seeing some small commissions coming in... but it's been a long road

I know I'm not the only one who's found the road pretty rocky, and faced more bumps than I wish to count. But I thought I'd share with you what I've found hard so far, as some of you might just know what I'm talking about...

1. Remaining committed to one strategy only

For me, it wasn't a question of who to trust or which strategy to follow, because Mark has always said that building a website is building an asset. My weak point was more about not getting side-tracked by all the promotions and products offered by different people.

In all my eagerness to do affiliate marketing myself, it slipped under my radar just quite how long it takes to start seeing any real results (money I'm talking about!), and I didn't anticipate a long drought of endless hours of effort and commitment with no reward. 

It's not that I doubted that the method works. It's just, well, I get a bit fidgety... and prone to distraction. The idea of a quick fix that other products claim to offer began to look all too appealing.

And so I found my commitment wavering, as instead of spending time working on my site I was researching (well, many just arrived in my inbox) alternative options and pondering those.

 

Luckily for me, others around the office were able to set me back on track with a few sharp words of advice!

2. Choosing a niche

It takes one quick glance at our forum to tell you that this is a big deal for many people. After all, if we get it wrong here, it's going to make it a lot harder to carry out the rest of the work needed...

I started with the intention of choosing a niche that I have some interest in (and preferably, some sound knowledge in). But then when you factor in competition, search volume, buyer intention phrases, and gravity... it's not that straightforward.

Call me boring or stupid, but I was scraping the bottom of the barrel for potential niches that I had both interest and some knowledge in.

And so the research process of choosing a niche, keywords and products to promote that hold some profitable potential had me running around in circles, and spending a lot of time on what at first glance appears to be a minor task.

3. Building a website

Raise your hand if you've posted on, or at least consulted, the ‘website building' part of our forum.

That's what I thought. Fiddly, annoying, detailed, and tricky. I envy anyone who built their first website with absolutely nohiccups. No matter how comprehensive the instructions or advice that you follow, why is it that they always leave you with questions, or panicking over what may or may not be a small or large error?

HTTP Status Error Codes and website headers, you are not my friends. And I don't like the language you use either.

4. Creating content

For those lucky few who happened to choose a niche that they knew a whole lot about, are good writers and marketers, then this stage may not be so much of a hurdle for you.

However people like that are few and far between, and for the rest of us this part means hard slog, or risky spending.

For the type of website recommended by AffiloBlueprint, the amount of content we're talking about is around 30 pages of content. And that's before even considering a newsletter series, and promotional eBooks...

So what's it going to be?

For me, I decided to write my own content. Boy did I underestimate the time I needed to spend online and at the library researching my niche so that I could write like an expert on it.

The other option didn't look too flash either though. Maybe you chose to tackle Upwork, learnt how to outsource your content, and took a punt with $300 of your money on what might return you 30 mediocre articles, if you're lucky.

At least I saved myself $300 - but then I've probably spent about $300 of my time researching and writing my content (well, I'd like to think I'm worth that much!).

5. Getting traffic

So I've put all this work into creating a website, but barely anyone's noticing it. It's just not fair is it?

This presents another fork in the road that isn't clearly signposted with ‘right way' and ‘wrong way'.

Whether we take the SEO route or the PPC route, we're still at risk of burnout.

Call me fickle, but there's only so much link building and waiting around for my rankings to rise that I can do before I'll lose interest altogether (or at least get side-tracked).

Likewise with PPC, us newbies don't have unlimited funds, and I've heard alarming things like you've got to spend $500 before you can learn to make PPC work for you.

6. The Newsletter series

I know that newsletters are really effective (I've heard Mark complaining that too few affiliates build them) butto be honest, I haven't even started this one yet. It took me so long just to write those thirty articles for my website, I think I would be mortgaging my youth if I wanted to write enough emails to build a newsletter series.

I've also done the math, and I figure that if I was to outsource this and get enough newsletters written to last me a year, it would cost me around USD$1000. When you're earning New Zealand dollars, that's practically a winter wardrobe I won't be able to buy.

Plus there's the monthly subscription to MailPush or whatever other service you use.

I'm feeling like I might need to wait until my site is earning its keep before I buy it any more nice things. I guess you'd say this is a hurdle I haven't quite cleared yet.

In summary

Don't get me wrong. I'm really glad that I've done this, and I know that my next site probably won't take me as long to put together. But man. It's been some effort

Actually... I think I'm allowed to give you guys a heads up about this now. I KNOW that my next site isn't going to take me as long to put together, because we've got a new product coming out pretty soon.

I don't know if I can share the details, but I can say that if you've been struggling with any of the stuff I struggled with, this is really going to help you. In fact I'm a little annoyed that this didn't come out six months ago when I first started... but that's the way it usually goes, right?

Want to know more? Watch this space! But here's a mathematical hint:

(80 + 20 + 3) x 5  :)

Do these hurdles sound familiar to you? What is your biggest obstacle in getting started in affiliate marketing?

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  • Reply kevin king • 2824 days ago

    I feel this post right down to the bones , I am making a few bucks now .
    but seeing that i can do better , i am going to purchase a new domain to target a new niche that are so i can earn more money. Until then be good......

  • Reply Aletta Is Too Cool2824 days ago

    Just a little note for anyone who thinks we've left poor Kim out in the cold all this time:

    Aside from earning her a little money for that elusive winter wardrobe, this exercise was designed to teach her what our members (you guys) go through so she can better understand and help you later on.

    We could have given her the quick and easy path, but where's the learning in that? She certainly wouldn't be writing blog posts like this if she'd had it easy.

    This stuff *is* tough and time consuming, but we're working on an easier way. We've got a product called AffiloJetpack coming out in July which should solve a lot of these problems.

    We had to get Kim doing it the hard way so she can fully appreciate the easy way when it comes :)

  • Reply Terry Kennelly2823 days ago

    Well done Kim.You have said it all for ALL newbies. When I joined last July Mark warned me and everyone esle of the dreaded ' Info Overload ' and 'Analysis by Paralysis '. Do we have to experience these 'dreads' before we continue on our journey. NO but we DO - despite the warnings. Mark also advised us to unsubscribe to all IM emails, INCLUDING his, and concentrate on our own development through his teaching programs.

    I for one have put on so much info weight in my head it's time now to reduce that 'weight' dramatically. So long to all you other IM email predators - your time has come - goodbye!

    Learn - Ask - Action

    Time to start over.

    Cheers!

  • Reply Kim Ross2823 days ago

    Thanks for all the comments and helpful tips guys! It's so reassuring to know there are many of us in the same boat.

    As for Aletta's note on doing this myself, I'm sure many of you can relate that I also want my successes to be due to my own merit, rather than due to others managing my project for me every step of the way.

    I think that's also what will be great about AffiloJetpack - what you do with it will be very much on your own terms.

    We'll all get there eventually, just remember these are only hurdles we're talking about - not giant road blockages that you can't get past!

  • Reply Fran • 2823 days ago

    I may be a little different in stating my roadblocks; for example
    How to FTP ,was not easy for me
    Organizing Files that you've FTP'd to your server
    How to move files from your server to your website (correct text configuration)
    how and where to embed Amazon.com a store to a WP blog without knowing CSS
    how and where to put html ad links or individual product links from Amazon.com to your WP blog
    How and where to embed Youtube html to you blog
    Yes I reserched some answers and many only used terms that confused me more everybody isn't a techie and I'm not dumb. I wonder if others have these questions and don't ask
    Thank you

  • Reply william eckard2823 days ago

    Spot on Kim!

    To all the very newbies out there, here is the catch. It is only logical that there is a lot of money to be made in affiliate marketing or Internet marketing per se. The Internet is humongus and the potential is limitless BUT the pot of gold it is only destined for those individuals that are prepared to make this a career. There is no "get rich quick" way.

    Just like a medical doctor or any other professional has to study for 5 or 6 years to eventually reach their dream of living their passion and earn the income they desire (and in most instances they have to slog away another ten years before they reach the desired level of income!), just so it is with this business, just a little easier and quicker I would say, if you are serious about it.

    If you are passionate about it, you will chip away at it every day of your life. Obtain knowledge, know how and expertise in every aspect of affiliate marketing, implement, fail, get up again and do it all over again until you succeed.

    I have been involved with internet marketing for years but was never prepared to get my hands dirty. Oh no, there must be an easier way! Well, their isn't any easier way. The best thing one can do is pick one or two professionals you can trust (you've found one at Affilorama) and then follow their guidance and get your hands dirty.

    I adopted this attitude some 6 months ago and I view it as a process of studying... to obtain a degree, then my masters degree, then a Phd with the subjects: Keyword analysis, Market Analysis, Niche market research, SEO etc. I will then go for a Phd in PPC, then Media marketing, then Youtube and then I will expect to see the money coming in. And it will!

    I cannot begin to tell you how much I have learnt in the past six months. Have I made money yet? No. Because I am no ready to make money yet, so how can I expect it? But I know that I will. 80% in the planning (and learning) + 20% in the implementation and execution = 100% guarantee of a successful affiliate marketing business.

    No shortcuts.

    You are not going to become the top neuro surgeon in the world by winning the lottery. Period.

    Sorry about the long post folks!

  • Reply Marc • 2823 days ago

    I still continue to go through some of these hundles, some are starting to be easily overcome however the niche selection can be a bit of a challenge. Thanks for the write-up

  • Reply Kathaleen Dunford2823 days ago

    Hi Kim,

    One solution is a product that I purchased due to Mark Ling highly recommending it. Of course there is still blood and sweat getting links and I highly recommend you spin the articles but overall the tool is great. I won't post the website in the body of my post but to read a detailed description of the tool do click on the link in my website.

    What do you think of seolinkvine?

    Every happiness and success in your future endeavours guys.

  • Reply SteveH • 2823 days ago

    The big unspoken truth in all this IM jazz is that your success is ultimately determined by how much time and energy you can put into doing it, and whether or not you stay with it.

    A lot of the hype suggests you can be successful quickly, but I have to suppose those days are long gone...all the big money, low-hanging fruit niches have been picked over pretty much by the early adopters and those niches are now crowded. That's not to say it can't be done, but your expectations do have to be scaled back a bit now. You can't just throw crap against the wall and expect it to stick anymore like it did in the early days.

    And Kim, I'd have to say that my biggest frustration has been the lag time between accomplishing various technical benchmarks in my website construction / SEO efforts and then waiting to see if I chose the correct approach. If you choose the wrong particular strategy, then you've lost a lot of time waiting to realize that. I guess instant gratification in IM just doesn't exist.

    At any rate, onward through the fog! Best wishes for success to all!

  • Reply Anders la2823 days ago

    Want to know more? Watch this space! But here's a mathematical hint:

    (80 + 20 + 3) x 5 :)
    ----------------------------
    What does this mean? Could anyone please explain?

  • Reply Kathaleen Dunford2822 days ago

    For those short on money couldn't you drop a few hints on what this new product is all about and how much it will cost?

  • Reply Bobby • 2822 days ago

    I must say it is true that everyone goes through this process and It gets a little harder if you are limited with money too.
    Not having the proper tools, time and resources makes everything slower.

    But from my experience I tend to procrastinate also only when I found a new idea or a new niche (this tend happen when you are browsing the web).
    So what I do I just jot down that idea in my small notepad and leave it there until I can utilize that to my main niche that I am working on.

    It is a good idea to have all newly created ideas and store them for later on, as you might not know you might benefit from it later on.

    This 80 + 20 formula is this some sort of old business principle that's been used by succesful businesses like the Pareto Principle?
    It's like cause and effect - 80% your sales and 20% your clients but times 5 (meaning networking with other 4 people to make the project or job more faster and get results quickly). Just a wild guess.

  • Reply James Pruitt2822 days ago

    Great Post Kim and thanks for the heads up. Looking forward to the new program. can't wait to give it a whirl. and who knows, maybe drum up some sales of my own. Guess I need to start thinking promotion, and see if we can do some preselling. Thanks for the heads up.

    I agree that some of these tasks are very hard to get through the first time around. However, once you have a system down, future sites are easier to complete, and everything goes much smoother and faster. outsourcing helps a lot also.

    It is always good to see everyone's comments and how many other people experienced the same difficulties along the way.

  • Reply Earl Allsopp2822 days ago

    Well, Kim, I followed some or your suggestions and launched my feable attempt at webbing. Wish me well. It is very simple, but maybe it will grow on me. http://www.wojo2010.com

  • Reply Aletta Is Too Cool2821 days ago

    (80 + 20 + 3) x 5 = the numbers you need to enter into the computer in the hatch to stop the island exploding?

    Are we going to have to wait six seasons to not get the answer, Kim? ;)

  • Reply Kari Halstead2821 days ago

    Yep - I'm with you Kim. As a mom & the manager of our real estate investments, I've had lots of distractions. Not to mention the dreaded "Shiny New Object" syndrome. Staying focused has been a great challenge.

    Content creation has been my sticking point. Just trying to break it down into bits so it's not so overwhelming. It's a comfort knowing I'm not the only one slogging away.

    Thanks for the post!

  • Reply IMABC • 2821 days ago

    I agree, I struggled with those myself.
    The worst of all being GETTING TRAFFIC.

    Pretty much all the other areas are nice and neat because they are 1-time efforts. You know that once it's done, it's done. It will be there.
    With getting traffic, you constantly need to be at it.

  • Reply mcwaldo2821 days ago

    This article couldn't have come at a better time as I'm making my way back. Was making great progress at the start of the year then starting branching out planning to add this and that and then here's another site and then the window of free time was shut as I became buried at my work and I lost my momentum.

    Set a simple goal which is now my goal: stick to the basics and get the first site live. Have locked down 5:30-7:30AM every day during the week just for that.

  • Reply Ray Gollis2821 days ago

    I believe the hardest thing in affiliate marketing is getting traffic and then converting that into sales. You can have a 100 websites but if they don't convert into sales what good are they. I am building my lists and have been increases my subscribers. But no sales so far. I am in the same boat as most people getting sales.

    I have been using Blogomator to automate my blog which I think is a great tool to schedule articles into your blog. Article Submitter and Jet Spinner are great tools to do Article Marketing.

    So I will continue my journey in Internet Marketing. I think the best think to do is only take 1/2 hour at the beginning of the day to read your email and 1/2 hour a day to read your email at the end of the day.

    I think if you concentrate in marketing your websites and your affiliate links you will be more focused in getting sales. I think you should avoid reading your email on all the offers out there,. This is a big distraction.

    The best way to stay focus, Is create a task list for the day and stick with it. Rather than reading blog, looking at offers. I have been trying to focus on Traffic Exchanges at the present moment. I think Super Surf with some of the traffic exchanges are good: I love hits, dragon surf, safeXchange and many other ones are good to get traffic to your websites.

    I really don't have the money to throw into PPC, but I think PPV is a better alternative. I am trying to get approved at some Cpa companys, but this seems very hard to get approved. Anyone know of any Cpa Company that is easy to get approved. I am interested in promoting Cpa offers through PPV. But I have been applying but no luck as of yet.

    okay,
    take care,
    Ray

  • Reply Neo Kanobi2820 days ago

    AWESOME Post Kim !!! - Hit all major points

    One this that is really helping me keep my focus is what a friend that I met in this Great Forum told me:

    ...We all suffer from "shiny new object syndrome," but I like to keep this quote in mind:

    "If you chase two rabbits, both will escape"


    Great Feeback Mark and Aletta (and I agree with you about the mysterious numbers ((80 + 20 + 3) x 5 =, are they in any way related to Lost or Smokey ?) :-)

    Take care guys

    Neo


  • Reply Heather Mackey2819 days ago

    i really like this posts! I think my biggest thing is keeping up with stragtegy! It is so important to stay on point.

  • Reply Todd Parrish • 2818 days ago

    Great informative site. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Reply epic traffic systems review dude • 2814 days ago

    Your number one is what I think is the biggest. Even big time affiliates tend to go for to many projects and end up missing out on some that could have been gems. As I say, get one thing going. Once you are down to making minimum changes than start another project.

    Another thing, don't forget about a strategy. You need to routinely keep it updated. So, your focus should be on one but every once in a while go back and update the other.

  • Reply scott bibbs2812 days ago

    my biggest hurdle was the header design and getting traffic without spending a fortune ,I did outsorce the articles and I am glad I did because I found an great writer but I am stuck now , no sales in 6 months and about $1000 into the site, so now I am trying to figure out the next step

  • Reply Earl Allsopp2809 days ago

    Help me understand the importance and workings of widgets. I placed a twittle widget on my webpage, but I don't know what good it is. Can anyone explain this to me. Earl

  • Reply Antonia Wenberg • 2805 days ago

    The learning process sure is a struggle! I think getting myself organized, picking my priorities, getting a rhythm going is just about everything I am lacking to help me stop procrastinating. At least I now know, from reading your article, that I am not so stupid just a little new at this all. Thanks for assuring me that it is all in the process of learning.

  • Reply Tracy Salvador2804 days ago

    What's with these get up and going in 3 hours. It took my 4 hours to read beginers info on this site!
    This is way more than a full time job. In the mean time, who keeps a roof over my head?

  • Reply mynameisJoe • 2801 days ago

    Hi Kim,

    Congrats for joining Mark's team
    (obviously the kind of job I would like to find to make my employment dreams come true).
    ;o)

    (80 + 20 + 3) x 5 --> wow I still ignore what those figures mean... ;o)
    How many Grey cells do I have to fry before solving this Pr Layton's equation?
    lol

    1. Remaining committed to one strategy only

    For sure this is a really BIG issue as sales letters are often very tempting.
    ;o(

    So we have to say okay this method seem fair enough for me then I stop searching any other one
    & I dedicate time - efforts - money (reinvesting) in my first project.

    2. Choosing a niche

    There are tons of ways to find niches.
    ie: buy a magazine & have a look on the ads

    3. Building a website

    Oh yes this can be very complicated at least for your 1st baby.
    The choice IMHO is between WordPress (free or cheap if you purchase a good template) & XsitePro2 (not free)

    4. Creating content

    If you have more time than money to invest in this task then
    expect weeks to produce useful & interesting content.

    If you already earned $200-$300 online then hire a ghostwriter.

    Advices:
    a) ask 2 or 3 articles previously writen as samples on any topic
    b) get started w/ 5 articles
    c) check if the content id original
    d) pay 50% now & the rest after you received the whole order
    e) be very specific in your needs


    5. Getting traffic

    Here again its time consuming & you have to explore several ways.
    ie: SEO, bookmarking, profile linking, article marketing, videos, rss feeds, etc.

    Dont put all your eggs in the same basket & if you chose keywords w/ enough monthly searches
    & not too many competition bang you can reach page1or 2 of Google in 2-3 months.

    As you I am not a big fan of PPC is quite risky...

    6. The Newsletter series

    Once again start this new aspect when you made enough cash to bear that expense w/out
    having to get an instant ROI.

    ================

    SEVEN. Dont quit before reaching your goals!

    Print out your goals & stick them on your wall & as soon as you reached one goal,
    "update" your poster.

    It may help.

    EIGHT. Dont put yourself in a situation where the lack of sales put you in danger!
    (ie to pay the rent)

    Not making (enough) sales is already frustrating & can soemtimes lead to doubts
    so dont add stress to those gaps!

    NINE. From time to time have a break & enjoy life w/ your family & relatives.

    If you can afford watching a film: Go!
    Go to the restaurant etc.

    Your wife/husband/kids/friends wont understand you stay away from them for months
    (even if you were already making thousands of dollars).

    I hope this helps!
    Joe.

  • Reply Ian Garcia2801 days ago

    I feel you, i used to get really distracted by other offers but i learned to just book mark them and review them when im done with work. my problem is finding business partners particularity web developers.
    if your a web developer and you know about internet marketing then our breed is really lethal. some advice for professional internet marketers and novice peeps. if you want to run the internet marketing game. learn everything about web development. knowing this knowledge makes you literally the boss of internet marketing if you plan things right. it is really hard doing it by your self trust me. im still a lone wolf.web development is really powerful knowledge especially when your an internet marketer.

    note: if you do take my advice do not learn PHP programming IT SUCKS
    LEARN ASP.NET IN VISUAL BASIC OR C# (SHARP).
    YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH IT.

  • Reply Candy Kotalik • 2801 days ago

    Great post! You're right about the time investment... Fortunately, the time investment is more feasible for most than a financial one.

    I also think you made a great point on the challenge with writing good content. It takes quite a bit of time to put good articles together.

    Keep up the great work with your blog! I enjoyed reading it.

  • Reply joe • 2796 days ago

    You''ve obviously struck a chord with a lot of people speaking your truths. Maybe your next article will be the best ways of overcoming your big 6. Thanks

  • Reply Don Bengert • 2795 days ago

    Good thought process on this subject...Are we sure there's only six hurdles? You definitely got six good ones, if not the top ones...I agree with you about the outsourcing issues, but depending on the niche we have chosen, the writing can be the most significant item. I consider myself an expert in the niche I'm in, even though it's not a top pick by the "gurus". When I start profiting I will try the "guru" style approach to heavy saturated markets to see what their talking about and make those 6-7 figures they speak of...I can't wait (lol)... Thanx for the good read

  • Reply Leon • 2794 days ago

    Honestly, Kim, I understand all six points, and could write a heap more on all of them.

    I am about at the point where any logical person would say that either I am the most useless idiot in the world - or the whole I.M. thing is nothing more than an end-of-the-rainbow myth! My dear wife probably thinks both!

    I could explain the general principles of more than a dozen different internet marketing systems and sound like an expert, but when I sit down to "DO" something I get lost in technical Neverland EVERY time.

    I've done endless research, got URL's, hosting, even an autoresponder account, but right now I can't even get a Wordpress theme working right. Oh yes, and I have Dreamweaver too, so I should be able to 'throw up' an html site. "Throw Up!" That's what I feel like doing.

    Every day I assure myself that "I will beat this!" - but I think I'm fooling myself.

    I've got more 'ultimate systems' on my hard drives than I could even remember what they are. I've got lists of keyword research, loads of articles about various things, research tools and auto-posting thingys - all littered across three computers - but I have not been able to get any one money-making website actually 'working'.

    It might sound like I'm a technophobe, but in fact I am an expert in a couple of Photoshop areas and am quite computer savvy, both Mac and PC!

    Sometimes I feel like driving the 5 or 6 hours to Christchurch and knocking on your doors and asking for someone to help me (or else certify me as clinically I.M. insane).

    Kim, it would seem that even for a NZ$ wage your job there is potentially worth a whole lot more than the dollars! Congratulations on getting your job, and especially the expert help you're obviously getting. I'm envious!

    I guess I'll take another look at "AffiloBlueprint" and see if I can NOT get stuck or overwhelmed this time.

  • Reply Leon • 2794 days ago

    Yes, me again.

    I just took another look at AffiloBlueprint and, just in case my last post gave the impression that AffiloBlueprint was the problem, I want to assure readers that it is NOT.

    I started with AffiloBlueprint the day it opened but got horribly swamped with my 'normal' job shortly after. I completely forgot about Affilorama and Blueprint apart from a couple of quick looks last year.

    Having just logged back in I can see that I should have stuck with the programme and continued as soon as I had the time. I would have saved myself several hundred dollars that I spent on other comparative junk over the past 18 months!

    AffiloBlueprint is the real deal, and I'm committed to being successful with it!

  • Reply dannybuntu • 2794 days ago

    There are ways to earn money instead of paying for a program you know. Like, work for other affiliate marketers and learn from them.

  • Reply Elgica • 2786 days ago

    Great article, I am an affiliate marketer myself and it is very difficult at the beginning, but with dedication and persistence one can go a long way.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Reply bureSnura • 2780 days ago

    Hi Guys!
    I strive to catch 'em all ! Meaning ways to make money.
    Since I am a student in New York city, I live one day at a time and I never know when
    I'll be on my last dollar therefore I need a steady income which is hard to find.
    Being a full time student and working part time is a hassle.there's not enough hours in a day.
    So I might as well close down the hatch, stock up on water and get ready for something to come.
    Today is a sunny du though. I can open my hatch.
    I found proactol a weight loss pill and
    it helps me get that steady income that I've been looking for.
    All I have to do is spend a few hours a day on the computer and the rest of the 22 hours focus on school work.
    My architecture major buddies know what I'm talking 'bout.
    Since I take proactol myself due to my not so great weight. I can tell you it's safe.
    So do me and yourself a favor and check it out. Easy weight loss.
    Bye to everyone.

  • Reply Theresa White2779 days ago

    Hi everyone
    T White here
    I just joined and completed my profile and wondered over here. I read the 6 Hurdles comment
    it was right on. There is one thing I would add - finding the "right" information for a newbie to start their foundation with.
    My experiences are filled with RRRRRRR because the people/programs i found were not designed exclusively
    for the newbie. I found that even those who claimed a newbie would have no problems ... wellllll maybe I'm just slow ; )

    Anyway it's 2AM been here since 9:30 yesterday morning
    night / morn'n /
    Peace
    T White
    Success Creates Peace
    Work at Home

  • Reply Jan Houghton • 2777 days ago

    Hi Kim, Great post! I'm sorry to say I only just read it (was going through my 200+ emails seeing what I'd missed before I deleted them).

    It (your post) so hit the spot. I've been in internet marketing for about 8 months, haven't made any money, learned quite a lot, but - oh how easy it is to get sidetracked! Just in the last couple of days I've made my mind up that I have to concentrate on just one or two 'systems', decide on my style of marketing, and just delete everything else that comes through the inbox. Cos I love it, and I know it's only a matter of persistence before I crack it.

    Anyway, good luck with your business :)

    Jan

  • Reply Zilla Montoute2774 days ago

    In time I will grow old hearing about Affiliate Marketing and Making Money On Line.
    I need to get going with the stuff. Is any body listening? Times are difficult, and I am still hanging on. Any credit for that? Now we get someone who tells it as it is. We need those tools brother, to market. He feels truth and lays it out. Those who stayed years hammering out the contents, will now say it is easy. You just drop your Link and don't think. Why do you still have questions after following all instructions. You hear words such as PDF and Html, as a newbie
    you don't know what tastes best with your salad. However, you digest these things sooner or later.
    you get to know. You know what, let all this knowledge be sooner. I want to grab my first Website. Its time to do business.. ZM

  • Reply Michael Hendrickson2773 days ago

    I now started reading your sites and would like to get started but still don't understand

  • Reply Russell Bailey2772 days ago

    Thankyou for your personal outlook on starting out in affiliate marketing. I am new also and running into a lot of the same roadblocks. I just have to keep plugging away and staying steady.

  • Reply wojo2010 • 2772 days ago

    Shall I chime in on the frustrated affiliate marketters, too? I am a newbie that hasn't received a penny from my site. I have spent $'s on SEO and read and studied, edited my site many a time with next to no hits. Frustrated..... you bet! The promise from most vendors was that I would make a return on my investment in a matter of days. Well, it is now over 60 days.... where is it? The only thing in my clickbank account is from my own purchases which I can't get until..... You know the story.

  • Reply Earl Allsopp2772 days ago

    I submitted a comment to those who are a bit frustrated as I am after two months of working at affiliate marketing, but I am such a newbie that I neglected to log in first and my lengthy note got sent to ciber space. What I mentioned was that I have spent $ in SEO and updating my pages without much success. I was promised a return on my investment within days.... Hello? Where is it?

  • Reply cna training • 2766 days ago

    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  • Reply Margaret Meyer • 2731 days ago

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for emphasizing the time commitment necessary for an affiliate site. I think the time needed along with the learning curve have been the biggest challenges for me in starting my affiliate sites.

    However, almost 90 days in I am starting to see some progress. I've made a couple hundred dollars in commissions and am even getting search engine rankings. When I get frustrated with the process (and how much time it takes) I focus on my goals and look back on the progress I have made. I try to keep reminding myself of how far I have come and imagine where I will be 30, 60 or 90 days into the future.

    Best of luck to you (and all of the other new affiliates on this post) with your sites!

  • Reply jim workman • 2644 days ago

    still not sure what a blog is other than a site where you talk to others,as I learn more,I will tell others,thanks,for your time.

  • Reply Dan - mass cash espionage review • 2234 days ago

    There's always good money being made in affiliate marketing. However, you won't achieve your goals until you build trust and gain influence from both search engines and users. When search engines trust you, they'll reward you with higher ranking than competitor websites. And when people trust you, they'll buy from you.

  • Reply Russell Stewart2062 days ago

    Great article Kim. It made me feel that I am not alone in this 'learning' challenge.

    As 'stargate66' mentioned you can't expect the big rewards without being committed and persistent.

    It is easy to get diverted so I think a written 'study & apply' type plan is imperative. I am as green as they come and the real challenge I have found is doing one thing at a time.

    A plethora of IM offers keep coming in and it is easy to 'take a quick look' but it only slows you down. I've unsubscribed to just about all of them other than 'Affilorama' (obviously).

    Mark and the great support team are the best out there and Adam Short is in the same mold, first class.

    I've blown a few (well more than a few) bux on some courses and
    really got nowhere, I am learning and I know it will take time, but then again; anything worthwhile takes time and energy with a dose of passion to see it through.

    Excellent article Kim with some terrific replies too!

  • Reply anisha • 1680 days ago

    Very Nice Article

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