09 Feb 12 5:06 pm
hey Karen. in the beginning it can take a while to learn. there are loads of things that you need to learn. Although some people do get started quickly, and have replaced their job in as little as 6 months, many people that I know take at least 1-2 years to start seeing consistent results.
Part of it depends on how much time and money you have to invest in your site. the more you can invest, the faster it will work for you.
Sites like Weebly are free to use, but they also are not something that you can control. If they change their rules about advertising, which has happened on a lot of the free sites over the last few years, you can be put out of business over night.
Although Wordpress can be a bit of a pain to learn, it is the easiest way to get started quickly. Its much easier than hand coding a site, or learning HTML and PHP. Its all a matter of putting it into perspective. It is the easiest platform to learn the basics, although it can take years to learn all the details, and to make totally custom sites, you would need to learn PHP coding, or hire someone who does.
You might look into buying a program like Xsite Pro which is specifically designed for building affiliate sites. Also, investing in a training program like AffiloBlueprint will teach you how to use these programs to build your sites. they will give you the step by step system that you need to follow to get everything done.
its really hard to say how long it takes to find your right niche. the reason a lot of people build multiple sites is to test the profitability of different niches, and find one that fiits their passions and makes some money at the same time.
How long it takes is up to you. if you understand everything, and get the technical details down, you can start up a site and be seeing some sales within a couple of months.
Really, it isn't feasible to outsource everything. you should outsource most of it, and focus your efforts on the parts that you enjoy. this isn't a get rich quick scheme. it is a business, and like any business, you will have to work to earn your money.
One thing I always caution newbies against is just throwing money at a problem and hoping it will go away. If you don't know what you are paying for when you outsource work, you will get scammed. I know many people who gave up on IM calling it a scam because they hired the wrong people, and got ripped off.
If you have done the work yourself, at least on 1 or 2 sites, then you will know what it takes, and what you are paying for. it is hard to do it that way, but you will be a better business owner because of it.
as far as how much you have to make to outsource it, that really depends on who you hire, how good they are, and what you are doing. I know some people who spend 200/month on outsourcing, and some who spend 2000+/month.
generally, i recommend doing most of the work yourself on your first site, so that you can learn what it takes and see how it all works. Then, start reinvesting what that first site makes into building new sites.
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