29 Jan 07 11:06 pm
All good questions there. Actually those are probably the most commonly asked (or at least thought) questions that new affiliates have. There's not really any hard and fast answer for any of them. In fact a large portion of Affilorama is directly or indirectly involved in answering those questions, so it's a bit hard to answer all your questions in the forum :)
Here are some lessons/videos/blog posts that might help you:
http://www.affilorama.com/blog/10/how-t ... -answered/
http://www.affilorama.com/blog/12/findi ... le-niches/
Lesson 2.2: How to do keyword research
Lesson 2.3: How to find profitable PPC markets
Lesson 2.4: How to find profitable markets for natural search listings
Lesson 10.2 : Mindset of a super affiliate
Lessons 1.0 - 1.9: The 90 day roadmap
When you're saying "what's the absolute most profitable type of site to develop" -- that's pretty vague. Building a site like YouTube or MySpace that are now worth millions (billions?) would be at the far end of the spectrum. Everything else depends on your market and how you are able to promote the site.
If you're into learning guitar and you've got a bit of money to spend, I'd recommend getting your site set up as a review site for affiliate products and then maybe spending a bit of money on PPC to start it self-funding. But (like I say in the audio blog I've listed above) unless you've got a couple of thousand dollars at this stage, you'd be better off working on your organic SEO and getting your site ranking well in the search engines.
As an example, http://www.speedlearnguitar.com
is one of my learn guitar sites that I'm just getting started... it's currently making money through PPC on the review page, but it's still in its early stages.
That's one idea, but if you wanted to make a site on another subject, affiliate products might not be as good to promote, and you might be better with Adsense. It's all so relative, there's no real easy answer.
Similarly I can't really tell you how much you'd be earning in six months. It depends on how hard you're working, how many sites you're building, what your goals are, etc. I say to get your site earning $20/day before moving onto another -- this is a very reasonable target, and it's very achievable. But it's also possible to do much, much more than this. It really all depends on what you do.
I'm sorry I can't be more specific... there are no definite answers. It all comes down to you. But that's the beauty of the industry... you have no limits.
All the best, and I'm sure we'll see you around :)