I am a motivated, but not yet indoctrinated, perspective Affilliate Marketer (at least I think that is the route I would like to pursue).
I have been reading a number of forums, informational websites, blogs, etc.....for about 3 months now. The one message that has come across very clearly is that this business is not a get rich quick solution, hard work and digestion of tons of information is a requirement, and it is going to take time to build a business that can support the needs of my daughters cat. Anything beyond
that level of income is going to take an additional measure of hard-work and maybe a little luck.
I get all that and fortunately I am gain-fully employed (although somewhat hesitant to desire the rest of life be spent in my current occupation) so I can afford to take my time and learn all the in-outs-problems-gotcha's-don't do's that seem to be well documented here.
I have been spending about 4 hours a day reading as many 'interesting' threads as possible to try and pick up tidbits of information I can use as I approach building my first website and then trying to monetize it. I am probably going to ask some really dumb questions as I get more active in this forum....so I would like to apologize up front. I intend to move forward with a similar amount of work with the expectation that every 3 days of my work is equal to 1 of yours.
I have never failed at anything in my life and I have always been taught to finish what I start. That is part of my hesitation in getting started with a website....I want to know exactly the battle I am facing and make sure my interest does not wane in the face of it. It hasn't happened yet because I see huge potential 2-3 years down the road in both what I can accomplish and the global impact the internet is making on our lives.
Sorry for being so long winded but I realize that newbies can come with lofty expectations (from reading posts here and elsewhere) and I want to remove myself from the standard categorization. Feel free to pee on my Cheerios if you feel the need to keep me grounded and my expectations low...just recognize I come into this with high expectations that are not clouded with the promise of quick riches.