<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ToughTurkey™:
Ok, now I know I am going to probably upset someone with this opinion, but I can't help but speak up after reading the two threads Stephen has started.
The last thing affiliate marketing
needs (let alone the internet itself) is an datafeed affilate site like the one Stephen is putting together. Stephen has:
no programming experience
no web design
no database experience
no idea of what his website will be about,
...yet everyone is bending over backwards to help Stephen get his affiliate marketing career off the ground.
What are you all thinking?
There is no quick way to earn a buck through affiliate marketing, and definately not with a datafeed site.
The best advice we should be giving Stephen is:
1) Find a topic you are interested in.
2) Find a topic you enjoy and will be prepared to spend 100's of hours over the next few months building a website about.
3) Through quality link exchanges and a bit of luck you will grow your audience slowly over time.
4) Feature products that are of interested to your target audience
5) write some good copy with a personal recommendation if possible.
I think it's great to help a beginner, but I think a lot of advice in these two threads is irresponsible. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I, personally, take no offence whatsoever to your comments.
In fact, I think other newbies to datafeeds like me who are reading the 2 threads that I have started should pay very close attention to what you have said in your comments.
The only difference between me and the stereotype newbie that you probably have in mind is that I am not afraid to ask any pertinent questions, no matter how silly they may seem to be in the eyes of the more experienced marketers on this forum, such as yourself.
However, I would like to make a few points clear in response to your comments.
I don't think I ever said that I wanted to create a Website from a datafeed "as is".
I have a lot more sense than that!
In fact, the crux of the first question that I threw out was to ask for feedback about how it is possible to _customize_ the Web pages of a site that is built with datafeeds.
And actually, I do have a topic in mind for my first Website. Although I didn't think it was necessary to mention this as the topic of this forum is, after all, about datafeeds and not about what the topic of my forthcoming Website is about.
By asking this question, I was hoping to find out whether it is better to add my content to the product pages that are generated or whether I could set up my Website and then insert the relevant datafeeds into the pages afterwards.
By asking my second question, I was hoping to find, if possible, any sources of products that are highly related to my topic so I could add the products to the content pages in the relevant places (or vice versa, i.e., add the content to the product pages).
The basis and content for the topic of my first Website will come from various chapters of the 28 books that I have written during my lifetime.
The lady who is transcribing the chapters for me says she is now up to about 90 pages and she will finish rest by the end of the year, so I have plenty of content to work with.
Pardon me for not mentioning this earlier, but again, I didn't think it was relevant to the topic of datafeeds.
I am now in "research mode" as to how to best insert this content into my Website. I have no intention whatsoever of putting up what is referred to as a cookie cutter site and I apologize if that is the impression I gave you.
And as mentioned in a previous post, I am not here to "earn a buck". I am doing this because I want to do something useful and interesting during my retirement days to fill the empty hours.
As for others who have been "bending over backwards" to help me answer my questions, isn't that the purpose of this or any forum in general... for participants to ask for advice on topics that you know nothing or very little about and for others who are more knowledgeable to join in and discuss those topics so that others may learn as well?
And another reason why I think that people have been so gracious to give me their feedback is that I have tried my best to keep my questions as pertinent as possible to the topic of this forum, which is datafeeds.
So I would argue that their advice is not irresponsible at all. It is only irresponsible if a newbie takes their advice and builds the type of datafeed affiliate site that you thought and feared that I was going to build, which is not my intention at all.
A final point... we have all been newbies at one thing or another in our lives, and if we are wise, we have sought the advice of others more experienced that ourselves.
I am at this very moment a newbie to datafeeds. But I'll bet you a Coke that you, ToughTurkey and MichaelColey, were newbies at one time too!
We all learn through experience or by asking for advice and then trying to experience it for ourselves but with benefit of other people's knowledge to help us along.
So I hope you don't mind if I stick around and keep on asking to learn some more, just as long as my questions remain "on-topic", of course?
Who knows... after all is said and done and I have all the answers to my questions, I might decide that it's not for me and just move on anyway and not do anything with datafeeds. But I will never know if this kind of thing is for me if I don't ask.
Anyway, I hope that in this process, the other newbies who are reading this forum will have benefitted from the advice, experience and sharing that others have given as a result of what I have dared to ask!
I'll leave you with this thought...
"There's no such thing as good advice or bad advice. It's what you do with it that counts!"