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    My 500th post - making it count!
    While 500 is a small number of posts to many folks here, for me it represents a lot.. a commitment to both this forum & the affiliate marketing "business" I fell into a little more than 2 years ago.

    I wanted to make my 500th post count.. so here goes... in no particular order, I hope this helps at least one new member!

    1. Affiliate marketing is "the hardest easy money you will ever make"
    2. PPC: make sure you know what you're doing. It's VERY easy to spend a lot of money, with little or no return
    3. Niche: if you don't love it, don't build your site on it.. you'll get bored & quit.
    4. Content is king (to search engines), but high traffic doesn't necessarily mean high conversion
    5. Conversion: the lifeblood to every affiliate site. It may take a while, but figure out how to better convert your traffic. Sometimes it's as simple as improving the wording of text links.
    6. Scrapers/parasites/bad guys: report them to networks & google, they will actually do something about them!
    7. Your friends, while intrigued by what you do, won't really understand - members here, however, understand more than you realize!
    8. Every day can bring something new - if it doesn't, that means you're probably not learning as much as you should
    9. Manage your expectations! Don't expect something for nothing..
    10. All of the above is based on personal experience..

    I joined this forum in 2006 & became active in the past 12 months, when my sites started to generate income. I still have lots of questions myself, but like participating as I finally believe I can give something back!

    It took a while to figure out my own AM strategy and it's been a long stretch that includes hundreds & hundreds of unpaid & thankless hours. But I don't regret a minute of it. Mine is not some fabulous success story (yet!), but I take great pride in revenue earned, and also the fact that readers & merchants think there's a bigger team behind my sites. I love that illusion

    On a personal note, my nickname has nothing to do with golf. My sites are not sports-related, they're very girlie-shopping related (due to the fact that I am a girl who loves to shop!).

    A big thanks to everyone here who has helped me along the way, both directly and indirectly through previous posts!

    Here's to the next 500...

    PS. I'm now a "Super Member" by reaching 500, awesome!

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    .... and also a super member with that post! Bravo!

    Helping and giving back is what it's all about - You've just helped many many newbies with that steep learning curve and saved them much wasted time.

    Congrats on the first 500! I look forward to the next
    Continued Success,

    Haiko
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    Absolutely a great post, teezone. WTG.

    And CONGRATULATIONS on #500. Indeed a Super Member - here's looking forward to your next 500 and beyond...
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    Very well said! It was worth all 500 both to you AND to ABW...



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    Congratulations teezone. While 500 posts is a great milestone, the real significance is in the quality of those posts and the contribution to the community that you've made. Keep it up. I'll see you at 5,000.

    -rematt
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    Amazing post. A great example for me. 450+ posts left to go.

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    Great Post. Congratulations to 500th Post & to the next 500.

    386 to go for me.
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    Life is Supposed to be Fun! Rexanne's Avatar
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    Great advice and insight, Teezone and congratulations on 500!

    I, too, will be looking forward to your next 500 posts!
    Peace,

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    Excellent 500th Post Teezone, Congratulations. Valuable advice to all, no matter how many posts

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    When someone makes a milestone post, I always take a look at their other posts they have contributed to the community. It gives me a quick reminder of who they are, what they stand for, and why they are here. I enjoyed browsing yours this AM and look forward to the next 500.

    -sfcom


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    Awesome post Great advice to new AND old. Thank you for being here and sharing your first 500.
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    Wow 500 in two years
    Funny how quickly the time goes by
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    WOW! 500! that is a LOT. i am working on more like 5. LOL! i am sure you have more than a bit more to offer than i do. i'm sure many people appreciate it.

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    i have a question. how do you know/see how many posts you have? sorry. i just saw it right now. typical, huh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeremyHFSykes
    i have a question. how do you know/see how many posts you have? sorry. i just saw it right now. typical, huh!
    That's ok Jeremy. We understand!



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    Congrats, teezone! Here's to many, many more...
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