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    Affiliate strategies (naive question)
    Hi all,

    One strategy I often see mentioned is that a successful affiliate needs to find a niche product to advertise. Using the right (i.e. cheap) keywords he can find using a software such as Keyword elite, he can successfully market this product at relatively low cost. Potentially, make a lot of money.

    After reading this forum, and studying this on my own, I know this is not the best strategy: a much better strategy would be to create a long-running content site, and have affiliate links naturally appear there. This is what I'm currently working on.

    However, what I'm wondering is whether the first strategy can work at ALL or is it just hype. So far I've either lost money, or barely made enough to cover my costs. And I think I found good niche products and (relatively) cheap keywords using KE. Is this thing for real, or is it simply the result of people trying to sell eBooks/software to promote quick profits?

    Thanks everybody,
    Conan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conan
    Hi all,

    Is this thing for real, or is it simply the result of people trying to sell eBooks/software to promote quick profits?

    Thanks everybody,
    Conan
    I think you got the right answer in your quote above.

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    True. If it were as easy as the get-rich-quick ebooks would have you believe, we'd all be Internet millionaires by now.

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    >>create a long-running content site, and have affiliate links naturally appear there.

    Then learn SEO

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    Ok - so it is not just me. So basically everyone (or almost everyone) who go down that route are in the long run going to lose money even if temporarily they won't.

    So in other words: it is not truly possible to make money, in the long run, from an ad (say, using AdWords) that points people to a single ClickBank product...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merchant Consultant Team
    >>create a long-running content site, and have affiliate links naturally appear there.

    Then learn SEO
    I am Also trying to learn negative SEO (from completely unrelated reasons).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conan
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    So in other words: it is not truly possible to make money, in the long run, from an ad (say, using AdWords) that points people to a single ClickBank product...
    Sure it's possible - especially if you're the only person using those keywords, marketing that single ClickBank product (and yes, that product is hot and being searched for).

    Bottom line you can make money selling ClickBank products and using adwords but that learning curve is equal to, if not greater than, any other type of affiliate marketing. Simply no "get rich quick" programs out there - that work.
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    You can make money, but it is often short term. Things change and new people will start bidding on your keyword with better ads and products.

    You can keep chasing these short term profits, or you can take a longer term strategy by building a quality site that will pay dividends for the long term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence
    Bottom line you can make money selling ClickBank products and using adwords but that learning curve is equal to, if not greater than, any other type of affiliate marketing. Simply no "get rich quick" programs out there - that work.
    This is the quote of the day. Too many people are wasting money on DTM PPC and are not building any lasting brand value *at all*. Once your campaign stops converting, you're done and you have to start again with a new campaign/product/niche. While some people like that constant search for the new hot thing and the thrill of making some bucks... they would be much better off in the long run building a real site and pointing all that PPC traffic to their own branded site with pre-sell to the products and when the products *change* you still have shoppers coming to *your* site where you have updated information and new products for them.
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    PPC can work. I know many very successful pure PPC affiliates. (And I doubt any of them ever read -- or wrote -- an eBook on PPC.) It's not as simple as it sounds and it's a lot more work than you would think, too. If you just build ads and come up with keywords, then leave them be, you'll find that your ROI (if it was even positive to start with!) will continue to decline until it's no longer profitable. Competitors will come in, raising the bids and pushing you out of your most profitable keywords.

    It takes continual monitoring, tracking, adjusting, and adding of new merchants/products/keywords/ads if you want to stay even or grow your income. Some of that can be automated, but a lot of it needs a human touch. Many keywords won't be profitable, and you'll need to remove them.

    Building a web site is much easier, IMHO.
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    When in doubt also pick a niche that you LIKE and have an INTEREST in doing. Don't just pick one because it might make good money. You will burn out very quickly if you stick to ones that don't really interest you other than money they might make. It will show in the quality of the site as well.

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    Thanks for all this useful advice! Really appreciated!

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