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    Smile What should be my first step, if not creating a site?
    So, I've read a lot of advice and guidelines to creating a niche site, creating credible content, building my list/community and linking affiliate offers.

    While engaged in that long path, what other kinds of affilaite programs can I start and test? What's the best for newbies?

    (Background - Already been down the salesletter road, clickbank road, bull$hit scheme road...they all got me banned by google and gave me a bad taste of the industry....would like to learn about better types than that)

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    find several merchants that have products you can sell and feel good about. build a site for the products. perhaps make a niche site out of it by offering products that are similar or fit a similar usage.

    Outdoor Living comes to mind. Or any part of it, i.e. outdoor cooking, or camping, or even hiking gear.

    that's what a lot of us do here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ View Post
    find several merchants that have products you can sell and feel good about. build a site for the products. perhaps make a niche site out of it by offering products that are similar or fit a similar usage.

    Outdoor Living comes to mind. Or any part of it, i.e. outdoor cooking, or camping, or even hiking gear.

    that's what a lot of us do here.
    Thanks for the reply. I like that idea. Do you have an example? I feel like what I have in mind isn't right...I picture an eCommerce type website where you have categories of products with pictures, prices and descriptions, but they link back to the merchant...

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    I find it easiest to think about a problem someone might be trying to solve and find products that are the answer.

    For instance, think about families of 5 wanting to go on vacation. Most hotel rooms just won't cut it. A searchable database of hotels/suites/rental properties that can accommodate 5 (or more) would be very useful.

    Or perhaps a blog about frugal living. Many of the blog entries won't have products that you can link to (and that's fine - those will increase your readership, inbound links and search engine results), but some will. For instance, you might blog about book clubs as a way to get new books for considerably less. Or using a Flowbee instead of going to a barber.

    Of a site about getting started in paintball. You can compare different equipment, blog, make recommendations, etc.

    Pick something you're passionate about, or that you've tried to find the answer for yourself.
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    I picture an eCommerce type website where you have categories of products with pictures, prices and descriptions, but they link back to the merchant...
    If you already have a site with lots of traffic you might get away with something like that if it is attuned to your traffic, but a site with only products and links really isn't much different than a site with just banners and links. If you want to show products you need to write related articles to provide a call to action, and you still will only be likely to attract shoppers in the browse mode.

    Merchants don't need a bunch of sites made for browsing, they need sites that get people ready to buy Blue Widgets or Round Widgets because...
    Hint: One well done page with one product will produce more sales than fifty pages of just products that link to the merchant's site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2busy View Post
    If you already have a site with lots of traffic you might get away with something like that if it is attuned to your traffic, but a site with only products and links really isn't much different than a site with just banners and links. If you want to show products you need to write related articles to provide a call to action, and you still will only be likely to attract shoppers in the browse mode.

    Merchants don't need a bunch of sites made for browsing, they need sites that get people ready to buy Blue Widgets or Round Widgets because...
    Hint: One well done page with one product will produce more sales than fifty pages of just products that link to the merchant's site.
    Yes, think you are a visitor, what kind of website will make you click and buy the offer there? Keep this in mind and you can start making money.

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    Personally, I'd start with blogging, as i have no programming background.
    Then I'd focus on something I am dying to know myself. I got a friend who's working out and trying to be bigger in body size now. And he spent ages online searching for how! That got me thinking - if there's a blog talking about how step by step and in details, he'd be a loyal fan of that blog for sure. It's good for him and the blogger.
    Last edited by CrystalDMP; May 23rd, 2011 at 02:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalDMP View Post
    Then I'd focus on something I am dying to know myself.
    Absolutely! That's the key to most successful web sites.
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    Good luck with your new blogging venture. I'm in the same boat as you, a newbie trying to get starting into AM.

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