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    Is this book any good?
    During my research on affiliate marketing I found the "Super Affiliate Handbook" website (superaffiliatehandbook.com/). This looks like one of those "get rich quick" books to me but on the other side I am a curious guy trying to learn.

    Has anyone here used that book? Is it any good? I hate spending a lot of money just to find it would be a scam.

    Thanks for any feedback.

    Christoph

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    Good value
    I bought it and found it to be quite useful. I knew a few things about the internet and e-commerce and this rounded some gaps I had in how affiliate marketing works from an affiliate point of view.

    Not much hype and quite down to earth. Like most internet marketing material she has affiliate links out from the book but you don't need to get those products as they are more of a resource.

    What I suggest you do is sign up for her newlsetter and then after a few weeks see if you like her style. It's tempting to put an affiliate link in here for that e-book but that is not allowed in this forum and I agree with that rule.

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    I have the book also. There was some good information BUT I have found that information plus more right here at ABW.

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    i am not going to tell you not to waste your money on such crap.. but

    but it`s true ! you can learn more just reading these boards.
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    Thanks, guys.

    I am going to save the money then.

    Chris

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    I was actually doing fairly well at affiliate marketing already when I read Rosalind's book, but still enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. I do like her style - very easy to read, and a lot of great information - and I learned a couple of things from her that made it well worth the 50 bucks (to me).

    That said, Rosalind does focus primarily on building affiliate sites and then promoting them via PPC. She doesnt really go into SEO, or even talk about it much in her newsletter or on teleseminars - she's said before that PPC is her method of choice as the search engines fluctuate and are hard to depend on.

    James Martell is the one that focuses on free search engine traffic (SEO). Any of these resources are great, if you know what you want and get a very specific guide. Of course, it depends on how YOU learn best. I enjoy reading - actually, more than I enjoy audio. I also frequent the forums for answers to specific questions, which is VERY helpful!
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    percieved value
    james martell is very good

    whether the book will help you i dont know only u can answer that

    and to the posts that have said u can find all the info here

    ,

    its a hot day and u want an ice cream

    so u buy one why because its easy to make ice cream

    but you want it now

    yes the info maybe online but how long are u willing to spend looking for the info

    and how much more profit in your business would u make by having the info readily available today say than 2 months time

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    and to the posts that have said u can find all the info here

    ,

    its a hot day and u want an ice cream

    so u buy one why because its easy to make ice cream

    but you want it now

    yes the info maybe online but how long are u willing to spend looking for the info

    and how much more profit in your business would u make by having the info readily available today say than 2 months time
    But...... if you spend the time looking around here, you discover that there are more flavors of ice cream than just plain old vanilla.

    There are many affiliates who buy a book, copy the style presented, and then are disappointed when their results fall short of their expectations.

    Better to take the time to learn about those other flavors, so that you can build a more rounded site that has a better chance of success.

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    It's not crap. It's for newbies. It does really well with them. If you're an expert marketer, most of the information is already available here. Ebooks are great when they provide a way for you to make money with them "after" you're done reading them.

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    be your best customer
    your so right you really have to know the product. your marketing

    and lots money to be made from promoting tools to help people start a home business

    ie action grid pays u $250-$450 comission

    but its best if u purchase product yourself to see how it works

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    These books are not generally worth it. They are ridiculously overpriced. You can get far more useful books from your local bookstore for $10 or $20. But I suppose these ebook sellers count on people being too lazy to get to a bookstore. Also, as has been said, the best source of up-to-date info. is messageboards such as this one.

    BTW, more useful that the "Super Affiliate Handbook" is the ebook 'Inside the Minds of Winners' which has tips from Joe Vitale, Yanik Silver, Rick Beneteau and other entrepreneurs who have made millions from the internet. You can download it from here (my page). It's the only place on the net that you can get the ebook for free - no sign-up, no pop-ups or other rubbish, just the free ebook. Other sites sell it for up to $597.00!
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    Thanks for the link, Nadeem - I look forward to reading it
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    I bought the book last month and found it OK. Most of the information was something I knew but I like the way that she organized the material.
    Don't buy the hard copy, I found around 5 to 10 broken links, you may have better luck buying the electronic version.

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    Thanks for the link Azam, have downloaded this and it looks very interesting.

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    Yes, but...
    Quote Originally Posted by Steele
    But...... if you spend the time looking around here, you discover that there are more flavors of ice cream than just plain old vanilla.

    There are many affiliates who buy a book, copy the style presented, and then are disappointed when their results fall short of their expectations.

    Better to take the time to learn about those other flavors, so that you can build a more rounded site that has a better chance of success.
    I would have saved tons of time if I had James Martell's book when I started. I will say it IS expensive, but you will spend a long time finding ways that work and then working those ways into a system. It's not just the tools and ideas but how you use them. Martell's book is only one way to do affiliate marketing BUT it WORKS. (Yes, I know we're talking about Rosalind Gardner's book - I like and have both - prefer Martell's.)

    If a newbie were to ask how to get started, I would say buy Martell's book and then buy Jim Edwards "Turn Words Into Traffic." Those two combined would be the quickest, down and dirty way to get started and actually succeed.
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    thanks too azam. I've downloaded the ebook. Good stuff, really =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Wolf
    If a newbie were to ask how to get started, I would say buy Martell's book and then buy Jim Edwards "Turn Words Into Traffic." Those two combined would be the quickest, down and dirty way to get started and actually succeed.
    I have to agree with that. Turn Words Into Traffic is another one of my favorites. Great stuff!
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    Interesting thread.

    I especially liked the ShareaSale merchant who referred to my book as 'crap'.

    My best guess is that he hasn't read it, and I can bet he doesn't earn as much money from affiliate marketing as I do each year! :-) You can also bet that this is one Super Affiliate who won't be promoting his 'crap'. (Actually, after looking at his site, I wouldn't anyway).

    Lynn Terry mentioned that I concentrate on PPC advertising as a way to get traffic to your affiliate sites.

    She's right, I do.

    Using PPC is the acid test of a good affiliate site. If you can buy advertising and make money, then your site is worthy of your visitors. If it doesn't, or if you have to waste all day trying the latest SEO trick to get your site seen, maybe it's time to try a different approach.

    I don't waste my time and energy on SEO tricks that last for a day or a week. Anyone who wants to play that game would do well to read the forum posts from all those affiliates who have seen their incomes drop out the bottom in the last year due to Google updates.... most recently Jagger.

    I've had students of other affiliate marketing 'trainers' phone me in tears, pleading for help, when their income dropped from 40k/month to 800 per month... all because they were using silly SEO tactics.

    I teach what I've done all along (and am still doing)... how to build sites that engage visitors and turn them into customers... no tricks required. No fear of having your sites de-listed. No need to spend all day building site after site after site just to keep up with Google's algorithm changes. Just one or two content sites will do. After that you can go out and play with your friends and family, and not worry about whether you'll be making money in a few hours.

    Hey, and I do get traffic from the search engines... and lots of it. Maybe that's because I use PPC to drive traffic initially, my visitors stick around and the SE's like that!

    Hmmm... funny how that works.

    Oh and besides PPC, I also teach how to write proper endorsement letters... not contract out for phoney baloney 250 word Elance articles that don't help your visitors make purchasing decisions one iota. I also teach how to write a newsletter and build a list that keeps the money rolling in day after day. I see way too many affiliate sites that don't use newsletters at all... which is a total waste of good traffic.

    Anyway, that's just the tip of the iceberg of what's in the Super Affiliate Handbook.

    If you want to learn how to build a real affiliate marketing business, then I would suggest investing in real training materials written by real Super Affiliates who use real business practices, not here-today-gone-tomorrow SEO site specialists.

    ... and yes, I agree, my friend Jim Edwards' book "Turn Words into Traffic" is an excellent tutorial on article marketing... another practice I endorse and write about.

    Best of success to you all!

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    Welcome to ABW Rosalind.

    I didn't comment on this thread when it was originally started, but I will echo what others said. I *did* buy your book and I *did* read it. I agree with the comments that say it is very helpful if you are just starting out in affiliate marketing (and I promote it on one of my sites). Good work!



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    Thank you so much for your kind words.

    I was just wondering if you can explain.
    If so many millions of people buy these type of ebooks,
    then why is there not millions of super affiliates ?
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    Welcome Rosalind.
    I never bought your book, just because I started a long time ago. I had to learn Affiliate Marketing the hard way. From what I've seen in your ads or heard from friends, and if I compare with my own experience, there's nothing wrong in what you're teaching.
    I'm sure you were able to help many successful affiliates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil
    I was just wondering if you can explain.
    If so many millions of people buy these type of ebooks,
    then why is there not millions of super affiliates ?
    That's a silly question! The answer is: because most people arent willing to put in the time to get results Book or no book, that's just how it is. And it is those same people that will go around saying that everything online is a scam, and nothing really works...


    Rosalind - great points made! I am actually using a combination of your methods with some of what James Martell teaches... and this is working great for me! One of my affiliate sites in particular (barely a year old) is seeing a steady increase in sales and traffic. Over time my PPC ads have risen up in placement due to solid CTR... and free search engine traffic is steadily increasing at the same time, due to moving up in the results over time.

    I have to admit, I didnt add a subscription form to this site in the beginning... because I didnt want to be committed to sending the emails. But I read one of your articles again recently that reminded me why this was so important -- and now the site is steadily building a subscriber base as well. Glad I took your advice on that! Speaking of which, I recently met Lisa Preston and am reviewing "Instant Niche Emails" - do you have any personal experience with this product? I look forward to seeing the output that I get with it...


    Anyway, my 2 cents: I like Rosalind's style because it is NO HYPE and she walks you through the process of setting up your own affiliate sites step-by-step. She doesnt tell you you are going to make X number of dollars in X number of days. She tells you what to do, how to do it, the best resources to use, etc - and then she offers a newsletter and discussion forum to keep you up to date with new strategies and new products...

    Good stuff, all the way around.
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    I bought Rosalind's ebook and found it quite useful - even for an old hacker like me who's been on the net before www meant anything.

    Neil - I think part of the reason there isn't a one-to-one ratio of successful affiliates to people buying the "how to" books is that there are many reasons that are beyond the control of the author. For example, falling into the trap of buying great ebooks and planning forever the "perfect site" and idea, but never actually starting it.

    It's the same with fitness equipment - how many "buns of steel" videos have you seen at garage sales where the person standing behind the counter appears to have buns of rubber?

    For me Rosalind's ebook was a great kickstart followed by an internet seminar meeting lots of successful people - that was the real motivator to take what I learned into practice.

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    I got the print version of Rosalind's book. Some I already knew but well worth the price. Didn't find the level of passion as shown in her post here, but a fine book for us newer folks.

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    Hi, I found this board thru Alexa. It seems a great resource - i can't believe I didn't find it before.

    This is the first post I came to - mostly because I'm reviewing such books on a little site I set up to help newbies.

    First, the poster is right to ask about the book - there is some complete crap out there, and you could get ripped off. It is true that you could find most of the information out on bulletin boards. I give better info out for free on my site than in some of these rubbish books. I read one where the writer had obviously not sold a bean herself, and it was "click on this to get google adsense" "click on that so I'll make more money" etc etc.

    Secondly - Reading a book saves time. If the book is any good, it saves the reader a lot of time - and therefore money, in having to search the web.

    Thirdly - one of you mentioned that real books are cheaper and better. The problem here is that after a book is written - it will be eighteen months at least, before it hits the book store shelves. For anything topical, that is far too long.

    Last - you can learn a lot from marketing by analysing how these ebook sellers market themselves. Rosalind does quite well, and her newsletters are great at getting people to the site. And I think her forum is quite new.

    Final note - it's difficult to find an ebook, or marketing course. If you search the name of the book, then review you'll only come across a lot of affiliates promoting it. So this forum is great for finding something decent. And if you don't have any marketing skills - you'll need some - as Rosalind said, it's not just a matter of getting people to your site - you need to keep them there and get them to come back.

    As for me, I'm struggling with SEO on my newest site. I'm rubbish at it, so I'm off to get some help on these boards!

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