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    Hey everybody!
    I just joined ABestWeb/the session and want to get your advice on this “affiliate marketing” stuff. I’m totally new to affiliate marketing and don’t know anything about it. I’ve signed-up (aka paid money) for a number of rip-off programs (Corey Rudl, Bob Serling) and am tired of giving my money away. Can anyone suggest how I can “break-into” affiliate marketing and make some money? WARNING: (1) I am not a webmaster (2) know nothing about website design and (3) barely know how to open MS FRONTPAGE on my computer. Do I need my own website to break into the business?

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    Hi School Teacher,

    Basically affiliate marketing is where you earn a commission every time somebody clicks on one of your links and makes a purchase at the destination site. The link is embedded with coding that identifies it as coming from you.

    You do not necessarily have to have a website. You could publish a newsletter and send it out by email instead. However, I don't advise that you send out newsletters to people unless they have subscribed to it, and well, for that you really should have a website.

    There was a thread recently about Getting Started in affiliate marketing, where most of your questions should be answered.

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    School Teacher, be careful not to waste your money - maybe get a book first - I've sent you a PM with some info

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    I'm not familiar with Bob Serling, but I have read Corey Rudl and do not consider him a ripoff. Expensive, yes, but not a ripoff. The thing is, when you're just getting started you'll read a lot of good advice that you won't be able to assimilate because you need a knowledge base first. Eventually the pieces start falling into place. At least, that's what happened to me! :-)

    You can use freebie hosting to practice making web pages, but if you want to be taken seriously there's no substitute for getting your own domain with professional hosting. Depending on where you register it, a domain name can cost under ten or twelve dollars, and decent starter-quality hosting can be had for just a few dollars a month. After that your biggest investment will be time, because ultimately there's no substitute for learning how to make your own web pages, trying different things, and seeing what works -- for you.

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    Welcome School Teacher! As someone who still has much to learn, my advice is: Take it in small chunks. Don't be intimidated by some of the language and think that you can't do it.
    I still go back and re-read old posts that I have read before. Several months ago some of these posts were over my head now they make sense to me.
    Ken Evoy has much free information that you can get.

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    Hey, thanks EVERYBODY for your kind words and advice on how to break into the affiliate marketing biz.

    Just hearing your sweet voices (emails?) was music to my ears...it's good to know you have a friend in this business!

    Thanks a bunch!

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    However this works out for you, I'd like to compliment you on your excellent taste in avatars! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    Elisabeth Archambault

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>However this works out for you, I'd like to compliment you on your excellent taste in avatars! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    LOL

    many many years ago I had a techer who looked just like that avatar [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Lol Walleye, I was thinking the exact same thing.

    Hi and welcome School Teacher! Eeeeks, I might have to download that spell checker now. Ignore my grammer please. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon38.gif>

    I think a lot of us started pretty much how you are starting. I know I came into affiliate marketing by chnace just coming across a site that said they will pay me to advertise for them. I gave it a shot and got really lucky right off the start. The income I was generating because I got lucky in a search engine didn't last long though. Only about a month. I thought I had it made in the shade but after that first month my site dropped out of the engine completely. The funny thing is that it only took one month of seeing what I could earn to get me hooked. I never looked back since.

    You mentioned that you have Frontpage. That is what I also use. I know there are other good webpage editors out there but FP is what I learned on so I have stayed with it. I taught myself how to make webpages just by trying different things to see what they did. It was very frustratiing but well worth it. I wish ABW was around at the time because there are soooo many talented people here to help and trust me they will. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon12.gif>

    My first pages I uploaded to the free server that Road Runner has for its users. It took me over a week to figure out how to get the webpages to open. At the time I started web hosting was new to Road Runners support team. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon36.gif> They didn't have a clue as to what to tell people. I could get the page to upload to their server but couldn't figure out how to get it to open automatically. Well to my dismay the support didn't have a clue either. The one guy actually gave me his email addy and phone number at home to call him if I ever figured it out, lol. Once I finally figured that I had to name the files or folder on their server index.html or have a .htm extension it finally worked. I don't think I have ever been so frustrated as I was for that time that it took to fugure it out.

    Sorry for the long story. Now that you have found IMO one of if not the best resource on the internet it should be easier for you to get started. My advise is don't be afraid to ask a question. Don't be afraid to ask 200 questions if thats what it takes. I've been doing this going on 3 years and consider myself a rookie compared to a lot of the members here.

    I agree that you should find yourself a good domain name, get a good host(I use TH Media who is also a member here and I would reccommend them highly) and play around with Frontpage and see what it does. I use Frontpage 2000 and am very happy with it. The first FP I used was FP Express which did the job but doesn't come close to the 2000 version. If I can ever be of some help feel free to IM me and I will try my best. Best of Luck to You! <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon7.gif>

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    Hi DaPackster:

    Thanks for the looooooooooooong email and the great advice. This is just what I craved and needed all along.

    The School Teacher

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by DaPackster:
    Lol Walleye, I was thinking the exact same thing.

    Hi and welcome School Teacher! Eeeeks, I might have to download that spell checker now. Ignore my grammer please. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon38.gif>

    I think a lot of us started pretty much how you are starting. I know I came into affiliate marketing by chnace just coming across a site that said they will pay me to advertise for them. I gave it a shot and got really lucky right off the start. The income I was generating because I got lucky in a search engine didn't last long though. Only about a month. I thought I had it made in the shade but after that first month my site dropped out of the engine completely. The funny thing is that it only took one month of seeing what I could earn to get me hooked. I never looked back since.

    You mentioned that you have Frontpage. That is what I also use. I know there are other good webpage editors out there but FP is what I learned on so I have stayed with it. I taught myself how to make webpages just by trying different things to see what they did. It was very frustratiing but well worth it. I wish ABW was around at the time because there are soooo many talented people here to help and trust me they will. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon12.gif>

    My first pages I uploaded to the free server that Road Runner has for its users. It took me over a week to figure out how to get the webpages to open. At the time I started web hosting was new to Road Runners support team. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon36.gif> They didn't have a clue as to what to tell people. I could get the page to upload to their server but couldn't figure out how to get it to open automatically. Well to my dismay the support didn't have a clue either. The one guy actually gave me his email addy and phone number at home to call him if I ever figured it out, lol. Once I finally figured that I had to name the files or folder on their server index.html or have a .htm extension it finally worked. I don't think I have ever been so frustrated as I was for that time that it took to fugure it out.

    Sorry for the long story. Now that you have found IMO one of if not the best resource on the internet it should be easier for you to get started. My advise is don't be afraid to ask a question. Don't be afraid to ask 200 questions if thats what it takes. I've been doing this going on 3 years and consider myself a rookie compared to a lot of the members here.

    I agree that you should find yourself a good domain name, get a good host(I use TH Media who is also a member here and I would reccommend them highly) and play around with Frontpage and see what it does. I use Frontpage 2000 and am very happy with it. The first FP I used was FP Express which did the job but doesn't come close to the 2000 version. If I can ever be of some help feel free to IM me and I will try my best. Best of Luck to You! <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon7.gif>
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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    Just a few thoughts...

    What you might do is what you know - teaching. There are a lot of people seaching for lesson plans - homeschoolers and teachers. It would get you a decent content site going and thats always a good thing for later linking to your sales pages.

    Sell teaching supplies to start. Give reviews on childrens books and sell the books, etc.. Then as you learn you can branch out to other things.

    Good Luck!!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>How Do I Break Into Affiliate Marketing?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Reminds me of a starlet wanting to break into show business. C'mere little girl, the couch is right over here. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    Just kidding . . . you've arrived at THE right place Teacher . . . welcome

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    Welcome School Teacher!

    I think Vicki had a great point, start with what you know and build from there. It is always easy to get ideas for your website/newsletter when you are working within your own expertise and then find products/companies/services to promote that go hand in hand with that area.

    Good luck!

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    I second the idea of sticking whith what you know. I have several sites and the only ones that do well are ones that I know something about. It does help.

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    Welcome School Teacher. As a new person myself, I think the best thing I have learned is to try different things. Stick to things that you are comfortable with. One person may have a product line that they can't sell, and yet you may. Find your niche and see what sells for YOU

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    Journey Education Marketing at CJ does software and accessories for students etc. which may tie in with what you know. No clue what they are about except they REJECTED me
    Oh well, sent my normal cut and paste begging letter (again) about being canadian and was this the reason for the rejection

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    chinaski,
    If it's possible, can you please send me the info also? Thanks in advance [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    Hi School Teacher,

    Let me tell you how I got involved in Affiliate
    Marketing. In 1997 I had an idea - Make websites
    for people for free and charge them a small
    monthly hosting fee. I put a few ads out on
    websites (free advertsing sites). A man emailed
    me a salesletter and asked me to turn it into
    a webpage for him. The job took about 3 minutes.

    The man was not wanting me to host the page so
    he offered to pay for my service. He asked me
    if I would accept a book as payment! I was a
    bit puzzled. But the sales letter that he had
    asked me to turn into a webpage, it was a very
    interesting sales letter, it was selling a book
    that teaches people how to make more money by
    writing better ads, and sales letters.

    My customer was in fact an affiliate of the
    author of the book. My customer contacted the
    author and said "Can you send Geoff your book
    because Geoff turned the sales letter into a webpage"

    The author was not overly impressed about giving
    his book away for free but he must have had the
    idea that he would sell more books by being
    supportive of the entrepreneurial efforts being
    done by his active affiliates.

    The author emailed me saying that he wouldn't
    normally do it but would do it this time once
    only.

    Now the really good part is that the author
    sent the book to me via email (It was probably
    one of the worlds first ebooks) and he GAVE me
    full resale rights for the book!!! So I put out
    some little ads on the net. And started to sell
    his book. I sold a few before I got carried away
    doing other things.

    That was say 5 years ago, and I still have that
    book on my PC and I still read it from time to
    time, and I still learn great things from it. I
    will have to contact the author to find out if
    I am allowed to email it to you for free. I think
    I am allowed to because the author once told me
    that he had stopped selling it. I'll find out
    for you - as it is a great book.

    Too much has happened in the 5 years after I read
    that book. I can't condense it into one email.

    I would like to tell you something. One of the
    authors that I have sold books for has just put
    together a business that will blow your mind.

    Join for free today while we are still in pre-launch mode,
    and let it teach you the affiliate
    business. Have a look...

    http://www.affiliateshowcase.com/getasite.asp?id=7985

    All the very best!

    Geoff Williams
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    www.webfactory.net.au

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