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Help! Information Overload

Postby chutson » Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:48 pm

I have started visiting this forum pretty regular over the past few weeks. I have also started attending Lynn's webinars, on yesterday and last Tuesday. There is so much information and so much to learn.

I keep reading that as an Internet Marketer, I should pick a product, build a website and promote the product. But what does a successful or profitable affiliate website look like? Are there guidelines, examples or models that a new person could follow?

I purchased the 7 Step Fast Cash Strategy. I am writing a report, but since I have no website, I can not include links to sites I want readers to go to. Also, since I have no website, I am hesitant to become an affiliate for sites that pertain to my report topic. Will they approve me without a website?

I am really on information overload and don't know what direction to go.

Thanks a bunch.

Cynthia
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Postby lisamariemary » Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:52 pm

I'm sorry you're feeling overwhelmed! I know how you feel! There is always more to learn, though - so it's not like you're going to get to a certain place and that's it. I'm just trying to say don't feel like you need to hurry up and learn a, b, c, and d - and then you'll be an internet marketer! We are all always still learning. But I do definitely understand the overwhelm when you are just beginning. Hang in there!!!

If you have no money to put into it, my advice would be to start a free blog on blogger and just start blogging - either on that certain topic that your report is on - or even just a personal blog and see what it morphs into.... Or you could start a personal blog and another on that topic. Definitely don't start one on wordpress.com (that is when you use wordpress for free and your domain would be something like lisa.wordpress.com) because, they do not let you do advertising on them and blogger does let you.

If you do have a little bit of money to put into it, you can get a domain and a hosting acct. like Lynn talks about in this post: http://www.clicknewz.com/1679/starting- ... -business/ If you do that then you would want to install wordpress on your own domain - that would be wordpress.org (not the same thing as the free wordpress.com) But you can ask us all kinds of questions on that if that is what you decide to do.

That's really awesome that you're already starting on a report - that ROCKS! Seriously - you're ahead of me, and I have been working online for a number of years!

Hang in there, take it little pieces at a time. Don't stress yourself out (like we really all do! LOL) trying to learn everything at once!

You could also start on Squidoo to promote your report - but, that would probably be better if you started your own blog first (either on blogger or your own domain) and then use Squidoo to get some traffic to it.

So the first question you need to answer is if you have a little bit of money to put in...

If it's no - then go with blogger. I love blogger myself. If you start a blog on blogger the url will be something like this http://hippiespelunker.blogspot.com - it will have the blogspot in the URL

I hope I've helped you out at least a little :)
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Postby terrapin719 » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:06 pm

It's easy to get overwhelmed when you're getting started. There's just so much of everything to take in. Lisa covered some great points for you already, so I don't want to throw too much more out there and potentially overwhelm you even more!

In the case of affiliate programs there are some that won't approve you without a website that's already online for them to look at and approve. However, there are many that don't look at that aspect and have their doors open to you with or without a website.
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Postby chutson » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:51 am

Thanks Lisa, thanks Loretta. I appreciate your advice. And I failed to mention that of course, I have no money. Eventhough I have a regular job, those $$ are committed to other expenses, and I have a family.

With a blog, is it necessary to post daily?
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Postby lisamariemary » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:45 am

chutson wrote:With a blog, is it necessary to post daily?


No, not really, it can help drive traffic - but, it is not mandatory, really.

There are definitely two schools of thought on this, as with most things, I suppose. Or you could say there are three schools of thought....

1. Post whenever just get some content up and running

2. Post daily or you won't get visitors (eh, not exactly)

3. Post multiple times a day for the most traffic (does work for some - for others it gets a lot of unsubscribes)


I guess it's because of all of these varying opinions that I say just get one or two blogs up, like I talked about - and go with the flow. Just start posting - whenever you can and as often as you wish - and then see where it goes, what it morphs into... the other reason for this is that blogs (and other sites) often wind up going in a totally different direction than we'd planned, anyway....so being ready for that just makes it that much easier to adapt to what your blog grows into
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Postby AlexNewell » Thu May 21, 2009 3:46 pm

Blog as often or as seldom as you like - the quality is way more important than how often you post.

Also - you could use Squidoo.com instead of or as well as Blogger.

Take one thing at a time - focus on getting things done and ask when you think you are stuck.

There's loads of free resources so don't worry about spending money.

You'll do fine!

:-)

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Re: Help! Information Overload

Postby John LA » Thu May 28, 2009 6:57 am

chutson wrote:I have started visiting this forum pretty regular over the past few weeks. I have also started attending Lynn's webinars, on yesterday and last Tuesday. There is so much information and so much to learn.

I keep reading that as an Internet Marketer, I should pick a product, build a website and promote the product. But what does a successful or profitable affiliate website look like? Are there guidelines, examples or models that a new person could follow?

I purchased the 7 Step Fast Cash Strategy. I am writing a report, but since I have no website, I can not include links to sites I want readers to go to. Also, since I have no website, I am hesitant to become an affiliate for sites that pertain to my report topic. Will they approve me without a website?

I am really on information overload and don't know what direction to go.

Thanks a bunch.

Cynthia


You can use article directories for your affiliate campaigns. You can write about the topic that you want and have a downloadable info product from clickbank to promote. You can also use free sites like squidoo, hubpages, mylot, scribd, wordpress, blogger, etc. These aites are free and can host you article indefinitely (its up to you) They can also rank high on SERPS if you have optimized your articles very well on your topic.

Hope that helps.
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