Getting Started in Affiliate Marketing – The Idea

I keep hearing from people who want to get started in affiliate marketing so I’m starting a new series of short 5-10 minute podcasts to try to help those who are new to the business. I hope to get some discussion going at this level and offer some advice from various people. The first episode is about coming up with the idea for your first site.

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Keith Bond
Apr 1st, 2007 at 10:28 am | #

Great idea for a podcast series Fraser, I’m always getting asked the question about how to start in AM now I know where to send people :)

Juri
Apr 1st, 2007 at 1:49 pm | #

First blog that really helps the beginner Affiliates. I hope there will be more bodcasts soon. Thanks for Your work.

Mike
Apr 1st, 2007 at 7:55 pm | #

Great podcast Fraser. Looking forward to the next part. I think your points about not chasing the highest commissions and concentrating on a topic you are interested in are really important ones to remember. Breaking into AM from a very specific angle that you enjoy, that’s searched for, but not too competitive already, really is the only way without a lot of pre-existing PPC knowledge imho. The ‘shelf life’ of the site’s content and the maintenance that will be needed is something that could be factored in a bit more by potential affiliates, before they launch into their site. The simple electrical jobs is a good example – content that ‘adds value’ to the web, but can be left alone and will still be relevant 12 months down the line.

Franck Silvestre
Apr 1st, 2007 at 8:03 pm | #

It was a nice podcast. When you do what you love, people will feel it. It gets even better if you are a real expert.

Neil
Apr 2nd, 2007 at 11:39 am | #

Fraser,

Thanks for the Podcast. Really enjoying listening to your podcasts over the last couple of months. I’ve been dabbling on the fringes of creating a website / affiliate marketing for a couple of months now.

Strangely enough I got started by listening to podcasts created on the other side of the pond first – webmaster radio stuff (Jeremy Palmer, Shoemoney, and some others).

I only recently discovered that there’s a big Affiliate Marketing scene in the UK too, thanks to your podcast / blog and the other UK ‘affiliate scene’ bloggers – keep up the good work, it’s an invaluable resource for newbies like me trying to make a start.

Thanks,
Neil

Alex Bellinger
Apr 2nd, 2007 at 12:10 pm | #

Hi Fraser. Great first episode and I think these shorter how-to podcasts are a great idea. I’ll certainly be pointing my blog readers to this.

Stephen Kinsey
Apr 6th, 2007 at 2:04 pm | #

Thanks for the great podcast Fraser, I am really looking forward to hearing the rest of the series. Very wise words about choosing a niche you have interest in. I’ve tried creating a site on a high payout subject that wasn’t really of interest to me and it just didn’t work out.

Jess
Apr 7th, 2007 at 10:27 pm | #

Fraser dont stop with these. Its vital for this industry to encourage new blood to come into this vibrant industry. Well done!

Fraser
Apr 9th, 2007 at 8:50 am | #

Thanks for the feedback folks – it’s good to know the shorter podcasts will be of use as well. Do drop me a line if there is a specific subject that you want to hear more about.

Wade Tonkin
Apr 9th, 2007 at 7:05 pm | #

Fraser,

Excellent stuff! You summed up so well what I tell people when they ask the same question of me.

Develop content, contribute something to the discussion that will help someone like yourself online.

I definitely look forward to the rest of the series and will link to you on ChristianAffiliateMarketers.com

God Bless,

Wade Tonkin

Fraser
Apr 10th, 2007 at 12:43 pm | #

Thanks for the link Wade – I really appreciate that.

Brother Bill
Apr 13th, 2007 at 11:13 pm | #

I just happened on your site this morning. I look forward to visiting again and hearing the continuation of your podcast. It’s good to see Christians in the marketplace.
Brother Bill

Mark Robinson
Apr 13th, 2007 at 11:47 pm | #

This is a great idea for a series of podcasts – listening already.

Paul
Apr 16th, 2007 at 11:58 pm | #

Top notch good advice for introducing affiliate marketing to the next generation of affiliate marketeers. Nice one Fraser.

Daniel Coe
May 16th, 2007 at 11:33 am | #

Hi,

Great advice Fraser, the simple sites and niche sites always seem to be the best.

At the very least people can always build hobby sites and promote something on it, even if there is not a specific merchant selling those products, as I’m sure there is always a book that you can promote or review on your site through the Amazon program.

Damon Marshall
Jul 12th, 2007 at 10:20 pm | #

An excellent podcast once again Fraser – many thanks! I don’t suppose you could give future advice on affiliate marketing for merchants. As a small online retailer many of the offerings from the likes of CJ and Linkshare prove to be far to costly in setting up. Can you offer any food for thought on this topic?
Damon ipopwear.com

Fraser
Aug 8th, 2007 at 12:20 pm | #

Thanks for the comments guys – just uploaded another podcast now.

Damon – have you considered taking a look at some of the other networks like Paid on Results or Affiliate Future. I think their set up costs are much smaller than CJ or linkshare.

Free Affiliate Programs
Sep 10th, 2007 at 12:31 am | #

excellent post, a lot of healthy information especially for people like myself

Business Start Up
Sep 27th, 2007 at 3:04 am | #

I’m new to affiliate marketing, so anything free is a breath of fresh air; I’m tired of purchasing product after product, without being given any solid answer or lead/direction. I’m still perplexed by that, why almost all the products the top affiliates sell ambiguous, broad and general in dimension.

Poker Affiliate
Jan 16th, 2008 at 10:53 am | #

Great podcast with valuble information lacking on other affiliate sites.

The arabian affiliate
Mar 20th, 2008 at 12:32 pm | #

It is strange when affiliate began to search for information on how to start affiliate business, after they had registered to some affiliate program. they should get that kind of information from the program it self.
but very thanks to you, you are very helpful.

The arabian affiliate
Mar 20th, 2008 at 12:44 pm | #

It is strange when affiliate began to search for information on how to start affiliate business, after they had registered to some affiliate program. they should get that kind of information from the program it self.
but very thanks to you, you are very helpful.

ian
Jun 17th, 2008 at 5:57 pm | #

affiliate marketing needs to be worked at it dont just happen over night i have been an affiliate for 6 months i still have a lot to learn, that podcast help me a lot thank

Steven Strella
Jun 25th, 2008 at 11:02 pm | #

Brilliant podcast once again, highly informative and useful.

tim
Dec 20th, 2008 at 7:37 pm | #

Affiliate Marketing can be a real challenge for the beginner and so any help you can give will be greatly appreciated by all. My own view point is that making money online using affiliate programs is one of the easiest ways to get started with a profitable website, however there are many pitfalls and much to learn about advertising in order to turn hopes into reality – but the great things is anyone can do it

ian
Dec 28th, 2008 at 3:30 pm | #

Affiliate marketing takes a lot of time but if you use the right marketing tools ans market the right program the rewards can be great

Paull Hamilton
Jan 3rd, 2009 at 3:05 pm | #

I am glad that someone is aiming at newbies. When you want to get started in affiliate marketing it is hard to know where to look for solid and detailed information. As mentioned by another commenter, people who know how to do this try to get this across to newbies but fail dismally. You need everything spelt out in the beginning or you would be tempted to jack the whole thing in and try something else, mainly because the information was duff.
http://paullhamilton.com

Jay
Aug 29th, 2010 at 8:51 am | #

After years of running a pretty successful writing service online, I have recently ventured out into affiliate marketing. As a newbie, I found it really hard to identify good products to market and I have to be honest I got it wrong a few times. I wish I had found this solid information a few months ago.

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