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Making the Transition to Affiliate Marketing

I have supported myself with affiliate marketing since 1996, when Amazon began its affiliate marketing program. In the beginning I had one gardening website. I taught myself html and eventually used Front Page to build hundreds of websites in many niches. Some of them succeeded and others failed miserably.

I was lucky that I learned to be on my own first and then discovered HubPages and other places like Squidoo. It was easy for me to take my knowledge of marketing and keywords and quickly make thousands of dollars each month. Then when Panda hit HubPages and Squidoo, I still had my websites, which continue to generate income.

It seems it is harder for people who begin on HubPages or PersonaPaper to make the transition to their own websites. I would recommend that they start with a Blogger site and get used to being on their own. They can develop the knowledge of one specific niche and learn how to select products that will sell.

Once they understand the niche, they can try their own website. However, they should realize that this is very time intensive, there are no guarantees and perhaps 3 sites in 8 will make money. However, there is a lot of money to be made with the sites that are successful.

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JanetHunt wrote on July 22, 2014, 5:17 PM

I have never tried this but would definitely like to learn more about it! It is great is provides you with the income to support yourself.

kdarrell wrote on July 23, 2014, 11:31 AM

I have my own blog now hosted through Godaddy but have no clue where to begin to try affiliate marketing.

Sharonc wrote on July 23, 2014, 7:10 PM

Hi, I like this article, and I didn't know that we had to have so many websites. I will look into front page. and start writing down what could be popular niches.
I guess the trick is to just stay with it. hmmmmmmmm

NeldaHoxie wrote on July 24, 2014, 11:15 PM

I was being facetious and old school when I said I used FrontPage. It doesn't exist anymore. I use wordpress and StudioPress to build sites now.

BarbRad wrote on July 31, 2014, 2:33 AM

I did start with my own website, also built with FrontPage. It's now over 600 pages, but then Microsoft stopped supporting it and I had to switch to Expression Web. Now I build my blogs in self-hosted WordPress. So far I'm not making money on any blogs because I just started taking them seriously. I'm glad to find you here. Hope I'll learn something from you.

paigea wrote on August 10, 2014, 2:27 PM

That sounds interesting that there is that kind of money to be earned.