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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