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How / where did you start?
johnnie




msg:541975
 4:35 am on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hello there!

Well, it's been a while... My first attempt at aff. marketing failed blatantly, but that is because I picked a way too competetive market. To help me get started, I have some questions for those who earn a decent amount of money doing aff. marketing / adsense business. I do not want to be intrusive and am not asking you to reveal your personal secrets, but some pointers would be very nice, since I am terribly motivated :)

1. Where did you start? Where did you get your info? All from webmasterworld.com or a book or...?

2. How did you start? Which kind of site did you run? A review site? Content? Or just a bare-bones front end to another merchant?

3. How do you make your sites? Do you use dynamic scripting (PHP/ASP), or pure HTML? What about product feeds?

4. How did you find your niche? Did you use overture tools or..? Which tools did you use?

5. For those of you with consumer review sites: where did you get your reviews? Amazon? Or did you actually buy stuff / subscribe to some list?

6. For those with content sites, how did you obtain your content? Did you write out of your personal interest, did you buy it or...?

7. How did you go about link development? Did you trade with others or did you set up your own network of sites?

8. How much did you initially invest?

I know it's alot, but even if you can answer a few of these questions, I owe you a great many thanks!

John :)

 

ska_demon




msg:541976
 9:05 am on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

1. Where did you start? Where did you get your info? All from webmasterworld.com or a book or...?

I got started when a friend was working for a local webdesign company and mumbled sommething about aff marketing. This was about 5 or 6 years ago. Much of the info I have is from experience, trial and error, whatever you want to call it. WebmasterWorld has been a great help with respect to SEO and marketing but there are other forums that deal specifically with AM which are more helpful.

2. How did you start? Which kind of site did you run? A review site? Content? Or just a bare-bones front end to another merchant?

I started by building a site for my band and realised I could stick a few relevant banners here and there and make a or 2 off them. Then I went on to get into black hat stuff. It made good money but lasted a short time. Finance and Insurance is hard work ;oP

3. How do you make your sites? Do you use dynamic scripting (PHP/ASP), or pure HTML? What about product feeds?

I use a combination of all the above depending on what sort of site I want to build. I have a PHP based directory, an ASP powered classifieds and a handful of static html sites. I never bothered with feeds as I tend to build sites for a specific product or handful of products.

4. How did you find your niche? Did you use overture tools or..? Which tools did you use?

I don't have a niche. I do whatever takes my fancy at the time. I try to keep it within the realms of what I know but sometimes it's good to fully diversify and learn something new.

5. For those of you with consumer review sites: where did you get your reviews? Amazon? Or did you actually buy stuff / subscribe to some list?

N/A I'm afraid

6. For those with content sites, how did you obtain your content? Did you write out of your personal interest, did you buy it or...?

I write some of content myself but I have been known to pay for content, especially sales pitch and reviews.

7. How did you go about link development? Did you trade with others or did you set up your own network of sites?

I normally trade a few links in the beginning and then leave the sites to gain links by themselves. I don't really have a linking plan and rarely go looking for them.

8. How much did you initially invest?

3.50 for a domain name and 15 for a years hosting. My first proper aff site is now banned in all the SE's for its black hat stuff but did very well for 6 months or so.

Ska

Localizer




msg:541977
 12:44 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

1. Where did you start? Where did you get your info? All from webmasterworld.com or a book or...?

From totally nowhere. I was thinking that I just could jump into the market and do whatever I wanted to do.

2. How did you start? Which kind of site did you run? A review site? Content? Or just a bare-bones front end to another merchant?

I was supposed to make a site which would inform visitors about actionfares from travelcompanies. The whole thing changed when I found out that I could use custom bookings engines, current business is based on this concept.

3. How do you make your sites? Do you use dynamic scripting (PHP/ASP), or pure HTML? What about product feeds?

Pure HTML, I'm unknown with ASP/Databases and so on, but I'm able to produce nice creatives to cover up my lack in programming skills.

4. How did you find your niche? Did you use overture tools or..? Which tools did you use?

It's no niche,I didn't think about it when I started. But it's way to much fun too compete the big players in the market.

5. For those of you with consumer review sites: where did you get your reviews? Amazon? Or did you actually buy stuff / subscribe to some list?

N/A

6. For those with content sites, how did you obtain your content? Did you write out of your personal interest, did you buy it or...?

For another subject I had, I've done some homework for a few days and then wrote some articles by myself. Not really withing my interest, but diversification was the matter here.

7. How did you go about link development? Did you trade with others or did you set up your own network of sites?

Got some links, but not hunting for it. It takes a lot of time and if your site is good, it will be picked up by the others automatically.

8. How much did you initially invest?

$50 for domain/hosting and a lot of headache.

Good luck!

[edited by: engine at 5:20 pm (utc) on Jan. 10, 2006]

ronin




msg:541978
 12:52 pm on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

1. Where did you start? Where did you get your info? All from webmasterworld.com or a book or...?

From websites, from magazines and from books.

2. How did you start? Which kind of site did you run? A review site? Content? Or just a bare-bones front end to another merchant?

Information site.

3. How do you make your sites? Do you use dynamic scripting (PHP/ASP), or pure HTML? What about product feeds?

XHTML, CSS2 and a very light sprinkling of Javascript.
But I started with HTML 3.2 and it was a while before I even moved on to HTML 4.01.

4. How did you find your niche? Did you use overture tools or..? Which tools did you use?

By throwing lots of ideas at my site and watching the traffic to see which ones were most popular.

5. For those of you with consumer review sites: where did you get your reviews? Amazon? Or did you actually buy stuff / subscribe to some list?

If I review anything on my site, I write the review myself.

6. For those with content sites, how did you obtain your content? Did you write out of your personal interest, did you buy it or...?

I write my own content. I can't imagine working in a newsroom and then instead of writing the article myself, ringing up a friend and asking them to write the article for me. (But then I recognise we're not all coming at this industry from the same background, right?)

7. How did you go about link development? Did you trade with others or did you set up your own network of sites?

I don't really concentrate on link development that much beyond trying to create resources that people will want to link to.

8. How much did you initially invest?

Nothing.

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