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I am going to put together a nice little site, full of some great content, sign up with one of the major affiliate companies, maybe even buy some AdWords, and try my hand at it just to get the basics down before undertaking a serious effort at one particular market..
Question is, can someone suggest a product, group of products, service, etc. that would be a good type of thing to take a first swing at? (doesn't have to be high dollar, I'm trying to learn, remember?)
If you can find some programs where the merchant allows direct linking to their form, you don't even need to put up a site to test if the product/site/lead converts. Once you've weeded out dud products/services/leads, then you can think about making some sites.
Also, I suggest finding something simple that doesn't require you to create a lot of content. Just emphasize the important points about the merchant's product or service, add a relevant picture or two, include a great headline and a well-designed call to action button, and send the customer on to the merchant. No need to keep them on your site longer than you have to. Once they click through to the merchant, you've done your job.
Actually, I do lead generation for a living (on a ridiculously large scale (3K/day)) through PPC advertising. It makes me drool to think that I could apply this knowledge to make money for myself, rather than others, for a change...
Pursuant to this, what company would you suggest to become an affiliate with (i.e. which company do you think offers the most lead gen opportunities?)
You can have a glimpse at this thread too:
There the guys are talking about how to avoid some traps when joining an affiliate program, I hope it will come handy to you.