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I'd like to get out of the penny ante stuff and take that next step. My ultimate goal is to turn my affilate business into a part-time, or ideally, full-time job.
One, because I enjoy the web work and hate my "real world" job. Two, because I'm out of a job at the moment, by my own doing, because I really hated that "real world" job!
So, I'm looking for serious tips from those who've been successful at taking a small affiliate business and making it pay.
I appreciate any and all advice!
I feel like I'm on the verge of discovering something that I should have figured out a long time ago, but I haven't quite reached that pinnacle of perception just yet.
My niches may be too small--not enough interest from consumers.
And here's something I've been wondering too. What brings more success? Sites based around a niche with a limited target market, sites based around medium to high demand / high value products but more competition (serious competition), or sites based around high demand / low value?
For instance, take all the new myspace sites popping up that will create your profile template for you, or some other service that has to do with MySpace. Many of them have traffic that grows exponentially each month. This is because it is a trend and if you offer a catchy service, users love you and word of mouth advertising become very effective.
Yes, building sites over a long period of time can be turn huge profits but if you pay attention you can make the same amounts in one tenth of the time... Keep building those sites, but maybe try some alternatives while they take time to grow.
Also, do you have different products geared to any involvement level in the niche - from newcomers to experts? I'd love to sell more of the scholarly books I offer on my site, but have to admit I make a lot more income from DVDs for "beginners" and general-interest-level books on the same topic or related topics.
I'm still working at the day job, but I'd like to quit and do this full time. I need to be making just a little bit more before I get the nerve to take that plunge. But what a difference a year has made. Don't give up hope!