From the Inbox:
"I have made the decision to study and learn online affiliate marketing. Is there any great outlay in the beginning whilst am learning and building this from dot? This would be my only dilemma as am living day to day at present but am determined to be a success one day. I am so inspired by you, you can be my role model.
Thank you Lynn. Regards, Sharon"
Hi Sharon! You can actually get started for around $10 a month. That cost is simply for your hosting account, which will host your affiliate site. I wouldn't recommend you invest in anything else upfront, or spend any money on products or services until you know exactly what you need and why.
And in most cases, you'll honestly need very little to operate online. Affiliate Marketing is a great method for making money online, as long as you know some of the basics upfront...
Fortunately I've been blogging about this topic for years, so you can learn just about everything you need to know to get started... right here at ClickNewz, for free!
I'm also a Super Affiliate myself, so I'm going to shoot straight with you. Everything I share here is from personal experience as someone who has been successfully working online for more than a decade...
Since upfront cost is your primary concern, I'll explain the $10 first.
To start a successful blog or affiliate site you'll need a hosting account and a domain name. I use GoDaddy to register my domain names, and HostGator for hosting. See current HostGator coupon codes. A domain name is ~ten bucks, and hosting is ~$10/month - but using the coupon code you can get both for around $10.
Of course, you want to choose your topic before you register a domain name, but from there you're all set. You'll have everything you need to get started. You can install WordPress from within your hosting account, and use it to create either a blog or a traditional looking website. See:
How To Start A WordPress Blog (checklist)
I recommend you start here:
How to Make Money Online For Beginners
In this post I share a 10-step Checklist for getting started with Affiliate Marketing, with each step linking to a specific how-to tutorial for more help & ideas.
The checklist starts at the very beginning - choosing a topic.
Top 10 Problems Most People Have With Affiliate Marketing
These are issues brought up by other affiliates, some new to affiliate marketing just like you and others seasoned affiliates. I address each of the issues, and link to posts & tutorials that cover those topics. A great reference to keep handy (you can get that post in PDF format to download/print as well).
Don't Overwhelm Yourself!
Spending too much money - or too much time - upfront is what holds most people back when they first get started online. Affiliate Marketing is something that will always be changing, and is easiest learned by doing. You'll serve yourself best by digging in and learning as you go.
Never invest in anything you're not sure you need.
Only buy what you need, when you need it, to accomplish a specific objective. Too many people spend entirely too much money on things they're not even sure they need (or need yet). Don't make that mistake. Start with $10 and dive in - everything else can be figured out as you go.
If you have questions along the way, there are tons of communities where you can get help or advice. We even have one right here on ClickNewz! Click here to join our forum. We would love to see you there.
p.s. I have a book coming out on Niche Affiliate Marketing that will teach you everything you need to know, step by step. It is due out in August 2011. To get on the priority notification list - to be the first to know when the book is available on Amazon - simply register at www.AffiliateStarterGuide.com.
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