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    Hey guys,

    Just wanted to find out what people thought was the best route for a newbie to take in order to make their first $'s online?

    If you're not a newbie anymore, what did you start with?

    If you are, what ARE you starting with?

    Reading in forums, there are two systems that stick out the most, CPA and Affiliate Marketing.

    Pros and Cons for each?

    I suppose it's similar for almost all newbies, but in my particular case, keeping the initial monetary cost down is the biggest concern, VERY CLOSELY followed by the amount of time needed.

    I understand time, effort, and money are required to a certain degree, just wanted to know my options and figure out how I want to balance those 3 variables.

    Thanks, for anyone who would be able to help.

    PS. This is my first actual post, and I'm REALLY sorry its coming from a place of 'need'. I will DEFINATELY try to add value to the other posts also. Hopefully others will find some valuable answers here also.

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    Hi there, welcome to the forum.

    Is there a topic that you'd like to learn a lot about, and write a lot about?

    Set aside webmastering and making money online type topics. Cross those off your list.

    Would you like to become an expert on some other topic? Are you already an expert on some other topic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engage View Post
    Hi there, welcome to the forum.

    Is there a topic that you'd like to learn a lot about, and write a lot about?

    Set aside webmastering and making money online type topics. Cross those off your list.

    Would you like to become an expert on some other topic? Are you already an expert on some other topic?
    Ah, I think I understand where you're coming from.

    I would like to become an expert in some topics, but at the same time a big consideration I need to make is whether or not I'm able to make a living from it.

    It's a shame, but at this point in my life my monetary goals have priority over most others, which sucks because I don't want it to really be that way.

    But writing and creating content is a possibility.

    Is this something you do yourself?

    How did you start? and How DO you start?

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    Hi again,

    Yes, I accept your income goal, and am addressing that.

    I'm mostly a programmer, but like many here, I have some content sites that earn money from ads, Adsense being the most common form of ad.

    I started in 1995, and have taken a long journey with way too many chapters to recall here.

    You've already taken the first step by being wise enough to ask for advice. Lynn's Elite Club could be something to consider, as it specializes in providing this kind of advice.

    If you wish to be a content publisher, another first step would be to find a topic that both sincerely interests you, and is reasonably profitable.

    That can be a challenge, but once you overcome it, the equation gets fairly simple.

    Content and links, content and links, content and links.

    Simple, but not easy, because you'll have to do a good deal of work before any real money comes in.

    This process does take a good bit of patience, so if you need new income right now, a part time offline job might be a better plan.

    Questions?

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    I started with affiliate marketing and really enjoy it. I don't do any PPC or anything like that. SEO/Keyword research is key in getting yourself found in the search engines and on the web.

    I recommend reading Lynn's blog post about starting a free online business. It might get some ideas flowing for you.

    I would recommend starting with something you know and/or are passionate about and building a business on that. I noticed in your signature that you're promoting money making ebooks or similar and it's really hard to sell those types of things if you haven't been successful at those yourself. Someone trying to build an Internet marketing blog with info about affiliate marketing, list building, etc. will have a very hard time if they don't already have success in that area because it will show through in the writing.

    What are some topics that interest you? Maybe we can brainstorm getting started with a niche that could be easier to build for you at this time.

    By the way, welcome to SSWT! Glad to have you here.
    ~Angie~

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    Thanks for your responses and for your recommendations. I appreciate it.


    @ angienewton

    Do you have any tips on getting the most out of affiliate marketing?


    A couple of things that interest me, or just things that I like, are Driving, and My Personal Health and Fitness (I'm interested in healthy nutrition as well as muscle and weight gain)

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    Hi there, welcome to the forum.

    I completely understand where you are comming from. I am new at this myself. I have been doing a lot of research (probebly too much). I have come to the conclusion that if you don't have a product of your own then affilliate marketing is the best way to start.

    I have narrowed down a topic that I am interested in and have knowledge of. I am currently in the 1st stages of creating my very 1st website, doing keyword research etc.
    My first goal is to create a quality website with good quality content, something that people will want to come back to even if I am not selling anything. After I have done that is when I will start to monetize it. I want to make money but at the same time deliver good quality to people who visit my site.
    That is why I think it is very important to pick a topic/product that you are interested in or have experience with.
    I know it is a long process, especially in the beginning but I believe like any business you get out what you put in.

    Hope this helps

    Meenu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meenub View Post
    Hi there, welcome to the forum.

    I completely understand where you are comming from. I am new at this myself. I have been doing a lot of research (probebly too much). I have come to the conclusion that if you don't have a product of your own then affilliate marketing is the best way to start.

    I have narrowed down a topic that I am interested in and have knowledge of. I am currently in the 1st stages of creating my very 1st website, doing keyword research etc.
    My first goal is to create a quality website with good quality content, something that people will want to come back to even if I am not selling anything. After I have done that is when I will start to monetize it. I want to make money but at the same time deliver good quality to people who visit my site.
    That is why I think it is very important to pick a topic/product that you are interested in or have experience with.
    I know it is a long process, especially in the beginning but I believe like any business you get out what you put in.

    Hope this helps

    Meenu
    Thanks Meenu.

    So are you starting a blog, or another variation of an information portal? (Perhaps something similar to this website?)

    That is something I wanted to do as well. A Blog sounds easiest for me and I believe with wordpress it shouldn't be too hard for me to get a site 'ready' waiting for me to add some quality content.

    I face three main challenges with this. Knowing where to start, creating lots of quality content (ie. getting my thoughts onto paper), and patience!

    What are your main challenges? Anything similar.

    Because of this is probably why I've chosen to concentrate on affiliate marketing first.

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    I face three main challenges with this. Knowing where to start, creating lots of quality content (ie. getting my thoughts onto paper), and patience!
    I think knowing where to start is the hardest part.

    Once we've committed to a topic, the job is greatly simplified. Content and links. More of both is better. Not always easy, but at least we know exactly what we should be working on.

    Don't forget Adsense.

    Affiliate marketing requires skillful pre-sell copy, which is an art form that isn't instantly mastered.

    And, you're unlikely to sell much even with great pre-sell until you've got a significant amount of traffic.

    I'd suggest content, links and Adsense until you hit 500 visitors a day or something like that. Nothing works without traffic. With traffic, many options are available.

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    Yes I am starting with a blog only because it is something I've wanted to do for a while.
    I am focusing on a topic that I want to write about and would write about even if I wasn't thinking of monitizing it.
    The challanges for me are the techincal things but wordpress makes it pretty easy.

    Engage is absolutely right. Build quality, links, relationships with your readers then monitize.

    Best of luck to you.

    Meenu

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