I received a few questions via email from a loyal scrappy business reader:
1) I wonder if you feel if someone follows your step-by-step instructions, things should work out, or are there other online manuals or blogs similar to yours that you recommend?
Even if you follow my step by step instructions, you will still mostly likely have a difficult time. Now, I’m not saying that to discourage you. What I am saying is there’s a big learning curve involved and you need to be willing to sacrifice a year or more in studying / experimenting. A lot of people have been successful right of the bat, but that’s usually not the case. If you hear someone saying “Get rich quick” then stay away! Although there’s a lot of opportunity in this market, it requires a lot of hard work.
2) Assume I follow the instructions provided on your website to the letter, do you feel it is possible to start out successfully without a website?
Although you can try the “Google Cash” method of directly linking to affiliate sites using Google Adwords, 95% of the time, this is not going to work out for the long-term. Basically, we are at a stage in 2008 where you need to be involved with more advanced strategies such as building your own affiliate site, creating targeted “landing pages” for your pay per click campaigns, structuring your Adwords campaign effectively and efficiently, creating a unique selling proposition for your affiliate website, offering something of value, using opt-in’s to capture and market to your audience, etc.
You can learn all about these strategies for free. There’s plenty of public information out there.
3) Are there forums you recommend where a proto-newbie like myself can go to ask questions along the way?
I’m not a huge forum guy, but there are some good ones out there:
4) Is it possible to loose money using Google Ad words? I understand the breakeven point calculation but what if people click on your ad but never end up buying anything? This doesn’t seem like a risk-free proposition.
Hope this helps!