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The Best Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing

Updated on June 22, 2013

A Brief Introduction

Why is this called 'the best' guide? I have inside knowledge that the things written here work. That's why.

I have decided to set up a guide that is aimed at helping people who are new to internet marketing. I understand that the Internet is saturated with this sort of information but I also understand that it does not cover the whole process without charging or asking you to jump through a lot of hoops to cover things that you already know yet leaving many questions unanswered.

I thought I would go through the whole process over a series of pages on hubpages in order to offer a place to start from and perhaps, return to.

I intended to add new pages as and when is convenient that will carry on along the same narrative. I may not run to a set schedule due to constraints but I will be updating until the end. To avoid missing or waiting, feel free to sign up!

A Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing - Where Do I Start Internet Marketing? - Right Here!

In this guide I will be taking you step by step through the whole process of affiliate marketing. The guide is entirely aimed at beginners, so I will be going into detail and explaining each step that you should take on your beginners’ journey and help you out with the nagging questions you feel stupid asking and I will aim to push you up and over your own individual learning curves.

Later when you are feeling more comfortable, you can alter what you have learnt here as you like, as you will, by then, know what you are doing and will no doubt want to use your own creative instincts and ideas, whilst putting into practice what you have learnt from this guide.

This guides’ main goal and overwhelming feature is to turn someone who knows little or nothing about affiliate marketing into someone who has knowledge and method. Those two words, knowledge and method, are the key to anyone’s success in internet marketing from the first day and the later days and they are what will spur you on and on.. and on.

This guide will not have you making "$5000 a week, for life!" Its main purpose is to help you along your way. The internet IS awash with information and help within this area but as I have found, and as you and I KNOW, it all seems to say different things. The truth is that there is no foolproof way of internet marketing but another truth is that there is a way to start, succeed and carry on and there is a way to start, "fail" and then stop. The reason I put fail in inverted commas is because anyone who fails in my opinion, did not get the right information or help and it is also possible that the circumstance during the trial run were not ideal. There are many factors that can lead to “failure”.

A lot of the information you will read on the internet, is made from (whether you know it or not), quotes of your questions - these are great keywords in themselves. These questions will not have answers at the end, but they will dance around your question and then suggest products to help you. They also boost site rankings with 'carrot on stick' keywords that end with no answers & yet more questions, but they do provide a product that appears to have the answers. Maybe.. Or maybe, you will still have more questions? And then where will you go and what will you do?

I will be using codes throughout this guide. They will be in the shape of stars like this:- **** They will indicate to you that you should check over the relevant independent section I have created. This section will have expanations of terms and words. The idea being that anyone reading will not have to go away and search for term meanings, they will all be here on a seperate page. I am setting it up like this to help the flow of the guide, so that it doesn’t repeat itself constantly or appear to be full of repetition and of no real help. A lot of guides are like that. This one will not be. There will be links to these 'Information Pages' or 'Glossaries' and the links will look like this, in link form:

***** (5S) = Before you do this, please look briefly at this section and get an understanding of the terms and meanings featured here.

**** (4S) = Before you do this, please look briefly at this section and get an understanding of the terms and meanings featured here.

*** (3S) = Before you do this, please look briefly at this section and get an understanding of the terms and meanings featured here.

"What makes this guide different?"

Well, I am not going to recommend anything in order to make money out of it. I will be explaining how I approach a campaign and how a novice can get some beginner level success without spending anything. I will also mention and cover how minimal investsment alongside what you are doing could help but that is not the main focus of the guide.

It is best if you treat this exercise as a learning process first, rather than treating it as something that is going to bring you money instantly.

Make sure you are not getting too worried about everything being totally perfect and right as this is also another thing you will develop in your own way, around these key factors I am going to soon be touching on.

This guide is here just so you have a direction to go in rather than wondering and wondering but never knowing which way to go and where to start. Therefore having written help to guide you as much as possible is a very big motivation. This business can be quite creative at times and I do not want to ruin that potential by hammering out rules for everything. There are no such rules and if there were they would change as often as all the search engines' algorithms.

So to recap, this guide right now is about setting up your first and very own campaign/campaigns. The only cost to you will be in the form of time and the only guarantee will be on you picking up knowledge rather than sales. Knowledge that can be applied to achieve sales later, once you understand the mechanics of internet marketing. To say I could get you guaranteed sales would be a lie, and anyone stating so is a liar as the claim is flawed.

"So what you're saying is, I won't make any money from this?"

No, I’m not saying that. I cannot see what product you are selling and I do not know what your grasp of English is like, nor do I know what your motivational skills are like. If you were exactly like me, I could say 100% that you would make sales from this. I am being honest here and most guides like this one are not so fair. It is possible to make sales from this and you just need to know which products to avoid and which to grab with both hands. It is also worth remembering that you CAN make money from not spending money. The amounts you will make will be less than if you spent money. Without the knowledge, you will only lose your money, so understand, when your knowledge grows, then and only then I would advise you to start spending/investing money to make more money.

So if you like what you have read and you are serious about internet marketing, read on through the different steps. I estimate that there will be around 20 hubs in total, guiding through the process, changing you from a beginner or novice into.. well, that's up to you. The information is all here..


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    • Tyler Bracken profile imageAUTHOR

      Tyler Bracken 

      6 years ago from Berlin, Germany

      No problem. I just wanted to save some people from the wolves that feast on the newbies. You have reminded me that I need to update! Thanks, and thanks for the comment(s).

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      6 years ago

      It is nice to see some honesty. I have dabbled in internet marketing and I know what you are saying about other people hinting about information and then hitting you with a sales page. I am off to check out the next parts now. Thanks.

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      Mark B 

      7 years ago

      This is great, perhaps some more pictures though?

    • Tyler Bracken profile imageAUTHOR

      Tyler Bracken 

      7 years ago from Berlin, Germany

      I hope you have found the information helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! .. I really need to get the other parts of this guide up!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      It appears that internet marketing also involves a little luck in choosing the right products in addition to skills. I look forward to reading the rest of your series.Going ot part 2 now.


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