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Realistic and helpful advice
on 9 May 2013
This book offers a valuable wake-up call to aspiring affiliates. I have been an affiliate marketer in the past - without much success - but this book piqued my interest enough to revisit the idea, to do it differently and to take it far more seriously. Gone are the days of plastering up a watery, 20-page website with blatant links and expecting to make money. The author advocates building a 1,000 page authority site in a year and shows you how. But be warned, it's hard work, it takes time, it takes some money, it can be very boring and don't expect to make a penny for the first 6-12 months. According to the author, most people (95%+) will quit - but for those who persevere, the rewards can be significant.
I don't think the book is targeted at complete novices. For example, you should know what WordPress is and how to install it; you should be familiar with SEO principles etc. Whilst none of these is rocket science (and you can easily hire people to do the parts you can't), be aware that the book generally skips over these technical basics.
The book contains plenty of helpful, applicable information and warnings to help you avoid costly mistakes early on. For example, the advice to split large sites into sub-domains with their own WordPress installation to avoid potential Google penalisation is a helpful eye-opener to me. Knowing information like this before building the site saves a lot of head and heart ache. There's also advice on deciding on a site topic; deciding what to write; outsourcing the content production etc. Towards the end of the book, there is a helpful step-by-step plan showing you what you need to do each week/month to stay on course.
(For what it's worth, if you're considering giving it a go, my own advice/experience would be to pay others to put your content together for you whilst you decide on the article topics and manage the quality. Yes, it will cost money but it ensures you are producing content regularly and consistently; it protects you from procrastination; it prevents burn-out and you are less likely to simply give up. Whatever you don't fancy doing, find and train someone else to do it for you. Otherwise, all you're doing is creating a job for yourself.)
Refreshingly, the author does not claim you will be a millionaire - or even make six figures - although both are possible, I suppose. He just shows a way to build a relatively automated business if you're willing to put in the time, effort and perseverance.