Affiliate Marketing Help – Go Where the Help Can Be Found

Finding Affiliate Marketing Help

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A lot of people seem to think that affiliate marketing is easy, or at least an easier way to make money online than other things you might do.  I don’t know that it’s really easy at all, but it is fairly straightforward.  All you need to do to make money is find people who have a problem, find a solution for it, and find a mechanism that presents the solution to the people with the problem.  For most Internet marketers, that means building a Website, putting content on that site that offers the solution to a problem, and making sure that people who are looking for that solution can find you so that you can make money from them.

confusedWhile affiliate marketing is straightforward in the abstract, it can be rather difficult to pull of in reality.  Building a Website requires skills.  Designing one takes skills.  Maintaining a Website takes skills.  Then you need to create some content, and do it over and over.  You need to find something to sell and find a way to sell it on your Website.  Finally, after all of that, you need to figure out a way to make the public aware that your site exists so that they can find it.  Needless to say, a lot of people are stymied by all of this and are looking for affiliate marketing help.  The problem is that many of these people are looking for answers in the wrong places.

Where is Affiliate Marketing Help?

There are a number of ways to find affiliate marketing help, if you need it.  You can start with a basic Web search, and that can work out well if you have a particular question in mind.  You can just post it in Google or Bing, and chances are pretty good that you’ll find some sort of answer.  For others, the answer can come from one of the many affiliate marketing forums that are out there.  The problem, as I’ve recently discovered, is that some of those forums, including some of the better-known ones, aren’t really good sources for help anymore.

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There’s one forum in particular that I’ve been visiting for years.  I’ve been a member of this well-known forum for nearly a decade and I learned a lot there over the years.  These days, I often visit the site to see what people who are new to affiliate marketing are talking about and asking about, as that can provide me with ideas regarding what to write about on this blog.  That forum has been online for nearly fifteen years, and a lot of useful information has been shared there.   It’s also a place to buy ebooks and software in the make money online niche.

affiliate marketing questionsWhat I’ve discovered recently is that while this particular forum has plenty of people with questions, it no longer seems to attract very many people who can provide answers.  True, most of the content that’s been there over the years remains, but people with a question tend to ask the question directly, rather than searching to see if that question has been addressed before and whether it’s been previously answered.

What strikes me as odd is that the questions I’m seeing these days are no longer of the technical or complex variety.  Instead, they’re very basic questions that demonstrate that the people asking them don’t know anything about affiliate marketing or even the Internet in general.  Worse, no one is there to provide the answers.

I’m talking about questions like these:

How do I create an HTML link?
How can I make $10 today?
What are good niches to use for a Website?
Does anyone here make any money online?

This forum, which used to be the leader on the Internet for providing useful and helpful information for affiliate marketing, is now simply a repository of basic questions, and few, if any, members who are there are willing to provide the answers.  In other words, this once-useful forum is now pretty useless to anyone.  It still has a reputation as a place to learn about making money online, but now, it seems, there’s no one there to provide any answers.

That’s kind of a big deal, and that’s why it’s important that when you’re searching online to ask questions, you should be sure that you’re searching somewhere where you’re likely to find answers.  When you want to learn, you need to go where there are people who can teach you, rather than going somewhere that’s simply full of other people who are asking questions.

secretSo, what do you do?  Obviously, you go somewhere else, but a lot of other forums are much the same way, and there’s a reason.  While some people do like to share high-level ideas and techniques for making money online, they rarely like to share anything new or unusual that’s making money for them right now.   Keeping successes a secret makes sense; if you come up with a truly innovative idea for doing anything to make money online, it won’t do you any good if you share it with a thousand people and they all copy it.   Then you’re all in competition with one another, and the person who shared the idea in the first place is the person most likely to suffer for having been kind enough to share.

There are some places online where you can learn from people who are willing to share what they know.  You won’t necessarily find that information for free, however.  The best sources for information about how to make money in affiliate marketing are likely to be those that cost you something to find out.  Why?  Because, as I mentioned a moment ago, giving away good ideas rarely helps anyone.  Plus, you’re more likely to do something with the information you’ve acquired if you had to go to some kind of effort to get it.  Things that cost something mean more than things that are free.  After all, if it’s free, what kind of value can it have?

Must You Pay for Affiliate Marketing Help?

Don’t get me wrong – there are still a few free forums online that deal with affiliate marketing that provide information for free.  But as time goes on, they’re becoming more cluttered with either people who are selling junk, or people who are asking basic questions that could have been answered with a simple question in Google.  The real, meaningful information is becoming harder and harder to find from free sources.  The benefit of paying for information is this, however – if you had to pay to get it, you’re more likely to do something productive with it.
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