My name is Jeffery Cammack, and I am a marketer with an interest in finance working on creating a set of international guides to Forex brokers around the world.
How did you get started in affiliate marketing? What keeps you excited about it?
I started with affiliate marketing back in 2006 when I had a hobby trying to get websites to rank well in Google. I ran into a company that took me on board to build links for a set of casino and poker guides, and that caught my interest.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to a newbie affiliate marketer? And what is one piece of advice they should ignore?
Follow: Take every day at a time, and know what you are going to complete in that day. If you focus on the big picture, you will get blinded and intimidated.
Ignore: Ignore what most SEOs tell you. Just do what you think is right for the area you are in, and don’t be afraid to be different.
What has been your favorite mistake? A mistake that in retrospect led to a great lesson and progress in your affiliate marketing?
Hire people. I made the mistake of putting too much of the workload on myself, and only once I hired someone part time to help with a short project, did I realize that hiring help is a smart move. Most affiliate marketers are single individual operations, and are reluctant to bring on a small team. But if you have the revenue, learn to hire people and delegate.
What is one piece of software or a web service (besides Geniuslink) that allows you to be more effective as an affiliate marketer?
Skype. Get to know people. Don’t shy away behind your inbox, and make sure you talk to your partners. They are fun people and they will become your colleagues.
How do you continue to educate yourself as an affiliate marketer? What are some of your favorite resources for learning?
My network of the professionals I work educate me – we educate each other. After being in the business for a while, there is always someone I trust to talk to. Any affiliate marketer starting out, is going to need to cut through a lot of noise and opinions about how Google works, or latest trends, when reading around on the Internet. Try and resist believing everything you read, and instead find specific sources of information or friends to learn from.
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