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The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is that I have some issues with some of the suggestions. For example, I would never recommend GoDaddy. I used them for years, because they were "good enough". But even ignoring all the politics / privacy / ethics issues, I've simply found too many times that they do weird, non-standard things, plus the fact that I got sick of being constantly upsold other services when I'm just trying to manage my stuff. There are numerous better options, at better prices, with better service. Frankly, while at a later date you may want to have your domains and your hosting separate, for newbies it's a LOT easier to just get them both at the same place...definitely saves a couple of steps and may even save you some money.
For a WordPress theme, Thesis is decent, but it's also $87 for the basic theme, and that's $87 more you have to make before you start turning a profit. There are tons of great free themes available. I'm personally a big fan of Atahualpa, which is the most downloaded free theme. It's particularly great because you don't have to edit theme files to put in custom CSS, or even to create your own widget areas. Yeah -- I know that's Greek to the target audience for this book, but trust me, it will become very relevant very quickly. As far as WordPress themes -- save your money until you're really sure you need to spend it.
A couple of notable missing promotional tools are Empire Avenue and Triberr. These have become absolute essentials for me and some of my clients. They're free, and very effective.
So, all in all -- a great step-by-step guide for newbies to get started, but don't take it as gospel. If you decide to join the world of affiliate marketing, plan on becoming an information sponge -- you never stop learning.
I didn't expect as much 'how to' to be spelled out for me in the book, but it was helpful. I got some new ideas and was inspired to take a new look at what I'd been doing on my own blog: Savvy Sleuth.
Being a Kindle author myself (I wrote Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV) I can appreciate the work that Shawn put into his book. I appreciate the links to more info and clear explanations of how it's done. Overall, a very good book for anyone looking to learn how to use affiliate marketing sources and increase their passive income.
There are step by step instructions that are not so detailed as to make you want to watch grass grow, but not so vague as to make you wonder if there is a catch or trick that you missed.
Shawn lays out the steps simply and in a straight forward manner. Ay reader might easily find alternative methods from time to time as he leaves pleanty of room for research, updates, and experimentation.
Put simply, I've guided many people through some of the topics covered by Shawn, but I too still learned quite a lot from this book and I've been doing this for about seven years.
That is why I say Shawn makes a false claim when he tells experienced people to read no further. Ignore than warning and continue. You might read a thing or two you already know, but odds are you will find something very useful. I met Shawn about 4-5 years ago, so I knew right away that I was probably gong to be able to learn something new from a guy that has been working at this twice as long, if not more than I have.
Final point: I've read quite a bit by others in this industry and personally I felt like Shawn was sharing very good advice. It was trustworthy and not subject to the motivations sometimes held in reserve by 'gurus' sellng a training package or something. This was just sweet and simple and useful.
To my surprise there were helpful tips for both beginner and intermediate affiliate marketers. I ended up bookmarking several pages and passages on my e-reader.
The book contains several practical tips that will help any beginner get started. The book isn't full of hype like so many books in this category. Shawn lays out a simple roadmap that anyone can follow.
If you're brand new to the affiliate game, or having a hard time getting through the initial stages of growing your business, I highly recommend this book.