Need Help Getting Your Minisite Business Off the Ground?

When you’re first launching your affiliate marketing business, one of the most difficult hurdles you’ll have to overcome is simply getting started in the first place.  (Believe me, I know – I’ve been there!)

While affiliate marketing may sound simple in theory, the work involved in choosing a niche, picking an affiliate product and building a website can seem daunting if you’ve never done it before.


That’s why Common Sense Marketing (with support from Jon @ is pleased to announce Case Study 2 – the 2011 Community Marketing Challenge!  During March and April of 2011, Jon and I will be leading a team of new marketers through the process of building and launching an affiliate marketing minisite.

Throughout this case study, you’ll get the chance to watch over our shoulders as we build new minisites from the ground up.  You’ll see how we research niches, create web content, choose affiliate products to promote and build traffic to our new sites.  And best of all, a few of you will have the opportunity to participate right alongside us!

As a participant in the case study, you’ll have the opportunity to join in on weekly web conferences where Jon and I will answer your questions and share more details about the strategies that we use to earn money online.  You’ll also get exclusive email support so that we can walk you, step-by-step, through any difficulties you encounter during the process.

Oh, and did I mention that you’re going to get all of that for free?!

The only requirement on your end is to share your results once a week throughout the eight weeks of the case study, which will be posted here on Common Sense Marketing.  The goal for this case study is to turn our results into a sort of “knowledge bank” that other internet marketing newbies can use as a road map for getting started, so your participation is vital!

Unfortunately, due to time constraints on our end and in order to give all participants personalized attention, we’re only able to take on a limited number of participants (5-10 maximum) for this case study.  No experience is necessary to participate, although a basic understanding of internet marketing terminology and website creation will be helpful, as we’ll be moving through the material very quickly.


On Thursday, February 17th at 9:00am CST, the sign-up form for the 2011 Community Marketing Challenge will go live here on Common Sense Marketing.  Please check back at that point if you’re interested in being involved as a participant in the challenge (just don’t wait too long – once the spots are full, we won’t be able to take any additional applicants).

If you have any questions about what will be involved with this case study, please leave them in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, and we look forward to sharing this exciting case study with you 🙂

Sarah Russell & Jon Alford

10 Responses to Need Help Getting Your Minisite Business Off the Ground?

  1. Jon says:

    I look forward to this adventure. Participants and spectators will receive solid value here so everybody wins.

    Newbies and seasoned vets alike can benefit from watching this challenge.

    We have some work ahead of us!

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  3. Hi sarah,
    Just came over from Jon’s blog.

    Sound like an exciting project you guys are about to embark on.

    I would have loved to be involved but as I mentioned to Jon I live in Australia and the time difference etc will make it impossible.

    Will follow the progress with interest…


    • Sarah says:

      Bryan – I saw your post over on Jon’s blog, and you’re right that being in Australia might present some challenges in terms of the webinars and such.

      But please do check back every week for regular updates from the participants. We may also offer a “spectator’s pass” where you can watch the recorded webinars, get special tips, etc. I’ll be posting more about that in the next few days.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Jk Allen says:

    Hi Sarah – Looking forward to the event. I’m certainly interested and will be back in the next couple of days to sign up.

    Thank you!

    • Sarah says:

      JK – Thanks for stopping by! We’d love to have you as part of the challenge, so come back tomorrow to get signed up 🙂

      • Jon says:

        It really is fantastic to see brave folks stepping forward to give this a try. It’ll be a great opportunity for us all to compare notes and see our fearless leader, Sarah, live in action!

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