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I’m Edward Holiman, creator of the Shoestring Affiliate blog and If you are new to affiliate marketing, but you are not sure where to start, then start here because you’ve come to the right place!

I built this site as a dedication to helping aspiring affiliates such as yourself, learn the ins and outs of affiliate marketing. Most importantly, helping you learn how to do it without emptying your wallet in the process.

If you have been to my “About” page, then you know that I have been doing affiliate marketing since 2012. There have been many changes since then and I want to share what I have learned with you so you don’t have to learn things the hard way.

Where to Begin?

Since this may be your first time here, I thought it would be helpful to start here on this page for you to get the maximum benefit from my site. I have designed this site with the following in mind. Learn. Build. Succeed.

I’m a true do-it-yourselfer, I like to do things for myself. So when it came to affiliate marketing I did everything from building my websites and writing my own content, but after all that, I was not really all that savvy with getting visitors to come to my site and click on my affiliate links and buy something. Needless to say, I became very frustrated and wanted to quit.

My biggest problem was that when I first started out as an affiliate I was all over the place. I chased after everything that promised to make me rich quickly. Truth is, I never really invested the time, initially, to learn affiliate marketing correctly. It took losing a lot of money before I realized that I needed to change my approach. This approach is laid out below in the paragraphs below


The learn section of the site is a good place to start if you are interested in learning about affiliate marketing. Here you will find all sorts of articles that explain all the different aspects of affiliate marketing such as understanding what affiliate marketing is, which affiliate programs are best to get started with, how affiliate links work and so much more.


If you are interested in building a website, then this is a good starting point for you. Under this category, you can find articles that explain, step-by-step, how to build a website or blog. You can also find information on how to choose a web host as well as the best practices for optimizing the speed of your website.


SucceedI believe that success in affiliate marketing is the measure of the amount of effort you put forth. In the Succeed section of this site, you will find useful tools and resources to help you measure what works and what doesn’t. One particular tool is Google Analytics, which will provide you all sorts of data about those who visit your website and how they behave when they arrive. With this information available to you, you can make adjustments to your site to ensure you are providing your visitors a great experience.

Let’s Begin

Your journey is just beginning. It is my hope that the information that is provided on Shoestring Affiliate plays an integral part in putting you on the path to success. As you move around the site, you will always know which category or section you are in as I have made sure the label on a page or posts is displayed. All you need to do is pick where you want to start and you’ll will be on your way!

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