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Are you aware of the fact that marketing an affiliate program is not as hard as you initially may have thought it is?

When I first started my career as an affiliate marketer I was frightened by all of these internet languages used to describe the myriad of marketing tactics. This feeling of being frightened was a turn off for me and continually discouraged me from taking the steps required.

Now, knowing that most of what is required to become an internet marketer is just simple common sense. It is now just the language used that I am still not entirely familiar with. For the most part, people are prone to giving up once discovering that the methods they are using do not work. That’s why you will find that almost 90% of all people that join affiliate programs don’t make any money at all. This can be explained by the fact that these people simply just apply the tactics provided by the affiliate programs and don’t put in the effort that is required to expand on the techniques that they are using.

I’m going to share some effective affiliate marketing techniques that can work wonders for your affiliate marketing campaigns, but only if you apply them and expand upon them.

Believe in the affiliate product you are promoting

Believing in the product you want to promote is a very important first step. You will not be able to promote a product and expect your visitor to buy it if you don’t even believe in that product yourself.  You should not even be trying to promote any product if you have not seen positive results from your own use of the product. Therefore, were you to promote a product that you have experienced results from, your enthusiasm for that product will be loudly reflected in your words. The average customer is more likely to purchase a product or enter into a program if they can see other like minded people enthusiastically recommending it.

Personal Endorsement

If the product you are promoting is actually worthy of endorsement, you should be able to source legitimate words of praise for it. Your own personal endorsement and testimonials will provide your visitor with a better understanding of the products credibility than any other advertising material you supply. It’s a good idea to ask your current customers or your up line for feedback as well. This feedback will add further credibility to the product by way of legitimate testimonials that are written by people whom are actually getting results.

The use of ezines and article directories

Article marketing is a really good way to reach potential prospects. If you don’t know how to write and or publish your own articles then you will simply just have to learn. Learning how to write articles and how to use them effectively is F.r.e.e. The alternative is to pay someone who knows how to write articles to do it for you and that (in my opinion) is a waste of valuable resources =) MONEY!!

Writing articles is NOT about hard selling

It is important for you to remember that your articles should be natural sounding and they must be able to provide the reader with something USEFUL. W.I.I.F.M. stands for “What’s in it for me?”. Me being YOUR readers NOT you!! Always try to put your readers interests first by writing articles that can provide them with a solution to a problem, the answers to their questions, and the information that they were initially looking for. No body online is interested in your self serving commercials. Just remember that making money is all about giving people what they need, not just about what you want.

Study your marketing stats

To really focus on your promotion and marketing results, you will need to study your site logs and stats pages. You can find your stats in your affiliate program back office. Most affiliate programs provide this service for their members. While some just supply stats on hits, sign ups and income, its still good information to know although you won’t know which ads work best. If this is the case, then create a redirect page which will be traceable through your site server logs. To do this is you create a page and link your affiliate program on that page. Your visitor will first be redirected to that page then from that page to the affiliate program. Now you will be able to track the number of hits that page gets to track your advertising campaign.

As you see, there are no complicated terms involved in affiliate marketing. It is just a little common sense, lots of research and reading to be able to understand terms and then practice. Putting the marketing techniques in to use. It may seem like a lot of hard work and it is, but if you were able to navigate your way to this article, then you can definitely do this. It all takes practice and then more practice and before you know it, it will become simpler.

Keep track of what techniques work and what techniques don’t work and you never know, maybe (in the future) you will be able to create your own affiliate marketing techniques just from the simple process of improving the ones already in use. So believe in your self and you will definitely succeed.

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It is all very well and easy to start your own blog. You just need to have something to write about, right? I’m sure you have plenty to write about, too.

Anyway, now that you have a blog set up and it has some USEFUL, well written posts that are related to each other in some way or another. What do you do now?

Get Some Traffic!

That my friends is more often than not, a pretty difficult task for a beginner. You could tell everyone you know about your new blog (including family and friends) and ask them to stop by and take a look – maybe even write a few comments or drop a rating. The problem with doing this though is – friends and family may not be interested in the topics you are writing about and may only visit once.

Here is what I recommend you do =)

Write yourself a minimum of 10 new articles related to the theme of your blog. These articles are NOT for your blog, though. You are going to submit them to some article directories like ezine articles or articles base, and also web2.0 sites like hubpages, squidoo, and weebly.

WHY?

Because they will provide you with some quality one way back links to your blog which will then give you a better chance of being found naturally in the search engines. Now, in case you don’t know what a back link is =) it is a link from another website that will direct the visitor to your website. The best kind of link is a text link that can be found within a sentence or paragraph of a related article. So, since you will be writing articles, that is the kind of back link you will be creating.

In order to create the best possible chance of your site being found when someone does a search for a particular keyword, it is best that you use the same keyword set for each and every article that you write.

Build a Link Wheel (see the diagram below)

As you can see =) Your site is the center of the wheel. The hub, so to speak and also the center of attention. So in order to create your link wheel please follow the steps below.

1. Choose a site (lets start with squidoo) write an article and link the article to YOUR SITE.

2. Go to weebly and create an account, then write your article WITH (this is important) ONE link going to YOUR SITE and ONE more link going to the article that you wrote at squidoo.

3. Work your way around the circle linking each and every article to the previous article and to your site.

POINT TO REMEMBER =) The last article in the link wheel needs to be linked to the first article so as to complete the cycle.

And there you have it.

Go and create some useful, quality back links for your site.

I recently read a forum post at WA (written by Travis) about him only having $10 to his name and having to turn a profit and it really set the gears in my head in motion.

I firmly believe that if a person can’t make money on the internet, starting with a just a little, then having a lot simply won’t help.

Imagine having just 1 hour to chop down a tree. Not an impossible task, is it? An axe is all you need, right?

WRONG!!

You will also need a plan and a plan on how you are going to implement your plan. Here’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going to spend the first 45min sharpening my axe, as they say. This means proper research on how I am going to go about implementing my plan. Then I’m gonna chop the sucker down. Replace that tree with Internet marketing and making money and you’ll be able to understand what kind of mindset is needed.

I know from experience that Internet marketing is really just Direct Marketing, only difference is you are utilizing a different medium, that medium being the WWW instead of paper/mail and the telephone. What this means is that all the same rules still apply.

You still need to have a product and a hungry market to sell the product to. You need to have a message for that market, preferably a message that is able to solve a specific problem, and you have to have a way to deliver that message to your target audience. Pay per click advertising (adwords) is a good way to deliver your message to the hungry masses. To learn more about PPC, you should consider buying Beating Adwords

Now, in order for you to move forward, you have to adopt the mindset that this is a process, and that it doesn’t have to happen by tomorrow and there is no point in chasing the big kahunas. (By definition, chasing means to pursue something that is diverging away from you) therefore it is better to proceed methodically, try and fail, try again and succeed, adjust, rinse and repeat the whole process, again and again. All the while moving forward and getting closer to achieving success.

A simple plan for moving forward may look like this –

Prelaunch.

– Research an idea.

– Create a plan around that idea.

– Check some forums for Niches related to your idea.

– Do a Trend Search at Google.

– Narrow down niches into more specific niches that are easily identifyable, easy to reach, and have money.

– Go back to the forums to see if you can spot any consistent questions and problems.

– Research some affiliate programs for your chosen 3 niches and see if any solve a particular problem or question.

– Choose 1 niche to begin testing with.

– Save all the rest for future reference.

Launch

– Keyword Research – Find specific words that are related to the product and that solve the searchers problem.

– Develop a review style landing page using 3 of the affiliate products that you have found. (must be similar products).

– Create a New campaign broken into specific adgroups with broad, phrase and exact matching and dynamic keyword insertion in the title.

– Flip the switch to start testing.

– Gather results, adjust, and improve on what you can.

Your first goal should be to complete all of the above process steps thoroughly to launch.

Your next goal is to attain your first sale.

Then, once you have a good solid campaign up and running, your goals should look like this.

$50/mo (after 2 mths)

$100/mo (after 4 mths)

$250/mo (after 6 mths)

$500/mo (after 8 mths)

$1000/mo (after 1 year)

Then all there is left to do is evaluate, adjust, rinse, repeat, and set new goals.

The above plan is a good solid plan for success and if followed has the potential to create enormous wealth.

To learn how I am able to know such information and use it successfully, all you have to do is become a wealthy affiliate.

Here’s to your success!

My first post Beating Adwords Intro covered what the ebook Beating Adwords is about and provided a general introduction to the book. This post will look at who should consider buying Beating Adwords.

Before you read any further I want to reiterate who Beating Adwords is NOT for. Are you looking for a get rich quick system? or Are you looking for a system that will make money for you without any initial effort or work on your part? If so, please STOP reading now by clicking on the X in the upper right hand corner of your browser and continue your search for get rich quick programs. Beating Adwords is NOT what you are looking for.

On the other hand, if you are looking for an honest, solid system and you are willing to put in the necessary time and effort required to implement it, then Beating Adwords is something you should seriously consider. Whether your goal is to begin by supplementing your current income or to replace it completely, Beating Adwords can help you achieve such goals. Many others have already done it, the key to their success being that they were willing to help themselves and put in the necessary work required to acheive success.

If you are a beginner, this book will guide you step by step as to how you may begin setting up your first marketing campaign. You DO NOT need to worry about having your own website. However, it is helpful.

Beating Adwords actually comes with templates that you may use should you decide to build your own website.

You will need to find a suitable product that you can promote, and this book will show you how to do so in an easy to understand step by step format. It can not do it for you though. You will need to invest your time to implement the techniques.

If you are an experienced internet marketer, Beating Adwords can help you as well. You will be shown many advanced techniques and strategies that will show you how to profit more for less.

Are your current CTRs (Click Through Rate) around 1%? With Beating Adwords you will learn how to consistently get your CTRs over 20% to 30%!

As you can see if you are willing to dedicate yourself to being successful there is no reason why you won’t be.

To learn more about beating adwords, click here.

Today I would like to take the time to introduce to you a real little golden nugget that is quite simply referred to as Beating Adwords.

You may or may not have seen the claims like, “How I made $16,000 in one week!” or “Make $4,846 in 3 days with NO MONEY!”, and they look great and all, but the real question is, “Does Beating Adwords really deliver what everyone is claiming that it delivers?”

That is why I want to take the time to introduce you to the ebook, Beating Adwords. It is not a get rich quick system. (They don’t exist!!). It is an extremely useful little book explaining how you can shuffle the cards and get the odds working in your favor.

Most people consider Beating Adwords to be the only useful guide to making money by way of Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising. We all know that PPC ads are the ads or sponsored links that are displayed next to and above the search engine results when a person does a search for a specific term or phrase. They are called PPC ads because of the fact that you are not required to pay for anyone to view such ads, you only pay when and if someone actually clicks on the ad.

There is a lot to know about how to use PPC ads effectively for the purpose of generating leads and sales to your affiliate websites and Beating Adwords will guide you step by step through the process of setting up a successful PPC campaign. It does so in a well written and easy to follow format and will provide you with all you will need to know. Including all the do’s and the don’ts.

The techniques and strategies are targeted towards all skill levels including beginners, intermediates and expert affiliate marketers. In fact, Kyle and Carson, the authors of Beating Adwords, share the exact techniques and strategies that they currently use themselves. Proven techniques that actually bring proven results.

So, if you have any inclination towards learning how to effectively create and profit from PPC advertising campaigns then Beating Adwords is (In my opinion) the only option for you.

Affiliate marketing can be a very time consuming venture and requires a great deal of research and planning to be successful.

Lets assume that you have found an audience, meaning you have readers/visitors to your blog/website and you may even have some regular visitors and followers. How do you know what to sell them?

Sell them whatever it is that they are interested in. Easy, isn’t it?

For the most part, people who decide to challenge themselves to make money online assume the role of “The Affiliate”. This essentially means that the person has decided to promote a product that belongs to someone else in exchange for a commission. It is common for such commissions to vary according to and relative of the product or service that ”The affiliate” is promoting and are generally between 5-75% of the total price of the product. 50% being a pretty standard commission.

For example, the affiliate program over at Wealthy Affiliate enables their members to earn 50% recurring commissions which equates to a nice round sum of $20 per month in commissions for every referral that you are able to sign up to their program! Therefore, if you were to sign up 10 new members each month, every month for 6 months – You would be earning $1200 per month every month there after.

There are however, many, many other products and services that an affiliate can promote. There are digital products such as computer softwares and e books. There are physical products such as real published books, magazines, cd’s, dvd’s, electrical appliances, home wares, and a million or so more.

With such a multitude of products and services that can be promoted, it should be easy to find something. One thing that you will need to keep in mind is; It is always a good idea for you to try to promote products that you have personally purchased and or know a little bit about. It is so, so much easier to promote something that you have personal experience with and saves a huge chunk of time that you would have to spend researching a product that you know nothing about.

If you would like to challenge yourself to make your first sale on the internet, I recommend you consider promoting the wealthy affiliates program. This program is extremely effective and you can earn whilst you learn. Very few programs make that possible. In the meantime, feel free to check out some of my other articles here at affiliate revuez.

(anon.) When all you have is a HAMMER, everything looks like a NAIL.

The 21st century in which we are living is moving ever so rapidly along. It is most commonly referred to as the information age where by the use of a pc and the Internet we can easily tap into a myriad of extra income earning opportunities, and the need for a J.O.B. is becoming less and less of a necessity.

With the Internet it is now possible to start a business with very few out of pocket expenses. Less than a hundred dollars is more than enough. Then by using the Internet, we may easily develop a blog, a website, or even an online store. Thus making it possible for anyone to turn a $100 investment into thousands or more.

It won’t happen overnight, but with a little dedication and hard work, it will happen. Anything is possible. Just look at Craigslist, a million dollar business that was started with an idea and a free blog. Anyone can do it, it just requires you to get out of your comfort zone and make an effort to succeed.

One problem that I am constantly seeing these days is too many people are on the look out for the Holy Grail sytem of Internet marketing that they can just plug in and become instant millionaires overnight. Let me tell you that such systems don’t exist, and anyone who claims to know the secret to success is probably just trying to part you from your hard earned cash.

So, What is the key? You say!

It’s simple, so amazingly simple in fact that even a complete beginner can do it. All that is required of you is that you step out side of your comfort zones and adapt yourselves to whatever situation that is presented to you. Force yourselves to find a way to succeed and you will!

I know it sounds like a difficult task, and some (many) people find it very difficult to do, but it needs to be done. Challenge yourselves to learn a new skill, use your heads (your whole heads) and brainstorm a list of ideas, write a list of short term goals, and most importantly, take action and use the technology of today (the Internet) to research ways and means that will help you to propel yourselves forwards and achieve your goals.

Adaptability is the key to success. Learn to adapt yourselves, your minds, and your way of doing things and you will find that you will be so much closer to being able to make money on the Internet.

It’s really not at all hard to do, and you will soon discover that you will start noticing things that you hadn’t noticed before. I certainly did.

Affiliate marketing is really not at all difficult to learn and can be learned in a relatively short period of time.
The basic principle of affiliate marketing is basically just to direct a buyer to a sellers website. The buyer buys what the seller is selling and you (the affiliate) earn a commission from the proceeds of the sale. Simple isn’t it?

Well the concept is very simple, and the process of getting paid is all very simple, too. However, getting people to read your articles and to act on the information you have provided is a pretty big bridge that many new affiliate marketers find difficult to cross.

That is why I’d like to take the opportunity to talk about some of these obstacles and help new marketers make some money. So, if you have a few minutes each day, why not come back here and take a look. You never know, you might even learn something new.

Stay tuned!