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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.

Advertisements

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.