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It all started about a year and a half ago. I had been dabbling with the foreign exchange markets (quite unsuccessfully), an activity that I still regularly partake of and I suddenly came to the realization that if I am to become a successful internet marketer, I was going to have to pull my fat finger outta my fat butt and start doing some things differently.

So what did I do?

Well, it’s funny you should ask such a question. I did what every one does of course!

I went to Amazon and bought a handful of books on Internet Marketing and more specifically Affiliate Marketing. I am not even going to tell you which books I had bought because quite frankly they are of ‘NO USE’ to anyone. They are not even heavy enough to be used as a door stopper. Although if I were to bundle them all together and bind them with masking tape or something, as a whole they might actually be heavy enough… lol

So anyway, my journey as an infant affiliate marketer was not a prosperous one. I struggled to make back the cost of the books and softwares that I had bought. The fact that all of them stated that if I were to read and act on the information provided within, I would become richer than I could have imagined.

IT JUST DIDN’T HAPPEN!!!

In fact, all those books provided me with was the ability to believe that making money on the internet is in fact something that can be done. The books themselves proved that it could be done. Not by using the information provided within those books though. They made me see this =) I have to write the books and sell them to unsuspecting beginners that are looking for ways to make money online. UNSCRUPULOUS BEHAVIOUR!!! if you don’t mind me saying so…

Anyway, I didn’t become a novelist and I don’t sell crappy books to unsuspecting newbies either. What I did do though, is START A BLOG, (not this one). I started a blog over at blogger, googles very own blogging platform.

Now, if you have read my previous post =) So you’ve started a blog, Now what do you do? You will notice that I have recommended that you use blogger for your blogs, and I still do….

HOWEVER….. I am NO LONGER using blogger myself. I am more in favor of using wordpress as my main blogging platform. Let me explain why…

I started my first blog over at blogger in November 2009. The title of the blog was ‘Make a few extra dollars’ and I wrote articles for it almost daily. It was hard work, phew!! Anyway, I managed it well and had numerous affiliate links embedded into my posts, a few banners (not too many), and google adsense ads were displaying on all pages.

It was well written and I was getting quite a bit of traffic as well. I even managed to build a small list of followers that soon became regular visitors and provided my blog with additional commentaries based on thoughts of their own. I was happy to be blogging and I thought that I had finally found a way to make money online.

Then one day out of the blue, I logged into my blogger dashboard to be confronted with a message that read,

‘This blog has been deleted!’

Sayonara to =)  ‘Make a few extra dollars’!!!

I was devastated as you can probably imagine. I had spent close to 5 months working on that blog (amongst others) and it was making me about $10 a day from advertising and in the blink of an eye – It was GONE!! Never to be seen again.

So what is the point of this article, then?

The point I am trying to make here, is that YOU need to be careful about what kind of links and content YOU put in your blog. My blog was suddenly classified as a SPAM blog by googles spam robot and resulted in being deleted by the robot. There were NO real people involved in the process, it is just a computer algorithm that google uses.

One thing that I was aware of, is the fact that I had way more outgoing links than incoming links, and I think that is one of the determining factors in the algorithm. Ideally, you need to have just as many or more incoming links than you have outgoing links.

Well, that is all I am going to write today. Stay tuned for more about blogging and linking and traffic etc.

Be back soon!!

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.

Welcome back to affiliate revuez!

If this is your first time here, I suggest you take the time to read some of the other posts here at this blog.

This particular article is a follow up to Getting Started As An Affiliate Marketer, so if you haven’t read that yet click here.

Now, assuming you have chosen a niche, done some research, and implemented your plan all the way through. You are now well on the way to becoming a fully fledged Internet marketer. DON’T give up your day job just yet, though.

You’ll need to just continue plodding along at a steady pace to maintain a little momentum and build upon what you have created.

A good way to do this is to start a blog! Like this blog that you have been so kind to read. You may choose to use one of many blogging platforms, I personally chose to use wordpress. Please keep in mind that wordpress doesn’t allow you to have affiliate links, so if you want to monetize with affiliate links, so if you want to sell products it’s probably better to use blogger or weebly.

I had no intention of monetizing this blog directly. It actually serves a much more useful purpose. (Link juice!)

Of course you probably already know that you will need to have your own website, meaning your very own piece if cyber real estate. A domain, so to speak.

It is this domain that will serve as your landing page for your affiliate business and it is from this landing page that you will direct your customers / visitors to the final sales page.

Now, your website will need to have multiple pages, 4 or 5 is good and you need to make triple sure that all of your affiliate links are going to where they are supposed to go. This is very, very important because by the time your visitors reach your landing page, they will be ready to buy.

So why do I need a blog?

Well, the main purpose of a blog is to write about things that you know a little bit about and to attract the readership of people whom are looking for information related to what you are writing about. The best thing about a blog is the fact that it doesn’t necessarily have to be the best. It just has to be USEFUL.

So, why not go and start your own blog today!

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!