I recently heard a very wealthy online entrepreneur make the following bold statement;
“In the year 2016, no one has a legitimate excuse to be struggling financially – and anyone who’s half serious about achieving financial freedom should be well on their way to achieving it.”
Do you agree with this statement?
A lot of people (especially those struggling financially) might be offended by this. This person went on to explain why he believe this though.
With the internet, you have the following advantages in your favor which just a few decades ago, were not even imaginable;
- You can instantaneously receive payments from anyone in the world, thanks to Paypal / credit cards,
- You can target prospects with your ads with pin point accuracy, so you’re not wasting money advertising to the wrong people,
- You can find online business’s that already have high converting sales systems, and by simply sending them traffic you can make a % of all sales,
- You can build up a following on social media (like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram) which can easily be monetized
Never before in history have these kind of things been possible. But with where the internet is at in 2016, it’s now very easy for someone with an online business to go to sleep at night and wake up richer.
As an affiliate marketer, all you need to know how to do is get someone in front of another persons’ website.
You don’t need to have your own website or a product, i.e. all you need to know how to do, is place an ad online.
There’s literally thousands of platforms out there you can advertise on. The top platforms like FaceBook have over 1 billion users on them and think just what a mere 0.1% of that sees your offer?
In less than 60 minutes from now, you could have ads set up, and people (potential buyers) clicking on them. So as wonderful as all this sounds, and with all these advantages in your favor, why shouldn’t you be making money online then?
Because no one has ever shown you how to do all of this, from start to finish.
When I first started dabbling online in 2011 I needed someone to show me as well. I don’t think I would have been able to figure it all out for myself, because there’s just too much to learn.
So I found people who’d already done it, paid them for their time, and then took their advice. Today, I still made a lot of mistakes along the way, but because I had a coach in my corner I could always get support.
You need to do the same. Find someone who’s successfully doing this for themselves already, have them sit down with you and walk you through step-by-step through what needs to be done.
I assure you, with the right coach and training process these are skills you CAN learn. But you need to be willing to put in the time, and to take full responsibility for your own learning.
The problem is most coaches who offer 1-on-1 coaching costs thousands of dollars for a few hours.
But what if there is a system where they provide you with your own personal coach who will call you back, and explain exactly what you need to do to get the results?
What if, for the same amount you’d normally spend during lunch, you get full access to an online business training system (the exact same system 100,000 over students have gone through) that will teach you;
- How to make high ticket commissions starting from of a $1,000 all the way up to $10,000 online without talking to anyone, nor make telephone sales,
- How to place advertisements using social media platforms such as FaceBook, Google, Twitter and Instagram to send traffic to your offers,
- What the successful online marketers earners do differently from regular affiliates,
- How you can easily copy and use their strategies, and thinking as your own.
And what is even more ridiculous compare to my time (where I spent several thousands), It’s just $7 (the same amount you spend on lunch) for the first 7 days. For that, you’ll get access to the training and you’ll have your own personally assigned coach working with you.
Anyone who’s even half serious about changing their financial situation will invest that $7 lunch money and find 30 minutes a day to do this.
You’ll need to work with your coach whom will be assigned to you in your time zone so it’s easier for you both to speak. Each day you’ll have a short video to watch which explains what you need to do, and then you’ll just touch base with your coach and they’ll ask you how you’re going, if there’s anything you don’t understand, etc.
How difficult can that be? Watch video and see how it works
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The fastest way to send traffic to your affiliate links are usually through pay-per-click PPC campaigns such as Google AdWords, Bing ads, FaceBook ads, Twitter, solo ads, etc. Unless you have a budget set aside monthly and are getting returns on your investments; PPC campaigns can put a strain on your finances over time.
New affiliates have to be creative to find ways to drive targeted free traffic to their affiliate links consistently. There are a number of effective and proven traffic strategies that are free to use online but none as fast as through video marketing on YouTube.
I am not talking about making a video and uploading it on your own channel here. What I am referring to is through a JV partnership with existing owners of YouTube videos (related to your niche) that already has substantial and consistent views over time.
This is what you do.
Decide on a product that you’d like to market as an affiliate,
- Go on YouTube, do a keyword research of videos related to the product,
- Contact the video or channel owner and ask if they like to work with you to promote your product affiliate link,
- Work out a compensation plan if they agree; share the commission on a weekly or monthly basis,
- Rinse and repeat.
Step 1 – Find a product to promote
There are many sources to find products to market online as an affiliate. Clickbank, CBengine, JVZoo, eBay, Amazon, etc.
The first three offers some of the highest commission payouts online and extremely popular with new or seasoned marketers. Signing up is easy and only takes a few minutes to set up.
Once you have signed up, confirmed and logged-in; it’s time to find a product that you would like to promote. There are thousands of products arts & entertainment, business/ investing, education, games, home & garden and even betting systems that you can pick and promote.
Let’s use Clickbank as an example. Click on “market place” tab and chose the category you would like to promote from the left sidebar.
How you find the products that are selling well and popular is by reviewing the statistics of each product based on its gravity scores, initial $/sale, average %/sale, and average rebill, etc. You can refine your searches using Clickbank’s “reset filters & attributes” function found on the side menu bar.
This will help you narrow down your product search. A general rule of thumb is to find products that as at least a gravity score of above 50, and a commission payout of 70% of the product list price.
Once you have identified the product, it’s time to create your personalized affiliate link. To the right of each product listing, you will see a red “promote” tab. Click on it to create your own unique link.
Tracking link is optional but it is recommended you name it to help you identify where this link is being parked. This way, when a sale comes in you’ll know exactly where it came from.
Copy and paste it on a notepad for later.
Step 2 – look for related YouTube videos
Using “woodworking” niche as your product example, search for videos that are related to the subject. Remember, the key is to find videos that have an average of 10,000 views each month over a given time.
Click on the video and have a look at the description of the video which is found directly below the video. What you have to look for would generally be;
How many views has there been since been uploaded, e.g. 10th August, 2016/ 50,000 views. That would equate to well over 5,000 views a day which means there are tons of targeted traffic coming to the video,
- Are there any links or call-to-actions (CTA) found that are promoting their own products or that of others such as “click here to buy abcde product now” for example.
- Are there links to ask you to subscribe or to follow for updates?
If you find any of the above, this typically means that the video is promoting a product or service of sorts.
If you don’t find anything related to the above it usually means the video is made purely for education or entertainment purpose without any intention to generate revenue and you can consider reaching out to the owner to place your affiliate product link.
Step 3 – reach out to the video owner
Once you have identified the video that you’d like to place your affiliate product link on, it’s time to get in touch with the owner. What you have to do is to send a message to the owner asking if he or she would like to work with you to market your product.
Below each and every video on YouTube on its watch page, you will find a tab which has a clickable link to the video or channel owner’s main page where you can find out more about him or her. You can simple reach out either by sending in a private message on his page or to his personal email (if available).
The key here is be nice, courteous and cordial about your intention of reaching out. A simple message as follows should suffice;
My name is XXX. I’ve really enjoyed your videos on YouTube.
I’m an internet marketer and I was wondering if you’d consider working with me to promote a product that I have. It won’t take a lot of your time to set up and I will show you how it will make you some money along the way.
All you need to do is to post link to my product sales page, that’s it. The product sales page is related to your video and as such it won’t scare your viewers away!
If you’re interested to find out more, kindly email back and we can discuss a payment plan to you and I’ll provide you with the website details.
Thanks you very much for your time.
While waiting for the video owner to reply, continue to look for other related videos to reach out to even more people to partner. The general rule of thumb is to send out about 10 – 15 messages a day consistently.
Here’s a trick. The conversion to partner is always higher if you send a personal email (if available from About page) to the owner instead of a private message on the YouTube channel page.
Step 4 – work out a compensation plan
Once you hear from the video owner, it’s time to discuss payment terms. The usual practice is;
- a percentage of the proceeds,
- a percentage of the actual product cost, and (or)
- one time upfront payment.
More often than not, an owner would ask for option 3. However you run the risk of the having your link removed after a while (which rarely happens but do occur).
What you can do is to ask that your affiliate link to be inserted into the video description and check it before you send payment via paypal (which is safe and secure).
But if you can convince the owner to accept options 1 or two, it would be perfect. This arrangement benefits both parties immensely without stating the obvious. Put your charm into over drive here.
Finally, be honest and transparent with your sales revenue. If you have to send over a screen shot of monthly revenue generated from video, which would obviously work for you and for the owner as well.
You have to continuously build long term trust with the video owner.
Step 5 – rinse and repeat
I don’t need to go into detail for this step if everything works out as planned from steps 1 – four. You won’t need anyone remind you to start scaling your business over and over again.
Done correctly, this strategy could easily generate a four – five figure income a month. Starting out will be hard work for sure. Nothing is certain.
What I can assure you is once you get the rhythm going, everything you do would be simply to copy and paste the entire process over and over again. When that happens, you just have to come up with a system to be more efficient and productive.
It depends on how much you want to earn, and how long you like to work each day. Which leaves you with more time to do other things you enjoy?
If you are unsure of what affiliate product to promote using this simple strategy, click here and download a free eBook that reveals three business models that you can easily copy & use right away to start promoting.
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The regular retail market has seen a huge slump over the past few years due largely to the popularity of online shopping. The bigger brand retail players have adapted quickly to include eCommerce platforms to their existing store fronts worldwide to capture the online shoppers market.
However, the price competitiveness between popular brands (with store fronts) and regular wholesalers is still pushing consumers towards the latter since they offer a wider range of merchandise with competitive pricing and convenience (free shipping, quick delivery, etc).
This has spurred enterprising home online business entrepreneurs to start their own eCommerce stores retailing clothing, electronics, household items, and many more.
Many people are jumping onto the bandwagon, but are not exactly sure how to get started. Most wonder where to source for products, which wholesaler to connect with, how much stock to keep, pricing their products to sell and the most critical of all; finding a product that sells.
There is inherent risk of losing money if you get one or all of the other components wrong. You risk stocking items that don’t sell, getting involved with wholesalers that are unreliable (fail to ship on time, delay or don’t deliver to customers) and end up with a poor customer experience which will affect your long term online reputation.
An alternative that can be equally if not more lucrative to consider is to start a drop shipping eCommerce business instead. This is basically an arbitrage business model, where you list products that you buy from a supplier (or wholesaler) and resell it at a higher price (after an order is paid for by your customer).
This way, you do not hold any inventory and run no risk at all if the product doesn’t sell. You can virtually list any product you like as long as you have a source (supplier with stock), and its resale price is competitive according to market supply & demand.
When you get a paid sale, you simply order the product from the wholesaler or supplier, make payment, provide your customer’s shipping address to them and the fulfillment is done on your behalf.
One of the most popular drop shipping platforms drop shippers used on the market is eBay. I tried it out myself and within a couple of days, I got a sale which made me a nice little $100 profit after fees and commissions (charged by eBay).
I showed my VA how to do it and she’s been scaling it up for me since.
Here’s a rundown of how you can easily get start a drop ship online eCommerce store and make some extra income on the side.
1. Sign up for an eBay account (US domain) –
Regardless of location, your objective shall be to sell global instead of restricting your online business locally and the only way to do that is to do it on the US platform (ebay.com). You also improve your product outreach globally instead of local.
Certain products may not be available in one country (latest launches or release), e.g. iPhone, tablets, android smart phones, so it makes sense to list these products to sell to customers in those countries (global listing). You could potentially make a “killing” since customers who can’t wait for the product to be available in their country, and as such are willing to pay a premium over the recommended retail price.
2. Using eBay’s online presence –
One of the main advantages of using eBay as your online store front is that you shorten all the effort to promote your own online store. With eBay, as soon as an account is created, you already have some level of credibility thanks to its strict listing and customer protection policies.
With your own online store as a new seller online, no one knows about you. You’ll need to put in work and time to design your store front, promote your store to your target market, send traffic, create payment gateways, manage inventory, work with fulfillment companies and many things you might not be aware of in running your business.
With eBay, you have thousands of eyeballs right away (if you list your products correctly) with a really good chance to make a sale within a reasonably short time.
3. Find a supplier for products –
Some of the most popular products and suppliers can be found on Amazon, Home Depot, Target and even some established (reputable) wholesalers from China that has warehouses based in Europe and the US. Most of these wholesalers’ offer free shipping and orders are processed within the same day (sometimes a day or so longer).
Some of the most popular items to sell are household items, DIY kits, electronics, computers & accessories, baby products, etc. If you have no clue or whatsoever, you can use SaleHoo to find popular products (with low competition) to sell, determine trends, connect with wholesalers or suppliers, and get free tips & tricks to scale your business for more money.
There is a $67 annual fee to access their market analysis tools but well worth the investment. There is a 60 day money guarantee if you are not happy with the service.
4. List your products –
A new seller on eBay usually doesn’t have as much credibility or a track record with eBay or with customers; as such their listing may not be ranked when searched. eBay’s search result algorithm is like Google’s but with more emphasis placed on the seller’s track record, and customer review scores (high positive feedback).
You would probably ask how do I overcome that and get my listing searched more easily when I just started. As a start for a new seller, there are a few things you can do.
One of which is optimizing your product listing headline. Similar to search engines, your product listing titles must be keyword optimized.
Let’s use the following example for an iPad Mini as our example.
A generic search for iPad Mini had 272,883 searches which is extremely competitive to rank. Depending on your item specifications, how eBay listing works is you might want to include as many keywords that people are using to search for the particular version of your iPad mini listing.
There is a very useful, free online tool call title builder which helps you generate a list of the most popular keywords customers used to find products on eBay.
Enter a 3-4 word keyword of your item; let’s say “iPad Mini 16GB” into the search bar. This will generate a list of the most popular keywords that are frequently used.
It will also generate a sample listing title to the right.
If you’d like to use the suggested title, simply copy & paste into your eBay listing title box but make sure to adjust the keywords a little by reviewing the results and pick the most popular words to use because there is an 80 character limit.
Once you have optimized and published the listing title, your listing will now show up ahead and of other listings that are not optimized. It will now show up higher during searches that contains the popularly used keywords and help buyers find your listing which otherwise might be buried among thousands of other listings of the same product.
5. Submit the URL of your listing to Google –
Once you have published your product listing, copy the URL and submit it to Google for indexing immediately. This will help make sure your listing to start ranking when a search is made.
This is in addition to the spillover effect of eBay’s already highly ranked eCommerce platform and of course your optimized title of your listing.
6. Be selective of what you sell –
As a new eBay seller, you have a 10 item listing limit. This is to help eBay assess your credibility, customer service, and capabilities to fulfill all orders to your customers.
This includes communicating with your customers on questions of your products, timely product handling (process for shipping), updating tracking information, product quality and replying to any emails in a timely manner.
With this in mind, you will need to selective of what you list to sell. Listing popular products that are $50 or less with competitive pricing (compared to other same product listing) to make your first sale will help you can go through the entire fulfillment process.
Once you have completed your first sale, processed shipping and the order is delivered to a satisfied customer; make a call to eBay and they will gladly consider increasing your listing limit after asking you a few questions so you can list more even products to sell.
The more you are able to list, the higher chances of getting sales, and eventually increase your revenue month to month, year to year.
There are many other ways to start an eCommerce business or an online store but an eBay drop-shipping business eliminates all the risk that is involved with one that requires stocking inventory. You only need to monitor communication with your customer (which is the most important), ensure your listing is “stocked” and be constantly on top of things of your eBay online store.
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Since leaving my previous job to start my own business, life has been good. I have more time with family and friends, get to socialized more, lots of great food and drinks (of course).
So good that I piled on more weight to the extend of feeling lethargic, unhealthy and totally unfit. Even though I was running and swimming regularly, I went from 72kg to 76kg in the space of a couple of months.
At 46, and with such a sedentary lifestyle (working from home), I fell sick more regularly and definitely felt unattractive (to my wife). The last I looked into the mirror, I looked grossly pudgy and decided to put a stop to my “decay”.
We have at some point in time heard about detox programs. It’s the type where you go on an entirely liquid and fiber diet of fruits, raw vegetables, and fruit juices over a couple of days (maximum three I think).
The problem however of detox programs is it leaves you drained completely of energy, makes you feel hungry, and unable to focus as you edge closer to completing the treatment. At the end of it (most if not all), put back everything you clear off your system just as fast.
I recently read about another program that promotes progressive cleansing instead of a full on detox treatment. In brief, it encourages a well balanced diet packed with nutrients, protein, sufficient fiber and lots of water without making the toilet your bedroom.
The best part of it, there is absolutely no need to lay off things that you enjoy eating in moderation. It involves cleansing your body’s system of all the bad stuff that has accumulated over the years.
The cleansing program consists of healthy protein shakes, energy drinks, low calorie (but great tasting) snacks and minerals to help build lean muscle and assist in recovery after exercising. There is no need to skip any meals as I mentioned earlier but does require a little self discipline not to binge and snack unnecessarily (if you are guilty of it, like me) and of course to start exercising regularly.
In brief, the program replaces two main meals a day with two healthy shakes (comes in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors) packed with all the vitamins, proteins, fiber and carbohydrates an average adult needs a day.
Basically it isn’t the type that simply makes you feel full (so you don’t fell hungry) like most traditional weight lost diets where you completely lay off anything and everything else. Which makes it extremely demoralizing and most give up as soon as they started.
And by the way, this is not a weight lost diet per say although you do lose weight (in a good way) but one that promotes a healthy lifestyle change. There is a 30 day challenge which I decided to take up after going through lots of positive reviews, and picture proof of people who successfully complete the challenge.
I signed up and started my challenge on the morning of 13/4/2016 with a 350 ml strawberry shake. The initial taste experience was a little funny and powdery but it could be because I didn’t add enough water or mix it well enough. I decided to use a blender instead from there on and it was a lot better. Its just like a regular milkshake but only a lot healthier.
Mid morning each day, I have a choice between taking two chocolate snack tablets (really to carry around) or a 100 calorie snack bar with drank lots of water (with slices of lemon, not required but research shows benefits). This depends on how hectic your work life is as both choices comes in small convenient packages that can be easily packed in your bag.
Before lunch, I drank a 120 ml energy drink made from apple, raspberry juice concentrate with sodium and potassium 15 mins before heading for my swim. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t feel as tired like before.
As a matter of fact, felt I spritely and had energy to spare even after 7 laps and could have gone for more but due to time, I stopped. I didn’t feel breathless as much after my swim unlike before when I was already panting by the time I reached lap 5.
My spirit was high and didn’t feel any pressure at all during work nor felt any stress throughout the rest of the day. The mood was really easy and relaxed. I was really excited and eager to continue on to see what happens as I continue with the program.
Lunch was another 350ml of strawberry shake. Mid afternoon, I had another healthy low calorie snack with an apple.
Dinner was light (as always) with porridge, vegetables and small slice of fried dory fish only because the wife offered me (better not turn the wife down or else). I went for a 4 km run at around 8 pm after taking a 120 ml shot of energy drink mix.
I was amazed at how I was literally blowing away my run! My breathing was consistent and not labored.
After the run, I stretched down at the gym and was actually raring to continue with circuit training but felt some discomfort in my bowel so I stopped. My stool that evening was a little watery but otherwise nothing unusual although I did notice a layer of oil (yucks!).
It might be the cleanse working its way through my body, ridding it of all the bad stuff.
I did not continue with my workout but completed a short round of yoga to cool down. I had a banana at the end of my work out and took a shot of sports drink concentrate to help replenish lost salt and help rejuvenate tired muscles during my workout.
I drank more water today than usual which was good.
For the rest of the week and throughout each day, I felt fresh and energetic unlike previously on weekends when I am not at work. I was even motivated to work out even on a weekend and actually planned in more exercise then usual.
At the end of the 5th day on the first week, I felt really good in general and was less lethargic which was nice. Overall I felt light and fresh.
As part of the program every week, it also includes a two day (back to back) or one day liquid cleanse day to remove toxins and clear up the body’s system of bad stuff like a detox does. The difference is that it isn’t all liquid only, fruits and raw vegetables diet. You still get to enjoy small portions of fresh fruit, healthy energy snack bars during the day in addition to the energy drinks that are filled with proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins that are meant to cleanse and fuel your body throughout the day.
1st cleanse day
After 5 shake days, I started on my cleanse routine. Frankly, I haven’t read much of the nutritional facts on everything I have been putting in my mouth, but all I can say is that I feel really good overall.
I don’t feel hungry during the day even though it was a liquid diet but instead felt fantastic, energetic and focused with work on hand. During my mid day swim, and on my “before dinner run”; I felt that I has so much energy and strength to finish strong.
I rounded off my 4 km run with another one.5 round of a 9 course static circuit training. I don’t feel as drained after exercising like before.
All round it was pretty amazing to say the least. I actually look forward to completing the remaining 24 days of my first 30 days.
I like to add that other then the additional banana (mid morning), water melon, winter melon and another banana in the evening after my workout, I followed everything else exactly as recommended for my cleanse. I didn’t take any other solid food.
I had a total of 5 healthy snacks between breakfast, lunch, dinner and finally before going to bed. Took one shot each of energy drinks before my swim and run followed by sports drink concentrate to help in recovery.
Drank one shot of cleanse concentrate for breakfast, lunch, mid afternoon and a last one for dinner after my evening workout.
2nd cleanse day
On the second day of my cleanse, I weight myself in the morning after waking up. I had to weigh twice to make sure my eyes wasn’t playing games on me; 72.4 kg (down from 76 kg)! It’s unbelievable how much bad stuff I got rid of in my body after just 7 days!
I initially thought it might have been water weight but soon realized (as I continued) that it wasn’t.
I swarm twice that day (no run) and both times had an energy drink 15 mins before heading out. I had an apple and a banana after my swims.
The cleanse routine was no different than the first day. I don’t even feel the urge to snack or binge anymore unlike other diets I have tried before. They don’t last beyond the week anyway.
For the rest of the 24 days of my challenge, everything became second nature. I didn’t even need to think of what to eat nor watch what I eat. I just replace two main meals each day with healthy shakes, eat my favorite food moderately at other times, enjoy exercising (not dreading it) more often and drank lots of water.
The matter of fact about drinking more water besides the benefit of hydrating yourself is that I realize it helps prevent yourself from eating more than you need to at other times. When you are consciously hydrating regularly, the water helps distribute the energy from the food you consume evenly in your body throughout the day .
This effectively stops you from feeling hungry which in most cases for many people resulted in unhealthy eating habits. Instead, I simply snack on small portions of healthier alternatives in between meals to fuel my body which is recommended not only with this program but also by nutritionist.
For the record; I lost 5 kg in 30 days and I haven’t put it back since!
How did I lose weight in a month? I stick to the cleansing program, exercise regularly (not excessively), fuel my body throughout the day with healthy snacks, drank lots of water (no more carbonated drinks for me) and still enjoy my favorite food in moderation.
The important thing is NOT to starve your body. Eating smaller portions in between the main meals helps fuel your body for the day and stop you from over eating.
Taking 5 – 6 small meals and snacks has been scientifically proven to improve your metabolic rate which of course aids to expend your energy faster and more efficiently instead of being stored in your body then converted into fat if left unused.
This is exactly why people as they age, their metabolic rate slows down and starts putting on weight due to the body’s inability to expend calories from poor eating habits and diet.
As I write this, I just past my 90 days or 3 months since starting the program. I have become fitter, leaner, feel & look younger and more energetic. I have lost a total of 8 kg and achieved my goal of reaching my healthy weight of 68.2 kg for my age group.
My BMI dropped from its highest at 26.3 (over weight range) to a healthy weight range of 23.6 today. I also dropped four pants sizes ( from 36″ to 32″)!
I am glad that I got started with the cleansing program and would definitely encourage anyone who is interested in changing the way they look and feel to a better lifestyle.
What I really like is the fact that it is a lifestyle program where it doesn’t tell you to stop eating the things you love; yes, not even the sinful things in life that most diet plans expects you to stop eating completely. As long as you fuel your body with the right amount of nutrients, proteins and all the great stuff necessary for your body, you can continue to enjoy your favorite food in moderation.
I can also tell you this, as you progress it is easy to include regular exercise into your daily life. As a matter of fact, even if you hardly exercise previously; as soon as you feel the amazing changes (emotional and physical), you’d want to hit the gym to make your body look the part too.
If you like to find out more, feel free to leave your questions and feedback below or you can connect with me on Facebook and send me a personal message on Messenger or simply post on my timeline.
I’d be more than happy to share with you a secret that is; no longer a secret.
It’s hardly a surprise that affiliate marketing popularity has increased in the past few years.
With all the make money online scams spreading all over the internet, many people had been burned by at least one of those over hyped methods.
I myself started back in 2003 to look for a decent way to make money online, and I was unlucky enough to join one of those ad rotation clicks scams.
Although after few years down the line I discovered affiliate marketing, it struck me as a complicated business model and I was confused on where to start.
I would like to help people who perhaps had gone through what I have gone through, and I want to offer you a comprehensive affiliate marketing course.
I can at least give you a clear idea of what affiliate marketing is all about and what is really involved to make you a successful affiliate marketer.
Your Niche is Your Passion
Marketers who create affiliate marketing training (free or paid), they focus heavily on niche finding.
That’s because niche finding is the corner stone of any affiliate marketing campaign.
Many of us has hobbies outside the internet sphere and I bet that every single person on this planet has at least 1 field that he knows a lot about and pose a great experience in it.
When you are starting your affiliate marketing journey, it is best that you first consider turning your hobby or your area of expertise into a money making source.
A niche is just another word for market that internet marketers use, and you need to find out if your hobby is a profitable niche.
Say for example that you are expert on weight loss, may be you suffered from this problem and you would like to help other people overcome their weight issues.
I most cases your niche will be very wide with other smaller niches (called micro niches), and to be able to segment your niche will help you make more money as an affiliate marketer.
To clarify, take a look at the diagram on the right and see how niches are segmented.
You will find that each segment or micro niche down the tree is a whole different market with a different set of products being promoted.
If you can’t segment your niche yourself, then you could use Google to do that for you.
Google has a great function called “auto complete”, and when you type in your niche’s keyword in Google plus “a or b or c” then you will get different set of micro niches.
From this massive list you can find the micro niche you like.
After you have decided which micro niche you want to promote, the next step is to create your affiliate marketing website.
How to Create an Affiliate Marketing Website
It is not a must to own a website in order to start promoting products as an affiliate.
But I strongly recommend that you do because it will make selling your affiliate product much easier and it will give you more free advertising options.
Also other affiliate marketing training and courses offer techniques that work better if you have a website you are selling
So owning a website will help you apply those techniques and strategies for your affiliate business.
It is going to be your base of operations!
Follow these steps to create your first affiliate website:
- Buy a domain name for $10 per year
- Buy a web hosting account for $50 a year (approx)
- Install WordPress
That’s it! Apart from the investment you are going to put, nothing more to do.
To install WordPress it is easy, most web hosting companies offer a one click tool to install WordPress on your website. If you have trouble with this you can contact their customer support and they will get you up and ready in no time.
Another thing to note here is to buy the domain name from the same company you buy the web hosting from.
This way you won’t have to worry about connecting your domain name to your web hosting account. They automatically do that for you.
Starting your Affiliate Marketing Business
After you have created your website and it is live, you will need to start writing content for your blog.
Try to find ideas to write about, solve other people’s problem in the niche.
You can use Google’s auto-complete feature to also find topics to write about. Again, just type in your micro niche followed by “a or b or c up to Z”.
These keywords are more than just writing ideas; they are also keywords that are being searched on Google.
So by writing on any of these topics you could get your blog post ranked just based on what you are writing only.
You won’t need much backlinks to promote your posts (depending on the keyword competition of course).
The more content you write the more important your affiliate website becomes, people will start to like you and even more importantly they will start trusting your expertise.
This is very important in affiliate marketing, people who are able to impose their experience and influence on their website visitors tend to sell more.
Just think about it, why would people buy a product that you don’t own and they know you are getting paid for recommending it? This happens only when you have certain level of trust with them. It’s called relationship building.
What to Do Next
Now at this point you should have your affiliate website ready and filled with valuable content that people will love.
After writing few informative posts that purely offer help and not trying to sell something, you will need to then write reviews for your affiliate products.
I recommend for every product review, you write 3 information posts. This way you demonstrate to your readers that you care about helping them more than making money off them.
You will also need to get traffic to your affiliate website so that more people could see your product reviews and buy what you recommend.
You could use these free channels to get targeted traffic to your website:
- Social Media traffic from Twitter and Facebook
- SEO traffic from Google, although this requires certain skills that are outside the scope of this affiliate marketing course.
- Comment on other niche relevant blogs to attract some of the traffic from the blog you are commenting on.
- Be active on social communities and leave insightful comments there.
These are great way to start promoting your blog and over the time you will find your audience base increasing and in turn your affiliate sales as well.
You can find out more about making money on the internet here. There are more affiliate marketing resources available that will help you improve your skills and make you a more complete affiliate marketer.
Ibrahim Dahy is a programmer and an Internet marketer
with 9 years of experience. He has worked with and partnered
top marketers to develop many best selling tools.
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