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Setting up my Goals for 2012

Setting up my Goals for 2012

I strongly believe that in order to be successful in any career, one must set out goals – short term and long term. In my case, the long term goal is to make enough money online with Affiliate Marketing so as to make it a full time gig. Obviously I have other goals in my life, but these goals are relevant to my business life. To reach this goal, I have broken it down like this:

Goal for 2012

  • Update my existing websites
  • Build out 50 quality websites
  • Make at least $1000.00 per month

To reach the above goal, I need to:

  • Build one website a week. The website should be complete with:
  1. Custom Header Banner/Logo
  2. Quality articles/content (minimum 5 articles), monetized with Affiliate programs and Ad-sense
  3. With as much as possible SEO work done. (I will address the “SEO work” required in some other post.)

To build one website a week, I need to:

So these are my short term and long term goals for the year 2012. Pretty simple – that’s the way I like it. I will add more details or modify them as the year chugs along.

Ok, time to get back to the first goal – Building WordPress Website Template

What are your goals for 2012?

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How to Start a Successful Affiliate Marketing Site

How to Start a Successful Affiliate Marketing Site

So you’ve decided to get involved in the affiliate marketing industry. You’ve done the research and you know the benefits affiliate marketing can provide. Affiliate marketing in the cyber business that, for minimum investment, can make you a fortune. The success of the internet is undeniable, and many people before you have become very wealthy. But where do you start? There are a few things to consider and remember when starting up your site.

The concept behind affiliate marketing is quite simple. You build a website and on that website, advertise for merchants. When visitors click through to their website, and possibly purchase something, the merchant will pay you a commission. The commission may seem small at first, but consider the millions of people on the internet everyday. You goal then, as a marketer, is to get as many people as possible to visit your website and click throught the affiliate links you have provided.

The four most important elements of affiliate marketing are website, content, keywords and links. It is necessary to build a website, continuously updating it with keyword targeted content and fresh links to and from your website. These four elemnts all feed into one another, and each is neccessary for a fully functioning website. The more quality content you have on your site, utilizing targeted keywords, the more traffic you will generate and the more likely you are to generate money.

The next step is to join affiliate marketing campaigns that are relevant to the traffic you expect to have. This means that if your website is going to be about movies, choose affiliates that are related to movies. For example, movie tickets, DVD/Bluray and electonics. Be aware that there are some very lucrative affiliates, who pay well. But there will be a lot of competition for you to overcome. Other, less competitve programs may have less competition, but will pay out significantly less. You need to make the decision as to what type of campaigns you want to include on your site.

Once your site is complete and yor affiliate marketing programs are up and running, it time to talk about enhancing your site. There are tons of programs that analyze you site ans traffic, showing you where you traffic is coming from and what keywords are generating the most hits. Armed with this information, you can make the appropiate changes to your site to optimize its performance. Affiliate marketing websites are an ongoing project that need to maintained and updated.

Thinking of affiliate marketing as a get-rich-quick-scheme is not the poroper approach. It will take time and dedication to build a profitable website, so be patient. The great thing is that once you have built the site and you have taken the steps to make it generate mpney, you can build more sites the same way, until you have network of affiliate markrting sites that are generating money.

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Why Affiliate Marketing Crushes Offline Business Models

Why Affiliate Marketing Crushes Offline Business Models

If 15 years ago you were told that one day people would be sitting on their computers, selling other peoples products and making hundreds of thousands of dollars per year – you would have responded in disbelief.  The fact of the matter is that affiliate marketing has quickly become one of the most profitable business models in the history of business.  And with the rise of affiliate marketing related membership courses, tutorials and training products available, generating a better than full time income from affiliate marketing commissions can easily be accomplished in 12 months.
To better understand the benefits of affiliate marketing compared to most traditional offline business models; let’s take a look at some of the reasons why people are choosing the affiliate marketing path:

  • Compared to offline business, affiliate marketing businesses require almost zero overhead.  One can operate a successful affiliate marketing set up with a lap top, printer, phone line, Paypal account and registered business name.  Setting up a home office is an easy task, and often requires very little investment to create a productive environment.  No liability insurance, commercial lease of employees required.
  • Affiliate marketing doesn’t require you to maintain a stock of products.  Not having to store physical products translates into ridding your business of pesky fees involved with leasing storage space, man hours to log the inventory and associated shipping costs.
  • You are not tied to one single market.  While many can argue that you can have several offline businesses in various markets, the odds that one person can effectively manage those businesses is highly unlikely; their expenses would be through the roof!  With affiliate marketing you can hop from niche to niche, test the waters, accumulate statistical data and launch your “store front” for free.  The only cost is time and maybe a few domain names.

It doesn’t take a mathematician to convince someone of the many benefits presented with affiliate marketing.  If you have the desire to quit your job, work for yourself, spend more time with your family and ultimately live a more fulfilling life – than affiliate marketing might be what you’ve been looking for!  Just keep in mind that making things “work” will take time, sweat, money and sleepless nights, but the rewards are plentiful if you stick with it.

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How To Build a Profitable Affiliate Website

How To Build a Profitable Affiliate Website

In the affiliate marketing industry, it’s imperative that you have good website as a base of operations.  The goal is to build something that people will want to visit.  Your success is based on the amount of people you can drive to the site so creating something that is well thought out will be advantageous to you.  Here we have laid out some of the most important factors to consider when staring an affiliate marketing website.

The very first step is to decide what the subject of your site is going to be.  It is a good idea to choose areas that you are interested in, to ensure that you stay motivated to maintain it.  For example, if you are a movie buff, consider a website focusing on movies, reviews and paraphernalia.  Once you have decided on a topic, start researching affiliate offers revolving around movie tickets, DVD’s, Blu-ray or electronics.  Try to choose campaigns that are directly related to the subject of you site and avoid ones that have no obvious link.

On the same token, ensure that you content is relevant to the subject.  Visitors to your site will lose faith in your authority on movies if you are posting content about kittens.  Keep you content as current as possible.  This may mean posting new content often, even once or twice a week.  By updating your content, you are ensuring that your visitors keep coming back for new information. 

Also, make sure that you are optimizing the search engines by using keywords related to your topic. This ensures that the search engines recognize your website when someone enters a specific search term.  The more new content you can add that has current keywords in it, the faster your page will rank.  Of course the goal is to have your site rank on the first page of the search engine results.  In addition, be aware that not only do search engines like audio and video, but so will your visitors.  So try to include audio and video posts.

In order to satisfy your visitors, make certain that you are hosting your site with a reliable source.  Unreliable hosting will frustrate visitors and prevent them from returning.  Similarly, keep your site clean and easy to navigate.  Although it may be tempting, refrain from overloading the site with too many affiliate marketing campaigns.  This is overwhelming to the visitor and again decreases your authority.

A great looking, easy to navigate website will exponentially increase your traffic.  By increasing the traffic to your site, you are encouraging people to click through your affiliate marketing campaigns..  Remember that visitors are most likely to trust you and your site when you are the authority on one topic and your site is designed with their convenience in mind.

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Website Optimization Through Affiliate Marketing

Website Optimization Through Affiliate Marketing

There will be so many considerations you have to make before stepping up on website optimization. Most people say that content is the most important thing that keeps the Internet alive and it is probably true but only to a certain extent. The reality is content alone will not guarantee that a website’s potentials will be fully maximized. There are other things you need to do to optimize your site and harvest a great volume of traffic to achieve commercial success.

There are many things involved in the process of making your site more visible to Internet users but the first thing you’ll need to ensure is that your website hosting platform allows you the use of Google AdSense. This is a very powerful tool that gives you the opportunity to earn money just by having your site alone. Using it needs you to register for a Google account and supply details of such account to your domain. Once you have entered all the necessary information, Google will automatically fill your site with ads relevant to the type of business you have. Each time a user clicks on any of those ads, you will get a commission which could be anything from a few cents up to a few dollars. While this sounds too little an amount, that money can add up to a nice amount if there is considerable traffic to the site. This is why you wouldn’t want to miss taking advantage of this before concentrating on optimizing your site. Before getting all those visitors, you’re going to need something else with which to maximize your profit and this tool is a perfect example.

There’s actually more ways than one that a link on your website can earn you profit. If these links are to affiliate sites, there is a high possibility that you also gain revenue out of affiliate sales. This is why it is highly recommendable for you to get affiliate accounts first before embarking on any website optimization efforts. Choosing an affiliate site will, of course, depend on what type of content you have on your site and it is naturally best to hook up with one that relates the closest to your business.

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YouTube Affiliate Marketing

YouTube Affiliate Marketing

Did you know that out of all the traffic circulating in and out of the internet 12% of that traffic goes straight to YouTube?  I know it’s hard to comprehend that in an actual numerical format, but it’s the truth.  When certain technologies and communities heavily influence consumers, it is our responsibility as affiliate marketers to decipher and capitalize on unique opportunites to connect with our target audience – and YouTube affiliate marketing is a great way to start!

I know you’re probably thinking that you don’t know the first thing about producing and editing videos, but the reality is that you really don’t need any of these specific skills to take advantage of the hoards of traffic on YouTube as an affiliate.  Here are a few points to consider which will get you on your way:

What will your video be about?

Well this depends entirely on the product or service you are promoting.  Review and testimonial style videos usually work well – especially if you’re doing the testimonial yourself!  If you prefer not to be in front of the camera, you can put together a slide show using Powerpoint or Camtasia with different slides and screen shots accompanied by text and of course the url for the viewer to visit at the beginning, middle and ending of the video.

You might want to also consider doing a how-to style video and splitting it up into parts – with links to each part in the more info section of the video profile.  Remeber, you want to have your affiliate links right at the top of the more info section so that the user can find it and click it without doing anything extra.

How can I get the more clicks to my offer?

Just like researching keywords to optimize your website and content, you want to include these same keywords and phrases in your video title, tags and description.  I suggest using your top ten tags as well as keeping the title relatively to the point – this doesn’t mean it can’t be long – it just simply means that keep it keyword focused.

By optimizing your uploaded video, people will naturally start visiting the page via the search field on YouTube.  Another great way to get traffic is by commenting on other peoples videos – especially those which are related to the product or niche market that you are promoting.  Following these simple steps will increase your chances of YouTube affiliate marketing profits.

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