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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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How Pay Per Click Advertising Will Make You Money

How Pay Per Click Advertising Will Make You Money

As an affiliate marketer, you are aware of the ways to increase traffic to your website. You should also be well versed in the ideal ways to increase the number of hits to your affiliate website or blog. The information is all over the internet, so chances are, you have already done your research. You already know the benefits of Adwords, Adsense and Search Engine Optimization, but with the proper pay per click program, you can see the success of your campaign with real time results.

So many internet marketers talk about PPC, or pay per click, and the reason is that it works. However, there are a large number of marketers who fail to maximize its potential. Here are some ways that pay per click will make you money.

1. Target a precise demographic

By utilizing PPC, you are specifically marketing towards a certain group of people. Using carefully chosen keywords will allow you to appeal to the customer base you are trying to attract. When people are searching the internet for keyworded information, and come across you pay per click ad, they are more likely to investigate because it is an exact match.

2. Increase your online presence

With the number of people using search engines to find information, PPC makes you and/or your company visible to everyone making those searches. The more you choose to bid for your ranking, the better results you will have.

3. Easy management

Pay per click advertising is extremely user friendly. You have the freedom to change your campaign at any time. If you notice that you are not getting the results you desire for your latest advertisement, change the keywords to adapt. As well, you can monitor the success of the promotion with real time results.

4. You pay for what you get

Payment for the advertisement is due when someone clicks through. This method of advertising gives you the edge over competitors, because it will put your online company in the forefront of the results page, again making you the most visible. You only pay for the people who click through to your site.
These are just a few ways that pay per click can give you the market advantage. It is a beneficial tool to use in order to bring more traffic to your site. Not only can you track your progress on any promotion, but you can also adjust the ad to achieve better results. Remember to do your research to be sure this strategy will work for you. Now get out there and get noticed.

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Choosing the Green alternative for Your Affiliate Marketing Site

Choosing the Green alternative for Your Affiliate Marketing Site

As an affiliate marketer, there are many decisions you need to make when it comes to your affiliate marketing website.  One of the most important decisions is involving you web hosting.  Some of the most important factors to consider when choosing your web hosting are bandwidth, uptime, support and price.  But the most important factor is whether or not the web hosting company is green.  This is just one more step we can take to reduce unnecessary energy consumption.

Green hosting is when the service is provided through environmental means.  There are many ways that a company can make green initiatives.  Some companies use renewable energy like solar panels, to power their operations.  Others are avidly involved in research of new efficiencies for environmental preservation.

For a web hosting company to be considered green, they regularly update their equipment with newer, energy efficient models. This way, they require less energy to operate and multiple pieces can be replaced with one.

Other equipment like cooling devices and back-up power should be replaced with environmentally friendly alternatives.  There are more and more web hosting providers investing time and money into green initiatives; like tree planting or a paperless workplace.

More and more companies are taking responsibility for the environment and its preservation.  By doing a little bit of research, you can find web hosting services that are not detrimental to the environment.

These days, we all need to work together to ensure that we are taking the best care of our world.  What better way than to support companies who are taking the initiative to find solutions and do what they can?  In addition, while you’re investigating the “greenness” of your web hosting, take the time to see what kind of steps your affiliates are taking to shrink their carbon footprint.

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Protecting Your Clickbank Profits with Link Cloaking

Protecting Your Clickbank Profits with Link Cloaking

Anyone who’s dabbled in the world of affiliate marketing knows that protecting your information online is extremely important.  When it comes to driving traffic to your affiliate offers, link cloaking is one of the most underestimated requirements for ensuring your affiliate income is not compromised.  This is probably most vital when promoting eBooks, software and membership programs on Clickbank.

A lot of people make 6 figure incomes strictly off of utilizing pay per click advertising methods to drive traffic to the vendor-supplied or home made landing pages.  One issue that’s always been at the forefront of the Clickbank community is link cloaking.

Previously, Clickbank generated horrendous links with all sorts of ugly characters which aren’t SEO friendly or encouraging to the potential buyer.  Though they have implemented a built in link cloaking tool, many hackers and dark side marketers are still able to hijack your Clickbank affiliate links, input their user ID and steal your profits.

With the advent of social networking and real time micro-blogging sites like Twitter, url shortening services are becoming quite popular among the affiliate marketing industry.  After all, 99% of them are absolutely free with zero strings attached!  The top 3 url shortener services available are provided by Doiop, TinyURL and ReadThisUrl.  Url shortening services are effective and reliable – with the only true issue being complete control over the appearance and tracking of your affiliate links.

While using a simple chunk of html can easily accomplish the same end result, there is really no point to figuring it out if you have never done it before.  Equally enough, if you want to cloak and protect your Clickbank links, there are also several paid services available, which if you can afford, will present you with the most options.  Sometimes your tools can make or break your business, so remember to streamline your efforts and become a well oiled Clickbank profit machine!

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Bum Marketing For the Lazy Affiliate

Bum Marketing For the Lazy Affiliate

While it’s not exactly proven where the term “bum marketing” came from, one thing we know for sure is that tons of affiliate marketers – both new and experienced – use bum marketing methods to generate free, targeted traffic to their advertisers for hard, cold cash.

With regards to making money with affiliate marketing, bum marketing is essentially the technique of utilizing free resources to get organic search engine placement and backlinks pointing to the product you are promoting. Bum marketing is not as effective in high competition niches, but if you get a little bit more specific with your keywords it shouldn’t be too hard to gain that number one spot on Google for a handful of your primary keywords.

Article marketing is probably the most talked about method of bum marketing. Websites, such as EzineArticles.com, provide publishers with a 100% free platform to post niche articles. The real power comes in the ability to add links in what’s known as a resource or author box. This has two benefits to the everyday affiliate marketer:

  1. Article directories tend to have a high page rank, which means that if your content is optimized correctly with keywords, your articles have a good chance of gaining top spot in the search engines. Top spot equals tons of free traffic to that page.
  2. Because of the link in your resource box, article directories also provide a means to building high ranking, one-way links which point to your website or affiliate offer. This means a better ranking for your site, and a potential for it to have a first page ranking as well.

It’s definitely not unheard of for someone to have the top two spots on Google for a particular keyword, one being their website and the other being a related article which points to their website. Creating this occurrence across multiple targeted keywords is how successful affiliate marketers take full advantage of organic search engine placement and how it directly relates to bum marketing.

Bum marketing is not immediate, and despite popular belief, it requires a fair amount of planning and patience to effectively get the most out of it. Ask any affiliate marketer and they will tell you the same thing: it takes patience and versatility to survive in this business. Bum marketers know this first hand.

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