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Why Affiliate Marketing Crushes Offline Business Models

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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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Protecting Your Clickbank Profits with Link Cloaking

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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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Affiliate Marketing: Easy Online Business?

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Affiliate Marketing: Easy Online Business?


There’s quite a misconception within the online communities that affiliate marketing is easy.  But underneath all of the hype and sales pages, one can quickly be misguided as to what skills are required to make a feasible full-time income from affiliate marketing commissions.  The fact of the matter is that to make any online business work, regardless of the monetization method, you need to have a fundamental understanding of general business, marketing and customer service models.

There are many benefits surrounding the affiliate marketing business model.  While regular brick and mortar businesses require commercial space, liability insurance and employees, running an affiliate marketing business can be accomplished from the comfort of your home; providing you have web hosting, a reliable merchant account such as Paypal and a high speed internet connection.

Because affiliate marketing is based on promoting other peoples products, you don’t have the added stress of creating your own market-busting product or service.  A great affiliate program will have all of the tools you need to start promoting; including banners, sales copy, website templates and even fully tested email and Google ad campaigns – keywords included.

To reach super star affiliate status, conversions is the name of the game.  You start by sending traffic to your website or landing page that is promoting the particular affiliate offer.  If your content is fully optimized and relevant, sending targeted traffic to that page will result in more clicks on your affiliate banners and text links.  From there, if the affiliate offer itself has a high quality landing page you can count on getting a healthy conversion rate between click throughs and those who actual purchase the product or complete the offer.  A 5% – 10% CR is considered by many to be lucrative.

At the end of the day, affiliate marketing is not easy.  Everyday more and more people are chasing their tail in circles trying to be successful with affiliate marketing, and everyday more and more people are failing.  Just like any other business, you have to put in your time, learn from your mistakes and continue to educate yourself.  Nothing can guarantee success, but you can definitely increase your odds.

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Killer Tips For Affiliate Marketing Newbies

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Killer Tips For Affiliate Marketing Newbies


Almost anybody who has read a marketing book in their lifetime will have heard about Pareto’s Law.  It is essentially the concept of 80/20 and with affiliate marketing it definitely holds true.  It’s a fact that 20% of affiliates online produce 80% of the market sales.  This means that out of the millions of affiliates online only 20% of them are actually doing anything with this opportunity – while the other 80% get lost in the shuffle of sales pages and push-button products.

To help better your chances, here are 3 killer tips to help affiliate marketing newbies increase their chances of success online.  Read these affiliate marketing tips and put them into action today.

Always cloak your affiliate links

Many affiliates get commissions stolen because their links are visible to the public – this is not good.  Be sure that you cloak your affiliate link, as well as keep it short and sweet.  People do not click on long, suspicious links so try to implement a php script or a plugin like GoCodes to make your linking life easier.

Never compromise content

Content is king on the web.  Whatever you do, whether it’s writing your own content or outsourcing it, make sure that your articles are fresh, unique, targeted and engaging.  These prerequisites apply for sales copy, ebooks, blog posts and any other type of content online.  Take advantage of the many SEO article writing services available online.

Free traffic is good traffic

Search engine optimization, or SEO, is an absolute must when promoting your affiliate products organically.  Gaining placement in the search engines will insure you get loads of free, targeted traffic to your review pages and offers.  Brush up on your SEO and stick to a regular schedule.  If you’d rather, you can always outsource this to an SEO expert.

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Affiliate Marketing Conventions: Networking For Newbies

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Affiliate Marketing Conventions: Networking For Newbies


I’m sure at this point in your “make money online” career – regardless of how young it may be – you’ve received at least one email from an affiliate marketing guru raving about the latest and greatest affiliate marketing conventions.  With around 20 major events across North America and Europe every year, it’s hard to resist the urge to save up some cash, get a plane ticket and schmooze with the affiliate industry experts.

If you’re considering attenting an affiliate marketing convention this year, there are some points you should consider before taking the leap.  Hopefully this list will help you get the most of your convention experience!

What are your goals?

Are you interested in beefing up your Pay Per Click game?  How about networking and meeting specific players in the industry?  It is important to write out your goals before hand so that way you can reap the many benefits of your first affiliate convention without feeling overwhelmed.  Make a list of the keynote speeches you want to sit in on, which after parties you plan to attend and any other workshops worth checking out.

How will you brand yourself?

When you think of affiliate marketing and branding, who’s the first person that comes to mind?  For me it’s Jeremy Schoemaker aka Shoemoney.  When he was starting out he would walk around conventions with Shoemoney t-shirts and other swag – this obviously caught some industry attention.  Whether it’s your domain name stamped on a hoodie or some promotional beer mugs, do not attend a convention without your visible brand and business cards.

Important: Have fun!

At the end of the day, attending your first affiliate marketing convention should be about having fun.  Be yourself, shake as many hands as you can and let everyone know who you are and what you’re about.  I can almost guarantee that your first affiliate marketing convention will be one to remember.

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