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Setting up my Goals for 2012

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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 Build a Profitable Affiliate Website

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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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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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Bum Marketing For the Lazy Affiliate

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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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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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