The main stumbling block with many people is how overwhelming it might all seem. If you’re not particularly tech-savvy, or you don’t have marketing/business management background, it can all seem so difficult and daunting. The desire to give up is completely understandable. Even if you try and google for information, you will be met with
Ok, so maybe you’ve decided to bite down, and devote time each day to study how to do affiliate marketing and to put up the best website you can. You’ve broken your piggy bank and paid for your website, and invested your last $50 in an ad campaign. And it failed…. “Affiliate Marketing is not
Maybe you’ve started your affiliate website and put effort and time into it, but it seems like you have nothing to show for it. Or, maybe you’re thinking about creating one but it seems like it’s a lot of work, it’s complicated, and to top it all off, risky. Well, things might seem like that,
“The price of greatness is responsibility.” — Winston Churchill, Former British prime minister Take responsibility for every action you take. “Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” — H. Jackson Brown, Author Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly Sadly, people are making these kind of P.O.O.R. decisions daily. “My father taught me that reputation, not money, was
With the economy the way it is right now, new online entrepreneurs are looking for ways to save money in their startup costs. Everyone seems to be looking for free web hosting but they really don’t understand the cost to their business by doing this.
When you use free web hosting, your URL (the web link for you website) will look something like this: http://Is-Free-webhosting-really-free.blogspot.com/
In the example above blogspot.com is the company providing the free hosting.
If this is a business blog or website, it doesn’t give the appearance that you are serious about your business.
For a more professional image of your business, it would be prudent of you to invest in a domain name and some professional hosting.
At some point your website/blog will outgrow the features offered by free web hosting providers.
If you move from free web hosting to your own domain with paid web hosting you don’t have the capability to upload a .htaccess file to redirect the search engines and visitors to your new web hosting space. To let the search engines know you have moved you use instructions in the .htaccess file to 301 permanently redirect them to your new location.
Also, you cannot use a .htaccess instruction to permanently redirect your visitors and search engines when you delete a page within your site.
After years of building your website/blog on free webhosting, your efforts will be lost and you will have to start over, from scratch.
Another problem with free web hosting is that you will not be able to use custom error pages. Error pages are used by the web server to show the visitor there has been an error. For example, a 404 error is shown when a page is not found within the webspace. On a free web hosting space the visitor will be shown the web hosting company’s stock error page and give no direction as to how to find what it was they were looking for. A confused visitor will just leave.
With the right paid web hosting account, you can provide a custom error page for each type of error. This gives the visitor comfort that they are not lost (especially if they are a novice web surfer) when the error page is formatted to match your site and provides help on how what happened and how to find what it is they are looking for.
When using a free web hosting service there is no guarantee that they will stick around. A some point, even large providers of free hosting decide to pack it in.
Case in point: Yahoo! has decided to close their 360 service on July 13, 2009. They have also decided to close GeoCities free web hosting service.
Ok, paid web hosting companies don’t last forever either but, if you have a web hosting account where you are able to download your whole site, then you are covered. You have a backup of your site that you can upload to a new hosting company and get back up and running quickly. You should backup your website each time you make a change anyways.
Free web hosting accounts have limits on what you can and cannot do. You are limited to the features provided by the service.
Some paid web hosting accounts have limits too. If you create a checklist before signing up for the account then you will be aware of the limits of the plan. These limitations are generally less confining that those at free web hosting service providers.
Last but not least....a fair warning of Google :
"…If a free hosting service begins to show patterns of spam, we make a strong effort to be granular and tackle only spammy pages or sites. However, in some cases, when the spammers have pretty much taken over the free web hosting service or a large fraction of the service, we may be forced to take more decisive steps to protect our users and remove the entire free web hosting service from our search results…." Read more
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- Have a website/blog
While most successful affiliate marketers have a website or blog, you don't actually need one (although I'd recommend it)
- Choose a niche
Focus on niches when finding and promoting a product. If you already have a website or blog, that can be your niche.
- Research potential affiliate products and services
Those that fit in your niche or with your website.Don't simply choose a program for profit potential. Check out the program to insure it's quality and that it has a good reputation for taking care of its customers as well as its affiliates.
- Determine how you'll promote the affiliate products.
As mentioned, the easiest way is through a website or blog. Other successful affiliate marketers set up a squeeze page designed to build an email list, and then promote affiliate products to subscribers. Of course, you're list should provide other non-sales information as people don't want to be sold all the time.
Begin sharing your website, blog, squeeze page or affiliate links (f.e. social media)
- Because you're making money from home...
You need to look into making your business legal by checking out the business licensing and business laws in your area.
7.Learn internet marketing while on the go.
Circles of Online Marketers is a free platform for those that want to learn affiliate marketing. (you only pay a low annual administration fee to maintain your account and free web hosting that comes with your membership)
- To conclusion
There are "gurus" and programs that suggest affiliate marketing is a set-it-and-forget-it system to turn the Internet into a cash machine. While affiliate marketing can be done part-time, it's not automatic. It requires research and a plan. You have to know and understand your target market, and continue to do things to reach them so they can click on your affiliate links.
Affiliate marketing is a lot of work, and in most situations there's a lot of competition so you're not going to be bringing in money immediately. Thinking that all you need do is setup a site and choose a product related to your websites topic (niche) to affiliate with and then just let it run its course….then you’re wrong!
The affiliate marketing business relies on fostering relationships.
You foster these relationships by:
Updating your content regularly to keep things new and fresh.
Getting traffic to your website and monetizing it.
Building a list by offering something valuable to your website visitors in return for their email address in order for you to build a list of subscribers that are potential buyers.
Desire: Do the products or services you are considering promoting really stand out? Will they convert visitors into sales? Would you purchase it yourself? If you answer no to either of these questions it might not be a product for you.
Enjoy it! Affiliate marketing should be enjoyable and you have the flexibility to work when you want, where you want, and on whatever niche you want.
This is not a get rich quick scheme. You shouldn't expect to put up a website tonight and wake up in the morning with your first cheque; affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick scheme and does involve work.
I've seen affiliates from all walks of life, based all around the world and with completely different skill sets, but the one thing they all have in common is, dedication to their sites.
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Well , typing in that search bar "how to make money online" of my favorite search engine Google gave me ALOT of pages to look at ...
Ok, started to visit those pages ....to find one program and then another, claiming that I would be able to make money in a flash by socalled “moneymaking gurus”....
I got out my credit card and joined. It’s only a few $ after all…. till you realize it all adds up and it only reduces what you have in your pocket.
Hoping to receive the information you’ve been waiting for and get hit with that sinking feeling once again, a lighter pocket and still not nearer to making a living!
Figuring out how to earn that elusive online income can be very difficult, especially at first. You know it can be done, millions of people are doing it, it must be your turn, right?
Those people must be making money with these programs right? You are right, it is your turn but in general the only people making real money with those programs are the people behind them who are happily sitting there letting you empty your pockets.
Constantly chasing the money will get you nowhere and will leave you feeling frustrated, angry and at times even downright stupid.
Well I did learn something from all this though: that there DOES NOT exist a "Get Rich Quick Formula"!
And all those that are proclaiming there is ...DON'T BELIEVE IT ; it is SCAM.
Recently I started a membership site for those that want to learn the ropes of affiliate marketing. It is called Circles of Online Marketers.
This membership site covers everything a beginner or someone struggling online would need to get started with affiliate marketing.
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Havin a Facebook group offers a proven way to form lasting, productive connections that generate leads.
Facebook groups are a great way to build community and demonstrate your authority in real time.
In fact, there are over a billion groups on Facebook.
So should you create a group of your own?
I think so.
It will take about 5 minutes, and could add another layer of engagement to your business.
Facebook is supposed to keep you connected with the people who are important to you. The News Feed isn't great at it, though.
Facebook will never show you everything. In fact, you may only see a small fraction of the posts that people share. You might see everything from one or two friends, but you're bound to miss some stuff.
Groups don't work this way. The order of posts tends to be based on activity, but if you scroll enough, you'll see everything. Nothing is hidden unless someone blocks you.
By posting within a group, anyone who goes to that group page will see all posts from everyone. In general, groups allow you better control over sharing just with the people you want to interact with, rather than the ones Facebook thinks you should interact with.
To build a solid reputation and real relationships, your goal should not be to sell or promote, but to be helpful. Focus on being of service by asking and answering questions and engaging with other group members.
In the long run these activities result in relationships and connections that turn into sales, referrals and partnerships for your business.
Feel free to join Circles of Online Marketers Facebook group. I recently opened a new group for those that are interested in affiliate marketing.
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Merchants will place emphasis on growing beyond dependence on coupon and cashback/loyalty affiliates to drive incremental sales. Merchants who commit to identifying these partners and providing them with the tools they need will prosper in 2017 and beyond.
Influencer marketing will thrive in this multi-billion dollar industry right now and likely to grow. As advertisers make efforts to build these relationships, a critical component will be a network’s ability to create tools that make it easy for influencers to create beautiful product showcases for brands.
As brands prioritize the building of dedicated mobile apps, publishers can encourage app downloads and in-app purchases. Having tracking in place to capture these conversions will be critical when analyzing mobile app performance.
And some things will remain constant — and that is, the strength of coupons, deals, cash back and loyalty.
Affiliate marketers are experts in creating compelling content around a retailer’s brand. Those retailers that understand the wide reaching, cost-effective impact affiliate marketers can demonstrate with their content will capture even greater success from affiliate marketing.
We will also see more merchants expanding their networks on a global scale. We’ve already begun to see the effect of globalization on affiliate marketing. More than 20% of the traffic is “out of locale” meaning the content creation and the audience hail from different geographies.
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