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Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a marketing channel that uses the efforts of affiliates (people like you) to promote their products and services in exchange for a reward. It is performance based in that you only get paid if your efforts result in a sale.

You are generally able to pursue whatever advertising methods you prefer as long as you don’t spam or conduct yourself in an unethical or illegal way when promoting their line.

Learn Affiliate Marketing Basics

To break it down into its most basic steps:

  1. Pick a product you want to promote.
  2. Pick a channel through which you want to promote that product.
  3. Create a piece of content appropriate to the channel you pick.
  4. Drive traffic to that piece of content.
  5. Cash your checks.

The Best Way To Learn Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing Training

Affiliate marketing schools of thought cover a wide territory because there have been a lot of approaches to it that have worked for the people trying them.

When they enter the arena of teaching others, they tend, quite logically, to teach what they did and do because it works for them. The problem is, that approach does not take into account the changing algorithms of Google and other search engines.

To learn affiliate marketing free up your mind from preconceived notions of what works. Concentrate on answering the question of what is working now.

What Is Working Now?

You cannot just throw up a page that says, “This is so wonderful; you should buy it through me.” If it were that easy you would not have the potential to make big bucks and live a fine lifestyle working from home.

Traffic generation techniques are what are working. If that sounds completely Foggy in the FOG factor theme of writing, it is meant to be so for a reason.

You can create the most scintillatingly interesting article ever written but if no one comes to it you are still dead in the water with no sales.

You have to effectively drive traffic, eyeballs, to your page if you want to succeed.

Without traffic you are like a man in the desert yelling for water.

How To Drive Traffic; Traffic Driving Methods That Work

Solo Ads – Someone with an audience with interests aligned with your target audience allows you to send an ad to his email list. That list is composed of people who have agreed to receive ads because they want information. Solo ads do cost money, but generally not much. If they do not produce, use a different solo ad provider.

Facebook Ads – Pick a budget that you can live with, something like $5 or $10 a day. I am currently using $6 a day, myself. That way you don’t spend a lot of money on an ad that does not perform well because you can tweak it every day. There is an art to it; you do not want to sound desperate.

Blogging – Blogs are awesome, mainly because Google loves them. Google especially loves the ones running on WordPress that provide original, engaging content. One of the main reasons is WordPress blogs are easily and efficiently indexed by their search engine spiders.

YouTube Videos – Hmmm, now, why in the world would Google love YouTube videos over other video sources? They do, but why would that be? It is because Google owns YouTube?

Moving people from your blog to a YouTube video you created to link to your blog post means Google is going to have advertising and revenue opportunities. They reward you by driving traffic to your video by ranking your page when folks look for what you are writing about.

SEO means search engine optimization. Most know the phrase; few know the science. SEO means you structure your blog post so that Google knows it is relevant, informative, and most importantly, unique.

Quickie Course On Blogging

“What do I blog about?”

“I don’t know what to write about.”

These are easily answered questions and you will never run out of ideas if you note the following ideas.

  • Books
  • Things you have learned
  • Courses you yourself have taken and your experience with them

Books related to your business or product. Write a review and whether you recommend it or not. If you do recommend it, grab an affiliate link.1 You can also write a Top Ten Things I Learned kind of thing about the book.

Things you have learned along the way about what you are marketing is always helpful. People appreciate it and when it helps them in their lives they begin to trust you. Remember, you are marketing you as a trusted resource first. People buy from those they trust.

Courses you have taken are powerful sources of blogging material. Remember this short acronym: ILT.

ILT can make you rich. What does ILT stand for? Invest, Learn, Teach.

Invest, Learn, Teach

Invest in courses that teach you needed skills. Learn the material in the courses and apply it in your own marketing and business efforts. Teach others what you have learned through blog posts and YouTube videos.

By doing this ILT method repeatedly, you will begin to develop a corp of folks who trust you and watch and read your material on a regular basis. When they are ready to buy courses and move forward with either using the product and service you are recommending as an affiliate or building a business of their own you will be their go to guy or girl.

Resources

Here are some resources for you to check out. Most have free videos that will provide you some effective basic education on their respective channels so make sure to have a notebook handy when you watch.

Follow the links and you will soon have a good basic foundation in affiliate and Internet marketing. I want to be clear here in what I am offering. There will be an opportunity to buy a complete, advanced course in these areas, created by folks who have proven their methods work. The introductory videos themselves and by themselves have tremendous value so, as I say, take notes when you watch them.

  1. My Lead System Pro Mastery
  2. Social Media Mastery, Facebook
  3. Tube Traffic Mojo
  4. Predatory SEO

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

1. Always make a note if you are to be compensated for a purchase. It is the right thing to do. I am an affiliate for the products linked to here. It is my goal to help 1,000 folks be able to quit their jobs and I only recommend products I believe will be helpful in that goal.

 

Affiliate Marketing Business

How to Start Affiliate Marketing

Tim and MJ

The number of companies with whom you can begin and affiliate business is a pretty large number. I am personally involved with a number of them and they are all profitable if you promote them correctly. They range from the household names like Amazon and Walmart all the way down to your local flower shop who might offer a rebate or discount on future purchases for referring folks to them.

You need to structure your business such that you can profit from them all over time.

Amazon Affiliate Marketing

To go ahead and address it up front, Amazon affiliate marketing is one of the oldest out there. They have had their growing pains over the years such as when certain states wanted to impose sales taxes on purchases made from their states.

I don’t know the status of that conflict even at this late date mainly because Amazon only pays a 4% affiliate commission on sales. Still, if you like that kind of thing you can reach Amazon’s affiliate link by simply going to Amazon.com and looking for the affiliate link. It is quite prominent and a number of folks do make a good living, especially with some recent changes and aggressive marketing.

I continue to be a member of Amazon’s affiliates simply because I read, a lot, and every little bit helps. Besides, as you will see later on in this piece, once you create a piece of content and promote it, it is a 24/7 365 days a year source of income.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

It is fairly simply in concept, although the successful execution does have some amount of artistry to it:

    • Decide what  and what kind of affiliate programs you want to join.
    • Decide how you are going to promote that program.
    • Create content that is relevant to that method or channel.
    • Drive traffic to that content, which is to say promote that content.

Decide What Affiliate Programs You Want To Join

In order to decide what Internet affiliate marketing program you want to join, you have to know what your goals are. Making money is so nebulous that I am afraid it will not motivate you to get up and walk away from the TV after you get home from a long day at work.

You need specific goals to motivate you.

For instance, if you just want to make a couple of extra bucks now and again, you really don’t have to spend a lot of prep time. If you want a serious going concern that will cover your car payment this month, your car payment and utilities next month, and these plus your rent or mortgage in 3 to 6 months, you are going to need to invest a little more thinking and planning.

I want to strongly encourage you to consider regularly promoting subscription affiliate products, too. Why?

Subscription affiliate products pay you every month. In addition to getting paid for what you produced this month, you will get paid… again… for what you produced last month.

I hope this is starting to set some bells off in your head because if you get with and promote the correct, high quality subscription affiliate product or service you can be looking at a lifestyle change. This is not a guarantee, of course, but a hope that can have the odds of its successful achievement greatly enhanced by hard work.

Decide How You Are Going to Promote

There are a ton of ways to market your affiliate link. They include:

      1. Blogging about the services and products on your blog
      2. Talking about it on other blogs or including it in your signature when you post on other blogs
      3. Creating unique articles for posting on the article directories
      4. Making videos about what you are promoting

…and this is just the tip of the iceberg on ways to promote your content.

Create Content Relevant to the Channel

Blog posts, especially those you post on your own blog, have a lot more leeway in the content you create and post. For instance, what you post on your own blog is really only subject to approval by you while that which you post on Ezine@articles has an entirely different set of rules. Don’t get frustrated when they refuse what you wanted to post, just go edit it and follow their rules and you will get posted.

Likewise, you don’t create a blog post and post it to YouTube. You create a video of yourself discussing or instructing on the benefits of visiting your link. (Although that line is getting blurred by software that will create a video from your blog text and read it to your viewers like the lead in to the original Star Wars movies.)

Drive Traffic to that Content

Remember, the goal of articles and videos is to get people to view your original content on the products and services which you are promoting. Many, if not most, article services do not allow you to post links directly to your affiliate link. Some will let you slip by, but it is just frustrating your efforts when you have to edit an article so that it gets posted. Even in the affiliate marketing business time is money.

For an exceptionally effective primer on starting an affiliate marketing business and reaching profitability within 30 days, go here and watch this free instructional video.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton
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