How do I monetize my blog? You don’t.

Greetings.

Today’s topic is courtesy of  of Driving Traffic. Have you ever wondered how to monetize your blog? Well, don’t! A blog serves many purposes, but making loadsamoney from it really should not be one of them.

Kevin’s article explains more, and provides some ideas on what you should be doing…

How do I monetize my blog? You don’t.

By  on February 18, 2013

So you have decided to make some extra money online. You followed the steps and got your domain, hosting, CMS, theme, social media, and the list goes on and on. You finally start blogging; only to find out, the money isn’t cascading in. What’s going on here? You’ve been told that millionaires are made everyday online. You were told, “If you build it, they will come”. You have followed all the steps you knew of, and the money just isn’t coming. Don’t fret; every part-time (and full-time) entrepreneur has been there.

Spending your part time blogging isn’t the novel idea it once was. After investing your free time reading, learning, building, and writing, it can be frustrating to not see the results and is easy to get discouraged. The good news is, by attempting to take control of your financial future, you are taking strides to do something most people will never do. If you have made it this far and haven’t seen a dollar yet, I urge you to stick with it. While making boatloads of cash online isn’t as easy as some would lead you to believe, when you do find some success, it makes all of the time and effort all well worth it.

Honest Inventory

Take a critical look at where you are. It is no easy task to be objective when looking at a passion project, but this is an essential part of finding success in your endeavors. Take an outsider’s look at your subject matter, how you write about it, and make an honest assessment. If an outsider looked at your blog what would they say is the biggest issue?

Are you in the right niche, or in a niche at all? This might be the most important thing to consider. If you are in a highly competitive niche, you aren’t doing yourself any favors for someone who is starting out. By picking the correct niche you can save yourself a lot of trouble by having fewer competitors.

Is your site getting traffic? If you are hoping to generate your income from advertising and you do not have a staggering amount of traffic to your site, you need to reconsider your plan of action. There are not many (single) blogs out there that can generate a living wage from advertising revenue alone. So, stop barking up that tree if you are in this position.

This assessment can go on forever, from site design to mobile or social media strategy. I don’t want to you to get hung up here. Unless you are questioning your niche and don’t have traffic, you are ok. If those two things are an issue, you should probably go back to the drawing board and decide on a new domain or direction. Otherwise, if traffic is your only issue, join the club. What you can do in the short term is attempt to stand out from the crowd by producing what you consider being incredibly good content. Be a little more daring, opinionated, or possibly controversial (What do you want to say, but aren’t).

The last short term traffic bump can come from watching the trends. What are other people in your niche talking about? Use tools like blog aggregators (Technorati & alltop), and google alerts. Google alerts are essential for content creators; it is the easiest way to keep your ear to the ground for your topics, without burning your whole day trolling the web. When news is made in your niche, you need to give your two cents, or at least curate someone who is.

Another big pitfall to look out for is focus. My biggest problem starting out was the distribution of my effort. I tended to spend all my free time working 10 different projects. I would spread myself so thin, that none of my projects were up to a standard that I was happy with. Consolidate your efforts. If it comes down to it, pick the project that you have the most fun working on and run with it. Let the others suffer in the mean time. Chances are that if you enjoy it, it will show in the finished product.

Keep in mind the 80/20 rule. I learned this trick from Ryan Deiss, and have seen a consistent trend of successful people who use it. For those of you who are not familiar, it is the concept where you should be spending 80% of your time on what is actually making the bulk of your money. The remaining 20% goes to the other projects. Often 20% of your efforts will generate 80% of your revenue; by identifying that 20% you can save yourself a lot of headaches. There is a lot more to the theory, and I am not really doing it justice here, so look it up if you have never heard it.

Making Money

So, here’s the deal, simply having a blog isn’t going to be your main source of income. You have start thinking about revenue generation. There are a number of ways to achieve that. You can build an authority site, you can focus on lead generation and build a list, but today we are going to talk about products. The most effective way to monetize your blog is to start promoting products; an even more effective way is to promote your own products. This is arguably the most efficient way of generating passive income if done correctly. For many this can be a daunting task. But, it really isn’t as hard as it sounds.

The first step is deciding whether you will be dealing with physical or digital products. There is a separate path for physical products, so today I am just going to focus on digital products. For the part-time entrepreneur I think selling/creating/marketing digital products will be “lower hanging fruit” than physical products. If there is interest, I can write an article on physical goods and drop shipping.

Next is becoming familiar with the products in your space. Get an account with an affiliate platform (clickbank, commission junction, JVZOO, WarriorPlus). Take a look at the marketplace and sort the products for your niche by popularity or gravity. Go through the products to see what is out there, and what seems to be doing well. Make notes of products you like, are interested in, and what their rating/popularity/gravity is (you will use this later).

After having a grasp of what is out there, you can identify “holes” & needs for your niche. Start making plans for potential products. Try and dream something up that is feasible with a unique selling point, something that will set it apart from other products in your space. What would provide real benefit or value to someone with your interests? What would you buy? What do you know that others don’t? What problem do people in your niche experience often? Carl White just wrote an excellent article on how he fulfills the needs of different niches by utilizing facebook and linkedin groups (How to beat the big dogs at affiliate marketing contests).

What I would suggest if you are just starting out is a special report of some kind. You are obviously already familiar with writing, and most likely already have a good grasp on your subject matter.

Find a popular report like this in the market place that is selling well, and buy it. While reading through, make notes of structure, length, format, and the kinds of information covered. You can use this report as a guide when outlining your own product. Something to keep in mind is that on these affiliate-based platforms, the market is typically flooded with “me-too” products. You will need to distance yourself from the collection of similar products on the subject you are writing about. So, if there are already 5 reports out there on the subject you were thinking about and you don’t have anything that drastically sets yours apart from them, you should move on to the next idea.

After you have decided on a product and outlined it, it is time to roll up your sleeves and get to work writing (or building). In the mean time while you develop your product, you can implement other ways of generating revenue like affiliate sales and/or lead generation (list building).

Affiliate Offers

Get the notes you made earlier on products you like in your niche, and their popularity. There are a few things to think about here. If the gravity is really high on the product this is an indication that this product will provide some stiff competition when you attempt to promote it. Do some research on what/who you are competing with. If all of your choices have a lot of competition, you might need to go a little lower on the gravity results and pick something a little less popular.

Once you have decided on a few products you would like to promote. You can start building a plan of action. The easiest way to promote an affiliate offer is adding a banner image to your site linked to your affiliate link. These are often placed in your sidebar in a “text/html widget”. I would also suggest writing a review article on some of the features or sections of the product that you really liked. While you might want to frame this as a product review, keep in mind that you are ultimately writing sales copy. Copy writing is an art form, and can take a lifetime to master. A good short guide to the structure of a sales letter can be found here written by Perry Belcher.

Be sure to read my article on my clickbank youtube hack. If you do decide to create a video sniper, be sure to post the video on your site to take full advantage of the traffic you are already getting.

Promoting your product

Once your product is complete, you need to make a marketing plan. The nuances of marketing your product go far beyond what I can cover in this short article but, I will do my best to concisely cover the basics.

You will want to “prime the pump”. This entails dropping hints, and building as much buzz for the product as you can. You can do this with preview posts, social media blasts, and guest posting about the product.

Do your best to write a sales letter or hire someone to write your sales letter, following the outline I linked to above. Hopefully, you have promoted a few affiliate products by now and you have developed a “feel” for what works for your readers and what doesn’t. I would suggest making a dedicated page for your sales letter on your blog and not only making a blog post about it. Make sure your home page is featuring the product in some way (above the fold of the page), whether that is a featured post, banner, or block of content in the side bar. Call in whatever favors you can for promotion via email drops, banners, etc.

Promoting a product can (and will) be an ongoing endeavor, of optimizing, tweaking, rewriting, testing, and tracking. The brevity of this post has been a challenge as each paragraph of this article could be expanded into its own book. Hopefully I was able to illustrate the big picture of monetizing your blog.

Becoming a full time entrepreneur can be a colossal challenge, but with adequate planning and a clear vision you can set yourself up for success. Don’t make a half effort and then give up when you aren’t driving a Bentley a week later. These things can take time and dedication and more than just a blog. As I said earlier in this article, there are countless methods to get you to your goal, and today I covered one. One thing is for certain, stopping after you get your blog built is a mistake.

About Kevin Clanton

Kevin Clanton is part of the new generation of Internet marketers, originally starting his career as a programmer obsessed with all things information / technology. Online Marketing has quickly become his primary focus; where he is able to leverage his background in development to implement his dreams & ideas in order to quickly produce data on their effectiveness. Google Kevin has an intense drive to be as well rounded as possible in his business pursuits. He isn’t satisfied until he has a firm understanding of all aspects of a given business strategy.

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Thanks, Kevin.  Hope this helped you – much food for thought, eh?

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How to grow your business from 0 to 2.5 mill in revenue

How to grow your business from 0 to 2.5 mill in revenue… 

As of 2 days ago, MOBE (My Online Business Empire) just crossed 2.5 mil in revenue.

The following is Matt Lloyd’s (the founders) explanation on how he did it, which I thought you might be able to get a few gold nuggets from…

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First of all, getting to 2.5 million has not been easy.

When I started out a few years back, I was told that the hardest million is always that first.

When you’re doing this for the first time… you don’t know what you don’t know.

Well, they weren’t lying.

And it’s important that you understand that on YOUR quest to build a big online business, you’re going to make a ton of mistakes.

And, how fast you get to the first million, will be directly proportional to your willingness to make mistakes, make a fool of yourself, and go into situations where you may not be that comfortable – but you do it anyway.

Eg. the first event I ever hosted (which I did in early 2012) was like jumping into the deep end of the swimming pool, not knowing how to swim.

It was completely outside of my comfort zone.

But I learned how to put on events through ‘doing’ – not theory.  It’s the doing part where you learn your real lessons.

Most importantly, the idea of the ‘self made entrepreneur’ is B.S. 

When I started out, I thought I’d be able to do it all on my own… but I soon realised I couldn’t.

No one builds a big company on their own.

It’s always a team effort. 

For me, my most important team members are the people in my MOBE License Rights Program. 

There’s about 750 of them so far, and, we are growing fast.

Since I introduced the License Rights program in mid 2011, I tried to take the focus of MOBE from me, to my parnters.

This is not about me:  it’s about creating and maintaining the best system I possibly can for my partners.

A system that pays them more for their traffic than any other. 

A system that I never stop improving (the internet landscape changes FAST.  If you don’t innovate, you die.  Just how many of the gurus from 5 years back do you see still today?  Exactly.)

So far, the MOBE License Rights program has been in a class of it’s own…

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Our system is far from perfect, but, I’ll never stop working at it till we get it as close to perfect as can be.

If you ever try to start your own system (a daunting task) then here is my advice:

Make it all about them.  Not you. 

I try to celebrate my partners success, and, when they get results, I let everyone know.

Why do I do this?

Well, what do you think is more powerful…

Me telling you how good the MOBE License Program is?

Or, your ordinary ‘non-guru’ internet marketer, sitting in front of a video camera, giving a very real and genuine account of their feedback so far?

Of course, it’s the latter.

In the near future, you’ll see me take more a backseat to the business, and, it will become even more about celebrating my top partners.

Soon, I’ll be awarding one of our top Platinum Partners with a brand new Chrysler 300 – completely paid for, driving to their house, and the keys handed to them.

You can bet I’ll also fly out a film crew and get a whole video case study around it.

As far as I’m concerned, this is just the beginning for our MOBE License Partners… this year we’re going to take things to the next level.

Click here to see the video where I explain how we are getting to 20 million by the end of the year… 

And, if you are in- if you’re ready to join us – you can scroll to the bottom of that page above, and get started… 

Talk soon,

Matt

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The 3 Most Common Affiliate Marketing Mistakes

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Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective and powerful ways of earning money online. It provides anyone at all with the opportunity to make a profit through the Internet. Since these affiliate marketing programs are easy to join, implement and pay regular commissions, more and more people are now getting in on the act.

However, like all businesses, there are lots of pitfalls in the affiliate marketing business for the unsuspecting newbie. Committing some of the most common mistakes could cost dearly. That’s why it’s better to avoid them from the beginning, rather than regret them in the end.

Mistake number 1: Choosing the wrong affiliate program.

Many people want to earn from affiliate marketing as fast as possible. In their rush to be part of a program, they tend to choose a bandwagon product. This is the kind of product that the marketer thinks is “hot”. They choose the product that is in demand without actually considering
whether the product actually appeals to them. This is clearly not a very wise move.

Instead of jumping on the bandwagon, try to choose a product in which you are truly interested. For any endeavour to succeed, you should take some time to plan and figure out your actions, and find out what you are, and are not, interested in.

Pick a product that appeals to you. Then do some research about that product to see if it is in demand. Promoting a product you are more passionate about is easier than promoting one for the sake of the earnings only.

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Mistake number 2: Joining too many affiliate programs.

Since affiliate programs are very easy to join, you might be tempted to join loads of programs to try and maximize the earnings you will be making.

Many programs may well be a great way to have multiple sources of income, but joining multiple programs (and attempting to promote them all at the same time) will prevent you from concentrating on any one of them.

The result? The maximum potential of your affiliate programs will not be realized and the income generated will be disappointing. The best way to get excellent result is by joining just one program that pays at least a
40% commission. Then give it your best effort by promoting that product enthusiastically. As soon as you see that it is making a reasonable profit, you can then join, set up and promote another program.

The technique is to do it slowly but surely. There is really no need to rush into things, especially with affiliate marketing. With the way things are going, the future is looking really bright and it seems that affiliate marketing is here to stay.

Mistake number 3: Not buying the product or using the service yourself.

As an affiliate, your main purpose is to effectively and convincingly promote a product or service and to find customers for it. For you to achieve this purpose, you must be able to relay your satisfaction to the potential customers of that certain product and service. It would therefore be difficult for you to do this when you yourself have not tried them out. Thus, you will fail to promote and recommend them convincingly and you will also fail to create the desire in your customers to own the product.

Try the product or service personally first before you sign up as an affiliate in order to see if it is really delivering what it promises. If you do this you are then a credible user, aware of its advantages and any potential disadvantages. Your marketing will then convey sincerity
and trust in you which will encourage your audience to try it out for themselves.

Many affiliate marketers make these 3 mistakes and are paying dearly for their actions. Do not be one of them!

Time is the key. Take the time to analyse your marketing strategy and check to make sure you’re on the right track. If done properly, you will be able to maximize your affiliate marketing programs and earn higher profits.

Talk soon.

Chineme
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Your ClickBank Freedom Formula

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Today’s post is a guest post on the Clickbank blog by successful internet marketer, Simon Hodgkinson.  It details the issues to have in mind when considering affiliate marketing and is a must-read for all budding internet entreprenuers.

Author: Molly Lane, ClickBank | October 21st, 2010

Written by: Simon Hodgkinson, Guest Author

The secret to becoming a successful affiliate marketer: WORK BACKWARDS

This might seem odd so let me explain…

Over the last few years, we’ve generated millions in commissions and taught thousands of budding affiliate marketers how to make more money online. After many unsuccessful attempts, we finally realized what we were doing wrong.

Statistics show there’s a 95% chance that you aren’t as successful at affiliate marketing as you’d like to be, and even if you’re doing great, by simply applying the little ‘mind shift’ I’m about to share with you, you’ll be able to take your current success to an entirely new level.

Before you begin any promotional campaign you need to identify your end goal.

Think about it for a second, and ask yourself why are you even working as an affiliate in the first place? Although affiliate marketing can be fun, making money is essential.

Like everyone else, you’re an affiliate because you need the money. Making car payments, paying bills such as rent or mortgage, family vacations or the 101 different things that factor into our cost of living add up.

One of the biggest problems is that most people never sit down and add the cost of all these expenses. Once you begin to crunch those numbers and figure out exactly what it takes to live without the worry of how much things cost, or where the money for the next bill is coming from, is when you will start to see the true power of affiliate marketing.

The revelation is that affiliate marketing doesn’t just have the power to make you some ‘extra cash,’ it has the power to set you free!

So how do we start? First you need to know how much you need (pretty simple right). ☺

Grab a notebook and make a list of everything you spend money on each month. At the top of your sheet, you want to write “living expenses.” Go through the fixed costs that you have each month (everything should go in here, rent/mortgage, car payments, cell phone, utilities, food etc.).

Then you want add in your entertainment expenses (the fun stuff!). You can estimate the monthly costs but include things like movies, eating out, monthly mini-vacations etc. Next combine your living expenses with your entertainment costs and you’ll have a total monthly expense figure. Got it?

Don’t underestimate the power of doing this. This has been the number one exercise we ask our coaching students to do because affiliate marketing is not the be all and end all – it’s the tool that gets you there. Without the end goal, you don’t have any kind of way to evaluate your progress!

Let’s work an example: Say $5,000 is the amount you need each month. If your affiliate income can match $5,000 (which is peanuts compared to what you can do if you really push things), you’ll have all of your expenses covered!

Now it’s just a matter of building your system that will generate this income for you automatically, every month. We need to calculate how many sales we need to achieve our income goal. What I want you to do is take your income goal and divide it by the net amount of commission you plan to make with each sale.

For example, let’s say that we’re going to make $30 per sale. $5,000 divided by $30 is equivalent to 166 sales a month. When you break that down, it’s just 6 sales a day.

Now, if you think it’s hard to sell 6 ClickBank products a day, just understand that there are people who can sell 150 ClickBank products a day and more. What I’m talking about here doesn’t even take into account rebills and future payments and how they can compound over time!

So how much traffic do we need to get to those 6 sales?

Just take the monthly number of sales you need (which was 166), and divide that by the vendor’s sales page conversion rate.
We can make a quick assumption that sales page conversion rate will be around the industry standard of 2%. Then, we divide the total number of sales we need by .02, and see what we get from that. Don’t worry if you don’t want to do all the calculations right now, I have handy ‘one click’ resource for you coming up at the end. ☺

For example: 166 / 0.02 = 8,300 unique visitors a month. Break that down and it becomes just 277 unique visitors a day.
The point is, with this formula you’ll know how to figure out exactly how much traffic you need to reach that goal, and vice-versa. If you know how much traffic you site is getting right now, you can reverse the calculation to determine which programs to promote based on commission amounts. It’s not just random numbers floating around anymore!

You have a target to aim for!

Well, kind of. That’s the number of visitors you need to get to the vendor’s page (the page of the person you’re promoting), however, you’ll probably want to send them to your own site first, and then get them to the vendor’s site. In a perfect world you could get every visitor to go from your site to your vendor’s page (that would be a 100% conversion rate), but it’s not a perfect world. So the big question is how many do you actually need to come to your site to reach your goal?

For a quick and dirty answer just divide the number by 0.3 (this is a 30% conversion rate from your site to a vendor’s site). Although you may be able to achieve a higher conversion rate (we have pages that covert to 40%-50%), we will estimate on the conservative side. So, 8,300 / 0.3 is 27,666 and that’s the traffic we would need to reach the goal in our example. The next step is to take that 27,666 and divide it by 30. That tells us how many visitors per day we need to arrive at our own website. That’s 922 visitors a day.

And that’s everything you need for financial freedom! Beautiful how this works isn’t it?

Conclusion:

When you calculate your own personal freedom formula number, you might be surprised how close you are to it already. It’s just a matter of setting up your traffic plan and finding the best programs from the ClickBank Marketplace to promote.

You can also run more than one campaign, identify programs that offer recurring billing to automatically add fresh commissions each month to your tally without having to drive more traffic and test and tweak your own pages to increase conversions to ultimately reach your goal. In fact there are many easy-to-apply adjustments that will reduce the time it takes to achieve your objective. Just remember that knowing your objective first is the best way to achieve it.
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Simon Hodgkinson and his business partner Jeremy Gislason have been involved in Internet Marketing for more than 10 years and are the creators of a number of best selling information products and software applications. For more information about their business visit www.cbcashgrenade.com.

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Quit Your Job and Network – Virally

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As usual I’ve been looking at various programs in order to provide my ‘internet marketing view’.

Quit Your Job Course caught my eye recently. It was promoted to me as the total and complete marketers site, allowing you  to capture names and email addresses from every click on the net and after looking into it – I have to say I am impressed.

I joined and took the upgrades – I figured, they offer a money back guarantee so why not..? You are not in any way required to take the upgrades to get the benefits of the site. However, they do multiply the benefits, I have found.

What a concept – I must say.
The building of a list online is perhaps one of the most important skills you can ever have and this site is the most incredibly easy to use system
to literally explode your list.

This benefits WHATEVER you promote.
No matter if it is a Clickbank product, a matrix, an MLM or ANYTHING. Even Google ad words and ‘traditional’ style of marketing can reap huge benefits from this site.

You get to create your own opt in lists on total autopilot.

Now there have been other sites that have done this, but none that then throw in a TOTAL Auto-responder system and Email marketing follow up system as well.

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That alone is going to put a lot of dough in my pocket over the years to come.

And this works virally–meaning as you make referrals into Quit Your Job Course (either by promoting it or just using it and visitors click the Quit Your Job Course image on the Full Page ad window to join) you also earn ad credits on THEIR link clicks.  And this works up to 5 levels deep.  So you can create a massive amount of free ad views and web traffic by referring others to Quit Your Job Course also.

I didn’t get to test the full effect of a big down-line yet (I just got the tool) but I can tell you the rest of the site works exactly as stated–my links got clicked, My list is growing at a rate I have never seen before, and my ads got displayed.  Quit Your Job Course even tracked my results so I know how many clicks and how many ad displays.  That was an impressive unadvertised extra feature.

There is one more benefit and feature which might be the best of them all–down-line emailing.  You can email your down-line with offers, promotions, or whatever you like, and here is where Quit Your Job Course really shines.  They took time to make the emailing often enough that it’s valuable as a user, but no so often that it’s a burden to your down-line.  But the best part about this feature (and actually the credit earning too) is that it tells you exactly how long until you can mail again. They even give you an instant 250 Member down-line to mail to – before your first referral, but…  THE TOP LEVEL IS WHERE TO BE FOR SERIOUS MARKETERS – A GUARANTEED 3000 MEMBER MAIL OUT COMES WITH THE PACKAGE… Whoa!

Overall I have to say I am impressed with Quit Your Job Course.  It is simple yet powerful, and delivers on its promises.  Highly recommended to anyone who wants to explode their list and benefit from some excellent advertising.

See it and join here: (I negotiated to give anyone that joins through my link, instant EXECUTIVE membership, but this is not forever, so make haste)

Quit Your Job!

Yes, indeed.

Talk soon.

Chineme

http://internetmarketingviews.com

Why You Should Promote Residual Affiliate Programs

Greetings.

Are you a webmaster in need of additional income?
Or are you planning to set up an online business
but you still don’t have any product to sell?
If so, affiliate marketing may be the best solution
for your problems.  With affiliate marketing, you
won’t need to worry about the products you have
to sell.  All you need to have is a website with
sufficient contents that are related to the products
of a certain online company offering affiliate
programs.  By becoming a member of the program,
or by becoming an affiliate, you can start earning
a certain amount of money right away!

At the end of this piece you’ll see how you can
totally automate the process for phenomenal results.

Affiliate marketing is some sort of business
relationship established between a merchant and
his affiliates.  In affiliate marketing, an
affiliate agrees to direct some traffic to a
merchant’s website.  If that traffic is converted
into some kind of action, like a visitor purchasing
a product on the merchant’s website or a visitor
becoming a lead for the company, the affiliate
who directed the traffic will be compensated.
Compensation may take the form of either a percentage
sales commission for the sales generated or a
fixed fee predetermined upon the application of
the affiliate on the merchant’s affiliate program.

Promising a lot of benefits both for the merchants
and the affiliates, affiliate marketing has become
one of the most popular online marketing methods
today.  In fact, almost every merchant or retailer
site today offers an affiliate program that any one
can join into.  Most retailers would entice people
to become affiliates or members of their program by
promising great benefits like large commissions,
lifetime commissions, click through incomes and alot
of other benefits.  But would all these affiliate
programs bring off the same benefits?

Most affiliate programs would pay you, as an
affiliate, a one-time commission for every sale
or lead you brought to the merchant’s website.
Commissions for this kind of affiliate programs
are usually large, ranging from 15% to a high of
about 60%.  Other affiliate programs would pay
you a fixed fee for every click through or traffic
you send to the merchant’s site.  Programs like
this often pay a smaller fee for every click
through, usually not getting any larger than
half a dollar.  The good thing about this kind
of program, however, is that the visitor won’t
have to purchase anything in order for the
affiliate to get compensated.

Another type of affiliate program is the residual
income affiliate program.  Residual affiliate
programs usually pay only a small percentage of
sales commission for every sale directed by the
affiliate to the merchant’s site.  This commission
often comes only in the range of 10% to 20% sales
commission.  Because of this, many people ignore
residual affiliate program and would rather opt
for the high paying one-time commission affiliate
program.  Are these people making a mistake, or
are they making the right decision?

We can’t tell, for sure, if people are making a
mistake by choosing a high paying one-time
commission affiliate program.  But we can
definitely say that they are making a large
mistake if they ignore residual affiliate
programs.  Residual affiliate programs would
indeed pay at a lower rate, but merchants
offering such kind of programs would generally
pay you regular and ongoing commissions for a
single affiliate initiated sale!  That means,
for the same effort you made in promoting a
particular affiliate program, you get paid only
once in a one-time commission program, and a
regular and ongoing commission for a residual
program!

So, are the benefits of promoting residual
affiliate programs clearer to you now?  Or
are they still vague?  If they are still vague,
then let’s make them a bit clearer with this
example.

Suppose there are two online merchants both
offering web hosting services on their sites.
The first merchant offers a one-time commission
type of affiliate program that pays $80 for
every single affiliate initiated sale.  The
second merchant also offers an affiliate program,
but this time a residual affiliate program
that pays only $10 for every single affiliate
initiated sale.  As an affiliate, we may get
attracted at once at what the first merchant
is offering, as $80 is definitely a lot larger
than $10.  But by thinking things over before
actually getting into them, one may be able
to see that the second merchant is offering
us more opportunity to earn a larger amount
of money.

Supposed you have directed traffic to the
merchant and it converted into a sale, you’ll
get paid once by the first merchant for the
sale you have initiated.  But with the second
merchant, you’ll get paid monthly for as long
as the customer you have referred to the merchant
continues to avail of the web hosting service.
That means that for the same effort of getting
one customer to avail of the merchant’s service,
you get paid monthly in residual affiliate
programs while you only get paid once in a
one-time commission type of affiliate programs.

So, are residual affiliate programs worth promoting?
Definitely yes, because you virtually get more
money from these types of affiliate programs in
the long run!  And would residual affiliate programs
work best for you?  Probably not, probably yes.
It is not really for me to tell.  But with the
benefits that residual affiliate marketing can
provide, it would really be unwise to ignore such
programs.

If you would like to get started, why not be led by
the hand and learn, step by step, the automated
income stream method?

Click here for all the lucrative details.

Talk soon.

Chineme
http://internetmarketingviews.com

Creating Email Lists for Marketing Campaigns

Greetings.

If you plan to do some Internet marketing to promote your business endeavor, you should seriously consider email marketing as at least one tier of your Internet marketing campaign. Many business owners shy away from email marketing because they believe all email marketing campaigns are purely spam. However, this is not true and not partaking in this type of marketing can cause your business to lose out on a great deal of business.

By not appealing to potential customers via email, your business may lose a great deal of business to competitors who are using email marketing campaigns to reach customers around the world. However, the first step of an email marketing campaign should be creating an email distribution list. This article will discuss some popular options for doing this and should help you to learn more about what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to email marketing.

Once you have made the decision to start using email marketing to promote your business you are likely facing the dilemma of compiling an email distribution list. This is essentially a list of email addresses to which you will email your advertising and promotional materials. One common way to gain a list of email addresses is to purchase a list from distributors.

However, this method is not very effective at all and we do not recommend it. The problem with purchasing an email list is you have no way of knowing whether or not the members of the list would have any interest at all in your products or services. This is very important because while you want to reach a large audience with your email marketing you also want this audience to be members of your overall target audience.

When you purchase an email list you may be sending your email messages to some users who might be interested but this is largely coincidental and is not likely to be well received because the message was not solicited.

Internet users are very quick to delete materials they believe to be spam without even opening or reading the emails. In fact some internet service providers include spam filters which may automatically delete your emails if your messages are deemed to be spam. These filters run complex algorithms on the subject heading and content of the message to determine whether or not it is spam and are quite adept at weeding out spam. Therefore, you run the risk of having your email marketing efforts turn out to be a complete waste of time if the majority of recipients never even read or receive the message.

A far better way to create an email distribution list for your email marketing campaign is to ask current customers as well as interested potential customers to register with your website to receive additional information and periodic updates about your products and services as well as other information which might be of interest to them. This provides you with a database of email addresses from current customers as well as potential customers who have a genuine interest in your products and services and who are interested in learning more about these products and services.

Once you have a list of interested customers or potential customers you can send emails or create e-newsletters for distribution to the members of your email list. These documents should contain a wealth of valuable information as well as a soft sell pitch for your products and services. This information will be valued by the readers and may help to persuade them to try your products and services.

Email marketing has been made alot easier with the advent of ‘other people’s lists’.  There are many advertising sites that will allow you to post your messages to their own lists of highly targetted subscribers.  This is the writer’s preferred method as, for a few dollars (or sometimes completely free) you can reach thousands of like-minded entrepreneurs, secure in the knowledge that your messages will not be treated as spam.

You might also want to include in your messages useful links to either your website or other websites which may be of interest to your readers. Your content should also contain a portion which urges the reader to take a specific action such as making a purchase or at least investigating a product further.

Happy emailing!

Talk soon.

Chineme
http://internetmarketingviews.com

Holy Residuals! Can $2 work into $61,000 within weeks?

Greetings.
I came across this ingenious program designed to help newbies
and those without much money to start out with, to work
together by paying it forward.  Each membership level comes
with an extensive range of products and additional free access
to other paid membership sites and so it rates exceptionally
highly on value gained even before the earnings begin.
Rather than go over the program I am reproducing a message
sent to my personal contacts – the offer within still applies to all lol!
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From Chineme:  I Will PAY Your Way In To
HOLY GRAIL RESIDUALS – Turn $2 Into a great deal!
Please read this very carefully!
Would you like to turn $2 into hundreds or
even thousands in a matter of days or weeks?
And, build a long-term residual income using
an incredibly POWERFUL but simple system?
I am so bowled over by the immense value of the program that
I will send you $2 aftert you sign up!  Just send me
a copy of your AlertPay receipt FOR VERIFICATION TO:
HOLY GRAIL RESIDUALS $2 to $61,000 and I PAY
Your Way In!
The Holy Grail of Residuals Cash is quickly
becoming the most popular way of earning money
online. Many people received amazing amounts
of cash just for sharing the concept with others.
It is destined to be the success story of 2010 and
beyond.

* You only need 4 partners to realize the following:

>Earn between $4,000 – $122,000+ monthly
>You get our Push Button Invitation System Builder
>System tracks every Personal and Network referral
>System links your entire Network back to You
>System easily follows Leads to get your four
It really is push-button easy.
The Easiest Way To Qualify –

Holy Grail Residuals is really GREAT
for a couple of significant reasons:

#1 Low Cost – At just $2 anyone can actually
‘Give it Away’ or PIF- ‘Pay It Forward’ to get
4 members to Qualify Forever

#2 This is perfect for people who DO NOT Sponsor
or refer anybody OR have NOT made a dime
on the Internet.

Here Is The Easiest Way To Qualify Forever –

1) PIF your 1st Person – You get your $2 back
immediately
2) Take that $2 and PIF your 2nd Person –
you’re Half way Finished
3) Take $2 and PIF your 3rd – you get that Paid
Back Immediately
4) Take that $2 and PIF your 4th Person –
BOOM you’re DONE!

JOIN NOW!  It’s free and I will PAY your $2.
For just $4 (plus AlertPay fees), you Qualify
your 4 partners. This System makes it super
easy –  You just Give it Away FREE!!
Now just teach those 4 to do the same and you
WILL be earning over $12,000 monthly in 12
weeks as will they!
The above example is based on people taking
1 week to get their 4 – In reality there is no reason why
this can’t be done sooner working as a team.
So if people are motivated + PIF (give it away)
for a total out of pocket cost of just $4 – they WILL
make over $12,000 in just 12 days!!!

Week 1: $2 x 2 = $4
Week 2: $8
Week 3: $16
Week 4: $24
After 4 weeks you have earned $52 from your $2
investment + quickly PIFing to 4 people!!

Week 5: $ 48
Week 6: $ 96
Week 7: $ 192
Week 8: $ 384
After 8 weeks you now have $720 + $52 = $772
monthly income!!

Now here is where it Gets REALLY EXCITING –
Week 9: $ 768
Week 10: $ 1536
Week 11: $ 3072
Week 12: $ 6144
TOTAL earnings = $11,520 + $772 = $12,292 in
just 12 weeks. Get BUSY and DO IT in 12 days!
The KEY is simple. Use the PIF – Pay It Forward
plan to GIVE it away FREE to 4 People who are
excited to finally make a lot of money.

We all know 4 people who need more money and I
am sure they each know 4 more people who need
more.

Plus, using this quick, easy, simple, affordable
system your $4 and the PIF examples enables
everybody to know HOW to do it.

Money Likes Speed but if you’re not interested in
the money, just take advantage of all the products
offered to all members – you can’t lose!
Talk soon.
Chineme Noke
Internet Marketing Views