Having to compete with hundreds or even thousands of other affiliates can make the task of generating income extremely difficult. And the only way to combat all that competition is to come up with methods and techniques that will make you stand out from the crowd.
When you are involved in any business start-up, it is important to be aware of any threats to your success. The biggest threat is probably you, yes you, and your potentially poor mindset. Your mindset can be influenced by external forces, like the guy at the pub that thinks your idea will never work, or a million and one other reasons.
Below is a great video where Darren Hardy narrates an animated look at the ups and downs, the highs and the lows that come with having big ideas, being an entrepreneur and starting your own business. Well worth a watch!
So you want to earn money online?
$1k /month? $5k/month $20k/month? more?
All very possible if you do it right and use the right tools for the job. I'll show you the tools I use to create a money generating blog or website.
And to put your mind at rest, you don't need to be a geek, programmer or rocket scientist. Using the tools I'll show you, you just need to be at a level where you can create and send an email for example or create a basic document in a word processor such as Word and drag and drop items on a page to lay them out as you wish. Easy peasey!
Blogs have been all the rage for quite a few years now and some blogs have huge fan bases making their owners very rich. The majority of blogs are created in WordPress, a free online blogging platform with millions of users. In fact, over the years the platform has evolved somewhat and can be used as a website and blog platform all rolled into one.
Much like this site itself.
So when I talk about blog I also mean website and visa versa. Both elements are present and can be used at the same time. the blog posts can be used for dynamic daily content and the website part, the more static pages tend to be updated less often.
The aim is to create website that will generate money for you, to achieve this aim we need to take control of the website and integrate it with a number of conversion based tools. You see, just having a good looking website isn't enough. You need to be pro actively turning visitors into leads into sales ie generating cash.
So where do we start?
We are about to talk about the website, but first let's talk about hosting.
Hosting is all about having a home for your site that is secure, fast and easy to use. The site you create should be hosted by a professional hosting company such as SiteGround (the one we use) or BlueHosting for example and is a prerequisite for your actual website. Costs are a few dollars a month to get you going.
Avoid using all in one online sites such as Wix or Godaddy site builder for this type of work. They are great for simple websites to showcase a business but remember we want ours to generate cash and so have to take control ourselves.
Once you have chosen your hosting provider, its time to pick a name for your website and create the actual site. I'm sure you are aware that each website has an address (URL), ie google.com or bbc.co.uk. Each of these names is unique and you have to purchase your own "Domain name" as it's called. your hosting provider will facilitate this. Most 4 or 5 character names have been taken, you will need to be creative in coming up with a unique name.
Again, the hosting provider will also help you get started by installing the basic framework of your site - we recommend WordPress which is the best choice in our opinion. I'll be putting some video's on youtube and in this blog showing how to achieve this - it's easier than you think!
So once you have installed wordpress you will have a basic (but empty) website! Visitors will be able to see your site in the browser - you are now live!
Now of course an empty site is somewhat useless! You have to fill it with content, ie you need to start writing a blog post a day or more to fill it out.
This can take a while - don't expect to start making money overnight. You need to start building the content and make your site worthwhile visiting. Expect to give before you receive. Don't even think about selling at this early stage. Just focus on creating great useful content that will benefit visitors. The selling comes later.
In Part 2 I'll cover other building blocks you will need before your site will start generating cash.
If you are like most aspiring internet marketers you may still be working your full time job while trying to find the extra time in your day to build your budding affiliate marketing business. Whether you are trying to strike out on your own by trying to market your own product, or you don’t have the time to create something new and you chose to promote one of the many tried and true products on the web, you may have heard that a mailing list is one of the most effective ways to successful marketing. Here are some simple tips that can help you build the perfect mailing list so you can meet and exceed your affiliate marketing goals in a short amount of time.
Affiliate marketing is a relatively new industry. The concept has been around for many years now. Paid reviews in newspapers, endorsements on radio and commercials on television have been different forms of advertising. Although not advertising in the strictest sense of the term, affiliate marketing does have its roots in the prevailing practices. Social networks, social media and the ease of content publishing in the virtual world have ushered in a new era for affiliate marketing and innumerable professionals have embarked on an independent journey to financial freedom.
The key to effective social media marketing is the exact same as the key to effective content marketing: providing value.
Unfortunately, this is something that a huge number of businesses have absolutely no idea how to do and that results in some very poorly managed social media.
So just what is content marketing? Well, essentially, content marketing means that you are going to promote your website via content and you’re going to use this to bring more people to your website and to get them to engage with your brand.
People are not going to visit your website or blog out of the goodness of their heart; they will go there because they are looking for something and that something will normally be content. People use the web to find information, for entertainment or for news – all of which means content.
When you’re a digital marketer, you’ll find that very few people understand what you do or what the challenges involved in that are. To them, you are someone who sits at home on their computer all day – and that can’t be that hard, surely?
Of course, we know better! Being a digital marketer can in fact be very challenging and sitting at home is in fact part of that challenge. In this post, we’ll look at some of the challenges – some funny, some frustrating – and maybe feel a little less alone in our plight!
Smartphones and the internet have changed just about everything, including our brains.
With limitless information at our fingertips, it’s no surprise that our ability to store and recall information has begun to atrophy. This mental reliance on technology is often referred to as the Google Effect.
A recent report suggested that 50% of people make no effort to recall information or seek answers from those around them before searching online. Also, two-thirds of consumers say that by letting their devices do the mental legwork, it enables them to achieve more.
If devices are so good at storing our information and answering questions, why bother trying to remember anything at all? Experts warn that by not actively recalling information, we’re dooming ourselves to a future with fewer long-term memories and more difficulty retaining information in the short term.
Today’s infographic, from QuidCorner, lists some practical techniques to help you reclaim your short-term memory.
If your plan is to build an entirely online business and to make money either directly from a blog, or perhaps by selling digital products, then the first thing you need to do is to choose a ‘niche’.
The term niche in this context essentially refers to a subject matter, an industry and an audience. In other words, a niche can be ‘health’ or it can be ‘knitting’. This is what your blog is going to be about, it is what the products you sell should be about and it will determine precisely who your business is marketed at.
Choosing your niche is one of the most important steps in creating a successful online business and the reason for this is that it will directly impact the amount of competition as well as the size of your audience. If your subject is ‘health’ then you’re going to be going up against millions of other websites and this is going to make your life very difficult indeed.