Other Notable Common Affiliate Marketing Mistakes

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It isn’t hard to set up a good website and start and affiliate marketing career. It isn’t hard at all to find affiliate marketing opportunities on the internet. However, it is a very simple thing to make deadly mistakes that will insure your failure to thrive at affiliate marketing.

One of the most notable affiliate marketing mistakes is to think that all you have to do is find the ones that pay the most, sign up, drive traffic to that site through your affiliate link and you’re all set right? Not exactly.

It’s great to choose an affiliate program that pays a high percentage, but that’s not most important thing to consider. It’s much more important to find a quality affiliate program that meets certain criteria. Here are three mistakes you don’t have to make:

1. You want to make sure the product is a proven seller. You don’t want to waste your time and money driving traffic to a site that doesn’t convert. Find one with a good conversion rate.

2. Make sure the site you become an affiliate for protects its affiliates, and has your best interest at heart. Look for one that provides banners, e-mails, and other tools you can use to promote the site. Also, make sure that there is only one payment option. As an affiliate marketer, you need to be sure that you will get credit for your referral. If there is more than one payment method, you can get shortchanged.

3. Do not choose an affiliate program that promotes an e-mail course. Nothing is worse than becoming an affiliate to a site that’s first goal is to capture e-mail addresses, and then tries to make the sale second. As an affiliate marketer, you need to capture e-mail addresses, then to convert that prospect into a sale. Stick with affiliate programs that aren’t focused on capturing leads because it’s simply not in your best interest. Build your own list, not someone else’s.

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The Value of Good Link Partners

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As you already know, good link partners are vital to the growth of your website. Without good link partners you won’t be ranked highly in the search engines, and you won’t receive the traffic you need to gain new customers and make new sales. Building high-quality links to your website helps it to succeed.

Websites that maintain good incoming links will get many targeted visitors from their link partners. These link partners are also a good source of information and can offer value for the visitors that come to your website more often. The idea behind link partners is to find web sites with complementary content so that you enhance your web site. For example, if you sell computers, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to link to a site that sells printers.

Linking to your competitors is much more dangerous. The fact of the matter is that when you link to your competitors you are handing them your business. They may be handing some of theirs back to you, but the trade off simply isn’t worth it. If you are in a situation where it is your product or theirs, do not link to them. Aside from the obvious issue of losing business to their site, you may even lose the returning link if you don’t keep an eye on it.

When dealing with link partners, there’s virtually no point unless you get reciprocal links. These links make your website look good, as well as getting you targeted traffic from users clicking on the links. When you are optimizing your site for key words, however, it is important to link to sites that provide more information regarding the content that you have provided. In cases like this, the link is already helping you. If you get a returning link in addition it’s like killing two birds with one stone.

With good-quality incoming links, you will benefit greatly from the increased traffic to your site. Most major search engines’ rankings are at least partly based on the number of quality links pointing to your website. Google, HotBot, AltaVista, MSN, Inktomi and more all use link popularity in their formula for calculating rankings.

The value of your link partner’s sites will be very important, as many of the search engines use this in determining how relevant your site is to the terms that are being searched on. A site with a page rank below three generally isn’t worth exchanging links with. Then again, if the site is on its way up, it might be a good idea to get in on the ground floor. If you are curious as to whether a site is going to be accumulating a higher page rank in a short period of time try going to http://www.iwebtool.com/rank and punching the site’s URL into the “backlink” tool or the “page rank predictor.” These will show you how many links the site has going to them and will let you know what the page rank could be within the next three months.

You must always keep an eye on the value, and use value-for-value exchanges only. Make sure that your link doesn’t get removed from any sites you link to, and remove your own link to them if it does. Many people will agree to link with you and then remove your link after a week or two. If you leave your site linked to them, then they’re the only one benefiting.

Good link partners are hard to find, and it will take some time for them to respond. You may have to contact them more than once, and probably won’t take you seriously if you just ask them to trade you links. It is important to provide them with information relating to your company and let them know why your link will be worth while to them. If you are serious about SEO, you will be able to let them know that you expect your page rank to explode within the next few months and you may be able to accumulate links this way.

It’s important for to make sure that you links are checked on a regular basis. Of course you don’t have much control over the incoming links, but you can still do whatever you want with the outgoing ones. You should immediately remove any links that don’t work, as they can and will bring your search engine rankings down.

By understanding how link partnering works and maintaining good quality links on your website, you can increase your targeted traffic and improve your sales. After all, isn’t that the whole point of having an online business? Just remember that your website, like any other business, takes time and effort to make it succeed, and any little way you can speed up the process is good – as long as it’s not against the rules, of course.

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The Similarities and Differences of Blogs and Websites

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Many webmasters and business owners have asked themselves, “Do I need a blog? If I have a website, is it even necessary to blog as well?” To answer these questions, it is necessary to understand the similarities and differences of blogs and websites.

Beginning with the similarities, both websites and blogs can offer the webmasters similar marketing and advertising opportunities.

*Grab the Attention of Visitors: A website and a blog should both grab the attention of a visitor quickly. The opening statement should be strong and convince the visitor to read on. Neither a website or a blog should be to busy, or hard on a readers eyes.

*Google Adsense or Affiliate Marketing: Using both a blog and website for residual income from your visitors can become quite profitable. When visitors arrive at your site, if they click on any of the Google or Affiliate advertising, your website earns a commission. It is important that neither a website or blog is overloaded with these programs. Just the right amount can make the site or blog appear reputable. Google’s Adsense program is very user friendly and webmaster are able to customize the ad’s to the design of the website or blog. This includes text advertising and placing advertising within text. Many affiliate programs offer similar programs to Google, such as Commission Junction or Click Bank. The ad content can also be customized to the content of the site or blog.

*Links: Links are important in the world of blogging just as they are in marketing a website. Both websites and blogs Google Page Rank’s are partially based on their incoming and outgoing links. A successful blog should not only have a side bar that shows a list of “resources” or a “blogroll” of outbound quality links to other blogs. This is just the same for a quality website. Quality incoming and outgoing links are part of building a quality site.

*Article Marketing: Writing articles using the expertise about your product, service, or blog with back links and submitting them to article directories is an excellent way to gain exposure and traffic for both websites and blogs.

The key differences of blogs and websites are what will determine if you are a blogger and webmaster. It is possible that the benefits of a blog may suit you just fine. If you are the webmaster of a business, you will probably find that blogging is another marketing technique to add to increase exposure and sales.

*A website is generally for a product or service and has multiple pages.

*A website requires domain name registration and website hosting, this can get expensive and time consuming depending upon your experience.

*Free blog hosting services make it quick and easy for an Internet novice to begin blogging in a matter of minutes. Designing a website for a novice is a more difficult and possibly much more costly task.

*Blogs offer direct communication between the webmaster, or web staff, and the visitors. This can promote dialog and increase visitors.

*Blogs give a more personal appearance. By posting regular commentary or opinions the webmaster or writer is offering the visitor a real person behind the web page.

*Each blog entry gives new content to your blog. Search engines love new content. Regularly updated content is one of the best ways to increase your search ranking. It is a easier process to add and update your blog content than adding new content to your web page.

*A blog can be used as a marketing tool to generate business and traffic for a website. Blogs can be marketed in almost everyway a website can and more. This is because every blog is a website but not every website is a blog. The search engines will crawl the blogs like websites. Blogs can also be marketed in niche areas for blogs only. Last but not least, blogs are appearing all over the Internet. Networks are formed, blog rings are formed, and all of this is making it easier to market a blog.

There are similarities and differences of blogs and websites. If you are a writer focusing on commentary, journaling and opinion a blog is for you. If you are a webmaster wanting to optimize your profits, your blog should be one of your marketing tools.

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The Power Of Autoresponders

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If you own an Internet marketing or online business, you’ve probably grown tired of answering the never ending amount of email you get on a daily basis. Most companies get hundreds of emails a day, many of which are questions from clients and potential customers. If you’ve grown tired of answering email – you should look into an autoresponder and discover how it can work for you and save you a lot of precious time.

When someone sends out an email, they expect to get an instant reply. Although you can meet this demand with some emails, it can be very hard to send an email to over 100 people – especially when you have hundreds of other things to do with your day. You can always hire additional staff to answer emails, or work longer hours yourself. These options may be good for some – although many decide to use the power of an autoresponder instead.

As most of us already know, emails are very important with business. They give us a way to communicate with others on the Internet, sending messages in a matter of seconds. Emails are also an ideal way for visitors to give you feedback on your products, website, and other concerns free of charge. Through the use of an autoresponder, you can quickly answer emails and reply to hundreds of emails without lifting a finger.

What many fail to realize is the fact that autoresponders have many other uses than just answering emails. They also give you the opportunity to email potential customers and clients about future products, special offers, free samples, and anything else you feel would be important to your visitors. You can also offer advice and tips to affiliates as well, helping them to sell your products and services. On top of this, autoresponders are also a great way to build trust and a working relationship with your visitors and customers.

You can find autoresponders in several different formats, including programs that run through your email, scripts that operate through your website server and third party programs that are hosted by autoresponder services and providers. There are companies that will offer you free autoresponders, although you may want to look at the features before you decide to try one out. Although free is good – there are normally downsides to free programs that you won’t have to worry about if you purchase one.

When you load up your autoresponder with content, you can make the material long or short, although you should make sure that your readers can follow along and keep up with the material you’re sending. When a potential buyer or current customer signs up on your list, you should always let them know what it is that they are signing up for.

When you sent out your first email, it should be a welcome email to first time subscribers, letting them know what they can expect to receive from you in the future. This way, customers will anticipate your emails. If you give them high expectations, they will anticipate your emails. You should always make your messages enticing, letting readers know that you are offering them great content with your autoresponder for the best price of all – free.

Email is one of the best tools you can have with marketing and business, although autoresponders have the power to take emailing to an entirely new level. Through the use of an autoresponder, you can instantly contact hundreds of thousands of customers, as many times as you wish, with the click of a button. You can learn many things about your autoresponder – all you have to do is play around with it and let your creativity take over.

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Using RSS to Increase Your PageRank.

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There are millions of dollars and multiple hours spent every day trying to increase website traffic, by both ethical and unethical means. There is so much demand for traffic solutions that people will go to any lengths to get ranked higher in the search engines. But did you know that you could increase your traffic by about 20% right now, with virtually no effort?

Most times when you hear something like this I suggest that you turn tail and run as it will normally lead to your site’s ranking demise. This particular method of boosting traffic, however, is not a scam; it’s not an unethical ploy; it is a genuine method of increasing traffic via a future internet standard. The reason that you can increase your traffic so vastly is because you are getting in on the ground floor of a new technology which will revolutionize the internet and the way that traffic is distributed.

To understand what we’re about to tell you, you need to understand what an RSS feed is. Put simply, it’s a standard format for sharing your content instantly with users and other websites. People can quickly get access to ‘teasers’ for your latest newsletters, articles, blogs, content and more, and click through to see the full version. This method of distributing your information is very helpful because it basically generates dynamic newsletters without spamming and without causing your visitor any grief at all. In fact, many users find RSS to be their preferred way to hear about updates as RSS is so fast, user-friendly, and (most importantly) dynamic.

RSS feeds are often used by news sites or blogs, as the content changes often enough to make it worth while. By using highly targeted RSS feeds, you can improve your site’s web content without having to write it on your own – if someone offers you an RSS feed of their site, you can add it to your site easily. This provides you with a good content base which will keep visitors coming back. The more information that people associate your site with the more important they consider your site. The more important they consider your site, the more important search engines will consider your site. Providing RSS yourself will get lots of people to link to you and so potentially improve your search engine rankings. Why?

1. RSS feeds can provide good, relevant content for your website – there are plenty of RSS publishers with themed content for you to choose from. These highly-targeted feeds will often contain your keywords, and so increase the keyword relevancy of your website. This helps even more than you may think as the key words will be within link or “anchor” tags. Search engines value anchor tags almost as much (if not more than) header tags (h1-h6).

2. RSS feeds can provide new, fresh content. When new content is added to them, the old content drops off, making sure that your website’s content doesn’t go stale. Most of your visitors will not visit your site if they find that there is nothing new between the first and second time that they visit it. If you want to keep your visitors where they belong, you have to have a good selection of content that is updated on a regular basis.

3. RSS feeds can get search engines to crawl your site more frequently – daily in some cases. This helps your site to rank higher in the search engines, and gives you an advantage over your competition. Your RSS feed can do your SEO work for you.

RSS feeds can be great for getting your newsletter, articles, or blog onto other people’s sites, and that’s very powerful, as long as you make sure that your RSS feed is adding more to your business than it takes. In some situations, you might find that including RSS on your page makes visitors click away from your site, as they find that site’s content more interesting than you – and people who click on RSS links might be less likely to click on ads. Use caution with RSS feeds, or you could be in for a shock.

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Profiting With Resale Rights Products

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You can use resale rights to find a way to charge more for your own info product. One
way that you can do this quickly and easily is to include other, complimentary products
with your info product, to form a complete package. This way, you are not just selling an
info product, but rather, a complete course!

Most resale rights products come with their own pre-made websites. Although this may
sound good to beginners, it has one drawback. Everyone is trying to promote the product
using the same website! So, be a little different. You have 2 choices here. You can either
create your own website for the product (more on this later), or, try to locate products that
do NOT have websites created for them AND do not normally come with resale rights.
Your product will stand out because it is not selling the same thing as all of the other sites.

You can also use resale rights to bring new life to an old product. Simply contact the
authors and ask if you can use excerpts from their product in your own. For example, you
could find 5 products on copywriting. Contact the authors and tell them that you are
working on a new book on copywriting. You want to credit them as an expert in the field
and use a portion of their work. They will probably be more than happy to allow you to do
this. Most resale rights products are considered “old” after about 3 to 6 months of being
sold with rights, so this should give you plenty of products to choose from.

Need a few more ideas?

How about this … Sell your own info product that you created in the prior chapter from a
website. Include a related, complimentary package of products with resale rights as a
one-time offer. Or, use it as a back end offer on your thank you page. Not many people
think about putting a second item up for sale on the thank you page, and they are missing
a perfect opportunity. Think about it! You already have the sale in the first place – the
customer might even still have his credit card in hand. Why not try to sell them something
else right then and there? There are a ton of ways to be creative to profit from your thank
you page.

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Using Resell Rights for Your Benefit

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Utilizing Resell Rights as an avenue of earning money gaining in popularity. This is only one of the numerous new methods in internet marketing that can be used to your benefit. The main thing is utilizing Resell Rights for your own benefit. Let me explain how you can do this.

More than likely you have already decided upon a niche market you are comfortable with. The popularity of ebooks and other digital products makes the idea of having Resell Rights to at least one product is very appealing. It’s not only from the fact that you can earn money from the resale of these products, but also from the fact that they can add additional appeal to your business. People love to learn, and what better way to make your current customers happy than by giving them an e-book or other digital product on a subject that you already know they want further information on.

If you’re new to online marketing you should look into Resell Rights as an option, also. Information products sell quickly in just about every business. And even if it isn’t the most reliable market research method, finding out about the most popular ebooks will give you an idea for the existing demand in the market in question. As you do this, you will also become familiar with what kinds of products are available in your area.

There are a variety of ways you can benefit from Resell Rights. Initially, you can make a profit by selling the product, and even the resell rights if you own them. This works very well for most individuals, especially if you have gained access to a great product.

The next way having Resell Rights can benefit you is by aiding you in establishing your trustworthy character and honesty with your customers. Advertising is a necessity, but it doesn’t hold the reputation it once did. However, if you can provide useful products full of information to your customers, they will start seeing you as an expert in your field.

Lastly, reselling products can be a business itself. Although there is definitely a lot of competition in this area, there is still a profit to be had. Keep in mind, however, that quality must come first. The competition in reselling digital items is fierce, but you can definitely earn a name for yourself if you can offer a quality product.

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The Rising Trend in Vblogging: Is it Right for You?

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Many people create blogs because they can hide their identities or at least not be seen. Vblogging is changing all that. Vblogging allows the face of the blogger to be seen while they talk about what they want to say instead of posting it using traditional text. While some people are comfortable in front of the camera, others are not. Vblogging is gaining in popularity, but there are just as many people who are happy typing instead of talking.

If you are not comfortable in front of a camera, then Vblogging is not for you. If you do not have time to post two or three vblogs per day, then you should stick to tying your posts instead. While many people are logging on to see vblogs, just as many are still loyal to their favorite blogs. The market is big enough for all different types of blogs, so you shouldn’t have to worry unless your posts are flat and uninteresting.

If you do decide to try a vblog, you should consider a few things. You will be seen by millions of people. You should still protect your identity by not telling people where you live or offering clues in any way. Unfortunately, there are many people who are not well who use the Internet. You should treat a vblog like any other blog, once you have uploaded the images; they are on the Internet for a long time. If you do not want your image on the Internet, then you should not post a vblog. You will still need to keep your commentary interesting or people will not want to tune in to your blog. This is the same with traditional blogging. Once you stop providing entertaining information, people will move on.

There are many things you can do to keep people interested. First, keep each vblog rather short. If you ramble on and on, not saying much, people will lose interest. Also be sure that you are talking about things that you have a strong opinion about. Try to be humorous in your delivery however. If you are not funny or engaging, then people will not come back to see your blog. You can also create weekly themes for your vblog. Tell people that they can tune in the next day for the next installment of your weekly theme. Talk about something that interests people and leave them hanging a bit for the next day’s talk.

In many ways, a vblog is similar to a traditional blog. You will have to decide what you are comfortable with and how much time you can devote to your blog in order to determine if it is right for you. There are other options when vblogging. You can hire actors to read scripts that you create. This is considered a blog. There are a few popular blogs that got their start this way. You can wear a disguise while you vblog. This is another popular way to say what you want without giving away your identity.

Vblogs can be set up very easily. All you will need is an online camera and time to upload onto a vblogging site or your own web site. You can record your vblog at any time and people can watch it when they can. Most people post at least twice a day. This can be strenuous for those who have jobs or have other blogs to write. Vblogs can be a lot of fun, however. You will be able to speak directly to your audience and they will become more loyal because they will be able to identify with you more than before. This can create a long-term relationship and build your fan base.

VBloggers are starting to be seen as reality stars, without shows. They often even include other people in their lives in their blogs. You may see these people in the videos, or may just hear about them. Everyone loves a vblog because they are non-fictional pieces that are interesting and unique. Everyone leads a different life and many people are intrigued by the lives of others. If you love watching how other people’s lives unfold and love a good documentary, the vblog will be your thing!

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Using Articles With Autoresponders

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It’s no secret that articles are hot right now. Articles are a great way to promote products you are selling, helping you build your business and reach a broader audience. Articles should be full of information, easy to read and understand, and provide readers helpful information towards their topic of interest. In most cases, articles will include a link to a website, which is designed to sell products or services that relate to the article.

Normally, articles are submitted to websites, article banks, directories, and sometimes used with ezines as well. There are many uses for articles, as they are one of the best ways to promote products and services online. Although you can find many different uses for articles, one of the best is with autoresponder. If you combine informational articles with an autoresponder, you’ll get results that you can be proud of. Autoresponders are very popular these days – although few think to use them in combination with articles.

You can do this by setting up each one of your articles with your autoresponder. You should ensure that each article has its own address, meaning that you’ll need to use an autoresponder that allows you to it. Once you have an autoresponder that allows you to do this, you should make a master list of every article you have, putting the address of the autoresponder beside of the article title. If you prefer, you can also add a description of the article to your master list.

If you have a lot of articles, keeping up with them can be a tedious task. Those who have a lot of products, normally have hundreds of thousands of articles. If you sell articles, you probably have more than you can count. All over the Internet, people are looking for articles. One great source we found for PLR articles is www.articlewholesaler.com on the web. Articles contain information, information that can solve problems or describes products. Each and every day on the Internet, millions of people around the world search for information. This information that they search for, is normally in the form of articles.

If you were to advertise all of articles one by one, it would take you quite a bit of time. If you have hundreds to show, it can take you weeks – even months. Through the use of autoresponder, you can save a lot of time. Showing off one address with one article won’t take you long at all, as the autoresponder will do a majority of the work. All you have to do is put the link on your website, or add it to your preset messages when you send out emails. Autoresponders can really get your articles and information out there, all you have to do is give them a try.

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Choosing the Right Product

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When you first start your online business, the first and most obvious question you will ask yourself is…what am I going to sell? Points to consider when deciding the answer to that question are:

· Is it light and easy to ship?
· Is it a digital good that is downloaded (e-book or software)?
· Is it perishable or fragile?
· Does it have to be seen and held (designer fabrics, perhaps)
· Is there enough demand to make your venture profitable?
· Does it have little competition from large online companies (niche products)?

The last two characteristics are the ones that can be hard to pin down. Here is a generally accepted method of arriving at an idea of how heavy the demand and competition is for a product.

If you have a special interest in some products that meet the above criteria, great, but don’t limit your investigation just to items you like. You are looking for a niche product with relatively good demand (enough to make it profitable), but without heavy competition.

One way to see what the demand is for products you are interested in is to look at search engines to see how frequently people search for the product you are considering.

The result of all this research should be that one or more products will fit into a niche market – products with some demand, and relatively little supply. For the best results, focus on one niche product category, and offer a wide selection. That way, you can become the best online source for that particular category. For example, instead of offering general craft supplies, offer the widest possible selection of needlepoint kits. This strategy will also allow you to rank higher in search engines because you can optimize your pages for fewer, more specific, keywords.

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