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There are many ways to earn money online but one of the simplest ways is to use affiliate marketing. One of the big advantages of affiliate marketing is that it is not necessary for a person to own a unique product. The affiliate marketer can make money, essentially a commission, by recommending and selling other peoples’ products.

There are a number of different affiliate marketing strategies, but here is a good specific strategy that is relatively simple yet utilizes several current sophisticated features. The first step is to pick a niche in which there are numerous information products, such as ebooks, e-courses, or reports, available. A good idea is to pick a popular niche of personal interest and then to check the categories in the Marketplace of Clickbank.com, one of the top information product resources for affiliate marketers. Select a few products in the niche to promote and follow the steps to become an affiliate of each of the products and to gain access to the author’s affiliate tools, emails, images, and banners.

Next, use a keyword research tool, such as the highly regarded tool offered freely by Google, to find some ideas for a website domain name. Then, purchase a domain name from one of the many domain name registrars and select an affordable web host that allows easy installation of a WordPress blog.

The reason to use WordPress is that WordPress offers a huge variety of themes and functionality, and the blog platform will allow one to write interesting reviews and articles. Additionally, there are article directories and private label article sources that offer good articles that can be freely included on the blog site.

Now, select an autoresponder system from among the numerous reasonably priced autoresponders that are available. This step will provide the system for creating a series of emails to be sent to prospective customers and to allow follow up marketing to those valuable prospects.

Next, using the tools provided by the autoresponder company, create an opt-in box that will enable the collection of email addresses from prospective customers. Offer the customer a free e-course or series of reports that will provide free and useful information to the prospect. Research private label rights ebooks in the chosen niche online and use one to create a multi-part email series that can be loaded into the autoresponder and sent to the prospect at regular intervals. The benefit of this step is that in addition to getting the useful information the prospect can also receive a short promotion about an appropriate affiliate product that may interest them.

Lastly, open an account with Facebook and create a business page. The business page should reflect the blog site’s domain name. This Facebook page can then be used to offer bits of information, advice, pictures, and fun personal notices. The page can also direct the reader to the main blog site where larger articles and product reviews can be found, along with the opt-in box and affiliate product offers.

One of the great things about this specific affiliate marketing strategy is that once the pieces are in place the strategy can be easily repeated to create affiliate marketing opportunities in other niches.

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7 Tips For Choosing An Auto-Responder

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Do you need an auto-responder? Do you have a blog or a website? Do you have a product to sell? Would you like to create a list of people interested in your niche?

Then the simple answer is “YES” you do need an auto-responder.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing which auto-responder company to use.

1. Choose an auto-responder that is user friendly and offers excellent support. Using a company that provides training through videos, webinars, and quickly answered e-mails, will make the difference in trying to figure out exactly how to get the most from your auto-responder.

2. Once you have begun to develop your list, you will want to have reports available. These reports will tell you what is working well and what is not. That gives you the opportunity to tweak what you are doing to get better results.

3. Having the option to develop several lists is a must. Most people have more than one blog or website and want to keep their lists separate. You do not want to send information about training your dog to those who have signed up through your weight loss site. You must be able to keep them separate.

4. Being able to set up and schedule e-mails in advance is one of the most important aspects of an auto-responder. If you were not able to do that, then you would be doing it by hand. The “auto” would no longer be working. Make sure you can send out scheduled e-mails as well as broadcast e-mails. These are the ones you might want to send out when you post a new blog or learn of a new product. These can be sent to everyone immediately, regardless of where they are in the scheduled process.

5. The best auto-responders will have templates for you to create your own opt-in boxes. It is important to have this flexibility of design, color, etc. in order to create what is appropriate for your site. If you have a peaceful, pastel site, you do not want to be limited to a red opt-in box.

6. Price set up is very important. You want to choose a company that starts with a small price while you get started and than increases as you add more members to your lists. You should have several levels that go up as your business increases.

7. Be sure to go with one of the larger auto-responder companies. If you start with something smaller that may have a smaller server, you likely will outgrow it. Then, when you want to switch to a different company, you may run in to difficulties getting all your information changed over.

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How to Plan an Email Campaign In 6 Simple Steps

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Planning an email campaign is not quite as tough as eating an elephant, but the process is very similar.

The way to complete any large task has essentially the same answer, “One step at a time.” Taken all-at-once it may be overwhelming. Break it down into its elements, into small bite-sized pieces, and those really don’t look formidable in any way.

The individual steps can each be relatively simple, something that’s no big problem, that you can do. And when you’ve completed all the steps, you suddenly realize that you’ve come all the way from the beginning to the end of completing the project! It is exactly the same with how to plan an email campaign.. Here then is the way you approach the elephantine task of planning an email campaign, in 6 simple steps.

Step 1.
Determine how long you want the email to be.

With this you need to decide if you want to include full articles in the email or just teaser paragraphs and links to your web site.. If shorter is better, then linking to your web site is the best way to go. Keep in mind what your readers prefer. Some may want to have the whole article in the email. This is something you may want to test.

Step 2.
Decide how often you want to send email.

This step will be important because if you send email too frequently, your subscribers may decide to opt out of your list. However, if you send email too infrequently you run the risk of subscribers forgetting they ever signed up. In general it is better to send too few email than send too many. The answer really lies with the quality of the content of the email. If the content is valued by the subscriber, then they will not complain about frequent email.

Step 3.
Determine the best time to send email.

This will depend upon your subscribers and will require some testing and time to determine. Generally, email for business seem to get the best open rates on Tuesday through Thursday, between 10 am and 2 pm. But, this can vary with different types of subscribers.

Step 4.
Generating an email list.

This involves setting up opt in forms on your web site and/or if you are a retail type establishment you can have customers sign up for your list at your place of business. To get the best results you need to offer an incentive in exchange for the customers email. This can take the form of free reports, white papers or coupons and discounts.

Step 5.
Avoid email being filtered.

A key point you will want to remember here will be there is no way to guarantee that all of your email can avoid being filtered. The best approach is to avoid using common spam words such as “free” and avoid using “ALL CAPS”. Many of the email services offer email testing services were you can determine if your content has a problem. then you can make changes before sending out the email.

Step 6.
Writing quality content.

This is a very important step. You always want to be giving your readers something of quality. That is why they subscribed to your list. If readers do not find value with the content of your email they may not opt out, but they will stop opening it. Either way you are not communicating with your customers.

Email marketing is an art. You need to keep providing enough quality content to keep your subscribers opening your email. Then along the way you can put in a sales pitch and they will be more likely to respond.

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Three Marketing Techniques Every Newbie Should Learn To Master

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It can be difficult for someone who is just starting an online business on a shoestring budget to know how best to promote their website and their products or services. However, there are a number of tried and tested ways to bring traffic to a website that are either free or cheap to do, so the good news for low-budget Internet marketing newbies is that – yes, it is possible for you to promote your website and make a lot of money on the Internet.

Here are three ways an Internet newbie can build an online business without busting the bank.

1. Article Writing.

The first thing a newbie Internet marketer should do is to get into the habit of blogging and posting fresh content on his or her website. Then, each time you post a fresh article, tweet about it on Twitter and share it on Facebook and other social marketing sites.

When writing articles for your website be sure to include some keywords and keyword phrases that will appeal to your potential market. You can research keyword phrases at:

adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal

Next, take the article you posted on your website, rewrite it and start posting it on some of the major article directories such as Ezinearticles.com. When you post an article on an article directory you will be able to add a “blurb” at the foot of the article about your business and also include a link back to your website. Again, you can share your article on social marketing sites when it is published.

2. Traffic Exchanges

Another way to get traffic to your site is to use traffic exchanges. When you join a traffic exchange you will be able to post your web pages and then view other members’ pages in order to earn “credits”. If you have 100 credits, you can have your page shown 100 times to surfers on the traffic exchange.

There is a right way and a wrong way to use traffic exchanges. Most people fail to use them the right way and then complain that traffic exchanges “don’t work”. Actually, traffic exchanges are very effective, if you know how to use them.

Typical viewing time on a traffic exchange is 6-10 seconds and most traffic exchange surfers will immediately click to the next page because they are only there to earn credits to have their pages viewed.

The trick is to create a “splash page” to catch the traffic exchange surfers’ attention in just a couple of seconds. Obviously, a full blown sales page will not work on traffic exchanges because it takes too long to read. A “splash page” is a much simpler page that uses a few bold words to create curiosity and interest in what you have to offer. It will also include either a link for them to click through to your main sales page, or a short form where they can enter their email address, subscribe to your list and get further information from you.

With some practice, you should be able to get 30-60 new subscribers onto your list each month from each of your splash pages, if you consistently work 5-6 traffic exchanges. Once you can do that, it will be worth saving your time clicking for credits and upgrading your membership on the traffic exchanges. As an upgraded member you receive several hundred credits each month and a better click rate when you work the exchanges.

3. Build Your List

Getting first time visitors to your website is important, but the key to succeeding with Internet marketing is to turn first time visitors into visitors who return to your website again and again and converting those visitors into customers – regular customers if possible.

The way to do that is to offer them an incentive to join your mailing list, some kind of freebie which you give away when they join your list. If you don’t have a mailing list, start building one today! You will need an autoresponder. There are some free options out there, but an autoresponder is so important for your success that you should not mind paying to get a good one.

An autoresponder provides you with the ability to create forms to place on your website and capture the names and email addresses of your visitors. You can them contact them via regular broadcasts or a preloaded series of emails, such as a special training course, which you use to build up your relationship with your subscribers.

This article has discussed two ways to get traffic to your website and one way to turn that traffic into your client base. It is well worth taking time to do further research on article marketing, traffic exchanges and list building via a good quality autoresponder if you are serious about achieving Internet business success.

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Cody Moya

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Avoiding Home Business Scams

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Now maybe the reason you’re interested in setting up a home business is because you’ve seen an ad somewhere, or you’ve been approached by someone. It was all about a great work-from-home money-making opportunity, and you’re excited. Finally, you can quit your job!

If you’re thinking of working from home by someone else’s rules, though, you have to realise that at least 99% of the offers out there are scams – after all, if it was that easy to pay a few dollars and make thousands, wouldn’t everyone be doing it by now? Here are the biggest scams out there, how to recognise them, and how to avoid them.

Location, Location, Location.

Where did you see that work from home offer? If you got it in the post, or by email, or saw it on a poster taped around a telephone pole, then I can guarantee you right now that it’s not a legitimate offer. If you saw the ad in a newspaper, in a jobs magazine or on a jobs website, then it’s a little more likely to be legit – but not much. Always check out any offer, and assume it’s a scam until you have iron-clad proof to the contrary.

Envelope Stuffing.

This is the most established work-from-home scam, and it’s been going for decades now. Basically, once you pay your money and sign up to work from home, you’re sent a set of envelopes and ads just like the one you responded to. You might make some money if someone responds to your ad, but eventually there just won’t be a market for it any more. Anyway, work from home offers like this are illegal pyramid schemes.

You won’t make any money putting letters in envelopes – get over it.

Charging for Supplies.

The practice of charging for supplies is hard to pin down to any one scam – it’s the way almost all work-at-home scams work (including the envelope stuffing, above). You’ll be asked to make a small ‘investment’ for whatever materials would be needed to do the work – and then you’ll be sent very shoddy materials that aren’t worth anything like what you paid, and you’ll find that there’s no market for the work anyway.

If anyone asks for money upfront, run. A real company should be willing to deduct any ‘fees’ from your first paycheque – if they won’t do that for you, then that’s because they don’t ever plan to pay you.

Working for Free.

This variation on the scam is common with crafts. You might be asked to work at home making clothes, ornaments or toys. Everything seems legitimate – you’ve got the materials without paying out any money, and you’re doing the work. Unfortunately for you, when you send the work back, the company will tell you that it didn’t meet their ‘quality standards’, and will refuse to pay you. Then they’ll sell on what you made at a profit, and move on to the next sucker.

Never do craft work from home unless you’re selling the items yourself. Note that you don’t need to be selling to consumers (you could be selling to wholesalers), but you still need to be the one deciding what you make and getting the money.

Home Typing, Medical Billing, and More.

There are lots of work-from-home scams that involve persuading you that some industry has more work than it can handle, and so has to outsource to people working from home. For example, you might be told that you’d be typing legal documents, or entering medical bills into an electronic database. These scams have one thing in common: they all say that all you need is your computer, and they all then go on to say that you need to buy some ‘special software’.

This software might appear to be from a completely unrelated company, but don’t be fooled – the whole reason the ‘work-from-home’ ad was there to begin with was simply as cynical marketing for the software.

As you can see, running a ‘home business’ that just involves ‘working’ for one company is a bad idea. You don’t know who you’re dealing with. Here’s the clincher, though: even with entirely legal work-at-home offers that do pay you for your work, you still won’t make anywhere near as much as you can with your very own home business. So why bother with them at all?

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Affiliate Programs: What They Are and How They Can Make You Money

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Affiliate programs are literally taking the internet by storm. Affiliate programs are so popular that it is likely that you have heard of them before, even if you aren’t a website owner. While many individuals have heard of affiliate programs, there are very few who actually know what they are. If you are interested in capitalizing on this amazing business opportunity, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with affiliate programs and what they can do for you. Doing so may very well be the best decision that you could make.

Affiliate programs are business programs, also sometimes referred to as business opportunities, which are ideal for webmasters. All webmasters can benefit from the use of an affiliate program, but those looking to make money can benefit the most. This is because, in a way, you will be selling merchandise for another company. This allows you to make money without having to sell your own products.

A large number of companies participate in affiliate programs, namely retailers. Once you make the decision to join an affiliate program, you will have to file an affiliate partner request form. This form is usually small, but it is almost always required. Most of the retailers, in charge of running an affiliate programs, are well known; therefore, they want to protect their image. This means that before officially joining an affiliate program your website has to be reviewed. If your website is approved, which most legitimate ones are, the next step will all depend on the company in which you are working with.

Most of the retailers or affiliate advertisers will have customized links or banners. These banners will need to be placed on your website. These advertisements will vary from company to company; however, most advertisements showcase merchandise or special sales. If one of your website visitors is interested in learning more, they will click on your link or banner. In doing so, your website will be flagged. This flagging is often done to ensure that you will receive the proper credit for brining in new customers. If an internet user, who clicked one of your affiliate links or banners, makes the decision to purchase anything, you will receive credit for that purchase.

The amount of money that you can make from an affiliate program will all depend on which type of program you are participating in. As previously mentioned, a large number of businesses, including retail stores, operate their own affiliate program. Each business is able to decide the amount of money that you will make from each sale. That money is often a percentage amount. Most affiliate programs begin at around five percent of the sale, but some can go as high as ten or fifteen.

When it comes to affiliate programs, there are many webmasters who decide not to join one. Many of those individuals feel the commission percentage is not worth their time. While this may be the case in come cases, it is not always. In fact, the best way to make money with affiliate programs is to join more than one program. Some affiliate advertisers, such as retail stores, may have strict limitations on who else’s links and banners can be displayed on the same page as theirs, but many are flexible.

If you are able to join more than one affiliate program, you are advised to do so. Many webmasters have found success by doing this. Imagine, if you could make money off of one affiliate program, how much money do you think you could make off of five or ten of them? When joining a number of different affiliate programs, it is advised that you carefully track all of your records and earnings. This is easy to do with one or two programs, but with more you may want to consider purchasing affiliate tracking software. Those software programs are an easy way to keep track of your earnings.

To make the most out of affiliate programs, you are advised to take the time to find the right one. Many webmasters sign up for the first affiliate program they come across. While all affiliate programs may be able to generate money, some will perform better than others. By finding these programs, you should be able to make a substantial amount of money with affiliate programs.

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Affiliate Marketing Tips

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No matter what you may have heard about affiliate
marketing, it’s impossible for everyone to make
5,000 – 10,000 dollars a month, as there is simply
too much competition. There is also no money that
will fall into your hands without you doing anything
for it.

With that in mind, you’ll find some high level tips
below that will help you make money with affiliate
marketing programs on the internet.

1. Google and Overture
Even though the days of free traffic aren’t completely
over, they are surely fading away quickly. You can
choose to work hard creating web pages that score
well in the search engines, although it’s very hard
to do.

By paying for clicks with Google and Overture, you’ll
have the top three positions on the search engines
that matter the most. If you hope to generate web
traffic from Yahoo, all you need to do is be at the
top of Google.

2. Your own email list
Sending offers to your very own email list is the
ideal way to build freedom and residual income.
Instead of sending traffic away then hoping for
the best, you should instead have your own email
list to which you are able to send multiple offers.

3. Your own affiliate program
If you knew that each filled out form on your site
generated .50 cent in revenue, would you still be
willing to pay someone else .25 cents to generate
that same traffic?

The most overlooked ways of generating traffic is
having others generate it for you. There are many
advantages to this method, including the fact that
others will be getting your traffic for you.

When it all comes down to it, everything involves
paying for traffic in one way or another. To
make more income, you’ll need to invest very
wisely in advertising.

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Making Money with Articles: Do It Yourself Web Design

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When you are trying to make money through promoting articles and affiliate links, you will need a good, simple, and easy to navigate website to put them on. There are two ways that you can accomplish this: you can try to do it yourself if you have any web design skills or you can hire someone.

Doing it yourself, unless you were a pro to begin with, can be difficult for some. You will need to read many tutorials and it may take some time to get going. You could also risk having a site that looks very badly made and thrown together. It is also important (for visitors and search engines) that your site is easy to navigate, which may be a problem if you do not know what you are doing.

Making a Do It Yourself website can be hard, but if you accomplish your goal, maybe you will learn so much that you can write a few articles on it to add to a new DIY niche site!

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Creating Email Lists for Marketing Campaigns

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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 to the reader 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 if 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 effort turn out to be a complete waste 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-newsletter 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.

You might also want to include useful links to either your website as well as 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.

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5 Simple Steps to Accepting Payments

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When you’re selling things, you need people to be able to pay you. Sure, they could send you cheques in the post, but that’s not really convenient or scalable, is it? No, to do business on the web, you need to be able to accept card payments electronically – and, luckily for you, it’s never been easier. Here’s the whole process, in five simple steps.

Step 1: Choose a Payment Service.

While you could get a merchant account and do your own card processing, it isn’t usually worth it, unless you do an awful lot of transactions. For most business, third-party payment services are a better solution, and there are lots of services out there that let you accept card payments for a small fee.

When you choose a payment service, then, the main things you want to consider are the prices, and whether your customers will trust it. You used to need to consider which services your customers would have accounts with, but as most services now let you accept payments from people who don’t have accounts with them that’s not much of an issue any more.

Right now, the biggest general payment player is PayPal, and they’re worth considering first, but you should be aware that many businesses have had issues with PayPal freezing their accounts and being slow to respond (see www.nopaypal.com for more). StormPay (www.stormpay.com) is a decent general-purpose PayPal alternative, and useful to keep around as a backup. You might also like to check out more specific services, such as AuctionCheckout (if you’re taking payments for auction items) or ClickBank (non-physical products only, popular for ebook sales).

Step 2: Create an Account.

The next step is to create an account at your chosen online payment provider. This will require you to give out either your personal name and address or a business name and address. Depending on who you’re registering with, you may also need to give out credit card or bank details. It almost goes without saying that you shouldn’t give these details out to anyone you’re not sure of – be suspicious of payment services that you’ve found with a search but never actually seen in use.

Step 3: Get Verified.

Before you can receive any significant amount of money, most payment providers require you to become ‘verified’ – this is usually nothing more than the minimum they need to do to comply with the law. If you haven’t been asked for your bank and credit card details already, you will be at this point, and some services will even ask you to fax them a photocopy of your physical card, to prove you’re the real cardholder. Some services will even cross-reference your phone number with your address and then phone you up to make sure it really was you. Don’t be too disturbed by all this: it’s all in the name of security, and you’re not doing anything bad (or at least I hope you’re not!).

Step 4: Add the Payment Button to Your Pages.

When it comes time to actually start accepting customers’ money through the service, all you’ll need to do in most cases is add some kind of button or image of a button to your sales page that says ‘Pay Now’. The payment service will usually provide the HTML for this, and a few tutorials to explain things like ways to make sure that the correct amount shows up on the payment page.

Step 5: Withdraw Often.

Whenever you’re dealing with electronic payments, the final step is to withdraw every time you get an amount of money you consider significant, and an absolute minimum of once per week. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but the biggest one is that online payment services aren’t anywhere near as strictly regulated as other financial institutions, and aren’t under that much of an obligation to give it to you in any timely manner. You should consider any money left with them to be at risk until it’s securely in your bank account. Besides, you don’t want your money sitting there earning interest for them instead of you, do you?

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