Sunday, 20 December 2015

Earning Money With My Blog

There were many myths out there of what you need to do to get ahead in the blogging hemisphere:

Build a list
Grow a following
Write a lot of content

...and so forth.

I bought into many of them. But they weren't working for me. I hit a bottleneck. I wasn't getting ahead. Much like you, I was stuck, trying to figure out how I could really start to earn money with my blog.

Then one day, it all clicked.

I discovered how to utilize content in the right way to get ahead. Today, my business earns over $200,000/month with just one piece of content. Just one. Here’s what I learned...

Creating content first and then figuring out how to monetize it later is a bad idea and doesn’t work for most people. A better strategy is solving a problem that customers are willing to pay for first and then creating content around that problem.

Here was the key.

For months in 2013, all I did was:

    Zero in on the one problem we were solving.
    Search for customers with that problem.
    Refine our advertising and content to speak only to that problem.

I tested the messaging relentlessly until everything clicked. When it did, my business went from $10,000 per month to $200,000 per month in just one month and has stayed there ever since.

As a result of the problem-first focus and testing, our sales process is extremely simple. We drive traffic to a single piece of content through advertising on Facebook and Twitter, and then invite anyone who's interested in working with us to reach out to a strategy session over the phone to see if we're a mutual "fit" for working together. Nearly 95 percent of our clientele have never heard of us before clicking on that first ad, and they make their initial purchase within 48 hours of the first click.

None of this would be possible if we had followed the faulty assumptions of the content-first strategy...

Faulty assumption No. 1: If you create content, people will consume it.

Source: Adapted from "Content Shock: Why Content Marketing Is Not a Sustainable Strategy"
The amount of content we all collectively create every year is increasing exponentially, yet our attention spans remain the same. It means that the average blog post, podcast, or video is going to get fewer and fewer views. Bad news for the average content creator.

That is, unless you create great content. Doing this successfully takes a huge amount of time, money, and energy. If you're busy pouring your heart and soul into your new business, those three things are in very short supply.

It could take a year or two before you start seeing a sizable tribe (and that's only if you're sharing fantastic content on a regular basis). Chances are, you're either spending hours each week struggling to keep up with creating content (which the majority of marketers eventually hate doing) or you're outsourcing the content-related tasks and paying handsomely for it. Either way, you're spending a hell of a lot of time or money now for results that may or may not come years down the road!

Faulty assumption No. 2: If you build a tribe, they will buy from you when you release a product.

Imagine scaling a tribe for years before finally offering something to them, only to find out your sales aren't nearly what you'd expected. It happens all the time. Just because someone loves your content, it doesn't mean that the person needs your product, is able to afford it, or will choose your product over a better one.

You do not want to end up two years down the road, 100,000 tribe members later, with only a handful of sales. It's not worth your time or the risk. When do you want to know if your sales funnel works? Right now!

A synthesis of 32 studies on trust and sales clearly shows that consumers would rather buy from a company that has expertise and can solve their problem, than from one they like. A global study of 6,000 sales reps from 100 companies by the Sales Executive Council found that sales reps who focus on relationship building comprise only 7 percent of top sales performers.

Bottom line: Just because someone likes you, it doesn't mean he or she is going to buy from you. Instead of building an audience of people who might have your problem in the future, you should seek out the people who definitely have your problem today.

Faulty assumption No. 3: Startups should put energy into turning browsers into buyers.

The content-first approach implies that startups should target browsers: people who do not want to purchase your product right now, but may want to in the future.

A much more reliable approach is targeting buyers who know exactly what problem they're facing, feel the pain of it, and want a solution now.

If you treat buyers like browsers, they'll feel like you're wasting their time. When you walk into a car dealership, you don't want a key chain or a hat or a list of The 11 Best Songs to Listen to While Driving-you want a car.

Instead of spending months (or years) trying to convert browsers into buyers, you should be laser-focused on buyers and give them what they want now.

Faulty assumption No. 4: People won't buy unless you've invested a great deal of time in the relationship.

It is an ugly myth that you need to build a relationship with people over months to sell them a product, even a high-priced one. Research shows that 75 percent of online shoppers buy within one hour of being on the site, with 45 percent deciding to purchase in less than 15 minutes.

This is no less true for B2B companies that have longer sales cycles: A 2012 MarketingSherpa study shows that 49 percent of B2B sales close in less than three months.

Bottom line: When we have a painful problem and are looking for a solution, we prefer to move fast.

Seth Godin predicted that permission marketing would replace advertising. It hasn't.
The unofficial father of the content-first approach is Seth Godin. His 1999 best-selling book, Permission Marketing, predicted that advertising would be replaced by permission marketing:
"Rather than simply interrupting a television show with a commercial, or barging into the consumer's life with an unannounced phone call or letter, tomorrow's marketer will first try to gain the consumer's consent to participate in the selling process."
True to Godin's prediction, 16 years later, the entire world of social media is based on the idea of "following" others. However, the other half of Godin's prediction hasn't come true. And it won't.

Advertising is still the main way that businesses get customers, and it's becoming even more important. It's the main business model of many of the largest internet companies, including Google and Facebook. Last year, Google made a little over $59 billion on advertising alone, accounting for 89.5 percent of the company's revenue.

My point? Startups don't need to spend years (or even months) building up permission before they start selling. Content is an effective strategy for companies with a proven product and money to throw around. But for the resource-strapped entrepreneur, it is a dangerous sinkhole.

There is a much quicker, better path to your end goal.

The problem-first approach

Instead of creating 50 videos, blog posts, and podcasts, why not create one phenomenal piece of content that speaks directly to the problem that your client has today, and let that one piece of content do the selling for you?

I call this the "problem-first" approach.

Rather than focusing on creating mountains of content your audience may not need, focus like a laser on what they do need: a solution to their problem.

It looks like this:
Bottom line: Not only will you save precious time and money with the problem-first approach, you'll also build a stronger tribe. Instead of your followers being a hodgepodge of lukewarm leads who "enjoy your content," you will have a targeted group with the same exact problem who are committed to solving it, and who have been transformed by your product.

Take action

Ultimately, you need to ask yourself one question: "Is it a tribe that I'm trying to build or a business?" You can build all the tribe members you want, but if you aren't actively selling to them, you don't have a business. You have a following.

If you want to build a business, start with the problem first:
Discover what your market needs.
    • Help customers identify their deepest frustrations, and understand their problems. 
    • Show them that you can get them out of those problems.
    • Paint the picture of how that will transform their life.
    • Ask them if they want help.
      That's where your No. 1 focus needs to be. Do all these things now. Not a year from now after you've built your tribe. (They may not even have the same problems then.) Not 8 months, or even 4 months from now. Right now.

      Why wait? People that have a serious-enough problem aren't looking to casually peruse your tribe-building content for eight months to get answers. Here's the ugly truth: If their problem is real and big enough, they want it fixed. If you give them great reading material but aren't fixing their big problem, they'll move on to someone who will.

      They don't need endless pieces of content. They need solutions. Your solutions.

      By: Russ Ruffino

      Thursday, 30 April 2015

      The thought of starting an online business and turning it into a profitable company that provides you with both financial freedom and independence, is appealing to many. Some want to be able to be their own boss, others want to be able to spend more time with their family, and many want to be able to travel the world while they run their online business.

      When I started out, I had no money to invest, so quickly had to learn how to make money from nothing. This was one of the first methods that worked for me, and I’ve been using it ever since as my various online businesses have grown. I started with around 50 bucks. Here’s a screenshot of one of the websites I sold last year where this method had been used in part to build it up to the stage where it was largely hands off at time of sale (disclaimer: this was not an overnight success!):


      A lot of people assume that they can’t make money online because they don’t know how to build websites or rank websites. Well, if you have always wanted to test the online marketing waters but didn’t know where to start, you are in luck. This is something that can be done by someone with:
      • Little to no technical knowledge (me when I started)
      • No coding or SEO knowledge (me when I started)
      • No experience with running a website before (me when I started)
      • Around $50 in start up cash (you could invest more or less but this is what I recommend)
      One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to online entrepreneurship is “how to make 6 figures a year”. Six figures figures is very attainable if you follow this method consistently. It won’t happen overnight and it won’t be free (it will take time and there are costs associated as you scale) but if you are willing to put the hours in, you will succeed. I originally posted this method on a popular webmaster forum and since then hundreds (literally) of people have followed it and made money.

      Often times the simplest ideas will produce the biggest returns, and this is a prime example of how you can take a simple idea and grow it into a profitable online business. No tricks, just hard work.

      Introducing an Easy and Scalable Method

      This is a proven method that involves finding consumers that are actively searching for products or services that you are promoting and getting paid a referral fee or affiliate commission every time a sale is made. While it does require work on your part, it can be easily outsourced and scaled when your business grows, which allows for exponential growth. Here is a brief overview of this method before I go into more depth:
      • Pick an evergreen niche
      • Create a review blog
      • Use Google search & BuzzBundle for prospecting
      • Respond to all opportunities
      • Build long-term traffic sources
      • Repeat consistently
      Now that you have an idea of what this method involves let’s break down each section individually and dive into each component so you fully understand how to execute this plan and start making money online.

      1. Identify a Niche

      The first thing you need to do is identify a niche, and you want to take three things into consideration when doing this. First, ask yourself if is this a niche that is very popular with a large selection of products or services that will always have a high demand. You don’t want to target a niche that has a small demand or is just a fad. Think long-term potential here. Some examples of strong niches with endless opportunity include weight loss products and dating offers. People are always going to want to lose weight and people are always going to be interested in dating. There will never be a shortage of consumers actively seeking these products and services online. Pick the wider niche and not something very specific that could be short-term (e.g. such as the latest celebrity diet).

      Second, you will need to make sure that your niche is one that has a lot of high paying offers. You don’t want to go through all of this hard work to only make a few dollars per conversion. There are two websites that you can use to help you prospect for niche ideas and also see what offers are available, how popular they are, and finally, how much they pay.


      ClickBank is an online marketplace that features affiliate products for virtually any niche you can imagine. Every offer pays you a percentage of each sale, and most offers pay between 50% and 75% of the sale price to you, the affiliate.

      Simply visit and click on “Marketplace” to begin searching for products to promote. You can search the categories listed on the menu or you can search by keywords related to the niches you are interested in. When you find a product that interests you make sure to click on the title and visit the product’s sale page. Make sure it is high quality — you don’t want to waste your time and effort on products that are promoted via low quality websites.

      Check the average dollar amount per sale for each product and make sure it has a nice healthy payout (recurring products are a bonus). You will then want to look at the product’s gravity rating, which is an indication of how popular it is with affiliates. A ClickBank product with high gravity means that it has high competition which will also indicate that there is a lot of competition and review sites already out there. A more reasonable approach to striking the balance between high gravity and quality, is to pick a product with a gravity between 5 and 75. Select a few products across that range and be sure to contact the vendor for a review copy. You’ll be able to give some real feedback on the product as well as get an indication of how responsive their support is. The best product I ever promoted had a gravity of 12 but you’ll need to test to find the sweet spot for you and your niche.

      Offer Vault
      IMAGE-2 is an affiliate marketing resource that lists all of the current offers that are available across all of the major affiliate networks. You can easily enter in a search term and find, as well as compare, offers. While ClickBank is a great resource to locate several products to promote it is always a good idea to diversify across several affiliate networks, plus you are going to want to keep adding products as you grow — so make sure your niche has a seemingly endless supply of products to promote.

      Finally, you will need to make sure your niche is something that interests you. Can you see yourself spending several hours a day posting and writing about the niche? If not then you need to find an alternative, because it helps to start with something you are already comfortable with. Most people fail because they don’t like a niche and give up too early.

      2. Build Your Website

      Now it is time to build your website, which is going to be a review site that features all of the affiliate products that you have identified in the first step. You are going to want to use WordPress as a blogging platform and you should use a .com domain where possible (if you have no money at all then you can start on a free domain/platform but it won’t be as effective).

      Theme Selection
      Once you have WordPress installed on your hosting account you will want to select a theme to use for your website. Instead of paying a web designer thousands of dollars to build a custom site you can visit ThemeForest and search WordPress review themes. There are a lot of very affordable and functional themes that will quickly allow you to create a professional looking website to attract conversions with. If you’re short of cash, a free theme will also work just fine until you can afford an upgrade.

      Here are three sample review-style themes to give you an idea of what you want to look for (there’s no “best” theme as it will always depend on your niche and content style so pick one you like):

      Magazine – News / Blog / Review Theme

      DizzyMag: Ad & Review Optimized and AdSense Ready

      Once you have selected your theme take some time to customize it — changing colors and the layout to match the products or service you are going to be promoting will help. Also, it is a good idea to get a custom logo made, but don’t worry about breaking the bank. There are several great options on — you can’t beat a logo for just $5!

      Create Review Posts
      You will want to start off with between 3 and 5 products. I suggest that you start with products that are popular and have high consumer interest and demand — you will see why this is important when I move onto the next step below.

      For the best results, you should either buy the product or request a review copy. You also don’t want the review to sound like an advertisement. Write it from a first-person point of view — review posts that have the “I” influence makes them appear genuine. For example, “After using this product for two week I already noticed a change in my body, and according to my scale I lost 5 pounds, so I was very impressed with the results” makes a much bigger impact than, “This product does a great job and leads to weight loss.”

      Put some effort into this part, because your reviews will be directly responsible for converting your website traffic into sales. The more in-depth and convincing your reviews are, the more sales you are going to make.

      Insert Your Affiliate Links
      Once your review posts are written you will need to place your affiliate links within the content. You will want to link the actual product name and also link several phrases such as “get more info here” or “get yours by clicking here” in order to push your traffic to the actual sales pages where your visitors can make a purchase, resulting in you earning commission for each sale generated through your affiliate links.
      You will want to cloak your affiliate links (so they don’t look like affiliate links) and also make sure that your clicks and conversions track properly before you start to drive traffic to your website. For cloaking, I use PrettyLink (free version is okay to start), which is a simple plugin that will allow you to easily make your affiliate links more user friendly.

      3. Promote Your Website

      You are going to use two main tools to find places to promote your site, Google and BuzzBundle. When used correctly they will both put you in front of consumers that are actively looking for the products and services that you are promoting through your review website.

      Google Search Tools (100% Free)

      When I first started this method I was using Google Alerts as a semi-automated (and free) solution, but there is a more efficient method to utilize in 2015 (thanks to Gordon for the tip!). Here’s how to do this with Google search alone.
      • Go to Google and search for your keyword. If your keyword is a phrase, put it in quotation marks.
      • Click on “Search Tools” under the search box.
      • Change “Any Time” to “Past 24 Hours”
      • Change “Sorted by relevance” to “Sorted by date” to get the most recent results first.
      If you want to search Facebook posts, or any other site, you can also do this on Google by entering the following and changing the time and sort as above:
      Searching for: “your keyword”

      BuzzBundle to Scale
      BuzzBundle is a handy piece of software that helps to push more traffic to your review website by engaging with your target audience through popular social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+), forums, Q&S sites, videos and blogs. It automatically scrapes the web to find the terms you are targeting (you can use the same ones you are targeting via Google search) and replies, directing everyone back to your review site for more information. When set up correctly, this can produce conversions on autopilot, even while you are sleeping.
      You can get a free BuzzBundle trial in order test out the software. Once you have your trial registered, check out this BuzzBundle Tutorial that explains how to properly use the software and how we used it to generate 594k page views in a day!

      Pro Tip 1 – Commenting Strategy
      The Facebook commenting system allows “top commenters” to display links as hyperlinks rather than text. Getting the top commenter status will therefore increase traffic considerably. What criteria you need to meet to get this status in comments is variable but the more likes your comment gets, the higher your chances.

      Websites that use the Disqus commenting system will ban users who constantly post the same link even if you change the comment surrounding it. To get around this, consider using proxy servers to change up your IP address and different accounts on a regular basis. Other users of this method have started to see accounts banned within 10 posts, so for blog commenting to be effective you need to be discrete.

      The key thing to remember when you are commenting on blogs is to always add value to the post you are contributing to. Failing to do this is the quickest way to get your comment deleted. It’s this consistent commenting and adding value that will create steadily increasing, profitable traffic. Other things to note:
      • Don’t constantly link back to the same page on your site. Keep a healthy domain by linking to various inner pages too.
      • On most blogs, inputting your website will change your name to a hyperlink. Vary up linking from your name and from within the comment itself.
      • Don’t assume high quality news sites will delete your link. Some don’t even check.

      4. Stay Consistent

      Popular niches will generate a lot of Google results and a lot of activity through BuzzBundle. A lot of your results are going to come from press releases, new blog posts and forum posts. Keep track of all the URL’s on a daily basis — if you are not finding at least 50 targets a day then you should consider adding some more products and searches. Whenever you receive a new alert immediately visit the URL and leave a response.

      Act fast, because you can potentially be the first individual to respond, which will attract more clicks.
      Not all of your searches will present you with an opportunity to post, but the majority of blogs and forums will have a window of opportunity for you to leave some feedback that directs readers to your website. Now, when you are creating your posts don’t just say, “Hey, visit” because that will look like pure spam. Not only will you not receive any clicks, but the website will probably delete your post quickly assuming it is spam.

      Put some thought into each reply you make, and try to customize it to directly relate to the post you are responding to. This not only helps you get a better response, but it allows you to fly under the radar of website owners and moderators. So, if you were promoting a diet pill product and responding to a question posted on a blog asking about quick ways to lose weight your reply would want to be crafted this way:
      “I was in the same boat as you about six months ago. I had no idea what to believe online because everything seemed to be an advertisement. I actually read a personal review about [your product] and it seemed like the person had great success using the product so I gave it a try. I couldn’t have been more excited about the results, as I am now 50 pounds lighter than when I first started using it. The article was very helpful to me — if you want to check it out yourself you can read it here” [link to your review article].”
      Remember, the more products you review, the more traffic you can generate. When you get rolling this directly translates into more sales and profit for your business.

      5. Continue to Build Organic & Referral Traffic Sources

      The beauty of this method is that it doesn’t rely on SEO but just by setting up a website and creating content, your review posts (and even forum threads/blog posts you’ve commented on) will start to rank in Google and receive organic search traffic. Not only can you rank the individual review posts, but you can also create additional posts based on long tail keywords and then direct that traffic to the specific review page. Learning SEO is just one of many ways to attract your first website visitors for free. Using Google and BuzzBundle is the easiest way to start producing highly qualified traffic as well as sales. You can then scale up by outsourcing that work and focusing on creating additional organic traffic sources through search engine optimization later on.

      Pro Tip 2 – Build an Email List
      The traffic visiting your will be highly targeted. You should capture these readers with an optin and create an email list and follow up sequence that pushes more related review content to their inbox. This is an automated way to remarket to your readers.

      Pro Tip 3 – Revisit old posts
      Check your biggest refers in Google Analytics and revisit your old comments, posts and responses. This is particularly important on forums where there may have been follow up questions. Replying to these will keep the thread, and the link back to your site, active.

      Pro Tip 4 – Reverse engineer your competitors
      Use SEMRush and Ahrefs to find your competitors best links and acquire these links for yourself. For more information on this technique read this.


      Creating a website and scaling it to a six figure per year online business is a very achievable task as long as you know the proper steps to take and don’t give up. This method allows you to build a business that produces residual income and starts to produce revenue almost instantly. You don’t have to wait months for expensive search engine optimization to kick in — and you don’t have to worry about Google rankings and avoiding penalties and algorithm changes. In fact, you don’t have to rely on ranking in Google at all to be successful with this method!

      Once you master this method you can rinse and repeat (and even sell your website), duplicating the method across several different niches. Once you start to see a nice return you can then outsource a lot of the little tasks, allowing you to focus on expanding your niches and revenue.

      I hope this guide has given you the inspiration and confidence to start your journey to a six figure yearly online business. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter and take advantage of the free weekly tips we send out designed to help you constantly improve your business.
      Have you used this method? Leave your comments below!

      Wednesday, 29 April 2015

      And Then One Day...
      Everything Changed Forever 

      Have you ever thought, is it possible to get paid for sharing your opinion on a subject or product you are passionate about? In these times, you don’t need to be a college professional or a public speaker to accomplish this goal.

      If you consider yourself an expert on any topic or a consumer with a little knowledge about products, no matter if it’s health, beauty, or a number of subjects, you can earn money by sharing your opinion with people who really need your help about their products.

      Have you every questioned yourself if truly there are any legitimate online home business out there that actually pays? What about searching for ways to start making money from home and adding to your source of income? 

      There is nothing better than being able to succeed while enjoying the comfort and quiet of your very own home. You can even do this while you watch TV or listen to music. You could even earn money online while you are chatting online or talking to friends on Facebook.

      Believe it or not, you' re just 5 minutes away from a unique, online stream of income. That’s less than 300 seconds to possibly finding your new means of working from home.

      Don't believe me?

      Check out the video HERE:

      This is a legitimate real way to earn some extra income from home and there are currently thousands of people making money from this. This is going to be your turn to finally make it.  

      Just imagine waking up in the morning to receive alert of $1000 deposit into your bank account. How would you feel? You can make that dream come true today by clicking on the link below. 

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      Friday, 20 March 2015

      We’ve known for some time now of Google's increased emphasis on mobile-friendliness in the search results. We’ve seen them testing out mobile-friendly icons and non-mobile friendly icons. We’ve seen them add mobile usability reports in Google Webmaster tools, and send mobile-usability warnings to webmasters with non-mobile friendly sites.

      These signs have all been pointing to one thing: an impending shift toward mobile-friendliness as a significant ranking factor. It appears this time as come.

      In a recent blog post, Google stated that as of April 21, there will be increased weight given to the mobile-friendliness of sites: “This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.”

      For webmasters who have been putting off improving the mobile usability of their site, now’s the time. Google has clearly stated this change will be significant; some are speculating that it could be as – or even more – impactful than the original Penguin and Panda updates. While this remains to be seen, it’s clear that now is the time to make changes to increase the mobile-usability of your site.

      Where are we at in terms of mobile-friendliness?
      According to ExactTarget’s 2014 State of Marketing report, mobile has become a priority for business owners – at least in theory. Some findings from the report that underscore this include:
      • 80% of marketers who use mobile believe it does (or will) increase ROI
      • 30% of marketers use location-based technology as part of their marketing strategy
      • 47% have a mobile app
      Perhaps the most striking statistic – although it’s not directly relevant to having a mobile-optimized website – is that 42% of respondents said they “rarely or never” use mobile-design in their emails.
      This is a good indication that our stated priorities may not be in line with our actions.

      If the Content Marketing Institute’s 2015 B2B Content Marketing Report (pdf) is any indication, it appears we still have a way to go. When asked which initiatives they were working on and planning to pursue in the coming year, only just over half (58%) of B2B marketers said “creating a better mobile strategy”. A greater percentage of B2C marketers reported it as a priority (74%).

      Social Media Examiner’s 2014 Social Media Marketing Industry Report paints a similar picture. When asked whether their blog was currently optimized for mobile, 43% reported that it was. B2B marketers were actually more likely to have mobile-optimized sites (50%), while B2C marketers were less likely (38%). The report did show, however, that marketers were taking mobile more seriously than they did the previous year, when only 28% reported having a mobile-optimized blog.

      What are the basic elements of a mobile-friendly site?
      If you’ve been putting off optimizing your site, I’d strongly encourage you to make the move now. Once April 21 rolls around, you may be left dealing with a significant drop in your rankings and traffic. And recovery is far more difficult than taking preventative steps now! Here are three tips to give you the best chance of maintaining your rankings come April.

      Tip 1: Run your site through Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test. While Google will be evaluating mobile-friendliness on a page-by-page basis – not sitewide – running your most important pages through the tool can give you a good indication of which elements you need to work on.

      Tip 2: If it’s not already, make sure your site displays properly on mobile using a responsive design, mobile app or separate mobile site. Any of these options can work, although having a separate mobile site should be done with care – duplicate content can be an issue, and link-building to two separate sites can be tedious.

      Tip 3: Avoid the most common mobile mistakes. According to Google, the most common mistakes to check for include:
      • Blocking JavaScript, CSS, and image files. Check your robots.txt file to ensure Googlebot has full access to these elements.
      • Videos or content not accessible by mobile (no flash please!).
      • Faulty redirects: Don’t redirect mobile users to your homepage or another general interest page by default.
      • Using mobile-only 404′s: Showing a page to desktop users, but a 404 page to mobile users
      • Interstitials blocking users from completing tasks. For more on this, see Google’s help page.
      • Cross-linking inappropriately: Mobile pages should link to mobile pages; desktop URL’s should link to desktop-optmized URL’s.
      • Slow mobile pages: Use the PageSpeed Insights tool to ensure your site loads quickly on mobile
      Following the tips above should give you a solid foundation for ensuring your site is mobile friendly. If you’ve been dragging your feet when it comes to mobile-optimization, now’s the time to make the move. While we don’t yet know exactly how Google’s April 21 update will impact sites, all signs point to a significant shake-up for sites that aren’t up to snuff.

      Is your site fully optimized for mobile? If not, what’s holding you back?

      Saturday, 7 March 2015

      Before you get started with affiliate marketing, you must understand that you can only profit by obtaining traffic or converting sales. It might seem like an easy task to drive traffic from one website to another site or merchant, but actually getting this traffic is not always as easy as it seem. There are a few tips and tricks that you should remember to make it easier for you to drive traffic to your affiliate link. How to get traffic to my affiliate link can be made easy.
      Be Choosy
      The amount of traffic that you can get is all about the merchant that you are selling for. This means that you only want to link up with merchants that have great products and a reputation that you can easily sell and market to. You only earn money when your drive traffic or obtain a sale, so you need to only concentrate on affiliate programs that offer a high probability for success. Some merchants simply aren’t good enough to link up with. You should begin by choosing merchants that have high integrity, because these types of businesses are the only ones you have the possibility of driving traffic to.

      Niche Is Important
      It is always a great idea to do a lot of research before you choose a specific niche market as your affiliate program. Niche really does mean everything when it pertains to driving traffic to your affiliate link. It is fine to pick a niche market with some competition, but you do not want to pick a niche market that is overrun with different merchants and products. The less competition will only result in you having a larger audience and an ability to get more traffic to your affiliate link. Smaller niche markets are often much easier to drive traffic. Always look to narrow the market that you decide to affiliate with.
      Keep Track
      The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a new result. This means that you can learn from your marketing mistakes when you are looking to drive traffic to your affiliate link, but this is only possible if you keep track of your results. You can easily see what marketing techniques are most effective to your target audience if you keep track of data that is relevant to your website. Always be willing to modify your marketing approach based on what the data is telling you.

      Be Creative
      One of the most effective ways to drive traffic to an affiliate link is by being creative with your review about the product you are introducing your readers. While potential customers undoubtedly read those reviews in order to help them make up their minds, your ability to convince them that the product is worth having is the keys to high sales. In order to be creative, you must learn the secret of writing a traffic pulling article and review so as to stand out.

      How to get traffic to my affiliate link is about more than just easy-to-learn techniques.

      Thursday, 22 January 2015

      When I first started in affiliate marketing, all I wanted was to just make money. Off I ran in every direction, trying everything, with no real idea of the mistakes I was making that could very well affect my chances at long term success.
      Through my years of experience with both affiliate marketing and teaching other affiliate marketers, I have come to the conclusion that there are 7 big mistakes new affiliate marketers make.
      Let’s talk about these mistakes in more detail.
      7 mistakes new affiliate marketers make

      1) Selling Rather Than Helping

      Yes, the word “marketing” is part of the phrase affiliate marketing, but for the most part, our job as an affiliate is not to sell — that is the job of the sales page our affiliate links lead the reader to.
      When I first started, my overwhelming (and totally naive) impulse was to fill my pages with words and links that screamed “BUY THIS NOW!”. I didn’t help the reader learnwhy they should have this product. I only wanted them to click a link which would hopefully lead to a commission for me.
      People want to hear from other people when making a decision to buy a product or not — that’s why the reviews on Amazon products are so powerful. Those reviews are genuine feedback from people who (usually) have absolutely nothing to gain if someone buys that product or not.
      When we talk more like an unbiased reviewer rather than a high-pressure salesperson, we will find we make more sales and people will come back for advice on other products in the future.

      2) Too Many!

      This is another big mistake I made when starting out — joining any and every affiliate program I came across. While I absolutely do believe in cultivating multiple streams of income when working online, there is a point where you have too much to deal with and it becomes unmanageable.
      Choose your affiliate programs wisely and don’t overload yourself.

      3) Not Testing

      Whenever I choose to promote a Clickbank offer (for example), I put myself in the shoes of a potential customer and opt in to test the vendors’ follow up sequence.
      I learned this the hard way.
      Nothing breaks a reader’s trust more than being led to a promotion that will blow up their inbox. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential customer and see what will happen if they follow your advice.

      4) Not Tracking

      This was a BIG mistake I made when I first started out. I began my affiliate marketing career using free-to-make web pages on a site called Squidoo (and I still do this to this day).
      I am fond of promoting Amazon products on these pages, but would forget to use unique tracking affiliate links on each page.
      Why is this a mistake? Very simple — when you make a sale, you want to know WHERE the sale came from. This enables you to know which pages are converting well so you can grow and scale that campaign.
      Creating a unique tracking ID for an Amazon link is easy. Simply log in to your Amazon affiliate dashboard, click “Account Settings” at the very top on the right, then click “Manage Tracking IDs”. From there you can make a new tracking ID so you can track which web page/campaign sold what.  You can learn more about using Amazon’s Tracking IDs here.
      Yes, making any commission is cool, but knowing where and how you made that commission is what makes you a better marketer. It lets you grow and scale your campaigns — as opposed to working blindly.

      5) Not Comparing

      One of the best converting tactics I use to sell affiliate products online (especially physical products from Amazon) is to compare the “main” product with two other similar products.
      When people are in buying mode for a physical product, they tend to have their options narrowed down to 2 or 3 and need help making the choice that is best for them.
      By comparing the “3 Best Widgets For _______”, I not only help my readers make a choice, but I also have my affiliate links there for THREE products instead on only one.
      Over time, when I track that web page, I will be able to see which product is most interesting to readers and move the best converting product to the top of the page for better CTR.
      Comparison web pages are not only very popular and helpful for readers, they are also very profitable for you.

      6) Make Money Online Products

      Perhaps you’ve seen this before. You’re in a “learn online marketing” type forum. A person publishes a post complaining that they can’t make a dime online. But in their signature line they have something along the lines of “I Made 50 Million Dollars with This” followed by their affiliate link.
      It happens all the time. Please, don’t be that person.
      If you’re new and you want to promote products in the Make Money Online arena, don’t make false claims that it made you money. In fact, don’t make false claims at all!
      Sure, talk about the benefits of the product/training — maybe even why it sounds awesome to you — but don’t try to trick people. You will ruin your credibility.

      7) “Oh Look! A Butterfly!”

      This is the biggest downfall for any new affiliate marketer. In fact, it can cause really big issues for seasoned affiliate marketers as well.
      It is all too common to be working on one thing when all of a sudden, something “shiny” comes through your inbox or is mentioned in a forum you frequent. Then off you go chasing some new idea to make money online.
      Ignore the “butterflies” that are sure to fly by on a constant basis. They will just distract you from your project/campaign at hand. One completed and profitable campaign is worth so much more than 50 almost half-finished campaigns or projects.
      Affiliate marketing is a business that requires self-motivation and focus. For many of us, these are learned skills. Once you are aware of the the mistakes that can cause a lack of profits and productivity, you will be better able to grow your business and be profitable long-term.
      Best of luck!!

      Tuesday, 6 January 2015

      Make Money Online Fast

      Over the past few weeks, I've been experimenting on how to make money online fast with the power of social media and here is the outcome of that experimentation.

      Before I proceed, let me introduce you to the 7 tips to boost your Facebook Likes and increase your income within few hours. In this article, I explained how to engage your targeted trafic witht he power of Contest, Coupons, Free ebooks and so on. If you're yet to read that, you're definitely missing.

      Back to today's topic, I'm going to share with you how to make money online fast and I'm sure anyone can use the information herein to step out of the broke zone before the end of January and 2015 as a whole.

      What do I need to make money online fast?

      What you really need is a new gig on Fiverr or Seoclerk, a Tumblr blog and a Facebook page, if you want to take it a step further add a Twitter account.

      Yes I have an account on all these sites, what's next?

      What is next is getting a topic (gig) to write on and this is very easy. Some of the best #Fiverr gigs categories for January and beyond are:
      1. Marketing
      2. Design
      3. Gifts

      Once you find a gig of your interest;

      • Write about the gig on Tumblr using the full gig description from the seller.
      • Post the blog link to your Facebook page.
      • Tweet the post, then return to Facebook to boost post.

      NOTE: Don't make it all about your gigs, you can add gigs from other cool sellers with good ratings. Don't have a rating on your gig's yet? No problem, ask a few friends to order your gigs and leave a good feedback while you pay them in Cash, but make sure your offers are good and worth the ratings. People love recommendations, and if you keep at it, you can build a strong following.

      READ: Facebook Wealth Formula: Easy $500 A Day Cash Blueprint

      Still confuse about what to sell?

      Are you still confuse and don't know what to sell on Fiverr or Seoclerk? Don't be. Just search for top selling offers in your category of interest and ask the seller to grant you a re-seller access. I am sure you will get good offers. For instance, you can buy 500 edu backlinks for $2 and re-sell 100 edu backlinks for $5, you do the maths and tell me how much you can make with 10,000 edu links.

      How To Get Started

      Here is what you need to do to get started.

      1. Search for the gig of your interest, example "edu backlinks" then look at your search results and select from 300 offers up, select up to 5 sellers with good ratings.

      2. Contact the sellers and ask them if they can spread the 300 or 500 edu backlinks to 4 different URL's and keywords, 80% will say yes, so that makes it 125 edu backlinks for $5 your re-selling price.

      3. Set up your gig with a good gig description and explain why your offer is better and this is easy too, so many buyers are kinda scared of the big numbers, but will feel safer trying your 125 links for $5

      4. Promote your gig, once you get an order, place it with your seller and specify clearly how many links you want sent to each order.

      5. Once the job is done, get your report, brand it and deliver to your buyer.

      6. For extra gigs and to make more money, look for Top Selling gigs with more than 100 orders in queue and add it to your extra gig as upgrade for $10, $20, $40

      I have personally tried this method myself and it makes a whole lot of sense. I can proudly say with these simple outlined steps, 2015 would be rosy for you.

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