Can you make A Million Dollars in the next 12 months?

Not an easy task, but it’s certainly possible.

And if you only do 1/10th as good, that’s still

$100,000.

First, before anything else is even considered, you need to find yourself a very important reason WHY you want to make a million dollars in 12 months.

The stronger your reason, and the more often you play out that reason in your head, the better your odds of achieving your goal, regardless of which method you choose.

Now then:

Method 1: The Chris Sacca Method

Chris initially became a millionaire by leveraging

$10-20 thousand dollars into 12 million dollars by taking advantage of a flaw used by online trading brokers.

When the market crashed, Sacca found himself

$4 million in debt. He negotiated to have it reduced, and then paid off the balance in no time.

So how did he earn his next millions? That’s the method we’ll cover here.

Of course, if you do happen to find a flaw in online trading software that you can take advantage of, terrific. Otherwise, you might try copying Chris’ second method:

Sacca created a fake company, complete with a great looking website and business cards.

Frankly, your company doesn’t have to be fake, it can simply be new. Make sure you choose an impressive sounding name like the Sadlias Group.

Now get tickets to every networking event in your field. Go to these events and network like crazy, making contacts with entrepreneurs.

Look for people who want to change the world, and find ways to help them make that change.

Introduce yourself and – get this – offer to help them out for free.

That’s right, for free. Do you want to stand apart from everyone else at that event? Do you want them to remember you, contact you and work with you? Offer to help them for free.

Using this method, Sacca became one of

Twitter’s first four investors.

Even if this method doesn’t make a million in a year, it will make your life interesting, exciting and highly relevant. You’ll find outstanding mentors to help you along.

And you’ll make contact with investors who can back you when you decide to start your company for real.

Take notes along the way, so when you do make your first millions, you can write your tell-all book letting people know the inside story of how you did it.

 

Method 2: Day Trading

This is a great way to make money fast. And it’s

an even better method to lose money even faster.

You’ve got to be good. You’ve got to know what you’re doing. And you’ve got to leave all emotion and ‘gut instinct’ behind as you follow proven, trusted methods that work.

Frankly, it can take you 2-3 years of daily practice just to get good at this.

Then again, you might have the capability to make a million in the first year. It is completely possible, just not highly likely.

If you choose this method, invest in the best education and hundreds of hours of practice trading.

Your best shot: Start with $10,000, margin it to

$30,000, and find 180 trades that will return 2% or more in 1 to 2 days.

Easy? No. Doable? Possibly.

Method 3: Sales Funnel

Build the best sales funnel you can – everything from a free product to get subscribers onto your list, to a $10,000 product you sell to your best customers and everything in between.

Think about this: To earn a million dollars, you

can sell any of the following:

  • 1,000,000 products for $1 apiece
  • 100,000 products for $10 apiece
  • 10,000 product3 for $100 apiece
  • 1,000 products for $1,000 apiece
  • 100 products for $10,000 apiece
  • 10 products for $100,000 apiece
  • 1 product for $1,000,000

Look at Dollar Shave Club and you’ll see they’ve chosen the first option on this list – selling a $1 product to millions of guys.

But if you have an effective sales funnel, you can take those $1 customers and upsell them to your $10 offer, your $100 offer and so forth.

Once you start selling $1000 products, it no longer takes massive sales to reach that magical million dollar mark.

Things to remember – focus more on what people

WANT than what they need.

Sell them the way they want to be sold.

Make the entire experience fun and easy for the customer.

Whenever possible, find ways to make your messages go viral, even if there is no immediate pay off.

Your primary goal is to get as many qualified people onto your list as possible.

Your next goal is to move them up the sales funnel by always giving them great value for the money.

Do these two things and your final goal of making a million will take care of itself.

Method 4: Sales

If you’re already good at sales, or you can acquire sales skills fast enough, AND you have the right product to sell, then you can make a million dollars in a year.

Obviously you want to sell very high ticket items with lots of commission. And of course already having a sales background will be a tremendous help, if not a necessity.

If you want to take this route and you’re willing to wait two years, it becomes much more likely you will succeed.

Spend the first year becoming great at sales. Study sales techniques, get a great mentor, work in sales 10-12 hours a day.

And during your first year, find out what kinds of products pay the most in commissions. Make contacts in those industries and get yourself a job where you can make the most money.

Then spend your second year making that money.

It will take plenty of hard work, but it will be worth it.

Method 5 – ??

These first four methods should get you thinking.

And maybe, just maybe you’re got an even better idea.

Like creating the next social network, winning the lottery, doing one million dollar deal… there are plenty of ways to make lots of money.

The trick is to pick the one that works for you, and then work it tenaciously until you succeed.

Navy seal tells us a Great Secret and a threat to content marketing

Navy seal tells why we should ‘do something that sucks’ every day

It’s all about getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.

The theory is that we need to constantly take

ourselves out of our comfort zones in order to get better at anything.

It makes sense – but are you willing to try it for 30 days?

http://www.businessinsider.com/navy-seal-explains-how-get-better-every-day-david-goggins-2016-10

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The Biggest Threat to Content Marketing

Is it fake news?

We’ve got a problem when the question changes from…

“How can we make this content engaging and get it in front of the right audience?”

to…

“Will our audience even believe us?”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2017/01/15/the-biggest-threat-to-content-marketing-isnt-fake-news/#3d20536d6c8c

Problems in Internet Marketing and Strategies to Solve Them

There is a kind of cruel, ancient story that goes like this –

A group of people are standing at a river bank and suddenly they hear the pained cries of a baby.

Shocked by what they are hearing, they then see an infant floating in discomfort in the water. One person immediately dives in to rescue the child. But as the rescue is commencing, yet another baby comes floating down the river in the same way, and then another and another! People continue jumping in to save the babies and then see that one person has started to walk away from the group towards the bridge. Angrily they shout at the person, “Where do you think you are going? Come here and help!”

The response was this: “I am. I’m going upstream to stop whoever is throwing babies into the river!

The story is a mad one, but if we remove the content of the story and just focus on the metaphor, there is a massive lesson for us to learn both in business and in life.

When your online business is not working as well as you might hope and customers are not buying or your sales material isn’t converting – do not a/ blame them or b/dive straight in and see the problem from the end. You must go back to your strategy and check what is going on behind the scenes – what are you missing in the back-end that the front-end users are experiencing? It’s about focusing on the source of the problem and healing it, rather than trying to bail yourself out by adding more money or focus into something that is already flawed and not working. You need better foundations.

Imagine that the babies are your customers and each one is unhappy, there is no point in wasting your energy dealing with customers by trying to convince them that everything is fine and that they are wrong because your site/strategy (whatever) is perfect and other people have ‘said so’, instead go to the source – listen to them – why are people leaving?

Why are the numbers decreasing? Why are people complaining? What can you do as a whole rather than trying to deal with the consequences?

Below are 3 overlooked things that I want you to focus on and see if there are any corrections to be made within your business that may be stopping your business from growing:

  • Are you using old strategies? Long form articles, chasing influencers and buying links are all old-school strategies that won’t grow your online business or It might have worked then, but you must move with whatever is working now.
  • Are you copying others or being authentic?

We are told to model the already successful and yes, this is good. But not at the cost of who you are. People want an original, not a clone. If they want the person you are copying, they’ll go with them. You need to be you and don’t copy everything that the successful leaders are doing. What you want is to take what you need from others and design your own brand around it in a personal ‘you’ way.

  • Are you focused on building traffic?

It doesn’t matter how good your website looks or how your funnels are set up, if you don’t have website traffic, you don’t have a business. Current strategies that build traffic include interviews, podcasts, writing guest posts or for large authority publications. You can always jazz up your systems if you have an audience, but it’s ineffective the other way around.

 

Ultimately, the problem unfortunately lies with you and how you are marketing, not the customers. If something isn’t going the way you want, don’t dive into the river to try and fix it, go to the bridge and see the root of the problem before moving on or ploughing more money into an existing and floundering strategy.

19 of the Most Powerful Traffic Driving Methods to Build Your Business

First, there is no one magic trick that will skyrocket your blog’s growth overnight. But rather, there are a lot of little things you can do, that when combined, will lead to steady continuous growth – the kind of growth that seems to take on a life of its own.

Here’s the mindset to have when it comes to your blog and content marketing in general… you are continuously experimenting to see what works, and constantly learning from your audience.

It’s rather simple…

Experiment – did it work? And if so, how can you make it work even better?

And learn – who is my audience? What do they want? What do they fear? How can I become so valuable to them, they turn to me and my blog for advice and help?

Now that you have the mindset, let’s get into the tips, in no particular order whatsoever:

1: Learn Everything You can About Your Audience

We already talked about this, but it’s so important we need to go deeper.

Where is your audience coming from, both physically and mentally?

By physically, we mean what brings them to your site. Is it an ad?

A blogpost? A mention somewhere on the web? Social media?

Where your readers come from plays a large part in what they expect from your blog.

That’s why some bloggers set up separate squeeze pages for each traffic source, so they can custom tailor it to their audience.

And where are they mentally when they hit your blog? Did they just discover they have a problem and they’re looking for solutions? Are they looking to be entertained more than informed? What are they looking for, and why are they there?

If you can, interview your readers. You might get them on Skype, send them a questionnaire, ask questions on your blog, etc.

Ask things like:

What are your biggest challenges in <your niche>? You’re looking for the pain points you can help solve.

What have you done to overcome these challenges? This will show you how determined they are.

How do you find the information you need? This tells you where and how they are looking

What content format do you prefer? Video, written, audio, etc.

You don’t have to interview a lot of people to find the answers. In fact, according to research experts you should see a pattern emerging after just 5 interviews in the same audience segment.

Your goal of course is to learn as much about your audience’s needs and desires as you can. It’s not always about building buyer personas – after all, not all of your readers will be 37 year old college educated women with 2.4 kids and a $200,000 mortgage.

 

 

2: Get a Bird’s Eye View of Your Blog

Buzzstream put together a list of questions that will give you a good view of your content marketing strategy and help you identify your weak points.

You might go over this list of questions every 3-6 months and make sure you are still on track with your blog.

  1. Who is your audience? <dog owners>
  2. What are you offering them? <tips on dog training and care>
  3. How will they find you? <through guest blog posts and social media>
  4. Why will they care? <I give great tips they can use immediately>
  5. How will they interact? <they will watch videos and read blog posts>
  6. What will be their next step? <signing up for my dog training course>
  7. Why do they share it? <it’s great info, entertaining and awesome dog photos, too
  8. They might not share it if… <it’s too dry>
  9. A solution for this is… <inject plenty of humor and personality>

3: Use Your Competitors to Find Your Audience

Finding your target audience can be difficult. But then again, who says you have to reinvent the wheel? Just find out what is working for your competitors, and you can often use the same sites and techniques to drive targeted traffic to your own site.

First, make a list of websites that are closest to yours in topic and intended audience. If you don’t know them, try searching Google using your top keywords. Or use this Google query (related: yourcompetitorwebsite.com)

Next, enter the competitor’s domain on SimilarWeb.com to see where their visitors are coming from, which social networks they use, total visits, traffic by countries, search traffic and more.

4: Learn About Your Competitors’ Social Media Activity

Use http://www.fanpagekarma.com and http://buzzsumo.com to find out:

  • What is their average engagement rate?
  • How often do they post?
  • When are they posting?
  • What types of posts are they posting?
  • And most importantly – what is their best performing content?

Discovering what’s working for others can shorten your own learning curve dramatically.

You can also use http://likealyzer.com to get metrics on likes, growth and engagement.

If you want to analyze their Twitter account, use https://www.twitonomy.com to find their average tweets per day, total retweets and favorites, as well as how many tweets contained hashtags, links, mentions and so forth.

To learn about their SEO performance, you can use https://seranking.com for backlink research and more.

 

5: APP Your Content

Keep readers on your content longer by using this formula:

Agree: Begin with something your readers agree with. “These days politics are scary and unpredictable.”

Promise: Show them you have an answer, creating a contrast between what is and what could be. “But there is something you can do that will put your mind at ease and keep your politicians in line.”

Preview: Show them what will happen when they read your content. “In this blogpost, I’m going to reveal the 3 steps to easily making your elected representatives actually listen to you and act in your best interests.”

 

6: Stand Apart From the Crowd

The fact is, more content is published every minute of every day. It’s not enough anymore to have great content – you need content that stands apart from the crowd. It’s got to deliver value in a unique way with a radical new perspective.

Some tips to help you:

Try new content formats. For example, try an infographic instead of an article, or perhaps make a video.

Put a lot of thought into your headlines and make them really pop. If you can trigger emotions, curiosity, or a burning need to know what’s in your article, you’ve got a good headline.

For the content itself, either present something no one else has presented, or present the content in a way no one else has. I know, it’s a tall order but it’s something to aspire to.

Tell stories. It’s hard to go wrong if you become a great story teller. In fact, people will revisit your blog just to read your new stories.

Give stuff away. It could be pdf’s, prizes or whatever. Try creating info packed posts, and then giving away pdf versions of those posts for people to refer to later.

Take a stand. Don’t be afraid to express your opinions and back them up with evidence, facts, stories, etc. Having strong opinions you’re not afraid to voice can be one of the quickest ways to get your content shared and build yourself a loyal audience.

 

7: Use Great Headlines

According to CopyBlogger, 8 out of 10 people will read your headline, but only 2 out of 10 will check out your post. Yes, headlines are THAT important.

To get your copy read, write at least 5-10 headline variations that each incorporate at least two of the following: Curiosity, urgency, uniqueness, usefulness, specificity and news.

Choose the best 2-4 headlines and promote your content on social media using the different variations. After a few hours see which one gets the most engagement, and keep that headline.

As much as you might be tempted, don’t use clickbait headlines. When people see your post doesn’t line up with your headline, they’ll click away.

 

 

8: Call in the Bucket Brigade

Keep your readers reading buy using this old sales letter trick. Insert words and phrases that naturally pull the reader into the next sentence, and the next, and the next…

Examples:

  • “Here’s what I’m talking about…”
  • “You might be wondering…”
  • “I know you think this is crazy…”
  • “Here’s why…”
  • “Meanwhile…”
  • “On the other hand…”
  • “But here’s the really strange thing…”
  • “Want to know the best part?”
  • “And yet…”
  • “But that’s just part of the story…”
  • “As it turns out…”
  • “No wonder…”
  • “Sadly…”
  • “What does this mean for you?”
  • “I couldn’t believe what happened next…”
  • “Best of all…”
  • “By the way…”

    9: Focus on Making Content that can Go Viral

    Now, some folks will tell you that you can’t predict what will and what won’t go viral.

    Companies have spent fortunes trying to make viral content. Sometimes they succeed, and many times they don’t.

    So how can you, a solo entrepreneur, increase your odds that your content will go viral?

    According to Jonah Berger, author of Contagious, there are six principles to making viral content:

    Social Currency – People want to feel smart and cool, like they’re on the ‘inside.’

    We share things that make us look good.

    Triggers – Which gets more word of mouth – Corn Flakes or Disney? Be Disney, and remember that top of mind is also tip of tongue.

    Emotion – The higher the emotion, the more it gets shared. Remember, when we care, we share.

    Public – There are always people who will jump on board the latest trend. Think if it as, ‘Built to show, built to grow.’

    Practical value – the more valuable and useful content is, the more it tends to get shared. Think of it as, ‘News you can use.’

    Stories – Stories are like Trojan horses, coming in under the radar in the guise of entertainment, when really they are delivering a message

    You don’t have to hit all six principles, but the more you do hit, the more likely your content will go viral.

     

    10: Use Great Images

    I hate to tell you this, but odds are the images you’re using now aren’t helping you.

    In fact, they might even be hurting you.

    You already know that great images enhance a great post. But for this to happen the images need to be relevant and interesting. A stock photo of models in business attire staring at a laptop won’t cut it anymore.

    Best bets: Take your own photos. A photo of you holding something relevant or being in a relevant place will do wonders. People love to see who they are reading, especially if it is a REAL shot and not some studio photo that’s been photo-shopped to death.

    Source HIGH quality free images, and be choosy. It pays to spend that extra time finding just the right picture.

    Here’s a list of 21 sites with ‘breathtaking free stock photos’ to get you started.

    https://blog.snappa.io/free-stock-photos/

    Don’t have free time to find great pics? Hire a graphic artist on Fiverr to do it for you. They already have great sources and a knowledge of where to find what you’re looking for.

    11: Build Relationships with Your Fellow Marketers

    Your fellow bloggers and marketers have the ability to send vast amounts of traffic to your blog. But before this will happen, you’ve first got to build real relationships with them.

    This means reaching out and connecting without expectation of receiving anything.

    Think of it as making friends because that’s exactly what it is.

    If and when they later send you traffic, cool. But in the beginning, focus solely on building the friendship.

    So how do you go about becoming friends? Here are a few tips…

    • Follow them on social media
    • Engage their content on social media with likes and comments
    • Share their content on social media
    • Leave valuable comments on their blog posts
    • Subscribe to their newsletter
    • Ask them how you can help them with whatever they’re doing at the moment: For example, you see a blogger talking about their latest product they’re creating and you’re a whiz at video editing – ask if you can help them edit their videos. Yes, for free.
    • Do interviews with them for your own blogposts, podcasts, products, et
    • Buy their stuff and let them know you bought it
    • Meet them on Skype, or for coffee, or at a conference

     

     

    12: Open a Twitter Account for Your Blog, Get 1,000 Followers Fast

    If you don’t already have a Twitter account, go ahead and get one for your blog. Then focus on getting 1000+ followers in the first week or so. The key here of course is to get targeted followers, not just anybody. You want folks interested in your niche.

    You already know who your target audience is. Now make a list of Twitter accounts they are likely to be following.

    You can either find the Twitter accounts of your competitors to see who is following them.

    Or you can do keyword-based targeting using an app such as: http://narrow.io/, https://statusbrew.com/ or https://www.crowdfireapp.com.

    Use the ‘copy followers’ menu to add the Twitter accounts from your list. Follow those people who look like a good match. After a day or two, you can unfollow those who did not follow you using the same app.

    13: Use Pinned Tweets for More Engagement

    You can stick one of your tweets at the top of your profile page. Then when anyone visits your profile, they will see this particular tweet.

    Make it a good one – something that points to your best or most recent piece of content.

    Doing this simple: Visit your Twitter profile and select the tweet you want to feature. On the bottom right of the tweet, click the three dots. Select “pin to your profile page.”

    Refresh your page and you should see your new pinned tweet.

     

     

    14: Embed Tweets for More Engagement

    Just one click is all it takes for your readers to engage with your posts when you embed your Twitter updates.

    Plus, an embedded tweet is a sign of social engagement, further extending your

    Twitter reach. And it’s easy to do.

    Simply login to your Twitter account and go to updates.

    Select the tweet you’re going to embed.

    Click on the three dots at the bottom right of your tweet.

    From the drop down menu, select “embed tweet.”

    Copy the code and insert it into your blog post.

     

     

    15: Use Buzzsumo to get Your Content Shared

    Asking random people to share your content won’t work. But asking people who have already expressed interest in your topic AND shared content on that topic can work really well.

    Here’s what you do:

    Create a list of articles that are similar or related to your content.

    On Buzzsumo, paste the links to each article one-by-one. Click on “View Sharers.”

    This will show you everyone who shared the content.

    Yes, it’s a paid feature, but as of this writing you can try it for free. Add these people to a list and approach them on Twitter.

    Here’s where it gets tricky: If you send out the same tweet to too many people too quickly, it’s going to look like spam. Instead, create variations of your tweet and send them out over a period of time.

    Your goal: To make contact with these folks, hopefully to become friends and get them to comment on and share your content.

    16: Mention Sources, Get Retweeted

    You’ll usually get extra engagement when you mention others on Twitter, and it’s easy to do.

    When you share a new post on Twitter, include one or two source handles. This way they will be notified, and will hopefully like or retweet your update.

    First, search Twitter for the handles of your resources. Create several headline variations for your tweets, adding just 1-2 handles to each.

    Share your tweets at different times of the day. You can use Buffer to schedule your tweets.

    17: Get Retweet Momentum

    ‘Just Retweet’ is a platform for getting other people to retweet your content. Your goal here isn’t to buy random tweets – it’s to choose the right people to retweet for you.

    You can set up requirements such as interest and minimum number of followers, so you don’t have just anybody retweeting.

    Just having a few of these people retweet for you can give your freshly published content the momentum to reach a broader audience.

    Register at http://JustRetweet.com . You’ll immediately be given some points you can use to submit your own tweets.

    Click ‘submit tweet’ and fill out the fields. Select the criteria of your retweeters and click submit. Retweeting should start soon. Be sure to measure engagement see if it drives traffic to your blog.

    If this works well for you, rinse and repeat each time you post new content.

    18: Piggyback on Successful Giveaways

    Well-known bloggers generate thousands of subscribers by giving away free, downloadable content. Their audiences are highly engaged and relevant, and you can capitalize on their success.

    Here’s how:

    Create a list of successful giveaways in your niche. For each giveaway, find the link and enter it into Buzzsumo to see who shared it on Twitter.

    Create your own giveaway that is related to both your field and the popular giveaway.

    Let the people who shared the big giveaway know about yours, either via Twitter or email.

    Write something like, “I saw you shared <popular giveaway> and I thought you might also enjoy <your giveaway>.

     

    19. Accentuate Your Personality

    This is a bonus tip that applies to every single piece of social media and content marketing.

    In fact, this could be the actual bedrock of your entire marketing endeavor.

    You know how people always tell you to be YOU because YOU are the only YOU there will ever be?

    And that by being “you,” rather than copying other people, you have an edge of

    your own?

    Well…

    This is true.

    And it’s also NOT true.

    Because what if the real you is simply a nice, polite, mild-mannered person who doesn’t stand out in any way, doesn’t have any strong opinions, and just likes for everybody to get along?

    While there is absolutely nothing wrong with having this type of personality (many, MANY of us have this type of personality) there is a problem:

    • You won’t stand out from the crowd by simply being ‘you.’
    • Rather, you will blend right into the crowd and never be noticed or seen
    • So what can you do?
    • Pick three things about your lif
    • Three things that really stand o
    • Maybe at one time you were in the militar
    • Or you grew up in a super poor neighborh
    • Or you were a farm
    • Or you were a c Or you cleaned sewers. Whatever.
    • Maybe you adore video Or shopping. Or travel.
    • Maybe you collect quot Or old books.
    • Or maybe you paint, or garden, or ride motorcycles, or jump from airpla Pick three things.

    Now incorporate those three things into your persona, your blogging and your marketing.

    You could be the Harley rider who does needlepoint and volunteers at the homeless shelter.

    Maybe you’re the retired cop who loves woodworking and brags about how smart your dog is.

    You could be the dairy farm kid with 9 pets who considers herself an expert at choosing the wrong mates.

    You could be the diehard Yankees fan who bakes cookies and fixes cars. Congrats.

    You now have plenty to write about and make yourself memorable.

    How so?

    You can work your hobbies, interests and past history into your content. This makes the reader feel s/he is getting to know YOU, as well as your content.

    There is a connection there.

    You become a REAL person they can relate to and REMEMBER.

    This one little trick can make the difference between people visiting your blog once and becoming a diehard fan.

    You’re providing memory anchors for them. Here’s an example:

    Let’s say in the past week you’ve been doing a LOT of reading about marketing.

    You’ve visited a dozen blogs. You’ve learned a lot.

    But all those blogs and all those posts – don’t they just sort of run together now? Except…

    Except for that one blogger who related everything to her desire to own a cat ranch on the moon.

    HER you remember
    See? It works.

    This month we only had time (and room) to talk about your content and using Twitter to drive traffic.

    Next month we’ll give you more tips on using Facebook and other means to get you and your content noticed, loved and shared across the Internet.

    Use these tips and you’ll be building an audience and a mailing list faster than you ever imagined possible.

Website Or No Website – That’s The Question

Do you want to make money through the Internet but you don’t have enough experience or capital to start your own online business?  You don’t have to worry, for a lot of online marketing options exist for you to start with.  One of these options, and shall I say the best, is affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing provides first time online marketers like you the chance to market something online even without having your own product to sell.  All you have to do is to sign up with an affiliate marketing program, which is usually owned by an online merchant or retailer, and start picking the products you want to promote.  As an affiliate, you are paid by the merchant for your services on a commission basis, that is whenever you have directed a visitor to the merchant’s site and the visitor actually buys something.

Becoming an affiliate in an affiliate marketing program is often quick and easy, and for most affiliate programs, signing up is also free.  But despite these and all the benefits being promised by affiliate programs, many people are still hesitant to get into affiliate marketing.  One of the reasons why a lot of people remain hesitant is the lack of a website to start marketing his affiliate products with.  This now leads us to the question of whether a website is required or necessary in affiliate marketing or not.

Many people say that one can do affiliate marketing even without a website to start with.  Actually, one can really start promoting and marketing his affiliate products even without a website; and there exist a lot of ways on how this can be done.  In fact, many affiliate marketing strategies that leads to success can exist without actually needing a website.  Among these strategies are email marketing, offline promotions, writing e-books, writing ezines and engaging in online discussions like forums, chats, message boards and others.

*Email Marketing

Email marketing, or maintaining email lists, is actually the most popular affiliate marketing strategy that doesn’t require the affiliate to maintain a website.  In this affiliate marketing strategy, what you basically do is maintain a list of the email ads of your prospective customers and provide them with articles that are relevant with the affiliate products and programs you are promoting.  Articles that you provide your contacts with need not always be promotional, for many individuals find such types of email annoying.  Rather, it would be better if you provide them with something informative and just add small text ads that link to your merchant’s site.

*Offline Promotion

There are many ways on how you can promote your affiliate products offline.  Among the common medium used for such promotions are classified ads, brochures and flyers.  Classified ads would generally work better compared to the other two because classified ads in periodicals often get a wider audience.

*Writing Free e-books

If you have a knack in writing, writing an e-book can be the best way for you to promote your affiliate products in the absence of an actual website.  Just like in emails and newsletters, your readers would better appreciate your e-book if it is not too promotional but rather informative.  Be sure, however, to make the contents of your e-books relative to the actual affiliate products you are promoting.  And just like in email marketing, you can just place text ads or banners somewhere near the end of your e-book that links to the merchant’s site.

*Writing Free Ezines

Ezines are publications or articles that aim to inform individuals about a particular topic.  If you don’t have a website and yet want to be an affiliate, you can well use ezines to promote your affiliate products or to insert links to your merchant’s site.  If you have a website, your ezine article may actually work well as content for your site.  But since you have no website, you can just submit your free ezine articles to various websites that hosts ezines, like goarticles.com, ezinearticles.com and others.

*Online discussions (Forums, Chats, Message Boards, etc.)

With or without a website, you just can’t ignore online discussions because they are great venues for marketing your affiliate products.  In chats, forums, message boards and discussion boards with topics related to your products, you can easily find people who may be interested with the products you are promoting.

With all these strategies, it may appear that one really doesn’t need to have a website to start marketing his affiliate products and promoting his affiliate programs.  Well, starting in an affiliate program without a website may be easy, but getting successful in affiliate marketing without a website is another thing.  While one can actually gain enormous success in affiliate marketing even without a website, it is a rare instance that “newbies” like you can reach the same levels of success.

Having a website is not really a pre-requisite in entering into an affiliate program, unless otherwise the program owner would require you to have one.  But while this is so, I would still recommend that you have for yourself a website, if not now, then maybe at a later time.  Having a website creates a lot of advantages in affiliate marketing.  For one, it provides you a place where you can creatively promote not only one of your affiliate products but all of your affiliate products.  With a website, you can also advertise your affiliate products to a wider market.

Again, having a website is not a requirement in affiliate marketing.  But with the advantages that a website can provide, I’d rather have one for myself and make affiliate marketing a lot easier for me.

Here’s How To Avoid The 3 Most Common Affiliate Mistakes

Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective and powerful ways of earning some money online. This program gives everybody a chance to make a profit through the Internet. Since these affiliate marketing programs are easy to join, implement and pays a commission on a regular basis, more an more people are now willing in this business.

However, like all businesses, there are lots of pitfalls in the affiliate marketing business. Committing some of the most common mistakes will cost the marketers a large portion taken from the profit they are making everyday. That is why it is better to avoid them than be regretful in the end.

Mistake number 1: Choosing the wrong affiliate.

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

Instead of jumping on the bandwagon, try top choose a product in which you are truly interested in. For any endeavor to succeed, you should take some time to plan and figure out your actions.

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

Mistake number 2: Joining too many affiliate programs.

Since affiliate programs are very easy to join, you might be tempted to join multiples of affiliate programs to try and maximize the earnings you will be getting. Besides you may think that there is nothing wrong and nothing to lose by being part of many affiliate programs.

True, that is a great way to have multiple sources of income. However, joining multiple programs and attempting to promote them all at the same time will prevent you from concentrating on each one of them.

The result? The maximum potential of your affiliate program is not realized and the income generated will not exactly be as huge as you were thinking initially it would. The best way to get excellent result is by joining just one program that pays a 40% commission at least. Then give it your best effort by promoting your products enthusiastically. As soon as you see that it is already making a reasonable profit, then maybe you can now join another affiliate program.

The technique is to do it slowly but surely. There is really no need to rush into things, especially with affiliate marketing. With the way things are going, the future is looking real bright and it seems affiliate marketing will be staying for a long time too.

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

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

Try the product or service personally first before you sign up as an affiliate to see if it is really delivering what it promises. If you have done so, then you are one of the credible and living testaments aware of its advantages and disadvantages. Your customers will then feel the sincerity and truthfulness in you and this will trigger them to try them out for themselves.

Many affiliate marketers makes these mistakes and are paying dearly for their actions. To not fall into the same situation they have been in, try to do everything to avoid making the same mistakes.

Time is the key. Take the time to analyze your marketing strategy and check if youa re in the right track. If done properly, you will be able to maximize your affiliate marketing program and earn higher profits.

3 Surefire Ways to Make List Building an Instant Success

List building can be a long process. People don’t just jump onto your list overnight for the heck of it. You have to put a squeeze page up and you have to drive traffic to it. People sign up, but probably not fast enough to build your business at the speed you’d like it to. So, the question is… How do you get people onto your list faster? Here are three sure ways to put your list building process on fast forward:

  1. Offer a free report: Reports are easy to compile. If you have written many articles about your niche, you can take five of them and turn them into a free report to give away. Just above the opt-in box on your list building page, use a short call to action: Sign up for instant access to my free special report, “Maintenance Tips to Keep your Car Running Like New.” Offer something that people in your niche have problems with. Solve something for them, and they’ll sign up every time.
  1. Use co-registration: Many marketers are unsure of what this term means. Let me explain… You sign up for a co-registration account, such as List Hero, List Builder Pro, or List Opt, but there are many services that will help you with co-reg list building. You create an ad that’s like a classified ad, really. Your notice will be a headline, which is the most important part, and a short statement of what your newsletter, ezine, or mailing list is about. Then, that ad is placed alongside other classified ads for other people’s lists. It can be served in different ways, such as right on your web page, in a pop-up, a pop-under, or on the co-reg company’s web site, but what makes it co-registration is that people have the opportunity to sign up for more lists than just yours at the same time, so you’re all list building at once.
  1. Joint Venture: When you enter into an agreement with another businessperson to promote their product, you’ll have the opportunity to get subscribers from his or her list. So, say for instance, that you’re building a list around cats. OK, so you go to an online pet store, and ask if you can help them to sell their pet supplies. You set up a teleseminar, with the online pet store owner as your special guest. The day of the call, you just interview them about the best foods to give cats or ask about hairball remedies–again, anything that will help to solve your audience’s problems. You advertise your list building page through pay-per-click, ezine ads, or any other way, and you ask your JV partner to mail out to their list about the teleseminar three times. Have them drive their list to your list building page. If they have a big list, you’ll get your list going very quickly.

There are many more ways to go about list building, of course. But these three ways will get your list going very, very quickly, and any of these ways is a good way to get started. Joint venturing is what helped me to build my list as big as it is today, and continues to add people to it every single week. If you’re not ready for that yet, consider co-registration. And if you can’t afford to pay for a list, then offering a simple report will do. Just don’t sit around thinking how great these solutions are. Get out there and get one started!

Internet Marketing and List Building: What’s Your Niche?

Do you know what topic you’re going to be list building around? That’s absolutely key. You need to figure that out, and it basically can either be something you want to learn a lot about, or it can be something you already know a lot about. Either one is completely legitimate. The next step is to go ahead and invite a lot of people who have lists and products to sell to take part in your teleseminar interview series.

For instance, what if you wanted to do a teleseminar series on golf, and that you know of several bestselling authors that want to sell more books and so, will agree to do a teleseminar series with you. What they do is they promote to your interview series. I’m sure you’ve seen this done before. They promote to your interview series, and on the thank-you page, after people opt-in for that interview series, you sell a golfing product and they earn affiliate commission. Then you do your series of webinars or teleseminars, and presto!

You sell their product at the end through your affiliate link. All of a sudden, they’re making money and you’re making money. You’re building up a series of recordings on a topic, again, that you either want to learn about and you know nothing about — so you become an inquisitive interviewer — or a topic that you know something about — so you become an expert interviewer.

“This is a topic I have all this experience on such and such a topic. We’re interviewing you on this topic to find out what your thoughts or feelings are on it, and ask you these questions through your particular area of expertise of X, Y, and Z.” Bam, bam, bam! You’re off and running.

You basically get 10 or 12 people in that topic who have lists to promote to your list, and that’s how you get started. That’s how I got started.

Then what you do is you go to ClickBank and you find at least four products that apply to golfing. You buy them, and you read them or try them, and make sure that they’re great products. the next step is to offer them to the list that you built in your autoresponder series. You can start wtih four messages, but as time goes on, you may want to offer more and more to the people on your list. The more they come to respect and trust you, the more they’ll buy the products you recommend, and you’re making money.

That’s really all there is to it. Set up an interview series with people in your niche. Build your list, using their lists, and then offer product to the list you’ve managed to build from the teleseminar series. It’s that simple.

Make Money with Affiliate Products and Your List

Once you have a list building, there’s no question that you can make a lot of money selling other people’s products. And there are a couple of good places where you can find the products to fit the niche where you’ve built your list. These services are great for sellers because the hard work of managing affiliates and creating a sales system are removed and handled by the online vending system, and they’re great for affiliates for the same reasons.

But it’s important to stick to affiliate products that fit your list. You never want to try to sell a quilting list something about Internet Marketing because they won’t have any idea what you want them to buy. It’s like trying to mix oil and water; it just won’t work, and if you do it, all you’re going to get are unsubscribes. Some services are better than others for what your particular list might want, so you may have to join more than one site to find the products you need to promote.

The sites have names you’ve probably heard before, like ClickBank, PayDotCom, and Commission Junction, but there are others out there. ClickBank has a wide variety of products that you might use and if you’re into quilting, for instance, there’s a crafts section with tons of interesting products. You don’t necessarily just have to sell only quilting products. You might sell crocheting items, scrapbooking, knitting, etc. because crafters often do multiple things, and this works the same with most other niches.

PayDotCom.com is good for an Internet Marketing list, as most of the affililate opportunities at PayDotCom are about Internet Marketing, though the site is growing daily.

Commission Junction deals more with big businesses and have clients like eBay, Crucial and Pfaltzgraf. You can sign up to become an affiliate for one of those. Just remember that it’s easy for people to walk into some of those places, so being an affiliate for somebody like Best Buy would be difficult. Yet, I can see a specific product working out. Like, say you have a list built around gaming. If you have a link from Best Buy to the new PS3 and send a great email to your list, you could do well. How well you do with any product depends on how well you target that product to your particular list.

If you still can’t find anything to sell, you can go to Google and type “affiliate program,” the little plus sign, and the topic of your list. A lot of sites will have a link at the bottom asking you to join their affiliate program.

The next thing you should do is choose four products that you can promote. Be as creative as you can. When you join those sites for free and choose to promote those products, you’ll be given a unique link. That link is your affiliate link that will track the people who buy, and show that they came from you.

When you get your affiliate link, oftentimes it will be very long. After you get your affiliate links for your four products, go to www.TinyURL.com. One at a time, you will pop that long affiliate link into the spot in TinyURL. It will pop out a very small link for you. You can use that link in the emails you are going to be sending out to your list.

Use a system of mailing to your list and following up, and you’re bound to make money.

Build a Rapport with Your List by Asking

A great thing to do even before you try to build a list is to set up an “ASK” campaign. Focus on getting 100 answers about whatever it is you’re into. Then, you’ll know exactly what people want. With that information, you’re going to be able to write emails, write copy, and anything else you write, based on what people on your list want.

You can capture people’s names and email addresses, if you want to. But I might even hold off on that so you can get as many questions asked as possible within a shorter period of time.

Also limit how much you ask. The more fields you add in, the less likely people will fill them out. So I would go for, “What is your single, most burning question about [my business?]” Whatever that business is. Use your picture and signature. And say, “Find out what people want to know,” and go from there.

Use the answers you get to come up with bullet points, headline, and everything else on your squeeze page.

Yet, it all depends on how you want to position your ASK campaign and what it is you’re trying to accomplish.

If you’re going to use paid advertising to find out what people want, just ask them what they want as the first thing. Then on the thank-you page you might let them join your newsletter, or something like that and let them join your list.

Or, you might offer them an e-book on the squeeze page. Then, go to ClickBank and find an e-book you can promote. But do that after you find out what people want to know. “Thank you for subscribing. Your first lesson is on its way. While you’re waiting, ask them again, “What’s your single biggest question about weight loss?”

This will help you to know what your list wants. Build rapport with them. Then you can start recommending products.

I guarantee the people who are doing really well, are doing really well because they are able to build a bond and rapport with their lists very quickly and easily. What I’m giving you here are strategies to do just that. I’m saying build your foundation so you can really build rapport and find out what people on your list want first. Then start selling them stuff.

Start selling what list members said they already want, rather than trying to sell them what you want to sell them.

Make sense?