Can vs Can’t – Possible vs Impossible


It is my opinion, there are four words that are the driving force behind you achieving your ultimate goal and your WHY in life. These four words are the most powerful words that you can and will ever speak to yourself about any situation – “I CAN” and “I CAN’T”, or “It’s POSSIBLE” and “It’s IMPOSSIBLE”.

“CAN” is power and “CAN’T” is retreat. “POSSIBLE” is potential and “IMPOSSIBLE” is no expectation.

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You have the power to decide if you wish to ACHIEVE or RETREAT, live for the possible or live with no expectation. because when you speak victory words such as “I CAN” and possible, you will attain whatever you set out to do regardless of what others are saying to you.

There are many famous entrepreneurs in the world and I can guarantee you that if you spoke with each of them individually, they would tell you that in the beginning of their journey the majority of people told them —-you “CAN’T” do that, it is “IMPOSSIBLE!”

Fortunately, these highly successful entrepreneurs disregarded this advice and listened to their inner voice that said, “Yes I CAN, it is POSSIBLE!”

The key in life is to realize the most important person who speaks to you every day is you – on the inside! You need to review your WHY in Life and see if you are on track toward achieving your WHY, or are you on a detour because someone told you, “You CAN’T, it’s not possible to do that so stop dreaming!” If the latter is you, you need to speak to your inner person and say to yourself, “Today I will take another productive stride!”

Every day for 5 decades plus, each morning, I visualized myself crossing off another CAN and CAN’T on my list. Even today, my personal outcome for each day is to build a community of people who we can inspire and motivate. I have to admit if it was not for my inner person saying, “Chuck you CAN do it! YOU CAN do it!” If he did it, then it is POSSIBLE that I can do it too.

Some days it is still difficult, but I am doing it!

I am personally very proud and appreciative of the people who have stepped up to the plate and made individual contributions of talent over the years to create interesting, important contributions to radio communications, and in these last few years, to the many who have helped those trying to move ahead in a new, digital world.

All of these people have and are dreaming of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn’t fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn’t dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?

Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in our attic. This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing.

But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.

The most common problem to setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get hung up thinking I can’t do this. It’s too hard. It’s too impossible. No one can do this.

If everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.

You know the story of the bumblebee. Scientists have studied the bee and have stated over and over again, it is impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Fortunately for the bumblebee no one has told them, so fly they do.

On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.

If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging on to the impossible dream.

Try this exercise. On a piece of paper write down some goals in your life. Under the heading ‘you know you can do’ list some goals. Under the second heading, ‘you might be able to do’, write the things that you want to try to do. And under a third heading, list the things that that are ‘impossible for you to do.’

Now look at all the headers and strive every day to accomplish the goals that are under things ‘you know you can do’. Check them when you’ve accomplished them. As you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing the goals under the other header-the one that reads ‘you might be able to do.’

Once completed, you will move to the third column, the thing’s you CAN’T accomplish.
As you iterate through this process, you will find out that the goals you thought were impossible become easier to accomplish.

The impossible begin to seem possible after all.

You see, the technique here is not to limit your imagination. It is to aim high, and start working towards that goal little by little. However, it also is unwise to set a goal that is truly unrealistic.

Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard, end up disappointed and disillusioned.

If you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to fly to the moon, they would laugh at you, or worse yet – burn you at the stake. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.

Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For you to accomplish your dreams, there has to be hard work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.

Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? That is as true as it can be.

So dream on, friend! Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just about find out that the impossible has just become a bit more possible.

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Meta Tag Guide for 2018

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The difference between the two tag types – meta tags and tags – is arbitrary. The syntax for an HTML meta tag contains the word “meta” while “meta tag” doesn’t necessarily have to have the word “meta” in it.

The important part to remember is that they both serve the same purpose.

They are used to provide search engines with information about a web page

Header tags are NOT meta tags, and they describe just one element of a page, not the contents of a page as a whole. However, ensuring you’re optimizing your header tags will help users and search engines understand what your content is about.

The Tag “Hreflang”

The Hreflang isn’t technically a tag, it’s an important attribute. An attribute that can help tell Google which language you’re content is using on a webpage. It’s used to show the language of the page and the territory that you serve with the page.

An example code snippet targeting a webpage toward English language users in Canada:

Canonical tag

Another very important tag is the canonical tag. Set it up incorrectly and risk losing visibility in the SERPs. Used correctly and it’s a great way of telling search engines that a webpage URL is the defacto version. It’s the best way to avoid duplicate content issues on your site, caused by search engines crawling multiple URLs that contain the same or close to identical content on them.

In general, if a search engine finds multiple URLs with identical content, it’ll have a harder job determining which is the original and which is the duplicate. This leads to lower rankings for both pages of content, or worse, the important page won’t rank.

An example code snippet for canonical tag use:

Content type tag

The content type tag is used for defining the page content type and the character set it uses. Using this helps your browser understand and decode a page.

An example code snippet for content type tag use:

 

Title tag

One most recognizable tags for anyone carrying out SEO work is the title tag which is used to specify what the web page is about, and importantly is used by search engines to generate the results in the SERPs.

From an SEO perspective, optimizing your title tag to contain topics/keywords information about the contents on the page can help to improve your rankings for those topics/keywords. Currently you can expect Google to display between 50-60 characters of your title before it’s truncated, so keep an eye on length when writing these.

An example code snippet for the title tag, which sits within the head tag at the top of your webpage:

 

Meta description tag

Similar to the title tag, the meta description tag is well known and provides you with an opportunity to tell search engines and users in the SERPs what your webpage content is about. While not a direct ranking factor, you should optimize your meta description to provide a compelling succinct account of your web pages content.

If Google doesn’t think you’ve done a good enough job, they may choose to replace your meta description tag with their own interpretation, often using content from the opening few paragraphs of your site.

An example code snippet for meta description tag:

 

Viewport tag

The viewport tag is a useful tag for helping browsers understand and control the dimensions of your web page.

In the past, there was no need for this tag as everyone viewed webpages on desktop on similar sized displays, but with the rise of mobile and tablet usage, many of which have different dimensions, it’s now more important to ensure that you’re telling the browser this information.

Correct implementation of the viewport tag will ensure that users experience your site in the correct way.

An example code snippet for the viewport meta tag:

 

Robots meta tags

There’s a large number of robot meta tags you can use, all of which will help search engine crawlers do their job of crawling and indexing web pages across the internet. Not all search engines will follow all commands, but here are a few examples of robot meta tags and what they are asking the crawlers to do:

Nofollow Tells crawlers not to follow any of the links listed on that page, and also not to pass any equity to linked page

Noindex Tells crawlers not to index that page

Noimageindex Tells crawlers not to index images from that page

Noarchive Tells crawlers not to include a cached version

An example code snippet for the robot meta tag:

Open graph (OG) meta tags for social

The OG meta tags for social. While less a direct focus for SEO, ensuring you have correctly implemented OG meta tags for social can help ensure your content looks great when it’s shared, which helps to improve engagement with posts and increase traffic.

 

 

 

 

There are a range of other tags you can use on your website. Thanks in part to Search Engine Watch for reminding me of the importance of meta tags and tags.

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Writing – Passive or Active Voice

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Which do you use?

in 98% of your writing, you are attempting to create conversions. It may be selling and idea, or a product or service. You are trying to “convert” the reader (or listener or viewer) to an “action”.

The “word trick” that helps you most to increase conversions is to eliminate passive voice. Studies show this to be true and for decades I’ve depended on advertising that “sells” and announcers who between records create reactions. So I know it works.

Eliminate your passive voice!

Of course you have to recognize, in your writing, what is passive and which is active. “Passive voice is when the subject of the article (or even the sentence) receives the “action”. The subject is not active.

“Active voice means that the subject is doing the action.”

This Zimmer car is recommended by rich lawyers, or rich lawyers recommend the Zimmer car.

The first example is passive voice and the second is active voice. The recommended is happening to the lawyers, while in the second example the lawyers are actually doing the action – recommending. Subtle but far more effective in the active voice when trying to market your product or service.

Write as you would normally first, then go over your copy looking for passive voice indicators. Then think about how you can rewite them in an active style. Passive voice phrases can include a subject followed by is, was, am or are; and buy the.

Indirect Writing

Another thing to look out for is indirect writing as opposed to direct writing. A limo like this is just what you need, while direct would you you need this limo.

Eliminate Long-winded Sentences

Another no-no is long-winded sentences. Keep your sentences brief. A passive long-winded sentence would be – Limousine are loved by automobile fans of all ages and genders. The active version would be – all limo fans love Mauck limos.

No confusion or vagueness

Stay away from confusing writing. A passive example – the yacht you will buy will let you travel at 40 knots while sitting in opulent leather seats. The active example would be – You can travel at 40 knots an hour in comfort in a this yacht.

Vague subjects versus precise. Passive might be – one should always buy an white car. The active alternative is – You should buy an white car. This is aiming for clarity and getting the point across quickly and directly.

In any content where you are attempting to make a direct, or indirect sale (a product or an idea), you should almost always be writing in an active voice. Remember this rule – ABC (always be closing). Writing in an active voice is a simple way to achieve a better closing or conversion rate.

When blogging, tell your visitors how long it takes to read your article, watch or listen to your blog post. This adds another “really?” to the readers curiosity factor and is proven to increase their engagement. 300 words read in a minute is average, so it’s pretty easy to provide the read time. Also be sure that your “share” information is custom written so your “shares” aren’t canned and thus ignored.

Great content consists of bringing your ideas to life, while entertaining. It’s part of the “story” ingredient. Your readership will grow as will your search results.


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How do YOU define success?

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Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

This really is a great quote. Not only is it interesting but also inspiring.

One of the truths that I find most frustrating as a coach is that many people believe that success, in whatever field of endeavor they are currently striving, is rather like winning the lottery. In fact, it certainly seems from the evidence that they in fact believe that success is even more random because they aren’t even buying a ticket. They are simply passively waiting.

If you listen to people talk you won’t hear many people voicing this opinion of success but look around you and watch what people are actually doing–or rather not doing–and you will quickly see what I mean.

Many people want things–they want to be rich, they want to be at the top of their profession, they want a successful marriage, they want to raise great kids, they want to be respected in their community, and so on.

But what do they do to achieve this success?

Are they working both hard and smart toward their financial goals and living frugally while they do so? Are they constantly learning and striving at their job? Are they showing their spouse love, consideration, understanding, and generosity? Are they spending time with their children both modeling how to be a good person and being generous with their love and understanding? Are they regularly proving themselves an asset within their community by being a good neighbor in every sense of the word?

We all know that we must accomplish these tasks to achieve success in these areas. I’ve probably missed something too. I am hardly a model of success in every area. I would in fact describe myself as fair to middling. I am certainly not rich but the bills get paid and our basics and then some are covered without too much stress. I’m now retired, but my former boss, peers, and subordinates think I am doing a pretty good job as well as I kept getting promoted. While my marriage is in fairly good shape, after 50+ years, but I know I could certainly put more into it. I think I have a great kids, grand kids and great-grand kids.

At the tender age of 18, after graduating from high school, I went to work in radio as an announcer. Commercial radio was 35 years old. Television? Nope. Internet? Double Nope! Radio was it and I decided to set myself on fire and become a success in the business.

Who could have imagined. Not my parents, not my teachers, not even my friends. But I was on fire and for 14 years I played the new music of the age – rock ‘n’ roll. Then I moved into management working up from the bottom and over 10 years went from rock ‘n’ roll disc-jockey to CEO of some of the largest and most interesting broadcast properties.

Why, fire in the belly and passion. I personally was proof that anyone could achieve success and the trappings that come with it.

How do YOU define success?

Is it money, career, love, marriage, family, friendship, respect, community?

For me, success is primarily about love. How many lives do I touch with mine? How many hearts? Who has been changed by my existence in a postive way? I hope that people judge me as a good person and that if I died tomorrow that there would be great mourning.

If we really want this success then we will set ourselves on fire. We won’t wait for spontaneous combustion.

[The quote is by Arnold H. Glasow]

 

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Anything that’s worth doing, is worth doing Poorly

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You read it correctly.

I really am saying that “anything that’s worth doing is worth doing poorly”.

Joachim DePosada said this and I found it on the The Gary Halbert Letter web site:, it struck such a huge cord. It made such immediate sense to me. The more I looked the more I realized that our lives were built around this statement. What about yours?

Go back to when you started to learn to drive. That very first time, you pressed your foot down on the throttle. The engine screamed. You lifted your left foot off the clutch with such panache, and you hurled forward with such velocity, you would have beaten anything animal or human.

Can you drive now?

Or how about the time your Dad told you you could drive the boat. You grabbed the wheel and damn near sank on your first turn. But you corrected, gathered your thoughts and remembered which side was port and which was starboard.

Can you drive a boat now?

I rest my case:

Anything that’s worth doing, is worth doing poorly.

Do you remember the first time you played tennis? Did you really get the serve right first time? Or did you carefully throw the ball in the air throw the racket and miss!!! What about now? Was it worth doing it poorly the first time around?

What happened the first time you strode up with your bucket of balls on the driving range? You put the ball down and swung perfectly and hit it for what 500 yards?????? Or, did you:

  1. miss it completely,
  2. follow through and fall over
  3. take out a good portion of the matting or grass with the shot
  4. hit it with such force it managed a few yards and stopped.

What is all this about?

Reminding yourself that…

Whenever you do something you haven’t done before.
Whenever, you make effort to break an old habit.
Whenever you are going to do something that is worth doing.

The odds are you are going to do it badly.

Don’t give in. You are normal. Don’t listen to that critical voice inside your head that says, “It’s no good. I can’t do it. I will never, ever try again”.

Listen instead to the powerful, self confirming voice that says,
“It’s OK. Remember. Anything that’s worth doing, is worth doing poorly”

So, whether your aim is to give up smoking… diet to lose weight or gain … stop drinking … change your job, learn a language, build a business, be better on-air, a better speaker or writer or whatever it is, accept that you are going to do it poorly at first. Then gradually with practice you will get better and better.

It takes effort to improve yourself. It takes effort to become the best sales person in town. It takes effort to build a successful business. It takes effort to lose weight. It takes effort to follow your dream.

But. If you want to improve yourself! ……..If you want to learn a new skill…….. There is only one way to start … Overcome your need to be right first time and keep practicing.

So whatever you want to do. Whatever you dream of being! Whatever you see yourself doing in five years time. It all starts with making a fool of yourself now. So you might as well get on with it. Go on, go for your dream!

Remember:

Anything that’s worth doing, is worth doing poorly.

I decided to check out other works by Joachim DePosada who was a motivational speaker from Puerto Rico. He wrote some excellent books that I found on Amazon, and so far I’ve read one, and heading into the second. If you’re interested, here’s the links. Don’t Eat the Marshmallow Yet! The Secret to Sweet Success in Work and Life and Don’t Gobble the Marshmallow…Ever!: The Secret to Sweet Success in Times of Change.

 

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Mobile-First Indexing

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First let’s define what “mobile” means to Google.

Mobile in essence is a smartphone. Not your laptop, notebook, or even tablet or iPad. It’s your phone, your smartphone. If you develop websites or even just blog, MOBILE FIRST should be in front of you at all times.

Google’s own definition is – “Mobile: In this document, “mobile” or mobile devices refers to smartphones, such as devices running Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone. Mobile browsers are similar to desktop browsers in that they can render a broad set of the HTML5 specification, although their screen size is smaller and in almost all cases their default orientation is vertical.”

Knowing this is important when building your website. Because I am mostly a WordPress site developer, I don’t concern myself with the coding. I leave that to WordPress and my theme. So be sure to use a fully responsive theme. Check it out on a smartphone before you commit a lot of time to developing your site with a particular theme. Make sure it’s considered a good mobile theme.

In fact, use Google’s “Mobile-Friendly Test” site to check to make sure. [https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly]

I live in Niagara Falls, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and needless to say, there are a lot of businesses here that need mobile friendly websites. Restaurants, hotels, tour operators and the like. As I was writing this post I decided to do a random check of these local businesses to see if they’ve got mobile friendly websites.

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, but at least 50% of the 100 sites I checked are not mobile friendly. Wow, there’s absolutely no excuse, and none of these businesses should be complaining about their poor business.

Their Website Is The Most Important Asset They have!

OK, let’s understand what Google is doing with Mobile-First Indexing.

Google is basing what it places in the index based on the mobile version of your site. They used to index the desktop version of your site first.

Got it?

Google is looking at the mobile version of your website first and using that information for the search results.

This switch was made because more and more searches come from a mobile device and to give those users a better experience, Google decided that it was time to prioritize mobile results.

Also, and remember this – that the mobile-first index is not a separate index, Google has only one index from which it serves the results. Thus, mobile is the most important.

You will see in your Google Search Console when Google indexed your site “mobile first” This means that Google will determine by the content available on your mobile site how you will rank — both on the desktop and on mobile. This is really important, especially if you have both a mobile site and a standard site. But most WordPress sites are responsive, so both mobile and desktop are identical content so you have nothing to worry about.

You do not have to have a mobile site to be in the mobile-first indexing, as Google is indexing sites as well. However, it’ll be hard to rank if your site is not mobile friendly.

Write for mobile!

Remember, reading from a screen is hard and from a mobile screen is even harder. To attract a mobile audience, you’ll need to have mobile-friendly copy. This means short sentences and compact paragraphs. You need to make sure your font on your mobile site is large and clear and make sure to use enough whitespaces.

No doubt some of the content writing rules have changed. Go through your current site and make sure your site is mobile friendly visually as well as being filled with quality content. Check your Google Analytics to determine where your audience is coming from, mobile or other wise. If you are a local business, or you build sites for local businesses, then for sure, mobile is first.

Things like “page speed” are even more important in mobile rendering. If the user will wait 3 seconds on a computer, they’ll only wait half that on a phone. 1.5 seconds you must be “on-screen.” Also not that according to Chrome’s developer tools, the screen dimensions for mobile are 412 x 732. For those with a little more coding experience, this could be important for your site.

Take the time to evaluate the mobile version of your website. Is your design (theme) good enough? Or could you improve? Are the buttons large enough to tap? What about your content? Could you make your text more readable for a mobile audience? Make sure your website creates a “wow” mobile experience because this will make a difference in your rankings quickly.

 

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Keywords – The Holy Grail?

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We all know keywords are important. But are they THE most important ingredient of your website or blog? NO! Focused, quality content is first and foremost.
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Amazon Affiliation

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Who doesn’t know what these symbols stand for? Of course, Amazon, the world’s largest online store. Think of it this way. If you have a website for a company that is huge, Ford, Chev, Tide, Nike or any other, their taffic, the number of people who visit the site, is minuscule, tiny, itsy-bitsy and microscopic compared to the number of people who visit Amazon.

Remember, they are visiting a store, not a theme park or a sandy beach in the sun.

A store!

So the question is, why wouldn’t you want to be an affiliate of Amazon. Biggest store, most sales, more opportunity for you to promote to a willing and eager audience. To be frank, Amazon affiliation is a simple, but proven way to cash-in huge, period!

Stop Chasing Tiny Affiliate Commissions, This is How You Make 6 Figures with Amazon, The right way!

    · What should you look into, before picking your Niche!
    · Selecting 6 Figure Affiliate Products!
    · Affiliate Advertising Strategies you shouldn’t miss!
    · Building an Amazon Affiliate Empire, the right way!

Hello,

Let’s be straight here…

Almost everyone who has tried to generate big profits from Amazon has run into problems. It’s no secret. Trying to Profit from Amazon is very difficult, if you don’t know what you are doing.

If you’ve been trying, you’ve probably …

Wasted hours in the complicated “learning curve”, trying to figure out the exactly how to truly generate a large and recurring profit from Amazon.

Paid a lot of money for Amazon Affiliate Written and Video Courses. Money spent for something you can easily learn yourself if you have the right information.

Spent either a a lot of money or many, many hours of your time to set up an Amazon Affiliate website, hoping to make you some big cash, so you can least get your investment back.

It’s really no wonder that some people who try to make a Profit from Amazon just give up.

I’ve been an Amazon Affiliate for 20 years, and yes it isn’t easy, but here’s the truth …

Being Able to Create a Conversion Proven Amazon Affiliate Site, Ready to Generate some Commissions, is much closer than you think!

Here’s 6 Reasons Why You Absolutely Can Profit From Amazon:

Amazon is a trusted brand: Amazon.com is the number one ecommerce retailer in the world, and is visited by over 250 million people every month.

High Commissions that add up: It’s all about volume, and it doesn’t take much to provide high daily commissions.

You earn per sale as much as you want: You decide what to promote. A $5,000 product or a $25 product.

It is easy to set up: Becoming an Amazon affiliate will only take you about 5 to 10 minutes of your time.

Endless Products to promote: Amazon’s warehouses have more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens and could hold more water than 10,000 Olympic Pools.

Recurring Buyer Audience: 62% of Consumers say they shop online at least once per month

Having Tried It All, I Too Was Beaten Down and Ready to Throw in the Towel.

Roadblocks were my constant reality.

I didn’t have a clue on how to make money with Amazon, and didn’t even know what a profit generating Amazon affiliate site should look like.

I bought expensive Amazon Affiliate Written and Video Courses, spending money for something I could easily learn myself by accessing the right information.

Finally I cracked the code, and started earning money from Amazon, and have kept earning for years now!

I’ve decided to put all the information together for others who want to become Amazon Affiliates, and that is what this page is all about.

With My Advice, you’ll be able to…

✓ Learn how to become a Supper Amazon Affiliate so you can achieve your goal be it an additional income, or of working from home, or as some I know, have joined together to create a group doing something that they really love, making money together in the process.

✓ Learn how to connect on a serious level with the things that you love by identifying the types of products that you would like to promote from the amazon.com marketplace.

✓ Learn how to transform your hobbies and lifestyle preferences into something profitable.

✓ Learn how to create a streamlined, semi-automated set up that will allow you to free up lots of time to live life while your Amazon Affiliate business grows and creates revenue.

And the list goes on and on…

Introducing…

Amazon Affiliate Profits
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Revealing The “Secrets” To Making 6 Figures with Amazon!

You will become an Amazon Affiliate expert, and you’ll get everything you need inside…

Here’s Just A Quick Preview Of What You’ll Discover Inside…

✓ What’s Amazon.com all about? 7 Important Elements to consider that you didn’t know about Amazon before.

✓ How do you make money with Amazon as an affiliate? What is an Amazon affiliate? How do you become an Amazon affiliate? How do you make money with Amazon as an affiliate?

✓ Why Amazon Affiliate Marketing is your best choice? The Top 4 reasons why Amazon affiliate marketing is the best choice for you!

✓ Picking a Hot Amazon Niche. 3 Proven strategies for finding out the type of niche products that are going to make you the most money as an affiliate!

✓ Selecting some Hot Products to Promote. Here we are going to show you, step by step, the strategy behind selecting the hottest products in your niche!

✓ Creating an Amazon Affiliate Website. Here we will start tinkering with the technical aspects of getting your Amazon affiliate business up and running, with just a few clicks.

✓ Creating Product Oriented Content. 4 easy to apply strategies for creating awesome product oriented content for your affiliate sites.

✓ Creating Your Amazon Associates Account. Step by Step walkthrough for creating Your Amazon Associates Account.

✓ Linking your Amazon Affiliate Links. How to funnel people from your content all the way through the Amazon marketplace.

✓ Promoting your Amazon Affiliate Website – Part 1. The most successful methods to promote your Amazon affiliate websites.

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The Blind Spot Of “Long Tail Keywords”


Just like average Internet marketers, after taking courses and reading, I start doing AdWords campaigns. I applied lots of “long tail keywords”, and results sucked!

One must learn how to interpret the theory behind those experts by testing their theory and constantly modify and made perfect it with your experience.

The truth behind “long tail keyword” is doing the “right long tail keyword”. How are we going to be sure that such long tail keyword is used by the people (prospects) to find their way to their answer?

“Research and testing”, research the market by visiting the forums, blogs, article directories and any place that is talking about your niche. Find out their wording, their problems and the process of getting the solution! Then prepare the keyword list as usual – keyword tool research. Put out the generic search terms found during the research, don’t drill into long tail keyword yet. Monitor and observe closely, find the most click through or impression keyword(s), remember to track the actual organic keyword(s) used to drive people your site (Google analytics will do the job).

Then expand your research and tested keywords into “long tail keywords”, and now you are in business! You should be able to find the gold in AdWords for your niche!

Remember to brainstorm your research through identifying the process, find the weak point and may be creating your own product to promote! This is my fastest way to PPC marketing and Niche marketing.

The most important thing in keyword research is to simulate your customer, put yourself in the customer shoes, feel like them, think like them, ask yourself what do you want, what is the problem and solution? While you are thinking, always open your keyword research tools and try to confirm there is a market every time an idea strikes you!

Google is the largest PPC marketing provider, but in terms of conversion and profitability, Yahoo search marketing and MSN AdCenter with less competitive searches probably converts sales better. Never limit yourself to one provider, always test all possibility. If Google market share is 60%, and you are not doing anything to fill up the 40% gap, you are putting money on the table!

Lastly, let me share my 3 tips to a successful marketing campaign:

1. Provides a solution to a problem, not simply get a product to fill the gaps. This will highly increase your conversion rate because of high demand. (Always remember to make your customer’s life easier, this is the key to long term success, especially when you’re trying to establish a good relationship)

2. Always keep track of your traffic, visitors’ behavior on your web site and split test your Ads, Landing page and Sales page.

3. During the testing, eliminate the “loss” factors, scale up the “profit” factors and consistently monitor and improve the campaign.

Hope this information is helpful, and you are welcome to share any ideas and thoughts with me.

[Written by Chuck Camroux – 20+ years of online Affiliate Marketing plus 30 years of media senior management and marketing expertise. You can reach me using the “Contact” for at the top of this page.]

 

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I’m hooked on affiliate marketing


Today, many of us want to pack up our jobs and be our own bosses. A feeling brought on by the massive changes in the work environment around the world. The idea of working for yourself attracts many, but the reality of making it happen stops most from trying.

In fact the vast majority of us cannot get a business off the ground due to a lack of necessary capital (money), and our natural aversion to risk.

Starting even a small business takes a fair amount of money. You need to buy or rent premises, purchase your stock and equipment and maybe pay staff. You will also have other outside expenses such as advertising, which can be substantial.

Risk is the factor that kills most businesses off. Even if you’re lucky enough to get the capital to start, nearly 90% of all small businesses fail in the first year. If yours is one of the lucky ones, you have to keep reinvesting your time and money to build up the businesses reputation. It takes time before most businesses become profitable.

Affiliate marketing involves you, working as an affiliate (a promoter) for a company. You sell either goods or services and you’re paid on how much you cause to be sold. “Cause to be sold” is an important distinction between being an affiliate and being a sales person.

In affiliate marketing there is very limited (small) costs to you, and even less of a rick. You put in the time and effort and you are rewarded accordingly.

However, running an affiliate marketing business is challenging. It isn’t a free walk in the park. It can be a passive income generator, but not without some front end work. To help those along who desire to be an affiliate marketer, but only have the minimum knowledge about it.

Another important tips. In the world of affiliate marketing there is no such thing as the perfect program or affiliate site.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money and work for yourself, full or part-time. The risk to you is minimal and there are small start up costs, in addition to having a computer and an Internet connection.

You can join companies like Shopify.ca or you can strike out on your own. When I started there wasn’t much choice except to strike out on your own. Although I have looked at the other “systems” out there, I remain convinced that doing it yourself give the largest rewards in the end, and much more freedom.

To become the so called Super Affiliate, you should really follow the advice of other successful affiliates. They have been through Affiliate Marketing from the ground up and know what they are talking about. One of the first pieces of advice they give is to concentrate on a niche. Don’t try to sell everything including the kitchen sink. Concentrate on one thing in the early days. Work out the best way to sell it and get going. Once you have some strategies worked out you can always expand.

You should take time to know your product and who you’re aiming it for. When you understand both well you begin to build up credibility. People will begin to trust you and what you offer. They will feel much better about giving their business over to you rather than others. This will result in higher sales revenue for you and a much stronger business.

Don’t be afraid to diversify. Start with one merchant until you get comfortable with linking and creating content, then sign up with more than one merchant. Beware of any merchant that wants you to sign up with them exclusively. By using several merchants you get much more exposure.

Keep on top of current trends in the market. Be prepared to change if you need to. The online world is continually changing. By being flexible and having a willingness to change you can make these changes work for you rather than against you. Remember, what was working last month may not be this month.

Finally, don’t give up. Most failure is because people give up way too soon. It takes time to build any business. Just keep at it. Try to do something everyday to promote your business. If you keep it up you will eventually start to see results.

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Become An Affiliate Marketer

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Affiliate Marketing is based on revenue sharing…

Hi, my name is Chuck Camroux and online affiliate marketing is what I have done for nearly a quarter of a century. I still do it because it’s fulfilling, fun, creative and makes money.

I also teach affiliate Marketing to people who want to get in on the action. Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting someone else’s products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a commission for each sale that you make.

Affiliates can be individuals or companies. Affiliates can earn a few hundred dollars or hundreds of thousands of dollars a month.

99% of all people who go into some form of ecommerce/income generating business online, start as Affiliate Marketers. Why? Because it’s easy and costs almost nothing to start an Affiliate Marketing business.

Your job as an affiliate marketer is to promote products with the intention of convincing potential customers of the value of the merchant’s product so your readers actually end up buying it. You could have a site like the Best Damn Fishing Gear with many many products, all related to fishing, or you could have a site that promotes one product.

You have a review blog, reviewing the merchant’s products, and promoting your blog through social sites and other methods. This Is Why I’m Broke is a great example of a highly successful affiliate blog.

Without sales, there are no commissions for affiliates, and thus there would be no affiliate marketing. How transparent the affiliate is about being an affiliate is up to the affiliate. Some are and some not so much.

I don’t recommend multiple mini-sites for a bunch of reasons. It can drive you nuts keeping them all up to date and valuable. I’ve had over 300 at the same time in the past. Crazy. Sure you make money, but the return on your investment is rarely worth it. I come from the very early days of online affiliate marketing and it was just the way I learned.

However over time I came to realize that you get the best return with one or two sites, and carefully planned products that have similar relationships. Work the site with better content, better links and you’ll do much better – plus you won’t be as stressed. It’s more fun.

Generally the consumer pays no more because they came to the product through an affiliate. The commission costs are already built into the retail price. Also, there never is a cost to you to become an affiliate of a company or product. There are affiliate networks that act as an intermediary between the affiliate and the merchant. You, the affiliate, sign up through the network (i.e. linkshare.com, commissionjunction.com, etc) to one of their merchant clients.

Affiliates receive from the merchant or the network an affiliate link with a code that identifies you, the affiliate, to the merchant so they know who to credit for the sale. The merchant may also have many helpful tools for the affiliate. Banner ads, email copy, articles, etc.

The largest affiliate merchant – by far – is Amazon. As an Amazon Associate (affiliate) you can promote any product sold by Amazon. Almost anyone can sign up to Amazon and earn commissions, although you earn a smaller commission than most, Amazon has the most sales, which usually makes up for the lower commission.

So that’s how Affiliate Marketing works. Now let’s look at how you become an Affiliate Marketer.

First you need to decide in what niche, or category you want to focus on. Over time you can change or add to this, but you need to begin with a plan. Some people have a particular expertise that is needed by most consumers at different times. Let’s say you are a plumber.

You can start a review/information blog about plumbing and you review plumbing products on your blog. You talk about small items like plumbing fittings for water or a heavy duty micro blow torch for soldering. Or you get into the bigger things like sinks, toilets, bathtubs, even swimming pools.

So you decide that’s the niche for you to explore. You don’t have to relearn the subject to talk about it because you are a plumber.

Then there’s the guy who tests new Hot Wheels cars and trucks on a Hot Wheels race track in his basement. He videos these races and has a half million subscribers. Of course, he promotes Hot Wheels. Race Grooves

Now you get yourself a domain name (the name you type into your browser), and an Internet hosting account. There are hundreds of registrars for domain names. If you don’t have a preference, try “Name Cheap” as I have found them to be good and as their name suggests at the lower end of costs. Your domain name will run about $10-$14 annually.

Once you have secured a domain name, you need to find hosting. A place on the Internet where you keep your website. Again, there are thousands, some good, some not so much.

Next you have to build a website. This is the only real techie area of affiliate marketing. Some people just hire a site builder to get one up so they can proceed with the real job of affiliate marketing. Some want to learn and do it themselves and some know how to build a site.

Next you go to Amazon and sign up as an affiliate. Later in your new venture you can expand your affiliations to include many other merchants if you wish. CAUTION. Don’t apply until you have your site is up and some content already on the site. It is never finished, and it may not be exactly the way you want it, and that’s OK. But it must exist and be able to be seen by the merchant before most will accept you as an affiliate.

The next job is to become a product promoter. A reviewer to many. We have several articles and instructions available on this site to help you in writing copy, reviews and general product articles. What you are trying to do is write something that solves problems with the products you are promoting.

Video is very important on the web. It attracts more viewers than text, generally speaking. So if you are not into video editing (even production), in this age of smartphones, you should learn to do reviews with video added.

Don’t be scared of video. Here’s a guy who has 300,000 people that watch his videos on YouTube. That’s a lot of subscribers built into his income stream.

Remember one thing. I already mentioned it, and that is if your reviews are not genuinely helpful, people will sense immediately that you’re just trying to make a quick buck. Write so that people can relate the product and hopefully your review will emphasis how the product can solve a particular problem.

Basically you’ve got yourself an affiliate business, ready to go, BUT one step is extremely important and I’ve left it to the end. Not because it isn’t important, but because you need to spend some time setting it up. This is CAPTURING EMAIL from your site visitors. Why? Because you can double your income by promoting through email. More on that here. For now though, just know that capturing email is important.

To do this you need OPTIN forms on your site. I use OPTINMONSTER, and there are free options such as Fancy Theme’s OPTIN FORMS WP Plugin. Plus you need a mail/autoresponder service. There are many good ones, I use MailChimp and “GETRESPONSE.COM”.


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You’ll learn how to put up a website quickly and correctly and then how to fill it with the content that the search engines want to see so they can bring you more potential customers. You’ll learn how to join the Amazon Associates program and become an affiliate of the largest online super store in the world. You’ll learn how to duplicate this process with every affiliate program that interests you.

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Creating Banner Ads

Here’s the transcript for those wishing to read about how to create banner ads for your website.

In this video, we’re going to talk about how to create call to action banner ads for less than $10-$15, and you can get them created for even $5 if you use the right sites. And I’m going to walk you through the whole process, step-by-step and this is Part 1, so let’s go ahead and get started.

First of all I want to talk about the strategies that you can use, so that you can be aware of how to use banner ads to convert people into potential buyers or potential subscribers. Now there are different high converting strategies here. you can place banner ads on your front page, or your sidebar of your WordPress site; and you can forward them to “helpful tips” that are located on the inner pages on the site; or you can have banner ads on the front page; or on the sidebar that link to some sort of special free video or report with helpful tips. And when you do this, you have the ability to get people onto your lists, or to gain people’s trust and therefore you increase the conversion rate.

You can also use banner ads to get them to call you, fill out a form; but you’ll convert higher if you give continuous value like tips and advice, and things that people would normally pay for. Try to avoid selling anything on your banner ad or you can risk losing people. People do not ads, people are very skeptical nowadays. So the best way you can approach that issue is simply by appealing to them, by gaining their trust and helping them.

So what’s on the banner ad? The title is very, very important. This is what grabs people because it’s the first thing that they see. So you need a title that expresses what’s in it for them, short and sweet. You can do something like, “The Top Five Things to Avoid” “The Top Five Things to Save Money” to save time, and prevent this and that. A lot of times “Save Time” or “Save Money” are the majority eye catchers, but if you can show people how to prevent certain things, like prevent losing a lot of money or prevent losing a lot of time. So if you can actually mix “avoid” with “save money or time” or “prevention” with “save money and time” – that can also increase your conversions as well.

Besides the title, you’re going to need to have some sort of action picture that shows people what your service is all about, what your product is all about, or some sort of action that you want them to take. So in a way, you are indirectly telling people exactly what they need to do, and if you’re looking for pictures, I’d recommend that you go to BigStockPhoto.com. Find a call to action picture that you like, it’s anywhere from $1.00-$1.50 to $2.00 per image, and it’s really, really cheap. And you’re also going to need a call to action, you’re going to need to have some sort of short blurb that says something like, “click here to” read or “click here to” watch this video, or watch this free video or call now at 1-800-XXX-XXXX to get ______. And make sure to include verbs in your call to action, verbs are actually known to actually increase the conversion rate because you’re telling people what they need to do. People don’t want to think nowadays, they just want you tell them what to do.

So you need three different things: title, action picture, and call to action. Now let’s talk about getting it designed, and I want to show you step-by-step how we’re going to go about doing this. So let’s go ahead and do this now. In this example, I’m going to be creating a banner ad for my fake website company. And let’s say for example it’s called “Columbia Roof Replacement.” And I’m going to make the title, “Top Five Ways to Maintain Your Roof” and what I’m going to do is – let’s say I make a website, once I get the banner ad I’m going to redirect people from the banner ad to a page on my site. And I’ll show you more about that in Part 2, but in this specific part, I just want to show you how to get it created. So in this case, I’ve got a logo here and I’ve got a picture.

We’re going to go to Fiverr.com to find a banner designer, but you can use any freelance site that you want, like oDesk.com or even Elance.com. I like Fiverr.com because it starts out at five bucks, you can always contact the designers, and whoever is providing the gig at the Fiverr projects and negotiate with them. Alright, so what you need to do now is to hop on over to Fiverr.com (that’s F-I-V-E-R-R.com) and at the Search box here, simply type in “banner ad” and do a search. And what we want to do now is to basically organize the ratings here, basically get the best rated at the top, and do a search from the top to the bottom.

So you can see an idea of the banner ads that are being produced, and what I normally like to do is I look at this, and I open this in a brand new window. So I’m going to open this one, this one, this one, this one, and you can see that they’re top rated sellers here. I want to find people that can make good designs. So I’ve opened up six tabs here, I’ve got this person here – I really like these banner ads, these are really, really professional banner ads. Considering it is three days estimated wait time, you get two different sizes for $5.00 and you get the complete .psd files – normally I like to get the complete Photoshop files. That way you can do some editing if I choose to do so. And you can also get three more sizes for your banner ads and so forth.

What I try to do is I try to find people who can actually design, who have a good designing eye. So I look at all their banner ads, and see if it adds up, because, I mean no matter where you go to, you know people can use other people’s banner ads. But what you’re trying to figure out here – is there a similarity or some sort of pattern between all of these banner ads to make sure that this person is legit. So from what I see, this person is legit. And we’ve got this person; I don’t really like this person’s banner ads, so I’m going to move to the next person. And I’m just picking myself, so I like this person’s banner ads as well, but it’s 12 days, I don’t want to wait 12 days, so I’m going to close this person down. This person has decent banner ads; okay, not too good, not what I’m looking for. And basically look through all of these, and I think what I’m going to go with is this Jimmy Gibbs guy. And as I’m creating this video, you know by the time you’re watching this video, this guy could be here or he could be gone. So the reason why I wanted to show this to you is, instead of directing you to a specific person, it’s just so that you can go to Fiverr and actually find somebody who will do a good job.

So what you need to do now is to create an account if you don’t already have one. So I’m going to sign in, and okay let’s see here, so what kind of options does he have? He has….okay so what I’m going to get is, I’m going to get the original $5.00 order, but I also want a call to action. It says “I will add a call to action button, click here or learn more on your banners for an extra $5.00” so, I’m just going to pay $10 to this guy and get some banner ads done. And as you can see, you can request specific standard sizes, because if the “click here” or the “watch this video” call to action is a button, that really helps because then people will feel like, “okay I click this right here.” even though that whole link is hyperlinked. So let me go ahead and purchase this person’s gig, and I’ll walk you through the whole process.

Okay so I went ahead and purchased this gig from Jimmy Gibbs, and as you can see here, he requires the following. So what they’re going to do is they’re going to ask you for the title, the image, the sizes and the call to action button. So once you give this information and the logo, I decided to go with the logo; let’s take a look at what he’ll produce. So within three days, I’m going to re-pause this video and we’ll see what he produces!

Alright great, so it took about two days. Instead of three days it was two days, so he did it fairly quickly, and as you can see here, we got several banner ads that were created, and a call to action button here. And this is really cool, I like this, this looks really good. So there we go, and we got the files here, so we can go ahead and download these files and we’re going to use them. So as you can see, very, very easy to do – all this for ten bucks, and now in the next video, I’m going to show you how to add it to your WordPress site!

 

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Unsecured sites can hurt you

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Google, and the other web browsers have fully implemented the Not Secure statement in the URL bar on your website. Plus in many cases, they splash a large red SITE IS NOT SECURE message which also says, STAY SAFE-BACK OUT OF THE SITE.

Your website is your front door to your business, and the place where contact info is displayed for your customers.

How many BACK AWAY THAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT?

Google let us all know in September 2017 that this was coming and in January 2018 it was implemented. The implementation has now propagated the Internet and the security statements are being seen everywhere.

Here is what Google puts on your customer’s screen when they go to your UNSECURED website…

Your connection to this site is not secure.

You should not enter any sensitive information on this site (for example: passwords or credit cards) because it could be stolen by attackers. To see whether a website is safe to visit, you can check for security info about the site. Google Chrome and other browsers will alert you if you can’t visit the site safely or privately. To check a site’s security, to the left of the web address, look at the security status. You can click on the BLOCK THIS SITE by Default link as well.

A closed lock means the site is secure; an i info symbol provides information or Not Secure; An exclamation inside a triangle means the site is not secure and dangerous; a full screen NOT SECURE message (usually in red) may also be shown. You will see the closed lock and https in the URL at the top of this page. If you do not see the closed lock for your site, but you have https, it means that not everything being loaded into your website is in a secure tunnel. Your site needs some fixing.

A Security Certificate is Required. When you go to a site that uses HTTPS (connection security), the website’s server uses a certificate to prove the website’s identity to browsers.

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Who Should Consider Becoming an Affiliate?


Have you ever thought that your skills and expertise were being wasted? You apply all of your creative know how and ability for your boss and their company for very little reward. Have you ever considered taking those skills and making them work for you instead of someone else? Have you looked into your own business enterprise only to realize the capital you need is way beyond what you can raise? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then becoming an affiliate could be the answer your are looking for.

Many of us would love to start our own businesses but two things generally stop us. The first being money and the second being risk. You need a significant amount of capital to start even a small sole proprietorship. Even though financing is available there is still the risk factor. A fairly large percentage of small businesses fail in the first year. If you make it through that first year then there are still several challenges that have to be met. It could be five years before you see any real profit. Most of us cannot wait this long. We need a constant flow of money coming in to meet our daily obligations.

Becoming an affiliate can get you started on the road to independence with no risk to you. By becoming an affiliate you work to sell or increase the revenues of another company. This can be done in a variety of ways. You can work, selling a particular line of products. The head company takes care of the advertising and creation of the items; you simply work out how to sell them. You are paid for your performance. The more you sell the more you make.

You can also create an online affiliate marketing business. If you’re creative and handy at making websites then this could be the perfect opportunity for you. By allowing your site to become an affiliate site with a major search engine, you could make large amounts of profit with ad revenue. Companies such as Yahoo publisher and Google ad sense can help to get you started. They handle all of the advertising costs and placing allowing you to concentrate on bringing traffic to your site. There is no cost to you and absolutely no risk.

People who enjoy independence and flexibility in their work make good affiliates. Those that desire or need flexible working hours can gain the most from being an affiliate. You paid according to how well you perform, not on how many hours you work. You can schedule your work around other things such as families or other commitments. If you’re independent and a self starter than a career as an affiliate is perfect for you.

If you are creative, motivated and driven then possibly consider becoming an affiliate. You can run your own affiliate business from home with no cost or obligation to you. If you are good at working independently then as an affiliate you can’t go wrong. You’ll have the freedom to work as and when you please and will realize the rewards of your own hard work. Start putting your skills and creativity to work for you rather than someone else. What you receive in return will be well worth it. Consider a career as an affiliate, you nothing to loose and everything to gain.






 

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5 Things You Must Have to Succeed in Affiliate Marketing


The idea of being mere passengers on a ship meant to sail to the farthest points does not appeal to people who like to put their destiny into their own hands. They have the desire of maneuvering the ships themselves, of being able to be the ones to take it anywhere they want to. Being aboard a ship on its way to a particularly great destination is something each and every one of them dreams of, and the knowledge that they have the capacity to steer it themselves is what makes them actually want to.

Perhaps this is the reason why more and more people are succumbing to one of the most popular businesses around – affiliate marketing. It is because in this business, there are no bosses to order the employees around. There are no deadlines to meet and no clutter of work do to. One only needs to be equipped with the tools needed to succeed in a business such as this, and he is bound to get what his heart ultimately desires.

Just what are the things needed to be able to succeed in affiliate marketing? What must one have within himself to be able to do well in this industry? There is a lot of competition involved in affiliate marketing, and to be able to rise above the norm, one must be equipped with just the right stuff necessary to propel him forward. There are five things one must ultimately possess if he wants to achieve the glory he is yearning for in this business, and these five things are a must for him to possess to be able to stand out among the rest.

The very first quality you must possess if he wants to try your hand in affiliate marketing is the willingness to learn and be trained. Treading through unfamiliar territory is scary stuff if one is not properly equipped, and he might get lost amidst a jungle of the unknown. Learning the tricks of the trade is also an important aspect of the game, and one’s willingness to know it all will give him far better advantages in the business than he could ever imagine.

The second quality you require is a willingness to invest your time and effort, even if direct results are not apparent. Although several months may pass without good news, it is important for one who has his foot in the industry to hold on and wait. It is this quality which would save him from giving up after investing a lot of himself in the business.

The third quality you absolutely need is self-determination. If one wants to conquer the affiliate marketing world, he must have the ability to push himself ahead. Never having to say die is a quality each and every affiliate marketer should possess, and the ability to motivate oneself into scaling greater heights is an ability which would actually take an affiliate marketer there.

The fourth quality is discipline. If one knows how to teach himself to work everyday with all the energy he can muster, then he is close to achieving what he has set his heart to having in the first place.

The fifth quality one must possess is optimism. Negative attitudes and hearsays should not discourage an affiliate marketer from pursuing what he has to in order to make life better for himself and for everyone concerned. Neither should anyone influence his attitude toward the business, because once in it, it is a must for him to be the captain of his ship and the master of his soul.

The ingredients to success in a business such as affiliate marketing are diverse and manifold, but the most important thing one needs to be able to make it big lies in himself alone. It is he who has the capacity to do everything to be able to realize his prospects, and the desire which fuels his heart in doing so is the gasoline which should keep the engine going.

Affiliate marketing is all about putting one’s fate into his own hands. The right attitude is the key to being able to steer one’s ship into that part of the ocean where a certain kind of serenity can be found, one that permeates the atmosphere as the ship sails calmly on.

That begs the question, what are the necessary tools for the Affiliate Marketer?

What does it take to become a successful Affiliate Marketer? What are the ingredients of an affiliate marketing success story? Is there a shortcut to Affiliate Marketing glory? All these questions play around in the minds of affiliate marketers who want to make it big in this business.

Although affiliate marketing is touted as one of the easiest and most effective ways to earn money online, it definitely is not as easy as it sounds. The wise affiliate marketer plans every action and executes it the best way he can. He, or is it a she, should maximize the potential to earn by utilizing the right tools necessary for a successful Affiliate Marketing business.

After 20 years in affiliate marketing, I’ve come to understand what successful affiliate marketers have in their toolbox. These are the top three necessary tools for a successful affiliate marketing business.

Important Tool #1: Your Own Website

The most important and indispensable tool in Affiliate Marketing is your own website. The first step in any successful affiliate marketing business is building good, credible and professional looking websites. Your websites are the jump off point of all your marketing efforts. Thus, you must first build user-friendly websites, which will appeal to your prospects and encourage them to click on the links to the products and service you are promoting. You must first concentrate your efforts on the creation of a website that will cater to what your prospects need.

The most important thing to remember is that almost all web users go online to look for information, not necessarily to buy something. Above all else, make your website full of original, relevant and useful content. People love articles that are both appealing and helpful. Keep in mind that content is still king and good quality content will not only build your credibility, it will help you achieve higher search engine rankings. By posting relevant and useful articles, you establish yourself as a credible expert in the field, making you a more trustworthy endorser of the product or service you are promoting. Establishing a good reputation is a great step in building a loyal reader base.

Important Tool #2: Incentives

Competition is extremely tight on the net. You must always try to be one-step ahead of your rivals to ensure that you capture a significant share of your target market. Therefore, you must use every possible means to encourage people not only to visit your site but also to click and proceed to the websites of the products and services you are promoting. Building an opt-in email list is therefore, extremely important. Building an email list can’t be emphasized enough. Offer a newsletter or an e-zine. Better yet, offer incentives to your prospects to encourage them to subscribe to your newsletters. Get creative and offer relevant freebies such as software, information products, access to exclusive services and anything else that will be helpful to your prospects.

Important Tool #3: Link Popularity

The importance of driving highly targeted traffic to your website cannot be emphasized enough. All-important web traffic is at the top of the list of the most important entities in the internet world. Attracting people to your site should be the first step you should carry out. Do everything to achieve a high search engine ranking. Link Popularity is one of the factors that search engines use to determine search engine rankings. One way to build your search rankings is to enhance your link popularity, which means you must have an aggressive reciprocal link campaign.

Still, one of the best ways to do this is by submitting articles, with your website’s link in the resource box. There is no cost to you for doing this, except your time, article writing and submitting them to e-zines and free article sites. You will not only gain exposure, you will also have the opportunity to advertise for free, just include a link back to your site. The more sites you submit your articles to, the better your link popularity is. Make your articles original, relevant and useful so that more websites will pick it up and post it.

These are the three tools that I consider the Top 3 things you must have and do to maximize your affiliate income. The possibilities are endless and are limited only by your imagination, creativity, resourcefulness and determination. You can always explore other ideas and adapt other strategies, which you think might help you become a high rolling affiliate marketer.

Be sure to check out some other Affiliate Marketing ideas, concepts and thoughts throughout this site. I’ve been making money as an Affiliate Marketer since the 1990’s and can tell you that it isn’t hard, but you need to get a system and some habits in place so that you are consistent and persistent, especially in utilizing all the ways to attract traffic.

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Have a Mailing List of Your Own


No matter what type of email you send out, you’ll need a mailing list. The basic way to build a mailing list is by capturing name and email address information for everyone who visits your website, buys or shows interest in your product.

An email list that YOU COLLECT YOURSELF is worth its weight in gold. This can be accomplished by using a list manager on your site. List managers also provide the HTML coding for the form on the Gateway pages. A list manager collects the email addresses that are gathered with the form. Thus, your email list is collected. This might take some time so there are methods to use until you get your own email list built.

One way to build a mailing list is to do ad swaps with other list owners. The way this works is, you (as company A) have an email list that you send newsletters to and another list owner (company B) has a list they send newsletters to. Company A and Company B place ads on one another’s mailing lists. Each of you is promoting the other’s list.

You can rent or buy targeted email lists. The list you develop using your own customers’ names is called your “house list.” Of course, when you’re first starting out, your house list is likely to be skimpy. To augment it, one way to go is rent or buy a mailing list. There are two ways to buy or rent a mailing list—approaching the company you want to rent from directly or using a list broker. Any company that emails information to its customers usually has a list manager, who handles inquiries and orders for the mailing list.

Another way to build an email list is to list your newsletter in all of the ezine directories.

Tips On How To Build Your Affiliate Business Empire

1) Don’t send traffic to the vendor’s page through your affiliate link. You’ll be wasting a great opportunity. Before you send the traffic off to the vendor’s page, email capture page. then once they sign up or not (you must give them the option to not sign up), them to your affiliates page.

If you just send your traffic directly to the vendor’s page, 95+ percent of the traffic will be wasted. Worst case is you sent the traffic, but the vendor’s sales letter doesn’t make the sales, you lose both commission and the chance to get the person to buy something else. Another thing is that the vendor gets to grow the email list, but not you; even though you may earn the commission as an affiliate.

2) The next problem is how to collect the visitors’ emails? Use squeeze page!

Direct your readers to your squeeze page first before sending them to the vendor’s page, you can create a win-win situation with just this.
Squeeze page is a page to collect the name and email of the visitors. You can collect the emails of your visitors, and at the same time earn the commission from the vendor. I suggest you provide a gift in return for their email. Make sure it’s relevant to the overall offer.

3) The format of a squeeze page is simple, include an attractive headline, big red arrow and an opt-in form.
The best color choices for the headline will be dark red or black. It must be able to give a teaser of the product they may purchase later.

4) Put a big red arrow in the middle of your headline and opt-in form to lead them to fill in the form. It is important to catch the attention of the readers, the big arrow pointing to the opt-in form will lead their gaze to the opt-in form, hence increase the conversion rate. The opt-in form should have an orange or yellow button because these two colors have been tested and help to increase conversion rates.

5) After the opt-in form is completed, you redirect the traffic to the vendor’s page through your affiliate link, or you can redirect the traffic to your bonus or review page first before the vendor’s page. This way, you can build your credibility and hence keep the subscribers with you.

This is only simple steps that will help you double or triple your mailing list. First, attract and send the traffic to your squeeze page, then to the vendor’s page or your bonus or review page. It is just that simple.

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Making Effective Use Of Long Tail Terms


If you haven’t heard of the “long tail”, the phrase was made famous by a book written by Chris Anderson with the same name. It refers to the statistical graph where the line is skewed to the right without ever reaching zero on the horizontal scale. Essentially, it’s an infinite line.

In Anderson’s book, he explains how the Internet is circumventing every aspect of consumer choice. Before the Internet, consumers didn’t have much choice. We simply took what the media and retailers presented and gave up on our own “custom” desires.

After I read the book, I thought about how the long tail applies to effective search engine rankings and placements.

Below I describe how anyone with a website can make use of the long tail.
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What is SEO?

Here’s a great explanation and how to article by Ryan Stewart an SEO expert. I encourage everyone doing websites and looking for a larger audience to read his post. Click on this link to Ryan’s blog.

For those who wonder why I am using a cloaked link, here’s the original…

Our [Advanced] Intro to Search Engine Optimization


20SEO%5D&utm_medium=Email%20%5BAdvanced%20Intro%20Guide%20to%20SEO%5D. Wouldn’t you rather have the tiny url?

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Is Responsive Web Design Dead?


Mobile traffic is past its tipping point with roughly 52 percent of web traffic currently deriving from smartphones versus desktops – and counting. People are accessing sites and services with the expectation they will not only have the same functionality they would on desktops, but more and that sites will also use the functionality native to their devices.
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What Is The Long Tail?

The “long tail” is a term used to describe a type of marketing or business model that focuses on a string of “niche” products and services, rather than the top few hot products. The phrase “the long tail” was coined by writer Chris Anderson, who subsequently wrote a best-selling book by the same title.
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