Friday, August 29, 2008

Beware of This Facebook Virus

I came across a warning article in popular technology magazine how an email link purportedly leading to a YouTube video can harm your computer. I just thought all Internet marketers should be aware of this kind of happenings. We are all used to receiving and clicking on YouTube video links. Read on...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What is the Difference between Affiliate Marketing and Internet Marketing?

Some newbies have asked me how affiliate marketing is different from Internet marketing. Well, affiliate marketing is definitely Internet marketing but it is a specialized branch. There are several ways of Internet marketing - affiliate marketing, niche marketing, Ebay marketing are the most popular and profitable and easy ones. You can have an online store, you can trade websites or domain names and make money.

You can enter affiliate marketing without a website or any investment.

In affiliate marketing, you are purely dealing with other peoples' products. You may own a website to promote your affiliate products. You make your money only through commissions on sales made. If your sales campaign flops, your money and efforts go waste.

In Internet marketing, you promote your own products through your own websites. First off, you do market research to find out the profitability and demand for your proposed product (probably an information product such as an ebook). Then you write, edit and publish the book. You create a powerful sales letter for each of your product. You spend money on ads and other ways to promote your products. You track all the links and ads that are bringing revenues. You identify the profitable sources and discard or modify less-profitable or loss-making products. You also recruit other affiliates to sell your products. Imagine you are selling your own product and your own affiliates are also promoting your products. You pay them only commissions on sale. So there is no expense involved. Imagine getting the full money for your product (compare it to affiliate marketing where you get possibly 50 percent of the sales amount). You can not only double the amount but much more!

However, the responsibilities of the Internet marketer are high. He needs investment. He cannot do all the work himself if he wanted to focus on marketing. So he outsources market research, writing, updating, Copy-writing, website management, etc. He has to host his websites. In return for his work he gets rewarded with profits.

Now you know what the affiliate marketer does as compared to what the Internet marketer does. My advice is once you are successful in affiliate marketing hire people to create a product for you. Once the product is done, you can sign up with Clickbank for a merchant account paying just $49. Clickbank will manage your sales as well as the sales of your affiliates.

Friday, August 22, 2008

How to Find an Affiliate Program For Any Niche in 2 Minutes

How to Find an Affiliate Program For Any Niche in 2 Minutes
Copyright © 2006 Anik Singal

There is a great trend lately of marketers finally moving
to niche markets and not just focusing on selling to the
“make money” industry. This is an excellent move and one
that will prove to be very profitable for you. However, a
problem that many affiliates are hitting is that they don’t
know how to find good niche affiliate programs.

If there isn’t a program in ClickBank, most affiliates are
lost! Also, since ClickBank doesn’t allow us to search
their database, it’s too hard to find anything there.

Well, here is a quick and easy way to find any and all of
the best and most profitable affiliate program for any
niche you desire.

To find affiliate programs from now on you will use Google
to help you. Google is a great tool to use because?

1. It’s free
2. Any site that comes up on the top results is likely
reputable and has been around
3. You get thousands of results you can search through
4. You can make your search very specific

Alright, let’s discuss in steps, how to Google to find
affiliate programs.

1. Go over to

2.Type “[Your Niche Title] + affiliate” This is the step
that a lot of people can get confused in so let’s clear it
right now. Example: If I am searching for an affiliate
program on dog health, I will type this phrase into Google
= “dog health + affiliate”

3. Now the results that I get, all the pages that have the
term “dog health” and the term “affiliate” will show up.

4. Next open a program like Excel or just take out a piece
of paper.

5. Go through the results in Google and keep noting down
the different programs that come up.

6. Once you have 10 programs listed, go back and research
each of them to find the most profitable one.

Try this strategy on search engines like Yahoo as well. You
will get different results and combined between Yahoo and
Google, there is no way that you won’t find a good
affiliate program.

What if you don’t find any affiliate programs this way?

Then most likely an affiliate program for your niche does
not exist. A great way to make money now is to contact a
few of these websites and introduce the concept to them!
Perhaps help them set up an affiliate script and share in
profits! Actually, if there is no affiliate program in
that niche, you and that company can make BIG profits from

There, now you have NO excuses not to find profitable
niches and build websites for them. You can now find a
profitable affiliate program for them all.


Anik Singal is founder and CEO of Affiliate Classroom.
Anik developed his own affiliate system that helped him
earn over $10,000 in just 60 days working part time. If
you want to learn this unique method, click here for a
free e-course

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

How Does Internet Marketing Work?

You may be wondering how exactly this thing works. There are so many ways of promoting your own or affiliate product. If you want to go the paid route, it is faster to make money provided that you get the technicalities right.

You can use Google Adwords (more about that in another blog later). You buy an ad space with Google Adwords. Your ad has a link to your product website. What you essentially do is to find out and enter the most profitable keywords related to your product in the right way. If you use common/popular keywords which everyone else is using then you are going to pay more for every click on that keyword-related advertisement. So you find less used (less competition) and cheaper keywords in order to minimise your ad expenses. If any one clicks on your ad you pay what Google has asked you to pay. This is only the basics just to give an idea.

You can also promote your site through other paid and free methods (to be discussed in a different category.

The other way is you have good quality website with relevant original contents. This content includes all the possible variations of keywords used in relation to your product. You also keep your affiliate links there. If your website is search engine optimized, then, when people search for your type of product in Google search engine your page will be shown on the first page or maybe the second page depending on your ranking. Of course, optimizing a website for search engine is not a one-day affair. It may be a forever thing due to ever-competing web pages.

The idea is you must make people visit your site again and again. Some will purchase from you. You reward them with bonus gifts so they are happy with your customer service.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Best Way to Get People on Your LIst

Learn how ANYONE can Succeed Selling Online as an Affiliate.

How to choose a good affiliate program

If you have been with me for a while you may be wondering how to select a good affiliate program, or you may be just worried you might select a wrong program. Sure you need caution in choosing the best affiliate program. Not all affiliate programs are the same.

Some will be easy to promote because they give you all the necessary information, promotion tools for emails, websites, etc. They may even educate you with free books on marketing and promotion. You should choose such affiliate programs if you come across one. That way you will be saving a lot of time and you can spend the saved time in promoting another affiliate program and double your income.

To be a successful affiliate you will have to work at it on a daily basis. You have refine your methods of promotion until you start seeing results.

If you are interested in joining a good free affiliate program which provides you with all necessary affiliate skills, I would recommend this popular and successful program.

Sometimes, even the simple act of keeping a banner ad on your blog or website can make you money.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Take this free video course on ebay selling

If you are considering eBay to make money, I am going to direct you to a free video which explains the whole thing for you. You might have heard of Derek Gehl, a well-known successful business man and Internet marketing coach.

Derek's laid out the entire profitable system in a set of training videos that you can watch RIGHT NOW for FREE!

First, he's going to reveal the number one mistake that nearly EVERY new "eBayer" makes when they're getting started (it's a BIGGIE, and it can stop you COLD from ever making a PENNY)! This is something important before diving into ebay business.

After that, he explains his secret three-step formula for evaluating ANY item to determine if it'll be a HOT seller or not. He also reveals how to find hungry markets that are BEGGING to buy what you're selling.

There is a set of three-video series by looking at what's new and different at eBay, and explaining exactly how to take advantage of the recent changes to start profiting. It's also been tested and proven by his own elite group of eBay mentors, he assures.

So if you want to learn how to start making SERIOUS money online in the fastest time possible, without having to create your own website (or if you'd like to add an additional stream of income to an existing website), I highly recommend Derek's three FREE eBay training videos!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

How to Know about the Profitability of Market

You may decide to take upon a niche that is close to your heart and start creating products or promoting products in that field. After all, everyone says you have to be after your 'passions'.

I do not accept this approach. It may be your passion. But don't you want to run it as a business and get profits? That's the whole reason behind why you are looking at Internet marketing as a business. If your intention is just to play along your passions, then be prepared to run the show as an experiment, run into losses in case the market happens to be not responsive.

In business, first thing is you must know whether what you are doing is profitable or not. It is possible to know whether your proposed business is likely to be profitable even before starting the business. That's why the emphasis on market research.

Fortunately, on the Internet most of the data are available for free for you to study. Take Google search. Just type your niche market name. Google will present you with milllions of results pages and will display the number of pages found on the Internet on your chosen word or phrase (technically called the 'keyword'.

Then go to Google External Keyword Tool. This page gives you several details at once - no of searches during the month, competition level, no of searches, etc. Just look at the screenshot below to get an idea.

Fig. Google Keyword Tool - a sample search

There you can type several keywords at once. Google will not only display the number of searches done for the exact word(s) you typed, but also the number of searches for the current month and the level of competition (in the form of a small bar).

This will give you an idea what is the level of demand for the keywords you typed in. This is not to be taken as accurate by any standards. However, they are fairly good indicators of market proditability.

When you first typed in Google search you found thousands of pages coming up with relevant content on that keyword. You may call it the supply scenario.

When you next typed in Google External Keyword Tool, you discovered how many people have searched for the same word(s) during the month. So now you know the demand scenario.

Almost always you will find supply far exceeding demand. The supply-demand ratio (supply divided by demand) should be ideally below 100.

If the supply is too much, then you face stiff competition which business more expenditures, more efforts and more time. And still, it is unlikely to be a profitable market for the late comers. Those with surplus money can pump in cash to succeed in any market.

So you know the secret of finding out how to find profitable markets. Use different keywords related to your proposed niche and find out one sub-niche where the supply is reasonably low and the demand reasonably high.

There are other short cut methods which we will explore further tomorrow.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Link Building Secrets for Internet Marketers

This article will be useful for advanced Internet marketers who own a website and are interested in link building.Every Internet marketer knows link building is an important aspect of Internet business. There is a right way and wrong way of doing this. Here is where most new website owners fail. Some think flooding their pages with a lot of links will get them a good ranking. Alas! If only they knew that can be disastrous to their websites...Well, I found an article with question & answers on the very subject which every Internet marketer will find helpful.This article reveals several new ideas and mistakes of web-masters who go on a link-building spree without any thought.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

How to Find A Profitable Online Business

Look before you plunge.

Once you have decided to give a try to Internet marketing, the first thing you need to do is to identify possible profitable on-line markets and products. By profitable, I mean you should be able to make a decent income from minimum work.

Here, I am going to talk about information product (such as e-books) marketing business which is the easiest and simplest of all.

If you end up doing a lot of work only to get a very small return (or nil return), then it is not worth it. You would have wasted a lot of time and money on a low-return or even negative-return business. Certainly, you would not want to do that.

So before plunging into an online information product business, you should ask yourself five major questions:

- Is there a large enough market for your proposed info product?
- How big is the competition?
- What are the existing products being sold in your chosen market?
- What is the demand and supply scenerio?
- What is the demand-supply ratio?

How do you find answers for all these questions? You must do market research for one or two days prior to launching your business. There are free tools available on the Internet to do this simple research. Even the first business you will be creating only on a test basis. Only after you find favorable results, you should proceed actively.

Internet business is not something you start this morning and start earning within minutes. It is possible to earn within minutes of setting up your business when you have a strong experience and knowledge in the field. If anyone claims otherwise do not believe it. There may be some stray exceptions. A newbie, however, will have to work at it heavily during initial years in order to establish a sustainable business.

Let us deal with them tomorrow.

Monday, August 4, 2008

How to Choose the Best Affiliate Program

It will not be correct to choose just about any online business blindly.The first step to creating a profitable online business is to choose the type of business you would really like to be involved in. Preferably, something you are passionate about.

Even though there are thousands of affilliate programs,not every one will be profitable. And not all of them may pay decent commissions.
Research is the key. Remember when you promote other people's products - whether it is a good product or bad product - the work YOU will do to promote them will be same. But the profits will vary depending upon the demand for the product. So you must first check out whether the product has a good demand in your target market.

For example,there is a lot of people wanting to master golf. They will go out of their way to learn more about the game. It is a highly competitive market. On the other hand, there may be a great product with little demand in the market.

When you are starting out, start with a high demand product. This requires some reading and research. You can do all that from the comfort of your home on the Net.

While researching, keep in mind those areas which really interest you or appeal to you personally. Then it will be easy for you to take interest in it and study the market. Moreover, it is likely you already have some knowledge in it. Hobby products are a hot market in Internet World. People are willing to spend money where their hearts are.

Choose right affiliate program

While there are numerous affiliate programs available, many of them happen to be crap. Sometimes, the product may be good. But the merchant involved may not be honest or efficient or affiliate-friendly. So you have to choose your program with care. Some affiliate programs do not pay well or the conditions may be tough to meet practically. You have to explore and find out the fine print. Read their Terms & Conditions before joining.

Some offer commissions only if you make certain number of minimum sales by number or amount. Some may offer extremely low commissions as low as five percent! Of course, if the product value is very high that is understandable.

If the product is not a fast-moving one, then you should expect higher commission. If you sell digital products like ebooks your commission could range from 50 percent to 75 percent. There are some who offer 100 percent commission on your sales. In these cases, their ebooks
contain useful information and also their own links to other products. When people buy by clicking those links, their business expands.

There are several top quality affiliate programs that make your promotion efforts much easier. They train you how to promote their products. They provide anything from keywords to all promotional material like sample email letters, advertisement banners, graphics, etc. You save time in creating them. See if your merchant offers such help. When you are just starting out it is better to join such programs where you will get full technical and marketing guidance.

There are many. One such program I strongly recommend comes from a world-class Internet
marketer who is considered Number One in affiliate marketing. His front-end products are extremely cheap and of high quality. So it is easy to sell them. He offers good commissions and
marketing education through videos, free books and other tools. He even offers life-time support through more information and tools to affiliates at no cost. Most affiliate programs are free to join. However, I always recommend that you buy (if you can afford) or study the products you
want to sell deeply so that you know how to promote them. The program I recommend is absolutely free to join.

However, it is better to buy at least the front-end product which are always very cheap (usually $7 to $17). When you buy it, you will realize, it is so informative and useful that its value is practically priceless.To look at a popular product of his program click here.

When you are happy with a product, look for a link "affiliates". It is where you sign up as an affiliate and receive all promotional materials.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Secret Affiliate Weapon [SAW] Review

E-book Review: Secret Affiliate Weapon by Ewen Chia

Secret Affiliate Weapon, as the name says it, arms you with the power of practical knowledge to become a successful affiliate. Affiliate business requires little or no investment and yet you can reap great income if done rightly. The keyword here is "rightly". It is here most aspiring affiliates fail.

First off, every affiliate needs basic knowledge on his own chosen work. Affiliate business is not about just about signing up and start promoting a certain program or a product. An affiliate must know the technicalities involved in signing up, how to choose the product, how to promote it, various free and paid methods available and so on.

It is here the book helps. Particularly a newbie. There is tons of information, video tutorials, free downloads and all.

A newbie will find it greatly useful and practical.

The book is written by none other than Ewen Chia - the world's most respected and No.1 affiliate marketer. This alone speaks for the quality of the book. What's more he has made it very affordable to any one by charging a ridiculously low price.

Of course, when you buy the book, you will come across two one-time offers (OTO) which come at a higher price. It is not at all obligatory that you buy them. Just read them. If you find they can be useful to you, and if you can afford them, go ahead and buy them.

However, a word of warning: do not buy the special offer for an Adwords software which promises you "unlimited websites" and that kind of stuff. I do not understand how Ewen included it in his offer. It is a worthless product which does n't live up to its promises. In fact there are no websites at all - forget about 'unlimited websites'. At the time of this writing, this is the fact. So do not waste your precious money on this product. In case you have already purchased this particular product and are not happy about it, do not hesitate to ask for a refund. These people who tell onething in their website and do another thing should learn their lessons.

As far as Secret Affiliate Weapon is concerned, it is worth buying. It is so cheap you need not hesitate. Every affiliate, including wannabes, must have this. Click here to get Secret Affiliate Weapon.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Gas Crisis Fuels Dubious Online Offers - Can Cars be Run on Water?

"Beware of Internet sites promising cheap gas, free gas, or savings of 60 percent at the pump." - advices a reputed technology magazine.

If you are anytime into Internet marketing you must have come across several water-run cars ads or products. They purportedly save on gas. Are they genuine? Sometimes, even good Internet marketers get carried away by false scientific evidence shown on these web sites. And some of them promote them as these are "hot-selling" products. After reading the article I am referring to, I decided not to promote any of them.

If anything, the user ends up losing his money on such products and services instead of saving fuel and money. If what these sites claim is true will not the government encourage it? Will not the car-makers promote it? Don't get carried away by the scientific evidence these sites offer. The fuel savings were demonstrated once upon a time under laboratory test conditions. Not during normal usage. So save your money and time by not buying/promoting these products.

Remember, this information comes from real EXPERTS who know the subject better than you and me. Quacks are everywhere. Several good Internet marketers are promoting these promoting under the impression these products are scientific. Most of them are not even aware of the truth. Of course, some don't care about it. All that they want is money... at any cost. Read this eye-opening story in Digg....

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