Affiliate Marketing – Why Should They Buy From You?

Affiliate Marketing – What Do You Provide?

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There’s a common question asked by those who are new to affiliate marketing, and I saw it asked again today on a marketing forum:  “Why would someone buy through my affiliate link instead of going directly to Amazon and buying it there?”  The question gets asked all the time, and not just by Amazon affiliates.  It applies to any affiliate or any affiliate program, be it eBay, JVZoo, Commission Junction or Clickbank.

affiliate marketingThere are a number of answers to that question, but the most basic answer is this:  They will buy through your affiliate link if you provide something to them that they otherwise wouldn’t get.   That value can come in a number of different ways, and it’s up to you to figure out exactly what it is that you’re going to provide to the customer.  If you can figure that out, you’ll win.  Read on for some suggestions about how to increase your affiliate marketing sales.

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7 Tips for Creating Viral Content

Viral Content and How to Create It

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While creating content is an essential part of building an affiliate marketing Website, it’s also part of how you are going to draw traffic.  Good content will draw visitors to your site, and the ability to create good content is always a plus.  Viral content, which is content that gets shared heavily around the Web, is a great way to build traffic as well as your brand.  By creating viral content, you can essentially get others to share your articles and effectively promote your Website for your for free.

viral contentWhile it’s often thought that creating viral content is rather like catching lightning in a bottle, there’s actually a method to that madness.  It turns out that statistical analysis has revealed that there are certain qualities that can affect whether or not a common article becomes viral content.  While you never know for sure if an article that you write is going to spread like wildfire around the Web, there are a few things you can do to increase the likelihood that your article will be wildly shared.  Read on for our 7 tips for creating viral content.

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Information Overload and How to Deal With It

Avoiding Information Overload

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I get feedback from visitors to this site as well as from those on my mailing list, and occasionally, I hear from frustrated individuals who are simply overwhelmed and are suffering from information overload.  If you’ve been in the industry for a while, you become familiar with the terminology and the process used in making money, building Websites or building and maintaining a mailing list.

information overloadOn the other hand, if you’re new to affiliate marketing, every single term and every single step can seem like a huge obstacle.  Now clearly, this industry is not for everyone, and it’s quite possible that some of you simply aren’t suited to making money online.  That’s not a criticism, but rather an observation.  I, after all, am not suited to a career as a concert pianist.  I simply don’t have the skill set, and at this point in my life, I’m incapable of acquiring the skills necessary for a career playing a piano in front of a concert audience.  Still, some people who are suited to making money online are still occasionally burdened with information overload.  In this post, I’ll discuss this issue as well as some ways to over come the information overload problem.

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Make Money Fast! The Lure of Easy Money

Make Money Now – The Tagline That Always Works

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I’ve seen an awful lot of books, software programs, videos and training courses in the make money online niche over the years, and there’s one phrase, or a variation on it, that remains evergreen.  It never goes out of style, and it’s the one phrase that is almost always guaranteed to spur sales.  That phrase is “make money fast!” or some version of it, like “make money now!” or “make money in 24 hours!”

man who can make money onlineWith that phrase, the sales page will then go on to tell you about a “method” or a “system” or a “secret loophole” that will allow you to start putting money in the bank within minutes or hours of buying their course.  I’ll freely admit, too, that I’ve fallen for these sales pitches over the years, and I’ve purchased a few of those products, looking for the ways to make money quickly or on autopilot, or using some secret loophole in the system that would allow me to get instant results.  Of course, as you might guess, these things pretty much never work out…except for the people selling the products, of course.  So why do they market their products this way?

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Internet Marketing – What If You Fail?

Internet Marketing and Failure

I saw a post on an Internet marketing forum recently about failure.  The person who started the thread said that they’d tried a number of things to make money online and that they’d all failed.  The added that they were uncertain about trying again and wondering what they should do about it.  Should they continue?  What if they fail again?

internet marketing failureFailure in Internet marketing is actually quite common, despite what many of the so-called Internet marketing gurus tell you.  Of course, Internet marketing isn’t the only field of business where failure is common; it’s also common in every other type of business on Earth.  That’s the nature of business.  It’s competitive.  Sometimes your ideas don’t work.  Sometimes your ideas do work and then, for some reason, they quit working later.  What can you do about it?

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Make Money Online – 10 Ways to Do It

Make Money Online – Lots of Ways to Do It

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Lots of people are looking for ways to make money online, but don’t know how to go about it.  A lot of them don’t even understand the mechanisms at work, and if you don’t understand how the money is made, then you’re not likely to know how to go about making that happen.  While it isn’t easy to get started conducting online business, tens of thousands of people have been successful, and there’s no reason why you can’t join them.

make money onlineA lot of people might think that the only way to make money online is to open an ecommerce store and sell things.  That certainly works, and online retailing is booming these days.  Programs like Shopify make it easy to create your own online storefront and you can have a store up and running in just a couple of hours if you put your mind to it.  If retailing isn’t your thing, then don’t worry; there are lots of other ways to make money online, as we’ll show you in the coming paragraphs.

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Not Making Money? Possible Reasons

Making Money – 5 Reasons It’s Not Working

The entire point of this blog is to help people learn about making money online.  It’s not necessarily easy to do, but once you get a taste of success, you’ll realize that it can be a lot of fun and it’s usually more interesting to work from home than to work at some job you hate.  Still, a lot of people struggle to earn that first dollar, and some people never get that far.  The reasons vary, and there could be a thousand reasons why any single individual isn’t succeeding in Internet marketing.

making money onlineAlthough it’s hard to generalize, as we’re all different, there are a handful of reasons why most people who fail to succeed in making money online are failing.  There are some common problems that affect a lot of people in this industry, and if you’re struggling to earn that first dollar, you might want to look over the following list and see if any of these problems might apply to you.  If so, they can be fixed, and perhaps you’ll soon be on your way to seeing some success in affiliate marketing or whatever other method you’re using.

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Product Launches and Why Marketers Use Them

What Are Product Launches?

If you’ve spent any time in the Internet marketing world, particularly in the make money online niche, you’ve probably encountered something known as product launches.  There are tens of thousands of products for sale in the make money online niche, but product launches, where everyone is talking about a new product all at once, are rather unique to that specific niche.  Why is that, and what do marketers gain from having big product launches when no one else promotes their products that way?

product launchesTypically, in Internet marketing, when someone creates a product, ebook, or training course, they take the time to create a good product, they build a Website to promote it, and they put it online so that people can sell it.  As time goes on, they’ll also promote the site via advertising or social media, and set up an affiliate program so that others can help them sell the product.  This is how it’s done in the self-help, weight loss, personal fitness and other popular niches.  With the make money online niche, it’s different, and in that niche only, everything is geared towards the big launch.  So what are product launches?

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Amazon Reviews – Buying Them Could Be Risky

Amazon Reviews – Keep Them Real

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One of the most popular ways to make money online is to work with Amazon.  You can make money through Amazon in a number of ways, and they all work well.  You can promote their products as an affiliate, you can sell products through the site itself using their Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA) program or you can write and sell Kindle books.  While these methods can all work well, and some people earn six figure incomes through the company, the success of any product relies on Amazon reviews.  People are reluctant to buy any product on the site if it doesn’t have a number of glowing, four or five star reviews.

fake amazon reviewsSellers, affiliates, and other marketers know this, and for the past few years, many have attempted to game the system by purchasing Amazon reviews.  This violates Amazon’s terms of service, as the company wants all Amazon reviews to be organic in nature.  That is, they want the reviews on the site to represent the honest opinion of people who have purchased the product.  If the reviews are favorable, the company wants them to be favorable because the customers who wrote them actually purchased the product and liked it.  This helps keep the Amazon marketplace honest, and creates a better shopping environment for the customers.  Unfortunately, many of the reviews on the site are not honest, and the company has decided to do something about it – with lawyers.

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Blog Content – Is Long Content Really Necessary?

Blog Content – Long or Short?

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In previous posts, I’ve written a lot about the importance of blog content.  Regardless of how you plan to monetize your Website or blog, the content is important.  You want to create a site that has information that people will want to read, and ideally, information that people will want to share with their friends and family.  The more people like what you have to say, the more likely they are to refer others to your site.

blog contentBlog content isn’t just important for keeping visitors happy.  It’s also important for helping the search engines find your site.  Search engines look over your blog content to see what your site is about, and based on that, they determine where to place your site’s pages and posts in their listings.  Obviously, you want to get recognition from the search engines, as it’s the best way to get free traffic to your site.  But what sort of blog content works best?  Is long content always better than short content?

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