Affiliate marketing No website

Building a website is the most common way affiliates launch themselves into the affiliate marketing world, and if you’re interested in creating a long-term business you’ll inevitably need to put together a website.

However, if you’re still learning about web design or you’re simply not interested in building a website, there are other ways to get your affiliate links out there, so this lesson will teach you Affiliate Marketing Without a Website.

Remember: the key with affiliate marketing is get your affiliate link in front of an interested audience – how you choose to do that is completely up to you! With that in mind, here are a few methods you could try:

#1: Post on blogs and forums

This is a really simple way of getting a taste for affiliate marketing – all you have to do is find a product you’d like to promote, then start posting on blogs and forums with your affiliate link in your signature.

Here’s an example from our very own forum: you can see that this member has an affiliate link in their signature. He’s also made himself an active and respected members of the forum.

 

Of course you should only post on blogs and forums where people would be interested in the product – you’re not going to get many bites for a dog training affiliate product when you’re posting on a classic car enthusiast forum.

Similarly, you’ll find that you have a lot more success if you’re making useful and interesting posts and if you become a regular on the site. Once you have established yourself people will begin to respect your opinion and will be more inclined to click on your link. If you simply spam a blog or forum with useless posts you’re likely to be banned and your posts deleted.

#2: Write a viral eBook or some other “viral” product

A “viral” product is one that is designed to spread (often quickly) to a great many people – this can be a great way of getting your affiliate links out there without ever having to create a website. You can produce a short 30-page eBook or a “special report” on a particular subject, insert links to affiliate products into it, then distribute your book through whatever means you like – you could tell people that they’re welcome to give it away, sell it or put it on their websites. You can kick it off yourself by selling the eBook on eBay for a small amount.

#3: Create a YouTube series

YouTube has taken the world by storm with one billion unique visitors per month. You can use this to your advantage. It doesn’t take much more than a webcam and some quirky or informative ideas to get a channel going. That way you can add affiliate links into your description, or over your video, and convert some of that fan base into affiliate profits.

Just pick a niche and create a video series related to that topic, with a related affiliate promotion. That way, the viewers you get will be a lot more likely to be interested in the affiliate product, as they already have some interest to be watching the video in the first place.

There are two main rules for doing this, however, that you MUST abide by:

  1. The content has to be full of value for viewers. Financial gain has to be secondary to this. 
    If your video is obviously just there for you to make money from a link, you will get listed as spam, and your efforts will become useless. Producing something worthwhile is a lot more successful, and you get the attention and respect of potential customers that way.
  2. Don’t be misleading! 
    If your video is unrelated to your link, or your title or description claims something that isn’t in the video, you are violatingYouTube’s policies. This is also something to avoid.

Basically, video marketing on YouTube can be a risk, because affiliate links can get listed as spam, but the best way to avoid this is just to be up front, honest, and useful. Avoid spammy behaviours. Some quality content options could include:

  • Honest, informative product reviews
  • Instructional videos (e.g., if your niche was food and nutrition, you could do cooking demos)
  • Topical discussions (e.g., tips for keeping food fresh, or interesting nutritional facts)

Just have one link in the description, and possibly one over the video if it’s extremely relevant (such as a product review video). If you want to be especially careful, note somewhere that you’re an affiliate or that the link is an affiliate link, and contact YouTube to check that you’ll be in the clear. If your videos have value for the viewer, and that stands out more than your money making efforts, this shouldn’t be a problem.

#4: Write ads or reviews for classifieds websites

You’re probably already familiar with using sites like Craigslist to look for old furniture or car parts, but you can also use classifieds sites to promote affiliate products. Consider writing ads or reviews for affiliate products and posting them with your affiliate link.

#5: Build a “Hub”

Building a “Hub” is a great way of getting started as an affiliate without needing to build your own website from scratch. A Hub is like a 1-page mini website where you can talk about a subject you’re passionate about (eg, your affiliate market and associated products!). It’s hosted on the HubPages site, and you don’t need to know anything about web design to make it look fairly professional.

A Hub allows you to build a page on a topic, insert ads, reviews and other content as you please, all without having to write any HTML.

The best part, though, is that HubPages is also part social-networking site, so simply by being on HubPages you will begin to attract traffic interested in your topic and looking for recommendations. HubPages is especially easy to monetize, and Hubs have tended in the past to do pretty well in the search engines.

#6: Promote affiliate products directly through pay-per-click advertisements

We’ve left this method for last because, quite frankly, it’s not one we recommend. This method involves creating pay-per-click campaigns through search engines like Google and Bing, and promoting the merchant website directly through your affiliate link.

So instead of using PPC to promote your own website, you send them straight to the merchant.

There are a number of downsides to this method.

  1. First, with Google’s AdWords in particular, there will only be one paid listing for a particular website displayed at any given time. This means that instead of competing against other advertisers for one of eight spots on the page, you’re competing for just one spot. If you bid a large amount and write an attractive ad then you might see your ad displayed, otherwise you can forget it.
  2. Secondly, you have no control over the quality of the merchant page. Increasingly the search engines are looking at the page you’re promoting and deciding whether this offers a good experience for their users. If the merchant site has little content, or poor quality content, you could end up paying a much higher amount for your advertisements.

There are always new affiliates who see this as a fast and easy way to get started, but we really recommend that you try the other methods we’ve introduced first.

 

Make money on kindle

I have been reading on this subject, I am Planning to write and give it go. I imagine if I sell 1000 downloads of $2.99 book I make about $2000 dollars from my share of royalties which on kindle is 70%. Unfortunately all the info online is about nonfiction books. I don’t care for nonfiction for the most part. Most of the info in nonfiction is available somewhere online for free and people know this, so I think these are hard sells. However I am pretty sure the writing fiction would require creating a fanbase wich I have no clue how to do.  I will report back my results if there are any to report however this is just an experiment.

Affiliate Marketing PPC 101

One potentially huge source of traffic is from the search engine, but to take advantage of it you need to be ranked highly in the search listings. One way to improve your ranking is by employing either PPC or SEO methods. In this lesson we introduce you to an overview of Pay-Per-Click (PPC).

What is Pay-Per-Click (PPC)?
Pay-per-click (or PPC for short) is when you purchase ads to display in the search engines when a user enters your target keywords. These ads usually appear at the top of the page, the right hand side of the page, or both, typically under the header ‘Ads’ or ‘Sponsored Listings’.

Unlike traditional advertising, you don’t pay only to put your ad there, but also when somebody clicks on the ad, hence the term pay-per-click; sounds straightforward, doesn’t it?

It takes more than just deep pockets
Things do begin to get a bit curly once you start digging into things – with Google’s AdWords, for instance, it’s not simply a case of out-bidding your competition to reach the top of the paid search listings. Google is interested in making as much money as possible, and for them it’s not always the highest paying ad that is the biggest earner – a lower paying ad that is more attractively written and gets more clicks is going to earn more for them, so they’ll give this ad a more favorable position.

It’s also not as easy as just banging up a one-page site and buying some clicks (anymore). The search engines realize that if their users are just being taken to rubbish pages when they click on the sponsored listings, they’ll soon stop clicking on them, so the search engines are implementing quality measures for pay-per-click advertisers to ensure that they’re offering a good experience for visitors.

That said, paid search listings can be a great way to get traffic to your site without the huge amount of work that goes into a SEO campaign. If you’ve got the money, it’s also a great way to test a market before deciding if you want to devote your time and energy to it in the long run.

A word of warning here though: for a new PPC campaign you should expect to burn through, on average, about five hundred dollars before you start to break even and another five hundred before you start seeing significant profits.

Why is pay-per-click so expensive? It comes down to math: if you’re paying 20c per click for a visitor and the product you’re promoting earns $40 in commission, you need to make one sale for every 200 visitors you get in order to break even.

20c per click
$40 in commission
You need at least 1 sale for every 200 visitors
Make more sales than that and you’ll be earning a profit. Fewer and you’ll be losing money. It can take a while before you hit on a formula that allows you to make this ratio of sales to visitors.

If you’re looking at the work ahead of you with a SEO site, be aware that being able to make money on pay per click is as much a science as search engine optimization. The only difference is that with search engine optimization your lessons are free. With pay-per-click the meter is running while you learn. Even seasoned PPC affiliates walk into a new campaign fully expecting to burn through at least a thousand dollars before they can see what’s really happening and tweak their site so that it starts earning money.

For this reason we strongly recommend that new affiliates first try their hand at a SEO site – you will learn a lot of things with this site that are applicable to pay-per-click without the expense. Once you’ve created a few SEO sites you should be comfortable enough to try a PPC campaign.

Pay-per-click is a method of advertising where you bid on certain keywords and only pay when somebody clicks on your ad.

Pros:
Fast results: You can turn a campaign on and start seeing traffic that same day. Compare this to SEO when it might be weeks or months before you start seeing traffic.
No need to work on things like link trading and search engine optimization.
Scalable. What you earn is relative to what you spend. Put in more money = make more money (generally).
More scientific. You can analyze all aspects of your campaign, choose exactly how your ads display in the search engines, split-test and hone your ads to perfection. There’s less “superstition” than in SEO
Cons:
Your margins probably won’t be as great as you think they will be.
You still need to create significant content for your site in order to meet “quality” standards.
It’s not free

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So Wrong

My last post about dividend investing in which I told you that ARP was a good investment was way off. I guess I still need to learn more about Dividend investing. I make this statement because today ARP Made announcement reducing it’s dividend to 1 cent per month Drastically reducing the yield. I even listened to the earnings which they painted a really rosy picture of their financial position. I guess I can learn from this and move on, I am now kind of wondering if the monthly close end funds are even worth the investments. They seem to become unprofitable eventually. If you bought it when the post came out, you will still get a dividend just much smaller then you originally were going to get.

Dividend Investing

One sure way to get reliable income is to invest in dividend paying stocks. stock newsletters like the at fool.com always throw around names of blue chip and other well known companies, but I hate these plays they a lousy 1% to 5%. How can you get rich off of 5%. I’ll tell you how, You can’t, not gonna happen!  I Look for a reliable dividend paying history, A large dividend like the one ARP is paying.

ARP _ Stock Research – Company Profile _ CapitalOneInvesting

click the link, It is pdf file that has profile info from capitaloneinvesting. I did the math it would only take $20,818 dollars to make $1000 dividend each month. I know that sounds like a lot, but remember while building your position you can reinvest dividends until you get there. FYI Most stocks that are recommended by big traders would cost a fortune. One heavily recommended dividend stock is JNJ(Johnson & Johnson) would need and an investment of about $409,920 as of this posting to make the same amount of dividend payments.

Building Backlinks for SEO

How are links important in SEO?

Link anchor text helps your site rank for your important keywords

Ever heard of “Google bombing” or “link bombing”? This is where a webpage is able to rank highly for a search term purely because there are many sites linking to the page using those words in the clickable anchor text. This is how a search for “miserable failure” was once manipulated to show results for pages about President George W. Bush, or for documentary film maker Michael Moore.

 

It didn’t matter that these sites had no mention of “miserable failure” in them, what mattered was that hundreds of other websites thought differently and linked to the sites using that text. Although search engines now employ measures to prevent “link bombing” from manipulating search results to show unrelated content, it’s evidence of the search engines’ emphasis on anchor text for determining rankings and relevance.

Links bring you PageRank

PageRank, briefly, is the “reputation” of your site, based on the number and quality of sites that are linking to you. It’s one of the core ideas behind Google’s ranking algorithms, and even though it isn’t the only thing that determines your search engine ranking, it’s a useful thing to work on building. Of course, the only way to build PageRank is by getting links to your site.

 

Links bring you traffic!

Beware, however – a lot of affiliates get caught in the “must build PageRank” mentality and thus don’t bother to get links from sites that don’t “pass on” PageRank; they forget the most important thing (and the reason for building PageRank in the first place) – your goal, first and foremost, is to get traffic to your site! If you can get your links in places where they will receive a lot of click-through traffic and targeted visitors – even if the link doesn’t give you PageRank or help your search engine rankings – then all you’ve done is skipped a few tedious steps and gone right to the finish line. So don’t look past blog sites or social networking sites when you’re building links: these can deliver lots of good, targeted traffic.

What makes a good link?

Some links are better than others. What makes a good link depends on which of the benefits we discussed above interests you most.

Improving your ranking for keywords

Link that improve your ranking for a specific keyword use your keyword in their anchor text and aren’t marked with the “nofollow” attribute.

Improving your PageRank

Links that are good for improving your PageRank come from sites with high PageRank, appear on pages where there aren’t too many other links and aren’t marked with the “nofollow” attribute.

Good links for getting traffic

Links which get traffic are enticing and interesting or arouse curiosity. One good trick is to leave a thought unfinished, or ask a question that people want to know the answer to – then people have to click through to find out!

Also: Don’t be spammy! Remember you’re trying to get people to click on your link, and they won’t click if it looks like rubbish. Finally, if this link is only being used to garner traffic, it doesn’t matter if you apply “nofollow” (or it’s automatically applied).

Good links in general

Generally links appear on prominent pages, rather than being buried deeply inside a site. Ideally, your links will appear on pages that get a lot of traffic and are relevant to your site – there’s not much point in your automotive restoration website being linked to by a vegetarian food forum.

Finally, where possible, your links will come from authority sites or well respected sites – High PageRank sites are great, as are sites with a .edu top level domain. A link from CNN is (probably) going to be better than a link from your local petanque club website.

Is there such a thing as a bad link?

Inbound links to your site are good links. They all help you, whether it’s by giving you PageRank, helping you to rank for keywords, or sending you traffic.

Even if they don’t do any of these things very effectively, they certainly can’t hurt you – your site won’t be penalized in any way if bad, disreputable sites link to yours. The worst that can happen is that your site becomes the subject for a “Google bomb”, and starts to rank well for undesirable keywords – but even that can be turned into a good thing!

Be warned, however! If you decide to link to disreputable sites from your own site, even if it’s just part of a link exchange for SEO purposes, you can end up being penalized for associating with bad internet citizens. Your site gets tarred with the same brush, and you might find your rankings plummeting and your site being de-indexed; be careful when participating in link exchanges, so you’re not being unwittingly drawn into a bad neighborhood.

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Trading For a living

The New Trading for a Living: Psychology, Discipline, Trading Tools and Systems, Risk Control, Trade Management (Wiley Trading)

A Review:

This book is a very good book about the psychology of trading. I recently purchased this book and read it. It gave me new insights into how trading works. I plan on starting an account soon and engaging in day trading, But I will first utilize te demo account where I can trade with fake money to test out what I have learned and hopefully learned and adequately prepare myself to be a successul trader. This is  a great book, but you should also get one that talks about technical analysis if you plan on day trading.

Publish Full Posts In Blog Broadcasts

Many businesses and bloggers use AWeber’s blog newsletter tool to convert RSS to email and tell readers about new posts on their blogs.

When we released this tool, our thinking was that it would be a way for you to get email subscribers back to your blog in order to read your post, comment on it and take any other actions you wanted after getting to your site. So we designed the broadcasts to include partial blog posts rather than full posts.

While this has worked beautifully for many of you, some of you have asked us to provide a way for you to include full posts directly in the emails.

Now, you can. Here’s how:

Use The {!rss_item_content} Tag

While editing your blog broadcast template, if you want to include full posts rather than partial posts, simply replace the {!rss_item_description} tag with {!rss_item_content}.

Edit RSS Item Description
Enter the RSS Item Content Tag

{!rss_item_content} will merge the full HTML and images from your posts into your blog newsletter.

Do You Prefer Full or Partial Posts In Your Blog Newsletter?

With this available, will you send full posts in your blog newsletters? Or will you send partial posts?

Aweber email autoresponder is a great tool for building an email list

 

Post Your Email Newsletters to Your Facebook Fan Page

Post Your Email Newsletters to Your Facebook Fan Page

Like many businesses, you may be exploring integrating social media with your email marketing campaigns. Doing so can expand the reach of your messages and grow both your fans/followers as well as your email list.

So at AWeber, we’ve made a point of helping you combine email and social media by helping you automatically share your email newsletters on Twitterand Facebook.

As some of you noted when we rolled out our integration with Facebook, it only worked with personal profiles (not fan pages) due to limitations with Facebook’s API. We knew you wanted to post to your fan pages, but it wasn’t technically feasible at the time.

Well, as the saying goes, the only constant is change. And this is a good one. Facebook has changed their API, we’ve changed our integration and you can now post your email newsletters to your fan pages.

How to Share Your Email Newsletters On Your Facebook Fan Page

Go to your List Settings page and click the “Connect To A New Facebook Account” button under the Social Media / Sharing header (this works the same way whether you have a Facebook account connected already or not).

Connect to New Account

When prompted, allow AWeber Email Marketing to manage your pages.

Allow Access

When you create your broadcast, go to the “Social Media/Sharing” section and choose to share the email on your fan page.

Share Email on Your Facebook Fan Page

That’s all there is to it! Feel free to take a look at our Knowledge Base for more detailed information and instructions on integrating Facebook and AWeber.

Enjoy!

FYI: You need Aweber to do implement this strategy- Aweber