Wednesday, 17 September 2008

How to Be an Affiliate Marketing Rockstar?

Have you been living the rat race life for quite a while and now you've grown weary of your manager breathing down your neck and the exhausting office politics? Or maybe you simply need an extra source of income? Whatever your reason may be, if you want some good decent income going your bank account's way, doing affiliate marketing can be a very viable path to follow.

What exactly is affiliate marketing? It is a technique posing as a business opportunity that lets those with entrepreneurial spirit explore the world of passive income through marketing products for other businesses. You can earn through commissions.

So if you think you'd like to give affiliate marketing a try, how do you ensure your success in this field? Here are some very important tips you should follow:

Choose your niche well

One of the most important factors to consider when doing affiliate marketing is choosing the best affiliate company or products to market. It can make or break your earnings. If you have a certain field that you're most interested in, the easier you can go through the process of deciding what affiliate program to join. So start making a list of your interests and see what affiliate programs come up from that list. This is very important!

Create a website that gets followed

One of the best ways to make the most bucks in affiliate marketing is through the creation of well-designed websites. Make sure that your site is easy to navigate and compels targeted visitors to complete an action; either to sign up under you as referrals or to purchase the products you are marketing. A quality landing page that has a call to action for your targeted visitors, to do what you need them to do, has excellent content, that can either be texts that reviews the product, a video tutorial that lets visitors learn how to benefit and use the product well and a very conspicuous opt-in form.

Use the power of gifts/freebies

Useful content is what you can use in making the word free mean money to you. When you offer free content, like say, free reports, when the right people get hold of this report, it can translate to more referrals or purchases.

Learn how to get targeted traffic to your site

You can't benefit from your well-designed website, no matter how good your content and freebies are if you don't have the right visitors. So how do you drive targeted visitors to your site? You can do off-page search engine optimization, also known as link building. Whether you use blogging, social networking and/or word of mouth/viral, to get the attention of the right people.

There are different ways on how you can successfully make people go to your site through this means - article marketing or the use of written content and submitting it to directories for publishers to pick it up and drive people to your site. You can set up and maintain social network accounts and let people know about your affiliate sites, or you can tap on your contacts - especially the new media savvy ones like popular bloggers and or community managers to spread the word about your sites.

If you follow all of the above mentioned advice, it will be hard for you to fail as an affiliate marketer.


Sunday, 14 September 2008

5 Ways to Create Killer Info Products

5 Ways to Create Killer Info Products: Part 2

In “part 1” of this mini-two-part article series we looked at three really quick and easy ways to develop information products on a budget. The methods were fast and cheap, and capable of delivering high returns.

The next two methods take these techniques to the next level. Use these two methods below if you literally want to step your game up in your information product empire.

Method 4.

Membership websites.

People are always buying magazines, paying some times large subscriptions to receive a magazine in the post every month, brimming with new and interesting content. This same business model can be applied to the Internet and often is.

Imagine having a thousand people paying you twenty dollars a month. If you take a second to do the maths, that’s twenty thousand dollars a month and one-hundred and forty thousand dollars a year. Just from one membership site product! It is incredible. You can upload reports, videos, audio and edited, updated PLR content every month.

You can also add a forum in the member’s area so people are able to chat and talk about industry news etc. They are providing free content all the time they are chatting and using your forum! It is an incredible and simply powerful way of generating money from information products.

This business model draws on all the other methods described in these articles to really ramp up your income levels.

Method 5.

This is less of a way of creating an info product, and more of a way to profit from the info products you already have in your possession. If you think about it, all the above methods could pull you some serious cash in a matter of months. You could make a serious living by combining all the methods.

But if you are looking to get a big payday in the very near future, or you just need or want a windfall of cash now, then this method will help you profit wildly using all of the above techniques.

The secret is to build an empire of information products with the tactics and methods discussed in these two articles. Build yourself a mini-empire and then sell it on. Sell it even in pieces, or sell it all together.

In truth, you may find selling a membership site like the one described may earn you more money from a sale. Selling parts of your business off successfully could see your bank account loaded with cash in a very short amount of time. It is all about profiting from the work you have already done. Work smarter, never harder.


Saturday, 13 September 2008

5 Ways to Create Killer Info Products

Here we go.........................

5 Ways to Create Killer Info Products: Part 1

This two part article series is going to get into the nuts and bolts of creating your own niche information products quickly and for nearly zero money down. If you are looking to make hands off passive income online, then creating your own information products is going to be a necessary skill.

We can’t all afford Ghostwriters to make our products for us, and sometimes, some of us can’t even write too well. This article has the solution to all those problems.

Method 1.

If you struggle to find inspiration when it comes to writing one of the quickest ways to find that inspiration and to structure a product is to a “private label rights” product and edit it. When doing this, make sure the rights you buy a long with the product allow to alter the product, and put your own name and brand on the front cover and website. Make sure you don’t copy any part of it word for word, and instead simply follow the structure of the product and write it in your own words. After a little time and research, you might find you have something new to add to the product as well. If you do all the better, add it and improve on it. I know many marketers who find PLR products very useful when it comes to finding templates for structuring a successful information product.

Method 2.

Again, this involves using PLR to help you structure a product. It is usually better if it is in the form of an ebook, with designated chapters and sections. All you do then is to create a video for each section. It can either be a screen capture video, or a video of you demonstrating something. For example if it is a product in the health and fitness niche, you might give a demonstration of the exercises described in the ebook, or you might show people how to make some of the meals from the diet plan in the product.

Alternatively, you may just create PowerPoint slideshows, and then capture them with a program such as Camtasia. I have even seen people reading out ebooks and information products and offering it as bonus audio or as an up sell after the product has been sold. It can really be that simple.

Method 3.

Find experts in your industry and interview them for an audio product or subscription podcast. You may some times have to pay them, or a commission for this, and you should always be upfront about what you are doing. Interviewing a few experts in your market or industry can create a killer info product, or a really enticing bonus. People absolutely love listening to this kind of stuff on their ipods, Mp3 players and other gadgets. Tap into that gadget culture and produce some killer audio!

The next two methods are absolutely killer ways of creating information products, and are not always obvious to a lot of marketers. You can learn all about them in part 2 of this article.