Monday, 28 December 2009

Choosing Affiliate Networks

Choosing the right affiliate networks is extremely important, as the success of your affiliate marketing career will hugely depends on it. The key advantage an affiliate network gives to a fresh affiliate marketer is to launch the beginner into its company of network affiliates. This signals the beginning of the program and aids the merchant in drawing traffic right away. It therefore is important to choose a good network, but since there are a significant number of networks, it becomes difficult to ascertain exactly which network will be best for which affiliate marketer. As a result, research is critical before choosing affiliate networks / product networks.

As mentioned, research plays a very important role in your selection. However, the research has to be appropriate and delve deeper than the surface. A common mistake many affiliates make is looking at forum posts for information. While forum posts may help in offering firsthand information about user experiences, these posts are not always accurate. Someone who had a fallout with a reputable affiliate network will not hesitate to vent his or her anger; the posts may be too biased and negative to contain the truth. So rely on more authentic sources like online journals, press releases, newsletters, and archives for accurate information.

Almost all networks have distinctive qualities or styles to their business which sets them apart from competitors. Therefore, you might find dissimilarities among networks in the following respects:

• Charge demanded from the affiliate
• Number of dynamic affiliates
• Precise trades the network concentrates on or has been successful in
• The facilities and backing given to the affiliate
• The kinds of programs they focus on

While choosing affiliate networks / product networks, you should consider the size and the scope of the network. There are quite a few big networks like Clickbank that offer thousands of products for you to choose from. So no matter what your area of interest is, you will likely find a sellable product to market. However, there are smaller networks as well that cater to more specific products, and being associated with these networks is not a bad idea for someone looking to market products in a narrower range.

So be very careful while choosing affiliate networks / product networks. A wrong move can not only cause financial loss, it can also demotivate to the extent that you lose interest in the field of work. But choosing proper affiliate networks / product networks will surely help you reap profits and be a successful affiliate marketer.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Dead Broke Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate marketing is a very lucrative job opportunity—but only if you play your cards properly. Unfortunately, there are a number of blunders affiliate marketers commit that turn them into dead broke affiliate marketers. If you want to avoid being a dead broke affiliate marketer, read on about what you definitely need to avoid while venturing into affiliate marketing.

First and foremost, stick with one affiliate program. Even if you find that you are not earning enough revenue, you should be patient and wait. Jumping from one program to another can upset your rhythm and plans, as well as make you broke when the money you invested to begin with gets completely wasted—you will become a dead broke affiliate marketer in no time.

Don’t keep a constant tab on your sale records. Doing so will drain you of mental energy. It will then increase your stress levels, and when you don’t seem to be doing too well, you will feel demotivated. This is harmful as you may stop working and will then certainly lose considerable business. Avoid this over-vigilance, and save yourself from becoming a dead broke affiliate marketer.

Another way in which successful or moderately successful affiliates become dead broke affiliate marketers is by getting engrossed in useless discussions on affiliate forums. If you think you are not getting enough out of your affiliate program, logically analyze the situation. Do not join a forum where bitter and unsuccessful individuals vent their anger. It will demotivate you beyond imagination and result in making you a dead broke affiliate marketer.

If you want to save yourself from becoming a dead broke affiliate marketer, make sure you do a lot of research on the market trends and also the product you want to market. If you don’t have adequate information, you will surely lose out on business and soon become a dead broke affiliate marketer.

Stop believing in rumors, such as that some affiliates can only be successful if they know influential industry insiders. These rumors are baseless and will take you nowhere. Just have conviction in yourself and your business skills, and you will be saved from becoming a dead broke affiliate marketer. It is not only what you do, but what you don’t do that determines whether you will become a dead broke affiliate marketer or a rich and successful affiliate marketer.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Article-Writing Software Programs: Do They Work?

Article-writing software programs are increasingly popular: many website builders rely on such software to build up the content of their websites. However, others believe that article-writing software doesn’t really work, and ultimately, the best articles are always manually-written ones. While most article-writing software must be purchased, some can be found free online.

Many people utilize popular, free online article-writing software. What most of these article-writing software programs do is present you with some existing templates. Once you select the template of your choice, you are asked to fill in a few boxes on a form-type page. When you hit the submit button, the software generates and presents you with an article. These articles, however, are very clich├ęd and are essentially a carbon copy of 10 other articles! What these software programs basically do is feed your specifications into a format that is already tried and tested. The programs simply modify their own style to incorporate your ideas, and that is how the so-called “article” is prepared.

While using this type of article-writing software can help you in preparing an article, it makes more sense for you to write the article yourself. It is not a difficult task, and all you need to do is follow these simple steps:

• Think of a new idea and prepare the rough draft of the article
• Write an introduction to the article—any background information readers might need, and a
brief statement of what you will convey through the article
• Write the article
• Summarize the article in the conclusion

Plagiarism is not only illegal, it may also be harmful because if you use another website’s content in your article, you may incur legal trouble and/or lose credibility with the customers who look for genuine sources of information on the web. What many article-writing software programs do is take content from one website, substitute keywords with synonyms, reorder the phrases, and then present you with an article that looks different on the exterior. This article may pass Copyscape, but you will know that it is plagiarized, and so will your readers. So be very careful when using article-writing software, because once the credibility of your website is compromised, you might find it very difficult to rebuild.

It is indeed simple to write your own article! You need not depend on article-writing software to do it for you. Don’t even consider spending money on such software, as there is no substitute for the quality and genuine feel of a self-authored article.


Saturday, 19 December 2009

My Review Of 'Live eBay Training Videos' (this course is free and comes with Resell Rights)

For the past few days, I have been searching for videos with resell rights that I can resell in the 'business opportunity' niche.

And no niche is hotter than the eBay niche right now because as the recession deepens, more and more people are looking to make money online (specifically eBay).

One product that I came across is Francis Ochoco's video series titled, "Live eBay Training Videos".

If you've never heard of Francis Ochoco, he was awarded the first ever 'eBay Entrepreneur Of The Year' award a few years ago.

"Live eBay Training Videos" is a set of 28 videos that show Francis selling on eBay in real time.

I am actually surprised that he is giving away these videos for free because it is my opinion that this is the best eBay course I have seen in a long time.

Not only he is giving away these videos for free, but he is also giving away Resell Rights for free. This means that you can resell these videos yourself and keep 100% of the profits.

These videos are very detailed so it won't surprise me if your 10 year old child starts selling on eBay immediately after watching these videos.

If you have ever purchased resell rights to ebay video tutorials in the past, I'm sure you'll find there was nothing spectacular about them. (This is because they were created by average joe's who haven't had any real success on eBay)

So I should point out that if you are looking for a hot product that you can resell in a hot niche, make sure that it was created by someone that is successful in that niche.

That being said, I highly recommend Francis Ochoco's "Live eBay Training Videos".

Best of all, it is free.

Click this link to see the titles for each of the 28 videos in "Live eBay Training Videos".


Jim Burney