Monday, 31 August 2009

Make a Full-Time Income Online...Or Why Most People Will Never Achieve It.

It all starts when some well-meaning (yet misdirected) person encourages a budding internet entrepreneur to "start in a niche they know a lot about", or base their business around "something they're passionate about"...

As horrible as it may sound - they've unknowingly sent the hopeful entrepreneur down a path of false expectations, poor results and eventually - failure. In fact, the myth of "do what you love and the money will follow" has been responsible for more failure than likely any other influence - perhaps even more so than laziness or a lack of perseverance.

Because the simple truth of the matter is that the only way you're going to make real money on the net is if your business is based around two crucial things:

1) Large Demand

2) Buyers

In other words - you aren't going to get rich selling a $15 ebook about growing square watermelons - even though that might be a great passion of yours.

The demand just isn't there. Maybe there's a few searches a day on Google for the topic, and perhaps there's some interest in the online "gardening enthusiast" communities - but you'd be hard-pressed to make even a few hundred dollars a month from ebook sales.

Similarly, you also aren't going to have a particularly easy time getting rich by building websites about some seemingly "popular" topics like humor, jokes, funny pictures and so on. And while there are a few ways to "monetize" your site (with AdSense, CPA Offers, CPM Banners, etc.), it takes literally millions of website visitors to make even just a few thousand dollars in markets like that.

The demand is huge - but the visitor value is extremely low...

Instead, if you want to make it big online - pulling down an impressive six-figure income - you need to tap into markets with tons of demand, where the majority of the visitors are valuable.

You need to capture tons of traffic that wants to buy something. If you take this approach, you'd practically have to hijack your own order links (or affiliate links) not to make a sizeable income.

In fact - did you know that some affiliates make several thousand dollars daily just by promoting a single product in hot markets? (Just imagine what the merchant is making...)

In some markets there's actually so much demand that the vendors are quite literally selling over a thousand units - or more - per day. Digital products, with practically zero overhead/delivery cost.

But it all comes back to tapping into valuable demand. In most cases, it takes no extra effort or "skill" to market to a valuable market than it does to struggle along with something you're passionate about.

These two factors - demand and buying traffic - are what seperate the "wannabe" marketers from the millionaires. Because there's no real secret - you just need to sell what thousands of people are already buying.

The ball is now officially in your court. Are you tapping into markets with massive, valuable demand?

Or are you struggling to simply make a few dollars occasionally with a business that's based on your own passionate interests?


Chris Rempel, author of "Confessions of a Lazy Super-Affiliate", reveals 5 of his most effective traffic strategies and niche-targeting tactics in full detail at

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

CickBank Basics - Your Affiliate Link

If you want to learn about ClickBank Basics keep on reading! Specifically, I'll cover the most common - and simplest - way to make money on the Net: Become an 'affiliate' which means you get paid commission for making sales of other people's products. You are given an affiliate link which leads the customer to the sales site and identifies you as the person who gets credit if a sale is made, and one of the most popular affiliate programs is ClickBank. After you're done with this article you can say that success with ClickBank boils down to
- selecting a suitable product
- promoting (getting the word out) about the product.

The most common - and simplest - way to make money on the Net is to become an 'affiliate' which means you get paid commission for making sales of other people's products. Because you don't have to develop on produce your owwn products, don't have to worry abaout shipping, guarantees and liabilities. You leave the whole task of product creation, web sales copy, order processing and customer support, to the vendor. Your job is simply to get the word out about the product.

You are given an affiliate link which leads the customer to the sales site and identifies you as the person who gets credit when a sale is made. The system needs your affiliate link to track the sales and connect them back to you.

One of the most popular affiliate programs is ClickBank. They are in fact the world's largest provider of digital products - essentially ebooks and software. You can choose from over 30,000 products in many categories and their affiliate program is simple to join. As an orientation the average price of a ClickBank product is $41. The average commission rate is 55%, althoughthe the fact tthat top sellers often offer a much higher rate e.g 70% or 75% (the maximum) is also true. You canchoose from over 30,000 products in many categories and their affiliate program is simple to join and as a guide the average commission of a ClickBank product is around $27. We can say that success with ClickBank boils down to
- selecting a suitable product
- promoting (getting the word out) about the product.

Here is where you sign up for your personal Affiliate Link

Conclusion: ClickBank Basics is possible to understand. The most common - and simplest - way to make money on the Net is to become an 'affiliate' which means you get paid commission for making sales of other people's products., You are given an affiliate link which leads the customer to the sales site and identifies you as the person who gets credit when a sale is made. One of the most popular affiliate programs is ClickBank. So now get out there and start your ClickBank account.

For more infromation on how to drive those customers to click on your affiliate link stay tuned to this blog.

Monday, 17 August 2009

4 Important Steps in Affiliat Marketing

Think of banner ads as the spice in your affiliate diet. Sprinkle them around, but for a heartier helping of sales, you’ll need something more solid! Learn to give your visitors longer, more descriptive pre-sales text. Revamp your affiliate advertising using these simple steps:

  1. Pull the Reader in
  2. Introduce the Product
  3. Explain the Product’s Significance
  4. Tell the Reader to Make a Purchase

Pull the Reader in

To convince your audience that your text is worth reading, make your first sentence or two very interesting. Make a bold statement, say something seemingly ridiculous, or appeal to your prospect’s emotional side. Then, tie this grabber in with the rest of your copy.

Introduce the Product

What is the product you’re advertising? What does it do? Directly after your grabber, give a compact explanation of your product. Keep this explanation short, while still being very clear. This should still be a very short section of your text.

Explain the Product’s Significance

What will it do for me?

By writing your own copy, you can directly target your unique audience. Make the most of this opportunity! Clearly explain how your readers will benefit from this product.

No one knows your audience like you do. Suggest a variety of product uses just for them, and give examples. This is the time for details - make this section long and rich.

Tell the Reader to Make a Purchase

You’ve come so far - you’ve laid out exactly what the product is and how it will help your unique audience. Now, seal the deal - tell your readers to purchase the product! Include your affiliate link in this section.

This step may sound strange, but it’s necessary. Often, people hear about a product and are genuinely interested, but fail to actually make a purchase. A clear call to a simple action cuts down on buyer ambivalence. Don’t be pushy - just change your verb tenses to the imperative. Instead of:

“If you think that you fit this profile, you might want to think about buying this product.”

Say: “Click here to order an account today.”

Drive Sales - Use Long Copy

If you don’t feel ready to write long copy yourself, ask your affiliate program manager for help! Many companies release well-written articles by respected authors that you can reprint free of charge.

The novelty of the Web is wearing off. People online now are busy. Surfers won’t make a purchase unless you make a great case for what they’ll get out of it. And you’re not going to do that with just a banner ad.

Tom Kulzer (AWeber CEO)

Sunday, 16 August 2009

How to Manage Your Client Contacts and Make the Most Of It

You have been busy looking for the right product and apply everything you learned about Affiliate Marketing. You even spent some money on some Google Adword campaigns sending y o u r clients to the product site. You get a reasonable amount of hits and make some sales.

When you move on to another product the entire process (and expense) starts again? The answer is NO.

By now you probably have heard "The Money is in the List" and saw a lot of ads promising to drive thousands of potential clicks your way. But that is all they are, clicks. You want to capture as many potential clients that are behind those clicks so you can send them what you think is suitable for this group of people keeping in mind, what they were initially interested in. And you want to be a littel more sophisticated about it then most, you want to create a "Follow up system".

How do you capture your contacts and then manage them?

After you’ve delivered that first bit of information to your prospect, do you send him any further information?

If you are like most Internet marketers, you don’t.

When you don’t follow that initial message with additional information later on, you let a valuable prospect slip from your grasp! This is a potential customer who may have been very interested in your products, but who lost your contact information, or was too busy to make a purchase when your first message reached him.

Often, a prospect will purposely put off making a purchase, to see if you find him important enough to follow up with later. When he doesn’t receive a follow up message from you, he will take his business elsewhere.

Are you losing profits due to inconsistent and ineffective follow up?

Following up with leads is more than just a process - it’s an art. In order to be effective, you need to design a follow up system, and stick to it, EVERY DAY! If you don’t follow up with your prospects consistently, INDIVIDUALLY, and in a timely fashion, then you might as well forget the whole follow up process.

Consistent follow up gets results!

When I first started marketing and following up with prospects, I used a follow up method that I now call the “List Technique.” I had a large database containing the names and e-mail addresses of people who had specifically requested information about my products and services. These prospects had already received my first letter by the time they requested more information, so I used the company’s latest news as a follow up piece.

I would write follow up newsletters every now and then, and send them, in one mass mailing, to everyone who had previously requested information from me. While this probably did help me win a few additional orders, it wasn’t a very good follow up method. Why isn’t the “List Technique” very effective?

  • The List Technique isn’t consistent. Proponents of the List Technique tend to only send out follow up messages when their companies have “big news”.
  • List Technique messages don’t give the potential customer any additional information about the product or service in question. He can’t make a more informed buying decision after receiving a newsletter! If someone is wondering whether your company sells the best knick-knacks, what does he care that you’ve just moved your headquarters?
  • List Technique messages convey a “big list” mentality to your potential customers. When I used to write follow up messages using the List Technique, I was writing news bulletins to everyone I knew! I should have been sending a personal message to each individual who wanted to know more about my products.

What follow up method really works?

Following up with each lead individually, multiple times, but at set intervals, and with pre-written messages, will dramatically increase sales! Others who use this same technique confirm that they have all at least doubled the sales of various products! In order to set this system up, though, you need to do some planning.

First, you’ll need to develop your follow up messages. If you’ve been marketing on the Internet for any length of time, then you should already have a first informative letter. Your second letter marks the beginning of the follow up process, and should go into more detail than the first letter. Fill this letter with details that you didn’t have the space to add to the first letter. Stress the BENEFITS of your products or services!

Your next 2-3 follow up messages should be rather short. Include lists of the benefits and potential uses of your products and services. Write each letter so that your prospects can skim the contents, and still see the full force of your message.

The next couple of follow up messages should create a sense of urgency in your prospect’s mind. Make a special offer, giving him a reason to order NOW instead of waiting any longer. After reading these follow up messages, your prospect should want to order immediately!

Phrase each of your final 1 or 2 follow up messages in the form of a question. Ask your prospect why he hasn’t yet placed an order? Try to get him to actually respond. Ask if the price is to high, the product isn’t the right color or doesn’t have the right features, or if he is looking for something else entirely. (By this time, it’s unlikely that this person will order from you. However, his feedback can help you modify your follow up letters or products, so that other prospects will order from you.)

The timing of your follow up letters is just as important as their content. You don’t want one prospect to receive a follow up the day after he gets your initial informative letter, while another prospect waits weeks for a follow up!

Always send an initial, informative letter as soon as it is requested, and send the first follow up 24 hours afterwards. You want your hot prospects to have information quickly, so that they can make informed buying decisions!

Send the next 2-3 follow up messages between 1 and 3 days apart. Your prospect is still hot, and is probably still shopping around! Tell him about the benefits of your products and services, as opposed to your competitors’. You will make the sale!

Send the final follow up messages later on. You certainly don’t want to annoy your prospect! Make sure that these last letters are at least 4 days apart.

Following up effectively seems complicated, but it doesn’t have to be! So many potential customers are lost because of poor follow up - don’t you want to be one of the few to get it right?

I personally work with AWeber and am glad I cam across them early on. They also make sure that your email reaches your prospects and don't end up in spam filters.

They offer a 30 days Testdrive for Free. It is a great learning experience and I highly recommend it. You will really get a feeling for the "Power of the Follow Up" and get a lot of tutorial with it.

Friday, 14 August 2009

10 E-Zine Publishing Mistakes To Avoid

Publishing an E-zine is a lucrative business. More and more people are jumping on the E-zine publishing band wagon. Anyone can get an autoresponder and compile their own newsletters and e-courses to their subscribers at the cost of pennies. It is no surprise that E-zines are the choice of medium for list building and selling ad spaces.

However, there are a lot of mistakes made by newbies. Mistakes such as unsolicited e-mailing and not focusing on their core business are common mistakes committed daily. These must be addressed so that the profits are not wasted.

Therefore, I’ve written a guide on how to overcome these common mistakes. You can download it free.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Make Money When Visitors Leave Your Website

It's finally time to stop trying to keep visitors on your web page. If you're like most webmasters, you've spent way too much time trying to keep people on your website. Unfortunately this often results in wasted time, but what if there was a way to make use of all of that exit traffic (visitors attempting to leave your website). Exit traffic is a term which refers to visitors who are trying to leave your website. About 95% of traffic will leave within seconds of visiting your website, because of this huge percent, you'll want to look into some way to get them on their way out.

Luckily there are now ways to capitalize on those who would otherwise leave your website. An extremely obnoxious and unrecommended way to convert exit traffic is the live support. Websites will often tell you that some live support technician wants to talk to you before you leave. I find this obnoxious as do many other people. You should try to avoid this if at all possible.

A different, better approach is the leaving pop up alert. When you attempt to leave the website, an alert will pop up telling you that you shouldn't leave and there's a special offer for you. The best alerts will actually redirect you to a different web page which plays a sound clip that is directed to the user telling them that they don't want them to leave the site and they have a special offer if they stay.

These special offers can range from online web seminars to free downloadable reports on products to helpful videos. Regardless, they give a whole new world of opportunity to those who would otherwise close the website in seconds. While this method is sometimes obnoxious, you can't argue with the results. Many users have seen over a 300% increase of opt-ins and sign-ups by using this exit traffic catcher.

If you want to learn to use these scripts to their best, you'll want to get the free report: 3 Easy Steps That Will Increase Conversion Rates By 300%. Creating one of these scripts can be fairly simple for a good programmer, unfortunately most of us aren't experienced programmers. Luckily these scripts can be had on the internet for quite a low price. Using them effectively however, well that's a whole different story.

The previously mentioned report will detail what you need to do to make an exceptional script. It will also teach you the common pitfalls that rookies make when dealing with scripts and even how to avoid them. It also goes over a great product called Exit Splash that is probably the simplest and most powerful pop up script on the internet. The most you can lose by reading the report is a few minutes out of your day.

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Let Them Leave

It is now possible to triple or even quadruple the amount of visitors who opt-in or sign-up for things on your website. So how do you do this? The secret is by using exit traffic scripts. Exit traffic is a term referring to visitors who are attempting to leave your website. Approximately 95% of visitors will click away from your website within seconds of getting to it. This can be circumvented by having a script that alerts them to special offers and tells them not to leave.

The best type of script for this will bring up an alert box telling you that you shouldn't leave and that there's a special offer. It should also immediately redirect you to the special offer page and play a sound clip of the site's owner speaking to you. If a site owner speaks to a visitor and pleads with them not to leave until they at least check out the special offer, it often makes them feel bad for trying to leave.

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