List Building For Affiliate Marketing

list building for affiliate marketing

List Building For Affiliate Marketing

A very powerful and proven method in affiliate marketing is collecting people’s email addresses or creating a database which we’ll later on refer to as a list which you can promote affiliate products to. This is called list building.

There is a saying that is popular among internet marketers and it goes like “money is in the list.”

In fact, many super affiliates depend solely on selling affiliate products to their list and spend thousands of dollars growing their list.

It is a widely known fact that each subscriber is worth on average $1, meaning that if you have a list of 5,000 subscribers then you should be making on average $5,000 per month by promoting affiliate products to your list.

While this is totally an unproven concept, it still shows us that any quality list is guaranteed to make you profits especially if you are an affiliate marketer.

What is even more exciting about list building is that it can be done by anyone; it doesn’t matter if you are new to the affiliate marketing game or you are a more experienced and established affiliate marketer.

Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced affiliate marketer everyone has to follow basic steps in order to start generating leads. How well you do depends on the amount of traffic you generate to your leads capture page, and this is what has the main effect on the number of leads you capture in one single day (among other factors).

How to Capture Leads

In order to be able to collect emails to your list, you need to setup two basic things first:

  1. Lead Capture Page
  2. Autoresponder Service

Your leads capture page is where you ask your blog or website visitors to give you their email address in exchange for something you offer them (like content or newsletter).

Some affiliate marketers prefer to make their leads capture page as a squeeze page, which is a page solely dedicated to collecting emails and it looks like this:

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Other affiliate marketers will add their opt-in box in the sidebar of their blog. This doesn’t usually generate high opt-in rates in comparison to squeeze pages but if the blog design gives focus to the opt-in form then it can be as effective as landing pages.

A good example of blogs that optimized their design to capture leads is this:

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You can see how this blog put their opt-in form right in the top of the blog, and then the blog posts are right below it.

This gives a huge focus to the opt-in form and it will be the first thing your visitors will see.

To be able to capture leads you need an autoresponder service like Aweber or GetResponse.

These are the services that will store emails you collected, giving you a lot of tools to manage your newsletters and send them in a timely manner.

They also allow you to send a one-time email blast, which in affiliate marketing is very valuable in case you want to promote your affiliate product in a single email message.

There really is no other way for you to send emails to a massive number of subscribers, only an autoresponder service can guarantee that your email message will be delivered to your subscribers’ inbox and not to their spam box.

Increase Your Opt-in Rates

The secret to having a constant flow of subscribers on a daily basis is having a flow of traffic coming to your leads capture page.

Many affiliate marketers struggle to improve their opt-in rates, and in affiliate marketing high opt-in rates are a reflection of your copywriting and persuasion skills along with being able to provide valuable content to your visitors.

And to be able to achieve that, here are some steps you can work on:

  • Get targeted traffic
  • Write attractive copy
  • Provide valuable materials

Driving targeted traffic to your leads capture page is the same as driving traffic to your affiliate offers. You have few sources you can depend on.

SEO is a major source of traffic to a leads capture page, because the traffic coming from search engines is of high quality and people who do searches are usually hungry for content to read (which you can provide to them).

You need to head to Google Keyword Tool and do a search for your niche keyword:

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Try to pick the keywords with 500 or less searches, because they are usually long tails keywords and they are easy to compete for and do SEO for.

What you are offering in exchange for their emails should be highly relevant to the keyword you are trying to rank for. This will improve your opt-in rate and will provide you with daily flow of subscribers.

How you write your opt-in form copy including headlines and how you outline the benefits of your content is very important to getting high opt-in rates.

This is closely related to the copywriting field, being able to highlight, bold and underline certain keywords helps gives focus to the most important benefit you are offering.

Your leads capture page (if it is a squeeze page) should be short and concise, because you want to keep them interested in finding out what you are writing in the content you provide them.

Never satisfy their hunger in your squeeze page but keep them wanting more, this will lead to higher opt-in rates.

Some affiliate marketers will put a video to encourage them to subscribe. This is also a good technique because it gives them the feeling that you are real human that will take care of them and answer all their questions after they subscribe.

Providing your subscribers with materials like promo codes or PDF guide or even organizing a contest is very effective because such materials are rare.

It also lays out a great foundation for a relationship building and it establishes you as an authority.

Not to mention that being generous is the basis of any lucrative relationship. Always give more than you are taking.

How to Sell your Affiliate Product

Finally after you set everything up, the next step will be nurturing those leads you collected.

Constantly send out newsletters giving valuable tips and advice in your niche. But don’t send them emails every day, 3 times a week is a very good frequency and after one month you could send them your affiliate product.

If you promote your affiliate product to them in the first email after they sign up you won’t get many sales or get a good conversion rate. That’s because they still don’t know and trust you enough to buy what you recommend.

It gives them the impression that you are desperate to sell more than you are willing to offer them the help you promised when they subscribed.

Usually you if you nurtured you leads right; you could achieve an 8% sales conversion rate. Let’s say you have 1,000 leads and your affiliate commission is $30 then you could be making $2,400 and from only 1,000 subscribers which is a great return on investment.

The best thing about list building in affiliate marketing is that it is a long term strategy, and if you managed to collect 20,000 leads over the course of your affiliate marketing journey then you could focus only on your list and sell many affiliate products to them.

If you can find an affiliate marketing course (Affset training is one of them) you could learn a lot about list building as well and hopefully achieve great results in your first month.

Day 5: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

Day 5: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

If you’ve not heard from me for a while that’s because I’m a self-confessed lazy ass and am not a very consistent bunch. Yep, despite having a(n) (un)successful online business I struggle with procrastination and self-sabotage. (I’ve only recently learnt that this is a result of unresolved emotional issues from the past aka Emotional Intelligence. The good news though is it’s …curable!) Now, back to the point I was trying to make…

I have made some progress… albeit mainly downward since AdWords banned my site meaning that my worst dream came to fruition in the form of being cut off from my main source of traffic. As a result, my income that dried out practically overnight. In hindsight, this was an accident waiting to happen and although back then when a similar situation occurred I was able to take some steps to correct the course of action this time though it proved to be practically impossible to resolve.

Now, I’m having to act like a donkey on steroids not knowing which way to turn to replace my current source of income. I feel overwhelmed by information overload, procrastination and my inborn ability to self-sabotage that I have successfully practiced since the day I was conceived. This combined with a distance to myself results in a rather interesting mix of self-irony and self-pity.

As of May, I have made no profit at all. I was successful, however, at making a loss of more than $64.5 that I need to give myself credit for. It’s funny looking at a negative ROI (as if such a thing existed at all!) in my affiliate back office though.

With that being said, I’m a failure albeit a determined one. As Winston Churchill once said “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Well, since I have not been pronounced dead as of yet I might just as well continue on my path to self-destruction which some scholars for reasons unknown to me prefer to call self-realisation.

-If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.- - Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer, an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development who recently passed away, argues that “If you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.” Hm, I can’t help but think that whichever way I look at my ROI it appears to be… well, just that – negative.

Enough of my sarcastic sense of humour for now, my main focus is to take advantage of whatever faith I still have left in my abilities and use it build a list of raving fans and followers. You can expect to see me investing a program that promises to get me to 10,000 leads in 100 days. Since I’m going to document my journey you can expect my story to have you in fits of laughter as I follow the steps outlined in the program day by day.  How’s that for fun?






Analyzing How Affiliates Make Money Online

Analyzing How Affiliates Make Money Online

I study websites that make their income from affiliate marketing and I try to find out what works for them, what are the exact steps they follow to earn a good affiliate income.

The website I am analyzing in this article was listed on Flippa (I don’t want to mention it so as to respect the anonymity of the owner).

If you are an affiliate but not sure which niche is profitable, then you can follow the example here.

The Niche

My subject of analysis is a website in the web hosting niche, meaning that you can become an affiliate for many web hosting companies too.

Web hosting companies provide generous affiliate commissions, that’s because one client can be worth hundreds of dollars since anyone of us can host his website for years and pay on monthly basis.

Also there is a high demand in this niche as every day people buy web hosting plans to host their websites. So imagine earning an affiliate commission whenever you get the chance from this huge pool of buyers in this niche.

Just take a look at how many people look to buy a web hosting plan, and if you are an affiliate for any webhosting company then some of those people could end up buying from your affiliate link.

The Traffic

That was actually the good news, as the affiliate website I am analyzing doesn’t have much traffic and yet earns an average of $700 per month.

Take a look at the figures below (the stats is for 3 months). He actually got 1909 unique visitors in 3 months.

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That is about 22 visitors a day which is a very low number, a number you can achieve after one month of marketing work on your website.

And from what I noticed, over 95% of his traffic is coming from organic SEO (i.e. from Google searches).

Of course, if you managed to put in more effort on getting traffic to your own affiliate website, you can certainly beat these numbers by x10 folds.

I also took a deeper look on how he did his SEO, and in turns out what he did was rather simple and yet required some investment. I figured he invested in SEO because he wanted to get the results faster and at the end he did get his return of investment (as you will see in The Profits section below).

He depended on backlinks from PR websites (many of which require you to pay nowadays). Also he focused on getting forums backlinks (but this one is free).

Beside the SEO, I could see that he was recording lots of videos and uploading them on YouTube.

And I think YouTube videos can be vital in this niche, that’s because the web hosting niche has so many long tail keywords (sub niches) that are basically problems that people need solving.

Examples of such problems are:

  • How to setup wordpress blog
  • How to prevent DDoS attacks
  • And other hosting/blog related problems

And you can imagine, if you can showcase your knowledge to your videos viewers, you will certainly gain their trust and even recommend the webhosting company you are promoting as an affiliate.


The Social Media Properties

An interesting and at the same time expected technique by the affiliate was to create accounts on various social media websites, in effort to increase the sales channels and not depend solely on SEO.

Social Channel 1) YouTube (67 original videos)

His YouTube channel was not that popular (only 71 subscribers), however, his 67 videos have generated over 20,000 views.

Imagine how many did buy after watching his videos. And this just shows you how the web hosting niche is closely related to video content.

And around 80% of his videos were about how to install WordPress blog on your web host company.

This is rather a weakness from this affiliate, as he could have uploaded more diverse videos on various and broad web hosting related topics. And if you decided to get in this niche then certainly keep that in mind.

Social Channel 2)Vimeo (67 original videos)

He simply uploaded the same videos on YouTube to

The only thing to mention is that he got 0 subscribers and fewer views on Vimeo than on YouTube. This is not a surprise as YouTube is known to be the most visited video sharing site.

Social Channel 3) Daily Motion (67 original videos)

Same as YouTube and Vimeo, he uploaded the same videos to

One thing to notice is that he got 2 subscribers and 4K viewers to his 67 videos, a moderate number but indeed more than that on Vimeo.

Social Channel 4) Pinterest Coupon Code Page

This was actually very smart of him, he used the photo sharing website Pinterest to post coupons to many web hosting companies he is an affiliate to.

Since a coupon could easily be presented in an image, this means that any photo sharing website can be a gold mine in this niche.

He got 1170+ followers and 128 coupons on his Pinterest account.

You can even use websites like Instagram to promote your coupons.

Social Channel 5) Facebook Page

This is rather the classic of social media promotion nowadays.

Our affiliate here created the Facebook page, and added all the coupon images and videos there.

This shows you that once you have your content (either videos or articles) you can curate and share them across multiple platforms to increase you exposure and at the same time doing all this with minimum effort.

Our affiliate managed to get only 181 likes, a number you can easily increase if you are looking for more successful Facebook campaign.

At the end, there are many social media websites out there that can help you in your affiliate marketing journey.

You just need to be smart on how you use each one of them to maximize your affiliate sales potential.


The Profits

And finally let’s look at how much this affiliate earned per month

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You can see that our affiliate was averaging $700 a month. And from what we have analyzed above you can certainly be sure that these figures can easily be doubled in 1 month and even increased to x10 folds over the course of the year.

But these figures tell us another story…

From as little as 22 unique visitors a day, you can earn over $700 monthly profits as an affiliate marketer.

In the end it comes down to a combination of the:

Right Niche + Traffic + Content + Hard Work

Follow this formula and you will find that making money as an affiliate is 100% attainable goal.

In my affiliate marketing course on I try to emphasize this point to my students.

Day 4: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

Day 4: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

I’ve not been very consistent but promise that will change. I now have people on my case so no more excuses!

Last weekend I attended a 2-day seminar “The Prosperity Power” hosted by Mark Anastasi. If you’re not aware you should know that Mark is one of the best Internet marketers in the world. He’s one of the very few people I follow. When I started out in Internet marketing my older sister exclaimed that “He’s got model looks!” and as of that I should follow his teachings! OK, it wasn’t quite like that but something along those lines 😉

Mark is a former security guard who was £7k in debt and eventually found himself homeless. He later made a fortune as an Internet marketer teaching people how to succeed online.

It was surreal seeing him perform on stage especially that I’ve been following him for years. I was surprised to learn that he has a great sense of humour. Nobody but Mark could get away with covering controversial topics, such as sex, religion and politics all in one! I think it takes a lot of charisma to pull an act like that.

Throughout the whole event I tried to stay out of the spotlight as much I could, however, I still managed to make …. a whole two friends! It’s about quality not quantity (talking of excuses!) I have a funny feeling they’re going to contribute to my growth as a person 😉

Now, about the ugly car I mentioned in one of my earlier posts… I never won it (thank God!) or anything else for that matter (read: severe depression) although my name was listed on yet another leaderboard (now this is new as it was an opt-ins leaderboard and I never got great results in terms of opt-ins)! My initial opt-in rate was over 80%!!!

Overall though, the launch turned out to be a …flop. Sales were scarce (half the sales I made last time), worse still they didn’t even cover my advertising budget so I actually made a loss.

The good thing though is getting great results in terms of opt-ins resulted in getting a new JV partner who contacted me after finding my name on the leaderboard. The only thing stopping me from going ahead with it is my rather small email list of … 130 or so people.

Now, we’re back to square one with list building. I can’t even take advantage of my contacts or JV offers for that matter until I build a list of a least 22k subscribers (that’s how big my JV partner’s list is).

There a few changes in terms of me running my business as I decided to hire an outsourcer! It cost me a total of… $1 for 40 hours of work (talking of bonuses!) So I got my Virtual Assistant, Jake to do 10 hours of online research for my new product. After the initial work is done I’m going to get him to slave for me for another 30 hours doing mindless work (only joking!)

Special thanks to Adam for reminding me to continue with the 30-day challenge 😉

Day 2: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

Day 2: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

Last night I spent a few hours editing my site so that it complies with Google AdWords policies. My site was suspended for more than a week now. Little to say, it’s been very stressful for me as my main source of income dried out virtually overnight.

I’ve had some success though getting a refund from the founder of Feedspot (if you’re not familiar, Feedspot enables you to keep up with all your favourite websites in one place), Anuj Agarwal, a rather canny Indian entrepreneur who was cheeky enough to refuse to issue a refund to me after I forgot to cancel my account with them after an initial one year’s free trial. He was cheeky enough to ask me to withdraw my PayPal claim offering instead to cancel my subscription. Given the fact that he keep ignoring my emails for over a month I was adamant not to let him get away with it! Persistence pays off! The money was credited back to my account.

If that was not enough, my name was listed on two different leaderboards – I’m just a few positions behind the legendary Brian Tracy. One of my Internet marketing friends even went to great lengths to find out how many Facebook followers he has. With 1,377,566 Facebook fans compared to my 23 makes it look rather grotesque!

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To my surprise just today I received an email from Karl Moore’s JV manager: “You and Karl were both present on some recent leaderboards so he asked to get in touch with you to see whether you’d be interested in a potential JV or collaboration?” Karl Moore wants to work with me?! Yay! Looks like I made a name for myself!

A week ago I invested HEAVILY (it’s capitalized because $1,600 is a lot of money!!!) into solo ads from a reputable solo ad provider. My solo ad is due to go out on 11th and 13th (as you can see I am not superstitious) December. I am hoping this will compensate for the fact that I am not getting as much traffic as I used to!

If this works I’m planning to do the same for one of the launches I’m planning to promote in January 2016.

Subscribers: 120 (3 unsubscribes, 1 opt-in)

Failures: My site has been suspended for over a week now

Success: Got a refund from Feedspot; Karl Moore wants to work with me; My name was listed on two different sales leaderboards just a few positions behind Brian Tracy

Money made in November: $7,455.66 (£4,947.89) – my goal was to make $5k!!!


Day 1: An Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

Day 1: An Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

I’ve once heard of a guy who documented his online marketing journey towards financial freedom. While I can’t recall what the guy’s name was, apparently, even to this day he’s still getting traffic to his blog on that particular topic!

So I decided to replicate his steps in the hope that it might help other Internet marketers out there. I’d certainly find such content very useful as many people embarking on this Internet marketing journey feel overwhelmed with information overload not knowing where to turn, what to do, who to follow and what products to promote…

My goal is to document my Internet marketing journey for the next 30 days by sharing my insights, what I’ve learnt, the obstacles I came across and my everyday successes and failures.

So here we go!

Today, I’m full of mixed emotions. On one hand, I’m under a lot of stress as Google suspended my site so I can no longer send traffic to my blog, meaning that I need to rethink my whole marketing strategy. The lesson I learnt from that experience is: NEVER over-rely on just one source of traffic!

On the other hand, just today I received an email from Mark Low telling me that I’m one of the top affiliates for John Assaraf’s at #25! I’m super excited as my earnings per optin are through the roof at $122.21 per optin!!! (much higher than any other top affiliates). Just to give you an idea, the second highest earnings per optin were $19 per optin. Quite a difference, huh? Little to say, I am proud of myself!

However, as I mentioned earlier my success was overshadowed by the news that my site was suspended. I still hold onto hope that they will reverse their decision.

In the meantime, I set up Facebook ads to compensate for the traffic lost due to the fact that I can no longer drive traffic to my blog using AdWords.

I cannot stress the importance of having multiple sources of traffic and not overly relying on just one source of traffic, be it Google, Facebook or Bing. If you rely on just one source of traffic you don’t have a business. Period!

As a part of my contingency plan should Google permanently suspend my site I went onto to purchase 3 gigs on Fiverr. My plan is to use article marketing to drive traffic to my brand new site: (there’s not much there at the moment). My goal is to use original content to drive traffic to my brand new site with a view to build an email list of raving personal development fans.

Stayed tuned as tomorrow I’m going to use my boyfriend as a guinea pig as we’ll be setting up his very first Facebook ad campaign (please note my boyfriend has no previous experience in Internet marketing whatsoever!) Watch this space I’m going to share with you the results of my experiment!

What I did today: Set up a Facebook ads campaign, Went onto purchase 3 gigs on Fiverr (article writing), Emailed my list – scheduled to go out tomorrow and Saturday (promo), Wrote this post

Lessons learnt: Have multiple sources of traffic – if you rely too much on just one source of traffic you don’t have a business!

Successes: My name was listed as one of the top affiliates for John Assaraf’s affiliate program

Failures: Google suspended my site

How To Write A Good Product Review

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How To Write A Good Product Review

Not all product reviews were created equal. I’m sure you’ve seen quite a few badly written product reviews that were full of hype, claims that cannot be backed up and resembled poorly written sales pages. A well-written product review is a review that not only builds trust of your potential buyers but also results in more sales and lower refund rates. In fact, one of my best product reviews generated me over $47k in commissions. How do I write a good product review then?


  • only write reviews of products you have personally tried and tested(!) unless you’re absolutely sure the  owner of the product is an ethical and trustworthy person and runs an 100% legitimate and legal business The exception to this rule is when you have tried some of their other products
  • make sure you have done your own bit of research – read other reviews of the same product (it might even turn out the product you wished to review is not a legitimate business or a scam) This will give you an idea of what to focus on and will bring your attention to the aspects of the product you may not have thought about Take bits and pieces of that information, put it in your own words and use it in your own review (copying other people’s product reviews is pointless as Google penalizes copycats)
  • make sure there are no more than 3 other products reviews of the same product you wish to review – just google your chosen keywords Let’s say the product you wish to review is iPhone 6. Your chosen keywords would then be “iPhone 6 review”. A quick Google search reveals, however, that this particular keyword has way too many existing reviews (you’re unlikely to get any visitors to your site and as a result make any sales at all from the review of that product). In fact, this is one of the first steps to take when choosing the right product to promote. Experiment with different keywords/products until you find one that has less than 4 existing product reviews (this is to ensure your product review is as profitable as possible)
  • make sure the refund rate of the product you wish to review is low – you don’t want to be endorsing a product with a 50% refund rate (50% refund rate means that half of the people who purchased the product requested a refund) You don’t want to be promoting these type of products as it will frustrate not only you but also people who buy from you and can tarnish your reputation in no time! The lower the refund rate the better Products with a higher refund rate are poor quality products or products which misguide their prospective buyers Here you may wish to contact the actual product owner requesting their refund rate stats. It’s unlikely, however, you’ll be given exact figures (the exact refund rates are probably higher than they made you believe!)
  • choose the right products – you want to make sure that the product you wish to review is a high quality product with a high conversion rate (a product that sells well) with a low refund rate (the number of people who purchase the product and then go on to ask for a refund is low). ClickBank and JVZoo gives you the option to check the product’s refund and conversion rate (very useful information when choosing the right product to promote or review)
  • less is better – nobody wants to read lengthy 20-page long reports Ideally limit yourself to one, maximum two pages of pure content (statistically most people won’t even bother to scroll down the page)
  • be as accurate as you can – only the most important facts, limit yourself to a few main features and/or benefits Focus on the facts
  • outline the product’s benefits – focus on the most important ones that you find your readers may find useful and relevant Think in terms of what you’d like to know about the product before you make a purchasing decision
  • outline only a few main features (assuming your readers have previously landed on the actual product’s sales page and have done their own bit of research) The trick here is not to be too repetitive as your readers are already familiar with the product’s features they’re just looking for that one extra bit of information to make up their mind and help with their purchasing decision
  • always back up your claims – let’s say you claim the product is cheap. Cheap relative to what? It’s always safer to say it’s cheaper than other leading brands  or its direct competitors (do your own bit of research to make sure the information you provide is as accurate as possible) It always helps to give their actual name as it gives you the extra edge over your direct competitors (Did you know that the owner of the product who makes claims that cannot be backed up can get sued?)
  • outline at least one of the product’s flaws – even if you can’t find any try to think of one that’s trivial or insignificant making sure that it will not have a negative impact on your prospects’ purchasing decision People buy from people they like and trust You want to make sure your readers trust you If you focus only on the product’s benefits you’ll come across as salesy and untrustworthy You need to have your prospects’ best interests at heart
  • be honest – honesty pays off If you think the program is pricey you might want to mention that but add that the product offers great value for money This will automatically lower your prospects’ expectations (possibly resulting in a lower click through rate) but once they purchase the product they’re less likely to ask for a refund hence lower refund rate It’s a win-win!
  • use bullet points for easier reference
  • for every seeming flaw outline one of the product’s benefits that mitigates it (see  do not offer misleading information or misrepresent the product/service) and perfectly counteracts the negative impact this information might have on your prospect’s purchasing decision No product is perfect

Click Here To View An Example Of A Good Product Review That Generated Me Over $51k In Commissions


  • product review is NOT a sales page! – avoid hype, superlatives and sounding salesy, instead focus on the facts and the actual benefits without being judgmental or trying to convince your readers to buy The purpose of a product review is to offer impartial information not to pitch
  • copy and paste the actual sales page  – use your own words and focus on the most important bits of information, outline a few (not all!) of the product’s main features focusing on its benefits (you’re assuming your prospects are already familiar with the product’s sales page and the product’s features, otherwise they would not be here in the first place) The trick here is to skip what’s irrelevant and/or repetitive
  • never endorse products of poor quality or developed by someone of questionable reputation or your reputation can be tarnished in no time
  • do not offer misleading information or misrepresent the product/service this will only result in higher refund rate and will frustrate not only you (seeing refund requests flood in is not a pleasant sight!) but also your readers who rely on the information you provide Let’s say the product is difficult to set up Rather than telling your readers blatantly that the product is difficult to set up tell them something between these lines “it takes a while to set it up” (this will lower their expectations) but at the same time give them some kind of incentive that would entice them to overcome this obstacle , such as “but once it’s set up it runs on autopilot” It has to be something that will outweigh the product’s seeming disadvantages
  • use judgemental or pejorative language – remember you’re acting as an impartial observer and are not there to make judgements You’re there to help with your prospect’s purchasing decision Avoid superlatives such as “amazing, extraordinary, unbelievable” etc. If you do, however, always back up your claim

How To Write A Good Product Review Then?

There are a few rules when it comes to writing a good product review. First and foremost, choose the right product to promote. What I mean by that is choosing a high quality product with a high conversion rate and  a low refund rate.  Rule number two, be as honest and accurate as possible, do not offer misleading information or misrepresent the product or service you’re promoting. Focus on providing value and useful information that you think someone considering a purchase of that particular product might find useful. The aim of a good product review is to build trust of your prospects which you’re doing by outlining not only the good but also the bad. By outlining some of the product’s flaws you’re acting as their friend. As a result they trust you.

Remember that a product review is NOT a sales page! Treat your prospects as a friend. Make yourself available to answer any questions they may have by encouraging them to post in the comments section of your product review, spend some time answering their questions. It’s a lot easier to convert someone who’s already looking for that extra bit of information into a buyer than someone who’s never been exposed to any of your products. It’s never time-wasted!

The end result? More sales, higher conversion and low refund rates! If you’re smart enough you can also deter tire-kickers from purchasing your products by suggesting that your product is not a magic pill and that if they want to see any results they need to put in time and effort! This will result in lower refund rates.

I’m happy to analyse and scrutinize any product reviews you may have. Did you find this article useful? If so, share your comments below.

How Network Marketing Works?

How Network Marketing Works?

The chances are some of your friends tried to recruit you into network marketing opportunities that seem like some type of money game or pyramid scheme. While other friends keep telling you to stay away from them as you’ll get yourself into trouble. How do you know who’s right?

How Does Network Marketing Not Work?

Network marketing is not a pyramid scheme. Pyramid is basically a money game that has no basis in real commerce and is based around the concept that people invest money based on the promise that other people will put in money that will filtrate back to them and somehow, they’ll get rich. Modern-day pyramids may have a product, but it’s clearly there just to disguise the money game. Most often than not, there’s no product involved at all, just money changing hands.

Related article: What is affiliate marketing?

Network marketing isn’t about taking advantage of your friends and relatives. Only a few years ago, network marketing meant retailing to, and sponsoring people from, your “warm list” of prospects. Although sharing the products or services and the opportunity with people you know is still the basic foundation of the business, today we see more people using sophisticated marketing techniques such as the Internet, conference calling and other long-distance sponsoring techniques to extend their network across the country.


So How Does Network Marketing Work?

Network marketing is a type of business opportunity that is very popular with people looking for part-time, flexible businesses. Some of the best-known companies in America, including Avon, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Tupperware, fall under the network marketing umbrella.


Essentially, network marketing is a legitimate business based on providing people with real, legitimate products they need and want at a fair price.

Network marketing is a serious business for serious people. It’s a proven system for your own success. Just follow the simple, proven and duplicable system that the good companies provide.

How Can I Make Money With Network Marketing?

  • Yes, some people do make a lot of money through network marketing, however their individual results vary greatly and are the result of their own dedicated efforts in building an organization that sells real products and services. In network marketing, each person can multiply his or her efforts, skills and talents by helping others be successful.
  • No, network marketing isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. Of course some people do make large amounts of money very quickly. Success in networking isn’t based on luck. (Unfortunately, money won’t sprout wings and fly into your bank account no matter what someone has promised you.) Success in network marketing is based on following some very basic yet dynamic principles. Some people don’t make any money at all as the amount of money you make depends on your time and effort. Be wary of pyramid schemes that are illegal and in order for a person to actually make money in a pyramid scheme, someone else has to lose money.

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How Does Network Marketing Work For Me?

Network marketing is all about leveraging your time and increasing the number of hours of work effort on which you can be paid by sponsoring other people and earning a small income on their efforts.

I would rather make 1 percent on the efforts of 100 people than 100 percent on my own efforts.

J. Paul Getty

This very basic concept is the cornerstone of network marketing.

How Does Network Marketing Work For Others?

Most successful people building a network marketing business do so in an organized method. They work a few dedicated hours each week, with each hour of effort serving as a building block for their long-term business growth. Then they sponsor other people and teach those people how to sell the company product and sponsor others who duplicate the process.

By helping the people you personally sponsor to sponsor others, you duplicate yourself. As this process continues, you create compound growth that can lead to hundreds or even thousands of people coming into your business. You leverage your time by helping others be successful and earn an income from all their efforts.

The Breakdown of How Network Marketing Works

  • no big capital requirements
  • no geographical limitations
  • no minimum quotas required
  • no special education or skills needed.
  • low-overhead
  • home based business that can actually offer many of the tax advantages associated with owning your own business.
  • people-to-people business that can significantly expand your circle of friends.
  • enables you to travel and have fun as well as enjoy the lifestyle


Network marketing is certainly a great way of making money online, however, there are no magic pills and you still need roll up your sleeves and do some work. Individual results vary greatly but with a little time and effort you can succeed in network marketing.

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What is Affiliate Marketing?

What is affiliate marketing?

So what is affiliate marketing? Affiliate marketing is becoming an increasingly more popular way of making money online yet  few people understand how it actually works. In this article I’ll debunk myths surrounding the topic of affiliate marketing, what it is and what it is not, its advantages and its pitfalls.

Affiliate marketing has grown in popularity mainly because it is a cost-effective way of generating money online, does not require any previous experience or technical skills making it ideal for anyone wishing to start online regardless of their age, background or origin.

There are thousands of other websites on the Internet offering confusing information affiliate marketing, some very good and others that blind you with technical jargon, resulting in you being none the wiser after having read their article.

What Is Affiliate Marketing – Definition

Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.


What it basically means is that in return for selling someone else’s products or services you receive a commission.  Affiliate marketing is based around the concept that you get paid when you sell or promote someone else’s product.

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What is affiliate marketing good for?

  • ideal if you want to start making money online but do not have your own products or services
  • ideal for stay at home mums/dads, single parents
  • ideal for freelance workers and self-employed people
  • if you want to earn extra income on top of your salary
  • if you want to quit your 9-5 job
  • if you want more financial freedom
  • if you want more time freedom
  • if you need more flexible working hours
  • if you travel a lot

What is affiliate marketing not good for?

  • people without basic IT skills (you need to have basic computer skills if you want to succeed in this niche)
  • people wishing to make money overnight (any affiliate programs supporting these claims are get quick rich scams)
  • people looking for a magic pill and wanting something for nothing (you need to roll up your sleeves in order to succeed in affiliate marketing)

what is affiliate marketing

What is affiliate marketing used for?

Affiliate marketing just one of the ways used by companies to leverage their business by reaching a wider audience with the aim of increasing both their sales and customer database. One of the ways to achieve this is through affiliate marketing where a number of people (affiliates) advertise, promote and sell company’s products and services in return for a commission.

It is very hard and very expensive for any business owner to market any product or service on their own. However, if you were a business owner and had other people selling your products and services you could quickly reach a much larger audience, build your customer database and increase your sales. Thanks to affiliate marketing your business would only pay money if and when your affiliates sell a product. This is a very cost-effective way of marketing your business as a business owner. Every time your affiliates promoted your product resulting in the sale of a product they would then receive a commission. Hence they would then have an incentive to continue promoting your product making it a win-win situation for both your company and your affiliates.

Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

  • Yes, however, individual results varies hugely and depend solely on your time and effort. Affiliate marketing offers an uncapped earning potential and it is possible to make huge amounts of money from it. There are people doing so each and every day but the fact is, they didn’t get rich overnight! Essentially, affiliate marketing is a business and as such it requires both time and effort, however, compared to other businesses it can yield considerably higher returns.
  • No, there are no magic pills and you need to roll up your sleeves and do the work. Internet marketing is a lot more slow-paced than most people think. There are many tire kickers that  expect something for nothing. As with any other business venture in order to succeed you need to do some work. Any affiliate programs that claim otherwise are get quick rich schemes.

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So what is affiliate marketing not?

Affiliate marketing is certainly not a get quick rich scheme. In fact, it’s a lot more slow-paced than most people think. Essentially, affiliate marketing is a business and that’s exactly how it should be treated. It is certainly a great way of making money online but just like any other business it requires time and effort to grow.

Why start affiliate marketing?

  • cost-effective – you do not need large amounts of money to start
  • runs on autopilot – once you have it up and running, your affiliate marketing business can be earning you money 24 hours per day, 365 days a year
  • no need to buy or hold stock
  • no need to buy or rent premises
  • no need to deal with customers or sales
  • no shipping required
  • no need to deal with refunds
  • can be run from anywhere in the world
  • very easy to set up
  • time-effective – requires less time and effort than other forms of Internet marketing

What should you watch out for when considering affiliate marketing?

  • get quick rich schemes – watch out for claims promising to make you rich overnight Any such claims are illegal and are advertised by illegitimate businesses
  • do your own research  – check reviews and testimonials. It might also be worth checking statistics and conversion rates before you join any affiliate marketing scheme
  • review your budget – depending on whether you decide to go for paid or unpaid advertising make sure you have some funds set aside for this purpose


Affiliate marketing is certainly a great way of making money online, however, there are no magic pills and you still need roll up your sleeves and do some work. Individual results vary greatly but with a little time and effort you can succeed in affiliate marketing.

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