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 3: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

Day 3: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

You might remember that I invested $1,600 into solo ads last month. My solo went out on 11th and 13th December generating a total of 2396 clicks and 334 opt-ins. While I was expecting slightly better results in terms of conversions (0.005%) and optin rate (14%) I still generated two sales (one for $398, one for $198) and 3 more are still pending (they might or might not go through). However, I cannot know for sure that these sales were in fact a direct result of a solo ad as it could have easily been from visitors to my blog. It’s quite unfortunate that Google decided to unsuspend my website at the time when my solo was due to go out.

Either way, I’m planning on using the same solo ad provider for one of the affiliate launches in early January 2016. My goal is to win a JV contest, if not in terms of sales (last time I was at #26) then in terms of opt-ins. I have a pretty good chance of winning in either category. I’d be the happiest if I won a trip for two to Costa Rica… Not sure what I’d do with a first place prize anyway, one of the ugliest cars in the world, a Mini Cooper worth $20k?! Shipping it over continents would cost me a fortune! Harley Davidson is not my cup of tea either. Here’s what’s at stake…

Mini Cooper

I wouldn’t mind winning a cash prize in terms of opt-ins either. In fact, I’d probably be even happier with a cash prize (my credit card is insatiable!)

We already made plans with my boyfriend that we’ll be making a trip  to Canada to collect my ugly car just to sell it on! lol

We agreed with one of my coaching students that I’ll set up a Facebook ad for him for £50. I was wanting to charge him £200 for this service and that’s exactly what I should have done. In my mind this type of service is worth £200 but since he’s a nice guy I offered him a below market price. Now, I’m starting to regret my decision as I should have charged him exactly that! What was supposed to be a half an hour work turned out to be a major effort! All because his payment method was rejected. I’ve already spent a few hours on the phone trying to fix the problem that’s not even my fault. I fulfilled my promise and delivered work on time. In fact, I had to create the same ad 4 times already! It was approved first but because the payment method was rejected the advertising account was deactivated meaning it’s not even live yet. I really do not want to charge the guy more as that’s what we agreed to but I’m really starting to lose my patience with how things are… I’ve already done more work than what I had initially agreed to and we’re not even done yet. If worse comes to worse I’ll refund him the money that he’s already paid. It’s sad because he’s a totally nice guy!

 

Affiliate Commissions: $2,019.60 this month so far (as of 16/12/2015)

Refunds: $413.80 this month

Subscribers: 123 in total

Lessons learnt: charge what you’re worth (don’t charge any more or any less than that regardless of how nice the person is – people will always take advantage of you)

 

 

Why New Year’s Resolutions Almost Never Work…

Why New Year’s Resolutions Almost Never Work…

This year I decided to do something different. This year I decided not to bother with New Year’s resolution. They suck! Here’s why…

Here’s a list of Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2015. 

1
Lose Weight
2
Getting Organized
3
Spend Less, Save More
4
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5
Staying Fit and Healthy
6
Learn Something Exciting
7
Quit Smoking
8
Help Others in Their Dreams
9
Fall in Love
10
Spend More Time with Family

Source: Statistic Brain

How many of them will be accomplished by the end of the year? Let’s find out…

50% Of People Who Make New Year’s Resolutions Fail

40 to 45% of American adult make one or more resolutions each year. Of those 75% will maintain their resolutions past the first week, 71% past 2 weeks, 64% after one month and only 46% after 6 months. (Source: Positive Change) What’s the moral of the story?

More than half of the people who make New Year’s resolutions will have failed by the end of June.

New Year’s Resolutions Can Hold Us Back…

There’s something about the never-ending list of things we think will make us happy… Resolutions can actually hold us back. In order to understand this we need to have a closer look at our resolutions. How many of them actually reflect your true desires? Maybe you feel under pressure by your family to settle down. Is this truly what you want? Maybe your family and loved ones are expecting you to go and get a job once you graduate. But does getting a job will make you happy in the long-term? If your resolutions don’t feel right it’s very unlikely you’ll stick to them…

Every Day Is A New Beginning

There’s no magic about the New Year. Each and every day is a new beginning. Most people get too attached to dates as they think they’ll get a clean slate on New Year’s day. New Year is a day just as good as any. The fact that it’s a new year won’t magically make things happen! Do the best you can every day not just for a few days until your short-lived resolve associated with the magic of New Year burns out. Take baby steps. Do something little every day for the next 365 days…

I don't make New Year's resolutions.I don't need to -I work on myself 365 days a year...

Jeff Goins suggests a different approach, “Don’t waste your time with resolutions this new year. Instead, focus on something far better: resolve.” He puts it bluntly “This year, a lot of people will make resolutions and then immediately break them. Why? Because they’re not really resolving to do anything different. They’re just wishing.” Ever heard of wishful thinking?

He goes even further claiming that “Goal-setting, while admirable, is essentially pointless. Goals, in and of themselves, aren’t sustainable. They tell you where you want to go, not how you’re going to get there.” Essentially, this is what differentiates losers from achievers.

Are your New Year’s resolutions sustainable or are they just wishful thinking? “If you’re interested, you’ll do what’s convenient; if you’re committed, you’ll do whatever it takes. ” John Assaraf

 

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!

sales leaderboard brian tracy me 9

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!!!

 

What’s Your Excuse?

What’s Your Excuse?

Once I started seeing some success I noticed that in people’s mind there was this division, me vs them. They started seeing me as someone with superhuman powers… They’d make excuses, such as:

“Sandra, I’m not you. I don’t have 24 hours to dedicate to my online business.
“I don’t have the money to invest into advertising.”
“I have a family I need to care for.”
“I’m busy working on something else.”
“I have a job”.
“I wake up at 5am every day. I’m not getting enough sleep.

To all whiners out there my advice is simple: sleep faster! Cut out Facebook, EasterEnders Coronation Street and other crap. Everyone has a family they need to take care of. I’m no different here (I can bet for a fact that my family is larger than yours! :P)

When I started this Internet marketing journey I had a full-time job and another part-time job on top of that. Believe me, I was tired! I wasn’t getting enough sleep and had virtually no free time. I was broke and was in serious financial debt but I made this work!
My question to you is, what’s your excuse?

What new excuse are you going to come up with today that will stop you from making progress, that will keep you stuck where you are?

Wake up!

I’m not smarter than anyone else. I don’t have more hours in a day than you do. There are 24 hours in a day. How you use them is up to you.

I don’t have superhuman powers. I’m not perfect and I still make mistakes.

The reason I am successful is because I move fast and am not afraid to take the risk.

You’re never going to be successful if you excuses are greater than your actions.

You need to step outside of your comfort zone and start taking action if you want to be successful. Period!

Can You Still Make Money On YouTube?

Can You Still Make Money On YouTube?

I’ve recently watched a webinar with Jon Penberthy where he explained how he made $851k last year thanks to free YouTube traffic. Now, this certainly gave me something to think about!

Can you still make money on YouTube? Let’s find out!

Did you know that the average watch time of your video is more important than the number of views? You can easily outrank a video with thousands of views by using this simple strategy!

Sometime in April this year I uploaded a video to YouTube. I applied whatever little knowledge I had. A few months later my video was already ranking quite well although it did not appear on the first page of Google. Did you know that it’s 53 times easier to rank a video than a text content?

It also helps if you embed a video on your own blog or website. The more sites you can embed it on, the better.

Did you know that it doesn’t really matter how many other competing videos there are? Your only concern are a few videos that already rank at the top of search engines.

Rather than creating a video first, do some keyword research and pick a keyword people are actively searching for by using YouTube autosuggest tool. Another good strategy to implement is to create a video product review by using a keyword “[name of the product] review”. This works with physical products too.

A quick overview how to rank your YouTube video:

  1. Pick a keyword people are actively searching for
  2. Create a video based on your chosen keyword
  3. Rename the file using your keyword and upload it to YouTube
  4. Include a link at the very beginning of the description (this is the only bit people see when watching your video)
  5. Include your keyword in the title of the video
  6. Include your keyword a few times in the description of the video
  7. Include your keyword in tags (3-4 keywords variations)
  8. Include a link to another high ranking video  to show YouTube that you’re not a spammer
  9. Go to Fiverr and purchase a gig for $5 to get some backlinks and social bookmarks

Then give it between 13 seconds to a few weeks and watch you video appear on page #1 of Google!

This is the strategy I applied to have my video ranked on page numer one of Google!

Happy video creation!

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: www.fasttracktohappiness.com (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 Sell Affiliate Products?

How to Sell Affiliate Products

Many super affiliates boast about making thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars per month. This can lead some to believe that selling affiliate products is easy, when the opposite is actually true. Becoming a successful affiliate marketer takes more than you think. It requires dedication, the right products, and the right strategies. Here’s what you need to know about how to sell affiliate products:

Where to Find Products to Sell

The biggest hurdle most affiliates come across is actually finding something to sell. Here, there are essentially two different tactics you can take. The first approach is simple, you find products that you truly care about and love and market those products.  Or you find products that are likely to make you the most money, and sell those products. The two tactics are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but it is important to know which factor is most important to you.

Some of the best places to look for products to sell is on affiliate networks. Networks like Commission Junction, ClickBank and JVZoo have a huge variety of products available to those who want to become affiliate marketers.

How to Sell Affiliate Products

Here are some of the most common strategies affiliate marketers use to sell their products:

  1. Write a review. Writing a review of a product is a great way to sell something. Most consumers rely heavily on reviews in order to determine which products they want to buy, so detailed content telling them the benefits of a product they are interested in purchasing is likely to bring your traffic and commissions.
  1. Report an authentic experience. Consumers can sense disingenuousness, and it will drive them away from you. Instead, be genuine, whether you are writing a story or creating a review. If you veil a sales pitch in a review, people will see through it immediately and will click away immediately.
  1. Build your email list. Selling products to an email list is even easier than selling them to blog readers or website visitors. Start building a list of raving subscribers by including an opt-in box on your blog.
  1. Go with tried and true. Before you hop on the bandwagon of some latest craze or yet another shiny object, look for products that other affiliates have had some success with. This will give you a much return on investment, as you already know there is a market for them. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of what’s already working and copy it!

Good luck!

How To Sell Affiliate Products?

How To Sell Affiliate Products?

Making a passive income online can be a simple process by knowing your audience and what  products they would be interested in. If you have a blog or website than setting up a way to profit from affiliate products should be relatively easy to do. If done properly it can help you earn you a substantial income month after month. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do all the work just once and enjoy a recurring income for months or even years to come while sleeping or watching TV? Placing affiliate offers on your sites cannot only be profitable but also requires a relatively low effort and can help build your credibility.

Have A Solid Audience

If you are just starting a blog or website taking the plunge into selling affiliate products may not be your best option at the moment. In order to reap the rewards of selling affiliate products you need to have an audience to present them to. No audience, no income. Begin by first establishing your blog or website and gaining followers. Building up your reader and fan base will enable you to engage with them and better predict what kind of products or services they will be interested in. You will also have a better understanding of the right way to present the products to your readers that make them  more appealing to your potential buyers.

Promote Products You Are Passionate About

If you’re not so keen on the products you promote do not expect your audience to buy them either. In order to get people interested in the products you are promoting you need to be genuine and honest. Your audience needs to believe that this is something that can really help them and that they can trust that you are writing about it from a personal standpoint. Know everything about the product and relay your personal experience with the product to your audience.  Test it yourself first if possible and do not offer misleading information. In the long run this will hurt your credibility and your followers will be reluctant to trust you again.

 Affiliate Product Options

When it comes to affiliate products there are three main options you can choose from to make some extra income. Promoting or reviewing products on your site may not always be necessary. You can choose from pay per sale, pay per click or pay per lead. Only the pay per sale option requires a sale to actually happen for you to get paid. Pay per click might work for you if you have a content rich site. You get paid every time a visitor clicks on one of the ads displayed on your website (they do not have to make a purchase). This is typically done by displaying ads or banners on your site with a call to action for a visitor to click on. Pay per lead is calculated by the number of visitors to any given site that give away their contact information, such as their email address or contact number. You get paid for every visitor who  fills out a form on a destination site.

Including affiliate products on your site can generate you a hefty income but you need to carefully think about what your readers and audience wants. Start off with just two or three affiliate products and keep track of how your audience is responding to them. You may want to start off with a comparison of products. This allows you to compare multiple products in one post, meaning you can better judge which one is generating the most interest and income.

 

 

 

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.

Wikipedia

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

Conclusion

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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