Work at home on
the Internet: internet marketing and affiliate program help.
Issue 271 |
Apr 6th 2003
Here's what's inside:
you've got to work hard
Affiliate Marketers Handbook goes 2-tier
Special Affiliate Cloner deal for you
Invitation to my forum
Hope you find something useful and interesting
1. Sorry, but you've got to
last weeks issue -
where I talked about how spending time building two mini sites a
week (for a year) could end up bringing you a weekly income of over
five thousand dollars after expenses - really got people excited.
You can re-read
But something I feel I didn't stress enough, is
all the hard work involved.
In fact it's such hard work that the vast majority
of people will never build more than one small site.
It's not just the time you have to spend building
the sites, you've also got to come up with the ideas for them, then
do some keyword research to see if enough people are buying whatever
you're thinking of promoting.
And this is hard work, as you know. Work that
most people just aren't prepared to do. They're looking for the
easy ride and instead of putting time and effort in, and building
a solid foundation, they instead follow the hype and go for one
of the spammy emails or websites that promise a shortcut to success.
The bad news is that although shortcuts do exist,
anything that promises you almost instant income without hard work
is a lie.
In the end, and even in the beginning...
YOU'RE in charge of your own destiny.
YOU have to put the work in.
YOU have to miss watching TV or sitting in a bar,
or sleeping, or going to the football.
You just have to buckle down and DO it.
Anyway, having got all that out of my head, I'd
like to say that I did manage to create two new mini sites this
week, and one of them - a health related site built around a Commission
Junction listed affiliate program even made an almost immediate
sale with no promotion or advertising.
I registered the domain last Sunday, added it
to my web host, built the site Monday, used the add
site link at Google.
Tuesday I spent a couple of hours improving the
site and adding some back end article pages... and great news the
site appeared in Google's Top 10 on Wednesday, got around 130 visitors,
and made one sale paying me $108 affiliate commission.
The bad news is the site dropped out of Google
the very next day. Saturday it reappeared. Today it has gone again.
At first I was worried when this kind of dropping
in and out happened, but I've come to learn that this is the norm
with Google. New sites often drop in and out until they settle into
whatever position Google things they're worth (based mainly on site
content, both internal linking and external links, and the competition
in the niche you're focusing on).
So the immediate sale was just good luck.
But it happened. So I'm happy, because I've now
got some indication of how that site will rank and perform.
Read how I'm doing it in my book Mini
2. Solutions Coming...
Anyway, judging from
all the feedback I get the 2 biggest problems most of you are facing
is coming up with enough content and enough traffic.
Really the two often go hand in hand.
Good text based content = good search engine traffic.But
what happens if you're not a good, or fast, writer?
For ages people have been saying to me "it's
all very well building mini sites, but after I've put up one or
two pages I've got nothing else to say."
Well I'm working on something to make coming up
with content a lot easier for you. After some intense brain storming
with my old Yorkshire buddy, Bill Burdin (now living in Australia
we've come up with a killer solution.
When you visit the link below you might think
it's just another boring old article database, but it's not.It's
something a whole lot more than that, but I can't really say anything
about it for a few more weeks yet, except to say that its pretty
exciting stuff. And it's a solution that will benefit both articlewriters
and website publishers.
If you're an article writer I'd like to invite
you become a part of this exciting project, and get your articles
featured all over the web by going to the link below and submitting
all your articles into the database.
We're looking for articles on ANY subject. Copyright,
of course, remains with you. But by adding them you grant permission
for the articles to be freely published on multiple websites. (and
after all, all
that free publicity and links back to your site is why you've written
them in the first place isn't it)So come on, get submitting. It's
really going to be worth your while.
( And remember, you need to submit genuine articles,
not ads. If you want to submit ads send them to Bill's Web
3. Affiliate Marketer's Handbook
You know that I'm a
big fan of James
Martell's Affiliate Marketers Handbook.
Well I had a big surprise this week. James wrote
to me to say that, along with Michael Campbell, I'm his top affiliate.
I'm surprised because I'm mainly promoting it
with those out-of-fashion banner ads.
Shows they still work :)
Anyway, James had another reason for writing.
He wanted to tell me that he's moving away from selling his excellent
book via Clickbank, to his own affiliate program.
And from now on it's 2-tier, paying an extra $15
on the second level.
So if you're looking for something else to promote
(and even though it's expensive it sells well) I can recommend it.
But I also recommend that you read it first. You
won't regret it. It's the best step-by-step training manual for
affiliates you'll find.
If you're willing to put the work in and follow
the exact step-by-step plan that he details for you in the book,
you should make a very good affiliate income.
Again though, there are no promises of easy success.
To build the kind of site James puts together is hard work.
But it can be VERY rewarding.
either buy it, read about it, or sign up for the affiliate program
4. Special Affiliate Cloner
deal for you
know you like the special deals I can put together for you now and
I also know you like to be able to protect your
So I though "why not put the two together?"
and I got in touch with David Zohar developer of a nifty piece of
software called Affiliate
After a bit of pushing and shoving I managed to
get David to offer you a huge discount, plus a great bonus package
I'm using it and it's good and different to other
affiliate link protectors on the market.
So what's so special about it? Well rather than
me rambling on I asked David a few questions. Here's what he had
Phil: Tell me David, how is
your software different to the others on the market? What's unique
about it? How does it do a better job?
David: The software gives affiliates
some new tools to promote affiliate products that I haven't seen
on other Cloaking products.
All the other products do the same thing and that's,
cloak the affiliate link and put it in a framed page on the affiliates
web site. My product gives the affiliate the same tool plus all
of those below.
1)Promote products with your own sales letter
and put the order link of the merchant on the sales letter. Doing
this will bypass the merchant's sales letter straight to the order
Phil: I've got my own ideas on
this, but why would you say it's sometimes a good idea to bypass
the merchant's sales letter?
David: Sometimes the product
is great but the merchant's sales letter is not great. Other times,
and this happens a lot with Clickbank products, times the merchant
has a prominent link asking people to join to the affiliate program.
This put your
commissions in danger because they then use their own link to buy.
You can also use Affiliate Cloner in your email
campaigns. You (the affiliate) can write the whole ad in the email
message and put the order link for the product on the same email
Another thing it does is help you if the merchant
sells more more than one product from their web sites. If your affiliate
link takes people to a web page with lots of products, other than
just the product that you want the prospect to see, you might lose
But Affiliate Cloner creates links that will take
your prospect straight to the exact product's web page and bypass
the main web page of the merchant.
Finally, when a visitor is redirected to the merchants
web site (clickbank) that's what his browsers address bar show's
The links created by Affiliate Cloner will take the visitor straight
to the merchant's web site without the extra details at the end
of the riginal domain
Phil: thanks David. And also thanks for putting together
the special discount and package. I really appreciate it.
Ok, if you want to take advantage go this special
But make it quick. The link won't be there long.
5.Invitation to my forum....
please come along to my
forum and join in the discussions. It's got a whole new
look, and lots of help and advice is on hand.
Come on, join us. Oh...and read Rebekah's
first if you're not a regular forum participant. (and even
if you are)
Right, that's it for this week.