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Affiliate Marketing Hints, Tips and Tricks

Welcome to the world of affiliate marketing. It can be a very lucrative world, but just like anything it is essential to know and understand key points before you plunge in.

Affiliate marketing has been good to me, but my early days were littered with mistakes. This information will help you avoid those mistakes that cost me both time and money.

What everyone who purchases information of this nature wants is to be shown a way to make money, and that is exactly what you will get, but I will only show you how I make money from being an affiliate.

There are tons of ways to earn cash from promoting other people's products, but I only want to show you exactly how I do it, because that way I can be assured that the information is deadly accurate.

Let's run through some do's and dont's.

Choosing a product to promote.

There are literally thousands and thousands of affiliate programs available to promote. This can make it really difficult when first starting out.

Never choose a product simply because of what you get paid. This is a false economy. You have to believe in a product to be sincere and chasing money is always a negative thing to do. Supply quality information and products to people and the money will come to you.

The easiest way to start is to open an account at ClickBank. Then go to the section called marketplace. This broken down into various categories covering almost everything under the sun.

Do not just jump on the latest craze, find something that you are actually interested in.

If you look for affiliate programs online you will find there are thousands of programs that you can promote. For someone just starting out this can make choosing a program or product to promote difficult.

Many people like to start by using some of the more well-known companies. This would include Amazon, ClickBank, LinkShare and Commission Junction. Each of these companies has their own set of guidelines and it is important to read through them before signing up.

Some sites will have certain requirements in place like having an established website or living in a certain country. So research the company first and ensure that you meet all the requirements.

Always look at the commission rates to make sure you are being fairly compensated for your hard work. Do not be scared to promote more expensive products as well, just one large sale could put a nice chuck of cash into your bank account.

One thing that you may be tempted to do is to jump on the latest craze going around the internet. You hear crazy reports about people making thousands of dollars and want to be part of this.

Stop! Whatever you do do not join these crazes. You will be competing with people known as Super Affiliates. They have years of experience and have huge mailing lists.

Instead you want to go for products that are in demand but have a smaller target market. This way you will have more success in promoting products and actually getting great results!

To make affiliate marketing work you will have to spend lots of time writing about certain topics or niches. So make sure that you have an interest in what you are promoting.

You may have an interest in skin care issues and by doing some research you discover that the topic of psoriasis is really hot right now. By looking for some affiliate programs in the health sector you find some good products to promote.

Now you can set up your own website and include tons of great information on the treatment and causes of psoriasis. Because there is less competition for this niche your promotions will start to get noticed faster. Your site will become indexed quickly and people will find you in the search engines.

The key to becoming a good affiliate is to connect with your website visitor. You want to build a relationship with them so that they earn your trust. When this happens you will notice that you start to get repeat customers. Those people who are ready to purchase your recommendations. When this happens you know you are on the way to becoming a successful affiliate marketer.

If you want to discover how to make affiliate marketing your full-time income then check out the resource box below and pick up your blueprint to success.

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SEO Hints and Tips and Free SEO Tools

Do you realize that if you manage your website, SEO tools, and pay-per-click tools, you can literally have as many leads as you want from your website? I assume that a website should convert approximately 5% of the viewers to doers, taking some kind of action that you want them to take. So, all we have to do is make sure the website does convert viewers to doers, and then we make sure we've got the right amount of traffic arriving at the website. All quite manageable. Today, we're mainly talking about how to get traffic to your website through Search Engine Optimization, SEO.

Here is a list of the best tools I've found to do SEO and a quick review of some of the top issues for SEO. Most of these tools are either free, or can be tried for free before buying

Most search engines are looking at your site to find relevant search words. How relevant determines your temporary search engine position.

How do they determine relevancy? Although every search engine has slightly different rules, here are some of the key ideas. Keep in mind, they could change tomorrow. Search engines are continuously changing because just as soon as they determine how to find the relevant search words on your site, someone finds a way around their rules. Then search engines change the rules again.

A key word usually has to show up in each of the following areas of your site, with a density that falls within a range that search engine would like to see. They also like to see the words at a certain position in that area, usually at or near the beginning of these areas:

Areas search engines look at:

1) Meta tags (title, description, and keywords) (Note: I'm told that most search engines do not consider meta tags any longer, but I keep seeing my keywords pop up from the meta tags).

2) Body text of the site

3) Headlines

4) Alternate text behind the graphics

5) Links, and link text

How do you choose the right keywords?

Here's a big warning: Consider what people are looking for, not who you are or what your product is. For me, I would rather be found for "small business help" than for my company name, The Leader's Perspective. Obviously I want people to find me, if by chance they are looking for me by name, but just think about this:

  • There are not more people in the world looking for "small business help" or "business help" than could possibly be looking for my name. Those looking for my company name are those that I have probably met personally and sent them to my site. That's a small number, in comparison to the number of companies on the internet looking for help that do not have any idea who I am …. yet anyway. Here are some tools to find the right keywords.
  • Google Keyword tool – (go to Google and look up Google Keyword tool) enter keyword (s), and Google will return the number of times that keyword was searched for in the last month. It will also show you other variances of that same keyword and the number of searches for each variance. Use this to brainstorm keywords. (NOTE: I've also discovered this is a VERY useful tool to use before sending out any kind of marketing.
  • Wordtracker is another decent tool. Now, this is an even better tool. This one contains a thesaurus as well, so it will show lots of other ways people have been searching for the keywords you've typed in. This tool also has a way of measuring the RIGHT keyword that is even better than Overture for Search engine optimization.
  • Google reports the number of searches last month for that keyword, so you can find the words that have the greatest number of searches. However, Wordtracker, reports the greatest number of searches for the words with the LEAST competition.
  • When you are doing SEO it will not do you any good to go after the words that have been searched for the most if there are millions of competitive sites. It's just not likely that you COULD get a page 1 ranking among millions of sites. So, Wordtracker helps you find words that have been searched for ENOUGH to give you traffic, but at the same time have the least competition. They provide their own proprietary ranking that finds the best search words that you are likely to get a search engine position for. Just make sure that the words you end up with from that search actually are words that someone would be looking for to find you. Hint: I use Overture to find the greatest number of searches and use that for pay-per-clicks, and use Wordtracker to find the right search words for Search engine optimization. Here are some other useful tools.
  • Tools that help you Learn Search Engine optimization while guiding you through the process. Internet Business Promoter will provide not only an analysis of many of the search engine sensitive stats, but will give you almost a step-by-step how to fix your site. Although this has ended up down the list, this is probably the number one greatest tool to learn search engine optimization. http://www.axandra.com
  • Link Popularity Search engines tend to give websites that have more external links from other websites pointing at them a higher search engine ranking. Here is a free tool to track your link popularity, and to check our competition as well. http://www.checkyourlinkpopularity.com .
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