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Holiday Selling Tips for Affiliates – Part 2

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Holiday Selling Tips for Affiliates – Part 2


So you’re an affiliate and are promoting products that may be of interest to shoppers during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you do your campaigns the right way, you definitely stand to make some money from this popular holiday shopping event, as millions of shoppers go online to buy what they want instead of going to retail stores. Here are some final tips to help you run your affiliate campaigns:

Price is Important but So is Value

It is not enough for products to have a good price, they must also be valuable in the eyes of many shoppers. For this reason, you should try to put an emphasis on promoting online retailers that are known brand names and also emphasize products made by manufacturers which have a good reputation for quality. While it’s true that budget conscious customers may want to get the lowest price possible on a product that they want and won’t care whether it’s a “no name” brand, the majority of shoppers will be more comfortable with brands that they’ve seen before.

Know at What Times People Shop

Remember that online shoppers are human too and many of them will be working on Cyber Monday. Previous statistics show that traffic increases begin in the morning around 7 AM, then taper off at around 9 AM. Things start to pick up again after 5 PM when people return from work. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should only be running your ads and promotions during these times. After all, there are many people who can do their shopping from work or who won’t be working on Cyber Monday. However, you should keep in mind that traffic will be the heaviest during this period and you should therefore take action in order to profit from it.

Black Friday Isn’t Just one Day

If you’ve been watching some online shopping sites, you will find that many online retailers now begin their Black Friday promotions at the start of November, then make even bigger promotions and discounts on Black Friday itself. Bigger discounts for customers and better payouts for affiliates are common during that 24 hour period. Again, if you want to maximize your profits, don’t focus exclusively on that 24 hour time frame. Shoppers will begin searching for items to buy before that day.

Ensure Backup Plans are In Place

In internet marketing, things can sometimes go wrong. Retailers may change promotions, products or affiliate deals for whatever reason. Affiliate networks, merchant websites or tracking systems could run into problems due to technical failures or deliberate sabotage by DDOS attacks. Same goes for advertising services. While you may think you have a good strategy in place, don’t put all your eggs in the same basket. You should have preferred offers to promote, as well as preferred advertising channels, but you should always have a backup plan in place. This would mean that if something goes wrong, you can still make money, even if it’s not as much as you may have originally planned.

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Building Your Online Reputation: Which Channels to Use – Part 2

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Building Your Online Reputation: Which Channels to Use – Part 2


Yesterday, we’ve seen some channels that you can use online to get your business a good reputation. There are a few others that you can use as well. Of course, you will need to adapt these to the niche that your business is in and not all may apply to you, but you should try to use as many as possible as it will reinforce positive information about your company online.

 

  • Discussion Forums and Online Bulletin Boards

 

Forums related to your industry are a great way to make your products and business shine online, by showing your potential customers that you’re active in engaging them and also available to quickly answer any questions. But you should remember to follow all the rules specific to the forum that you’re using. Spamming online forums is definitely not the best way to build your reputation online and will probably accomplish the exact opposite. The best way to use forums is to advertise in the “Buy/Sell” section, participate in general discussion and have your company website in your forum profile and signature. This can also help you get useful backlinks for SEO purposes.

 

  • Review Sites

 

There are plenty of business review sites that are specific to certain industries. Here you won’t have much to do, as it’s your customers that will be leaving reviews on them after they’ve made a purchase from you. What you can do, however, is to add your business to some of these sites and keep checking them regularly to see if users have posted comments.

 

  • Blogs

 

Having your own blog can definitely be a good way to help promote your business online, but when it comes to establishing your reputation, you can do a lot by participating in other people’s blogs. Leave comments that include a link to your website on blogs that are related to your line of business. You can also become a guest blogger on another person’s blog. This will get you a link to your website at the bottom of the post and will establish you as a knowledgeable person in your niche.

 

  • Press Releases

 

Online press release sites are quite good if you want your business to get more recognition. You can write a press release and submit it to several free sites when you do something new, such as opening up a new location or launching a new product. Those who search for your company or products that you offer online will see the press release under “News” results in Google and will often be interesting in reading more. In many press release directories, you can also include a link back to your main site, which again will be very helpful as far as SEO is concerned.

 

These are the main methods that you can use to establish a good reputation online. Tomorrow we will go into more details on how you can more efficiently use some of these channels.

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Using Fiverr to Make Money: Part 2

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Using Fiverr to Make Money: Part 2


Now one thing that many sellers of services on Fiverr want to know is: how do I get my gigs to become more popular and thus make more money from them? Obviously, this is a quite a valid question as the goal of everyone that provides services on Fiverr is to make as much money as possible. So how do you increase your earnings? Here are some very efficient ways that you can employ to make the most out of Fiverr:

 

  • Give People What They Want

 

If your gigs are something that a lot of buyers on Fiverr want, then you will obviously get a better chance at making money from them. When you are on the Fiverr main page, you will see a section in the bottom right that consists of gig requests. If you can do some of the gigs that many people need done, then you should definitely offer them up for sale.

 

  • Create a Catchy Headline

 

Unless you are offering a gig that is extremely unique, chances are that there will be many other sellers on Fiverr who will be offering the same thing than you. In this case, you will really need to do your best in order to make a good first impression and stand out from the crowd. Your headline, which is the title of your gig, should be interesting, unique and catch the eye of the viewer. Basically, it should stand out from all the other headlines and create interest in the mind of the viewer.

 

  • Offer Samples of Your Work if Possible

 

If you do a gig where you can easily show a sample or two of work that you have done previously, then you should definitely include a link to it in your offer. For example if you design small web pages, you could include a link to some websites that you have built. This will make you appear a lot more trustworthy in the eyes of buyers, as they will have proof that you are capable of doing what you say you will do.

 

  • Build a Good Reputation

 

Fiverr uses a feedback system where people can leave either positive or negative feedback, accompanied by a comment. If you want more people to buy gigs from you, then you will need to srive to build a good reputation on the site. This is very simple: provide good quality work on time and you will get positive feedback. Buyers are more likely to buy gigs from those who have a lot of positive feedback, so doing great work will pay off in the long run.

 

  • Learn From Others

 

Look at some of the top sellers on Fiverr, especially those that are offering the same kind of gig than you. How do they word their headline? What do they put in their description? These are all things that you would need to consider, as you would be learning from those that are the most successful on Fiverr.

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Micro Online Business: Being More Efficient

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Micro Online Business: Being More Efficient


We’ve seen some ways that you can make money by providing services and only spend 1 to 3 hours a day doing it. This is a good method for those who want to earn some money in the online world but do not have much time to invest in their online business activities.

But how do you maximize your earning potential? Here are some excellent tips on doing so. This will basically allow you to earn more money in less time.

  • Eliminate all distractions

You’re supposed to be working. Therefore, sign out of Facebook, Myspace or Twitter. Sign out of MSN, AIM, Yahoo Messenger or Skype, unless you actually need these to communicate with your clients. Close all other tabs and browser windows that you don’t need. This will help you concentrate on the task at hand. Sure, some people are able to work and talk to a friend on Skype at the same time. But it is not recommended, as it will simply take away from the time you have to make some money online.

  • Build a good reputation

As you will be getting projects mainly from forums and freelancing sites, building a good reputation is important. Depending on the site, clients will be able to leave you feedback every time you complete work for them. The more positive feedback you get, the more of a good reputation you will get and this will increase your chances of getting more work.

  • Pick longer and more profitable tasks

Let’s say you are writing articles. Which do you think is better: writing 3 1000 word articles or writing 10 300 word articles? Even if the pay would be the same, choosing one or two bigger tasks rather than a few different small ones allows for better use of your time. This is because you will not have to stop as often and do some research on what to write about or check the clients requirements.

  • Strive to get regular work from the same clients

Getting regular work from the same people is much better in terms of making more efficient use of your time than getting work from different people all the time. The reasons for this are pretty common sense. You will be spending much less time making posts offering your services, accepting projects and answering questions from clients and a lot more time actually doing the work. Your clients will already know you and what you are capable of doing and will therefore be more likely to assign work they need done to you rather than picking out a completely new person from the forum or freelancing site.

Getting regular work is not that hard. You first need to start by doing a couple of projects for various clients and build up your reputation. Eventually, someone will assign some more work to you and it could turn into a regular project.

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Adsense Alternatives – Choosing The Right Network

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Adsense Alternatives – Choosing The Right Network


When it comes to being a publisher of pay per click ads on your website or blog, everyone knows that Google Adsense is the leader in this field. However, even though they are the largest and most popular company that you can partner up with, they are not the only ones in the game. There are plenty of other advertising networks that you can deal with instead of Adsense.

While it is perfectly fine to seek some alternatives, you should deal with established networks that have a good reputation within the webmaster community and have a positive track record. Sure, even the biggest companies in the internet world such as eBay, Google and Yahoo at some point were little more than start-ups created by bright entrepreneurs. But as a webmaster, your main goal is to make sure that you get paid fairly for the traffic that you send.

Unfortunately, many start-ups in the online world have never gotten too far off the ground before crashing and burning. If this happens, instead of getting paid you can expect to get a “Oops, we’re bankrupt so we have no money to pay you. Sorry :( “ type of message. Some networks have also been exposed as rogues and have engaged in practices such as deliberately not counting valid clicks, changing their policies frequently when it suits them or constantly finding excuses not to pay their publishers.

Here are some things to look for when choosing a network:

Length of time they were in business.

The longer a company has been active, the less likely it is that they will simply vanish overnight.

Reputation within the webmaster community.

Read forums, blog posts, guides, etc. and see what other webmasters have said about them. Of course, EVERY company will have some detractors or people who have had bad experiences with them. So the idea here is to see what the general opinion about them is. If you see lots of posts from people complaining about not being paid, or the company engaging in shady practices, it is a good sign that you should stay away.

Payment terms.

What is the minimum payment amount? How often do they pay? What payment methods do they offer? Those are all very pertinent questions. After all, you are putting up ads on your site to make money, not because you think online advertising is “cool”. Look this up on their site or in their terms and conditions before signing up. It may avoid you some bad surprises later on.

Any specific terms and conditions that may apply to you.

Do they accept webmasters from your country? Many networks exclude certain countries from joining. This is not because they “hate” you… but due to high amounts of click fraud originating from certain parts of the world. Do they have restrictions on the type of content you can have on your site? Etc. Make sure you read the rules thoroughly and comply with them. You definitely don’t want to give a network an excuse to ban you.

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How-To Generate Leads through Blogging

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How-To Generate Leads through Blogging


The toughest challenge for all online business owners or even offline business owners with an online component is driving traffic to their website. And of course, just having any old person visit your website is no good if they aren’t interested. Owners want and need targeted traffic, which basically means that they need a bunch of people visiting their website all of which are interested in what they have to sell. The best way to gain this targeted traffic is through a weblog, which have become more commonly known as just blogs. Blogs help your business gain credibility on the subject of your product along with that targeted traffic that was mentioned before. These two products of your blog will go hand in hand in generating you and your business more sales.

Now, you might be wondering why a blog is suggested when most of them on the internet just sit there not being read. We have to take into account that about half of these are personal blogs, which no one cares about, and another big majority are spam blogs, which either copy posts from other blogs, or are just full of ads trying to sell products that don’t even work. Of course, blogs don’t work overnight. It does take a while to gain readership and a good reputation. Plus, if you try heavily advertising straight away, people will probably think you are another one of the spam blogs, and just leave.

There are many important aspects of your blog that you must pay attention to when building it. One is structure, where you must build up to your product with actually useful information. No one will buy what you’re selling without you first convincing them to do so, and then when you do plug your product, you should still do it subtly. You must also promote your blog, and thereby your website. There are many free and paid ways to do this, but after research, the free way is recommended, because it allows for about the same exposure if done correctly as the paid options will provide.

Remember, everything is what you make of it. If you don’t put much work into your blog, and just let it sit there without updating it, it will fail. If you pile ads on it, it will fail. You need to take time, and put content on there that will be useful to your customers, and interest them in the product that your business offers. Otherwise, you will be wasting what little time you are even putting into it.

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