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Profit From Affiliate Marketing – The Fool Proof Way To See A Commission Check

Jun 06 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

It’s nice to see those big affiliate checks, feels good to imagine money coming in and it’s sure nice if it was happening to you. I’ve always asked myself why is it the average affiliate marketer has seen only seen a check above $500 on a sales page website.

Why is it that such a powerful business model along with the potential of the internet don’t bring in an overflow of wealthy individuals.

I mean the business works and there’s good money to be made at any level of the game but why do so few experience this affiliate business success?

I looked long and hard at that question and more than a couple answers came to me. Keep reading for information that could quite literally turn your business upside down and inside out.

You see the internet is a tricky thing and has always been one, especially when it comes to using on it to generate business revenue. There are so many ways to make income online and even more ways to mess up and fail.

There’s tons and tons of ways to have a floundering business that may turn into an income generating machine but on the flip side there’s hundreds of ways to go in the opposite direction and fall short of your business goals. Now why is that?

Well it’s quite simple, it’s the lack of good concrete applicable material and too much of unnecessary, expensive and complicated information and material.

That’s it. You are where you are at the moment because of the above statement. An example is this, take an average guy wants to work for himself and determine his self worth so he trips along affiliate marketing along with all the glories and riches that he’s pitched with that he can have once he finds the treasure chest. But the road up ahead of him will surprise him because no one told him about this stage in his business and how to get through, he therefore continues to struggle while being right on the verge of quitting.

I know a lot of people that are trying to be successful with this business and I see them reading, studying, purchase new products, browsing the internet, replying to emails in less than 10min or arrival and so on…all this done all day long!

I really haven’t read too much on business management and ground floor stages of building a successful affiliate marketing business to say that I’m pleased with what’s being offered out there.

The problem is mostly the lack of a clear action driven blue print. That’s all we need, someone to guide us down the exact clear-cut path to success in any direction we choose, a path that will be paved by clear strategic action that was taken to achieve a particular target.

You can read and absorb all the information you want but to be honest, you might end up drowning in it. It can and most often will suck you in and that’s why so many people quit and take a mega roller coasting ride in the end.

You want to move in a consistent speed towards your goals and dreams? Here are a couple tips that would make all the difference in your business path.

First, look at all the materials about marketing and increasing your sales that you currently have. Lay them all out and see which ones are going to move you forward and are directly related to your business goals.

From filtering that list now look at the materials that can generate you a minimum of $100 in the next week or so. The list usually drops to one or two books or programs.

Now what I want you to do know is to absorb and dissect all the information from those materials and put together a action plan that will integrate the lessons and teachings into your everyday business life to start producing results and income.

This works every time if you have the list properly filtered. This is a great system because you can focus your attention on less than a third of the information and master one or two forms of marketing and then move on once you have generated income and most importantly, profit!

This has helped me immensely. I selected just one course on how to become profitable with affiliate marketing and I haven’t turned back since. There are so many readings, video’s, tutorials and reports in just that course alone that I have no doubt it will generate me profit if only I give it my undivided attention opposed to hop scotching here and there.

Very few people will tell you that you almost have everything you need, right now.

You are probably on a lot of internet marketer’s email lists where they constantly send you offers and product pitches about the latest program to make you a million bucks.

Others are for books, live seminars, teleconference calls etc. What these top marketers may or may not understand is that they are doing a disservice to the people on their email list, they are sending them in the direct opposite direction of their goals and where they want to go in their business.

This is how it is most of the time. Let me give you an example. Let’s say you the beginner affiliate marketer with no list, no Google AdWords campaign, no landing pages created and no autoresponder account.

You then start browsing the web and find my site where you subscribe to my email list to learn more about free or inexpensive traffic services. So everyday I send you relevant information related to the subject but in that mix, I also send you a whole bunch of info and products on website programs, how to make money with blogs, video & audio programs (which you don’t even need when you start) and a lot more unnecessary materials.

Now let me ask you, would I be doing you a service or a disservice? Would I be moving you forward to your business goals or would I be acting like an email-advertising billboard shoving all these special offers at you.

Not a lot of people will say this but affiliate marketing is extremely simple with a strong concept but it is still not looked at properly. One just needs to have just the right amount of tools and information in front of them to get them started and in profit as soon as possible.

With whatever it is in life, the unnecessary always seems to outweigh the necessary items.

So let’s flip that statement around so we have people actually reaching and achieving their goals.

To your success,

Dorian Oddi

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Here are Direct Marketing Ideas That Put Cash in Your Pocket

Jun 05 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

If you are giving your customers only what they expect, you’re in danger of being made redundant by the clever marketer who knows how to add value to his product or service. So here’s some direct marketing ideas to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Or if you’re just doing enough in the way of service to get by, then lookout for the savvy entrepreneur who knows what we buyers really want. Here’s an example to illustrate my point.

A couple of years ago my wife and I went shopping for swimming pools. I’d thought it would be easy. Go to a pool place, choose what I want and then they would take charge and get the job done. I had money burning a hole in my pocket and I was determined to spend it. Easy right? Wrong!

You see, the pool place I chose did not offer installation of the pool. They only sold them. And what’s worse, I had to take care of delivering the damn thing myself. What?

It was like I was caught up in some Twilight Zone movie where everything works back-ass-wards. I couldn’t believe what they were telling me.

Did I buy the pool from these guys? What do you think?

Look, I want things done for me. I don’t want to have to track down three different guys to do the one job. So let’s look at what these clowns wanted me to do. First, buy the pool off of them.

Second, locate someone to install it. Third, locate someone to deliver it. Fourth, locate someone to put the fence up around it. Shit, these guys didn’t have a clue and they just blew a five figure sale.

Here’s what should have happened.

You buy the pool and they organise the lot. Delivery, installation and pool fencing included. The customer doesn’t have to do a damn thing. Just pay the money and then go swimming. Sheesh, how easy is that? So, think about this…

What opportunities are you missing out on? What services and or products can you include to add value to your business and to make it easier for your customers to give you money?

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Why Market Research Will Help Your Business

Jun 04 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Do Crucial Market Research For Free, On Your Own

Is market research only for big corporations with deep pockets? No–actually, any business can put simple market research into place, and get about 80% of the benefit of the big, complex, expensive methods–without paying a penny.

In my own one-person business, I’ve used informal market research to:

Determine where ad dollars were effective, and where they were wasted. As an example, I advertise in several local Yellow Pages directories. By tracking which ads drew how many customers, over a period of years, I’ve been able to drastically increase the return on my investment, because if an ad doesn’t work, I don’t renew it. If I weren’t tracking, I could still be paying every month for several directories that I tried but that didn’t produce for me.

Get crucial feedback on new product development–testing titles, packaging, price points, and even whether a market even existed for products I was considering–that has saved me many thousands of dollars I could have spent developing the wrong things. The title and cover of my newest book, Principled Profit: Marketing That Puts People First, are vastly better than the originals as a direct result of soliciting feedback from many, many people. And the price point, high enough to ensure a decent profit and low enough to sell as an impulse item, was also based on research.

Understand why different marketing approaches were succeeding while others failed. Early market research, for instance, helped me understand back in 1995 why the mall and bulk e-mail models don’t work well online.

Let’s look at my new book as an example, because it illustrates a number of different types of market research that you can do on your own, without spending any money.

When I got the idea for the book in August 2002, I sent some notes to business and publishing discussion lists to gauge, in general terms, whether there was sufficient interest to do the book. In the past, I’d received lukewarm response to some of the products I was thinking about creating, and this helped me decide to put my energies elsewhere. This time, feedback was very positive, so I started writing. Then I thought I had a great title, but I was feeling unsure about the subtitle. I asked directly for feedback on my possible subtitle choices–and discovered that there were large segments of my target market that absolutely hated my main title. This began a two-month process of brainstorming, narrowing down, putting possible titles out into the world, and rejecting them. Was there a title for this book?

Once I had a title, I had to choose a cover. My designer worked up several very striking, but controversial, designs, and none of them really told the story of what the book was about. Once again, I turned to my online support groups. His covers evoked strong emotions; people either loved them or hated them. (You can see one of his early concepts at http://www.accuratewriting.com/images/prinprofit.jpg>. My goal was a cover that got at least a 60% positive rating from this original group.

After a while, I decided the original focus group had been over-exposed to the concept and was no longer reflecting the market. Fortunately, there are many places on the Internet that overlap with the market for this book–so I picked a new focus group.

Meanwhile, the cover designer selected a concept that is a bit less dramatic, but received about an 80% approval rating–and has a good deal more to the with the book. We went with it. You can see a low-resolution version at http://www.principledprofits.com/TOC.html> (the 31 megabyte final cover in full detail is too big to display on the Web).

It was exhausting, but it was worth it. Of the hundreds of people who have commented on the final title or cover, only one didn’t like it. The book is much better positioned in the marketplace, as a direct result of this feedback.

From past experience, I can tell you that the wrong title and wrong cover are very expensive mistakes for a publisher to make. An earlier book that I didn’t road test sufficiently took seven years to sell 2000 copies, and I think the cover and title were a lot of the problem. This time, not only do I expect the book to do a whole lot better, but many of the people who helped along the way will feel so much a part of the project that they will evangelize it for me–a nice side benefit of all the market research.

How to Do Your Own Market Research

Getting information from your customers and prospects is easy! Here are a few of the many possible techniques:

Ask! If you bring people to an event, ask for a show of hands about how they all learned about it (don’t forget “from a friend”); if you book clients for appointments, ask at the time they make the appointment; if you run a retail store, let each cashier keep a tally of what brought the customer in, and how much was purchased (an easy way to do this: pre-print some 3×5 cards where the cashiers can check off the source and write the dollar amount).

Join online discussion groups where your customers hang out. Post to the list that you want feedback on a new product or packaging idea.

Set up a web page on your own site to collect feedback.

Use tools like http://www.HostedSurvey.com, which allows you to set up your survey online, hook it to your web site or email invitations to your customer list, collect responses, view reports and download the data to your own computer–and that don’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Try a real-life test. For instance, offer a choice of free reports on the same topic. The one that gets the most responses should be the name of your next product.

Use codes. In any direct-mail campaign, advertisement, or online medium, you can know exactly what caused your customer to respond. For instance, an ad would specify a response to PO Box 1164-B1, while a direct-mail letter to, while a particular rented list might be directed to PO Box 1164-N17. Web pages can have tracking codes built right into the URL, so you can analyze them later in your statistics package.

Check out what others are doing. Before I settled on a price for my new book, I visited several bookstores, looking at other titles appealing to the same market. And in a different industry, years ago, I considered leading specialized tours of certain New York City neighborhoods. I contacted the NYC Convention & Visitors Bureau to find out about tours that already existed–and quickly decided this was not a market I could afford to enter, because I live three hours out and there were dozens of fascinating tours already, at rock-bottom prices. Because of my early research, when I abandoned the business idea, I was out only about two hours of my time and the cost of a phone call to the visitor center. Far, far better than investing time, energy and money to develop brochures, work out the tour routes and narrative, and do all the marketing, only to discover that there was no market for what I wanted to do.

How can you put these tools to work in your business? I bet you can think of at least a dozen ways.

This article was originally commissioned and published by
http://www.Hostedware.com, a leading provider of web survey and online testing software for research, education and performance improvement. It is used with their permission.

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Multilevel Marketing MLM – A Look at 7 Rising Companies

Jun 03 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Multilevel Marketing or MLM companies are a popular and potentially lucrative way for people to create at-home business success. There are thousands of multilevel marketing or MLM and direct sales companies to choose from. There really is a company for every want and desire. Here is a list ranking multilevel marketing or MLM companies based on the number of internet searches conducted and how they have increased in popularity over a specified period of time.

Xango had a 47% gain in popularity over searches conducted during the last research time frame. Xango is a privately owned Multilevel marketing company that calls Sandy Utah its home. Xango’s flagship product is the ever popular mangosteen drink.

ViSalus had a 37% gain in popularity. ViSalus is a privately owned MLM company based out of Troy Michigan whose emphasis is on cutting edge health and wellness innovations.

Oxyfresh Worldwide had a 40% gain in popularity. Oxyfresh Worldwide calls itself a member of the Direct Sales Association and is based in Washington. They offer a wide variety of products. These products include pet care, dental hygiene and wellness products such as vitamins. They ever have home care and weight loss products.

Uppercase Living has had a 33% increase in popularity. Uppercase Living got its start in 2006. It gives distributors a great opportunity and the tools to transform their homes without needing a professional designer.

Forever Living has had a 29% gain in popularity. Forever Living is based out of Scottsdale Arizona and focuses on nutrition and personal care products. It was founded in 1978 and its nutritional products are based on the healing properties of the aloe vera plant.

Tastefully Simple has gained 29% in popularity. Tastefully Simple is a direct sales company based in Alexandria, Minnesota that offers a line of upscale gourmet foods. They promote simplified lifestyles through easy to prepare food products and of course life altering career opportunities.

Shop to Earn has enjoyed a 26% gain in popularity over searches since the last research period. Shop to Earn is an on-line shopping portal that pays affiliate commissions and cash back offers on almost any product imaginable.

As you can tell there are numerous multilevel marketing, MLM and direct sales companies available to choose from. This is just a small sampling. Because of today’s financial climate many people are going to be investigating home-based business to either supplement their income or replace careers.

Because there are so many choices, careful research will help you align with a company that is perfect for you and offers you true financial success and freedom. When you do find the right and perfect company for you, make sure that you have adequate marketing training and support. You will be hard pressed to experience financial success even with the perfect company if you don’t have have a steady supply of leads to share your multilevel marketing, MLM or direct sales business with.

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Podcasting Monetization Strategies for Marketers

Jun 02 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

With the growing popularity of podcasting, publishers and marketers around the world are asking themselves how to monetize this content channel.

Today we’ll be taking a look at how marketers can monetize podcasting through enhanced marketing activities.

While publishers might find it relatively easy to integrate podcasting in to their business models without really “creating a revolution”, the opportunities for marketers really go beyond traditional marketing tactics.

To understand the opportunity we need to understand what podcasting brings to the marketing table: the power of voice, delivered directly to our prospects, customers, employees and partners.

While text might still be the most “usable” format and the easiest to consume, voice itself has the unique feature of being able to express emotion and bring personality in to marketing communications.

For marketers, monetizing podcasting won’t come through ad sales or content sales, but through opportunities to enhance their marketing communications with the power of emotion, delivered directly to their receipients.

Here are just some possibilities for you to consider:

a] PR: Audio press releases, messages from company executives, expert interviews and other industry related material, all delivered directly to the media.

b] Direct marketing: Sales letters and other ad creative, delivered in audio and directly to your prospects.

c] Customer Relationship Management and User Support: Personal messages and greetings from company executives, persoanlized messages to key clients by key account managers, educational content and industry interviews, seminar or conference recordings, product support information and tutorials, …

e] Promotion: Achieving additional company/brand/product exposure by providing podcasts and promoting them via podcast directories and search engines.

f] E-commerce: Audio product announcements and presentations, delivered to prospects that opt-in to receive latest product information. In the case of audio products, podcasts can also carry short excerpts or previews of new editions, thus enticing prospects to order.

g] Branding and Prospect Conversion: Educational content and industry interviews that help shorten the sales cycle or generate/improve company credibility and enhance its brand.

h] Advertising in third-party podcasts

And so on …

In these examples monetization does not come through directly generated revenues, but indirectly through improved sales.

Copyright 2005 Rok Hrastnik

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