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Market S.M.A.R.T. Not Just Hard!

Guess how many GOOGLE search results you would get when typing “how to make money by internet marketing”. Surprisingly, the search result is about 482,000,000 as of the time of this writing. Yes, a staggering figure close to half a million. Obviously, the message is loud and clear—more and more people globally and from different backgrounds are exploring and offering the world of the internet business…$$$. Technology is dynamic and ever changing, as a result, internet marketing now will follow the same pattern. You are reading this blog because you are excited and determined to keep abreast with these ongoing changes and are open to new ideas.

Technology changes the world. As an example, consumers’ buying habits is ever changing as well. Gone are the days when majority of people travel to supermarkets, drugstores, department stores and fall in line to purchase items. Online stores get more competitive, offer freebies and established return policies to make online selling more and more appealing and hassle-free. At times the only option for households is to buy online. You may have noticed fewer retail shops today than a decade or so previously. Thanks to the mouse—one click away and that’s it!

SPECIFIC Knowledge—a Must
MOTIVATION (Be Motivated)
ATTAINABLE (Is it Attainable?)
RESOURCEFUL (Be Resourceful)
TIME CONSCIOUS (Be Time Conscious)

Specific knowledge – a must

“Specific knowledge is needed in every work, if we want to have success”… “When we find successful people in our field, learn from their experience and understand some important things more specifically” – Sunday Adelaja

Internet marketing evolves with the passing of time. Its scope, specialization and competition are all pretty dynamic. For this reason, you have done your homework for sure—and it did cost money, time and effort. Many of us, including myself, probably obtained dozens of software, apps and the like to make them work and expect money pouring to our bank accounts. Frustration came when we mistakenly hope that our endeavors will work wonders for us. Did it come slower or costlier than expected? What was the efficacy of the program? Where in the world can we get a methodology or know-how to make things work? Learn from the experiences of those with the right knowledge and grasp specifically what made the system work.

Be Motivated

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

Oftentimes, many get stressed out with the trial and error cycle and even become envious of those who earn 5-6 figures. No wonder, the attraction to be instantaneous super wealthy is gaining popularity. (the get-rich-quick schemes, millionaire overnight thing…HUH). Moreover, we live in a world that is fast paced in many aspects of life. Be it food, technology, travel, leisure and pleasure. People are bombarded and fashioned to be impatient. It seems 24 hours a day will never be enough. Slow computer processing units (even just for few seconds) will make users panic. Who prefers instant coffee than a brewed one? Admittedly, many items, such as food and drinks, prepared quickly are not necessarily the good, healthy stuff. Done with your brewed coffee?

Those who performed well in the internet marketing will vouch that when motivated, patience will follow. Then, what else?

Is it Attainable?

“Unless people believe that the strategic challenge is attainable, the change is not likely to succeed.” – W. Chan Kim

What does it take to make internet marketing work for you? Do not call off the search until you find a reliable and satisfying proven strategy. Once found, get hold on it and do not let go.

Be Resourceful

“There’s nothing more dangerous than a resourceful idiot.” – Scott Adams

We might be considered relatively “idiots” in the world of internet marketing but being resourceful will eventually make us a league of our own. Who knows?
We became smarter not only by ourselves but by virtue of mentors. Do you still remember how the a+b=c equation became much easier with the help of a tutor. In this field of learning, tutors unlocked the key to understand a higher level of Math, the logic behind the equation and how algebraic equations balance out. The whole process did not happen overnight…it did, slowly but surely. Get help from a reputable mentor.

Be Time Conscious

What could be done with money that we could not do with time? Money could be saved, time should be spent. (Banks accepts time deposits but not time. LOL) Therefore, we choose to spend time wisely. Wisely investing precious time by examining hard enough the marketing strategies being promoted before us.

In view of the foregoing, working smart involves specific technics, the right resources, work ethics and the proper mind-set to reach successfully goals. Invaluable is to have the right mentor or coach. These will surely bring you to the next level in internet marketing. Is this within our reach?

John Thornhill, our tutor, will not leave you in the lurk when undergoing his internet marketing training. Bottom line—he wants you to market SMART, not just hard.

He already has helped thousands to succeed. Be the next one in line, but make sure to get the sense of his specialized, SPECIFIC knowledge to grow your business. Being fully MOTIVATED himself, he can radiate enthusiasm and motivation to all, old and new alike. His progressive approach and assistance on each step along the way makes our objectives ATTAINABLE. Technics, tactics and training in his lectures are all RESOURCEFUL. Spend TIME wisely learning from John who continues in his crusade in helping more duplicate his enduring success.

He will make your first steps to success feasible and easy-to-follow. Waiting for you is a down-to-earth person who is prompt and available when rendering assistance.

Start your journey to success now and work S.M.A.R.T.…if not smarter.

With all sincerity John said: “Sure, I am here to guide and teach you but your success is in your hands and nothing can change that”.

This is a guest post from Eric Jennings, if you would like to be considered for a guest post please contact me.

Only 4 Questions Away From Online Marketing Success

If you can answer these questions, then you have laid the foundation for an extremely successful online business. But if you aren’t able answer these questions – if you’re just ‘winging it’ – then you’re going to struggle and likely fail at online marketing. Certainly, you will never be as successful as you could be if you did answer these questions. (If I don’t have your interest now, you’re not paying attention…)

Here are the questions you must answer when going into ANY new market:

1: Where is your target audience right now in their life?

For example, what pain are they feeling or what problem do they need solving? Let’s say your market is weight loss. Your target customer might be Rachael, a 35-year-old married woman with two children and a career who has tried everything to lose those extra 25 pounds she gained since she got married and had kids. Nothing has worked and she is at her wits end, worried that she will never find a way to reach her goal.

2: Where do they want to be?

As an example, what goal do they have, or what outcome are they looking for? Rachael wants to look like she did when she first met her husband – thin and young and beautiful. She wants to look spectacular in her business attire, when she’s out with her husband or just running errands. And with her non-stop schedule, she wouldn’t mind having more energy, too.

3: Why do they want to be there?

For example, what are the underlying issues they’re really trying to solve? For Rachael, she’s worried her husband is losing interest in her. She wants him to be attracted to her, and she wants to feel sexy and wanted. Plus, she wouldn’t mind being the most gorgeous woman in her circle of friends, looking amazing in her clothes and feeling younger, too. And then there’s Rachael’s mom, who is obese. Rachael is secretly terrified she’s going to continue to pack on the pounds just like her mom did, and pretty soon she’ll be tipping the scales at 200+ pounds, too, with all the health problems her mom has.

4: What can you sell them to get them from #1 to #2 as quickly as possible?

This is your product. In this case, you want something that will enable Rachael – a busy mom, career woman and wife – to lose weight. It shouldn’t take a lot of time or be overly complicated – Rachael doesn’t have the free time for 2 hour a day exercise regimen or spending 3 hours in the kitchen preparing special meals. Once you can answer these four questions, you know exactly who you’re targeting and HOW to target them. Plus, you know how to customer tailor your product exactly for them. One last thing that some folks will wonder is are narrowing your market down too much. “Shouldn’t we target ALL people who want to lose weight, or at least all women, or…” No. That’s the last thing you want to do.

Consider this: You are having a conversation with a friend or family member, trying to convince them to do something. Except that it isn’t just them, it’s a thousand different people. They each with a different life, different needs, different problems and different desires. How will be able to address the issues of thousands of different people all at the same time? You can’t. But you can talk to just one. As you carry on this discussion with this one person… in this case, Rachael… the other 999 can listen in on the conversation.

More than likely they will be able to relate to many of the issues that are raised and the points that you make. They might not be like Rachael, but they can relate to her and her problem because it’s not that different from their own problem. And many of them will buy your product, too. But if you had tried to address all of them at the same time? It would have been too confusing, too bland and too generic to appeal to anyone.

And now that you’ve answered your 4 questions, you can create a mission statement that works, that addresses your exact audience and tells them exactly why they can and should do business with you. In addition, by answering these four questions you’ve just created a basic product outline – and outline you can use time and time again to make new products. You’re able to write your sales copy, because you now know the pain points and your selling points.

And you can target your ads and your traffic to the right people with the right pain. Your ads, products, and sales copy are all congruent now. It all targets the right person and it all makes sense. These 4 questions might very well be all that stands between you and a super successful product launch, not to mention potentially dominating your niche.

Are you struggling to answer these questions? Following a proven system can help you find the answers you need to succeed.

This is a guest post from David Wakeman, if you would like to be considered for a guest post please contact me.

I Wet My Pants Coming Up With This Idea!

That’s what I proudly told my soon-to-be new client as I presented the winning concept.

The client was a regional car dealer who was looking for a fresh new angle to sell more cars. It would be a prestigious and highly profitable account to land, so the competition was fierce to win this business.

As our creative team entered the third day of brainstorming what had become a dismal list of sub-par auto sales concepts, I remembered an old technique I’d learned in my theatre imrov class back in college: Become the Object. So, I decided to be the car.

My co-workers laughed when I told them my idea.

They then proceeded to follow me outside where they utterly roared with delight as I got down on my hands and knees beside the curb and began making engine revs and horn sounds. As I attempted to totally immerse myself into the mindset of an automobile, I decided to lie down in the street and get the full “automobile experience.” That’s when I realized there was water in the gutter from an earlier rainstorm and my pants were now soaking wet!

As I got up to brush the gutter goo off my once-clean khakis, a thought occurred to me…

“Now that I’ve embarrassed myself trying to be the car, why don’t I just get out of the way and let the car tell its own story?” There was something to this germ of an idea, so I decided to run with it and work it out with the team.

Later that same afternoon, we developed an ad campaign under the theme “Auto Biographies” — where each car model told its own story as the commercial’s narrator. Needless to say, the idea was a hit with the client and we landed the business. And it was all because I decided to get out of my comfort zone, try a different approach and, yes, wet my pants!

Most every type of business requires fresh ideas from time to time.

And most anyone who’s been challenged to come up with those ideas probably has a similar story as the one above. But the reality is great ideas don’t always just automatically pop into you head, sometimes you need a little nudge to unclog a creative mental block. In my case I decided to ignore being laughed at and take an unconventional approach to jar my thinking. And it worked!

Here’s A FREE Reference Guide To Help You Next Time You’re Having A Mental Block

Realizing how helpful it would be to have a reference to go to whenever your brain seems to be stuck, I sat down and cataloged my most successful mental block-busting techniques into a comprehensive ebook entitled 21 Sure-Fire Idea Spark Plugs (#19 helped me land the car business). Each Idea Spark-Plug is written to take your thinking in a completely different direction, and help you open up your mind to fresh ideas and new approaches. If you’d like a FREE copy of this valuable reference guide, just click on the cover.

In the meantime, here are three of my favorite Idea Spark Plugs taken straight from the ebook.

Idea Spark Plug #14:

Look For An Alias

Ever wonder what the difference is between a Sun Roof and a Moon Roof? How about a Domestic Engineer vs. a House Cleaner? Or maybe a Couch vs. a Sofa? Answer: Not a darn thing!

Sometimes all it takes is a brand new shiny name to make an item appear to be better than it originally was. Marketers do it all the time when they want to freshen up or add new life to a sluggish brand, or de-emphasize product attributes that could be considered unappealing to the target. Remember when Honey Crisp cereal was called Sugar Crisp? Or when KFC was known as Kentucky Fried Chicken? Name changing is a common way to make your brain re-evaluate an item’s meaning or importance. Different words evoke different interpretations or emotions.

The next time you’re brainstorming ideas, pick out some of the key words then make a separate list. Try coming up with substitute words for each word on the list. This new list of words should jog your brain into re-evaluating your original thinking. It should also give you a different perspective and help you decide whether or not your first idea was your best idea.

Idea Spark Plug #15:

Color Outside The Lines

When you’re working on a rational project, using rational methods to try to rationally come up with a clever idea, this is the best time to start thinking irrationally! Some call it “Thinking outside the box”. Others call it “Coloring outside the lines.” I call it absolutely essential if you ever hope to create an original idea that has yet to see the light of day.

Getting successful results from using this technique is sometimes easier said than done. It’s hard to get out of the routine of looking at the world as rational and orderly. The sun always rises at dawn and sets at dusk. Two plus two always equals four. And if you drop a 10-pound dumbbell on your pinky toe it will ALWAYS hurt (trust me on this one!)

But when you take an irrational approach to concepting, you sometimes discover a better way of solving your problem. For instance, during World War I, the US military took an irrational approach and used Picasso’s Cubist style art to create more efficient camouflage patterns for tanks. It actually made the tanks blend in with the surrounding environment, making them much harder to spot by the enemy. Try using a similar irrational approach next time you need a rational solution.

Idea Spark Plug #21:

Don’t Overlook The Obvious

So this SCUBA diver is swimming along at 20 feet when he notices a guy at the same depth, but wearing no gear. The diver swims on down to 50 feet when he comes across the same guy. Amazed and confused, the diver pulls out his waterproof chalkboard and writes down “How are you able to stay down this deep without any diving equipment?” The guy quickly grabs the board and writes “Because I’m drowning you idiot!”

Sometimes we get so caught up in the details we often overlook the obvious. Like squinting and straining your eyes to read in a dim room when you could simply turn on a light. Or, after your kids have gotten out of their nightly bubble bath, blindly feeling around for toys in the bottom of the tub, instead of just opening up the drain. Often times going the obvious route can be much harder than you’d think. Ever overlooked an idea because it seemed so simple, surely it couldn’t work? Usually, you’re kicking yourself later when someone else has the same idea, then gets successful results.

Many times a big idea can seem so obvious, we’re afraid to consider it as an option. Don’t fall into this trap! Never underestimate the simplicity of a good, solid idea and NEVER be afraid to at least investigate an obvious solution.

In Conclusion:

It’s often said “The obvious answer has been right in front of your nose all along.” But sometimes it takes a little spark to help you cut through the clutter and focus in on the solution. I hope the examples above will help you find your focus. And if you’d like have all 21 Idea Spark Plugs at your fingertips, please feel free to click on the link below to download the complete ebook with my compliments.

21 Sure-Fire Idea Spark Plugs FREE eBook

Here’s to you never losing your creative spark!

Ben Crain as spent more than 20 years running an award-winning marketing firm, handling a wide range of national clients including: Corona Extra, Anheuser-Busch, Campbell’s Soups and Hardee’s Restaurants. Recently Ben launched Hunu Marketing — a Digital Marketing and Consulting Service specializing in Video Production, Whiteboard Animation, Strategic Copywriting, State-of-the-Art Graphics, as well as Software Product Development and Sales.

For more information, or to contact Ben, please visit:
 https://hunumarketing.com/

To see samples of Ben’s work, please visit:
 https://www.bencrain.me

This is a guest post from Ben Crain, if you would like to be considered for a guest post please contact me.

You Can’t Whistle With a Mouth Full of Custard!

When I was a young lad and found myself getting flustered over some trivial challenge that came my way, my Grandad always used to say, ‘Gary, you can’t whistle with a mouth full of custard’

I used to look at him as if he was a fool but he would just chuckle to himself and that would be the end of it. I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about and at the time, I never asked him.

Fast forward a few years and I started to look for ways to make money online which would enable me to get out of the factory I was working in, a factory which had become my prison because with a young family and with a mortgage and endless bills to pay every month so I had no other option to stay in a job that I hated.

If you have ever investigated the ‘make money online’ market you will know only too well that after only a few hours of research, the only result is that you will be completely overwhelmed by what is on offer.

Affiliate marketing, blogging, Subscription websites, freelancing, the list goes on and on.

To make matters worse, some of the people who are offering advice on how to make money from any of the methods described above are at best somewhat ‘shady’ and at worst, nothing more than common criminals who prey on ordinary people who are desperate to make money. I soon fell into the ‘shiny object’ trap and started buying course after course which promised so much but delivered so little. That warm exciting feeling from reading a carefully crafted sales page was soon replaced with that sinking feeling that I had been duped yet again.

The agonising problem was though, I knew only too well that this process would keep on happening until I had the courage to ‘man up’ and do something about it instead of blaming everyone else but myself for the mess that I was in.

Enter my Grandad, Harry Cash (yes, that is his real name!)

I was telling him about how I was looking for ways to make money online and that I was thinking of starting a subscription website with a bit of blogging and freelance work on the side, as well as starting a business selling products on Amazon.

He just looked at me, and I could tell from his face that he was going to utter those immortal words.

‘Gary, you can’t whistle with a mouth full of custard!’

‘Bloody hell Grandad, don’t start that again, and what are you talking about anyway, and I don’t even like custard!’ was my reply. He burst out laughing yet again and said he was wondering how long it would take me to ask him what he was talking about. He then went on to explain to me the meaning of ‘You can’t whistle with a mouth full of custard!’ and it basically changed my life.

It really did!

He basically said that if you want to whistle, whistle! If you want to eat custard, eat custard! But don’t try to do them both at the same time.

At this point you are probably thinking, what a load of rubbish, especially when it comes to starting an online business. After all, look at successful marketers such as John Thornhill, they have many different streams of income which all bring in a healthy amount of money each month. The thing is though, the vast majority of these successful people started off with one business. They didn’t try to half-heartedly start several different businesses at the same time but instead, they concentrated on one until it became profitable and then, and only then, did they start look at other opportunities.

If you would like to learn more about the extraordinary results which can be achieved by working in this way, have a read of the ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller because he describes the process far better than me or my Grandad ever could.

Be careful who you take advice from.

When it comes to deciding which kind of business to start, you probably realise that you should only listen to people who actually know what they are talking about, not in theory, but who have actually successfully achieved the methods which they are teaching. It is not an exaggeration to say that there are people out there offering courses on how to make £10,000 per month who are not even making £100 per month themselves. You should also only listen to people who have actually been doing as they preach for the long term instead of just striking it lucky.

One of these people is John Thornhill.

It would be fair to say that he has forgotten more than most people know about starting an online business and if you would like to know more about what he considers to be one of the best business models out there, take a look at www.automatedsalesformula.info

Don’t get me wrong, in the business model which John teaches, you have to put the work in. Anyone who tries to tell you different is someone that you shouldn’t listen to, but if you do put the work in and follow the steps that John lays out for you, he will actually guarantee that this is a business that will work for you. It doesn’t really get much better than that, does it?

Here the link again, www.automatedsalesformula.info

Listen to what he tells you because it could literally change your life.

And don’t forget, you can’t whistle with a mouth full of custard!

This is a guest post from Gary Tomlinson, if you would like to be considered for a guest post please contact me.

Why Is It So Hard To Make A Living Online?

Why Is It So Hard To Make A Living Online?

It should be easy, right?

After all, there are 7.6 billion people in the world, and, according to internet stats.com, as of December 2017, 54.4% of the world’s population has access to the internet. This means that it’s within the realms of possibility that around 4 billion people can get on the net and buy something every day.

And the numbers get even better. The site, Wearesocial.com, has the latest data from 2018 that shows that close to $2 trillion will go through the net this year. The time spent by a user on the internet is 6 hours a day, yet another positive that anyone wanting to make money online loves to hear.

However, despite all of these favourable statistics, it is very difficult to scratch a living out of your internet connection.

One reason it is difficult is that there is an enormous amount of competition out in the ether, 1,630,332,579 according to millforbusiness.com, that’s roughly one website for every three and a half people on the planet!

With so many websites potential customers have a huge range of choice. And then we have the huge, well established, dominant websites like Facebook and Amazon who attract enormous numbers of eyeballs, every second of every day.

However, it’s not all bad news. Of those 1.63 billion websites, only 15% of them are active with the rest being made up of mainly parked domains. Of that 15% of active websites, a large portion of them are sitting on the net looking like a shop that’s been shuttered up, it’s there but no one is inside doing any updates.

So, there is possibly less than 100,000,000 websites that are actually open for business. Admittedly that’s still a lot, and provides you with a lot of competition, no matter what field you decide to go in.

And it almost seems that with every one of those 100,000,000 websites comes the latest thing that will make you an instant millionaire two days ago if you just follow their system, for a small fee of course.

It is through these seemingly insurmountable obstacles that you are trying to navigate a pathway to that internet lifestyle that you’ve heard about and dream about.

So what happens?

We chase every new get rich quick scheme that lands in our inbox with promises of vast riches, we scoop the next one up like the weekly Lotto tickets wishing that this time our number will come in. I know what I’m talking about here because I’ve been there, done that.

And it is the completely wrong thing to do!

Here’s one tip that will save you a whole lot of time and money – find one way to make money and stick with it, and perfect it, and spend all your energy on it, until it starts making you money. Then, and only then, should you look at developing something else.

Okay, problems solved, now you’ve got the secret sauce, so everything’s going to be tickety-boo. If only it was that easy, but noooo.

The idea is simple and correct, but it is putting it into action that is so damned difficult. You have to figuratively pound the pavements before you can choose your road to riches.

I will take a little shortcut here and assume that you have decided that the way you want to make your web fortune is through affiliate marketing. So now you have to decide on which affiliate commission programme you want to join.

Sites like Clickbank, JVzoo, WarriorPlus, Amazon, Commission Junction and a host of other sites offer affiliate programmes so the first step is to choose one of these.

Next, you have to decide what product you are going to promote. This means that it is crucial that you research the product, what are its payouts, how popular it is, is it up to date, is there a market for it, are there any unbiased reviews on it, and so on.

Once you have settled on a product you then have to decide how you are going to make your money.

Will you set up your own site, collect emails and then send people to the affiliate site, will you buy ownership rights to the product and sell it yourself on your site, how about just creating ads and sending the clicks straight to the affiliate site, or maybe you could set up a review site and recommend the product to others (if you do this make sure your review is honest!), or maybe you could set up an online shop with the product and related offers on the same site.

That’s a lot to decide on but still easier than the last cog in your financial wheel.

In real estate, there are three things to look for in a property, location, location, location.

Online the three most important things to making money are traffic, traffic, traffic.

There is no getting away from this. Without traffic, nothing moves so you want as much traffic as you can get. And not just any traffic, but qualified traffic, traffic that is packed full of customers who are looking to buy what you are selling.

And traffic is the area that nearly all wannabe internet lifestylers crash and burn. You need to learn how to attract eyeballs to your deal, you need to learn it quick, and you need to dedicate 90% of your time driving traffic to your deal. There is no escaping this fact.

Although I’ve highlighted some stats that show the competition that you’re up against, at the end of the day all of that is irrelevant if you can drive traffic.

The process outlined here is not for the fainthearted, you need to be dedicated and single-minded in pursuing your internet dream.

However, there are ways to shorten your journey.

What if you could use a system that uses the Amazon affiliate programme to create an income by setting up online stores that promote a whole range of Amazon products?

What if setting up your online store is simply a matter of pushing a few buttons? Or if you want to do it faster you can get an expert to do all the heavy lifting for you. In a very short time you could have 1, 2, 25 or 50 online stores promoting Amazon products in a week.

Then you can get into the most important part of the process, DRIVING TRAFFIC.

Earlier in the article, I talked about how you need to learn the different ways to drive traffic. What if you can get help to learn all the latest marketing strategies to drive traffic to your online store? What if, in addition to done for you inline stores that are ready to rock n roll, you also have access to a comprehensive series of training videos to help you master the different marketing techniques online, both paid and unpaid?

What if you want to get your online business up and running and earning an income in days, not weeks or months?

That’s a lot of ‘What ifs?’ but the great news is that it is possible.

Go here now and see all of your ‘What if?’ questions answered (and more).

All the best in pursuing your online dreams.

P. S. If you are struggling to get your internet dreams realized, go here now and get the dream start you’ve always wanted.

This is a guest post written by Brice Taplin. If you would like to be considered for a guest post contact me.

How to Make Money Using Amazon

Making money online can be a bit confusing, that is why we love making money with Amazon. You see, this online store giant offers a free affiliate program that you can join and cash in on commissions from almost all of their products.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?
This is where you earn a commission from a company by promoting a personalized link that they give you. Amazon’s is free to join and is better than most in my opinion. You see with other companies, in most cases, you are promoting one item. If they buy great, if not, your customer is cookied and if they come back within a predetermined period of time you can still make money on that one item.

Amazon, on the other hand, pays you whether they purchase the initial item or a completely different product,
For example, if someone clicks on your affiliate link and buys something, whether it is a new bike or a pot holder you earn a percentage of the commissions. The cool part is that they do not have to buy the initial product that they clicked on. So if they click to buy a shower cap and then end up buying a toaster from Amazon instead, you still earn a commission. Pretty cool right?

So What is The Best Way to Get Paid? The Amazon Affiliate Store!

Check it out for yourself here: http://amazingaffiliatestores.com

Most people direct link to a product. This is fine. You can earn commissions that way. The better way though is to build Amazon Affiliate stores that have been researched and target a specific niche. This way you have a chance to entice them to click on many of your links, giving you a better chance of earning that commission.

So How Do You Create These Amazon Stores?

1) You have two options. You can build them out yourself if you are technically inclined and know how to use wordpress. There are several plugins and templates available on the market. Many are good but you have to be careful because some are glitchy or do not conform to Amazon’s guidelines. Be very careful which one you choose because if you are not following the rules, Amazon can delete your affiliate account without notice.

2) You can simply buy pre-built stores for you. No fuss. No muss. You can actually be up and running in less than 5 minutes. These stores are pre-researched for you, built for you – according to Amazon’s guidelines, and delivered to you in minutes.  All you have to do is input your affiliate link and start promoting your store.

I have used both of these methods and I prefer the second one. I like knowing that my stores are up and running fast so I can promote them and start making money immediately, instead of taking hours to research and build them. There is a company that can even do this for you and have your store ready in minutes for less than $10 per store. How great is that?

Check it out for yourself here: http://amazingaffiliatestores.com

This is a guest post written by Caterina Christakos. If you would like to be considered for a guest post please contact me.

Scams and Limited Markets

Scams and Limited Markets – Guest Post – Robin Joyce

What is a scam?
-a dishonest way to make money by deceiving people;
-a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit.
It is a scam if NOBODY makes any money from it (except the fraudster).

What is NOT a scam?
If you do not profit, but other users do, it is not a scam.
You need to have provided the time and skill required to make any product work.

Read reviews before buying
I have saved a lot of money and time by Google searching
‘review + product name’ or ‘review + product creator name’.

You need to read the first 3 pages of results to find independent reviews,
as many are written by affiliates, using text supplied by the creator (and not objective).

Reviews are useful to understand the product:
is it what you need and are you capable of operating it?

Better reviews will explain the upsells (oto) and the value they add.

If you have booked a webinar, check the reviews so that you will know the
product and price.

For you, no purchase means no loss to a scam.

Criteria of a scam.

Legit-Review.com applies the following
6 criteria in reviewing products:
1. Are they providing so many false promises, or not?

2. Real Users’ Experience Rating.

3. Is there any Honest Money Back Guarantee or not?

4. If they have any Scam Approach or not?

5. Our Expert Team rating after using.

6. If there are so many OTOs, UpSells, DownSells ?

1. Are they providing so many false promises, or not?

This is not easy for the buyer to know, unless the promises are too incredible.
Key promises are that ‘a newbie can do this’, ‘you do not need a site, list..’
can secure a sale and have to be true.

One of the key failings of products is their inability to generate traffic without
depending on spamming.

As most newbies lack a list, traffic has to be resolved for the product
to be of any value.

For most products, I will need support.

Often, I send a question to the seller during the launch period.
I am amazed that many questions either are never (!) answered,
or take 3-4 days to receive a reply.
From this, I can judge that support will be substandard.

2. Real Users’ Experience

For a new product, only insiders (including beta testers) will have had a chance to evaluate it.

You need to wait until late in the launch period, with the hope that independent reviews will be published.

If none is found, you have a choice:
buy it with the discount and bonuses,
or buy later when reviews are available.

You might find reviews of the product creator. If the creator has an excellent reputation for value, this is probably going to be a quality product.
If the reputation is negative…..

3. Is there any Honest Money Back Guarantee or not?

This seems straight forward, as you see one at the foot of each sales page.
However, some vendors do not pay out, or use delaying tactics.
My sites were with a reputable host, which abruptly terminated hosting in the
middle of the year. (I am now happily hosted by D9.)

A refund for the refusal to continue hosting? No.

If you pay by credit card, in some countries, you can reclaim from the
card company.
Otherwise, you need to check the rules of the market: JVZoo, Warrior+Plus, etc
and Paypal for resolution.

4. If they have any Scam Approach or not?

Webinars provide opportunities to avoid searching questions, as well as creating
the greed atmosphere with luxury cars, houses, pools, sun tans
(I do not mean to boast = I do mean to boast).

Webinars give you little written information to review afterwards.

In contrast, you can check a sales page and email the vendor.
Which affiliates are promoting it?
If Partnership to Success folks are involved, I am happy.
If not, I am wary.
Checking testimonials is useful (even if it is often boring) to understand
the challenges and how the product (and buyers have met them). If the
testimonials lack product detail, you may need more assurance about the product.

5. Our Expert Team rating after using.

You may have to wait for this until after the launch period, but some independent reviewers move quickly.

6. If there are so many OTOs, UpSells, DownSells?

OTOs, UpSells, DownSells are components of a sales funnel, which is needed to grow a profitable business.
Once the buyer has bought the initial $9.95 product, other more-expensive products are offered.

The issue here is whether, or not, the initial product can fully function
without buying other products.

In an honest sales funnel, the additional products will make the initial product work better, faster or provide additional sales, but the initial product should not need other products to operate as promised.

If this is not the case, the buyer might have to spend $50 or more to buy the combination of products to function.

A lesser issue, but sharp practice, is to offer an upsell at $49; then, if it is refused, the same product combination is offered at $29.

This is cheating any buyer who paid $49. An honest downsell is to reduce the $49 package, by a bonus or two, to offer it at $29.

Reviews often identify this cheating and save you money.

Limited Markets
These are not scams, but offer buyers less than they might expect.

Arbitrage (risk-free profit):
This is buying in one market and selling in another market at the same time.

Apart from having to buy as well as sell (twice the work), a risk-free profit appeals to most of us.

I teach arbitrage and it always disappears quickly.
You have to be fast in and leave before the rest arrive.

There is no mass market for arbitrage.

Also, the software designer/seller has a head start on you for the same business.
We have chosen making money online as it has millions of potential buyers.
The buyers are far less in the following examples:

Domain Names
A number of professional firms operate in this market. Between them, most of the arbitrage opportunities have been recognized and eliminated.

Why do you think that you will repeatedly find what they cannot?

The only people interested in robinjoyce.com are me, those who share my name
(and want a website with our name) and speculators who want to hold us to ransom. Nobody else!

Today, we can use another suffix (mine is .site) to avoid dealing with the speculators.

Also, the speculator has to buy, or control, the domain name. This is an investment in inventory.

Done for You System for Physical Goods- Arbitrage from Selling Books

A new service received a large amount of coverage about 6-9 months ago.

It is a done-for-you system of buying books cheaply from US book stores and selling them to Ebay/Amazon in the US.
You rent the software, anywhere in the world.

It will identify where you can buy low and sell high (arbitrage), you make the buy/sell transaction and they will transport the books for you.

Risk-free profits! Nothing could possibly go wrong, could it?
I left this great opportunity alone, possibly missing out on earning a fortune.

My reasoning:
The software designer/seller has a head start on you for the same business (books).

Everybody was focused on the same books sector
– market saturation
– too many people eating from one plate.

Even if everything is done for you, the risk is yours.

You are dealing with only two buyers:
Ebay and Amazon, who control (and can change) the price.

Complaints reported:

1. Profit margins falling to almost nothing (standard in arbitrage opportunities).

2. Postal delays, books arrive late, and Amazon has cut the price.

3. Long time to find opportunities.

I would add:

if anything went wrong, I am 8-10 time zones away, possibly asleep, and have
few US contacts who can help in such operations.

Finally, from the complainant:
‘I will be requesting a refund but they had some funky 365 day refund policy implying they weren’t going to refund anyone until they had tried the system for 365 days.’

I suggest that you fully understand how such novel systems work before investing
and know who is responsible for what.

Done-for-you does not guarantee that it is risk-free and trouble-free.

If you see Arbitrage and/or Risk-Free Profits in a promotion, be skeptical,
very skeptical!

Review and understand products before you buy them.
You will be glad that you did.

Profitable business as it should be done
Buy from the top IM people. They have earned their reputations from providing value
to thousands of satisfied customers. Following their methods brings you success.
The place to start is on this website. Check the wonderful products NOW!

Also, there is an excellent complementary product, which is the complete works of
a leading UK internet marketer with a global reputation:
Michael Cheney ‘s 7-Figure Franchise is the best compilation of his work and the only external course material John endorses on his excellent Partnership To Success program (on which I am privileged to be a student).
It will make you serious money.
Check it out here: 7-Figure Franchise
Click here:
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Sincerely,

Robin Joyce

This is a Guest Post written by Robin Joyce.

My Recipe for Internet Marketing Success

What happens when you blend quiet desperation, an entrepreneurial spirit and a few bitter surprises?

You might just end up with a winning formula for sweet online success…

Four years ago, I was spending 40+ hours every week in a soul-sucking, mind-numbing, life-wasting job. I would sit in my dingy little office that wasn’t even really an office; in my half-broken chair; doing a bunch of mindless, boring work in exchange for an insultingly tiny so-called salary. I was constantly struggling to pay the bills and keep food in the house. There was never enough money left to do or have anything special – ever!

Every day, in spite of the distress I felt, I reminded myself of my life-long dream of owning my own business. I had many failed offline attempts behind me, I suppose just to keep me feeling trapped in that dead-end pit of despair… but, still I dreamed every minute of my work days about getting out of there and being my own boss. I wanted to use my love of food and my knowledge of health and nutrition to help people to improve their lives while bringing in a reasonable income for my efforts.

And, then life intervened to change everything…

First, my eye-sight which had always been very limited, began to further deteriorate. This led to a surgery that was supposed to improve my vision, but which actually resulted in near-total blindness.

Then, as you may be predicting, my full-time job of more than 11 years was snatched away from me in the blink of an eye. Oh sure, lots of politically correct excuses were thrown around having to do with corporate restructuring and similar nonsense. But, obviously, it was because of my blindness and the refusal of the company to even try to provide reasonable accommodation for me so that I could continue to do my work. You may be thinking how terrible this must have been for me and my family… But, it has turned into one of the biggest blessings of my life…

Once I recovered from the shock of losing my vision and my income, I adjusted to the stress and uncertainty that comes with being unemployed, I began to pick up the pieces and search for ways to survive the personal and financial disaster. It was in this apparent crisis that I found several opportunities for generating income online and was delighted to discover that I could share my passion for natural health and great food and make money at the same time.

A few months after my job ended, I bought a course called Inbox Blueprint (Thank You Anik Singal!) – followed by many other IM products, and thus began my immersion into the world of internet marketing. I was the very definition of newbie and made a ton of mistakes to prove it…

Fast forward a couple of years – and believe it or not, I’m actually making this online marketing thing work for me. It has been anything but easy – there definitely is not a button out there that you can push to start filling buckets with money as it falls from internet heaven (believe me, I looked)… But, I am slowly, steadily, sometimes painfully, and with much help from some very talented sighted people, actually making it happen – and if I can do it, anyone can do it.

The beautiful part is that now I get to write about food and healthy living every day and never ever have to call someone else “boss” again. You can see the fruits of my labor of love at: http://www.naturalhealthwiseblog.com

This is a Guest Post written by Karen Mcray.

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners: How Does It Work and How Do You Make Money With It From Home?

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners: How Does It Work and How Do You Make Money With It From Home?
There are many ways of making money online, but affiliate marketing is one of the easiest and most lucrative ways there is.

So what exactly is affiliate marketing and why is it such a simple, yet effective, way for absolute beginners to make money online without having to spend too much in either time or money, and, without having to have any previous experience or expertise?

Here’s how Wikipedia defines affiliate marketing:
“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. The industry has four core players: the merchant (also known as ‘retailer’ or ‘brand’), the network (that contains offers for the affiliate to choose from and also takes care of the payments), the publisher (also known as ‘the affiliate’), and the customer.”

Here’s how I like to explain it:
I want you to picture yourself at a gathering in a venue to which lots of folk have been invited, the vast majority of whom you have never met before.
You’re having a great time, meeting and chatting to lots of really interesting people. One women in particular (Jane) tells you that she runs a very successful business selling a brilliant product that helps people with a very specific problem (X). She even explains what makes her product so unique and how it has been proven to turn thousands of people’s lives around.

Now, later on, you are introduced to a guy (John) who, during your conversation, tells you he is very anxious to find a solution to his problem, which happens to be (X) too. He’s tried lots of stuff without success and is now absolutely desperate. But, wait a minute, how lucky is he? Didn’t you talk to somebody earlier who probably has the solution he’s looking for?

So you go on to explain how you had met this women who has this brilliant product that has been proven to help people just like him. You even explain the benefits as she described them to you.
You can see that John is getting excited and, being the helpful person you are, you seek out Jane and introduce John to her. After the introductions are over you excuse yourself and leave them chatting as you continue circulating and enjoying the evening.

Near the end of the evening, Jane comes over to tell you that John is coming into her store tomorrow to have a look at the product and, if he buys, she’s going to send you a 30% commission; so could you give her your address please? And even though you protest that “…there’s really no need, I was glad to help you both…” she’s very insistent, so you give in and give here your details.
Anyway, about a week later, having completely forgotten about the whole episode of course, you are pleasantly surprised to receive a thank you note and check through the post for $90. Jane had followed through on her promise!

Did you see what happened there? How easy was that?
Think about it; all you did was meet a “potential buyer” at a “venue” where you got them excited about a solution to their problem, introduced them to the “vendor” who closed the sale at their “premises” and paid you a commission for the referral.

Nice illustration, I hope you agree, but how does this translate into making money with affiliate marketing from the comfort of your own HOME?
Well, think of it this way…

The “venue” is your website where you’ll promote the benefits of the vendor’s product(s). “Potential buyers” are people with a common interest or problem who you attract to your website. “Vendor’s premises” is the vendor’s website where the actual sale transaction will take place.

That’s really all there is to affiliate marketing:
1. Identify a section of the general population that has a common, but pressing, problem or need (a niche market), e.g. acne, foreclosure.

2. Find a product (physical or digital) that has been proven to solve that problem or meet that need, and already sells well in that particular niche.

3. Sign-up for free as an affiliate for the product through an online affiliate network which brings together product vendors and affiliates.

4. Promote the product on your website which will contain sought-after information about the niche and the product.

5. Attract tons of targeted (i.e. niche) visitors to your website.

6. Get them to click on your unique affiliate link that takes them to the vendor’s website where they can buy the product.

7. Get a commission automatically paid into your bank or PayPal account whenever someone you referred buys the product.

And none of these things is difficult to do: you don’t have to be “techie” or have any specialist knowledge or experience. In fact, once set up properly, nearly everything works on autopilot, so you can make money even as you sleep!

But, you may ask, why would a product vendor pay me a commission for promoting their stuff? Doesn’t that reduce their profits?
Well, yes and no!

Certainly, their profit on the items that are sold off the back of your website would be less than if they sold them themselves. But that’s the point: if you hadn’t put those buyers their way they wouldn’t have made those sales in the first place.

In fact, every sale they make via an affiliate like you is additional income they otherwise wouldn’t have had, plus, they didn’t have to do any marketing for it at all. You took care of that.
And every sale they make from prospects you send to their website means an automatic commission to you. So it’s a win-win situation!
And I say again, it’s not difficult to do; you just have to know the right way to go about it.

So, if you’re just starting out or you’re an affiliate marketer that is struggling, please click here: http://johnsalternow.com where you’ll get FREE step-by-step training on how to start making money online in as little as 48 hours.

This is a Guest Post written by John Salter.

12 Tips To Get More Visitors To Your Blog

Finally. Your blog article is finished and you’ve placed on your website. But how do you get more visitors and comments on your blog? In this article, you will find 12 tips to get more out of your blog.

1. Check the title of your post: Is it a catchy title that curiosity and invites the reader to read? Titles in the form of a question often do well. Especially when it is combined with the promise of a solution. For example, “Enough of [the problem]? 10 tips to achieve [the solution]. Also be “video” and “Checklist” often provide more clicks.

2. Check the title of your post again: Is there a common search term? Find your topic in the keyword tool from Google, choose appropriate keywords with high search volume and use that word in your title. And in the first paragraph and the “meta-text.”

3. Provide an inviting and representative “meta-text”: This is the text that the search engines for search results. With a well-written meta-text, you can still get ahead of your competitors who do not bother to do this in Google. How to tackle this you can read in this article: “Get you there neatly into Google’s search results?”.

4. Help the hasty reader: Readers on the web scan the text. So make between headings, lists and make the essential words bold. And ends with a clear call to action. What is a logical next step after reading the article?

5. Bring your followers by mail about: Of course, you have a full mailing list with loyal readers who are waiting for your article see before you “send” click a moment the subject of your email. You can of course just use the title of your article, but you do have to be processed in any keyword. Can you change something in the subject line in order to increase the likelihood that the email will open faster?

6. Write a tweet: Usually I use the meta-text of my blog article as a basis and make a short version. A tweet contains fewer characters, there is still a link to the article and perhaps a hashtag.

7. Write a LinkedIn update: Here I usually use the meta-text of the article, including the link to the article on my website.

8. Be a Facebook update: On Facebook, you have the most room to draw attention to your blog article. Still, it usually gives the best results if you remain concise and link sets in the first (visible) paragraph. Always ask for a response and a “find-me-like ‘. Oh yeah, Google+ still take a while? So you yet again earn some extra points for your “PageRank” in Google.

9. Put the title and link in the signature of your email: How many emails you send a week? Quite a lot, I guess so. A good opportunity for that classroom activities can also be used to draw attention to your valuable article, right?

10. Ask if you can have another guest blog writer: You certainly know entrepreneurs who have the same target market as you, but not competitive. Discuss with them once the opportunity to occasionally write an article on each blog and ask them to link to you regularly in their own articles.

11. Post comments on blog posts and social media updates from others on websites of other operators (groups): Facebook pages and groups on LinkedIn and Facebook with lots of activity. Please note that you will remain relevant and valuable.

12. Find people who need your help: Look for the topic of your blog post to Twitter and LinkedIn groups. Maybe your blog article is the answer to a burning question asked there. Genuine assistance is one of the best ways to get more followers…

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This is a Guest Post written by Ravi Kiran.