The best affiliate marketing programs for beginners

13

Feb
2015
Posted By : Rodney Brooks Jr 9Comment
Categories :Internet Marketing

 

When starting out marketing online most people start with eBay or Amazon (well, that was the case for me). When I started out, I started selling on eBay and one of the first things I noticed was, you had to wait about 7 to 10 days to be paid. I didn’t give up but after a month or two, I started looking for another way to make money online. I didn’t stop selling on eBay, in a matter of fact; I still sell on there today. The only drawback to selling physical products is when a sale comes in; you have to be able to ship it in the time that you specified. What if you decide to go on a cruise that was for 7 or 14 days and you received a sale? Unless you had somebody to ship it for you, you would not be able to ship it and your customer might cancel the order and give a bad rating. I just knew, it had to be a better way.


I remember signing up to fill out surveys. Thinking if I could do $5 worth of surveys in 15 minutes, I could make $20 an hour but soon after that, I started to realize it would take more than 30 minutes to fill out some of them. I signed up with several different companies. I don’t remember exactly how much I was being paid for each survey but I think it was about $1 to $2.50. If you do the math, $2.50 multiplied by 2 is $5, 30 minutes each, which is only $5 an hour. For that much, I would be better off working at McDonalds.

One of the survey companies that I signed up with did movie surveys and I thought this could be my dream job, watching movies and being paid to do so! I can remember that most of them were pilots for upcoming TV shows and video trailers for movies. It was more like a focus group because they wanted your opinion on the different trailers so they could decide which version to use when they premier it. In marketing terms, it was an A/B split test. When doing a split test, usually you show 50% of your traffic 1 version of your squeeze page and the other 50% the other version.  In this case, they showed you both. This is how it worked. After you watch the clip, they asked you questions like how does the part of the man standing next to the red car makes you feel. Then they would show you a picture of the same man standing next to a green car and ask you the same question.

Since most of the movies were trailers and clips of pilot TV shows, it wasn’t as if you could pop some popcorn, get a soda, sit back, relax and enjoy the movie.  In addition, just think about it, you watch a 5-minute clip and the survey takes about 25 minutes to complete. It was fun while it lasted but I had to move on.

While searching for another way to make money online, I came across some information about affiliate marketing. I found an Internet marketer that was paying 75% commissions! After finding that, I started looking for more. While looking, I learned about sites like click bank and commission junction. The way I was thinking was, all I had to do was find a product that was selling for $5,000 and I would be rich (so I thought)! The problem at the time, was I could not find any products that cost $5,000 and at that price, paying 75% commission.

I was still searching for ways to make money online and then I came across a marketer that was selling three of his products that he claims made him a lot of money. It wasn’t anything special about this claim, just about all marketers tell you they made a lot of money with some sort of product. However, he was selling something that I never heard of before, resell rights! Resell rights gave me the right to keep all the profit but the question was, how do I get people to buy these products from me?

Up to this point I was on eBay but didn’t want to be tied down to my inventory, filled out some surveys but the money was not worth the time, found out about affiliate marketing and found a product that I could call my own. The only thing I didn’t find was how to sell them. Up until this point, I didn’t know about squeeze pages or building a list but at the time, there was a lot of talk about Facebook PPC. I brought a course and had success getting likes for my fan page. In Addition, I was getting them for a penny a click! Facebook has since changed and the same people I was targeting back then, cost two cents or more now. You can check out some of my Facebook pages on my website.

By now, you might be wondering, what in the world does this have to do with the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners? The reason I was telling you my past experiences was because I wanted to paint a picture for you of how long I have been doing this. The stories I was telling you, happen over a period of years, not days or weeks and not right after another. I think I switch three jobs in that time period. It took me into now to find an affiliate program that would be perfect for beginners! The affiliate program that would be perfect for beginners is call SFI.

SFI stand for Strong Figure Income and the best thing about it is, it’s free to join! That is the number one reason it is perfect for beginners. When I first started, I passed up a lot of great products and programs just because they were not free. If you are a beginner, I know you are not going to pay $2,000 for a product that you would not know how to use even if you did buy it.

Being free is just one of the reasons why I would say it is one of the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners. Another reason is, they teach you by rewarding you just for doing some of the basic marketing principles. The basic marketing principles are getting leads and following up with them. Some marketer’s advise you to send follow up emails every day. SFI recommends you send once a week and post 3 times to your stream. They have a point system that motivates you to do this and what most people don’t realize, this is the same thing that some of the top successful marketers will charge you hundreds of dollars if you want to learn.

Another reason why I would say SFI is one of the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners is, TripleClicks. TripleClicks is an ecommerce website and you get commissions for every product you help to promote! Currently they have 89,094 products and services from more than 160 countries around the world! You can even open up a store and sell your own products! Maybe, the reason I like this is that I started out on eBay. TripleClicks is quick, simple, and easy.

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How to drive traffic to my website?

16

Jan
2015
Posted By : Rodney Brooks Jr 1 Comment
Categories :Internet Marketing

How to drive traffic to my website? That’s the million dollar question. Just about all businesses, internet marketers or anybody with a website have asked this question. Only after, they have learned the more visitors to your site, increases the chances of someone buying whatever it is you are selling. Getting traffic to your site is just as important as the site itself. You could have the latest and greatest he-man action figure, the one with the kung-fu grip but if nobody knows you have it, then nobody knows where to buy it.

When driving traffic, it is important that you get the best traffic you can possibly get. What I mean is, if you are selling a $5,000 product and you are getting traffic from somebody or a company that the majority of it is high school student, then most likely there is going to be a money issue. However, if the majority of the traffic is making $300,000.00 per year, own their own home, and opted-in before to receive information a product that is similar to your $5000 product, the money issue is not a factor.

Getting traffic to your site is easy but getting people to buy your products is another story.

– Rodney Brooks Jr.

Getting traffic to your site is easy but getting people to buy your products is another story. To get the best results target only the people that are interested in your product. The old saying is “don’t feed pizza fish”. What do fish eat? They differently don’t eat pizza.

There are tons of ways to drive traffic to your site but you can put them in two categories, paid and free. Paid traffic is the quickest and easiest but most people don’t want to spend the money. One of my favorite paid traffic strategies are solo ads. Solo ads brings traffic to your site and at the same time builds you a list of people who you can email in the future, bringing you instant traffic! Just like I mention before, make sure they are quality solo ads. Once you have found a reliable source, all you have to do is create a budget. There are some other things you have to do but I’m not going to go in to details. If you want to learn more about solo ads and list building, read my post title, “Solo ads are the key to list building”.

Some other paid traffic strategies are Pay Per Click (PPC), Click Per Acquisition (CPA) aka Cost Per Action, Pay Per Visit (PPV), and just regular Media buys and don’t forget about offline methods like print ads, TV, radio, etc. There are plenty of other paid traffic strategies and any one will bring you tons of traffic to your website but out of the bunch, Pay Per Click (PPC) is the one I have had the most success with. When talking about Pay Per Click (PPC) the first thing comes to mind is Google. Google is the most popular site when talking about PPC but also, you also have other companies like Facebook, Bling, etc.

Facebook PPC is one of my favorites. On a combination of several different fan pages, I have accumulated over 100,000 likes! .If you didn't know, Facebook is the number two most popular site on the internet. Google is number one so if you master both of them, you can pretty much say, you have all the traffic.
Facebook and Google both have PPC but Facebook PPC is different. All ads are picture ads and no matter what a person is searching for, your ad shows automatically. With Google, your ad only shows when a person is doing a search. Google does have a display network but for this post, I’m going to keep it simple.

With Facebook, you can drive traffic to your site and your page. Driving traffic to your page is good if you are trying to get more page likes. Using a fan gate is what helped me. A fan gate will force a person to like your page before seeing your content but Facebook don't allow you to do this anymore.

Picture5For getting traffic to your website, you can create an ad with an objection to get people to click thru to your website but I have found, boosting a post works better. You can still have the option to adjust your pricing and targeting. The advantage of this is, the person goes to your post first, checks out your page/profile and then your website.

I have found myself, after clicking on somebody’s ad and it takes me directly to their website, Going back to Facebook trying to find more information about them, even if it’s on their site. However, if I go to their Facebook page first, the first thing I do is check to see if they have a website. In addition, I have heard other marketers say, if they are on Facebook, they want to stay on Facebook. Meaning, if the ad takes them outside of Facebook, they are less likely to view the site. Pay Per Click (PPC), Facebook, Google or any other company is a great way to drive traffic to your website. You can pay, as little as one cent per click and you can pick only the keywords or interests that are similar to your product. If you need any help or have any questions, please send me a message and I will get back with you as soon as I can.

Driving traffic to your site using free methods is great if you have the time. One of the free methods is what I am doing right now, blogging. Other methods to get traffic free are Article marketing, Vlogging, word of mouth and so on. If you ask me, blogging is the same thing as article marketing. You both write articles but the only thing different is, you will be publishing one to a blogging platform and one to an article directory. Out of all the free methods I mention, blogging is my favorite! However, I have my own hosting so it is not truly free but you can do just about the same things. When I first started online, I used to use the free ones (Blogger, Squidoo, Tumblr, etc.) and I still use them today. Why not, their free.

With blogging, it's just like a website and you can write and post just about anything you want! If you ever heard the phrase, “content is king” well it’s true. Just imagine you have one word on one page. Your site would only come up if someone were searching for that one word but what if you have 500, 1000, or 2000 words on a page. It’s more to this then just words on a page and we are now talking about SEO but I think you get the picture? If you still don’t get it, then let me give you an example. What if you wrote one article a week, just one. That would be four a month and 48 a year. If your blog posts are about 1,000 words each, that’s 120,000 possible keywords. That alone with bring some traffic but you have to write your post so the search engines will know what your article is about. This is called Search engine optimization (SEO).

Search engine optimization (SEO) has a lot of rules too remember. I guess if you write them down you could just go down the list but me personally, I bought a plug in that have all the rules and lets you know if you need to do some more or even if you overdone it.

Blogging is a great free traffic strategy. The first thing you need to do is figure out how long will it take you to write a post. Then make sure you post at least once per week. The on-page SEO will help people find your site but you still have to promote it. When you start to drive traffic to your blog, you should first send an email to your list (if you have one). This will get traffic to your website. Then post to your social media accounts and after that do some paid advertising.

The best place to start out blogging is with a company called Global Virtual Opportunities(GVO) The reason why I pick GVO, is because you get hosting and a lot of other marketing tools that you will need as you get more advanced. Empower network is another great company that will give you a blogging platform. There are other companies that give you the tools you need to start blogging. These are just some.

If you already have a website and I am assuming you do, the first step is to do some paid advertising. The best place I have found to buy solo ads are Udimi.com and Safe-swaps.com. They have hundreds if not thousands of solo ad vendors and they have buyer fraud protection. I know I didn’t go into much details about CPA and PPV but a good site for CPA is PeerFly.com and a good site for PPV is adf.ly.

My favorite out of these two is adf.ly. The reason is you can get a thousand visitors for about a dollar. It only depends on what country you want the traffic from and what type. The best part is, as soon as your link is approved, your traffic starts instant! If you have a squeeze page that you just created, for five dollars, you can get about five thousands visits!

If you would like to learn more about how you can drive traffic to your website, read my post title, “How To Get More Website Traffic” and always remember,

Getting traffic to your site is easy but getting people to buy your products is another story.

How To Get More Website Traffic

08

Jul
2014
Posted By : Rodney Brooks Jr 20Comment
Categories :Internet Marketing

Making money online is almost impossible if you have little or no traffic coming to your website. So, how do you get more traffic? That's the question that everybody wants to know.

With my years of experience giving away, something free is the first thing every Internet marketing guru tells you to do. However, the only way this will work is if people see your offer and the only way people are going to see your offer is if you have traffic.

There are many different ways to get more website traffic. One way to get more website traffic is Facebook. but before you go posting there are something’s you should keep in mind. You have to stay focus on your goal and your goal is to get people to opt-in to your list. The way I am going to show you how to get people to opt-in, will at the same time get you free traffic to your website. The first thing you are going to have to get is hosting and a domain.

For your domain, I would recommend GoDaddy.com. For hosting, I recommend Hostgator.com. Once you have your domain and hosting. Go to your cPanel and under “Software/Service”, click on QuickInstall.

Click OuickInstallThen look to your left and under blog software, click on WordPress.  Click Blog Software

Some information about WordPress will come up, just click continue. Click Continue Select your domain from the drop down menu and fill in the rest of the information. Install WordPressThe reason why I am telling you, you need to install WordPress on your domain is because of your squeeze page and tracking program. They are both WordPress plug-ins.

The first plug-in is called Hybrid-connect. With Hybrid-connect, you can create squeeze pages (also known as a landing page), light boxes, slide-ins. Hybrid-connect allows you to create the kind of squeeze pages with picture backgrounds, and if you really want to make your squeeze page look impressive, you should use a gif

Light boxes and slide-ins are similar to a squeeze page but a light box, pops ups and will not go away until you exit out or do the requested action. A slide–in does just that, it slides in. You can have it slide in from the top, bottom, right, or left. Depending on how you set your settings, you can also dictate the position of where you want it to stop.

There are other features, like automatically displaying an opt-in form at the bottom each blog post and page. They also give you the WordPress short code. You can display your opt-in form anywhere on your website!

The most user-friendly feature is how you get your squeeze page to display. All you have to do is enable the squeeze page to show on a page you created and when you or somebody, goes to that page the squeeze page will automatically show up.

Another great feature is hint, the word hybrid. Hybrid-connect will automatically detect if a person is logged into Facebook and display a sign up Facebook button.

If the person is logged into WordPress, it will automatically show a one click WordPress sign up button

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If the person is not logged into Facebook or WordPress, it will show the standard name and email fields.

The only way to get more website traffic is to spread the word. But once they get there, then what? How do you keep them coming back for more?

Many people just create daily content and hope somebody searches for it. This is just not enough. You have to promote it. Building a list is the best way to do this. Your list is traffic that you own. What I mean by owning it is, you do not have to rent, pay, or follow the policies and posting rules of some other company. In addition, the people that opt-in, opt-in because they like you, they like what you are saying and they want to know more to the point that they are willing to give you their email address!

After you built a list and for now on, every time you create a post all you have to do is send your list an email and you will have instant traffic! However, just because you send an email to your list, does not guarantee that everybody on list will open and click on your link. If they do not know who you are or if your content is garbage, they will never open your emails and they might even unsubscribe.

Go to hybrid-connect.com. You can choose from a single site, multi-site, or a professional license.

Now that you have your squeeze page set up, you are finally ready to start driving traffic to it. According to alexa.com Facebook is the second most popular website on the internet. The number one most popular website is Google. You can understand that since the first thing people do online is search for something. They also own YouTube, which is number three.

The reason why I am telling you this is that every time I mention the word Facebook, most people frown up their faces. I can somewhat relate because when Facebook first came out, it took me years to create an account. The only reason is at that time Facebook and MySpace were perceived to be for young kids playing games and trying to get a date. When Facebook started to grow and more marketers started doing training on it, I saw the opportunity and joined.

If you are anything like me you need to realize that just because you are not on Facebook, does not mean your customers or prospects are not. It will be a lot easier to convince a prospect or customer, to join your team or buy something from you if you have a present on the number two most visited website on the internet!

I am not saying spend eight hours a day on there but at the very least, you should create a profile. Now of days, almost everybody goes online first before deciding to buy something. If you or your company does not have a presence, then most likely those people are going to think you are a fraud.

If you have not already created an account, create one and after that create a page. If you do not have a company, just use your name. I have several Facebook pages but my main page is Rodney Brooks Jr. Depending on when you are reading this, currently, I don’t have too much on there but starting today, this is the one that I am going to be working on the most.

Two months ago, I created a new website for a page that I did just for fun.  On my fanpage, I got over 6,000 likes and on my website; I got close to 20,000 visitors in the month of June! All I did was post pictures and videos at the peak times most of my fans were online. The only other thing I did besides posting at peak times was, posting a link to my website in the description.

Below is proof! Look at the date I took this screen shot. As you can see this site has only been up for three months. Along with the 25,787 views, I got 419 WordPress users and 161 subscribers to my list!

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The only way I would have known this data, was through tracking. WordPress comes with its own built-in tracking. The first three-pictures are an example the jetpack plug-in, which is free. All you have to do is activate it.

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The last picture is of my getresponse autoresponder. If you want to read a little more about autoresponders, go to my post titled, ‘What is an email autoresponder”. I explain more about autoresponders and mention several others too but for this post, I recommend getresponse. In the future, I will tell you why.

The only drawback with WordPress's jetpack tracking plug-in is, you cannot track actions or sales. For this, I recommend adtrackgold.

Adtrackgold is a ad-tracking software program. It allows you to track how many people clicked your link, how many people took action (signed up), how many people brought (sales) your product, split test, and more! The picture below is how the stats look. These two campaigns were for clicks and actions only.

The first campaign was for the page I mention earlier. The second campaign was for a page that I am currently one of the content managers. My goal was to see if anybody was clicking on my link and opting-in afterward. As you can see my first campaign got 1,489 raw clicks, 942 unique clicks and 156 actions (sign ups). My click thru rate was not that great but I got 156 free subscribers! The second campaign I got 20 free subscribers from the page that I am a content manager!

Conclusion

Go to Adtrackgold.com and hybrid-connect.com. download, and install the two plug-ins. After you have installed and activated them, write a blog post and if you have a list, send them an email letting them know you just created a new post. The next step is choosing a picture to post on Facebook. Once you have chosen one, make sure you post a link to the blog post you just created in the description..

After that, choose another picture or video that you think is funny, cute or inspirational. post this one about two hours after your blog post. Place a link in the description to the squeeze page that you created in this one.