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Join the Site-Building Challenge

Have you been thinking about getting into affiliate marketing? At first glance, it seems easy … something anyone can do successfully. All you need to do is build a website, find an affiliate program, post a few banners, and the checks will start rolling in, right? Well, it’s not as easy as that. In fact, it’s a lot of work that requires quite a bit of detail and planning. But once you’ve had your first successful site, you’ll have a blueprint for building more, and that’s the way you can make great money from affiliate marketing. Now you’re probably wondering … Continue reading

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Great structure, great articles: Five elements of reader-friendly copy

If you’ve read about writing for the web before, you’ve likely heard about how important it is to write your content with readers in mind. Of course, when you’re writing for the web, you’re going to want to write for a high search engine ranking. But if you don’t write for readers first, when you get people to click on your page from the search engines, it’s likely they won’t stay on your site long. And if they don’t stay on your site, you’re not going to get them to buy your affiliate products. So as a writer, how can … Continue reading

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10 essential SEO tips for affiliate marketers

When you’re kicking off your new affiliate marketing business, just remember one thing. No matter how cool your website and how hot your niche might be, people need to be able to find you. If you were setting up an offline business, it would be easy to get noticed. You could make sure you were located somewhere near a place where lots of people who want to buy stuff pass by — a strip mall, a downtown street, or a table at a flea market. But when you’re an online-only business, you can’t just set up a website and expect … Continue reading

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Why is your optimized website outranked?

I’m certain that almost everyone building an affiliate site has been frustrated by this at one time or another: an unoptimized, slapped-together site outranks yours on Google. Most of us Internet marketers are more than willing to defer to well-optimized, content-rich sites with great user experiences, but personally, it’s tough for me to get beaten by a site that’s just, well … a poorly conceived piece of crap. This happens all the time. And it isn’t confined to any particular niche. Nonetheless, it drives all of us crazy. You’ve killed yourself getting your SEO just right, and you’re stuck with … Continue reading

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Stop letting social media waste your time

I know this article is going to get banned from my local “tweetup.” That’s OK. And I can already hear the objections from all of the various social media “gurus.” “Facebook is the second-largest site in the world. Only Google is larger.” “Twitter’s user base grows by millions each quarter.” “I know my Facebook page will be a success. I just need to find the right formula.” Just stop and take a deep breath. I’m not telling you to stop doing social media. And I’m not saying that social media is killing your affiliate marketing business, but if you’re spending … Continue reading

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The beginner’s guide to WordPress plugins, part 1

When you’re building your first website with WordPress, there are a lot of decisions you need to make. You need to select a web host, choose a flexible theme framework, and implement a backup strategy … just in case. You’ll also need to create lots of unique, quality content that appeals to buyers in your niche. But one of the most daunting challenges you might face is selecting the right mix of plugins. The great thing about WordPress plugins is that they’re flexible, cheap (they’re often free), and easy to install. But there are a lot of them. And selecting … Continue reading

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Five tips for great email subject lines

When you’re launching your first affiliate marketing email campaign, you’re going to want to do everything you can to get your audience to open your emails and click on your affiliate link. But that’s easier said than done. It’s a crowded marketplace and your potential buyers have lots of other marketers fighting for their attention. The best way to break through the clutter is to differentiate yourself. And when you make a promise of great content in your subject line, your audience will be able to see exactly what they can gain by opening your email and checking out your … Continue reading

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Nine SEO tools you should be using

Regardless of your niche, getting a lot of traffic to your site through natural search is essential for affiliate marketing success when you’re a beginner. When you make the most out of natural search, you’ll get more traffic, and more commissions, without the complexity and expense of pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. You’re also developing a traffic source that lasts over time. You certainly know that the more traffic you get, the more profitable your site will be. But do you know how to manage your search engine optimization to get more traffic? 

While the SEO game is getting more complex every … Continue reading

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Four tips for writing great website content

It’s likely that you’ve come to the affiliate marketing business because you’re an expert in your niche. If so, that’s great. As an expert in your niche, whether it’s dog training, marathon running or advice for job seekers, you’re well-positioned to write great content for the people who visit your site. And if you’ve been doing affiliate marketing for a few years, you’ve probably already noticed that it’s getting more and more important to have the best possible content on your site. Having great content improves the likelihood that others will read and share your content. Once you’re getting others … Continue reading

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Build backlinks fast by commenting on blogs

When you’re launching a new affiliate site, it can be tough to get noticed. You probably find yourself posting new content and wondering why your terrific content is taking forever to get indexed by Google. As a marketer, you need to do everything you can to tell Google and the other search engines that your site is filled with original and compelling content, and that it’s getting updated on a regular basis. One of the best ways to do this quickly while increasing your backlinks is to comment on blogs. Blog commenting builds your authority in your niche while while … Continue reading

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