The Dangers of Multi-Tasking

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Some people pride themselves on being able to juggle multiple jobs and somehow “get everything done” by the end of the day.  If you want to start a business, grow your business or just get ahead, you should learn this now-there is nothing really good about multitasking.

When I was working in Korea as a teacher I hit a brick wall, so to speak, and came under a lot of stress, trying to multi-task among other things. (See The Wild Bulls of Paju.) New studies apparently are saying that this is not just a wasted exercise but that may very well be damaging an area of your brain that’s essential for your work success.

Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing one thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly subjected to many streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.

Milkshake Multi-tasking

Dr Caroline Leaf in her seminal book “Switch on Your Brain” talks about the dangers of multi-tasking and the benefits of not multi-tasking.   I spent a year in South Korea teaching English and everywhere I went I observed what it is like to live in a society where pressure to achieve seems overwhelming and the niceties of grace, leniency (especially to workers) and taking rest, especially on the Sabbath day-all derived from our western Christian culture-seem barely discernible.

I write in my book , The Wild Bulls of Paju, which talks about a spiritual prescription of how to deal with stress, how my wife and I had paused to rest a bit whilst visiting one of the palaces in Seoul, and as I lay back to close my eyes on the stone steps an official appeared from nowhere prodding us to move on : ” No resting!” he said. It was, as I mention in the book, a verbal symbol of my stay in Korea. A wag on a teacher’s forum I joined entitled one of his posts “Korea-the land where fun went to die!”-he must have had a bit of a bad week!

Caroline Leaf calls multitasking a “persistent myth”.  what we are doing, she says, is shifting our attention from task to task resulting in two negative outcomes: 1) We don’t devote as much focused attention as we should to a specific activity, task or piece of information and 2) we sacrifice the quality of our attention.  (She calls this milkshake multi-tasking.)

This multitasking, she says, causes “patterns of flightiness and lack of concentration that are often erroneously labeled ADD and ADHD.  Too often this results in unnecessary medication, which adds fuel to the fire.

As she says, we forget about enjoying the moment as we focus on our Samsung and iPhones to record life.

Recent Stanford research compared groups of people based on their tendency to multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. They found that those who did a lot of multitasking were actually worse at multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time. The frequent multitaskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one task to another.

So Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.

Multitasking Lowers IQ

Research also shows that, in addition to slowing you down, multitasking lowers your IQ. A study at the University of London found that participants who multi-tasked during cognitive tasks experienced IQ scores similar to what they’d expect if they had smoked marijuana or stayed up all night. IQ drops of 15 points for multitasking men lowered their scores to the average range of an 8-year-old child.

Brain Damage From Multitasking

Caroline Leaf says “milkshake multitasking” decreases our attention, opens us up to shallow and weak judgments and decisions, and results in passive mindlessness.

Only a few decades ago neuro-scientists considered the brain to be a fixed and hardwired machine.  They saw the damaged brain as incurable and the focus was compensation, not restoration of function.  Dr Leaf and others in their research have shown that we can change the physical nature of our brain through our thinking and choosing.  As we consciously direct our thinking, we can wire toxic patterns of thinking and replace them with healthy thoughts.

We can damage our brains through toxic thoughts!

Nothing turns people off quite like fiddling with your phone or tablet during a conversation. Multitasking in meetings and other social settings indicates low Self- and Social Awareness, two emotional intelligence (EQ) skills that are critical to success at work.

Even if it doesn’t cause brain damage, if you keep on multitasking you will simply make it harder for yourself, dear businessman, dear student, to concentrate, organize yourself, and focus on the details you need to focus on.

Making it harder for you to start that business, grow your business or get that exam under your belt.

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Useful Reading:  Switch on Your Brain, by Dr Caroline Leaf

The Wild Bulls of Paju: God’s Answer to Fear, Stress and Mental Oppression, by John Reason

How to Self Sabotage Your Blog

James Pruitt article in Covenant Marketing BlogHow refreshing to come across an honest self-appraisal by an internet marketer!  I often stop by and read posts by James Pruitt, as he knows what he is talking about, having gone through the same Affiloblueprint course that I did, and he has contributed to this blog with his affiliate marketing tips.  Most blog posts and internet articles within the internet marketing niche, as most affiliate marketers will tell you, are geared to selling you something or to joining an opt-in list.

James Pruitt is an internet marketer and does have his own products but is transparent enough to also tell people his failures.  I took time to read his article-on his blunders as a marketer in 2012 and how to make 2013 the best year ever- as it was so refreshingly different in that he acknowledges failings and faults, diagnoses his mistakes and mentions how many subscribers left his blog.  Why is this different?  Well most marketers give you their successes, the usual over-hyped stats and, usually, at the end of their long sales page,  a must-have product and an upsell or two.

No 1 Lesson: Take Total Responsibility for Your Business

He is candid that he is to blame for his business downturn and the fact that his list went from 500 a day in 20110 to less than 20 a day in 2012.  He made an error with having a working opt-in on his site and some problems dealing with Google regarding his email account after he had moved location.  Mind you , these are not crimes. I don’t have an opt-in yet on my blog as I feel I am still early stages but I definitely see the importance of having one.

His main point: if you don’t take total responsibility you will never achieve success in your business.

Make Sure Your Business gets the Attention it Deserves

James describes how he got engaged and things happened in his personal life which ended up taking time away from his business.  In my situation I ended up teaching English in a foreign country and had little or no time for my affiliate internet marketing business.  James says when you work from home, those around you often “don’t respect your time. You will have many people who think you don’t work just because you don’t go into an office every day.” He says you have to make a stand. firmly but politely, so that your business gets the attention it deserves.

Don’t Let People Around You Take Your Time but Also Don’t Do it Alone.

James says the people in his life thought because he worked from home, did not think he had a “real job” and dealing with them and their problems took time away from his business..  My situation was that I let my other work take over and when I came ” home” to my apartment, had no real energy or drive to build my marketing business.  I actually found that I needed people and in a foreign country I was in a situation where very few people even spoke English, let alone being willing to encourage me in my business.  At least if you have a wife or girlfriend or family around you you are likely to get some kind of encouragement.  I had left my family behind for a few months as I did not want to expose my wife to the risks and uncertainties of the foreign situation and the career option I was investigating.  The downside was that I had to spend so much time cooking , cleaning and shopping and ,of course, planning lesson plans for my job, that I had very little time left over for anything else.

I soon realized that I don’t do lonely very well- that I worked better in a team.  So at least in the painful experiences of 2012 I have had clarification on what I want from my job/career, and am now refocusing and fine-tuning new goals.  I realized that my main interests do not lie even with internet marketing but in helping people and in training and teaching them to reach their goals.  I will continue to blog and do affiliate internet marketing as a tool to this end.

James found that his most profitable business, coincidentally, was in reaching the same goal: helping people towards their personal development goals.  I believe you can read more about this at this blog of his: Life’s Hope Media blog

Other Recommendations and Pointers

  • He says that Guest Blogging, and taking the time to do this, will be one of his priorities.  This is an avenue we have never pursued here at Covenant Marketing Blog, but having discussed this with other marketers I can tell you it is a great way to get traffic to your blog.
  • He has identified his niche as the self help niche and blogging niche to connect with more people and rebuild his brand and reconnect with people.  Again, this is something that is crucial in building a successful online business.  If you don’t know who your subscriber base are and your target market, you will be soon running around like a headless chicken with little to show for it.  If you can drill down as far as you can within your niche to the target group and core subject , the more successful you are likely to be.  His core niche is self help.  What is yours?

Hope these suggestions have helped you as a newbie marketer, or are an affiliate marketer still struggling to build a viable online business.  Take a visit to James’ most profitable site site here

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How to Get Traffic to Your Blog Using Twitter

Twitter is one of my least used social media icons mainly because I have not really understood it. I did a bit of delving and found that it does have its pros.

If you are a person like me who does not have a lot of time updating all your social media sites then Twitter is ideal.  You are given only 140 characters to make your update , click send and watch the followers come.  But note:you need to keep posting relevant “tweets” regularly on the subject of your blog.

I started off in the natural health area so my Twitter name-“Covenantguy”- had a natural tweet propensity for natural health issues.  As I have developed other niches to write about, I have added other Twitter names to my collection but “Covenantguy” will still cover natural health and internet marketing.

If you are starting out stick to one broad subject area (i.e don’t copy me!). If you write about fast cars , stick to fast cars.

you can use Twitter Counter to track the followers stats,for example, for the people on the Top 100 page.

 How to Gain Twitter Followers

Obviously write content within your niche .  Then put a Twitter badge on your blog. Post regularly. Twitter Counter will track all your stats, brand or #tag. ( What is a Twitter  #tag?  A hash tag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic. For example, if you search on #HOMELAND (or #Homeland or #homeland, because it’s not case-sensitive), you’ll get a list of tweets related to that TV programme).

If you use Firefox for your browser get the Twitter add-ons to install in your browser. The one I like best is the TwitterBar, which means you can post straight from your address bar instead of logging into Twitter itself.

How to Keep Twitter followers

Derek Halpern in DIY themes makes the following useful comments: “W’rite tweets that people want to read, and avoid writing tweets that people hate to read.”  He goes on to give an example, this tweet by Ramit Sethi:

“The Economics of Big Ski Resorts.” Fascinating how these ski resorts de-risk and diversify revenues. Check it out: http://bit.ly/xZAsv4” – Original Tweet

See how he takes the headline, and then adds additional commentary after it? That’s a perfect example of a Tweet that would be labeled “worth reading.”

What Twitter Users Find Valuable

Derek Halpern says that research pointed to what users found valuable on Twitter (i.e these were tweets that got read).  Results fell into four different groups: Informative (the largest group with 44%), Funny (24%), Useful (20%), and Exciting (12%).  People said things like : “interesting perspective on something I know nothing about”, “it’s witty and snarky, worth the read.” and “personal, honest, and transparent.”

So make your tweets interesting and personal – and humor won’t hurt!

Hope this helps in your Social Media outreach in the New Year!

John Reason

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Where to Now After Recent Google Changes

Back to Basics

With the recent Google changes—Penguin, Exact Match Domain, and now, Disavow, I think the decision on SEO is finally clear. We must stick to our principles and go back to basics. That means, now, more than ever, we need to create extremely valuable content that others (preferably experts in our industry) will link to and share. We also need to rely on traditional marketing and business methods instead of purely on SEO techniques.

This, of course, is easier said than done. How can we get people to share or link our content? I actually don’t believe the argument that if you just write good content, then the links will come. The number of web pages exponentially grows every day, and it’s more likely that your “good content” will just be lost in the sea of clutter like 99% of the other webpages. So, what can you do?

First, whether you are coming on board for the first time to learn how to blog or you are seasoned at online marketing or affiliate internet marketing, write your content for an audience that already exists. Then, work hard to get your content in front of that audience. Let’s say, for example, you want to start a blog about what recent graduates can do after college. Well of course, the first step is to write articles that add value. Then, find similar (successful) blogs that are in the same field. (In this case, similar college/career blogs) From there, work hard to make genuine relationships with the blog owners. Once you develop a relationship, they might link to you, and maybe you can even write a guest post on their blog, or collaborate with them on an interesting project down the line.

This is great for a few reasons: Number one, it’s always good to expand your network with good people. Number 2, the links that you may get from this are great,because they come from already established influencers in your niche, and they also come from related sites in your niche. There’s debate about this, but I think that links from related sites are better for SEO and Internet marketing than just any old link.

How do you get noticed by influencers? Again, use your creativity here. One of my internet marketing tips  is to link to their content. Retweet their tweets and their blog posts. Link to them on your own webpage. If they see that you are constantly sharing their stuff, you are more likely to be noticed that a random person who emails them out of the blue asking for something. Think about it: Who honestly does not like others promoting their stuff? Another way I’ve had a little success with is interviewing people on my site. First of all, an interview is pretty valuable stuff, and second, when you interview people, there’s a chance that they will link to it from their site. And also, if the interviewee is well respected, new visitors you attract might associate you with them, and this can slowly build your credibility and brand over time.

 Conclusion

I think it’s time to focus less on technical SEO and more on building real relationships (relationship marketing) and using real business skills. The strategies outlined in this post are not easy. They take time, patience, creativity, and hard work. It’s a lot harder than creating forum backlinks over and over again with your keyword (which Google doesn’t like anyway). So, I think if you really want to make your business or your site worthwhile, it’s important to follow these steps. Make good content, and get it out there to the world. Leverage relationships and natural link building from your audience. It’s not easy, but then again, if it were easy, everyone would be at the top of Google.

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Ryan O’Loughlin currently teaches English in Seoul South Korea. He has been studying Internet marketing for 3 years in the hopes of escaping the 9 to 5 grind. For more information, you can check out his Real World Myth blog here.

Tips on Installing the New Affilotheme

Having Problems Installing Affilotheme?


This post will hopefully help you avoid some of the problems I had in installing Affilotheme, whether you are someone who is bulding a website for the first time, or you have hundreds of other WordPress themed sites.
I had the previous Affilotheme and initially it did fine but in the last 6 months my sales on a particular site have been drying up.

 Since I am not a computer geek and do not look at Google Analytics much, I don’t know the exact answer but I guessed from the high bounce rate (80%+) that it had a lot to do with the look of the site.

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So I decided to install Mark Ling’s latest Affilotheme.  It wasn’t easy to install, I had some problems, but the technical team helped me to overcome these.  (One of the main reasons I use Mark Long’s theme and his products is that he has a good Support team and forum so that you get your questions answered.  And once you’ve bought one of his products -like Affiloblueprint- you don’t have to keep paying to have access to help or further information.

In the video lower down I give before and after shots of the particular site and will hopefully come back and let you all know how the newly uploaded theme helps-if at all.

How to Install Affilotheme using C-panel

Really the best way to do this is follow the link provided by Affilorama, but for newbies it might be helpful to follow a video which I made just for you.  I hate the technical side of building websites, and I know there are others out there just like me!

Here is VIDEO -click on the link below:

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As I ended the video by saying that I had a problem at the end installing the theme, the problem was that at that stage the WordPress Jetpack plugin was incompatible with this new theme (if you have the same problem you can watch the next video.  Even if you don’t it might be helpful to watch to see how you set up the new website using the Affilotheme).  I think in the near future they should have a fix in place to overcome the Jetpack problem.

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Here’s VIDEO 2 on installing Affilotheme:

VIDEO 2

It shows what the site looks like immediately after activation, and how assigning a widget or two improves the appearance immediately.  By the way, changing the category of the Reviews posts to “reviews”, and then putting a Category posts widget into the sidebar did work, and enabled me to show the Reviews at the top right of the sidebar , as was intended (the video does not show that.)

and here’s the LINK if your hosting supports C-panel

Hopefully as I use the Affilotheme Header settings to create a decent Header, and write some more articles, the bounce rate on this site will drop and the sales will return. So far, with no decent header yet in place, I still got my first sale in 10 weeks so something is working! Will report back later when I get to grip with the lates Googgle Analytics stats as well.

Hope this post has been helpful,

Covenantguy
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Mark Ling Launches Affilotheme

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Well with Mark Ling’s latest product offer you can do that just that.  I have followed his Affiloblueprint course and although his teaching manner is not exactly charismatic that is not a bad thing because he covers the practical bases you need to cover to succeed online, without too much hype like other gurus give you. I only started making money online after doing his course.

What I needed to do-still need to do -and what you need to do is to follow a proven, reliable method that has been shown to work for others all over the world.

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First off , I would click above for a free report that shows you the 5 Steps to 10k per Month

If you’ve ever wanted to make money online, and make loads of money as an affiliate marketer, then you need to read this report.

What is Affilotheme and How will it Help Me?

AffiloTheme is a Premium WordPress theme with a difference! AffiloTheme is the latest offering from Affilorama. This great product will help you as an online marketer create highly profitable affiliate websites. AffiloTheme will save your customers loads of time and hassle, enable them to increase their bottom line, and boost their search engine rankings.Customers get:

  • AffiloTheme – With amazing features and benefits such as affiliate link cloaking + tracking, push-button opt in form and squeeze page creation, 5 beautiful theme options, and built-in header image creator, AffiloTheme really is one of the best wp themes for  site building  in existence.
  • Full video training – yes you get full video training, showing you how to get AffiloTheme installed, how to make great sites with the theme, and more. Everything is covered.
  • Access to the exclusive AffiloTheme members’ only forum. This is where the “great minds” of AffiloTheme come to meet, discuss site building strategies, and more.
  • Unlimited customer support from some of the best staff in the business (this means massively lower refund rates for you)
  • One month’s free access to Affilorama Premium. This is huge, a $67 value on its own, customers of AffiloTheme get access to all the tools, all the extra education for a full month. At the end of which they have the option to continue on.

Who is AffiloTheme for?

AffiloTheme is ideal for:

  • Newer affiliate marketers who want an easy-to-configure site building system
  • Affiliate marketers who want higher search engine rankings, more sales, and better opt-in rates
  • Any webmaster who wants a powerful, flexible WordPress theme with a great deal of customization options
  • Anyone who wants to easily incorporate opt-ins and squeeze pages into their site

 

What Do You Get With AffiloTheme?

Here’s what they get when they purchase AffiloTheme:

  • Premium WordPress theme with 6 child themes (this basically means 6 different themes in 1)
  • Full flexibility with layouts, colors and fonts
  • Built-in header creator tool for stunning header images
  • Squeeze page and opt-in form creator tool with 4 different form options (Squeeze page, Full-feature opt-in form, feature opt-in form, and sidebar opt-in form) There are dozens of different layouts and color schemes available
  • Popover and exit pop functionality inbuilt
  • Powerful affiliate link redirect and cloaking tool to boost conversions
  • Free 1 month access to the exclusive Affilorama Premium program
  • 1 year free hosting for up to 5 Affilotheme sites
  • Excellent customer support – wherever and whenever you need it
  • AffiloTheme comes ready-optimized for great SEO and high search engine rankings too
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What Kind of Sites Can I Build with Affilotheme?

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10 Essential Steps to Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

Trying to learn affiliate marketing for beginners online can often be frustrating. You may struggle to find a great system to help you learn all the tricks that you need to begin your business.

There are tons of affiliate marketing training guides, programs, forums, and other resources, but it can be difficult to know which ones you can trust.

Like John, I found my own success with Mark Ling’s AffiloBlueprint. There are many similar systems out there, but to me, it was the best investment I ever made in my business.

I started affiliate marketing 4 years ago, when I found out my job was in jeopardy. I now run 2 online companies that make money through a variety of methods, including affiliate referrals.

Back in the old days, affiliates could pretty much rely on search engines, and build simple sites that generated revenue almost on autopilot. In fact, there are many programs teaching that you can still do this even now. However, it isn’t as effective, or as easy, as it used to be.

Now days, successful affiliate marketing comes down to learning how to build trust and authority. More and more people are wary of affiliate sites because of scams and people just out to make a buck. IF you really want to learn affiliate marketing, you need to break free of the “autopilot mindset, and think about building a real business that will withstand the coming changes to the world.

So, today, I thought I would share 10 steps that you need to go through to learn affiliate marketing and build a real business. Following these steps will help you to get off the ground and build a strategy that you will be able to rely on and master your online business.

 Learn How to Pick Your Niche

Having a niche is essential to your affiliate business. Your niche will help you define the topic of your business, and find the most common problems that people within that niche face. There are many ways that people pick out niche markets, and you need to decide what is best for you. Personally, I prefer to look at a mix of profitability and personal experience. Although many people (myself included) have proven that you can make money from a niche that you don’t know anything about, are you really certain that you are providing value to the people who buy products through you?

Just look at all the internet marketing scams out there. Most of them only make money because they con affiliates into selling their product who don’t know any better, mainly because they buy into the “get rich quick” hype. Knowing your niche and having personal experience greater than your target customer will help you build authority and create a business that will last.

 Create Your Customer Profile

Once you have a niche, you need to create your unique selling point (we will refer to this as the USP). This is your own unique message that you want to share with the niche. The more you share a unique point of view, the better you will be able to connect with an audience, and build trust. This will help you choose which products to promote and identify the problems that you need to help people solve.

Again, with no experience in your niche, this would be impossible to do. However, if you know your niche, you will be able to pick out the common problems. Creating your customer avatar will help you know what your USP is, and create a profile of who your ideal customer is. This would include things like knowing your ideal customers age range, gender, location, ideals, goals, fears, and hopes.

 Pick Killer Affiliate Products

Once you know what your message is, you can begin looking for products that fill the needs and ideas that you want to share with your customers. I would recommend reviewing at least one or two products before building your first site. This will give you loads of information to use later on in creating content, plus product reviews are the best converting content you can have.

Again, if you have personal experience, it will be easier to tell if a product is a good quality product. Without that experience, you might get a product that has good marketing, and sells well, but doesn’t deliver on its promises.

Never trust sales copy or info gathered from a merchant! Chat with people in your niche, and find out the real experiences that people have had with a product before deciding on one. I personally can’t recommend a product I wouldn’t be willing to use myself.

Ask yourself, if your mom was asking for help would you recommend it to her? If not, maybe you shouldn’t recommend it to someone else. If you don’t know, you need to do more niche research! The best way around this is to actually use the products that you recommend. Every product I recommend I have either used to help myself, or at least reviewed it to make sure I agree with what it is teaching. You don’t want to recommend a program that is contradictory to your USP. That will lose the trust of your readers.

 Master Your Keywords

Once you have a customer profile, you can begin learning how to use that information to find what people search for, and what information they want when they do a search. This will help you target your audience, and build a site that attracts the people who you really want to help into your business.

 Build Your Content Factory

The web runs on content, and if you think this is easy, or quick, you are sadly mistaken. Just like a factory produces massive quantities of products, you need to create massive amounts of content consistently to build a reliable online business.

Creating content is probably one of the biggest stopping points for most potential affiliates, but it isn’t as scary as it may seem on the surface. Don’t get stuck on just one form of content either. Articles are the most common, but audio and video are huge, and sometimes even easier to make than writing articles.

You will need content for your site, for syndication to get traffic to your site, and for your emails to your subscribers. Later on, you can even leverage this content to create your own products. For example, I recently released an ebook, which is a compilation of my best articles from 3 years of blogging.

 Set Up Your Website

Once you get to this point, you will have a bit of learning to go through. Depending on how you build your sites, there are a lot of technical details to get right. I recommend learning the basics.

don’t get too complicated right off the bat. I see people all the time wanting complex websites that can’t even do a basic WordPress post. Master the fundamentals before you try getting too complex. Find a good WordPress theme ( I recommend the AffiloTheme for newbie affiliates) and focus your efforts on content and traffic rather than building the prettiest site.

  Drive Traffic To Your Offer

Once you have a website online, you need to focus all your efforts on traffic. Sadly, many people put up a website and focus on sales. If you do that, you will be sadly disappointed. However, if you focus on driving traffic to your sites,often the sales start taking care of themselves.

Traffic to your website, and especially to your affiliate offers, is what will determine your success. Once you learn the tricks to making that traffic convert (which we will cover later), it becomes just a numbers game, and to make X dollars, you need Y visitors.

 Test Presell Copy

This is really important to understand about affiliate marketing, for beginners especially. The purpose of an affiliate site is to presell people, help them understand their problem and RECOMMEND a product that will help them.

Your initial goal IS NOT TO CLOSE THE SALE!

That is the job of the sales page that you send them to. However, preselling is an art form, and requires you to understand sales copy, as well as understanding the emotional hot buttons people in your niche have. This is why humor, controversy, and highly personal content is important.

Testing is essential to your marketing business. The calls to action I use within the IM niche are different from  the dating niche, because I am hitting different emotional buttons with my pitch. I had to do a lot of testing to get things working right. It didn’t happen overnight. Once you have traffic, converting them to sales is essential, and that is largely something you will learn by trial and error.

 Capture Leads From Visitors

Email marketing, social media, and other forms of building leads are essential to the survival of your business. My granddad, who owned a grocery business, always taught me ” We make a profit from everyone who comes into our store and buys something, we make our living from those who come back to us again and again.”

I keep this in mind every day. Capturing leads and getting people to come back to your site is essential to a long-term business. By building a list of leads, you won’t have to rely on SEO for long because your list will become one of your top traffic sources. This allows you to build a long-term relationship, and make multiple sales rather than relying on one time shoppers.

 Analyze Your Progress To Master Your Success

Analyzing is one of the hardest parts of affiliate marketing for beginners to master. You need to be able to track large amounts of data consistently in order to make the most profitable decisions. This is probably one of the most frustrating things for me as an affiliate marketing consultant.

I had a client call me up the other day. They had a really great month several months before, and wanted ME to tell them how to repeat it. They hadn’t had a single sale since and it was frustrating. The problem was they weren’t tracking and analyzing what worked so there was no way to tell what happened that time to make a difference.

I guess they wanted me to look into my crystal ball and tell them what happened. I am not a psychic. Without tracking data, there is no way to know what works and what doesn’t.

Track everything, and follow-up on what is happening. If you track and analyze, failure and success will just become data of what not to do or what to do in your business.

 Testing Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

At the end of the day, affiliate internet marketing is all about testing. I test constantly. Although I learn a lot from studying affiliate marketing training programs, I still learn more by testing what works and what doesn’t work. If you aren’t testing, you won’t stay in business. Testing also creates adaptability, and helps you learn basic problem solving skills, which are essential to any business, online or offline.

The great news is that you can master every one of these steps by following the AffiloBlueprint training. Make sure you check out John’s Affiloblueprint 3 Review, and see how this system will help you master your marketing business. You will learn step by step, all the fundamentals to running an effective affiliate site. That is how I started, and without that training, I wouldn’t be running 2 profitable companies today.

About James Pruitt

James Pruitt has been working online since 2008, and now runs 2 online companies. He has built several successful affiliate sites, as well as teaching up and coming marketers how to master online business through Relationship Marketing Strategies.

Review of Affiloblueprint 3

Review of Affiloblueprint 3

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I recently snapped up Affiloblueprint 3 as I got a lot out of Mark Ling’s original training course Affiloblueprint  which I bought over two years ago.  I liked Affiloblueprint 2 because as a newbie internet marketer I needed someone to take me by the hand and walk me through the steps of setting up a website and marketing via affiliate internet marketing.  AB 2 did just that and a year later I made 1000 % profit.

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It sounds wild but it was only $1000-but that was one thousand more dollars than I had made in the preceding two years as I paid for expensive courses to learn how to blog. The problem I had prior to MArk Ling’s course (he is the founder of Affilorama, creator of Affiloblueprint) was that I was getting masses of information but not a lot of practical guidance.  I spent about two grand plus and learned about blogging and how to write some basic HTML but in reality this didn’t get me very far.

Mark and his sidekick Aletta in the AB 2 course held you by the hand and showed you by a series of recorded videos how to build an affiliate site from scratch using the themes available at the time (I think he brought out his original Affilotheme shortly after) and it was pretty good, if you could understand their wonderful Kiwi accents!   Seriously it was practical, helpful and down-to-earth. Now imagine if you could latch on to this via a friend.  (Mark talks about how he discovered internet marketing through a friend).  Imagine if your friend (who was very successful) was willing to build a profitable website in front of you as you followed along and copied him, by building a website of your own in your own niche. And imagine if you were to join a  community of like-minded people, who could critique what you are doing, answer your questions, and become your friends and maybe even JV (which means Joint Venture) partners in the future- well that’s what Mark Ling has created with Affiloblueprint).

What’s New About Affiloblueprint 3?

Affiloblueprint is divided into 12 sections, each with a number of videos:

– 1) Market Research & Keywords. This will help you to find the best niches and products, and to research the right keywords for your new sites.

2) Creating Content. Strategies and methods for creating the “meat” of your website. Learn how to create your own content, as well as get great results from outsourcing. 3) Setting Up Your Website.Discover how easy it is to set up a website with your included Affilotheme hosting and WordPress theme.

  1. Website Design. Find out how to create nice-looking websites with ease. Learn how to avoid common website design mistakes that might be hampering your affiliate earnings.
  2. On Page SEO. How to optimize your own website for higher search engine rankings.

4) Off Page SEO. Also known as link building, off page SEO is a big focus of Affiloblueprint.  Mark shows you some of the most powerful link building methods around to help your site rise in rank in search engines.

5)Newsletters.   This is something Mark always swears by -that pretty much is the best way of boosting your affiliate income -and that is to build a newsletter list.

6) what to do next? Tweaking Your Website. Troubleshooting your website, discovering why you aren’t making any money, expanding your reach – all these topics are covered here.

7) Google Adwords- Part 1, 2 and 3 Learn the basics of PPC marketing with Google Adwords for instant, targeted traffic and how to optimize the conversions on Adwords.  Adwords can be a terrible minefield so this teaching helps a lot.

Things You Will Learn from Affiloblueprint 3
  • how to pick out a niche that is full of profitable products,
  • how to pick out winning keywords and rake in more sales with less effort than you are putting in now
  • How to build your own website with step by step wordpress instructions. These include everything from installing your site, picking out plugins and setting them up, choosing a theme, and more….
  • Create great content that brings more traffic, leads, and sales into your business
  • The secret that will save you time and money to build your own affiliate empire on autopilot
  • How to quickly scale your business without working extra hours or killing yourself working all hours (my problem in the last two years!).
  • 5 Ways to get more traffic to your blog or website directly without having to pay outrageous fees
  • Try Affilobleprint 3 now and get bonuses through this link here
The Cons
  • I am still working my way slowly through this course, and will update this part
  • Initially I couldn’t view my Privacy and About pages which I created early on, following the videos. This was annoying to say the least.  It took them two weeks (!),but they did fix it for me (the Affiloblueprint helpdesk) after asking me for my FTP login details. They said :”This is in response to the header creator error that you reported last week. Our developer has discovered that it was an issue with url’s being used by the HC flash file, not playing nice with the configuration of the server or site. We have remedied this by adding a crossdomain.xml file to the users webroot. For info on why this was done, you can refer to:http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/142/tn_14213.html (if the last part is gibberish to you, don’t worry -it is to me too). Bottom line-they fixed the issue but I think they took too long!

So basically, to take advantage of this offer you need to just follow along and learn by doing-and try to avoid distractions.  I like what Mark says- what you do is much more important than what you know. And then, at the end of the course you’ll not only have a money-making site of your own. You’ll also have a system you can then duplicate over and over as many times as you like.

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