Learn SEO yourself or hire a good SEO marketer to help you maximize on-page and off-page SEO opportunities for your site. If your site starts to appear in search results for terms relevant to your niche, it will be a huge boost towards building your audience (and your sales)!
Amazon’s business strategy, revenue model and culture of metrics: a history I’ve used Amazon as a case study in my books for nearly 20 years now since I think all types of businesses can learn from their digital business strategy. From startups …..
First things first, you can’t measure your success without determining your goal. If you’ve filmed, edited, uploaded, optimized, and shared your video and still don’t know what goal you’re trying to achieve, we have an issue. Your goal should drive your video strategy from beginning to end.
Thank you Amy for this great information. I’ve been doing just the banners on my side bar, but now I think maybe doing the links would work better. I’m going to experiment. I’m only doing products that I’ve tried and can 100% approve of. I think bloggers who don’t stick to their morals are just slimy.
Thanks so much for such a comprehensive affiliate list! I’m always looking for the best ones and even more curious how much people are able to make with their affiliates to know if they are worth my time.
By offering this free training course, we can help more brands to navigate the murkier waters of Amazon’s wholesale program. We’ll begin offering a paid training program which dives much deeper into the Vendor program and AMS in 2017.
You need to strike a balance with page design, clarity, and SEO strategy. You don’t want to ruin content with keyword stuffing. But there often are opportunities to naturally work in your primary keywords and close variations:
Being Sendy users ourselves, we were also little bit disappointed with the limited reporting options offered by the app. So we built an extension which will help you to build dashboards, per-list reports, calculate conversions, etc.
YouTube uses a cost per view (CPV) model, which means you only pay when someone engages with your video ad. If your ad is skipped, you aren’t charged for that view. The exact cost per click varies varies on keyword competitiveness but on average it’s around $0.06. Once you set your daily campaign budget, YouTube will display your ad until the daily budget is spent.
It’s much easier to work on something if you’re passionate about it. Plus, when you have a passion, you’re usually quite knowledgeable about it too, so that definitely helps. For example if you have a passion about about makeup, your niche of choice might be makeup related, too.
Commission Junction – This is a HUGE affiliate network with a bazillion affiliate programs such as Moo Cards (super cute business cards) and Bluehost & HostGator (web hosting). Sign up as an affiliate with Commission Junction here.
Over 7 hours of training on practical and profitable strategies for online sourcing! This course was created in partnership with three of the most knowledgeable experts I know of in the arena of sourcing profitable products to sell on Amazon and eBay.
Features you’ll find most useful are Autoresponders and Advanced Reporting. VerticalResponse’s Autoresponder feature automatically resends an email to customers who didn’t open it the first time – which is said to improve open rates on average by 30 percent. Advanced Reporting tools like heat maps, geographic location and device indicators provide insights about your subscribers, letting you know how your emails are read, so you can improve on future campaigns. The drawback is that you’ll need to bump up to a paid plan to access these features.
The best thing about ActiveCampaign is the ability to create marketing automation sequences affordably and with ease. For those unfamiliar, marketing automation is the ability to create pre-built sequences of emails that are sent out to people on your list when certain conditions are met. See a quick example of an automation sequence I’ve built in ActiveCampaign below.
There are many reasons explaining why advertisers choose the SEM strategy. First, creating a SEM account is easy and can build traffic quickly based on the degree of competition. The shopper who USES the search engine to find information tends to trust and focus on the links showed in the results pages. However, a large number of online sellers do not buy search engine optimization to obtain higher ranking lists of search results, but prefer paid links. A growing number of online publishers are allowing search engines such as Google to crawl content on their pages and place relevant ads on it. From an online seller’s point of view, this is an extension of the payment settlement and an additional incentive to invest in paid advertising projects. Advertisers with limited advertising budgets are virtually impossible to maintain the highest rankings in the increasingly competitive search market. Therefore, it is difficult to break into the market without a big advertising budget for the top search terms. Google’s search engine marketing is one of the western world marketing leader while its search engine marketing is biggest source of profit. Their search engine providers are clearly ahead of yahoo! and Microsoft. The display of unknown search results is free, while advertisers are willing to pay for each click of the ad in the sponsored search results.
“The PAC course has been a great help by the way. My wife and I work it part time (about 20 hours/week on average together) and last year topped 200K gross just selling FBA. I’m seriously thinking of leaving my teaching job to run the FBA business full-time, with an eye on building other streams of income as well. That’s why I’m interested in [ProvenAmazonCourse.com] as well. Thanks,” — G Baird
Pay Per Click Advertising: PPC advertising has become one of the most popular ways to improve a website’s rankings in search engines. Successful companies sell advertising space on their sites in association with relevant keywords.
For more details on how to choose a reliable host, make sure to read our free lesson on What to Look for in a Hosting Provider. Some affordable and reliable hosting providers we recommend are GoDaddy, HostGator and BlueHost.
Since we started selling on FBA, our Amazon business surpasses our eBay business. Although we sell the same products on eBay that we sell on Amazon, our Amazon sales are 8 to 1 over eBay on those same items.
“Our Amazon business continues to thrive. Many of our friends and acquaintances have asked “How do you do that?” or “I want to do what you do” I am sure you get that a lot. The first thing I tell them is to go to your ProvenAmazonCourse.com website and signup for your courses and training material. Without fail, the ones who have followed my advice have started to see positive results and the others (every single one who doesn’t follow my advice) are floundering. It’s amazing and a testament to your products and services. The ones who have purchased your training materials are sooo enthusiastic and I think that attitude serves them well.” — L. Harper
Once you are cleared to promote a particular product and you understand the terms for that campaign, you look through the list of available buttons, banners, text links, etc. for that product. You choose the one that you like most and copy the code they provide for you. This code has your unique ID in it. Use this link when promoting the product.
In my recent post on how to research a niche one of the topics I glazed over was checking for the presence of multiple affiliate programs. Assuming you’ve found a niche idea that passed the research litmus test (or are already in a niche), it’s time … Read More
I’m currently looking for a hosted email marketing service that offers SMS services and integrates with Salesforce. We have a customer database of over 250,000 users and need to be able to send them SMS messages as well as emails at roughly the same time as appointment reminders.
“Jim, thank you so much for having Brett on and the interview. It is because of that I went ahead and purchased the PAC Course. I have been selling on Amazon casually for years but decided to take Bretts advice and try out FBA. I lost my job and we are on the verge of loosing our home but I feel there is such great potential with FBA and it has given me hope and that alone is something that has helped. I feel God led me to Brett and your course and my goal is to be able to get caught up on payments and to create an income for my family of 4 children with one due in Feb making 5 children and to help my wife. I was in tears as I listen to you and Brett and how you have helped people grow an income and bring fathers home. I am a wreck and you are the first I have shared this too but I feel that hope is here and I want to thank you and Brett for all your help. More than you can realize. We had a great December for our first 30 days with almost $4k in gross sales. I am sorry to jump all over the place but I felt I needed to reach out and share and say thank you. I do not know what lies ahead but have hope. :0).”
Yes, I always leave the site when there are hundrets of add or even worse popus in you face. Its hard to believe for me, that those even work. Everyone I know, the first thing they are looking for the X sign in those popups.
Relevant websites that attract the same target audiences as the advertiser but without competing with it are potential affiliate partners as well. Vendors or existing customers can also become recruits if doing so makes sense and does not violate any laws or regulations (such as with pyramid schemes).
There are of thousands of opinions on how to build a successful affiliate program. The easiest way to sum it up is to say the affiliate manager needs to “Get It”.If they don’t understand affiliate marketing, the program will never see its full … Read More
Figuring out which niche to target is the stumbling point for a lot of wannabe affiliates. As I mentioned in my post on how to research a niche, I’ve stumbled on some of my niches completely by chance – others I found and targeted.If you’re … Read More
This is one area you cannot ignore. Titles are very important in YouTube. No matter how great your video content, it won’t matter if you can’t get anyone to actually click on your video in the first place.
“With PAC you get continuous updates and program added without paying extra and it’s worth the wait if you don’t buy them as extras and focused on other methods at the time (I love this, it pays for itself, and it helps you expand upon other methods of selling on Amazon or ebay/online). I bought a more expensive course in the beginning getting into the private labeling (I will not bash the course since it did help me and lead me straight to discovering Jim Cockrum, the FB group, and Q4 members I have come to know and we help support each other during non Q4 season). Not a tax professional but I am able to write-off or tell my CPA/Tax prep about educational courses I take related to my Amazon/online businesses. I’d say if I had the choice I would have purchased this course 1st!”
Since our 2009 launch we’ve come a long way. We’ve been continually updating the course, adding creative new strategies, adding new support staff and most importantly, turning our students into success stories. This is the most comprehensive, creative and up-to-date “selling on Amazon” course in the world supported by the largest team of successful Amazon selling moderators.
SEO experts play up all sorts of variables, but not all variables have the same weight. Content and inbound links trump everything all the time. But, collectively, the smaller ranking factors are worth monitoring, fixing, and measuring.
Many affiliate programs will often run promotions with good discounts or giveaways that might be attractive to your audience. For example, if you’re an Amazon Associate and the site have a big Holiday Sale, it would be the perfect opportunity for you to promote discounts to your website visitors. This is a great way to promote your offers while also providing good value to your audience.
Affiliate marketing overlaps with other Internet marketing methods to some degree, because affiliates often use regular advertising methods. Those methods include organic search engine optimization (SEO), paid search engine marketing (PPC – Pay Per Click), e-mail marketing, content marketing, and (in some sense) display advertising. On the other hand, affiliates sometimes use less orthodox techniques, such as publishing reviews of products or services offered by a partner.
I would then get a hosting provider (a place to put the website on the internet) and a domain name (the name for the website), and then install WordPress so I could start playing around with the look of my website. I’d browse some free ‘themes’ (pre-designed ‘looks’ for websites) if I was tight on cash, or I might buy a high-quality one if I had the money.
We’re more than just a blog! Our online software helps marketers turn analytics into insights that guide decision-making and growth. Kissmetrics is different because it ties every visit on your website to a person – even if they’re using multiple devices.
In terms of integration with Woocommerce, i’m pretty sure you’d have more luck with Infusionsoft. It looks like they have a plugin called ‘InfusedWoo’ in their app marketplace here: http://marketplace.infusionsoft.com/app/infusedwoo
Intermediate Affiliates: Focuses on high volume traffic sources with smaller margins than the Beginner, but more volume. Obscenely clustered around the dating niche (and more recently adult dating). High competition on large traffic sources reduces the size of the pie for all. Smart movers in this category target mobile marketing and pop traffic.
For example, the content on Super Weddings is useful whether you’re organizing a wedding today or next year. All the content on the site is created accordingly. To make things easier for the audience, it is separated into categories to make it very convenient for the reader to find what they’re looking for. This, of course, is also very good for SEO.
This unique strategy shows you how to grow & profit faster on Amazon while eliminating the risks associated with having a single Amazon account or putting your own funds at risk! You’ll also learn how to end the constant hunt for new Amazon inventory! Others have paid up to $5,000 for this training, but it is now included in the Proven Amazon Course.
I do not use my own links unless I have express permission to do so (in writing). This is very important for many networks such as AdSense which will kick you out of the program if you click on the ads on your own site. One of my affiliates indeed did let me use my affiliate link to purchase a second of their products, but only one time. But I was so nervous, I emailed them and asked explicitly if I was reading that right. “So, can I click on my own affiliate link on my own blog and purchase this?” The response was, “Yes, you can use your own link.” And I wrote back again, “So, I will in no way be penalized if I click on my own affiliate link?” (I think I drove them crazy (Hi, can you say anal? 🙂 ) but they assured me it was fine…and it was. All that to say, be very, very careful! I know the fine print is tedious, but being familiar with the TOS (Terms of Service) is really to your benefit.
It is all too common to be working on one thing when all of a sudden, something “shiny” comes through your inbox or is mentioned in a forum you frequent. Then off you go chasing some new idea to make money online.
Think of a product or service you already like and go to the website of said product. Look for a link (often in the footer) that says “Affiliates,” “Affiliate Program,” “Referral Program” or something similar. Follow the links to sign up.
Having said that, don’t be discouraged. My recommendation is to try all kinds and see which works best for you. All blogs are different and all bloggers have different levels of success when it comes to the types of ads they use.
It takes time to build an effective SEO strategy and see results, but because it involves making improvements to your own site (instead of paying for ad space) it’s a cost-effective way to earn new customers. Plus, as you establish rankings, you improve your credibility among searchers and build trust with potential customers.
Notice how each one gives you a very specific idea of what the video is about. Each one offers something a little different, but gives the searcher the freedom to choose what is going to be best for them. For reference YouTube’s keyword tool shows 21,600 searches for the phrase, while Google says 49,500; that’s a perfect sweet spot for keyword optimization.