“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).”
Let no one tell you that email marketing is dead. An email list is crucial for every affiliate marketer. You can start building up your email list with a lead magnet (like the information products mentioned previously) or even just by encouraging your audience to sign up for your updates. You can then push your content to this audience via email and also direct them to your affiliate offers. Don’t be sleazy about the sales, but if you build up enough trust with your email audience; when the time comes, they will not mind purchasing a product from you.
When a user visits a publisher’s website and clicks an advertiser’s creative ad, the visitor’s browser receives the CJ tracking cookie that identifies the advertiser, the publisher, the specific creative and commission amount. This data is stored within the link information in what are called “parameters” and can include even more anonymous data used for attribution.
Amazon Marketing Services uses a cost-per-click, auction-based pricing model. We recommend you set the maximum cost-per-click you are willing to pay. The more competitive your bid is, the more likely your ad will be displayed. The minimum cost-per-click for Product Display Ads is $0.02.
Jump up ^ Colascione, John (2012). Mastering Your Website: Insider’s Guide to Fully Understanding Your Website, Search Engine Optimization and Building Your Brand Online. New York: Searchen Networks Inc. p. 108. ISBN 1475155662.
It is not a waste of time to write meaningful, helpful posts that don’t contain a single affiliate link. Too often bloggers ask, “how could this post earn me money?” and not, “how can I position my blog as one that is a valuable resource?” Build the trust with your readership through solid, quality content so when you do have the right opportunity to share an affiliate link or two – you’ll have a captured audience and not a desensitized one.
Dayum Drops has such an engaging personality, he can take a mundane event and turn it into an experience with no script at all. On the other hand, the show “Tales of Mere Existence” tells the story of mundane events, but with clever writing and a dry voice over (if only to emphasize the mundaneness of it all):
We understand that YouTube marketing can be an intimidating tool for brands. That’s why we’ve created a complete guide for YouTube pros and newcomers alike. Here we’ll walk through each step — from how to create a YouTube channel and optimize videos for SEO to how to run a YouTube advertising campaign and interpret video analytics.
Let’s face it: technology, especially the internet, can be pretty daunting to try to grasp, and with terms like malware, cursor and spam, it also seems pretty dangerous. So kudos to the guys who decided e-commerce and affiliate marketing should rely on an innocuous technology called a “cookie.”
FACT: If you aren’t including Amazon.com as part of your online business strategy then you are missing out on the majority of online shopping activity that is happening online. In one recent month “Mashable” reported that one in five Internet users globally had visited Amazon.com. That’s insane traffic.
Jim Cockrum – that’s me. I’m the founder of the ProvenAmazonCourse.com course and SAMS. My main job in this series is finding the students, trainers and talented leaders who I know will inspire, inform, and open your eyes to the incredible opportunities that are waiting for you on Amazon as a seller. My Amazon business is thriving as well – I’ve hired friends and family to help it continue to grow!
With phrase match, your ad can show when a shopper searches for your exact keyword, or your exact keyword with additional words before or after it. We’ll also show your ad when a shopper searches for close variations of that exact keyword, or with additional words before or after it.
Another essential part of SEO is optimizing your tags like your titles and headings for your target keywords. Search engines use these elements to determine what the pages on your site are about, so incorporating keywords is an essential for ranking well in results.
Did you know that you can use sequential retargeting as part of your Google Adwords for YouTube advertising campaign? By specifically targeting viewers based on their previous actions, you can return different content based on where they are in the sales funnel….
Through auto-targeting, AMS advertisers can take advantage of Amazon’s search shopping intelligence by creating Sponsored Products auto-targeted ads. When you create automatic targeting SP ads, an Amazon algorithm will collect and use highly relevant keywords for all selected SKUs in an automated way. This feature leverages the experience Amazon.com has in finding the right keywords for the best campaign performance and eliminates the work of selecting keywords manually.
Keywords are the other important thing. You need to make sure you put those keywords in your title so it attracts the right audience. Keywords like social media marketing, search engine optimization, conversion rate optimization, ROI, and blogging are all keywords you’ll find me using. If you know your niche, you’ll know what keywords you need to use.
Finally, Mailchimp is quite pricey for such a basic email marketing tool. They’re able to justify this because they have the most well-known brand in email marketing. While not ludicrously expensive, it is about 40% more expensive than GetResponse – which offers a very comparable (if not better) overall product.
Atomic Email Studio – Atomic Email Studio is an all-in-one bulk email marketing service that consists of nine email programs. The package’s main program is Atomic Mail Sender. There are also programs for email search, email collection from various sources, editing and managing contact lists in the package. massmailsoftware.com
As search marketers, we can get tunnel vision with a core set of keywords and an ongoing performance optimization intent. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it should be balanced with a continual eye on competitors’ keyword changes, both for existing and new terms.
Now that we know your most important keywords throughout the buyer’s journey, let’s put them to work. You need to make sure your website content is optimized to take advantage of these important phrases. Begin with your Website copy – the information people can read on your Website. Make sure you skillfully write your Website copy to effectively market your company, while using your important keyword phrases in a relevant fashion. Next, focus on your Website structure – the code under the hood of your Website that search engines see when they visit your Website. Make sure that your website “crawlable” to ensure all content gets indexed by the top search engines Google and Bing. Also, use your keyword phrases relevantly in page title tags, heading tags, file names, alt tags and meta tags. Please note: while the keywords meta tag has been exploited over the years, the description meta tag is very important. This description will show up in the search results below your link, providing a great opportunity for you to entice the searcher to click through to your Website.
“Sent in my first two shipments Friday morning and by 5pm I had sold 2 items. My 2nd box of new items went live on Saturday morning and on Sunday evening I made a sale. I was overjoyed with this because I had actually sold something that I had sourced which gave me confidence in the PAC business model. I am really hyped up about PAC now – in fact this morning I unsubscribed from loads of other Internet Marketing lists so that I can focus on this one business plan. Massive thanks to Jim, the team and everyone else here – I am loving this place and have a great feeling about the future.” — robbiec, on PAC discussion forum
If you want an even faster way to get your affiliate marketing set up, I recommend looking at one of our paid products, either AffiloBlueprint or AffiloJetpack. You can learn more about them here: http://www.affilorama.com/products
“We signed up for Amazon FBA seven months ago, and so far we have completed a little over 4,100 orders on Amazon. I consider this VERY successful and based on our sourcing criteria of 1:3 (buy for $10, predict we can sell for $30), we have had good profitability.” — Denny Basham
Before you start implementing your YouTube marketing plan, you should decide who on your team will need access to the account. Granting access to team members will allow them to help manage the channel through their own Google accounts.
Visual content is also beneficial because it helps break up walls of written content to make your pages more interesting. This can keep people on your website longer and decrease bounce rate – which Google calculates as a good user experience.
I’ve never worked directly with a manufacturer/producer. Most companies I’m aware of require you to work via their (often 3rd party-managed) affiliate program through which you can promote many or all of their products. Check out this post for a lot of affiliate programs (toward the bottom). Not sure if that answers your question.
Below, I’ll delve into ten well-known free email marketing software systems that you can use to scale your small business marketing. For each, we’ll look at what you get with the free plan, what you get if you decide to upgrade, and some pros and cons.
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
Before you can optimize your site or launch a paid campaign, generate a list of keywords – terms your prospects use when looking for information you can deliver. You can brainstorm, copy keywords from competitors, or use online tools to generate a list and traffic estimates.
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.
Have you heard of Skimlinks? We aggregate the affiliate programs of over 11,500 retailers and 25 affiliate networks, and turn normal links to retailers into their equivalent, updated affiliate link when a user clicks on them. So one sign-up with us saves you the stress of broken links and the time logging in to multiple affiliate networks. Thought you might be interested as your site is about monetizing blogs in the easiest and user-friendliest way possible 🙂 Feel free to contact me for more info. Thanks!
Groupmail – Groupmail’s self-hosted email software and autoresponders allow businesses to create, send and manage mass email newsletter and bulk email campaigns. There are no monthly costs or per-email fees. With the software, you can store unlimited groups with unlimited contacts, automate website subscriptions and opt-outs, and create emails using either predesigned templates or an HTML editor. group-mail.com
Thanks for the article, it was also interesting and inspiring to see your other ventures in diverse fields. Would like to connect 1:1 in the near future. Meanwhile, even I had done a similar comparison as I myself handle email marketing for my organization. Do check it out as well as for the readers of the blog since it covers 2 additional players.
Search engine optimization consultants expanded their offerings to help businesses learn about and use the advertising opportunities offered by search engines, and new agencies focusing primarily upon marketing and advertising through search engines emerged. The term “search engine marketing” was popularized by Danny Sullivan in 2001 to cover the spectrum of activities involved in performing SEO, managing paid listings at the search engines, submitting sites to directories, and developing online marketing strategies for businesses, organizations, and individuals.
If you aren’t a seasoned pro, you probably will pass this platform over, however, as they require a minimum of 2,500 contacts to start. It’s also the priciest of the bunch at $49 a month for the Pro Plan. If you’re going to use all its extra features, the fee is well worth it in my opinion.
Finally, your site needs to be mobile-friendly so that users on smartphones and tablets can browse your site, find what they’re looking for, and convert just as easily as visitors on desktop computers.
You should also pay special attention to long tail keywords, or keywords with three or more individual words. They are much more detailed, and therefore typically have lower traffic levels, lower competition, and lower CPC.
You’ve determined your goal, created a storyboard, and decided on the ideal video length needed to deliver your message. Now it’s time to find your filming locations. In the film industry, this step is called location scouting, and like every other step in this process, it’s an important part of creating a compelling video. To get started, take a look at your storyboard, and create a list of the different locations each scene requires. Depending on your video concept, you may only need one location or you may need a new location for each scene.
Cost per click was more common in the early days of affiliate marketing but has diminished in use over time due to click fraud issues very similar to the click fraud issues modern search engines are facing today. Contextual advertising programs are not considered in the statistic pertaining to the diminished use of cost per click, as it is uncertain if contextual advertising can be considered affiliate marketing.
Jump up ^ Spam Recognition Guide for Raters Archived 2007-07-03 at the Wayback Machine. (Word document) supposedly leaked out from Google in 2005. The authenticity of the document was neither acknowledged nor challenged by Google.
However, like all things, email marketing is changing. Simply blasting out an impersonal message to thousands of contacts with little or no context is no longer going to cut it the way it might have in the early 2000s. If you aren’t personalizing your email campaigns, they’re very likely going to fall flat, and you’re going to miss all those potential sales that would be attainable if only you invested in the right tools.
Cost per action/sale methods require that referred visitors do more than visit the advertiser’s website before the affiliate receives a commission. The advertiser must convert that visitor first. It is in the best interest of the affiliate to send the most closely targeted traffic to the advertiser as possible to increase the chance of a conversion. The risk and loss are shared between the affiliate and the advertiser.
“The thing that really helped me the most was joining PAC. I tell people it is the best investment I have ever made…much better than what I paid for my Bachelors and Masters! I was going to pay for an almost $4000 Amazon Selling course last Sep, but decided to do some googling for reviews since it was such a high price. That’s when I found out about PAC which cost a tiny fraction of that course but with TONS more info and a super community with a great culture of helping one another. When you join PAC, there is a Selling on Amazon Mentorship Series (SAMS) included. I followed the steps in the Private Label course there and now have a PL product that sells everyday and ranks in the top 1-5% of Amazon’s Beauty category consistently. Yesterday I just put in an order for my 2nd PL product.”
For educational search, social and digital marketing workshops and sessions, attend one of our SMX: Search Marketing Expo conferences. Our research arm and webinar site Digital Marketing Depot, also has SEM presentations available on demand, to anyone, for free.