04 Sep 09 5:34 pm
I know a lot of the "how to" stuff John, but more like, how to do the technical side of things. I can design sites, use xsitepro2, create wordpress blogs, work with the cpanel etc... But knowing these things was not the key and it is good to know this because people who are new like you, can do great. Why? because with Wordpress and places like ArticleMarketingAutomation.com things are so much easier to accomplish then they were before.
So, what do you really need to know? You need to know some basics. How to buy a domain name, set up the DNS to point to your hosting account, and how to set up a Wordpress blog and add the widgets like Adsense etc...
You don't need to know how to do those things if you can outsource what you need, but I think it is well worth learning how to do it.
It took me a VERY long time to become successful because I didn't understand how to promote an affiliate program properly. The other reason why I didn't see any results is because I would continue to get distracted by other programs and THAT is the KEY to failure IMO.
Also, selecting the right niche to promote is another key factor. I think Mark just emailed us all a link to some free videos. I just watched the first two and the how-to on selecting Niches is great. Thing is I already know this stuff, I just have to have it firmly organized in my head. The way to do that is to make sure you only take one path.
I would avoid PPC like the plague until you can handle losing thousands. I don't think I'll ever get into it myself. SEO is far too easy now and it's free.
I have another site, ezpondideas.com If you go there, you will notice that it's nicely designed. This is also "my" problem. I get too focused on things looking perfect. And this site was a niche that I got from a PLR pack. It has failed me in affiliate marketing, but that I have to say is because I didn't do the research first. It is easy to see why it won't work.
1. The ebooks in Clickbank have less than $15.00 aff. income. I think maybe less than $10.00. No gravity to speak of. Sort of the perfect example of what not to pick.
2. There is just about NO PPC for koi or pond books.
This site makes about $30.00 a month in Adsense. That is only after I realized that if I targeted things like filters and liners I could make about .50 cents to a dollar per click. But I spent probably $200.00 in outsourcing articles so I think it's a failure.
3. I have a hard time giving up this failure. I love koi fish, I love ponds, :( so I'm too attached. In Mark's videos I think he tells us not to get attached.
I'm no longer worrying about that site. It's addicting, but I've decided to let it die.
I will tell you that I do tend to stick to what I actually enjoy myself. So, the niches that are making me money I have first hand experience in or at least know a lot about the subject. This makes it easier for me to know the mind of the visitor and maybe that helps, but I don't think it's a must. It's just me.
Here's what I'm doing now. It is what you'll find in Mark's videos, but also a little of my own research is in there too.
1. Find the niche. Must have several clickbank products to promote. Must earn at least $20.00 or more. Must have good PPC competition, not in all keywords, just the main ones.
---- Find 30 good keyword phrases you can work your SEO into. Here's my formula and it works for me really well. I look for keywords with less than 15,000 "all in title" competition. So, let's take a niche like BackPain. I look for a keyword phrase that is on the "buying" end. Like, "back pain ebook" etc... I look for lots of other ways, not just buying, but I start with buying keyword phrases. The author of the clickbank book, the name of the backboard product, whatever. Then I put the keyword phrase in quotes, "Mr. Randy's Backpain book".
If the competition is under 15,000 I go for it. Sometimes if the PR of the competition is in the 2/3's I'll take on higher comp. But this is where I start building my keyword list. TrafficTravis can help with ideas.
2. Build a wordpress blog. Add the SEO pack, keywordluv, hm... um...well, maybe some of you guys can add to that because I forget and my list is on my other hardrive.
3. I pay to have 60 posts with 250 words each created, and I pay to have them posted over time. I have my gal start the posts at 4 times for two weeks, then 2 times a week for the next few weeks, then once a week after that. I will create one blog on my own domain, then use the Free Wordpress online site and create another blog. I split up the posts between those two blogs.
My free Wordpress blog sends traffic to my site. Aug a whooping 16 vistors, which I know isn't a lot, but it goes to show you that even though all I ever did on that site was put posts on it it gets traffic and helps with my backlinks.
I then will have 20 articles written for me at about 400-500 words each, and then I send those to my spinning guy who will spin then at 50%. I then add these to AMA, which I really do believe is important to this regimen.
I also pay to have a few articles written and submitted to Ezinearticles.
And I have just started to create some very short Youtube videos.
Lastly, I will post some comments in other blogs that have Keywordluv.
To sum up:
Find niche, get 30 keywords, create blog, post over time to blog, write articles, submit to AMA and EzineArticles, create a few videos, submit to Tubmogle, post comments to other do-follow blogs.
What NOT to do.... go somewhere else. Stay right here. There are some really GREAT programs out there. But there are tooooo many and you will get stuck learning and processing and just be in a cycle of overwhelming inside your head.
I hope that helps. You can do it. If you feel overwhelmed. Try to just learn a few things before you move forward on the next thing. Like stick with one of Mark's videos and give yourself daily goals.
Today I'll pick out 5 niches. Tomorrow I'll find my keywords. etc...
If you have some specific technical issues with setting up, PM me and I'll try and help you through it. :)
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