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Any Tips For a Struggling Internet Marketer

donald.ash.30
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Any Tips For a Struggling Internet Marketer

I apologize in advance for the long post, but I REALLY need help...

I have been doing internet business in some form or another for several years now, and lately I just feel like the ultimate failure. I want to help some of my family members who are struggling, but it's kinda hard to do, when you're struggling to pay your own bills.

I love seeing the posts about success stories. I feel so happy for those people who make it happen, but I often wonder...will I ever get there? I have been an Affilorama member for just over 60 days. Meaning I just recently passed the point of no return (the refund). But honestly, I don't want a refund, never even crossed my mind. I know what Mark is teaching works because there are people who are proving it on a regular basis. Am I just too dense to figure this out?? I have two Jet Pack sites up right now:

http://cnbmusclebuilding.com
http://dobermandogcenter.com

both of which have zero newsletter subscribers and zero sales :( . I made about $3.00 in Adsense income on the muscle building site, but that's not exactly life-changing money.

In addition I have a blog that I started last year:

http://thejapanguy.com

With that site, I really got into the writing aspect of things, but am having trouble monetizing. I don't have the money to outsource (no joke) I hand wrote over 500 articles on that site. According to Google stats it has over 500 visitors a day, but I have yet to monetize the site.

Mark Ling, if you're out there (I hope you see this)...

I really like your course, and I know you are one of the people who can truly help transform lives. I joined this course because I believed that...and I still do. Please help me. I just know if I could make this happen, I could finally help some of those closest to me.

I am financially in dire straits, so I know I can't do some of the PPC type things that would speed up the process...but I'm a hard worker.

If Mark, or any of the other successful AffiloJetPack get this. I am "e-kneeling" right now, begging for help I would be eternally in your debt.

Discouraged but not giving up,

Donald Ash
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cterao
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Hey Donald,

I can relate to your frustration right now.

What I would do if I were you would be to remove all banner ads on your websites. Make the sole purpose of your websites be building your email list.

I don't care what anyone else tells you, your BIGGEST ASSET is your email list. It's not SEO rankings, it's not quality content, it's not anything like that. It's your email list.

Put an email optin box on the sidebar. Put one at the bottom of each article. Put a popup like popup domination on your site. Do whatever you need to to get emails.

When someone opts in, have the first email send them to a survey. Ask them what their biggest frustrations are, what their fears are, what they want the most.

Collect this data and analyze it so that you know what offers to promote to them. Often we THINK we know what someone wants, but we're wrong. The products in ClickBank with the highest gravity score don't always convert the best. It just depends on what type of traffic you're getting. You need to learn and understand exactly what the traffic you're getting to your website really wants. So ask them.

Also subscribe to the email newsletters of the top players in your niche and start building a swipe file. Study how they market. Do they email every day? 3 times per week? Once a week? What emotional hot buttons do they rely on?

Study what the big fish are doing and then learn from it.

But please, PLEASE, make the number one focus of your website to build your list.

I didn't do this for a really long time, and it took freaking Travis Sago's assistant finding my website and basically browbeating me on Skype for 30 minutes about how I need to build a list before I finally put up an optin form last year.

Having a list will open up some many more doors than simple banner ads. You can do webinars, you can do launches, you can co-create a product of your own with your list.

Do yourself a massive favor and build a list now rather than later.

Hope this helps :)

-C
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cterao
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Oh, and for traffic, write guest posts, visit forums, leave comment's on other blogs.

SEO is only a part of the puzzle, and the way things are going these days, I wouldn't touch PPC if I was only doing affiliate marketing.

Study what bloggers are doing and learn from them.

Believe it or not, there is life outside of Google :)
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Clayton
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funhubpro
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Hi Donald!

I took a look at your sites and they look really good. I would get rid of the adsense on your dog site. This will only take visitors away from your site.

I looked at the backlinks that google is displaying ( and google never shows all of your backlinks) and it seems most of your backlinks are coming from 1 source. It would be a good idea to vary your backlinking to help with SEO, however, Clayton is right, there is more to traffic than google.

I find that guest posting on blogs in my niche really helps to get targeted traffic, and this targeted traffic will sign up to my email list. When you guest post, you are branding yourself in that niche and people are more likely to sign up to your list if they have visited your site from that guest post.

I took Clayton's advice awhile back and started guest posting and building a list and it has been the game changer for me.

Good Luck and keep at it!

Jack
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Hi Donald,

I admire your courage and commitment to making this work. Your passion clearly shows in the website you have built. I believe that you only need to tweak a bit here and there to make these sites work.

For your http://cnbmusclebuilding.com/, you might want to move the opt-in form to the top of the sidebar and keep the adsense to the bottom. You might want to take out adsense altogether because these ads can take away readers/visitors from your website. Your http://dobermandogcenter.com/ website needs more content while your blog http://www.thejapanguy.com/ could get some monetization through adsense. You might also want to take out those blank Max Banner Ads and move up your adsense instead.

We have several articles on link building and driving traffic to your website in the Affilorama blog that I am sure you will benefit from.

I hope that helps. Have a good day!
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toby101
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Clayton -

Could you explain how you set up the survey? - ie what software you use

Much appreciated in advance

Toby
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cterao
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@Toby, I just use Google Docs. It's free :)

Just make a simple 3 question survey that goes something like:

1. What's your biggest problem / fear / frustration with __________ (niche)?

2. What's the biggest outcome you'd like as a result of me helping you?

3. What do you feel is holding you back from getting it?

Set your first email to give out a link to the survey or set the sign up "thank you" page to redirect to the survey.

Once you get maybe 20+ or so responses you should be able to start to see some patterns.

-Clayton

PS: plus this gives your subscribers a chance to vent about their problems, so it severely cuts down on those "Dear Abby" emails you get (you know... the ones that just go on for pages and pages about every detail of a person's life...)
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Clayton
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Hi Donald,

Don't lose hope, you're well on the right track by the looks of your sites.

I'm guessing that you haven't done much in the way of building backlinks, or you need to be more patient to wait for the effects of those backlinks to help build your search engine rankings up. The reason I say this is that you say you have zero newsletter subscribers, which even if you have poor conversion rates, must mean that you must not be getting any/much traffic.

If you aren't getting much natural search engine traffic, that has to do with 2 things, your on-page optimization, and your link building efforts.

Also make sure that you are using traffic travis to track your search engine rankings. It can easily get disheartening if you are only looking at how many sales you are making, but if you look at see your rankings that can show you how far you are improving.

For instance, if for a particular keyword, you start out not being in the top 100 in google, then 3 weeks later you are in position 76... that is progress. Then 3 weeks later, perhaps you are in position 21, that is progress. People often give up without even tracking this kind of thing and yet they are so close to actually achieving their goal. You need to be tracking your rankings so that you can see your progress, you need to be doing the link building in order to help boost your rankings.

I'd stick with a simple link building plan if I were you, involving article and blog network link building (if you can't afford a blog network, then join Content Facilitator through this link here http://www.contentfacilitator.com/in.php?a=3 (which you should join anyway) and use the code: TrafficTravis to get $100 in free credits for you to use. It's a network of bloggers that allow you to guest blog on their blogs in exchange for a link back to your website using your preferred anchor text.

If you are strong at link building then of course do other link building methods too, but if it's a struggle, then just keep it simple and do the guest blogging, the blog network link building and the article marketing to build links. I will be releasing some very strong training in link building etc, which is up to date for 2012 when I launch the new version of AffiloBlueprint, however that won't be out until May as I'm still in the middle of recording it etc.

Regarding your Japan blog, if I were you I'd use http://www.ibuildapp.com (it's free) to build an app for it, put it on your website, and charge 99c for it. Just say something like "Support Japan Guy and download the Official Japan Guy app for just 99c" then put some bullet points of the benefits of the app below it. If I were you I'd put in the main page of your app an rss feed from your posts from that site, and then in other tabs in the app put some rss feeds from some other tourism sites in japan. Maybe even add some custom articles that are helpful for japanese tourists and even links to some great restaurants etc. Name the app something that people will be searching for in the app store, e.g. JapanGuy's Japan Travel Guide (playing on the search term Japan Travel Guide). Heck if this goes well, you could release several apps like 'Tokyo Travel Guide' etc for each city in Japan.

Hope you like these ideas, keep at it and remember that it's not a magic formula to make money. If things aren't working then there is either something not right in your conversion rates, or your traffic and you just need to keep working on one or both of those things.

All the best!!

Mark
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Mark lives!

Glad to see you on the forum, Mark.

I hope all is well with you these days.

I've heard some whispers about cool things to come at Affilorama and I'm excited to see what you've got planned :)

Take Care,
C
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Clayton
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great to see you stop by Mark. Also, I would add your opt in form at the end of each article. as you do your articles, focus on how that could lead into your news letter opt in, and close out your article with an invitation to check out your free guide. Then have the opt in box right below that. This will help give you continuity with your guide and build interest in signing up for your list.

These sites are best for building a list, but the sidebar opt in gets very few subscribers in my experience.
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Yep sidebar optin is a tricky one to get it to convert well to optins, just not enough space to 'sell' people on wanting to opt in.

@Cterao Yep, been working hard on the new edition of affiloblueprint, staff are working hard on new updated toolsuite for affilorama premium. Hope everything is going well with you :)
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Are you now doing OK? Update? Lest i say something irrelevant now but what I can pick up on your sites now is to up internal SEO. I think its a bit weak. Also add more Adsense above the fold. Adsense makes money and add infolinks, image ads on your japan site (luminate.com) etc. but like I said may be you are fine now since I see good PR and nice alexa stats.
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I have been running a fitness site for 18 months now and although you site looks good it is to broad. Eg why would a vistor read you then go to bodybuilding.com or muscle and strength. You need to have a target audience in mind and go to where they go. Google loves authority sites and passion eg google ranks my google+ pinterest twitter facebook pages in there search engines. 2013 google loves seeing you participating in these media as it shows them you are serious. It is hard work I am not going to lie but in 2013 google has stated thats what it wants to see so you may as well give google what it wants and they will give you what you want. Some people will say dont bother about google but I have been through all there panda and penguin and I am still here and making more money. So just to end there will be a lot of people who will say my advice is rubbish(buy my $17 dollors ebook to see how I make $20.000 a month you to can scams) but it comes down to one simple thing people have to trust you before they will buy from you and social media builds that trust.
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