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The Road map to Affiliate Marketing.

Author: Justin M.

There are many ways you can get started, you can set up your own website, create a viral e-book…and those are all pretty easy, but still not the absolute easiest!

I would say that the easiest way to get started is Blogging.  Running a blog that you can install via fantastic is a new webmasters dream.  One click installation, and then all you have to do is add content.

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Word press is a great choice for a new Blogger, but even if you can’t afford to get hosting or domain names yet, you can still get started Blogging.

Do a search for free Blogs, but chances are you will end up wanting to use Blogger.com – they are free and the Blogs are quite nice. The best part about using Blogs is that they actually “ping” services to tell them that you have added new content.  Many of those places then syndicate your content and that brings you back links and plenty of public awareness.

Blogging isn’t for everyone.  I know I struggle with it, because I don’t really like talking about what I am doing – I would just rather DO IT.  But a Blog is a great way to both accomplish something and DO something all at once. Give it a shot – remember you can start a Blog up for free. Your first site should be about something you enjoy.  Writing for the Keywords isn’t any fun, so pick a topic you know something about and just do it. Forums are filled with people who know more about any given topic than you do.  While you can’t plagiarize what they are saying, you sure can learn a lot.  If you don’t understand something there will be people to help you.

When I come up with a new niche idea, or concept for a content site, one of the first things I do is go to sitepoint.com.   A few hours reading through site point can be worth several thousand dollars in ideas.

There are also other great forums, but when it comes to internet marketing there is none better than the “Warrior Forum

There are places like Niche Site Special that sells entire website packs, places like Niche-ology that sells the “guts” of an idea, or freelancers who have article packs.

Also, if you are looking to get a whole lot of content all at once, go to private-label-resell-rights And check out Dima Sorokine’s package, there is a lot of great content in it and it is well worth every penny of the price he charges.

Another place to get exactly what you want written is in forums. Just ask for writers to give you bids on content about XYZ.  You can also go to places like Scriptlance and get 100’s of writers, programmers, and editors bidding on your project.

WARNING Be careful!

Just beware – you get what you pay for. Many “low” bids will just be stolen work. Make sure you use Copyscape on anything you buy…before you pay.

I realize though that I am not an expert on everything.  There are thousands of people that know more than I do about a zillion things.  When it’s time to write some new content on something I am not very familiar with, I start reading blogs, forums, and articles on the topic.

I take notes so I can refresh myself on the topics.  When I am done learning about the topic I sit down and start writing.   I end up with an original piece of work, and my notes let me reference any sources that I should.

As you create your sites you need to keep several things in mind. The most important part is making your sites search engine friendly right off the bat.

Here are some tips and resources to help you accomplish that properly.

1.) Pick keywords using a free service or a paid service like seolite, wordtracker, or others.  I usually get by using Nichebot.

2.) Make sure your pages all have Meta-tags and Titles.  Learn a little about meta-tags at places like seo4dummies.com

3.)  Make sure you link to your other sites using anchor text.

4.) Learn to read your web stats- track-it-now.info.  Chances are your site already has stats in the control panel and that will be all you need to really see who is visiting your site and what keywords are bringing them there.

5.) Link all your pages back to your home page using Anchor Text Links.

6.) Make sure you understand the basic principles of Search Engine Optimization.  Sites like sitepoint.com, seo4dummys.com and others can help you.

7.)  BUILD LINKS – using anchor text terms.

Pumping Your Websites Full of Traffic

As may have already known, there are more ways than one to get people to visit your websites. Here are the easiest and most basic ways to do this…

On-line Classifieds:

It’s been widely reported that On-line Classifieds are a complete waste of time – and they are if you are trying to use them to promote a web site.  However, using them for free link backs to your site isn’t a bad idea.

This isn’t worth a whole lot of your time – so don’t concentrate on it.  A few links in classifieds are a good idea though as they are free back links to your site.  Some paid services like USfreeads allow you to make whole pages to promote your site/ad.

This is a great way to get a back link with some highly targeted surrounding text.  The benefit will be up to you though as there are other places to do the same thing for free.

Smart E-zine Advertising:

If you place an e-zine ad and NEVER get a sale did you waste all your money? Not if the e-zine you published your ad with actually has an on-line archive.

Anytime your Live URL is active somewhere it is usually a good thing.  Search for e-zine with affordable rates and advertise in them with your ‘anchor text’ terms.

If you don’t know what anchor text is…. Go here:  seo-branding.info

If you have never advertised in an E-zine before and are a little hesitant may I suggest going to ezineadauction.com

– Merle has done a great job of setting a site up where you can actually BID on advertising space.

Directory listings:   

Directory Listings are a very important part of the Search Engine Optimization game – and if you do it right you can even generate traffic this way.  Here is a list of a ton of free directories – this is the best resource I have found period.

Using articles to generate traffic  

If you can’t write an article you should have a couple written for you by a decent writer.  These articles are a gold mine of traffic, Page Rank, and of course establishing yourself as an expert in your field.  I have written hundreds of articles under various pen names to point to a multitude of my sites, and my client’s sites.

It’s getting harder to use the article directories to generate traffic though, because unlike a few months ago – all these directories are getting stripped by bots and scrapers for the content.  You have the right to have your resource box intact when it’s published.  Do searches for your articles title and if you find they aren’t linking back to you correctly contact them and ask them politely.

If they don’t fix their obvious “oversight”, you do have the right to contact their host, to inform them that they are publishing your copy written work without your permission.  The host can be held liable if they don’t force the site to comply.  I’m not a lawyer, but you can also send a cease and desist.

Your article should have:

  • A great title – this is no different than using something catchy in an ad.
  • A Great TOPIC – if no one is interested in what you are writing about why should you expect anyone to publish it?
  • A resource box to “close” the sale.
  • And above all you have to promote it.  Submit it to several directories.  Link to it in your forum signatures, link to it from your websites.  If you do this – it will get published.

Don’t forget to proofread your article – bad grammar can kill its effectiveness. Paid link purchases – getting your money’s worth

There is nothing wrong with buying links.  If you were to purchase Search Engine Optimization from a company this is what they will be doing – why are you going to pay someone else to do it for you. Go to http://text-link-ads.com/ and other similar sites to purchase links.

The good news about purchased links is you are not only buying Search Engine rankings, but in many cases you are also buying immediate traffic. If you have set your network of sites up to send traffic to itself, that’s even better.

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