Play To Earn: Online Game Affiliate Programs

February 4th, 2017 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

For this week’s Niche of the Week, I am going back to something I love to do online. Something I wish I have a lot of time to do: play online games.

I love RPG games, and I also like a fair share of casual games. I wouldn’t say I’m a “gamer,” but I do like some enough to buy them. So, while playing the new Sims 4, I thought to myself, is there any way to earn money from playing games?

Of course you can. I’ve covered this before when I did that post on Diablo III. But I’m looking at casual games, those games that don’t require any serious commitment and don’t have any solid community. Like those games on Miniclip.com.

Casual games are typically simple games, usually made through Flash or Shockwave. BigFishGames.com wrote on its blog back in March that around 150 million Americans engage in casual games.This statistic translates to high revenue for the mobile gaming industry. In fact, the mobile gaming industry earned an estimated $25 billion in 2015.

There’s definitely money in this niche, but how easy is it to tap into this market?

Tricky Keywords

Yes, that’s right. Keywords in the online gaming niche are tricky. You can target “online games,” even “free online games,” and get good traffic. But these are people looking to play, not necessarily pay.

This is the first challenge you’ll need to overcome in the online games niche: targeting the right keywords. I would probably use specific keywords referring to games. Like “missing objects online game” or “buy missing objects online game.” You can check out Ubersuggest.org for variations, but go for the more detailed or long-tail keywords. They will bring less traffic, but at least you know you’re targeting the right gamers for your site.

You can try using the name of the game itself, but be sure to check with the creators or merchant first to make sure they allow their affiliates to do this.

Online Games Affiliate Programs

ClickBank’s Marketplace has a lot of affiliate programs on strategy guides and guides to various games, similar to the WOW strategy guides that Mark promoted on his WOW site a few years back.

Not what I’m looking for, unfortunately. I’m looking for gaming sites that have an affiliate program. So, I visited various online gaming sites to see which ones deliver in that regard.

Big Fish Games

The creator of popular games like Peggle and Criminal Minds, Big Fish Games has been around since 2002. The company has successfully transitioned from PC games to mobile games, and now has over 450 mobile games and a whopping 3,500 PC games.

The Big Fish affiliate program offers affiliates real-time reporting, content delivery tools and 70 percent commission for each game purchased through their affiliates.

R2Games

If you prefer strategy and MMORPG, then you’ll love R2Games. The site has plenty of strategy and adventure RPGs, mixed in with a couple of the usual casual game genres.

The program offers 35 percent commission per sale. Signing up as an R2Games affiliate is easy. Just fill out the form on the affiliates page.

FlyOrDie.com

Despite the novel website name, FlyorDie.com offers its subscribers the usual array of board and dash games. You can play for free on the site, but subscribing as a Premium member removes the annoying ads. You also get to join game tournaments.

As an affiliate, you will enjoy a 30 percent commission for each sale. Their affiliate program is through RegNow.

Playrix

The games in Playrix are similar to Big Fish Games, and like Big Fish Games, it has games for computers and mobile devices.

There is no mention of how much commission affiliates earn, but it’s probably within the same range as FlyorDie.com, as they are both in the RegNow network.

Get Players to Your Site

And now we come to the challenging task of link building and inbound marketing. This, like content creation, can be outsourced to professionals. For a fee. If you have the resources, then go ahead and outsource. Still, make sure you have at least a basic understanding of how SEO, link-building and marketing work so that you will be able to monitor the link-building work being done on your site.

Outsourcing or not, make sure to have a link building strategy in place. You can hand this over to the person who will do the link building for you. At the very least, you have a guide to refer to when it’s time to drive traffic to your site.

Blog and Forum Commenting

This particular method is time consuming, but the effects are long-term, making the effort well worth it. There are plenty of gaming forums you can frequent to interact with fellow gamers and offer recommendations.

It’s a great place to learn about the online gaming niche, too. You can find our what games have a lot of followers, and which keywords are frequently used in relation to specific games.

Link Indexing

This is important to link building, but is often overlooked. You’ll be tracking the links you’ll be making, so might as well make sure they are indexed too, by submitting them to sites like Pingler.com.

Content Strategy

You would think that having a site about online games, you won’t need to bother much with content. But you do, because there’s plenty to know about a game. Like a good strategy on how to get past a difficult level, for one thing. A review of a new game is something gamers frequently look out for, too.

Content strategy is about having a game plan for your site’s content, from research until the content is published on your site. Having a game plan gives you time to think about the kind of content to present on your site in between updates.

Online Games Affiliate Programs: Child’s Play?

With all that competition, the online games niche is definitely no child’s play. This is a niche that requires careful planning and strategy. All niches do, but all the more for this niche because: one, there’s plenty of gaming sites there that will most likely have similar content as yours. So you need to be creative on the content you will publish on your site. Two, you need to be smart with link building and how you drive traffic to your site. Don’t just bring people into the site, bring people that are interesting in playing and subscribing to games.

So, no, this niche is no child’s play. The commission you’ll get are good. But if you’re looking something more substantial than a few dollars a sale, then this is not the niche for you.

But if you have a site about games or gaming, and have not monetized it, then take your pick from the above. It’s never too late to start earning from your website.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Niche of the Week!

Found some great online games affiliate info here? Share your findings. 🙂

Would you be interested in going into this niche? Are there any niches you want featured here? Just leave a comment and let me know!

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Work That Playlist: MP3 Download Affiliate Programs You Can Earn From

February 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

This Niche of the Week post is the result of a research I did to answer a question that was posted on the Comments section of my post on music affiliate programs : Are there profitable partner programs for free mp3 downloads?

Right off the bat, I wanted to say there aren’t, except for ones that I already featured on that same post. But I wanted to be sure so I went looking for affiliate programs that deal in free MP3 downloads.

MP3 Music Download Keywords

I found that there are good keywords that you can target in this niche. Most are in the low to medium competition. The only problem is a large number are “free” music download keywords.

If you try make the same keywords into keywords with buyer intent, the competition shoots up. One way to get around this is to target the name of the specific song, album, or music artist. The competition will still be high, though.

MP3 Download Affiliate Program

The ClickBank Marketplace has hundreds of products belonging to several different niches. That certainly includes MP3 downloads, but not MP3 music downloads. Instead, you’ll find downloads for hypnosis, lullabies, and affirmations — pretty much everything except current music.

I came across the following while looking at affiliate programs in the MP3 download niche: danosongs.com. For only USD $49.95, you can download 77 MP3 tracks that you can use as background music for your videos, presentation or web apps.

This is not the MP3 download I had in mind for this week’s niche, but it is an MP3 product. If you have a site about content creation, then you can promote this product on it and earn 30% commission for each sale.

Another product I came across in my research is RelaxingMusicSource.com. This is another site that offers MP3 downloads, but for relaxing music. The affiliate program is offered through ClickBank, though I am not able to locate it in the Marketplace. Affiliates receive a 70% commission for every sale.

There are so many relaxing music/hypnosis affiliate programs in ClickBank that it might be worth featuring them in another post. For now, let’s check out the few MP3 download affiliate programs I was able to find.

eMusic

I’ve featured eMusic before in my post on music affiliate programs. eMusic works the same as iTunes, allowing you to browse through the music collection and download as you please. The only difference is that eMusic is a paid membership where you get a specific number of music downloads a month, depending on the type of subscription you have.

The affiliate program has not changed. It is still through Commission Junction, with a commission of USD $6 for every new trial member you refer.

iTunes

Possibly the most popular music download website right now, iTunes has an extensive collection of popular music that can be downloaded for a fee.

I’ve covered iTunes too, in the same music affiliate program post. The terms cover minimum threshold but no mention of how much affiliates earn for each referral. Affiliates are welcome to sign up to the program through the affiliate page.

Be Loud, Be Heard

Building links to your site and getting traffic to it is no easy feat. It’s a necessary, formidable task. Having a few notes on what you’ll do when you reach that point in your affiliate marketing project can make the entire process a little easier.

To that end, here are some methods I think are worth pursuing for a website on this niche:

Social Media Marketing

I like to think of social media marketing as a modern take on “word-of-mouth” advertising, where people comment on or pass around information about a product. But in the digital age, instead of everything being spoken, it’s posted on public pages where everyone can read it. So even months or years later, those endorsements can still be found.

Thousands, even millions, of people check social sites like Facebook and Twitter daily. Make sure to tap into this traffic source by creating a Facebook page or Twitter account for your site. Build followers and page likes. Share interesting articles from within your niche, or your site’s own articles.

YouTube Marketing

YouTube is the biggest, most popular video-sharing site right now. It’s a great website to promote MP3 download websites. You can create teasers of the tracks that can be downloaded from the MP3 site you’re promoting, lasting about 30 seconds to a minute. Then place your affiliate link, or a link back to your site, in the video’s description box.

It sounds easy, but there’s a catch here. YouTube is tough on protecting copyright, so make sure to get permission from the vendor or merchant before doing this. Yes, there are people who can get away with uploading entire songs (complete with incorrect lyrics! ) on YouTube, but these accounts are eventually caught and closed.

Make sure to cover your bases, and think of other ways to promote on YouTube too: like sharing a quick, entertaining video on what music is for you, talking about where you get your music from, or creating a playlist of songs for a specific mood or theme.

Reverse Engineering

This method is great for catching up with a competitor website and leveling the playing field, so to speak. Use an SEO application like Traffic Travis or AffiloTools to find the websites where your competitors have built their backlinks. Then, build backlinks on the same sites.

This doesn’t necessarily mean your site will be ahead of the competition (you still have to worry about on-page optimization, social signals, and other factors), but it does help even it out. And it can get you ahead if you are able to add quality links to the ones you’ve already created.

MP3 Download Affiliate Programs: Save Or Delete Permanently?

This is not a niche that I would build a site for. The commissions I could earn do not justify the work involved in setting up the site, driving traffic to it, etc. There’s also that problem with keywords: there are not a lot of keywords with buyer intent in this niche. Still, if this is something that you’re interested in and want to try, go ahead. I suggest you have a good content and link building strategy written down before you go at it.

If you already have a music or music-related site that you want to monetize, the products on this niche are a perfect way to branch out.

I hope you found this week’s Niche of the Week useful in your research. Please share this post using any of the Share buttons below!

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10 Alternatives to Clickbank

January 30th, 2017 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips

If you’ve listened to much of my training, when it comes to showing you how to find affiliate products to promote quite often I personally refer to the Clickbank Marketplace. The reason I do this is because Clickbank approves virtually everyone (unless you are from Nigeria or some other country outside their approval zones), and they have an amazing selection of products to promote with high commissions.

The other reasons are because most of the money that I make comes from Clickbank and also because they are extremely reliable with their on time payments, and I’ve built up a good relationship with them over the years.

However, in this blog post I want to share with you a list of other alternatives for you to consider as I don’t want my own bias to prevent you from seeing that there is a whole world of affiliate offers to promote outside of Clickbank.

I think joining all 10 of these will be overkill, but billions of dollars in transactions are being made every year through these other networks, and many have fantastic offers that are not available at clickbank.

I have several affiliate millionaire friends who earn the majority of their income outside of Clickbank, and you may find some of these networks very useful to join.

In no particular order, here they are:

1. Rakuten LinkShare

Rakuten LinkShare offers affiliate programs from big brands, but you have to apply to promote them and it’s not always easy to get accepted. Best for those with some experience already.

​ Rakuten LinkShare has a lot of physical products to promote, including some big-brands. It’s not the fastest to sign-up to, or the simplest to navigate, but there’s a lot of helpful guidance as you go.

You have to sign-up with each individual advertiser before you can promote their products. This draws out the process, but also demonstrates that higher-quality is important here.

One of LinkShare’s strengths is its deep-linking feature. You can read more about what deep linking is here.

You can find more information comparing Rakuten LinkShare and Clickbank here.

2. CJ Affiliate by Conversant

CJ Affiliate by Conversant is easy to use and full of useful stats. There’s a large variety of product types to promote. 

CJ Affiliate is like Rakuten Linkshare in that you have to apply to individual advertisers, which takes more time than the instant acceptance of many other networks (such as ClickBank).

However, it’s usually not too difficult to get accepted by most advertisers here; you just have to be a legitimate marketer with ethical practices.

It’s easy to filter the products here by category, serviceable area, language, currency etc… This makes it very convenient for you to find the best products to promote quickly and painlessly.

CJ Affiliate has a very large variety of products to promote. If you’d like to know exactly how to use CJ Affiliate by Conversant, check out the guide in our free lessons here.

Learn more about how CJ Affiliate compares to ClickBank here.

3. ShareASale

ShareASale is another well-known affiliate network with a lot of product options.

It’s simple and easy to sign up for ShareASale, but it’s not the most straightforward platform for navigating the available features. Search for merchants using the “Merchants” icon at the top, then “Search for Merchants”. You can then filter via keyword, category, or a mixture of information in an advanced search.

It’s not easy to get started joining affiliate programs. You have to verify that you own your website before you can join any of them, which involves placing a key in your website’s header tag.

A bonus with ShareASale is being able to add products to your “basket,” which means you can save information about merchants or products that you’d like to apply for, review, or export later on.

There is quite a wide variety of both physical and digital products on this network. Find out more about how ShareASale directly compares to ClickBank here.

4. Market Health

Market Health is best for affiliates looking to promote physical products in health-related niches. Newbie friendly. 

Market Health is an affiliate network with a broad variety of health products. Some of the categories include general health, weight loss, colon health, men’s health, cosmetics, health and beauty, skin care, sports nutrition and others.

It’s super easy to sign up, and the site is extremely straightforward to use. You can browse by product category, you can look at their featured products or you can sort by country/language.​

If your website topic is anything to do with the health niche, then this could be a really great network for you to use.

Check out the full lesson for more information on Market Health and how it compares to ClickBank.

5. Neverblue

Neverblue is a CPA network with a great reputation, but it can be difficult to get accepted. 

Neverblue is a very well respected CPA, or cost-per-action, network. This basically means you get a commission when people go and perform an action, such as signing up or entering details into a form.

Neverblue connects people who want traffic and leads with those who can direct it their way. Neverblue has an incredible reputation. Everywhere I’ve looked, people are very happy with the support and communication, as well as the commissions and integrity.

The trickiest thing about Neverblue is getting accepted. The site is very careful about the potential for fraud and will do a check on everyone before accepting them. In saying that, if you’ve got nothing to hide, just be honest and you’ll be fine.

The site offers a wide variety of opportunities to choose from, and it’s known for paying correctly and on time.

Find out more about how Neverblue compares to ClickBank here.

6. Affiliate.com

Another CPA network, less prominent than Neverblue but still reputable. 

Affiliate.com tends to prefer intermediate to advanced affiliates, so if you don’t have much experience yet you’d probably be best to try one of the other networks first.

To sign up with the site, you have to fill out an affiliate application, which the site will review within 2 business days. You’ll get a call to confirm all of your information and be assigned to an affiliate manager.

At this point in time, Affiliate.com claims almost 2,000 live campaigns in a variety of categories, so there’s definitely a large selection to choose from.

Check out the free lesson to see how Affiliate.com directly compares to ClickBank.

7. JVZoo

A digital product network like Clickbank.

JVZoo is very similar to Clickbank in that it’s a network for affiliates and sellers based around digital products. It’s easy to navigate, and, just like with Clickbank, you can check out the marketplace to get an idea of the products you could promote before you’ve even signed up.

There are a lot of less-than-ideal affiliate programs on this network however. Some have terrible grammar mistakes or poorly-executed sales pages.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t succeed with JVZoo, it just means you have to carefully filter through the products before you decide to promote something on your site. This is true of any network, but especially important here.

I like how Nathaniel explains it in his review, “Can You Make Money on JVZoo?,” so check that out if you’d like more information about this network.

Go to the full lesson to see how JVZoo directly compares to ClickBank.

8. PeerFly

A high-quality CPA network, which prides itself on being custom-built.

Peerfly is another CPA affiliate network, once again with high-quality offers and a great reputation, but you do have to apply and be approved.

This verification process is a really good thing, even if it takes a little more time and effort. It means that if you do get accepted, you’re in good hands.

The cool thing about PeerFly is that the software is custom built, so you’re unlikely to experience downtime or other hosting related issues.

You can apply to be a publisher from anywhere in the world. PeerFly has a convenient payment options. You can even opt for weekly payments, so you won’t be waiting around to get your commissions. The site offers PayPal, Payoneer, check, wire, or ACH transfers if you live in the US.

You can also access your stats on your phone via the mobile stats page.

Find more information about how PeerFly directly compares to ClickBank here.

9. Amazon Associates

An enormous variety of products to promote, but low commissions.

Everyone has heard of Amazon. It’s a big player in the e-tail and internet marketing games, and as an affiliate you can take advantage of this huge network.

This is probably one of the broadest networks that you could promote from, with something for nearly any niche. It’s also extremely easy and straightforward to start promoting products.

The well-known name of Amazon means that there’s a strong level of trust associated with buying from this network. This works in your favour when you promote the products here.

The downside here is that the commission rate is tiny, you have a much smaller window in which to convince people to buy (only 24 hours) and it’s hard to get approved by the network. Ideally, you need a website which already has a healthy level of traffic to get accepted, and to make it worth your while.

You can find more information or sign up for Amazon Associates here.

Check out the full lesson to see more about how Amazon Associates compares to ClickBank.

10. eBay Partner Network

Huge variety of products, but you need a website with quality traffic to succeed.

eBay Partner Network is a very similar story to the Amazon Associates network. There’s a huge amount of products available for you to promote, and you get the added advantage of eBay’s credibility: People know that it’s safe to buy from eBay.

It’s hard to get accepted into this network unless you have a website with a lot of quality traffic, which is fair enough, as you need that quality traffic to earn a decent commission here anyway.

You can learn more about the commissions you can earn from the eBay Partner network here.

Check out the full lesson to learn more about how the eBay Partner Network directly compares to ClickBank.

So what should I choose?

Depending on your individual marketing requirements, you could choose one or more of these networks to promote from.

If you’re looking for digital products, Clickbank is actually one of the best networks. It has high commission percentages and a wide variety of products to choose from, many of which are good quality.

If you haven’t found what you’re looking for with Clickbank previously, I’d try using the gravity filter to find the best niche and products for you before giving up. You can find a guide on how to get the most from Clickbank here.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for physical products, rather than the digital products of Clickbank, the best options are:

If none of the above are calling to you, or you just have more of an interest in CPA marketing, the best two networks to apply for are Neverblue and PeerFly.


Top Startup Idea: Courier Services

January 28th, 2017 | Posted in Business

Innovation and creativity are the tools instrumental for creating new ideas and addressing the needs of people to generate profits. The attempt on some untouched avenues of business is challenging. Therefore, exploring the road more travelled with a new pair of shoes and a new perspective makes the journey worthwhile. One such avenue is of courier services.

What does it require?

  • Establishing the legal framework, such as the company type is the first step.
  • This means whether it is a proprietorship, a partnership company or a limited liability company.
  • Thereafter, obtaining Employer Identification Number or EIN, that gives the legal permission to appoint or to employ a person for services to the company.

The legal clearance can be viewed as the first door to running a successful business without any interruption. Hence, it becomes essential to watch these legal formalities are taken care of properly. However, it should never produce itself as any barrier to progress.

Be Secure

  • Another legal aspect of the starting a business venture is insurance. Insurance empowers can to free the mind of the burden of possible future losses. Having a protection that may result from any unforeseen incident, tends to reflect planning and organizational skill possessed.
  • Again, insurance is for reducing the stress and being secure instead of getting demotivated by the whole process.

Pick the Right Tools

  • Selecting the ideal transportation for courier services is of paramount importance. This can alone decide the quality of services.
  • Timely pickups, safe shipping and punctual delivery of the products will build your reliability in the market. Hence, a proper delivery van or pickup truck is necessary and enough to get the work done.
  • Vehicle quality can project the company’s working standards.

The vehicle selected need not be fancy and expensive deal, for example, sending big trucks out to deliver couriers of short distances, makes no sense. Thus, a vehicle that meets the requirements and is not heavy on the pocket can be considered ideal.

Remunerations

  • The motive of any business is to earn profits. Quoting realistic rates helps in getting more clients and assists in the progression of business.
  • Most courier companies charge according to the job, yet there are some companies that charge on an hourly basis.

The national average is of $ 36 an hour. Introspect and frame your payment policy. Making the necessary alteration in policies can work as well but frequent change may prove unproductive.

Persistence and Work Ethics

  • Competition surely grinds individuals and creates stress. Being the boss in the business can reduce pressure but it never seize to increasing the responsibilities. The staff looks up to you and your attitude towards the work.

Hence taking care of own responsibilities, working harder than everyone and designing a work policy is essential in making a startup successful.

Respect The Feedback

  • Feedback does not matter if it is positive or negative, it is instrumental in improvement. It is the catalyst for progressive business developments.
  • Arguments with the client can hamper the reputation and yield loss of business. Apologize for the faults and the provide solutions as soon as possible. Complaints and suggestion assists the quality of service.

Trust your Idea

At the end of the day, client satisfaction matters the most. Courier services act as the mediating party that delivers safely and timely. Investing time and money is the first step, what converts the startup into a prolific business is the persistence of providing the best, adjusting to the needs of the market and having faith in the work.

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5 Important Things Every Home Office Needs!

January 26th, 2017 | Posted in Loud Mouth

If you work from home, then you’ll need to set up a home office. Find out the five most important things every home office needs:

1.   Computer

You need a computer to help run your business. In this day and age, computers are essential for the running of any business. But, you’ll need to purchase a computer that has good work performance. A great work computer can perform at high speeds and have multiple programs open without any fuss. You should also get one with plenty of storage as you’ll more than likely be keeping a lot of files on there. Also, I’d recommend that the monitor for your computer comes equipped with a webcam. Webcams can come in handy if you want to Skype clients or carry out meetings online.

2. Desk

You’re going to need somewhere to conduct all your work from home, so purchase a desk. Don’t just buy any old desk, you need to get one that’s good for working on. It has to be a suitable height and have enough room for your computer and other stuff like your business cards and stationery. There should be enough space for you to conduct all your work without any problems. Get something with storage too, like draws or a small cupboard. That way you can store things in there and minimize desk clutter.

3. Chair

Don’t forget about buying a chair when you’re setting up a home office. Seeing as you could be sitting for long periods, acquire a chair that’s high in comfort. Hard chairs, like wood, metal or plastic can be very uncomfortable when sat on for a long time. Buy something that has enough cushion and doesn’t hurt your back. Back problems are common among people who work at desks all day, but you can help prevent this with a comfy chair. The last thing you want to do is develop chronic back pain.

4. Printer

I think I can safely say that here will come a time in your working life where you’ll need to print something off. Logically speaking, if you want to print stuff off your computer, you’ll need a printer. If I were to recommend any printer, it would be one that is incredibly versatile. An ‘all in one’ printer delivers much more than your typical printing services. It can also be used as a scanner and a photocopier. Chances are you’ll need to scan and photocopy documents as well, so this saves you lots of money! Buying a printer that does all three stops you from having to buy the other two separately. Make sure the printer you purchase prints at a high speed and can hold large ink cartridges. You don’t want a slow printer that runs out of ink every two weeks.

5. Shredder

Anyone who’s done any office work will tell you that there will be lots of waste paper lying around. Getting a shredder is a convenient way to get rid of any scrap paper and make it easier to recycle. Pick a shredder that’s big enough to handle multiple sheets of paper at once, so you save time when shredding.


What You Need to Know to Reach New Target Customers

January 24th, 2017 | Posted in Marketing

So, your business is expanding, and you need to reach a whole new set of customers. This means having to identify who these new target customers are. Once you’ve done that, here’s how to reach out to them.

Not All Audiences Are the Same

This is a big mistake that far too many business owners make. They think that because they’ve understood and conquered one market, they can do the same with another one. But the essential thing to remember is that all audiences and all target markets are different. Therefore, they all require different approaches.

You should do your research and think carefully about what your new target customer want and need from a business like yours. Just because other markets have found your approach satisfying, it doesn’t mean all of them necessarily will too.

The Internet is Your Greatest Tool

Reaching new customers requires a lot of online legwork. You need to make direct connections with them and let them know that you know exist. The only way of doing this is by employing a slick internet marketing campaign and doing things that make your business impossible to ignore. If I were you, I’d use a digital marketing agency to make sure you reach as many new customers as possible.

Expand and upgrade your approach to social media so that you can attract more people and pull in more followers. Every additional follower you acquire is a potential customer, so don’t forget that! Another good idea is to start an email marketing strategy. Prompt people to sign up for regular newsletters by entering their email address when they arrive on your website.

Other Connections Can Help

Reaching new target customers in new markets needs you to raise your profile and be seen by more people. One way to make this happen is to make connections with other businesses or community organisations. Anything that can get your brand out there will benefit you and help you to reach new target customers.

If you’re thinking about reaching out to other businesses and building links with them, be careful to choose your partners wisely. You don’t want to approach a rival or a business that has a poor reputation with consumers. And think about how beneficial the partnership will be for your business.

Research is Vital

When your business is expanding, research is vital. Don’t be arrogant enough to think that you can step into an entirely new market without even doing research. A big part of your research will need to be focused on the share of the market you’re moving into. You need to know where your target customers are currently buying from.

Once you know where you’re customers are currently buying from, you should try to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors. Then you’ll he able to put together a service and a marketing campaign that takes advantage of your competitors’ weaknesses to boost your own success.

If you understand the points above, you’ll be a step close to reaching new customers and making a success of your expansion.


Fantastic Ways To Market Your Business

January 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Marketing

Do you want your business to be seen by more people? Do you want a place on the bigger market? Of course, you do. We all want to be successful but how do we get there. It all comes down to marketing. You have to know how to advertise your company. It has to seem like something consumers want and need. Both of these factors are vital. So what is the secret way of getting this? The truth is it is not a secret. You Have to know your way around the internet. Once you know that your company is going to start getting very profitable.

SEO Is Awesome

We recommend you research what this is in more detail. It is very important for the success of your company. Search Engine Optimization means getting your company to the top of an internet search window. If you did it organically, then no money was involved in this privilege. You did it all with hard work and a lot of tech skill. It is about knowing how to design a website and how to add keywords as well as links. You need to make it, so your company website is the most valid option when consumers type a phrase into Google. For instance, a consumer might type in “Comic Book Movie News.” If your website is about comic book movie news or just movie news, in general, it needs these words. But it is also about knowing what consumers are going to search and writing good headlines.

Be Sociable

Now, for many this will need no explaining. It seems each year there is a new social site to add to the growing list we are all part of. They can be annoying. They can be an invasion of privacy but guess what? They can be the most effective marketing tool you will ever have. Have you been on Snap chat lately? Perhaps not. But if you have you will notice you can access bigger stories that are not personal. Rather they are a collection of different people attending an event. Businesses are starting to use these stories of snaps as free advertisement. It is very effective, but you can use virtually any social network to market your company. Be creative.

That Personal Touch

Customers like interacting with companies. They like knowing there are people behind them. But they also want to know they can be trusted. More importantly they want to know they have chosen correctly. Remember, whatever industry you are in you are going to be facing a lot of competition. What better way to stand out from the crowd then with business ecards. Companies like Ecard Shack provide this service at reasonable prices. Send your customers a message of thanks or encourage them to use your business again.

Get Blogging

One final suggestion? It is very well having a website, but you also need a blog. You can link it from your company website. Blogging is another form of free advertising. If you are clever, you can use it to market your company without customers knowing it is an ad. For instance, imagine you own a restaurant that sells a certain meal. You can use your blog to post a story about how healthy that meal is. It is free personal advertising. Smart. Fast. Simple.


Get Your Money Back: 5 Email Marketing Affiliate Programs

January 20th, 2017 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips

Yes, you can promote email client affiliate programs, but I can’t get beyond the nagging question: Who still buys and downloads them?

While you do have several options, the number is pint-sized compared with the volume of people and businesses looking for email marketing software. Email marketing is a quick, efficient way to reach your customer base. It’s less expensive than sending traditional mail, and allows merchants and marketers to reach a large numbers of subscribers in a short amount of time. It’s targeted too, as only users who subscribe and opt in receive your emails, so you are assured that these are people who are interested in your niche.​

As shown in the above infographic, and as I expected, competition is stiff in this niche. There’s plenty of email marketing software vying for the same keywords.You’ll need to be creative and target keywords other than ” email marketing” and “autoresponder.”

Instead of going after these obvious keywords, target long tail information keywords like “how to pick autoresponders” or “how to start your newsletter series.” These may have low monthly searches, but they address a specific group of users who are interested in the subject and may actually make a purchase.

It’s a bit of a long shot, but it’s better than going head-to-head with other websites that have been in this niche far longer. You can always target other keywords once you get a few pages ranking, and getting consistent traffic to your site.

Email Marketing Affiliate Programs

It’s been quite some time since I featured ClickBank products here in Niche of the Week, so I went into the ClickBank Marketplace to look for email marketing affiliate programs. They have products on list building, but not a lot that are specific to email marketing and autoresponders.

So I went online to search. It wasn’t that difficult, as there are plenty of email marketing software providers online. The ones you see below are the more popular ones.

Aweber

I think some of you knew this email marketing provider would be here. For years, we have been recommending Aweber as an autoresponder, and it’s not because of the 30 percent recurring commission. It has have a user-friendly interface that is helpful to both beginners and advanced users.

Aweber manages its own affiliate program, so you need only go to the site to become an affiliate.

GetResponse

GetResponse is yet another popular autoresponder. It offers a slightly higher recurring commission at 33 percent. Like Aweber, it manages its own affiliate program.

Fluttermail

I can’t help but feel a bit cheeky including Fluttermail here. We recommend Fluttermail as the autoresponder of choice in Affilojetpack because the system is linked to the site-building process in AJP. The autoresponder interface is straightforward and easy to navigate, too.

I had to include Fluttermail here because it gives the highest recurring commission among email marketing affiliate programs that I’ve encountered so far: a whopping 50 percent. This is also one of the few email marketing programs in ClickBank.

Make Noise For Your Campaign

Driving traffic to a webpage is no easy feat, which is why it’s important that you have a traffic or link building strategy in place. You can create your strategy after you complete the site, yes, but I prefer to have have at least a few methods jotted down before I put the site up.

Having a list early on helps me transition from site building to link building quickly and smoothly. Some link building methods I have in mind for this niche are:

Press Releases

Press releases are short articles that are written like news briefs. They are usually distributed via news wires and press release sites.

You can write about special offers or any announcements from the merchant or vendor of the product you’re promoting and place your affiliate link on the press release, or link back to a relevant article on your site.

YouTube Video Marketing

YouTube is the most popular video-sharing site today, and the world’s second-largest search engine (with its parent company, Google, taking the top spot). YouTube attracts 1 billion unique users monthly to view, upload and share videos.

Get a share of YouTube’s massive traffic by creating how-to videos on setting up autoresponder and how email marketing works, then paste your affiliate link in the description of the videos along with a link back to your site.

Link Baiting

Link baiting can be a hit or miss, as far as the “baiting” part is concerned. The way this method works is you create high-quality content, using and citing in it several authority sites within your niche as sources. You then inform the website’s you’ve linked to on your content that you have cited them as reference.

They can then take the bait and refer to your content on their own sites, and most do. It’s not so bad if they don’t, you still end up with great content on your site, but the having popular sites link back to your content is better.

Email Marketing Affiliate Programs: Accept or Delete?

The commissions in the email marketing niche are great. They may not look much, but keep in mind that these are recurring commission so you will be getting them for the duration of the customer’s subscription. That alone is enough reason for me to try my hand in this niche.

I wouldn’t recommend this as the niche you start with. If you’re new to affiliate marketing, then this is not for you. There’s just too much competition. If you have an Internet marketing site though, or a blog about content creation or marketing, then you can monetize your site with any of these email marketing affiliate programs.

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Testing the Nvidia Optimus Technology – Operation

January 18th, 2017 | Posted in Reviews

As we mentioned in the introduction, with Optimus, NVIDIA aims to provide the user a solution to benefit both 3D performance to match its needs without neglecting energy consumption.

To meet this challenge, the solution is simple. Just implement two separate graphics circuits, with one side an integrated chipset and the other a dedicated graphics card. Nothing new in fact, many laptops are already equipped with this system for many years.

But until now, the user had to manually switch from integrated graphics to the dedicated graphics card or vice versa. If the arrival of Windows Vista has simplified the operation by allowing fail-over “hot”, that is to say, without having to restart the operating system, the constraints were too great for many users.

Several studies by NVIDIA have indeed shown that most people with a laptop with a dual graphics system, were content to use only one of the two. The reasons are many, but most often, users simply did not know of this possibility of switch as needed. For others, having to press a button and wait a few seconds is just too restrictive.

In the end, only a small percentage of users actually exploit the opportunities offered by the presence of a dual chipset. NVIDIA decided to respond and develop a fully transparent system for the user to automatically switch from integrated graphics chipset dedicated as needed.

If you regularly follow the High-Tech news, you are certainly aware of the peculiarity of the latest Intel Arrandale processors, better known by the appellation Core i. They have indeed a new architecture that includes in a single chip, the processor (CPU) and an integrated graphics (IGP). The latter most often coexists with a dedicated graphics card (GPU) to provide 3D performance more suited to the needs, especially those of the players. Only problem so far, few models offered the possibility to the user to choose between the IGP and GPU.

The Optimus technology developed by NVIDIA thus aims to overcome this limitation by allowing the automatic processing of the integrated graphics card and chipset. No need therefore to perform this task manually.

In practice

NVIDIA likes to compare the new technology with the operation of a hybrid vehicle. The user must have continuously the power needed but it must be exploited wisely. It therefore should not be wasted in order not to cause unnecessary energy consumption and penalize autonomy.

In developing its new technology, NVIDIA has simply inspired from the past. Previously, the user had to anticipate his needs in terms of power and activate 3D calculations, if any graphics card before starting the program concerned. For example, one game.

With Optimus, the preliminary step is no longer necessary. The graphics driver is able to choose himself and in real time between the IGP or GPU. To do this, it is based on a series of pre-recorded profiles, regularly updated by various software vendors, as verified by NVIDIA. For example, if you write text in Word, the driver knows that this type of program does not require significant computing power. So glad the integrated chipset. However by launching Call of Duty, this time the driver will recognize that this is a video game and activate immediately, the dedicated graphics card. The latter being more appropriate.

During our test period, we did not encounter any particular problems. The automatic switch is, as expected, really instant (200 ms announced). And if NVIDIA was not available to us a little widget to visualize in real time the active chipset, it would have been impossible to notice the passage of the IGP to GPU.

Automatic management has many advantages, it is undeniable. At the point to ask very quickly why this simple system has not been proposed earlier. Still, as any automated system, sometimes the Optimus driver from being “trapped” by enabling the chipset not always the most appropriate. Do not worry, it is of course possible to regain control.

In this case, simply visit the driver parameters and set manually if for the relevant program you want to use integrated graphics or on the contrary, the GPU. Example type games. If the majority of them, the dedicated graphics card is undoubtedly the most suitable for some older titles just greedy resource 3D, the GMA HD chipset will prove quite up to par.

It is also possible to occasionally choose a chipset by right-clicking the icon of the relevant program before launching it.

Currently, Optimus drivers are specific to models with this technology. However, in the coming weeks NVIDIA will simplify the situation by offering only one more driver for all its mobile graphics cards.

Architecture

Close this section by a small technical point on the architecture used.

Previously when two graphics circuits were established, it was necessary to use a multiplexer system to cover all the possibilities of displays. Besides latency to move from one multiplexer to another, this complex system of circuit integration involves additional costs for manufacturers.

With Optimus, NVIDIA has revised its implementation. As you can see in the diagram above, now it is no longer necessary to use multiplexers. Why? Simply because the dedicated graphics card is active or not, the display is always given to the video output of the integrated chipset (aka PGI). It is no longer necessary to double the circuits for the GPU.

But then how to ensure optimal performance without being limited by those of the IGP? To get NVIDIA uses a hardware component, the Copy Engine. The latter is responsible for reinjecting asynchronously the data generated by the graphics card dedicated to video controller IGP via a PCI-Express line. The integrated chipset then no longer load calculations when the GPU is activated.The Optimus technology is therefore based on both the software part but also on a particular architecture described above. Therefore, even if your laptop is equipped with a compatible graphics card (GeForce 200 and higher), you can not expect to benefit from a portable non Optimus originally equipped by the manufacturer.


Ideas For Making The Most Out Of Your Business Website

January 16th, 2017 | Posted in Marketing

Making the most out of your business website does not require that much work. You simply need the right advice and guidance from the experts. Luckily for you, we’ve come up with some basic tips and tricks that should make your life much easier. So long as you implement some of the strategies you’re going to learn about this morning, your website should be on the right track. It doesn’t matter which products or services you might supply, the same ideas will push your domain to a new level. Just make sure that you pay attention and understand everything properly before making any changes.

Choose a professional web design service

If you decided your budget was too small to pay for an expert web designer in the early days, now is the time to turn that around. Professional web designers will know how to get the results you desire, and they are in the perfect position to offer suggestions and guidance. To find the ideal designer, you simply need to do some research online. You should see lots of reviews and testimonials for companies with a good track record. Make sure you read them before making your selection.

Select a suitable SEO company

Presuming your web designers don’t provide an SEO service, you will need to look for a company that does. SEO by WME and other brands is vital if you want your site to reach its full potential. If your domain isn’t mentioned in the first few results on Google for relevant keywords, you could be missing a trick. The price of SEO can vary depending on the results you hope to achieve. So, make sure you put enough money aside in your marketing budget.

Take suggestions from your visitors

Just as supermarkets leave a box out for people to make complaints or suggestions; you should do the same thing with your website. Every time someone makes a purchase, you should send them to a page where they can assess their experience. If anyone thought improvements could be made, they are likely to let you know about them. While you don’t have to make changes based on every piece of feedback you receive, it’s still good to hear what your customers and clients thought of the online experience.

Provide multiple means of customer service

Even internet users have come to expect a certain level of customer service. If you want to make the most out of your site, visitors must have many different options for getting in touch. Live chat is one of the most popular at the moment because it allows them to deal with any issues in real time. However, you could go one step further and offer a video messaging service. You should also include phone numbers, addresses, and anything else your customers might require.

Now you know how to get the best results from your website, it is time to start work. It might take a couple of weeks to implement all the ideas we’ve just mentioned, but it will be worth all the effort. At the end of the day, the best websites are often the most simple, and so you don’t need to use futuristic graphics or huge passages of text to impress your visitors. They would much prefer a site that loads quickly and serves its purpose.