Affiliate Marketing Strategies And Tips For Success

If you are looking to make sustainable and residual income online, then you need to develop a strategy with Affiliate Marketing. Your personal Affiliate Marketing strategy will depend on several factors.

What kind of revenue do you want to sustain?

How much market research do you want to perform?

Do you have passions about certain niche markets that create excitement in you?

Do you know how to build a website?

Do you know how to market your website, the product, and convert prospects into actual customers?

The most successful strategies you can employ will have clear and definite criteria. You need to be aware of PPC (pay per click), CPA (cost per action), banner ads, solo ads, classified ads, E-Mail lists, creating links, and even how to cloak a URL address. You need to do significant research to find the relevant niche keywords that apply to your product, and exhibit low competition as well. Choosing an Affiliate Marketing strategy that is right for you is one of the most important business decisions you will make. The strategy you eventually choose is what will ultimately shape the various decisions you make. Being successful at Affiliate Marketing isn’t about throwing up a website or blog, sticking a few banners in strategic places, placing some ads, and waiting for the commissions to start rolling in. You have to know and understand your target audience, and you have to understand the principles of developing relationships with your prospects.

So let’s define Affiliate Marketing before we move on to strategies. Affiliate Marketing is a third party selling products or services owned by another vendor and receiving commissions for those sales. If you understand that much then you can begin to learn how to start marketing these products or services to earn money with an online business. What are some strategies to ensure your success with Affiliate Marketing?

Strategy 1.

Research, find, and choose a viable niche product that you would enjoy promoting. Where can I go to do this research? All the information you need are in two sources. If you use ClickBank, you will find a multitude of products by category that details the popularity, gravity, initial sales dollars, average sales dollars, and if they rebill so you can be assured of residual income. I would never promote a product that did not rebill, as that will become a onetime sale, and you will continually have to promote it ad infinitum. The second source is to use the Google Keyword Tool to research appropriate keywords that can best assist you in promoting your product or service. The Keyword Tool is easy to use, and Google has a tutorial for you if you are unsure of how to use it most effectively.

Strategy 2.

Build and publish a website for your product or service. You will hear all sorts of chatter about how a website is not a definitive need to be successful in Affiliate Marketing. I can honestly tell you that you do not have to publish a website to enjoy success. A website, however, will enhance your chances exponentially for success at Affiliate Marketing. A website gives you the opportunity to create exciting copy for your product. It allows you to offer free gifts to your prospects. It allows you to express your passion for the product you have chosen. It allows you to tell your story about what this product has done for you, and what it will do for them. It allows you to create an E-mail list so you can stay in touch with your prospects. Staying in touch with your prospects is the main selling key in turning those prospects into actual customers. If you don’t publish a website, it won’t be a deal breaker, but you will be losing out on a lot of your ability to employ several marketing strategies.

Strategy 3.

Marketing my Affiliate Product: It’s an obvious question; how do I market my product? You have to get some sort of ad copy in front of thousands of people so you have an equitable chance of converting visitors or prospects into customers. You do not have to possess professional writing skills to create good copy. What I might suggest is outsourcing one solo ad or one article about your product so you can learn how to develop a template for your own copy. Once that is accomplished, you need to start writing articles and ad copy for your product so people will visit your website. The whole strategy here is to get traffic, right? You’ll never get adequate traffic unless you expose your site to prospects and let your site do the selling. Your copy in the website must also be good enough to convert those prospects into real customers.

Strategy 4.

Where do I market my product? There are several legitimate ways to market your product, and they all work to some degree. In this article, I am only going to recommend two ways to market your Affiliate Product.

a) The first is to devise a budget you can live with and place solo ads in Ezines. You don’t just go out and contact an Ezine and place a solo ad; you research the ezines that are relevant to your category and find out how many subscribers they have. DO NOT think that more is better in this scenario. I have found that if you place a solo ad in a relevant Ezine that has 40K to 90K subscribers, you will get favorable results. You also need to explore their rates. I am going to give you a guideline for what you should be willing to pay. Never pay more than $4.00 per thousand subscribers. Remember, you solo ad will go out to every subscriber the Ezine has, and you need to do the simple math to ensure you don’t pay more than $4.00 per subscriber. Ezine publishers are under no obligation to standardize their rates, so it is up to you to do your due diligence when it comes to your budget.

b) The second is to write articles and submit them to article publishers. There are several free directories you can use and some directories are fee based. You need to do some more research and determine which ones would be most effective and efficient for you. Once again, you do not need to be a professional writer to create and submit articles. You can find several ideas to create quality articles, or you could outsource them if you feel that would meet your needs and your budget better. Regardless of what venue you choose to submit articles, they can and will generate substantial traffic to your website. One word of caution, however, about article writing; It is the very best advertising you can create, albeit, the slowest. Do not expect instant results or set your return expectations too high immediately. It takes time for your articles to get into the system and then get perused by readers. You also need to be prepared to write and publish two articles per week so your material never gets stale, and you keep that promotion moving forward. Know that it will work just like word of mouth, be confident, and be patient.

Strategy 5.

We all have certain levels of skill and knowledge when it comes to Affiliate Marketing, website building, and article writing. I highly recommend anyone except an “expert” to join a community of learning where the focus is on success and teaching members how to be successful. These sites have forums where questions can be answered, and you will find out people just like you are struggling with the same problems you are. These sites can turn you into a very resourceful Affiliate Marketer given time and dedication. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.

Tips for Soothing a Sore Penis – Combating Penile Swelling at the Source

A little chafing or dryness is one thing, and most men learn to expect these issues as a natural outcome of frequent masturbation or an enthusiastic roll in the hay. On the other hand, when the problem goes beyond chafing, resulting in an inflamed, sore penis, this may be a cause for greater concern. Fortunately, in many instances, penile swelling can be easily resolved with at-home penis care. Some causes of penile inflammation are described here, along with some tips for soothing sore penis and cautions about when medical treatment is the only answer.

Causes of Penile Swelling

A fair number of different issues can cause swelling of the foreskin or of the penis itself. One of the most frequent causes is simply a reaction to excessive friction, usually the result of rough handling during masturbation or sex, as well as a lack of adequate lubrication during the process. A large percentage of men also experience occasional bouts of balanitis, an inflammatory condition of the glans, or head of the penis. This can be caused by yeast or other fungal infections, or it may just be the result of poor hygiene.

Some of the more serious causes of penile swelling include priapism, an erection that lasts longer than four hours and is not the result of sexual stimulation. An endless erection sounds like fun, but it is actually painful and is considered a medical emergency; failing to seek immediate treatment can result in permanent tissue damage that may interfere with sexual function over the long term. Peyronie’s disease, where a knot of scar tissue on the shaft of the penis causes unnatural bending or curvature of the penis, may also be characterized by soreness and swelling. While Peyronie’s disease may resolve on its own over time, medical treatment is generally recommended to remove the hardened tissue before it becomes a serious impediment to sexual function.

Tips for Soothing a Sore Penis

Unless the cause of penile swelling is immediately obvious – swollen skin after a particularly vigorous solo session, for instance – it is always best to get the opinion of a medical professional, in case more than a minor injury is at play.

However, there are some things a man can do before the appointment to calm the pain and reduce the inflammation:

1. Take a breakThis may seem simplistic, but a surprising number of men exhibit a tendency to plow ahead, even when the penis isn’t really up to the task. In the case of simple irritation, this can result in more soreness and a longer healing time; in the case of an underlying injury, the act of penetration can compound the injury and make treatment more complex and difficult. Taking a few days off never hurt anyone, and the stress-free time can allow irritated tissues to heal and return to normal.

2. Add ice – An ice pack is an old, but trusty solution to soreness and inflammation. Applying an ice pack or frozen gel pack to the area can help to ease the soreness and throbbing, as well as speeding the rate at which the swelling subsides. Ice packs or gel packs should not be applied directly to bare skin, as this can cause a frost bite-type injury. Instead, wrapping the pack in a towel is recommended.

3. Try anti-inflammatory medicationsOver the counter NSAIDS such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen can help to reduce swelling and ease pain. Men who use other medications, who are under treatment for another medical condition, or who are sensitive to any of these substances should not use them without a doctor’s OK.

Once the penile tissues have returned to normal, men can help to prevent further injury by keeping the penis in top condition. Eating right, exercising, and taking things easy during intimate play sessions are recommended; and keeping the penis clean can help to prevent topical infections such as balanitis.

In addition, applying a targeted penis nutrient formula (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) to the penile skin may assist in keeping the skin moisturized and boost its natural healing properties, leading to greater protection and a reduced chance of infection or injury.

Credibility on Forums – 5 Tips for How to Communicate Your Credibility on Social Networking Forums

Credibility is like virginity. Once you lose it, you can never get it back. ~unknown

Many solo professionals spend time meeting other like-minded folks on social networking sites all over the Internet. You have many sites to choose from including Yahoo and Google groups, Ryze, Facebook, MySpace, and dozens of other places to meet and network online. Some business owners visit the social networking sites as a way to socialize. For many working alone in your home can sometimes get lonely. But if you’re one of the many internet marketers who relies on the social networks to meet new prospects, you need to pay attention to the messages you send.

Your credibility is what will attract new clients, customers, and prospects. So you have to work hard to establish, communicate and maintain your credibility. That can be challenging when you cannot meet people face to face. If all you have are the messages you post, what are the best ways you come across as credible? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Add your full title to your automatic signature. Most social networking forums allow you to add a signature with a link to your website. My signature always includes my full name, with the letters after my name, and what I call myself, in addition to the one-line blurb before the link to my site. It looks like this: “Felicia J. Slattery, M.A., M.Ad.Ed., Communication Consultant, Speaker & Coach.” You don’t need to talk about your credentials in my posts, which could look like bragging. Yet by simply adding a few letters after your name in your signature, you are quickly seen as an expert in your field. If you are certified, have an advanced degree, or have another designation you’ve earned, make sure it’s there after your name.

2. Make your messages count. You want to be sure you’re posting to threads and topics related to your business. Write with authority on your field of expertise and don’t be afraid to recommend useful resources, even if those resources aren’t yours. People will see you as a credible expert in your field and when they want to know more about what you do, they’ll often think of you — and contact you– first.

3. Don’t be so serious all the time. People do business with those they know, like, and trust. When people feel like they know you personally, your credibility with be enhanced, too. I’ve seen many marketers make the mistake of only talking about their businesses on social networking forums. For people to get to know you as a person, jump in on threads about family things or hobbies. The “social” part in online networking is important to remember. If you’re all business all the time, you won’t attract as many prospects as you could if people see you in a more personal light.

4. Be positive. Momma was right, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” If someone posts and asks for comments on her new website and you really don’t care for the colors or the layout doesn’t appeal to you, don’t comment at all. This person is looking for hits to her site and maybe a few “way to go’s.” If you happen to be an graphic designer or SEO expert and have some useful suggestions that will truly enhance the site, send a private message off-list. You lose credibility in a hurry when you are the one who posts negative or what could be interpreted as mean-spirited comments.

5. It’s OK to be controversial. You can start a controversial post or disagree with other’s opinions, as long as you do so professionally. By maintaining a positive and professional image, more people will be drawn to you. No one likes a complainer, but you don’t have to agree with everything. Controversial posts often get a lot of visits and comments, so it’s good to participate. Be clear about your position without putting someone else down. You will gain credibility with an articulate response and attract more prospects.

The last thing you want is to lose any chance at appearing credible on social forums when promoting your business. Once you lose it, like the quote above states, it’s gone forever. Effectively communicate your credibility and you’ll see some amazing results. By following these guidelines, you’ll get more business form your social networking by increasing your credibility.