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The lure of affiliate marketing is undeniable; who can resist passive income?

But to make that passive income happen, you have got to put in some work first. 

To succeed in affiliate marketing, there are a number of crucial steps you must take before you earn that first affiliate profits. And these steps are, well … not passive.

The good news is that if you’re determined to make this work and are willing to put in the time and effort, you’re already well on your way to affiliate marketing success.

All the work you put in is to help you make your first affiliate marketing sale. There is nothing like a first sale to motivate you and make you keep at it. 

So, what do you need to do to get started?

7 Steps to Earning Your First Affiliate Commission

We've broken down the process into seven steps for affiliate marketing beginners. Following this guide will set you on the right course and have you earning your first commission in no time.

1. Choose a Niche

Before you even begin building your first site, you’ll need to decide which niche you’re going to target.

Obviously, if you don't know what your site is about or who you're going to target with it, you can't really build a site around it…can you? 

If you’ve already figured this one out, way to go! This is undoubtedly one of the most difficult and overwhelming steps.

If you don't quite know what your niche is yet, here's some advice that you might find useful. 

Some key questions to ask yourself when determining your niche are:

  • What topics am I already passionate about?

It's much easier to work on something if you're passionate about it. Plus, when you have a passion, you're usually quite knowledgeable about it too, so that definitely helps. For example if you have a passion about about makeup, your niche of choice might be makeup related, too. 

  • Is there money in this niche?

While following your passion is definitely the recommended option, sometimes the possibility of making money in a profitable niche trumps passion. So, you might not necessarily know much about your niche, but if it's likely to make you money, you can always learn more about it, right? 

For example, KitchenFaucetDivas is clearly a site that was built for profit, not passion. Unless of course there is someone out there with a serious passion for kitchen faucets! 😉 

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  • What topic could I see myself easily writing 25, 50, or 100 blog posts about?

The topic you choose must have enough depth that you can create a lot of content for it. This is important for building an authoritative site, for search engine optimization, and most importantly, for the end user. If you don't have enough content about a topic, you're not going to be taken very seriously as an authority on the topic and it's unlikely you can convince someone to make a purchase from you. 

MoneySavingExpert is a great example of a site with a topic for which you would have a never ending supply of content ideas. 

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  • Is there room in this niche for another affiliate marketer?

There are several profitable niches that are also very popular among affiliate markets (e.g., weight loss). Before jumping on board with a hugely popular niche, make sure there's enough room for you. That is — will you be able to make money and compete with already established marketers? If not, keep looking. 

  • Is there enough interest in/demand for products in this niche?

The niche you choose might draw enough interest from your audience when it comes to reading and acquiring knowledge, but are they willing to buy relevant products too? Without consumer interest in products, your niche isn't going to make you much money. 

  • Are there affiliate programs available in this niche?

This is obviously a crucial factor to consider. You might come up with an idea for a niche you know a lot about, but are there affiliate programs for the niche? No affiliate program = no sales. Time to look for a different niche. 

Additional Resources for Choosing a Niche

Want to learn more about choosing a profitable niche? Here are some excellent resources we recommend for further reading:

2. Research Affiliate Programs

Once you've decided on a niche, it’s time to find out what’s out there in terms of programs and products to promote. You've probably already done a bit of research for this while researching your niche — now you need to dig deeper. 

Choosing an affiliate program will take some work, but don’t be afraid to invest a significant amount of time into it because this is, of course, where your income will come from. Choosing the right program will make it well worth your while!

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When choosing an affiliate program, keep these key points in mind:

  • What type of merchants use the program/ affiliate network? 

You want to make sure other similar sellers are also using the network, as this can help you gauge your likelihood of success with the particular program.

  • How much commission are you likely to make from the products?

Make sure you sign up for programs that are profitable and generate a sufficient return in on investment. Some tips:

  • If using ClickBank, products should have over a 50% commission (preferably 60%), and have a high gravity rating (meaning they’re in demand).
  • For CPA (cost-per-action) programs, commissions should be over $1, and products shouldn't be overly restrictive in how you can promote them.
  • For physical products, look for commissions over $40.
     
  • Do you want to be associated with the products and services?

The products and services you will be promoting to your audience must be relevant and good quality. Make sure you believe in them and know everything about them, because this will be crucial to you delivering the sales pitch to your audience. You need to build trust with your audience so make sure the products and services you choose to promote are trustworthy enough. 

Ads like the one below often lead to sketchy products — do you want to be associated with a product that promises results that may or may not be true?

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  • What kind of support does the program provide?

Be sure to check what kind of customer support you can expect from your affiliate program once you have signed up. Do your research online and if possible, speak to other sellers using the program to get their thoughts. Can you speak to someone via phone or Skype or do you have to wait 72 hours for email responses? Be clear on this because trust me, you will need support at one point or another. 

Additional Resources to Find the Right Affiliate Program

We've given you a few quick tips to help you choose an affiliate program that is right for you. For more information, be sure to check out the following: 

3. Build a Site

Steps 1 and 2 are all about research and figuring out what's possible and profitable. Now, it's time to start putting your research into action. 

Assuming you don’t already have a website built, this will be the next step. Fortunately, building a site isn’t as complicated or labor-intensive as it was in the past.

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If you're a newbie to building sites, the easiest way to set up a site is by using WordPress. The WordPress CMS is very easy to use and while coding skills can come in handy, for the most part you will not require any tech knowledge to set up your site. 

You need to follow a few steps to have your site up and running:

  • Buy a domain.

Your domain is the address for your website (e.g., www.affilorama.com) so this is the first thing you will need to do when setting up your site. Considering there are millions of websites on the internet, it's possible that the domain name you want may already be taken by someone else. So make sure you have several options in mind. Be sure to read our advice on how to choose a good domain name

There are several places you can buy a domain, including our very own Affilorama Domain service. Other well-known options are: GoDaddy and NameCheap

  • Purchase and set up hosting. 

If your domain is your address, hosting is like the actual house within which your site will live. It's your own little slice of the internet — the place where all your website files live. Hosting is very affordable these days, so don't unnecessarily scrimp on costs. Go with a reputable, reliable provider because your affiliate marketing business depends on it. 

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For more details on how to choose a reliable host, make sure to read our free lesson on What to Look for in a Hosting Provider. Some affordable and reliable hosting providers we recommend are GoDaddy, HostGator and BlueHost

If you purchase your domain and hosting from different companies, you will need to link the two together. Don't panic, it's a simple process. Check out our lesson: Linking your Domain with Your Hosting.

  • Install WordPress.

Once your hosting is set up, you need to install a content management system (CMS) for your site. We recommend WordPress because it is easy to use and a beginner (like you!) can quite quickly figure out how it works. Most good hosting providers will have a one-click install option for WordPress, which means it will only take you a couple of minutes and you will have WordPress installed on your site. 

  • Install your theme.

A WordPress theme provides all the styling of a site that you (and your audience) see on the front end. There are thousands of themes available, so choosing one might seem daunting at start. Our advice: go with something simple and easy to customize. You can always change it later. 

The AffiloTheme is a great option. Completely customizable, and built specifically for affiliate marketers, you can use this WordPress theme to bypass much of the initial learning curve other affiliate marketers will experience. You can also search for themes on a site like Theme Forest. 

  • Create content.

Finally, once your site is ready, it's time to create content for it. The content you create must be relevant to your niche but also interesting and engaging enough to keep your audience coming back. You should also ensure the site content is search engine-friendly. More details about content creation in Step 4. 

Additional Resources for Building Your Site

For more information on building your first affiliate marketing website, we recommend the following resources:

4. Produce Excellent Content

Now that your site is set up and you’ve joined an affiliate program, you’re ready to begin perhaps the most time-consuming (but potentially rewarding) part of the affiliate business: Producing content.

This is where the overused but truer-than-ever phrase “content is king” comes into play.

Your goal for your site will be to establish it as an authority site in your niche, and the main way to do this is to consistently produce unique, high-quality content.

This could consist of:

  • Product reviews.

Your affiliate site model could be based off writing reviews about different products or services. This is a common model and if done well, can prove very useful in generating affiliate income.

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For example, The Wire Cutter is focused on writing reviews of several different kinds of products and helping their readers make the best decision about the product they want to buy. After reading a review on their site, if the user clicks through to the product/service using the affiliate link, The Wire Cutter will earn a commission from. 

  • Blog posts that address common problems, questions or issues relevant to your target market.

Creating blog content is a very useful and effective way of consistently building content on a site. When creating blog posts, it's a good idea to do some keyword research to figure out what it is that your audience is interested in and searching for online. Also, be sure to research competitors, forums and social media to narrow down on topics for your blog. 

For example, Security Guard Training HQ has a very extensive blog on a variety of topics relevant for anyone interested in security guard training, jobs and more. 

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  • Evergreen content.

If you are building a site that has the potential for information that will never age and remain useful for your audience, you have the opportunity to create what is known as evergreen content. It's important to carry out extensive keyword research before planning any evergreen content for a site like this, as your site could hugely benefit from the proper usage of keywords within such content. 

For example, the content on Super Weddings is useful whether you're organizing a wedding today or next year. All the content on the site is created accordingly. To make things easier for the audience, it is separated into categories to make it very convenient for the reader to find what they're looking for. This, of course, is also very good for SEO. 

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  • Informational products.

Giving away a free informational product such as an e-book, an email series or a mini-course is a popular tactic many affiliate marketers use. Usually, your readers will have to provide their email addresses to receive the product from you. You can then use this to sell to them via email marketing. Additionally, an informational product can generate interest in the actual product you're trying to sell. If your product is popular enough and brings enough traffic to your site, you could also monetize the traffic in other ways, such as AdSense.

A good example is DatingMetrics, where you're tempted with a Free Texting Crash Course in exchange for your email. The real marketing will begin once the user has downloaded this course. 

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The type of content you create for your website will largely depend on your niche, as certain types of content perform better in some niches than others.

Remember: Purchasing generic content is NOT an effective method to build your site. While it may be tempting to populate your site this way, in the long run it won’t help you to position yourself as an expert in your niche (and ultimately means less traffic and fewer sales).

Additional Resources for Creating Your Content

5. Build an Audience

Building an audience for your site will, in some ways, follow naturally once you start producing excellent content. An interested audience will not only bring you consistent traffic, but also result in consistent sales for you. 

So how do you start building an audience for a completely new site? Here are some ideas: 

  • Promote your content via social media.

The easiest and most common way to start building an audience for a website is via social media. Depending on your niche and industry, you can choose from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and several other niche and location-specific networks. Building up an engaged and interested following on social media is a great opportunity to build relationships and once you have their trust, promote your products and services to them. 

I'll use MoneySavingExpert.com as an example again. The site has over 154,000 likes on its Facebook page and it connects with the audience by sharing links to content but also asking money-saving/budgeting related questions. The highly engaged readers then visit the website, where they read content and no doubt make purchases.

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  • Guest post on high-traffic blogs.

While your site is still new, it's a good idea to start capitalizing on someone else's audience. Continue focusing on building your own content, but also considering writing content for a few big, high-traffic blogs that are relevant for your niche. By writing content for a bigger site, you are able to get in front of another audience and showcase your expertise on a particular topic. This will eventually lead to more traffic to your site, as well. 

  • Build an email list.

Let no one tell you that email marketing is dead. An email list is crucial for every affiliate marketer. You can start building up your email list with a lead magnet (like the information products mentioned previously) or even just by encouraging your audience to sign up for your updates. You can then push your content to this audience via email and also direct them to your affiliate offers. Don't be sleazy about the sales, but if you build up enough trust with your email audience; when the time comes, they will not mind purchasing a product from you. 

  • Use basic SEO techniques to increase search engine traffic to your site.

Organic search remains an important source of traffic for any website, so it's important that you optimize your website for search engines as well. When creating your content, you must always do so keeping the reader in mind first, but don't forget to follow a few basic SEO principles as well.

Learn SEO yourself or hire a good SEO marketer to help you maximize on-page and off-page SEO opportunities for your site. If your site starts to appear in search results for terms relevant to your niche, it will be a huge boost towards building your audience (and your sales)!

  • Invest in paid advertising.

Many affiliate marketers use paid advertising to generate additional traffic to their site and drive more sales. Paid advertising on social media is often a good place to start, as these networks tend to be more affordable.You may also want to consider taking out inexpensive banner ads on small niche sites. Depending on your niche, Google AdWords could also be a good option to drive some paid traffic to your site.

Additional Resources for Building Your Audience

If you're interested in learning more about how to build an audience and start generating traffic for your site, check out the following resources:

6. Promote Affiliate Offers

Finally, the part we’ve all been waiting for!

This, my friends, is where things really kick into high gear. Many fly-by-night affiliates will jump right to this step and bypass steps 1–5 completely. And this is what will set you apart.

Once you’ve shown that you can offer something of value in your niche, it’s time to continue adding value by promoting products that will be useful and helpful for your audience.

You can promote your offers in a number of ways. It will depend on the type of site you've built and also what you're selling. Some ideas include:

  • Product reviews.

Write honest, real reviews about products. Build up trust with your audience, and remember that they rely on your opinion. Don't just point out all the positives of a product and gloss over the negatives. An honest opinion will be valued. Add compelling images and make mention of useful features, specifications and other details. 

Your product review can then link to the page (with your affiliate ID attached), where your audience can make a purchase if they're interested. If do, hooray! You've made your first sale. 

  • Banner ads.

You can put up banners on your site, to promote your affiliate offers. Most affiliate programs will usually provide their own creatives when you sign up for their offers. All you have to do is insert the banner on a highly trafficked page (your affiliate tracking is usually embedded within the code). Banner ads in the right locations can do a great job of driving sales.  

Below are some examples of banners that Templatic provides to its affiliates. 

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  • In-text content links.

This is a very common way to promote offers. For example, you will often see a blog post with links to certain products or services. If the reader clicks through and makes a purchase, the blog owner will make a commission. These in-text links blend in with other content on your site and are a great way of promoting an offer within your content, without being over-the-top salesy with banners. 

  • Email promotions.

If you have built up an email list, you could also promote your affiliate offers via email promotions. Just make sure you build up a relationship with your audience first instead of going for the hard sell straightaway. The emails you send out must contain your affiliate links to products so when your audience click through. the sale is attributed to you. 

  • Discounts and giveaways. 

Many affiliate programs will often run promotions with good discounts or giveaways that might be attractive to your audience. For example, if you're an Amazon Associate and the site have a big Holiday Sale, it would be the perfect opportunity for you to promote discounts to your website visitors. This is a great way to promote your offers while also providing good value to your audience. 

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When promoting affiliate offers, just make sure you are fully aware of all the terms and conditions attached to your affiliate program. Some programs can be strict about how they allow you to promote their products. For example, some may limit you to banner ads and links only, while others will allow you to use paid advertising, but won't allow email marketing. 

Also, make sure you have a disclaimer on your website that advises your audience that you may have links that promote affiliate offers. This is necessary for several affiliate programs and also a basic courtesy to your website visitors. In the U.S., the FTC mandates disclosure for affiliate marketers (and anyone issuing endorsements), as well.   

Additional Resources for Promoting Your Offers

7. Rinse, Lather, and Repeat

Now that you're done with Steps 1 – 6, Step 7 is simply to keep doing what you're doing. Yes, seriously!

Your ongoing work as an affiliate marketer will be to repeat steps 4 – 6 on a continual basis. Building a site up to a point where it can make you consistent income takes a bit of work and you must be willing to constantly create, promote, market, innovate and of course, sell. 

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It can feel overwhelming to do all the necessary work involved in setting up your site and building your reputation. But trust me, once you’ve made that first sale, all the hard work will be worth it!

To sum it all up, making your first affiliate commission requires a bit of work but if you break it all down and follow it step by step, it won't seem so overwhelming at all. Here's a quick recap of what you need to do:

  1. Choose your niche.
  2. Research different affiliate programs and products.
  3. Build a site.
  4. Produce excellent content.
  5. Build an audience.
  6. Promote your affiliate product(s).
  7. Repeat steps #4–7 on a continual basis!

 

As you can see, there is a tried-and-true strategy when it comes to affiliate marketing for beginners. Put in the work, and you’ll soon be reaping the rewards of your first sale. 

Do you feel overwhelmed about making that first affiliate sale? What’s holding you back from getting started? Let us know in the comments below and we'll be happy to help. 

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Halki Diabetes Remedy Review

Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate worldwide. According to International Diabetes Federation, there were approximately 425 million adults age 20 to 79 years old that were living with diabetes in 2017. This number will soar high to 629 million by year 2045. It has already caused 4 million deaths in 2017 and has caused at least 727 billion dollars in health expenditure.

There are 30.3 million people in the United States that have diabetes or equivalent to 1 out of every 10 people or 9.4% of the US population, among the 30.3 million are 7.2 million people who are undiagnosed with diabetes, that is according to National Diabetes Statistics Report.

People with Type II Diabetes are increasing in most countries not just in the United States and it is not only affecting adults but also children and adolescents. It has become a global concern, because it really is a deadly disease. In 2015, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States how much more in those countries with people diagnosed with diabetes who have less access to proper medication and equipment?

Diabetes can cause a lot of health complications, adults with diabetes are likely to die from a heart attack or stroke and according to American Diabetes Association (ADA), each year nearly 50,000 Americans seek treatment for kidney failure due to diabetes. Out of all the cases of kidney failure, 44% is attributed to Diabetes. Diabetes also caused 73,000 lower limb amputations each year!

Given the facts and numbers above, you can clearly say how seriously alarming Diabetes has become that you can’t just treat it on your own, you will be needing the help of doctors to help you make a diabetes treatment plan because you have to closely watch your blood sugar levels, this treatment combined with medication, exercise and diet are said to be effective.

If you are suffering from diabetes or you know someone who is, how do you like a 60-second habit that can reverse Type II Diabetes and can even melt away pounds of your fat? It is called the Halki Diabetes Remedy!

What is Halki Diabetes Remedy?

Halki Diabetes Remedy is a 21-day protocol to completely eliminate diabetes. This program is designed for any type II diabetic, prediabetic or anyone who struggles with losing weight especially those who are over 35.

This system helps you cure your diabetes without medications, exhausting exercises and strict dieting!

How Does Halki Diabetes Remedy Work?

You will be given instant access to the 21-day protocol to eliminate your diabetes for good. This system is jampacked with data about diabetes and everything you need to know to reverse it effectively. The truth about PM2.5 pollution will also be discussed because unlike what the world knows that it is mainly what people eat that is causing diabetes, it is actually the PM2.5 pollution.

Moreover, you will know about the inexpensive, simple and natural foods that contain 8 powerful nutrients, antioxidants that were proven in clinical studies to reverse the PM2.5 damage. you will find 42 dressing recipes that contain these 8 nutrients along with instructions and nutritional information.

This protocol was based on a diet from a small Greek Island called Halki that prevented the native people from developing insulin resistance.

The ingredients can be found in your local grocery store and takes only 60 seconds to make. This is a proven solution that targets the root cause of your diabetes, eliminating it for good.

About the Author:

Eric Whitfield is the creator of Halki Diabetes Remedy. He was inspired to create this program because his wife almost died from type II diabetes. He spent countless hours researching on the internet, visited libraries, read through medical journals, spoke to doctors, he has done everything to help his wife, but nothing really helped until he met a man from Greece who is over 50s but is still healthy and slim and energetic. This man shared his secret to Whitfield which saved his wife.

Advantages:

1. Halki Diabetes Remedy is based on scientific facts and backed with clinical studies.

2. Aside from reversing your type II diabetes, you can also benefit from its weight loss feature.

3. It is very easy to understand and follow no matter what your age is.

4. It uses safe and natural ways to cure you without using any drugs that can cause side effects.

5. It comes with FREE gifts such as Relaxed Mind Healthy Body, Energy Multiplier, and Achieve Your Goals. Each is a 10-part video series.

6. Your investment is safe with its 60 Days Money Back Guarantee.

Disadvantages:

1. It is only available in digital format and only available online.

2. This is a product from an extensive research, for those who are not fan of reading, this might take time to finish and understand.

Recommendation:

If you are suffering from diabetes, making you unable to live life to the fullest, you should act as early as now and use Halki Diabetes Remedy to completely eliminate your diabetes.

There are a lot of positive reviews for this product which can mean their lives have been changed. Not only will you be healed but you will be healthier with Halki Diabetes Remedy.

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Since everybody is cooped up and unable to socialize outside of things like Zoom and FaceTime, there is a fun option called Netflix Party to watch shows or movies with friends.

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With this Chrome extension, you can watch in sync with people and chat while you are streaming together.

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It’s a quick and easy installation when you are in the Chrome browser.

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After all, Tiger King is more fun to watch with people.

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Overnight Millionaire Review

Everybody dreams of becoming a millionaire! Of course, it takes time and hard work to achieve that dream. It takes a change of perspective to even dream it because the truth is, you cannot have a million-dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic! And Wes Virgin’s Overnight Millionaire exists to change your mind and align your life towards your dream.

What is Overnight Millionaire?

Overnight Millionaire is your very own “Bible” to Success! It is a program that extensively teaches you what it takes to achieve your million-dollar dream. It consists of valuable mindset hacks that completely takes over your system so that you can become the person that you have always wanted to become, living the life you have always dreamed of.

It gives emphasis to the power of the mind and what it does when it changes. Once your mind changes, your situation changes! If someone asks you right now, “what is your dream?”, do you have an answer? Do you have that dream that you want with all your heart and mind and for the longest time you have been trying everything to reach it yet you end up just disappointed and heartbroken, making you want to just give up? Have you read self-help books or any books you thought can bring a change in your life? Have you attended seminars and workshops believing it can help you boost yourself to continually chasing the dream that you have? Guess what, all of these may or may not work, it all depends on programming your mind, believing in yourself that you can!

What is your dream? Whatever it may be, expensive travels, a mansion, a brand-new car, a charity project, for things to change, you must first change things in your mind! And Overnight Millionaire will help you do that, to manifest in you what self-made millionaires are!

Who is the Creator of Overnight Millionaire?

Wesley Virgin is Overnight Millionaire’s creator. The Overnight Millionaire System has helped tens of thousands of people quickly programmed their mind for success. He is an investor, motivator and a serial entrepreneur. He already sold hundreds of thousands of digital products over the last 10 year and has earned $30,000,000 in just a year.

He has been featured on Forbes, Entrepreneur and Buzzfeed.

How to Use Overnight Millionaire?

Design the life that you deserve! Have a positive mind and act on your dreams! The Overnight Millionaire System will teach you the exact mindset techniques the rich and the famous use and you will get it all in this program. The 5-set MP3 Audio Series, HD Training Videos, Digital Execution Guide and Guided MP3 Meditation.

It is time to reprogram your unconscious mind for success and skyrocket your chances to manifesting your goals, all you have to do is follow the program. Listen to the audios, watch the videos over and over again. If you have had enough of the methods you used before that did not bring you any closer to your dreams, tweak your mind, have the right mindset towards success. If you want something you never had, you have to do something you have never done before. So, act now!

Advantages:

1. Achieving the Millionaire Mindset through this Bible to Success!

2. It programs your mind to help you make things happen and your life is aligned to success.

3. It focuses on optimism and gratitude, making you have the right mindset and conditioning you to achieve your dreams easier and faster.

4. Improves your confidence and overall thinking about life.

5. It has helped a lot of people change their mindset and change their lives.

6. A lot of positive testimonials how Overnight Millionaire exponentially improved their lives.

7. It motivates and inspires you to chase your dream and act because it is possible.

8. The program comes with supplementary bonus videos namely, Supernatural Wealth Frequencies, Body Stimulating Formula and A Millionaire’s Morning Ritual.

9. Backed with a Money Back Guarantee

Disadvantages:

1. Overnight Millionaire is only available in digital format.

2. Needs an internet connection to access it.

3. Follow instructions and steps regularly to achieve desired result. Results vary.

Recommendation:

Overnight Millionaire System is highly recommended for everyone who wants success in their life. This is not a get rich quick scheme because this takes effort and the right mindset to be able to achieve your dream. The techniques used in this program are proven effective as seen by the rich and famous.

The creator, Wesley Virgin has discovered and applied this program to achieve and enjoy his success. He was a dreamer who acted, he was a dreamer who was willing to change his mind and watch great things unfold before his eyes.

Choose your path and choose right! Have the right mindset and live the life you always dreamed of!

T-Shirt Affiliate Programs to Make Money with in 2019

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Find yourself an affiliate program from the listing of T- Shirt shops online. Love art! Explore the links given below to suit your required taste. A vast range of product and items are available on the individual catalogs. Commissions are highlighted just for a brief preview. Links to join affiliate programs are also highlighted. Are you an artist? Do you want to establish a reliable brand online or promote art? Stop searching, this is the place.

 

 

  • CafePress

 

Offering up to 15% commission

They offer quite a wide array of products on the sale catalogue. These include men and women wear, accessories, kids & baby category, home décor, drink ware, stationery, stickers & signs and occasion gear. Clearance sales that are well discounted are also available. T-shirt content may be words, statements, pet images, symbols, themes, memes, trending events and many more. To top it all they leave it to your imagination. A customized gift shop is available to suit your particular taste.

Join here CafePress Affiliate via CJ Affiliate

 

 

  • Think Geek

 

Offering up to 9% commission

Think Geek comprise appreciating and celebrating existing brands. Whatever they offer remind one of a certain thing or action. The major categories on site include shopping by category or interest. The former is common with the other programs too. Shopping by interest gives this particular program a unique angle. The likes of Spiderman, Game of Thrones, mimicked zombies to mention just a few are the brands they celebrate. Varied collections and products are available they include: clothes, accessories, bags, home & office, toys & games, collection i.e. statues, tools i.e. camping, knives, swords, electronics, geek kids among many others. Enticements such as free shipping have been listed on the site. Most of the items contain a higher content of symbols compared to themes, words and statements.

Join here Think Geek Affiliate via CJ Affiliate

 

  1. TilTEED

Offering up to 3-10% commission

This is the home of graphic designs, celebrated brands and cultures among other renowned brands. Any association with common trademarks is not allowed. The graphic content is varied in design and content. The items are hand crafted by artists and illustrators: free shipping is provided for goods above a given worth. Tilteed however is an umbrella of certain online shops namely: Red Bubble, Design by Humans and RIPT Apparel. Brand ambassador programs are provided at the site for promotional purposes. Due to the hybrid nature of Tilteed comprising other online shops, the commission is highly varied according to the sites as illustrated above. Popular brands represented are Doctor Who. Star wars, Harry Potter just to mention a few. The craftsman ship is very unique, versatile and attention to detail.

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  • BUSTEDTEES

 

Offering up to 11% commission

The site is made up of a collection of funny, comical, awesome and cool Tees. Busted Tees work with comedians and brands namely: college, humor, Saturday night, funny or die among others. The T-shirts are 100% cotton or blended. The catalog is composed of: TV shirts, movie shirts, gaming shirts among many more. Promotional deals are well highlighted on the site. Content represents the views of current and old school ideas, themes or events. Individual artists do contribute to the particularly vast collection. Items represent varied opinions and surely one will get one that suits their interest. Clearance sales are also available.

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  • SUPERHEROSTUFF

 

Offering up to 10-15% commission

The site is symbolic of hero brands and themes. Shopping is categorized to shop by category or shop by hero. The former consist the standard shopping catalogs. The uniqueness of this online shop is provided for by the shop by hero section comprising: DC i.e. Cyborg, Cat-woman, Super-boy, and Hawk-man among others; Marvel i.e. Ant-man, Ghost-Rider Spider-woman among others; Star-Wars i.e. Darth-Vader, Rey, Han-Solo among others; Pop-culture i.e. Hell-boy, Harry Potter, and Star-gate among others. The artistic and graphic content embodies the brand, face or characteristic identity of the referred superhero.

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  1. SNORGTEES

Offering up to $5 commission

Well they claim to have shipped a shirt to space. The brands are composed of Geek Nerd, Movies, TV, Pop Culture, Animals, Academia, Food, Games and others. Their categories include: T-shirts, Hoodies, Women, Kids and Hats. Predominantly the items are clothes and accessories. Most of the content is Text based with complimentary arts and graphics. The items are priced on the main web page and they are labeled with the message they convey. The workmanship is from a community of artists. Smile, do you prefer hard cash compared to a percentage; this is your chance.

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  1. JiNX

Offering up to 4- 7% commission

Gaming content is dominant as the main brand. Examples: Over watch, Shroud, Halo, Mine-craft, Heroes of the Storm among others. The categories are: stickers, posters, books, toys, men and women wear among others. Major emphasis is placed on Graphic content coupled with accessory text.

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  • 80sTees

 

Offering up to 18% commission

Are you a fun for throwback? You will find your preferred brand here it goes back to 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. The categories include: Christmas, movies, cartoons, TV, music, wrestling, superheroes, and games among others. Brands comprise: Rock- a-fire Explosion, Monopoly, and Tonka among others. As a unique feature holidays have been included namely: Christmas, Father’s day Halloween and many others. The commission is irresistible for a willing soul.

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  • REDBUBBLE

 

Offering up to 10% commission

Whatever you are looking for from clothes, kids section, device casing, stickers, wall art, home décor i.e. canvas, stationery, bags among others. Categories are quite varied many to choose from. Products and items are designed by independent artists whose work portfolios are available online giving you customized choice.

Join here REDBUBBLE Affiliate via ShareASale

 

 

  • DeezTeez

 

Offering up to $5 commission

Collections include: Funny tees, politics, drinking, entertainment, culture and memes among others. Art and graphic and texts are well correlated giving refined art. Funny and offensive they call it. Your wildest imagination will be captured here with no boundary, take this opportunity to run your own show in art, graphics and text art. Opportunity always has a price but this site gives you all: price and gain, the choice is yours. Take the chance, celebrate art.

Join here DeezTeez Affiliate via ShareASale

 

 

  • DESIGNBYHUMANS

 

Offering up to 3-10% commission

Featured collections include: ugly sweaters, Ramen, winter and 80’s among others. Artists are also free to showcase their work for consideration. All your desired art and graphic styles are displayed here; varied designs and tastes.

Join here Design by Humans Affiliate via ShareASale or Rakuten Marketing or Design by Humans

 

  1. CRAZYDOGTShirts

Offering up to 12.5% commission

Freedom and creativity is provided for by the custom T-Shirts category. Categories are: men, women, kids, maternity, accessories and custom T-Shirts as aforementioned. The site displays a combination of illustrative, comic and funny text and art. However text art takes precedence with customized messages relating to food, environment among other things. Smile at the free shipping offer.

Join here CRADYDOGTShirt Affiliate via ShareASale

 

 

  • PRINTFUL

 

Offering up to 10% commission

Do you want total control? Printful allows printing of custom designs on the following: phone casings, legging, skirts, dresses, bags, throw pillows, T-Shirts, posters, canvas and hats (embroidery). It gets better with self printing and sale design online. Products can be printed and shipped on demand under a person’s personal brand. The products display articulate artistic color matching with respect to fashion and design. Color and graphic art takes the lead over text art.

Join here PRINTFUL Affiliate via PRINTFUL

 

  • TEXTUALTEES

 

Offering up to 10% commission

Name it, text based, holiday, Sci-Fi, TV, movie, Geek Nerd, animal, gaming, academia among many other categories. The collection is quite integrated including a wider scope of art, text art, graphics, personalities and brands among many others. ‘Celebrate your legend via text art.’ Discounts are available on goods upon purchase.

Join here TEXTUALTEES Affiliate via ShareASale

You have seen it all and more. Have you been interested or fascinated by a particular online shop? Take it further get down to action and get involved. Celebrate the brands you adore, pass the message along visually while growing talent. Did we forget to mention power, the money it is? Join favorable affiliate programs matching your needs and friendly to your person. Don’t be limited; a start point is always the springboard for all. Commissions are either percentages of a sale or hard cash, choose. It is all centered on you. What you want, what you need, what you desire. Take the affiliate program you find generous enough and grow it. Networking is the way to go, don’t be silent shout it aloud on your chest, on your back, on your hat: wherever ‘Rock the art’ ‘Rock the pocket’.

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9 Essential Real Estate Marketing Materials You Must Have

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Heartburn No More Review

Heartburn or Acid Indigestion is a symptom of Acid Reflux which occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus irritating the tissue often causing injury to the lining of the esophagus. Heartburn feels like a burning pain in the chest that usually occurs after eating heavy food or after doing activities that require heavy respiration work and usually its pain worsens when lying down or bending over. It can be an annoyance especially that it produces a bitter or acidic taste in the mouth.

The infrequent heartburn is common which can be addressed by changing lifestyle or over the counter medications. In fact, there are about one-third Americans who have heartburn at least once a month, with 10% experiencing it nearly daily. For some, this is not a cause for concern but 75% of the nighttime heartburn patients are saying that it keeps them from sleeping and 40% of those patients’ job performance and productivity are affected!

You can avoid certain food and drinks that can trigger heartburn including spicy food, citrus products, fatty or fried foods and alcohol. Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding tight-fitting clothes can also help you avoid heartburn or dyspepsia.

But a simple heartburn may be your body’s way of telling you something about your health, so if you feel that you are experiencing heartburn regularly and it can’t be cured by over the-counter medications, you have difficulty in swallowing, you have persistent nausea or vomiting and you are losing weight because of poor appetite or difficulty of eating, it is time to seek immediate help to avoid further serious and dangerous complications.

The most common treatment for heartburn is use of over-the-counter medications like Antacids, H2Ras and PPIs but be warned, the long-term use of prescription drugs and antacids will only worsen your acid reflux condition and may lead to dangerous complications. Majority of prescription drugs even those that are not use for heartburn treatment can interfere with your liver functions and can build up toxins in your body. There are even some drugs aimed at treating acid reflux that should not be taken longer than 8 weeks or else it will stimulate your stomach to produce more acids and can cause harmful reactions in your body.

There may be an alternative treatment that won’t harm your body, a natural and safe way to completely eliminate your heartburn without feeling any harmful side effects, a treatment system like Heartburn No More.

What is Heartburn No More?

Heartburn No More is your valuable guide to permanently cure acid reflux and eliminate all the symptoms associated with it! It is the only holistic system that not only teaches you how to completely cure your acid reflux and heartburn, it can also regain your natural inner balance and achieve lasting freedom from all digestive orders without using any antacids and drugs which are harmful to your body in the long run.

How does Heartburn No More work?

Heartburn No More system battles the root cause of the problem like the acid reflux-contributing factors. Using this approach, you can enjoy a lasting effect of the eradication of acid reflux and heartburn.

This system applies to all kinds of acid reflux and heartburn conditions with the secret and natural cure methods and unique powerful techniques from 11 years of acid reflux research.

You will also gain knowledge about the foods that you should and shouldn’t be eating and what physical activity you should engage in to keep acid reflux away.

About the Author:

This holistic treatment system was created by Jeff Martin, a medical researcher, health consultant and nutritionist who suffered and battled with Acid Reflux, Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, Esophageal Reflux and Gastritis for more than a decade.

He has tried everything to cure his afflictions including physician appointments and taking prescription medicines that showed little to no results!

He has been there and suffered just like you, he knows what works and what doesn’t! After 11 years of study, research, trial and error experimentation, he has finally made the holistic system that has cured him and thousands of people worldwide.

Advantages:

1. Heartburn No More is stuffed with informative and helpful data about Acid Reflux and Heartburn and effective ways to eradicate it permanently.

2. The system is made by a credible, trustworthy expert who has been involved in the alternative health industry for years who also authored bestselling alternative health books.

3. It helps you eliminate pain and burning in the chest fast and you will feel lighter, healthier and energetic.

4. It gives a permanent and lasting solution to eliminate acid reflux and heartburn.

5. The program uses natural methods so you can avoid taking expensive drugs that can damage your internal organs in the long run.

6. It is a comprehensive and easy to understand guide. You don’t need to be medically inclined to understand it.

7. Aside from Heartburn No More Ebook, you will have awesome bonuses like The Complete Handbook of Nature’s Cures, How and When to Be Your Own Doctor, the Healing Power of Water, The Definitive Guide to Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Free Lifetime Updates and a Free One-on-One Counseling with Jeff Martin For 3 Months!

8. Feeling unsatisfied with your results? No problem! This product is backed with a 60 Days Money Back Guarantee!

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1. It is a 150-page downloadable digital product which you can only purchase online.

2. Individual results vary. The best way to see positive results is to strictly follow the systems guidelines.

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Free yourself from all the pain and discomfort that Heartburn brings using Heartburn No More which uses natural and effective methods to permanently eliminate it.

Do not wait for it to become a more serious condition and listen to what your body is telling you. Take control with Heartburn No More and enjoy a more energized and positive life.

Watch Netflix with Friends Using Netflix Party

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Since everybody is cooped up and unable to socialize outside of things like Zoom and FaceTime, there is a fun option called Netflix Party to watch shows or movies with friends.

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With this Chrome extension, you can watch in sync with people and chat while you are streaming together.

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It’s a quick and easy installation when you are in the Chrome browser.

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After all, Tiger King is more fun to watch with people.

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Affiliate Marketing for Beginners: How to Make Your First Affiliate Marketing Sale in 7 Steps

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The lure of affiliate marketing is undeniable; who can resist passive income?

But to make that passive income happen, you have got to put in some work first. 

To succeed in affiliate marketing, there are a number of crucial steps you must take before you earn that first affiliate profits. And these steps are, well … not passive.

The good news is that if you’re determined to make this work and are willing to put in the time and effort, you’re already well on your way to affiliate marketing success.

All the work you put in is to help you make your first affiliate marketing sale. There is nothing like a first sale to motivate you and make you keep at it. 

So, what do you need to do to get started?

7 Steps to Earning Your First Affiliate Commission

We've broken down the process into seven steps for affiliate marketing beginners. Following this guide will set you on the right course and have you earning your first commission in no time.

1. Choose a Niche

Before you even begin building your first site, you’ll need to decide which niche you’re going to target.

Obviously, if you don't know what your site is about or who you're going to target with it, you can't really build a site around it…can you? 

If you’ve already figured this one out, way to go! This is undoubtedly one of the most difficult and overwhelming steps.

If you don't quite know what your niche is yet, here's some advice that you might find useful. 

Some key questions to ask yourself when determining your niche are:

  • What topics am I already passionate about?

It's much easier to work on something if you're passionate about it. Plus, when you have a passion, you're usually quite knowledgeable about it too, so that definitely helps. For example if you have a passion about about makeup, your niche of choice might be makeup related, too. 

  • Is there money in this niche?

While following your passion is definitely the recommended option, sometimes the possibility of making money in a profitable niche trumps passion. So, you might not necessarily know much about your niche, but if it's likely to make you money, you can always learn more about it, right? 

For example, KitchenFaucetDivas is clearly a site that was built for profit, not passion. Unless of course there is someone out there with a serious passion for kitchen faucets! 😉 

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  • What topic could I see myself easily writing 25, 50, or 100 blog posts about?

The topic you choose must have enough depth that you can create a lot of content for it. This is important for building an authoritative site, for search engine optimization, and most importantly, for the end user. If you don't have enough content about a topic, you're not going to be taken very seriously as an authority on the topic and it's unlikely you can convince someone to make a purchase from you. 

MoneySavingExpert is a great example of a site with a topic for which you would have a never ending supply of content ideas. 

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  • Is there room in this niche for another affiliate marketer?

There are several profitable niches that are also very popular among affiliate markets (e.g., weight loss). Before jumping on board with a hugely popular niche, make sure there's enough room for you. That is — will you be able to make money and compete with already established marketers? If not, keep looking. 

  • Is there enough interest in/demand for products in this niche?

The niche you choose might draw enough interest from your audience when it comes to reading and acquiring knowledge, but are they willing to buy relevant products too? Without consumer interest in products, your niche isn't going to make you much money. 

  • Are there affiliate programs available in this niche?

This is obviously a crucial factor to consider. You might come up with an idea for a niche you know a lot about, but are there affiliate programs for the niche? No affiliate program = no sales. Time to look for a different niche. 

Additional Resources for Choosing a Niche

Want to learn more about choosing a profitable niche? Here are some excellent resources we recommend for further reading:

2. Research Affiliate Programs

Once you've decided on a niche, it’s time to find out what’s out there in terms of programs and products to promote. You've probably already done a bit of research for this while researching your niche — now you need to dig deeper. 

Choosing an affiliate program will take some work, but don’t be afraid to invest a significant amount of time into it because this is, of course, where your income will come from. Choosing the right program will make it well worth your while!

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When choosing an affiliate program, keep these key points in mind:

  • What type of merchants use the program/ affiliate network? 

You want to make sure other similar sellers are also using the network, as this can help you gauge your likelihood of success with the particular program.

  • How much commission are you likely to make from the products?

Make sure you sign up for programs that are profitable and generate a sufficient return in on investment. Some tips:

  • If using ClickBank, products should have over a 50% commission (preferably 60%), and have a high gravity rating (meaning they’re in demand).
  • For CPA (cost-per-action) programs, commissions should be over $1, and products shouldn't be overly restrictive in how you can promote them.
  • For physical products, look for commissions over $40.
     
  • Do you want to be associated with the products and services?

The products and services you will be promoting to your audience must be relevant and good quality. Make sure you believe in them and know everything about them, because this will be crucial to you delivering the sales pitch to your audience. You need to build trust with your audience so make sure the products and services you choose to promote are trustworthy enough. 

Ads like the one below often lead to sketchy products — do you want to be associated with a product that promises results that may or may not be true?

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  • What kind of support does the program provide?

Be sure to check what kind of customer support you can expect from your affiliate program once you have signed up. Do your research online and if possible, speak to other sellers using the program to get their thoughts. Can you speak to someone via phone or Skype or do you have to wait 72 hours for email responses? Be clear on this because trust me, you will need support at one point or another. 

Additional Resources to Find the Right Affiliate Program

We've given you a few quick tips to help you choose an affiliate program that is right for you. For more information, be sure to check out the following: 

3. Build a Site

Steps 1 and 2 are all about research and figuring out what's possible and profitable. Now, it's time to start putting your research into action. 

Assuming you don’t already have a website built, this will be the next step. Fortunately, building a site isn’t as complicated or labor-intensive as it was in the past.

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If you're a newbie to building sites, the easiest way to set up a site is by using WordPress. The WordPress CMS is very easy to use and while coding skills can come in handy, for the most part you will not require any tech knowledge to set up your site. 

You need to follow a few steps to have your site up and running:

  • Buy a domain.

Your domain is the address for your website (e.g., www.affilorama.com) so this is the first thing you will need to do when setting up your site. Considering there are millions of websites on the internet, it's possible that the domain name you want may already be taken by someone else. So make sure you have several options in mind. Be sure to read our advice on how to choose a good domain name

There are several places you can buy a domain, including our very own Affilorama Domain service. Other well-known options are: GoDaddy and NameCheap

  • Purchase and set up hosting. 

If your domain is your address, hosting is like the actual house within which your site will live. It's your own little slice of the internet — the place where all your website files live. Hosting is very affordable these days, so don't unnecessarily scrimp on costs. Go with a reputable, reliable provider because your affiliate marketing business depends on it. 

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For more details on how to choose a reliable host, make sure to read our free lesson on What to Look for in a Hosting Provider. Some affordable and reliable hosting providers we recommend are GoDaddy, HostGator and BlueHost

If you purchase your domain and hosting from different companies, you will need to link the two together. Don't panic, it's a simple process. Check out our lesson: Linking your Domain with Your Hosting.

  • Install WordPress.

Once your hosting is set up, you need to install a content management system (CMS) for your site. We recommend WordPress because it is easy to use and a beginner (like you!) can quite quickly figure out how it works. Most good hosting providers will have a one-click install option for WordPress, which means it will only take you a couple of minutes and you will have WordPress installed on your site. 

  • Install your theme.

A WordPress theme provides all the styling of a site that you (and your audience) see on the front end. There are thousands of themes available, so choosing one might seem daunting at start. Our advice: go with something simple and easy to customize. You can always change it later. 

The AffiloTheme is a great option. Completely customizable, and built specifically for affiliate marketers, you can use this WordPress theme to bypass much of the initial learning curve other affiliate marketers will experience. You can also search for themes on a site like Theme Forest. 

  • Create content.

Finally, once your site is ready, it's time to create content for it. The content you create must be relevant to your niche but also interesting and engaging enough to keep your audience coming back. You should also ensure the site content is search engine-friendly. More details about content creation in Step 4. 

Additional Resources for Building Your Site

For more information on building your first affiliate marketing website, we recommend the following resources:

4. Produce Excellent Content

Now that your site is set up and you’ve joined an affiliate program, you’re ready to begin perhaps the most time-consuming (but potentially rewarding) part of the affiliate business: Producing content.

This is where the overused but truer-than-ever phrase “content is king” comes into play.

Your goal for your site will be to establish it as an authority site in your niche, and the main way to do this is to consistently produce unique, high-quality content.

This could consist of:

  • Product reviews.

Your affiliate site model could be based off writing reviews about different products or services. This is a common model and if done well, can prove very useful in generating affiliate income.

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For example, The Wire Cutter is focused on writing reviews of several different kinds of products and helping their readers make the best decision about the product they want to buy. After reading a review on their site, if the user clicks through to the product/service using the affiliate link, The Wire Cutter will earn a commission from. 

  • Blog posts that address common problems, questions or issues relevant to your target market.

Creating blog content is a very useful and effective way of consistently building content on a site. When creating blog posts, it's a good idea to do some keyword research to figure out what it is that your audience is interested in and searching for online. Also, be sure to research competitors, forums and social media to narrow down on topics for your blog. 

For example, Security Guard Training HQ has a very extensive blog on a variety of topics relevant for anyone interested in security guard training, jobs and more. 

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  • Evergreen content.

If you are building a site that has the potential for information that will never age and remain useful for your audience, you have the opportunity to create what is known as evergreen content. It's important to carry out extensive keyword research before planning any evergreen content for a site like this, as your site could hugely benefit from the proper usage of keywords within such content. 

For example, the content on Super Weddings is useful whether you're organizing a wedding today or next year. All the content on the site is created accordingly. To make things easier for the audience, it is separated into categories to make it very convenient for the reader to find what they're looking for. This, of course, is also very good for SEO. 

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  • Informational products.

Giving away a free informational product such as an e-book, an email series or a mini-course is a popular tactic many affiliate marketers use. Usually, your readers will have to provide their email addresses to receive the product from you. You can then use this to sell to them via email marketing. Additionally, an informational product can generate interest in the actual product you're trying to sell. If your product is popular enough and brings enough traffic to your site, you could also monetize the traffic in other ways, such as AdSense.

A good example is DatingMetrics, where you're tempted with a Free Texting Crash Course in exchange for your email. The real marketing will begin once the user has downloaded this course. 

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The type of content you create for your website will largely depend on your niche, as certain types of content perform better in some niches than others.

Remember: Purchasing generic content is NOT an effective method to build your site. While it may be tempting to populate your site this way, in the long run it won’t help you to position yourself as an expert in your niche (and ultimately means less traffic and fewer sales).

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5. Build an Audience

Building an audience for your site will, in some ways, follow naturally once you start producing excellent content. An interested audience will not only bring you consistent traffic, but also result in consistent sales for you. 

So how do you start building an audience for a completely new site? Here are some ideas: 

  • Promote your content via social media.

The easiest and most common way to start building an audience for a website is via social media. Depending on your niche and industry, you can choose from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and several other niche and location-specific networks. Building up an engaged and interested following on social media is a great opportunity to build relationships and once you have their trust, promote your products and services to them. 

I'll use MoneySavingExpert.com as an example again. The site has over 154,000 likes on its Facebook page and it connects with the audience by sharing links to content but also asking money-saving/budgeting related questions. The highly engaged readers then visit the website, where they read content and no doubt make purchases.

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  • Guest post on high-traffic blogs.

While your site is still new, it's a good idea to start capitalizing on someone else's audience. Continue focusing on building your own content, but also considering writing content for a few big, high-traffic blogs that are relevant for your niche. By writing content for a bigger site, you are able to get in front of another audience and showcase your expertise on a particular topic. This will eventually lead to more traffic to your site, as well. 

  • Build an email list.

Let no one tell you that email marketing is dead. An email list is crucial for every affiliate marketer. You can start building up your email list with a lead magnet (like the information products mentioned previously) or even just by encouraging your audience to sign up for your updates. You can then push your content to this audience via email and also direct them to your affiliate offers. Don't be sleazy about the sales, but if you build up enough trust with your email audience; when the time comes, they will not mind purchasing a product from you. 

  • Use basic SEO techniques to increase search engine traffic to your site.

Organic search remains an important source of traffic for any website, so it's important that you optimize your website for search engines as well. When creating your content, you must always do so keeping the reader in mind first, but don't forget to follow a few basic SEO principles as well.

Learn SEO yourself or hire a good SEO marketer to help you maximize on-page and off-page SEO opportunities for your site. If your site starts to appear in search results for terms relevant to your niche, it will be a huge boost towards building your audience (and your sales)!

  • Invest in paid advertising.

Many affiliate marketers use paid advertising to generate additional traffic to their site and drive more sales. Paid advertising on social media is often a good place to start, as these networks tend to be more affordable.You may also want to consider taking out inexpensive banner ads on small niche sites. Depending on your niche, Google AdWords could also be a good option to drive some paid traffic to your site.

Additional Resources for Building Your Audience

If you're interested in learning more about how to build an audience and start generating traffic for your site, check out the following resources:

6. Promote Affiliate Offers

Finally, the part we’ve all been waiting for!

This, my friends, is where things really kick into high gear. Many fly-by-night affiliates will jump right to this step and bypass steps 1–5 completely. And this is what will set you apart.

Once you’ve shown that you can offer something of value in your niche, it’s time to continue adding value by promoting products that will be useful and helpful for your audience.

You can promote your offers in a number of ways. It will depend on the type of site you've built and also what you're selling. Some ideas include:

  • Product reviews.

Write honest, real reviews about products. Build up trust with your audience, and remember that they rely on your opinion. Don't just point out all the positives of a product and gloss over the negatives. An honest opinion will be valued. Add compelling images and make mention of useful features, specifications and other details. 

Your product review can then link to the page (with your affiliate ID attached), where your audience can make a purchase if they're interested. If do, hooray! You've made your first sale. 

  • Banner ads.

You can put up banners on your site, to promote your affiliate offers. Most affiliate programs will usually provide their own creatives when you sign up for their offers. All you have to do is insert the banner on a highly trafficked page (your affiliate tracking is usually embedded within the code). Banner ads in the right locations can do a great job of driving sales.  

Below are some examples of banners that Templatic provides to its affiliates. 

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  • In-text content links.

This is a very common way to promote offers. For example, you will often see a blog post with links to certain products or services. If the reader clicks through and makes a purchase, the blog owner will make a commission. These in-text links blend in with other content on your site and are a great way of promoting an offer within your content, without being over-the-top salesy with banners. 

  • Email promotions.

If you have built up an email list, you could also promote your affiliate offers via email promotions. Just make sure you build up a relationship with your audience first instead of going for the hard sell straightaway. The emails you send out must contain your affiliate links to products so when your audience click through. the sale is attributed to you. 

  • Discounts and giveaways. 

Many affiliate programs will often run promotions with good discounts or giveaways that might be attractive to your audience. For example, if you're an Amazon Associate and the site have a big Holiday Sale, it would be the perfect opportunity for you to promote discounts to your website visitors. This is a great way to promote your offers while also providing good value to your audience. 

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When promoting affiliate offers, just make sure you are fully aware of all the terms and conditions attached to your affiliate program. Some programs can be strict about how they allow you to promote their products. For example, some may limit you to banner ads and links only, while others will allow you to use paid advertising, but won't allow email marketing. 

Also, make sure you have a disclaimer on your website that advises your audience that you may have links that promote affiliate offers. This is necessary for several affiliate programs and also a basic courtesy to your website visitors. In the U.S., the FTC mandates disclosure for affiliate marketers (and anyone issuing endorsements), as well.   

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7. Rinse, Lather, and Repeat

Now that you're done with Steps 1 – 6, Step 7 is simply to keep doing what you're doing. Yes, seriously!

Your ongoing work as an affiliate marketer will be to repeat steps 4 – 6 on a continual basis. Building a site up to a point where it can make you consistent income takes a bit of work and you must be willing to constantly create, promote, market, innovate and of course, sell. 

Review of Key Points

It can feel overwhelming to do all the necessary work involved in setting up your site and building your reputation. But trust me, once you’ve made that first sale, all the hard work will be worth it!

To sum it all up, making your first affiliate commission requires a bit of work but if you break it all down and follow it step by step, it won't seem so overwhelming at all. Here's a quick recap of what you need to do:

  1. Choose your niche.
  2. Research different affiliate programs and products.
  3. Build a site.
  4. Produce excellent content.
  5. Build an audience.
  6. Promote your affiliate product(s).
  7. Repeat steps #4–7 on a continual basis!

 

As you can see, there is a tried-and-true strategy when it comes to affiliate marketing for beginners. Put in the work, and you’ll soon be reaping the rewards of your first sale. 

Do you feel overwhelmed about making that first affiliate sale? What’s holding you back from getting started? Let us know in the comments below and we'll be happy to help. 

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How To Skyrocket Lead Capture Form Conversions (5 Tips)

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When you start a business, you put a lot of thought into your conversion strategy and how you’ll garner enough customers to build ROI. But have you put the same effort into creating optimized lead capture forms?

Too many marketers overlook the importance of a well-designed contact form and how it affects their conversions. A staggering 81 percent of users have abandoned a form after beginning to fill it out, which means not enough businesses are doing their job to cater to their website visitors.

To move customers through the sales funnel, you need to gain their trust, and building an email list is the perfect first step. However, converting visitors to subscribers is challenging when you don’t create optimized lead capture forms.

For any business to generate leads and build ROI, it needs to provide a smooth UX for the visitor. Forms that fail to cater to the consumer push them to bounce from your website and never return.

So, if you want to boost your lead capture form conversions, here are five tips to help you get started.

Use a Single-Column Format

A recurring theme of successful lead forms is that they don’t overwhelm the user. Remember, you want to provide a pleasant experience for the user from start to finish so it’s easier to complete.

Opt for a single-column layout in your lead form. They’re simple, minimal, and easier for users to focus on and finish. Users filling out your form will likely be new to your brand, and presenting them with a lot at once might scare them away.

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Reduce Form Fields

People don’t have the patience to fill out tons of information about themselves on your website, especially if they’re relatively new. You want to make it as easy as possible to grab their contact information.

So, you need to reduce the number of fields in your form and asking only for essential information. HubSpot found that minimizing the number of form fields from four to three increased their lead conversions by a whopping 50 percent. Even the simplest tweak can make all the difference in how your forms perform with visitors.

Eliminate any confusion your form might present to users. Specify which fields are required and which are optional. If some fields need more context or explanation, make sure to provide it. This makes it easier for users to move through your form without issue, thus increasing your conversions.

Don’t Ask for Too Much

Visitors who are new to your website need to build trust with your brand before they can move through the conversion funnel. People aren’t keen to share their personal information with just anyone, so you need to make sure they feel comfortable while on your site.

Avoid asking for too much information in your form. This means asking only for what’s necessary and nothing more. Many businesses make the mistake of creating a form that’s invasive to new visitors and scares them away.

You don’t need home addresses, phone numbers, and birthdays right away, so leave it out of your lead form. In the beginning, the most you should expect from users is their email address and name.

Include Social Proof

When someone signs up for an email list, it means they trust that brand enough to hand over their information and be contacted later. But to get to that point, you need to build brand credibility with your audience, and you can do that with social proof.

Social proof is a psychology trick that marketers use to reel in site visitors and gain their trust. By showing users that many others like them are performing certain actions, it’ll convince them to do the same.

For example, some ecommerce stores display live buying activity on their website so users can see the purchases happening in real-time. You can do this by using a social proof tool like TrustPulse.

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Other popular forms of social proof include:

  • Ratings and reviews
  • Customer and client testimonials
  • Case studies
  • User-generated content
  • Certificates
  • Social media shares and mentions
  • Social proof is important for any marketing strategy because it builds credibility between your brand and its audience. Users can’t navigate your lead form and move through the conversion funnel if they don’t trust your brand first. So, you need to make sure to establish key points of trust on your website in the form of social proof.

    Optimize Your Call-to-Action

    Your call-to-action needs to reel in visitors and entice them to click through. Users are used to the common CTA catchphrases overused by many, including:

  • Submit
  • Download
  • Join
  • While these verbs are straightforward, they don’t encourage visitors to take action because they’re boring. You need to harness your creativity in all areas of your marketing to build your customer base, and that includes your CTAs.

    Use relevant, targeted keywords in your CTAs to grab users’ attention and convince them to convert. If you have a specific offer or deal, you can mention that in the text.

    Netflix used specificity in their CTA text to collect visitors’ email addresses and provide them with a 30-day free trial:

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    Your Turn

    Whether you want to grow your blog or boost sales, every marketer should know how to create a lead form that converts visitors into subscribers. They lay the foundation for your customer base and are an important part of your business’ success. You need to prioritize the UX you provide on your site to ensure you cater to user needs, and this includes your contact forms. How will you increase your lead capture form conversions?

    Syed Balkhi is an award-winning entrepreneur and online marketing expert. He is the co-founder of OptinMonster, WPBeginner, MonsterInsights, and WPForms.

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