Website Or No Website…That’s The Question

Do you want to make money through the Internet but you don’t have enough experience or capital to start your own online business? You don’t have to worry, for a lot of online marketing options exist for you to start with. One of these options, and shall I say the best, is affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing provides first time online marketers like you the chance to market something online even without having your own product to sell. All you have to do is to sign up with an affiliate marketing program, which is usually owned by an online merchant or retailer, and start picking the products you want to promote. As an affiliate, you are paid by the merchant for your services on a commission basis, that is whenever you have directed a visitor to the merchant’s site and the visitor actually buys something.

Becoming an affiliate in an affiliate marketing program is often quick and easy, and for most affiliate programs, signing up is also free. But despite these and all the benefits being promised by affiliate programs, many people are still hesitant to get into affiliate marketing. One of the reasons why a lot of people remain hesitant is the lack of a website to start marketing his affiliate products with. This now leads us to the question of whether a website is required or necessary in affiliate marketing or not.

Many people say that one can do affiliate marketing even without a website to start with. Actually, one can really start promoting and marketing his affiliate products even without a website; and there exist a lot of ways on how this can be done. In fact, many affiliate marketing strategies that leads to success can exist without actually needing a website. Among these strategies are email marketing, offline promotions, writing e-books, writing ezines and engaging in online discussions like forums, chats, message boards and others.

*Email Marketing

Email marketing, or maintaining email lists, is actually the most popular affiliate marketing strategy that doesn’t require the affiliate to maintain a website. In this affiliate marketing strategy, what you basically do is maintain a list of the email ads of your prospective customers and provide them with articles that are relevant with the affiliate products and programs you are promoting. Articles that you provide your contacts with need not always be promotional, for many individuals find such types of email annoying. Rather, it would be better if you provide them with something informative and just add small text ads that link to your merchant’s site.

*Offline Promotion

There are many ways on how you can promote your affiliate products offline. Among the common medium used for such promotions are classified ads, brochures and flyers. Classified ads would generally work better compared to the other two because classified ads in periodicals often get a wider audience.

*Writing Free e-books

If you have a knack in writing, writing an e-book can be the best way for you to promote your affiliate products in the absence of an actual website. Just like in emails and newsletters, your readers would better appreciate your e-book if it is not too promotional but rather informative. Be sure, however, to make the contents of your e-books relative to the actual affiliate products you are promoting. And just like in email marketing, you can just place text ads or banners somewhere near the end of your e-book that links to the merchant’s site.

*Writing Free Ezines

Ezines are publications or articles that aim to inform individuals about a particular topic. If you don’t have a website and yet want to be an affiliate, you can well use ezines to promote your affiliate products or to insert links to your merchant’s site. If you have a website, your ezine article may actually work well as content for your site. But since you have no website, you can just submit your free ezine articles to various websites that hosts ezines, like goarticles.com, ezinearticles.com and others.

*Online discussions (Forums, Chats, Message Boards, etc.)

With or without a website, you just can’t ignore online discussions because they are great venues for marketing your affiliate products. In chats, forums, message boards and discussion boards with topics related to your products, you can easily find people who may be interested with the products you are promoting.

With all these strategies, it may appear that one really doesn’t need to have a website to start marketing his affiliate products and promoting his affiliate programs. Well, starting in an affiliate program without a website may be easy, but getting successful in affiliate marketing without a website is another thing. While one can actually gain enormous success in affiliate marketing even without a website, it is a rare instance that “newbies” like you can reach the same levels of success.

Having a website is not really a pre-requisite in entering into an affiliate program, unless otherwise the program owner would require you to have one. But while this is so, I would still recommend that you have for yourself a website, if not now, then maybe at a later time. Having a website creates a lot of advantages in affiliate marketing. For one, it provides you a place where you can creatively promote not only one of your affiliate products but all of your affiliate products. With a website, you can also advertise your affiliate products to a wider market.

Again, having a website is not a requirement in affiliate marketing. But with the advantages that a website can provide, I’d rather have one for myself and make affiliate marketing a lot easier for me.

Lead Generating Tools

10 Ways To Make Your Emails Grab Attention!

10 Ways To Make Your E-mails Grab Attention!

1. Use extra white space creatively in your subject
line. You can add extra blank spaces between your
words or letters.

2. Combine capital letters with lower case letters.
Use all capital letters in every other word or use a
capital letter between every other lower case letter.

3. Add text symbols in your subject line. You could
use them between words and letters. Start and end
your subject with a text symbol. ( *, $, >,{,] )

4. Begin your subject line with the word “STOP!”.
People have been trained their whole life to stop
what they are doing when they see that word.

5. Ask people a question in your subject line. We
all went to school and were repetitively branded to
answer questions.

6. Use the word “FREE” in your subject line. Your
offer should be attractive to your target audience.
It could be free information, software, trials, etc.

7. Begin your subject line with an “online smile :)”.
People use smiles offline to gain people’s attention
and to win their trust, why not use them online too.

8. Don’t use unbelievable claims in your subject line.
People have been or know someone who has been ripped
off and have trained themselves to ignore those claims.

9. Don’t use all capital letters in your subject line.
It is hard to read, looks unprofessional, and on the
internet it’s considered a symbol for shouting.

10. Test different subject lines to see which ones
draw the most traffic to your web site. Also, read
the FAQ before posting a message or ad anywhere.

To Your Success,
Rose Vidal
http://www.2forcash.com

 

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2 Great Choices When promoting Your Business Sites

I know that some of you have a variety of tools you use to promote your business but I think it is so much easier when your tools are all in one place. I have tested 2 and one I have used for a long time but now they have added many more great features so I upgraded to Gold to really use all they have to offer.
This is the first one and they have a free option too.


 

The second one is this one:

Both of these sites offer all you need to grow your list and business. One is very low priced and if you are just starting out it is a great option because it offers a lot of features for the money.
For something more powerful and high tech you should go with LGT at the top because they are the complete package for any internet marketer that wants to grow their list and business fast.

Well I just wanted to share that because I have been using them and am having great response with both sites. I will usually test out the sites before I recommend them because if I don’t use it I will not recommend it. I do still use 12 Second Commute but due to all the changes they have made I am moving over to LGT Gold as it is the best option for me at this time.

Hope you will give them a try as they both offer a free option.

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Research in Advertising

Research in advertising is done in order to produce better advertisements that are more efficient in motivating customers to buy a product or a service. The research can be based on a particular advertising campaign or can be more generalized and based on how advertisements create an effect on people’s mind. Lots of approaches are involved to go about conducting an advertising research like economical, psychological, demographical and sociological.

When designing an advertisement for a particular product many things should be researched like where it should be displayed, whether the advertisement can be printed in newspapers or magazines or broadcasted on television or radio or published on the Internet. Many methods are undertaken to collect relevant information. The research itself is of two kinds, syndicated and customized. Syndicated research is a single research done by the company that is available to other companies as well. Customized research is research based on certain criteria and is done for a particular company and its results are available to only that company.

Pre-testing or copy testing is a type of customized research that determines the in-market efficiency of an advertisement before it is released or before the final production. The more the pre-testing is done the more likely that it will be a successful advertisement and each pre-testing should be applied number of times. This can done by studying the level of attention the customers have, motivation, brand linkage, communication and entertainment. Flow of emotions and flow of attention are broken down and studied individually. The results are applied on the advertisement that is still being developed to recognize the weak points and replace them. A reliable feedback loop can guide the researchers, client and the agency to work in harmony. Tests should be applied during the storyboard stage of ad making. This is an early stage and the results are highly predictive. During this process images are selected and used as integrated campaign print ad.

Post-testing or ad tracking studies are either syndicated or customized. Studies are done over a period of time or continuously. The in-market research is done to understand a brands linkage, performance, awareness, and preference along with product attitudes and usage. They are done by, conducting interviews either on phone or Internet. Testing the finished advertisement provides the confidence and gives an idea whether it is following the strategy.

All the above studies should facilitate the client’s advertisement development make the end product easier to achieve. The study should contain rational information having not only surface knowledge but also provide deep in-sight that will open window to a customer’s mind. The customer, too, should provide precise information based on facts and not based on imaginary thinking and self-delusion. He should be able to explain the role of advertisement in the whole marketing plan. Working in vacuum doesn’t get the desired result.

The basis is to provide in-depth understanding about the consumers for improving on the advertisement techniques and other marketing decisions. The traditional methods of qualitative and quantitative techniques have been improved to analyze the information with good insight.

The rapidly changing likes and needs of the customers are difficult to track, but should be studied in order to increase the quality of advertisement. The changes are because of the huge number of options offered to them by the market.

Autoresponders and Shopping Cart Integration

Autoresponders and Shopping Cart Integration

When people place orders through your website, it is always a good idea to immediately acknowledge the purchase. One way to do this is with the use of an autoresponder that can be integrated with your shopping cart. In fact, many shopping carts that are available today have their own autoresponders built into the system.

When you set up your autoresponder to send a message to someone that has placed an order, there are several things that should be included in the message. This is an opportunity to ‘speak’ to your customer, and to let them know about other deals that you have or special items that you have available.
You should not miss this opportunity.

Do not try to get your ‘thank you’ sales message on the same autoresponder as the customers email receipt. Putting the sales message on an email that is automatically sent to grant the customer access to their purchase is also a bad idea – that would go better with the receipt. Make sure your ‘thank you’ sales message is a message that is sent out all by itself, so your customer can focus solely on that!

Thank the customer for their recent purchase. Tell them how much their purchase will help them, and then tell them about other available products that work well with the one that they just purchased, or that are similar to the one that they just purchased in some way. For instance hair conditioner works with hair shampoo. Vacuum cleaner bags or carpet powder works well with vacuum cleaners. Just let them know about the various products that you offer that will compliment their purchase in some way.

The important thing is to not let your customer get away without further contact! Think about being in a brick and mortar store. When you go up to the counter to pay, there are many items there for sale. These items are meant to be picked up as last minute purchases, or impulsive purchases. Your ‘thank you’ sales letter serves the same purpose.

Don’t make the mistake of bombarding your customer! You can usually send them periodic information about your specials after they have made a purchase through you, but emailing them on a daily basis with your offers is not good business!
Use your autoresponder responsibly! Make sure that your autoresponder is set up to handle automatic remove requests, and make sure that the information that you are sending your customers is of value to them.

Multi Level Marketing: Generating Leads

Is your monthly income not sufficient that you find yourself frequently not meeting ends? Have you considered becoming a multi level marketing distributor? Do you know it can make you more money and build your own business?

Multi level marketing is a business system in which consumer products are sold by the distributors who have signed up with the company. The distributors have the option to sell a minimum or more amount of products each month to generate commissions.

Or they don’t have to sell at all, just purchase the required initial amount, but have to recruit enough dealers, who also need to buy or sell a minimum amount of products, to earn the commissions.

Recruiting new dealers or distributors is the main agenda of the multi level marketing business system. People have to go out with a list of prospects to encourage them to join the business group.

But the problem nowadays with this system is that more people have grown wary of the pyramid scams, which were actually patterned after the successful MLM business system. So, if you are working to recruit people, it is advised to expect more rejections than people signing up.

The same goes if you are working in an internet MLM. It is as hard convincing online people to follow and join you in your business. If you don’t know how to generate leads, it is going to be more difficult for you to accumulate members.

In fact, the fastest way to make that internet MLM work out is to have a generous and steady flow of MLM leads. Without a steady list of prospects who will be your future team members, your business will have a slim chance of growing. Unless you have a constant source of recommendations or referrals, you need to work out to get on those good leads.

If you have no idea how, check the following ideas.

Create a website

With a website, you will have a source where you can set up your own contact form which people can use to submit their personal information and email addresses. Be sure to build a great site so that more people will be interested visit and come back and you will rapidly earn a good sized mailing list.

Set up a Contest in your Site

A contest can be run in your website wherein participants are required to submit their entries complete with their contact information. You can offer prizes and in exchange you get their contacts so that you can promote to them your product or service.

Create a Social Network Account

This is another good way of accumulating a list of potential sales dealers for you. Nowadays, there are various social network sites that are free to sign up. Through these sites, you can earn prospects by inviting them to become your social network friends. Be sure to be nice always and avoid appearing pushy to avoid scaring them off.

Give Free E-books

Offering anything that is free is probably the easiest way to entice your readers to submit their email address and personal information. The free e-book can be sent out to every reader who agreed to receive the free item in exchange of entering their contact details and putting those in the mailing list. The one-time expense you spend on the free e-book is nothing compared to how much contact lists you are going to earn at the end of this scheme.

Tracking Autoresponder Responses

As an Internet marketer, it is vitally important to know how well your advertising campaigns are doing. Advertising campaigns cost a lot of time and money, and campaigns that are not doing well need to either be changed or scraped. When using autoresponders for purposes of Internet marketing, you will be able to tell how well your autoresponder messages are doing by using response tracking.

Autoresponder response tracking is usually easily set up with the higher quality paid autoresponder services. Using the tracking set up tool, you simply enter the web site address that you want your readers to visit, and the software generates a brand new URL. This URL is used track the number of clicks that you have from the autoresponder message to the website that you are promoting.

When a person clicks on that special URL, the click is captured, and they are automatically redirected to the website that you intended them to arrive at. The
visitor does not know that they have been redirected in most cases. You can monitor the results through the control panel of your autoresponder service account. The control panel will tell you how many messages were delivered, and how many clicks were received. Most quality autoresponders will even include a feature that allows you to track how many of the emails were opened. This is a great marketing research tool for mass email marketing.

Not all autoresponder services offer tracking abilities such as this. If tracking is important to you, you need to make sure that this is one of the features of the autoresponder service before you sign up. This feature gives you the ability to know whether the message you are sending out is effective, or if changes need to be made. It also allows you to see if the sales copy on your website is effective, in a ‘round-about’ way. For instance, if you are getting thousands of clicks from the autoresponder message, but very few clicks from the sales page to the order page, you know that the autoresponder message is working, but the sales copy is failing.

If you have never tracked your autoresponder responses before, you should definitely consider it. Again, this information allows you to find out what is working, and what is not working. It will essentially make your autoresponder marketing much more effective and profitable. You will most likely be very surprised at the results of the tracking!

Using an Autoresponder to Publish an Ezine

There are many uses for an autoresponder. One such use is the publishing and distribution of an
ezine or newsletter. Since autoresponder services usually are set up to send automatic responses to
the people on the list at certain intervals after they sign up, setting up an autoresponder to send out an
ezine can be a little confusing.

Depending on the service or autoresponder that you are using, you will need a ‘broadcast’ feature. The
broadcast feature works essentially the same as the autoresponse feature, with one big difference. The
messages are not sent out at intervals. The messages can, however, be scheduled to go out on
a certain day, which has no bearing on when the subscriber was actually added to the mailing list.
Broadcast messages are ‘one time’ messages that are only sent to your current mailing list. People
who sign up for your list after the broadcast has been sent do not receive it, unless the specifically
request it with an autoresponder address, which you must set up.

Using the broadcast feature of most autoresponder services, you can simply go and either type your
newsletter, or copy and paste it into the editor, then choose to send the broadcast to your entire mailing
list. More advanced autoresponder services will usually have broadcasting features.

Using an autoresponder to maintain a mailing list and to distribute a newsletter is a wonderful idea.
Your subscribers can easily opt-in, or opt-out, and all of the distribution is handled for you, based on
the schedule that you set. List maintenance can become very difficult without the automation that
autoresponders provide. You can write each issue of your ezine or newsletter well in advance, and
have it delivered to your mailing list, no matter where you are or what you are doing. That is the
beauty of automation!

Since all past broadcast and autoresponse messages are saved, you can easily refer back to
old issues, or allow people to request past issues. You can also use the tracking feature throughout
each issue of the newsletter to determine how many clicks you are getting for the various products
or websites that you promote in your ezine.

If you have not yet purchased an autoresponder or signed up with any autoresponder service, make
sure that you inquire about the broadcast feature first. Not all autoresponders or autoresponder
services have this feature, and as your marketing progresses, you will find that this is one of the most
useful features of the service or program.