CAN AFFILIATE MARKETING BUY YOU HAPPINESS?

Everybody is looking to make more and more money. As shallow as it may sound, money can buy happiness. So if money can buy happiness and you are making that money through affiliate marketing, then it can be said that affiliate marketing can buy happiness as well. Affiliate Marketing can create passive residual monthly income, so along with the happiness that it can bring it can also give you peace of mind knowing that you have enough money coming in every month with out having to do anything else to pay for everything and anything you should want in life.. Having money means you do not have to worry about paying your bills or not having health insurance for your child or for yourself in case a medical emergency should arise. It means you can buy the things you want for you wife, children and family without fear and you can go to the places you want for family vacations without having to sacrifice memories for money. Money alone can not make you happy and having your family and loved ones around to share the wealth with you makes having money all the better, but it sure can help.
BUT PLEASE REMEMBER WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY!   
Making that kind of money (life changing passive residual income) is difficult, working a conventional job will not net you the kind of money you would like, especially passive residual monthly income. So that is why so many people turn to affiliate marketing to create and build their own home businesses. While online businesses can make you a lot of money, do not buy into the hype that it is some get rich quick scheme. Even if it is on the internet, it is still a business and you need to treat it as such. It will require a lot of time and effort to build up. To that end there are several tips you can follow to help you out.


1. Set Realistic Work Hours:

While working whenever you want is nice, most of us lack the self discipline to actually do that. We would constantly go “oh I’ll do that later” and when later comes, we will just say that again until the day is already over. So for most of us we need a more structured environment, which we can get from setting a specific schedule where we can work and use affiliate internet marketing to promote our websites.

2. Designate A Quite Work Space:

It is important to pick out an area in your house that will be used as your work area. Whether an officer or just a corner in a quiet area. Somewhere that you can go “ok, time for work.” it can help get you in the right mindset and push aside distractions that might hamper your work.

3. Have The Necessary Tools.

Working online means you need some software to help you out. The most important software you will need is an autoresponder, it has and always will be your #1 marketing tool and having one is mandatory for success. I use Trafficwave Autoresponder because of the “UNLIMITED SUBCRIBERS” feature, their reputation and their affiliate program is the best one around. The amount of money you can make with them just as an affiliate is Incredible. If you are interested in getting an autoresponder for your affiliate business go to

4. Connect With Like Minded Individuals.

There are a lot of people out there working on the same niche as you, and some of them will have already succeeded and be making money. Contacting them and asking them for help on how to affiliate internet marketing and any other questions you may have is important.

5. Maintain Your Health.

This may seem a little silly and out of place, but when working online you and only you are responsible for the success of your business. If you get laid up from being sick, then your business suffers. As well the nature of your business means you will be spending a lot of time in your chair, staring at your monitor. Make sure to take breaks as needed and get enough exercise to compensate for sitting down for hours at a time. I myself get up every 40-45 minutes and stretch for my legs and arms for 5 minutes. I noticed that it helped with my concentration and I didn’t get as tired when I got up and took a break and stretched. “IT WILL REALLY IMPROVE YOUR OVERALL HEALTH TO INCLUDE A STRETCHING REGIMINE WHILE WORKING ONLINE, OR EVEN DOING SOME OTHER EXERCISE THAT INCREASES THE HEART RATE AND GET YOUR BLOOD FLOWING.  PUSH-UPS OR SIT-UPS AND EVEN JUMPING JACKS CAN ALSO WORK GREAT, NOT TO MENTION HOW IT WILL HELP YOUR OVERALL MENTAL FOCUS WHILE WORKING ONLINE FOR HOURS AT A TIME






9 AFFILIATE MARKETING MISTAKES TO AVOID

Are You Promoting Affiliate Offers And Not Getting The Results You Need?

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money, but it’s not necessarily as easy as it sounds. Too many affiliate marketers are actually making HUGE mistakes that cost them time, money, and may even hurt their reputations permanently.  Fortunately, once you’ve identified these killer mistakes, it’s easy to correct them so you can stop making them in your own affiliate marketing campaigns.
If you’ve been wondering why your affiliate marketing campaigns aren’t as effective as you’d hoped, you might be making one or more of these big mistakes than could be seriously hampering your efforts.
In this post, you’ll learn about the most common mistakes made by affiliate marketers (even some highly experienced marketers make these mistakes!)
You’ll also learn how to keep from making these mistakes yourself (and how to keep from repeating the same mistakes over and over again as so many people seem to do.)

So Let’s Get Started.

Mistake #1– Focusing On Sales

We understand that the main goal of affiliate marketing, at least for the marketers themselves, is to make sales. That much is obvious.

But you should never focus on “selling”.

Instead, your main focus should be on helping people. No matter what your market, you should be focused on helping your market in some way, because this is how you add value to your affiliate offers and how you get the audience in that market to trust you and want to buy from you.

It doesn’t matter what your market is, your main goal is helping people. Period.

  • Weight loss? You’re helping people get in shape and get healthy.
  • Internet marketing? You’re helping people make money and achieve financial freedom.
  • Socks? You’re helping people keep their feet warm and dry and look fashionable at the same time.

Always focus on helping your target customers. This will help you build a rapport with the people you’d like to sell to, making your job easier and giving you a reason to feel good about yourself at the same time!  Here at the BestBonusBlog our focus is not on sales, sure we look for high converting offers and talk about popular launches, but we’re always 100% focused on finding the best solutions, the coolest software and tools and providing the most value to our readers and it works – The more people we help, the more commissions we make and the more contests we come out on top.  Try shifting your focus and watch your commissions increase as a result.

Mistake #2– Not Testing

Testing is one of those things that everyone seems to know they’re supposed to do, but almost no one actually does.

Why exactly is testing so important, anyway?

Well, let’s say you’re achieving a 2.5% conversion rate on an offer you are promoting. Not too bad, you might think. After all, you have considerable competition, and you aren’t really standing out well in your market.

But what if one simple tweak, something perhaps as simple as adding ONE WORD to your squeeze page or changing ONE IMAGE on your blog’s main page could increase that to a 5% conversion?

2.5% higher doesn’t sound like all that much of a difference until you realize that’s DOUBLE the conversion rate, DOUBLE the customers, and DOUBLE the income. From making one change! Isn’t that worth it?

The thing is, you’ll never know what might make a difference if you don’t test.

Mistake #3– Sticking With MMO Products

MMO, or Make Money Online, is one of the most financially lucrative markets there is, but it’s a mistake to concentrate solely on that one market. Did you know that even the biggest internet marketing (I.M.) gurus have diversified into other markets?

That’s because any niche, no matter how lucrative, has a maximum income cap that you can reach. Eventually, you could reach virtually the entire market, and your income will suffer because you have nothing new to sell to them and no way to add new value.

Sure, this is an extreme example. The fact is, no market has an absolute cap, because new customers are being born and growing up all the time. But think about it. Once you’ve hit a plateau, your income stagnates.

But if you diversify, if you branch out into other markets, you’ll always have fresh products to promote. You’ll always have new value to add. You’ll always be able to make money because you’re not pigeonholed into one specific market.

I know it may be tempting to start with the MMO niche because it can be extremely lucrative and you’re learning a lot about it yourself, but unless you can help someone in that niche because you are an expert yourself, you’re better off trying a niche where you have more to add.  For example, we spent 4 years in the Internet Marketing industry and had spent tens of thousands of dollars on products, training and tools ourselves and generated over 2 million dollars selling online ourselves (so we know what works, helps and is useful) before we started recommending marketing related products here at the BestBonusBlog.com

Mistake #4– Spreading Yourself Too Thin

The temptation is great, especially for new affiliate marketers, to spread themselves too thin by branching out into too many markets. Maybe they buy 50 domains all at once, or they set up blogs in 13 different niches in one week. But this is a surefire route to getting it wrong!

You should focus on one or two key niches at a time, and diversify once you’ve made some real headway into those niches. Unless you can hire someone to manage multiple blogs, multiple products, multiple email lists, multiple social media pages and accounts… you’re doing yourself a huge disservice if you diversify too widely in the beginning.

Choose a few markets initially, and only diversity further once you’ve really made some real headway into those first niches. Once you have some decent traffic, a small mailing list that’s growing, some social media presence that’s making a difference… then you can think about trying out new niches.

Don’t make the mistake of spreading out too far too fast. You’ll find that you can never make a real difference in any one niche, because you aren’t putting enough effort into one to make any headway.




Mistake #5– Joining Too Many Affiliate Programs

Another major temptation for affiliate marketers is to join too many affiliate programs because they aren’t sure which one will be the most profitable for them.

Well, let me let you in on a little secret.

They can ALL be profitable for you!

Trust us, as long as you’re sticking to the legitimate affiliate programs with well-known companies, you’re almost always going to see some nice results. There’s a reason why their affiliate programs are so popular!

Choose your two or three starter niches, and then find 2-3 affiliate programs for each one. Make sure you can find at least one really hot product at each affiliate program that looks like it will convert well in your niche, and then stick to promoting that product for a while before you try something new.

If you join too many affiliate programs at once, you’ll find that you take a very long time to reach the minimum payouts required for each affiliate program, because you’ll be making $2 here, $8 there, $22 somewhere else… it’s madness!

It’s much better to sell three different products via one single affiliate program than it is to sell fifty products from thirty-five different affiliate programs.

Not only that, but if you’re a member of too many programs, you’ll be more apt to forget the rules of each affiliate network and end up getting banned, because there’s just too many to keep track of.

Some of the best or most popular affiliate programs include:

Check these programs to see which ones have products that fit with your market, and then stick with those programs for a while. You may find you never need to move past these few programs.

Mistake #6– Not Tracking Results

If you start seeing a good number of sales, you’ll soon start to wonder which of your marketing efforts is the most productive. You’ll obviously want to concentrate more of your efforts on those methods that are making you the most money. But what if you have no idea which areas to concentrate on, because you don’t know which methods are working?

Enter TRACKING.

Tracking, quite simply, lets you know where your traffic is coming from and where it’s going. Simple tracking is as simple as using a tracking code through your affiliate program.

For example, you can create a unique tracking ID for each website you own on the Amazon affiliate network. Or if you promote products through ClickBank, you can add a custom code word to your affiliate links to allow you to find out where every sale you refer came from.

You could also go into much more detail by using your own affiliate tracking script that will allow you much more detailed information about your clicks and sales. This is advanced stuff, so you might not need it right away. But you definitely need SOME sort of tracking in place so you can figure out which of your methods is working best!

Mistake #7– Giving Up Too Quickly

If we had a dollar for every person we’ve seen give up trying to make money online, we’d be lighting our cuban cigars with $100 bills on the way to the golf course in our Bentleys. The internet is littered with blogs that have only one or two posts, and affiliate accounts that never send the first referral.

What are some common reasons for giving up?

  • Not making money too quickly
  • Not getting traffic quickly
  • Not getting accepted to many affiliate networks
  • Feeling like it’s too much work
  • Thinking affiliate marketing is a “scam”

The one thing most of these things have in common is expecting things to happen overnight. Affiliate marketing isn’t a “scam” just because you didn’t make $10,000 or even $1,000 your first month. You can’t expect to take a brand new domain with no backlinks to 100,000 pageviews a month right away. These things take time.

If you give up too quickly, you’ll never know what could have been. You never know, you could be the next internet millionaire, but you’ll never know if you give up before it happens!




Mistake #8– Competition Fear

A lot of people try to stick to the “low hanging fruit”, because they’ve been told that’s what they should do as newbies. Or they do it because they’re terrified that they’ll never be able to compete against the millions of other websites out there.

BULLSHIT!

You can compete in ANY niche! we’ve known complete newbies who managed to crack super tough niches like MMO and weight loss right off the bat.

Is this likely? Of course not.

Is it possible? Definitely.

We don’t advise new affiliate marketers to tackle these extremely tough niches immediately, but you don’t have to choose tiny, obscure niches that aren’t likely to make you much money, either. If there’s not much competition, it’s because there’s not much money there. Trust us, there ARE no “undiscovered” or “untapped” niches anymore.

There may have been a few years ago, but that ship has sailed. If it’ll make money, it’s already making someone money. Probably a lot of people.

Don’t fear competition, just be wary of it. You WANT competition, trust us. Too much competition is a difficult thing to overcome, but choose niches that have a decent amount of competition, because that’s where the money is.

Mistake #9– Ignoring Competition

While it’s important not to fear competition, it’s also important to be sensible. Expecting to make a fortune overnight in a super-competitive niche like weight loss is a sure recipe for disappointment.

What you need to do in the beginning is target niches that:

  1. Have a healthy amount of competition
  2. Don’t have so much competition that it’s difficult to get traffic
  3. You have some interest or knowledge in

If you have absolutely no interest or knowledge in a niche, it will be harder to create content, harder to identify with your target market, harder to sell products you know little to nothing about, and harder to get traffic.

Do you need to be an expert to conquer a market? Absolutely not! In fact, you could probably do well in a niche that you know NOTHING about, just learning as you go.

But if you have absolutely no interest in the subject, it’s going to make it much, much easier to give up. You’ll simply get bored, because your work day becomes such a grind that you’ll throw your hands up in frustration and flip on the television or head out to the lake.

So how do you choose your first few niches?

Make a list of some topics you have an interest in. we’d say 10-20 topics would be enough to get started.

Now check to make sure there are:

  • Affiliate products to promote in your interest.
  • A decent amount of competition
  • Resources available for you to learn from
  • Traffic sources you can take advantage of

As far as competition, you want to look for niches that have at least 50,000 existing websites. Even a few million isn’t a big deal. Fifty million might be pushing it unless you have money to pay for initial promotion.

You can find out how many sites there are that mention your topic by searching Google. We search multi-word phrases in quotes to be sure we get an accurate number.

We searched for “golf” and got “About 1,310,000,000 results.” Yikes. Over a billion!

A search for “gluten free” came up with “About 85,100,000 results.”

Better, but still pretty big.

“Pasta makers” came up with “About 424,000 results”. That’s definitely much more reasonable.

So remember don’t fear competition, but be reasonable about it!

Conclusion

Affiliate marketing isn’t for the faint of heart, or for people who find that they tend to give up too easily or jump around from one shiny new thing to another without thinking.

It’s actually a lot of hard work, and it takes time to build resources like blog traffic and email lists. There are no shortcuts unless you have the cash to spend for content creation, buying existing websites with traffic, or paying for email subscribers or social network followers.

Always keep these potential mistakes in mind as you navigate your way through the precarious world of affiliate marketing. Be sure you’re not making these mistakes, and don’t become lax once you start making money. No one is immune to these mistakes!

As long as you work hard, keep at it, and avoid these mistakes, you’re certain to start making money. But if you give up, we can guarantee you’ll fail!

Good luck,

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