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If you’re just starting out in internet or affiliate marketing and you’re trying to make your mark by following the advice of the guru’s there is something you need to know. You’re Screwed!
Don’t believe me?
Take a look at all the things you’ve been doing so far and ask yourself if, based on your current results, you honestly expect to see any immediate results. What about even just marginal returns in the next 12 months. The answer is more than likely a resounding no.
Did you buy into a program that promised to teach you how to make a fortune in 30 days or less? You’re not alone. And that’s exactly what the gurus want you to do because that’s how they’re making all that money that their sales letter sold you on.
The truth of the matter is that unless you started affiliate marketing at the beginning, I’m talking around 10 to 15 years ago when the industry was new, then less than 1% of you will ever have a chance of making it because the information your buying into is ancient, out of date, and plain useless.
Everything related to technology moves and evolves at a rapid rate and affiliate or internet marketing is no different. What worked 5 years ago is going to be next to useless today. Buyers have become more educated and today they opt in far less. That means lists are harder to build and, lets face it, without a good list, who are you going to market to?
You’ve probably heard of people like Frank Kern, Perry Belcher, Jeremy Shoemaker right? These people all have 1 simple thing in common and that common thread is why they are super affiliates today.
What is that common thread? They all started with affiliate marketing at the very beginning, years ago, before anti spam legislation, before buyers became educated to online marketing techniques, and before there was so much competition.
But there is a way out, though it takes time, effort and perseverance. Most importantly though it takes courage. Courage to do the things that no one else is doing. Courage to stand out from the crowd and try new things. Dare to be different.
Take twitter for example. How many times a day are you spammed on twitter by ‘the next big thing’ or ‘its so easy to make money with this system’? I know I am and as soon as I see them I very quickly unfollow. Why? Because these are the jerks who can’t think outside the box, they follow like sheep and do whatever anyone else is doing.
But there is a way out and social networking is your savoir. The only problem now is how to use effectively. Do you use your facebook and twitter accounts to try and pitch your latest affiliate link or program to? And considering that’s what 99% of affiliate marketers are doing how long do you think you will last?
Social media is not the place for pitching your affiliate links or for pitching your latest ebook. That’s what your blog is for. If you are going to use your social media outlets effectively then you need to stop pitching. What you need to do is start building relationships, building an audience, building a following.
Stay focused on the fact that it’s “social” media. Think about this for a moment. If you went to a party and as soon as you walked in the door you started to try to sell your products to everyone you spoke to. How well do you think you’d do? You’d be committing social suicide right? The same goes for online social media.
The bottom line is that if you don’t start to think about how you use your social media and continue to be the ‘a-hole’ of the party you’ll never make a single penny with affiliate marketing. If people buy from people they know, like, and trust then the guy who is constantly pitching product at the party is neither liked nor trusted and no one will ever take the time to get to know them.
In today’s online world if you want to be successful then get your head out of your ass, quit spamming social media and get back to basics. Learn how to build relationships, let people get to know you, be likeable and be helpful. Only then will they want to listen to your pitch and be persuaded to spend money with you.
What are the 3 ingredients that ensure you make money online? Most people who start out trying to make money online fail. It’s a sad but true fact. But it doesn’t have to be that way. More than 90% of people who start out with the idea of making money online, will give up within just a few months. Knowing the 3 ingredients to successfully make money online will help align you with that 10% who make it.
Forget the hyperbole that you’ve read on this subject on other websites. The fact is that it’s not easy to make money online. But it’s not impossible either. For ever person who succeeds, 9 others will fail. Often times it’s because they were either unprepared or not properly informed about what it takes to build an online business that gets results.
You can spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars buying programs that intend to teach you how to start and run your own online business to make money online. Over the years I’ve spent literally thousands, yet I found that most of these programs and courses while full of great detail, forget the 3 most important ingredients of all.
These are the fundamentals of a successful internet marketing business, and interestingly they are in fact no different to traditional offline marketing fundamentals.
Understand Your Market and Give Them What They Want
Before starting any marketing or business building activities, you need to spend some time getting to know your market.This has and will continue to be the biggest challenge to any form of marketing. Get this part right and you can virtually start printing money.
First of all you need to find out if your product is going to satisfy their desires. The easist way to make money online, or offline for that matter is to give people what they want. The only way to do that effectively is to find out everything you can about your market. It’s going to be far easier for you to provide a product that people are lining up to buy when you know exactly what will get them into that line in the first place.
Look at your product and then start using some of the free online tools to find out everything you can about your potential customers. What do you know about them? Where do they hang out online? What drives them? What are their fears and what problems are they looking to solve.
These are just few questions you need to ask yourself about the product you want to promote. Be creative and see how far you can take this. The more you know about your market the easier it will be to match a product to them that they will be knocking down your door to get hold of.
Let Others Promote – Leverage Your Network
You’ve heard the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Well it’s never meant more than it does now. As an internet marketer you need to be networking. Building a large network of associates who are willing to promote you and your products is essential for success.
This network of contacts and associates has the ability to springboard your efforts and help you to spread your promotional message far and wide.
Take the time to utilize all of the different social media avenues available to you and get connected with other people who might be able to help to promote you and your products. But remember to take the time to connect and get to know these people.
Manage and develop these relationships to accelerate your online success.
Embrace Your Competition
No, I’m not kidding. The chances of finding a niche that has not yet been represented and has no competition is virtually nil. Often new internet marketers will run from a niche simply because it looks too competitive. You’re shooting yourself in the foot by running away like this. And your leaving money on the table for someone else to take.
Competition is a good thing. Competition tells us a number of things about the niche, and the market. It tells us first of all that there is a market. Competition tells us that people in that market are buying products. It also tells us that there are enough people buying that marketers are making enought money from that market to pay for promotion.
Using free tools like Google’s Keyword Tool, Trends,Â Insights for Search and others can quickly expose the competition and allow you to find the niches that are easily dominated.
The Bottom Line
No matter which model of internet marketing business you chose, Arbitrage, Blogging, Search Marketing or Pay per Click, the fundamentals of marketing don’t change.
The more you know about your market, the more your build your network, and the more you understand ways to dominate your competition, the more success you can expect to have with your internet business.