Sneaky Way To Earn From Product Launches

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are quite a few launches that offer second tier affiliate commissions.

This means that when someone signs up to be an affiliate through your second-tier link, you’ll receive a small portion of their sales.

The trick, obviously, is getting affiliates to sign up from your links. Here’s how you do it:

Set up a site that you update weekly or more often. It’s going to be a roundup of all the upcoming launches (that happen to have a second-tier program in place.)

Watch Clickbank, Warrior, JVZoo and other sites to find these second-tier launches.

Make your site look good, and give it an official sounding name.

Give the links to each launch, so when an affiliate joins, you earn a portion of the commission on their sales.

Let your subscribers know each time the site is updated.

Your target market is generally going to be new marketers who aren’t all that comfortable finding products on their own to promote. You’re helping them, and in return you’re making some extra money. Not enough to get rich, but it’s a good side income and only takes a few hours each week to update.

You can offer free admission to your ‘private’ site in exchange for a signup to your email list – and the site becomes your lead magnet.

BONUS: Also put up a link to each sales page, which just happens to be your own affiliate link. This way your visitors and new affiliates get cookied in, and if they purchase, you make the commission.

Affiliate Marketing – Earn While You Learn

There are many affiliate programs that offer some level of training with regard to promoting a business online. When you join, the company will assign your affiliate ID and give you a link to your own sales page so that you can actually start advertising on day one. You can start earning commissions while you are still learning how! However, it is probably a good idea to read over the documentation on the site. This will give you ideas on what to say in your blog, ads, etc..

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There are some that feel ‘safer’ just to keep learning endlessly because they don’t feel that they can actually do anything yet. This is a waste of time. Often these folks suffer from what can be referred to as ‘paralysis by analysis. They hide behind the learning and never believe they know enough to start taking action. They waste months and sometimes even years thinking that they don’t know anything.

Affiliate marketing is very attractive, especially as a first effort to start a home business online. This is so in large part because they provide everything you need to get started on the first day. There is really no reason to wait. If they don’t have official training, then read all the FAQs and other documentation in your member back office.

An affiliate program has the product ready for you. They allow you to earn money from their intellectual property. This has taken them possibly years and many dollars to develop. There are also costs they pay associated with running the membership program. This is why when you become a member you will eventually pay a monthly membership fee. What you get in return is far and above more than you will pay. If you were to pay for a website, a web page, maintaining software, hosting, etc. you will realize how much time and money you save by affiliating yourself with an existing company.

It can take a while where you are learning and advertising, and it may be unlikely as a beginner that you will make sales the first day. It is possible though so why not dive right in as it will probably take some time to see substantial results.

However usually when you see statements that you can make money today it assumes you have a list of existing customers or prospects -or at the very least marketing experience.

Unfortunately there is no magic that will create sales. You have to promote your links constantly over time to build momentum. What they are actually saying is that it is possible to START the process to earn money; meaning at the least to become a member and start the process of developing your business today.

15 Things We Can Learn From Sir Richard Branson

You can fail and still succeed. In 1995 and 1998, Richard Branson and his team tried to be the first to circle the globe in a hot air balloon. They failed. But the publicity they received on both occasions for the Virgin Brand was priceless. Plus, we have to imagine they had fun, too.

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Rich, powerful, world-renowned – certainly someone like Richard Branson is careful to project a poised, professional image at all times, right? Nope. In 1996, Branson shaved his beard and donned a wedding dress and makeup to promote Virgin brides, his new wedding and bridalwear store.

If you’re going to compete with a big name, do something spectacular. In 1998, Branson drove a tank through Times Square and pretended to blow up a Coca-Cola sign to promote his own Virgin Cola. You can’t buy that kind of publicity.

Research and planning and pretty darn important. In 2007, Branson celebrated the first Virgin America flight by bungee jumping off a 407 foot tall building. But Branson and his team didn’t take into account that leaping off a building is NOT the same as jumping off a bridge or cliff. Branson crashed into the building twice and could have been seriously hurt or killed. Luckily, he only ripped his pants.

Pay off your losing bets, but still go for the last laugh. In 2013 Branson lost a bet with AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes over each company’s Formula 1 racing teams. Branson had to serve as a female fight attendant – complete with skirt, purse, mascara and pantyhose – for AirAsia’s airline. But Branson got the last laugh when he ‘accidentally’ spilled a tray of drinks on Fernandes’ lap.

When in ‘Rome,’ do as the Romans do. To promote Virgin Atlantic’s new routes in South Africa, Branson consulted the cultural center in Johannesburg before authentically dressing as a Zulu warrior and posing with the locals.

Do it in style. In 2004, Branson crossed the English Channel in an amphibious car, wearing a tuxedo. We wonder if he also had vodka martinis on the trip – shaken, not stirred.

Go viral. When Branson did an interview with Stephen Colbert, he splashed the talk show host with water from his mug and Colbert splashed back. The interview dissolved into both men laughing hysterically, and resulted in additional coverage, views and social media shares.

Don’t wait for others – make it happen yourself. While most people might wish Hollywood would cast them in a movie, Branson made his own movie and stared in it. The Casanova Gunslinger is a 20-minute live action movie, created by Virgin Mobile.

Test your idea. To start his new airline, Branson called Boeing and negotiated to rent one plane for a year, to see if his idea was viable.

Get inspiration from others. Branson has frequently cited non-fiction books as his inspiration for everything. For example, from Nelson Mandela Branson learned to let his vision guide him, instead of his fear.

If you’re going to do something, do it right. Virgin Records was burning cash and digging itself into debt. But Branson found a way to illegally avoid paying the 33% purchase tax. Customs eventually caught on to the scheme, and to avoid jail Branson had to pay back three times the amount not paid in taxes. He somehow managed to make the payments, and vowed to never do anything illegal again.

Be willing to do anything for your business. When Virgin announced it had flights to Scotland, Branson arrived at the press conference wearing a kilt and underwear that read, ‘Stiff Competition.’

Your past does not equal your future. Branson did poorly in school, still couldn’t read at the age of 8, and was described as hopeless in math and science. Yet now? He’s one of the richest people on the planet.

Frustration equals opportunity. When his flight to Puerto Rico was canceled, Branson charted a flight and sold seat to his fellow passengers, and Virgin Air was born.

Persistence is Required

If you want to have a professional, profitable home business, persistence is required. It rolls next to determination. Both require patience to prevail. None of them are just for when you start out, as you must always be building momentum over time.

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Sometimes people who work hard when they first start out, expect direct, almost instant results. Unfortunately more often than not this is not at all realistic. If you really want to develop a successful business it is a process that involves time. People are used to receiving direct compensation (paycheck). However, when you are building your own business it is totally different from having a job.

Most sales-based businesses depend on earning income directly. Probably to some it appears without a paycheck they are working without pay! For a time you might be while ‘under construction’. That is why it is probably best not to quit your job until you have established a steady income from home.

Even people willing to work, sometimes haven’t got any patience with the process. The harder they work the less patience they have. Patience is a very necessary component of persistence! It is sad to see the ‘newbies’ who are trying too hard and they start to rush. Before long that whole recipe turns into chaos where they are just going around in circles. Then they start spinning their wheels, instead of building momentum over time.

They get burned out and get broke; they become skeptical and discouraged; all because the will not have patience. Of course in part this is because money may be going out of their pockets and none is returning YET. It’s just human nature to want to see results! However, there is no ‘magic sauce’ for achieving instant wealth without work.

All of the people that are making substantial money on the Internet got it by W-O-R-K-I-N-G. They have done their time. If you are persistent and patient long enough, and really engage in your home business, eventually you will achieve your goal of major profit. It can be done but there usually are no shortcuts for most of us, we must build momentum over time.

Viable Home Based Business

When you decide to start a legitimate home based business naturally you want it to be profitable and also flexible. You need the flexibility for a few reasons. A home business should not be drudgery like a job; so that you can have ‘wiggle room’ to allow you to live in an atmosphere of relaxed freedom; and you will also be more available to your family rain or shine.

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There are a few ‘niches’ you can choose to work from home and it might as well be something you are interested in, or has some other attraction, since it is your choice. You can sell products for companies online and produce a profit right from your home. The products can be ordered online with you receiving a percentage of the proceeds just for inexpensive advertising; or you can be responsible for shipping the ordered product to the recipient if you want to be totally independent (and keep the change).

Childcare is another legitimate home based business. This business can be conducted from your home. It is actually quite efficient if you have your own children – why not add a few more that pay? There may be required safety inspection and other legal matters to implement first. Your business can serve two purposes. One is to provide childcare for those who need it. The other purpose is to provide income to a home based business like yours.

Do you like to cook? Another legitimate home business that can thrive in today’s world is a catering business. Providing home cooked meals to working people can be very nice as you can choose how many meals you can handle in a day. Do as much as you can, no more no less if possible. The profits can be pretty good and they are saying in some towns it is actually cheaper to have a catered meal than to shop at the supermarket. (Not to mention all the work). This can be such a good thing for the family receiving the meals as they have more time to spend with each other and less stress.

A cleaning service can be profitable and it is one of the easiest services to sell. Just mention ‘I clean houses’ in a conversation and you will have people begging for either one-time archeological digs or weekly maintenance. Again this service is such a help to the busy professional, freeing up their time and creating an atmosphere of well-being.

Another service you can offer either alone or in tandem with one of the others is a laundry service. The laundry can be dropped off at your home, processed and picked up when the person gets off from work. This is another time saving necessity that is performed by the home worker for the busy professional who does not have the time to complete it. Improve your life with the extra money you will earn at the same time as helping someone else.

Your Dream Home Business – Make it Come True

Have you thought about starting your own business in the past? Is it when you become profoundly aware that you are sick of your routine? It might be when you want to buy something and realize you really can’t afford it right now; or maybe it is when your boss seems to look down his nose at you.

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Unfortunately just dreaming will not do anything except make you feel worse when you wake up. Fantasies can’t become reality unless you make them happen by taking action. It is your individual preference as well as ability to determine how long it will take you to create and implement a realistic plan to start a business. Perfectly fine that by the time you actually do it, it may have changed several times. This can be a good thing so that you get the closest thing to your dream.

Be sure to find a business that has a market. It is great if you are creative and innovative, but for a thriving business you need to appeal to the masses. Unfortunately you may need to make your name with the status quo and then roll out the really unique things you may have in mind. Show them that you have ‘what everybody wants’ before you appeal to their more abstract tastes. it is the status quo that generates business for the most part – what ‘everybody’ wants. You can do both – eventually.

An affiliate program is a great way to ‘get your feet wet’ and without spending an arm and leg, find out if you like marketing and advertising. With a simple process there is really no maze where you must spend years in the learning curve.. Maybe this is ultimately not going to be the path you choose. However, you need to learn first, and the best way to do that and get some hands-on experience is the easiest, fastest and most inexpensive way. (the ‘business in a box’).

You may end up being satisfied with being a super-affiliate making lots of money and have lots of followers; or just a ways down the road you can take what you have learned and go a different way. At least you will know and not have to always wonder.

It is important that you know how things appear from the customer’s perspective. Becoming an affiliate yourself for a while will show you things you might not realize even if you are the most proficient engineer or programmer. You do want a ‘user-friendly’ business where average people can function and be able to use the tools and resources provided.

No Program Works Unless We Work it – Including Affiliate Marketing

Sans magic tricks there is no program that does absolutely everything for you including the work. No program even on the Internet can make somebody wealthy unless THEY seriously invest their time and effort. People frequently use words like ‘easy’ or ‘fast’ to describe business opportunities online.

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It is true, especially when compared to trying to do anything offline. However, you must be logical in your thinking, because both easy and fast are subjective. That is what you think is easy I may think is difficult. or what you call fast may mean something very different to me.

Affiliate marketing programs provide invaluable help to get your online business started. Most give you several different resources toward that end. However nobody is responsible to make it work for you except YOU! If the program ‘works’ for you or not depends on how much effort you are willing to invest in it over time. Unfortunately success is never guaranteed. Success happens usually when YOU make good use of everything to develop your business!

With some spending money you can pay others for services to help you in building an affiliate marketing business at home online. If like many you are a little short on spare change, then you can learn how to do your own marketing and advertising for free or nearly free. Since you will find that besides being cheaper, faster and easier using the Internet you don’t need supplies or equipment like paper, ink, postage, or printers to conduct your promotions for your business. This cuts way down on operating expenses, not to mention time and effort.

Working from home online can be much more enjoyable, for one thing because you can make your own rules about how and when you work, how much time you spend in a work session, and even how you do things. It is still work though and needs to be done consistently.

People sometimes get the impression that they can become wealthy just by joining a program where others may have earned substantial income. That may be a good indicator of a possibility, and it follows that you can do the same. You must realize that if this was the case then you would probably need to use the same techniques they used for the same length of time and with the same consistency.

If you want to earn money, it is necessary to spend the time and do the work. If you are serious about your business, you should remain engaged at all times. If you stop making a real effort or sit back and wait, you will be waiting a long time because it is likely nothing will ever happen.

Are You Standing in Your Own Way for a Successful Home Business?

There are some mindsets that may prevent people from realizing their full potential when trying to get their home business started. Most ideas require more than a ‘vision’ to manifest. We have to make them happen by investing our time and effort to engage in w-o-r-k.

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There are sometimes symptoms when there are obstacles people can’t seem to transcend. ‘Paralysis by analysis’ is one such self-limiting condition. Paralysis by analysis is where people get stuck in the learning curve – like a hamster wheel. All they want to do is just keep reading and researching. They never reach a point where they can believe they know enough to actually take action with any of the information they have acquired in all their time of ‘study’.

Paralysis by analysis is very much like stage fright. However, it can also be a more or less permanent excuse to avoid doing the actual work, and even to insulate themselves from potential failure. We will never know if we could have success or failure unless we try.

Some unfortunate souls have been beaten down by negativity from their family or other acquaintances in their lives. They are more likely not to have a lot of self-confidence and are likely to feel a little insecure. However it is no excuse to fail. Don’t let the enemy have the victory. Learn to resist feelings that keep you from achieving your dreams.

The only solution is to take action. Ignore excuses your mind tells you that supposedly may preclude you from success. If you just defy that part of your mindset and do it anyway, you will overcome that and eventually those bad feelings. You will have the self-confidence to do it and actually you did do it. If it isn’t the best thing you will ever write or create, don’t worry. You will learn as you gain experience.

If when you are new, you don’t know that you have any experience that you can honestly write about, then take something written by someone more experienced, and review that or even quote them. Be sure to remember the quote marks and any URL links provided by the author so that you give the author credit for their work (and don’t get a copyright infringement lawsuit).

Then we have people that perceive a million problems. If there are any actual errors, identify and correct them. Done. Be logical when trying to solve a problem. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – contact support, or contact a peer or mentor who would be willing to help you. Resolve the issue and then move on.

If you still haven’t found the answer, still move on. Make a note to revisit the issue at some other time. Just don’t allow whatever it is to stop you in your progress. If you never find your answer, allow yourself to create an alternative.

Some problems people may imagine do not even exist in reality. Even things like no money for advertising or other operations. Just learn techniques that you can do yourself for free or at an affordable cost. You could sacrifice something that is not essential in order to do something you need to do for your home business.

Building a Profitable Home Business

Maintaining your focus and motivation are some of the most important keys to developing a successful home business. These skills are necessary to create a good plan and find the information and training you need to take action with your ideas. It is not as likely that you achieve your goals without first having a plan that includes target goals. Some are more creative and less organized, or vice versa. We can make our plan one that suits our style.

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If possible, stay on the most direct course whatever it may be. There is an art to not allowing things to distract you and prevent you from doing what you have planned. Some things can’t be avoided and for these you should develop a contingency plan. If Plan A is not working out for you, or there is some obstacle you can’t overcome, have a Plan B and do that instead. The point of course is to keep moving forward and never quit or wait whenever it can be avoided.

Different things motivate people. Some need to ‘visualize’ what they will buy with the money they earn and some suggest cutting out pictures of things and paste them to your mirror so you can see the fancy sports car, the Italian villa, the diamond necklace, etc. that you dream of. This may work for some but it seems kind of silly. Whatever works for you.

Having fantasy scenarios can be fun, and it might work to motivate someone. At the same time there is a chance that some will become discouraged when in the first years of developing a home business they are doing lots of work and navigating learning curves but have yet to see much in the way of tangible rewards. It is normal to expect to work for some time before everything starts to fall into place. This is just normal.

Keep up a good mindset at all times. Just don’t allow yourself to get discouraged for any reason. You are either going to start a home business or not. You just can’t do things half-way. There is no time to waste or money to miss out on. You just have to stay determined to achieve your goals.

Got Writer’s Block? Blogging for Internet Marketing

Writer’s block is probably more about a lack of ideas to write about than the actual inability to write. When someone is new and they can’t really determine how successful they have been yet, some people will feel they have nothing to say or that they could swear is true since they haven’t had the experience. These are just temporary obstacles if a person really wants to write.

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Marketers NEED to be able to write – no matter what. No excuses unless you can afford to pay for Ghostwriters, Blogging is the primary FREE way to promote a domain, website or business. This is not just a ‘file and forget’ fact. To do so would be to waste a valuable strategy that would create an opportunity to have your site(s) indexed by the search engines and get free traffic.

We must force ourselves to write, and it is not only blogging, but writing ads, communicating with our prospects, customers, and peers; trying to convey an issue to a technical or customer service agent when we have a problem or question, and participating in social networks and forums.

Most people starting out in Internet Marketing don’t have a lot of money to spend at first, maybe even for the first several months when you are not yet generating a substantial income. This is one of the reasons that you need to just do it! Sit down and start writing. Write anything.

Pretend you are writing a letter to a friend if that helps.
You do want to write as if you are open and relaxed as you would with a friend. Nobody needs to create a text book or technical specifications here, just be able to clearly convey an idea or concept – even an opinion works. Of course in some cases especially on the technical side, being able to quote statistics and citing specifications is more powerful than just your opinion.

Try to be conscientious of correct spelling and grammar, which only requires proofreading and being as accurate as possible. Very quick and easy to look up a few words on a search engine if you are not sure how it is spelled or what it means.

Most Wordprocessors have spell check so that should help too. (however they are not advanced enough to recognize some things such as words that are spelled correctly but used in the wrong context – for example – ‘Right me a letter’ should be ‘Write me a letter). Just take a few minutes to browse through what you have written before you publish it. Doesn’t need to be perfect, just close!

You can write about what you are learning, and/or your opinion of things that you read. Reading is an excellent way to get ideas for what to write about. Never copy word for word, but you can just rewrite anything in your own words.

Be honest if you have not yet experienced something first-hand or earned a substantial amount of money from it – There is nothing wrong with quoting people who have, as long as you are truthful and give credit to the author. Use “quote” marks to indicate you are quoting, not composing, to make this acceptable. There are tools that people use to check if their writing is being copied by someone else without their permission or not giving credit to the original author, so beware. Write ON!