Making A Profitable Amazon Affiliate Site

If you ever wanted to create an online store that brings in handsfree, passive income the first thing you will need is some kind of presence online; and in order to establish an online presence there are a couple of different methods you can utilize to accomplish such a goal. The first method you can employ is installing your own blog.

The installation (or creation) of your own blog option can work for you if you don’t mind putting in more work and are familiar with registering domains, buying hosting and installing WordPress. WordPress is quick to install, but if you are short on time you can quickly get lost in all the options available for appearance, security, functionality, and other such tasks that are normally associated with creating, managing and maintaining a WordPress blog.

I’m not going to give you a step-by-step guide to building a blog-site with WordPress, because there are thousands of those online already which can be found with a simple search on Google or YouTube if you need a tutorial on how to build a site with WordPress. It’s a lot easier than you probably think! However, if you want to use this option you’ll need the following:

  • Domain name, purchased through NameCheap or other registrar
  • Hosting, purchased through NameCheap, HostGator, or other Web hosting company
  • WordPress, free and easy installation often included by most hosting providers
  • A WordPress theme, free or paid.

Once you have a basic website built, next up, you need to start adding content. You can create this content yourself, or hire someone to do it for you – or use the trick we’ll explain in the next chapter to have it done fro you. Just make sure the content is well-written, grammatically correct, and interesting, because Google has become a lot more strict about the quality of any content it indexes.

Get a closer look at the ShopABot model for delivering viral traffic!

The second method you can use to create your blog-site and simultaneously set yourself up to establish that needed online presence is to use a software program known as ShopABot. The creators of ShopABot wanted to make it as simple as it has ever been to blog online. They give you a website and will even host it for you if you want. All you need to do is just tell them the niche you want to use and then add your Amazon affiliate details, and in about 30 seconds it’s built for you. When you create your ShopABot account, you’ll also get the option to ‘go pro’ which gives you a blog connected to your done for you store so you can make the most of traffic from Google too.

Just so you know, I’ve been blogging for over 10 years on three different platforms. The first site-building platform I was introduced to during my early years on the Web was Blogger (Blogspot) which was a Google-owned blogging platform that permitted me to add content, but limited my control of functionality, although it is described as “…a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries […], developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003 […] and allow blogs to be served from a custom domain owned by the user (like by using DNS facilities to direct a domain to Google’s servers.” You can learn more about Blogger on its Wikipedia page.

Several of the first websites I used to publish content to the Web during my early years were created on Weebly, the second platform I used and learned many of the things I know today about website creation, blogging, content creation, coding and other needed skills required to do many of the self-expression, promotional or marketing tasks on the Web. Then I found the WordPress-hosted version of their blogging platform before moving on to the self-hosted version where more work was involved, but almost full control of the blog software was at my disposal. I controlled the look and feel, functionality and styling (among many other features), which was always something that was important to me.

However, all that having been said, I must be totally honest with you and poinjt out that if I had the opportunity back then to grab something as powerful and simple to use as ShopABot, I would have jumped on it without hesitation. Of course the technology was not yet available… didn’t even exist. I believe the time it took me to learn the techniques necessary to get domain names, find good Web hosting, create websites & blogs, get traffic and maintain the blogs & sites would have been cut in half had the opportunity existed for me to utilize the ShopABot system for site/store creation, blogging, viral traffic and, ultimately establishing an online pressence. Bad timing for me, but maybe not for you. Learn more about ShopABot here and you can have your own store live and ready for sales just minutes from now. Good luck!

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Marketing Types that Compliment Email Marketing

Multifaceted email marketing

If you are already engaged in promoting products and services via email marketing you may already realize the potential this type of marketing holds; and if so you probably also realize that it is not reasonable to expect your business to thrive with email marketing as the only marketing strategy you opt to utilize. Of course this is not unusual since most businesses do not typically have a great deal of success unless they make the decision to incorporate more than one marketing type into their overall marketing strategy. With such other marketing options in mind, this article will examine a few of these Internet marketing alternatives which have, and can be used, in conjunction with email marketing.

Email marketing in itself can be multi-faceted in the sense that it may include sending out mass emails, distributing digital newsletters, creating relevant website content, and even offering correspondence courses via email. Implementing only one of these email marketing strategies may result in a small increase in either website traffic or sales, but implementing more than one strategy at a time can create a more significant effect.

Similarly it is definitely worthwhile to incorporate other types of Internet marketing into promoting your business on the Web if you are not already doing so; because this can help you to enjoy a greater degree of success if you apply the strategies correctly. Some of the other types of marketing strategies you may wish to employ include placing banner ads, participating in industry related message boards and starting an affiliate program.

Banner ad placements

Of the other types of Internet marketing available, placing banner ads may be the most expensive option. In many cases your business will have to pay another website for the privilege of placing your banner ad on their website. Choosing a website which sells products which complement, without competing with, your business is worthwhile. However, there are some free options for banner ads including exchanges, as long as you are not required to place more than one banner ad on your website for each time your banner ad appears on another lineup, as doing so can create a very crowded and confusing site with will drown out any content you provide.

Additionally, such agreements could compromise your ability to control the type of website(s) your banner advertisements are displayed on; and for this reason it is worthwhile to pay for ad space so you can have more control over where your banner ads are displayed.

Participation in industry-related forums can be another way to promote your business online. Message boards are online meeting places where individuals who share a common interest can get together to discuss those interests as well as pertinent issues in addition to asking and answering questions from each other. Most message boards allow users to place a link to their website in their signature line. If you regularly participate on an industry-related message board and include a signature line with a link to your website you can reach a high concentration of members of your target audience.

Message boards & affiliate marketing

When using message boards to promote your business it is very important to follow all message board guidelines and to avoid techniques which may be deemed as spam, such as posting your link when it is not appropriate, introducing off-topic information, blatantly promoting a particular product/service, or inserting hyperlinks where they are not welcomed or acceptable.

Last, but certainly limiting the number of marketing options to those mentioned here, is the affiliate marketing program which is another type of online marketing that can be used in conjunction with email marketing. Affiliate marketing involves allowing website owners to place advertisements for your business on their website. These website owners are known as affiliates, and each time one of their advertisements causes an Internet user to click through the advertisement or purchase an item, the affiliate is compensated by the merchant (in this case, you of you are the one providing links and banners) who created the product/service to which that clicked link leads.

This compensation schedule makes affiliate marketing incredibly cost effective. Essentially you do not pay your affiliates unless the advertising generates a specific reaction from Internet users such as making a purchase or generating website traffic. The amount of compensation should be determined beforehand and may be based on a flat fee or a percentage of the sale. Business owners have to embed code into the affiliate ads to determine which ads are generating profit or traffic so they know which affiliates to compensate, but this information is also useful for determining which advertisements are most effective.

More marketing methods

The above marketing types are a few additional options business owners and entrepreneurs can use to compliment their email marketing efforts on the Web and fine tune the overall marketing strategy. Other marketing types which we do not have space or time to discuss in this post are Article Marketing, Niche Marketing, Blog Marketing, Video Presentations, Pod Casts, Network Marketing and Multi-level Marketing (MLM), among others. Simply do a search for any of these other marketing methods if you need more information. Good luck!