Affiliate Marketing News February 2016
February 29, 2016
Quick Content Upgrades – bloggingtips.com
“In the past month, I shared with you four techniques to apply the content upgrade.
Today, I’m going to reveal the single, most-effective technique to apply the content upgrade in under 3 min. It’s highly effective that you’ll get thousands of people begging you to get it.
Are you ready for it?
Five Tools To Fuel Your Passive Income – entrepreneur.com
“Passive income — money you make on the side with little effort — is the hottest way to build wealth, and for good reason: Millionaires, entrepreneurs and the average Joe all understand that passive income makes it easier to compound your overall returns even further…”’
February 28, 2016
How To Get More Out Of Each Day – charlesngo.com
“Do you know why I’m so obsessed with productivity?
It’s because I’m lazy. Seriously. I wanna know how I can achieve the most results, with the least amount of effort involved.
And what’s the biggest waste of energy?
Working on things that don’t make much of an impact on your goals. Sounds like common sense right? Yet I guarantee you’re wasting time on the little tactics that don’t matter…”
How To Use Future Planning – entrepreneur.com
“All types of business planning are important, but one particularly useful type—scenario planning—is too often overlooked by business owners, cautions David Worrell, managing partner of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Fuse Financial Partners and author of The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Financial Statements. “Scenario planning is a great way to anticipate the risks in your business and how you will adapt to them,” he says…”’
February 27, 2016
How To Triple Your Income In Half A Month – zacjohnson.com
“You started affiliate marketing with high hopes of striking it rich. But you discover that the journey has its challenges. Sure it does.
If you had the opportunity to complain to a super affiliate, you’ll ultimately lash out your dissatisfaction.
Get this: affiliate marketing is still the easiest way to start an online venture. It doesn’t matter what niche you choose or expertise you have or lack, promoting other people’s products can help you generate extra income. It has been a game changer for hundreds of my students…”
The Deadly Entrepreneur Trap – entrepreneur.com
“Years ago I had a consulting client who was a dentist. One day he called me into his office to look at a panoramic x-ray. The x-ray showed the usual sequence of molars, white against the opaque blackness of the film, but one of the teeth was about as round as a lollipop. Now I’m no dentist, but I know we don’t chew with teeth shaped like lollipops so, assuming it was a temporary crown that some poorly trained dental assistant had slapped on the tooth, I said, “Wow, who let the patient walk out with that temp on?”…”’
February 26, 2016
Tackling Content Overload – blog.hubspot.com
“We’re kind of having a problem in content marketing right now. You see, everyone is creating content.
In fact, according to Content Marketing Institute’s annual survey, 88% of B2B respondents are using content marketing. But this is just a statistical percentage. It gives no indication of the sheer volume of content that is being produced.
And that volume is enormous…”
Killer Content Strategies – entrepreneur.com
“User engagement metrics, which measure what users do on your website and how they do it (such as time on page, session duration, bounce rate, and returning users), have become unofficial ranking signals with Google…”’
February 25, 2016
Twitter Engagement Strategies – rightmixtech.com
“The crushing pace of new social network launches has slowed down a bit now. Most networks have consolidated their user base and each one has carved a niche for itself. Twitter for timely, short updates; Facebook to share precious, fun moments with friends and family, Instagram and Pinterest to share what wows visually and so on. This means that you need to employ different engagement ideas for different networks.”
Ten Reasons Why Your Twitter Followers Leave – entrepreneur.com
“Building an audience on social media isn’t easy, but keeping one around is even harder. On Twitter, where the posts are short and the interactions are fleeting, this is even more of a challenge. Unfollowing is as simple as clicking a button, and without warning, you may find yourself shedding followers for an action you didn’t know you committed — or worse, something you should have done but omitted...”’
February 24, 2016
Morning Routines To Steal – entrepreneur.com
“Your morning affects your entire day. What you do or don’t do each day will influence how productive you are, how energetic you feel, what you accomplish and, ultimately, how successful you are as an entrepreneur.
If you’re an entrepreneur with a satisfying and motivating morning routine, you’re in good company. If not, don’t despair; take some inspiration from the morning routines of fellow entrepreneurs…”’
Why Tesla Motors Affiliate Program Sucks – johnchow.com
“That’s right. Help Tesla sell a $100K+ car, and you might win a prize! In terms of affiliate rewards relative to the dollar amount of sales, this has to rank among the stingiest referral programs in the industry.
Anyway, if you’re in the market for a new Tesla Model S and want to save $1,200 towards home charging installation, order your Tesla with this link, and you’ll get it. The code can only be used three times, so get your order in now…”’
February 23, 2016
Turning Prospects Into Customers – entrepreneur.com
“In Ultimate Guide to Local Business Marketing, Google AdWords expert Perry Marshall and lead generation expert Talor Zamir introduce you to the basic framework behind a successful local marketing campaign. In this edited excerpt, Perry and Zamir reveal how to create a landing page that will increase your conversion rate....”’
February 22, 2016
Daily Things That Will Make You A Better Entrepreneur – entrepreneur.com
“Success in entrepreneurship is not an end destination. It’s a daily battle to be your best version of yourself even as you put out information, services and products that help your customers’ lives. It’s a constant work in progress that requires consistent effort. The “laptop lifestyle” version of entrepreneurship exists only in misleading Facebook ads...”’
What Is Your Content Marketing Strategy? – copyblogger.com
“According to Google Trends, interest in content marketing has been on the rise since January 2011.
But this should not surprise anyone. We all seem to be awash in content marketing. What’s surprising is that many content marketers don’t have a documented strategy.
So, let’s fix that. Today, content marketer, we’ll help you get a plan in place. But first we need to clear up a little confusion about content marketing strategy…”’
February 21, 2016
$4 Billion Invested Into Affiliate Marketing – internetretailer.com
“As the new chief strategy officer for Ebay Enterprise Marketing Solutions, it’s my job to recognize the leading edge of industry trends and map the way forward. As a company, we are intent on further legitimizing affiliate as the ideal payment model in online marketing, but first we must dispel some myths and highlight differences between the shadowy underworld of affiliate marketing and the major emerging players in the space...”’
Affiliate Marketing Industry Poised For Growth – paymentweek.com
“The affiliate marketing industry is set to grow to $6.8 billion over the next five years, says a recent survey commissioned by Rakuten Affiliate Network.
Affiliate marketing spending will grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.1 percent from 2015 to 2020, said the survey, which looked at the perception and effectiveness of affiliate marketing programs.
Affiliate marketing has become an important channel for driving sales for advertisers, noted the study, which involved more than 300 advertising and publishing decision makers…”’
February 20, 2016
How To Master The Call To Action – entrepreneur.com
“If your content doesn’t include a call to action, you are leaving lots of money on the table that will never make it into your pocket until those CTAs are put into place. Simply put, a call to action tells your readers to do exactly what you’d like them to. And if your copy is intriguing enough, your readers will have no problem taking action...”’
What Is Emoji Marketing? – blog.hubspot.com
“Here’s something disturbing: According to data gathered by marketing agency Deep Focus, four out of every 10 millennials would rather engage with pictures than read. Yes, you read that right. Nearly half of history’s most educated generation would prefer to revert back to some sort of cave painting-esque proto-language than bother to parse through a couple of sentences....”’
February 19, 2016
Is Facebook The New Email List? – shoemoney.com
“5 years ago one of my good friends started an online pet store. Sold collars, leashes, etc you get the point.
So back then he tells me he is going buy a bunch of “fans” for his page book, now referred to as likes).
So he takes 100k and gets about 85,000 fans. I thought he was nuts. He started posting about the sales he was having on his website. Didn’t go so hot.
In my head I am thinking, “I told ya so”.
We didn’t talk about it much until about a year ago. Then he showed me what he was doing with his fanpage…”’
Why Bloggers Fail At Affiliate Marketing – domain.me
“The simplest definition of affiliate marketing is that it is a process of earning commission by promoting other people’s products. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Then why aren’t all bloggers living the good life and why does only 3% of bloggers have a yearly income of over $100.000?...”’
February 18, 2016
Facebook Enhances Video Metrics Features – adweek.com
“Facebook Thursday began rolling out a redesigned video metrics section in its page insights, adding new metrics and sprucing up the layout.
Product manager Anaid Gomez-Ortigoza announced in a Facebook Media blog post that the updated video metrics section in page insights will include the following metrics..”’
Ten Ways To Get Intel On Your Target Audience – entrepreneur.com
“It astonishes me how many businesses don’t have a clue who their target market is. Sure, if you ask the head of sales who the target audience is, he or she may have an answer, but does this sales exec know why this is the target market? What problems this market faces? What this market trusts and distrusts? What its members love and loathe, fear or anticipate?...”’
February 17, 2016
Is Content Still King? – adweek.com
“Apparently, content is no longer king, which is good, because we’re all sick of reading that phrase, aren’t we? Instead, content is now the supreme ruler of the online universe, with its foot firmly on social media’s neck...”’
A Mistake That Cost Me $130K Last Year – ianfernando.com
“2016 a brand new year. I have learned a lot in the past and especially with such rapid growth in the past 3 years. In 2014/2015, I decided to get a financial advisor to asset my situation. It is an important step in any entrepreneur life cycle. You should know when and what to do with your money for the future. I wanted to share this information with you in 2015, when I discussed growth hacking in January of last year...”’
February 16, 2016
6 Marketing Trends To Check Out – entrepreneur.com
“Marketing is always about what the consumer needs and wants to hear. If it’s not immediately relevant or interesting, then it’s just annoying. That’s why there’s such widespread use of ad-blocker browser extensions...”’
Why To Avoid Working With Too Many Affiliate Networks – internetretailer.com
“Nearly every network charges some kind of startup fee, and then keeping up with the various ways they charge can lead to confusion.
More return on investment. More success. More money.
We live in a “bigger is better,” results-focused world. But while it’s easy to get caught up in the end-game grind, it pays to slow down and think through quality over quantity.
One area in which this rings particularly true is affiliate marketing. Here are the four main pitfalls of engaging with too many affiliate networks…”’
February 15, 2016
Notes And Thoughts From The 2016 Traffic And Conversion Summit – clicknewz.com
“I attended Traffic & Conversion Summit last week for the first time, and I was quite impressed with the event overall.
I had some moments of confusion, annoyance and disconnect (lol)… but I came home with a lot more take-aways than I realized while I was actually there…”’
Life Changing Productivity Tips – entrepreneur.com
“Join us in a city near you at Entrepreneur’s Accelerate Your Business event series kicking off Feb 23. View cities and dates »
This year was a big one for me. My income quadrupled, my workload decreased and business expanded faster than I could have imagined.
How? Simple: Intentional productivity…”’
February 14, 2016
How To Get On Page 1 Of Google Without Backlinks – bloggingtips.com
“As you read this article, I know one of your big problems as online entrepreneur is how to rank on Google page one even without backlinks.
As a matter of fact, this same problem is being faced by everyone else with an online presence. Whether it’s ecommerce site, blog, magazine or any website that needs readers and customers, there always a big need to get it on the first page of search engines…”’
Blog Content 101 – blogging.org
“With hundreds of millions of blogs in the world today, the focus shouldn’t be able just creating content. With that many sites out there already, there is a very good that whatever you were just about to write about, is already out there. Instead, you need to focus on the core of your site, the type of content that brings value to it and how you can further establish the reach and credibility of your brand...”’
February 13, 2016
The Secret To Blog Titles That Attract More Clicks – johnchow.com
“Many elements go into having a successful blog post, however you choose to define what “successful” means in the context of blogging. Maybe you’re looking for people to sign up to your mailing list. Maybe you’re just trying to entice comments and social shares. Whatever the case may be, it starts by attracting traffic to your post so that people actually read it. You need eyeballs and the first barrier to entry is getting people to notice you at all...”’
How To Organize Your Workplace To Get More Done – offervault.com
“Working from home can be much more of a drain on your time and energy than working from a traditional office if you don’t stay on top of your work environment. No matter what your chosen profession is; blogger, graphic artist, or internet marketer, it’s important to organize your home office in a way that works best for you in regards to both comfort and effectiveness...”’
February 12, 2016
How To Make Money Blogging This Year – huffingtonpost.com
“To make money blogging, you will first need to understand the Internet’s current landscape. Content might be king, but it’s also becoming quite overwhelming. When it comes to creating content, you need to focus not only on the value of what you produce but also how you are going to promote it.
Below, we are going to look at three of the most effective ways to make money blogging in 2016. Each of these methods will help you build out your content, target your audience and get people to convert to a revenue model once they hit your site…”’
4 Great Resources For Digital Marketing Growth – business.com
“We may be only two months into 2016, but one major digital marketing trend is already clear. This year is all about more.
More digital channels, more complex purchasing decisions, more mobile usage, more fragmented audiences, and more marketing messages getting lost in the chaos.
It’s not all hopeless, however. With the right strategy, savvy small business marketers can cut through the “more” chaos and directly connect with customers…”’
February 11, 2016
How To Stick To Your Marketing Plan – entrepreneur.com
“In The Marketing Plan Handbook, author Robert W. Bly explains how you can develop big-picture marketing plans for pennies on the dollar with his 12-step marketing plan. In this edited excerpt, Bly explains the nine steps you can take to make sure you’re getting the most out of your marketing plan.
Consistency is important when you’re trying to implement a long-term marketing plan, so resist the temptation to abandon a strategy if it doesn’t work immediately. Give it time to work. These nine steps can help you make the most of your well-crafted plan…”’
Internet Marketing Guide To Valentine’s Day – searchenginejournal.com
February 10, 2016
How Co-Marketing Works – entrepreneur.com
“Co-marketing is helpful for a business of any size, but it’s a necessity for small businesses. Why? Traditionally, small business might be lucky to have a small dedicated marketing department. But, more often than not, they’re sharing marketing duties with another function, like sales or accounting. That doesn’t leave much time available for marketing a business, does it?..”’
How To Use Google Trends To Find Riches In Hidden Niches – andrewhansen.name
“I came upon this technique by accident while using Trends for something totally different.
Below is the step by step instruction for using Google Trends to find products in a certain market that are newly popular but with significant volume, making them ripe for promotion as an affiliate.
February 9, 2016
Social Media Forecast For 2016 – zacjohnson.com
“Every year it seems like a new social networking platform pops up and instantly gains millions of new members overnight. While Facebook and Twitter are still kings in this space, it’s the smaller networks that continually change the game with their innovation and targeting of younger audiences. Just take a look at what social networks like Pinterest, Instagram and SnapChat have been able to accomplish since they first came out…”’
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Retargeting – blog.whatrunswhere.com
“Picture this: You’re exhibiting at a trade show and someone is very interested in your product. You talk to them for about 5 minutes and can tell that your product is definitely a great fit for their business needs. They don’t purchase your product right then and there because they’re in a rush, but they hand you their business card. Would you throw out their card? Or would you follow up with them?..”‘
February 8, 2016
Content Marketing Tips For Less Glamorous Niches – entrepreneur.com
“As a marketer or entrepreneur, it’s your job to make the products and services you sell look, feel, sound and appear as attractive as possible. In certain industries this is really easy. However, what are you supposed to do when the industry you operate in is bland, boring and simply not sexy? This is a question that many people struggle with, so let’s unpack the answer in a straightforward manner…”’
How Big Data Is Changing Internet Marketing – smartdatacollective.com
“As we all know loads of consumer data is created every moment through computation. Via social networking databases and GPS tracking not only is the location of individuals who use certain apps provided but also their conduct, perspectives, interest and all around needs are recorded by search engines…”‘
February 7, 2016
Where to Livestream With Richard Branson On February 18th – entrepreneur.com
“Richard Branson is no stranger to adventure. He’s crossed the Pacific Ocean by balloon (despite losing two-thirds of the vessel’s fuel and its roof catching fire). He’s soldiered through nauseating zero-g gravity tests to prep for space travel. And he’s journeyed into the deep by way of flying submarine…”’
How To Expand Your Reach On Twitter – adweek.com
“Writing a great tweet is, well, great, but it doesn’t mean that tweet will be read. Even if you have thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of followers, your tweets might fall on deaf ears…”‘
February 6, 2016
Affiliate Marketing Expected To Hit $6.8B Over Next 5 Years: Study: marketingdive.com
“Research on affiliate marketing conducted by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by Rakuten Marketing found a robust affiliate marketplace expected to grow to $6.8 billion over the next five years. Over 80% of advertisers and 84% of publishers have reported running an affiliate program…”’
Affiliate Spammer Going To Prison – performinsider.com
“Phillip Fleitz, an affiliate marketer who who promoted himself as a computer security expert, was sentenced today for his hacking of computer networks to illegally collect emails and phone numbers to spam people. Judge Maurice Cohill Jr sentenced him to 27 months in jail, saying that his scheme was “sophisticated and serious…”‘
February 5, 2016
Affiliate Marketing A Great Alternative To A Crowded Luxury Marketplace – luxurydaily.com
“Industry shifts have led to a breakthrough in affiliate marketing, according to a new report by Forrester and Rakuten Marketing.
The rise of social media and changes in consumer behavior have made affiliate marketing a primary way for advertisers to reach consumers. Although the technique is growing, the potential is still halted somewhat by impediments to accurately and thoroughly measuring the ROI…”’
How To Go From Beginner To Professional Content Creator – copyblogger.com
““Da” was the first pronoun I used to refer to myself as a small child. I think I was trying to say “I,” but I overcomplicated the word.
At any rate, whenever I encountered a new or challenging task — like growing human beings do — I would say out loud:
“Now how Da do dis?” (Translation: How do I do this?)…”’
February 4, 2016
Infographics That Can help You Rule The Social Media World – bloggingtips.com
“Social Media is a jungle where only the fittest survive. It takes a lot of time for a relative newcomer to break through – most pundits preach patience, but there are few things you can do to stand up and get noticed.
Here are 4 awesome infographics to conquer social media. We have got you covered on Twitter, StumbleUpon, influencer marketing, social media image sizes and tips for all major networks…”’
How To Become Unforgettable – copyblogger.com
“During his career he was loved, hated, admired, dissed, fought over … but never ignored.
His name? Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y …
Anybody with a name like that was bound to lead a big, bold, messy life, and Picasso did exactly that.
I have to confess that I’ve had a creative crush on him ever since I first encountered his work in my college art history class…”’
February 3, 2016
Six Words that Will Change Your Mornings – entrepreneur.com
“About a year ago, after reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, I made a conscious decision to wake up earlier every day. I wanted to accomplish my most important tasks before the phone calls, meetings, text messages and other distractions started. I wanted my lifestyle to emulate those stories which abound of famous entrepreneurs who wake up early and completely dominate their industry...”‘
Why Podcasting Is A Key Element Of Internet Marketing – copyblogger.com
“What if there was a way to cut through the noise, get noticed, and make a real connection with your audience?
For many businesses, on-demand audio content is the way to do just that. Podcasting is gaining in popularity, as you may have noticed, but the medium is not oversaturated. There’s still plenty of room in the market for you, so don’t worry that you’re too late to get started.
It could be argued that podcasting is not right for every business. It could also be argued that blogging is not right for all businesses…”’
February 2, 2016
How To Increase Site Traffic And Visitor Loyalty – zacjohnson.com
“Having a website or blog with content simply isn’t enough. If you are creating “great content” for your site… congratulations, so are millions of other sites. The big question is, what are you doing to actually get people to come to your site to find your great content?..”‘
Content Marketing Tips For Strong Branding – entrepreneur.com
“Content marketing — in the form of sharing useful content such as blogs or videos with web viewers who relate to your brand — can be one of the most successful digital marketing methods for your personal brand, but only with a solid strategy in place. According to the Content Marketing Institute’s 2015 B2C Content Marketing Report, 47 percent of the most effective content marketers have a documented strategy in place, while only 5 percent of the least effective content marketers have devised strategy…”’
How To Triple Your Online Business – business2community.com
“Duct Tape Marketing is a best-selling book by the undisputed king of small business marketing: John Jantsch. Read this book and it will change the way you look at your customers, and teach you how to build an inbound marketing system that draws in your ideal customers…”’
February 1, 2016
It’s 2016; Isn’t It Time You Get Serious About Success? – entrepreneur.com
“Perhaps you’ve noticed the feeling before.
You’re on Facebook or Instagram, scrolling through your feed consuming post after post of “valuable” content and inspiring information.
You start getting pumped up, don’t you? I know I do. It feels great to look at other people doing really well and think to yourself, “That could be me!”
It feels even better to read a motivational quote that really resonates with you and think, “This was the exact advice I needed!..”‘
Should Twitter Follow Facebook’s Lead? – adweek.com
“Many eons ago, I was in a focus group for Google’s biggest advertising competitor (a company called Overture, which was acquired by Yahoo). The moderator showed us numerous product ideas for the company – all very creative and novel – and then asked for our feedback. My response to each one was largely the same: I stared into the one-way mirror and said “copy Google…”’
How To Create A Million Dollar Business In A Weekend – fourhourworkweek.com
“I first met Noah Kagan over rain and strong espressos at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, CA. It was 2007. We were both in hoodies, had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mindmeld.
It would be the first of many.
The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, General Partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered just down the street from Red Rock…”’