Affiliate Marketing News January 2016

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January 31, 2016

What Matters For SEO In 2016?

“To many people, SEO is a minefield of misinformation and conflicting advice.

Trust me, I’ve been there. When I Googled “SEO” for the first time, I was quickly overwhelmed with a mountain of anecdotes, case studies and “best practices”. I picked up a few tips, but for the most part, I couldn’t make heads or tails of what I read…”

How To Connect Instantly With Anyone –

“Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that the ability to connect with others is a natural, unteachable trait that belongs to only a lucky few. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, this ability is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ)...”

January 30, 2016

Merge Email And Facebook For Stronger Ad Campaigns

“Much of the confusion about Facebook advertising among novice to intermediate marketers centers around the lack of specificity in training materials available. They speak in generalities and in theory instead of providing specific examples and step-by-step instructions.

Marketing Skills To Hone In 2016 –

“January is a perfect time to think through how to develop your personal skills in the year ahead. It’s no surprise that LinkedIn tells us that January is the month when the highest proportions of its members are searching for new jobs. If you’re responsible for others, you will also be thinking through the skills development options for your team...”

January 29, 2016

The Right Way To Use Google Trends

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.

Here goes…”

Many Affiliate Marketers Still Missing the Boat On Listbuilding –

“My #1 downside would be that most of us aren’t building any long-term assets. Some Americans are living paycheck to paycheck…some affiliates are living campaign to campaign!

We’re kinda running half a business. The positive of affiliate marketing is that you don’t need much capital to start off with. And we don’t have to deal with customers, inventory, merchant processing, or any other headaches that “normal” companies do.

But the biggest downside is that we’ll make money from a customer once, and the advertiser makes money from them for life (in theory)…”

January 28, 2016

How To Steal The Next Billion Dollar Internet Idea

“On the 15th of January 2008 the domain name went live for the first time. 2008 was also the year that IndieGogo became one of the first ‘crowdfunding’ websites. A year later, the biggest rivals of each would launch in the form of Living Social and Kickstarter.

At the start of 2012 Uber – previously known as Ubercab – started to expand internationally. Just a few months later, Logan Green would launch ride sharing competitor Lyft, which rode on the back of Uber’s success to a $4bn valuation…”

Tradedoubler Jumps Into The Shoppable Images Arena –

“Tradedoubler has made a deep dive into the word of ‘shoppable’ social media courtesy of a new partnership with visual commerce platform Curalate.

The performance marketing group is allowing its network of 180,000 publishers to monetise another aspect of their editorial by embedding links into the images they post on Instagram and their own blogs. 

This hands over 2,000 advertisers the chance to form partnerships with these publishers to drive traffic and revenue via the channel, paying out commission for interactions with ‘click-to-buy’ links on a CPA basis…”

January 27, 2016

Affiliate Marketing Continues To Attract Big Players

“In the early days of online marketing, most big brands struggled to see the yield of investing significant resources in things like SEO and paid search. The early SERP landscape consisted mainly of nimble small businesses and affiliate marketers who recognized the web’s potential as a significant revenue stream.

The original model for affiliate sites was simple: Find a product to promote; find the top 50 keywords for the niche; write 50 pages of technically unique content centered around those keywords and build a website around the program…”

The Key To Successful Internet Marketing Campaigns –

“Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, there is no shortage of online platforms used to market today. But with organic traffic going down; different channels becoming pay to play to get exposure and heavy hitters pushing their newest tactic, you might be losing at the social media game.

There is no shortage of businesses killing it online today that can set a great example. But looking only surface deep at their tactics won’t help you build a successful or profitable social media presence or have a successful online campaign…”

January 26, 2016

Online Ad Fraud A Growing Problem

“It is no surprise that ad fraud is still a big concern going into 2016, but a new study by the Association of National Advertisers reports that they expect the total cost this year to be around $7.2 billion. Last year it was $6.3 billion.  This is quite a significant number that just continues to go up...”

Psychological Insights That Will Improve Your Marketing –

“The better you understand the human mind, the better you’ll be able to persuade customers to convert. And, if you think about it, marketing is really about applied psychology.

What this means is that buyers act in certain ways because they’rewired to do so. The mind’s cognitive biases, tendencies and proclivities all play a role in the marketing process. When it comes to the psychology of purchasing, here are eight actionable tips to improve your own company’s marketing ability…”

January 25, 2016

Internet Marketing Trends For 2016

“With revenues of about $1.59 trillion a year and growing, the internet is the best place for a business to create a presence to grow its revenues. Before taking a business online, though, it’s important to understand the latest internet marketing trends. Understanding these trends allows a business to create internet marketing campaigns that are more effective, connect the business with its audience, and avoid having its ads blocked by consumers suffering from ad blindness...”

The State Of Affiliate Marketing Today –

“The exact origin of affiliate is disputed: some point towards murky beginnings in the online adult industry, while others look, perhaps optimistically, towards its patent in 1996, and a more lighthearted birthplace in William J. Tobin’s PC Flowers & Gifts. 

Having weathered accusations of illegitimacy and a closed doors, club-like culture among its hardcore, affiliate’s mired history is testament to its nature as a continually evolving beast, and one that still tends to fly under the radar of mainstream media coverage…”

January 24, 2016

Learn To Stretch Your Comfort Zones

“We all love getting it right. That sweet feeling of completing a task with ease, or having the answer pop into our heads with little or no effort. But getting hooked on that feeling can deprive us of an even sweeter success — the feeling of doing something hard, even something “impossible...”

A Dollar A Day VS. A Thousand –

“I still remember that first dollar I made on the internet.

I was so proud of myself I went out with my friends and paid for lunch. I think it was like $100 or something but at that point, I felt like I had made it.

It was $1.17 to be exact. Something I would not bat an eye lid over these days but back then it was like the whole world had suddenly come together and given me the result I desired so much.

About a year later, I hit my first $1,000 revenue day and a couple weeks after that, I hit over $10,000 in revenue in a single day..”

January 23, 2016

Ways Entrepreneurialship Will Change Your Life

“The experience of being an entrepreneur changes you, fundamentally, from the way you think to the way you act and the way you want to live your life. Most of the time, it’s for the better, and occasionally for the worse, but entrepreneurship will change your life. Here are 50 ways:…”

Rookie eBook Selling Mistakes –

“If you have a blog, a regular audience and an email list (even a small one), selling eBooks is one of the best ways you can make a sizable passive income and establish yourself as an authority in your niche.

Thousands of bloggers are making money by selling online courses, trainings, eBooks and other forms of digital products. But studies show that there’s demand for more…”

January 22, 2016

Ways Entrepreneurialship Will Change Your Life

“The experience of being an entrepreneur changes you, fundamentally, from the way you think to the way you act and the way you want to live your life. Most of the time, it’s for the better, and occasionally for the worse, but entrepreneurship will change your life. Here are 50 ways:…”

Rookie eBook Selling Mistakes –

“If you have a blog, a regular audience and an email list (even a small one), selling eBooks is one of the best ways you can make a sizable passive income and establish yourself as an authority in your niche.

Thousands of bloggers are making money by selling online courses, trainings, eBooks and other forms of digital products. But studies show that there’s demand for more…”

January 21, 2016

How To Become A Millionaire In Less Than 5 Years

“If you wanted to, you can become a millionaire in under five years.

I was able to do it sooner than that, but it wasn’t that easy. There have been many sacrifices to make and obstacles to overcome, but I was determined to make it happen. Dealing with adversity was my greatest teacher and it allowed me to build the type of resilience that helped me walk through the fire…”

Case Study: 400+% Google Improvement In 90 Days –

“When a site is new it has no trust. If two sites publish the same piece of content (or one with the same properties, SEO wise), the one with the more trust and authority will get more traffic from that content, assuming all else is equal.

These aren’t controversial statements.

But it means that when your site is new, your goal isn’t to make it the best site on the internet…”

January 20, 2016

The Art Of The Tweet

“When we talk an irresistible tweet, what do we mean? A tweet that gets a lot of retweets? Favorites? Replies?

All of the above, actually. A tweet’s value lies in its ability to reach as many people as possible, which means it has to be interesting enough that your audience shares it with their own communities.

While it’s next to impossible to guarantee a tweet will go ‘viral,’ if it does the following three things you’re off to a good start…”

How Many Millionaires Live in Your State? –

“The study measured the 12-month period that ended in June.

Millionaire density — a measurement of millionaires per capita — tends to be higher in smaller, highly educated states or near big centers of wealth creation. Maryland, for instance, is next to Washington, D.C., while Connecticut is next to New York City…”

January 19, 2016

Online Success: The Fundamentals

“Today, it’s easier than ever to start your own business. Anyone with a URL, a good product and a PayPal account can make a go of it. But if it’s easy for anybody, this also means it’s easy for everybody. The world of ecommerce is teeming with competition. So, how do you make your company and its products stand out? Here are six tips to help your small business succeed in today’s online marketplaces...

Coping With Writers Block –

“Hey, I have been there.

8 years ago I could not complete a 300 word blog post in one sitting. Tears would sometimes stream down my face as frustration set in and my brain seemed to freeze and seize. Almost like attempting to start a car on a bitterly cold, brutal morning. The engine strains to turn over but no dice…”

January 18, 2016

ABestWeb Gives A Bizarre Reason For Closing Shop

Recognised US affiliate marketing forum ABestWeb has decided to close its doors under pressures that will no doubt raise a few eyebrows around the globe.

The site’s owner, Penton Technology, has placed its product up for sale as a result of the affiliate marketplace “steadily declining for a while”. As a result, the company behind the forum has “decided to exit this business”...

Are You Using Only One Call To Action? –

“Despite the innumerable assertions to the contrary, people really do like to be told what to do. It can be much more direct in nature, like how you’re supposed to come to a complete stop when you see a stop sign at an intersection. It can also be a lot more subtle, like how every IKEA store is designed so that you have to walk through the entirety of the store in a maze-like fashion before you actually get to the section you came to see. Okay, maybe that last example isn’t exactly all that subtle, but you get the idea…”

January 17, 2016

How To Find Your Work-Life Balance

“In today’s busy world that’s filled with smartphones and distractions, it can be tough to take a true break from work. It can be even more chaotic when you’re a busy mom. You’re caring for other people in addition to meeting your own needs…

A $130K Mistake –

“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….”

January 16, 2016

How To Target Trade Publications

“Getting media attention can be a slow process. To maximize your time, our editorial director Ray Hennessey explains the importance of targeting niche trade publications first to get the word out about your business and build a name for yourself…

5 Direct Twitter Messages You Should Stop

“When was the last time you checked your Direct Message inbox on Twitter, and actually found an important, worthwhile, or interesting message? Sure, Twitter is doing its best to improve how DMs work, by enabling group messaging and allowing anyone to receive DMs from anyone else, regardless of whether the two are following each other… but the day-to-day DM experience remains frustrating for most Twitter users. And these are some of the main culprits…”

January 15, 2016

Resources To Boost Your Content Strategy

“Although it’s only January, I refer to this time of the year as “pre-pre-spring” (in the Northern Hemisphere). Call me optimistic.

The gingerbread, cinnamon, and pine aromas of the holidays have certainly faded, but the sweet smell of flowers blooming and warm breezes haven’t quite arrived yet.

Still, it feels like the seasons are shifting and we’re moving toward a new beginning.”

How Entrepreneurs Use Lists To Get Things Done

“Being a startup founder who is obsessed with my own personal growth, I frequently get sucked into blog posts with titles like “The top 5 traits of all successful entrepreneurs.” These articles tend to cite characteristics such as passion, persistence, inspiration, an eye for talent, a data-driven mindset, great communication skills, and the ability to galvanize team members toward a common long-term vision.”

January 14, 2016

Content Marketing Secrets –

An infographic…

How Bitcoin Is Changing The Affiliate Marketing Industry

Affiliate marketing will never be the same after Bitcoin. The key driver is that Bitcoin makes it possible to reward – in a cost effective manner –  virtually any kind of purchase, from items with a high price tag to micropayments. It also allows to pay rewards in real-time, because purchases are not reversible (unless there is a money-back guarantee in place).

January 13, 2016

Case Study: Niche Sales Funnel Brings In $15K+ Per Day –

“Would you like to see what a sales funnel that’s currently making $17,947 PER DAY (not per month) looks like? And, what if you could Objectively (And ethically) knock off this SAME funnel, in less than 10 minutes by using web-based tools?

This Thursday, January 14 at 7pm EST (4pm PST), I’ll be doing a webinar with the one and only Russell Brunson, and we’re going to show you behind the scenes of this funnel. You’ll see each of the pages, and why they work so well…”

How To Freshen Up An Outdated Website

“When you think about it, websites have made giant improvements in appearance over the years. In the ’90s, businesses merely rushed to set up an online presence, resulting in an Internet full of electronic brochures. The look and feel of sites has changed tremendously, much of it with the goal of giving customers a better experience. Potential buyers now show an interest in doing more than simply learning about a favorite store or restaurant. They want to order online, view menus, see live webcam shots of a location and more...'”

January 12, 2016

How To Get 1000 Visitors To Your Next Blog Post –

“Creating valuable content on your website through a blog post that demonstrates your expertise will help you to build your brand, drive traffic and create leads. But entrepreneurs often struggle to get enough visitors to validate the time they spend creating and promoting their content. However, if you write the right type of content and promote it the right way, you are guaranteed to get a lot more traffic…

Ad Blockers Forcing Change

“Online ads have assaulted users for the last time. But what kind of Internet is it creating?

The web has created a “free” mentality, which has driven site owners to rely on banner ads for revenue for much of the Internet’s history. Online advertising has since evolved into an enterprise based on creeping on users. Cookies keep tabs (read: stalk) users as they browse across the web, allowing companies to make grabs for personal information when it’s given.'”

January 11, 2016

What You Can Learn From Youtube Channels That Are Killing It –

“With more than a billions users watching hundreds of millions of hours and generating billions of views — that’s approximately one-third of all people on the Internet we’re talking about — YouTube has become an extremely powerful discovery and promotion platform…

What’s Going On Over At Clickbooth?

“I just got back from the Clickbooth party at the HardRock’s Private Exclusive Suites. Shared a couple drinks with some amazing old friends, and then started talking to everyone about the news of the day from Clickbooth. They were announcing that they were shutting down their affiliate network as it is, and moving to creating the next step in Performance Marketing…‘”

January 10, 2016

Internet Advertising Changes Are Coming –

“Millions of people are refusing to let intrusive, distracting, or irrelevant ads load on our devices. Consumers should seize the opportunity to demand a more mutually beneficial relationship with online advertisers…

Dead Broke To Six Figures In Only 6 Months? Yes

As entrepreneurs we know life is often a roller coaster with lots of uncertainty and chaos. When you’re in the struggle, it’s tough to see a clear path to success, but it’s crucial to let your vision guide you, not your current circumstances. You must embrace those challenges, because that’s where your hunger for a better life is developed…'”

January 9, 2016

Online Marketing Predictions For 2016 –

“The fast paced, ever-changing world of online marketing can be a daunting prospect for business owners.

But it shouldn’t be.

In fact, business owners should feel more in control than ever. After all, the needs of companies and the increasingly sophisticated preferences of consumers continue to dictate the direction of the digital marketing industry as a whole.”

Social And Digital Trends To Watch In 2016 –

“With 2016 upon us, we expect to see dramatic trends reshape the social media and digital marketing landscape in the upcoming year. 

We will be facing new social platforms, fresh trends in personal branding and more developments in live streaming…'”

January 8, 2016

A PPC New Years Resolution –

“The start of 2016 often ushers in a flood of New Year’s resolutions in a way for people to improve themselves and achieve something for the new year. This is also a great time of year to look back on the last year, as an advertiser, and change a few things about your approach to PPC so that you are that bit more successful during 2016. We have learnt alot about PPC in 2015. Here are some ideas for possible New Year resolution you can adopt for 2016… style…”

How To Increase Engagement Using Twitter

“There are a number of ways that your brand can use Twitter, from becoming a thought leader to generating leads, but one of the most vibrant – and most unique – is developing meaningful relationships with your customers…'”

January 7, 2016

How To Create More Content In Less Time –

“As bloggers and online marketers, nothing is more time consuming than the content we create. It has to be original, useful to our audience and of course… high in value — all of which takes a lot of time…”

25 Essential Books For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

“No matter what stage you’re at in the entrepreneur journey,  whether you just launched your first startup or have started several successful businesses, you can always use the advice of people who have “been there, done that.’’ What better way to get advice then from the pages of a book?..'”

January 6, 2016

The Legend Of The $132,944.97 Affiliate Check From Google Adsense –

“About once every other day I get a question about the adSense Check in my Gallery. I originally posted the check in this thread. Its most visited page on (behind the main page course) with 1-2k unique visits per day...”

Why Is Twitter Messing With Their Winning Formula?

“Long-winded tweeters rejoice: the character limit on Twitter could rise exponentially — from its current 140 to 10,000. Re/code reports that a Twitter team is working on a project called “Beyond 140,” that would allow Twitter users to share their thoughts well beyond 140 char…'”

January 5, 2016

Key Can 4 Numbers Really Get You Millions Of Visitors From Google This Year? –

“I know I’m sharing this at the point of the year when everyone is winding down and preparing for the holiday season, but that’s exactly why I’m sharing it: So you jump-start your success in 2016 in a way you never thought possible. I know my headline may make you skeptical, but I will back up the title in a very big way. I don’t believe in writing a headline to get your attention and not fulfilling the promise in the following content...”

How To Ensure You Follow Through On Your Goals In 2016

“Welcome to 2016! Can you believe it’s here already? I can’t—but here we are. As we finish up our New Year’s celebrations and get ready to get moving again in our businesses, it’s time to think about not just what our goals are for the year, but how we’re going to stick with them...'”

January 4, 2016

Key Marketing Ingredients For Online Success In 2016 –

“1. Content on platforms beyond your blog

Blogs are a great way to deliver your brand message to your target audience. They will continue to be an excellent platform for content marketing, but everyone has a blog these days. So, think about creating content on multiple channels in order to stand out in your industry…”

How To Write The Marketing Strategy In Your Business Plan

“In their book Write Your Business Plan, the staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. offer an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture, and what it takes to ensure success. In this edited excerpt, the authors discuss the information you should include in the marketing section of your business plan...'”

January 3, 2016

How Gawker Uses Affiliate Marketing To Make Millions Online –

“Gawker Media, a network of websites known for pillorying the powerful in media, tech and politics, has helped sell millions of cable ties to readers looking to control their tangled messes of electronic cords.

Gawker has also been hawking flashlights, laser printers, headphones, car phone chargers and a 42-piece Rubbermaid set, by including in its posts prominent links driving users to purchase those products on sites such as Amazon…”

Using PR To Attract Affluent Customers

“As 2016 comes upon us, the new year is a great time to take a fresh look at your PR and marketing plans. One of the trickiest and most desirable sectors to reach is the luxury consumer. For perspective, I’ve gathered the advice of two entrepreneurs who are promoting their companies to this elite audience well...'”

January 2, 2016

How To Make More Money In 2016 Online Than You Ever Have Before –

“A new year brings with it a new beginning, and a new start. You can look at it as the same old same old, or you can look at it as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Here are my top tips to make 2016 your best make money online year ever...”

If You’re Not Building Links You’re Making A Huge Mistake

“Link building is the backbone of Google search and it continues to play an important role for websites online. When one site links to another, it shows value not only to you, but to Google as well, which gets you ranked higher within the search engines, generating engagement. I’ve consulted for many people when it comes to search engine optimization and have always encouraged them to have a solid link building campaign in place. By building links, you are doing much more than simply increasing your website rankings. For example, through link building, you’ll be able to…'”

January 1, 2016

A New Year And A Brick To The Head –

“I always start the New Year exactly the same way … hung over. Nah, JK. Sure, I always have a good time around the holidays but now that I’m getting to be an old fart I can’t exactly party like I used to. Besides, why would anyone want to wreak that kind of havoc on the most precious thing they’ve got – their body?..”

Quick And Killer Instagram Ads

“Instagram’s launch in 2010 was the equivalent to the new popular kid, “Ian,” moving to your high school at the beginning of the year.

Girls couldn’t stop commenting about his good looks and guys were thrilled that he’d compete for the starting goalie position in hockey.

Even though students had their loyalty to “Tyler,” the starting goaltender from the previous year, there was excitement in the air about Ian, the new kid in town…'”