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Month in Review – August 2016

Let’s see.  Where to begin…Oh, you know how I told you about the forthcoming release of a popular product from back-in-the-day that’s going to be like a second installment?  Well, the good news is that I was able to contact the product creator and get “white-listed” in order to promote the product.  Some product creators do this to protect their brand.

They don’t just let random people promote their stuff.  With that said, I’ve been a complete slacker and am still in the process or getting my site up.  On the plus side, people don’t seem to know about it, yet, so I’m really going to have to get into into gear for September.  I want to be ranked a good month before I start to see any other competition.  Hopefully, this will get me an advantage.

Now, for some not-to-great news…I got an notice from Amazon (still haven’t made any sales on my site, yet) basically saying that I need to hurry up and make some sales.  Apparently, when you first sign up to the affiliate program, you are given temporary access to everything and a certain amount of time to make sales (before they shut down your account – can request to get it re-opened once you start getting regular traffic to your site and stuff).

I actually thought putting up this kind of site was going to be easier than this.  On the plus side, one of my internet marketing friends is going to be releasing some free tutorials next month that give me some ideas and should help me some some sales before I get my account closed.  This makes me excited.  Plus, once I make my first commission from a physical product, I think I will feel like a more complete marketer.

I’m really hopeful because my account shouldn’t close before the holiday season starts to come around, so I think I’ll be able to at least make one (if not several commissions – will earn commission for everything people put in their cart — not just on the stuff I’m promoting.  It also means that by next year, I will have more things up making me money (what it’s all about) and will be able to hit the ground running.  Here’s to a good September.

Until next time…

Month in Review – July 2016

July was kind of a slow month for me (was a slacker – happens to the best of us).  This usually hold true since it’s like the tail-end of Summer vacation and stuff like that.  There aren’t even a lot of products and stuff that come out that you can promote.  You kind of have to be really active and hunt for stuff to do.  I will admit that I’m not the best at time – kind of hard for me to stay motivated.

I’ve got to really put my nose to the grindstone, as it were, and get more stuff done on my Amazon site (haven’t actually done much more than what I did during the case study period).  One interesting thing that happened to me this month was that someone actually contacted me and asked me to take down a review (or take their name off of it).

The strange thing about this was that the review wasn’t even a bad one.  It was just old, and the product wasn’t being sold, anymore.  Like usual when this happens, I will just remove links and forward visitors to something that similar and legitimate but still open.  I just decided to take the guy’s name off of the page but leave it up – easiest thing to do.

Let’s see.  What else happened?  Oh, learned about the forthcoming release of a product in the other niche I’m in (not the Amazon one or IM).  If it were a movie, it would be like what you’d call a sequel, I guess.  The first product launch in this niche was really huge (about 5 years ago or something like that), so I’m hoping this one will be the same – gotta contact the product creator and stuff like that to see what’s up.

This could turn out to be good for me because I checked the organic listings, and there’s not any actual competition for it, yet.  So, if I really put in work, I could have both it and my Amazon site bringing in some good money for the month of August.  I’m also hoping that there will be some decent IM products starting to come out by then, too.  That way, I’ll have stuff going in 3 different niches – good stuff.

Well, that’s all from this neck-of-the-woods.  Until next time…

Month in Review – June 2016

Well, it’s that time of the month, again.  Unfortunately, I don’t have too much to report.  I’ve most been just working on my latest site (my first Amazon site that I’ve created on my on domain).  I’m still not sure how this whole thing is going to work out, though.  I have found myself taking a different approach to it than I do with my digital-info sites.

For example, I have been using more pictures on this site.  I’ve been using pictures as my call-to-action links over the traditional texts links I use with anchor texts (like on this site).  One of the good things about this site, if I do it right, is that it should generate me money all year around.  Unlike my other sites, IM & another popular niche, they are kind of seasonal (at least it seems that way to me).  As a fan of this niche myself, I think it should be different.

There is also a good amount of stuff to promote.  One thing I’m kind of worried about, though, is how I’m going to write in order to promote that stuff.  Because of the niche it’s in, I don’t view the niche as one where you just give potential customers the product specs (since they can already read that before they purchase it).  Instead, I’m focusing more on building a personal connection, so the user will want to click.  What else has happened?

Oh, one product in this niche is particular has been pushed back — as far as the release date.  While this annoyed me at first, I think it might be a blessing in disguise because I get more time to build my site up and stuff.  Let’s see.  Oh, I forgot to cancel a domain (for the second year in a row).  I’m such an idiot.  I made sure to cancel it after it renewed this time, so it won’t happen, again – ha.  Outside of this, I’m just thinking around what I want to do for the Fall and Winter months.

That’s all from this neck-of-the-woods.  Until next time…

 

 

 

Google Sniper 3 Case Study Review: Part 3

In my last Google Sniper post (know it’s been a while), I spoke about how I wanted to have my site up and running.  Well, I’ve got good news.  It’s finally up and running! 🙂  Just to let you know, even though it’s been a while since my last post, it doesn’t actually take that long.  I’ve just been a slacker.  George carries you though the whole process (more on that below).

One of the good things about me being a slacker, though, is that I found a better keyword than I had before.  I mean, due to the niche I’m in (film/television niche I’ve been into since I was a kid), my site is going to be a little bigger, so I don’t have to really worry about getting all of the traffic for my site from one keyword.  However, the keyword I’m starting out with is a good one.

The reason I say this is because it’s going to allow me to get my foot in the door of this competitive niche.  Through my research, I basically learned that there is going to be a movie coming out in a little while related to the series I’m promoting (had no clue about this before).  Because of this, my first post was really easy to write and kind of the anchor for the blog and the posts to come.

There isn’t a lot of competition, but I’m kind of going to have to make educated guesses in terms of the keywords — based on how people search for other things in the franchise.  I’m not too worried about that, though.  I’m taking my time to craft those posts and am just scheduling them to release every few days (a feature of WordPress).

Oh, I forgot to mention that when you’re setting up your site, George recommends Blue Host.  I use Godaddy for my domain names, and HostGator for my hosting.  That’s what everyone told me to do years ago, so that’s what I stick with.  It’s just easier to have all of my websites with the same hosting company since that’s something you’ve got to pay for on a monthly basis and all.

George also gives you ideas on how to pick just the right theme for your site – good for those of us who are really indecisive – ha.  He also talks to you about the differences in approaches you should take when you’re promoting digital vs. physical products – really good for me since I’m working with Amazon.  After you set your site up, and start cranking out content, that’s a lot on how to get traffic.

I, for sure, am going to be really making the most of social media (something I haven’t been big on in the past).  Since I’m promoting physical products this time around, I’m going to have a lot more images than I normally do for like this site (or even my other sites that promote digital info products in a different niche).

Well, that’s all for now.  I’ll keep you updated as to any major changes and stuff that happen.  Once you’ve got stuff set up and start employing traffic techniques, it’s pretty much a kind of wait-and-see, test-and-tweak, rise-and-repeat kind of deal.  As a final note, if you’re motivated, you can get this done pretty quickly and faster than I did during this case study – ha.  The good thing, though, is that you can go at your own pace.

When you’re doing this kind of thing, sometimes, life gets in the way.  That’s okay — as long as you keep pushing through.  Speaking of which, don’t forget to grab your copy of Google Sniper and get started today!

 

 

Google Sniper 3 Case Study Review: Part 2

At the end of my last Google Sniper case study review, I told you that I would probably have my site up and running by now (usually how it happens when I promote digital products).  Well, that hasn’t happened — as I’m finding promoting things from Amazon to be a little bit different.  I’m used to just downloading something, reading/watching it and popping up a review.  I’ll catch you up and tell you what I mean.

I’ll first start out by telling you that I’m still planning to work in the same niche — film/television (popular franchise I’ve been a fan of since I was a kid).  However, what I plan on promoting [the product] from said franchise has changed.  This is due to the research I did, according to George’s criteria.  What I originally wanted to promote doesn’t get as many searches as I thought it would.  I’m still going to promote it on my site.  It just won’t be like the main thing.

While I was initially annoyed, I think it might work out for the best.  My research actually helped me to find products and keywords that I didn’t even know people were looking for.  There is no shortage of things for me to promote.  Since I’m still getting used to Amazon, I looked for some tips in the Amazon video under the Sniper X (up-sell) section of the Google Sniper 3 course.  I came across some good tips for finding even more products to promote (for other sites) and how to write content for physical products.

Oh, the other thing that you guys might like about the “Sniper X” section of the course is that it’s where the case studies are — where people get their sites reviewed, so that you can avoid their mistakes.  Another thing I was initially worried about was not being able to put brand names in the domain name of my URL (like I do with Clickbank/digital products).  As it turns out, that’s not a big deal because no one that promotes physical products gets to do that (other than the people that hold the copyright/trademark).

Well, that’s all for now.  The next time I update you, I’m going to try to have my blog live.  It can take a day or so for the domain name servers to get hooked up, and I’m still thinking about the site layout and stuff.  I’ve also been thinking about what I’m going to write as I’m writing this – definitely going to use those writing tips (when the time comes).  Don’t forget to grab your copy of Google Sniper and follow along.

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

Today begins our look inside George Brown’s Google Sniper 3 course.  To start off, I should start by telling you that I’m going to be using stuff from the main course as well as the “Sniper X” part (up-sell).  When you first login, there is an “welcome” video, where George takes you through the various parts of the course.  The main course consist of the e-book, videos, and process maps (outline what you should do and how long it will take you).

Of course, if you have never done this stuff before, it might take you a while longer than what’s on the process maps.  I recommend that you not rush.  Take your time, and get a feel for how things are supposed to work.  Based on my previous experience, research is the most important step.  If you like to read, you can go through the Google Sniper manual, and you will come across the videos as you need to do stuff.

Since I’m more of a video guy, I just bypassed the manual and went straight for the videos.  Okay, so the first thing you need to do is to choose what niche you want to go into, finding a winning product, and find keywords that meet George’s criteria.  What I just described are like two videos that are like two hours in length (total time).  You will pick up a lot of gems from these videos, so make sure to watch them all the way through.

When George shows you how to find niches, he uses Clickbank.  However, I am going to be using Amazon (so far).  I’m going to be using Amazon because of the niche I want to go into. I guess you’d call it the film/television niche.  There’s a particular t.v./movie franchise I want to promote.  I’m a big fan of the series, know there’s a lot of stuff to promote, and such.

However, I’m kind of nervous.  Why?  The only time I recall making money from Amazon is by using free sites that are no longer around.  I’ve never promoted Amazon products on my own domain before (live in a state that was banned until recently).  I have to figure out a few things — like a domain name that gets traffic but doesn’t have the brand name in it and stuff like that.

I’m going to have to go through the Google Sniper course and watch the video on Amazon (saw at least one in here).  I’m really hoping that what I want to promote meets the criteria, that the video on Amazon teaches me about how to write content for Amazon, the best themes (usually just use basic ones), and all of that stuff.  I literally have no idea how this is going to turn out – ha.

Once I figure all of this stuff out, I should be able to do the basic WordPress set up stuff that I normally do (easy).  This is hopefully where I’ll be by the time I send out part 2.  I’ll keep you updated with everything I do in-between time.  Don’t forget to grab your copy of Google Sniper and follow along.

Until next time…

Month in Review – April 2016

Well, this month was pretty uneventful – unfortunately.  I thought I might be promoting some products in my niche outside of internet marketing but came to find out that those products had already been released a couple of years ago — before I got into the niche.  This sucks.  Not only does it mean that the launch didn’t go over well, but a lot of keywords and stuff are already taken up.

When I see products like this, I don’t even bother.  Lots of times when a launch falls flat — even if the product is good — was because the product creator didn’t know how to attract enough affiliates — especially the heavy-hitters in the niche that can draw buzz.  Overall, they just suck at online promotions.  I’ve noticed that some creators think that — just because they might be on t.v. — whatever they create is going to sell with little effort — not true.

Let’s see.  What else happened.  I forgot to cancel a domain name before it renewed — waste of money because the site wasn’t making me any money – hate when I forget to do that.  I’ve also noticed things kind of slowing down in general, so in order to be more proactive, I think I might start doing a case study for Google Sniper 3 next month and choose a niche I’m not already in.

There haven’t been any other good, blogging products to come out in long time.  Newbies seem to like case studies, and having to post my progress pushes me and holds me accountable.  In the end, I will also have a new money-making machine.  It’s a win for newbies struggling with what they should do and a chance for me to bring in more money with a new site – win-win situation.

That’s all for now.  Until next time…

Month In Review – March 2016

Hey, guys.  I’ll start off this month’s post with some good news.  I got my first payment from my service provider job – really wondering if it’s worth it, though (being a service provider is not for slackers like me – ha).  Around the middle of the month, I learned about a new product in the dating niche that I followed to see where it leads.  Additionally, the traffic to my site shot up literally overnight.

At first I thought it was unexplainable.  Then, I realized that a product creator released a product the day before that happened to have the same name of a product I had already reviewed a long time ago (years).  As a result, I was at the top of the search engines for this one product.  I’ll have to see how long this last before I can determine if it is in fact because of the product launch or if it’s algorithm thing going on with the search engines.

Hopefully, this is an algorithm thing, where I will see the benefits long-tern, which will allow my earnings to go up.  After some more investigation, I figured out that the big jump in traffic is coming to my site from the product launch, so any increase in sales will most likely be temporary — unless the product launch really takes off.

Speaking of which, I’ve got to get on the launch that’s outside of the IM niche (the niche my other smaller sites are in).  I hope this one takes off because it’s been a while since a product has really taken off in this space.  Well, that’s all I’ve got to report.  Until next time…

Traffic Exchanges Are Back?!?

Hey, guys.  I learned something interesting today.  I got an e-mail from one of my subscribers in which she told me about something that I thought was long gone – traffic exchanges — but with a twist.  When I got started online back in 2008, traffic exchanges were big.  I even tried to use them (before I knew better).

Back-in-the day, the premise of a traffic exchange was to get traffic to your offers.  More specifically, it was a means to get traffic to your sites.  You could just sign up for free, add your site to the network, and get traffic to your site (based on the number of sites you clicked on and checked out yourself).  While this seems like it would be good in theory, here’s why they stopped being used.

All of the people on traffic exchanges were basically marketers — each with the same goal: to get traffic to their sites.  People were not in “buying mode.”  This means that the traffic wasn’t targeted.  If the traffic isn’t targeted, there’s not going to be any money made.  Nowadays, the same idea of traffic exchanges still exist, but now, they actually charge money for this!

The only people making money off of a system like this are the creators, who charge people for ad space within the network and other things.  This is why learning Search Engine Optimization and how to target keywords at the end of the buying cycle — those that indicate someone has already been exposed to it multiple times — is such a big deal.

These people are more than just “tire kickers” and are actually wanting to spend money.  They just to be nudged in the right direction (typically through a review).  Instead of wasting your time with traffic exchanges, I recommend you check out a course like Google Sniper 3, where you learn how to do S.E.O. the right way and learn to generate passive income for years to come.

Until next time…

Month in Review – January 2016

Since the new year started, I delared that I wanted to get back into Amazon (since a lot of states in the U.S. got un-banned recently).  Once I found this out, I already had an idea of a niche I wanted to go into.  However, once I did the research, I found out that the niche is not as big as I hoped, so if I get into it, it will be for the enjoyment of it — not the money.

Because of this, I’ve decided I’m going to start out by going after the money first (have a list of other things I can do research on that seem to be popular).  After I get one of those up and running, I think I will put up the site in the smaller niche that I like later.  One of the reasons I’m doing this is that, according to what I read in terms of how Amazon pays out, you’ve got to wait for like a month and a half to get paid from sales you make.

I guess this is because it’s physical product stuff, and Amazon doesn’t want to pay out until after the refund period has expired.  This means that when you’re dealing with physical products, you’ve got to have kind of got to hit the ground running because you end up getting fewer deposits (in comparison to a network like Clickbank).  Well, it didn’t happen this month.

However, I did just get the idea of purchasing a WSO from that popular internet marketing forum, from a product creator that is known to be ethical.  The thing is that she usually creates things telling you how to make money during the holidays.  If I choose a good niche, though, I figure it should work year around.  Her stuff is also reasonably-priced and targeted towards newbies.

As of this writing, I’ve decided that I’m going to start there.  Besides this, I didn’t get much done this month — other than testing an an e-mail swipe (usually write my own).  Hopefully, I will have more to report in Feb. and will be getting paid from my “mini joint venture” that I started in like November of 2015.

Until next time…

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