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Best Black Friday Deals



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Best Black Friday Deals

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Like every Black Friday or long before it, my inbox becomes flooded with
holiday offers, coupons, doorbusters and bargains. I comb through
all these offers and place the best ones on my webpages.

Like years past, there are some excellent savings to be had, if one
acts fast and manages to snap up any of the limited doorbreaker or
doorbuster items. Bit hectic, but shopping online does beat camping
out in the cold.

Best Dell Black Friday Deals


I have spent the last few days updating numerous pages on this site
with the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and coupons. Mainly
my Corporate Business Gifts Pages and my Dell, HP and Alienware laptop
coupons pages – there are some great deals to be had if you’re in the
market.

Hot holiday items this year include the tablet devices such as iPad, iPad
mini, Surface and the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. Smartphones are again very
popular, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 giving the Apple iPhone a run for
its money.

Black Friday Deals & Online Marketing

Besides making a few bucks, these holidays are an affiliate marketer’s
dream come true, what I really enjoy is all the marketing behind the
scenes. Creating graphics, writing press releases, doing viral marketing,
trying different PPC campaigns… and the list goes on.

Working out an advertising budget and sticking to it is perhaps the
hardest rule to follow. The more you spend in advertising, the more
you will earn – especially during these holiday buying events such
as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, there is a fine line and
you don’t want your business to end up in the red on Black Friday
of all days.

This year I am putting more emphasis on social bookmarking sites
like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Even though I don’t
find that kind of viral traffic half as good as search engine
visitors… for me at least, search engine and PPC traffic converts
much better into a sale.

The only exception – if you can manage to get the social traffic
to subscribe to one of your newsletters or marketing funnels – then
your chances of achieving better conversion rates go way up. Customers
buy from people they know – so establishing a good relationship is crucial,
especially in the online world.

Best Black Friday Alienware Deals

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are excellent times to pick
up that perfect holiday gift at the best price, it is also an excellent
time to do online marketing and test out new strategies.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to go back to monitoring my
Black Friday traffic in Real-Time in Google Analytics.

Happy Shopping and Happy Marketing Everyone!


Kind Regards,
Titus Hoskins

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How To Monetize Your Web Content



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How To Monetize Your Web Content


Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions for webmasters
has to be: How do I monetize my web pages? How do I make money
from my online content?

As a full time online marketer and webmaster, this is a question I
have considered many times and found my own answers through years
of trial and error. Of course, I have taken the passive route in
my quest for that online income. This means instead of producing
my own products, I market and promote affiliate goods and services.
I do NO direct selling on any of my websites, I collect no money
and I don’t even have a payment program or system in place.

All my income and commissions come from referring traffic or clients
to the affiliate companies which I promote. Totally passive.

These companies do all the selling, delivery of products, customer
support, everything… I just get a small percentage for having
referred that customer or client. This passive method has worked
extremely well for me but keep in mind, selling your own products
and services will be much more lucrative since you will receive
the majority of the profits instead of just a small commission
or referral fee.

However, if you’re like me and want a more “hands-off” passive income
from your web content, here are some of the things I have learned over
the years. You might find some of these tips helpful in your own
monetization. I have placed these tips in the form of a “q and a”
format…



1. Should I use Google Adsense?


While placing Google Adsense ads on your site or blog is extremely
easy, the rates are very low. You can make 10 to 100 times more
by using affiliate links instead of these ads. For example, for one
Adsense click you could get anywhere from a few cents to several dollars,
whereas with an affiliate program you can get from $10 to $100+ for
a click which turns into a sale. However, Google is one of most respected
and reliable companies on the web. They pay on time and should not be
ignored. I have used Adsense for years mainly because you can’t always
find affiliate programs for some content and besides, you can place
both affiliate links and Google Adsense on your pages.


2. Should I use Amazon?

Another very simple way to monetize your content is to place Amazon
products and referral links on your pages. Amazon’s referral rates
are slightly better than Google Adsense especially if you have high
volume sales but they are still lower in general. However, I have
found users tend to really trust Amazon and buy from them more frequently
and more often so conversion rates are much higher than any other
affiliate program I have used. For this reason alone, Amazon should
be on your list if you want earn money from the web. I have been
using them for years and find building your links are very easy,
so too is building whole “A Stores” on a particular topic or line
of products.


3. What is ClickBank and Should I use it?

ClickBank is one of the largest affiliate networks for downloadable
products such as ebooks and software. They pay some of the largest
commissions, 40% to 50% or more is very common. Very reliable, I have
been using them for years and you should include some ClickBank products
on your pages. Please note that ClickBank does deduct a small percentage
of your commissions to cover any returns, but it also means you don’t
have any dropped commissions – once you make a sale, you will get paid
for it.


4. What are affiliate networks?

Affiliate networks, like Commission Junction and LinkShare, are major
players in the online affiliate world. These affiliate networks represent
thousands of companies which offer products and services that webmasters
can promote. They handle all sales transactions and send out your
commission checks each month. Most of my affiliate programs are through
these affiliate networks with CJ being the top one mainly because
they have excellent feedback and tracking.

5. How do I find a profitable affiliate products or service?

Regardless of what you’re promoting, you must be very careful to pick
quality products that’s closely related to your content. These two factors
will mainly determine your conversion rates, although product ads and display
images do play a small part. If you use a network like Commission Junction
they will tell which company is making the most sales, they will also tell
you which ads are getting the highest return with the actual dollar amount
(EPC – earnings per 100 clicks). I always use this data when picking which
companies and products I promote on my sites.

6. Why do I need to create different income streams?

The real beauty of running an online business, you can have many different
income sources which pay you each month. You should plan on having at least
10 to 20 income streams, if one should dry up, you will have the others to
depend upon. Once you have quality traffic coming to your website, it is
just a matter of placing different affiliate links on your pages, I like
including at least three or four different companies on a page, this way
you can easily create different income streams for the same page. Throughout
your site, don’t just rely upon one company or product, have many different
affiliate links and companies.

7. What should be your main strategic objective?

Don’t make this mistake, instead of making one sale and getting paid for
it once, pick products and services which give you a re-occurring or
residual income. You do the same promotion and work but get paid for
years to come. I am still earning income on sales I made five years ago.
This will significantly improve your bottom line or your return on investment.
Products and services which have a monthly billing element are good candidates
for residual income… such as web hosting, autoresponder services,
tele-communications and so on. Don’t rule out forming partnerships
with businesses in the subject of your website, you might be surprised
at the response you get.

Effectively monetizing your web content will largely determine if succeed
or not, so try some of the tips above. Of course, there are many other ways
to monetize your traffic such selling direct ads and links on your pages.
The list above is not my full list but they are some of my top-performing
programs and they should also work for you and your web content.

If you need more help why not try our online Affiliate Guide:
Affiliate Marketing Guide




Helping You Succeed Online Since 2002!

Kind Regards,
Titus

http://www.bizwaremagic.com

P.S. These are the Actual web marketing tools which
I use daily to earn a full-time online living:

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5 Things I Wish I Knew About Internet Marketing



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5 Things I Wish I Knew About Internet Marketing

(Before I Started Making $200 – $300 A Day)




Hindsight is priceless. If only we could take what we know now
and go back and do it all over again; the lessons learnt over
time would make that difficult journey much easier. The same
applies to me, I have been online since 1998, but it took me
years before I could make a full-time living from the web, mostly
with affiliate marketing.

Over the years, there are many things I wish I had known earlier
in my struggle, this knowledge would have made my progress much
easier and faster. So I sat down and listed the FIVE most important
THINGS which would have helped me SUCCEED much sooner. Never know,
they might even help you on your own journey of becoming a full-time
online marketer.


SEO Is King


When I first started online, I didn’t have a clue about SEO
(Search Engine Optimization) or even search engines and how
they worked. More grievously, I didn’t even know about keywords
and the essential, no vital role, they play in your online success.
To me at the time, a web site was just a place where I put my
information and affiliate links. Nothing more.

Little did I know how important proper site construction, optimized
for the search engines, played in your success. These days I would
start from the very beginning and place my major targeted keyword
phrase in my domain name – using hyphens if I had to. Next I would
create or lay out my site with related keyword pages all linking back
to my homepage. I would keep the site navigation extremely simple,
with no page more than three clicks away from the homepage. And if
I didn’t use SEO rich blogging software like WordPress for the whole
design of my site, I would have one of these WordPress blogs on my
site for SEO reasons.

Onsite or onpage optimization is very important but QUALITY BACKLINKS
and lots of them will get you the top rankings and those targeted
visitors from the search engines, especially Google. And the key to
getting those quality backlinks is providing valuable information and
superior content in articles, posts, videos, ebooks… and spreading
those items around the web. However, just getting the high rankings
and traffic through your SEO efforts is just the first step. You must
have an overall marketing strategy which will take this quality
traffic/visitors and turn them into buying customers. You have to
create marketing funnels to take advantage of this traffic and produce
your sales. This rather complex topic is discussed in more detail
down below.


Develop Your OWN Brand


You must stand out from the crowd, you must create something that’s
unique to you and to the web. Whether it’s developing your own product
or creating an authority site on the web, you must in some way differentiate
your marketing from the rest on the web. Establishing your own brand
starts with your own website which will become your main drawing card.

Many times this is simply picking a little known marketing niche and
becoming the dominant site in that niche. This is something I didn’t
learn until I was well into the marketing game, but becoming or being
perceived as an expert in your niche is vital to your success. It will
open up marketing and linking opportunities for you and your site.
It will help build your reputation as an authority site or figure in
the eyes of everyone, including the search engines. I found concentrating
on a few lucrative niche markets is very manageable if you’re a one-man
outfit and you don’t want to hire employees which is another option,
but will result in a totally different lifestyle.

I like affiliate marketing because it comes with fewer responsibilities…
all you have to do is refer the potential customer to your clients and
they do all the rest. They do the real selling, they do all cash transactions,
they deal with all refunds and support issues… all you have to do is
cash your affiliate commission checks each month. Regardless of which
route you take, you must choose your market niche and establish your
expertise in that area.


Pick Your Associates & Products Carefully


Along those same lines, picking the companies and products you decide
to promote is vital to your success. This is something I got very wrong
at the very beginning of my online work, I picked the wrong things and
I wasted years trying to sell worthless products which should never have
been marketed in the first place – at least not in the way they were marketed.
I am talking about those silly multi-level sales opportunities (which will
remain nameless) where you try to sell a product by recruiting a sales
force under you. Never worked for me and I wished I had stayed well away
from these types of schemes.

More importantly, I soon learned that picking the proper companies and
associates will play a major role in your success. Finding quality companies
and products to promote is essential to building a solid reputation on the web.
I later found some good established marketers and started promoting their
products which helped me tremendously, especially when I started promoting
products and services which gave me residual income, make one sale and get
paid repeatedly for years. I also concentrated on top brand name companies
like Sony, Dell, Toshiba, Apple, HP… which also helped me in building a
solid reputation and gave me credibility. Actually, selling a million dollars
of product for a company will get you noticed, even online.

Another marketing strategy which has proven very successful for me is simply
selling something which can ONLY be bought online, or which can more easily
be bought online; you will sell more products this way. I also found promoting
well established merchants like Amazon, worked very well because online buyers
trust Amazon and are USED to buying from them. Regardless, you must pick quality
products and companies to promote, I found using well established Affiliate Networks
like Commission Junction, LinkShare, Shareasale… extremely helpful in finding
those quality products and companies. Just wished I had used those at the very
beginning of my online marketing.


Marketing Funnels and Automation


I never started making a regular income from the web until I set up my
automated marketing funnels which kept sending a steady flow of willing
buyers to my promoted affiliate products and companies. These marketing
funnels are not that difficult to put into place but they make all the
difference in the world. For example, here’s how many of them are set-up,
I first find a niche product or service, I build a keyworded domain site
around this product. I usually offer a free guide, course or ebook on the
product in exchange for the potential customer’s email. I follow up with
6 or 7 helpful emails on the promoted product or service, offering quality
information along with some special deals/coupons where the prospect can
get $100’s off the price of the item if they buy through my affiliate links.
Make them a deal they can’t refuse.

This is a simple list-building process where you build a large group of
potential customers. All of this can be automated through an autoresponder
service such as aWeber or GetResponse, your emails are automatically sent
on a regular basis. In order to feed this autoresponder and bring potential
customers to my sites, I use article marketing, video, blog posts… to draw
traffic and to build my top rankings in the search engines, mainly Google.
All this brings free targeted traffic to my sites and into my marketing funnels.

Another marketing funnel I use is through the PPC or paid traffic, this
advertising from Google Adwords and Microsoft Adcenter supplies potential
clients to my landing pages and onto my autoresponder lists. Again creating
a stream of customers for my affiliate products and companies. All of which
can be automated and run without any more work once they are set up.

And if you really want a hands-off lifestyle, I found it helpful to automate
all my monthly payments and renewals (hosting, domains…) by using Paypal
or by credit card. Plus, many other aspects of your online marketing can be
automated such as article distribution, blog posting, Twitter accounts, Facebook…
and don’t forget to regularly back up all your sites and blogs.
Believe me, $%*& happens and you will need those backups.


Persistance Is The Key


Most of the things listed above have to do with actual marketing techniques
or automated systems you have to set up with your online marketing. However,
there is another rather intangible element to all this online marketing stuff.
That has to do with your own mind-set and determination. Building an online
business and income takes some time, you must have the patience to go the
distance. Especially when it comes to SEO and building your keyword rankings
in Google, you must give yourself some time for all your marketing to fall
into place. Truth be told, I was three years before I saw any serious money
from my online marketing. Of course, I was totally new at this game and even
had to learn HTML from scratch. Back then, I really didn’t know what kind of
marketing strategies worked and what kind of automated systems I needed to
put into place.

However, all the knowledge which I now have, still wouldn’t have worked if
I didn’t have the persistence and stubbornness to stick to my plans. If you
start on the same road of building an online income, make sure you have that
same persistence and stubbornness to give all this marketing stuff time to work.
Like many things in life, your online marketing needs time to grow and mature,
just make sure you’re of the right character to make that happen. Needles to say,
the rewards are well worth it.



P.S.

And if I really had to start all over again, I would
go with something like Ken Evoy’s SBI because it
would have cut years OFF my journey to becoming
a full-time online marketer.

To learn more about SBI, go here:
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Helping You Succeed Online Since 2002!

Kind Regards,
Titus

http://www.bizwaremagic.com

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