The #1 Ingredient In The Long Term Success Recipe

Ted and Robin are both Internet marketers. They both follow the same strategies and techniques. They both build lists, buy advertising, sell on the front end, back end, offer an upsell and a downsell, and follow up with autoresponder series to promote affiliate products.

Although they do every thing similarly, after 5 years Ted is very successful while Robin is still struggling with his unresponsive list, building a list after another to refresh, and doesn’t seem to be able to take himself out of the equation.

The difference is that Robin promotes everything and anything to his list, and is only thinking about how to get them to open the emails and buy from my link. Ted on the other hand is picky on what he promotes to his list. He tries it first either by himself or by his staff, makes sure it provides and delivers a real value, and will help make his subscribers’ lives easier.

Not only that. Ted also provides value in all of his emails to his list. Even in his promotional emails, Ted provides valuable information on how whatever he is promoting now will help them, how to implement it into their lives, and how to avoid being scammed by other competitive offers around … etc.

The result is that Ted’s list is very responsive and is making him money on demand, while Robin’s list is unsubscribing/ignoring his emails and he doesn’t seem to be able to maintain the most valuable source of income that no body can take away from him: HIS LIST.

The difference is that Ted respects his list and treats them the way he likes to be treated, while Robin treats his list as a money machine with no human dimensions involved.

Ted acquired the credibility and respect of his list by providing value all of the time, while Robin lost them both.

The #1 ingredient in Ted’s success is VALUE. Provide value, and in return you’ll get all what you want.

Which one would you like to be: a Ted or a Robin?

Brand Names Are Taking Over

During the first quarter of 2010 it was obvious that the biggest names in affiliate networks are flirting with brand names. And although these networks are criticizing the Google slap and it’s impact on the affiliate marketing industry, they are doing the same.

Small affiliate marketers are now having their accounts terminated or suspended for low volume. This means that small affiliates are now facing the challenge of either growing into big boys or losing their business. This challenge is time sensitive. And affiliate marketers who are just starting and those who lost their Adword accounts are supposed to find an efficient way to grow their business according to a plan.

The picture is not different on the other side of the coin. Small advertisers are now facing the challenge of being crashed by the big brand names. Some networks,  like hydra, is now moving on this new trend: brand names. If you don’t have a well known brand name your offers are facing the threat of elimination.

Which brings us to the point of this article. Branding is the key to succeed in 2010. And it works for both advertisers and affiliates.

What I expect to see during the rest of 2010 is as follows:

1. Advertisers will be spending more on branding their names. This will open the door for new positions in those small companies that will focus only on media placement and getting their name in front of as many people as they can, for as long as they can. Fly-by-night businesses will be having hard time getting their offers accepted to rotate on big affiliate networks, and as a result scams artists will be very busy finding a way around the new situation.

2. Affiliate marketers will also try to brand their names, or turn their small home “commission-based-sales” businesses into registered marketing companies with their own trademarks. This will put the marketers in a position that they will have to be picky on what to promote in order to maintain a good reputation for their trademarks.

3. The very limited liability of affilaite marketers will be a history due to the new FTC regulations, and the branding trend they have to take in order to succeed.

4. The small affiliate networks that deal with small advertisers will have a lot of work to do due to the increasing demand from the small advertisers who can not, or are not willing to, brand themselves, and due to the termination/suspension of low-volume affiliate marketers by the big networks. It’s pretty obvious that the quality of offers on these networks will be questionable and this will push their affiliates to work hard on protecting their anonymity.

As have been seen before in the offline world, small business will shrink, or be forced to the back alley, while big brands will be expanding. Good for the consumer, good for the super affiliates, good for the affiliate networks either way, and bad for the scam artists. New and low-volume affiliate marketers have to take it seriously from now on.

Employment Vs. Slavery

Not everyone can be a business person. For some, being employed is much more important than freedom and making more money.

The way I see jobs is not going to appeal to most people, because for me a job is a modern disguise for slavery. In your job you trade your time and freedom willingly (as if you have the choice) until you retire, for  money that is hardly enough to pay for your shelter, food, and other needs. On the other hand, slaves trade their time and freedom against your will for the same things; shelter, food, and other basic needs.

If you disagree with me, as most people do, search for the answer of this question: Was there employment, as we know it now, when there was slavery? You’ll find the they never coexisted.

Jobs and employment have been invented very recently by capitalists to replace slavery. Before that there were professionals who could be hired per task, not for years or life to end up paying half of what they make as taxes, and 80% of their 401K or RRSP (whatever they call where you are) revenue to the bank while taking 100% of the risk and paying 100% of the invested capital!

Anyway. If you still think a job is more secure than a business, there are companies specialized in home-job placement. Their clients are big names, like Apple, IZOD, Microsoft, Calvin Kleim, and Compaq.

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But please, consider owning a business. Consider the job as a way to survive until you switch smoothly from being employed to being an employer. You’ll see the world from a completely different perspective as an employer.

Seasonal Affilaite Marketing

No doubt, affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to make money online without any virtual real estate. You don’t need a website or a mailing list if you want to make money from affiliate marketing. Of course, virtual real estate could, and will, make you even more money with affiliate marketing, but you don’t need them to start. Just drag traffic directly to your affiliate link and you’ll start making money.

But how to make money competing with the thousands of affiliates out there who are trying to make money promoting the same thing that you are promoting?

There are several ways to compete in the affiliate marketing field. One of the strategies is to capitalize on seasonal marketing trends.

Seasonal marketing trends are better explained by an example. Let’s take Amazon’s affiliate program. If you want to capitalize on seasonal trends in February for example, find special offers on gift items, like Valentine discounts or coupons, and promote those special offers.

I emphasized coupons because this word is so powerful in marketing. If you have a discount coupon for any product you are more likely to make sales than someone who else promoting the same product without the coupons. You can bid on the keyword [product name] + coupon. No one will search for a coupon unless they have their credit card in hand and ready to buy. So you can bid high on this keyword with confidence.

You can also build a web 2.0 campaign optimized around this coupon keyword. A web 2.0 campaign will cost you no money to make it, and will probably be there for you for valentine next year. You’ll just need to update it with the newest coupon codes from your affiliate network (in this example it will be Amazon) for the new season.

Click here to learn how to build a web 2.0 affiliate campaign to capitalize on free organic traffic

Whether it is a PPC or organic web 2.0 campaign, this has to be done ahead of time in order to start getting decent converting traffic from search engines before Valentine day.

Good Luck

Forex is where the real money is

I have been working online for years, and this is how I provide for my family. But recently I attended a webinar by a real estate and forex multi-millionaire and I was shocked.

It turned out that the real money is in the trading of oil, precious metals, and currencies.

The real money is in FOREX!

Every day, every single day, there is an average of $3.91 Trillion being traded.

Can you imagine how much is that? Every day more money than enough to feed the whole world for years is being traded in certain places accessible from anywhere as long as you have a computer and Internet connection.

You can buy and sell oil, gold, sliver, platinum, and foreign currencies for less and sell them for more. You can do that several times a day.

Is it ethical?

Whatever it is … it doesn’t seem to bother the governments, national central banks, other banks, and all sorts of financial institutions that participate in the trading activities every single day Monday to Friday.

Individuals engaging in Forex trading are increasing every single day. And those come from all walks of life. I personally know a university professor and a college drop out doing it and they both seem to be happy with their results.

Is it a good time for you to hop in?

An honest answer from what I understood is that it is not. The best time to take your share in forex trading is long gone already.

But …

Now is better than later. Today is better than tomorrow. Here is why (according to the seminar and after I searched Wikipidia):

Since 1971 the whole world adopted the currency floating regulations so that any currency is just a piece of paper with no real money deposited in the central bank (formerly known as bank notes, now it’s just currency).

With the exponential inflation rate the currencies tend to lose value over time, and this is expected to continue until the currency value equals 0.

It’s not something new or mere predictions, the currency systems have been used 4 times in human history, and every time the currency ended up with 0 value and a disaster (usually a war).

If you want your share you need to start immediately. Don’t wait until tomorrow. I am personally starting to devote 1 hour/day from now on until I get hold of it.

Where to start?

If you are a regular reader of my blog you’d expect me to refer you to a really good course out there to help you understand the basics before you start. But not this time.

This time I recommend that you download a piece of software and practice on it. After you see how the software works and practice enough (for a couple days, weeks, or as long as you need) you can start experimenting with real money while reading and learning how to do it manually.

You see, this software automates every thing, it reads the charts for you, predicts the trends and gives you recommendations in real time so that you don’t need to be good at understanding trends, reading charts, or making predictions. You only need to know how to click with the mouse!

It is also useful to understand how it works and to know how to do it manually. But you can put that off for now. Just make money and then learn how it works. It’s really that simple.

Here is my affiliate link to download this software:

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Please come back after you try the software and let me and the readers know about your experience. I promise to approve your comments as long as you don’t insult or spam :-).

Work At Home does not equal MLM

Whenever you mention working from home people jump to a conclusion that it is an MLM. Whether they are negative or positive about it, it is not necessarily the case. There are hundreds of ways to work from home without having to be involved with a multilevel marketing (network marketing) company.

Nothing against the industry, but a lot of scams have been disguised as MLM companies. This gave the industry a bad reputation even to those who’d never heard about it. Consequently, when you mention that you work at home, some people start judging you without even giving you the chance to explain what you are doing.

There are hundreds of work at home models that don’t involve recruiting, autoships, commissions, or any MLM-like activities.

Examples are: Virtual assistant, customer service representatives, catering, baby or pet sitting, dog breeding … just to name a few.

There are companies and small business that outsource some tasks, like writing, coding, accounting, designing, even some lazy students outsource their assignments.

You see … Working from home does not equal MLM.