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My mission is to provide you with the latest info you need to Know and make decisions on what You believe to be right for You In the Internet space so you Can decide which business is appropriate for you to run on line , the most popular and easy to start in our day being the affiliate marketing.
My name is Andy M. and I’m the author of this blog, which includes some personal opinions and experiences as an affiliate marketer as well as reviews of products I’ve personally used.
Whatever opinions I espouse are purely my own. In addition, the site provides information on various topics that are of interest to webmasters, from ways to get traffic to your site to the best web-hosting option to choose, advice on making your websites work harder for you and also gives news and tips from the world of internet/affiliate marketing.
After 10 years, I’d had enough, so I pulled the plug on full time contracting even though I’d negotiated contracts where I only worked a 4-day week, could start in the morning when I liked (but still did an 8-hour day) and had about 6 weeks holidays each year.
So, in 2010 I decided to take a year out and try my hand at this internet/affiliate marketing thing. Building websites were nothing new to me.My first site went online in 2010 and my longest running site has been online since 2010.
My plan was to build a few sites to sell other people’s goods and services online(affiliate marketing).
The Start of My Affiliate Marketing Journey
I had some success selling my own software products but then,as now, driving traffic to a site was still something of a black art.
Of course, there were a lot fewer people online back then. One of the most prevalent ways of traffic was to throw up a few Ad-words ads to drive traffic to your page. That was when Ad-words was simple and bids were cheap and you didn’t get slapped by Google when they thought your quality score sucked.
Nevertheless, having bought a couple of Ad-words courses and implemented their techniques, I ended up losing money in the long run (more spent on advertising than taken in sales).
Well, it might have been an expensive lesson to learn, but Ad-words wasn’t for me and I haven’t touched it since.
The internet was a bit of a wild west frontier back then and all sorts of money-making schemes abounded.One of them was Auto-surfing.
These were membership sites (with different levels of membership) and your fees got you advertising credits. Your ads were displayed on the Auto-surf site and other members surfed them for cash.
Provided you surfed the requisite number of pages each day, you were guaranteed a return of about 40% on your membership fee (pay $10 a week and get $14 back at the end of the week kind of thing).
You can see the problem: they were Ponzi schemes. Did they work? Yes, for a while. The trick was to join one for 3 or 4 weeks,get your profit and leave. I came out a bit ahead on this in the end but those who stayed with the programs lost money, as happens with all Ponzi schemes. Auto-surfs died a death a few years back once tighter regulations were introduced.
WordPress In recent years, I’ve been working with WordPress.I’ve experimented with auto-blogs for a while – blogs with a number of future dated posts scheduled to be published over the coming days or weeks. Thanks to bugs in WordPress 2.9.x at the time, posts that should have be published went into a “Missed Schedule” status, so they didn’t get published.
That, and some other issues, plus Google getting wise to auto-blogs, put paid to the idea of using auto-blogs. One thing I learned early on in my WordPress career was just how easy it was for a hacker to break into a WordPress site and deface it or hijack it. I spent far too much time repairing hacked blogs only to have them hacked yet again.
Building Secure, SEO WordPress Blogs To Order
That’s when I became a WordPress security expert. These days I bring that expertise to the table by building SEO, secure blogs for myself and clients – affiliate marketers and small business owners – over at Top Design Blogs.
While I might be tempting fate saying this, none of the blogs Ihave built have been hacked since I learned how to secure blogs with the tools I now use.
The Art of Promoting A Website
While I can quickly build quality sites, I’ve never enjoyed promoting websites. It’s a lot of hard work and the skills you require constantly need updating as the search engines, particularly Google, change their algorithms.
My skills in that department lapsed and fell out of date so in looking around for a training course that would bring those skills back up to date, I came across BTF is closed. Join Wealthy Affiliate for FREE..
It’s course materials are kept updated in line with changes in the search engine optimization landscape. The course covers everything from building your own blog to marketing your site and making it profitable.
I chose it because of its long track record and list of successes. BTF is closed. Join Wealthy Affiliate for FREE. if you plan to to build and promote your own sites.If you don’t have the time or inclination to promote your own sites, as is frequently the case with me, then I pay someone to do the tasks I find onerous. For site promotion, I use this site
Marketing With Instagram
Another avenue I’m currently pursuing is using Instagram as away of promoting a link. That link goes to an opt-in page though so I’m trying to use Instagram as a lead magnet. If you’re not familiar with Instagram, it’s a photo-sharing app for mobile devices and was never designed to run on a PC or laptop. That makes working with it somewhat difficult. I recently bought a software app called Instamate which runs in your browser and makes it very easy to post to and manage an Instagram account on your PC (I reviewed it here). It’s actually easier to use than from a mobile app and has image editing features that allow you to find, edit and brand images. This is as easy it gets for affiliate marketers to work with Instagram. BTW, there’s a free course on Marketing With Instagram here (just sign up as a free member).
Building Mailing Lists
Another bit of software I bought earlier this year is Smart-member. This tool builds Udemy-style video tutorial sites but has the added benefit that there’s an in-built autoresponder, link masker, email support system and forum, all under one roof. I’ve used it to create a paid membership site – Niche Site Institute – as well as free membership sites (used to build mailing lists) like Star fleet Academy, Muscle & Fitness, Fallout 4
Where PPC (Pay Per Click) is concerned, you just cant get away from Facebook. Have you noticed that the quality of Ad-sense ads has dropped in the last year or two? That’s because Facebook are making inroads into the PPC market. I don’t like Facebook for a variety of reasons but I’ve realized that I could not go on ignoring it, simply because of how good it is as a marketing channel. So another thing I’ve been learning about is how to create Facebook ads the right way.
As with any PPC venture, if you don’t know what you’re doing,you’ll end up wasting a lot of money. Facebook ads are a lot cheaper than Ad-sense so you get more bang for your buck. They also make it easy to target your ads at the right people so the money you do spend is well spent. There’s a lot more to creating Facebook ads than I thought, so there is a bit of a learning curve.
I’ll keep you posted on my successes and failures here on this blog, so do check back from time to time to see what’s new.
Again, I’m Andy, and it’s been great talking to you. If you’d like to ask me anything, just shoot me an email. And feel free to leave a comment on any of the posts here. We can all benefit from each others’ experience in the world of internet marketing.
That’s it for now.