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The Proven Success Formula

Building a successful Internet business is far from easy but the solution is well known. There is a success formula which works for most things in life. This proven success formula is no secret, but far from everyone is prepared to adopt it. Many think that the price is too high.

So what is this proven success formula? It can be summarized into three steps.

1. Set a goal, it has to be a big, exciting goal
2. Define a detailed plan how to achieve your goal
3. Every day, work on getting closer to your goal

A lot of people say that this just common sense. And yes, it is common sense, it is no magic secret which make you a success overnight. One reason that a lot of people don’t adopt the success formula is that it requires a lot of hard work. If you want to achieve something big, you’d better be prepared to work hard. If you want to become successful effortlessly, then you are out of luck. Success is not an accident or pure luck, on the contrary, without hard work and perseverance your chances of success are slim. Hard work does not guarantee success but without hard work, achieving big goals becomes very difficult to achieve.

Your goal has to be big enough to get you out of the bed in the morning, enthusiastic about the chance of getting a little bit closer to your goal. Note that you should only have one big goal at any time. Trying to achieve too many things at the same time means that your time for each goal will be limited. Generally, the outcome will be that nothing gets achieved. Over time, you can achieve a lot of big goals but one at a time is the way to go. You have probably already heard that the goal should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound).

Just saying that you want to be rich or have a successful Internet business is not specific enough. You need to set specific goals, such as: In 5 years I will have an Internet business that has generated $1,000,000 in profit. If you don’t have an Internet business at the moment, such a goal may not be realistic. You should in that case set sub goals, for example, within 2 years having an Internet business that is generating a profit of $10,000 a month.

Defining a detailed plan is often the most difficult step. If you just had a plan which is known to work that tells you what you need to do every day in order to achieve your goal, most people would achieve their goals. But in order to be able to define such a detailed plan, it is almost a prerequisite that you have already achieved the goal. This Catch-22 is best solved by finding someone who has already achieved what you are trying to do and ask him/her for advice.

The word “detailed” is very important. Preferably the plan should be so detailed that you know exactly what you need to do every day, all the way from the start until the end. If possible, it should also be possible to estimate how far away you are from your goal.

Once you have a detailed plan, the rest is just a question of hard work and perseverance. You just keep on following your plan until you have achieved your goal. Unfortunately, this is generally much tougher than it sounds. First, is your plan really the right plan? Are you working hard but not moving in the right direction? Even if you work hard, setbacks are likely to happen. It is important to understand that big goals can’t be achieved without suffering setbacks. Often, plenty of setbacks will come your way. A lot of people give up after a few setbacks. You need to be strong enough to overcome setbacks.

Even the best laid plans can turn out to be wrong. Sometimes you simply have to change your plan. On the other hand, if you keep on changing your plan too often, you may end up running around in circles. Once again, the best way forward is typically asking the right people for advice.

So how can you apply the proven success formula to Internet business? First, set your goal, for example: having an Internet Business that generates a profit of $100,000 per month. One could think that finding such a plan should be easy. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who are more than happy to help you. You just pay them a few thousands and they will tell you a secret way or give you some magic software which will turn you into a multi-millionaire. Unfortunately, most people learn the hard way that secret solutions and magic software don’t work. But scammers are still using those phrases. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

One common scam is coaching or mentoring. A well known guru, often a self-proclaimed guru, offers mentoring for a few thousands. Obviously, if you can get coached by someone who has achieved what you want to achieve, your chances of success are very good. On the other hand, it can turn out that the mentoring is done by someone who knows nothing about neither mentoring, nor Internet business. Such things are just a waste of money and time. Unfortunately, it is a quite common scam, so before you pay for mentoring, make sure that you get direct access to the person who has achieved your goals, not to someone they have grabbed from the street.

Once you have your plan, you simply work the plan. But remember that Internet marketing can change quickly, so be prepared to change whatever that doesn’t work.

Bitcoin Mining

There are many ways of making money on the Internet. One of the more unconventional ways is Bitcoin mining.

Bitcoin has become a huge success, even if the value has dropped from the peak. Bitcoin is a distributed digital currency, which has a number of interesting features. One of them is the way how new bitcoins are created. There is no central authority that decides how many bitcoins to create and how to distribute them. Instead miners use special software to solve mathematical problems and are rewarded with bitcoins for their efforts. The number of bitcoins is limited, the supply is limited to 21,000,000 bitcoins. Or more exactly, the algorithm used guarantees that the number of bitcoins will not exceed 21,000,000.

The mathematics behind how bitcoins are created is quite complex but in order to mine bitcoins, you don’t need to understand how it works. All you need to do is to download the software for mining and install it on a computer.

Bitcoins are created each time a miner discovers a new block. The rate of block creation is approximately constant over time, 6 new blocks per hour. The number of Bitcoins generated per block is set to decrease geometrically, with a 50% reduction every four years.

Some people like to say that Bitcoin mining is a perfect market. Anyone can start mining right away. New entrants do not have to ask for permission or adhere to a set of rules or regulations before they enter the mining market. This has increased the competition quite a lot and decreased the profit margins.

The Bitcoin mining mechanism rewarded early adopters for supporting the network. In early days, it was relatively easy to find new block and get rewarded with bitcoins. But with the success of Bitcoin, some people have started to use specialized equipment. This has made it impossible to get rewarded with bitcoins if you are using standard PCs, no matter how fast CPUs are used.

As mentioned earlier, the Bitcoin mining algorithm is designed to maintain a block production rate of a new block about every 10 minutes. As more people begin to mine with more powerful tools, the difficulty is increased so that it takes longer for a new block to be generated. Another thing to aware of is that the reward for each block produced is halved every 210,000 blocks. Although this is supposed to happen for the first time in 2016 or 2017.

In the early days it was possible to use a standard PC for mining. But soon some people discovered that a relatively cheap graphics card could be used to speed up the mining. Graphics Processing Units, known as GPUs, can be programmed to do bitcoin mining, something which they can do much faster than a normal CPU in a standard PC. GPUs quickly rendering CPU mining uneconomical. But the story quickly moved on.

Next came the FPGA, Field-Programmable Gate Array. FPGAs are chips built of logic blocks that can easily be programmed and interconnected to perform a particular task. They are more efficient at bitcoin mining than GPUs but also more expensive. The ASIC, Application-Specific Integrated Circuit, has made both GPUs and FPGAs mining unprofitable. ASICs are chips built for a specific purpose, in this case for Bitcoin mining. Since everything is done in hardware, ASICs are much faster than the earlier solutions.

In the early days of Bitcoin, there were reasonable chances of making some money by mining bitcoins, even with standard PCs. But that opportunity disappeared quickly, faster hardware and more competition made it tougher to create new bitcoins. Nowadays, Bitcoin mining does not make sense unless you are convinced that you have some kind of advantage over the competition, for example significantly cheaper electricity.

How To Recover From A Google Penalty

Being on the first page of google is very important. Even relatively obscure keywords get a fair bit of traffic from google. On the other hand, if your site is not on the first page of google, it will not get much organic traffic. This has meant that plenty of people have tried to fool google to rank their sites high. Needless to say, google does not like to get fooled and has over time created a number of various slaps and penalties.

SEO has changed drastically since google decided to pay much more attention to backlink profiles, that is the set of links pointing to your site. Earlier, poor backlinks could not really harm your site, unless virtually all of them used the same anchor text. But nowadays, suspicious backlinks can make google penalize sites. Actually, it looks like it is the main reason that many small sites have disappeared from the first page of google.

All is not lost if your site has been slapped by google, in many cases it is possible to recover. First you need to work out why your site has been penalized. This can be far from easy, google seldom tells you why your site has been dropped. But there are generally just two reasons, either the content on your web site is very poor or your backlink profile is suspicious.

It is important to register your site in Google Webmaster Tools. Previously, it was not really worth the hassle but nowadays it is a must to have your site registered in Webmaster Tools. Under Search Traffic -> Manual Actions, you can find any manual actions taken against your site. You can also get warnings that your site may get penalized unless you take action. Nobody outside google knows what google is up to but it looks like there are two kinds of slaps or penalties, manual and algorithmic. The latter happens automatically after google has changed its algorithms. Google also have people who visits sites, looking for low quality sites such as autoblogs. Sites that are deemed to be of low quality receive a manual penalty.

Manual penalties can only be removed manually. If your site has got a manual penalty, you have to fix the problem and send a reconsidering request to google. As mentioned, in Webmaster Tools google generally tells you that your site has received a manual penalty and sort of tells you what the problem is. Unfortunately, it can take a number of reconsidering requests before google removes a manual penalty. But it is possible to get manual penalties removed.

Algorithmic penalties are in that sense easier to remove. Once you have fixed the problem, you just need to wait two weeks or so and your site should move up in the ranking. Unfortunately, it is often very difficult to work out exactly why your site has lost ranking. The two main culprits are Panda, looking at things on your site, and Penguin, looking at your backlinks. Panda penalties are relatively easy to guess, although nobody knows really what google doesn’t like. Over-optimized pages, poorly written contents, too many outgoing links and slow response times are just a few things that are supposed to trigger Panda penalties. In any case, it is always a good idea to have quality content and good response times.

Penguin penalties are generally the most difficult to get rid of. For this you really need all backlinks to your domain. Unfortunately, no tool will show all backlinks, you need to use several tools and put together your own list. Use as many tools as possible, your chances of success depends on how many of your backlinks you find. You are supposed to contact the web masters of sites from which you want links pointing to your domain removed. Obviously, it will not always be possible to get links removed so google has created a Disavow tool.

Google tells you to use the Disavow Links feature with caution, used wrongly it could harm your site. The tool itself is simple to use, you create a file with the links or domains you want to disavow, one link/domain per line, and submit it to google. Exactly how long you have to wait is not specified but it seems to take about four weeks. The difficult part is to put together the file with all the backlinks you suspect that google does not like. Obvious candidates are links from sites that have been de-indexed by google, sites in foreign languages and paid links but the gray zone is huge. You also need to make sure that you have a good variety of anchor texts. According to google, backlinks from well known spam sites are automatically ignored by google’s algorithms, so there may not be any need to panic if you find some poor quality backlinks. You may need several attempts to get rid of algorithmic penalties as well.

Sometimes, it is actually easiest to forget the old domain, buy a new domain and move the content to the new site, improving the quality if possible in the process. If you don’t care about the domain name it is certainly the quickest way. I had one site that had got manually slapped by google, after two rejected reconsideration requests I gave up and bought a new domain. I simple removed the content from the penalized site and copied it to the new domain, with a few minor modifications. It worked fine but of course I lost all backlinks, good as well as bad links.

If the domain name is important to you, it may be best to talk to people who have specialized in getting rid of google penalties. It is almost always possible to get rid of a penalty but it can take a long time, require a lot of creativity, perseverance and patience.

How to Make Money With PLR

Using PLR (Private Label Right) products can be one of the easiest ways of getting started making money on the Internet. PLR has become very big in the Internet marketing world, you can find PLR products for almost any niche, often at very low prices. But it is not always easy to find good PLR products, the quality of many PLR products is poor.

Internet marketers use PLR products in a number of ways. The most obvious is to take a PLR product, improve it a little bit and then try to sell it as your own product. Creating your own product from scratch is time consuming, or will be expensive if you pay a freelancer to do the work for you. A good PLR product can save you a lot of both time and money. It may just need a few minor modifications and you have a product you can sell. You may sell to the public or to other Internet marketers.

PLR articles can be used as content. If you are going to set up a web site, you need content, often plenty of it. Writing quality content takes time but unfortunately PLR articles are seldom of high quality. Many web sites have a core of quality information and use PLR articles to increase the number of pages. This way you can quickly create a web site with plenty of information, including some quality content.

Of course, PLR products can be used in many other ways as well. Just make sure that you read the terms and conditions. In most cases, you are allowed to change the form of the product. For example, if you have the technical knowledge, you can quickly turn an article into a video using PowerPoint and Camtasia. If you lack the technical knowledge or the time, you can pay others to do the job for you.

Often the main problem with PLR products is to find quality products. Many PLR products are amazingly cheap, unfortunately, the quality is often amazingly poor as well. Another thing to be aware of, especially if you are planning to use PLR products as web content, is that some PLR packages are sold in huge numbers so you may have a lot of competitors with almost identical stuff. Some PLR products are limited to a certain amount of copies but many have no limitations and they can have been sold for years.

Needless to say, buying poor PLR products seldom saves you neither money nor time. The product may be completely useless unless it is more or less completely redone. Master Resale Right products have a more restricted license than PLR products but they are often of higher quality. It is well worth having a look at MRR packages, even if the price is higher because you often get what you pay for.

What Is PLR

PLR stands for private label rights and is often used in Internet marketing. PLR is a license where the author sells all or part of the intellectual property rights to their work. Purchasers of PLR products can typically change the product and claim authorship. But PLR products often have various limitations, always read the terms and conditions before purchasing any PLR product.

Another popular term often used is master resale rights. Master resale (or resell) rights allows you to sell to your customers both the product and the resell rights to that product. Note that you are not allowed to change the product or claim authorship, once again, always check the specific terms and conditions for each product.

Beware of the difference between master resale rights and resale rights. A product with resale right allows you to sell the product to your customers but not pass on the resell rights to your customers. This means that your customers can only use the product for their private use.

As can be seen, PLR products typically offer the buyer a lot of flexibility. It is often possible to even change the format of the product, a PDF document can for example be converted to a video or audio tutorial.

PLR products can be as simple as a set of articles or as complex as a complete marketing package with eBooks and audio recordings. As mentioned before, each PLR product has its specific terms and conditions, make sure that you read the limitations before you buy any PLR products. Many but far from all PLR products come with an unconditional license that basically allows the new owner to use and redo the product any way they like. Unconditional PLR may have only one limitation, you can’t turn around and resell it as PLR to others.

Typically, you can add your own name, add and delete sections, even sell it on to others with a price that you determine. It’s as if you’re the original author without all of the work of authoring. This can be a huge time saver. Be aware that you are often not allowed to give away PLR products for free.

Needless to say, the quality of PLR products vary a lot. A lot of PLR products are more or less worthless but you also have a lot of quality products. Unsurprisingly, good PLR products are often much more expensive than the cheapest PLR products. Deals that sound too good to be true are often useless. If you get 50 articles for $5, be prepared that virtually all articles are without any substance.

If you are going to use PLR products as web content, you may want to check how much it has already been used. If you can get a snippet of the text, google it (in quotes) to see how many times it’s been used on the net. This way you can get an idea of how many others have purchased the same package. Some PLR packages are limited to a specific number of copies while others have no such limits.

Some PLR sites are membership based, meaning the number of buyers is limited. Others have no membership. You might get a lot more content with a membership, but some of it may not be the niche you’re looking for. With a no-membership PLR site, you pick and choose what niche topics you’re going to buy so that you don’t end up with a lot of unused products.

All in all, high quality unconditional PLR products are money and time savers. For $50 to $200 you can get top quality, well designed content that you would otherwise spend many countless hours producing by yourself or paying through the nose for a freelancer to do something similar. But beware that there are plenty of low quality PLR products which are virtually worthless.

Why Use WordPress

 

If you want to create a website quickly that is easy to manage, then WordPress is the obvious solution. It is no wonder that WordPress has become very popular, it is very powerful and has a lot of nice themes and useful plugins.  Here is an overview of WordPress advantages and disadvantages.

WordPress is just one of many content management systems (CMS) but it has become very popular. The main advantage of WordPress is that it is free, you get a very good CMS without having to pay anything. Even better, a lot useful themes and plugins are free and a lot of inexpensive themes and plugins are also available. Why should you pay a lot if you can get a very good CMS for free?

There are some CMS solutions that offer more bells and whistles than WordPress but for a small Internet business WordPress is more enough. And if your Internet business is struggling to make money, WordPress gives you the opportunity to test a lot without spending any money.

One of the main advantages of WordPress is that even a non-technical person can quickly learn how to use it and create professional looking websites. It is also easy to administer a WordPress site. Additionally, it is very easy to get help with WordPress issues, there is a large WordPress community that is very helpful.

WordPress does not have many big disadvantages. Of course, it would be nice if it was even easier to use, had more features and was faster. But given that you get it for free, it is extremely good. Actually, the main problem with WordPress is that it is too popular. The huge amount of websites using WordPress has made it an interesting target for attacks.

This means that you need to have some knowledge about basic WordPress security. WordPress sites get attacked all the time all over the world. All the information and the plugins you need to protect your sites are available for free on the Internet. If you want, you can of course pay someone to make your sites secure as well.

On potential problem with WordPress is speed, WordPress pages are not static, the information is stored in a database and the pages are generated dynamically when a visitor comes by. This is seldom a problem for small sites but large sites or sites with a lot of visitors may get very slow. There are solutions for speeding up WordPress but if you build really large sites, with several thousands of pages, when WordPress may not be the best solution.

One thing that should be mentioned is that you probably need to update a WordPress site regularly. For security reasons it is best to make sure that you are using the latest versions of especially the plugins but also of WordPress itself and the themes. If you have a lot of WordPress sites this could become a time consuming task, although there are solutions for how to administer multiple WordPress sites.

To summarize, WordPress is the best platform to use for a website, unless you really know what you are doing. It is also possible to set up a WordPress site and create a few static HTML pages if you expect a lot of traffic.

 

Clickbank Affiliate – Is It Worth Trying

If you are new to Internet marketing, you may find it difficult being accepted into CPA networks. Becoming a Clickbank Affiliate on the other hand is easy. But is it worth trying to promote Clickbanks products? After all, you only get paid if you manage to make a sale.

 

Clickbank is very popular, and a lot of people make big money promoting Clickbank products. As a beginner, Clickbank has one big advantage, you get automatically accepted. It can be difficult getting accepted by CPA networks, especially if you don’t live in the western world. Becoming a Clickbank affiliate on the other hand is easy, just create an account and you are ready to go. Actually, you can have multiple Clickbank accounts.

 

But while CPA affiliates can paid without something being bought, Clickbank affiliates have to sell a product before they get paid. This is of course much tougher than promoting email submits. But Clickbank has a couple of advantages as well. Often the payout is good, many products give you a commission of more than $20 and some of them are subscriptions that may generate monthly income. Since Clickbank products are electronic, they are downloaded not shipped. This means that you can promote Clickbank products to the whole world, most CPA offers are limited to just a few countries.

 

Unfortunately, many Clickbank products are already being promoted by many affiliates. The competition is often tough, it is not easy to get organic traffic and paid traffic is often very expensive. Needless to say, most of the so-called Clickbank super affiliates have big lists. As a beginner it is very difficult to successfully promote the most popular Clickbank products.

 

But Clickbank has thousands of products. If you are a beginner, it is well worth testing Clickbank. But avoid the most popular products. Clickbank uses the term gravity to tell you how many affiliates have managed to sell a product. A high gravity means that a lot of Clickbank affiliates have made at least one sale. The exact formula used to calculate gravity is not known but Clickbank adds together the total number of affiliates that have managed to make at least one sale of the product. This means that an affiliate that has made 300 sales have the same weight as an affiliate that has only managed one sale. The gravity covers the last eight weeks, the more recent the week the more weight it gets.

 

Products with gravity of greater than 50 are probably too popular, while products with gravity of less than 5 are probably too tough to sell. The idea is to try to find products that can be sold but are not being promoted by most super affiliates.

 

So back to the initial question, Clickbank affiliate, is it worth trying? Certainly, if you are a beginner, you can quickly get started as Clickbank affiliate. And the harsh reality is that if you can’t make any money promoting Clickbank products, you are unlikely to make money as a CPA affiliate. On the other hand, if you can make money as a Clickbank affiliate, you can make even more money with CPA marketing.

 

Simple Tactics for Instant Traffic to Your Blog

You have set up your blog with a link to the CPA offers you want to promote, but how do you get traffic? This article teaches you three clever techniques you can use to drive traffic to your blog each time you post.

 

In fact, you can make a brand new blog, use these techniques, and generate 20 to 30 visits on day one! Much better than waiting weeks for SEO techniques to start generating traffic. And you don’t need to spend wads of cash buying traffic.

 

Technique #1: RSS Feeds

Copy down the url to your comments feed, and blog posts feed. Submit these feeds to as many feed aggregators as you can. To make it easier, use something like RSS Submit software to automate the task.

Tip a: Certain plugin’s like Ed Dales RSS bomber will create a single feed for each and every post and page, this will allow you to submit multiple feeds all pointing to the same site.

Tip b: If you remove the www from the feed url, the directories will see it as a new feed. You now have double the amount of feeds to submit!

Tip c: There is a free WordPress plugin called RSS footer. Install this, and configure it to post a keyword targeted backlink in the footer in each post of your feed.

Once you’ve done this, each time you submit your feed, you’ll also be gaining a ton of backlinks.

It works in other ways too. You know those people who scrape your site and steal your content? Well, with RSS footer, you’ll be forcing them to add backlinks to their site – helping you in the search engines. Quite a nice feature!

 

Technique #2: Social sites

Social sites have been hot for quite some time. But you have to be careful, a lot of spammers try to use the sites. The thing to do here is sign up with ping.fm. Once you’re logged in, you’ll see that you can associate all the different social accounts, like digg, Facebook and Twitter amongst others.

Add them all. Create new accounts if you need to, or accounts especially for the blog you want traffic for. Now, update your profiles to be congruent with each other, including adding the blog website to each profile etc.

The trick here is to dash over to ping.fm and post a little compelling snippet about your latest blog post, each time you post or update the site. One click and that message will be distributed to all the social accounts.

In my experience, this brings almost instant traffic, even from brand new social account profiles.

Tip: There are certain free plugin’s for WordPress that will automatically update ping.fm the moment you submit a new post.

 

Technique #3: Comment Luv

Comment Luv is a popular plugin for blogs. Whoever comments on a blog with this installed will have a live link to their own blog in each comment they leave. The link displays the title of your latest post. Each time you make a new post on your own blog, the link updates on the other blogs (where you left your comment).

This can get a lot of traffic. If you manage to leave a comment in a prominent position (the closer to the end of the post, the better) on a popular blog or site, you will receive a lot of traffic.

Many bloggers are happy to install the comment luv plugin, because they know it will encourage people to comment, meaning more traffic for them.

Utilize this traffic technique by regularly leaving helpful comments on other peoples blogs (with comment luv enabled) in your niche. Make this a consistent effort in order to succeed. Simply do 5 comments a day as part of a routine. They soon add up.

Be sure to use compelling titles for your post, considering that it will be displayed on other sites, to ensure a better click-through.

 

In summary, if you are prepared to spend a day or two setting up the foundations (i.e. creating social profiles, creating and submitting RSS, blog commenting etc.), then things will become very easy, and traffic will flow to your site with minimum effort.

Each time you post it will bring a flood of new visitors.

 

Increase Traffic With Yahoo Answers

One of the best and easiest ways to get high quality links to your website is by participating in Yahoo Answers. Quite a few affiliates have made big money thanks to Yahoo Answers. But you need to be careful, spammers are not welcome.

 

The traffic from Yahoo Answers is generally laser targeted and high quality, as the questioner is actively looking for a solution to their problem.

The idea is to answer questions each day on your chosen topic, and with each answer, cite your affiliate link as a resource. This is what generates the traffic, people clicking through to your source for more information.

The success formula is simple, just position yourself as a helpful and knowledgeable friend. But you need to be careful, if it too obvious that you are promoting products you will be labelled as a spammer.

 

Tip #1 – Stick To One Subject

The safest way to be successful with Yahoo Answers is to concentrate solely on one niche or subject.

It may make things a lot easier for you if you choose something you have knowledge in, as a lot of the answers you’ll be able to provide without doing any research. Naturally, it will also be enjoyable too.

That said, the market needs to be big enough for a lot of people asking many questions on a daily basis.

Some of the best niches to choose are the big 3:

Weight Loss

Make money

Fitness

Alternatively, any niche where there is a big demand for a solution to a problem, and an immediate answer is desired, like yeast infections or acne for example.

 

Tip #2 – Use a ‘FAQ’ Sheet

After a couple of days of answering questions on Yahoo Answers, you’ll start to notice the same questions crop up time and time again.

To save yourself keep typing the same thing out all the time, keep a text document handy on your desktop containing ‘frequently asked questions’, and simply copy and paste the answer in.

Although, try to make it a little unique from the last time you used the same reply. You don’t want any of your answers reported as ‘spam’.
Tip #3 – Go The Extra Mile, Make a Landing Page

It’s easy to simply answer as many questions as you can, and use the same affiliate link or redirect every time, but this can be risky.

Your account is far more likely to be flagged or reported by another Yahoo user for being a spam account, because that same link will be seen in so many answers. Having your account shut down after all your previous hard work is not funny.

It is therefore worthwhile purchasing a domain name with hosting related to your niche. The point here is to create an actual website with presell content on it that will lead the viewer to click your affiliate link as a solution to their problem. Alternatively, you could have an opt-in to join your mailing list.

This will improve your ROI, especially if you build a list. To take this further, use your cheat sheet discussed earlier to create posts or pages on your site answering and expanding on each of those frequently asked questions. This is ideal, and can really increase your click-through rate.

For example, if one frequently asked question in your niche (weight loss for example) was: “what’s the best way to lose belly fat?”, you could create a page or post answering that exact question in a couple of hundred words.

I mean, if you asked that exact question in Yahoo Answers, and two people answered showing different links, what would you rather click on

johnny5.weightlossproduct.hop.clickbank.net/

or

myweightlosssite.com/the-best-way-to-lose-belly-fat/

Naturally, once the Yahoo Answers user has clicked through to your helpful content, they’ll find that the only recommended solution to their problem is via your affiliate link!

 

Tip #4 – Consistency

Like many other marketing practices, utilizing Yahoo Answers as a traffic building technique is a numbers game.

Answering only a couple of questions just isn’t going to cut it. You need to consistently answer questions in your niche on a daily basis. This will keep building up traffic to your site over time, and the effects eventually snowball.

 

To keep consistency, the best way forward is to develop the habit of answering a set amount of questions per day. Even as little as 5 will do, and these can be done in as little as 20 minutes.

Article Marketing Done the Right Way

Article marketing may not be as efficient as it was a few years ago but it is still a good way of driving traffic and for getting quality backlinks. Here are the main points you need to know in order to make your article marketing efficient.

 

Rule Number One: aim for quantity.

Most people who try article marketing submit just a few articles. The articles may be high quality articles but that by itself does not guarantee success. It is much better to submit a lot of articles, in this case quantity is better than quality. Although that does not mean that you should write poor articles. Just remember that you don’t need to say anything mind blowing in your articles.

Unfortunately, even if you put a lot of effort into keyword research, building backlinks to the articles and so forth, it’s still going to take a fair amount of time before you begin to see results. It takes a while for the articles to rank, and you never know whether it will drive any traffic at all for that given keyword. On the other hand, successful article marketing gives will drive traffic to your sites for a long time.

The big players in article marketing will almost always aim to submit 100 to 200 articles to begin with in one niche, before they concentrate on trying to rank them in the search engines for keyword phrases. Articles don’t have to be lengthy. In fact, due to the small attention span that people have when browsing, the shorter the article the better.

The quicker the visitor reads through your article, the better. The sooner they reach the end, the sooner they’ll see your resource box and (hopefully) click through to your site to learn more. The best article directories allow articles as small as 250 words. If you have a lot to say, write two articles.

 

Your article title is the most important thing.

Many people overlook this with article marketing. A big portion of traffic to your articles come from the article directory itself, people browsing the site. For example, ezinearticles.com had over 12.5 million visitors in September 2010. That’s in one single month.

This is why your article title is so important. A poor title will not attract any readers, no matter how interesting the article itself may be. Create the title to force people to want to click through and read your article. Make it compelling, curious, promise benefits and secrets that can only be obtained by reading your article.

 

Leave unanswered questions.

Back to what was mentioned earlier about short articles. It’s also an idea to leave your content slightly unfinished. Then include in your resource box that the reader should click the link to get the answers. This urges the reader to want to investigate your site, and increases your click-through rate significantly.

 

Make the most out of the resource box.

Many article writers make the mistake of making of not using the resource box as an advert. They simple simply say “Joe Smith is an expert at ______, his website is _____.com”.

Remember, your resource box is an ad. The article directories let you write anything here – make your content as promotional as you want. No point in spending all that time on the article title and body, when the reader gets to the end and does nothing.

The resource box also has to be compelling. Put as much effort into it as the title. Make the reader really want to click through to your site.

Remember that the article directory has hundreds of links on the same page competing to get the readers attention, links to different articles, AdSense ads, categories etc. You want to persuade the reader to click on your link in the resource box. You must make it compelling.

 

 

In summary, those who have the will power to commit to writing and submitting 100 articles in one niche or category are the people that get the most success out of article marketing. Most people give up after their 5th or 6th article. Some of them always quit pretty soon, others are disappointed because they didn’t get instant traffic to their website.

Article marketing is more about consistency than anything else. Don’t be disappointed when your first submission only gets 25 views. In fact, don’t even look at statistics until you’ve submitted your first 100. Concentrating on individual statistics will only get you sidetracked and slow you down. The whole goal should be consistent submission of good articles with intriguing titles.

Remember to make the titles and resource boxes compelling. Treat it as a mini sales letter rather than an article. Get those clicks! Do this, stay committed and consistent each day, and you’ll be on the road to success, big traffic, and high conversions with article marketing.