Instagram Marketing Techniques

 

Do you use Instagram?

If you do, you probably notice a ton of pictures of half-naked models, in this post there are ten Instagram Marketing Techniques that I Learned from Instagram Models.

Most people react negatively to these images; for example, they think that these models have nothing going for them other than their looks. Or even worse, most people assume these models aren’t intelligent.

I’ve known a handful of these Instagram models for a few years now, and the one thing I can say about them is that they are really creative marketers. I’ve learned a few tricks from them that would help you grow your social media accounts.

Here are 10 marketing techniques you can learn from Instagram models:

Technique 1: Shout for shout

On any social network, there are users who are popular. But whether you are popular or not, you want more followers.

To get more followers, you should network with other users and approach them to cross-promote each of your profiles. You can tell your followers to follow another member in the same space, and that other member can do the same for you. By doing this, you can grow your account as long as you are continually employing this technique with other members each and every week. And it doesn’t just work for Instagram you can leverage it for Twitter, Facebook, and any other social network.

Technique 2: Cross-promote your profiles

Chances are you have profiles across multiple social networks. From Facebook to LinkedIn to Twitter, you’re on a lot of social networks.

And I bet that your profiles don’t have all of the same friends and followers. So why wouldn’t you cross-promote? For example, you can post on Facebook a few times a month, telling people to follow you on Twitter or LinkedIn.

And on Twitter, you can tell people to add you as a friend on Facebook. When doing this, just make sure you don’t cross-promote more than one network at a time as you’ll see a diminishing return. In other words, if you told people on Facebook to follow you on both Twitter and LinkedIn, it wouldn’t be as effective as if you asked them to follow you on just one of those networks.

Technique 3: Time your posts

You can’t post on these social networks whenever you want. Why? Because your followers may not be there when you are posting, which means they won’t see your status updates or posts.

So, when should you post? Well, you shouldn’t just rely on generic data, telling you that 8 a.m. or 3 p.m. is the best time to post.

Instead, you should use the following free tools by Simply Measured to determine when most of your followers are online. From Google Plus to Twitter and Instagram, they will analyze all of your social profiles and tell you when to post.

Once you have the data from Simply Measured, you will know when to post. This is why you are seeing a lot of these Instagram models posting at certain times, e.g., 6 p.m. It’s not because that is when they are free it’s because they figured out that the majority of their followers are on that social network during that time.

Technique 4: Post multiple times a day

You can’t expect to post once a week or once a day and get the most traffic. I know some people say you get better engagement if you spread out your posts. And although that’s true, it doesn’t really matter if the content you are posting is exceptionally good.

Just look at these models: they are only posting content that their followers want to see. In addition to that, they are posting the content multiple times a day as it helps them get more engagement faster.

Spend the time to curate great content. If you are pushing out great information, more people will want to follow you.

Technique 5: Show some love

Have you noticed that these Instagram models show a lot of love to their fans? They have contests that allow their followers to win a Skype date with them. To enter, all their followers need to do is post an image of the model on their accounts and tell their own followers to follow the model.

It works wonders for them when it comes to follower growth. You too can do similar things.

For example, Gary Vaynerchuk has an Ask Gary Vee show, allowing people who want his advice to tweet at him.

He then selects some of the tweets and answers the questions in a video format. This has helped him grow his follower count to over a million.
Technique 6: Participate in the community

This one is simple, but most people forget to do it…even I forget at times.

You have to participate if you want to build a loyal community. Respond to comments and messages, and help out your followers when you can. If you show that you care about them, they will reciprocate.

Social media is all about being social. So, don’t just post on these social sites and expect people to buy all of the products and services you are selling without participating.

Technique 7: Don’t forget about the stats

What’s interesting with these models is that the good ones don’t put naked pictures of themselves on Instagram. Why? Because they have found that showing too much skin slows down your follower count (plus Instagram bans nude images).

By leaving some things to the imagination, these girls generate more engagement per post, which causes them to pick up more followers and fame.

So, what does this mean for you? Well, you need to experiment. You have to analyze your status updates and tweets to see what performs the best. This will give you some insights into what you should be posting about and what you shouldn’t.

It’s just like how these girls figured out that they shouldn’t post naked pictures leaving something to the imagination works better.

Without analyzing your social media updates, however, you won’t know what your audience is craving.

Technique 8: Focus your energy

Besides Instagram, what other social networks do most of these Instagram models use? It’s Snapchat.

Sure, they may have a Twitter or a Facebook profile, but they focus over 90% of their time on Instagram and Snapchat. Why? Because they know that there isn’t enough time to be on every social network.

If you want to be big on the social web, pick a network or two. You can expand into a third or a forth later on, but first focus your time and attention on a couple.

Once you’ve built up your popularity, you can then use your following to cross-promote other social networks like I described in Technique 2.

Technique 9: Have fun

This is probably the simplest technique, but you probably don’t see it this way. When you look at social media, you probably see it as a chore. It’s something that you have to be on because of work or financial or marketing reasons.

But what would happen if you actually enjoyed being on these social sites? Your content would get better; people would want to read your updates; and you’d gain more followers.

Don’t make social media a chore. It should be something you are passionate about and are having fun with. If you aren’t, then you need to rethink your strategy.

These Instagram models love their jobs and truly enjoy posting pictures all over the social web. That’s one of the main reasons they are blowing up.

Technique 10: Don’t fight fire with fire

As you can imagine, these Instagram models are loved by a lot of people. But at the same time, they are also hated by thousands of people too. And many of those haters are more vocal than their passionate fans.

What should you do when people start bashing you? You could start bashing them back, but that would just create a feud.

Instead, embrace criticism. Try to learn from it, and if you don’t have anything positive to say, don’t say it. Let your fans defend you which they naturally will as you build up your following.

Conclusion

You can learn something from everyone in this world. From kids to flight attendants to even Instagram models, the possibilities are endless.

Sure, you may already know some of the tactics I mentioned above, but I bet you are not leveraging all of them. Just try them out for 30 days, and I promise you will see a world of difference.

 

Turbo Charge Your Marketing Efforts

Marketing expansion is of paramount importance, below are some influential tools to turbo charge your marketing efforts. In previous years it may have been enough just to put your content onto the web and let it speak for itself. In today’s world, however, it’s seen as a smart move to put some elbow grease into marketing your campaigns.

“Marketing budgets are trending for 2015” with an estimated 79% of surveyed digital marketing participants stating they plan on increasing their digital marketing budgets for the year. Not all marketing game plans need to have a budget comparable to that of Fortune 500 companies to pack a punch. If you’re savvy about process and tools, a little goes a long, long way.

Use These Tools to Breathe Life into Your Campaign:

Oktopost

Social media is a simple yet highly effective way of getting your name and brand out there. Managing this information shouldn’t be difficult either. Oktopost gives you the ability to manage where your content gets distributed. It allows you to access information on multiple social media platforms or profiles that you hold. Knowing exactly who your content is reaching and through which outlets gives you the ability to see where your strengths are in your marking campaigns. Since social is really useless without metrics to track success, Oktopost is a godsend.

Mention

Mention is a great tool for you to use to monitor where, and by who, you are being mentioned on the web. It accesses several platforms including social media outlets, blogs, forums, and virtually any other web pages your name may pop up on. Not only does it track your business, but also your competitors. Mention provides you a one up by giving you the opportunity to always stay in the loop, in real time, thus allowing you to gain access to more customers.

Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics can provide answers to questions such as:

Which particular marketing campaign is leading visitors to your site?
Which aspects of your page are visitors drawn to and access before deciding to become clients?
When it comes to search terms, which ones are giving you the most traffic to your site?
In what ways are you potentially losing future clients?

What are the commonalities between people who have decided to become clients?

Kissmetrics is able to offer answers to these types of questions and more. They will give you insight as a company on which marketing campaigns are working, which ones aren’t, and how to future promote yourself based on factors that converted visitors into clients. Kissmetrics works with both large scale and small business, so they have options for everyone.

Socedo

If you are looking to engage fresh faces into your social media campaigns, Socedo can be the answer. All that is required is for you to enter in data such as hashtags or keywords, who you are looking to target, and the purpose of your search. Socedo then produces a list of potential prospects based on these specifications. This allows you to follow up on new leads and also propels them to your currently active landing pages.

ReferralSnip

Ever heard of a little company called Dropbox? Well they can thank their success in large part due to “referral marketing“. It’s fairly easy, and companies such as ReferralShip allow you to create your own referral programs. It’s a creative way to get people to promote you and word of mouth can spread like wildfire.

BuzzSumo

It’s important to know which content is captivating your audience, and which is not interesting them at all. Enter BuzzSumo, a company that focuses on bringing you this data. Simply enter in metrics such as keywords or links and BuzzSumo conjures up a report with details on how content related to these folks was previously received.

FullContact

Knowing who your clients are on a personal level allows you to be more focused when it comes to creating marketing campaigns. The tricky part is gathering all the personal information associated with this. This is where FullContact steps in.

FullContact provides information such clients’ real names, links to their social profiles, and even their photo. Having access to these details gives you the opportunity to cultivate a more intimate and a lasting relationship with your clients.

Other Methods to Spice Up Your Marketing Efforts

Produce More Video Content

Last year, video was one of the leading trends in marketing. It’s projected that by 2017 close to 75% of all digital marketing will be through video. By getting a head start now, you’ll be ahead of the curve once video takes over nearly ¾ of the traffic in just a few years.

Come Up With a Game Plan

This may not be the most exciting idea, but it’s critical to success. Being organized with your ideas and clear on how to execute them will make a world of difference. It gives you the ability to look at the year ahead and plan accordingly. Be sure to stay focused on your plan and don’t stray from the path.

So What Does This Mean for the Future?

By employing these tools and ideas, your business has the ability to grow and reach more clients than ever before. The main idea here is to be creative and try new tactics! A popular and successful marketing campaign is exciting and also engages its viewers. Remember, blaze your own trail and don’t be afraid to try out fresh, unique concepts.

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Do you have any tools or innovative ideas not mentioned to spice up your marketing efforts? Let me know below in the comment section.

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Which Form of Digital Advertising is the Most Effective?

People these days are so fixated on content marketing, and organic search that even uttering the words ‘let’s pay for some traffic’ have become awkwardly pushed to the side.

But don’t be fooled.

Even the most successful ‘content marketers’ are still using digital advertising tactics to get their content found. They might just not tell you about it, because it contradicts their methodology.

We can’t forget how effective ads can be for getting our products and services found – but we need to be aware of how the landscape is changing.

 

The state of digital advertising

Digital ad revenue continues to grow year on year.

The big trend you need to know about?

Mobile is taking over (Not quite taking over, but it’s growing rapidly)

Ok you get it, content marketing alone might not be enough and mobile is becoming more and more important if you want to advertise online.

But where do you start? How do you know what is the best platform for your business?

The most effective form of digital advertising is contextual, it depends on who you are trying to reach and how you want to get there.

Let’s run through the options, then give a quick breakdown of who benefits most from each.

Social Media

It’s a rare thing to find a company without a social media division these days, even if that “division” is just some hapless intern working for experience.

From restaurants to airlines to celebrities – if there’s a brand, there’s a Twitter handle to match.

When it comes to advertising on social media, everything is pretty new. The way we advertise on these platforms is continually changing, because no one really knows what works.

Advertisers aren’t quite sure yet (although some will claim they are). The consumers are confused with these new ads popping up on their social streams. And the platforms themselves (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) are still balancing user experience with maximising revenue.

Social ads generally follow Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-Impression models, making them relatively easy to budget for – because you pay for what you get.

Now for a closer look at Facebook and Twitter as advertising platforms.

Facebook

This social network is perhaps the most progressed with its digital advertising platform.

Facebook ads are similar to Google PPC campaigns, where you can bid for clicks or impressions on different keywords, then display ads on Facebook’s right vertical bar.

More recently Facebook introduced news feed ad spots if you have an active Facebook page. These are proving a much better ROI than the right side bar.

Keep in mind that the people seeing your ads will find them in a social context – so photos and images are a core component of a successful ad campaign.

Who should advertise on Facebook?

Devoted PPC marketers with the willingness to spend a lot of time getting things right.

Keep in mind that the sheer number of users Facebook has, makes it a perfect fit for B2C marketers. But B2B marketers have started to make their presence known because of the extremely targeted information the platform is accruing on all of us.

Facebook ads are easy to launch, and just as easy to edit (especially with the new mobile ad manager).

Marketers are able to make spot fixes on the fly to optimise and correct under performing ads while boosting budget for winners.

Twitter

These ads are, again, not dissimilar from Facebook advertising when it comes down to brute mechanics.

But they’re a different animal conceptually. Facebook ads are, well, advertising. They’re your chance to put your commercial foot forward.

Twitter ads are not. Paying for prominence here is a way to put what you might normally tweet into a more obvious place.

Ads work in parallel with the personality of your normal, free Twitter feed, and shouldn’t veer off into sales territory.

Who should advertise on Twitter?

Marketers with a solid Twitter strategy, but not enough Twitter traction.

Promoting your posts to the right audience (and yes, Twitter’s ad engine allows considerable targeting) is your way of cutting through the logjam of influencers and expose potential clients to your social voice.

Interstitial

The relative new kid on the block. Interstitial ads, if you haven’t heard the phrase before, are promotional pages that show up before a visitor makes their way to the content they actually want to see. On one hand, that basically guarantees visibility. On the other, it’s irritating; interstitial ads are prime targets for adblock software, and many clients avoid them on principle.

As a result, the industry has undergone a mild reformation. They’ve really come into their own on mobile platforms, where they quickly capture attention, leading to soaring success, especially in the case of attention-grabbing video and rich media ads.

Who should advertise with interstitial?

Companies with the budget to make a move on mobile and do it right.

Poorly made mobile ads are just as annoying as their increasingly disliked predecessors; treat them as an opportunity to create original content, then show it to your viewers.

Banner Ads

Banner ads have caught a load of flak for the slashed CTR’s they’ve seen of late. But while the numbers are daunting, they merely point to a poor average, not a death knell for the humble banner.

They might not pull the engagement that more obtrusive options do, but banner ads remain wonderful for establishing visual branding, and hitting a highly targeted audience.

The ability to pick and choose where an ad shows up allows advertisers to carefully tailor their campaign toward a given site and demographic.

But in order to beat flagging CTR’s, companies do have to evolve. Think about clever examples like Skittles’ interactive, offbeat banners, or powerful, fold-dominating movie posters.

Who should advertise with banner ads?

Established companies with a solid ad budget, and an extremely clear idea of who they want to reach and how.

A defined audience and a superb visual idea can still combine to keep banners relevant.

PPC

The skimpier, but less-expensive cousins to banner ads.

Google’s Pay-Per-Click campaigns have become a massive boon for cash-strapped businesses looking to muscle in on banner space. And at least at the moment, they’ve proven to be effective.

Those stark text boxes may blend in to the background of many sites, but find a convincing enough message, and it’ll still snag a few eyes.

Perhaps the best thing about PPC ads is that they offer a more-or-less predictable ROI, and one that, even if an ad belly-flops spectacularly, won’t drop to levels low enough to seriously hurt most companies.

Design costs for text ads are nil, and the PPC model guarantees that advertisers won’t drop too much of their budget upon launch.

Who should advertise with PPC?

Companies that don’t translate well to visual media.

Whether you simply don’t have a graphic artist on hand, or your services are hard to sum up in a photo, PPC is your best bet for a high-yield campaign.

The best PPC ads are the ones that ditch details, and go for the jugular with competitive prices and calls to action.

Wrapping it up

While all ad formats still have their applications for different companies, changing technology and market trends will result in a few finding even greater success down the road.

We’re particularly talking about mobile. Whether you go banner, video interstitial, whatever. Mobile ads will likely make up a larger and larger percentage of all advertising in the coming years. Evolving tech such as proximity marketing will only exaggerate that effect.

But if you’re attached to a particular form, there’s still good news. The lessons learned from more traditional marketing aren’t about to be completely invalidated. At the end of the day the actual quality of ads will be the single largest determining factor of their success.

Get Targeted Traffic With PPC

I am sure you have heard the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ with web traffic it is no different! If you decide to use paid methods then you get quality targeted traffic in return.
So where do you start when you are ready to market your website with paid traffic? Well unlike traditional print ads and direct marketing, advertising on the Internet is a whole different ball game. Before you do anything else, you need to know just what types of promotions are available out there.
I am sure you have heard about Pay Per Click or (PPC) before, but if you have not, I can tell you it is probably the greatest way to get good value for money.

The Importance of Keywords

PPC can be a bit of a gamble unless the visitors are part of what is called targeted traffic this basically means people who are interested in your type of product. One way of helping you to determine what type of targeted traffic to direct to your site is by carefully choosing the most effective keywords.
Keywords or keyword phrases are a very important part of directing people to your site. Whenever someone is looking for something online, they do a ‘search’ on one of the major search engines, like Google, to find what they’re looking for, if you use keywords that are too general, you will get a lot of visitors, but they will not be targeted to what you are offering and they will just eat into your advertising budget. The key here is to find specific keywords or keyword phrases that will bring you the ‘right’ kind of visitors which are the potential customers you need to succeed!
As I explained earlier in the article marketing section, the new breed of keywords (Long Tail and LSI) will help you specifically target your visitors and minimise your costs.
Other keyword tools which will give you better long tail keywords are SEOBook keyword tools and also WordTracker Keywords.
Make sure that you implement all your chosen keywords into the content of your web page (there are more details on this in the SEO section) as this will use your Pay Per Click advertising to help move your site up the search engine rankings with all of those targeted visitors you’ve paid for. This is yet another reason why it’s so important to do your keyword ‘homework’ before you commit to any particular advertising strategy. Finding the right keywords will help to catapult your web site to the forefront of the search engines as well as earn you more money from targeted visitors and also save you money on your advertising.

Target your Adverts

Besides keywords, another way to target your traffic is through your actual advert text. If you are using (and paying for) Pay Per Click advertising then you want to make every click count. Incorporating free downloads and links to other free information and resources is great for giving away to your paying customers, however, when you use Pay Per Click, you pay for all the visitors to your site, even those who stop by and download your free stuff without making a purchase. If you mention the price of your product or service in your ad content, it usually helps to discourage many of those non-productive browsers from taking advantage of you (and your wallet!).
One of the best advantages in using Pay Per Click advertising to send you the targeted traffic you need is that, for the most part, once you’ve initially taken the time to set up the qualifying parameters, it’s pretty much ‘set it and forget it’ or on ‘autopilot’. Of course, you will want to periodically monitor the click-through rate vs. the conversion rate (how many sales you get in relation to clicks made) to see if you still need to ‘tweak’ anything, especially in the beginning stages of advertising your business.
Your traffic now has that much needed boost and you have spare time to look into additional promotional resources for your business.
Pay Per Click, or any single form of advertising, should never be relied upon as your long term solution to establishing your business online. You know the old expression ‘Don’t put all your eggs into one basket’ these are words of wisdom to follow in life and in advertising!
Although I may be a bit cautious here, do not be afraid to use Pay Per Click as your initial promotional strategy, there is always a time and a place for everything, and Pay Per Click is an awesome, very effective, short term traffic generating tool to use to get your web site seen. Ultimately, you will need to rely on search engine optimisation (there are more details on this in the SEO section) as a more long-term advertising solution.
Here is a guideline to avoid the mistakes most newbie marketers always seem to make when using Pay Per Click:
Do Your Homework: Research what would be the best target market for you to attract to your web site. Get to ‘know’ your potential customers and what they might additionally want from your business.
Find the Right Keyword: Make sure you spend time choosing the correct keywords and keyword phrases, use the tools I have provided links to so you can get the best possible keywords to help your ads, here are links to the tools again – Wordtracker, and SEOBook Keyword Tools, if you want to delve into this further then I suggest you get expert advice like Keyword Elite.
Create Your Advert: Once you’ve selected your optimum keywords, it’s now time for you to start creating your own advert, use your keywords to help you structure your ad content, but always strive to keep your advert as clear and concise as possible. Even with targeted traffic, keep in mind that most visitors want to see what you’ve got as quickly as possible, so you want to get your message immediately across.
Keep to Your Budget: Instead of just throwing all of your advertising cash into one marketing campaign, decide just how much you are willing to expend on each promotional strategy and stick to it. Pay Per Click costs can creep up on you if you don’t set a limit and keep to your budget.
Think about Location: If your product or service is useful to only certain geographic areas, you will need to also take this into consideration. You wouldn’t want to promote something like beach holidays in Iceland or snow-boarding in the Sahara desert.
Monitor Your Results: You do need to monitor and track your results for all of your advertising campaigns at least at the start. This will enable you to see which of your keywords are most effective, you will also be able to ensure not being billed for any visitor clicks you did not actually receive.

Which PPC Program Do You Use?

There are quite a few Pay Per Click programs out there to choose from, but to be honest there are only a few that give you excellent results, the three main Pay Per Click programs are Google AdWords, Yahoo Search Marketing and Microsoft Search Advertising.
I would stick with one of those if you want serious traffic, however, Facebook PPC is fast becoming really popular due to the popularity of Facebook and another great one is Bidvertiser. There are many others if you have the time and money to invest, like 7 Search, Kontera, and SiteScout to name but a few.

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Which Affiliate Networks To Look Out For When Promoting

There are many horror stories about affiliate networks & affiliate programs. People have heard them over and over again, that some are even wary of joining one. The stories they may have heard are those related to illegal programs or pyramid schemes. Basically, this kind of market does not have real, worthy product.

You do not want to be associated with these schemes. It is obvious you want to be with a program that offers high quality product that you will readily endorse. The growing number of those who have joined already and are succeeding immensely is proof enough that there are reliable and quality affiliate programs out there.

Why participate in an affiliate program?

It allows you to work part-time. It gives you the opportunity to build a generous residual income. And it makes you an owner of a small business. Affiliate programs have already created lots of millionaires. They are the living testimony of how hard work; continuous prospecting, motivating and training others pay off.

If ever you are deciding to join one, you must take note that you are getting into something that is patterned to what you are capable of. This will be an assurance that you are capable of doing anything to come out successful.

How do you choose a good affiliate program to promote? Here are some tips you may want to look over before choosing one:

1. A program that you like and have interest in.

One of the best ways of knowing if that is the kind of program you wish to promote is if you are interested in purchasing the product yourself. If that is the case, chances are, there are many others who are also interested in the same program and products.

2. Look for a program that is of high quality.

For instance, look for one that is associated with many experts in that particular industry. This way, you are assured that of the standard of the program you will be joining into.

3. Join in the ones that offer real and viable products.

How do you know this? Do some initial research. If possible, track down some of the members and customers to give you testimonial on the credibility of the program.

4. The program that is catering to a growing target market.

This will ensure you that there will be more and continuous demands for your referrals. Make inquiries. There are forums and discussions you can participate in to get good and reliable feedbacks.

5. A program with a compensation plan that pays out a residual income and a payout of 40% or more would be a great choice.

There are some programs offering this kind of compensation. Look closely for one. Do not waste your time with programs that do not reward substantially for your efforts.

6. Be aware of the minimum quotas that you must fulfill or sales target that is too hard to achieve.

Some affiliate programs imposes pre-requisites before you get your commissions. Just be sure that you are capable of attaining their requirements.

7. Select one that has plenty of tools and resources that can help you grow the business in the shortest possible time.

Not all affiliate programs have these capacities. Make use you decide on one with lots of helpful tools you can use.

8. Check out if the program has a proven system that can allow you to check your networks and compensation.

Also check if they have it available online for you to check anytime and anywhere.

9. The program that is offering strong incentives for members to renew their membership each time.

The affiliate program that provides continuous help and upgrades for its products have the tendency to retain its members. These things can assure the growth of your networks.

10. Be aware of the things that members are not happy about in a program.

Like with the ones mentioned above, you can do your checking at discussion forums. If you know someone in that same program, there is ho harm asking if there are many downsides involved.

Have a thorough and intensive knowledge about the affiliate program and network you will be promoting on.

Knowing the kind of program you are getting yourself into will make you anticipate and prevent any future problems you may encounter.

Which Affiliate Program Do I Choose

There are so many Affiliate Programs out there, so which one is best for you?
Ask questions first before you join an affiliate program. Do a little research about the choices of program that you intend to join into. Get some answers because they will be the deciding point of what you will be achieving later on.

imagesWill it cost you anything to join? Most affiliate programs being offered today are absolutely free of charge. So why settle for those that charge you lots of money before joining.

When do they issue the commission checks? Every program is different. Some issue their checks once a month, every quarter, etc. Select the one that is suited to your payment time choice. Many affiliate programs are setting a minimum earned commission amount that an affiliate must meet or exceed in order for their checks to be issued.

What is the hit per sale ratio? This is the average number of hits to a banner or text link it takes to generate a sale based on all affiliate statistics. This factor is extremely important because this will tell you how much traffic you must generate before you can earn a commission from the sale.

How are referrals from an affiliate’s site tracked and for how long do they remain in the system? You need to be confident on the program enough to track those people you refer from your site. This is the only way that you can credit for a sale. The period of time that those people stay in the system is also important. This is because some visitors do not buy initially but may want to return later to make the purchase. Know if you will still get credit for the sale if it is done some months from a certain day.

What are the kinds of affiliate stats available? Your choice of affiliate program should be capable of offering detailed stats. They should be available online anytime you decide to check them out. Constantly checking your individual stats is important to know how many impressions, hits and sales are already generated from your site. Impressions are the number of times the banner or text link was viewed by a visitor of your site. A hit is the one clicking on the banner or text links.

Does the affiliate program also pay for the hits and impressions besides the commissions on sales? It is important that impressions and hits are also paid, as this will add to the earnings you get from the sales commission. This is especially important if the program you are in offers low sales to be able to hit ratio.

Who is the online retailer? Find out whom you are doing business with to know if it is really a solid company. Know the products they are selling and the average amount they are achieving. The more you know about the retailer offering you the affiliate program, the easier it will be for you to know if that program is really for you and your site.

Is the affiliate a one tier or two tier program? A single tier program pays you only for the business you yourself have generated. A two tier program pays you for the business, plus it also pays you a commission on the on the sales generated by any affiliate you sponsor in your program. Some two-tier programs are even paying small fees on each new affiliate you sponsor. More like a recruitment fee.

Lastly, what is the amount of commission paid? 20% – 80% (and some cases, 100%!) is the commission paid by most programs. .01% – .05% is the amount paid for each hit. If you find a program that also pays for impressions, the amount paid is not much at all. As you can see from the figures, you will now understand why the average sales amount and hit to sale ratio is important.

These are just some of the questions that needed answering first before you enter into an affiliate program. You should be familiar with the many important aspects that your chosen program should have before incorporating them into your website. Try to ask your affiliate program choices these questions. These can help you select the right program for your site from among the many available.

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An Affiliate Marketer Needs These To Survive

Every affiliate marketer is always looking for the successful market that gives the biggest paycheck. Sometimes they think it is a magic formula that is readily available for them. Actually, it is more complicated than that. It is just good marketing practices that have been proven over years of hard work and dedication.

There are tactics that have worked before with online marketing and are continuing to work today. With these top three marketing tips, you will be able to able to increase your sales and survive in the affiliate marketing world.

What are these three tactics?

1. Using unique web pages to promote each separate product you are marketing.

Do not lump all of it together just to save some money on web hosting. It is best to have a site focusing on each and every product and nothing more.

Always include product reviews on the website so visitors will have an initial understanding on what the product can do to those who buys them. Also include testimonials from users who have already tried the product. Be sure that these customers are more than willing to allow you to use their names and photos on the site of the specific product you are marketing.

You can also write articles highlighting the uses of the product and include them on the website as an additional page. Make the pages attractive compelling and include calls to act on the information. Each headline should attract the readers to try and read more, even contact you. Highlight your special points. This will help your readers to learn what the page is about and will want to find out more.

2. Offer free reports to your readers.

If possible position them at the very top side of your page so it they simply cannot be missed. Try to create autoresponder messages that will be mailed to those who input their personal information into your sign up box. According to research, a sale is closed usually on the seventh contact with a prospect.

Only two things can possibly happen with the web page alone: closed sale or the prospect leaving the page and never return again. By placing useful information into their inbox at certain specified period, you will remind them of the product they thought they want later and will find out that the sale is closed. Be sure that the content is directed toward specific reasons to buy the product. Do not make it sound like a sales pitch.

Focus on important points like how your product can make life and things easier and more enjoyable. Include compelling subject lines in the email. As much as possible, avoid using the word “free” because there are still older spam filters that dumps those kind of contents into the junk before even anyone reading them first. Convince those who signed up for your free reports that they will be missing something big if they do not avail of your products and services.

3. Get the kind of traffic that is targeted to your product.

Just think, if the person who visited your website has no interest whatsoever in what you are offering, they will be among those who move on and never come back. Write articles for publication in e-zines and e-reports. This way you can locate publications that is focusing on your target customers and what you have put up might just grab their interest.

Try to write a minimum of 2 articles per week, with at least 300-600 words in length. By continuously writing and maintaining these articles you can generate as many as 100 targeted readers to your site in a day.

Always remember that only 1 out of 100 people are likely to buy your product or get your services. If you can generate as much as 1,000 targeted hits for your website in a day, that means you can made 10 sales based on the average statistic.

The tactics given above does not really sound very difficult to do, if you think about it. It just requires a little time and an action plan on your part.

Try to use these tips for several affiliate marketing programs. You can end maintaining a good source of income and surviving in this business that not all marketers can do.

Besides, think of the huge paychecks you will be receiving!

Why Spun Content Is Not Dead

A few days ago, I was reading an article about SEO rules. It was a great article. I’ve made some notes and bookmarked it as it might come in handy in the near future. However, there was one thing that I didn’t like. They claimed that spun content was dead. From now on, they said, you should manually rewrite ALL your articles. Is this the end of Internet Marketing as we know it?!

Not for me. I need TONS of content every day. I publish it on my 100+ websites. I build support sites. I set up Web 2.0 sites, I do social bookmarking… It’s simply IMPOSSIBLE to manually write that much content. Day in and day out.

Luckily, the author of the article is VERY wrong. It’s true that poorly spun content is dead. Google can detect it. Nothing new here.

But, if the content is spun with the ENL semantic spinning algorithm, Google can’t detect it. Why? Because it looks just like a native speaker had rewritten it. Here is an example of ENL algorithm’s work:


ORIGINAL TEXT

John can relax and read a book because his kids can book the vacation for him. Once it’s booked, he will enjoy an excellent movie and drink wine, beer, or whiskey.

GENERATED SPUN VARIATION

Since his kids can easily schedule the vacation for him, John can read a book and unwind. He will definitely enjoy an impressive film and drink draught beer, whiskey, or red wine once it’s reserved.


 

You can find more examples here: http://spinrewriter.com

No Copyscape issues. No duplicate content penalty. Completely readable. FREE of charge. Without any work. All thanks to Spin Rewriter.

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I’m using it every day. It helps me generate more than 200 unique articles every day. In just 10 minutes. At no cost. You should try it, it costs less than 10 manually written articles.

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