How can you successfully SEO your web pages in 2015?
There are basically two methods.
Replicated what your competitors are doing.
This basically involves looking at the top 10 Google results for your target keyword and looking at each of the result. Then analysing what they are (and are not) doing.
When you identify what each page is doing that data can be amalgamated to create a profile for the “perfect top 10 web page”.
Next you look at the same factors on your own web page and make the changes needed to make your page fit the perfect profile. That should guarantee that your page will rise to the first page of Google.
The big advantage to this method is that when the results change due to algorithm changes then performing the same process will give you a new “perfect profile”.
In a sense this method is dynamic, in that you rely on what Google puts on page one to decide what SEO you do to your web page.
In fact this is exactly the method used by our Expert SEO System software.
The second method is a more traditional method. That is to simply look at your own web page in isolation and then apply a number of “rules” or “checks” based on the current understanding of SEO.
The downside to this process is that much of the SEO expertise bandied around tends to be passed on from one person to the next with no checks, balances or due diligence.
That means what is often passed on as expert SEO advice is often plain wrong, usually because it is outdated.
The Big Changes
OK the big changes in the Google algorithm are usually well publicized but new updates happen every day that you never hear about. Over time these small changes add up to major changes.
The only way to really know what SEO factors affect your rankings is to test them across many sites, many niches and many variations.
Unfortunately that is not normally an option for the average web site owner even if you do have quite a few sites. Firstly you will not have the time to test, likely not enough sites, and do you really want to be risking your web pages by making arbitrary changes?
Did you know that the general accepted belief is that there are hundreds of primary Google ranking factors and thousands of sub-factors? We don’t know what they are because Google won’t tell us!
How To Identify Ranking Factors
That means you need to test and look at the real world of search ranking to reverse engineer what those ranking factors MIGHT be.
It would be impossible to figure out all the factors or even understand if they are significant enough to worry about. The best solution is to try and identify the main factors that appear to have the most effect on ranking.
To do that you are going to need some help. Fortunately there are people who do exactly this for a living.
So you need to look to some real experts. No I don’t mean me or any other marketer I mean the big boys of SEO like Moz, Ahrefs, Majestic and Search Engine Land etc.
The Periodic Table Of Success factors 2015
Danny Sullivan (the founder of Search Engine Land) produces an annual report called the Periodic Table Of SEO Success Factors and yes, you guessed it, it has just released it’s 2015 edition.
Note: The title calls these Success Factors rather than Ranking Factors. There is some heated debate in the industry over the ability to reverse engineer Google and find it’s “Ranking Factors”. That argument is based on the reality of “cause and effect”. However I want to avoid any confusion so, avoiding semantics, Ranking Factor and Success Factor are one and the same in this article.
The table has been produced since 2011 so you can go back and see how things have changed (dramatically) in that time.
Moz Ranking Factors Survey
The next most important source of SEO ranking information is Moz’s
2013 Search Engine Ranking factors https://moz.com/blog/ranking-factors-2013
Yes I know it’s 2 years old! Unfortunately Moz only produce this data every 2 years and the 2015 version should be out next month (July). However an understanding of this report is very useful so it is worth reading.
Of course grab the 2015 version as soon as it is available.
This data is important because it comes from two sources. Firstly it looks at the actual correlation of measures between the top search results and the lower search results (similar to Expert SEO System). Secondly it asks the same questions to a group of top SEO experts.
That way you get the “facts” from data correlation and the “views” from people who actual do this.
Yes, SEO is now a mixture of measures. Some can give help you rise steadily in the rankings while other can rapidly see your demise. Much like a Google game of snakes and ladders. So protect your web pages and make sure your SEO is going to positively influence your pages.
To do that you MUST have a real understanding of SEO and current practices. The two resources above will probably give you more insight into “real SEO” than anything else around. Once you have a basic understanding then it can be very easy to get hooked on this kind of data and you’ll find yourself searching for more.
This week I turned super sleuth!
I have always warned people against using this traffic source but there is a never ending stream of people who still want to buy cheap traffic.
So I took an unprecedented step this week. I finally decided to go under cover and and see what is really going on at Fiverr.
What I found will probably shock you.
I have produced a real life case study of Fiverr traffic. At last I would prove what I have always preached.
I reveal the traffic scams and exactly how they are done.
I give you the proof and show you in fine details how you can be (or already have been) ripped off.
I reveal the identifiers that you can use to avoid being scammed in the future.
I look into the sellers themselves and find a few astonishing facts.
You will be able to see traffic fraud a mile away after reading my report.
This reports contains exactly how I purchased and tracked traffic.
How I proved their scams beyond a doubt and how I made sure the scammers knew I had done this.
Download my full case study from the link below.
Read this full report. You will be shocked at the results.
Be Warned- Be Safe
PS. Fiverr is still a great place to get all sorts of jobs done for you like videos, emails, ecovers, voice overs, landing pages and much more.
Yes, there was plenty of hype and speculation about the new mobile Friendly Google search update on 21st of April.
A little over a month since then so what’s going on?
Many expected a massive change in the mobile search results. Not really helped by Zineb Ait Bahajji of Google’s Webmaster Trends team stated that the mobile friendly algorithm will have a greater impact than Panda or Penguin.
This was again confirmed a few days ago by Google’s Gary Illyes as he reiterated that the Mobile Update indeed had a bigger impact than Penguin and Panda combined.
However many marketers are saying they have seen a lot less change than expected and maybe the whole mobile friendly thing was just a lot of hot air.
Unfortunately statistics can often be used to prove anything. “Impact” can be measured in many ways of course. So depending on how or what you are looking at depends on what impact the 21st April change had on you.
But here are the facts:
A pre and post 21st April test by digital marketing consultants Stone Temple produced some interesting data. They reviewed a test sample of both mobile friendly and non-mobile friendly URLs that were ranked in Google’s top 10 results on April 17th and checked them again on April 25th
Non-mobile friendly URLs did in fact take a hammering with 46.6% dropping in the mobile search results.
They also showed a ranking increase of 30.1% of URLs that were mobile friendly.
There are no current statistics that tell us what percentage of searches were effected as Google (unusually) did not release that data.
This data tells us couple of things:
1. Mobile friendly URLs had search position gains based solely on the penalties given to the non-friendly URLs. Note that this penalty is page based and not site based.
2. Only around half of the non-friendly URLs lost rank so it seems that more changes are likely to occur in the future that will hit those currently unaffected. Even though Google said that this update has been fully rolled out.
It also tells us that it’s entirely possible that (and may explain why ) some people would have been hit hard while others escaped pretty much pain free.
If most your mobile unfriendly site URL’s fell into the 53.4% that did not move then you may have seen very little change.
If mobile unfriendly URLs were not ranked on page one or close then again you may not have seen as much change.
However I have seen drops quoted similar to Panda and Penguin penalties of around 50 + pages.
If your mobile friendly URLs were in the nearly 70% of non-movers (statistically likely) then again you may have not seen much change.
However if the reverse is true, you may have seen some dramatic changes.
So what’s happening in the future?
Future Google updates are likely to be implemented to address the 50% of non-friendly pages that were unaffected and you can expect to see more position changes when that happens. If you were one of the unaffected people with unfriendly pages the future updates may hit you hard.
Google Inside Search stated “In just the two months since we announced this change, we’ve seen a 4.7 percentage point uptick in the proportion of sites that are mobile friendly, and we hope to see even more in the coming months”.
That statement was made on the same day as the update on 21st April so it seems logical that the number would be much higher by now. Pages that dropped dramatically will almost certainly be being improved and made mobile friendly.
As this penalty is automated then logically these pages will start to rank higher again once they are fixed. Estimates are around a couple of moths for “fixed” pages to be re-indexed correctly. So URLs that increased their ranking position may see that early gain whittled down.
The mobile results will continue to get a lot of attention and changes by Google. This is NOT the culmination of a mobile friendly update only the very early beginnings.
Why Am I So Sure There will Be More Changes?
This simple statement by Google Inside AdWords (May 5th 2015)
“at these times, consumers are increasingly picking up their smartphones for answers. In fact, more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan. This presents a tremendous opportunity for marketers to reach people throughout all the new touchpoints of a consumer’s path to purchase. “
If you haven’t figured it yet, Google AdWords is Google’s main income. It only exists because AdWords exits. Now with more searches on smartphones than PC’s (and that trend continuing) Google must offer the best Ad Service to their customers and that means the best (mobile) search results (for those ads).
With ad revenue declining for PC searches it makes (financial) sense for Google to focus on mobile.
A recent post by Forbes stated:
“(Google) mobile search ads are expected to only generate 17% of the company’s total revenues in 2014, we expect the proportion to increase to over 35% by 2020”.
So you can see that you have not heard the last of the mobile search result algorithm changes by along shot. Logically any new changes will be rolled into the automated penalty.
For instance load speed is not currently penalized by the Google Mobile friendly tool (therefore not a measure the algorithm currently uses). However it is logically the next step. It has already been rolled out for PC search results and can be tested in Google Webmaster tools.
Am I In Penalties And How Do I Fix It?
The only real way of knowing if you have been hit by the latest updates is if you lost rankings after 21st April.
However as I shown above you may not have been hit at all even if your pages were not mobile friendly.
The only sensible route is to test all your pages and fix things that are wrong. That way if you are in penalties you should see some improvements in a couple of months. If not then it may protect you from future updates.
Either way testing and fixing is your only recourse.
“Webmasters can check if their site is mobile-friendly by examining individual pages with the Mobile-Friendly Test or checking the status of the entire site through the Mobile Usability report in Webmaster Tools. Once a site becomes mobile-friendly, we will automatically re-process those pages (and webmasters can expedite the process by using Fetch as Google with Submit to Index)”.
Extract from Google Inside Search
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I have been extremely privileged over the last 6 years or so. I have been able to live my dream lifestyle. For me that is primarily my beach front apartment in Greece.
And I love finding and exploring new places. Finding a new and exciting place, with a great view where I can grab a coffee or a cold beer is my idea of heaven.
OK, that will not be everyone’s idea of pleasure. Your idea of a dream life may be very different.
It doesn’t matter though. Whatever your ambitions or dreams it’s a fair bet that they require two things. Money and Time, and unfortunately having one usually means you can’t have the other. You either work and have no time or you have time and don’t earn enough money.
A little over six years ago I swapped out my 9-5 (joke!) in the UK to work online. I won’t bore you with the full story but it took me a while to get up and running and earning money and over the last 6 years I have been perfecting my business model.
Like I said I have been privileged to be able to live where I want and do what I want so I have created a webinar style training video that explains exactly how I make a full time living online. It shows you the exact business model I use and exactly how and why it works.
Perhaps more importantly it explains why many other systems do not work.
The video is just over an hour of solid training and gives you the blueprint for a 6 figure business. You can bypass all the mistakes I made and focus on what really works.
I can honestly say that this is the best information I have ever given away for free and is probably better than most of the paid training you may have seen.
I have created the training in a webinar style but you can view it right now or schedule a replay time. Just click the link below now.
Remember, Paid or Free, this is probably the best training you will have ever seen. It is truly your gateway to your dream lifestyle.
Enjoy, and if you have any questions feel free to ask!
The next big Google Slap is on track for April 21st. All web pages deemed “non-Mobile Friendly” by Google will be penalized and see your search rankings plummet.
Traffic losses could be as bad as 50%************************
That means you need to test and fix your sites now before the penalties happen. Google have already started testing and you may even have had email warnings about your site.
See the video below and checkout the solution at this link
I hope you have been enjoying this series of posts on how to really make money online. Everything I have explained is part of what I actually do to make a full time living. If you apply the same principles and processes then there is no reason why you can’t do exactly the same thing.
In my last post I said I would explain exactly how to get people on your list and I will do that in this post.
“The money is in the list”. You will have heard or read that man times I’m sure. However most people still do not build a list. This is a major error and will normally lead directly to failure or at least limit your long term sustainability.
To be more exact the money is not in the list. It is in the products you can sell to your list. Having a list means you can send the same people to multiple products and make many more sales than just sending your traffic to one offer.
Think about this. Not everyone likes the same thing, not everyone has the money to buy things every day, not everyone is at the same level of experience. So one person may buy something today, they not buy something another day. They may not buy because they do not like the product, they might not buy because they do not understand the product, they might not buy because the product is too advanced fort them.
On the other hand, send them to different products at different times and the likelihood that will buy something goes through the roof.
So that is one reason why you need a list.
So how does this work in practice?
The solution is to get that email address so you can send multiple offers (and info) over a period of time.
So, as I have said previously, do not waste your traffic by sending it directly to an offer. Even if that is an affiliate offer.
With you own offers it is much easier to collect emails but with an affiliate offer you do not control the sales pages. This means you must capture the emails first.
There are different ways of doing this. For instance simply add in an email capture form after a visitor clicks on the link to the sales page. This will likely reduce your conversions dramatically as it adds additional things to before the customer gets to the sales page.
My personal preferred method is to create a lead magnet to get the email first then send the visitor to the sales page either with an autoresponder redirect or in a follow up email sequence.
What exactly is a lead magnet?
Basically it is a free offer that is so compelling that a huge portion of your visitors will want to get it. To get it they need to give you their email address of course.
A lead magnet is normally offered via a squeeze page. A squeeze page is simply a web page with only two options.
1. Add email address to get free offer
2. Close the page. (Tip: you can also use an exit pop-up to try an alternative offer at this point)
The mechanics of a squeeze page is pretty simple. It normally consist of a small pitch or headline that “sells” the free offer and an email form (i.e. first name and email) where the visitor can add their name and email address.
The headline could be text, an image or even a video but it should be short and to the point
The whole squeeze page should be visible on an average computer screen. So the headline and the form should be seen by the average visitor without scrolling down the screen.
The email form is simply a short piece of code that your autoresponder will give you. When added to the page it will then add any visitors that completed the form to your mailing list and redirect them to the free offer.
With the email captured you can then send them to the offer you are trying to sell. However you don’t just send out a sales email straight away. As you have the email address you can now do much better. Create an email series of 3-5 emails. Start off with delivering some useful content (related to the product you are targeting).
In subsequent emails explain the problems and maybe the manual solutions. Then hint that you may have a great solution to the overall problem and finally send a straight sales pitch about your latest product.
Because you will have engaged with your subscribers in the previous emails the open rates will be much higher and the likelihood of purchasing will also be higher.
Of course you can rinse and repeat the same thing for any number of offers. And once these emails are entered into your autoresponder they will go out automatically.
So all you need to do is keep adding subscribers to your list.
You can send additional traffic to your squeeze page. You can create multiple squeeze pages. You can micro niche your squeeze pages and create separate lists for specific targeted products.
For instance a “free calorie counter” can build a diet related list, “top 10 aerobic exercises” can build a fitness list, or “50 free high PR backlink sources” can build an SEO list.
Now promote highly related products and your conversions will go through the roof.
With this kind of lead capture in place you can be profitable with very little traffic. Even a few new subscribers a day can quickly build up to put plenty of money in your PayPal account each month.
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Welcome to part 4 of this series. In this post I will cover the single best way to maximise your profits.
This is the one thing can differentiate success from failure. It’s not complicated or even clever it’s just simple common sense.
In fact I covered the basics and the reasons you need to do this in part 1.
What many people do is create a product or promote an affiliate product. They then send some traffic to it. That may be from the search engines (i.e. a blog you have ranked on page one of Google) or you may have other affiliates send you traffic or you could have bought solo ads or banner ads etc.
Whatever way you send traffic in the above scenario they will either buy or not buy the product you are promoting.
This means you have a one-off shot at making some money. In practice this is unlikely to be a successful long term strategy.
As Internet Marketing is now very popular and has a lot of very professional marketers making a lot of money it is likely that you will simply be “out-marketed”.
They key reason is that these pro marketers will make lot more money than you from their traffic.
What they do is add additional up-sells to the original project (you will have seen this when buying something). But more importantly they have their own back-end of products that they will send the same traffic to over a period of time.
They can do this by capturing the emails of visitors and sending offers out to those emails.
In practice that means you may make (for example) $37 from a sale but a pro may make $100 (or more) from multiple sales.
The reason why they can then out-market you is that they can spend more money on traffic. (i.e. outsource SEO or pay more PPC etc.)
So you need to do the same. You need to capture emails using an autoresponder like Aweber or Getresponse and then email promotions to additional products . In a perfect world these will be your own products so you can get 100% of the money but you can successfully use or re-purpose PLR products or even promote high prices affiliate offers.
Huge Tip: When promoting affiliate products you should always capture the emails first before sending to the offer. Never just send traffic direct to affiliate offers.
Of course all this needs to be automated. You don’t want to be manually sending emails all the time. This is easily achieved with any of the main autoresponder services. They all work in a similar manner but with a few differences. However the basic practice is to write your promotional emails and add them to a time based autoresponder sequence.
This means that as each new subscriber is added to your list then they will be sent a series of emails promoting your various products. These are sent over a period of time. For instance after 2, 5, 7 and 10 days etc.
You can add as many products as you like to the “back-end” sequence. Sales from each product will increase your overall profits from the same traffic.
Now with a back-end sequence increasing your profits you will be much better placed to compete with the pro marketers and better placed to drive even more traffic to your offers.
OK, so now you have the process that will take your subscribers and turn them into a money generating machine.
The only question left is how do you get your traffic into your email list. Of course the mechanics are fairly simple you just use the autoresponder service to add people to your list.
BUT.. What makes them want to join your list? What ensures lots of people join your list? What ensures you convert the maximum amount of traffic into subscribers?
That, as the saying goes, is a story for another day. So keep an eye on your inbox or come back to my blog regularly to find out more.
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In my last post I said I would talk about actually creating products. This can be scary are for many.
Don’t let fear hold you back it can be much easier than you may imagine.
Like everything it works better when you have a plan or a process. You will often hear me bang on about plans and processes but I firmly believe this is a massive differentiator between winners and losers.
So creating products needs a process just like anything else.
There are many media formats you can use to create products.
The easiest is probably and ebook. That is simply a written guide. You can use something like Microsoft Word or the free option of Open Office Writer. Once completed export as a pdf document so that everyone can read it and it is easily distributed.
Another option is video. Again scary for many but actually very easy. There are free options for creating videos but my favourite is Camtasia Studio.
Use Microsoft Powerpoint or again use open office (Impress) to create a presentation with either the full text or just bullet points of the text. Simply record the presentation while reading the text or talking about each bullet point.
A little practice makes this very easy.
OK, with your media format decided you now need to create the content. This is where a process will really help.
In the previous post I decided on a product title ( Overweight Teenagers Lose 10 pounds In 10 Days)
A lot of people will start wit content and come up with a title once that is completed. Personally I find having a title up front helps focus on e content creating as you will already have an overall idea in your head.
Let’s assume an ebook, but the process is pretty much the same regardless of the product format.
The processes to break everything down into small sections and build on each one until complete. Rather than just jump into writing with no structure.
So Just follow these steps.
Step 1: Decide on the chapter titles, in other words what each chapter is about. In this case you have a couple of options. You cold for instance have day 1 to Day 10. Or maybe, if you want have the same regime each day, then each chapter may be part of the regime.
So for instance: Diet, Exercise and Motivation.
Break down each into smaller sections. So for Diet it could be Breakfast Meals, Lunch Meals and Dinner Meals. Exercise may be How Exercise Works, Calculating Calorie Burn, Planning your Exercise Regime. Motivation may be Mind Set Of Thin Person, Rewarding Your Success, Getting help From Others.
So now you will have nine chapters defined. Usually a good number is around 7-10 but you don’t need to be too strict on that.
Step 2: Now you can write the content for each chapter. If you are still not 100% confident or clear on the content then break each chapter down into even smaller sections (just for the purposes of deciding on the content). For instance if you used the Day 1 to 10 as Chapters you could break each chapter down to . Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Low Calorie Sweets, Snacks and Exercises.
Now writing each sub section should be simple.
Step 3: With each chapter completed you can now write a simple Introduction and Summary for each chapter. Just a sentence or short paragraph that indicated the subjects covered in that chapter and brief summary of what you have covered at the end of each chapter.
Step 4: Now just add the Main Introduction and the Final Summary at the start and end of the ebook
Step 5: Format the book to make it look good. If it makes sense add in any diagrams or images that help. Add in a cover image, add in headers and footers with a title or graphics at the top of each page. Add page numbering in the footer. Also add in an Index which can be generated automatically.
Step 6: finally export as a PDF and you have your product.
Remember you can easily create a video using the same content by making a presentation with the chapter titles and reading out each chapter or even creating a presentation using all the text and reading it out.
Keep checking back for more in this series. Next time I tell you how to maximise your income from your products.
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In my previous post I talked you through the reasons and and example of how and why you generally need to be selling multiple products to make much it easier to make a profit and compete with even the top internet marketers.
Product creation can be a scary idea for many people.
What kind of product should I create ebook, videos, audios?
What niche should work in?
What could my product be about?
How do I find new ideas?
How Do I create something I am not an expert in?
And many other questions that generally hold back budding marketers from being successful.
It is crucial that you understand that there is nothing stopping you making a lot of money online except yourself. Have faith in yourself and actually have ago and you can be very successful.
If you do not believe in yourself or you never give it a try you have already failed.
Let’s just talk more about product creation, or for this post let’s focus on product ideas.
Like all things there is a specific process that allows you to create a product. That includes coming up with a product idea.
A lot of product creators will think of what they consider a good idea. It may seem unique, it may seem clever, it may be something they are very proud of. However if they have not done a little market research and a few common sense tests they may be creating something that nobody wants.
There is little point in wasting time creating products that no-one wants to buy.
Although you need to understand the difference between products people don’t want and products that have not been marketed well enough (and sell only few)
For now though let’s focus on thinking up a good product idea.
In my view the easiest niches to look at are what we call the Health, Wealth and Happiness niches. These are things like weight loss, fitness, various cures, making money (in many forms) or things that give you (or other some great pleasure), anything from dating to Golf and beyond.
At this level it’s called choosing a broad niche. If this is your first time doing this then selecting something you are either passionate about, skilled in or would be greatly interested in learning will be helpful. If not then it’s still not a problem.
From the broad niche you will “drill down” into narrower niches. In fact you will drill down to a level where you can become an “expert” in that subject in a couple of weeks.
So you may start off with a broad niche like Diet or Weight loss.
You can then look at narrowing the niche by adding an subject Like women diet, men’s diet, teen diet etc.
Now you can make your niche much more specific by adding a target and/or a time frame. For instance “Overweight Teenagers Can Lose 10 pounds In 10 Days”.
Or you add something like “Easy Way For Teenagers To Lose 10 pounds”
You need to go far enough with this concept to have a very specific niche, something they really want in that niche and then define some specifics about what they are doing or how they can do it. At this point you have a title for a possible new product.
Often ideas like, Tips, Tricks, Fast Results, Simple Solution etc. can work well with this concept.
Once you have decided on a product title you need to test it to see if it will be profitable.
One of the key tests is to find out if there are enough people interested in a particular niche. This isn’t the same as looking at the number of keyword searches but more about looking to see if there a a good number of people interested in the subject. It doesn’t need to be millions of people interested.
Investigate related forums, Yahoo answers, magazines, Kindle books etc. to see if people are interested in the subject. Again not the specific keywords.
In the above example you are looking to see how many people are interested in “teen diets”. There rest of the title is simply a way of presenting your unique angle on the product.
Also check to see if there are other products selling in the niche. If there are then great. Don’t be afraid of competition. That only means there is a market of buyers.
Now you have an idea of your new product you need to physically create it. That is much simpler than you may imagine but I will save that for my next post.
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I’ve been working full time online for over six years now and I have probably tried most of the money making methods around.
I have used SEO a lot and have built over 100 blogs.
Many still make a steady income today with no work.
I have use CPC ads to sell affiliate products.
I have tried Launch Jacking
I built a backlinks network
I have built autoblogs
I have created and sold training products
I have created and sold software
Initially I didn’t build a list (massive mistake)
I built a list and then promptly killed it.(stupid mistake)
I have now rebuilt a list and look after much better
I’ve converted PLR products
I’ve created PLR products
I’ve created videos (hundreds of them)
And the list goes on and on.
Over the last 6 years things have changed dramatically. Rules and regulations have been introduced, Google now automatically penalizes dodgy SEO and closes AdSense and AdWords accounts with total disregard to the users.
Paypal will close or lock your account in a flash. Clickbank and other affiliate networks requirements are now very strict.
The biggest change is the amount of people trying to make money online. The last few years the global economy has been terrible, mass job losses, wage freezes etc. and the mass availability of the internet, means lots of people looking to the internet for a quick cash solution.
Right up front I will tell you that a quick solution is not realistic. Sure you can make a few bucks by leveraging some loopholes or by using some clever (or illegal/unethical) tricks or methods but these rarely work out long term and never turn into a sustainable business.
6 years ago it was much easier but now online marketing is in the mainstream and although you can do everything from home, on your computer, don’t be fooled into thinking you are on your own. You are competing with professionals.
Professional have capital, planning, expertise and experience and can out-market most amateurs.
The main reason they can do that is because they have a profitable system at the heart of their business.
I will go into this more in a future post but basically that means that they can make more money from every customer. OK, that may not sound like the secret that will fix all your online issues but trust me when I tell you it is.
Let me try and make it clearer.
Take this simplistic example. You are a new online marketer and find a great affiliate product that makes you $50 for every sale. Now a pro marketer sees the same product and gets the same commission.
To sell the product you need some traffic, some visitors to your website. I won’t go into specific traffic sources for now but you need to understand that all traffic costs. It either cost money or it costs time. Your time is money so in practice all traffic costs money.
For this simple example let’s assume all traffic cost the same. In this case $2 per visitor to your site.
In practice the cost of the traffic is what people are prepared to pay for it. So the more money they make the more they will pay for traffic. It is the principle of supply and demand (and profit).
So in our example let’s assume you have worked miracles and have the same amazing conversions as your professional competitor.
So you both get 100 visitors at $2 each (cost $200) you both sell two affiliate product and make $100. So both of you have spent $200 each and made $100.
The difference is that the pro marketer will not stop there. That same 100 visitors (at no extra cost) will also be fed to another, more expensive product and maybe sells two of those at $100 each ($200) .
Once again the professional send the very same traffic to an even more expensive product. Maybe this time they only sell one at $250.
OK. They have now made $100 + $200 + $250 = $550
So they have made a profit of $350 compared to your loss of $100.
OK, that sucks, you seemed to be competing on an even field but your in loss and they are in profit. What can you do?
Well, how about creating your own product. Now you not just getting commissions but the all the money. So maybe instead of $100 you get $200. Great you are now breaking even.
Now your competitor does exactly the same thing and instead of making $550 they make $1100.
Wow, They are well in profit. In fact they are doing so well they are prepared to pay more for their traffic as they can still make a profit. So this forces the traffic cost up to, say $3 per visitor.
Oops! bad news for you as if you have to pay $3 a visitor that’s $300 for your traffic and only $200 earnings, so back to square one with a $100 loss.
This is one of the fundamental reasons why new starters and even seasoned marketers struggle to make consistent and repeatable profit. When they fail the belief is that the traffic is too expensive or too hard to get. In fact that is not true.
The issue is they do not have a good solid business system in place to make the most out of the traffic they do get.
Ask yourself, how much would you be prepared to pay for 100 visitors to your website?
$10? Of course if you can make $20
$1000? of course, if you can make $2000
Now ask yourself how easy would it be to get 100 visitors for $10? Probably quite difficult.
How about 100 visitors for $1000. Yes absolute doddle.
OK some extreme examples there but I am just trying to prove the point.
You see the traffic cost is not relevant if the earnings are high enough. So the way to a profitable business is not to reduce the cost of your traffic. It is to increase the income that traffic brings in.
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