60 Minute Affiliate Newsletter Issue 5, 29 April 2008
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The best thing that happened in April 2007?
I've done a lot of tweaking to a few of my sites that I just wanted to convert better for the traffic they get. After a month of testing and playing around these changes have finally paid off and there has been a big increase in their conversion rate.
Just by perusing my competition on google I have found a new source for getting on the top 5 of google within 30 minutes. Now I'm not going to share this one because it's very valuable to me - it doesn't involve submitting articles or videos. squidoo, hub pages or anything like that but I highly recommend that you really keep your eyes out when looking at your competition to see what others are doing to get marketed.
I registered a new domain on 7 april, created the site and am already getting targetted traffic from google, yahoo and msn and have already made three sales. That's proof that some sites can take off really quickly and if you optimize your sites properly they do get free search engine traffic fast.
The Benefits of other people's newsletters - I received an awesome email from Marlon Sanders this week - the main portion I'm going to copy and paste as well as a link to his site. I'm sure you'll find it beneficial
Google Top Ten
Rankings: How to Really Get Top Ten Rankings
HOW TO ADD ONE WORD TO YOUR AFFILIATE LINK TO INCREASE YOUR CLICK THROUGH RATIO FROM YOUR SITE TO THE MERCHANT SITE
It is very important when building affiliate landing pages that you build as much credibility as you possibly can with your visitors. There is one way of doing this that should increase your credibility, build more trust and increase the amount of click throughs of your affiliate link to the merchant’s product page that you are promoting.
One way of doing this is adding a directory on your website called recommends.
This recommends folder will be the place where you place all your cloaked affiliate links. I will discuss why you need an affiliate cloaker a little later.
Now let’s say that you are promoting the ebook sit stay fetch as an example.
If your website is called everythingaboutdogs.com and you place your cloaked affiliate link into your recommends directory and the link is sitstayfetch.html the link that you will finish up with will look like below:
Just placing the link in a directory folder can help you appear to be more impartial. Recommends is a powerful word and is one that can significantly increase your sales conversions. I highly recommend that you put it into practice as soon as you are able to.
If you aren’t using an affiliate cloaker you really need. This is the best way to ensure that no-one steals your affiliate commissions. The affiliate cloaker software that I use does one other thing that helps me appear to be more of an authority than someone who is trying to make a sale. When a visitor clicks on my link it goes straight to the name of the page rather than appearing as though it is an affiliate link.
For example using the link example above, instead of the top of the page having the url http://www.everythingaboutdogs.com/recommends/sitstayfetch.html when they get to the merchant page it simply states http://www.sitstayfetch.com
This makes it look as though I am simply recommending a product without looking as though I’m making any money from it.
If you’ve got a great headline then simply insert the headline into your meta description. However, I would recommend that before you do this that you have as your very first words the main keywords that you are targeting for your site.
For example, say we’re using sit stay fetch up above and your keywords are Sit Stay Fetch Review
Your meta description would be
Sit Stay Fetch Review - Shocking Review Exposes The Truth About Sit Stay Fetch. Don’t Buy Sit Stay Fetch Till You Read This Review.
Great Article Writing - Separating The Winners From The Losers!
It’s easy to write an article. You can write a really bad article in about 10 minutes and a really good one in about 15 minutes.
Here are some key components that EVERY article you write should contain.
1. A compelling headline
2. Short paragraphs
3. Sub headings
4. Bullet points
5. A straight to the point summary
6. A lead in to the bio so that it’s only natural that they visit your site
A great article doesn’t have to be lone but it should be interesting to the reader, it should never bore the reader, it should provide quality information, it should not provide ALL the information in the one article, it should be very easy to read and very easy to get to the good points.
Don’t think too hard about the article you are writing. It doesn’t have to be the best article on the topic, it just has to be a good article that is informative and interesting.
If you love article writing so much you can actually get paid for submitting original articles to http://www.associatedcontent.com
They will actually pay you $6.00 or $7.00 for the rights to your article so if you enjoy writing so much or have a fantastic person who writes articles for you for $2.00 or so you could even submit those articles to associated content and still make $4.00 profit for having done nothing.
Food for thought!
How To Get Backlinks To Your Inner Pages
You may not be aware of this but you don’t have to link to your home page with Ezine Articles. You are able to link to your internal pages via EA also. So your home page may promote a range of products and you just want to write an article on one particular product, then write the article and link to the specific product page on your site.
PRODUCT REVIEW OF THE MONTH
There is much discussion online about the quality and quantity of links needed to get high search engine rankings and a higher page rank. Reciprocal link exchange programs are a controversial topic.
As you already know, I am a firm believer in the benefits of three way linking programs. One such program has seen me ranking high for many of my sites in Google very quickly. Click here to learn more about this program.
Some linking programs are very strict about the kind of sites that they include in the program and that can be difficult if you have a site that doesn't meet their guidelines.
I have quite a few of these sites - even one about Yoga that was considered "religion based" and therefore slightly controversial.
There is one automatic link exchange program that I find vital to my online marketing efforts. The more sites you have in the program the cheaper your membership becomes.
I'm a firm believer that there are always a few things that you must actually pay for to be successful online and one of those things that I would not be without for any of my sites is link exchanges and three way links of some kind.
I have been using this program for a few months now - results?
Ranking high in MSN and Yahoo and starting to rank high in Google too.
The small cost is a tiny price to pay for free traffic from the search engines....we all know - the more traffic the more sales you should get.
Check it out here
I hope you've enjoyed this issue as much as I've enjoyed sharing this information with you.
Catch you next month....and I hope you have a very successful May 2008!