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Affiliate Marketing Training 2017

Affiliate Marketing Training

Affiliate marketing training will save you a lot of time and aggravation. Free or paid, you need it when you first start out. Very simply, a lot of strategies claim to be profitable and no longer are so.

Google is constantly modifying and tweaking their algorithms. We all know this; it only makes sense that this should be.

Trouble is, it is my opinion that Google also tweaks their software to not rank things with which they may disagree or of which they may not approve. It sucks, but it can be gotten around by staying on top of things and keeping up with the most recent best practices.

Affiliate Marketing Training for Beginners

I hinted at this in the previous section. Affiliate marketing training for beginners is available everywhere. You can also find it at just about any price point.

The effectiveness of that training should always be in question.

Square One

Let’s say you are at the point where you have decided you want to be in business for yourself. You have no idea how to get started. You’ve no products of your own to sell. Right now your status is that you want to work for yourself and need a plan.

I would:

  • Decide on the training you will take. You need training.
  • Decide on a product/product line you want to represent.

Were I to say just pick one training source and one source of products to market as an affiliate I would recommend the following two step plan:

  1. Join My Lead System Pro, either at the Mastery or the University level.
  2. Go to ClickBank and create an account so you can review and have something to sell.

My Lead System Pro’s program trains you across the board.  If someone has had significant success in marketing online, then chances are fairly high they have had a relationship with or spent significant training time with My Lead System Pro.

As a member of MLSP you will have access to in-depth tutorials on how best to use the major social media platforms to market those products for whom you are an affiliate.

  1. Facebook
  2. YouTube
  3. Twitter
  4. LinkedIn
  5. Pinterest
  6. Google Plus+
  7. Snap Chat

affiliate marketing training

If it is a known fact that the top three social media sites are Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in that order, then it follows that you should pick one of those three to master.  Because you are new, a good plan would be to set up accounts on all three platforms and see which one you tend to gravitate towards most.

There Can Only Be One

While that is not exactly true, it is a good idea for the beginner. It is also a good idea for the person who is currently banging their head against the wall and showing no results.

As a result of your preferring one channel over the other two, your marketing efforts will probably bear more fruit there simply because you prefer to spend time there.

Finally, remember that daily, consistent action is more powerful than waiting until the weekend when you can focus all day on Saturday on your business. I say that because Saturday always seems to have its own demands and you will be telling yourself you will do it next week.

The only time to take action is today.

Regards,

affiliate marketing training

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

 

Social Media Marketing Strategy

Social Media Marketing Strategy: Having Fun or Feeling Fearful

Social media marketing strategy planning is fun for those who are naturally inclined to put themselves out there. It is a labor of Hercules like cleaning out the Augean Stables for those not inclined to promote themselves. Some upbringings (pride goeth before a fall) instill in those of us who are just naturally born with such an attitude, like yours truly, with the feeling that social media promotion is like trying to take a stroll with a barbell across our shoulders.

Well, like someone told me, get over it and get on with it so you can be miserable in 5 star hotels and cruising the world’s oceans with a crew of folks you have helped get free.

Luckily for us modest types there are social media marketing strategy steps to take that are set and forget.

Facebook: Not the Only Game In TownSocial Media Marketing Strategy

…but it is the biggest right now.

To be fair, Facebook is to social media what Microsoft is to the desktop computing marketplace. Your strategy cannot be complete without addressing Facebook and unless you just hate Facebook beyond reason and rationality you need to face up to it, dig in your heels and do what the successful do.

If you think about it, “Dig in and do what the successful do” pretty much covers any and all profit making endeavors, doesn’t it?

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Social Media Marketing Strategy: Start Here

Pick One

Pick one and stick with it until you have mastered it. Doing so is the quickest way to six figures.

The worst thing you can do is try to promote on all social media platforms at once. All you will accomplish, almost certainly, is a poor job on all platforms. Shot gunning across all channels is not a social media marketing strategy for success.

Social Media Sites

Here is a list of the social media sites you should start with. How did I pick these? These are the sites folks making more in a month than most folks make in a year are focusing on.

They have the biggest subscriber bases and so the largest market shares.

Since Facebook is the hottest thing running right now, I have two suggestions.

  1. Do not use your personal profile page to promote your business. It is against the terms of use agreement and is kind of like crossing the streams in Ghostbusters. The benefit is not more than the potential downside.
  2. Facebook has a freebie called Blueprint. Blueprint has 50 e-Learning modules for you to go through. Since they want you to quickly become a paying advertiser, I am sure this would benefit you.
  3. Focus. If you want to do Facebook marketing, do Facebook marketing. If you like Twitter then go hang out on Twitter more or less obsessively.

Seems like trying to hit three or more marketing channels at the same time will leave you overwhelmed, ineffectual and upset. Because you are here and reading this, you will not allow this to happen to you.

Most of all, you are going to click on some of the links in this article and take advantage of the free training we offer. As a result, you will see your traffic go up and consequently, you will be more profitable.

Stick to One, But…

The one exception I personally believe to the above admonition to focus is a blog. Your blog in my opinion is where your tribe, those people who are like you and can relate to you, will get to know you.

Writing everyday can be hard. You don’t have to be Longfellow or write a Shakespearian masterpiece each day.

I was guilty of trying to do that.

I did not realize how much I was obsessing over minute details like the Brain in Pinky and the Brain.

The result was that I got frustrated, lost a little bit of my belief and began to avoid that which I love most in life, writing.

Writer’s block was not the problem

The problem was I giving up each day.

So,

  1. Decide On Your Channel.
  2. Go through the free resources those social media outlets have.
  3. Visit this blog for tips and free resources that we provide.
  4. Blog daily.
  5. Market daily.

Which Social Media Outlets Should I look at?

Beside Facebook? Oh, there are several excellent choices. I have already mentioned Twitter but I will lay out the ones I think should be head of the line amongst the choices you look at.

Why do I recommend these for your consideration? Because they have the largest market shares and the greatest number of marketers who have used them to go home and work from there on a permanent basis.

Here they are:

  1. Facebook.
  2. Twitter (October 19th, 9:00PM, Free Twitter Training!)
  3. Google+
  4. LinkedIn
  5. Instagram
  6. Pinterest

Social Media Marketing Strategy

Because each of these channels has its own strengths and quirks, the activities involved will vary greatly. You cannot simultaneously become the darling champion marketing boy in all six channels,  I don’t care who you are.

As I say, stick to one and master it along with your blog and you should find your tribe in short order.

Regards,

Social Media Marketing Strategy

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

Don’t forget, this week at 9PM Eastern you need to be online, pen in hand to learn how to dominate Twitter, for free.

Furthermore, we provide this kind of training weekly covering an awesome array of topics relating to online marketing. Mark your calendar and learn how to market your business every week.

 

 

Facebook Marketing

Facebook Marketing

Facebook marketing has shown itself to be highly effective in getting customers to websites.

Facebook drives traffic, period.

Your marketing plan is incomplete until you get your Facebook marketing plan finished and implemented.

So, let’s get started.

Don’t Do THIS

Don’t use your personal Facebook page as a tool for your business. It is a violation of their policies. Yes, you may get away with it for a while, but eventually you will get put into Facebook jail and possible even permanently banned from Facebook.

Yes, many folks do it for years. So what?

Here are a couple of more ‘don’t’s that you might be tempted to try:

  1. Don’t use a personal page for your business.
  2. Don’t broadcast to your friends list. It is spamming and will also get your booted off Facebook.
  3. Don’t initiate talking about your business with individuals from your friend’s list.
  4. Don’t start a “Hey, how are you doing? How’s the weather there?” conversation and then hitting up your conversant with “Look at this; it can make you rich!”

Personal Pages Are For Personal Postings

You should not use your personal page to promote your business because, as I say, it is against the rules.

Also, business pages, unlike your personal page, can be optimized for the search engines like Google.

The sharing of personal information, already recognized as Byzantine on one hand and deliberately misleading on the other, will cause a lot of folks to simply not like your page since they cannot separate you from your business.

Speaking of likes, you personal page is generally limited to 5,000 friends. I know you hope you have more than 5,000 friends for your business. Using an inappropriate page puts all the limitations on your business of a personal page while denying it all the advantages given it by a business pages.

If you have already been using your personal pages for your business, Facebook has a migration tool to move your business over to its own page.

On the last bullet item, just don’t do it. It looks bad and can cost your friends. I know from experience because regretfully, I did it myself. Despite using what I thought was a light touch, it invariably did not work.

I told myself that my business is so good, so wonderful, so profitable that surely they won’t mind if I talk to them about it. While I still stand by those statements I also stand by this:

Trying to be too clever online is about as effective as hosting a barbeque and inviting your friends over without telling them you are going to do a one hour business presentation before they get to eat. Most likely result is a bunch of no shows on the next one.

To Do List For Facebook Marketing

Here are some things to start out with:

  • Think about your perfect customer.
  • Start by establishing goals for your ad.
  • Establish a budget that will not hurt you and stick with it.
  • Do your homework.

Your perfect customer is looking for you, right now. Do you know him or her? Who is he or she? How does your line of products and services solve their specific problems? Why should they come to you rather than your competition?

If you are like most folks, Facebook marketing is an entirely new animal. When you start, you need to be very clear in what it is you want your ad to do and your call to action should be very clearly designed to ask your viewer to take that action.

Focusing on getting ‘likes’ for instance will increase the social proof of your page in the eyes of the search engines. This cycle can often become self-strengthening until your page winds up on page one of the search results, always a good thing.

Determine what your budget is. Can you spend so much per day? Doing a per day budget allows you to split test more efficiently. If you do a monthly budget Facebook might blow through it in a day and there you are, dead in the water for the rest of the time.

Try Facebook Offers, too, if you have or can create something to give away in exchange for filling out a survey or signing up for your newsletter or blog notifications. This is a critical thing for folks in certain niches where building their list is the key to building the future of their business.

Ask yourself:

  1. How does your competition use Facebook?
  2. Do they appear to keep using those campaigns?
  3. Does it appear their pages are maintained and updated? If not, move on.

Ask yourself what ads appear to be winning on Facebook in your niche?

Free Training On Facebook Marketing

Trial and error is certainly one way to go, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it is free. There is the old question of what is your time worth. There is also the question of opportunities lost forever because it took you too long to get to the table.

 

Email me if you would like a step-by-step picture book to get your first Facebook ad live, target your best prospect and drive traffic to your website instantly. I can be reached at timsingleton@earthtiger.net .

Regards,

facebook marketing

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing fits the “I cannot define it but I know it when I see it” group of things in the world.

Social Media Companies

Folks often go a little mumbly when trying to explain social media marketing.

Everyone knows where you do it, though. Defining it clearly may be a problem since there are so many ways to do it but everyone knows where to go to show it to you.

Social media is carried out on:

  1. Facebook
  2. Facebook LIVE
  3. Twitter
  4. Periscope
  5. YouTube
  6. Pinterest
  7. Instagram Marketing
  8. Google+
  9. Meet-Up groups
  10. Snapchat

…and the list goes on and on.

One of my personal favorites is NetVillage.

NetVillage folks are the inheritors of Galacticomm’s MajorBBS/Worldgroup legacy.

Since I ran a good sized Worldgroup system back in the day I am currently working through the logistics of getting one back up and running. But in that I am getting off topic a bit.

What Is Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing refers to the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites. Social media marketing programs usually center on efforts to create content that attracts attention and encourages readers to share it with their social networks. A corporate message spreads from user to user and presumably resonates because it appears to come from a trusted, third-party source, as opposed to the brand or company itself. Hence, this form of marketing is driven by word-of-mouth, meaning it results in earned media rather than paid media. –Mashable

To put it more simply, you use sites where people hang out sharing things you find interesting. Sometimes you will share things related to your business. If folks find it interesting, they share it to their networks building awareness of your brand.

To do it correctly requires a light touch. Ham fisted post spamming will only hurt you.

Social Media

Social media as a term covers a lot, and I do mean a lot, of territory. Defining social media marketingmarketing for this media may lend itself to a paragraph or two but not so with defining the channel itself.

There are simply too many options and that is a happy problem to have. There is a channel to suit everyone’s tastes.

Twitter

social media marketingTwitter, for instance, limits you to 140 characters which I think is absolutely awesome. It keeps you from what Stephen King refers to as “diarrhea of the word processor.”

Twitter makes you get to the point. It forces clarity of thought and precise communication.

Yes, I am a BIG fan.

Facebook

social media marketingFacebook, on the other hand, will allow you to post status updates with photos and article links attached and you can hold forth as if you were trying to write sacred texts by which the next generation is to live.

You have to be careful because while it is true that the more you tell the more you sell, you can overdo it.

Social Media Marketing Strategy

Lots of new entrepreneurs when starting out are in a hurry.

They are in a hurry to get the word out. They are in a hurry to reach so many thousands of likes or shares or retweets.

They are often in a situation where they are wanting to become profitable overnight and that can lead to mistakes.

Pick One

Pick one. Pick one strategy to master and spend your time on it.

Which one?

Cannot do any better than just picking the one you currently spend the most time on. Clearly, you like it, so why not start there?

Decide on a channel.

Learn everything you can about it.

Miss out on a few scintillating conversations about that cute as kitten britches baby with whom you have no connection in the real world and learn more about your channel of choice.

Some things to keep in mind.

You want your bookmarks shared? You need to share other’s bookmarks.

Tell me, why would someone share your bookmarks if you don’t share theirs? Some folks worry they might miss a sale or a customer if they share someone else’s bookmark. I hate to say it, but with that attitude you are probably not going to build significantly profitable relationships with others.

What was it Cinderella’s mom told her on her deathbed? Have courage and be kind. Exercise just a little bit of faith.

By sharing something you find helpful.

When you put quality content, true ‘value’ out there that solves a problem for your reader, your authority in your field increases.

Sometimes that means sharing others’ content.

Sometimes that means sharing others’ value postings.

The favor will be returned.

Best Regards,

social media marketing

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton
205-337-6618

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