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Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

How to start an Email Marketing Platform

In my last post, I told you how importnt email marketing could be to your affilite marketing business. To summerize…for every dollar spent on email marketing, there is a $40 return on investment, email marketing is 40 times more effective than social media, there will be an estimated 4.3 billion global email users by the year 2023, acording to studies.

With that being said, in order to get your email marketing strategy off the ground, you need 8 things to do in this process.

  1. Choose an email marketing service provider.
  2. Gather contacts for your email marketing list.
  3. Add your contacts into your email marketing account.
  4. Set up your Welcome email.
  5. Create a useable email template.
  6. Practice writing persuasive messages.
  7. Spend time on subject-line.
  8. Preview and test

In this post we’ll talk about process number one…choosing an email marketing list.

When you choose your email service provider there are a few things you need to consider. First you need to make sure your service provider has all the features you need for t to create simplehe campaigns you’re going to run. Generally speaking, there are must-have features every email marketer should have to be successful…and they are…

TEMPLATES: You need to be able to create simple emails quickly. So you’ll need a provider that has flexible layouts that are moble-friendly. You also want them to have a vast range of designs that will help your emails have that professional look.

TRACKING: If you don’t know how your email is performing, it won’t matter what you write or how it looks. You need to be able to make adjustments to what’s working and what’s not. Make sure your sevice provider has a consolidated dash board that will show you open rates, social sharing, bounce rates, clicks and unsubscribes.

MOBILITY: As stated earlier, you want your emails to be mobile-friendly. Studies ahve shown that 53% of email campaigns get opened on mobile devices. That’s a lot of emails to loose by not being able to work on all devices. Make sure your service provider has the capabilities to work on various devices.

AUTOMATION: Your email service provider needs to offer good workflow so you can schedule and send automated messages. One of the best things that automation does is it gives you the ability to run your business 24/7. Automation allows you to make money, anywhere, anytime, even while you sleep.

After you’ve found a service provider that meets these 4 standards you’ll want to know…

What’s Your Budget

You don’t need a large budget in order to be an effective email marketer. As a matter of fact, there are a few service providers that you can use for free. I’ll talk abut those providers in a future post. The point i’m making here is, you need to know before-hand what kind of expenses you are able to take on when choosing a service provider.

Service providers come in ranges of low, dedim and expensive. You can pay as low as $4 per month to a couple of thousand dollars a month,depending on what plan yu choose. As a beginner I recommend you choose the least expensive plan out there with the most features you can get. As your business grows, you can switch to a more expensive plan at a later date.

I Your Service Provider Safe?

With data security a big issue today, you want one that is safe and secure. Here is an interesting fact…of the 150 billion emails sent daily, 53% have claimed to have lost files thet had sensitive information on them. Research your service providers track record when it comes to security. Ask questions, get statistics, talk to customer service. You want your service provider to be an extention of your marketing and business strategy. You can’t have that with an unsafe service provider.

What are their delivery rates?

In order to engage with your prospects, the messages you sed have to at least land in their inbox. Every service provider can’t ensure that will happen. Ask them before you choose one….”What is your delivery rate?” You want one that is at least 97% or more. You also want to see what kind of relationship they have with internet giants like Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google. You want to find out how compatable they are with them.

The next tip I’m going to give you might be one of the most importnt ones…And that is…

What kind of support.

At some time in your business, you’re going to need help or have some questions you need answering. When that time comes, you’ll want that help to be there. You’ll need to ask quetions like…

…How long will it take to talk to someone?…

…How long will I get answers?…

…Are they available to help 24/7…

In Conclusion

Selecting the right email service provider doesn’t have to be hard…but it is critical to the success of your business. By following some of the tips i’ve laid out in this post, you’ll be well on your way to selecting the right one. Remember th 4 must-have features you need.

TEMPLATES

TRACKING

MOBILITY

AUTOMATION

One more thing you should know…

Your ESP

In case you might not know it, an ESP is the place that holds your indox, sent spam and drafted emails.

When email first came out, Mailbox and SNDMSG were the only ones to choose from… Now you have…

Gmail

Outlook

Yahoo!

icloud

Just to name a few.

If the esp provider that you are using doesn’t measure up to what you’re trying to do, change over to one that does.

These are some of the tips I’m following myself in starting an email marketing campaign.

I hope that I’ve given you some benificial content you can chew on.

In my next post, we’ll talk about “How to gather contacts for your email marketing list.

Until then, I hope you all the success in your quest to becoming an affilliate marketer.

P.S. Make sure you protect yourself and your loved ones in these trying times.

How content maketing makes you money

If you want to become successful at becoming an affiliate marketer, you must be able to drive sales to the companies you’re marketing for. the best way you can make that happen is through content creation or for better terms content marketing.

The vast majority of businesses out there have made content marketing an integral part of their marketing cycle.

Why?

Because content marketing helps businesses meet their goals along the sales cycle such as..

…Attrack new customers through brand awareness…

…Forms a relationship through the content…

…Answer many of the questions your potential customers have…

…And most imortantly comvert those potential customers to actual paying customers…

There are a number of content strategies that you-the affiliate marketer-can use to guide your prospects through the sales cycle to the eventual sales.

But the most important thing you must consider when you formulate your content strategy is surprisingly not the sale. Your most important goal is to form a relationship with your your readers. You can’t do that by shoving sales content down their throats. You have to gain their trust by giving them valueable content that they can use. Think about it…you wouldn’t buy something from a complete stranger just because they said it was great, would you? Of course not. It most likely would be from someone you knew and trusted. That’s how you should approach your content strategy, creating a relationship. Let them get to know you through your content, and gain their trust by giving away valuable content that will help them with their problems. Give them free insights on how to do something that they feel hey normally would have to pay for.

You can use emails…blogs…ebooks…and you tube just to name a few to put your content creation on.

when you begin your content strategy, it’s best to start out by indentifying a problem your reader is having in your niche. Try and formulate the best solution to their problem. You can find out some of their problems by answering some of the questions they may have. Try thinking of them by putting yourself in their shoes.

The questions they have can range from…what tools are out there that can help me do a more efficient job? What are my options to my particular problem? by answering these questions, you become somewhat of an authority and trust-worthy to them.

At this moment I want to focus on my two favorite content strategies which are emails and blogs.

Emails

When it comes to email marketing, here are some eye-opening statistics you should know…

…Emailmarketing technology isused by 82% of b2b and b2c companies with 95% of them using email automation…

…53% of emails are opened on mobile devices and growing…

…Emails with personalized subject lines are 26% more likely to be opened…

…Studies show that email marketing generates more sales than Facebook and Twitter combined…

…There’s over 3.9 Billion email users worldwide today and will be 4.3 billion globally by the year 2023…

These are only a few of the eye-popping statistics that lets you see how benificial using an email strategy can be today and the distant future.

You see, email is the foundation for interconnection that all new communication tools eventually go back to. This is one of the reasons I love email marketing as a content strategy.

I can’t show you how to create persuasive email content in this post…that will come in later post. But I can give you a few tips on the best way to write them.

The first thing yoou want to do is learn to write strong subject-lines. The subject-line is somewhat like your headline. With all the millions of subject lines out there, you want yours to grab them and get their attention. You can accomplish this by making your subject line relavant to your prospects concerns, worries and needs. Try and incorporate what great copywriters and marketers use when crafting their headlines and subject-lines. And that’s the Four -Us. The four Us is simply a strategy of making sure your subject line is unique, urgent, ultra-specific and usful. And curiosity is another strong emotion you can implament.

Whenever possible try and personalize your subject line. A good autoresonder site can help you do that.

When writing your email try to have a clear focus on what you want your email to do…be it sales, getting a subscription or acquiring an email address. Make sure your subjectline is connected to your email message…but more importantly write if you’re talking to your best friend and you’re letting them in on somthing that will help them. Remember you want to form a relationship with your prospect. This is one of the first part of a sales funnel that will get them closer to the sale. And lastly, leave a P.S. at the end of your message You have a lot of readers who are skimmers. You can use the P.S. to elaborate what you’ve talked about and also give them that extra push in moving foward in your sales funnel.

Writing a Blog

There are a number of reasons you should write a blog when it pertains to running your affiliate marketing business.

…It’s easy…

…It enables you to attract an audience ecaue you’ll have the ability to reach billions of people…

…Helps to establish authority…

…builds raport and engagement…

…Helps you make money…

…Improves your writing ability…

So, where shold you begin when you start your blog? If you’re like me-someone who had limitations on how much expenses you want to endure-you can begin without spending a single penny. You can go to WordPress and look at there free plan. In my opinion, this is a great way for a beginner to start. You’ll gain experience writing and researching. You’ll eventually have more confidence in your writing, and when you get to the point where your blog is growing, you then can up-grade to a premium plan.

Here are some basic steps to creating your blog.

Choose what your blog name will be: Make sure it’s simple but states what your blog is all about…

Put in the needed tools: This means installing the necessry plugins…

Be consistent: If you’re going to post daily, make sure you are consistent with it (something I have to work on myself)…

Grow with your blog: Your blog will grow, and so should you. When your blog grows make upgrades to keep your blog at the pace of it’s growth.

Well, that’s it for now. I hopeYou’ve gotten some basic insights from this post. Until next time have a blessed day.

The best online business to start as a Beginner

One of the best ebusinesses you can start-especially if you’re a beginner-is starting an affiliates marketing business.

Why?

For one, it’s a business that requires skills that are easy to learn. That’s not to say that it dosen’t take a lot of work…it does. If you think this is some kind of get-rich-quick scheme, I don’t think this is the right business for you. This is a business that takes a lot of work such as, research, being consistent and building a strong reputation in your niche. But with the required commitment and efford, you’ll find yourself up and running while making a profit in no time.

The question you may be asking yourself is…what exactly is affiliate marketing? To put it in laymens terms-for those who don’t know-affiliate marketing is when you an affiliate marketer earn a commission for marketing someone elses product or service.

The process is simple.

You search for the product or service you want to promote. You promote that particular product or service and you earn a commission or a percentage of the profit of each sale the company makes through you. Now, it’s much more to it than that, but this is the process in it’s simplest form.

What makes this business so great is, you can earn as much or as little as you want. You could want to earn just a little extra cash on the side or you could actually get rich. You can make money anywhere, anytime…while you’re on vacation, at your home, even while you’re sleep.

And if you don’t believe you can get rich in this business, take a look at what some of the top affilitate marketers earn.

Pat Flyn earns a monthly in come of $53,000 + Jeremy Schoemaker has earned 2 to 4 milion dollars in the last 5 years. Neil Patol has an estimated worth of $10 million.

All this may excite you-and it should-but I want to give you a word of caution. You should NEVER I mean NEVER, mislead or make false claims n the product or services you are promoting.remember, you want to earn the trust from your readers and you want to be look upon as an expert authority in your niche. You’ll never get that by decieving them.

With that being said, I want to make two more points.

Affiliate marketing is growing by leeps and bounds. Business owners need sales and with the many marketing avenues available tho them, affiliate marketing is the one method that is the lowest risk to them when it comes to marketing. You see, a company can spend thousands of dollars on their marketing campaigns and recieve nothing in return if they don’t make any sales. A company can pay for clicks, but if they don’t make any sales, it’s all for nought. But with affitilate marketing, you get paid based on your performance. In other words, you don’t get paid unless you bring them sales. This is a great low-risk strategy for companies wanting to market their products or services. It’s also a win-win situation for all that’s involved.

I hope you can see the advantages of starting an affiliate marketing business, and why I think it’s a great business-especially for beginners. Affiliate marketing is in high demand and continually growing, the skills are easy to learn and it involves very low sart-up cost.

That’s it for now, until next time, may you have a successful online business.

Why this is the perfect Ebusiness to Start.

We are living in the best times in the history of the world, when it pertains to starting a business. This is because , today we have access to information that was only available to the elite in the past. We also have the ability to reach thousands, millions, even billions of people at the stroke of a button.

This leads me to believe that today is the most opportune time to start a business in the history of mankind.

Unlike our fore-fathers we don’t need a brick and mortar building or a marketing campaign that runs you into the hundreds of thousand dollars. You just need a computer connection and an idea that benifits the masses… and you could be on your way to amassing an incredible amount of wealth.

Think about it. If you had a product which sold for $2.50 and you had the ability to reach 10 miilion people. You would just need a quarter of the those people buying from you to become a miilionaire.

Now I’m not saying it’s that easy to making a million dollars because you do have to work at it. What i’m saying is, there is a vast array of opportunities around us because of the ability to reach so many people with information that was once available to the select few. And to make things even better, you don’t even have to have your own product or service to start a successful online business.

The point I’m trying to make is the cheapest, easiest way to start a business is starting an online(ebusiness). And the one ebusiness that I firmly believe is the perfect start-up-especially if you’re just starting out- is an Affiliate Marketing business.

Why?

Because you don’t need your own product or service. You don’t have to worry about structuring payments or shipments. This is because you don’t own the product or service. Someone else does, you’re just marketing and helping them get more sales.

The commissions for these sales range from 40% to 99%. If you were to become an affiliate marketer to sizable number of companies, you could be sitting on your own Affiliate Marketing Empire.

That’s why I’m writing this blog post…because I want to be apart of this fleging financial opportunity. and I also want to help people like myself achieve their financial goals as well.

In the preceding post I’m going to show you how I’m starting my affiliate marketing business with very little money to start. So if you’re stripped for cash, but want to start up your affiliate marketing business sign-up to my blog.

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Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

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