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Stay Focused On Your Affiliate Marketing Goals

Does it feel like your affiliate marketing strategy and style are forced, that it’s making you feel stressed and pressured all the time?

What’s worse is that, it seems like your readers don’t even enjoy the things you are posting.

If that’s the case, then you have a huge risk of losing your potential customers, and your affiliate marketing success would be more than just a dream.

As an affiliate marketer, it’s important that you enjoy what you’re doing, while staying focused so you can promote the products or services effectively.

Keep in mind, your passion would lead you to success, and here are some of the best ways on how to have fun but stay focused in affiliate marketing.

1. Be Careful When Choosing a Product

When choosing an affiliate product that you’re going to promote, make sure it’s something worth your while.

Time is very important– not only for you, but for your readers as well.

If you’re going to promote a single product, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Remember, it’s better to focus on one product that could bring a lot of sales, than branch out and end up with lesser commissions.

2. Be Direct

The moment you have identified what your readers are interested in, or what their needs are, then it’s about time to offer a solution as soon as you can.

This will save both you and your readers time and energy.

Something like this would also be appreciated by your readers.

Furthermore, being straightforward is also essential to all kinds of affiliate marketing.

This quality could make your readers see you as someone who is very reliable.

3. If Possible, Review More Than One Product in the Same Post

You don’t have to “run” a comparison review site in chart form just to be able to compare two products in the same post.

Believe it or not, a lot of people love comparisons, but there’s no need to be as objective as possible.

Likewise, don’t forget to include the affiliate links on the products you’re going to review.

Another benefit that you can enjoy from doing comparisons is the fact that it’ll give you the chance to earn more money.

Simply put; double the product would mean double the commission.

4. Provide Honest Reviews

If you want people to take your recommendations seriously, then you have to make them feel that they can really trust you.

There’s just too many scams out there, and so, you must make sure that you establish trust with your followers and subscribers the moment you have decided to become an affiliate marketer.

Always keep your audience as your main priority while looking for products and creating reviews why you recommend them.

Try to determine if the products you’re trying to promote are something they would be really interested in.

If you would focus on how to offer help to your audience through giving honest recommendations, then the right products would come to you.

5. Consider the Use of Social Media

It doesn’t matter if you’re running a site focused on posting reviews, or you just love writing relevant reviews every now and then.

It’s ideal that you consider using the “double whammy” strategy in order to improve your targeted reach.

What does it mean? Aside from simply promoting your product, you should also promote your review at the same time.

There’s nothing wrong with promoting your reviews on social media– be it Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or something similar.

Once you do, you can also consider adding a sneak preview of what your review is all about.

This is a great way to grab the attention of your audience.

Don’t forget to include the link of the original post at the end of your content.

6. Don’t Just Describe the Product: Show How to Use It

Although writing a blog post can definitely be fun, you should consider taking a break and try something else.

Why not make videos?

These videos don’t have to be long, but it should give an idea on how your audience can use the product.

Aside from being very appealing, this can also make them feel that you have tried the product yourself and it’s safe for use.

Likewise, some audience prefers watching an interesting product review instead of read a long and boring one.

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Surveys 4 Checks Review : Is It Legit or a Scam?

Surveys 4 Checks Review

Surveys 4 Checks was a very disappointing site, offering the highest registration fee we have seen to date for some of the worst content.

The Surveys 4 Checks homepage seemed well-organized upon first glance, with a line of tabs across the top to direct users to different sections of the site.

Once we began scrolling down the homepage, it quickly became clear how long and unorganized it really was.

It began with a link to a short video of a presentation outlining the benefits of doing online surveys.

Below the video link was a series of statements with various bold and colored highlights extolling the virtues of online surveys, such as no deadlines, no traveling, no selling, and more.

This was followed by a potential income calculator, skewed with numbers already in place.

Next were links to sample surveys which showed values of $20 and $50 for only inputting a minor amount of information, a very misleading and inaccurate “sample” for unfamiliar users.

Potential Earnings

The next few lines included testimonials with more questionable statistics about potential earnings.

Below the testimonials were three steps instructing users on how to get started, followed by a link to some commonly asked questions.

Next was an offer for VIP upgrades at an additional cost, and finally a link at the bottom of the page to register.

The link offered a half-off discount of the $99.99 introductory rate to a limited number of customers; however this discount was still published on the site a few months later.

We ended up finalizing our registration on the site for $49.99 plus tax, bringing the total registration fee to $51.44.

This was a one-time fee with a 60-day money back guarantee.

The next page we proceeded to was a payment location where we could input our credit card information for our registration.

This was followed by a confirmation page that included our order number, and then another page which included our assigned username and password.

The username and password appeared to be unique to the individual and not based on the email address or name entered with the initial registration information.

We followed a link from this page to access the member’s area.

VIP Upgrade

After navigating past a welcome page offering a VIP upgrade, we entered the main member’s page which we bookmarked for ease of access the next time we visited the site.

The main member’s page is unfortunately very cluttered and messy to navigate.

Our attention was first drawn to the 10 tabs listed across the top of the page.

The Paid Surveys tab is the main page of the member’s section and includes the survey directory.

The Free Shopping tab includes links to mystery shopping sites.

The Incentives tab links to sites that pay users to click on ads or visit websites.

The Focus Groups tab links to online focus group registration sites.

The Paid2Drive tab links to companies that pay people to drive around with ads plastered on their cars.

The Freebies tab links to sites that offer free product samples.

The Paid Surveys 101 tab lists tips and tricks for making the most money doing paid online surveys.

The Get Paid to Read Email tab includes links to register for paid email programs.

The Get Paid to Drink Beer tab offered links to product testing sites.

Finally, the Contact Us tab offered links to a Frequently Asked Questions section, as well as a form field that users could fill out to submit questions to customer service.

The Paid Surveys section of the member’s area included several banner advertisements down the center and right-hand side of the page.

The left-hand side had numerous links to sites that were ranked according to user comments.

We opted to access the survey directory by selecting our region from the options available on the upper right-hand side of the page.

Upon selecting United States, the banner advertisements in the middle of the screen were replaced by a list of 59 links for paid survey opportunities.

The links contained brief descriptions of the sites they directed to, but were intermingled with a variety of advertisements.

Scrolling to the bottom of the page drew us to a link for additional survey companies.

This link brought up a two-page list containing 81 different links.

Upon further investigation, we discovered that this list of additional survey opportunities was EXACTLY the same as the list available on MakeCashTakingSurveys.biz, a site we registered for previously at a lower rate.

Overall, the experience with Surveys 4 Checks was a very unsatisfying one in comparison to top-rated survey database sites available on the web today.

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SmashFund Review. Is It a Scam or Is It Legit?

Name: SmashFund
Price: Free till July 2016, $149 per month thereafter
Who will benefit: everyone (supposedly)
Rank: 0 out of 10
Website: smashfund.com

SmashFund is a new project launching July 2016.

The company defines itself as the first crowdfunding company operating as a social network.

In case you don’t know what crowdfunding is, it basically means collecting small amounts of money from a large number of people for some project you have on your mind.

And I guess there is no need in explaining what a social network is 🙂

Now I’ve seen some reviews on SmashFund telling people that it’s all good and it’s gonna go viral during this half a year, and you’d better jump in right now.

At first I was really excited, and I did some more research on this project, because history tells me that being too much excited about something usually leaves you with regrets in the end.

Now here is what I’ve learned about SmashFund.

What is it really?

Here is a short video where Rob Towles (the founder of the company) introduces his project.

Ok, it doesn’t tell you very much, does it?

It is supposed to be a social network where I can tell people about whatever projects I have on my mind (including non-profits) and raise some money from the company’s revenue. SmashFund supposedly shares 80% of its revenue with its members.

And where does their revenue come from?

SmashFund is based on monthly payments of its members.

And as a member I can refer people to the project and have commissions from their monthly payments.

I also get 2nd tier referral commissions as a member (from the referrals of my referrals).

Now they say it’s not MLM (multi-level-marketing).

But it’s not true as far as I can see.

How much does it cost?

You can register for free right now before it officially launches.

There is a form to fill in, and you will have to give them your credit card info.

Actually, you don’t have to.

Being a little bit suspicious about this project I decided to try to fill in a bunch of random numbers instead of my real info and it worked) I got into the member’s account.

And I am really glad that I haven’t given them my real credit card info!

I’ll tell you why soon.

Ok, it’s free to join right now.

And it’s $149 per month from July 2016 when they officially launch.

But you have $50 per month from every referral that you bring to them.

So you only have to invite 3 people to make it even for you.

That’s what I saw in other reviews of this project.

People telling that they have already invited 9 people and going to earn about $300 ($50*9-$149=$301) per month already.

Well, it very well may be, why not?

You decide.

But read on.

What’s inside?

When I got to the member’s account, I was in for a surprise.

I myself love minimalism, but they raised it to the level I’ve never imagined before) I mean, I have never questioned the necessity of being able to set up a profile in my account.

And seeing that they haven’t even given you any opportunity to do so, I started asking myself – do I really need a profile?)

What is it for? 🙂

Everybody knows that I’m a great person, why would they want to see my profile picture? 🙂

Dashboard.

Network page.

Invite page.

Ok, they haven’t got much inside the member’s area.

I expected that it would look at least remotely like a social network.

I expected that they would have some project creation area, because I have to tell somehow about my projects in order to crowdfund them.

They haven’t got it.

You can see your affiliate link inside the member’s area.

You can see how many people you’ve invited.

And a little bit about how to invite people (not really much).

No profile.

No project management area.

No credit card settings.

And if I would like to cancel my subscription or change my credit card information, I wouldn’t be able to do it manually.

Only through emailing their support team.

That would make me a little bit anxious, if I gave them my real credit card info.

So I’m glad I didn’t do that.

Now I realise that it’s not built yet completely, and that there might add some more tools and modules to the site before July 2016.

But it all somehow stinks of MLM network, that is only there to suck in people’s money, give them back a little and then disappear.

I decided to google Rob Towles – the founder of the company.

Who is Rob Towles?

Right on the first page of search for “Rob Towles” on Google I see “Efusjon – Pyramid Scheme Alert”.

It leads to a .pdf document telling that Efusjon is basically a pyramid scheme, which is illegal.

And Rob Towles was a co-founder of the company.

It is dated Nov 2009.

And some time has passed after that.

Maybe he really changed, maybe he wasn’t really guilty.

I don’t know.

But it seems too risky to me.

And I don’t really wanna involve in risky stuff.

My Verdict

Maybe I’m a little bit too fast on making conclusions about SmashFund, but for now I’m pretty much sure that it is a scam.

There is nothing inside the member’s area, which they promise.

So far I see only empty promises, and an overpriced membership fee ($149 per month), which is very common for pyramid schemes.

And it all stinks.

Maybe I’m wrong, maybe it will become a new viral project, I don’t know.

But I see far more risks than potential gains.

And I don’t recommend you join it.

If you already got past making fast and easy money, and you are willing to give some efforts to make it online, get started here.

You will learn what’s needed for success online, you will learn what Affiliate Marketing really is and why it is good to be an affiliate, and finally you will be able to start your business in a matter of days with the best affiliate platform on the internet.

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And as always, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact me – I’m a live person. And I’m here for you to help.

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SiteRubix Website Builder Review – Is it Worth It?

Do I need a website to be an affiliate marketer?

This is a question you might have asked yourself already.

Yes you do.

Simple question with a simple answer.

If you want a refresher on why you need a website, go here.

Is that all there is to it?

No, there are many more issues you should consider when it comes to building and hosting a website.

If you want a website for fun, as a hobby, to share things online with friends and family then perhaps some of the critical needs can be overlooked.

If you need a website as part of your online business then you need SiteRubix.

Now on to my Review.

What is SiteRubix?

SiteRubix is a very powerful website building and website hosting platform developed by the good people at Wealthy Affiliate and originally launched in 2007.

The website you are reading right now was built on the SiteRubix platform and is also hosted by SiteRubix.

If you have been asking yourself, “how do I make a website for my business?” then should definitely have a look at the SiteRubix platform.

Quick Facts

Who is SiteRubix for?

SiteRubix is for everyone. One of the great things about SiteRubix is both newbies and experienced users can benefit by using this powerful website building platform.

If you are a newbie who just wants to test the waters without making any commitment whatsoever you can do so at SiteRubix.

Simply sign up for your free account and literally within a minute you can your very own website established.

You will be “online”.

You can then start populating your website with your very own content.

This is an excellent way to Try Before You Buy.

Keep in mind, should you decide not to upgrade to a premium plan then you still keep your websites and SiteRubix continues to provide website hosting service for you at no charge.

This is fantastic.

Experienced users also have very good reasons to consider using SiteRubix for website services, be it building a new site or transferring existing domains.

One of the big differences with SiteRubix when compared to the myriad of other companies offering websites, is that with SiteRubix you are part of the Wealthy Affiliate community.

This means you will have access to step by step information on ways to optimize your website and monetize your website.

Additionally you will have the benefit of support interaction with many thousands of users with years of experience working on websites.

How Much does SiteRubix Cost?

There are two pricing plans at SiteRubix.

Starter Membership costs $0, absolutely free, no credit card information is asked for

Premium Membership costs $47 per month or $359 if you purchase the annual plan

In a nutshell, the starter membership is a subset of the full blown Premium membership.

The key thing to remember is the starter account allows you to get your feet wet without spending any money.

If you like the look and feel of the interface and how the process works you can choose to upgrade to Premium.

If you do not upgrade to Premium you keep the 2 websites you have created and you continue to get free hosting, so what is there to lose?

When you go Premium you also become a full blown “Premium” member of Wealthy Affiliate, meaning you will have access to all phases of the detailed, step by step instruction Wealthy Affiliate offers.

This becomes a one stop solution for everything you need to set up and run a successful online business.

Conclusion

In my opinion the SiteRubix platform offers the most complete solution on the market today for building and hosting websites.

I especially like that you can create websites and explore the platform first with no commitment required.

It’s the platform I use for website creation and hosting so my recommendation comes from personal experience with the product.

I view SiteRubix as a game changer in the market.

If you would like to give SiteRubix a try, simply type in a name you would like to use for your website in the appropriate block below.

The system will check to see if the name is available.

Once confirmed, click Build it Now and you will only be minutes away from having your very own website online…honestly.

I hope you found this review helpful to inform you about the SiteRubix platform.

I feel this is a very good platform for anyone or any business that wants or needs to have a website.

Whether you are brand new to building websites or an experienced user you will find SiteRubix to be an excellent resource for your online presence.

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Internet Marketing Research Advantages And Disadvantages

If your aim is to have a successful Internet business, then it’s important to familiarize yourself with the basics of internet marketing research.

This is where a lot of Internet marketers fail.

Most of them have the tendency of diving carelessly into various Internet marketing programs even when they don’t have any idea who their target audience is or what their business is all about steathsecrets.com.

This is where Internet market research plays a vital role.

By conducting a thorough research, you can prepare yourself in knowing who the target audience is, as well as the best methods on how to reach them.

Here are some of the basics of Internet marketing research:
These techniques can be utilized in order to gather market information.

Keyword Search

Knowing how to do a simple Web search using search engines, such as Yahoo and Google isn’t enough when it comes to Internet marketing.

It’s ideal to take an extra step ahead by searching for “keywords” that people would use to find the services and products being offered online.

Try to determine how popular these keywords are and the number of competitors you have in this market.

Aside from that, keyword searches can also give an idea of the product niches that you probably haven’t considered before.

Read Blogs

For those who are not aware, blogs are updated more regularly than websites.

Thus, they can be your source of public opinions and latest information.

Try to search the blogs with the use of blog-specific search engines, such as Technorati.

Considering the fact that blogs move at a faster pace and often in an informal tone, there’s always the huge possibility that you’ll gain an insight about a new product type.

Competitor Links

Traditional search engines can help top 5 golf shoe review in checking one’s competitors, their prices, as well as their offerings.

For this, you can type their website into Google and see how many other sites are linked to that competitor website.

Online Survey

Another way to gather public opinion is through the help of online surveys.

These surveys don’t need to be as scientific as an in-person survey that utilizes random sampling of the population.

Online surveys are an affordable way to conduct market research about a certain product or service.

Research Techniques and Tools

There’s a wide range of market research tools available in the market– both offline and online.

These tools are often used by large businesses, but can be utilized by small and mid-sized businesses as well.

Major Categories of Online Research:

1) Product Research

This is related to the use of a certain product. Example of this is the tasting test where the audience is asked to pick the most popular flavour.

2) Audience Research

This type of research focuses on discovering who is watching the TV, listening to the radio, or reading the newspaper.

This study determines the popularity of the medium or parts of it.

3) Psychological Profiling

This focuses on the construction profiles of consumers based on lifestyle, temperament, income, and other factors that will depend the consumption patterns, as well as the media patronage. Does Inboxdollars work?

4) Brand Analysis

This has something to do with profiling features and it tries to find the key on how to gather loyal followers for a certain brand.

Writing Online Questionnaires

Small businesses should always follow these simple, yet important rules:

Rule 1: Be Concise

Long questionnaires will just alienate the respondents, preventing you from getting the results needed.

Thus, you should try to limit the surveys to 25 questions and ensure that it wouldn’t take a lot of time to finish it.

Rule 2: Stay Away from Open-Ended Question

Surveys shouldn’t have open-ended questions where the respondents are required to type out the answers.

Close ended questions are always ideal, because the respondent can easily click on a button to answer the questions.

Rule 3: Persistence Is the Key

When asking your customers to answer a survey; it’s alright to send the invitation more than once– especially to those who have indicated that they’re willing to be a part of the survey.

Just ensure that you’ve got their permission, because you don’t want them to think that they’re getting spam messages.

Rule 4: Be Patient

Lastly, when conducting a survey, it’s important to be patient, even when it seems like it’s taking forever to get the results you need.