Low budget affiliate marketing


You want to start an online business, but don’t have what it takes to start with your own products. You have the option of starting with affiliate marketing, selling other peoples’ products for a commission.

Affiliate marketing is a fabulous way to make money. In just the last few years, affiliate marketing has become a very powerful force in ecommerce. Every day, thousands, if not millions, of merchants rely on affiliate marketing to drive their businesses.

Is the online affiliate market the way to go? You will never know unless you take the necessary steps. If you never try, then you cannot expect to succeed. Make today the day that you commit to changing the direction of your life. Keep in mind, however, that affiliate marketing cannot guarantee you instant success if you dont work at it.

But before you succeed in affiliate marketing, you need to spend a little bit of money so you can reap the reward later. Through proper budgeting, your investment can be lower.

Now that you know you must spend some money, it’s time to decide how much money you can afford to invest in your affiliate marketing business.

There are some expenses that you will have if you want to be successful. There are others that you can put off until the time you start earning income from your affiliate products. Some items that you will need to budget:

Domain Name. You must have a domain name. The domain name should relate to the subject. Keep your domain name simple and easy to remember. There is quite a span between the low-cost and the high-end cost of domain names. If you shop around, you may even be able to find something less expensive. But make sure it’s a well-established company! You don’t want to lose your domain name once you have decided on it! You will likely get a better deal if you register your domain name for two or more years in advance.

Website Hosting. Fees for web hosting can vary dramatically from company to company. Set up a comparison chart and write down each company you are considering. Some companies offer rates as low as $2 a month, while others charge over $100. The highest rates don’t always translate into the best service. Some of the lower-priced hosts offer a reliable, stable environment that allows your website to be accessed around the clock for years. Shop carefully.

Merchant Account. You dont have to invest thousands of dollars to open a merchant account. Find a merchant account vendor through a local financial institution, like a bank, and discuss the possibilities that will best suit your business and your customers.

A merchant account will let you start accepting credit card payments for customer purchases, which will enhance the shopping experience for most customers and earn your company a progressive reputation. Never assume you will have extravagant monthly charges when you open a merchant account. Shop around, ask questions, and compare costs to get the best low cost merchant account available for your business. Your customers will thank you with repeat and additional business.

Software and Scripts. You will need spreadsheet software to track your expenses and income from your affiliate business. This is a suite of tools that works like Microsoft Office. You may or may not need website scripts depending on how elaborate you want your website to be.

Advertising. The best marketing tip you will ever hear is to advertise your product or business. In today’s market, anyone in business knows that advertising is the backbone to your success. Even with the greatest product on the planet, a product that you know everyone needs and wants, without advertising, it’s just an idea going nowhere. Make sure you check out the best ways for you to advertise your business. It can be a very fun, profitable, and easy experience with the right tools.

Education. Ongoing education is going to be extremely important to your affiliate marketing success. You will not have to purchase a lot of educational materials if you don’t want to. There are many free resources, such as newsletters, that you can study.

Seeing your expenses for the whole year is a great way to keep them under control. What is the final total? Does that seem extreme? Remember, this is for an entire year. Keep it in perspective. If you intend to have a real business, you must treat it as a real business.

How to write, sell and promote an ebook – Part


How to write, sell and promote an ebook – Part 2

Writing isnt always an easy task, especially for those who are not that familiar with writing styles that can attract readers.

Attracting readers is not an easy task either. When writing your ebook, try to research about topics which you think has a great effect on many people, something that is regularly used but hardly ever talked about.

Like for example, almost 80 percent of the world population uses computers, but only half of them know how to use them properly or troubleshoot simple errors with them. Some of them do not know the hidden attributes and features that their computers have.

And when certain errors occur, we go to technicians or online support that has ideas on how this thing works, instead of doing it ourselves because of the lack of knowledge that we have about these things.

These kinds of topics makes people scramble around to get a hold of your ebooks.

You can check online for some good materials you can start with. I usually check their reliability by verifying their listing with the Google search engine.

To do this, simply type the URL or the web address of your resource site into the keyword space on the Google search engine homepage. Then click search; if they are listed in the results, that means that you are getting a good site.

If no results are processed, that means that the site you are getting information from is probably unreliable or simply quoted as SPAM sites.

HOW TO CHOOSE EBOOK TITLES?

The title of your ebooks also has a great effect on the sales and promotion of your ebooks, so be very choosy about your titles.

Always remember that titles sells ebooks. Ebook titles should be brief and catchy. Grab your readers attention; it often happens that an ebook has great content and even a great sales pitch, but their titles are dismal and boring, which will lead to them selling poorly.

Tap into your readers interest. Always keep in mind that you are not writing only for yourself, but for your readers as well. Always have them in mind when writing.

So, how do you do this? Simply by identifying what that interest is and clearly communicating this in your title.

For example, you’ve selected dieting as your ebook subject area – and you discover that what your market is really interested in right now is diets that are not dangerous to their health.

Your title could be something like:

WARNING: What You Dont Know about South Beach Diets That May Hurt You.

When working with your ebook title, create anticipation; dont directly discuss everything and make your title too long and boring. You can also put emphasis on the words that may elicit reactions from your readers.

Having read those entire how to write ebooks stuff, I assume that you already have certain points of view on how to start writing your ebooks. But handling an ebook project is not just about writing and doing extravagant thinking about its title.

Writing ebooks and selling then also needs some promotion. So how do you sell and promote an ebook? Ebooks can be sold either offline and online, but selling ebooks started out on the Internet market first.

First thing is to write your 36 second tell and sell. You only have a few seconds to impress your buyers, so make use of it and dont waste any time talking about crap. When promoting your ebooks, include your title, a few benefits, and the audience.

Add some interesting and sound words above your tell and sell. Make your billboards stand out on your sites and promotional materials.

Secondly, you should write your sales letter before you write your ebook. Your sales letter is used to promote your ebook either by email or via your Web site and it needs to fill your potential buyers’ wants and needs. Include compelling ad copy, features, testimonials, and a small blurb about you, the author. If your potential buyer likes it, they will buy on the spot.

When writing your ebook, always think about your buyer, talk about his resistances, problems, and challenges. Come up with ebook material that can fully relate to your audience’s life experiences.

Always remember to design every part of your eBook to be a sales tool and a beacon that brings out your best. Your book can sell to thousands, even hundreds of thousands when you design it correctly.

How to write, sell and promote an ebook – Part


How to write, sell and promote an ebook – Part 1

Writing has been a part of peoples lives since the very beginning. Writing can be a product of a certain emotional outburst, a promotional propaganda to attract buyers, or sometimes as simple as a way to make money.

Even though the writing industry has not been a blatant form of living because not everybody is given the talents to create a good writing topic, it has existed and survived to the present day.

Today, with the use of technology, the task of writing and the long process of publishing and selling have been reduced to much easier tasks.

People now a days can just simply type on their computers and have their writings published on the Internet. And this is the birth of the so called ebooks.

WHAT IS AN EBOOK?

An ebook is a published material that is available in electronic format. These materials are usually available in PDF or Microsofts LIT format, but there are so many other ebook formats available as well.

A good eBook uses the technology effectively, with tables of contents that link to the correct chapters and search capabilities. Links to Web sites and other files also can be included.

HOW TO WRITE AN EBOOK?

With so many ebook topics available online, it is sometimes too difficult to write something that will sell. Or write something that will catch the attention of millions of online people who make up the Internet community. So how can you write an ebook that will sell?

According to some ebook communities, like the reliable, Open EBook Forum Society, the electronic publishing and standards organization, 660,991 ebooks were distributed and sold by writers and online retailers in the first half of 2003 and had a 40% increase last year.

Ebooks are the talk of the town these days, and the way things stand now, everybody is on the court to play around. All you need is a couple of bucks and a bit of sweat to have your own ebook ready for the market. The technology is more accessible and affordable than it’s ever been. Before you start on your ebook idea, here are some tips and pointers to guide you in making your own ebook.

When creating your ebook, write something that you know about or something that you are passionate about and are an expert in. If you are not passionate enough or excited enough to write about a certain topic, you will probably just be bored.

Being in this kind of state may block out your imagination and eventually affect your writing. Always remember that your aura towards your topic will greatly affect the output of your materials.

Being bored will eventually show in your material, making the overall appearance of your writing sluggish. Your attitude towards the topic will affect the choice of your words. Since you are not that interested in your topic, your readers might find your ebook material that way too.

Try to think of finding the key motivations that drove you to write your ebook and figuring out if you have what it takes to finish the project. Too many people get inspired with a writing project and start it, only to lose focus and motivation half way through it.

Just about everyone can find the passion to start a project; the tough part is completing it.

Make sure to think of the business side of the situation. Too many people think loosely and overlook the business side of things, and frankly, that’s where the money is made.

You need to be prepared for the work involved. Think if you are financially capable of handling these things and always have a certain business or profit goal ahead of you so that you wont forget that you are doing this for both interest and money matters.

Be brave and never turn down any ideas, even though some of them are already offset and quite silly, as you will never know if they will work out fine or not. Finish up the topic first before judging it, as it is never too good to have criticism at the beginning of the material for this will just tone down your self-esteem and motivation. There is always time for editing at the end when you see faults and off-key sentences.

Make your imagination run and stand by your own ideas.

How to use eBay – Part 3


Ready to start?
After you have completely registered, you can now use eBay for buying and selling. There are a lot of options to choose from. Pick the items which have the lowest bid first so you can get it for less. But if you are in a hurry, you can always click on the buy it now icon to immediately purchase your chosen item.

How to find items
There’s a world of great things to buy at eBay, from antiques to electronics to collectibles of all types. And there are two easy ways to find them: browsing and searching.

-Browsing
Browsing is clicking through categories and lists of items until you find what you’re interested in. Browsing usually takes a lot of time. This is common when you want to see items that could attract your attention, even if you dont need them, and you actually end up buying them.

-Searching
If you know exactly what you’re looking for, just type a few words into the search box on the Home page and you’ll get a list of relevant items. These are for the specific buyers who want to have a good bargain. After you have spotted what you like, you can either watch or monitor the item, bid and wait, or, buy the item instantly. Watching an item lets you know the availability of the item and how much the current bid is. Bidding is a key feature of eBay – you can increment bids, and probably with luck, take off and win the auction within a given amount of time. Buying the item instantly will close all bids and will only allow you to purchase the item at a higher price than the seller posted.

Watching
To watch an item, click on the “watch this item” link on any item page.

Items you are watching will appear on your “My eBay” page. To see your list of Watched Items, go to My eBay and under the My eBay Views column, click the “Buying” link. Your list of items is displayed in the “Items I’m Watching” list. You will also receive an Item Watch Reminder email with a daily list of all items in your watch list that will end within 36 hours. If you prefer not to receive this email, you can change your notification preferences.

Bidding on an item

Once you find an item you’re interested in, it’s easy to place a bid. Here’s how:

1. To bid on an item, you’ll need to register first. Then carefully look over the item listing. In the example below, the high bid is currently $ 20.00.

2. Enter your maximum bid in the box at the bottom of the page. Then, click the “Place Bid” button. In this example, the minimum bid increment is $ 0.50, so you would need to bid at least $ 20.50.

3. Enter your User ID and password and then click the “Place Bid” button. That’s it! eBay will now bid on your behalf up to your maximum bid amount. You’ll get an email confirming your bid. And at the end of the listing, you’ll receive another email indicating whether you’ve won the item, with an explanation of the next steps.

Selling items

How to Sell – If you want to reach a huge world of potential buyers for your items, you’ve come to the right place. Now we’re talking; this is why you registered in the first place, to sell your stuff, unneeded or not.

1. Gather the information you’ll need, including:
A clear and compelling title and description for your item.
Picture(s) of your item – you can use pictures saved on your computer OR enter the Web site address for pictures hosted on the Web.
Choose the most appropriate eBay category (or categories) so potential buyers can find your item easily.
If you’re unsure whether your item is allowed on eBay, there is a list of allowed items which you can access on their website.

2. Then, click the “Sell” button at the top of any page and fill out the “Sell Your Item” form.

Now, just sit back as other eBay members bid on your listing. When the listing is over, you’ll receive an email with simple instructions for completing the sale.

Market your item worldwide to millions of eBay users

All you need to do is create a seller’s account and list your item on eBay’s U.S. site. Once you do so, any item you list will be seen by millions of potential buyers.