What I Would Do If I Had To
Generate $1,000 A Month
Within 30 Days
Part One: Breaking Down The Numbers
a. what is your niche and how fast can you get traffic
b. what is the best offer and commission payout
c. how many clicks will it take to get a conversion (that is your focus)
$0.10 per click = 10,000 visitors per month or 300 per day
$0.25 per click = 4,000 visitors per month or 133 per day
$0.50 per click = 2,000 visitors per month or 67 per day
$1 per click = 1,000 visitors per month or 30 per day
$3 per click = 333 visitors per month or 11 per day
NOTE: higher front end traffic has been about $10 per click (this isn’t even including long term mailing list profits)
It All Depends On What You Are Selling…
Lower Payout / Conversion = More Traffic
Higher Payout / Conversion = Less Traffic
How Many Little Clicks Are You Letting Stop You From Reaching Your Goals???
Part Two: Start A Simple Opt In / Sale Blog (gohubsite.com)
a. get a good targeted domain name
b. focus on your traffic method
c. create your HARD HITTING Sales Message
d. build your site / blog flow
Use Tools Found In MarcusMentor.me / SimpleSitesBonus.com
Overview Of The Sales Funnel And Direct Marketing (don’t pussyfoot when it comes to asking for sale / lead)
Right Now There Are People With Half Ass Sales Skills Getting Traffic And Making Sales On Social Media – Why Not You???
Part Three: Build Your Content / Offer Pitches / Giveaways
a. what is your target markets / needs / desires / wants
b. find other offers and flipper markets
c. set up mailing list follow up messages 5-10 with blog posts
d. add direct calls to action on ALL pieces of content
e. differentiate traffic content / sales content
Use Tools Found In MarcusMentor.me / SimpleSitesBonus.com
Part Four: Start AGGRESSIVELY Getting Traffic (ethically and non spammy)
Go To DownloadMyNotes.com For A Printable Version Of This Task List
(go to simplesitesbonus.com for tutorials on how to do each one)
Part Five: Run Traffic And Analyze
a. how many impressions
b. how many clicks
c. how many opt ins
d. how many sales
e. where can you improve
Part Six: Bonus Fast Profit Tips
a. solo ads / direct banners
b. direct email questions and answers
c. live chat and or phone number
d. run webinars and trainings
Part Seven: Creating More Content And Giveaways
a. find new angles and new niche keywords (who else wants it)
b. repurpose and syndicate your content
c. create little giveaways and reports
Part Eight: Cash Your Checks And Grow!
Pay-Per-Call and Affiliate Marketing
Today we’re going to talk about pay-per-call.
Pay per call is a lot like affiliate marketing, only instead of getting an affiliate link, you get a custom phone number.
So when you log into your account, and you choose to promote a pay-per-call offer, the network will ask you how you’re going to promote it. Obviously they want to make sure you’re legitimate.
Then, they’re going to generate a custom number for you. And this is a special number that’s unique to you, for as long as you’re promoting the offer.
So all you have to do is put this phone number on your website, or in your promotions (obviously following their terms and conditions, not just spamming it everywhere), and you’ll get paid when a certain person calls the number and stays on the line for a certain amount of time.
Now, these can be leads for anything from rehab to health insurance, to quotes on carpeting or plumbers, or anything like that.
And these companies will pay you anywhere from $1 to upwards of $1,000 for a lead. That’s what I’ve seen at least.
Now, a lead is determined by a legitimate call that lasts a certain amount of time. So it could be anywhere from 30 seconds to 60 seconds, to 90 seconds, to upwards of 2 minutes or more.
When a person calls the unique number, there is a custom tracking software that says who a call came from and how long they stayed on the line.
Once they stay on long enough, you get paid in your affiliate account.
I like to go on OfferVault to search for pay-per-call offers.
You’ll notice it has several different tabs to help you search, and if you’re only looking for pay-per-call offers, you can select that tab.
And if you search by payout and see the highest payouts first, you’ll notice that some of these offers pay really, really well.
Let’s think about why this happens for a moment.
These are a lot of the things that are advertised on TV. And when people advertise these on TV, they spend a lot money, and they don’t know if they’re going to get any calls.
So when they come to people like us, affiliate marketers, these people are guaranteed a call for a certain amount of time.
There are lots of different ways to promote these offers.
I’ve seen people promote them on Facebook groups and Instagram and things like that.
You can also market them on your blog or your website.
You can even do videos and drive your traffic to your site.
When you’re looking for offers, you want to try and find the ones that are low competition. But even ones with high competition can work well, because they pay so well.
The key is to find words that the advertisers aren’t thinking about, and build a good site around how to help people with the offer you’re promoting.
There are a lot of people making a lot of money with pay-per-call offers, and it’s not that hard to do. This is exactly what I’ve been doing for many years with pay-per-call.
And here’s another tip for you:
You can make a blog that has good content for people, and when you’re promoting your affiliate offer, you want to create your own banner for it.
So you would go in and create a new image. And instead of typing the phone number on your site, you’ll make a banner that’s pretty big. You’ll keep the background the same color as your site, and you can add a message related to your offer.
Then you would add the phone number that the affiliate company gives you.
The reason you want to do this is because rather than typing it out on your site, when it’s done as an image, all you would have to do it change the number on everything on your site is to change the one image, instead of going in and changing every single link.
You just go in and change the image, and everything on your site changes to reflect if the offer changes or something like that.
And you can make this as catchy as you want, using the stuff that I teach you in the Simple Sites Big Profits tool.
So if you want to get into pay-per-call, what you should do is head over to www.SimpleSitesBonus.com, pick up a copy of my Simple Sites Big Profits software, and use that.
Then hop on our calls we have every Tuesday, and tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll help you out with it. We’ll show you how to get more leads, and drive more, traffic, and make more money.
To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.
I Quit My Job and Made $9 Million on the Internet
Today we’re going to show you what happened when I quit my job and ended up making over $9 million on the internet.
I also want to share with you what I learned in my life, rather than just what I learned in business, because I think it goes hand in hand.
We’re going to take you back in my journey about 19 years. Because 19 years ago, almost to the day, is when I first started making money on the internet. Tomorrow is the 4th of July, and I’ll never forget it. It was like yesterday.
I had first opened my internet business in March of the year 2000. On the 4th of July of that year, I remember I was over at my dad’s house having a barbecue. (And the burgers weren’t that great, because my dad only thinks that there’s a high knob on the grill, he doesn’t know that you can slowly cook things. I’ve taken over barbecuing since then.)
I remember driving home late at night after the fireworks and everything. And I got home to my busted up crazy mobile home with a bunch of drug addicts (it was really not a good place to live).
And I logged into my ClickBank account and I saw that I had made $21 while I was gone. I had made money while I was out on 4th of July, having hamburgers with my family.
And to me, that was a mind-blowing experience.
I was like, “Wait a minute.”
I had made money online by selling things, but this was the first time I had actually made passive automatic income without having to do anything.
This was a site that I had set up months before, and all of a sudden, it made money.
And to me, that was a light bulb moment. I thought, “Wow, this really works.”
Have you ever had that light bulb moment in your head?
So here’s the question.
Do you want to keep struggling in a world of information overload and lack? Or would you rather learn the most efficient and effective ways of creating long-lasting economic freedom?
I want to make a commitment to you right now. My commitment to you for the duration of this blog post is to show you the exact skills and methods that are effective in creating a marketing career.
Not a job, not a gimmick, not a tactic. An actual career. Not just for me personally, but for many who benefit from the shared prosperity of the internet.
And we have to remember that this whole internet thing has a shared prosperity.
Many people think that there’s just a handful of people, gurus, and Amazon that are making all the money, and there’s not any left for the little guy. It seems like it’s all going to the gurus, and the gurus are only making money selling stuff, and the regular dude can’t make money.
I want you to know that this is absolutely false.
That’s a cognitive bias that has been fed by lots of other things. You’re not the little guy. There’s room left for you.
You can make it happen.
Because when I first started, I didn’t have a lot of money. I didn’t have a lot of influence. I didn’t have a mailing list. I didn’t even have a website. I didn’t have any skills.
And I went out there, and I said, “I’m going to learn this, and I’m going to do it.”
And while there are a few fat cats bucking the system, the fact is that there are regular, hard-working, honest people like me and you that are out there making a killing online every single day.
I remember being where you are. Sitting in that mobile home, saying, ‘This is gonna be me,” and everyone around me saying, “This ain’t gonna work. You better go get a regular job.”
And I said, “Hell, no. I’m going to do this.”
Now I want you to imagine being able to live life on your own terms, having the economic freedom to do what you want, when you want.
Some people want to make millions, and some people just want to make it work. Some people just want to make ends meet.
This training is going to be all about I got where I’m at today, what the steps were along the way, what the skills were that I learned, and what happened in my mind along the way.
Because I believe if I could take you by the hand and walk you through this journey that I’ve gone through for almost 20 years, I think those moments will teach you something.
It’s even easier now than it was 20 years ago, and it’s really pretty simple.
Back in 1999, I was a magician, and I was trying to make my magic stuff work. I was trying to get more people to sign up, and I was also working at McDonald’s.
I remember one day thinking about how I would make $5 an hour at McDonald’s, and then I was going to go over to Garden Grove and do a school show for a local school and make $600.
I remember thinking in my head, “That $600 is more than I make all month at McDonald’s.”
So I thought, “I’m going to do magic full time.”
And I took the risk.
I knew it might not work, and people told me it wouldn’t work. I was losing my guaranteed $5 an hour, and even the manager at McDonald’s called me names and said I’d be back here ‘cause I was a lose and would never make it work.
So I took a leap of faith doing magic, and I also took a leap of faith in taking $170 from that $600 and investing in an ad in a magazine.
My ad said, “Magic, Balloons, Comedy, and Fun. Magic by Marcus” and then my phone number.
Back then $170 was crazy. It was a big risk, especially for me, because when I was 15 or 16 I had actually moved out and had to find a way to fend for myself. My Dad helped a little bit, but not much.
So I had to make stuff work.
I had that ad, and I was nervous. I thought, “Am I going to get any calls?”
The minute that ad hit, I started getting calls the same day. People wanted to pay me $400 for shows, and $600 for school shows, and on an on.
I was able to get 5 or 6 shows a month, and $170 turned into about $1,000. I got repeat business, and I was making more than I ever was at McDonald’s.
But it was still relatively low.
I was still having a hard time, but I was learning more about this stuff.
I had a magic magazine, and I read an ad inside. It said, “Do you want to get more magic bookings?”
And I thought, “Yes, yes I do.”
It said, “Do this and this, and give me a call.”
So I called the number and told the guy that I didn’t have any money, and I just spent my money on an ad. What could I do?
And he said, “Here’s the deal. I’m going to tell you what to do with your ad, but after it works, buy my product.”
And I said, “Dude, of course.”
So he said, “Change your ad for “Magic, Balloons, Comedy, and Fun by Marcus” to “Make Your Child’s Party Unforgettable, Comedy Magic Show, Your Child is the Star. Call Marcus Today.”
So I changed it. And instantly, I got 5 to 10 times the bookings. It was the same $170 ad, same magazine, same everything.
So now I didn’t have to go to the budget grocery store (but I still did, ‘cause I liked saving money, and it was right around the corner from my house).
Now, I want to show you the skills that I learned along the way, because these skills are things that you’ll need to learn.
The big skill I learned is the ability to sell in print and in person.
This is very important. It doesn’t matter if you’re good at WordPress, or if you are a good video person, none of that matters.
What matters is that you know how to write words on paper that get people to respond.
If you learn that, you’ll never have to look for a job, if you do it right.
That’s the real magic. That’s where the real money is at. Learning how to write an ad.
A year later, in 2000, I graduated high school. I needed to make a little more money, because I wanted to move away from the place I had been renting with my brother for years, and I wanted to be on my own, because I just didn’t like living in the environment we were in.
So I moved out, and I took a leap of faith, but I told myself that I had to get out of there and do this.
I made a website for a local cigar company, for which I charged $10,000.
And then I thought, “What if I did SEO? What if I charged people to get ranked on the search engines? That’d by pretty cool.”
So I used what I learned with the magic business, and I built and built upon everything.
I took that website I made and got the cigar company ranking on the search engines. Then I did the same with magic stores and limousine companies.
My philosophy was to always find the keywords first, and only get words I could rank for. Because I wasn’t really good at SEO, and I’m still not. But I was good at finding keywords.
So instead of going out there and declaring myself as Marcus the SEO guy, I wrote letters on paper to companies and told them I could get more business to their websites.
And boom, the phone rang off the hook. I closed maybe two out of three of those people. I had this thing called the money table, where I’d go and ring people up when they used my services. We were all happy when the money table worked, because it was a loud credit card processor that could be heard throughout my entire house, and people knew I was making money.
Then I found a site called PayPal. I had a PayPal account, and I was able to take money via PayPal.
And I saw they had a “Shop” section, which I thought was pretty cool. It had all these shops organized by category for people who take PayPal.
I saw a site for people who sold gas powered scooters with PayPal. And I emailed them and asked, do you want to get more sales for your gas powered scooters? Call me.” It worked, and I sold a lot of them.
Then I got another idea. I was averaging around $100 an email I sent out. And I thought, “I wonder if I can do better?”
I was making $100 a call, so if I could email them a PayPal dollar, then they wouldn’t be getting an email from a random guy. They’d be getting an email from PayPal that said, “You just made money.”
And then it would say, “Hey guys, it’s Marcus. If you want more dollars, call me.” And it tripled the response instantly.
The first skill that I learned in 2000 was to find the people where they are. You can’t expect people to come to you, wanting what you have to offer. You have to go find them. You have to go get them. And it’s not hard to do, because they’re hanging out everywhere.
People really mess this up, because they don’t focus.
The second skill is personalizing the message to meet the people’s needs. So many people get into marketing, and they think about what they want, and not what they’re going to do about it.
And no one is just going to hand those people money.
In 2003, I moved to Oregon. I had my wife and child, and another baby on the way. I was still doing SEO. A guy named Frank Kern called me and said, “I’m going to order three of your most expensive packages.” And he signed up right there on the spot.
He said, “I want you to rank my site about teaching parrots to talk.”
I thought, “That’s an easy one.” So I took his site, I got him traffic that converted, and he ranked within days. He got tons of visitors and made lots of sales.
He asked me, “If you could get all this traffic, why don’t you go through and just rank everything you want, and send people to affiliate offers?”
And I said, “I think I could do that.”
So I set up two sites, one about cable TV, and the other one about how to get your ex girlfriend or boyfriend back. I thought that was an interesting niche.
I made those sites, and then I drove from Oregon down to South California for a vacation at my dad’s. It was around July 4th.
We didn’t have fancy internet, we had a little antenna that was on the laptop, slow as hell, and it only worked like 9% of the time. And so I had to wait to check how the sites were doing.
I just set them up, and it took me about an hour and a half. I went on vacation, and at then end of the vacation, I found out that I had actually made about $1,200 on those sites.
I didn’t have to do anything, I didn’t have to call anyone, I didn’t have to rank any sites. They just made money.
And this was an aha moment for me.
This was the same kind of aha moment I had back on July 4th of 2000. Because that’s when I made my first $21 without doing anything. Now, I made $1,200 without doing any extra work.
I thought to myself, “Wait a minute. This stuff is real. This can work.”
And then I thought:
What if I could set something up today that will generate money over and over, even when I’m not working?
What if I could figure out a way to make $5 a day, every day, just from what I do today?
I could make around $1,800 a year.
If I could do that ten times, that $18,000. You get the picture.
But the cool thing about this is that it’s not just $5. You could do this and make $100, or $500, or more.
I’ve done this and made as much as $4500 a day passively on a site that I set up in less than a day.
So after I had that aha moment, I set up over 300 sites purely on free traffic from Google, generating up to $1,700 a day or more.
The big skill that I learned here was seizing on the gap in the marketplace. I was able to see gaps and make them work at whatever cost.
I learned how to automate content creation, I learned affiliate marketing, and some basic web skills.
There are gaps all over the marketplace. They’re everywhere, and people are sitting there and worrying about the wrong things.
There are opportunities everywhere, but you may not have the skills the meet the opportunity. That’s why I’m going through these to show you what it’s all about.
In 2008, people told me that I needed to get into blogging. I didn’t like blogging, but I finally learned it, and it was a pain in the ass.
I set up some blogs, and I started teaching affiliate marketing.
People often ask me if I’m one of those gurus who teaches stuff but never really did it.
But I didn’t start teaching until 10 years after I had already been doing internet marketing, when people were begging me to teach.
The only reason I started teaching is because my friend Harris called me one day. He told me he had a teleseminar with hundreds of people waiting to hear from a marketing expert, and his had just bailed on him. He asked if I could hop on and tell people what I’m doing, and I said I sure would.
So I hopped on the call. I had just gotten out of the pool, we were at around $4,000 for the day, and I sat in my office soaking wet.
I did the teleseminar and taught things to people, and at the end, everyone thought it was awesome. They asked what they could buy from me, and I asked Harris, “We’re supposed to sell something?”
And he said, “Yeah, you always sell something on a teleseminar.” I didn’t know that.
So I told everyone, “I made a PayPal link, and you guys can have a DVD, and I’m going to teach you this stuff in a book.”
Even though I didn’t have any of that stuff yet.
And so I committed. I told myself, “I’m going to write a book this weekend, and I’m going to record a DVD this weekend.” I went into my garage, set it up like a little studio, and made my DVD, and it worked really well.
And what I learned there is how to listen to my market.
This is a skill that is so important that if you ignore it, you won’t make any money.
Your market wants to tell you things, and you have to listen to them. Why do you think I ask questions on my seminars? You guys direct the course of where I go. You guys are in charge.
Why? Because you guys are the guys that consume my stuff.
If I lean on my own expertise of what I think you want, it’s just going to be a guess. If you tell me what you want, it’s guaranteed.
So I learned how to listen to my market. I learned direct selling, and of course, I learned how to teach.
Luckily, over the last 10 years, I’ve gotten a lot better at teach, which is pretty cool.
Then 2011 rolled around. I started outsourcing software and tools, and then I thought to myself, “I wonder if I could have software and tools made?”
I thought they would cost like 10 million dollars to make. And I found that they only cost like 500 bucks to make a little plugin, or a tool, or whatever it may be.
And so I tried it, and I started making money with it almost instantly that year.
The big skill I learned there was creating super simple tools, and it was way easier than I thought, and way more profitable than I thought. And that was awesome.
In 2012, I started my YouTube channel. I brought it up on a webinar where I was selling people on Simple Sites Bootcamp, my training course that everyone should be in.
I told everyone, “I think I want to show you guys how to get traffic with YouTube.”
I had found out that I could get traffic right away. I did a test that same year and actually made $3,000 off of a video that only had 140 views.
2014 was a tough year for me. I had a nervous breakdown and suffered from alcoholism, depression, and a suicide attempt.
I got really depressed, I spiraled out and it just consumed me.
Here are some of the things I learned from that year.
One is that money isn’t the be-all, end-all. Money isn’t going to make you happy.
I also learned to not hinge my self-worth on my net worth, because they’re not the same. A person is not worth a dollar amount. A person is worth whatever or whoever created us says we’re worth. And that’s how I look at it.
I don’t deserve any more than whoever has the least. Anything above that is just a blessing.
I also learned that I’m not always right about everything. That philosophy of life is important. If you don’t have a philosophy of life, life is going to create a philosophy for you, and it usually looks something like, “Why is life so hard to me? Why is life so difficult?”
And I struggled and struggled with that, until I decided to purposely make a philosophy of life.
Throughout all of this, I learned that I really, really liked helping people before I had a hard time, because I was looking at my teaching business as all profit, and thought I had to get it as profitable as possible.
And then, when I got sober, I thought, “You know, we’re making enough to get by, we’re making more than enough, and I think I like teaching people.”
And I learned, and I grew, and I really invested in my students. I learned that it’s actually pretty profitable when people are really helped.
Last month, I actually hit five years sober, which is an accomplishment above the money that I’m pretty happy about. And I couldn’t have done it on my own. It had to be the switch in life, which is really important.
You have to learn that, because every time I see people that put profits above their lifestyle, they struggle.
What lifestyle do you want? What do you want it to look like? If you don’t have the life you want, and you’re not living the way you want, then go do it. Figure out a way to get what you want.
If your dream is to live on a sailboat, and it costs $60,000 a year, find a way to make $60,000 a year.
It’s not bad to have bigger goals, but don’t let them consume you.
(By the way, if anyone struggles with alcoholism, I have another channel on YouTube that’s called Talk Sober, where we go through every Thursday and have a live call about how to stay sober.)
In 2016, I started my Talk Sober channel. At the end of 2016, I had 10,761 subscribers. I have more now, and I have around a million views on it or more. And that’s in a market where people are paying $70 a click.
Now, like I said, I put people over profits, and this site is not profitable right now. It’s a little bit profitable but doesn’t make as much money as it could. That’s because I want to do my own thing here, I want to help these people more than pad my bottom line. I think it’s very important to do that.
It’s very important to say I run my business ethically. I want to run it responsibly. I want to take care of people as much as I can. Sure, some people will fall through the cracks from time to time. It happens. When you have a lot of people and you have a business, it’s going to happen.
But we try to take care of as many people as possible.
The skills I learned here were to build today what you want to make money with tomorrow.
I also learned to repurpose everything.
In April of 2015 I set up a little site where I tried to make some money. And we made $245 the first month, which I thought was pretty cool, and since then, I’ve made $145,856 off that one site.
The fact of the matter is that opportunity is literally everywhere, all the time. You just have to go find the it and tell yourself that you’re going to do it.
To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.
Today we’re going to talk to you about CPA Affiliate Marketing and OfferVault. What kind of offers to look for, what kind of offers work, what is OfferVault, what is CPA marketing, how you can get paid, and more.
I’ve been doing affiliate marketing and CPA marketing for about 20 years now. Which means for the last twenty years, I have been making millions of dollars from the comfort of my own home promoting CPA Affiliate offers and regular affiliate offers, and some of my own offers as well.
We’re going to break it down for you and show you exactly what it takes to make a living in this industry.
What is OfferVault?
OfferVault is a site where you can search for affiliate offers. A lot of you guys have been on OfferVault.
OfferVault is not an affiliate network. So, you don’t there to sign up to promote offers. You go there to sign up to get all their cool training, to get all their cool stuff, and most importantly, to find offers.
It’s important to differentiate that.
Sometimes you’ll see offers up here in blue. These ones are usually sponsored, and they may or may not be relevant to what you’re looking for.
It’s sort of like the difference between a commercial and TV show, only it’s a little more relevant.
OfferVault does a great job of categorizing offers. When we see an offer, we can see the category its in, and we can see the network it comes from. This is very important, because the network is where you go to actually run the offer. You can’t do anything with the offer until you visit the network.
So if you see an offer you want to promote, you just click on the link. It will bring up a summary of the offer and the network.
When you go to the network, you need to create your account and get your link. That’s where your paycheck is going to come from.
OfferVault will also show you what type of payout the offer has. It might be a sale, a lead, or something else.
On the site, you see the category of the offer, then you see the date (the last time the offer was updated), then trending searches. You’ll also see some other ads as well (including my own beautiful ads).
This is a rundown of what OfferVault is. Remember, OfferVault is not where you get the offers. You need to sign up at the CPA network to get the offers.
So you would want to look at what the stipulations are that the affiliate network has, and what they’re looking for.
One of the downsides to OfferVault is that it doesn’t show a lot of direct offers. If you want to see more offers, you could use Google, or you could also use my toolbar, the Affiliate Marketing Dude Toolbar. This helps you as well, by helping you search for affiliate offers, and you can get it at www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.
It sits up here like this, and it has a dropdown menu and a power search. You could type your keyword into the power search bar, and it will automatically take what you search for and put it in OfferVault. It’ll also go through and search affiliate programs on one of the sites that we have as an aggregator.
It’ll also go through and search for ClickBank affiliate offers related to your keyword, resell rights products, Google Trends, and other things like that.
In addition, it gives you a member login, news stuff, and some tools on how to start affiliate marketing.
So that’s some really good stuff, and it’s something you can download for free.
What is a CPA Affiliate Network?
A CPA Affiliate Network is a place that has lots of offers.
You might find networks on OfferVault, but the networks don’t really use OfferVault. They’re on there, just like other websites might be on a search engine, such as Google.
You might think that the first thing you would need to do is to sign up for a bunch of networks. But you shouldn’t do that. Instead, you should only sign up for the network, or networks, that have the offer you want.
If you go to a network, and you tell them a specific offer you want to run, they’ll be much more likely to accept you than if you just say that you want to make money online. It’s a different kind of dialogue.
These networks want to know that you not a scammer, or spammer, or something shady.
They want to know that you’re on the up and up, because if their advertisers get pissed off, they’re not going to be a network anymore. So they have to protect themselves and make sure that you’re doing legit stuff.
Some examples of CPA Affiliate Networks are Terra Leads, MaxWeb, Max Bounty, and eLocal.
These networks have thousands of offers, and they have tracking software that generates a custom link for you to promote your offer when someone cost the required action. (CPA stands for cost-per-action).
The offers could range anywhere from dating, to weight loss, to toolbars, freebies, giveaways, downloads, and much more. And all these offers are from all different places.
These networks also make sure that you get paid through their own company, with one payment. So at the end of the day, whether you run one offer or 1,000 offers, whether you make a dollar or $500,000, your payment is going to come from the affiliate network.
Affiliate offers could pay be check, by wire, by PayPal, or some other method. I usually prefer to get paid by wire, but others might not. You might get paid multiple times a month, or monthly, or something else—that also depends on the particular network.
Now, how does the CPA network get paid?
What they do is they take a little bit off the top, usually anywhere from 5% to 10% depending on the offer. And you want to remember that you can negotiate your price.
So for example, if you go through and you’re making $3 per download, and you’re getting 1,000 downloads per day, you could ask them for $4 or 5$ per download.
Usually when I do this, I’m successful. I make the affiliate networks fight each other by telling them that one network is offering me more than another network. That’s something you can do as well.
So, this is how it works. You go to OfferVault to find the offers, and then you join the affiliate network. The affiliate network is going to do all the tracking, and they’re going to give you the links you need.
If you try to promote an offer from an affiliate program directly, you’ll find that it’s a lot more work to accomplish. Usually you have to go to an offer’s website, find their affiliates section, get find affiliate links, and even sign up for each individual offer that you want. And you may even have to do more than that.
You might be asking, “Won’t I make more money going direct, and cutting out the middleman?”
Not necessarily, because the networks have bulk rates, so they have better leveraging power with their suppliers. Since they manage so many affiliates, they can ask for more money per offer that’s promoted.
So you have to think about that. Usually the benefit of going to a CPA network far outweighs not using a CPA network.
Make sure you get a legit affiliate network, because sometimes they are shady and don’t actually pay you. MaxBounty and GlobalWide are good ones. Any that have been around a long time are usually good ones.
The next question is how many networks you should join. You should only join the network that has the offer you want.
How Do Affiliate Marketers Get Paid?
Affiliate marketers get paid a few different ways. These can be by going direct, or by going through a CPA network.
When you choose offers (whether from OfferVault or directly from affiliate networks), make sure you understand the payout type and what action is needed for you to get paid. If it’s a lead, it could be a short-form or a long-form lead.
A short form lead is usually only one field or so. They’re often email submits, where someone simply has to enter in their email.
They could also be long-form leads, which will be bigger offers that will require more up front of the customer. Certain offers like mortgages, credit cards, and loan applications are often ones that have a big, long form. These are naturally going to pay more than just collecting an email address.
Other types of payouts are pay-per-click, downloads, pay-per-sale, pay-per-trial, pay-per-impression, and pay-per-call.
Pay-per-call is a huge, huge market. These people will actually pay you just for a phone call. You get a custom phone number, which is like an affiliate link, and you can put it on your site. When people call the number, the company tracks it to see if people stay on for a certain amount of time. If they reach a set point, you get paid.
Here is a “moving assistance” offer where the payout type is pay-per-call. If someone calls and stays on the phone for 90 to 120 seconds, you get $48.
If you were interested in promoting this offer, you could perhaps find keywords for people looking up “moving checklist”, or “how to pack before moving”. And on and on we go.
When you’re promoting offers in different networks, such as Max Bounty, there will be certain types of traffic that the offers will allow.
Each offer will have a little traffic icon on the side, and if you select it, you can see which traffic is allowed.
Let’s talk about these traffic types and what they mean.
There are several different traffic types, such as banners, contextual, display, email, search, social, web, direct-to-offer, mobile, incentivized, and native.
Banners are pretty simple. I can put a banner on my site, or put a banner on other sites. I could also buy banners on other sites.
Contextual is a lot like banners, but usually it’s for big networks. Just as there are affiliate networks, there are also traffic networks. I can go to Google and buy context ads on a bunch of websites. That would be contextual advertising.
With email traffic, it’s very important to know that the networks are talking about a direct-to-offer email. That means you would send your list an email that takes them directly to the offer.
This is a method you might want to take. For me, what I do is send an email that goes to my own site, blog, or landing page, and then I pitch the offer. Trust me, you should do this.
The reason is because if you do an email directly to the offer, you have to make what’s called a suppression list. This means that you need to run an email database against your database, and make sure that the people who opted out of that offer don’t continue to get your email. This is a pain in the ass.
If you do this other method here, then you’re not emailing people the offer. You’re emailing people a link to your blog for content, which will get more traffic, which will get more people to like you, which will boost up your site traffic and your search ranking. This is very important.
Search is very important. These are search ads, where you people could go to Google, type in something like “pest control” as an example, and you could send them directly to an offer.
A lot of offers don’t allow direct search or paid ads. So what do you do in those cases?
You do the same kind of thing as with email traffic. So you would have a search ad, and it would link to your blog site or landing page. Then on that site, you would pitch the offer.
Now I like to intercept all of this and build a mailing list.
What this will do is get you a better-quality score, allow you to have good content, and make you not look like a shady affiliate. There are lots of benefits to having a mailing list.
Social is direct from Facebook, or direct from Instagram, or direct from some other social media channel.
Web is basically everything we talked about here. Search, email, social, you have all of these on a website, so that’s why it’s web traffic.
You want to avoid getting traffic from direct-to-offer. So many affiliates do it this way, and they don’t have any disclaimers, and they’re making a few dollars when they could be making a lot more. And they’re breaking a lot of rules, which can get them into trouble.
If you don’t have a disclaimer that you’re an affiliate, and you just think you’re cute spamming Facebook like a lot of people do, you’re liable for it.
When you have a social post, for example, you don’t have to put an ad on a social platform and send people directly to the offer. You can give people a link to your blog or site. You’ll have some good content on your site, and then you’ll send them to the offer.
At the end of the day, always bridge the gap.
Why? Because you have control of your message, you can build a mailing list, then you don’t have to deal with all the stipulations of going direct.
Trying to take all the shortcuts end up being the long way. And It ends up being a lot harder. People will spend all day trying to save a minute.
Mobile traffic is quite simply going for a mobile audience.
When you bid on your ads, such as pay-per-click ads, you could specify if you want mobile or if you don’t want mobile. It’s very important that you look at the offer and make sure you see that little mobile phone icon that shows mobile traffic is allowed.
A lot of times if you run an offer, and it doesn’t have that phone icon and they don’t accept mobile traffic, they won’t even pay you if you get a mobile lead.
Next, we’re talking about incentivized traffic. This is when you as an affiliate give people incentives to sign up for something. For example, if you were promoting a pay-per-call offer for a rehab facility, you might tell customers that if they stay on the line for two minutes, you’ll give them $100. That would be an incentive.
Now, a lot of places don’t allow that, because obviously, that’s not a good quality lead. So, try to stay away from incentive stuff.
That’s not to say you can’t do bonuses and things like that, but you just want to be careful. I usually just provide the value on my website.
Last is native traffic. This is pretty much like contextual, where you have ads that look like content that’s natural to the site.
Landing Pages, Sites, and Direct Linking
Here are some different ways you can promote offers.
The first type is going direct. This is if you want to just promote a link directly. If you buy an ad on a search engine, you link people directly to the offer you’re promoting.
We touched on this a little bit before, when we talked about going direct to the offer versus having your blog or site. You should always send people to a site. Sometimes you can make money with a raw link, but it’s kind of risky. If you’re buying ads to that raw link, you have no control. You’re just hoping it converts, plain and simple.
If you have you own site, you have a lot more control. I know a lot of the top affiliates for these programs, and they do way better using their website or blog. They’re top affiliates because they have a website or blog with their offers.
The next is using major affiliate networks. There are several ways to promote offers using major affiliate networks. The first way is direct linking. This is if you go to an affiliate network, like Max Bounty, and you find an offer you want to promote. You would get a tracking link, and then you would put the raw link somewhere, such as on a social platform, and stick it right in my ad.
In my opinion, this is the stupidest way to do affiliate marketing.
The second way is cloaking links. This is a lot like direct linking, but it’s cloaking. To cloak a link, you take your link and run it through a link cloaker, and it makes your link shorter and easier to digest. But you would still take people directly to an offer, so it’s basically the same thing as direct linking.
You should always cloak your affiliate link, but you don’t want to do a cloak to a direct link.
The third way is to use what’s called a bridge page or a splash page. This is where you create a simple 1-3 page website, and the website’s whole idea is just to get people to your offer. You don’t really create a lot of new content, you’re just making a page that’s designed to get people to go to the offers.
You’d put your cloaked links on these sites, and they would just function as a little sales pitch for the offer.
The fourth way to use major affiliate networks is to create a blog or content site. This is where you’re actually creating content. The key here is that you want to actually create your blog or content around a market, not an offer.
So you could create a site about weight loss, not a specific keto weight loss offer. You could even create a website about keto diets if you want, but it still wouldn’t be based around a specific offer.
A lot of people try to do this offer-centered, and then you’re at the mercy of the offer. If the offer goes away, you’re out of luck. So, do it about a market, not an offer, and that way you’re building your stuff.
I like to use blogs or content sites. It’s really easy to do, and you can pair it with email marketing, and all kinds of other stuff as well.
Link Types and Creating Your Links
Now, let’s talk about link types.
A raw link, as we went through before, is just the link itself. It’s usually very long and ugly.
A cloaked link is basically a raw link, but it’s “cloaked”, or made to look a lot prettier.
A banner link is when you actually get the entire code for a banner. With this, you choose your banner, and this whole code will put a banner on your site. It will also be a tracking link.
A text link is a word or string of words that still has the code for your tracking link.
A search link is a raw link for search, but again, you don’t want to go direct.
A dynamic link is one where you can send people to a specific page, like a specific search result. You can even pre-populate a field if you want the page to automatically have something on it, such as their email address for example. Or you can get the page to automatically know the person’s location, or whatever it may be.
A contextual link is just another type of raw link, a native type of link.
When you are getting your links from major affiliate networks, you have an option to put a sub ID. This is a way to track your links even more specifically. Let’s say you’re running Google ads and Facebook ads, and they are all promoting the same offer, so you have the same affiliate link for it.
The sub ID will track your links from each source, so you’ll be able to know how much traffic is coming from Google, and how much is coming from Facebook.
Marcus’s Favorite Offer Types
Next are my favorite offers.
Browser extensions are probably my all-time favorite offers. When promoting browser extensions, you want to make sure they’re on the up-and-up, and not weird ones. Usually you can get somewhere from $1.50 to $3 per download, which is where you want to be. All you have to do is get people to download a browser extension, and you get paid. Pretty cool, right?
There can be a lot of junk extensions, so sometimes you’ve got to learn to navigate around them.
As-seen-on-TV are also some of my favorites. I like these because they pay a lot for a free trial or for a sale. For example, I could sell some onion cutter that’s $8, and I could get $20 for it. And that’s great, because I want to get paid as much as possible for the lowest barrier of entry.
Also, Fiverr offers are some of my favorites. I think Fiverr is awesome, because you could market offers for them under all the things Fiverr helps with, and they pay a good amount.
For example, in the storyboard product and animation services side, they pay $15 when someone gets a new Fiverr account. The person doesn’t even have to buy anything. They just get a new account and maybe bid on a job or something like that.
And some of them pay even more. This digital illustration offer pays $25, e-commerce services pay $45, and things like that. And these are not very hard to market.
If you go through and get my course, you’ll learn how to find trigger words for these, and you can find your niche and do it directly.
Now, if you want me to find a niche in any of these offer types, go to www.HighTicketNiches.com, and just tell me which one you want. We’ll actually get you a domain name that’s worth money.
We’ll get you the niche market, we’ll find you the links, we’ll get you the offers, we’ll show you exactly how to run the whole thing. And if you’re struggling with affiliate marketing, I would highly recommend a high-ticket niche, because we basically hand you everything on a silver platter.
One of my other favorite types of offers is loans and credit cards.
Software-as-a-service is also really good. Now, software-as-a-service is something you would promote directly.
You could do something like ClickFunnels, or web hosting, or something like that, which is really cool.
Web hosting is another of my favorite offer types. I think we’re on track to do 5, close to 6 figures this year with web hosting. (I could do a lot more, I’ve just been super busy this year.)
Financing and investing is always good, and free credit scores are also good. You can literally get paid for having people get a free credit score.
Email and zip code offers, those are the ones like the one-field we showed earlier. Those are really easy and great. Diets, dating, high paying trials where you get paid for trials, all of those are offers I like to promote.
But this method, the stuff that I’m teaching you, is exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 19 years, and my interactive tools can show you all this.
So, if you want to learn CPA marketing from someone who’s been at this for two decades, who’s been in the trenches, who’s gone in there and done the stuff, I want to show you how my interactive tools show you all the ins and outs of how this works, so that you can get paid fast.
Because here’s the deal guys. Disclaimer: I don’t know how fast you’ll make money.
But, if you could get someone today to go through your link, to fill out a form, and get a free credit score, you could get paid $33, like, today.
(Now, it can take a while to get the money into your bank, obviously, but you know what I mean. You would make the money today.)
And if you 100 of them today, you would get $3,300 bucks today. Boom, there you go.
The Internet is a big place. A lot of people are looking for a lot of stuff.
This isn’t the run-of-the-mill junk. These are real secrets of how thousands of everyday people, just like you and me, are silently making fortunes using direct marketing, and searching, and advertising. And this could be you, too.
To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.
Passive Income with a Mailing List
So you want to learn how to make $100 a day in passive income on the old Internet, using a simple mailing list that you could set up in like 45 minutes.
Well, you’re in the right place, because that’s what we’re going to be talking about today.
We’re going to talk about how to build a mailing list, and how to make passive income with a mailing list, even you don’t have your own product, or even if you don’t have your own website yet.
I say “yet”, because you probably need your own website. But don’t fear! We have tools to teach you how to build a website that can capture leads into a mailing list in as little as 15 minutes.
We’re specifically talking about how to build a business that makes $100 a day in passive income, with a simple mailing list that you can start building 45 minutes after you’re done reading this blog post.
This is completely possible to do. I still make money today from people who were on my mailing list back in 2009. They just filled out a simple form, and I’m still making money from them today. This is something you can do as well.
Part One: History of Autoresponders, Mailing Lists, Marketing Sequences, and Making Money When People Ask for Free Info
Ads have been largely the same for the past 100 years.
If you were to look at a 100-year-old ad in a magazine, you’d be familiar with a lot of the different elements it would have. Ads would ask you to mail in so that subscribers could get something for free. So as a consumer, you would enter in some information. They would have something like an opt in page.
It can also be called a squeeze page. We know that the idea of a squeeze page is to get people from an ad or a site to put their name and email in a box, and then they go on their list. So the idea of this ad was to squeeze all the people from the magazine that are interested in this topic into a list.
So as a consumer, you might enter in your information. Maybe the ad wants you to mail in a coupon from the ad. Let’s talk about what would happen after that.
There would be a big mail house, where your mail and all the other mail goes from people who subscribed to the ad.
People would look at the addresses on the mail, and they would build a list out of all those addresses. They would have a list of people who were interested in that sort of thing.
Now, the advertisers would do what’s called a sequence. On the first day, they might send out a letter. So they would write letters, fold them up, stick them in envelopes, and mail them out to everyone who mailed in. If there were 100,000 people who mailed in, they would do this 100,000 times. That’s for day one.
On day two, they might send an informational report that was requested (perhaps promised when you entered your information in the first place), along with sales information.
Then the next letter they send, they might say that they noticed you didn’t buy anything, and they might suggest that you buy something now. Maybe the next time they send you testimonials.
And what would happen is they would take these people through a sequence, which they gathered from their mailing list.
That’s where mailing lists come from. This is where marketing started.
People often forget the basics of marketing. They forget that it’s all about getting people to take action. Marketing is about getting people to request information, getting people to a mailing list, where you can then send them an offer.
Ads themselves haven’t changed much, but the way that people see ads has certainly changed a lot. You’ve seen what happened when an advertiser would get people to subscribe, but think about what would happen before that.
In the old days, if you were an advertiser, first you had to design and create the ad. Then you had to pay a fortune to get the ad into circulation, perhaps in a magazine. It would take a month to run, and you wouldn’t even know if you’d get anything out of it. You’d pay whether people read the ad or not. And if someone didn’t like the ad, they could just rip it right out of the magazine.
You might do this 100 times with 100 different magazines. You wouldn’t know if anyone was interested. You just knew that people would walk by, and maybe they would take a look.
That’s not the way that ads work today. With internet marketing, we can target our audience in an insane way.
You can almost be so specific as to just marketing to a single person. You can literally market to whoever you want.
Making Money with a Mailing List Today
So you want to make $100 a day? That’s roughly $4 every hour. And that comes out to about $36,000 a year, which isn’t bad for something you could make from just a little mailing list.
Here’s what it’s going to look like.
Let’s say you have an audience. You have to figure out who your audience is. Perhaps they’re people who are interested in growing tomatoes.
You might see people on Google, or Facebook, or YouTube, all these people who are and learning about growing tomatoes. They watch videos on YouTube, and they search on Google for something like “Grow tomatoes” or “Why do my tomato plants keep dying”, or something like that.
Let’s say you were to offer these people something for free. Perhaps a free tomato book.
If you have an ad that 100 of these people see, how many of them do you think will want your free tomato book? Probably all of them.
How many will actually put their name and email on for it? Probably 30 to 60 percent of those people.
So let’s say you make an opt in page. You give people the option to request a free tomato book, if people send in their name and email. It might take you literally 20 minutes to make. Maybe 45 minutes or an hour If you’re new and slow.
Remember this: all ads work at the right price.
You might want to consider paying for traffic to get people to this site. You probably wouldn’t have to pay much, maybe 15 cents a visitor for people who are specifically looking up how to grow tomatoes. This will still be way less than the guy who spent $100,000 putting ads in old magazines.
And if you say in your ad that people can get a free tomato book, and they don’t want a tomato book, they’re probably not going to click. So you’re only going to pay for people who actually respond.
Maybe you could get 30 percent of your traffic to opt in on your site. If you get 100 visitors, that means it costs you $15. And out of 100 visitors, you get 30 to opt in. That means it’s costing you 50 cents for each person to opt in. Can you make 50 cents off a targeted tomato person who wants to grow more tomatoes? Yeah, I think you can.
You’re going to do this with an autoresponder. This takes all of your names and emails and puts them in a big database. Then you can go through this database and do exactly what other sequences do that we talked about before. It lets you send messages out to people on your list.
These can cost money, but they’re not usually a lot. To get started, it probably costs around $19 a month.
Now you would make your sequence. On day one, you might give your customers their free tomato report. That will get people back to your site. Day two you give them something else, and day three you give them something else. On day four, you might point out a product to them about tomatoes.
Remember that you set this up so that everything is automated.
You just set it one time, and new people will come in and get the new messages. You can do broadcast. You can do e-mails. You can do whatever you want.
It’s important that you understand this concept. It’s not just about a site, and an autoresponder, and this and that. It’s about understanding the core principle of what you’re doing.
You are building a database of people that are interested in a certain topic. Now that you have that database of people, you can do whatever you want with them (within reason, obviously, staying ethical and following the rules).
All ads work at the right price, if you can do it right.
So again, the question is this: If I get 30 percent of my traffic onto my list, and I’m spending $15 to do that, that means I’m paying about 50 cents per person. Can I make more than 50 cents per person? That’s the question.
Part Two: Mapping Out the Content / Offer Machine
So now you have a list, and a big database of people from your list. Your list is all of these tomato people.
What you want to do is map something out with what’s called a brain map. It’s a mixture of content and offers. You want to go through and brainstorm. Ask yourself: “If I were interested in tomatoes, what would I want to see?”
There are a bunch of possibilities.
People might like to see tips about tomatoes, or gardening tips, or tools, or information about seeds, or a growth chart, or tips about canning tomatoes, or techniques for cooking tomatoes.
So now you have all this content. Your next step is to pair the content with offers.
For example, think of your gardening tips. You might not know a lot of gardening tips yourself, but you could go buy some gardening books, perhaps on Clickbank. You go find some tips out of a book there, and you could send the tips to your list.
You want to be casual and sincere about it. You want to be friendly and really talk to your list about what you’re sending out. You might send an email like this:
“Here’s a tip I found for you. You should plant your tomato in the sun. I planted my tomato in the sun, and I found out that sometimes the shade affected the growth of my tomato. I used to have my tomato under a tree. Now it’s not under a tree, and it’s as big as can be. This works really well. Here’s a picture of my tomato. I got this tip from this book over here, if you want to check it out.”
And then you can give your affiliate link.
Pretty basic, right? “I got this tip from this book. If you like this tip, there’ll be more tips over there in the book.”
In another email, you can say, “Here are some tools. I have the best five gardening tools. You need to have this, this, this, this, and this. (Affiliate link, affiliate link, affiliate link, affiliate link, affiliate link.)
Now, your followers are going to say thank you, because you gave them all of this great information. They’re going to actually click and buy stuff.
You could take this further.
Let’s say you send them information about seeds. Maybe there’s an affiliate program for seeds. Or maybe you want to get the seeds yourself and ship them out. You could do that, or dropship, or send them books, or info products, or whatever you like. Info products are usually going to be the most profitable and the lowest risk.
If you tell your list about canning tomatoes, you could do canning supplies from somewhere like Amazon Affiliate. For things like fertilizer or garden beds, you could do Home Depot coupons or gift cards. There are all kinds of offers you could send out.
You could make a real living at this. Later down the line, you could come up with your own tomato book. You could test out a bunch of tomatoes and build your own business, and you could probably make a good living in the tomato market. A lot of people are obsessed with these tomatoes.
And remember this.
If I get someone on my list, and I give them good tips and really take care of them, is there anyone out there that doesn’t think I can make 50 cents over the course of a year with that person?
How many of you think that if you only paid 50 cents to get someone on your list, you could turn a profit?
Then why aren’t you doing it?
What’s stopping you from having a business like this?
Part Three: The Traffic Recycling Loop
So here’s what the feedback loop looks like.
You have the people in your niche come to your site, and they want to check out what you have for growing tomatoes. On your site, you have a picture of a big tomato, and you tell people to put their name and email in a box.
So they do that, and they get on your list. The people who get on your list are the ones that we’re interested in. They come to your thank you page.
Now, this is very important. Because your thank you page is where you want to make your 50 cents back. So what you do is this: you put your best offer on your thank you page. Maybe your best offer is some as-seen-on-TV tomato offer. That will be the best converter.
The next best thing might be a toolbar, or something free. Something that pays decent and has a low barrier of entry. Maybe it pays you between $2 and $5.
Now that you have an offer on your thank you page, you’re going to focus on creating posts.
These are going to have all of the content that you created in Part Two. So you might make posts on garden tips, or posts about tools. You could make posts about seeds, or growth charts, or cooking tomatoes. You can make different posts about all of these things.
On these posts, you’ll also have offers. I find it best to make the offer fit what the post is about. So if it’s about tools, offer some tools. If it’s about information, put a book. If it’s about seeds, give seeds. Try to make it fit.
Now, you’re going to mail these posts out. They’ll go out automatically in your autoresponder, and then boom, you’re going to make money as they come back.
And here’s the cool part. You’re going to build content while making money with your list. The search engines will start to pick this content up. People will start to buy stuff, and it’s just going to start to take off, if you stick with it. All of these clicks are going to start to multiply.
Part Four: The Numbers Game
At this point, you know what you’re supposed to be doing. But you may still be asking how you’re going to do it.
This is all done with WordPress, with a plugin that’s in your member’s area for MarcusMentor.me. The plugin is called Funnel Voodoo. It literally turns your WordPress into a funnel.
“Marcus, I don’t know how to set all this up. Should I use a blog? Should I use a click funnel? Should I use Clickbank? Should I use Builderall? Should I use HTML? Should I just go out and do the rain dance, and hope money falls?”
What I like to do is use WordPress.
If you guys are in one of my courses, or the MarcusMentor.me, you get all the plugins that make this work. So if you don’t have any tools, and you don’t have anyone to help you, go to MarcusMentor.me and sign up. It costs around $2 a day.
You get a free Affiliate Marketing Dude T-shirt, and you get an Affiliate Marketing Dude book that walks you through everything.
And we’re going to give you all my custom WordPress plugins. These aren’t white labeled or from other people. These are custom plugins that I had a developer make according to my specifications, so that you can do all of this.
You have to look at all of this objectively.
So many people are focused on getting a quick result right now, that they don’t realize the result can happen fast. They They just have to do the right stuff right. They spent so much time dreaming about a result, and trying to get the result. They get obsessed with the chase, and they don’t get obsessed with the actual work.
But if you take the approach we’ve covered here, you’re going to start to make more money. Your content is going to grow, and it will show up in the search engines. Everything will start to compound.
People put their heads in the clouds when it comes to internet marketing. And that’s why they don’t make money—because they’re focused on the stuff that doesn’t work.
People often come to me and tell me that they try other methods, and then they ask me to look at their sites.
I do, and I usually tell them that their sites aren’t good. And then they quit. They never run traffic. They never even test anything. And they never really build it. And this is why they don’t get success.
People don’t understand the value of a market. They don’t understand that a tomato guy on your list is worth 50 cents. And if you make one sale, you break even.
Everything is a numbers game.
If you know you can make $4 on every tomato person per year, how many tomato people do you want to get on your list? As many as you can. Once you get to thinking this way, you just have to go make it happen. You can do this.
To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.
Simple Money Getting Site in 45 Minutes
Today we’re going to talk about how to build “money pages” on your website. And we’re going to do this by setting up a site live, so that you can see how it works.
The domain we’re going to use is www.SimpleMoneyPage.com, and this is where you’re going to get all the tools that I reference here.
These “money pages” are designed to be used as pages that bridge your offers and your mailing list.
These are not designed to be ran directly on paid search engines. These are for direct advertising, for things like solo ads, banner ads, linking from your blog, linking from a website—linking from anywhere and everywhere that you can get traffic, even on social platforms.
The Flow of Your Site
The most important features of your site will be:
The opt in page. You’ll be able to set this up using the tools we’re going over today.
The thank you page. This is where you’ll thank your audience for joining. You’ll also have some content and other related offers.
Your mailing list. Once your audience fills out their name and email, they’ll be on your mailing list. You can send them back to posts on your blog with an offer.
Making Your Money Getting Site
Now that you know what’s going to happen, you can set up our site.
Web Hosting, Domain, and WordPress Install
The very first thing you need is web hosting. If you don’t have this, I would urge you to go over to www.GoHubSite.com. This will walk you through how to get hosting the right way. It will cost around $70 per year. The host we use is BlueHost.
Once you get your BlueHost account, you go into the BlueHost control panel.
Then, if you haven’t yet, it’s time to get your domain. You can do this directly in BlueHost as well.
Now once you get your host, the way that I teach you, you’re going to have what’s called a name server. And once you get that, the name server is the same for any and all of your sites.
So you could buy a website, and a domain name, and you could start setting it up instantly, which is what we’re doing here.
I bought this domain name www.SimpleMoneyPage.com a couple of days ago. It’s ready to go. All I have to do is go over to my host’s control panel and add the domain. So you can do the same with your own domain, if you already have it.
Once your domain is ready, you’ll be prepared to actually create your site. You’ll do this by installing WordPress in your control panel. You go to the ‘My Sites’ page and select ‘Create Site’.
You’ll choose your site name, which will be taken from the domain that you’re using. Our site name will be called Simple Money Page.
Once you finish here, WordPress will be installed. It might take a few minutes, but it shouldn’t take more than 15 at the max.
When WordPress finishes installing, that means your site is created. Now you just have to go in and flesh it out.
You can start by choosing your theme.
What I’ve provided for you is a theme called Easy Funnel. This allows you to make a funnel in your WordPress quickly and easily.
You can download this theme onto your computer, and then you’ll upload it here into your WordPress site.
Once you upload the theme, make sure to activate it.
Then, you go to ‘Settings’ and select the ‘General’ page.
Make sure that everything looks the way you want it to, then continue to the ‘Reading’ page.
Select your homepage to be listed as a static page, and change the homepage to “Sample Page” in the dropdown menu.
Next, you’ll find your Sample Page in the ‘Pages’ section, and then you’ll edit your sample page.
Type in whatever you’d like on this page. If you have something to offer your customers, you could describe it here.
When you’re done, hit ‘Update’.
The next step is to add a thank you post. When people subscribe to your site, they’ll be directed to this post.
Under the ‘Post’ section, you can select ‘Add New’, then enter a title for your thank you post. You’ll add the rest of the content later.
When you’re finished, click on ‘Update’, and you should see your updated page.
So now you have two pages created. One is your homepage, and one is your thank you page (which is actually a post).
Now, you’ll create an opt in box for your homepage. There are several ways you can do this.
One is by using an autoresponder. I like to use Aweber.
We also have opt in-maker tools you can use, if you’re in the Simple Sites Big Profits course or the MarcusMentor.me program.
If you use my tool, you can enter the URL to the thank you page that you created. Then you just put in your bullet points, whatever you’re giving to your customers.
This tool will generate the code for you. You can copy and paste it back into the code for your site homepage.
You should now have a page with an opt in box on it. You can download any image with it that you want.
You can edit this opt in box by going back into the edit page for your homepage. If you edit it using the visual display, it makes it a little bit easier. When you’re done, hit ‘Update’.
Next you’ll go back to your thank you page to edit the content. Here is where you’ll say thanks to your customers for subscribing. You can also tell them that since they subscribed to your mailing lists, you’ll be sending them emails from time to time.
And this is why this is a money page. It’s where you can make some money right up front.
You want to give your customers things that are relevant. If I’m giving them a workout guide, then you’d want to put an offer for workout stuff, or weight loss, or whatever it may be. But you also want to give them things that make you money.
Whichever offer you choose, you’ll have to be a member of an affiliate program that provides the offer. Your program may have something to help you out in making your offer more attractive.
For example, for this site, I’m recommending web hosting and a domain name. I’m part of a hosting affiliate program, and they give me a code for a box that I can place right on my site, so that people can search for domain names right on my page.
When they search and find one that’s available, they can buy it through my affiliate link, and I get paid when they sign up for hosting.
You can add other offers on your page, too, especially if you’re an affiliate for other programs. For example, I’m an affiliate for Aweber, and my customers might need this autoresponder, so I can provide that for them here, too.
So, as you guys can see, this is truly a money page. And it’s probably a lot easier than you thought!
If you send out offers and you’re an affiliate, you must remember to put an affiliate disclaimer.
To download the theme from this guide, visit www.SimpleMoneyPage.com.
The Best Affiliate Programs of 2019
If you’re ready to see the top of 2019, the affiliate offers that make the most money, stay tuned. I’m going to show you exactly what offers work the best, which ones make the most money, and results of what’s working, how to find the right offer for your niche, and so much more.
Let’s talk about how to find the right offer.
Part One: What Does Your Traffic Want?
We’re going to start with asking what our traffic wants.
Here’s the thing. I can give you a list of the top offers, and you’ll probably look at it and think, “That’s good, but what the hell do I actually do with them?” So instead, what I’m going to do is teach you how to find the right offer. Because not all offers are equal.
a. What do they click on?
You want to think about what your traffic wants. What is the nature of your market?
Your people might be into weight loss, or they’re looking up forms for taxes, or they’re into budgets, or they’re into spreadsheets, or they’re into smiley faces, or they’re into something else. If you have a blog, you have to look at it and say, “What’s my blog about? What are people clicking on?”
If you’re getting traffic from paid traffic, you have to ask, “What’s going on here?”
The biggest indicator of looking at how you’re going to make money is what your market is already clicking on. This is extremely important. So you want to go through, find other sites in your market, and look at the banner ads that are out there. Look at the ads that people are running. Look at the things that get attention, and the things that get the clicks.
It’s extremely important to do this. If you don’t, it doesn’t matter what offer you run, you’re not going to make any money.
b. What is their ultimate goal?
What do these people want? If they’re looking for “food that causes weight loss”, then you know their goal is to lose weight. If they’re looking for “how do you fit in a bathing suit”, then you know that they want to fit in a bathing suit. Very simple.
If they’re looking for “hardship letters for mortgage”, you know they want to save their house, or get a mortgage modification, or something like that. So we’ve got to look at the ultimate goal of what our visitors are.
When you’re doing this, you can look at goals on your site, and you can look at goals on other sites.
A lot of people think that banner ads and advertising on other sites is dead. And those people don’t know what they’re talking about. I buy banners all the time. I make a living on banners. Banners are still huge. They surpassed newpaper advertising, online advertising, even TV advertising. This stuff isn’t going anywhere. If you think banner ads are dead, if you think paid ads are dead, if you think solo ads are dead, then you don’t really know how to market.
c. What other things are they buying?
What other things are they buying? What other stuff are they buying? If you have people looking at “budget spreadsheets”, are they buying tax software? Are they buying Microsoft Excel? Are they buying templates? Are they buying calculators? What other stuff are they buying?
d. What can we flip them into?
A lot of you guys have heard about me flipping the market. What does this mean? What does it mean to flip the market? Well, what I mean is taking something general or generic, or even something specific.
If you see something specific like “how do I get a hardship letter for my mortgage”, okay, that’s specific. They’re not looking to buy a hardship letter, obviously, because they’re in a hardship, which means they probably don’t want to spend a lot of money.
However, they could be interested in things that will help them. Maybe there’s a foreclosure avoidance program you could send them to. Maybe there’s some kind of government refinance loan that helps them. Maybe there’s some kind of stay-in-your-house program. These kinds of things are very important. Because if you can flip the market, you can make money.
For example, someone looking to calculate the payments of a car loan would probably be interested in looking at getting the best deal on a car, interested in getting the best amount for their trade-in, interested in getting other things that are going to help them. Maybe insurance.
So we have to look at it.
And say we want to take them from the specific and flip them into the stuff that pays us. This will make or break you, no matter what affiliate offer you’re using, because this is the crux that everything hinges on. And it still has to be related to their ultimate goals. We want to flip them into their ultimate goal.
There’s a myth floating around online that you need to have buyer keywords. That if someone is not typing in “apply for mortgage”, then they don’t want a mortgage. That is absolute hogwash.
I can prove that this isn’t true.
There’s something I did about five years ago, on the day after I got out of rehab. I went on my computer, and I wanted to look at my search history. So I pulled open my search history with this question in mind:
Could someone have predicted that I could have been an alcoholic? And the answer is yes. Based on what people search, you can predict what they’re going to need, and what’s going to happen. What they’re going to feel. This is called predictive marketing.
You can actually learn what’s going to happen. You can actually anticipate the idea. It’s also called anticipatory marketing. What they’re going to want. Because if someone knew I needed to go to rehab, they would have made a lot of money.
So you have to look at your market and ask, “Can I predict what people are doing? Can I predict what they’re going to want?” If people are searching for a hardship letter, you can almost predict that a certain percentage of those people are going to end up foreclosing on their homes. It’s like clockwork.
Part Two: Select an Offer Based on Your Market Needs
Now, we’re going to look at three different types of offers. The first one is what I call a “direct hit”. Then we have “pretty damn close”, and “gonna take some work”. You want to go through and categorize these.
a. Direct hit
The first one is what I call a direct hit. A direct hit offer is something that’s usually free, with no barrier of entry. Something that’s exactly what the person wants. You want to get as close to a direct hit as possible. It’s going to be directly in line with someone’s needs.
b. Pretty damn close
This is where you find something and you could probably make it work.
c. Gonna take some work
If you try to go with one of these offers, make sure you really know how to sell. Because if you don’t, it’s really going to be an uphill battle.
Part Three: Look at the Offer Payout
When you’re checking out these offers, you want to look at the offer payout, and look what it does.
a. What will you make per click?
You want to look at what’s called the EPC, which is the earnings per click. What are you making per click? If you convert one out of 100 people on a big offer like something with a mortgage, you might be making $1 per click. If you convert one out of 100 on something small, like an astrology offer, you might only make 2 cents a click.
Some affiliate networks will actually show you EPCs. They have what’s called a network EPC, which is like the average of all the people on the network running this offer.
b. What has to happen for me to get paid?
This is important. What has to happen? For some offers, it might be something really simple. Maybe someone only has to download something. For example, if you’re doing an offer with a toolbar, maybe the user only has to click download and install a toolbar, and maybe you’ll make around $2 for it. Easy.
Now on something more complicated, like a refinance kind of offer, it make take more for you to get paid. For instance, it might be a three-page submit, where a user has to fill out three pages of information and then submit it. That would be asking a lot more from the customer, so it might be harder to achieve.
The lower the barrier of entry, the better you’re going to do.
If all you have to do is get someone to put their email in, that’s hopefully pretty easy. You could probably get $50 percent of the people who see your offer to put their email in a box. If you have to get a name, email, and zip code, maybe you’ll only get 30 percent. If you need a name, email, zip code, and phone number, maybe you’re looking at 10 percent.
And if you have to get someone to whip out a credit card and buy something, you might have a 1, 2, or 3 percent chance
c. Are there any reversals, refunds, or clawbacks?
Are there any reversals, refunds, or clawbacks? For example, if you’re promoting something like ClickFunnels, that might be something that pays 38 bucks per month, per user, and it has a free trial. Now, you don’t get paid anything on the free trial, which kind of sucks. You get paid on their monthly prescription, but there are reversals, refunds, and clawbacks.
So you can give someone the offer, and then they refund, and you don’t get paid.
These are things you want to know. Because if your butt is on the line and you’re paying for traffic, you need to know if something is going to get a lot of refunds, or if it’s something that’s going to work, or if it’s going to take a lot of people to sell, or whatever else may be going on.
Part Four: Offer Landing Page
This is one that people miss. I’m a stickler for a landing page. I’m obsessed with the landing page.
a. Will this convert?
Is the landing page going to convert? If it doesn’t convert, it doesn’t matter about the payout, it doesn’t matter how many people are making money with it. What you care about is if it’s going to convert. So you have to look at the landing page and see for yourself. And will it convert with your traffic? It doesn’t matter how well it does for other people, because your traffic is different.
b. How many steps to get to the CPA?
Or you can think of this a different way. How many steps to get you paid? What are you going to get paid? There could be something with just one step to get you paid, or it could be something with multiple steps. You want as few steps as possible that the user has to complete, in order for you to get paid.
c. Are there any distractions / phone number / links out / ads?
This is very important. When you’re doing Clickbank, or you’re doing some offer networks, you have to be careful. Because there might be other distractions, like other ads on the site that you don’t get paid for. If I find that, then I’m not going to promote that offer. I’m not going to give them my traffic. They can make money with their other ads. Is there a phone number for people to call, maybe for people to order something? And I don’t get paid when they call? Screw that. You’re just screwing me out of my commission. That’s not going to work.
You want a one-track thing. You want something straight up, something that’s going to get you paid. Something that’s direct.
d. Does the page collect leads before I get paid?
This is a big one. Are they scraping leads before you get paid? Like if you go to a page, and you’re paid on a sale, and they’re collecting emails before the sale, that could be bad. You don’t want to build your list for free. What would you want to do that for?
So you have to look at that. Now, if they pay you to give them leads, then sure, of course you can do that. But if there are things you’re not getting paid for, I’m not going to promote their stuff. I don’t care how good it is.
e. Does the landing page fit something my market wants?
Does the landing page have something really good. Check and see if there’s some kind of hot button you can use that your market will really like.
Part Five: Direct Offers / Offer Networks / CPA Networks
Now we’re looking at the type of offers you can get, what they are and how you use them.
a. Going direct
Going direct means that you’re promoting a direct offer. For example, something like ClickFunnels would be a direct offer, or web hosting. If you promote something from Tony Robbins, you would promote his stuff through his direct offer.
Any time you go to Google and find a specific affiliate program, that would be full of direct offers. When going direct, you usually have to sell something.
b. Major affiliate networks (CJ, Clickbank, JVZoo, Linkshare)
Then you might find offers through major affiliate networks, also known as offer networks.
Some examples of these are Commission Junction, Linkshare, Clickbank, and JV Zoo. These are all offer networks that have lots of offers. Most of them have offers that are put by separate people. For example, if I go to Linkshare and I want to put my offer on there, it’s actually me running the offer on Linkshare, and then Linkshare shares the profit with you.
Clickbank is primarily going to focus on people buying something to get paid. Commission Junction sometimes has CPA stuff, but there not a CPA network. With JV Zoo, 9 times out of 10 you have to get someone to buy something. See how it works?
d. CPA Networks (Maxbounty, Globalwide, Aragon, Peerfly)
Then, you have CPA affiliate offers. CPA is cost per action. These are things like Maxbounty, Peerfly, Global Wide, Aragon. There are several different ones.
CPA networks are going to have offers like pay-per-lead, pay-per-call, pay-per-download, and things like that. You’re getting paid per action, and that actually isn’t always a sale. That means you don’t always have to make a sale in order to get paid.
Part Six: Marcus’s Favorite Offers
Now, let’s dive into my favorite types of offers. These are the ones I love the most.
a. Browser extensions
You guys all know these are my favorite. They work in any market, with any kind of traffic usually, and you can make a ton of money with them. There may be offers like maps, browsers, or local news.
With these kinds of offers, may sure that they’re legit. Download them yourself and make sure they’re good. Some networks have ones that are shady. You want to watch out for those.
Make sure the ones you’re promoting are good. You can actually go to the Google Chrome store and look them up, and see if people are complaining about them or if they like them. If they complain about them, don’t promote them. If they’re bad, don’t promote them. I actually have a computer where I download all of my browser extension offers, and I test them myself before I promote them.
b. As seen on TV
My second favorite type of offer is as-seen-on-TV. I like these because the people know how to sell. If you have someone out there spending a lot of money to put out an as-seen-on-tv product, you know that the thing is going to sell to a broad audience, and you know that people did the work to sell.
These people are masters at sales. You know the landing page is going to convert.
Fiverr is also really good. They have a great affiliate program. They pay on a bid, so for example, if someone pays $5, I might make $100 or more, depending on what I sell. I’ve made some money with Fiverr, I just haven’t promoted it as much as I should. Pure laziness. But it is a good one, for sure.
d. Loans / credit cards
Loans and credit cards are always going to be good. With some credit cards you can get paid around $100 for an application. They’re very simple, very easy, and they always work.
Software-as-a-service is also good. Now when I promote this, I don’t promote directly. I want to build a mailing list.
f. Web hosting
This is just what it sounds like.
g. Financing and investing
These are really good. When you’re promoting these kinds of offers, you should never do direct linking. Just don’t do it. And also don’t used trademarked stuff.
h. Free credit score
People make a fortune with free credit score offers. They can easily make seven figures doing this. This is a big.
i. Email / zip offers
Next is email and zip submit offers. These are good, too. If you do an email submit, again, make sure that it’s legitimate. Because there’s a lot of crap out there. So make sure that it’s absolutely legitimate.
You might get something like $1.50 every time someone puts an email in a box. You don’t always have to get a signup, you don’t need to get someone a credit card, people just put their email in a box, and you get paid. And there are tons of these kinds of offers.
Diets are never going out of style.
Dating is always going to make money.
l. High-paying trials
These are good. For example, I might make $100 when someone tries out web hosting, or tries out a product. Sometimes this will overlap with as-seen-on-tv as well, which is cool.
Part Seven: Supplemental Offers
Now I have what we call supplemental offers. A primary offer is the one that you plan on making the most money with. It might be the reason why you made a site.
A supplemental offer is something you can use to supplement for the people who don’t want to buy that other stuff. There are multiple ways you could go about doing this.
One place you could look for supplemental offers is Amazon. This is a great place for these kinds of offers. You would use the Amazon Associates program for this.
AdSense is also great for supplemental offers. You may want your site to have more direct ads that you’re in control of, but you could also run AdSense to make even more money.
c. Big stores
This might be Best Buy or something like that. You can promote offers from big stores as supplemental offers as well.
To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.
Important Money Making Business Lessons From “The Loudest Voice”
1. Everyone Has Reasons Why Something Won’t Work.
2. Cater To An Underserved Unheard Group And Dominate It
3. Focus On Getting Shit Done Fast
4. Focus On The Right Stuff
5. Execute… remember nothing is perfect the first time you put it out… its a growth process.
1. Don’t Be A Jerk And Don’t Misuse Money Or Power
2. Don’t Put Profits Over Lifestyle
How Affiliate Marketing Works: 7 Day Cash Finder
Today we’re talking about finding a niche, getting a market, finding offers, setting up a site, and making it work, all in just seven days.
This can work for any niche that you’re going into.
We’re going to teach you how to get and hold attention by
- giving people what they want
- listening to their needs, and
- putting your ear to the market
This is a system that I’ve used over and over to make this stuff work. If you use it, you will get results.
Day 1: Find Market, Evaluate Traffic
This is designed to find and extract cash from any market.
First, what is a market? It’s a group of people. You want to find people with similarities. You can also think of this as your niche. These people have things in common, such as interests, favorite things, desires, or ideals.
1. Find a Market
So the first thing you want to do is find your market and understand what they want. You want to see where your market is hanging out.
There are a bunch of ways you can go about this. You could do this with keyword tools, such as the Google keyword tool, to find out what people are searching for. You can look at trends and topics that are booming, which you might find from YouTube or just from Google.
You can check out Facebook groups. Your market may even be hanging out in forums. These are great places to go, too.
2. Evaluate Traffic and Competition
Once you find your market, you want to evaluate your market.
What’s going on in your market? What are people doing? Is it going to be expensive?
You can go to the Google AdWords Planner and see if it’s going to be expensive. Or, you can check out banner ads to see if it’s going to be expensive. You can look at YouTube. You can look at forums.
Don’t just watch what’s happening in these spaces. See if you can respond. See if you can write things and get in on the conversation.
For example, you could go to Facebook and find out what it takes to make a Facebook group. See what you have to do to get involved in a group.
See what you have to do to make stuff work, and ask yourself, “Is this going to be worth my time?”
Obviously, if there are only nine people in the group, it’s probably not going to be worth your time. If there are only nine people watching your video, it’s probably not going to be worth your time, either.
But if there are a couple thousand people searching for it, then maybe that’s something you can do. Maybe it’s something you can work at.
As you’re evaluating your traffic, you also need to evaluate the competition.
Ask yourself, “What is the competition like?” You have to look at the competition and the barrier of entry. What’s the pay per click competition?
Are there any Facebook groups? Is there new content? Are there any videos? Are there images? What’s showing up? Are there forums? And how do you get involved? Is there something you can do here? Think about all these things, and let the market tell you what to do.
It’s very important that you look at the barrier of entry and the competition. Because if you don’t do this, you’re going to get into a market where you spend more than you make.
3. Research the Market
This is where you focus on research. You ask yourself, “What are other people doing?” Look at those paid ads, and focus on them.
What are people responding to? What questions are they asking on forums? What kind of ads are they clicking on? What kind of stuff are they doing on Facebook?
Day one is all about your market. On this day, you should also be getting your domain name and hosting. You can do this over at www.GoHubSite.com. Your domain name should be something related to your market. I would recommend doing this before anything else, but it doesn’t matter too much either way. Just make sure you do this step.
Day Two: Test Market, Direct Link
Next, you’re going to find your profit. Where are you going to make money? How are you going to do it?
1. Find Simple Offer
To find your offer, you can go to OfferVault. Once you do this, you could test it with direct linking.
So let’s say you’re on Facebook, or Instagram, or maybe you’re on forums, or whatever it may be. You could set up a simple page, or you could set up a redirect, and just link people directly to the offer. Then you can just see if you get sales.
I’ve had people try this and they’ve done pretty well with it, which is really, really cool.
2. Set Up Ad Group
Now, once you find your offers, you want to set up an ad group and test.
You can do this a few different ways. You could go to MSN, you can go to a place to do banner ads, you can SEO, you can do videos, things like that.
Then you want a direct link to the offer. This is how you’re going to get paid.
Let’s say you were looking at an offer for refinancing. You might find that you can make $170 when someone signs up and gets a quote on student loan refinancing. So you could do research for the market on student loan refinancing.
You might ask, “What are people talking about? Are there any forums?” Maybe there’s some kind of student loan refinancing forum. You could post a comment about the top 10 ways to refinance, and then you can link to your offer.
You could direct link. You don’t even need a website. I would recommend that you have a website, but you don’t need one for this.
All you’d need to you’d need to do is get one sale a day at $170. And these people are looking to do that thing anyway, right?
This is what people miss. They don’t even pay attention to the fact that you could literally make money doing this stuff.
So if you get one sale a day, that’s $170 for $365 days a year. You could make $62,000 a year doing that. Remember, those results are not typical, implied, or guaranteed. I don’t know if anyone will sign up for the offer, but hey, it’s worth a try putting something up on a forum, don’t you think?
So day number two, we’re going to find our simple offer. Find an offer that really, really hits the market.
Now if you have your own site and you link them back to your own site, you’re going to make a bunch more and you’re actually going to build back links to your site while doing this, while making money.
It’s something that can happen really fast, because guess what? People are on the forums right now.
You could literally go to forums and you could see that there’s people on the forums right now.
Some of them will show you how many people are actually on the forum right now, which is cool.
3. Watch for “Profit Words”
Watch for profit words. Most forums allow affiliate links or links to your site, which is really cool.
You have to be careful how you use these links on forums. If you do it in a shady way, forums won’t like that. But if you’re providing value, you won’t have to worry about it.
And at worst, let’s say you do get banned from a forum. Does it really matter? You probably didn’t even know or care about the forum before today. So who really cares if you get banned?
But that doesn’t mean you should go out and try to get banned. You still need to provide value. But you can see why the easiest way to do it is to just get a domain name and point people over to it.
4. Evaluate Words
Number four is to evaluate words.
Profit words are words such as “student debt forgiveness”, or “refinance student loan”, or “buy this”, or “price of”, or “coupon”, or “discount”, or “ways to”. These are kind of like trigger words, which you’ll go through in the Sites course.
If you don’t yet have the simple sites course, I would highly recommend it. You can get it at www.SimpleSitesBonus.com, and it literally walks you through all the stuff you need to learn about affiliate marketing, which is crazy, right?
So evaluate your words, see the impressions, see if your forum topics get anyone looking at them. And remember that the gold is in the keywords. Okay? Very, very important.
Day Three: Locate Cash Niche, Build Lander
Now, you’re going to do what’s called extracting your cash niches. You’re going to go through, you’re going to test your market and you’re going to look at all your stuff.
1. Extract Cash Niches
Okay, so number one, you’re going to extract your cash niches. You’re going to look at your keywords and say, “What are people clicking on? What are they interested in?”
2. Build Landing Pages
Number two, you’re going to build your landing pages. This is important. You can build a simple landing page, get traffic to it, find out what people click on, and it’ll send them to an offer at the same time. You can make money while you learn about your market, it’s literally that fast.
You could set these up in very little time at all. I think my own record was 13 minutes. Within 13 minutes, we actually had our first results coming in.
When you’re looking at the data, you’ll see how many clicks you get, as well as how many impressions you get. An impression means that your ad was shown, but it wasn’t clicked on.
You may see that some of your keywords got a bunch of impressions in one day. That’s where the gold is.
That’s going to tell you people are searching for this. They’re seeing your ad. In this way, you’ll figure out what’s working.
And if you know the ones that are working, then you’ll get some money.
3. Segregate Ad Groups and Keywords
Now that you’ve build your landing page, you’re going to segregate.
Once you go through and see what ads are working and where people are clicking, you can segregate your ad groups and your keywords into different sections.
Here’s an example. You might find that instead of people just looking for weight loss, maybe they’re more specifically looking for a printable weight loss guide.
In this way you can segregate your audience based on keywords.
How do you choose the right keywords? We go through that in our keyword trainings. We have some on the YouTube channel, but if you want to go in detail, I would highly recommend you get the Simple Sites course at www.SimpleSitesBonus.com, and you go through the niche finding section. That will walk you through it all.
4. Test the Market
Next, it’s time to test your market.
You can also do this a few different ways. You can use analytics, or a program known as Crazy Egg. You can also do this with some of my plugins.
There’s something I’ve always wanted to do in my life, but I’ve never gotten the courage to actually do it. I’ve always wanted to stand on a street corner with a sign, and get people to do something I want them to (donate, for example). Just to see how it works.
I’d want to see, okay, did people respond to this sign? Then maybe I’ll use this sign to do this. And things like that.
But interestingly enough, that is metaphorically what you’re doing on the internet.
You’re standing there and saying, “Hey, this is what’s working, this is what’s not working.” You’re figuring out, “Hey, this is what people are responding to.”
Day Four: Test Offers and Design Opt-in Form
Day four is all about evaluating the results. What did the results tell you? Because here’s the thing, the results you get are going to teach you everything.
1. Evaluate Results
So, first you want to evaluate your results. You want to focus. What are the results telling you?
Because here’s the deal.
You can go and theorize about your market all day long, but until you actually get in your market and figure out what happened, you won’t find true success.
2. Ask the Market What They Want
Number two, you want to ask the market what they want.
What does your market want? You can literally ask them. This is something I did on an old page of mine. It was a simple little page, and I basically asked them, “Hey, what’s a question you have about internet marketing?”
That was the reason I took a business from around $250 to making millions. That’s crazy, right? All I did was ask the market what they want, and then I responded to it.
This is going to put you light years ahead. Most people don’t listen to the questions the market has. If you do, you’re going to win.
3. Build Opt-in Pages and Thank You Pages
Next, you want to go through and build opt-in pages and thank you pages. These should be based on the answers and information that you get from your market.
Keep in mind that you can provide even more value not just from asking the market questions, but answering them as well. You don’t have to, but why not make a sale? If 100 people ask you about a specific topic, and you personally answer them all, then you could just simply point them to an affiliate offer.
How many sales do you think you would make? You’d make money, and if you record your answer, you could even make an FAQ out of it.
But most people don’t do it this way, and it’s easy. It’s so easy that no one wants to do it. But you have to. You just have to go do it.
4. Test and Find Out What They’re Clicking On
Now you’ll do even more testing. Make sure that you’re tracking your links so you can do this well.
Talking to your market is going to make you the best marketer in your niche. Hands down. Talk to them, listen to them, figure out what they want.
Most importantly, you should actually “give a crap” about your market. You should actually care about them. That’s very important, and it’s the simplest way to think about it.
Day Five: Find Out What the Market Really Wants
This is where you get in and really figure out what your market wants. You’re going to get in and really figure out what your market wants. You’re going to evaluate everything and look at the questions that people have been asking.
1. Find Out What Your Market Really Wants
Here is another example of how you can go in and find out what your market really wants.
You may know that in addition to my affiliate marketing business, I also have an alcohol addiction channel. One day I went onto this channel and got some traffic for around 30 cents a click. I ended up spending around $2,000 total for this traffic. I got 3,000 people to fill out a detailed form on their struggles with alcohol.
2. Find Out What They Really Respond To
Because I got so many people to respond, I learned so much that day. Now, I’m not dominating that market in terms of cash yet, because I don’t want to mess with that market. Since it’s a market that’s personal to me, I want to make sure I give them really good value. But that is still the best $3,000 I ever spent.
Imagine if you 3,000 different surveys full of people’s needs relating to your market. This is better information than you could ever get from spending $1,000 on some kind of product.
3. Look at Keywords, Traffic Offers, and What They Click
As you’re figuring out what people respond to, you should be looking at keywords, traffic offers, and what people click on.
Use your different sources of information to compile data. People who own forums have a lot of data. People who own Facebook groups have a ton of data. What do you have that provides you with data about your market? What can you do (or get) to give you that data? It could be as simple as going to a forum and seeing which topics get the most clicks.
What people click on is the key. If you know what people click on, you win, always. Always, always, always, you win.
4. Look at How They Respond to Your Opt-in Page
Make sure you also look at how people are responding to your opt-in page. This can give you really valuable information. Are people opting in? What are they doing? If they are, figure out why they’re doing it. If they’re not, figure out where the problem is.
Maybe it’s the content, or the design. Whatever it is, use it to give you more data so that you can flip it around, and then make it work for you.
5. Move Stuff Around to Fit Your Market Needs
As you’re learning what works, you may have to move stuff around on your site to fit the needs of your market. So be flexible.
If a bunch of people are clicking on something, you might want to move that to the top of the page. If no one is clicking on something, you might want to stick it near the bottom. Or, you may even want to remove something altogether.
Day Six: Plug in More Profit Centers, Backend
On day six, you’re continuing to find more relevant ways to make money.
1. Find More Relevant Profit Centers
Here you are still finding more relevant profit centers. What else can you do? How can you get creative? How can you find other stuff for people to click, or buy, or otherwise do what you want them to do?
2. Test and See Which Ones Work
When you find your offers, make sure you are still testing and seeing which ones work. What offers are people responding to? This is very important.
Some people just want to stick offers at the top of their pages because they have a high payout. But this isn’t just about getting a good sale one time. This is about having a high conversation rate.
Not all offers are created equal, and not all offers are going to work for your market.
For me, I’d rather get a dollar a click on something that gets a good conversion, with something that fits my market, than make 10 cents a click on something that pays a lot.
I’m just saying. That may not be your mentality, but it’s valuable to think that way. Not all offers are going to convert. So, you have to focus and test and see which ones work.
3. Find the Best Placement of Profit Centers
For number three, you’re also finding the best placement of your profit centers. This goes beyond just figuring out which profit centers you’re going to use. Just as important, you’re going to think about the design, and decide where they should actually be placed on your pages.
Should they be on the front page? Or perhaps on a thank you page? Should you have a pop-up?
Each of these have pros and cons, and you should be aware of all of them before you use them. For example, pop-ups can sometimes feel invasive, but an in-line pop-up is often much more successful than a hijack pop-up. Be intentional with each decision you make at this stage.
4. Look for Backend-Related Offers and Newsletter Content
Next, look for backend-related offers and newsletter content. Are there offers you can give people that would be more successful at this stage? Perhaps offers that don’t work well just on your opt-in page, or don’t do well standing alone?
What can you send to people? Can you provide some value?
In the old days, someone would respond to a magazine ad, and then they would get a series of letters. Can you do something like that here? Let’s say that someone signs up for your newsletter, and you send out a bunch of automated messages to them. Each of these have some sort of tip that they can use in their market.
For example, let’s say someone joined my email list at my alcohol recovery channel.
I could send emails that say, “Here’s tip number one on how to stay sober,” “Here’s tip number two,” and more like that. Then I could also give offers and provide links back to my blog. Very simple.
The more good content you have, the more money you’re likely to make, so be sure to keep this in mind.
Day Seven: Follow Up Sequence, Backend
This is the last day of your program. Here’s what you want to do.
1. Create Autoresponder Follow up Sequence
On day number seven, you’re going to create an autoresponder follow-up sequence. You can use Aweber for your mailing list, and you can send out messages from your autoresponder as emails to your followers.
This might be where you implement ideas that you found on day six. You can give tips in your emails, and then provide a link back to your blog.
For example, maybe one day you can give out a PDF. The next day you can send a video. Each day you can send out something with an offer. You can give more tips and add more value each time.
When it comes to sending out your messages, there are two different ways you can do this. One is with your autoresponder, where you can plug in messages and offers to go out automatically. I have autoresponder follow-up sequences that sometimes have 500 messages, or maybe they have 30, or maybe they have seven. They automatically go out, and they bring people back to my site. And then I can look at what they’re clicking on.
If you choose to do a broadcast email, that just means you send out a message that’s not part of a follow-up sequence. Maybe you want to make a special announcement to everyone on your mailing list, and you don’t want to interrupt the flow of your autoresponder messages. That would be a good time to send a broadcast email.
2. Create Backend Profit Centers and Follow Up Profits
Now that you’ve created the autoresponder sequences and broadcast emails that you want to send out, you can incorporate your profit centers for the backend that you already found. This is where you actually implement that information into your emails.
3. More Testing
Number three is all about testing everything you’ve done so far. You work on your layout, you check your opt-in rate, you look at your bid prices, your follow-up, and everything like that. Remember that the fortune is in the follow-up. The key is to test, test, test. Then repeat.
As you get this process down, use it again to build more sites.
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