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What Does It Take To Start And Run An Online Business- How To Start An Online Business In One Week

How do you start a profitable business? This is something that a lot of people don’t talk about or look at, but it is very important. Years ago, back in 1999 when I started my first online business and I was like “Okay, well how do I get started? I remembered I started with a new bank account. What we’re going to do is that we’re going to break it down for you and show you how to start, start-finish, and how to make this work for you so you can start turning a profit.

Where do all these things fit in because I know that a lot of people have info- overload when it comes to “what do I do? Do I get a domain name? Do I get a web hosting? How many domain names do I need? How much web hosting do I need? Do I need a shopping cart? Do I need a way to collect payment, how do I get paid? Right here, we’re going to break this down for you in a really cool way so that you can dive in and understand what’s going on.

This article is designed to give you one thing, and that is clarity. We want to give you a crystal-clear clarity. We want to take you away from info overload. We want to take you away from the struggle of not knowing what you’re doing and get you to the promised land of being able to run a profitable business. So let’s get started right now.

What we’re going to do here is that we want to take and look at our people right here,

This is our guy and this might be you and you’re like,” Marcus, I want to make money online.” You’ve heard that there are many ways to make money on the internet and you don’t have to work your jaws. You want to be an affiliate marketer or an internet business owner and you want to be over there enjoying life.

You’re here, with all the questions of “how do I start and run an internet profit business because I want to be like marc”. I want to sit down by the beach side with my laptop and chill out with family. I want to be able to take vacations whenever I want, do what I want while my internet business is making money all the time.

Now, I’m going to tell you, I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years now. Results are not typically guaranteed or implied, but what we’re going to do is we’re going to show you how this works. So, let’s get back to you our guy.


And this is our guy, he’s like “Marcus, I want to make money online, what do I do?”

What I want you to do right now is I want you to think about that number one question you have about how to make money online. Some of the common questions from people include:

  • How do I get Targeted Phrases?
  • How do I set up a blog?
  • How do I start on a budget?
  • How do I get traffic?
  • I want to know the best offers and how to make them converts too
  • How big should a market be?
  • How do I get ads?

My goal is to guide all your questions. I remembered an old friend of mine who said, “Marc, you know what I love about you? You don’t answer the questions that I ask you, you answer the questions I should have asked you.” And that’s what’s important.

What Is The Basis Of Online Business?

First and foremost, we want to take a look at the basis. What is the basis? What I like to do is to start some kind of offer (some store).

Doing Business As (DBA)

When I first started, it was what was known as a DBA (Doing Business As). Basically, it’s like, I’m Marcus Campbell, but I’m doing business as Bob’s consulting or Marcus consulting. ‘Doing Business As’ allows you to take a check and set up merchant accounts under your business name instead of your personal name. DBA cost me $31(that was in 1999, perhaps things has changed). Now you can do this stuff online, it’s very easy. We’re going to go over a lot of stuff today. So what I will do at the end of this article is to make a note cheat with links to everything.


Alternatively, you can also do an incorporating. I find it easier to be an LLC than to be like an actual Inc. for tax purposes. I made huge mistakes back in 2006, my accountant was like “hey you need to do an Inc, it’d save you bunch of taxes”.

But what people don’t realize is that accountants are not business people. Sure, accountants are great, but they don’t understand the day to day of the business. So, she was like, the way inc. works, you pay taxes based on like, your best months and it’s automatic. What if we had a bad month? Well, you still pay your taxes like you had a good month. And I was like, that’s going to kill my cash flow if I have a bad month or good month or whatever.

So, it messes things up. So for me, I’m not a big fan of Inc. as opposed to LLC. I believe you can get an LLC for about $199. I’m not a lawyer or an accountant, but from what my little knowledge teaches me LLC has a buffer so you’re not personally responsible as you would be. But of course, don’t be foolish, do things, research stuff. If you’re worried about your market or legality, its best to seek advice, do some research, and figure it out.

Now, that’s the basis of business. You can start with your own name. I’d recommend at least, DBA. That way, you can take checks in your company name.

Get A Matching Domain

What I did is I got a generic domain, back when I started in 1999. I think I actually bought the domain in March of the year 2000. Till today, it is still our support site with I got everything under that. I’ve got my DBA, LLC, and then I got my domain name, and everything was matching and I was like, here is my business.

Now, this isn’t necessarily your niche business but this is like your mentor. You can put everything on it. You can tell people to go get a support there. You can use it to host your order forms like I do. It’s very easy.

Now, if you understand this, everything else will get easier for you. If you’re new and you want to set up a site, you can go to and set up your hub site. Make sure to set it up with the business in mind and what you want to do. Just get something that works for you, like I actually came up with that name because when I sold computers.  Some guys came in and they’re like, “we‘re selling legal forms” (I call it PC legal forms). This was the first time I ever heard of making money online and this guy was like, “I used to be a lawyer and I have all these legal forms and I sell them online for 27 bucks. Then I set up a site back in 1999 and I sell this legal forms and makes like 300 bucks in a day. This means that I sell 10 in a day. Then I decided to get into internet marketing and use the site Once you set up your domain, then you’re ready! You’re now in business.

What Does It Take To Start And Run An Online Business?

Set up your shop

Your shop is your business name, your domain, bank account, P.O.Box, an LLC or DBA.

And if you’re really fancy, you can get T-shirts too.

Have A Niche Site Domain

This is one of the most important parts (this is just like having a mentor). I have over 600, or even more niche site domains under PCmoneymaking

Find Your Audience

The next most important thing that you need once you do that is to find your audience.

So this is your audience right there, above. Now, you’re like, now what Marcus? Do I need to find my audience on my market?

When it comes to finding your audience in your market, some marketers will tell you to go for something that you know a lot about, understand and have experience in. Well, that does work and that’s okay. But what I find is that it is difficult because everyone else is doing the same thing. What I like to do is to find something after beating the path that’s like “can I get people who are looking for a spreadsheet? “ So we should find out who this audience is, and what they want.

At this point, you probably already set up your hub site. If you didn’t, you’ll go to and you can do that. Okay, we want to find our audience and find our market and then we’d go over to Google Adwords tool and we find out that a thousand people are searching for this.

So let’s get an actual example here, (I’m using the Google Adword keyword planner), as shown here


So when I get to the keyword planner, I can type my keyword. For example, “debt spreadsheet”. And then it shows me how many times people search for stuff and what’s going on there.

Okay, now if you get this and you want to isolate, we can actually go to the “footer” and type our keyword “Debt spreadsheet” and then it just shows words including “debts spreadsheet”.

Now we have this people here searching for “debt spreadsheet”.


Can you think about what these people would want? Like what they’d really be interested in. Maybe they’d want to be debt free. Okay, so this is how  my mind works( hopefully you can do the same thing): When I think of this, I start to think of, “Okay, I’ve got like Dave Ramsey, and all these debt gurus and the last time I checked, they’re doing pretty good in this market. So that tells me, even though it is a silly little keyword when you’re looking for a spreadsheet for free, these people spend money and it’s a huge market. So, we see that they want to be:

Debt free

Pay off debt


Low credit rates

So, we want to get an idea of what they want. First of all, obviously, they want a spreadsheet. There you go! Second of all, they want a spreadsheet to do something. They don’t just want the spreadsheet for the spreadsheet; they want it because of what it’s going to do for them. And you always want to sell for what it’s going to do for them. With all the things typed into these, what can we offer the people? We can go through and take a look at these offers. Okay here is our offer

Now let’s say we do, “credit card offers”, low-interest credit card”, debt consolidation services”. Once we decide, the next we’re going to do is to get our domain name. I often buy my domains at Namecheap. So what I’ll do is to find something as close to “debt pay off spreadsheet”. So I can get

So, here we go, is our domain. So we just set up our site according to how teaches us. You can go to, get that course and do everything. It’s really easy. Okay, so now that we got, we want to talk about what kind of things do we set up? We can now set up like a blog, website, and squeeze page. So we’d visualize it and be like, “I’ve got that and now what, how does this work, where do I go?”

Well, of course, the ideas are, we’re going to drive this person from “debt spreadsheet” into our website. Maybe they run Youtube, Google, Facebook, whatever they run. They search Google, they see our ad or link, clicked it and then they come here. So now, what? What I’d do is to put like a little video or an article and be like..


And I’d say something like “Download the spreadsheet here so you can pay off your debt”. We also add a button where they can add their name, email, and add the submit button.

After that, then we can add another page that says, “Hey thank you for joining my mailing list”. So, what you can do here is to decide what you’re going to do with your market. In this market, it might be a good idea to have a membership site. Because, imagine, all these people want to pay off their debts and do stuff. You can be like, “hey, check it out, for only $27 a month, you can join our debt club, get all the spreadsheet you want, plus training, plus free tools on how to lower your debt, and so on.”

You can also go through and just add like affiliate offers on that. I know people that have membership sites, and literally, all they do is to interview people and put it on their site. And that’s ridiculously easy! So, we have the page, offers, and everything set up, what’s next?

Two very-Important day-to-day activities that Makes me Money Every day

Now Another thing we want to look at which is one of the most important days to day activities that I do.


The first thing that I do on a day to day basis is that I do my income. A lot of people are like, “Marcus, I’m doing things, but I’m not making money”. So, I’d break it down like this, what are the two things Marcus spends his day on?

So the first that I do on a daily basis (which is very important) is to communicate with my market. So, let’s say today, you got 100 visitors to your site, let’s say 40 put their name and email in the box. Then communicate with them. You can send them a mail, an offer, a page. So here we go, that’s a proactive thing I can do every day to make some money.

Create Content

The second thing I do is to create content. Now can you be here reading this if I didn’t create a content on my site? If I do not have content, you cannot be here. The content can be anything. It can be a video, an article, or literary anything.

Now the content needs to be repurposed for everything. You can place on Google, YouTube, or anywhere your people can reach you. For example, I have so much content on my YouTube Channel, on my site, and everywhere. And that is a Membership Site. Think about that for a moment, people will pay for the content, organize it in a different way. Content is not king, content structured correctly is king.

If content was king then everyone would be rich because anyone can create content. So content is not that big deal, you have to make it structured correctly. You can have it on a sales site, or a membership site. Now, one of the cool things I like now, because back in the year 2000 when I started my business, you have to use the shopping cart things that were a pain in the bud, the coding, and you have to understand all these stuff.

Making an order form was a pain in the bud and to actually link it to a merchant account was a pain in the bud. But now, I can set up this offers and I can literally drive them as an order form.

And it is extremely fast. I remembered a couple of weeks ago, I was dragging my heels and I’m like okay I need to get a merchant account. And I called my merchant account lady and she didn’t get back to me that fast. So, I was like, “what if I could set this up. So I literarily went in 30 seconds, got an account with one of the top online merchant account places. I set it up with the software and boom! Had an order form! I mean, I was in business in less than five minutes.

Now think about that for a minute, like “Okay, I’m in business in 5 minutes, so like if I could create content, repurpose content and structure things, I can be in business, now!” There are people out there making tons of money with businesses that are using other people’s contents. Now, I’m not saying you should go copy other people’s content, what I’m saying is gathering from the content. For example, there is a business out there that gives summaries of books and they make a fortune.

What I want to talk to you is based on the fact that this is now 2018. You don’t have the struggles I had, you have tools that all work.  If you work hard you can set up a business in 5 minutes. Now, there are lots of things you need that run your business on a daily basis. Below are some of the things that I use for my business. I spend quite a bit of money on tools because I like to have the tools. The right marketing with the right tools will help you a lot. I literarily spend an average month, 3-4,000 dollars for other tools that I use. So these are the things I use:

Autoresponder With Metrics And Prewritten Copy

My autoresponder does not have a prewritten copy. I have to write my own emails. If I had prewritten copy (like the new ones do now) then I’d be really cool. But I spend probably around $275 in a month. Actually, if it includes my pop up thing, we’d be probably looking around $500- So around $500 for the whole deal.


Landing Page Creation Tools With High Converting

Now, for my landing page converting tools, I probably spend about $200/month. You’re going to have an order forms set up if you’re going to have a membership site. It’s going to be a way for them to buy, login, and everything like that. You’re going to have these things and they work pretty well.

Again, I’m not telling you this because you need to buy all these stuff, you do not.

Order Form Set Up For Result

My order forms were a pain in the bud to make; it’s not a drag and drop. Now I pay anywhere from 99-$1000/month for my order form type software and that’s cool. I don’t mind paying it because I’m making a lot more than that. That’s what business is, making more than what it actually cost.

Helpdesk With Live Chat

I pay $27 in a month and I pay $399 in a year for my helpdesk.

Video Hosting

Currently, my videos are watched online and I pay like $90 in a month for my private video hosting for my membership site.

Affiliate Management Software

I pay around $499 in a month for this. This allows other people to sell your stuff and it gives them some commissions (Like affiliate marketing)

Integration Tools

I want to be able to set up a stripe account, PayPal account, or merchant account. I want to click a button, and all my stuff should work with it. This is something I use on a day to day basis, like my autoresponder. These are tools that are worth so much money because I can communicate with my audience. In this internet that you are, people are searching for help all day long.

Just a couple of weeks ago, my dog was sick and I go online and find this site where you can talk to a vet. And I contact a Vet on the site. It totally works for me because I was able to get advice. It’s very important.

And lastly, online course hosting and management and the email marketing and funnel automation

A Magic Software Does All This

Yes, you heard that right! Do you want to learn about software that does all this for you? Not only does it do it for you, I’m going to show you how to do it. What we’re doing to do is to show you a software that makes it work.

Now, the software is not out yet. You do have to request an invite. So here is the LINK. is a software that does all this for you. I’m an affiliate of that software. That means, when you sign up today, I get a commission. Because I get a commission, and I love the software, I’d probably promote it even if I didn’t get paid( but I like to get paid).

This software does everything for you,. There is a free trial that goes for $1 in a month. Now you have to get past the free trial to get my bonuses. The smallest plan goes for $89/month. But hey look at all the tools we mentioned up there. Do you want to pay for all this, figure things out your own or pay $89 for it? Now, you have to make you go through my link so that you get the bonuses. Here are the bonuses, you’re going to get:

  • Full training on How to start your online business ($127)
  • We’d do a niche market research live class ($127)
  • I’ll show you how to make your own info-profit business
  • 3 ways I’ve made a ton of site with membership sites ($1,997)
  • I buy a domain for your niche (up to $1000 value)
  • Special interaction welcome call, pay per click class ($1277 value)

Here is what you’re going to do. Go to www. Watch this video (1:18:16), or skip down and click on “Request Invite”(1:18:18). This will pop up,(1:18:25). You’ll put your name, email and an invite message will be sent into your email. And you go sign up.

Now let me tell you why this is not just another tool. It’s something with marketing-embedded and unlike other tools this allows you to embed it on your site. Here is an example page, (1:43:34)…and this is actually embedded. This email in this software that you’re going to get has an email sequence that is preloaded with the forms to get people to open, click, and buy. All the templates are in there. It also has an order form templates.

This is a step you need, take a step and you’re very much closer to setting up your business. And when you get in there, you’re going to be blown away by how easy it is. And when you get my training, you’re going to be like, “this is like a match made in heaven and I think I can go out there and make it work”. You can integrate it with your blog, payment system, and so on.

Another incredible thing is that kartra is that it has all the marketing in it. You don’t have to be a marketing genius.

When you get to kartprofits site, there’ll be a video. Click on Request invite, put your info, and request invite. They’d actually send you an email for you to sign up. Again, remember you’ll be enjoying our bonuses when you sign up through me:

  • Full training on How to start your online business ($127)
  • We’d do a niche market research live class ($127)
  • 3 ways I’ve made a ton of site with membership sites ($1,997)
  • I buy a domain for your niche (up to $1000 value)
  • Special interaction welcome call, pay per click class ($1277 value).

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How To Create Content For Affiliate Marketing And Selling Products – YOUR CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY




2. Define Your Market (keywords, sub keywords, market hangouts, ect)

3. Select Your Media Model (video, audio, blog posts, pdf, software)

4. Set Up A CMS And Follow Up System
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5. Decide What Efforts You Can Outsource Or Make Easier

6. Repurpose And Share Your Content Efforts
(social media, video, blog posts, turn to pdf, podcast, info graphics, ect)


7. Test Track And Refine



– how to
– lists
– q and a
– backstory
– case study
– customer reviews
– quotes
– product demos
– facts and stats
– comparisons
– product reviews
– news style (topic specific)
– book overviews / reviews / summary
– opinions
– interviews
– comics / cartoons
– success milestones
– what didn’t work and why
– reserch
– worksheets
– checklists
– guides
– templates
– themes
– ebook
– audiobook
– infographics
– spreadsheets
– cheat notes
– pictures
– memes
– screenshots
– video tutorials
– notes (tim)
– emails
– courses
– press release
– surveys and quizes
– web tools and aps
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– advertorial
– reports
– webinars and trainings
– live video
– presentations
– podcasts
– vlogging
– faq
– syndication
– user generated content
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Killer Side Hustles That Get You Paid

5 Killer Online Money Making Ideas: Start Your Side Hustles That Get You Paid — affiliatemarketingmc at

Today we’ll talk about some major money-making ideas, and which ones I think are the best.

Remember, an idea is only as good as the implementation behind it. You can have the greatest idea in the world, but if you don’t go anything with it, you won’t make anything with it. Let’s dive in.



If you’re just beginning to make money online, Shopify can be a good way to get started. A lot of people use it for selling products or dropshipping products. Sometimes people will do free plus shipping offers, where they make a little bit of money on a lot of purchased. This can be a good thing. You can build it into a business, and it’s definitely viable.

There are some downsides to this, though. You have to get traffic to your shop to be able to sell what you have. You also need to do your own customer support. My thinking is this: If I’m going to drive traffic, I want to drive visitors to something that’s going to make me the most money, and I also want to get rid of the extra work I have to do. If I’m doing customer service, I’ll be slammed and limited to what I can really do.



Many people have made lots of money on Etsy. This is a great place to have a product and sell it. People often create and sell their own product by putting it on Etsy.

I am friends with a designer who makes her own clothes and sells them on Etsy. The problem is that she has to drive traffic to her site. You have to sell your stuff really hard core. A lot of times it’s very difficult, because the markets that people go into (like the T-shirt market, or coffee mug market) are really competitive, and the amount of money you’re making on these products is really, really low.



eBay is a little bit different. eBay has a built-in traffic source. People go to eBay to search for things to buy. So, you don’t really have to worry so much about driving your own traffic. This platform will work, but you have to have the right direction. It’s not just about the idea that you have – you have to know how to find your market.



Like eBay, Amazon has their own built-in traffic. Amazon has their own search engine, so you can take advantage of it. This makes it a lot easier and cheaper to get traffic. However, Amazon is getting super competitive as well. Often times it’s very difficult for someone with little money, or someone who’s just getting started.


Info Marketing 

Info marketing is one of my favorite things to do. This is where you package information and you actually market it online. You might create the information yourself, or you might do resale rights, where you buy the rights to an info product, service, video set, plug-in, or something like that.

This is usually pretty cut-and-dry. All you have to do is market your product under the problems that it solves. It’s easy to do.

For example, if I buy the rights to a book about how to take care of a cat, then all I need to do is use keywords like “cat won’t eat”, “cat won’t sleep”, “cat biting”, keywords which are very, very inexpensive, and I can drive people to the product. Then I could sell that product very easily.

I’ve made millions with info marketing, and it works really, really well.


Network Marketing

Network marketing has a pretty bad reputation, because a lot of promote the opportunity, but the product is lacking. People might talk up the opportunity to make money, but in the end, there’s no real product, and there’s no real value to the customer. And if there’s no real product, then it’s kind of like a pyramid scheme.

Now, there are network marketing companies that are very good. Some offer products such as health or beauty products, or maybe services, or something like that. Those can be good, but you have to make sure that the product is in demand, and that it works really well.

This is also known as multi-level marketing, where you build a network to get paid. Often you have to ask your friends or family to sign up, and you have to bug people, and it’s not really that fun, and (in my opinion) the amount of money you make for the work is not that great.


Affiliate Marketing

Next to info marketing, my favorite way to make money online is through affiliate marketing. I don’t have to deal with selling stuff, or shipping stuff, or customer support. All I have to do is find what people are searching for.

Over 4 million people search Google every 60 seconds. That doesn’t include the people that search YouTube, or MSN Yahoo, or any other search engine. That’s just Google alone. These people are searching every minute for problems and solutions.

(To find this information, you might have searched for “money-making ideas” online in Google or in YouTube. This is a solution to your problem – we’re showing you different ideas and different ways to make money.)

Back in 2008, I found out that people were searching for layouts, backgrounds, and different things for their website. I set up a simple one-page website and made tons of money. It was one of my biggest websites back then. Now, I set up lots of websites as well, mostly around web hosting where I get paid $100 a sale. Or, I set up sites for things like different shopping carts, or different downloads, different lead products, things like that. All I have to do is set up a simple blog or web page, be the middle man, drive traffic, and make money.

So in my opinion, the best way to get going is affiliate marketing. It takes some work, it takes some trial and error. But I think it’s the easiest way to get started making money now.


Choose Your Method

Choose what you want to do. If you have a T-shirt you want to sell, go to Shopify. If you have your own clothing line or jewelry you make, go to Etsy. If you’re selling grandma’s old antiques, go to eBay. If you’ve got a book or a product you can import and sell really cheap, go to Amazon. If you want to join a company and you like talking to people, maybe check out some network marketing companies. If you want to create an info product, check out info marketing.

If you don’t know what to do, but you just want to get started making money somewhere, go over and check out and get some free tools and resources. If you like it, you can join us in one of our programs, but only after finding out that this is what you want to do. If you’re looking for a great side hustle or full-income opportunity, that is the way to go.

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Is Amazon Affiliate Marketing Best for Beginners?

 Is Amazon Affiliate Marketing Best for Beginners? — affiliatemarketingmc at 

Amazon has what’s known as an affiliate program. That means you can sign up as an Amazon affiliate. You get a special link, then you take your traffic and send them to that link. Amazon handles the rest. You sell products through your website, and you get paid. You don’t even have to ship anything – people just go to Amazon and buy what they want, and they handle shipping by themselves.

Can you make money with Amazon affiliate marketing? We’re talking about how to make money with the Amazon affiliate program. We’ll talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are a lot of affiliate programs out there, and there are a lot of affiliate offers on Amazon. So, it’s very important to look at them.


Amazon Affiliate Marketing: The Good

Everyone knows about Amazon. Everyone has probably gotten a shipment from them at some point. People know it’s a trusted source, and they know they’ll get their delivery on time.

It’s also a big program. It has tons of different products. It has both low-cost and high-priced stuff. Amazon is making millions of dollars a day, hundreds of billions of dollars a year, and the guy who started Amazon is now the richest person on the planet. There’s lots of money here.

It’s easy to get traffic with Amazon. This works well if you are just starting out, and you have a very refined niche, and you don’t know how to monetize your traffic.


Example: Calico Critter Market

When my kids were little, my wife wanted to get them these toys called Calico Critters. She went and spent a fortune on these.

For an affiliate marketer, the Calico Critters’ keywords are very inexpensive, and you can get a lot of free traffic really, really cheap. There probably aren’t other affiliate programs in the world that have Calico Critters. Amazon is the best choice here.

If you have a niche that is very refined, Amazon is your way to go.


Amazon Affiliate Marketing: The Bad

The Amazon Affiliate program has a really low payout. Your commissions are usually 4 -8 percent of what you sell. So if you sell something that’s $1,000 dollars, you’ll probably get between 40 and 80 dollars. You also want to think about the CPM – how much money are you making per 1,000 visitors?

Let’s say you are selling a laptop, and it costs $1,000 dollars. If you send 1,000 people to your Amazon affiliate link for your laptop, you might get a 1% conversion rate – so you make 10 sales. If you make $10,000 in sales, you get paid around 400 dollars, or you have a 400 CPM. In that case, each click is worth 40 cents.

If you are using paid traffic, the results can be even worse. If you went and bid on Google for keywords with “laptop” (“big laptops”, “small laptops”, “cheap laptops”, etc.) it would probably cost you 80 cents to $1.20 per click. That means you’d be spending $800 to $1,200 to get that traffic. If it costs you $1,200 to get 1,000 clicks, and you only make $400 at the end, that is bad business.


Example: Calico Critter Market

As mentioned before, a refined niche like Calico Critters could work for Amazon. But you’d still have a very low CPM. It would be a very low earnings-per-click because these toys are very cheap, and you’d only be making 4 – 8 percent commission on something cheap.

If you sell $100 in calico critters a day, and you get 4 to 8 percent commission, you’d make 8 dollars on a good day. That would take a lot of traffic to get those 8 dollars, because not everyone is going to buy.


Amazon Affiliate Marketing: The Ugly

We know the payout for Amazon is very low, but when you starting making a whole lot of sales, the rates are even worse.

I recently went and looked at some of the top Amazon affiliates who make a lot of money. I took a look at how much they’re making per click.

One top Amazon affiliate sold over $8 million in Amazon stock from his traffic. The amount of traffic that came to his site was 2.8 million visitors. (That’s a lot of traffic – some people struggle to get 1,000 visitors per month.)

The money he made was between 4 to 8 percent of his sales. Let’s say he made approximately $400,000 – $500,000. You might think that’s pretty cool. But this is very important to realize, because people don’t pay attention to this.

In order to get 2.8 million people to Amazon, he probably needed 20 million people or more to come to his website. That’s a 10% click through rate, which is still pretty high. But in order to generate that, his effective CPM is less than 10 cents a click.

If this affiliate has 20 million visitors, and he’s only making $500,000, the amount he’s earning per click is so low that it’s not even funny.

A lot of people will not be able to generate 20 million visitors. It’s very difficult to do—one in a million are able to do it. In order to do this, you either have to have a lot of money, or you have to do a lot of work. And for all that work, this is a very little amount of money.

Remember that this is a targeted market – the amount should be way higher. You would do better if you were to make a site on Calico Critters, and you got a bunch of visitors to actually buy the toys wholesale, or dropship them. You would do way better than this.

Let’s look at another example: Another top Amazon affiliate got 15,000 clicks, which generated $3,809 dollars. For the amount of traffic he sent to Amazon, he was making pennies per click. That sucks.

Another Amazon affiliate got 27,097 clicks to Amazon, and he only made $790 dollars. How many visitors did he have to get for those many people to go to Amazon? 270,000 visitors? If I were making those kinds of numbers, I’d quit and go do something else for a living.

This is the kind of stuff that make people quit affiliate marketing. It’s the stuff that makes people think affiliate marketing doesn’t work, because these kinds of programs pay so low.


Final Thoughts

So, what’s the verdict? Is Amazon the best way to go? If you have no other options, Amazon is probably the best way to go. If you’re in a niche where you can be more creative and make it work, then I’d like you to look at some other options. You can make a lot more money doing different things.

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18 Tips for Social Media Marketing

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1. Create a plan for each social media channel

What’s your plan? Your plan consists of who you’re going to talk to. Who do you want to reach? Who do you want your followers to be? If you refine your market, who do you want to come to you and see what you’re doing well? You might think you want every follower you can get, but some people don’t want what you have to offer.

Do research on what other people in your market are doing. What do people respond to? If you see a marketer with a bunch of people following him, look at what he’s doing. How is he interacting with his audience? What is he posting? What gets the most engagement?

Find your market based on what you want. Just like doing keyword research, you’re doing the same thing here. You can go to Google and search for Facebook groups. Search your niche on Facebook and see if there are groups out there. Get involved and start talking.


2. Post consistently

Be consistent. People need to anticipate what’s going on. Sometimes you can do your content all in a couple days and then roll it out over time. Some people say to post four or five times a day. No matter what it may be, figure out what your market wants. Give something that’s going to be engaging. Look at what’s going on in your market—what kind of hashtags people are using, what kind of search terms, etc.

A lot of people start and quit too early. They’ll post some things and people won’t seem to care. But realize that marketing is an experiment—you put something out there, you test it, you see if it’s going to work. You never really know until the market speaks, until people you like engage with your content. Consistency is going to make you grow.


3. Don’t be spammy

This is a huge mistake that people make everywhere. People just put content out there for content’s sake. Don’t post a bunch of junk. You want to make valuable stuff that people are going to like or interact with, content that people are interested in.

There are people I follow on Facebook and Instagram, and all they do is post offers. They may make a few dollars a week, but they are alienating their audience, and it’s not really what they want. You have to prime the pump and get people interested in your stuff and get them ready to buy. Focus on your market and give them what they want. Ask yourself, “would I value that post?”


4. Use good images and text

This is another one that so many people get wrong. Many people post things that you can’t read. It’s really hard to look at the text, or it’s something that only makes sense to them. Create posts that people will respond to, that people will get value from, that people are going to engage with. The good posts are really easy to look at, and you can tell right away what they are about. Make sure that your posts stand out (for the right reasons).


5. Measure and analyze

Look at what you’re doing. When you create posts on social media, you can usually see what’s going on. You can see how many likes, how many people looked at it, even where they came from. With these insights, you’re able to see what’s working and what’s not working. That’s really important. What’s giving you the engagement? Look at your stats.


6. Don’t be afraid to jumpstart with paid ads

If you’re new and don’t have a lot of engagement yet, you may be afraid to get into paid ads. But if you want to jumpstart your social media business, or social media group, or whatever it may be, you can do it with paid traffic.

The goal with paid ads isn’t to make money back right away, although you can still do that. You want to get targeted followers that will now watch everything you do. You can do paid ads through Instagram or Facebook itself, or you can go to other people who don’t know the value of their traffic, and you can do something on their channel as well.

Be careful with paid ads where you don’t own traffic. If you spend money to advertise on someone’s page with a lot of followers, don’t tell those people to sign up for something, or send them an affiliate offer, or try to sell to them right off the bat. These people don’t know who you are, and you don’t know who they are or what they’re really interested in. You don’t know what they want to buy. Instead, first go through that advertiser’s feed and see what gets engagement on their page. Then, post something of value.


7. Get in on the community

This is by far one of the most profitable things that I’ve found with social media. How do you get in on the community? On Facebook and Instagram, you have groups of people that are interested in certain topics. You can join Facebook groups and reverse-engineer them to see what the leaders are doing. Their goal is to get engagement, too.

You don’t even have to create your own community. You can just go provide value in others. Now, it’s very good to create your own community. When you have your own following, it leads to exponential growth. But if you’re new, get involved in what’s already going on. Be helpful. Get into groups and start interacting. Communities are already happening. There are big ones, small ones, communities on everything.


8. Start your own community

If you’re wanting to get in on community, you might as well start your own community. Social media groups can be very, very effective. There are millions of people on social media just waiting to engage with your content. A lot of people don’t realize the value of their Facebook groups.

Getting 1,000 people in a Facebook group isn’t a big deal at all. Anyone can get 1,000 people in their group if they do it right. You could trigger it with paid ads, and you can actually get your group to rank in the search engines. Name your group a search keyword—it’s not that hard to do, and it’ll start to get picked up pretty easily. This is a lot like forum marketing, only it’s faster and more interactive. You can branch out and have audiences everywhere, and you’ll own your market.


9. Interact

Interact with your market. If you have a community, interact with them. Make them feel special. Welcome them and say hello. Make them want to contribute. Because when they do, they contribute to your society, and that makes you money. You get value and your followers get value. If you interact with your audience and get involved, you can figure out what they’re interested in. People will literally tell you what they want to buy, and you can go and sell it to them. You can find the right people that can say yes to your offer.


10. Collaborate

Collaborate with other people. You could say to someone, “Hey, I want to feature you on my channel,” or, “I want you to feature me on your channel,” and maybe pay them for it, or do it for free once you get a bigger following. Nothing is as powerful as an endorsement from someone that other people like. If you tell people to go follow you, it’s not as powerful. But if someone endorses you and tells their audience to go follow you, that is very powerful.


11. Use keywords and hashtags

Keywords and hashtags tell you what people are searching for. What are people hashtagging? What are they looking up? What do they want? Be careful with how many hashtags you use in your content. Some people frown upon using a whole bunch in a single post. Also be careful with how many words you use per single hashtag. Your words have to be something that is searched for, and there are search tools you can use to help with that.

Don’t use hashtags that aren’t related to your market—make sure they match what you’re doing. Some people use hashtags to try and show their audience things that they don’t necessarily like. Just stick to your market, and you’ll get a die-hard fan base that is totally into your stuff, and you can sell like crazy.


12. Syndicate your content

Make some content, and then make it different for different platforms. You might make a video, then write an article about it. That article can go on your blog and get you traffic. Then you can take that article and break it up into a little image quote for Instagram. These things can take you literally only minutes to do. You can use one piece of content, like a webinar, and have people watch it, then read it, and have people look at tips on your social media channel.

Right here, I have 18 tips that I’m showing you. These can be turned into 18 different posts helping people with social media marketing. If you don’t want to repurpose your content yourself, you can have someone else do it for you. They can transcribe your content or make a PDF. They can make notes for you, and do a blog post, and make images about different quotes that you use in the content. You’ll have content everywhere.


13. Sell while providing value

If you make content and sell while you’re doing it, you can do it casually and be authentic, because you know that it only benefits the user. In my webinars, I sell to you guys all the time. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if people get the Simple Sites course, they can learn to do this and they can make it work. People do it all the time. People tell me that they bought my course and they found a lot of success in it. I know that if you use it, it’ll work for you too. If you want to learn this stuff and learn how to do affiliate marketing and social media marketing, go to and get it.

Remember, the results are not guaranteed. I don’t know how the results are for most people. Most people actually do nothing with my course, and they don’t make any money. I don’t know what you’ll make, but if you want to learn, this is where you want to go. So just as I’ve done here, sell to your audience while you’re providing value to them.


14. Create a purpose for each post

This is very important. What are you posting? Why are you posting? Before you create a post, or make a video, or build a website, figure out what you want to do with it. Maybe with one post, you want people to engage. With another post, you want to get more followers. With another, you want to sell. There should be a purpose for everything you do.

You’ll want to mix it up to give some real value. Give some tips, give some cool stuff, focus on getting more followers, and then sell. Don’t try to do it all in one post.


15. Make fun contests and challenges

I did a contest recently on my Instagram that was really fun, and I also put it on my Facebook and it worked really well. The idea was to show my audience two mobile ad pages, and to see if people could guess which page would get the most clicks. Now, I knew what most people were going to choose. It was pretty obvious which one was going to get more clicks.

But when people answer, they feel good. They feel like a marketing expert. People love this kind of stuff. Then, you can go and reward those people who participated. You can give some money away, and it’s well worth it. Or, if you don’t have money to give away, you can give away other stuff. You can do a shout out in a video, or recognize people some other way. People love to be recognized.


16. Watch what others do 

Look at other influencers’ engagement. Look at how many followers they have, and how many people view their videos, and how many people interact. These are important things to know. You might see that people are usually certain kinds of ads, so instead of doing that, you’ll do something else that will work for you.


17. Research good and helpful content for your market

Do good research. You don’t have to know a lot about anything up front. There is a guy I collaborate with who has over a million subscribers. All he goes is research what other people says and posts it. You want to be careful, because you don’t want to get into legal trouble with copyright issues. But you can do research and share with your audience, and you can bring your own value to it.


18. Build momentum

Go for momentum. Go out there and figure out what people want. Get right in front of them and get them into your stuff. Get them to interact and build some momentum. If you do that, it will spiral, and you’ll start to grow. You’ll get engagement. When you post, people will look at your content, and you’ll get followers. Then the next time, you’ll get a little more. And the next time, you’ll get more. You’ll still be getting some traffic from the old followers, and it will start to spiral and work really well.

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