The Golden Formula of Internet and Affiliate Marketing

This might sound counterintuitive, but there are no secrets when it comes to internet and affiliate marketing. Not really.

Sure, one marketer might find a way of reaching their target audience that no one else is using, but do you truly expect that marketer to give up his “secret” for $97 unless: 1) the “secret” is already out and the market has been flooded; or 2) the secret is losing its effectiveness?

Rather than searching for the next big secret behind every bush, take this deceptively simple three-step formula and apply it to your own business, then reap the benefits.

Plan and Create Your Site

Research your target market and find out who your prospective audience is. Then plan out your content accordingly and build your website to meet their needs.

Promote Your Site

Once you’ve finished building your website and have added content, it’s time that you get the word out. Use all the marketing tactics you have in your toolbox: article marketing, social networking, search engine optimization, and traditional advertising. Test and tweak as you go along.

Grow Your Site

Once you’ve found the perfect balance for your site, it’s time to grow it. Optimize your revenue streams. Learn what, when, and how to outsource work. Reinvest in your business.

The last point is in bold because it might be tempting to start spending all that money as is comes in, but before you know it, your business has leveled out and there’s no more money left to push it to the next level. Don’t make that mistake. Reinvest at least 25% of your income (though I recommend 50%).

Once you have a handle on the three steps above, you can apply it to a number of other websites in order to fill out your online portfolio.

Discussion (leave a comment)

Jennifer Young had this to say:

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for this post. Common sense really, but it’s refreshing to see such honesty nowadays.

Nigel had this to say:

I think there’s a little more to it than what you’ve posted. This is just a boilerplate. Wish you had offered more by the way of how-to, like how exactly does one get eyeballs to the site you’ve built up?

Jennifer Young had this to say:

Nigel, I think that falls under the promote your site heading. I don’t think this post was intended as a complete how-to, but as a simple reminder that online business doesn’t have to be as complicated as a lot of marketers would have you believe.

If you’re really looking to build up your sites, then maybe you should click through and read some of the links.

james had this to say:

thanks for the tips!!!

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