Plan for Success by Creating a Schedule Contract

When you work for yourself, it’s easy to fall into the trap of procrastination. I’ve a victim of it, myself. But one way to combat it is by creating a schedule and sticking with it. Here are a few tips which may help you do just that.

There’s a good chance that if affiliate marketing or online marketing isn’t your full-time business, you have another job to worry about; that other job will limit how much time you can devote to growing your affiliate business. To get a better idea of what time you have available and when, for the next 72 hours (3 days), take careful note of how your time is spent. Continue reading »

Keeping Your Affiliate Websites Under Control

When I first started my affiliate marketing business, I didn’t think it would grow as much as it did. To say I wasn’t prepared for the logistical nightmare would be an understatement. Over the years, however, I’ve learned a few tips for taming my business through proper organization.

To start, you need to create a list of the websites you’ve already purchased. Go through the list and ask yourself, “What is the purpose of this site?” Based on your answer, add the domain to a specific category, for example Affiliate Network or Personal/Just for Fun. Since everyone is different, it’s best to come up with categories which best suit you and your organizational style. Continue reading »

Moving a WordPress Website to a New Host

Over the years a number of my websites have outgrown their hosting providers and needed to be moved to new servers, which can be a daunting task if you have an already established WordPress website with incoming traffic and links and other good things. However, if you have an organized plan of action to follow, it can be made a little less daunting.

First, make sure you have all your ducks in a row: Secure your new hosting account (I highly recommended HostGator WordPress hosting–use the coupon code wordpress for a special deal); make sure to make a back-up of your current website; check your logs and identify any slow traffic days and times (because that’s when you should begin your move), and, finally, take a deep breath. Continue reading »

3 Ways to Find Article Topics

As I discussed in the How to Build an Affiliate Website Using WordPress course, adding content beyond the product pages in an important step in building a lasting affiliate business. However, one question that I often get is, “How do I know what to write about?”

The general answer is, “There are article topics all around you, if you care to look for them.” Granted, that’s only helpful to people who want to churn the answer around in their mind for hours on hours. So let me save you a bit of time and just give you three quick ways of finding article topics to help better your affiliate website. Continue reading »

Increase Sales by Changing Your Approach

A friend and I were chatting last weekend about the art of the sale. She’d gone into an offline business in which she needed to sell a tangible product (think Mary Kay or HerbaLife, etc.).

Knowing that I sell things online, via affiliate marketing, she asked me for some advice. The advice I shared with her applies to all facets of sale whether online or off.

The first thing I asked her was her goal. How many of the products did she intend to sell? Once we had a (reasonable) goal mapped out, I then told her she needed to pay attention to the people around her. When she’d found their specific need, offer to fill it. Continue reading »