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January 2nd, 2017

Affiliate Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan


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Affiliate Marketing is a branch of Internet marketing where the advertisement publisher gets paid for every customer or sale provided by him. Affiliate marketing is the basis for all other Internet marketing strategies


Originally, affiliate marketing involved lots of spamming, false advertising, trademark infringement, etc. Since the invention of complex algorithms and advanced security, it’s safer to do business and shopping online. This even led to …  More


August 27th, 2016

Affiliate Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan


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Affiliate marketing is the basis for all other Internet marketing strategies. It originally involved lots of spamming, trademark infringement, false advertising and more. Now it is safer to do business online because of advanced scrutiny of terms and conditions by the merchants. As affiliate marketing opened up more opportunities, it also increased marketing competition.


Affiliate marketing was started on music-oriented websites. They placed a list of music albums on their site and paid others to put those links in their websites when a visitor bought an album through their site.


In affiliate marketing, the publisher incurs all the cost except that of initial setup and development of the program, which is incurred by the merchant.




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December 17th, 2015

Steps to a Successful Affiliate Marketing Strategy

by Rahimah Sultan

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I ran across an article titled 10 Steps to a Successful Affiliate Marketing Strategy that laid out what affiliate marketers needed to do to succeed in 2015 and beyond? The operative words are “and beyond.” The author states, “Many first-time affiliate marketers make the mistake of going one mile wide and one inch deep: trying to dominate forty niches in their first few years.” Marcus Taylor covers ten steps to a successful affiliate marketing strategy that include:
Using valuable content, building a brand that adds value to the customer, building a foundation of recurring revenue, and more.


He also says you should use more than one traffic source, have a mobile-friendly site, and find products that add value to the site’s readers and that also have the potential to increase the site’s revenue by an order of magnitude. In his “10 Steps to a Successful Affiliate Marketing Strategy” he points out the fact that affiliates need to be creative and outthink the competition.


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August 3rd, 2015

Affiliate Marketing: Some Myths You Need To Know

by Rahimah Sultan

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Are you a brand manager or a marketing director or the all-in-one head person of a start up? Maybe you are considering setting up an affiliate program for your business. There are some misconceptions about affiliate marketing—some myths you need to know.


One is that affiliate systems are quick and easy to manage. 2) You need to work in a very popular niche in order to make it work. 3) Affiliate marketing is an old strategy, 4) In order to have success your product has to be on as many sites as possible.


As far as affiliate systems being quick and easy to manage, there is a lot of competition. The problem of niches is solvable, affiliate marketing is far from being a thing of the past, and you do not need to have your products on a bazillion sites.


Steve Olenski debunks these myths in his article 4 Myths About Affiliate Marketing You Need To Know. There is a lot of competition in affiliate marketing, a lot of companies do not even bother because they think they have too small a market, link building is outdated, and the best thing about affiliate marketing is quality not quantity.


For an in-depth understanding of these points you can read the article here.


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April 19th, 2015

Affiliate Marketing Mistakes

by Rahimah Sultan

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Affiliate marketing is a great way for bloggers and other content creators to earn revenue; however, there are plenty of mistakes that can be made when first getting into this business.


New people tend to make affiliate marketing mistakes that can be avoided with a little know-how beforehand. Firstly, do not join too many programs. What you should do is select a few reputable networks and start small and focus on them until they start converting. It does not matter what the program is, success is determined more by the strategies used in affiliate marketing rather than the source.


You must invest in the proper resources, conduct tracking and know what your competitors are up to, while not copying them. It is also good to get advice from reputable companies.


Do not run too many campaigns simultaneously. Concentrate more on strategy and develop a broad knowledge of effective tactics before taking a shot in dark with several campaigns. Good publishers will pursue a strong working knowledge of industry tools prior to launching every campaign they are offered.


Not using SEO is another one of the affiliate marketing mistakes made by new comers. SEO is not dead, and it works because it simply connects consumers with the information they are looking for through the words or terms used to find it. Place ads and links exactly where a customer would go to find it.


Although you should not run too many campaigns at the same time, do not limit yourself to one category. There will always be spikes and lulls in sales and growth and diversification is necessary. Always remember that affiliates bring the consumers they reach back to the advertiser who is responsible for the actual sales transaction. Affiliates link consumers to products and services.


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April 5th, 2015

Refocus on Your Business Building

by Rahimah Sultan

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We are now into springtime which is a good time to revisit your New Year’s resolutions, especially if one of them was to start your online business or expand your current one. You can refocus on your business building now and get ahead of the upcoming summertime lethargy. Can you envision yourself with a spring in your step because you are making progress with your business or have at least started your online business? Do you have what you need to start or grow your business?


Do you need some guidance, some hand holding or some step-by-step actions to take? I know I did when starting out new online. Although I stumbled I still made progress. And then a couple of mentors entered the picture and helped me sort out just how to get things going the right way.


I started out with affiliate marketing and found out some things through trial and error. Although it was frustrating at times, I did not give up. Because I kept going I eventually found those mentors who were honest and willing to help.


Now is a good time to put that spring in your step and Refocus on Your Business Building


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July 11th, 2014

Affiliate Marketing Niches

by Rahimah Sultan

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According to Jon Allo, the most popular affiliate marketing niches are health, wealth and romance which are evergreen niches, because people will always have problems they want solved.


As an affiliate marketer you find a product that you like and then you promote it. You want to find useful products in affiliate marketing niches that solve people’s problems.


If you do not like these niches there are plenty of others to consider that include:
Self Help
Gourmet Foods And Coffee
Parents And Children
Household and Home
Hobbies and Leisure


When deciding on an online business that includes affiliate marketing you must consider several things, among them just the basics that some people do not think about. (See article) As an affiliate marketer, you can promote digital products and combine them with tangible ones.


If you choose any of the affiliate marketing niches mentioned and they are digital products, you can also offer tangible products that compliment them such as calming candle lights, health supplements, stress-busting devices, and even massage technology for the self-help niche. If you choose the pets niche you can promote pet food and toys along with a digital course on caring for a pet.


Do your research to determine what you need for setting up your online business. Then decide whether or not you want to include affiliate marketing niches.


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July 4th, 2014

Success With Affiliate Marketing Programs

by Rahimah Sultan

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As an affiliate marketer, your main objective is to sell the products and services offered by your partner merchants. In order to have Success With Affiliate Marketing Programs you will need to increase your web site traffic. Following are a few tips to success with affiliate marketing.


It stands to reason that the most successful sites on the internet are the ones with the most traffic. The best way to get more traffic is through search engine optimization (SEO).


Another way to get more traffic is by joining article directories. To join an internet directory, you will have to submit your site for approval, and it will be categorized accordingly. Only submit with keywords relevant to your niche.


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A third way to increase traffic is to use fresh content. Your site must have fresh, useful content as well as tools that will help your target audience.


Then you must build relationships with your potential customers.


By using these four approaches you can have Success With Affiliate Marketing Programs.

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May 16th, 2014

Internet Marketing Training

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In order to become a successful entrepreneur you must start with some Internet Marketing Training. You must treat your business like a business and not a hobby. Make being your own boss your motivation to strive for excellence and great customer satisfaction.


Operating a work from home business is the perfect opportunity for you to be your own boss provided you’re prepared to do so! Working alone can be very exciting however experiencing small business success at home requires time dedication and effort, persistence, and training.


Internet Marketing Training for business is essential for developing a sound business that will continue to make you money. You can get started by searching online for opportunities. Be very careful because there are a lot of scams. Do some research before signing up to buy anything. You can also get training from books as well as free online training.


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November 26th, 2013

Affiliate Link URL Masking

by Rahimah Sultan

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What is Affiliate Link URL Masking?


If you are an affiliate marketer you have links that look like the following examples.
1) lly/dp/B003FSUDM4/ref=amb_link_353259562_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIK X0DER&pf_rd_s=center-10&pf_rd_r=11EYKTN682A79T370AM3&pf_rd_ …




These links could and should be masked with shortened links like the following.






Although there are numerous programs available, these are examples using


Reasons for Link Masking


As with the first two examples above, sometimes your domain is too long and complicated to spell and/or write. Or you may be using free hosting that does not give you a dedicated domain but just a subdirectory of their domain. Using a shorter, more understandable and eye pleasing link will add a big boost to your online marketing.


Another big reason to mask affiliate links is to keep people from stealing your money. Anyone who is actively promoting other people’s products and/or services as an affiliate could be losing money from hard earned commissions because of those UGLY long affiliate URLs that target you as an affiliate, and scare away your visitors and/or potential customers.


Affiliate link masking sounds pretty obvious. All you’re doing is replacing that UGLY long affiliate URL with a nice cloaked (forwarded inside an invisible frame), professional domain name like the short ones listed in the above examples, that remain sticky.


Sticky simply means that the URL remains the domain name you chose, once your visitor has clicked on it, and it doesn’t redirect back to the UGLY long affiliate URL you started with. This makes you, the affiliate, look professional in the eyes of your visitors and/or potential customers. They don’t know if you are an affiliate or the actual web site owner. A web site’s stickiness is important to online advertisers because the longer visitors stay on the site the more exposure they have to potential advertising.


And lastly, people just don’t like to click on strange looking long links.


How does URL Masking work?


In case of URL Masking the Domain Forwarding server sends the client a Frames page where the Frame Source contains the destination URL you have specified. This ensures that the URL in the address bar of the browser does not change when the client sees the destination page.


As Web surfers become more knowledgeable of how affiliate programs work, more people will omit your affiliate ID or use someone else’s ID when ordering. Either way, you may lose commissions you’re supposed to get. Using full window frame page is probably the most effective (though not perfect) way to prevent such loss. In fact, practically all affiliate link cloaking software uses this method. The address bar won’t display your affiliate URL unless the affiliate site has a frame breaker (e.g.: Gmail). If visitors book mark the site, they will come back to your frame page. This means they use YOUR affiliate ID every time, and this could translate into sales.


Although masking your URL address can be very effective for marketing, in some cases it’s not necessary and disturbs the normal navigation of the user. So be sure to use URL masking only when it’s really necessary, and help convert more of your visitors into SALES!


There are many services online that offer this. Simply go to Google and do a search.


If you are a serious Affiliate Marketer and/or are just starting out online with affiliate programs then this is something you’ll definitely want to look into. Not only will you look professional in the eyes of your visitors and/or potential customers you’ll also be safe guarding your hard earned affiliate commissions with affiliate link URL masking. When visitors come to your site, the link is their first impression, and first impressions matter, especially when doing business online.