Trading made simple by BigE-Part 4

Training Chart –
Going south (short). Even though it’s candle #3 it looks strong for a trade entry. USD/JPY 4hr.


Training Chart –
US/Cad 4hr. no trade here. Candle 4 is pulling back, TDI has tweaked. reversal coming.


Training Chart –
GBP/JPY 4hr. Strong trade set up right now.


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EUR/JPY 4hr. looks strong. missed best entry (candle 1 or 2). you decide. sorry it’s a daily chart.


Training Chart
EUR/JPY 4hr. going short but green hasn’t crossed red yet. you choose. Stoch confirms.


I’m disappointed in a few of you and your actions. This is my thread and my method. traded the way I’ve laid it out.
I don’t want to see any more posts that discuss other indicators. other ways. I’m here to help you to make money at no cost to you and I’ve invested thousands of hours doing just that.
Just show your support and respect that were discussing the 5 method. Making trading simple.
If you want to share your other ways or indicators then PM the person that is interested. Don’t post it on our thread.
Guys. My point is let’s keep the thread clean. If you see a post for someone looking for something or a different way you trade it. no problem but please PM them alone. thanks.
Let’s build this so we can help as many traders as possible because they all have money and time invested and they need to make money for their efforts.
Starting out you should be 60-65% successful. Within 1 to two months you should be 70-80% successful. If. you follow the simple rules and simple exits. 3-6 months. 85% successful. Don’t complicate it. keep it simple. Buy your wheel barrow.
I never knowingly take a draw back of 40-50 pips even on the 4hr. I generally exit at 10-15 pips to keep my profit and I’ll re-enter when it turns back. If it happens when I’M SLEEPING. SO WHAT . I never know about it. S/L at last HH or LL. It turns out in my favor most of the time. I lose about 2 trades out of 14-16 trades. I can live with that. I choose my trades carefully making sure they meet the entry rules spot on. and pass on the iffy ones and go hunt other charts.
Even people trading Silver with our method are winning big time.
It’s simple and straight forward so let’s keep it that way please. I want you to win big time.
This one. well, Red is turning over at this moment. green above 68 line (TDI) I think it will drop soon. wait for a set up.


G/U 4hr. Nothing impressive. TDI Green is flat so no go right now. keep an eye on it.

A/U 4hr. Interesting Chart. We are in consolidation (PA), TDI looks strong but no set up yet.
We are above the 68 line too. Another one of the Three Amigos. watch them all.

U/CHF 4hr . Dead in the water. PA & TDI flat.


U/JPY 4hr. Dead in the water. PA & TDI flat.


U/CAD 4hr – dead too. Small candles on PA and TDI flat. These charts show why I don’t like to day trade. this is common.

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Current Training charts

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Don’t contact Dean Malone about the TDI. The way he uses it for his method is 180 degrees from how we use it. you need to learn how to use it our way.
The TDI is the heart of our method. It tells you when to enter and where to exit any trades. so review previous posts and learn it good.
HA Candles are important because it makes your trading way less stressful. use them. Stochs is nothing but confirmation. If Stochs & the TDI give different signals. lights flash off and on warning me to take a closer look before entering. and usually I look for another trade.
5 ema. shows direction currently. only wanting to enter on candle 1 or two. If there is a reversal do I have a TDI signal to enter. if not and all looks strong then enter on candle 2. use some discretion. practice on Demo. take some chances and see if your head computer was right. it’s free.
HA Candles. What are their size? If they are small I will usually go find another set up. Look for consolidation. look for how close PA is to sup/res levels. use your brain! Believe it or not you have to participate and think. until it’s so second nature. there is nothing to it. it’s so simple. don’t complicate it or you will lose.
TDI.
Ask me specific questions with chart examples. mark your chart up. Don’t be vague. get specific. I don’t have the ability to know what you’re thinking. The 32,50 & 68 lines are original. When you get to 68 start looking for a reversal sign on the TDI. However it could still be 50-100 pips away occasionally. just pay attention to the green line for a possible exit signal. the 32 line is the opposite. When I check my charts. I look to the TDI. then PA. If I’m not feeling strong about a current in progress trade. get out then and keep the pips. you don’t have to wait for the next candle to exit. Grab your money and run to a new trade.
A lot of the problems are people trading 5min-1hr charts. your setting yourself up for failure in most cases.
I used to trade the first 2 hours of the NY Session on the 15min charts. Since I no longer trade 15min charts I shut down at 6am my time (9am NY). At about 8am my time (pacific) the market starts to range normally. it’s self destruct to trade ranging markets. If I did trade the first couple of hours I’d scalp it on a 4hr chart if I get a set up.
If the TDI straight green line tweaks it’s angle. pay close attention. check everything. it’s warning you something has changed or is about to.
Congrats to all of you knocking down pips. This system is simple and works. If you can’t make pips with it consider taking up playing cards or something else. Honestly. trading isn’t for everyone.
TDI Tweaks. It doesn’t mean you have to exit the trade. it’s a heads up so pay attention.


When I see a tweak. I look for:
1. Are the candles getting smaller
2. Are the wicks starting to pull back more
3. Are we getting close to a sup/res level.
4. Is my green TDI line getting close to previous highs or lows on my TDI.
Those kind of things. being observant.
I check on any time frame I’m trading. and at night when nature calls I pop on the pc and take a quick look.
For you newer folks. Trading the London Session is the best in my opinion. lots of movement.
Unfortunately it starts late at night in the United States. That’s a major reason you want to learn trading the 4 hour or Daily charts using this method. If you’re serious you’ll use an alarm at the next 4hr candle that appears. It will only take 10 min. to check for trades you need to close or open. At first I thought “what a pain in the keester” however it turned out to be no big deal and the pips piled in! I thought. what a fabulous discovery. Look at your London Session old trades and check out the TDI trade signals on your 4hr and Daily charts. your jaws will drop open when you realize what a gold mine is during that time.
Practice Demo trades to build confidence in the method. it’s money in the bank.
Don’t get fired! Just make the necessary transition to trading 4hr charts during the London session. or Daily charts.
Here is a daily chart. entries marked with vertical lines. It’s easy on this timeframe too.


The chart above. I was hoping to go thru the trades however when your posting you can’t see the chart. duh!
Quit making excuses. if it was any simpler there wouldn’t be a method. it’s bare bones now.
Simple rules, easy TDI entries and exits. fine tune it to your understanding. don’t add anything. don’t complicate it.
Many traders on the old thread said once they quit trying to improve it or making it more complicated. their pip take exploded.
Just for me personally. I trade with FXDD and it’s daily update is at 2pm my time. almost always the market is flat and really doesn’t pick up for another 8-10 hours. and I kill my trades at about 6am my time Pacific because the market is getting ready to range again. I really don’t want to be in the market at dead times. after all it’s my money on the line. I can appreciate the fact you don’t want to get up but it’s difference of trading style and preference. nothing more.
I’ll have my butler unlock the Daily charts so anyone can trade them. Didn’t realize I had a gun to your head. sorry buddy.
I’m just explaining how I do it and why. nothing more. I fill my wheel barrow often with pips and that’s what counts to me.
Just trying to help other traders succeed.
Most new traders are terrified to think about trading 4hr & Daily charts. I know I was many years ago. but I didn’t have a plan on how to successfully attack it either. We are bring that info to our readers.
Stop trading lower time frames if you really want to make money.
When I finally got sick and tired of making $1 a pip I switched to 4hr charts and trading full lots.
I’ve spent a lot of money and thousands of hours studying and it was about time I got paid for it. and I do using our method.
I guess what I don’t like about the Dailies they have big pull back often and on a Daily chart that is a lot of pips. and as always I hate giving 1 pip back to my broker.
I’ll do more research on it. Thanks.
I don’t worry about PA crossing the 5 ema. I totally depend on the TDI for my entry signals.
Always entering when green crosses red and only on candle 1 or two depending what the TDI shows. otherwise I pass and look for another set up.
When you enter a trade using the TDI. watch PA as it arches back and forth to the yellow 5ema line.
If it’s arching back to the yellow line. don’t panic and just jump out. If PA looks strong around the 5ema line. stay in the trade until the TDI tells you different (exit rules). Give your trades some latitude to breathe. use your brain. does PA still look good? No small candles forming? Flow with your trades. Demo until you build confidence. study old charts.
Give it a shot buddy. follow the rules, enter/exits on TDI. Trade Demo to build confidence and study old charts and many pairs with our template until it becomes second nature.
I love taking short trades off the 68 line or just below and long trades long off the 32 line area. made tons of pips when that opportunity presents itself.
Training Chart. Current E/U.
Note the green line has tweaked to the right twice. We are way above the TDI 68 Line. Will be turning, soon. Keep an eye on it.


Training Chart.
Remember what I said about the Three Amigos – E/U, G/U, A/U.
Looks almost like the E/U above. Shows one regular entry, a re-entry. Way above the 68 line on the TDI.


Training Chart.
Here is the A/U. looks similar to the other two. two entry points, way above the TDI 68 line. getting ready to turn like the first two charts. All three should turn in the next 4-8 hours.


Training Chart –
USD/CHF – Heading down. opposite of E/U. Looks like an entry on the 4hr chart. almost to the 32 line so pay attention.

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Here is a training chart. yes, yes, yes there are many trades on it but look at the TDI Blue boxes. A Normal entry is when green crosses red on the TDI (and you can actually see the green on the other side).
A bounce trade is when green gets close to red but bounces away and the original trade continues are good entries generally.
I always look to the left for a possible res/sup level being near. If it’s close I pass on the trade and go find another.


Training Chart. Every red vertical line denotes a proper trade set up on the TDI. There is 16 total. Well it looks like one or two MIGHT have been a small loser. oh my gosh. so using this method on a current chart. what does that make your winning percentage? If you decide to trade this Simple Method I recommend you go to your local hardware store and buy a wheelbarrow to carry your pips to the bank. I got mine gold plated. what color is yours SnarlyJ?
Every time I enter a trade I Expect To Win. right from the get go. If I’m not sure because of what I’m seeing I’ll pass and find another set up. therefore the wheel barrow is required equipment to trade this simple method.


I generally quit trading at 6am Pacific (9am est.). Why? The market might cook some for the next hour or two but unless there is a hot news announcement during the day. the market pretty much peters out and ranges. I don’t want to be trading in that junk. That’s where dealers make most of your money is ranging markets and 5-15 min time frame trading. you got to quit trading those trash time frames. Granted there are 2 out of 100 who can Kick bootie there but chances are you’re in the 98% who can’t. I hear it over and over traders complaining that they have 2-3 years experience but can’t keep their head above water. always losing or just breaking even. or worse.
You can’t get different results if you keep doing the same thing over and over. just aren’t going to happen anytime soon.
Years ago I traded stocks but later switched to fx. I started using higher timeframes moving up from 5 to 15 to 30 to 1hr and I was seeing benefits every time I went higher. Kept working on the TDI honing it to the maximum simplicity possible and moving up to 4hr charts and trading at my bed time. wow what a difference in pips earned. stress free as I slept.
On this method the TDI is King. All trades are signaled by it as well as exits. does that keep it simple. Only red and green lines (double thickness) and remove the others. cut out any possible confusion. make it simple for YOU !
Note the last 20 candles (PA) are pretty flat with some movement.
You took the trade close to the TDI 32 line which is about the bottom. However I’ve seen trades taken short on the 32 line go 100 pips profit. Just be aware how close you are to the 68 & 32 line and pay close attention.
The TDI and Stochs are giving opposite signals.
Also pay attention to the left on the TDI for tops and bottoms. there pretty accurate for reversals.
It may be ok but I would have passed looking for another chart set up. I only pick the best chart set ups to trade. there are plenty and no itchy finger here to jump in. just pick the most solid looking set ups. it’ll make you lots of pips.
Exits.
Looking at your TDI. if you see:
1. TDI go flat
2. TDI start to hook over
3. TDI do a check mark reversal
EXIT.
I marked exit areas on the TDI on this chart:

TDI Roll Over or hooking over Exit Signals:


Check mark EXITS on the TDI. From these 3 charts you can see what to look for on EXITS via the TDI. very simple again.

Entries. Doesn’t matter the time frames. the set ups are all the same. This is so simple to spot most can trade this easy system and make lots of pips. a member recently took 3 evening trades and woke to 250 pips profit. you can, too.


The question was concerning why not enter on candle # 3. In this example the TDI indicates taking the trade on candle # 1. Had you entered on candle # 3 you would have been two candles late for the CORRECT ENTRY. Because a reversal normal runs 3-8 candles we were fortunate it has run so many candles.
The idea about entering on candle 1 or 2 if you get the TDI signal is if it only goes 3 candles you should get on average at least some profit. especially on higher time frames.


For New Traders Only. I hope you’re not burning your eye sockets out trying to read the charts. You need to click on the charts to enlarge them. sometimes up to 3 times for max magnification.

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Is that possible? Yes.
Years ago when I retired I was looking for something to do. I attended a free local presentation about trading FX. My mind said “We can do that and make money too. from the recliner”. so the torture began as happens to all newbies.
I bought one sure fire program for $2,300. saving $1,700 off the normal $4,000 price. Man. I’m on my way I thought. It was so difficult to understand and trade that I never made a dime. In fact I lost most of the time. When I called the company it was all Greek to me. I thought a lot of good that 19 years of education is doing.
I said this is BS and went on to other systems. I switched to Demo trading for several years while studying old charts. What made them tick? Every method had quite a few rules, indicators on & on.
I finally got fed up with them all. remembering the thoughts years before of “I can do this”. Then why was I getting my butt kicked on a regular basis. so frustrating.
I wanted a method that was simple, worked on all timeframes, simple rules, few indicators. that when looking at my simple chart it just shouted out what I needed to do and developed a method that is 70-80%+ wins for me on a regular basis. It took over 2 years to develop this method. I worked hard. late nights and weekends, too. I was so hungry for success.
I hate trading 5min-15min-30min charts. Why? You have to monitor each trade from beginning to end and hope and pray you made a correct entry. I only trade 1hr charts during the 1st 3 hours of the USA OPEN and 4hr trades at night. I check for set ups at 10pm Pacific (7am), 2am (11am) and close all 4 hour trades by 6am (3pm) Pacific. You ever woke in the morning popping on your pc and find you made 150 pips while you slept. guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a skip in your step.
I post a lot of training charts to drive it into your brains what to look for and how easy it can be.
Just open your eyes, brain and pay attention and you’ll be making pips soon.
You’ll learn down the road that most of the stuff you have learned in the past is crap. I did. The list of rules in most methods will keep most dizzy, never building confidence. without confidence in your entries and exits you have nothing worthwhile.
We have a group of great traders who have been trading this method for 6-8 months already who will help you jumping in to answer your questions too.
I am very protect-ful of all our members. We don’t have a stressful thread. no name calling allowed. I’ll delete anyone who starts any problems. If you have a problem, PM me and don’t post it. If you’re not happy. please move on quietly. I’d do the same for you. You want Stress Free learning. come join us.
Really can’t understand something. PM me your phone number and best time to call and I’ll clear it up for you looking at an FXDD Demo chart so we are looking at the same chart.
You will need a MT4 platform to use our program.
The key to this method is the Traders Dynamic Index indicator for entries and exits. I also use a Stochastics (8,3,3) indicator. It is ONLY used to confirm direction. Nothing else.
We only use Heiken Ashi candles. that’s important.
We want you to be an active member asking questions, posting charts and making observations
when possible. Start trading a Demo account until you build your confidence and only then consider switching to a live account.
Disregard template posted below and see updates. Read the complete thread BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS. YOU WON’T BE SORRY.
1st Trading Chart. Note on the TDI showing your entry set ups. green crossing red enter on that new PA candle.
Entries and exits.
We Enter a trade when green crosses red on the TDI at the beginning of that candle. If it’s candle 3 or more don’t enter. find another trade set up. The only exception is if green bounces off red and continues. it’s ok to re-enter on the bounce.
Exit your trade when the green TDI line goes flat, starts to hook over or makes a check mark reversal.
If you add other things it will influence your decisions. usually to your detriment. Don’t try to complicate it thinking it can’t be this easy.
Important to study TDI entries on old charts, any time frame. Give yourself a chance and trade it like it’s laid out.
I prefer to trade the 4hr charts at night. My broker posts new 4 hr candles at 10pm my time (Pacific), 2am my time and 6am my time.
My page when I open up my charts has 8 open charts. I just glance at the TDI for set ups when the new candle opens. If I see a set up. green just crossing red I’ll take the trade, turn off the pc and go to bed. Four hours later (1:50am) my alarm goes off for the new candles and I take a peek. if I see a new set up I’ll enter and go back to bed with the last alarm at 5:50am my time. I close all trades at that time and go back to sleep. There are enough set ups in a normal week to make 200-500 pips. Stress is zero.
If I do any day trading I’ll use 1hr charts at news time. Any method and any timeframes are difficult and fast on the 5-15 min charts. That’s where most traders get taken to the slaughter and the dealers know it which puts the odds in their favor.
I hate to monitor charts anyway. Even if I scalp the market I use 4hr charts with success. 4hr charts have less noise, less head fakes, less influence by any news. Just have a lot of benefits.
The key to building confidence is to study old charts. look at the TDI moves and how it looks on PA so every time you see that same set up you will know your odds for success are high.
HA candles average a 3-8 candle run in most cases when it reverses. That’s why I want to enter on candle 1 or 2 if I see a set up. A single candle on the 4hr nets you 30-60 pips or more generally. If it goes 3-4 candles you’ve already made 80-150 pips.
When using Japanese candles you see up down up down and you’re stressed to the max during your trade. It’s more calming to trade HA candles.
Dean Malone @ www.compasfx.com trades a similar method but it’s very conservative. too slow for me and I had to pass on a lot of pips using his rules and he trades 15 min charts which I don’t like.
If you want the Original TDI Indicator and HA candle indicator (Average Price Bars) go to the site above. They are free downloads. You can remove what you want.
Dean invented the TDI. and I removed all the extra lines to make it easy to look at and trade. same thing with his Synergy charts. I kept eliminating all the extras until we got down to what I trade now. no fluff. His charts and TDI are too busy for me. I like simplicity. He doesn’t use the TDI the same way I do either.
Which direction to trade the TDI. Is it going up (long) or coming down (short). that’s the direction to trade.
I hate S/l trading. The safest way is to place your S/L at the last high or low a couple of candles back. I’ve never had one taken out that way.
A set up is NOT GREEN TOUCHING RED. Why? Many times green bounces back and the original direction continues. That’s a bounce trade.
Wait for green to CROSS RED and open your trade at the beginning of the new candle. usually candle 1 or 2.
Catch the momentum.
I’d say pick the charts you like to trade and understand their movements. breathing patterns.
I always like to have the E/U, G/U and A/U side by side on top plus one more chart. Those three charts tend to move together in the same direction. So if I see a set up on one I usually find a set up on one or both on the other pairs. I’ve made a lot of pips trading all three at the same time.
I usually include 2-3 Japanese charts. a USD/CAD chart. Always end up with 8 charts on one page.
Dean trades these on top.e/u, g/u e/j, a/u left to right and these below. left to right. u/chf, u/j, g/j , u/cad. Setting them up that way generally means the top chart is moving in one direction and the one directly below moves in the opposite direction.
Would probably been a small loss. we get them every here and there. everyone does no matter their method.
Let me straighten a few things out as I get started today (1:30pm).
I have to deal with a lot of medical problems each day. Not looking for sympathy here. So at times I won’t be available to answer questions directly so please be patient and understand.
I have a wonderful group of traders. that know what they’re doing and they have been jumping in to help. which I appreciate dearly. they have become close and trusted friends and they love what they do here. They’re here to help you learn.
Many traders are making money for the first time since they started trading fx and they deserve it, too. I get high on other peoples success.
If you ask a question and it doesn’t get answered. please forgive us and please ask it again. It gets a little hectic over here.
I’m going to post lots of charts with trade examples. I always learned best by seeing. Probably you too.
Welcome aboard to all new thread members. We want you all to participate in a positive manner and post charts too. Well, let’s get to it.

How to Become a Super Affiliate and Make Commission-Part 13

The IM Niche
Yes, I know it’s a bit ironic to put something about the IM Niche in the Blue Ocean chapter, but bear with me. To start with, forget about actually writing a product or marketing yourself as a guru in this niche. Other gurus can tell and it doesn’t work, plus it’s just plain dishonest (and illegal at this point). That said, there are plenty of good ways to make money in this niche, despite what everyone tries to tell you. It just needs to be done properly.
To start with, you need to create a blog or website where you can outline your expertise and build a readership following. I recommend a simple WordPress blog with a theme like the Ultimate WordPress Theme or WP Remix Theme, both very solid premium themes with integrated IM tools that can make gathering email addresses and serving ads much easier. Second, you need to develop an email list and start gathering names as we discussed in the earlier chapters. Provide a free bonus that you’ve had written or acquired from another product you purchased (make sure it has resale rights so you can distribute it). When new products are released, be sure to have something on hand to stand out from other marketers. Thousands of people attempt to market a new product when it first hits the market. If you try to do the same thing, you’ll probably get buried. So, outsource a free report or get one ahead of the game from the vendor of the new product. Most of these vendors will provide one or more of the free bonuses they’re giving away as a perk to affiliates, but you have to ask first and so few people ask (which is a good thing for you). Ideally, start building up a nice stash of bonuses that you can use whenever a new launch occurs. You can get these bonuses from affiliate member sections, PLR products, Elance outsourcing, interviews with top marketers in the niche (including the product creator), and anything else you can get your hands on. Having the most possible bonuses and providing them in exchange for email addresses will work wonders for building potential leads and giving you a good market to hit up when a new product comes out. And, even if they do not buy the product, you’ll still come away with their email address – a win no matter what.
Conclusion
I could write volumes and volumes about the little things that a super affiliate does to get where they are. But, here’s the thing – most of those details are just that, little things that can be done differently or adjusted by anyone to make a profit. What really matters when it comes to finding and traveling the path being a super affiliate is knowing exactly what you want out of the process and how you can get it. Be clear about your dreams, remember why you’re doing it, and be persistent. I guarantee you that you’ll make mistakes. Heck, I’ll probably make a dozen mistakes by the end of this week. But, if those mistakes don’t get made, how can either of us even begin to improve. You have to be willing and ready to fall down so you can get back up and learn to stay upright. And everything you’ve read in this guide was designed to help you do just that – to balance what your affiliate marketing campaigns need against what you’re interested in and capable of providing. Ultimately it comes down to taking this knowledge, going out and trying everything over and over again until you hit on what works. When you find that special formula that works, you need to sit down and do it all over again. Don’t try something new after that, or attempt to expand. Master that one little thing you did right and grow from there. That is what a super affiliate is – a student who studied their mistakes for hours upon hours and learned how to advance from there. They focused, studied, and learned a specific set of processes that, today, are making them richer than they ever imagined.
Do all these things and you too will be well on your way to the pedestal and the big“S” in front of your name. Don’t get discouraged, and by all means, don’t give up.
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What is AffiloJetpack?
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Another is the training that is provided with AffiloJetpack. Mark Ling shows you how to do everything in videos which are arranged in the proper sequence. The training covers finding a unique angle for your niche, keyword research, setting up and customizing your website, getting started with your website articles, customizing your content, setting up your autoresponder series and everything you need to know to get visitors signed up to your email list, and driving traffic to your website using SEO, PPC and advanced methods.
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How to Become a Super Affiliate and Make Commission-Part 12

Outsourcing and Delegation
If you ask any one successful marketer in the world what got them where they are today, they will tell you one thing – time management and outsourcing. You just can’t get anything done if you try to take it on yourself. Yet, it seems like every time I turn around, I see someone stumbling through the motions, trying to make money while doing everything on their own.
And they don’t fail outright. They can get one or two websites up every month or so. They can tweak a few links and write a few articles a day, and if they’re lucky they will have a bit of time left over at the end of the week to spend with their families. But they don’t get to quit their jobs and they definitely don’t become super affiliates, and here’s why.
Affiliate Marketing Takes Time
It takes a lot of time. It’s why we always say there is no such thing as a “get rich quick” scheme. The quick part sinks you every time. It takes time and it takes investment. When you get started, the formula will be almost entirely about time. You won’t have much money so you’ll do as much as you can by yourself. You’ll start your first website, hopefully make a few dollars and then make another one. It could take two or three weeks, but at least you’ll be started. But, it’s after that first website or two that many people make the mistakes. They see the paychecks start to come in and they want to know what they can do to keep all that money. Why set aside 40-50% of it to reinvest when you could just as easily buy that big screen TV and just do the work yourself? I asked the same question when I got started and so have millions of others. The key is to overcome the urge to spend the money and learn to reinvest it. Do less work yourself and start delegating to outsourcers on sites like Elance.
Using Elance
You can outsource just about everything you do for your affiliate marketing campaigns. Personally, I believe a marketer shouldn’t do much of anything beyond the big picture thinking. It might take some time to get there, but eventually you should check emails, generate ideas, and check progress. The rest of the time is spent outsourcing article writing, website design, link building, and graphic development for your sites. Elance is the primary tool for many marketers in this regard. It’s easy and free to sign up for clients and it takes all of five minutes to post a job asking for help. Here are some tips when you outsource to someone on Elance:
• Be as Detailed as Possible – When writing up a project description; know exactly what you want beforehand. If you don’t tell the writer or designer what you need, they will be forced to take license with the project and make decisions you may not agree with. If you have a timeline you need to meet, provide it. If you have SEO guidelines you require, provide them.
• Be Realistic About the Budget – The budget of your project should be realistic. Don’t expect any level of quality if you pay $3 for articles. Someone will always do the work at that rate, but the quality will suffer. For any content writing, I recommend hiring only native English speakers with good feedback. If you can get a good rate for that, go for it.
• Interview Prospects – Don’t just hire someone. Ask them questions you may have and make sure they are very clear on what you need. There is a message board on Elance, and you can often find most providers on services like AIM or Skype as well.
• Check for Samples – Ever provider should have a portfolio with their past work. Ask to see additional samples if they don’t have anything relevant to the topics you’re requesting.
• Regular Communication – Communication is important, especially with big projects. Make it clear up front that you need regular updates throughout the project. You can back this up with escrow milestones. Split the project into 2-3 parts and the provider will have to contact you between parts to get paid.
When using Elance, your goal is to get high quality content for the price you pay and ultimately to do less work. If you have to edit the content, get a website redone, or throw it all away, you’re wasting potential time and a lot of money. That’s why I recommend you always have realistic budgets and expectations. This can be a tremendously powerful tool that will flip your investment into a massively profitable affiliate marketing process, but it needs to be used wisely and realistically.
Blue Ocean Marketing
What’s a blue ocean? It’s a clean, open space without any predators circling you’re your blood. Simply put, when talking about affiliate marketing, it is the process of going out and finding exciting new ways to market your affiliate products that will circumvent the usual press of people that try the same old tactics every time a new product is launched.
Luckily for you, I have a few of those strategies laid out below that will help you not only start thinking about how to get outside the proverbial box, but how to develop your own blue ocean strategies for marketing. In reality, if you do everything in this guide and don’t take shortcuts while staying persistent, you can be very successful.
But, in some niches, you need an edge and when it comes to an edge, blue ocean thinking will almost always get you ahead.
The US Market and Beyond
First up, there’s the US market. Everyone and their mother tries to get in on the US market – whether you’re marketing in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, or a dozen other countries from around the globe. It’s the granddaddy of big affiliate profits. But, for those that are tired finding their pages on page 12 after three months of hard work, consider the option of moving your sites to UK, CA, or AU search engines instead. If you do a quick search for any major niche in the US market, you’ll usually find a good chunk of high ranking sites that sit atop the listings. But, if you go to another Google site, like Google.co.uk, you’ll find far fewer sites from that region on the list. Google likes to place sites from the region the search engine is serving, but if not enough sites are available, it will start going down the list to the .coms and other options. So, if you find that optimization for “get rid of acne” in the United States is very competitive but rather lax in the UK market, you can buy a site like www.getridofacnenow.co.uk and market that site instead. The actual market of buyers in the UK is about 25% of the US market, but if you’re on the front page and it takes less time to get there, the profitability from that niche spikes considerably. The same can be said for all non-US English markets, including .CA, .AU, and .NZ.
Alternate PPC Marketing Platforms
Since it was launched in 2002, Google AdWords has been the king of all Internet advertising, grossing more than $6 billion a year in revenue for the big ‘G’. But, while Google has 65% of the search traffic in the world, there are other search engines out there that can offer quality paid traffic for a fraction of the cost and a lot less headaches trying to decipher complicated quality scoring. There is Yahoo!, Bing, and even YouTube, where PPC advertising is much less expensive than it is for Google. The bids are usually less, because of less competition, the interface is simpler and while you’ll always get less impressions and clicks, you very well may make more of a profit from those sites based solely on the smaller upfront investment required to get going.
In addition to using alternate PPC engines, you should also consider using Image Matching in the Google Content network. This will allow you to submit a banner ad to AdWords that will appear on content sites alongside related information. Banner ads can take as little as 5 minutes to create and they are infinitely more attractive and effective than standard text ads.
Getting Around the Clickbank Conundrum
The majority of Internet marketers attempt to make money with Clickbank. It is the service everyone has heard of, and admittedly, it is the best option in terms of getting paid immediately and without having to sign up for approval. However, there are hundreds of other affiliate networks out there with products that might make a fortune but that you’ve never heard of.
Especially when it comes to big budget items, you’ll never find massive single options profits on sites like Clickbank. The biggest, standalone products with the massive profit levels are often on private networks or CPAs, as discussed in the previous chapters. If you’re serious about hitting all the possible profit opportunities, make sure you focus on the ways in which you can target the other affiliate networks out there.

How to Become a Super Affiliate and Make Commission-Part 11

Not All Leads Are Equal
Something you’ll hear any salesperson tell you is that not all leads are equal. This is especially true in email marketing where buying leads are 10-100 times more likely to convert, depending on the niche in which you’re working. This goes beyond email marketing and hits on just about every facet of your business, because when it comes to generating leads and converting sales, your focus should always be on people who are ready to make the leap.
That’s why we focus our keyword research on product and author names and buying keywords, because someone looking to make a purchase is often using those keywords to do a final round of research. In terms of lead generation, you’ll find it a lot easier to make a profit by sending out emails to people who are already on the edge of the precipice – a light push can land you a nice profit.
Finding “Buying Leads”
To find and take advantage of buying leads, you need to first know where to look. There are plenty of good places to seek out people who are primed for buying. First, there are those that have already made purchases. These individuals will often frequent forums of other products. A trick I’m especially fond of is buying hot products in a niche I’m marketing within and then posting on the forums for that product. I can then link back to a squeeze page to gather email addresses or to a free product that I’m giving away. Trying to sell directly from the forums is not often effective, but lead gathering is extremely effective because these are people who you know for a fact spend money and are in the niche already.
Another effective strategy is to go to a lot of live events – seminars, meetings, and group outings around the country. These events are packed with people who are eager to learn more about products that you might be selling. This is more effective in certain niches than others. For example, the making money online niche is ideal for lead gathering at events. Create something of relative value and hand out CDs or business cards with links to your squeeze page and you’ll be surprised how many people gladly hand over their contact information.
CPA Marketing
Most of what we’ve talked about so far has to do with direct affiliate marketing of information products on sites like Clickbank. But, one of the biggest markets right now for affiliate marketing – both in volume and in potential – is the CPA market. This is somewhere that people have been making millions upon millions of dollars just by soliciting specific actions on websites to prospective leads.
There are a few reasons why CPA, or Cost per Action, is so popular. First, you don’t need to worry about actually making sales, and as a result, you don’t need to worry about refunds. Companies are paying you to get leads to perform specific actions on their site. For example, getting someone to submit an email address is worth between $0.50 and $3 in many industries while getting someone to fill out a short registration form with contact details can be worth up to $50 in industries like insurance or car sales. Here are some of the common ways you can make money with CPA:
• Zip Code or Email Submission – $0.50-$3 per submission
• Short Registration – $2-$50 per submission – Simple information and basic action for leads.
• Risk Free Trial – $30-$50 – Get someone to commit to a low cost, shipping and handling only scenario and you’ll receive huge commissions for those conversions.
• Sales – Sell a large scale product or service and earn massive returns, well over $50 in some cases.
And while CPA is generally very similar to other affiliate marketing actions, it has a few rules that vary slightly due to the signup process, the expectations of the marketers in particular, and how it all breaks down when you send people along to the target sites.
Signing Up for CPA Networks
Signing Up for a CPA network can be tricky. It is not automatic as most networks have an approval process. Keep in mind when you sign up that you need to use an actual email address and a phone number that can be reached immediately. If they call for verification and you don’t answer the phone, you may get denied based on that alone. Also, tell them exactly what you’re marketing, how long you’ve been doing it, and provide a website if possible.
Once you’re signed up for a CPA network, you’ll have access to an affiliate manager who can answer questions, provide tools and help you through the process step by step. This is an invaluable tool that too many marketers overlook. If you are, for some reason, denied, talk to someone and find out why. Most of the time, it is a simple misunderstanding or missing piece of information that can be fixed quickly enough.
Finding Offers and Getting Paid
Because there are so many networks and so many offers out there, it’s important to know where to look and how much of a profit you can make when you research the different potential super affiliate making opportunities on the market.
To start with, know that a good EPC (earnings per click) rate is $1. This means that for every 100 clicks you receive, you’re making $100 in action conversions. If you can get up to $3 or more, you’re doing fantastic and will make a tremendous amount of money at what you’re doing.
Regarding the niches you select, you’ll want to stick in the ones that are everyone is familiar with. The CPA networks are pretty much devoted to things that have long, proven, evergreen histories. They sell all the time and are worth a lot of money. This includes diet, insurance, business opportunities, mobile, education, dating, finance, or dating among others.
OfferVault.com
A great tool for finding and researching offers is OfferVault.com. This site will provide a variety of tools that allow you to research and learn more about specific niches.
Just enter a keyword for the niche you’re interested in and the engine will produce a list of offers related to that search term. You can then sort the offers by the highest EPC and payout amounts. You’ll need to join whatever network that particular offer is a part of as well.
Another good resource for finding new offers to market is to talk to your affiliate managers. Often, if a new offer has come into a marketplace, the managers will be able to give you a heads up on it. They also have all the numbers regarding how well it’s doing and how many people are promoting it. Most managers will provide this data if you ask. Most CPA marketers just don’t think to ask.
Making Solid Income with CPA Marketing
Because CPA is not the same as affiliate marketing, it can be hard sometimes to ensure you’ll make as big of a profit by doing it. That said, the majority of the tactics you’ll use are the same. You’ll still want to setup websites using the right keywords and sound SEO tactics. You’ll still want to place links throughout the page, develop plenty of backlinks and have strong calls to action. However, you’ll want to consider a few other things that can help a CPA offer flourish.
• Mass Appeal Marketing – CPA offers are generally things that will appeal to a large number of people. Because you’re not dealing with the same urgency that affiliate marketers do – you don’t need to sell anything, just create an action – your goal is to find high scale, hot offers that have enough attractive points to convince people to fill out a form or order a free trial of something.
Avoid limited markets like cutting edge technology or seasonal products.
• Checking Ads – Another easy way to ensure you’re working with offers that will earn money is to check the top sites on the Internet to see if their advertising is working. Use Quantcast or Alexa to check the top sites and then sort them by which ones accept advertising. Check to see if the ads on those sites repeat, and if they do, you know that niche will make money. They wouldn’t repeat ads on expensive sites like that if they didn’t make money.
From there, go to Offer Vault and find the highest paying offers in that niche.
• Presell Page Tactics – Because you’re not selling something directly, but trying to solicit an action, your websites will have a bit of a different approach.
Rather than just selling something, they will presell something – an idea or thought that will lead your prospects to fill out an offer or provide an email address. To boost these conversions, you can use the same conversion tactics we discussed before, as well as things like coupon codes to reduce shipping costs on free trials, expiration dates to make the offer look like it is scarcer than it is, dual offers to double your income, and exit popups to get people back to the offer when they try to leave the page.
• Getting Traffic – Getting traffic for a CPA offer is almost always the big obstacle that marketers will face. You can always use the standard SEO tactics and forum tapping tactics, as well as PPC advertising that we discussed before, but you can also use banner advertising and a few select tools that will convert very well to see if you’ll make an impact on the market.
To start, find a site like BuySellAds.com that provides ad buying services for sites that don’t have time to manage these things on their own. Then go to the buying ads section and look for the top sites:
You can sort the sites by the number of impressions per month they get, and then check to see how much they all cost. The total cost of the ads will vary per site and slot, but try to find something nice and affordable – less than $300 for 6 million+ impressions is often a very good deal.
Don’t assume that the deal is great though. Check to see where the ad will be placed, then go to the site and see how the ads look. Additionally, go to Google Ad Planner and research the site to see that the numbers are accurate, the demographics are what you need on the site, and the age range is appropriate. Sites with large numbers of under-18 users are almost useless because they do not have access to credit cards like adults do.
If you choose to use graphic banner advertising, make sure to have a professional banner created to keep it looking high quality. You can get one of these for as little as $20 on Elance or other freelancing sites and it takes only a day or two. Easy as that, you get huge traffic for less than $300 and you won’t need to worry about things like SEO or PPC advertising.
CPA marketing is not entirely different from affiliate marketing, but many times you’ll find that those who specialize in it will use it alone and vice versa. I won’t recommend any one type of marketing over the other – there are marketers who have made massive fortunes on both sides of the fence. However, I will say that you should focus on one method and poor as much of your energy into it as possible. If you’re serious about making a profit with your affiliate marketing efforts, you need to know one niche and field inside and out. Don’t hop back and forth or you’ll never reach that level of knowledge you need to succeed.

How to Become a Super Affiliate and Make Commission-Part 10

Email Marketing
You can’t get more basic and important than email marketing and list building when it comes to making money on the Internet. There is nothing more powerful than having someone’s email address and being able to contact them directly and ask them to check out an affiliate offer. Of course, it’s not as simple as that. There are rules to follow, information to give away, and trust to develop. That’s why every good email marketing campaign needs a good plan.
Creating an Email List
Email lists are operated by services called Autoresponders. The best autoresponder service on the Internet is Aweber – starting at just $20 a month for up to 500 leads. The site pretty much always pays for itself and has some of the highest delivery rates of any autoresponder around. If you don’t already have a membership, get over there and start one.
Once you’ve created your email marketing list, you’ll need to implement an opt-in capture form. I’ve already discussed how to create a popover that will show up a few seconds after someone shows up on your site. These forms are highly valuable, but you don’t need to use them if you’d rather lead prospects more naturally. You can have a simple HTML form on the right side of your page too. I recommend you keep it in the first fold, however. You want that autoresponder signup to be seen by as many people as possible. If you offer something useful, the signup rate will hopefully be well above 10-20% – don’t let the numbers suffer because you don’t put it where it can be seen.
Another possible tool is a basic squeeze page. These are single web pages that offer a small piece of valuable information in exchange for an email address. This is pretty much what you’ll be doing anyways, but a squeeze page will put all the focus on getting those email addresses.
Getting Leads
Actually generating leads is what will help you make a real profit with your email list. You want good, hard leads for people who are ready to make a purchase or solve a problem. To do this, you’ll need to offer something of value to them and then follow through on it. I have two primary recommendations here – the free report and the 6 part minicourse.
I tend to lean toward the latter most of the time. Though the free report is a good tool, the minicourse is better though because it allows you to create an expectation that your emails will arrive every day for the next six days. When you build that expectation, you can reduce the chance that they assume your emails are spam. If you give away a free report, they may forget that they signed up for your list by the time they receive your sales pitch, and the message will seem like spam. You need to build up trust with them before you can pitch that affiliate link.
The Opt-in Box
The opt-in box itself needs to be well formatted and targeted toward your prospects.
Here are some specific tips to make sure it gets the job done:
• Use Graphics – Use a graphic for the mini-course or free report to make it seem like a tangible thing. Also, describe the product so they know exactly what they are getting.
• Value Driven Bullet Points – Use 3-5 bullet points to describe specific benefits they will gain from signing up for your free course. Don’t give away any information – just tell them what they’ll get and make it as enticing as possible.
• Aleve Suonsspici– If someone thinks they might get spammed, they’re much less likely to sign up for your mailing list. To avoid this, make sure to place a disclaimer with the opt-in box that says something like “I won’t share this email address with anyone” or “I hate spam as next as the next guy –don’t worry, I’ll keep your email to myself”.
• Free Product Access – If you’re giving away something more substantial, like software or a full eBook, you can require “registration” before they can access and download that freebie. It’s the same thing as a free report, but if you build the entire site around that product, you’ll be able to draw more attention and get more signups. People are used to registering to use something they’re interested in.
When it comes to lead capturing, the opt-in box needs to be more than just a “name here, email here” box in the corner. It needs to be front and centre, clearly lay out the value of the list, and be visually appealing. When you can do all that, you’ll be much more capable of snagging the leads you need.
Formatting Your Mini-Course
A mini-course needs to do many things, but first and foremost it needs to build trust and expectations. When you violate that trust or underwhelm those expectations, you may risk losing your prospects. So, instead of trying to start selling in email one, you need to back off a little bit and show your readers that you’re actually there to provide something of relative value. There are a few ways to do this.
1. Ensure Every Email Holds Value – The point of an autoresponder course is to convince people that your goal is to provide valuable information they can use to solve their problem. If you spend more time trying to sell them something than actually providing that advice, they are going to assume that you are not nearly as noble as you seem. Everyone expects to be sold something online – your goal is to convince them that what you are selling will benefit them as much, if not more, than it benefits you.
2. Offer Calls to Action – Every email you write should have a solid call to action. That does not mean you should try to sell something in every email. You can tell people to read more on a blog, follow you on Twitter, read an article you’ve posted, or download a free report. By acclimating them to performing an action after every message, it will be far easier to convince them to make the leap and click on that affiliate link when the time comes.
3. Provide Incentive – Don’t just offer things to people; tell them why they are of value. Imagine you created an email course that provided solutions to 6 common problems people have with their dogs and aggression. These problems would be very specific, and at the end of each message, you might refer them to articles, websites, and blogs for more information. Make sure you provide not only the information, but a link between that information and action – “click here to learn what it will take to stop your dog from tearing up your cushions”. That kind of message is far more effective because it speaks to what they gain, something everyone can understand.
4. The 7th Day Message – Finally, there is the last message in your autoresponder course, the seventh day message. This is a message that will ultimately cash in on all that good will and trust you’ve built up and allow you to target your prospects to click on a link and buy what you have to offer. The seventh day message needs to do a few things. First, it needs to be urgent.
You need to make them realize that if they do not act right away, they will miss a great opportunity. Do this by giving away a free bonus when they buy through your link – something urgent they will need. By offering this urgency, you can push a waffling prospect over the edge – with a sales boost (for those who’ve opted in) of almost 30% in some cases.
Email marketing is a tricky business because you need to hit on a message that will flame the interest that your prospects have without making them too wary in the age of spam and constant commercialism. Adding value and honestly providing useful information will always do that for you. Remember the old axiom – “value before profit”. If you can provide customers value in what you write, the profits will always come next.
Monetizing the List Over Time
The single 6 message email course is not the beginning and end of your monetization. The whole point of a good email list is that you put together a collection of prospects that you can tap into time and again for months to come, getting additional sales out of them. Once someone has made a purchase from you or shown interest in a niche’s products, it is very easy to make a second sale – much easier than finding a new prospect and warming them up through the marketing process.
After the initial 6 day course is up and you’ve made your 7th day pitch, be sure to continuously provide valuable information over time. Sometimes, it can be as simple as a YouTube video link to a seminar or a simple survey they can fill out. Other times, it can be a new free report or a newsletter full of details on the niche in which you’re working. Either way, keep them attached and aware of your messages.
This way, when it comes time to promote other products, you’ll have a fresh list of prospects who you can tap into with a broadcast email for a big launch or a queued up message with details about various products you’ve reviewed. And don’t worry about selling. There is a stigma in this business that sinks more affiliates than you’d believe – whenever someone goes to sell something via an email they feel bad about it. Whether it’s the image of constant salesmanship or the thought of all those spam messages we get in our own inboxes, it can be hard to make the push and send that email.
Stop feeling bad, though. If a product is good, it will sell to interested prospects.
Everyone else can happily ignore it and no one gets hurt. When you find a good product that you’re excited to promote, make sure you promote it – it’s not worth holding back on. Remember, you’re a business person. This is your job and to make money, you have to make sales.

How to Become a Super Affiliate and Make Commission-Part 9

Landing Pages and Conversions
Alright, let’s move on to the next part of the formula we discussed earlier – your conversion rates. The key here is to get as high of a conversion rate as possible, boosting the sheer volume of people you can convince to buy your product when they hit your landing page. Over the years, Super Affiliates have tweaked, adjusted, and revised the systems they use to snag these conversions in so many ways that there are literally hundreds of ways out there to get it right. We’re just going to look at a handful of them for now, though.
An Affiliate Landing Page
There are dozens of types of landing pages. You can have a squeeze page to get email addresses, a product review page, a product authority site. It doesn’t really matter what type of page you put together though – I want to focus on the specific elements that have worked for my affiliate landing pages – the pitch pages and review pages that ultimately send people off to the product that will net me a sale.
Here are a few things that every one of these pages should have in place to be effective:
• Clickable Images – In the first fold of the page, you should have a clickable image that relates to the product you’re marketing. Whether it’s a banner ad or graphic text, or just an image of the product niche, that image can attract image much more effectively than many of the other tools on the page.
• Clickable Links – Links should be placed in multiple locations throughout a review or a product pitch page. I like to have one link in the first fold so that readers have a specific option they can complete immediately. I also like to have one half way down the page and one at the bottom for those that read the entire page.
• Star Systems – Believe it or not, but the simplest little thing you can do to get people to click on those call to action links is to use an out of 5 star rating system for the products. People respond to star rating systems because they’ve been programmed by services like Amazon.com and iTunes to immediately recognize quality based on those 5 stars. Someone who doesn’t feel like reading the whole review and just wants an instant summary can get a lot of out of that star graphic.
• Alternate Options – This is a tricky one and will depend largely on the specific niche in which you are working. For the most part, though, I like to think that offering multiple options beyond the initial reviewed product is a good idea. Take the following site for example.
As you can see, I have built a review page, but at the bottom have placed additional, supplemental reviews that they may click on. The key here is to not make anything inferior. Show your readers that you are only reviewing the very best products. Having a review with a low star rating can actually lower conversion rates and can also make it harder to sell that product later when you try to boost you income rates through email marketing.
• Flying Popovers – A tremendously powerful tool is a flying popover – a small popup that appears on the screen after a set amount of time. These should only be used after 20-30 seconds, once the reader has been on the site for some time and is interested in what you have to offer. If you have it appear immediately, people have a habit of hitting the back button. If you wait though, you can encourage a direct action from someone that is already engaged in the site’s content and may be interested in a purchase. Additionally, when you ask for email addresses this way, you’ll get more real ones. Make sure not to use a popup box as these can hurt your site’s performance in the search engines.
• An Obvious Number 1 – On all your pages, it is a good idea to have an obvious number one choice. Even if you are producing an authority site with dozens of different articles on the site, use that clickable image on the top fold to showcase the premiere product review your site will be offering.
• Relevancy – When you promote your products, make sure to promote only the product that is most relevant to the content on that page. For example, if you have an article about Acne removal on a general health site, don’t put a product up for hair loss. The markets and needs are not the same. Think of each page on your website as its own entity that people may reach directly from a search engine link. Never assume someone will click on any other links on your page other than what you put directly in front of them.
• Geo Targeting – If you’re selling a product that can benefit from it, using a simple script to target someone’s geographic location and using it in your pitches can be highly effective. Additionally, using JavaScript to pinpoint dates and times are also very useful as they can make the site seem more relevant and the offer is much more direct and effective.
There are a few other specific on-page things you can do to boost conversions as well that we will discuss when it comes to email marketing and some other advanced strategies, but these are some basics that all affiliate marketers should consider. The super affiliates all start with a solid foundation of these techniques and build up from there.
The FTC Regulations
In 2009, one of the biggest changes to Internet marketing since the CAN-SPAM act of 2003 was enacted by the Federal Trade Commission in the United States.
Affecting all US operated websites and markets, the regulations basically dictate that if you review a product, you either need to have used it yourself (and paid for it), or disclose that you are a marketer and are not qualified to offer industry specific advice. This might seem like a deal breaker for many affiliate opportunities, but in reality, it doesn’t do that much harm to your overall conversion rates.
To make sure you comply, just put a notice after each affiliate link (as shown below) that says you are an affiliate selling the product. You must make it clear that what they are reading is an advertisement and not an impartial review. Do not hide the text or place it on a disclaimer page. It needs to be up front with any calls to action.
Banner ads are less of a worry – those are considered obvious advertisements and most affiliate marketers worry less about them in terms of disclosure.

How to Become a Super Affiliate and Make Commission-Part 8

Digging Up the All Important Traffic
One of the four pillars of the monetization formula I showed you earlier is traffic. You won’t make a cent if you don’t get some bodies in front of computers looking at your website. That’s the biggest mistake that many people make. They focus on getting the sites just right, getting as much content as possible, and then forget to actually make sure people read the content. To a certain point, quality content will get some traffic on its own – search engines just like content. But, it will only get you so far.
You still need to go out and learn what it takes to generate traffic above and beyond what little you get through the content you write. And when it comes to traffic, nothing is as important as search engine optimization.
Pay per click is all fine and good, but it’s on-going and it costs money. On the other hand, taking the right steps – getting all green checks in the SEO analysis tool, and making sure your site is user friendly – will help to boost your overall performance in just about every possible way, plus the traffic is free. And there’s nothing better than free traffic.
Forget the Competition
First up, forget the competitors. I’ve been able to rank number 1 in niches where there are millions of other sites. It’s not about breaking your back with link building or writing 100 articles. It’s about doing the little things the other marketers don’t bother with. It’s about writing content that is actually useful. It’s about targeting the right people and the right keywords. Do all those things and the rest will practically take care of itself.
What you really need to focus on is how many good competitors there are. Fifteen million pages don’t mean that there are 15 million good competitors – just 15 million people giving it a shot. Before you do anything else, make sure to use the SEO Analysis tool from the last chapter to get a good idea of just how competitive your niche and keywords are. If you tick off all the green checkmarks and still find yourself working hard to rise in the rankings, it will be time to turn to backlinks. For now, let’s look at the basics though.
On Page Search Engine Optimization
First up are the on-page elements of a good website. These days, the on page elements include keyword optimization, navigation structure and avoidance of any unwanted spam flagging possibilities. Here are a few things to consider in terms of the page elements:
• Title – The title tag for your website should be keyword optimized with no more than 15 total words
• Headlines – Use H1 and H2 tags in your content to mark headlines and have keywords in those headlines. Google gives greater weight to headlines, so take advantage of it.
• First 50 Words of Text – The keyword should appear in the first 50 words of text on the page, preferably only once.
• Keyword Density – The density for your keyword of choice should be 1-4%.
Use an analyzer to make sure you don’t go under or over. Too few keywords and you won’t register. Too many and you’ll be tagged for spamming.
• Navigation – The navigation structure should be keyword rich. If you have multiple articles on your site, use keywords as links for them and place those links on every page of the site to increase the number of internal links. Also avoid any dead ends and make sure that every page is no more than 2-3 clicks away from another. Nested, confusing navigation structures weaken the user experience, which Google frowns upon.
• Avoiding Black Hat – Don’t stuff keywords, hide them at the bottom or change their color. Don’t stuff keywords in the HTML tags or try to hide them as small text. These are all very old, ineffective tricks that only hurt your search rankings.
The elements of a webpage are relatively standardized these days. The easiest way to ensure you’re getting everything you need in there is to run the site through Traffic Travis and compare it to other sites that get good scores in the tool. Don’t copy them, but make sure your site gets all the basics out of the way so that you can focus on backlinks.
Backlinking Gets it Done
Okay, so we have the basics out of the way. Now, let’s take a look at the thing that pretty much makes or breaks sites in hyper competitive niches. This is where the big money is made – in getting quality, trusted site backlinks.
Google has always been a stickler for backlinks. Pretty much all their algorithms are based on getting people to link to your site, using those links as votes of a sort. If someone likes your content, they link to it – simple enough. But, actually getting people to create those links can be tough. Here are some tips to make your job easier.
• Article Marketing – An old and favorite tool of many affiliate marketers (and all super affiliates) is article marketing. This is as basic as it gets. Essentially, you write content articles, submit them to directories like EzineArticles or ArticleDashboard. They publish your articles for free, getting the traffic that comes with them (and the ad revenue) and you get a free resource box with a backlink to your site. If other site owners want to republish your article, they can do so if that link remains in place. It’s a simple, easy way to get links and traffic. The goal to article marketing is to provide content that is useful, search engine friendly and that the article directories are going to want to utilize.
You’d be surprised how many good backlinks you can get from this simple strategy.
• Squidoo or Hub Pages – Very similar to article marketing, you’ll place free content on these hub style sites. Because they are so loaded down with backlinks, interlinking pages, and categories, these sites will often rank very well in Google and are extremely easy to setup. The backlink values will vary, but there is no good reason not to have a Squidoo Lens and Hub Page for every site you create.
• AM Automation – This is a tool that helps you link up with more than 10,000 blogs that let you post directly to them in your niche of choice. In short, you can get easy, topic related backlinks without breaking any terms of service and without having to pay through the nose for them. It’s a simple tool that many top affiliates have been using for quite some time now. The difference here is that you’ll need to work on writing “spinnable” articles. This means that every line you write will have three different versions. These versions can then be alternated so that you can have multiple versions of an article spun out to create new content for hundreds of sites. It also works very well for article directory submissions; though you should be wary and check all spun articles in Copyscape to make sure they don’t pop as duplicate copy when submitted to sites like EzineArticles.
• Commenting on Blogs and Forums – This is a common enough trick that far too few affiliate marketers use to boost their overall performance rates with backlinks. I have always been a chatty person myself, so it came naturally, but some people are less than thrilled about putting themselves out there to hawk a link. For those of you in that boat, sorry folks – this is just too good of a strategy to ignore.
Even if the sites you comment on have “No Follow” tags inserted into them, it’s worth adding your link. In many cases, that link will carry at least some value. I can’t give you exact numbers, and because of how closed Google is about their algorithms, I would only be speculating on what works and what doesn’t, but in my experience, having links from any site is a good thing.
And if you’re on a forum, always have a link in your signature. Most forums have rules about posting links in the actual post, but you’re free to put whatever you want in your signature, as long as you contribute valuable feedback and comments in the rest of the post. We’ll go into forum posting more later when we discuss how to boost conversion rates and snag ready buyers.
• Trusted Link Building – No links are more valuable than the trusted sites that Google tends to lift above the rest. In this case, I’m talking about .edu and .gov sites – government run sites that are extremely hard to get back links from. Luckily for you, there are tools out there that will help you find such trusted sites that allow commenting or will post your link in a directory of sorts.
These sites will translate to massive traffic later down the line, even if they are no follow sites.
Link building is pretty much a must-do activity for any site owner. You cannot get anywhere on the Internet without a few good backlinks to your content. When it comes to generating traffic, this will be one of those methods that you pretty much have to use.