Archive | December, 2015

The Early Bird Gets the Best Ideas

They say that our most creative time is first thing in the morning. We can also supposedly retain information best at this time. Obviously if we have rested sufficiently, then we have the maximum amount of energy we will have for the day when we wake up, (allowing time to stumble around a little and make coffee first).

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While it is true one of the biggest selling points for a home based business is how we can control our time – work when we want to – stop when we want to, etc. If at all possible we should get things done early when we have the most energy and are thinking clearer. If we constantly put things off they will become as if they are low-priority in our minds, and we will possibly begin to sluff them off if we are tired, etc.

This goes together with the problem of being your own boss and not being accountable to anyone but yourself. Well you are accountable to your customers and anybody you are working with, but this seems pretty flexible in the home business world. It is too easy to tell yourself you will do it later, or tomorrow and then either never do it (forget it) or do a poor job because you are tired or preoccupied and/or now need to rush because you have waited until the last minute.

Make no mistake, having a business needs to be taken seriously if we want to succeed. It has to be a number one priority whether it is part-time or full-time. We will have flexibility as part of the beauty of working from home for ourselves. That is IF there is something special you need to do or somewhere you need to go, you can always juggle things around so you can get everything done that is necessary.

As with anything there is great diversity among people. There are some that are ‘night people’. Those that work better at night or really get going by dark. Of course for these folks they should do whatever works for them. Part of the beauty with a home business is things are not rigidly controlled by hours such as 9 to 5, where we have 8-hours to cut it or not. Naturally if you get behind it will begin to ‘catch up with you’ and your job performance will suffer.

When you are able to look at the clock as 24-hours you have so much more time to do everything. So you are really quite free when you work for yourself to do a few hours of work here and there. The point is to get it all done efficiently and timely most of the time. The other point is every waking hour shouldn’t be spent glued to your computer or enslaved by your business. There has to be balance in everything. Enough work, enough rest, enough play. It is only when we have this balance that we can really thrive and excel.

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How to Make Money with Affiliate Programs

With affiliate marketing programs, it really helps if you are able to work well with others. Affiliate programs may also be called ‘referral programs’, which normally involve commission-based sales. If you recommend an opportunity to your visitors and they accept, you will then earn a percentage of any sale you make. You’ll benefit from your action in the commission you earn, and the merchant also benefits from the sale. In some structures you can also earn additional, smaller percentages on any sales that your customer’s might make in the future as well.

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To start out with you can just utilize the affiliate sales page that the company provides that is encoded with your affiliate ID. However as soon as possible it would be best if you build your own simple website or blogsite. You are then free to combine your affiliate programs into one business with multiple streams of income, or you can actually just have websites that are focused completely on one thing alone.

If you have your own website, for one thing, your online business can be multi-faceted. You can have a certain number of affiliate programs, and earn money for referrals. You can also sell related tools that affiliate marketers may use to promote their programs. For example you can sell autoresponders, ad trackers, article spinners, list builders, etc.

As with anything, you’ll need to be careful when you select an affiliate program. There can be many benefits to an affiliate program. It does seem logical to choose programs that pay you a fair, decent percentage of the sale you make. However do consider all that your chosen program provides to you and your customers when you determine what you feel is ‘fair’. Consider all that they have already spent in product development, membership program, customer service, and etc. that they share with you. On the other side consider what they are charging you for membership fees. It should all be kind of equal.

Some general things to consider would be not to accept any less than a 25% commission in most cases. You can find many programs with good compensation structures and high percentages of pay. Be sure you understand the compensation structure as far as how often you will be paid, and how they will pay you. Some programs will pay monthly, while others will pay quarterly.

Take the time to run some statistics as you go along so as not to waste time on either strategies or programs that may not be working for you for whatever reason. Track the number of clicks that result in sales, and earnings so you’ll be able to see how you are doing. Whenever possible try to see what your peers are doing so you can judge if you might be doing something that is not meeting the mark. Always look for programs that offer a wide variety of resources and tools to help you promote the program. They should help you as much as they can since your success means their success.

Be sure that top level, timely support is included. They should be willing to answer your questions and help you as much as is reasonable. They should provide documentation which you should use first, and if you don’t understand then they have every reason to help you. At the same time realize you are in business and you are responsible. There is only so much the program can do.

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How to Generate Low Cost Traffic

The main thing any website needs is a steady flow of traffic. You can have the most gorgeous, interesting and compelling website, but if no one visits your site, it doesn’t have much of a chance of generating an income. If you have unlimited time then you can probably get traffic free, but even with a small amount of money you may be able to ramp up your efforts. Remember ‘time is money’.

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Don’t get discouraged because you don’t believe you have even a red cent to spend. It doesn’t necessarily have to take a lot of cash to generate website traffic for your business. If you are honest you will be able to ‘dig up’ some cash just by making a few sacrifices or cutting back on some things that are not necessities in your life. In the meantime you can get creative and find ways to get traffic free.

There are many ways to generate good traffic without spending money you don’t have or can’t afford. Even if you only get a small percentage of successful visitors who convert to a sale, it still works, if you can get a high number of visitors. When you are not spending an arm and leg to get them there, then it is much easier to profit from the transaction.

There are some ways that you can work everything to your advantage if you are creative and willing to work, in lieu of a huge operating budget. One way is to exchange links, if this is done in a responsible way. (No gimmicks and lots of caution). There are many webmasters that may be willing to exchange links with one another. The point is the more places someone might find your link and click it to visit your site, the better for your exposure.

It is somewhat important in exchanging links with other sites that they have the same or similar niche or market. Yes we are talking collaboration with your competition! The sooner you get past the ‘I win/you lose’ concept, the better for you. When you realize you can both win and benefit from each other, the sooner you understand ‘win/win’.

Exchanging links in a natural, organic way* (NO gimmicks) can also boost your search engine ranking. It is somewhat like the ‘you have to have money to make money’ theme – ‘you have to have traffic to get traffic’. The search engines will definitely note traffic being generated by inbound and outbound theme-related links so this is definitely an advantage.

Again the caution about ‘gimmicks’ – it is not natural to suddenly have a site that pops up with 200 new links in one day such as might be the case if you try to ‘submit’ your links to a service that will ‘display your link 10000000000 times’ – Run Away! Search engines really frown on sites that appear to be something they are not. Keep it real. Actually communicate with other online business owners to make arrangements to exchange links or don’t do it.

Be particular who you are linking with. The other important caution is to be sure that businesses that invite you to exchange links are what they say they are. It could have the opposite effect to be linked to a site that has porn, scams or that are known spammers. Pay attention.

Another related way is to work a deal with another business owner to ‘share their list’ (in a sense). Offer to promote their opportunity to your list in exchange for them promoting yours to theirs. Again you can actually benefit from your competition! Not only do you get the chance to show your stuff, but it is more or less being recommended by someone they already know and trust.

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