Critical Skills For Affiliate Marketers…

Today, my interview was posted on Affiliate Marketing Insider.

30 minutes, covering a wide array of skill-related topics that affiliate marketers need to know…including a couple that most don’t seem to be using.

And…

Wade Sisson, the host of Affiliate Marketing Insider, grilled me on some resources that aren’t typically shared in various types of media.

They are shared here.  Click here to continue and listen in…

(you can also download the call to listen in later)

Enjoy.

One Missing Ingredient That Can Liberate You As An Affiliate…

There are a ton of ebooks and courses being sold online covering many topics important to affiliate marketing.

From one proven system, to another proven way of doing things…you can learn a lot by investing in the right ones, and implementing what they teach.

Except I’ve noticed that many of these courses and other information sources don’t focus on one key missing ingredient that is more important to success than any system, method, or tactic…

The rest of this post can be read on the 5-Star Affiliate Blog by clicking here to continue…

Affiliate Marketing And Google: The Death Of…The Rebirth Of…Huh?

Affiliate Marketing.

Basically, it’s just like commission sales…but the term seemed to gain popularity online.

But let’s get to the point of this short rant/post/lesson…

There seems to be a lot of talk on the ‘net about Google’s recent treatment of quite a few affiliate accounts by banning them (and probably non-affiliate accounts too, but we’ll get to that).

My take on all of this “death of” and “rebirth of” affiliate marketing on Google stuff is…

Horse pucky!

Good lord people, affiliate marketing on Google is not dying by any stretch of the imagination because Google bans some (or most) affiliate accounts!

It just means the game is changing, as all businesses evolve, so must Google at certain points…

To me, it all boils down to a 4-letter word that many affiliates don’t want to hear…work.

And lots of it.

It’s the shortcuts and “chasing money” types of accounts and promotions that Google is probably banning, not honest hard working affiliate businesses.

The long and short of it is…affiliates will have to quit taking shortcuts in order to survive this “Google banning revolution”.  Oh yeah, and about the “revolution”…if you were one of those affiliates trying to game the Adwords system, or take shortcuts…well…

Now it’s time to pay the Ferryman.

If you were taking shortcuts, or failing to add value for Google’s searchers…how long did you actually think you would be able to get away with it?

Instead, let’s focus on creating an online business people!

I know, I know, that requires a great deal of effort, resources and work right?

I mean, more effort than putting up a one page landing page and sending Google traffic to it for any type of affiliate offer right?

Gotta do it folks…no more shortcuts.

You have to create websites that deliver more value than “I’m preselling this, make a decision right now and buy it” sites.

Add a blog to your landing page, add articles on html pages, add the standard contact us, privacy, TOS, and other pages etc (talk to your legal professionals, that ISN’T legal advice)… in short, add freakin’ value for your searchers!

That’s all Google really wants…value for its searchers, so more searchers will use Google, bringing more revenue possibilities for advertisers…and quite frankly so Google can raise fees and such because it will be a more “in demand” search engine (not that it isn’t already, but if you think it doesn’t want to do better, well…).

The long story short of today’s lesson:

Professional, value-building affiliates who genuinely want to over deliver that value  to people through their businesses (for real) will always be in…the rest will be or are already out…period.

Which one are you (or will you be)?

If you haven’t been affected by this “banning” of accounts yet…take this time to evaluate your entire offering to your market.

If you even have the slightest “inkling” or gut feeling that “more value” or putting more work into your offering would help more people in your business…you should probably double your thought and do it, right now.

But, if you can look at your own affiliate business and really say “Damn, I’ve got a site here that can really impact the lives of the people that visit it”…you’re probably ok (but think about putting more value into it anyhow).

Google and its searchers will love you, and most importantly, your commissions will be impacted as a direct result of the value you’re delivering.

(so long as you ask for the money when you should too, after all affiliate marketing is still direct marketing)

Until the next time we look in the mirror together,

Joseph Ratliff

What value is your business delivering to its market?