Affiliate Marketing Made Easy

Affiliate Marketing made easy is really about knowing what to focus on so that you can get on with the business of making money on the net.

There is, and will always be a lot of advice out there, the tricky part is to recognise and ignore the time wasting advice, and instead focus on what really works.

The main affiliate marketing made easy points below will help pinpoint the areas where your focus should probably be in the early stages of your journey.

Affiliate marketing does not have to be complicated.

However it is easy for a beginner to be lured by the dazzling array of online tools available on the internet, and to confuse ease with simplicity.

I call this The Rabbit Hole!

Once you go down one it is like navigating a maze trying to get back out!

I know, I have done this myself chasing the next best product that is going to shortcut my efforts and make me successful overnight.

Don’t do it, stick with the plan and don’t deviate from it until you are ready to move on.

Affiliate Marketing Made Easy Involves Having a Basic Strategy

Strategy will be your friend – stick with it.

When you set up your business, you looked at what you wanted to specialise in (your niche), how to host your website or blog, and which affiliate programs you wanted to work with.

Once you knew this, you learned that writing good content and understanding keywords was important, that you need to make the time to do the work required and to ask for help if it was needed.

Knowing what you want to do and how you want to do it is your strategy, and it is important not get distracted and lose sight of what you are working toward.

It’s important that you have a plan of action and some key objectives in place so that you track your progress.

Finish each task before you move on or you will find that you are drifting into less important areas, which ends in a lot of time wasting.

Keep It Simple

Affiliate marketing is made easy by keeping it simple.

Like any business, you will build confidence and experience, and you will come across tools, programs, strategies of the trade that may make life easier for you, but this needs to come at the right time.

Every time your eye is caught by an attractive new way of doing something, you will want to look at it, read about it and possibly buy it, before realising that it is not what you thought it was or that it has not added any value to what you want to achieve.

The cost of this diversion will be twofold – the money you have spent on it but even more importantly the valuable time you have wasted on it. So please be wise!

Research is needed for any business, and affiliate marketing is no different, but don’t confuse this with getting side-tracked.

When researching the many tools of the trade such as SEO software, affiliate link managers, website statistic and software focus on one area at a time and don’t overload yourself with information that is not necessary at the time.

It is easy to forget that a lot of the write ups on these products are from affiliate marketers themselves with links to those products; these reviews are not objective, so step back from them.

Tap into the knowledge and experience of the forum users – they will have tried and tested all of these products, and be able to provide you with balanced, objective advice on what works and what doesn’t.

They can also advise you on whether you are ready for these products.

Affiliate Marketing Made Easy:
The Conclusion

The simpler your system for affiliate marketing, the easier you will find it. Include research in your calendar, as this will help to stop you from getting side-tracked by unwanted distractions.

As you continue to research your product, and network on forums, you will find out about the right tools of the trade for you, and when will be the right time to invest in them.

In a nutshell, stay focused on where you are going and not by the flowers at the side of the road, which is very easy to do when spending a lot of time on the computer.

I hope you found the advice on affiliate marketing made easy helpful, if you need more help please feel free to contact me.

Article Writing – Passive Voice and Word Processors

Have you ever written an article in MS Word or some other word processor and that little squiggly line appears under the sentence? It alerts you that the sentence is “passive voice.” Does that annoy you? Well, you are not alone.

Most word processors are programmed to alert the author whenever the verb is passive. It is not a bad thing. If you write technical papers and articles, it is acceptable.

If you are an article marketer, the passive voice gets a bad rap. Do you know that there is nothing wrong with passive voice? Allow me to explain.

In case you are not sure, let me first show you the difference. Active voice uses the subject of a sentence to do the action. Passive uses the object of the sentence to receive the action.

Example:

(Note: I am using MS Word. Guess what just popped up. Yes, you guessed it. That little squiggly underlined that whole sentence. You just cannot get away from it. Don’t you just want that little squiggly line to disappear?)

In most cases, active voice is preferred. Active voice is better in the body of your article. Why is it better? It allows the reader to read easily through the body of your article. Active voice makes it easier for the reader to visualize what you want to communicate. More importantly, it gets him to the resource box quickly.

When is it acceptable to use passive voice? Let me show you two cases.

1) When you, the author, do not have a specific subject in mind or you want to emphasize the word or words affected by the action use passive voice.

Example: “Article marketers are not paid for their articles.” That sentence does not identify who it is that does not pay article marketers. The emphasis is on article marketers.

You could change it to active voice: “Publishers do not pay article marketers for their articles.” With this sentence, the emphasis shifts from the article marketer to the publisher. You may not want to do that. But, then again you might.

2) You may want to be vague or politically proper. You can use passive voice.

Example: “The critical remark was made by the wrong person at the wrong time.”

To change that sentence to active voice: “Tom made that critical remark at the wrong time.” Or, “The wrong person made that critical remark.”

In both cases, MS Word will alert you that the verb is passive. So what?

In the first, you want to emphasize “article marketers“. You want to emphasize the fact that they do not get direct compensation for their work.

In the second, you do not want to name names.

Do you see the difference?

Just because MS Word or some other word processor implies that it is wrong, it is not necessarily so. Before you change the sentence, make sure it does not change what you meant it to say.

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