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12. Are you failing to PLAN?
I received an email from someone who had bought a domain name and was trying to decide what to do with it.
Whoops! That's getting things backwards.
First you have to decide what you want to do. Here are three main options for affiliates. They all work.
Option 1: "Go where the money is," says the highly successful Marlon Sanders.
Do research on what is popular and sell that. Do a survey, find out what people want and sell it to them.
Want to know what's hot? Here's a really fast way. Keep an eye on Yahoo! Shopping - http://shopping.yahoo.com/ . Yahoo! has done lots of research and endless experimenting. It knows what sells.
Look at the "What's hot" list, where you'll find such things as digital cameras, MP3 players and Razor scooters.
Option 2: "Follow your passion," says Ken Evoy. Choose a topic in which you are passionately interested and build a site around that theme. That way, you'll enjoy what you're doing and derive a great deal of satisfaction from it. It won't seem like work.
"Everyone, absolutely EVERYONE, has a special interest... a passion," he says.
Having trouble choosing a topic? See Ken's free "Affiliate Masters" course. It shows you how to brainstorm your concept.
Option 3. Become passionately interested in something. Immerse yourself in all the little details about a topic and suddenly you'll become so absorbed that it's like a hobby, not a business.
That's what affiliate programs have become like for me. Perhaps for you it could be digital cameras.
If you become passionately interested in products which are hot sellers with little competition, that's even better!
To learn how to find those HIGH PROFITABILITY topics and products, see the "Affiliate Masters" course.
Plan first, set your goals, and then act.
... and have fun.
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