Associate Programs Newsletter #528
Becky Turner believes strongly in “doing it right”.
I interviewed her to find out what she's doing to attract 2 million unique visitors a year to her main website.
Her second best site isn't doing too badly, either.
Here's the interview…
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Don't delay. Make a copy NOW
I see that Google has decided to dump Knol, a place where you could post articles.
This is a reminder that if you post articles on third party websites, even if it's owned by Google, all your hard work can disappear – sometimes overnight.
I learned this lesson the hard way.
One of my early projects, back in 1997, was an “Internet Success Stories” site hosted free by my ISP. I built it up to the stage where it was getting 100 visitors a day, which in those days I thought was pretty good.
Then the ISP went broke, and all the websites it hosted disappeared without warning, mine included.
Fortunately, I had a backup copy of the site.
If you're posting stuff anywhere online, expecting it to be there whenever you want it, you're taking a BIG risk.
Always keep a copy – and make sure it's the RIGHT sort of copy.
Think about this…
Imagine you're posting stuff online and then editing it, improving it every now and then.
Which copy are you keeping as a safeguard? The old, badly written, out of date original you wrote years ago, or the sparkling brand new version, containing updated affiliate links and a strong call to action?
Yep, you need to keep a copy of the MOST RECENT version.
Sounds obvious, doesn't it? I know an affiliate who keeps improving her online articles and assumes they'll always be there. Maybe one day they won't.
WHEREVER your stuff is online, please keep a copy.
Meanwhile, if you have stuff on Knol, it's easy to download it. See…
Q&A session with Social Media expert
This should be useful…
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 27.
For one hour, social media expert Dave Cupples will answer all your Social Media and Affiliate Marketing questions in a live Q&A session.
Dave, who was earning thousands of dollars in affiliate commissions by the age of 15, topped the University of Sydney in Marketing Research and eMarketing. He's the creator of “Make Money Online with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube”.
Whether you're an experienced affiliate or a beginner, Dave will be able to answer any questions you have about Affiliate Marketing with Social Media.
This free Q&A session is just another perk of belonging to the SiteSell Facebook community, which is rapidly nearing the 100,000 mark.
Stop by the Q&A and you can ask your own Social Media and Affiliate Marketing questions, such as…
Q: What's the best way to identify quality blogs to comment on?
Q: How do you PREsell an affiliate product using Twitter?
Q: If you have limited time, what should you do first?
The live Q&A session with Dave will begin on SiteSell Facebook at 6pm New York time on Tuesday, March 27. That's 3pm in Los Angeles, 11pm London time and in Australia it's Wednesday, March 28, at 9am Sydney time.
From zero to hero in 9 months?
Here's a good question a newcomer asked on our Affiliate Forum…
What are people's views on a complete beginner going from zero to a full-time income in 9 months? Is it possible?
I posted a reply giving Dave several tips to increase his chances of success.
Tomatoes, donkey poo & rain
In December, I told you about my new experimental veggie garden, growing all sorts of vegetables and herbs in home-made compost laced with donkey poo.
In case you're scratching your head about us growing tomatoes in December, as usual Joanna and I are Down Under, in the New Zealand's Southern Lakes area, for the southern summer.
Most of my gardening experiment worked well. We've been eating meals from the garden for months – lettuces, herbs, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini, cabbages, runner beans and tomatoes. Carefully preparing the soil paid off.
However, I was a victim of my own success with the tomatoes…
They were looking superb, and I was ever so proud of them. Some of the plants feeding on the compost and donkey poo grew to over 6 feet tall, heavily laden with Tasty Tom tomatoes.
Then it rained and the extra weight was just too much. Several of the plants collapsed, sliding concertina style down their stakes. I hadn't tied them up strongly enough. My mother-in-law says I should have given them a more balanced fertilizer.
Luckily, the plants weren't totally wrecked. It's quite surprising how a tomato plant can survive while its stem is partly broken in three places.
Next year I'll do better.
Fortunately, you don't have to wait a year before correcting mistakes in your online business. I reckon the principles of gardening are similar to running a successful affiliate business. Get expert advice, do research, make plans, prepare the ground, do succession sowing to ensure continuous cropping (keep creating good content), take pride in your work, and enjoy your harvest.
As Becky Turner would say, do it right.
Thought for today
“Do it right.” – Becky Turner.
(Yeah, I know. Becky didn't say it first. But she said it well.)
Read the interview. What she says makes a lot of sense:
All the best
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