Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tutorial Video Series

I would be the first to admit I started this journey of marketing on the Internet with not much knowledge. As I have investigated programs, I learn, not only about the specific program, but about how they have done their marketing. It is very interesting to watch different people and companies go about their daily business.

There is not one right way to market a business. As Carol Cash says, you need to develop "Layers of Marketing". At this point, I would like to thank many people who have helped me become the marketer that I am today: Chris Plourde, Sherri Kirklin, Dr. Lenny Coco, Peter Plourde, Vince Reed, Chase Swift and Warren Contreras. These people are some of the most successful marketers I know personally. Some, I know better than others but they all are there to help. And, you know what? They are just people. People like you and me. People who want to succeed online and develop a nice residual income. These are the people whose ideas I have taken and molded in to my own personal style of marketing. As I mentioned, there is not one right way. I have found strengths and weakness in each of these people. I am hoping I can take the best of what they have taught me and become a master marketer myself.

The last few days I have been doing a lot of studying and thinking about marketing. The one key that all of these people teach is to train. Offer training to anyone and everyone who asks for your help. This is something I want to make top priority. So, over the next few days I am going to set up an auto responder training system. I am planning on setting up a system which you can apply to for FREE and then receive one training video each day. This will take me some time to record the videos and set up the specific training tools. But, I think this is important and I want to invest most of my time to this effort and get it started. I am sure this is one of those projects that will continue to grow. There is a never ending supply of good marketing materials on the Internet.

For now, I have started uploading some videos to my YouTube Channel- Catherine D. White. If you want to get a jump on training, you can go to my channel and watch what I have posted.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Can You Succeed In Affiliate Marketing?

What is affiliate marketing? According to Wikipedia: "Affiliate marketing is a marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliates marketing efforts." In other words, you market a product for someone else and are then compensated when the product is used or purchased. This is a way for one person to build Multiple Income Streams without any or a minimal out of pocket expense. Can You Succeed In Affiliate Marketing? Here are some points to consider when choosing a program that is right for you.

Most companies do offer free memberships with an affiliate program. There is, also, usually an option to upgrade where as an affiliate you will make a higher percentage commission. Many programs even reward the affiliate through several levels. There are several things I look for when checking out affiliate marketing programs. As I am a beginning marketer, the cost of the program is always a primary focus - How much will it cost me to participate as an affiliate? As I mentioned, most programs offer a free affiliate a lesser commission than they do the paid members. What is the difference in the commission pay out and would it be worth my while to upgrade? This is where I look for a One Time - Lifetime Membership Fee. There are many programs that are now offering this option and if it is affordable, I will jump on this Lifetime Membership. You can't beat pay one time and continue to get paid for Life.

The next thing I look for is the compensation percentage level the company is paying to its affiliates. A standard good rate is 50% and anything above that is really good. On the other hand, anything below that is probably not worth your time. Remember, you are the one doing the marketing for this company and you should be rewarded for your time and effort.

More important compensation information is how many levels does the company pay its affiliates? If you can find a company which pays through 5 to 10 levels, you have found yourself a great money making opportunity. If you can use the power of numbers to leverage yourself in the marketing world, your success can be unbridled.

One more thing which is very important when deciding what affiliate program to market. Will you be paid one time or will you earn a monthly residual income from your marketing efforts. Of course, earning a monthly residual income should be your primary goal. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN: EARNING A MONTHLY RESIDUAL INCOME SHOULD BE YOUR PRIMARY GOAL. That is what all online marketers are trying to accomplish. Work hard today and get paid for your efforts tomorrow and beyond.

These are the key points you want to consider when you are deciding which affiliate marketing programs will be a right fit for you. If you pick some good programs and market them effectively, you can succeed in affiliate marketing. Now it is time to find a good Down Line Builder to make your marketing efforts much easier. Remember, you want to build Multiple Streams of Income and reap the benefits month after month.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

F5M Club

Last week I was introduced to a company that has been around for 16 years. While surfing the traffic exchanges, I had seen the company splash pages but really hadn't paid any attention to them. I was introduced to the company by a fellow Peoplestringer, Warren Contreras. I have communicated with Warren in the forums at Peoplestring and have always found him to be analytical in his thinking. Warren sent me a brief direct message asking me if I would be interested in a $5 opportunity which could eventually build in to a nice income. Since this message was coming from Warren, it did peak my interest.

The company F5M Club has been around for 16 years. They are ranked in the Alexa rankings as one of the top 48,000 sites in the world and top 25,000 in the USA. (If you don't know what Alexa rankings are read this Article.) Other than mentioning it would only cost $5, there was no other information given out by Warren at this time. I replied to Warren and told him sure I would take a look. In his second communication, after I asked for information, was when he included a link directly to the sign up page of the $5 level. (Bronze) Well, as we all know, you can drop $5 pretty easily these days so I thought what the heck. I have taken the plunge to see where it will lead.

After viewing some of the information, I realized that Warren's marketing strategy is brilliant for this opportunity. By making personal contact with a few highly targeted people, his conversion rate is 7 out of 10. That is 70% which is unheard of in the networking business. I am following his lead and sending out personal messages to colleagues in different areas. I have received a 50% conversion rate. Not as good as Warrens but still a great rate in networking.

By using his good reputation at Peoplestring, Warren has converted some highly qualified people. This should be a lesson to everyone in marketing. First, it takes time to develop relationships and gain respect. Second, don't just blast your links at everyone, send out teasers and leave them wanting more information. Great lesson from a good on-line marketer. I am going to include the link to the video Warren made describing his thought process during this marketing campaign. Enjoy. Warren's Video

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Self Induced Insomnia

I am sitting here at midnight wondering why I am not in bed. I know my body and I need a good amount of sleep to function well the next day. I believe there are a couple of reasons leading to my recent insomnia.

First, there are a lot of marketing campaigns I need to plan and put in to action. As I mentioned in my recent article, there is always some one out there working harder than you. Since attending the webinar mentioned in the article, I have been trying to, at least, double my efforts daily. This is reason enough for my recent bout of insomnia but there is more.

The second reason I am resisting going to bed each night is the implementation of a 30 minute timer on the Pick Which Hand Game at Peoplestring. Yes, I know this may seem silly to you but every time I get ready to turn off the computer it is just a few more minutes until I can play again. How can I pass up these FREE people points. You see at Peoplestring people points turn in to cash at the end of the month. What a hook they have created by putting a 30 minute timer on this particular game. I know for a fact it is affecting other Peoplestringers sleep too. (Right Karla?)

So, here I am trying to kill two birds with one stone. I am writing a fresh post for my blog and waiting for the 4 minutes to expire so I can play the game. Whoop, Whoop - I won - 30 more people points!

I am going to bed now. And, I mean it this time.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Marketing YOUR Business

I have been asked to write and entry about my favorite marketing tools. I have been working on some page sites which list my favorites and give a brief description. Before I get to those, I want to stress how important it is to CAPTURE your prospects attention.

The majority of the time you will only have a few seconds to grab the viewer. Whether you are using safe lists or traffic exchanges, your TITLE is the most important part of your ad. You have to GRAB the attention of the viewer at the very beginning or you have lost them. I recommend you do some surfing and see what grabs your attention. Did the title leave you wanting more information? Did you believe the title? Did you find it funny or amusing? After surfing, you should realize what kind of information gets your attention and then build your titles accordingly.

Now that we have that established, let's get to marketing. Safe list marketing is a highly effective way to reach a large number of prospects. You can join most safe list for FREE or you can upgrade and receive additional benefits. Here is my site with recommendations for safe lists. SafeLists
Another popular method for creating traffic for your site is by using traffic exchanges. I have been using traffic exchanges for approximately 5 months and have received a monster amount of traffic to my web sites. Here is the site with my recommendations for traffic exchanges. TrafficExchanges
There are a variety of other tools I use to market my opportunities. Some of these tools are so simple to use but their value is tremendous. If you plan on marketing on Safe Lists and Traffic Exchanges, you will need some of the tools I have listed at my FREE Marketing Tools Site.

I hope you find this information useful. I am an average person trying to earn a living marketing on the Internet. I love social networking and hope you will connect with me at my main social network, Peoplestring. Here is my personal friend link: Catherine D. White

Sunday, June 6, 2010

What kind of Person Are YOU?

I was walking out of the Dollar Store last week when I came across a penny on the ground. I bent over and looked to see if it was heads up or heads down and then I picked it up and put it in my pocket. What kind of a person are you? If this had been you, would you bend over and pick up the penny or would you just keep walking and let the next passerby pick it up?

I began thinking about this the last few days after reading a post in the forums section at Peoplestring. Basically the post was from a guy who was disappointed with his Peoplestring earnings for the month. He felt he had put in a good effort and was not rewarded for his work. So as I sat there thinking about a response to his post, I thought of the penny on the street which I picked up. Every time I see a penny on the street, I do pick it up. Why do some people pick up the pennies and some people just pass them on by?

When I was just a kid, I remember going to the store with my Mom and getting some candy. I had 3 pennies left as change and when I went outside of the store I threw them up in the air and they bounced on the pavement. My Mom promptly made me go around and chase them down. Then she explained to me the value of a penny. It was not just the worth it had today but the worth it will have tomorrow. Plus, she explained, if I keep adding pennies to the pile, then I will eventually have a substantial amount of money. I guess this is a lesson I have never forgotten.

So, while I understand the frustration of not making a substantial amount of money quickly, I, also, understand the value of collecting small amounts of money today. At Peoplestring, when you join you are able to make small amounts of money today. What Peoplestring is really about is helping the average person find the pennies on the street. It is FREE money and Peoplestring has found it for you. Plus, if you put in an effort and build your People String, then you will be rewarded with larger amounts of money in the future. So, my questions is this: What kind of person are you? Will you pick up the penny or leave it on the ground?

Join me at Peoplestring. I am the one with my head down looking for pennies.