Newbies: What Problems and Issues Are You Having?

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Hey everyone,

This is mostly written toward people just getting into IM and I don't usually ask this question, but if you have been trying to build a business for a little while and haven't seen any success, what do you think the problem is? What are you having a hard time with?

The reason I ask is because I have seen a lot of new people come onto this forum and just flounder and can't quite figure out how to get started. Well 2011 is going to be a new year and if I can help someone even a little, then that would be awesome!

So tell me your issues and maybe I can help! If I can't (cause I may not be a newbie, but I haven't been around as long as some here) maybe I can point you in the right direction.

So lets here the issues...
#issues #newbies #problems
  • Profile picture of the author warriorkay
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    • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
      My problem is focusing.

      I get distracted by shiny new things flung at me and there I go, chasing after that like a cat in.......never mind.

      I need to pick one model and follow it through instead of reading tips for stuff I'm not even interested in doing.

      That's it. Focus. I really, reeaally need to focu....hey, look, a squirrel!
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      • Profile picture of the author AustinDigital
        Originally Posted by PhoebeSmellyCat View Post

        My problem is focusing.

        I get distracted by shiny new things flung at me and there I go, chasing after that like a cat in.......never mind.

        I need to pick one model and follow it through instead of reading tips for stuff I'm not even interested in doing.

        That's it. Focus. I really, reeaally need to focu....hey, look, a squirrel!
        I think that is a huge problem for everyone to be honest. Not so much with different models, but cool websites, interesting articles, etc while browsing the web. What are the particular models you've looked at thus far?

        I also have one suggestion... I never really used "models" or read any EBooks. I simply thought up something, would spend a few days desiging my approach, and then go after it. I also wouldn't suggest only thinking about websites. I've had businesses that I've run online that didn't require a website because they were service based. You can get a pretty decent size middle man project going without ever needing a website. Therefore making your expenses ZERO until any kind of revenue is earned... just a thought
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        • Profile picture of the author Mr Squeeze
          Hi Scrofford,

          Great thread by the way, My problem is quite simple I have made a lot of effort so far to get 2 sites ranked in the hope that I would make some money from them, and I have got them ranked but have yet to make any money, which is kind of disheartening.

          They are as follows:

          Nitro T1 Snowboard main keyword is nitro t1 snowboard

          Premature Ejaculation Tips main keyword is premature ejaculation tips

          The first site is ranked at position 1 for my main keyword and the second site is at position 8 both on page one.

          A lot of people on here kindly pointed out that the content on nitrot1 is s**t, and as for the ejaculation I just don't know. I have been reading up on copy writing so I can update it but actually have no cash to get a decent guide at the minute. (all spare money we get goes towards paying off my wedding and honeymon) I have been raising cash on fiverr to fund myself a war room membership and hopefully find some great tips in there instead of getting a guide, im at $12 lol.

          If you can offer any assistance I would be very greatful.

          Thankyou so much in advance,
          Stephen.
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          • Profile picture of the author nealh
            Originally Posted by NEW-GUY View Post

            Hi Scrofford,

            Great thread by the way, My problem is quite simple I have made a lot of effort so far to get 2 sites ranked in the hope that I would make some money from them, and I have got them ranked but have yet to make any money, which is kind of disheartening.

            They are as follows:

            Nitro T1 Snowboard main keyword is nitro t1 snowboard

            Premature Ejaculation Tips main keyword is premature ejaculation tips

            The first site is ranked at position 1 for my main keyword and the second site is at position 8 both on page one.

            A lot of people on here kindly pointed out that the content on nitrot1 is s**t, and as for the ejaculation I just don't know. I have been reading up on copy writing so I can update it but actually have no cash to get a decent guide at the minute. (all spare money we get goes towards paying off my wedding and honeymon) I have been raising cash on fiverr to fund myself a war room membership and hopefully find some great tips in there instead of getting a guide, im at $12 lol.

            If you can offer any assistance I would be very greatful.

            Thankyou so much in advance,
            Stephen.
            Hi Stephen aka NEW-GUY

            Just seen your post and had a look at your first site. The snowboard one. I can see what you are trying to achieve because I was looking at the site from a review angle so looked everywhere but the main thing I thought you might be able to improve on is the fact that on the homepage you don't really let the "normal visitor" know what the site is doing for them.

            Is it just info? Is it selling snowboards? Maybe the main reason is the handbook?

            If it were my site I would try and focus down on one of these first, for example if your selling (which you are) then have these items labelled as a shop and promote the site as a Nitro T1 Snowboarding shop, therefore the person visiting is coming to buy.

            If it's just info then get loads more articles and try hitting some long term keywords which are abit broader and monetise via google adsense maybe?

            If the handbook is your main focus then how are you upselling? The main thing I would do with this is name it something different than "handbook" perhaps "Get the most out of your Nitro T1 Snowboard" or something to catch there attention abit more, then maybe the upsell is a set of bindings (think thats correct snowboarding talk) which improve the boards use with a link to the physical product on Amazon of which you affiliate.

            Hope this provides you with a few ideas and i'm sure others can suggest better things which may get you earning. If all else fails you can always sell the site.

            Regards,
            Neal.
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            • Profile picture of the author Edward Floyd
              How to make your site visible on the first few pages of google when someone searches for a particular search term/keyword which you are SEO'ing for - within reason (a keyword with low competition).

              I know that this is obviously the ultimate goal of many sites, and I am prepared to put in the work/resources to make it happen but I want to know which methods actually work and which are the best to follow.

              Thanks.
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          • Profile picture of the author Eyetrap
            Originally Posted by NEW-GUY View Post

            Hi Scrofford,

            Great thread by the way, My problem is quite simple I have made a lot of effort so far to get 2 sites ranked in the hope that I would make some money from them, and I have got them ranked but have yet to make any money, which is kind of disheartening.

            They are as follows:

            Nitro T1 Snowboard main keyword is nitro t1 snowboard

            Premature Ejaculation Tips main keyword is premature ejaculation tips

            The first site is ranked at position 1 for my main keyword and the second site is at position 8 both on page one.

            A lot of people on here kindly pointed out that the content on nitrot1 is s**t, and as for the ejaculation I just don't know. I have been reading up on copy writing so I can update it but actually have no cash to get a decent guide at the minute. (all spare money we get goes towards paying off my wedding and honeymon) I have been raising cash on fiverr to fund myself a war room membership and hopefully find some great tips in there instead of getting a guide, im at $12 lol.

            If you can offer any assistance I would be very greatful.

            Thankyou so much in advance,
            Stephen.
            I have good news and bad news

            Bad news, the nitro snowboard site is one of the worst designed sites I've ever seen. And your ebook is geared toward NEW snowboarders, not snowboarders looking for a very specific board. You might have little luck with and ebook like that on a "learn to snowboard" site. Take that ebook off this site.

            Good news, you can redesign the site for free in a matter of minutes. Trust me and get this template for free > Template Preview (mountainbreeze) - Free CSS Templates as it already has the header image you need.
            Once your new template is up, put up a lot of great looking pictures of the snowboard you can get from Amazon and other websites. You might list some user reviews, list the last few years models, show the women's model, list all the specs you can and take down that ebook because people looking for this board aren't interested. And put some pictures on your review page also.

            I would put some snowboarders doing some cool jumps...tons of them on google.
            snowboarder jumping - Google Search

            Reviews > Nitro T1 Snowboard - Women's Reviews | Buzzillions.com

            Maybe put on some generic snowboarding videos toward the bottom.

            There are sites paying 7%+ on that board...that's about $28 per sale. Cj.com has a few affiliates with this board.

            **Link all the pictures to the affiliate site and put in a few links in the text and a button that says buy here or similar.

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            Your current site design will continue to fail hard unless you change it, try my suggestions for a couple weeks. You could also put in some adsense, but only with a new site design.
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      • Profile picture of the author MartynM
        Hey Scofford,

        here´s an issue im still slightly confused on.

        DOMAIN EXTENSIONS!!

        Right I have spent many many hours here & the internet researching the current opinions of fellow IT marketers & so called experts.

        The common consensus is to go with .com,.net & .org as the only options, which as you know are getting very hard to find. But also there is a school of thought that .biz,.info etc are equally treated for SEO by google!

        I have found some great keywords using market samurai only to find that all the favoured domains even using hyphens have gone. But say a .biz is still available.

        So what do I do go for a .biz? This is for a niche site, search engine traffic.
        What is your thinking on this conundrum?

        Hope this was the type of question you were hoping for!

        Thanks Mart
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        • Profile picture of the author scrofford
          Originally Posted by MartynM View Post

          Hey Scofford,

          here´s an issue im still slightly confused on.

          DOMAIN EXTENSIONS!!

          Right I have spent many many hours here & the internet researching the current opinions of fellow IT marketers & so called experts.

          The common consensus is to go with .com,.net & .org as the only options, which as you know are getting very hard to find. But also there is a school of thought that .biz,.info etc are equally treated for SEO by google!

          I have found some great keywords using market samurai only to find that all the favoured domains even using hyphens have gone. But say a .biz is still available.

          So what do I do go for a .biz? This is for a niche site, search engine traffic.
          What is your thinking on this conundrum?

          Hope this was the type of question you were hoping for!

          Thanks Mart
          Hey Mart,

          In my humble opinion, it's always best to try to find a .com, .net, and .org. Sometimes you might have to come up with different variations of the keyword or domain name. It just depends on the type of business it is and what exactly you are trying to do.

          Anyhow, I too have heard both sides of this and honestly I don't know. Again, I try to go with the .com, .net, or .org if I can.

          (If anyone else here knows more please feel free to interject! )
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          • Profile picture of the author MartynM
            Scrofford,

            Thanks anyway, its a really low competition keyword with high commerciality, that fits all my criteria so im going to go with the .biz domain & see what happens wish me luck!

            Its the first of many sites, so I will live & learn

            Originally Posted by scrofford View Post

            Hey Mart,

            In my humble opinion, it's always best to try to find a .com, .net, and .org. Sometimes you might have to come up with different variations of the keyword or domain name. It just depends on the type of business it is and what exactly you are trying to do.

            Anyhow, I too have heard both sides of this and honestly I don't know. Again, I try to go with the .com, .net, or .org if I can.

            (If anyone else here knows more please feel free to interject! )
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        • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
          Originally Posted by MartynM View Post

          here´s an issue im still slightly confused on.

          DOMAIN EXTENSIONS!!

          Right I have spent many many hours here & the internet researching the current opinions of fellow IT marketers & so called experts.
          Let me ask you this.

          Imagine that there is a domain extension .aaa and a domain extension .bbb which have websites on them. All of the keywords and whatnot are the same. However, one of them is clearly better than the other.

          Why would any search engine construct a system in which the best site for a given search query did not show up at the top of the search results?

          Once you think about that and realise just how ridiculous an idea it really is, you will realise that all the "DOMAIN EXTENSIONS MATTER" people are saying what amounts to "Google's engineers are all stupid."
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        • .Biz, .info, .ca, org are all good and totally yummy as far is Google is concerned. Keep trying different hyphens though. you can a long ass hyphen after you .com too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ninawa
    I offer freelance writing services and I am doing great with this but when I start using my writing capabilities to make some clickbank cash, it does not work as smoothly. I have written keyword dense articles and submitted them to directories and had links back to clickbank products, been doing this for a week almost but still did not make any sales. Any ideas why?
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    • Profile picture of the author scrofford
      Originally Posted by Ninawa View Post

      I offer freelance writing services and I am doing great with this but when I start using my writing capabilities to make some clickbank cash, it does not work as smoothly. I have written keyword dense articles and submitted them to directories and had links back to clickbank products, been doing this for a week almost but still did not make any sales. Any ideas why?
      Hi Ninawa,

      I think it depends on a lot of things. First, how many articles have you written for these CB products? I don't think a week is enough time to really decide if what you are doing is going to be profitable. Give it some more time. The whole idea of article marketing is getting ALOT of good articles out there with your link.

      You may also want to take a look at what you are writing in your sig box when you post your articles. Are you writing it like it's still part of the article? That makes a major difference!

      Not to mention it also depends on the product you are trying to promote. A couple things right off the top of my head: Is the vendor's sales letter good? If not, you might have to drive your traffic to a pre sales page of your own. Also is this a product that converts well? If not, you are going to have to either find a better product or promote it in such a way that will help you convert it. Hope this helps.

      Don't go by gravity...that is what most people like to try and do and it can get you really messed up...Here's a link for you to read up on that by Alexa Smith All explained in detail, with examples, in this post.
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      • Profile picture of the author AustinDigital
        Originally Posted by MartynM View Post

        Hey Scofford,

        here´s an issue im still slightly confused on.

        DOMAIN EXTENSIONS!!

        Right I have spent many many hours here & the internet researching the current opinions of fellow IT marketers & so called experts.

        The common consensus is to go with .com,.net & .org as the only options, which as you know are getting very hard to find. But also there is a school of thought that .biz,.info etc are equally treated for SEO by google!

        I have found some great keywords using market samurai only to find that all the favoured domains even using hyphens have gone. But say a .biz is still available.

        So what do I do go for a .biz? This is for a niche site, search engine traffic.
        What is your thinking on this conundrum?

        Hope this was the type of question you were hoping for!

        Thanks Mart
        From my experiences .info was definitely harder to rank. I ran a case study and purchased the same exact domain but with .com and .info extensions. The .com initially ranked higher, and also increased SERP rankings quicker when fed the same amount of backlinks. Therefore I've concluded that I will be avoiding .info and the lesser known extensions as much as possible. Hopefully this helps you!

        Originally Posted by NEW-GUY View Post

        Hi Scrofford,

        Great thread by the way, My problem is quite simple I have made a lot of effort so far to get 2 sites ranked in the hope that I would make some money from them, and I have got them ranked but have yet to make any money, which is kind of disheartening.

        They are as follows:

        main keyword is nitro t1 snowboard

        main keyword is premature ejaculation tips

        The first site is ranked at position 1 for my main keyword and the second site is at position 8 both on page one.

        A lot of people on here kindly pointed out that the content on nitrot1 is s**t, and as for the ejaculation I just don't know. I have been reading up on copy writing so I can update it but actually have no cash to get a decent guide at the minute. (all spare money we get goes towards paying off my wedding and honeymon) I have been raising cash on fiverr to fund myself a war room membership and hopefully find some great tips in there instead of getting a guide, im at $12 lol.

        If you can offer any assistance I would be very greatful.

        Thankyou so much in advance,
        Stephen.
        Why not mix it up? I see no monetization techniques except for list building. Try some adsense, try updating content and linking to Onlywire to blast your articles across the Web 2.0 area.

        Neither look very appealing design wise, and as soon as I see the Ebook, Im thinking oh man Im about to get pitched something...

        Just my thoughts. Also broaden your keyword range, focusing one 1 keyword is not good IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author slikvee2
    Originally Posted by scrofford View Post

    Hey everyone,

    This is mostly written toward people just getting into IM and I don't usually ask this question, but if you have been trying to build a business for a little while and haven't seen any success, what do you think the problem is? What are you having a hard time with?

    The reason I ask is because I have seen a lot of new people come onto this forum and just flounder and can't quite figure out how to get started. Well 2011 is going to be a new year and if I can help someone even a little, then that would be awesome!

    So tell me your issues and maybe I can help! If I can't (cause I may not be a newbie, but I haven't been around as long as some here) maybe I can point you in the right direction.

    So lets here the issues...

    Ooookay....here we go:

    1. I've been doing this for about five years and evidently, I really suck at it. I think it's because I get frustrated when I do not see results in a couple of months. It seems like, anymore, there is so much crap out there that it's getting harder and harder to determine which products are decent ones and which are just "crap." I'm referring to digital products, of course. Even some of the better known "gurus" appear to be releasing desperate junk that does not seem to work for me so I will not promote it.

    2. It looks like all the "good" niches are completely loaded with marketing and trying to get to the top of "Big G" with a decent product is moot, even with a word-for-word domain name(s) or long-tail KWs.

    3. Confusion over which method is the best for getting traffic. I've tried article marketing, paid traffic and SEO, all to little or no avail.

    4. Too much to do by myself and I don't want to outsource anything until I have a good idea that the product is actually going to sell.

    5. I've racked my brain trying to think up a new and useful product to produce but every time I do a search for such a product, the niche is overpopulated with like 5 million competitors, etc.

    6. Lack of decent results has frozen me up as far as taking action. I remember when everyone was saying, "in most cases all you've got to do is take action." Yea, uh huh. I DID take action, a lot of it. I spent months writing articles and placing them in directories, building web sites, posting on forums, blogs etc. Evidently, it takes a LOT more than just a few months of action to see any decent results :-)

    7. Building a list: In order to build a list, you have to have some kind of bait. Time was, all it had to be was an invitation to a monthly ezine or e-letter or the offer of a simple report or e-book. Nowadays that stuff doesn't appear to work. If it's not something with extreme worth, most would-be subscribers seem to just blow it off and move to the next blog. And if one wants to sell something that a number of other marketers are selling, they have to be able to deliver awesome bonuses, like those are just sitting around on every corner.

    So, I guess what it boils down to with me is, I'm totally frustrated and don't know whether it would be best for me to just opt out of try something else. My short term goal is not overwhelmingly excessive and should be easily accessible but I can't even seem to reach it, much less a serious income goal.

    Yow, that wasn't really supposed to turn into a rant...sorry! :-)

    Have you got some serious helpful advice for me (I hope), other than the same ol' same ol'? Cuz I've honestly tried the "same ol'" and have not had a good experience with it....at least not yet.

    I really do enjoy the challenge of the whole thing but an occasional victory would go a long ways toward my self-esteem, when it comes to IM. :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author scrofford
      Originally Posted by slikvee2 View Post

      Ooookay....here we go:

      1. I've been doing this for about five years and evidently, I really suck at it. I think it's because I get frustrated when I do not see results in a couple of months. It seems like, anymore, there is so much crap out there that it's getting harder and harder to determine which products are decent ones and which are just "crap." I'm referring to digital products, of course. Even some of the better known "gurus" appear to be releasing desperate junk that does not seem to work for me so I will not promote it.

      2. It looks like all the "good" niches are completely loaded with marketing and trying to get to the top of "Big G" with a decent product is moot, even with a word-for-word domain name(s) or long-tail KWs.

      3. Confusion over which method is the best for getting traffic. I've tried article marketing, paid traffic and SEO, all to little or no avail.

      4. Too much to do by myself and I don't want to outsource anything until I have a good idea that the product is actually going to sell.

      5. I've racked my brain trying to think up a new and useful product to produce but every time I do a search for such a product, the niche is overpopulated with like 5 million competitors, etc.

      6. Lack of decent results has frozen me up as far as taking action. I remember when everyone was saying, "in most cases all you've got to do is take action." Yea, uh huh. I DID take action, a lot of it. I spent months writing articles and placing them in directories, building web sites, posting on forums, blogs etc. Evidently, it takes a LOT more than just a few months of action to see any decent results :-)

      7. Building a list: In order to build a list, you have to have some kind of bait. Time was, all it had to be was an invitation to a monthly ezine or e-letter or the offer of a simple report or e-book. Nowadays that stuff doesn't appear to work. If it's not something with extreme worth, most would-be subscribers seem to just blow it off and move to the next blog. And if one wants to sell something that a number of other marketers are selling, they have to be able to deliver awesome bonuses, like those are just sitting around on every corner.

      So, I guess what it boils down to with me is, I'm totally frustrated and don't know whether it would be best for me to just opt out of try something else. My short term goal is not overwhelmingly excessive and should be easily accessible but I can't even seem to reach it, much less a serious income goal.

      Yow, that wasn't really supposed to turn into a rant...sorry! :-)

      Have you got some serious helpful advice for me (I hope), other than the same ol' same ol'? Cuz I've honestly tried the "same ol'" and have not had a good experience with it....at least not yet.

      I really do enjoy the challenge of the whole thing but an occasional victory would go a long ways toward my self-esteem, when it comes to IM. :-)
      In some respects I have felt the same way at times. BTW what is "the same ol?" Thing is that no matter what kind of product you create, you will have a different spin on it than the other guy, and it might just be that people can understand your spin on it better? Just because other people are selling products in the same niche and maybe even talking about the same things, doesn't mean you can't be profitable.

      I wouldn't worry too much about saturation...yeah there is a lot of people online now, but competition can be good in a lot of ways. I think that you are probably going to have to think outside the box and figure out how you can do it better than the next guy.

      So what makes you so different than the next guy selling something online? You can take that in two different ways...Again, what can you do better, and you have the same opportunity as the next guy.

      As far as building a list goes...Yep, offer something that is worth a lot. Give it away. Really in the long run, it will benefit you.

      The traffic methods you have talked about...have you learned how to do them properly? I know it sounds stupid, but there is a proper way to article market or do PPC. You can do these methods all day long, but if you aren't doing them right, then you aren't going to get good results. I hope some of this has helped.
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  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    I am getting ready to leave for a while tonight...so if anyone else wants to chip in to help here feel free! Thanks CDarklock for your input! I think you make perfect sense. I'll be back =)
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  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    Come on let's keep it coming...I know this isn't all the people having some issues! And if someone who has experience also wants to chime in and help me help people here please feel free! I love doing this!

    Btw, if I don't know something I will tell you because I don't want to give any bad information to anyone, so if someone sees I am not giving good advice please let me know thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author TrafficFlow
    I own a movie dvd site that sells only meryl streep movies. I get about 270 or more visitors a day although I don't think they hang around very long. I only have adsense and one or two other affiliate links. The adsense revenue per day is not much despite the high traffic. A friend suggested selling dvd players and popcorn makers but I'm thinking that my target audience -- middle aged females -- might be interested in some higher priced products, just not sure what they are. Also wanted to know whether if I have the site redesigned am I likely to lose my top of page one of Google ranking? Site is www dot merylstreepmovies dot com
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    • Profile picture of the author Eyetrap
      Originally Posted by TrafficFlow View Post

      I own a movie dvd site that sells only meryl streep movies. I get about 270 or more visitors a day although I don't think they hang around very long. I only have adsense and one or two other affiliate links. The adsense revenue per day is not much despite the high traffic. A friend suggested selling dvd players and popcorn makers but I'm thinking that my target audience -- middle aged females -- might be interested in some higher priced products, just not sure what they are. Also wanted to know whether if I have the site redesigned am I likely to lose my top of page one of Google ranking? Site is www dot merylstreepmovies dot com
      Here is what I would do...

      I would put a sticky post on the front page that always stays the #1 post with a list of all her movies with the DVD cover image. Put a sentence or so about the movie and then a link that says something like view more and link it directly to the movie on amazon. Link all pictures to the movie on amazon.

      Put some dang pictures of her up too! Put them toward the top so visitors see her face.

      Change the color scheme on that old grandpa theme. Try the lighter color theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author scorpion
    My issue is finding a niche for my adsense websites. It must have sufficient traffic, little competition, easy to rank on 1st page, and have high CPC. I stumble upon Micronichefinder. Not sure if it can do the job. Is there an easier way to find low laying fruits?
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  • Profile picture of the author viewsonic32
    Hi thanks for the concern for newbies!!I m a newbie.I got a wordpress site and i want 2 utilize it 4 maximum plz help me!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Pursuit2Success
    Hey, I'm glad you asked this question! I really need help knowing how to send traffic to my affiliate site without having to buy anything if possible. But, I only do safelist as of now, for E-Zine it seems effective but it cost a lot! Now, to do this do I have to know anything else? Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author wendymay1
    Hi canhdong90

    I have looked at your site. I think it looks great. I noticed though you do not have a Optin Form to build your list. You should have at least 2 or 3 optin forms on each of your pages.

    This is vital to building a successful business. Repeat business with customers who have signed in to your optin form will allow you to promote your articles to these subscribers with links to other products related to your niche.


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    Hope all this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulEMoore
    I am looking for affiliates to help get conversions on my product. I don't want to break any forum rules here, so I won't spam with my link or sales copy.

    But any places I can go to get an audience of people who want to become affiliates???
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    • Profile picture of the author KevinTorrence
      To help out slikvee2:

      1. I used to get frustrated just like that too. Tons of garbage out there, didn't feel comfortable promoting it. What I found best was to find the products that helped me out best & the ones I was comfortable recommending ... then search for people who had similar problems to me. See what they're talking about, what they want, etc ... then build my promotions aimed at them and get it in front of them. That's when things started to happen.

      2. It can feel like everything is saturated until you think about just how big the "interwebs" really are. In the IM world, there's so much talk about getting to the top of Google, that we forget there's a massive world outside of the Big G. It's also easier to get your offer in front of people on their own turf. Find out where they hang out, snoop around... then start helping them out.

      3. To be honest, there really is no "best" traffic method ... instead, look for the traffic methods that will get you in front of your target audience the best. Maybe they all hang out on facebook & youtube ... or maybe on a certain forum or blog. Find ways to get in front of them THERE & help them find your offer using modes of web communication they're used to.

      4. I find getting overwhelmed to be pretty easy too. The best thing I've found to work is to step back and think things through for a minute. Am I making things to complicated? Am I sucking time away with "busy" work? What's working for me now? ... How can I do more of it instead. Take a step back for a minute ... see how people are buying in your niche... see what's working, what you capable of doing (& is giving you some success)... & build that up.

      5. Don't think products .... think solutions & matches for PEOPLE. What is your target audience talking about? What problems do they have? What do they wish for? What are other people like them suggesting? That's the "product" you should be trying to match up with them. Much easier & more accurate than guessing & hoping.

      6. I find the best "action" to take is researching my target audiences for the couple of niches I'm in. Find out what they really want & the hot buttons that'll make them get it from you. Kinda like painting a car. The REAL show stopping results come mostly from the body prep work... not from the brand of paint, high end equipment, or the experienced painter. (Although they can sorta make rough, rippled sheetmetal "wave" at you a little nicer)

      Hope that helps!
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    Awesome! Thanks Scafford for offering
    I'm sure you are probably flooded but I wanted to know if (in your experience) white hat link bait works? I have a health related site and if you can provide any relatable examples... ('twould be great.)

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author xemxie
    I have 2 perplexing areas

    1) Is it better to use sub-domains or sub-directories? if you have a domain name "Hobbies.com" (you wish!) and you want to do a niche on say german shepherd dogs, would it be ok to use a sub-domain/sub-directory "germanshepherd". would this work as well for search engines as having a completely different domain name "germanshepherds.com" ( but then you have to buy one for each niche?)

    2) Do you use safelists? If so, are they successful? If so, which ones?

    Thank you
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