Is my IM strategy okay?

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Hi guys,

I chalked out a plan to build one affiliate niche site every month.

Please see IM Strategies and let me know your suggestions in improving/changing it before I start taking action.

Thanks in advance.
#plan #strategy
  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPhunk
    Looks good. Personally I would focus just on one niche and go deep (instead of going wide with many niches).

    Definitely build a list too...and if you can find multiple offers to promote to your list, the better
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    • Profile picture of the author Ron.
      JP,


      one thing I havge noticed Affiliate Marketers(AM) are not doing is creating affiliate businesses that can upsale the buyer to more expensive items after the initial less expensive purchase.

      There are lots of high end buyers in the marketplace that have money and want to spend it.

      Alot of A.M's stop with the $20 ebook.....when that should be the beinning.

      That's going to be my approach......

      Originally Posted by JohnnyPhunk View Post

      Looks good. Personally I would focus just on one niche and go deep (instead of going wide with many niches).

      Definitely build a list too...and if you can find multiple offers to promote to your list, the better
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  • Profile picture of the author Slyknight
    Looks great. Just try to stick with the schedule.
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  • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
    Originally Posted by sridhar View Post


    I chalked out a plan to build one affiliate niche site every month.
    Is it part of your plan to move in slow motion?
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  • Profile picture of the author sofia12
    Looks good to me too. You might want to add is a plan to manage your ppc. So, for instance
    - Your daily budget
    - Will you start on Google, Yahoo, or MSN?
    - How and at what point you'll expand your campaign to the others?
    - How and when will you use the content network

    You could also include a keyword strategy
    - Choosing the initial set of keywords -- Market Samurai?
    - Expanding more keywords
    - Determining negative keywords

    And, of course, how you'll know if the campaign is a loser and it's time to move on and test a new campaign
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe118
    W/O reading it, if you make money then your strategy is good. There's no absolute answer -- you can always improve on what you're doing, you're NEVER done improving.
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  • $700 a month? Are you going to have the funds necessary to sustain your attack for a long period - not to mention updating each site after the initial month?
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    • Profile picture of the author ADAMw3
      Originally Posted by Charles Montgomery View Post

      $700 a month? Are you going to have the funds necessary to sustain your attack for a long period - not to mention updating each site after the initial month?

      How do you get $700 a month? After he buys the tools, it will only be $300 per campaign.

      If i were you, id hold off to buy the tools and just do it manually till you see some returns.
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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Kheifets
    I believe it is a great looking plan.

    It is certainly more than 90% of
    other niche marketers have.

    Just make sure to stick with the plan.

    Igor
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  • Profile picture of the author Raiel Schwartz
    First of all, I want to applaud you for actually writing down your plan of attack. Many marketers fail to do what you just done and then they ask why aren't they making money online.

    Now for $700/month (which is how much it seems you are going to spend on this plan) I would think that you would actually create your OWN product rather then become an affiliate site.

    If you think being an affiliate is what you want to do, then I would not advise against it, HOWEVER, I do think that you would receive a larger ROI if you are aiming to launch a niche PRODUCT every month rather than a review site.

    Your actual marketing plan (buying articles, submitting to directories, social bookmarking) looks good, but more can be done - and also for a lot cheaper.

    Perhaps you should write 1/2 of the articles yourself for the first few months of your "plan" just to lower your risks. Not all niches will be superstars.

    Also, what I would recommend you do is find 3 MAIN Keywords for your niche and 3 SUPPORTING keywords. You can have articles written for each MAIN and Supporting keyword.

    You should also considering submitting your websites to link directories just to get backlinks on your website, forum marketing is also a good tactic you can consider.

    Overall I'm glad you have a plan of attack, my only concern for you is lowering your initial investments and finding out how you can even get a better bang for your buck.

    [EDIT: I just realized that Bookmarking Demon would be a one time investment - there are free alternatives available however like http://www.onlywire.com/. I would only recommend automation tools when you KNOW for a fact that you can get it profitable doing things manually or through free tools. Also - instead of using article submitting software, perhaps you would want to use an article submitting service like Article Marketer, it would be a better investment on your part]
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    • Profile picture of the author sridhar
      Originally Posted by JohnnyPhunk View Post

      Looks good. Personally I would focus just on one niche and go deep (instead of going wide with many niches).

      Definitely build a list too...and if you can find multiple offers to promote to your list, the better
      When you say go deep in one niche, are you talking about building multiple sites each focussed on a single keyword and cross-linking to each other? As you might have noticed in my current plan my idea is to build a site with several pages, each page targeting a keyword. If not, what is it that I need to do to go deep and dominate in a single niche?

      Thanks for the emphasis on list. Once I start, I will also start preparing AutoResponder messages.

      Originally Posted by bgmacaw View Post

      Is it part of your plan to move in slow motion?
      I have only 2-3 hours every day. Unfortunately I can't quit my day job yet due to personal reasons.

      Originally Posted by sofia12 View Post

      Looks good to me too. You might want to add is a plan to manage your ppc. So, for instance
      - Your daily budget
      - Will you start on Google, Yahoo, or MSN?
      - How and at what point you'll expand your campaign to the others?
      - How and when will you use the content network

      You could also include a keyword strategy
      - Choosing the initial set of keywords -- Market Samurai?
      - Expanding more keywords
      - Determining negative keywords

      And, of course, how you'll know if the campaign is a loser and it's time to move on and test a new campaign
      Will go into PPC after some profits. I will read about negative keywords.

      Originally Posted by Charles Montgomery View Post

      $700 a month? Are you going to have the funds necessary to sustain your attack for a long period - not to mention updating each site after the initial month?
      Only $307 out of $700 is monthly cost (not incl. hosting and Aweber). The others are a one time investment. When I want to earn $300 a day, I think $300 a month is a reasonable investment.

      Originally Posted by Craig.Michaels View Post

      First of all, I want to applaud you for actually writing down your plan of attack. Many marketers fail to do what you just done and then they ask why aren't they making money online.

      Now for $700/month (which is how much it seems you are going to spend on this plan) I would think that you would actually create your OWN product rather then become an affiliate site.

      If you think being an affiliate is what you want to do, then I would not advise against it, HOWEVER, I do think that you would receive a larger ROI if you are aiming to launch a niche PRODUCT every month rather than a review site.

      Your actual marketing plan (buying articles, submitting to directories, social bookmarking) looks good, but more can be done - and also for a lot cheaper.

      Perhaps you should write 1/2 of the articles yourself for the first few months of your "plan" just to lower your risks. Not all niches will be superstars.

      Also, what I would recommend you do is find 3 MAIN Keywords for your niche and 3 SUPPORTING keywords. You can have articles written for each MAIN and Supporting keyword.

      You should also considering submitting your websites to link directories just to get backlinks on your website, forum marketing is also a good tactic you can consider.

      Overall I'm glad you have a plan of attack, my only concern for you is lowering your initial investments and finding out how you can even get a better bang for your buck.

      [EDIT: I just realized that Bookmarking Demon would be a one time investment - there are free alternatives available however like Bookmark & Share - The Power of the Button | OnlyWire. I would only recommend automation tools when you KNOW for a fact that you can get it profitable doing things manually or through free tools. Also - instead of using article submitting software, perhaps you would want to use an article submitting service like Article Marketer, it would be a better investment on your part]
      I will think about creating my own product instead of promoting others'. Article writing is what put me off when I wanted to do affiliate marketing in the past. So even if it costs, want to definitely outsource all of it. Please elaborate on this if you can:

      "Also, what I would recommend you do is find 3 MAIN Keywords for your niche and 3 SUPPORTING keywords. You can have articles written for each MAIN and Supporting keyword."

      Getting backlinks via link directories is a good idea, added it to my sheet. Will look into onlywire and Article Marketer.

      Thanks everyone.
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