Practical Affiliate Marketing Tips – 3 Effective Tips to Survive the Affiliate Game

There is a system that you have to follow when you are operating the affiliate marketing business as it will ensures that your business will be growing in the right direction. It is inevitable that you will be making the mistakes as you are operating the business but you will be able to avoid making the mistake if you know the correct things that you have to do. Here are the 3 effective tips that you can use to help you grow ahead in your business.

The 1st tip is to keep your website simple. You do not want to place many different banners on your website as this will make it look awful. Do not have the wrong mindset that you will be able to earn more money if you can promote more products at the same time. When your visitors come to your website, they will want to be able to know quickly the benefits that they can get from you. If you provide useful articles or good product reviews, your visitors will gain value from it and they will respond better to your offer.

The 2nd tip is to have your own newsletter where you will be providing quality content on a weekly or monthly basis. You will to want to convert as much visitors as possible to become your subscribers so that you will be able to follow up with them to build a relationship. When you constantly send good content and resources to them, you will be building your credibility and your subscribers will know that you are genuinely interested in helping. The benefit that you will get is more sales from your subscribers as they have trusted you.

The 3rd tip is to control the direction where you want the traffic to go. It will be a waste of your time if you are going to direct all your traffic to a website that is not converting at all. You will want to drive it to a squeeze page and then redirect the subscribers who join your list to your affiliate link directly. The first reason you want to do that is to ensure that you will be able to build your list and the second reason is that you will be able to promote the product at the same time. Direct your traffic to the correct action and you will be growing your business properly.

Above are the 3 effective tips that you can use to survive the affiliate game. Do make good use of it and you will see the increase in profits to your business.

How My Ocean Voyage Adventure Can Make You A Better Marketer

A few years ago, I had the opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to sail across the Atlantic Ocean with my Uncle, Cousin and a friend on a brand new 45 ft catamaran boat. I was beyond excited. The only way I managed to wrangle a position crewing was that I had volunteered to cook for them (I knew nothing about sailing!) This was a boyhood dream for my Uncle who I had always looked up to while growing up – he was a hugely successful entrepreneur who had built one of South Africa’s most successful car dealerships from scratch (with no college education and barely a penny to his name).

My Uncle had this boat built especially for him and now, along with my cousin (his son) and his best friend, the 4 of us were going to get to “test its chops” on a 33 day blue water adventure that started in Cape Town, South Africa and would end in St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

There are lots and lots of stories I could tell you about this voyage: the scores of flying fish I’d find on the deck every morning, having dolphins swim alongside my cabin and call to me to come play, the great whale that we had a near miss with, or the very eerie island we had to make an emergency stop at filled with inbred people that had clubbed hands and feet.

But the story I really want to tell you today is the one about the green flash.

It was a ritual on our boat that every day at about 6 p.m. we’d all gather on the deck for “Sundowners” (cocktails with snacks I’d rustled up in the kitchen). The four of us would sit quietly on the deck, skin burned from sun and salt spray – happy and content to watch the sun go down.

Now, I had never heard about this before, but apparently there’s an incredible thing that happens the split second that the sun sinks below the horizon: a “green flash” is emitted from the sun’s rays and in the reflection of the water for a milli-second.

My crew mates talked incessantly about the incredible beauty of this green flash – and every night that we gathered for our sundowners they saw it – and I never did.

For 27 sunsets (excluding the ones we missed due to storms) I kept my eyes laser focused on that orange orb, refusing to blink just in case I missed it.

“Did you see it? Did you see it this time?” they’d turn and say expectantly to me.

“Um, no.”

With every night I felt like a bigger and bigger idiot. How was it possible they could see something that I did not?

Well to be honest I’m not sure they did.

If you Google “Green Flash Ocean” you’ll see that people seem to be equally divided between whether it’s myth or fact. And this reminds me very much of the way most people preach about marketing.

Conventional wisdom teaches that what really counts is having a strong brand presence and that this is the road to success – the entire advertising agency industry is built upon this one primary assumption. And for good reason.

Brand advertising is just like the green flash. Everyone tells you that it’s the holy grail to getting more customers. But after investing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on building your brand you’ve still got no idea if its really working or not. Could that bump in traffic be caused from it? Maybe. But maybe its because your biggest competitor happened to also drop the ball and people are voicing their dissatisfaction with their feet. Or because the economy’s picking up. Or, or, or…

The bottom line is this. Building a strong brand IS important for your business. But it should be the by-product of your advertising – not the goal of it. If you’re hoping to catapult your business to fame using just brand advertising, you’re in for a very long wait my friend. Having a cool looking logo and a clever tagline isn’t what’s going to create a client stampede in your business.

But the kind of advertising that can is emotionally charged marketing, otherwise known as direct response marketing. Its designed to make your prospects take immediate and decisive action – to light a fire under their rears and get them to call you, to work themselves into such a lather that they have to speak to you right this very second. Direct response marketing is measurable to the penny (which as a direct response advertising copywriter means I put myself on the line every time I create a campaign). And it helps create a strong brand for your business as a wonderful side benefit.

Think of it as getting double the marketing bang for your buck.

Does the green flash really exist? I have no idea.

Are your brand ads working? I have no idea (and you don’t know either). As this is your money we’re investing – don’t you think it makes more sense to use a proven way of marketing that can create a client stampede in your business, is measurable to the penny and happens to build your brand at the same time?

Shark Watches: How To Find The Best Surf Watches For You

In snowboarding, there’s the goggles and mittens. It’s no surprise that in surfing, there are essential accessories too.

Every surfer wants a good wave to ride. Even more so, a surfer needs to be able to adapt quickly to the ever-changing ocean tides. Having the skill and experience to navigate the waters is one thing, but we all know the ocean can be very treacherous. Sometimes, skill and experience just aren’t the only tools you should have in your toolkit – a surfer needs a surf watch.

What are surf watches?

Surf watches are important tools every surfer needs to improve and be safe in while doing the activity. The help you track the tides, check weather conditions, and monitor the temperature of your chosen surf spot. As you can see, surf watches bring a lot to improve your surfing experience. Most of them are affordable and getting your hands on one is easy in this day and age. You can easily order one today from surfing shops near me online and start wearing them tomorrow.

What should you look for to find a good surf watch?

It’s easy finding a surf watch online. Just searching for “surf watches in surfing shops near me” gives you thousands of search results. But finding a good surf watch, now that’s what you really want to do. In picking a surf watch, there are things you need to look for to make it worth your time and money. Here is a list of the features that make surf watches good.

Surfing Data

A surf watch isn’t useful if it doesn’t display surf data. It is, after all, the feature surfers need. Good surf watches should be able to dis play real-time and pre-programmed tide graphs, moon phases, and wind speeds.

Durability

Surfing is a rough ride. Therefore, you need to find a watch that can keep up with the toll surfing can give. A surf watch should be durable. This makes it an even more reliable piece of equipment.

Water Resistance

What good is a surf watch if you can’t take it to the water? Surf watches need to be water resistant to be useful when actually riding out in the water. A few dips and dives in the water are unavoidable, so look for watches that are able to handle water pressure as well, such as the Shark watches.

Performance Tracking

A dedicated surfer should be need to track his performance. Watches with stopwatches, countdown timers, and alarms is another feature to look out for.

Smart Features

Some watches can have functionalities that can be of great help to surfers. If you like it, you could look for surf watches that have wi-fi or Bluetooth connectivity options. With these watches, you can store your previous records in the cloud, allowing you to better track your progress and keep track of the tides.

Personal Preferences

Design also plays a big role in choosing the right watch for you. Choosing one with the right design that suits your personality is a priority by many surfers out there. Watches like Shark watches, with plenty of great designs are sure to be an eye catcher for surfers out there.