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Getting Started Making Money With Amazon – Part 2

In Getting Started Making Money With Amazon Part 1, we walked through the steps up until finding your web hosting. Now let’s look at the final steps to getting started.

6. Install the blog software – Why blog software? Because it will provide with the necessary structure to make it easy for you to run an effective site and post new content easily. WordPress is the most popular. It is open source, which means it’s free, it’s easy to install, and it is extremely powerful. Many web hosts have a one-step process for installation, or just download and follow the instructions provided.

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7. Make it look good – One of the perks to WordPress is all the templates that you have to choose from. In addition to the hundreds of free themes, there are hundreds of WordPress themes you can buy. Pick a theme that looks good, ties to your niche, has the layout you want, and offers what you want to be able to do in terms of tools.

8. Create your categories – Your blog software should allow you to setup categories that help you to organize your entries so it is easier for your visitors to find what it is they are interested in reading. For example, your Jack Russel site might have a number of categories such as training, eating, toys, etc.

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9. Become an Amazon Associate – The sign up is simple, and it’s free. Just go to the Amazon site and at the bottom click the ‘Join Associates’ link. You’ll want to have your site set up – at least the basics with some content, as they are going to review your site.

10. Create the blog posting links – There are different ways to create your links. You can use the tools offered by your blog software, but the easiest way is using the Amazon Build A Link tool. Log into your Associate page, and find the product you want to review. Build your personalized link. There are a number of options for link building but most would tell you that the text links are most effective.

11. It’s time to blog – The time has come to write your blog review and post it. You will insert your link code to the product on the Amazon site (created above) that you are writing the review for. You will want to include a number of reviews.

12. Promote your website – Make sure you take time to promote your website/blog. There are all kinds of online communities that can help you do this, as well as social media, directories, etc. The more exposure the better!

There you have it – in Part 2 we have set you up so that you are ready to start making money with your Amazon affiliate program. So what are you waiting for? Why not get busy today?

 

Stay Savvy 🙂

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Getting Started Making Money With Amazon– Part 1

Since you’re here reading this, you’ve likely already heard about how you can make money with Amazon Affiliate Program. Perhaps you have already created your own website and hosted it in hopes of making some good coin with Amazon Affiliate Program. If you are unsure exactly how to do that, you aren’t alone. Here are some steps to get you started.

1. Learn basic HTML – If you don’t know HTML already, now is a good time to learn it. It will help to keep your costs down and give you more flexibility. Many sites are WYSIWYG but the trouble is you lack any flexibility when it comes to creating hyperlinks, formatting text, and carrying out other tasks that can help you to make money with Amazon. There are tons of HTML tutorials online so in no time at all you can learn the basics.

2. It’s time to decide what your niche or topic will be – If you are planning to make recommendations, do product reviews, or just talk about a certain product or products in an effort of selling that product. Make sure you choose a narrow niche that is distinct and will be easy to target. For example Latin dance, card making, Jack Russell, etc.

3. Pick the domain name – make sure that you give this the thought it deserves. Choose a name that is keyword rich to help you with SEO, a name that is relevant, and matches your niche. Of course, it will have to be available so have a few options that you’ll be happy with. For example, latindanceforbeginners.com easycardmaking.com or ilovejackrussel.com you can also be creative in case the domain you want isn’t available by using hyphens, such as latin-dance-for-beginners.com or choose a different domain extension. There are tons – for example net, ca, org, edu, etc.

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4. Register the domain name – Many hosting sites are set up so you can register your domain right away but if not you can register it separately through many different sites. Once you register your domain name, it will be yours to use. Registering a domain for a year ranges from $10 to $20 on average.

5. Setup web hosting – This is where you need to be careful. There is really expensive web hosting and generally there is no reason to pay high rates. Even if they offer all kinds of tools most people don’t use the majority of these features and you’ll be paying for them. You should be able to find hosting for as little as $5 a month, and for as little as $10 you can find hosting for unlimited sites.

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There you’ve got a good start. Read Part 2 for the final steps in getting started making money with Amazon.

 

Stay Savvy 🙂

5 Great Tips to Earning Income With Amazon

Amazon offers an endless array of products for consumers to buy. When you are a member of the Amazon Associate Program, you have the opportunity to earn income, and if you use these 5 tips, you’ll be able to earn plenty of income, so let’s have a look.

#1 Choosing a Niche is Key
The very first thing you have to do is decide what your niche will be. In fact, if you don’t pick a niche you are destined for failure. This is by far the most important decision you will make. Once you decide on a niche, you can begin to move forward with your money-making agenda.

That’s because it is a lot easier to make money through Amazon affiliate program when the people that reach your website or blog are looking for a specific product that your website talks about and then of course also offers the product. When you offer to wide a selection of products, it is more difficult because you don’t place as well in the search engines and you don’t have the same targeted traffic arriving at your site.

#2 Within Your Content Link to Products
About 50% of income made on Amazon is made through text links placed within the content on the page. Simple text links have proven to be the most effective way to get visitors to click. Web surfers trust the content on web pages more than any other are of a site, and so they are much more likely to click these links than they are to click graphic links.

#3 Product Images Should be Clickable Links
Product images that click through to the affiliate make up about 15% of total Amazon income, and this is relatively easy to do using HTML code.

#4 Create Several Links to Amazon.com
The more links you create to Amazon.com the better. Every link inside your article or content is another opportunity to bring a potential customer to the product and that’s an opportunity for you to make a commission. Six to twelve links in an article is perfect.

#5 Highest Conversion on Product Reviews
If you do a high quality product review of the product in your niche you’ll get a much higher click thru rate and this means you can increase sales and therefore the amount of commission you earn.

These 5 great tips are a good place to start to generate earnings with Amazon affiliate.

 

Stay Savvy 🙂

How Paying More on Your Mortgage Can Save You Money

It’s the American dream to own your own home and dreamers will go to any lengths to accomplish this even if it means borrowing thousands of dollars to be paid back over a 30 year period. It’s quite an obligation to make 360 payments month after month with the bulk of the money going toward interest, at least in the beginning.

 

The interest on an average home over a 30 year period can account for twice the cost of the home.  Interest is working against you 24/7/365.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could pay off your debt years sooner and save thousands of dollars? 

 

You can.  It just takes discipline and perhaps a little budget adjusting. It’s no secret that paying the mortgage twice a month, instead of only once will save you thousands and pay off your debt years sooner.  Some call it the bi-weekly mortgage plan.

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Make Mortgage Lenders Compete For Your Money

Selecting a mortgage for your home could be the most important financial decision you will make.  It’s an obligation you assume for many years and a small difference in any part of the negotiations can make a big difference in your monthly payments.

 

Mortgage lenders want your business so don’t be afraid to negotiate.  Do your homework and let them know you’re shopping around for the best deal.  The more you know, the better position you’re in to bargain.

 

It’s your money and worth the effort.  Rarely are rates and terms engraved in stone in the negotiating stage.  Even a quarter point better interest rate obtained can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long term.

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Plug in Points to See How Your Financing Will Pay Off

One of the most innovative financial markets is the home mortgage loan sector.  And, when you toss points into the mix it adds convolution to an already complicated process.  Most buyers don’t understand the concept of points and hesitate to ask or go to the trouble to learn about the process.  They become overwhelmed and can be at the mercy of whatever the lender offers.

 

It’s actually quite simple.  Points are fees paid to a lender for a loan.  The points are usually linked to interest rates with the more points you pay for, the lower the interest rate.  You can view them as pre-paid fees.  It’s sort of pay now with points or pay later with interest.

 

If you have the cash on hand to pay points and you still can’t decide if you should pay them to get a lower interest rate ask yourself what you would do with the money if not spent on points.  If you’re buying a home you probably have many needs for the extra money but don’t be short-sighted.  Invest for the long term.

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Is Refinancing Going to Help Save on Your Mortgage?

 

Are you bogged down in debt?  Are your monthly home mortgage payments rising each year and getting harder and harder to pay?  If this situation sounds familiar, you may have considered refinancing your mortgage.  But, will it help?

 

When you refinance you’re simply taking out a new loan to pay off the existing one.  It only makes sense to do this if you obtain a lower interest rate enabling you to save money. 

 

Usually, there are two good times to refinance.  If you have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) and you’re faced with a continual interest rate rise.  You can refinance to obtain a fixed rate mortgage and avoid the higher payments.

 

Even if you already have a fixed rate mortgage, it might pay you to refinance if you can secure a lower interest rate.  If you’re experiencing a cash flow problem and want to refinance to lower the payments by extending the term of your loan this is not a good reason.  With an extended term you’ll be paying more over the years remaining that you own the home.

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Two Ways to Save When You Buy a Home

 

Buying a home is probably the largest investment you and your family will ever make.

Unless you’re wealthy, few people buy homes and pay cash.  Rather, they make a small down payment and obligate themselves to a financial lender for a term of usually 30 years.  In this case, the lender determines the interest rate and gives you a thorough financial background check.

 

There are at least two other ways to buy the home of your dreams and probably save money:  assuming the existing mortgage or owner financing.  Either method usually saves you time, trouble and money. 

 

If you’re trying to assume a mortgage first make sure it’s assumable and transferable.  Many mortgages have a due on sale clause that states if the owner sells all or part of a house the entire balance becomes due and payable on demand.  A lender may be willing to overlook a non assumable mortgage is you’re able to make good any overdue payments and agree to do further business with the existing lender.

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Affiliate Marketing and Your Own Product

There are two sides to affiliate marketing: being an affiliate marketer as we have just discussed and selling a product that others can promote as affiliates for you

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You become the product creator.

 

You come up with a sales page.

 

You design an affiliate program that makes selling your product profitable to others.

 

 

Aside from having a top quality info product that caters to a hungry market, you also need to invest time or money into creating a sales letter that makes it impossible for visitors to pass by.

 

There is a two-fold benefit to having your own product: you profit from initial sales, plus you profit on the commissions from affiliate links strategically placed inside your own product.

 

If you want to make your affiliate program really shine and make it enticing for affiliates, then you need to offer the following:



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What You Need to Know to Begin Affiliate Marketing

While affiliate marketing does offer a shorter sales process for you, there are still some things you need to know before you can just slap up some site, drive traffic and get decent conversions.

 

For one, you need to know how to pick products.  You’ll need to do some homework.  That involves deciding on the niche you wish to pursue and then researching where to find the product or service that you want to promote within the niche.  Some do it in reverse and will look for a hot selling product and then find ways to get a piece of the niche profits.

 

A good affiliate marketer knows his or her market – and part of the way they get to know them is through visiting the niche forums and paying attention to the questions that keep coming up.

 

 

At some point, you’ll want to do some keyword research, too. Get inside your prospect’s mind so that you know what terms to focus your campaign on. A good affiliate program may have these listed for you to help make your job easier, but you can find words and phrases other affiliates aren’t using and rank very high for those in search engines like Google.

 

Then, once you’ve chosen your product, you need to be signed up in the affiliate program. This is fairly simple for some companies like ClickBank or Amazon, but others have a more involved sign up process.



 

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