Sunday, February 28, 2010

Just what are affiliate programs?

SUBJECT: Just what are affiliate programs?

As you all know by now I am an affiliate marketer. A lot of people
have all kinds of questions. Let me begin here....

Are you looking for a relatively easy way to make money online?
If you have been doing research online, you may have come across
programs that are known or referred to as affiliate programs.
Affiliate programs are a great way to make money online, but do
you really know what they are? If not, you are urged to read
on.

Before examining affiliate programs, namely what they are, it is
best if you first familiarize yourself with internet marketing.
All business owners need to market their business to the general
public. Since all online customers are internet users, online
business owners need to market their products or services to the
internet community. This is where the term internet marketing
comes from. A wide variety of different marketing tactics are
considered internet marketing. Just one of those marketing
tactics is affiliate programs. What is nice about affiliate
programs is that they not only benefit online business owners,
but they also benefit other webmasters; webmasters just like
you.

When an online business owner, who is selling a product or
service, wants to increase their sales, they seek assistance
from other webmasters. This assistance is typically sought from
webmasters who have a website that is, in one way or another,
related to the product or service being sold. For instance, if
the product being sold is a work at home e-book, webmasters
running work at home business sites are likely to be sought
after. If and when this partnership is formed, the exact
details will be worked out. In most cases, you, the webmaster,
will be asked to display links or banners that lead the other
website; the one where the product, in this case a work at home
e-book is available for sale.

As it was mentioned above, affiliate programs are a great way
for online business owners to increase their sales and profits,
but they are not the only ones who benefit from affiliate
programs; webmasters do as well. Business owners who run an
affiliate program usually work in conjunction with an affiliate
tracking company. This company uses cookies and other internet
technology to track internet user clicks. This means that if an
internet users clicks on one of your affiliate links and ends up
making a purchase, the tracking software used will record that
purchase, when it occurred, and the amount of it. This allows
business owners to know exactly how much you helped them out.
In turn, you will be rewarded for this assistance.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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What A Woodpecker Can Teach You About Online Survival

Got any woodpeckers in your neighborhood?

The next time you see a woodpecker watch him for a while. Think about how the woodpecker spends EVERY DAY of his life. The woodpecker must peck, peck, peck away all day and every day looking for food. It’s a matter of survival. The woodpecker doesn’t peck frantically for a few hours then take the afternoon off to snooze on a comfy branch. The woodpecker doesn’t peck frantically for one week straight to fill his tummy, then take a 2 day break snuggled up in his nest. Instead, he pecks away continually, rain or shine. If he doesn’t find food in one place he is off to the next tree to find a tasty morsel. He doesn’t give up when the first 3 trees have no bugs, throw his wings up in the air and say I quit! The woodpecker knows what you need to know: survival requires continuous pecking. In your case, your success is 100% dependent on your continous pecking strategies for the survival of your business.

In my line of work I talk to marketers, entrepreneurs, and home business operators everyday. Just like in all walks of life you have all kinds of personalities from a variety of background and skills. The backgrounds are diverse but they all bring one thing in common to the table. Essentially a dogma of what they can (or are willing to) do TODAY to build their business.

I am always amazed at how people approach building their home business or business opportunity. Some will bite in like a dog on a bone and go hard for a month, then let go and I never hear from them again. Others study, analyze, learn, listen, think and digest but never get to the part of actually DOING anything. Some will find fault or make the most clever excuses for why they can’t work their business.

Then there are my favorites, I call these people, the woodpeckers.

These are the people that give a 100% effort to building their business EVERY day. Like the woodpecker they peck away at the daily required tasks of building their business to call prospects, promptly reply to email, promote their business, take care of customers, generate leads, build their mailing list, generate traffic, network with others, solve problems as they happen, plan and prepare. If one strategy is not producing results they peck away trying to find a more productive outcome, or they peck at another approach, a new angle, a new offer, a new promotion, or new goals. They are not content to give up. They don’t try and accomplish everything in one day, they work daily, steadily, consistently pecking away to get to their goals. Like the woodpecker they know not to overextend themselves and bite off more of the worm than they can chew. Instead they peck away daily at the necessary tasks being sure to maintain a balance with other important aspects of their life.

The Woodpecker’s attitude is a realistic one, he has to search out food every day to survive and feed himself and his young. No one is going to show up at his nest everyday and hand over the bugs. The wise entrepreneur also has a realistic attitude, he or she may not want to do a certain mundane task but knows it is a requirement of building a successful business. He knows that he or she must do the work to earn the success. For our feathered friend the woodpecker, some days the worms may be juicier than others, sometimes the tasty worms are hard to come by and only the bitter bugs are available. Some months there will be more and larger bugs than other months, but the woodpecker (YOU) will have to just keep on pecking away.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Millions of people worldwide want to make extra money with their own home-based Internet business.

Publishers Note: Millions of people worldwide want to make
extra money with their own home-based Internet business.
Sadly, these folks overwhelmingly fail when they try to do
business online. To help them, we sought out one of the
world's most well-known business authorities, Dr. Jeffrey Lant.

We found Dr. Lant in his home office right across the
street from Harvard University, from which he has 2 degrees
and overlooking the spot where General George Washington
took command of the Continental Army in 1775.

Q: Dr. Lant, how long have you been a home-based
entrepreneur, and how long have you been advising
people how to profit online?

Dr. Lant: I've been advising folks how to succeed in
small and home businesses and nonprofit organizations
for over 30 years and have focused on assisting people
succeed online in their home business since 1994.

Q: What's the first thing a home-based entrepreneur
should do when deciding to make money online?

Dr. Lant: Candidly, the first thing these entrepreneurs
must do is realize that in all important aspects there is
no difference between running an online and an offline
business. Both are BUSINESSES and must be approached
accordingly.

Many 'net newbies have the crazy notion that you
can just post information online while waiting to
bank the profits. Online businesses take the same
focus and dedication as offline businesses.

Q: What next?

Dr. Lant: Get a domain. The Internet is a domain-
structured environment. That is, you must have your
own domain if you expect to build a profitable
business.

Lots of newbies get confused by this. They join
a business opportunity, and get a self-replicating
website. Then they think they've got a domain.
Of course they don't! Domains are real estate
that you own. YOU determine how big they get;
YOU determine what goes on them. In all senses
they are YOUR property and must be treated
as such.

Q: After you get your domain, what then?

Dr. Lant: THINK BIG! The average home-based
entrepreneur is a small thinker. They are trying
to sell just one or a very few products or services.
This is fine if you want minimum profits, but if
you're ambitious you must take what you're selling
today and brainstorm what other products your
customers will want. Go to Google, and start searching
for additional, related products. At all times, focus
on building, adding, diversifying and expanding
your site and what you sell.

Q: Dr. Lant, we have time for just one more
piece of good advice. What does every home-
based entrepreneur need on their website that
they don't have?

Dr. Lant: In a word, INTERACTIVITY!

The first stage of the 'net was where folks
posted a passive website. That was great at
the time, but time has definitely moved on.
Now your customers want you to give them
superior customer service, not just a 'contact us'
button.

You need to be able to greet your visitors,
answer their questions, make offers, take
orders and build relationships. This can only
be done with interactivity. ALL home-based
entrepreneurs need it, since interactivity
dramatically increases profits.

Q: As always, Dr. Lant, good, sound
advice. Thanks for sharing.

Dr. Lant: My pleasure.

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Author of 17 best-selling business books and hundreds of
practical articles, Dr. Jeffrey Lant is one of the
world's best known and most respected marketers
and business development authorities. He
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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Life is About Choices and the Decisions We Make

Life is like a road. There are long and short roads; smooth and rocky roads; crooked and straight paths. In our life many roads would come our way as we journey through life. There are roads that lead to a life of single blessedness, marriage, and religious vocation. There are also roads that lead to fame and fortune on one hand, or isolation and poverty on the other. There are roads to happiness as there are roads to sadness, roads towards victory and jubilation, and roads leading to defeat and disappointment.

Just like any road, there are corners, detours, and crossroads in life. Perhaps the most perplexing road that you would encounter is a crossroad. With four roads to choose from and with limited knowledge on where they would go, which road will you take? What is the guarantee that we would choose the right one along the way? Would you take any road, or just stay where you are: in front of a crossroad?


There are no guarantees.

You do not really know where a road will lead you until you take it. There are no guarantees. This is one of the most important things you need to realize about life. Nobody said that choosing to do the right thing all the time would always lead you to happiness. Loving someone with all your heart does not guarantee that it would be returned. Gaining fame and fortune does not guarantee happiness. Accepting a good word from an influential superior to cut your trip short up the career ladder is not always bad, especially if you are highly qualified and competent. There are too many possible outcomes, which your really cannot control. The only thing you have power over is the decisions that you will make, and how you would act and react to different situations.


Wrong decisions are always at hindsight.

Had you known that you were making a wrong decision, would you have gone along with it? Perhaps not, why would you choose a certain path when you know it would get you lost? Why make a certain decision if you knew from the very beginning that it is not the right one. It is only after you have made a decision and reflected on it that you realize its soundness. If the consequences or outcomes are good for you, then you have decided correctly. Otherwise, your decision was wrong.


Take the risk: decide.

Since life offers no guarantee and you would never know that your decision would be wrong until you have made it, then you might as well take the risk and decide. It is definitely better than keeping yourself in limbo. Although it is true that one wrong turn could get you lost, it could also be that such a turn could be an opportunity for an adventure, moreover open more roads. It is all a matter of perspective. You have the choice between being a lost traveler or an accidental tourist of life. But take caution that you do not make decisions haphazardly. Taking risks is not about being careless and stupid. Here are some pointers that could help you choose the best option in the face of life’s crossroads:
· Get as much information as you can about your situation.

You cannot find the confidence to decide when you know so little about what you are faced with. Just like any news reporter, ask the 5 W’s: what, who, when, where, and why. What is the situation? Who are the people involved? When did this happen? Where is this leading? Why are you in this situation? These are just some of the possible questions to ask to know more about your situation. This is important. Oftentimes, the reason for indecision is the lack of information about a situation.

· Identify and create options.

What options do the situation give you? Sometimes the options are few, but sometimes they are numerous. But what do you do when you think that the situation offers no options? This is the time that you create your own. Make your creative mind work. From the most simplistic to the most complicated, entertain all ideas. Do not shoot anything down when an idea comes to your head. Sometimes the most outrageous idea could prove to be the right one in the end. You can ask a friend to help you identify options and even make more options if you encounter some difficulty, but make sure that you make the decision yourself in the end.

· Weigh the pros and cons of every option.

Assess each option by looking at the advantages and disadvantages it offers you. In this way, you get more insights about the consequences of such an option.

· Trust yourself and make that decision.

Now that you have assessed your options, it is now time to trust yourself. Remember that there are no guarantees and wrong decisions are always at hindsight. So choose… decide… believe that you are choosing the best option at this point in time.


Now that you have made a decision, be ready to face its consequences: good and bad. It may take you to a place of promise or to a land of problems. But the important thing is that you have chosen to live your life instead of remaining a bystander or a passive audience to your own life. Whether it is the right decision or not, only time can tell. But do not regret it whatever the outcome. Instead, learn from it and remember that you always have the chance to make better decisions in the future.



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. and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.


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Great Entrepreneurs' Secret: Smarts, Guts, and Luck

9:33 AM Saturday March 7, 2009

As venture capitalists, my partners and I meet dozens upon dozens of entrepreneurs pitching their ideas and dreams. We love them - especially when their passion comes with capabilities and a good idea. I have been fascinated in understanding the "DNA" of great entrepreneurs in an effort to identify traits and markers that can serve as early clues for future success. I have come to conclude that great entrepreneurs share and need SGL: Smarts, Guts, and Luck.

Smarts. If you eat horseshoes for breakfast and always win in Vegas, then all the better for you. You ain't the norm. "Smarts" is the best foundation for any entrepreneur. Entrepreneurial smarts, however, needs to be defined and it certainly requires going beyond traditional MBA education. If I were honest, and not influenced by the fact that I hold one of these degrees myself from the institution closely affiliated to this site, then I would say that there's a lot of truth in what my partner Mats Lederhausen has said: "Most MBA's make for sucky entrepreneurs." This is not because they are not smart, but because an MBA--while potentially helpful--is not a requirement. Other smarts are.

The best self-made entrepreneurs possess outstanding street smarts, intuition, emotional and conceptual intelligence as much as--and often more so than--book smarts, analytics, and managerial intelligence. It is why founders are usually very good getting companies to a certain level, but usually less good at scaling their idea. The CEO who scales a company probably did could not have founded the business and, vice versa, the person who founded it probably could not have scaled it. The exceptions of Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Howard Schultz are just that: exceptions. They possessed the rare capability to bridge across the analytical and the creative, across the left and the right side of the brain. For our early stage investments, I am biased toward the right side- the more creative, conceptual and street smarts. "Visionary Skills 101", just does not seem to be on many MBA curriculums.

At the early stage of a business it is critical to build culture before company. The culture comes from the evangelism, heart, and fire in the belly of founders. You need to create a belief system, energy, and inspiration during the early stage of business and, as it grows, balance that with structure and process. If you put the latter (left side thinking) too early you lose the chance to form the soul of the company - you basically begin managing when the company has not yet been led.

Guts. Great entrepreneurs have the guts to go after big ideas. They are willing to put themselves out there when most worry about, "What will others think?" The definition of entrepreneurship that Harvard Business School Professor Bill Sahlman made prolific- "the relentless pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources" forms the center of the entrepreneurial mindset. Entrepreneurs don't worry about the resources they lack, but about the resourcefulness required to get the big idea done.

It's gutsy for people to pursue a mission despite the gulf that exists between their available resources and the largesse of their ideas. It is gutsy to swing for the fences when one could settle for a single or double. It's gutsy to shape change that most cannot yet see and persevere forward with singular clarity. Here's an amazing fact: About two-thirds of billionaires on the Forbes billionaire list started with nothing. Desperation can be a good motivator, but these folks were born with the fire in the belly and vision in the mind. Read the biographies of Andy Grove, Ralph Lauren, or J.K Rowling and you'll find some pretty inspiring stories. As Eleanor Roosevelt stated so eloquently, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

Luck. Even with all the smarts and guts, you don't get the glory without some luck. Requisite elements of fortuitous timing, serendipitous encounters, or inexplicable higher connections come in handy. Yes, people can create the circumstances for luck, but that should not discount the value of Lady Luck's gracious blessings. Recognizing that luck is part of the success formula helps maintain the necessary and important humility during the entrepreneurial journey and beyond. Circumstances beyond one's control will always occur. Accepting this vulnerability and understanding that sometimes you just need the cards dealt in your favor is necessary to maintain the conviction, courage, and momentum of entrepreneurial enterprises. As I think back on the ups and downs of my prior entrepreneurial experiences, I am certainly grateful for my kismet being on the right side more often than wrong.

The central philosophy of my investment firm, Cue Ball, is that human capital trumps everything else out there. We consistently say it is all about the people, and we would take a B business plan with an A team over an A plan with a B team any day. And in that A team, there's likely to be a good triple dose of SGL.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Impossible is Just a Word

Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn't fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn't dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?

Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in our attic.

This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing.

But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.

The most common problem to setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get hung up thinking I can't do this. It's too hard. It's too impossible. No one can do this.

However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.

Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. Theoretically, they said, it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Unfortunately for the bumble, bee no one has told it so. So fly it does.

On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.

If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging on to the impossible dream.

Try this exercise. Take a piece of paper and write down some goals in your life. Under one header, list down things ‘you know you can do’. Under another header, write the things ‘you might be able to do.’ And under one more, list the things that that are ‘impossible for you to do.’

Now look at all the headers strive every day to accomplish the goals that are under things ‘you know you can do’. Check them when you are able to accomplish them. As you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing the goals under the other header-the one that reads ‘you might be able to do.’

As the items you wrote under things I could do are accomplished, you can move the goals that are under things that are ‘impossible for you to do’ to the list of things ‘you might be able to do.’

As you work through this process, you will find out that the goals you thought were impossible become easier to accomplish. And the impossible begin to seem possible after all.

You see, the technique here is not to limit your imagination. It is to aim high, and start working towards that goal little by little. However, it also is unwise to set a goal that is truly unrealistic.

Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and disillusioned.

On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would laugh at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.

Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be hard work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.

Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? That is as true as it can be.

So dream on, friend! Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just about find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible.

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