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Affiliate Marketing For Beginners – Tools

Affiliate Marketing for beginnersWouldn’t it be a relief if there was a step by step plan in affiliate marketing for beginners that explained each part of the process in clear and easy to understand terms?  Here it is!

There are a thousands of sites and blogs telling you how you can make money online.  Many of them explain some of the steps but few give you all the information you need in one place.

In this earlier post I explained one of the options available.  I described its founder and how it came to be created.  It’s a course that continues to be developed and updated.

In this post I’m going to elaborate on those options and introduce you to the tools available.  I’ve used all of these myself so I can give you an honest description based on personal experience.

Affiliate Marketing For Beginners – Tools

Affilorama

This is the main site that contains all the other tools and training materials.  You can register as a member for free and explore its contents.  Free membership includes an affiliate marketing quick start guide, a downloadable road-map to success, and 120 video lessons in affiliate marketing.

Affiloblueprint

This is the step plan for those wanting to learn and apply this business model.  As the name suggests it’s a methodical map that leads you all the way through the jungle.  It’s ideal for those who have tried and failed and others who have never attempted affiliate marketing before.   Have a look for yourself and read the full description.

Affilojetpack

This is for those who want to skip the basic work and head for the more advanced side of affiliate marketing.  All the groundwork is done for you leaving you free to concentrate of fine tuning and marketing.  Check out the full description here.

If a long description don’t convince you then you can attend several webinars that describe the product and the process in more detail:

Free Resources – no obligation

  1. Start by downloading this free report on how to make thousands of dollars per month with affiliate marketing. There are no catches or gimmicks.  It’s totally free.
  2. In addition to the report you can also attend a free webinar that goes into more detail. Sign up here.
  3. There is another free webinar that describes seven ways in which you can send much more traffic to your website.  What good is a well designed and clever website if it doesn’t receive visitors?  Sign up here.
  4. Here’s another free webinar in which you’ll learn how it’s possible to start small and scale up your business into thousands of dollars per month.  Sign up here.

Affilotools

So you have one or more completed websites. You’re happy with the design and content but you have no idea how well they are performing.  Without this vital information you have no idea what works and what should be changed or discarded altogether.

That’s why you need Affilotools – all your monitoring and analysis in one place.  Check out the full description here.

Affilorama Premium Membership

This is an upgraded membership for those who keen to delve deeper into affiliate marketing.  There are advanced training videos, ‘over the shoulder’ videos in which the author describes how he spends his money and how he earns it back, and free web hosting for 15 sites.  It’s just $1 for a 30 day trial, so it’s worth signing up just for that alone.  Here’s the link to the details.

Affilotheme

Finally, there’s Affilotheme.  It’s a suite of WordPress themes designed specifically for affiliate sites.  Why try to create sites using themes that need edits and alterations to work as an affiliate site when you can buy a theme built by people in the same line of business?  The package includes the usual first rate support and a money back guarantee.  Go here for the details.

Conclusion

I expect you know the drill by now.  Persistence and hard work pay off in the end.  There are no short-cuts to online riches but if someone can show you the way then it does save you a lot of time and money.

YouTube SEO – How To Rank YouTube Videos

In this post I’m going to provide you with some easy to follow tips for improving your YouTube SEO. I’m going to describe what changes you can and should be making to rank your YouTube videos for maximum traffic, views, subscribers, and interaction. Before you go any further, download this YouTube SEO cheatsheet.  It goes into much more depth and contains a lot of tips that I haven’t covered here.

What is YouTube SEO?

YouTube is the second biggest search engine after Google, and Google owns YouTube. Video marketing is HUGE and is growing bigger but if you want your videos to be found among the millions that exist they need to be optimised for searches. Just as we have to fine tune our websites for SEO purposes, we also have to ensure our videos are checked and tweaked to exploit every chance of being found and viewed. YouTube SEO then is simply the processes of optimising videos so that they have the best possible chance of being found. Found, not just in the search results but also in the list of suggested videos that YouTube shows you when you’ve viewed another video. YouTube SEO Viral Videos

YouTube Videos – Keyword Titles

There isn’t room in this post to go into a description of keywords and phrases. I’m going to assume you’ve found your chosen keyword. However, if you want a tool that helps you with keyword research then try Long Tail Pro.  I use it every week and have foundsome rich pickings using it. Anyway, I presume you know to which search terms you want your video to appear in the search results. For the purpose of this post let’s assume you’ve made one about horse riding for beginners. Perhaps you’ve chosen the title ‘Horse Riding Tips For Beginners‘ because that’s a keyword phrase that your target keyword phrase. You get the general idea. So your keyword phrase should be used three times:

  1. It should be the name of your video filename before you upload to YouTube.
  2. It should be at the start of your video title in the editing area.
  3. It should be repeated at the start of your text description.

YouTube SEO – Video Description

So you’ve named your video by using your keyword first followed by other key terms to a maximum of 100 characters. Next, add the description. You have 5,000 characters for this so use as much as you can. Repeat the keyword title and then give a full and accurate description. Treat this description with the same diligence and attention to detail as you would any blog post or article. Proofread it for any spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors. Be sure to include any links to your author or business sites but don’t over do the links. Remember that Google looks for content that is relevant, useful, and original. YouTube SEO Viral Videos

YouTube SEO – Video Tags

Once your description is complete add the relevant tags. Don’t be tempted to add tags that are not relevant to your content. You aren’t going to attract more traffic by adding irrelevant tags. Also, by effectively spamming your tag area you risk having your account suspended if you use this and other underhand techniques. You have a total of 500 characters to fill up in the tag section so use it wisely.

YouTube SEO – End Screens and Cards

End Screens are often overlooked by those in a rush to simply upload their videos and hope for the best. End screens are those small hyperlinked images that appear near the end of a video, about 20 seconds from the end. You can add several of these if you wish. The options are:

  1. Video or playlist – yours, or someone else’s
  2. Subscription link for your channel
  3. A link to another channel that you want to promote
  4. A link to an approved websites

An approved website is one that Google/YouTube have identified as belonging to you. This might have been verified through Google Webmasters site. If you need any help with that, post a comment below. Cards are those little icons that appear throughout the videos in my channel. Look at the white circle containing an ‘i’ in the top right hand corner of the videos. Click that and you’ll see the cards I’ve added to this video. There may be one or several linking to approved websites. Like End Screens they could also link to playlists, videos, subscription links, or channels. So, to summarise so far, you’ve added nice long title, a full description, relevant tags, end screens, and cards.

How else can you improve YouTube SEO?

– Add the video to a playlist. – Share it on social media – Encourage others to share it – Respond promptly to comments – Encourage interaction in the comments – Be responsive and friendly, even to negative criticism – Share your video in relevant forums, Facebook pages, Google+ communities When sharing in forums etc respect the rules and don’t argue if your video is deleted.  The site’s owners have their rules and it’s best to abide by them. 

Finally, don’t forget YouTube’s own free tuition on developing a channel.  It takes a while to work through each lesson but there is much to be learned from it.

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