Thursday, July 26, 2007

Perfect Niche for Internet Marketer Moms

I've been in the internet marketing industry for quite some time now, but I've never really tapped into the various niches with one of the things I know best --
motherhood. It all of a sudden occurred to me that "kids" is the perfect niche for an internet marketer mom.

Geez, how many niche markets could be under the heading of "kids" or "motherhood"? I don't even have an idea at this point, but I'm sure it's quite a few. It could even be one of the largest markets there is, and it will never go stale.

I do have a couple of active marketing tools regarding motherhood/kids, but have never really punched up the idea in terms of really focusing on it as a career. Now I'm going to be really pushing on it.

When you are a marketer and are using such techniques as article (or "bum") marketing, it helps a great deal to know the subject matter very very well. Knowing what you're talking about - without necessarily having to do research on the subject - makes marketing much easier and more effective as well.

Of all of the "experts" in the field of children, there are none more qualified than mothers - that's a fact. There is also nothing I like to write about more than my kid. :) Anyway, I finally concluded that I should really work on this niche instead of just tinkering around with it.

(As a note, on my favorite marketing forum, WAHM.com, a so-called "expert" posted a subject about child behavior. He claimed that some types of behaviors were a symptom of ADD, and other "diagnosed conditions". Most mothers are aware of the fact that this is a bunch of hooey, and due to the fact that WAHM is full of work-at-home-moms (thus the forum name) he was basically laughed out of the forum. Yada, yada, yada, adios.)

If you're a mother you are more aware of what mother's spend money on and what children really need and want. For example, what are some of you children's actual favorite toys? If your kids are like my little guy, the favorites are definitely not always what's "hot on the market" at the moment. It might be a very basic item or toy, and may be completely overlooked as a specific niche in the kid market. This might also be a perfect niche for you!

Something to think about.

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the right way, visit:

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PS: Recently completed Squidoo Lens on great kid moments - drop by and tell your stories! Here's the link:

Kids R Kool

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Affiliate Marketing Strategy

The more I become acquainted with the profession of affiliate marketing, the easier it becomes - this post is about an affiliate marketing strategy that I have developed from the process of personal experience, as well as learning from other successful affiliates.

The best part is that it involves little (sometimes no) cost at the beginning, and allows for business and profits to grow over time, allowing the funding of other, more profitable paid techniques.

What I recommend is to start out with something called "bum marketing" - so named because of the fact that it costs absolutely nothing.

There are folks out there who work online that say, "If you don't spend the money, you spend the time." Well, to some degree that is true and bum marketing does take some time, especially in the beginning/learning stages. However, there are a number of benefits to it that definitely outweigh the time involved.

To better define "bum marketing": It mainly involves writing and posting articles on high-profile (but free) websites and allows for the marketer to be listed highly in the search engines in a relatively short period of time. The articles are related to some service or product that is desired by people, and links to either more information on it, or directly to the product and produces sales.

It's really a great technique.

Why do I recommend it as a first step of an overall affiliate marketing strategy? For a number of reasons:

1. It allows someone just starting out to become familiar with the world of affiliate marketing without having to spend a dime.

2. It allows people to market what they already know something about and/or enjoy, making it easier to discuss and market online.

3. Most very successful affiliate marketers use this method, even though they can afford more expensive methods because it is so effective and helps in their overall campaigns.

The best place that I know of to post an article is a site called Squidoo.com. This is a great place to place your written articles, since it is so highly profiled by Google. It also allows free placement of links, and even allows you to make money with eBay and Amazon by adding simple modules to what is called a "lens" (basically your own article webpage).

Okay, so that's the basic first step. After this is accomplished, many affiliate marketers then move on to Google Adwords (pay-per-click) advertising or the like, using the money they make with the "bum" (article) marketing to fund any expenses along the way.

There are a number of details to learn about this, and there are also a number of other free/low cost techniques to make money online relatively quickly.

But don't expect it overnight - be willing to put some work and learning into it.

Final Note:

If you are thinking seriously about affiliate marketing, you must learn to do it the right way, or a lot of time and money can be wasted. Putting this strategy in place will greatly assist you to get started. With that in mind, here are some links that I highly recommend that you look at closely in order to have all of the information you need - from the bottom of my heart, I want for people to succeed with their own online affiliate marketing businesses, and these resources will help immensely:

Starting a Paid Affiliate Business

Simple Article Marketing Strategy

If you are very interested in affiliate marketing for the long-term, you really need this resource - it includes all of the tools and support you will possibly need:

Free Internet Wealth Guide & Wealthy Affiliate University

May the internet forces be with you!

Tonya B.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

What is Affiliate Marketing?


If you've been around the internet looking for ways to make money online, you probably have come across the term, "affiliate marketing". What does this mean, exactly?

Well, if you're an "affiliate" with a company, then there is an association or connection with that company.

If you're an affiliate marketer, then, you do the action of marketing products for another company, then you make a commission on any sales that are made. It's as simple as that.

There are various ways and means to market products for other companies. These include
using websites, pay-per-click, using services such as Google Adwords and Yahoo! Search
Marketing. One could market for a company directly (example: someone you know has a website and needs it advertised), or indirectly through what is called an affiliate network.

A special note about affiliate marketing: This is a technique of making money online that actually
requires a fairly thorough education before one can actually make a real living at it. It also requires some time and patience - and plenty of work.

If you're interested in doing something like this for a living, there are some good resources that
can help you get off to the right start. You can check out a review of a number of them right
here:

TheMoneyReviews.com

Another note about affiliate marketing - this is by far my favorite method of making money
online. It's very fun, and has the quality of building more and more over time, which in turn increases your income over time.

Good luck!