7 Ways for Effective Affiliate Marketing On Your Blog

You don't have to sell or promote like a crazed marketer in order to make some decent money online with your affiliate links. You can advertise your links in a tactful and smart way to maximize your income with little effort.

Some will argue that you can and should exploit your blog traffic by placing Google AdSense within your posts, maximizing every inch of "dead space" on your blog with banner ads, writing affiliate product reviews, or even adding text link ads, but you can have all of those things and make no money if you do not provide people with what they came to your blog for in the first place: Valuable Content That Will Help Them Solve Their Problems.

The main focus of your blog should always be the creation of high quality content. If you consistently provide great content - information that keeps people interested and excited, ideas and strategies that are innovative and fresh, things that make people want to come back and visit your blog often - you'll be setting yourself up to make money online.

1. Affiliate Marketing 101

  We've all heard the phrase, don't judge a book by its cover, right?! Well that doesn't apply when it comes to your website. First impressions are huge and being that you only have about 13 seconds to capture your visitor’s attention, you need to make it a priority to set the tone for a visitor's experience on your blog. You don't want your visitors first impression of your blog to be, WOW, How much money are they trying to get out of me today?...This is what people may think if your blog has banner ads and advertisements in every nook and cranny.

People buy from those they know, like and trust. You have to be genuinely interested in that person first to be genuinely interested in what they have to offer you.

2. Promote Affiliate Products That You Have Used

 The best way to earn money with affiliate links is that to only recommend products that you have personally used or are currently using. It is responsible and the right way to market affiliate products.

3. Describe Your Affiliate Products

 If you are actively promoting a particular affiliate product you should be able to give a description about its benefits because you've personally used it right? Share your experience and knowledge with your readers. When describing your affiliate products throw in results or supporting data if you can. By doing so they will be more likely to click on your ad or link to learn more about how that product can help them.

4. Lead with Value...Affiliate Link Second

  Make sure the content you write is not just for the sake of placing an affiliate link in it. Writing a post with the intention of promoting or advertising the link does not work. People can see right past these types of posts. Always lead with value, with content and that will drive the affiliate links you offer.

5. Promote Affiliate Products That Are Related To Your Niche: 

You should only promote products that are related to your niche or area of expertise and never promote more than two of the same type of product. The more products you promote the less "stock" each one has. Also the more products you promote, the more difficult it becomes for people to make a decision. It's kind of like going to Baskin Robbins and having 31 Flavors to choose from. If you give your readers a few options they don't get overwhelmed with the decision of where to spend their money. Lastly when you continuously promote the same products, you readers will realize that there must be something special about these because you keep mentioning them.

6. Create A Central Resource Page

  A resource or recommended tools page is a page that highlights useful links to websites, products or services related to your niche. This page is perfect for placing your affiliate links, so make sure to take advantage of this type of page if you have not done so already. Not only is this is great for you, it is of great value to your readers who may be looking for additional resources related to your niche. By making this page accessible on your blog your readers may even come across other products and services they were not necessarily looking for on your page but do need to take their business to the next level. Everybody wins.

7. Promote Winning Affiliate Products

  Only promote the products that you know make you the most money. You will only know which products are hot after a little bit of trial and error and by looking at the products that are converting into sales. Any products that are not generating income should be dumped. If they don't pay out get rid of them. You don't want affiliate ads occupying valuable space. Testing is key when optimizing your affiliate income.

Affiliate marketing on your blog is a great source of passive residual income. Your content will be on the Internet for a long time along with any affiliate links you embed in your posts as well. As long as you are following these simple yet effective tips - creating awesome content, promoting great products and leading with value - your affiliate income will steadily continue to increase!

If you are going to build an affiliate income that is worth taking about, you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to maximize your success. Is it hard work? Yes, but if you are able to develop a system that gets you results, duplicate it, be consistent and build your affiliate business one step at a time.

3 Proven Ways to Make Your Blog Viral in Minutes

Viral Marketing, if not one of the best traffic generating methods there is. I utilize viral marketing everyday on all of my websites and it's been responsible for nonstop traffic and it continues building without much effort, I'm going to share with you 3 dead effective viral marketing methods I personally use that produce the most bang once applied.

Now the 3 Ways to Make Your Blog Viral In Minutes...

1 - Tweetmeme Plugin - 
 This is by far one of my most responsive viral marketing add-on, infact it's been responsible for over 5,000 unique visitors in a matter of weeks to my blog and continues to still work till this day. You can actually see the button to the top left of this blog post and it's quick and simple to install.

The thing is, the tweetmeme button is still new, so not a lot of websites are actually using it as much and I've seen some great quality blogs that if they add this plugin, would make a heck of a difference to their traffic, it's viral, effective and it's like digg, except for Twitter, and if your content is great, you'll have no problem getting RT's on Twitter.

2 - Contest/Plugins - 
Don't underestimate this one. The point of your blog is for content, it's a content management system (CMS) so you want to make sure that your readers, subscribers and customers participate and interact on your blog, the more unique and fun you make it, the easier it will be for others to interact and share it with their readers, subscribers and customers.

For example, I created 2 posts, one called Top 100 Internet Marketers and Top 100 Twitterers and they are still generating interest and traffic as of now, btw, and you can add your name and website or twitter profile to these posts. You can also run contest based post for your blog such as, $1,000 contest for the best answer in a comment, or whoever drives the most traffic, the possibilities are endless.

3 - Free Content/Ebooks -
This is powerful. Imagine how much ebooks you actually have sitting on your hard drive. You can create a simple page like this "3 Free Ebook Gifts" and give them away with no catch or opt-in. Make sure they are quality ebooks and are current as of today. It's all about value, give value in your blog post and it will take off on its own.

You can also create any other free content such as free reports, free audios and videos, webinars, tools or plugins and have it link back to your blog this way, when it is shared with others you are gaining traffic back to your blog, which will in turn build more linkbacks, get you higher search engine rankings, and position your blog as an authority in the industry.

Nothing is ever too simple, it all depends on if you are using it or not, with these 3 effective ways to generate more traffic to your blog and make it fully viral you can't lose. The more value and uniqueness, or even controversial, the more traffic and exposure you'll get in return. Therefore, go get all the traffic you can.

How to Use Your Natural Blogging Voice to Engage Readers

When I first started blogging, I floundered. I was tentative, indecisive, and not sure of what to blog about or how to say it. Looking back, I'm the first to admit that my posts were stilted, dry and not very interesting. Three years of experience and learning from my own mistakes has taught me a very important lesson. One's own personal voice and tone are much more attractive to readers.

On one occasion in the beginning, I sent in a post for review as a possible contributor to a website and soon received a rejection email stating that my post was too conversational. They wished to be more formal, following more formal grammatical, spelling, and writing conventions. This was the turning point for me, where I had to evaluate my writing and decide what worked best for me and my blogs. I decided I preferred the informal, conversational voice as it was friendlier, more welcoming, more light and humorous. Although my voice does change between my three blogs, in general, they can all be classified as using a conversational tone.

My genealogy blog contains human interest posts on the topics of history and genealogy, and I am more careful of the rules of writing. However, transcription of old documents requires that one overlook errors as the rule of thumb is to not change anything, transcribing the text exactly as written or heard in the interest of accuracy.

My personal family blog is by far the least formal of my blogs and the usual writing conventions are basically thrown to the winds. I "write 'em as I sees 'em", with humor and personality (I hope). Once I realized this was my natural voice, and stuck to it, I noticed much improved readership, traffic and conversation.

My 'blog for bloggers' requires adhering more strictly to writing conventions as the posts are more instructional and informational.

Use your natural voice to be more readable and approachable, and more people will read your blog posts, and comments and conversation will occur more easily and frequently.

What do I mean by natural voice?

The natural voice you use for informal conversation and correspondence.

Does that mean an academic voice?

Only if you blog on more academic topics, such as: studies, research and such matters.

Does grammar matter?

This differs between conversational voices. It's more important for academic or informational blogs, while personal blogs can use a more personal, informal tone that does not necessarily have to comply with grammatical conventions.

Does spelling matter?

Again, this differs between voices. It definitely does matter for all blogs, but personal blogs can be free to ignore these conventions in the interests of personality, friendliness, humor, etc.

This lesson has been greatly enhanced by my decision to use 'Naturally Speaking,' voice recognition software that allows me to dictate my posts directly into the word processor. I find that the words flow much more naturally for me when spoken verbally. Then I proofread carefully to ensure there are no glaring errors or omissions - but deliberately leaving anything that contributes to the desired tone of the article.

In the beginning, I found that what I thought were humorous descriptions of situations and events weren't coming across that way in my writing. When I dictated the post, my own sense of humor came into play and the words framed the jokes and humor much more easily, giving the desired reader experience. I just had to be careful to not let my formal writing training cause me to 'delete or rewrite' key words and phrases that would greatly change the impression of the article - even completely eliminating the humor.

How to find a Good Giveaway for List Building

The first thing that comes to mind here is which giveaway event should you join?  The unfortunate truth is that you need to be in the “insider” circle to really know when the „not-to-miss‟ events are about to be launched. In other words, you have to be known, and you’ll only get known by working to develop a relationship with other marketers.

In the absence of a developed network of marketers, while you’re new in the game of list building, you need a different strategy to begin. So here are a few ideas you can follow up to find out when the next good Giveaway Event is coming down the pike. Follow marketing ezines or blogs.

Now and then, some marketers announce a Giveaway Event and are looking to recruit new partners for it. The event might be great, might not. However, as long as there’s a chance to build your list at zero cost, why not take a look? Another good tactic is to watch out for those who talk the Giveaway talk – you know real Giveaway Event junkies. These guys will hunt down, (even host themselves), some of the best Giveaway Events you’ll find.

Some contacts for you:
Keith Purkiss is one of the few marketers we know who built his list at Pushbuttongiveaways.com at a very fast pace (he jumped from a few hundred subscribers to almost 6,000+ subscribers in the space of a couple of months), just through Giveaway Events!

Paul Teague is another one and has a great product here that really goes hand in hand with Keith's product Autocashfunnel.com

Mieke Janssens has a newsletter. You sign-up at Newjvgiveaways.com. We definitely recommend any of these guys and their newsletters, as they are all well known and respected for their ethics and efforts.

All prepared?

Once you’re organized, and have selected which Giveaway Event you want to partner with, it’s time to join it. In Giveaway Events, those who provide gifts are known as Contributors; those who are invited to come and download those gifts are called Members.

You’ll enter basic information on the Giveaway Sign-up page, which puts your details into the Event database.  Now you have to decide whether to Upgrade your account or not.
Obviously „which Giveaway‟, and „what gift‟, are major decisions – and you’ve probably already made these. But the decision that may have the most impact on how successful your Giveaway experience becomes, is whether and how much to upgrade.

Remember, Upgrading costs money, and brings benefits.

There are several upgrade levels in most Giveaways. When you upgrade, you can display more gifts, and you will have more chances to sell things. Your gifts may also be shown more prominently – which will bring you more opt-ins to your list. Let’s look at all these aspects of upgrading.

Generally you’ll find the same upgrading options across most Giveaway Events. This is because most Giveaway organizers tend to use the same script..! A basic Contributor to a Giveaway Event enters at no charge, and receives the minimum level of service. As a basic-level Contributor, you’ll be entitled to display one gift, and one text ad. Text ads are small ads (2-3 lines), similar to classified ads in a newspaper. You can advertise a product in your text ad, and use a link to take the visitor to your sales website or page. Text ads are shown on a rotating basis at various places on the gift pages.

Each Giveaway host sets their own Upgrade pricing.

During your sign-up process, you’ll usually see the top level first – let’s say it’s called the „gold‟ level. At „gold‟, you might be offered the chance to display three gifts, use six text ads and display a One-Time Offer (sales page). These One-Time-Offers are shown on a rotating basis to members arrive to download free gifts. Perhaps the $47 being asked is too high, so you skip.

You may then be offered an upgrade to „silver‟ level. At „silver‟, you get a chance to show two gifts, and use four text ads. The price is (say) $17. Still not convinced? Maybe you only have one gift prepared. So you enter as a free contributor, and complete sign-up.

Note: The upgrade prices during sign-up will increase (maybe double), should you decide to upgrade later.

Why You Need Upgrade
After all, for free you can display the gift anyway, why bother to upgrade? And who needs to show three gifts?

A. The advantages of Upgrading.

Your gift will get viewed more. Simple. In some of the latest scripts, there’s even an option to get ads that look almost like mini-banners. Very cool and great promotion. But you have to upgrade to get them. After upgrading, you’ll get to display more gifts –and that is definitely an advantage. Even in a small niche, not everyone is thinking the same way, or has the same needs. Offer two or three products on different subjects- or say, a video product and an eBook. You’ll double your chances of getting that opt-in.

Multiple text ad opportunities mean that you can promote more. If you’ve not got enough products yourself, use affiliate links and pick up commission.

B. The disadvantages of Upgrading.

Obviously first up, it’s not free any more. Some of the bigger Giveaways will want $37 plus for the top level – and double that if you decide to upgrade after you’re joined up and realize what a great deal it is after all. And there’s no refund if the Giveaway flops. So you’ll need to consider the merits of it carefully.

In the end, there’s no right answer. But if you’re serious about maximizing your return, and you are going to promote hard, then have a good gift, and have a sense that there’s some other good people also involved.

Then take the top level, and go for it!
Next, consider becoming a „senior‟ partner…

This position doesn’t actually exist in Giveaways. Everyone is just a „Partner‟ – or sometimes „JV partner‟. But it’s a good way to illustrate the next step on the ladder of Giveaway Success.

You know that Giveaway Events are fed by the emails sent out to promote it. So in theory, the more partners there are, the more emails are being sent. Therefore to encourage more partners, the Giveaway host offers incentives so that the partners spread the word and help find more partners.

How it works is this:

When you refer a new partner to the event who upgrades, you receive a share of the fee they paid. You usually get a higher percentage if you also upgraded. In addition, if the new partner buys the One-Time Offer that the host has put up, you’ll get a share of that too.

9 Ways to Discover Your Passion to Become a Better Blogger

I’m sure you would have been told many times over that if you want to become successful, you need to be really passionate about what you’re doing. But could simply following your passion help you become a successful blogger? Believe it or not, there is some hard evidence that proves that this is not only possible, but that it happens every day to people just like you and me.

Ask any successful entrepreneur about what they do, and you’ll see a sparkle in their eyes reflecting the passion they have for their business. Well, it’s exactly the same for blogging. It’s really important that your motivation comes from a place deep inside of you, a place where you keep those secret ideals for what you really want to do with your life. And these are the things you are truly passionate about.

The major problem here is that most people don’t know what they want to do with their lives or what they are truly passionate about. The thing is, so many of us have been conditioned into a certain way of thinking during our schooling years. And if you’re lucky, after a while, you realize that you’ve simply followed the crowd, and do what everyone else is doing, or telling you what to do.

The fact is, about 3% of the world’s population controls about 90% of the world’s resources. That means that “the crowd” does not always know what’s best. And to be able to excel in anything you really need to do something that’s different. You need to do something that stands out from the crowd.

And your best chance of doing this is to do something that you’re passionate about. So, let’s look at some really quick ways of how to re-discover what you’re truly passionate about.

Let’s call it “self-search”.
It’s a bit like research, but instead of looking for stuff outside of yourself, you want to uncover what’s on the inside of your inner “self”. Please note, that this is not meant to be a personal development session, so I’ll keep it brief. To help you understand and uncover what your true passions are, you can ask yourself these questions (I recommend you write all the answers down. It will make this exercise a whole lot more useful):

• What are the 50 things in life you most enjoy doing? (Don’t stop until you have at least 50 things listed).
• What do people say that you’re naturally good at? That is, what do people tend to give you compliments on without you even expecting it?
• What things do you normally excel in without it seeming to be much effort at all?
• What things, when you do them, you totally lose track of time, and before you know it, a few hours have gone past without you even realizing it?
• What topics can you talk to someone else about for hours on end without getting tired or bored of it?
• What kind of topics do you like researching or finding out about more, without being forced to do it?
• What do you think your natural talents are?
• What topic do you think you could write about every day, knowing that there will be no reward?
• These are but a few questions to help you get started. And that’s all you should see them as...a starting point.

Finding out what you’re truly passionate about could sometimes take a few weeks, months or even years. What I’ve found so far with myself, is that it’s an ongoing process, and as time goes by, I try to hone in further and further into the things that I’m naturally good at and enjoy doing.

There are many books that can help you with this - one such book is “What Color Is Your Parachute” by Richard Nelson Bolles. I read it a few years ago, and it was a great starting point. So, let’s assume now that you’ve discovered what kind of things you naturally love doing...your area of interest. That means you've reached the first milestone. But this is only the beginning. Next, you have a very crucial milestone at hand. Miss this one, and you’ll be doomed to failure for your blog...

4 Effective Blog Commenting Tips That Drives Massive Traffic to Your Blog

By now, you should have known that blog commenting is a simple yet very effective way of building backlinks and generating traffic to your blog. By leaving comments at other people blog post, you expose your name and blog link to other readers too, who might click on your link depending on the attention your comment attracts! 

However, up to 95.5% of people who do blog commenting are not doing it the right way, and instead of driving traffic to their blog, they are driving traffic away from their blog by indirectly telling people not to bother visiting their links. This they do with the kind of comment they leave out there!

Today, after reading one of my mentor’s (Adrienne Smith) eBook on relationship marketing, I decided to reveal to you how to do effective blog commenting that drive massive traffic to your blog, and not away from your blog!

With these 4 simple blog commenting tips below, you can drive massive traffic to your blog, starting from today!

4. Build relationships

 When commenting, let the concern for building relationship be your main focus. This is because you can find new bloggers, marketers through commenting on other blogs. And when you succeed in building relationships with them, you will receive some benefits like approving your comments quickly, other bloggers following your link and even applying for a guest post and getting helps.

3. Always read the blog post before commenting

 Isn't that what you should be doing? You are commenting on the blog post because you have gained something from it, and you want to share your opinions about the blog post with other readers too.

However, sad to say, many people are commenting on blog post for the sake of putting their links on top and hoping people will click and visit their blogs. It is easy to spot this kind of bloggers, as their comments are usually irrelevant to the blog content. And this brings me to the second point.

2. Leave relevant and valued comments

  One of the mistakes I see people do in blog commenting is to leave short and general comments which doesn't mean anything. These are comments like 'I like your post. Thanks' and 'You have a great post!" Anyone can do that, and it doesn't mean anything to the blog owner and readers!

Always leave valuable comments which will help other readers understand more about the blog post, and share more relevant comments with the blog owner too.

1. Stand Out From the Crowd

  This is one very effective tip that many people don't know. The reason you want to get your link click in blog commenting, is to get our blog comments noticed! You can't get noticed if you are just saying the same things as others. You got to be different.

If other people are writing long comments, you write short comments. If people are agreeing on the blog post, look for areas which you disagree and comment on it. Also, ask questions in your comments and probably start a discussion with the blog owner and other readers too. This will make you stand out, attract attention from other readers, and possibly drive them to your blog too!

Engaging the Power of Focus for Achieving Your Goals Pt1

Your ability to focus is your ability to direct your attention towards your goals or objectives in life. To improve your focus, you need to get your mind, body, and emotions on your side; I mean you have to gain maximum control over them.

Your mind can be distracted by wandering thoughts or by spreading your attention across too many things at a time. Your body can be distracted because it's uncomfortable or you haven't taken care of your basic needs. Your emotions can distract you because your heart is not in it, or you have a conflict in what you want to spend time on, or you have emotional issues that are distracting your mind.

Improving your focus helps you to decide on what you want to accomplish, set a time limit, eliminate any distractions, and focus on what you want to accomplish during that time frame. Additionally, it helps to create a comfortable workspace, and to anticipate your body's needs, whether that means dealing with thirst, dealing with hunger, going for a shopping or going to the bathroom.

Identifying Your Objective.
Get clear on what you want to focus on and why you want to focus on it. This is the most important step. This is where you choose what to focus on. This is where you ask yourself, "What do I want to achieve?" This helps you form a clear picture in your mind of what you want to accomplish. This picture will remind you of your focus. The key is to identify both "what" you want to accomplish and "why" it matters so much to you. Keep it simple. Keep it clear. The key to keeping it simple and clear is to state the goal in one line, and see a simple picture of success that you can hold in your mind.

Focus on the followings to create a simple mental picture to focus on:

1. Say what you want as a one-line goal

"I want to finish this book," "I want to get in the best shape of my life," "I want to create a clutter-free workspace," "I want to finish my presentation," “I want to setup a high ranking blog” etc.

2. Visualize what success will look like. 

See it as a simple picture. This is the picture you'll hold in your mind and use to remind you of your focus.

3. Imagine how you'll feel when you achieve your results.

 Will you simply feel good or will you feel great?

4.  Identify why you want to achieve this. Keep it simple, but keep it compelling. It can be for you, or it can be for someone else.

5. Connect it to your values.

 One way to make your focus is meaningful is to connect what you're doing to your values. For example, you might value excellence, or learning, or growth, or fun. If you value fun, make it a game. If you value learning, find a way to learn something new while you go. If you value excellence, find a way to improve your approach.

By having a simple way to state your goal, you can remind yourself of your focus. By having a simple picture, you can work backwards from the goal. You can use this picture to inspire yourself to action. You can also use this picture to guide you on your path, and this picture also gives you a simple way to refocus when you fall off track.

Note -- One way to empower yourself with more focus and inspiration is to focus on something bigger than you - for the greater good. This is especially powerful if you value contribution or helping lift others up or giving back.

Write it Down
Write down your objective and the action steps to get there is a simple way to focus. It's a quick reminder, and it helps free up your mind to improve your focus. Use simple lists and bullets both as a way to map out your path, and as reminders. You can use lists and writing things down to help you focus, whether it's for a simple task, or to plan your day, week, month or year.

9 Advantages of Clickbank for Affiliates

Clickbank is an online retail outlet and an online payment processor. The products featured on Clickbank are digital products like e-books, software, and videos. It is regarded as the best place for people to buy or sell their digital products. If a person has a digital product or service that they are interested in selling, they can register at Clickbank as a publisher. As a publisher, people can make use of the over 100,000 Clickbank affiliates to find buyers for their products and multiply profits. 

Individuals who would like to use the online retailer as a resource to create income can do so as an affiliate. Clickbank affiliates are simply people who market or promote products by publishers and earn commissions. Every publisher, whenever they publish a product, offers a certain percentage of their product’s value as commission to affiliates. Affiliates can earn commissions up to 75 percent.

The payment technology that Clickbank uses allows any publisher or vendor or seller to automatically pay commissions on sales to any affiliate that successfully links a paying customer to that seller. The customer is billed by Clickbank, then the seller is paid and then the affiliate. Clickbank maintains security and quality control over each and every transaction.

To put it very simply, Clickbank is a virtual marketplace that was founded in 1998. It is a privately held company having offices in Broomfield, Colorado and Boise, Idaho. Clickbank is an online retail outlet that sells over 50,000 different products.

Advantages of Clickbank for Affiliates

There are many advantages of being a Clickbank affiliate and some of them are:

1. No Registration Fee

There are so many different affiliate programs available on the internet. Most of them advertise that joining is free but they charge when someone would like to become an affiliate. Clickbank is free. There are no registration fees and no hidden charges to becoming an affiliate.

2. Prompt Payment

Unlike most of the other affiliate programs on the net, Clickbank pays regularly and promptly. The payment is given every two weeks and the payments are on time.

3. Great Products

The sheer number of products available makes it easy for an affiliate to choose the products that he or she would like to promote. Products range from e-books, videos, software and many more. The moment a product that is being promoted by an affiliate sells, a commission is earned.

4. Great Commissions

The percentages are very good. An affiliate can earn as much as 75% of the value of the sale of a product. This makes Clickbank a lucrative endeavor for many affiliates.

5. Clickbank Terminologies

There are many terminologies that are unique to each organization or program and the same holds true for Clickbank. If you are new to the online retailer, you may get confused with all the terminologies that may be new to you or different from the site you used to do business with. Here are some of the more common terminologies that you will find as you start your partnership with Clickbank.

6. Publishers/Vendors

Vendors or Publishers refer to the people who have digital products that they are selling or wish to sell. A person can be both a vendor or publisher and a promoter. The main thing to remember is that a publisher is the one that creates the products being sold.

7. Recurring Billing

Both promoters (affiliates) and publishers (vendors) will get to meet these two words rather often. Recurring billing refers to subscriptions that pay monthly. If you are offering a product or a membership of some type that requires monthly payments, Clickbank takes care of the nitty-gritty. You only need to relax and wait for the profits. 

8. Promoters

These are the people who promote the products on Clickbank. They are also called affiliate marketers. They go through the Clickbank Marketplace to look for products to promote and find buyers for those products.

9. Gravity

Gravity refers to which products are not being promoted actively but selling, and which are not doing so well. Simply put, the higher the gravity, the more attractive the product is to affiliate marketers because it means the product sells well. Therefore, if you are a promoter or an affiliate, you need to look for products that have high gravity.

However, this does not mean that you should not sell products with low gravity. There are products that may not be selling well simply because no one has taken the time to promote it properly.
There are many more words and phrases that you will come across as you develop your partnership with Clickbank. It does help if you take the time to learn about what the words and phrases mean as they play a role in your dealings with the online retailer.

8 Killer Secrets for Successful Blog Commenting

Blog commenting is a great way to build backlinks to your blog, if you execute it properly. Well, today is your lucky day as I'm going to share with you some killer blog commenting strategies that you can implement right after reading this post... Comment starvation will be a thing in the past - guaranteed! Here are the killer blog commenting tips to driving traffic and creating backlinks:

1: Find Blogs in Your Niche: This is really a no-brainer, but it's worth mentioning. What's the point if people come to a blog which doesn't cater for their needs? Furthermore, there will be no much SEO benefit for you commenting on the weight loss blogs if that's not your niche market. Your goal should be to visit and comment on blogs with the same interests as yours. No, I don't mean spending all day long commenting on blogs. The key is to pick a few top quality blogs.

2: Use Your Keyword in the Name Section: When entering your name in comment section, use the primary keyword that you want to rank for, e.g. blogging tips, marketing training etc. Well, you can use your personal name if you want to rank for it.

3: Link to Your Relevant Post or Page: A cool way to create backlinks with blog commenting is to use your relevant post and page links instead of your home page. If you have a post that is relevant or a money page that you want to rank for, then link to it. I see some new bloggers making a big mistake of not linking to their blogs at all - big mistake!

4: Add Your Picture to Your Comments: One of the effective ways to build your brand online is to use your own picture, preferably the same one. Now, what good is it if you use a default image and people don't see your face next to your comments? If you really need to be visible and make a name for yourself in the blogging arena, then you need to add your picture. And pictures of your pet, company logo and so on, will not help you to achieve this.

5: Be Polite: How do you feel when someone leaves a comment on your blog without greeting or acknowledging you or signing their name? When I reply to such comments I don't really know how to address the commenter, I sometimes can't even work out the name on the e-mail address.

Now, if you want to build a relationship with blog owners and their readers and attract some traffic to your blog, you have to do things right and show some respect.

It's always great when people address you by your first name, isn't it? It shows that they are interested in you. Another good habit is to be thankful and show some gratitude. You could say "Thanks for sharing your insights", "Keep up the good work" or similar.

Remember that bloggers put a lot of effort and time into researching and creating valuable content, so encouraging and appreciative words don't go unnoticed.

6: Leave Meaningful Comments: The key here is to actually read the post... Sounds obvious, right? You'd be surprised... When you highlight some of the key points in your comment, you are showing the blogger that you have actually read the post.

"Great post." - is not a meaningful comment at all.

Now, you don't have to agree with everything the blogger says. Don't be shy, feel free to voice your opinion on the topic, add value or controversy (if you have facts). Rule of thumb: don't be rude and disrespectful.

So, how long should your comment be? There is not fast and hard rule on this one, as long as you are leaving meaningful comments. Personally, I'm not a fan of very long, essay-type comments.

Hot tip: if you have a lot to add to the discussion, you can create a post on your blog and expand on the topic.

Where allowed, you can add HTML link relevant to the topic in the body of your comment. If you abuse this, your comments will likely end up in spam.

7: Create Curiosity: When leaving a comment, don't give away all your "golden nuggets"... Hang on, are you not supposed to be sharing value? True, however you want people to click on your link to see what else you have to offer.

People will click on the link out of curiosity. And the blogger will approve your comment if it adds value to the discussion.

8: Respond to Comments on Your Blog: When you start getting comments on your blog, be sure to reply to them promptly to keep the discussion going and to encourage even more comments. People want to be heard and appreciated. Now, you can go a step further and install a plugin called Comment Reply Notification that notifies your commenters of your replies, adding a nice personal touch.

This plugin works particularly well for comments with questions. Do you think your commenters would like the answers to the questions delivered to their email inbox? You bet!

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