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Marketing Ethics: Using Pictures of Other People to Promote Your Product

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Affiliate marketers are no strangers to thinking outside the box. Some of us are not opposed to using black hat marketing tactics to earn some extra money. While I personally don’t have a problem with some gray-area tactics, I do have a problem with people doing things that are blatantly crappy. Today, I would like to give you an example of a campaign that is currently running as of this post that I feel violates some ethical boundaries.

I was on Facebook this morning and I saw this ad:

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What’s this? John Chow is giving free access to My Top Tier Business? For free? Sign me the hell up!

So I went through the signup, got to my account page, and then saw this:

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Wait…who is this John Ye guy? I mean, really?

I couldn’t find much with a quick Google search about this guy. But I’m pretty sure that John Chow would be pretty ticked off about someone using his pic to promote one of the same opportunities that he promotes.

The moral: it’s probably best NOT to use someone else’s face to market your stuff. Personal branding is very important.

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Logical Media is Closing

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I just got an email from the staff at Logical Media, one of the affiliate networks I have worked with for several years now.

I have really enjoyed being an affiliate with Logical Media. They were a good company to work with.

Here’s the email:

To all affiliates,

This email is to notify you that Logical Media Network is ceasing its
operations and going out of business as of March 27, 2014. As of March
27th, all of Logical Media?s links will become inactive. Payment for March
activity will be pursuant to the affiliate agreement
(https://lm.logicalmedia.com/agreement.html).

Very Truly Yours,
Logical Media Management

Well, I guess there’s always Neverblue or Market Leverage. Let’s hope they don’t close their doors any time soon.

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Start Your Facebook Store for Five Bucks Today – The Instant Facebook Store Builder

Many of you have been thinking about starting an internet based business for a long time, but haven’t really done anything other than read blogs.

I know how that feels. I used to do that a lot. I still do, but I used to, too.

There are a lot of questions that go into setting up a web based business. Some days I still scratch my head and wonder if my ideas for income streams will work. And, like most people, I wonder what it would cost to get started.

Cost to entry to start a business is one of the biggest factors that will keep someone from jumping in. While it can be worth the investment, it can still be a bit scary. Fear is the biggest factor to overcome, and once you do overcome your fears and make a decision, you still have to figure out how to overcome the cost of entry.

Fortunately, setting up a web based business can be one of the cheapest ways to build a stream of income. How cheap? How about five bucks?

 

The Instant Facebook Store Builder

Facebook has over ONE BILLION monthly active users. You can have access to this huge user base without spending any money at all, but how do you monetize this group? Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to make money selling to this kind of market?

The Instant Facebook Store Builder is a tool that will allow you to do just that…and right now, it’s ONLY $4.99!

This tool is great for people who want to set up an immediate storefront and minimize costs. It requires:

  • A Facebook account
  • NO technical knowledge
  • NO installation
  • NO uploading
  • NO crazy PHP coding

The program basically just lets you set up your web store by copying and pasting code into your Facebook page.

Click here to purchase the Instant Facebook Store Builder now!

Here are some screenshots of what the Instant Facebook Store Builder can do:

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The Instant Facebook Store Builder will let you easily set up a storefront using Amazon or eBay affiliate accounts.

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Here’s another picture. One of the things I really like about this is that it opens your affiliate links in new windows. This is important. The reason you want your links to open in new windows is because it keeps the reader on your site or page longer. If they leave, then you no longer have your attention. But if you keep them engaged longer, then you have more opportunity to sell to them.

How does it work?

The Instant Facebook Store Builder is essentially a two-step tool.

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First, you just configure your store by entering your keyword and putting in your Amazon or eBay affiliate information.

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After that, you just copy and paste the code into Facebook.

Yes, it CAN be that simple.

The Instant Facebook Store Builder takes a ton of work and cost out of setting up your Amazon or eBay store front. And the best part is that it can get you started for less than what it would usually cost to set up web hosting, buy a domain name, and pushing traffic.

You can get the Instant Facebook Store Builder for $4.99 RIGHT NOW! I’m not sure how long this offer will last. Some of the testimonials on the squeeze page show that it sold for more at one point. As we know, prices are likely to fluctuate on the internet, so you should act now while the price is so low.

Click here to purchase the Instant Facebook Store Builder now!

P.S. — The software also comes with video tutorials to walk you through setting it up, so this is really a great option for beginner affiliates!

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Is it still possible to make money blogging?

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In the past few years, I’ve noticed a bit of a trend among bloggers who used to write about how to make money with a blog. It seems as though enthusiasm is dropping off and people are less likely to begin jumping into this particular niche. I’m not really sure what is killing it, perhaps it’s because of all of the sites that keep looking spammy and desperate to get people to buy their product. I suppose that’s just the nature of the beast.

I’ve even veered off course. If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know that the past five years or so have been really bumpy. In the time I’ve spent away from running this site, I’ve been doing all sorts of things. I’ve learned a lot about running a business, I’ve gone back to college, I started a band, and I’ve discovered who I am…which is probably by far the most rewarding of all of these things. Except maybe the band…that’s a lot of fun.

Given that everybody seems to be off doing their own thing, what is the future of the ‘make money online‘ niche? Does it need some CPR? Should we just put it in a box and call it a day? Looking around at some of the old blogs I used to follow, it almost seems that way.

But I’m not done.

The fact of the matter is that you can still make money online. Even though ad blindness is a big thing, I’m sure you’ve noticed that there are still ads on websites. There are still people trying to start blogs that need to learn how to monetize them, if for nothing else to help cover their costs of ownership. There are still people writing eBooks about how to make money online with very little effort (which is usually crap).

Let’s look at these things for just a second, because I feel they are very relevant.

1. Advertising still makes money! How do I know this? Because if it didn’t, everyone would abandon it. Okay, maybe Google changes and tweaks to AdSense rules have made it more difficult. That doesn’t mean anything. You are a blogger. You write content hoping people read it. Some of you probably spend hours tweaking away at your keywords hoping that you will rank well in the search engines and someone will like what you have to say. So what are you working for, really? Just hoping that someone sees your post? Great. Trying to make money? Well, if you aren’t making that traffic work for you, then you’re doing it wrong. You should set up your AdSense account, you should join an affiliate network like Logical Media, and you should start setting goals,  at least do SOMETHING to monetize your site. Even if you only make a dollar a month, that’s a dollar you didn’t have before.

2. Writing an eBook makes money! There are two ways to leverage an eBook to help your pocketbook. The first one is something that you probably already know if you’ve been reading make money online blogs…and if you don’t know this, you probably have noticed this. Many sites give away a free eBook in order to build their mailing list. How does building a mailing list make money? Easy…if you’ve never opted in for a free eBook, go try it. Get your free eBook and then pay attention to the follow up emails that you get…they will have other things for you to try. These are usually affiliate links. If you write a good enough eBook or sales copy, people will follow your links, and you will get paid for their purchases, opt-ins, or whatever. You may have heard people refer to this as a ‘sales funnel’. The second method, and this is something that many people might not quite see, involves selling your ‘how to make money’ product. Remember that eBook followup email? That link you clicked that took you to another ‘amazing training product’ makes the person who sent the email money, but when you purchase that product, you give money to the writer of whatever eBook you are purchasing.

Here’s the dirty little trick that those eBooks won’t tell you.

These gurus are making money and turning it into passive income through affiliate marketing!

Here’s an example: let’s say that I write an eBook and decide to sell it for $5. I can do that all day from my blog or squeeze page, but I’m limited to my own audience. If I recruit affiliates and let THEM do the promotion, I open myself up to a much LARGER audience. If I pay the affiliates $3 per sale, I’m still going to make $2 per sale off of that eBook…AND I DIDN’T DO THE WORK beyond writing it in the first place. What does that mean? That means the income becomes passive rather than active.

Let’s also assume that I can only reach about 1,000 people through my blog. At five bucks a pop, that’s $5,000 in sales provided everybody buys one (which won’t happen). But if I recruit 5 affiliates, and THEY have audiences of 1000 people each, that’s a total of roughly 6,000 readers (including my own). Let’s just make this easy and leave me out of it…so assuming 5,000 readers. If every one of those affiliates sell 1,000 copies and earn the $3 affiliate payout, they each make $3,000. What about that extra $2 per sale that I would get? Well, $2 x 5,000 = $10,000 that I didn’t have to work for!

Although these numbers were chosen for ease of math, you can see how affiliate marketers REALLY make their money…by developing their own product and recruiting other people to sell it for them.

Do a bit of research. You’ll see that people are still making money online, but the trick is to figure out how the system actually works…that’s the difference between a normal person and a pro.

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MyPoints uses ShareASale and Logical Media

Have you ever wondered what affiliate network does MyPoints use? I sure have.

I love MyPoints. I really do. I’ve been a member of that site since way back in the day. I remember when they used to send out free CD’s (which is how I ended up with my Nerf Herder cd…if you haven’t heard it, shame on you).

As an affiliate marketing wannabe, I can recognize that MyPoints uses the same system that we do at least to some extent. They build a huge membership/mailing list, then they send promotions to the members. The offers are often sent with incentives to click them (usually 5 points), which add up and you can trade them in for cool things…I usually go for the Amazon gift cards.

So where do they get these offers to promote?

MyPoints gets their offers from the same affiliate networks that we do.

I knew that the offers looked familiar…I had seen a few of them in some of the networks that I use. But today I got my confirmation.

I checked my email and clicked the MyPoints link as usual…but this time there was a delay between the redirect and ending up on the offer page.

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=*****6&b=******0&m=****4&afftrack=*****************&urllink=www.*********.com/shareasale/begin?destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.*****.com%2Fecards%2Fchristmas%3Futm_source%3DMyPoints%26utm_medium%3Dema

I thought it was a good idea to edit some of that out…just seemed like the more ethical thing to do.

As you can see, for this particular ad they are using ShareASale. I don’t really need to go into any further detail about this.

In addition to ShareASale, I have also found that MyPoints uses ads from Logical Media and NeverBlue Ads as well.

There’s really not a point to this post, just thought this was cool and wanted to share. It’s interesting to know that those of us who are small time affiliate marketers really are swimming in a pool full of bigger fish. Fight hard. Make money.

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