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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dead Broke? No Problem?

The sixth step in building an online "store" that has the capacity to reach a worldwide audience is to find affiliate products. Now, it is important to listen closely: this means that you don't need to have a product of your own. You don't even need a website. What you need is a deep sense of what YOU are excited about, find a group of people who are also excited, and find a product or service that you yourself use and love. Then you can HONESTLY recommend it to others.

Once you find such a good or service, you can approach them directly and ask if they have an affiliate program. Or you can go to a site like "Clickbank" and search to find products with affiliate programs. Sign up, and they will give you a personalized link.

Here's a scenario for you: you are dead broke. You love, say, chocolate. You Google affiliate programs and find your favorite chocolate confections, sold on Clickbank. Sign up, get a link. Now. Start a blog about chocolate, "Steve's Chocolate Blog." You're dead broke, unemployed, so you have lots of time, right? All you have to leverage is your time and energy. So every day you post articles on your blog talking about wonderful things about chocolate, and on that blog, you put your affiliate link. NOTE: NONE OF THIS HAS COST YOU A DIME.

Now. You spend a full eight-hour day (or as little as one hour...or as much as twelve. How much time do you have? How desperate are you to build a business?) googling "candy blog" or "chocolate blog" or other things, and you find a "starving hive" of chocoholics and blogs and discussion groups. And you read them, and post intelligent, useful comments. Funny comments. NEVER "spam" by just dropping a link. Give them value. Give them your heart. Share your love of delicious chocolate with no more than about fifty words. Shouldn't take you more than five-ten minutes per blog post.

With every post, add a link back to YOUR blog. Traffic will follow. On your blog, sing the honest praises of the affiliate product, and talk glowingly (AND HONESTLY) about your experiences with it. People will buy, if they believe you. NEVER LIE.

If you are self-published, then this is more complicated: you have to have a way to deliver your product to the customer, either digital download or mail. And how to set up and take electronic payments. You will have to research how to do these things...Google is your friend.

You will make sales. Checks will begin to arrive in your mailbox, or Paypal account. And you have invested NOTHING but time. You didn't need a product, or a web site. You have just learned the secret of making money online, using nothing but your passion, your time, and your energy. If you don't have internet you can manage your blog from a library or friend's house.

This works. You can bootstrap yourself from homelessness to a multi-million dollar business, just by starting here, and committing to learn one new thing about sales, marketing, and the Internet marketing revolution every day.

Every word I've posted here is true. I've invested thousands of dollars of time and money learning this over the last twenty years, and I've decided to give it away because people are hurting, and I want to give ANYONE with the will to earn a living the chance to take a shot at this.

Almost two billion people are on the internet. Only a few thousand people know how to actually make money on it. I've laid out the simplest way I know, requiring no investment, no computer skill, and nothing but honesty and passion.

Good luck!

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Your ability to use this pattern, or any pattern of success, will be based on many factors, including your ability to set clear focused goals, maintain high energy through emotional depression, and shut out the negative voices (external and internal) that are GUARANTEED to devil you. The 101 PROGRAM contains everything you need to focus, harness, guide, and nurture yourself to any goal your heart can hold. The internet makes it possible to find a market for anything you want to sell, related to any interest you genuinely possess. I am totally committed to your success. Are you?

Steve

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