I was chatting with Gobala Krishnan last week via Skype and he told me about the launch of his new affiliate marketing system which is aimed at bloggers. For those who haven’t heard the name before, Gobala is an internet entrepreneur who has a wealth of knowledge on affiliate marketing and blogging. His WordPress Adsense System has proved to be incredibly popular and his Easy WordPress community is one of the largest WordPress focused websites on the net. His latest product is called Super Affiliate Blogger and he was kind enough to provide a copy for me so that I can review it for all of you 🙂
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Super Affiliate Blogger
Super Affiliate Blogger is a system which uses the WordPress blogging platform as a CMS to build content driven sites to make a good profit using PPC tracking and marketing. The package costs $97. At first glance this does seem like a lot of money however you need to realise that this isn’t just an ebook you are purchasing, you do get a lot for your money.
The package includes :
- Super Affiliate Blogger Main Guide (PDF)
- Super Affiliate Blueprint (PDF)
- “Copy and Paste” File
- Bundled WordPress Plugins Only
- 10 Super Affiliate Pro Themes
- “Cute Links” Link Tracking System
- “Opt-In Forms Manager” System
- EWP Keyword Generator
The ‘Super Affiliate Blogger Main Guide’ is the main part of the system. The other items are tools which will help you use the system online. I will talk through each part of the package below to give you a better understanding of what you are getting for your money.
Super Affiliate Blogger Main Guide (PDF)
The Super Affiliate Blogger Main Guide eBook is the heart of the system and includes a whopping 217 pages. The guide teaches you everything you need to know about building a blog for profit. Put simply, this guide was wrote to show you how you can make money using the WordPress blogging platform as a CMS and shows you how to effectively market your blog using Pay Per Click (PPC) marketing.
Here are the main sections in the eBook :
- Looking at the bigger picture
- The ultimate WordPress crash course
- Building your first WordPress blog
- On-Site search engine optimization
- Off-Site search engine optimization
- Affiliate marketing crash course
- Choosing the best affiliate programs
- Using landing pages for PPC traffic
- Tracking and cloaking your affiliate links
- Building a massive opt-in list
- Building great niche blog content
- Outsourcing content development
- Building massive traffic & readership
- Tag and ping secrets revealed
- The social bookmarking trend
- Conclusion & recommended resources
As with most eBooks which are WordPress related, the first few chapter show you how to setup and install WordPress on your hosting space. These sections are obviously targeted to beginners however in this book it specifically shows you how to set your blog up to work with this system eg. with static pages etc.
After the introduction chapters the eBook quickly changes it’s focus on how you are going to make money with blogs. There is a lot of emhpasis on keyword research, both on your blog and in your PPC campaigns, and it shows you the research you need to do so that your marketing is profitable. There are also tutorials on how to build links via link exchanges and directory submissions. The eBook then explains how you use PPC sites like Adwords to market your new blog and make it profitable.
I was incredibly impressed with this eBook. I have been working on the web for 8 years now. 6 years ago I ran an affiliate site and forum which reviewed affiliate networks and I would say that generally speaking I understand how affiliate marketing works. However, although I have used PPC to promote sites I have to admit that I still do not know enough about the subject and in many respects you could call me a newbie when it comes to PPC marketing. This is one of the reasons why I got so much from this book. The book walks you through how you successfully market a blog with PPC campaigns to turn a profit though these techniques could be used with many different kinds of websites.
With 217 pages, I’m surprised this eBook isn’t being released in paperback format as the quality is very high. If you are looking for a way to make money through the web then I believe you would learn a lot from reading this eBook.
Super Affiliate Blueprint (PDF)
The Super Affiliate Blueprint eBook is a 7 day worksheet which can be used after you have read the main guide. The 21 pages include a checklist of everything you should be doing on each day of your first week of your blogs life. This is a nice addition and I’m sure it will help those who were still not sure what to do after reading the guide, it basically walks you through every single step of the system.
There is also a ‘Lazy Mans Guide’ at the end which shows you how you can speed up the process if you are willing to pay some people to do some of the work for you.
“Copy and Paste” File
This is just a very small text file which is to be used for reference. It includes the a note of the permalink structure you should be using, adsense section targeting and a list of sites you can ping to get your articles and posts noticed.
Bundled WordPress Plugins Only
All of the plugins included in this download are available elsewhere on the net for free however it’s handy to have them included in the download. All you need to do is upload them to your WordPress blog and install them. The plugins chosen are all add ons which help your blog gain more traffic or save you some time.
10 Super Affiliate Pro Themes
The themes are included to make things easier for you and to save you time hunting for a suitable design. It’s a nice addition to the package however I believe that marketing it as 10 themes is very misleading. All 10 themes are essentially the same except they have a different colour scheme and heading.
Checkout the screenshots below to see what I’m talking about. The 1st screenshot shows the Travel theme, the 2nd screenshot shows the Mobile Phone theme, the 3rd screenshot shows the Dating theme and the last screenshot shows you the Celebrity theme.
As you can see, there is no really major difference between any of themes other than the header. I’m sure some people will appreciate not having to change the design much however I would have preferred 2 or 3 unique themes rather than 1 theme in 10 different colors.
“Cute Links” Link Tracking System
The Cute Links WordPress plugin is a fantastic addition to the package. The plugin allows you to cloak all your affiliate links. It also lets you see how many times the link has been clicked and what pages the links are being clicked on. I have installed it at BloggingTips and I have to say it is one of the most useful plugins I have added to my blog in a long time. I’m kind of annoyed at myself for not adding something like this until now as it really helps you see what pages on your blog are getting the most click throughs.
All in all the CuteLinks plugin is a great inclusion which I am sure you will all find very useful.
“Opt-In Forms Manager” System
The Opt-In Forms Manager is another WordPress plugin which is included in the package. The plugin is used to help you build an email mailing list. Opt-in email lists are a good way to make money and is the main focus of chapter 9 in the main guide. There are many commercial emailing scrpts available on the web however I was still pleased to see a script included in the package (and one which integrated with WordPress). I’m sure that some people may decide not to use an opt-in list on their ‘Super Affiliate Blogs’ but it’s there for them nonetheless.
EWP Keyword Generator
The last item in the package is the EWP Keyword Generator. This script will greatly help you with your keyword research. All you need to do is input one keyword into the software and it will generate the most popular keywords related to it and show the results through Google, Yahoo and MSN (though it didn’t seem to be showing Yahoo figures for me). You are also able to export the data in the csv format for future reference and research (eg. you could open it up in a spreadsheet and add your own notes to each keyword).
Here are the results I got for inputting the keyword ‘Blogging’ :
It’s not a script which is full of features but it’s handy nonetheless and should help you decide what keywords you want to target.
The most common question bloggers ask is How do I make money through blogging?. It’s the reason why many of you work on your blog day in day out and I’m sure it’s the reason why many of you subscribe to this blog too.
The reality is there are countless ways to make money from a blog and there are many products available which show you ways to do just that. In my opinion Super Affiliate Blogger exceeds over other products because of it’s structured instructions. It clearly explains what you are doing and why and provides all the tools you need to achieve your goal. All the tools which are included in the package complement the main guide so I suppose you could look at Super Affiliate Blogger as an all in one solution. Many eBooks show you how to make money using scripts and services which are not included in the purchase which is why I don’t think it is fair to compare this product to them directly.
So the question I am sure many of you are asking is Does this system work?. Well, thats a question I can’t answer just now as the product was only recently launched. I got access to the product about 5 days ago and in that time I have read the eBook over and tried out the WordPress Plugins. There is an incredible amount of information to digest in the eBook so I have found myself going back to it a few times, particularly for the PPC marketing material which I am still wet behind the ears with 🙂
To answer that sort of question efficiently perhaps you would need to spend a few months using the system and tracking your results however I don’t believe that you should look at the product in this way. Yaro Starak posted a review of Super Affiliate Blogger this morning and made a great point
I will be straight with you – I can’t tell you whether this system will work for you, but if you don’t have a system yet and you are still in the learning and testing phase, this is something you can try and may just turn out to be a winner.
If you visit the sales page of the book you can sign up and download 2 chapters from the eBook for free. The chapters included in the sample are :
- Chapter 7 : Using landing pages for PPC Traffic
- Chapter 9 : Building a massive Opt-In list
I encourage you to download the chapters so you can get an idea of what the main guide is like (the sample has 34 pages in total). If you have any questions about Super Affiliate Blogger please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer any queries you may have 🙂
Meteora Automates Instagram Engagement to Grow Sales
Back before the days of the Internet as we know it today, businesses could usually expect to reach out to their customers en masse in purely a broadcast style format. They’d take out advertisements on television, radio and the newspaper, blasting out a message to everyone and hoping that some sales come in through the door. Even in the realm of direct marketing, the messages were almost never custom tailored to individual prospects. There was no need or desire to connect with customers on a one-on-one basis.
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That has changed considerably in recent years, particularly as it pertains to social media. It is no longer enough for companies to broadcast their marketing messages from atop a soapbox. They have to engage and interact with their audiences on a much more personalized level. They need to connect with them as individuals, but this can be overwhelmingly time-consuming, especially when you start looking at hundreds, thousands, or even millions of users.
That’s where you can take advantage of Meteora. That’s where automation steps in.
Growing Sales Using Instagram
When it comes to social networks, Instagram stands far above the rest in regards to engagement rates. And engaged users much more readily convert into paying customers.
Meteora is designed to “help businesses and influencers grow sales using Instagram.” It achieves this by automating much of the engagement and interaction that you need to have on the platform, all by setting up the parameters for your campaigns ahead of time. You grow your following (which can then convert into real customers) automatically, as Meteora likes, follows and comments on social posts made by the “ideal customer” as defined by your parameters and criteria.
Through your dashboard, you are able to tell Meteora who you would like to target. This can be based on hashtag, for instance, which can demonstrate clear interest in a certain niche or vertical. You can also target based on location, event, or even target based on competitor. If someone already follows and engages with Starbucks, they may be interested in what your coffee brand has to offer too.
How Does the Campaign Work?
The structure of a Meteora campaign is relatively simple and straightforward to understand.
After you provide the specifications for who you would like to target, Meteora can then engage with potential prospects that fit that profile automatically. You will naturally need to grant permission to Meteora to use and post from your Instagram account on your behalf. As mentioned, this includes likes, follows and comments, but it can also include direct messages too. This makes for a much more personalized and active engagement.
While you may be tempted to grow your follower count by any means necessary, that may not necessarily be in your best interest. That is why Meteora leverages artificial intelligence to block fake followers for you. These bots can wreak havoc on your engagement rate, which in turn impacts your discoverability and visibility in the eyes of the algorithm.
This also means that Meteora will only engage with real people and not the bots. This increases your sales ROI over time.
Targeting and Messaging
As you make your way through the dashboard, you’ll find the opportunity to define all those targeting parameters. This is also where you can decide exactly how you want to interact with the audience you describe.
For instance, you can choose whether you’d like to direct message the user who made that post, comment on the post, like the post, or follow the user that made the post. You’ll notice that under the option to follow the user, Meteora will automatically unfollow that user the next day to keep your feed clean.
In the case of leaving a comment, you can write out the comment that you’d like to leave, utilizing macros to personalize the message based on day of the week, the username, the first name, the location or the target. It would be useful to you to change up this wording periodically, so that your comments continue to appear fresh and authentic.
Once your campaign has been running for a while, you’ll be able to review the key data and metrics that come out of that campaign. For instance, you may have chosen to target a number of different fitness-related hashtags.
When you first start out, it can be really hard to say exactly which hashtags will be the most successful in terms of the followers you gain or the conversion rate you achieve. But once that data comes in, you can further refine your targeting options to focus in on the ones that are working the best.
Similarly, the main reporting screen from your dashboard can give you more of a global view of how Meteora has been performing for you thus far. This includes data on the number of followers you’ve gained, how many likes have been performed, how many follows have been completed, how many fake users have been blocked, and so forth. There’s also the live feed of exactly what is happening with your Instagram account at any given time.
Through this automated engagement and your continued refinement of your targeting options, you’ll find that you’ll more effectively market to loyal followers and prospects. Meteora is great for anyone who sells products on eBay, Shopify, Amazon, Etsy or any number of other online marketplaces.
By growing your fanbase, you grow your potential to earn more revenue, particularly by informing these new followers about your new products and deals.
Meteora offers three pricing plans depending on your level of need.
- The basic plan is $49 per month. It includes all engagement types and allows for targeting through locations and hashtags.
- You might opt for the $99 per month premium plan, which is geared more toward “serious social marketing professionals” who desire unlimited targets, event target, competitor targeting, follower nurturing and other advanced features.
- At the highest end is the $249 pro setup with direct message interactions, Google AI sentiment detection, and 1-on-1 target setup with an expert.
Get started today and you’ll be building more relationships and growing your sales in no time.
Sell More with Omnisend: Ecommerce Marketing Automation for Smart Marketers
Email marketing has withstood the test of time. While other marketing techniques and fads have come and gone, email has remained vigilant. It’s still far and away one of the most reliable and consistent ways to reach your current and potential customers, but generic email marketing platforms may no longer be enough for your business. As a smart marketer, you need a more robust and versatile solution, and that’s where Omnisend can elevate your email marketing to a whole other level.
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Let’s be perfectly honest. The reason why you want to be able to reach out to your customers is that you want to drive sales. Brand recognition and site visits are enough. What can you do to actually boost sales figures and improve conversions?
With Omnisend, you gain access to “omnichannel tools for sales-driven marketers that have outgrown the generic email marketing platforms.” So, what does this actually mean? You still get the standard email marketing tools at your disposal, creating and distributing email newsletters to your subscribers, but Omnisend is designed specifically with sales in mind.
If you want to improve your sales figures, you must first gain an understanding of your customers’ shopping behavior. What are they actually doing when they’re on your e-commerce site? Where are the sticking points? Where are the lost opportunities that could be turned around? Omnisend helps you connect those dots with actionable data.
And remember that not all customers are going to be the same. It wouldn’t make sense if you put everyone through the exact same sales funnel. That’d be like trying to use a hammer where a screwdriver is needed. With Omnisend, you get flexible segmentation so that the the messages you send are much more relevant and targeted. Better personalization leads to higher engagement and better conversions. And Omnisend supports both SMS and email too.
Walking Through an A/B Test Campaign
You can use Omnisend to set up a fairly traditional email marketing campaign, pushing out newsletters to promote current offers and deals in your e-commerce store. The same is true with an SMS campaign. To take it just a smidge further, I tried to set up an A/B split test. Basically, this lets you send out two different versions of an email to see which one works the best.
After choosing the A/B test from the available options, I was shown this initial setup screen. You can see all the steps of the easy-to-follow wizard near the top. You can choose to perform a split test based on the email subject line or based on the sender’s name. You enter the corresponding information in the fields below.
As of this writing, there are five standard templates that you can use for your email message. Each of these is easily previewed before you select it.
Filling in the content and customizing the layout is performed through a straightforward WYSIWYG, drag-and-drop type editor. Click on any of the elements to customize them, like adding in your own images. In the case of a product listing, the product name, description, current price, and original price are filled out in the right sidebar rather than in the “live” preview on the left.
It only takes a minute or two to design a professional-looking email, complete with branding and a professional layout that looks great on both desktop and mobile. Here’s a quick mockup I put together with some filler text and images. Then, all you need to do is define your recipients, finalize your A/B settings, and send the email! It’s really, really easy to do.
Automation and Workflows
Perhaps one of the more powerful implementations you’ll find in Omnisend is the automation. These are then organized into workflows that you can customize to fit your particular situation. The welcome email is one of the most basic workflows, but you’ll find that something like the cart recovery workflow can be much more powerful.
You have the customer who visited your site, clearly expressed interest in product, and added the item to the cart, but then left without completing the sale. How can you recover that potential sale? With this automated workflow! The workflow is first triggered by the abandoned cart.
After a one-hour delay, the first email can be sent as a gentle reminder to see if they’re “still shopping.” If they don’t come back to complete the sale, a second email is sent 11 hours later as another reminder. After another 12 hours, a third email is sent with a bit more urgency, telling the customer that they should hurry as their cart “is about to expire.”
You can see exactly how many customers have entered the workflow, are currently in the workflow, and have exited the workflow at any given time. An “exit” is defined as making a purchase or receiving the final follow-up email.
Other workflows include an abandoned cart with just one email, browse abandonment, a 3-email welcome drip, and a birthday email, as well as the opportunity construct your own custom workflow.
With Omnisend, you naturally also have full access to launching new signup forms, reviewing and managing your list of subscribers, and going through all your reports to analyze your customer data. There’s also a live view so you can see who is visiting your website in real time and what they are doing there.
Free Demo, Free Trial, and Pricing Schemes
If you’d like to get a handle on how Omnisend could work for you, you can sign up for a free personal demo. This includes a 1-on-1 interaction where you can get a full product walkthrough, asking any specific questions you may have about Omnisend. If you’d rather take it for a spin yourself, there’s also the 14-day trial where you have access to all the benefits with no credit card required.
Once you do decide to sign up, you’ll find that the pricing schedule for Omnisend depends on the number of subscribers that you have. There’s also a 20% savings when you opt for annual billing rather than monthly billing.
Pricing starts at just $8 per month (when paying annually) for the standard plan with 500 subscribers. For reference, the equivalent standard plan for 1,000 subscribers, 2,500 subscribers, and 5,000 subscribers is $12/month, $24/month, and $40/month, respectively. There’s also the free plan (with limited features), and the pro plan (starting at $160/month) with more personalization and scale.
The ‘What the Aff’ Daily Newsletter for Affiliate Marketers
It can be difficult to keep up with the world of affiliate marketing, just like with any other fast-moving industry. There’s always something happening, and these changes and new developments can have an immediate and dramatic impact on your bottom line. What can you expect with the next Google algorithm update? Is there a new Facebook feature you should know about and integrate into your marketing campaigns?
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At the same time, your time is understandably at a premium and you can’t spend hours on end every day catching up on every affiliate marketing news stories that passes through the web. You just want the freshest content delivered in a convenient and easily understood way. To that end, What the Aff is an especially appealing newsletter that caters specifically to this kind of audience.
Be in the Know
You may already be familiar with Manu Cinca from his other ventures in the online world. And the What the Aff newsletter is his “absolute focus” right now.
Rather than bombard you with dozens and dozens of lengthy news articles, rather than provide a bottomless lists of links around the web that’ll occupy you for hours without the equivalent benefit, What the Aff is an affiliate daily newsletter with “carefully curated affiliate marketing news, tech, and actionable advice.”
Cinca is taking the time to find and share only the stories that matter the most to affiliate marketers. The newsletter is delivered fresh every weekday to your inbox via email, making for a quick and convenient update on what you need to know about affiliate marketing today. The newsletter is designed to be consumed in five minutes or less, so you can “be in the know” and get on with your day.
Your Daily Fresh Take
The newsletter isn’t “over-designed,” and is instead offered in a lightweight, easy to skim format. Each daily newsletter typically contains about five stories in total; in addition to the title for each story, you’ll also find a convenient highlighted “category” like “Facebook” or “GDPR,” so you’ll know what to expect. That way, you can even focus on the stories that interest you the most and skip the others.
The writing is conversational yet authoritative in tone. The information is presented in easy to understand language, including relevant links as appropriate if you’re interested in learning more. You might learn about finding great e-commerce suppliers one day, Bing Ads artificial intelligence the next, and the psychology behind clicking search ads in another.
Paragraphs are rarely more than a few sentences, making for easily digestible (and skimmable) content. Opinions are backed up by relevant statistics and data, and you are oftentimes provided with actionable steps or guidance for where you can go from here. For example, in learning about clicking on search ads, you’re reminded to “always make sure your ad copy is highly relevant to the users’ search query.” You’re also told YouTube ads, display ads and Facebook ads should be used together “to build the brand awareness” before you start creating “branded campaigns using Search Ads to drive the final push” toward conversions.
At the end of each newsletter is a section called “Poolside Chat.” This is where you’ll find “cool tech, (funny) business, lifestyle and all other things affiliates like to chat about.” Some of this stuff might not be directly related to affiliate marketing but still of interest to people who are in the business of affiliate marketing. And you’ll get some clever memes along the way too.
Tasteful Sponsored Content
While there is certainly a website component to What the Aff (more on that in just a moment), the primary focus is understandably on the email newsletter. What you’ll find with some other websites and newsletters in this space is that they can overwhelm you with all the ads, burying the actual content that you want to read. That’s not at all the case with What the Aff.
Near the top of each newsletter, under the header summary for the day, you’ll find a small logo that indicates the day’s newsletter is “brought to you by” XYZ company. The logo is clickable, so you can click on it to visit the sponsor’s website.
Just before the Poolside Chat section of the What the Aff newsletter, you’ll typically also find a sponsored story that is clearly indicated as such. The sponsored story will relate back to the sponsor (of course), but it’s not just one sales pitch after another. This is tasteful content that may actually be useful to you, just like all the other (non-sponsored) content in the newsletter.
For example, a sponsor of one of the more recent newsletters was STALCO. The sponsored story talks about how you may be paying way too much customs duty if you are importing products from overseas and selling to US customers. You are then told about the Duty Drawback Program and how you can take advantage of it, recouping most, if not all, of your import duty.
The Online Archive
For the greatest level of convenience and ease of access, you’re naturally encouraged to subscribe to the What the Aff newsletter via email. There’s a simple, one-line sign-up form on the main page of the site. You can’t miss it and it’s 100% free.
If you’d prefer to read the newsletters on the web, or if you want to reference back to older issues, the full newsletter archive is also offered on the What the Aff website. Based on my own experience these past few days, the daily newsletter appears to be published in the archive on the same day the newsletter is sent out via email.
In either case, the content you’ll get via this newsletter is highly actionable, decidedly relevant, and well-written without fluff. It’s just the straight goods, in five minutes or less. What more could you ask for?
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