Realistic Goal Setting
It’s very important to set reasonable goals for yourself when starting out. The process of stepping from one small victory to the next in an effort to build up to larger victories is how things get done with efficiency.
This lesson is a very short one as there’s just not much to cover…
Think of this lesson more as a friendly pep-talk & reminder that you can reach your destination, it only takes planning out the right steps and a “never give up” attitude!
Where Are You Starting From?
We all start from different places with regard to finances and personal experience. However, when it comes to practical insight into the methods of affiliate marketing specifically, we all start from the bottom and must work our way up.
There are different levels of operation with regard to affiliate marketing. The great news is that even those of us who operate at the novice level can make a killing when it comes to that whole “making money” thing.
By the end of this training course you’ll have the knowledge required to take you beyond novice status. You won’t quite be at the elite level, that only comes with experience and there is only one way to get that… go out there and do this thing!
Walk Before You Run!
Everything needs to happen in steps. Putting one foot in front of the other is the only way you’ll get anywhere and when it comes to affiliate marketing that concept is no exception.
In the lessons following this one you will learn the steps (in order) necessary to set up your own affiliate business. We’ll go over:
- Finding a profitable niche
- Which tools are necessary to help you succeed
- How to find stuff to sell
- Building your website
- Various marketing methods you can use
- Different ways to get traffic
- How to track everything for optimization and profit
As you progress through your lessons you’ll be introduced to concepts and terms which will be defined in that moment. It’s usually easier to grasp something when it’s within it’s proper context, so that’s how this entire series of lessons was designed to flow.
From this point forward things are going to be more “matter of fact”. All the introductory stuff is out of the way and it’s time to get down to basics.
Coming up we’ll go over the process of setting up various accounts you will probably need in order to perform all necessary tasks covered within this training course.
Not everything covered in the next section is absolutely necessary but it is probably a good idea to have each account set up in the event you decide you’re ready to utilize them. Be sure to store all your logins some place safe where you won’t forget or lose them, account recovery sometimes doesn’t go as smoothly as we would hope so it’s best to avoid that whole thing all together. However, in the event you do lose your log-in details… recovery is an option.
Setting Up Accounts And Tools
Every professional needs tools & that’s no different in affiliate marketing.
What we’ll cover in this lesson is the process of setting up various accounts for a number of different tools & services you’ll find helpful along your affiliate marketing journey.
This entire lesson is pretty straight forward so lets jump right into it.
It’s a good idea to set up one central email account where you can store details for all the other accounts you’ll be using.
Do to the fact this one account will store vital information for all your other accounts it’s an extremely important idea to guard it well.
Create Your Gmail Account
Navigate over to the Google Gmail website, the link below takes you directly to it.
Google loves to change the layout and look of their webpages very often so what you see up above may be different than how their page looks at any given moment… but that isn’t very important.
The idea is to look at the page, find the option which says: Create Account
Then go through the steps laid out for you to set up your new Gmail account.
Setup 2 – Step Authentication
Once you’re in your new account (after creating it of course) you’ll want to do the following:
Click the little square icon in the upper right corner of the window which looks like this.
From that point, simply follow the steps outlined in the animated image below.
When you see a “gif” image like the one below, simply click on it to play it. Click it again to make it stop if you would like to. This process can be repeated over & over to start the animation from the beginning at any time.GIF
The steps shown in the image above are outlined as follows:
- Log into your account. (if you’re not logged in already)
- Click the “Google Apps” icon in the upper right… it looks like a bunch of small squares.
- Click the icon which says “My Account”.
- Click “Sign-In & Security”.
- Scroll down until you see “2-Step Verification” then click on it.
- Click the button which says “GET STARTED”.
- Enter your Gmail account password then click “NEXT”.
Now you simply follow the prompts, enter your cell phone number and continue on accordingly. You will be asked to verify a code which will be sent to your phone via text and after that your authentication should be all set up.
From that point forward you will have to log into your account with your password as usual, but you will then be sent a code via text message you’ll have to enter on top of the password in order to login and access your account.
Now that your ‘Master Account’ is set up and ready to use, you’ll be using this account when you sign up for your other accounts. Anytime you’re asked for an email, just use the one you created here. Of course, if you wish to go with a different email provider you can, the concept of having one central account is what’s important.
Paypal For Processing
Setting up an account with Paypal is very straightforward.
A quick note on this subject however… You don’t have to use Paypal if you wish not to. It’s being used here strictly as an example. You can use just about any payment processor or merchant account you desire. It is understood that not every payment processor will do business with every country or territory so it will be important to keep that in mind. Any questions regarding specifics with these companies can not be answered by Powerhouse Affiliate, you will instead need to contact that processor and inquire with them.
When creating your account with PayPal you’ll have an option to make one which is “personal” or one for a business. It’s a good idea to read through the terms of service to be sure you know which one is a better fit for you.
That said, a personal account would do fine, but you get access to more tools if you go with the business account. If you wish to start with a personal account and then transition that into a business account, that’s an option too.
Keep in mind that once you have a business linked with your PayPal account it’s final. You can’t change it, you’re stuck with it.
Most payment processors (probably all of them) will let you link a credit card or DEBIT card to your account, as well as a bank account. It’s a good idea to do this for ease of use when transferring funds to and from your bank.
In a previous lesson there were a number of other payment processors shared, here is that list again for convenience sake:
The list above is in no way conclusive. There are many options out there, in a bunch of varieties for different needs. It would be a good idea to browse through them with consideration to details such as:
- what they charge for transaction processing
- if there are any additional fees
- where they operate and
- what countries they deal with (and don’t deal with, if any) and etc.
ClickBank Product Marketplace
This is the famous clickbank.com website…
Setting up an account with Clickbank.com is pretty straightforward.
When you visit the website for clickbank you’ll see the homepage which will look something like the image above.
Locate the tab which says “CREATE ACCOUNT” and click it to be taken to the account setup page.
Simply enter the appropriate information into the required fields.
Click the “Next Step” button.
On the following page you’ll be required to enter your payment processing and payment info. You’ll have a field for your SSN or EEN numbers, you will be able to select your appropriate country and once everything is filled out you’ll be able to head to the next step.
Account Information is the next step where you’ll be able to read the contract agreement between you and clickbank, as well as pick a username & set your password which will both be used to login to your clickbank account in the future.
Once that is done you’ll be asked how you plan to use clickbank. Your options will be as an affiliate or a vendor. Initially, you’ll want to join as an affiliate as this is the subject of this entire course. In the future if you wish to sell your own products on clickbank you will need to create an entirely new account and set that one up as a vendor.
Be sure to check the email account you used to signup as you will have a verification message from Clickbank waiting for you. Simply follow the instructions in that email and you will be able to finalize your account by verifying it.
Aweber (Email Autoresponder)
You’ve probably heard the term “Email Marketing” in the past. It’s a straightforward concept of collecting leads (people who shown an interest in your offer & sign up to join your list) and then sending out emails in a strategic manner.
One of the contenders in the email-autoresponder industry is a company called Aweber.
Aweber used to offer a $1 trial for your first month but they have since jumped on the Free For One Month bandwagon, that’s great news for us!
The setup process is straightforward. You will need:
- Your personal information
- Billing information (more on this soon)
- Then you just start using your account… that simple
Now, when you sign up you will need to provide a credit card. It won’t be charged unless you keep the account past the 30 Day Free Trial mark.
Cancellation is extremely simple, there are no questions asked, you just go through the steps outlined in the link above and you’re done.
If you are following the lessons outlined for you within this training course however, you probably won’t want to cancel your Aweber account. Email marketing and the process of collecting leads is VERY lucrative as you will see for yourself when we jump into the section on email marketing in the near future.
Bing started out much smaller than it is now, and though it’s still not nearly as big as Google it’s a very good resource for PPC Advertising.
In many cases you might find that your PCC costs in Bing is smaller than Google which is always a good thing. The fact of the matter is that you’re going to want to eventually start testing out multiple advertising sources (once you reach that level) to see which performs better for your specific needs.
You’ve probably gathered by now that these advertising platforms require you to use a credit card when signing up. They each walk you through their individual required steps and you can rest assured that you won’t accumulate any charges onto your credit card until you start actually running ads.
BeMob (Tracking & Stats Tool)
The truth of the matter is that your level of success is going to depend on your ability to track how much advertising money and expenses are going out vs. how much revenue is coming in. The better you can do this the higher your profit margins will rise.
We’ll be covering this tracking tool in more detail in a future lesson. For now, you can either set up an account and take a look around at it’s dashboard yourself, or hold off for awhile until we jump into this in more detail as it’s going to require some specific details & things to keep in mind for optimal use.
Stay Tuned For Part #3!
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