Have you recently been trying to figure out why a new breed of affiliate marketing names are showing up above yours in affiliate contests? Are your affiliate marketing efforts being blown away by younger affiliates and work-at-home moms? Chances are you’ve been disadvantaged by competitors that are using social media far more effectively than you are!

Most online business owners who have been running their online businesses for any length of time use social media and social bookmarking sites in a very limited, one-off manor, not yet realizing many of their traditional marketing techniques have lost a lot of their power in the last couple of years. Article marketing and video marketing are still very reliable – but then those really were the start of the whole social media trend, allowing for comments, feedback and discussion and allowing others to share and/or embed the content. Isn’t that the premise that made sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest profitable?

So social media isn’t new – but it’s come out of it’s infancy and is now flexing it’s online muscle. Billions of page views are generated by the big social media sites, and they’ve become a major source of traffic generation for online marketers who have mastered the art. But how are YOU doing at mastering social media marketing strategies?

Sure, you know about Facebook, Twitter, Google+, EzineArticles and YouTube – but what about Pinterest, Tumblr, Klout, Kred, Feedage or StumbleUpon? Do you know how each works, and which do help your affiliate marketing results and which don’t? More importantly, do you know how to tie them together into a cohesive marketing effort to build your traffic and your branding right now, while building an empire of online material for unstoppable long-term traffic to your sites and affiliate promotions?

Download Doug Champigny's Niche Social 2012 For Free!

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Well, not to worry… Having heard that same story over and over again from people at all levels of affiliate marketing, I decided to reveal my strategies for dealing with it all, since it’s working well for Teri & me in our niche marketing efforts. Better still, I’m going to let you download Niche Social 2012 for Free! Just follow that link to the site, and just for signing up for my free newsletter you’ll be able to immediately download this power-packed, no-fluff, 37-page guide to socail media marketing…

Most social media guides either focus on one site or just lightly discuss each – Niche Social 2012 shows you how to quadruple your online presence for free, then how to use the various social sites to promote those. From Twitter & the 3 other free resources you need to manage Twitter effectively right on through, every step ties all your marketing into a tightly-knit marketing mix that’s unstoppable when you stick to the plan.

Try out the strategies in Niche Social 2012 today – you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results! And if you think of it, once you’ve got the system in place, come back and let our audience know how it works for you, ok? Thanks!

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Do You Know How The Changes At EzineArticles Make You A Better Affiliate Marketer?

©2011 Doug Champigny – http://captain-affiliate.com
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As a recognized super-affiliate and affiliate marketing mentor & speaker, it’s only natural that I use article marketing, including posting my articles at EzineArticles.com, as part of my affiliate marketing promotional mix. Natural because article marketing works, provides residual traffic for years, and because EzineArticles is the biggest & highest ranked article directory online.

Let me say right up front that if you’re looking to be lazy – using PLR articles, spun articles or those written by authors with poor spelling or bad grammar, forget it! EzineArticles have top-notch editors and systems that will boot you out faster than you can say ‘adios’! If you ARE looking to be a lazy affiliate, go get an offline job – the days of lazy marketers making a killing online ended a few years back (after declining since the 1990’s).

The EzineArticles Changes Affecting Affiliate Marketing

Two of the changes made this year at EzineArticles affect affiliates, and in fact all online marketers. First, the articles you submit must be at least 400 words now. This shouldn’t be a big deal, since we marketers tend to be overly verbose anyway! 😉 If you can’t write intelligently about a product, service or topic using AT LEAST 400 words with no fluff or keyword stuffing then you don’t know your topic well enough to consider promoting it – go back and study the issue more before trying to use it in your affiliate marketing mix.

The second change is the big one – you can’t use your affiliate links in your Author’s Resource Box now. This won’t affect super-affiliates as we’d never put our direct affiliate link out there like that anywway. And this is what YOU need to change in how you’re doing your online marketing if you’ve even THOUGHT about putting your naked affiliate link online anywhere…

Affiliate Marketing Pre-Selling On Your Blogs

For years now, brilliant marketer Ken Evoy has been teaching members and affiliates at his SiteSell operation about pre-selling… The concept is simple – you attract the prospect to your own site where you ‘warm them up’ and get them into a buying mood before sending them through to your affiliate link.

Why is pre-selling so important? First, someone coming from your articles or social media marketing efforts are in ‘reading mode’ – not ‘buying mode’. Secondly, many salespages are 2nd rate at best, with most not even that good. Pre-selling gives you the opportunity to up your conversion rates by helping to overcome this downfall. But most importantly, this system means you’re developing backlinks to YOUR sites or blogs and the traffic is flowing to YOU first – then hopefully on to wherever you’re trying to direct it. Better SEO rankings from the backlinks are a big plus to everything you do from today forward, and if a prospect isn’t overly interested in the product or service you’re promoting they may just find something that DOES interest you in the sidebar or basebar links.

Higher search engine rankings, more traffic, higher conversions, residual sales, better branding & bigger commissions – any of these align with your affiliate marketing goals? Guess maybe Ken was on to something, eh? LOL (There’s a LOT more to SiteSell – for site owners AND affiliates – but this one piece of advice by itself is worth more than he charges… )

So now you can see that the changes at EzineArticles.com really are in the best interest of their reading audience AND you as an affiliate marketer because they’re helping to motivate you to professionalize your online activities and take your affiliate marketing to the next level!

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