Author: Nigel Griffiths

Banners – How I Add Them….

Hi there…

Today I wanted to show you how I add Banners (& other graphics) to my website.

This method I picked up a few months ago & find it simple, very flexible & makes everything easier in the long run.

Rather than trying to describe it, I have made 2 video’s for your ‘Viewing Pleasure’ !!! Wehay !!

As outlined in the video’s, this method gives the following advantages:

1. You always have the banners on your website.
2. You can make sure they all open in a new window/tab (if required).
3. You have control over the size of them.
4. It makes it straightforward to disguise the affiliate links
5. You have total control as to how the links show up on your website.

 

Video 1 – Adding Banners (more control & flexibility)

 
 

Video 2 – Disguising Ugly Links

 

So that is the basics which should get you on your way……there are other tips & tricks using this method that are very useful which I will do another video about in the coming weeks….but for now, see how you get on with this & let me know if it helps!

As you will have noticed, the banner I set up in the above video’s  isn’t on my website anymore…it is just because I did no research on it & have no idea if I would want to promote it, it was just used ‘for show’.

Just drop me a line below & lets get discussing !

Thanks for watching!

Cheers…Nigel

 

Quotes – 7 Days in a Nutshell – # 3

Just over a week since the last installment of this feature…..but what a week!! & how things have changed…

Ooooooh, how intriguing does that sound!?….well more about that in the future (stay tuned!) 

I had my eye on the quotes for this week but I have looked again & picked different ones.

 

“Be yourself; everyone else is taken.”

– Oscar Wilde (Writer)

“If you have an idea, that’s good. If you also have an idea as to how to work it out, that’s better”

– Henry Ford (Businessman)

“Never follow the crowd”

– Bernard Baruch (Finacier)

“Be willing to make decisions…..don’t fall victim to what I call the ‘Ready – Aim -Aim -Aim – Aim’ syndrome.”

– T. Boone Pickens (Businessman)

Do any of these quotes ring true with your experiences in the last 7 days?

Let me know in the comments below if they have….or put your own quotes that you feel sum up your week, I’d love to hear them!

Thanks for reading.

How To Make It In Affiliate Marketing: 12 Lessons I Wish I Was Taught – Part 4

Finally, the last instalment in this series. So let get cracking.

 

How To Make It In Affiliate Marketing – Part 3

 

Lesson 10 – Where is your money going?

A common scenario in the IM World seems to be someone finally getting a profitable campaign & the next thing you know, their lifestyle has increased 10 fold!

But what happens…a new car is leased, a new house, vacations & designer clothes.

Before they know it, their main campaign dies & they can’t get it back on track. So with all the bills that come from an ‘inflated lifestyle’ they find themselves back in a 9-5 job.

This is where a principle of ‘money momentum’ affects people psychologically. If you have money coming in & you are testing, you can ‘afford’ to lose money if overall you are profitable.

When money is coming in, you can take more risks & some of those risks will pay off.

But some people will live off the successful campaign until it dies…then they will start testing, this means that the losses they are making whilst testing are far more emotional.

Get the money right, invest in your business, get the best you can, strive for something sustainable…..then, & only then, look at the luxury lifestyle.

I totally agree with the above point. Invest in your business, then save for a ‘rainy day’ & then treat yourself! In that order.

You never know what is around the corner. Especially in this business, things fundamentally change on a month by month basis rather than annually & you never know when the plug will be pulled on what has been working for you.

 

Lesson 11 – Imitate, then Innovate

A great learning technique is modelling, which is basically imitating success.

This doesn’t mean straight up copy someone’s Ad’s, Landing Page etc…just look for inspiration & improve from there.

Once you understand the basics, then it’s time to get creative. Innovation pays.

If you hit on an interesting angle, you have ‘first movers’ advantage & can reap huge profits.

Like a lot of people reading this, I have heard over & over again….”You don’t have to re-invent the wheel”. Just find something that is working/selling & make it better.

‘Better’ can be seen from many different ‘angles’, it doesn’t just mean content:

e.g.

Presentation
Style
Format
Implementation
Niche
Examples

The list goes on….do it your way & with your ‘twist’ to it.

 

Lesson 12 – Adapt or Die

The IM industry is always changing. A year in this industry is like 3 in another. Some landing pages that did work a few years ago, won’t work today. Offers that were huge 6 months ago, are now gone. It is the nature of the beast.

The most important thing to do is focus on the fundamentals! IM is just combining an angle with a traffic source with an offer & split testing it until it’s profitable.

New media and offers will come & go….but the fundamentals will always remain the same!!

Well there you go folks, the last of the instalments from these IM lessons. I enjoyed it when I first read it & it hit home and made me realise that this is a real business with many many challenges….but that is why I love it.

I think it also hit home that IM is still just a ‘normal’ business & is no different in principle to any ‘bricks & mortar’ business…..they have to be run in the right way to make money. The internet can make it easier in theory but just as much time, effort & dedication is required to make something online work as it does to make a shop successful.

So what did you think of the series? Did you enjoy it? Please feel free to let me know & drop me a line, it would be great to hear from you!!

Thanks for reading.