25 Nov 2008

How I Promote Reality-Networkers

How I Promote Reality-Networkers

- Usable in any promoting

No matter what you are promoting, there are a few basic things to remember, and these basic rules are even more important when you are working as an Online Marketer;

- Be consistent. Successful marketers do some kind of promoting to move themselves forward everyday. It does not take much, but it is the only difference between success and failure. A good practice is to create a "what-to-do" list for the next morning, before you go to bed. That way you have a restful night and wake up refreshed in the morning with an agenda of things to accomplish.

- Learn how to write. The skill that will make or break you in internet marketing is copywriting. The most important thing to learn is Headline writing. Headlines are the eye-catchers of everything you do, no matter if it is e-mail marketing, splash-pages or web sites.

- Diversify. Spread your effort as much as possible over different sources. This is very important. If you do traffic exchanges, do not just do te's. If you are into safelist, do not just do safelists... and so on. You get the drift?

- Set a budget. Well, everything I will tell you in here is free. But we all know the fact that money makes money, right? Be careful what you spend your money on. Think twice, but when you have made up your mind, do not hesitate. Go for it for full, and remember to track your efforts.

Well, that briefly covers the basics, now lets look into how to market and what tools to market with. In this short article I am covering Reality-Networker, and since R-N is not really a program (it is a club, check-out the home-page) it has different kind of aspect than the normal affiliate programs we see out there.

I believe I have used every single way of promoting R-N found out there. With very different results. Again; remember to use a link-tracker, so you know what works and what does not. There is one to use for free on your Reality-Networkers pages.

Here we go (finally):


The problem with most TE's is that people tend to get numb seeing all of these affiliate pages time after time. That is why you should try to make a simple splashpage, to break the monotony and catch someone's attention is the best solution. Here is a great example of this: http://www.tetoolbox.com/splash/5425/

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For a Traffic Exchange to be good, it should have a lot of active members, huge amounts of sites and preferably a 10-15 sec timer. My reason for liking the timer to be that high is simple; pages load completely, more people see your message. Also, if they add a good downline-builder, then I am happy.

Here is a brief list of the ones I like to use, and do so with pretty good results. Notice that they are not the same ones that constantly get voted "Best TE's"?

TrafficEra - Many people despise Tera, claiming nobody ever signs up there. Not true, the social marketing part is extremely powerful in there.

TrafficSwarm - TrafficSwarm is one of the most responsive TE's I have ever encountered. I have signed up numerous members to very different kinds of programs from there. The thing that makes TrafficSwarm so different is the combination of headlines and pages, a bit like e-mail marketing in a traffic exchange. Go there, read the headlines before you click them. You will learn a lot.

HitSafari - One of the best downline builders around, nice graphics and easy to use. Good surfing bonuses.

Traffic-Splash - Absolutely astounding surf rewards! Really nice downline builder too. Catches both leads and signups! Not very good for merchandise sales, though.

Hit2Hit - Same as above, with an even bigger downline builder.

When, and if you use TE's, be sure to ALWAYS fill in the details on the downline builder. Your signups there are your future customers and downlines in other programs! Do not forget the Banner- and Textlinks when available!

There are numerous amounts of e-books on TE-Marketing out there, free ones You can access at The Librarian

Safelists, Opt-in lists and e-mail marketing.

Well, these are all basically the same. With a small but important difference between them all. Safelist are something you sign up for, get to send mail, and recieve them instead. Opt-in is something you sign up for and recieve without giving and e-mail marketing is pretty much dangerous unless done correctly. NO SPAMMING ALLOWED.

The common thing with all of these is one of the important things I mentioned at the beginning; Headline Writing. A headline is there to catch your attention, not to inform you of the rest of the letter. Like the difference between:

"Reality-Network have a lot of sign-ups" and

"Boy, Does THIS Have A Lot Of Sign-Ups!!!"

Be careful with the exclamation marks, they usually end up in the spam-folder. But I guess You see where I am going here? This subject has been discussed SO many times already, but here�s a few more examples of what I use to get people reading:

"The Secret Revealed!"

"WHY is Ben a Happy Marketer?"

"Could You Be The One?"

"Get UP from that sofa!!"

And so on. One that I have used quite a lot is "Want To Get These Leads?". You see, words that make people curious really MAKE them curious. Look at yourself, how you behave, what you think when you see a headline, and how you react to it...

There are a lot more examples at your R-N page.

Words like "matrix", "XXX", "Safelist", "Free" close to always and end up in the spam-folder. No need to say that everything illegal should be avoided. Badly written headlines end up in spam-folder in worst case, in best case they simply get ignored.

A couple of safelists worth trying, besides the one in Reality-Networkers, are:

GOT-Safelist - This is the one and only safelist I know of where people get paid in real cash to read your letters. 29.983 members.

Safelister - 23.266 members. A bit slow in the sending of the mail, but as I write this I had a sign-up from there!

There are, of course, hundreds more of them too. Type "safelists" in a searchengine, and try them out until you find the ones that suit you. There are also paid versions of them, but strangely enough, I have not really noticed any bigger percentage of sign-ups or sales from them...

Social Network Marketing

This area has got to be the best one for me now. Approximately 60% of my sales, signups and new leads come from that area. The only thing you need to know when you begin socializing, is how to behave. No need for good language skills. No need to have a formal vocabulary, or to be an experienced salesman (as a matter of fact, people tend to think they are suspicious). You simply need to know enough about the product you currently promote, tell some new friends about it, and; badabing! - a new sale. Or whatever you desired.

That is why I placed TrafficEra so high on my list of trafficexchanges. People WANT to hear about what you are promoting. Funny, considering we all do the same thing.

Here is the best ones, in my opinion, at the moment:

Apsense - Apsense is a free business social network where people come together to exchange thoughts and experiences. Oh, you get paid for writing articles. When they are read.

Hi5 - This one is more like MySpace. With the scrap-books and photo albums and everything. The good thing with these kind of communities is that you can bring in completely new people to your business, those who have not seen it all before.

To these above mentioned methods I must add a few very important ways of getting seen; Classified Ads, Mouth to Mouth and Offline Marketing and different variations of everything mentioned above.

However, I have already exceeded the space given me by miles, so I will have to continue at another time.

Remember to diversify!

Thank You!

17 Nov 2008

Proper Thank You Pages

Oh my, they had me thinkin' again...

Last Saturday I attended a free seminar arranged by Affiliate Funnel. The topic was: Open house with Jon and Paul. Jon being Jon Olson, known from I Love Hits and SWAT Traffic. And Paul is of course Paul Kinder, known for his Traffic-Splash. So you understand that the main team was to be traffic exchanges. And some really good information we got ourselves too, learned a few new things that evening.

Afterwards there was an opportunity to ask questions, and one that always comes up, came up. "How do I make money from my list?". Yes, well. That question is one that I bet is asked hundreds of times every day on various places, so I let that one be. However, that question led to a followup question, and the same thing happened with the answers as they usually do, and suddenly the talk was about "Thank You" Pages.

Everyone in that seminar, I believe and hope, agreed that those thank you pages are extremely important for ANY kind of business you do online. No matter if you sell flowers, cars or simply try to build a list. BUT! That was about it! One example of what such a page can look like, and nothing more! Oh yes, those exclamation marks came to me on Sunday, as I was thinking through what I'd learned.

So half of the Sunday and the whole day today (Monday) I've surfed around the net trying to figure out WHAT they are, HOW to do those pages, and what exactly to put ON them. Believe me, it was harder than I had imagined, finding any useful information.

But here we go:

What is a Thank You Page?

A Thank You Page is a page your prospects see after they have taken some action. Bought a car, an e-book, signed up for your newsletter. Whatever your business is, when your customer press that submit button this is where he should end up.

The thank you page have a few goals. It is more than just a common way of being polite, altough that too is important. It should also provide some "Next Step", or "What To Do" information for your customer. But most important of all is; Getting your customer to verify that so important e-mail adress of his, placing him-/herself on your opt-in list.

How do I set up a good Thank You Page?

Well, basically this is easy. You have to ways of doing this;

1 - Redirect your customer to the thank you page immediately after the pressing of that submit-button, or
2 - You can send the page as an e-mail. With the verification link.

The method you use is entirely a choice of your's and I have no opinion on what methos is better. I suppose it depends on the product and your style.

So what do I put ON that page?

- You begin your message by thanking your customer, and informing them that their choice of action has been successful. Remember you can send them to a thank you page even if they don't buy!
- This is also where you can briefly remind them of their brilliant taste in choice of dishwasher or whatever you are selling.
- Hopefully you use a system that requires a double opt-in, so you'll need to remind them of this fact here.
- Another great idea is to offer them a possibility to refer a friend/family member to your site. This means more contacts for you to market to, so perhaps you could offer the referring persons a reward for their efforts.

I know this is only some vague toughts about an issue that many people get paid big bux to do for a living, but the way this page is treated seem strange to me. After all, this IS the most important page you have. If you want your customer coming back!

16 Nov 2008

Hit Lion

Yes, You guessed it. Time for a presentation of a traffic-exchange again.

Hit Lion is a manual TE upheld, run and owned by Connie Motala, who is one of the nicest and most helpful persons around.

The surfing in itself is very easy, and you get the chance to choose if you want to do the clicks the traditional way or by hovering. Daily surf-rewards and bonuses are as natural in there as it is for you and me to breath.

This is one of the traffic exchanges I will be using on daily basis, for sure. Some

  • Superior Customer Service - LIVE ON-LINE SUPPORT
  • Rotating Banner Coop Advertising
  • Promote up to 5 sites, 5 banners & 5 Text Links!
  • 12 Second traffic Site Viewing Timer
  • Referral Commissions - BASIC- 5%, GOLD-25%, PLATINUM - 40%
  • Win Credits, Cash, Rotating Banner Ads and Splashpoints
  • Fun Weekly Lotto! Jackpot Prize - WIN 1 Year Upgrade
  • Daily, weekly & monthly Surf Prizes!

So, simply put, go ahead AND SIGN UP FOR HIT LION!

10 Nov 2008

I hate Web Promotion.

I hate Web Promotion. I hate it more than you do, and I always have.

Web promotion is all about getting links and traffic to sites. You can build one million quality sites but with no proper web promotion, you will never see money coming in.

Most web promotion tactics have one thing in common - trying to rank high in search engines results. In the old fashion days, I loved to submit my sites to hundreds of link directories. It worked like magic until the search engines changed their algorithms.

Then the next big thing was Blog and Ping. It was one of the most powerful web promotion system. I could easily get my pages indexed in a couple of hours and rank high in search engines.

But once again, the search engines saw this coming and as a result it is now very difficult to rank one's websites on search engines, based on Blog and Ping.

Article submission is one of the methods I used. However, though it is still a very effective traffic generating tactic, it is also very time consuming.

I spent thousands on SEO tools and even hired an SEO expert. I spent hours doing Search Engine Optimization on-site and off-site. I did see some traffic now and then but the figures were not something i was proud of.

I was at the mercy of the search engines and was spending more time and money than I could earn!

I was desperate for a real traffic generating solution. I needed to be able to get traffic fast! To my luck, I found the very answer to my web promotion pain.

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1 Nov 2008

Cash or hits?!

Well, there is not often when you get a chance to think about that. For many of us surfaholics out here in the marketing jungle, there now is this option available!

Cash Or Hits is one of the te's that have this option.