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Registering Your Domain Web Hosting Downloading Your Files Alternative FTP Client List Affiliate Marketing How Do I Become An Affiliate? Get Your Hoplink Keep Going Registering Your Domain I t really is extremely simple to set up a domain name. It’s literally a 5 minute job. There are numerous sites on the web that provide domain registration. My current favourite is namecheap.com as they provide an easy to follow system and seem to be the cheapest at the moment. Your first job once you are on the namecheap.com site is to check whether the domain name that you want has been taken. This is easy. Simply follow the steps spelt out in the section towards the top of the page with the orange background. For example, if you want to use the domain ‘freetrafficisking.com’ you can enter it below the text ‘Enter the domain you want’, tick ‘com’ then hit ‘search’. The site will then let you know if the domain is available. It will also offer alternate endings to ‘.com’ as you can see in the following screen shot. As you can see, ‘freetrafficisking.com’ is available along with ‘freetrafficisking.net’ and other domain names. Your next step is to go ahead and purchase the domain name that you want – something that generally costs lest than $10 to do! You will simply create an account with the registrar, enter your information and proceed to check out as normal. Web Hosting Once you have registered your domain name you then need to decide who you want to host your website. Webhosts provide spaces on their own servers to allow you to make your website accessible on the Internet. Many web hosts also provide web design or web design software if you want to do this yourself. Personally I have a designer who designs my websites for me. However, this is certainly not a necessity. In most cases websites such as namecheap.com will offer you a hosting service, which can make it easier to manage and pay for especially when you are starting out. Personally though I prefer to use hostgator.com as my host company. Their service is a little bit more expensive but makes things a hell of a lot easier. Not only does Hostgator provide the use of an easy-to-use free site building software for your primary web site but it provides extremely good, almost instant, customer support and some really useful modules. If you choose to run with Hostgator then go to the hostgator.com website, you will see the following screen. Click on the hosting area of the page (circled) and it will take you to the various hosting options. You can choose which plan works best for you on the number of websites you plan to run with (which will be hosted on the same package). After you have purchased your domain name and hosting you will find that if you type in www.freetrafficisking.com (with freetrafficisking being your domain name) you will be asked to log in. Once you have entered your username and password you will see your CPanel. This is your management page where you control what to do with your account. The following is a screenshot of the CPanel set-up: The first thing to do is to set up your email accounts through your hosting. You can set up emails for everyone in your business quite simply. For example, if your name is Mike and your website is freetrafficisking.com then your email might be firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a website from which you will be selling your own products then you might want to add an email address such as email@example.com. Downloading Your Files Once you have created your website you will want to upload your files to it. There are many free websites, such as Filezilla, that allow you to do this. However, if you have Hostgator as your web host then you can do it quickly and easily using your file manager. To access your file manager simply select it from under the ‘file’ options on your CPanel. Hostgator is able to take you through the process of downloading your files onto your website with ease. However, in a very simple nutshell: 1. The files that you want to be viewable on your website need to be uploaded to your public_html folder. 2. To download a file to your public_html folder simply select the public_html folder then click ‘upload’ at the top of the screen. You will then be able to browse your computer and choose the file that you wish to upload. 3. You will need to create a separate folder for your images into which you will save all the images that you wish to use. 4. Your homepage (the page you want to be immediately viewable whenever somebody types in your domain name) should be named ‘index.html’. Downloading files with Hostgator really is simple. I have found that they get back to your questions within a few minutes and guide you through any problem that you might have. Alternative FTP Client List CoffeeCupFTP CrushFTP Cyberduck Fetch Filezilla FTP Surfer FTPortal Affiliate Marketing Now that you have your website up and running you are ready to get started as an affiliate marketer. So what is an affiliate? An affiliate is a person or company which sends visitors to a website in exchange for commission. There are various ways in which an affiliate can achieve this. Some affiliates are able to earn commission per click and per lead – but we are going to concentrate on the third and most popular way – earning commission through sales. Often an affiliate will create a website or a web page to drive traffic towards the website of the product that he or she wishes to sell. Often the marketing skills of the affiliate combined with the good quality of the product of the vendor will achieve great financial success for both parties. In this way businesses (or vendors) only pay the affiliate for sales that they generate. The more sales an affiliate generates, the more he or she gets paid! Furthermore, in internet marketing an affiliate can earn up to 75% of the sale! How Do I Become An Affiliate? It is astonishingly easy to become an affiliate. It is also totally free! Most affiliates start out by signing up to clickbank.com. ClickBank is an online marketplace where thousands of vendors sell their digital products. There are a variety of products sold on ClickBank, such as eBooks, software and other manual guides spanning over thousands of different genres. Signing up to ClickBank is both quick and easy. It is also totally free. Simply go to http://www.clickbank.com and click the link at the top of the page that says, ‘sign up’. You will then be presented with the sign up form. Enter your details and as soon as you have done so you are good to go! ClickBank is both simple and well presented. You can review your account as often as you like. The site enables you to see how many visitors you have sent to a site, exactly how many sales you have generated and how much money you have made! Your next step should be a visit to the ClickBank marketplace (a link to which is at the top of each ClickBank screen). You can use the marketplace to see what products are available to promote. You can also use the search entry button to find the right products for yourself to market. For example the following shows the top 4 results for products to do with Sports and Recreation. When you are first starting out as an affiliate it is often a good idea to begin by promoting products that you are either enthusiastic or knowledgeable about. Here is a little step-by-step guide: 1. Choose a product from the ClickBank marketplace that you are either enthusiastic or knowledgeable about. 2. Something to look out for when you are choosing a product is the product’s gravity. I have circled the gravity scores in the screenshot below: 3. A product with a gravity of over 70 is doing very well. Although anything over 20 is possible to sell. 4. Get to know the person or company behind the product that you have chosen. Email them. If they don’t reply, it’s their loss. Get to know their business and stay in touch as they could become important contacts. 5. Use as many marketing techniques as you can. These days there are so many different options. Affiliate Sixth Sense will help you decide which options are best for you. 6. Assess your results on your ClickBank account. Is it time to move on to another niche? 7. Always remember that the content of your ads/marketing tools is vital. Use testimonials, reviews etc to get the customers’ attention. Get Your Hoplink Before you can start making money from the product you have chosen, you need to create your hoplink. A hoplink is your personalised link through which your customers will be directed to the product you are trying to sell. You will use your hoplink in each and every advert you create. If somebody clicks through your hoplink then a cookie will be placed on that person’s computer. Should they go on to buy the product then you will receive the commission from that sale. Creating your hoplink is a simple process. All products registered on ClickBank have an ‘affiliates page’ (usually at the bottom of the sales letter). The affiliates page will tell you what your hoplink is. Keep Going Congratulations! You now have all the knowledge that you need to start out as an affiliate marketer. You are a beginner no more! Continue to step 2 of your Affiliate Sixth Senser journey!
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