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Hello I am Michael Grant, an internet marketer and founder of ASTI Traffic Infozene. I enjoy outdoors, sports, computers and making friends.
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  • Building Your List with Paid eZine Advertising 2014-09-01T20:50:00.001-07:00
    Some Internet Marketers can get clueless when it comes
    to unleashing the full potential of paid eZine
    advertising. One of the most common dilemmas is that
    whether should the Internet Marketer advertise the
    product or service he is selling directly to the
    subscribers of the eZine he is paying advertising for?

    This can be a wise method, but with ifs and buts.
    For one, the advertisement must be compelling and
    attention grabbing. Secondly, there is no telling
    if the eZine’s subscribers constantly practice a
    buying habit until you put some money to find out.

    Investing even a small sum of money can be risky
    to a number of Internet Marketers who are on tight
    budgets. But in spite of the risk factors, eZine
    advertising can still be rewarding, if done right.

    Thus the solution: the marketer would be wiser if
    he or she uses eZine advertising to build his or
    her mailing list. It makes sense, anyway. Since
    some eZines display more than one sponsored
    advertisement, you can grab the subscriber’s
    attention by giving a free or risk-free product or
    offer through your ad.

    When the subscriber clicks on your ad, he or she
    can opt into your mailing list in exchange for the
    free offer, which can be a free report or even a
    trial service.

    While you are not making a hard sell through your
    advertisement just yet, building your list by getting
    other eZine’s subscribers subscribed to your eZine
    allows you to follow up with them in the future, as
    and when you have new offers.

    To your success

    Michael Grant

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    To your success

    Michael Grant

  • Easy Profits Using PPC In Your Affiliate Marketing Business 2014-08-14T14:53:00.002-07:00
    PPC is one of the four basic types of Search Engines.
    PPC is also one of the most cost-effective ways of
    targeted internet advertising. According to Forbes
    magazine, PPC or Pay Per Click, accounts to 2 billion
    dollars a year and is expected to increase to around
    8 billion dollars by the year 2008.

    Let us take a quick look at how PPC Search Engines work.

    These engines create listings and rate them based on a
    bid amount the website owner is willing to pay for
    each click from that search engine. Advertisers bid
    against each other to receive higher ranking for a
    specific keyword or phrase.

    The highest bidder for a certain keyword or phrase
    will then have the site ranked as number 1 in the PPC
    Search Engines followed by the second and third highest
    bidder, up to the last number that have placed a bid
    on the same keyword or phrase. Your ads then will
    appear prominently on the results pages based on the
    dollar amount bid you will agree to pay per click.

    How do you make money by using PPC into your affiliate
    marketing business?

    Most affiliate programs only pay when a sale is made
    or a lead delivered after a visitor has clickthrough
    your site. Your earnings will not always be the same as
    they will be dependent on the web site content and the
    traffic market.

    The reason why you should incorporate PPC into your
    affiliate marketing program is that earnings are easier
    to make than in any other kind of affiliate program
    not using PPC. This way, you will be making profit based
    from the clickthroughs that your visitor will make on
    the advertiser’s site. Unlike some programs, you are
    not paid per sale or action.

    PPC can be very resourceful of your website. With PPC
    Search Engines incorporated into your affiliate
    program, you will be able to profit from the visitor’s
    who are not interested in your products or services.
    The same ones who leave your site and never comes back.

    You will not only get commissions not only from those
    who are just searching the web and finding the
    products and services that they wanted but you will
    be able to build your site’s recognition as a
    valuable resource. The visitors who have found what
    they needed from you site are likely to come back
    and review what you are offering more closely.
    Then they will eventually come back to search the
    web for other products.

    This kind of affiliate program is also an easy
    way for you to generate some more additional
    revenues. For example, when a visitor on your site
    does a search in the PPC Search Engine and clicks
    on the advertiser bided listings, the advertisers’
    account will then be deducted because of that
    click. With this, you will be compensated 30% to
    80% of the advertisers’ bid amount.
    PPC is not only a source of generating easy profits;
    it can also help you promote your own site. Most
    of the programs allow the commissions received to be
    spent for advertising with them instantly and with
    no minimum earning requirement. This is one of the
    more effective ways to exchange your raw visitors
    for targeted surfers who has more tendencies to
    purchase your products and services.

    What will happen if you when you integrate PPC into
    your affiliate program?

    PPC usually have ready-to-use affiliate tools that
    can be easily integrated into your website. The most
    common tools are search boxes, banners, text links
    and some 404-error pages. Most search engines utilize
    custom solutions and can provide you with a
    white-label affiliate program. This enables you,
    using only a few lines of code, to integrate
    remotely-hosted co-branded search engine into
    your website.

    The key benefits? Not only more money generated but
    also some extra money on the side. Plus a lifetime
    commissions once you have referred some webmaster
    friends to the engine.

    Think about it. Where can you get all these benefits
    while already generating some income for your site?
    Knowing some of the more useful tools you can use
    for your affiliate program is not a waste of time.
    They are rather a means of earning within an earning.

    Best know more about how you can use PPC search
    engines into your affiliate program than miss out
    on a great opportunity to earn more profits.

    To your success

    Michael Grant

  • How To Become A Super Affiliate In Niche Markets 2014-08-08T12:40:00.003-07:00
    Over the past years, web hosting has grown bigger than
    it used to be. With more companies getting into this
    business and finding the many benefits it can give them,
    the demand for web hosting has never been higher. These
    seem to be the trend of today.

    38 million people have put up their very first websites
    online this year 2005 alone. It is estimated that by 2008,
    the internet sales industry will top then dollar bank.
    And to think, majority of those sites will be offering
    different affiliate programs for people to choose and
    participate into.

    This only means one thing. It is easier now to find the
    right web host for your application. The possibility of
    quality web hosting companies separating themselves from
    the rest of the industry is anticipated. If this is done,
    the unprofessional and incompetent ones will suffer.

    Support will be the number one consideration for people
    when choosing a web host. It will be obvious that
    traditional advertising will become less and less
    effective. Most people would rather opt for the web host
    based on things that they see and hear. Also based on the
    recommendations by those who have tried them and have
    proved to be a successful.

    This is a great opportunity for web hosting affiliates
    and resellers alike. There would hundreds of web hosting
    and programs to choose from that the difficulty in
    finding the right one for them is not a problem anymore.

    How does one become a successful affiliate in the niche
    markets using web hosting?

    If you think about it, everyone who needs a website
    needs a web hosting company to host it for them. As of
    now, there is really no leading hosting industry so most
    people choose hosts based from recommendations. Usually,
    they get it from the ones that have already availed of a
    web hosting services.

    With the many hosts offering affiliate programs, there is
    the tendency to find the one which you think will work
    best for you. Think of the product you will be promoting.
    Pattern them to the site and see if they are catering to
    the same things as you are.

    When you have been with one host for quite some time and
    seem not to be making much despite all your effort, leave
    that one and look for another. There is no use in trying
    to stick to one when you would be before off in another
    one. Things will only have to get better from there
    because you already have been in worst situations.

    Try this out. If you are quite happy and satisfied with
    your web host, try to see if they are offering an
    affiliate program you can participate on. Instead of you
    paying them, why not make it the other way around; them
    paying you. The process can be as easy as putting a small
    “powered by” or “hosted by” link at the bottom of your
    page and you are already in an affiliate business.

    Why choose paying for your for your web hosting when you
    do not have to? Try to get paid by letting people know
    you like your web host.

    Always remember that when choosing a web host, choose
    the one that is known for its fantastic customer support.
    There are also many hosting affiliate programs. Residual
    affiliate program is also being hosted. This is the
    program wherein you get paid a percentage every month
    for a client that you refer. This can allow you to have
    a steady source of income. With perseverance, you can
    even be quite successful in this field.

    There are a lot of niche markets out there just waiting
    for the right affiliate to penetrate to them and make that
    dollars dream come true. Knowing which one to get into is
    being confident enough of your potentials and the good
    results you will be getting.

    Web hosting is just one affiliate market you could try
    out and make some good and continuous income. Just remember
    that to be successful on your endeavor also means that
    time, effort and patience is needed.

    Nobody has invented the perfect affiliate market yet. But
    some people do know how to make it big in this kind of
    market. It is just knowing your kind of market and
    making the earnings there.

    To your success

    Michael Grant

  • 5 Important Steps When Starting A New Home Based Business 2014-07-23T06:56:00.001-07:00
    5 Important Steps When Starting A New Home Based Business

    5 Important Steps When Starting A
    New Home Based Business
    By John C Kirk

    This article is important for those people who are thinking of starting a Home Based Business and those who have recently made the decision to get started. You may be starting your business on a part time or fulltime basis. It doesn't really matter. Either way, you need to follow these 5 important steps. No matter what our level of experience, we need to be continually reviewing and revising our business plans. So here are the Five Steps we all need to consider when starting a business from home.

    Step One: The Idea

    • What sort of business do you want to start?
    • Why did you choose this particular business?
    • Will you buying into a franchise or will it be built from the ground floor up?
    • How will it make you feel?
    • Why will it make you feel that way?
    • Are you sure that this is what you really want?
    • Will you still feel as though it has been the right choice 2 years from now?
    • What hours will you need to put in?
    • Is it a 'seasonal' business?
    • Does this business fit well with your values and your long term personal goals?
    • Will it create the work/life balance that you desire?

    Step Two: Research your Idea

    • Is there a market for your product/service?
    • Are there more people demanding your product or service than there are providing it?
    • Have you surveyed your target market to see what they really want?
    • Who is your 'ideal' customer/client?

    Step Three: Workout the start up costs

    • Will you need to renovate or add another room to your home?
    • Will you need to buy a vehicle, a computer, furniture etc?
    • What licences/accreditation/insurances will be required?
    • Will you have employees?
    • Will you hire Contractors?
    • Will Outsourcing help to reduce costs?
    • What are the hidden costs eg. rent, electricity, phone bill, vehicle costs, water, advertising etc?

    Step Four: Write your Business Plan focusing on -

    • Business structure (eg. Sole Trader, Partnership, Company),
    • Your business name,
    • What you want your business to do for you,
    • Your Unique Selling Proposition,
    • What price/s you will charge,
    • How you will advertise/promote yourself,
    • Where your customers will come from,
    • When you expect to start making a profit,
    • Your personal and financial goals.

    Step Five: Keep Good Records

    • Do you know what business records you need to keep?
    • Do you know what cash books or Record Keeping software you may need?
    • Do you know what tax deductions you can claim?
    • Will you use an Accountant or a bookkeeper?
    • Do you know where you can get free advice?


    Until you have addressed these basics, you really can't be sure that you have a viable business. This does not mean that your business will fail. However, ignoring one or more of these steps reduces your chances of long term business success.

    The author, John Kirk, is a Small Business Trainer, Mentor, Public Speaker and former Financial Advisor. John teaches Micro Business Management at Illawarra ITeC, one of the largest Training Organisations south of Sydney, Australia. In addition, he regularly conducts workshops and seminars focusing on cashflow, budgeting, marketing, networking and the business mindset for small business owners.

    John is also an avid distance runner who has competed in numerous fun runs and over 25 half marathons and marathons since 2004.

    Connect with John on Facebook at

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  • Do You Have An Entrepreneur or Employee Mindset? 2014-07-22T12:18:00.001-07:00
    Do You Have An Entrepreneur or Employee Mindset?

    Do You Have An Entrepreneur or Employee Mindset?
    By Sandy Armstrong

    How does an entrepreneur think differently from an employee? Is it that they have an idea for a product or service that they wish to provide to the consumer base? IS it the fact they are willing to risk their own money to build that dream?

    Knowing the answer will not turn someone into an entrepreneur. To become an entrepreneur you must understand and engage in "The Entrepreneurial Mindset".

    At the turn of the century there were more entrepreneurs than employees. Business owners working their own businesses. Now the majority of adults are employees, working for an entrepreneur.

    A shift in the economical structure reversed the situation. We went from a rural agricultural society to an urban based industrial society.

    Combined with two world wars, mobilization through planes, trains, and automobiles, the "job" opportunities popped up like whack-a-moles at a carnival. It became more desirable to work for someone else than to take the risk of starting your own business. Where the failure rate is the same for online and brick and mortar. 95% fail!

    So comes the era of "go to college", "learn a skill", work for 40+ hours a week, for 40 years, to live on 20%? of the income that you became accustomed to. Then you retire when you are 67+ years old. Maybe by then you are experiencing old age related issues. (Not that 67 is old, now-a-days it should be the new 50!)

    It is just easier for people to work for someone else, knowing they will get that paycheck (plus benefits if you're lucky), every 2 weeks.

    Think about this... That boss you report to everyday has the confidence in YOU to perform the job necessary to make the company you work for to make a profit.

    WHY don't YOU have the confidence in yourself to make money for yourself?

    Not so surprisingly, most employees surveyed are NOT happy in their J.O.B. They do it for the paycheck and benefits every 2 weeks. They have all the debts we all do and are on a budget, we've all been there.

    It's just easier than to risk everything on your own dreams. It's easier to just wish and hope for more than to actually attempt to achieve it.

    Entrepreneurs start out with the same fears and concerns as the employee, after all, they probably were employees first. They overcome that mindset by believing in themselves. They know they are the ones making that corporation they work for money! They know their own value, and they invest in themselves and do what it takes to show the world their value as a leader.

    They no longer think like worker bees, they develop the characteristics to stand out in a crowd as an alpha.

    They are ones who truly act outside the box. They know there is a better way and work to make that happen.

    They are problem solvers.

    They are innovative at their approach to bigger and better things.

    Sadly, everyone is born this way, but it is stifled. In our learning years we are taught there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything. We are not allowed creativity in our informative years. Perhaps entrepreneurs never grow up. Perhaps we are all children at heart and have the confidence to pursue our dreams.

    Thank god for entrepreneurs...

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  • The Biggest Secret To Killer Content Marketing With Videos 2014-03-23T18:17:00.001-07:00
    The Biggest Secret To Killer Content Marketing With Videos
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    The Best Safelists for November 2013

    To your success

    Michael Grant

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