The Best Affiliate Marketing Network

Finding an affiliate marketing network is not a difficult task as there are many old and new networks housing different affiliate programs. But, there are some programs that rise above the rest due to their performance or size or both.

The best affiliate marketing network depends on what suits you. There are different things that you may want consider before choosing an affiliate network, such as:

Method of payment and payment frequency: You may find that the payment options offered by a network do not suit you, and there may also be a certain minimum payment threshold that you need to reach before you can withdraw your earnings

Quality of merchants and products: Some merchants sell worthless products, and there are also some who don’t pay their affiliates promptly

Merchant policies: Some merchants have selection criteria for affiliates, so you may not be able to promote a product even if you want to if you don’t fulfill their criteria

Service availability: Some networks only allow people to join from certain parts of the world.

ClickBank

ClickBank is one of the best if not the best affiliate marketing network for beginners. Some of its features are: no merchant approval hassles; no promotion restrictions: some merchants ask you to avoid certain keywords; payment every two weeks, more than 20,000 digital products to choose from.

This is just one the best affiliate networks. There are many others you can choose from. But, make sure that you research before selecting, and choose a network that suits you best.

Digital Transformation – What It Means for Global Enterprises

Fundamentally, a business enterprise would exist in a ‘going concern’ to make profits and maximize the shareholders’ value. To be able to deliver business results consistently then becomes most important objective. There could be a number of strategies, programs and policies that an enterprise would practice to deliver business results. Digital transformation is one such innovative strategy that an enterprise could look to practice in a structured and time bound manner.

Here is an important dimension that I would like to highlight, and to put it simply, digital transformation would bridge the gap that always existed when Digital (in business parlance this would mean Information and Communication Technologies) became necessity for efficiency, but remained a huge cost center and avenue of change inertia for a majority of times. It is all about getting closer to transforming this cost center to a revenue center, by consistently and selectively applying Digital to get closer to customers and stakeholders alike to make difference to the way they live, or do business, or collaborate.

For global enterprises what this means is that when its digital interests are driven by keeping its customers at large in focus they can be construed as making significant strides in their digital transformation strategy. Depending on what stage of technology adoption they are into (1st, 2nd or 3rd generation) the DT intensity would vary. For instance, recently I wrote an article on how GRC solutions can be revenue enablers – GRC then becomes a part of a broader digital transformation strategy.

A majority of new age business enterprises would have made substantial investments in implementation of most grass root enterprise systems. That is a whole reasons why from the technology provider ecosystem do we get to hear about mobile, analytics, social and cloud most of the times when it comes to digital transformation, which is a contemporary articulation. The fact remains that it is up to the CIO and other CxO executive team members to figure out what would be a right beginning of their digital transformation program and what would its life cycle look like in their company. In other words, an enterprise could really be ready for digital even if they aren’t talking about social, analytics and mobility, similarly, even if a relatively new enterprise (such as a start-up) can still be talking of massive investments into DT even if they do not use large enterprise systems, for instance an ERP. As we said, the key to remember, and hence to derive most benefits of amazing digital transformation program, is to know how and if digital investments made by an enterprise are taking it closer to a customer to make difference to the way they live, or do business, or collaborate.

Digital Strategy Doesn’t Need to Be Overwhelming

If you have been studying digital transformation, website design, social media methods, online marketing or reading my recent articles, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. It might seem like you need to have a masters degree and five years of experience in pretty much everything to do with the web to even start to develop a digital strategy. Many business owners decide to quit early and stick to traditional model and methods.

Unfortunately, traditional methods of doing business are becoming less effective. People are switching their business behaviors and doing everything online. You could be doing everything right, but not turning as much profit as your competitor and possibly working a lot harder as well. How do you get out of this fix?

Get help from someone who knows

We’ve lost count of the number of seasoned businessmen we have shocked when we presented a full digital strategy to them. There are so many components that have to work together to make it work. The first impression they have is, “My goodness, I’m not a digital guru! I don’t have time to learn this and keep my business going!” In short, they panic.

It’s true, there is a lot to keep up with. Not only that, but things like the online marketing landscape is always changing making it even more difficult. Google algorithm changes, pay per click or PPC ad placement shifts, new social media portals, new acceptable use policies, and many other things require digital strategists to constantly be on their toes. In fact, I would say 95% of all marketers don’t know how to properly implement a digital strategy. The technology and mindset is so new and so fast-paced that it’s hard to keep up unless you’re in the thick of it every day.

Part of what a digital strategist should do for you is to take away all that stress and just make online strategies work. Any good strategist will remove the feeling of being overwhelmed by your digital strategy and things like social media and website conversions become a source of excitement and not stress. Our clients tell us that by turning websites into conversion engines, we help them, as business owners, focus on their core business, while also building positive online reputation.

Doing it yourself can kill your business

Being an entrepreneur myself, I really respect business owners that try to dive in but this can hurt more than it helps if they haven’t done adequate research. Many business owners make the big mistake of thinking that SEO is the digital strategy. This is just a tiny component if at all anymore but businesses fall prey to companies that hound your business with “get ranked quickly ” schemes but if it’s done incorrectly, it could get your business completely wiped off of the search engines. Again, SEO is not a digital strategy, it is just a small component but let’s spend a moment on it.

SEO is a big culprit here. SEO is a set of methods used to boost the visibility of your website on search engines. If you’re easier to find, and ranked higher on the page, the more likely your site is to be clicked on. Sounds reasonable, but there’s a lot of ways that people have tried to manipulate the rankings over the years. Using methods that worked back in 2012 or earlier could get your site de-listed. Many of the strategies from that era focused on manipulating links back to your site in ways that went against Google’s core mission. When they implemented their Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird updates to their engine, many sites got trashed in the rankings. Not just small time businesses either. JC Penny had to completely start over with their overall SEO strategy after they got hit by these updates.

Does that in itself sound overwhelming? If you don’t know where to begin, or if you thought you implemented a digital strategy and it’s just not gaining any traction, hire a digital strategist to transform your business. The investment is well worth your time and instead of just losing market share to your competitors you could start taking some of theirs!

The Three Best Affiliate Marketing Networks For Newbies

It can be hard for the beginner at internet marketing to know the best affiliate marketing networks to start out with. There are a number of affiliate networks out there that are good for those who are experienced in internet marketing, but there are three that specifically stand out as the best places for beginners to start: PayDotCom, ClickBank and Commission Junction.

PayDotCom. This affiliate network has the advantage of being run by someone who started making money online with affiliate marketing. As such, you can be sure the staff is very sensitive to concerns encountered by those new to affiliate marketing.

Another attractive thing about PayDotCom is that they offer payments via PayPal. With many products, payment can be received the same day you make the sale! This is especially important when you first start out with internet marketing and don’t want to wait two weeks, or sometimes over a month, to get paid.

Many people who have membership websites in their online business plans use PayDotCom to handle their affiliate program. This means that you can search for programs that will pay you an affiliate income every month once somebody joins through your link. Nothing says “easy money” like a passive stream of monthly income!

ClickBank. ClickBank is one of the most popular places to start an internet marketing career. It deals solely with downloadable information products. The commissions are usually at least 50%, so you don’t need a whole lot of affiliate sales to make a good income.

One thing to keep in mind about ClickBank, however, is that they require you to receive payment through two different kinds of credit cards before you can get your affiliate commission checks. They do this to prevent fraud, so it’s actually a good thing–although it can be a little frustrating to the beginner!

Commission Junction. This place also sells information products in addition to physical products, giving you a wider range of niche products to market. Physical products don’t always have the same high commissions as information products; however, they often have a higher sales rate, so it balances out.

Commission Junction also handles some subscription services, like iTunes and Napster, as well as affiliate programs for large companies, like Best Buy and Apple. This means you can sell products that have built-in recognizability. Imagine the money you could earn if you could make a good affiliate marketing website that focuses on Apple iPods!