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Build It (SBI)
A killer week. We
friends on the plane back to
wrote most of this issue in the DFW airport as I waited for my flight
Q & A, Suggestions and
We received this email from a
reader about being an
I think that your ezine is
such a great idea. Thank
you being willing to help others like you do. My
questions concerns affiliate marketing. I
have only recently known about it, and although I am about 12 years
retirement, I would love to develop income from my computer now and
through those years ahead.
I am wondering:
I have heard that only about 3
percent of people
make decent money at it. Is that true?
I feel I would need a mentor
who is successful - do
you know of someone I can connect with? I
see other books and ebooks on line, but I'm never sure if they are
outdated or worthwhile.
Have you and John developed
income through affiliate
marketing? Is the
worthwhile, or should other avenues be investigated? I
do have spare time each week and am not afraid of hard work and a
risk if there is chance for reward down the road.
Again, I think that what you
are doing is great, and
I thank you for taking the time to correspond.
End of reader’s email...
thanks for the kind compliments. They
are sincerely appreciated. Sometimes
we wonder if we are connecting with our readers and your feedback is
statistic of 3% of the affiliates making decent income is one that I do
not have. I expect
number is a low percentage, but let’s look at why that may be.
It is very easy to become an affiliate.
If you go back to the article in Volume
1 Issue 11
As I have said before, the
Internet is not like the
line from the movie “Field of Dreams” which said “build it and
they will come”. Most
people fail on the Internet because they do fully comprehend the
that they have to plan ways to build traffic to the website so they can
then sell the reader on the affiliate product.
No traffic, no sales, failure.
Since so many people are still
signed up for the
affiliate programs who probably have tried to be affiliates and failed,
the 3% number may not be far off.
the other hand, 3% (successful affiliates) of the total number of all
affiliates is a very large number.
you do your homework and learn how to conduct business online, there is
no reason for you to not be one of that successful number.
With 12 years to go, you have the time to develop a
plan, to work
steadily implementing the plan, and to be successful.
Hard work and tenacity will overcome most problems.
I do not think that you need a
mentor if you will
take the time to browse the Net and learn what you can without buying
every ebook out there. A
mentor will charge you a handsome consulting fee.
Twelve years is plenty of time to learn, experiment,
build and be
successful. If you
back and read the information about affiliate marketing in the past
issues of this ezine (use the site search function on the home page),
you can build a good base from which to start.
I can recommend a couple of ebooks that I consider
the bibles of
have developed moderate income through affiliate marketing, but as I
have said in previous issues, since we are not retired, we are not
trying to maximize our affiliate income.
We are trying to build our readership.
If we were trying to maximize our affiliate income,
you would see
a lot more ads in this ezine for products that we were pushing.
However, we do receive income from commissions on
sales of Site
Build It, Amazon, eBay, Click Bank, and others. These come from
referrals in the ezine or on our websites.
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Site Build It (SBI) Revisited
The mascot of
Site Build It is the tortoise. It
signifies “slow but steady progress”.
When I first saw the tortoise was the mascot, I
realized that the
attitude for SBI was one of reality.
I have said in a previous article that “
Linda and I
started building our SBI site http://www.retirement-jobs-online.com
It took a while
and a lot of work to generate all the pages and get the final
organization and structure established.
In May the site
had one visitor and it was probably I when I was testing the site.
Each month, I used the traffic analyzer in SBI to
monthly traffic. It
quickly for the first few months, but it was not listed high in the
search engine results pages (SERP) for its Google keywords.
The traffic started rising on the SERP on MSN.com,
traffic growth was slower than we wanted.
This week, when I
checked the traffic stats from
On checking for
more keywords, I found that “jobs for retirees” was the tenth on the
SERP. Several other
were in high positions on Google, MSN, Yahoo, and other search engines.
I have to admit
that I was starting to doubt the SBI sales pitch about take your time,
follow the system, build a good content site, and traffic will start to
build. Ken Evoy,
developer of SBI, says that traffic builds on SBI sites like a slowly
developing snowstorm. A
flakes at first. Then
more, and soon you have a blizzard.
I am still waiting for the blizzard, but being on
the first page
of the SERP for our major keywords is a great start of the snowstorm.
If you want to
develop a true content site and then sell the traffic that comes to it,
I highly recommend that you use SBI.
The SBI process will lead you through the building
of the site
and help you build a great site that gets traffic to it.
If you do not know anything about the Internet, SBI
does most of
the planning and structure for you.
I am not saying that you do not have to put in hard
You will, but you can work hard and fail with your
own site or
some “cookie cutter” site that you buy.
Keep in mind that
to be successful, you must get traffic to your website.
Without it, you are doomed to failure.
I encourage you to use SBI for your site to guide
selecting your keywords, in building your pages, and in creating the
structure of your site. All
this will contribute to your site being accepted by the search engines.
A great way to
learn more about SBI is to sign up as an affiliate to sell SBI.
When you do this, you will be able to access the SBI
see what the many people who make money on the Internet with SBI think,
say, and do. You
able to monitor the SBI forum, but you cannot post to it.
To sign up as an
affiliate, follow this link http://buildit.sitesell.com/boomer.html.
When the page loads, go to the top and click
Read the affiliates page.
sign up form is about three quarters of the way down the page.
Sign up as an affiliate.
costs you nothing and opens the door for you to learn about SBI.
The commission structure is attractive and it is
very easy to
become a Five Pillar Affiliate of SBI.
To conclude this
article, I recommend that you go back and read the previous articles in
Boomer eZine about SBI. You
can find them by using the search function on the home page of Boomer
eZine and search for SBI.
Accessing Your Home Computer
While I was on
the trip to
In fact, Linda
was working on our Christmas letter and had trouble printing the letter.
I was able to log on to my computer, trouble shoot
and print the letter for her at home.
This feature is
included in Windows XP at no extra charge.
I recommend that you consider installing it if you
need to access your home computer.
wrote an article about this in V1I5.
It gives detailed instructions on how to set it up.
I am finishing a
video to show how to do this and I will make it available to readers of
Boomer eZine at no charge. I
request that you view it and set up your computer for remote access.
Then let me know if you have any problems in doing
This will help me validate the video.
I will let all
readers know when this video is available.
That wraps up our
issue for this week. I
most of this issue in the DFW terminal pounding on my laptop.
The second flight left on time and I joined Linda at
a party at a
friend’s house when I got to
I will publish an
issue next week. Remember,
only 10 days till Christmas. Until
next week, stay tuned.
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