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Overcoming the Obstacles of Affiliate Marketing

The concept of affiliate marketing is well founded in the development of the Internet as a global marketplace. While traditional businesses use similar sales methods, an Internet-based affiliate marketing method has its unique characteristics and thus, has its unique drawbacks and obstacles. In simply stated terms, the issues that arose from traditional marketing had a business providing commissions or other benefits for the public or its dealers or representatives to promote, sell and advertise its services.

In the early years, this was accomplished mainly with banners and/or an overabundance of emails being sent repeatedly, now known as spam. Today, email communications have developed into a more mature and controlled area in online marketing which many serious businesses are embracing and utilizing in their daily marketing routines.

Here are five obstacles to overcome:

As a large crowd of affiliates might act as a powerful lead generator network, the network does incur issues resulting from that same large crowd mentality. If left uncontrolled and unsupervised, the network has been found to cause problems for a business’s reputation due to the affiliate partner’s illegitimate or even hostile spamming actions.

*This can be the first main obstacle in the setting up of an effective marketing plan. You must ensure a proper control and code of conduct towards and for the affiliate members.

For a business to effectively use affiliate marketing, another obstacle can be found at the point of the delivery in a client’s browsers. More and more of client devices are blocking 3rd party cookies by default and even blocking other advertisements. As end-users become more and more aware of these mechanisms to block any unwanted advertisement content, the potential value of affiliate marketing decreases for the business trying this method of distributing its product or service.

*The second main obstacle is then the decreasing availability of advertising access being delivered to a client’s device.

With the globally diverse nature of things, any industry established standards or training with a formal certification authority should not be expected in the near future although many local legislatures and new global agreements are addressing the illegitimate actions including and not limited to everything from spamming to the serious offenses of cyber-crime. Although this is a fast growing issue online, future industry standards and training regulations of online marketing are slowly being enacted that speak to all of the current issues surrounding affiliate marketing and online advertising methods.

*The third main obstacle is having effective regulation for the various affiliate marketing methods.

The regulations are not easy to comprehend nor comply to, nor even to be aware of. With all that a small business has to absorb and put in place to be able to legally open their doors to do business daily and with a small staff normally at startup, the small business’s capacity and ability to implement these regulations are minimal at best.

*The fourth main and top obstacle is the regulative obscurity found in the mesh-like network of these new regulations.

Content creators, affiliate marketing providers and businesses alike, are in the constant struggle with search engines trying to push up their content in the index and increase their page ranking and placement. If they are successful in accomplishing these tasks and have the increases they work for to be able to attract more traffic to their affiliate marketing page the results accomplished are generating more revenue from the company providing the affiliate marketing program.

*The last obstacle is the highly protected indexing algorithms used by the global indexing search engines.

As you can see, much work is and will be required to monitor and control affiliate marketing for it to be a business worth online respect.

Stock Market for Dummy

It is not easy to start trading on the stock market when you have no financial background at all. It shouldn’t be difficult to prosper, though, if you follow certain guidelines. Being organized and disciplined are two very important factors in this business. Don’t let all the information you gather confuse you. Make sure important decisions are taken before you start risking your money.

Decision 1 – Investing or Trading?

The answer to this decision can be found in the type of person you are and the time you intend to dedicate to the stock market. Here is a guideline that should help you understand the type of investor or trader you can be.

Type: Long/Short term investor

Hold Period: Months to Years

Time Required: A couple of minutes every week

Being an investor is different from being a trader. Investing can be done through a broker and shares bought can be kept for a long period of time. Daily market fluctuations are not really your problem and the time required to check your investments is really minimal.

Type: Swing Trader

Hold Period: Days to Weeks

Time Required: A couple of minutes every day

Swing traders normally buy and sell shares every week, with the intention to hold to their positions for only a couple of days, sometimes a week or two. Being a swing trader, more time is required in front of your computer, or on the phone with your
broker, and the profit is made as a result of a move in a stock that occurs in a short period of days.

Type: Day Trader

Hold Period: Minutes to Hours

Time Required: Several hours every day

Being a day trader is the ultimate in stock market trading. This requires a good setup which should include a PC with a couple of monitors, and a fast internet connection. Day trading is not for everyone, but if mastered could be the most profitable form of buying and selling shares on the stock market.

Decision 2 – Fundamental or Technical?

Buying or selling a stock should always be a result of a trading system already in place. If not, that is where trading becomes gambling. A trading system can be either based on news and figures related to a particular stock, known as ‘fundamental trading’, or one could have a system based on charts and analysis of the stock, known as ‘technical trading’. A combination of the two can also exist, but normally traders tend to stick to either one or the other system.

Again, this decision is also based on the type of person you are. If you are a person who likes watching news every day and don’t find problems in getting to know all there is to know on a particular stock, getting to know about the company, its directors, what they really do, their products and services, then trading based on fundamental analysis could be for you. If on the other hand, you prefer working with charts and software that can be used as a technical tool, as well as back-testing systems, then you would probably feel much more comfortable trading the technical way.

Beyond the decision

Whatever decision you take, one of the most important aspects of trading is to stick to your system and your plan. Don’t improvise during market hours. If your system is not trading profitably, you can always go back and see what’s wrong at a later time when you are not trading.

This is only the beginning. You can never stop learning about the stock market. Don’t rush into it just for the fun of it. Treat it as a business, from which one day you can reap great benefits from.

How Can You Market With Carbon Copy Pro?

Carbon Copy Pro is a top tier direct sales company founded a couple of years ago by twp guys, Jay Kubassek and Aaron Parkinson, and they have since built it into a powerhouse internet marketing company. Why has it grown so fast? One of the reasons is flexibility. This system is so simple and flexible, even a cave-person can do it. Here’s why…

Most internet marketing businesses online provide enough information for you to get your site up and marketing quickly. This is true with Carbon Copy Pro, however the system has a comprehensive online training system led by 5 and 6 figure per month income level producer/trainers to make sure you do not waste your time when you do get started. There are different web marketing strategies that you custom fit to your talents and budget.

A key flexibility feature of Pro is that you can use their technology to market any product or service you prefer. If your core business is an online travel agency, you can use the Ccpro system to market that instead of the primary product, Wealth Masters International (WMI). That is a feature that is truly unique to this online income generating system. You may reconsider promoting your own company when you begin to understand the income potential inherent in marketing WMI.

The real flexibility is in how the fully automated marketing system works. As your applications come in, you can choose to let the system run on autopilot or you can add your personal touch to the mix. By autopilot I mean that the Pro system has paid professional business coaches calling your applicants for you to answer questions and lead your potential newcomers to the next step. That is a huge benefit. You can just continue with your marketing day or add a personal touch by calling them yourself. You choose.

Finally, you have the option of outsourcing your internet marketing. Jay and Aaron have made available world class talent to provide outsourced solutions for most of the daily marketing chores that eat your valuable time. Regular seminars are provided to introduce these companies and their offerings.

To summarize, The Carbon Copy Pro system has a flexibility built into the marketing system that provides an unparalleled opportunity and support for internet marketing entrepreneurs. It has the capability of developing top producing professionals in a short period of time.