Jul
13

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Monetizing & Growing a YouTube Channel: A Conversation With Kyle Taggart

We recently sat down with YouTuber, Kyle Taggart to talk with him about how he got started as a YouTuber, being an affiliate marketer on the platform and how to grow your channel while nurturing your creativity.  

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Jun
28

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4 Online Marketing Hacks to Increase Revenue For Your Business

This is a guest post by Zach Atreiu – photographer at Gold Hat Photography and Content Manager at Shotkit.

After 10 years working in online marketing in an extremely competitive industry, I’ve had a decent amount of experience in generating revenue using the Internet.

That said, there’s always a lot still to be learned. There’s a ton of useful information available for free out there, and with a bit of experimenting and lateral thinking, you can come up with an endless stream of ideas that can help boost your bottom line.

Here are 4 strategies that have worked for us over the past 6 months. Hopefully, you can implement them too.

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Jun
26

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Finding Affiliate Marketing Success with Human Proof Designs

We recently sat down with Dom Wells the owner of Human Proof Designs to talk about how he got started with affiliate marketing, what prompted him to create Human Proof Designs and his tips and pointers to find success as an affiliate marketer.

Dom Wells got started with affiliate marketing back in 2012 when he was teaching English in Taiwan. He wanted to earn more money, so he looked online knowing that there would be more opportunity for him there.

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Jun
14

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SEO Tips: Producing Great Content As An Affiliate

You’ve built your site and it looks great. You’ve already added your affiliate products or you’re drawing them in from a product feed or widget. You’ve even built some links, but for some reason, you just can’t get any love from Google.

Unfortunately for many affiliate marketers, gone are the days when simply having a better keyword ratio than the next person and one extra link would do it. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about it. Build great content with a purpose.

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Jun
14

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How to 10X Your Affiliate Website Traffic With Pinterest

As an affiliate marketer, driving traffic to your blog is essential to achieving your monetary goals. There is endless advice out there on how to do this and often times it involves a multitude of combined efforts to create a larger picture of affiliate success.

Commonly advised efforts include consistency in content creation, keyword research, SEO optimization, a defined niche, beautiful images, incorporated links, adding social share buttons, featuring guest posts, writing guest posts, adding video content, email newsletters, cross-promoting your mailing list, social media promotion across all channels and boosted social media promotion. Exhausted? This list constantly feels like it’s only getting started.

Many marketers would argue that SEO optimization and a strong social promotion strategy are the two of the most important efforts, but what if we told you that there’s one particular social platform that rises above all other social sharing platforms and even Google when it comes to driving traffic to a website?
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Jun
7

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Choosing an Amazon Niche That Sets You Up For Success

It’s Monday morning… You’re at work. It’s not too bad, but you can’t wait to race home.

Why?

Not because you hate your job and not because you don’t like your coworkers (in fact, you love them!) But all for one reason – your Amazon affiliate site has started to bring in some real ‘cash-money’!

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May
25

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Terms of Usage and Privacy Policy Update – Summer 2018

Let me guess, you aren’t surprised that we are announcing updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy? It seems to be the cool thing to do these days (and yes, being in compliance is a cool thing to do).

Along with every other SaaS tool and internet site, that has even just a few clients in Europe, we too have recently updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to ensure good standing with the new GDPR guidelines. We’ve outlined a few notes below (but always encourage you to read them from end-to-end and ping us with any questions). We also wanted to let you know that as a client you’ll need opt into both of these within the next ten days or the next time you log into the dashboard.

If you’d like to learn more about the changes we’ve made to make GDPR compliance easier for you and us you can find that in our recently published blog post – GDPR, Geniuslink & You. And if you are really curious about how we foresee GDPR affecting intelligent link management as a whole then I’d encourage you to check out another recent blog post – GDPR + Intelligent Link Management – What You Need to Know.
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May
22

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GDPR, Geniuslink & You


What does GDPR have to do with Geniuslink, a US based company?  Well, two things:

First, we see roughly 35% of our clients, and 55% of the clicks we process, coming from Europe so it’s very important that we pay attention to GDPR and be in compliance.  

Second, one of the key elements of our original thesis is that a global perspective is key to maximizing revenue so paying attention to major updates in international compliance is an important piece to that.

In the bigger picture, we are actually big fans of what GDPR is trying to do, at least the underlying theory.  However, the ambiguity makes preparing for it more of a challenge than we’d like to admit. But at the end of the day, we agree that your personal information should belong to you and companies should respect that and step up when you give them consent to collect it.    Read More

May
21

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GDPR + Intelligent Link Management – What You Need To Know

Are you tired of hearing about GDPR yet?  How many emails did you get over the past couple of weeks with GDPR in the subject?  How many new Privacy Policies or Terms of Service have you been alerted to?

But do you really understand what’s going on and how these are going to directly affect you?  

You’ve probably heard the gist that it’s Europe’s fault and that it all has to do with “harmonizing data privacy laws across Europe” and “making privacy a human right”.  But really, if you are being honest with yourself, you get the sense that it’s going to make your job, as a marketer, a whole lot harder (if you even choose to pay attention). However, you’ve also heard that you really probably should be paying attention because the fines are crazy!  Something like 4% of gross revenue or was it $20M? …Is this the end of digital marketing in Europe? Is MarTech doomed?

Don’t worry, you aren’t alone GDPR is confusing as F&%K! — but definitely not impossible.   Read More

May
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The Amazon Associates Guide to Collecting International Commissions

With link localization tools like Geniuslink, earning international commissions can often seem like the easy part. It’s actually getting those international commissions into your bank account that can often become the real challenge! Unlike the iTunes affiliate program, getting money from some international affiliate programs requires a bit of extra work. For example, Amazon’s international Associates programs sometimes pay commissions in a local currency paper checks and sometimes they will only direct deposit to a local bank!  

This post is dedicated to all of you that have spent too long waiting at your bank to deposit your foreign currency checks (and to find out the fees were ridiculous)!

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