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Advertising/ Marketing / 5 Effective Ways To Grow Your Email List In Nigeria by Ikoiikenna: Yesterday at 10:10pm
I've you heard about Gmail, Yahoo mail, outlook and numerous others. What is their use, why do you need to grow them? To many, they might understand the rhetoric-like question but it isn't if you really want to get the best rate of activity on any of your online sites.
As a blogger, website owner, online marketer, a business boss seeking for the best tricks and tactics to grow their email list, read! Before I proceed, do you wish to generate millions of followers with your email? Do you wish to grow it beyond your imagination? Then spend some minutes in reading these.

While the reasons for growing your email list remained ambiguous and extensive. Your email list helps you generate viewers and extreme traffic to your site or blog, it helps you know the intention and comments of people about your business, it helps you get the feedback from thousands of people, dictating your new strategy to be nice. How can you grow your email list in Nigeria? Below you can sort the answers yourself with cogent five(5) ways you can use to grow your email list in Nigeria Now! See Also: 4 Ways To Scale And Keep Your Business On Top

1. Target Your Audience
Just like any kind of advice or ways you can grow your business in Nigeria. Email list helps you in sorting the best and durable followers by hearing from them daily and weekly. Targeting your audience could be referring to Website and blog owners. You must be able to catch the attention of your visitors with assuring content and articles. Do you know why? They will be forced to subscribe as they would wish to always revisit your site anywhere they are and most importantly on their emails.
Targeting your audience with informative and educating content help to create the zeal and love to like your website as well as subscribing, paving for a high rate of email subscribers. westentrepreneur.com is one of the news and latest update websites which I've subscribed to, so as to always get the best information daily. Don't be aggressive by forcing people on your website, like popping a page of subscribing to your email before they could have access to your website. Also, another related way to grow your email list in Nigeria is by;

2. Pinning Your Best Offer
People love promo, they love bonuses from your websites and would go many miles to access it. If you really want to grow your email list then, the best thing to do is pinning your best offer on your website homepage, which they couldn't access until they subscribe. Many people will love to view such offers by subscribing to your email if probably it could only be viewed on your emails. All you need to do is to make an easy and clickable button that will enable them to view instantly paving way for more numbers of followers and subscribers on your email list. It seems cool, isn't it?

3. Encourage them to Share
This is another cool tactics to enable easy and perfect growth of email list in Nigeria. Advisable, make a clickable and easy button on your email calling to share and forward to friends. The best way to make your previous friends do this is by encouraging and summoning them to share it, probably posting a content and beneath it, you could place a share button and before you realize you must have hit the taste of many email followers while smiling at your thousand lists. The approachable and cool post also helps daily, just compose the encouraging content of three hundred words explaining vividly the optimum reason for your sharing and thereafter you will probably see hundreds of them doing just as you've said depending on your powerful exposures and friendliness.

4. Use Your Social Network
What do you think I'm saying? I'm not saying you should start expressing yourself in a sympathetic mood on Facebook or twitter begging for email followers or acting harshly on people because you want to grow your email list in Nigeria. No! It is not done that way, all you need to do is to create a credible content. Then include words like- For more information visit westentrepreneur.com or continue reading by subscribing freely to westentrepreneur.com. They are actually cool ways you can implore your Facebook friends or Twitter followers and lastly;

Read Also: Best Ways To Attract More Customers To Your Business

5. Promise Free Materials
You aren't going to buy them a brand new Ferrari if they subscribe rather are you going to give them a white mansion in New York. All you are expected to do is to enlist some numbers of self-help e-books and documents. How to, ways to and other best offers of materials could be promised online after subscribing.

If I were to have the opportunity, I would subscribe five times if the e-books is a romantic poem, Yes! You could make it easy like, making them click to get free e-books on a topic then referring them to subscribe to your email, before finally getting it and if they can, they have the floor for the materials. I hope you will make use of this!

Financial Services / How To Become A Successful Angel Investor by Ikoiikenna: Yesterday at 06:38pm
We have talked about the various ways in which an angel investor might present themselves in one of our previous posts, to better educate aspiring angel investors in the fundamentals of what they want to get into and also inform business owners so that they don’t get confused when they see some certain clauses in their contract with the investors and today, we would be talking about how to really become an angel investor.

If you want to pursue a career in this field of investment, be our guest and read on.
You should by now know that the first and the most basic requirement of being an angel investor is having a huge chunk of money to invest knowledge of reading business plans and proposals and identifying the best ones and also, a license that certifies you as an accredited investor. After all said and done, these are the six basic questions to ask the entrepreneur you want to invest in.

Who are you?
This is not to be asked in an offensive tone but in a true a sincere way that would indicate that your mind is open to knowing the entrepreneurs themselves. Get to know they have and the skills that they have acquired to make them equipped for the business. This would give you the first impression and help determine their credibility.

What and who are the major challenges and competitors?
When an entrepreneur knows a lot about the business and can quickly analyze before you the challenges that the business can face, it means that they have done well to prepare themselves for these kinds of occurrences in the future. Also, a good knowledge of their competition and how to tackle them is a good pointer that they tend to be unique and succeed against all odds.

READ ALSO: How To Be Financially Independent In Today's Economy

What is your target market?
A business cannot grow if it does not have a target market in mind to cater to. It could be dependent on sex, status in society or the age of customers, but there has to be a market for a business to cater to. Probe further to determine how they wish to reach their markets too and make a known impact here.

What are your marketing and promotion tactics?
Sales don’t just come by themselves and if there are no sales, best believe that you might have just lost a huge lot of your money in a sorry investment. Ask the entrepreneur what plans they have on the ground as regards the marketing and promotion of their goods and services, how they aim to convert customers and break into new markets too, among other things.

How much do you need, and for what?
Here, you already know how much it is you are willing to give out but just pose this question to see if they have actually planned a budget or have a plan of how to spend the money. Someone with a detailed plan of how your money would be spent and utilized is better trusted than one that is just coming to get the money and use it ‘for the business’

READ ALSO: How To Become A Successful Home-based Consultant

What is my return on investment rates?
You don’t want to invest in a business that would take you donkey years before realizing the capital back talk less of getting profits. Ask them what their profit sharing formula is and check how well that agrees with you.

Some entrepreneurs want funds but get stingy when it comes to money sharing. Make sure you iron this out before putting pen to paper and shaking hands.

Manufacturing/ Production / Re: How To Start A Match Stick Manufacturing Company by ikoiikenna: Yesterday at 05:41pm
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Thanks. Am glad you like it. Stick around for more interesting updates.

Manufacturing/ Production / Re: How To Start A Match Stick Manufacturing Company by Segiade 20: Yesterday at 05:29pm
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Telecommunication / How To Start A Profitable Bulk Sms Business by ikoiikenna: Yesterday at 02:53pm
In a country of over 170 million people were more than half of that figure owns a phone that has the text service enabled on it, Bulk SMS service provision is surely one of the best investments that your money can go to. The good thing about this project is that it is in no way capital intensive as you can just go ahead to start up without any office or office agents. Also, you do not need any special skills of any kind before you start making your money. Doesn’t this sound easy enough?

The Bulk SMS business is not only open to experienced investors or people of a certain age range as anyone can succeed in the business. Be it a student, retired pensioner, worker, teacher, you name it. this non-discriminating status makes it a lucrative venture and a steady flow of income. You do not need to wait till the end of the month to get paid when you have your own Bulk SMS service because the operation is on a pay as you go basis. All being said and done, would you want to start now?Let’s find out how in the detailed steps outlined below.

1. Register with a Wholesaler
To begin your own personal bulk SMS business, the first thing to do is to register with a wholesale of the bulk SMS units. A wholesaler would prove a better means of making your money better than you registering with another retailer who would sell you units at high prices instead. Before registering, check the rates offered by the retailer, their quality of service and dependability. You might also want to look out for the kind of bonuses attached to every package like some do because this would help you gain better from the money spent.

Most wholesalers out there would also give you access to a platform that you can use for your own personal reselling. These ones are advised over those who don’t as they have made the process easier for you even from the start. Don’t be surprised that the wholesalers themselves would charge you something of a start-up fee for this platform but that is to be expected. Again, look for where you can get the best value for your money because the charge on reselling platforms varies among a lot of them. Take the first step and contact a reliable bulk SMS wholesaler today.

2. Buy Your Custom SMS units
Now that you must have found a reliable and efficient wholesaler, the next step now is for you to buy the amount of units that you want to resell. There are various packages for purchasing the units and the higher the amount you demand, the cheaper the overall cost. Check to buy it in bulk at once from your wholesaler so that when you sell in units, you would make more sales than if you had been buying slowly.
Ideally, it is advised that you start with a purchase of 10,000 units. Depending on your wholesaler, you are expected to get guidelines to use for your reselling portal alongside your first units to better get you off your feet.

3. Customising your reselling platform
The SMS reselling website provided by your wholesaler would be exactly like their own because the technology just clones it and sends you a copy. This is where the first set of work lies. You would now need to change all of the settings on your reselling platform to match your own taste. You would change the business name, the logo, taglines and make every other personalisation changes necessary to make you feel more at home and help your customers connect to you better, not your wholesaler.

You would need to complete your website set up by including important links to your about page and contact information to enable anyone looking for your kind of service get in touch with you faster.
The changes to be made on the website are not usually something hard, to begin with, and you could do everything smoothly by yourself but you could also opt to get the services of a web professional to help you out. Either way, make sure it is done to your taste and perfection.

READ ALSO: How To Start Recharge Card And Data Bundle Business

4. Promotion
Your business would bring in no income if you don’t get out there and let people know what you do. A lot of organizations need to send their customers messages regarding changes, felicitations on their birthdays or to pass information across, and making your business known to them is your first step to building a customer base. Banks, churches, schools, offices etc. are the perfect place for you to start.
Do your promotion on every media available to you. Go onto social media and let the whole world know about your services. As a start-up entrepreneur, you may want to appeal to their desires by offering your services for reduced rate. Trust us, you would still end up ginning your profits in the long run. What you need do now is get that customer base going.
Print some fliers and handbills detailing your Bulk SMS service and include reasons why people should choose you over all others. Talk to family and friends to help you advertise by word of mouth and soon enough, you would have enough clients to deal with.

5. Pitch your customers
Funny enough, a lot of organizations do not even know what they are missing out on by not using the bulk SMS service, and this is where you come in. Exploit that chance by creating a marvelous presentation of what their business stands to gain by partnering with you. Let them know that they can have messages sent at much more reduced rates than service providers would charge and also that they can customize these messages to let their customers know that it is from them. Throw a little more fascinating data in the mix and watch as they warm up to you and the idea.

From the above, you would have started your bulk SMS business with little capital and a great return on investments.

Business Ideas / 70+ Best Business Ideas To Start In Kenya by Ikoiikenna: Yesterday at 01:56pm
Are you interested in start a profitable business in Kenya today but don’t the best business opportunity to invest into? If yes to this question, then you are at the right place. Below we will discuss over 70 small business ideas and profitable investment opportunities in Kenya that you can start with small capital and enjoy huge returns.
Kenya is among the African countries with the best and fastest growing economy and so therefore is a fertile ground for entrepreneurs (both native and foreign) to invest in. with millions of people to patronize you, starting a business in Kenya is definitely a worthwhile investment.

To get you started, we will in this post discuss the top 70 small business ideas and investment opportunities in Kenya.

Read Also: Small Business Ideas And Investment Opportunities In Cameroon

TOP 70 BEST SMALL BUSINESS IDEAS IN KENYA
Driving school
Restaurant business
Car washing
Laundry service
Soap making
Real Estate
School And College
Poultry Business
Consulting
Office supply
Brick making
Security services
Travel Agency
Event Planning
Computer repair and sale
Tricycle transport
Selling recharge vouchers
Rabbit farming
Pest Control
Vending Machine
Vehicle Towing
Ecommerce Store
Coaching
Taxi Cabbie
Auto Mechanic
Cooling Van Business
Day Care Centre
Entertainment
Career Counselling
Bakery
Solar Power Business
Ebook writing
Advertising Campaign Developer
Selling Snacks and Foods
Janitorial Service
Freelance Writing
Cement Manufacturing/ Sale
Baby sitting
Government Contractor
Mobile Device Sale and Repair
Disc jockey
Aquaculture
Gardening and landscaping
Garbage collection
Clothe selling
Selling Insurance Policy
Appliance Repair
Chemical Merchant
Employee training
Private Lesson Teacher
Clixsense
Business Start-up Instruction
Content Developer
E-commerce consulting
Direct Mail Consulting
Copy Writing
Adventure Club
Perfume Making
Cold water starch
Hotel Supply Farming
Red earth worm
Blogging
Creating Music Videos
Massage therapy
Detergent production
Cassava Farming
Angel Investors
Biography Writing
Micro Jobs
Affiliate marketing

Read Also: Business Ideas & Investment Opportunities In Ghana

Manufacturing/ Production / How To Start A Match Stick Manufacturing Company by Ikoiikenna: Yesterday at 01:19pm
Match stick is a simple wooden item used to start fire in a controlled atmosphere. Match-stick is seen and used in many household and industries to start fire for cooking or to burn waste products or heat up energy.

There is a huge market for this product and it continues to grow because there is a need for match-stick. Match-stick is usually packaged in small and medium boxes and sold in quantities. So if you are looking for a business to go into or invest in that will give you good returns in a short period of time, then you should consider going into this business.

This article will show you tips on how to start amatch-stick production business. Continue reading...

Read Also: How To Start A Nylon Production Business + Free Business Plan

1. WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN:
Writing a business plan is the starting point of a business, it is like a light way path for any entrepreneur because it enables one to focus and strive on their business goals.

2. GET YOUR FUNDS READY:
When you have your business plan at hand, the next step is to prepare the funds for your business. If you do not have the required funds at hand,you can solicit for a business grant or loan from micro finance banks or from bank of industry sponsor by the government of Nigeria to assist entrepreneurs in their businesses with little or no interest to pay back.

3. RENT A PROPERTY:
You will need to find a suitable property to rent once you are able to secure the funds for your business. When deciding on a property, you need to consider getting one in a busy district and also make sure it has enough space to use as office and for your equipments.

4. ENSURE TO REGISTER THE BUSINESS:
There are a couple of brands already out there and in other to differentiate yours from the lots, you need to pick a name for your business, get the required license and register your business with the authorities in charge. This will save you a whole lot of harassment and show that you mean business.

5. SOURCE FOR YOUR RAW MATERIALS:
Wood is one of the major material used in producing matchstick. The word"matchstick" already tells you that wood is the main component, so now all you need is to know the type of wood that is used to produce the woodensplint and find a supplier of that particular wood. Also, you need to find where you can get the other raw materials like, the chemicals use for processing and flaming the matchstick (phosphorus and paraffin wax) and some colourants to make your matchstick different from others.

6. PURCHASE EQUIPMENT:
The major equipment needed for production is;
*Head composition machine
* Splint machine
* Air compressor
* Polishing machine
* Log conveyor

Read Also: How To Start A Profitable Toothpick Production Company

7. MARKET YOUR PRODUCT:
When you are done with production, you need to come up with good marketing techniques that will get people to recognise and patronise your product. One of such technique is to offer discount or incentive to customers, this will motivate them to buy from you because people always patronize subsidized product.

Also, you can marketyour product tohouseholds, restaurants, bars, eateries, industrial companies, retailersand wholesalers. People uses matchstick for one purpose or another, so you can be sure there will always be a market for your product.And that's all there is. Study them seriously and good luck with your matchstick production business.

Insurance / Top 36 Insurance Companies In Nigeria by ikoiikenna: Yesterday at 12:28pm
There are so many reasons why businesses need an insurance policy, our previous article on Four Types of Insurance Cover That Every Business Should Have pointed out some of these reasons and the type of insurance every business must be insured for. However, there are over a thousand and one insurance companies in Nigeria and more are constantly springing up on a constant basis making it harder for business owners to choose and get insured by them. In a view to easing this difficulty, we have compiled a list of top 36 insurance companies in Nigeria that you or your company can secure insurance policy from.

Haven mentioned that difficulty in choosing from the great number of insurance companies, it's not necessary to say that it's invariably hard to rate them as well. However, we compiled this list considering different factors such as:-
- reliability
-integrity
-response rate and time
-how know are they
-record track
-testimonials / customers rating
insurance

Before considering to purchase insurance from any of the insurance companies around, consider the above features of the company - the company must be well known to the general public, have a reputable track record and above all must have good positive testimonies before you purchase insurance from them.

Below is a list of top 36 insurance companies in Nigeria, these companies have over time been considered among the country's best. However, purchasing insurance from any is left for your discretion and it's advised you carry out further investigation before signing an insurance contract.

1. Aiico
2. Amen insurance company
3. Custodian insurance plc
4. Adic insurance
5. Consolidated hallmark insurance
6. African Alliance insurance company Ltd
7. Lead way insurance
8. A&G insurance
9. IGI insurance [Industrial and general insurance plc]
10. continental Reinsurance
11. Gold link insurance
12. Cornerstone insurance plc
13. Niger Insurance Plc
14. Crusader insurance plc
15. NEM insurance plc
16. Equity life insurance Co. Ltd
17. Mutual Assurance Plc
18. Guaranty trust assurance
19. Staco insurance plc [Standard trust plc]
20. International energy insurance plc
21. NICON
22. LASACO assurance plc
23. The Law Union and rock insurance
24. Oasis
25. Linkage Assurance Plc
26. Mutual benefits
27. NAICOM
28. Royal Exchange
29. Nigeria deposit insurance
30. Oceanic insurance limited
31. Prestige insurance brokers Ltd
32. Sovereign trust insurance
33. TransGlobal insurance broke
34. Unic insurance
35. Unity insurance company Ltd
36. Zenith assurance company.

Agriculture / How To Make Money Buying And Selling Cattle by Ikoiikenna: Yesterday at 09:32am
Buying and selling of cattle can be considered a profitable business because people usually look/go for the fattest cattle and a seller only go for the most favorable prices for the cattle he is selling. In order to make good profits in this business, you should know all that it entails to buy and sell cattle and to also treat and keep the cattle in good condition.

Anything short of this might lead to losing of investment or non-profit of your investment.
Now let's look at how you can start making a profit from buying and selling cattle.

1. EVALUATE YOUR COST OF INVESTMENT
You need to analyze all the costs of starting this type of business. From buying or renting a space to keep the cattle, to costs needed to keep the cattle in good condition, cost of feeding, hiring one or two workers to assist in looking after the cattle, providing the necessary supplements like vitamin E, zinc, and other necessities to ensure that the cattle are always taken care of.
Once you are done with the evaluation, you will be able to know the exact capital needed for the business and then go ahead to create a business plan. Read Also: Business Plan on Livestock Feed Production Business

When creating a business plan, ensure that it defines the cattle industry, the geographical location/area you intend to buy and sell the cattle, marketing analysis, financial analysis, challenges, mission statement and the type of basis the business will be from - whether in a partnership or limited liability. All these requirements are important factors that will form your business plan because financial lenders or investors needs to see how well-detailed your business plan is before making that commitment to fund your business.
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2. GET A FERTILE LAND, BUY AND FEED YOUR CATTLE
You have two choices here, either purchased a fertile land with enough grass to feed your cattle or to cut cost, contract a land owner and come to an agreement which allows your cattle to graze on the land. With this agreement, there will be no room for dispute about cattle trespassing on someone's property. Whatever your decision, the goal is to ensure that your cattle are properly fed and stay healthy because healthy cattle means higher profits for you.

READ ALSO: How To Start Livestock Feed Production In Nigeria

3. HIRE WORKERS
In this business of buying and selling cattle, you need to consider hiring at least two experienced local hands to assist in handling the cattle, feeding them and ensure that their supplements are given to them at the appropriate time. Also, these workers will make sure the cattle are good shelter and help when they give birth and care for their off springs.

In the long run, it will be to your benefit because you might want to sell this off springs and make good profits from it.

4. MARKET AND SELL YOUR CATTLE
There are different ways you can market and sell your herds but first, you need to do a market survey and check the current price so as to know what price to buy and sell your cattle. Once you are able to get your pricing right, you can source for buyers in the local markets around your area, sell your cattle and make large profits.

General Updates / Importance Of Web App Demo Videos To Business by Ikoiikenna: Yesterday at 07:43am
Online video is seen as an important tool that companies and startup businesses used in launching new products or services. Online video is also called web app demo video and if this app demo video is done properly, it can bring in a lot of marketing advantages which can be used to enhance the visibility of your products, apps, and downloads.
These days, people are more conscious of how they utilize their time online, and definitely, prefer shown what your business/app is about in a minute than going through your web content. Let's now check out the importance of web app demo videos to business.

1. It Educates Users
This is one of the most important aspects of the web app demo video. Firstly, your application should be easy to use, secondly, watching it should also give users a better idea of how to understand and maneuver it well.

2. It Tells Everything About Your Business/App in a Minute
With a web app demo video, you should be able to showcase and explain all the basics of your business in a minute or less. Having a demo gives you the opportunity to say things exactly how you want, and talk/rapport with your users/viewers like you're with them one-on-one.

How to do this you might ask?
Get someone to help you with the video or create one yourself. Try to look the part, that's presentable, and make sure your video is lively and exciting. Try not to make the video too long(keep it short) and get your point across your audiences.

3. It is Easy to Use And Share
Web app demo video allows you to share exciting video faster to your audience than an article. It is a great and exciting way for blogs, businesses and online news channels to add value to their sites. Web app demo videos are easily installed and can come up with a good number of websites without the owner's afraid of it been duplicated.

4. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
It's already a known fact that YouTube is the number two if not number one in search engine rankings. A major way to be seen through certain keywords is having a video you can use on all social media platforms, like YouTube, Instagram and others.

Read Also: How To Write Seo Friendly Content For Your Blog

5. Ensure That Your Video Have The Ability To Dazzle
One major reason for making a web app demo video for business is to capture the mind of people. Whatever video you intend to make, ensure it has the ability to draw people to your app. This can be achieved with special effects, voice-over, immense visuals, and music. Mind you; music is another way to create a connection with your target audience.
Lastly, talk about your product or service or explain your app in a very captivating and delightful way. Give your audience something to remember.

Advertising/ Marketing / 4 Ways To Scale And Keep Your Business On Top by Ikoiikenna: on Fri at 09:40pm
To scale a business means doing all that is necessary to keep the business on top. Any business, be it small or fully established, all need scaling to survive and grow.
As a business owner, what can you do to keep your business on top? Here are four important steps to help you keep your business on top.

STEP ONE
Find morale support. This is one of the most important first step to take, not just for the purpose of your business but also for yourself. You need to seek and surround your business with people who are supportive about what you do and give you the necessary morale support to get you going. Like, business mentors, investors, family members, employees as well. You can also find and meet other people who share the same passion with you in terms of business ideas at business serminar, alma mater, workshops that's related to your line of business.

STEP TWO
Businesses that are known to have face similar challenges whether the during startups stage or after, are often clear about the problems they faced and the solutions they were able to come up with. Identifying the areas where there's a problem will help you come up with a good solution and have it fixed on time without losing focus on your customer base.

You see, customers are known to back and support something they can relate with, especially if they know you are serious and passionate about your business venture. So in all that you do, make sure you are clear about it so that when you come out winning - you will get the necessary support from all corners.

STEP THREE
Hire inexperience workers. This is usually not a popular choice but when deciding to hire workers, you might want to consider hiring average and 'not so' experience workers. Why is that? For one, it will save you money, secondly, you get to train them on the job and use their eagerness to learn to your advantage. This inexperience workers can turn out to be your best brand pioneers, you never know - they will be all fired up at the end of their training that they will be ready to take your products/services to all and sundry.

STEP FOUR
Be confident. In business, aside from having good marketing skills, you also need confident to get you to where you want to be. Agreed, things might not be rosy sometimes, but do not let that discouraged you from trying everything you can to achieve your set goals.

As a business owner, you need confident to face and tackle challenges that others might run away from. You need confident to see and try new things, new ideas that might transform and grow your business into a successful venture.
There you have it. I hope with this steps, you will be able to use it and take your business to that great height you desire.
Good luck.

Affiliate Marketing / How To Make Money From Affiliate Marketing by ikoiikenna: on Fri at 06:42pm
Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate's own marketing efforts.

The industry has four core players
The merchant (also known as 'retailer' or 'brand' ) the network (that contains offers for the affiliate to choose from and also takes care of the payments), the publisher (also known as 'the affiliate' ) and the customer.

The market has grown in complexity to warrant a secondary tier of players, including affiliate management agencies, super-affiliates, and specialized third-party vendors.

Affiliate marketing overlaps with other Internet marketing methods to some degree because affiliates often use regular advertising methods. Those methods include organic search engine optimization (SEO), paid search engine marketing (PPC - Pay Per Click), e-mail marketing, content marketing and in some sense display advertising. On the other hand, affiliates sometimes use less orthodox techniques, such as publishing reviews of products or services offered by a partner.

Read Also: Make Money Online Via Konga Affiliate Program

Affiliate marketing is commonly confused with referral marketing, as both forms of marketing use third parties to drive sales to the retailer. However, both are distinct forms of marketing and the main difference between them is that affiliate marketing relies purely on financial motivations to drive sales while referral marketing relies on trust and personal relationships to drive sales.

Affiliate marketing is frequently overlooked by advertisers. While search engines, e-mail, and website syndication capture much of the attention of online retailers, affiliate marketing carries a much lower profile. Still, affiliates continue to play a significant role in e-retailers' marketing strategies.

How to Start an Affiliate Marketing Business

here are tons of companies and webmasters using affiliate programs to boost their online sales and most of these affiliate programs are free to join. When you sign up for an affiliate program, an affiliate link with a unique affiliate ID will be assigned to you. The affiliate link is used for marketing the products of your merchant. When a visitor buys an item through your affiliate link, you earn affiliate commission. Here are the steps to starting an affiliate marketing business:

Research affiliate programs
Find out which products are most popular and what is its conversion rate. Visit the seller's website to see whether their sales letters are enough to generate sales. A conversion rate of 5% is reasonably good. This means that for every 100 people landing on your merchant’s website, 5 visitors will place an order.

Join an affiliate program
Choose a program that offers recurring commissions that compound each month as you refer more customers.

Promote an affiliate program through a website
You will have more options in sending potential buyers to your affiliate programs if you create a website to promote your affiliate programs. Visiting other professional websites of your niche is a good way to get some ideas on how to design your website.

Make your website content relevant
For example, if your affiliate sells e-books, you can write a review or make a YouTube video for each e-book with an affiliate link to the sales website.

Drive targeted traffic to your website
To earn affiliate commission you need to drive targeted traffic to your website. The more traffic your website gets, the more likely you’ll generate sales. There are several ways to drive targeted traffic to your site in short period of time:

Pay-per-click (PPC) Advertising
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General Updates / Business Lessons We Should Learn From Oprah Winfrey by ikoiikenna: on Fri at 06:27pm
Stories of famous successful individuals are not really for a show but for us to be provoked, motivated and also learn from it. Life Stories are good ways to motivate the mind. Sometimes we go through various situations and we feel tempted to quit but the fact that we have heard and seen proves of 1 or 2 persons we are motivated and challenged to go further and with much excitement. Sometimes also we might be too weak to encourage ourselves or find the right individuals to motivate us that is true! This is where that your famous and successful individual who has passed through that similar trial can be your inspiration and motivator.

Now let us take a look at this post and get a glimpse of what was deduced from Oprah Winfrey's biography. Please read on[/b

[b]Get that passion out of you and channel it into your career path

It is important to passionately love every career path we choose for maximum result. There is a great and special force in loving what you do. When you love your job, you know about the job and you do it better, you also have your style and you come out unique when you so love your job. These are all deduced from Winey Oprah’s story. Many of us as individuals do not really like what we do so we get frustrated and regretful and discouraged sometimes.

When you dislike what you do you really do not reach that great potential or height whichever way we put it. Passion is always a traceable point to success. Passion brings out the best in you. With your passion, you stand out and uniquely different. This is what I can see in Oprah Winfrey’s story. In loving what you do you come out different with style.

Lesson One: Never stay in your past
Many of us, most especially ladies live mostly in our past, we regret things are done to us or what we never did right and we blame ourselves even when we are not at fault. For Oprah Winfrey to reveal her past to the world as a rape victim is not for her to get sympathy or become a celebrity but to make us learn and believe that even the victim can raise head that high if only we are determined to. This does not apply to rape victims alone but various hurting issues such as the death of a loved one or breadwinner, a failed marriage, an abused wife to mention a few. What I deduced from Oprah Winfrey’s story is that we can always come out of every negative past we have experienced.

From here it is very important and essential we come out of our past. Living in the past makes you feel loaded with pains. She is an example of using her past to heal others and help others. Your past should be a lesson you can learn from and move forward no matter what. Breakout from that past. When you come out of it you are free. Living in your past is a bondage that is not good for anybody. Living in the past makes you lose the time and energy of becoming someone’s role model and also you live a wonderful life. When you come out of your past you see a light and you have the opportunity to heal others.

Make giving your lifestyle
Oprah Winfrey gives so well. There is just a positive attraction when you give so well. Givers will always never lack. That is the truth that is the law or rules whichever way you put it. When you give out you are positioned to be at the upper hand. Giving is essential for a blessed future not just giving because we feel we should just spend a little but giving as a privilege, given to you by God. When you give, God who is the source refills you more because He knows that is not just for only you but for others. Obviously, many successful individuals I have seen and heard of giving freely with no pressure. That is because they know what is attached to it. Oprah Winfrey is not excluded!

So these are my deduced lessons from my little study of Oprah Winfrey. Do not hesitate to also make your list and check out your famous successful individuals, their struggles and humble beginnings for motivation and focus. Cheers!

Sports Trading / Re: Sports Betting Tips: Ways To Double Your Winnings! by Ikoiikenna: on Fri at 09:08am
Alphacentauri:Please can I get the betting strategies too? My email
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Yes you can. It has been sent to your mail sir/ma.
However rember to show appreciation by sharing this forum out and inviting more people to join. Thanks

Sports Trading / Re: Sports Betting Tips: Ways To Double Your Winnings! by Alphacentauri: on Fri at 07:33am
Please can I get the betting strategies too? My email
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