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To make real money online, it is important to learn Internet marketing. Of course there are thousands of scammers out there who will promise you the world – quick cash, instant millions, retire in 3 months, blah blah blah. But the truth is that anyone who invests the time to learn Internet marketing does not learn the proper skills from a get rich quick scheme. It most certainly pays to invest the time into learning the basics from the ground up.
I love what I do. I am passionate about Internet marketing and helping others learn internet marketing. Here are some pretty basic steps to getting yourself on track as an Internet Marketer. Remember: I am here to help you along the way. You can find me on Twitter (@PpcMom) or on my Facebook Page almost every day.
Learn Internet Marketing Step One: Find a Good Training Program
You need to learn Internet marketing skills through a good training program.
I know a lot of people say they learned everything on their own and they didn’t need a training program. That’s cool – and that obviously worked for them. But it didn’t work for me. I love being a part of a larger group – learning together, and being able to ask questions as we go along.
Here at PpcMom.com I actively promote and support both Affiliit.com and Ppc-Coach.com as fantastic training programs. If you have any questions about either of these reputable sites, I am happy to help you decide which (if any) of these may suit your needs.
**Please note: I will earn a small commission if you use any of the links on this site to join Ppc-Coach or Affilit**
I suggest you find a training program that will teach you the best practice methods of generating traffic and how to convert that traffic into sales. This should include learning SEO techniques as well as how to use PPC effectively.
When you learn Internet marketing through a legitimate training forum, you gain the skills & the knowledge you need to expand your web presence, build an online business, and earn a solid living online. Knowledge is power.
Learn Internet Marketing Step Two: Learn How to Get Traffic
The first thing you need to learn in Internet marketing is how to drive traffic to your offer. Notice: I did not say that you have to learn how to build a website. In fact, I earned many thousands of dollars before I ever had a website of my own – and you can do it too. Traffic is king.
There are two main ways to get traffic: PPC (Pay Per Click Ads) and SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
An experienced Internet marketer knows how to drive pay per click traffic to products and services. And it’s even better if you know how to get free traffic. This can take a long time to learn, but it’s worth it in the long run. SEO takes a great amount of skill to master, but a beginner can see quick results in a matter of days with the right advice.
I strongly advise new internet marketers to learn both PPC and SEO techniques. PPC is great for instant income. SEO can provide a longer term stable income stream.
Learn Internet Marketing Step Three: Work Hard
This is NOT a get rich quick scheme. Internet marketing is a legitimate business model and you can earn a full time living if you follow a step by step plan and work hard. Now, when I say “work hard”, I really just mean that you have to love it. I eat, sleep, and breathe internet marketing, and I have for over 18 months now. I truly love what I do and I just can’t seem to stop myself from working. You’ve got to find this passion somewhere inside of you. Find that passion & ignite it.
To become successful online, you not only need to learn Internet marketing, but you need to dive in to the advanced strategies as well. There are many different strategies out there to make money online such as AdSense, AdWords, Facebook PPC, Facebook Pages, SEO, PPV ads, article marketing, setting up a blog, keyword research, finding a good niche to market, building a list of email subscribers, writing e-books and short reports, and taking advantage of viral marketing.
These are just some of the many techniques you will encounter on your journey to learn internet marketing. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!
Focus on a success plan. Invest in your own learning. Never give up.
So many people say they want to learn internet marketing. They “dream” of it. They “hope” for it. They imagine huge wads of money arriving at their doorstep each and every day!
Everywhere you look you will see proof that millions of people everywhere are dreaming the same dream. That proof appears in the form of all kinds of Google ads popping at you everywhere you look. These ads are promising hope and possibility. They’re telling you that you can make a fortune by using their system, selling their products, or creating instant money making websites.
Whatever the offer is, they eventually convince hundreds of people to buy it. I know many of you reading this now have bought products that promised you the world. I receive emails about them almost every day.
What happens after you buy something like that?
30 days later, you’re still staring at your computer screen thinking…” I need to find an answer, because this last product didn’t work like I wanted, I’m sure I can find something easier…” Unfortunately, this cycle repeats itself over and over for many people. These people often feel “ripped off” or that internet marketing is a scam and no one really makes any money.
They may start to wonder…”Will I ever learn Internet Marketing? Will I ever make any money online?” Here is the truth, “The way you’re going, you’ll never make a dime…” I know it’s harsh, but I believe it’s true. If you are looking to a Guru or a Miracle Product to help you learn internet marketing, you are on the wrong track.
Will I Learn Internet Marketing?
If you are struggling to learn internet marketing or to make any amount of money online, there are usually key reasons:
1. LACK OF FOCUS: you have no direction and you are trying to make everything work all at once. (This has been a big problem for me!!) Everybody needs a mentor who can show you what to do and what not to do, so find yourself a good internet marketing mentor! And once you find someone who is successful and willing to share information with you, hang onto them! An experienced mentor willing to give their time to you, is a very rare thing and should be treasured.
2. LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: If you don’t know what you are doing, you won’t make money for long (if at all). It pays to know the technical side of internet marketing. Either learn it all on your own, or check out one of the high quality training sites around. I recommend AffiliIT as I believe their training to be fantastic for beginners to advanced. It’s a great place to learn internet marketing. Really, there is no excuse!
3. LAZINESS: This one kills people the most! There are many variables as to why a person is lazy. Sometimes they’re used to a 9-5 type office job where they start and finish at a set time. Often times these people prefer to slouch on the couch in their spare time. Lazy people have a hard time at the startup phase of an internet marketing business because it takes a lot of focus, effort, and time to build a successful online business.
4. LACK OF MOTIVATION: If you don’t have a deep need to do someting, you probably won’t do it. If you are happy and comfortable with the way things are, you want better things but you don’t need them. In my experience, you need a deep down burning desire to accomplish something and learn internet marketing. If you don’t have that internal drive, need, or fire, get it, find it and search for it.
Many of you have racked up a lot of debt and pain trying to learn internet marketing and I am confident with a few changes you can start on a new path. Perhaps you can take a good look at your situation and decide what the issue really is. What is holding you back from success? Why every course you buy just sits on the shelf? What can you do differently today to make a change in your life?
If you have been struggling for a long time, perhaps this is the year for you to FOCUS, LEARN, and TAKE ACTION??
Keep reading for more tips to learn internet marketing.
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Today we are concentrating on the headline of your PPC ad. This is your one chance to grab the attention of your prospect. Since you only get one chance to make a good first impression, you’ll be glad you spent so much time fine-tuning your PPC headline.
The first line is your headline. This is the most important line of your Ad. This line has to stand out from all of the other ads on the page.
How do you do stand out from the crowd?
There are 3 keys I like to follow:
1) Relevance. If your Ad is relevant, then your ad will stand out from the rest. It will most likely be highlighted by Google for you as well, since it will probably have at least a word or two that are also found in the user’s search.
2) Keywords used in headline. I like to use the main keyword from my ad group in the headline if at all possible.
3) Get Emotional. You can easily connect with your prospective customer using emotional triggers (pain or pleasure).
So now that you understand that we need to stand out from the crowd using the 3 keys described above, let’s take action!
You’re going to do some competitive market research. I would first start out by browsing the current top headlines in Google when I search for my keyword. Chances are you will see a pattern in the ads that appear day after day for your keyword. Take note of those ads you see every day. They are the winners! You many notice the successful ads will have your exact keywords in their headlines.
Next, you’re going to start writing possible headlines. When you first start out with a new ad, I suggest you use the other ads as a starting point. This is a good start and you know you’re starting with something solid.
What headlines are your competitors using? Are they catchy? Do they ask a question? Do they grab YOUR attention? Use this information to craft a list of ten possible headlines for each ad group. Take this list to someone (preferably an “offline” family member or friend) and ask them to choose the 3 headlines that stand out to them. You may be surprised with the results!
Side note: Perhaps you’re thinking that you should be incredibly creative with your headlines in order to “stand out”. I would strongly suggest that you don’t first try gimmicky headlines. I encourage you to first write solid headlines built from a foundation of sound advertising principles, then test these ads to further improve their CTR.
When you start with a solid foundation, and you test the results yourself, you can then start to branch out. You might hit a homerun with one of these “off the wall” PPC ads, however, but try them after you have already tried the basic ads.
For basic ad headlines, it’s important to follow these steps:
1. Research Successful Ads
2. Connect with Emotion
3. Use Keywords in the Headline
Have fun writing some killer PPC Ad Headlines! When I say “have fun”, I really mean it. It can be so fun testing out different headlines to see what actually gets people’s attention. Keep testing and trying till you find something that works for your market & product. Enjoy the process and be sure to ask questions along the way. I’m happy to help you.
P.S. Have you contributed to the discussion yet? What are you waiting for? Come on, join in and share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Creating Relevant Ads That Get Clicks
If you missed it, you can read PPC Help – Ad Creation Tips Part One here.
When you first start creating ads, the most important thing that you need to remember is that they must be relevant with what your users are searching for. You need to “speak” directly to the person researching your topic. A lot of PPC training material glosses over this topic, and that is very unfortunate. It’s so important!
All of my experience has shown that specific ads that speak directly to an individual person have the best overall impact.
I know that this sounds fairly obvious, but it needs to be said.
How do we achieve this?
In order to help ensure the most relevancy possible in your ads, make sure you are using “tight” ad groups instead of large keyword list groups.
For example, if you are an affiliate who is promoting a Dog Training e-book, then instead of having just one ad group with all of your keywords lumped in together, I recommend you have at least four ad groups including ->
How To Train a Dog
Now, you can create at least four separate and specific ads, one for each ad group. Your ad for “Dog Training” is going to be specialized for training, while your ad for “Dog Lessons” will be geared towards lessons. The “Dog Training” ad will definitely have the word “training”, since my keywords under “dog training” have the word “training” in them as well.
I also recommend that your Landing Page be optimized for each adgroup as well. Sometimes this is not possible. If you are an affiliate and you’re direct linking to the offer, chances are you cannot send traffic to an optimized page. By the way, direct linking for affiliates is dying a very fast death (especially on Google AdWords). Affiliates must learn to adapt to this new market or perish. But that is another post for another day!
Why so many Ad Groups in my PPC Campaign?
1) You will earn a higher quality score.
Not only will Google give my ad a better quality score if I have “dog training” in my ad AND in the landing page, but it will also make the words BOLD in the ad copy! This will help direct browsing eyes to my ad. Creating smaller adgroups with targeted ads and landing pages also helps Google determine ad relevancy within the Content Network.
2) Your customers will relate to your ad.
Understanding your market will help you write an ad that speaks directly to your customer. It helps to ask yourself some questions about your potential customers:
Who are they?
What is their biggest problem (relating to this topic)?
Why is your product the best soultion for them?
What will they lose if they don’t buy your product today?
What are their other interests?
Are there competitors in your market?
Anything you can do to better understand your customer will help you create a specific, successful PPC ad.
3) Your conversion rate (sales or opt-in) will skyrocket.
When Google loves you (high quality score) and each customer relates to your adcopy (High CTR), they visit your landing page which is designed to show how your product is a tailor-made solution for them (They make a purchase or Opt-in) = Successful Campaign $$$.
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P.S. Hope you’re ready for tomorrow’s installment in the PPC Help Series:
PPC Help – Ad Creation Tips Part Three: Headlines that Rock!