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2015 Best Business Blogs To Hone Your Marketing Chops

Each year, the internet loses a few great blogs/bloggers. Fortunately for us readers, there are always a few that are just itching to take their place. 2015 is no different than any other year, except perhaps in that there are more quality content…

Local Blogging And Marketing Tips For Getting Found

This post is here to help local business and local bloggers get found within their local market. I’ve outlined a few simple local blogging and local marketing techniques and tools based on my own personal experience. There are MANY other things local bloggers and businesses can do as far as SEO, content creation, and other inbound […]

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The Most Important Thing to Do Before Building Your Startup?

What’s the single most important thing you need to do before you start building your startup? Do you know that the answer to that question could include a nearly infinite number of things you that you could or should do before building your…

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The One Irrefutable, Universal Law of Podcasting Success

There is no secret to podcasting success. There is just this: Show up. Show up reliably. Show up reliably over time. Showing up isn’t half the battle. It’s not 90 percent of the battle. It is the battle. It’s the battle for audience attention — that grueling war of attrition in which attitude always triumphs

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Clover Mini Point-of-Sale System

Bank of America Merchant Services Launches Clover® Mini™ Point-of-Sale System for Small Businesses Wireless Device Comes EMV® and NFC ready Bank of America Merchant Services recently launched Clover Mini, the EMV1-ready payment system developed by First Data Corporation, a global leader in payment technology. “The built-in layers of security protection also give business owners peace of […]

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Sales Recruiting Strategies

6 tactics to overcome counter offers when sales recruiting.   -CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting Eliot Burdett Explains How to Mitigate Risk- When recruiting elite sales talent, nothing can be more debilitating than making a poor offer of employment.  Once time, money and hearts are invested in a particular candidate, losing them to a counter offer […]

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Make Money Blogging

You can make money blogging; in fact, there are bloggers who make $50,000 a month with their blogs.  It sounds like a dream day. You wake up make some coffee and take your 30-second commute to your home office to work on your blogging. It takes work but there are entrepreneurs who work at home […]

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Key Insights from Elite Camp 2015 Speakers

Elite Camp is a 3-day traffic and (mainly) conversion event. It’s among the very best CRO events in the world, and of course in Europe. This year was already its 6th year – and the format has proven to be so successful that the event has been replicated in many other countries. Elite Camp 2015(…)

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The Hard Life of an Optimizer – Yuan Wright [Video]

Here’s another presentation from ConversionXL Live 2015 (sign up for the 2016 list to get tickets at pre-release prices). While optimization is fun, it’s also really hard. We’re asking a lot of questions. Why do users do what they do? Is X actually influencing Y, or is it a mere correlation? The test bombed –(…)

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Your Test is Only as Good as Your Hypothesis [Video]

ConversionXL Live 2016 is coming up next March (get on the list to get tickets at pre-release prices). We’re going to publish video recordings of the previous event, and here’s the first one. You run A/B tests – some win, some don’t. The likelihood of the tests actually having a positive impact largely depends whether you’re(…)

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Elliptical Trainers and Burning Calories Secret Tips

Many people ask if the use of elliptical trainers is a good way to burn calories. One simple answer: Yes! Very much so. Elliptical trainers are a great way to burn calories and are a fun workout at the same time. If you goal is to loose weight you do have to understand how a […]

Hurting Over A Breakup Relationship Help

If you are hurting over a breakup relationship help is not as hard to find as you might think. It starts with you. If you feel you have the strength to tackle the way you feel by yourself then do so. Step back and assess your situation. Ask yourself how you really feel and be […]

I Miss My Girlfriend – You Can Get Her Back

Have you been thinking, or saying, “I miss my girlfriend”? If so you should know that it is always possible to reconnect with an ex. All you have to do is figure out how to go about it. What to do and what not to do. There are some things you should avoid at all […]

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4 Ways to Effectively Respond to Facebook’s News Feed Changes

Social media is a quick and effective way to market your small business. Not to mention, it’s free. By creating and operating a company page, small businesses are able to… Read more »

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The Snowball Effect of Wealth and Property

For people who have already achieved both of the things in the title, this is going to seem like a painfully obvious article. But for people who have never really… Read more »

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Upcoming Advanced Technologies for Modern Businesses

From security cameras to cloud computing, technology is a crucial part of business. There are many ways technology can improve your business; it keeps you competitive, efficient, organized, and successful.… Read more »

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Engage More Customers By Becoming a Content Marketing Sommelier

A sommelier is known for having extensive knowledge about wines, and how to complement the sensory experience of each type with perfect food pairings. Many train for years in hopes of finally becoming a Master Sommelier. When embarking on a content marketing initiative, it’s important to know how to maximize the sensory experience of your […]

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Clover Mini Point-of-Sale System

Bank of America Merchant Services Launches Clover® Mini™ Point-of-Sale System for Small Businesses Wireless Device Comes EMV® and NFC ready Bank of America Merchant Services recently launched Clover Mini, the EMV1-ready payment system developed by First Data Corporation, a global leader in payment technology. “The built-in layers of security protection also give business owners peace of […]

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Sales Recruiting Strategies

6 tactics to overcome counter offers when sales recruiting.   -CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting Eliot Burdett Explains How to Mitigate Risk- When recruiting elite sales talent, nothing can be more debilitating than making a poor offer of employment.  Once time, money and hearts are invested in a particular candidate, losing them to a counter offer […]

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Play To Earn: Online Game Affiliate Programs

For this week’s Niche of the Week, I am going back to something I love to do online. Something I wish I have a lot of time to do: play online games.

I love RPG games, and I also like a fair share of casual games. I wouldn’t say I’m a “gamer,” but I do like some enough to buy them. So, while playing the new Sims 4, I thought to myself, is there any way to earn money from playing games?

Of course you can. I’ve covered this before when I did that post on Diablo III. But I’m looking at casual games, those games that don’t require any serious commitment and don’t have any solid community. Like those games on Miniclip.com.

Casual games are typically simple games, usually made through Flash or Shockwave. BigFishGames.com wrote on its blog back in March that around 150 million Americans engage in casual games.This statistic translates to high revenue for the mobile gaming industry. In fact, the mobile gaming industry earned an estimated $25 billion in 2014.

There’s definitely money in this niche, but how easy is it to tap into this market?

Tricky Keywords

Yes, that’s right. Keywords in the online gaming niche are tricky. You can target “online games,” even “free online games,” and get good traffic. But these are people looking to play, not necessarily pay.

Free Online Games - Affilotools Results

This is the first challenge you’ll need to overcome in the online games niche: targeting the right keywords. I would probably use specific keywords referring to games. Like “missing objects online game” or “buy missing objects online game.” You can check out Ubersuggest.org for variations, but go for the more detailed or long-tail keywords. They will bring less traffic, but at least you know you’re targeting the right gamers for your site.

You can try using the name of the game itself, but be sure to check with the creators or merchant first to make sure they allow their affiliates to do this.

Online Games Affiliate Programs

ClickBank’s Marketplace has a lot of affiliate programs on strategy guides and guides to various games, similar to the WOW strategy guides that Mark promoted on his WOW site a few years back.

Not what I’m looking for, unfortunately. I’m looking for gaming sites that have an affiliate program. So, I visited various online gaming sites to see which ones deliver in that regard.

Big Fish Games

BigFishGames.com - Online Games Affiliate Programs

The creator of popular games like Peggle and Criminal Minds, Big Fish Games has been around since 2002. The company has successfully transitioned from PC games to mobile games, and now has over 450 mobile games and a whopping 3,500 PC games.

The Big Fish affiliate program offers affiliates real-time reporting, content delivery tools and 70 percent commission for each game purchased through their affiliates.

R2Games

R2Games.com - Online Games Affiliate Programs

If you prefer strategy and MMORPG, then you’ll love R2Games. The site has plenty of strategy and adventure RPGs, mixed in with a couple of the usual casual game genres.

The program offers 35 percent commission per sale. Signing up as an R2Games affiliate is easy. Just fill out the form on the affiliates page.

FlyOrDie.com

FlyorDie.com - Online Games Affiliate Programs

Despite the novel website name, FlyorDie.com offers its subscribers the usual array of board and dash games. You can play for free on the site, but subscribing as a Premium member removes the annoying ads. You also get to join game tournaments.

As an affiliate, you will enjoy a 30 percent commission for each sale. Their affiliate program is through RegNow.

Playrix

Playrix - Online Games Affiliate Programs

The games in Playrix are similar to Big Fish Games, and like Big Fish Games, it has games for computers and mobile devices.

There is no mention of how much commission affiliates earn, but it’s probably within the same range as FlyorDie.com, as they are both in the RegNow network.

Get Players to Your Site

And now we come to the challenging task of link building and inbound marketing. This, like content creation, can be outsourced to professionals. For a fee. If you have the resources, then go ahead and outsource. Still, make sure you have at least a basic understanding of how SEO, link-building and marketing work so that you will be able to monitor the link-building work being done on your site.

Outsourcing or not, make sure to have a link building strategy in place. You can hand this over to the person who will do the link building for you. At the very least, you have a guide to refer to when it’s time to drive traffic to your site.

Blog and Forum Commenting

This particular method is time consuming, but the effects are long-term, making the effort well worth it. There are plenty of gaming forums you can frequent to interact with fellow gamers and offer recommendations.

It’s a great place to learn about the online gaming niche, too. You can find our what games have a lot of followers, and which keywords are frequently used in relation to specific games.

Link Indexing

This is important to link building, but is often overlooked. You’ll be tracking the links you’ll be making, so might as well make sure they are indexed too, by submitting them to sites like Pingler.com.

Content Strategy

You would think that having a site about online games, you won’t need to bother much with content. But you do, because there’s plenty to know about a game. Like a good strategy on how to get past a difficult level, for one thing. A review of a new game is something gamers frequently look out for, too.

Content strategy is about having a game plan for your site’s content, from research until the content is published on your site. Having a game plan gives you time to think about the kind of content to present on your site in between updates.

Online Games Affiliate Programs: Child’s Play?

With all that competition, the online games niche is definitely no child’s play. This is a niche that requires careful planning and strategy. All niches do, but all the more for this niche because: one, there’s plenty of gaming sites there that will most likely have similar content as yours. So you need to be creative on the content you will publish on your site. Two, you need to be smart with link building and how you drive traffic to your site. Don’t just bring people into the site, bring people that are interesting in playing and subscribing to games.

So, no, this niche is no child’s play. The commission you’ll get are good. But if you’re looking something more substantial than a few dollars a sale, then this is not the niche for you.

But if you have a site about games or gaming, and have not monetized it, then take your pick from the above. It’s never too late to start earning from your website.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Niche of the Week! Be sure to share it using the buttons below. Would you be interested to go into this niche? Are there any niches you want featured here? Just leave a comment and let me know!

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Writer Help Wanted Review and Bonus: Make Money Writing

Do you want to make money from your writing? Did you know that writers are making tens of thousands of dollars using their writing skills online… and those figures are verifiable on certain sites? Hmmm…. THAT got your interest, didn’t it? Every business needs writers, and finding writing jobs online became easier when job boards […]

5 Ways To Save Money With Kids

Kids are becoming overwhelming expensive especially when they seem to be growing out of clothing so quickly. Not only that, college tuition costs are increasing every year and the burden of school loans after they finish college can really make things become even more stressful after. Although I am paying for my own college tuition, […]

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A Global Survey Shows That FX Volatility is a Concern for a Majority of Finance Professionals

It is likely that your finance company is experiencing some impact from FX volatility. In a recent online survey of 180 global finance professionals, 74 percent of them agreed that they are currently experiencing FX volatility. The issue is big enough of a concern to financial institutions that more than half of the survey’s responders […]

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21 Simple Tricks to Write Content That Magnetizes Visitors

“The power of pen” – someone had rightly said! Only in the world of digitalization, it can be redacted to the power of keys. The gift of writing in a few of us is offsetting to the demand-supply situation on the Internet. But writing to sell is a whole different thing. There’s only one thing […]

Pros and Cons of obtaining a Second Mortgage in Canada

Many people when funds are short wonder if a second mortgage will give them breathing room. A second mortgage may be a good option but is also a decision you should consider heavily before signing that dotted line. A second mortgage is nothing more than another loan taken out on your home. You will be […]

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One Entrepreneur’s Story: Joseph Michael / Learn Scrivener Fast

One Entrepreneur’s Story: Joseph Michael / Learn Scrivener Fast “It started as a whim in a coffee shop,” explains Joseph Michael, creator of Learn Scrivener Fast, an online course that teaches students how to use the popular writing program Scrivener. “I had been trying to get a pizza delivery job, but got rejected over and over. I just wanted to make some extra dough on the side.” The pun may have been intentional, but there was nothing funny about Joseph’s financial situation back then.

How to Run an Affiliate Program (Without Being a Douchebag, FS116)

Starting an affiliate program could be a great way to increase revenue if you already have a product for sale. But it’s not easy and there’s a lot of ways it can go horribly wrong.

How to Write Better Sales Copy (Use This One Tip)

A friend asked me for help. She’s a coach, and she sells a high end coaching package… But she needed help with her sales copy. I fired up her page and that’s when I saw it. A HUGE mistake. A mistake that’s so detrimental she may as well have flushed her chances of making sales […]

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7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You’ll Love Grilling

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5 Money Mistakes to Stop Making by 50

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The good news is that as the gender pay gap continues to narrow, women are out-earning men in new and surprising fields, helping reverse the stereotype of men as the breadwinners. Clearly, we’ve got a long way to go to achieve equality in the workplace…

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37 Elements of Effective User Engagement #12 – Award Visitors

Welcome to Part 12 and we’ll be discussing how awarding visitors for their participation can increase engagement. However, the trick here is to make sure you have the right strategy in place and how you should award your users. For example, if you award them for participation and this doesn’t increase engagement, then it’s a complete waste of effort. Over […]

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The 5 Best Self-Tanners

When you’re looking for a nice, even tan, a quality self-tanner can get you there in no time. Regularly visiting a tanning salon or tanning outdoors can be very damaging to your skin, especially over time. By using a self-tanner, you can still ac…