Every morning when I get up and start drinking some coffee, I always like to check the news to see what kind of crazy stories I can find.
For the most part, I am never disappointed. The world always has plenty of crazy stories about crazy people, some doing wonderful things and others simply expose themselves as a plague on society.
However, regardless of what I find, I always end up running across a site or two that is owned by an Internet Marketer. You can always tell, if you know what to look for…
Generally, you will see:
An Optin Form
Yes, IMers are always big on building those lists of subscribers and some of the products they pitch are probably better left offline and sent to your inbox only.
Regardless, if there is one thing that the IM community knows its this: You can never trust only one traffic source…invest in all avenues of traffic, but never trust any of them as a single best opportunity.
Focus on SEO/SEM, email lists, social media, offline methods, old-school networking…nothing less.
Strategically Placed Advertising
Of course, this isn’t just IM sites, its all sites, and the longer you compare IM sites and traditional news sites like the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times, you will see tons of similarities, namely, advertising blocks placed in the header, sidebar, and footer. Some even run PHP scripts to stuff them in the content.
Personally, I don’t like ads in the content so I don’t place them there.
Joint ventures really are amazing things when you realize just how much money changes hands during a product launch…generally an information product.
If you don’t have your own product, you should seriously consider developing one…even if its just writing an e-book and selling it on Kindle.
Keep in mind JVs work both directions…you can split profits 50/50 with your affiliates and you can split your profits 50/50 with other product owners as one of their affiliates.
So Why Mention News Sites?
So why did I mention news sites? Simple. News sites let you take advantage of any niche that becomes hot (which come and go). Honestly, I never really realized the potential for this until I wrote a science article for this site that has apparently developed a cult following in the internet underworld.
We’ll see where it goes.
If TheBitBot.Com had stuck with what it was originally intended to be (an SEO blog – BORING!) then it would have never become the niche discovery tool that it is today.