All posts by Gary Cornelisse

Are you ready for success in 2012?

It was just about this time last year when I made the best business decision of my life.

I was burned out and frustrated with trying to make a living online without knowing where my next customer would come from. I needed a new strategy.

It was just about that time when Willie Crawford set me an email about a group that was only 3 years old. It was the “Niche Affiliate Marketing System”. But, the name threw me off. By this point, I had my fill of Internet “systems”.

But, I clicked the link and read the sales page anyway. It was from Willie after all. And, I knew he is careful about what he promotes.

What I found was not really a system at all. Instead NAMS is a group of 25+ Internet business people who have had years of success and were donating their time to help other people find success too.

Twice a year they get together in Atlanta to teach those that can make show up, and record the sessions for those who can’t. And, every week throughout the year they have “deep dive” webinars into specific topics.

For two weeks it haunted me. I kept the email and bookmarked the link. Maybe this one the thing I needed to make a positive change in my business.

As a New Year’s present to myself, I signed up. And, because I did, 2011 was a much different year than it mighthave been. My business is finally off the ground and growing.

If you’re business needs a new direction, a new strategy, or something different than a get-rich-quick system, I invite you to consider making NAMS a New Year’s gift toyourself. Make 2012 the year you find success or more of it.

http://uContext.com/nams

Please, don’t pay full price! Use the coupon code: MyNAMS85

Links that go to bad Clickbank products or 404

I’ve seen a few people post support tickets about in-text links that go to bad Clickbank products or 404 pages. Unfortunately, there are many bad or discontinued products in the Clickbank marketplace. It’s nearly impossible to remove them all from the uContext system.

However, there is something you can do. Try setting your “Min. Gravity” to something very low, but still above zero.

For example: 0.1

To do this, go to the uContext members area and click on “Websites”. Then, click on “Filters” under your website’s settings.

Because gravity is linked to sales activity, this will help filter out products that no longer have affiliates promoting them or making sales at all.

uContext Knowledgebase answers common support questions

I recently launched the uContext knowledgebase by taking
all the common questions I get in the support system and
writing short articles about each. From the knowledgebase
you can read them any time you like. And, I’ll be adding
new articles as new topics come up.

http://www.ucontext.com/knowledgebase/

Something that comes up a few times a week is why links
don’t show. And, most of the time is because of not enough
content and not enough keywords. I simply can’t cover all
the tips and tricks in the knowledgebase on this one topic.

However, last week I found a very interesting ebook that
shows an interesting way to find and research good keywords
in a niche. The guy that wrote it is an SEO professional
and has worked for some big companies. His experience
really shows in this guide.

http://uContext.com/advancedkeywordreport

He covers how to do keyword research on Adsense and
affiliate websites, but it really covers any type of blog.
Many of the other guides I’ve read are a little too vague.
Markus really shows the simple math and science of doing
it right.

As a bonus, he threw in a guide for doing local SEO keyword
research. Handy if you’re targeting a specific town or
city.

Starting later tonight I will be putting his tips and
techniques into practice with two new websites.

http://uContext.com/advancedkeywordreport

Still not seeing affiliate links?

If you’re still not seeing affiliate links by now, here are a few things to check:

  • Do you have the uContext plug-in installed, activated, and configured with your API Key?
  • Are your links a color that is easily visible and contrasts the other text on the page. Consider changing your stylesheet to make the links easier to see.
  • Have you rolled your mouse over the links in your content looking for URL’s with “ucontext.com” in them?
  • Is your content long enough? A minimum of 300 words is recommended. Anything less and uContext will struggle to find keywords.
  • Do you even have keywords? In other words are there specific words or phrase that you use more than once throughout your content that best represent the primary topic of your blog post?
  • Are you using uContext filters and are there enough Clickbank products left related to your website’s topic to promote? Look for the bold number highlighted in yellow in the filter settings of the uContext members area for your website. Its better to start out with all products available and slowly refine your filters over time.
  • Clear your cache from the uContext plug-in settings area after you make changes to your filters. Access several pages on your website. Wait 5-10 minutes and reload those pages before looking for uContext links again.
  • To see if the plug-in communicating correctly, go to “Pages” under your website in the members area. If you don’t see pages from your website listed after activating the plug-in, visiting a few pages, and then waiting 5-10 minute before refreshing those same pages, please contact support at the link below.

After you’ve evaluated the possible problems above, please use the support area if you continue to have problems.

http://uContext.com/support

Getting clicks but no Clickbank sales?

You’ve got uContext installed. Links are showing up. But, you’re not getting any Clickbank sales yet? The problem is probably a combination of things.

  • Not enough traffic
  • Not enough quality of traffic
  • Not enough buying traffic
  • Your niche could be too general

There are literally thousands of ways to get traffic. We can buy it, we can trade for it, and we can optimize for it. But, there’s no doubt we need traffic to makes sales. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t make sales with low traffic numbers. That’s where quality, buying traffic is important.

If we had a blog on dog training and most visitors are teenagers looking for information about Snoop Dog’s next album, that’s very poor quality traffic. You need to make sure you’re tapping into audiences that match the niche. We probably want to locate people who either just got a puppy in the last several months or people who have dogs with behavior problems.

But, we also want buying traffic. With so much free information out on the Internet, we need to focus our traffic even more. Never underestimate the impatience of a person with a problem. Present them with a quick and easy solution to their problems and they’ll most likely buy the solution instead of wasting hours search around online. In other words, we like to think these are people sitting in front of their computers with their mouse in one hand and a credit card in the other.

This leads me to the quality of your website. And, the most important factor is whether or not your niche is too general. For example, does our dog training website have several posts about the classic car we bought last weekend? How about training parrots to talk? I’d say that’s still too general and off topic.

If you stray off the main topic, don’t go too far. Perhaps dog house plans and products for cleaning up urine stains would be a better choice. See how they might relate to someone with a new puppy or someone with a dog training problem? uContext tries to do this for you with the links it creates, but it needs the content on your website to give it hints.

Is the content on your website well organized and presented in a clear and profession manner? All too often I see websites that are crammed with advertisements surrounding and injected into the content of the website. Google Adsense here and there, random banners all around, and more Adsense scattered throughout the body of the content for good measure. Stop the madness! I doubt many people spend much time on a website like that, let alone actually click ads.

To summarize, get in front of the traffic by understanding who your audience is and what they want. When they visit your website, treat them right and many will trust you enough to buy. Put yourself in their shoes.

Upgrading your uContext account lets you see reports to help you understand your audience. What keywords are they clicking most and what offers are they seeing? You can also fine tune the exact Clickbank offers to best fit your visitors.

Go to “My Account” in the uContext members area to upgrade to get reports.

http://uContext.com/members