5 Recession Proof Affiliate Opportunities
The world is experiencing unique economic times.Â A weak US dollar, over extended world economies are creating challenges for many.
During uncertainty people hold back on spending on large tickets and luxury items but if you look carefully, you can find affiliate opportunities you can incorporate into your portfolio that can augment your revenues.
Fortunately for most affiliate marketers, making the move from recession-proof affiliate products that consumerâ€™s use, regardless of their economic status, is fairly simple.
So, if your affiliate commissions have been falling off of late, here are a number of recession-proof product and service suggestions for your consideration.
1. Tax Preparation and Filing Services
Itâ€™s that time of year again – Tax Time.
Several IRS authorized merchants can be found at Commission Junction (affiliate portal), including TurboTax, H&R Block andÂ QuickTax, the latter of whichÂ pays a 30% commissionÂ on all their products, including a premium tax preparation service which costs $69.95.
2. Education and Workforce Training
People who are unemployed or underemployed are looking for ways to sharpen up their workforce skills.Â Adults are starting new businesses at a record pace and need to learn new business skills.Â Many individuals are looking at continuing education (CEU) courses,career changes or online self-paced business and internet marketing course.Â Some companies that offer affiliate programs are TechieCert.com and eMarketing4us.com (affiliate program).
3. Business Opportunities
Employed and Unemployed people are actively creating a Plan B.Â In the U.S alone, 29 million adults are either starting or are running new businesses.Â These new business owners need training, instructional information products in the form of e-books, podcasts, webinars and conferences to new entrepreneurs; to mention a few.
Almost every business needs business cards, office supplies and computer equipment: to mention a few.Â Check out Commission Junction to see which merchants will be right for your business.
4. Job Search
Letâ€™s face it, there arenâ€™t a lot of jobs out there but there is a lot of people searching for them. Â Join Monster.com and Indeed.com affiliate program and direct your visitors to their sites.
5. Resume Services
Job seekers need to have their resumes updated. Some services, such asÂ Employment911.com pays commissions of 12.5% to 25%Â and their resume writing package prices top out at $357.90 for executive level positions.
While the affiliate programs above do not represent all of the opportunities out there waiting for affiliate marketers, it does demonstrate that even in bad times â€“ we can thrive but one must be open-minded, perceptive and swift.
To my affiliate partners out there â€“ get out there and prosper in 2013!
10.Â NOT EVERYONE NEEDS A WEBSITE BUT EVERYONE NEEDS A WEB PRESENCE.
A website might not be the right strategy for your business.Â There are many affordable ways to build your business online. Website alternatives include: a blogs, landing pages, local directory listings, facebook fan pages or groups, Twitter account, LinkedIn, Flickr and Pinterest; to mention a few.
9. BUSINESSES NEED SIMPLE â€œHOW-TOâ€ STEPS TO GET STARTED ONLINE
Business owners need to market their companies online but most have no idea where to begin. They need simple step-by-step â€œhow-toâ€ instructions in order to achieve results. Find educational programs that walk you through the â€œhow-tosâ€ of online marketing quickly and correctly.
8. MANY BUSINESS WEBSITES ARE NOT EASY TO NAVIGATE
Early adopters website, more often than not, lack fundamental web navigation strategies. Poor navigation results in unhappy customers.Â Unhappy customers result in lost sales.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR COMPETITORS DOING ONLINE?
You need to research what your competitors are doing on the Internet.Â If you donâ€™t know â€œhow-toâ€ assess your competitorsâ€™ websites, backlinks, keywords, or social media marketing strategy, find someone that does.Â Understanding your components game plan will help you grow your business online.
6. BRAND.Â SELL.Â EDUCATE.Â GENERATE LEADS.
If you have or plan to development a web presence, you need to have a strong WHAT.Â WHAT is the purpose of my web presence?Â Once youâ€™ve determined the WHAT, you can then develop a strong website schema and marketing plan.
5. IS MY WEBSITE PRESENCE BRINGING ME BUSINESS?
To understand if your website is bringing you business, you need to understand where youâ€™ve been, where you are and where you want to go.Â Website analytics are a must-have to help you evaluate if your website presence is working for your business.
4. I HAVE A WEBSITE FOR MY BUSINESSÂ â€“ NOW WHAT?
Congratulations you have a website. Now you need to build your Internet marketing plan so you can generate traffic to your site.
3. SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING IS YOUR FRIEND.Â IT REALLY ISâ€¦.
Social media is not going away. More than likely, you donâ€™t need to have a presence in all of the social media networks but you need to select one or two outlets that target you audience and do a good job in that network.
2. THE HOLY GRAIL OF THE INTERNET â€“ SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (SEO)
If you donâ€™t understand organic search engine optimization, you will struggle with developing a strong online presence for your website, social media marketing and localization strategy.
1. THE INTERNET â€¦. DEVELOP A PLAN
Establishing a strong web presence requires a plan.Â It is integral part of your company business development strategy. You need a measurable plan if you want to build your business online.
Shop Small.Â A Big Idea for Local Small Businesses
Reserve some of your Black Friday budget for the Second Annual Small Business Saturday.
Small businesses are the backbone in this country. By shopping small this holiday season, you can help support your local businesses.
Shop small can helps in a big way!Â Â Here are 10 gift-giving ideas for Shopping Small this holiday season.
- Gym membership â€“ an appropriate gift for all ages!
- Gift of personal pamper – gift your family and friends a manicure, pedicure, body massage, hair stylist or barber visit, the mention a few.
- Gift certificate to a local restaurant
- Car care gift certificates for gas, oil changes or a car detailed.Â I could use one of these!
- A box of sweets from your local bakery â€“ YUM!
- Visit your local crafts artisan and buy a scarf, pottery, jewelry, a beautiful wooden box, a painting.
- A ticket to see a local musician or band.
- A ticket to see a movie in your hometown theater.
- Clothing or jewelry from a local specialty shop.
- A donation made in honor of a loved one to your local food bank.
Shop Small shares eMarketing4usâ€™s mission to help small businesses grow.
Get out there this holiday season and shop differently by supporting your local businesses.
Known as Google Plus, and often abbreviated as Google+, this new social media platform is definitely a platform that entrepreneurs and business owners need to carefully monitor.
Check out this video to learn more!
â€œGoogle Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. Enter the topic you wish to monitor, then click preview to see the type of results you’ll receive. Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:
- monitoring a developing news story
- keeping current on a competitor or industry
- getting the latest on a celebrity or event
- keeping tabs on your favorite sports teamsâ€ Â Â (Google)
To create your Google Alerts, follow these steps:
1. Visit http://www.google.com/alerts
You will see a page that looks like this:
3. Choose the type of alert you would like to receive. For example, you may select news, Â blogs, discussion, etc.
4. Decide the volume of messages you would like to receive. How frequently would you like an email notification?
5. Lastly, select the email address where you would like to receive alerts.
These settings can be edited any time by simply visiting the Google alerts page above and managing preferences.
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8 Tips for an Effective Facebook Page for Your Small Business
- Create a fan page, not a personal page for your profile. â€“ Keep personal and business pages separate. For professional purposes, keep personal matters private.
- Create a simple and memorable URL â€“ A URL with the company name, or part of the company name will be the best option when creating the URL. Once the URL is created, it cannot be changed, so proceed with caution and be sure it is exactly what you want.
- Monitor and respond frequently â€“ Fans appreciate a response when they take the time to post on your page. Be sure to take the time to respond as frequently as possible.
- Donâ€™t â€œover-do itâ€ with the posts â€“ Too many posts in a short period of time will surely turn users away. Â Regulate how many status updates are being posted each day. Think of yourself as a customer; how much is too much?
- Ask for feedback â€“ Followers are more likely to respond if you ask a specific question or if they know you are looking for their input. Rather than share an article, ask for some opinions.
- Use your page to share success stories and achievements â€“ Readers want to see the company doing well.
- Remember to have some fun â€“ Be sure to post some â€œfunâ€ posts to keep readers excited. Some quotes, trivia facts, or trending topics will interest readers.
- Track your progress â€“ Notice changes in fans. If you are gaining fans, look into who they are and how they may have heard of you. If youâ€™re losing fans, look into who and why.
Facebook can be an extremely effective tool to market your small business. eMarketing4us offers an online course designed for small business to improve their Facebook marketing strategy. To learn more, visit us at http://e-learning.store.emarketing4us.com/
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Buried in the Health Care bill was a provision that all businesses be required to issue a 1099 to any and all companies and individuals hired and paid more than $600 for goods or services.Â Â The passing of this bill would have been an accounting nightmare for small businesses desperately trying to sustain and grow their business in the aftermath of the Wall Street debacle.
As a small business owner, I hope that this repeal marks the beginning of many successful tax reforms associated with the small business sector.
Small businesses, although struggling, continue to be the backbone of the US economy.Â What small businesses need from our Legislators are tax incentives that reward entrepreneurs when we put people back to work and to remove administrative roadblocks that take us away from doing what we need to focus on right now Â — growing our businesses.Photo courtesy of: Alan Cleaver
- Originally, my site was closed to Ivy League colleges
- I am a privately held company
- Users can add people as friends, send them messages and/or provide them with updates on their status
- My site is controversial and blocked in Syria, China, Vietnam and Iran
- I have more than 500 million active users
- 50% of my active users log on to my site in a day
- My active users have an average of 130 friends
- People interact with over 900 million objects
- People share over 30 billion pieces of content each month
- People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on my site
- Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups or events
- More than 70% of my users are outside the US
- I was founded by Harvard studentsâ€™ in February 2004
WHO AM I?
(reverse the letters to find out)
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1. Donâ€™t quit your day job too soon to be an entrepreneur.
Remember, success isnâ€™t going to happen over night. It may take a while to get going. So, as Amy Drinnon, a successful entrepreneur, suggests, start with what you can manage, financially and time-wise, and scale up as your business grows.Â Â While you are gradually growing your business, educate yourself.Â Â Too often, small businesses run out and get a website developed only to find out later it is a throw away version.Â Â Save time and money by educating yourself. EMarketing4us offers a course, â€œWhat you need to know before you build a websiteâ€, to help you do just that.
2. Find your niche as an entrepreneur.
This will be key to the success of your business. You canâ€™t do everything for everyone, so find what you can. Nowadays, consumers want specialized products or services, so use that to your advantage.
3. Have an Online Presence.
This is where eMarketing4us can help you! The internet plays a valuable role in every company. â€œHaving an online presence eliminates the limitations of physical location and broadens your customer base by, literally, millions. Itâ€™s also a great tool for promoting yourself and letting people, even in your own area, know that youâ€™re there, and what youâ€™re doing.â€ eMarketing4us offers online classes to help you create a unique and imperative online presence for your small business!
4. Refuse to Quit.
â€œJust keep swimming; just keep swimming!â€ Some of the greatest businesses existing today werenâ€™t instant successes. Determination, drive and desire, the three Dâ€™s, set apart successful entrepreneurs and unsuccessful entrepreneurs. Itâ€™s not a sprint; itâ€™s a marathon!
Use eMarketing4usâ€™ Free Website Grader to get a baseline on how your website is performing.Â Use this tool to help you monitor and enhance your business practices to develop a stronger presence on the web.http://amydrinnon.com/4-tips-for-new-entrepreneurs-practical-tips-for-starting-right-P3242 image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leithcote/230174023/ by Leithcote (Anthony Oliver)
Over and over, I hear the same message from small business owners; â€œI have a website but I have no idea whether this tool is helping me grow my business.â€
Well, you are not alone and you no longer need to be in the dark.Â There are analytics (or tracking and measurement tools) that will help you understand how your site is performing so you can do a better job enhancing it to meet your business needs.
Unfortunately many of these analytic tools require that you have a Ph.D. in statistics or market research. Â That is not a practical tool for a small business.Â Â Entrepreneurs need a simple tool that is will tell you what youâ€™re doing right, what youâ€™re wrong, where you need to improve and how to fix it.
We have no time for analysis paralysis.Â Â Time is money.
Agree?Â Then letsâ€™ get started. Â eMarketing4us FREE basic website grader tool will cut through the clutter and tell you how your website is performing, where it needs enhancement and how to improve it!