That being said there are several places that you can do this effectively and all of them have their own little nuances if you want to master them. Instagram is one such place. The growth that has been exploding from the Instagram platform is undeniable. people like this place and what I have found is that where the people are, there is money to be made…almost always.
As marketers it’s our job to figure out how that puzzle works.
When I first started trying with Instagram…it was a fail. What I found was that it was very easy to build followers but very difficult to generate traffic. Does that mean that Instagram sucks for affiliate marketing?
What it means is that I didn’t crack the code. I didn’t solve the puzzle. So I have decided to re-examine this platform because I assure you with over 400 million users, it is worth our time to do so.
So let’s take this by the numbers here. the 5 biggest problems on Instagram and how to solve them as I see it:
Inevitably when you start something in a new place you ask that age old question, ” How do I get started?” To find my answers I looked to a fantastic article on Shopify written by Neil Waller called, “The Beginner’s Guide To Influencer Marketing on Instagram.” Neil does a fantastic job of setting the groundwork and getting you started quickly and efficiently.
The second question I had after getting started was what kind of content should I really be focusing on? What has been successful in the passed? What kinds of things are people really engaging with on this platform. To find my answers on this one I looked to a really great article on Hubspot by Lindsay Kolowich entitled, “What to Post on Instagram: 18 Photo & Video Ideas to Spark Inspiration.” So much inspiration and insight can be gleaned from this one.
Next, after I start getting an idea about content and what direction I want to go with that, the issue always comes up. When is the best time to post my updates? When will I reach the most people? After all we put work into this stuff. We don’t want to do it for nothing. The answer to this question came to me in a superb post by Dara Fontein called, “The Best Time to Post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.” The answer might surprise you…
At first I thought this was a no brainer. I need the audience to be as big as I can get it right? Well what happened was When I was really into facebook groups I started to notice that there was a point of “critical mass” you could say where your audience starts to become less effective. There is definitely a sweet spot. “The rise of ‘micro-influencers’ on Instagram” is an excellent article is by Yuyu Chen and will give you a great benchmark to aim at when getting started.
Let’s be honest. Everything moves faster when you start throwing money at it…as long as you know what your doing. That’s just the way it is. So is it beneficial to throw some money at Instagram and start learning how to master paid advertising here? Of course. It just depends on what kind of a budget you are working with. You can make money online by just investing your time, but once you start making some of that money…you need to invest back in your business. Paid advertising is a prime way to do that. Ellen Bartolino wrote an excellent article on Hubspot called, ” A Step-by-Step Guide to Advertising on Instagram” that is a perfect place to start if you are ready to throw some money at this thing and speed it up!
So these are some of the big problems that I faced when trying to start seeing results with Instagram. Maybe you face similar obstacles in your quest to actually get traction on this platform. These are 5 articles that I found to be extremely powerful and helpful to me. I hope that they help you as well!
I’m Kam, some people call me ZeroFatz and that’s all I’ve got! I’ll see you in the next one!
The other day someone reached out to me on my YouTube channel and said they were really frustrated with trying to make money online. They were broke, depressed, and felt like giving up. They wanted to know if I had ever been at the bottom like that and if I had had a major breakthrough moment that changed everything.
I had to think about it for a few minutes. The truth is I have not just had one breakthrough moment. I have had several of them. Every single one of them seemed to come when I did something that I really didn’t feel comfortable doing, because I had never done it before, or it seemed too hard in my mind.
Often times though, I notice that something inspired me in some way to take that chance. Something was the catalyst in every instance. These three come to mind…
It was called “How to Easily Shorten and Track Affiliate Links.” For a lot of people that are first getting into affiliate marketing, this is something they overlook. I promise you however, that you most definitely want to be tracking your affiliate links. The fact of the matter is, you only have so much energy. You need to know what you are doing that is effective and what you are doing that is not effective. Knowing where your traffic and sales are coming from are a big part of that.
I created this simple summary infographic based on the original work of Melissa. Hope it helps! -Kam
I always tell people, “When you jump in the IM game just understand that you are jumping into the deep end of the pool with a bunch of hungry sharks.” I mean that it’s very competitive. There are a lot of good people and some grumpy ones as well. There are many different personalities and many different ideas on what professionalism is, what good customer service is, and dare I say what good ethics are too.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. It’s a place where wizards pull bags of gold out of thin air and barbarians slay dragons with mighty swords of power. It’s scary and dangerous. Risky and at times downright miserable.
“Success” is a word that is thrown around like some fantasy football trophy and the weak of heart die painful obscure deaths…
But for all that noise…
I love this place.
And that’s it.
Here are 10 articles that I pulled an amazing amount of inspiration and knowledge from. If you are smart, you’ll read them, take notes and then read them again.
If you’re really smart you’ll write takeaway articles on them and create fresh content for your blogs, youtube channels, and facebook groups…
If your even smarter than that…then maybe…just maybe you’ll figure out something even smarter than that to do with them…and then maybe I write one of these articles about you.
I’ll be watching, and waiting. I’m pulling for you…
The only real rule in this game is that there are no rules. No right or wrong ways to do anything. There is only more effective and less effective. Often it is determined by how unique and clever you can be in your approach. So yeah…creative people win. Fearless people win. People who are not afraid to try something outside the norm, fail and talk about it win.
If you can’t be creative, if you can’t be original, if you find it hard to be yourself or express anything that resembles true emotion online…things get harder for you and you are operating at a disadvantage.
Be yourself. Be the one thing that you are the expert at. Write about THAT shit. Make THAT shit relevant to your niche.
Give yourself permission to fail and then let it rip.
So those are my 10. There are many others but these are the 10 I was really feeling today. They all hold a great amount of power in their ability to help you move your business forward.
Go get it!
I’m Kam (aka ZeroFatz) and that’s all I got! I’ll see you in the next one!
In 2013 there were an estimated 152 million blogs on the internet. It’s probably more now. That was 3 years ago. With all those blogs running around out there it is pretty much impossible that you are going to know about all of them, let alone read everything they are publishing. It’s a shame to because there are some really talented writers out there writing some fantastic articles…especially in the realm of marketing.
Here are 10 that I really enjoyed…
10 reasons why…
15 ways to…
27 things I learned from…
“I Am Jack’s Complete Lack of Surprise”
Let’s stop trying for a second and just write.
What if you didn’t think about how to get more traffic to your blog?
What if you stopped caring about how to get more people to buy your eBook?
What if you ceased to give a shit what anyone thought about your video?
What if you just hit record?
What if you just wrote?
Step 1. Open a free Warrior Plus Account and a free MailChimp Account
Step 2: Acquire content for your first month
Step 3: Put together your first months content in a google docs document.
Step 4: Set up a new mail chimp list for your membership program
Step 5: Create a Simple PDF that gives customers instructions and a link to your mail chimp hosted opt-in form.
Step 6: Create a new product on Warrior Plus that will be your monthly membership program.
Step 7: Find the people who care about what you are talking about and offer the “30 day review access”
Step 8: Get some content together for month two and recruit more members
Step 9: Rinse, Repeat, adjust, and perfect
You’re Welcome. Go make some money!
I’ll see you in Membership Dons for a lot deeper look and a lot more options for creating membership programs!
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TOPIC 1: Consistent money online
Do you think it’s hard to make consistent money online? I personally think that although it is difficult to make consistent online income, it becomes infinitely easier when you have a membership site because your income becomes much more predictable.
TOPIC 2: Starting a monthly membership site?
Some of the things that hold people back when it comes to starting a monthly membership site? One of the things that really hold people back is the technical aspect of setting up a membership site. Another thing that holds them back is the issue of content. What the heck can you put in the membership site for content.
TOPIC 3: Lifting others up around you
Adopt a positive ethos. Lift up the people around you. Especially, the people who buy your courses and are taking action. Lift them up. Put them on a pedestal. Help them win. This concept will pay you back 10 fold.
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Let’s say the product is about email marketing, for example.
Now you go to some really well known site that talks about subject like email marketing and you find a really great article on the subject…