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This is a guest post by Oliver Spencer.

Lay-offs continue to happen. Almost anyone can lose a job. The only way to save yourself from bad times in a sluggish economy is to get ready with a backup plan. And part-time businesses do just that. Initially, one needs to put in plenty of effort to make a business idea work. You may be required to invest (both time and money) much more than you actually make in the beginning. If you are extremely determined and lucky enough, your starting a part-time business can soon pave ways for establishing a larger venture. You’ll start making lots of money and there’ll be no looking back.

You might have read a lot of articles on how to start a part-time business and make money. However, I tried to summarize the entire thing into three major steps that you can easily understand and follow.

#1. Identify a Niche Market

Making money from your part-time business won’t be easy if you are unable to identify a market that will work for you. If you don’t want to throw water on your efforts, it is vital to locate your target or niche market first. The main purpose of identifying a niche market is to know what an ideal customer for your business looks like. So, get ready for doing some extensive research.

While trying to locate a target market, you need to answer these questions –

  • What’s the level of demand in a specific niche?
  • Who are you going to compete with?
  • What products are your competitors selling?
  • What monetization strategy should you follow in that niche?

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This is a guest post by Vern Marker.

Many businesses around the world are cracking down on employee Facebook accounts and other social networking activity. Beyond that, many companies are looking online when considering potential new hires. So why is it so important to keep your personal and professional lives separate on Facebook? The answers seem very obvious.

By being online you automatically give up privacy and autonomy. Your online identity isn’t simply just what you put on your profile. Instead, it is the accumulation of tags, comments and other friend-generated content. Because of this, it’s important to set the tone of your account. If you need to, set up separate accounts: one for professional use and the other for personal use.

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The Internet is a noisy place full of other blogs besides your own. And with so many other blogs to follow, it’s easy for the average user to get lost. Once they find your blog, how can you guarantee they’ll find their way back?

An email campaign can help you stand out from the noise and lead visitors back to your blog regularly. Think of your campaign as laying a breadcrumb trail of regular emails so your readers can follow your updates.

Setting The Trail

A new reader visits your blog. They might like what they see and bookmark your blog to visit again. This is good. They might subscribe to your RSS feed. This is also good. They might do both, and this is great!

But there’s a caveat: they have to check their RSS reader or remember their bookmarks to visit your blog again. And maybe they don’t organize their bookmarks or have so many other sites from Amish Shah Digispace to Zamurai Blogger in their feed that your new posts fade into the noise.

What if they don’t save your blog link at all? With so many online distractions, there’s no guarantee they’ll come back.

There is a way recapture their attention. Draw them back to your blog with regular, valuable emails. By placing a web form on your blog, you can gather their email address and get into their inbox to do the reminding for them.

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If you are making money online with affiliate marketing within the United States, then this interview is one that you must watch with Travis Campbell of Marketing Professor and Shawn Collins, co-founder of Affiliate Summit.

In a nutshell, states (such as Illinois, Arkansas, Rhode Island, and North Carolina) have started passing tax laws that have led affiliates programs like Amazon and others to cut their affiliates who live in those states.

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*Disclaimer: Links included in this post to products mentioned are affiliate links. You will be supporting myself and the site if you purchase your product through them, which is always greatly appreciated!*

After a little over six months as a Clickbank affiliate, I am finally getting my first paycheck of affiliate commissions. But for a while there, I wasn’t sure it was going to happen.

Affiliate Programs I’ve Used

As a bit of background info on my history with affiliate providers, I’d like to say that Clickbank isn’t the only one I have worked with for affiliate products. I’ve promoted products with eJunkie, ShareaSale, and a few smaller affiliate sites.

All of them have been pretty easy – you make a commission on any products (from a novelty promotional item to full making money online course), and typically get paid out within a month, with exception to a few conference affiliate commissions that withheld payment until the event started to prevent any commissions being paid and then attendees canceling later. It’s been straightforward, and whatever commissions I earned, I eventually got paid via Paypal or direct deposit.

Clickbank Products

Clickbank Affiliate Program

What products are available in the Clickbank Marketplace? There are a LOT of products you can market in almost every category, from Arts & Entertainment to Travel. Essentially, any niche that you belong to, you should find a product on Clickbank that fits in it. Some that I market include:

Clickbank Affiliate Payment Rules

When I signed up for my first product out of the Clickbank Marketplace (the Income Blogging Course, which I have also taken myself and enjoyed thoroughly), I didn’t feel the need to read through all of the guidelines, as I assumed one affiliate service works like the next. This is a bad assumption.

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So for those of you who haven’t heard, there is a great contest happening for Affiliate Summit West via Now I have been a lucky duck in 2010 so far – so I’m going for this one last thing for the year.

Here’s why I need to win this package based on per item needs as follows:

1) The Platinum Pass

I would like to be able to actually attend the sessions at ASW. I won a gold pass a few months ago which was really exciting, until I realized that I only get into few keynotes and not much else. Considering that a good percentage of my 2011 forecast is based off of income from affiliate earnings, I need to learn to do it right, and only sessions with experts will do so I can get some questions answered (like why I didn’t earn any affiliate commissions off of the ASW affiliate program even though I had a banner, video, etc. posted on my site).

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There is a popular belief that affiliate marketing is evil, and it’s easy to see why. You sign up for people’s newsletters with the promise of great tips and information, only to be bombarded by frequent emails that are nothing more than “buy this” or “try that.” You see non-stop tweets about product after product. You know that at the rate this person is advertising new products, there is not way that they have had time to actually use them, so why are they recommending them in the first place.

Bad Behaviors

The above and following are examples of what I consider bad affiliate marketing behavior which has led to more and more people thinking of affiliate marketing as a bad thing. Let’s delve into these, and what changes need to be made to bring a little trust into the land of affiliate marketing.

One thing to note before I get into this. I am not a salesperson. I’m sure some of these techniques are the way to go to make more sales, but I have never been a good salesperson or a fan of popular sales techniques in general. I’d like to think that this site will cater to those who feel the same. :)

1. Multiple Emails a Day

I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of getting 3+ emails in one day from one mailing list. And yes, it happens with subject lines such as “24 hours left to buy,” “12 hours left to buy,” “one hour left,” and so on. I realize this probably works in pressuring people to buy something based on a last call sale or doors closing offer, but it just feels too pushy.

My preferred method is to email once about a deal and then tweet any last minute countdowns. Chances are, more people are subscribed to you on Twitter than via email anyway.

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*Disclaimer: Links included in this post to products mentioned are affiliate links. You will be supporting myself and the site if you purchase your product through them, which is always greatly appreciated!*

Popup Domination is a WordPress plugin (and also a standalone plugin for other website platforms) that allows you to create beautiful opt-in lightbox forms for your mailing list, which helps you boost the chances of receiving subscribers to your newsletters and mailing lists.

Who Created Popup Domination?

Michael Dunlop

Popup Domination was created by Michael Dunlop, a well known young entrepreneur. The main sites you would know him by are Retire at 21, where he recently wrote about the top 30 young bloggers making money online and Income Diary, where he has interviewed Gideon Shalwick, Yaro Starak, and other major players in the industry of making money online.

What Do You Get with Popup Domination?

Popup Domination offers 7 templates and 14 colors to choose from.

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*Disclaimer: Links included in this post to products mentioned are affiliate links. You will be supporting myself and the site if you purchase your product through them, which is always greatly appreciated!*

Subscribers Magnet is a WordPress plugin that helps you increase your mailing list subscribers by allowing you to create opt-in forms and options in popular points on your website.

Who Created Subscribers Magnet?

Subscribers Magnet was created by Manish Singh of MaxBlogPress. He has also created several other products, most notably the Ninja Affiliate WordPress plugin that allows affiliates to easily create personalized links for their affiliate products (also used here on Trusted Affiliate Marketer).

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Leave That Page

by Kristi on September 24, 2010

One of the best money saving tips I can give you when purchasing products off of a squeeze page is to leave that page. Don’t just buy it now on your first visit. The worst case scenario of what will happen when you close that window or tab is that nothing will happen, and the tab will close.

Now the BEST case scenario, which I have seen happen on a lot of squeeze pages, is that you will receive an additional offer to stay on the page.

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