I’m in a Christmas mood already. Are you?

Posted October 24th, 2007 by Nelson Tan. Filed under Research

As an affiliate marketer/reseller, you should be.

Christmas is like 2 months away, but you never know how time flies at the bat of an eyelid!

Before I forget, look out for major Christmas giveaway events like Mark Hendrick’s “12 Days Of Christmas” and “30 Days of Christmas” in mid-November, but this is besides the main issue today.

The festive season is also ‘merchandize’ season. Your spider senses must tingle over the hot goods that sell at year-end. From today, there should be enough time for you to do your market research and prepare your sales campaign.

Here are some personal suggestions:

1. Electronics (iThis, iThat…)
2. Christmas recipes
3. Christmas trees and other decors
4. Christmas-themed or New Year-themed DVDs and albums, e-books, PLR articles etc.
5. Goal-setting materials
6. Gaming consoles (PlayStation 3, X360, Wii)
7. Alcohol
8. New clothes for the New Year.
9. For men: watches
10. For women: jewelry
11. Season greetings cards
12. 2008 diaries/calendars
13. Corporate gifts (it’s peak market season now actually)

What’s so special about point 13? You can understand the market situation for corporate gifts by going to Google Trends and type in “corporate gifts”! You’ll find that it hits a low throughout December; likely that companies are doing stock-taking on performance, inventories etc. in preparation for the New Year.

Likewise you can research on watches and jewelry to check out its year-on-year patterns. Google Trends does not tell you what to sell…well, if only! You’ll have to consolidate your best keywords and type them in Trends to get a rough idea whether they’re worth selling in the next 2 months or not.

So Google Trends is particularly great for sniffing out seasonal patterns, like checking for spikes in search volume during Christmas/year-end period, mid-year, Halloween, other ethnic festivals etc. You can spot sellable niches this way.

Other things you can do in December is run your annual year-end garage sale or offer year-end discounts for your products and services.

Starting mid-December, start selling weight loss products! People will want to get rid of tummy flab from consuming too much meat. Serious!

It’s no secret watches, jewelry and iPods sell very well over eBay, and there are other items that consistently sell well throughout the year. Now you may think selling hard products is too much work, too much logistics etc. At the end of the day, the profit you can gain from selling high-ticket luxury items certainly outweighs whatever disadvantages you may perceive as part of the setup/learning process, or else so many PowerSellers wouldn’t be doing it.

You will need to find wholesale products you can sell, and there’s one place where you can buy them up to 90% off. You also get a list of trustworthy wholesalers and merchants who want to work with you and mingle in a forum with other marketers to gain tips and opportunities. This place is none other SaleHoo.

I hope today’s ideas will keep your neurons firing. Merry Christmas!!! (huh…)

Using the Law of Attraction…

Posted October 21st, 2007 by Nelson Tan. Filed under Personal Development

Law Of Attraction: The N.I.C.E. Technique

Scientists have proven over and over that universal laws work each and every time. For example, the Law of Gravity works every single time. You drop a brick. It hits the ground very quickly (watch out for your toes when you do this!). It doesn’t matter if you believe in the Law of Gravity, it still applies to you. Just like there’s a Law of Gravity, there’s a Law that determines what you get in life. That Law has been working for or against you since you were born. You may not have known about the law. Might not have paid attention to it. Might not care about it. Might not even believe it’s true. But this Law applies to you anyway. If you’re not getting everything you want out of life, then the Law is definitely working… it’s just not working to your benefit. If that’s the case, then I urge you to go this site ASAP so you can find out how to make this Law work for you. Here’s how to get everything you want.

Master this science of Web 2.0 leverage.

Posted October 18th, 2007 by Nelson Tan. Filed under Social Media

User Generated Content Handbook

When you can get your hands off your sites while other visitors publish content FOR you, you have attain the ideal leverage. The User Generated Content Handbook explains in great detail how to get Web 2.0 user generated content to boost traffic to your website. It provides step-by-step instructions including checklists and worksheets to assist you in exercising the essential elements of this income boosting formula. Master Resell Rights is optional.

Apart from the ongoing Web 2.0 wave, there are very few and ‘new’ marketing methods which are mind-blowing enough to cause a paradigm shift and completely change the way you do business online.

Affiliate marketing? Checked.
Article marketing? Checked.
PPC? Checked.
Viral marketing? Checked.
Link exchange? Checked.

Of course, bridging the gap between what you know and what you do is another separate matter…

But perhaps you may not understand or even heard of making money out of domain names and its inner workings. Why? Because it is entirely different from marketing. In fact, it may hardly have anything to do with marketing at all. We are so used to selling and creating value to make money.

On the other hand, domain name trading/investing is an established industry whereby you create portfolios of expired domain names and “squat in the jungle” for the right time to let them off for a premium price. I have long suspected that people who deal in property investment and stock market would be very adapt at domain name trading because the mindset is already well honed for crucial timing…well, some similarities are there, like getting hold of names the moment they expire on that very day. Very ‘commodity’ stuff.

This industry won’t be easy to play for 1 key reason: Squatters may hold on to domain names that depreciate in value some years down the road only to finally realize they are absolutely useless. They just don’t know how to evaluate the present and projected monetary value of those names and quickly find a targeted buying audience via an established channel to let them go for a timely profit.

If you also think most simple and easy-to-remember domain names are already taken up, I beg to differ; I really think we are still in a “Wild West” era when it comes to domain name trading. Most netrepreneurs would have given up if they think they have to publish some amount of content for every domain name before they can sell them off.

But the money is based on the value of the DOMAIN NAME itself, not the content or anywhere else.

Consider this: when we all have 24 hours, what makes an expert ‘domainer’ different from everyone else?

Answer: 300,000 domains

Don’t understand what I’m driving at? Read this press release.

Kevin Ham owns around 300,000 domains, and receives around $70 million per annum in revenue from them. His empire is reputed to be worth close to $300 million. All this from owning domain names!

If you work your calculations backwards, all these big numbers will look manageable:

$70 million is about $5.8 million per month. Divide that by 300,000 domains and it turns out each domain is generating around $19/month in revenue.

Or just $0.63c/day. So $0.63c/day (per domain) is all it takes to get there.

Do you think you can generate $0.63c/day? I certainly think it is achievable.

Domains Into Dollars

Phil Craig’s Domains Into Dollars is where you start learning. It consists of a solid 194-page e-book and a video series:

Lesson #1 – Introduction To The Domaining Industry
Lesson #2 – What Types Of Domains Are Available
Lesson #3 – Show Me The Money (Domaining Revenue Models)
Lesson #4 – Getting Started (An Easy And Free Way To Find Domains)
Lesson #5 – Quick Domain Flipping On eBay
Lesson #6 – Domain Name Valuation
Lesson #7 – Selling Your Domain Names

To give you an idea of some of the techniques involved:

1) Domain flipping: If you find a domain name that is getting popular, you buy it cheaply, turn around and sell it for a higher price. In the videos, you’ll be shown in minute detail how a $6.99 purchase became $515 in less than 7 days! These sort of results are happening time and time again.

2) Paid advertising: Say for example http://www.satan.com. There are many ‘inactive’ domains that look like this and you may have thought they are held by some web-hosting companies. But since satan.com is held by an individual (Kevin Ham), he as the owner earns from clicks within the site. The inside story of this kind of paid advertising will be revealed! To give you a clue, a friend told me these ads are provided by Google, Yahoo or other networks but they are metaphorically considered as a “private label” version and are served exclusively to people who can drive an astronomically large number of impressions to their sites.

3) Free traffic: It turns out that a lot of people type the name of a service they are interested in directly into the address bar of a browser, instead of using the search engine, so if you can find a name that people would use, you will get free traffic. Example: If they want a limousine in Dallas, they might directly type in dallaslimousine.com into the search engine to find it. If they do, it means free traffic to you. You will discover how to pinpoint a good domain name based on this market mechanism.

4) Domain mining: Phil gives you a resource to find just-deleted domain names. Approximately 40,000 .com names are deleted and put back into the pool each day, so this is great opportunity for a quick pickup. Use this service to find some really nice sounding domains, including a few 4 and 5-letter domain names when there’s luck.

Phil also gives you all the legal forms you need when selling domains to cover yourself, and you will also learn a range of monetization methods using specialist services which take a share of the revenue with you. This means you can be earning money in the first day you test your newly acquired domain! If not, then there’s the classic way of outright-selling your domain, and Phil goes into detail about that, showing you the best ways to attract buyers, the best websites to list your domains on, pitfalls to watch out for, and more.

Domain name investing is a great model if you’re very serious about passive income, and at this moment I still believe there is a huge opportunity there for people getting in at ground level.

There is a promotion on Phil’s website offering $10 off. Make sure you click the coupon box at the top of the screen to get your coupon while it lasts.

* Graphical Optin Template Pack *

Posted October 1st, 2007 by Nelson Tan. Filed under Graphics

Graphical Optin Template Pack

J.P. Schoeffel has packaged a collection of testimonial and opt-in box graphics into a very affordable template pack. You’ll know straightaway these high-quality graphics can only come out of his hands.