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Gigaom

A Twitter advertising technique is perturbing people. Promoted brands like MasterCard and IFC are appearing in the list of accounts some users follow, even if they don’t actually follow them.

Sources familiar with the company’s advertising strategy tell me this has been occurring since early 2013, but the public has only just now cottoned onto it thanks to actor William Shatner (of Star Trek fame). Shatner brought attention to it after he saw that “MasterCard” appeared in his following list despite the fact that he didn’t follow it. He did a little investigation and discovered that the same promoted account appeared on Dwayne Johnson’s follower list, looking a little out of place given “The Rock” only followed one other account.

Twitter has long been a proponent of native advertising, making its money off promotions that look like a regular part of the Twitter landscape (instead of, say, a banner ad). People are accustomed to promoted…

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Hey everyone, this is a quick guide to get you all started into the amazing world of affiliate marketing. If you want a more in depth affiliate marketing tutorial, I highly suggest signing up for Afillorama’s Affiloblueprint.

Step One – Market Research

Before you can start creating an amazing affiliate website you have to do a little research. Market research consists of finding profitable niches that you might be interested in promoting. These niches can have digital products, physical products, or both. Once you’ve discovered your niche and found product(s) to promote its time to move on to step two. ClickBank is a great resource for researching niches.

Step Two – Keyword Research

Finding the right keywords can be quite troublesome to a lot of internet marketers. You have to learn the market of the niche you are advertising and understand buyer intent. Create a list of keywords (40-50) that are related to your niche and then use a keyword planner to find related keywords. Using a tool such as Traffic Travis or just Google’s keyword planner, you want to eliminate low traffic, high competition keywords. Keywords with less than 50 hits a month should be discarded. You should now have a solid keyword list of about 20-30 keywords.

Step Three – Create Killer Content

Now we want to create content, quality content. You should create a list of topic ideas that you will write about for your niche, roughly 20 or so. Then you want to create articles for these topics. These articles should be 500+ words of amazing content. For those of you that are not good writers, such as myself, there are alternatives. Outsourcing your content through Fiverr or Elance is also an option if you can afford it. This step may take some time, and that is ok. You don’t want to rush it, quality is KING, so take your time and do it right.


To Be Continued…

Stay tuned to next week’s post for steps Four, Five, and maybe Six.

-Vinny Napoleone
@vinny_nap