It seems like everyone has a blog nowadays. From small start-ups to national companies, everyone has something to say – and they’re saying it online every day in corporate blogs. If you’re thinking blogging is just a trend, think again. Businesses get a lot out of blogging–and it’s not going away any time soon. If you’re considering jumping on the blogging bandwagon, here are a few reasons why you should.
So how can we deal with this overwhelm? One technique that works really well for me is to make the list of a million questions. About 15 times a day questions that I need answered pop up in my head. Needless to say, I don’t have the time right then and there to go find the answer. Most of these questions need to be researched by searching Google, poring through the feeds on my feed aggregator, posting a question to a forum, or asking for help on Twitter. Well, that’s not going to happen when I’m in the middle of my conference call with clients who are paying my mortgage!
RSS feeds are simply articles on a web server that are written in XML, a language that is similar to the source code, (HTML) that is used on blogs and web sites. The beginning of RSS was somewhat confusing before it’s current interpretation as “really simple syndication”, or RSS 2.0. It started as Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91), changed to RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.90 and 1.0). Dave Winer, a developer at Userland introduced his own XML format, and Dan Libby of Netscape, both figure prominently in the history of RSS.
We need time to keep up with all our friends and contacts on Twitter, Facebook, Ryze, and our RSS lista s, not to mention answering emails, writing super-excellent blog posts, and submitting top-quality articles to article directories. And guess what? If you really want to dominate your niche you need to do all of this 5 or 7 days a week! Aack! Can you say overwhelm?
Sell Other People’s Products – Another great reason for you to be an affiliate. That’s it, you don’t need to have any products or services to sell. All you sell is from other people. Since you’re selling other people’s products, there is no headache to handle shipping or any dissatisfaction from customers, your affiliate partners will settle for you. All you need to do is sell the products, when a deal is closed, you will receive your commission. The maximum commission you can receive from an affiliate program is as high as 75%! Plus, some of the products are downloadable like ebook and software, therefore all the transactions are almost instantaneous.
You have nothing to lose but some time. There is no investment that has to be made you can become an affiliate marketer and promote a product and not spend a dime. You may spend some money later on down the road, to build a website ect. but you don’t have to. Wait until you learn the ins and outs of online affiliate marketing before you open your wallet.
These were the confusing days of RSS, but finally in 2002, things got together with RSS 2.0, and Dave Winer’s definition of RSS 2.0. He released ownership over RSS, (one of the good guys – kudos Dave), and gave it to the Berkman Center .
Add this as a regular part of your traffic generation activities. You will see why this powerful strategy has become a favorite of many bloggers. Put it on your to do list and make this a habit.