The Top 9 Indian Affiliate Programs You Must Join Today

by Deepak Kanakaraju on September 20, 2017

Affiliate Marketing is a big industry and there is a range of affiliate programs all over the globe. The likes of ClickBank, Commission Junction and Impact Radius are the networks that come to mind when you think about affiliate marketing. But what if your blog is for the Indian audience and most of your visitors are from India?

You cannot promote international products to the Indian audience. You need to find out products and affiliate programs that are inclined towards the Indian audience.

Here are some reasons why:

  • Brand Affinity: People are likely to buy from a Brand they trust. For instance, people might be willing to buy from Myntra than Macy’s as Myntra has established themselves better in the minds of the Indian consumers.
  • Shipping Issues: If you are selling physical products know that not all international eCommerce sites ship to India. A product being sold on Amazon UK might not be shipped to India. So what is the point of driving an India user to such a product?
  • Indian Affiliate Networks: The advantage of working with Indian affiliate networks is they have more Indian focused advertisers in their network. So you will have a deeper highly focused inventory to promote to your audience.

But not affiliate networks are equal. Even worse, not affiliate networks are honest when it comes to payouts. This is the living reality of the internet.

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7 Affiliate Marketing Myths Debunked

by Deepak Kanakaraju on September 18, 2017

When I got introduced to affiliate marketing almost 10 years ago I had my own share of fears, misconceptions, and doubts. The curse of the internet is that con men have been spreading false information to multiply their profits.

Even worse, gullible beginners believe their showmanship and get into affiliate marketing with a wrong set of beliefs and end up tasting failure. I’ve been there done that. And I want to make sure that you don’t end up believing in the same myth.

Few of these myths are self-created too. For instance, when I was getting started I believed that Affiliate marketing is something only for the big guys with a huge amount of capital. I thought it was some “secret money making” formula which only a few rich people in the world kept it to themselves.

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How to Profit from Niche Websites with Affiliate Marketing

by Deepak Kanakaraju on September 15, 2017

Just like entrepreneurship, success in affiliate marketing is the combination of hard work and smart strategies. It doesn’t matter whether you are beginning your innings in the affiliate space or an experienced player, what matters most is your strength to capture the mood of your target audience.

What’s the secret sauce for making profits without worrying about your competitors?

Niche Websites!

These sites aim for a smaller set of audience in a big market. The motto is to select the limited competition markets, but there must be sufficient amount of online people searching for your desired topic.

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A Beginners Guide to Lead Generation and Lead Nurturing

by Deepak Kanakaraju on September 13, 2017

The human attention span has fallen from 12 to 8 seconds. It’s not your fault because we are overloaded with lots of information at a given time.

How does this information overload affect your lead generation process? Before understanding the cause, I’ll share the meaning to help you understand the concept.

Lead Generation is a process of collecting email, phone number and other details which give you more information about the potential customer.

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How to Stand Out From the Crowd in the Digital Marketing Job Market

by Deepak Kanakaraju on September 11, 2017

Differentiating yourself is an important aspect of a long term successful career in digital marketing. If you are perceived as someone of the same skill set and ability as most candidates in the digital marketing industry chances are that you are playing a hit or miss with every job you apply for.

Differentiating yourself is not just about dressing better than the rest or getting an extra degree under your belt. Differentiating is more about how your skills, talent, and education makes you irreplaceable.

It is about bringing the best and the most real version of you and honing it until the whole digital industry sees your brilliance.

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How To Set up Facebook Instant Articles For WordPress

by Deepak Kanakaraju on September 4, 2017

Facebook Instant Articles was made to fix the problem users faced while browsing slow loading pages on the mobile. Once you publish an instant article on to Facebook the thumbnail will appear with bolt icon. The URL structure of the article is same as your regular website URL. When the article is seen and clicked on Facebook Mobile App, the article will load instantly and the content will be hosted on Facebook.

90% of Facebook users access it on a mobile device. Setting up instant articles for your WordPress blog will give you an advantage of capturing Facebook’s huge mobile audience.

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How to Improve and Monitor Your Website’s Uptime

by Deepak Kanakaraju on September 1, 2017

Downtime affects reputation, revenue, search visibility, and ultimately your online business. In this post, we will understand the importance of uptime monitoring and how you can keep your visitors happy.

Uptime reflects the time or percentage for which your site is up and running. Whereas, downtime tells the time or percentage for which you won’t receive the services from your hosting provider.

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How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency in India

by Deepak Kanakaraju on August 30, 2017

Recently I had announced that I am going to start a digital marketing agency called Pixel Track. You might have also noticed that I promised to write about the journey as I go along. I am just getting started with forming the company and I want to talk about the journey so far.

If I keep writing about my journey from time to time it will make sure that I will not miss out on any details. This series of posts will help you go ahead and start your own agency as well.

Deciding to start an agency is a very big leap that I have taken in my life. Earlier I used to work as full time digital marketing manager in several companies and in such cases it was very easy to handle the workload.

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I am Starting a Digital Marketing Agency and Here’s Why

by Deepak Kanakaraju on August 22, 2017

Recently I announced on my Facebook page that I am going to start a digital marketing agency. Some of my friends were not sure why I am doing it because I make a LOT of revenue from the sales of my courses already. Not everyone wants to start a digital marketing agency because it involves meetings with clients, following up with payments, having a physical office space and having employees who work full time in the company.

As bloggers, many people choose to live the laptop lifestyle. They sell information and tools online, have a huge email list and prefer to have the freedom of travel. I do have such desires, no doubt in it. But, I don’t think I will be a successful blogger and trainer in the digital marketing space if I keep travelling and keep selling information products.

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The Ultimate Guide to Content Marketing

by Deepak Kanakaraju on August 13, 2017

Content marketing takes the priority in digital marketing compared to all the other modules. There is no doubt in that. It forms the foundation of all digital marketing activities. But good content doesn’t perform on its own without marketing. Good Content Marketing is about creating great content and also marketing it in the right way.

I’ve been blogging for more than 10 years now and in this blog post, I want to share my learning and experiences on content marketing. We will cover 3 major areas:

  • Why content marketing?
  • The different types of content and…
  • The most common content delivery formats.

Let’s get started…

Why Content Marketing?

Before we get to the why – we need to look back a little about the history of content marketing. If you thought content marketing is a recent addition to the ‘tactics of marketing’, you would be wrong.

Content marketing is hundreds of years old and one of the oldest form of marketing that has existed. Not to mention, storytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication and also is a form of content marketing. Stories have been traditionally used to communicate values and establish brands.

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