Monday, December 31st, 2007

What Does The Future Hold?

Thinking about 2008 has been a thought on my mind since getting home yesterday. Many things have changed over the past year. Google SEO and PPC has changed quite a bit, video marketing has skyrocketed and even Email Marketing has changed. (Speaking in respect to Aweber, my autoresponder service that is a required double optin service now).

So what does the future hold?

I don’t know for sure. Although I have a photographic memory, I still haven’t developed any senses to see in the future. Which really sucks, because if I could, work would sure be a lot easier. However, I have some huge thoughts on what we MIGHT see.

1. Blogs will continue to kick the shit out of static sites. However, regular bloggers will probably turn more into user interactive communities. Take a look at CashTactics. I have already begun to do this. I have incorporated a forum where we can all get together on a more personal and regular bases to talk about every aspect of making money and marketing online.

It won’t stop with community sites though. Bloggers will also be podcasting and vlogging (video blogging) a lot more. As a matter of fact, your going to see something I hope that will interest you greatly in a few weeks. I will have a live streaming video feed so you can communicate with me at certain times and watch, read and listen as I respond to questions. Websites are still great in my opinion but will not stand a chance against someone that will regularly communicate with readers. While website owners will rely on their content to do all their preselling, they most likely rely on SEO, PPC and every other traffic method out there. That’s great but that is traditional also. The more social interaction you see with a website, the more likely you will return. Returning visitors are key and without them, your site sucks. Period.

2.  Landing pages are truly on the decline. I am not saying that landing pages are not effective but my trip down to Florida was a real eye opener for the group of masterminds I associated with. I took them to a site that completely blew them away. It’s a site that is basically a landing page for every blog post that is made. Traditional landing pages now require About pages, contact us, terms of service, disclaimers and privacy policies. On top of all of that, you need to have outgoing links to authoritative sites and consistent inbound links as well. Add to the mix that Search Engines love a good internal linking structure and you got yourself a winner. However, building such a site for an offer just to get past a Quality Score for Pay Per Click traffic, and making a site the search engines will index and rank because it provides a great user experience is quite an overwhelming task considering there are thousands of offers and affiliate programs out there.

Building large sites like I spoke about recently are going to have huge advantages over traditional affiliates who build quick little landing pages to advertise with. Building them one at a time is a hell of a waste when you can simply have hundreds if not thousands of them in minutes. Figuring out what your time is worth is vital to your ongoing success. Taking the plunge to build a large site quickly will continue to give *Super Affiliates* the advantages over *small timers* as it always has.

3. Misinformation seems to be going down quite a bit. Thank god I actually got readers that will listen. The amount of bullshit being packaged and sold on the Internet is phenomenally large but at least some people are starting to realize that you don’t have to pay for this shit. You can simply find someone already doing it and sharing their methods and success for a mere 5-10 minutes of reading time. Reading, writing and watching are 3 things you need to develop. The more information you can consume, the more success your going to have. However, too much reading can cause severe ADD ( I know from experience) so you need to develop a 4th sense along with the previous 3 that tells you “enough is enough” and start to implement some of what you have already read.

 These are just a few things I see coming into play this coming year. I could be wrong however, if I am, then I am in for a severe kick in the ass as I am already preparing and start to change up some of my strategies online to incorporate these ideas.

What do you think? What’s the future hold?

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9 Responses

December 31, 2007

great stuff broham… i think you are right on (imo). i am really interested in your ‘large site’ method. i can really see how something like this would crush the dudes messing around with single landing pages. I mean, i may be nieve or just still very green to all this but i can see the logic in how this should work and work well indeed. I am developing my senses and have been the last few months so that i could focus on my projects and get the most out of my time. Also, I totally agree in the importance of the ‘4th sense’ you spoke about. This is the most important of all of them, because as a newbie, you tend to read and try to digest everything you find out there because you are sincere in your goals and you want to make the most money in the least amount of time so you read read and read some more. But if we all develop the ability to ‘pause the reading’ and actually implement the notes that we are taking, then we would be more successful because what ive learned in this business is that you can read all the material there is on the net and take all the notes you want but if thats all you do, you will never gain the experience of making money and knowing how to do it consistently.

December 31, 2007

I agree with Mo. I am very interested in the large site method. To be able to run a business from one huge site would be so much easier versus fragmenting our business all over the net. Way too time consuming and ineffective. I do not have that much time but I sure would like to make money with the time I use.

January 1, 2008

I may sound stupid but what did you mean by “It’s a site that is basically a landing page for every blog post that is made”?

Are you referring to technorati or a blog indexer?

January 1, 2008

Also do you think there is a future for those like me who are just starting out?

January 1, 2008

Umm No.

I am refering to a blog that is used for PPC almost entirely. Every post being a landing page ready to go for PPC traffic.

And yea there is a future. Why you think more and more people are hopping online everyday?

Because there is a never ending expansion on the net.

January 2, 2008

The fresh ideas I’m seeing on this blog just make my head spin. Cant help my useless emotional reaction to this post, but hats off to you man!

November 30, 2008

The overall theme this year has been that blogging, ppc and affiliate marketing are maturing and standards are going up a couple of notches.

You can’t spend 5 mins on a page and expect it to go gangbusters like before.

Which is good, because the solid marketers will stand out from those who’re in it for the quick buck.

November 30, 2008

That’s so true. Until last year I wanted to make a 5 page mini site but now I am going for that authority site which’ll make it impossible for Google to slap in next adwords update ;)