Breaking DC Ground Breaking Online Business Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:09:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Breaking DC 32 32 What Is Affiliate Marketing? Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:57:49 +0000 Continue reading ]]> what is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing, explained in it’s most simple form, is a form of referral advertising where the person promoting something gets paid for bringing any customers for a company.

A simple way of explaining it is through visual graphics.

This infographic from Bengu Marketing describes exactly what affiliate marketing is and how it works…

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular business models on the internet today. Thousands of people have started their own business through affiliate marketing and now have the luxury of receiving a passive income stream thanks to their hustling efforts.

Why is it so popular?

Affiliate marketing is popular because it’s different to many other businesses models and has plenty of upsides.

Firstly, it doesn’t require you to create a product. This alone is one of the biggest attractions for affiliate marketing because creating a product is a very difficult and time-consuming process, not to mention the cost implications.

Secondly, it’s easy to get started. Affiliate marketing has a low barrier to entry so you don’t need to spend thousands of pounds to get started. It’s something you can get started with in a fairly short space of time. You could literally start an affiliate marketing business today if you really wanted to.

Thirdly, you have such a wide variety of products and services to promote. This is attractive because people are able to do what they love and still generate an income. This is why thousands of bloggers leverage the power of affiliate marketing to generate a significant income from their blogs.

Fourth, it gives you location independence. You aren’t tied down to an office location. You can be anywhere in the world and still be in business as long as you have a laptop and internet connection.

I hope this bitsized article has given you a brief little overview on what affiliate marketing is and how it works!



How To Create A Successful Affiliate Ad Campaign Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:07:52 +0000 Continue reading ]]> creating a successful ad campaign

To achieve success in affiliate marketing, you need to be following a strict methodical process. Paid affiliate marketing campaigns are some what of an art form because you can’t just throw things at a wall to see what sticks. It requires a data-driven strategy as well as a knowledge of human psychology.

Having a concrete strategy in place is more important now than it has ever been because the competition is much higher.  Throwing things at a wall might have worked ten years ago, but now, you’ll run out of money before you can say commission!

Many bloggers have found huge success in paid advertising campaigns and continue to draw in huge sums of money from their affiliate marketing websites. These bloggers started out just like all of us, from nothing, and with some consistency and determination, have managed to create assets that will now serve them for life.

In this post we’ll be breaking down the five steps to a successful affiliate marketing campaign.

Follow these steps for a successful affiliate marketing campaign:

Find something to promote

There are thousands of things available for affiliate marketers to promote out there. It can be hard to nail down something and stick with it until you start producing results. It’s good to have experience of the industry you’re focusing on. Even if you don’t, it’s definitely worth doing your research so you aren’t just spitting nonsense to your visitors.

Create a captivating landing page

Landing pages are awesome. They’re designed to get someone to complete a certain action whether that is signing up to a list, downloading a white paper or buying a training course, landing pages are used for pretty much everything.

You can use a landing page to captivate the interest of a visitor and get them to sign up to your list. This form of marketing works very well in almost every industry because you’re able to laser target certain demographics and customise your pages with things like dynamic text replacement.

Setup tracking for your campaigns

As mentioned above, without using a data-driven strategy (which involves tracking) your essentially throwing money at the wall (or just down the drain). Tracking is absolutely essential for your paid advertising campaigns. It forms the foundations of the ability to optimise your advertising. You need to be tracking where your traffic is coming from, what keywords, what clicks you’re getting, conversions… these are just the basics.

Split testing

Split testing is something that many people find confusing but fundamentally it is very simple. Once you have a landing page build, you’re then able to duplicate that landing page and make a few changes. You can then run the two pages alongside each other and see which one produces more conversions. Simple isn’t it?

There are plenty of landing page platforms that integrate tracking and split-testing into the system so it can all be setup with minimal effort on your part. Knowing computer language and complex CSS code is no longer a requirement for you to become a successful online marketer.

Scale and optimise

Once you have a great affiliate offer to promote and you’ve built up your landing pages, setup all your tracking and split testing, it’s time to lets your campaign run and start optimising shortly after you start getting data.

Finding success in affiliate marketing isn’t about being perfect from the start. The success is all in the optimisation. Tweaking a campaign until it becomes something profitable for you is what affiliate marketing is all about. Not every campaign will be an unresounding success but when you do hit that big one it’ll make up for all your previous failures.


Businesses That Work with Your Busy Life Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:19:22 +0000 Continue reading ]]> creating a business around a busy lifestyle

“I quit!”

You did it. You finally quit your job to start your dream business!

Or you might have been thinking about it for the past few years and never took action.

So what’s holding you back? Oh, maybe the million things that include kids, your mortgage, and paying bills. You may be even thinking that starting a business is way out of your league because you’re a busy mother who doesn’t have the highest paying job.

Maybe you want to spend more time with your kids or simply work for yourself instead of reporting to someone. Whatever it may be, if you have the growing desire to build a profitable business around your hectic life, today is the day to start. Building a business as a woman with a busy lifestyle doesn’t have to be the hardest thing in the world.

There is one business model I’m going to be discussing in this article because virtually anyone can do it and it can mold around all your commitments.

Start a Blog About Something You’re Knowledgeable On

Maybe I’m a bit biased because blogging has set me free from Corporate America, but I really do believe that starting a blog is one of the most fulfilling and realistic ways to create an insanely powerful business when you have a super busy life.

What specific ways does a blogger make money?


Sponsored content from other companies 

You have a fitness blog. A weightless supplement company pays you $500 to promote their new protein shake by mentioning it on your blog. Pure profit.

Display Advertising

These are ads that Google displays to website visitors based on what the reader has previously showed interest in from their past activity online. So if Billy was searching for dirt bikes then comes on to your fitness blog, there will be a ad on your website that shows advertisements for dirt bikes.  This is also called retargeting from the company advertising the dirt bikes. Every specific person will be getting unique ads that pertain to their online activity based on cookies.

Affiliate Marketing

You actively promote other company’s products on your blog, but you only get paid when your visitors make a sale from your ad. Your success is based on how well you convert each visitor, but this can be a pretty awesome way to make consistent sales from mentioning a company once in your blog post! Learning how to start affiliate marketing isn’t difficult. You just need to find good training and products that you feel passionate about!

Selling EBooks

Because your blog is on a topic you are already knowledgeable on, creating an EBook won’t be as difficult as you think. By selling an EBook, you keep all the revenue which is totally awesome for a few day’s worth of work that keeps generating money for you.

Let’s take a minute and discuss some of the main takeaways from successful bloggers.

#1 Traffic is What Will Grow Your Blog

The first goal you should have when growing your blog is getting to 10,000 visitors per month. Until you reach that benchmark, don’t expect to make any money online. To increase income from your blog directly correlates to an increase in traffic. The more people that see your site, the more leads and sales you’ll receive.

#2 Master ONE Social Media Platform

 I emphasize one because if you try to master all the platforms at once, you’ll get nowhere. Trying to be on every social media platform may seem like an obvious way to be seen by everyone. False. Every social media platform has a learning curve and you should master one and get it to work for you.

#3 Be Flexible with Your Business 

You’re just starting your blog, and you read about an insane way to make money and you create your whole business plan based on the hype you read about. Don’t plan on anything being set in stone. Sometimes the way you initially plan to make money from your blog will be a completely different route then the way that actually works for your specific site.

#4 Invest in Your Online Education

Whether it’s on how to blog, how to rank in Google, or how to master a certain social media platform, invest in your education. There are outstanding courses online taught by extremely successful bloggers that teach you the best strategies on how to reach the goals you have for your blog.

Blogging is the perfect way to start your own business tailored to who you are, and also a flexible business model that can fit into all the things you have going on in your life.


Your Questions Answered About Online Businesses Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:54:49 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Is it really a possibility to make a living from the comfort of your home? Well, even better than that, you can make a successful and fulfilling living from the comfort of your home or anywhere in the world, for that matter. The progression of technology and user friendly devices alone has made opportunities so vast in the online world.

Now that we know there are millions of successful online business owners, what are the businesses that they’ve created? Well, we know that successful businesses starts from finding a market need, so since the internet is becoming a crucial place for every business to be, there are lots of products and services people are actively searching the web for to grow their online business; this could be brand awareness, online advertising etc.

This is a brief list of businesses that can be started and operated from home that each fulfill a huge market need. Keep in mind, a home business doesn’t mean that it is less work or commitment when building these startups. Every successful business needs commitment, persistence, and investment.

Please note, that these may seem like extremely difficult business models but I’ve selected these particular business ideas that anyone with any skill set can be successful in, and I will be providing great resources that talk about each of these home business models in great depth.


Web Design Online Business

A website is crucial for every business whether it’s primarily online or not. This means your local pet store to your financial consulting firms. The demand for websites will not subside any time soon because it’s now a necessity for every business.

You might be wondering why people would pay you a substantial amount of money to build a website for a business when there are many new platforms that are drag and drop templates to build a website without having any website knowledge. Well, there are a few reasons why that won’t influence your business too much.

First, business owners don’t have the time to build a website, even if it’s drag and drop. That’s the last thing most business owners want to worry about, so paying someone a one-time payment to build a website is a concept that many business owners will always love. Another reason people are willing to pay thousands is because of the customization and complexity that many business owners need for their businesses.

There is a great deal of work when building a web development business, and frankly, the competition is fierce. But a great way to start is though freelancing sites, and in time, when your portfolio grows, you can increase rates and create your business through word of mouth.

Affiliate Marketing Business

Affiliate marketing is a new and popular topic right now and can be discussed for hours about its misconceptions, methods, and how to start a legitimate business from affiliate marketing. But like any other business, affiliate marketing does require work and consistency when starting off. Affiliate marketing is basically a referral program that pays commissions based on sales. The reason this is a viable home business is because you don’t need to provide the service or product, you only need to pick a company you support and advertise their stuff. This is also another market need because affiliate marketing is like businesses hiring hundreds of online marketers that only get paid if they make sales. It’s a win-win for the affiliate marketer and the business owner. The top affiliates tend to stick with high paying affiliate programs. These are affiliate programs that specialise in offering high-end products that sell for a lot more money, making the affiliate a much higher commission per sale.

Coaching Business

If you have a particular skill or have knowledge on a topic that people are actively searching for, you have a business. People are hiring coaches to achieve their goals more than ever right now. This can be in any subject including, life skills, positivity, productivity, accountability, meditation, and even public speaking.

You don’t need to be certified or have training in a that topic, you just need to be a knowledgeable and confident authority in that industry. Many people want an entrepreneurial life solely because they love helping people and this can be extremely fulfilling for that kind of person.

When training clients, this could be through one on one Skype calls, live webinars, or offering eBooks, video training, and memberships to a platform they can access regularly.

These are just a few ideas to get your thought flowing on the opportunity the internet has to offer for you to create your own home business. Today, it’s easier than ever to create an online business that can help people all over the world. If you have quality products, services, or knowledge in an industry while working hard to reach your ideal clients that are actively searching for you, you can have a successful and flexible home business.


The Ultimate To-Do List for Getting Your Online Business Remembered Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:30:53 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Let’s say you’ve started your online business a few years ago and you’re getting frustrated at the fact that no one remembers your online business and you don’t seem to be making an impact in your industry. The solution to this problem, you ask? Build your online presence.

Building an online presence is crucial to any successful online business because that is the only way people will remember your company to use you as a reference, interact with you, buy another product from you, share your content, products, or services with friends.

Being remembered online is a time consuming process and it’s not something that can happen in a few days. But the good news is, if you have a plan of action for building your online presence, it can be a simpler process.

breaking DC how to build an online presence


Well… What is an online presence?

An online presence is all of the channels that you have created for your business. An online presence has a goal or reaching a wide range of people, hence why you need to create multiple channels. When built successfully, it can drive interactions, fans, followers, leads, and even publicity if you build it up substantially.

This is the ultimate to-do list for building your online presence right now.

1. Lay your goals out and decide what you want the result of your brand awareness to be – both long-term and short-term.

As you start to take action for your online presence, you should be continuously asking yourself how each of your efforts are contributing to the growth of your business.

Write down your goals whether that is how many leads you want from it a month, followers, or sales. Don’t just start making accounts on every platform just because you think you should do that and it’ll help, create a plan on how you want to build your online presence and what you’re expecting out of it.

This is great for keeping track of your efforts, as well as accountability to continue building to eventually reach your business goals.

Breaking DC Setting Goals for Your Online Business

2. Building your platform

For every online business, the solid platform tends to be your website which is the center of your brand awareness/online presence.

This is the platform that every person interested in what you have to offer from your other channels, will end up to learn more about your company. Your website should be fully optimized, filled with information, and a place that answers any unanswered questions or concerns that your prospects may have. This is the main channel that they will contact you, buy from you, and engage with you so you need to make it user friendly for all those possibilities.

Another important aspect for your home channel is SEO. This can be extremely complex but there is extensive amount of resources on how to learn SEO to build your online business presence without hiring anyone.

3. Value

On each channel that you plan on using for your online presence, make sure that your number one goal is to provide value. Over time, the industry leaders are telling us time, and time again that providing value is the number one way to become a trusted authority in your industry. If its social media, create posts that aren’t selling anything 90% of the time and just giving out golden nuggets to your followers. (This doesn’t have to be created by you either, it can be valuable shared content that you know your followers will enjoy).

4. Build Relationships

This is a crucial, yet simple task in building an online presence. The first step in building relationships is understanding your exact avatar and targeting them on the web through the channel you’re using. Join the groups that your avatar tends to spend their time on, and contribute. This is a time where you will learn about your prospects and also a way to understand their desires, pains and expectations when it comes to your products or services.

When people show interest in your account, reach out to each of them whenever you can. Being likable online is important, so face negativity with grace, and build relationship with good intentions.

5. Patience

As you can tell, all of these things are simple, but they take time to fully do and it is a process that should last as long as your business. If you’re able to create your goals, build a strong foundation, provide value and build relationships, you will see your efforts pay off when you have an unbreakable online presence that’s well known in your industry.



Two Strategies To Master For a Better Life Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:22:41 +0000 Continue reading ]]> two strategies to master to improve your life

When I think about mastering my life and focusing on exact strategies for living better, my mind is automatically drawn towards focus. Focus is the thing that sets the dreamers apart from the doers. It’s the ultimate tester.

The people that have the ability to cultivate deep focus in a world full of distractions are the ones that produce consistent results in their lives. They build amazing businesses and enjoy consistent personal and professional growth. In the age of social media, most of us have lost the ability to stay focused and grounded when we need to most.

Being mindful is the key to cultivating a deep focus. Being mindful basically means being aware of yourself, your actions. To have an awareness around what you’re doing. Being present to the moment.

Being mindful also means being in a state where you aren’t reactive to external stimulus because you’re present. This is a very important trait to have in a world that is constantly trying to distract us with (mostly) meaningless things.

Reading Books

Not enough of us read anymore. The amount of knowledge one can gain from reading one book is quite honestly flabbergasting. Someone will spend 20 years honing their craft with a particular skill, talent or just life experience and pour all their experiences in to this book for you. You can absorb all this information in a number of hours for literally a few dollars. I think that’s a pretty damn good deal if you ask me!

The issue is, if you lack focus, you won’t be able to read without getting distracted every few minutes! Cultivating a state of presence is instrumental to nailing the focus thing. You can’t be looking at your iPhone every few minutes and expect to absorb any information from the book, or even know what going on, for that matter.

How To Improve Your Focus

Putting in the simplest way, you need to meditate. Meditation is the yoga of the mind. It provides a deep, much-needed resting place for your mind that is deeper than sleep itself. It’s a way for you to become more sharp, rounded and perform powerfully in whatever you choose to do.

I personally learnt how to do a “sitting” meditation from this great site, CalmDownMind. Before you start to freaking by telling me how hard it is just hear me out for a sec. This meditation isn’t like any other form of meditation. It is meditation that literally involves sitting down.

You sit down and let everything go… you relax all your muscles and breathe. You aren’t trying to focus or trying to concentrate. This is the key thing. You aren’t trying to do anything. You’re just allowing everything as it is.

This actually initiates a very deep conscious release process of any trapped negativity in your body.

The fundamental problem that so many of us have is trapped emotions. So many of us are walking around with past traumas that literally get stored in our body from past experiences. We don’t allow them to get released because society tells us to suppress things that feel “bad”.

So we unconsciously push “bad” thoughts and negativity away which results in a negative energy momentum that literally gets stuck inside us.

It takes a while for us to learn how to consciously release these emotions that have been having a negative effect on us for years.

The start of this release of negativity requires a different approach to the way we think about things. It requires a complete openness to our thoughts and feelings. We need to go into the state of allowing.



How The Affiliate Marketing Landscape Is Transforming Thu, 09 Feb 2017 02:30:52 +0000 Continue reading ]]> how the affiliate marketing landscape is transforming

Affiliate marketing is the biggest form of referral marketing on the internet today. Affiliates all over the world have the opportunity to promote products and services of other companies and make a commission doing so.

What is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is one of the most common online business ideas that people tend to get started with. It has a low barrier of entry and gives almost anyone with basic computer knowledge and the right mindset the opportunity to start their own business and generate an income online in a short amount of time. Affiliate marketing is one of the many popular online business models in existence today.

Most people start off in by getting some form of affiliate marketing training before joining an affiliate program and promoting products and services from there.

According to the research and statistic company, Forrester, affiliate marketing spend in the US is expected to reach $6 billion dollars by the end of 2017. Affiliate marketing is a huge, growing market that has huge potential.

Bigger brands are increasingly becoming aware of the power of affiliate marketing and are taking appropriate steps to incorporate this into their core marketing strategies.

As affiliate marketing evolves, serious marketers need to know exactly what’s happening in the industry. The ever-changing nature of technology as well as the change in consumer behaviour is transforming affiliate marketing and creating opportunities for marketers to target consumers in new ways.

Marketing Is Becoming a Data-Driven Science

data driven marketing

You can’t improve on what you aren’t measuring. Brands are increasingly wanting to pay their partners based on performance, thanks to the advancement of data-tracking technologies.

In the past, companies had no idea how their campaigns would perform. Take for example, the world of traditional marketing. If you placed an ad in a magazine, you would have absolutely no idea how many people saw it.

It makes complete sense that brands now want to pay on a performance basis because the data is available.

Technology now allows for improved management of data and tracking is now allowing companies to convert customers that would have been lost to the ether, previously.

Technology Bridges The Gap Between Online & Offline Marketing

In 2017, retailers are working more and more with loyalty and reward app companies on a performance basis. This means that the application of location-based marketing is huge. This is the essence of affiliate marketing.

Here’s is an example of location based marketing: 

A prospect enters the Clarks shoe shop, an iBeacon sense her iPhone as well as a discount coupon app she has on her phone. She automatically receives a coupon for 20% off a pair of shoes at Clarks. The prospect takes advantage of the offer and redeems the coupon at the point of sale. Clarks pays the coupon app a commission for the referral.

This is just one small example. This form of merged marketing can be implemented on a much bigger scale. Take a big shopping centre, for example. This shopping centre is home to dozens of marketers. This shopping centre could potentially become a marketer as well as a performance partner. Prospects would receive iBeacon offers through the shopping centre’s own app.

This new technology is completely changing the relationship between marketer and partner as well as opening up new opportunities for affiliate’s to market to consumers.



How To Build An Amazon Business With Private Label Products [Video] Thu, 09 Feb 2017 01:21:52 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Today, i’m going to show you how you can build a highly profitable online business through e-commerce on the beast that is Amazon.

This type of business provides location freedom because you only need a laptop and internet connection to be up and running.

The internet is so beautiful isn’t it?

Most of you that are reading this are probably in full-time work right now, maybe it’s a job that you din’t like, or one that just doesn’t give you the freedoms you want in your life.

Perhaps you’ve already tried to start an online business but it just hasn’t worked out. Maybe you got stuck in “learning” mode or just found the technical side of things too difficult.

Starting a business is difficult. Having to learn all these new skills and dedicate all your time to making things work, it’s definitely not a walk in the park. But if you don’t have a proven process to follow, your chances of success are significantly impacted.

Most people who try to start their own business and focusing on the wrong things. They try to learn every marketing strategy out there and end up getting stuck in education mode and never actually taking any action.

To build a profitable online business, you need to understand the fundamentals of real, sustainable, long-term business.

The video below is one that I came across while doing on my daily Youtube browsing session. It outlines exactly how you can build a profitable and long-lasting dropshipping business, starting from scratch.

This video is a great introduction to building a business on Amazon through private label products.

You can ignore the call to action at the end, I just thought I would share the video because it has some very useful information in it.

If you’re interested in finding out more about building a business through Amazon, check out these resources:

A Unique Way To Make Money On Amazon – The Penny Hoarder

$33k In 30 Days – Side Hustle Nation

How To Get Started With Amazon Private Label Rights –


How You Can Leverage The Power of Snapchat For Marketing [infographic] Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:52:25 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Snapchat now has more than 150 million users. Most people haven’t tapped into this source of leads for their business just yet, making it a platform that is ripe with marketing opportunity.

Snapchat is so much more than just an app you where you send ridiculous photos of yourself to your friends. Social media is changing and with that, the ways we can market our products and services are also changing.

I’ve personally noticed that Snapchat now has “sponsored” filters that you can use that I assume have been created and paid for by big companies. These filters come from companies like Dominoes and Pepsi where it adds a funny filter onto your face and it’s always something that relates to the brand in question. This is an new way of engaging brands with consumers by making it a much more personal experience.

A video analytics software service, by the name of Delmondo, has created an awesome infographic that contains some very interesting facts about snapchat and how it can be used for marketing.

Snapchats most expensive advertising offering is called Discover ads, which starts at over $40,000!

There are other options, as mentioned above Snapchat offers things like geofilters, sponsored lenses and ads that display between stories.

Check out the infographic below for more information: