Mar 262015
 

work from home   Working with GDI is a great way to build additional income without having to punch a clock or check into an office. Others around you not convinced of the benefit of this untraditional set up? Read on to discover five reasons to work from home with an organization like GDI.

1. Make Your Own Schedule

Many people who are affiliate marketers have full time jobs, family commitments and many more things taking up their time. Yet they still are able to earn income in affiliate marketing. How? Working from home allows you to make your own schedule and work when you have time. Don’t think that means that you have to put in four hours as an affiliate marketer after your full time job. Making your own schedule often means putting in 20 minutes when you have time or a longer chunk on a rainy Sunday afternoon. As an affiliate marketer you decide when you will work and how much money you want to make.

2. No Time Lost on Commute

A second source of income is great, but it can come with tradeoffs. Say your second job is at a brick and mortar location and you have to drive there after your full eight hour shift. You’re now losing time in your day as you make your way to another place of work. Why not skip the commute all together and still earn income? As an affiliate marketer you can telecommute. All you need is access to a computer and the internet.

3. Work Around the Globe

Working in a brick and mortar location means you are limited to your number of customers. Most will be local and live close to your business. With affiliate marketing you can work with customers around the globe. You have easy access to new prospects with your computer and your unique schedule lets you set up time to connect with people in other time zones.

4. Residual Income

Affiliate marketing gives you a chance to build income even when you’re not working. As you build your downline out, others like you will spread the message of GDI, contributing to your residual income. Build your downline with the right people and you can confidently earn income without logging hours and hours on your computer.

5. Others Like You

Not everyone wants to work from home or work in affiliate marketing, and that’s fine! Working from home allows you to easily connect with and work with others like you. You can build your downline with people just like you who want to earn extra income but on their own terms. Decide what kind of people you want to build your downline and team with and go find them!

Mar 192015
 

marketing myths

As a GDI affiliate, you are a member of the affiliate marketing world. This means that marketing is often the key to your success as an affiliate. However, marketing, much like sales and advertising can get a bad rap for being pushy or annoying. While marketing can be seen as unfriendly sometimes, the work that goes into marketing is anything but. As you build relationships, that’s marketing. When you share news with others interested in GDI, that’s marketing. When you teach others about GDI’s tools and plugins, that’s marketing. Marketing doesn’t have to be overwhelming to you or to others. Read our list of marketing myths and get comfortable with earning income in the world of marketing!

Expensive

Many people think the only way to market is to pay for ads or to sign up for expensive email services. While those methods can be productive, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to be a successful marketer. Sites like Facebook and Twitter allow you to broadcast your marketing messages to many people at once for free, whether you’re promoting GDI or your own business. Creating videos and emails cost nothing more than your time. This is all marketing and it’s all free.

Time Consuming

Marketing does not have to be time consuming. Lots of marketing of GDI can actually be passive–meaning you don’t have to constantly work at it to see results. This kind of passive marketing can be in the form of helpful videos or informative blog posts. This content will live on your .WS website and can attract visitors without you spending hours promoting the content. Simply use the right keywords to drive traffic and link to your content on social media sites and visitors will see your videos and website without you doing extra work.

Confusing

As you can see from the examples above, marketing doesn’t have to be confusing. You don’t need to worry about audience reach and retention or email timing or anything professional marketing firms worry about. You just need to create great content that is valuable to others. Add the right keywords and share in many places and you’re already doing powerful content marketing.

Need to Pay for Ad Space

Before social networks and easy to build websites, this was true. The only way to get your content in front of people was to pay for it. Now that’s not true. Find out where people are spending most of their time online. Is it Facebook? YouTube? Tumblr? Take advantage of these free networks and promote your content on them. You’re essentially sharing an “ad” for your business, but your visitors actually get something out of the “ad” (like learning how to use a plugin) and you didn’t have to pay for people to see it.

Need a Whole Team

GDI offers many opportunities to work with a team and succeed with others. However, you only need one person to start marketing. Identify your strengths, like web design or video editing, for example, and start creating content that uses those strengths. The information you share about web design or the videos you create are both content marketing and can be done by just one person.

Need to be Everywhere

Marketing is all about being where your intended audience is. So before you decide how you are going to market, find out where potential prospects and customers are. Are these people in your town or business community? Consider flyers or attending local meetings. Are these people online? Use social networking and websites to connect with them. There is no need to be any place that your intended audience isn’t.

Anyone Can Do It

This is a partial myth. Many people will attempt affiliate marketing, but some will fail. Often this is the result of  not putting enough time into marketing or cutting corners. If you produce quality content to market with and work on building relationships success is sure to follow.

 

Mar 122015
 

GDI Features

GDI offers many tools and plugins. While you may know and use some of the big ones each day, like SiteBuilder or WordPress, GDI has many smaller offerings that are just as helpful. Get to know some of the lesser known GDI features and start using them!

Changing Your Username

Not happy with your username? You can change it. This name is what appears as the sponsor name when a new member signs up as part of your downline. You want this name to be professional, but maybe you weren’t thinking about that when you first made it. You can easily change your user name for a one time $10 fee. If you aren’t sure what to change your name to, GDI will even offer suggestions.

Changing your username is always the right choice if you’re unhappy with it. Remember, you can’t have multiple active accounts with GDI. So head to the Members Area and navigate to Change Username to change your name and get started with a new one now.

Marketing Kit

Not sure where to start with your marketing? GDI has you covered. GDI offers a fully customizable Marketing Kit for you to use to create your own marketing materials. In the Members Area, select Marketing Kit. Here you will find several printable items that can be seamlessly customized with your contact information. Find flyers, table tents, and more. Have questions about the Marketing Kit? You can find answers directly below the kit.

Hit Logs

Do you want to know if your online marketing is effective at driving traffic to your website? Check your Hit Logs. You can access you Hit Logs directly from the Members Area. Here you can see how many people are visiting your site.

Banners

Banners are an easy way to improve your SiteBuilder or WordPress site. You can find Banners in the Members Area as well. These Banners are images that link to your signup page. These can be added to your GDI website or any other website. Banners are added to your website with simple HTML coding that you copy directly from the Members Area. Paste that code into an HTML editor and a professionally designed and linked banner will now be shown on the website of your choice. Anyone who clicks on the banner will be taken directly to your page. Many of the banners also offer flash animation, to give your site a professional look. You can also use the Virtual ID banner to show off your affiliate level and experience directly on your website.

Duplication Bonus

Though it  may be a lesser-known bonus, the Duplication Bonus offers affiliates a chance to earn a big bonus for having an educated downline. For every 10 downline members that complete and earn their Learning Bonus, you will earn a $250 Duplication Bonus. The best part about this bonus is that it’s unlimited. It’s also a great way to build an educated downline–a downline more likely to succeed and stick with GDI.