SVIP 4 - Shankar Bakshi: The Super Affiliate from India
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ShankarBakshiIntroductionShankar Bakshi is a super affiliate fromIndia. He has donned many caps,that of a radio jockey, dabbling inmedia and participating in TV shows.He joined the blogging niche in 2007,with inspiration from John Chow.Since then, he has made bloggingand affiliate marketing as his primaryincome sources.Net Profit Mantra is his primary blog andhe also provides web developingservices on Higgs Boson Design.Apart from this, he runs multiplesuccessful niche sites.
His Background -I’m a happy go lucky guy, though life was never easy for me I always find myself strugglingfor small things which usually other people get with ease.Born and brought up in Bareilly, spoiled in Chandigarh . I wanted to earn a name for myselfwith lot of money off-course so tried my luck in media, did some TV shows, RadioJockeying, Jingles and anchoring but there wasn’t enough money in it at that point of time.One day while searching on Google in 2007 about some easy ways to receive money inIndia, I stumbled upon John Chow’s blog and fell in love with it, and instantaneously hearda voice in my heart that blogging is where I need to stake my claim.
On Choosing Blogging over Conventional Career -When I started blogging, it was an emerging media, in some sense it is still on the rise; and Ilearned in economics that if you join a business opportunity when it’s in its growing stageyou can reap in huge money as you considered being one of its pioneer member of it andpeople respect you for that.This is true in my case; whenever I need a favor from ANY prominent bloggers they alwayscome forward to extend a hand.
On Earning $7910 in 12 DAYS – (OMG!)Well, that was truly amazing!I was promoting an affiliate product from Affiliate Venture Group Network. I wish I couldexplain it in detail but all I can reveal it for your readers is that it was inInvesting/Finance niche and main source of traffic was coming from Media Buyingand Social Media segment.After running it for 12 days; surprisingly, the earning dropped drastically, I was worried soI put the campaign on hold.It happens with every affiliate marketer or should I say in every business. There are timeswhen your all cards start falling right. I love to repeat that again with Affiliate VentureGroup.
On Blogging & Affiliate Marketing in IndiaBoth have great potentials. Lots of Indian affiliate marketing companies are on horizon like VCommission, OMG, Komil etc.I see lots of Indian guys promoting affiliate product through social networking sites.Blogging, on the other hand, is now entering into its second phase; lots of non-seriousbloggers have dropped out after writing their bit.I can see quality content being written and promoted on various social media sites. It’s agood sign that the system has started its own automated filtering scheme. I also appreciateGoogle for cutting the crap through its pets Panda and Penguin.I see so many young talented bloggers from India; I guess they would take over the worldsoon with their blogging thing.
On Affiliate Marketing vs. BloggingI think affiliate marketing and Blogging both are two different domains.If you are good at marketing and promoting goods and services, you can earn quick moneyin Affiliate marketing but one shouldn’t dive into Affiliate Marketing until he understands theconcept well.People keep on trying different mixes, permutation combinations which sometime workssometime not. If you don’t know the rules of this tough game. you can end up losing hugemoney. Most of the affiliate markers works underground and do their jobs quietly.But then blogging can give you fame and reputation. Money isn’t everything you know. I wasexperimenting with niche sites. These sites were giving me good earning every month but Iwas missing something so one day when I checked my dashboard stats on my blog NetProfit Mantra which read something like 900 posts 8000+ comments.I immediately decided that no matter if I’m making any money from it or not but I’ll not quitblogging and will remain an active blogger for the rest of my life. My blog is now like myother two kids Aditya and Aryan.
5 Affiliate Marketing Tips1. Build a List by offering a free product on signing up or build a strong community aroundyour blog niche.2. Get registered with ClickBank.Com, ShareASale.Com, eJunkie.Com to begin with andunderstand the market, choose the one which interests you.3. Start promoting products using free advertising resources like your email list, SocialNetworking Sites or your own blog.4. When you get familiar with the concept, use paid PPC resources like Google Adwordsand Facebook advertising platform. Allocate minimum amount as your budget; do somekeyword research, run a campaign and monitor its live performance. If initially leads are notconverting stop the campaign, edit/modify it and run again until it do not start converting.5. Stick to the product which works, stick to the market which converts, stick to theresource with high ROI, never get over enthusiastic, and do not bid your arms and legseven if your product is converting fast.
On Wrong Affiliate Product Selection -See it’s not always about wrong selection of the product, most of the time it’s the selection ofwrong market.As they say, you are trying to sell ice-cream in Antarctica. Both in Google AdWords andFacebook, you can drill down, define and filter the market so well that you can actually reachto the ultimate guy who needs that product.
On Time and Money InvestmentI remain online for almost 18 hours in a day.You asked about the ideal investment in online businesses and let me tell you the Idealinvestment in any online business is of time.Read as much as you can, be familiar with everything related to your online business. Handon with big boys of internet; attend seminars, conferences and meets, that’s where you willget your all your inspiration to do good and motivation to get going.Currently I’m looking to build a offline marketing team for my Website Design Venture HiggsBoson Design .
On Growing a Blog and NetworkingWrite quality content. That’s what Google wants, that’s what your readers want, and that’swhat people share on social networking sites.I’m working a lot to improve my writings; I’m listening to various podcasts, reading blogs ofall Big names Brian Clark, Demian Farnworth, Darren Rowse, Chris Brogan and Neil Patel.On NetworkingHelp them build their business. Promote their content and business, help them fix theirproblems and hopefully they will appreciate your efforts and do the same in response.Probably you will get couple of bad experiences in the way but don’t get dishearten andmove on. There are still good people in this world more than the bad ones .
Message to our ReadersYou are the perfect example if someone needs to explain how to start a blog, promote it andmake it big. SocialVani.com today has emerged as best source to learn about how smallbusinesses can use social media networks and tools to build their businesses and Brand.Since you are a journalist and a published writer, bloggers can learn a lot from you on how towrite good quality content for their blogs and improve authorship.I see SocialVani.com as the one of the best blog from India at present, and I’m sureit’ll be among the best blogs in the world very soon.[[[Thank you for the recognition Shankar. I feel truly honored. ]]]
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