It happens. Sometimes, you’re uncertain how you are going to get more site traffic to your online business.
You’ve already optimised your site, posted top quality, SEO rich content, you’re running social media campaigns and pay per click but your website views remain the same….
So what’s left?
Well what if i told you that there is another way to get traffic to your website. A way that tends to go under the radar for most internet marketers.
Not only that but many affiliate marketers are utilising this strategy as it is a guaranteed method for bringing repeat website views, conversions and sales to your site again and again and again.
Today I am going to introduce you to email data feeds. I will explain how you can use an email data feed to bring consistent web traffic to your site month after month for repeat conversions.
Believe me when I say that with a good data feed and solid marketing strategy you can literally market your online business to thousands of people every day!
- Data feed Definition
- How a data feed works
- What are good data feeds for affiliate marketing
- Step by step how to use a data feed in email marketing
- Further Applications and benefits of live data feeds
- My recommended data feed source of choice
What is a Data Feed?
My data feed definition is an ongoing stream of structured data that provides the user with up to date information from a range of sources.
A direct feed of data or data feed may be streamed continuously or mined on demand by way of a feed manager. Data feeds make it possible to have new content or updated data fed into a computer, server or mobile device as soon as it is published. The same data feed technology is utilised to supply data to other software.
Starting to make sense what a data feed is and how it works?
Well, if you’re still unsure consider the Facebook News Feed. This is one of the most widely used examples of a data feed.
The Facebook News Feed pulls items from range of sources including, posts, status updates, photos, videos, links, apps and likes.
The data is collected and analysed and then appears as a direct feed or list of up to the minute information in your Facebook News Feed.
There are many other feeds. News Feeds, Stock Market Live Feeds, Sports Feeds, Content Publication Feeds and Twitter timelines all function as a live market feeds.
How a Data Feed Works
Data feeds are often described by the way in which they are delivered to a device, server, website, etc.
Another commonly used data feed is an RSS feed. This one uses an XML based format to deliver web content from a wide range of sources to one target destination, which could be a user account or a website.
There is then an Aggregator or RSS Reader which summarises the feed and puts it into a readable format. An RSS feed is a particularly useful tool for supplying and sharing high level content to blogs and new hubs.
Atom is an example of an open source specification for supplying info feeds in the same way.
What Are Good Data Feeds for Affiliate Marketing
So now we have the feed definition out of the way, here comes the interesting part!
Data feeds can also be used to collect and mine information about user data.
For instance Hunter.io is a handy search engine that browses the web and pulls up all of the email addresses associated with a business name. You can read more about it in my article on The Best Free SEO Tools.
As we mentioned above there are many different types of direct feed. In this new age of data there are a whole range of ways for potentially monetising all of the different types of data available on the web today.
What we are looking at here is for the potential affiliate marketing benefits of data feeds and how you can use them to bring repeat sales and conversions to your business.
Below are two of the most lucrative types of direct feed that can bring huge affiliate marketing benefits – one for B2C marketing and the other for B2B.
Credit Card Purchasers Data
With a data feed we can also mine for user data based on users who have opted in for third party marketing offers. This typically occurs when a user makes an online purchase with their credit card.
This kind of consumer data feed has enormous B2C marketing potential because:
- They are recently active web users
- They are computer knowledgeable and access their emails regularly
- The data aggregator cleans the list and verifies the email addresses
- The data feed will contain the full details of the user (Name, Address, City, State, Country, Telephone, Email)
- If they have opted in for 3rd Party Offers they can be used for affiliate advertising
You can even target users by the volume of online purchases that they make. For instance a user that makes 50+ credit card purchases per month and for large sums is likely to provide affiliate marketing opportunities for upscale products such as diamonds, luxury holidays, property, etc.
Registered or Expired Domain Data
Domain registration data has enormous potential for B2B marketing. It enables marketers to source businesses relevant to their target niche based on the name of the domain and the domain suffix.
For instance if you are an Affiliate Manager you can locate potential new affiliates based on your vertical keywords used in the newly registered domain name and by country or language.
Likewise if you are an online publisher or ad network you can locate publishers for all verticals based on new domain names as well as registering company details.
As with the consumer data, you can segment the data based on the volume and level of purchases. Heavy weight internet marketers who purchase multiple domains at a time are likely to present good marketing opportunities for web based products such as hosting services, web applications, web development, etc.
Similarly, if you are a local business such as a restaurant you can source data by city or region to generate extra exposure and sales.
How to Use a Data Feed in Email Marketing
There are literally thousands of online purchases and new domain registrations made each day. So if you have access to a daily data feed you will literally be able to market your products to thousands of people every single day.
What’s so great about this method as an email marketing strategy is that with a daily data feed direct to your dropbox or email server you can set the entire process to run on automatic.
All you would need to do is monitor or upload the new list of contacts each day as they go into your sending application. Then you can just sit back and watch as the active users on the list go to your site each day.
What we are going to look at now is a step by step method for utilising a daily data feed in your email marketing strategy.
#Step 1: Set Up a VPS plus Interspire
There are many email sending applications that you could use for sending emails to your data feed.
That said for the scale of emailing involved in this method none of them come close to Interspire.
What’s also particularly useful with Interspire is that it comes with a whole set of really handy addons for automating the whole process.
#Step 2: Set Up a Series of Two or Three Autoresponders
Once you have your VPS and sending app at the ready you will need to set up a series of 2 or three autoresponders.
These will be used to separate the openers and clickers from the inactive users in your daily feed of email data.
The first email will send to the entire list. Then you will need to set the second autoresponder to go out only to the opens either the day after or two days after the initial email went out. Then set up the third email to go, either two or three days later again.
What sets Interspire apart for this email marketing strategy is that with the Triggers, Autoresponders and Re-Engagement Addons you can segment the data feed on auto into different lists of Openers, Clickers and Inactive users.
And if you want to take it a stage further you can even segment based on the emails you sent. In other words by what specific products your email subscribers are interested in. Thus gathering even deeper insights into user activity and for potential marketing opportunities.
In a recent study from the Relevancy Group and Onespot Finds email personalisation can drive 17% more revenue. So if you are not basing your email marketing along these lines you are missing out big time.
#Step 3: Upload Your Daily Feed of Data to Interspire
A decent data aggregator will be able to inject your data feed direct to your VPS. This is the most efficient type of direct feed.
All you would need to do would be to supply them with the VPS IP address.
Their aggregator would then send out your entire feed of data. Once it goes into your VPS you would just need to import to the autoresponders list.
Others may offer the data feed by sending straight to your Dropbox. This also works fine. However, you will have to download the files and then upload them to the VPS manually. The problem with doing it this way is it can be time consuming. Plus the repeated downloading of large data files will fill up your computer’s memory.
#Step 4: Market Your Brand’s Products or Affiliate Offers
Once this process has run for a few days you will start to see a good sized list of openers and clickers.
Now is the time to start introducing your product and affiliate offers. It’s up to you how you decide to do this but the important thing to remember is:
- Do not send out any mailers with links in the first 1 or 2 autoresponders
- Only send your offers to the users that open and click
- NEVER repeat email those that don’t open or respond to your emails – this is Spam and can get you into a lot of trouble so be mindful of your email marketing methods.
- NEVER send users to your main business domain – it’s best to send them a link to an opt in page in your 3rd or 4th email before you start sending direct links to your business domain.
The benefit of this email marketing strategy is that your list will grow as you keep your data feed running.
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Here are a few other email marketing tips to keep your list active and always growing:
- Don’t be too pushy with your sales emails. The more that your users trust you the more likely that they will stay active with your brand for a long time. One way to ensure that you build a strong relationship is to set up a blog. Then email them high level niche relevant content. Once you establish yourself as an authority they will trust you enough to want to make purchases.
- Give your list more choices. Set up a landing page to give your users the option to opt in for more emails. Here you can ask them to specify the frequency of emails (daily, weekly, or monthly newsletters).
- Provide quality over quantity. A good affiliate marketer will only promote offers that are relevant to their email users interests. If you are sending out good quality content you should be able to determine what they like. So target your choice of products to match.
- Create a high value free giveaway. You will have a lead magnet if you are able to tap into what your users really need. Try to work out what they are missing out on, what it is that keeps them awake at night. If you can nail this they will love you forever!
The key to maximising the daily email data feed is to get as many openers and clickers as you can. Then determine quickly what products really make generate interest.
You can do this by sending out a well thought out series of emails and subject lines.
This is not an easy task by any means. It can take years of trial and error and hard grafted email marketing experience.
But thankfully I come bearing more good news!
You don’t have to find out the hard way.
You can jump right in and use my tried and tested formula in the article right here : How to Build an Email List for a Huge Online Income.
Further Applications and Benefits of live data feeds
Hosted API Webservice
Once set up a direct feed of data will provides consistent, well-structured data in application 24/7.
Cyber Security Solutions
Real time data feeds contain real time direct feeds of key sources of cyber attack that all enterprise cyber security should consider.
Daily downloads for newly registered and recently expired Websites that Includes registrations for over 650 TLDs is a massive data source for potential new leads
Brand Protection Solutions
Monitor and protect branding and content that come under your intellectual property. Then be automatically notified when it is being used on the web without your permission.
Marketing Research Solutions
Source all relevant information related to a domain or specific TLDs including owner and contact details
Outsource part or all of your Data Search services and other domain management services to a data feed manager. That way you can focus on your Business
Law Enforcement Solutions
Search out a direct feed of owner information including full contact details.
Hosted Whois Web Service can be used to query domain names or ip addresses to return records
Reverse Whois API
Provide a RESTful webservice for reverse searches with a Reverse API.
Reverse IP API
Provide a RESTful webservice for Reverse IP lookup with XML and JSON response with a Reverse IP API.
Brand Alert API
The Brand Alert API searches new .com, .net, .org, .biz, .mobi, .us, .pro, .coop and .asia
Registrant Alert API
The Registrant Alert API searches through newly registered and updated domain names
Whois Lookup provides you all the information associated with a particular domain
Reverse IP lets you find all the connected domain names hosted on the same IP address.
Domain IP Database
Provides IP addresses for hundreds of millions of domain names via bulk download.
So there you have it – another massive yet still relatively untapped traffic source. It’s also one of the most cost effective when you consider the potential outreach of emailing that volume of users each day.
Not only that- but one that once set up barely involves breaking sweat!
So if you haven’t got your VPS ready and you’re not drafting those emails I would be very surprised!
Don’t forget to let me know what you think. What are your experiences with data feeds? Please leave any suggestions you may have in the Comments section below!