What Is Affiliate Marketing

Ever wondered what online affiliate marketing is about ?

To put the concept into the simplest possible terms – it is promoting someone else’s products or services and getting paid commission each time they make a sale to a person you have directed to their website. You promote other people’s product on your website without actually having to sell it yourself. Then you send them off to the seller’s website using an affiliate link or a banner and each time they buy something, you earn money. Good stuff, right?

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What does it look like in detail? There are 6 main steps:

1)You pick an idea or a subject that you know about – you don’t actually have to be a professional or an expert, but you have to have something interesting to say about it or have general knowledge about it – it can be your hobby or your area of expertise. It’s called choosing your niche.

2) Then you create a website and you start posting pages, articles and reviews. You can either write the content yourself or you can commission someone else to write it for you at a very low cost (see my Hire Writers Review) In addition to your website, or even instead of it, you can use social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest to promote your chosen products.

3) Once the website starts getting ranked by search engines, you get traffic (people who visit your website and read your content) Once people start valuing your opinions, reviews or articles, you have your base for promoting the product and start making actual profits.

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4) You pick a product (or many products) that you want to promote – something you either use yourself or know a lot about. You write about the product and promote it within your website. It can literally be any product or service you can think of. And the great thing about it that you don’t have to stick to the same stuff, you can change the products you promote as often as you like, because you don’t actually have to INVEST in the product or buy it and then resell it like it is the case for traditional busineses..

5) You sign up to be a member of an affiliate program of the seller that offers the product or service you want to promote and once they have approved you (which is just a formality in most cases as they want as many affiliates as possible), you get your original referenced affiliate links – you insert them on your website and you are set to start making sales. You can be a part of as many affiliate programs as you like.

6) When a person clicks on the affiliate link that you have placed on your website, they get redirected to the seler but carrying your unique id reference in the process and if they buy something, you get the commission from the seller (each affiliate programs is different, but you will be notified how much is the commission each time)

Sounds interesting? You want to give it a try? Read my Wealthy Affiliate Review and find out how to begin. Let yourself be taught step by step how to start working in affiliate marketing today.

 

How To Sell Stuff Online In 5 Easy Steps

Ever wondered how you can start a business with no money (or very little) when you have a basic idea, but not sure about the technical aspects?

 

Let’s say you already have a product you would like to be selling, but you don’t know how about get people to know about it. You obviously don’t want to start investing lots of money into it, since you don’t know how well you’re gonna do, right? So don’t!

Don’t hire an expensive office and staff you have to pay to regardless of the income. Start your business online and let your house be your office and let yourself be the only employee you’ll ever need.

It’s really simple. There is a platform which helps people like yourself, the beginners – literally anyone can do it – to start an online business and earn money using nothing but their brains and their computers.

 

Here’s how do you do it:

 

1)You register on an affiliate marketinglearning and hosting platform called  Wealthy Affiliate for free (read the full review and see how to register HERE) and you can remain there for free indefinitely  if you want to just get the basic help.

2) You start your own website – it’s dead easy and they show you on videos how to do it in 30 seconds and then how to set it up quickly. If you are just interested in creating website and nothing more check HERE for easy tutorial

3) You put your product’s details and photos into your website – again they will show you how to do just that. For writing content and reviews you can even hire a very cheap help if you like (see HERE) but it really is easier than you think.

4) You input strategic keywords into your website. It’s also well described in Wealthy Affiliate, or you can ready my article on keywords HERE. Basically that is how you get people to find your website amongst all the competition.

5) You start beeing noticed and ranked by search engines and you are ready to sell/earn!!

 

Here’s the best part – you don’t even have to HAVE a product yourself – you can actually start a business just referring other companies and products to others and earn money like that. Find out how by reading my Wealthy Affiliate Review and joining for free.

 

Make sure to also check my highly recommended and awesome way to earn big money online from home if you live in UK – full review HERE.

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Keywords Are The Key To Success

One of the most powerful ways to make sure you get good traffic is knowing the power of keywords and learning how to use them for your advantage.

.     We have covered how to start and run successful business with Wealthy Affiliate in the Review HERE and if you have started some lessons already, you will soon learn about the keywords and how powerful they can be for your income and success. Here are some basics that will help you understand what they are and how you can use them in your affiliate marketing business.

What Are Keywords ?

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.      Basically, keywords are little parts of a sentence or even whole sentences that people will search stuff by. The internet user will type a keyword in the search engine (for example How to behave on a job interview or Ways to improve your memory quicly etc ) and then the search engine decides which websites/articles that have incorporated these words in their content will show up as results and how high on top or how low down the page. Search engine decides which page your article shows on, under each keyword used in it.  Your role is to find out what is it that people search for most often and figure out how to use it to your advantage and then incorporate it into your articles and reviews in a way that it makes sense

.     Luckily you don’t have to do it yourself – there are few good keyword search tools you can use to help you figure out the numer of monthly searches and the competition you will have when using a specific searched keyword.
And keywords is how and why you get ranked by google, yahoo and bing, which are the most commonly used search engines that basically dominated the internet long time ago.

How To Use Keywords and How Do They Work?

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.     Think of finding the right keyword like it’s finding a secret password to good search engine rankings.

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.     The trick is to find a keyword with as many searches/traffic possible and as little competition numer as possible and once you have it – input it in your article, preferably into so called SEO title and description, available once you install and activate a SEO plugin into your Word Press website editor. You can also use keywords anywhere in the article, in post’s title, in the first paragraph – sky is the limit really as long as you don’t over do it.

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.     Another useful thing about keywords is that if you use a really long and rare keyword, you will be ranked not only under that one long keyword, but also under any shorter keywords that your long keyword comprises of. For example if you use How to make money online working from home in US, you will also get ranked under How to make money online , then separately under make money online and then make money online working from home, and working from home in US etc. They can’t be too long, but they can be descriptive enough, like the example above.

Don’t Overdo It!

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.     You might want to remember that it is not a good idea to overload one article with tons of keywords – search engines might rank you lower if you go keyword-crazy. Just use a common sense and input not more than 3-4 keywords in one post or page that you publish (and by that I mean in total – SEO title, SEO description, the post title and the first paragraph combined) Noone wants to read an article that is all about the keywords and not much about the content. The article still needs to aim to be helpful and interesting and keywords are just one of the tools that are meant to help potential readers find you.

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.      As you can probably gather from the above paragraphs, keywords can really be your best friends and best employees if you are running a website based business. You just need to know how to understand and incorporate them into your content. You might want to invest some money into a good keyword search tool like Jaaxy HERE for example (which is one of the best available softwares for this type of thing), but there are some free ones too if you want to wait with making some investments at this particular stage of your business development. All you need to do is research keyword tools and there will be some free most basic ones. Wealthy Affiliate also has a free keyword tool within their platform that comes included with the premium membership.

How to Keep Track of Your Keywords and Know How Well They’re Doing?

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.        Once you have some good and competitive powerful keywords picked, inserted and published along with your content, you can observe how they are doing by using a website called Serplab, where you basically create a little bot for your website, you add all the keywords that you use and then it checkes it for you every 24 hours. It checks how well you ranked under each certain keyword , which helps you analyse what sort of keyword type ranks better than others and it might help you in the future when you’re searching for more keywords for your other posts. Serplab is a free tool, which really makes it a no brainer. It is one of the easiest ways to track your progress in google rankings and I definitely recommend creating an account there

What Are The Disadvantages Of Self Employment

So I have listed all the reasons why to start a business in my previous post , which you can read HERE.  And as much as I recommend it, I feel obliged to also list all the cons of being self employed so you can make an informed choice whether this is something for you.

 

1) You Have To Be REALLY Self Motivated.

When you work for yourself, you don’t have that whip over your head, which technically doesn’t sound like a disadvantage and yet it could be one. Because noone is actually forcing you to do a fair share of work or judging your results or making sure you start working in the first place, you can get sloppy and lazy.

Having a business is quite a responsibility – you need to make sure you really want to succeed and you put enough time and effort into it, cause being your own boss also means that sometimes YOU have to shout at yourself to get to work 🙂

 

2) You Are Responsible For All The Legal Stuff

When you earn money on your own and you cash it out and spend it etc, it naturally means that noone else is making sure that all the due tax is paid and all the necessary insurrance deductions are being taken care of. It is also up to you to decide whether to set up a private pension somewhere or simply invest money somewhere or just leave it for the time being. You have to think for yourself in every aspect of business, including your financial security.

Depending on how successful you are, you will have to consider whether doing your taxes is something that you can do yourself (it’s not as complicated as people often think) or is it worth to pay a professional accountant to do your finance.

 

3) You Think About Your Business All The Time

The reality of having your own business is that you tend to think about it all the time and for some people it can be difficult to relax and distance themselves from their work. Some people might even stress when they’re not doing so well, and obviously every business has slower periods, even the most successful one. That can sometimes lead to stress and inability to relax when you’re meant to relax if you cannot control that feeling properly.

When you are just someone else’s employee you leave your work and, in most cases, you don’t worry about it until the next morning. You don’t tend to think about the company’s customers, you don’t care about company’s income and you certainly don’t take your work home (if you do then you should check the reasons to become self employed again and definitely consider it even more). Basically, for most of people employed by someone else, work does not exist until they have to be there next time which lets them separate their work life from their home life. Honestly , it’s not always possible when you run your own business.

 

4) No Guaranteed Earnings Every Month

If you are hard working and determined the chances are that you will become successful. You have to realise though, that as much as it is great to be able to earn the big money when you succeed and it is really fulfilling to see a large profit coming from your own hard work, it is also very unpredictable. One month you will be overwhelmed and ecstatic about your income and the next month it can be really slow.

When you work for someone else, you don’t have to care if it’s a slow month or not. They have to pay you what they have promised you monthly and no matter how low you might think the wage is – it is guaranteed. Some people like that stability.

 

5) No Paid Holidays

You have to remember that from the day you started your business, you are solely responsible for everything and noone will subsidize anything anymore, like some companies do for their employees.

When you want a holiday, you can take it whenever you want – granted. But you also have to put some money away to do it as noone pays you when you’re off work anymore. You only live off the work that you actually do.

 

To sum it all up . Starting something as important and new as working for yourself really is can be overwhelming and can feel so much different than what you are used to. Personally, I think it’s a good change as it gives you freedom, which we don’t have enough of in our lives nowadays. But it is super important to know and consider the above cons as well as the pros of the whole aspect and make a decision for yourself.

You can always try to do both for awhile – there’s no rules against being employed and self employed at the same time. In fact that’s how most people start their career. Noone wants to jump straight ahead from one thing to another not knowing the future and it’s always good to try before you buy.

 

Any comments welcome