If you are looking to expand your reach, get your content shared more often, and are interested in increasing your comments, I highly recommend that you join facebook groups in which members share each other’s posts on social media, as well as leave comments.
You should, however, follow a few rules before engaging in these groups:
Most groups have specific days for specific threads. For example, some groups only allow you to share your blog posts on a specific day, while there are other days for comment threads, or facebook support threads. Become familiar with each groups thread posting time, so that you do not violate group policies
Read the group description thoroughly! Many of these groups have very specific rules, such as the above-mentioned threads, or when you can ask for advice. Make sure that you are familiar with them, and do not confuse the rules if you are joining multiple groups
Share other people’s content. Some groups require that you share or comment on each of the members participating in the individual threads, while others require you to share/comment on a specific number of member posts. Follow these instructions, and do not skip through a thread, even if you might not get caught. It is simply the polite thing to do, and it helps each member of the group to increase their reach.
Leave meaningful comments. If you are participating in comment threads, be kind and leave thoughtful comments. I have seen groups that require a certain word count or have specific rules for comments, but even in those groups who do not have those types of rules, you should give your best comments.
Only participate in some of the threads, in order not to get overwhelmed. It takes quite a bit of time to share content, and visit other people’s blogs and sites. Don’t commit to threads that you can not follow through.
Is your target audience a millennial? Then you should not overlook the power of Tumblr to create affiliate commissions and eCommerce sales.
But in order to succeed on that platform, consider a few points, to effectively navigate on this unique platform.
1. Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform.
Essentially this means, you should not try to use it for long-form content, but rather create visual, short, and entertaining content that is easily shareable and grabs the attention of your reader instantly.
2. Tag your images properly
If you are still not using the alt tags on your images, you are doing yourself a disservice. This is even more important on a visual platform such as Tumblr. Always describe your images effectively in order for them to be picked up on Google images.
3. Proper amount of tags
Like Instagram, there is an appropriate amount of tags to be used for each post. For twitter it is three, for Instagram it is up to 30, and in Tumblr, the perfect amount is 7 to 12 hashtags. Any amount above that is considered spam.
4. Choose your name wisely
Spend some time on deciding which name fits your brand the best, but also speaks to your audience. I highly suggest that you look through the most popular Tumblr, and see what types of names work best with the millennial audience. If you are not a part of that age group yourself, I also suggest that you should run the idea by a few millennial friends, or your do a survey on one of your social media platforms that mainly focuses on this age group in order to find the perfect name for your brand.
5. Connect emotionally
Your audience is not looking for a constant display of items they should be purchasing, but rather an emotional connection with your content. Make them care about what you write about the content you promote and most importantly make them care about your opinion. Give them a reason to choose to go to your Tumblr over all of the other ones out there. The best way to do that is to evoke strong emotions.
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Many marketers and bloggers will tell you the positive sides of affiliate marketing, but today, I want to let you know what the con’s of affiliate marketing are, so you can make an informed decision on if this type of business is right for you.
1. It is not a get rich quick type of business.
If you are looking for a short cut when it comes to making money, affiliate marketing is not the right avenue for you. Affiliate marketing takes time because you need to build and audience and trust before they will click on your
2. If you don’t like writing content, affiliate marketing might not be for you.
Content marketing is the best strategy to utilize when you are trying to build an affiliate marketing income. May it be via an email subscriber list – which requires you to write emails, or via blog posts, infusing affiliate links into content naturally, brings usually a higher click-through rate, than banners. Of course, you could outsource your content writing to freelancers, but considering that most blogs require you to write content 2 to 3 days a week to rank higher on Google, that can become an expensive strategy for the beginning affiliate marketer
3. It is time-consuming.
Building an audience for your blog and social media channels takes consistent and daily action. A new affiliate marketer should be willing to invest a lot of time to build his or her online presence and business. Also, marketing and niche research, which is essential is also time-consuming.
4. You Have To Wait For Your Money
Most affiliate programs pay out once a month, with some of them holding the commission back for one month, to allow the payments to clear, and any refunds to occur. This is not an immediate cash flow business and might take – even with a high sale volume, take a few weeks before you will see money arriving in your bank account or PayPal.
Despite what I have just mentioned, I believe that affiliate marketing is the best way for a beginner to make money online, as it requires the least amount of upfront expenses. To get started you need a website, and social media accounts to start applying for affiliate networks and partners such as Amazon, Target, Etsy, ShareASale and more.
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If you are interested in starting your affiliate marketing business today, visit Wealthy Affiliate University to check out
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You probably are wondering why you should care about Medium, and post your content there. Medium has a unique feature, where you can collect subscribers to send email-type newsletters to, which in turn you can use to market yourself and your brand just as you would do with regular email subscribers.
Also, Medium allows affiliate links within the content, so you can also market directly to your audience. But, because Medium is not like a blog in other ways, you should first get familiar with the platform, and head a few tips and tricks, that will make your content stick out of the crowd, get you followers, and give you the opportunity to increase your sales.
5 Quick Tips To Take Your Medium Content To The Next Level
1. Use quotes
Quotes – may they be from fellow medium publishers, or from related sources to your niche – are very shareable and relatable. Readers are more likely to share your content on social media if it includes a quoted phrase, that makes them look smart. Medium has quote options in its editor – which you can access by either one time or double clicking the editor.
2. Use Lower Competition tags
Medium allows you to see how much content you are competing with when you are adding your tags to the post. Unlike most platforms, though, you are going to be limited to 5 tags. So you have to make sure that you make them count. Use keywords with low, but not too low competition to get your chance of being seen increased. But do not completely disregard the popular tags. I would highly suggest for you to add at least one if not two of the more popular tags for the most successful mixture.
3. Choose an engaging category for your Medium post
Combining life experiences with work, technology, design or politics are the top categories that go viral on Medium. Make your stories personal, engaging, and yes a little bit controversial.
4. Import your Blog Content But Change It To Make It Medium-Worthy
While I love the medium import feature, do not get complacent to simply importing your content, without tweaking it, to fit the Medium audience. Maybe you should get more personal, use a more attention-grabbing headline, or add quotes, and highlights you did not use in the original content. However you choose to modify it, the key is to change it up a little, while keeping the general idea intact.
5. Make your headline stick out of the crowd.
Engaging, opinionated, controversial, all of these types of headlines – including a rock solid subheadline – is what will determine if your Medium post will get any clicks. To get a better feel for what type of Medium headlines get the most attention, check out Medium’s top posts
Question: Have you published any content to Medium yet? What was your experience? Did you have any successes you want to share? Please leave a comment below!
Over the last 5 years of blogging, I have participated in quite a few blogging challenges. At first, I only participated because they allowed me to connect with other bloggers, but after a while, I began to see the true value of these challenges.
Value of Blog Challenges
1. Connect with other bloggers in your niche.
It is easy to loose sight of what other bloggers are doing out there, in your niche, and by connecting with them via the link up of blogging challenges, you can get a better understanding of patterns, trends, and what is lacking in your particular niche.
2. Trading comments
Many participants will leave comments on other linked up blogs, which is a great way to get comments to your blog, especially if your blog is new. Not only is that good for your SEO ranking, but a great comment is also a confidence booster.
3. Blogging Discipline
Participating in challenges, may it be those who you have to post once a month, or once a day for a whole month, give you an accountability partner(s) pushing you to blog more regularly and with a clear theme or purpose in mind. By making a commitment, and knowing that you have people who will actually come to your blog, following along with you on that commitment gives you an incentive to blog more often.
4. Networking Opportunities
With all of the other participants out there, you might run into one or two whom you want to network further with, for things like guest blogging on each other’s blogs, or just for emotional support. Either way, the world of blogging can be a lonely one without these connections. Cherish them.
Here are some challenges I will be participating via my multiple blogs this year:
The Nationational Blog Posting Month is held in November. This is not niche or theme specific, so it is open for everyone. Check out the Unofficial Guide to NaBloPoMo here.
The Ultimate Blog Challenge
Happens a few times throughout each year – January, April, July and October. This challenge comes with support, and a newsletter. You can sign up for it today – no worries, you are not too late, just begin whatever day you read this, and make a commitment from here on out
April A to Z Blogging Challenge
I have participated in this blogging challenge for three years now and will do it for the 4th year as well. This was the first challenge I have ever been a part off, and it is the one what got me hooked. Look for the sign-up-page in March.
Hi, everyone! I have received many questions about how bloggers make money, especially when it comes to niche blogging, so I decided to create a series called “Blogging 102”, to answer these questions. I am looking forward to sharing with you the tips and tricks I have collected over the last 5 years of blogging – yup, it has been 5 years now, wow!
Blogging 102 posts will come live every Friday!
Let’s get started with Book Blogging, shall we?
Book blogging can be a lot of fun for people who love to read and write. I am one of those people who can not imagine my life without having books accessible to me. But is it possible to turn your hobby, and the love for words into a business? It is!
While you can always buy books yourself, and as my ever growing collection of digital and physical books shows, I do
this quite often. However, when reviewing books on a regular basis, this can get rather expensive. Therefore utilizing
the power of the internet, and the need for Authors to receive reviews, it is possible to get your supply of books filled
without spending a dime.
Netgalley is my favorite place to find great books to review. This platform connects publishers and Authors with professional readers, who in return for receiving books, leave reviews on the site itself, and on their blogs. All books are received digitally, either via a download or directly to your Kindle. There are some books that you can read right away, others need to have the publisher give you the green light. You will then receive a notification and can download the book.
While not completely free, (it costs 9.99 a month for this Amazon service), you can read an unlimited amount of books that are offered through the program. Not all Kindle books are, but there are quite a few high-profile Authors who choose to list their books on Kindle Unlimited, for which they will receive pay per read. You can “borrow” up to 10 books at a time, which is plenty, and review these books.
Directly from Authors
Authors are always looking for reviews for their books, and you can receive them directly from the creator via two ways.
1. Ask the Author directly. Send them a message and ask them directly to review their book for them. Many will be happy to give you a copy of their book. This is a great way to establish a relationship with Authors and gain a reputation as a person to go to.
2. Authors contact you. After reviewing a few books for a variety of Authors, many times, you will find yourself contacted by them directly. Reliable book bloggers are not as easy to come by, as many might think, so you can position yourself well, by creating high-quality reviews.
3. Facebook groups.
This is not my favorite way of receiving books because you have to wade through a ton of books who are poor quality, and some even plain awful, and unprofessional. You can get lucky but try the other options first.
How To Monetize Your Book Blog
1. Affiliate links (Amazon and otherwise). If you become a member of the Amazon Affiliate program (they are called Associates), you can use an affiliate link within your reviews. Many people reading a book blog, are ready to purchase something to read right away, and you can take advantage of that fact by linking them directly to the books listing. How cool is that! Of course, there are other companies and publishers besides Amazon you can utilize. Target, Walmart, Barnes and Nobels, Dover Publishing are just a few sites, that you can use for your book links. 2. Highlight the benefits of the Kindle Unlimited program. Another Amazon Affiliate perk is that you can make money each time someone signs up for Kindle Unlimited if they are using your blog link. It is a great program that is easy to promote, which means cash flow! 3. Google Adsense. Adding Google Adsense to your blog is probably the first thing that most people think off when they consider making money off blogging in general. While this is not exactly the most lucrative way of making cash, it is one you should consider. However, I personally do not use Google Adsense in any of my blogs, no matter what niche, because it is simply a less attractive option than other ways of monetization. 4. Youtube videos. Connecting a youtube vlog to your actual written blog strategy, however will give you another way of utilizing the power of Google Adsense. In that case, that option is much less intrusive, and it is how a lot of YouTubers make money. Also, adding videos to your blog posts, makes them more likely to be shared, and gives you additional exposure. Do not overlook the power of youtube videos, even for book blogging! 5. Sponsorships. Larger book bloggers, and those who participate in Influencer Networks (more on that in another post), will sometimes be contacted by companies, publishers and editors to review a product or book for payment. This can range from a few dollars to a more lucrative pay, but largely depends on the size of your blog following as well as your social media presence. If you are a small blogger, you can expect to get less sponsored posts, but that also depends on your book niche. Which brings me to my next point:
Choose a narrow book niche!
In order to monetize your book blog more effectively and increase your chances of finding targeted sponsors, you should narrow your book blog down to a specific sub-niche. Examples of that would be “young adult”, “contemporary romance”, ‘crime books”, or “cookbooks”, “health and fitness books”, and so forth.
You can also utilize the power of book blogging by combining it with a broader subject blog, which is what I do for 3 of my current blogs. You will see me highlight business books here on this site, healthy living books on my site Happy Health And Herbs, and budgeting, organization and productivity books on my site “Save Money, Save Time, Succeed!”.
If this info got you interested in starting a book blog but you have no idea where to start, check out the Wealthy Affiliate training program, which includes free WordPress hosting for your blog. You will learn how to set up your blog, how to choose your niche, anything you need to know about making money via affiliate marketing, as well as social media marketing and more. Sign up for free today!
Affiliate marketing is an exciting way to make money online, without the need of creating one’s own products or holding inventory. You can start this type of passive income businesses from your dining room table, with nothing more than a computer, and a reliable internet connection. But how does one become a successful affiliate marketer?
Check out the following 6 Tips
1. Build upon a successful foundation
Any successful business is built upon a solid foundation of knowledge and tools. Finding a niche that is profitable and which you are passioned about is one of the keys to a successful affiliate marketing business. You should try to look for a niche, in which you already an expert in, or one in which you always wanted to accumulate a lot of knowledge about. If you are still stuck on what specific type of affiliate marketing niche is right for you, check out this lessons “Choosing Your Direction: It Starts With A Niche”
2. Find a reliable web host
The second important step is to decide upon which platform you will be using for your website or blog. I do not recommend the free sites, such as blogger, or the free wordpress.com, due to its limits in customizability and monetization. If you are serious about making money with your affiliate marketing website, you should consider a WordPress site, which needs to be hosted via the various hosting services available out there. My two favorites are HostGator, which has a very reliable hosting platform, and excellent customer service, or if you are completely new to building a website, then I highly suggest that you host via SiteRubix, which is a part of the Wealthy Affiliate University, and comes not only with reliable and friendly customer service but with lessons on how to build your niche site from ground up. You can read more about my experience with Wealthy Affiliate here.
3. Connect with profitable businesses
In order to be successful with affiliate marketing, you have to connect with companies that offer affiliate programs. Luckily the big stores, offer these types of partnerships, such as Amazon, Walmart, Etsy and more. You can sign up with their programs by visiting their sites directly (usually, you will find a link on the bottom of their websites), or by joining affiliate marketing networks like ShareASale, who will connect you with many programs, such as my personal varieties, FitBit, CreativeLive, Lulu’s, and many more.
4. Provide valuable content to drive traffic
Once you decided what niche you want to work in, and which companies you want to work with, you need to provide valuable content for your readers, so that they will continue to come back. These should be a mixture of informative articles, how to guides, and reviews. The ratio on how many of each of the type of content you provide, depends largely on your niche.
Whatever your type of content, you need to make sure you stay up-to-date with your niches developments. Set up google alerts, to learn about the latest news, read other blogs, and books about the subject, and share the learned information with your readers. It is also a great idea to join forums so that you are always aware of what your potential reader’s concerns and questions are. Try to answer these questions in your blog posts, on a regular basis.
6. Become a trusted resource
Continuing to bring valuable information will make you a trusted resource, that will bring in repeat readers. While this takes time, it is a relationship you want to make sure you take great care in building. Affiliate marketing is not one of those get rich quick schemes, but if you are willing to put in the time, and effort to connect and build a community of readers, you will have the chance of creating a solid business for yourself and your family.
Are you interested in becoming an affiliate marketer, but are too overwhelmed to go the journey alone? Join Wealthy Affiliate for lessons, continuously updated training, and peer support today!
People are overwhelmingly visual. Taking advantage of that fact in marketing requires an understanding
of how color influences customers decisions if they will purchase a product, and when.
There have been countless studies on the fact that colors affect our emotions, and via this visual stimuli, also affect our consumer behavior. As marketers, we can use this knowledge to deliberately direct our reader’s attention toward a particular product and affiliate link we want to push.
But, this “science” of color influenced marketing, has many components that should be kept in mind. Cultural and religious background, as well as gender, guides the response to color, so you should be aware of those aspects as well. Again it means that you need to be very clear about who your target audience is, to be most effective.
In addition to that, the combination of colors, and the contrast are not to be overlooked. A stark contrast of complementary colors make aspects easier to read, so keep that in mind.
Choose vibrant colors if you are interested in a high-energy reaction, and muted colors, such as different shades of browns, tans, and grays for a more subdued subject matter.
Meaning of Colors And Their Effects On Consumers:
Red: Brighter reds have a more energetic influence than reds that are mixed with browns. This is also a color of action, yet should be used in its brightest stage only in small amounts, as it also brings out strong emotions, including anger. A positive earthy warm red is also great to use during the winter holiday season and associated with both Christmas and Yule. For your Asian customers, bright red is a color of good luck. This color has a stimulating effect on the body, quickens the pulse, and draws in attention.
Green: The brighter range of this color signifies renewal and Spring time. It is associated with freshness, and should be used when you are trying to convey fresh ideas and new beginnings. The darker greens evoke environmental consciousness, as they are deeply associated with outdoors, growth, and any natural aspects of life. Greens have a grounding effect on people, it can be used to solidify a specific point. This peaceful color is also associated with the winter holidays This color has a calming effect on the body and allows the consumer to make clear, thoughtful decision, and become more decisive. Often used in stores to calm people.
Blue: If you are marketing primarily to men, this is the color that you should use, but not in its brighter, instead more mute states. Light blue is associated with children, water, relaxation, and trust. Blue is a color that curbs the appetite, so do not use it around food related products, unless you are promoting a diet. It also increases productivity, which might draw a potential consumer to do more research on the product before purchasing it.
Purple: Combining the fact that this color is associated with wisdom, and beauty, it is the perfect color for lifestyle, beauty, wellness, and anti-aging niches. It is considered a regal color. Purple sparks creativity and inspiration. Purple with red infliction is a more sensual color, while purple with blue undertone is a more meditative shade.
Orange: A very high-energy color, that draws attention and provides stimulation without the side effects of red. Brighter orange shades are summer colors and call forth warmth, while the orange-brown shades are those associated with reaping a harvest, being rewarded and Fall. Do not use bright orange or yellow around babies, as it has an anxiety-inducing effect on them, and on some adults. It is best used as an accent color, to draw attention toward a product or service.
Yellow: As I mentioned before, do not use this color, if you are marketing toward small children, or people with attention deficit disorder, as it can cause anxiety in both of those groups. Yellow should be used sparingly because it is a blinding color, which can make advertisements hard to read. On the positive side, it stimulates logical thinking and intellectual exploration.
Black: Studies have shown that images with overwhelmingly black or darker shades, will be shared less frequently on Pinterest, then brighter colors. While this is a color of authority, it should be used strategically, as it can be
easily overwhelming and depressing. You can use this color to make something look smaller, or to give it authority
by casting it within a black frame.
White: This color of purity and cleanliness, can showcase a new beginning when used in marketing. It also conveys a message of neutrality. Minimalistic in its absence of any distraction, it will make any product you are featuring stand out in contrast, and is, therefore great in highlighting smaller products.
Grey: It is a color of practicality, but also a color of old age. That said, these three colors combined are a part of
minimalism, and therefore can work with the right audience. A more general audience, however, will associate this shade as one that is boring, and depressing.
Statistics On The Importance Of Color In Marketing
According to Kissmetrics over 84 % of people are stating that their decision to purchase depends on the visual at hand. Consumers make their purchasing decision often within the first 90 seconds of getting in contact with a product, 62 % of that buyer, their impulse is based on color. 52 % of customers state, that they did not return to a store (online as well as offline) due to lack of esthetics.
Keeping these statistics in mind, a marketer should be a least familiar with the power of colors when making purchasing decisions.
Do you love to promote arts and crafts? Then taking advantage of the highly versatile niche of crafts and craft supply, might be something you should consider. If you are looking to promote craft supplies, I highly suggest that you start with the most obvious choices for affiliate programs, like Amazon, Ebay and Etsy. All three of these big platforms contain a wide variety of supplies, that can be turned into beautiful projects, from doll faces to yarn. While eBay would be best for larger quantities, Amazon and Etsy offer a flexibility no affiliate marketer should miss out on.
You can sign up for an Amazon affiliate account here and for an Etsy affiliate account here.
A beautiful crafting educational platform, that offers their affiliate program via ShareASale, CreativeBug is another option for the affiliate marketer in this niche. Besides offering workshops on just about anything from knitting to cake decorating CreativeBug has some free classes, via which you can easily introduce your audience to the platform, and which gives you plenty of context to review, and rave about, without having to purchases full classes yourself.
Here is what you can expect from their affiliate program:
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Pay-per-sale commissions of 75% on initial paid subscriptions, 75% on 14-day free trial going into a monthly subscription, and 30% on gift subscriptions
Special offers for top referrers
Referral rewards for referring new affiliates
Associated with Commission Junction, Annie’s Craft Store offers classes, as well as a very large variety of craft’s supplies. From beading, to knitting, and over to jewelry making, you can find plenty of products to promote, that are of high-quality, any crafter would love. Annie’s Craft Store offers a 20 % commission on their products, and a 30 % commission on their online classes. You can get started by following this link:
CandleMaking4You specialises in teaching candle making and is an affiliate program offered through Clickbank. Like most Clickbank products, this is a digital downloadable guide with backend upsells that you can take advantage of. Whether you write a review about the program, or highlight what you made from following along with the program, there are plenty of opportunities to utilise this as an affiliate income. Follow this link for more information, and to sign up. Must have a Clickbank account to join.
Want to help those who do crafts promote their products as vendors in fairs and festivals? Then you should consider promoting this site FairsAndFestivals.net which give you a comprehensive access to anything you need to know about selling crafts offline. Their database is vast, and an high-quality resource, that your readers would love to have access to. Promoted via Clickbank, you can check out their website here:
Question: Do you know of any craft affiliate program my readers could benefit from? Please share them in the comment section.
Welcome to “Fast And Free Friday’s”, where I want to share with you some free resources I have created for you over the last few days. I have been busy creating some blog and content creation training, that is sure to help new and more advanced bloggers to find their groove, and get on their way of monetizing their blogging venture. Because, after all, as much as we like to blog, being compensated for our passions if even more fun, isn’t it?
How To Start A Successful Lifestyle Blog – Ever wondered what a lifestyle blog actually is, and how to get it up and running? Then this free training is for you. Content Creation: Digging Deeper With Your Content – Writing a meaningful blog post, or article is not as hard as it