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Pinterest Tips And Tricks: How To Make The Most Out Of Pinterest

Pinterest Tips And Tricks: How To Make The Most Out Of Pinterest

Pinterest is a fun and potentially profitable social media platform. It is not as hard to navigate and make  money from as you might think. In order to make it even easier, I have compiled some Pinterest tips and tricks to help you navigate this versatile platform.

5 Quick Pinterest Tips And Tricks:

1. Follow 300 people a day interested in your niche.
Pinterest has a daily follow limit of 300 people, but if you work smartly with this follow limit, you can use it  to grow your audience with relevant followers that are already interested in your niche. Finding these followers is
easy: Find boards that are relevant to your niche with a large following. Follow all of those followers (up to your 300 per day follow limit). Repeat daily. I have grown my audience from 800 followers to 9500 followers in a matter of 6 weeks, using this  trick.

2. Share your videos
You do not have to only  pin images to the platform, but also videos from youtube. Post your video to your relevant boards. Because people on Pinterest are usually ready to buy or consume content, so this is especially useful for guides on how to use products, unboxing videos, and review videos.

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3. Share direct affiliate links.
Pinterest allows direct affiliate links. You can take advantage of that fact by sharing items from a variety of products  that are related to your niche, by adding them to your boards or create specific boards, such as a Mother’s Day Gift board, or gifts for her board, or a fashion board. I have a board that includes home decor, another that is solely for pillows, as well as a popular board containing business cards from Zazzle designers. Be creative.

4. Pin relevant quotes, linking them to your content.
Quotes that are related to your content (which you can also use for Instagram and Twitter) are very popular on Pinterest. Quote boards are often group boards and have a large following because everyone looks for inspiration, and motivation at times. This universal appeal can help you promote your blog and website without seeming spammy to a wide audience.

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5. Add a humor board to your collection.
Just like quote boards, humor boards have a wide appeal. In order to draw a wide variety of people to your Pinterest account, and to keep the content light you can create a board that contains funny content related to your niche. Sports humor goes well with fitness niches while parenting humor is much appreciated in lifestyle and parenting, as well as education and homeschool niches. Again, be creative, but keep the content relevant.

I hope these quick Pinterest Tips and Tricks helped you to utilize the potential of this versatile social media platform.

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How To Get People To Share Your Content – Resource List

How To Get People To Share Your Content - Resource List

Want to get more people to share your content? Me too! I am pretty sure, I can speak for most bloggers here, that
when we are putting our posts out there, we are looking for exposure. What if I tell you, that I have found a series
of articles, that teach you exactly that? Cool, right?

Check out the following articles and resources below, which will assist you in sharing your hard work and getting the
attention it deserves!

 

Free Exposure via Triberr
What is Klout All About?
Klout Part 2: Influencer Marketing
Exposure, Traffic, Branding And More!
Get Your Content Viral!
Get Other People To Promote You!
Co-Promote: More Free Exposure!

All these training modules are available for free with your free Wealthy Affiliate membership.
Simply click on any of the articles, and sign up, or use this direct link to sign up right now!

See you there!

Blessings!

Claudia

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How Book-Bloggers Make Money: Blogging 102 Series

How Book-Bloggers Make Money

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!

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Where to get the books from?

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
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.

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Kindle Unlimited
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!


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Quick Guide To Writing Non-Fiction Books For Amazon to Complement Your Blog

Quick Guide To Writing Non-Fiction Books For Amazon to Complement Your Blog

Writing a non-fiction book to complement your blog or website gives you the opportunity to utilize the power of Amazon and Kindle Publishing while working with your existing passive income streams. Writing a book, however, is a seemingly daunting task, that leaves many of us overwhelmed. The truth is, writing an eBook for Kindle is a possible, even if you are not the most experienced writer.

Before starting on writing your book, I want you to ask yourself what your purpose for writing the book is. Your purpose can be one of the following:

– create affiliate income
– drive traffic to your blog
– establish yourself as an authority
– make money by selling your books
– get more sales for your products and/or services

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Once you established your reason for writing the book, begin with the following steps:

1. Make a list of your main blog topics. For example, one of my blogs has the following  main topics: nutrition, fitness, herbs, and  positive thinking. (your websites should never have more than 5 major topics, otherwise, make a separate niche site  3 to 4 major topics are ideal)
2. Search for popular books in the subject matter on Amazon. A book is selling and making money if it’s paid Kindle rank is 100,000 or below.
3. Now that you know what sells in your niche, create a list of similar subjects you can write about. 
4. Write two books for each subject you choose. One book to either give away as a freebie on your resource page (if you don’t have a resource page yet, read this training about creating evergreen resources), or for free on Amazon, and the other to list on Amazon for a price.

Related Article: How To Publish An eBook In 24 Hours

5. Keep your books short – 30 to 40-page books and books around 15000 words sell the best for self-published non-fiction titles.
6. Price your book competitively. Best price to list your book for is .99 to 2.99.
7. Add your book to Kindle Unlimited. You can get more people to read your books if they can borrow it for free. You still get paid on your books, as long as they are reading more than 10 % of your book, so make sure that you write to impress from the beginning.
8. Include links to your blog, website, subscription list, resources pages, or whatever else you are currently trying to  promote. This is where your reason for writing the book comes in, which I asked you to determine in the beginning. What links and additional resources you add to your book depends very much on your focus. For example, if you are trying to get more book sales, include the links to your other book titles at the end of your book. If you are trying to get more subscribers to your list, offer a password protected resource pages for those who read your book (make sure that you do not give that link till the end of the book, see my note about Kindle Unlimited – you can promise or hint about your offers further in the beginning of the book.)

Writing books can help your blog and website in a variety of ways. Take advantage of the need of constant new books that the convenience of electronic readers has created, by writing your own.

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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Why Affiliate Marketing Is The Best Starter Passive Income Opportunity

Why Affiliate Marketing Is The Best Starter Passive Income Opportunity

So you want to make money online, but you are not sure where to start? The offers out there, and opportunities are overwhelming and often hard to negotiate for someone without an extensive background in online selling and marketing. This is why I recommend affiliate marketing as the best starter passive income opportunity.

My Top 5 Reasons Why I Think Affiliate marketing is the best starter passive income opportunity

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1. Minimal starter cost. Sure, you need a website (preferably a self-hosted WordPress site), but you can host these quite inexpensively via reliable hosts such as HostGator.com. In addition, you will need a domain name, which is almost always available for under 20 Dollars a year, and that is about it, to get started. I do not recommend that you use a free blogging host, such as wordpress.com or blogger because it does not allow you the flexibility you will need to create and effective site.
2. Plenty of niches for every skill and interest. No matter if you are into stamp collecting, training your cat, or love flyfishing, there are products out there, that you can promote. Sure, you should make sure that your niche actually has a significant enough following and interest, but otherwise, if you are an expert in a particular area, you can use that to your advantage.
3. Amazon is your best friend. Amazon does most of the selling for you. They offer products in such a variety, that Amazon is the best affiliate program you can possibly connect with. Consumers already trust this retail giant, and with the extensive return policy, and secure platform, it is easy to convince someone to purchase through it. At least a lot easier than an unknown website.
4. You do not have to carry any inventory. Inventory equals devoting an extensive amount of time, investment, organization, and know-how to your business. As an affiliate marketer, you do not have to worry about shipping, returns, collecting payment, labeling, and all of the other details, that can be overwhelming for anyone to who just starts out in the business world. You can add these responsibilities later, by selling your own products, and I highly recommend that you eventually expand your passive income streams, but in order to get familiar with the process, you can being slowly, and learn while you go.
5. Build an online reputation. With an affiliate marketing site, you can build an online reputation as an authority, which allows you to expand your passive income streams in the future, by utilizing your already created customer base. As I mentioned above, it is wise to expand your income streams to various other opportunities, after some time, and creating a solid foundation via your affiliate marketing reputation, will make it easier for your already existing consumers to purchase your own product, work with you via your service, or read your books.

Getting started with working online, should not be any more complicated than it needs to be. Finding the right path for yourself, while starting with the easiest opportunity to enter, is a wise choice.

For more information on how to set up an affiliate marketing site, you can join Wealthy Affiliate for free today.
Lessons on how to set up a WordPress site, and pick a niche are included in this free membership. See you there!

 

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4 Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier About Outsourcing

4 Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier About Outsourcing

Are you overwhelmed with your everyday tasks that you have to stay on top upon in your online business?
If you are at the point where your business is making money, but the tasks you have to do every day, are getting more and more, it is time to think about outsourcing some of these tasks.

But how will you know what to outsource?

Here are a few tips on how to figure this out:
1. For at least one week list all of the tasks that you do every day for your business AND in your home.
Remember outsourcing does not necessarily mean that you just have to limit it to business tasks. Yo can also add things like grocery shopping and cleaning to the list of things you can hire someone to do for you. I personally have my grocery delivered at least once a week (more often when we lived in Florida because the services were better there than here in Las Vegas, especially for organic produce), and I have someone come in twice a week to clean. This frees up so much time!

2. Look for things on your list, that are so mundane anyone could do them, but they still have to be done.
These are the first tasks you should consider outsourcing. The easier the task, the more likely that the VA will do them correctly. No steep learning curve here.

3. Look at the list to find tasks you hate to do.
Are there items that you dread every day? For me, it was cleaning, and number two was formatting my blog posts. I love writing the articles, but formatting them, took more time than writing. Whatever it is, that you do not like, put that on your outsource list.

4. Look at the list to find tasks that you are not good at.
While it will cost you more money to hire someone to do specialized tasks, think of how long it would take you to learn it yourself. Your time is valuable, so you might not want to take the time to invest in lessons or course to get better at it.
One word of caution: You should at least know the basics of what you are outsourcing so that you can do a proper quality check. So learn the basics, and hire an expert for the rest.

 OutsourcingMy Favorite Outsourcing Platform:

Freelancer.com is by far my favorite outsourcing platform when it comes to tasks that require writing, design work, ebook covers, and editors. As a potential employer, you can post a job you need assistance with, and potential employees can answer with how much they will charge, and how long it will take them to complete the project. You can accept then the offer that sounds best to you. Freelancer has high-quality people working through their platform, but their expertise vary greatly, so make sure that you do not choose someone just based on their price, but also on their experience. You can check out Freelancer.com by clicking this link.

I hope this little guide helped you to know when to outsource your next project or task. Freeing your time to do the most profitable tasks that only you can do, makes a lot of financial sense, as you are now able to use this time freely to do what you do best.

Good luck on your journey!

Blessings

Claudia

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What The Heck Is A MLM Business?

 

What The Heck Is A MLM Business?

If you are looking for online business opportunities, the chances that you come across the term MLM are rather large. MLM’s are everywhere, but to a person to the online business world, this leaves one very large question: What the heck is an MLM business?

What Is A MLM Business?

MLM stands for Multi Level Marketing, which pays their entrepreneurs mostly via two strategies – selling products or  services, AND by recruiting other people into the business and often allowing them to get a share of the profits of their recruits. The term Pyramid Scheme is often related to MLM business opportunities, and while not all of MLM opportunities are scams, some of them are, so you should be vary about signing up for just any of these types of offers.

Related Article: How To Publish An Ebook In 24 Hours – A Review

Examples of MLM Businesses

You have most likely heard of many companies, who are essentially following the MLM business model without realizing that they are. Some of them are not only established but have quite a good reputation. Here is a list of examples:

Amway (health, beauty, and household products)
Avon (beauty products)
Usborne Books (educational products)
NuSkin (skin care)
Herbal Life (health and nutrition)
Mary Kay (beauty products)
It Works! (skin care and nutrition)
Scentsy (candles and scents)
Ambit Energy (electric and natural gas)
Advocare (health and fitness)

As you can see, MLM businesses are found in a variety of niches and are often well known.

What The Heck Is A MLM Business? What To Look Out For:

Some of MLM companies are not legit and offer little to no value to those who they are trying to recruit. While not everyone will have the same results or experiences I have had with some of these companies, I will over the next few weeks try to highlight those who work and those who did not work for me.

1. What training do they offer?
The quality of training of these companies varies greatly. Some offer continuous training opportunities, and valuable  information, that can help you build a thriving business, while others will leave you with a simple PDF that has nothing to offer.

Related Article: How To Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer

2. Upfront and continued cost
Almost every MLM has upfront costs, which in itself is not a problem. But many of them either do not give you valuable information or products in exchange for your money, or will ask you to pay a continued fee, and other payments, that promise more results. Make sure that you are informed about all costs – those to get started, and those who are continued costs.

3. Their focus is on recruiting not on selling
If the companies products are great, and worth their price, they tend to not push those signed up through their programs to push for new recruits, at least not right away. Other companies, however, push more recruiting, then selling, which should set off your alarm bells. These are very often not legitimate companies.

4. Lack of quality products.
Any good MLM company will allow you to sample their products and showcase their quality. If the product is not up to  high-quality standards, don’t sign up. Avon, for example, is known for their high-quality products, and it is easy to find someone who had good experiences with the company.

Conclusion:

MLM business opportunities are not all bad, as some want to make you believe. But, in order to make these types of businesses profitable for you, you must do your research.
I personally suggest that you should diversify your online business, by using a variety of passive income models, such as affiliate marketing, drop shipping, or Kindle publishing, as well as working with MLM companies.

Watch out for more detailed reviews on specific MLM companies, over the course of the next few weeks!

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What Is Fizzle – An Insider Review

What Is Fizzle - A Insider Review

Interested in learning more about creating a viable online business? Finding answers to the questions that arise when beginning in the development such business is not always easy, and requires research and time. Fizzle.co can help you answer those questions, and build a solid foundation to build your idea from. But what is Fizzle exactly, and how can it help you on your journey? I have tried the platform out for you, and taken many of the offered lessons, to give you an insight.

What Is Fizzle?
Fizzle is a learning platform, accountability space, and active forum designed to help those who are in different phases of developing an online business, no matter which form this business takes.

Pro:
If you are a visual learner but love following along with worksheets and checklists, Fizzle offers both. The entertaining videos, are very informative and up-to-date (unlike some of its competitors), and in-depth, building
upon each other. The often included PDF’s and worksheets are well designed and get straight to the point. There is not much fluff there, which is, in my opinion, a waste of time, anyway. I am someone who is action oriented, and Fizzle is as well, therefore it is perfect for someone who wants to take massive actions in their business creation.

The dashboard and interface of the site are easy to navigate. The forum is in contrast to the dashboard light, and welcomingly bright. I like that the founders of the program seem to be active on the platform as well, and are open to answering any question you might have.

What is Fizzle

Unlike Wealthy Affiliate, Fizzle is not limited in subject matter to just affiliate marketing. This platform is applicable for every form of internet-based business, from selling your own product, to drop shipping to affiliate marketing, blogging, or whatever else you can come up with. I love that.

What I also love is, that lessons from true entrepreneur giants, like Pat Flynn are included. Exclusive content on email marketing, building traffic, and network building are what keep me coming back, as well as the constant new lessons, that are added.  at 35 Dollars a month – after a 30 Day free trial – the platform is worth every penny.

What is Fizzle
Con’s
Unlike Wealthy Affiliate, Fizzle does not include hosting, and it is a lot less social, because the forum is kept separated from the lessons, while in WA it is all integrated, and connection happens within the lessons, on the personal blog posts, and via questions asked. This can be both a negative and positive side, depending on what kind of learner you are. If you easily sidetracked, Fizzle is easier for you to stay focused upon.
Another thing, that is a small downfall of Fizzle, is that they only offer a down-scaled version of an affiliate program. You can not make any money referring people to Fizzle, but you do get a discount on your membership, for each referral, which is nice.
Wealthy Affiliate, on the other hand, allows you to make money from each new premium subscriber, for the time of their membership. This can add up quickly.

Conclusion

I really like Fizzle, because of the less distractive nature of the platform. I am there to learn, and only have to socialize when I want to. Yet, there is peer support, and accountability if you are looking for them, available anytime. That alone is nice to know, even if you are not taking advantage of that often.  If this platform would offer hosting like Wealthy Affiliate had, I would switch completely to that program. I am not new to internet business, so Fizzle offers me more flexibility while keeping me interested and challenged. That is something Wealthy Affiliate lacks at times.

So, if you already have reliable hosting, and are looking for great lessons on how to build your business, you should give Fizzle a try. You can start your free trial by following this link.

Question:

What is your favorite platform for learning about business? Please share your recommendations below.

Fiercely Independent Blessings!

Claudia

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Don’t Fall For Get Rich Quick Scams!

Don't Fall For Get Rich Quick Scams!

The ever growing potential of influencer marketing, affiliate marketing, online businesses, and blogging have drawn more and more people to be interested in trying to create their financial wealth online. As with many businesses, this
created also an influx of businesses that promise these new entrepreneurs ways to get rich quick. Truth is, none of these companies that promise you that you will make money simply by buying their products are actually giving you what you  paid for.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many companies out there, that serve those of us, who are new to the online business world, and provide valuable information. Ranging from all-inclusive packages, like Wealthy Affiliate, online courses like Creative Live and Fizzle, or email marketing services like GetResponds, these companies bring true value. At the same time, there are those waiting to take advantage of those who see the dollar signs of the successful online people, such as some YouTubers, bloggers, and affiliate marketers, and want to reach that level – now.

Related Article: Scam Alert: Affiliate Marketing Mastery

What they do not understand, that an online business, like any other business, takes time to develop, build and make profit from. Even those, who, seemingly managed “overnight success”, rarely showcase the true work they have put into the business BEFORE they arrived at the stage they are now, in a more public space.

Some companies build their entire enterprise on those customers, serving only their bottom line while promising results that just never happen.

How To Spot Get Rich Quick Scams:

Don't Fall For Get Rich Quick Scams!

 

 

1. They do not offer free trials or some kind of free part of their program
2. They promise results quick
3. They appear sudden
4. They have bad reviews (more on reviews in a second)
5. Their testimonials are made up entirely of people with initials as their last name (like Tony R., or Stefanie M. – those are never real people)

A word of caution about reviews:

Most people, me included, get an affiliate commission for providing reviews for a program. This means that some – not all – bloggers and reviewers will purposely enhance their rating, to make a company look better than they truly are. In order to find a reviewer/blogger you can trust, I recommend to see, if they include con’s in their review, and also talk about programs that DO NOT work. If the reviews listed on a website is only made of glowing recommendations, you can pretty much be assured that they are not the most truthful.

I only recommend positively programs I personally use, or have used in the past – sometimes we outgrow particular programs, or found something that fits even better. Not all sites, and companies that I review fit everyone, and I try my best to point this out. Take Wealthy Affiliate for example – I do not recommend this program if you have already base knowledge in marketing, or do not want to build an affiliate marketing business, and rather a different business. Also, it is not the best program for up-to-date social media knowledge. If you are a complete newbie to affiliate marketing, on the other hand, this program is for you.

I hope I have cautioned you to be careful in spending your hard-earned money on programs that can not help you, and promise you quick results, much quicker than you should reasonably be able to expect.

Question:

Which program have you tried out, that did not life up to their promise? Share your experiences in the comment section, below.

Blessings

Claudia

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How To Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer

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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.

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5. Stay current

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.

 

 

 

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