Google allows a certain amount of accounts, depending on the type of account being used or created.
Google allows you to have only one (1) adsense account per person, because with adsense, there is a possibility that you could be scamming Google’s system and earning duplicate income from advertising clicks and impressions. Google states in their terms of services that violators will be banned and held liable for their actions. So be careful when choosing to monetize your site, and only sign up for adsense once.
When using Google’s mailing service you are allowed to create multiple accounts. I have a few different gmail accounts that I use, so creating a few will not get you into any type of trouble with the big G. I do however caution you to be careful when creating too many gmail accounts though, as this may stir up some issues. Try to keep the number of gmail accounts as low as you possibly can, say like two to three. If you end up creating a total of 25 to 100 accounts, you may end up banned. So keep things simple, and keep the number low.
As with gmail, you can create a multiple of these types of accounts, but unlike gmail, where you have to tread carefully on the number of accounts you create, with docs you can create a larger if not unlimited amount of accounts. I myself have plenty and seem to be doing fine, I haven’t seen any warnings by Google, nor has anyone else that I know, that has a multitude of docs accounts.
The Take Home Lessen:
Here is the take home lessen… while there is nowhere on the web that gives an actual amount of accounts that can be created with Google (adsense being the exception, only 1 account), and given that Google does things on a spare of the moment basis, like ban your site just because they felt like you had too many accounts – just keep things simple. If you are planning on signing up for adsense, just use one account, if using gmail for your mailing service, just use one or two accounts. And if you are using other Google products and you’re still skeptical, just give Google a call.
Best Social Media Sites To Join Today
When it comes to joining social media sites, there are a few that stand out a bit more than others. Today we’ll go over the best ones online.
It’s no longer a secret that social networks play a huge role in people’s everyday lives, so joining a few networks and interacting with other members is a great idea.
5 Reasons To Join Social Media Sites
Here are some reasons that you should consider making social media a part of your marketing routine.
1) Meet new people – joining a few social media websites gives you the opportunity to meet thousands and possibly millions of new people you would not have otherwise met. It is extremely difficult to meet a small 100 people on your own, so taking advantage of the millions and even billion (facebook) people that are on social networks, is a great way to go.
2) Add your ideas – social media is a place where you just be you, you can post anything you want, which is great for what you are trying to accomplish. You can write about what interests you, what doesn’t interest you, things you’d like to see happening in your field of work, and so on. The sky really is the limit here.
3) Find the right people – you can follow people that interest you the most. There are lots of people that you will come across that are involved in the same niche as you. You will probably find it easier to talk to these people verses just finding a broad range of random people.
4) Join groups – join one or more groups that you feel are relative to you and your niche. Thousands of groups are created across the many different social media sites that are online today, but be sure to join only the one’s that relates to your field of business.
5) Promote your product – one of the greatest opportunities that social networks have to offer so for, is the opportunity to push your product. Before social media came along, you had to pay forum site owners before you could even mention that your product existed. While forums still operate in that way, social networks have surpassed all of the popular forums, in traffic. So, don’t worry if a forum won’t allow you to freely mention your product, just talk about it on your social account.
What To Do While On Social Media?
The whole point of social media is to accumulate as many potential clients as you possibly can, at least from an entrepreneur’s perspective. Accumulating clients through social networking isn’t always as easy as ex-gurus make it sound. It takes a lot of patience and focus to make it really happen in a way that has enough volume, to see a difference in results.
What you should be doing while you are on any social platform is getting to know new people. People that are interested in very same things that you are interested in. Start making friends by following and connecting with your peers, this is the best way to get the ball rolling.
Don’t forget to spread the word about your products and how it can help those that may be in need of learning something new, or finding something lost, or fixing something broken, etc.
Social Media Websites To Join
Here is a list of some of the best social sites found around the web.
Facebook is undoubtedly the biggest and most popular social network site on the internet. Visit facebook today and get started. facebook
Twitter is one of the most talked about and widely used social places on the web. Give a twitter a try. twitter
Instagram has become very popular and extremely used by the public on a daily basis. Sign up and get started. instagram
Google+ plus is heavily used by bloggers and everyday working people. Join google plus today. google+
Pinterest is pretty popular among the other platforms that are online. Go ahead and sign up with pinterest. pinterest
Reddit is one of the most talked about sites out there today. In my opinion this has taken the place of digg. Get started with reddit now. reddit
Remember to be careful when signing up for sites you haven’t heard much about. Be sure to do a google search on the network sites that you aren’t familiar with… see you on the next post.
Getting Started With Free Blog Websites
Free blog websites are very common today. There are many different websites to create a blog for free on, let’s find out how you can benefit from it all.
What Are Free Blog Websites?
A free blog site is the same thing as a website or a blog, and the term “free”, just means that you can make a blog or a website for free, by using one of the website or blog creating platforms that’s out there today.
WordPress for instance is a free blog site that you can use to start a blog with. I’m sure you’ve heard of this, but if there’s a chance that you have not then don’t worry I will be explaining it and other free website platforms a bit more later on in the writing.
8 Of The Best Free Blogging Platforms Around
Here is a list of some of the best platforms to create a blog and a website on, for either yourself as a personal site or as a business:
WordPress Blogging Platform is probably the most talked about and largest blogging site in the world. Powering 27% of blog websites and counting.
Medium Blog Website is only 4 years of age at the time of this writing, but it is quickly catching on and becoming one of the commonly known platforms on the web.
Tumblr Plattform was founded almost 9 years ago, it is one of the largest blogging sites on the internet, now employing more than 400 people and services millions.
Drupal Platform has been around for quite a spell, it’s initial release date was over 16 years ago. This is one of the widely known blog websites and it is continuing to grow and expand its features as time progresses.
Wix Platform has been around longer than some people may think, it is 11 years old in platform years, and now has twelve locations to call home. It also over fourteen hundred employees working on the clock.
Joomla Platform is known all over the world for it’s ease of use and mobility. This service has now been around for nearly eleven years, it is often recommended by blogging professionals.
How To Operate Blog Websites
Each platform that’s listed above has all of the tools and features that you are going to need to get started. I wanted this list to be a list of the top, well known blogging sites – the ones that come well equipped.
Features Per Platform:
User friendly + ease of use
Free blog or website
Support & help groups
Trust & recognition & more
There are plenty more features that these wonderful blogging platforms have, while some may offer more than others, each one are still great to try out.
How To Start Affiliate Network Marketing
Each affiliate network is different, that’s why you have to carefully choose the right one. Today we are going to be talking about the power of affiliate networks and how to use them in marketing.
What Is An Affiliate Network?
An affiliate network is a network that allows affiliate marketing people like you to join, then find a product and become an affiliate for said product. These products are provided by the merchants for a sales price. In case you were wondering what a merchant is, here is an explanation: a merchant is a person or people that have a product or service listed within a network. This product or service is to be sold by publishers (also known as affiliate marketers), to customers that are interested in buying it.
How Affiliate Networks Actually Work
Affiliate networks act as the host for a merchant’s product, remember that a merchant is a person or a group of people with a product listed within the affiliate network. It is then the publisher’s (you) job to help market and sell the product for the merchant. Once a sale is made, the merchant, the publisher and sometimes the network, share the funds that were accumulated.
Let’s look a little closer at each element:
The purpose of the network is to connect the merchant (also known as the vendor, or advertiser), with the publisher (also known as the affiliate), by doing the following:
Hosting a product or service item for the merchant
Providing a way for the publisher to partner with merchants
Allowing merchants and publishers to personally communicate
Showing the publisher all details (payment amounts, product performance, etc.) of the product or service.
The network includes both the merchant and publisher by allowing each side to make a clear decision whether they’d like to work with one another or not. Another thing that the network provides, is security for both the merchant and the publisher – so if an agreement is made, or a transaction takes place, each party can feel and know that they are safe.
The role of the merchant is to provide a product or service on the network. The merchant’s duties are to:
Provide accurate information about their items
Provide marketing tools (if possible)
Prove that they are real people and not a robotic program
Have a form of contact information
Show the mechanics of the product or service
Each merchant’s product or service is secured and safe for anyone to partner with. The merchant includes all details and information about each item that is provided, for the potential affiliate to see. Even the amount of funds that the merchant is willing to share for each sale is shown.
This is where you come in, as the affiliate marketer. Your duties are to:
Partner with a merchant
Become an affiliate for one or more items
Find interested customers
Sell products for the merchant
As an affiliate you have to know a thing or two about affiliate marketing, this will help you to make better choices when it comes to partnering with merchants and choosing the right products for you to sell.
7 Of The Best Affiliate Networks Online Today
Here are seven of the best affiliate networks available across the web as of now:
1) Rakuten Marketing
Rakuten Network which used to be LinkShare, is one of the largest affiliate networks on the web right now, it has a large variety of products and services that you can partner with.
Clickbank’s Network is well known all over the internet, perhaps it may be the most talked about affiliate network on the web. It has over $3Billion dollars in sales, which makes it one of the most successful places out there.
3) Ebay Partners
Ebay’s Partner Network happens to be a great service to partner with. You make money by sharing ebay listing items, which are around 800 million or more.
4) Amazon Associates
Amazon Associates Network has been around for quite some time now, and everyone that is into affiliate marketing has either tried it, or has thought about trying it. It has a large amount of Amazon products for you to sell.
ShareASale Network has become known to many people as the go-to place for publishers and merchants. There are now over 3900 merchants and thousands of products to choose from.
CJ Network used to be known as commission junction, but while the name has changed, the goal has not. This site connects you with some of highest paying merchants around.
Jvzoo’s Network is one of the newer networks to hit the market but is growing pretty quickly. There are many different types of products to choose from here, and the good part is you’re paid instantly via paypal.
As Promised: This is the part where I discuss the marketing.
Now that you know how an affiliate network works and how publishers and merchants interact with one another, it’s time for you to learn how the marketing aspect of it all works.
In a nutshell, when it comes to marketing the product or service that you have chosen to partner with, you are going to need a way to get people to see the item, and the best way to do that is to:
Start a website (blog)
Set up a newsletter
Open a social network account
By doing one or all of the suggestions above, you can then meet people that will eventually become your customers, if you market your product to them in the correct way.
While we may be in the twenty first century, and social media networks are now a part of our everyday lives, it is not however a part of business. At least not for everyone that has a blog or a business on the web.
Social media networks are very important to your success, it gets you a whole lot more visitors and potential subscribers and customers than any other platform on the web.
It is also a way for you to reach more people than offline or in person, because you can connect with more than 1 billion people within less than 1 minute.
How Is That Possible?
Well for starters, the social network known as facebook, which is the biggest one of them all, has well over 1 billion members alone. So just by becoming a member with this one social network will introduce you to the 1 billion plus people that’s already signed up. Keep in mind that we’re only talking about the facebook network, which is only one of the many social media networks that’s available on the web.
Now you’re starting to see why using social media networks are so important, and I hope that you are also starting to see just how quickly and easily it is to reach 1 billion people or more, which is not however possible to do with traditional routes like handing out business cards, or greeting people at the mall, etc. So the social media route is also much quicker.
Key Reasons To Use Social Media
If you are new to the social media world or still in thinking mode when it comes to joining, then you are probably wondering how can it help or how would it benefit you and your business… well here are a few answers to those questions that you may have, and the reasons you should go social.
1st Reason: It’s free. Almost every social site on the web is free to join, if you do however come across one or more that charges a fee to sign up then you should turn the other way because the best ones are free.
2nd Reason: Wider audience. It gives you an audience of billions of people, that’s a very large audience, one that you alone will probably never reach.
3rd Reason: More revenue. A bit of common knowledge is that if you have more customers then you are undoubtedly going to make more money.
These three reasons should be more than enough to get you interested and ready to go. If you are reading this post of mine then you are seeking this type of inspiration, and you are wanting a reason to get involved with social media, and now you have more than just one reason, so stop waiting on another one, and get started, but first I guess you would need to know which networks to sign up with.
Don’t worry I am going to provide you with a few of the best networks to join. While you can join every network on the web it’s really not necessary to do so because just by joining a few of top ones can get you the same results and also save you time and stress.
Social Networks To Join
Here are a few of the most popular networks that can help you reach tons of people and grow your business.
Take a chance with this new wave of traffic building (social media), it can only help you to popularize your blog or business. It’s not everyday that free methods of traffic building like this comes around, so take advantage of it.
Believe me when I tell you that it’s not hard at all to do and it’s a lot of fun.
How To Get Your First Friend In Facebook (how to add a friend)
Facebook gives you a lot of opportunities to build traffic, especially when it comes to meeting people. Today I am going to be showing you how to meet and greet your first real facebook friend.
Finding a friend on facebook is fairly easy, all you need is to locate the person that you want as a friend, request this person’s friendship, and then wait for that person to respond to you with an acceptance of your friendship request. And that’s it. You and the other guy or girl will then be facebook friends.
Once you are on facebook, login. If you don’t already have a facebook account, learn how to get one here: facebook signup
Type in the name of the person that you want as a friend on facebook:
Click on the Add Friend button of the person or on their profile:
Wait for the person to accept you as a friend.
That’s it. That’s really all there is to getting a friend on facebook.
A few notes: Here are a few notes that I want to leave you with… be sure that you know the person that you are adding as a friend, or at least read their profile and figure out why you’d want them as a friend of yours – are you just trying to showboat and say hey look I have a friend on facebook, or are you trying to connect with someone that shares your passion?
Another thing I wanted to say, going off of the last note, is that you have to be on the same page as the person you are wanting to be friends with. Because if the two of you don’t have anything in common then your friendship request may be rejected, ignored or pointless. And I said the relationship could be pointless because if there is no common goal then you and the other individual will have nothing to talk about, therefore the relationship cannot move forward.
The last thing I will say is that you have to be patient. Sometimes people are super busy in their everyday lives and don’t always have time to respond to a friend request. So if the person hasn’t accepted you as a friend of theirs within the first 48hours give the person a little time to get back to you, he or she probably hasn’t been signed onto facebook in a couple of days. The person may also want to take a look at your profile first to see if you are someone that they feel they’d want to be friends with. So again, just have a little patience.
Alright now go on over to facebook and make your first friend.
What Is A Key word Used For
What is a key word and what is it used for exactly? Lots of people ask this question after blogging for a short amount of time. Even I myself had to ask this question in the past, so let’s go over this.
Wanting to know about keywords and asking questions on how it works or how it’s specifically used is a very important part of blogging online. Alright enough talking, let’s go.
What Is A Key word
A keyword in the world of search engine optimization is a word or phrase that has value to both the person and search engine that’s focused on the keyword. For instance if the person (blogger) is focusing on a keyword like “affiliate marketing”, and the search engine (Google) is focusing on the same keyword then they both have to meet in the middle, but not without both parties first doing each of their parts.
Here is what the blogger has to do:
Start a blog or website
Research a keyword (popular or not)
Place the keyword onto his/her site
Here is what Google has to do:
Provide a way for people to find things (a search engine)
Save people searches to its databases
Find a blogger’s site that matches the search (keyword phrase)
What Is A Key word Used For
When I think of a keyword being used I think of bloggers wanting organic traffic. Because that’s really the point of using a keyword, it’s to bring in the kind of traffic that you never have to pay a single dime for, because it’s free. The free traffic, or organic traffic that you will be receiving will come from search engines like Bing and Google.
Search engines scan the whole entire web for blogs and websites that are targeting a certain keyword, meaning that the person behind the site (the site’s owner) is sending out a signal to the search engines saying “hey I want to be indexed for this key word”, it is then the search engine’s job to find said site and also to find the keyword, and then index the site based on the keyword that is being targeted.
Some words of caution: Indexing and ranking takes time on the search engines part, being that so many things have changed with the whole keyword targeting and ranking idea, but it still works it just takes a little more time to be ranked than it once did due to so many spammers and not to mention all of the competition – people that have been on page 1 or 2 of search engine results for years is going to make it near impossible to reach a page 1 or page 2 but who knows, only time will tell right?
Here Is How To Find Keywords For Your Website And Why You Should
Finding keywords that are relative to the type of niche you’re in is still essential, so today I will be explaining how to find keywords for your website.
Evey website or blog on the web is associated with one or more keywords, which seems easy enough to do, but once you look underneath the surface you’ll notice that a lot of hard work goes into it. It’s all about the thought process, meaning to think about which keywords are the effective for your site, because just any ole keyword won’t do.
So you have to be sure to find the best keywords for you. Speaking of which, here’s how to do that:
How To Find Good Keywords
The best way to find your keywords would be to look through Google’s keyword planner. Planner is the keyword foundation, every keyword that Google deems worthy will be placed inside of planner.
There are a lot of paid keyword services out there that charges you for this, and the worst part is that it doesn’t even show you all of the keywords that planner does, and it also makes up keywords that doesn’t exist in planner or in Google’s search, so it’s pointless to even use the keywords that it throws at you.
My advise is to just stick with planner and find the keywords you need there.
Why Is Finding Or Using Keywords Important
Every website or blog that exist on the web has to be equipped with one or more keywords, at least this is the case for the people that want their sites indexed by search engines.
It take some people years to be indexed and queried inside of search engines results. For instance, it may take your site a year or more to be listed in Google’s search results. And this could possibly be because you either don’t know about how keywords work or you are simply not interested in any of that stuff, so you don’t use keywords or seo for your site.
If you don’t use keywords for your site then you won’t receive any type of traffic from the search engines. And maybe that’s fine by you, search engine traffic isn’t for everyone, but if you do want that search engine traffic, which is free by the way, then you should be using keywords for your site.
Being found in search engine results is how a lot of people are making most of their money these days. So if you are trying to make a living on the internet, which everyone that blogs online is trying to do, then you should definitely not take this means of notoriety for granted. So put those keywords to good use and get indexed in Bing, Yahoo and Google. The traffic will be worth it later.
The End Of Internet Marketing As We Know It (Pt3 Blogging)
This is a review on blogging and its supposed death that all of the gurus are always talking about. I am going to be looking over the reasons why they say this and finding out if what they say is true.
Blogging Is Dead
The whole idea of blogging being dead means that there is to be no more creating blogs or websites, as there is no longer any need for it. It’s now useless and no one should be spending time creating any websites or starting any blogs. There is no longer a reason to write content for your blog if you have one.
The Story Behind Blogging Ending
No one really knows as to why the death of blogging was issued, maybe it just seemed like the right thing for the gurus to put out there, I mean everything else was being killed off, why not blogging too?
Yet again the assassin is “social media”… again? I have a question here: “is there ever going to be some other assassin besides the almighty social media networks?”.
If this doesn’t have “they don’t know what the um they’re talking about” written all over it, then I don’t know what does. It seems that everything is now dead because of social media – give me a break.
What I Think About It All
I think that blogging is forever going to be around no matter how much people say that it is old, or outdated or useless, or being replaced by social media – as everything nowadays is supposedly replaced or being replaced by social media.
To be completely honest blogging is just getting started, due to the fact that it continues to evolve more and more on larger scales. If you take a look at one of the popular social media networks that is “taking blogging out”, which is titled: Twitter, you will notice that Twitter itself is nothing more than people writing short blog posts (which is actually blogging), just like Tumblr, as well as other social sites.
Can You Still Earn An Income Online With Google Ad sense
I know that all of the “gurus” are talking about there is no need to try to earn an income with Google ad sense because it is old or it’s dead, but actually it’s not, and you should continue using it.
Is Google Adsense Dead
No. It’s not dead. So why do so many people say that it’s dead?
People say that adsense is dead because:
(1) It didn’t work out for them
(2) The gurus are saying it
(3) It doesn’t pay enough money
Is it still possible to make money with google ad sense?
The answer to this question comes easy, and that answer is yes. It doesn’t matter what anyone says, adsense money can still be made.
Just look at it in this way: for as long as Google is allowing you to place their merchants ads onto your site, and as long as Google is offering money for every click that is performed per ad, then ad sense is still a way to make money.
How To Get Started With Ad sense
If you don’t know how to create a Google adsense account then you are probably just getting involved in the whole “how to make money online” craze, but you need to start by visiting this site: follow this link
Sign up for your free account and once it’s created you can apply for ad sense earnings. It’s guaranteed that you are going to be approved right away, because Google is always changing rules and guidelines, but you should be fine, especially if it’s your first time applying.
How To Get Approved For Ad sense
A way to almost guarantee approval is to have a blog or website up and running on the web with a few articles already written.
Try to write about 5 or more articles before applying, this shows Google that your site is active and it also contains content.
I hope this has helped you with making your decision whether or not Google ad sense is a way you’d like to earn an income for yourself.
Until next post… and good luck.
The End Of Internet Marketing As We Know It (Pt2)
This review comes as no surprise, bloggers have been mentioning for years that SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is dead, so today we’ll take a closer look at it.
SEO has been around for over 20 years now and lots of people depend on it for a multitude of reasons, one reason being building a customer base, because if people find you or your product while searching via search engine, you could possibly land a sale if the person sees and likes your item.
A Brief Explanation of SEO
I didn’t really want to go into the whole “what is seo” ordeal, giving that this is a saturated topic I am going to assume that you have an idea of what seo is, but I will still however briefly cover it.
Anytime someone searches a search engine such as Google, they are probably looking for things like information about a certain topic or maybe even a certain item that they want to buy.
If you happen to be selling this certain type of item, you are going to want the person that is searching, to find you and buy the item from you and not anyone else.
Before you or your item can be seen you would first have to start a blog or build a website that contain specific keywords that relates to the item the person is searching for.
Once your keyword is searched for and if you happen to be listed in the first 10 results of Google, you stand a great chance of selling your item to the searcher.
You may still have a chance at making the sale if your within the next 10 results (20 results total) or page two, and while your chances are a bit slimmer you still have a shot.
So hopefully this explained a bit about what seo is and how it works.
SEO Is Dead
When people say that seo is dead they are thinking in terms of search engines no longer existing, so when you think about giant search engines like Google, you think to yourself wow Google is outta here. That also goes for Bing, Yahoo, Yandex and all of the others.
The Story Behind SEO Ending
As I mentioned earlier in the writing, seo is saturated with the same old articles, and the same old seo tips and the same old seo systems that are supposed to be the solution to everyone’s problem that isn’t ranking highly in Google.
SEO was part of every bloggers marketing plan, but now only about a half of bloggers are using seo to sell their products and build their client base. Bloggers have now moved on to social media, this is of course what killed seo, just as it killed the email.
Social media is looked upon as being the cleansed way to reach clients, there is no saturation of duplicated articles and content that drives people away, so bloggers are now putting all of their faith into Facebook, Twitter and social media spots for building their customer base.
What Do I think About It
Here’s what I think about it all, seo is still going on even on Facebook, because now facebook has its very own search engine that you can search for results on, so that sort of kills the idea of seo ending, doesn’t it? Seo will actually never die, not even with search engines like Google, because people are always going to want to explore their search options, they will never only choose one way to search and stick to it, it’s not likely to happen.
Also, there are people that are so used to searching for everything on Google that they will never stop doing it, sure they may try Facebook’s search engine every now-and-then but Google will always be where their trust lies. And another thing to think about is that if seo died via Google search engine (because people got tired of it) it will probably also die via Facebook search engine (for the same reason/s).
I say this in closing, when you come across an article, video or person telling you that seo is dead and you shouldn’t be wasting your time with it, ask that person what do they suggest and if they say social media, then you already know that even with social networks seo still exist – so keep doing what you are doing. If you are now practicing seo with Google and targeting keywords in an attempt to reach Google’s first page, don’t stop doing so, keep going until you’ve reached that number one spot, because as long as Google (which is the search engine) is still allowing seo efforts to catapult you into the first position of its search results then seo still exists through Google, it may exist through the person that said it’s dead, but you’re not trying to rank your blog with that person, you’re trying to rank it through Google so ignore them and focus more on Google, just try to differentiate yourself and out-perform the competition.
How To Make Money Fast Online For Free
How to make money fast online? This is a never ending question, everyday people ask this question, and while there are probably 1million ways this can be done, this lesson will show you some of the best ways to do it.
I am going to show you 3 quick ways to make money fast online, and the best part of this is… it’s free.
1. Sell Web Hosting
Let your web hosting services pay for itself by becoming an affiliate for your favorite web hosting company.
Type of Seller: Affiliate Marketer
Skill Level: Basic
If you are running your blog or website on your own, meaning that it’s not hosted on Google’s Blogger platform or WordPress’s free version of WordPress, which is WordPress.com, then you are already familiar with how paid web hosting services work, but you probably didn’t know that some people are earning an income through their hosting, they may have even earned money through you – and here’s how they are doing it.
How It Works
The operation of affiliate marketing for a web hosting company is quite simple, just follow these steps:
Step 1: Visit the web hosting service company that you are using right now, type in their web address, from inside your browser and find their affiliate page, which is often at the bottom of their website.
Step 2: Find their affiliate form and fill it out, which will probably be a link that says “want to partner with us?”, or something along those lines.
Step 3: After filling out the form and being accepted, you are now one of their affiliates, and you can now promote their web hosting services on your own blog or website and start making money.
Questions You May Have
Let’s go over a few of the questions that you may be thinking of.
Q: Is Everyone Accepted Into The Affiliate Program
Well no. No affiliate program is going to accept everyone, but in order for the average web hosting company to decline someone’s request to become an affiliate for them, you would have to be negligent somehow in their opinion. However, being that this is your very first request, you should be good to go.
Q: I’m Not Using Any Paid Hosting Do I Qualify
You can become an affiliate for almost any web hosting company that has an affiliate program, so the answer is yes.
So if you’re on Blogger or WordPress.com, you can still find a web hosting company online and become a seller for them.
And even if you are not on Blogger or WordPress, you can still promote any web hosting services that you’d like. In some cases you don’t even have to have a website or blog on the web at all.
Q: How Many Hosts Can I Sell For
You can sell for as many web hosting companies as you would like. There is no cap on how many hosting companies you are allowed to sign up with.
5 Mainstream Web Hosting Companies
Here are 5 of the major web hosting companies that allows you to become an affiliate and make money with their web hosting services.
You can be a seller for more than just one web hosting company.
Your pay could increase depending on how many sales are made.
Only deal with trusted web hosting companies.
2. Sell Your Website
If you have a website that is no longer of any use to you, then you could sell it to someone else.
Type Of Seller: Entrepreneur / Private Seller
Skill Level: Basic
An established website can bring you a lot of money if you were to sell it to the right buyer at the right time.
How It Works
Selling a website is fairly easy, especially if the website has a lot going and is making money. Just follow these steps:
Step 1: The first thing is for you to have an existing site on the web. You can either build it yourself or have someone else do it for you.
Step 2: Before selling the site you would need to have it established and loaded with excellent content.
Step 3: Find somewhere to sell your site, usually a third-party network that connects a website owner with a website buyer.
Questions You May Have
Let’s go over a few of the questions about selling your website.
Q: How do I get my own website
There are two ways that you could go about getting your own website, one way would be to hire a professional web developer & designer to put together your site for you, another way is to learn how to build a website or start a blog on your own.
Q: What makes a website sell
There are many elements that make a website desirable, such as the following:
1. The domain name (age, title, etc.)
2. SEO links
3. Articles or blogs posts
4. SEO position (first page of Google)
5. Lots and lots of traffic
Q: How long will it take to make the sale
Selling a website is a game of patience, you could sell your site anywhere from 1 day to 365 days, depending on the demand for your site, or how much money and traffic your site is bringing in monthly.
5 Places To Sell A Website
Here are five of the best website marketplaces to sell your site with.
You only get to sell your website once so try to extract as much money as you possibly can from the deal.
The only time you should sell your baby (website) is when you are in dyer needs of cash.
If you know how to build websites you can sell an unlimited amount of sites. If you want to learn how to easily build a website, then see my post here: how to create a website.
3. Teach Online Courses
Use your mentoring skills to teach online courses. If you are skilled in computer programming, or affiliate marketing, etc., you can earn an income online by teaching others.
Type Of Seller: Entrepreneur / Mentor
Skill Level: Basic
You can earn an income just by teaching others how to do some of the things you now know how to do.
How It Works
Mentoring and coaching potential learners can be a lot of fun and very rewarding. So if you have your skills together and you know what you want to teach, then follow these steps:
Step 1: First find a university or online learning platform.
Step 2: Sign up and register to become a teacher.
Step 3: Do a video course, etc. about anything you want (are good at).
Questions You May Have
Let’s go over a few of the questions on the Teaching process
Q: Am I Teacher Quality
If you have a skill or skills in one or more categories then you definitely have something to bring to the world of teaching. So the answer is yes… you are teacher quality – qualified and more.
Q: Will People Like My Courses
There is no guarantee that any online teacher is going to be successful, but here are a few things you can try that will at least get you half way there:
1. Be yourself
2. Be happy while teaching
3. Avoid grammar mistakes
4. Produce quality videos
5. Interact with your students
Q: Will I Get Rich Teaching
Well that depends on your definition of rich. If 50k is rich to you then you may reach that in as little as 1 year, or maybe rich takes more for you, maybe 100k thousand dollars or more is rich to you. If so then you probably could make that happen as well but it may take more time… but it can be done, all you have to do is start.
5 Places To Teach Online Courses
Here are five places to make money teaching online courses.
When selling your courses make sure each one is 100% accurate.
Be sure your grammar and video quality is correct.
Speak as if you only have one student.
Reviewing Article Directories (do it still bring traffic)
Alright, so I’ve been reading about article directories being out of style for a few years now, but the question is, does it still bring in traffic or is it dead weight as they claim?
Is Article Marketing Dead
Everyone seem to have turned against article directories nowadays, especially since Google’s Panda update that sent almost every directory in the field tumbling down.
The more I experiment with these types of directories, the more I am seeing little to no results, it seems that things have changed, but not by much. I have used article directories in the past and even then it wasn’t a big hit with traffic. So I have to say that, in my marketing experiences article directories aren’t going to bring you a huge amount of traffic anytime soon. Furthermore, the traffic that article directories once brought in are now even less than before, due to Google’s Panda.
If I haven’t yet answered the question of “is article marketing dead” then I guess I will plainly say it here: No, article marketing is not dead as of yet, but it does seem to be going out of style a little more each year, so sometime in the near future you can expect for it to be actually “Dead”.
Will I Still Use Article Directories
I’m still using it right now, and plan on using it in the future, for as long as it’s around I am going to use it, I really don’t care what guru 1 and guru 2 have to say about it.
The gurus are always saying not to use any article directories because it is a waste of time and Google does not index it as much as it used to.
I say you yourself should be the judge and decide if it’s right for you or not, you should at least try it out and see if you like the results that it brings you, don’t just follow along with the gurus and everyone else that are taking the gurus word for it, before ever trying it out for themselves – dare to be different…. use article directories anyway.
As you have now learned, article directory traffic still exist but it is slowly declining as time progresses, less and less people are using article directories nowadays and search engines such as Google are indexing these directories less and less, therefore producing less traffic to your website or blog.
This information that you are now armed with, may or may not persuade you to use article marketing anytime soon, or perhaps ever, but I had to inform you on how it all has changed and is continuing to change. I also wanted to add that you never know what you could be missing out on unless you give it a try, remember what doesn’t work for everyone else may just work wonderfully for you. At least that’s my take on things, and that’s why I am going to continue to use article directories for building traffic back to my blog.
How The Posts Area Work In WordPress
Today we will be examining the Posts area of wordpress. You should already be familiar with this area, but if you are just starting wordpress then you definitely need to read this.
When first logging into wordpress you will notice a tab to the left of the screen that says “Posts”, drag your mouse over to this tab and click on it.
You will now see the Posts area, this is where all of your posts are stored. If you do not have any written posts inside then your posts list will be empty and you should probably go ahead and get a post in there by writing one.
Here’s how you get started with writing a post:
Being that you are already inside of the posts area, all you need to now do is click on the Add New button next to the big text that reads: Posts.
You should now see an area that looks something like this:
If you are wondering where is the rest of the parts to this image, then let me explain: this is just a cutout of the main area that we are focusing on, you will however see the whole entire page.
Notice the two empty input fields? One area has faded text inside that says “Enter title here”, and the other field is a big white box with lots of icons at the top of it.
Let’s discuss each field:
The first input field is where you would enter the title of your blog post or article. Just as the faded text suggests.
The second input field is called a text-area, this is where you are going to write the actual article, meaning all of the content of your story is going to be written inside of here.
Once you are finished adding your title and the content of the post, you then must click on the publish button. This button should be colored blue with white text that says “Publish”, and should be located on the far-right of the screen.
After your post is published, your main post area, the area where all of your posts are stored, should no longer be empty, it should now contain the post that you’ve just written.
Here is an example of my main post area.
Posts from newest to oldest
WordPress lists your posts from newest to oldest, or as some people like to call it “in reverse chronological order”.
As you probably can see in the photo above, the post I am writing right now titled “How The Posts Area Work In WordPress” is shown at the top of the list of posts because it is the most recent or newest result.
Once I write my next post, that post will then be the most recent post, it will reside at the top of the posts list. What happens to the post before that – the post shown in the photo above, is the post will go into second on the list, and when I write another post, the newest post will be first, the others will fall in second and third on the list… and it just continues to go on from there.
A Quick Note
I just wanted to quickly say that I know that I did not actually cover every aspect of the Posts area, and that’s because that there are way too many different elements to the posts area, so many in fact that all of the areas couldn’t be covered here in just this one post, the parts of the area that you see in the photo above are not even close to them all, there’s lots of other areas that I haven’t covered yet, and there are also areas that can be added via plugins, so as you can see, this post would have ended up being over 15000 words (which would have to be labeled as a PRO version) if I had covered everything inside of the posts area.
Here is the good news… every part to the Posts area will soon be discussed in later posts, so don’t worry. I think that it’s best that we don’t rush things, this way you get to thoroughly learn and master everything.
Why You Should Build A Small Website Or Blog
In these times everyone wants to start out at the top with the large recognizable site, but truthfully not everyone should take that route, most people need to start small.
At least 96% of people that are starting a blog or creating a website for the first time should not be aiming for big and fast, they should instead stick to small and steady.
If you don’t know how to create a blog and want to learn how to then you should read this lesson that explains how to do so: how to start a blog
Taking on too much too quickly can become very complicating very quickly. I myself think that I have taken on one too many big projects as of now, this blog that you are reading right now is a big project that I am working on and as you can see it has a lot of different categories, like: affiliate marketing, blogging, seo, etc. I started this blog out big, I wanted it to be a big blog so that it would cover a lot of different topics as I mentioned earlier, because I wanted people like you to be able to learn and understand every aspect of digital & online marketing. I myself did not find all of these categories covered back when I was trying to become an online success, and that’s why I am teaching it all to you now.
While I admit that I probably should have started this blog out a little smaller, I don’t however regret having a variety of categories on my blog that teaches you different parts of being successful online. I think that the only thing that I honestly did wrong was to try to go big and had no way of backing anything up.
What I meant by not having a way to back anything up, was that I started creating the site with these big ideas inside my head, I pictured the site to reach somewhat of 100k views monthly after the first 3 months of me taking it live… yeah I was one of those people that wanted things in a big way, and I wanted it now not later. So I laughed at the thought of starting a small site, I just couldn’t see myself starting out at such a low level, but the truth is, I ended up starting out small anyway, and fell even further behind.
It took me years to get around to the actual launch date of this blog, and it took me all this time because I was thinking too big too soon, when I should have just kept things small and simple. I wrote most of my articles over a year ago, but wasn’t able to launch any of them until recently – about 2 months ago as of now. The reason it took me more than a whole entire year to write the articles was because I was still trying to learn as much as I could about this industry and I wanted my articles to be 100% perfect. So each time I started a new article I would feel like it wasn’t good enough, so I would learn some more, and then I would start working on a whole new article, – this would go on for months at a time.
I can’t tell you how many times I now wish that I would have been thinking in long-terms instead of focusing so hard on the here-and-now effect. To be honest, the here and now way of doing things only leads you to having to wait even longer, and work even harder later, because while I was focusing on making things happen the fast way and starting out big, I actually did neither of these things for the next 5 plus years due to something called fear, and another thing called procrastination. These are the two deadliest things that one can come across.
Now I realize that if you’re not a millionaire, then starting small is not just the only way to go, but it’s also the best way to go. Because it decreases the level of procrastination and takes the fear away from you failing. Think about this, if you start small then your expectations will be small, but if you start big then your expectations will of course be big, and this type of expectation almost always upset you.
So think long-term and start small, you can grow later.
If you want a real case scenario you can watch as I build and grow a blog that I named nextwaveblogger.com. Yeah, that’s what I do in my spare time, I come up with odd domain names and try to make something out of them, so if you are serious and still want to see first hand how to start a blog small, from scratch then keep an eye on this little beauty as it goes from small potatoes to a garden of vegetables.
How Web Developers Create Pages In WordPress
WordPress offers a great and easy way to create new web and blog pages, all one has to do is click on the Add New button and presto, your page is created… just like the pros do it.
We are now going to go over the very same steps web developers take when they create pages for your site.
This should go without saying, but you have to have wordpress installed on your server first. You cannot proceed if this application is not present. Again, this goes without saying, but I had to mention it. If by any chance you do not already have wordpress installed or are unsure how to get the application, you can see here: how to install wordpress
The next thing to do is to add a new page, and you do that by dragging your mouse over the Pages link inside of the left navigational panel, and clicking on the link that pops up and says Add New.
Now it’s time to name your page, you can name it anything you’d like to, but in all honesty, the name should reflect on what the content of the page is going to be about.
Here is an example of a page name reflecting on page content: let’s say that you want your visitors to know who’s behind your website or blog, then you would probably want to name the page About Me, or if there’s more than just one owner/creator of your site, then you’d name it About Us,
or if it’s a company then you could still label it as an About Us page, to show the many different people that work there and each one of their job descriptions – but this is content part of the page, which I’ll talk more about later.
Also know that the About Us page, of course is not the only page you can create and give a name to, you will be creating other pages like maybe a Home page, or a Blog page to show all your latest blog posts, etc. You can create any, and as many pages as you like, and name each one whatever you’d like to name it, just be sure that each one reflects on what the content of the page will be about. This way your visitors aren’t confused when they click on the page’s link, which in turn makes things easier for the visitor to navigate around your site, which makes your site user-friendly, therefore also making it SEO worthy.
This is the final step. If you recall, in step 3, I talked about the importance of the page name having a reflection on the content of the page, this part talks about page content.
If you look below where the title of the page or name of the page goes, you will see a large square space with a lot of icons at the top and a blank white space at the bottom:
Page content can contain many different things like:
If you take a look at my About page you will notice that I am using only text and an image. You can use whatever you like for your pages, the sky is really the limit. My about page can be found here: follow this link
Notice how my about page contains text that is about the site as well as an image of me. The content of this page reflects on the title or name of the page (About), because it goes into detail on what my entire site is about.
Once you have your page name and content ready to go, simply click on the Publish button found on the far right side of the screen, once the button is clicked it refreshes the page, you will now see text that reads: Page published. and a link that says: view page, click on that link and you will be taken to your new page.
You can also find your new page inside of the Page area (where all of the pages are hosted) now, so if you ever need to do something like edit the page in the future for any reason, you can do so by simply clicking on the Edit tab under the name of the page.
And there you have it. The exact same way any professional web developer creates web pages for you in wordpress.
Affiliate Marketing Tips Strategies And Steps
Today I would like to go over a few but great affiliate marketing tips, strategies and steps with you all. So let’s begin.
Alright let us just dive head first into it all… we are going to first go over a few great tips in affiliate marketing that will help you as a marketer, then we’re going to cover some strategies and steps to take on each tip.
10 Killer Affiliate Marketing Tips
tip #1: Choose a great network
tip #2: Know your product
tip #3: Know your merchant
tip #4: Target your buyers
tip #5: Write quality content
tip #6: Always nofollow your affiliate links
tip #7: Minimize your amount of affiliate links
tip #8: Be persistent
tip #9: Be patient
tip #10: Be grateful
Now that we have seen all ten excellent tips, let’s cover the strategies and steps on each tip.
Strategies and steps for tip #1: Choose a great network – When trying to find an affiliate marketing network you need to look for certain qualities that match your needs, like the type of niche you’re in, the type of products you’re into, the type of merchants the network works with, etc. Most networks can be found by simply doing a search on Google for the term: “affiliate marketing networks”. Remember, only choose the one that meets your needs.
Strategies and steps for tip #2: Know your product – It is always a safest bet to only promote the products that you are the most familiar with. If you have used a product in the past and know a lot about it, and you also loved it, then this is probably a product that you would want to be partnered up with. There’s no doubt that you’d succeed, because you wouldn’t have to struggle in thought when it comes to knowledge about the product and explaining to your followers how it all works and why they should buy it.
Strategies and steps for tip #3: Know your merchant – While some networks do all that they can to prevent bad quality products from being inserted into their systems, there are still some cases where a few bad products are on display, and you just might end up partnering with and selling that bad product by some bad and dishonest merchant. A way to avoid this would be to study the merchant, get to know him or her, ask questions, do research… do all of the above until you feel comfortable enough to become an affiliate for this person, because even if the merchant cares nothing about their reputation – reputation is all you have, so you cannot let some con destroy it.
Strategies and steps for tip #4: Target your buyers – When it comes to reeling in potential buyers, you must understand that not everyone is a customer. Some people are just visitors and plan on being nothing more than that. So trying to convert them is a complete waste of time. You instead need to focus on the people that are interested in buying what you have to sell. You can easily find these focused buyers in social media places like facebook talking about how they need some sort of product to help them with this or that, these are your customers.
Strategies and steps for tip #5: Write quality content – As we all know “content is king” so writing constant quality content will definitely place your site in the running with some of the bigger players in the game. It doesn’t matter how much traffic everyone else tries to buy, if you continue to put out quality content, your site will be at the top of search engines results in the organic aisle, while everyone else sites are on the side labeled as ads
Strategies and steps for tip #6: Always nofollow your affiliate links – When using affiliate links on your blog you should always remember to add the nofollow attribute to each link that is placed on your site. Because search engines like Google don’t trust these type of links at all, so in order to tell Google and the gang that you are not passing this merchant’s (the product owner) site any link-juice, you need to include the nofollow attribute inside of the link that points to the merchant’s product.
Strategies and steps for tip #7: Minimize your affiliate links – It is never a good idea to place affiliate links all over your site, your site should mainly be content based, with a few images here and there, maybe a couple of videos, but never should there be an enormous amount of affiliate links on it. I think just one affiliate link for one affiliate product will suffice.
Strategies and steps for tip #8: Be persistent – In a field like affiliate marketing, the going is going to get very tough, you can quote me on that, but this doesn’t mean that there isn’t any hope for you, because all you have to do in order to solve this little problem is remain focused and active. Just keep doing what you are doing – keep putting out that quality content, keep reaching out to readers… just don’t stop!
Strategies and steps for tip #9: Be patient – After all is said and done you need to just relax and give everything time to happen. If it hasn’t happened over the next two weeks don’t worry, just remember tip number #8 – be persistent. As long as you’re doing everything that you are supposed to do, you will be fine, just have a little bit of faith in yourself and have a little bit of patients.
Strategies and steps for tip #10: Be grateful – Some affiliates are all too unhappy when they don’t see the results they were hoping for, like making at least 500 affiliate sales over the next 3 months, or something like that, but even if one made 200 affiliate sales within a 3 month period would be a bit of a success, in my opinion. I think people want things too fast and in too big of numbers, sometimes it’s just good to be grateful for the amount of sales that you do have – keep in mind that almost 90% of affiliates are making 0 sales.
I hope this lesson has helped you on your journey… until next post.
Affiliate Marketing With Only One Product
The art of selling just one product online at a time is something that more people need to pay attention to, instead of trying to become this super seller and burning out before you can even begin.
When it comes to affiliate marketing everyone seems to think that you are supposed to be this person that has 100’s of thousands of visitors coming to your site every month and you’re suppose to be selling somewhere around 5 to 10 different products on your site, but this couldn’t be any further from the truth – that is of course if you’re in it for the long haul.
I’m speaking upon being an affiliate marketer and selling other people’s products by the way, I’m not talking about your very own product or products.
Affiliates that label themselves as this vast type of seller usually burns out and falls off of the face of the earth. If you’re wondering why they disappear then I’d have to say that they have ran out of money, patience or came to the realization that trying to sell too many things in so little time is like being in a hurry to run into a brick wall. Because that’s exactly what these type of sellers do, they always crash and burn in the end.
I’m not saying that there’s not any bloggers and affiliates online that aren’t successful in selling multiple products, because there are many, but what I am saying is that not everyone will be able to do so, especially if you are just starting out.
So what do you do?
Simple… you start with just one product, you sell the heck out of that product until your audience don’t want to see it anymore, then you move onto the next one and blow that product up – so to speak.
5 Reasons It’s Always Better To Sell 1 Product
Selling products period, is always a hassle when beginning, and selling too many too fast is a nightmare, so starting with one is the best way to go. Below are five reasons you should sell only one product.
1. Saves time – You will save a tremendous amount of time by sticking to just one product, as multiple products would require a lot more of your attention.
2. Easier to learn – You can easily learn about the one product that you’re selling, a whole lot quicker than having to learn about how a multitude of products acts and works.
3. Easier to sell – It is definitely easier to sell one product versus selling six, because potential customers will be a little less confused about which product to buy from you.
4. Credibility – By claiming to only know of and trust one product you become credible in the eyes of your most important people online – your customers.
5. More money – Believe it not, but by selling just one product you can make more money versus selling nine or ten products. The key is knowledge, if you know a lot about this one product but know absolutely nothing about the other nine products then people won’t buy the nine products from you, but they may purchase that one that you seem to know and understand a lot more about.
Remember this, while it may be easy to simply sign up with this product, that product, the next and every new product that comes along, it’s not always easy to give truthful and honest reasons as to why you are referring someone to all of these products, besides the fact that you are trying to earn as many affiliate commissions as you possibly can, but of course you’re not going to tell anyone this now are you? So why be dishonest with anyone, just do it right, and sell just one product at a time. It could take a little time, but trust me it will be worth it.
Where To Get A Product
You can get your product from anywhere on the web where someone that has a product is offering affiliate commissions, but the safest place to get a product from would have to be an affiliate marketing network. These networks offer both the merchant (the product owner) and the affiliate (that’s you) security and guarantees.
Affiliate networks take all of the guessing and hard work out of the equation and bring everyone together for a very specific reason, and that reason is for you and the merchant to sell a product.
Check out each one of these networks and decide which one you’d like to try out. Find a (just one) product that suits your needs and sign up as an affiliate for it. After everything is said and done, start promoting the product that you chose on your site.
Starting A Hobby Blog (should you do it)
If you are thinking of starting a blog and only writing to it part-time, then a hobby blog is definitely the way to go.
So many people out there are saying that you should not create a blog that is meant to be as one of your hobbies, because the blog isn’t going to gain any traction or make you any money so it’s useless and pointless to add another null blog to the already saturated blogosphere.
There is nothing wrong with starting a blog as a hobby, most bloggers that are rich today from blogging started their blogs out as hobby blogs, so a hobby blog today could be a multi-million dollar blog tomorrow.
Why Do People Start Hobby Blogs
Why start a hobby blog? People start these kind of blogs for many reasons, but most people start them to start up something that will soon become amazing. And if you’re wondering how some part-time blog can later become amazing, I will tell you this…
when certain people start blogging as a hobby, they are not out there just blogging to make a quick buck like most new bloggers are, which leads them to later quitting, hobby bloggers are blogging as a way to express themselves when they feel they need to, but the kicker is that they are blogging about something that they care about, something that they know a lot about – which means that they are passionate bloggers, they’re just not putting all of their passion into the blog on a daily basis.
If you are new to blogging and have never created a blog before then you have all the more reason to start your blog out as a hobby.
How Can I Start My Hobby Blog
Whenever you are ready to get the ball rolling, you can create that hobby blog of your dreams by heading on over to Blogger and setting up your first successful blog. Don’t worry, setting up a blog with Blogger is free to do so you don’t have to worry about spending any money at all.
If you would like to further your blog education and take your hobby blog to the next level, then you need to follow my lesson on: how to start a blog.
Good luck and come back to let us know how that hobby blog turns out.
Should I Make A Blog With Blogger or WordPress
In this lesson we will discover quite a few great things about free blogging platforms, and how creating a blog with two of the majors… Blogger & WordPress… will benefit you in your career.
My mission here today is to show you what two of the major blogging platforms can do for you, it is not to convince you that wordpress is better than blogger, or blogger is better than wordpress, because they both have their pro’s and cons when it comes to its applications.
Me trying to make one look bad so that you choose the other one is just a waste of both my own time as well as yours, because each blogger’s experience with these two great platforms will be different.
So I won’t be comparing the two blogging platforms to one another today, maybe for another post, but this one will focus on what both blogger and wordpress have in common… and most important, what they both can do for you, and how it can help you succeed faster.
When first getting started things can be a bit confusing and frustrating, because people are always trying to make you choose between one blogging platform or the other one, as if to contrast everything, but instead of contrasting why not try finding common grounds between such things.
Here are some very important common features that you will find in both blogging platforms:
Each platform has a support group.
Each platform is frequently updated.
Commenters in each group are usually accurate.
Staff personnel often reply to comments and questions.
Each system provides technical security.
Each system updates its application regularly.
Each system blocks & stops spam.
Each system secures your whole entire blog.
Each application is user-friendly.
Each application allows guests & users.
Each application allows user interaction (comments).
Each application comes fully equipped (with tools).
Each system provides a way to monetize.
Each system allows you to blog.
Each system allows you to market.
Each system provides you with traffic tools.
Using Both Platforms
Being that both blogger and wordpress are both free to use, I think that you as a beginner blogger should use both platforms. Test each one out and see if there is one that you like the best over the other.
If you cannot decide on which one you like more, you actually don’t have to, you can just use both of the applications and be just fine. There are no rules, no matter what people may try to make you think, you don’t have to choose between the two, you can just use them both.
Start With Blogger
Start things off by signing up with Google and creating a Google account, then head over to Blogger and create your first blog for the whole world to see.
Finish With WordPress
After starting a blog with Blogger, create your next blog with WordPress. WordPress has a pretty straight forward setup process that you will go through. It’s nothing hard at all to endure, just name your blog, fill in the forms and get started with everything.
Start a career by creating a blog or two blogs for free while using two of the best applications available on the web. These two applications have everything you need in order to get started, so you don’t have to wait on anyone or anything before beginning your career moves.
After setting up a blog with both Blogger and WordPress you will start getting hands on experience and learning to blog at your own pace, and in your own way, so there’s no pressure and no time limit on your success.
Also, as mentioned earlier, you can monetize either blog platform, so you will be building up your readership and income level as you go – through blogging you will continue to attract readers and through product affiliation you will be earning an income.
How To Make A Blog Extremely Successful
When trying to figure out how to make a blog a success, you need to think about the topic of the blog and the audience that will be interested in reading the material that lives on it.
If you have to start a blog first and then make it a success, then you need to follow this lesson: how to start a blog, however if you already have started a blog then you need to continue reading.
5 Ways To Make A Blog A Success
Here are five of the most proficient ways to make a blog hugely successful.
1. Know Your Blog Topic – Knowing the type of blog you are going to start is very important to your career as a blogger, not only do you need to have a good knowledge about what goes on inside of the type of field or niche that you are in, you also have to be ready to further your knowledge through constant trials and research.
Be ready to become a master of your art. Become a master of your blog niche.
Here are some ways to master your niche:
Trial & Error
Testing Old Ideas
Testing New Ideas
2. Choose A Good Theme – Some people may not think so, but choosing the right theme is very important to ones success in blogging, your theme has to compliment your blog topic. Just think about it for a moment, if you have a theme that’s designed in a way that makes it hard for a visitor to understand and navigate, then you could possibly lose that visitor forever.
So be sure to choose a theme that is 100% user-friendly and easily readable for those that will be new to your site.
Here are some themes you can try out:
Free themes that are easy to use
Theme Name : Flat Bootstrap
Theme Name : Twenty Sixteen
Theme Name : BrightNews
3. Choose Good Plugins – When deciding on the best plugins to use for your site it is always a good idea to think about what the site needs the most. For instance if your site doesn’t have a spam comment blocker but you don’t want anyone spamming your comment section, then you need a plugin that blocks comment spam.
Figure out the things your blog needs and select your plugins according to the needs, not the wants, of your blog.
Here are some plugins you can try out:
Free plugins that are easy to use.
Plugin Name : Askimet | Usage : stops spam comments
Plugin Name : WP Super Cache | Usage : speeds up your blog
Plugin Name : Yoast SEO | Usage : helps search engines find you
4. Create Quality Content – When writing your articles or blog posts you need to write with your readers in mind, each post should contain enough accurate information that the reader can benefit from, it should also answer the questions that the reader have.
Article writing is very easy to do, but it still has to make sense and educate people in some way.
Here are some writing techniques you can try out:
Pre-plan your post
Write for readers
Stay on topic
5. Keep It Fresh – Once an article or blog post is written it has to be published to the web, and once it’s published and live on the internet for a while it can become a bit outdated and stale, so it is your job to update the post and keep things fresh.
Always keep things fresh, relevant and current with the times, by not doing so can result in less visitors.
Here are some ways to keep your blog fresh:
Rewrite an old post
Add content to a post
Include what’s trending
Delete old posts & write new ones
Alright, so you have started your blog, and you now know how to make it successful, I guess the last thing to do is to just get started… so go ahead and do that right away. Goodbye for now.
How To Make Money Using Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising Online
Using Pay Per Click also known as PPC to make money is not as hard as you may think. I will show you how to earn an income through PPC advertising today.
What Is Pay Per Click (PPC)
The idea of pay per click advertising is to allow advertisers to promote their businesses without having to wait on search engines to rank their blogs and websites.
An advertiser can get to the first page of Google without having to blog their way to the first page. Some people just aren’t ok with waiting months and sometimes years on organic methods to pay off, and some people just aren’t bloggers, so they choose to pay to play – this is where ppc comes in.
When paying to have your blog reach the first page of Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc., you skip all of the hassle of blogging for placement, all you have to do is pay for each click that happens.
What Is The Difference Between PPC & CPC
The definition of ppc and cpc are actually the exact same thing, it’s just two different terms.
Understanding the term PPC
People look at the term PPC as paying for each click that is made on an ad. Meaning you have to pay someone each time your ad is clicked on.
Understanding the term CPC
People look at the term CPC as the amount of money it is going to cost the advertiser per click that is made. Meaning that the advertiser pays a cost every time his or her ad is clicked on.
As you can see there’s absolutely no difference between the two terms? I just wanted to clear that up for some of the curious beginners out there.
Now we can move along…
How Can You Make Money With PPC
Alright making money with pay per click is quite simple, all you have to do is find an advertising network and sign up as an affiliate. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term affiliate marketing by now, but in case you haven’t and you don’t know how it works, read this lesson: what is affiliate marketing pro.
Find Ad Networks
Here are some of the top advertising networks to join.
1. Google Adsense
Google Adsense – This ad network is obviously ran and operated by the Google company, it is one of the mostly known advertising networks online today, and has been for many years now.
Bidvertiser – Probably not as well known as the others but this is an ad network that does the exact same thing as the rest, it pays on time, it pays top dollar for each ad and even sale conversion that is made.
These 5 advertising networks can make you a lot of money in pay per click ads, you just have to get the traffic and get people to start clicking on the ads.
Before I end this lesson, let me say this… when choosing one or more of these advertising networks to partner with, don’t forget to select the right type of ads to display on your site, remember, the people that will be clicking on the ads that are on your site, are your visitors, it’s not like any of these ad networks are going to send visitors your way, they’re expecting for you to send people to them.
Having said that, don’t bore or aggravate the visitors you worked so hard to get, show only relevant ads to them, and don’t have your blog full of nothing but ads, have useful content available on your site as well.
Also be sure to use each ad network’s filtering application, each ad network has a filtering section that you can use to your liking, so use it to your advantage and make your visitors want to click on your ads.
Things To Know About Duplicate Content In SEO
This lesson talks about how duplicate content affects your seo and what you can do about it to stop it and prevent it from happening in the future.
If you’ve been blogging for a while now, you already know what content is of course, I’m referring to written content such as a blog post, but what some of the new bloggers may not know is that there are thieves on the web that will duplicate the content on your blog and claim it as their very own content.
That’s right, thieves will steal your blog posts and claim that they were the one’s that originally wrote it.
If someone uses your content in any way they are supposed to give you the credit for it, because it is your property that they are using, but a thief is of course out to steal and undermine everyone they come across. And the blogging posts that you write and post online are no exceptions.
Why Do Thieves Steal Content
Thieves steal bloggers content because they are too lazy and conniving to even attempt to do something for themselves, they would much rather let honest people like you do all of the hard work and steal whatever is needed from your blog.
Another reason thieves steal is because they can utilize your content to boost their cheesy website in the ranks. If search engines such as Google and Bing thinks that the thief wrote a blog post that you actually wrote, and the post was actually great, the thief now looks good in the eyes of the search engines, and the more content he steals from you and other bloggers like you, the more he ranks, therefore the higher he climbs the search engine results ladder. Before you know it he may be ranked on page 1 of Google thanks to your content.
How Is Content Stolen
Content is stolen in a few different ways but the main way is through the use of RSS (Rich Site Summary).
Manually – Content is sometimes stolen manually, by a thief visiting your blog then copying and pasting your content over to their very own blog.
Scraping – If you check your website statistics latest visitor stats in your cpanel you will notice that there are a lot of bots that scrape your site, be careful of this because some of the bots are malicious and out to steal the content that you produce.
RSS Feeds – If you are using the wordpress platform then every time you write a blog post it goes to an rss feed that stores it, and since rss feeds were made to deliver readers your content, thieves can easily get it and manipulate the writing a little to make it appear original and stamp their marks on it.
What Professional Bloggers Do
Veteran bloggers don’t have to worry about their content being stolen, in fact they encourage people to reuse their content, of course they’re hoping that people use it in the right way but in case someone does attempt to use the veteran blogger’s content in a malicious way such as claiming it as their own, the search engines will ignore the thief and favor the veteran blogger instead.
Why Do Search Engines Favor Veteran Bloggers?
Well, when it comes to the search engines deciding who created the original content, between a thief that has little to no content at all on his blog, and a veteran blogger that has well over 60 blog posts, it is quite evident who the search engines are going to favor… the veteran blogger of course, plus the veteran blogger has a certain level of authority, which means that she is a trusted authority figure while the thief is a con just trying to get ahead as fast as he can without putting any work into anything.
How To Spot & Catch A Thief
To find out if someone is stealing your content and claiming it as their own, you can do quite a few things, such as the following:
Google Alerts – Use Google alerts to stay updated on what’s currently being published and see if any of the posts are similar to your work. Visit Google alerts | follow this link
Copyscape – Use copyscape to check for any kind of plagiarism of any of your work, just type in the name of your site plus the article / post title and copyscape will bring back any related results they have found on the web. Visit Copyscape | follow this link
Google Search – Use the Google search box to check for duplicates of your work, since Google scans the web 24 hours a day it can possibly spot a duplicate post if it’s in their search query. Visit Google search | follow this link
How To Prevent Future Thefts
The safest and quickest ways to stop future theft from happening are to try these methods:
1. Contact the thief personally and ask him to take your content down from his site, also warn him that if he steals any of your content again you will take further action. This alerts the thief that you know of his theft and warns him not to try it again.
2. If perhaps simply being nice and contacting the thief doesn’t work, as it usually doesn’t, you can always contact his web hosting company and file a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act ) complaint with them, and explain to them of his theft, this usually works pretty well.
3. There is another DMCA complaint that you can also file and this time it will be with whom he needs the most, and that is Google. Once you prove to Google that you’re the original owner of the content, the thief content will immediately be taken down, and if he continues to do this he will be banned from Google for life, which means that he can never forge another post and be ranked for it by Google. You can also do this with Bing and Yahoo.
Hopefully this lesson has informed you about theft, how it’s done and how you can prevent it.
Today we will be going over how to make money blogging with one of the mostly known affiliate marketing networks online for more than 10 years… and that would be Clickbank.
What Does Clickbank Do
Now that you know that clickbank is an affiliate marketing network, I will explain just what it is that clickbank does and how you can use it to earn an income online.
If you visit clickbank.com you will notice that there are a lot of products that live on the site, that’s because clcikbank is a network that offers both merchants (product owners) and affiliates (product sellers) a way to connect and make money. Both parties are able to get what they want without actually ever even meeting in person, it’s just business and go.
If you are a merchant and searching for a place to store your product and quickly get affiliates to start selling said product for you, then there’s no doubt about it… clickbank is the place for you.
Maybe you’re an affiliate that’s starting a blog and in search of a great product to place on your blog and make money with it, then you need to go to clickbank and grab a product so you can get started.
Assuming that you don’t have your own product, so you won’t be acting as a merchant, tells me that you will be playing the role of the affiliate, so start things off by setting up a blog.
Starting Your Blog
Before getting started you need to have a blog to market the product on. Here’s how to create a blog:
You create a blog by bringing both your domain name and web hosting together in one central location, if you are unsure how to do this, just read my lesson: how to start a blog.
Using Your Blog To Make Money
This is how to use your blog and make money with it, by promoting a clickbank product that you know a lot about, or have tried and tested in the past.
The first thing that has to happen is that your blog contains content that your audience wants and needs. And by content I’m not talking about just throwing 300 or even 10,000 words onto a page, this won’t help anything at all. Your content has to teach someone something, it has to answer the question they have in their head and it has to leave them wanting more and more of the type of content you bring to the table.
Choosing A Product
When it comes to choosing a product on clickbank to sell, you have to take a few things into consideration, like the following:
What niche is your blog in?
Who is the owner of the product?
How well written or professional is the product?
Have you personally used the product before?
Once you have figured out which product works best for you, you have to then get your affiliate link (clickbank refers to it as a hoplink, or a tracking id). This link connects you to the product, in turn it guarantees that you get paid every time you make a sell for the merchant.
The merchant should have a few selling tools available for you to use, these tools make selling his or her product easier. The tools are often banners, or free gifts and things like that, once you choose to promote their product you will see whatever tools th provide you with.
All you have to do now is to place your affiliate link or banner onto your blog, it can be placed anywhere, and start getting click-throughs, this will eventually lead to a sale.
Once a sale is made, clickbank will store it in their system as a payment for you, which may be $10, $20 or even $50, this depends on how much money the merchant was willing to share.
And that about wraps it up. Once you send the buyer to the merchant’s sale page from your affiliate link, the rest is up to the merchant, and if a sale is made then you get your cut.
That’s how it works, I hope you enjoyed this lesson.
How To Install WordPress
Today I will be showing you how to install wordpress for free and create a website or start a blog for yourself, without having to pay someone else to do it for you.
I’m sure you’ve heard of wordpress by now, almost everyone has, but some are still unsure how to go about installing it.
Websites cannot live on their own, in fact a website is technically not a website until it is live on the World Wide Web, and the only way for it to be live on the web, is for it to be hosted by some type of web hosting server or service.
Once you’re live, WordPress can then be installed on your web server, a web server is a program or system that hosts web pages, web pages or what I like to call blog pages, are the pages that your users and readers see, such as a blog post, which is a page with content written on it.
For the most part, you are going to acquire web hosting from a web hosting service like hostgator. Hostgator has a web server already built into their system, thus allowing you to use it and host your web pages through their portal… for a price of course.
After you get your web hosting with a company that services it, eg. hostgator, you will need to install wordpress on your server in order for wordpress to be live and working on your site.
What If I Use WordPress.com
If you are on a free blogging platform such as wordpress.com or Blogger, or some other free platform, then you can’t install wordpress, because if you use wordpress.com then you’re already using its system which is already installed, and if you use some other form of a blogging system such as Blogger, then you can’t because Blogger has its own system already installed and it’s against either blogging platform’s terms of agreement to do so.
Ways To Install
There are at least three ways to install wordpress, two ways are by installing it through your web hosting server, and one way is to download the package to your computer and manually put everything together.
Let’s start with the manual way to do it.
In order to manually install wordpress you have to unzip its files and store all of the files onto your web server. Here are the steps to take:
As you can see, it takes a bit of know how when it comes to manually installing wordpress, let’s see another way to install it.
This way of installing wordpress onto your web server is called a third-party web application installer, which are applications like Fantastico and Softaculous, these apps make installing wordpress easy.
1. Log into your cPanel or WHM (on your web server).
2. Locate the fantastico or softaculous app.
3. Choose the wordpress app and install it.
4. Finish setting up wordpress (database settings, site settings, admin settings, etc.).
Third-party applications seem to be a bit easier than manually installing wordpress. So if you are unsure about doing it all from scratch, and scared you might damage something, then using a third-party application may just be the way to go.
Just when you thought installing wordpress couldn’t get any easier than the available third-party applications, some web hosting services have made things even more simplistic by introducing what is known as a quick install.
What this app allows you to do is literally click on the icon and click install wordpress. How simple is that?
1. Log into your cPanel or WHM (on your web server).
2. Click on the wordpress icon.
3. Click install wordpress.
4. Enter your credentials and that’s it.
This is by far the easiest route to take when installing wordpress, all of the other routes are a little bit more time consuming, even the third-party route takes a bit of time, given that you have to enter all of that admin stuff, and so on, but with this quick install method about 99% of everything (including the admin stuff) is already included for you, so there’s no need to enter it at all.
Starting A Blog or Website
WordPress makes it easy to start a blog or create a website once it is downloaded onto your web server, all you have to do is choose a theme for your site and you are ready to go. Yep… that’s all there is to it. In fact, wordpress assigns you a default theme automatically, so you actually don’t even have to choose a theme, unless of course, you want to. But for the most part, that’s it, you’re finish and your site is ready to go.
How Affiliate Marketing Programs Work (What Is It)
Today I am going to be talking about the functionality behind affiliate marketing programs and what makes them tick.
An affiliate marketing program is a product or service that is often hosted by a network – keep in mind that the definition of the word “program” can mean an item . Think about the network Shareasale, here you will find a variety of programs that you can sign up with. This is where the ‘affiliate marketing” part of the term “affiliate marketing programs” kick in, because the network shareasale allows people to sell (become an affiliate for) the products that’s inside of its network.
To go further into detail, let me say it like this:
1. The merchant (product or service owner) has just created their own product or service.
2. The merchant has now decided that he or she needs help selling the program (the product or service).
3. The merchant then finds a network to sign his / her program up with, let’s go with the shareasale network.
4. The merchant then has to fill out shareasale’s form for merchants and have their product or service accepted by the network. While filling out the form, the merchant has to provide details about the program, is it a video course, ebook, paper book, cpc advertising, etc. Another thing that has to be filled inside the form is the amount of money per sale, or perhaps per click the merchant plans to pay the affiliate of their program.
5. The network then scans and thoroughly views the content to see if the merchant’s program follows all of their guidelines… possibly no nudity, violence, etc., is allowed.
6. Once accepted to the network, the program is categorized (the merchant provided which category the program goes into while filling out the form) and ready to go.
7. You as an affiliate may see the merchant’s product on the shareasale network and decide to sell it to your clients. Shareasale will then keep track of every sell that is made and pay you the exact amount of earnings that you made.
Differences Between Networks & Affiliate Networks
You may be now wondering “what is an affiliate network”, well it’s the same type of network we’ve been discussing the whole time. An affiliate network is also referred to as an advertising network, or a CPM network, or a CPC network… it’s all the same thing. I know you’ve probably heard that there’s a difference with networks, but actually if any network allows affiliates, then all of those networks can be considered as affiliate networks.
On the other hand, not all networks can be considered advertising networks, because advertising networks are based on different types of advertisements (cpm ads, cpc ads, etc.).
Independent vs. Major Networks
There is more than one network available online that hosts affiliate programs, some smaller companies host their own affiliate programs, which means that they are acting as their own affiliate network, thus allowing you as the affiliate to sell their products and services through their system. And they (the independent company) are responsible for keeping track of payments and cutting your check.
Independent networks have received a lot of bad representation in the past, people have been posting negative comments and complaints all over the web about how this affiliate network didn’t pay them, or how that affiliate network kept some of their money and didn’t give them credit for their sells, and so on. There seems to be a shortage on legitimate independent networks these days..
So what do you do?
While it is never a good idea to play things safe and stick to the lakes and rivers that you’re used to, I think that you should try out an independent network or two, and tell the rest of us about your experience… whether it be a good experience or a bad one. Come back and post to the comment section.
My other suggestion would be to just go with Shareasale or Clickbank, or one of the other many major networks available online. At least you know that they are legitimate and trustworthy.
Here are a few questions that you can ask yourself before deciding which network type you’d prefer to go with:
List of Major Affiliate Networks
Here are four of the major networks that will keep track of all your sales and pay you 100% of your earnings every single time and on time.
One thing I will say again here, is that if you are in the position where you don’t need one hundred percent of your earnings every time and you can afford to be shortened on income a bit… go ahead and take a chance with one or more of the independent networks, you never know – one of them could be the next shareasale.
What Is The Difference Between An Article And A Blog Post
Today in this lesson I will be talking about articles and blog posts. I will be explaining their differences, or lack thereof.
All over the internet especially in entrepreneur and affiliate marketing, are people telling you to write an article for this, and then write a blog post for that, or sell an article here, but you have to sell a blog post there…? There seems to be a separation when it comes to the two terms.
So Are There Any Differences
This will depend on if you are talking about an article in the sense of a magazine, which is printed offline as pages of paper, or you’re talking about an article in the virtual world, because if we’re talking about an article in the online world, then it’s no different than a blog post. Of course an article in the traditional sense, such as the paper magazine type of article I just mentioned, does differ in many ways, but again, internet articles are no different than a regular post that lives on your blog.
There are different types of platforms when it comes to an article and a blog post, as I mentioned earlier, a post can live on your blog, thus making it a blog post, while an article can live on an article directory page, thus making it an article.
So if you look at the two in that way, you could say that there is a difference in terminology when it comes to different platforms, but the content on any one of the platforms doesn’t change, therefore still making the article and the blog post the exact same thing. So there’s absolutely no difference between the two in text content, but they do differ in where each one is displayed.
If you were to write a post onto your blog right now, it would be labeled as a blog post, but as soon as you upload it to an article directory, it then becomes an article – according to traditions of article directories.
So while there’s no difference in a blog post, or an article’s written content, there is however a difference when it comes to their platforms, because people label the two based on platform.
While some people may not know that they are labeling based on platform, it clearly shows that’s exactly what they are doing.
Again, there’s no difference in the two terms, there are just differences in their platforms. For instance if you run a website (website being the platform) that you write content on, and you call each content item an article, people are going to consider it as an article, because you announced each content item as an article.
Meanwhile if you consider yourself a blogger and consider yourself as operating a blog (blog being the platform), then people are going to consider each content item that you write or create as a blog post.
Here are 8 ways Blog posts & Articles are the same
#1 They are both created via text
#2 You can add videos and other media to both
#3 You can add SEO keywords to both
#4 You can tell a story / your story on both
#5 You can or cannot use proper grammar on both
#6 You can write an unlimited amount of words on both
#7 You can share your personal or business thoughts on both
#8 You can make money on both
Why Do People Care
People care to know and understand these terms better for many reasons. One being that this whole concept has become so confusing that writers are unsure whether to write an article or a blog, when in actuality they are both the same thing.
So if you are a writer, or thinking of becoming a writer, know that there are no differences in articles and blog posts, and know that you don’t have to choose between the two… if you do one, then you are automatically doing the other. Therefore it wouldn’t matter which one you chose, so why choose? Because it’s all the same.
Learn to be your own thinker, I know that it pays to listen to anyone and everyone, but you don’t actually have to follow. Most people, especially online bloggers are just a bunch of bandwagon / cliche people that don’t think for themselves. Learn more about how that works here: how to start a blog
Articles and blog posts are one in the same, while not a lot of people agree or understand that notion, there really isn’t a difference. The only difference is within the platform, not within the written content. Because at the end of the day that’s all an article or a blog post is, it’s just written content.
So while an article directory calls it an article, and a blog owner calls it a blog post, you can call it either one. I said that to say this… you don’t have to know how to write an “article” in order to be able to post content to an article directory. If you are writing blog posts on your blog, then you already know how to write an article, because they’re both the same exact thing, so just post your blog post… aka article to one or more of your favorite article directories, and vice versa, post your articles onto your blog… get it? Meaning that they’re both the same.
I hope I have stressed this point enough and cleared this whole misconception up for the people that are concerned about this topic.
What To Blog About Online
Alright suppose you know how to start a blog, but you have yet to decide on what to blog about… what do you do?
fyi: if you happen to not know how starting a blog works, then you can easily find out by following my lesson on how to start a blog.
Knowing what to blog about is essential to your blogging career. Before you can begin the actual blogging process, you first have to have an idea of what you are going to blog about.
The best way to figure out what you can or should blog about, will be to come up with a few blogging ideas. This should come very easy for you, because there are literally thousands upon thousands of things that one can blog about.
But what doesn’t come so easy is confidence, and the will to push forward. Sometimes we as bloggers are a bit afraid of just stepping out on that limb, so we choose to do nothing at all, thus coming up with no blogging idea, or even trying to do so, for that matter.
So confidence is very important to you as a blogger, and you need to understand that the things that frightens us should actually be the things that strengthens us – so let your fears in blogging be your strengths in blogging.
Now that we have confidence and strength, let’s move forward…
While there may be thousands of things to blog about online, there will however only be a few things that will apply to you. So your blogging ideas will and have to be personal.
This is just a quick note… I just wanted to inform you that when I say the words blogging idea and or blogging ideas, it also refers to what is known as a niche, or a blog topic. I just felt the need to express that notion, if you already knew that then great, but I still had to make it clear.
OK, moving on…
4 Ways To Come Up With Blogging Ideas
Here are some ways to come up with ideas for your blog.
1. Search through a search engine like Google, visit Google’s, website and type in an activity that you may know of, and read through a few of the search results. If you are drawing a blank on activities right now, then check out this list by care.com. It says for kids but it’s for grownups as well.
2. Think of some of your hobbies. Some people like to hit the slopes (skiing), some people like to run the 5k, some people like to ride the ocean waves, some people like to go sky diving, some like bungee jumping, etc. Just name yours.
3. Go off of experience. What are some of the things that you have experienced in your lifetime that stands out to you. Maybe you won a little league trophy as a kid, and now your own kid has one. Maybe you’ve climbed a couple of mountains before, maybe Mount Evans was no challenge for you.
4. Use your education. If you have knowledge, skills or even a college degree in a certain field or two, you could use that to your advantage. For instance, if you have a bachelors degree in business administration, then you are undoubtedly knowledgeable in this field.
Use these tips for ideas to help you determine what your blog should be about. Once you have figured out some of the activities you can search for, or some of your hobbies, or some of your experiences, or your education, and have come up with a few good ideas, it’s time to narrow it down to only one blog topic.
4 Ways To Choose A Blogging Topic
Here are some questions to ask yourself before determining if a blogging idea is the right one for you. Match these options to your niche topic.
1. Does the niche, or aka blogging idea excite you?
2. Does the idea seem to help others in some way?
3. Is there room for growth & expanding?
4. Do you have knowledge and experience in the field?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, and you were able to find a niche that was suitable for you during your search for an idea of a blogging topic, then you now know what to blog about.
In case you got stuck and was unable to choose just one niche, then you can break things down a bit further by weighing your two, three or more options, assuming that you are juggling 2,3,4 or more niche choices.
Let your ultimate choice come down to determining which one (1) out of all of your choices stands out the most to you. You can figure this out by re-matching the “4 ways to choose a blogging topic” to each niche choice… and whichever one that packs the most punch (stands out the most, or has more advantage than the others) should be the one for you.
How To Add A Theme In WordPress
When developing a website or blog you will need to know how to add a theme, which should be easy assuming that you are on a platform like WordPress.
I hope that you are prepared for today’s lesson, because today you are going to see that there’s more than just one way a theme can be added.
If by any chance you don’t have wordpress installed yet or know how to upload it to your site, just follow this lesson: how to install wordpress
Adding A Theme
To add a theme you simply hover your mouse over the Appearance tab that is located inside of the left sidebar panel, then click on the word Themes that pop up in the menu.
Once inside of the Themes area, click on the Add New button to the left of the screen. Browse through some of the many themes that show up, choose one and click the Install button.
The theme doesn’t do anything yet, but you’ll learn about all of that shortly, having said that, I want to start things off by going over the default theme that wordpress starts you off with.
WordPress’s Default Theme
If you are just creating a wordpress account and logging in for the first time you will notice that you are assigned with their latest theme version, which will probably be according to the year, eg. Twenty Sixteen, Twenty Seventeen… depending on the year you first log in.
This default theme comes equipped with pretty much everything that you need in order to operate your site. However, it doesn’t have every single feature that you may want on your site, so wordpress gives you options to either tweak the theme itself, or you could just add another theme as we learned how to do earlier in this lesson.
Let’s view two options:
We are going to take a look at which route may be the best one for you to take.
Option 1: Tweak Your Theme
You could change a few things up about the wordpress default theme, most themes come with an option to change around a couple of its features, like changing the length and width of the “header”, and changing the layout of the pages, and changing the background colors and a couple of more things.
Now is this enough to do a complete redesign? No, but these are enough feature options to make your site look a little different. It won’t be anything amazing, but it’s enough to get you started.
Keep in mind that I am talking about only using the custom options that are available for the theme. These options are limited and doesn’t change your site much, there is however another way to tweak your theme, but it requires code and the know how of web development.
To personally tweak your site even further than what the default theme’s custom options offer you, you need to go into the back-end of your site and enter what is labeled as code.
There are two ways you can achieve advanced tweaking to your default wordpress theme… one way is to create a duplicate of the theme, also known as a child theme, and the other way is to locate the theme templates and edit the code from there.
Creating A Child Theme
You need to create a child theme in order to avoid tampering with any of the default theme’s main functions. Here’s how to do so:
Step 1: You have to go into the theme’s directory (wp-content/themes) and create a new folder and name it. You can name it whatever you’d like to, but it may be a better idea to just label it “twentysixteen-child or something along those lines.
Step 2: Add all of the necessary files inside of the child theme’s folder… the stylesheet, the single post page, the header page, etc. To save time you may want to just copy everything inside of the main theme (the default wordpress theme – Twenty Sixteen) and paste it over to the new child theme. You still have to do a few things manually, like naming the child theme inside the stylesheet (Theme Name: My Child Theme).
Step 3: Install and Activate the child theme once everything else is finished, and that’s it. Your new theme is all ready to go.
Editing Code Templates
It is never a good idea to code wordpress’s core files, in fact it is a bad and terrible idea to code the core files and templates of wordpress, because when something goes wrong (and it will) you are going to completely corrupt your whole entire site.
So the best thing to do is to just edit the theme templates on the back-end of your site. To do so you simply locate the templates…
Go to Appearance
Click on Editor
Find the Stylesheet & Theme Functions Templates
Begin editing the code.
This is how you manipulate the code and design of your theme, which controls your whole entire website. You can add or take out any colors, sizes, widths etc., within these templates.
If you don’t know anything about coding in HTML, PHP, CSS and so forth, but you would like to learn, then you can start here: nettuts
Option 2: Add A Theme
You could add another theme of your choice, there are hundreds of different types of themes, some are free of charge and some cost a fee.
Free Themes – Free themes come twelve a dozen, there are hundreds and hundreds of free themes on wordpress available for download. There are however a few drawbacks when it comes to free themes, like having to redesign it to your liking, while it may seem easy enough, it’s not, because as I mentioned earlier, you’d have to be a web developer & designer in order to fully design the site the way you want it. Plus when you’re dealing with these type of themes, the theme owners could have certain restrictions as to what you can and cannot do with their themes, and some owners don’t allow you to change the way their themes look and operate.
Paid Themes – With paid themes things are a bit different and easier. These themes allow you to easily change and manipulate your whole entire site without having to know how to code anything, which is awesome if you ask me. The only negative side to this avenue is that it cost you money, but it will be well worth it in the end, because it saves you lots of time, especially if you’re not a coder or web developer, then you don’t have to try to learn how to be a coder and web developer. All you have to do is change the theme options that comes with the theme, don’t worry, the options are more advanced with paid themes, so they are not as basic as the free themes.
To start your search for a nice paid theme you could simply check on wordpress. If you haven’t deleted the plugin by the name of “MoJo Marketplace”, you can scan through their marketplace for a theme. You could also follow this link.
And there you have it. Adding a theme is a lot easier than you thought isn’t it? In all honesty, it’s thanks to wordpress for making things super easy for us, so if you’re not using the wordpress platform, I 100% advise that you do so.
Scam: Make Money Online Sellers
Today, we’re talking about a scam. In this lesson, I will be going over how to spot fraudulent sellers, and crappy make money onlineproducts.
While there are millions if not billions of products being sold everyday online, not all of those products are good ones.
What I’ve come to finally understand about the products that are being sold in the make money online category, is that most of them turn out to be crap wrapped up in a box, with a shiny bow on top.
With all of the fraudulent people, and fraudulent products online these days, you don’t know who to trust, which product to buy, which product you’d like to try and become an affiliate for yourself, and so forth.
A fraudulent person is 100% committed to the fraud, their goal is simple – it’s money. They’re willing to try every trick in the book, in order to get this money. They don’t care about your desperate situation, your feelings, your wants, your needs, etc. Your story means absolutely nothing to them. They just need for you to spend your money on that hot product they’re selling.
How a fraudster thinks:
You (the buyer) are never going to use the product anyway, so who cares, and why should you care that it doesn’t work?
These products come 12 a dozen, you should be used to being scammed by online sellers that are selling these types of products by now.
It’s a cheap online product, get over it. It’s not like you’re paying $10,000 or something. A monthly $97 bucks or a one time fee of $497 won’t hurt you.
Listing all of a fraudster’s thoughts could go on forever of course, but let’s just leave it at that for now. Let’s look more into their actions.
How a fraudster operates:
In actuality, there are (2) kinds of fraudsters, one is the “Rich Fraudster”, often a product owner, and the other one is the “Broke Fraudster”, more than likely an affiliate of the Rich Fraudster’s product.
Each individual has their own way of conning people. Let’s see how it’s done.
First up is the Rich Fraudster
A rich fraudsterhas a little bit of money to work with, he’s no millionaire, but he’s hoping… that you make him one. However, for now, he has somewhere around $100,000 to $250,000 to play with.
His job is to trick you with glitter and gold. He will often use tactics such as:
Show you the inside of a very expensive Mansion, and tell you that “my product got me this mansion, and it can get you your own mansion too!”.
Show you a fancy fast car, such as a Lamborghini, and say to you “my product got me this Lamborghini, and it can get you a Lamborghini too!”.
Show you an expensive Yacht, and say “my product got me this Yacht, and it can get you a Yacht too!”.
I know what you’re thinking, is any of this real? Is he really living this type of lifestyle? How did he get so rich? So many questions, right?
I’m sure you’ve heard of a get rich quick scheme by now? If by any chance you have not, I’m about to show you how they really work… and no, it’s (a get rich quick scheme) not for the poor.
Here’s how it’s done (Breaking The Magician’s Code)
This is how they pull it off…
Step 1) Beg, borrow and steal.
The first thing he has to do is come up with the money. I don’t know where he’s going to get it all from, but the majority of it will come from family and friends, in the form of a loan. His promise is to pay them back with interest once he actually becomes rich off you.
Step 2) Meet and greet.
His next move, after he’s begged for the money, is to meet with other crooks, if he doesn’t already know them, and discuss how they all can make a quick buck from the con (the product).
Step 3) Set an action plan.
Once he has the money in hand, and the rest of gang formed… it’s time to set up an action plan – who will do what, how it will be done, and so forth.
Step 4) Product development.
Once the money is there, the crew is in place, and the action plan is set, it’s time to have the product developed by a computer programmer.
Step 5) Product placement.
This is the final step. To place the product that the computer programmer just developed, online. Where to place the product used to be quite simple… put it on Clickbank. However, now that Clickbank is trying to crack down on these sort of schemes, other affiliate marketing networks will have to do.
Networks like: Jvzoo & Clicksure is where to go now. At least for now… that is of course until they too start cracking down on these type of schemes.
I’m not saying that affiliate networks such as Jvzoo and Clicksure don’t have its share of great affiliate marketers and products, but I am saying that It is so hard to find a decent product on there, that most buyers simply turn away when you refer them to a product on these networks.
Now it is time to break down everything about the Rich Fraudster, everything from his budget to the truths behind his myths and schemes.
Budget Breakdown at $250,000
$150,000 – The first amount goes to product development, or in other words, the money goes to the computer programmer that develops the product that he (the fraudster) will be selling.
$50,000 – The next lump sum goes to that fabulous Yacht, that extraordinary Mansion, and that beautiful Lamborghini. You didn’t really think he owned those things did you? These items were all rented for a day, and sometimes just a few hours out of the day.
$50,000 – The remainder has to go to his crook buddies for advertising expenses, as these are the guys that will set up accounts online, such as Youtube accounts that has only one to two videos about the product creator, and how brilliant he is, how productive the product is, and how rich it has made them. The video title will be something like “how I make money online with affiliate marketing” or “how to become rich and powerful”, or something along those lines, but of course it’s all an act – think of what a paid actor does on television.
Here are some of the tales he just told, and the ways I will be discrediting each one going down the line…
Myth #1 – He owns these luxurious possessions (the car, boat, house).
Truth – He never owned any of these luxurious items, he was only renting it for the day, so he could shoot his “hey look at me I’m rich” video.
Myth #2 – His product is making him rich.
Truth – He never had a single dime until his family and friends loaned him the money. He never even had a product until the computer programmer developed it for him. He didn’t create his own product, he hasn’t even used the product before, so he doesn’t even know if it’ll work.
Myth #3 – His product will make you rich.
Truth – If you buy the product from him, you will be presented with information that will ultimately make you a very rich individual. Hm, but if the product has never been tried and tested by anyone, then how could this statement ever be considered true? Simple, none of it is true at all.
And these are just some of the many expensive tricks that the rich fraudster uses to lure people in with, keep your eyes peeled for anything suspiciously relative to the ones we covered here.
Next up, comes the Broke Fraudster
A broke fraudsterhas no money at all, and will often try to refer you to the “rich fraudster’s” product, although he himself hasn’t tried the product, nor does he know of anyone that has. He is a puppet of the middlemen – the advertising crooks that the rich fraudster hired.
The advertising crooks found him (the broke fraudster) through a spam email they sent out to him and everyone else that was on their list of people who don’t know them.
That spam email probably went something like this:
Start Spam Email —
[ Tired of your day job? Tired of your boss pushing you around like you’re his kid? Want to learn how to start a blog and make money blogging? Want to become rich beyond your wildest dreams??? What about without ever lifting a finger to do it??? Do you want this all done for you on autopilot??? If you said yes to all of these questions then you’re absolutely ready to tell your boss those 2 magical words… “I quit!!!” click here to quit your job now!!! ]
— End Spam Email
This crappy email caught the eye of the wannabe, so he reached out to the advertising crooks to see if he could join in and be a part of it all. They explained that they would coach him for free of charge, as to how to lure customers in, and that he needs to sign up as an affiliate for the product, which anyone can do, so nothing special there, but to the broke fraudster, it means he’s in.
So he now feels that he’s part of the team, he will begin to contact the advertising crooks from time to time asking silly questions, such as “do you have any special banners for your special sellers?” “is it possible for me to get a raise in my affiliate commissions if I bring lots of customers?”, and so on. He has no clue that the advertising crooks are just using him.
Let’s now get down to some tricks that this broke wannabe might try to use.
His job is to trick you with no money, he will often use tactics such as:
Showing a stack of money on Youtube, and explaining that you can make this type of money if you only had this product (the product he’s referring).
Showing pictures of himself standing next to a fancy sports car, then showing himself seated inside.
Showing you a video of himself walking up to the door of a fantasy home.
Showing you still images of large check amounts (sometimes in the amounts of ten’s of thousands of dollars).
I know what you’re thinking… why on earth would I ever fall for such cheap firecracker dud tricks?
While on paper this seems easy enough to figure out, but everyday more and more people are falling for it.
So in the real world, if the broke fraudster has the perfect layout at the right time, and he is preaching the right words, he may just get you to buy that product after all.
Here’s how it’s done (Breaking The Puppet’s Code)
I consider him a puppet because he is just dying for someone to manipulate his every move.
Step 1) Find a Rich Fraudster.
The first thing he has to do is find a rich fraudster with a new product to sell, either through spam email or otherwise. He doesn’t know of anyone that has tried the product, nor does he care.
Step 2) Sign me up.
His next move, after he has found a rich fraudster that he idolizes, he then has to sign up as an affiliate for his hero’s product.
Step 3) Set up Youtube
Once he has found a rich fraudster with a product, and signed up as an affiliate, it is time for him to start up a Youtube channel that promotes the product. See unlike the advertising crooks that the rich fraudster hired personally, the wannabe is just a bottom-feeder.
That’s it. All he can do now is hope that someone falls for his simpleton marketing tactics, so he can finally make some money and be proud of himself.
Now it is time to break down everything about the Broke Fraudster, everything from his budget to the truths behind his myths and schemes.
Budget Breakdown at $0
The broke fraudster is just a wannabe he has no budget.
Here are some of the tales he just told, and the ways I will be discrediting each one going down the line…
Myth #1 – He got his stack of money from product sales.
Truth – He has yet to sale one product, so the money actually comes from his income tax refund, as this is the time most non-rich people have a lot of money, or it’s his friends money, and he’s literally temporarily holding it just long enough to make his Youtube video. Besides all of that, this has con written all over it, what professional person shows someone a stack of money? Do you see the executives of Netflix online flashing cash? Not at all.
Myth #2 – He owns a fancy sports car.
Truth – Notice how he can stand next to the car, he can sit inside of it (only with the door open), but you never see him driving it. That’s because he seen a guy that had a fancy car, so he asked the guy could he pose with the car.
Myth #3 – He owns a fantasy home.
Truth – You can see him walking up to the door of the home, or see a picture of the home, but you will never see him inside of this house, because the actual homeowner has already alerted authorities that some strange guy with a camera is out front of their home.
Myth #4 – He has made 10’s of thousands of dollars.
Truth – Anyone can print a fake check these days. It can be done right in your own home. One can easily type up a company (Clickbank, Google, etc), input their name, put a large amount on it and so on. It means absolutely nothing.
Even though the broke fraudster has not a penny to his name, he is an ambitious predator. He is not going to stop with just the weak tactics you see here, as he is always coming up with more ways to convince you to buy the rich fraudster’s product, so keep your eyes open.
I hope this has showed you how to spot a deceitful person, better known as a fraudster in this story, that’s completely out to cause you harm, and how to also spot some of their many tricks that they will often try to pull.
What tricks have people like this tried to pull on you, and what tricks are out there now that you feel are being pulled on innocent folks?
How To Create A Website – PRO
If you have been wanting to learn how to create a website for yourself without having to pay any professional hundreds or even thousands of dollars, then this pro version lesson will teach you all you need to know.
Today I am going to show you how to build a website and then market the site in just 4 simple steps.
You are going to see exactly how any individual or professional company would build it, except you are going to save yourself thousands of dollars, and learn how to create your own websites in the future.
Before you start the creating process, you should have an idea of what your site will do, what problems it will solve, why it is needed, and you should also have a sense of how people will respond to it.
While I can easily teach you how to create a website, I cannot however choose what your website should be about, this needs to come from you, it needs to come from a special place – from a place of passion.
Why Make A Website Of Your Own
Why is it that you want to make a website?
– Are you someone that runs your own business and are looking to build a website for your company?
– Are you trying to save money on costs, so you can avoid those blood sucking professionals that charge too much money?
– Maybe you are just wanting to learn it as a hobby because it seems like a fun habit to get into?
– Perhaps you want to get into the flipping websites for a living business?
– Maybe you want to create a website / start a blog like this one and make money blogging?
For whatever your reason may be, you need to know that it is easily possible for you to do and to succeed at it.
Can Anyone Build A Website
Absolutely. This isn’t the 90’s anymore, where you needed a lot of money, and had to be computer geek smart in order to make a website for yourself.
Times have changed. You no longer have to pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars for simple web hosting anymore. You no longer have to be a Harvard or MIT graduate that specializes in computers and such, all you have to do now is press a few buttons, click the mouse a few times and wallah – magic happens. How amazing is that?
That’s because now you can simply let website building tools do all the work for you. Crazy right? Yeah, I know, but these are the times that we’re living in, which are great for beginners and dreamers that just need a way to showcase their talents to the world without having to be a computer wizard.
If you happen to be one of those dreamers, or one of those people that think they can’t do it, let me say this to you: just give it a try. Just believe in yourself, and If you have read this far into the writing, then you already do. So let me not waste anymore of your time, you’re ready to go, so let’s go…
1. planning The Site
Let’s start things off by planning the website, but not only are you going to pre-plan for what the design of the site will look like, which there’s a whole lot more to a website’s creation than that, you will be going under the hood – performing tasks like choosing a topic, choosing a platform, choosing an income type and more.
Let’s check this list off:
Choosing a topic – the topic of your website is just as important as any other part involved, it may even be the most important part. The topic will do two things: 1) it will draw the attention of people that are interested in this particular topic, 2) it will connect you with this interested group through conversation and passion for the topic, that you and the group share. Finding a topic to share should be easy, just think of something that inspires you the most, and you should have your answer right there, or think about something you’ve always dreamed of doing.
Focusing on design – while the attractiveness of your site isn’t what’s going to make people read, like or buy from you, it is still a good idea to try to make your site as beautifully designed as you possibly can. People often respond better when there’s an attraction involved, so having an appealing site can only help.
Having a type – there are many different types of websites that you can create, such as eCommerce sites, affiliate marketing sites, blogging sites, and much more, you just have to choose a website type that you feel suits you best.
Utilizing tools – no website on the web can survive without using at least one tool. Tools are not always the things that you get from someone else, or things that you want and need on the internet, like the Google keyword planner tool, or a hosting service tool, there are also certain tools that you yourself must posses, like the understanding of how growing your website will take time and patience, and the willingness to learn how to use tools found on the internet like CMS systems, web hosting, email marketing, and so on. “Understanding” and “willingness” are your very own personal tools that you probably use everyday, so this part should come natural for you.
Working with Platforms – decide which platform is best for your idea and topic of choice. You could choose from a variety of different ones, here are a few of the ones that’s mainstream: WordPress, Drupal and Joomla are going to be some of the better choices that’s available.
Calculating costs – here is where you would calculate for your expenses that lies ahead. You must take into account, all of the things you’ll need to both start and end with. Things such as marketing tools will probably be on the list, advertising expenses will also be factored in, and that’s not all, other costs will have to be considered as well, it all depends on your needs.
Welcoming Improvisation – while everything seems to be all planned out, there are still somethings that can never be accurately planned, even though you’ve planned ahead. For instance, additional costs that lies ahead. Sure you could plan on only purchasing a month to month hosting plan with a web hosting provider, but you probably didn’t account for that website data backup plan that only costs a few bucks more. That’s because in all honesty, you never even thought about backing up your website’s data, you didn’t realize you needed to. And that’s why we “improvise”. Just know that when you’re pre-planning, you always have to add in an additional plan, and that is to plan to be ready to improvise.
Now that you have your strategic plan set, the next thing to do is to start the actual building part of the site.
If you’re wondering why I said to plan your site first, instead of saying “first get your web hosting with company x, then get WordPress, then make money online” like every other blog online does… I can only say “well, nextwave affiliate isn’t like every other blog online”. I’m glad to say that it’s a little more precise than the typical blogs you see out there today.
Besides, it’s better to strategically plan ahead, and improvise as you go along (my way of doing things), than to not have a solid plan of your own, and continue to follow everyone else bandwagon-plan of 20 years (their way of doing things) that has lead more people into despair than anything else.
Ask yourself… do you want to quit in the next couple of months due to no results just like everyone else, or do you want something new and refreshing that not only works, but will finally set a new trail for those to come?
2. Building The Site
Here is the part where you start the building process. This is also known as the development stage of your site, it’s where you set up all of the parts that’s needed to make up a website.
When diving into the development stages of building your site, you will be setting up things like your domain name, your hosting account, your platform you will be going live on, etc.
After setting up and adding all of the necessary functions and tools that is needed, you will finally have the website of your dreams.
So, with that said, let’s start the setup process.
When going into the setup stage of your site, you will be setting up a domain name, web hosting, WordPress and using available tools that make it easy for you to put your site together.
Remember, in the planning stage you was supposed to decide upon a “topic” for your site, otherwise known as a niche? Well hopefully you got that part figured out by now, because I wouldn’t want you to go in and build a website that you’re not interested in at all.
Please be sure that your site topic or niche is something that you have a desire to do. It should at least be a topic that you would find yourself interested in, even if it’s not 100% your passion.
Those are the two things that drive us the most, right? Interest & passion.
So choose either a topic that you’re passion about, or have a great deed of interest in.
How To Name My Site
You are now to the point where it’s time to come up with a name for your baby (your website). This name can be almost anything that you can think of, the possibilities are really endless here.
Here are some pointers for how to come up with a good name:
– If it’s a pet website and it talks about pets in any way, then you could use a name that you gave to one of your pets. You can also find pet names on the web.
– If it’s a website about your life’s struggles and successes you could use your own name. It could be your first, middle, or last name. It could even be your nick name. You could also find names that are similar to yours online.
– If it’s a site about you or a loved one living with an illness such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or any other type of illness you could use the name of the illness e.g. blogobesity.com. Can be about beating obesity, eating healthy, etc.
When you register the name you came up with for your site, it will no longer be known as just a name, it will then be known as a domain name, a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), or as some people like to call it: a website name.
However, in order to have a fully up and running website, you still need web hosting, so once your name is registered as a domain name, and then linked to the internet (this is what the web hosting part is for), then you can call it a website as it is now fully functional. It will look something like this:
Notice how I’m able to search for the name of my site through my web browser, I’m using the Firefox web browser here, but I can type my web address (domain & website name) into any browser and get the same results. You try it… type my website name into your web browser’s address bar, if you haven’t already, and watch what happens… what happens next, is that you are presented with my website that’s being hosted by a web server that hosts my web pages, because actually that’s all a website is, a lot of individual web pages that’s being shown live to the world, and that’s exactly what your site will do when it goes live.
There are lots of domain name registrars on the internet, and probably all of them have web hosting services available, so you now have to refer back to the “Calculating costs” section that you learned about during the planning stage of your site.
Domain registration cost: $12.95
Web hosting cost: $9.99 / month
Total Costs: $22.94
Choose Your Plan
It is now time to choose a name registering and hosting plan. I have set you a budget to work with, you don’t have to use this budget if you don’t like.
Here are some places you can get both your website hosting plans and your name registered:
When searching for domain registering and web hosting services I tend to look for a host that offers me great quality without breaking the bank, and the only one I’ve found on the web that can do that so far is Hostgator.
If you want to stay within the $22.94 budget range that I set earlier, then you need to get Hostgator. All of the others are over $100. They charge by the year, Hostgator offers month to month hosting.
Your Hosting Information
Once you have chosen the web hosting service that you feel suits you best, you will be sent an email with all of your website credentials inside. These credentials are for doing things like “logging into your hosting account”, setting up and managing your website, etc.
The email should look something like this:
Click on the link. You should now see the email.
These are your login credentials. This bit of information is very important and should be kept private, so “do not” accidentally delete it, or allow anyone else to get a hold of it. Maybe store it in your important mail.
As you are setting your site up, don’t forget to include important aspects that are needed for easy functionality. There is one part that definitely has to be present, and that part is “the features”. Your site has to posses great features for both you and your visitors.
Easy set up
Ease of Use
Now you could build this site with your own two hands if you wanna but… that would defeat the whole purpose of this lesson about building a website the modern way, now wouldn’t it?
So instead of taking those two magical hands of yours and creating something from scratch, you can use one of the many (CMS) readily available systems out there on the market.
What Is A CMS
Here’s a quick review as to what a CMS is: The letters “CMS” stands for Content Management System, which is a software system that allows you to easily build a website and manage all of your content inside of it. You can create, edit or delete things like images, videos, articles – all at the click of a button. In other words, it has everything that you need for your site.
There are so many CMS choices on the web today, and new ones probably pop up every year or so, but finding the best one is what you’d want to do, so here are some of the best out there today.
When deciding which mainstream CMS to choose from, it is a good idea to pick a few things that stand out the most to you, so that you can narrow things down to only 1 CMS to use.
I usually look for which ever one has the best of these 3 things:
Scaling – In order for you to grow your site larger, you are going to need flexibility, things like being able to handle thousands and even millions of customers as your site grows, or responsive design, which would easily make your website adjust to just about any screen size a visitor is using, e.g. ipad screens, iphone screens, etc.
Integration – Being able to integrate things that enhances your website is a very important feature, things like plugins are always needed to further expand a site’s functionality, or integrating something like landing pages, or software that captures visitors email addresses and personal information.
Support – This is definitely the most important part of anything that you are thinking about using. If there is no support, or at least a support forum that can be found, then there is really no use to use whatever it is that you’re thinking about trying. Not everyone will be able to, nor should they have to figure everything out on their own, so finding a good support forum is very important.
When it comes to these things: scaling, integration, and support, the CMS that stands out the most to me is WordPress.
How To Install WordPress
Some people seem to find this part a bit tedious or confusing, but it’s really simple. Once you’ve completed the steps, you’re going to ask yourself “why do people find this troubling again?”.
1) Visit your email account and retrieve your hosting login credentials.
2) Login to your hosting account.
3) Locate the WordPress icon that reads: Get Started With WordPress Today.
4) Choose the Install WordPress Free option.
5) Fill in the boxes with your name, your admin email, etc.
6) Use your WordPress login credentials to log yourself in to your account.
3. Managing The Site
This is the part of the site where you will be mostly working from behind the scenes as the Administrator. You will be doing things like activating themes, setting up web pages, using plugins and things of that nature.
The design stage is all about preparing your site for your visitors. No one likes a website that contains broken links all over the place, no one likes it if your web pages are taking way too long to load, and absolutely no one likes the idea of seeing blank pages – something should at least be written on your pages.
The design stage is all about your site being presentable for the people.
When people visit your site they don’t see whatever you are doing to the site on the back-end as the Administrator, which may be in code (e.g. CSS, PHP, HTML, XML, etc.), or in functionality (e.g. creating pages, writing posts, adding links, activating themes, etc.), they only see what’s presented to them on the front end, which is the homepage, and any other pages that they’re allowed to see. So designing the site and making it human friendly is definitely something you must do.
Let’s begin by choosing a Theme for the site.
The WordPress Theme section contains lots of different theme types to choose from. Here’s how you can find the best theme for your site:
Finding A Good Theme
1. See the Appearance tab, then click on the Themes popup link. In this section you will see a few starter themes brought to you by Wordpess – Twenty Sixteen, Twenty Fifteen, Twenty Fourteen.
2. On the Themes page click the Add New button, by default you will be shown the Featured Themes section, which shows you an additional 15 Themes that you can choose from.
3. Try clicking on the tab next to the Featured tab which should be the Popular tab, this section will show you well over 2000 different Themes to choose from.
4. You may also want to try clicking on the tab next to the Popular tab, which is the Latest tab, these are the latest added Themes. In this section you will be presented with an astounding 3000+ plus Themes to try out.
5. Here is something you might want to try doing in the future, next to the Latest tab is a tab titled Favorites, this tab doesn’t present you with any themes by default, this is where your most favorite themes will be stored for future references. Before you can mark a theme as a Favorite you have to install the Favorites plugin. Find it here: Plugin Page
6. Next to the Favorites tab you should see something that says Feature Filter which allows you to actually build the type of theme that you would like to use. You will see check boxes with options beside them like: blue, black, brown; which are for theme colors, and Fixed, Fluid, Responsive; which are for the type of layout you want the theme to be in. And then there’s also the Features and Subject categories.
7. There is also a Search Bar present on the page that allows you to search for certain types of themes. If you look over to the far right you will see text inside of a box that reads: Search themes…, this is where you can place your search.
Here is a tip for choosing a good theme:
Make sure whatever theme you are using is responsive in design, meaning that it’s flexible and can adjust to any screen size. In particular, the tablet screen sizes, different laptop screen sizes and cellular phone screen sizes.
Why should you care about your theme being responsive?
Well , because today a lot of things have changed in the internet world, and so have visitors and customers. Nowadays people are more on the go and purposely leave their large laptops at home so they can travel lighter, they instead bring their cellular phones, and will therefore need to access your site via cell phone, but if your site isn’t cell phone, tablet, etc., accessible, then the visitor won’t be able to fully see your site or understand it, and may therefore leave and never return again.
So that’s why you should care about whether your theme is responsive or not.
Let’s setup the first page of your site. In order to do this you need to click on the Pages link in your left sidebar.
There will probably be at least (1) page that already exist, this page was created by WordPress, which is probably titled: Sample Page. This page is set up by default to give you an idea of how pages work within the WordPress system.
You can later delete the Sample Page, but for right now, you need to focus on creating a new page, that way you’ll know how to create pages in the future.
1. Go to Pages in the left sidebar.
2. Click the Add New tab.
3. Name it by typing in a page title.
4. Click on the Publish button. You now have a new page.
More information about Pages
– After successfully creating a page, click on the Pages link in your left sidebar. You should now see your newly created page on your list of Pages.
– If you’d like to add something to your page, you can do so by hovering over the page and clicking on the Edit link. You will then see the “Edit Page” area, scroll down and begin typing into the empty space in the big text box.
– Once you have successfully added some content to the text area of the page, click on the Update button, then to view the changes you have now made to the page, click the Preview Changes button.
Let’s pick a few good Plugins for the site.
WordPress’s plugins are meant to add functionality to your site, while there are way too many plugins for you to use them all, there are a few that you may need to use for your site.
Choosing Your Plugins
1. Click on the Plugins link in your left sidebar.
2. On the Plugins page will be all of the plugins that you have chosen. If you have not chosen any plugins you will see an empty area where your plugins can go in. Also there may be a couple of plugins already inside of the area by default, like the mojo plugin or the w3 total cache plugin.
3. Click the Add New button, by default you will be shown the Featured Plugins section, which shows you only 6 plugins listed at the top, but has a Popular Tags section at the bottom of the page that presents you with lots of popular links to click on.
4. You can click on the Popular tab and see tons of plugins that you can use for your site. These are the mostly used plugins.
5. Click the Recommended tab and you will be shown a large variety of different types of plugins. These are the plugins that WordPress recommends for you.
6. You may want to take a look at theFavorites tab, this feature stores the plugins that you marked as your favorite. In order to use this feature you first have to install the Favorites plugin. Plugin Page
7. To the far right of the page is a search bar that lets you type in a search query that will scan WordPress’s database for whatever type of plugin you searched for.
Here are some suggested plugin types:
– Internet Security. A security plugin is needed for keeping your site free of hackers. Plugin : WordFence
– Site Speed. This plugin is needed for speeding up the load time of your site. Plugin : W3 Total Cache
– Login Protection. A login protection plugin that limits the amount of times someone tries to log into your site. Plugin : Wp Limit Login Attempts
– SEO. This plugin is of course used for search engine optimization purposes. Plugin : All In One SEO Pack
These plugins are some of the important ones that you will need for your site, starting out. You can add more later, but these will be all you need for now.
4. Marketing The Site
Now that your site has been developed, you will need someone other than yourself to see it.
So far, the things your site have are:
A great domain name.
Reliable web hosting.
A fully equipped CMS system (WordPress).
Great design and layout (Theme).
Page structure in place.
Some things your site doesn’t have are:
A following via social media.
Visitors coming to see it.
Connections to other people and sites in your field.
Backlinks coming in.
Getting Into Gear
Now it’s time to get your site into gear and recognized.
Here are some places to go for meeting and greeting:
If you followed along, and completed this whole entire pro version lesson, I would like to know how did your site turn out?
For those of you that already have a website of your own up and running and already know how to create a website, how well did you do with the managing and marketing parts?
The End Of Internet Marketing As We Know It (Pt1)
Internet marketing is something that we’ve all come to understand, love and even depend on, but just when you feel you’re getting the hang of it all, here comes everyone screaming “it’s dead, it’s all over”.
Some bloggers are just paranoid, always assuming this is dead and that is dead, or will soon be dead, and then you see those same things around for the next umpteen years, so I can only assume that these people don’t have a clue what they’re talking about. I like to call them the paranoid bloggers.
What is a paranoid blogger
A paranoid blogger is one of those people that swears everything is coming to an end. Everything will be ending either this year, or the next year. They’re constantly trying to get the word out to as many people as they possibly can, but there never seems to be any sound proof to the claims of this paranoid person, just all talk with no actual facts to back any of it up.
Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me say this, I’m a firm believer of things coming and going, things like the Google Feedburner commissions, Google Buzz, or Google’s Audio Ads, have all came and went away, and there are lots of more things, other than Google’s tools that has vanished into thin air. So, some good things do come to an end, but when people mention things ending like “the email”, I go… huh? So emailing people are about to become extinct? Just like the home telephone I guess, which myself and millions of other people still have.
Maybe they should have called the death on something like PLR (Private Label Rights) products or something, why would it be something as traditional as the email. This form of marketing has been here since the beginning, and there’s no doubt in my mind that it will be here in the end.
There are (3) main forms of traditional internet marketing that has been around for quite some time now, and has helped many bloggers start, build and grow their ideas into real ventures… and those 3 forms are:
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
And all 3 of these traditional marketing forms has now been called to die, at least this is the case for the paranoid bloggers.
Believe it or not, but with just these three marketing forms, people have become millionaires, and some have even went on to become Billionaires – yeah that’s with a “B”.
So when they say that those 3 marketing avenues are no more, they are really saying that the next generation of people in affiliate marketing or any other space, can no longer get the same chance their predecessors had.
The email marketing story isn’t the only one out there, there’s probably hundreds more, but let’s focus on the ones I just listed, which are Email, SEO and Blogging. I still can’t believe that the deaths of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and even blogging itself has been declared… hold up everybody, stop creating your blogs, and stop building those websites, because blogging just died. Okay, so why are millions of people still searching Google, again? Oh, that’s right, because they’re still looking for answers to their questions, which are 10 times out of 10 found on someone’s blog.
Let’s take a closer look at those 3 traditional marketing avenues, their deaths and find out if any of this stuff is something to even panic over.
Email Is Dead
Alright, so let’s look at the death of the email. When the paranoid bloggers refer to email being dead, they’re talking about people no longer communicating via email servers such as Yahoo Mail, Google’s Gmail – so this means that email marketing itself will die off, and there will no longer be any need for email marketing companies such as Aweber, Instant Contact, etc.
The Story Behind Email Ending
A lot of people seem to think that this story originated somewhere around 2014, but the truth is, email was announced dead quite a few years ago. That’s right, this is not the ole email’s first death, it has actually died twice, and what killed it – well, what was supposed to had killed it in its first death at the time was Instant Messaging, better known as “IM”.
Today lives a new assassin, and its name is Social Media. This is to be the one that’s going to do it once and for all. Some people are shouting hooray, some people are saying they don’t want to see it leave, and some people like myself are just continuing about things as they usually do when these sort of conversations arise.
I guess I can understand as to the reason why some people may want the email gone, I mean it does has its share of problems, but so do Instant Messaging and Social Media.
Problems With Email
1) People have too many fake email accounts.
2) Too much spam is sent to you, and you can’t even block it.
3) Some important emails sent out get lost.
I’m sure that some of the “email is dead” paranoid blogger groups could add a whole lot more to this list, but again as I said, it does has it’s share of problems, but nothing to condemn it about.
Does Email Marketing Die Now
I suppose if the email itself is dead, then email marketing would have to die with it. However, there seems to be no slowing in the amount of people that are now using email marketing systems, affiliate marketing and other business types are still frequently using email marketing software.
Things that’s still happening via email:
People are still sharing email addresses
Everyone is still sending out invitations
People are still joining subscriber lists
Nothing seems to be changing. Nothing seems to be going differently in the sense of something coming to an end. One would think some sort of pattern would be spotted, like a tree falling in the forest, or an old building slowly rotting away… but no. Nothing out of the ordinary. No signs of anything ending anytime soon.
What’s My Take On It
For me, email is alive and well, as I’ve already stated, I am just going on about my activities as usual, I don’t worry about all of these “this is dead and that is dead” sayings, I just continue doing what I love doing, and if part of what I’m doing or using involves one of the things that they are saying is dead, or will soon die, then I will still use it until its dying day.
Stay tuned for the “end of SEO” and “Blogging”…
How To Connect Facebook To Your Website Or Blog
Everyone today knows and understands that if you want your website or blog to remain relevant in these modern times, you have to be on the social media giant known as Facebook.
How Does Facebook Work
Facebook works just as any other social network would, except it has a few extra features and a whole lot more people that are on the site.
When you think of a large building, or a big city, or anything huge in general, you are thinking of Facebook’s community because it has more than 1Billion people on its network that are signed in every month. That is a lot of people coming together in one place.
Let’s dig more into the functionality of Facebook.
Facebook is a social network.
It’s based on your life activities.
It allows you to connect with old school buddies.
It helps you find friends, family and anyone else.
You can setup a personal profile for people to see.
These are only a few of the functions that are on the site, there are tons more, and even more features are being added as Facebook grows larger.
The signup process for Facebook is quite simple, all that is needed on your part is for you to enter a few things like:
A phone number or email address
Your date of birth
You are going to start out by entering both your first and last name, this helps people such as old classmates and friends find you on the site if they’re searching for you.
You are then going to need to enter either an email address or a phone number. I personally always enter my email address.
You will then need to add a password that you yourself have made up, but remember to have a copy of the password written down somewhere in case you forget it later.
You then have to enter your date of birth, don’t make up a fake one, enter your real date of birth, if your friends or family members are ever searching for you, they will know it’s you for sure by matching your name with your date of birth, because someone else can have your same name, but unlikely have the same name and date of birth as you have.
You lastly need to provide your gender type. This helps Facebook to further define who you are, by matching your name, date of birth and gender. So if someone has your same name and date of birth, but the personal is perhaps a female and you are a male, your family will still be able to find you, due to the difference in gender.
Why Use Facebook
The reason you would want to use a platform like Facebook is because you are going to need a way to reach people, and Facebook happens to have a billion plus people on their network, so joining in on that number wouldn’t hurt.
As this social media giant continues to dominate all of the rest of its competitors, and grow larger by the minute, it is constantly making things easier for those that are in the entrepreneur fields (affiliate marketing, blogging, SEO, etc.). Just think about it for a moment… if you were to have your site’s presence seen and liked by just 20% of Facebook’s community of subscribers, you wouldn’t need to do much else – such as:
Paying 100’s / 1000’s of dollars in advertising.
Begging to guest post on someone’s site.
Begging someone to guest post on your site.
Begging for backlinks.
That list could go on of course, but I think you get the picture. With using Facebook as your means of getting traffic and potential customers, you eliminate the need for all of the begging you’d otherwise have to do. I’m not saying that you should completely discard any other traffic gateway, but Facebook offers more traffic of people at a greater pace than any other means of traffic.
That is why I said that you would want to use Facebook and wouldn’t need any other means of traffic, because more than a billion people are at your fingertips, and obtaining just a small percentage of that number would greater your chance at success.
You would no longer have to strenuously find people that allows guest posting on their site, you would no longer have to beg for backlinks and such, all you would have to do is simply use Facebook’s platform to invite the people that’s interested in your topic, back to your website or blog, and from there you could further the relationship by obtaining their email addresses, names and whatever other information about them you feel is needed on your end.
So be sure to sign up with Facebook right now and take advantage of all of the great features it has to offer, and most importantly, you need to take advantage of their 1billion plus subscriber base, that you can get to know, and convert into your newly found subscriber base.
How To Make Money Blogging – PRO
This is the pro version of how to make money blogging, so today you’ll be learning to monetize your blog in more ways than one. I hope you’re ready.
Before getting started, I assume you do have a blog to make money with?
If you don’t have a blog already, don’t worry, I have the perfect solution, just follow my lesson on how to start a blog, this should get you on your way.
If you don’t feel like reading through all of the detailed information that’s on the how to start a blog page, you don’t have to, I can cover it here for you.
And that’s it, you should now have a blog on the web.
What Is A Blogger
It is always a good idea to first understand what a blogger is, and what a blogger does, before you actually start making money as a “blogger”. So let’s discuss what a blogger is, and what exactly it is he or she does.
A blogger is someone that blogs about different things on the internet, these things may or may not be within the same category.
Some bloggers blog about many different things, such as golf, politics, crime, etc., all on the same blog, while others may only blog about deer hunting on their blog; this is called a niche, or niche blogging, which is very popular around the web.
Once a blogger knows and understands their niche well, the blogger will then begin to reach out to other people and invite them to come and read his or her blog. Once this blogger has more and more people coming by to read the blog, the blogger’s blog will soon be indexed and placed in search engines results that will be shown to anyone that visits a search engine such as Bing and search for certain information.
At this point the blogger and their blog has become a really big deal. Such a big deal in fact, the blogger is now being considered what some refer to as an authority figure.
After a blogger becomes an authority figure he or she can begin to monetize their blog in one or more ways.
How Does A Blogger Make Money
Whether you have become an authority figure as a blogger or not, as this normally takes a little time, you still have the same options to choose from as any authority blogger would.
For instance, if I wanted to make money through affiliate marketing, I would simply find an affiliate network, locate a familiar product (a product I now use or have used before), and sign up as an affiliate of said product. It’s really just as simple as that. No need to be ranked as an authority figure. This all comes in due time.
All this talk about how easy making money is, of course you would like to see that in action, and even more money making options, right? Sure you would, and I can certainly understand it, so here goes some more ways to make money with your blog:
You can become a Clickbank seller. Clickbank is an affiliate marketing network that hosts different types of products.
Clickbank offers hundreds of quality products that vendors have placed on their network for you to choose from.
You can promote one or more of the products on your blog and receive a commission for each successful sale.
How It Works
This is how Clickbank works:
As a seller you have to find a product that suits your category or niche.
You need the affiliate link for the product you want to become an affiliate for.
You have to place the affiliate link on your blog for customers to see and click on.
Once an interested buyer has clicked on the link, he or she will be taken to the vendors website where a sale can be made, and if successful, then you get a percentage of the sale.
Step 2: Click on the “Create Account” link at the top right of the page.
Step 3: Fill out the sign up form and that’s it. You can now find a product to promote.
Be patience. Selling Clickbank products takes time.
Be persistent. Give it 100% percent.
Be realistic. Your earnings may not always be in large numbers.
You can become a seller for Amazon and sell their products on your blog for income.
Amazon is now a multi-functional site – if you will. It used to be just an affiliate marketplace, or an e-commerce site, but today it has evolved to become and do so much more. It is a video streaming site, it’s an audio streaming site, it’s an e-commerce site, and on and on.
Being that Amazon has multiple areas of business that they deal in, we will just focus on the affiliate marketing & product selling area.
Becoming an affiliate seller for Amazon is easy, all you have to find a product or two to sell on your own site and receive your commission.
How It Works
This is how Amazon Associates works:
You find a product on Amazon’s site you’d like to become an affiliate for.
You sign up for the product and get your affiliate code for it.
You promote the product on your blog via photos, widgets, text-links, etc.
Step 3: You will have to have an existing Amazon account before logging in.
Step 4: You then need to complete the steps: Account Information, Website and Mobile App List, Profile, Identity Verification, and Start Using Associates Central.
Understand that small commissions can add up.
Take advantage of Amazon’s widgets.
Choose only reliable products from reliable sellers.
Google has had their revenue sharing advertising system up and running for quite a while now, you may know it as Adsense.
Adsense is designed to pay you as the advertiser on a per click basis or better known as CPC or Cost Per Click, which means if someone clicks on an Adsense ad that is on your site, you will be paid for it, every time a click happens.
How It Works
This is how Google advertising works:
An advertiser pays Google to showcase their goods and products to as many people as Google possibly can.
Google shares some of the revenue that the advertiser is paying them with bloggers like you.
You are paid for every click that your visitors make on your site. So if you have 100 visitors and each one of those visitors click on your Adsense ad, then you would earn a commission.
How much you earn per click is unknown and varies but it will be something. So if you are getting up to $1 a click, then you’ve just made $100 for the day.
Step 2: Click the “Become a Freelancer” button at the top of the page.
Step 3: Click the “Get Started” button.
Step 4: Create your account and get started.
Stand out to clients by performing great work.
Take on jobs because of passion, not because of money.
Ask clients if they need additional assistance.
Making money as a Freelance seller is super easy to do, as Freelancer offers you many ways to present your skills to their large audience.
Freelancer has a large variety of different categories for you to pick through, when it comes to choosing which way you want to make money. One of the categories you can go into is “Writing & Content”, this category suits any blogger, and all blogging topics. So if you blog about knitting socks, then you are going to find that there are lots of other people out there that are interested in the same thing, and may hire you to write a 200 page ebook about knitting socks.
How It Works
This is how Freelancer works:
You as the seller will set up your account and showcase your skills (blogging, articles, content writing, etc.).
A buyer will post a project or job that they need done, and if your skills (blogging, content writing, etc.) match their what they’re looking for, then they may consider hiring you.
If hired you have to do the job exactly the way the buyer tells you to, or else you may be fired by the buyer.
Once the buyer is happy with the results you can collect pay.
Step 2: Locate the “Write Content” link and click on it.
Step 3: Fill in the empty fields inside the signup area and click the big “Write Content Now” button.
Step 4: You will be contacted via email, so you can get started with your account and that’s it. Just get in there start writing and start making some money. Good luck.
Always be nice to the customers.
If 150 words are requested, write 170+ words.
Take on as many jobs as you can.
How To Not Make Money As A Blogger
While there are hundreds of ways to earn an income with your blog, there are however some ways you probably should not attempt. These are ways of making money I do not recommend.
Not every income gateway is a good one, some gateways can have your blog banned from places like Google’s search index, and trust me you do not want this to happen to you, and other gateways can come off as spam to your readers, even though it may not be, you could still lose your readership.
So what do you do?
The short and sweet answer is… just avoid it all together. Stay away from the spam related ways of making money. Don’t take any chances with losing your placement on Google, or losing your audience. Just say no.
The following are some of the make money blogging gateways you should avoid:
2) Sponsored links (placing paid links on your blog).
3) Sponsored posts (placing paid posts on your blog).
How Much Money Can I Make Blogging
This answer comes easy, because the truth is “you can make millions of dollars blogging!”. It’s true, bloggers just like you are making anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars every single year, and it’s all from blogging.
For instance, one of the well known top blogging sites on the internet today is no other than the “Perez Hilton Blog“, and it earns well over $100,000 per month.
This blog gossips about celebrities and everything they do, whether it’s good or bad, the juice is spilled. How can anyone not be interested in that?
Another highly earning income blog, probably the highest earner in it’s field, is the “Huffingtonpost Blog“. This blog covers a variety of subjects, like celebrities and entertainment, health, beauty and much more, but its biggest subject is probably its political subject.
Oh, I forgot to mention that this blog makes a whopping 50 to 100+ million dollars per year… that’s right!
I bet you didn’t think a blog could do such large numbers did you?
You should now have a sense of how much money a typical blog can earn if done right of course.
If you were to start, build and grow your blog correctly, you yourself could be making 100k or more a month from blogging.
How Other People Make Money Blogging
It seems like every successful blogger on the web is making money blogging these days, if you pay close enough attention, you too can learn how they do it.
We’ve seen how one blog uses the celebrity gossip category to make more than $100k a month, so you now know that blogging is real, and it can make you some real money, you just gotta get a feel for what will work for you.
What I like to do is ask a successful blogger directly, how they make money blogging, because sometimes they can be monetizing their blog in ways that is not visible to you just by looking at their blog.
I’m fully aware that if you are just starting out, you are going to be unsure as to which way to go about monetizing your blog, so to further give you some options of monetizing, here is how other people just like you make money blogging every single day:
This method happens to be one of the greatest and easiest ways to earn an income by blogging. All that is needed on your part is a blog and a few visitors to come and click through your affiliate links, which will then take them to the merchants site, where they will handle everything else – processing payments, delivering the product, etc., all you do from here is receive commissions every time a sale is made.
One thing to note about affiliate marketing products is that there are some good ones and there are some bad ones, just be sure to weed out the bad ones, and stick with the good ones.
This is somewhat similar to CPC (Cost Per Click) advertising except in this case you are not paid per click, your are paid per 1000 impressions, thus the term CPM, which is short for Cost Per Impression.
This means that every time 1000 visitors visit your blog with the ad present, you are paid a certain amount of money. The exact amount depends on whatever number you and your client agreed upon. Say for instance you agreed on $4 for every 1000 impressions (visits) that happens, and you received 400,000 visits that week. that would be a total of $1600. Not too bad. Learn more about CPM Advertising here: Cost Per Impression
I know that I advised you not to allow anyone to place paid posts on your very own blog, but I did not say that you couldn’t write posts for anyone else, for a fee.
Some bloggers still use paid posts, despite that their could possibly be penalties or annoyed readers. These bloggers probably aren’t concerned about it because they know how to do it without overdoing it. Meaning that they are probably only going to allow a handful of posts, by a handful of bloggers. So if they offer the job to you, don’t just post anything, make it great and maybe you can become a regular sponsor of theirs. Learn more about this type of posting here: Sponsored Posts
Pay Per Click
A great way for you to make money blogging with your blog is to try out pay per click or ppc for short. This is the act of advertising banners or links on your blog for an advertiser and being paid every time a visitor clicks on the advertiser’s ad. Learn more about CPC (Cost Per Click) here: CPC Advertising
Have you ever noticed how some of the Youtube videos by your favorite bloggers present you with an ad before you see their actual video? That’s because these bloggers are being paid by Youtube for their video content.
Youtube, which is owned by Google, has a cpc (cost per click) model that allows anyone to monetize their videos and earn an undisclosed amount per click. Learn more about Youtube advertising here: Youtube Advertising
How I Make Money Blogging
People are always asking “how do I make money blogging”, and my answer is always the same, I make money from a few different resources.
Let’s first talk about how I used to make money with my blog, or at least how I attempted to and failed miserably. So here we go…
I used to make money blogging about things I really had no clue about, under the gurus orders, I would go to Clickbank, find a product that’s selling the most – gravity at least above 20, I’d aim for a 50 Grav. or better, then get the link and banner ad, then place it on my blog that had little to no content, as it wasn’t about content, it was about me paying hundreds of dollars for Google Adwords campaigns for some bogus keyword.
I know, ridiculous right? Needless to say that I failed each time I tried things the gurus way, yeah I made a few cents from Google Adsense, I made a few dollars from Clickbank, but nothing to post on Youtube about, or the video would still be up. I didn’t even sell enough to get my money back. If you would like to learn more about my failures, you can always read the complete lesson here: an introduction to nextwave affiliate markeing.
Fortunately, I play to the beat of a different drum today, and I make money blogging about things I know about, things I’m passionate about, which are how to make money online, affiliate marketing, how to start a blog – pretty much all of the things that you see on this blog. I’m passionate about things outside of the affiliate world, I just haven’t had the time to get started in them… maybe I will soon.
Here are 3 ways I am currently making money from my blog:
#1: I sell Google ads (Google adsense) space.
#2: I sell private ads (direct ads) space.
#3: I sell affiliate products.
How I Plan To Make Money In The Future
In the near future I plan to start a monthly membership program for this blog: Nextwave Affiliate. There will be plenty of tools, tips, and more that will advance your online experience. I know you’re going to love it. I’ll keep you posted on all of the upcoming details. Just stay tuned…
This Was A Lot Of Fun
This was a fun topic to cover, I love doing my best to help people to make money from their blogs. I know that it’s never an easy thing to do, but it doesn’t have to be hard either, just believe in yourself, and follow those that you feel are steering you in the right direction.
As I bring this writing to a close – hoping that you’ve learned a lot from this lesson, I am curious as to what other bloggers have to add, so this last question is for you guys…
How Do You Make Money Blogging
That’s right, this question is for you guys. If you’re making money right now, describe how you’re doing it. If you’re thinking about making money in a certain field, you too can join in on the conversation. Just post your comments below in the ole comment section. Thanks.
How To Connect Twitter To Your Website Or Blog
If you are running a website or blog, you definitely have to be connected to one of the most popular social networks online today… and the name is Twitter.
What Is Twitter
Twitter is a social media network that can be used for both individuals and businesses. It has well over 300 million subscribers that logs in monthly.
Many people like to compare Twitter’s subscriber base to other social media sites, saying how Twitter is growing slower than that of its peers, but Twitter is rapidly growing everyday, so this social site is nothing to sneeze at.
How Does It Work
The idea behind the Twitter system on the subscriber’s end (your end), is to provide you with a large variety of features that will make things a bit more comforting and easy for you.
You can do things like:
Write & post tweets
Search for people, places & things
Meet & chat with new people
These things definitely aren’t the only things that Twitter offers its users, there are obviously tons more but to keep things short and simple I’ll end it here.
I can however go over each feature a little bit more in depth:
Write & post tweets. Twitter has a name for their blog posts, they like to call it Tweets. You can tweet (post or send) an unlimited amount of tweets (posts or text), for up to 140 characters.
Search for people, places & things. You can use the search box at the top of the page to search for literally anything you would like to see. You can find people that also has accounts on Twitter, you can search for places you’d maybe like to visit or perhaps restaurants you’d like to eat at, you can also search for things like auto body shops, or houses for sale, motor boats and much more.
Add images. Images can be added to your tweets if you’d prefer. Adding images can add character to your tweet. Some people like to post images of cats and other animals inside of their tweets. You can do so too if you feel that it’s necessary to do so.
Upload videos. Adding something like videos to a tweet is a very easy process, all that you need to do is click on the tweet icon as if you’re about to write a tweet, then click on the camera icon that will pop up the text that reads: Add photos or Video; locate your preferred video then click on the open button from your end, then you could either just upload the video or add some text with it and once you’re satisfied just hit the Tweet button and you are done.
Meet & chat with new people. Twitter’s main objective is to bring everyone together as an entire community, meaning that subscribers like yourself are suppose to meet and cooperate with other people that are subscribed. This is great news because this is exactly what you need, and by Twitter providing ways that make doing so even simpler and easier is nothing short of amazing – so thank you Twitter.
Signing up for Twitter
When you’re ready to sign up with Twitter, all you have to do is visit their homepage and click on the Sign up button, or you could just follow this link.
The only information that is needed from you is your name, your phone number or email address and a personal password.
Why You Need Twitter
If you are operating your very own business site, whether you’re involved in affiliate marketing or selling your own products and services, you are going to need customers in order to stay in business, that’s where Twitter can help. It can help you reach potential customers.
As I mentioned earlier, Twitter is one of the most popular social networks on the web today and its popularity and subscriber base continues to grow with each day that passes.
Twitter has now reached well over 300 million subscribers that are active on their site petty much everyday, and by having your site connected to it, will make you a part of it all, a good percentage of those 300 million+ plus subscribers could become visitors and even customers of yours. It will definitely take a little work before you can actually connect with enough people and convince them to become readers and fans of your work, but working for it is what you came here to do right?
So let’s get to work, but first connect your site by signing up.
What Is Affiliate Marketing – PRO
These days everyone wants to be involved with affiliate marketing in one way or another, but not everyone fully understands its concept. With this being a pro version of the lesson I will try to cover everything from A to Z.
What Is Affiliate Marketing
The biggest, and perhaps the most important question that most beginner affiliates ask is “what is affiliate marketing“, and that’s not a bad thing, it shows that the person is interested in actually learning the basics, while others may try to start from the top, pretending to understand it all, but soon failing at it because they did not take the time to get the full understanding of what it is, and how it all actually works.
Some people, often the wannabe pros, are always trying to tell mentors like myself, not to go over the basics, but I say to them: “step aside”.
I totally get why they may feel that it is bad practice to try to write another “what is make money blogging, or what is ___ fill in the blank”, I get it, it’s starting to look like the market is saturated, and everyone keeps saying the same old thing, over and over again, but what needs to be kept in mind here is that new aspiring affiliate marketers are arriving everyday, therefore the basics are needed, so that the newcomers can have somewhere to start from.
I am not suggesting that every new affiliate go out and write the very same post that he or she seen on someone else’s blog, as you should know by now that I am against the old tacky copy and paste guru 2-step. I do however feel that everything should be covered, no matter the category one is in, he or she just needs to come up with a way to separate themselves from everyone else, and stand out among the crowd.
Now that that’s out of the way, let me get back to explaining what affiliate marketing is all about…
In its simplest form, affiliate marketing happens when someone known as an affiliate marketer, or a middle-person acts on behalf of a company, an individual, or otherwise – in the form of promoting either goods or services to a client, for capital gain.
How Does Affiliate Marketing Work
Here is a quick scenario on how you as a middle-person would find a company, join their affiliate program, promote their products and get paid for it:
Let’s suppose that you know a few friends that are interested in buying a new iphone, but they want it at a reasonable price, and you happen to know just where they can get the iphone at a reasonable price, but you feel that you should be compensated for finding the phone at such a great deal, but yet, you do not want to charge your friends any money for your efforts, you would much rather charge the company a finders fee for bringing your friends over to buy their products.
Here are the steps to take for receiving your compensation:
1) Sign up for the company’s affiliate program. Visit the company’s website, look for a link that reads “affiliate program”, or just “affiliate” somewhere on the site (usually at the bottom of the page).
2) Fill out their form. Here you will have to answer questions like what market you’re in, how old are you, how much traffic does your website or blog get, what’s your social security number and so on.
3) Promote their products. Here is where you will choose which products to promote, in your case it’s an iphone, then you will use the company’s banners, text-links and other media to serve your clients. Products are usually promoted from your site and sold on the vendor’s site.
4) Get paid for it. Once you successfully make a sale, you will be paid by the company, via check, bank, or by other means. They will more than likely have a few payment options for you to choose from, just choose the one that’s right for you, and receive your money.
The History Of Affiliate Marketing
In order to understand the present, or perhaps the future of something, you have to first look into its past. When looking into the past of affiliate marketing, you have to pay close attention to specific elements that started it all.
Affiliate Marketing Offline
Affiliate marketing has obviously been around for quite some time, probably since the first days of humanity. This could possibly date back to as far as when the first 10 to 20 thousand people where around – possibly less than that. Because just as your favorite local stores of today, such as Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree, etc., sell products for other companies that may be thousands of miles away, for a sellers fee, which is an act of affiliate marketing; it is quite evident in theory that people in the early days grew and sold crops, some acted as vendors, and some acted as sellers.
Given what we’ve learned from the history books, growing crops was the biggest thing going on back then. Because not everyone was able to successfully grow crops, mainly due to soil shortage. Thus they had to purchase theirs from local sellers that carried crops for other vendors.
This tells us that people of today aren’t the first to pioneer the art of affiliate marketing, especially offline. This style of marketing obviously has been carried from decade to decade, from century to century and from millennium to millennium – all the way into the modern times that we now live in.
Affiliate Marketing Online
Unlike offline, online affiliate marketing would not come until some thousands of years later, after the internet was born of course.
The internet was a work in progress for decades and decades, its development comes from many different scientists, adding many different features that eventually all came together to launch the web as we know of it today.
The most common time-stamp for the creation of the internet would probably be set in the 1960’s, due to the creation of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), this technology used what is called packet switching, which was designed to allow multiple computers to communicate on one single network.
Thirty or so odd years later when the internet became extremely popular (around the 1990’s), the dot-com bubble had arrived, and business people started turning to the internet for business purposes, whether that was to advertise their business on the internet, or to start some sort of dotcom business for themselves.
Most of these dotcom businesses were based on digital marketing, which used digital technologies on the internet that involves search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), e-commerce marketing, etc.
Take for instance, one of the most known dotcom businesses from those times (the 90’s), is amazon.com, created by Jeff Benzos.
while Benzos wasn’t the first to pioneer an online business at the time, he was however one of the few people that survived after the big dot-com bubble burst, and he is held highly today as the king of affiliate marketing, just read anyone’s blog that’s in his same category, and you’ll see a mention of him somewhere on there.
Can Anyone Become An Affiliate
Yes, becoming an affiliate is really simple and easy to do. In fact, once you have completed the 4 steps we discussed earlier in the quick scenario, you are officially an affiliate marketer. Even if you don’t complete all 4 steps you can still proclaim yourself as an affiliate just by reaching step 3. While you haven’t technically sold anything, you still have a product to sell, therefore, you’re still considered as an affiliate.
It’s really just that simple, you don’t have to go through some $5000 course that a super guru is offering, you don’t have to complete any available college courses or anything, all you need to do is just take those 3 steps as mentioned above. After that, you can call up your family and friends, and wholeheartedly tell them that you are officially an affiliate marketer.
While that may be all there is to becoming an affiliate marketer, it gets a bit more complicating when you start to talk about making money online as an affiliate. This is where 100’s, 1000’s, and even millions of people have failed.
Your success will depend solely upon your patients, because no business, task or otherwise blossom’s without giving it at least a little time for growth.
Be careful with the type of affiliate you become. Just as there are different types of Bloggers, which you can learn more about here: how to start a blog, there are different types of affiliate marketers, let’s take a look at the many different types now…
There are different types of affiliate marketers that exist today, some are who they say they are, and some are simply out to trick you in some kind of way.
Different Types Of Affiliates
Lost Affiliate – this is a wannabe pro affiliate that’s really a beginner, they think they’re now pros because they took a few other lost affiliates courses, and don’t understand that they’re being lead by people that know absolutely nothing about how affiliate marketing works.
Dinosaur Affiliate – these are the groups from the late 90’s and early 2000’s, while some people have evolved and moved on, there are some that just can’t help but reminisce about the good ole days when it was not so much about being 100% accurate, and the money flowed like honey… I’m talking about millions – this is true.
Fraud Affiliate – everyone knows what these vampires are up to, if you haven’t read a good blog on how to spot these savages then you definitely should. I have a whole entire section dedicated to them and their schemes, we talk about how to spot them, how to avoid them and how to get rid of them all together. See: Scams & Reviews.
Starter Affiliate – these are the interns, they’re not out to cause anyone any harm, they are just in need of direction. This group has to be snatched up quickly by legitimate affiliates, and here’s why… being that they don’t know and fully understand affiliate marketing, gives way for the untrustworthy gurus to slide in and sell them some get rich quick idea, they’re likely to cross over to the other side and possibly be lost forever.
Nextwave Affiliate – and finally, you have the legendary nextwave affiliate, this group is out to do it all in a greener, more professional, more futuristic way – they are using accurate information that helps their visitors solve their problems, they are showing starter affiliates the way down the right path, they are giving lots of aspiring affiliates a reason to believe again. And much more.
Why Do So Many Affiliates Fail?
Most of the new affiliates fail because they’ve either heard or purchased one of those “get rich overnight” products from a so-called guru that happens to be stuck in the early 2000’s times of affiliate marketing, back when it was easy for them to trick the uninformed and desperate wannabes. I should know, I was one of the wannabes that got burned, not just once, but multiple times.
What most of these beginners don’t understand is that, these gurus are only showing them “tricks” that will get them by for like a month or two, but lately that hasn’t even been the case, due to large companies and search engines cracking down on that “get to the first page of Google, or the get a pagerank of (5) in 3 months epidemic”, and this is great news for people like you, because while the gurus are being rejected for their phony marketing tactics, you can be doing it all honestly, which will later pay off in ways you could have never imagined.
Reaasons For Affiliate Failure:
Overly spending money.
Trying to reach first page of Google too soon.
Trying to get a pagerank (PR) 5 in the first 3 months.
Spending way too much time on SEO.
Choosing the wrong affiliate marketing platforms.
Trying to sell products they know nothing about.
Trying to automate everything.
Let’s See Each Failure:
Overly spending money. The term “the more you pay, the better something is” is not always true, sometimes spending money isn’t even required. New affiliates are always over spending, buying this person’s product, that person’s product, buying upsells, etc., all recommended to them by the guru. This is not necessary at all.
Trying to reach first page of Google too soon. Every smart marketer knows that it takes time and calculated strategy to organically reach the first page of Google. Anything other than this is going to get a site either deindexed or banned. Always practice green affiliate marketing.
Trying to get a pagerank (PR) 5 in the first 3 months. Thinking a site is going to rank at a PR 5 or even a 3 for that matter, in the first three months is just improper thinking. No site that practices legitimate tactics is going to be ranked this highly, this quickly. And if I may add, Google is pulling the plug on page ranking (thanks to the gurus), so there is really no need to focus on being ranked anymore. And if someone is trying to charge you money for getting your site ranked high on Google, then they are simply running a scam on you. Avoid this kind of behavior at all costs.
Spending way too much time on SEO. Sure SEO is a great way to get a huge audience, but people seem to think that their site is all about SEO and nothing else, so they spend more time and even more money with professionals on the SEO of their site. Your site is made up of far more elements than just SEO. You still have to focus on creating quality content, keeping hackers away, stopping spam, increasing speed and so forth.
Choosing the wrong affiliate marketing platforms. A lot of people seem to think that choosing the wrong affiliate marketing platform has nothing to do with their success, but it actually does. If you sign up with an affiliate network that only contains weak or fraudulent products, then you may find yourself on the blacklist as a marketer. Be sure to check out any network before signing up and committing to anything.
Trying to sell products they know nothing about. Selling products that you nor any of your peers have no knowledge of is absolutely ridiculous. It’s sort of a nail in the coffin for any affiliate that’s just starting out. If you don’t know anything about a product you shouldn’t promote it. It’s really as simple as that.
Trying to automate everything. Affiliate marketing cannot be automated. Let me say that again to make sure you heard it, affiliate marketing, just like blogging, can not and should not be automated. Stop listening to these idiots out here that are telling you to automate everything, while some parts of it can and probably should be automated, however, the whole process of affiliate marketing cannot be. Stop looking for shortcuts, there aren’t really any, even by automating a few parts of the process will take some type of effort, so thinking that there’s an effortless approach is just thinking how everyone used to think in the early 2000’s: 2001 – 2007, it’s a new day, it’s time to think in a different way.
Dont’s In Affiliate Marketing
Here are some of the things you should never do:
Don’t promote any products without first having a website or blog up.
Don’t promote products you know nothing about.
Don’t use PLR (Private Label Rights) products.
Don’t sign up with networks until you research them first.
Don’t promote any products because of a quick buck.
Don’t promote products that’s unrelated to your niche.
Don’t rush your site being ranked by Google.
Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Keep things simple and honest.
If you want to avoid the dead end road that all of the other affiliates are running into, I have a few pointers for you, the list below will go over the things you should do.
Do’s In Affiliate Marketing
Here are some of the things you should do:
Do put up a blog or website that’s dedicated to your passion.
Do promote products that you’re familiar with.
Do keep your site active and updated.
Do thoroughly research a network before joining.
Do provide visitors with as much help as you possibly can.
Do give Google and your content time to happen.
Do stay away from spammy fraudulent products.
Do produce as much great content as possible.
Will It Work For You?
Affiliate marketing can be for everyone and anyone, but if you are someone that’s a bit naive and in it only for the sole purpose of making a quick buck, then it will not work for you.
It will work for you however if you practice green marketing techniques and not follow the crowd of fraud affiliates. Moreover, don’t even ask the question of will it work for you, instead think about how you’re going to make it work for you.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
It’s about the customer all of the time.
Always deliver and over deliver to your customers.
Only promote products you know a lot about.
Only work for vendors & companies you know and trust.
You have to be versatile.
As you advance in your career you will start to notice that you have to become involved more and more with everyday activities such as website security, data backup and the usage of different tools.
1). Website Security – you will have to secure your site weekly, daily, or maybe even hourly. This will of course depend on how active your site is.
2). Data Backup – backing up your website or blog’s data, which includes posts, pages, comments, etc., will become a huge part of your task.
3). Tools – you will be utilizing more tools than just the ones for SEO purposes. You will also have to start using tools for speed, maintenance, etc.
Let’s Get Started
You have now come to the point where you are ready to start a blog, or a website of your own, become an affiliate of a product, or many products, and make yourself some money.
Why do I feel like you’re ready for this step
Maybe it’s because you have now learned all that you needed to learn about the topic. And I think that you’re ready to start you journey.
Let’s look back at all of the knowledge you’ve now acquired:
What affiliate marketing is.
How it works.
The history of it all.
How to become an affiliate.
The Dont’s – things you should not do.
The Do’s – things you should do.
Why others fail.
If it’s right for you.
Alright, let’s now begin, as you will be building your very own affiliate marketing site from scratch, which is the best way to do anything – getting that hands on approach and building it from the ground up, so that it is something you can be proud of.
1. Running On Passion
Decide whatever it is that you are most passionate about, If say, dog walking was the first thing that popped into your head, then there’s no need for you to try and continue to figure out whatever it is you’re most passionate about, because dog walking is it. I’m sure that you’re passionate about more than just this one thing, but your first thought is almost always your best one.
I know that in the past you were told to research a product first, and then do some keyword research to try to find a keyword that is low in competition, and if not, keep searching… this of course is putting the carriage before the horse, thus the reason everyone continues to fail as affiliate marketers.
Never start a blog or website like this, let your passion drive you. It will be passion that will keep you excited about your new found career, without any passion you just become another cold heartless marketer that’s soon to be forced to shut down shop due to everyday people spotting your inconsiderateness and turning away from you.
2. Finding The Right Keywords
Keyword research is not always an easy task, sure it’s simple for the professional marketers to find a few great keywords for their site, but if you are new to the whole “find a keyword” thing, then this part can become a bit time consuming.
But don’t worry, I’m going to show you the fastest and free-est way to do this. Start by using the greatest keyword tool on the web… “keyword planner” brought to you by Google.
While you can get your domain name and web hosting from two different companies, it is best to get it from the same vendor, especially if you don’t completely understand how name servers work. It will probably be less of a hassle and much cheaper to get both from the same company.
What Is Domain Registration
When you have come up with the perfect name you’d like to call your website or blog, you would then visit a domain registrar and have the name registered to you, namecheap is a domain registrar.
Domain registration is not free, you will have to pay for this service but the average domain cost is usually around just $10.69, which is really cheap. Be sure to note that this is registration cost for just 1 year, you can decide to register it longer, but it will of course cost you more money.
Domain names can be registered anywhere from 1 to 9 years at a time. The longer you want the name registered to you, the more it’ll cost.
What Is Web Hosting
Once your domain name is registered with one of the many domain registrars out there, you can also go ahead and get your domain name hosted by the same company, as most domain registrars today also offer web hosting, acting as both a domain registrar and a web hosting service provider.
For instance, Hostgator acts as both a domain registrar and web hosting provider. You could first register your preferred domain name, then get a hosting plan for it.
Web hosting plans usually cost around $10 monthly or just under $100 annually if there’s a discount special running at the time of your registering.
4. Plug In WordPress
CMS platforms, better known as content management systems have become a huge part of the web, when it comes to things like creating websites and blogs, using a CMS is the best way to create it.
And the main CMS that is used today by more than 70 million people is no other than WordPress itself.
What Is WordPress
As I mentioned above, WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to create a blog or make a website on your own. You can then do whatever it is you’d like to do with the site, because it will be yours.
There are two versions of WordPress, both versions are free to use, the only difference is that one version is for people that use a free hosting plan (WordPress.com), and the other version is for those that have chosen to use a paid hosting plan (WordPress.org), which means that they’re paying to host their own site.
How To Plug In WordPress
The first thing you need to do is log in to your web hosting account, if you purchased your domain name and hosting from the same provider as I suggested, then you now have an email from your host of choice, that contains all of the login information that you need in order to sign into your account.
Follow theses steps:
Get your login information from your email.
Log into your cPanel account if you’re using this.
Find the WordPress icon and click it.
Enter your name, website address, etc.
Click the Install WordPress button and you’re done.
Login to WordPress and browse around a bit.
5. Affiliate Networks
This is the part where you make money with your blog or website. All you have to do is find the right product on an affiliate network and that’s it. You just promote said product and collect your funds.
What Is An Affiliate Network
An affiliate network is a platform that contains digital and tangible products within its system. Affiliates such as yourself can sign up to and promote almost any product that the network may have available. However, sometimes product owners (vendors) may require certain prerequisites before allowing you to promote any of their products.
It is always safer and better to join the free networks such as Clickbank, opposed to joining any of the “paid to join networks”, this way, if you don’t make any money by promoting anyone’s product, at least you don’t lose out on any of your own hard-earned money.
Choosing A Network
Not every network is created equal, some networks were created just to con people in some way.
Here is how to choose a good network:
Always research the network.
Ask friends and fellow nextwave affiliates about it.
Research their products.
Research their vendors.
Be sure the type of products you sell are available.
Find out if it’s a free or paid network.
Types Of Products
There are hundreds, if not thousands of different types of products available within each network.
Here are a few product categories:
Race Car Driving
Dating & Relationships
Suits & Ties
There will be 1 or more products per category, readily available to you for promoting, all you have to now do is choose the product that’s right for you.
Choosing A Product
What should you sell? When choosing a product to sell on your site, you have to make sure the product you will be selling is relative to the type of niche you are in.
So if your niche is about politics, then you would want to find a product that’s in the political category.
The old way of affiliate marketing, which is still practiced today, is to keep promoting the newer products, meaning every time a new product comes out you are to drop the previous product and start promoting the newer one.
This is not a very good idea, it’s actually ridiculous, because it means you have to switch products almost every month, and maybe even every two weeks. Not to mention that not all new products are green products (legitimate products), some are toxic – pure poisoness garbage.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with your product of choice, as this is to be looked at as a marriage, not a date. So if you are with the type of product that is here with you today, but gone tomorrow, then this is the wrong type of product to promote, you need a more stable, longer lasting type of product, one that can stand the test of time.
How to know if a product is long-lasting?
Try these methods:
– You have to first understand the product creator, is he/she on the list of scammers, is this their second product, is it their first, etc.
– Find out if the product is an ebook, or a training course, or a software, etc., and how in depth is the material – is the ebook only 29 pages, or is it 129 pages long, is the training course packed with 100’s of hours of training videos and text, etc.
– Try the product out for yourself, either buy it or see if the creator offers a sample of it. Many honest product creators, such as nextwave affiliates will offer a test drive.
Once your product is chosen and linked to your site you can start making money with it.
Things are changing in many ways, for instance, it used to be all about who had the flashiest banners on their sites, with all of these pictures of cash sparkling, this made customers quickly click on that banner, but not today… today customers are a whole lot smarter, so smart in fact, that if you show this sort of behavior they immediately leave your site.
Why? Because they’ve already been there and done that, and they’re not about to do it again. Can you blame them? Banners like that make customers not trust you, in their minds, everyone that represents those banners are cons.
The message of the customer is clear: It is becoming less and less of a fraud affiliates game.
Affiliates have to change with the times, as it becomes harder and harder for fraud affiliates to trick a customer, it will become easier and easier for them to scare that customer right over to you, because you will be practicing what I like to call “Green Affiliate Marketing”, which means you’re helping to get rid of the toxins (fraud affiliates and their marketing tactics) that poisons our world as affiliate marketers.
There once was a time when I personally thought affiliate marketing was going to become extinct, because everywhere you turned you heard nothing but bad things about it, so many people had been scammed out of there money by some con that was promising quick riches that he didn’t even have. It had gotten so bad that it was covered on the news. People were warned to just stay away.
But no more… while a few of the cons are still around today trying to slither their way back into the business, it is our jobs as the newer generation of affiliates to see to it that they stay in their holes, by continuing to dominate them any and every time they put out their toxic products.
Here is a glance at their ideas versus ours.
Recruiting more lost and fraudulent affiliates.
Selling products they know nothing about.
Start a blog or website, build it thin (Pages: About, Contact, Blog, Make Money Online) and focus on (1) long-tail keyword.
Live by the “set it & forget it” code.
Recruiting and educating starter affiliates.
Selling products we know and love.
Start a blog or website, build it thick (Pages: About, Contact, Blog, Make Money Online, Make Money Blogging, SEO, Affiliate Marketing, How To Start A Blog and be successful, etc.) and focus on more than (1) keyword.
Never set it & forget it, always nurture it & grow it.
As you can see, when it comes to their way versus our way of doing things, it’s really a no-brainer as to which way is the best way to go.
What Is The Future Of Affiliate Marketing?
The future holds great things for trustworthy affiliates that are practicing clean marketing techniques and satisfying their buyers.
However, the future doesn’t look too bright for all of the scam affiliates out there, as more and more buyers are catching on to their sleazy sales pitches, and awful products – bad future for them, promising future for the rest of us.
Other great things you’ll see are:
A bigger audience
Stronger Affiliate to Customer relationships
More Purchases via Mobile
Safer checkout gateways
Faster checkout gateways
Less Fraud Affiliates
More Nextwave Affiliates
These are only a few of the wonderful things to come, I predict there to be a whole lot more of great things happening as we all progress toward the future.
How To Get Started In SEO
Sometimes getting started with SEO is complicating, so today I will be going over some SEO tips that will help get your site on the right track.
We will start by submitting your site to the search engines, both major and minor, then we’ll move on to submitting your site to web and article directories. This helps start your site’s SEO, by giving it a presence.
In SEO it’s all about getting your site noticed by the search engines, in order to be noticed by search engines like Google, your site has to be present in places that the search engines look.
Places like article directories and web directories are places that search engines look for blogs and websites, so placing your site on these platforms will undoubtedly get you noticed.
It is also advisable to go as far as to place your site right in front of the search engines, by visiting the search engine’s site and submitting your blog to them manually.
Alright, so now you know that in order to have your site noticed, it has to be present in places the search engines will look in… so I’ll stop talking and we can get started.
Submit your website or blog to majorsearch engines. Signup with search engine sites like Google and Bing, then submit your site through their webmaster tools area.
That’s it for the major search engines. All the others are minor search engines that get their search results from either Google or Bing, and their results are limited. So if your site is in connection with the major search engines, there’s no need to use the minor ones, but I will list a few of the minors anyway.
Major search engines such as Google and Bing will find you on their own – their search engine bots crawl the web day-in and day-out, and will eventually come knocking at your door regardless, even if you don’t submit your blog to them. But it is still, in my opinion, best to go ahead and submit your site to them anyway, why wait around until they come around? Go ahead and do today what can be done tomorrow.
Yahoo is now in partnership with Bing, but it is still represented as its own independent major search engine – somehow. It still operates in the same way, and shows the same results, at least for now, Bing plans to use some of its results on Yahoo’s results pages in the near future, so we will see how that all works out, but Yahoo is still acting as a major search engine and that’s why it’s on the major search engine’s list and not the minor search engine’s list.
One thing you should know about the Baidu search engine is that it’s mainly for Chinese people, it’s written in Chinese and mainly markets in China. Americans make up only a small portion of Baidu’s market share, and other countries make up only small portions of its share as well, meanwhile China makes up about 90 something percent of it all, bringing Baidu about 700 million searches per month.
So if Baidu decides to index your site don’t argue with them about it. Besides, until there are more Americans in Baidu’s search results, just stick with the hundreds of millions of Chinese visitors from China to your site?
Just like Baidu, Yandex has a target audience that’s not located here in the states, Americans are its smallest amount of searchers, but its biggest share of searchers aren’t form China it’s in Russia. Yandex is a search engine for Russians, well at least it probably started out that way, but today Yandex is serving search results in more places than just Moscow Russia, they’re now in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Belarus.
One can’t help but think that Yandex too plan to expand in America more, unlike Baidu, Yandex search results are in American English. Also know that, Yandex indexes sites pretty fast, so you could be in their search results rather quickly.
Why submit your site to search engines
Well, because the search engines are going to index your site and add it to their databases, where they will then keep an eye on your site as it grows, and if it reaches a certain point – matches a certain set of algorithms that the search engines go by, then your site will be placed on the search engine’s results pages, meaning that they trust you enough to show your site’s content to their everyday searchers, and to the world.
Submit your site to web directories such as Dmoz and Somuch.
Article directories are used as a way to attract the search engines, while major search engines don’t favor article directories as much as they used to, it is still a good idea to submit some of your articles to them.
SEO Tips And Training
Today I’ll be going over some SEO tips and training techniques that will undoubtedly get your site noticed and ranked in the search engines.
If you’re new to the world of SEO, which is short for “Search Engine Optimization”, then hopefully getting to know and understand these SEO tips will help you out with your website or blog.
10 Great SEO Tips
Tip# 1: Always bring fresh content
Tip# 2: Use A CMS (Content Management System)
Tip# 3: Do on-page SEO
Tip# 4: Do off-page SEO
Tip# 5: Do Article Submissions
Tip# 6: Do Site Submissions
Tip# 7: Do Guest Blogging
Tip# 8: Use only relative keywords
Tip# 9: Keep keyword usage to a minimum
Tip# 10: Remove dead weight
Now that we have gone over all of these great tips, let’s now do some proper training to see how to use and incorporate each one into your site.
Tip#1 – The phrase that everyone is using “Content Is King” is 100% correct! Content literally speaks for itself, the more quality content you produce, the more acknowledged your site becomes in seo by both readers and search engines. So post great content often.
Tip#2 – Use a cms content management system such as wordpress (of course) for seo purposes. For the most part, wordpress comes seo ready, all you have to do is tweak a couple of things here and there, and that’s it. For instance, if you are just installing wordpress, you probably want to locate the Settings tab and go to Permalinks and change the “Common Settings” from Plain to Post name.
Tip#3 – On-page seo happens when you link to your own material within your blog. It’s sort of like giving yourself a backlink and recommending yourself, except it’s not as effective as a link from someone of higher status recommending you with their link, but it still works… just in a smaller way.
Tip#4 – Off-page seo consists of doing things that enhances your seo score while being off of your own web pages or site. Doing things like getting backlinks from other bloggers and entrepreneurs that are in your same category.
Tip#5 – Get back into the habit of submitting articles to article directories. Write an informative article and submit it to one or more of your favorite article directories.
Tip#6 – Something not a lot of people talk about anymore, is site submission. Submitting your site to search engines and web directories still happens to be both credible and efficient.
Tip#7 – Perhaps the most traditional and effective technique’s in seo, guest blogging will always play a major role in helping you to get your site noticed, indexed and ranked.
Tip#8 – Use only keywords that are relative to your site’s niche. For instance do not use any keywords from the health insurance niche, when your niche / topic is about polar bears.
Tip#9 – Don’t spam and overuse your keywords. Don’t add your keyword to a page over 20 times, especially if the page is only a few hundred lines of text. Keep keyword usage to a low percentage and keep the writing flowing.
Tip#10 – Delete and remove any bad links, any broken links, etc., these type of links need to be removed and replaced with actual working links. Bad links only slow down your page’s load time, which is a bad sign in seo. So get rid of any negative links, thus making your pages load faster and become more productive.
Take advantage of each one of these tips and use it within your own site. Good luck with your seo.
Before we get started today, I need you to understand that this is not your typical how to start a blog lesson, this is the pro version, which means that everything will be covered. So if you’re ready, let’s continue.
Knowing who, what, when, where and how to start a blog is essential to your entire career as a blogger, but understanding why you’re doing it (blogging) holds the key to your success.
1. The Who
The who is you. You are the (Blogger). As a blogger, you have to drive the train, so to speak. Everything begins and ends with you.
What Is A Blogger
A blogger is someone that writes content in the form of an online diary, an online diary is known as a blog (you’ll learn about a blog later), while the content is not always personal and private, some times people want their content to be shared – even with the world. That’s what most bloggers are out to do, to get their content shared with the world, they write so that everyone can see their masterpiece. And so should you.
Your Duties As A Blogger
Know Your Blogger Type
Know Your Role
Know Your Blogger Type
There are many different types of bloggers, know which one you are.
1) Hobby Blogger – the hobby blogger is a part-time blogger. He or she only blogs about a quarter of the time serious bloggers do. To the hobby blogger, blogging is not meant to be taken seriously, it’s just something to do every now and then when you’re bored. If you are a hobby blogger, I advise you to not spend any money blogging, such as paying a company for hosting your blog, instead use a free hosting platform like Blogger by Google.
2) On Again / Off Again Blogger – This blogger can’t seem to find a reason to hang in there, so they start blogging for a while, then stop for a while, and then do it all over again. Most of the time, this is due to the blogger not finding their way, and no mentor they’ve come across have explained exactly how they can do so.
3) For Profit Blogger – This is a cut-throat business blogger. This type of blogger cares about nothing or no one, it’s about money all of the time with this blogger. All you’ll see on his blog is the allegedly hot products he’s promoting for a commission. There’s nothing at all personal about his blog, you suddenly feel the urge to run as fast as you can, because all he seems to do is promote crappy products and produce spam. Here’s a tip: if your gut says run, then don’t second guess it… run.
4) Cliche Blogger – This blogger has no originality, it’s all about the hearsay, they just copy exactly what everyone else is saying and doing, and move right along. No research is performed to see if everyone is right about what they’re saying, no testing to see if it’s out of date by now, no looking into if the person that started the saying is creditable… just copy, print and go.
5) Professional Blogger – Perhaps quite the opposite of the For Profit Blogger, the professional blogger is someone that blogs for business purposes, but in a professional manner. This blogger has been blogging for quite a while now, and is looked upon as a professional in his or her league. They can sell any type of product, for almost any price – and they do, they also make hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars. A quick note: most people consider those with years of experience under their belt a professional, it’s the only way they will trust you. Most professional bloggers have been blogging for well over 7 years, so a lot of trust has been built here. And that’s why they make so much money.
6) Successful Blogger – A successful blogger shares some of the same qualities as a Professional Blogger, the only thing that separates the two, are the years of blogging experience. The successful blogger will probably be a new comer, blogging for only about 6 months, but is very good at it, and is now seeing some great things happen for themselves in their blogging career. A quick note: some bloggers may see a level of success at only 3 months, it really all depends on who’s behind the blog, what they deem as successful and what direction they’re taking their blog into.
Did one of the blogger types mentioned here suit you
Keep in mind that you can become a professional blogger in less than the years it normally takes everyone else, these are just standards.
Know Your Role
Let’s talk about your role as a blogger.
Your role as a blogger is to be the greatest mentor that any reader has ever come across, in the same category. You should have this list checked off:
Category Research – This is niche research, which means you have to thoroughly research whatever category you’re in, and know your topic well.
Creative Writing – You have to know how to be creative in your writing, no reader wants to, or will sit through a boring slow reading article, so be creative in your writing and let energy and passion flow through it.
Personality – You would think that this one comes as a no-brainer but it doesn’t, no one uses personality in their writing anymore, everyone has become robotic writers, but you don’t have to – add personality to your writing, be yourself throughout the writing, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Uniqueness – Dare to be different. Stand out among the crowd, think outside of the box. Don’t follow everyone else, be your own type of blogger.
2. The What
The what is the (Blog). The blog connects the blogger to the internet for the world to see what’s on his or her mind through text, video, et cetera.
What Is A Blog
A blog is an online journal in the form of an everyday website. If you pay close attention to all of the sites that you visit on the web, you will notice how these all look like blogs, but some people refer to them as websites – so what’s the difference?
Truthfully, there are no differences between a website and a blog. Most people are so used to the normal sayings: a blog is like a personal diary, a blog can show posts in chronological order, a website cannot do these things.
No one ever questions it, everyone just post the same sayings on their blogs. Remember the Cliche Blogger? But a website can do those things as well.
There once was a time when the two were different, but today each one does what the other one does, so in conclusion: they’re both the same, no matter how loud and hard someone screams that the two are different.
Who All Can Start A Blog
There is no certain type of person that can start a blog online, anyone can start their own blog, but not every blog is going to be successful.
Starting a blog and making it a successful one is something that takes time and patience.
And that really is all there is to it, you don’t need to be some sort of genius or anything, if that was the case, there would only be about 2 blogs running online today. So stop thinking that a blog is this scientific thing that only rocket scientists can create. You too can create one.
How Many Blogs Should I Create
While you can create as many blogs as you’d like to, I recommend only starting one blog, in one niche category, becoming extremely successful in that category, then, and only then, should you move on to a new one.
Juggling multiple blogs can be enormously challenging.
Challenges Of Running Multiple Blogs
requires more writing
requires more research
increases your stress level
Is Blogging Hard
Why Do People Think Blogging Is Hard? The reason so many people think that blogging is nearly impossible and hard for them to do is because so many bloggers before them scared them off with their very own failure stories. No one can blame those bloggers that failed at blogging, at least they’re being honest, unlike the for profit bloggers that lied to them, and sold them some get rich quick blogging dream.
As a blogger let me say this… blogging is not hard, not even a little bit, you just have to love what you’re blogging about. I know that before getting started, things can look a bit frightening, but if you just believe, then you’ll do fine.
Is Blogging Dead
Absolutely not. Blogging has become the number one way to gain organic traffic on the internet. If you do enough searches for big companies like Pizzahut, Wendy’s, H&R Block, etc., you will notice that all of these companies have their very own styled blog, that may be in the form of a business blog, which some may call a website.
I can assure you that blogging isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So there’s no need to worry about all of the pandemonium. Blogging is here to stay.
Know Your Direction
What new bloggers need to know and understand is that “direction” is so much more important than speed.
Knowing the right direction to take your blog in, is very important. Most new bloggers, probably somewhere around 90% percent of them, aren’t being told exactly which direction they need to go in. Anybody can tell you to just create a blog, but where do you start? What steps do you take after starting? What comes after that? And where do you end?
You have to have a reason behind every move you make as a blogger… if you make a blog about healthier types of spaghetti casseroles, then your reason behind starting it may be that you’re tired of the same old unhealthy spaghetti casseroles that everyone keeps making either on t.v. or online.
Maybe you have healthy spaghetti casserole recipes that was passed down to you from grandma ma, and you feel that the time is long over due for the world to see and have the pleasure of knowing what a healthier version of the spaghetti casserole tastes like.
If so then this is your reason to blog – this is your behind the story of starting a blog about healthier types of spaghetti casseroles.
It is the direction your blog needs to go in.
3. The When
The when is the (time). Finding a time and deciding when’s the best time for you to start a blogging career is very important.
When Is The Right Time
One thing you must understand about life in general, is that there is never going to be a perfect time to do anything!
So the right time to start blogging would be right now!
Far too many bloggers never even get to the starting stage due to the fact that they feel their timing is off, and “now” isn’t the right time for them to make a move and take that first step.
The Time Is Now
Failure Is Knocking
Challenges Of Blogging
You have to stop putting your start date off, as a blogger you have to get in there and get started.
How many times have you said these procrastinating words to yourself?
I can’t right now because I’m swamped with work.
I can’t right now because of the kids.
I’ll start next week.
I’ll start on it some-time next month.
I’ll just keep learning for now, but I’ll get to it eventually.
These are all procrastinating words. These words will only hold you back.
As a blogger you have to avoid certain words like “can’t”, or “not yet”, and so forth. You have to be a doer. You have to begin doing, the train is waiting on you to conduct it, so start up those engines.
You cannot ever begin your journey if you never even try. Yes, there are rumors out there that “blogging is a hard thing to do”, “blogging is frightening”, “blogging is a failure waiting to happen”, but you will not know if it’s hard or frightening to you, until you get out there and try.
Failure Is Knocking (Knock Knock)
Failure is the one thing you never want to see coming, but it often comes like a thief in the night – ready to burn down and destroy every dream, desire and creation you’ve had thus far.
So what do you do?
Well, while you’re thinking on it, I’ll present you with a couple of options for you to go over:
You could barricade the doors, shut the windows, roll down the blinds, close the curtains and pretend no ones home.
You could stand up, open the door, chest out, back straightened and say “oh, there you are, come on in”.
I am going to take a guess here and assume you chose option 2?
What makes option 2 the best choice in this case is that, believe it or not but failure is inevitable. No one can go their whole lives without bumping into failure, unless you’re Patrick Star from the SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon, live under a rock and do literally nothing all day.
How To Avoid Failure
Understand that no matter what you do, or who you are, failure will soon come knocking. And if you’re reading this post, then you’ve probably already ran into the gruesome creature, but yet, you haven’t given up the fight, and that’s what makes winners, right? Understanding that we can’t be perfect in everything, but having the will to fight, strive and perfect our flaws in the things we believe in, can open the path to a huge victory.
So, while there is no avoiding failure, there is a way for you to fight it and defeat it once it comes your way.
How To Overcome Failure
Overcoming failure doesn’t take much, just believe in yourself, believe that you can do, and you will do – amazing things. While failure may seem scary at first, it really isn’t, it’s just something you’ve maybe seen once or twice, heard a lot about, but it really isn’t this big bad wolf it makes itself out to be.
Never be afraid of failure, no matter how many times it knocks you down, it’s your duty to stand right back up and face it again, head on. Failure is nothing, but giving up is everything, and that’s a fight you do not want to lose.
So start focusing less on failing and begin admiring yourself more, for never giving up. If you’re continuing to hang in there no matter how hard the going gets tough, then you’re a champion and don’t even know it yet, because failing isn’t the worst thing that can happen in life, giving up on yourself is.
As your mentor, it is my duty to see to it that you never come face-to-face with the dark prince of Failure, but it’s also my duty to be realistic, right? So I had to speak about how failure does exist, and even I myself have felt its fury, multiple times, but I’m still standing, and I’m still here, it must be for a reason, maybe it’s to shield you from as many pitfalls as I can, and to also tell you to be proud of yourself, because you never gave up.
Challenges Of Blogging
Lots of people let the challenges of blogging keep them from getting started, but it’s always best to take on any challenge that comes your way.
Let’s face some of our challenges now, and take em’ down one by one…
Challenge – Staying committed to your blog, thus falling into the on again / off again category.
Strategy – Sticking in there, no matter how hard things get. Giving it at least 6 months straight this time.
Challenge – Fear of no one liking or caring about what you have to say as a blogger and writer.
Strategy – Continuing to create great content no matter what. Knowing that soon search engines like Google will eventually find and list your work.
Challenge – Finding an audience for your blog’s category.
Strategy – Start signing up and participating on forums that’s in your same blogging category.
Being able to manage your time wisely will play a major role when you start blogging. It’s understandable that not everyone has around 6 to 8 hours a day to put into their blog, so try to find some time, some how.
The best way to know when and how much time you can put into your blog, is to create your very own – what I like to call… Time Map for Bloggers.
On this map will be the areas you have to go to, like work, or take the kids to and from school, or to soccer practice, etc., each activity will contain a set amount of hours… ex. Soccer Practice = 3 hours.
Let’s create a time map now and test it.
Current Time – The time as of now.
Time Allowed – The amount of hours needed or it takes.
Job | Current Time: 7:00 am | Time Allowed: 8hours
Home | Current Time: 400: pm | Time Allowed: 15hours
It seems that after you get home, you’re left with 15hours of time, but all of this time isn’t going to go to your blog, only if it all could, but this time is going to be further broken into your daily activities…
If you’re wondering where that extra hour went, and why you have only 15hours left instead of 16hours, here’s the reason…
Well you have to commute from work, back to home, so due to traffic conditions, and depending on how far away you live from your job, I figured it would take about an hour away from the remaining 16 hours. And that’s how you ended up with only 15hours versus the 16hours.
The remaining 15hours is going to be broken down by – according to the things you have to do inside of your home…
Shower | 1hour
Cooking | 1 hour
Cleaning | 2 hours
Sleep | 8hours
Total hours = 12
It seems that you have 3 hours to spare. This could be 3 hours that goes into your blog. That’s great.
Now do 3 hours (x) times 5 days and you get 15 hours every weekday. That’s not too bad.
As always, this is just a standard calculation of time management, according to the map. Of course everyone’s situation and day to day activities will be different, some people will end up having more than 15 hours of blogging time every weekday, and some may end up with less.
For those that may end up with less time at the end of the weekday, it might be a good idea to try to see if you can pick up some time during the weekends.
4. The Where
The where is a (place). The place of where is actually based on two (2) different types of locations.
One place being your work space, finding an area to do work in, and the other place is your social space, this is where you would find people to mingle with.
Finding the perfect work space is very important. You need to have an area of study, where you can dive in for a couple or more hours a day.
Places To Work From
Home – working from home can be a great work space for you to blog in, it does have its share of advantages, but it also has its share of disadvantages and distractions. Let’s go over each one.
– You’re in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
– Easy setup, your work space can be as simple as a laptop and your bed.
– You’re saving time and money by not having to drive anywhere.
– Interruptions by your kids and or spouse.
– Being concerned about the kids (safety, whereabouts, eating, etc.).
– When you’re home you’re thinking about relaxing and maybe taking a nap.
– Easy access to the television.
– Clicking on news links or checking email while on the computer.
– Talking to friends on the phone when they call.
Library – working from the local library can be a great work space for you, but just like home, it has its share of advantages, disadvantages and of course, distractions.
– No one there knows you, so they will not bother you.
– There’s no laptop or bed, so you will not get sleepy.
– Help with technical issues in case of a computer crash.
– You have to drive to the location (costs you time and money).
– You have to find parking.
– You’re only allowed 2 hours of computer time.
– Despite it being a library, people still talk inside.
– The telephones are always ringing.
– People coming in, going out, walking by, etc.
Office Building – working from your own, or a friend’s office building can be a great work space for you, here is a bit of a twist though… I can’t think of any disadvantages or distractions.
– No limitations on the hours you can work.
– No interruptions by anyone of any kind.
– No distractions by telephone, television or otherwise.
Finding and connecting with other people that’s in your same category is very important. Social media has now made it really easy to find and connect with people from all over the world.
These are the social hot spots, or the places to hangout and connect with new people. This is part of the marketing process of blogging. This is how you’re going to get traffic to your blog.
Places To Be In
Facebook – This is undoubtedly the largest social media platform on the internet. Facebook has over 1Billion users. So you definitely want to have your blog in this space.
Twitter – This is another hot spot that you definitely need to be in. While this platform is not as large Facebook’s, it is steadily growing, and demands attention from bloggers like you.
Google+ – A bit of a late bloomer, it started after both Facebook and Twitter, but is still a force to be reckoned with, more and more people are joining, so it’s definitely a space to get in.
5. The How
Alright, I have talked about it long enough… this is where the how to start a blog juices really begin to flow, as this is the “How” part of the lesson. So let’s start putting it all together.
We’ll go over each part of the blogging process, step by step… which means you’re going to first build a blog, then you’re going to get traffic to the blog, and lastly, you’re going to learn how to make money blogging with your blog.
Step 1) Get A Domain Name
Start with a domain name for your blog, you can name it whatever you want.
A domain name is the home address of your blog, this is where it permanently lives. Just as you have an address to where you and your family reside, such as 192 Investigation Discovery rd., your blog has its own address.
So if a close friend wanted to stop by, he or she would not stop by in the traditional sense, e.g., drive up and come knock at your door, but more of in the virtual sense… they would type the name of your blog into their web browser…
…On the image above, did you notice the text that read: www.hostgator.com? This is the home of Hostgator’s blog or website address, yours will look similar to this one, it could be without the “www.” at the beginning, something like mysite.com, but it’s still the same home address for your blog. Which means rather your friend types www.yoursite.com, or yoursite.com, your friend will still be taken to your blog’s home address.
Before naming your blog, here are a few tips about domain names:
Try to keep the name short & sweet. (mysite.com)
Try not to have dashes in the name (my-web-name.com).
Try not to make the name too long (thishappentobemywebsite.com).
Try to make the name catchy & standout. (Amazon, Facebook, etc.).
Here are a few ways to come up with a name:
Use names that’s personal to you.
Use Google’s search engine.
Use a phone book – The Yellow Pages.
After you’ve decided on a great name for your blog, it needs to be registered…
Now that you have your domain name, it’s time to connect it to the web through web hosting.
Being that you’re already registering your domain name with Hostgator, it will be a good idea and an easy process to go ahead and get your hosting with them as well.
Hostgator is a web hosting service provider, what that means is that, a company such as Hostgator will allow you to connect your domain name, which is the home address of your blog, to the web / internet for the whole entire world to see it.
While there are many more web hosting companies out there, I haven’t used them all, and a couple of them I’ve had bad experiences with, so I recommend Hostgator, because I use it.
Let’s take a look at the hosting plan…
Product Type: Keep the Package Type as Baby.
Billing Cycle: By default this is 36 months, but you can change this.
Username: This can be whatever you want.
Security PIN: Make up a 4 or 8 digit “numbers only” PIN.
Next comes the Billing Info…
The Billing Info is self explanatory, just insert your name, email information, et cetera. After you’ve filled in all of your personal information, you then have to add your credit card information.
Next, you can add Additional Services…
None of these services are mandatory, but there are two that I would recommend. 1) Secure and Accelerate Your Site 2) Site Backup.
Secure and Accelerate Your Site: Make sure your blog is secured just in case someone tries to hack it.
Site Backup: Daily Website Backups to the Cloud. Just in case someone does hack your blog, and steal your content, and even delete it, you can easy restore it from the backups.
Next is the Coupon Code section…
Hostgator provides an annually 20% coupon code for their hosting services regardless if you have a coupon or not. But if you do have a coupn, then you would enter it here.
Finally, the Review Order Details section…
There’s just two (2) more things you have to do before completion…
The first thing that has to be done is for you to click on the I have read and agree to the Terms of Service checkbox.
Second, and last, you will see the Checkout Now button light up, you can then click it and be done.
Step 3) Add WordPress
WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System), this type of system allows bloggers to easily create and manipulate their own blogs, and posts, among lots of other things.
Today you will be using it to make a blog for yourself. But before you can start up WordPress, you have to have it installed on your account.
Let’s do that now…
You should have now received an email from Hostgator with all of your necessary login credentials.So check your email account.
Once you open the email, there will be a link in their that you can click on to get to your “Cpanel”, or you can simply type in the name of your blog and add cpanel at the end of the URL (Uniform Resource Locator).
You should now see a Cpanel login box on the page.
Use your login information Hostgator sent to you via email to log yourself in.
Once you’re logged in, click on the WordPress icon.
You should now be able to see the Free Option for installing WordPress. From here just click Install WordPress.
After hitting the Install WordPress button you should now see a form.
This is where you choose a path for where you’d like to install WordPress. I usually leave it as default, this way WordPress is stored in your main directory.
Then just fill in the remaining boxes. I’ll go over each one.
1. Admin Email: This is for contacting the Admin via email, which is you.
2. Blog Title: This is for the Title of your blog e.g. My Blog Rocks.
3. Admin User: This is for the Admin username. You’ll log in with this.
4. First Name: Self explanatory… just enter your first name.
5. Last Name: Just enter your last name.
Once you have everything filled in just click the Install WordPress button.
You will now see the Installation Complete page, along with your login credentials.
Admin Area: This is the link URL to Admin login page of your blog. The link looks like this: http://yoursitehere.com/wp-admin.
Username: This is the username you gave during signup.
Password: This is a computer generated password.
Now that you have all of your admin login information, it’s time to pay your new blog a visit. You can do this by either clicking on the link in the Admin Area, or type the name of your blog into your web browser and add “/wp-admin” to the end of it. Ex. http://mysitehere.com/wp-admin.
Once you’re on your Admin login page, just enter your login information.
Step 4) Choose A Theme
Once you are logged in, you will be taken to your Dashboard area, from there hover over the “Appearance” tab, which will then bring up an array of links, click on the first link, that reads: Themes.
By default WordPress will already have you a Theme selected as your Active Theme, most likely their latest version, which will probably be according to the current year… e.g. 2016, 2017, 2018, etc.
Step 5) Create A Blog Post
This is what you will be doing the most as a blogger… you will be writing blog posts, or as some call it, creating quality content.
Luckily for all of us in the blogging world, WordPress makes it incredibly easy to create blog posts. It’s as simple as locating the “Posts” tab, then clicking on the “Add New” tab.
Next, you will be referred to the Add New Post page.
Let’s go over each element.
Ttile: This is where you enter the title of your blog post.
URL: This is the Uniform Resource Locator, or in other words… the link to the blog post.
Post Body: This is the body of your post. This is the area that all of that quality content goes in.
Add A Category: This is where you can add your very own category. It can be anything, E.g. “Frisbee Thrower”.
Publish Post: This is where all of the magic happens, just press this button and your blog post goes live on the internet for the world to see.
Step 6) Insert Plugins
After successfully submitting your first post, you should maybe take a look at some of the free enhancement tools that are provided within WordPress’s system – called Plugins.
What plugins do is allow you to further enhance your WordPress experience, by doing these things:
Secure your blog from hackers.
Prevent spammers from leaving phony comments.
Boost your SEO for every post, even your whole blog itself.
Speed up your blog’s load time, making it faster.
These are some of the Free Plugins that you can use to further enhance your blog, here’s how to get them…
Simply locate the “Plugins” tab in the left sidebar, hover over it, you will see a link that reads: Add New, click on that link, after that you will then be taken to the Add Plugins section.
Let’s quickly go over the 2 elements, one is targeted by an arrow, and the other is circled.
Search Plugins: This section allows you to type in the name of a plugin, or category that the plugin may be in, and it will present you with tons of results.
Upload Plugin: Clicking on this tab allows you to browse, find and install a plugin from your own computer, that you maybe couldn’t find in WordPress’s directory.
Referring back to the list of plugins that we discussed earlier… This list:
Secure your blog from hackers.
Prevent spammers from leaving phony comments.
Boost your SEO for every post, even your whole blog itself.
Speed up your blog’s load time, making it faster.
If you didn’t find any desirable free plugins that will do these things, here are some you can try.
Twitter is another spot to find great friends and blog readers as well. Just start a Twitter account and begin interacting with other bloggers like yourself. Twitter, just as Facebook allows you to post images, text, even video. So don’t wait, sign up with Twitter now, and share your blog.
Google+ plus offers you many great opportunities at sparking new relationships with readers. Many people are on everyday looking to connect with bloggers such as yourself, all you have to do is apply yourself. And the best way to start applying yourself is to signup.
While there are many more social networks available online, for now we’re only focusing on the easier ones to use, and the most popular ones. If you’d like to dive further into the social media lifestyle, you can follow this link.
Step 8) Make Money
Of course you want to earn yourself an income with your blog, right? Alright, here are a few ways that you can make money with your newly created blog.
I hope these 3 ways to earn an income for yourself really helped you, and if you’d like to learn even more ways that you can start making money blogging, then check out my post titled: how to make money blogging.
6. The Why
You’ve probably noticed that I have mixed up the 5w’s and the H, this was done purposely to make a very important point, a point that answers this question:
Why do we blog?
There are many reasons why one would blog. Some people blog to be a star, some people blog for a living, some people blog as a way of sharing their most inner thoughts, and the list just goes on and on.
Blogging to some people may be just a hobby, just something to do to kill a little time every once in a while, but to others, blogging is a way of life.
And it shouldn’t be taken for a joke. If you are going to make a blog at some point in your life, you need to know as to why you made that blog. You have to ask yourself critical questions like:
Why do I need a blog?
Why do I want to be a blogger?
Do I just want money out of it all?
Do I really want to help other people?
Will I go the distance when the going gets tough?
All of these questions and more should be asked by, not a family member or a friend… but you.
Why Do I Blog
The reason I blog is so that every aspiring blogger on the internet can have a voice, and a chance to tell their story.
There was once a time when my voice was silenced, I had began to lose all hope in blogging and affiliate marketing. Giving up was so easy to do, after all, everyone else was doing it. As time went on, and all of the hopefuls were falling down, one by one, time after time, scammed by another guru… it was beginning to come clear… blogging wasn’t for me.
So now you know my story, you know why I blog, but what I myself, and I’m sure, the rest of the nextwave affiliate family would like to know is… why do you blog?
An Introduction To Nextwave Affiliate Marketing
It’s no secret that affiliate marketing is changing, so much so, that the old so-called gurus are struggling each and everyday to keep up with the times. Their ways of manipulating Google and whatnot no longer works.
For so long people have been talking about how wrong these so-called gurus have done things, and how their needed to be some sort of evolution brought forth, to end the continuing damage to the affiliate marketer’s name. Honest marketer’s want people to know that not everyone practice scam tactics when it comes to affiliate marketing, and that there can still be trust and friendship among customers and sellers. With that said, today lives a new breed of affiliate marketers – and the name is: Nextwave Affiliate.
The message is clear, the nextwave affiliate is the next generation of affiliates in the affiliate marketing and blogging world. Long gone are the days of the spammy con affiliate’s failed marketing tactics, and pointless spending habits.
Things like, get traffic in thirty minutes, or make money online as quick as today – these are all the false affiliates ways of doing things, which rarely ever happens (the part about making money, that is), and if it does happen to occur somehow, it’s in the form of spam, and that’s never a good idea.
Nextwave Affiliate To The Rescue
The nextwave affiliate is here to restore all that was lost, due to the con affiliate gurus mistakes and broken trust with customers.
The Definition Of A Nextwave Affiliate
What Is A Nextwave Affiliate?
A nextwave affiliate is an internet and affiliate marketer that produces rich content, promotes product awareness, and provides help to readers that’s seeking some answers to their many questions about how to make money blogging, or affiliate marketing or how to start a blog and so forth.
To help further define what a nextwave affiliate is and does, here is a quick but very informative list:
A Nextwave Affiliate Actions:
Focusing on the person not the product.
Referring products you’ve used yourself.
Producing rich content for readers.
Working smarter not harder.
Focusing on the person not the product. In the past everyone kept their eyes on the prize, and at that point in time, that prize was the “product”. Marketers only worried about how new the products were, how much it cost the buyer, and most importantly, how much he or she would make from the sale.
Today (thanks to the nextwave affiliate), things are different, it’s not so much about how much money a product can make you, but more about the type of product the person needs.
If the buyer wants a product that boosts their Alexa rankings, but needs a product that helps their SEO (Search Engine Optimization), then the SEO product is what the nextwave affiliate will sell to them, but not without first explaining that boosting Alexa rankings is a fraudulent act, and they could have their website or blog banned or blacklisted by the new generation of affiliates and bloggers that are out to do the right thing, so committing such an act is pointless.
During all of this, the nextwave affiliate keeps an open mind when explaining how boosting is fraudulent, because the buyer is not the guilty party here, he or she has probably heard somewhere online that boosting things like Facebook likes and Alexa rankings are the way to go, as this has been the norm for quite sometime now.
Referring products you’ve used yourself. In most cases it’s probably not a good idea to refer something to someone that you know absolutely nothing about yourself, customers tend to follow solid information, and if you don’t have any solid details about an item, then chances are you will lose those customers.
The best route to take would perhaps be the “I tried it and liked it route”, this is when you’ve personally tried the product before and liked it. You can then provide a great deed of information about it, you could mention things like: how it works, faster ways to do certain things, how to incorporate it into your everyday life, et cetera.
Producing rich content for readers. Readers are always looking for the best answers to their questions, and for the people they feel are the most trustworthy. If an author continues to put out reliable content, then readers begin to depend on that author more and more for the great content he or she is constantly putting out.
Producing rich content comes easy when you’re only interested in making your readers happy, versus being only interested in quickly throwing words together and hoping to make a speedily product sale.
Working smarter not harder. In recent years, things were all about working harder, making money faster, and selling to as many customers as you possibly could.
But today brings forth a new kind of working style, and that happens to be the style of working smarter. Now, when doing things smarter, you have to take your mind off of making a fast buck, and begin to focus on building a nest egg.
This nest-egg will grow over time, you may not make $1000 today, but why would you want to, because this will more than likely be your last $1000 made, due to the way you’ve earned it.
In the past if a newbie quickly made $1000 or maybe even $2000, he or she undoubtedly scammed their customers, and would lose those customers for life, and also if the product they were scamming with was sold through trusted networks such as Clickbank, then that quick $1000 or $2000 went right back to the customers, and thus becoming a quick $0 for the scammer, given that Clickbank offers a 60day money back guarantee to customers.
Scam marketing and working harder are not the type of things you will be doing as a nextwave affiliate, you will instead perform creative marketing and work smarter. You will get to know your customers, opposed to never even asking someone their first name, you will pre-sell the customer products you have used and trust, opposed to simply trying to do a quick sale with a product no one knows anything about, and you will stay in contact with your customers even after the sale is done, opposed to disappearing from the face of the earth, and never speaking with them again.
How Nextwave Affiliate Began
Probably just like you, I have tried to make money online for many, many years, but I was burnt time after time by the people that claim to be experts in the business.
The so-called experts are all the same, they’re all in the same boat, for the same reason, and that’s to convince you that the only way to make money online is through them, and just like myself at the time, new comers are going to believe them and spend out way too much money, just to fail.
I’ve been burnt by these type of con artists probably 9 times, which seemed like a thousand times, and probably would have been had I not just completely stopped buying their garbage products. I must admit that at the time I was completely desperate and I had hope, and that’s the type of person that they prey on.
Before I knew it, I had tried guru after guru after guru, and I continued to get the same kind or results. So I simply decided to give up.
I was completely ready to throw in the towel, but something happened to me, it was like there was a voice inside of my head that kept telling me to go on, this voice kept me wanting to fight for what I believed in. It was as if quitting was not an option for me anymore – I had to go on.
And that’s exactly what I did
Instead of completely giving up, which I almost did again, after starting and stopping so many times, because of the failed products and promises in the past, I decided to rebuild myself, and I also decided to rebuild the way in which affiliate marketing was being performed.
I just couldn’t see myself continuing to go that same old tired and inaccurate route, following that same 3 step plan that everyone you buy from sells to you. This plan hasn’t changed since over two decades ago. And the saddest part of it all, is that some people are still doing this 3 step process and waiting for results to kick in – any day now.
Here is that same old 3-step plan:
1: Create a website / Start a blog.
2: Find a hot Clickbank product.
3: Find a hot keyword… and that’s it.
Sometimes a step 4 is added, depending on the guru, and the 4th step is to pay for Google adsense, using the hot keyword that you found.
Did this work in the past? Sure it did. Will it work now? Of course not. You will need to do way more than just those few things in order to actually reach an audience or make any money.
I stopped following this process almost as soon as I started following it. I began searching for what worked in the field of affiliate marketing, and I came across some pretty interesting and solid techniques, I then planned to start using them as soon as I was in a good spot, but I didn’t realize how quickly time comes and goes, so a few years ended up passing by and when I did decide to move things along and dive into it head-first, I found out that those once interesting and solid techniques no longer worked.
This was definitely a shock and a setback as well, but I wasn’t about to give up this time. So I had to get creative…
It was clear that I had to figure out how to take the old information from traditional affiliate marketing and breath life back into it, while only focusing on the parts that work, and getting rid of what didn’t work, but then I thought back to what I had recently experienced, and realized that affiliate marketing contains a lot of outdated information, so simply bringing the outdated information back to the surface wouldn’t be enough, I mean old information is not all that reliable, given how quickly technology is always changing, so what works today, may no longer work the following year, that’s just how quickly some technology changes in this field.
I decided that I would only use the information that’s traditional and timeless in the field, subjects such as guest blogging, forum marketing, creating websites and blogs, etc., seems to fit that description, so I figured out a way to add depth and connect my personal experiences with it all.
This is exactly what nextwave affiliate does, it makes each subject of the traditional affiliate marketing methods more effective and a little bit more easier to follow, and also makes it more precise.
That is it, that’s my story, that is how nextwave affiliate was born. It all started out by me being deceived over and over again by the gurus.
What’s a little ironic here is that, if it wasn’t for me being scammed by these cold hearted people, I probably would have never tried so hard to prove to myself that there is still hope in the affiliate marketing, blogging, and making money online categories.
I guess you could say that I took the negative that they placed upon me, and turned it into a positive.
So I say, thank you, to all the no good gurus out there, thank you for helping me to create nextwave affiliate, because not only was I able to help myself, but I am now helping others.
Why Become A Nextwave Affiliate
Independence – Becoming a nextwave affiliate means to break free from the limited teachings provided by the other guys, here, there are no limitations. You can grow your website or blog as big as you wish to, opposed to being limited and placed inside of a box that doesn’t allow you much room to grow, due to lack of information upon how to grow in knowledge, and move your site forward.
Easier learning – Learn how to make money blogging as a blogger, in little to no time at all. You will also learn how to start a blog of your own, that you can grow from scratch to a professional one. But why would it stop there? You’ll be taught how to monetize your site through affiliate marketing, digital marketing, advertising and more. You will learn to easily boost your site traffic with great SEO techniques. And that’s not even a tip of the iceberg, there is a whole lot more that you will learn.
Timely Success – In all cases, it’s always about success – being successful. This is the main goal to anything that you do in life, but there are some cases where success can take quite a while. Now I’m not saying that success is something that can or should be rushed, but I am saying that if you can legitimately and honestly get there faster, why not do it? Affiliate marketing happens to be one of the working fields that you can become successful in, in little to no time at all.
How To Become A Nextwave Affiliate
You can become a nextwave affiliate by simply registering here: Registration, for the cost of absolutely free.
Things you will learn inside:
– practicing legitimate and green affiliate marketing methods, such as always being honest with your clients, providing only accurate and thoroughly researched information before presenting it to anyone.
– analyzing your marketing methods, being sure that each one works as well as you say it does.
– creating likable topics, no matter what field you’re in right now, whether it be growing plants, raising cattle, fly fishing, etc., you have to provide great topics that people will want more of.
– using tools, fun facts and great tips provided by your peers that will help you to further your career as a nextwave affiliate, as a blogger and as an entrepreneur in general.
How Much Will It Cost Me?
To become a nextwave affiliate is absolutely free of charge, you pay nothing to us in cash, but what you could do is pay it forward – spread forth the things you learn about during your nextwave experience.
How Much Money Will I Make?
There is no absolute number that I can place on the amount of money you may earn, but neither is there a cap that comes with it. You could earn as little, or as much as you would want. I do know that if you apply yourself just a little, you could see some pretty good results, and if you apply yourself a lot, then you will of course see even greater results. In other words, the more you put into it, the more you’re going to get out of it.
Remember as a nextwave affiliate, it’s all about working smarter and not working yourself too hard, but if you have a little extra time to put into your project without stress, then by all means, do a little more work and get more results, but if you only have an hour or two to put in per day, then that’s fine as well, you’ll still be years ahead of the scammer affiliates.
What you have learned here today is that, you do not have to be a victim, you don’t have to live inside of any box – you have choices. There is a such thing as control, and you, whether you’re a complete beginner, or been on the inside for a while, are in total control of your destiny.
There may not have been any real sources in the past, that you’ve come across, or know of, but today brings forth the light that you have awaited to shine for so long… wait no more… become a nextwave affiliate today.