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When it comes to making money online, you have a lot of choices. No matter if you are focused on affiliate marketing, filling out surveys, doing freelance writing on the side or even starting a blog — there is a whole world of opportunity out there just waiting for you. If you don’t find immediate success with one option, there is always another right around the corner. The biggest difference between those who find success and those who give up and fail is the willingness to keep trying and putting the world in until they find their eventual success.

Even with affiliate marketing still being one of the most successful and effective ways to make money with a website, blog or ad campaign, it isn’t the only game in town. I thought it would be a great idea to ask some of the top entrepreneurs, bloggers, and online marketers about how they are making money with their own websites and business — outside of affiliate marketing.

Here’s what more than 70 entrepreneurs had to say…

Ways to Make Money Online

76 Entrepreneurs Discuss How to Make Money Online without Affiliate Marketing

Sujan Patel

Hands down, the best way to make money online is by mastering SEO. If you can rank on the first page for a few high-value/high-traffic search terms, or a ton of lower traffic keywords, you’ll have a constant stream of traffic and leads to your site. Organic traffic also tends to be the source that drives the highest quality leads as well.

Sujan Patel – Sujanpatel.com

Brenda Stoltz

Assuming you have a high-quality product or service, I would advise you to set up email marketing campaigns. Grow your list and market to both prospects and clients.

Most people who visit your site aren’t ready to buy yet. If you offer them something of value in exchange for their email, you can then nurture them to on “top of their mind” and help them through their buying process. This will greatly increase how much money you make online if you add email nurturing campaigns to your strategy.

As for clients, you will make more money by up selling and cross selling to your current customers (who already know you and trust you). This is called increasing SOW (share of wallet). It costs less to sell more to existing customers then to market to new ones.

….and don’t forget to automate these processes and campaigns to make it easier so you stay focused on building your business!

Brenda Stoltz – Ariadpartners.com

Srish Agrawal

When it comes to making money online with any type of business, it’s all about building a respectable brand for yourself. This is easier said than done, but it’s also extremely important for the longterm. The best way to explain this, would be to treat your customers like actual people that you appreciate and not just a number. Customer appreciation goes a long way, and this why brands like Starbucks, Zappos, Nike and Amazon do so well — people love their brands, they way they feel when they use them, and how they are treated as a customer. Best of all, this advice can be applied to nearly any business or service out there.

Srish Agrawal – Logodesignteam.com

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Currently, there is a MASSIVE demand for creating online content. Whether it’s written copy for blogs or websites, visuals for social media, or video editing, there’s a big need right now. If you have skills that you can tailor to provide any of these services, you will be able to make money. When you’re just getting started and have no clients, I highly recommend getting on the freelance sites like Upwork and Freelancer to build a portfolio. You may have to take jobs that don’t pay what you’d like, but once you get a few under your belt, you’ll be able to land higher paying gigs.

Other big things right now are eCourses and eBooks. There are so many people looking online for educational material — if you have a skill to teach, put it together and sell it!

Alex Morrison – Malamax.com

Andrew James

Information Product Creation

One of the easiest businesses to start for digital nomads is an information product business. If you have expertise and can share that information with other people, many of those people are likely to be willing to pay you for your expertise.

The two most common types of information product businesses revolve around creating an eBook that people can buy and download, or creating a series of training videos that people can purchase, log in, and then view them at their own leisure.

For the most part, this is one of the easiest businesses to start up because there are relatively minimal costs, compared to some other business models on this list.

The only costs involved are the time you’ll spend researching problems that your prospective customers are having, and then creating the eBook or video series that solves those problems.

That means it’s easy to test different markets to determine which problems you can solve, and which problems people are willing to pay for a solution to.

Creating your own products is fairly straightforward and you don’t even have to have your own website to get started.

You can host the eBook on a platform like JVZoo or ClickBank, and start driving traffic to it. Then, when you hit a winner, you can recruit affiliates to continue promoting the products for you.

Many millionaires have been made through creating information products, and many more are going to be made using this business model in the years to come.

Andrew James – BrandBuilders.io

Selling digital products. I used to create content and insert Google AdSense units but found affiliate marketing to be more profitable for the amount of traffic I could generate. What’s even more profitable is selling your own products directly. Then you’re not taking in just 30% of each sale, you’re taking in 70% or more depending on expenses. The burdens of development and support (especially support) are greater but so are the rewards. Choose a product that you can sell on a subscription basis, such as WordPress themes or plugins with automatically renewing support and updates via Easy Digital Downloads.

Steven Gliebe – Stevengliebe.com

Create online courses.

Start by figuring out what you’re passionate about or what you’re an expert in.

Develop a following through content marketing. YouTube or Blogging are great channels.

Once you build a raving fanbase you can monetize them by creating your own online course. Ask your audience what their biggest challenges are, and create a course that helps them.

The best part about online courses is you can make money 24 / 7 through automated webinars.

This isn’t an easy path, but it’s one that’s been proven to work over and over again.

Charles Ngo – CharlesNgo.com

Daniel Scocco

Selling your own products or services. This is by far the most profitable monetization strategy you can use, because your profit margins are huge. What you will sell is very flexible. It can eBooks, online courses, subscriptions to premium services and so on. The only caveat is that you need to have a decent audience (monthly visitors + email list) to make this work, so make sure you time the launch of your own products carefully.

Daniel Scocco – Dailyblogtips.com

A good tip is always to look at new advertising platforms. The tactical landscape is always shifting and new advertising platforms or ad formats within existing formats often have a far better ROI than well established platforms where competition can be fierce. When Facebook launched ads we got great results compared to AdWords for clients where there was a good fit. Be brave and experiment with new platforms and you can get a far better return for your marketing budget.

Marcus Miller – Bowlerhat.co.uk

Felix Tarcomnicu

There are many options to make money online, and that’s great because if affiliates doesn’t work well for your niche, it’s not the end of the world. Ads are a good source of revenue for content websites, even though they often make less money. Google Adsense is still the best way to go if you want to monetize a website, but there are some other alternatives such as Media.net, InfoLinks and Chitika.

Besides affiliates and ads, I also recommend people to start selling online services. There’s a high demand for outsourcing all sorts of tasks in almost any industry.

Felix Tarcomnicu – Cross.Promo

John RamptonThere are plenty of ways to make money online, but one of my favorite has to be through the use of content writing and actually bringing valuable leads back to our main business. Having written for some of the largest brands and publications in the world today, our content is read by thousands of people daily. Not only is this providing value to a mass audience, it’s also getting our name and brand in front of a lot of people at the same time. While the monetization here is a longterm plan, it’s definitely one that has worked well for us over the years.

John Rampton – Due.com

David Leonhardt

I have always believed that “online” is just an extension of the real world. We interact with real people with real emotions on Twitter, not just avatars. Our website visitors are real people with real needs, not bots (hopefully).

A website is a great way to present what we do in the real world, whether that is graphic design or dog grooming or woodworking. The top way to make money from a website is to offer real-world services through it.

Find out what you are good at. Find out what you enjoy doing. Make that the focus of your website. And if you really want to make money, get a team together and offer their services, not just your own. Your time is limited, but if you have enough customers, the time of six or seven people is much greater.

David Leonhardt – THGMwriters.com

Janice Wald

I believe very strongly content marketing is the way to making money online.

A blogger becomes a content marketer when they follow just one additional step:

Bloggers are already crafting quality content, promoting quality content, and trying to capture emails with an incentive or opt-in.

One more step, and they become a content marketer. Market a product to the people on their list.

They should have a low-end product as well, so if people can’t afford their high end product, they have a low-end product to offer them.

For example, I have a blog coaching service. If they say they can’t afford it, I tell them about my ebook which is my low end product.

Janice Wald – Mostlyblogging.com

Arman Assadi

Information and Software are my two favorite online businesses. I break down the 15 most popular online businesses here. With information products you can teach any topic around an expertise and directly help people. With software you can build passive income and a core group of raving fans. With both models you can implement minimum viable product methodology to practically eliminate risk.

Arman Assadi – ArmanAssadi.com

John Sonmez

Creating a simple downloadable eBook or video course.

If your audience is niche enough that you can make money from affiliate advertising, you can probably make more money by creating your own product and selling it to them.

I’ve found this works best through email marketing.

Give away a free email course to get your audience to send you their email address, deliver the free email course to them and at the end, include a sale for your product.

John Sonmez – Simpleprogrammer.com

Harris Schachter

Another option for making money online, which requires more effort but also has more reward, is actually selling products. For example a drop-ship setup can be extremely lucrative if you can work out a good deal with the manufacturers and shippers. Similar to affiliate marketing, it always works best if you are genuinely passionate about what it is you’re doing. This always makes it more fun an interesting, especially when it comes to creating content. Because you’re the one selling the products, you have a higher profit per sale than affiliate marketing. Most of the time you’ll have to hold inventory in the beginning, but as you become more profitable and turn product over faster you can use Amazon warehouse services to do everything. (Just know that these have a fee). I started a business like this 2 years ago, which required me to hold product and ship them out myself. It ended up to be profitable but because it was just an experiment on the side, I couldn’t scale it up myself and ended up selling the business to someone who could. She still runs the business today and it has worked out well.

Harris Schachter – OptimizePri.me

Montgomery PetersonYou simply can’t go wrong with creating a product of your own. The margins are much higher than affiliate marketing, and if you create something that can be sold on Amazon, you are golden! If you are smart enough to create a website, be able to rank content and know the basics of affiliate marketing and site monetization, there is simply no reason why you couldn’t grow and scale your business to higher levels by releasing a product or service of your own. Yes, it will take a lot of work and it won’t be as easy as just referring leads to a site and collecting an affiliate check, but it is one of the best things you can do to actually grow your brand and business with a real product.

Montgomery Peterson – OriginalColoringPages.com

Michael Alexis

For most folks, I recommend getting started with freelancing. You can do design work, writing, ad optimization, SEO, lead generation, web design and thousands of other services. Check out Fiverr and Upwork for examples of services that people do pay for, and then build your own business around it so you can charge premium prices.

I recommend freelancing because:

– The business model is simple, “I will do x and you will pay me y”;
– It is usually instantly profitable, i.e., you can get setup for less than $20, and you will be making money from your first client;
– It’s a great way to improve your skills and have someone else pay for it;
– You can build up business relationships that you can find additional ways to serve;
– It’s empowering: once you learn that you can more money, you can worry less about job stability, etc.

Important: So many people will decide to do a freelance business and then quit when their first three attempts to message clients fail. I recommend you think in 10s and expect a low percentage of responses. E.g., If you message 30 people then expect 4 or 5 responses.

Michael Alexis – Michaelalexis.com

Stuart Davidson

I understand many online coaching platforms are very profitable – and the scope in what to teach is endless! Some niches like fashion and health have built strong readerships through social media channels, such as Instagram and YouTube.

Stuart Davidson – StuartJDavidson.com

Atish Ranjan

It completely depends on the niche of the blog. However, I would recommend PPC Advertising if the blog has enough organic traffic.

Atish Ranjan – Techtricksworld.com

Adam Connell

I could pick one of the many viable monetization strategies and recommend that, but I’d be doing you a disservice.

Here’s why:

A recommendation like this has to be specific to you.

The best method depends on your niche, your audience, the time you have available and your personality.

I’ve heard so many people complain about courses that teach monetization strategies. You know? The usual “I tried it and it didn’t work so it must be BS.”

In most cases – there was something wrong with implementation or they didn’t give it enough time. But there’s usually a much more fundamental problem…

… The person teaching a specific method has a different personality type.

For example, someone might show you how to make money with virtual summits. But if you try the same thing and you dislike networking and public speaking – you’ll find it incredibly challenging.

This is why I’ll probably never try running my own virtual summit. I vibe with the behind the scenes building of systems, and improving of processes – not networking and public speaking (they’re two of my weakest area’s).

The truth is that you can progress further when you understand your natural strengths and leverage them.

Here’s the bottom line:

Forget what works for other people – you need to find what works for you.

Identify your strengths and use the rest of this post to pick out monetization methods that vibe with your personality.

Then cross reference that list with what methods are working in your niche – you’ll then have your true recommended monetization technique.

If you find yourself struggling, consider partnering up with someone you trust.

For example, if you excel at networking and public speaking – get someone else on board to get systems in place & manage the technical side of things.

Adam Connell – Adamconnell.me

Without a doubt one of the best ways to increase any small business owners revenue stream is to have a well indexed blog. A blog allows you to show off your particular expertise to a large segment of the population. Of course having great content is king but understanding how to make your content visible is queen. You can have the best information but if nobody can see it you are not going to get much business. My real estate site, Massachusetts real estate exposure, is one of the most visited individual real estate sites in North America. Nearly all the content is evergreen and designed to help both buyers and sellers achieve their goals. Given the quality of the content, I am often asked to interview with perspective buyers and sellers. Without my real estate site I would not be in the position I am today. I would highly recommend any business owner show off their expertise online.

Bill Gassett – Maxrealestateexposure.com

William Harris

Ecommerce is still the best way to make money online. It’s become incredibly easy over the past few years. You can set up a high-converting storefront in minutes with just a few bucks on dozens of platforms like Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, and more. You don’t even need to come up with an original product, or manufacture is yourself – you can source great products from Alibaba and dozens of other sites. All that’s left is coming up with your niche and figuring out how to get your products in front of the right potential customers.

William Harris – Elumynt.com

Ryan Biddulph

Writing and self-publishing eBooks on Amazon is a simple way to prosper. I wrote 124 eBooks for the platform. These bite-sized nuggets of knowledge can be short reads not unlike a pillar style post. Help people and toss a $1.99 price tag on those bad boys, and you are good to go.

Ryan Biddulph – Bloggingfromparadise.com

Jon Tromans

The best way to generate income from a blog is to create a product. Develop an Ebook, Guide, Course or even a physical shipped product and sell it to your existing and new readers.

To start off with you’re going to need a pretty decent blog so the first thing to do is make sure your existing content is top notch and you’re solving problems and answering questions for people.

Once you’ve built some authority within your niche you can take it one step further by developing some type of product.

Do some research, ask your readers some questions and figure out what it is they want… then give it to them!

The reason I think products are the way to go is because there’s no limit to how many you can sell. If you’re generating income from selling your time then there is always going to be an upper limit of how many hours you can work in a week, with products the sky’s the limit!

Jon Tromans – Jtid.co.uk

I think that offering services (freelance writing, virtual assistance, etc.) is a great way to get started in online business. It’s usually the easiest, as almost everyone has some sort of skill/time that they can trade for money. And that initial success is powerful – it helps increase confidence and earn a paycheck, while waiting for the other methods to kick in.

Gina Horkey – Horkeyhandbook.com

Tim Bourquin

Monetization for me has always been able getting the most value out of a customer, no matter how long it might take. This is why email marketing is my method of choice for monetization across all of our sites. No matter what it is we are creating content around or trying to promote, grabbing the email address of our audience is key, as it allows us to build a relationships and an ongoing conversation with them at the same time. This is actually what the core of our AfterOffers business is all about, providing opt-in email addresses to clients around the world. So it’s not just our recommended preference on monetization, it’s actually what we do and are the best at.

Tim Bourquin – Afteroffers.com

Patrick Coombe

A lot of people think the only way to make money online is through affiliate marketing, but there are plenty of other ways. Me personally, I do this through consulting. I write about various topics online and generate leads through our multiple blogs, then charge for those services. But there are many other ways. We have clients that work from home selling toilet paper and toothpaste they bought at WalMart. Other people make money by filling out forms online, or by doing mechanical turk tasks on Amazon. Some forms of online marketing such as affiliate marketing you can make a literal fortune, other forms you’ll make a humble living. It all depends on your wit, creativity, and determination.

Patrick Coombe – Elite-strategies.com

Amazon FBA. I am not sure how long this window of opportunity will be around, but this is probably one of the best times to get into Amazon as a seller. Although I will admit, this process does require some initial capital, its really not that hard to find a hot product thats low competition and then essentially replicate the competitor’s product. There is a systematic approach to how to do all of this. I would say the biggest barriers to entry in this business is money, legal stuff, and Amason Seller Central restrictions, etc. Here is a really nice blog post from Jeet Banerjee that talks about some other businesses you can start for less than $1,000: http://www.jeetbanerjee.com/10-businesses-you-can-start-right-now-for-less-than-1000/

Rafi Chowdhury – Chowdhurysdigital.com

Gael Breton

I actually did research the most profitable blogging business models in this post where I looked at 23 bloggers that shared their income reports. You will see a full chart below on our findings.

Affiliate marketing has a high-profit margin but own product sales actually blew it away when it comes to raw profit and revenue so if you want to make a LOT of money online, owning the offer instead of promoting an affiliate offer is the way to go.

On the other hand, services were also high profit but generated the least total income. Meaning they are a great way to get started but are hard to scale and most people will usually transition to product sales or affiliate marketing in time.

Ads on the other end proved to be low profit and overall the sites that do well with those tend to have content catered towards ad revenue which makes it a whole different beast (read more on the model here).

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Gael Breton – Authorityhacker.com

Bill Burniece

Create your own digital product and let other affiliates sell your product. It’s easier than you think, and you don’t have to be a professional writer to create a valuable ebook. Select a topic that you have some expertise in and put your own personal spin on it. Books that teach people how to do something in detail step-by-step sell very well. Come up with a catchy title and use an ebook cover generator to make it look professional. This is not only an excellent source of passive income but requires very little money up front to make. Oh, and it also allows you to demonstrate your expertise on your topic so you can sell affiliate products to your buyers on the back end!

Bill Burniece – HighPayingAffiliatePrograms.com

Allan Pollett

For those who like producing content online making money online is relatively easy. However, consumers of content are requiring it to become more visual. This is where Youtube comes into the picture. Video content creation is now a viable way to make a good living online. There have been calculations that 1000 views equals about $18 in ad revenue and this does not include the spinoff revenue a popular channel can make. Additional money can come from ad placements, sponsored reviews, and even developing your own line of channel related products. Creating videos is becoming easier to do on a daily basis. One powerful way to get things started as a blogger is record past blog articles into a video format. These blogs can act like scripts for your videos. Taking the marketing one step further, you can embed these videos into your posts to encourage views and help promote your channel when it is first getting started. If your are good at affiliate marketing, then you should have the skills necessary to make even more money online by embracing the visual content market.

Allan Pollett – Allanpollett.com

Lilach Bullock

My current favorite way of making money online is through online courses. They’re incredibly popular at the moment, and they are a great way to offer more value to your audiences. It’s definitely much more complicated to set up and create than other monetization techniques, but it can have so many benefits: you can make more money, polish up your knowledge, build up a new audience and gain more influence in your niche.

Lilach Bullock – Lilachbullock.com

Working with a brand that has money to spend on influencer marketing efforts is the best way to ensure that you make money from your efforts. With regards to blogging, or brand features on high authority social media accounts, many brands will try to strike a deal that involves free product or access to a service. In some cases, this may be a fair situation, but any online content creator must realize that barters alone can’t pay the bills. Instead, it’s important to be able to demonstrate your value and agree on pricing that factors in both your time, and the audience you’ve built.

Maddy Osman – The-blogsmith.com

Venchito Tampon

I’ve been testing a few properties today for monetization strategies. What I’ve noticed with a lot of newly built sites is that they always start with creating products before building a community. It’s too risky to promote a product that nobody in your market cares about, because either it’s not something they’re willing to pay for or it’s not catering to their need.

I’d start first by jabbing content on social accounts (Youtube, Facebook, etc..), building an email list (while asking subscribers over time about their struggles in the industry) and pushing out more content on the blog (so I could attract new visitors from organic and direct).

Once I’ve built the audience in the first 6 to 8 months, I’d start asking them questions to reveal their deepest needs – then, I’ll create products to serve those needs.

Venchito Tampon – SharpRocket.com.ph

Corinne Kerston

I think the best way to make money online is to offer what your readers want. It doesn’t necessarily have to be ads. You can monetize your site through selling freelance services, coaching or consulting services, ebooks or even physical products. Do a poll, send out a survey, do some research and find out what your readers are struggling with the most and find a way to solve that problem with either a product or service

Corinne Kerston – CorinneKerston.com

Rhys Wynne

My preferred way of making money online is selling a product. I’m a WordPress Developer, and quite like designing products and taking them to market. It has it’s own set of challenges, dealing with refunds and support requests, but it can be incredibly profitable, particularly when paired with affiliate marketing.

Rhys Wynne – Winwar Media

Maj Wismann

I´m making money online by selling my knowledge in digital products. Every year I make a new and updated version of my “Yearbook For Copules” both in danish (I live in Denmark) and in english (for my international business). And I have a huge online workshop about getting your sex drive back. It is like writing a book. When it is done, it is done, and then you just have to sell it again and again. If you have done your online marketing good, you will sell more and more for every year that passes.

Maj Wismann – Majwismann.com

As I sell services from my blog, I have to answer services for this expert round-up. Advertising pays so little that it becomes a race to the bottom, and a vicious cycle of chasing traffic in order to earn 1p from an advert being viewed. Life is too short for that kind of activity! To make money from your blog you should have a product or service. When you have this you have something to talk about with your readers. Too many times I hear “build and audience and ask your readers”. This isn’t 2010 anymore; readers are more savvy and if they want something, they’ll search for it. You don’t have time to build and audience and ask questions. Ask questions first, and then make sure you have the skill set to deliver it. If you have, then the next step is to share your journey on your blog and drive interest towards your service (or product). For a lot of people, if they’re not really in love with their industry, blogging about their services and the impact they make, is hard. I’ve blogged about transport (knew nothing about it) and struggled to write. I can chat about blogging all day long. I care enough about it to know about and understand it. That’s the sweet spot for the services you’re selling, and when you share content around this you’ll easily make money.

Sarah Arrow – Sarkemedia.com

Ben Brausen

There are lots of paid opportunities to write for others. Find publications that cover topics you’re familiar with and check out their pitch guide. This will give you an idea of what type of content they look for, what they pay for it, and how to go about pitching it to them.

Writing for others means you can get paid for your work and also helps establish yourself as an expert in your field, which then leads to additional opportunities. What started as a paid writing gig can quickly transition to paid speaking engagements and more.

Ben Brausen – Benbrausen.com

Andy Crestodina

If you have a SAAS product or any other kind of ecommerce, you can convert you visitors directly into revenue. If your marketing is attached to a service company, you convert your visitors into demand. But without one of those options, the next best option is to create an information product:

  • Online course
  • Online summit
  • Ebook
  • Webinars

If the information your selling is about marketing, this is very very tough because people give away amazing information in these formats everyday. So it’s better to be in a niche. If you are in a crowded space, you can try doing what few people do: go bigger and go offline:

  • Physical book
  • Event or conference

In any of these examples, you now have something to sell. You have a product, which means a chance to scale. Without that, you’re only option is to sell a service. Sell your time. Get paid to do consulting or marketing for for someone else’s product or service. If you get really good at this and you have an eye for business, start a company and now you’re selling other people’s time.

It worked for me.

Andy Crestodina – Orbit Media

Mohit Tater

Selling services and products would be a very good way to diversify your online income streams. If you can craft a good offer and provide really value to your customers, you will definitely do good.

Mohit Tater – Mohittater.com

Sue Ann Dunlevie

I always tell my clients to start by offering services or coaching – it’s the quickest way to earn an income. Find something you can teach that your readers are really looking for and create an entry-level course or coaching package that you can easily sell to your readers.

Sue Dunlevie – Successfulblogging.com

Aaron Agius

Develop your personal brand and sell products or services around it. I wish I’d started doing this ages ago, but when you have an audience following you, you can tailor your offerings to their needs. It’s much easier to sell to people when you know the problems they’re facing than when you’re just stabbing in the dark and hoping for the best.

Aaron Agius – Louder.online

James McAllister

While affiliate marketing is great, creating and releasing your own product can truly take your business to the next level. Not only does it automatically make you appear as more of an authority figure, but conversions tend to be higher since your audience likely already trusts you and what you have to offer.

On top of that, you can recruit your own affiliates to market your product for you, boosting not only your bottom line, but your exposure, your name, and your rankings as affiliates link back to your site.

James McAllister – Helpstartmysite.com

Jerry Low

Selling your own product/service.

You can create an ebook, start a course, offer online coaching services, host a paid webinar, or develop (or have someone develop for you) a plugin.

The keys are:

  1. to find and solve a problem that people they are willing to pay to solve; and
  2. to drive targeted audience to your product/services using the right marketing approaches.

To draw targeted traffic, I highly recommend Facebook Advertising. To identify a profitable problem, you can make use of freemium tools like Spyfu, SEM Rush, and Similar Web.

For example, I found this product idea when I was researching for my blogpost – it’s an IT solutions that most website owners will need. Looking at the image, we can see that businesses are spending $60,000 per month in Google Adwords to market the products.

Jerry Low – Webhostingsecretrevealed.net

Lorraine Reguly

There are many ways for earning money online. It all depends on what you are willing to.

As a blogger, I earn through sponsored posts and link placements. I also earn through AdSense.

As a freelancer, I earn by selling my writing/blogging and editing services to others. (I’m an English teacher and I’m very good with words!) I also help others become authors.

As an entrepreneur and a self-published, I also earn though selling products of my own, such as books and e-books. This year, I plan on publishing a series of e-books that will help bloggers. I’m currently working on a non-fiction book to help people who have suicidal thoughts. (Interestingly, this project arose from one of my blog posts ranking on the first page of Google. I wrote about my suicide attempt and what to do if you want to kill yourself. This post gets hundreds of hits every day. I decided to help others even further by revealing what years of counselling has taught me. My book will also mainly be sold from that particular post! This way, I can help others AND earn simultaneously. Win-win!)

Some people earn money by creating membership sites and/or digital products (books, e-books, an email course, video courses, etc.).

Some people create Amazon niche sites and earn through them.

Some people do event blogging. To me, this is kind of risky, because I’ve known some event bloggers who have had their sites banned, or have had their AdSense accounts suspended. One blogger I know earned over $2000 in one day from one event but had an issue with his account, and subsequently did not get paid from AdSense.

There are tons of ways you can earn online! It really depends on your interests, you skills, and what you are willing to do to make money.

Lorraine Reguly – Wordingwell.com

Jacob Cass

Selling my services (graphic design & branding) is my primary income and this is derived from those who find my blog via search, social or word of mouth.

Jacob Cass – Justcreative.com

Ben Matthews

With ad units requiring hundreds of thousands of impressions to make any meaningful money, and with it becoming harder and harder to find an affiliate niche that isn’t so crowded that finding returns is fruitful, many bloggers are turning to new ways to make money online. The most common I see is offering some kind of training or course to teach other bloggers / marketers / business owners the tools, tricks and systems that have made that blogger successful in the first place. It’s classic making money from selling shovels, as the only people who make money in a gold rush are those selling the tools to dig for that gold. That said, it’s a smart strategy – you have to build an audience, earn their trust and respect, then you can sell them a product or service – often at higher value than any income from ad units or affiliate marketing.

Ben Matthews – Montfort.io

Ivana Taylor

Have you cracked the code on doing something or achieving a goal? Turn your skill or talent into an online course. Start by sharing it with your community, then expand and run Facebook Ads to target other communities. All you need is a topic a specific audience is excited about, a landing page to sell it and a PayPal account.

Ivana Taylor – Diymarketers.com

If you had asked me this very same question two or three years ago I would definitely answer “Google AdSense”. But now — after having learned it the hardest possible way – I wouldn’t recommend it (unless you really know what you are doing and strictly follow their rules… but even so… things can still go wrong).

Besides affiliate marketing I recommend launching your own product, service or tool. It takes the game up to a whole new level and, trust me, it will be hard for you to believe the results you can get. You go from being just a “simple” affiliate to becoming a product owner with your own affiliates working and making money for you. I know that this is certainly not an easy task but, if you get it right, it’s totally worth it.

Louie Luc – Buzznitrous.com

One of my favorite methods to make money online is creating and selling courses. Courses are ideal for branding and are an excellent way to build passive income for months and years to come. The best part is you can sell them on platforms with a ready audience like Udemy.

Aaron Lee – Askaaronlee.com

Mike Allton

My #1 recommendation for making money online is to create and sell your own products and/or services.

AdSense and Affiliate relationships are nice. They’re an easy way to start making a buck while you build up an audience. But if you’re interested in making a real online business you must follow the Solo Build It! Process of creating great content, targeting the right audience, preselling them, and only then monetize them (C->T->P->M).

Mike Allton – Thesocialmediahat.com

Dave Schneider

Build a business around a product or tool that you own and that you can sell online. As the owner, you get to control how much of the profits go to you. There’s no limit to how much you can earn when you’re the business owner, so, as long as you’re prepared to hustle, striking out on your own is something worth considering. I left a corporate job to do so, and I’ve never looked back.

Dave Schneider – Ninjaoutreach.com

Ruben Gamez

Most people copy what other bloggers are doing to make money. Unless you build up a huge audience, this is a tough way to go because of how competitive things are. Alternatively, one of the easiest (and most profitable) ways to make money is to sell your own product. I’m not talking about selling something that takes months to create. It’s just too risky.

A better approach is to figure out what the audience you’re focusing on is already buying. Ask them about everything they buy: tools, infoproducts, services, etc. Look for opportunities in that list. Any category of products where people are looking for alternatives, or with products haven’t been updated in a long time. Research those products and find out what people like and don’t like about them. Outsource a fast first version that improves on existing product weaknesses (for cheap, at places like Upwork) and start selling.

Ruben Gamez – Bidsketch.com

Ben Wynkoop

Client marketing is one method for making money online. Many successful internet marketers say affiliate marketing is the way to go because you don’t have to deal with needy clients. However, it takes time to learn how to approach affiliate marketing and rank if using search engine optimization as your marketing channel. Taking on clients results in immediate income and therefore can be an ideal first income source to provide the capital to begin affiliate marketing or starting your own brand.

Ben Wynkoop – Benwynkoop.com

Most of the serious bloggers I know make money online by selling their services. The majority are writers. Many do social media management for clients. Some create videos, SlideShares, infographics or custom images. A few install WordPress or even manage the hosting and updates for other bloggers or businesses.

Create an ‘about me’ or ‘hire me’ page. List specific offerings and for best results, include prices on the page. For writing, have a firm price and offer a 10% discount for bulk orders. Charge 10-25% additional for rush orders. Do not negotiate on prices unless you want to spend all your time negotiating instead of making money.

The page offering your services is the most important page on your site. Create a tab for it in your navigation and place it in a prominent place. Use the tips in Setting up Your For Hire Page: Do’s and Don’ts to make sure you optimize it well.

Gail Gardner – GrowMap.com

Mi Muba

For newbie bloggers besides affiliate marketing, another monetizing method is to sell their consultancy services. It’s is easier to manage and if a blogger manages to get one order per month it could be a good support for him in the beginning.

For struggling bloggers, the best way to earn money with their blog is to sell their own products. With their a little experience they can create their own product and give it a try by selling directly to their blog readers.

Once they have good number of traffic on their blog then obviously they can earn money with PPC ads and for that Google Adsense is till the best option.

Mi Muba – Beamoneyblogger.com

Clara Jeronimos

If you have your own blog you really don’t need to fill it with tons of affiliate links or even those annoying ads. Begin by focusing on your audience first (by helping them out), build your own loyal following (by sticking to your ‘promises’ and main topic) and then, my friend, you’ll have the world at your feet (so to speak). From then onwards, you’ll be seen as an authority and as such you can recommend them whatever product or service you think can help their needs, particularly your own. You can start an email list and promote your own stuff like online courses, tools, eBooks and services. Additionally, you can start your own YouTube channel and make a profit from it by following the same recipe.

Clara Jeronimos – TravelRedux.com

Evgeniy Garkaviy

You can make quick easy, short-term income from affiliate marketing. If you want to make serious money online, you need to think of a niche you know something about, create a website or app that brings something new or something different to that niche. You are guaranteed to make money from the website or app for a long time to come. We are also talking serious money, not a miserly affiliate cheque. You need to be patient though; you will need to invest time, money and effort into getting the project off the ground.

Personally, I think the best method to generate money is to develop something that requires recurring payments. In this way you can easily earn money online.

For example a friend of mine has developed Free UK Dating Site – it is completely free but some features like higher place in search result is paid. It costs almost nothing but if you have more than 1,000 members who pay you $1/month. It results in a good income.

Evgeniy Garkaviy – HopeSpring.org.uk

Iñigo Etxebeste

There are multiple ways of making money online, from focusing on contents and featuring ad sets on your site, to providing expert digital consultancy to businesses. Personally I enjoy the “agency” side of online consulting, where I can help others with my experience and expertise.

Iñigo Etxebeste – GlocMedia.com

Mike Martyns

There are many ways to make money online other than just betting all your chips on affiliate marketing.

One of the ways I personally recommend is to write and publish a Kindle eBook. If you are a good researcher and writer you can pull it off with some ease in just a matter of days; if you’re not, you can even go on one of those outsourcing websites and hire someone else to write it for you.

What’s essential to be successful in this endeavor is to figure out the perfect topic that people might be interested in reading about. Search Amazon’s Kindle eBook library for a good theme that’s not overly competitive and is lacking better books. Then try to “fill in the gaps”.

Mike Martyns – SoccerGearHQ.com

Marko Saric

If you have a loyal audience, let them sponsor you. It’s a more user-friendly option rather than putting tons of random banners on your site. Some big blogs such as Wait But Why and Kottke have used donation/sponsorship very successfully recently. You can use something as simple as PayPal buttons or go for a full campaign on a site such as Patreon to accept sponsorships. Ask for donations and see how your audience responds.

Marko Saric – HowToMakeMyBlog.com

Björn Assmann

If you start from scratch, you can try infoproducts or ecommerce. Both methods have a higher initial time and/or money investment than affiliate marketing has, but both also allow for practically endless profit, where you decide the margin you want to operate on. In general, I would say ecommerce dropshipping is still relatively easy to get into, while infoproducts do require a huge initial investment for creating the funnel with leadmagnet, email follow up etc. as well as the core info product. Of course, both infoproducts and ecommerce sites can be promoted with paid ads as well as with SEO and some sneaky social media tactics.

Björn Assmann – Maxsearchusa.com

While I’ve made a small, steady income from affiliate marketing over the years, my top method for making money online is — by far — selling my own products and services. I started out with one premium ebook, and now have a series of four (the “Blogger’s Guides”) which have been a fantastic money-maker for me over the years. I’ve also got a membership site, which brings in regular, monthly income.

The ebooks are particularly good as they sell consistently over time, but I can also run sales to get a large influx of income whenever I want to. Because they’re my own products, rather than affiliate ones, I know I can trust that they’re good 😉 and I update them every 2-3 years too, adding new material and bonuses (like exclusive videos). This has really helped to keep sales going strongly over time.

If you’re looking to write your first ebook, I’d strongly suggest running a survey of your audience to find out exactly what they want (you might be surprised — and it probably won’t be what you think they need)! This is also a great opportunity to ask for email addresses, so you can send out early review copies or even ask for “beta readers” who can give feedback on a finished draft of your ebook.

Ali Luke – Aliventures.com

I think the two best ways to make money outside of affiliate marketing is selling your own product or service. Between those two I think the one that is most scalable is creating your own product. It could be either a physical or informational product. It really just depends on what niche you are covering in your own blog.

Rick Ramos – HealthJoy.com

Tim Blaustein

Use your creativity and you’ll quickly figure out lots of new ways to make money online. If you’re a handy person and really enjoy DIY projects you can have fun and make money at the same time. Go back to what you do best and check out if there’s a potential market for it. Then sign up as a seller on sites like Etsy or eBay and start selling. You can even launch your own website to further promote your stuff and increase sales. I’ve seen people manufacturing and selling things like handmade notebooks with customized covers, accordion sunshades with funny pictures, clothes and jewelry, personalized gifts, etc. I’m sure tou can do it too!

Tim Blaustein – ToolFever.com

Katy Manniche

Since I like drawing stuff like tattoos, caricatures and cartoons I have more opened doors rather than just sticking with affiliate marketing. Once you understand how you can take advantage of whatever is your God-given gift you can actually build an online business around it. It sure can be a profitable one, no doubt about it.

Katy Manniche – TattooOy.com

Casandra Campbell

I do love affiliate marketing, but besides that, I think eCommerce is a great way to make money online. With platforms like Shopify, it’s very easy to get a professional looking website up and running that is designed for selling products. By focusing on drop-shipping, you can keep your risk low by only paying for inventory after someone buys it. While it can take a while to get affiliate websites ranking in search engines, you can start selling products online immediately using ads because the margins are much higher. You also don’t need to create a lot of content to be successful the same way you do with affiliate marketing.

Casandra Campbell – Casandracampbell.com

Albert Mora

There is no universal solution, as it will depend on the particular circumstances on our website and our interests and capabilities. For this reason, it is advisable to have a method for deciding where to focus our efforts.

We must consider the following:

  1. What needs or main problems do the visitors of our website have?
  2. What differential factors can we offer, taking into account our personal circumstances (skills, training, contacts …)?
  3. Is the solution chosen economically profitable?

The first point will help us define the interests of our audience. The second point is to specify how we structure our solution (a digital product, software, a personalized service, etc.). The third point will help us discard those solutions that are not profitable, either because they involve expenses that are beyond our possibilities, or because of low income.

Albert Mora – Seolution.com

Andrea Loubier

Content marketing on targeted sites where you potential users would consume content. It’s relatively cheap to do this, even if outsourcing content development and even if it may be a slow process in builds long-term organic growth for generating sales for your business. There is also a level of trust when you put yourself out there. This also goes hand in hand with PR and getting stories out there about your company, as it builds a reputation on high traffic sites. We were able to build some fast traction for Mailbird this way as an awesome email client for Windows users that never existed before. We unify email communication with other communication and productivity apps that help us get things done more efficiently every day.

Andrea Loubier – Getmailbird.com

John Paul Aguiar

Selling your own book, or course is the 2 best ways to make money with a blog.

When you create a product or write a book it is an extension of the “learning” you share on your blog.

So when you have a large following that reads you blog on a regular basis then it makes sense they would be pre-qualified to then buy anything YOU create.

John Paul Aguiar – Johnpaulaguiar.com

Moira O'ConnellFor Museum Hack, we succeed by offering a “real life” service (our museum tours!) with a major component of online sales and marketing. Our tours are the service–they give our customers a tangible experience and memory. We use the online portion of our business to market and sell our product, making it a direct correlation to how we make money online. The best example of this is our company team building business that operates in NYC, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

How we succeed online is by working hard to become a trusted brand with a big online presence. By doing this we are able to market all our tours online, either by targeting certain cities or just pushing out our content to our audience and having them share it out to their friends! We don’t limit our online marketing just the geographic locations where we do tours. This way we reach a wide range of customers all over of the world, and we also reach people traveling to those locations.

Moira O’Connell – Museumhack.com

Partnering up with relevant brands and creating digital products. I co-authored the Mobile Design Book in 2014 and launched a web design course on Udemy. It was challenging but paid off in the long-term.

Tomas Laurinavicious – Tomaslau.com

My recommended method for making money online is offering your services. Your services can range from writing blog posts to creating content marketing strategies to social media managing. There’s a huge demand for these services. As a blogger you are already performing these tasks on a daily basis. Therefore, you are ready to help other people too.

If you specialize in another topic you can offer services in a related niche.

Mitt Ray – Socialmarketingwriting.com

Lorraine Reguly

There are many ways for earning money online. It all depends on what you are willing to.

As a blogger, I earn through sponsored posts and link placements. I also earn through AdSense.

As a freelancer, I earn by selling my writing/blogging and editing services to others. (I’m an English teacher and I’m very good with words!) I also help others become authors.

As an entrepreneur and a self-published author, I also earn though selling products of my own, such as books and e-books. This year, I plan on publishing a series of e-books that will help bloggers. I’m currently working on a non-fiction book to help people who have suicidal thoughts. (Interestingly, this project arose from one of my blog posts ranking on the first page of Google. I wrote about my suicide attempt and what to do if you want to kill yourself. This post gets hundreds of hits every day. I decided to help others even further by revealing what years of counselling has taught me. My book will also mainly be sold from that particular post! This way, I can help others AND earn simultaneously. Win-win!)

Some people earn money by creating membership sites and/or digital products (books, e-books, an email course, video courses, etc.).

Some people create Amazon niche sites and earn through them.

Some people do event blogging. To me, this is kind of risky, because I’ve known some event bloggers who have had their sites banned, or have had their AdSense accounts suspended. One blogger I know earned over $2000 in one day from one event but had an issue with his account, and subsequently did not get paid from AdSense.

There are tons of ways you can earn online! It really depends on your interests, you skills, and what you are willing to do to make money.

Lorraine Reguly – Wordingwell.com

I’ve tried so many monetization strategies and I ended up with following 3 strategies to monetize my blog. These are an evergreen strategies.

1) Affiliate
Affiliate Marketing is kind of thing where you don’t need your own product to make money. You just need a blog and enough traffic on it. So this one is my #1 strategy of monetization. I use it on my almost all the blogs.

2) Sponsored Posts
This strategy is really cool. Once your blog reaches to some level you’ll get sponsored post offers in the mail. Definitely, this one will not work for a new blog but with a right mindset and smart work, you can make money. I’m a little bit picky about sponsored post. I never go out of niche because it hearts in long term.

3) Adsense
Everyone knows and loves this monetization strategy. I use only one AdSense Ad block on my blog. Many bloggers say Adsense not work for blogging, SEO, and Marketing niche but they are wrong. Actually, they don’t know how to use it for that niche. So, Adsense is one of the awesome monetization strategies.

Ravijit Chavda – bloggingbook.net

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How to Make 2017 Your Most Profitable Year Ever!

Now that you’ve seen how some of the top experts, marketers and content creators are making money online with their businesses, it’s time for you to step up your game as well. As mentioned earlier, affiliate marketing is amazing and it’s how I first got my financial start online as well. However, if I stuck with only affiliate marketing and continued to push all of my traffic and leads elsewhere, I would have missed out on so many new opportunities and growing a brand and business of my own.

If you’d like to learn more about how to grow your own blog, brand or business online, be sure to check out a few of my best resource guides below.

I hope you enjoyed this expert round up and additional resources above. Be sure to contact me with any questions or new opportunities you might have.

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PayKickStart Shopping Cart Checklist: Can Your Online Shopping Cart Do This?

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On the surface, selling something online — whether it’s digital or physical — seems like a reasonably straightforward affair. The customer arrives at the website, adds an item or two to his or her virtual shopping cart, and proceeds with the checkout process by entering his or her payment information. The order is received by the merchant, the product is delivered, and everyone is a happy camper, right?

While robust and reliable basics are an absolute necessity, they are ultimately insufficient if you want your online business to thrive. You want to offer the best possible customer experience, but you also don’t want to leave any money on the table. It is in your best interest to consider the most valuable features that online shopping cart solutions should have.

This is exactly what you will find with the all-new PayKickStart shopping cart solution.

However, to simply call PayKickStart a ‘shopping cart’ solution would be a big mistake. There are actually many more features and built-in benefits than you could ever imagine. Aligning with the title of this article “Can your shopping cart do this?”, we are going to walk through a list of ultimate features and tools that every shopping cart should have. If your online marketing and business isn’t currently using these features below, it’s time for you to take the leap over to PayKickStart.

One-Time and Subscription Payments

This will depend on the type of product or service that you are selling, but it’s critically important that your shopping cart software can support both types of payments. Recurring payments can be a tremendous source of revenue for your company, especially since there are no additional costs involved in customer acquisition. This steady cash flow can be much more predictable and consistent too, which puts you in a better position if you are seeking investors.

Subscription Saver

Encouraging your customers to sign up for a subscription is a good thing, because it means the payments will be processed automatically at set intervals, whether that’s monthly, annually, or over any other period. As convenient as this may be, customer billing details can become invalid over time, like if their credit card expires or they move to a different address. Did you know that about 30 percent of rebills fail?

Prevent this from becoming a problem in the first place. An automated email sequence can ensure that all customers keep their billing information up to date, so every payment goes through as it should.

Free and Paid Trials

Particularly for businesses that operate on the SaaS model with monthly subscriptions, offering a free trial especially can be one of the most effective tactics for getting your “foot in the door.” Many customers are hesitant to commit to a one-year subscription or even pay for a month-to-month service until they know what they are getting. A free trial, either with or without full functionality, lets you acquire that key customer information and switching them over to the paid subscription is a piece of cake.

Pre-Filled Checkout Page

The fewer “friction points” you can have during a transaction, the more likely a customer is going to complete that transaction. This is even true with repeat customers. Arguably, it’s especially true with repeat customers. Have you ever noticed how easy it is to complete a transaction on Amazon, for instance? They already have your shipping and payment information, so you never need to enter it again. The easier the process, the better.

Payment Plans

There is a reason why the “five easy payments of” type business model has existed for so long and across so many industries. Some customers simply cannot afford the up-front cost of higher-priced items and, even among those who can, they might not want to have a single outlay of cash quite that substantial. if your shopping cart offers the option of alternative pricing options, you have a much better shot at appealing to more potential customers.

Address Auto-Complete

Much like having a pre-filled checkout page, you always create a better customer experience when the process is as fast and simple as possible. A great feature that you’ll find with PayKickStart is auto-complete for addresses. Customers simply start typing in their address and the form is able to predict and auto-fill the rest of it. This also ensures that the address format is consistent across all orders.

Upgrade and Downgrade

The situation for a customer when they first decided to subscribe to your SaaS may not be the same situation for the customer a few weeks, months, or years down the road. In an ideal world, customer needs increase and they’ll want to have a plan that scales alongside their requirements. Instead of requiring a customer to go through the whole order process again, it is paramount that the upgrade process is far simpler and more seamless. Again, the fewer friction points, the better.

Likewise, it is far more desirable if a customer chooses to downgrade his or her services than it is for them to leave you altogether. Again, the downgrading process should be easy and frictionless too.

Exit-Intent

In the business of the Internet, there’s something called a bounce rate. In the context of e-commerce, one of the biggest challenges is overcoming the abandoned shopping cart. The customer has nearly gone through the whole transaction, only to leave the site for some inexplicable reason. This can account for up to 25% of potential customers! By using a simple popup, you get one more chance at closing the sale.

Pending Order Follow-up

Perhaps that exit-intent popup wasn’t enough to convince the customer to complete the transaction. Maybe he or she had every intention of completing the sale, but had to leave the computer for whatever reason. This does not have to result in a lost sale! If you’ve got their email address, you can send out a “pending order” email as a follow-up reminder. Having such a feature integrated into your shopping cart can recapture those potential sales!

Checkout Page Library

Not everyone is a web designer or web developer. Most people aren’t. That doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing checkout page that is proven to work! When selecting e-commerce software for your site, it’s incredibly useful to have access to a library of pre-designed checkout pages and pop-up widget templates that are ready to go right out of the box.

Translation and Currencies

You might assume that your primary demographic is located in a specific geographic region, spending a certain currency and defaulting to English. And that may be true, but it really doesn’t take much to open up to different languages, currencies and regions when you have an e-commerce tool that automatically supports such variations with no extra effort on your part. Again, it’s about minimizing friction and making sure you don’t lose any sales over small details.

Sales and VAT Tax

Whether you deal mostly domestically in the United States or you sell to international customers, keeping up to date with sales and VAT compliance laws can feel like a challenge. This is especially true when taxes can vary from state to state, region to region. It’s far more convenient when your online shopping cart updates all of this information automatically.

1-Click Upsells and Order Bumps

Don’t leave any money on the table! Did you know that having 1-click upsells as part of your natural transaction process can boost conversions by as much as 40 percent? Suggesting additional products to buy at checkout can double your sales! If a customer is already interested in product A, they’d be a natural fit for product B (even if they didn’t know they were). You just have to nudge them along and make it as easy as possible.

Want to convert those fence-sitters into actual buyers? The option to create coupons within your landing page and order form pages exist as well. Sometimes all they need is a time-sensitive coupon that increases the level of urgency. No one wants to miss out on a good deal, so having this kind of functionality built into your e-commerce solution can increase sales significantly.

Integrations

Do you already use various third-party applications like email autoresponders, webinar platforms or fulfillment services? It’s important that all of these tools are able to work with one another in a seamless and easy-to-manage way, so you don’t waste your time with logistics and administration, manually updating data across platforms. They should all just work together.

With so many of us already using different membership platforms and online payment gateways, it’s important to always use a new solution that is easy to integrate within these other platforms as well. As you can see through the screenshot below, PayKickStart easily integrates with the likes of Paypal, Stripe, Ontraport, Kajabi, Aweber, Teachable and many other CMS and payment solutions.

Best of all, through the use of tools like Zapier, many of these integrations can be accomplished with just a few clicks of a button!

Affiliate Features and Tools

One of the fastest, most powerful, and most cost-effective ways to grow your online business is by offering an affiliate marketing program. And one of the great strengths of a solution like PayKickStart — you can help promote it with 50% commissions on the first year and 40% recurring commissions for life — is the amazing wealth of tools it offers to empower such a relationship.

The ability to track and pay commissions is built right into the system, including the ability to deliver instant, delayed and lifetime commissions. This kind of flexibility, combined with an easy way to share marketing materials with affiliates, empowers you with the ability to grow your customer base in a sustainable and profitable manner.

How to Get Started with PayKickStart

As you can see, there are plenty of amazing features and benefits of using a solution like PayKickStart to expand your business into a whole new area. To help better understand this process and start implementing these methods into your own business, I highly recommend you take a moment to attend the next upcoming webinar from Mark Thompson and how to take advantage of everything PayKickStart has to offer. Best of all, it’s free to attend!

There’s more to a shopping cart than just putting through a simple order. It’s about extracting as much value as possible while offering the best customer experience. You just need to have the right tool for the job.

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How to Make Money Promoting Survey and Quiz Affiliate Offers

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Remember the days of email and zip poll/survey offers being all over the place, and how they would pay out $1-$2 per lead? Back before GDPR and data regulations were in place, these offers were everywhere you looked. They still are today, but just not as popular as they once were. While these offers aren’t getting the same attention and promotion as they used to, personal data is big money and these same types of offers are still generating millions of dollars daily.

In addition to the “Complete this survey to get a free _____” offers that you’ve seen all over the place, the survey niche is still stronger than ever before. However, it’s not so much the smaller zip and email submit offers that are getting so much attention, but actually the data companies behind them. You’ve likely seen these names and brands before — InboxDollars, Pinecone Research, Vindale Research, and Survey Junkie are some of the more popular ones.

WAHadventures.com highlights many of these surveys on their site and say it possible to make over $250 per month by using survey and incentive networks like Survey Junkie, SwagBucks, MySurvey, InboxDollars and PanelPayDay in your spare time. If you are already making good money online, this might seem like nothing to you — but the average person, getting paid $250+ to take online surveys is like a dream come true! With this same concept in mind, this is why email and zip submit offers do so well. People want free stuff!

Even more, when you start to add a viral or personal interest factor into the mix, that’s when you will really start to see some great results. Just take a look at BuzzFeed quizzes and how they are still one of the most popular sections on their site. People love taking surveys, seeing results, and when you throw an incentive, prize, or money into the mix… big things happen!

The Business of Online Paid Surveys and Giving Stuff Away for Free

On the business side, these offers still do well because customer data is worth a ton of money. Most of the data from these survey sites are sold for huge multiples over what they are actually paying for people to complete a survey. They are also making a huge profit because a large number of survey takers will simply never get to the point where they can cash out (hitting the usual minimum $25-$50 thresholds), which ultimately just keeps that money sitting within the data company.

With all of that being said, millions of dollars are being spent daily from these ‘get paid to complete survey’ companies in advertising, content creation, paid search, and of course, affiliate marketing. To make the most out of all of this money up for grabs, be sure to follow some of the recommended steps below.

How to Promote and Make Money with Online Surveys

Now that we have an idea on the offers available, you will need to focus on how to drive traffic and convert these surveys to audiences that actually convert into leads. One of the best ways to bring in low-cost traffic and convert them into leads is through a survey/poll site or creating an ad campaign with an attractive call to action. Using surveys to generate leads is nothing new, but I will break down the process for you and show you how easy and effective it is.

PRO TIP: Before moving forward, you must check the affiliate promotion guidelines for any specific offer you promote. For example, many zip/email submit offers will allow you to create a custom landing pages, but other high-end survey offers might only allow for text or banner ad placement. Either way, just make sure you are promoting the offer in the required method so you don’t get all of your leads reversed.

Step 1: Find something that everyone is talking about!

If you want to get cheap clicks and grab the attention of audiences around the world, you need to find what everyone is talking about today. For example, “Donald Trump” is likely to be a hot topic for several years now, while “Lebron James” going the Los Angeles Lakers is bound to be a hot trend throughout the next NBA season. This also works well for any highly searched celebrities as well, or anyone is currently trending in the news. The good thing about both of these examples is that it would be quite easy to target these audiences through Facebook Ads, Media Buying, and Social Media.

Still can’t figure out what a good topic is to base your survey or ad campaign around? See what’s currently trending on Google Trends, Twitter, and Facebook.

Just for example sake, let’s take two celebrities (Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Alba) and plug their names into Google Trends. We can immediately see that there is a steady flow of searches being made for both and that they continually have a solid following online. Let’s move forward with that.

 

Step 2: Create a survey/poll landing page.

Using the topics above, I created a simple landing page that can be used for media buying (or banners if you were to resize it). This literally took two minutes to create within Canva. All you need to do is add some fancy images, create a title and make it look like an interactive survey.

There is really nothing that special about this landing page/media buying copy. Make sure you have a clean design and to the point. I also enticed the visitor to place a vote, by adding “BONUS: Vote Now & Qualify to Receive a Free Gift Card!“. (This can vary depending on your backend offer) All you want the end user to do is click on the image, button, or text you might have in place here.

Again, this is very simple, and depending on the time and effort you put into this, you can make it more advanced or even collect user data for yourself or a newsletter.

Step 3: Finding your backend offer

The next step in the process is to find an affiliate offer that you want to promote. Ideally, this should be a simple email, zip, or one-click submit type of offer. Once you have an audience click on your initial survey/vote offer, you can then pass them along to the affiliate survey offer to complete. You can either setup your own landing page and pass the user onto a confirmation page with stats, or pass them directly to the offer. Make sure you check on marketing options available for the campaign before promoting.

Leadbit currently has this offer active for audiences in the UK and is paying out .70 per lead. The offer can be promoted through mobile, display, emails, search and pop — which allows for a nice range of data, traffic, and split testing purposes.

Step 4: Promotions and getting traffic

Now that you have created your landing page or media buying ad copy, you are ready to go. The best way to generate targeted low-cost traffic would be Media Buying (popunders) and possibly Facebook Ads and using Facebook Fan Pages or Groups (direct relationship or ownership of a group). You could also start targeting news/celebrity sites/blogs through the use of Google Adwords (context display network), native advertising, and popunders ads.

To start playing around with demographic targeting and see how much of a demand there is for a topic, you can use Facebook Ads campaign tool (shown below), or play around with search reports on a tool like SEMRush — which currently shows ‘jessica alba’ at 368,000 searches per month, and  ‘jennifer lopez’ with 823,000.

Step 5: Tweaking and watching your numbers

The last step of making money with surveys/polls and news is to continually tweak your landing pages and ad copy to try and get the best conversions. Don’t put all of your traffic to one offer, the reason I went with celebrities, is that there is pretty much an endless supply of traffic related to them out there. See what works best with your traffic, and then expand out into different countries when you start finding success.

This concept is not just limited to celebrity campaigns, however with all of the attention towards the latest hot movies, celebrities attaching the President, and everything else going on… it’s a good market that hasn’t died down and likely won’t.

It all starts with a click…

A few things to point out here…

  • This concept is nothing new, but it should act as a reminder of how to reach new markets
  • Customization and creating unique landing pages and ad copy is key here
  • You also need to split test the end affiliate offer, as this will sway heavily

If you haven’t done anything with affiliate marketing or CPA zip/email submit offers, it’s one of the best ways to get started — as the conversions are usually very high, and the payouts are low. Which means you can start split testing campaigns fast and know right away if you are going to soon find financial success.

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Top Dating Keywords and How to Create a Profitable Dating Site

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With so many different ways to make money on the internet, it’s important not to fall into the trap of shiny object syndrome. And by this, we mean jumping from one idea to another and trying to get rich overnight. Even if this can be successfully done, it will likely only bring minimal results and only last for a short period of time.

A much better way to make money online is to look at the long-term picture and create a website, or an ad campaign that will continue to provide value, incoming traffic, and revenue for years to come. With virtually an unlimited supply of traffic and advertiser money out there to benefit from, it’s simply a matter of choosing a niche market, then making the most of it.

One such example of an industry that is completely evergreen and will have a never-ending supply of traffic and revenue, is the online dating niche — much like the weight loss and financial markets, they just never seem to die out as more people come of age daily. However, this is an extremely saturated online market as well. If you are going to jump into this area, you need to put in the time and effort to know who your audience is and create the best ad campaigns possible, specifically targeted towards geographic and demographic interest and data.

You might also be thinking about how saturated the online dating space already is — which is correct. If we take a look at the Wikipedia graph below, we can see just how many members are subscribed to the top dating sites. However, you will also learn that there are hundreds of online dating sites with affiliate programs, and millions of individuals throughout the world are trying online dating for the first time daily.

As for growth, Nasdaq reported, “Online dating is also gaining traction overseas, most notably in China, where revenue is estimated to total $1.6 billion for the year by the end of 2016.” For even more updating online dating numbers, we can take a look at some stats and revenue growth charts from Statista.

  • Revenue in the “Online Dating” segment amounts to US$1,383m in 2018.
  • Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2018-2022) of 3.9% resulting in a market volume of US$1,610m in 2022.
  • User penetration is at 5.7% in 2018 and is expected to hit 6.3% in 2022.
  • The average revenue per user (ARPU) currently amounts to US$4.70.
  • From a global comparison perspective, it is shown that most revenue is generated in the United States (US$590m in 2018).

So what does this mean for content creators, site owners, and affiliates marketers?

Simple… a world of opportunity and growth! And also, stop focusing all of your efforts on just the U.S. and English speaking markets!

With all of that in mind, today we are going to walk through the process of how to create a profitable dating and relationship blog. This is a perfect business model or marketing method for anyone to get started with online and affiliate marketing. Even better, this method also doesn’t require a lot of upfront money in the process and is ideal for anyone that would like to focus more on putting their free time and effort getting put to good use.

This process breaks down into the following three steps.

  1. Know your audience and target demographic
  2. Have a form of monetization (ie: affiliate2day)
  3. Promote your site with SEO and social media

Be sure to follow along and consider your options with making money in the world of online dating and providing relationship advice to the millions of people who are searching for these types of resources daily.

The Target Audience and Demographic of Your Site

While it might seem like your audience and the demographics of your site would be anyone who is single and is looking for a relationship, you would be correct, but you would also be way too generic at the same time. Instead, if you want to make money and be able to rank above the competition, you will need to have a very niche specific site that not only caters to a specific gender but also provides them with exactly what they are looking for.

When looking at the type of content to create and how to target an audience, a perfect example of this can be seen below in this dating keywords list from Modovo. While many sites will list one or two keywords to target, Mondovo has done an excellent job with listing a wide range of long-tail keywords and search phrases — all related to everything dating.

In that same article, we can also take a look at some of the most searched dating keywords as well. When doing any research on these dating keywords, be sure to look at the additional long tail keywords and other ways that you can spend this into more creative topics while giving the audience exactly what they want. For example, you might see that “dating app” and “dating sites” have more than 600,000 searches per month. But going after a search phrase like “what to do on a first date” (with 5,400 searches per month) has a completely different focus and mind set. Depending on what keywords and search phrases you are going after, you will have to create content based on these needs and individual call-to-actions that relate to the users need.

When creating the content for your site, it’s important to always focus on not just your end goal (which is likely to get users to sign up for a dating offer) but to also rank higher in the search results with the most targeted content possible. If you have a site that is strictly focused on kissing, you can cover every type of kissing/making out search phrase there is. You can see a few more examples of these keywords below.

Sticking with this same concept, you can use any of the most searched for phases at the beginning of this section, then plug them into Google and see more “related searches” like the ones above. For best results, create one super long article with all of these topics covered, or multiple articles (2,000+ words in length) and link each of them back to each other on your site.

How to Best Monetize Your Site Content

The great thing about creating dating tips or relationship blog is that there are plenty of ways to monetize your content. At the most simple form, you can always use Google Adsense ads on your site and make a small portion of the revenue generated, or you can promote individual dating related offers or actual dating sites in themselves. In most cases, going with an affiliate offer to send leads to a dating site is probably the best option — since that is likely what your audience is interested in.

As mentioned earlier, there are now well more than a billion active sites on the internet today. That is a lot of content, and way too many distractions out there. This is especially true if you plan on converting your audience into a lead after just one visit. A better way to connect and provide value to your audience, might be through the use of an autoresponder series where you can deliver quality information, guides, and resources over time.

This is just one of the many forms on monetization available to site owners and bloggers today. Through the visual below we can see how marketing might start through ppc ads, forum posts, banners, or even social media… but that is just the start of the process. It’s then up to your content and websites to flow the user through a process where they trust your content and find value in it, then also subscribing to your mailing list, and also be ready to take action through your site.

This isn’t just an effective business model for brands and site owners selling courses of digital products, it also works in the world of online dating and relationships as well. Once you have a content focus and target audience in place, don’t just think of a monetization play and how to make money — consider your options with longterm subscriber and revenue growth as well.

Also mentioned earlier, the online dating space is absolutely saturated with content, competitors, money, and advertising options — however, there is still plenty of room to compete and make money as well. There are many well-known brand name US dating sites, many of which you probably already know and maybe even use or promote. The same holds true for dating outside of the US. If you are only targeting the USA or just English-speaking countries, you are missing out big time! Take a look at this list of the world’s most single countries.

  1. BRAZIL, 10%
  2. KENYA, 15%
  3. SOUTH AFRICA, 24%
  4. RUSSIA, 25%
  5. CANADA, 27%
  6. U.S., 28%
  7. ITALY, 29%
  8. JAPAN, 31%
  9. BRITAIN, 34%
  10. SWEDEN, 47%

To make all of this easier to follow, we will use Affiliate2Day as our example affiliate program for monetization on dating tips or relationship blog. Like many other affiliate networks, Affiliate2Day is a dating-specific affiliate program that offers compensation when someone joins or purchases on one of their dating websites.

The benefit of using a dating-specific platform like Affiliate2Day, is dating is all they do! This means they know what type of landing pages, ad creatives, traffic sources, and types of audiences and demographic targeting work best. With all of this in mind, their platform also has affiliate managers with this same knowledge, who are more than willing to pass it along to any dating affiliates to increase leads, revenue, and earnings for both sides.

If you don’t already have an affiliate account with them, you can create one by clicking here. It’s free to create, and you will quickly be assigned to an affiliate manager that can help you get started with your first dating ad campaigns or placements on your site.

Most of my site readers should already be familiar with the process of affiliate marketing and how to set up their first campaign. You simply join a program, grab your affiliate link, and post it to your site. For a program like Affiliate2Day, it would be best to place call-to-actions throughout the content on your site. If you were going to promote the dating offers through paid marketing and media buying, then using unique landing pages that cater to different demographic audiences and their interests would be best.

When attempting to make money with a dating and relationship blog, it’s important to keep your efforts focused on one common call to action. For example, if you know your target audience is ‘single men’ living in the ‘United States’ and speak ‘English’, this should be the main focus of your landing page (while also have a call to action on the page for “Single Men” and also having a picture of a female on the page. This all simple advertising 101, but if you have any questions or need custom ad copy created, Affiliate2Day can help with that as well.

Generic monetization methods that are commonly used are often a rev-share solution like Google Adsense, an individual product/service, or affiliate marketing. In the case of Affiliate2Day and running dating offers, this would prove most effective on sites that have dating or relationship offers. No matter what you decide to promote, make sure not to load the site up with too many monetization options or distractions, as this can lead to site readers being overwhelmed and simply leaving your site. This can also be a headache for tracking site earnings as well.

In reference to making money with Affiliate2Day, affiliate partners have three monetization methods to choose from.

  • Pay Per Sale: 25% of sales amount + $25 sign-up bonus
  • Pay Per Lead: $6 to $8 per lead generated
  • Pay Per First Order: $150 to $250 per first order

If you aren’t sure which monetization method is best for your site, I would recommend going with the “up to $8 per lead” option, as this will give the best results overall while also letting you know the type of data and leads you have flowing through your site. For sites with higher quality content, or those focused strictly on dating/relationship articles, it would likely benefit more from the “$250 per first order option”. The same holds true for the 25% pay per sale program as well, so it’s worth testing on both sides.

Affiliate2Day Referral Program:

Another way to make money with Affiliate2Day is to refer other site owners and affiliates to their network, and then earn 10% of their commissions. This is an ideal offer for any bloggers or site owners that already cover the topics of making money online or affiliate marketing.

Affiliate2Day Anniversary Bonus Promotion:

Everyone loves to celebrate their anniversary, and Affiliate2Day is doing just that. Best of all, they will be sharing the experience with their site partners and affiliates as well. Here’s what you need to know:

This promotion will take part between September 1st – September 30th.

The bonus promotion hasn’t started yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing for the event to take place.

The program is broken down as follows:

FOR ALL AFFILIATES

  • Earn $100 for each new sub-affiliates referred to the platform
  • Affiliates will also earn 10% from the earnings made by each affiliate referred
  • The more sub-affiliates referred, the more potential earnings throughout September
  • Log in to your affiliate account to grab your code and start referring affiliates today

FOR PPS AFFILIATES ONLY

  • Boost your affiliate earnings to the next level by referring as many customers as you can. A $1000 bonus is up for grabs to any PPS affiliates that can reach 200 sales!
  • Start today and get a jump ahead of the competition. The more referrals you send, the more likely you are to hit your bonus and sales required in September.

As stated on their site, if you’d like to take part in the event, “simply send a request via the contact form on their site, and mention your affiliate ID or username.” — once that is done, you will then receive a confirmation from their team, and results will be posted on their site and the bonuses will be added to the winner’s accounts by October 20th 2018.

Now that we have a content monetization method in mind, we can now move onto the content promotion part.

Attracting New Site Visitors with SEO and Social Media

Creating a website or a blog is extremely easy. Content creation is also very easy as well, and can even be outsourced if you don’t know what you are writing about. One of the most important factors when attempting to make money online with a website or a blog, is knowing how to get a consistent flow of new visitors to your website.

Two of the most common and effective ways to accomplish this is through the use of SEO and social media. As mentioned earlier, ranking at the top of Google for any type of generic term is nearly impossible. This is why you are going to have to get creative and unique with the type of content you create. We recommend you go after long tail keywords and make your content as specific as possible, not only so you can target your audience, but also make it more likely that they will take action when they get to your site.

However, there are better ways to approach this process. For example, using a tool like SEMRush, we can plug in any dating or relationship blog and see what keywords they are currently ranking for. We can also see their placement in Google, how many people search for that phrase monthly, the difficulty in ranking for that keyword, and also a direct link to the article that is ranking. Obviously, you don’t want to copy the content on these sites, but instead, study the long tail keywords that are ranking and getting traffic, which you might not have found otherwise. You can see an example of all of this below.

At the same time, if you are completely against the idea of waiting around for your site to organically rank in Google, you can also focus your efforts on social media. Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest are three of this hottest social platforms for building a following around relationships and advice — and Facebook Ads is ideal for targeting singles based on their interests and locations (think custom landing pages here).

No matter what method you choose, understand that it’s all about the time and effort that you put into your content, call to actions, and link building/promotion efforts. With more than a billion active sites on the internet, creating a site and content means nothing — it’s all about the value, delivery, and getting it in front of the right audiences.

Can You Really Still Make Money in the Online Dating Space?

Without a doubt. Just ask any of the top dating affiliate platforms on the internet today, and they will tell you they are paying out thousands of dollars per month to hundreds, if not thousands of their site partners — and best of all, affiliate marketing is paving the way. This means you can test different dating sites, content offers, and traffic sources, to see which work best for you.

As always, I can only provide you with so much information and details. To see real results, you need to actually put all of this into action. If you haven’t started a website or blog yet, follow this guide, and feel free to shoot me an email when you get started. I would love to hear about your online success!

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