FinCon Masters – Where Top Financial Influencers Meet

FinCon is one of the top conferences in the world when it comes to connecting financial brands, business, bloggers, and influencers all at one event. I had the pleasure of both attending and speaking at their latest conference in San Diego, CA last year. Not only was it a great conference for me to attend and speak at to make new connections, it was also great to expand outside the normal Affiliate Summit crowd that I’m often meeting up with. In short, it was put together extremely well and was just a great collection of people as well.

In addition to everything else FinCon has to offer, they’ve recently come out with smaller one-day events as well, known as FinCon Masters. While I would always be interested in attending and speaking at the huge FinCon event each year, it might not be as feasible or convenient for others throughout the country or world. For example, I flew across the country to attend the event when it was in San Diego, CA last year, and this year it will be held in Dallas, TX. However… I would really like to see something happen in NYC, as it’s just an hour away.

Consider it done!

FinCon Masters events will now be held in both California and New York, with London also on deck in the coming months.

The goal behind FinCon Masters is to hold smaller one-day events across the country (and even the world), while still offering the same value and experience that you might have during a large event — but with only two speakers, and a more intimate and limited setting.

There are already two events lined up for May, both in New York City and San Fransisco — which are two obvious hot spots for online business and startups in the country today. I already got my tickets for the New York event, so hopefully I will see some of you there too!

James Altucher and Farnoosh Torabi will be speaking at the New York event and I’m sure the event won’t disappoint. You can see the full details for both events below.

FinCon Masters New York

Speakers: Farnoosh Torabi, James Altucher, and more
When: May 2, 2017, 6-9 PM
Where: Innovation Loft, 151 W. 30th
Who: Limited to 100 Attendees

FinCon Masters San Francisco

Speakers: Paula Pant, Nick Loper, and more
When: May 10, 2017, 6-9 PM
Where: The Hall, 1028 Market Street (Between 6th/7th)
Who: Limited to 80 Attendees

What You Can Expect

  • EXCLUSIVE NETWORKING
    FinCon Masters is limited to 100 advanced-level influencers (bloggers, podcasters, authors, creatives, etc.). The smaller setting will allow you to more easily connect with other attendees at the event.
  • ADVANCED-LEVEL TALKS
    No beginner sessions or fluffy panels. We’ll be bringing advanced-level talks and case study presentations on content creation, marketing strategy, mindset, and business growth.
  • DRINKS, DINNER, AND DESSERT
    Leave the wallet at home. We’ve got you covered with open bar, dinner, and dessert. Excellent food options from local sources.

What You’ll Leave With

  • Advanced strategies you can implement to grow your online influence.
  • Action steps to increase your business revenue.
  • Deeper connections with today’s top financial influencers and brands.
  • Meet new people and strengthen existing relationships.

Hope to see you there!

How to Make Money with a Health / Weight Loss Review Site

When it comes to making money online with affiliate marketing, many marketers will go with the concept of creating a website or blog. This is one of my favorite methods, simply because it’s low cost for anyone to get started with, and it can also bring in long term results if you can get your content to rank in the search results. With all of this in mind, today we are going to take a look at how you can start making money with a health/weight loss review site of your own.

If there was ever an industry where the money never stops flowing, it’s going to be the beauty, weight loss, and health industry. It’s simply an area where people are always going to spend money, and also want to improve their lives in the process. At the same time, it seems like there is a never-ending supply of products to promote in this field as well.

Let’s get started in a simple 3-step process!

1 – Decide on Your Audience and Niche Focus

The first thing you need to do is launch a website or blog to post and promote all of your content. However, before even doing this you are going to need to know what demographic audience you are going after and if you want to niche down your focus. The more ‘niche’ your site and content is, the better you will be able to eventually rank, create content and target your audience.

A perfect example of this would be ‘weight loss’. This topic in itself is way too generic, however, it could easily be broken down into ‘exercise equipment’, ‘weight loss exercises’, ‘weight loss pills’ and everything in between. At the same time, if you were to focus on ‘weight loss pills’, that could be broken down into a wide range of tight niche focuses as well — such as ‘green coffee’, ‘chocolate weight loss’, ‘goji’, ‘garcinia’ and much more.

Using a tool like Google Trends, we can quickly see what some of the top trending weight loss pills are in the world today. There are also plenty of other tools that can help with niche targeting and keyword research, such as SEMRush and Google Keyword Planner.

The point is… instead of going with a generic weight loss topic for your site, go extremely niche and zone in on one market. Once you have this in place, you can then launch your site and go live with individual reviews on as many related topics/products as possible.

2 – How to Make Money with Your Site

In addition to niching down your content and audience focus as much as possible, it’s also important to make sure you have a good way to make money with your site. In the case of ‘health, beauty and weight loss’, affiliate marketing is going to be one of the best options for you to run with. Many of the top selling products out there already have affiliate programs in place, or you can simply join an affiliate network like Adcombo that already has over 100 healthy, beauty and weight loss offers to choose from.

As you can see, within Adcombo you will find a wide range of health and weight loss offers that fall into each of the broken down niche categories below. The more affiliate networks you join, the more weight loss related offers you can find. People are likely already searching for reviews and trial offers on these offers, so that would be the main focus of your site and where you would be providing value to your audience and monetizing your content at the same time.

You will also notice that many of these offers on Adcombo are marked with [FERRARI]. This is because of their latest affiliate content where they are giving away a $200,000 Ferrari California to their top affiliate, and a bunch of other great products to other top performing affiliates. This promotion is running right now and ends in May, so there is still plenty of time to earn some good money and walk away with a nice prize in the process.

3 – Go Live with Your Content and Promote It Like Crazy

Now that we covered the basics of coming up with a niche focus for your health review site, and how you can start monetizing it through the use of affiliate offers, it’s time to focus on your content creation and content promotion.

Before going live with content on your site, there are a few things you need to remember. The first and most important is that the internet is already overloaded with content. Don’t just put content out there simply to go live with content, instead, create mega articles, guides, and reviews that provide real value. This is really the only way you can compete nowadays. In short, focus on quality content, as this will help with the whole backlinking and promotion strategy as well.

If you want to see how the top sites are doing this, simply Google “weight loss pills reviews 2017” and take a look at the sites ranking on the first page of Google. Reviews.com is a great example of how to do this. Not only do they have great content and rank organically, they are also earning commission on most mentions of products within their content as well.

Once you’ve created some content for your site, it’s time to start thinking about how you can start promoting it. Unfortunately, it will take some time for a new website or blog to rank in Google (at least anywhere decent), but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get started with an aggressive marketing campaign right away. Best of all, I know many affiliate marketers and site owners are working on a small or limited budget, so there are plenty of ways you can put your own time and effort to work on this, instead of just spending money on paid traffic sources and hoping for the best.

Here are a few content marketing ideas to help you get started.

  • Health Related Expert Roundup – This is a no-brainer, and it’s also something I talk about all the time. If you want to increase your DA/PA, backlinks, traffic and social shares, run a health related expert roundup on your site. Simply ask a question to a bunch of industry experts or bloggers within your space, then post all of their responses in one big mega post on your site. Many of the experts you feature within your article will then go on to share the content and maybe even link to it from their own sites. This works great because everyone sharing and linking to your content is already likely within the health and weight loss industry.
  • Create a Weight Loss Infographics – Infographics are great for marketing and they are pretty easy to create as well. Simply look for some of the latest stats or industry reports on anything you are currently focused on, then head over to a site like Canva.com and use their free templates to create an infographic. After that, submit your image to a bunch of infographic directories, then reach out to other health bloggers to see if they would like to share it with their audience as well. To improve your chances for the infographic getting picked up on other sites, offer a free original article and social sharing to anyone willing to post it.
  • Become an Expert within Your Space – Everyone is always looking for expert advice and tips, especially when it’s related to weight loss and health. Use sites like Quora or Facebook Groups to provide feedback to different audiences around the world. There are already millions of users searching for answers on these sites, you just need to provide your feedback and give the best information possible. The more answers and feedback you can provide, the more likely to increase your authority and trust within the industry.

Other advanced content marketing options include guest blogging, retargeting advertising and bidding on long tail keywords through Google Adwords. Be sure to expand into these different areas when looking to scale your site and it’s content to that next level.

The Path to a Successful Affiliate Health Site

When it comes to building any type of content and affiliate site on the internet, it’s all about niching down as much as possible and ranking for longtail keywords. This goes right back to knowing who your audience is and making sure you can provide them with the best information possible.

If you are going to launch your first website or blog today, don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results right away. Just like anything in life worth doing, it’s going to take some time and effort on your part. This has been a proven method that works time and time again. Focus on writing killer product reviews, then getting that content in front of the right audience. If you are relying solely on SEO, this is going to take some time and effort, so don’t get discouraged when you don’t see results right away.

Go live with your site today. Create content that provides value, and then focus even more on the content promotion aspect to see real results.

Shorte.st Review – How to Make Money with Link Shortening

 

Of the many stories and memories I have about making money online and creating websites over the years, it’s quite funny to think about the internet back in the mid-to-late-90s. Specifically in reference to domain names and free web hosting sites. Back in the day, sites like Geocities, Tripod, and AOL all offered free web hosting to anyone wanting to create a site of their own. The only problem was, you were stuck with a very long site URL… but hey, it was free!

Then in 2001, I registered my first domain names for $70 through Network Solutions (for two years). Even back then, you were still limited by how many characters you can have in your domain name, it wasn’t til several years later that they increased this amount, allowing for a whole new world of opportunity when it comes to registering a domain name.

Jump forward to today and it’s all about creating the shortest URLs possible. This is pretty easy now thanks to all of the new domain name extensions and link shortening services out there.

Speaking of which, the world of link shortening is actually more in-depth, lucrative and competitive than you might think. Even if we don’t think about it, we are all likely using some form on link shortening on a daily basis, especially if you are using social media and social sharing buttons on your sites.

One platform that has made the process of link shortening not only simple but also quite lucrative for them and their site partners, is Shorte.st. The this has millions of active users and site partners using their redirects on a daily basis, while also generating revenue in the process — which we will dive into in the details below.

Shorte.st Makes Your Links Short and Profitable

We should all have a pretty good understanding of how a link shortening platform works. At it’s most basic form, you simply provide a URL to any website, article or landing page, then the link shortening platform will provide you with a redirect URL that is much shorter — thus allowing you to easily share on social networks or anywhere you might be limited in characters, or don’t want to display an extremely long or complicated URL.

With all of that in mind, that’s exactly what you are going to find at https://shorte.st/.

One of the first things you might be thinking is that the URL of “shorte.st” isn’t actually the shortest domain name out there. That is true, but it’s also just the name of the company. When you visit their site, you can type in any URL you like, then you will be assigned a new shortened URL such as http://viid.me/qWVPb5. Previous users of the site can also log into their accounts and manually update their redirect URLs (http://viid.me/1oqg -> http://sh.st/1oqg) to the latest ‘shorter’ URL of viid.me and more security-based URLs recently added to the site. This also allows for the easy setup and redirection of URLs through Twitter.

However, to look at Shorte.st as just a redirection and link shortening service wouldn’t offer much value. Instead, what makes the site stand out from others in this space, is how they are earning revenue for site partners around the world.

How are Users Making Money with Shorte.st?

Before we jump into how to make money with a link shortening service like Shorte.st, we need to first cover the many different reasons why you might want to start using redirects. As mentioned earlier, this is often to make link social easier, fitting within social media character limited and also to make money if you are pushing a lot of generic traffic through your site. A good example of the later would be if you had an entertainment site that was doing very well with viral traffic and wanted to try and make some extra money with it.

In the case of links created through shorte.st, each one is going to serve a short interstitial advertisement before passing the end user off to their final destination. You can see an example of this in the screenshot below. The user can view the advertisement, or click on the “Skip this Ad” option to move on to their original destination that was clicked. Each time such an advertisement is served, Shorte.st and their site partner would then generate a share of the revenue from the ad placement.

As mentioned, this type of traffic redirection is more for social audiences or sites with a lot of high-traffic general audience. You likely wouldn’t want to place such link redirection on your main website or within articles that have real purpose or value. This is something each site owner will have to consider before placing any type of advertising on their site, as on-site experience and value should always come as a first priority.

When it comes to the actual earnings that can be generated from such a campaign, all we need to do is look at the rate card featured on the Shorte.st website. In nearly all traffic scenarios, United States, UK, Canada and Australia traffic is usually going to earn more money than other third-world countries… but here’s where Shorte.st shines above the competition. While many other revenue sharing programs might shun against traffic from these ‘lesser quality’ countries, Shorte.st is still paying as much as they can for ALL traffic sources.

At the same time, it’s also important to factor in the quality of your traffic. If you are pushing a ton of visitors through your site and none of them are clicking or acting on the paid placement, you likely won’t see that great of earnings numbers. However, across the board, traffic from countries like Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Germany are still ending $1-$7+ per 1,000 views. Not bad for traffic sources that usually have a hard time getting monetized.

Shorte.st members can log into their accounts at any time to see their latest stats, URLs generated and how much they are earning by country. Payments are sent out through Shorte.st on a monthly basis (on the 10th of each month) through PayPal, WebMoney or Payoneer. The minimum threshold for payment is just $5 for Paypal and Webmoney, while Payoneer is set at $20. As a bonus, Shorte.st will send out payments twice per month to give a holiday bonus (usually during December).

Shorte.st Dashboard and Advanced Tools

To create a shortened URL with Shorte.st, all you need to do is visit the site and plug in any URL of your choice. However, if you want to get the most out their service and start earning money, it’s highly recommended you create a free members account. This will allow you to access to dashboard area and also the ability to track all of your links and earnings.

Once inside the dashboard area, you can easily access all areas of your account. This will allow you to view statistics, earnings reports, account and payment information and also some useful tool to earn even more with your site and link shortening. Such tools and features include:

The main dashboard is easy enough to follow and the URL shortening bar is always available near the top of the page. Browse around to get your statistics, across all income sources, enter your withdraw information and so on. It’s also through the dashboard that you gain access to some very useful tools.

  • Full Page Script: Do you have a blog, resource website, microsite, online forum, or almost any other kind of website? With this handy script, every link on your site will automatically be converted to a Shorte.st shortened link instead. This way, you can ensure you are monetizing all your traffic. Through the options, you can whitelist or blacklist any domains you definitely want to include or exclude too.
  • Developers API: Want to do more with Shorte.st beyond the features and functions that they offer? The API allows your creativity to be your guide, taking the Shorte.st platform to wherever you want to take it.
  • Quick Link: If you don’t want to visit the Shorte.st website to shorten your links, you can grab the quick link, appending it to whatever URL you’d like to shorten.
  • Mass Shrinker: This is perhaps the most useful tool of all. When you have multiple URLs you need to shorten, you can do up to 20 at a time on a single screen. This is perfect for shrinking the URLs for multiple affiliate links or blog posts, for instance.

To learn more about each of these features and to see them in action, simply refer to the How It Works section on the website. You can also visit the Shorte.st Forum to see what the latest trends and methods are for making money with redirection, and what’s working for other members.

Big Money with Small Links

Wherever there is web traffic, there is always going to be money to make. The question is… what’s the right method of monetization for you, your audience and your business?

If you are currently pushing a lot of generic traffic, working with viral content and social media, or even have a file sharing, image hosting or video site… link shortening and redirection through Shorte.st might be a great option for you.

In addition to making money with their site with link redirection and ad serving, users can also promote Shorte.st through their affiliate program and earn a 20% recurring commission on all revenue generated — for life! That means if you referred a user that was making $1,000 a month with Shorte.st, you would pocket a nice $200 a month just for making the initial referral.

The world of online traffic and link shortening is an exciting and interesting one. If you find value in everything mentioned here today, be sure to register for an account with Shorte.st now and see how their link shortening and monetization methods could start working for you.

Make Money with CPAmatica Affiliate Network

As an affiliate marketer or entrepreneur, we are always on the look out for the latest and great new business opportunities. In the world of online marketing, this is a task that never seems to end. No matter what industry you are in, there are always new offers to choose from, different traffic sources to consider and also new money to be made in every vertical you can think of.

Keeping with the concept of affiliate marketing, it’s extremely important to keep an eye on all of the different affiliate networks you can be working with. Not even just so you know who the big players are, but also so you can have access to as many offers as possible, but also to make sure you know the highest payouts across different networks, and of course to stay updated with the latest trends and offers in the industry.

With all of this in mind, today we are going to be looking ay CPAmatica, an affiliate network focused on becoming a “global partner network” to affiliates around the world, by offering a great variety of offers, competitive payouts and excellent customer service both for affiliates and advertisers.”

CPAmatica Affiliate Network

When visiting the CPAmatica website, one of the first things you will notice is that the company wants to tell you a bit about who they are and what type of services they offer. At the same time, you will also see testimonials from existing site partners and advertisers. To learn more about the company, you can head over to their about page, which has more information on the company, where they are located and pictures of their staff and affiliate management team.

 

When choosing an affiliate network to work with, it’s always nice to see more personal information about the company and the people behind it. It’s also good to see photos of the actual network location and office building, as anyone could be running a network out of a basement and the majority of people would never know. This isn’t the case with CPAmatica, as they have an affiliate network and management team of 20 individuals, and are also currently hiring in Ukraine and Russia.

In addition to learning about the company, it’s also important to see how affiliate partners can benefit from using a network like CPAmatica as well. You can see some of their many affiliate marketer advantages below, which includes:

  • Access to a wide range of offers accepting traffic from over 100+ different countries
  • Custom in-house software for improved tracking and earnings potential
  • Promotional and ad creative materials made for affiliates on request
  • Fast and secure weekly payments sent out to affiliates
  • Friendly support team and answer all affiliate and promotional questions

When it comes to payments from an affiliate network, it’s always key to push volume is you want faster payments and through your preferred transfer method. In the case of CPAmatica, payments are offered weekly on a net-15 basis, so long as you meet the following minimum thresholds: $50 for Webmoney, $250 for Payoneer, $500 for PayPal and $1000 for a wire transfer.

Inside the CPAmatica Affiliate Dashboard Area

Like most affiliate networks, CPAmatica provides affiliates with a login and dashboard area that allows for access to all areas of the network. If you are already active with other networks, you will notice the HasOffers platform being used.

You can see a screenshot of the members area below, along with the navigation menu on the left-hand side, which grants access to all areas of the site and your account details. Your affiliate manager will also be showcased on the left-side menu, along with their best contact information.

In addition to all of the normal components that you would find in an affiliate network, CPAmatica also has an option for “I need more offers!” page. Through this area, you can request offers that are currently available on other networks, and not yet on CPAmatrca. After clicking this link, you will be sent to a form that asks whether you’re already running such offers elsewhere, which networks you’re using, the current CPA rate, and the CPA rate you’d need to switch networks. The process is very transparent and speaks to the kind of communication you can expect.

Affiliate Offers Found on CPAmatica

What separates most affiliate networks from others is the type of offers you can find on the network. Of course, it’s also important to make sure they have the highest payouts, a respectable affiliate team and also that you are getting paid on time — but without the right offers, none of that really matters anyway.

CPAmatica has hundreds of affiliate offers to choose from, and each of them are categorized based on their category, offer type, payout or country of interest. You can see some of their gaming and mobile offers below. To see the actual payouts on each offer, you will need to sign up and login to your account.

Once logged into your account, you will have access to the full list of offers on the network. Whenever you find one you’d like to promote, you simply need to click on the offer to request it for promotion. When viewing offers, you can sort by category, payout per lead, daily CAPS, full CAPS, offer name and offer ID, if you’d like.

After looking through many of the offers on the network, a good majority of them are geared toward the adult and dating verticals. If this is a space you are currently active in, joining CPAmatica to take a look at their offers is a no-brainer..

No matter what niche market you are in, it’s always great to have access to more offers, and that’s exactly what CPAmatica will do for you. In addition to the wide range of adult and dating offers, you will also find sweepstakes, gaming, mobile, pin submits and similar offers. Again, the payout on all of these offers will vary.

You can see a preview of an individual offer and its details below. This breakdown is available for each offer on the network, and all you need to do is click the “preview” button to access it.

In summary, CPAmatica has a wide range of affiliate offers to choose from, while also offering them in many different countries, platforms, and devices for promotion. Also, if you can’t find a specific offer you might be looking for, contact them directly and they will do their best to accommodate you.

Join CPAmatica to Expand Your Affiliate Earnings

With top traffic sources and site partners like Offervault, Exoclick, and TrafficJunky recommending and saying good things about CPAmatica, they are definitely a name that you should keep on your radar. With their dedicated support team and the custom software, there is no reason why you can’t find success of your own with their network. They’ve even made it easy for you to use your own domains for tracking links.

If you haven’t already, click here to create an account and start earning more with CPAmatica today.

 

Moscow Affiliate Conference 2017 – Who, What, Where and When

It’s crazy to think about the world of affiliate marketing and how it quickly became a multi-billion dollar industry out of nowhere. We can probably thank Amazon.com and the launch of their associate’s program back in the late 90s for introducing the concept ofg affiliate marketing to so many individuals, brands, and businesses looking to generate leads online. After all, it’s pretty safe to say that Amazon wouldn’t be the massive success story they are today without the affiliate marketing component within their own business.

At the same time, affiliate marketing focused conferences have also helped fuel the industry as well. While there are several ‘internet marketing’ conferences held across the country monthly, the few ‘affiliate marketing’ targeted events have really helped fuel the industry’s growth, while also allowing others to connect with experts, brands and big name businesses who also rely on affiliate marketing.

With all of that being said, new affiliate marketing conferences are happening in new locations around the world more often than you think — with the latest being Moscow Affiliate Conference 2017 at the end of March. The United States has always been at the forefront of technology and online marketing, but it’s great to see affiliate marketing conferences now happening around the world and giving everyone the opportunity to experience once first hand.

Moscow Affiliate 2017 Conference by Leadbit

This is the inaugural event for the Moscow Affiliate Conference, and it’s being held in the Russian capital city of Moscow, which is sure to grab a lot of interest and boost attendance. As with most conferences, sponsors and contributing partners always help with funding and getting the word out. In the case of this conference, the main sponsor and event holder is Leadbit Group — who are also known for their MediaVenus native advertising network, the FBilling mobile-focused affiliate network, and the MostBet betting company. Leadbit is also its own international affiliate network.

In addition to Leadbit Group, the event is also being promoted and funded through StackThatMoney — “the world’s largest premium affiliate marketing forum.” I’ve already done plenty of write ups about STM over the years, and they’ve grown into quite the resource and training ground for some of the top affiliate marketers in the world today, with over 180,000 posts, guides and case studies on the site.

With the combined forces of Leadbit and STM to help bring attention and awareness to the event, I’m sure they will have an amazing kick-off to the conference, and many more in the years to come. The Moscow Affiliate Conference is scheduled to take place on March 30, 2017, and it is dedicated to the world of affiliate marketing and driving leads through a commission based platform. And while the event is being held in Russia, the conference and it’s material will be covering international topics, guides and methods for all attendees to take advantage of.

Who Else Can You Meet at Moscow Affiliate Conference?

While it’s always great to attend a conference for its speakers and content, you always want to make some new connection and see familiar faces as well.  This shouldn’t be a problem, as some of the most well-known names in advertising and direct response will have representation at the conference as well.

If you are even only slightly active in the world of affiliate marketing, you will likely recognize several of the brand names and logos below. Attend Moscow Affiliate Conference and are likely to run into team members from AdsBridge, MGID, ClickDeader, CPAMatica, YeahMobi and many more advertisers, brands and affiliate marketers.

As mentioned earlier, new conferences are popping up all the time, but most of them don’t have the brand exposure and advertisers that Moscow Affiliate Conference has been able to secure in just their first event. This is a great site to see, which also signals for improved growth and legitimacy in years to come.

What Can You Expect from MAC2017?

The main focus of content and material to be covered at Moscow Affiliate Conference is affiliate marketing and how to grow a successful business online through referral marketing. Speakers will be found in the conference hall, while there will also be sponsor booths (exhibit hall), meet markets and meeting lounges throughout the event location. You can see a full map layout of the conference location below.

In addition to all of the events and activities taking place during the event, there will be plenty of after parties and networking opportunities as well. You can see all of the latest show details, speaker information and after parties listed on the main MAC2017 website.

The Cost to Attend Moscow Affiliate Conference is FREE!

At the beginning of the article, I mentioned the importance of finding great sponsors and companies to partner with to launch a successful conference or event. It takes a lot of time, money and resources to bring in speakers, rent out conference space, provide food and everything else that goes on behind the scenes. At most conferences, this is what leads up to the high-ticket price you are likely going to have to pay if you want to attend — however, the price to attend Moscow Affiliate Conference 2017, is FREE!

This is all thanks in part to the advertising packages for sponsors and making the event even possible — which is even more of a reason for any attendees to go out of their way and speak with all exhibitors and hit as many booths as possible.

From the looks of everything, if you live anywhere near Russia, it’s a great opportunity to connect with some of the biggest names in affiliate marketing, while also being after to attend such a conference first-hand. For anyone outside of the country, it’s simply a great excuse to make the trip. The MAC2017 website also has information on getting a visa should you need one — otherwise you can proceed to the sign-up form on the site and get yourself registered for Moscow Affiliate Conference 2017!

5 Creative Ways to Increase Signups with Customer Promotions

Customer promotions, discounts, contests, and giveaways are some of the greatest ways to convert your existing audience into high-quality leads, paying customers and email subscribers. However, as great as each of these methods might be, it might not always be so clear on how to offer such promotions to your audience, while also getting user engagement and conversions in the process.

Good news… I have some great examples to share with you today!

To help with this process, I hand selected five different promotions running across the internet today from various websites, brands and e-commerce stores. Each using a unique promotion of their own to try and pursued their visitors to be more than just another visitor. Check out each of the examples below and see how you might be able to implement a customer promotion of your own.

Join Mailing List for a Discount

One of the easiest ways to grab a conversion is getting someone to join your mailing list. In most cases, all it takes is a simple email submit. At the same time, you can increase conversions by offering something of value to your audience, in exchange for them joining your list. This is something Tommie Copper does extremely well. The majority of products on their site are kinda pricey, but right when you hit their site, you are offered a 25% off coupon just for joining their list. This is a complete no-brainer for the customer, while also providing Tommie Copper with a huge visitor-to-paid-customer conversion rate. This is a must for any type of e-commerce site!

Bonus After Sign up

Living by Atlantic City, I know all about casino promotions and getting the latest coupons and promotions in the mail that offer a free nights stay, a dinner or even a match play bonus if I decide to make a trip down. While these tactics have all been used for many years to get people in their car and staying overnight at local casinos in their area, they are working even more effectively thanks to the power of the internet. You can see a perfect example of this with new site users and how they can claim a welcome bonus when they join Euro Palace casino. From a marketing and business stand point, this is a no-brainer for both the player and the casino. The player receives a bonus, and the only gaming site can track the performance of all players coming from an individual coupon or bonus code.

Share with a Friend and Get Money!

When you are a customer or subscriber to a real product or service, it’s likely that you would want to tell your friends about it. This type of ‘word of mouth’ marketing has worked extremely well for PetFlow — a pet food subscription service. However, it’s not just about customers telling friends and family about the service, it’s also about them being rewarded in the process. Tell a friend about PetFlow through your account (or on their site) and you will get a $10 credit for each referred account after their first purchase. A win-win for both PetFlow, their existing customers and any new customers coming in (as the new customer will also get $10 too)

Amazon Daily Giveaways

I bet you shop at Amazon.com all the time, but I bet you didn’t know they give away thousands of products on their site daily through Amazon Giveaways! Millions of products are listed for sale on Amazon, but they are actually sold by independant parties or brands that are looking for even more promotion. Through Amazon Giveaways, brands can run giveaways that people can ‘tweet and share’ to enter, or even follow a specific brand on Amazon for future updates. For Amazon, it’s a clear winner, as they get engagement on their site while also increasing sales. For the brand, they gain exposure and maybe sell a few more products based off new audiences discovering what they have to offer.

Rewards from Customer Surveys

Let’s face it… we all hate the idea of taking customer surveys, but every once in a while one of them might have an incentive with it that totally makes it worthwhile. It’s not uncommon to find such incentives on nearly all receipts these days — everything from a free burger, fries, discount or coupon on next visit. The incentives are quite great for a few minutes of your time, but the problem is always remembering to bring back the coupon on your next visit. You can see a perfect example of how RiteAid would run such promotions in the past in the screenshot below. It’s a bit of an older example, but the process of rewarding customers for taking a short survey still work extremely well today. The brand not only gets feedback from their customer, they will also likely gain a repeat customer, as they now have an incentive to save on their next purchase.

How to Increase Sales and Revenue with Online Promotions

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to engage with your audience before letting them leave your site and not completing the sale. From running a simple giveaway, contest promotion, freebie offer or even following up after a short survey… it’s all part of the process to build a relationship with your audience and making them feel special. Try each of these methods with your audience and see how much it might increase your existing sales and repeat customers.

5 Examples of Influencer Marketing on the Internet and Social Media Today

Influencer marketing is a common term that we now hear on a daily basis. The way influencer marketing commonly works is brands will reach out to authorities within their space and approach them with a new opportunity or product/service to promote. This is referenced as ‘influencer marketing’ simply because the person being approached and possibly reviewing or mentioning a product, is an ‘influencer’ in their space.

A good example of this would be any of the YouTube users with millions of follower, independent fashion bloggers who gain the attention of big media brands, and anyone else how might be an expert and have a following within their space.

There are many ways to gain attention with influencer marketing, and I’ve listed a few ideas and methods for you below.

1. Affiliate Marketing and Discount Codes

If your main objective is to specifically increase sales, then your campaign should incentivize both the influencer as well as the consumer. Push the customer to buy with an effective call-to-action followed by a special discount code which is too hard to resist. Including an affiliate link to allow brands to point sales straight to their movement and send commissions got from sales according to the agreement can actually get the influencer behind your service/product. This is commonly seen when bloggers or marketing influencers are pushing web hosting or a software product. It’s not uncommon for an affiliate network to create custom landing pages with the site owners face, name and testimonial on the sales page.

This is also seen in the world of celebrity endorsements as well — just no so much with the affiliate or coupon code aspect. In the case of The General, they went out and grabbed Shaq as a celebrity spokesperson for the brand. While there isn’t a specific affiliate code or discount in place, the option is there to “Start a Quote”, which costs nothing for the end user.

Simply having the association and trust from a big name player like Shaq can do wonders for a brand, along with any affiliate marketing promotions (if they had one)

2. Ambassador Roles

Same as celebrity endorsements, loyal and trustworthy ambassador positions have the perspective to change the image of a brand. If you’ve tried influencer marketing before and found a specific influencer who actually reverberates with your target market and brand, why not keep them in a continuing campaign and check if the impetus puts up from the original commitment.

With that being said, ambassador and celebrity roles are quickly becoming a topic of discussion as big money continues to flow into this space. Jezebel has a great article on this topic, while also providing various examples of how top brands and celebrities are making the influencer connection.

3. Giveaways and Competitions

Contests and giveaways have been one of the best means for marketing and lead generation since the beginning of time. Now, thanks to the power of the internet and being able to track everything down to the click, giveaways and competitions are a marketers dream come true.

Finding and teaming up with a social media influencers using an influencer marketing platform is extremely successful in improving your brand exposure, awareness, and reaching potential customers and new followers. A struggle gets everyone engaged, and involved quite frequently, people purchase things anyway, though they don’t succeed for fear of losing!

Even with Instagram being a photo-base social platform, it’s yet another opportunity to create something fun and exciting for your audience to contribute to. Bloglovin has a great article on the many different ways to use influencer marketing on Instagram, while also showcase how brands like Natasha’s Kitchen has found success with simple giveaways for kitchen appliances and food. How could your brand or business be doing the same?

4. Endorsed Social Media Mentions

The majority of influencers are very confident with their social network platforms and only talks about venues, products, and brands that they actually love or have a job association with. However, the majority of mentioned products or endorsements out there are usually backed by big money or free products.

We can even take a look at this tweet from Khloe Kardashian from a few years back and see that she was simply paid or compensated to make this update (Ad). Apparently, it didn’t go that well, as Old Navy was then sued for using a Kim K. look alike in one of their ads for the brand.

5. PR Stunt

PR stunts can be quite a dangerous practice because there is no assurance your activation will produce coverage and get the targeted objectives (like email sign ups, brand exposure, etc.) you may have expected. In order for a PR stunt to work… you need good PR coverage. It is important that you properly investigate your customers and look for the right influencers who are best suitable for your campaign and brand message. This will allow you to comprise them in the activation of PR and boost your approach.

Even if a PR stunt or ad campaign does get you the attention you wanted, it might reverse on you and turn into a bit media disaster instead. Take a look at these big name brands that launched ‘creative’ ad campaigns that turned into the some of the worst branding disasters in 2015.

Is Influencer Marketing Right for Your Brand?

At the end of the day, we all want to have celebrity endorsements and a spokesperson with a massive online following — but at what cost? It’s going to take a lot of time, money and research to make sure your next influencer marketing campaign goes off with not only a hitch but also that it pulls a nice ROI in the process. With the rise of social media and new influencers being created every day, influencer marketing is here to stay — it’s just a matter of figuring out how you want to take advantage of it.

If you’d like to learn more about influencer marketing and follow some of the best branding experts and entrepreneurs who specialize in this area, I highly recommend you take a look at my post on Influencer Marketing Days. I recently had the opportunity to speak at the event, while also sharing my expertise on the power of content creation and influencer marketing today.

Vinteo.tv Offers Innovative Video Monetization for Site Owners

Making money online isn’t just a business, it’s also a skillset. Always staying ahead of the curve and not getting swept away by the changing trends in the industry is key to long term success. This can clearly be seen when looking at my own business over the past several years. What was a focus in previous years and worked then, might not work today.

With that being said, content creation is always going to play an important role online — no matter what industry you are in, or the service you provide to your audience. However, the means for creating this content and getting it to new audiences is changing. A clear example of this would be the utter dominance of mobile and online video in the world today. Text content and images till work well, but the growth of mobile and video is expanding at a much faster pace.

The good news is that this transition will be beneficial to both content creators, site owners, and brands — as long as you adapt with the industry and your audience’s demand. One such company that is making this transition within their own business, and for their site partners is Vinteo — as self-serve rich media video solution for in-app, mobile web, and desktop publishers.

Let’s take a look at their business and how they are helping site owners better monetize content on their site, while also helping brand marketers and affiliate reach new audiences in the process.

Vinteo is Innovative Video Performance

As mentioned earlier, video and mobile are now on the rise like never before and if you still aren’t taking advantage of these new sources for traffic and content delivery, you will soon fall behind the competition and be lost forever. Vinteo.tv was created to help content creators and brand marketers gain immediate access to such traffic sources, right through their self-serve advertising platform — which is focused solely on video advertising. After all, ‘vineto’ is greek for ‘video”!

Now that you know what vinteo is, how can you start making money with or reaching new audiences? Simple… put their self-serve advertising platform to use.

With content monetization and audience reach on all of our minds, it’s always a question of how such processes can be done better. In the case of Vinteo, it’s all about removing traditional advertising and upgrading such spots to serve video advertising. Vinteo makes it easy for sites to join their monetization platform to serve video ads on their site, which also provides their advertisers with a wide selection of sites to gain exposure from. Since Vinteo is handling both sides of the spectrum, it’s much easier and cost effective to keep site partners and advertisers at the highest levels possible.

All ad serving is done through Vinteo and they pay out on a CPM basis. This means you don’t need to worry about a wide range of CPA, CPS or CPC offers being served and wondering how they might convert with your audience. Vinteo is also set up to make sure all video ads will be optimized and served across all desktop and mobile devices.

Vinteo’s Easy to Use Dashboard

As with every advertising platform, there is always going to be a publisher/advertiser dashboard area to manage your account, campaigns, check stats and more. You can see a preview of Vinteo’s easy to use dashboard area below — which is dead simple to use and has a navigation which consists of simply the main dashboard, your campaign reports, and the embed codes to start serving ads on a given site.

 

Right when you log into your account, you will be shown the lifetime stats for your campaigns — which includes player loads (videos shown), lifetime earnings and your lifetime CPM. These are all important numbers, but you can see further details in the chart below this area, and a broken down version of your stats based on the previous day, last week and previous month average. These are key stats to look at, as you will want to keep an eye on your display numbers to see how your onsite traffic is growing, while also keeping an eye on your eCPM to make sure your earnings are increasing in the process.

Grabbing Your Embed Code to Display Video Ads

When it comes to simplicity, it really does get more simple than the interface and video display process that Vinteo offers to their audience. Simply log into your account, click the “Embed Codes” menu, then copy and paste the code to your site. By default, the video ads appear to be 300×250, but the ad spots displays can be changed by typing your own width and height (in pixels) into the appropriate section of the embed ad code (shown below).

For best results, Vinteo suggests running video ads that are greater than 400px in width, and greater than 300px for best results. Remember, these are video ads… so people will want to be able to see them in a large enough size that it’s easy for them to click and follow. Outside of the usual 300×250 size, other popular sizes include 480 x 320, 640 x 480, and 800 x 600. Mobile ads are also supported, as long as the ad is at least 250 pixels wide and 170 pixels tall.

You can see an example of a Vinteo video ad placement below. No matter where you place the code on your site, or within content, it will appear perfectly.

The video ad will appear right away and start playing in video format, but the actual sound of the video won’t start playing until clicked on or hovered over with a mouse cursor. Sound can be enabled to play instantly on page load (which results in a higher CPM), but it will likely irritate the audience in the process. With that being said, there are still many sites that will auto-play volume simply because of the difference in revenue, and also based on audience/content focus.

It’s also important to remember that site partners are paid on a CPM basis. This means it doesn’t necessarily matter if the videos are played/clicked on… revenue will still be earned simply for the display.

For the time being, Vinteo is fairly simple in their embed code and video display settings. If you would like to have more control over where your video ads are being displayed on your site or within your content, consider a WordPress plugin like Ad Inserter. Video ads can also be served within mobile applications as well. If this is something you already have in place, be sure to consider Vinteo as another source of potential revenue.

How Much Can You Make with Vinteo?

As with all ad networks and business opportunities, the amount you can earn will always vary. If you have a high traffic site, you can likely start earning a few hundred dollars per day if you serve video ads in the right places. For a site just starting out, with little traffic or content, it would be much harder to make any serious money. However, all of the tools are in place for you to create a successful website with high traffic, as long as you are willing to put in the work and effort.

Ultimately, the amount of revenue your site can generate with Vinteo will be based on how much traffic is seeing your ads, who that audience is, where they are from and why they are on your site. The more prominent the placement of video ads on your site, the more likely they are to be viewed and clicked — which would result in a much higher eCPM in the long run.

With all of this in mind, you can take a look at the stats sheet below to see what a typical site generating over 30,000 video player loads per day might generate.

From the stats screenshot above, it’s safe to say that a $1 to $1.50 CPM is the average to be expected across sites. On the Vinteo website (specifically on the FAQ page), it’s noted that some publishers in the network are able to earn as much as $15 CPM for their traffic. Again, this is likely due to quality of traffic and placement of video ads.

The truth is, there is no way to estimate how much you might be able to earn with Vinteo, outside from actually joining their network and running some ads for yourself. As you can see, the process of joining and placing an embed code on our site is easy enough and takes just a few seconds. You can also set up sub-id tracking to get better stats on what pages of your site are earning the most money. If you have any questions, you can also contact admin@vinteo.tv.

Vinteo payments are sent on a net-30 basis and there is no minimum threshold to hit when sent out through Paypal. If you want payment through bank wire, you will need to hit at least $500 in earnings.

The biggest names and brands in the world today are pouring millions of dollars into online video advertising daily. Click here to create your Vinteo account and start monetizing your site content and mobile applications with video advertising today.

7 Proven Strategies to Boost Affiliate Sales Without Being Salesy

Oh man, a guest post about increasing affiliate sales on my favorite affiliate marketing blog run by Zac Johnson? This is so crazy.

Let me tell you one thing really quickly. Making money from affiliate marketing is NOT a rocket science.

Look at people like Pat Flynn, Darren Rowse, Matthew Woodward and Zac Johnson – they are all making insane amounts of money from affiliate marketing. But they NEVER pitch their products aggressively. This is where most people get stuck.

Most beginners promote their affiliate products like crazy to boost their sales and they end up getting zero to few sales. That’s not how affiliate marketing works.

If you are struggling to boost your affiliate sales as a blogger or marketer, this detailed post is a treat for you where I’m going to reveal few of the best secrets to grow your affiliate income.

Are you curious? Let’s get into the details.

How I made $2500 in affiliate commission within a week?

Let’s first talk about one of my recent successful affiliate stories.

In November 2016, during black Friday week, I made $2597 through affiliate marketing. $2500 in affiliate commission within a week might not sound like a big deal for few people but it definitely inspires a lot of beginners to know more about it.

Quick note: For those who are curious, I wrote a detailed case study on how I made over $2500 commission within a week (and without spending a dime on ads).

In a nutshell, here are the 3 things I did to make that money through affiliate marketing.

  1. Strategy: I was prepared for the black Friday week for months. Prior to the sale, I already wrote a couple of deal posts around the products I promote to get better search rankings. I also worked hard to build links to those pages and when the deal was finally on, my pages had started ranking well (mostly in the top 5 results for various keywords).
  2. Email marketing: I knew the importance of having an email list for my product promotion. So I took care of building an email list who are interested in buying my affiliate products. Finally when the sale was on, I sent an email every single day through the black Friday week. Due to massive discounts, people were really interested in grabbing them. So it worked like a charm. Having a qualified email list plays a BIG role in boosting affiliate sales.
  3. Networking: You need to understand the importance of networking with other affiliate marketers. Help them. Reach out to them. Find out how you can cross promote with others so you can make more sales.

Now, let’s get back to the topic of the article. How do you boost affiliate sales without sounding like a sales guy?

7 Proven Methods to Boost Affiliate Sales as a Blogger

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#1. Don’t just write product reviews, write case studies

If you are into affiliate marketing for a while, you might already know the importance of writing product reviews on your site. Most people think, writing reviews about the products they promote can boost their affiliate sales. That’s a wrong approach.

Here’s what you should do instead.

Write in-depth, engaging and informative case studies around the products that you promote.

Here’s what I mean.

When you write just product reviews, you write for search engines. You stuff your review posts with keywords. You won’t focus on helping your audience. That’s why writing mediocre product reviews won’t help you increase your affiliate sales.

Instead of writing keyword rich reviews, if you focus on telling the benefits that you get from the products you promote, people will listen to you.

That’s what I exactly did with one of my review posts about SEMrush. I just didn’t write a product review, instead I wrote a case study about how it helped me boost my search engine traffic. And the post converted like crazy.

Not only it gets a ton of traffic from Google but more importantly that case study generates me a lot of sales. That’s when I realized the importance of writing case studies instead of just pitching product reviews by stuffing keywords.

So if you want more sales, write case studies about your products. Tell your audience how much you’ve benefitted by using the products. Talk about the benefits and then recommend them to use those products.

#2. Promote LESS with MORE focus

One of the biggest mistake most people make while doing affiliate marketing is they promote too many products.

What happens when you promote more products?

You don’t focus much on any one of them. Your sales stall. Simple as that.

So promote less products with MORE focus. If you are just starting out, I highly recommend you to pick just ONE product that you are already using and/or satisfied with.

You should know each and every benefit of using that product. Only then you can promote it strategically to boost sales.

That being said, even if you have a blog with decent search traffic, don’t promote more than 3 products. It doesn’t mean you should just promote 3 or less products but your focus should be more on 3 products or less. That’s how you generate more sales by following 80/20 rule.

#3. People buy the results, not products

Focus on featuring the benefits of using the products that you promote.

People don’t buy every affiliate product that you promote. They buy the results. They buy benefits.

Most people focus on aggressively promoting their affiliate products. They talk more about why they should buy those products. They don’t talk much about the REAL value that their audience get by using those products.

They don’t even talk about pros and cons of the products. That’s why most people fail to build trust and grow their sales.

If you want to boost affiliate sales, focus more gaining trust, make sure to give value by showing the results that they can get by using the products that you recommend.

#4. Use email to your advantage

The money is in the list. I’m tired of hearing the phrase.

Let me put the phrase in another way. Your email list is your ATM. The more qualified subscribers you have the more sales you can make.

Majority of the affiliate marketers make 80% of their income through their email lists.

Almost everyone focuses on increasing their email list. No one actually cares about improving their sales funnel (which itself is the #1 way to boost sales).

Here are few tips to use email list to grow your affiliate sales.

  • Create an email sequence that blows your audience minds. Use some really good emails by providing a TON of value for free instead of sending promotional emails right off the bat.
  • Make sure to focus on improving your email subject lines so you get better open rates along with the click through rates for your emails. You can subscribe to newsletters from Copyblogger to Jon Morrow to Pat Flynn and you get ton of ideas about how to write powerful email subject lines.
  • While creating an email sequence, don’t forget to recommend products you promote. But don’t push them hard. Do soft selling.

#5. Provide extra value

When you go to my blog Bloggers Passion, I mainly focus on promoting one of my favorite SEO tools called SEMrush. Usually, SEMrush gives you a 14-day free trial but only through my blog, you get access to 30 day free trial. See, clearly that’s an advantage for me over my competition.

When you give rewards or special stuff to your audience, they are more likely to convert into buyers by using your affiliate links to purchase. Also make sure to mention your affiliate disclosure when you are promoting affiliate products.

Earn people’s trust and be extra cautious about your usage of links. Don’t add too many within a page or people might think you are just spamming them with your affiliate links.

Provide access to your email while writing affiliate product related pages. Tell your audience to send you an email if they got any questions before making a purchase. That way, genuine buyers will contact you if they are still hesitating to buy from you or  your affiliate products. It’s a nice way to grow your affiliate sales by giving access to your email.

#6. Get banner ads designed

Don’t ignore your blog’s design. If you want to make more sales from affiliate marketing, make sure to get an appealing design with a better navigation to use. Also focus on using unique and compelling banner ads for the products you promote.

The banner ads that you use on your blog’s sidebar, content and footer play a big role.

Instead of displaying the same banner ads that everyone else in your industry is using, get your banner ads designed. Make them look compelling and unique. That way you can grab people’s attention really quickly.

Here are few tips to make your banner ads convert.

  • Find someone on Fiverr and get your banner ads designed uniquely. Tell them your priorities and put your gig. Or you can do it by yourself by using free tools such as Pablo (Buffer), Canva etc.
  • Don’t place too many banner ads on your sidebar. Showing too many ads can only reduce your sales and website speed.
  • When you write a product review, make sure to display banner ads in various size by including your affiliate links.
  • Try to include your blog’s name or URL in your banner ads. It will be helpful if you are using unique banner ads for the products you promote (no one else can use them if you include your blog’s URL).
  • Find out how other people in your industry are using banner ads. Find out where they are using to grow their sales. That way you will get ideas on where to place your banner ads for more visibility.

#7. Be fair and don’t make false promises

One thing I really like about people like Zac Johnson, Ramit Sethi, Pat Flynn is that they are extremely honest and fair. They NEVER make false promises to boost their affiliate product sales.

They know affiliate marketing is a marathon, not sprint. They focus on building a strong rapport with their audience by promoting the right products.

They never promote crappy products just for commission. They always care about their audience wants and needs and that’s why they are extremely successful at affiliate marketing.

So if you want to become a successful affiliate marketer, be genuine and honest.

Conclusion about boosting affiliate sales quickly

Affiliate marketing is growing rapidly. More and more people are diving into affiliate marketing to make money but the majority of them are failing because of one reason: they focus on shortcuts.

Listen, it takes time to master the art of selling. You should know how to persuade your audience without sounding like a salesman. That’s how successful marketers like Zac Johnson and Pat Flynn are making more sales through affiliate marketing.

So what are your thoughts about the post? Do you have any more tips to boost affiliate sales quickly? Share your views in the comments below.

76 Entrepreneurs Share their Best Tips for Making Money Online

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

  • Make Money with a Blog – A complete guide to starting a blog and turning it into a successful business.
  • Start a Free Stuff Site – This is an older post, but the concept of free stuff sites is still great a money maker today.
  • Create a Coupon Blog – Everyone wants to save money. Discover how to create a resource site and make money in the process.
  • How to Make Money on the Side – A few creative and effective ways to make your first few dollars online.
  • 50 Ways to Make $100 Today – A fun and interesting list of ways to start making money today. Great for inspiration!

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.