Free Webinar on How to Drive Affiliate Sales with Webinars

Webinars are one of the greatest ways to not only sell to a live audience, they also a great for list building and gaining the trust of your audience. Nothing provides a better connection to your audience than through the use of live audio and video, which is the basis for many webinars today. At the same time, not only are you engaging with a live audience, you are showing off your expertise and usually walking them through a process at the same time — which is where the real value for your audience comes into play.

Next week I will be holding a free webinar of my own, alongside the team over at ClickMeeting, to show everyone how top bloggers, entrepreneurs, industry experts, and brands are increasing their sales and revenue like crazy through the user of webinars — and yes, even affiliate marketing sales as well. Millions of dollars are generated through the use of affiliate marketing every day, and webinars are helping to increase those numbers even further.

Best of all… this one time webinar comes with a hefty price tag of 100% free! As always, I will be delivering the best content and value possible, while offering it to you at no cost. In short, you’ll basically be getting a 1-on-1 session with my that includes 60 minutes of content, Q&A, polls, surveys and much more.

Click here to register for the event right now.

How to Increase Sales and Revenue with Online Webinars

We all want to increase sales, leads and bottom line profits for our brands and businesses. However, as more heavily funded companies and brands continue to pour big money into online marketing and search advertising, it’s continually getting harder for smaller and individual marketers to compete. That is of course unless you are always staying ahead of the curve and using better methods than the competition. One such method that is working extremely well, is webinars!

Discover what it takes to grow a real business online while also building a solid community and following around your personal brand, expertise or brand in the process. In my upcoming webinar, I will cover many of the best marketing methods used today, while also focusing on why webinars are one of the best ways to convert your site visitors and audience into high-value leads and customers.


1. Zac’s background and how he built his online business
2. What affiliate marketing is and how it works
3. How affiliate marketers are becoming their own brands/products
4. Why webinars are a great way to sell products
5. Webinar listing building and advertising methods
6. How to structure a webinar for value and monetization
7. Examples of best products to sell through webinars
8. Live Q&A

DATE: May 10th at 12 pm EST

Hope to see you there!

Click here to RSVP.

4 Unexpected Challenges that can Come When Working with Freelancers

Running an online business has it’s pros and cons. One of the many benefits however, is having the ability to hire freelance workers and virtual assistants around the world to complete tasks for you. Such tasks usually outsourced to freelancers include content creation, social media management, design work or anything else that you might be able to teach and automate. No matter what it is you are using freelancers for, they are a vital part of the entrepreneur and business process.

At the same time, while more entrepreneurs, businesses and brands are looking to outsource and hire freelancers over in-house staff or employees, millions of jobs are being automated and outsourced in the process. A new report from The Register shows just how far the global economy has come and how jobs are quickly changing around the world. IBM, which is one of the largest employers in North America, has a growing number of employees contracted from both India and Bangladesh… and they aren’t alone.

Entrepreneurs are finding the process of locating, hiring and retaining talent from outside their home country easier than ever before thanks to new platforms designed to put these groups in touch. As wonderful and amazing the concept of hiring and using freelance workers might be, there are always going to be some unexpected issues and problems that arise in the process. Here are four unexpected, but still fairly common problems that new and established businesses run into when they work with employees outside of their home country.


There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to payment, but we’ll start with wages themselves. How much do you offer, and what is a fair rate to be charged? These are some of the first questions you’ll face as an entrepreneur, and you’re not alone. The truth is somewhere between “you get what you pay for” and “offer a living wage”. Payment also varies depending on where your freelancer is from, and what the actual work is they are going to be completing. Currency exchange rates, value of service and a host of other variables mean that what you pay for in one country might get you quite a bit more in another. A good example of this can be seen in India right now and how they are seeing an extra level of taxation on all payments leaving the country — which can hurt both the freelancer and client.

The best advice to offer is to gather some data on what the going wage is for what you’re asking. Look at sites that offer the kind of content or service you want and see what they charge. Also be sure to review existing job postings and query candidates that interest you about their salary levels. Often, you’ll find freelancers want work and can be flexible with rates if you agree to certain conditions. Many freelance writing jobs sites and marketplaces will have all of these options in place and readily accessible.


The primary method you’ll use to pay freelancers is what’s known as a digital wallet (like Paypal or Payoneer), and most allow for an international money transfer to many but not all countries. If your freelancer works in a country that isn’t serviced by that provider, then you might have a hard time retaining his or her services. Not every wallet and payment processor can do currency conversions to any country, and some will outright refuse working within a particular country. You don’t have to look very far to find horror stories of what can happen if you don’t pay your freelancer, but you shouldn’t have a problem with this if you ask questions ahead of time.

This is something we’ve all too commonly see in the world of affiliate marketing and e-commerce when trying to sell or promote products out of the US. Sure, there is going to be demand for your product or service, but if you don’t accept the right payment methods, all of your efforts will be in vain.

When working with a freelancer, see if they have a preferred method of receiving or transferring money. In most cases, Paypal is one of the most common solutions, but there are other options to explore as well.

Rates and Fees

Another thing to keep in mind is that when you transfer money, it’s your freelance contractor who ends up footing the bill in many cases. They may be able to write off or recoup some of those costs, but a vast majority of that money is just lost to third parties. There’s not much you can do to cut those middlemen, but you can work with your freelancer to find a solution with reduced fees. Some employers will even go so far as to handle currency conversion on their own. Certainly a nice and welcome gesture, but not a requirement.

This is actually just another factor in the overall pricing of hiring freelance workers out of country — it’s going to be cheaper! Personally, I will often eat any charges that might be passed along to the freelancer or VA, and it’s usually something that should be negotiated on beforehand. Another thing to consider is using any of the major freelancer writer marketplaces like TextBroker or Contentmart. Not only are they providing the service and making sure both parties are happy with the work and transaction, they are also dealing with any foreign payments and transaction fees as well.

Unless you’re looking to go above and beyond to retain proper talent (more on that in a moment), you’ll be fine if you offer to try and cover some of those fees or find some other way to help out.

Ownership Over Work and Content

Let’s face it… if you are outsourcing anything to a freelancer or virtual assistant in another country, you are probably paying well below average U.S. rates. While this isn’t a problem in itself, it does offer the opportunity for things to occasionally go wrong. One such issue could be the inability to stay in contact with your freelancer, receive the work you’ve paid for, or even having your content, work or relations taken advantage of.

It’s one thing to work with a company or service provider within your country and have everything go smoothly. It’s another when things go bad. Usually you would have the option to hire an attorney and take legal action for such damages against someone working in your same country. However, when you start working with virtual teams or freelancers in other countries, it’s pretty much all up for grabs. Not only would the process be a thousand times harder to take action on and win, it would also be much more costly in the process.

The lesson here is simple… don’t delegate out work that could jeopardize your business or come back to hurt you later on.

Final Thoughts

If your goal is to acquire and retain top talent, then paying attention to these important details is a crucial step for you to take as a business owner. You won’t need to ask around for too long to find someone who has hired the wrong kind of talent. Retaining a good freelancer is worth the struggle of making sure they can get paid without eating too much in fees.

Completed – Rate and Review All People in Business

Reviews, recommendations, and personal testimonials are at the top of the list when it comes to research and influence in a buyer’s decision process before a purchase is made. In addition to the power of a high-quality and trusted review, the business and revenue generated from such reviews can also be worth millions. In fact, just the mere concept alone of compiling and providing such data for customers has generated billions of dollars in new business.

Sites like Yelp and Google Reviews help individuals find reviews for local restaurants and retail businesses. However, reviews and recommendations aren’t just for products and services. Take LinkedIn for example, which was acquired by Microsoft for $26 billion and is based on that same type of recommendation and review service, but on a more professional level. The game of online reviews, ratings, and recommendations is on that is continually being tweaked time and time again, yet always in demand.

With the way technology and data is rapidly growing and scaling across the internet, is it only a matter of time before everyone has an online review and rating system for themselves? This is something wants to make happen. The company was recently featured on TechCrunch, as they are looking to change the way reviews and recommendations are made in the business world today — but also on an individual scale versus product or services, while also being more user friendly and personal.

Since we are all quite familiar with the concept of a site like LinkedIn, you should already have a good understanding of how a site like The difference between the two is where reviews, ratings and personal/professional highlights come into play. Also, profiles and reviews on the site aren’t limited to just business professionals, but everyone.

So what are the benefits to using a site like

Besides the obvious of having a site that you can reference to for reviews, personal information, and work history, there are other benefits you may not have considered yet:

  • Improve Search Rankings
    We all know that social profiles rank extremely well in the search results for individual and brand names. This is something to keep in mind when creating a profile on Completed. Since they have an authority site and will likely be gaining more traction over time, it’s important to secure your name now. If you like what you see, send a few backlinks to your profile and maybe scoop up another first page ranking for your name. From within your profile, you can also link out to your website and social profiles as well, which can pass a little SEO juice to your sites.
  • Grab Your Name Before Someone Else Does
    Just like domain names and social profiles, you want to act fast when it comes to grabbing your name. Since hundreds or thousands of people likely share the same name as you, it’s only a matter of time before someone else with your name registers on their site. (ie: Secure your name and profile, then verify your account in the process.
  • Building a Professional Profile the Way You Want
    When creating a profile within, you will have a wide range of fields to choose from (much more than what is offered within LinkedIn). You will also have more flexibility with the type of information, resources, and references as well. With all of your data and professional history on one site, it could be an ideal reference for you and potential clients. This is especially true for anyone in the freelance space, where reviews and testimonials are extremely important.

You can see how all of this information comes together in a live profile in the example below. In addition to all of the fields you see below, when actually in your account and filling out of all of your details, other sections include Trade Shows attended, greatest attributes, favorite foods, life milestones, favorite sports teams and more. As you can see, it’s a more personal approach than what LinkedIn offers.

In a new world where everyone is obsessed with page one rankings in good, how their reputation looks online and only having the best recommendations possible… a site like can help bring everything together in one simple page.

It’s free to create an account and I’m sure there will be many new improvements and features added in the future. Visit their site and put together a profile of your own today. You might be surprised with how fancy and professional you look and feel after walking through their simple profile wizard that asks all the right questions!

12 Methods that Will Help Increase Online Traffic to Your Homepage

Search engine optimization is a frequently discussed aspect of marketing. But what about homepage design: Can how a page is structured be used to increase interest in the site?

To take advantage of this, some people favor moving the call to action to a more prominent place to improve the chances of winning a sale. Others feel you should include engaging content like videos, while making sure not to clutter the page with too much information at once.

But what works best? We asked 12 members from YEC to share the design elements you can incorporate into your site’s homepage in order to increase customer traffic.

1. Make Your Site Mobile Friendly

A lot of websites are still mostly designed for desktop. A mobile version of your site is important because Google prioritizes mobile-friendly sites above non-mobile friendly ones. Even just creating a responsive, dynamically served, or separate URL for your mobile homepage is a start to avoid site bounces and losing mobile site traffic.

Vincent Wong, mHelpDesk

2. Generate and Keep Visitor Interest

Through image and text, make sure your design funnels the user to key supporting pages that evolve the conversation about your brand or product. More then ever before for SEO traffic, search engines are giving high importance to metrics of user engagement like bounce rate and average time on site. You need a design that creates not only immediate but also sustained interest.

– Travis Nagle, Stem and Viesso

3. Make Your Call to Action Clear

Whether it is to contact you, purchase a product or schedule a service, make it very easy for someone to find your call to action button. It should exist on the top half of your website and be big enough for everyone to see.

Lyndsi Stafford, eLuminate Marketing

4. Tout Your Unique Selling Points

First, ask your customers why they buy from you and not from the competition. This will tell you what your unique selling proposition is. Then, make this the No. 1 element on your homepage. A customer should land on your page and be able to answer where they are, what they can do there and why they should do it. Your unique selling proposition will quickly answer this question and improve conversion rates.

Diego Orjuela, Cables & Sensors

5. Add Live Chat

Live chat is an absolute necessity for websites that provide products or services. Having a live chat box across your website builds a sense of comfort for visitors because they know any questions can be answered immediately. The real-time advantage of live chat is that it keeps the customer engaged and not bouncing to seek answers. This increased engagement is better for conversions.

– Obinna Ekezie,

6. Put Video on the Homepage

Put video on your homepage to get and keep people there. This is the most engaging content and could then influence these visitors to explore other parts of your website. Video content can also provide search engine ranking assistance, as more people are seeking out this type of content.

Murray Newlands, Sighted

7. Provide Connections to Social Media

Our social media accounts are where we get more sales through the testimonials that we post there. It is very important that our website showcases these posts in order to make sales on our site and increase traffic as well.

Daisy Jing, Banish

8. Keep Visitors Engaged

In so many words, don’t be boring. Provide interesting and fun items that keep visitors hanging around. The more they hang around, the more they will find links that provide the information or products they want to use.

Brandon Stapper, 858 Graphics

9. Fine-Tune Your SEO Page Title

The most important element for increasing customer traffic online is the SEO page title that appears in browser windows and search engine results pages. If a homepage title is “Home” or simply “Company Name” in the browser window, then there is an opportunity to include your target keyword in the page title to attract more customer traffic online.

Brett Farmiloe, Markitors

10. Use Long-Tail Keywords

Prospects are searching long-tail keywords, phrases containing several words that ask a question they need answered. Focus on the questions your prospects are searching for, and target your content to respond to and answer those questions. And if they don’t find the answer right away on your homepage, they’re likely to click away somewhere else. You have to immediately capture interest.

Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking Now

11. Make Products Easy to Find

From personal experience, customers like to find the product they’re looking for easily and without too much hassle. On my e-commerce website, I have what’s called a custom search and filter functionality, which helps customers find what they’re looking for with ease. This type of element is important because a customer’s experience on your site will make them buy from you or go somewhere else.

Patrick Barnhill, Specialist ID, Inc.

12. Tell Visitors What You Do

It’s such a simple idea, but one that gets forgotten about often: Tell your viewers what it is that you do. Remain direct, succinct and use language that they’ll digest immediately. Oftentimes, marketing copy can become overly verbose and ambiguous, and ironically forgets its message. If you’re the best at organizing conferences, say it directly — you’ll garner more traffic and conversions.

Blair Thomas, First American Merchant


Quick Tips to Improve Your Website or Blog Homepage

Now that you’ve had a chance to read through some expert tips on how to improve your homepage, it’s time to implement these changes into your own site. Also, if you enjoyed this expert round up, I highly recommend you check out another one on which asks 83 online marketing experts the question “How Do I Start a Successful Blog?“. If you don’t already have a website or blog of your own, follow my guide to get started with one today.

7 Examples of How Big Media, New Sites and Top Blogs are Using Native Advertising

As bloggers and site owners, we are always trying to think up new and creative ways to make our website and content better. At the same time, we also want to make sure we can increase page views, visitor time our sites and of course, revenue. With all of this in mind, native advertising has completely changed the way content is being created, read and monetized on the internet today. Through the use of native advertising network, websites and brands of all sizes can ‘recommend content’ to their audiences, while also cashing in on their traffic and providing engaging content in the process.

The concept of native advertising is nothing new, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down in usage or revenue it generated either. Some of the biggest brand names in the world like Fox News, Forbes and ESPN are all using native advertising to increase traffic to their sites, other articles and make even more money in the process. Not only are we seeing native advertising being used across some of the top websites and blogs on the internet today, we are also seeing thousands of entertainment and link bait type sites making a decent coin using these methods as well.

How Top Sites are Making BIG Money with Content Recommendations

If you aren’t already making money with content recommendations or native advertising, there is still plenty of time to take action. To help with this process, I wanted to highlight seven different sites to show you how they are using ‘content recommendations’ and native advertising to increase activity, content, and revenue through their sites. Each of the sites featured below go livw with new daily articles on a wide range of topics and are using native advertising and content recommendations in different ways. Check out each of the examples below and see if you can come up with any ideas on how to improve page views, engagement and revenue for your own site.


Millions of people visit daily to find the latest scores and highlights… though they are likely led off to a wide range of other sites through the content recommendations will come across while browsing through their site. Head over to any article on ESPN and you will see a bunch of native advertising in place from Outbrain. What stands out about the content recommendation on ESPN, is when you read an individual article, like this one on The Boston Celtics, you will start seeing content recommendations relating to the sport you are reading about. I bet this works extremely well for CTR!

Fox News

Fox News is well-known for being one of the most popular news sources in the world today. At the same time, they are probably banking a lot of money off their TV ads and commercial time. However, when you look at their site you can see a ton of ad placements and content recommendations on there as well. Take a look at this recent article on Stephen Collins and the upcoming reunion of 7th Heaven, then scroll down passed the article and you will see a section like the one below. Massive content recommendations from OutBrain, TMZ, Pop Crush and even additional articles from the Fox News site.

Jeff Bullas

Jeff Bullas has become a well-known name in the world of blogging and social media. Through his high-traffic site and daily article publications, Jeff is able to reach thousands of people daily. With all of this reach, it would only make sense for him to add content recommendations to his site as well. Check out this article on The Power of Storytelling and scroll down to the bottom. You will then see a few content recommendations from and also internal recommendations to his other recent articles. This is a great way to keep audiences flowing through content on your site.


With the rise of Google Adsense, contextual marketing and native advertising on the rise (along with their revenues), more websites and blogs are now focused on increased content creation at mass scale. We are now seeing more media outlets cover topics like entertainment, politics and general news… simply to increase the amount of traffic flowing through these sites, while also increasing ad exposure. One such example of this is Business2Community. You can view this recent article on entrepreneurial advice from Sam Ovens, and as you scroll through the article, you will see a wide range of native advertising and content recommendations along the sidebar and at the bottom of the paid. You will likely pass some Outbrain ads on the right sidebar, while hitting some Google Adsense recommendations after the article, along with a few from and Brightinfo as well.


Web sites and blogs that used to focus heavily on content and news, now seem to put out anything to simply attract more attention and traffic to their sites. This kind of makes sense, since they are all relying so heavily on native advertising to produce more traffic and revenue for their sites. A perfect example of this can be seen at Mashable — which used to be a tech/business type of site, and now puts out articles like this one on Pretty Little Liars. While on the site, you will quickly see how content recommendations and on-site advertising pretty much dominates the page space in and after the article.


One big media site that hasn’t sold out to the native advertising networks like many others have, is Inc. In one of my recent articles on their site about infographic marketing in 2017, you can take a quick look at the many content recommendations they have on their site and shown alongside their content — but for the most part, it’s all content within the Inc website. Along the right side of the page you will see “Today’s Must Reads”, then at the bottom of the article you will see “More” articles (found on Inc) then a “Recommended” section with thumbnails and videos of other content on the site. While many other news sites are making money with native advertising, it would be interesting to see how much of an increase Inc. has seen in page views per user since implementing all of these content recommendations to their own content.


Probably one of the best examples of how content recommendations and native advertising have changed the way we browse content online is ViralNova. The site is basically what started the whole craze and even went on to sell for $100 million. Take a look at any article on their site, like this one about a daughter coming home from school and you will see a great supply of recommendations throughout the page (for other content on the site), then after the article, you will see a mix of content from Revcontent and Community Postings as well.

Content Recommendations and Native Advertising is Here to Stay

As you can see, the world of content recommendations and native advertising looks like it’s going to be around for a while. As long as the process continues to generate enough money for big name sites and also enough quality content for the site users, both sides look like they will be happy. To learn more about this process and how to get set up with your own content recommendations, see this review on Revcontent.

Outsource Content and Hire Quality Writers at Contentmart

No matter what type of online business or service you are going to provide, you must have content. Content has quickly changed over the past decade, as the internet has moved from a core focus of SEO and search traffic, to social media, and now mobile and viral based content. It doesn’t matter which traffic source you are focusing on to get visitors to your site and eventually convert them into high-quality leads, what does matter is that you are producing the right amount of content for your audience.

A perfect example of this would be if you were a blogger with an affiliate niche site that needs to have data-rich articles or simply have a celebrity gossip site that focused on short articles and quick views. The limitation here is that content creation takes a lot of time, and if you are better are marketing or monetizing your content, you should be focusing your best talents elsewhere.

The good news is that there are plenty of options for when it comes to creating content online. The first is that you can do is yourself (free, but time-consuming), another option is to hire a full-time writer (expensive), and sometimes the best option is to simply outsource your work to an online writing marketplace (recommended by many top content creators).

Today we are going to look at one such content marketplace, Contentmart – an all-in-one solution for connecting those in need for content, with thousands of content writers around the world.

Contentmart Online Writing Marketplace

While there are many options for outsourcing and creating content online, not all of them will be able to fulfill or offer access to enough writers to make it a worthwhile process. In the case of Contentmart, they’ve already built their platform and marketplace to not only work seamlessly with connecting those in need for content, to thousands of writers around the world, they’ve also amassed more than 50k active writers on the site — all with detailed demographic/writing skills targeting in place.

The way Contentmart works is quite simple. You are visiting the site for one of two reasons;

  1. You are in need of content and want to hire a content writer
  2. You are a content writer and looking to get paid for your skills

Contentmart will walk you through the process for either option, and it’s very simple to get setup with either option.

In this review, we are going to be looking at Contentmart for strictly outsourcing content through their platform.

As a client (ordering content) of Contentmart, there are no additional fees. You will simply create or login to your account, post a writing job and pay for it to be completed on a simple rate per word (we cover this in detail below). There is a 20% fee that takes place on the writer side, and this covers the writing service, checks all writing for plagiarism and also offers a 100% refund if the client isn’t happy with the completed work.

Meeting the Writers on Contentmart

As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest advantages to using a site like Contentmart, is the massive directory of writers they currently have on their site. You can view through all of their 50,000+ talented copywriters when logged into your account, or you can see a quick screenshot below to see how it looks.

What should immediately stand out is the detailed profile that each writer on the site has. For example, if you look at any individual writer, you will see their reviews, star rating, how many orders they’ve completed, their English skill level and also their category expertise and a portfolio of their past work.

On the right side of the page, you will also find a menu that allows you to sort through all writers based on their expertise, such as automotive, banking, gaming, online marketing and more. This is a great place to start if you already have a niche focused site, then you can view all relevant writers based on their skills and work history.

You will also notice that many of the writers are from India. With 50,000+ writers in their directory, there is no doubt you will find a writer that fits the needs of your content and audience, but you will also find that having access to such a massive directory of writers can also provide you with quality content at much lower prices than the competition.

The Costs of Article Writing on Contentmart

As with all outsourced content writing, you are likely going to pay for the quality of your content and how many words each article will consist of. This is exactly how Contentmart is also setup, plus there are no additional fees along the way.

Before placing an order through Contentmart, you will need to make sure you account is funded. This can be done through Paypal or credit card. Once in place, you can then walk through the ordering process, which will also allow you to create content orders based on the following rate card.

Each writer will fall into one of four categories, based on their writing skills and previous work. The more you are willing to pay a writer, the higher skills they will have. With English always being in demand, this is one of the biggest differences between a “Standard” writer and “Verified” or “Hand Picked” — which can also be seen in the “per word” rate.

At the beginning of the article, I talked about the many different types of content on the internet today. Some might be used for your main website and to provide value to your audience, while other content might be used for guest blogging, excerpts, link building or simply as filler content. For your best websites and content that is going to be read by a real audience, it would be best to go with a “Hand Picked” writer. If you are looking for ‘filler’ content that likely isn’t going to be read or associated with your brand, a “Standard” or “Experienced” writer can get the job done while also saving you a lot of money in the process.

The minimum order amount per article is $3, and as you can see in the screenshot above, you are simply paying for how many words you would like your article to be. A 500-word article from a “Standard” writer will only cost you $5, while a high-end “Hand Picked” writer will cost $35 for the same amount of words.

Placing Your First Order on Contentmart

To get started, all you need to do is register for an account. Be sure to confirm your email address afterward, so you can gain full access to the site.

Once logged into your account, you will then be sent to your main dashboard area and see everything you would need to become an active customer of the site. You will also see a quick walkthrough of how to place an order, which is as simple as “Post an order > Choose a writer > Review content >Project complete”.

Clients also have access to the Contentmart affiliate program, which pays a 10% commission on all referred customers. If you were to refer a new client that did $10,000 in content orders, you would receive a nice $1,000 commission simply for making the introduction.

Now let’s move onto the actual order creation process.

This is pretty simple and straightforward, as you just need to fill in the details of your order and select the demographics and targeting options for the type of writers you would like to use. Fill in as much information about your “Order details”, as this will make sure the completed work is close to your expectations.

Next, you would select a deadline, category, expertise, and language. Again, the more accurate and detailed you can be with these selections, the better your final work will be. The option is also there (further down the page) to add any SEO requests you might have. If you aren’t already actively using keywords and SEO best practices within your content writing, it would be a great idea to start now.

When placing your order, don’t forget to use discount code: “CONTENT10” to get 10% extra cash on the wallet recharge of $100 or above.

All orders processed through Contentmart will also be checked against Copyscape for plagiarism. This keeps both you and the writers safe at all times.

Contentmart, the King of Content Creation

One of the greatest things about running a business on the internet is that there are so many ways to automate and outsource different components of your site. For some, content writing will be something they need to handle personally, while others will outsource as much as possible. Everyone will have their own preference. For those times when you are looking to outsource your content creation or maybe even bring in a new team of writers for your site, be sure to check out Contentmart to easily and affordably get the job done.

Ten Years of – A Decade in the Making

Ten years ago today I made the decision to finally go live with a blog of my own and share my story with the rest of the world. Looking back, it was definitely one of the best business and life decisions I’ve ever made.

Before I talk about the purpose and results of the blog… we need to start from the beginning.

All the way back to the mid-90s…

Today we are celebrating the ten-year anniversary of, though I’ve actually been making money online for roughly 20 years now. Back when the internet was young and while I was still in high school, I knew there had to be a way to make money online, it was just a matter of figuring it all out. After playing around with a few different methods, I finally came across one that legitimately worked and had a real business model associated with it.

That was affiliate marketing.

The concept was simple — refer a customer or sale to a business and get paid a commission! At the same time, it was also a dream come true! Wow, I could make money online without ever needing to work for anyone else, talk to customers, handle any transactions and not even have to invest in a product or hold inventory! Too good to be true? Nope… that’s just how affiliate marketing works.

Long story short, had an ‘associates program’ of their own, where they paid out 5-15% commission on all referred sales to their site. I found some great success with this and was able to continually scale my business through the use of affiliate marketing for the next several years. Once I discovered the world of CPA marketing where I could earn a commission on leads and not required to have a user complete a purchase, then things really started to get serious.

You can see a couple checks from 1996 and 1998 below. eAds was a CPA type banner advertising network and AdGraphix was web hosting company back in the day. I used to scan copies of all of my checks, but most of them are now destroyed thanks to Superstorm Sandy. Good thing I still have digital copies to remember them!

Even before starting the blog, my focus was always on lead generation. My two favorite methods for doing this were through the creation of my own website and using email marketing. In the early years of my business, I started off in the free stuff and sweepstakes niche market, then moved into entertainment sites and also social networking resources sites.

One of my best sites was a MySpace resource site that went on to generate over $800,000 in profit in just a few months time. You can see a check from the revenue generation from that site below as well, along with two write ups on that who process here and here.

However, don’t take the “showing” of such checks in the wrong way. I’ve never been one to brag and have always used any success of mine as an example and inspiration for others. In doing so, the content and material I’ve produced through the blog have helped my readers earn millions of dollars in the process, all while never charging them a penny in the process.

Such examples are here to only “impress upon you, and not impress you”.

But don’t let me get too far ahead of myself… this would all just come into play as material to document through the blog when I would then launch it in a few years time…

Jump forward to 2005-2006…

Being an affiliate marketer is great, but it also comes with its own set of ups and downs.

You never know when your next big campaign might win or fail, there are always going to be outside (advertising) costs, and you are also reliant on affiliate networks and the offers you are promoting. In short, if you don’t own your own website, blog or product, your business can go belly up at any time. On top of all of this, you are also potentially held captive to affiliate networks until that next payment comes through. (and sometimes it doesn’t)

In short… this isn’t where I wanted to see myself forever.

I already knew I had what it takes to find success and make money online, and not only did I want to grow my own business, I also wanted to teach others how to do the same. I also wanted to become “the brand” of “Zac Johnson”.

Unlike other ‘gurus’ who charge $5,000+ for online courses and $25k for a mastermind, I never really felt right with charging someone that much money. It’s a perfectly legitimate business model and one that has held me back over time, but this also goes back to why I never promoted junk weight loss rebill offers and scammy offers. Sure, I could have made a lot of money, but I also want to be happy with myself and how my business works at the same time.

Affiliate marketing is always going to be a main focus of mine, but I knew something bigger and better was on the horizon.

Time to start a blog…

Around 2005-2007, the concept of blogging was getting pretty popular. Thanks to the growth of WordPress it was now easier than ever for someone to start a website and publish new content on a daily basis. With entrepreneurs and bloggers like John Chow, Darren Rowse (ProBlogger), Brian Clark, (CopyBlogger) and Jeremy Schoemaker (ShoeMoney) all making big names for themselves in the world of blogging, it was definitely something to consider. (All of whom I’d be later speaking on panels with at events like BlogWorld and Affiliate Summit, all a result of the blog)

And consider it I did… for quite a while actually!

You might think having a personal website or blog isn’t a big deal, but when you are putting yourself out there… you are really putting yourself out there! This is especially true when talking about the internet marketing industry, where everyone is constantly trying to one-up another or bash someone for the dumbest reasons possible. So yes… it is quite a decision to put yourself out there, even if it is just a blog or website of your own.

March 17, 2007…

With deep consideration and thought, I finally decide to launch my blog at on March 17th, 2007 — which happens to be St. Patrick’s Day.

The date was fitting, as it was right around when I was ready to launch the site and it’s a perfect ‘Lucky’ holiday and easy way to remember when the blog went live. My first post was a simple one, and you can see it here. Just a simple hello and getting that first post out of the way. As for the domain name, it was one that I registered several years earlier and just decided to keep it for a rainy day. I always stress upon the importance of owning your name as a domain, and this was something I acted on very early.

Like all blogs, in the beginning, you are writing for yourself and any friends or family members who are willing to take some time to read what you have to say. These are going to be the toughest times for anyone launching a blog or brand of their own. Keep in mind, I already had years of experience in the world of internet marketing, but I was still kind of an ‘affiliate marketer in the dark’. Sure, I was already speaking and attending events like Affiliate Summit, but I didn’t have a launch pad to really kick things off. However, I did manage to secure a blog review on a few months later, which helped introduce my site to a larger audience.

With the blog now live, it was simply a matter of growing my readership one person at a time, while also focusing on sharing my story, case studies, guides and helping others learn how to do the same. After all, the time and effort that I put into the site and personally responding to nearly ALL emails I get, is how the site and my personal brand got to where it is today.

The Zac Johnson Mascot Logo…

Speaking of personal branding… one of the best decisions I made when launching the blog, was to create a unique logo for the site and a custom site design. The blog logo, of course, is a custom drawing of myself with a crown and a dollar on my shirt. Whether you like the concept or not, it’s become quite the branding feature and is well-known throughout the blogging and affiliate industry.

As for the actual design of the site, it’s gone through several revisions over the years — all of them being 100% custom designs. You can see the first three designs of the blog below. If you ever want to invest some money in your own site and branding, a custom design is definitely the way to go.

However, as great as a killer logo and site design might be… it’s the actual content of a website or blog that matters most.

As of today, there are 1,548 published articles on, all written by me (except for a few guest posts). Not only does the site make for a great resource for learning how to make money online and grow a business, it’s been an amazing way to connect with my audience and profile my life in the process.

Rise of the Entrepreneur…

When you have an audience, you always want to provide as much value for them as possible. Starting was an amazing opportunity for putting myself out there, which is something I never really liked or wanted in the first place. I was a shy kid and never enjoyed the thought of public speaking or becoming a mentor to people around the world — being an entrepreneur, attending conferences and launching the blog helped changed all of that.

To keep the message and value of alive and flourishing with the trends of the industry, I thought it was time to launch a podcast of my own. This was yet another challenge in itself, as no one likes to hear their own voice, I know absolutely nothing about audio/recording equipment (nor did I want to), and recording yourself in conversion with another person on the other side of the line is quite a task in itself.

With all of that said, Rise of the Entrepreneur was launched.

The focus of the podcast would be to interview industry experts and entrepreneurs I’ve personally become friends with over the years — ultimately making each episode strictly about the guest and how they got to where they are today. It was quite a process, and over 80 episodes have been launched so far, with more than 100,000 downloads to date. Some notable names that have appeared on the show are Gary Vaynerchuk, Jeremy Schoemaker, Carol RothTimothy Sykes, Neil Patel, Michael Hyatt and even my dad!

The podcast is currently on hold for the time being while transitioning/rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy.

Not only has launching the podcast allowed me to connect with some of the best experts in the world, just like blogging, it’s also helped me become a better public speaker, while also allowing my audience to know me much better in the process. Written text is one thing, audio is another.

Thank you again to everyone who has listed to the show.

Ten years in the making…

So here we are… ten years, 1,500+ blog posts and more than 2.5 unique million visitors later — it’s been quite a journey and one that’s really only just getting started.

The opportunities and new business that have been generated from the blog over the past ten years have been quite amazing. Everything from appearing on ABC News and Fox News, to having a camera crew come to the house and film a documentary that premiered in Hollywood, to being able to share personal stories around my life, brand and business — and most importantly, getting to meet and connect with new audiences and readers around the world.

Probably the greatest result of all from the blog is being able to spend time with my wife Reena, my dog Foxy and family and friends. I get to work from the comfort of my home and I love what I do. Life is short and I wish everyone could truly experience the same.

Simply one of the best business and life decisions ever made.

Without you, the blog is nothing. Thank you, everyone.

10 Web Design and UX Trends to Boost Conversions in 2017

Web design is one of the most important components of having a successful website and online business. This is now even more important, due to more people accessing the internet through a wide variation of devices like desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

While WordPress is one of the most used CMS platforms on the internet today and does a great job at making site themes and design responsive for easy viewing, there are other design specs and improvements that can still be made — especially when looking to increase conversions on a site.

This is exactly what we are going to be looking at today in this article today, which is based on the “Web Design and UX Trends to Boost Conversions in 2017” infographic design from The Deep End Design. Be sure to implement each of these design tips and trends into your online business to increase engagement and conversions across the board.

1 – Age Responsive Design

You probably already have a good idea of who your average site visitor is, but do you know what type of font size, navigation and style colors they like as well? With new kinds of metadata in the works, it’s now becoming possible to customize the experience of your site design to that of your audience (based on their age) and how they might prefer to view content on your site.

2 – Skeleton Screens

User experience is now all about how fast content can be displayed, while also making sure it fits the needs of your audiences. By loading a website in multiple stages (from simple to complex), you can have your site instantly load as fast as possible, then loading the more complex content a few seconds later. This will help with the instant gratification experience for visitors hitting your site.

Quick Tip:

Between 200 milliseconds and 1 second, people feel they are within the flow of their actions. After 1 second without any other feedback, focus starts to shift. Beyond 10 seconds, user focus is likely to be lost entirely. – SitePoint

2 – Engagement Bots

While the concepts of chatbots are nothing new, there are new and creative ways to engage with your audience being released all the time. To provide better customer service and increase sales, autopilots and chat windows can be used to help site visitors with any sales or form processes they might currently be working through.

4 – Shopping Cart Marketing

We all know the important of selling online and making the shopping cart experience as seamless and fast as possible. What many brands and businesses tend to forget is how much harder it is to gain a new customer, than bring back an existing one. With this in mind, offering upsells, bundled offers and cross-sales during checkout is a great way to increase revenue for nearly all customers on your site.

Expert Tip:

“Through the use of shopping cart optimization and adding an exit overlay to our client’s websites, we’ve seen conversions boost 4-5%. The response from customers being offered an additional 20% off was amazing. We also did internal testing on email follow-ups after the sale took place, and those who used the original exit coupon code also had better conversions on being a returning customer.”  – Website Designer Melbourne

5 – Animated Call-to-Action Buttons

Remember all the case studies on what the best text and color combinations were for check out buttons? Those are all standard best practices now. However, what’s new and exciting is playing around with check-out and call-to-action buttons that can be animated to spark just a little more interest. Don’t go too crazy with your animations, as you always want the end customer to feel comfortable and safe when buying anything online!

6 – Cinemagraph Hero Images

It’s already a no-brainer how well a mascot, cartoon or logo can help you brand. Heck, I’ve been using the Zac Johnson toon ever since I launched this blog and it’s worked wonders for my brand. If you haven’t tried using similar branding methods within your own business or marketing, now is a great time to get started. Thanks to the power of advanced web design and UX, you can now animate such images and designs without the need for any video or additional components loading on your site. Don’t forget to throw a call to action into the mix to really convert your audiences’ attention into much more.

Expert Tip:

“Characters help you explain your product or service in just a few seconds in a fun and effective way. This, at the end, will boost your conversions rates up to the sky. The statistics indicate that an engaging marketing video can raise your sales by 20% on average, and up to 60% in some cases!”  – Yum Yum Videos

7 – Persuader Videos

Explainer videos have been a great marketing tool for not only increasing conversions but also for grabbing the attention of your audience and sometimes keeping them watching for several minutes! Discover how you can increase sales and gain trust by using real people in your video. Whiteboard and explainer videos are nice, but sometimes it’s nice to see the real people who are behind the names and brands we are buying from.

8 – Value Based Exit Overlays

Popup windows are nothing new for online marketers, nor the average user on the internet. Sure, some people will find them annoying, but in most cases, they will only appear once. However, what isn’t annoying at all, is how well such marketing methods work and increase sales time and time again. If you currently have an online store or are looking to get someone on your mailing list, exit overlays are simply one of the best ways to do it.

Expert Tip:

“The truth is, regardless of how you feel about popups in general, data shows that exit popups actually do work really well. When you implement an exit-intent popup on your site, you could recover 10-15% of lost visitors.”  – Syed Balkhi

9 – Death of the Homepage

The idea of getting rid of your homepage is probably a nightmare. In this example, it’s more about a devaluation of the homepage and making it more about a personalized and behavioral experience on your site, versus a one-design for all concept. Another great way to accomplish this is by making your main page more like a landing page and giving your audience a choice of different directions they might want to go. If you have the ability to segment and track your audience, this is a must for 2017.

10 – Scrolling Trumps Navigation

If native advertising has taught us anything, it’s that scrolling content works extremely well. After all, when you get to the bottom of a website and there is nothing to do… of course you are going to leave! With all of this in mind, discover how you can start making your site infinitely scroll, while also analyzing how much longer visitors are actually staying on your site.

Expert Tip:

“Website navigation mistakes are expensive and avoidable. One mistake could affect both search rankings user friendliness. Make the labels descriptive. Limit the number of items to seven. Put the important stuff at the beginning. Avoid drop down menus.”  – KissMetrics

Must Implement Web Design Trends in 2017

As you can see, with the coming advancements and changes in site design and UX, it’s quite an exciting time for site owners and brand marketers around the world. The days of static HTML and leaving WordPress site ‘as is’ are coming to an end. Even if you don’t know how to implement such design changes and trends into your own site, it’s well worth the time, cost and effort to hire a professional design to make such customizations for you.

Revcontent is the King of Native Advertising and Site Monetization

On the internet, content and traffic is everything. Most people have one or the other… but in some cases, you will come across a website or brand that simply can’t get enough of either. In this case, it’s all about RevContent and the massive native advertising and content recommendation network they currently have in place.

Even if you’ve never heard the name before, you’ve definitely seen their advertisements. What’s even more amazing, is that Revcontent continues to secure partnerships with some of the biggest brand names and content sites on the internet today — quickly and easily surpassing them across more than 250 billion content recommendations per month — while also building one of the most powerful online advertising platforms in the process.

Today we are going to take a look at how Revcontent has not only built up a massive traffic and advertising platform but also how both advertisers and site owners can get a piece of the action in the process.

What is Revcontent and How Does it Work?

At its core, Revcontent is an advertising and content monetization solution — you can also call them a content recommendation platform. As mentioned earlier, if you didn’t know their name already, you’ve like seen their advertisements and content placements all over the place (as seen below). This is especially true if you often visit any of their partner sites like Forbes, Newsweek, The Atlantic or Reuters, who all trust Revcontent to deliver the best content for premium ad placements on their site.

The way Revcontent works is pretty simple (from an internet user perspective). Site owners have content, but they often need help to better monetize it, along with their audience. Brands and businesses also need exposure. Revcontent has created a content recommendation network that caters to both of these needs.

However, to say that Revcontent is just another native advertising platform would be a huge mistake. They are actually ‘the’ leader in this space and coming up with new and revolution ad placements, content customizations, site partnerships, huge brand marketing deals and much more — all while benefiting both sides of the party (advertisers and site owners).

To learn more about the story of Revcontent and how they’ve become the massive powerhouse they are today, be sure to check out this article on Forbes.

Revcontent for Advertisers

For advertisers, Revcontent is a dream come true. The amount of advertising and display options available through the network is unlike anything else we’ve seen before. Through the extremely professional and high-traffic associations that Revcontent has in place, it doesn’t look like there is an end to traffic supply any time soon.

With that being said, one of the many reasons why ‘content recommendations’ and ‘native advertising’ works so well, is because it puts the advertisers in control of the content they want their audience to see — while also not looking exactly like an advertisement in the first place — while also giving the site partner the ability to display content on their site in a way to keep it well-branded, customized and not messing around with the on-site user experience.

This can once again clearly be seen in the example below, which displays how Revcontent placements are currently displayed on Reuters. When a visitor finishes an article and scrolls to the bottom of the site, they are no longer left with simply nothing, now they can see content “From Around the Web”, which is actually recommended through Revcontent — consisting of both regular content and sponsored listings. No matter what content is being displayed, it not only grabs the interest of the audience, it’s also getting clicked on and read in the process.

In addition to premium placements and how advertiser content will be seen across a wide range of sides, each client will also have access to their own admin area to manage and view all aspects of their campaigns. This allows for the addition and removal of sites (based on their performance), the split testing of different ad copies, and many other areas of your campaign. If you needed a few more reasons to trust Revcontent as an advertiser, look no further than their list of existing clients, which includes The New York Times, eBay, and Conde Nast.

In short, Revcontent provides all of their advertisers and site partners with the tools they need to find success, while also making sure there is full quality-control on both ends of the spectrum. As an advertiser, it’s also likely that you will have more question along the way, or even before signing up as a new client. For times like these, you can simply refer to the Revcontent Knowledge Database, which covers all of their most frequently asked questions, while also providing slideshow walk-throughs on many of them as well.

Revcontent for Content Creators

Without content, the internet would be nothing. As we now pass over a billion active websites on the internet today, that is a massive amount of content that can be monetized. In addition to all of the big name news and media sites that Revcontent has secured as content partners, they are also adding big players in new markets all the time. Sites like ViralNova,, The Motley Fool, Rent Lifestyle and List25 all count on Revcontent to be one of their main source for site monetization.

So why are so many sites relying on Revcontent, and lining up at the door for approval? For the most part, it comes down to the RPM earnings (revenue per 1,000 ads served), the high quality of advertisers and content served from the platform and also the ability to customize and serve content to fit the look and feel of your existing site. While all of these mentioned areas of focus are key, it’s still also extremely important to keep your audience happy with navigation and content found on your own site, while also recommending quality outside content as well.

All of this is made possible through the tools and widgets provided by Revcontent to their site partners. Revcontent widgets offer full customization, which includes; a fully responsive widget that displays correctly on all devices, in-stream / gallery implementations, infinite scrolling ability (patent pending by Revcontent) and the ability to plugin API functions. For further information and visuals on this process, be sure to check out widget displays section of their site.

It’s also important to mention that Revcontent isn’t accepting all sites. With as much traffic they are pushing through their network of partners, this might seem like the case — but it’s actually quite hard to get a content site approved for their network. This all goes back to the quality of service being offered by Revcontent to their advertisers, while also keeping payouts as high as possible for their content partners. In fact, some content partners are seeing RPMs in the $40 range, which is not only extremely high for on-site content placement, it’s also generating millions of dollars in ad revenue for individual site owners every month.

Revcontent Introduces their Referral Program

As with all great internet marketing and advertising network, Revcontent just released their own referral program where publishers can invite new site owners to join the network. In addition to earning a 5% commission on all referrals, the referred site will also enjoy a bonus of 5% on top of their regular earnings. To learn more about this opportunity or to grab your referral code, simply log into your account and you will see your referral code at the top of the page or by clicking on your profile, then “Referrals Earnings”.

Revcontent is a Revolutionizing the Way Content Recommendations Happen Online

Revcontent has successfully created a platform that is changing the way content is both viewed and monetized on the internet today. At the same time, they are also making it possible for advertisers to reach new audiences they might not have otherwise known about, while also doing the same for content creators without a monetization method in place.

To learn more about how to join Revcontent as an advertiser or a content partner, click here to visit their site and get started today.

Guest Blogging: 11 Ways to Make a Solid First Impression When Reaching Out

Guest blogging on industry sites is a good way to raise visibility. You have a chance to show off your expertise, position yourself as a subject-matter expert and potentially raise page hits for your own site or business. This is something I’ve personally been doing for years now and I even wrote my own expert guest blogging tips for others to follow as well.

However, guest blogging might not be right for everyone — especially if you have no idea on how to get started, or what you are supposed to say when reaching out to other bloggers and industry sites. To help with this process, I wanted to make it easier for other content creators to better understand the process of guest blogging, the benefits of using it and also how to best approach new opportunities when they come to rise.

There are also many questions you might have about guest blogging as well, such as how to break into popular industry blogs? And what should you do — or avoid — to improve the first impression you make when approaching the people who run the site?

We asked 11 entrepreneurs from YEC to offer their best advice on how to earn a guest spot, ranging from keeping the email the right length to researching the blog’s audience to showcasing clips from previous work.

1. Utilize Social Media

Most popular industry blogs get tons of inquiries for guest posts. The best way to make a great impression is to reach out to the editors on social media or through an existing contributor via an introduction. This will significantly increase your chances of getting a response and actually getting published.


2. Explain All the Benefits You Offer

You know you’d be a good fit because you’re an expert in your field — but so are a lot of other people. When you reach out, balance explaining why you’re the right voice for the post with how your company can help. What are some example headlines for articles you could write? Will you share the post on your social media? Will you include it in a newsletter? Stand out with these added perks.


3. Be Genuine

Say “hello” and introduce yourself. If you’re going to say anything about the blog owner’s content, make it genuine. Don’t just say, “Hey, I was doing this search and found your page.” The blog owner knows immediately you have no interest in them whatsoever, and that you’re just looking to get your piece published.


4. Offer Initial Topics

Your first email should be short and include two aspects. First, show previous examples that were successful on parallel blogs. Second, show you’ve done some research by offering a couple of initial topics the editor might enjoy. Anything more than that, or super-long emails, are a surefire way of being ignored.


5. Get Straight to the Point

Make sure you get straight to the point. Spare the long introductions and compliments. An ideal outreach should be structured something like this: Who you are, how you know about the blog and one recent post that you loved and why, as well as what you’d like to contribute and how it would add value to their audience. Give nothing less and nothing more.


6. Read, Then Provide a Fresh Voice

Read through every post on the popular industry blog so you know specifically what they’re looking for in a guest post. Use in-depth analysis to formulate a guest post that brings something new to the table. You want to provide a fresh voice and insight into what their target audience is most interested in. Then write a great query and show the editor you have something of value to provide.


7. Give Away Solid Tips and Strategy

So many business owners want to hide their “secret sauce;” instead, be as open as possible. If you give away real tips that actually work and can be implemented, people will always be interested. Hit them with a strategy and be transparent with the data that proves it is working. The blog wants to provide quality content so that its readers keep coming back for more.


8. Share a Portfolio

When you reach out, share samples to show your ability and depth of expertise so the industry blog understands why you want to work with it and why you should write for it. Volunteering this portfolio shows you are proud of your work and excited to add to the blogs you have written for. It may also provide a way to create connections between others you have written for and this industry blog.


9. Don’t Rely on Automation

With all of the automated outreach tools, it can be very easy to get lazy with your outreach. But for any owner of a popular blog, an automated outreach email is easy to spot and usually ends up being discarded without much thought. Take the time to research the target blog and what its readers might want to see.


10. Tell a Story

So many people want to write and have no idea why. Instead of writing to be seen, write to tell a story. If the content is well-written and relevant, an editor will want it. You can find the submission and editorial guidelines on all publisher websites. Read them, follow the instructions, create great content and wait for a response.


11. Practice Proactive Empathy

There is only one question you need to ask yourself: What does the blogger care about? Your communication should be 100% tailored toward helping them accomplish their goals. Do they care about their audience? Focus on how the piece will benefit readers. Do they care about page views? Explain how you plan to drive traffic. Do they care about supporting meaningful causes? Tell them why you do what you do.


Get Out There and Start Guest Blogging!

Now that you’ve read through some of our expert tips and have a better idea on how to get started with the outreach process, it’s time to find some sites you can start publishing content to. To get started, check out this list of sites accepting guest posts. Remember to always submit only the highest quality of content, as these sites are getting hundreds of emails and guest post submissions monthly. Only the best will be responded to and posted to their sites.