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

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

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

Ways to Make Money Online

76 Entrepreneurs Discuss How to Make Money Online without Affiliate Marketing

Sujan Patel

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

Sujan Patel – Sujanpatel.com

Brenda Stoltz

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

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

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

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

Brenda Stoltz – Ariadpartners.com

Srish Agrawal

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

Srish Agrawal – Logodesignteam.com

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

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

Alex Morrison – Malamax.com

Andrew James

Information Product Creation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew James – BrandBuilders.io

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

Steven Gliebe – Stevengliebe.com

Create online courses.

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

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

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

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

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

Charles Ngo – CharlesNgo.com

Daniel Scocco

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

Daniel Scocco – Dailyblogtips.com

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

Marcus Miller – Bowlerhat.co.uk

Felix Tarcomnicu

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

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

Felix Tarcomnicu – Cross.Promo

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

John Rampton – Due.com

David Leonhardt

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

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

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

David Leonhardt – THGMwriters.com

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.

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How to Create an Electronics Niche Review Blog in 5 Steps: A Complete Guide

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Are you planning to start a review blog in 2019? There are hundreds of niches that you can proceed with. For the sake of simplicity, this article will focus on one of the most lucrative niches at the moment – consumer electronics.

The reason is, consumer electronics products have turned into an essential part of consumers’ daily life routines. And whether it is a smartphone, laptop, digital camera or smart TV, people like to read online reviews before buying any product. It’s also a great industry to start making money with affiliate marketing.

It’s not just about selling digital products or reaching your target audience, it’s also about streamlining the process to create content, promote it, and monetize your audience in the process. With some dedicated time and focus, this is something that can be fully outsourced.

Even several studies and researches claim that online reviews influence a purchasing decision to a great extent. According to Search Engine Land, 84% of the people trust online reviews as much as friends. It simply shows that if you create an electronics niche review blog you can make a good amount of money.

This blog will guide you on how you can set up a review blog, what resources you will be required and what options you have to monetize your blog. But before that, let’s have a look at the growth rate of the consumer electronics market over the years. It will give you an idea of whether or not you should go with this niche for blogging.

Electronics Industry Over The Year

Today, the consumer electronics industry has reached to the peak. And according to different market researches, it is going to retain its dominance in the coming decades.

According to very popular market research and business intelligence portal Statista, the growth rate of the consumers’ electronics industry in the United States is projected to grow by 3.9 percent from 2018 to 2019. It will reach approximately 398 billion USD in retail revenue.

This research shows that in the coming years more and more people are going to invest in consumer electronics. If you can come with genuine reviews for consumer electronics, you can see your electronics niche review blog successful.

5 Steps to Create an Electronics Niche Review Blog with WordPress

Why WordPress? Your blog will require a lot content. According to W3techs, WordPress holds roughly 60% market share of the whole CMS market and it is best known platform for blogging. The industry around WordPress is mature. Whether it is themes, plugins, hosting or other tools – you will find more options to choose from than with any other platform.

1. Choose the Right Domain, Host, & Install WordPress

When it comes to starting an electronics niche review blog, the first step is to choose a reliable hosting company. There are a number of options to choose from. However, it is recommended that you read their reviews before making the final decision.

Hostinger, inMotion, SiteGround Bluehost, A2Hosting, etc. are a few popular names in the industry that are serving thousands of people across the globe. According to your needs, you may go with any of them.

Speaking of a domain name, it will be beneficial if you buy your domain name from your hosting provider. Some hosting providers offer free domain name with their hosting plan. When buying a domain also take care of domain age, domain authority, extension, etc.

Nowadays, most hosting providers offer a single-click installation option for WordPress. You just need to log into the control panel of your provider, and search for “WordPress”, select the domain name you want to install into and hit the “Install” button. It is as simple as that.

2. Pick A Review Site Theme

The entire appearance of your site depends on the theme you choose. Therefore, you should be extra careful when making the selection. Feel free to explore Google by searching ‘best themes for review websites’. As stated previously, there are A LOT WordPress themes to choose from.

Don’t worry, most of the review themes are easily customizable. So, anytime you can make changes to them according to your needs. With most review themes, you will be able to transform your simple blog into a stylish electronic niche review website.

If you don’t like above-mentioned themes, you can choose from a free WordPress theme repository. Make sure the theme you chose better represents your blog’s niche and is optimized for search engines.

Installing a WordPress theme is like a piece of cake. You simply need to go to your WordPress dashboard. There click on the option Appearance->Themes-> Add New. Next, click on the option “Upload” (available at the top of the screen) and then “Browse”. Now, you will be able to select your downloaded themes’ .zip file extension.

For in-depth information on WordPress theme manual installation, you may go through their official documentation.

3. Installation of the Essential WordPress Plugins

After installing a relevant theme your blog might be looking pretty now. But there are a few more important steps you will have to take to make your electronics niche review blog a fully functional, feature-rich and protected. And this can be done by installing essential plugins.

Some of the popular plugins you should definitely consider installing on your review blog include:

WP Product Review

The plugin comes with a setting section which allows you to choose how you want to manage and display reviews on your site. WP plugins make it easy to add a product review. You just need to choose the “Product Review” option when writing a blog. The plugin will automatically show you all the settings to write your review.

All in One Schema Rich Snippets

If you want your review posts to rank in search engine results, you should ensure that all your posts are in a proper SEO-friendly format. All in One Schema Rich Snippets plugin helps you write posts using the rich snippets format.

Rich Reviews

It is a free plugin that lets you add reviews of your own products, services, and website. Moreover, you can also ask your users to submit reviews. The plugins use shortcodes to display reviews – you can display your reviews anywhere on your site including on pages, posts, and sidebar.

Installing a plugin is as simple as installing a theme, you will hardly have an issue when installing these plugins.

4. Create the Essential Pages

There are a few essential pages you should create before you start publishing your reviews. Pages like About Us, Contact Page, Disclaimer, Getting Started etc. help you make your blog more trustworthy to your target audience.

If you want your readers to take your review posts seriously and follow your advice, your blog must have all the information your readers expecting to find. By providing essential pages on your site, you help your readers to get to know more about you and your website.

5. Start Publishing Relevant & Valuable Content

Always try to come with relevant and quality content for your audience. If you want to demonstrate to your readers that reviews you have presented are reliable, conduct as much research as possible before you start writing.

Good knowledge of the product, its features, evolution, and competition, help you write an approachable and expert review.

Here are some tips to create an effective review post for an electronics niche blog.

  • Read out the manufacturer’s website of product you are reviewing.
  • Conduct good research about the pros and cons of products. If possible compare them with their competitors.
  • Since people are looking for genuine experience with a product, it would be better if you can personally use that product.

Make sure your review posts are covering most of the concern of users. Common questions most people would like answered are:

  • Is the product user-friendly?
  • Is it of good quality?
  • Have other users a good experience with the product?
  • Is the product worth my money?

Try to write a review blog includes answers to these questions. Bonus tip – Google the brand or model that you will be reviewing and carefully check what other websites are talking about. First positions on organic Google are usually there for a reason. Check your competitors’ headings in the text. These are usually juicy keywords that users are searching for.

Top Ways to Monetize Your Electronics Niche

Once you have set up your electronics niche review blog, you need to find a convenient way to monetize it. Well, there are plenty of options out there that can get you a good amount of money. Some of the popular ones are mentioned below. You can choose anyone you find ideal.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is one of the most popular ways to make money through blogging. Indeed, it is a kind of marketing in which you refer your readers to products and when your readers buy those products based on your recommendation, you get a commission.

Look for an affiliate program in your niche. You would definitely find so many consumer electronics firms that will be willing to pay you to review their products.

Google AdSense

If you don’t find a convenient affiliate program, you can go for this second option. Google AdSense is a program from Google that lets publishers display text, image, and video-based ads on their blog and in lieu they get a commission when a user goes through those ads.

There are two ways you can start earning money from Google AdSense:

Based on the Impression: In this type, revenue depends on page views. For example, for every 1000 page views, you earn a fixed amount.

Based on Click: When a user clicks on the ad on your site, you get a certain cut of the ad revenue. It may range anywhere from $0.01 to a couple of dollars.

Sponsored Reviews & Banner Option

If your blog receives a decent amount of traffic, consumer electronics companies may approach you to promote their products. You may get two types of requests in this case.

Banner Ads: These ads are just they sound like. You will have to place a product banner ad in your relevant review post. The business sponsoring the ad will pay you for keeping the ad up on your site.

Sponsored Reviews: When a business sends you their product and pays you to write a review about it, it is called sponsored reviews. Just don’t forget to follow Google Webmaster guidelines!

In addition to these primary methods to monetize an electronics niche review blog, you can look for other options as well.

What Makes a Good Review Blog

Creating a review blog and monetizing is not sufficient. If you want to beat your competition and make your blog popular, then you really need to make some efforts. Here are some tips that can help you create a good electronics niche review blog. You can also take a look at any of these top technology sites and see how they are creating valuable content for their audiences.

Know Your Targeted Product’s Features Inside and Out

Before you start writing a review, take your time to research every feature of the products. Try to explain to your users why these features are great.

Add Both Positive & Negative Reactions

A pros and cons section is an important feature of any good review blog. A review which is only positive or only negative may alert your audience and give them a wrong impression. Always be honest with your reviews.

Talk to the Manufacturers

If you want to stay one step ahead of your competition, don’t hesitate to talk to the manufacturers. It can be a good way to know more about a product. Sometimes, it can be difficult to contact manufacturers. In that case, you can refer their press releases on their product launch.

Put Yourself in Your Readers’ Shoes

Most bloggers make this mistake. It is good to present your own perspective when reviewing a product, you should think about your readership as well. Remember that, all your readers are not the same, they may have different points of views. So, always take this into account when you write a product review.

Tips to Promote Your Blog

Lack of right promotion is one of the reasons most blogs fail. Have a look at below tips to do it rightly.

Focus On SEO

From the day you start writing a review post, you should make sure you’re optimizing your content for search engines. Along with designing good content, you should focus on embedding the relevant keywords. However, you shouldn’t overdo it. Similarly, you should choose the relevant title for your blog that gives an idea to your audience what they are going to read.

Take Advantage of Social Media Platforms

Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. can be a good source to get traffic on your blog. Share your posts on these platforms regularly.

It will be more beneficial if you can create a community of people who are particularly interested in your niche. For example, on Facebook, you can look for a group/page where people talks about consumer goods. Those people will be more interested in reading your posts.

Niche Bookmarking Websites

When you share your content in niche-specific sites, your blog generates more relevant shares and traffic. Reddit, Slashdot, Digg, Pinterest are a few bookmarking websites that you may find useful.

In addition to these methods, there are numerous other ways that you can try out. Conduct deep research and find out the one that is relevant for you.

Final Words

So, here is what you need to make your electronics niche blog successful. Remember that, it may take some time to get good earnings out of your blog. You will need to continue writing good content and promoting it on the right platform.

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Freelancer and Employee Payments: 7 Methods that Work Best

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Owning a small business is like herding cats. There are tons of details to keep track of and never enough hours in the day to get everything done. And one of the most important parts of any business is payroll.

After all, everyone wants to get paid! That’s why making sure employee payments get made on time should be a major priority for every business owner.

Let’s take a look at some types of payments you can use to keep your business running efficiently and keep everyone happy!

6 Types of Employee Payments to Consider

When you’re planning your business strategy, don’t forget one important thing: Your workers need money!

Employee payments extend further than just the traditional paycheck. Here are 4 types of payments that you can offer your employees.

1. Issuing Paychecks

This is traditionally the most universal method for making payroll payments. With paychecks, you don’t have to hand out cash, and employees don’t have to have a bank account.

For small businesses, providing a paycheck for each employee can be time-consuming, or you’ll need to outsource the process to a payroll service.

However, with more businesses using cheaper and automated digital solutions for payments, Paychecks are quickly finding themselves an ‘old world’ method for payments.

This is especially the case when being compared to other methods like Paypal and Payoneer.

2. Direct Deposit Payments

Each year more and more employees are choosing direct deposit as their payment type of choice. After all, they don’t have to do anything or worry about running a paper check to the bank on payday. The money goes directly to their bank account and is immediately available.

This is by far the fastest and most efficient way to get paid. The only thing that’s required of the employee is to be able to provide the employer their checking account number and the bank’s routing number.

Online payroll software like a fake paystub generator can streamline the process, and keep in mind that if you don’t have this kind of specialized software you’ll likely have to pay a small fee for each direct deposit. These methods are often used to verify income statements when setting up a new account or applying for a loan.

Overall, this process is simple, fast, and convenient.

2. Cash Payments

Paying your employees in cash is another option, but you’ll need to keep very good records because this can make the IRS suspicion about your taxes.

Many employees prefer being paid in cash because they don’t have to deal with a bank, and yet you are still required to take out taxes and maintain records of each payroll payment. There are really very few instances where paying employees with cash is the best option.

We all know cash is king, but when collecting payments online, this just isn’t a viable solution. This is especially the case when looking to hire freelancers or designers.

However, cash is still one of the most common ways to make or receive payments in smaller localized markets and 9-5 side jobs.

4. Paypal

For online businesses, SaaS platforms, and freelancers, Paypal is still one of the best ways to send and receive payments online.

The reason why Paypal is so widely accepted and loved, is that it makes the process of getting paid so easy.

With Paypal being the backbone for many global payments through platforms like eBay, Etsy, and millions of others — it’s a standard that is now accepted across all platforms.

For employees and businesses, making payments through Paypal is great for many reasons, such as being able to pay with a credit card, connecting payments to a bank account, and also using the Paypal Working Capital as a way to fund the company should it need a loan for growth or excessive spending.

Other benefits of using Paypal (for businesses, or as an employee) include:

  • Scale: A payments partner that can support your growing business and help you sell across multiple markets and platforms.
  • Conversion: PayPal is the most-used digital wallet. Shoppers complete their checkout 88% of the time on average, helping you close more sales.
  • Security and Confidence: Get the products that work for your business from a partner that offers Seller Protection and fraud monitoring.
  • Live Customer Support: You can speak with a live representative if you need help with the merchant services your business depends on.

Many of these benefits will also come in handy for freelancers and employees as well. Paypal offers a debit card and for payments to be deposit right into user’s bank accounts as well.

5. Payroll Cards

Payroll cards have become increasingly popular in recent years because you don’t have to keep up with cash, or print new paychecks during every pay period, and employees don’t need bank accounts to make the deposit.

The setup costs are similar to using direct deposit, but there are also advantages. Payroll cards allow an employer to simply load the money onto an employee’s card each pay period. This saves you money on the cost of supplies.

It also saves your employees from having to go to the bank, and the employee can withdraw money at any ATM at their convenience.

6. Payoneer

Similar to Paypal, Payoneer is another payments solution that is quickly being accepted by freelancers and employees around the world.

Some of the most common reasons and benefits why employers and freelancer enjoy using Payoneer as their financial platform include:

  • No bank account required for an account
  • Super fast platform for receiving payments
  • Withdraw payment to any local currency
  • Send money to friends and family without fees
  • High-quality customer support and user friendly

Payoneer is also very friendly towards affiliate marketing partners and companies that are working directly with site owners, affiliates, and bloggers. You can see some of their top payment partners listed below.

6. Venmo

With digital employee payments and transactions on the rise, Venmo is another name you are probably hearing a lot more in daily life.

Similar to Payoneer and Paypal, Venmo acts as a digital wallet that makes online payments easy, and also include the following benefits.

  • Pay from a bank account, major debit cards, or your Venmo balance.
  • Free to receive money.
  • Free to send money when using certain debit cards.
  • Freelancers can get money to their bank accounts within one business day.
  • Sign up with Facebook or email.

You can learn more about their platform by visiting their site and seeing if their terms and conditions align with yours as an employee, or a business.

Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all!

At the end of the day, we all want to be paid what we are owed — and at the time we are supposed to receive payment.

Employee payments are an essential part of doing business. These different ways to pay employees offer business owners plenty of flexibility. After all, every business has different needs.

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5 of the Best Tips to Boost Adsense Revenue on your Blog in 2019

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Making money from your content is a blogger’s dream. Luckily with Google Adsense that dream can become a reality. Google Adsense is a free and easy way to make money by placing ads on your blog and it’s one of the most popular revenue streams for bloggers. But it doesn’t work for everyone.

Many bloggers, beginners and pros alike, can’t quite bring in the big bucks from Google Adsense that they had hoped for. Don’t worry though, you can turn your unclickable Google ads into money-making machines with just a few tricks.

Want to start making more money blogging online? Let’s take a look at 5 tips to boost Adsense revenue on your blog.

1. Place Your Ads in the Best Spots

If you’re not placing your ads in the best spots, you run the risk of your website visitors not even noticing them. You might be thinking, well, if an ad is on my blog and my site visitors read my content, of course they’re going to see the ads. But you’re wrong. In fact, the average reader only spends 37 seconds reading an article or blog post. So, if your ads aren’t in the best spots, readers will scroll right past them and you’ll lose out on a ton of clicks.

Luckily, Google created this heat map to show you exactly where you should place your ads to get optimal results and avoid annoying your visitors.  

The darker the area on the heat map appears, the more clicks it gets. As you can see, the center middle is the best performing ad placement area, followed by the top center and bottom center as well as top left and left middle. Ads placed on the right side of the page, above the navigation page and below the footer are areas you should avoid if you want to boost your Adsense revenue.

2. Style Your Ads For Clicks

Adsense guidelines state that you can’t change the design of your ad so much so that it no longer look like an ad but you can style your ad to match your website and to attract more clicks. When styling your ads, the goal is to decrease ad blindness; you want your ads to stand out so they’ll get noticed and clicked.

Google has outlined the most popular styling formats for ads which include:

  • Blend – Design your ads with the same colors and borders to match your page.
  • Complement – Use colors that are already on your website but that don’t match the border and background where the ads are placed.
  • Contrast – Pick colors that stand out against the background of your site. It’s a good choice if your website background is a dark color.

The key is to make your ad stand out while still looking like a part of your website. So for instance, if your website uses green links and black text, use green links and black texts on your ads. If you end up choosing a color that’s completely out of left field, like a primary color when your website theme is all pastels, it’ll end up being too visually offensive and users won’t click. Remember to pay attention to the best Google Adsense sizes and formats as well.

3. Experiment with Your Ads

Never stick with the first placement and style of ad you choose, you’ve got to experiment with your ads in order to discover what will work best for your blog and your readers. Luckily, you don’t have to do any guesswork regarding which ads perform best, you can easily experiment with your ads and see straightforward results right inside your Adsense account.

With Adsense experiments you can compare your ad settings against a variation of that setting to see what performs better. It works by splitting your site’s traffic between the original ad setting and the variation, so you can see side by side which ad type will help you increase your earnings. So, start experimenting! Find out if your blue ad border works better than a black border or find out if red text gets more clicks than green text. You can even choose to have Google automatically change the settings for you when your experiment is over and a winner is crowned.

4. Track Your Adsense Clicks

After choosing the best ad placements and styles and experimenting with those choices a bit, don’t just put up the ads on your blog and walk away — you need to track your Adsense clicks. Continuing to track your Adsense clicks will help you see what ads are still working for you and which aren’t. After all, your audience is unique and it may change over time as well, so your ads need to change occasionally to keep your click-through rate high.

You can use a tool like MonsterInsights to easily track your Adsense clicks right from your WordPress dashboard. You can find out which of your banner ads are getting the most clicks and see which ads are the lowest performing, as well as discover which of your site pages are the most visited. Not only that but you can also use MonsterInsights to gain insights on the type of users who are clicking on your add like where they’re from, how they discovered your blog whether through organic search or social media for instance, and whether they’re viewing your site from a desktop, mobile, or tablet.

5. Don’t Make Your Website for Adsense

If you’ve started a blog solely for the purpose of getting revenue from Adsense, your website visitors will see right through you — and they won’t click on your ads. Adsense is supposed to enhance the users experience by providing them with relevant ads they might be interested in, but it doesn’t mean that the focus of your blog should be on the ads.

Instead, keep your target audience at the top of your mind. The main focus of your blog should be to publish fresh content that your readers will love and that keeps them coming back for more. The more they visit your site, the more likely they’ll be to click on your ads.

Boost Your Adsense Revenue Now

Your blog readers will only help you bring in big Adsense bucks if you create ads that they find helpful and not a nuisance. So, use these tips to turn your ineffective Google ads into huge money-makers for your blog. Once you start bringing in that sweet Google Adsense revenue, you’ll be even closer to turning your blog from hobby to successful business.

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