Beginners Guide to Amazon Associates

Beginners Guide to Amazon Associates

ShareOne of the most popular affiliate programs around is Amazon associates. Stop just buying from Amazon and start getting paid to sell their endless list of products. One of the easiest ways to get started with an online business, is through affiliate programs. One of the biggest ones out there is the Amazon Associates program. The overall concept is pretty simple, sign up with the Amazon Associates affiliate program and earn commissions by sending Amazon customers. Like any internet marketing platform, the name of the game is traffic. When trying to make money online it’s all about the numbers. Amazon Associates is no different, but because of the huge quantity of different products, it’s very easy to carve out a niche to test and promote. If you don’t know how to research and find niches, head over and read our article on how to chose profitable niches first, then come back here. After signing up, review their commission structure for all of the various categories of products. Most start at 4% and some can get as high as 15%. Typically the more products you can get sold, the higher the commission rate, though there are some categories, like electronics, that will limit you to 4% regardless of quantity. This is because of Amazon’s very thin profit margins on things like TVs, tablets, and more. Once you’re familiar with what you can earn and you’ve found a niche to test out, it’s time to start building your website. Ranking naturally, or organically, is going to take some time and work, so you need to think about how you want to drive immediate...
Getting Started with Google Adwords

Getting Started with Google Adwords

ShareIf you have been reading about internet marketing and making money on online, chances are that you have heard about Google Adwords. If you haven’t, I’ll sum it very quickly for you. Google Adwords are the sponsored ads you see all over the internet, whether it be on a website as an ad displayed alongside content, or the sponsored ads that you see above, beside, and below the search results, also known as the organic listings, when you search for something on Google. Becoming proficient with Google Adwords can open a huge door of opportunity for you while you build your internet empire. It provides a way to get your site or products in front of people, on the first page of search results, while you wait on your website to slowly climb the ranks of the results pages via search engine optimization (SEO). Experts in the field of pay per click (PPC) marketing can spend years learning the ins and outs of Adwords, but as you get started with it, there are several things that you should know immediately. So in my 8 years of being a PPC analyst and after creating and managing almost $6 million dollars in Adwords spend, below are some of my tips for any beginner in PPC. Be Specific Adwords will work infinitely better for you if your ads and keywords are all highly targeted and specific to what you are trying to advertise. It may seem like a no-brainer, but let me explain this. Of course if you are selling mens shoes, you are not going to write an ad for ladies jackets....
Finding a Niche for Your Internet Project

Finding a Niche for Your Internet Project

ShareLet me preface this post with this, your very first internet project needs to be about something you really enjoy. In fact all of your projects should revolve around things that don’t bore you to death. There’s a ton of money to be made in FOREX affiliate programs, but if you have little to no interest in investments and foreign currency exchanges, chances are you will burn out quickly and never make a dime. With that out of the way, lets talk about why building a website or other internet projects around specific niches is important. First, it keeps you focused on one topic and forces you to really evaluate each idea instead of just jumping in and worrying about how you are going to build and monetize it later. Yes, I’m all about “just do it” but you do have to have a plan, otherwise you’ll get three posts into your new venture, get stuck or bored, and let it meet a slow and unproductive fate. With that said, you probably have a ton of ideas flowing around in that mind of yours, how do you find the ones that will give you the best chance of success? Before you get started, you’ll need to sign up for Google Adwords here, even if you don’t plan on using Adwords as an advertising platform, there are a some great free tools that will help you along the way. So let’s get to the steps: 1. Brainstorm Grab an old fashioned piece of paper and start writing down everything you are remotely interested in. Seriously, nothing is to outlandish. What we...
Establish Your Web Presence

Establish Your Web Presence

ShareWhen starting any new internet based project you need to know a couple of things: One, what is it’s purpose and Two, how are you going to fulfill that purpose. For me, my projects’ purposes are about building passive income channels that over time will begin to add to up to a certain amount. Will it be easy, no. A lot of people dream about making a money online, but rarely do many people start the journey and even fewer stick with it. For this post’s sake, lets say that you took the dive. You went out, bought a shiny new domain, and have even visited your local Ferrari dealer’s website to start shopping. But before you can purchase that shiny new private jet, you need to build a foundation for your project. This way, as you move forward, you have an established web presence to build and present your content from. So what is a web presence? I would say it is all of the ways you can connect to your audience. Whether it be through Facebook, Twitter, message boards or anywhere else people can find and interact with your project. Even if you are running an idea that isn’t full of consistent fresh content, you still want a way to reach your potential clients or followers. Now there is a such thing as overkill, you don’t need to sign up for every social media platform under the sun. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr have over 1.5 billion active total accounts together, with tons of ways to drill down and find the right people for your niche. Find what’s...
10 Ways to Start Making Money Online

10 Ways to Start Making Money Online

ShareThe very premise of this entire blog is making money online or “internet marketing” as some would call it. I am going to cover more than just internet marketing, but I want to make sure that I provide the proper seeds for those who are here for it. As I move forward there will be more in depth posts on each of these with basic blue prints on getting started. Read this list with the correct mindset: you will have to learn, constantly adapt, and work hard to build a sustaining online business of any type. My suggestion is picking two or three from the list and get familiar with them. My first big tip to anyone wanting to start making money online is to diversify your knowledge and revenue streams. The point is that over time as you build your internet empire, make sure to earn from more than just one method. That way if something happens during a month and you lose one revenue stream, you don’t lose 100% of your income. With that, let’s get to the list, which is in no particular order. 1. Blogging You’ve heard of it, you may even have friends with blogs. You’re actually reading a blog right now. You can write about pretty much anything and once you start getting people to visit your blog you can begin monetizing it. From ads to selling things, there are many ways to make money from one. The big key to blogging is creating unique content and regularly. Also, pick subjects you are interested in as you’ll get burned out very quickly on subjects and...