What is IBOtoolbox you ask? This is going to take a while so sit back, relax, go get your favorite beverage and I will do my best to break down what it is and I will do my best to explain all of the MANY tools that IBOtoolbox offers.
What Is IBOtoolbox?
IBOtoolbox stands for “Independent Business Owner Toolbox” and that is exactly what it is! They explain it best on their website as “IBOtoolbox is a powerful combination of free in-house business marketing tools, lead generation, and the most active social network for network marketers, MLM, internet marketers, and small business owners.” I would just add that it is a collection of well developed tools geared toward the independent business owner. IBOtoolbox is free and there are absolutely no upgrades available and that is what I love about it! Everyone on the platform is on the same level forever! IBOtoolbox receives 300,000 organic visits a day! 96% of those visits are non-members looking for ways to make money online or in other words looking for what you have to offer! Think about that for a minute! Powerful huh? Yes very!
Is IBOtoolbox A Scam?
Absolutely not! I have been a member there since 2012. I believe they launched in 2011 and have grown exponentially from day one adding a host of tools that are geared toward helping the independent business owner grow their business online. If you are looking for a positive atmosphere that awards you for participating then IBOtoolbox is the perfect place for you. Come as guests, stay as friends! How is this achieved? What tools do they offer you ask? Let me start with the IBOwall.
The “wall” as IBOtizens call it is the meat & potatoes of the IBOtoolbox platform. Similar to a Facebook feed this is where everyone interacts with each other. IBOtoolbox uses PR’s or Press Releases as their main content delivery mechanism and Google LOVES them! When PR’s are posted on the IBOtoolbox thousands of other members see your PR and comment on them. Every time someone comments on a PR it goes back to the top! This adds to the fun, excitement and addictive nature of the platform and keeps it fresh!
IBOsocial is your virtual business card on IBOtoolbox that you can design any way you want. Here is where you will have any and all of your business opportunities or affiliate products that you are promoting. All of your PR’s and wall posts will show here also. This is your page to do with what you want! It is a great tool for attracting new people to your offers. Also on your wall are all of your statistics in the image to the right. The traffic that you will receive on your wall is highly targeted organic search traffic. This traffic converts well if you participate in the platform. Participation is key! I cannot stress that enough. You never know when one of those 96% of organic search visitors are looking for what you have to offer!
So, you are searching the internet trying to figure out how to start making money online right? I get it and I have been exactly where you are at! The internet is huge and can be quite intimidating when looking for ways to start making money online so how are we going to start making money online you ask? Great question and the keyword here is to “start” if you don’t start trying to make money online you will never make money online it’s as simple as that. Failure is not an option but failure is the stepping stone to success and what I hope to show you is how to keep your failures to a minimum and to shorten the time it takes to become successful.
Blogging & Affiliate Marketing
Blogging combined with affiliate marketing are in my opinion, the best ways to start making money online. Anyone can start a blog with very little to no money! If you want to cut to the chase and get started blogging for free go here now, otherwise read on to learn more about blogging and affiliate marketing.
So your next question I am sure you are thinking is “why blogging and why affiliate marketing” and again, blogging and affiliate marketing are the viable option because of the low entry point of starting a blog and monetizing it with affiliate marketing. In order to sell something online you need to get a product out there (affiliate marketing) and Google and the other search engines love blogs that deliver relevant content that pertains to a subject that people are searching for. In order to start any business online or a blog you are going to need a few things:
A domain name
A domain name is your virtual real estate. Every blog starts with a great domain name and the best place to get the domain name that gives you the best value for your money is going to be Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteDomains and website builder. Sign up for Wealthy Affiliate’s Free Starter Membership and get two free Site Rubix website’s and domains for free. It is a great way to get your feet wet and to see if blogging is for you. You have nothing to lose and if you think blogging is something you enjoy doing then you can continue with your free membership or you can up your game and get the Premium Membership that will take you and your business to the next level. This is exactly what I did and I am so glad I did and I have not looked back since. Wealthy Affiliate Domains cost anywhere from $13.99 to $15.99 and that may sound higher than some of their competitors but with when you purchase a domain through Wealthy Affiliate you get Free Privacy and Free SSL Certificate both of these are additional charges at other domain registrars. Some of the benefits od Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteDomains platform are as follows:
Free & full access to emails
Full Privacy & domain protection
Absolutely no upsells and the price of your domain does not go up every year like other registrars.
Free SSL Certificate. This is HUGE! Google is devaluing sites that do not have SSL. You must have an SSL certificate attached to your domain. To learn more about SSL Certificates please visit this from a member of Wealthy Affiliate here.
Here is Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix free SiteDomains Widget. Go ahead and play with it it’s a blast!
The Free Starter Membership gave me all the tools I needed to be successful online and it allowed me the time to learn blogging and affiliate marketing and to see if that was something that I would enjoy doing. I always recommend at the very least to sign up for the Free Starter Membership. You will be as amazed as I was at what you will get for free from Wealthy Affiliate.
Now, website hosting is the second thing that you must have to start making money online. Again, Wealthy Affiliate is my choice for hosting services and with the Free Starter Membership just like the two free domains you will get hosting for free for two sites as well. With their Premium Membership, you get can build 50 websites on one account, 25 with the free SiteRubix domain and 25 on your own domain. Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting is what is called “Managed WordPress Hosting”, so what does that mean? Managed WordPress hosting It’s just that. Wealthy Affiliate utilizes only WordPress and their CMS (content management system)manages the servers and monitors your website around the clock giving you peace of mind so you can dedicate all of your time to build your business and not have to worry about hosting issues that are so common with other hosts. There are a ton of benefits that come with Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting. Below are just as few off the top of my head.
Wealthy Affiliate monitors your website 24 hours a day 365 days a year
There is layer of security set up on your websites that scans for hundreds of potentially critical issues. This technology will then automatically fix these issues leaving your website safe, secure and with minimal downtime.
Support: Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteSupport is unsurpassed by any hosting company in the industry! With a less than 5 minute response time, they are there for you 24/7/365 days a year. Even at 3 am! No problem is too big for SiteSupport.
Industry-leading virus and malware protection. With Wealthy Affiliate’s Managed Hosting you can be sure you are protected by their SiteProtect Platform.
With Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium Membership hosting you are getting comparable hosting to companies that charge upwards of $250-$300 a month with the only exception being that the Wealthy Affiliate servers are much faster.
No matter how you decide to start making money online you will need a domain name and hosting. I have been with a number of the popular domain name registrars like www.Goddaddy.com & www.namecheap.com and though they are fine they do not offer near as much value as Wealthy Affiliate does. See the comparison chart below to see what Wealthy Affiliate offers compared to other managed WordPress hosting companies. There is NO comparison!
I am sure you can feel my exuberance for Wealthy Affiliate by now and I know I got a little off track from my main point of how to start making money online but what I shared is quite relevant to making money online, in fact, I am so sure that Wealthy Affiliate is the best way for anyone that is new to building a business online can fast-track their success by following the training that the Wealthy Affiliate founders Kyle and Carson have masterfully laid out for us. I have not covered even half of the benefits that Wealthy Affiliate offers. I did not even mention their free keyword tool Jaaxy that in my opinion is the best keyword/niche research tool available! PERIOD! Jaaxy is free with the premium Membership at Wealthy Affiliate. Go ahead and check it out with some free searches with the Jaaxy widget.
In our quest to make money online we will invariably run across a number of affiliate programs to promote. So, what are the best affiliate programs to promote you ask? Great question and there are a lot of variables and thousands of affiliate programs out there. Some good, some not so good and some are pretty bad. Today I will cut to the chase and focus on only not only the best affiliate programs to promote but also my favorite affiliate programs to promote. I try and promote affiliate programs that offer recurring commissions but that is just me and not necessary. The affiliate programs that I will be writing about are as follows, they are in no particular order.
Aweber Email Marketing
Jaaxy Keyword Tool
Divi WordPress Theme by Elegant Themes
Wealthy Affiliate is a great affiliate program to promote because it converts extremely well. I have found conversion rates as high as 25% at times depending on a lot of variables but Wealthy Affiliate generally over converts any affiliate programs I have ever promoted. What separates Wealthy Affiliate from their competitors is that they offer a Free Starter Membership that offers a ton of value and is very attractive to newbies. You can even promote Wealthy Affiliate as a free member which adds to the attractiveness of newcomers to affiliate marketing. Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best affiliate affiliate programs to promote!
The Wealthy Affiliate affiliate program is quite lucrative with many affiliates bringing in 10’s of thousands of dollars monthly! What sets Wealthy Affiliate’s affiliate program apart from the thousands of others out there is the training is second to none and if you follow the lessons as outlined in ‘Affiliate Bootcamp’, not only will you become adept at promoting Wealthy Affiliate, it has been my experience that the training positioned me to become quite successful promoting any affiliate program of my choice! THAT experience is priceless and it is the gift that keeps on giving!
Free -vs- Paid
Let’s break down the differences between the free Wealthy Affiliate program and the paid Wealthy Affiliate program.
Free STARTER Member Commissions:
Whether you as the affiliate are free or paid, when your potential referral signs up for the Free Starter Membership they will be offered the exact same initial offer the initial $19 offer will give you a commission of $4 for that first month then if they go Premium the next month at $49 a month you will get a commission of$11.25. If they go Yearly at $359 a year recurring, you will get a commission of $87.50 recurring.
If you are a Premium Member here at Wealthy Affiliate, you get double the commissions as an affiliate and you also get to take part in our $1 credit program, which allows you to earn from free members you sign-up that set-up their accounts. You also earn money with each domain your referrals buy.
PREMIUM Member Commissions: (100% Higher Commissions!!!)
For any referral who signs up for either a Free Starter Membership or a Premium Membership account, you get $1. For any referral that purchases a domain as your referral, you get $1 recurring. For any referral that signs up for the initial $19 offer you get an $8 commission and if they go monthly you receive $23.50 recurring. If they sign up for a Yearly Membership you will receive $175 recurring! Another huge thing that sets Wealthy Affiliate apart from any other affiliate programs out there is that they offer lifetime commissions and lifetime cookies! THAT is unheard of in this industry and just goes to show that the Wealthy Affiliate owners Kyle & Carson care about their affiliates and have our best interests at heart! When you become a Wealthy Affiliate affiliate you are not just joining a ‘program’ you become part of a family and a community that is unlike no other affiliate marketing community anywhere! Are you starting to see the possibilities with the Premium Wealthy Affiliate program? To learn more about the Wealthy Affiliate affiliate program click the banner on the right or the Wealthy Affiliate image in this post above and get your FREE Starter Membership.
Best Affiliate Programs To Promote
Amazon Affiliate Program
I am a huge fan of the Amazon Affiliate Program! Amazon is THE largest E-Commerce store on the internet! I have been an Amazon affiliate since 2012 and it is where I and many others got their starts in affiliate marketing. It is pretty easy to get approval and the beauty of the Amazon Affiliate Program is that Amazon is hugely popular and is probably one of if not the most trusted websites online today! Amazon converts extremely well! Amazon are masters of marketing online and they don’t stop when you deliver a customer to their site. They target your customer and offer them products that reflect their interests. We have all visited Amazon and know how they do that. It is not intrusive at all and actually quite helpful if you ask me.
Amazon Associates Pros & Cons
One of the most trusted websites online. Period!
Amazon converts really well. If you can get someone to Amazon through your affiliate link the chances are good that they will purchase something. Let Amazon do all the work for you!
Once on the Amazon website through your affiliate link, you will be paid a commission for anything they buy within 24 hours of their visit. My very first Amazon commission was a women’s bra purchased through my woodworking website! Go figure!
They have excellent affiliate tools, graphic banners, and tracking.
Amazon is excellent at keeping visitors on their site and not navigating away. More commissions for you!
Their affiliate cookie only lasts for 24 hours which is short compared to other affiliate programs. What they lack in their affiliate cookie they make up for in their conversion rate.
Lower than normal commission structure but again, what they lack in commission payout they totally make up for in conversions. It is not unheard of for me to receive 8-10 purchases from one visitor.
Lot’s of rules! Be sure to read, understand and adhere to all of Amazon Associates affiliate agreement. They are updated quite regularly so keep a lookout for those emails.
Amazon Affiliate’s Commission Structure as of March 1, 2017
As you can see you can earn anywhere from 0% to 10% commissions depending on what you are promoting. A general rule of thumb for promoting Amazon products is to try and promote products at $100 or more to see decent commissions. Also, the more you sell the higher the percentage will be. For more info on particular details of the Amazon Affiliate program visit Associates Central here.
Clickbank has been around since 1998 so that makes them one of the first if not the very first affiliate programs out there. Clickbank connects 12,000 product creators with 100,000 plus affiliates! They are the affiliate program that all others are compared to and they have earned their place as one of the most trusted and consistent affiliate programs ever. Clickbank is all about digital products, downloads, ebooks, software and training programs specializing in the MMO(make money online) market although that is not all that they have to promote with products that revolve around anything from Arts & Entertainment to Woodworking and everything in between. The image below is just some of the niches that Clickbank caters to.
Commission Structure at Clickbank
Commissions at Clickbank are determined by each individual vendor and range anywhere from 1% to 75% with Clickbank subtracting their fee of 7.5% plus $1 of every sale you refer through your affiliate link to Clickbank. With a number of high ticket and recurring products, Clickbank can be quite lucrative if done correctly.
Product Creation With Clickbank
If you are a vendor or product creator then Clickbank has you covered there as well. Have you written an e-book? Or created a training program? Clickbank is the best place to get your product set and promoted quickly! Sign up with Clickbank and promote it on their marketplace. The sky’s the limit and you can really go big here!
Clickbank Affiliate Program Pros & Cons
There are some pros & cons to the Clickbank affiliate program and they are listed below.
Some lower quality products. Do your due diligence prior to promoting any Clickbank product
$100 payment threshold. Not a biggie but to some newbies this can be a lot.
Lots of competition. Think outside the box to get your offers in front of people.
Aweber Email Marketing Affiliate Program
Aweber’s email marketing affiliate program is another monthly recurring commission structure that I love! As they say “the money’s in the list”, and this is true and Aweber is at the forefront of email marketing. Built by affiliate marketers, for affiliate marketers, Aweber has a great affiliate program that is well respected in affiliate marketing circles. Their commission structure varies depending on the size of a referrals list but is set at 30% of the monthly recurring starting at a list size of 0-500 at $19 a month to a list size of10,001-25,000 at $149 a month with any list over that requiring a quote from Support.
Aweber Affiliate Program Pros & Cons
A lucrative recurring lifetime 30% commission.
Getting a user to sign up is easy with a 30-day free trial.
Industry leading email marketing software sells itself
High converting creatives and sales pages
The only con that I have found is that they still pay by check and have not incorporated Paypal as their payment gateway.
To learn more about Aweber Email Marketing go here.
Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool Affiliate Program
The Jaaxy keyword research tool created by Wealthy Affiliate founders Kyle & Carson has an amazing affiliate program that literally sells itself. Jaaxy is one of the easiest affiliate products I have ever promoted online. To learn about the Jaaxy keyword research tool go here now.
Jaaxy commission Structure
Jaaxy has an exciting and lucrative commission structure that is based on the monthly recurring model that I like so much. There are two levels of Jaaxy membership, Pro & Enterprise. Pro is $49 a month and Enterprise is $99 a month. The commission for Pro monthly is $20 and Pro Yearly is $200. The affiliate commission for Enterprise monthly is $40 Enterprise yearly is $400. As you can see this is a very lucrative affiliate program and many affiliates make a very comfortable living from only promoting Jaaxy! If you are not a member of Jaaxy you can visit by playing with their search bar below.
Divi WordPress Theme By Elegant Themes
The Divi WordPress theme by Elegant themes is another great affiliate program that I wholeheartedly support and take part in. They also have a monthly recurring commission structure or a one-time lifetime commission structure
This theme is for WordPress developers, marketers and webmasters that want to take their WordPress websites to the next level. Thousands of the most beautiful websites out there are built using the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes, including this site you are on now!
To learn more about the Elegant Themes affiliate program check out their site here.
Are you a college student looking to supplement your income to find a way how to make money online as a college student? I get it! College is expensive and the more you can pay for now the less burden you will put on your family or on your student loans when you graduate.
No More Flipping Burgers!
Many college students get jobs on and off of campus usually at fast food restaurants, waiting
tables at cafe’s and bars and some even work construction and office jobs to make extra money to help pay off their tuition and to pay bills. For some, this works out great and is a viable alternative to making extra money while in college but to many “brick & mortar” jobs are inconvenient with a busy college course load many have found numerous ways to make money online as a college student. What are some of the jobs you have done as a college student? Leave a comment at the bottom of this page. I would love to hear your story!
Like I was saying for many college students frankly, flipping burgers and slinging drinks just isn’t convenient and honestly does not pay much more than minimum wage.
The Future Is Bright!
The newest trend for college students on how to make money online as a college student is to make money from their dooms on their laptops! The good news is that most college students already have the tools that it takes to make money online which is a laptop and knowing how to use it.
Beware Of Scams Aplenty!
There are a ton of scams out there and I hope to steer you clear of any of those and share with you the many different ways that I know how a college student can make money online. I will say this if it sounds too good to be true it probably is! The opportunities that I will share with you are legitimate ways to make money online as a college student or anyone for that matter. Be prepared to do some work! Nothing in life is free and you never know that whatever you decide to do it may just turn into a full-time business for you! Are you ready? Let’s go!
There are a ton of websites that will pay you to write various types of articles. Some companies are legit and some are not. These are not high paying jobs but if you are a proficient typist then the money can add up quick. There are a lot of rules to follow depending on which site you choose but as long as you follow the rules you will be paid if your article is approved. The following websites are legit and are paying at the time of this article.
WritersWeekly.com is a great site that pays between $40-$60 for an approved article. They are strict in their requirements but they are a highly respected article house that has been in business for years.
PSD Tuts + are you proficient with Adobe Photoshop? If so then you can create tutorials in either video or text versions and the Envato Market will pay you anywhere from $50-$150 for your approved tutorial!
ACHS The American Center For Healthcare Sciences is looking for articles about holistic health & wellness. They require their article to be anywhere from 600-1000 words and they will pay you $50 for each approved article.
Make A Living Writing “Practical Help For Hungry Writers” is what it says on her site. Carol started this site to help writers make more money writing. She pays between $75-$150 and has been paying for guest post article on her website since 2010!
Sitepoint has been around 1999 and is in my humble opinion one of the top websites when it comes to web development. If you are knowledgeable about web development then this may be the perfect writing job for you. They require your article to be over 1000 words and pay a flat rate of $100. If your article receives 100,000 page views then you will receive another $250!
PTC (Paid To Click) & GPT (Get Paid To) Sites
Although not my favorite way to make money online, joining PTC & GPT sites are an easy way to make quick money online. There are literally thousands of websites out there that offer this service but if you stick to the ones I recommend you will be in good hands and will not get scammed. So what are PTC sites you ask? Great question! PTC sites are just that, you get paid to visit websites and to click the ads on those websites. GPT sites are sites that pay you to do things like taking survers or fill out forms and offers and they are a great way to make money online as a college student. How it works is website owners need website visitors especially when they are new. PTC sites pay us “clickers” to visit these websites for a specified amount of time and either navigate throughout the site or to click on ads. In turn, the website owners pay the PTC sites for each click and the PTC sites, in turn, pay us per each click. It is boring and tedious work but again, it is an easy way to make quick money online. Stick with the following PTC sites and you cannot go wrong.
Neobux is one of the top PTC/GPT sites. Very low per click prices but plenty of sites to click. If you can point and click and don’t get bored easily then this site is for you. You can make more money doing surveys here as well
Clixsense is a GPT/Survey site that has been around for years and is one of the originators of the PTC/GPT game. They no longer offer PTC but their surveys pay pretty well and they have a ton of what are called “Offer Walls” where you get paid to fill out forms, give your email or phone number etc…
ScarletClicks is another PTC/GPT site that has stood the test of time and has plenty of opportunities to make money clicking
Blogging & Affiliate Marketing
Now, this is my favorite way for college students not only to make money online but to build a real business that will last forever and provide passive income with some hard work up front.
What is blogging and affiliate marketing you ask and why do they go hand in hand? Great question!
Let’s start with blogging. From Wikipedia“A blog (a truncation of the expression “weblog“) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. “ In layman’s terms, a blog is a website that is written on a certain topic with posts being made on a regular basis.
Very simply, Google and other search engines love unique, relevant content that is updated on a regular basis and if Google & the other search engines like your content they will send your blog free website traffic. When you have free traffic from search engines that are relevant to your topic this is the perfect opportunity to introduce affiliate marketing onto your blog and a way to monetize your free traffic from the search engines. Free search engine traffic is the absolute best website traffic you can get to your blog. This means that the visitor has searched for your article keywords and is interested in your article’s topic. In other words, they are likely interested in what you have to sell on your blog and that is where affiliate marketing comes in my friend! If you want to learn how to make money online as a college student then you definitely want to learn how to blog.
<<<Yes! That is exactly what affiliate marketing is! Companies are going to pay you a commission to sell their stuff online! From Wikipedia “Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.” Again, in layman’s terms, affiliate marketing is the process of selling other peoples stuff on your blog for a cut of the profits. Eazy Peezy! Well, in theory, yes and anyone can get into affiliate marketing but I would suggest proper affiliate marketing training before spinning your wheels and getting nowhere. The cool thing about affiliate marketing is that you can start your business with very little money. Basically the cost of your domain(your website’s address or URL) and hosting of which there are many different economical ways to get hosting. Affiliate marketing is the best way to make money online as a college student. To learn about the best affiliate marketing training and hosting in my humble opinion read on…
If you want to make money online as a college student and beyond then my # 1 recommendation is Wealthy Affiliate which is an affiliate marketing training and website hosting platform created in 2005 by Kyle & Carson that teaches the proper way to make money online with affiliate marketing using WordPress blog. WordPress is the CMS or Content Management System you will be using to create your blog. WordPress was built for the search engines and Google loves WordPress websites! Inside of WA, you will learn everything you need to know about building, ranking and making money with your WordPress website. I have tried many other affiliate marketing training programs and no none comes close to what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer. PERIOD! Check out my Wealthy Affiliate review that goes into more depth as to what Wealthy Affiliate is and is not.
So what are the top home based business opportunities? How do you navigate through all the yuck and find that one home based business that is right for you? These are excellent questions and I hope to answer these and more in this post.
Without bashing other companies I will be leaving out all the home based business opportunities that I believe are not worth your time. In this post, I will be sharing with you what opportunities I know to be legitimate ways to make money online If you want to skip right over to my #1 recommended best home based business opportunity go here now. Otherwise, read on and let it be known that there are no software/applications or programs that will make you money online! Be leery of anyone claiming otherwise. To build a real home based business you will have to do some work and you will have to invest some money into your business. I will show you how to do it for less without getting scammed!
Blogging & Affiliate Marketing
This is my favorite top home based business opportunity and it is how I have been making money online for some time now. Blogging & affiliate marketing have the ability to turn a very small investment into literally a million dollar business! No joke I see it every day! That is not my story but hopefully, it will be one day and perhaps it will be your story as well!
Turn your passion into a real business that has the opportunity of changing your life and the lives of everyone around you. There are a ton of blogging platforms and most of them are excellent. My favorite blogging CMS (Content Management System) is WordPress. With WordPress, anyone can build a website quickly without knowing how to code or knowing HTML, PHP, and other complicated website development languages. If I can build a website then anyone can!
What if I showed you a way to build two free WordPress websites and get the training you need to get started not only building those sites for free but also get the training you will need to be an affiliate marketer? Today is your lucky day! I want to introduce you to Wealthy Affiliate.Wealthy Affiliateis a training platform that teaches people just like you and me how to become affiliate marketers and WordPress training is their specialty. You can join for free and get a “Starter Membership” that will get you two free websites on their SiteRubix platform and domain. These are fully functional websites that you build on the WordPress platform from scratch. There are no ads like other free website builders. At Wealthy Affiliate, you will learn how to choose a topic or “niche” to write about. You will learn what keywords to target that Google will love and you will learn how to monetize your website so you can bring in affiliate commissions as an affiliate marketer. I know that sounds like a lot of work and you would be right it is a lot of work but having a real business online takes work. There is no getting around this! Anyone that tells you otherwise is doing you a disservice. I won’t do that I will be honest with you and call it like I see it! You will thank me later when you make that first affiliate commission! Oh, what a feeling!
So, what is affiliate marketing and how do we make money being an affiliate marketer? Another great question!
Basically, almost every online merchant has an affiliate program. Go ahead and check out Walmart.com, BestBuy.com, and Amazon.com. Scroll to the bottom of their page and there will be a link that says something like “become an affiliate” or “affiliate with us” just sign up and they will set you up with your own affiliate admin page that has links and banners that you will paste into your website and when someone purchases something through your link then BAM you get paid! That is affiliate marketing in a nutshell! It really is as simple as that and Wealthy Affiliate is the best place available online to get the proper training.
So what is blogging and how do I make money with a blog? Simply put blogging is publishing content on a regular basis on a topic you are passionate or familiar with. What are you passionate about? Blog about that and make money. Below is a video on building your own niche website.
Why Is Blogging Is So Popular?
There are a number reasons why every day people have turned to blogging.
Search engines like Google, Yahoo & Bing are huge fans of new and relevant content and the result of publishing relevant content via a blog creates what is called proper SEO or Search Engine Optimization which is optimizing the content of your blog’s content for search engines.
Blogging is the perfect way to share your content with customers and clients and to keep them in the loop of what is happening now and what you have planned for the future. It is a proven fact that the more a reader visits your blog, there is much higher likelihood that they will spend money and buy something on your blog
A blog allows you to build a relationship with your prospective clients and readers. Blogging is a great way showcase your expertise or passion all the while building credibility and authority in your chosen niche, but as people can post their questions, comments and can interact with you, you begin to build a repair and mutual respect which in turn will allow them to trust you enough to purchase something from you and hopefully, will trust you enough to buy from you.
Best of all blogs have the opportunity to make serious money if done properly. Along with your product or service, there are numerous ways that a blog can earn you money like affiliate marketing or advertising to name only a few.
Blogging is fun! Bottom line! It is a way to creatively express yourself to the world. I myself love to blog it is kind of a meditation for me to get my mind off of my everyday problems and write about something I enjoy. I highly recommend blogging for anyone who is struggling with stress, PTSD(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and boredom. Start writing a blog and I guarantee that these symptoms will subside! Give it a shot!
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So, what are keywords? Why do I need them? What are the best free keyword tools?Those are great questions! There are a ton of free keyword tools used for keyword research. Perhaps you are getting ready to build and launch a new website? If this is you then this article should help you to understand what keywords are and how to find and use the best free keyword tools to do keyword research. When building a new website there is a lot that goes into the development process like design, marketing strategies, research, and content creation to name just a few. Do not take any shortcuts especially when researching for keywords. Keywords are the foundation of your website. They are what attract visitors to your site and good content creation based on proper keyword research will attract and keep visitors on your site for years to come. For my #1 keyword choice that has a free option go to Jaaxy
From the dictionary “keywords are an informative word used in an information retrieval system to indicate the content of a document”. The “information retrieval system” refers to Google or any search engine and you will definitely need some kind of keyword tool to research the proper keywords to target for the articles on your website.
Are you ready to check out these free keyword tools and take your content to the first page of Google? Let’s go! Let me show you the best free keyword tools!
Google Keyword Planner
I have The Google Keyword Planner listed first because well, it’s Google’s proprietary keyword tool and what better way to give Google what it wants then by using their own keyword tool right? The Google Keyword Planner is obviously the # 1, go to free keyword tool that anyone who is new to content marketing or even seasoned affiliate marketers should become familiar with. Learning how this tool works will take your website to the next level. It’s easy to use and it is very reliable well, because it is Google right? You cannot go wrong with Google’s free Keyword Planner.
Learn how to use the Google Keyword Planner properly and keyword research will become second nature to you and if you use it correctly it will give you countless content keywords for your website for years to come.
First thing you do is click the box with the red arrow in the image to the left.
Next you will enter your search term into the box like the image on the right. We will use the word “surfing” as an example Once you hit “Get Ideas” it will take you to the next page which will lay all of the results out in a nice and organized way.
Once you have your search terms in Keyword Planner you will be provided with a multitude of ideas(keywords) and metrics like monthly searches, each keyword’s CPC or Cost Per Click and the keyword’s competition which will be either “high”, “medium” or “low”. Armed with this information you should be able to come up with numerous content ideas based on your new search terms.
Go ahead and head over to https://adwords.google.com and play with it. If you don’t have an Adwords account yet no worries just set one up like you set up any other Google account. It is free.
Keyword In is a really cool tool used for getting a ton of long tail keyword
s which are multiple word phrase keywords and how it works is really simple, in the picture to the left you can see that I went with Keyword In’s default inputs where it produced the results you see in the image on the left. With these keywords you can plug them into Google Keyword Planner to get your metrics like search volume and competition. Keyword In uses what they call “modifiers” that can give you an absolute infinity of combinations of key phrases that will boost you keyword research to new levels! Keyword In coupled with the Google Keyword Planner are a winning combination of tools that and SEO expert would agree with. Keyword In is definitely one of the best free keyword tools and I highly suggest you to add it to your keyword research arsenal.
Yes you read that right!Keyword Shitterreally is an appropriate name for this free keyword tool that literally “shits” out thousands of keywords extremely fast. Yet another one of the best free keyword tools available. As you can see in the image to the right that I entered my seed keyword “surfing” and literally in less than two minutes later the tool “shit” out 5696 keywords based on my seed keyword. I know of no other free keyword tool that does this as efficiently as Keyword Shitter. I LOVE their logo as well!
Again, this is a great free tool to produce bulk keywords that can be used in conjunction with Google Keyword Planner to dominate the search engines, your Pay Per Click(PPC) campaigns etc…and did I say I love their logo!
The next in my list of best free keyword tools is a website called Soovle. Funny name I know but a great site for finding a lot of keywords.
Soovle is an aggregator of keywords from the following websites:
You can drag and drop any or all of the above “engines” into Soovle interface and just type your search term into the search bar and watch Soovle return keyword suggestions for all of the engines, I took a screenshot of a search on Soovle using the search term “surfing” and it returned approximately 10 results for each. Like Keyword In & Keyword Shitter, Soovle does not return competition or search volumes that is what Google’s Keyword Planner is for.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the bestfree keyword tools. I enjoyed writing it! If you ever have any questions about anything about getting into making money online from home or starting your own home-based business I am here for you. Just leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.