Make Money for Free

The power of the Internet made it possible to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to be able to generate some income. There are many ways to make money online, and they all vary in terms of the level of complexity, the grace periods you have to wait before you see any money, and the cost. In this article you’ll learn about one method that costs nothing and can make you money for free as an affiliate. There are several ways to make money as an affiliate, and this method explained herein is the simplest and at the same time it costs nothing to begin.

The whole idea is that you need to drag people to your affiliate link and convince them to buy this product. So first you need to sign up as an affiliate to this product and get that affiliate link of yours. There are many affiliate networks where you can sign up and get access to thousands of products that you can promote as an affiliate. The most famous of them are Amazon.com and ClickBank.com.

After you sign up to a network it’s time to pick a product to promote. If you are going to stick to Amazon because it’s a well known and is highly reputable then follow these steps.

Please note: Amazon.com requires that you have a website in order to get approved. You can use a free blogger or wordpress blog on which you have some serious and valuable content. It’s better of course if you own the website, but I want this method to be totally free.

– Go to amazon.com and from the side navigation menu pick a department that interests you. This will help you with the “selling” process.

– In that department and from the same navigation menu choose to show only products with 4 stars and up under the customer review title. This will help you choose a product for your promotion that has a better chance to be sold and a lower chance to be refunded if the customer is not happy. Also it will help you build a reputation as a person who is genuine in your recommendations.

– Make sure “include out of stock” is unchecked. You don’t want to waste your time on something that doesn’t exist any more.

– This step is not necessary, but if you are living out side of the US you’d better check the “amazonglobal eligible” under “international shipping”. This will maximize your chances of making a sale no matter where your customers come from. And no this is not going to limit your choices much. I just did that while writing this article in the appliances department and got 13,595 items.

– To filter your results even further click on one of the “discount” options. You’ll need this to do your promotion.

– Pick a product that you’d buy for yourself, or even better, that you already bought and have experience with. An example from life is a wii game that we got for our daughter and her friends’ parents were interested in. I went to my amazon associate account, picked my affiliate link, wrote a review of the product and posted it on my blog together with my affiliate link and emailed a link to the blog post to them and made sales.

– Now do as I did in the step above. You have a product that you know a friend of yours is interested in, grab your affiliate link, write a review and post it on that free blog of yours that you used to sign up as an amazon associate, and email a link to your blog post to that friend and tell them in the email that you found it discounted on amazon.

So you’ll do your friends a favour by saving them some money, you’ll do yourself a favour by making some money, and you’ll do Amazon a favour by generating that sale for them.

Now relying totally on your friends to make those affiliate commissions is not really a good idea. At some point you’ll have to move on and get other people from the huge Internet community to see your blog posts and start leveraging the power of search engines. But for now you have an audience that can give you feed back about your blog posts or squidoo lenses that you generated around those products. Use this feedback to improve your “display” of your affiliate products so that when you open your “store” to the public you’ll be ready to convert your visitors into buyers.

It’s time to take it to the next level. Use Erica Stone‘s strategy for holidays shopping season affiliate commission.

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100% Free Method to Make Money Online

This post might be the most important one so far on Marketing Online 101 because it will outline and explain in some details how someone without any marketing experience or budget can use the free tools on the Internet to generate a steadily growing income on the Internet. This is a 100% free method to make money online, I am not charging for it and the whole process doesn’t involve paying for anything.

First I’ll explain the theory about this idea. There are 4 factors involved in this theory:

1. With almost all of the affiliates under the sun had their Google Adwords accounts suspended, Google is left with corporate companies that use Google ads to build a brand awareness rather than direct response. These companies care only about the eyeballs that will see their ads and nothing else. And they have the budget to spend on those ads. This also means that they don’t care about the keywords or your site content except from the legal point of view.

2. The way taught on Clickbank ebooks and on forums and blogs is that the best way to make money with a blog is to build it around a certain topic and be extremely targeted. This is good for direct response marketing, but not for this method. In this method your main focus is to build a blog around anything and get tons of traffic to that blog.

3. Google provides the tools that you can use to know what is it that people are searching for right now, so that you write about it and get exposure from this buzz to your blog, on which you’ll be posting adsense ads as a starter, later you’ll switch to other advertising platforms so that you don’t get under Google’s mercy.

4. People are people, and people treat an authority person in a different way than treating a friend. With authority people get their needs done and they don’t want to know that authority person anymore because of the negative feeling they’ll have as being inferior to that authority person. With friends, on the other hand, people tend to be loyal to their friends, and they visit and go out together without holding anything back. We want people to feel that the person behind this blog is a friend, not an authority. This can get them to come back, especially if they agree with your views.

So what we need to do is to get you a personal blog, then you need to blog about what people are searching for right now from your own personal point of view. Get your blog exposed to the searchers. Install Google Adsense on your blog and and start making money.

But hold on. You need to understand one concept: You got to be personal, be yourself, and blog freely from the keyword oriented traditional blogging that makes money. Just forget all about money for now. Your only focus is to be yourself on the blog.

There is one condition though. The main theme or subject of your domain will be something you truly love and can keep writing and providing content to your blog for a long time. The reason you need to write about something you’ve experienced and you have passion for is that you want to write without any fear of being right or wrong. You’re being yourself, that’s all. Write from the heart if you want to reach the heart of your readers. Just don’t post information you are not sure about because you might hurt someone or get hurt this way.

Now let’s take action on this basis and explain with the example how to apply this plan. And it starts with you and our passion. If you want this project to be a long term one then treat it as such.

Pick up a pencil and a blank sheet and write down the top 3 things you have passion for and have some knowledge about. This condition is in place to help you pick a subject you can write about every day all day without being bored or exhausted. You need to keep blogging about your subject for a long time.

If you need help on deciding what you are good at ask your friends and people you just started to know or deal with recently and get their impression about your abilities.

These are the top 3 issues that you can work with. No matter what you are going to write about, as long as you are going to be personal and write from the heart you are ok. And keep in mind that if you are interested in this issue them there might be a bunch of other people interested in the same thing.

The second step is to get yourself a blogger blog for free from Google. This will be your personal blog but with a personality of it’s own that goes with your audience.

I don’t really like it and would never do it myself because Google deleted one of my blogs before. In the process of trying to get it back I realized that I could have saved more money in terms of the hours I spent on the issue valued at the minimum wage if I started with my own domain hosted on my own. But for the sake of keeping this method 100% free I’ll stick to blogger. Just be warned that having your blog on blogger is risky. You could be at the top and making tons of money from it when Google decides to delete your blog because of a false spam detector or a complaint from a competitor. By the time you’ll get it back you would have lost your audience and would have to start allover. If you want to play it safe scroll down to the bottom of this page and get yourself a reliable hosting from the same company hosting this blog.

Write about anything and everything as long as you have passion for it there is a big chance that some other people in this world share your interests.

If you don’t have an adsense account apply from within your blogger from a tap called “monetize”. If you already have one use the same tap to insert Google Adsense codes in default places.

Please also note that a personal blog is more likely to be accepted in Google adsense program than any other blogs because you don’t seam to be planning on using it as an affiliate, which you are not.

After you start seeing traffic coming to your blog start writing about the buzz. Here is how to know:

Go to Google trends and you’ll see what people are searching for now on the Internet. If you have passion for a certain topic or keyword go ahead and write about it immediately.

To start sending traffic to your blog you are going to stay in the mode for a while, write some articles on this particular word or issue. From those articles link back to your original article. Start publishing those articles on the web over a period of a time. Such buzz words or subjects are not all going to be within your strength area. But that’s alright. You are not required to write about anything unless you can do it and know that you will enrich the Internet community with your articles and your personal opinion about what is going on around and share some of your wisdom with the world.

Since your posts are talking about the current buzz and the news, then it’s justified to use free press releases. These are able to show on the first page of search results and stay there for a while, long enough for your blog to start getting traffic.  After that use dig, stumbleupon, reditt, and delicious to bookmark your article.

Now about the articles that you’ll be using to market your blog, there is a difference here between what you post on your blog and what you write for publishing. On your blog you be yourself, but the marketing articles need to be in a formal language to get accepted for publishing. Also the well-written articles get picked up by other publishers and give your website the link juice that help with the ranking process.

The marketing articles can be linking to the corresponding page on your blog if you are rewriting your blog post. This is one way to go.

Another way is to write about something else that’s hot right now. Your author bio box can be just an introduction to the reader about yourself and a link to your blog. A well written article, especially if you are giving valuable information or a controversial point of view about a publish issue, the readers will want to learn more about you and will visit your website to do so.

As I said above and I repeat it here again, you want to give your readers something valuable to read (or watch). You are not trying to  sell anything or get them to take any action out of the ordinary. Just keep them coming by posting new posts and publishing new articles.

The best way to get exposure from article marketing is to submit your articles to ezinearticles.com. This article directory gets tons of traffic and you can get yourself some decent traffic directly from your bio box. The other advantage is that they are picky on what to allow for publications. That’s why they are the number one option for publishers who want some valuable material for their websites.

A lot of marketers differentiate between direct article marketing as a method of sending traffic straight to the website, and link building where you want to attract publishers to pick up your articles for republishing. For the purpose of this method don’t follow their advice.

Your goal is to provide value and get LOYAL visitors who will come back often. If you pitch them in your bio box to click on the link and visit your site most probably that will be their only visit to your site.

Of course your valuable content is one way to get their loyalty, but there are other things you can do. For example, make your posts highly controversial. This will please some of your readers and displease others. On the comment section they will start either upraising or insulting you, and that’s fine because they’ll soon forget about you and start arguing with each other, which means coming back every now and then to add to continue the conversation.

Another thing to do is to add a poll about this controversy and let them compete on who’s side has more supporters. Sometimes the readers will do the email marketing for you to get more votes to their cause.

Now let’s move on to the monetizing process

Google ads are the first option because they pay well. Google adwords are very expensive and are getting more expensive every minute due to the competition. Being on the advertiser side was a real pain in the you know what, but as an adsense publisher it’s all working to your advantage.

One way to go if you are using blogger is to let Google decide where to put their ads. They want to make money as much as you do, so they will display the ads where they think is profitable. That’s usually a side bar and a 300×250 box at the end of the post. You can also experiment with a leader board adsense widget on top of everything.

From my personal results, which could be just me, is that when the side bar with the ads is to the left it gets a higher click through rate. That’s because English language readers start from the left to the right and they spot the ads more quickly when they are at the beginning of their reading before they give their attention to your writing.

Also when you set up your adsene blocks keep it open to both image and text ads. Images work better for branding and this is what big corporations want. And they pay per 1000 impressions rather than clicks. Besides, if order for an image ad to take a full block that’s supposed to serve 3 more text ads, that image ads bid should exceed the next highest 3 bidders in order to take this spot. That means a higher revenue per click for you.

I hope this post isn’t too boring. I wrote it while half asleep, and when I woke up in the morning I found a lot of nonsense about learning how to cook and stuff. So if you find something odd like that please use the comment section below to tell me about it. When I have time later I promise to come back to it and revise it, or maybe organize it a little bit to make it easy to follow.

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Make Money Online? Or Build A Business Online?

The Internet is the greatest media for earning huge amounts of money since as far as I can find in the history of economics. All forex, stock trading, auction sites, shopping malls, advertising agencies … you name it, are all operating online. So whether there is a possibility to make money online has not been a question since the late 1990s.

The real question becomes whether to just make money or build a long term business online?

How to make money online has been explained in hundreds and hundreds of ebooks, courses, coaching programs, membership sites, and even for free on blogs and Web 2.0 pages. It’s just a matter of picking up a system and sticking to it until you make the money you want.

Building a business, on the other hand, takes more than just learning a bunch of techniques and applying them. Building an online business, like any business, requires a vision, goals, a plan, resources management, and action to start this business and make it grow over time to achieve the desired goals.

What makes a difference between earning money online and building a business online is how you perceive it. The two might require the same activities and might result in the same thing, which is money, but one is taken as a hobby, and one is taken serious. The hobby might make you some money now, and make the same money a year later. A business, however, should not settle for just making the same amount of money. A business should be making 2X, 3X, 4X … of what it generated a year before because it should be growing.

What does that mean to you?

There are courses out there to teach you how to make money using all free tools available for every one on the Internet. Bum marketing and one week marketing are just examples. Those courses are great courses that are proven to work and many people are happy with their results. They are happy because they are making money.

They are making money, but not building a business. When you invest time and effort on putting content on someone else’s website because they allow you to do so and you use that to get people to click and buy through your affiliate link, when you do that you are leaving tons of money on the table and helping the owners of the sites you used to grow their virtual properties.

With the business mentality, you should be putting your content on your own website. Give your own domain more value by adding more content day after day instead of putting your content on someone else’s website. The more valuable content and back links you get to your site the more your sites value will grow. This is an asset that you can keep working for you and making you money, or you can sell it for a big some of cash if you need.

Also, funneling traffic to your affiliate product is not a good practice. You worked hard to get that traffic to click that link. Make sure you get those people to come back to you whenever you call them. Get their names and email

addresses and build your LIST. Your list is your most valuable asset that no body can take from you. Your list could be your virtual ATM machine. All what it takes when you need cash is to find a product and send an email to your list recommending this product. That’s it! Just send an email to your list.

I am not against such courses as one week marketing. In fact I highly recommend one week marketing for beginners until they learn how to build their own websites, capture their visitors’ contact information, and have money for all of that. The beauty of one week marketing is that you can start with $0 budge and make good money with it. But it’s just a phase.

After you have enough money to buy a domain name and hosting do it immediately. Build a niche site and change the links you’ve built with one week marketing campaigns to point to your own niche site instead of going directly to the sales page.

Once you have enough money to afford an auto responder do it without a delay and start building a list of your niche site visitors. Who doesn’t buy immediately on the site could buy a month down the road if you follow up with the proper email series.I have seen sales pages converting 7 times better with the follow up series vs. without.

Once you have these two (your site and your list) start buying traffic from search engines and other advertising platforms. This is the reliable source of traffic that you can buy more of. What you pay for is what you can build a business on. Organic traffic could disappear if search engines change their algorithms or if a competitor succeeds in kicking you out of your position. Paid for traffic, on the other hand, has to be delivered to you … or else.

Start making money online with one week marketing, article marketing, bum marketing, or whatever method of marketing you like. But once you have the ability to establish a business on solid foundations of virtual real estate (your website and your list) and reliable sources of traffic, don’t wait a minute.

And remember this: The more you wait the harder it will get for you to do it because every day hundreds and thousands of people start online businesses in all kinds of niches. The more you wait the less niches will be available and the harder the competition will be.

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