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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Another Totally Free Affiliate Marketing Method

Updated Aug. 24th, 2014.

In this method we will utilize the power of social media to generate free traffic to an affiliate offer.

Facebook and hubpages are the two sites we will be using to make affiliate commission. First of all go to any affiliate network other than Clickbank and pick a really good product. CPA offers are mostly low value and are not going to work with this method. I prefer info products because there are really high value ones. In this example I’ll take a baby sign language product, find one on Amazon.com.

Go to hubpages.com and build a hub about the product. Vendors/authors are usually OK with you using their images to promote their products, but just to be safe ask first. Make the first image in the introduction module an appealing one (don’t use a box or book cover image for this matter).

The second step is build  a fan page about the same subject. In our example that will be baby sign language. Start posting about the subject. Include some news, videos, and some stories and make your most recent post a Facebook-like to your hub (visit your hub and you’ll find the Facebook-logo button, click it and write something in the post then click “post”).

Now while on Facebook click down arrow next to the “home” tap at the top right, and from the menu choose to use Facebook as your new fanpage.

Time to get some traffic. Go to the search box of Facebook and search the most obvious term related to your product, in our example it will be “baby”. Go to those fanpages one by one and browse their most recent posts, like the ones you really like and leave a genuine comment. Now that you are using Facebook as ur fanpage, the comments that you leave will be from your “baby sign language” fanpage. Some will go to your fanpage to see who left this comment (if they like it) and some of them will probably like your page. And this is the beginning of the social marketing “virus”. Your page will show on their profile and might also grab the attention of their friends.

It is extremely important that you do two things right from the beginning:

1. When you build your fanpage do your research and only post things that provide a really high value to your fans.

2. When you leave a comment on someone else’s fanpage leave a high value comment. Never ever ask for likes or visits.

To start seeing results you need a couple hundred fans, and to get there you need to post on you fanpage daily, visit related fanpages and leave genuine high value comments for at least 2 hours every day. The more work you put in this method the faster you’ll reach your goal.

Now please note that you can not link to an Amazon product straight from your fan page (it would have been easier and more converting than having a hubpage in the middle). The reason is that at Amazon associate program they don’t like and could close your account.

I have a technique that I am using to direct-link on Facebook to clickbank (which is my favourite affiliate network), but it costs me $500 (one time). It’s worth it because my conversion rate increases dramatically over using a landing page of any kind and they pay up to 75% commission as opposed to Amazon’s 4-8%, but it won’t be free then .. now would it?

I hope this method works for you and you start making money online for free as an affiliate.

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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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Affiliate Marketing 102: Affiliate Blog Content 1

After you build your blog you need to do two things:

1. Add content to your blog, and

2. Get your blog added to Google index.

So first we need to add some content to your blog. You only need one post to get your blog indexed easily, so let’s focus on that.

To avoid looking spammy you need to avoid linking to any affiliate offers you are promoting. Just provide free information about the subject that your offer is related to. For example, if you are promoting a dating offer write a few posts about dating and publish them on your blog.

Sounds easy? I hope so.

It’s better if you can write about 5 articles, each article should be answering one question that your readers might have in mind. To know what people need to know precisely go to Google external keyword tool and search for keywords or phrases that have been searched by people interested in your offer. To continue with the same example above search Google external keyword tool for dating, and to be more specific let’s consider that your offer is about single parents dating. You can start by an article about dating tips for single moms, another one for single dads, then a couple more dating advice articles for both, and maybe another one about building rapport between your kids and your date.

These are useful topics and are easy to rank for so that you start getting traffic from search engines. Now it’s time to get your blog indexed. There are two things to do so that you get indexed quickly.

1. Submit your RSS feed url to feed directories, and

2. Get a link from another website.

The RSS feed submission can be done by many services, one of them is feed shark. It submits feed and pings your blog to all available directories. You only need to provide two urls: your blog url and your RSS feed url. You get the RSS feed url by clicking on the orange icon that you see right now in the url field of your browser if you are using firefox.

To get backlinks to your blog simply leave a comment with your blog url in the “website” field on the top 10 blogs when you search Google for your keyword. Some blogs have the links set as “no follow” links. Those are not going to help in indexing. To avoid those you need to install a plug in for Firefox and Global Mojo called “do no follow”. The no follow links will show in purple color on your browser.

You can also write an article about your blog subject and link to your blog in the first paragraph. Publish this article on other blogs that allow you to write for them, like 3stepads.com.

If you do all of the above your blog could be indexed in a few hours. If not, be patient and continue adding content to your blog.

Please keep in mind that this free method for affiliate marketing is going to involve a lot of writing. So, if you don’t like writing you’d better get used to it :-). Just kidding. The kind of writing that I mean  here is like writing an email to someone about your topic. If you can write an email then you’re all set and ready to take off.

Please leave a comment with your questions or suggestions. This is how I decide what topic to write about next.

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