If you’ve got a way with words and expertise in a niche, there are plenty of sites that will pay for articles and content you write. Think of the sites you read regularly. What can you contribute to them that would be interesting? Research your niche and then look for ways to pitch articles. Many sites will simply have a submission or contact link in the footer. To get started, check out my full guide to becoming a freelance writer on the side and then submit your articles to places like Instash, Listverse, TopTenz, A List Apart, International Living, FundsforWriters, and Textbroker.
With the Wealthy Affiliate Starter membership you can be a free member for as long as you like, there’s no time limit. If you want to start learning how to make money online for free you can take the free training course and use their free website software to create your site on a free domain. At some point, you’re probably going to want to upgrade to the Premium membership so you can get full access to the training courses and community support and get help daily as you build your business. This is $49 per month. Everything you need is included, except $13.99 per year for your own domain which I recommend. There’s no other upsells or costs involved.
Research individual companies in your desired niche: If possible, it’s always better to become an affiliate directly with a company (if they have an internal affiliate program), as no one else will be dipping into your commission rate. This is the preferred route for most of the prominent affiliate marketers, including Pat Flynn. Unfortunately, it’s also the most work, as you’ll have to do the research yourself to see who offers programs (they’re usually listed in the website footer).
If you’re looking for inspiration, my friend Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of the website Making Sense of Sense has become the expert on all things affiliate marketing. Michelle earns more than $100,000 per month from her blog and the bulk of her income comes from affiliate sales. Michelle has had so much success with affiliate marketing that she even has her own course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
Often, what happens is that we run into unscrupulous Internet Marketers (IMs) who have less-than altruistic intentions of extracting money from you rather than helping you to make it. However, this isn't something new. People have been falling for networking marketing, pyramid schemes, and affiliate marketing scams since before the start of the net.
Travel blogging is a hard industry to break into. However, the rewards can be worth it, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be paid for traveling around the world! There are numerous ways to monetize a travel blog, but affiliate marketing should predominantly be your focus. On your blog, promote hotels, tours, equipment hire services, flights, and anything else travel related. Then take a cut of the proceeds as your audience books their holidays based on your recommendations.
Many so-called IM experts really don’t have a clue what they’re doing—and to cut through all the misleading information, I’ve assembled an easy to use membership site that will tell you what you need to know in order to make an online income. With your $9.97 membership fee, you’ll get instant access to a full library of over 2500 training videos on affiliate marketing and many other internet marketing topics.
Don't take that as a green light to rush over to CB. Though you can still make money on Clickbank as I have demonstrated here today, it's not any easier than any other affiliate marketing setup. There's a lot of useless stuff on CB, and if you're not sure what to promote, it can be hard to find exactly what you want. Part of why I don't promote CB products anymore is because many of them are junk and I've never found a good one that's in a niche I'm interested in.
The commission on the world’s leading online marketplace Amazon is quite low but with ClickBank the story changes. You have an electronic book to promote or any other kind of digital product that does not require any kind of physical handling and transfer whatsoever. There’s no shipping and handling or transfer fee involved. The product is sent right to the buyer via email so the only people that are really getting paid are the author, ClickBank and then you.
How much will you make? I think my best month with Google AdSense was almost $5,000 over the last ten years. That amazing month blew my mind since it was actually near the beginning of my blogging journey. When you go from making zero to $5,000 in a month, that will rock your world. For me, it also got me even more excited because I knew there were other ways to monetize.
Clearly, there's a lot of demand on Amazon, and if any product is going to sell, it's going to sell well on Amazon. But the goal here is to source the right products that will easily sell at the world's largest online retailer. Generally, products between $10 and $50 sell very well here. Just be sure to do the right market research before jumping on this bandwagon.
And last, the content of your ad. If attractive or intriguing, it will be used more. If it is boring or boilerplate, people won’t be drawn to click on it. This process becomes second nature, especially when you see what works in general and for your audience, and how to hone your budget for maximum exposure and effectiveness. Once it is a habit for you, you will see clearly how gurus use these steps to make thousands of dollars every day.
The No Cost Income Stream is geared toward IM newbies, but it is also great for those with established online businesses. It’s especially great for those who have no money for investment. While it costs $37 to get started with the program, everything after that is completely free. This package is great for you if you want to learn some online marketing basics, but you should know that it will still take some hard work on your part.