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Monetizing Your Blog Through Affiliate Marketing

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So you’ve been blogging for a while. You’ve chosen a niche a topic that you’re passionate about and you’ve optimized your blog posts. You’ve become an authority blogger who generates organic traffic, and your visitors leave comments. But one questions still looms: how do you monetize your niche content?

If you’ve built your blog into the community of readers that a blog is supposed to be (and not vacuous content portal), then affiliate marketing might be your ticket to monetizing your content. Affiliate marketing offers bloggers an opportunity to promote products/services that are relevant to the community of readers they have built, and receive a commissions on any sales that they generate.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Simply put, affiliate marketing is a performance-based marketing model. This means that publishers are rewarded for actual results. That is, publishers receive a commission for any sales or sign-ups that they refer to the advertiser.

Affiliate marketing aligns advertisers with the right publishers because there is no incentive for publishers to promote a product that their readers aren’t interested in. It’s a low-risk strategy for advertisers because their marketing budget isn’t consumed by invalid clicks or un-targeted impressions. It’s a great opportunity for bloggers because they can earn commissions by giving their readers the information that they’re looking for.

Bloggers and Affiliate Marketing

Unlike other webmasters, bloggers don’t just have visitors, they build communities. Blog readers come to you blog for niche content that they trust. When you blog about something, they know that you’re an independent third-party, and not a corporation with a loaded agenda.

This means that you have influence. You can use that influence to inform your readers about products/services that are relevant to them.

Making an online purchase is often daunting for consumers because there are so many alternatives. Between competing manufacturers and competing merchants, choosing what to buy and from where can be overwhelming.

As a blogger, you’re able to profit from helping in that purchasing decision. Simply:

  1. Locate the products that you are willing to put your name behind.
  2. Find a merchant that sells that product and has an affiliate program.
  3. Then whenever you blog abour that product (either as a review or in a passing mention) use an affiliate link.

Affiliate links often lead to pages where users can buy the product or similar one. By virtue of referring the user to site, you’ll make a commission on any purchase that that user subsequently makes.

Since you have a rapport of trust readers, endorsing a product will likely stimulate the reader’s interest in the product. That interest is much more likely to convert into a sale than simply placing a banner ad or button in your sidebar.

Also, blogs are so SEO friendly, so you’re also likely to pick up some organic traffic of visitors researching the product in question. Since those users are already looking into making a purchasing decisions, your endorsement can sway them one way or another, and you can subsequently make a commission off that sale.

Things to Watch Out For

The first thing to bear in mind as an “affiliate blogger” is that the affiliate marketing potential of a blog lies in trust. Consequently, if you explicitly endorse a product, you want to make sure that you’re comfortable putting your name behind it. After all, it can end up ruining your reputation

The second thing you need to remember is that you’re a blogger, not a salesman. Never allow product promotion to overrun your regular blogging mandate.

Your readers trust you because you’ve helped keep them informed. Once you stop doing that, they’ll stop coming. You must strike a balance, then, between product reviews and regular posts. You can, of course, always place affiliate banners and buttons in your sidebar, for example, under a heading such as “Products I Like” — just make sure you really like them.

Finally, affiliate marketing does not work with every blog topic. In fact, it works best with fast moving consumer goods.

A blog about travel could promote vacation packages or luggage, and a fashion blog could promote clothing. If you’re blogging about technology or blogging, however, it might be more challenging to products that your readers will be interested in buying while they’re on your site. You should always consider, then, what your readers are looking for when they’re on your blog and what moood they are in before you go out of your way to join affiliate programs and populate your blog with their links.

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CT Moore (@gypsybandito) is the founder of Socialed, a Montreal-based consultancy that specialized in digital startegy, including SEO, content strategy, and inbound marketing. He also heads up Search and Social at Publikit, a boutiqe web dev agency. CT has worked with both start-ups and multinational brands in the tech, entertainment, ecommerce, and travel industries, including Microsoft Canada, WatchMojo, American Apparel and Luxury Retreats. His favorite feature of the Acquisio platform is the Facebook ad tracking module and you can ready his personal blog here.

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Tips To Start A Passive Income Business From Home

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Passive income refers to revenue that is earned without having to maintain or monitor your work regularly. Although this might sound like music to your ears, you still have to commit a lot of effort upfront to make it work. There are multiple ways that allow you to earn passive income. These include the following:

  • Investing in the stock market
  • Selling ebooks
  • Creating online courses
  • Selling products with longevity
  • Starting a blog
  • Creating applications

When done properly, passive income can increase your earnings for the long-run. Thus, if you’re looking to gain a passive income stream, below are tips that will help you get started:

  1. Cater To The Needs Of Your Consumer

A product is of no value if it doesn’t cater to the needs of the consumer. You can have the most intricate product of all, but if it doesn’t solve a problem or need, no one’s going to buy it. When you start building your passive income stream, you have a relatively smaller consumer base. Thus, you can create a personalized approach, allowing you to grow a consumer base that’s connected to your business brand.

So, how do you cater to your target market’s needs? Find out a lot of information about them, then use that research to create a product that’s tailored to their needs. Create ideal customer profiles whom you think would benefit a lot from your product.

If you already have existing customers, you can use the information you’ve obtained from them to create personas. You can even conduct a survey to know more about them. Another thing you can do is to check out the consumer base of similar businesses. Make sure that your buyer personas or customer profiles include essential information such as demographics, location, interests, needs, goals, and shopping behaviors, among others.

  1. Be Patient, But Also Be Persistent

A lot of people assume passive income streams don’t require a lot of effort. However, if you want to become successful at building one, you have to put in your time and energy. Once you begin your journey, don’t expect to pull in a massive amount of revenue immediately.

It takes either money or time at the start to create something valuable that people would want to buy. By being both patient and persistent, you’ll be able to create products that people will love since you’ve put your soul into what you’ve created.

There’s no such thing as an overnight success. That’s why you have to keep grinding until you reach a point where the passive income works in your favor. This type of income stream can be a great way to keep cash flowing while you’re sleeping. However, it is important to note that it still necessitates time, work, and even money upfront.

  1. Rewire Your Thought Processes From Active Income To Passive Income

Our parents, the education system, and the entire culture are based upon the thought of active income. People are used to the thought that you have to work to earn money. When you need a higher amount of income, people tell you to get a side job. They don’t tell you that you should build your own business.

That’s why you have to rewire your brain. For instance, are you an expert at playing drums? Don’t think about teaching lessons from the comfort of your own home. That’s actually an active income stream.

Instead, think about creating online courses on how to play drums. Or you can create a YouTube channel that gets revenue from ads. That’s how passive income works. You do the work upfront, and you get paid many times over.

  1. Be Realistic When It Comes To Your Goals

You won’t develop a sustainable income from just working on your passive income stream for a few weeks. It doesn’t work that way. It would certainly be nice if it does. But still, you have to put in a lot of effort.

When you’re just starting with your first passive income stream, you need to set goals, and realistic ones at that. For instance, you can try to achieve $100 a month worth of earnings. Start from there and work your way up. Don’t worry; this will be a fulfilling journey. Don’t compare it to a sprint.

  1. Spend Your Money Responsibly

The saying “You need to spend money to make money” holds some truth. For instance, if you want to invest in the stock market or peer-to-peer lending groups, then money will be required upfront.

However, with advanced technology nowadays, you can start with little to no capital. An ebook that is poorly written or a dropshipping business with no strategy won’t give you a successful passive income stream. However, looking for smart ways to spend your money can help you on your journey.

Think big but start small. Have a plan for every expense you have to shell out. For instance, once you spend money, think about the return it will give you. Think of ways that can help you realize if your passive income business actually became successful or not. In the long run, you should eliminate expenses that aren’t necessary. You’re in the passive income business to make money, not lose it.

  1. Give Yourself An Ample Amount Of Time

When it comes to business, not every idea works out. However, it takes a while to know whether it’s high time to quit or to continue. Maybe you have created an excellent product to sell on Amazon, but you have little to no sales.

It might be due to various reasons. For instance, you probably haven’t learned search engine optimization (SEO) on Amazon. Or you’ve never learned marketing. It could also be possible that no one really needs your product.

Whatever the reason may be, it will take quite a bit of time for you to pull something off. Determine how long you’re actually willing to try a business venture before you think it’s going to be successful or not.

In Conclusion

Starting a passive income stream is a great way to pull in cash while you sleep. However, it still requires time and effort upfront. Before you opt for a new business venture that might rake in money while you’re on vacation, think about the tips above. This way, you’re on the right track to developing a viable source of passive income.

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7 Skills to Develop and Generate More Income as Bloggers

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Making money is one of the main reasons many bloggers blog but the sad reality is that many of these hard working bloggers end up being so broke whereas there is much money to be made online.

I have been blogging for over 6 years and the biggest reason I see many bloggers failing is the fact that they have just no skills. It’s not enough to create a beautiful blog and host it on a powerful server. There is more to that.

In today’s blogging industry, things have become more tightened. You need to really stand out to make a difference in the market. Almost everyone is doing the same thing to make money and if you have to be tagged with success, you must go extra miles.

We’ve read a lot about Affiliate Marketing, Direct and contextual advertising, Sponsored posts, etc. Some don’t believe these methods still work because they’ve tried out to their bones with no results.  Here are a few tips to help you do something extra and earn an income.

7 Skills to develop and make money as bloggers

1 –  Develop your writing skills

This is obvious!

If you are a blogger who doesn’t work on your writing skills, you should expect nothing in the present market.

Initially, we succeeded writing articles of 300 to 500 words. Today the whole game has changed. We now talk about going in-depth. Ranking in those early days with your short article in Google was a day’s job. In today’s content world, you’d be lucky to be indexed with shallow content.

Think about keyword stuffing. That worked powerfully well in the past. And it was easy to sprinkle your keywords around and rank well. Today it’s a different language. If you don’t understand and speak semantic web, you’ll be completely relegated.

You need to constantly develop your writing skills to go near success in today’s Internet business. If you are found to be a good writer, it would be easy to quickly pick writing jobs and be paid a good income.

Recommended: 8 skills to develop to be a good writer

2 – WordPress Development skills

WordPress is the most used Content Management System today. It powers over 30% of the websites on the Internet. This says a lot if your thinking cap is on.

Though WordPress development requires some extra amount of work, it’s worth investing in it. There are many areas in the WP development business you can develop your skills in and stand out in the job market:

  • WordPress theme development
  • WordPress plugin development
  • WordPress Security
  • WordPress learning courses
  • WordPress Hosting
  • WordPress Installation and Setup
  • Etc

This skill actually generate extra income for me. Having deeply developed the my WordPress knowledge, I offer the service to my readers and get paid per site installed and setup.

3 – SEO skills

There is a huge demand for SEO experts today for SEO jobs beginning from creating SEO friendly content to link building, Auditing and ranking for simple and complex keywords.

Many SEO professionals I have worked with are bloggers. If you give yourself a bit of time and take the challenge, you’ll soon be offering SEO services and getting paid for.

4 – Graphics design

It does not require any serious thinking and meditation to understand that the virtual world is largely graphics. From content marketing to social media marketing, it’s hugely graphics.

The demand for logos, Facebook cover images, Twitter, Pinterest Pins, eCovers, eBoxes, Infographics, etc is on the rise. There is a massive market for these design elements, making it easy for any blogger to make extra money by developing these design skills.

5 – Blogging Coach

You may be an expert blogger. But coaching others into success is a skill that has to be developed. The good news is that there is high demand for blogging coaches today.

People think about starting their own blogs but the fear of the unknown keeps them procrastinating. What they need is the services of a coach to guide their steps and help them avoid making silly and costly mistakes. If you’ve been blogging for a couple of years, this is something you could jump in so easily.

6 – Social media marketing Coach

I used to be one of those who think social media marketing is easy. Posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram is easy right?

I hear you!

But listen you need to go deep and you’ll find out that special skills are needed to succeed in this industry. Fortunately, there are professional training materials and the market for the skills is on an increasing demand. If you invest in this area, you will soon be picking extra jobs and making extra money.

7 – Translation jobs

I know of many bloggers who speak and understand one other business language. That’s a huge money making opportunity.

If your main language is English and you can read and understand French or another International language, the translation job is knocking at your door.

It only takes you to develop those skills and start translating for income. Add this to your money making channels and watch as more income locates your wallet.

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Where to find demand and market these skills

The first place to start marketing your extra skills in your blog. Your readers are in need of your services. Tell them about it and serve them better.

Another place to market your skills as a blogger is job boards. There are many of these job boards out there, some developed uniquely for bloggers like you.

The most common job board is Problogger where you have hundreds of blogging jobs posted per month. Additionally, you may want to visit efaah job board for bloggers and freelancers. Don’t forget BloggingPro, one of the places to sell your skills.

Wrapping up

So I have just given you some basic ideas to add another money making method to your arsenal as a blogger. You just need to overcome the fear and pick a method that’s closer to what you know best.

Invest in it and develop the skills. You may just be very knowledgeable in some of these points. What you needed was just this little push. Go ahead and implement it.

Good luck

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Monetize Your Traffic as a CBD Affiliate and Make Big Money in 2019

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The demand for CBD products is witnessing a boom. There’s never been a better time than now to cash in on this trend. CBD-infused products have now entered multiple markets in the United States and outside. The compound is directly derived from hemp or marijuana and applied in almost everything – from skin cream to ice cream. CBD has emerged as an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions, from anxiety disorder to cancer. The best part about CBD is that it’s legally approved for sale in most parts of the world. Whether you’re a newbie or a professional blogger, you can make big money promoting and selling CBD online.

CBD products are all over the media, and early adopters have already made lots of money as CBD affiliates.

Now, it’s your turn!

But how exactly can you monetize the CBD market trend? Well, there are some simple steps that you should follow to achieve success. If you are already aware of the affiliate marketing best practices, consider half the battle won. For example, Online RX Masters is just one of the many names in the pharmacy space that has put in the time and effort to grow out their collection of CBD products, and also launch an affiliate program of their own as well.

Below, we’ll walk you through the basics of how you can become a CBD affiliate and monetize your blog traffic, making big profits as a result.

Create a Health/Fitness Blog

If you don’t have a health-related blog running already, you can launch one within an hour or less. Pick a unique domain name and host and set up your health blog. Select a theme which is a good match for health niche. Use some plugins as per your specific need and you’re all set. The next step is to publish compelling niche-focused content on your blog to attract quality traffic.

There are both free and paid techniques that you can use to build traffic for your blog. Paid advertising campaigns are a surefire way to establish and popularize your blog over a short period of time.

Thanks to the internet, there’s plenty of advice (available for free) to help your blog get off the ground. Additionally, you can also connect with professional bloggers for some expert help along the way. If you’re focused and blog with passion, you’ll not only make things easy for yourself but have fun as well.

Broaden Your Knowledge about the CBD Industry

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound, which is derived from the cannabis plants. The legalization of medical marijuana and hemp have given rise to new markets for CBD products. In 2017, the global market for CBD products was worth $20 billion. The growth in the CBD market alone has been projected to reach $22 billion by 2025. Key factors that have contributed to this tremendous growth is the ever-growing demand for CBD products on a global level.

CBD oil products are quite popular with American consumers. Globally, these products have considerable market share in places like North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific and ROW.

CBD has been researched for multiple uses. People take CBD to cure illnesses like anxiety, dystonia, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia among others. Smokers also use CBD to quit their habit of smoking. CBD has been identified to possess antipsychotic effects. Our brain has a chemical which when broken down impacts mental functioning. CBD acts to prevent the breakdown of this chemical in the brain and thus decrease psychotic effects. CBD has also been proven to be effective in reducing pain. CBD products are available in a various forms – oils, pills, capsules, gummies, vape pens etc.

CBD products have also made way into the beverage market. CBD-infused drinks are gaining popularity worldwide. They are being used to reduce anxiety and aid sleep. CBD beverages are available in different forms like tea, coffee, energy drinks etc. There are CBD-infused alcoholic drinks as well. Hemp-CBD product manufacturers have every reason to believe that this latest trend will further create new market segments. The CBD-infused beverages market is expected to witness a substantial leap from just $12 million in 2018 to over $200 million in 2019.

CBD products have also penetrated markets like pet care, cooking, topical and natural products. The wide health benefits of CBD products are proof that trends like these will continue to grow in future.

Become a CBD Affiliate

Now that your blog is up and alive, it’s time to find an affiliate network which is transparent and offers high payouts. Since there are so many affiliate platforms out there, it can prove to be a bit overwhelming for you to decide which one to join to earn big profits as a blogger. Here, you need to take a step back and think. You can’t join just any affiliate network. Instead, you should sign up for an affiliate network which has a niche focus, i.e. sells only healthcare products.

Online RXMasters is a reputed affiliate platform; it offers one of the top CBD affiliate programs that you can join.

Visit their CBD affiliate program page and collect all the details that you may need to make a well-informed decision. The affiliate platform will walk you through all the basics of how to make money as a CBD affiliate. They have a vast library of marketing collateral that you can choose from and place on your own blog for promoting a wide range of CBD products – from tincture and cream to capsules. After you have added the link to one of the localized websites Online RXMasters provides with, you can sit back and watch your profits go up. While working with their platform, you’ll have all the support you may need to succeed as a CBD affiliate. Plus, you’ll have easy access to the campaign analytics at all times.

Could You Wait?

If you have decided to become a CBD affiliate and make money promoting a wide range of CBD products, Online RXMasters has the perfect affiliate program for you. Check out their official website right away and sign up for their CBD affiliate program and start making big money in 2019 and beyond.

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