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Article Marketing: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

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I thought I’d round out the week here by going back through the series of posts I’ve written on my foray into affiliate marketing and answer some of the questions many have sent in about article marketing. As I wrote in yesterday’s post, Article Marketing: The Plan I Use to Bring in $100-$200/Day, “. . . if you’re a regular reader of my posts you know that I’m an avid article marketer. . .”

Some of the questions I answered in the comment sections, some I didn’t. This post serves as a kind of roundup of the series – a place to get answers to most of your questions in one place. FYI, at the end of this post, I tell you how to find all the posts in this series.

The following question is from the post, Article Marketing or Free Classifieds: Which Works Better to Promote Affiliate Products?

QUESTION: . . . writing articles on a daily basis can be tough isnt it? Dont you feel bankrupt of ideas to write on? I mean how can you be so consistent?

ANSWER: As a freelance writer, my brain is a wealth of ideas. I’m one of those fortunate people who can always find something to write about. But you can train your brain to do the same thing. Following are two tips for doing that.

Read/Watch the News: It’s amazing how staying abreast of current events spurs a wealth of ideas. Try to tie what’s going on in the world to your niche. Sometimes, it may not be an obvious connection, but if you are constantly on the hunt for ideas, they will start to flow naturally.

Just Write: Sometimes, just sitting down to write will spur ideas. Many wait until they have an idea to write on to write. I don’t. If I know I have to bang out an article, I sit my but down until I . . . bang out an article. Just by going through the motions, you train your whole body – physically and mentally – to accomplish the task at hand (ie, write an article).

The following question is from the post, Article Marketing: The Plan I Use to Bring in $100-$200/Day

QUESTION: Do you think it’s ok to submit to the big guys(ezine articles,go articles) manually in addition to submitting the same article to Article Marketer? I just want to make sure it’s listing on the top sites but don’t want to be penalized for duplicate postings!

ANSWER: I actually answered this in the post. Yes, I still submit to several directories manually, in addition to using ArticleMarketer, the one-click article submission service.

As I said in the post, it’s force of habit.

And, you don’t have to worry about the duplicate content penalty as it’s really not a penalty, but a “weeding out” device used by search engines. It’s a bit much to explain here, but I explain it thoroughly in the internet marketing tutorial I wrote. If you’re really interested, you can download and read it for a full explanation.

COMMENT: Then again, newbies shouldn’t forget things such as SEO’ing their articles, CopyWriting, Resource Boxes and of course the content itself.

ANSWER: This is very true. There’s a lot that goes into article marketing over and beyond just the writing and submitting. It’s a skill, like anything else that can make you money.

If you’re going to use it, do as much reading as you can to learn about it. And the rules aren’t static, so you must constantly stay up-to-date on what’s working and what’s not. But it’s soooooo worth it, in my opinion.

The following question is from the post, Article Marketing: Is it Worth It to Submit to Thousands of Directories

QUESTION: Have you found a notable impact on traffic using article marketing?

ANSWER: As I responded to one commenter, I don’t measure traffic. I measure sales. While ostensibly more traffic means more sales, for me, the bottom line is what does my PayPal account read at the end of the day.

I’ve almost doubled my affiliate marketing sales since I signed up with ArticleMarketer. That’s the only stat I care about. I think too many online entrepreneurs get hung up on numbers, eg, how many subscribers they have on Twitter, how many visitors they have to their site, how many MySpace friends they have.

Who cares? The only number that should matter are your sales numbers.

QUESTION: I hear lots of good things about article marketing but I don’t understand how an article can help promote your site or blog if it doesn’t contain any links.

ANSWER: Article marketing works because you get a link in the resource box, ie, that little “About the Author” box at the end of every article you distribute. If your article is informative enough, it should make readers curious enough to click through to your site. And, the fact that articles are distributed to hundreds, sometimes thousands of sites and blogs means more backlinks, which means more traffic, which means more sales.

THAT’S how an article helps to promote your site or blog.

COMMENT: I guess my only issue is that my articles are VERY niche and specialized so I’m not sure this is going to be particularly helpful for me.

ANSWER: This is EXACTLY WHY article marketing will work for you. When you speak to a highly targeted niche, you get to brand yourself as an expert. As consumers buy from those they (i) know, (ii) like, (iii) trust; and (iv) who know what the heck they’re talking about — article marketing helps you to accomplish all of this.

No matter what kind of product or service you’re selling, if it’s worth selling and has a large enough client base (which is a must for every sustainable business), it can be profitably advertised via article marketing.

Again, it takes time, but if you’re in business for the long haul, it’s some of the cheapest — and best — online marketing you can do.

QUESTION: How many different profiles or author resource boxes can you create at all? I mean – if you want to promote different sites in different niches you do want to be able to replace links and anchor text.

ANSWER: Using ArticleMarketer, you can put in different profiles and resource boxes. This means you can promote as many sites as you want. Just change the resource box with each article you submit.

The following question is from the post, Article Marketing or Free Classifieds: Which Works Better to Promote Affiliate Products?

QUESTION: I submit atleast one article per day and I dont [get] results like that [ie, make 3-6 sales per day]! what in the world are you doing differently than me?

ANSWER: Remember, it’s the product you promote as much as the method you use to market. I don’t care how many articles you write, if you’re promoting a product that prospects aren’t interested in buying, you’re not going to make any sales.

This could be because the niche is too small, the niche is too crowded (ie, a lot of other affiliates are promoting the same thing), the product is no good – and a host of other reasons.

But, if you’re not getting the sales you want, the beautiful thing about affiliate marketing is that you can find something else to promote. It’s trial and error. But by all means, don’t stick with a product that isn’t moving – especially if you’re actively and consistently promoting it. This is why a lot of affiliates fail at affiliate marketing – they don’t put in the marketing effort. In my opinion, you literally have to do something every day – or at least every other day — to promote your product. Otherwise, you just won’t succeed.

CONCLUSION

This series has been fun to write and I so appreciate all the feedback I’ve gotten. I realize that many will have more questions. Unfortunately, I just don’t have time to respond, which is why I write posts like this and the one I wrote yesterday.

If you’re really serious about article marketing and making money promoting affiliate products, everything you need to be a success can be found right on the web. A lot of it is truly trial and error. So sit down, do your research and just get started.

While planning for success is great, it’s only when you implement the plan that you start “failing” your way to success. And what I mean by that is, you will make a ton of mistakes. But you’ll learn from each one. And that’s the value of actually doing, instead of constantly seeking advice from others and staying stuck in the planning phase.

Read All Posts in the Affiliate Marketing and Article Marketing Series

I started this series in my January 19th post here. To access all posts in the series, click on my name (Yuwanda Black) at the top of this post. This will take you to my author page here on BloggingTips.com, which lists all posts I’ve written for this blog.

This series is covered in my posts on Jan 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th, 28th and Feb 2nd, 3rd and 4th (today).

Good luck!

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Yuwanda Black is the founder of New Media Words (NewMediaWords.biz), an SEO writing company, and the publisher of InkwellEditorial.com, a leading blog for info on how to start a successful freelance writing career. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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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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