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Archive | March, 2018

Best Search Engine Tip For Starters

Welcome back to your Home Business Blog. In the last post I talked about some social media automation tools I began using recently for autoposting purposes. These tools are already saving me tons of time in a weekly basis because I can schedule tasks ahead of time which results in more productivity. If you want more automation tips I recommend you to learn more about IFTTT which is the next platform I will start using to further automate more processes. Today I want to focus on giving you a few more SEO tips to help you bring more visitors to your website. These are some of the tricks and techniques I wish I knew back when I wrote my very first post.

First… let me ask you. Do you know how your website is found by search engines? Generally speaking, what web crawlers like Googlebot do is to visit very popular websites (like Facebook) and start indexing every link that it finds. This is why is so important to share content on social media and other web 2.0 services because it helps your website be found by search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. This also allows your website and web pages to be indexed and ranked much faster which brings about a surplus of visitors and potential customers. Remember that traffic is like gold these days.

NOTE: A trick commonly used by SEO specialist is to submit freshly published content to the Google index. If you try to submit your website URL but it doesn’t seem to work there is the likelihood you will need to set up Search Console which is the re-branded version of Google Webmaster Tools. You can also submit your content to Bing which will increase the chances of having other search engines like Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Ask and Aol index your website and show it for your specified keywords. If you have a Chinese friend have them help you submit your website to Baidu which captures over 75% of the search engine market in China.

Even when you submit your URL to be indexed by Google it could still take weeks before Googlebot crawls your website and and it appears on the web. One way to know if your website has been crawled or not is to use the command site:yourwebsitegoeshere and it will show you all the pages that have been crawled so far. If you happen to have hundreds of pages on the web you can add to the command the title of the page you are looking for in order to check if it has been crawled or not. For example I can search for site:teamresidualnetworks.com “Best Search Engine Tip For Starters” to check if this post appears on Google or not. One reason I recommend you to start with the free PIPS website is because professional developers already took the time to properly set a robots.txt file which permits search engine crawlers like Googlebot to index your content easily. There are webmasters out there producing content on websites with a broken robots.txt which do not allow search engines to properly find, crawl throught and index the pages in the first place. If you are unsure your website is suffering from this problem set up Google Search console and ensure you don’t see any crawling errors.

One other great tip I learned just recently from a SEO specialist is to use this free automated backlink service in order to boost my website ranking. This service has a growing network of website owners joining everyday and their focus is to provide for your website one-way links which happen to provide the most link juice to boost important ranking metrics like Page Authority, Domain Authority and Page Rank.

NOTE: When it comes to link building strategies there are various methodologies out there used by webmasters and SEO specialists in order to boost their web rankings. The optimal way to boost authority is to receive many one-way links, which is the case in which many websites reference your website by adding a link to your domain or to one of your pages. Some webmasters own multiple websites on the same niche and use them specifically to boost their rankings by providing one-way links to the main website they want to rank on Google. Another common approach is a two way link exchange by which two website owners agree to provide a citation to one another. This doesn’t provide maximum link juice but is still beneficial for both webmasters. The last medium of exchange is a 3 (or n way) exchange. This is the case in which a webmaster has multiple websites so he is able to negotiate a one-way link to the website he wants to rank and then he uses a secondary website to provide a link back for the other webmaster to boost his own ranking. Effectively they are trading one-way links. The last approach is how the free backlinks service works.

Please note that in order to start linking to other websites so that you receive citations for your own website, you will need a Majestic rank of at least 1. You can use each page on your website with at least Majestic ranking of 1 to create backlinks for other websites who use the service. In return you will be receiving backlinks too. It is also recommended you provide citations for websites in the same niche or you can also given backlinks to websites on different industries when the text on your post allows it. It is recommended to use the settings so that you receive links from websites with similar or better majestic ranks when compared to your own. This will give you the most benefits when using the service. If you have problems installing the source code you can contact support and provide admin credentials so they do it for you. Be sure to update your credentials or set temporary credentials just for this purpose.

If you have been following this blog then you know that one great way to promote your business is to submit Press Releases. Take sometime to download these templates you can quickly edit in order to produce professional Press Releases to get your products and services noticed. Remember when it comes to Press Releases there are many free services out there you could be using to increase the visibility of your online business. Depending on your budget you should also consider premium services because it will put your press release in more directories where bloggers and journalists alike are looking for content they can write about.

The last tip I want to leave you with for today is how to merge your website to SSL, for free. I don’t know if you are aware of this but in a couple months… websites which are not upgraded to HTTPS (green lock)… will start to display “not secure” in red. Google has also updated their search engine algorithm to rank higher those websites which handle information via the SSL protocol.

NOTE: I tried various tutorials to integrate to SSL. The one that worked was this one. Right now my website still does not display the green lock because I have to re upload the images I use to the server in order to make them HTTPS compliant. I recommend you to upgrade to SSL for free using cloudflare because they have a Content Delivery Network (CDN) with data centers worldwide. As a results your visitors will be served your website from the server which is closest to them, resulting in much faster load speeds. Check this post to learn more about the advantages of using a CDN to serve your website. Cloudflare also includes anti spam solutions. Right now there are many businesses out there taking advantage of these Google changes and cold calling people who own websites to sell them expensive SSL services. If you have thousands of pages it could be worth it to have professionals do the job for you as is very likely many of the URLs you are pointing to and the images will stop working as expected.

To conclude today I gave you some quick tips that can help you further improve your SEO strategy. You can also use the strategies here and in this other post to put in place a very strong SEO strategy. Lets continue to build our home business each day. Remember it will take 7-10 weeks to start to see clear results from all these strategies you start to apply today. SEO will bring you tons of free traffic and business opportunity but you will need to work on it for many months at a time to achieve results. You should also use longer text snippets in order to improve your search visibility as Google now allows snippets between 230-320 characters long instead of 160. I hope this information is useful to you in growing your Home Business. I will see you on the next one.

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Social Media Autofollower and Autoposting Tips

Welcome back to your Home Business Blog. In the last post I talked about what it really takes to win as an affiliate marketer. Many people come into this space thinking they can write a few blog posts or launch a new website and then money pours from the sky. The reality is… you have to think of yourself as a company and learn about branding, marketing, automation tools, SEO… and many other concepts in order to stand a chance in this growing industry which happens to become more competitive with every passing day. The beginning is the hardest part… because once your brand (or content) starts picking up recognition then the snowball effect occurs and your business explodes from that point forward and then it becomes easy to generate revenue.

NOTE: Based on my own experience Facebook and other social networks hate spam. I would recommend you to promote your business a maximum of 10 times per days in each of the social media platforms to avoid your account being jailed, blocked, temporarily banned or completely deleted from the system. Remember… a business takes time to built and you can’t properly build a business by spamming people. The whole idea is to provide immense value. What I recommend you to do is to develop a daily schedule which allows you to promote your home business on the long term. Focus on building your email list and creating useful content.

In one of my most recent post I talked about premium tools you can be using to automate the process of gaining Twitter follower. If your focus is Twitter you can’t go wrong by automating your efforts with Socialqaunt. However if you are on a budget there are more tools I could recommend you to use. Today I will give you some more tips to gain more twitter followers and autopost content on social media networks.

Perhaps you are just starting out in affiliate marketing or maybe you have been into this for a few months or a year or more. If you have been doing this for a long time you probably agree that is impossible to scale a business into six or seven figure income unless many of the processes are automated. Luckily, we live in the automation age and there is plenty of software both (free or paid) which can handle even the most monotonous tasks in your list which would allow you to grow your business. Right now I’m focusing on SEO and automation for myself so I want to bring you a few more tips and tricks to help you succeed.

The first big automation tool I am currently using is SNAP which I learned about from following the free 30-day training inside the PIPS dashboard. Plug in Profit Site (PIPS) is an SEO optimized (free website) very similar to this one that can be customized to your liking. I decided to start my Home Business by leveraging the PIPS system because I only had to provide a domain name to get my website built. If you decide to try this for yourself I recommend you to pick a cheap domain name and you should also get set up with the FREE autorresponder campaign. Aweber should be your autoresponder of choice as is affordable, reliable and there are some tricks it can do which other autorresponders can’t. That little trick (I linked to) has helped me earn more followers and successfully promote many free CPA offers my subscribers are interested in.

NOTE: All SNAP instructions can be found here. With the free plug in you will be able to set up over 15 different social media accounts. However, some of the supported platforms will require an especial API which is a premium feature. The upgrade is a one time fee of $49. If you want to learn more about this social media automation tool navigate to this page Social Networks Auto Poster.

I want to note that prior to using SNAP I was manually sharing all of my content. This would take a considerable amount of time on a weekly basis. Sometimes I would skip sharing my blog posts altogether because I just felt too tired to log into the various social media accounts and share the link to the various posts I have been writing. Now with SNAP as soon as I hit post from my wordpress dashboard the auto poster does the heavy lifting for me and takes care of sharing the content. This brings traffic to my website and also helps me rank better on Google because one of the main ranking signals has to do with articles, videos and domain URLs being shared on to Web 2.0 platforms and services which are supported by SNAP. Among the nice features included on SNAP is the ability to share the same post multiple times on different days. By posting multiple times I can re-purpose my content and ultimately reach a bigger audience because more people get to see the posts.

NOTE: There are tools out there you can use which tell you during which times of the day people are most active on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms. You should use this information to your advantage and have SNAP post during the peak times. Some tools are also able to gather data specific to your social media account(s) and this allows you to target them during times of maximum activity. Think of your business and affiliate marketing as a work in progress. Optimize a social media platform at a time and you will have bigger success. Also, you should either master one traffic source… or master one offer… meaning you can try multiple offers on the same traffic source to see which offer is profitable… or you can optimize your offer instead and try it on the same (or various) traffic sources until it becomes profitable.

Another tool I’m currently using alongside SNAP is buffer. You can use Buffer for free on up to three different social media accounts. You can pick between LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Instagram. They also have Pinterest but in order to autopost to your Pinterest boards you need to use premium features. The beauty of Buffer is that you can find great content created by other users on the web and add them to Buffer. In this way you share valuable content with your audience on social media. When they take notice of this… they will visit your website (just make sure to leave a link to your website somewhere on your social media profile). Right now there is affiliate marketers taking a vacation and traveling the world because they use automation tools like SNAP and Buffer to keep promoting great content that creates engagement with their target audience. Many sources today suggest to share 3 pieces of content from other author for every single which is yours. Is also common to see thriving affiliate websites which purely focus on curating content.

NOTE: Think of affiliate marketing and your Home Business as a work in progress. You can’t possibly optimize all your social media accounts right away and develop an auto posting schedule which maximizes engagement. Improve your strategy as time allows it… that’s the best you can do. A tip I can give you is to use buzzumo in order to find some of the most shared videos and blogs. Please note the free version allows you to see a limited amount of search results per keyword used. The free version also has limitations when it comes to the amount of searches you can do every single day so do your searches carefully and target keywords for topics you want to share with your audience.

Another tool I’m starting to use right now is postcron which I want to try for Pinterest and Instagram autoposting. If you want a month free join using my link. When I first joined the tool I thought it could be used to automate the process of sharing various posts to Facebook groups. However, it doesn’t work this way. It allows you to post only on Facebook groups for which you happen to have admin status. Either way… I found another tool which can automate the process of posting to Facebook groups and it works pretty well. The best thing is you can use it for free.

NOTE: When it comes to posting on Facebook groups there are some guidelines you should follow. First you should post to a group every 5-10 minutes. According to various sources is recommended to wait at least 7 minute interval before posting again on another group using this tool. If you are posting to more than 5 groups you should use the schedule post function. You should also use the function which allows you to take breaks every so many posts. I don’t have time to write a complete guide right now but this one should get you on the right path to automating your Facebook posts. The free version allows up to 3 accounts and you can import up to 500 Facebook groups. You can use this document to find relevant Facebook groups. It is recommended to use a Facebook account which has been active for at least one month adding friends and sharing Facebook status and posts. New accounts have a bigger chance of being disabled due to suspicious spamming activity.

To conclude today I have shared with you some tools you can use to automate the process of sharing content on social media. Many of these tools can be used for Twitter, Facebook and various other platforms. Many of the tools can be used for free or have a free version which is useful. My priority right now is to continue learning more about SEO and automation. I will continue to share what I learn and the tools that I start to use. I hope this information is useful in helping you to create a profitable Online Business. I will see you on the next one.

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How Affiliate Marketing Really Works

Welcome back to your Home Business blog. In the last post I talked about SEO techniques used by expert marketers to rank their websites for low competing keywords they find using google keyword tool. Today I want to look back over everything I have learned up to this point so you have a clear idea of what to expect should you launch your very own online business or blog. By putting out this information I hope to encourage you to take action and find some time to start building passive income streams. You could start working towards this goal alongside your current job. This process will take six months to a year before you start to see good results.

I remember when I first started building my Home Business. I found so much information about ways to make money online. Is like every blog post I read, or YouTube video I watched proposed a different solution and all of them worked! Other marketers would be quick to promise… if you buy this course or you buy this training… you will have the most wildly profitable business. Some of them would show a flashy Lamborghini in their adds, or a luxurious Ferrari. Others would post stacks of cash to show how good they were doing. Back then I would have believed this was possible… but the more I dig deeper into the world of affiliate marketing the more I have come to realize this is marathon and not a sprint. Affiliate marketing is an industry which is growing very fast when compared to many others which are currently being lost to technology and automation. Today more than ever before are businesses and corporations putting 20% (or more) of their marketing budget toward affiliate marketing programs and there is a 10% increase in affiliate marketing spending across all industries combined through 2020.  By 2020 affiliate marketing will generate $7 billion in sales.

Looking at those numbers is easy to believe the road to success is simple because there is so much opportunity. However, the far greater majority of individuals who try affiliate marketing actually find themselves quitting within 3-6 months of just starting out. Two data points you can easily find online is that 95% of all affiliate marketers WILL FAIL and 97% of online businesses fail. Do you want to know why this happens and what you could do to be part of the small percentage that actually win? In this post I will aim to answer these questions.

Firstly we need to examine the ways you could make money as an affiliate marketer. One way is by selling products and bringing customers to businesses and corporations with CPA marketing. If you want to learn some tricks to promote CPA offers read this post. Another great way to earn income from affiliate marketing would be by producing information rich blog posts, which allow visitors who read them to make informed decisions about some product or service they want to buy. You could also promote Multi Level Marketing (MLM) type businesses like herbalife, however given the growth in this space if the program you are joining requires you to pay in order to qualify to promote what they have to offer chances are you are dealing with some sort of scam. With so much growth in this industry and affiliate programs available the reality is you should not be paying any money just to be able to promote a product.

Another common way to make money online is by promoting marketing training programs and masterminds. Many of these programs do not supply any real value. Some others provide amazing value but it would require technical and marketing skills to execute them. Other programs will try to give you everything… including all marketing material and sales funnels which are working for the top affiliates in the company. The problem is a new affiliate doesn’t know how to drive traffic to that offer or close clients. Personally I think some masterminds can be really useful in expanding the arsenal of tools a marketer can leverage to grow their home business however it will still take tons of skill building, effort, and experimentation to adapt this concepts to your own business. When it comes to affiliate marketing what works for one person doesn’t always work for others so is up to you to figure out what works for you.

As of recently the explosion in the cryptocurrency markets had led to the flourishing of lending platforms. Lending platforms would promise investors they would earn fixed returns on their investment capital like 1-2% per day and would allow them to earn commissions of 7-10% every time they would refer a new investor which deposited money into the company in question. Companies like Bitconnect, Usi Tech and DavorCoin have shut down their lending services or claim to have problems with their payment system and do not allow their investors to withdraw any of their money. If you buy cryptocurrency like Ethereum or Bitcoin keep your digital assets safeguarded in a cryptocurrency wallet you personally own. The minute you transfer any cryptocurrency to a wallet which belongs to another company (even if is a trusted exchange like Coinbase)… you run the risk of losing your money. The reality is even if you keep your money in the bank you still run the risk of losing it that’s why affluent people invest into housing units which produce cash flow. They know even during a financial collapse people will still need a place to live so they can generate income from renting the units. Real state also appreciates in value due to inflation caused by fractional reserve lending and many other factors.

Other common ways to generate income online today is by launching kindle books on Amazon, copywriting or writing for various businesses and services. If we look back at the list… CPA marketing is one of the most lucrative ways to make money online. The problem with CPA marketing is that in order to make substantial income you will need to find very targeted traffic or run advertisements. I have discussed this topic with many leading growth managers and experienced affiliate marketers and many of them agree if you were to launch a CPA marketing campaign about 90% of the times it won’t be profitable unless the campaign is optimized in one way or another. A better way is to copy the campaign of other marketers and run paid advertising to it but even then is likely the campaign will break even or not make much profit. The fastest way to grow online is by using paid advertising but there is the risk you won’t make any money. It takes excellent marketing skills and a team of programmers in order to put in place all the necessary tricks required to win big with paid advertising. The market is very competitive as it is and competition is only growing. That’s why I would recommend you to start working on your home business TODAY.

When it comes to blogging… this is actually one of the best ways to generate residual income for years to come. The problem with blogging is that it could take you six months to a year before you make a penny. Right now I’m focusing very deeply on SEO because my main goal is to bring tons of free organic traffic from search engines. What I find from personal experience and the experience of many webmasters that have build successful blogs before me is that in general it takes them six months to a year of publishing useful content before their analytics start to report a huge boost in traffic. You could be promoting the best product in the world but if you don’t have an audience to sell to in the first place you won’t succeed. Imagine you earn a fixed $5 as an Amazon Associates for selling a product like a digital camera which converts at a 1% rate.  You would need 4000 visitors on a daily basis in order to generate $200 in sales commissions. In order to get that much traffic it will take you 1-3 years of ranking your content before Google starts to send you this kind of traffic. This happens because in order to get to the point where Google and other search engines send you visitors you will need to build trust and visibility by gathering Domain Authority and ranking your pages.

If you come to this space focused on making money quickly… you will give up before having any chances to succeed. Google wants to see you care about USER EXPERIENCE and you focus on providing valuable information with clear facts to aid your visitors. Remember Search Engines compete with one another… so in order to stay the dominant force above Bing and Yahoo, Google focuses on delivering the best possible answer for any given search query. Back in the day it was possible to build an Online Business using affiliate marketing by posting SEO optimized articles 300-500 words long promoting various products and services. Since competition was lower and it was possible to use low cost black hat services which would rank websites within 24 hours. Search algorithms have become smarter… and although reputable link building services still exist, winning SEO campaigns these days take months before any real effects can be seen in the volume of organic traffic generated.

NOTE: As I have stated above one way to generate income is by providing SEO services. These days… big companies and corporations turn to SEO specialist in order to optimize their websites and build links that bring more traffic. Link building is a very profitable skill which is in high demand. Done the right way… SEO could bring about prosperity and growth to just about any business or corporation. In particular, properly executed SEO campaigns will take 7 to 10 weeks to produce noticeable results and see a return on the investment. If you take a shortcut and buy cheap links from Fiverr or use some other black hat service what will end up happening is that Google will penalize your website and it will set you back months or even years in the ranking process. Leading SEO companies like MOZ are now becoming the lawyers of the internet and help their clients revoke bans placed by Google. Remember that Google employs some of the smartest engineers alive today so using unconventional tricks to boost your ranking and visibility will very likely end in catastrophic fashion.

NOTE: Google has so much power these days that a manual ban can take even the most established companies into bankruptcy. Some reports claim the search engine giant favors their own adds over competitors. Play by the rules and try your best not to trigger a manual ban or software penalty.

Focus on building the most positive user experience for your visitors and no matter what niche you choose to blog about you will eventually succeed. Once again I recommend you to stay away from Multi Level Marketing and Cryptocurrency lending platforms. You should also be cautious about joining and promoting mastermind programs. Like I stated above I believe online business education and masterminds can produce real positive impact but many of the concepts you will learn will require you to build your skills in digital marketing and various other technologies. One way to go around the big learning curve and achieve success much faster is to outsource the tasks that you find difficult and assign the various tasks to freelancers in platforms like Upwork and Fiverr. In those platforms you will be able to find skilled people from a variety of countries willing to produce quality work at very cheap rates for US standards. If I actually go back to soul crushing corporate America it will be because I will be able to generate more resources I can use to outsource a lot of the work I currently do. Right now I wear all hats in my business venture and I have learned tons of valuable skills but I can only do so much on my own.

SEO writing jobs and Kindle publishing are two great opportunities right now. I’m thinking of launching my own kindle book because in this way I can leverage Amazon as an advertising platform. A single book likely won’t bring about life changing income but if you publish various books (think 30-100)… then chances are you will be able to make sufficient residual income to live comfortably and even travel to luxurious places. One course I recommend to everyone about kindle publishing is K Money Mastery. Since Amazon takes care of doing the selling for you… and you earn royalties for every single sale this is probably the easiest way to build residual income right now. I should write my book while there is still opportunity in this space because I know competition will only grow as more time passes.

NOTE: If you want to know about the advantages to publishing your very own kindle book you should read this other post. Near the end I talk about how affiliate marketers today use kindle publishing to grow their email list and promote income streams they have already built by leaving links to their websites and blogs which ultimately bring about more business opportunity and growth.

If you decide to launch a course on affiliate marketing having a kindle book published will help you set the stage for an authority figure. I believe the fastest way to find success is to learn so much about your niche or business model that you become an expert. Perhaps right now you are making little money and you haven’t succeeded quite yet but once you start to develop results you can share with other people it will be easier for them to buy training programs or masterminds from you. The affiliate marketers that climb to the very top of the mountain are those who are seen as leaders and can provide extra value to the people who decide to purchase from them. I will consider to start offering free coaching later as I further develop my business but first I need to focus on SEO to bring profitable traffic.

One avenue to generate traffic I have yet to explore is to create YouTube videos. Some of the best affiliate marketers today are full time YouTubers who create videos which go viral and bring tons of organic traffic. The problem once again is that it takes time for your YouTube videos to rank properly so these are shown in the Search Engines or on top of the YouTube search results for your chosen keyword. A good strategy is to perform keyword research using Google keyword planner and then RANK YOUR VIDEO for your chosen keyword even before you record it. Some of my friends and mentors use video ranking software to target profitable keywords and wait a day or two for the video title to show up on the search results. They only record a video after it has ranked… which saves them time and brings about more profits. If I start producing YouTube videos I will probably invest in these tools to maximize my chances of success.

NOTE: If you start producing YouTube videos as a core strategy to drive traffic to affiliate offers a SEO strategy you need to be using is to talk about your target keywords from the very beginning. Google is using voice recognition technology in order to process search queries from virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri. By vocalizing your keywords throughout your video you will increase the chances that your video comes up in the search results for related voice commands. This post can teach you more about optimizing for voice search.

Other advice I get from the best affiliate marketers is that in order to succeed I need to master one traffic source before I invest my time and energy to learning another one. Specifically, I should be focusing all of my time and energy in mastering one social media platform like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and become proficient at advertising to that specific audience. They also recommend me to build my brand in one platform first and then continue to grow on others from there on. Often times… by building a strong presence in a platform like Twitter is possible to send tweets to encourage people to follow you in other social networks. Automating the process of getting followers is also a great strategy many affiliate marketers resort to in order to succeed.

NOTE: Similar to SEO look for long term results and build a responsive community of followers. Stay away from services which will sell you Twitter and Instagram followers. These are fake accounts that won’t produce any benefit for your business.

What I want you to take from this is that as long as you stay motivated and producing helpful content and looking to add value you will win. If you expect to see fast results and earn lots of money just within a few months… chances are it won’t happen. This industry will keep growing and there is a huge amount of opportunity for those people who are patient to see results. Keep learning. Keep experimenting. Keep growing and search engines like Google will reward you with tons of organic traffic that will help you to generate residual income month after month. That’s how affiliate marketing really works. I hope this information is useful to you in helping you build a profitable online business. Get started today!

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Website Ranking Made Easy

Welcome back to your Home Business Blog. In the last post I talked about convenient ways to make money blogging by using software solutions to change regular links on your website to affiliate links. My goal for today is to give you some more tips so you can better rank your websites and blog posts, resulting in traffic boost and more business opportunity. Remember there are many great SEO tricks in this other post. Stick to using some of those tricks and you will find it easier to rank your website on Google, especially if you put out content which is rich in information and overall usefulness for your target audience.

The first aspect I want to discuss with you today is that when it comes to SEO there are “on page” optimization features and there is also “off page” optimization features. I want to give you some quick actionable tips you can start using today in order to make your website more visible.

Firstly let’s look back at an old post which talks about how much traffic a website receives depending on the position it ranks, for some keyword. From the title of the post you can see being ranked number one for a keyword received 33% of the traffic generated for that keyword. As of lately I have found sources that claim 70-90% to be a more accurate figure in more recent years. This is laser targeted, free traffic coming from the largest search engine. Google serves as much as 70% of all the traffic we see on the web today.

If you are able to fine tune your websites and posts around certain keywords you will be able to capture some of this valuable traffic coming from Google. There are many ways you can find keywords to target. A free tool you can use is google keyword planner. With this tool you will be able to use a search term and find many keywords related to that term. It will tell you how many visitors on a monthly basis search for the search term in question and also if there is HIGH, MEDIUM or LOW competition when it comes to ranking for the keyword.

Now I wish I could tell you targeting free traffic coming from Google was as simple as looking for a low competition keyword using keyword planner and producing a post about it. As you will come to realize things don’t work that way. The primary goal from the perspective of Google is USER EXPERIENCE. So you have to focus on producing engaging content with infographics, videos and quality information to share with your chosen audience. I was reading a post from Neil Patel and he discussed the fact that on average he spends $600 per infographic. He recuperates his investment when people start pinning and sharing the infographic in question. The fact that some of the authoritative figures in this space are willing to spend so much money to create shareable content makes affiliate marketing and content development strategy very competitive. This is why today some people find success after joining various companies which provide them with premium tools and resources to become more competitive in this industry.

NOTE: Some people say business education is a scam stating the fact that all information is freely available on the internet. I would agree with this to some degree. If you search hard enough and read and dig deeper you can find a lot of useful information. The problem is… it takes a long time to find the information and then pick between what is useful information and what is misleading data. I have found that it also takes a lot of creativity to use this information in ways which can result profitable to your business. Often times masterminds give you a new perspective on what is working for other people… so they don’t just give you the information… they show you what they do as well. In the end even if you have the information unless you execute everything you have learned you won’t see any meaningful results.

So anyway, let’s get back on track with website ranking techniques and more specifically keyword ranking. In some of my previous post I talked about Page Rank (PR) and Page Authority (PA). Generally speaking the better the (Page Rank) and (Page Authority) of a website the easier it will be to rank for competitive keyword combinations. What does it means for freshly released websites that haven’t build any authority or reputation? It means we should focus on creating content around lower competition keywords. It is recommended to pick keywords which receive 1000-8000 hits per month based on google keyword planner or other SEO analysis keyword tool.

By targeting keywords which are not highly sought after by authoritative websites you will have a chance to boost your organic traffic. It then becomes a task of creating lots of content in order to promote your brand, business, products and services. As time passes your online presence will grow stronger and then you will be able to leverage Domain Authority and Page Rank to easily rank for your chosen keywords. This will bring about business growth and prosperity… but to get there you will need to work very hard and avoid competing with already established websites in your niche during the earlier stages.

NOTE: According to many sources I have read from a great strategy is to find keywords with low search volume and then perform a Google search to see which websites are ranking on top. They use various tools (some paid) and (some free) to see the Page Rank and Page Authority of the top 3 websites that appeared on the search. Compare those metrics to your website by running your website on the same tools and see if you could compete with the websites that appear for the keyword you want to target. If your page rank and page authority is equal (or better) you have a winning keyword and you should produce content around it. If their rankings are much better than yours… then you should look for easier competition. Page Rank and Page Authority is just part of the story and there are many other signals taken into account by search engines to produce rankings. Some of the other criteria include on page optimization, the number of times the page in question has been shared and the comments posted by visitors that read the content. Based on those other factors is possible that you could rank higher than a website with more authority but often times this is still difficult to do even when you apply the right SEO strategies.

Now when it comes to on page optimization there are many great tricks to achieve better website ranking or page ranking. Firstly you should always use your target keyword on the title of the post. Next you should mention your target keyword on the first (and last) paragraph of the post. Many SEO specialist tell you to mention it within the first (and last) 25 words of the post… some even start their post talking about their target keyword. The reason they do it this way is because it helps the search engines more easily determine what a post is about so is much easier to rank for that term. Many SEO specialist and content gurus out there talk about KEYWORD DENSITY which is the number of times your target keyword appears on a post. Some of them will tell you to use your keyword 1-3 times every 100 words (1-3% ratio) in order to achieve maximum benefit while other sources suggest keyword density doesn’t make a difference any longer.

NOTE: Once again we find another topic where is not clear what the right strategy to use should be. What some people argue is that search engines like Google have been improving their algorithms by applying artificial intelligence and other software solutions which are capable of evaluating the meaning of the words used on a page in accordance to the context in question. In this sense… last generation Google algorithm pays less attention to keyword density because it has the ability to determine what an article is saying based on the context of the written text and so it can match a user search intent to your article even if the keywords don’t necessarily match.

Other on page SEO tricks include to tag images in your post with related keywords you want to rank for and to bold, italicize or underline such keywords when they appear on your post. You could also place bigger font or “sub headlines” which allow to let visitors know (and search engines) what specific sections of the post are focusing on. Often times they try to emphasize their keywords by wrapping the text on H1, H2 or H3 tags which enlarge the font.

When it comes to “off page” SEO factors I will point you to this other post. Off page factors is all about link building. The more quality links that you can build the more your website authority will improve.

NOTE: When it comes to building links I would recommend you to use link building services with proven track record of delivering results. You should aim for a balanced link building portfolio to avoid being penalized by Google. Recall one of the best ways to build links today is to do guest posts. You can also exchange links with other bloggers or webmasters but once again don’t abuse this practice as there is the likelihood Google will penalize you. Some of the best SEO experts in the business hustle their way to link building by reaching out to other bloggers and webmasters and convincing them to add a link to their website.

To conclude if you want to improve your website ranking and earning potential with your online business you should focus on targeting low competition keywords that receive less than 8,000 hits per month. You should also perform competitor analysis to determine if the businesses ranking for your target keyword have built authority in your niche. Lastly focus on building a post with “on page” optimization techniques and then build links to it using “off page” optimization techniques. This is the right strategy to bring organic traffic from Google for your newly launched Home Business until you build authority to compete for more challenging keywords which receive hundreds of thousands or millions of searches per month. Building a business takes time… but following these strategies will get you to success faster. I hope you find this information useful. I know I wish someone had told me all of this months back when I first started building my home business.

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PSPS:
When it comes to ranking a website building links from authority websites is the fastest way to improve your website authority and Page Rank. In particular, “do follow” links from authority websites give you the biggest boost a term known in the SEO industry as “link juice”. As you start the ranking process, just about any link will give you a boost. One cool way I found to build some authority during the earlier stages was to create profiles at various traffic exchanges [GUIDE] and leave a link to my website on the profile. As you gain more Page Rank and Authority (or if you are already established on Google), then build links from Traffic Exchanges which have at least 25 Page Authority. Submit the website in question to this tool to know their page authority. You could also build links using this service or by posting comments on these do follow blogs (Please note some of the blogs on that list are dated). Boost your authority and ranking for profitable keywords related to your home business will be easier.

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Get Paid For Blogging in 2018 [Software]

Welcome back to your Home Business Blog. In the last post we discussed a Powerful Marketing Tool you can start using to bring more visitors to your website. In one of my previous posts I talked about ways you can earn money by joining various add networks and affiliate networks. Today I want to tell you about more convenient ways to automating the process of getting paid for blogging when you use the software solutions I will be covering shortly. I will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages to monetizing your content with these marketing solutions in comparison to other, more common strategies.

Let’s start with some background for reference… When I first started working towards the goal of building an online business and blogging, one of the obvious ways to grow my business and get paid commissions… was to affiliate with multiple companies offering products and services which were related to the Home Business Niche. Some such products are autoresponders, affordable software to build professional lead capture pages or more powerful tools to create sales funnels. All of these are tools I currently use which have been making it possible for me to start to see results much faster than most people. I have read so many books of people who began working on their online business and it took them two years just to make a commission. By now I have made a few hundred from my blogging efforts and I’m just getting started! You can find most of the information I’m using to get results in this Home Business Blog and in the free newsletter.

The more you grow your marketing reach as a blogger and partner with more product manufacturers and services… you will find it will become difficult to keep track of all of your affiliate links. I don’t have that problem as much… because I promote the products I use on a daily basis which are producing results for myself. However… I have been having a big problem in the sense through my content I link to other products and services which some people find useful and buy… after clicking through my regular links. Whenever this happens this is money I’m leaving on the table. In an attempt to maximize the revenue I get from linking to useful products and services for home businesses and bloggers, I started partnering with more corporations. Problem is, a big portion of the products and services I could potentially monetize would not accept me into their programs for reasons they would not disclose. For example, I applied to infolinks and this is the reply they sent me.

“Upon reviewing your application, our quality assurance team found that it does not meet our publisher criteria.

We at Infolinks have the responsibility to keep our advertising environment up to certain standards to ensure the success of Infolinks for our publishers, advertisers and those viewing our ads. We review each website individually and reserve the right to refuse any application.

Unfortunately, we are not always able to respond to emails requesting more information about these decisions.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Infolinks Team”

Still… wanting to maximize the money I could earn from the blogs I had already created I decided to look for other solutions. I was lucky to be accepted to join the Ezoic network but for some reason I’m yet to discover when I try to use their name servers… minutes (or hours later) I find my website can’t be reached. So I had to give up on that. Ezoic uses machine learning to test which layouts and advertisements are more effective for the specific audience that visits your websites. Their solution conveniently integrates with AdSense if you want to try it for yourself. Maybe it works great for you.

NOTE: To be accepted to Ezoic you will need at least 10,000 visitors on a monthly basis to your website or blog.

The next solution I came across and tried out was Skimlinks. To join Skimlinks the approval process can take a few days because a manager has to see and approve your website manually. Skimlinks works with over 18,000 businesses and corporations. Their software works by creating affiliate links on the fly whenever you link to a products page or service. For example, I’m not affiliated with Namecheap but if you happen to click this link and buy a domain name to launch your online business I will receive a small commission bonus at no extra cost to you. That link goes to https://www.namecheap.com/ which is not an affiliate link as it is. In order to get this functionality set up find the Skimlinks plug in and add it to your website by using your wordpress webmaster dashboard or equivalent feature. Skimlinks provides clear instructions as to how to set up the service.

NOTE: The advantage to using Skimlinks is that it saves you tons of time in the sense you don’t have to join so many marketing networks. You also save time by not having to consistently grab affiliate links from the networks… allowing you to stick to creating content and linking to your favorite products and services. A bigger advantage is that since this service creates affiliate links on the fly your links are validated and don’t become broken links when the merchant stops the affiliate program in question. Skimlinks has also negotiated higher payout with over 200 different merchants in order to allow you to earn the same commission level even after 25% of the commission is lost.

I think the biggest advantage to using a solution like Skimlinks is that it would allow you to save considerable amount of time which you can reinvest into producing more content resulting in more commissions. Right now I use a password manager to keep track of all my affiliate links and this is how I have managed to stay somewhat organized but often times I find myself wasting time looking for an affiliate link which seems to have been lost or misplaced. With Skimlinks all I have to do is link to the merchant (Amazon for example) and I know I will receive a commission at no extra cost to my reader if they purchase any product. Skimlinks makes it easy to get paid as a blogger.

NOTE: You can get a free website similar to this one when you join PIPS. I recommend you to join and read the 30 day training series. It will give you many tips and tricks to get paid with your blog.

However… what if Skimlinks won’t approve you? There is a similar service called VigLink which operates using similar technology. They will convert regular links to affiliate links on the fly. VigLink also uses a technology which searches for commonly used terms like iPhone or Nike Shoes and it will convert that text to an affiliate link that can earn you commissions. Some webmasters own forums where users talk about products they like to use. By using VigLink they are able to monetize comments left by their users because the text gets converted to an appropriate affiliate link and as a result they get paid a small percentage whenever someone reading the forum threats clicks on the links and purchases. Based on my experience all I needed to do to join VigLink was to give them an email address and instructions to set the service up was sent via email.

Before adding the VigLink javascript code to your website make sure to check the settings because one of their options will convert existing affiliate links to run with VigLink if it happens to be checked on. By default this setting should be ticked off but I don’t know if that will be the case for you. The disadvantage to using these technologies in my experience is that links take 2-3 seconds to respond when a visitor clicks on them. This could create the false impression that the link is broken or doesn’t work and they could close it before it completes loading. Users these days expect websites to load very fast!

NOTE: I should point out that with Skimlinks you can withdraw your earnings every time you reach $10. With VigLink you can withdraw your earnings whenever you reach $25 in earnings. This can prove advantageous considering the fact that some networks place hundred or even thousand dollar caps before you can cash out what you earned. This can also prove advantageous when it comes time to pay Taxes because earnings can properly be found in one location and you don’t have to file what you earned in all of the other networks individually. One last great advantage to using these services is that when you link to a product it will automatically pick the network that pays the most. For example… Rakuten Marketing often times pays more than Amazon Associates. I was not directly approved as an affiliate with Rakuten Marketing but now through Skimlinks I can still link to products which are hosted on their network and expect to earn commissions if someone clicks on the link and buys the product.

Since some of the links take a few seconds to load when created on the fly, I use my regular affiliate links for the products I have been approved to promote. Whenever I don’t have access to a certain product I link to it and let Skimlinks take care of creating the affiliate link on the fly for me. It is estimated that over 700 million clicks don’t earn commission each year because bloggers and publishers don’t use solutions like Skimlinks or VigLink. If you will take time to develop useful content to share with the world you deserve to generate income for providing useful information especially if your readers won’t pay any extra money. You deserve this for spending time and energy in publishing useful blogs.

To conclude… if you have been running a blog for a long time or you are just starting out and you want to maximize the revenue potential for your content then I recommend you to try Skimlinks or VigLink. Some bloggers out there have been writing content for years and then they use one of these services and start to see revenue coming in quickly because their posts have already ranked well on search engines and people are already clicking the links that previously wouldn’t earn any commissions when a purchase was made. I hope this information is useful to you in helping you get paid for blogging in 2018. Remember to treat your blog like a business if you want to earn income which could replace regular jobs.

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Free Marketing Strategy | Growth Hacking Website Traffic

Welcome back to your Home Business Blog. Is a beautiful Tuesday morning here in Miami. In the last post we discussed some of the most brilliant growth hacks of all time! By using these clever marketing tricks corporations like Dropbox, PayPal, AirBnb and Gmail managed to grow very fast even when they had very little budget to advertise their products and services. As you probably know by now, the average cost of advertising per 1000 impressions gets more expensive with every passing year. Some services will sell you cheap advertising which is generated by bot traffic. No good… Today I want to tell you about an amazing free marketing strategy you can use to growth hack your website traffic. In order to use this marketing trick you will need at least one website. (My website is not even 4 months old at this point 3/26/2018)

Adzly is a powerful, relatively new, marketing tool released in 2018. Simply put when you create your free Adzly account you will be able to crate a widget. The widget will contain adds from related businesses. Some of the categories you could create widgets for include Internet Marketing, Traffic Delivery, Web Hosting/Development, Technology, Trading, Diet and Exercise… Personal Development and many others. Whenever someone who is active on your website scrolls through to the widget you will receive 2-6 credits depending on your membership level. As a free member you earn 2 credits per add impression, there is also pro and pro plus type membership which allows you to earn six credits every time the widget is watched by someone.

NOTE: You can use this marketing tool to score on TONS of FREE Advertising even as a free member.

Based on this criteria… you can probably see how some people would try to take advantage of these widgets and send bot traffic to acquire free add impressions. However the developers knew ahead of time this would likely be a possibility so in order to prevent this from happening they are using the Google API most search engines use (including Microsoft Bing), in order to determine if the traffic is coming from a Botnet or some spam website/service. The team has also put in place random checks to ensure the widget guidelines are followed. Your widget won’t be approved in the first place if you break any of these rules.

WIDGET GUIDELINES:
1. The widget must be in a visible location on the website.
2. The page that you place your widget on must NOT be rotated in any kind of autosurf, autohit or automated traffic generating program.
3. The webpage you place the widget on must serve a purpose OTHER THAN advertising. In other words, you cannot place the widget on a page that’s only purpose is to generate widget views. The page you place your widget on must attract visitors for some other purpose, such as to read content on a blog for instance.
4. Your widget needs to be easily visible when somebody is viewing the page in a normal way. In other words, placing the widget at the bottom of a list of other ads is not acceptable because in order to see the widget, the visitor would need to scroll through all the other ads which is not normal visitor behavior.

According to the developer: “a unique view is based on a 4-hour unique IP check, meaning that the same IP address will only generate ad credits for you once within a 4-hour time frame.”

Now for the good stuff. Why should you join? One of the biggest reasons is because every time someone joins your Adzly link and places a widget on any of their websites what will end up happening is that you will earn credits when their widget is seeing by another person visiting their website. You can earn credits for up to two levels down… meaning that if someone clicks on the widget and decides to join Adzly and place it on their website you will also earn credits when a visitor watches the widget. This allows a HUGE potential for duplication making it possible to score on tons of free advertising even as a free member.

That’s not the biggest advantage to using this tool. Even when you get 100,000 impressions per month form all that duplication you can expect to get 500-1000 clicks on your text adds. Maybe more if you upgrade and run an image based add instead. What I find truly powerful about Adzly is the widget also HELPS YOU BUILD TARGETED BACKLINKS! This allows you to boost Page Rank and Page Authority which in turn helps create ranking signals on Google that allow you to receive more organic traffic to your website. As you can see the Adzly widget should be to the right of this very text (if you are on a desktop computer).

NOTE: When it comes to backlinks I know the team has a screening process prior to approving widgets to ensure the website in question is in the same niche and there is no malware, spam related or adult content. As a result you can expect decent quality backlinks that won’t negatively impact your website. These backlinks are not permanent. Instead you receive some link juice when there is a citation to your website from within the widget. Since I started using the tool 3 days back my Page Authority has increased by 7 points and Domain Authority is up by 1. That’s the most growth I have seen so far from any automation tool or widget I have used.

In my opinion the most exciting part about using Adzly is that as more people join and it becomes mainstream there will be people receiving hundred of thousands monthly hits. Get a widget set up on your website today! Join Adzly!

I hope this free marketing strategy proves useful in helping you grow your business. Remember that generating traffic is the most difficult part of building a successful online business. Even as a total “newbie” Adzly allows you to earn credits from the traffic of those people that join through your link. So all you need is to have a guru join under your link and start using Adzly across their websites to see a huge surge in credits and a huge surge in traffic. A month from now I will probably create a new post where I talk about the number of clicks I received from adding the widget. Right now I’m off to an early sprinting session. See you on the next one!

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Growth Hacking Your Home Business [Digital Marketing Tips]

Welcome back to your Home Business blog. In the last post we talked about ways to grow a big following on Twitter by using probably the best tool there is for this task in socialquant. I also talked about a couple other tools which are also effective. Today I want to give you examples of what growth hacking is and how it can help you expand your home business.

Firstly, you should know proper growth hacking requires technical skill and creativity. The best growth hackers are software developers who have deep understanding of how to market products. Sometimes growth hacking arises from teamwork in which some of the members are technical savvy and the rest are very good at applying marketing techniques to achieve various goals such as grow an audience or generate sales.

Is also very important to understand that growth hackers thrive when resources are scarce. They are able to better allocate resources in order to maximize results or they create (or tweak) already existing tools to achieve the required outcome. Growth hackers use to their advantage many of the techniques and tools we already discussed in the post about super affiliate marketers to reach their goals. If you want massive explosion in your business you will need to invest in various tools to get the job done.

It is also important to understand that growth hackers know well the lifetime value of a customer who enters their business. This is a concept I first learned as I completed basic marketing training with the 21 step system. In my experience that program offered immense value for the one time $49 payment. Many big corporations today spend more money on advertising than the money they initially make from selling products to new customers. These businesses and corporations recuperate the invested capital (and turn to a profit) as new customers continue to buy products from them.

Based on those points above Sean Ellis defined a growth hacker as “a tech savvy and data-driven marketer that understands product and is comfortable working in a resource-constrained environment.” What I want to do is give you some examples of the best growth hacks ever done so you can model them and use them on your own business. If you are a creative marketer perhaps you can even come up with something original that scales your business overnight.

One of the earliest and most famous growth hacks of all time was when Hotmail added a Tagline near the end of every email any of their users sent. It read “Get Your Free Email at Hotmail”. Whenever someone reading email clicked on the tagline they would be brought to a sign up page where they could create an account within seconds. When this plan was put into action the company had a little over 20,000 users and within a six month period the number of accounts had grown to over a million. Eighteen months later the company was bought for 395 million after it had reached a user base of over 12 million. The interesting part about this growth hack is that when Hotmail first launched in 1996 they had no money to advertise their email service over the radio or on big billboards like some of their big rivals were doing at the time. Hotmail was also giving away the services free to all users who signed up. This same strategy has been successfully used by many other companies that came later including Apple who added their own tagline which reads “Sent from my iPhone.”.

TIP: Crafting a good email subject line is the most important part in all of email marketing. You should also write emails thinking about the audience that will read them. The goal of marketers these days is to put out messages which resonates with different groups of people in order to attract as many leads and customers as possible.

You should take a look at your current business and see what service, product or website you can promote using the same strategy. Something I see successful marketers do these days is to have a section at the bottom of each email where they post a link to their website and they also use a call to action such as “Join my newsletter – It’s free!”. I know I will start using this strategy more often. Gmail in particular allows you to add a signature section you could be using to promote your business with every email communication you send.

TIP: Website speed can make a huge difference on whether a lead (or potential customer) decides to wait for the page to load or goes on about their day. Your website should load within two seconds or less.

Another growth hack is to give away “free money” (or resources) to capture a new lead or potential customers. When PayPal first started out they had a referral program that gave $10 to everyone that signed up to use their payment services. It is also known that PayPal created an algorithm also known as a bot which purchased auctions and other products on the eBay platform. The purpose of the software was to promote PayPal because this was the payment system used by the bot. It helped create the appearance that PayPal was more popular as a payment system than it really was and this is how sellers started adopting PayPal as the main payment solution on eBay. I guess that’s why there is a saying “Fake it til you make it”. I don’t know about you but I prefer to be authentic and show the real struggle behind building a six and seven figure business. If anyone tells you is easy and they are promising you riches overnight you know chances are they are promoting some variation of a scam.

Going back the the growth hack first used by PayPal… this same strategy is now used by many different companies and financial institutions. I have already listed some of the companies that would give you free money (or equivalent resource) on the main page of this website under “Cashback apps:” section. I will be adding PayPal later as they are still giving a $5 referral bonus for letting new customers know about their services. Groupon gives out $10 worth of credit that can be redeemed on the platform and Coinbase pays out $10 to both you (and the person you referred) whenever they deposit at least $100 to use at the cryptocurrency exchange (if you join don’t use credit cards… to avoid backbreaking fees from financial institutions) . Back when Mt. Gox got hacked and the exchange lost close to $500 million… in an attempt to revive the community around Bitcoin, Coinbase started paying out $75 per referral. There are many financial institutions that would pay you anywhere from $20 to $200 if you happen to qualify to open an account with them.

Companies these days prefer to pass down the money to affiliates who promote their products and leads that choose to join the programs because the cost of advertising has increased many times over the years. However… don’t be mistaken. Even when they offer amazing value to you as a customer for their products and services they are looking to make a profit from your lifetime value as a customer. Chances are you are not in the position to give away free money… but you could take advantage and participate in some of these referral programs to cash in on some money that you could then reinvest back into your business. Resourcefulness is key when you are trying to build a business from the ground up.

One other very famous growth hack was performed by Dropbox, a company which started with very little but which has become worth Billions of dollars. Dropbox saw the biggest success when they allowed customers to refer new users in exchange for 500MB increase on their Dropbox account. Under their referral program regular users can earn up to 16 GB of free storage and professional accounts can see a 32 GB increase just for sharing a link. I know back when I was studying engineering at Florida International University I would tell my friends to join with my link and this is how I maxed out free storage from my referral bonuses. It was well worth it because to this day I heavily still use Dropbox and I have had plenty of space with all the free storage I earned. The funny thing is… storage these days is cheap. This growth hack saved Dropbox millions of dollars worth of advertising and produced better results for a fraction of the cost. It should be clear why so many other companies in this space have adopted a similar system by which they provide free storage space to new potential customers.

NOTE: Some blockchain based companies are trying disrupt the file hosting industry by building decentralized solutions to storing information on the cloud. Under this model it would be possible for regular users like you and I to rent some of the storage available in our computers and receive payment (with cryptocurrency or crypto tokens) than can be exchanged for fiat currencies like USD or Euros. One such company working on cheaper and alternative storage solutions is Siacoin.

Another of the great growth hacks was performed by YouTube which is now owned by Google. Do you recall those times when MySpace was the number one social sharing platform? Well it was during those days that YouTube first released their embed code feature which for the first time allowed to share video on MySpace and it also made it possible to display YouTube videos directly on millions of blogs. By using this strategy YouTube grew its user base to what it is today. YouTube has become the second largest search engine (after Google) currently receiving over 1 billion monthly unique visitors. Whenever you embed YouTube videos onto your website or blog they take care of the resources required to host that particular video. This allows for smoother video processing, especially if you happen to be using a lower quality hosting service. I know images slow down websites considerably. Later I will try embedding a few YouTube videos and use various tools to check how website performance has changed. YouTube turns all this hosting costs to a profit by allowing users to buy video advertising on the platform.

In the early days of Facebook and Pinterest their growth hack was to open the platforms via invitation only. When websites or applications are launched as invitation only it allows the developers to receive feedback from the community so they can improve their services. There is also an aspect of human psychology that makes them prefer to join closed networks over those which are open to everyone. For example a CPA network I wanted to join pretty badly is Cash Network which is an invitation only network that currently is not accepting new applicants. As closed networks mature is normal to see weekend promotions that allow new users to join freely as a countdown timer expires. This results in a big spike in new sign ups. Often times the network is opened indefinitely so anyone can join. That was the case of Facebook and Pinterest. A way to make your business feel special and attract more customers and leads is to offer access to your private Facebook group where you may have marketing resources or a variety of useful people that can guide and help others succeed. Another common strategy is to create inner circles or private groups which would only disclose valuable information to members of the group. In my opinion private groups is one of the most powerful growth hacks today… so long as the values of the group in question is ethical… and not to exploit humanity at large for the benefit of the few through secrecy.

I would also tell you that in affiliate marketing it is the marketers who truly look to solve problems for their readers, visitors and customers that end up making the most money. Marketers who destroy their reputation by propagating lies just to make sales eventually will have karma catch up to them and nobody will believe them. Transparency and honesty is key for long term success in this business.

The last growth hack I want to talk about was made by Airbnb which is the largest rental property/hotel company that doesn’t own any real state. If you look into the story of Airbnb the founders launched the project multiple times before they succeeded. At one point they tried to raise capital and advertise the company by selling special edition cereals boxes. According to Wikipedia they sold about $30,000 worth of cereal boxes. The founder ate the unsold inventory for breakfast and dinner because they had no money at the time for anything other than their efforts to grow the company. The growth hack which made Airbnb explode in popularity was that the company figured out a way to list real state space in automated fashion by using Craigslist. This allowed AirBnb to finally grow fast into a company which is now disrupting the Hotel/Lodging industry worldwide. You can learn more about the whole story in this post.

About two thousand words later we are coming to close. Other growth hacks commonly used today is to give out to your subscribers (or customers) useful software for free in exchange for relevant contact information like their email address. Giving out software has become a better strategy to giving out free e-books because just about every business these days already gives out e-books in exchange for email addresses to lure in new customers and leads to their business. Location based mobile adds is also an strategy which is being brought back and so is listing your business in the yellow pages where you can find add space at bargain prices since businesses are moving all their marketing efforts online where they have tools that allow them to find their ideal customer more easily. Guest posting is also still one of the best growth hacks you can be using to grow your business today. I hope some of this information is useful to you in provoking ideas you can use to grow your business. If coming up with an original growth hack is too difficult simply research and reuse what other big companies already used to grow their businesses. Remember that super affiliates steal (and improve upon) whatever already works so there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

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Best Way to Build REAL Twitter Followers FAST [Paid Tools]

Welcome back to your Home Business blog. During the last post we talked about ways to generate income from SEO writing jobs and by flipping physical textbooks using the Amazon trade-in program and various other platforms like Bookscouter on which to find profitable titles to earn money from. Today I want to tell you about twitter automation software to gain real followers fast.

As you should know by now PERFORMANCE MARKETING is very competitive. Under this business model you only generate income when you bring a new lead into a business or when you make a sale. Content marketers in particular focus on ranking various articles (and videos) (for long tail keyword combinations) in order to capture (FREE) organic traffic comming from search engines like Google, because is rather difficult to compete with already established brands and businesses with strong Page Rank and Page Authority for more competitive short tail keywords.

NOTE: When it comes to content marketing if you plan to generate big profits from your blog you have to think of adopting a publishing schedule which allows you to submit great articles on your chosen niche at least once a month. Brian Dean in particular takes up to six weeks to generate a new post. However, whenever he releases a new post his aim is to publish a unique and informative piece of content that helps the readers over at backlinko boost their marketing efforts. I have been looking into other big bloggers and there is a commonality in the fact that it takes at least 3 years for them to see a big surge in traffic. I’m talking of 500,000 – 4 million page views a month on a regular basis mostly coming from Google. What you should take from this is that when it comes to blogging you should think in the long term if you want to see big results especially because you must build Page Rank and Page Authority in order to attract visitors coming from search engines.

Now the question needs to be asked. What could we possibly do to become more competitive if building authority takes so long? The answer we seek is AUTOMATION. Here are the two best twitter automation tools to quadruple your followers in just a few months.

NOTE: The single biggest criteria which determines whether a business survives or dies has to do with their ability to attract leads or to provide services which are valuable to other businesses. If you are able to attract a big following in twitter… this is a rich source of leads for your business and you can also offer value to other long established business and services by promoting their products to your audience.

First on the list is socialquant which has a standard plan that runs $50 per month (for each twitter account) or $300 a year if you take the yearly plan. What makes socialquant so great is that it uses Big Data engines in order to mine twitter conversations for specific hashtags and keywords we provide which are related to our niche. Simply put Big Data refers to using servers worldwide which are connected to huge amounts of information (often times in the cloud) and through various cleverly designed algorithms all the data is analyzed to find specific patterns. In this case we are looking for twitter accounts which are using hashtags related to our niche. Once socialquant is able to determine a twitter account which is interested in our niche it will follow them and continue to track their behavior in order to determine if this account followed our account back and if this user is engaging with the posts we tweet.

TIP: Socialquant focuses on helping you build a strong community of followers which engages with your posts and takes action. The software will unfollow unresponsive twitter accounts. Socialquant also takes into consideration the fact twitter monitors account behavior and adopts an schedule in building followers that minimizes the risk of having your twitter account banned.

This piece of software is literally the secret weapon of some of the most successful influencers in twitter because it allows some of them to harvest a highly engaging community of REAL twitter users who would buy products from them or do other tasks such as like their Facebook fanpage. Believe it or not there are services which focus on selling twitter followers and Instagram followers to businesses and entrepreneurs. The problem is those paid services can only deliver on fake accounts which won’t engage with your brand or buy your products. Businesses that look for influencers have ways to track the performance of a campaign so they won’t continue to do business with you once they know you are marketing to a dead audience.

TIP: One great way to make money online today is by being an influencer. There are people in twitter and Instagram in particular who get paid to post comments about financial services and health and fitness products. Socialquant can help you become an influencer and get paid for every post you submit on the twitter platform. I highly recommend you to try it for 14 days free and see how this tool can help you grow your business. Businesses and corporations work with influencers because this allows them to promote their products at bargain prices. For example, a tweet could cost an institution $250. This in turn, could end up driving a surge of thousands of new visitors back to their website to see their products and services. These visitors come from the big audience an influencer took time to build. If we take into consideration the people clicking to go see the website or offer, are actually REAL (and not software bots) this is invaluable advertising price. If you purchase the right tools… you can become an influencer within just a few months while the window of opportunity is still available.

NOTE: If you want to maximize your success with socialquant create an interesting twitter profile specific to the niche you are looking to promote. Whenever the software follows another account, they will receive a message to their phone (or computers) to let them know you are now following them. Often times, these other users click on the messages to check who is following them. If they find your profile interesting they will follow you back and this is how you start to build an audience to market to. The advantages to using socialquant is that there is no Page Rank or Page Authority involved. What really matters is for you to develop an interesting profile and to target a niche which has a big audience in twitter. This is how you will see the fastest growth.

The other tool I can recommend you is socialoomph which is not as technically advanced but is cheaper in comparison. The advantage to using socialoomph is that the tool is not limited to only twitter for the pro version. You can also use it on LinkedIn, Plurk, and Facebook. Socialoomph also has a free version that can prove useful but I would recommend you to use SNAP instead. Remember when you join PIPS there is free training on how to integrate SNAP with your free website. This way you can automate blog posting and sharing through over 25 different social media outlets. I haven’t yet set this myself but yesterday I looked at the instructions once again as given in the FREE PIPS 30-day training and there are pictures which walk through each step in order to automate all of the social media sharing. This is how internet millionaires like Stone Evans bring traffic to their websites. They blog on a daily basis and then have social media sharing automation tools post the content on social networks in order to bring many visitors back to their websites. Is a brilliant way to score on tons of Free traffic and kick start an online business. I’m considering setting some time to set everything up because I have been doing all the sharing manually. In the long run it will save me tons of time.

NOTE: A problem SNAP used to have is that the software would get stuck in a loop sending new post notifications on to your social media accounts every minute or so. This rare occurrence would happen in versions of the plug in which are previous to 4.0. Right now we are in version 4.1 so many of these bugs have already been fixed. Originally I did not set SNAP because I knew I could encounter this bug. However, a few days back I found more information on the topic and this issue is no longer happening. In short! Yes! Automate social sharing and score on tons of free visitors! One of the biggest advantages to using a plug in like this one is that you could also promote old post which you wrote months back but got little attention due to lack of promotion. In future posts I will talk more about SNAP alternatives and other tools you should be using. If you want to learn more just join PIPS and look at day 5 of the 30 day training. All you need to join is a domain name… (get a .info if you are too cheap to buy a .com).

Anyway, enough of SNAP. Since this post is specific to Twitter I recommend you to stick with socialquant. An advise I have seen from multiple expert marketers is they all say is not about being in a thousand platforms at the same time… instead is about MASTERING one social platform at a time. If you focus all of your energy to MASTERING and AUTOMATING twitter then you can move on to Facebook and then Instagram. This is something I have failed to do myself because I have been very busy doing research and learning about various platforms and tools but I can now see that in order to win I need to focus on building my business in a platform and a time.

So anyway! I hope this information is useful to you. I submitted my trial blog post with writingbunny but they denied my application. Oddly enough they are happy to see me try again and continue to send them good authentic articles for free. (-.-)… On a good note I scored level 4 with textbroker so this is one platform I can start writing for to start earning 100-$200 daily. My game plan is going to be to reinvest a big portion of the money I earn into automation tools to grow my business. I had the misconception I could do everything by myself but after 5 months of grinding everything on my own I can confidently tell you… if you are not investing in automation tools you will eventually burn out and quit. I have mentors teaching me some of the stuff I need to be doing but I’m executing 100% on my own. Is just an insane amount of work for one person to do. That’s the price to pay if you want financial freedom – INSANE AMOUNT OF WORK to get things going. The good in this is… that all this work and suffering of today will pay off for years to come. A year from now I will come back to this post and see how my life has changed. I will see you on the next one!

– Got capital to invest? You could buy a niche site that is already making money using flippa. Another strategy is to have a team of successful online entrepreneurs build everything for you promoting your personal brand. Or you can do as I did and claim your free website which is very similar to this one and then apply some of the information I have shared with you to start growing your business. What really matters is to get started and to work toward your goals so you can achieve them.

PS: The quickest way to build Page Rank and Page Authority is to have older domains that have already boosted theirs link back to your site. A single good backlink is better than thousand other lower quality links. With this service you can find quality links for as cheap as 15 cents each. If you are deploying a new niche website selling affiliate offers or Amazon products and you need to boost organic traffic consider opening a free account and purchasing some of the monthly packages. Many people running profitable Shopify stores and Amazon niche websites buy their links from this platform and this is how they are able to boost traffic to their websites in only a few months. The advantage to using this company (and the monthly packages) is that link building is made with white SEO practices to prevent penalties from Google.

PSPS: If you need to buy high quality (targeted) clicks to promote CPA offers and your websites but you don’t have the budget to pay for Google adwords I recommend you to look into AdPad ezanga. This network doesn’t have as much traffic as Google or Facebook but they provide REAL customers for a fraction of the price you would find elsewhere.

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Very Hot Home Business Opportunity [SEO Writing Jobs]

Welcome back to your Home Business blog. In the last post we talked about how to earn income from blogging by working with Ad Networks and promoting useful products as an affiliate. If you don’t like writing check this other post instead where we talk about other affiliate marketing tricks to generate income. Today I want to bring to your attention a fairly untapped job market the successful bloggers exploit to generate substantial income from the comfort of their homes. Some of them have even developed businesses which generate six figures in a monthly basis from doing SEO writing Jobs.

If you have been following this blog for sometime, then you probably know by now that content marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) are two key components to making any brand or business stand out today. I was reading a report by brightedge and they have actually found that small businesses and big corporations alike are deeply focusing their marketing strategy by producing (and promoting) great content for their audiences. Specifically, these businesses are looking to exploit traffic coming from search engines like Google by targeting long tailed keywords which helps people browsing the web find them. These businesses are turning to various content writing services in hopes to find writers (with any level of experience) willing to create content about their products, services, and some specific set of keywords they would like to rank for. If you don’t like to write, then this is probably not the best opportunity for you but this is a great opportunity for anyone who can do some creative writing about the chosen topic. Many of these posts end up in blogs about travel and vacationing, finances, health and fitness and multiple other categories.

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Now… perhaps you want to give this opportunity a try but you think to yourself… “I’m horrible writer… I couldn’t produce good content”. YOU SHOULD THINK DIFFERENTLY and the reality is with a little effort on your part you can do this if you wish to. In the beginning it will take some getting used to but once you receive feedback from your clients or project managers you will quickly improve the quality of your work and it will become easier to bang out articles. The more efficient and knowledgeable you become about hot topics on demand the faster you can put together an article and send it off for review.

Some people actually keep a record of all the articles they write making it possible to use as a basis when they need to write another one for a similar topic. Recent studies have shown human attention span is worse than that of a goldfish. Studies have shown that we can concentrate on a task for about 6-8 seconds. I know I forget important information all the time… This has come about because we are being bombarded with thousands of ads on a daily basis. To make matters worse, people resort to multitasking in order to “do more”  because they are living very busy lives these days and this is one of the main reasons we see this big decline in our ability to concentrate. There is light at the end of the tunnel –> #Th1n3sWi||Chan3e. (Are you a truth seeker? Read this book.)

NOTE: If you don’t like to read… studies have shown that reading helps improve memory and brain power. This is one of the reasons I try to read every day. As you read and decode this letters into images your brain is being exercised and becoming more efficient at storing and recalling information. Kudos to you!

So what does the fact many people have difficulty concentrating imply for you as a SEO content freelancer? It means that in order to keep your readers engaged (which is your main goal by the way)… you have to write in the simplest possible language you can find to make it very easy for them to understand exactly what you mean. This creates opportunity for everyone that wants to get started and since the demand is so high you can expect to earn $20+ per hour at the entry level and up to $100 per hour if you become an expert in demand who writes about very specific topics which require technical knowledge or deep understanding about a specific subject. In general, the more content you create the more you will be able to earn because you will become more efficient at researching the information to create the articles and also because you will know about more topics to share with your audiences and that of clients that hire you.

NOTE: I’m currently trying SEO writing jobs myself and I will provide my results at a later time. One of the companies I applied for is textbroker which pays up to 5 cents per word depending on the perceived quality of the work. At that rate writing 4,000 words per day would mean $200 days. That’s 8 articles of 500 words each. Another of the companies I applied for is articlebunny which recruits premium caliber freelancers. Only 2% of the writers that apply actually make the cut… so if you are interested in joining then you should apply for this one once you have acquired experience and you feel confident in your writing ability. With articlebunny you can expect to charge 10-30 cents per word and you could even land copyright jobs which pay much more. In a later posts I will probably talk more about copyrighting which is another great way to manifest piles of cash for those who become great at it. Read this post for a more extensive list of companies you can contact to get yourself started. Pick SEO writing jobs as those will be easier to complete and you will be earning more per hour you put in.

Now… here are some tips to help you improve the work you submit. First make a search on Google for grammarly and add the free writing assistant plug in to your browser. Grammarly will spot many grammatical mistakes that your word processor missed. The plug in will also suggest you ways in which you can better word a sentence. To find stock photos without license rights you can use Pexels which is a compilation of high quality pictures free for personal and commercial use without any attribution to the author being required. In this way you can add images to the post you will submit to your client. You can also use Pexels to find stunning pictures for your websites and other projects. You could even find yourself printing some of these images to T-shirts and selling them for a profit. Check this article about Merch by Amazon if you want to learn more about selling printed on demand T-Shirts on autopilot by leveraging Amazon. The designer earns a royalty from each sale and you don’t need to make any investment to get started.

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Now… suppose you just finished your first 500 word article and you are ready to submit it. The biggest component in SEO writing is to put out content which is authentic/unique in nature. If you happen to turn in work which is very similar to another post online what will end up happening is that the clients you are working with will likely ask you to fix it or they will fix the problem for you and stop sending you new tasks to work on. There is a premium tool called copyscape which will check your post before being submitted for only 5 cents each. If you happen to have worded a sentence or paragraph very similar to something else online there are two main choices you can follow. You can either cite the source you found and give them credit for that piece of information or you can rewrite the sentences the tool reports have been plagiarized. Information which is common knowledge does not need to be cited or changed in any way.

There are Billions of articles in the web… so sometimes even when you produce authentic content someone else already wrote very similar material. Small businesses and corporations alike always check the posts they receive to ensure it has not been plagiarized before publishing it on to their websites. Use copyscape to prevent any problems related to plagiarism.

NOTE: In a previous post I talked about Cliff High and the work he does. He focuses on extracting information from Billions of web pages at a time and then analyzes the bulk of information with automated systems to produce reports that can accurately predict events that are yet to happen. See some of his content. Perhaps you find it interesting.

As you become more experienced at producing good quality SEO writing posts which make your clients happy focus on building a work portfolio. If possible try to get some positive feedback/reviews from the clients you worked for. The reason you want to do this is because if you want to earn more income then you will need to cut out the middle men (like textbroker) and find businesses you can work with directly. If you recall in the beginning of this article I said there are people who earn $100,000+ per month doing this. Well… what they do is find businesses that need content written for them and then they find other freelancers in upwork or fiverr to assign the work to.

Since these people have plenty experience  they focus their energy on proofreading the work turned out by the freelancer and they make a few small edits to the content whenever necessary before submitting the last copy to the main client. In this way, they are able to maximize the amount of work they can submit and often times they pay about 50% of the profits to their freelancers. The good side of this strategy is that as you hire more freelancers you will know the areas of information they are most comfortable with making it possible to submit work about a topic you don’t know much about which happens to be a very good article. In those cases you don’t know much about the topic I would recommend you to spend a little extra time checking the facts provided by your freelancer.

NOTE: Today is very common to see people who make a living by being the middle men between a client and someone who freelances a specific skill. For example, some people do cold calls to businesses (using the yellow pages or Google) and they ask them if they need a logo for their website or they need SEO service… some of them propose to update the website to use SSL encryption which has become one of the factors that help rank a website on Google. Some services focus on building positive reviews about a business on Yelp by setting automated text messages to people who visited the business recently or purchased/received services from them. If you are willing to become the middle men… you will make so much money. Personally I think this is a deceptive or scammy way to make a living especially if you negotiate a logo for $500 from a client and then you pay $5 to someone on Fiverr to take care of the job. Some people see it differently. Their time is worth money and so is the skill to convince a client they need a service (like a nicer logo) and then find a great digital artist that can deliver the job.

I hope you learned something useful in this post. The last information I want to point you to is some articles that can help you to write content which is optimized for SEO. This will keep your clients happy and returning to you to produce more posts for them.

1- 10 Tips for an Awesome and SEO-frieldy Blog Post

2- Blogging for SEO: How to Write Blogs that Rank on Page One

Right now I got to face my 2% chance to join articlebunny. I had their assignment on my mailbox for the last 30 minutes or so. I will let you know if I made the cut in my next post. Goodnight everybody. See you on the next one.

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If you are still reading to this point then chances are either you are comfortable with the idea of writing for a living so I want to tell you more about ways you can generate income writing. As you probably know by now there are many ways to earn money with Amazon. A popular way is to use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)… which is a service in which Amazon does all the customer support and shipping for you as long as you keep your Amazon virtual store filled with merchandise to sell. Not everyone has money to invest in supplying the FBA business model so we also briefly touched on how you could earn royalties using Merch by Amazon (remember you can use Pexels in order to find cool design ideas that sell).

All of those are great ways to generate passive income and financial freedom. However, for the avid writer the two best methods I know of to make money are copyrighting and kindle e-book publishing. Copyrighting is for people with advanced skills in persuading a customer to buy a product through written text. Since this is an advanced skill top-notch copywriters are born through years of experimenting at their craft and this is why they get paid so good. Dan Lok author of F.U. Money (which you can get on the bonus section) first tasted victory when he begun earning $10,000 per copywriting job. He then replaced this method of earning money by running paid advertising to affiliate offers. Dan has lost all of his money more than once. However due to his skill as a copywriter and the knowledge he possesses about affiliate marketing he can quickly recuperate lost assets. You can learn more about the arts of written sales copy from these books.

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Kindle publishing in the other hand most anyone could do it. Most kindle books are around 180 pages in length (although many are 100 pages or less) with an average of 225-250 words per page. So with 45,000 words you could have your very own kindle book published on to the Kindle Unlimited Library. Depending on the price you set for your book you could earn 30% or 70% of the revenue every time a book sells. I know various bloggers whose main income source is this one. Stefan James in particular created and updated a course on kindle publishing that has resulted in many of his students being able to generate financial freedom from publishing kindle books. Many of them now make $2000+ per month from this one income stream. I plan to launch my own e-book soon but first I need to digest the contents in the course in order to avoid common pitfalls. I also need to produce more content.

A great strategy used by many bloggers is to reuse the topics and articles they have already written about on their websites in order to self publish kindle e-books. Some of them are able to publish an e-book within a month (or less) because they have already written substantial content. According to James, who makes $8500 (more likely close to $10,000 now) per month from kindle publishing the real power comes from launching many different books in various different categories. Some books will average $100 per months, while others do $500+ monthly… so by having multiple books the monthly income rises. While is true that people live very busy lives (especially in the United States), in many other countries is being recorded an increase in the consumption of written digital content. This has to do with advances in mobile technology and because Amazon kindle is a very popular brand among readers.

TIP: Paid Services like KBook Promotions, archangelink and Kindle Spy can help you plan and complete your e-book. Keep in mind there are Facebook groups where self publishing authors announce when their books are on promotional week for no cost and this is how they trade reviews about each other books. You can also find ideas in this article to get reviews for your e-book. Some twitter users like @kindlebooks and @4FreeKindleBook also re-tweet your post about your kindle book (for free) if you happen to tag them (to tag you just use the @ in front of the user name). There are also paid services which promote e-books.

If you want to monetize your kindle book even further reach out to a company like CreateSpace so you can create a paperback version. You could also rent a recording studio or work with ACX in order to record the book in audible format so those people that listen to audio books on their way to work become a pool of potential customers. All three formats sell and the hardest part is writing the book in the first place.

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If you order the course James has put together about kindle publishing he will tell you more about hiring freelancers to write your books for you. He knows ways to find great writers willing to do the work for 3-$10 an hour depending on the country they reside. Many of these are creative people who love to write in the first place so you are buying amazing quality at bargain prices. Over the lifetime of the book you will make the money spent hundreds if not thousands of times over.

Better yet, as you probably know already the money is in the list. The crafty affiliate marketer who launches a book places links on it which direct readers to see their website and to join their list. By using your e-book (in text or audio format) you will leverage the power of Amazon as an advertising platform and it will bring you leads to join your email list some of which will likely buy your second book if they found the first one interesting. Every time someone joins your list this is an opportunity to create a relationship with the individual in question and as the connection develops these people will find you more trustworthy and buy the products you recommend. Make a habit of recommending amazing products and in due time you will do great in this business. Another common strategy employed by smart marketers is to give the book away for free on the Amazon platform for a full week and during this time they see a surplus in leads come into their businesses. By giving away the book for free they are able to collect positive customer reviews which helps them rank the book and create the required social proof to sell it for a higher price by using the best reviews collected and posting them on to their Amazon Central account. This is how some of the books reach best seller status… you must focus on the positive to drive more interest.

One other great way to leverage your kindle book is to sell it on your website (in PDF format) after 90 DAYS of the launch in Amazon have elapsed. You could use Clickfunnels, Shopify, SendOwl, e-junkie or Gumroad as payment gateways to sell your books. If you have a WordPress website already set up I recommend you to use Clickfunnels. There are plug ins available which would allow you to add all of the functionality of Clickfunnels to your WordPress website quite easily. If you don’t have a WordPress website set up but you would like to set up means to sell your own digital products and physical items like with the dropshipping business model then Shopify is probably your best bet. You could also use Clickfunnels as a standalone program to do any selling you would ever need. An advantage to listing your own products is you are not limited to selling it for a specific price and you earn most of the profits each sale. For example to earn 70% royalty using Amazon your kindle book has to cost more than $2.99. Any less and it would only qualify for 30% commission. Kindle books on Amazon rarely sell for any greater than $9.99 (I think this is the maximum listing price). If you list it on your website you can pick higher prices.

NOTE: You need to wait 90 days because this is part of the Amazon policy. Once the 90 days expires you can promote your book in pretty much any other platform you want to, including your website.

Last but not least since we are in the topic of books I want to encourage you to use Amazon trade-in program to sell your old physical books to Amazon. This is kind of crazy… but this is another way people are killing it online! Some people focus on flipping books for a profit by comparing listed BUY and SELL prices on platforms like bookscouter, half prices books, Powell’s Books and many others. If you need more ideas on where to find books to flip for a profit you can see this other article. If you use Amazon trade-in program they will pay you in Amazon gift cards which you can re-use to shop on Amazon or trade for cash. Some developers have even created software which allow you to put the name of a book into a program and it fetches information in real time about the prices of the books in various of these book trading platforms. In this way, people are flipping books and making tons of money.

NOTE: The Amazon trade-in program is an amazing opportunity because you can see ahead of time the price at which Amazon would buy a book from you. Once the price for a book is set you can ship it to Amazon for up to 30 days and expect to earn the money you first negotiated. In some instances Amazon will lower the price at which they would be willing to buy your book for. This is why, as a rule of thumb before purchasing the book (from Bookscouter) or elsewhere to then sell it to Amazon you should first check how much the trade-in program will pay you and LOCK THIS PRICE if you can profit. When you create a shipping label with the trade-in program you are allowed up to 30 days to ship the book and the money you earn remains locked. Given the case by the time you receive the books from your supplier if Amazon trade-in is now PAYING MORE then you can cancel your old request and submit a new one. This way you make more money… if it drops in price you are still protected by a full 30 day window so you can still make a profit. This works because Amazon makes 15-30% every time they sell a book (remember the middle man makes big money). With their trade-in program Amazon negotiates with other companies to find the required inventory of books for them. This could be schools, libraries, or other institutions. In short… it is to their benefit to have people flipping books the only problem is having to handle so many books and then trading the gift cards for cash could prove challenging. Textbooks is a $20 billion+ industry so there are tons of books we can flip to earn money. I know some people that milk thousands of dollars from a single Title they find which they can trade for a profit.

TIP: Since you get paid in gift cards you don’t have to pay Taxes on what you earn. That’s the big advantage to getting paid this way.

In the future, some of the money I earn from writing or affiliate sales I will reinvest into various software like the one that can compare prices for books within multiple platforms. If there is something I have learned, the people that make most money in this business often times invest in automation software which does everything for them (or they pay companies to set everything for them). They focus on expanding their businesses by scaling more automation and this is how they continue to earn more while doing less. I shared a few of the automation tools I see my friends and mentors using at the end of this post. Some of them would be considered black hat. So I don’t recommend you to use them on your website directly. However, what some of them do is to use nofollow links to prevent Google from penalizing them while still reaping the benefits of using bots that post comments, create backlinks and rank websites and videos to bring more traffic and more sales.

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Is kind of sad to admit but I have learned that this is an industry where the people who look to outsmart search engines and who exploit flaws in social sharing networks which are the individuals that end up reaping the biggest benefits. There is a war between search engines and those people who push banned ways for ranking their content. Its only been very few instances when I have come across some people who only focused on white SEO techniques. It works… but it takes a year or more to see real benefits with that strategy. If you want to go purely white hat I recommend you to work on multiple websites and build them around different niches so you can have a bigger pool of traffic interested in different content and more offers to promote on these other websites. At the same time you maintain yourself occupied producing more income streams as all of your websites rank on Google.

The last tip I want to give you in this post is to use pretty links or clickmagick prior to sharing your affiliate links. This is VERY IMPORTANT. I have been promoting just a affiliate offers as of recently from various CPA networks and something I have noticed is that some offers expire or the share code changes. There is also offers which are re-launched as in new landing pages and marketing material build and as a result the affiliate link changes and the OLD ONE becomes dead. If you use pretty link (which is free) or Clickmagick which is my paid hit tracker of choice… whenever this happens you can simply go back to the old URL you had been using and update it with the new affiliate code. After you take this step the URL which was leading your visitors to dead content now leads them to the updated offer. I have known of people who actually lost income streams of thousands of dollars monthly because they never took time to do this extra step. Don’t focus on spreading your links until you use URL redirection/cloaking software like Pretty Links.

Like always I hope you learned something useful in this post. Let me know if this information has been of any use to you. I already submitted my trial project to articlebunny so I’m waiting for a manager to give me a response whether I have been accepted or not. I had in mind taking another engineering job to speed up the process of making money to spend on testing, advertising and software I need to further grow in this business but I think doing SEO writing for articlebunny could be an smarter strategy. By focusing purely on writing I can learn about more topics and eventually continue to launch new websites about several other niches where I will have access to more useful products I can promote for those audiences. Some of the people making $10,000+ per month in this business run many websites across multiple categories so you should also think of building multiple websites to be able to generate the passive income you desire. This is just one strategy… as you know there are many but the benefit is that eventually you can walk away and still continue to earn pretty good income with little maintenance needed on your part. Hard work and sacrifice today pays for years to come.

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Once you publish a book you also earn some authority points! This brings you more business opportunity. Ultimately the biggest profits in this business come from becoming extremely successful entrepreneur and influencer who develops their own products and services. Teach people how to make money by using your exact formula step by step and you will likely have a pool of customers who will be interested in purchasing your courses (once you can show them you are the real deal). Over the last 5 months I have acquired so much experience in this business that I feel I’m one connection away from exponential growth. I will start applying growth hacks to scale at a much faster rate.

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Earn Income Blogging With Ad Networks and Affiliate Offers

Welcome back to your Home Business blog. In my last post I talked about some of the strategies Supper Affiliate marketers use to bank big money by selling products and bringing leads to big corporations and businesses through CPA networks. My goal is to become a Super Affiliate so that’s why I spend so much time learning about tips and tricks to succeed in affiliate marketing. One way to generate consistent income is through blogging. In this post I want to tell you about some of the strategies you can start using today to monetize your blog.

The most common way to monetize a blog from the very beginning is to use Ad Syndication Content Networks like Google Adsense. With Google Adsense you can expect to earn 1-$2 per thousand impressions on adds which are displayed on your website or an average of $1.30 if you choose to earn per click. Please note the average click rate for banner ads is about 0.004% so you will end up making about the same amount of money regardless of whether you pick to get paid per click or per thousand impressions. The advantage to picking Google Adsense is that Google works with thousands of publishers (businesses and corporations looking to promote their products and services)  and as a result they can find more ads which are a good fit to the content in your blog, thus making it possible to fill MOST OF the add space available in your blog which in turn results in more ad impressions and higher earnings.

NOTE: There are many other networks you can also use. Some of them will require you to have a consistent amount of visitors to your website on a monthly basis.  Chitika Ads is beginner friendly as it doesn’t require a minimum amount of traffic in order to join and the pay threshold is of only of $10.  PopAds pays about $2.50 per 1000 impressions and has one of the lowest pay thresholds at only $5. They allow all sorts of advertising including adult related content. Perhaps you are not aware but the adult niche is huge and is one of the verticals the super affiliates exploit the most. If your website receives over 50,000 monthly visitors you can also look into other networks that pay much more but are very picky about who they allow to join. Some of those networks include revcontent, RevenueHits, BlogHer (female focused network), AdThrive (ad optimizer network/programs require 75,000 to 100,000 recurring visitors per month in order to be considered to join)… and there is also Adsterra which requires super solid 300,000 visitors per month to join their add network.

With 300,000 recurring visitors per month you can make over $2,000 per month just from using advertising networks. It is also possible to reach six figure income (on a yearly basis) when you attach other streams to your blog including high converting affiliate offers or your very own digital products and books. Something I have read from various sources is that a very good strategy to use is to work with up to three advertising networks at the same time and create what they call a “waterfall backfill“.  Simply put successful websites can use a premium advertising network like Adsterra first and then have a secondary network like AdThrive and Google Adsense kick in whenever there are no other ads to serve directly from the main network which generates the biggest income. I have also placed some networks that will work with you when your website reaches 500,000+ monthly visitors at the end of this post.

TIP: You should also use Ezoic to find the best add units to show your visitors and the optimal add placements to maximize engagement and clicks. Ezoic is a certified partner of Google which integrates seamlessly with Google AdSense and other Ad Networks. The biggest advantage to using ezoic is that you could integrate the platform with ADX which is Google’s real time add exchange. This will allow you to receive the maximum profit per add shown from Google AdSense because Google will be forced to compete with some of the other networks to capture your advertising space. Creating a backfill strategy in addition to ADX real time bidding via ezoic will result in bigger earnings per thousand add impressions put on your website.

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Another strategy you can look into is Link Units, which get much bigger click-through rate than regular banner ads. Web visitors have trained their mind to ignore banner ads… I’m sure that the ones I have placed to the right of this post get ignored for the most part. The reason you would want to use up to three ad networks (a maximum of two as backup)… is because your backup network should be Google Adsense which has the biggest chance of filling the ad space compared to all of the other networks. I have read from some sources that Google Adsense has a fill rate of about 20-40%… so is likely that some of the other networks won’t have an add to serve to your visitor which matches their interest or happens to be related to your content. This happens because there are many spots to place adds in any given website or blog so you can maximize the number of add impressions on your website by sending the second (or third request for and add) to Adsense. Make sure to contact your main Advertising network and ask them how to reuse (or backfill) your adspace with Google Adsense if they don’t have anymore adds to serve, and they will tell you how to do it.

TIP: You can also use Vibrantmedia and Infolinks to generate text adds based on the content you wrote about. The advantage to using this strategy is adds don’t take as much space and your website won’t be slowed down. Recall regular banner adds have a 0.0004% click through rate so Link Units and Context Based Links are a worth implementing.

NOTE: In some of my previous posts I talked about retargeting which is where the magic happens and when most products get sold because customers have to see the same offer multiple times before they buy it. I want to note that networks like Adsense drop cookies in the browser of the visitor in question and evaluate their interests such as websites they have visited in the past and purchases they have made. Facebook and Amazon use the same strategy. Most adds are intrusive and annoying… especially in the middle of a blog post. I could recommend you to pick spots that don’t agitate your visitors so that the growth of your blog doesn’t suffer. One of the best tips I get from my mentors who have created successful blogs is to treat my blog as a business. We need to be able to please our visitors but at the same time find ways to monetize our blogs to grow the business. As I start to see organic traffic flow skyrocket I will start implementing some sort of ad content strategy and then reinvest my earnings back into the business.

TIP: You can use WP QUADS (There is a free version) to set up Google AdSense at the start. This plug in contains many great features (among them) it will protect your google AdSense account from spam clicks that can get you banned. The code is lightweight and maximized for performance. The plug in comes with many preset add spots which make it convenient to set adds where you want them. If you want to learn more about the paid version, this blog post explains other valuable features in the paid version. If ezoic doesn’t work for you because you don’t have at least 10,000 visitors per month I recommend you to use the free version of WP QUADS to start with so you can set your adds easily.

An interesting document I came across is a pdf file released by Rakuten marketing (ranked as #1 affiliate network by many…  but hard to join) which shows affiliate marketing spend (in billions) continues to grow by 10% every year. Affiliate marketing is as reported by many bloggers their best source of income. You should also understand that the 80/20 rule most heavily applies to affiliate marking where often times 90% or more of your income will come from the single product you most successfully promote. Most of the times, it will be the product that you use the most which helps you grow your business that other people will be willing to buy from you or in the case of other business verticals like health and fitness it will be supplements that give you benefits such as more energy/stamina and power/strength that will sell.

NOTE: One of the tools and communities I’m most excited about is Online Sales Pro. At $37 per month the app is affordable and very useful to generate leads for any business. This community of internet entrepreneurs is there to support each other and there is so much free valuable content shared in the Facebook group and the affiliate dashboard. I think anyone starting out in affiliate marketing should first join Online Sales Pro before trying anything else. Once you become a very successful internet entrepreneur you should look to promote masterminds and other premium grade education to continue to scale your income or you can also run paid advertising on CPA offers.

When it comes to blogging a good rule to follow is to optimize your blog post for keywords that imply the visitor is closer to the buying decision. I read some articles and e-books on this matter and this is the word selection they recommend you to use in order to bring an audience which is ready to buy your products. Use these keywords on the title and within the article along with the product in question you are trying to promote or looking to sell.

1- Review (Very popular and most commonly used for Amazon niche sites or to review other affiliate offers)

2- Pros & Cons

3- FAQ

4- Discount

5- Compare (Mostly used when comparing multiple products)

6- Buy

7- Get (Talk about an offer)

8- Bargain

9- Coupon (People buy when there are savings involved)

10- [First Product] VS [Second Product] (Another way to pick the best product for the job)

11- Offer (Smoking hot offers)

12- Best (Best product for a particular job)

13- Code (As in offer code)

14- Step by Step (As in tutorials showing how some product (software based) or service works)

Most sources I read from also recommend to target long tail keywords whenever you create your review post  because it will be considerably easier to rank the post, resulting in more organic traffic flow and product sales. Some veteran bloggers in this business say in their experience there are some regular keywords you just won’t be able to rank for. Based on this input I’m re-evaluating my blogging strategy and I will start focusing more on the long tail keywords. Perhaps in the future I could even change some of the titles and URLs I use in order to test these concepts. For now I will just wait and let Google do all of the testing and ranking before changing anything.

TIP: A way to bring more awareness to your blog and website is to submit it on various directories. Directory critic has thousands of directories and this article covers some of the most popular directories to submit your website. Directories can help potential customers find your business. You can also submit your blogs to article directories. (Make sure to use those marked NF [which stands for “no follow“] to prevent penalties from Google which will slice your organic traffic flow if they see too many “do-follow” links from article directories or blog directories).

NOTE: The video I linked to –>(no follow) was recorded by Matt Cutts who used to be the head of the spam team in Google. If you don’t know how to make your anchor links “no follow” simply read this other post and it will show you the syntax you need to use.

One way to earn money with your blog which is often overlooked is by producing sponsored posts. It is recommended to charge depending on the number of visitors you get to your blog per month like so:

  • $150-$200 for 10,000 recurring visitors per month
  • $200-$300 for 50,000 recurring visitors per month
  • $300-$500 for 100,000 recurring visitors per month

According to Joseph Hogue from whom I have learned a big chunk of this information you should tell your sponsors that links will be valid for a year. You can create a database (or simple excel spreadsheet) of possible sponsors you can contact or work with companies like FederatedMedia who will find sponsors for you that will pay you to write a post about their products or services. With FederatedMedia you can expect to earn 200-$500 per post but they are somewhat picky about how many visitors your blog receives on a monthly basis. TapInfluence is another of the big ones but they are also very picky about the people that can join the program. If you you want to start putting out sponsored content but don’t have enough website traffic to work with FederatedMedia or TapFluence then you can look at sovrn which will help you find sponsors and promoters regardless of the amount of visitors your website gets.

NOTE: Google has created their empire through advertising. As such… you can’t expect to be putting out sponsored post after sponsored post without having some sort of penalty on your website. It is recommended at most to focus on two sponsored posts per week. You also have to think about your audience and what they want. Building a loyal audience should be one of your top priorities… the money will come as you reach more followers and acquire more regular visitors who engage with your content. I’m waiting to see my organic traffic flow increase before I try to monetize this blog. I feel I need to give as much value as I possibly can before I start to make some money from the visitors that come see my content. Lately I see more organic traffic so that’s a good sign I’m moving in the right direction.

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To conclude today we talked about some of the main ways bloggers monetize their websites by finding sponsors  willing to pay hundreds of dollars to have an article published on to the blogger’s website promoting the sponsor’s products and services. We also talked about partnering with Ad networks like Google Adsense, which pay you per 1000 impressions or per click… depending on the method you choose. You now know there are various services which act as middle men in helping you find sponsors for your website… you can also find professional services that will write the sponsored content for you in exchange for a portion of the profits. Fiverr in particular is a great place to find these type of services just look for authors that freelance blog posts for websites. Remember your sponsored posts should have a lifetime of about a year. Try not to post more than two sponsored posts per week as Google could penalize your website for doing this. If you manage various websites you have a bigger window to write more sponsored content but don’t forget to provide value to your audience. Stick to promoting the best products you can find (or use) this way you provide valuable solutions to your audiences. Is getting late here so I will see you on the next one.

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New bloggers quit within six months of launching and 1 in 5 make enough income from their blogs to pay monthly bills. That’s why you need multiple income streams to have bigger chances of success. The top 10% of all bloggers make $15,000 or more per month, with some of them even reaching six figure income on a monthly basis. Those bloggers have created authority websites about financial services and insurance… which are among the highest paying verticals CPA networks have to offer. Something I learned is that if you continue to work on your goals eventually as if by a struck of magic things start working your way. Perhaps a big influencer noticed your work and posted a link to your website… or you become friends with another big blogger that tells you useful information like where to find top sponsors. Sometimes is a post which you wrote months back, that now ranked for a keyword which starts bringing thousands of free visitors per month. A business takes time to develop… so if you treat your blog like a business you have to give it the time to mature and you must develop great content to share with the world in order to find success.

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Did you made it to 500,000+ visitors per month? If so these are some of the networks you can look into:
1- adblade
2- taboola
3- exponential.com
4- dianomi (You will earn between $1.50 – $3.00 for 1,000 impressions which beats $1 on average if you just used Google AdSense.)

You can also be connected with publishers who will post adds on your website for a monthly rate when you use blogads. You can also work directly with publishers and sell add placement in order to prevent add networks from taking 30-50% of the profits. This is the best company to manage your add slots if you decide to find sponsors for yourself and publish their adds directly on your website without any add content networks being involved.

– As you should know by now video is the best medium to sell products today. Many affiliate marketers record their videos and then post them on YouTube where there is tons of organic traffic who would click through to see websites, landing pages, blog posts and offers. Specifically, when it comes to selling… video quality plays a huge role so I want to share with you a product that has been selling very well because it can help you put together Hollywood Style animations without having to be an experienced graphic designer. Check it out!

– I have already talked about secrets of the affiliates and the fact that videos sell. Well… what if you could rank your video on YouTube at the number one spot for your product keyword? What if you could do this within a few minutes… or a few hours? I want to share with you a tool the sneaky affiliates use to rank their videos fast and this is how they capture tons of organic traffic from Google and YouTube. Learn more how you could rank your videos very fast using content syndication tools like this one.

– I know some of the people reading this content do not like to write or would rather let a professional writer do this for them. As you should know by now, you can find cheap freelance writers at Fiverr who will write blog posts for your website. However, it will be much more challenging to find someone willing to write popular magazine newsletters for your business every month. If you are having trouble sending your list engaging content then this service is the solution! Some marketers say their unsubscribe rate has dropped immensely since they began sending these newsletters. Many of them also report more engagement from their subscribers as some of them send them emails thanking them for putting the effort to create such content. Check it out this awesome deal!

 

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