6 Online Business Ideas to Make Money in 2018

Still struggling to make money online? Are you stomp on actualizing your online dreams?

How about if a digital entrepreneur and multi-millionaire, who has walked the path you’re about taking will take you by the hand and guide you on your journey?

Alright, in this post I want to share with you a video where Sarah, the video editor at Wholesale Ted and Mark Ling, a multi-millionaire and co-founder of SaleHoo reveal 6 online business ideas you can start today to make money online.

Enjoy the video…

Video Transcription

Sarah: Hey, guys. It’s me, Sarah, the video editor at Wholesale Ted and in this video, I’m gonna give you six online business ideas so that you can create your own small digital business. Now, of course, my subscribers here at Wholesale Ted can probably guess what some of these ideas are going to be. But I think even my subscribers might be surprised at some of these ideas, especially idea number four.

The great thing about a lot of these ideas is they require very little startup money. If you’re willing to put in the work, then you can create your own small online business as well. And I’ve actually got a special guest with me on this video today, Mark Ling. Mark Ling is a multi-millionaire who owns several successful digital businesses.

He’s also the co-founder for SaleHoo which is actually how I met him. And plus, he’s also a New Zealander like me so be aware, he also has a funny accent. Now, there are two people that have massively influenced my life. It was Ted who changed my life by teaching me the world of e-commerce and it was Mark who changed my life by teaching me the world of affiliate marketing. So I’m really excited to have him on this video today.

All right. Let’s jump straight into it…

Idea number one, start a YouTube channel

A lot of people ask me this exact question, “Sarah, if you’re a successful online seller, why do you even bother having a YouTube channel?”

Well, I’ll tell you why. It’s a form of income diversification. I learned very quickly early on that income diversification is very important, which is one of the reasons why I teach multiple business models on this channel. And I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty profitable. Every month, this channel makes tens of thousands of dollars.

How?

Well, let me tell you now. It is not from AdSense. In fact, as you may or may not have noticed, we actually have AdSense turned off so we get no AdSense money at all.

YouTube AdSense usually pays around $1 to $2 per 1,000 views. In the previous 4 weeks, Wholesale Ted had 278,000 views. If we had AdSense on, then that means we’d have made between $278 to $556.

We also regularly get emails from people that want to do sponsorships on this channel. I’ll tell you now, I always turn these down. Yes, I do promote and I recommend products on this channel but I only promote and recommend products that I use and believe in. I’m not gonna sell my soul for $250.

Given that those are the two common ways to make money on YouTube, how are we able to make tens of thousands of dollars every month with less than 100,000 subscribers and the answer is simple…

It’s through affiliate marketing.

Now, Mark is going to give you a deeper explanation as to what affiliate marketing is very shortly but let me give you a quick rundown.

Affiliate marketing is when you promote someone else’s product and if somebody purchases the product because of you, then you get a commission cut on the sale and this is usually tracked through a unique URL which shows that the person bought because of you.

For example, on this channel, we have a video which shows you how to use Jungle Scout to find great products to sell on Amazon. And in the video description of that video, we have an affiliate link to Jungle Scout. And this isn’t some big secret. In the video, I give a very clear disclaimer that the link in the video description is an affiliate link.

When it comes to affiliate marketing, honesty is the best policy. Why? Well, because when you recommend a product and you’re getting a commission cut on the sale if the customer purchases it because of you, then obviously, they’re going to become skeptical. Are you just recommending it for the money? So don’t be dishonest and create more distrust by hiding the affiliate link and pretending like you aren’t getting a commission cut for the sale.

Be upfront and honest. The other way that we create trust is that we show how we use these tools in tutorial form so that others can see that they are genuinely helpful, that they are useful, and that they are worth purchasing. Not everyone will use your affiliate link but if you provide genuinely useful advice in your video, then a lot of people will use your affiliate link as a thank you for the time and effort that you spent creating it.

Another way that we build trust is that the majority of our videos don’t even use any tools or have any affiliate links in the description. We only use tools if they are relevant to the video. We focus on providing genuinely great content. And it’s funny. If you focus on creating great content for the viewer and you treat money as a secondary concern, then what you’re gonna find is that you’re gonna make more money because when you do recommend products, people are actually going to trust you and that is actually a great lesson for anyone who is starting a business.

If you start a business on the basis of helping people rather than cheating people, you’re going to go much further. If you go and you cheat people out of some money, then sure, maybe you’ll make a quick buck but they will go and tell others and your reputation will be trashed. But if you sell and recommend products that genuinely help people and fix their problems, then not only will they go and tell others that you helped them but you will also create repeat buyers.

But, I digress.

The point here is that if you want to start a YouTube channel, do not start it with the focus being on getting money through AdSense or through sponsorships. Instead, look for more lucrative ways to monetize and usually, that means that you’re either gonna be selling other people’s products through affiliate links or, if you’re even more bold, you can sell your own products.

And, of course, don’t make crappy videos that are just designed to sell stuff. There are no shortcuts here. You have to make good videos.

All right…

Let’s switch over to Mark so he can tell you more about affiliate marketing.

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Mark: Idea number two, become an affiliate marketer. Thanks, Sarah. Yes, affiliate marketing is hugely profitable. I make tens of thousands of dollars from affiliate commissions every month. Here’s a screenshot of just one of my ClickBank accounts and as you can see, that in the past 4 weeks, I’ve made over $20,000. And in just 3 months, I generated over $47,000 from commissions selling a product that is in the supplements niche.

So, what is affiliate marketing?

Sarah touched on this briefly but I’ll explain it a bit more now. Affiliate marketing is when you don’t have your own products to sell and instead, you sell someone else’s product. And when you make a sale, you get a commission for it. So sales are tracked through a unique URL. When someone clicks on that URL, they get cookied. That cookie then tracks them and it means that the merchant can tell if somebody bought the product directly after clicking their link.

So what this means then is that you don’t need to have a product of your own to sell. You can actually start making money online by selling other people’s products. What it means is that you just need to focus on generating traffic from people who might be interested in buying the products that you are promoting.

Now, Sarah has already explained how having a YouTube channel can be one really great source of traffic but there are lots of others out there too. Some examples include Facebook advertising, Google AdWords, free search engine optimization traffic, having your own email newsletter list, social platforms like Instagram or Pinterest, and more. And you’ve got two main options. The first is that you can direct your traffic directly to an offer. For example, Sarah directs people directly to buy Jungle Scout in her video. And sometimes, like in the case of that example, it is best to do that.

But usually, it’s best to actually direct that traffic to a freebie offer like a free eBook. Let’s say then that you are really into organic gardening for instance. So you decided to promote products related to this. What I would recommend you do is create a free eBook to help people who are also interested in this.

So it might be something like “The Seven Steps to Creating an Organic Garden.” Then, when people get their free eBook, require then that they give their email address and that they opt-in to receive your newsletter series. So in this newsletter series, you should send them lots of free, helpful information about organic gardening to prove that you’re an authority and that they can trust your recommendations and to build a relationship. But, you should also use this newsletter series to recommend great products that are related to organic gardening that you think that your subscribers will like and find helpful. And, of course, when you do that, you can use your affiliate link. By instead directing traffic to your free eBook, you’ll capture their email addresses so that you can remarket to them again and again instead of just one-off, which is why this method is so powerful and so lucrative.

Sarah: Idea number three, reselling items online.

This method is really simple. It simply goes going out there and finding items in the real world that are really cheap and then reselling them on sites like eBay and Amazon. For example, this is Pokémon Leaf Green version, which, by the way, includes the Game Boy Advance wireless adapter, which is a big deal. Now, I picked this little bad boy up at a garage sale for about $30. Now, if I were to resell that on the New Zealand version of eBay, which is called Trade Me, I could get anywhere from $70 to $100 for it. Now, I don’t do this business model anymore but I like to keep these video games around for nostalgia because this was my first foray into online selling.

[eaa_show_ad ad=”my_in_post_content”] Now, if you go to thrift stores, to garage sales, to Craigslist, and even to buy and sell Facebook groups, you’ll often find items that are priced lower on there than their going price on eBay and Amazon. If you want to get even more sophisticated with this method, you can do something that’s called retail arbitrage. This business model is when you find items priced lower in retail stores than their going price on Amazon. You then go and buy up all the stock in that retail store and then ship it into Amazon. For example, here in New Zealand, we have some candy called pineapple lumps. Now, I can go and buy this at a supermarket for $2.99. Now, that’s in New Zealand dollars. If you convert that to United States dollars, it costs just $2.16. But on Amazon, they are selling for over $8 in U.S. dollars. Now, you may have noticed that I specifically mentioned Amazon for retail arbitrage and not for eBay and this is for two reasons.

One, there is a great culture of buying brand-new items on Amazon than there is on eBay so it means that the prices are usually higher. And two, Amazon has an amazing program called Fulfilled by Amazon. This means then that you can take the items that you’ve purchased, ship them into an Amazon warehouse, and then they will pick, pack, and ship out the item to the customer when they order it. I used to do retail arbitrage myself when I was younger. It’s something that I no longer do anymore. I explained why in my video that is aptly called “Why I Quit Retail Arbitrage.” The main reason is because of the fact that it’s not a scalable method since you always need to be sourcing items. And that’s because of the fact that you’re usually sourcing discounted stock from a store so you never know week-to-week which items are gonna be discounted in a store.

But even though it wasn’t right for me, that doesn’t change the fact that if you scale this method as far as it can go, you can still build a six-figure business. And it’s actually really easy to get started. That’s why I included it on this list of best online business ideas because of the fact that it’s very newbie-friendly. All right. Let’s move on to the next business idea and this business model has made Mark millions of dollars.

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Mark: Idea number four, create and sell your own digital product with the help of affiliates. So, remember how earlier I was discussing affiliate marketing and how you can promote someone else’s product and get a commission cut for the sale?

Let’s flip that on its head. Why not, instead of promoting someone else’s product, you make your own product and then affiliates promote it for you? That’s what I do. I have several products, one of them that I co-own is called Manifestation Miracle and it’s a self-development course and it makes me tens of thousands of dollars every single month. And the best part is I don’t have to drive traffic to it because my affiliates are doing that for me. The business model is simple. Create a great product then place it on a marketplace like ClickBank.

ClickBank is a site where merchants can list their products and affiliates go to ClickBank looking for products to promote so this is how they discover your product and how they start promoting it. If you make a great product that has a high-converting sales page, then you’ll be able to attract affiliates to come and promote your product for you.

And it’s very passive and hands-off. And get this, by having your own product, you now have a list of customers and their email addresses. So take me as an example. I have a huge customer base for Manifestation Miracle. I know that these people are willing to buy personal development courses. It means that I’m then able to use that email list to promote other self-development products to them that they’ll be interested in and it means that I’m able to use my email list, which is built for me by affiliates by promoting my products, to then promote affiliate offers and make even more money. And it’s honestly the best of both worlds and it’s a fantastic online business idea.

Sarah: Idea number five, dropshipping.

Okay, okay. Although my subscribers here at Wholesale Ted probably expected this to make the list and I can’t help it. It’s a really, really good business idea. Dropshipping is a great business model for beginners because it means that you can sell items online without having to buy them in advance. You see, you usually have to buy items in advance when you sell them online. Take business idea number three, retail arbitrage. To do that, you need to go to a retail store, purchase discounted stock, and then go sell it. But with dropshipping, it’s different. You list items that you have not already bought.

To do this, you find dropshippers and these are suppliers that, well, are willing to dropship. You see, most suppliers won’t dropship, of course. They require you to purchase items in bulk and then you go and ship them to your customer. But if a supplier is willing to dropship, then what they’ll do is let you purchase items individually and then they will ship that individual item out to your customer.

So what you do is you list items that the dropshipper has for sale but you put a markup on that price. And then when the customer purchases the item from you, you get to keep the difference in profit. One really, really good thing about this business model is that it requires very little startup money because of the fact that the customer has already purchased the item from you in advance.

Now there are two methods of dropshipping that I teach on this channel. One of them is called “How to Start an AliExpress Dropshipping Store With No Startup Money” and I’ll have a link to that video in the description below. The other method involves dropshipping on Amazon and I have a video for that, titled, “Making Money With a Dropship Business.” And, of course, I will have a link to that video in the description below.

Okay, let’s switch back to Mark so he can give you our final idea for creating an online business.

Mark: Idea number six, private labeling your own physical products.

I don’t just create digital products like courses and eBooks. I create and manufacture my own physical products too. For example, one of my products is a knife sharpening stone and another is a vegetable spiralizer.

This method is simple. You simply import products cheaply from China and you resell them on Amazon or via your own website for massive profits. By selling them on Amazon, you get to take advantage of the Fulfilled by Amazon program so you can let Amazon manage and handle the orders for you, making it very passive. The reason why it’s called private labeling is because you place your own logo and branding on the item. This increases the value of the item so that you can charge an even higher price for it. Yes, it requires you to put money upfront to buy items in advance but it has the huge advantage that you don’t need to worry about managing customers’ orders.

Plus, it’s pretty neat to be selling your own physical products with your own brand. Here’s an additional bonus tip. You can increase your margins by back-ending them to a relevant digital offer. For instance, if you were selling dog leashes, you might wanna upsell people to a dog training guide that they can purchase instant online access to. Or you may wish to affiliate to someone else’s offer if you don’t happen to have one of your own to upsell to.

Sarah: All right. Those are our six online business ideas. If you have any questions about them, be sure to ask them in the comments section below and we will answer as many questions as we can. If you liked this video, I’d appreciate if you gave it a thumbs up and subscribed to us here at Wholesale Ted for more great videos about making money online. And if you would like to start your own online business but you don’t know how, then you should be sure to download our free eBook, “How To Make $10,000 a Month Online With Dropshipping.” You’ll find the link on how to download this incredible, life-changing eBook in the video description below.

Ted: Hi there. And thanks for watching this video, created by us here at Wholesale Ted. It is our mission to help everyone start and grow their own online business. That is why we’ve created a simple eBook which shows how anyone, yes, even you, can make $10,000 each and every month with dropshipping, even if you don’t have startup money. And best of all, we’re giving away this eBook for free. And yes, we really mean absolutely free. So, if you’d like to get this potentially life-changing eBook, simply click on the link in this video description and get it now..

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5 Little Talked-About Tips for Succeeding As an Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate marketing is no doubt one of the super-easy ways for anyone to start making money online. Whatever your online marketing experience you can get started today as an affiliate marketer.

There’s no doubt that building and growing a successful online business requires some form of work however affiliate marketing is unlike creating and launching your own products. Definitely that requires much more time and commitment plus a greater level of risk!

Why is affiliate marketing that less demanding?

While there may be different reasons for this basically, as an affiliate marketer the products are already there for you to promote and make the money. There are a good number of fairly known brands for you to choose from. Most of these brands are not so hard to sell since they have already built some form of goodwill in the market. You only need to know how to sieve through the numerous products on offer to get a slice of the cake.

How affiliate marketing works

Affiliate Marketing Definition

To really make the best of your affiliate marketing efforts it is important that you have a good understanding of what affiliate marketing is and how it works. For this I will want us to turn to Wikipedia.com.

And here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

“Affiliate Marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. The industry has four core players: the merchant (also known as ‘retailer’ or ‘brand’), the network (that contains offers for the affiliate to choose from and also takes care of the payments), the publisher (also known as ‘the affiliate’), and the customer.”

From this definition one thing you must note is that unlike programs like Google Adsense that pay you per click affiliate marketing pays per performance. That is, you are only paid for results. This way both the merchant and affiliate marketer wins!

To learn more about how affiliate marketing works, watch this video:

Now, let’s discuss some little talked about affiliate marketing tips that will help you succeed with your online business as an affiliate marketer.

How to Succeed With Affiliate Marketing

1. Choose Wisely

How to win with affiliate marketing

To get started, you may want to choose something that you are familiar with. This product or service may not be the hottest thing in the market right now nor make you a millionaire, but you will come off more confident and sincere with something you know and believe in.

Besides, if you’re already running your business online, incorporating it into your existing business will be much easier since you may be running a business that is in sync with your talents and desires already.

Something familiar will allow you to be more personal and creative.

Trying to build your home business around something you know little about will soon become boring and tedious. Working with something familiar will also give you some experience in the program. You can always expand at a later time when you are more familiar with how things work.

Remember, in the world of affiliate marketing there is no such thing as the perfect program. Any particular program will be stuffed full of varying testimonials. Some will be great while others not so great. You need to decide for yourself and not get put off by a few bad experiences. In the end it is down to you and how much you want to put in.

2. Identify the Demand

With affiliate marketing programs you’ll likely be given a range of products to sell. Check out the demand of these products. You should try to stay away from trendy items. They’ll sell like mad one minute but you’ll be giving them away the next.

You need to sell things that you know people want and need. That way your long term sales objectives will get met.

Start your affiliate business by first identifying the demand

3. Never Limit Yourself

Don’t limit yourself to just one product. Try to offer a variety of affiliate products. Many affiliate marketing programs offer a selection and it is best to go with these. Basing your business on one product may work in the short term. However, someone will eventually come along with something better or cheaper.

4. Set Yourself Apart From Other Affiliates

You are not definitely the only one marketing that affiliate program! There are hundreds and in most cases thousand others doing just that. You need to establish what makes you and what you offer different from others. What do you offer that sets you apart from other affiliates?

You should always use tact when talking about your competition. Putting them down or being rude will only backfire on you. Talk up the advantages that you offer and leave it at that.

Stand out as an affiliate marketer

5. Do Everything You Can To Keep Your Customers

Finally, keep your customers happy. The happier they are the more likely they are to come back. Offer your customers incentives such as savings on their next purchase. It may cost you more but only in the short term. Keeping your customers happy will result in them referring you to others.

Conclusion

Starting an online business as an affiliate marketer requires much less risks than creating your own business to sell online. However, everything else is like any other business. You need to work very hard and be dedicated.  How much you put in will determine the level of success you achieve. There are no surefire ways but there are of course good tips that can be of help. Use the above tips and you can be sure of success today.

Over to you: If you’re an affiliate marketer I will love to hear your thoughts on this. How do you choose your products/services to promote? What one thing do you do that you think many affiliates are not doing? Share with us in your comments below.

4 Lucrative Home Based Online Business Ideas You Can Start Today

Earlier I shared 18 small business ideas you can start with little or no money. If you are thinking of starting not just an , then check out that post.

In this post I want to share with you 4 online business ideas that you can start right now. While the earlier post dealt mainly with businesses you can run offline, these ideas are geared towards those who would rather start an online business.

In recent times, online businesses have become very popular as more and more people are looking online to beat the economic meltdown. Unfortunately, many who want to go this way are finding it difficult to make a headway because of the various business opportunities out there.

Truth is, many of what is being laundered online as are nothing but scams perfected by con-artists. This article is therefore a simple guide to help you with the different online home business models out there.

Lucrative online business ideas

Online Home Business Categories

After about 10 years online, I can say the different types of online businesses can be divided into three broad categories. These are:

  1. Selling products or services to retail customers
  2. ; and
  3. Business-to-business selling.

When you are looking at creating and therefore, you’ll want to look at what your specialty is and then create your business around one of these three broad categories.

If you decide on selling to retail customers, you will have to find a way to sell your products or services in a different manner than many of the other retail websites out there. If it is selling on eBay, then you’ll have to find a wholesale distributor of products from whom you can procure your products at a great discount. If you already work within the business-to-business forum, this will be an easy transition for you.

Suggested Home Based Online Business Ideas

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The following home based online business opportunities all fall into these three categories. Any of them will help you start and build your own online home business.

1. Freelance Writing

The first one that we will look at is to become a freelance writer. This is a very good way for you to if you need some part-time income. While you can make it a full-time venture, I wouldn’t advise that. This is because it is not only tedious but also time consuming. However, it can be a great way to start and get your feet wet working online. The experience gained can come handy in creating something bigger

2. Building Niche Sites

Another way you can work in creating a home-based online business opportunity is to work on building a website around a particular theme or niche. Your source of income for these types of websites is mainly affiliate products and maybe selling advertising.

These types of websites do not require a great deal of money upfront. If you commit to doing this, it can build up into a very nice part-time or full-time income in no time. Of course, you may not see instantaneous results but if you take time every day to work on developing your websites you’ll be pleased with the end result.

One of the keys to succeeding with this business is in finding cheap keywords and creating your website content around them. Also you will need to build backlinks from other similar sites. By doing this you’ll be setting yourself up to have a high page rank, which is critical to ranking on the search engines.

Sites built this way can easily drive organic traffic from the search engines. Google adWords is another great way of driving traffic to your niche websites. This is another powerful way of creating an online business.

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3. Selling on eBay

Another way you can build and create an online business is through eBay. This is an area which was particularly hot several years ago and still remains a solid business proposition. Many over the years have been able to make a full-time income on eBay.

You will need to find a wholesaler where you can get products at a discount to sell on eBay. The general idea when selling on eBay is to find a drop-shipper. A drop-shipper is either a manufacturer, a retailer, or a wholesaler to whom you can transfer customer orders and shipment details so that they can ship the goods directly to the customer. You will simply need to buy the product at the wholesale price and then make money on the difference between the amount you bought the product and what you sell the product for on eBay.

Using a wholesaler allows you to focus on selling the product without worrying about inventory. You do not need to worry about any sort of shipping or back-end but you will want to make sure that everything gets sent out. If there are problems with shipments, the customer will be coming back to you and not to the wholesaler.

For the best wholesale shipping directory on the Internet go to worldwidebrands.com.

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This is another good way of building a lucrative online business. One quick way to find affiliate programs is by visiting www.affiliateprograms.com. There are different categories for you to choose from. Some of the categories you would want to focus on are finance and investment, food and beverage, automotive, and health and fitness.

Ensure you read and understand the listed sites because each affiliate program have their own terms.  You will want to visit the website to learn more about what they do since you will be spending a great deal of your time promoting them.

Also, with each of these affiliate programs, you should consider how much you would be making by selling each of these. You’ll probably find several programs that seem interesting to you so see which one peaks your interest and pays well and head for that opportunity.

Conclusion

The internet has given us unimaginable options of making money doing what we love. With the right knowledge and guidance you can turn any of these options into a lucrative business. Research any of these online business ideas and with some creativity you can profit with the one of your choice.

How to Cash In On the Billions of Dollars Being Spent On Amazon This Christmas Festive Season!

Make money on Amazon.com this christmas season!
Do you know that the total expenditure for this Christmas 2013 holiday season is predicted to reach in excess of $220 billion?

Now, do you know that a large portion of this money will be be spent on Amazon.com?

Yes, Amazon.com is one of the most trusted brand worldwide. It is the #1 most popular shopping destination on the net. Amazon.com already has millions of loyal customers who spend truckload of cash everyday on this online shopping marketplace.

If you are an affiliate blogger and you desire to make some extra cool cash this Christmas holiday season, then Amazon Associates program is what you should turn to.

Believe it or not many shoppers are already turning to Amazon.com for their Christmas shopping. This is because many people have realized that they can actually do their shopping from the comfort of their own homes and get their purchases shipped to them without any hassles. So, as an affiliate this is a plus for you.

But, how do you lay out your acts to make money with Amazon.com this Christmas 2013?

For some time now I’ve researched and tested different ideas on this. Surprisingly enough, it is not really different from what you have heard over the years. Making money on Amazon or on any other platform online demands having the right product, having a system to sell that product and knowing how to get your product before the right audience! Now, as much as that sounds a lot too simple, only a few are actually making any success with it.

In this post, I want to focus on how to set up a niche blog that will help you cash in on this Christmas season sales. So let’s get started.

Make Money on Amazon This Christmas in 3 Simple Steps!

1. Get Top Selling Christmas Gifts Products on Amazon

Christmas is definitely a time when people love giving gifts to their loved ones. This is therefore the perfect time to set up a niche blog promoting Christmas gifts. The good thing is that getting red hot Christmas gifts on Amazon.com to sell is not really difficult. In fact, Amazon is very much prepared to help us out. Check this page:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/holidaytoylist

Right on that page Amazon has listed the top selling, hottest Christmas toys for you. You own part is, knowing how to pick the right ones to promote on your Christmas niche blog.

Here is a simple suggestion on choosing the right Amazon product to promote on your site:

>>> Consider the price – Promote something that can pay you a good commission.

>>> Consider the customer reviews – The more the better.

>>> Consider the demand – Do your market research (a simple keyword research will do). Is there a demand for this?

2. Set up Your Niche Blog

The next step is to set up a niche blog for each gift product that you have chosen from the Amazon list. For this you will need a domain name and webhosting account. If you are going to set up different blogs for each product chosen (which I advocate) then getting a webhost where you can host different domains without any extra cost to you is definitely something you should consider.

Personally, I’m using BlueHost.com. Check it out here.

Now, I’m sure you already know how to set up a blog and so, I’m not going into details about that here.

Online Shopping this christmas seasonHowever, you must understand that for your niche blog to get traction on the search engines, you need to target the right keywords. Yes, optimizing your niche site for the right keywords still matters despite all that has happened as a result of Google’s recent changes. The truth is, optimizing your niche sites for organic traffic is the best thing you can do for your niche sites.

3. Populate Your Niche Blog with 3 Types of Content

From my research and the tests I’ve done so far, you don’t really need much content for your Christmas niche sites to perform wonders. The basic content you need to set up your niche blogs are: a product review page, a features page and six to ten pages of informative articles.

Writing these pages doesn’t have to be a pain either. You can get most of the content idea from the product’s sales page on Amazon.com. Simply read through the product’s description and the customer reviews on the page. Take a few of the points raised and write your own product review. For the features pages, grab a few points from the product features and rewrite them briefly.

Using this method you can easily create the necessary pages for your Christmas gifts niche blog. always remember to include a call to action at the beginning and at the ending of each article.

NOTE: It is important to note that you are not building an authority blog. You may therefore need to take a different approach here.

I’ll suggest you make the home page a static page. Set the product review page as the home page and let the other pages link back to it. If you can get an Amazon specific wordpress theme, that will be a plus for you. If not, a customizable and ad-ready wordpress theme like the ones you will find here, will just be okay.

The purpose of your niche blog is to make you money at the earliest possible time. Christmas is only a few weeks away and there is no better time to get started than now. I hope this few tips will help you get started right away. If you need any further help don’t hesitate to contact me.

Over to You: How are you planning to cash in on this Christmas season as an affiliate marketer? Is Amazon.com one of the places you are looking into? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

How to Optimize Your Website for Affiliate Marketing Success

Optimize your websiates for affiliate marketing success!

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular methods of making money on your website. You don’t need a whole lot of things to start earning with affiliate marketing. You don’t have to worry yourself about creating a product nor about customer service.

Even if you are not good at selling, you can do very great with affiliate marketing because it is not really about selling but simply recommending a product or service to your target audience just as you would do a friend!

Unfortunately, because of the ease of entry, the competition is rife. It is not uncommon to find thousands of affiliates promoting the same product or service. Despite this competition however, you can grab a slice of the affiliate marketing pie if you would develop a working strategy for your website.

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No matter what you may have heard, affiliate marketing is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Your income will depend greatly on how much work and dedication you put into it. The following are strategic steps to optimize your website so you can maximize your income by being an affiliate publisher.

1. Content

Having relevant and engaging content is a requirement for many affiliate marketing programs. The more content your website has, the better off you’ll be in more ways than just affiliate marketing. Many successful affiliate publishers will add three to five articles per day on his or her website to keep the content fresh and regular. The more you add, the better the site will perform.

2. Match the Niche

Matching your website content to the advertiser’s products is one of the best methods of getting attention. For instance, if you sign up for an advertiser for dog-care products, you would want to create several articles pertaining to the usage of these products. You will need to provide tips and tricks, and anything else you can think of. Try not to feature the advertiser’s name in the articles, however. You don’t want it to feel like an advertisement.

3. Keywords

You should feature keywords optimized content on your site. Keywords are very important in nearly everything you do on the Internet. They are how search engines categorize and rank your website’s content. Through a bit of research using Google’s Adwords Keyword Tool, you can determine the best sets of keywords and phrases regarding your advertiser’s products.

An example of this is to run a search for “delicious dog food”. Under the expandable window for the “Diet Dog Food” suggestion from Google, you can see that “Diet Dog Food” is a phrase that has more than 60,000 global searches per month on average (at the time of writing this). This tool can give you an idea of what content to write. In the article for a dog food advertiser, you could feature the types of food available and the benefits from using “Diet Dog Food”.

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4. Rules

A very important aspect of affiliate advertising is following the advertiser’s rules. Some advertisers are very strict when it comes to how you place their advertisements. If you use Google Adwords to market an advertiser’s goods, some won’t allow you to “bid” on certain keywords or brand names. If you are caught, they will pull the account from your website. Read all of the guidelines before signing up for an affiliate publisher’s account.

5. SEO Practices

As in any website development, proper search engine optimization will help increase traffic to your website. When it comes to affiliate marketing, more visitors could mean more income. Above, we covered keywords and content already. However, there is more to SEO than that. Make sure your sitemaps and websites are submitted to the search engines. One of the best ways to do this is through Google Webmaster Tools. This tool will allow you to add your website to Google and submit your sitemap in one location. Besides, the structure of your website is important. Use CMS platforms like WordPress that lets you easily SEO optimize your site. If you are not familiar with the technical details of setting up a website, do not hesitate to get the help of professionals.

6. Analyze

Keeping an eye on the progress of your website can help you determine what methods to implement next. Most affiliate firms will have information such as banner clicks, impressions, and more that can show you how successful your campaigns are. Monitoring your website’s progress through Google Analytics can show you what pages on your site are the most viewed and how long visitors are staying on your site. With this information, you can adjust your content, add to it, create similar articles for additional interest, and anything else you can think of.

There is still quite a bit of money to be made through your website by being an affiliate publisher. As smartphone and tablet users are spending more money online than in the past, you could be capitalizing on some of it. Be vigilant in maintaining your website and the money will surely start to flow.

So, are you an affiliate marketer? How are you optimizing your site/blog as an affiliate marketer? Share your thought in your comment below.

4 Guaranteed Ways to Make Money From Home!

How to make online from home

[Editor: This guest post is written by Shrini whose details appears below the post]

Making money at home had always been a dream of many over the years. In the years before the internet traditional mail order marketing was one of the biggest ways to make money at home. But with the advent of the internet making money from home has not only become much easier but pleasurable! Hundreds of avenues are now opened for anyone who wants to make money from the comfort of his/her home.

According to a survey, home based businesses make a significant chunk of workforce in the United States. One of the reasons for the rise in the number of people desiring to make money at home is because it not only cut down on commuting but it also saves time and cost. Besides, it also improves the quality of life because there is less stress since you have less constraints working at your own pace.

Despite the increased usage of the internet however there are still many who are curious on how to make money from home on the internet. This article is therefore for those who have questions like:  “how can I make money at home.”.

The following are some of the most excellent ways anyone can make money at home online.

1. Start A Blog/Writing Assignments

Many people do not realize it but the truth is all of us have a writer lurking within, waiting to be unleashed. You can start a blog and make money writing about things you like. Your blog, which is actually a long list of your thoughts, can be monetized. One of the good things about blogging is that you can have fun while you earn. And what more, you are not answerable to anyone but yourself! You can have flexible timings a good thing for mothers and home makers. If you are ambitious, you can turn professional and take up writing assignments thereby expanding your scope of making money at your convenience. There are numerous sites on the internet today that offer commission based jobs to authors and writers. Books, eBooks, user manuals and technical workbooks have a huge market and you can be gainfully employed in the publishing field.

2. Virtual Assistant

Another way you can make money online at home is by becoming a virtual assistant. Indeed virtual assistance is a lucrative profession in our today internet based world. Professionals and businessmen employ part-time virtual assistants to undertake routine jobs for them, like air ticket bookings, managing their daily correspondence, overseeing projects etc. These are simple tasks which do not need any expertise. If you can spare a couple of hours a day it would be enough for this kind of work. Virtual assistant work is suitable for young moms who are otherwise busy looking after their home and children.

3. Affiliate Marketing

For the slightly more ambitious, affiliate marketing is simply the best way to make money at home. Affiliate marketing is you promoting other people’s product so that you receive a commission when anyone buys that product. Of course there are few things that you need to master if you must make a good income with affiliate marketing. An understanding of website development, creation of landing pages, internet marketing etc. is required if you want to be a successful affiliate. There are many websites which specialize in catering for the affiliate market. Click Bank is a popular site for affiliates. There are hundreds of products (like selling diet coupons) and services from which you can choose a couple or more to promote to make money. You may have to devote significant amount of time, at least initially, to develop the market. Affiliate marketing is serious business and requires business savvy as well as knowledge of the internet.

4. Selling Through Ebay

EBay is a great place to sell products.  You need not be a manufacturer or producer as you can use wholesalers. You have to simply market and sell products on EBay and issues like delivery are managed by the main manufacturer. You can even sell globally, since insurance and delivery is managed by a network of affiliates. To be successful on EBay, you don’t need any expertise except to know what is hot and happening. Electronic goods are an all time favorite and you will not go wrong if you choose such products.

Conclusion

There are many other ways by which you can make money at home on the internet. Hurdles like geographical reach, language issues and communication are no longer barriers for doing business from home. What you need is an internet connection, a PC and then of course your smart thinking cap! Done well, some make money at home business ideas can become a source of passive income.

Ok, there you have it, four simple ways to make money at home online. Feel free to share your thoughts on this article in the comments below.

[Shrini blogs on WeightLossTriumph.com, a diet blog that features real testimonies of people who have lost weight successfully with some of the most popular weight loss programs. Being a writer with a diverse interest, Shrini also reviews online merchants related to fitness and health, but also technology, clothing and jewelry.]

5 Top Most Popular Online Marketing Strategies: The Pro’s and Con’s!

Online business marketing strategies

There are various online marketing strategies in existence, and new approaches are introduced at an ever increasing rate. Some of these tactics are more effective than others, but there are a handful of strategies that have stood the test of time. Your chosen online promotional methods will be influenced to a great degree by the type of online business you pursue, the demographic of your audience, and your marketing budget.

Let us look at the most widely used promotional strategies and their respective advantages and disadvantages:

1. Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising

PPC advertising is a strategy that involves the placement of ads on search engines to drive targeted traffic to your site. Google Adwords is the most commonly used form of PPC advertising.

Advantages:

• Results can be achieved in mere seconds

• New sites can build email lists and increase awareness fairly rapidly

• Costs are incurred only when someone clicks on your ad

Disadvantages:

• Costs-per-click are high in competitive industries

• Campaigns that are not optimized can result in high costs without many conversions

2. Organic Search Engine Marketing

Organic search engine marketing is an approach that involves ranking your website in the Search Engine Result Pages (SERP’s) to gain traffic directly from the search engines.

Advantages:

• There are no costs associated to traffic that is received from the search engines

• Traffic is laser targeted

• Can provide a form of residual income

Disadvantages:

• Ranking your site is time sensitive, and it can become a costly affair

• Results are relative to the industry and ranking on the first page is not guaranteed

3. Article Marketing

Article Marketing involves submitting articles relevant to your niche to popular article directories that are traffic intensive.

Advantages:

• You receive targeted traffic from within the article directories and the search engines

• Articles are often syndicated which brings you an increased amount of traffic from diverse sources

• You get backlinks to your site which aids in off-page search engine optimization

Disadvantages:

• Writing articles, researching topics, and submitting to the directories can become time-consuming

• Outsourcing this task can also become expensive over the long-term

4. Affiliate Marketing

This method involves using specialist internet marketers to help sell your product and in return you pay the marketer a commission for every sale or lead that is generated.

Advantages:

• You only pay the affiliate marketer for confirmed sales

• Affiliate Marketers assume the costs of promoting your product

Disadvantages:

• Unscrupulous marketers can use underhanded tactics to promote your product which can damage your company’s image

• The amount of sales you generate is dependent on the skill of the affiliate marketer

• Setting-up an affiliate marketing program and supporting your affiliates requires a large investment

5. Email Marketing

Email marketing is a strategy that involves the use of emails that are sent directly to the client who opted-in to your email list to promote your company and your products.

Advantages:

• Automation software has significantly reduced the time and costs associated with email marketing

• Email communication provides the platform for you to build a lasting relationship with your client

Disadvantages:

• Conspicuous sales copy within an email can offend clients

• It can become time-consuming to respond to clients who have replied to the emails you send out

Formulating a specific marketing strategy that is suitable to your online business is critical in order to extract the highest ROI. Weighing-up the advantages and disadvantages of each method and choosing the methods with the least risk is a good starting point. However you must realize that the progressive nature of the internet calls for diverse sources of traffic.

[This is a guest post by Alex Papa of Business Opportunities Expo!]