How To Make Money Online For FREE – REALLY!!!

I guess that heading really hit the mark, but before you decide to jump ship, now you are here wouldn’t it be wise to hang around for a while and maybe, just maybe I have some great news for you.How To Make Money Online For Free

How to make money online for free is a very popular keyword phrase as you can see by the below image.

How To Make Money

On average 10221 people key that same keyword phrase into Google, not to mention the different variations of the same keyword, so we are probably talking about hundreds of thousands of people searching for ways to make money online for free.

When I first started looking online I went down the same path and you want to know something, I couldn’t find a single place where I could earn a decent living from for free. There was always a money element somewhere along the way.

I’m sure you have heard the saying “You get nothing in this world for free”

That may be correct in most cases, but if you look hard enough you are certain to find something that you can try for free. That is what happened to me and the best decision I ever made, and if you read this article to the end then I will give you an opportunity that won’t cost you a dime.

I guess the main goal with the internet that we are all looking for is to be independent and financially secure, right?

We are all looking for the day when we can tell our boss where to go. A dream for many but a reality for some!

OK, let’s cut the waffle and get right into it.


Had Enough of the “BS” and Looking for a New Direction to become Financially Secure?

OK, so I guess you have been down the same road as many, including myself, where you are sat all day clicking on ads for measly points that you turn into cash at some point, maybe 1-2 months down the road for 20 bucks, or filling in surveys only to be told time and time again that you didn’t qualify. Does that sound familiar?

If you want to carry on with those sites then be my guest and this isn’t for you, but if you want to turn your life around and learn something that you can truly benefit from. A passive income, that generates cash 24/7/365, where you can work anywhere, when you want and at your own pace, because all you need is an internet connection, then please read on.


If you haven’t already guessed, I am talking about Affiliate Marketing…

If you are unsure of just what this is all about then you could take a look at a review that I wrote some time ago, or you can listen to the shortened version right here.

By 2020 the affiliate marketing industry is forecast to be worth around a 12 billion dollar industry and no better time than the present to get involved with.

First off, the business model of affiliate marketing is very simple and straightforward.

Vendor — Affiliate Marketer — Customer

That’s it, you promote vendor products to the customer and when you make a sale you are paid by way of commissions.

Ok, so that is the simplistic version, but there is a little more to it than that.

The beauty of this business model is… 

You don’t hold any stocks, in other words, you don’t need a warehouse, meaning that you don’t have to shell out money for any products.

You don’t need to manage stocks because that is all taken care of for you, even the order management, shipping, returns and aftersales.

There are no overheads other than what you normally pay for because all you need is an internet connection and device.

There are no restrictions on where you can run this business either. Not like having to drive into work to check paperwork or ensure the orders are placed correctly. Nothing like that! You could be travelling around the world!

Anybody can do this, trust me I am

Seriously that is not beyond the realms because many people I know are doing just that, travelling and working. All you need is an internet connection. I am not because I have family commitments but a few years back and yes that would be me too.


Google is where it is all happening, where millions of people are searching for everything you could possibly think of.

A few facts about Google, in this present day.Google search engine

There are around 69,000 searches every single second of the day where people are searching for things like…

  • How to plumb in a toilet
  • How to make money online for free
  • Best Samsung tv for under $1000
  • How to wire a plug
  • How to make a chicken curry
  • How to train a puppy dog
  • Best affiliate marketing training

That’s approximately 6 billion (6,000,000,000) searches keyed into Google every single day and with nearly 3.9 billion (and climbing) with access to the internet, then really all Google is, is a massive shop, just like Amazon but a lot bigger!


How Does this Affiliate Marketing Business Model Work?

The job of an affiliate marketer is to help and offer solutions to a particular problem or issue with what people are looking for. There are no hard sales tactics because as you probably know they just don’t work.

Of course, we can’t help all the millions of people who are typing in nearly 6 billion searches every day can we, but we can help a portion of those.

If you looked at what those people were searching for and broke the 6 billion search terms into groups or categories then we could find something that you would be interested in, right? Of course, we could!

The 4 Simple Steps To Success

Step 1 – Choose an Interest, what you might call a Niche

This could be a hobby and something you are passionate about, like Golf, Fishing, Tennis, Camping, Dog Training. It could be anything that relates to what people are searching for.

A very popular keyword is one that you typed into Google to get to this post. “How to make money online” or something similar.

This is part of the “Make Money Online ” NICHE!

So let’s use this as our example, right!


Step 2 – Build Your Website

Now we have decided on what our Niche is going to be about, it is time to create our Website, and I’m not going to bang on too much about this because nowadays this is very straightforward and this will be explained in great detail if you decided to become a free member.

Suffice to say, that nowadays due to advancement in technology everything is pretty straightforward with no background knowledge required in HTML, Java, Graphic designing, etc. Those days are well and truly in the past!

In fact, I have seen a website created in less than 1 minute, which I’m not able to do. It might take me 5 minutes tops!


Step 3 – Attract Visitors…How to get your Website in front of all those people searching on Google. You know the millions typing in close to 6 billion search phrases each and every day. 

We have our Niche and have created our website. Now its time to get our website in front of those people.

A really massive crowd where people are just looking for solutions to their questions.

Now we have our website created we have to now start writing content or “blog posts” which you will probably know them as.

“I was never a writer before I got involved with this business and the last letter I wrote was maybe over 5 years ago, but since I started this business I have found that I love writing which as totally surprised me.” If you don’t try, then you will never know, will you?

What do I write about?

Well your niche, what else!

OK, as I mentioned, we will be using   “How to make money online” as our example.

So let’s type this into the Jaaxy Keyword Tool like so!

Jaaxy How To Make Money Online

As you can see in the above image, right at the top of a list we have our main keyword which is “how to make money online” and immediately below this, we have another 5 different keywords that relate to the same thing. There are many more, we just couldn’t fit them all on the screen!

Can you see next to the keywords there are columns? Well pay particular attention to,

Avg and Traffic

Avg – The average number of people typing that exact phrase into Google over a monthly period.

Traffic – Is the number of subscribers that we could attract if we managed to get our “blog post” on page 1 of Google. (don’t worry, not as difficult as you may think)

Those 6 Keywords that are listed…

We could potentially use as the title of our “blog posts”, so straight off the bat, we have 6 posts that we could write and quite possibly get access to around 200,000 people or prospective subscribers.

Why we use a Keyword Research Tool like Jaaxy

We would use a keyword tool like Jaaxy to find keywords that relate to our Niche, which have a certain amount of Traffic and are not too competitive.

We would use those keywords as the title of our “blog posts” and over time our website will grow because all we will be doing is writing content and adding them to our website.

Each “blog post” attracts a certain amount of traffic and all we are doing is grabbing a small portion of that 6 billion, and the more posts you add to your website the more people you attract which will eventually turn into subscribers.

How do I find ideas to write my blog posts about?

You would do your research on the Internet and in Google.

Type in your chosen “keyword” either in brackets or without and check what other affiliates are writing about. There are literally thousands of areas you could exploit.

A little secret I will disclose…Type your niche or keyword into the Google search engine, and check the 1st 3 pages of the search results. All your research can be done there!

But, why would I want to use or copy other peoples stuff?

Well, you don’t copy other peoples work, because it has to be different and original otherwise Google will penalise you. All you are doing is getting ideas, that’s all!

You could even be using the same keyword phrase and by writing more original content over time Google could rank you higher.

How do I Make Money?

Well before you have written and published your great content that is going to help your future subscribers, you will need to offer a solution to the reader’s quest.

This is where you would offer a product which would go on your blog post that you are helping out your readers with.

How do I do that?

As you know this article is about affiliate marketing and therefore part of this process is offering a product to your reader as part of the solution. Sort of like the “icing on the cake”.

If your niche was in the “Make Money Online” niche like I am in then you could offer a training platform that you was part of as your solution.

There are literally thousands of Affiliate Programs that you can join for free, and all you would do is find one or two, or maybe several. Sign up to the affiliate program and promote a product or products.

Just type “your niche” + affiliate program into Google and instantly displayed there will be tons of programs you could join.

Anything you could think of there surely will be an affiliate program that you could use!

Every sale you make you will get a commission, and that’s pretty much it.


Are you ready to take that first major step to a better secure life?

I said I had something for you if you lasted the course.

If you hadn’t already noticed from the main image at the top of this review we are talking about Wealthy Affiliate, which is a training platform which has been around for well over a decade and has seen over 1.4 million members go through the training, and in 2017 alone helped over 220,000 members create their first websites.

Received in 193 countries worldwide. That’s almost every country on the entire planet.

This is 100% free to join where there will be no credit card details asked for and there are no Upsells to worry about either.

How I joined and became a member

I joined as a free member and took advantage of the discounted $19 (but, you don’t have to) for the first month as a premium member and I will tell you why.

You see (for me) to fully evaluate the platform I wanted everything available so that I could check out what was on offer, which gave me 5 weeks to do my research. If after 5 weeks I didn’t like what I saw and it wasn’t for me, then I was just going to call it a day, and all I’d have lost would have been $19.

You could, of course, stay as a free member and still make money, as many members are currently doing, but if you were serious about all this then why wouldn’t you upgrade to premium?

But, check it out for free like everybody does, and remember you will have me on your side to guide you through the whole process!

If it’s not for you then you can just call it a day or you could stay as a FREE member forever if that is what you want, that is not a problem.

If you are looking for how to make money online for free, there is no better training platform out there that comes close to Wealthy Affiliate.

The best decision I made so why not take it for a spin and see for yourself, and remember this, I would not promote anything I wasn’t 100% certain about, and with Wealthy Affiliate, I am 120+% certain!

Learn how to build an online business the right way and from people who have been successful and who are prepared to help you.

If you have any questions whatsoever, please leave them below in the comments, and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience.

All the best and good luck on your journey

Mick

 

ClickBank University 2.0 Review 2018: Is It Worth the Money?

Anybody researching ways to make money online will have come across ClickBank at some point, a very popular platform where vendors and affiliate marketers can make a decent living from, but if you are just starting out on this journey,  can ClickBank University 2.0 set you up for success?What is ClickBank University About

Throughout your research, as a newcomer coming into the “Make Money Online” niche, you will know that affiliate marketing is a great way to earn a good living from with the easiest business model to grasp and with very little outlay.

Easy model it may be, but easy to make a good living from it may not be. More on that a little later!

ClickBank along with Commission Junction (currently CJ Affiliate) were the first 2 affiliate networks that came on stream just over 20 years ago, and since then many more networks have formed making competition high which means more products are required for affiliates to promote.

ClickBank University 2.0 addresses this issue on 2 levels, firstly the Vendor and product creation followed by the affiliate marketer and how to promote Clickbank vendor products.

In this ClickBank University 2.0 review, I will uncover everything you need to know about the training, and whether it is what you are looking for, but more importantly, is it really worth the money and are there better options out there.


ClickBank University 2.0 Logo

  • Owners: Kinetics Inc
  • Product: ClickBank University 2.0
  • Description: A course for budding affiliate marketers and product creators.
  • Founders: Adam Horwitz & Justin Atlan
  • Founded: First launched in 2014 and upgraded in 2016 to CBU 2.0
  • Based: US
  • Price: $47/month
  • Upsells: $691
  • First Year Costs: $1255 followed by $564 yearly
  • Based in: US
  • Recommended: NO
  • Description: On reflection, the ClickBank University 2.0 course for anybody coming into this industry does seem like a good course to get a basic understanding, but I believe a little on the expensive side, but all will be revealed.

Internal Summary and Links

  1. What is ClickBank University About?
  2. What you need to know first before you purchase CBU 2.0
  3. What you get with the ClickBank University 2.0 Training Course
  4. ClickBank University 2.0 Costs
  5. ClickBank University 2.0 Pros and Cons
  6. ClickBank University 2.0 Review – Final thoughts!
  7. Comments

What is ClickBank University About?

ClickBank University Login
ClickBank University Login

If you have been researching long enough then you will have seen the many unscrupulous so-called gurus out there showing you their spin on how to create digital products and how to market them to the masses.

Granted there are some very good products/courses out there, but as a percentage of the many hundreds and thousands that are available to you, only a very small percentage have any real value worthy of your time and money.

Adam Horwitz and Justin Atlan saw an opportunity and in 2014 ClickBank University was launched, to focus mainly on Vendors and how to create products and get them to market, and within 6 months it had generated over 1 million dollars in sales.

Over the years since the CBU 1.0 was launched, it has had its fair share of negative feedback, but the new improved version which hit the market in 2016 seems to be on a better track, with an improved course where you can not only learn how to create your own products but also touches base on affiliate marketing.

What’s happened to the ClickBank Marketplace?

I know in more recent times that the ClickBank MarketPlace as taken a hammering regarding the quality of products available and quite rightly so too!

Just a quick look at the marketplace shows me that there are currently  4730 active products for the fixed date period of which only 160 products have a gravity of 20+. When selecting products you should aim for around 20+ for gravity!

Gravity meaning, most popular and a way of excluding all the crap. Now, I don’t know about you but I would say the ClickBank Marketplace is somewhat lacking in great products to promote, wouldn’t you think?

This still doesn’t actually tell me that those 160 products are worthy of promoting because you have to check all sorts of other parameters first and that would take a little time to explain.

I’m sure this isn’t the reason (or maybe it is) but creating the ClickBank University 2.0 training course could sort out a few issues here and could be a clever way of replenishing the ClickBank Marketplace’s database! It’s just a thought!


What you need to know first before you purchase ClickBank University 2.0

What exactly are you looking for in this ClickBank University 2.0 training course?

If you are wanting to learn how to become an affiliate marketer, then I do believe this course may not be for you, and whilst there is an 8-week course devoted to affiliate marketing, in my opinion, the course doesn’t go into this subject in too greater detail.

If its the vendor side and owning your own product that interests you then this course along with the ClickBank Builder 2.0 might be right for you, but creating a product is a massive step, because there are so many parameters involved for it to become a partial success, nevermind a complete success where it earns you the big bucks.

What I hate about purchasing online…

…is the fact that most vendors are not upfront with their products before you make that purchase, and you only find this out when you have entered your credit card details and hit the purchase button.

If the product is so good (like CBU 2.0 is saying) then why can’t the sales page disclose everything about the product including upsells, down sells, etc before we get to the purchase stage?

It does rile me and the funny thing about this is that the ClickBank University 2.0 course is going to teach you as vendors how to do this very same thing.

So do I really need ClickBank Builder 2.0?

ClickBank University 2.0 try to sell you the ClickBank Builder 2 but only after you have purchased the $47 a month membership, which is not cool because there is no mention of it prior to paying the membership fee!

Although purchasing ClickBank Builder 2 is an option and not compulsory, it is assumed that you will indeed purchase the product, however, I do think you would struggle with the course without it.

Purchasing the ClickBank Builder 2 software also commits and locks you into ClickBank as your host, which sort of restricts you, and as it is early days then we may not want to commit to this!

Whilst I did like the sales video, it does take on a somewhat strange sales tactic towards the end…

Where it’s like a script to another Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, where the robots are coming and taking over the world and our jobs, which may be true to some extent, but it all seems that they are trying to mess with your head and then out of the blue ClickBank University 2.0 is here to save the day.

I know you might think I’m going a little over the top in my analogy, but if you watched the video then I’m sure you will understand and know where I am coming from.

If the product is so good then it should sell itself without the corny sales tactics. No need for it ClickBank!

False hopes of earning…

Another thing I don’t like are the promises of success and that you will be earning from the 1st day on the course.

Nobody should promise this and the real truth is that joining ClickBank University 2.0 will not guarantee you success and you certainly won’t be earning from day 1.


What you get with ClickBank University 2.0 Training Course

For what you get with all the training that is now included with the new version of ClickBank University 2.0 it does appear to be good value for anybody new to affiliate marketing with a view to creating their own digital product.

8-Week Affiliate Marketing Training by Adam Horwitz

This is a course created obviously withCBU 2.0 Affiliate training the newbie in mind and therefore anything you know or think you know should be put to one side, because here Adam comes with some pretty impressive credentials.
Not too sure just what you can cram into an 8-weeks training course though, because that amount of time even if you devoted 24/7, in my mind wouldn’t be enough.

 

According to the ClickBank University 2.0 sales page…

“The 8-week Affiliate Track is for those who want to make easy money promoting other people’s products. It’s great if you’re… ”

  1. Just starting out making money on the internet
  2. Haven’t generated tons of money online yet
  3. Don’t want to create a product or even a Website
  • Not sure I agree with some of what has been said here!
  • 2 Major Issues I can see…
  1. Easy money, really! If it was so easy then everybody would be doing it, right?
  2. If you want to make an impact and an online presence then you do need to have a website and not just a few landing/squeeze pages.

Nothing is easy especially as an affiliate marketer and you will notice this very quickly.

  •  Contents of the affiliate marketing course
  • Week 1 – Intro, affiliate marketing, ClickBank and your goals.
  • Week 2 – Understanding affiliate marketing and navigating through CB.
  • Week 3 – Finding a profitable niche and a product to promote. 
  • Week 4 – About sales funnels and creating a landing/squeeze pages.
  • Week 5 – Creating and outsourcing content to give to your subscribers.
  • Week 6 – Email marketing and how to nurture your subscribers.
  • Week 7 – Email marketing, broadcasts, automation, quality content.
  • Week 8 – Scaling your business and taking it to the next level.
  • Bonus – Affiliate promotions, soft and hard sell.

The affiliate marketing course within CBU 2.0 is good for anybody who is coming into this industry without any prior knowledge, but wouldn’t be my number one choice.

With the ClickBank University 2.0 training, the emphasis is on “Paid Traffic” which can drive the costs through the roof if you don’t know what you are doing. Traffic is a massive area to cover!

If you are looking to become an affiliate marketer, then you do need to learn how to build a website and learn how to get traffic for free, and I would suggest taking a look at this training platform, which has been around for  over 12 years and covers everything that CBU 2.0 covers but much, much more.

12 – Week Vendor Course by Justin Atlan

This 12-week course is quite extensive ClickBank University Vendorso for anybody just coming into Internet Marketing they might find everything a little overwhelming.

Specifically geared towards Vendors wishing to learn how to build their own products and all the good stuff with getting the product out to the ClickBank Marketplace.

Contents of the Vendor course

  • Week 1 – How everything works, mindset, product plan and goals.
  • Week 2 – Discovering your niche/product,  and your competition.
  • Week 3 – Creating your avatar.
  • Week 4 – Course content creation and how to outsource.
  • Week 5 – How to create the perfect upsell to maximise profit.
  • Week 6 – How to create a high converting sales pages.
  • Week 7 – How to create a video sales letter.
  • Week 8 – Completion of the product using the ClickBank builder.
  • Week 9 – Uploading and selling with the ClickBank Marketplace.
  • Week 10-What joint ventures are,
  • Week 11- Checking all the elements by split testing.
  • Week 12- How to scale up and monetize.

Bonus – How to sell high ticket products on Webinars

Weekly Live Video Webinar

Another addition to the ClickBank University 2.0 is the weekly video live stream where you get to discuss with the trainers any queries that you may have throughout your training.

Just how these are going to work with the short time available is beyond me as I am sure everyone will have numerous questions to ask.

ClickBank Builder 2.0

ClickBank Builder 2.0 has come along somewhat since the first version was launched, which was originally to go hand-in-hand with the vendor course and creating your own product, and everything to do with sales pages and getting the product to market

In this version, they have accommodated the affiliate marketer and expanded it somewhat to help the affiliate marketer more.

Private FaceBook Support Group

Access to their private FaceBook group, where you can get support, although answers to questions are not forthcoming, and you might if you are lucky, find Adam and Justin participating within the group.

ClickBank Toolkit

Advice and offers on tools that ClickBank recommend.

Bi-Weekly Classes

Every couple of weeks Adam and Justin will be bringing in experts to pass on their knowledge and experiences which can be good especially for your morale.

Live ClickBank Events 

These are events reserved for CBU 2.0 members which you can attend at a significantly reduced cost.

The Traffic Centre

They state that the traffic centre will disclose how you can generate unlimited amounts of traffic practically on demand. Really, considering this is the most important aspect of affiliate marketing I find this hard to believe.

Advanced Training

They have added this training to widen the exposure to traffic in more detail and covers the areas listed below.

  • Facebook advertising
  • Leveraging YouTube
  • SEO and more

ClickBank University 2.0 Costs

When I am purchasing anything I like to see just where my money is going before I make a commitment.

CBU 2.0 Course Costs

There are 2 methods to pay for the course, you either pay up front or you pay by instalments.

Upfront

  • $47 for the monthly subscription
  • $594 for the ClickBank Builder
  • $97 for the advanced training

Total outlay = $738

Upfront yearly cost =   1st year / ($47 * 12) = $564 + $594 + $97 = $1255

Installments yearly cost = 1st year = $1341

2nd year and beyond = $564

I don’t have a problem with upsells, it’s the way that they try and sneakily get you to pay for them, because for anybody new to this type of business unless you have researched ClickBank University 2.0 thoroughly, and checked out the sales page, then you wouldn’t have a clue until you had paid for the first element of the course which in this case is the $47.


ClickBank University 2.0 Pros and Cons

Pros 

The 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

With the promise of a 30-day money back guarantee which ClickBank University 2.0 offers that is surely a good thing and should give you more than enough time to decide whether this is right for you or not.

However, get distracted or forget about the time period and you will be sort of committed but at least you will have ClickBank Builder 2.0 for life if indeed you did purchase it in the first place.

Cons

Training locked

We all have different work ethics and work at a different pace so how frustrating can it be to find yourself locked out of the next course video when all you are trying to do is complete the course schedule so that you can move onto making some real money?

The course levels for both the vendor and affiliate are on what looks like some sort of time lock and CBU 2.0 unlocks certain elements when they think the time is right.

Frustrating it may well be because you’ve paid your money, but CBU 2.0 tells us this is to avoid missing out any steps within the training. Of course, the way around this would be to create a support ticket but even that doesn’t really make any sense.

Focus on Paid Traffic

The 8-week affiliate marketing course covers only paid traffic with an enthesis on FaceBook and Instagram.

Apparently, in CBU 2.0 they have included some advanced training which comes separately to the 8-week course as an upsell which costs $97, which is supposed to cover SEO and getting traffic for free, but if you decide to not pay for this then you will miss out.

As far as I am concerned this should be all part of the 8-week course so there is no reason to miss out on this very important area.

Weekly Webinars

Weekly webinars are just not enough to cover the previous weeks training that I’m sure you will have a ton of questions to ask about.

Lack of Real Affiliate Marketing Training

Whilst this 8-week course will give you an insight into affiliate marketing and what it entails, in my mind the course itinerary seems a little weak. I have heard people mention that they just think its a bolt-on to widen the audience, but for a newbie, you will at least learn the basics, but a little on the expensive side just to learn the basics, don’t you think?


ClickBank University Review 2.0 – Final Thoughts!

The biggest challenge for anybody taking part in this ClickBank University 2.0 training course is creating your very own affiliate product.

You are going to need to have…

  • A great idea for a product in a great niche
  • Depending on the product it can cost 100’s and sometimes 1,000’s
  • One that’s going to get you sales
  • Need to get positive reviews
  • Have to convince the affiliate marketer to promote your product.
  • Need to create additional great products to promote as upsells.

For anybody coming into this industry and creating your very own product is just beyond many peoples’ capabilities and something that more experienced affiliate marketers sometimes only get into a few years down the road.

I do believe that you need a good understanding in affiliate marketing first before you dive into product creation, and having to pay out $1255 upfront for the 1st year followed by $564 yearly thereafter is a little on the expensive side for me.

What they also don’t tell you is that Paid Traffic can end up costing you a small fortune unless you know what you are doing. SEO is the way to go when talking about Free Traffic and once it starts coming it just keeps coming.

For the affiliate marketing training, I believe that Wealthy Affiliate University is more than capable of providing you with everything you would need to know and the beauty about this is it is free to join so that you can check it out for yourself. No UPSELLS and NO CREDITS asked for here!


Comments

I hope this review gave you an understanding of what the ClickBank University 2.0 course offers and hopefully helped in your research.

If you liked the review then why not share amongst your friends.

Maybe you are already a member or have been a member in the past and would like to share your experiences?

All comments will be answered.

Until next time.

Mick

ClickBank MarketPlace Review 2018: Can You Still Make Money?

Many of you will have heard of ClickBank as it’s the first place many of us go to when we are trying to earn money as an affiliate marketer, and the ClickBank MarketPlace is the place to go when you need a product to promote, but can you still make money with this affiliate network?ClickBank MarketPlaceFor those who don’t know what ClickBank is.

It’s what’s called an affiliate network…

…where Vendors; that’s product creators can go and upload their own product details, in this case to the ClickBank MarketPlace, which is just like a database and made available to everyone.

…and…

…where ordinary customers and affiliate marketers can go and search out these products to either purchase for themselves or promote to other people.


ClickBank.com was the first affiliate network to come on stream over 20 years ago now and was the place to go to when you were looking for great products to promote as an affiliate marketer, and why not as you can find many products in the MarketPlace with commissions as high as 75%.

Over the last decade or so many other affiliate networks have got in on the act which is great for the affiliate marketer, but for ClickBank not so great as this means less business through competition.

ClickBank is still (or so they say) one of the top affiliate networks that both vendor and affiliate marketer still use and whilst you can still find some OK products to promote it just takes a little longer, which we will go into a little later.


ClickBank Logo

  • Owners: Kinetics Inc
  • Product: ClickBank
  • Website: www.ClickBank.com
  • Founders: Eileen Langan Barber, Dr. Tomothy Barber, Geoff Hoyl
  • Founded: 1998 (in a Garage)
  • Based in: US
  • Price: Free
  • Recommended: NO
  • Description: A place where many vendors still go to market their products, but for the affiliate marketer looking just to promote products can be a struggle.

Internal Summary and Links

  1. What is the ClickBank MarketPlace?
  2. Can you still Make Money with the ClickBank MarketPlace as an Affiliate?
  3. The 4 Basic Steps to Becoming a Success Online
  4. ClickBank MarketPlace Pros and Cons
  5. ClickBank MarketPlace Review – Final thoughts!
  6. Comments

What is the ClickBank MarketPlace?

ClickBank MarketPlace is the main central database of ClickBank where all the vendor products and associated information that relate to the products are stored, and available for the affiliate marketer or customer to purchase from.

This all started way back in 1998 in the early days of the internet boom, in the garage of Eileen and Dr Timothy Barbers in San Diego, California.

With over $3 billion in sales and currently over 6 million clients worldwide, operating in 190 countries, then it would appear that they are still doing something right.

How Does ClickBank Work?

Clickbank is simplified by these 3 straightforward steps!

ClickBank provides a software platformConfused person for vendors to showcase their products usually in a digital information format, although they now include some physical products.

The affiliate marketers can sign up for a free account very easily and search through their extensive catalogue of digital and more recently physical products and promote those products by creating a ClickBank HopLink.

This basically links the Vendor-Affiliate-Customer throughout the whole purchasing process, which also allows the customers to get any refund back without any hassle provided they apply within the given time period.


Can You Still Make Money with the ClickBank MarketPlace as an Affiliate?

This is a question that is asked all the time and such a difficult one with no definitive answer, but in my opinion,  nowadays you can still make money with ClickBank but you need to know what you are doing, and all is not as it used to be.

A number of years ago the ClickBank MarketPlace was the place to go if you were starting out as an affiliate marketer, where you could find some very good products across many niches to promote.

Nowadays, whilst there are still thousands of products that ClickBank markets for vendors

ClickBank thousands of vendors

Most of them are only accessible through joining the many various membership sites that you can find all over the internet, and it would seem that the ClickBank MarketPlace for the customer and sole affiliate marketer is somewhat limited with products that are worthy of promoting.

I’m not sure just where the 54,000 vendors come from in the above snippet, but must be an accumulating number from when ClickBank MarketPlace first started…

If you want to take a look at the current number of products that is available on the ClickBank MarketPlace for the customer and affiliate, which is in the region of 4,000 products…Don’t get too excited though!

Of which there are only around 160 products available to promote that have a gravity of over 19, which is a good indication and guide for selecting decent quality (or so it would seem) products that have a reasonable amount of competition. Also a good way of excluding all the crappy products too!

Gravity is a figure that represents the number of affiliates that have made a sale with that particular product but the real maths behind it are a little unclear, and not all of those products will be worthy of promoting and therefore you will need to narrow it down further, along with checking out the sales pages, sales videos, upsells, down sells and a host of other things too, before you are satisfied that this is the product to promote.

Are Affiliates still plugging the same story that may well have worked a few years back?

In fact, you will find all over social media especially YouTube where affiliate marketers declaring coming from very humble beginnings, and now declaring their millionaire status (to be taken lightly of course, and don’t forget to check the date also) and all in the name of ClickBank, and that may well be true in some cases, but I think you can see that you are going to struggle to get the same results today.

Even today the same story can be heard, where instead of choosing your Niche FIRST, they use the ClickBank MarketPlace to decide that for them based on “quality” products. The product dictates the niche!

  1. Find several related great products that you want to promote
  2. Which will identify your Niche
  3. Then create your website based around your chosen Niche
  4. Create content “blog posts” 9-12 posts!
  5. Promote to social media, such as Facebook, Instagram etc
  6. Join a few discussion groups, like Warrior Forum.
  7. Hey, presto the money comes rolling in.

OK, there is a little more to it than how I have just described it, but that’s the gist of it! Sounds simple, yes? Well take it from me it really isn’t, and there are many courses out there pushing this very same method!

Well, that might well have worked a number of years back but unless you can find several great products belonging to the same Niche market that is going to be profitable, then this method will not work and besides small niche websites like this tend to not work anymore.

The reason for this is…

Google is constantly changing its “Algorithm” and making it more and more difficult for small sites like these to rank and get a piece of the action.

More on this a little later on!


The 4 Basic Steps to Becoming a Success Online

OK, so we have seen how some affiliates capitalized on ClickBank, but now we are going to discuss how things have moved on somewhat and how Google favours sites with authority and plenty of great content!

Which is broken down it 3 steps and the 4th step comes naturally if all the other steps have been successfully mastered.

4 steps to success

  1. What is your passionChoose an Interest 

First off… we all have a passion for things, what is your nichewhether it’s hobbies like “Dogs” maybe “Cake Making” or “Playing Golf” or maybe “Cross Stitch“.

It can be many things and a passion helps so much when developing your business.

This is normally called a Niche, which is a subset of a wider audience,

such as…

  • “Dogs” belongs to the broader term – Animals
  • “Playing Golf” would belong to – Sports
  • “Cross Stitch” would then belong to – Sewing

The further you go down the pecking order, in other words, find another sub-section like…

Animals – Dogs – “Dog Training” – Puppy Training – Puppy Toilet Training

…the less competition you will find which will help when promoting your business but also enough competition to make it worthwhile.

If you look deep enough you might even get lucky and find an area where you could create a sub-niche which you could exploit and over time this will become profitable.

A good place to look would be Amazon because their search engine allows you to drill down into Niches, not only that but Amazon will highlight the price so you can be better prepared. Just a thought!

Amazon search engine

OK, so you don’t have a passion, then that can come at a later date or if you need some guidance on finding a Niche.

To give you some idea of what a niche could be!

Where do people tend to go when they want answers to questions?

Yes, you guessed it Google, which covers around 87% of the search engine market share.

You probably didn’t know this but every single second of the day there are around 68,000 keyword phrases typed into the Google Search Bar alone, and there are 86,400 seconds in a single day.

That’s nearly 6 billion (6,000,000,000) keyword phrases in one single day and they all have the potential to be a niche. That’s some crowd, yes?

This is your potential audience, who are looking for answers and all you need to do is get your website in front of that crowd of people looking for advice that you are going to give them.

For our example, we will be using “Dog Training” as our Niche!!


  1. Creating your piece of the InternetYour Website 

Now you have decided what your Niche will be,Website its now time to create your website.

I know what you’re thinking, that’s well beyond my capabilities and I wouldn’t have a clue!

Well, exactly the same response I made, but we all put up the shutters when we don’t know how to do something; right?

Instead of chilling out and saying, “well, how hard can it be?”

5-10 years ago you would have had to know a whole host of various skills, such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS etc. What might have taken you several weeks to accomplish will take you a fraction of the time now, seriously!

Just check out a dear friend of mine showing you how he creates a Niche Website in I do believe under 1 minute.

  1.  Time to get visitors to your siteTraffic  

OK, now our website has been createdTraffic we now have to start building out our business with writing content that relates to our Niche, which we decided upon earlier.

First, we need to find out what people are typing into Google that relates to our Niche, and we do this through what we call…

  1. Keyword research – Search Engine Optimization

For this, we would use a keyword tool, that basically grabs all the data that Google stores on a database of the millions of search terms that people are keying into Google, and displays it in Search engine optimisationvarious formats for us to make our life easier when selecting popular keywords which people are keying into the Google search bar. Keywords that we can use for our blog posts!

Let’s take a look at Jaaxy which we will be using for this demonstration. A great tool that can be mastered in a couple of hours that gives you all the bells and whistles without overcomplicating things.

Just to give you an idea of how many people are searching on average in a month for the keyword phrase “dog training”

That’s 25542 with the potential for  4343 if your “post” get’s to Page 1 of Google. Don’t worry that’s not as difficult as you may think!

Puppy Training

I have added this snippet only to identify a level down, in other words, a sub-niche of the “Dog Training” Niche.

Can you see the difference from 25542 down to 5086? This is where the level of competition drops but doesn’t necessarily mean that this sub-niche is no good. On the contrary, it just means that it will be easier to compete in.

Just to give you an example. “Animals” is a broad term that covers “Dog Training” and “Puppy Training”. All the large businesses will be targeting the term “Animals” as they have all the money for marketing etc. We don’t!

  1. Writing great content

What can I write about? Where can I get the information from?

Questions I used to ask myself, and pretty straightforward really!

Once we have decided on which keywords we are going to target, in other words, the keywords that people are typing into the search engine, then we would use those keywords as the title of our blog post.

We would research the subject in this case “Dog Training” on the internet like we do every day when we are looking for answers to questions or our next big purchase, something like a 54inch Samsung TV.

We could check out our competition and see how they are doing things, such as seeking out several websites in the same or similar Niche that are on pages 1-3 of the Google search results. There are 1000s of ways to exploit!

Just use your imagination!

How do we make any Money?

A good question and a very important one too.

We have created our content and its ready to be published, but one thing is missing. We need to find a product or products to recommend as part of the solution.

We look for an affiliate program that we can use.

There are 1000’s of affiliate programs online which we can use and are free to join, like ClickBank although that may not be a great example. What about Amazon or just type “Dog Training” affiliate programs into Google, like so! Can you see how many the search query highlights in the results?

dog training affiliate programs

Check out their products, like what you see, just join their affiliate program and use the product affiliate links within your “blog posts”

Remember to check out the commission rates!

How long will this take?

Just keep writing content relating to your Niche and Targeting Keywords that people are typing into the search engines and each post you publish will attract a certain amount of traffic.

The more you write the more traffic you will attract the more sales you will make!

So in answer to your question “How long will it take?”

The harder you work the quicker you will get there and remember when the traffic starts to come, it just keeps coming and coming, and the beauty about this business is that it won’t cost you a penny for traffic because this way it is all for FREE. It just takes a little time!

…and your business is running 24/7/365 and can be managed from anywhere in the world. All you need is an Internet Connection and a Laptop.

Just think of all the quality time you can get back with your family and the icing on the cake is you won’t have to answer to your BOSS! 

  1.  Earn Revenue 

This step comes naturally when all the above steps have been successfully implemented. This is when all your hard work has paid off!

If you are Interested and would like to know more!

OK, so now you have it all exposed from start to finish, granted there is a lot more to the actual process but this is the shortened version with leaving out all the intricacies.

If you are at all interested, then I belong to a community which teaches everything you would need to know if you were serious about an online presence. The training is first class and you will be hard pushed to find a better training platform online.

What makes this business stand out above all the rest is that you can become a member for free and check it out and see if it’s for you, and you will not be asked for your credit card details either. There are no UPSELLS either! You can join here for FREE. Don’t worry because I will be there on the inside to guide you through the whole process!

See what you think and get back to me with any questions!


ClickBank MarketPlace Pros and Cons

I wasn’t going to include this section but as ClickBank is a place that is recognized as still one of the best affiliate networks, I have highlighted what I think are the important factors that you need to know.

Pros

  • Free to join

It’s easy to join with no interrogating questions asked, not like some similar sites, and once you have signed up and created a PayPal account you are pretty much ready to roll.

  • Available in Many Countries throughout the World

ClickBank is available in a number of different languages and across many countries.

  • High Commission

What attracts many to the ClickBank MarketPlace is the high commissions that you can find for many products, even some as high as 75%.

  • Recurring Offers

Many products come with recurring offers such as memberships where you are guaranteed passive regular income.

Order Management

ClickBank handles everything regarding the order processing and the links between vendor, affiliate marketer and the customer.

Cons

  • Too many bad products

The back catalogue of ClickBanks MarketPlace is full of crappy products that just will not make you any money, and it will take you a lot of research to determine which ones will and which ones won’t.

It just means that you have to be more thorough in your selection process.


ClickBank MarketPlace Review – Final Thoughts!

I remember a few years back when I first checked out the ClickBank MarketPlace there was an abundance of great products to choose from, but don’t get me wrong there still are some good products, it just means you have to be a little more thorough in how you choose the product, that’s all.

Times move on and things have to change to accommodate the likes of Google and the way it now indexes and ranks your work through the constant changes to their algorithm, and now more emphasis is on quality content, so what you’ll find is, what did work then doesn’t work now.


Comments

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If you have any questions at all please drop me a line in the comments sections below and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience.

I read all comments and reply back to all my readers.

Thank you for your time and patience

See ya around!

Mick

Make Money from Blogging for Beginners – Best Online Training for 2018

Had enough of trying to work out how to make a living online with all the false promises, costs going through the roof and buying stuff you don’t really need, then lets see in this make money from blogging for beginners article, if we can point you in the right direction and show you that it isn’t really that difficult.

make money from blogging for beginners

I am not here to pass judgement on all those make money online opportunities that send you down the wrong path, because there simply aren’t enough hours in the day.

It’s not too long ago that I was in that very same position thinking, wouldn’t it be great if I could make a living online, but ended up bouncing from one opportunity to the next, learning absolutely nothing of value. Not to mention the costs!

Talk about sole destroying and frustrating until I found by accident a way forward, but we shall get to that a little later on.


Why would I need a Blog?

I’m not going to get heavy into the why would I need a blog because the article could end up taking a number of hours to complete so I choose 2 of the main reasons.

Business owners

If you are a business owner there is no better way to connect with your customers. Forget about sending out flyers or newsletters via mail, that is a thing of the past.

Creating content is a personal thing and allows you to keep in touch with customers to inform them of any ongoing changes.

Expanding the business by seeking out new clients by identifying what people are searching for that relates to your business.

With around half the world population that has access to the Internet, getting your business website in front of that crowd of people is not as difficult as you may think with the right tools at your disposal.

Affiliate Marketers

Affiliate marketing is a very simple business concept and extremely cost-effective as there are no overheads and you hold no stock.

You are basically the go-between.

Merchant – Affiliate Marketer – Customer

You promote other peoples products and once you have made a sale, you as the affiliate would get a commission, and that’s it!

This business model is by far probably the best one you can adapt to for earning a good living online and the most cost-effective.


What would I Blog About?

This can literally be anything.

It could be a hobby or an interest which you are passionate about.

If you are thinking of starting a blog and turning it into a thriving online business, then a little research has to be done first to establish whether your interest or hobby is going to have a big enough following for it to be worthwhile doing.

Is there a big enough crowd out there searching for things related to your hobby or interest?

Just off the top of my head, I have managed to list 10 massive crowd-pullers when it comes to what people are looking for when they hit the Google search engine.

Anything relating to…

  • Fitness and Weight Loss
  • Health
  • Dating and relationships
  • Pets
  • Self Improvement
  • Building Wealth Through Investing
  • Make money online
  • Beauty
  • Technology
  • Personal Finance

We would describe those as “Niches”

There are 100’s if not 1000’s of categories that you could use and make a great business from.

Those highlighted categories are at the very top of the tree, and within those are related sub-categories or sub-niches.

Such as…“Fitness and Weight Loss”

Within that category, there could be 1000’s of smaller categories that you could use.


Where do People go for their Information?

The 4 major search engines as of 2018 are…

  • Google
  • Bing
  • Baidu
  • Yahoo!

With Google taking the bulk of the market share with around 74% then a good start would be Google and just a little research here tells me that there are over 65,000 Google searches every single second.

This amounts to more than a staggering  5.6 billion searches every day.

Each one of those individual searches as the potential to become a Niche that you could use as your business. Your New Hobby or Interest!

Just think, 5,600,000,000 – Quite a large number right?

All you need to do now is research what those people are searching for that relates to your Niche.

How do you make money from blogging, well let’s take a look at the steps required!


The Basic Steps that you need to know

  1. Choose an Interest or a Hobby, which we call a Niche

As we mentioned earlier, this can be literally anything, and although I have just highlighted 10 great niches, it may be that you need further guidance then why not check out an article I wrote here.

A good suggestion would be to try and choose a Niche that you like or better still have a passion for.

This makes developing your Business so much more enjoyable.

Remember this business of yours is going to be around for a number of years to come!

Once you have found your Niche then it is time to start building your website.


  1. Build a website

Before you mention or even think of it for that matter, building a website nowadays is extremely easy, I mean if I can build a website then anybody can!

10 years ago or maybe not that far back, creating a website required all sorts of skills, such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to name a few. Now with the advances in technology, we have all kinds of tools to help us.

In fact, I know a Website can be created in less than 1 minute because that’s how long it took me to create mine!

Choosing the right blogging platform is our next step and what I use like many others is WordPress, without a doubt probably the most popular and reliable blogging platform there currently is!

With WordPress as your blogging platform, there are literally thousands of themes to choose from along with over 50,000 plugins to help you.

Themes are a sort of graphical interface and its what gives your website that all professional look and uniqueness. It modifies the way the site is displayed without modifying the underlying software.

Plugins are computer programs that you install and attach to your website to do all sorts of techie stuff that a few years ago you had to program. That’s when things took weeks and sometimes months to do something relatively simple.

Creating a domain is your own private little piece of the Internet. Where you give your business a true name where your website will reside, just like www.Amazon.com. The name should be catchy and refer to your chosen Niche.

Choosing a theme for your website all goes hand in hand with what your Niche is about. With 1000’s of WordPress themes to choose from and most are free. I’m sure you’ll find one that best suits your needs!


  1. Get Rankings & Visitors to your website or Traffic as it is known.

Getting ranked is a term that Google uses when you publish your blog posts and over time Google will rank your post according to many different parameters. The higher the page ranking in Google the more chance your posts are likely to be read by future subscribers which hopefully would mean future sales!

Getting visitors to your website can be done 2 ways. Paying for Traffic or SEO (search engine optimization) and sourcing the traffic organically for FREE.

Here we are going to focus on SEO because it will save you a ton of money and it is the best solution for long-term success!

It all starts with…

1. Targeting the keywords that people are keying into the Google search engine that relate to your Niche.

Let’s say our Website and Niche is about “Dating and relationships”

To get an idea of the keywords that people are keying into the Google search engine we need to go back to Google and research this further, and how we do this is by using a very useful feature…

Google Instant

Just by typing “online dating ti into the Google search automatically displays suggestions for keywords that we can use that relate to our niche.

Google instant feature

We could also go to the last page of the Google query to find some additional keyword suggestions like…

Google keyword suggestions

What started off with an idea as now exploded into many suggestions for doing very little!

We can then take several of the Google suggestions (if needed) and research those potential keywords further.

So for this example, I am using the keyword “online dating tips for guys”

We research those potential keywords further by using a Keyword Research Tool.

In this case, we are going to use a tool called Jaaxy to see if there is a big enough crowd of people searching for “online dating tips for guys”

Looking at the results of the Jaaxy search query and we see a bunch of numbers associated with our keyword.

The ones we are interested in are…

Avg = 96 – (The average number of searches in a month)

Traffic = 17 – (Our potential crowd if we ranked on Page 1 of Google)

QSR = 51 – (Quoted string results, the number of websites with reference to that exact keyword phrase – “online dating tips for guys”

Ideally, you would like Avg and Traffic to be as big as possible!

With

QSR less than 100

As you can see by our results that “online dating tips for guys” would be a good keyword to use for our new “blog post”

2. Writing the content for our Blog Post

Now with the keyword “online dating tips for guys” that we have decided will be the heading to use for our next blog post, we would start writing the content.

Just like we started off with researching keywords that people are keying into the Google search engine we would research things related to this New Keyword – “online dating tips for guys”

That’s easy and just be typing the keyword back into the Google search engine we have a whole lot of things that we can research that are ranked on pages 1 and 2 of Google to give us some ideas.

There are really no restrictions on the size of a “blog post” in terms of the number of words.

Saying that though, Google loves unique content with posts in the 1,500 to 2,000-word count range.

You would create great content by giving useful advice and then suggesting solutions, which would come by the way of affiliate products.

Where would I find those affiliate products to promote?

You can find 1000’s of affiliate products online that would relate to your niche.

Pretty much all are free to join which is a simple process.

Select the affiliate program you want to join then promote their products.

Why not check out Amazon, they are the biggest online retail outlet with over 500 million products.


  1. Earn revenue is when you get paid.

If you have carried out steps 1 to 3 correctly then it is only a matter of time before you start to see an income, and when you do it will come in floods.

These are commissions paid to you by the product owner.


To Recap!

Each keyword that you use targets a certain group of people and if you have done your research thorough enough then you will find some great keywords that have plenty of Traffic with very little competition.

Over time you will publish 100’s of blog posts and as a result, the traffic will get bigger and bigger, meaning more and more people are going to get to see your website.

More traffic means more subscribers means sales!!!


How long will it take for me to start making a living?

Obviously, this is not a “Get Rich Quick” scheme and if that is what you are looking for, forget it because there isn’t one. Maybe chance your arm at the Lottery but we all know what the odds of that happening are, right?

Just like the saying, “the more you put into something, the more you will get out of it”

Everybody is different so the harder you work the quicker you will get there.

Eventually, you will be in a position where you could ease off with that “boring full-time job” and even replace it with this new online business you have been developing.

The beauty of this business is that it will be running in the background 24/7/365 and you can run it anywhere. All that’s required is a laptop and an Internet connection.


Want to know how you can learn all this and more?

As I mentioned right at the beginning of this article, I came across a training platform quite by chance and to be honest can’t remember how it all came about.

I know I had been looking for quite a while, but not quite sure what exactly I was looking for until I found it.

Now, you don’t have to bounce from one so-called opportunity to the next because I have the perfect solution right here!

If you would like to directly contact me about anything then you can do it here


Comments

Hopefully, you have clicked on some of the article links which should have given you a thorough understanding of just what this blogging is about and that it really isn’t that difficult.

Time-consuming it maybe, but starting and running a business takes time and done right with the right training and you can really benefit beyond your wildest dreams.

Don’t forget to leave a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts

Your friend

Mick

What is Wealthy Affiliate about – Affiliate marketing and how to make money with reviews

So you’re looking for answers and before you start reading; what is Wealthy Affiliate about, affiliate marketing and how to make money with reviews, I’m going to explain a few things first, so sit back, relax and hopefully you will enjoy.What is Wealthy Affiliate About

Wealthy Affiliate was founded in 2005 by a couple of Canadians Kyle and Carson, who are extremely active amongst the community. Do you need clarification on anything? Just private message them and they will get back to you. Something you very rarely see in like-minded training platforms.

Since it’s launch, has seen well over 1,200,000 members across 195 countries (almost every country on the planet), which makes it one of the most successful training platforms you can find on the Internet today.

In 2017 alone saw over 217,000 members, entrepreneurs start their very first online business.

Wealthy Affiliate teaches affiliate marketing to members with various levels of experience, from experienced entrepreneurs, business owners who already have websites but need clarification and guidance, through to newbies with absolutely no idea of what affiliate marketing is and how it works, just like I was.

If you fall into one of the 3 categories then for sure this could be what you are looking for.

Keep it simple… There are only 2 membership options. Free and Premium membership and the best thing about this is there are no upsells and you will not be asked for a CREDIT CARD when you join as a FREE member. What you see is what you get!

With around half the world population who has access to the Internet, which is nearing the 4 billion mark.

These people are looking for solutions to a particular problem or their next purchase.

  • “how to plumb in a toilet”
  • “best smart tv below $1000”
  • “best restaurant in London”
  • “men’s running clothing”
  • “wireless tv speakers”

These are all keyword phrases that people are keying into search engines.

Can you guess where those people tend to go for their advice?

Yes, you guessed it, they go to one of several main search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo, and with Google taking approximately 67% of the search engine business then most tend to use Google.

Some interesting facts here!

If you take Google alone, there are over 68,000 searches every single second, which amount to around 6 billion searches every single day. That’s a hell of a lot of people searching for things, right?

These are people looking for solutions to problems and reviewing products they are looking to buy.

As an affiliate marketer, that is your potential crowd of people who you are looking to help! Not sell but give solutions to a particular problem!

With affiliate marketing alone heading to nearly a 12 billion dollar industry, then I’m sure you will agree that affiliate marketing would be a great way to earn a lucrative living from?

I mean people are already looking for things, all you have to do is get your website in front of them!


In this review, I will explain

  • Affiliate marketing and how to make money with reviews.
  • What are you passionate about? It all starts with a niche!
  • Your website, creating your little piece of the Internet.
  • Finding that healthy crowd. Getting your Website reviews (blog posts) out to the masses, known as Traffic!
  • All your hard work has paid off! Now time to Reap the Rewards!
  • Wealthy Affiliate Free vs Premium Membership!
  • Who could benefit from this training?
  • What is Wealthy Affiliate about? The Verdict!
  • Comments

Affiliate Marketing and how to make money with reviews.

Affiliate marketing happens due to the agreement through Merchants and Retailers, allowing affiliate marketers to promote and sell their products for “in most cases” a tidy commission, through their “Affiliate Programs”

This is great for the merchant or retailer as whilst they would lose a small profit on the sale of the product due to paying out a commission on the sale, they would save money on their marketing campaigns, as this would all be down to the affiliate marketer.

A win-win situation for both!

Is Google where it all happens?

Is Google where it all happens

The very next time you are keying a search term into the Google search box and looking for something, maybe a product that you are looking to purchase, or maybe you are looking for a solution to a problem.

This is what we call research and we all do it every single day of our lives, whether it is through the internet searching in Google or in our everyday lives. We are always looking for solutions to a particular problem or our next purchase.

For example, it could be a “wireless tv speaker” for the new tv that you recently purchased and your decision on whether to purchase that wireless speaker will be based on a number of factors.

So OK, let’s take “wireless tv speaker” and expand it a little with the type of things we look for to decide whether to purchase or not.

A few things maybe…

  • Brand -To match the new tv that we recently purchased.
  • Cost – We could be on a budget.
  • Size – We want the speaker to not look out of place with the tv.
  • Functionality – Does it come with some great features
  • Reliability – Check previous purchases reviews.
  • Colour – To blend in with our TV and surroundings
  • Wattage output – The bigger the better.

All the kind of things that I know I would be looking at if I was to purchase a “wireless tv speaker” and possibly a few more additional factors besides.

As part of your research for this wireless tv speaker, you will be looking at several websites and reading reviews related to the product so you can make a decision on which speaker to buy.

These would all be reviews related to our product “wireless tv speaker” just like you are doing now on my website reviewing, “what is wealthy affiliate about” You are looking for a solution to a particular issue!

Whilst reading the reviews at some point you make a decision and you click on the product to buy and a few days later the product arrives, you install it and you are over the moon!

This speaker is the best thing you’d ever bought and sounded great! Whatever are the neighbours going to think?

Anyway without you knowing you probably bought the product from a website that belonged to an affiliate marketer, who when you made the purchase made a commission from the Merchant/Retailer. Right?

In a nutshell, that is what affiliate marketing is and what Wealthy Affiliate teaches you to do!

The cool thing regarding this business model is…
  • You have no control of order management as this is all done for you.
  • You hold no stock whatsoever and therefore there are no overheads.
  • You don’t have to ship the product as this is also done for you.

… and the beauty about this business is that you can run it anywhere you want! All that is required is a laptop and an internet connection. Travel the world, see the sites, spend precious time with the family. Your time is your time!

All you are doing is promoting other Merchant/retailers products. The affiliate marketer is the go-between!

  • Customer
  • Affiliate Marketer
  • Merchant/Retailer
You know your product now find an affiliate program!

Pretty much any product you can think of, there will be an affiliate program that you can join.

There are literally thousands of affiliate programs that are free to join, which allow you to use their products on your website with their affiliate links, and once a person clicks on that link and buys, you make a commission.

Just to name a few…

The list above is what’s called Affiliate Networks, which are sites that hold many products across many niches.

You don’t have to look far to find products where the merchant is giving away as much as 75% in commissions, especially on Clickbank.

If we take our example, “wireless tv speakers” then we might decide to join the Amazon Associates affiliate program because that is where we can find many different versions of our “wireless tv speakers” to use to promote on our website, although we could use one of many other affiliate programs.

Let’s Check out Amazon

Amazon is the largest e-commerce store there is and they have a very good affiliate program that you can join for free.

When you promote products from Amazon and the customer clicks on your affiliate link, you will make a commission for anything that customer purchases for the next 24 hours, providing they don’t exit your affiliate link.

TV, Toaster, Kettle, Clothing and so on

Just think about it!

The customer came to your website looking for advice on wireless tv speakers and whilst they are on Amazon through your affiliate link, they decide to purchase other products and for each product, the affiliate (You) will get a commission. How cool is that?

Amazon is just 1 example, but if you wanted to check out other affiliate programs then you can do this simply by keying

wireless tv speakers + affiliate programs into Google

Searching in Google for affiliate programs

If you couldn’t find a suitable affiliate program then just vary your search criteria.

Try – wireless speakers + affiliate programs instead

Just by removing the “tv” portion of your search query will display a whole new bunch of affiliate programs that you could use.


4 simple steps to building an online business

OK, so let’s get down to the “nitty gritty” of what it takes to build an online business. This isn’t rocket science and this isn’t unique to Wealthy Affiliate either!

There is no “secret” to this and broken down makes it seem so simple.

The reason why a lot of people fail in many things is that they tend to look at something in its entirety, and they feel overwhelmed and building an online business is no different.

When you break a process down into individual steps it makes things so much clearer.


Just think about it. A dream of yours could be to build your very own house, but you aren’t a builder and don’t have that knowledge, right?

Many would just walk away and not even consider it, but some will look at this not just as a challenge, although it is, but because they might say “just how difficult can it be? I’m doing this anyway!”

They won’t look at the whole picture they will break it down into sizeable chunks. Plan, Excavation, Foundations, blockwork, brickwork etc.

I know this because an uncle of mine who has sadly passed did just this and the only knowledge he had was as a glazier.


I’m not saying that it makes building an online business easy because it doesn’t, but at least it will give you a chance to at least think more about everything, before making a snap decision to call it a day.

Building an online business is not easy because if it was then everybody would be doing it, but done in the right way, with all the tools and expertise then this is achievable for anyone and the Wealthy Affiliate training platform provides all this and more and sets you up for success. No excuses, only you can fail!


Step 1 – What are you passionate about? It all starts with a Niche!

A niche is where it starts. What are you passionate about?

What are you passionate about? Do you have an interest or maybe a hobby?

This is what we call a Niche! What you want your business (website) to be about?

Been familiar and knowledgeable about a Niche makes it more enjoyable and much easier when it comes to creating content for your website, and the training at Wealthy Affiliate explain in thorough detail, and guide you through the whole process.

You need to decide on a Niche and one that will be profitable and like the example, we mentioned earlier.

Our Niche, in this case, would be about “wireless tv speakers” but if you need some guidance then why not take a look at an article I wrote regarding niches, how to find one and how to find a profitable one, but don’t worry too much about this because Wealthy Affiliate will teach you all there is to know.

It could literally be anything. Remember what I said earlier about people searching on Google and that nearly 6 billion searches are done in 1 day alone?

Those searches that people are keying into Google have the potential to become a niche.


Step 2 – Your website, creating your little piece of the Internet.Start building your business by creating a website first

Creating a website is the next step in the process.

This is what gives you an identity in the online world. Your own little piece of the Internet where everything resides.

Worried about creating a website?

Don’t’ be, as building a website at Wealthy Affiliate is a pure joy.

Maybe a few years back this task required programming skills but not now due to the website management platform which is unique to WA, which is SiteRubix.

Take a look and watch one being built in less than 1 minute.


Step 3 – Finding that healthy crowd: Getting your Website reviews (blog posts) out to the masses, known as Traffic!

Get your website in front of the crowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here the term traffic refers to the people searching on Google or any search engine for that matter!

It goes without saying that if you can’t attract people to your website then you won’t make any sales!

The search terms that people are keying into Google are stored in a database which allows us as the affiliate marketer to research.

This is called Keyword Research!

At Wealthy Affiliate, they have such a tool, which is called Jaaxy. As of December 2017, Jaaxy is fully integrated and comes as part of the premium membership, whereas before you had to pay for it.

So what are we trying to achieve?

We are looking for what people are searching for that relates to our Niche, which in this case is “wireless tv speakers

Ideally, we are looking for “keywords” which relate to our niche and to determine whether we can use these keywords we need to take 3 things into consideration which you will notice on the Jaaxy image below.

Let me explain

AvgIs the average amount that a specific keyword phrase will be keyed into Google over a monthly period.

TrafficIs the amount of traffic that we could attract if we manage to get our website post on the 1st page of Google.

QSRThis is where that exact keyword phrase in our example “wireless tv speakers” can be found on a number of websites. The lower that figure the better. Look for a figure below 100 and less than 50 is even better!

Take a look at the search results straight from Jaaxy

Keyword ideas from Jaaxy

In the above example, we keyed in our search phrase “wireless tv speakers” and the results brought back are what people in Google are searching for that relate to our Niche.

We can see that “wireless tv speakers” has

  • Avg = 1182 (average number of monthly searches)
  • Traffic = 201 (the amount of traffic available to us if we hit page 1 of Google
  • QSR = 100 (number of websites with that exact phrase)

Taking all that into consideration and we have a good keyword that we can use for the title of our next “blog post” relating to our niche. It just so happens to be the same as our Niche!

We could also use the following 4 keywords which are all related.

  1. “best wireless tv speakers”
  2. “wireless tv speakers review”
  3. “wireless tv speaker system”
  4. “bose wireless tv speaker system”

Those 5 keywords we could use as our next “blog post” titles and write our content around. Every post grabs a certain amount of traffic and the more “blog posts” you publish the more traffic, which ultimately means more sales. Got it?

At Wealthy Affiliate, they teach all this and more and the game changer here is that the Traffic (You know, the 5+ billion) we can access for FREE. Not paid but FREE traffic!


Step 4 – All your hard work has paid off!

It is now time to see results from all our hard work

Once you have traffic coming to your website then it is time to make commissions.

These commissions will come from the Merchants and Retailers who’s affiliate programs you joined and are using.

When this happens this is when you know that all your hard work has paid off!


Wealthy Affiliate Free vs Premium membership!

Wealthy affiliate membership comparisonsAs you can see from the above chart, there are only 2 memberships, Free and Premium.

I would always suggest joining as a free member, this way you can take it for a test drive and see what all the fuss is about. That’s exactly what I did and others besides.

When you join as a free member you will not be asked for your credit card details which were a massive plus for me, and you won’t find any upsells at all, not like most products out there.

Aren’t you a little tired of these sales tactics? I know I am!

If after you join as a free member and like what you see, if you upgraded to premium within 7 days then you get the first month for $19. That’s a saving of 39%.

Upgrading to premium allows you to thoroughly check out the training platform over a 4-5 week period (like I did) and if this is not for you then call it a day and all it will have cost you is $19.

You really need to upgrade and take advantage of this as this opens up everything within the training platform.

A note I would like to point out is that if you joined and upgraded to premium and decided to pay for the yearly membership upfront, this would bring down your costs as follows.

From $588 to  $348

That’s a saving of around 39%

That’s $1 a day, yes you heard that right. $1 for all that training, with no hidden costs, no upsells, no garbage promises and to top that; well you can’t because there is nothing that comes close to this training on the  Internet today!


Who could benefit from this training?

Maybe you’ve been stung a few times in the past, misinformed and lost money?

A complete newbie just starting out on your journey and trying to figure it all out?

Could be a business owner looking to improve revenue by building a website and creating an Internet presence?

Are you a stay at home mum or dad looking to project your finances?

You, could be due for retirement and looking to top up your pension?

Looking to add to your current income?

Could it be that you are looking for an alternative career?

Would love to spend more time with your loved ones, so lets fire the boss eh?

Love travelling, then all you would need is a laptop and an Internet connection?

Just to name a few, but the training at Wealthy Affiliate is literally for anyone.


 What is Wealthy Affiliate about? The Verdict!

Hopefully, I have achieved what I set out to do and give you an in-depth review of this training platform without going into too much detail.

I’m sure you’ll agree that affiliate marketing would be a great business to get involved with and that the possibilities are endless.

Remember what I said about over 5 billion searches a day on Google alone?

You only need a fraction of that crowd of people to make a very lucrative online business. Eventually, a passive business that will generate income for you 24/7/365.

Do you really get all this for this ridiculous small monthly amount?

State of art training platform, that is continually been updated and improved.

Education is simple and it works, with video, text and tasks to complete. For newbies and advanced marketers alike.

52 live weekly training classes a year

A vast catalogue of training created by experienced entrepreneurs you will find all over the community.

The support you get goes beyond anything I have come across.

Create beautiful, professional looking websites in seconds, using Wealthy Affiliate’s own management platform SiteRubix, full of techie stuff to take your business to the next level.

Host all your websites on wealthy affiliate

Manage all your domains in one place

A fully secure 1-Stop-Shop for all your business and the only requirement to step outside is to do your research.

Just think – We all do research whenever we are on the Internet. We all write content, that’s what you are doing on social media and we all write emails. OK?

Those are the elements that are required to start an online business so what are you waiting for?

Why not take it for a test drive and see what you think. Remember I will be there for you every step of the way.

You can start your free membership here!

Hope to see you on the inside!


Comments

Had a bad experience and just had enough with all the bad information?

Tired of spending 100’s and in many cases 1000’s and getting nowhere?

Feeling frustrated and just can’t believe anything you are been told anymore? Is your confidence shot?

Leave a comment below regarding anything and I’ll be happy to get back to you. I always reply and look forward to connecting with you.

All the best

Mick

 

What is the Amazon Affiliate Program about? Is it the BEST?

Just about any product you can purchase on the Internet you can find an affiliate program that you can join and make a tidy living from as an Affiliate Marketer, so let’s jump right into probably the biggest program there is and let’s see, just what is the Amazon Affiliate Program about?

If you are new to Affiliate Marketing, it can be a little daunting just where to go with literally thousands of Affiliate Programs out there ready and waiting for you to join.

What is the amazon affiliate program about

With around 1 million affiliates and climbing, Amazon is the largest online e-Commerce store selling pretty much anything and everything you could possibly think of, then why not take advantage of the fact that everything is in one place?

Affiliate marketing is a $6 billion/year industry. If you don’t quite understand the affiliate marketing business model and how it works, check out this article first.


  • Product: Amazon Associates
  • Website: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/
  • Price: FREE
  • Owner: Jeff Bezos
  • Recommended – YES

Before we get started – Do I really need a website to make money as an Amazon Affiliate?

If you are serious about building an online presence then it’s imperative that you create your very own website.

Don’t worry, with the advancement of technology, nowadays creating your own website isn’t as difficult as you may think, especially if you find the right training platform.

In fact, I would go so far to say that it is a breeze.

Just think about it logically.

When you own a website you are in control with how you present it to the masses, who are out there literally searching for pretty much anything.

In Google alone, there are somewhere like 65,000 searches every single second, which is around 5.6 billion searches in one day alone.

That’s an enormous amount of people searching for a lot of stuff and I bet a vast majority of those searches could be linked to Amazon products so wouldn’t it be the obvious place to become an affiliate?

You bet it is!

You decide just how and what you promote and that is easy because you can use the Amazon website to research the products that people are purchasing.

All it takes are these 4 simple steps

Decide what your website is going to be about and that can be anything. This is called a niche. If you are unsure of just what a niche is and how to go about finding one then you can read an article I wrote here.

Create your website.

Research what people are searching for relating to your chosen niche. This is called Keyword Research.

Create great content for your chosen niche giving value to your prospective customers, with additional links pointing to Amazon.

A great way would be to write unique product reviews. Amazon loves great unique product reviews.


How does the Amazon Affiliate Program work?

The business model as an affiliate marketer is a very simple one and with very little outlay with regard to costs, with no overheads, warehouse, and inventory to take on board, and you will find that all affiliate programs work in a similar fashion.

 

The Amazon Affiliate Program is a referral commission program, which simply means that if you refer customers to Amazon through one of your links you get a commission for everything they buy.

When a customer comes to your website through whatever means, Google, Bing, Yahoo or social media just to name a few, and then click on one of your Amazon links, they are tagged as your referral.

Anything they purchase from here on for the next 24 hours without exiting your link you will get a commission.

I know in reality that this wouldn’t happen for the full 24 hours but just think how many times have you been on Amazon to purchase a single product only to end up buying several?

I know I have many times!

It is a fact that customers will purchase more than 1 product whilst on Amazon through your affiliate link!


How many commissions can you earn with Amazon

The new Amazon commission rates as of 1st March 2017

Amazon commission categories

Prior to the 1st March 2017, the commission rates were tiered which meant the more you sold the more commissions you made with a starting 4% all the way up to 8.5%.

Granted at month-end the percentage dropped back down to 4%.

Amazon had been hinting for some time now about changing the commission structure which doesn’t appear to be a bad thing, as several categories still retain the same rate.

Amazon is going to keep pushing instant shipping with their “Amazon Prime” which can only mean better things for the affiliate. Faster shipping means more sales which mean more revenue.

Some category commission rates have gone up with “Pantry” (previously groceries) doubling from 4 to 8 percent.

This is a good thing as more and more people are buying their food online increasing the spending flow, in turn giving you an extremely profitable niche to get involved with.

But hey, as you are here and asking the question, what is the Amazon affiliate program about, an assumption can be made that you are thinking of maybe participating in their affiliate program, and therefore these recent changes will not affect you.


Why is the Amazon Affiliate Program so popular?

People like the Amazon affiliate program because it is worldwide, which creates lots of tangential benefits.

There are plenty of reasons and I have just touched base on a few.

  • Covers a vast majority of the markets – If you are in a market in which there are physical goods to be sold, you can probably use Amazon, and there’s a good chance Amazon is one of the best affiliate options for you.
  • Massive inventory – With over 600 million products
  • Plenty of information – Because so many people use it, it’s easy to find information about promotional tactics, technical questions, etc.
  • Big platform = tangential sales – You don’t just get a commission for the product you recommended but commissions on everything your customer purchases, and people tend to buy lots from Amazon.
  • Receive payments in your bank account anywhere – With the help of services like Payoneer.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. Great for physical products.
  2. Conversions are very good due to its popularity.
  3. People will purchase other products after clicking on your link.
  4. Amazon is full of information and provides lots of ways to promote offers.
  5. They offer a fulfilment facility. They will store your own inventory and become your order management system.
  6. A trustworthy organization.
  7. Target audiences in specific countries.

Cons

  • Very little in the way of information or digital products.
  • Percentage rates could be better
  • Bans are quite severe if you don’t adhere to their rules.

The process of acceptance for the Affiliate Program

The Amazon Affiliate Program is 100% free to join, and the registration is straightforward but your account will not become active until Amazon has vetted your website.

Amazon is a trustworthy world brand and they want to keep it that way, so it is only right that their affiliates are marketing their products in the correct manner.

If they don’t like your approach to the way you are marketing their products they will ban you, but that doesn’t mean a total ban providing you aren’t constantly abusing their rules.


Amazon Products convert Higher than most

Amazon is the #1 e-commerce store in the world and is a highly trusted company and thrives on providing the best service possible to their customers.

Providing you have all the necessary things in place with regard to your website then customers are more likely to purchase from you rather than other sites promoting similar products from Amazon’s competitors.


So is Amazon’s affiliate program worth trying?

Yes, absolutely.

Their affiliate program is one of the most respected out there and they respect that their affiliates are helping build the brand even further.

Obviously, their commission structure could be better!

The beauty of Amazon is the wealth of information available to you and makes it so much easier selecting a great lucrative niche with a lot of pulling power.

If you already have a niche idea that is not too popular then check out Amazon first to see if they have products related and the chances are they do.

I use Amazon all the time when it comes to researching niches and product reviews for my business, just like you do yourself when searching out product reviews before you buy.


Feedback and Comments

I hope you found this review useful and I welcome any comments.

I obviously don’t know where you are in your research or whether at all you are interested in trying to make a living through the Internet, but if you are and want to know more about what I do for a living and you have some spare time on your hands, then I hope you will find my review on my number 1 recommendation a worthy and interesting read.

Don’t forget I am here to help in any way I can so fire away with any questions you may have.

Your friend

Mick

 

What is 4 Percent Group – Is it Legit? An insiders first hand experience!

OK, so you are researching ways to make a living online and you have obviously heard about all the hype with Vick Strizheus’s recent product and therefore let’s try and break it down and find out, what is 4 Percent Group all about?

Not too much to ask for considering you have worked hard for your money and do not want to end up squandering it.

What is 4 percent group


  • Product: The 4 Percent Group
  • Website: www.fourpercent.com
  • Price: $49 a month or $497 one-off fee
  • No longer free to join!
  • All in Price: Approximately $12,200
  • Owner: Vick Strizheus
  • Recommended – NO (Much better solutions out there for affiliate marketing training)

Who is Vick Strizheus, the founder of 4 percent group?

I’m sure if you have been researching ways on how to make money online that you have come across Vick Strizheus and his training methods.

You will find tons of training videos all over YouTube, but be careful because a lot of the stuff is well out-dated and you could find yourself purchasing something that you didn’t really need. I should know!

He does come across as an expert when it comes to standing in front of the cameras with his unique energy and style.

A very charismatic individual with a unique approach to training.

I remember a few years ago when I started researching “ways to make money online”.

I came across 4 videos in a series leading up to the launch of HTA (High Traffic Academy), which is/was one of his products at the time.

It was that series of videos that actually got me interested in the whole “make money online” concept and the reason why I am here now.

They were very professional and made this topic seem easy, but I have learned a lot since then and for his methods to work, you have to have an endless supply of money to invest in PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising, and Solo Ads which are the 2 main traffic sources he promotes.

What worked then doesn’t work now with many PPC sites that he used closed down.

Nowadays when these “gurus” show you how it’s done, they never let you into the one “secret” and that’s who they are using for their PPC campaigns. This you will have to work out for yourself!

I heard somewhere that Vick Strizheus has been known to spend $250,000 on PPC campaigns in 1 week. That’s some going, and remember PPC is hit and miss and could see yourself losing a fortune before you have made 1 cent


Let’s turn the clock back a few years

Before we get into the review I’d like to give you guys an insight into what Vick was involved in prior to the online world.

Vick used to sell life insurance for a living and was involved with several leading insurance companies like Mutual of Omaha, Americo and Sioux Falls.

In 2007, twenty-five year old at the time, Vick (real name Vitaliy) Strizheus who is originally from Ukraine, was convicted of fraud and was sentenced to 90 days in prison.

He was ordered to serve his 90 days on the weekends due to family commitments and he also avoided deportation.

Nowadays that would be a different thing altogether.

Apparently, he was caught filing life insurance applications for people who didn’t exist, which netted him more than $30,000 in commissions.

Check out the video below for yourself

I think you’ll agree that most people come with a shady past and everybody deserves a second chance, right?

He was also involved in one of the largest Multi-Level Marketing schemes of all time namely Empower Network, and as you are probably aware of, shut down and went bankrupt with a lot of members losing a fortune.

Between the years 2011 and 2013, Vick was one of the very top earners who managed to make millions from recruiting other people into this scheme and convincing them to go all in.

In the early part of 2016, Vick created The 4 Percent Group and over the past couple of years, there has been quite a bit of hype surrounding this program.


So what is 4 Percent Group all about?

The actual name of 4 percent group came about from an idea based on 100 people who wanted to change their lives.

  • According to Vick, he explains that, out of 100 people,
  • 80 will talk about doing something but actually, do nothing.
  • While out of the 20 people left, 16 will do something but will give up.
  • Which leaves 4 who will actually do something positive and carry it through to the end, not that they believed it would work but that these 4 are determined no matter what.

If you look at the setup with 4 percent group, you will see extreme similarities with The Empower Network for which Vick had so much success with.

We all know what happened to Empower Network, with many members losing a fortune.

Before you actually join The 4 Percent Group, very little is discussed regarding just how much this could actually cost you, and you only find this out when you become a member.

I remember when I joined some time ago now, you could do so as a free member which was great and allowed you to check out everything before you made a commitment.

Now, you don’t appear to be able to do this anymore, as I now see members marketing 4 Percent Group for $1 and $49 so I guess you have to make that commitment from the very start.

Just remember even at the $1 membership fee you will be adding your credit card details, so remember that if you don’t like what you see to cancel the membership before the 2nd month starts otherwise the full amount will come out.

After you join you will find that in order to earn commissions and progress that you will need to purchase other products and that’s where things start to become expensive.


The Hidden costs of the 4 Percent Group Sales Marketing Funnel

One (of many) very important things that Vick Strizheus fails to mention is that you must employ the services of the products that The 4 Percent Group promotes for the entire sales marketing funnel to work.

The entire cost of setting up the sales funnel (including the monthly membership of the 4 Percent Group) is approximately $187.87 per month, and the breakdown is as follows:

    • The 4 Percent Group Membership – $49 per month                                              Or a one-off lifetime fee of – $497
    • Click Funnels – $97 per month
    • Aweber – minimum $19 per month
    • Click Magick – minimum $12 per month
    • Name Cheap – $10.87 per year ($0.91 per month)

Besides the above, the main product that The 4 Percent Group promotes is a high ticket Marketing Training course from Tecademics, which costs between $100 per month to a one-time fee of $12,000.

To qualify for the 40% commission that Tecademics are paying out, you have to own the product, which means if you want to earn a commission of $4,800 from the sale of the $12,000 course, you have to own the course yourself first.

The problem here arises if you do not purchase the course yourself and you referred someone to the $12,000 course and they purchased it, is that you would not receive the 40% commission.

The person who referred you to the 4 Percent Group who owned the $12,000 course would inherit the $4,800 commission.

Naughty don’t you think?

So as you can see the entire cost of joining and running The 4 Percent Group marketing sales funnel is a staggering $12,187.00 which is absolutely ridiculous.

A huge amount of money for someone coming into the online arena and trying to make a living from.

None of these costs are spoken about before you join The 4 Percent Group, because if they were transparent then many wouldn’t join in the first place.

What you will see here are successful online marketers joining and marketing the product to their email list and going all-in. Remember The money is in the list!

A sure way to get those subscribers unsubscribing from your email list!

The amount of $12,187.00 for going all in is definitely on the low side.

The reason being is that they teach you how to get traffic to your landing page by paying for it, which if not done correctly will cost you an arm and a leg.

I know from watching some of Vicks videos in the past that he hasn’t a clue about SEO and attracting Free Organic Traffic and has no interest, because he is after results fast, and that’s what paid traffic does if done correctly, and of course newbies won’t have a clue.

Quite simply SEO takes time and would not feed the members interest, but done right it will save you thousands in paid traffic fees and once it is working for you it does so 24/7/365.


The 7 Steps to Results

Once you have joined you will be met with a series of 7 steps that you are encouraged to follow and complete.

  • Step 1- New Member Introduction – The Plan, The Strategy
  • Step 2- Payment Account Setup & Activating multiple streams of income
  • Step 3- Funnels Setup
  • Step 4- Powerbase activation
  • Step 5- Plant your flag
  • Step 6- The miracles of live events
  • Step 7- Operation 100K

A series of 7 videos, with only steps 2 and 3 that you need to take action in, the rest are there for motivation.

Step 2 will walk you through the process of signing up for the affiliate programs of all those companies that The 4 Percent Group promote, with an enthuses that these products are important and necessary for you to become successful.

Step 3 explains how to set up your sales funnels.

In order to follow the training to a tee, you have to purchase many other things as per the list above such as Aweber, Click Magic, Click Funnels amongst others.


The Hook that got people anxious to join The 4 Percent Group

That was Step 7 – Operation $100k in 90 days which is pretty much like some guru standing there in front of a mansion with several high-performance sports cars and dangling a wad of cash.

It did the trick for many but when people joined they found that Step 7 didn’t exist and was quite some time before it was made available.

I wonder just where $100k in 90 days actually came from?

Surely the 90 days isn’t linked to the 90 days that he was sentenced to for fraud, was it?

I guess we will never know eh!


Pros and Cons

Pros

  • I am struggling to find any positive things to say about this product but what I would say is that all the training/information can be found on the Internet for free.

Cons

  • Not transparent with actual costs and to go all in will cost you over $12,000
  • Simplistic training regarding landing pages.
  • Lack of information about how to drive traffic to your landing pages.
  • Focus on Pay Per Click with no guidance on where to go.
  • Focus on Solo Ads which is probably the worst route you could possibly take.
  • Teach you how to copy which would be no good if you left the company.

What is 4 Percent Group – Final thoughts!

Well for sure The 4 Percent Group is not a SCAM like most reviews are showing you, as you can get value for your money albeit not very much.

Would I say it was a “Legit” route to take?

The answer to that question is a resounding no, but I’ll leave that up to your and hopefully there is enough information here to allow you to do that.

Just think about it, there will be thousands promoting basically the same campaigns through PPC, which is pretty much like dropping a needle in a haystack and telling someone to find it. It will not work!

The paid traffic routes that work are a closed shop “secret”

OK, you might make some money, but as you have seen in order to take advantage of Tecademics and the 40% commission then you have to go all in at a cost of over $12,000.

Do you have that sort of money lying about?

I do but I wouldn’t dream of spending it in this way!

Just think about it logically, if you knocked on somebody’s door and tried to sell them a training course for $12,000 what do you think would happen?

The door would be slammed right in your face, so what makes you think that creating a fancy landing page and sending it out into the Internet Abyss is going to be any different?

Quite simply, it isn’t so please do not waste your money!

I know I wouldn’t even contemplate spending anything like that amount, and there is absolutely no need to do that either.

Let’s face it

The most important skill required when promoting an online business is to know how to drive traffic to your offer.

The problem is that The 4 Percent Group does not teach you SEO, and how to drive free organic traffic because it focuses on PPC (Pay Per Click), like Google Adwords, Bing, Yahoo, Solo Ads and Social Media Advertising.

Nobody mentions this additional cost for driving traffic until you become a member and that’s where the costs will sore to greater heights. Take it from me that is where it will become costly!

If you want to learn how to copy and paste and you have an endless supply of money then go ahead and join The 4 Percent Group.

But, if you are seriously interested in learning how to build an online business the right way, please check out this training platform which will save you an absolute fortune.


Comments

Hopefully, I have shed some light on what the 4 percent group is all about.

Are you a member of 4 percent group and had any bad experiences? Did you go all-in for the $12,000? Are you finding that paid traffic is not the right way to go and costs just keep on soring without any ROI? Feeling disheartened and frustrated? Want to know how to build an online business the right way?

I’d love to hear what you thought of the review and any comments you may have.

All the best

Mick

 

How to Build Your Own Website Free in Wealthy Affiliate

So you have a Hobby or an Interest that you want to get out there in front of the millions of people searching on Google, and want to know how to build your own website free?

how to build your own website free

Every business no matter what it is should have a website to promote its brand, otherwise, you could be missing out on so many potential customers.

With so many people searching on Google which according to the website Internet Live Stats is well over 64,000 a second.

This potential traffic is just screaming out for you to take advantage of!

But before we get down to actually creating your website, you need to have something to base your website around.

Maybe a hobby of yours or some kind of interest that you have a passion for that we call a Niche.

My interests are fishing, golf, running, travelling, technology, DIY, eating out just to name a few and I could extend this list very easily, but pretty much anything you could think of could be a niche.

Having a passion only makes it so much more interesting and fun when doing research and building your website. It means that it wouldn’t become so much of a chore.

Choosing a Niche usually gets people in a bit of a dilemma, because whilst pretty much anything that anybody is searching for could potentially be a niche, it seems to be a stumbling block for many.

It was for me until I learned just how easy it was!

With the thousands of keyword searches per second which I mentioned above, they could all potentially be a niche, but there is a way of searching out a niche and one that could make you some money.

I wrote an article that describes just what a niche is and how to select a profitable one if you would like to read it here.

You could also check out what Kyle, my mentor has to say about Niches in the below training. A taster of the type of training available.

It all starts with a niche - what's my nicheNow we have that out of the way and you have chosen a profitable niche then we can think about building your website.


How to Build Your Own Website Free

Everybody likes free right, but people tend to be wary of anything associated with a freebie.

I know I do, what’s the catch?

Well, in this instance there isn’t one!

You might be thinking that because it is free that you will only have a limited amount of tools to accomplish the task, and that once this website is up and running that it won’t be a professional looking website and you won’t be able to generate traffic to it?

How wrong could you be!

What if I told you that this training platform teaches you everything you would ever need to know about affiliate marketing and building a website with all the tools you would need to get the job done?


The 4 steps to becoming a success with an online business within Wealthy Affiliate

The 4 steps to building an online business

  1. What a niche is and choosing a profitable one.
  2. Create your own free WordPress website.
  3. Learn how to drive traffic to your website organically.
  4. Getting paid by way of commissions.

Building a Website is Easy, Straightforward and Fun

Within this article, I will lay out what is required to build Your Own Website Free in Wealthy Affiliate and show you the 4 simple steps you need to know to accomplish this task.

Apart from choosing a profitable niche, to have a successful online business you need to know the steps required to build a great looking professional website.

Once you have the foundation built and it is rock solid then you can work on what it takes to get traffic to your website.

But first, we are going to start building your website.


Time to Build Your Own Website

Many people freeze when they talk about building a website.

  • Surely this must be difficult?
  • I don’t come from a technical background and wouldn’t have a clue?
  • This is going to take me an age to get to grips with?
  • What do I do once the website is created?
  • How do I get my website to make me money?

These are just a few questions that come to mind, which can put a negative spin on things, and before we know it we have decided to call it a day and move onto something else.

Around 10 years ago the task of building your very own website was a task, to say the least.

You did need a technical background with programming skills in HTML, CSS, Javascript, Graphics etc or you could hire a professional website developer to do the job, which I can tell you then, was expensive.

Technology has moved on somewhat and those days are a thing of the past and there is nothing for you to worry about.

Anybody at all no matter what background you come from can build a professional looking website that looks a million dollars and the best platform to do this, in my opinion, is with Wealthy Affiliate.

Check out the training video link below and see for yourself how easy it is to build your very own website here at Wealthy Affiliate.


It is very Important where you Build your Website?

Developing a successful online business is no easy task when you are building it from scratch with no help or support, but when you have the correct tools at your disposal it makes life so much easier.

There is so much more to just building a website here at Wealthy Affiliate with all the training and help there is within the community.

There are 2 memberships, the free and the premium membership and everyone usually joins as a free member.

This way you can take your time and get used to what the training platform has to offer, and see if it really is for you.

I can talk about Wealthy Affiliate until I go blue in the face but the best way for you or anyone to get know what is on offer is to signup for a free membership.

Once you have signed up and decided that this is just what you have been looking for, then and only if you are sure, then you can upgrade to a Premium membership, but we are jumping the gun a little here.

Site Rubix is the Management System where all this happens

Site Rubix's main application management tool

Site Manager – Allows you to access your website along with many other functionalities relating to your site

Site builder – This is where you would go to create your website,

Whether on a new domain, use an existing domain or use a Free domain which in your case would be the place to go. Remember you can create 2 websites on a Free domain, 50 if you upgraded to premium.

Site Domains – Where you would go to maintain your domains.

Either add a sub-domain or transfer your own domain to WA.

You could also point domains that were external to Wealthy Affiliate to WA servers and host your websites there, once again allowing for WA to handle all the backups and security.

Site Content – This is where all your articles or blogs that you create would be managed.

You can set yourself goals with your content writing which is extremely good for personal improvement.

Here at WA they are always adding new things to enhance the way you build and maintain your website, and recently new functions have been implemented as part of site content and one very important one is access to over 1,000,000 images, free to use for your content and free from any copyright infringements.

This alone could cost you $20+ a month depending on where you look.

Site Comments and Site Feedback – Is a facility amongst the Wealthy Affiliate community to engage and get feedback and comments. It’s great to get other people, real people to respond to your articles which can only help to improve your writing ability over time.

A very important aspect of Google uses comments and feedback as part of their algorithm to index and rank your posts.

Site Support – Last but not least support and here at you will find no better.

No need to be waiting 24-48+ hours to get a reply, this is pretty much instant and the results I have always been satisfied with.


Now it’s time to Build your Website in 4 Simple Steps

At this stage of the process, you have learned what a niche is and found one that can be profitable so I guess all there is to do now is take these 4 steps and start building your website.

At Wealthy Affiliate, it couldn’t be made any easier.

Step 1 – What kind of Website do you Want to Create?

Use a free domain, a domain of your own or create a new one

As a free member then you would create a free website as part of the .siterubix.com domain. You are entitled to 2 free websites.

Enough for you to get a feel for whether Wealthy Affiliate would be a right fit for you or not!

If at a later date you decided to upgrade to premium then this figure jumps up to 25 free websites on a .siterubix.com domain with a further 25 on domains that you could own for a total of 50, which to be honest is more than enough for anybody.

Step 2 – Choose a Name for your Website

Choose a domain name for your website

As your free website would become part of the .siterubix.com domain, this is what we call a sub-domain.

The name of your website is going to be your brand and will be with you for a very long time and should relate to your chosen niche.

There is no rule that states your website name should relate to your niche but just think about it for a second. There is no point calling your website  “how to make money online” when your niche is about “Drones”?

My niche is in the “how to make money online” and I eventually came up with the name www.AchieveSuccessFromHome.com It took me a while because the ones that I wanted were taken, but I eventually had it down to several.

Some good advice would be to write down a dozen or so off the top of your head and see what happens.

As you probably would be joining as a free member then deciding on a name wouldn’t be so important for your free sites, it is only when/if you decided to upgrade as a premium member that more care has to be taken because you will be creating your own domain.

That’s what I did when I joined. I used the free membership to get a feel for what this training platform had to offer, and I didn’t take advantage of the 2 free websites. I decided within 2 hours that this platform was right for me and therefore went the other route. The premium route and created my own domain.

Step 3 – Give your Website a Title.

Give your website a name

This will be what your visitors see when they click on your site.

This should relate to your website name and preferably the same if your website name is meaningful.

You could change this at a later date but not advised because visitors over time will know your site through the actual name.

Step 4 – Choose a WordPress Theme for your chosen niche.

Choose a WordPress theme from thousands

Currently, at Wealthy Affiliate, you have over 2800 different themes available, so try and choose a popular one and one that has quite a number of reviews, remember you can change your theme anytime you want.

WordPress is the most widely used open source content management system (CMS) there is, with around 50,000 plugins at your disposal. Want to modify something on your website, then be rest assured there will be a plugin to do the job.

And that’s it all done.


Your Website is now Built and What Happens Next?

Wealthy Affiliate has been active for the last 12+ years seeing through around 1.2 million members, with helping over 217,000 start their first business online in 2017.

As a member of Wealthy Affiliate, you feel part of something special and a training platform that you can really trust 100%. I know this is some claim but it took me quite some time researching the Internet before I stumbled across this company.

As you can see from the video, just how professional the training is, and whilst we are talking about the training, the platform is literally full of training and takes any newbie from knowing absolutely nothing about Affiliate Marketing to learning everything that you would ever need to know in order to be a success online.

All the training courses are set out in a way that makes learning enjoyable, with each course laid out in text format, along with video, and tasks to take on and complete.

Get stuck on anything and you have an enormous community with all levels of knowledge ready and willing to help you in any way they can.

Not happy with your answers then get in touch with either Kyle or Carson, the 2 co-founders who are at your disposal, and that alone for me was a decision maker when I decided to go with Wealthy Affiliate amongst many other things too.

The 2 major steps to becoming a success online you have just accomplished.

  1. Finding a profitable niche
  2. Creating your niche website

Time to Start Building your Website with Great Content

Now all there is to do is create great content for your website and to do that you need to research just what people are searching for in Google, Bing, and Yahoo which is related to your niche.

With over 65,000 keyword searches in Google alone every single second, which is around 234,000,000 every hour, I’m sure you can find keywords that are related to your Niche that you can use for your articles.

Great keywords with little competition and for this, you need a great keyword research tool and guess what, Wealthy Affiliate has one which is now integrated and part of the training platform.

Before you start writing content for your articles you need to find low competition keywords and Jaaxy allows you to do this. I wrote a review about Jaaxy and you can read about it here.


Final thoughts

It goes without saying that finding the right training platform with all the training and tools you would ever require is paramount to your success, and every business should have a website otherwise you are missing out on so many potential customers.

What I have given you here is just a little taste of what is on offer, so don’t take my word for it give it a try and create your free membership today and see for yourself, that’s exactly what I did and now I am doing this fulltime from home.

Remember, when I say free I really mean free and no credit card will be asked for either.

If you are really serious about learning affiliate marketing from the grassroots up and building a successful online business that will be around for years to come, which will give you a passive income 24/7/365 then this could be just what you are looking for.

If you want to know more about Wealthy Affiliate then you can read about it in a review I created, which goes into a lot more detail here.


Comments

Thanks for stopping by and reading my review and I hope this has been helpful as part of your research in finding a suitable solution.

If you did find this article useful, please help to share this with your friends and family members by clicking on the social media buttons.

Any questions at all don’t hesitate to pop them down below and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience.

Why not just drop by and tell me how your research has been coming along and what you are currently up to.

No matter what, I am here to help.

Mick

 

What is an Online Marketing Strategy – 22 Useful Suggestions to help you Succeed

OK, so you are wanting to escape the working week and looking for an alternative career path maybe, or just want to earn a little extra cash, and find yourself asking, what is an online marketing strategy and do I need one, well maybe these 22 suggestions will help.

The Internet is still relatively new with the creation of the first World Wide Web browser which didn’t come into existence until 1990 at Cern and wasn’t released to the public until 91’

In such a short time, the Internet has expanded at such a rate that we currently have around half the world population with access to the Internet, that’s around 3.75 billion people.

With more and more people turning to the Internet for ways to earn a living from, whether to complement their current income or eventually to replace it, means that in order to be a success then you have to be doing it better than the rest, and only makes it so much more important to have an online marketing strategy.

It really doesn’t matter what business you decide to get involved in, you should always have a plan of action and try to stick to it.

I know everybody likes to get straight into the more interesting elements of running a business, but it is all of a set of elements together that helps you create a successful business, not the odd one or two.

What is an online marketing strategy

These are in no particular order of relevance.

OK then, let’s get to it!

  1. Mindset
  2. Follow a business plan and strategy
  3. A website is a must
  4. Content is king
  5. Ensure, create and update dates are included as part of your Posts and Reviews
  6. Be unique, don’t copy and paste
  7. Be thorough with your recommendations
  8. Never Give Up
  9. Determination
  10. Stay Organized
  11. Stay up to date
  12. Engage with your customers
  13. Be transparent with your customers
  14. Invest in user experience
  15. Listen to all criticism
  16. Feedback
  17. Comments
  18. Stand out from the crowd – Create your own style!
  19. Know your competition
  20. Start an email list
  21. Include videos
  22. Take advantage of social media networks

1. Mindset

The new Psychology of Success I read somewhere!

This could be a new word for some, and one that is passed around all the time especially on the Internet, but having the correct mindset in everyday life is what everyone should aim for and try to achieve.

We all fight with this and probably without us actually knowing about it.

Haven’t you at some point (probably many times) tried to gear yourself up to do a chore of some description?

Maybe some DIY around the house and had to get in the right frame of mind before you would even contemplate starting?

I know I have. Fighting with shall I start or shall I not?

Used to happen to me all the time, but over the last, maybe 10 years or so my mindset is in a better place.

Finding the right balance with your mindset is extremely important, because at times you will find yourself fighting with your negative side, and in my case when this happens I either do something entirely different, take a break or go for a run.

Going for a run for me helps in so many ways, and gets me thinking.

Obviously helps to forget the pain when you are hitting those miles too!

A great way to get yourself into the correct mindset is to mix with people who are successful and are very positive in life.

Try to stay away from negative people, that’s people who slate what you are trying to achieve with your life, such as own an online business with the view to calling it a day with the 5-day working week.

There is plenty of literature on this topic, and you can go very deep into the psychological side, which to me is way too much information, but hey, that might be your thing?

Maybe listen to someone like Tim Robbins, or someone like if you are struggling with it.

Life is a massive learning curve and through time we learn many things about ourselves. I learned that maybe 10-12 years ago that I didn’t have the right mindset to build an online business.

Nowadays things have changed somewhat and maybe it’s an age thing. Who knows?

  • Stay positive
  • Believe in yourself
  • Commitment
  • Hard work

Take a look and see what the trusty Wikipedia has to say about Mindset

2. Follow a Business plan and Strategy

You need a business strategy

Running an online business still needs structure, and everybody should have a Business Plan and Strategy, even if it’s just a serious of steps roughly written down on paper with a bunch of these recommendations here in this article, because without one means that maybe you aren’t serious about building your very own online business.

I know an online business might be different in a lot of ways, due to the exemption of external premises, overheads, and stocks, which obviously is a massive saving, but it is still a business all the same.

3. A Website is a must have

If you are serious about creating an online presence, then a Website should be at the top of your list.

Maybe around 5-10 years ago creating a website required you to have Must have a websiteknowledge of HTML, JavaScript (or any scripting language) and maybe graphics but those days are gone.

Technology has come a very long way in such a short time.

There are options out there and some very good ones too.

Here are 6 Website creators straight off the top of my head, who are well worth researching.

You could, of course, employ a professional if you had the money, but why?

Nowadays creating a website is fun and enjoyable.

What isn’t fun when creating your own independent website is trying to find answers to questions in Google, but not just finding answers, are the answers actually correct?

If you don’t already know, there is a lot of false or misinformation on the Internet, and before you know it, could end up creating yourself untold problems.

Why not find a training platform and one you can trust 100%?

If you do your research you will find quite a few.

Some good, some bad!

Some expensive, some not!

4. Content is king

Having a website to showcase your products and services is the first step, and promoting that website is all down to creating unique great quality content.

Keyword research

Before we delve into content creation, we have to concentrate on keyword research.

You have to find those great “Long Tail Keywords” that people are keying into the Google Search Engine that relate to your products and services.

Why “Long Tail Keywords”?

By using this type of keyword, it allows you to focus in an area where the traffic is not too busy and not too competitive.

There is no point trying to compete at a higher level (Broad Term Keyword) where the major companies will be concentrating.

There is a rule of thumb that I go for when deciding what keywords to use.

There are three statistical figures to take into consideration.
1. Average number of monthly searches

I look for an average amount of traffic per month that has to be 100+ searches, the more the merrier.

2. Traffic

Amount of traffic that could be available to your website if you ranked on page 1 of Google for your chosen “Long Tail Keyword

3. Competition

The way we find competition is by looking at QSR (Quoted String Results).

That’s the figure you will find at the end of your search query results that come back from Google when you key in the keyword and press enter.

The number of websites that reference that very same keyword.

Google QSR – Quoted String Results

What is an online marketing strategy - Google search results QSR

Jaaxy Keyword Tool

Showing average monthly searches, Traffic, QSR

Wealthy Affiliate - Jaaxy keyword research tool

Note:

When you have found your chosen keyword for your article or post, then it may be that the keyword doesn’t fit your premise, and with a little ingenuity you might be able to keep that keyword but make it mean something else with adding words to the beginning and/or end to make it mean something entirely different, and something that fits in with your current project.

It also helps to find a great Keyword Research Tool. There are many out there and I have tried a few but I find that Jaaxy gives me everything I need in a keyword tool, it’s quick, easy to understand and helps speed up my production when I do my research.

For anybody that may be interested, Jaaxy Lite now comes as part of the premium membership in Wealthy Affiliate

Message to convey to your reader or potential customer

An important factor in a post or review is the message that you trying to get across to your reader and keep them interested. The message should be clear and concise. You don’t want to lose your reader in the first few paragraphs, do you?

Your initial goal is to educate your readers about the products and/or services that you will be promoting. Content is key and therefore you must ensure that it is unique, interesting, informative and possibly with some humour at times so that your readers keep coming back.

Try to ensure that your posts/reviews are not too short.

Aim for 1000-2000+ words per article and at various lengths.

Try to use one keyword per article with maybe variations of it within the content.

Do not use “Keyword Stuffing” – That’s a big no-no!

It may have worked back in the day when anything was possible, but Google is constantly changing their algorithm and you will only be penalized for doing such a thing.

Highlight certain important points within the content

Before you publish the article or post, ensure you read it through a few times and make sure there are no spelling or punctuation mistakes.

Do what I do and get somebody else to read through it and get them to be honest and tell you what mistakes they think there are.

Always good to get an extra pair of eyes involved!

Remember this is the key to getting your website in front of the millions that are out there hopefully searching for what you have to offer.

Just think, according to Internet Live Stats there are over 60,000 Google searches per second, and I haven’t mentioned Bing or Yahoo yet.

You can check it out for yourself here

5. Ensure, create and update dates are included as part of your Posts and Reviews

This question comes up more than you could imagine.

I remember sitting on the fence regarding this and some may well find it a trivial question.

I myself don’t and the reasons for this are pretty straightforward.

When I am doing my research, which entails reading other peoples websites, then I personally like to see dates attached to the post or review.

This at least tells me that the post or review should be current!

I see far too many websites with no dates and therefore I haven’t a clue when they were written, and in a lot of cases, I just come back out.

The exception to this are “Ever-Green” articles, where the information wouldn’t change regardless of time.

I myself include the creation date and also an update date for when I go back to modify the post.

I’m sure many will have mixed feelings about this, but I like to give the reader as much validity as I can, and is all part of the relationship that you as the business owner want to build and relay to your customer.

6. Be unique, don’t copy and paste

This goes without saying, do not copy what others are doing, this is a sheer way of falling flat on your face.

When you have found your style, then being unique will just fall into place.

You want something to be proud of and creating uniqueness is a big step in the right direction.

Remember, it wouldn’t take long for your name to be plastered around the Internet for doing such a thing!

7. Be thorough with your recommendations

Ensure that when you are writing your content, whether it is a post or a review make sure you are transparent, focusing not only on the positive aspects but tell your reader about any negatives that there are too.

When you are trying to get something across, try to show your reader and not tell them!

Either through video, images etc

8. Never Give Up

Some day’s life gets a little difficult and you just have to push through that barrier. I know it is hard but try to focus on the positive side.

Ensure you are mixing with like-minded business owners and entrepreneurs

It’s pretty difficult trying to focus when you aren’t around the right type of people.

Why not find a community of people who are involved with the same thing?

A training platform may be?

Some days are going to be hard, and its so easy to give up and call it a day. I see it all the time!

Back to the mindset again.

Just take a break, do something else

Reconnect to the why?

Why are you doing this?

You will find many people just fall at the first hurdle and mainly because the business is not making enough money.

Developing a business must have more purpose than just money.

Having premises and not earning enough to keep afloat means that you may have no alternative but to call it a day.

That’s unfortunate, but owning an online marketing business would mean that you have some room to maneuver.

9. Determination

Determination to succeed in business

How do people become millionaires and billionaires?

They have a determination and foresight to never give up no matter what.

Do you think successful people got where they are now by some freakish piece of luck?

Of course, they didn’t!

They fought through all the trials and tribulations to get where they are now.

I know several people who lost everything not once or twice but in one case 5 times, but they pulled themselves together and carried on and are in a good place now, well until next time hopefully not.

10. Stay Organized

This is a hard one to structure and stick to because many times you will spend far too much time on one topic instead of spreading your time about to focus on other things that are important when owning and running your own business.

Why not…

  • Put up a great big picture of where you would like to be
  • Keep a diary
  • To-do lists
  • What about a wall chart
  • Get plenty of sleep – very important
  • Compartmentalise
  • Learn how to say NO.
  • Stay calm, don’t panic

11. Stay up to date

Technology is always advancing and at such a rapid pace, try to keep in tune with what’s happening, because it could affect the way you run your business.

Google Algorithm is always changing. This is a very important aspect of your business

Keep abreast of what’s trending

Any news that could affect your readers let them know in maybe a newsletter.

Always make a point of updating current posts and reviews accordingly.

12. Engage with your customers

Engage with your potential customer

The most important part of owning and running a business is your customer because without them you don’t have a business.

That is why it is extremely important that you engage with them.

Far too many businesses just don’t understand the importance of engagement and focus far too much on sales.

A happy customer is a happy buyer and if you as the business owner give the customer value, then they will come back time and time again.

13. Be transparent with your customers

Always try to be transparent, be truthful and don’t gloss over things and try to cloud the judgment of your customer.

Remember, you want your customer to be around for a long time.

Never lie because you will eventually be found out.

Do not try to be somebody you aren’t.

14. Invest in user experience

Find out what your readers want and ask them if you could improve things with let’s say the Website.

Is your reader happy with the layout and is it easy for them to navigate?

If you are struggling with building your website, maybe it’s time to ask for professional help, but that can be expensive.

You could actually send out a form and ask your readers for suggestions.

Be always open to suggestions, because this is not about you, it’s about your reader or potential customer.

15. Listen to all criticism

Constructive criticism should be taken on board and viewed as useful feedback, that can help you improve yourself as well as your business.

Work with it and make any negative aspect work for you.

It is very easy to retaliate or offer some kind of defensive response, especially when you are having a bad day because nobody likes being told that they are not doing things in the right manner.

Remember, you can use criticism to your advantage.

16. Feed Back

Always welcome feedback from your customer, this goes hand in hand with keeping the customer happy.

It may be that you have sold them something or maybe just given them some good advice.

Whichever it may be, you want to ensure that the customer is happy and feedback allows you, as the business owner to improve things too.

Why not ask family and friends.

Wellcome any criticism, both positive and negative, and insist that they don’t hold back on anything?

17. Comments

Comments work hand in hand with feedback but with a slight difference and should be welcome.

Always encourage your reader.

18. Stand out from the crowd – Create your own style!

Try to stand out from the crowd

In order to stand out from the crowd, you have to be doing it better.

Check out what others are doing and see how you could improve your own business.

Writing to some doesn’t come easy, and I would be lying if I said it did for me, but like anything you do in life over time, it gets better.

Eventually, you will have your own style so stick at it because in time you will get there.

19. Know your competition

Know who your competition is

See what your competition is up to and learn from them.

Competition is good

Working amongst your competition should give you the boost that you are looking for.

To be good at something engage yourself around successful entrepreneurs, always a good way for you to learn and improve.

If it works for them then Utilize their ideas within your business and hopefully, you can get your business to the next level.

20. Start an email list

You must have heard the saying, “The money is in the list”?

How true this is and can only happen when you as the business owner have done all the right things regarding your customer.

An Autoresponder is essential in today’s online marketing and allows you to build a bond with your readers.

There are some great ones available and a little research before you jump in will ensure you choose the right one.

As you will see you have quite a choice but there are many more, these are just ones I could think of.

  • Campaign Monitor
  • Aweber
  • iContact
  • MailChimp
  • BenchMark
  • GetResponse
  • Vertical Response
  • Active Campaign
  • Sendinblue
  • Mailing Manager

I have tried a few and they are all good in their own rights, and of course, some things you may or may not like about them, but that’s down to personal preferences, right?

GetResponse for me has the landing page creator which is a big plus.

21. Include videos

We all know about YouTube and just how much this has taken off.

A unique and very personal way to focus on grabbing the attention of prospective customers.

Creating videos is not everybody’s cup of tea, and if you don’t capitalize on this medium then you are missing out on a massive portion of potential customers.

Making use of videos should be included in everybody’s marketing strategy otherwise you are missing out on so much traffic.

Just check out a few facts from FortuneLords regarding YouTube right here!

22. Take advantage of social media networks

Social media has taken off big style so make it work for you.

Spend time studying social media and capitalize on what they have to offer

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Linkedin
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • YouTube

And getting them to work for you as part of your marketing campaigns

Final thoughts

I’m sure you can think of more to include in this list and maybe some that I’m not too familiar with, so please share.

Having a business strategy is not difficult to come up with but sticking to one can be.

That’s where discipline comes into play.

The benefits I’m sure you’ll agree are pretty major, but get it right and keep your readers/customers happy and they will stay with you and keep purchasing from you, way into the future.

Feedback and Comments

I hope you have found the above list helpful!

I’d like to thank you for taking time out to read and digest this article, and maybe it brought some light to what could be a vast topic.

Always try to adopt the KISS approach –  “Keep it Simple ?”

It is always the simple approach that tends to work best, but finding a simple approach can be a nightmare to find.

Any feedback or comments are welcome, and I will get back and reply to them all and to the best of my capabilities.

Feel free to share any ideas you may have or maybe just tell us where you are on your Internet journey.

Maybe you are in the early stages of your research and are contemplating about starting an online business, but you are unsure where to go and would like some advice?

If you are interested and would like to know more, make sure you check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate. A training platform that goes way beyond anything I have come across on the Internet.

Please let me know what you think and ask me any questions you want.

Your friend

Mick

Owner – AchieveSuccessFromHome.com

 

 

What is Affiliate Marketing about and How can I get Started?

What is affiliate marketing about and how can I get started, can it replace my current income and can I make a lucrative living from it?

All good questions and I can answer them with a resounding yes, but that would be too easy and besides it would make this post extremely short; but hopefully, when you have read this, you will be in a better position to decide whether this is what you would want to get involved in.

You hear it all the time by affiliate marketers, that they are living the so-called laptop lifestyle, well some may be doing, but most are not telling you the real story.

What you should do when researching anything online is to have an open mind, and not be taken in by the promises of others.

Listen, digest and do your own diligent research.

Don’t believe everything you hear because the Internet is full of “BS” and stay well away from the so-called gurus promoting quick and easy solutions to becoming instantly rich.

There seriously is no such thing!

Avoid the sales “BS” with marketers showing their mansions, fast cars, and yachts.

You will only get there through hard work, which many are not prepared to undertake, and if it is that what you are looking for (instant wealth) then this is not for you, but if you are prepared to listen, learn, implement and work hard then please read on, this could be what you are looking for.

What is Affiliate Marketing about and How can I get Started and become a success?

Affiliate marketing

Passive Income, that is the dream, right?

Earn money from your website 24/7/365

We all would love to get up in the morning whenever we want, chill out with our coffee and focus on the day ahead, or maybe you just want to laze about and maybe start work later in the day?

Maybe take the day off?

The choice would be yours, not a boss telling you what to do!

The objective of Affiliate Marketing is to promote other people’s products which are often coming from Affiliate Networks, and in doing so you as the Affiliate would earn a commission if the person coming to your website actually ends up buying thanks to your marketing campaigns.

This is all based on revenue sharing and paying a commission for referred business.

If you as the Marketer have a product to sell and want to sell more, then you can offer promoters (affiliate marketers) a financial incentive through an Affiliate Program, which is normally free to join.

If you have no product (affiliate marketer) and want to make some money, then you as the affiliate marketer can promote somebody else’s product that you feel there is a demand for and earn a commission from.

There are 4 main parts of the Affiliate Marketing Process.
  1. The product creator and seller, also known as “The Merchant”
  2. The Affiliate Marketer
  3. The purchaser, buyer or consumer
  4. Affiliate Networks

The Affiliate Marketing Process

The Merchant

Also known as the creator, the seller, the retailer or vendor

This is the group that creates the product. It could be anyone however big or small.

The Affiliate Marketer

Sometimes known as the publisher, and can range from single individuals to entire companies.

An affiliate marketing business can produce a few hundred dollars in commissions each month, a few thousand or tens of millions, it just depends on the size and scope of the company.

It is the job of the affiliate marketer to promote one or more of the merchant’s products and then try to attract and convince potential customers of the value of the merchant’s product so that they end up buying it.

This is done by the affiliate marketer who creates one or more marketing campaigns, which is a series of methods that they set up before they promote the product.

This is achieved normally through a website, webpage and in some cases a landing page or squeeze page, and those campaigns are promoted in one of two ways.

  • Paid advertising
  • Free advertising

Explained in a little more detail further on.

The Consumer

The end goal is to get the customer to your website and purchase goods from you, and without customers, there aren’t any sales, no commissions and no revenue to be shared.

The affiliate will attempt to market their campaigns on whatever network they deem fit, which could be social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or through search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo using content marketing on a Website, or blog as it is commonly known.

The consumer may or may not know that they are part of an affiliate marketing system, and it is up to the affiliate marketer whether they tell the consumer or not.

In a lot of cases, most affiliates don’t relay that sort of information but more and more are becoming transparent and letting the consumer know.

When you are marketing your campaigns to the consumer it is good practice, to be honest with your customer.

At the end of the day, you want to strike up a relationship with your customer, who knows, further on down the road they may still be purchasing products from you.

Be the good guy not the bad, because there are plenty of the later on the Internet.

The Network

A Network or Affiliate Network is the go between the Merchant and the Affiliate Marketer, and whilst you could market and sell a product that someone has created and just make an arrangement for a direct share with them, allowing an affiliate network like Amazon Associates or Clickbank handle the payments, delivery, along with all the financial aspects just makes the whole process much easier and puts a business-like twist on your affiliate marketing.

In a lot of cases, the affiliate may not have a choice but to use affiliate networks as this may well be the norm for where the Merchant runs their business.

What you will find with Affiliate Networks is that they will have an enormous database of products that you can market, which will be grouped into their own particular categories and helps make it easier to find many products related to your Niche.

Want to know how to get started and learn how to build your Online Business?

Now you know my definition of Affiliate Marketing and what it entails, would this be something that you would want to learn and get involved in?

You must agree that the whole process is pretty much straightforward, and as a business model in my opinion probably the best way to make a living online, but like all businesses, they take time to get off the ground.

This is not something that will happen overnight especially if you are new to all this, but given the right training with the right mentor(s), this is certainly a possibility for everyone.

When you are starting a new venture it always seems overwhelming.

Of course, it does, but small steps with the right mindset, determination, the will to succeed, and hard work and you will eventually be successful.

I know what you are thinking and probably just like myself, but I came into this new venture not as a hobby or something to pass the time of day with, but I came into this with the determination to succeed no matter what and to give me back quality time to spend with my family.

It is working for me and I can assure you it could work for you too!

The more you put into developing your online business the quicker you will get to your goals and freedom to do whatever you want.

After researching thoroughly and deciding that Affiliate Marketing was the route I wanted to go down, then I had to find the right Training Platform and one that I could trust 100%.

I researched many but narrowed it down to just the one as all the others just didn’t stack up and the one I choose is Wealthy Affiliate.

If you haven’t heard about them or just want more information then please read my thorough review of my number one choice for Affiliate Marketing Training

See what you think and get back to me with any questions you may have.

4 Simple Steps to Building your Online Business

  1. What is your interest, your passion, and do you have one?
  2. Build your website. 
  3. How do you get your customers to your website
  4. Earn commissions

What is your interest, your passion, and do you have one?

We all have hobbies and interests, don’t we?

This is what we call a Niche, I’m sure you will have heard the term?

If you are unsure of just what a Niche is then you can check out an article I wrote describing, what a niche is and how to find a profitable one.

When you are deciding on what your niche is it helps to have a passion, as it will make life a lot more interesting and help when you are doing your research, but that is in no way a prerequisite because a passion can come at a later date.

I mention in the “what a niche is and how to find a profitable one article”  where you need to find a niche that has plenty of traffic, but not too much competition.

It wouldn’t make sense if the Niche you choose didn’t have people who were interested.


Build your website

Let me remove any misconceptions you may have about building your website.

I come from a software development background which covers many years, too much to mention and 5-10 years ago building a website for someone without technical ability would have been a complete nightmare.

You would have needed to know HTML, JavaScript(or some scripting language), MS office FrontPage if it was before 2003 and WordPress thereafter.

This would have been a none starter for many, but nowadays things have moved on somewhat and all the techie stuff that you needed you can leave to one side.

Although it is nice to have it is not required!

Take a look at one of my mentors creating a website and how easy it is with the Wealthy Affiliate Training Platform. Here he builds a website in less than 1 minute, see for yourself.

I very seldom use my technical skills unless I want to do something a little different, but you may or may not have heard of the “KISS” approach – “Keep It Simple Silly”

No need to get fancy, because fancy can come and kick you in the arris!


How do you get your customers to your website

You have created your website and now it is time to get your website out there in front of the millions of potential customers who are searching for everything, and in amongst those searches will be people searching for things relating to your niche.

With around half the world population, that’s approximately 3.75 billion who have access to the internet through some form of medium.

According to Internet Live Stats, there is well over 64K searches in Google alone every second. Check it out!

Just think of the potential customers that are waiting to find your website!

What about Microsoft Bing and Yahoo?

Combined they hold around a third of the traffic and we haven’t even covered those.

Ok, so how do we get our website in front of potential customers?

Either by


Paid traffic

This is where we as the affiliate marketer approach online traffic agencies who will do the job for us.

What the agency tries to do is actually get your website in front of the millions of people searching for what you as the affiliate is promoting.

This can be a minefield, and you have to do your research carefully, as there are unfortunately a ton of unscrupulous companies that you need to avoid because this is where it can end up costing you an awful lot of money.

Remember, you are trusting these so-called traffic gurus with your hard-earned money, so unless you have guidance from a mentor then stay well away.

Use trustworthy sites like Google Adwords or Microsoft Bing and Yahoo, you could save yourself a ton of money, but even those have their on-going issues.

Take a look at the recent news here, regarding traffic issues on CNBC


Free Traffic

Free traffic or organic traffic is certainly the way to go, but this takes time but very rewarding when you get it right.

Just think of all the costs you will save!

This is a strategy known as SEO (search engine optimization) which enables you as the affiliate, to market your campaigns and do this for Free.

A combination of keyword research and writing good readable informative posts or reviews is the key to all this.

Over time, you will write 100s or 1000s of posts and reviews, targeting low competition high traffic keywords.

In other words, you will find your keywords and use those as the Title of your posts and reviews, and write great content around them.

Each post or review with your targeted keyword will have a certain amount of traffic attached, and you as the affiliate marketer will be trying to get your website/page in front of it.

You are looking for Google to index and rank your Posts and Reviews and hopefully get them to rank on pages 1-3 of Google.

The more posts and reviews you publish the more traffic you will attract, which will increase your potential sales.


Earn commissions

If you have managed to master 1-3 which is pretty straightforward then this is where you will earn yourself commissions.

Whichever Affiliate Network you use is where you will be getting paid from.

I know when you see it explained on paper it does look pretty straightforward, but I’m not going to try and con you by saying that it is easy, because if it was then everybody would be doing it and living the so-called laptop lifestyle.

It is not my intention to con you into anything, all I am doing is relaying the information in what I hope is a clear concise manner, which will help you make a decision one way or the other.

Everything you see is taught at Wealthy Affiliate and therefore if you are serious about building a sustainable passive income that will be around for many years to come, then there is no better place to learn all this and more, much more.

My Final Thoughts

I think you will agree that the Affiliate Marketing Model is pretty straightforward when it is broken down into segments.

I hope I have managed to explain things clearly and that you enjoyed reading this article, and that it has helped you to decide on whether this model is one you would like to learn and get involved in.

If it is and you haven’t read my review on Wealthy Affiliate then you can read it here.

There are far too many “BS” schemes out there and maybe you think this is one of those, but I can assure you this is not, but only you can determine if what I am saying is the truth.

Why not take a look, what have you got to lose?

If it’s not for you then just call it a day, but if you are serious about owning and building an online business, then I can assure you that you will not find any training like it, anywhere on the Internet.

Don’t take my word for it, you have to try this awesome training that Wealthy Affiliate provides.

Get started now and see for yourself why Wealthy Affiliate offers the best mentorship and is the best online training platform that you’ll find on the Internet today, for building your own successful business.

Go through my link and take advantage of the FREE membership and take it for a trial run, and I’ll be with you every step of the way.

This could be just the ticket you have been looking for and take it from me won’t be disappointed, but you will be overwhelmed with the enormous amount of training material available.

Feedback and Comments

If you have read my review on Wealthy Affiliate and want to ask any questions, please feel free to ask anything at all.

I look forward to answering all questions both positive and negative.

Why not tell me what you are currently working on or what your intentions are?

If I don’t see you on the inside, I would like to thank you for passing by and taking an interest.

All the best in whatever you do in life

Your friend

Mick

Owner – AchieveSuccessfromHome.com