We are all feeling the effects of this pandemic, with total lockdowns nearly upon us and for some already there. Who knows when we’ll be given the OK to get back to our normal lives.
Social distancing and now confined to our homes with plenty of time on our hands, what better time than the present to find out “What is the best way to make money online”
Now governments have tested “lockdowns” I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we see more of them in the future, so now is the time to take the bull by the horns and look after #1.
What I consider to be the number 1 business model that you can learn online is Affiliate Marketing, not to be confused with Network Marketing as they are totally different, but these are the 2 main types of online businesses.
(We try to be biased and in an objective manner, This section is purely based on my own and friends experiences, nothing more, nothing less)
There are typically 3 ways that you can earn a living here…
- Selling the companies products to others, where you would make a commission on the sale.
- You can purchase the products yourself although doing that doesn’t really make sense.
- Recruit others, which is where it can get messy because this is where you can lose a lot of friends and families.
There can be a monthly fee and the promise of training, but in many cases, this will be non-existent, as there always seems to be an enthuses on recruiting.
There can be a fine line between a Network Marketing business and a Pyramid scheme (which are illegal) and in some cases, it’s just a matter of time before they are investigated.
Business owners are aware of this and because it takes so long, what you may find is that all the money magically disappears. I was part of one and I know many who were and lost a heck of a lot of money.
It’s these unscrupulous businesses operating under the “Network Marketing” guise that give network marketing a bad name!
Many of these so-called companies operate in countries where operating bylaws are weak or none existent. In beautiful surroundings, and it’s those surroundings they use as the hook to get you on board.
I’m not knocking Network Marketing because I’m sure there are some great ones out there, just not for me. Once bitten and all that! You aren’t really your own BOSS and not in full control.
If you are looking to go down this route just be careful and make sure you check out everything before getting involved.
Affiliate Marketing and how it works
My number one business model that is so simple to understand.
- You can operate anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection and a laptop.
- Your business is your own and you are in full control.
- No product to purchase as you will be selling other peoples.
- Order processing is taken care of for you which includes deliveries and any returns.
- You get paid a commission on the sale of the goods, whether this is a product or service.
- Repeat business
[Remember it’s not all about selling. It’s about giving people what they are looking for in the way of help and information. Forget about trying to SELL, SELL, SELL because it didn’t work then and it certainly doesn’t work now, right? Glad we sorted that out!]
The Affiliate Marketing Process Explained in brief, with MORE details coming in – EXTENDED PART
As you can see in the image above, as the Affiliate Marketer you are the middleman. In the above example, you are promoting products from Walmart, but how do we do this?
Customer – 1
The customer which is highlighted by the number 1 is searching for specific products or services on one of the major search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo. There are others!
As Google takes around 85% of the search engine marketplace then we’ll assume they are using Google.
People use Google all the time which may not come as a surprise to you if I told you that there are over 80,000 keyword searches every single second and rapidly climbing.
That amounts to around 2.5 trillion Google searches in a single year. That’s a lot of searching for products, services, and information, that you can capitalize on and MAKE A TON OF MONEY FROM.
You the Affiliate – 2
This is a proper business so you would require a website or landing page, but forget about that for the moment.
A website gives you an authority online!
We will cover what is required later but to put your mind at rest, creating a website nowadays is so easy and that’s not me talking BS either. I will show you how you can create a website within 1 minute.
There are “BILLIONS” of keywords that people are searching with on GOOGLE which are stored on a database. Just look at it as a storage area, a place where anybody can access the data from.
It’s your job as the affiliate marketer to work out what people are searching for, which we call “Keyword Research” and to do that we would use a “Keyword Research Tool“.
In my case, I use a tool called Jaaxy. So simple to use that gives you only the important data that you would ever require and it’s extremely FAST!
This determines what your business, “your WEBSITE” is going to be about so a little care is required here. Remember, this website hopefully will be with you for many years to come!
OK, so we’ve analysed the GOOGLE data for our favourite INTEREST which happens to be DRONES for this example.
“It could be anything but something we might be interested in makes building our website so much more enjoyable.”
Just to show you how popular DRONES are…Check it OUT!
So we searched for the “Keyword” – “Drone cameras”
Right off the bat, we have found 3 “GREAT” keywords as indicated and this was the first keyword I thought of. Forget about the columns and figures as I will explain those later.
What do we do with these KEYWORDS?
These keywords we would use on our website as the “INITIAL HEADING or TITLE” when we write our articles and reviews to attract prospective customers.
Writing… Oh NO, shock horror another reason to jump ship, but wait and hear me out. This will become clear later on!
Company and Product – 3
This could be any company like Amazon, Target, eBay, or Trek to name a few…
In this case, we are using Walmart but any company who as an Affiliate Program and there are thousands to choose from and I’ve never come across one that you had to pay for. I’m sure they may be some but they are pretty much ALL free.
After all, it’s us as the affiliate who is driving customers to their products, so a win-win situation for both, right?
Let’s stay with DRONES as our example.
We could use products from both Amazon and Walmart and others besides, as there are no restrictions! Anyone who has an affiliate program.
Check it out. Just type in Drones affiliate programs straight into the Google search bar or click the shortcut link here. A ton of affiliate programs for you to choose from. All with various commission rates!
There are literally thousands of affiliate programs to choose from.
To Reiterate what has happened in this process, Steps 1-3
The customer searches for “drone cameras” as in our example and finds an article regarding this TOPIC on our website.
The prospective customer reads our article regarding this TOPIC. They like what they see (bags of advice) are interested and they decide to purchase a product by clicking on our affiliate link.
This affiliate link goes straight to the Walmart Software System and orders the product for the customer and they deliver the product through their delivery service.
If there are any returns or queries they are handled by Walmart.
In a nutshell, that’s pretty much it…STRAIGHT FORWARD ENOUGH except for the getting paid part which is next!
You Get Paid – 4
This is by way of a commission and can be anywhere from 1% right the way up to 85% or maybe more. The higher the cost of the product the more commission you will get.
Before we carry on, let’s take a look at Amazon because I have something that may be of interest to you.
We all know Amazon and we all should know Jeff Bezos, the richest guy in the world, any way that’s enough of him.
If you decided to use Amazon as your point of sale. In other words, you joined their affiliate program and sold their products.
Something pretty much amazing can happen if a person clicks on your DRONE affiliate link.
Providing they stay on Amazon through your affiliate link, any other purchases they make within 24 hours you will get a percentage of the sales.
You might ask why does this matter?
Just think about it…How many times do you check out a product on Amazon, purchase what you are looking for and buy other things besides? I know I do!
A GREAT INCENTIVE TO USE AMAZON, RIGHT?
EXTENDED PART -It starts with an interest, a niche or sub-niche
OK, so let’s get more into just what a niche is.
Not many people enjoy what they do for a living and what better way than to make a living out of something they love doing. A hobby or interest!
It can be anything at all but you need to make sure the “Niche” or “Sub-niche” is not too broad a term. Like our example earlier with DRONES, which is a sub-niche of Toys and games on Amazon
What do I mean by that?
Broad terms are what the major corporations are handling, such as Amazon, Walmart, to mention a few.
- Health and Wellness
- Electrical and Electronics
- Toys and Games
What I mean for example is “Sport”. That is a “Broad Term” and covers everything related to it, such as tennis, football, cycling, running, fishing…You get the picture!
They have bags of money to throw at their marketing requirements, and we don’t, but something extremely important here is we won’t be paying for marketing, because we will be using SEO (Search engine optimization)
What you need to do is ensure your niche or sub-niche is lower down in the pecking order. Not too low as you have to find the right balance.
This is where a Keyword Research Tool like Jaaxy comes into its own. We can use this tool to determine which niche or sub-niche we are going to use by the amount of interest there is. Without interest, we don’t have a business. Makes sense right?
A good place to show you what I mean is to look at Amazon and how you can drill down into a niche or click on the image if it is not too clear.
You can find plenty of ideas on Amazon.
Here we selected Electronics and you can see down the left column how you can really drill down into this niche.
To showcase our new business we need a Website
This is what gives you that online presence. This is what sets you apart and gives you your own private piece of the internet because hopefully, this will be with you for a long time and passed down to your kids. What better way than to pass on an already successful business.
A business that can be there for years to come. No stocks to hold and no over-heads and remember this can be done anywhere in the world and whenever you want.
Creating a website for many is where the buck stops and they run a mile, but don’t switch off just yet.
Nowadays technology has moved on and what might have taken you a few weeks can now be done in minutes. Coming from a software development background I can attest to this. I don’t use those skills anymore!
I mentioned earlier that your website can be created within 1 minute, well actually I think its 30 seconds so check it out here.
Now we have created our website we need to get it in front of our prospective customers. You know, the billions of potential customers searching on Google.
Writing articles and reviews
Before you say it, “I’m NO GOOD at writing” See I’ve said it for you!
I can’t remember before I started my business when I actually wrote a letter, but now I have really got into it, and you will too.
We all write emails and send text messages, we all research products and we are always looking for information, right? There, you already have the credentials to start a business like this. Take it from me, it’s not difficult.
How and what are we going to write about?
Let’s check out our JAAXY Keyword Tool with our previous results and expand on where we left off.
- “best drones cameras”
- “cheap drones cameras”
- “rc drones cameras”
The above keywords are ideal for us to use as the title of our next 3 posts or reviews.
How would we go about writing our posts and reviews?
Information is everywhere and the internet is a magnet for it. We are always saying, JUST GOOGLE IT and the information instantly is there in front of us like magic.
Just go ahead and type into Google, “best drones cameras”
There you are, all the information you would require on the 1st page of Google that you can use for your articles and reviews.
So what do you think, Interested?
[I know in the UK many workers have been sent home with the promise of 80% of their wages paid by the government. Really, well that’s not 100% is it and many require this amount to get by.
I can imagine this being a nightmare, having to sign forms etc and not to mention just how long it will take to receive a payment if anything at all.
I think what we are seeing here is just scratching the surface and expect further lockdowns in the future.]
Everything I have shown you in this post is within everybody’s grasp with various experiences but especially BEGINNERS which this training platform was designed around.
You would have me right there to guide and help you. Not only that but you would have a community full of experience, ready and willing to help you in any way they can.
Check it out for free and see what you think, If you don’t like then just call it a day and you have lost absolutely nothing. Can’t be fairer than that!
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I really enjoyed writing this post and hope that it came across the way it was meant to do and that it was easy to understand as it was my intention to do so.
Not sure just where all this will lead?
You’ll never know until you have tried.
Thanks for being patient and if you are here then I have accomplished my task, but if you haven’t taken my invitation to join, then that’s OK too.
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Cheers, and have a nice day!