Hello folks, I’m going to share with you today a guide to making money online in 10 easy steps that I’ve created from my personal experience and facts that I’ve learned over time. This article is made more for someone that doesn’t have their own blog already but there are tips that can also be applied to anyone that has their own money making online blog.
This guide will revolve around making money online as an affiliate marketer as it’s the best way I found to monetize my online business and earn money. Now with that being said let’s begin.
1. Find Your Niche (Passion Or Interest)
A niche can be anything you are willing to write about. It can be a passion or an interest, preferably it will be something you already have knowledge of but you can always learn about it if you like. In todays world there is a greater demand for sub niches as they are easier to get off the ground rolling but they still aren’t a breeze.
You need to figure out what type of audience you wish to target and then work from there. Are there any problems or question that are always being asked in your sub niche ? It would be a good idea to start jotting these down as it will lead to a lot of future ideas on what to write about in future post.
Don’t choose for example auto insurance just because it’s one of the most profitable niches. You can make money within any niche but remember can you write about auto insurances a year from now?
That’s why it’s better to follow your passion as you will enjoy it and two it will show in your writing. You want to learn the in’s and out’s of affiliate marketing ? Use the same program that I do as it’s free to sign up actually!
2. Research Your Keyword
A lot of people over look this step but having a main keyword domain is still some what important and should still be done when starting out your online business for a sub niche but finding the right keywords is a lot more important.
Take a look at how to do a keyword research but it’s actually rather simple. Just don’t look for that perfect keyword, search for something that you want your website to be about and then go from there.
This is going to give you a huge advantage against your competitors for the simple reason that some website website owners don’t even know what are keywords. It may seem a little on the crazy side but hey, use it to your advantage !
Your goal will be to find natural keywords that are being searched repeatedly but also have very few competition. A natural keyword is simply a normal searched couple of words but that actually make sense, don’t just go for a very low competition, high search volume keyword for the hell of it. Find out the best keywords with this cool tool, Jaaxy.
Don’t try to over compensate by just writing down any keywords specially because your click through rate of your content on the search engines is going to be minimal as no one will be clicking on something that doesn’t even make any real sense. Want to try it out ?
3. You Need A Website
Over the years surveys have appeared as a way to make money online but it’s not a legitimate sustainable way which inclines people to thinking that you don’t need a website to make money online.
This is statement couldn’t be more invalid as anyone in the industry will tell you that a website is the most important thing you will need. A website gives you so many opportunities at making money that it’s just ridiculous.
You can sell your domain name in the future (my friend sold his for about $5,000 once ), promote amazon products , capture emails from readers and then you just recommend a product ( think about if you recommend a product to 10,000 people the possibilities are endless).
I don’t mean to get you overly excited as it does take a lot of work but In my opinion website creation and writing content becomes so addicting that you always want to do it. It kind of turns you to a small writer in your own rights.
Start journey off on the right foot by creating your free website.
4. Get Your Free Hosting
Once you create your website, the next step will be to claim your free hosting which is just or even more important than an actual website. If you get your website by the link I provided it comes together, the website and the hosting.
A hosting is basically where all your website content is saved. Your hosting gives you a “space” in the internet world so that your website has the ability to be seen. Don’t worry too much about this as long as you have a reputable web hosting service then you will be set.
Do you know many local business marketers will run the website of many business websites on the same hosting ? Fun fact here.. HostGator which is a web hosting service lets you host I believe is like 50 websites under the same account. This is pretty good but one recommendation, always back up your content!
This website won’t be under your own domain but it’s a very good way to start out and know that you can always move it over to your own domain name. ( .com , .net , .org , ect).
Without a hosting platform your website content will never reach the search engines which makes imperative to get your hosting together with your website. But why pay for it in the beginning when you can get it for free?
5. Installing Word Press
Now while there are many website builders with some fancy graphic designs they usually are never optimised for search engines which is what you really should care about. There is no point in a nice web design if no on one is going to be seeing your website.
In my opinion it’s best to start out with a simple website design and if you later still want to improve your design then there is always the option of getting a web graphic designer which are honestly well worth the money. I rather keep my website simple as it helps my readers concentrate on my website and ignore all other pointless distractions.
In the past installing word press was very difficult as all your website creation had to be done through the act of coding which was a big headache but through the link I provided all you are really doing is installing your website and that’s it.
The only thing I could see you installing are word press themes, plugins, and ect which also seems to be very simple even for beginners. I just wanted to clear that up. The reason I use word press is because their content management system is by far the easiest and most user friendly that I’ve encountered.
You don’t like word press ? Share your thoughts on which website builder you like using.
6. Creating Content
If you don’t know it yet, you will soon know that in the internet marketer’s world content is king. Creating valuable content to your audience is essential as it will improve their experiences in your website and also improve the chances of them giving you their information on an opting form or purchasing a product.
Now while in the beginning it may seem difficult you will get accustomed to writing engaging content. How much should I write ? This is probably the number one asked question in content marketing but it’s an important one to say the least. My quick answer would be at least 1,000 words although remember it’s quality over quantity so make sure that your content is good in other words, worth reading.
The days of just writing 300 word articles and ranking on the first page of google are long over. Google panda and penguin update really started eliminating BS websites that were barely writing enough content but ranking on the first page. There is emphasises on writing more than 500 words at least but the articles that are over 2000 words are really going to see some better rankings in the SERPS.
This is really good news, why ? I’m almost sure that your competitors are not going to put the extra effort to write that many words which helps you rank even better.
This will help you earn the trust of your readers and the best way to do this is always add valuable content. Are you starting to see the important of valuable content?
Think of it like this, visitors are traffic the more visitors you gain the more traffic you will gain. Traffic can be attained in many ways from serps , ppc , and many others actually.
The most cost efficient will be organic traffic which is what people use for when searching for a phrase on a search engine ( Google , Yahoo, and Bing ). If you go to google and you search for how to build a house, well the website you just clicked has just gotten an organic visitor/traffic.
How do you achieve this? It’s very simple but not as easy as people may think it’s really just writing content for a consistent period of time till Google acknowledges your websites and increases your rankings to the first page. I previously stated how long content is much better right ?
You will need to post articles like this for a while before the search engines actually start trusting you which takes a couple of months but once they do you will be rewarded for your hard work. I recommend you reading this article from peter on how to rank on the first page of Google it’s very nicely written and beneficial.There are many different ways to get traffic like sharing your content on social medias like Facebook , twitter , Google plus , and many more. If you want to brand out then get your behind on social media and start promoting.
Remember this isn’t something that happens right away but if you stick to it, it can lead to some magnificent results. It doesn’t just stop once you publish and share your content, find people in your niche that may be interested in your content (if they have a website) add them to your social circle. Go ahead and email them, maybe asking something along the lines of “hey (x name) I just wrote this post that I think you and your audience would really like it, go take a look (url goes here) If you enjoy my article feel free to share it with your audience.”
Something like that but I would make it much more professional but remember you are “asking” there is a huge difference from asking than being so pushy that you are begging.
I hope that sparks your bulb light a bit.
8. Finding An Affiliate Program
You should know that there are affiliate programs for anything you can possibly think of. Whether you want to become an affiliate of big brands like amazon or you can always become affiliates of certain products by going to clickbank.com as they have a wide variety of products that you can advertise.
Many people fill up their website up with affiliate ads all over but this isn’t the way to go. Affiliate links should be used within your content as these will get the most actions within your readers. In my opinion, affiliate ads are really a distraction and a waste of time that is going to be driving people away from your website.
If I have a new website I probably wouldn’t even put any affiliates till after the first month or after having done 10 to 15 post. You ask why ? You need to get in the habit of writing for your audience not because of making sales. Many people get so caught up in making money that their content takes a hit because they are concentrating on selling not providing valuable information plus Google doesn’t like so many affiliate links, you should keep that in mind.
The reason I put this step after creating content was only for the fact that people worry about having an affiliate program when their site isn’t even getting visitors. It’s really pointless if you think about it as there are no benefits to that. My advice ? Concentrate on content and you will be fine.
9. Monetize Your Content
This is the stage in which you will earn money! This can be done in different ways as for instance, you can sign up for Google AdSense, review products and place affiliate links within your content , or many others.
The option is yours but remember this a very valuable tip ; there is a lot of valuable ways to monetize your websites but there isn’t a lot of valuable content in the internet as we speak.What’s more important website content or website monetize ? You be the judge as I’ve pretty much gone on about why content is so important.
Realize that many people are going to your website to learn something so don’t be afraid to share your knowledge or expertise within a certain topic.
If you consistently write and provide your own voice then the opportunity is there. Don’t be afraid to connect with your audience remember you have a blog not a Wikipedia website. People are going to be arriving at your website because they want to hear what you have to say.
Give your opinion when you can and even stir up a bit of controversy as this is always good for sharing content.
This leads me to the tenth and final step.
10. Share Your Content To Make Money
In the preliminary stages of your website creation I would suggest to build your social media accounts. The main one specifically but don’t limit yourself anything from facebook, twitter, Google, pinterest, Instagram, and linked.
I know I touched on these already but people don’t realise that the sharing of content is becoming a bigger play in the search engines eyes. Go to a competitive keyword in Googles first page now click on the first organic website ( no pay per click) that article is most likely going to have a lot of shares through the social medias, why ?
Well the content is good but they build out there social medias with people that are willing to share your content. The more your content is being shared the higher chance you have on getting to the first page of Google.
If you can gain consistent visitors to your website you will steadily build an audience that if you provide that king like content they will always want to come back. In more times than not if they find your information unique and worth sharing, they will .
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