Today I’m going to write about a little bit of a different topic and more from a personal point of view: I don’t want to go back to work. I want to share my thoughts about going back to work in case it might help someone else dreading returning to their job.
I’m on my summer holiday from my day job and I have been working on my side business here on I Hate Working. The summer has been crazy good here in Finland so far. We have had actual sunshine and warm temperatures after two cold summers.
I’m enjoying every second of it and really don’t want to go back to work. Fortunately I still have couple weeks of holiday left.
Just the thought of endless days at work during the dark winter months makes me physically nauseous. It feels like a different world compared to the one I am living in right now.
This takes us to my first tip.
Don’t think about work until you really have to
When you are on a holiday or some other break from work, it really doesn’t help to think about work. You probably can’t (or shouldn’t) do anything to contribute to your job so it’s no use to think about it at all.
Sure it can be tough to not think about work, but if you actively try to avoid it you can be pretty successful. Returning to work after a break is probably going to suck as much regardless how much you think about it while away.
Worrying about it the whole time you are away doesn’t make it any easier, it actually makes it harder. You are enforcing a negative though pattern you have associated with your job. So once you do return to work, all that built up anxiety is going to make it even harder.
So focus on relaxing and doing things that make you happy. You deserve it!
Avoid everything related to your job
Like I said, just the thought of my day job and winter makes me physically nauseous at this point as I’m enjoying the freedom and summer so much. It makes my stomach turn.
That’s why I’m doing everything in my power to not to think about my day job.
This means I avoid going to the part of the town where my office is situated at.
It means I avoid reading the local news as I work in public administration and the news are full of stuff associated with my work.
I have actually taken this so far that I have almost stopped following the news all together during my holiday. Not just the local ones. News are full of stuff reminding of my work, if not directly then indirectly.
News are full of negative and stressful stuff and I really think it’s good take a break from them also every now and then. Even though I do think intelligent people should follow the news and be aware of what’s happening in the society locally and globally.
I also avoid socializing with people from my work place. If I bump in to some one, I say hi, but I refuse to talk about work related stuff.
I also avoid giving professional advice related to my work to people and tell them I’m on my holiday.
So I try to avoid anything that reminds me of my day job really. This way I get a real break from work and my mind get’s to refresh.
Like I mentioned before, dreading returning to work is complete waste of time. You could be using that time to enjoy yourself or do something productive, like building a business or educating yourself on something useful.
I know some of my colleagues check their work email every day during their holiday and have their work phone with them. This is something I can’t understand. It’s like you never left the office in the first place.
Things that help me go back to work
The biggest thing that helps me go back to work is to know that I have a contingency plan. I’m building a business to work for myself.
Even though I’m on my holiday, I have dedicated time almost every day to work on my online business. This doesn’t feel like working though. It gives me a great feeling of accomplishment and makes me happy knowing I’m pushing my business forward every day.
If I were to stop working on my business during the holiday, I know I would feel hopeless returning to work. It would seem so much more permanent as I would know I’ve lost the momentum in building my online business. It’s very important to work on your business every day to get things rolling in the beginning.
During my holiday I also spend time doing other things I love. I hang out with family and friends, I play music, I lift at the gym, I walk in the nature, I go swimming, I travel.
Doing as much of these things as possible, now that I have the time, helps me remind me there are other things in life besides work.
During the winter it feels there’s just work and chores. It’s easy to get depressed and stressed when you lose sight of what life is really about.
It’s about the good times in case you missed it!
Knowing these things will be there even when returning to work makes it that much easier. You have to remember that work is just one small bit of your life, not it’s purpose.
Why I don’t want to go back to work
The biggest thing that makes me dread returning to work is the stress. I work in an expert role and have quite a lot of responsibility.
There is always something that’s gone wrong from someones point of view. Lot of the stuff I do includes many parties and the end results rarely pleases everyone.
This is something that gives me quite a bit of stress. Many times I get complaints even when I did everything right. Fortunately I rarely get any complaints from my own organization. It’s the customers and associates.
I know logically I have done my work well but emotionally I feel like I have failed because of the constant negative feedback.
I also think I´’m not in the right line of business. I became an engineer because I’m technically gifted. I understand very easily how things work. Be it machines, processes or regimes.
Working in the public administration means I’m making decision about peoples life in a profession I don’t care for too much. It includes a lot of legal stuff and bureaucracy I’m not really interested in.
The last thing I don’t like is the lack of freedom. That’s why I’ve decided to work for myself. I love to travel and having full time desk jockey job means I only get to travel couple times a year.
If you are in a similar situation you should really think about what exactly are things that cause you not to want to go back to work. Then do you best to change that.
There you have it. My reasons and tips for not wanting to go back to work. I hope they offer you some home help. Tell me what you think about them in the comments section below. I promise to get back to you!
So what are your reasons for not wanting to get back to work?
Thinking about quitting your job? I’ve been there and I know how enticing it seems when you are dreading your work. Before you do any hasty decisions, please read on.
There are some important things to consider when quitting a job and you should not just storm out of the office doors banging. I know it can be hard when you are tired, stressed and angry to think about an exit strategy, but these things are crucial for your own well-being and future.
It’s important to have a plan and to keep your cool when planning to quit your job to not make any rushed decisions. It might be good time to also reflect on why you want to quit your job in the first place.
You might also feel like you are stuck in your situation and can’t see a way out. There are more options than you think, I promise you.
Read on for my tips on how to quit your job, the right way!
Think about why you want to quit your job
If you are seriously thinking about quitting your job, you should really take your time and think about why you want to quit. Is it the job description? The people? The hours? Maybe the long trips?
It’s important to understand what it is exactly you hate about your current situation so you don’t just end up in similar situation somewhere else, or even worse.
I would actually write a list about the things you hate or don’t like about your job or the situation it puts you in. I would then write positive things as well. So your typical pros and cons list.
If you for example realize you just don’t like the people at your job or that the way to work is too long it might be simply a question of finding a similar position closer somewhere else.
If on the other hand you hate the whole concept of working for others or the hours you are working it might be time to figure out something different like becoming self-employed.
Once you have a clear picture why you want to quit your job, it’s time to create an exit strategy.
Create an exit strategy
Here’s the thing. The economy has taken a dive globally and the competition on the job market has gotten tough. A college education doesn’t guarantee employment, it’s the base requirement these days.
That’s why it would be idiotic to quit your job without a having a plan B of some sort.
You need to be realistic about quitting a job. No matter how horrible your current job feels like I guarantee you that long time unemployment and living in debt sucks even more.
If you are a regular person you need an income. Period.
You have a few options when it comes to a contingency plan.
Find a new more interesting job beforehand
Return to studying (you have to think about income here. Student loan? Part time job?)
Start your own business
Live on savings
Marry someone rich who’s willing to take care of you
Have rich parents who are willing to support you financially
Win the lottery
Rob a bank
You get the drift. The couple first ones are realistic for most people but hey, you never know about the rest ;).
What ever your contingency plan is, you need to make it happen before you quit your job. If you just quit your job and then start working on your new plans you are going to end up stressed and struggling to survive.
You are in a much better position in the job market while being employed. People looking at applications always put the unemployed applicants in an own pile. It always causes the question of why haven’t you been able to keep a job?
Even If you decide to start a business and become self-employed it’s going to take time to start making money. It’s better to start that process while receiving a steady paycheck and quit only when you have a supplemental income.
Don’t burn any bridges
I know, I know. It would be freaking awesome to tell your boss you quit, tell him (or her) where to shove it and leave with doors banging.
Or tell the dickhead who’s been eating your lunch from the fridge every week, or the gossiping coffee room gang what you really think about them. But that’s not a wise idea.
Here’s why. I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying what comes around, goes around. If you are a bit older and have some life experience, you know this to be dauntingly true.
You just seem to bump into people from your past in the most unexpected situations. Sure, some go through life without experiencing this but they are just probably not paying attention.
I’m not a superstitious person by any means but some things in life make you wonder, you know? This is one of them.
I can’t count the times I’ve bumped into people at work that I have had trouble with in the past and thought I would never have to deal with again.
An annoying neighbor I shouted at (became my colleague and a friend), a jerk harassing my girlfriend who I threatened while drunk (is now a colleague of my close friends and part of my social circle), an annoying colleague I talked trash about (ended up as my boss) etc.
That’s why it’s extremely important to quit your job in professional and polite manner, no matter how rude the counterparts are. If your boss starts you yell at you or talk you down when you resign, just let it go past you. Be the bigger person.
Even when other people are rude to you and don’t seem to care about your feelings, they usually will not have hard feelings towards you in the future, if you maintain a calm and professional attitude.
Now I’m not saying to let anyone walk over you. You should always stand up for yourself. But be professional about it. Don’t yell, don’t talk trash or resort to violence. If someone is clearly out of line, go the official route. Press charges if need be.
If someone is being a dick you will always remember it. It is possible you will end up as their manager or business associate. That’s the right time for vengeance. Not before. Let others burn bridges, don’t do it yourself.
Update your resume and ask for recommendations
If you maintain good relations with your current employer it’s easier to get good recommendations. These are vital for future employment so now is a good time to update your resume. Once you have quit your job, ask for recommendations and a proof of employment for future use.
You might think you don’t need these now, but all work experience is valuable. Even if you decide to start a business of your own, you never now how things turn out. You might be looking for work some time in the future.
If you won’t ask for recommendations and a reference letter when you resign, you might not get them later on. Your boss might resign or the company can go bankrupt. You never know. It’s only wise to get proof of employment, even if you will never end up using it.
In my experience employers value nothing more than great recommendations from previous employers so it’s important to get these and keep them in a safe place. This is one reason you should always avoid burning bridges with your previous employers. Negative word gets around even faster.
I recommend creating an online business while holding you current job. It takes very little financial investment but requires some time and money to get things rolling. It’s much easier to start a successful business online when you have a steady income. It also helps to endure your job to know you are working on a way out.
You just go in, do your job and get a paycheck and smile at difficult customers and annoying co-workers knowing you are making something great for yourself and your future with them will be very short-lived.
Even if you have a professional career you want to continue somewhere else, it would be wise to have a supplemental income that is not dependent on an employer. This stuff is great for that too.
If you want to find more about starting an online business and working from home I recommend you check out these two posts:
There you have it. My tips for what to do when you want to quit your job. If you are interested in finding ways out of the rat race, remember to bookmark my site and browse through my other posts. You just might find something that interests you.
If you have any questions or want to share your own frustrations about your job you want to quit, please share them below. I will offer my sympathy, if nothing else :).
If you are wondering what is a keyword tool for SEO you’ve come to the right place.
If you are a webmaster, blogger or niche marketer the chances are you have heard about keyword tools. If you are new to the business you might be wondering what is SEO or what is a keyword tool and if it’s worth paying for one.
As the internet has exploded in growth in the last decade the competition for search engine ranking has become fierce. The fact is, if you can rank for a high traffic keyword on the first page of Google, you will make money on your site. Since the competition is tough, companies and webmasters are doing everything in their power to rank on the first page.
Google and other search engines of course won’t tell us the exact methods they use to rank sites. To make things worse, every now and then they change those methods. There are however certain rules that are known to be facts by information released by Google and other search engines.
There are also some things that have been shown to improve your rankings by experience. Some of these methods are very controversial. Some swear by them while others don’t believe they have any effect these days.
What is a keyword
Keyword is a word or a phrase that your site, post, page or other content is centered around. The aim is to rank your content on that keyword in search engines. The keyword can be a single word but usually it is a phrase or even a long sentence.
Single word keywords are very hard to rank these days as the search engine algorithms are quite complex and rank your site or channel based on the overall content, so things like keyword stuffing don’t work these days.
With single word keywords you’ll be competing with established large sites with thousands of pages of content. A single word keyword could be something like computer. You would have a very tough time ranking on the first page of Google with that keyword on a new site.
Keywords consisting of sentences or many words are called long tail keywords. These are much easier to rank, if you find low competition ones.
A long tail keyword related to our previous example could be something like Best laptop computers 2018. This keyword would be much easier to rank on the first page of Google as it’s much more specific. That’s actually a great keyword with low competition, so if you have technology or computer related blog, you might want to use that.
As I told you before, the search engines rank your site based on the overall content and how well it seems to be centered around the search term. This is where semantic keywords come in.
Semantic keywords are words and phrases commonly associated with your main keyword. The search engines use these to figure out if your content is truly associated with the search term (keyword).
Search engines aim to provide the most related and valuable content when someone makes a search so it’s important to them that the search results are actually related to the search term and not just random sites that happen to have the keyword in their title or domain name.
For our Best laptop computers 2018 keyword some semantic keywords could be What makes a good lap top, Laptop computer reviews or Computer benchmark. These are just examples of the top of my head and I haven’t done any research on them so be aware of that if you decide to use them.
What is SEO
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is the process of affecting the visibility of your content in search engine results. It includes everything from page design to content and keyword research. Interaction within the site and social media visibility have also become important in the last decade.
As we have already established, content is the most important part of SEO these days. The quality and relevance of your content is everything when it comes to how the search engines perceive you.
Search engines like well written and long articles or posts with high relevance to the keyword. This kind of content tells the search engine algorithms that the content offers valuable information associated with the keyword, so it would be valuable to show as a search result.
Search engines appreciate website that load fast and work on all devices and browsers as the internet is used increasingly with mobile devices. That’s why it’s important to make sure your web design is clean, loads fast, works on both desktops and mobile devices and contain no dead links or other irrelevant information.
If you have lots of links pointing to removed sites or other issues with your link structure, the search engines will not like this as they want to offer their clients quality.
Same goes with sites with lots of animation and large uncompressed pictures that increase the load time. These days the internet is all about information that has to be available fast It doesn’t matter if you have the fanciest site in the world if it takes ages to load. The search engines love fast loading sites and this is especially important for mobile devices as there are data limitations.
Social sharing and interaction within your site is one other thing the search engines appreciate as this gives the signal you content is being shared so it must offer some value to others.
Comments on your site tells the search engines there is some established traffic that has shown interest in the topic. This increases your sites desirability in the eyes of the search engines.
Things that don’t work in SEO
Things that really don’t seem to have an effect on your rankings include backlinks and keyword stuffing. These can be bad or even detrimental for your site in 2018.
Backlinks were something the search engines appreciated not long ago. The reasoning was that a site that had links pointed to it by other sites, must be of value, as other sites have seen it valuable enough link to it.
This however created a whole business of creating “fake” backlinks through blog networks and other services and it has been pretty much ditched as a ranking basis.
Keyword stuffing is a very old tactic used in the days when the search engine algorithms were very simple and just looked for the keyword when determining how relevant the content is to the search.
Stuffing your content with keyword is frowned upon by the search engines, so use your main keyword wisely. Maybe use it in the title and mention it once in the beginning of your post but otherwise you should write naturally and use semantic keywords.
What is a keyword tool
So now that we know what a keyword is and why it’s important for SEO, it’s time to talk about keyword research tools. Keyword tool is a crucial part of keyword research needed in SEO. To rank your keyword high in the search engines, with a new site, you need to find low competition keywords with traffic. This is called keyword researh.
It’s futile to write about topics no one is interested in as there won’t be any searches made. You aim as a content creator is surely to receive some traffic interested in what ever it is your content is about. On the other hand, the more traffic a keyword receives tougher the competition will be.
This is where a keyword tool comes in. A keyword tool is used to search for keywords associated with your niche.
Keyword tools are programs that gather information from the search engines to determine the amount of searches made on the keyword and it’s’s potential. Most keyword tools are browser based these days.
A good keyword tool will offer you information on the amount of searches made on the keyword, the competition for that keyword and the keywords SEO potential. They will also offer you optional keywords so you don’t need to keep guessing keywords randomly.
Pretty much all the good keyword tools are paid services. The Google Adwords keyword tool used to be pretty good but it’s not really useful for niche marketing and SEO as the metrics are geared more towards Adwords campaigns.
The best keyword research tool
I use a service called Jaaxy as my keyword research tool. It’s arguably the best keyword tool around for niche marketing and thousands of marketers vouch for its effectiveness. I’ll be writing a detailed review about Jaaxy soon, but if you want to find out more right now I wrote about using Jaaxy in this post.
Jaaxy offers three membership levels and you can try it out for free. I actually use a Jaaxy Lite version that only comes with the Premium membership of Wealthy Affiliate.
That’s about it for keyword tools for today. I hope this post was useful for you. If you have any questions please drop a comment below and I will do my best to answer you!
Heard about people making money on the internet by marketing? Wondering if it’s real or possible for you? Want to learn about it without breaking the bank?
Alright folks, today I will be discussing how to learn about internet marketing for FREE. That’s right, you don’t have pay a dime to learn the basics about internet marketing. Just keep reading on.
First thing I would like to point out is that any site or plan promising instant results with little or no work is a scam. Every single successful internet marketing business has taken quite a lot of work. I’m telling you this upfront, because getting in to this business you will be bombarded with scams promising you the heavens, for a fee of course. But let’s get on with our topic.
First we’ll take a look at what internet marketing is and if it’s possible to make a living with it today. I will also show you the basic process most internet marketing businesses use to make money. Lastly we’ll look at the best free resources for learning internet marketing.
Internet marketing IS real and people ARE making money on it
To be perfectly clear, internet marketing is a very general term. It can include anything from graphic design to content creation to search engine optimization. It might involve a blog or a YouTube channel or something completely different. But one thing most internet marketers or marketing companies aim to do, is to provide a solution to problem.
There are over 4 billion people using the internet today. And there are millions of people earning an income online. Some part-time, some full time and some are multi millionaires that have made fortunes.
There are many ways people are making money online. Just in the United States retailers spent $4.7 billion on affiliate marketing in 2016 and by 2020 U.S. affiliate marketing spend is expected to rise to $6.8 billion.
The fact is that you CAN make money online, it’s just a matter of finding the right market or niche. When you think about it mathematically it don’t require much to realize the potential that an over 4 billion user base offers. In case you are mathematically challenged, one per cent of that would still be 40 million potential customers. That’s more than the whole country of Canada!
So it’s just a numbers game. If you can tap even into the tiniest fraction of that market, you can make a very good living on the internet.
Marketing is one of the easiest ways to earn an income online. It doesn’t require substantial investment to get started since all you need is a computer and an internet connection.
There’s no need for expensive storage to hold an inventory and no need to hire labor to run the shipping etc. like when running an online store. There’s also no need to have years of education and experience like when creating new software or running an IT firm.
The basic process behind internet marketing
The internet is full of people looking for solutions to problems. Think about it. Besides checking your social media, the weather or your email, what is the biggest reason you go online with your phone or computer? I bet it is to look for information.
Whether it’s looking for reviews on a new phone, booking a hotel or finding cooking recipes, we use the internet almost every day to solve problems.
This is where the marketing comes in to picture. Marketers main goal is to be the middle man between the problem and the solution. If somebody is looking for a new phone, you offer the reviews and best prices. If someone is looking to book a hotel, you point the to the best one in their destination. If someone is looking for cooking recipes you offer them the best ones.
When you can present the solution to someone having a problem you have the chance to make money. The two most common ways are affiliate marketing and pay per click ads.
In affiliate marketing you direct the reader to an affiliate site through an affiliate link. If they decide to purchase a product there, you will receive an affiliate fee. So if someone is looking for a new phone, you review a popular model and add a link to Amazon. If the reader decides to buy the phone on Amazon, you get few percents of the purchase.
Here are some of the most common ways of internet marketing:
In niche blogging you create a blog centered around a specific niche. You build your content around keywords related to that niche to rank your content in search engines like Google with the objective to gain organic traffic.
Once you have organic traffic it’s simply a matter of monetizing the site. You can do this with affiliate marketing or ads like I showed you before.
Using our previous example, you could create a blog that reviews smart phones and then add affiliate links to Amazon for each reviewed phone.
The great thing about niche sites/blogs is that once set up they require little work and every piece of content can produce you income for years to come. This is called passive income or residual income.
This one is obvious to anyone who’s been online for the past ten years. YouTube has exploded and it’s actually the second biggest search engine after Google. Yes, that’s right, people look for information with YouTube all the time and not just funny animal videos.
YouTube has made it possible to create an income with things like playing online games, asmr, animal videos on some very weird stuff I’m sure you have come across. The way these channels are monetized is through marketing. They either get paid by Google through ads or by sponsors and affiliates that they promote in their content.
This is another popular one these days. People are making money with social media sites like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter all the time. It’s all about building a relevant following by producing interesting content. When you have millions followers it’s easy to monetize your channel. Like YouTube you could offer sponsored content or affiliate links.
Building an email list
This is usually done through a blog or niche site by offering a newsletter but there are other ways. There is this old saying in internet marketing: “The money is in the list“. If you have an email follower list of 10 000 or 100 000 people that have willingly given you their email address and are interested in your content, you can bet it’s easy to make money marketing offers to that list. Once again, affiliate marketing is the most common way to make money here. Of course, it’s possible to sell your own products as well.
Places to learn about internet marketing for free
If you are new to internet marketing and want to learn a proven model for making money online, there’s no better place than Wealthy Affiliate. I wrote an extensive review of their service here. The unfortunate thing about internet marketing is that the business is full of scam artists and hoaxes. Wealthy Affiliate is one of the few places where you can trust the creators and the community to not try and skin you alive.
To learn the basic process behind internet marketing, all you have to do is to sign up for free membership. You get to go through the first course of the online entrepreneur certification for free.
Just the first course is free and after that you have to pay the memebership free to learn more, I want you to be completely aware of that. How ever even the first course is packed with so much information, that it would take you a lot more time to learn that by doing your own research.
If you feel like you want to continue the training at Wealthy Affiliate after the free course, you can get the first month for only $19. If you use your time wisely you can go through the whole education program in that time. I do however recommend just becoming a long time member, as the true power of Wealthy Affiliate lies in the community and all the tools you get with your membership.
The Warrior Forum is a forum geared towards affiliate marketing and making money online. They’ve been online for a very long time. The forum is full of useful reading but you have to pick the useful nuggets yourself. There are also helpful people in Warrior Forum, but I must warn you about the “gurus” looking to make a quick buck on newbies. Don’t buy anything there until you know what you are doing.
Some of the offers there will seem very tempting. That’s because the people selling them are marketing professionals who know exactly how to push the right buttons to make you interested in their product. Do not fall for this. Also don’t fall for the War Room (their premium VIP service) trap or buying the Warrior Special deals. They are just a way for the forum owners and members to make money in expense of newbies.
I used to hang around on Warrior Forum and learned a lot about marketing for free, but I don’t like the way they push useless “Make money online instantly” offers on unsuspecting newbies to make a quick buck. And the creators allow this to happen.
I like places like Wealthy Affiliate where the creators and the community actually care about new comers.
There you have, the best free resources to learn about internet marketing. If you want to learn about internet marketing for free you will learn a lot going through the resources I pointed out here.
If you want to consider investing in an education I can recommend Wealthy Affiliate from the bottom of my heart. You will progress much faster when you have a step-by-step learn as you go education program at your use.
That’s it for now! If you have any questions please leave a comment below and I will get back to you asap.
Do you have some information you think might be useful to other people? Wondering if it would be possible to sell that information for good money? Read on to find out how to sell information online!
We are living in the age of information. When you think about it, most work done these days is either producing on processing information. As automation has replaced many manual labor jobs and the internet has become the most common media, you can rest assured this is a growing trend.
Since most work is related to information, it’s safe to say information is money. The internet has made it possible for anyone to search and to sell information. And the fact is people are making fortunes selling information online.
Before I go on how you can monetize the information you have, let’s look at some of the ways information is being sold.
Ways of selling information
Before the internet information was mainly sold in the form of books and other printed media like magazines and newspapers. You have seen the countless how-to and for dummies manuals and tutorials.
After that came audio tapes and recordings of different kinds. Shortly after them came video recordings which gave new possibilities to the visual information that could be conveyed.
As the internet became mainstream in the 90s a whole new way of searching information became possible. Anyone anywhere in the world could look for information produced anywhere in the world. While this was great for things like freedom of speech and education people soon realized the potential to make money selling the information they had.
There are essentially two ways to produce information to sell. You can either be very specialized in a subject – an expert if you will – and already know more than anyone else about your field. If you are willing to share your information, (for compensation of course, It’s only fair to get paid for your know-how.) all it requires is putting your knowledge in a marketable form. This might mean writing a book or creating a website for example.
The other way is to specialize in processing information produced by others. I want to make perfectly clear this does not mean stealing or plagiarizing other peoples content. It means finding the solution to a problem people are having by doing research. You then combine only the necessary bits from here and there to offer a solution. You’d be surprised how many problems there are waiting to be solved.
Why sell information online
So why would someone want to sell information online, can you make real money with it? Well the answer is yes, yes you can.
Here’s the thing. If you write a book and that book ends up being a best-seller that sells millions of copies, you will be getting paid for years or decades for the effort you put in to producing that book. It’s of course very hard to write the best-selling book but it’s actually not that hard to produce valuable information and sell it online. You just have to know what people are looking for and find a way to introduce your information to them. And just like with books, once produced, the content will potentially bring you income for years to come.
The internet is so full of information that it usually takes people a lot of time researching when they are looking for a solution to a problem they are having. That’s why people are willing to pay good money if someone has done the dirty work of researching for them and offers a solution to the problem they are having.
The other good reason is that you get to help people by producing content and products from information you probably feel passionate about and are very knowledgeable in. There are few things in life that offer a greater sense of accomplishment and pride than knowing your work is helping people all around the world.
The fact is, if you possess true expertise or are good in looking for information you can make a living selling information online – and that living can be a very good one if you work hard.
People have made millions by blogging, content creation and selling information products. What do you think, would those people have rather used their time working for someone else?
It’s possible to achieve a completely passive income by selling information. If you set your business up right your information content will do the work for you on automation. It of course takes quite a bit of work to create the content in the first place.
How to start selling information yourself
Let’s look at some ways you can start selling information online today.
Anyone can sell information online but to get someone to buy it is a different story. For anyone to be interested in the information you are offering it has to be specific, helpful and unique.
Unique doesn’t mean you can’t combine information produced by others but it’s pointless to sell information that is common knowledge and available to anyone for free with a quick search.
Your role is to solve problems if you wish to sell information. This can be anything from helping people to lose fat to teaching how to sing or even building V8 engines. Anything really that requires know-how to accomplish.
Find the problem
So the first step is to find out what problems people are having in the niche you are in. Let’s take the building V8 engines as an example (I’m not an expert in this subject but I do know something about combustion engines and the mechanics involved so this is just an example from the top of my head).
So let’s say you’ve been building engines all your life and know pretty much everything there is to know about building engines and you might have some valuable knowledge to offer to people. Remember, this could be anything, this is just an example.
I would start by doing something called alphabet soup in Google to start looking for what people are searching for. You take your main keyword, in this example V8 engine and put it in to Google search and insert alphabets after (or before) the main keyword to see what Google suggests. The suggestions Google comes up with are likely real searches people have made and will give you great ideas.
Here’s couple examples:
So here I gathered four things people are looking solutions for: V8 engine architecture, best V8 engine to build, cheapest V8 engine to build and V8 engine tuning.
I would then do some keyword research on those terms using a keyword research tool. I use a service called Jaaxy, you can try it for free for 30 searches. There are others but this is the one I’m familiar with and thousands of other people are using it with good success.
Let’s see what Jaaxy comes up with our Google suggestions:
I’m not going to go very deeply to the Jaaxy parameters here but what we are looking for is some decent traffic and low competition. I wrote more about using Jaaxy here. Avg and Traffic tell us the average amount of searches for that exact term/month and the amount of traffic you can expect if you rank on the first page of Google on that term. QSR tells us the amount of competing sites for that exact term.
So with a quick search Jaaxy tells us right away that the Google suggestions are actually very low in traffic and it would really make no sense to aim for those keywords. But this doesn’t make our research a failure. Jaaxy gives suggestions related to your search, so let’s see what we can find there:
From this list I picked the keywords build your own v8 engine and how to build engine. They both have some traffic and pretty low competition (I aim for QSR below 100). The competition is especially important when creating a niche website to sell your information. If you use paid traffic, the amount of searches might be more important in some cases.
How to build engine seems like a great keyword at first glance. It has low competition and good traffic but it is actually a part of a sentence or a misspelled sentence as it’s missing the article an. So let’s see what it looks like if we add that missing word in:
Spelled correctly the keyword has a bit more competition but it’s still very good. Let’s go with it. In reality, it’s quite a broad term and I would go for something more specific but for the sake of example this will do just fine.
Create the solution and make the problem and the solution meet
So you are someone who knows all about engines and you think you could offer a solution to people looking for information on how to build engines. The next thing would be to create a solution. There are many ways to go about this, you could:
Create a YouTube channel about building engines if you have the means.
Build a niche website
Write your own product like an ebook or video tutorial series
Use social media and paid advertising
Those are just a few examples, the options are many. The most important part is to create useful targeted information about a real problem and then finding a way to offer that information to the right people.
One of the best ways is to create your own niche website as you will actually own this. When you create content in YouTube or in social media you are actually producing content for them, on their terms. The company might remove your content with your hard-earned traffic in a blink of an eye. If creating a niche website is something you might be interested in, check out this post.
Once you have established content and traffic it’s time for final piece of the puzzle, monetisation. There are a few ways to accomplish this (these are the ways I’m aware of, I bet there are more options however).
Your own product
The first option is to make your own product like an ebook, a tutorial video series or even a complete education site with paid subscriptions.
To get people to buy your product you could create a “squeeze page” with a sales pitch. You would then drive your traffic to that landing page to get sales.
One of the most powerful ways to get buyers would be offering your product to affiliate marketers in places like ClickBank. You would offer up to 70% of your sales profit to the affiliate marketers.
It might seem very stupid to offer the lions share of your profit to the marketer but once you realize how powerful motivated affiliate marketers can be for your business you understand this is a win-win situation for both parties.
If you have a quality product and you are willing to share the profits, the marketers can do the dirty work of driving traffic to your squeeze page through their channels (websites, YouTube channels, social media, email lists etc.). You just need to make sure your product is top quality and your sales page converts well. Then you just sit back and watch the money roll in. The affiliate marketers of course make good profit on your product.
The other way to make money with your information is becoming the affiliate marketer yourself. This could mean creating a niche website, like the building engines we talked about earlier. You would then offer free information to people in the form of blog posts, free ebooks or YouTube videos and include affiliate links related to that niche.
In the building engines niche you could for example write a long tutorial about building high performance valve heads to a specific engine and then offer a parts list from an affiliate site like Amazon or some big car part dealership that offers an affiliate program.
This is just a scratch of the surface of selling information online but these are methods regular people are using every day to make an income online.
If you are interested in selling information or making money online, I suggest you read my Wealthy Affiliate review. It’s pretty much the best place to get started with this stuff. It takes time to make an income online but it’s totally doable. You just need guidance because there are certain things you need to know to succeed and the competition is tough these days.
That’s all the time I have right now but if you have any questions, drop a comment below and I will do my best to answer them for you.
If you stumbled upon here I bet you just typed “the internet is a hoax” to a search engine. How do I know that? Because this post was created with just one thing in mind, to be found with that keyword.
Hold on! Do not hit that back button! Just give me two minutes. You won’t regret it. I promise!
People are making money on your searches
Here’s the thing. Almost everything you look for in the internet is manipulated by companies, content creators, internet marketers, website owners and the search engines themselves. When you type something in to Google, you can be sure most of the pages shown on the first page of your search results will be there because someone knew you (or someone else) would write that exact search term into Google.
So in a way the Internet is a hoax. It’s not this completely organic system where people just create content about what ever is their interest and then someone else can instantly find that information if they are looking for it, like many people seem to think. Sure, in the beginning days of the web this was normal but the internet has evolved into such a vast organism that randomly created content will never even end up to the search engines results.
You can rest assured people are competing fiercely for the first page search engine rankings as there’s money to be made. The search engines offer paid advertisement services to get your ad to the top of the search results, as you have surely noticed. So essentially all your search results end up being manipulated and are there for a reason.
These days you have to do plenty of research and quite a lot of work to get your content in front of people looking for information on the internet. The search engine giants Google, Bing and Yahoo pretty much dictate what content is even possible to be found, Google being the largest by far. The pages they show are only a fraction of all the content in the internet. That’s why companies and content creators spend a lot of time and money to find out what people are looking for on the internet.
This is called keyword research in SEO (search engine optimization) terms. Why and more importantly how someone might know you’re looking for that exact term? Let’s answer the why first.
Why keyword research is done
There are many motives for a site or content creator to target a certain keyword. Keyword rarely means a single word, but rather a complete phrase like the one in the title of this post. That’s the keyword this post is aimed to rank for in the search engines like I told you before.
The biggest motive to finding out what people are looking for in the internet is of course money. If you can rank your page or YouTube video on the first page of Google for a popular keyword, it means traffic and traffic means money. Of course there might be organizations just trying to spread their word and this might be their main motive, but the traffic is as valuable in that context.
As the amount of internet users has grown to incredible numbers (billions), keyword research is mandatory for getting your content on the map so to speak. If we take this post as an example, the internet is a hoax was a low competition keyword with decent monthly searches, that’s my only motive to use it as the main keyword for this post. My real goal with this post is to intrigue your interest in how the internet works and how you can use this information to make an income online.
I have no idea if people looking for this keyword will be interested in my post or site but it seemed like a fun topic to write about and possibly rank for in search engines. IHateWorking.net is dedicated to helping people to get out of jobs they don’t like and to take matters in to their own hands. If you’re someone interested in this kind of stuff, please read on.
How search engines choose what to show you
When the first search engines came to life somewhere in the beginning of the 90s they simply looked for the keyword in the HTML code of the site without any concern if other content within that site. People quickly learned how to leverage this in unethical ways by keyword stuffing and using black hat tactics like hiding same colored keywords in the background.
The search engines quickly evolved and started ranking the sites based on things like domain and URL relevance, page rank, back links (links pointed to your site from other URLs). This was a step to the right direction but gave old sites with better page rank an unfair advantage.
It was also possible to rank low competition keywords with exact match domains and bought back links very easily. This led to creation of site and blog networks aimed only to provide back links in exchange for money. This is something the search engines do not want to feed and fortunately they have once again evolved.
These days it’s all about content relevance. Google and other search engines have evolved to the point they can essentially understand what your content is about. Things like keyword stuffing and unnatural back link creation are frowned upon and the search engines look for things like semantic keywords related to the searched keyword. The search engines also give credit to things like social engagement and page comments as these things show the site is providing real content to real people and not just spamming the internet with marketing sites looking to make a quick buck.
How keyword research is done
Keyword research is mainly done through Googles own Keyword Planner tool or with special keyword research tools that use the data from search engines to determine certain parameters of keywords.
The Google Keyword Planner used to be more usable for marketers but these days its use is limited to running AdWord campaigns as it only shows competition in that category. That’s why you pretty much have to use a third party keyword tool.
I use a keyword research tool called Jaaxy. It’s a very sophisticated keyword research tool that uses the information gathered from the search engines to show simplified parameters, which make it super easy to determine how viable the keyword is. These parameter include the average monthly searches, the number of sites competing for that exact keyword and the general competition associated with that keyword.
There are a few simple rules to remember:
The keyword has to make sense (content and grammar)
Aim for low competition, the lower the better (in Jaaxy, use QSR <100)
The keyword has to have some traffic. Not much is needed, but there is no point in writing for no one.
For a new site it extremely important to produce quality content on low competition keywords. As this content starts ranking in Google it will increase your site authority which in turn will make it possible to rank for keywords with more competition. If you want to succeed with a new site you will need to spend time with keyword research. This is the one tool you can’t really succeed without in the online world!
How you can start making money using keyword research
There are thousands of regular people, just like you and me, without prior knowledge in building websites using keyword research and focused content creation to make money online with affiliate marketing. It does take work and you are going to need guidance but it can definitely be done.
It does take real work and takes time to start producing results. If you are looking for quick ways to make money without work, this is not for you. But if you are willing to dedicate couple hours a day for months on in keep reading on.
What is so great about online affiliate marketing if it takes work like everything else? Well, you get to choose what, when and where you want to write about. That’s the kind of freedom you can’t achieve in any job.
The other great thing is it doesn’t require any real investments to get started. If you don’t own a computer you will need one as you can’t simply write enough on your smart phone or tablet. The only other thing you need is an internet connection and a hosting service for your site.
I highly suggest investing in an education and hosting platform like Wealthy Affiliate. The investment is really nothing compared to starting a brick and mortar business. You couldn’t probably cover your first months rent with the yearly costs of affiliate marketing.
The biggest thing about affiliate marketing however is the income structure. Once you create content that ranks in Google it will potentially produce residual income for years to come. So instead of getting paid once you get paid for a very long time. And meanwhile you are creating more content that will also produce residual passive income. This can result in a situation where you are banking $3000, $5000 or $10000 (YMMW, just examples) monthly on complete automation.
That’s pretty much how the internet works these days. I hope I gave you something to think about. This is of course the tip of the iceberg as I barely mentioned social media or YouTube which are getting bigger by the day and in the future might replace search engines as the main tool used to search information on the internet.
So what do you think? Is the internet a hoax run by con men or is the current state of things just the result of natural competition? Drop a comment below and I promise to answer any questions you might have.
Product type: Online education platform and hosting service for marketers with a community and tools.
Price: FREE $0 Starter membership, $19/first month of premium, after that $49/month or $359/year
Quick summary: Wealthy Affiliate is an online “university” or an all-in-one solution for affiliate marketers or anyone looking to make money online. They have a very clear and comprehensive step-by-step training for a business model that has been proven to work by thousands of their users. They provide hosting services for you websites, keyword research tools and everything you need to start a business online. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.
My Rating: 9/10
If you’ve been looking for ways to make money online, you might have stumbled upon a site at wealthyaffiliate.com and might be wondering “Is wealthyaffiliate.com a scam?“. I was wondering this my self just a few months ago. The short answer is simply no, it’s not a scam. If you want a longer answer you should read on for my comprehensive review.
I originally learned about online affiliate marketing a few years ago by looking for ways to make money online in Google. I found information scattered here and there and being enthusiastic about the idea I decided to create a site, or two actually. I literally had no idea what I was doing so those sites were destined to be failures.
More recently I decided to give online affiliate marketing a new try, but this time I knew I needed guidance. I did some research and kept running into a service called Wealthy Affiliate at wealthyaffiliate.com. Everybody was praising the service and recommending it for beginners (which I was and still am) especially. Since it was free, I decided to take the plunge. I went premium the first week and have not regretted it for a second.
I have been a part of the phenomenal Wealthy Affiliate community for some time now. I have gotten to know personally many regular people like you and me that are making a full-time income online. Some are even earning over $10 000/month and many of these are folks that had no prior knowledge about online marketing before joining WA. Or anything to do with the online world really. That just goes to show how well the system works when you can turn from a complete beginner to a successful entrepreneur just by following their step-by-step program.
It’s time to pay back to the community, so I’m making this comprehensive review. I will tell you anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Wealthy Affiliate. I will also give you my personal tips on how to make the most out of the service and it’s tools when starting out.
What exactly is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is in essence an online business education platform. But education is just a small part of their service. They also offer all the tools you need to run a successful business online under the same roof. This includes top-of-the-line hosting service for running your website or sites, keyword research tools, content creation tools, domain registration tools and many others. I will go into more detail about all the tools and features a bit later.
Big part of why Wealthy Affiliate is so successful and why the system works so well is the community. People help each other out with problems and things like getting comments on your content. This is important, as I will show later on.
To a complete beginner the most important thing is the education. The main training is executed in a very easy to understand step-by-step fashion with videos, text and tasks for every lesson. The lessons and tasks are chopped up in to perfect length so you can get something concrete done every time you “take” a lesson. You will have your first site up and running before you even realize.
The previous lessons can be accessed any time if you need to go over things. They are also constantly updating the lessons as the internet is an ever evolving entity so you can rest assured that the lessons are always up-to-date and not filled with outdated knowledge.
Besides the two main training anyone with a premium subscription can add their own training after they’ve been a member for three months. These are pure gold as people are adding them almost daily and there’s probably a tutorial to any problem you might run into. I can’t even count how many times these community driven training have saved me from a problem that’s kept me from moving forward.
Some of the most liked features of Wealthy Affiliate are:
Completely free to get started
Personal mentoring from successful online entrepreneurs and millionaires
Two complete, easy to understand certification training
24/7 online support
Incredible helpful community
State-of-the art hosting platform for running your sites
Wealthy Affiliate was founded by Kyle and Carson 13 years ago in 2005.
Success stories in Wealthy Affiliate
There are literally thousands of people who have had success with Wealthy Affiliate and are using the methods taught there every day to make an income online. Success is of course relative. To someone creating a site and getting some traffic is enough while someone else might consider making $50k/year a success.
The biggest factor in the success you will have with Wealthy Affiliate is you. No one else can make the work for you and the harder you work the more results you will see.
Let me share some of Wealthy Affiliate success stories so you can see what can be achieved:
There are three membership options in WA. Free, monthly premium and yearly premium.
You can sign in for a free membership without registering a payment option. This is something that truly impressed me. I don’t know many companies that don’t try to force an automated monthly subscription from your credit card if you forget to cancel your subscription.
Not Wealthy Affiliate. They give you all the time you want to get to know the service and it’s functions for completely free. There are no constant bombardment of up-sells and they are very up-front and honest about everything concerning their business. I originally registered for free membership but decided to go premium after three days’ or so because I couldn’t wait to get my first site up and running.
There are of course some limitations to the free starter subscription, as shown below:
What is not shown here is that the premium membership costs $19 for the first month which gives you a very affordable chance to see if you like the premium service. After that it costs $49/month or $359/year. The yearly fee might seem steep but when you do the math it’s actually $229 cheaper per year than the monthly subscription. If that’s not a big discount, I don’t know what is. So the sooner you go yearly the more you save. On Black Friday you can usually get the yearly subscription for $299!
How do you make money at Wealthy Affiliate?
So how exactly DO you make money with Wealthy Affiliate? The process is actually very simple. It involves creating a niche website with posts aimed for low competition keywords. Those posts will then rank in search engines and you will be getting traffic. You then monetize that traffic by using something called affiliate links.
If a visitor clicks your affiliate links and decides to make a purchase, you earn a commission. It’s as simple as that. I covered the whole process in a post I made with an example niche and site.
Here are the main parts of the process taught at Wealthy Affiliate.
Choosing a niche for affiliate marketing
The very first thing in the training and in your affiliate marketing career will be choosing a niche. A niche is essentially the topic or category of your site and the market space you are aiming at. Your niche should be something you are familiar with as you will be writing a lot of content on it.
It can be hard to come up with niche in the beginning but this is where Wealthy Affiliate really shines. There are tons of tutorials for getting ideas for a niche and what niches are profitable. And if you are still having trouble coming up with a good niche you feel comfortable with, you can always go with the Affiliate Bootcamp training which is aimed for creating a site focused on marketing Wealthy Affiliate.
Choosing a domain and building a site
Once you have niche, you will need to choose a domain for that niche to run your site. Wealthy Affiliate allows you to make two websites in the free membership plan. These are called SiteRubix websites with a .siterubix domain. In all honesty I think they are probably very hard to rank in google and you should definitely get your own domain. You can register a domain through Wealthy Affiliate for a very competitive price of $13.99 to $15.99 depending on the domain. In the premium plan you will have the option to host 25 different .siterubix sites and 25 of your own domains.
Once you have a domain picked it’s time to install the WordPress content management system on it. This is one of the great benefits of WA, you don’t need any technical expertise if you host your website there. WordPress can be installed with a one click and WordPress settings accessed with a click as well. All you need to do is to install activate couple plugins and delete the test posts. Wealthy Affiliate premium membership offers thousands of Worpress themes to choose from.
Before you start creating your content you need to do keyword research. These days’ it’s pointless to write content without keyword research on a new site as the chances of that content ranking in Google are nonexistent.
This is one of the great features of Wealthy Affiliate as well. It comes equipped with the Lite version of the best keyword tool on the market, called Jaaxy. The free membership allows to make 30 searches on it but in the premium there are no search restrictions. 30 searches is really nothing so the free membership is only for trying out. You might find 5 to 10 great keywords with 30 searches but that’s it. You can’t build a business with the free membership.
Once you have your niche chosen, a great domain purchased and a site up and running it’s time to take your keywords and start writing content. The content needs to be easy to read, specific to your keyword and long enough. The minumun standard these days’ is 1000 words per post buy you should aim for more.
Adding affiliate links is the last piece of the puzzle. Once you have some great content up and running it’s time to add some affiliate links to products or services related to your niche. There are affiliate programs for almost anything and if you can’t find one you can bet someone in the Wealthy Affiliate community can help you out.
The Wealthy Affiliate training
For beginners in online affiliate marketing the training is one of the most important parts of Wealthy Affiliate. Without guidance it’s almost impossible to fit all the pieces together and run a successful affiliate site. The process outlined before is pretty straight forward but it’s all the small little details that everything work together. And you quite simply have to know these details and that requires education.
The training at WA are incredibly well organized step-by-step courses with videos showing exactly what you need to do next and tasks for the days’ lesson. You can usually complete one lesson and the tasks related to it in an evening. Some take longer than other but in general you should be able to complete even the longer lessons in 3 to 4 hours.
There are two Certification courses in Wealthy Affiliate:
Online Entrepraneur Certification
The online entrepreneur certification is aimed at building a niche site of your own choosing. The niche can be almost anything you wish. The training is divided in to 5 blocks: Getting started, Building your own traffic producing website, Making money!,Mastering social engagement and Achieving maximum success through content creation. The free membership allows you to complete the Getting started block which is very good but won’t allow
The affiliate bootcamp training is aimed for promoting Wealthy Affiliate and other services in the Make Money Online niche. The training is divided in to seven blocks: Getting your business rolling / Content, keywords, and Conversions / Giving your site social value / Get visual. Get aesthetic. Get a brand through media. / Knowing your audiences and catapulting your referrals / Bing, Yahoo & The power of PPC / How to scale successful PPC campaigns. Like in the other training you only get to go through the first block in your free membership.
As you can see, the two training are quite different in their details. The main process is the same but there are major differences. As you can see from my screenshots, I am actually completing them both.
Training HQ and classrooms
Besides the two official certification training in WA, there are tons of tutorials, classrooms and training for anything concerning internet marketing. These are mostly produced by experienced premium members and they are very helpful and informative in current topics like GDPR legislation.
The Wealthy Affiliate hosting and tools
The WA premium membership comes equipped with a state of the art hosting service and content creation tools. Everything you need to run a successful online marketing site. In the past you had to pay for multiple services and take several steps that required technical knowledge on how things work in order to run a site. You needed:
a hosting service,
knowledge on how to install WordPress manually (or create content some other way)
a keyword research tool
a spell checker tool
a way to get interaction on your site
WA has combined all that and more under the same roof. Let’s see what’s included.
Under the Site Manager you can access your websites and see a quick overview of statistics like number of posts, comments and Google Indexing.
Here you can also find the Site Health service which shows crucial info about your site. Site health tells you how well your site is doing. It’s important to keep your site health good to rank in the search engines and this is one of my favorite features of WA. You don’t have to guess if you are doing everything correctly as you can check it right out. As you can see on this sites screenshot the health is pretty good. My trust is not good yet as this site is pretty new. I’m sure it will increase in due time.
Under the Site Domains menu you will find the tools for finding, registering and managing your domains. This is pretty straight forward really.
Under the site content you will find the content creation tools of Wealthy Affiliate. WA comes equipped with a very nice writing platform with a complete grammar and spell check tool. Writing quality content without this tool would be gruesome for me as it’s impossible to write fast without making mistakes. This tool has saved me many times from embarrassing mistakes and I love to write all my content in the Site Content manager.
Other great things about writing in WA is you can access it anywhere with an internet connection and it automatically saves all your work and created drafts so you will never lose any content in case of computer trouble.
This is a great tool for getting comments and engagement on your posts. This is something Google and other search engines look for when ranking your content so it’s important for SEO. It works on a give and take principal, you give two comments to earn credits that you can then use to buy comments for your own posts.
Site Feedback is a service for getting feedback on your from the Walthy Affiliate community. This is critical for running a successful site. Don’t get offended by critical feedback, learn from it!
Now not to make you think Wealthy Affiliate is all bells and whistles it’s time for the dirt. There are some things you should know when thinking about joining Wealthy Affiliate. Nothing is perfect and you need to have a certain mindset to get most of your Wealthy Affiliate membership if you decide to join.
First of all it takes work. Quite a lot of it actually, to see some initial success. It’s been estimated it takes on average 20-30 quality posts with low competition keywords to start seeing good rankings in google. If you can produce a post or two in a week it adds up to several months of work before you should expect any real results.
Here’s a great example by Kyle (the founder of WA) of what your journey might look like:
After a couple of months in the community you will realize most people fail to even get started. There are thousands of forgotten accounts. Out of the million members, maybe 50 000 are truly active. The training won’t work if you don’t put in the work. If you decide to join and go premium, make sure you will not fail to get started. Do something every day! You need the right mindset. If you work hard and follow the training I guarantee you will see success!
Since internet is always evolving and there are a million ways to make money online, not everything is covered in the training. There are other important things you could learn by spending your time elsewhere. But as a novice it’s important to have a plan and stick to it, that’s why they don’t try to teach you everything. Instead, they focus on teaching you a one tried and true system. The only thing I would learn more than is covered in the training is SEO. You can info on SEO on the site as well.
I can promise you WealthyAffiliate.com is not a scam. The service they run is top-notch and to be honest I could not have believed how much I can achieve in few months before joining them. I have created two sites and become very active in the community. I start all my days’ checking my Wealthy Affiliate rank and contacts and my site traffic. It truly is something special.
In conclusion, I will give you my tips if you decide to join:
– Ask questions and interact in WA
– Use very low competition keywords in the beginning
– Write over 2000 word articles
– Create social media accounts for your site as early as possible
– Get comments and share your content in social media
– Learning everything you can on SEO, everything is not covered in the training IMO
– Focus on one site at a time
– Go for yearly premium, this way you will save $200 dollars / year and you will make a commitment. If you don’t get results in a year it’s time to evaluate your motivation and goals.
If you have ANY questions about Wealthy Affiliate, please ask and I will do my best to answer.
Looking for a way to make money online at home while chilling on the sofa with your laptop? Maybe you’re tired of the 9 to 5 rat race or just looking to supplement your income. Or maybe you are unemployed or a stay-at-home mom looking for something productive to do? No matter what you incentive is, you have come to the right place.
Today I will show how to start making money online at home with a step-by-step guide so you can start working towards that goal today yourself. But let’s first take a look at the ways people are making money online these days.
Realities of making money online
You may have heard that there is no money to be made online these days as the markets are saturated and there are only scams about making money online. This could not be farther from the truth.
You might have also come across some of the make money online scams and maybe even got burned by one. It is true there are a lot of shady businesses and entrepreneurs in the make money online business. That doesn’t mean it isn’t possible to make money online ethically without using questionable business strategies to essentially con people. You just have to know what you are doing.
The amount of users on the internet is greater than ever before. It is estimated that in 2018 there are over 4 billion internet users. There are also more people making an income online than ever before. With such an incredible amount of users the market is far from saturated.
During the last decade content platforms like YouTube and Instagram have exploded and made it possible for people to make a living simply sharing their day-to-day life with their followers. This is getting rarer however, as the competition has gotten much tougher as there are big bucks to be made. That’s why you need to know exactly what you are doing to be noticed by the search engines and services.
This includes things like keyword research, social media sharing, guest blogging and other joint venture projects. Essentially Google, YouTube or any other service will give zero attention until you have enough quality content, followers and engagement.
This makes it very tough to get started. You may have to keep pushing for months before seeing any sort organic traffic. Then one day you might find your blog post on the first page of Google or your latest video on the featured videos of YouTube and your traffic just explodes. More typically, your traffic slowly increases as you produce more content until eventually you will have significant amount of traffic that allows you to earn an income from your content.
There are exceptions to the rules as always. We have all heard the overnight online fame stories. This usually requires exceptional circumstances and luck to happen. Maybe a lucky video that just goes viral in social media or a celebrity shares some of your content. These are things you should not account on when starting a business online. If something like that happens, great, let it happen. But don’t expect it, earn your traffic with hard work.
Next I would like to talk about the model I am using to make money online. It requires consistent work and it won’t make you rich overnight. However it’s fun, you can do it anywhere with an internet connection and it’s not very expensive to get started. And once you get the ball rolling and start getting organic traffic you can earn quite a nice income, there are thousands of success stories using this exact same method.
The method I’m referring to is called affiliate marketing. More specifically the method involves building a website or sites around a niche and then creating content around keywords related to that niche. Once you have the basics down it’s possible to expand your affiliate marketing to YouTube, social media or what ever is your thing.
Affiliate marketing essentially means referring customers to companies’, that then pay you an affiliate fee if the referred customer makes a purchase. The products can be anything from real commodities to information products and software. Affiliate fees can be anything from 1 % to 80 % depending on the subject.
The great thing about working as an affiliate marketer instead of selling directly to customers is the fact that you don’t need an inventory, expensive stock, employees handling and shipping orders etc. All that expensive and arduous stuff involved with a typical brick and mortar company.
Instead you work as the missing link between a company looking for buying customers and customers looking for product or solution to a problem they are having. Armed with nothing else but a computer, an internet connection and a hosting service for your site you tap into that flow of currency.
You might be wondering why do companies’ offer affiliate fees to marketers when they could be scooping in the cash themselves? Well the magic is in the word marketer.
Companies use big bucks in conventional marketing like TV and radio commercials and ads in papers. This is proven to increase sales but it isn’t very efficient. One ad costs the same, no matter if it nets you 10 or 1000 sales.
In affiliate marketing the marketers do the “dirty work” for the companies’. They pre-select customers that have already displayed an interest in the companies’ product and are looking to buy. They then reference those customers to that companies products and if they decide to make a purchase it’s a real win-win situation. The company gets a sale, the marketer gets a fee and the customer gets what they were looking for.
The companies’ know that it’s lucrative to offer affiliate fees instead of spending that money on conventional marketing as they will only need to pay for the sales that happen. And if you make it profitable for the marketer, you can rest assured you will receive a lot of buyers to your products as you will have thousands of people referring customers to your company online 24/7.
How to build an affiliate marketing website
Next I will tell you step-by-step the basic to creating an affiliate marketing site. This is essentially the same blueprint taught at Wealthy Affiliate, an online education and hosting service designed for marketers. I wrote a comprehensive review about Wealthy Affiliate here.
Choosing a niche
The whole process start with choosing a niche. A niche essentially means the topic or subject of your website. It should be something quite specific as too broad of a niche will make it hard to create a competitive authority site in a reasonable time frame.
So let’s say you want to market shoes. Your niche should not be just shoes, but let’s say tennis shoes and specify that even more, like tennis shoes for men. You probably get the drift, the options are endless.
I suggest you pick something you have interest in and feel passionate about as you will be writing a lot of content about the niche. This makes research easier and writing funner!
Now you have nice specific niche where you can find tons of products to review and topics to write about.
Building a site
After you have a niche it’s time to choose a domain and build a site around that. Most marketers use a content management system called WordPress (don’t mix this with the free blog platform WordPress) which requires no real expertise in running a website. If you are an experienced webmaster, you might choose something else.
Before you start building your site, you need a hosting service. I personally use the one provided at Wealthy Affiliate. It’s a state of the art hosting platform for a very reasonable price, considering you get everything you need to run an affiliate website, including keyword research tool. There are of course many other hosting services available that require different levels of expertise.
So you now have a hosting service, great. Before you create your site you of course need a domain. There are basically two ways to go about this. Either choose something relatively short and brandable or choose a keyword related to your niche. The domain should be a .com or if that’s not available .net and .org are acceptable.
So to our tennis shoes for men niche our domain might be something like BestTennisShoesForMen.com or MenSchoos.com (the brandable domains are tough to come up with so give me a break here :D).
After you have bought your domain and have a hosting service, it’s time to install WordPress on that domain and create the site. There is no real magic here. In the beginning you can have a pretty standard looking site that you can design more personal as you start getting traffic to your site. For now, it’s all about the content. If you are using WordPress you do want to ad an SEO plugin and an image optimizer to mage in page SEO easier and your site fast as possible as this affects Google rankings.
Next we need to start thinking about creating content for our website. This always starts with keyword research. Keywords are not actual singular words but phrases that people type to google while looking for stuff.
In our tennis shoe niche this could be something like best tennis shoes for men (our domain name), tennis shoes for men over 50, Nike (or any other company) tennis shoes for men or most comfortable tennis shoes for men.
There are rules to what makes a good keyword. These days you basically have to have a keyword research tool to get the critical metrics on keywords while doing your research. I use the Jaaxy lite that is included in my Wealthy Affiliate premium subscription. Jaaxy is an incredibly effective tool and even the lite version offers all the data you need to make an informed decision while choosing a keyword.
Since Jaaxy is the only keyword tool I’m really familiar with, I will next go through how to find a great keyword with it. In Jaaxy there are essentially three metric we are interested in. The first one is the avg, which stand for average monthly searches, traffic is the amount of traffic you can expect to receive if you rank on the first page of Google and lastly the most important, QSR or quoted search results, the amount of competition with this exact keyword in Google.
When you are starting to build a site you want to find keywords with as little competition as possible. It’s OK if the traffic is low, as long as there is some. This makes it possible to rank in Google even though you haven’t built any real authority yet. Once you have enough content ranked with the low competition keywords you can start to go for the higher competition ones with higher traffic. Going straight for them you won’t stand a chance with a new site.
Different people use different rules for the Jaaxy values but I generally look for keywords with traffic of around 15 to 100 and QSR of less than 50. The tennis shoe examples I made out from the top of my head before are all actually pretty good keywords and the most comfortable tennis shoes for men is actually great with a QSR of 13. Feel free to use them.
You can try Jaaxy completely free for 30 searches by the way.
Writing quality content
Now that we have a domain, a site installed on that domain and some great keywords it’s time to start creating content. Your content needs to be relevant, easy to understand and engaging. The posts and pages you write need to have enough content to seem significant to Google. This means over 1000 words per post, I prefer over 2000 myself.
This is the toughest part of creating a successful affiliate marketing site. I’m not going to lie to you, it takes tens of posts just to start getting noticed by Google and probably hundreds to truly dominate a niche with an authority site.
This essentially means you have to be willing to put in the work of writing every week to be successful, this is not a get rich overnight scam. It takes actual work The good thing is that once your content it takes a lot less effort to keep it there. So you should think of the time you put in the beginning as an investment. You reap the benefits later or.
The other good thing about writing is that it gets easier. I haven’t been doing this that long and already the writing is faster and more natural than it was in the beginning. And I’m not even writing in my native language. So you should not be afraid of the writing. You don’t have to be an excellent writer, there are tools to help you correct and check spelling and punctuation. It’s actually better to write in a casual down-to-earth style that most people can relate to. Remember, you are trying to establish trust with your audience.
Interaction (comments / social media)
Once you have content on your site it’s important to share that content in social media. Google and other search engines look for engagement and social interaction when they are ranking your content. Naturally for Google, Google+ is very important so you should network at least in there and share all your content as you create it.
Other important thing is to get comments on your posts to tell about engagement. This can be hard before you are getting organic traffic as someone has to see your content before they can comment. This is the other reason social media is important for new sites. You can also get help for comments in Wealthy Affiliate if you decide to use their service.
Adding affiliate links
So you now have let’s say 30 great, engaging, 2000+ word posts on your tennis shoes for men niche website, targeted on low competition keywords. Google has noticed you and you are receiving organic traffic daily. What next? It’s time to make money.
To monetize your content you will add affiliate links to you posts. In the tennis shoes for men niche Amazon would be a great affiliate partner as there are thousands of tennis shoes for men in their inventory. So let’s say you have some reviews where you compare popular tennis shoes and are receiving traffic to those reviews.
Next you simply add affiliate links to Amazon so that your visitors can order the shoes from Amazon if they wish. If they do, you receive a 5% to 8% affiliate fee for the purchase. If they purchase something else while on Amazon, you will be credited for that too. It’s not unheard-of that someone buys a smart phone or a computer at the same time as they buy something completely different.
Let’s do a bit of math here. Let’s say you are reviewing $200 tennis shoes and your review receives 500 monthly visits on average, out of those 500 visitors 2 % decide to make purchase, if I understood correctly Amazon pays 7 % affiliate fee for apparel. This would equal 500 x 0.02 x $200 x 0.07 = $140. That’s what you could be earning very realistically on complete autopilot from one single review post every single month for years. And you could have tens or hundreds of posts with similar or better results. I bet you can see the potential here.
Well there you have it. A proven way to start making money online at home. It takes work, a little bit of investment to run a site and few months to a year to climb the search engine ranks. That’s about as fast you can expect to start to make any real money online. Anyone promising instant results is lying to sell their product, sorry to break it to you.
If you are in instant need for cash and looking to make money online I would suggest eBay or Craigslist to sell some of your belongings. If you are just looking for employment and not running your own site you can easily find freelance online jobs in places like Fiverr or Freelancer.
There is always the odd chance you might be the next YouTube hit and could find success creating content there, especially if you dread writing. Just don’t expect any miracles, it takes probably way more work to rank in YouTube than with the Wealthy Affiliate method.
If you have any questions about affiliate marketing or Wealthy Affiliate don’t be afraid to ask, I do my best to answer all the comments I get.
Are you good at selling stuff? But you don’t have a college degree and are having tough time finding work? Or maybe you are a hard-boiled sales veteran looking to change employer and want to find the best sales jobs of 2018?
No matter what you situation is, it’s a fact that finding decent work is getting harder by the day. Even though salespersons are always needed, the requirements and competition have gotten harder in sales work in recent years.
Customers are moving online and you can’t get by with sleazy sales pitches and aggressively pushing for a sale like the telemarketers and car salesmen of the past.
In the modern day sales are all about creating trust and customer satisfaction. This leads to a positive customer experience which leads to good reviews and recommendations.
This can have a real snowballing effect that can raise a business to a complete new level. On the other hand just a few negative customer experiences can ruin a company because in the internet word spreads pretty much instantly.
That’s why companies are very picky when it comes to choosing their sales personnel these days and landing a good sales position usually requires good recommendations and some proof that you know your stuff. They can’t risk hiring a person that might jeopardize their customer satisfaction since damage control can be very expensive and embarrassing for a company.
Experienced salespersons are a very sought after resource and they can usually pretty much choose where they work. Or choose to work for themselves and make good money on their own terms.
So if you are and experienced sales person or planning to become one, you might wonder what are the best sales opportunities in the modern world.
The options for sales jobs are endless as you can easily find out by looking at any job ad listings. They are full of sales jobs. The hard part is finding the good ones with the best benefits and good money.
So today we will talk about what makes a good sales job and take a look at some of the best sales jobs in 2018.
What makes a good sales Job
I truly believe that for you to be happy in your work you need to do something that is of interest and matters to you. In sales, it’s easy to wind up selling something you really don’t care about, just to make a good buck. There’s nothing wrong in making a living but this site is about making living and enjoying doing it.
That’s why the most important part about a good sales job is that it has to be interesting to you. If you hate cars there’s no point in selling them even if it might make a good living. So you should aim for a field you find interesting, this will make selling more fun.
Time efficiency: This one is important. Essencially this means the time it takes for you to make a sale. When it comes to sales time truly is money. Big commissions can be tempting but if it takes you months of marketing and negotiating to close a deal, the big commissions won’t seem that big anymore.
That’s why it’s important to know how much time and effort it takes on average to make a sale in the industry you are looking into. Small commissions can also be lucrative if you can make sales effortlessly.
In the online world this works a bit differently. It usually takes more time and effort to set up your sales ad, page or video but once it’s up it will do the selling for you. That’s one of the reasons marketers are moving online: the time efficiency and passive sales you can get from a single successful sales pitch.
This one is a no-brainer. A good sales jobs needs to pay well if you put your efforts in to it. Usually the best positions pay mainly in commissions and there is no base salary or it’s very modest. In turn the commissions are very generous. This means you truly get paid for your efforts.
Most people who work in sales are motivated by money since sales career is one of the few lines of work where you can make good money without years of education and experience. I’m not saying those don’t matter in sales but some people are just naturals when it comes to selling. They know how to please the customer and seal a deal. That’s why It’s safe to say a good sales job should pay well.
Since many sales jobs are paid by commissions it’s important for a good sales job to have a reliable demand and customer base. It doesn’t matter if you make $ 20k one month if you receive your next commission 6 months later because there simply isn’t demand.
Anyone experienced in the sales biz will tell you that it’s up to you to make the sales. Mostly that is true but some industries are more prone to fluctuations in the economy than other.
Realestate business is a good example of this. Fortunes have been made during economic growth and it’ impossible to make a sale during the recession in some areas.
A good sales job will have enough stability to offer reliable income when you are putting the effort in.
Which gets us to our first real sales job.
The Realestate business
The economy is recovering from a global recession and now is a great time to get in to the real estate market. It’s been estimated by the Department of Labor that the real estate sector will grow faster than any other sales sector in the upcoming decade.
You can work as a real estate broker or an agent. Realestate brokers are licensed to run their own business while agents need to work with a broker. Most real estate brokers and agents are self-employed.
Population growth, urbanization and economy growth are the driving factors behind real estate market that will guarantee employment for real estate brokers and agents in the future, especially in larger cities.
Since apartments and houses are big acquisitions the commissions can be quite hefty. But as you surely know the selling times can some times be long which can lead to instability in income and low time efficiency in making the sale.
pros: Big commissions, versatile field, flexible working hours
cons: Instability of income, working nights and weekends, high competition, low time efficiency
Everyone needs an insurance. If they think they don’t, they just need to be educated. As the population is getting older the need for long-term care insurances and health insurances will rise.
Available jobs in the insurance sales sector are expected to increase by 12 % in the upcoming decade. This means there will be positions available for foreseeable future for anyone looking to land a sales job.
pros: Easy to make sales, lots of open positions in the future
cons: Relatively small commissions, hard to make big bucks, high turnover rate
The fact is we live in a digital society. Every single smart appliance from you stove and fridge to you bathroom scale require software to operate.
If you are technologically savvy and want to make big bucks in the industry of the future, software sales just might be for you.
Sales agents in companies like IBM, HP and Microsoft can make upwards of $ 300k a year. But there’s a reason for the high commissions. The work is very demanding.
First of all you have to hit your monthly sales quota in most companies or face losing your job. Secondly the jobs involve long hours and you basically have to be headhunted to even land a position in a big IT company.
pros: Extremely good commissions, good benefits, industry of the future
cons: Demanding working environment, long hours
Online affiliate marketing
If you are good at selling, why not work for yourself? The professions I just introduced to you all involve working long hours in the office or on the road.
What if I told you there is a way to make sales on the internet on complete automation writing about anything you find interesting? And doing so anywhere in the world at any time of the day.
I’m not talking about some make money instantly scam. This stuff takes actual work and you have to dedicate time to it like any business. Especially in the beginning. But once you get the ball rolling you get to enjoy from passive income as the work you put in is doing it’s thing on automation.
I’m talking about affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing essentially means referring customers to companies through links. When the customer lands the companies sales page through your link and makes a purchase you receive a commission.
The hard part of course is finding the customers and getting them to click your links. If you want to get people to click your links you essentially have to offer a solution to a problem they are trying to solve and create trust. This is easy to do with products you can stand 100 % behind of.
There are many ways to get traffic to your links. You can use social media to share interesting content, you could create YouTube videos in your niche, you can buy traffic through Google to your sales page. The options are many.
But the best way is to create content (be it a site or a YouTube channel), around specific keywords that people are looking for in your niche in Google. This way you will rank your content in Google (if you know what you are doing) and get traffic on complete automation.
Let’s make an example
First you decide on a niche. Let’s say you love producing music and now everything about audio interfaces for computers and decide that will be your niche. You niche can really be almost anything, I’m just choosing this as an example as I have an audio interface sitting next to my keyboard.
Next you need a domain for your website and decide to use something rather generic that might be a keyword in itself like www.bestaudiointerfaces.com.
Next you will do keyword research. Looking for keywords searched in google with some traffic but low competition. The lower, the better really. And the keywords should make grammatical sense as search engines don’t like nonsense.
You then write, let’s say 10 posts, targeted at low competition keywords to rank your site in Google. They might be articles discussing what makes a good interface, audio interface reviews or just something related to audio production that might attract readers looking for audio interfaces. To get bigger notice you also share all your content in social media.
In those 10 posts you have affiliate links pointing to Amazon or some of the large music stores that sell audio interfaces and offer affiliate programs.
After a couple months some of your posts start to rank on google, someone finds them and you make your first sale through an affiliate link. Someone clicked your affiliate link and purchased a $ 200 dollar audio interface from Amazon. They pay you a 5 % affiliate so you only net $ 10. But soon someone else makes a purchase also, and buys something else on Amazon for $ 500 and you credited for that also because they were referred through your link. You are doing sales for them just like you would working in a brick-and-mortar business!
You start to create more content and before you know it you have several posts or reviews that are bringing in $ 200 bucks (just a random, totally achievable number) every month. On automation. For months or years to come. And once your site is ranked it only gets easier to rank your new content.
I’m sure you are starting to see the potential here? Let’s just say there are many millionaires in this business but you need to have realistic expectations. The income will rise as you grow you business with time. But figures like $ 2000, $ 5000 or $ 10000 are very realistic and achievable if you are willing to work hard and consistently.
This is actually just one of the many models of online affiliate marketing you can use. It’s the one I use myself and the one taught at Wealthy Affiliate, a complete education and hosting platform for affiliate marketers. They offer all the tools you need for keyword research, content creation and hosting you site.
There’s a very active and helpful community in WA that help you with any questions you have. The best part is the top-of-the-line training that shows step by step how to choose a niche, create a site and rank that site in google.
The service is completely free to register and if you decide to go Premium – which you will need to do, to be able to advance in the training and host a site – costs $ 19 for the first months and then $ 49 monthly or $ 359 yearly. That might seem steep but it’s actually dirt cheap when you take in to consideration that’s what you pay for a decent website hosting service anyway and Wealthy Affiliates hosting service is top-notch. You basically get the incredible training and community as a bonus.
If you got interested in Wealthy Affiliate I will soon make a more thorough review of the site. For now, I recommend you go ahead and check their service out, it won’t cost you a thing. That link is an affiliate link by the way. I will receive a small commission if you decide to register and go premium. I want to be completely upfront about that, since I believe in their service 100 % and use it myself. If you want to check out their service without leaving me a commission, you can go directly to their website without clicking my links.
So let’s recap the pros and cons of affiliate marketing.
Pros: You can choose your interest, very time efficient once rolling, there is no limit to the money you can make, reliable source of income, complete freedom to choose when and where to work
Cons: Takes many months to a year to get income, requires some technical know-how, takes hard work and dedication like everything in life.
Well there you have it. The Best sales jobs of 2018. Tell me what you think about my selection in the comments section below. If you have any questions about affiliate marketing, Wealthy affiliate or sales jobs don’t hesitate to ask. I do my best to answer all the comments I get.