How to setup an affiliate website

How to set up an affiliate website in WordPress

So in my last post I talked about purchasing an expired domain to gain some SEO advantage over the competition. In today’s post I’ll talk about how to set up an affiliate website using WordPress as the content management system.

If you read my last post, you will know I purchased a promising expired domain, with a good backlink profile. Now it’s time to activate the domain and install WordPress on it and start creating content.

I will show you exactly how I setup my fresh WordPress installation to optimize SEO, usability and security. There are also couple important legal notifications that are pretty much required on every website, especially if you intent to use affiliate marketing on the site.

How to setup an affiliate website

If you are new to affiliate marketing or blogging it can be really overwhelming to even set up WordPress. Just think about how hard this stuff was a decade or two ago when content management system really weren’t a thing. You had to know A LOT more technical stuff just to get a website up and running.

Even though setting up WordPress can seem complicated it really isn’t. You just have to know what to do. WordPress being as popular as it is, means there are a ton of free tutorials, themes and resources. Too many actually.

The problem is with finding what is important and what is not. You can spend hours and hours reading about plugins and end up more confused than you were when you started.

The steps I’m about to show are very simple, but every one of them is important and hours of research has been put behind them. So without further ado, let’s get to it!

1. Installing WordPress

Naturally we will start by installing WordPress on our domain. I will not walk you through this as there are plenty of tutorials that show this step-by-step depending on where you host your domain.

Most of the larger hosting companies these days offer a one click WordPress install, since it is the go-to CMS for most bloggers and casual webmasters. If you are on a hosting service/server that requires you to do it manually you probably won’t end up reading my material any ways.

On the other hand if your hosting service requires manual installation through FTP and you don’t know how to do it, just chance your service provider. The internet has evolved sot that you don’t need to know or even understand all the technical stuff anymore. Sure, it can help, but creating a successful, profitable website is completely doable without prior technical knowledge.

I use Wealthy Affiliate as my hosting service currently, since they offer a very easy and fast user interface which allow me to focus my efforts on the stuff that really matter like SEO, content creation and research. So it’s a resource thing really. I would love to know more about the tech stuff but currently I simply don’t have the time.

Fortunately I grew up in a time where I had to create my first website in raw HTML and know how to use FTP. But that just means I’m getting old I guess :).

2. Choosing a theme

The first thing we’ll do after installing WordPress on our domain is choosing a WordPress theme. There are couple things I look for in a theme.

Firstly it has to look clean. By that I mean I don’t want tons of columns, widgets and changing pictures. Of course this depends somewhat on the site and what it’s geared towards. But especially on a blog I want everything to be super clean and simplistic.

The reason for this is that simple and minimalistic themes load faster, which is increasingly important for ranking in searches engines. Simple layouts also work better in mobile devices. They generally show the reader only the main column content and a simplified menu. That’s why you want anything worth reading be in there.

Secondly, a theme has to be modular. By this I mean I have to be able change the header and footer layouts, the widgets, colors and fonts. The reason for this is that changing a specific part of your website layout can be a real pain in the ass. You don’t always get that with free themes but I prefer modularity when possible. Sure you can always edit the CSS but that requires extensive research and you risk losing your modifications on every theme update.

You can of course change your theme any time you wish in WordPress. There are some risks however and the larger your site gets the larger and more likely the risks get. Things like broken links and misplaced content are known to happen, so always back up your site before installing a new theme.

For my expired domain project I chose a theme called Shuttle Corporate by Shuttle Themes.

Shuttle corporate theme previewTo be honest I just browsed through the themes featured in Wealthy Affiliates website installer and went with this one as it seemed clean and pretty simplistic.

I’m not 100% sure with the direction of the site and this seemed like something that go with a simple blog or with more of a business/authority site.

Just as I’m writing this WordPress 5.0 rolled out and it has a completely new feature called box editor. It seems like something I could use to create a whole layout instead of a theme. I have to do some research and I promise to write more about it in the future!

3. Removing test post and page

WordPress publishes a test page and a test post when first installed. It goes without saying these add no value to your website, so remove them. You can find them – not surprisingly – under the posts and pages tabs in your WordPress interface.

Removing test post and page in Wordprss

You then just hover over them with your mouse and choose Trash. And it’s done just like that! Now repeat on the post/page.

4. Installing Plug-ins

Next it’s time to install some important plug ins. These are the ones I know I’ll need on every site and install them straight away. I use other and without a doubt you will as well. Just be aware some plug-ins can slow your website down and just having too many in general is a bad thing.

You need to go to the Plugins tab in your WordPress interface and click on the ‘Add new‘ and search for each plugin manually.

The plugins I install on a fresh WordPress are:

  • All in one SEO Pack, an SEO optimization tool. This one is important and comes pre-installed on every WA WordPress site.
  • Comment link Remove, This removes the links from comments people leave on your posts. After reading a lot about backlinks I’m convinced you shouldn’t have any unintentional outward links on your site even if they are NoFollow. Different themes handle the comment section differently so this plugin is great for making sure your comments aren’t spammed with unwanted links.
  • Cookie Notice This plug-in shows a small popup banner that notifies users about cookies. It’s function is to makes sure your site complies with the UK and EU Cookie and GDPR regulations.
  • EWWW Image Optimizer Compresses images without losing quality. Very important for fast load times, which is an important ranking factor.
  • Pretty links Helps to mask long and nasty looking affiliate links.
  • WP GDPR Compliance, Like cookie notice, this one is required because of the EU GDPR regulations. Asks a permission to store comment contact details. Also, makes it possible for users to request any data stored about them.

 

Wordpress plugins on a fresh install

You can spot from the above screenshot there are couple other plug-ins installed, like Redirection and YouTube. These are something I might use on that site but they are not something you have to have installed.

Redirection is great for redirecting moved content as Google doesn’t like 404 errors. The YouTube plugin gives some options to your standard WordPress video embed features.

Finally, you will need to activate all the plugins. You can do it individually on every plugin or just activate everything and update as a bulk action.

5. Set up All-in-one SEO

So now that we have our plugins installed, it’s time to set up All in one SEO. Go to the All in one SEO general settings page.

All in one SEO general settings

For now, we are going to leave everything as is, except for two things. We are going to add a home title and a home description. These are important because they are essentially your calling card in the eyes of the search engines and their users. So make a snappy home title and describe what your site is about in couple short sentences. Try to make it intriguing.

all in one seo home page settings

The other item we are going to edit is the Keyword settings. Just enable it and let it do it’s magic. No need to edit other attributes here.

all in one seo keyword settings

 

6. Set up GDPR Compliance plugin

Next I will setup the GDPR Compliance plugin. This one won’t affect your rankings but it’s important from a legal perspective. The GDPR regulations of the European Union dictate all websites that have users from within the EU to inform what user data is being gathered and stored, how that data is being stored and contact information for removal of said data.

The GDPR legislation is meant to offer protection of personal data and privacy. It has caused a lot of hassle to all businesses in the EU but the goal behind is noble. Think of it what you will, but if you have visitors on your website from within the EU, you need to have this setup to have all your bases covered from a legal standpoint.

The other option is to blog traffic from EU but that would be stupid as that’s a good third of internet users who seek information in English.

Setting up the plugin is pretty straight forward. Just go to your installed plugins and scroll down to the GDPR compliance plugin and click settings.

WP GDPR compliance settings

Activate the WordPress comments fields. This will ask any comment for a permission to store their contact information.

Next go to the Settings tab and activate the Request User Data page. It will create a page called Data Access Request. You will find it under your pages section, it will not be visible by default so go to the page and change the visibility to public.

GDPR request user data

That’s it for the GDPR!

7. Set up the Comment link remove plugin

Finally we will setup the Comment link remove plugin. Like I said before this is important for controlling the outward links of your website that could lead to negative SEO results.

If you use a theme that allows to remove the comment link option you might not need this. On the other hand if you decide to change your theme later on you might activate the comment links by accident and this plugin would take care of that.

If you already have a site with comments, you can use this plugin to remove the links from them as well.

Remove comment link plugin settings

Go to the QC CLR settings tab in your WordPress interface and in the General Settings choose

  • Remove WEBSITE field from comment form
  • Remove hyper-link from comment AUTHOR bio
  • Disable turning URLs into hyperlinks in comments
  • Remove HTML comments globally
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There’s no need to touch the other settings. Save changes and you’re good to go!

You’re good to go!

The rest of the plugins I introduced in this post don’t need settings changed for now besides being activated. You can edit their settings as you see proper when you learn more about this stuff and have a better vision about your website and content.

That’s it with the basic settings and plugins! Now it’s time to start creating some incredible content. You should start with creating a Privacy Policy and an about me page like shown in the Wealthy Affiliate training.

The first level of the training is completely free by the way and full of great information. You just need to create an account, they don’t even ask for your credit card so there are no strings attached.

I’ll continue by creating some content on my expired domain and I still have my Keyword Golden Ratio project to work on as well. I wonder where I’ll find the time to run all three websites :). So wish me luck and check back soon for updates!

P.S. I’m sure I left some important stuff and steps out so don’t hesitate to ask on the comments section below. I promise to answer as soon as possible!

 

 

 

 

Should you buy and expired domain for traffic

Should you buy an expired domain for traffic?

As I’m waiting for my keyword golden ratio niche website to start ranking in the SERPs I’ve been reading about expired domains. The question in my mind is, should you buy expired domain for traffic advantage? Let’s find out.

One of the oldest tricks in the book in online marketing has been acquiring expired domains with powerful backlink profiles. The idea is to leverage the “link juice” and domain authority for building a new money site or acquiring several of such domains to build a private blog network (PBN for short).

The idea behind a PBN is to point powerful backlinks to your existing money site with complete control over things like anchor text. This is considered a gray hat/black hat technique by Google and will certainly lead in severe penalty or complete sandbox and deindexing if you get caught. And this can include every domain in the network.

PBNs aren't safe

That’s why I have no interest in using expired domains for building a PBN and I can’t encourage anyone else to do it either. I just wanted you to know this is one of the most common ways to use expired domains and you are bound to bump into information and marketing about PBNs if you look more into expired domains.

So once more, just so we’re clear: Private blog networks are highly frowned upon by Google and you should not risk using them. Still, many experienced marketers swear they are the way to go if you want to dominate the first page rankings. But if you hear about PBNs for the first time right now, you are definitely in the position to leverage them safely.

I’m still at the beginning of my online marketing journey and someone with more experience might be face palming hardly right now for me even thinking about using expired domains for SEO and traffic advantage in 2018. My research shows the topic is highly controversial even between very experienced marketers these days.

Some say that a deleted domain loses all its link juice as Google disavows any incoming link once the domain expires. Some say this is simply not true and that expired or dropped domains work just as well as before and give you an enormous advantage in building a new site versus on a fresh domain. Especially now as the time it takes for new sites to acquire trust and start ranking in Google seems to be getting longer and longer.

I like to do my research, but when my research is inconclusive I like to take things to my own hands, do some research and testing of my own to find out how things work. That’s what I intend to do with expired domains and I promise to share my results with you!

Let’s start by looking at what expired domains actually are.

What are expired domains

Just like the name suggests, expired domains are domains that have been expired. Meaning that they had been registered before but the owner decided to let the domain expire and did not renew the registration.

Should you buy an expired domain for traffic?

The reasons for this are many. Maybe a company that owned the domain went bankrupt, maybe someone got tired with blogging or simply didn’t have time and decided to let it go.

Some times a domain can get expired simply because the owner forgot to renew it. Even though that’s unlikely since the owner will receive several notifications and most registrars will keep the domain in backorder for a month or two to give the original owner a chance to redeem his/hers property.

This still happens when people and companies have so much online property and limited time to process all the daily information they receive from those properties. Make sure that you are not one of these people and always keep your domain registrar contact information updated.

 

TIP: It’s generally a good idea to use your best personal email to receive domain expiration notifications straight to your smart phone.

There are some more worrisome reasons that someone looking to acquire an expired domain should know. The domain might be a part of a previous shady activity and it might already be deindexed. The owner simply let it go because it has lost it’s monetary and SEO value.

This is why it’s extremely important to check the history of a domain even if you are not especially looking for an expired domain. If you just come up with a good domain name and it happens to be free, the chances are high that it was registered at some point.

There are tools like Wayback Machine that have snap shots of the domain dating all the way back to the 90s. You can usually spot a spammy site easily.

The other thing you should check is the backlinks of the domain. If there are thousands on a free expired domain, I would steer clear. It’s a clear signal that the domain was subject of artificial link building that can lead to penalty.

If an old domain has several thousand high quality, natural backlinks it’s probably too valuable for anyone to let it just expire for free.

Just the fact that the domain was used before doesn’t make it worthless (or worthy) it depends on what it was used for. So don’t panic if you find your domain was used 10 or 15 years ago.

Why use expired domains

Backlinks

The idea in using expired domains is that they can have significant domain authority and good backlink profiles. Some old domains can have some very high authority backlinks from large companies, archives or news sites. In case you didn’t know backlinks are links pointing to your domain.

It’s not clear how much Google and other search engines value backlinks these days. Some say recent algorithm changes have dropped the value of backlinks close to zero and it’s the on-page SEO, quality of content, social signals etc. that matter the most.

Yet there are some very experienced and successful SEOs and marketers that swear backlinks still matter the most. They have some pretty damn convincing data to back that claim too.

One thing that is sure is that it’s the quality of the backlinks that matter. Wrong kinds of backlinks will hurt your rankings and the right kinds can pull a page from the bottom of the top 100 search results to the first page.

This becomes obvious if you do some research on backlink profiles of first page search results in competitive keywords.

Previously all backlinks provided “link juice” to your domain/site but since it was extremely easy to manipulate this with artificial backlinks they changed it so that only more authoritative domains related to your niche will give your rank a boost. The anchor texts of the links also have to be natural and not keyword stuffed.

This is why PBNs can be so powerful but since the whole point of devaluing unrelated backlinks was to stop artificial manipulation, Google doesn’t like any kind of artificial link building.

So ideally the backlinks should be naturally received from more authoritative domains related to your niche. The problem is this never happens naturally. Especially on a young site, unless the content as absolutely phenomenal. That’s why gaining backlinks always involves some effort, time and sometimes money.

Domain age

Domain age affects how much trust search engines give trust to the website. A domain that has been registered and had a website hosted on it for ten years will obviously be trusted a lot more then three months old website.

The problem here is that the domain age apparently resets to zero when a website gets deleted or the domain expires. That’s at least the official story but I have read some experiences that suggest otherwise. Some people seem to have had considerable ranking advantage on a recently expired domain that had a website for several years before. This might be due to backlinks and returning visitors but it still makes you wonder.

You can find great brandable domains and niche ideas

One reason I love to go through expired domains is that you can find some great brandable domains you wouldn’t come up with yourself. The fact that there are hundreds of thousands of domains to choose from means you won’t run out of ideas very soon.

Talking about ideas, expired domains are also great from niche ideas and research. I’ve come up with some pretty interesting niches that I would have not come up on my own in a million years.

Where to find expired domains

There essentially three ways to acquire an expired domain. You can buy one directly or from an auction before expiration, you can backorder one or you can simply buy one for the normal registration fee if it’s completely expired.

The ones in direct sale or auction are not really expired since they many times have a website on them but sometimes it’s just the domain. Either way it’s still owned by someone and not really expired. These can be very valuable and I thought I should mention them. They are not what I’m after right now.

The ones that are in backorder are expired domains that the original owner has a change to redeem. If they decide not to get it back the fastest buyer can grap the domain.

The thing about backorders is that it can be pretty hit or miss. You can’t know when the domain will free up for registration and the fastest will grap it. That’s why there are services that are specialized in this. They have automated software on fast servers that keep at it at the time of expiration. You can’t really compete with them manually apparently so it’s wise to use them if you really want a domain in backorder.

So where to look for expired domains?

The best free resource is Expired Domains.net. They gather and publish all the information you need for finding good expired domains. They list expired, pending delete and backorder domains.

Their membership is completely free so I suggest you register right away because you will get access to a lot more comprehensive listing with more metrics for analyzing the results.

There are other services like DomCop and Freshdrop. For free services Expired Domains.net is by far the most comprehensive. You get so much information that you have to start by learning what everything in the result table means. Sure there are short explanations on every metric but if you are a new to this stuff, expect to do some Googling.

I plan to write a post soon on the most important metrics as there really is too much stuff to discuss for this one post.

My test

So do they really work? When in doubt, the best way is to try it yourself and learn from the process! That’s why I decided to get an expired domain with a decent link profile and build a WordPress site on it.

I’ll be documenting my results here and I will share them with you later on so make sure to check on me from time to time!

Like stated before, I’m not interested in PBNs for the quite obvious risks and possible future penalties, so my aim is to just build a pretty basic niche website and see if the history of the site has effect on the ranking speed and position.

I will be aiming for low competition and KGR keywords and it will be interesting to see if this site gains traffic faster then my other niche website I’m using to test the KGR terms.

The domain is actually in my professional niche of environmental sciences, so I have some pretty good ideas for content and I’m fairly confident I can bang out a dozen medium length, high quality posts fairly quickly.

My plan is to publish the content in the coming weeks and then I’ll just let the website sit for a while and hopefully start to pick up some organic traffic. At that point I might outsource some of the content creation efforts since I feel I’m spreading my resources too thin with three websites at the moment.

I can’t justify paying for content creation just yet since my online business is not bringing in enough money to have me convinced it’s going to work on the long run. It’s something I’ll definitely look into once I have a steady online income.

I plan to reinvest every dime I make online for the foreseeable future. Either in content, education or software and marketing. I figure this will grow my business at a much faster rate then doing everything manually. But I have to know I can do it on my own first!

Do they still work?

That’s what I aim to find out. I will update this part once I have some data on the results. For now, I will show how I found a domain for my first test site.

I began by just scrolling the domains list until something sparked my interest. I stumbled upon something to do with the environment or maybe renewable energy, can’t really remember exactly. As I mentioned I’m an environmental engineer by profession so this got my interest.

I decided to do a search on the term environment.

Environment keyword results

I then sorted the results by the ABY metric, which is the oldest date in archive.org and exported the domain listing 25 results at a time through the import function. I wish there was a function to import the whole table or at least a few hundred ones but I didn’t fin one?

Import function

I then pasted the results to DomCops Open PageRank tool. Google gave up the PageRank data in 2016 and since then it’s been hard for webmasters and SEOs to compare domains efficiently for free. They have had to use paid services like Moz, Ahrefs and Majestic.

Open PageRank is free and can give a quick gauge on the potential of a domain. It’s a great tool for comparing large volumes of domains like we have here to find the most potential ones. You still need to do some more work but this helps to narrow it down. Or that is my logic at least, can’t really vouch for this just yet but feel free to try it yourself.

You can just copy paste the exported data from Expired Domains.net to Open PageRank.

Open pagerank import

I then list the results by PageRank and pick the ones that have PR of 3 or more. After going through hundred or thousands of domains I noticed that finding dropped domains with PR over 3 was rare and finding ones with PR over 4 and a healthy backlink profile and history was exceedingly rare. The ones with higher PR are probably too valuable for anyone to let them expire.

PageRank results

Once I had a bunch of “high” PR domains I looked at the amount of backlinks they had. ExpiredDomains.net shows this info as well. If the domain had several thousand backlinks I ditched it. It’s highly unlikely the link profile would be natural and there’s no way of easily checking all the links for free. Several hundred backlinks was a no no as well, especially on younger domains.

I found a good domain name that was registered around 2000 initially. It had only 16 backlinks and a clean looking history. I made sure of this by checking it with the WaybackMachine. It belonged to a small American environmental consulting company and the site had mainly contact information.

What really struck gold was the backlinks. 3 of the 16 links were from pretty damn authoritative domains with the domain name as anchor text. Two of the high value ones were dofollow links as well. I checked the backlinks manually with Ahrefs free backlink checker.

After thinking about it for a minute I decided to register the domain and install wordpress on it. I’ll start creating content on it as soon as I get this post finished, so I think it’s time to call it a day!

Conclusion

Well that’s it for now about expired domains. I hope to have some interesting info to share with you sometime in the future.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far. I bet you have a bunch of questions after my ramblings so please don’t hesitate to drop a comment, I promise to get back to you as soon as possible.

I will be updating this post once I have some results or more info to share. Might be three months or might be a week so please bookmark for future reference! I promise to add an email list soon to anyone interested receiving updates.

For now that’s all!

 

 

 

 

How to learn about internet marketing for free

How to learn about internet marketing for free

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.

Earning money with internet marketing

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.

Looking for a solution on the internet

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:

Niche blogging

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.

YouTube

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.

Social media

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

Wealthy Affiliate

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.

Wealthy Affiliate free course

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.

Warrior Forum

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.

 

Conclusion

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.

 

 

 

 

About IHateWorking.net

About I hate working

Hello Stranger! My name is Jukka and I’m the proud owner of IHateWorking.net. The site dedicated to helping people who don’t like working find solutions for their situation.

I’m not here to tell you that you don’t need to work for a living. But I am here to tell you there are much better options to the 9 to 5 grind.

My story

I’m an engineer in my thirties and I live in Finland. I have been in the working life for around 15 years of which the last 6 years working full time in my own field. Before that full time and part-time in different kinds of manual labor jobs.

When I graduated with my bachelors degree of science in the end of 2011 I wound up being unemployed for a half a year. The economy had just had hit a depression and companies simply weren’t hiring

That was the first time I stumbled upon internet marketing. I think I just wrote “making money online” on google and ended up surfing the sites that came up for days.

It soon became obvious there are lots of pushy businesses and downright scams associated with the making money online business.

I picked part here and there and scraped up my first two sites in the spring of 2012. I had a general knowledge how marketers make money online. But I had no idea about the specifics and no real experience in web design or content creation.

I found a full time job in the summer of 2012 and it took my focus of the sites. Suffice to say the pages never received any traffic and wound up failures.

In 2013, I started in my current position. The job was extremely demanding and stressful from the start. It got a bit better once I had enough experience to trust myself more.

The couple last years my workload has be climbing and I always have something that should be done yesterday and there is no chance to get things done in time even if I bust my ass doing over time. That’s just how work in government goes. Nothing get’s done in time. I pretty much hate going there these days.

The work stress has led me to suffer from burnout symptoms, anxiety and depression and I have decided I need to get out. Changing to another full time job as an engineer is out of the question since I have found out I don’t really find my field interesting enough.

This spring I remembered the make money online thing and decided to do some research and wound up reading about Wealthy Affiliate. It’s an education platform with an incredible community, hosting services, keyword research tools and pretty much everything an internet marketer could need to run a business online.

I decided to create an account since it’s free and there are no commitments and they are really up front about everything. I was sold in about a day and decided to go premium and within a week had created my first new site following their step by step training. This is my site number two btw.

My aim is to make a full time income online following the training at Wealthy Affiliate within a year and quit my day job. You can check out my review of the site here.

Why I want to help people

Look, I know how much going to work can suck. I don’t even always hate my day job. There are some great people there, I get some nice benefits and working for the city I get to know a lot of important stuff beforehand.

But after every single day and week I feel drained and stressed. I know there is a better way and have decided to follow that path myself and I want to spread the word to anyone willing to listen.

I also love traveling and I can only squeeze in a couple week-long trips to a year while working a full time job. I also hate the Finnish winter and want to be able to spend most of the winter somewhere warm.

So if you hate your job, hate the working life in general, want to travel more or just want to work from home, I’m here to help. I don’t think anyone should suffer in a job they hate, life is too short for that.

The working life is in a turning point. There are more educated people unemployed in western countries than ever before. This means that even if you are employed now, the competition is only going to get harder and you can’t trust you employer to keep you employed. People get fired out of the blue all the time these days.

That’s why it’s important to take matters in to your own hands and I want to help you do it.

The goal of this site

My goal is to share with you how to make a living online. The method I’m using involves something called affiliate marketing.

It essentially means offering people solutions to problems they are having. You point them to right product and service and get paid an affiliate fee if they decide to make a purchase.

The tricky part is getting the traffic and finding the low competition keywords people are looking for. That’s where Wealthy Affiliate comes in. They know their stuff and show you step-by-step how to create a site, find keywords and rank your site in google. After that, it’s simply a matter of creating content.

I won’t lie to you. It takes work and effort to make it in this business. I’m just in beginning of my journey and I know that already. But I find incredible motivation in working for myself, helping people out and getting to work from anywhere in the world.

The most intriguing part for myself is the residual income. Every post or page you create can make you money for years to come. When you have tens, hundreds or thousands you start to realize how much potential there is. It only takes 20 posts that bring in on average $ 200 to make a monthly income of $ 4000. So every “task” you accomplish essentially creates cumulative income.

That’s about it for now. If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Jukka

IHateWorking.net