What is the point of working all your life?

What is the point of working all your life?

Feeling stressed? Feeling burned out? Wondering what is the point of working all your life? I really don’t think there is point in working all your whole life so let’s look at what you can do about it!

Here’s the thing. People these days are stressed with working life. This is a fact. They are also stressed with life in general. There are several reasons for this that I will get on to shortly but it’s painfully obvious that working life is putting a big strain on most peoples life when you talk to people.

Sure there are people who absolutely love their jobs. They usually work in a field that is their passion and they dedicate their lives to their careers. That is one of the big choices you have to make in life if you don’t want to feel like working your life away. Dedication to career. There simply isn’t enough time to have a fulfilling, full-time career (not just a job), a family and time intensive satisfying hobbies.

Sure they can be managed simultaneously to some extent, but something is going to wind up half-assed. Think of the stereotypical family with a stay-at-home mom and a distant father that only comes home from the office to eat his dinner and sleep (these days the roles can obviously be switched, but you get the example).

The father might actually love his career, but this kind of situation will without a doubt lead to resentment from the wife and the kids towards the father. In the best case scenario the stay-at-home parent is happy with the situation and there won’t too much resentment between the parents but either way they both have to compromise between career and family.

Now if both parents go to work (in jobs they don’t like) when the kids are young and try to have hobbies of their own somethings gotta give. Either the parents find a way to compromise or they end up splitting up due to resentment. The tragedy is that this can lead to even more stress as you now likely have a shared custody situation which makes planning life that more difficult. Especially when the new partners come into the picture.

But I digress. Let’s look at some of the reasons and factors why people hate working these days so much to figure out if there’s actually any point in working your whole life.

The demands of work

The reason most people can’t truly enjoy their careers is that the working life is too demanding to have a balanced life without stress.

Even if you like the field you are in, the working hours probably take most of your day, leaving you only few hours to have quality time doing what ever it is you love doing. That is, if you have the energy.

Studies show that over working is more common and even expected in many positions these days. Also, digitalization has lead to a situation where many employees are expected to answer emails and calls with their smart phones even from their home, outside office hours. Especially if they are looking to move forward in their career.

Work is too demanding in general. It’s very common there is too little time to complete all the tasks required by your job. Many positions are not filled when an employee retires and the tasks are assigned to other employees due to financial reasons.

Introduction of the work and workplace to new employees in many companies is either nonexistent or inhumanely short. This can lead to extreme stress even on the most diligent worker. Studies show that it takes on average three to six months to get accustomed to a new job. Sometimes even longer if the job is exceptionally demanding and complicated.

What is the point of working all your life?

If you are not given enough adjustment time, this can lead to extreme stress and sub par performance which can unfortunately lead to getting fired. In the worst case scenario you might end up with a burn out.

Working hours are also too long. The average American works about 40 hours per week, as does most Europeans. This is the typical 8-hour working day on week days. The problem with these averages is that they don’t take in to account all the overtime people put in on their spare time without compensation.

Of course there are also people working 50, 60 or 70 hours a week. And the sad part is many of them do this at two (some even three) different jobs and still barely make by since the minimum wage these days is not enough to live or raise a family.

To most people even 40 hours is simply too much work to truly enjoy life. It means you have to give up on something important to you and choose to rest every now and then. A six-hour work day or four day work week of around 30 hours would be much more humane in many fields.

But wouldn’t that lead to decrease in productivity? Actually, in experiments conducted in Sweden, they found out that shorter work week actually yielded superior productivity in jobs requiring lots of thinking and creativity. The obvious reason for this is the fact that thinking and creativity are highly dependent on motivation and low fatigue.So in intellectual work (which most positions are these days) more hours don’t equal better results and productivity.

In many countries the holidays are very short. I remember reading that the average American has about two weeks completely of from work each year. Here in Finland we have around 5 weeks, which still feels too little most of the time. It’s OK for the summer but in all honesty you should have a week off every couple months to keep your sanity.

Holidays are short in many countries

Combining work and family can be tough. Especially in situations where both parents are career oriented. If both parents are working long days, the family life can get very stressful very fast. Both parents will have to pretty much accept the situation and compromise by giving up most of their leisure activities.

It’s no wonder divorce is very common these days, especially after having children. It’s also natural for every adult to strive for financial security on their own. This requires work experience and you can’t really have long absence from work in your resume if you wish to attract the interest of employers.

All I do is work and sleep

I got the idea to write this post from the fact that recently I have felt is all that I do is work and sleep. And maybe catch some chow every now and the.

I’m still working full time in a rather demanding specialist position while I’m reading and learning everything I can about SEO, marketing and the whole online business in general. Naturally I’m also putting what I read into action by working on this website and couple other ones.

This has led me to feel all I do is work and sleep. It has also led me to lose productivity both in my day job and in my online business. I simply don’t have the resources to keep working 100% on both all the time.

The whole reason I started this whole online endeavor was to eventually work less. Not to quit working, but to work less. I truly feel like there is no point in working your whole life for somebody else, especially if it takes most of your time and energy.

I hope in few months I’ll be able to either quit my day job or at least do it part-time (if my employer allows is). I accept this is a transition period that’s going to require hard work without instant gratification. I will not give up, that’s the one thing I’m good at, but I will have to be honest with myself and accept it’s going to be thought to work two jobs effectively.

The thing is, we are individuals. Our stress coping skills, activity levels, passions and life goals differ vastly. What is the perfect fulfillment of every life goal to one person is the other persons absolute hell.

It’s just stupid how most people try to force them into the same mold that is seen as the golden standard by the society even though there are more options available in the free world than ever.

 

 

From a societal point of view it would be perfect if you had a decent pay check, so you can pay your taxes and keep the economy running by consuming all sorts of crap and useless commodities you think you need, because someone said so.

It would also be perfect if you had a few kids because in most western societies there are more old people and not enough young people and children to take care of them by paying taxes or direct fees to companies that run old folks’ homes and hospital. Since, as you know, that’s where old people end up these days when they can’t function on their own anymore.

And it would be perfect you worked as long as possible as hard as possible, since any down time will make you a burden to the society.

People want to fulfill their true passions through hobbies if their career and family isn’t what they truly strive for and love to do. There just isn’t time. Things like pets, music, sports, gaming, creating online businesses etc. can be very time-consuming.

The problem is that if you don’t have the time to do your true passions you will end up feeling resenting all parts of your life.

The stereotypical example would be a person who works a full time job in a profession that doesn’t give him/real satisfaction and decides to have children against his/hers own true desire out of social pressure from the spouse, family and the society in general.

Then the person has to give up on their true passions in exchange of things seen as chores. Sure, you can grow to like or even love the situation but let’s be honest, we all know people who are barely clinging to sanity in a situation like this. This might even be you.

These kinds of situations are where divorces and mid-life crisis’ live.

You have to do something

I sometimes (OK, constantly) fantasize about winning the lottery and quitting my job and my online business and even cutting out all my existing ties and responsibilities, just to chill out and relax. Deep down I know this would be very bad for my confidence, health, relationships and to everything that really matters in life.

You see, the thing is, you have to do something. You need a purpose to get out of the bed and get going. The problem is that to many, going to work isn’t a meaningful purpose. It doesn’t give the sense of accomplishment and joy that working on something you love can give you.

Procrastinating your life away is really not the answer. Just ask any depressed young man stuck in their home in front of a computer wasting their life away.

The obvious reason for most people for working their whole adult life is quite simply financial necessity. You have to pay the bills and eat something after all.

Alternative to working 9 to 5

Unless you have the potential to become a rocks star or the next Elon Musk I suggest you find an alternative to the 9 to 5 rat race as soon as possible. I’m sure you are not interested in working your life away for somebody else since you are reading this article.

Information technology is the career of the future. The money is in the internet. There are few ways you can learn to leverage the internet to earn an income.

You can become a YouTube content creator. You can learn how use crypto currencies to make money. You can offer writing services to bloggers and magazine.

The thing is that all those require active work pretty much constantly. I strive for somewhat passive income. There isn’t such thing as truly passive income, but there are differences in how much you need to invest time for maintenance.

For example in YouTube constant fresh content can make or break a channel. You have to keep in the feed or you will lose views and rankings.

That’s why I chose SEO (Search Engine Optimization) based content creation/blogging combined with affiliate marketing as the business model for my online business.

If you got interested in the alternatives to working a typical 9 to 5 career or full time in general, check out my Niche website journal, my Wealthy Affiliate review and this post about internet marketing as a career.

 

 

Conclusion

So what is the point of working all your life? There isn’t one. The point of life is to help others and enjoy the world without causing harm to other people, animals or the planet. If your job isn’t true to these goals there really isn’t any point in working all your life.

Doing nothing isn’t the answer either, so find something you love and helps other people and work hard on it. That’s the point of working all your life. It just won’t feel like working.

If you have any questions or just need some friendly advice, don’t hesitate to drop a comment. I answer every single comment I get.

Till the next time!

How to start a business for free online

How to start a business for free online

Looking to start an online business? Don’t have a dime to spare? Let’s look at how to start a business for free online!

Here’s the thing, you can start making money online without investing a cent. Now I’m not saying it’s easy. I’m not saying I have done it myself. But I have read people doing it and I do have one great idea for anyone willing to try.

I want to make it completely clear this is not the way I started my business myself. My business is still (as of writing this post) in its infancy and it’s just starting to produce traffic. I’m still holding on to a day job, so I have some cash to spare and I have invested few hundred bucks in to my online business.

But if you are in a situations where you have some time to work on an online business but can’t really invest any money on it just yet I might have solution for you.

I’ll have to warn you, it takes work. It always does. And when there’s no money involved there usually a bit more work involved. That’s just how it goes in life. If you can’t invest money, you have to invest time.

How is it possible to start a business without money?

Yeah, I know it sounds crazy. That you could actually start a business without investing a dime?

Because of the internet, it’s possible. Of course establishing a real registered business is going to include some paperwork and fees. The great thing about making money online is the fact that you can start making income before you have to worry about that stuff.

Here’s the thing. Any conventional business takes a crap ton of money to get started. From a coffee shop to a machinery to a IT consulting firm it takes thousands and thousands to get everything going.

You need facilities, machinery, employees, computers, cars, inventory and god know what else before you have made a dollar.

This is not the case with online business. It’s about selling information or marketing other companies products as an affiliate and getting an affiliate fee.

A tablet with online marketing process graph

One way to start making money from scratch is to get affiliate referrals through free to register channels like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram etc. Any place that allows you to share content for free with you followers.

Once you have made enough referrals to earn $50 or so you can reinvest that money to buy a domain and start creating content.

Since Wealthy Affiliate offers everything you need to run an online affiliate marketing business, I will use them as an example for using this model.

You could in theory replicate this by promoting almost anything from Amazon products to customer leads to companies. You could then reinvest that money to either buying a domain on some other service to create a niche website or maybe just buy some direct traffic to an offer.

The ways are many but this is the one I’m familiar with so It’ll have to get the point across.

Step 1: Register at Wealthy Affiliate for free subscription

The first step would be to create a free account in Wealthy Affiliate. You automatically join the built in Wealthy Affiliate affiliate program.

The free subscription allows you to complete the first chapter of both trainings in Wealthy Affiliate and also to host two free .siterubix sites. These are possible, but hard to rank in Google so you could in theory make money with them for free as well.

You also get to do 30 keyword searches on Jaaxy lite. This is enough to get you started in content creation if you use it wisely.

The wealthy affiliate starter membership

I wrote an extensive review here, so you might want to check that out so you know what you are getting yourself into.

Registering for the free account doesn’t require a credit card. Just you email and they are not aggressive with the marketing so it really isn’t a big deal to register to check it out.

If nothing else, check out the free courses to get some ideas about how to make money online.

But for our current objective, I have something else in mind.

Step 2: Get at least four referrals to Wealthy Affiliate

You see, as of writing this, you get $11.45 for every referral that upgrades to premium. That means if you can get 4, just 4 referrals, you will make enough money to pay for the monthly premium subscription.

How do you get referrals if you don’t have a website with traffic?

Well you have to get a bit creative and it probably takes some work.

There are plenty of free channels to use these days like Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. If you have a channel with any kind of following that could solve you problem.

If you have no accounts and no followers, then it’s time to start working. Create something that interest people of socialize in YouTube channels.

You could even employ real life marketing. You could market the service to you friends, family or colleagues. I know this can seem a bit awkward, so make sure you know the service and trust it so you can recommend it with clean conscience.

But that’s how you get started without ANY money. If you have even a few bucks to spare you have much more options.

Step 3: Invest you affiliate fees to a monthly subscription

So you have now referred four people to WA that have gone premium. Great. The next step is to invest that money to go premium yourself.

As a premium member you affiliate fees are doubled, so you need to refer only two people that go premium to pay for you monthly subscription.

Going premium allows you to complete the training the teaches you a lot about making money online. It’s not the be-all-end-all solution, but it’s a model that works. You should focus on learning one thing at a time.

The premium membership also includes the keyword ressearch tool Jaaxy lite version. Which gets us to our next step.

Step 4: Buy a domain and do keyword research

Once you have you premium membership set up follow either the Affiliate Bootcamp or the Internet Entrepreneur Certification and choose a niche.

At this point it would be wise to invest $13.99 – $15.99 to buy a domain for you own site. You could accomplish this by getting one extra referral if you really don’t have cash to spare. This is a once a year fee so it’s actually dirt cheap.

Once you have you niche and domain figured out it’s time to activate you site and install WordPress on it.

After that it’s time to start creating content and follow the training.

To create meaningful content that can rank in Google, you need to do keyword research with Jaaxy lite which is inluded in you premium membership.

Jaaxy allows you to do unlimited amount of searches, so it’s time to get creative and start coming up with keywords that are related to you niche.

Step 5: Get referrals from other sources until you site start producing traffic and money

You now have you own website set up and you have created a bunch of posts on low competition keywords.

Since it takes time for a new site to start ranking in Google, you will need a source of income while you are building you site.

This means you have to keep getting two more referrals to WA every month to cover most of you expenses as you get $22.5 per referral as a premium member.

If paying $49 a month is too steep for you I’m guessing you don’t have a job. This means you probably have more than average amount of time (I get there are situations where this isn’t true) to dedicate to creating content and building you business.

Otherwise, I honestly recommend getting a job while working on you online business. It takes time and you must have other expenses as well.

This means you might achieve better than average results but don’t expect to start making any money at least before the 6-month mark. Give it a year if you want to be conservative.

Step 6: Profit!

So you now have you own site, you have enough content to start ranking in Google and you are receiving traffic to some profitable keywords.

It’s time to find a way to monetize you site! You could drive traffic to Wealthy Affiliate if you are following the Bootcamp or for example sell Amazon products related to you niche. The ways are many.

At this point you should be making enough money to cover you hosting and membership costs at Wealthy Affiliate.

At this point the sky’s the limit. Just keep creating high quality content to scale you business up. If you wish to continue with Wealthy Affiliate you can. You get a great hosting service, a keyword research tool and a great community to share you problems with.

Conclusion

There you have it. A way to make money online for free.

I’m not going to lie to you and say it will be easy. To succeed with this you would have to dedicate some serious time marketing WA memberships through other channels. It’s not as easy to get people to convert to premium membership as you might think.

It also requires you to create high amounts (several per week) of high quality posts if you wish to start making money at the 6-month mark.

I’m going to go as far and say that it would be easier to get a part time job to cover you expenses than to try and pull this of. If you growing business depends on the affiliate fees, you whole business is extremely vulnerable.

So get the resources, start working hard and succeed! This is just an idea.

 

 

 

 

Wealthy Affiliate web hosting review

If you are a blogger or an internet marketer or thinking about becoming one, you need a hosting service for your websites.

Wealthy Affiliate is an all-in-one online resource for marketers that includes a state-of-the-art hosting service aimed specifically for running WordPress based niche websites for marketers.

I wrote an extensive review about Wealthy Affiliate here. However the hosting service is so packed with features and the price is very competitive that I decided it needed a review of its own.

So without further ado, let’s get cracking and see how well the Wealthy Affiliate hosting service stands up to the competition!

What is a website hosting service

In case you are new to internet marketing or website hosting I thought it would be good to write couple words about what exactly is a website hosting service. If you are already familiar with this stuff feel free to skip to the next paragraph for the review.

There are millions of websites on the internet. Every single one of those websites are located on a host. A host is a server (or actually a series of them) where the actual physical data of the website is located.

A website hosting service is a service that sells or rents server space to host your domain and website content. Just like the name says, duh :).

Domain suffixes are many

Hosting services have many more important functions like database support, data backup in case of physical storage failures. This means you don’t have to have physical backups on your home computer if the service is up to par.

Modern hosting services also make sure their security is up to date so you don’t have to worry about getting hacked on the server side as long as you keep your websites up to date as well.

Most hosting services also offer tools like email boxes and forwards, integrated content management systems and domain registration services.

So in essence a website hosting service can be just rented server space with database support where you upload your site files manually.

Most of the popular ones you want to use as a marketer include lots of tools. Wealthy Affiliates web hosting service is no different on this so let’s check out some of the features!

Features of Wealthy Affiliate web hosting

The Wealthy Affiliate web hosting service comes packed with features just like most of its competitors. Let’s start with the basics:

Number of websites:

Wealthy Affiliate membership includes hosting for 25 of your own domains plus 25 FREE websites. The free domains come with a .siterubix domain and are great for testing or for hosting small personal sites not aimed for public distribution.

Be aware that the free websites don’t rank very well in search engines compared to paid domains (though, its possible to rank them) so they really serve best for testing.

You have to naturally pay the registration fees for your own domains. The registration fee is $ 13.99 – 15.99 / year. There are no up sells and the registration process is very simple and fast. There is 30 GB of server space included for your websites. Nothing to complain here.

One of the great things about the domain registration service is that it looks for alternative domain names and suffixes if the one you want isn’t available.

Domain search example

The whole Wealthy Affiliate service and its tools are fully integrated. This means you can actually do keyword research with Jaaxy (lite version included) and see if the exact match domain for a keyword is available. You can then register the domain with couple clicks. This is a feature especially marketers and anyone knowledgeable in SEO will appreciate.

Speed:

As the internet is evolving, research engines are giving more and more importance to user experience. Site loading speed is one of the not so obvious, yet one of the most important factors for positive user experience. People hate slow sites and for that reason, Google hates them too. Search engines appreciate good user experience.

That’s why it extremely important to use simple page design, compressed pictures and avoid using too many plug-ins on your site. But even if your site is optimized to the perfection, it doesn’t matter if your website is hosted on a slow server.

SiteSpeed offers faster WordPress experience

Many cheap web hosting services that seem good on paper otherwise are cheap because they are located on slow and cheap servers. Speed costs money you see.

Wealthy Affiliate uses Amazon hosting servers that are located on the latest and most powerful server in the world. The average page load time in WA web hosting is only 1.3 seconds. This is excellent by anyones standards.

Server uptime:

These days most hosting services have pretty stable server uptimes. Because even few minutes of website downtime can cost a company thousands, hosting services do their best to keep all the websites hosted on their servers up and running.

While most hosting services have gotten the downtime to few hours per year, Wealthy Affiliate offers full website redundancy. They accomplish this by having a constant mirror of your site in case of server failure or maintenance. If your actual site goes down, the mirror is swapped over instantly.

This is something that should not be taken lightly. Like I said, any downtime on a successful marketing site can mean the loss of thousands of dollars in revenue. This kind on website uptime is really unparalleled and state-of-the-art technology. The fact they have included this in their modest pricing is incredible!

Security:

All domains purchased through Wealthy Affiliate web hosting SiteDomains service have privacy protection included. This is something you usually have to pay extra $10. It protects your personal information from identity thefts, spammers and your competition. This is something you want to use these days no matter where you decide to host your site.

WordPress is a great platform for bloggers and marketers as it requires close to zero technical skills to publish content. It is however notorious for getting hacked, because bloggers and webmasters forget to keep their WordPress and plugins up to date and hosting services have had issues with WordPress security on their end as well.

Wealthy affiliate site security

This is something you don’t have to worry about with Wealthy Affiliate. The whole hosting platform is built from the ground up with the aim to offer the best WordPress platform around.

The company really knows WordPress and its security issues. This means they are able to prevent spam and hacking completely.

Backups:

One great feature of WA hosting is daily backups. This means if you manage to delete something valuable on your site or whack everything up while running an update, they can help you return a fresh backup copy of your site.

Wealthy affiliate hosting features

Cons

The WA web hosting is geared towards marketers building niche websites using WordPress content management system. It’s without a doubt the best and most comprehensive service for THAT use.

If you dislike WordPress for some reason, you will lose a lot of the functionality of WA web hosting. There might be better services available for you that allows you to choose your content management system.

Experienced webmasters who like to write their own code and have the possibility to trim and tune ever small little detail on their site, databases and servers, might find WA too integrated. It’s geared towards simplicity and time efficiency, not technical versatility.

Then again if you are an experienced webmaster you probably won’t end up reading this review.

Pricing

“Yeah so Wealthy Affiliate website hosting seems all fine and dandy Jukka, but it must cost an arm and a leg, right?”

Well, here comes the best part. It’s actually one of the cheapest (serious) hosting services. There are cheaper ones but they don’t really offer the speed and security that a successful site or a blog requires these days, so I won’t count them.

The monthly subscription of Wealthy Affiliate costs $49. This might seem a bit steep at first glance especially if you are looking to run a single blog or site. Do take to account the price remains the same even if you are running the full 50 websites (except for the annual domain registration fees).

But there’s more! If you take the yearly subscription the price drops to $359 / year which equals $29.90 / month. Talk about a big discount.

But wait there’s even more! If you want to get the subscription for super cheap, you can usually get the yearly subscription for $299 during the black Friday weekend. This drops the monthly cost to $24.90.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S EVEN MORE! Actually there really isn’t. I just like being dramatic and I’m not very good at selling. I’m sure you can tell :).

Or actually there is. You can actually test Wealthy Affiliate for completely free without even giving any credit card information.

 

Wealthy affiliate pricing

Wealthy Affiliate web hosting compared to other popular services

Let’s compare Wealthy Affiliate web hosting service with some of the popular premium WordPress hosting services marketers use:

Webhosting comparison table

As you can see, the WA web hosting is pretty far ahead of the competition when it comes to the features and bang-for-the buck.

It has the biggest amount of websites, fastest hosting, most bandwidth and unlimited email accounts just to name few of the perks.

Conclusion

The Wealthy Affiliate web hosting that comes as part of the Wealthy Affiliate premium subscription is the best hosting service for marketers or anyone looking to build fast sites with easy to use interface. With all the tools from keyword research to marketing training it really is a no brainer to go with Wealthy Affiliate.

If you are a marketer or a blogger looking to build sites without all the hassle then I can recommend Wealthy Affiliate wholeheartedly! Let them take care of the technology so you can focus on your business. Time is money after all! Nothing takes take fun out of running an online business like battling with technology.

If you have any questions or comments please share them below and I promise to answer them asap.

Till the next time!

Is internet marketing a good career?

Is internet marketing a good career?

You have probably heard or read about people making good money with internet marketing and might be wondering is internet marketing a good career and something you should consider for yourself.

If you’re thinking about becoming an internet marketer, you should know these realities of the business.

Internet and it’s ever growing user base has made it possible to make money online anywhere in the world by marketing online.

Even though the competition has gotten tougher, the potential to make money online is better than ever.

But it’s of course not a walk in the park to be a successful internet marketer. Otherwise everybody would be doing it.

Let’s start by looking at the realities of internet marketing and what kind of money can you expect to earn as a successful internet marketer.

The realities of internet marketing

There are a bit over 4 billion users in the internet today and the numbers keep growing as technology and infrastructure advances even to the farthest corners of earth.

The competition in internet marketing has gotten tougher compared to the early days of internet. But so has the opportunities as the user base has exploded and companies have realized the potential in affiliate marketing.

The internet is growing globally

Affiliate marketing is by far the most common way marketers make money on the internet. In essence a company gives the marketer fraction of the profit when they refer a buying customer.

Large online stores like Amazon have realized the potential of affiliate marketing and both the companies and their affiliate marketers have made fortunes using this model.

This is why you can market almost anything these days online. From sports apparel to information products. Or from coffee beans to airsoft guns.

Unlike you might expect a successful marketer doesn’t have to be very experienced with technology. Things like coding are not necessary to be successful in marketing

Content management systems have evolved to the point that anyone who can use email and a smart phone has all the necessary know-how to begin creating a marketing site. Experience and know how in information technology is of course useful and makes the process easier.

What really is important for a successful internet marketer is the ability to write or create other compelling content like YouTube videos. If you are not a natural writer, don’t worry about. It’s a skill that can be learned like everything else.

In marketing simple and easy to understand language is more important than perfect punctuation. To make revenue with your content you have to earn how to sell. This means creating trust with your readers by offering honest and useful information.

The potential to make a career in internet marketing is possible to anyone willing to learn the ropes and work hard for it.

Treat it like a real business

Here’s the thing. To be really successful in internet marketing, you need to treat it like real business. You can’t just work on it every now and then when you feel like it.

A bulldozer moving land

It takes consistent hard work to build a successful money earning business.

It means creating high quality content every single week.

It means developing your site and content constantly and making sure everything is up to date, content and software security included.

It means keeping up with legislation so you don’t end up committing crimes by accidents.

But if you manage to do all that and create a successful online marketing business. There are A LOT of pros. Let’s talk about them first!

Pros

You get to decide what to create content about

When you run an online marketing business, you of course get to decide what you wish to market in your content and what your content is about.

The word choice with arrows pointing to all directions

Many people don’t realize how important it is for their well-being that someone else is not telling them what to do.

When you are your own boss you can choose to create content only about things that interest you.

You might be someone to whom it’s important to write about ethical or spiritual topics or you might be someone who just wants to talk about sports. It doesn’t matter, you are the boss.

You can market almost anything these days and the only thing that matters is that your content is interesting to at least SOME people. Once you have traffic to your site, it’s only a matter of finding a way to monetize it.

Now don’t get me wrong. Some niches are more profitable than others. It can require quite a bit of imagination to monetize some weirder niches but usually it’s possible.

You get to help people

A successful marketer offers solutions to problems. This means the content you create as a marketer is actually meant to help people.

There are few things in life that offer more sense of accomplishment and satisfaction than knowing you have helped countless of strangers all around the world with your information. And you get to make a buck while doing it!

Work anywhere with an internet connection

I’m writing this post sitting on a beautiful rooftop terrace in Pärnu, Estonia. I’m from Finland myself.

I’m sipping on a cold cider with my small traveling laptop on my lap top. Our residence doesn’t have WiFi so I’m writing on hard drive and I will share the internet connection from my phone to post this later on.

Rooftop terrace at Pärnu

You see, the technology has evolved to the point that it’s possible to go online almost anywhere for a very affordable price.

This makes it possible for an internet marketer to work from anywhere in the world with very small investment.

Your main tools are all online so all you need is an internet connection to update and communicate every now and then.

So if you are someone who likes to travel or wants to change scenery every now and then, this is a great advantage of running an online business. Complete freedom of location.

Small investment and passive income

This is a huge one. When you start a successful internet marketing business your typical income structure will be quite different from a normal job or a brick and mortar business.

In a typical job or business you either get paid a fixed salary every month or by the hours of work you put in. The point is that you get compensated for your work quite fast, for one time.

You then work some more the next month to keep your job and earn a new paycheck. I’m sure I don’t need to open this up more to you and you are familiar with the concept.

In a typical brick and mortar business you take a large loan to be able to rent or buy an office and inventory etc. (these of course depend a lot on the business).

You typically start making money quite fast if you have done your research but it takes a long time to start making profit because of the large debt.

When you start an internet marketing business it takes next to no investment. You need a computer and an internet connection, but since most people have them anyways and both can be acquired dirt cheap these days, it’s not a big deal.

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The only thing you really need to invest in is a hosting service and probably some education if you want to succeed.

After that comes the hardest part. You will need too work on the business producing content FOR MONTHS without expecting any revenue.

Yes, you read that correctly, months. Some times over a year.

This is because search engines like Google don’t give authority to new sites. They won’t rank your content until you have enough of it and your site is being constantly updated for long enough.

But once your content starts to rank in Google and you start receiving traffic, the magic starts to happen.

Suddenly the articles you wrote months ago are producing traffic and you start receiving revenue from work you did months ago!

And the best part is just coming!

The work you put in month ago will potentially earn you revenue for months or years to come on complete autopilot! That’s the holy grail of internet marketing, passive income.

Once your site has matured enough for the search engines to rank the content, all the new articles you write will rank much faster. Instead of months some times almost instantly.

After that the income potential grows exponentially. It’s only a matter of how much high quality content you can put out.

This is usually the point it where it becomes wise to outsource at least some of the work or hire writers. That way your business will grow rapidly.

So in a way your work and revenue is cumulative in internet marketing. It takes perseverance, tenacity and faith to keep working on your business every day while not earning a penny in the beginning.

But if or when you succeed (and you will if you really want to) you will get compensated exponentially for all the work you put in growing your business.

Cons

So as you can see there is a lot of good stuff going for internet marketing. It’s of course not all bells and whistles so let’s look at some of the cons of working as an independent online marketer.

Independent work

For some people this can be a pro but to most it’s a con, especially after a while.

You work alone. You don’t have colleagues to shoot the shit with or you don’t get immediate feedback about the quality of your work from a supervisor. So it gets lonely.

You have to able to write or produce quality content otherwise (video, maybe audio) to be successful in internet marketing.

A man standing on an empty large parking lot

This means you are pretty much on your own with your experience and talent.

You also need to do a lot of research on your own. No one is going to search low competition keywords for you or give you good topics or ideas for content. So once again, it’s completely up to you.

This is the price of freedom. You get to decide about everything, but you are also responsible of everything. Including failure.

You are on the mercy of internet corporations and legislation

The internet is an ever changing entity. The search engine algorithms are also constantly changing. This means the things Google uses to rank your site today might not apply tomorrow.

Every time Google has made a large update to its algorithms many marketers have lost their positions on the first page of Google. This means they are also losing revenue.

Usually they have achieved their first page rankings with completely approved methods but as Google changes they way it determines page relevance to the search term it can effect rankings severely.

That’s why it’s important to focus on producing high quality relevant content instead of building backlinks or stuffing your content with keywords. Everything else should come naturally.

The other thing marketer have to be constantly aware of is legislation. Not just in their home country but globally.

World map with legal symbols over it

The internet is a global entity and most legislation concerns companies outside of their jurisdiction as people can visit websites from all over the world.

Good example of this is the recent GDPR legislation of the European Union. It affects any company on the internet that might have visitors from the EU. So pretty much the whole internet.

Failure to keep up with the global legislation as a marketer could get you in to big trouble so you have quite a lot of studying to do.

Fortunately places like Wealthy Affiliate keep their users up to date with the legal stuff and even give out pre written disclaimers.

It takes time to start getting income

The fact is that you can’t start making money instantly with internet marketing.

In theory an experienced marketer might be able to pull that off with paid traffic but since you are reading this you shouldn’t expect that.

It can take over a year of constant work to start seeing significant revenue. Some make it faster, others slower. It really depends on the niche and how hard and smartly you work. Everyone has different results.

It takes time to get revenue in internet marketing

So if you are unemployed and in dire need of cash, just becoming an internet marketer is not the right solution for you.

Instead, you should get a job to pay the bills and start learning and creating content so maybe after a year or so you can quit the job.

It’s easy to fail if you don’t have guidance

Internet marketing is not rocket science. However there are certain rules you need to know to become successful.

If you don’t educate yourself and just start working randomly, you might end up putting in the same amount of effort a successful marketer has, without seeing any results. Effectively wasting your hard work.

A disappointed man with a sign saying sorry in the background

That’s why it’s extremely important to invest in an education. Just like with any other career, you can’t expect to learn everything for free.

Things like keyword research, web hosting, content creation and legislation all are pretty simple when someone shows you how to do it right.

Trying to do it all on your own becomes a tedious task that can end up badly with a lawsuit in extreme cases.

My number one recommendation for learning internet marketing is Wealthy Affiliate. I wrote a thorough review about the service here.

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It’s basically an all-in-one service for marketers with the price tag of a high quality hosting service (which is included). You would have to invest in a hosting service as a marketer anyway, so it really is a no brainer to go with WA.

Conclusion

Phew! If you made it this far, thanks for reading and please drop a comment on your thoughts about internet marketing as a career.

I do think it’s a profession that offers great freedom and the pros far out weight the cons. But don’t be fooled and think it doesn’t take work.

If you are willing to accept that and ready to put in the work I suggest you get started right now. Taking action is the first step to success!

If you have any questions, please ask and I will do my best to answer them.

 

 

I don't want to go back to work

I don’t want to go back to work

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.

Don't think about work until you really have to

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.

Avoid everything associated with your 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.

Things that help getting back to work

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.

Why I don't want to go back to work

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.

If you really hate the thought about going back to work it might be time to think about quitting your job. I wrote a post about how to do that correctly. There are other options so don’t lose hope!

Conclusion

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?

 

 

 

 

What is a keyword tool for SEO

What is a keyword tool for SEO

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.

What is a keyword

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.

Semantic keywords

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).

Semantic keywords

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.

What is SEO

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.

Things that don't work in SEO

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!

 

 

 

 

How to sell information online

How to sell information online

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.

Ways of selling information

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.

Internet marketing

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.

Looking for information is frustrating

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.

Solution

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:

Google alphabet soup

Google alphabet soup 2

 

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:

Jaaxy results

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:

Jaaxy suggestions

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:

How to build an engine

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.

Profit

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.

Create your own product

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.

Affiliate marketing

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.

Conclusion

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.

That’s it for now, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

The internet is a hoax

The internet is a hoax!

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.

People make money on internet searches

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.

Keyword research is important

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.

SEO is important

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.

Jaaxy

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.

How affiliate marketing works

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.

Conclusion

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.

 

 

 

 

Is wealthyaffiliate.com a scam?

Is WealthyAffiliate.com A Scam? – My honest review



Product name: Wealthy Affiliate

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

Kyle and Carson

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:

success story 1

Success story 2

Success story 3


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Wealthy Affiliate membership options

 

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.

Building a site

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.

Keyword research

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.

Jaaxy lite

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.

Creating content

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.

Creating content

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

Online entrepreneur certification

Affiliate Bootcamp

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.

Affiliate Bootcamp

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.

Training HQ

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.

Wealthy Affiliate websites

Site Manager

Under the Site Manager you can access your websites and see a quick overview of statistics like number of posts, comments and Google Indexing.

Site health

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.

Site Domains

Under the Site Domains menu you will find the tools for finding, registering and managing your domains. This is pretty straight forward really.

Site Content

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.

Site Comments

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

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!



The cons

 

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: Wealthy affiliate journey

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.

 

Conclusion

 

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.



How to start making money online at home

How to start making money online at home

 

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.

Realities of making money online

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.

Internet marketing takes time

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.

Affiliate marketing

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.

Business is hard

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.

Choosing a domain

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.

Keyword research

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.

Keyword research

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.

Jaaxy tennis shoes

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.

Writing quality content

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.

Social media marketing

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.

Conclusion

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.