Naturally,there are many keyword research tools on the market that claim to be “the best in the industry”, providing you with “the most accurate search results”…but is all this really true and do they actually provide you with the quickest, simplest method of checking if your keyword phrase is a good choice or not and more importantly…do they do this all for free?
Well, let me introduce you to Jaaxy, (in my opinion) the leading keyword research tool in the industry, and here’s why I say so…
Jaaxy is a keyword research tool that allows you to conduct your keyword research in a quick, simple and effective manner.
When using Jaaxy, there are literally 4 aspects to understand before you can be on your way to ranking under a great keyword.
Let’s take a look at them below :
1) QSR (Quoted Search Results) – this is the number of competing websites that are ranked in google for that exact same keyword. It is the most important metric because if you try to rank under a keyword with a lot of competition, you are potentially not going to get a lot of web traffic or it may a very long time before you can get ranked on the first page. The ideal number for QSR would be under 100
2) Avg – this is the average number of searches a particular keyword receives per month. This is the second most important metric when it comes to rankings. Typically, you will want to look for a keyword that attracts some traffic, but be aware, large amounts of traffic are not always a good thing.(this is explained in detail later on in the post)
3) SEO -This is basically a scoring system that ranges from 1-100 (the higher the better) and determains the possibility of you being ranked on the first page of search results if you decide to use that particular keyword phrase.
4) KQI (keyword quality indicator) -this works hand in hand with the SEO rankings and gives you an idea of whether the keyword is of good quality or not. This is especially useful when looking for keywords to rank for PPC (pay per click) ads etc.
Didn’t We Mention Something About It Being FREE?
of course we did,Jaaxy keyword research tool allows you to make 30 absolutely FREE keywords searches to prove to you that they genuinely provide you with value instead of try to sell you some sort of complicated system. In fact, why don’t you try it out right here, right now.
All you need to do is type your desired keyword phrase in and click “search’…and you are on you way to understanding keywords better and being ranked higher among the different search engines.
Valuable Tips When Conducting Keyword Research
let’s take a look at some valuable tips to consider when doing your own keyword research.
If you have your own methods that work for you, that’s great, but here are some key factors to consider when choosing your keyword phrase.
Low competition : when choosing a keyword to rank under, you don’t want to even consider a phrase that will drown your keyword and allow it to be lost in a sea of competition, because what’s the point of writing an article that will hardly ever be seen?
The thing is that the higher rank you receive, the more traffic you should gain and the more sales you should make…so there’s no point in aiming to get lost in a sea of competition.
Point 1 : look for a keyword that has a low QSR. Ideally, you want to target the ones with less than 100 QSR..and the lower the better.
Decent traffic : Did you notice how I didn’t say “high traffic”? This is because usually the high traffic keyword phrases have a pretty high QSR, where your article will probably get lost.
So typically, anything over 100 average searches per month is ideal but I would even consider those above 50. Simply because if the keyword phrase is receiving about 50 searches a month and has a very low QSR, your chances of ranking on the first page are great compared to a higher QSR keyword.
You see, ranking for lower volume keywords adds up over time and instead of trying to climb a high ladder of competition and score big (which will probably take a lot of time),you can be building decent traffic from lower QSR keywords much faster which should prove to be more lucrative on a recurring basis.
Point 2 :look for decent traffic (as mentioned before, over 100 is ideal, but anything from about 50 is ok)
Focus on your grammar : when looking for a keyword phrase, you want to use something that makes grammatical sense or otherwise, it would just be weird would try to create content under a keyword phrase that just doesn’t make any sense.
Note :If you feel like you are trying too hard to squeeze your content under that keyword phrase… I would suggest that you don’t use it.
Let’s take a look at an example below :
“how to throw ball” versus “how to throw a ball”
which one would you find easier to write content under? My guess,”how to throw a ball” because it makes senses, right.
Point 3: target a keyword phrase that makes grammatical sense.
Conducting keyword research properly is vital to you post’s ranking on the various search engines and if you use the wrong tool or one that just doesn’t make any sense to you, you are automatically disadvantaging yourself and potentially missing out on crucial traffic and possibly even many crucial sales.
I have been using Jaxxy for a while now and can strongly assure you that if you understand the four aspects listed above, you are very likely going to enjoy using this simple, yet crucial tool that can potentially set you apart from your competitors.
As always, If you have any questions or queries, you can simply scroll down, type your comment/question in the text box and I will get back to you ASAP.
To escalate your chances of success from the onset, the trick is to focus on a particular market, find a problem that people have within that market, and sell the solution, rather than choosing a product to sell that doesn’t meet the people’s needs and wants.
People buy a certain product / service for one of two reasons:
That product / service is going to solve a problem that they currently have. For example, as time passes, people are finding it more difficult to go to shopping malls /stores etc because of how busy their lives are. This motivated companies like Amazon to be created to solve this problem and provide us with an easy way to do the same shopping from the comfort of our homes or work etc
Based on their feelings and emotions at the time, people will buy a certain product. Take a scenario in junior sport for example, have you seen when a team wins a big game and the coach or one of the player’s parents take the entire team out for ice-cream or for a meal. the reason why the coach / parent took the team out foor a treat was because they were ecstatic about winning that game so the decided to reward the team.I’m pretty sure that there would have been no ice cream if the team had lost the game.
So my question is, what is easier, trying to solve a problem that a group of people have by selling a solution or hoping that someone’s parent is going to happy enough to treat their child’s entire team to your ice-cream? For me…option 1 sounds a lot easier because there are fewer variables involved in solving a problem and you have control over the solution, whereas with option 2,you are relying on someone else’s emotions to buy your product.
Don’t get me wrong, targeting someone’s emotions is not a bad business strategy, but solving a solution is a lot easier and more effective in my opinion.
Now, you may be asking yourself that in order to sell a solution I need to have a problem first, where / how do I find a problem that I can solve? Let’s take a look below:
Visit Online Forums
Visit online forums like Quora to see what questions people are asking and what problems they are trying to solve within your particular field of interest.
Make sure you read the questions carefully and hereafter choose one that interests you. Then type that same question into Google’s search engine to see if there are more people with the same problem but also to get an idea of what solutions people are providing for these problems and if there are any products / services that that can solve this problem.
Build Your Website in Under 30 Seconds!
Now that you have identified the problem you want to solve and have basic ideas on how to solve it, you need a website where you can share your ideas and solutions to the problem.
Many people think that building a website takes time and effort and also requires a lot of coding….Well…that’s incorrect because you now have access to a platform where you can literally build a website in under 30 seconds!
Try it out for yourself below.All you need to do is to insert the domain name of your intended website and click ‘build’.
Note: a Domain name is basically the address where Internet users can go to access your website. This is usually the name of your company / brand .
Setting Up Your Website
With your free website built and ready to go, there are a few simple yet crucial tasks to complete in order to set your website up and make it ready to be populated with your amazing content.
The entire process can literally be done in less than 2 hours and is further explained in another post of mine.
Your website should now be up and running, but before you start writing your content, you need to visit potential competitor’s websites, observe the methods they are making use of to solve the problem and take notes on your observation.
The trick is to try to identify a loophole in their solution. Then conduct research, fill the gap and do a better job of their work. Some things to look out for when doing this research is to take note of what questions appear in your mind when reading their responses and then trying to provide enough information in your own post that will answer those particular questions as well as providing all the other relevant information.
By answering the questions that appeared in your mind, you have potentially answered the questions of many other readers, which will attract more web traffic to your website and help your site to gain popularity.
Do Keyword Research
After visiting online forums and checking out the competition, do something called keyword Research. Keyword research is used for search engine optimization and is basically finding out how many times a month a particular phrase is searched on Google and how much of competition you will have if you decide to use that particular phrase as the title of your post. Doing keyword research is simple but effective and while it may take more than a few minutes to do, it is worth the time.
The best tool to use for keyword research, in my opinion is Jaaxy Research. This is a simple tool that helps you to identify all that I have mentioned above.
Below is a screenshot of an example of how Jaaxy Research works.
The most important information in the picture is “Avg” which is the average times a word is searched for in a month, and “QSR” which is basically the amount of competition your keyword phrase has. Note:for SEO(search engine optimization) purposes, it is important to chose a keyword that makes grammatical sense and also one that has a low QSR (under 100 is ideal when starting off. But the lower, the better)
Make Your Words Work For You.
Always remember that your website is your 24/7 sales representative and hence it needs to be structured in a way that is going to sell your product to the customers. The important thing to never forget is that as an online marketer, your aim is to genuinely provide value to someone’s life while selling them a product or service that will solve their problems. So be honest, open and persuasive. Here are more in depth points to follow:
Arouse the reader’s interest with a compelling headline.
Your headline sets the tone for your post and if your headline is boring or unimaginative, you automatically lose the interest of the reader and no matter how precise and comprehensive your body copy is, it will not have an effect on the reader.
Describe the problem your product solves
Don’t just tell your potential customer that your product solves a particular problem. Show them how it is used and more importantly show them how it can solve THEIR problem. Try to personalize your copy and make it seem as if you are having a one-on-one conversation with the customer. This extremely important.
Write as if you are conversing…
There is no need to write your content out like facts. Actually people tend to get bored and lose interest very fast when reading text that is written in this way. The simple way to do it is to write the way you would talk to the individual in person. Address them personally and don’t be afraid to interact with them using your text. For example, ask questions to make them feel include and to help them engage with the text.
Establish your credibility as a problem solver
People will close a deal with no hesitation based on trust. I know this can be hard when starting out because obviously there aren’t many people that have utilized your product/ service and therefore your brand trust is very minimal.
The solution to this problem is that when you are describing your product or service, research well-known people in your niche and find out what methods they used to solve the same / similar problem, But don’t steal their idea. Rather, include a snippet of their method into your description and give them credit for this.
For example :If you were to base your content around teaching people how to learn a certain skill in soccer.Then try to find a famous soccer player that used that method or a similar method and include it in your article. This automatically brings about trust between you and the reader because the fact that you researched and found that that particular method works (the proof being that a famous soccer player uses it) ,the reader will then start to gain trust and believe that you actually did your homework and your methods are legitimate.
Add testimonials from people who have used your product.
Show your reader proof that your methods work by including testimonials from other clients that have successfully solved their problem with your product/service.The more people that vouch for your content, the more people that are going to start trusting you, the more sales you are going to generate.
Talk about the product and how it benefits the user
try to talk less about yourself or people in general and talk more about the reader personally, so include words like “you” and “your” and fewer words like “I”, “me”,”they” and “them”. Remember that you are trying to make the reader feel that this product /service is solving THEIR problem, not anyone else’s problem. A great tip is to try to think like a customer and ask yourself, “What’s in it for me?” This will help you to create content around this question and provide a comprehensive solution.
Make an offer…
After you have given the reader a comprehensive breakdown on how your product / service is going to solve their problem, make them an offer. Tell them that to solve their problem, your product only costs $___
Offer a strong guarantee
People may be hesitant about paying for the product/service and that’s where the guarantee comes in.To push them over the edge and make the purchase,you need to assure them that they will not be wasting / losing their hard-earned money. So include bonuses like money back guarantees or a free trial (you need to obviously keep to your word and do what your guarantee promises).This puts the reader at easy and creates the feeling of being at low to no risk when entering into the transaction.
Create an urgency to opt in
After making them feel at low risk, create an urgency like “this offer is valid for the 1 hour !” or something of that sort that will call them to action as quick as possible.
Ask for the sale
This is where you ask the person to fill in their details, pay and grant them their amazing product.
Drive traffic to your website
When starting a small business online, it is important to drive as much web traffic as you can to you website. Why? Simply because the more people that visit your website, the more sales you will potentially make.
You will naturally gain more web traffic as your website gains authority online and you start to rank higher on the various search engines, but here are some ways to increase your inflow of traffic without having to wait that long:
PPC (pay-per-click) Advertising
Have you noticed that when you search for something in Google’s search engine, there is usually a small icon on the top left of the first couple results that say “Ad”. This is basically PPC advertising.
What advertisers do (and you could potentially do this too) is that they will use websites like Google Adwords and pay them to display their ad high up on the list of the search results for a specific keyword.
This is a great method of driving useful traffic to your site. The reason I emphasized useful is that when using PPC ads, you are not just throwing your ad out there for anyone and everyone to see. Rather, you are paying for your ad to appear high up on the search results for a specific keyword phrase, so only when someone searches that specific keyword phrase will they see your ad. This eliminates a ton of unwanted / useless traffic and helps you to target those people are actually interested in your type of content.
The price of PPC ads vary drastically depending on what content you are promoting / what product you are trying to sell, but as mentioned in the name, you only pay when someone actually clicks on the ad and not for the time that the ad is listed.(which is very cost effective in my opinion)
leverage Social Media
Social media is another powerful tool to drive traffic your website. Think about it, how many times have you found something that caught your eye while scrolling through social media and clicked it which then took you to a particular website?
Well that’s exactly what you’re aiming to do. You can use platforms like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and create content that is relevant to a post on your website,but don’t give everything away, give enough information to add value and capture the reader’s attention and then add a link from your social media post to your website post to allow for the reader to click and find out more.This will increase your web traffic.
You could create a completely new social media account and try to build a following or you could use your current account and just try to grow it.
My guess is that you are already creating content on personal your social media accounts,so you can increase the traffic to your website by doing what you have already been doing before, but with a purpose…
Leveraging Online forums
You should now revisit those same online forums like Quora etc.The difference now is that you will be answering the questions pertainig to your niche.So you need to set up an account,research the questions that relate to your niche,and simply answer them
The trick here is to always include a link back to one of your posts where the reader can find out more, and once you have provided value and caught their attention with your answer, they should click the link to find out more about what you have to say on your website post.
This method can also be used on the various social media platforms.
Build Your Own Audience
one of the most effective methods of converting readers into buyers is by building your own opt-in list of followers and targeting them specifically. What this does is that it allows you to target the people that are interested in your content specifically.
Now, an email list doesn’t build itself overnight, it takes a lot of time to actually build a substantial list of subscribers.
the best way to do this is by adding a pop-up whenever someone visits your page, asking them to enter their email address which will allow them to receive emails when you release a new post.
Many people however don’t like to just subscribe and receive notifications, so another way to approach this is by giving away a ‘bonus’ when they sign up, so when the reader enters their email address, you provide them with some sort of bonus that will add value to their lives.So you have provided them with value and you now have them as a subscriber and can send them emails about your product…
The good thing about email marketing is that you are building relationships with your audience (by addressing them directly in your emails) which then builds trust and ultimately leads to higher conversion rate.
Don’t Lose Your Customer After The First sale
Think about this from a brick and mortar business’s point of view. If a customer makes an initial purchase from your store, would you say,”thank you” and let them go away forever, or would you try to provide them with great customer service, maybe even give them a pamphlet on their way out so that they can have something to remember your business by and return in the future.
Even if you don’t give them a pamphlet or some sort of advert, wouldn’t you at least try and sell them one or two other items that might compliment the item they are already buying? Well I for one would.
You see, the hardest part is getting the customer to make the initial purchase and it is proven that almost 40% of customers that bought from you once will buy from you again, so don’t let another potential sale slip out of your hands.
After the customer has decided to make the initial purchase, on your check out page,make them an offer for products that will compliment the product they are buying or give them some sort of loyalty points that they can use when they shop again with you in the future.
This is also another great place to ask if the customer would like to subscribe to your email list if they have not already.
Starting a small business online isn’t as hard as it may seem, although it does take time and effort. Also,the internet world is evolving much faster than the physical world so the potential to grow online is huge!
My advice would be to get the right training first before trying to brave uncharted territories alone, and for this I am going to offer you access to the training that I did myself when I first started out.
the training is hosted by a company called Wealthy Affiliate and is a step-by-step course that explains to you how to create, set up and promote your product /other companies products online ( which follows the affiliate marketing business model).click on the link below to gain FREE access to the course for 1 week to see if it’s actually worth it or not for you before spending a dime off your hard-earned cash
Affiliate Marketing is quickly becoming one of the best ways to make an income online, simply because once up and running, it offers you the opportunity to generate an income at your own pace and you could potentially even make it a form of passive income.
Now although affiliate marketing is not a get rich scheme and requires time and effort, it is a very profitable industry that pays in the long term.
A Quick Intro To Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is basically when you promote other company’s/individual”s products or services and earn a commission from every sale made through your affiliate link.
For those that are still a bit confused about what exactly affiliate marketing is and how it works, this article will help to catch you up to speed and hopefully put things into perspective for you.
Choose Your Niche
You may have noticed that choosing a niche (interest) is the base too almost anything related to affiliate marketing. This is because your niche is your foundation, and without a foundation, you will be building without direction (basically making very little to no progress).
As an affiliate marketer, your niche determains what direction your website will be heading in, who you will be targeting and most importantly, what products you will be able to advertise.
A big mistake that a lot of people tend to make is that they try to target a very broad niche, for example : football/soccer(in general) , because they feel that they will be able to reach a larger audience and generate more sales.
This is incorrect because all you are doing is throwing yourself into a sea of competition.
Think about it, if we were to break the ‘football/soccer’ niche down into smaller niches, we would get :
Soccer drills and training
and the list goes on….
The thing is that even the above niches are still a bit broad, for example :you could break ‘soccer boots’ down into something more specific like “Nike soccer boots” or “Adidas Soccer boots.”
Now think about how much less competition you will have online if you chose “Adidas soccer boots” rather than just “soccer/football”.
However, you may be asking yourself,”What is online competition and how does it affect my sales?”
Let me break it down like this, if you were to search the term “Adidas football boots” in Google’s search engine, which sites would you be most likely to click on? the first few sites or maybe the ones on the first page, right? Online competition is basically when you and other websites compete to get your post ranked on the first page when someone searches for your product or something related to your product
In my opinion, the more specific and targeted your niche is the better chance you will have of gaining success in affiliate marketing
…oh and don’t worry about your niche being too specific, there are about 4 billion people that use the internet these days, so there should be a good number of people who are interested in your specific niche.
Learn From The Experienced
when starting out, it is crucial that you get the right training to help you actually progress and become profitable. Many courses on the market are advertised to help you to ‘start your own online business’ and in reality when you join the course, it seems like the instructor is speaking gibberish. This does 2 things to you:
It demotivates you and makes you feel like you are just not cut out for the online industry (which in my opinion is about 95% of the time not true)
It makes you feel like quitting on your dreams there and then and continuing with your previous life
All because of what? All because the instructor did not break down certain abbreviations or explain how certain systems work. I can relate, it’s pretty intimidating when you hear things like ‘SEO’ or even ‘web host’ for the first time
To be honest, I was bowled over by these term early on. While I didn’t take may courses, I watched a lot of YouTube videos and would have to randomly stop the video and search what a certain term meant (which eventually became very annoying as it would take terribly long for me to finish a single video)
the great thing is that once I found Wealthy Affiliate, I was amazed by how simple their course is and Kyle, the co-owner, simplifies the tutorials for beginners, which for me was big plus!
what you now need to do is see which companies within your niche have affiliate programmes.
A quick way to do this is to search phrases that apply to your niche on Google (so for example,”what are the best soccer boots to wears as a defender”) and then visit a few websites to see what products they are promoting. This will give you an idea of which companies have affiliate programmes and what are the best products to promote.
Alternatively, you can simply search a specific company to see if they have an affiliate programme, but I would suggest going with the first option because you could potentially come across products that you weren’t previously aware of which broadens your spectrum of products to promote.
When starting out, it is always good to associate yourself with affiliate networks. These are basically websites that host affiliate programs and you as an affiliate can promote the products directly from the affiliate network. Here are some advantages of signing up to affiliate networks :
You only need to sign up once– you will only need too sign up to the network itself and not each individual programme that is on the network. This saves a lot of time and effort.
Discovering new products– the affiliate network will potentially host many programmes under your niche, giving you the opportunity to find new products to promote.
Here are some key tips when choosing an affiliate network to join:
See what type of affiliates use the network– It is always good to use a network that similar affiliates are using as this shows that that network is proving to be lucrative for your specific niche.
Check how much of commission you will receive– (for a break down of how much of commissions you can potentially earn with affiliate marketing, check out this post.).I would however recommend higher paying networks (for obvious reasons).
It is Important to note that you should always promote products that you can stand behind or have majority positive reviews because customers are going to be making a decision based on the information that you feed them. If you feed them false information and they end up being unhappy with the product after buying it, they will lose trust in you and go to your competitors.
That’s why in my opinion it is better to promote fewer products of greater quality than more products of lesser quality!
Build Your Sales Rep…
The best sales representative to have online is your very own website. Now if you took my advice earlier and signed up to Wealthy Affiliate, you will be able to do this with ease and in a matter of a single afternoon or less.
Here’s a simple breakdown of how to build and set up your website in a matter of and hour or two:
choose a domain name, type it into the allocated space, click ‘build my website’ and watch as your website gets created in under 30 seconds…try it out below for free!
follow the step-by-step tutorials on how to set up and get your website ready to be populated by your amazing content. Check out this article to find out more about how to build your own website in a few simple steps…
Create Your Content
Let’s start with the cliche but true saying,”content is king”.
You see, as I’ve mentioned earlier, your website is your sales rep that never stops selling and the content you write is your sales rep’s tool to close potential clients. This means that you always need to produce high quality content in order to continuously convert your potential customer into buyers.
Another perk of constantly producing high quality content is that it will help you to gain authority within your specific niche. This means that you will be considered ‘knowledgeable’ within your niche and not some fly-by-night character trying to scam people. It makes reader’s trust your content which in turn leads to generating more sales.
So what’s the best content to produce?
let’s take a look at these 2 types of posts below:
Product reviews- In my opinion, product reviews are just about the most powerful way to produce high quality content while being able to sell you product upfront. What I mean by this is that you will provide value to someone’s life by giving them your honest opinion about a certain product, its pros and cons, and whether you recommend the product or not.
This builds trust between you and the reader which is imperative when trying to convert and make them buy the product.
For product reviews, you may want to try to buy the product / service first in order to provide the most value for your readers.
Blog Posts- Blog posts involve your typical articles that explain to people how to use the product or just general information about the product. The trick here is not to directly try to sell your product (people don’t like being sold),so what you need to try to do is pinpoint a scenario in which your product becomes a need and educate your reader’s on that.
Let’s take baking for this example. Now lets say that you are trying to promote a baking machine. What you will want to do is write a blog post on how to bake a cake, and within the blog post, mention that it is necessary to have this specific baking machine to get the right consistency of the dough etc.(you get the point).
Promote Your Product
After you have created you captivating content, you want to add your affiliate links within the content.
For those that are still a little confused about what an affiliate link is, it’s basically the link that the company gives you upon signing up for their affiliate program. It is used to track the people that buy through your content so that you can be accurately paid.
(Without an affiliate link, you are basically writing for charitable purposes)
As I’ve mentioned before, don’t try to directly sell your product, so with regard to affiliate links, you should never paste them all over the post, for 2 reasons:
Your customer will lose trust in your review/post because they will realize that you are only trying to sell them the product and don’t care about adding value
This messes with your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) rankings as Google will think that you are only out there to sell the product and will give you a low ranking. Note, Google has algorithm that can detect whether your post is actually of high value or whether you are just writing to make money….and they obviously rank better content higher
Side Note : SEO is basically a tool that helps you to get ranked on the various search engines an is further explained here
One or two affiliate links in strategic positions within the post should be enough to make your customer click and buy the product. The trick is to embed your link in the correct positions.
Personally, when writing a review, I would embed my link somewhere in the main body copy of the content and then also make an offer and embed the link in my conclusion.
Note:when embedding you link within the body copy of your post, try to use in-text links. These are normal words that have links attached to them and when you click on them, they redirect you to another page.
Another way of adding your affiliate link to your content is by using banner ads. Your affiliate program generally comes with banner ads that you can use. They also generally have your link pre-attached within the code of the banner. Otherwise, they should give you the option to paste your link into a search bar that will generate a new code with your link in it.
Banner ads are images that look something like this.(quick note, hover your cursor over the ad and you will see that you have the option to click it, indicating that it’s a banner ad)
Another place to add your link is within your email offers. Write an email, tell a story and then paste your link in between. The key is to build trust first before throwing your link around.
Lastly, when the company is doing a promotion on the product, this is a great opportunity to edit your post and offer them the product at the discounted price. People are more inclined to buy if the product is on sale so use this opportunity wisely. Add value, Build trust, and when you feel that the reader has been satisfied with your content, insert your discounted offer.
Build Your List of Followers
Over time, with constantly providing quality content, your list of followers will increase naturally. What these does is that it allows you to target a more specific group of people that you know for sure are interested in your content and will have a higher chance of buying the product.
Here is a list of marketing strategies you can use to increase your follower’s list:
leverage Social Media-This is a great way to build a brand and create trust between you and your target market. You can use platforms like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
In my opinion, what you should do is create content that is relevant to one of your recent posts on your website, and then within your social media content, link back to your web post. This generates more traffic to your website by leveraging your social media.
You could create a completely new account and build a following or you could use your current account and just try to grow it.
Although there are certain things to learn, Leveraging social media is not that complicated, and my guess is that you are already creating personal content on your social media accounts, so now, do what you have been doing before, but with a purpose…
Use SEO techniques to increase organic traffic to your site– Basically, what you want to try to do in order to rank higher on Google is to target low ‘QSR’ keyword phrases when writing content
…what these means is that you need to target and write content on keyword phrases that have low competition (Don’t stress too much about it right now, as it’s explained in depth in the step by step course at Wealthy Affiliate )
Build an email list-This will take time to develop but once you have your email list up and running, you will again be targeting a specific group of people that actually have an interest in your product/service.
So how does it work?
Have you ever noticed that when you visit some websites, before / while viewing the content, a pop-up will appear and it will ask you to enter your best email address to receive either a special offer or a notification every time that website posts new content?
Well that’s exactly how it works. When people visit your site, you ask them to enter their email address. If they are interested in your content they will enter their address and over time you build and email list of all the people that have subscribed.
Now, once they are subscribed, you can send them regular content informing them of your product or service. Again, it is best not to try to ‘sell’ your product directly as this will create disinterest in the product. Tell them a story (a personal experience is even better) and describe how the product helped you in that scenario.
After you provide value and create a need for your product through story telling, then you make the offer.
Note : don’t flood your subscribers with emails…people will get tired of seeing your email pop up every day when they wake up and they might unsubscribe
make use of paid advertising-while paid advertising takes many forms, I would recommend that you start to use it only when you have gained a proper understanding of affiliate marketing and had some solid experience in the field…why do I say this? It’s simple (and I speak from experience),when you are starting out, we are so eager to get our content out there and try to generate sales that we will pay the wrong people to advertise our content for us….and yes, I have personally done this, so take it from me and establish yourself first, then worry about paid advertising.
However, here’s an idea of what 2 forms of paid advertising looks like :
Social media promotions – Basically paying certain social media influencers to receive a shout out on their social media accounts.
Google AdWords (Google Ads) – this is basically where Google gives you the opportunity to pay for your advert to appear as part of the search results when someone types in a specific keyword phrase (so you pay for your ad to appear under a specific keyword phrase, which gives your advert more exposure and should generate more traffic too your site)
Shew!, that ended up being a bit longer than anticipated but that’s my complete take on how to become an affiliate marketer online.
That being said, you now have the theory behind becoming an affiliate marketer, and the hard part awaits you…actually converting the theory into action
Many people will read this article and not take action on it just because affiliate marketing requires some time and effort to set up and get running. If that’s you, it already indicates that you don’t want to become financially free.
Think about it this way, if you really crave for one specific snack but you don’t have it at home, you will make the effort to go out and get it, right? So if you really want to make a better financial future for yourself, then you will put the hours in and work hard now, so that you can relax later.
As an affiliate marketer, you will be constantly writing content, providing value and marketing yourself on social media…its a continuous cycle that requires hard work and dedication, but the reward of potentially making money while you sleep is worth the time and effort(in my opinion.)
As always, If you have any questions or queries, you can simply scroll down, type your comment/question in the text box and I will get back to you ASAP.
In recent years, the amount of people shopping online has skyrocketed as its an easy and convenient way of getting your shopping done.
However, from a business’s point of view, you may be wondering if it is worth your time and effort to actually start up a whole new business or move your entire business online. Well that decision is left up to you, but here are 10 benefits of an online business that just might help you answer that million dollar question.
1)Low Startup Cost
Usually, in business, there are multiple costs involved in starting a business, beginning with paying monthly rent for a physical building, then of course the supplies and equipment, salaries and wages, software, hardware, and the list goes on.
With such a long list of expenses, what money are you taking home ? (especially in the first couple months)
That’s where an online business differs.
If you think about it, you don’t even have half of the costs mentioned earlier because their is no physical building involved and when starting out, you will most likely be the only person involved in the running of the business so their are no salaries and wages to pay.
Your basic startup costs involve the following :
A domain name
A web hosting service
While the start up costs are very minimal, it may be a little tricky to navigate your way around your website and fully understand how to leverage your site to gain web traffic and generate an income. For this, I recommend that you take an online course that teaches you all of this.
In my opinion, the best course out their is run by a company called Wealthy Affiliate, where they firstly give you a free domain name and also use one of the best web hosts on the market, BUT that’s not all, the co owner, Kyle, offers 2 different courses that teach you step by step how to create, set up and run your website.
2)Better client service through greater flexibility
How many times did you rush to a store after work only to find that they had just closed?
Now think about it from the businesses point of view, How many potential customers would you have lost if you were closed when customers tried to access your store?
The thing with an online business is that its open 24/7 all year round !
What this does in terms of client attention is huge. Clients can access your website to read content/make a purchase at any time of the day or night and they can contact you via email if they ever need help or have a few questions to ask…..all from the comfort of their homes, no rush.
You see, people prefer to do things on their own terms, but that isn’t always possible nowadays due to the fast paced lives that we live, so by running and online business, you allow your customer to visit your website while they are relaxing on their couch, in their home, at whatever time they decide to go online, allowing them to visit your website on their terms which makes them feel comfortable and more likely to make the purchase.
3)Reaching a Global Audience
With a physical business, you are limited to reaching the customers in your specific area, and if your product is very sought after, then some people will have to travel long distances to reach you, which is a great deal of time and money spent on their path.
However, with an online business, you can cater for people from all over the world, ultimately increasing your target market and very likely, the amount of sales you will make.
4)Leveraging Social Media
Fair enough, you can advertise you physical business on social media, but the flaw is that the customer will have to actually get off their couch, get dressed and actually come to your store and buy the product.
With an online business, you can advertise your product on social media and with just one click/tap, customers can be on your site and ready to make the purchase. And as mentioned earlier, they can do it on their terms, which increases the potential of them actually making the purchase.
5)Tailor Your Marketing Approach
when operating an online business,
You have access to track and see where you are gaining most of your web traffic from and what type of ads are getting the best response. Also, you have the ability to see the type of people that click on your ads and buy your product. This allows you to ‘tailor’ you approach of advertising to target that specific group of people.
Tailoring your ads is one of the best advantages of operating a business online because once you know exactly who wants to see your ad, what type of ad they want to see and where they want to see it, you can target them specifically and potentially skyrocket web traffic to your website and in turn have the potential to drastically increase your sales.
This is unlike a physical business where tracking your targeted customer is very difficult because you have to physically track which ad each and every person is responding too…..which is extremely cumbersome and in my opinion, almost impossible as your physical business grows.
6)Let Your Customers Do the Selling
How though, aren’t they the one’s doing the buying?
You see, when a customer purchases a product from you and is happy with the product, you can leave a section on your website for them to write testimonials and comments talking about how the product has benefited their lives.
When a customer visits your website and sees that other people have already bought the product and are happy with it, they will automatically be more inclined to buy the product.
This however is not as easy to achieve with a physical business because people will share comments via word of mouth. This method takes long to work and chances of the verbal comment going global is very low.
7)Lower Marketing Costs
Instead of paying thousands of dollars to advertise your physical business on some massive billboard alongside the highway, you can pay much less to advertise on social media and other advertising networks and potentially even reach a broader audience than the billboard.
The great thing is that after some time, when you have developed a large enough following on the social platforms, your advertising costs drop even more because now you are using your own accounts to promote your product.
Pretty amazing right?
8)More Measurable than A Physical Business…
Coming back to tracking and analytics, you can use platforms such as Google Analytics to track aspects on your website such as the amount of orders that are processed through your site, the average cart total, cart abandonment rate and the percentage of total revenue your website has achieved.
The above is vital a because again, you can ‘tailor’ your approach to certain aspects of your site to meet the requirements of your customers and in turn, generating more revenue.
9)Less Time Intensive Than A Physical Business
once your site is up and running, you will not need to attend to it in the same manner as you would have to attend to a physical business. This is simply because systems are automated online and people can choose and pay for the product without anyone physically assisting them or taking cash.
This gives you time to grow and perfect other aspects of your online business. Maybe even consider selling other products for more streams of income?
10)Go Online, Go Green
By starting a business online, you are ultimately reducing the amount of pollution that you produce. Just think about it, by going online, you are creating a paperless business.
That’s one way of “doing your part to save the earth” right?
A Final Word From Affilination…
If you take a step back to notice the current global trends and customer behavior….you will find that the amount of customers purchasing online is only rising and is probably not going to stop anytime soon due to the fast pace lives that we live.
That’s one of the main reasons I would recommend starting an online business.
Although the advantages of online businesses are great, it does take time and effort to start and get running.As the old saying goes,Rome wasn’t built in a day…
Also, when starting out, the amount of different courses that are available to help you learn how to trade online is insane, and good number of them don’t actually work, or the instructor is advertising the course for beginners but pitching it for experienced marketers.
That’s why I recommend the same course that I took when starting out.
The course is literally pitched at people that know very little to almost nothing about online marketing but can be valued by all levels of online marketers and is run by the co-owner of Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle.
Before you spend a dime on the course, first try it out for 7 days for absolutely FREE before making a conscious decision to go ahead.
Neil Patel breaks this down very simply by saying “Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.”
What the above basically means is that affiliate marketing is an agreement between an online retailer and an online marketer. They would agree that for every person that buys a product/service through the “marketer’s link” (which is explained later on in the post), the marketer would receive a certain percentage of commission for the sale.
In affiliate marketing, there are basically two players on a team trying to score a goal
The merchant- This could be a company selling a product/service e.g.: Wealthy Affiliate , or an individual that is trying to sell their product/ service (usually, individuals sell training courses online)
The Marketer/ Affiliate – this is usually an individual / company that promotes the merchant’s products on their website and social media
The goal: to get consumers to buy the product/service.
The game plan: the merchant gives the product/service link to the marketer who then uses their website and social media to leverage web traffic , promote the product/service and ultimately score a goal.
Pretty simple in theory right?
We all know that in reality…almost nothing is as easy as it may seem. That’s why from the onset, I am going to make it clear to my dear friend that affiliate marketing is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme.
It a proven method to build a sustainable business online.
This means that instead of earning a couple a hundred dollars online in a small space of time and then closing shop, you will be building a business that will one day be potentially making you a couple of hundred (or even thousands) of dollars daily, but this requires time and effort.
This doesn’t mean that you need to be building and improving your website 24/7, but the more time and effort you put in, the likelier your chances of success are.
What is an affiliate link? An affiliate link is basically link that the merchant gives you upon signing up for the affiliate programme.
You then copy that link and insert in strategic locations within your content. When a customer clicks on your link, it will take them to the merchant’s page where the merchant will then further try to sell the product.
The genius thing about the affiliate link is that when the customer clicks your link and buys the product, the method they took to buy the product is traced and the link is tracked back to you. Thus allowing you to receive payment for the sale.
However, the question now arises, “what happens if the customer doesn’t buy straight away, leaves the merchant’s site and returns later to buy, but goes directly to the merchant’s site and bypasses my site, how do I still get paid?” When a customer clicks your link, something called a “cookie” is placed on their browser and this will track their use of that particular website for a certain number of days (the numbers vary between different companies)
So if your potential customer returns within the stipulated number of days and purchases, you will still be compensated for the sale
The Possibilities of Your Earnings…
Depending on what you are promoting, you can earn anywhere from 1-100% commission for selling a product (note that 100% commission is extremely rare)
The most common range though is from 4-75% commissions.
The sale of physical products usually yields a lower commission, e.g.: Amazon pays their affiliates between 1-10 % commissions per sale.(although in April 2020 ,Amazon cut their commissions by about 50%,so just be careful when signing up with them.)
The sale of digital products/services (like online courses etc.) usually pay larger commissions, between 50-75 % commission per sale.
How Do You Get Paid?
Depending on the agreement between the merchant and the affiliate, the affiliate’s contribution to the merchant’s sales will be measured differently. Two common ways of getting paid are:
Pay per sale: this is the standard method of getting paid. When a customer actually buys the product/service through your link, you will receive a commission of the sale.
Pay per click: this is simple; you will get paid every time a customer clicks the link that will take them to the merchant’s website. Basically, you are not getting paid for only making the sale, you are now getting paid for driving traffic to the merchant’s website.
The Tools You Will Require…
The best thing to have as an affiliate marketer is a website that will sell your product for you.
Other lucrative ways to promote the given product/service is on social networks like Facebook, Instagram, twitter, Pinterest etc. However, the challenge with social media is that you are going to require a large following to be able to make an impact on your sales
Another form of advertising is paid ads, but this is not recommended when you are starting off. The best thing to achieve when starting out is organic web traffic as this helps with your Search Engine Optimization.
(Organic traffic Is basically the visitors you attract to your website via unpaid search results. This means that visitors find your website on their via search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo, and they are not “referred” by another website
Search Engine Optimization is the process of getting ranked on Google or other search engines via organic traffic. This is very important as the higher you are ranked on search engines, meaning the closer you are to the first page that appears when someone searches for your product, the more traffic you will get to your website and ultimately the more sales you will make)
Sell While Sleeping
The reason why I said that a website is the best thing to have as affiliate marketer is because if you think about it, your website is your 24/7 sales representative.
Once you write your content about a particular product/service and publish it, it remains on your website and people can access your content and buy through your link at any time of the day or night (this is actually one of the main reasons that Affiliate Marketing becomes a form of passive residual income)
If you promote products/services on your website, you can write detailed lengthy blogs to convince people to buy the product/service. The reason this is important is that before people buy a certain product, they usually search for reviews on that product and whether it is useful or a waste of money and time.
This indicates that those people are usually open-minded about the product and by providing a detailed description and review of the product/service, you are able to persuade the reader to be inclined to buy the product
The problem that many starting affiliates face though is how to actually create and start a website as this seems like a daunting task. The truth is that it actually isn’t and you can learn how to build and set up your website in 4 simple steps right Here!
The Best Methods of Promoting Products While Adding Value
Some best proven ways to promote a product/service is by writing:
how to posts (and then incorporating your product as a key aspect of doing the action, e.g.: if my product was a baking machine, I can write a how to post that’s titled “how make a cake” and then show people how to make the cake but incorporate the baking machine in my method. Then at strategic points in my content I will add my affiliate link)
Note: To promote a product is the one of your main goals as an affiliate marketer.
The other main goal is to genuinely add value to the reader’s life.
You need to be honest, open and persuasive in order to gain the reader’s trust and hence, making the sale, so if you don’t like an aspect of the product, let the reader know because this shows them that you are not just saying good things about a product to promote it, but you are actually giving your honest opinion which is much more valuable and leads to gaining their trust.
Pros and Cons of Affiliate Marketing
It is one of the cheapest ways to start making money online
There is no face to face or phone call selling, your website does the converting for you
Affiliate programmes are almost always free to join.
As you gain trust and authority within your niche (field of interest) , you should gain more web traffic start and to convert more often, leading to more revenue being generated.
It takes time to start earning decent money
Again, getting organic traffic takes time (you could potentially go months on end without seeing any major results)
Link tracking does sometimes fail and therefore resulting in the loss of a sale
Conclusion + my special bonus
If you are serious about building a solid financial future for yourself then I would recommend affiliate marketing for you, because through affiliate marketing, you can build your own business at your own pace.
For those who are looking to make quick money online, affiliate marking is not something I would recommend because as I’ve mentioned above, in the affiliate marketing industry, it takes time to make a dime.
For those who are interested in affiliate marketing, I am going to offer you the same package I was offered when first started. That is a 7-day FREE trial at Wealthy Affiliate (arguably the industry’s most advanced affiliate marketing platform) where you will gain access to the first phase of 2 Step-by-strep courses that will help you to build and grow your website over time.
All you have to do is click here and set up your account for free. That’s it ! Welcome to our world…
If you have any questions or queries, you can simply scroll down, type your comment/question in the text box and I will get back to you ASAP.
SiteRubix.com is a web hosting platform that was created by Kyle,Carson and their team over at Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate and SiteRubix were designed to work hand in hand to provide an all in one state-of-the-art web hosting service that is arguably the best web hosting service in the industry
Price: FREE first website, access to build 9 more websites as a Wealthy Affiliate premium member
affilination.siterubix.com ranking of siterubix : 9.5 / 10
SiteRubix…Build , Learn ,Progress
SiteRubix has taken website building to a completely new level with their feature that allows you to build your website in under 30 seconds!. They have completely removed all the technical aspects of building a website which accommodates for almost anyone that wants to build a website, whether you are tech-savvy or not.
SiteRubix is powered by WealthyAffiliate which is an online community that provides you with step-by-step training courses on how set up your website, 24/7 support if you ever get confused, and up to date tools that will assist you in turning your dream into a reality.
Who Should Use SiteRubix
SiteRubix is for almost anyone looking to earn money online by building a website or multiple-sites. The benefit of using SiteRubix as a beginner is that it is simple and easy to use and if you have experience with other hosting services, SiiteRubix should be a walk in the park for you.
Build your website in under 30 Seconds!
you can build your own website in under 30 seconds right here. All you need to do is choose a domain name, enter it and press the “build it Now” button! That’s it!
Once The Construction Is Over…
SiteRubix uses a software called WordPress to run their websites, so in order to familiarize yourself and set your website up correctly after constructing it, Kyle has made 4 Step -by-step tutorial videos that show you how to set up and navigate around your website.
To gain direct access to those 4 tutorials, Click Here and skip to step 3.
Note:If you join the Wealthy Affiliate community, Kyle takes you through the entire process from setting up your website right up to and including monetizing it
Adapting to Meet The Market’s Needs
These days,about 50% of web browsing happens on mobile devices (tablets//phones which have different screen sizes). SiteRubix builds websites that are responsive and are able to adapt to any screen size.
This is a major advantage because If you don’t have an adaptive and responsive website, you are potentially missing out on as much as 50% of web traffic coming to your site
No Banner Ads!
For those who are a bit more experienced, you might have noticed that other web hosts will let you build a website for “free”, but then populate it with ads of their choice so that they can make money of the ads. This Makes your website look ugly and unattractive.Furthermore it makes your site seem unprofessional and gives the reader the impression that you are only creating the website to make money. This loses their trust in seconds and may cause them to leave.
With SiteRubix, there are no additional ads and your site can look the way you want it to.
Site speed- this is basically a feature that loads your website quickly on people’s devices. This is extremely useful as it provides people with an overall welcoming experience. Think about it, how many times did you leave a particular website because it took too long to load? Site Speed is vailable to alleviate this issue
Site content- this is a tool that allows you to create your content on Wealthy Affiliate and publish it directly to your website.. Although this tool is very helpful, it does have its flaws and is not as user-friendly as something like Microsoft word.
Site Feedback- this is a very useful tool that allows you to gain feedback about your website from other members at Wealthy Affiliate.The community at Wealthy Affiliate is not one to sugarcoat your faults and make you think that everything is up to speed if it is not. The community will identify the inconsistencies within your website and guide and advise you on how to improve it.
This definitely assists you in improving your website and making more money.
These are just some extra features of SiteRubix. Others include Site Manager, Site Domains, Site Comments and Site Support.Visit Wealthy Affiliate to learn more about these features
The Final Verdict
While SiteRubix is not perfect, I would personally rank it the number 1 web host in terms of its all round service and support.
There are many other web hosts out there that claim to have the “best of the best” when it comes to web hosting and site functionality ,but very little can come close to SiteRubix.
In my opinion,if you want to build a website..look no further than SiteRubix!
As always, If you have any questions or queries, you can simply scroll down, type your comment/question in the text box and I will get back to you ASAP.
Before we discuss the best business to start in 2020, let’s talk a bit about the time and effort it takes to start a small business in this day and age.
Time is almost always the problem when embarking on a new venture because today, we barely have time to breathe and it’ss a proven fact that businesses that put in the extra hours at the beginning , usually reap the rewards in the long term. However, the critics that talk about this usually say something like “It doesn’t matter what type of business you start, you always have to put the hours in at the beginning to succeed”
This is where I disagree.
In my opinion,The type of business you choose to start is the most important decision in your career because this choice will depict the amount of time and effort you need to allocate to your business each and every day.
Choosing The Right Type Of Business
Obviously if you decide to start something like a small scale retail business or a repair business, you will have to allocate many hours at a time to build and grow your business in terms of learning and mastering the trade. Then of course advertising yourself to grow overtime. I’m not sure about you, but just the thought of all that extra late night work puts me off.
However, if you choose a business that allows you grow at your own pace and still end up making a decent living in a time frame that suits you, it will firstly be easier to “find the time” to do it because you are not pressured to meet other peoples’ needs and wants and secondly,it will be easier to accomplish your goals because you will be motivating and pushing yourself to work to the best of your ability within your current lifestyle.
So instead of working to meet someone else’s deadlines , you can work on a small portion of the task every day and publish your work whenever you want to…no pressure.
Thiat’s what I did.
I’ve enrolled myself into an online course that allows me to learn and earn simultaneously and at my own pace. Basically, I found a website that teaches you how to start earning an income (that may eventually become passive income) while learning the tips and tricks of the trade.
Now you may be thinking “Well if I am going to start an online business, I will have to learn how to do complicated actions like coding or learning complex systems in order to run my website” Let it be known that if it was complicated, I probably wouldn’t have done it myself because when it comes to technology, I consider myself a little “backwards”. For example (and I’ve mentioned this in another post), I only learned how to compose an email at around the age of 16! So the skill I’m about to introduce you to really is simple.
The Big Reveal…
My number 1 choice an Affiliate Marketing course run by Kyle (The CEO) from Wealthy Affiliate , and as Niel Patel explains it , “Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products.”
The differentiating factor between Wealthy Affiliate and other affiliate platforms is that Kyle himself explains that the methods he uses are not “get-rich-quick ” methods,but methods that will be beneficial for a long term, sustainable business. He also conducts the step-by step training tha is mentioned below:
There are two primary types of training offered at Wealthy Affiliate,the “Online Entrepreneurs Certification” and the “Affiliate Bootcamp”.
The Online Entreprenuers Certification – this is a step-by-step guide on how to create your own website and promote almost any product that you would like to. This focuses on promoting products in your chosen niche (interest).
The Affiliate Bootcamp – this is a step-by-step guide on how create a website to promote Wealthy Affiliate and earn 50% monthly recurring commissions from every person that signs up using your affiliate link.
The common thing between both courses is that you can complete them at your own pace and start earning while you are still completing the course. That’s why i said “no pressure”
At The End of The Day
The affiliate marketing course at Wealthy affiliate is designed to help you transition from your 9-5 job to earning a full time online income.
Kyle and Carson (the founders of Wealthy Affiliate) understand that people today are living hectic lives and is another reason why they have designed the course in such a way that you can complete it at your own pace.
Another benefit is that along with the 7-day FREE trial you get as a starter member, you have access to a community of over 1.5 million people that are willing to answer your questions and help you grow to reach your financial goals.
What I suggest is that you allocate about 1 hour a day to start off with, and in my opinion , don’t stay up 1 hour extra at night,wake up 1 hour earlier in the morning because it is proven that you are more productive during the early hours of the morning and also , as the old saying goes….. the early bird gets the worm
So Stay focused,Stay dedicated and Stay motivated to succeed !
As always, If you have any questions or queries, you can simply scroll down,type your comment/question in the text box and I will get back to you ASAP.
For those who don’t fully know who Squadhelp is and what they do, Squadhelp is a crowdsourcing platform where a business owner will post a contest on the platform and registered members have the opportunity to take part in the contest. The winner of the contest is chosen by the business owner and once the contest has closed, the winner will be paid for the contest by the business owner
Squadhelp is an international company and people from around the world can join. Many companies make use of Squadhelp’s platform for audience testing, machine learning, logo designing or to simply acquire a name for the business they plan on opening.
Price: For contestants – $10 once of. For Business owners – price ranges from $199 to $999 depending on o the package you choose.
affilination.siterubix.com Rating of Wealthy Affiliate: 6.8/10
Registering As a Freelancer
Location is not an issue
Many online networks require you to either live in the US or another first world country. However,Squadhelp can be accessed by almost anyone around the globe.
Sign up and be on your way
to start contesting, follow the simple sign up process by filling in your details and selecting what type of contests you would like compete in. You will need to pay $10 sign up fee if you decide to take part in the naming contests .
Rise through the ranks
As a new member, the site will assign you a minimal amount of contest ( most likely 1-3 contest) that you can participate in. This is to get your feet wet and familiarize yourself with the plat form and how the contests work.
Although you will be eligible to win contests from the word go, you will need to earn likes to gain full access to the platform. One way of getting likes is to win a contest and be featured on the “winners” page where people can like your winning name/logo/design. Another way is to submit quality content on a regular bases that gets liked by the CH (Contest Holder).
By submitting quality entries, the platform will allow you to enter into more contests, thus increasing your chance of success.
Once you gain full access to the platform you will have a variety of contests to choose from and you will be in control of what you enter and what you don’t. As mentioned above, during the contest, the Contest Holders will rate your ideas and provide you with feedback. They do this by choosing from a rating scale that looks like this:
You have the potential to progress within Squadhelp and reach the “Tier A” level where you will be part of an elite group of members. This means that you will have access to certain contests that other members won’t. These contest usually pay between $200 and $500.The extra advantage is that not everyone has access to these contests so competition is relatively low.
There is no actual guarantee that you can earn money from this company eacuse in order to make money, you have to win a contest. This means that you could go months, years or even never make money from Squadhelp.
Squadhelp claims to have over 70,000 registered freelancers on the site, so there is no telling how many people will enter a single contest or if the Contest Holder will even like your ideas. Although personally I have only seen about 3000-5000 people entering a single contest, the competition is still high and you will need to be extra creative to succeed.
How Much Can You Earn
Firstly, there is no guarantee that you will earn any money at all. In order to make money, you have to win contests.
If however, you are creative and excel in this line of work, you have the potential to earn hundreds of dollars at a time.Most contests pay between $100 to $300,wile some pay much higher. The trick to earning more is to continue providing quality entries that will get you likes and help you to be eligible enter the higher paying competitions
How You Will Get Paid
firstly, you need to have a verified PayPal account to receive the funds.
Additionally, If you live in the US, you will be required to submit a W9 tax form to the company before you can be paid and people who live elsewhere will need to submit a W8-BEN to the company.
Note :Squadhelp might need to ask you for additional documents or account verification before they send you the money you’ve earned from the contest.
Registering As a Business Owner
As a business owner, you will need to sign up with the company and create an account. Thereafter, you can choose between one of three platforms you would make use of :
Premium Domain Marketplace
Agency-Level Managed Contest
If you as the owner are looking for a name for your new business, you can simply choose a package, deposit the funds into Squadbank’s account and create a contest.
In order for you to create the contest, you need to fill out the information on the site and answer a few questions about your business.This is to help the freelancer on the site think of a name for your company. After this process is completed, you can start the contest.
The community will then start to submit entries to your contest. As the CH,you will have 3 days to review the entries and give feedback. On the fourth day of the contest, your list should be narrowed down to about 5-10 names
Squadhelp will now test the names on the list for you to see what people prefer. It takes about 4 days to complete this process. Thereafter, the top three names chosen during this phase are sent to a Trademark Attorney for a comprehensive Trademark Screening.
You then have 30 days to select a winner based on the final results from the Audience testing and the Trademark validation. Once the winner is announced, that person is paid for their submission.
If however, you find yourself in a situation where you don’t like any of the entries that were submitted, you have the option to extend the duration of the contest. If you sign up for the gold or platinum package, you will be entitled to a partial refund.
Squadhelp is a legitimate company but many people advertise it as a “get-rich-quick ” scheme which it is not.In fact, it may take longer to make $100 on Squadhelp than on some other platforms.
This is why I wold personally be careful when joining squadhelp and maybe look at alternative ways to make an income online.
If you are the type of person that has $10 to “experiment” with then maybe this could work for you,but if you are the type of person that needs to turn that $10 into something more, then I would not recommended Squadhelp for you as this is not a guaranteed source of income.
If you are looking to something sustainable that does’t cost much to start up, check out my review on Wealthy Affiliate, a community that helps you grow over time and gives you the tools to eventually earn much more than $100 a day online.
If you have any questions or queries, you can simply scroll down ,type your comment/question in the text box and I will get back to you ASAP.
Building a website to promote / create a business online is MUCH easier than you think. In fact, this is how to create a business from a website in 4 steps:
step 1 :Choose your niche (interest)
step 2 : Create your website in under 30 seconds!
step 3 : Follow 4 simple videos tutorials on how to set up and get your website ready to be ranked on Google.
Step 4 :Promote your products / affiliate links
Step 1 : Choose a Niche (Interest)
The spectrum is extremely vast and if you already have your niche or you already have a business that you want to promote, that’s great!For those who are not sure yet, a niche is a distinct segment of a market. Basically, it’s a specific audience that you would like to target. Some examples may be the health and fitness niche or your niche could also be something like pet products.
But for those who are still a bit confused, don’t worry. Do what I did when I was creating my website and ask yourself, “what are my interests and what am I passionate about.” This is the best and easiest way to figure out your niche .
Don’t ever think you don’t have a “good” niche because there are about 4 BILLION people on the internet these days so whatever your niche is, there should be enough web traffic around it.
Step 2 :Now, Let’s Create Your Website in Under 30 Seconds!
Just follow the simple process below and create your website in under 30 seconds..!
Choose a domain name for your website ( a domain name is basically the address where Internet users can access your website. This is usually the name of your company / brand)
Type it in below and build your website in under 30 seconds for absolutely FREE!!
Step 3:Set Your Website Up by Following 4 Simple Video Tutorials.
Following basic instructions is all it takes to learn and set up your website. The simplicity of these tutorials is unparalleled and you can have a fully functional website, ready to be populated by your amazing content and affiliate links in a matter of an hour or two.
Pretty insane right?
And all it takes are to watch 4 videos that go something like this…
with a total video time of 1 hour,18 minutes and 20 seconds, Thats it. Your website is set up and ready to populated with content and affiliate links.
ALWAYS REMEMBER:Your website is like your online storefront so keep it simple and user friendly at all times.
Step 4:Promote your website….
Again, it’s as simple as following steps , copying and pasting links. Alternatively, if you already have a product, you can write your content in a way that promotes your product and generate revenue in that way.
But again, don’t stop there, if you have your own product /service,leverage your website by making use of PPC ads (pay per click advertising) or even promote other products (through affiliate links )that compliment your product
How to do this?
Search on Google for products in your particular niche that have an affiliate program (nearly all major brands have affiliate programmes)
copy the link they give you and paste it somewhere that fits in your content(usually it’s towards the end , somewhere in your conclusion)
advertise you post on social media to start getting traffic to your website.Note: promote you post on social media , not your product.Let your post sell your product.Your goal on social media is to get traffic to your website,not make a sale right away.
start earning commissions with every sale
So there’s my personal 4 step process to create, set up and promote your products in under 1 day.
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a get-rich-quick method.this is a simple method to start your SUSTAINABLE, LONG-TERM business online.
What it all Comes Down to…
With all the above being as simple as it is, there will be times when you get stuck or confused…this is completely normal and still happens to me from time to time.That’s why its important to surround yourself with a KNOWLEDGEABLE community that cares and is willing to help you within minutes!
And personally, there’s no better place than Wealthy Affiliate. This is an affiliate marketing community that cares and nurtures you to success.
What’s really amazing is that the owner’s, Kyle and Carson assist you in any way they can. Which is why they have created the 7-day free trial to test the waters of Wealthy Affiliate before spending your hard-earned cash on the course. Any idea why they did this for you, it’s because they genuinely care.
Comment below if you have any questions or queries and let me know if this post was helped you to get on the path too your financial success
You may be asking yourself what is Wealthy Affiliate about, and how can it take me/my business to the next level? Let’s see, Wealthy Affiliate (or commonly known as WA) is an all-inclusive affiliate marketing platform that will allow you to create, manage, enhance and expand your business day by day…regardless off how substantial your business already is.
The service consists of more than 100 lessons on how to build and market your very own website, live classes, personal support from experts (the owners included) , the opportunity to learn and earn simultaneously and most of all, the mind blowing ability to network with more than 1.5 MILLION members. It’s one of the largest affiliate marketing communities in the world and personally, the most active, helpful and caring.
They say the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so don’t take my word for what I’ve said JUST YET. Read my full, comprehensive and insightful review first.
The Wealthy Affiliate Overview & My Personal Rankings
It’s exactly that and I am living proof of just how simple it actually is. My entire life, I’ve always been “backwards” when it comes to technology, and doing things beyond the basics on a smartphone or desktop was just too cumbersome for me.For example, believe it or not, I only learned how to compose an email at around the age of 16 !
So when a person like me finds the training simple, IT REALLY IS.Kyle (the co-founder of WA) takes you step-by-step through the course on how to build your website, rank it on Google for free and turn traffic into revenue.
As I’ve said above, this course is probably one of the simplest (if not, the simplest) , to help you build and grow your business online. It teaches you the techniques and strategies that “work” in today’s times which is obviously a major key to success within the affiliate marketing industry.The training is updated on-the-turn, with our community receiving new training almost each and every day.
At WA, success has no bias and almost anyone and everyone can follow the defined training process and create/take their business to the next level.So whether you are a newbie or an expert, male or female, young or old, and best of all, it doesn’t matter which country you’re from, this training is certainly something to consider.
Basically, there is am 4 step process to constructing your online business:
step 1:Choose am Niche (interest)
step 2:Build Your Website
step 3:Attract Online Traffic
step 4:Generate Revenue
Choose something that you are passionate about as your niche (interest).For example, I am passionate about fishing so I could create a website that targets a specific aspect of fishing. Some examples could be :
fishing tips and tutorials
…and the list goes on.Don’t stress about whether your niche is going to be able to generate money or not because there are about 4 BILLION people roaming the internet and Wealthy Affiliate provides you with everything you need to construct your business( or multiple businesses) and make it a success.
Pretty amazing right?
The various forms of raining offered at WA include:
Online Entrepreneur Certification (50 lessons)
Affiliate Bootcamp Training (70 lessons)
Weekly live Interactive video Lessons
Video and Text Based Tutorials ( 1,000+)
Course, Lesson and Task based Training
the focus of the training is to take any level off affiliate marketer from scratch to building a successful online business. Note:this is not a get-rich-quick scheme.The training teaches you how to build a long term SUSTAINABLE business online that requires hard work and dedication.
Before I continue, I just want you to know that if you have any questions as you go through the review, you can simply scroll down to the bottom, type your comment/question and I will get back to you ASAP.
Wealthy Affiliate Support, Interact With the Pros!
As a starter member, you have full access to the premium feature of interacting with the experts in the community for the first 7 days.You can ask questions, clarify your doubts and even provide motivation and advice to others in the community.Best of all, when you go premium, you don’t have go searching for the pros, they come searching for you, congratulating you on taking the leap of faith and offering assistance in any way they can.
Once in contact with them,you can simply private message them to have personal conversations about carving your path to success.And if you need any assistance from me, I’ll be there to assist you the best of my knowledge and ability.
At Wealthy Affiliate, no one “knows it all”, and that’s where the community comes in.The Ambassadors (highest ranked members within WA) usually have many years, if not decades of experience online and are happily open to help ANYONE that asks, regardless of rank!
So there is absolutely no reason to feel stuck for help within Wealthy Affiliate.There are multiple mechanisms to get instant and comprehensive help within WA.Such as:
Live Chat (almost instantaneous help)
Comments (help in a matter of minutes)
Blog Post /Ask am Question (help in a matter of minutes)
Private Messaging/Mentoring (help within a few hours)
Website and Hostting Support (help in a matter of minutes)
and best of all, direct help from the OWNER’S themselves ! Where else in the world can you (as a complete newbie at a company) get direct access to the CEO and ask for their assistance.Fair enough, their response is not going to be instant, but from personal experience, the definitely reply and assist.
The SiteRubix Suite. Don’t Wait, Create.
At WA,you can literally build your website in under 30 seconds with SiteRubix! Don’t believe me? try it out for yourself below.
The amazing SiteSuite features include Custom Web Designs and Features, Plug-in Modules and access to social media
There is no additional charge to use SiteRubix when upgrading your Wealthy Affiliate membership.
SiteRubix at Wealthy Affiliate allows you to purchase your own custom domain names !
WordPress Hosting. Value Added Package.
At WA, you get a free content management system called wordpress to make creating websites as simple as possible.
No coding needed.
WordPress can also be customized as you progress.
As a starter member, you will be able to create 1 FREE (.siterubix.com) website .
As a premium member, you will be able to create 10 FREE (.siterubix.com) websites.
Getting Work Done.
Its Important to have the correct tools in order to be able conduct effective research in a short space of time.that being said, Wealthy Affiliate gives you free access you Jaaxy Research.
Jaaxy Research is a tooled developed by the Wealthy Affiliate team to help you find the right keywords for your blogs and websites. It is a very comprehensive tool that allows you analyze keyword phrases to know how they rank for SEO (search engine optimization). Is it a strong keyword ?, it is a weak keyword ? would that be a good keyword to use in your niche? Jaaxy assists in answering these questions and basically helps you in decision-making regarding your business.
This tool is a great help especially when you are a newbie and still getting your feet wet. It gives you a base to work from, cutting your brainstorming time down tremendously and in my opinion, this is one of the best tools on the platform.
As a starter member you get 30 free searches on Jaaxy. As a premium member, you get UNLIMITED searches and many other features to explore within Jaaxy itself. All for free.
The “Affiliate Bootcamp” at Wealthy Affiliate is designed to train you to promote and become an affiliate marketer for Wealthy Affiliate itself.should you choose to pursue this course, Kyle will personally walk you through a step by step process of how to set up and market Wealthy Affiliate, and that’s not all… The programme is very lucrative, with premium members earning up to 50% commission on each of your referrals every month, so for as long as your referral is a premium member at WA, you earn a commission monthly.
Pretty insane right?
but what if I told you that’s still not all because if you make 300 premium referrals in 1 calender year, Wealthy Affiliate will give you an ALL EXPENSES PAID trip to Las Vegas to attend their annual private conference!
With this in mind and the immense motivation, help and support from the other affiliates,your chances of success automatically skyrocket (if you put in the work of course)
A Final Word From Us + Special Bonus!!
Shew! that ended up being a lot lengthier than expected,but that’s just the amount of things that are happening within Wealthy Affiliate as it is definitely one of the most comprehensive and cost efficient platforms in the industry.
My recommendation is that you try out the FREE course first before spending a dime.Familiarize yourself with the community and make yourself at home before making any big decisions.After all, you have 7 days to decide before spending your first dollars towards success on the platform.
The Special Bonus…
When you join Wealthy affiliate and set up your FREE starter account ,you will be offered a bonus if you decide to take the leap of faith and become a premium member within those 7 days. Your first bonus includes a 59% discount on the premium package , and if you go premium in those 7 days,you will have access to Kyle’s “Diamond Traffic Bonus”!
If you decide to go premium, you will be joining one of the (if not the) most progressive, forward thinking and innovative business platforms in the industry.