This can be a little easier said than done, but if you have a large social media following, you can definitely earn money promoting a product or advertising for a company. You can even combine this with different marketing campaigns if you are an influencer and have your own blog (advertisement + affiliate income). This is how many bloggers make money! Again, it is not 100% passive but once set up correctly and then scaled, can be surprisingly lucrative.
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eBay Partner Network works pretty much the same way that Amazon Associates does. You can encourage your users to follow the links to products placed on eBay and earn a commission if the user purchases the product within 24 hours. You get your earned commission fees every month, and they can reach 50-70% of the eBay commission, depending on the category. The Parts & Accessories and Fashion categories are the highest paying ones.
I had to get out. I actually had this random Facebook ad come up in my news feed (go figure) and it eventually led me to a webinar that taught on how to start an email marketing business (which is, by the way, the most profitable form of affiliate marketing – or ANY marketing for that matter). I listened through the whole 2 hours, completely mesmerized. By the end of it, I knew what I was going to be focusing on to help my family out of the pit of debt we were in and into a world free of financial stress. I didn’t know if it would actually work, but eventually it lead to EXCESS income!

Little known fact about me is that I love a good game of airsoft on the weekends.  Like in most cities, there is a group of about 200 people (mostly guys but there are some women who play) who get together every weekend  to play.  The airsoft guns are not anything like the tiny pump guns that kids buy at Walmart.  These guys spend hundreds on their guns, more on camo, and even have radio comm and military style helmets.  It’s serious to these guys.
While choosing the highest paying affiliate program, also pay attention to the payout methods and minimum amount. If Paypal is available and the minimum payout amount is reasonable and reachable, that’s great; otherwise, think twice before you start working with the program. Spending a year collecting the amount for your first payout is probably not your dream.
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Blogs are content-focused websites. However, they deserve special attention because they usually occupy one particular niche, be it a zero-waste lifestyle or DIY tutorials. Bloggers can put banners on their blogs or (what has proven to be more efficient) place links throughout their posts. They can also write about the sales they learn about beforehand, create posts about certain products/services they are using, or provide readers with special coupons and discounts. For instance, if you have a travel blog, you can give your readers information about saving on accommodation and provide them with an affiliate link or coupon for hotel bookings.
Unfortunately, most people don’t really know what they’re doing. So they have to educate themselves. They need advice on which investments to make. That’s where a variety of products related to investing come in. Trading services, financial newsletters, trading systems… all different ways that show people how to invest successfully - whether it's basic budgeting and investing advice or advanced day trading strategies and speculative penny stock recommendations.

Perfect Match is a less controversial dating program that emphasizes conventional dating. Of course, individual members may have different priorities. The affiliate program is impressive, offering up to 100% commission on initial orders, along with reorders. There is also a signup bonus of $0.05 for men and $0.10 for women. These commissions seem to only apply for premium memberships, which can cost up to $149.95 per member.


The core idea behind the program being that the convenience of referring users to a trusted location means they can immediately purchase products that an individual — who they also most likely trust — has advertised to them. With Amazon Associates it’s possible to earn up to 10% in referral fees and there are a variety of ways to generate the affiliate links to do so, including banners, widgets and text links.

People love their pets. There are estimated 180 million dogs and cats in the U.S. alone. That’s not even mentioning all the snakes, guinea pigs, parrots, and other more exotic creatures people keep as companions. And if you’ve been to a pet store lately, you know that pet owners will spare no expense and will buy just about anything pet-relate. Gourmet dog food, pet toys, healthy treats, Heck, I’ve even seen dog strollers and cat leashes. I'm also sure there are a lot of dogs out there that eat better than I do!


Although there are a lot of social marketing channels, you need to focus on the top six, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Instagram and Google Plus (just because you don’t want Google to hate you!). Initially you should limit yourself to building profile pages, understanding how each network works and what are best practices. Every platform is unique in some way and following guides will be a good start.
Now that you’ve made it into the novice stage and started trying some initial experiments, it’s time to see what else you could be testing and experimenting with. The goal here is to keep expanding your understanding of the areas of marketing you want to get better at, and again, the only way to do that is to try to apply it yourself as you’re going.
If you're looking to get started in real estate, look at a crowd funding solution like RealtyMogul. It works similar to LendingClub - you commit as little as $5,000 towards a property. When the property is fully funded, you become an owner, and will receive your share of the earnings and appreciation in the property.  Check out RealtyMogul to learn more. 
Given the growth in the sharing economy, your junk can start to pay for itself. For example, if you have some awesome vintage furniture inherited from your grandmother sitting in a storage unit, you can rent this out to photographers for their “styled shoots” which are becoming all the rage. If your furniture is more modern but you still can’t bear to get rid of it – perhaps a home stager will be interested.
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One of the easiest ways to increase your passive income is to shift your savings to a bank that pays a higher yield on your savings — for example, Discover Bank and EverBank pay almost 1% for your money. Although it doesn’t sound like much (especially in this low interest environment), little things do add up and eventually interest rates will rise.

Expedia itself negotiates directly with the suppliers to secure access to inventory, including packages and rates. The brand claims that it features leading conversion rates, meanwhile each qualifying transaction made through a link gives you a share of the revenue (varies, up to 12%). Tools, data feeds, and storefronts are also all available for partners.


It’s not secret that I’m disappointed as to how well BestProducts.com are ranking in Google. Especially since they only benefit from sitewide footer links on Esquire, Cosmopolitan and Elle.com. It’s seems highly ironic that Google will go through Black hat world forums looking for sites and networks to penalise but totally ignore the big fish right under their nose.
For you to become an affiliate marketer here, you do not need to purchase them or seek permission to become an affiliate. All you need is to click the promote button, and you will have a platform to create your account. From here, you will receive an affiliate link that allows you to advertise anywhere. Once a person has clicked on the link you have provided and make a purchase, you will automatically get a commission for that sale.
How to monetize this site: Some things people will likely buy from a local store which can set up the bow for them.  These may include the bow itself and arrows.  However, there are tons of accessories you could sell as an affiliate on your website.  You could link them to Amazon and get a cut of the sale for targets (and 3d targets), releases, bow cases, tree stands, etc.  All of these items are over $100 and would give you a substantial affiliate commission.

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Real estate is the obvious choice if you are going to make money on your money. I personally am not at the point where I can do any of this in a meaningful way BUT my parents are and they now own a couple homes outright and are collecting income from them to power their retirement income. It makes a lot more sense for anyone that has a chunk of cash sitting in the bank and are planning on slowly drawing from it because you technically still have all that money in a property (or multiple properties) and can sell them if you really need the lump sum of cash but you’ll earn great interest payments until you do that.

How established is your site/blog/social media following?  Do you already have an audience of 1 million or are you just getting started?  Early on in your affiliate marketing journey you will probably want to have multiple options to make sure you can cover a broad field. You might want to become an Amazon Associate as well as joining one of the networks so you will have a product link to drop into any posts you do.  An easy place to start is to promote the services you are using if you are enjoying their product - web hosting or email management systems like Aweber.

After I find a product that looks similar to what I’m sourcing, I’ll contact the vendor and send a letter asking questions about the product. Good questions to ask include price, quantity (there’s usually a minimum order quantity you have to order), sample costs, what forms of payment that they accept, lead times, and more. For more information on how to communicate with an Alibaba vendor, we have a great article (with videos!) that you can check out: https://www.junglescout.com/blog/how-to-find-alibaba-suppliers/
If you haven’t already, expanding your potential profit by diversifying your affiliate networks is a great way to build in additional revenue streams for your business. Before diving into any one in particular, make sure to do some research on the program or network to confirm its legitimacy, potential for profit, and alignment with the types of products and services highlighted on your website.

great read as always glen, congrats on sharing your research. although i believe strongly in the “rank & rent” concept for local seo marketing, it is interesting that i watched an entire video today by a prominent local seo guru who says r&r sites are the worst possible business. i’m having trouble wrapping my head around that as it goes against what my gut believes but then again, he’s “been there done that” and i haven’t. anyway, i digress big time, great article.
With 4000 merchants, ShareSale is another vastly growing affiliate program that is famous for its ease of use. Once you become an affiliate on ShareSale, you get access to different features like Average commissions, earning s per click etc. One other attractive thing about Share Sale is its payment procedure. You don’t have to wait for a month to receive your payment and the company clears your paycheck on the 20th of every month!
I wouldn't think of a high yield savings account as a source of passive income but your savings should be getting something (less like Seinfeld syndication residuals and more like a commercial jingle residuals!). It won't make you rich but it's nice if your baseline, risk-free rate of return on cash is 1% or more. The best high yield savings accounts (or money market accounts) offer higher interest rate and there is absolutely no risk. CIT Bank currently leads the pack with the highest interest rate.
With around 50,000 courses available on topics such as video filming, production and editing from beginner to advanced levels, website design using various content management systems (Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, etc) technical web development, graphic design, photography, 3D and animation, much of the content is marketing-focused even when it doesn’t fall into the Marketing category.
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You asked if we would like more of this kind of post, and the answer is yes! Thank you for the niche ideas but more importantly the strategies on how you found them. Do you have a post about different ways on how to monetize once you have found a niche/idea. I can’t seem to figure out how money is made once you have a niche or industry locked down. If there is a post or if you could write one just as detailed and informative as this one, that would be really awesome, thank you.
Since all google searches that contain “near me” and similar triggers googles own search result inlay with map and everything to suggested place aren’t you competing directly with google then? I might have missed it but this isn’t discussed in the article. Should you skip all search results that are competing with Googles own search result box/area?
Great article Glen! I wish I saw this when it came out 2 years ago! I recently bought a number of .com’s for a couple of the niche’s you covered here. That’s encouraging, as that particular niche still has some nice numbers and not as saturated as it seems. I’m also happy to hear you like the rank and rent model, and I think a couple of other projects are now going to go in that direction. Thanks for all your great material.
We’re going to slightly modify their approach, though. The Bullseye Framework is an excellent tool for finding certain channels to try for your product, but it’s also useful for running experiments within a certain channel. For now, you want to stay focused on your stack, so you can use the Bullseye Framework to run certain experiments within those skills.
Hey Rolando! Great article! I've actually hired a few freelancers to do some online marketing for me. Although, of course, not everyone is an expert at everything, but with a little direction, you can get the most out of your marketing experts. Hope this helps too... Here's a great list of questions to ask marketing candidates. I chanced upon this and actually ask some questions similar to the ones found on this list: http://www.growthmarketingpro.com/hiring-a-marketer-here-are-the-17-most-important-questions-to-ask Cheers and more power!
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Flexoffers.com is another well-known affiliate that we have included in our top best affiliate programs. This program is well-established affiliate marketer that has gained a lot of reputation because of offering big offers on digital products, keeping their affiliates relevant. When a company offers large offers, more clients are likely to purchase, meaning more money to the merchants and affiliates.
As a digital marketer, you don’t need to be able to build a web page from scratch. It does help, though, to have a basic understanding of the fundamentals that make up the pixels and interactions you see on every screen. This free online class will teach you how to think like a designer and a developer, which can give you deeper context around your marketing initiatives.
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1. The batting cage idea is very risky. I’ve seen many of them close over the years and it is not anything close to passive income if you want to keep the business going. You have to continually promote it and target youth leagues, coaches, schools etc to catch all of the new players who grow up and want to play. I’ve played at probably 8 batting cages over the years and 7 of them closed.
For example, you can design digital products, like animal clipart or a downloadable wedding poem that could be printed by the customer. Your design could be resold thousands of times without needing to create each item or ship it. Once you create your digital product and list it on a site like Etsy or Ebay, the revenue flows in with little oversight.
GetResponse specializes in software solutions for email marketing on a subscription basis. You can refer your website visitors to GetResponse via a banner or a link placed in your posts or articles. This can bring you one-third (33%) of the amount the user pays every month for the subscription. Your take can be from $4.95 to $54.45 per month depending on the plan the user chooses.
Little known fact about me is that I love a good game of airsoft on the weekends.  Like in most cities, there is a group of about 200 people (mostly guys but there are some women who play) who get together every weekend  to play.  The airsoft guns are not anything like the tiny pump guns that kids buy at Walmart.  These guys spend hundreds on their guns, more on camo, and even have radio comm and military style helmets.  It’s serious to these guys.

I want to close this post by talking about how I learn marketing now. I have an app on my phone, it’s called Nuzzel, and it will tell me what the people that I follow on Twitter are sharing. So if seven people are sharing something, it’s going to pop to the top of my feed, and I follow a lot of different Internet marketers, so I can see what’s trending and then I can save it to Pocket so I can read it later. And if I’m lazy, I can have Pocket dictate it for me so I don’t even have to read it.
If customers are looking for a good deal, they will likely visit a coupon website. Such websites offer their users special discount codes (provided by eCommerce websites, of course). In exchange for users’ purchases, coupon websites get a reward. Coupon websites can be dedicated to a certain topic — e.g., coupons for travelling (hotel bookings, flight tickets, etc.).

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For example, you can design digital products, like animal clipart or a downloadable wedding poem that could be printed by the customer. Your design could be resold thousands of times without needing to create each item or ship it. Once you create your digital product and list it on a site like Etsy or Ebay, the revenue flows in with little oversight.

CPA marketing programs pay affiliates when a specific action is taken by the referral or lead. Common actions include clicks, impressions, form submits, sign-ups, registrations, or opt-ins. Since Cost-Per-Action models don’t necessarily involve a direct sale (and involve more risk taking) the payout percentages are far smaller than they are in Cost-Per-Sale.
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