Since then, many readers, students and not, have reached out and asked about how they can learn digital marketing. It’s a field that’s been ravaged by spammy information and bad ebooks, and it’s difficult to know where to start and what’s worth learning. I’ve been giving out some form of this advice for the last two years, so I figured it would make sense to organize it and provide it here, for anyone motivated enough to follow it.
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Great question! Think about this… How many people would have a Facebook profile, if it wasn’t free? How many people would do searches on Google if it wasn’t free? How many people would use Skype, if it wasn’t free? Did Facebook, Google and Skype do great, while being free? Yes. We also believe, that free stuff is great. That’s why, all our courses are 100% free.

As for what should your sandbox be, you have a few options. The easiest is to start a blog. That’s what this site was started as: a sandbox for learning content marketing, and it only became my full-time job on accident. A blog is a perfect sandbox for learning digital marketing since you can test almost all of the tactics on it, it’s low-cost, and you’ll improve your writing in the process.


Create and monetize an app. Mobile applications are a large and still-growing market that can provide you with a large amount of income if you know how to capitalize on it. The first and most challenging step, however, is creating an app that people actually want to use. Try to assess the need for an app by thinking of useful apps you would want or problems that can be solved by an app. Then, look for current apps that met these needs. If they aren't any, or if they aren't any quality ones, consider creating your own app.
If you have started looking for affiliate programs for the first time, you are ready to make a profit out of your website. Such programs are among the most simple and efficient ways to make a living online. To ensure that we are on the same page about affiliate programs, let’s clarify what they are. Affiliate programs allow you to earn a profit by posting links or placing other affiliate tools that lead to other online merchants (such as Jetradar.com) and encouraging users to act in a certain way. For instance, to buy something, such as a flight ticket, or to complete a task — subscribe, create an account and so on.
Your social media strategy is more than just a Facebook profile or Twitter feed. When executed correctly, social media is a powerful customer engagement engine and web traffic driver. It’s easy to get sucked into the hype and create profiles on every single social site. This is the wrong approach. What you should do instead is to focus on a few key channels where your brand is most likely to reach key customers and prospects. This chapter will teach you how to make that judgment call.

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.


Once you are familiar with all the types of internet marketing and how you can benefit from each of them, it is time to develop your internet marketing strategy, and this chapter contains steps that will guide you through this process, including building your marketing framework, taking advantage of SEM, launching social strategy, building community, increasing traffic, increasing the number of conversion, analyzing feedback, etc.
Hi Anthony, YES, there are affiliate programs for plumbing and heating. Faucet.com and HomeDepot both have affiliate programs that you can join and earn a commission. Now, obviously, if customers need very specific parts only, this may be an issue. But, I know marketers that make a nice income using sites like the ones I mentioned and others. I would front it with your own website and build a following. These are things discussed within the Wealthy Affiliate program, how to build a website and earn money in something you’re passionate about. Check out Wealthy Affiliate. It’s free to join… Read more »
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I have a Plumbing and Heating service company. I see some Plumbing and heating parts and supply retailers online that seem to be the same supplier with different website names. Is this an affiliate self branding thing? I want to find a company to send customers to from my website to buy parts from for a commission as well as order/buy parts for my own service business from. I cannot seem to find any of these affiliate parts supplier companies with search engine queries. Years ago I remember seeing companies that would do the warehousing, stocking and shipping of items… Read more »


You could start a niche website about a specific breed of cat. Another option could be a YouTube channel reviewing dog chew toys. Or you could start an authority site about caring for exotic birds. You could also go offline with your niche business by starting a pet sitting service. Pet owners in some cities are willing to pay up to $100 per day for reliable pet sitters. 
Constant Contact's Social Media Quickstarter emphasizes opportunities to integrate email with social media marketing, to maximize the impact of both channels. In a series of step-by-step lessons, learners can study digital marketing tactics for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, blogging, and online listings and reviews sites. The way the courses are structured makes them perfect for beginner-level marketers, with components such as glossaries and how-to guides, combined with practical examples of the lessons at hand in action.
ie first you need to haul ass and do something crazy, eg write a quality 20,000 word ebook (insanely not passive hahahah), but then you get to sit back and enjoy seeing PayPal sale messages pop up on your iPhone each morning as sale after sale after sale is made…on an ongoing basis and without any additional work. That’s some seriously Pina Colada flavored passive goodness!
While some people tend to use a savings account at the same bank where they have their checking account, make sure it's a high-interest one, not just a convenient one. "For short-term savings that you have parked in a savings account for easy access, you can often make more money just by researching whether you're getting the best interest rate," Goudreau says. "While many traditional banks offer as little as 0.1% interest on savings, online banks tend to offer higher interest rates. By switching to an account that offers 1% interest or more, you would be making 10 times as much just by moving the money."
You’ll get structured courses compiled by industry experts, live webinar events, supplementary learning materials, web-based tests and quizzes and an interactive student forum. Provided you do the work, you’ll graduate with a certificate recognized as an exam preparatory for the Online Marketing Certified Professional (OMCP) industry qualification.
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!
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.
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.
But, you don't need to go further than that. You can simply write it and publish it and collect the income. That's all. Send out a couple emails to your list (if you have one) or post it on social media, and there you have it. Passive income. Now, the amount of income you receive depends on the quality of the book you've written. How well did you craft the message? How targeted was the information to your audience? It counts. 

Each of the types of internet marketing strategies and activities is explained in terms of definition, important concepts and practices that could be used to leverage your website to a new level. While search engine marketing is focused on paid advertisings programs such as Google AdWords and Bing Ads, and different kinds of search engine marketing (SEM) campaigns, learning the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) is going to help you with understanding some of the free methods that can be used to increase a website’s organic position. When it comes to social media marketing, besides the definition of the concept and recommended social media platforms, you will also learn how to develop a social media marketing strategy.
2. This means that there’s depth in the market, which isn’s necessarily a bad thing in itself. When looking for demand, we always recommend taking the combined estimated sales of the top 10 products and ensuring that it is over 400 units, for example. If you find that there are 4 pages worth of the same product, then of course you can also take a look at how those products are performing to. One way to look at it is, you should always be aiming to be in the top 10 with any product you launch. So the top 10 sellers are your primary concern for gauging demand and competition. If you find there are lots of other sellers, you can also see if they are doing well or not and find out why that is. Ultimately you want to find ways to enter a niche with a product offering that is better: more features, better quality, a better listing, etc.
I know this from experience. Three years ago I was a struggling affiliate marketer, bouncing from offer to offer (playing a game of what I call “affiliate pinball”). Today I make a full-time income from diverse passive income streams: sales of affiliate products, sales of my own products, and Adsense revenue (my Adsense revenue alone topped $2,000 last month). And it’s all because I focus on serving the needs of a niche audience.
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.
Self-Fulfillment: Self-fulfillment is a great option for sellers looking for 100% control of the shipping process and lower costs. This is a giant undertaking, depending on your business model. You must have a warehouse to store the inventory and the resources to handle today’s shipping expectations. Fulfilling orders is time consuming and can become a burden as your business grows. Only choose this option if you want complete control of the fulfillment process and have the resources to do so.
In addition to an extra income stream, residual income allows you to diversify your revenue sources. Instead of relying on your standard paycheck, you’re earning money through the royalties of an eBook or the sales of an online course. Diversity of income gives your overall financial portfolio more security and depth. Similar to passive income, residual income gives you more financial stability, flexibility with your lifestyle, additional retirement savings, and a more robust financial standing.
I have a Plumbing and Heating service company. I see some Plumbing and heating parts and supply retailers online that seem to be the same supplier with different website names. Is this an affiliate self branding thing? I want to find a company to send customers to from my website to buy parts from for a commission as well as order/buy parts for my own service business from. I cannot seem to find any of these affiliate parts supplier companies with search engine queries. Years ago I remember seeing companies that would do the warehousing, stocking and shipping of items… Read more »
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The T-shaped marketer needs many skills, which once would not have been needed for marketers but are now key to being able to perform their roles effectively. For example, knowing the basics of HTML is essential to my role, and I’d be useless without it. I’m no expert, and if you told me to code a website it would look like a dog's dinner (there are probably nine-year-olds that know more about CSS than me) but the point is that although it is not an area I specialize in, I know enough to have a basic comprehension and make tweaks when they are needed. Similarly, I’m no Photoshop wiz, nor am I a master of InDesign, but being able to use these design tools is essential to my role and so, I need to know how to use them.

Google’s digital online marketing course is unique in that it’s set up as a competition, rather than a course. You’ll compete against marketers just like you in areas like Search Advertising, Social Analytics, Video, and Search Engine Marketing. I’m sure that, especially to a beginner, this sounds overwhelming, but don’t worry; they offer an actual Digital Marketing course to help you learn and understand the concepts of online marketing before attempting the challenge. At the end of the course you’re awarded a certificate of completion, and they even offer prizes to the winners of each region of the competition (for Europe, America, the Middle East, and Asia) in the form of donations to non-profit partners and even trips to their Headquarters for the Global and Regional winners.


Get the most bang for your buck (though technically it’s free, so not exactly!) with this course/challenge from Google. You’ll cover everything from the basics of digital marketing, fundamentals of SEO, search and display advertising, social media, basic analytics, video, and more. It’s one of the most comprehensive trainings out there, perfect if you’re looking for something all-encompassing on a single easy-to-use platform.
Another benefit of investing in rental properties is the loan pay down. If you obtain a loan to buy the property, each month your tenants are paying off part of the loan. Once the mortgage on the property has been paid off, your cash flow will increase dramatically, allowing your mediocre investment to skyrocket into a full-fledged retirement program.
I think this is a KILLER niche because site visitors will have just spend tens of thousands of dollars on a truck, so a couple hundred on accessories won’t feel like a big deal.  Also, MOST of the products in this niche would likely be in the $100 to $300 range, which I find is the sweet spot for niche sites.  More expensive and people research it for weeks before buying (and consequently your affiliate link expires before purchase), or too inexpensive and the commission is simply too small without massive volume. 

Though it can take a while to build up enough cash to put a 20% down payment on an investment property (the typical lender minimum), they can snowball fairly quickly. The key here is to correctly project income and expenses in order to calculate cash flow (the free cash you can put in your pocket after all associated property expenses have been paid). However you have to be sure to include the cost of a property manager in your calculations unless you want to manage the property yourself. Even with a property manager, you may be required to make large repair decisions every now and then – so while this is not a 100% passive activity, you are not directly trading your time for money like traditional employment.

UPDATE: I created SoundProofExpert.com and wrote just seven articles on it.  I got distracted and never finished the site.  I usually like 50 articles on a niche site.  Anyway, 1.5 years later, the site started earning $400/month in passive income from just SEVEN ARTICLES!  We gave the site away as a contest on the Income School Youtube channel.  Watch this video on our Youtube channel to see all of the details of this site–how much traffic we got, how long it took to get traffic, and all the earnings.  We reveal everything about that project in the video.  Oh, and be sure to subscribe to Income School! 

Sugardaddie is also exactly what the name suggests. The site focuses on millionaires, sugar daddies and the women that would want to date them. There is a strong emphasis on relationships that benefit both parties. The site offers few specifics but the implication is that they pair attractive women with rich men. How well this works in practice isn’t clear but the site (and the underlying concept) seems to be popular.
Excellent list. Shareasale has been my best performing from the list. Another strategy I’ve used is to contact individual companies and ask about their affiliate programs. Some companies run in-house affiliate programs, which means they have a select few affiliates that they work with. Such companies can be quite profitable to work with as you’ll be competing with way less affiliates.
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