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Glen – another great article. Do you have any idea on the near me searches how that affects mobile searches? More specifically, when you use the near me tag does it rank higher when someone is looking on their mobile device when they have location services turned on? Would be nice if there was a way to capitalize on that. Plenty of great stuff in the article to get going on. Always have great ideas and it is much appreciated!
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.
Andrew Warner is an entrepreneur who is best known for building Mixergy. He did well in business way before Mixergy, though: when Andrew was in his early 20s, he and his brother started few businesses, the most successful being an online greeting cards company that reached the revenue of 1mil+/month. Later, they sold that company, and Andrew came up with an idea for business meetups, which he called Mixergy. That didn’t work out very well, but once he discovered interviewing, he was on the right path and Mixergy as we know it today was born.

Lending Club is a platform where you can lend your money to other people. You’re the bank. Each note is only $25, so you can invest $1,000 and lend money to 40 people. There are many grades of loan (from safest to riskiest) and investors earn, on average, between 5% and 7% annualized returns. For more information, check out Investing and Making Money with Lending Club Peer-to-Peer Lending and my real money Lending Club Portfolio.
This is really very useful post. Actually I want to know about the website which provides high commission on data feeds. I have a plan to build an affiliate website but don’t want to work with affiliate networks. They eat lot of time and efforts that’s why i am searching such kind of services which can provide me affiliate data on some commission share basis. I have checked many that type of websites but except one I didn’t get any website which offer handsome commission. Few months before I found a UK based website named as RevGlue which provides UK… Read more »
I have only dabbled in drop-shipping before when I had an eCommerce platform 6 years ago or so. I think it is something that you could do on the side, but you would want to do in depth research on the industry you want to get into before setting up shop. It may be a little less passive up front, but over time you could take your hands off the wheel.

Shopify is a platform for creating, managing and promoting online stores. In addition, it is one of the top paying affiliate programs. Shopify offers a 200% commission for every user who acquires the standard subscription (which can equal up to $598) or a 100% commission for every purchased enterprise plan ($2,000). You can promote Shopify via pre-made banners and links.


Airbnb is a concept that has only been around for a few years, but it has exploded around the globe. Airbnb allows people to travel all around the world and to stay in accommodations that are a lot less expensive than traditional hotels. They do this by staying with participating Airbnb members who rent out part of their homes to travelers. By participating in Airbnb, you can use your residence to accommodate guests and earn extra money just for renting out space in your home.

You get a free ebook, which includes the full course material (all our ebooks are in HTML and PDF-format, and more than 150-pages of course materials) + you get permission to take a test. If you pass the test, you will get notified via email. You can then login to your account and download your professional certification, which can be found in PDF-format.


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.


This is perhaps one of the most talked about methods of earning a passive income. Essentially, you advertise for others through inserting a link in forums, through social media, and of course through your own site. There are several software packages available for purchase, including Google Adsense, Bing, and Yahoo.  These types of ads can be used to attract consumers of a particular gender, age, and individual interests.

When do you want to get started?  If you are just starting and have no audience then some of the programs may not accept your application to become an affiliate, while others will let you get set up in minutes.  If you want to get started straight away then make sure you’re applying for programs that are less restrictive. Generally the larger, network style places will enable you to get going quickly while specific niche programs may require you to have a certain audience size or characteristics.
Thank for this extensive work. When you make extra money you need to think simple. First thing you should consider is whatever you do must be safe enough that you don’t lose your initial investment as well. Also, look at the ways you can reduce your costs. This could be car insurance savings or paying back expensive loans or card balances. Saving is making money as well.
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.
> Within the broader arena of Google Partners’ digital advertising, the complex world of Pay-per-Click gives many people headaches. Wordstream’s (@WordStream) PPC University offers a variety of online marketing tutorials that drill down to the specific heart of PPC. Three levels of learning (101, 102 and Advanced) cover every aspect from basics such as how to set up an account, through bid management and optimization right up to remarketing and advanced geotargeting.
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.
If you are a photographer looking to diversify your income stream, putting together styled stock photo packages can be lucrative. For example, a package of 15 wedding-themed stock photos for $10. You can then market this to any bloggers or businesses who are in the wedding business for their use (photos of different engagement rings styles are super popular). Through this method, it’s possible to make a continuous stream of income off of photos you’ve taken once (similar to a licensing deal).

If you’re into fly fishing, or you think you might want to learn about fly fishing to start getting into it, fly tying could be a great sub-niche.  You might think fishing is a very small niche, but did you know that more people will go fishing this year than play tennis or baseball combined?  It’s a huge topic and fly tying doesn’t look to be too competitive.  As fly tying requires a lot of different items that people could purchase online.

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.
I read this post 3 times and have made notes for future businesses. I used your “Best” “2016” idea you gave at the start of the year and started a site with the words in the domain name. I am ranking for some very competitive keywords and am raking in 4 figures in adsense every month passive via it. Barely any links but just jumped the 2016 bandwagon. I will be doing the same for 2017 though this year I am buying the domain name in oct itself so it gets some age. In Jan 2017 I plan to 301 redirect the links from the 2016 site to the 2017 site and copy all the content there. Does it make sense to do it?
Another option: Consider starting your own real estate investment group. This is a great way to team together with other small investors, either via pooling your money together or simply by learning from eachother. According to Joseph Hogue, CFA from PeerFinance101.com, “The common bond in all real estate investing groups is that you help each other compete against the big money players to get the best returns.”

Why We Buy What We Can Get For Free – Many people feel uncomfortable  selling something online because of the nonsensical “I can find it anywhere on the internet, why would I buy it from you?”  argument. In this post, Derek explains why it’s okay to sell stuff on your blog, what to do with people who complain about it  and interviews Dan Ariely, who is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke, as well as NYT best-selling  author of “Predictably Irrational”.
I know what you’re saying.  What if this idea sounds good to you, but you aren’t an expert?  What if you haven’t ever even run a marathon before?  Who cares!  Share with others as you learn and just be honest with people that you are learning too, but you want to share what you learn.  The Internet is full of self-proclaimed “gurus” so it’s refreshing to read a blog that is down-to-earth.
Corbett is an experienced entrepreneur himself. Prior to Think Traffic, he has founded and ran a venture-backed startup in Sillicon Valley, as well as worked as a consultant for Fortune 500. His first blog, www.corbettbarr.com, attracted over 500,000 visitors in it’s first year. Now, Corbett runs a small publishing company caleed Insanely Useful Media, which is the business behind Think Traffic, Expert Enough, Traffic School and How To Start A Blog That Matters. He also advises high profile bloggers, including Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and Adam Baker of Man Vs. Debt.
I wanted to specifically call out one particular strategy within equity investing that bears mentioning – dividend growth investing is when you focus on stocks that not only pay a dividend but have a history of strong dividend growth. When I was first building my portfolio of individual stocks, I focused on buying companies with a history of dividends, a history of strong growth, and financials that supported a continuation of both.

Since they are a large company that has been around for some time, CJ Affiliate’s interface and platform are extensive and easy to navigate. For more advanced or “premier” publishers, CJ Affiliate also offers the CJ Performer Program (CJP), which boasts the potential of $10,000 per month in commissions. It is free to sign up and get started with CJ Affiliate.
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. 
If retirement is a goal of yours (and who doesn’t want to retire someday?!?), it’s important to learn how to start investing. In fact, funding your retirement accounts should be at the top of your list. While these accounts won’t help your immediate situation, by stashing cash now, the residual income they create should help propel you through your golden years.
A good example of a datafeed website is a comparison shopping website. Such websites provide users with an opportunity to compare various products according to certain characteristics. Having made their choices, users will likely follow the affiliate link on the website. Basically, affiliate programs provide datafeed websites with links and other ready-made promotional tools (e.g., product images) in exchange for paying a certain reward for every purchase made via the affiliate link.
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. 

3d printing is a booming industry right now.  3d printers are machines that start with a chunk of plastic and essentially cut out whatever you design on the computer.  You can make clothing, jewelry, technology accessories, all kinds of things.  Writing a blog about what can be made with 3d printers, reviewing the best 3d printers, and having info on making the best designs would be AWESOME!  I might even follow this kind of blog even though I don’t have a 3d printer, just because I want to get one so bad!

There are many benefits to a plugin like this. It can save users time and help them earn more money. After all, good SEO is a key part of being successful online. The program simply costs $9 a month. 50% commission on that mightn’t seem like much. But remember, the plugin is designed to be used long-term. So, you might be earning commissions from some people for a year or 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. 

You get a free ebook, which includes the full course material (all our ebooks are in HTML and PDF-format, and more than 150-pages of course materials) + you get permission to take a test. If you pass the test, you will get notified via email. You can then login to your account and download your professional certification, which can be found in PDF-format.
Either way, arm yourself with a powerful SEO monitoring tool like Monitor Backlinks and really get to work on improving the flow of organic traffic coming to you from search engines. I recommend this tool in particular because I use it myself (see below), plus it’s easy for newbies to navigate and is accessible to every affiliate thanks to its 30-day free trial.
WP Engine provides hosting services for thousands of WordPress sites. This WordPress affiliate program is one of the highest paying ones; you can get $200 per referral or 100% of the first payment made by the customer you referred. In addition, you have an opportunity to find subaffiliates and earn from their leads, as well as receive bonuses for multiple sales.
Greg Johnson is a personal finance and frugal travel expert who leveraged his online business to quit his 9-5 job, spend more time with his family, and travel the world. With his wife Holly, Greg co-owns two websites – Club Thrifty and Travel Blue Book. The couple has also co-authored a book, Zero Down Your Debt: Reclaim Your Income and Build a Life You'll Love. Find him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @ClubThrifty.
How to Get Your Site Featured on the Biggest Blogs on the Web (83 Times in One Year  – This is an interview with Danny Iny from Firepole Marketing. Danny is known as “The Freddy Krueger Of  Blogging”. He got that name when he went crazy with guest posting and put up 83 guest posts in one year on top blogs. In this  interview, Danny shares his approach to guest blogging, and this is a must-see for everyone who wants to learn how to promote  their websites via guest blogging.
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