SEO is one of the main techniques of digital marketers. While it is not essential that SEO can work for every business, but it can prove to be an edge for many of them. You should have an understanding of Keyword Research, Onpage optimisation, Offpage optimisation, building backlinks and Google’s webmaster tools. Don’t jump in and try to learn every bit of it in the beginning; learn other methods as well and choose in the end where you want to go deep.

One of the most appealing options, particularly for millennials, would be #12 on your list (create a Blog/Youtube channel). The videos can be about anything that interests you, from your daily makeup routine (with affiliate links to the products you use), recipes (what you eat each day) or as you mention, instructional videos (again with affiliate links to the products you use). Once you gain a large following and viewership, you can earn via Adsense on YouTube.
While compiling this list, I did my best to avoid scams, and stick with practical ideas that work. I have tried many (but not all) of these ideas. Some of these helped me earned a few dollars here and there, but there are some that helped me earn extra money on the side every single day — and some are still providing me with revenue! Note that not all ideas will fit your skills and abilities. What works for you depends on your abilities and your current financial situation.

Coursera offers MOOCs (massive online open courses) created and taught online by universities such as Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California system. These courses start at various times throughout the year, so browse the catalog to see when one lines up with your schedule. Below are a couple courses that are perfect for content marketers -- here's what a module for #4 looks like:

Not only do they provide a myriad of different online courses, they also have over 80 course languages to take them in, so people from all over the world can benefit from their services. All of the courses are available to download onto a smartphone or tablet so you can keep up with your studies no matter where you are, and give you the ability to learn and progress at your own pace.
Whether you’re somewhat familiar with digital marketing or you’re starting from scratch, you may be looking to learn more. There are several ways you can learn digital marketing online; for example, you can take digital marketing courses. If you’re on the fence about whether a digital marketing course is right for you, here are a few points to consider and reasons to learn digital marketing:

While these are great ways to make money online, they’re far from the most lucrative. Making money from Advertisement requires having a lot of traffic to make even $1,000 a month. This is perfectly acceptable by millions of people, but is unfortunately one of the least lucrative ways to make money online because, even 100,000 page views a day may not earn you up to $2,000 in one month, depending on the Ad network you choose to go with.


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.
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.

Each course is designed to be an interactive textbook of sorts, and consists of videos, projects, and quizzes to test your knowledge. They also provide a forum for people taking the course to use to interact with others taking the course as well, and allows you to chat, share ideas, and help each other succeed where some of you might be struggling. The course is accredited, and also provide official recognition when you succeed.
Regardless of the plan, affiliates earn 50% commission from the first month’s payment. This isn’t recurring, so you just get paid once. There is also a $2 payment for every trial that visitors start – even if they never join the paid program. Big Marker also mentions that they are flexible with payment and will consider better rates for their top performers.
Thanks for the post. In Sermush it is reporting that I’m in 4th position for one of those “blank near me” terms. However when I search for it in google, I am no where to be found (like 3/4 page)…Instead it is showing actual local businesses in my city that are close to me…. I guess only if my browser was not to specific location would I show? But everyone these days is set to a city of theirs and so my page doesn’t have a chance. Or does it?
If you’d prefer to skip the startup phase, you might want to buy a blog that’s already built and earning revenue. This is actually pretty easy to do as a lot of people start blogs, and then get bored with them. Getting a blog going is a labor-intensive process, and it’s not uncommon for people to give up before they’ve reached their full potential.
Blogging is still going to take work starting out. That path to $5,000 a month didn’t happen overnight but just like real estate development, it build up an asset that now creates constant cash flow whether I work or not. I get over 30,000 visitors a month from Google search rankings, rankings that will continue to send traffic even if I take a little time off.
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.
Avantlink is all about data, customization, and better understanding the relationship between the products you promote, how you go about marketing them, and making adjustments so as to better reap the benefits of your work. The Avantlink network is connected with hundreds of merchant partners to work with across different fields, so many different kinds of affiliate marketers may find options there.
For those new to this powerful online merchandising concept, affiliate programs work as intermediaries between the affiliate marketers who will sell products and services and the merchant who provides those products and services as well as the affiliates programs.  Merchants work with affiliates to help get their products or services to their consumers.
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.

Writing an e-book is very popular among bloggers, as many have noted that “it's just a bunch of blog posts put together!” You will not only have to make an investment of time and energy to create the e-book, but market it correctly. However, if marketed correctly (through blogging affiliates in your niche, for example), you could have residual sales that last a very long time.
Came here with a preconceived notion but left with totally different mindset. Was wondering when looking at searches per month what would be the minimum you would consider? I feel you are going to say depends on niche. Second question, I have never thought of a directory site, how do you go about monetizing? Simply charging for a link? I have a bunch of decent domain but not enough time in the day it seems. Any advice greatly appreciated
4. Rakuten Formerly Buy.com, Rakuten.com has grown into a monster. Rakuten ranks among the top three e-commerce companies in the world with over 90,000 products from 38,500 shop owners and more than 18 million customers. Among its numerous online properties, its flagship B2B2C (business-to-business-to-consumer) model e-commerce site Rakuten Ichiba is the largest e-commerce site in Japan and among the world’s largest by sales.
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.).
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. 

Wordstream is a search engine and social media marketing software company that helps marketers drive the greatest ROI from their paid search and social media campaigns. These free guides and ebooks distill learnings and best practices for users with varying levels of expertise running pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns. Here are some of its topics and offerings: 

Affiliate marketing is where a business rewards an affiliate for each visitor or sale that was bought by the affiliates efforts. The Amazon Associates program works by allowing website owners and bloggers to advertise/share products on Amazon earn a referral fee when people click through to those products and purchase. So it means having your own website.
Every aspect of the site appears professional, including the presence of a demo, a free trial and multiple ways to contact the company. There are three plans to choose from. Pro supports 200 attendees for $119 per month. Elite allows up to 500 attendees and costs $199 per month. Finally, Summit allows 1,000 attendees and costs $399 per month. Each plan is discounted if customers pay annually, rather than month-to-month.

Regardless of the plan, affiliates earn 50% commission from the first month’s payment. This isn’t recurring, so you just get paid once. There is also a $2 payment for every trial that visitors start – even if they never join the paid program. Big Marker also mentions that they are flexible with payment and will consider better rates for their top performers.
What do you want to earn? Is this just a little bit of side income on your hobby blog or are you trying to replace your full time income? If you’re trying to go big then you’re going to want to focus on more high-quality products with big commissions.  Maybe you will be building your site or blog around the specific product you want to promote, like a product review or comparison site.
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. 
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!

I am confused about the keywords in the spreadsheet. For example, there is a keyword “oxford shoes for kids” that shows really low competition in the spreadsheet, but obviously there are many seller in there. So it would appear the data returned by junglescout is incorrect. Searching the same keyword on the web app returned same data as the spreadsheet, so it’s not a spreadsheet problem. Any explanation for this?

There is a specific tax definition of passive income, known as “passive activity” to the Internal Revenue Service. Passive income is any income you make without actively working or are materially involved. The IRS defines it as any rental activity or any business in which the taxpayer does not “materially participate.” Nonpassive activities, or active activities, are businesses in which the taxpayer works on a regular, continuous, and substantial basis.

He is the co-founder of Neil Patel Digital. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies. Neil is a New York Times bestselling author and was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 35 by the United Nations.
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Wordstream is a search engine and social media marketing software company that helps marketers drive the greatest ROI from their paid search and social media campaigns. These free guides and ebooks distill learnings and best practices for users with varying levels of expertise running pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns. Here are some of its topics and offerings:
However, this comes back to the old discussion of pain versus pleasure. We will always do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure. When our backs are against the wall, we act. When they're not, we relax. The truth is that the pain-versus-pleasure paradigm only operates in the short term. We'll only avoid pain in the here and now. Often not in the long term.
Your business also doesn't need to be based on selling a niche product. Your niche could be offering a specialized SEO service just for psychotherapists. Or helping parents put on the best birthday party for their kids. You could teach people how to start their own dog grooming business. Or even how to write a great novel that will sell by the bucketload.
Ebooks, which can be published through sites like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, are an increasingly popular option. Because these books are self-published, the process is quicker, allowing you to build residual income faster than the traditional publishing route. Whether it’s a romance novel or a how-to book on fly fishing, you can create a book and have it available for purchase in a matter of weeks.

Although renting out your room or home can also be a side hustle to make extra cash, it's also a great source of passive income. However, another route to go is to get an income property just for the purpose of renting it out. This is even better if you live in a touristy area, because you can probably make even more than usual during the high tourist seasons.
How to monetize the site: Monetization on a site like this is somewhat tougher.  The problem is that the VAST majority of people who go to a tiny homes website are just lurkers.  They are just fascinated by the idea but will never ACTUALLY build a tiny home.  Thus, they’ll never buy an online course showing them how to build their tiny home, or use your Amazon affiliate links to buy products for their tiny home.  Realistically, the best monetization strategy for this website is ads.  Ad revenue is very small for sites with under 30k pageviews/month so your first year will likely be pretty dry.  HOWEVER, ad revenue builds up quickly when you can get to a private media seller like Adthrive (requires 80k pageviews/month) or MediaVine (requires 30k pageviews/month).  Ad revenue is very consistent and passive, so it could be a very nice site.
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Charge a monthly or annual fee to offer members access to exclusive advice or products. Sell your expertise through exclusive podcasts, offering live FAQ sessions through Skype, or forums. You may want to try selling a monthly subscription to allow users to sample new products, similar to a book club. Frequent interaction increases interest and helps build membership through word-of-mouth.
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.
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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.
BTW, I think the whole “near me” thing would work pretty well for terms like “chinese food near me”, “pizza places near me” etc., as you could monetise with JustEat/HungryHouse affiliate links (pretty sure they have them?) – e.g. someone searches for “chinese food near me”, hits your site, and sees something along the lines of a “XX chinese restaurants currently deliver to you. Order now at JustEat!” either as a pop-up or before the actual listings themselves.

Frankly, I do not care whether there is a site on the same topic as one I’m building.  My most profitable website is a photography website.  Not any specific niche of photography.  Just photography in general.  Guess what?  I wasn’t the first photography site.  There are hundreds of thousands of sites about photography!  It really doesn’t matter.  Even if someone else has a “better” site than mine, some people will identify with me, like the way I write better than other sites, will find my site first, etc.  You don’t have to be the only one in a niche to make a site work.  Not at all!  In fact, I have had more success building sites in busy niches than in empty ones.  The fact that people are there means there are potential customers and visitors there.
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A superb list of high ticket affiliate programs. As you say how is it possible to generate any kind of meaningful income if you are promoting just one-time products for small commissions. A good tip for newbie affiliates is to ask themselves what level of income do they want to make at the end of the month . If you want to make an income that is even approaching a level where you can ditch your day job, you will need to have high ticket commissions and recurring income as part of the strategy.

Earn residual income through referring consumers to an established product or service. Use your site to advertise to the company or companies you are interested in providing referrals for. Referral efforts can be coupled with informative e-books, seminars, or articles about the product or service. Build your newsletter lists in the same manner, the difference being that you are directing consumers to a third-party business.
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At this point, you probably already know what Facebook is and what it does. What you might not know? It has a training and certification program. Facebook Blueprint offers self-paced and live e-learning courses for marketers seeking to grow their organizations using Facebook. Blueprint offers classes in different languages on how to use Facebook and Instagram -- here's a peek at the course catalog.
This course takes you through the basics of this powerful but often intimidating design program. Over 11 hours of content split up into 105 lectures take you through your first steps right up to more advanced features. Plus the author has included more than 2GB of work-files so that you can work alongside him as he teaches you the ins and outs of this powerful desktop publishing software!
20. AffiBank AffiBank is a private affiliate network where you can promote a wide range of products, form health related to crypto. It pays 75% commissions on every sale you make, via Paypal, twice a month. They add new products on a costant basis and include the “AffiBank School”, where affiliates access many tutorials to learn affiliate marketing. Furthermore, the AffiBank team helps affiliates succeed in their promotional efforts. Joining is free and includes a $10 bonus in your affiliate account.
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