I've taken a few awesome courses and certifications through HubSpot Academy, including an inbound marketing certification and a content marketing certification. These classes helped me be better at my job, so I started making a list of other classes I could take to learn more skills. When I finished the list, I realized that you, dear readers, might have similar skill gaps, so I wanted to share it in a blog post.
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.
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.
Our favorite platform for this is RealtyMogul because you get the flexibility to invest as little as $1,000, but can also participate in REITs and private placements – typically not offered to the public. Investors can fund real estate loans to gain passive income or buy an equity share in a property for potential appreciation. Their platform is open to both accredited and non-accredited investors.
For anyone who wants to go the whole hog and become a certified marketer, there’s little to compete with HubSpot’s (@HubSpot) Inbound Marketing Course. Ever since the company’s CEO Brian Halligan (@bhalligan) developed the concept of inbound marketing, it has spiraled upwards to become the marketing method of the new millennium.  In this course, you’ll learn how to use different aspects of inbound such as content marketing, lead generation and nurturing and search engine optimization to create a comprehensive marketing strategy.
Paid channel marketing is something you’ve probably come across in some form or another. Other names for this topic include Search Engine Marketing (SEM), online advertising, or pay-per-click (PPC) marketing. Very often, marketers use these terms interchangeably to describe the same concept — traffic purchased through online ads. Marketers frequently shy away from this technique because it costs money. This perspective will put you at a significant disadvantage. It’s not uncommon for companies to run PPC campaigns with uncapped budgets. Why? Because you should be generating an ROI anyway. This chapter walks through the basics of how.
Web analytics provides the data about website performance which serve as guidelines for improvement, making this a very important part of internet marketing. The chapter is focused on off-site and on-site web analytics, the reasons why you should use web analytics, as well as methods for measuring web analytics data, such as page tagging, click analytics, using software such as Google Analytics, etc.
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. 

Oops, my last sentence should have been “in addition to buying your services and courses” not “except”, it was already after 12 at night here yesterday. Yes, checking niches obsessively is something I can relate too as well. I think I got about some hundred domains I bought after researching new topics but then never found the time to build content for them and really make use of them. After renewing them for two or three years in a row I decided to focus on related niches I can build like more related content for and then also throwing in some useful links in between them. 🙂
Raven is a widely acclaimed online SEO tool. Affiliate commissions are extremely high when you promote Raven Tools. You get an unbelievable 50% from the total of the first month’s payment. Additionally, you also get a 10% recurring commission for the entire time that sale’s account lasts!!! Once you register for its Pro account, you get $9.90/monthly recurring revenue. While its agency account gives you $24.50/monthly recurring revenue. It comes with a - 180 days return policy which gives you an advantage for the conversions and earnings.
How to monetize this site: I would definitely go the route of the online course.  Make a four month marathon bootcamp.  When people buy your online video training, they get the videos of you showing them how it’s done.  As an email course, you can set this up so they get email reminders when they are on day 20 what their running schedule should be, etc.  You could earn money in a lot of different ways with this site.  It would be excellent for sponsorships, but also Amazon affiliate sales and video courses.  Heck, even an eBook could be really good for this niche.  The door is wide open.
Loved your article. Any advice on connecting to Niche Sellers? We are a small company (compared to Amazon, et al) that offers third party fulfillment. Our approach is much different than the big guys, we keep costs low, have great negotiated shipping rates and tailor our business to our customers’ needs. We don’t dictate to the seller how to do their business as the Big Guys do.
In this course, I'll be showing you how to integrate analytics into your workflow, touch on the foundations of SEO, and look closely at creating your first text and display ads. We'll also explore the rapidly changing world of social media and video marketing. There I'll be giving you insights into each of the major platforms, along with helpful tips to make your campaigns a success. Together, we'll also look at e-mail marketing, content marketing, influencer marketing, and mobile marketing. Whether you're looking to start your own home-based business or working for a large corporation, you'll find the skills you need to connect with your customers online all in this course.
Alison provides a free course in social media marketing, which can also help you with marketing outside of social media when you branch out. The course can be taken in about 20 hours, but can also be taken at your leisure, giving you the flexibility to learn on a schedule that works best for you. The course covers e-mail marketing, marketing on social media sites, affiliate marketing, and blogging, and is designed to completely prepare you for starting your marketing career successfully. During the course you’ll be given assessments to test your knowledge, and as long as you passed all assessments with a score of 80% or higher, they provide you with your certificate of completion.

The average cost of a major kitchen renovation is over $15,000.  Ouch!  Yet, there are SO many ways to make a kitchen look beautiful for just a few hundred dollars.  It’s actually something I’m doing right now in my own kitchen.  I bought decorative posts for the island, I’m putting brick facade on front of the island, changing the backsplash, putting wooden decorative feet under the cabinets, putting in decorative corbels under the cabinets, adding under-cabinet lighting, and painting the cabinets.  All of these things can be done for under $150 per project.  A website just about inspiration for kitchen upgrades could be fantastic!
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.
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If you’re going to promote Wix, it’s important to think about the limitations too. The builder is fantastic for creating beautiful sites. But, you don’t get access to the same range of plugins that you find on WordPress. As a result, it can be tough to replicate some functions. Perhaps you might compare multiple website builders on your site? There are plenty to choose from, with their own advantages and disadvantages.
There are a couple of problems with direct investment in real estate though. It’s expensive to buy even a single property, a minimum of tens of thousands of dollars, and there’s no way most investors can build a portfolio of different property types and in different regions to protect from those risks when you have all your money in just one or two investments.
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.

Udemy is another online learning platform that focuses specifically on courses related to skill building for working professionals. One thing to note about Udemy: The classes we've highlighted are free, but it offers a myriad of other paid options for as little as $10, in some cases. If you have a good experience with a free course, it could be worth a small investment to deepen your skills, too.
How to monetize this site: I would definitely go the route of the online course.  Make a four month marathon bootcamp.  When people buy your online video training, they get the videos of you showing them how it’s done.  As an email course, you can set this up so they get email reminders when they are on day 20 what their running schedule should be, etc.  You could earn money in a lot of different ways with this site.  It would be excellent for sponsorships, but also Amazon affiliate sales and video courses.  Heck, even an eBook could be really good for this niche.  The door is wide open.
Almost all of these ideas require starting a personal blog or website. But the great thing about that is that it's incredibly cheap to do. We recommend using Bluehost to get started. You get a free domain name and hosting starts at just $2.95 per month - a deal that you won't find many other places online! You can afford that to start building a passive income stream.
This may be a method that is unusual. Drive traffic to your lens the same as you would your blog. Link to your lens on social media platforms, like Twitter. The more people that know about the lens, the more that are apt to visit and purchase. The lens can also be used to promote products on e-bay or CafePress. Write a short description of the product and its unique uses and sell away.
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.
The appeal of these passive income sources is that you can diversify across many small investments, rather than in a handful of large ones. When you invest directly in real estate, you have to commit a lot of capital to individual projects. When you invest in these crowdfunded investments, you can spread your money across many uncorrelated real estate ventures so individual investments don't cause significant issues.
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.
Unfortunately, I can’t answer that conclusively one way or the other. It all depends on you, what you like to do, your work ethic, personality, etc. If you are a good writer perhaps you could write a book and make money that way. Or, you could start your own website and do affiliate marketing. Just because you are young it doesn’t mean you can’t make money doing at least a few of these ideas. I wish you luck in your money making efforts!
“Marketing in a Digital World” is one of the most popular free marketing courses on Coursera – with more then 100,000 students enrolled to this date. Taught by a professor at the University of Illinois, this class focuses on the transformation of marketing strategies an tactics into a digital-first world. Specifically, how technology is putting the power of marketing into the hands of the consumer.
Shutterstock is the first name users remember if you ask them about stock photo websites. However, even such a powerful brand needs promotion. Become a Shutterstock affiliate to earn up to 20% on commissions from your leads. This can equal up to $300 per each new customer you generate. As for stock material purchases, you can earn $0.04 per item on average. You can also use promo codes and coupons provided by Shutterstock for promotion.
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When you go shopping, do you use cash, your debit card, or a credit card? Instead, why not use a cash-back credit card and make money while you shop? It sounds contradictory, but Goudreau elaborates. "With a great cash-back card, you can make money when you spend money," she says. "The key is to keep your spending rates the same and pay your balance off in full at the end of every month. It's also important to pay your bill on time. That way, you're not paying interest or getting hit with any late fees, and any cash back you earn is pure profit.
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.
“Marketing in a Digital World” is one of the most popular free marketing courses on Coursera – with more then 100,000 students enrolled to this date. Taught by a professor at the University of Illinois, this class focuses on the transformation of marketing strategies an tactics into a digital-first world. Specifically, how technology is putting the power of marketing into the hands of the consumer.
This learning path will teach you the basics of digital marketing with nearly 20 hours of free curriculum.  Users have leveraged this course to help improve their foundational knowledge of online marketing and familiarize themselves with topics like marketing channels, defining and measuring metrics, as well as building and optimizing campaigns.  This is the perfect course for anyone looking to get their feet wet with digital marketing.
Hello Anthony…A very good post…I am a newbie and have managed to design my first health website which is http://www.healthspector.com, however I am confused as while reading and referring the affiliate marketing blogs expert says that health is a huge topic and one need to select sub niche in health. However I prepared the website keeping the whole broad health, fitness and weight loss topic in mind. Any suggestion for me!
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!
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.
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.
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Once you’ve found your sandbox, you can narrow down the stack you want to apply to it. As I mentioned in my Wiki Strategy article, it helps to be very focused in your growth channels, so if you said “social media” before, try picking just one social media channel to put most of your focus on. For ads, pick one platform (Facebook or Google) and focus on that. You can always expand your channels later, but if you try to do everything at once in the beginning, you’ll burn yourself out.
Domain names cannot be replicated. If one is taken, the only recourse would be to approach the owner to discuss a sale. While there are other variations you could choose, sometimes owning a certain domain (especially if it is attached to your business) can be worth the premium. Often, people will scout out domain names that are still available, buy them, and then sit on them in order to sell them down the road. Depending on who may want the domain down the road, you could sell it for a large markup.
I think one thing to be careful of – for those planning to monetise via Amazon (which isn’t the best option in a lot of cases) – is that while logic dictates that going for premium product ($500+) makes more sense (due to a higher commission per purchase), I found this isn’t the case. I had an “Amazon affiliate site” in this price range a while back and I think I sold like 3 things the whole time. People seem quick to part with their cash online when something is £300 mark, they seem a lot more hesitant in my experience.
All the institutions covered so far focus on one or more specific aspects of marketing, but what happens if you need a broader approach? Well, then there’s edX.org (@edXOnline), an online learning destination founded in 2912 by MIT and Harvard that offers courses gleaned from more than 85 global partners, which includes the best universities and other learning institutions in the world. With 172,000 Twitter followers, edX holds a sizeable share of the online learning market. With a huge variety of courses, you’ll have to hunt a bit to find marketing-focused courses but when you do, you’ll be able to graduate with a real certificate from a verified source.
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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