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.
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Clickfunnel has a great affiliate program that pays anything from $30 to $500 per sale and one of the great features of it is the fact that it pays lifetime commissions. This means that you will earn commissions on every customer you refer as long as they are a Clickfunnels customer and buy their products. For example, if one of your customers that you referred a year ago bought a new program today, you’ll still earn a commission from that sale. Lifetime commissions are a great way to build a passive income source.
When it comes to niches that are driven purely by emotion, very few are able to compete with the survivalist and prepper industries. Both are driven primarily by fear, which makes it incredibly easy to make money if you’re able to deliver on the promises you make and provide high quality solutions to the problems that people in the market are having.
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.

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.
This will help you in checking the reporting and tracking the sales for any program you decide to promote. You also have the option of choosing from different companies that offer different products and services. These include things such as fashion accessories, health and beauty products, electronics and online services such as web hosting and much more.

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!
Now I’ve been using Swagbucks for a while and have found the money works out to just under $2 an hour so this isn’t something that’s going to make you rich. You’d have to work 2,500 hours to make $5,000 so that’s about three and a half months, non-stop. The thing with Swagbucks though is you can do it when you’re doing something else so I flip through surveys and other stuff while I’m cooking dinner or flipping channels.

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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 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!

Since I read blogs and eBooks on my iPad in the morning, I either get same in a format that is designed for smartphones and tablets and can read easily without enlarging text and moving page back and forth, or small text which has to be “sized” for easy reading. Since I could only save your blog as a web page, I copied your blog and pasted to an Office Word doc. It pasted everything fine, but translated your clean “Arial” style fonts into multiple styles which I did not like (but changed into a nicely formatted document). This procedure worked for my Laptop Computer.
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.

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
For the best results, you need to have your own website that contains the product or keyword you are promoting. For each product brought from your site you will earn a handsome commission. Additionally, very many people are registering with eBay. You will get around 25 to 35 bucks for every person who registers from your site. For advertising, you can use different tools such as creative tabs that have colorful graphics interactive ads that you can place on your website or blog you attract visitors to come to eBay pages.
How to Monetize the Site: The affiliate program for Lowes and Home Depot stinks.  It’s only around 2%, which simply isn’t enough.  I would sign up for Amazon Associates to recommend items like a kitchen island post and hardware.  But also I think a site like this could get a HUGE amount of traffic from Pinterest if you have nice pictures, so I would definitely consider putting ads on a site like this.  I usually find that a site can earn about $1,000 per month for every 100,000 visitors to the site.  Frankly, with a site like this you could get that much traffic pretty quickly.  I use Adthrive right now to run the ads on my sites.
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Matcha: The market for Matcha tea has rapidly grown for brick-and-mortar stores in the last couple of years. With its incredible health benefits and matcha-exclusive tea bars popping up, it continues to be a long-lasting trend. When searching for a supplier, be wary of any cheap imitations. Matcha tea originates in Japan. China is now producing powdered green tea that is ‘Matcha-style,’ but, depending on the manufacturer, it can taste bitter. Be sure to do your research and ensure your supplier is offering quality products.


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.
This guide is designed for you to read cover-to-cover. Each new chapter builds upon the previous one. A core idea that we want to reinforce is that marketing should be evaluated holistically. What you need to do is this in terms of growth frameworks and systems as opposed to campaigns. Reading this guide from start to finish will help you connect the many moving parts of marketing to your big-picture goal, which is ROI.
Nice job here! I must confess that you are one of the most current researchers when it comes to affiliate marketing. The list you have here will, no doubt, help every new blogger or affiliate marketer in choosing a niche. Since you've done the hard work of finding the niches, our duty is to key in to what you've made available. Your site has actually helped me in my projects.
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.
For me I would choose a program with Recurring commission. You can build a real passive income. Its the best way to go! One suggestion is contact companies who sell services and ask if you can sell their service for them. Sometimes popular affiliate programs like these have just way too many people trying to sell their service. I personally went to sitecare.ca and asked them if I could sell their service and I couldn’t be happier! So find a service you believe in and go for it! 

Thank you, Daniel! There’s not a lot out there about niche ecommerce products, and we aim to help ecommerce sellers everywhere grow their businesses. To learn how to choose niche products to sell based on Google Trends, check out this article. Or, check out the Ecommerce Tips category of our blog, and you will find more ecommerce quick tips and lists!
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!
Just starting to educate myself and do the research to determine if this whole “selling on Amazon” thing is something I would want to pursue, so I’m as new and green as they come!! I have learned a tremendous amount already from reading your blogs and watching some of the videos and I just have to decide if purchasing the JS tools is the best route for me.

P2P lending is the practice of loaning money to borrowers who typically don’t qualify for traditional loans. As the lender you have the ability to choose the borrowers and are able to spread your investment amount out to mitigate your risk. The most popular peer to peer lending platform is Lending Club. You can read our full lending club review here: Lending Club Review.
If you received certification from one of the web’s many digital marketing certification programs, then you have plenty of fields to choose from. Digital marketing is a vast field and there are a lot of roles and responsibilities to take on. Also, this is the most flexible field to work in because one can move from one field to another fairly easily, which is quite difficult for those working in other industries. For example, a digital marketing professional can shift their focus from social media marketing to search engine optimization or email marketing. There will be plenty of opportunities to grow as a full-stack digital marketer as well.
How to monetize this site: Sponsorships could make the site huge, advertising could make the site decent, and affiliate sales on products could do well too.  I don’t see digital products being huge on this one except for the boat restoration niche, which could be cool.  Find some boat repair/restoration experts on the internet and offer them $1,000 to spend two days with you showing you their boat restoration techniques.  Hire a videographer for $500 to video the pro teaching you, and sell the video for $199.
I’m feeling inspired! I’ve been a PT for 19 years and I feel I have so much experience to offer but have been so intimated by starting a blog. I also subscribed to Michelle’s website but wasn’t sure it was for real. Is it for real? After reading this I feel like it’s time to take the plunge, I need to start a blog, I have so many ideas and even course ideas. I want to get away from the paperwork that plagues our healthcare system but not leave the field so the blog just might be the answer. I’ve been a landlord for 15 years now, great investment for sure, renters paid for the down payment of our house and should hopefully help pay for our kids college. I’d love to have one more! Thank you for the inspiration, wish me luck with my blogging!
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.

P2P lending is the practice of loaning money to borrowers who typically don’t qualify for traditional loans. As the lender you have the ability to choose the borrowers and are able to spread your investment amount out to mitigate your risk. The most popular peer to peer lending platform is Lending Club. You can read our full lending club review here: Lending Club Review.
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.).
You can attend industry meetups and conferences in your area to establish and nurture relationships with other digital marketers and get professional understanding. Don’t forget to try your own projects. Digital Marketing is an area with many gray areas between best practice and what can actually get results for a business. You can try your own ideas without blindly following leaders’ opinions.
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Udemy also offers exceptional affiliate marketing courses on their platform. For instance, the “Affiliate marketing course for beginners to start & succeed“ on Udemy is one of the most powerful affiliate marketing courses on the internet. It will teach everything about affiliate marketing from the beginner level to an expert affiliate marketing level that earns thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly.


This blog is very helpful and informative and with that I would like to invite the author and my co-readers to attend The European Summit Affiliate Conference Lisbon/Cascais. Registration is open. Be sure to put 1-4 March 2019 in your agenda. Sponsorships are quickly selling out so be sure to get yours in time. Meet Market Madness is on the 1st of March. Be sure to book your table. https://www.theeuropeansummit.com/sponsorship/overview/?summit=22&structure_id=67..

If you’ve got a book you’re itching to write, you can still go with the traditional publishing route. (We published our first book using a traditional publisher.) Whether your book is fiction or non-fiction, a publisher can help get your book into print and onto shelves in both online and traditional book stores. This is still a good route, although it may take more work and be more expensive than some other options.
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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. 

Copyblogger is a content marketing company that creates content about content (so meta). Its blog provides a ton of great resources about digital marketing, and this class, "Internet Marketing for Smart People," is made up of ebooks and emailed lessons and other course materials. Copyblogger espouses four pillars of content marketing success, which it delves into over the course of this class.
If you do decide to go with a blog though, please, for all of our sakes, do not start a marketing blog. The Internet is littered with unhelpful marketing blogs by novice marketers. Starting one will be discouraging to you since it’ll be much harder to get traffic, and you’ll be writing about things you know nothing about, so please, don’t start a marketing blog.
There are a lot of paid education programs out there, but Simplilearn is one of the world’s leading certification providers. They offer a wide variety of courses for all levels of digital marketers; there is something for everyone based on what your goals are and what you are looking to specifically learn. Whether you’re looking to sharpen your digital marketing skills in general or you want to focus your studies on one specific field of digital marketing, Simplilearn is certain to have the program you’re looking for. To learn more about Simplilearn’s digital marketing courses and to sign up, browse their online course listings.
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.
Dog training is also a huge market. When people get a puppy, they want to potty train the dog. For older dogs, people also want to train them for obedience, security, even to do tricks. If you have a passion for pet training you could create your own information products - like ebooks. Or you could simply sell books and courses of others as an affiliate.
Matcha: The market for Matcha tea has rapidly grown for brick-and-mortar stores in the last couple of years. With its incredible health benefits and matcha-exclusive tea bars popping up, it continues to be a long-lasting trend. When searching for a supplier, be wary of any cheap imitations. Matcha tea originates in Japan. China is now producing powdered green tea that is ‘Matcha-style,’ but, depending on the manufacturer, it can taste bitter. Be sure to do your research and ensure your supplier is offering quality products.
​Udemy is an online platform that lets its user take video courses on a wide array of subjects. Instead of being a consumer on Udemy you can instead be a producer, create your own video course, and allow users to purchase it. This is a fantastic option if you are highly knowledgeable in a specific subject matter. This can also be a great way to turn traditional tutoring into a passive income stream!

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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.
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.

You could choose to start a full-blown ecommerce or FBA business drop-shipping prepper supplies. Or you could start an affiliate marketing niche site about prepping for complete newbies. The neat thing about this niche market is that it expands beyond just buying freeze dried meals and shotgun ammunition. It also includes topics such as gunsmithing, blacksmithing, knife making, food preservation, etc.


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:
Another great thing about Amazon affiliate program is that you will have a choice of promoting products that interest you. You can promote the products by writing reviews or articles about the products. The earning potential in Amazon affiliate program is unlimited. Unlike other companies where you will earn by promoting a single product, Amazon offers you with a unique link that earns you a commission each time a customer purchases any product from the site.
Look for products in niches that have a gravity score of 20 or more. Write these down (note: Clickbank’s gravity score is a great measure of profitability because it tells you how many times a product was sold by an affiliate within the last week. For example, a score of 120 means 120 affiliates sold at least one item of the product in the last week).
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