Active income, on the other hand, involves earning money in exchange for a service. It could be a salary, an hourly wage, commissions, or tips. It’s essentially a trade of your time for a fixed dollar amount. Most people choose to live this way, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, as long as you understand that there will be a limit to how much money you can realistically earn.
Okay, obviously, this is not something that I can link you to, but Danny runs great webinars. You know those webinars that are basically just very long sales pitches and nothing more? Well, that’s not the case with Danny, because in his webinars he shares very useful insights on online marketing. I really try not to miss those. You have to be subscribed to Danny’s e-mail list to know when something is coming up, though.
GetResponse specializes in software solutions for email marketing on a subscription basis. You can refer your website visitors to GetResponse via a banner or a link placed in your posts or articles. This can bring you one-third (33%) of the amount the user pays every month for the subscription. Your take can be from $4.95 to $54.45 per month depending on the plan the user chooses.
For a subscription of $27 a month, the Online Marketing Institute (@OMInstitute) offers a range of courses on marketing topics, including comprehensive training on email marketing. With 21 video tutorials of around an hour each in length, it’s possible for you or your employees to learn everything from database segmentation and management through driving response and tracking results.

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.

This is especially important if you have superiors to which you must report about Internet marketing. Although you may be able to turn data into a strategy easily, reports and graphs are essential in order to communicate that data to people who control the budget. Spend time making comprehensive reports and perhaps making a PowerPoint presentation based on your research.

Hi Neil, this my first comment on your blog, but I am reading your blogs for last 3 months and I am following your instruction regarding social media markeitng like “How to get your first 1,000 visitors as fast as possible”, but after seeing this “Quick Sprout University” I just cant explain how much i surprised, its just awesome, I always like step step by stuff.


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.
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.
How to monetize this site: Some things people will likely buy from a local store which can set up the bow for them.  These may include the bow itself and arrows.  However, there are tons of accessories you could sell as an affiliate on your website.  You could link them to Amazon and get a cut of the sale for targets (and 3d targets), releases, bow cases, tree stands, etc.  All of these items are over $100 and would give you a substantial affiliate commission.
Another way to generate passive income is to invest and be a silent partner in a business. This is very risky, but with risk comes the potential for high returns. For example, several years ago both Lyft and Uber were looking for private investors to invest in their companies. Today, they are worth billions - but you as an investor would only reap that benefit if they go public via an IPO, or get acquired. So, it's risky.
Register a domain and get on it!  You can review all of the current offerings by simply buying them on Amazon, testing them out for a month, and then returning them before your return window ends.  I personally don’t have any problem doing this because it means that I’m going to send TONS of traffic to Amazon, so I think it’s in their best interest.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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!
Roofstock – Investing in rental properties is one of those passive income ideas that can be extremely intimidating, especially when it comes to finding tenants. Roofstock lets you buy properties with as little as 20% down that already have tenants living in them. That means you start getting paid from the first day of your investment. You don’t even have to physically visit the properties!
When starting out, focus on being a generalist. You won’t know what you’re most interested in yet, so building up a general digital marketing skill set will help you hone in on the areas that excite you most. You’ll also be more hireable since a digital marketer who can wear a few different hats is much more useful than one who only knows how to do Instagram ads.
Caleb Wojcik is the assitant editor of Think Traffic, co-creator of Expert Enough and founder of Pocket Changed.He is a personal finance expert, professional development coach and an online entrepreneur. Caleb clearly knows a thing or two about successful blogging, because he left his corporate job six months after he started Pocket Changed. He hasn’t looked back ever since.
Chitika is the best substitute to Google Adsense. By joining Chitika’s Referral Program, you get a chance to earn revenue by referring publishers to its professional publisher network. In order to refer publishers, you must have an official Chitika Publisher Account. As soon as you refer a publisher to the Chitika Professional Publisher Network, with each successful reference you can earn 10% of their total revenue for ten months, counting on from the date you refer them.
Who doesn’t like some down and dirty affiliate fees?!  Especially if you realize it can be even easier to make money this way than with an ebook.  After all, you simply need to concentrate on pumping out some content for your own site and getting the traffic in, often via Google or social media.  Unsurprisingly, most people can enjoy their first affiliate sale within 30 days of starting a blog.  Continue reading >
If you know anything well, a place, how to fix something, how to make something, how to do something, you can write a guide for it. You can sell your guide as an e-book, offer it as a download for a fee on your site or reach out to bloggers with similar content and ask if they will offer it as a paid download on their website (for a price of course).
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.

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.
> 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.
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.
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.
I’m a newbie and just stumbled into this article, which I find hugely informative. So thank you for writing this article. I’m close to finishing building my very first website and don’t have a domain yet, but have a question. Since affiliate program is considered a business, I’m wondering how do we set up a simple LLC one person company to separate our personal stuff from our online business stuff? Is there a simple reliable step-by-step guide we can follow, or does anyone here can advise with your own experiences? Thank you.
No. Once you pass your test, and receive your certificate, you are certified for life. For instance if do great on your exam, and thereby get your SEO Certification, get Web Analytics Certified or a Social Media Marketing Certification, then you have it, and we will not ask you to give it back to us, or remove it from your LinkedIn profile, CV or resume. Once you pass the test, the certification is yours to keep.
You've probably read blog posts and articles that recommend a certain brand of backpack or water, so you click on their hyperlinked link. Oftentimes, that person gets paid a commission when you do. If you have a blog, the same can happen for you. It's a win-win-win for everyone involved — you, the product you're recommending, and the person who clicks on the link to get the product. Pat Flynn talks about this at length on his website, Smart Passive Income, where you can learn a whole lot more on the topic, aside from affiliate marketing.

In addition, you must know how much you want to earn by joining affiliate programs. Will it be your main source of income or just an additional one? For the first scenario, you should consider promoting products that are expensive and, consequently, that can bring you a good profit. If you plan on the second scenario, you can opt for affiliate programs that pay for sign ups or affiliate programs that pay daily.

A few months ago I was in the market for a new desktop computer that could handle editing 1080p video.  I didn’t want a computer that could handle 1080p video.  I wanted a computer that could eat, chew, and spit out 1080p video.  I was tired of waiting for things to render.  So, I set out to find good computers for video editing.  What a mess!  Thousands of articles, thousands of opinions from computer nerds, and nobody simply told me the answer.  I just wanted a page that has good, better, best and then to SHOW ME in a practical sense what it is like editing video on that machine.   I spent days researching whether I should build my own computer (which would be a good topic in and of itself) or if I could find one for a decent price that did what I wanted it to do.
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.
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.
As well as providing services, we are keen on educating our readers with the content we publish. Some of the links you see in our posts/guides/tutorials have affiliate links, meaning if you decide to purchase a product or sign-up for the service using our links, we get a commission (at no additional cost to you). We’ve published a lot of posts, and can’t keep track of every affiliate link. So, please assume that every link is affiliate before clicking away. Also, we do not recommend the tools & products we don’t admire, even if they offer decent commission rates.

Peerstreet – This residual income option is slightly different, helping you earn money using real estate backed loans instead of the property itself. By helping fund the loan, you’ll earn a percentage of the interest rate charged to the borrower. Most loans are short-term, generally lasting between 6 and 24 months. You can build your own portfolio by choosing the exact loans you’d like to fund, or Peerstreet will choose the loans for you. Again, you need to be an accredited investor, although the minimum investment here is just $1,000.
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.
Pinch of Yum is an incredibly popular food blogging site, run by Lindsay Ostrom, who is a full-time blogger. The affiliate program allows you to promote her Tasty Food Photography book, which teaches people how to take food blogger quality photographs of food. It would be a popular product for anyone in the food blogging niche and is reasonably priced at just $29.95.

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 » 

The more residual income you can build, the better off you’ll be. In fact, it’s said that the average millionaire has 7 different streams of income. By creating passive income streams that generate money while you sleep, you’ll build wealth faster and diversify the ways you’re able to make money – which helps protect you from the loss of any one individual income stream.
The commission rate of 70% is impressive, especially as the eBook sells for $47. The site also offers a range of banners that you can use to promote the product, along with marketing advice and sample articles. The product would never be something to center an entire site around. But, it is relevant to many fields, including weight loss, wellbeing and health.
If you create a website and have the top navigation bar be all the different types of lenses (wildlife lenses, sports lenses, portrait photography lenses, etc) and then make drop down menus for the different brands of cameras, you could create a site where people come, choose what brand of camera they have and what they want their lens to do and viola!  You have a page on your site that shows them the good, better, and best lens options at different price points.  This kind of site could be really popular and insanely useful.  That’s a recipe for success.
B) Listing quality is based on algorithm that factors in things like the title, keywords, photos and bullet points in the top 10 listings. Ideally you want to find niches where listing quality is low (so yours can be much better). Here, a lower number signifies poorer quality listings and more opportunity, and a higher number shows higher quality listings in this niche.
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.

Brad shows how to evaluate your website and identify conversion goals, measure and interpret website analytics, get the most out of SEO, and set up your first text and display ads. See how to connect with communities on the leading social networks, learn best practices for developing and distributing video marketing content, and find out what makes an email marketing campaign successful. This course also covers content marketing, mobile marketing, and influencer marketing, as well as recommendations for expanding your digital marketing skillset. Upon completing this foundational digital marketing course, you'll be equipped with skills and strategies that can help you navigate today's online landscape and develop a smart plan of action.
While learning about persona, you will get to know about the various places on the internet your audience hangs out at. There’s business advice on Clarity, personal advice on Quora and views on politics at Reddit. Learn about the forums your audience is a part of. Identify key influencers in your industry and pull them in to talk about your products. Nowadays there are various agencies that help you in getting these influencers and manage your campaign for you.
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.

Who doesn’t like some down and dirty affiliate fees?!  Especially if you realize it can be even easier to make money this way than with an ebook.  After all, you simply need to concentrate on pumping out some content for your own site and getting the traffic in, often via Google or social media.  Unsurprisingly, most people can enjoy their first affiliate sale within 30 days of starting a blog.  Continue reading >
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.
If you’re looking for a free training program specifically around the business of internet marketing, look no further than Alison. This program teaches the basics of successful internet marketing techniques, used by today’s most powerful businesses. You’ll gain insight into building a cohesive marketing strategy in order to reach your customers, and how to measure your program’s effectiveness.
In short, both the affiliate marketer and the merchant will benefit in this program as the merchant will sell more goods and the affiliate marketer will get a commission for every product bought through his/her website.  Many affiliate marketers earn a nice monthly income from selling other peoples’ products!  Later, YOU TOO could be producing your very own products and collaborating with one of the top 10 affiliate programs below to enlist an army of bloggers and website owners to help you become financially free.
This is especially important if you have superiors to which you must report about Internet marketing. Although you may be able to turn data into a strategy easily, reports and graphs are essential in order to communicate that data to people who control the budget. Spend time making comprehensive reports and perhaps making a PowerPoint presentation based on your research.
Hey Neil – you continue to impress and I love you even more. I have a strong theory that 95% of what you need for SEO you can get for free through blogs and Moz and now Quicksprout. What’s rare is for everything to be grouped into an easy to use beautiful video series. I’m glad you used Brian Dean as well because he tends to give very actionable advice like you as opposed to that high level vague strategy stuff.
Higher Search Engine Rankings: Unless you’re a very well established website with an authoritative digital presence, your SEO strategy will be more effective if you focus on niche topics and long tail keywords. With this approach, you’ll be more likely to reach your target audience, which means customers will have an easier time finding and buying your products.

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.
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 »
ShareASale is another larger affiliate network that has more than 4000 merchants listed where a thousand of them are exclusive to ShareAsale. One of the features that may make you fall in love with this program is the ease of use. As a beginner either a seller or an affiliate marketer, this site is extremely easy to use. Additionally, the platform offers various features such as Average Commission, Reversal Rates, Average Sale Amount, and Earnings per Click. With these payments, it is possible for you to access a campaign and let you know where to put more efforts on.

One of the easiest ways to increase your passive income is to shift your savings to a bank that pays a higher yield on your savings — for example, Discover Bank and EverBank pay almost 1% for your money. Although it doesn’t sound like much (especially in this low interest environment), little things do add up and eventually interest rates will rise.

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.
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.
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.
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 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.
> 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.
16. ReviMedia ReviMedia is an online lead generation network specializing in owned and operated campaigns for insurance, home services, and financial verticals, as well as exclusive advertisers campaigns both focused in the US and international markets. They also own their own proprietary lead management platform called Px.com which offers quality scoring of every lead and insights into performance by key demographic info. ReviMedia is extremely flexible to run campaigns with many different integrations. They pride themselves on their transparency with clientele as well as having flexible payment terms. ReviMedia also offers advertising partners access to their vast direct publisher network of over 2,000 publishers. They consider themselves a one-stop-shop.
Zygor is an interesting company. They produce strategy guides in the form of add-ons for World of Warcraft and Elder Scrolls Online. The guides are designed to make gaming much easier, helping people to level and get good gear faster. This is actually powerful, as both games are complex with a large number of quests, which can sometimes be confusing.
I work as a freelancer and I also often use different affiliate programs, often associated with site designers or hosting providers. For me personally, this is a good extra income to the main orders. Recently, I also tried an affiliate program from the form designer and calculators https://ucalc.pro/en/affiliates Earnings, of course, less than on site designers and hosting, but constant. The bottom line is that I register a client in the service and plus to the whole I create a calculator on it for the client. Clients are happy and my money goes 🙂
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.
Ashley Madison is a dating site with a twist. Of course, you’ve probably already heard about it, as the company has received plenty of media attention over the years. Basically, Ashley Madison offers a discreet dating service for people who are married. I’m not personally sure about the income potential, but there is clearly demand for the service.
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