As affiliate marketing is a proven way to earning money online, it’s of great importance that we know exactly what keywords make money online. In my opinion, not understanding keywords (And lack of commitment) are the biggest reasons many new affiliate marketers fail online. It doesn’t have to be this way, it’s really not that hard once you have the fundamentals down. So let me explain a few things which may help take your business in the right direction in 2016. I will also be providing my method step by step on how I find good money making keywords with some real evidence.

The audiobook industry is booming, yet only 5% of books ever get made into audio format. If you’ve got a background in acting, or if people have said you’ve got a voice made for the radio, you can make extra money recording audio versions of independent and popular books. Sites like ACX connect authors with audiobook performers. So, whether you’re an author looking for more ways to sell your book, or an actor/voice actor looking to make some extra income, you can sell your services online.
Take surveys. You can earn $50 to $100 per month in cash and products by taking online surveys. Find survey sites by searching for “paid survey sites” online. Sign up for several survey sites to increase your chances of being selected for higher-paying surveys. Register with an email address, and check your email often so you can respond quickly to survey offers.
If you have your own eCommerce store, social media is the perfect platform to showcase your products. Demonstrate your products in use and tell your social following why they need to buy your merchandise. Most social media channels allow you to add ‘buy’ buttons your pages, allowing your followers to easily click through to your site and make a purchase.
Keep in mind though, you don’t need a website to do sponsored content since you can also get paid if you have a lot of social media followers. My wife has a pretty big Instagram following, and she gets all kinds of sponsorships. Not only does she get paid in cash, but we get a lot of free stuff, too. We’ve received free rugs, free lights, and free carpet cleaners. She only promotes things she loves though, so this strategy works really well for her.
Re-selling web hosting will enable you to make money hosting your own client’s websites. Large hosting companies like HostGator allow you to white label their hosting services. You could start your own hosting business or, if you are a web designer, include hosting into your web design packages. And the best of it is the hosting companies take care of the hosting for you, so all you need to worry about is selling.
Good article on how to find the best keywords. I would stress the fact that it’s the #1 reason why most affiliate marketers fail in earning some income. If you start building a site with too many competitive keywords, you can’t have traffic, that’s for sure! I’ve failed several times because of that (too many competitive niches). Jaaxy is a real must have tool, providing very accurate data on a lot of keywords. Good luck with your keywords researches! 

Getting businesses to advertise on your podcast, either at the beginning or end, or both, is a great way to create a revenue through podcasts. Most businesses won’t be keen to advertise on your podcast until you can prove a large number of listeners. Therefore, it is unlikely you will be able to start out from the get-go with sponsors. But once you accumulate regular listeners, or a high number of downloads from iTunes, you can start to sell advertising space on your podcasts.
Mechanical Turk is Amazon's take on micro-jobs. These are small miniscule-jobs that you can do for other people, which they call HITs, or Human Intelligence Tasks. These are super simple tasks that anyone can do. Some examples are listing off some URLs with certain kinds of images for one cent, or recording a few phrases with a microphone for 6 cents.
I read somewhere that when you have found a keyword with Jaaxy you should google the keyword you have found to see if there are authority sites on page one as these can’t be beaten. I see in other comments there was mention of Longtail Pro kw tool – have you managed to check this? I am really not sure how to proceed – should I just continue with Jaaxy as I have done so far and wait?
Great post as all ways. I’ve just started to work on some of my nearly dead sites. I found the Back-link Strategy from Pat Flynn, and have been half following it, so yes it works. I kinda worked out that I had only been doing half the job, by writing the content, and some basic social media links and pinging.. It is a lot more work then that, that’s for sure.
Why do you have a fill out form with email & I put my email in it don’t take it this is crazy how can anyone do a dam job if it says there email is wrong when it’s not I’m sick & tried of all these dam scrams even take this shit down that’s fake are fixes the dam thing so people can do there job & get paid I’m looking for real home jobs that pay but when it comes to email & it’s says it’s wrong when it’s not it’s bullshit

Next, you’ll need the right tools. You can be as complicated or simple as you want depending on your comfort with audio equipment, but at the minimum you’ll want a microphone and software for recording your voice. Companies like Behringer, Blue, Focusrite, and others sell studio-quality plug-and-play podcast setups that can get you recording today.
Anyone interested in making money online should be pursuing passive income, while also working on active income. There are loads of ways to generate an income passively on the internet, many of which start at the foundation of having a blog, generating substantial traffic and building an audience and a list. Is it easy? Nope. Is it worth it? It sure is. But that doesn't mean you need to start a blog to make money online today.
There are a lot of different methods and processes for building a successful niche site, and most of them will work. The one thing that everyone needs however, is the belief in themselves and that particular process. A successful site takes time and effort, and the reason most people fail, is ultimately because they give up. Being too hung up on whether or not they will succeed has been too much for many a beginner, and I’ve seen some great sites with potential to be huge, get abandoned a couple of months in once the novelty wore off for the site builder and the doubt took over. If you can just have faith in yourself that you WILL succeed if you stick at it, then succeed you will. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. I don’t think there’s anything more powerful in this business, and it’s the piece of advice I give my customers over and over again.
Sounds easy eh? Well maybe not, do you even have an idea how many blogs and sites are targeting this keyword. Well I guess no otherwise I won’t see every other day a new blog just targeting this keyword. Well its funny isn’t it ? A newbie blogger who hasn’t made a cent online and is completely new to internet marketing and blogging starts out with the niche “make money online”. A man who is yet to make a single dime preaching like a guru and rewriting crappy blog posts dreaming after a month or two I will start earning a decent amount of bucks. Well if you are one of those noobs, then you really need to get a life.
Hi Eric, been following your four hour work week post either by email or via twitter, and I’ll say this is one of the best articles I’ve read so far. Lest I forget, congrats for your first page ranking hope it stays on for a very long time as that particular post deserves its current ranking. From what I can infer from this article is this- SEO is gradually becoming less relevant as Google is strategising its algo to make it so. Well thanks once again for this wonderful post, just got it retweeted
Research. You need to know what others are selling before you decide what wares you will offer. Lots of people sell handmade items, but those who work hard to make their items unique in some way are the ones who truly stand out. After you’ve decided on a product, check out the other sellers on Etsy and find what they’re offering, and then figure out how you can do it differently.
Paid Online Surveys and Rewards Sites are the best when you need some quick bucks. There are several best paid survey sites available that you can complete and get paid for. You may complete as many surveys as you can in the same day. The best paid online survey companies and rewards sites that offer opportunities for people without experience are Fusion Cash,  Swagbucks, Ebates, and Ibotta.

 As for eCommerce, this step takes a little more effort. To get started, you need to learn how to properly source products. I recommend you use a market research platform like Algopix to help you find items that you can actually sell. Once you have a few viable products, you need to contact suppliers, make an order, and start listing your products. While this is a simplified outlook of the process, the fundamentals more or less remain the same.
My number one tip doesn’t have to do with SEO strategy or marketing, it’s this—tell stories that connect deeply with your audience. Stop worrying about SEO when you write, because it’s always extremely obvious. Get into a flow state and write about what excites you most in your niche, and keep your Marketing Editor Brain out of it. Afterward, go ahead and make sure your backlinks are perfect. But during the writing process, hone in on what makes your heart soar about the topic you’re writing about and let it come through you—readers can feel that, and people naturally want to buy from passionate people. 

It’s just weird not knowing what I do not know. Perhaps if I followed along and hired someone to build links, traffic would be 2X higher? Who knows. I even saw a testimonial from one of my PF blog peers how great so and so link building/SEO site was… and I was thinking…. man, what a fool I am to not participate and take the easier way. The site also is a PR5, but I don’t think the traffic is the same, but who knows.

Hey Sarah! Thank you for being so generous and transparent…your story is awesome! Also, you have squashed the myth that a blog can’t be many things as that was my struggle with choosing just one niche. I’m in the midst of launching my lifestyle blog Jan 2016! Now, I feel like I can really soar in letting my blog reflect ME! As a fellow single divorced mom, thank you again for giving your fans so much value through your expertise and ever-resourceful posts! I share in your joy of your continued success! P.S. I was looking into email marketing services- do you have a preference? I found two that keep popping up: AWeber or Mailchimp. Thoughts?
Always remember to personally connect with neighbors, friends, and family and let them know about your services. You can also check out third-party platforms like Care.com, SitterCity, and Task Rabbit where they connect caretakers with caregivers. If you are connected with a job on one of these platforms they'll take a small percentage of the total transaction fee. In fact, the on-demand economy has made it easier than ever to make money on demand — to find out more check out this post.
Tools. You don’t need much to work as a home-based freelance writer, but there are some tools that you must have. The most important will be your computer. Get the fastest Internet access that you can afford. It doesn’t matter what kind of computer you get. Just make sure you’re comfortable enough to spend a lot of time with it. Most clients will request that you submit your work as a Microsoft Word document, so make sure that whatever programs you use are compatible. In addition, because you’ll be spending so much time at the computer, make sure that you have a good work area with proper lighting. Some clients will want to be able to reach you by phone or Skype, so have both set up and accessible. You’ll need an invoicing program, such as Freshbooks, and a good bookkeeping system to keep track of sales, orders, and accounts receivables.

Swagbucks is an online platform where you can earn points called SB, which can be redeemed for gift cards and coupons. You can easily earn SB points by watching videos, playing games, answering questions, shopping online, and even surfing the web using their toolbar. Refer your friends, and you’ll earn even more SB points. Your SB points can be traded in for gift cards from Amazon, Target, Starbucks, PayPal, and Walmart. Swagbucks also gives you a $5 bonus for signing up! Swagbucks which is part of Prodege, LLC has an A rating with the Better Business Bureau.
ICUC – ICUC is a social content moderation company; by monitoring and moderating online content on social media, ICUC’s Content Specialists can help protect the brands of ICUC’s clients. That means enforcing the online communities safety and usage guidelines, monitoring responses to posts on clients’ social media profiles, developing and posting interactive content to their social streams, identifying problematic behaviors and trends in the online community, and more. No previous WAH experience is required, but you should be highly proficient in the use of social media, be fluent in English, must be interested in the brand you’re supporting, have excellent communication skills, etc. They interview on Google Hangouts, and expect you to be very familiar with Google Suite (Docs, Gmail, Sheets, and so on).

I am sure you all are tired of the millions of scams and fake websites that claim you can make money from home. In a moment of weakness, you may have been tricked by one of these “infomercial-get-rich-quick” websites that promise you will make thousands of dollars per month. Then, you find out that there is always a catch or they keep billing you when they said it would only be a one-time fee. I know there are many stay-at-home moms and people just barely making it looking to make some extra cash. Fusion Cash is the only website that I have had good success with actually being paid for doing trial offers, taking surveys, and joining online clubs.

Every year, hundreds of millions of documents are notarized in the United States: wills, mortgages, citizenship forms, handgun applications. While for decades, this has all been done in person, there is a budding crop of sites that allow notaries to take their services online. If you’re already a notary, you can sell your services online. Or, if you want to get started, check out the National Notary’s checklist for becoming a certified notary.

Infographics are currently an extremely popular type of media. An infographic showing information or data in an interesting and fun way can help engage an audience and generate numerous likes and shares. As infographics take more time to create than just simply uploading an image, busy website owners are prepared to pay for custom infographics. And don’t worry, an infographic can be created using simple design software such a Canva. So extensive graphic design skills are not necessary, just a creative eye.
If you have a background in marketing and a passion for a particular niche, then organizing a virtual event may be just up your street. A virtual event could span across a day or longer. Individual live sessions would be run by experts in the field. And conference features would include live question and answer sessions, forums, and plenty of free giveaways. Visitors to the virtual event would pay to attend, so the more effective your promotion of the event the more money you would make.
While some might think that starting a blog is an arduous effort, when you understand the precise steps you need to take, it becomes far easier. It all starts in the decision of choosing a profitable niche and picking the right domain name. From there, you need to build your offers. You can easily sell things like mini-email courses, full-blown trainings, ebooks, and so on.
Don’t focus on things that won’t make a big difference at the beginning like website design and creating social accounts in every network. Just focus on what works and what’s going to bring you visits, conversions and revenue. If you don’t seem to get good results after a few weeks and your ads aren’t good, its either your content or there’s a lot of competition. Learn from them! With this strategy you can go from 0 to 4 figures per month in just a few weeks. Something that could take 6 months or more with SEO.
You'll also need ecommerce software, fulfillment software, worry about warehousing, customer service, refunds and so on. But that's not all. You'll also need traffic. Think search engine optimization, Facebook ads, and other social media campaigns. Sound like a lot of work? Sure, it is. Especially if you do it all on your own. You could opt for Amazon's platform, which might be the easier route. But, then again, at the end of the day, this is a serious business, which could produce significant profits. So you're either all in or you're not. 

Yoonla pays $2 to $4 per lead which is mind blowing if you think about it because prospects don’t have to pull out their credit cards in order for you to generate revenue. You need to be very ignorant to not see the opportunity here. Plus there are $30 commissions when someone upgrades and becomes Elite member. And thats up to 2 tiers meaning you are getting $30 when your referrals upgrade and $30 again when your referrals referrals upgrade.
Focus on the surveys and offers at the top of the list. Here's a tip not many people know. CashCrate has a special algorithm that automatically selects the best surveys and offers and places them at the top of the list. There are several factors that go into determining which are the “best”, including payout, approval rate, and a variety of other factors. But all you need to know is that these surveys and offers are great, so you can do them in confidence!
Bookscouter will give you Amazon.com's trade in value, where you mail Amazon the book and get a gift card, they will not give you the used selling price because it's hard to compare apples to oranges. You may be able to get more for your book by selling it as a used book on Amazon, so be sure to double check that price. As an example, the trade in value of a book I looked up was $7.87 but used copies were on sale for $19.87.
What this means is that you’re able to monetize your blog, but only by using WordAds or Blogger’s Adsense ads. WordPress does allow affiliate marketing on their free platform — as long as you're in compliance with their terms. Using a free platform limits your earning potential, but it gives you the initial foundation for building an audience. Once you have a little bit of money rolling in, you can easily transfer your blog over to the paid version of WordPress where you will be able to fully monetize your blog and start making money.
“An email list is critical because you can’t build your content on rented land. So many brands and companies build their audiences on Facebook and Google+, which is fine, but we don’t own those names – Facebook and Google do. If we are thinking like real media companies, the asset is in the audience. Getting an email address is the first critical step to figuring out who my reader is, and hopefully in the future, my customer of some sort. If our goal is to drive sales or keep customers happy in some way, we first need to get them as part of our audience.
You can create an account and sign up for free in minutes. Once you are signed up, click the marketplace tab to view all the products offered. You can search for products related to your niche. Once you find a product to your liking, click the green Promote button and enter your ID you entered when creating an account. You will then be presented with a link called a hop link that you will input onto your website. When a visitor clicks on the link they will be directed to the product page. If the purchase the product you will receive a commission that will be credited to your ClickBank account.
There are different ways to market an ebook. One of the most common is through Amazon’s Kindle program. They can help you with all the steps to both publish and market your ebook through their incredibly popular platform. There are some specialized sets of writing software that will help with not only writing your ebook, but also formatting it correctly for the Amazon market as well Barnes & Noble and iTunes
Your Deals. In addition to establishing a per-class price, also offer packages to entice people to sign up for more than one class. For example, if you intend to host classes on making soap, offer the classes individually, as well as in a group. Someone could take a class learning how to use fresh flowers in homemade soap, or they could buy a bundle that teaches them how to use those, fresh herbs, and plastic toys for kid’s soap. However you decide to price your classes, remember that the buyer will want to feel like they’re getting a lot for their money. If you can provide that in a fun atmosphere, they’ll likely be back time and time again – and they’ll bring friends.
The first follows the startup path we outlined above: You have a disruptive idea for an app or piece of software, you validate the idea with real customers, and then raise money to hire developers or a development studio to build, launch, and scale your software. If you’ve done everything right, your software will be accepted to the Apple and Google Stores and you’ll make money every time someone downloads it or pays for a premium feature.
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Yet another Amazon service providing the possibility to make money online is the Audiobook Creation Exchange. You can create a standalone audiobook, or create an audio version of your eBook as complementary media. And you can narrate your audiobook yourself, or Amazon can put you in contact with a professional to help. Once sold, you can then earn up to 40% royalties per audiobook.
Another thing I do not like about Textbroker: even when the client, whom you wrote a particular article for, absolutely loves what you wrote and gives you an excellent rating, quite often Textbroker will still rate the same article low, usually for nit picky things such as lacking just one or two comas, or, because they didn’t like the way you chose to phrase stuff within your article. Here again, if the client, who is actually paying for your work, is not only satisfied, but in fact, very happy with the article, who the heck are the Textbroker editors to say it is not good enough?!!!

ICUC – ICUC is a social content moderation company; by monitoring and moderating online content on social media, ICUC’s Content Specialists can help protect the brands of ICUC’s clients. That means enforcing the online communities safety and usage guidelines, monitoring responses to posts on clients’ social media profiles, developing and posting interactive content to their social streams, identifying problematic behaviors and trends in the online community, and more. No previous WAH experience is required, but you should be highly proficient in the use of social media, be fluent in English, must be interested in the brand you’re supporting, have excellent communication skills, etc. They interview on Google Hangouts, and expect you to be very familiar with Google Suite (Docs, Gmail, Sheets, and so on).
WOW Thanks everyone, all these tips are great!! You guys have helped me out more than you know. I had no idea where to start, it was a bit overwhelming trying to think of ideas on my own, knowing there are so many scams, still kind of is but I'm sure I'll figure it out now, thanks to you guys. I'll be checking them all out come Monday. Happy late Thanksgiving everyone!!
Ashley, I've been working on an idea which can teach people how to set up a high quality membership site using only free tools and services... I've been looking for some people who don't have much resources but have the desire to try to build something cool or useful for other people. If you're interested in learning how to use Wordpress and you have a reliable internet connection (and a PC) I have an awesome list of totally free tools to build a teaching/instructional kind of business and you can paid monthly if you can keep the members interested in what you have. If you know some people who are like you, you can sell this very idea to them and teach them how to build an online business for free... see how an idea can be the driving force to get money? Everything else is basically made up limitations.
Your article has been a great read, especially as someone who has just started seriously blogging. I had a few questions that I wanted to ask you. You write that bloggers should find a niche, and I wonder…how specific does that niche need to be? My blog is a “lifestyle” blog in that it covers fashion, decor, food, and travel. The goal of my blog is to show that people can lead interesting and sophisticated lives by creating luxury through simple comforts in all the related categories I cover. I am very passionate about this idea. There are many blogs like this out there, and I know ultimately it will be my content and voice that set me apart. However, do you think this style blog is unproductive in terms of monetary gains? Is this blog more hobby-geared and going to be impossible for me to ever make a career out of? There are a few very successful blogs like this out there that I know of (such as cupcakesandcashmere.com) that have had tremendous success, but it seems they racked up an audience of readers just through word of mouth (aka social media FB, Twitter, etc), rather than specific techniques like you have outlined. One blog, which is geared towards fashion is just photos of herself in different outfits and has no textual content at all, minus the brand/designers, so I wonder how her blog gained such a huge following?
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