Browsed by
Category: Making Money

How to Be a Super Affiliate Marketer

How to Be a Super Affiliate Marketer

How to Be a Super Affiliate Marketer
How to Be a Super Affiliate Marketer

Too many online entrepreneurs settle for becoming a marketer when they could be so much more. Are you one of them? Have you heard other marketers bragging about making thousands each week when you’re barely squeaking out a few dollars?

Take a look at what separates you from them. It’s not that they’re any smarter or any more talented. It’s simply that they found what worked and then worked it until the profits started rolling in. So how did they do it and how can you copy that success?

What to Promote
First of all, you have to know what you need to promote. Just because you happen to like a product doesn’t mean that it will sell well, so don’t just look for products that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Instead, research what the hot selling products are and look for the products that will give you a higher return. For example, 10% of a $1,000 product is $100 in your pocket. But 50% of a $60 product is just $30 in your pocket, so don’t rely on percentages alone.

How to Market Aggressively
Once you find a good item to promote, start marketing aggressively. Talk it up on your website, present it on your blog, write articles about it, bring it to the attention of the public on Squidoo, Hub Pages, Google Knol and on your other social media sites.

Next, go the extra mile. Everyone likes dessert. So after you offer the main course of the product, sweeten the deal with a little something extra that savvy marketers often call a bonus.

It’s sort of like the television offers you’ve heard: “But wait! There’s more!” which is a line used to seal the deal, to tip the scales in the marketer’s favor – which of course is the customer making a purchase.

You want to offer the product and then bring on the extra. You have to make it something the potential buyer really wants and he can’t get it without buying the product. Something that complements the original purchase nicely – not a bonus that’s irrelevant to their needs.

You also want to create a buzz or spread the word about the bonus offer as well. Not only do you let the general public know about the offer, but you also make sure your list knows there’s a special deal waiting for them if they buy.

Create an Appetite
Anticipation is what creates an appetite among buyers. The worst thing for a marketer is to have a product that no one knows about. While word of mouth will bring in a few customers, your pre-launch days for your product are what will bring in the masses. Do a countdown until the product releases and once it goes live, let your customers race out of the gate to be one of the first buyers.

Are you using Affiliate Marketing on your website and blogs? Please share some of your successes, struggles, or insight into Affiliate Marketing.

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Coaching

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Coaching

Making Money Online - Coaching and Counseling
Making Money Online – Coaching and Counseling

Welcome back to the How to Succeed in Making Money Online Series. This is the final part of the 5 part money making series. To recap the previous weeks, in part one, I introduced you to the concept of affiliates and discussed how to make money online with affiliate marketing programs. That was followed up with part two and the discussion about incorporating and developing information product creation to your website.

In part three, I discussed membership marketing sites; what they are, what they do, and how to build one. Last week in part four, I discussed freelance work and how to find clients.

For our final part (five), the focus will be on coaching. Coaching (sometimes referred to as life coaching or counseling) is used to help people who are transitioning in their lives and offers ways to help them plan goals and take the steps to realize those goals. Simply put, a coach is someone that guides you on a path to success with the aid of advice and guidance.

Is Coaching Right for You?

Maybe you have been toying with the idea of becoming a coach, but are not 100% sure you are the right person for the job. Let’s take a look at the top 5 traits of successful and highly effective coaches to see if you have what it takes.

  • Insight – the ability to look at a complex list of problems, situations, or circumstances and be able to see patterns. A strong coach is able to identify the real underlying issues and work with the client to find new ways of dealing with these struggles.
  • Listener – coaching is more than finding the solution to a problem. It takes active listening skills; hearing, understanding, providing feedback, deferring judgment, and responding appropriately.
  • Experience – while coaching does not require a degree, it does require some experience. Often times, coaches will select a niche that they have personally experienced struggles themselves and decide to assist clients with the proven tips they discovered on their road to on-going personal growth. A coach is someone with exquisite self-awareness and high emotional intelligence.
  • Empathy – the ability to have a strong sense of caring and a deep curiosity about people and their problems
  • Desire – to have an intense passion to help people who are struggling and an interest in helping others achieve personal/professional growth

Additional attributes include:

  • Authenticity – don’t pretend to be what you are not
  • Perceptive – very intuitive, curious, and inquiring
  • Learner – continuous learner of the craft of coaching and life experiences
  • Vision – the ability to focus on the important details

More Reasons to Become a Coach

Did you know that coaching is one of the fastest group industries? More and more people are dissatisfied with their personal and professional lives that they are seeking out the advice of life coaches.

Although many coaches meet face to face with their clients, technology has made it possible to work via teleconferencing and skyping options.

Online coaching makes it easy to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of both you and your client. This also means lower overhead compared to a traditional “brick and mortar” business.

Did I mention that coaching allows you to be your own boss? You can start your own business with the opportunity to branch out.

Most importantly coaching gives you the opportunity of being a valuable contributor within society by helping others. Think of what could be more rewarding then shaping individuals and helping them to overcome life challenges and achieve their goals.

The Next Steps

If coaching is sounding more like the career you want to pursue, the next step would be to decide on the type of coaching you want to practice.

  • Personal Coaching
    • Career
    • Health and Wellness
    • Life
    • Relationship
    • Motivational
    • Personal Development
  • Business Coaching
    • Business Startup
    • Executive
    • Leadership
    • Marketing
    • Entrepreneurship
  • Wealth Coaching
    • Debt Management
    • Financial
    • Prosperity

You might then decide to become certified or accredited. While there are no licensing, certification, or even accreditation requirements to become a life coach, that doesn’t mean you don’t want to obtain skills to help you in your practice.

One of the best ways to decide if coaching is right for you is by jumping in and experiencing. To get started as a coach, you’ll want to look at how others have done it. You can even hire a coach to teach you how to coach. You will also want to make sure that you have the kind of experience others are willing to pay for. Many life coaches offer free consultations and may be willing to help show you the ropes. Sign up for a month of coaching to see a coach in action and have them guide you in your new career.

Don’t be afraid to check out local coaching groups, where experienced coaches give presentations and seminars. Form a network of coaches in the same niche who are willing to share tips, advice, and a sense of community. Sign up for free coaching classes to learn the basics of “coaching 101” and develop the fundamental coaching skills.

Money Generation and Building Your Practice

You know the niche you want to coach in, have obtained training and/or experience, and now want to open a practice. You can choose to branch out on your own with an online practice or join an already established practice

In addition to coaching skills, you will also need to development your business skills to run and maintain the business as well as marketing skills to get clients.

By coaching, you’ll generate a steady income. You can show people how to succeed in their niche; these are people who want help from someone who have been there and they are willing to pay for your help so they can be successful, too.

If it’s in a niche like dieting or health/wellness, then your coaching might take them on a 6-week challenge of change. If it is group coaching, these individuals can be pillars of support for one another while you coach them with your guidance.

As a business coach, you will be a mentor to them. Your job will be to guide them through all areas associated with their business. Some of these areas might include the best way to grow their income, how they can become an expert and how they can market their business.

You can set up your coaching business in 30, 60 or 90 day cycles, for example. Obviously, the 90 day cycles would need to cost a little more since you’re not rotating in new members as often.

You can teach through your online forum, through webinars, Facebook groups, or through tutorials on private video sharing sites. You can establish contact with your clients through Skype or Google Hangouts, through phone calls, through emails or in an online group that you set up.

You’ll want to make it clear when you’re marketing your coaching skills – what benefits your clients will receive. A business coach might want to mention specific ways that she can help her clients. This might be something along the lines of how you can teach them to be successful using email or video marketing. You can offer ways to teach them how to build a web presence, how to establish a growing platform, how to blog, incorporate social media and more.

Once you have obtained steady customers and established your practice, you can expand your business by adding more programs, books, training products, and services to develop additional income streams.

Food for Thought

I hope that you have enjoyed this and the last 4 weeks of the money making series. As you can see there are multitudes of ways of making money online and one or two might just be right for you.

As I discover additional money making options, I will continue to add to the series. If there are any topics you are interested in, please drop me a line in the comments. I would also love to hear from you if you are a life coach or thinking about becoming one. Are there any items that I missed or anything that new coaches need to focus on when starting on? Please share your expertise.

 

 

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Freelance Work

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Freelance Work

How to Succeed in Making Money Online - Freelance Work
How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Freelance Work

Welcome back to the How to Succeed in Making Money Online Series. To recap, in part one, I introduced you to the concept of affiliates and discussed how to make money online with affiliate marketing programs. That was followed up with part two and the discussion about incorporating and developing information product creation to your website. In part three, I discussed membership marketing sites; what they are, what they do, and how to build one.

In the fourth part of the series, our main focus will be on freelance work. Working as freelancer, as your talent, is a good way to earn money online. There are always marketers that are looking for freelancers who know how to do a great job.

Freelancing

If you’d like to get into freelancing, the first thing you need to do is pick what type of freelancer you’d like to be. A Freelancer has many career options and can branch out into many different career paths including:

  • Copywriter
  • Editor/Managing Editor
  • Writer
  • Blogger (Niche) Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Marketing/Sales Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Editorial Director

When you are first starting out as a freelancer, you can find clients on sites such as Upwork, Fourerr, Guru, Freelancer, or Fiverr. The amount of money that you can make on these sites will vary. Remember that these are your starting points into the freelance world where you define and redefine your writing skills (and niches), build your portfolio, build a following, and attract clients. Once you’ve established yourself as a freelancer who delivers good quality and services, then you can consider branching out on your own by finding clients so that your business continues to thrive and expand.

Finding Clients

Finding clients to build your income doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re a freelancer, you need to have a professional website with a personal blog on that website. Building a professional website doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money as you should be able to get started with a domain name and hosting services for around $25 or less a month.

Before you balk at the $25 a month, consider this fee as a small investment into your future. Sure you could go with a free hosted website such as blogger, but a self-hosted blog (through bluehost) gives you the peace of mind that you have control of the website and also allows you to easily monetize your site at any time.

Think of your website as a letter of introduction to potential clients. These clients may go to the Internet and search for freelance services. Because of this, you want to make sure you have a professional website to tap into the market and pull in traffic, while gaining clients.

On your website, you want to include a blog, an about you page, a page for your portfolio with testimonials, and a page of writing samples. The blog and about you page will pull the client in and let them get to know you and your personal writing style.

The portfolio page would include a collection of work that you have currently completed including links (if allowed by previous clients) for the potential clients to view. This is your time to shine so try to showcase your best work. You will also want to include a list of your skills like you would on an online resume. This will let the potential client know your previous work experiences (example: 10 years developing websites and creating web design), your expertise (example: creating standard operating procedures manuals), and you skills (example: 10 years as an Administrative Assistant who sent out email notifications, typed business letters, sent out marketing and advertising materials, etc.).

Don’t forget to include testimonials that you have gathered from previous clients. This will let potential clients know that you have completed exemplary work, satisfied a client, and are the type of person they are looking to hire.

If you are just starting out and don’t have a portfolio or testimonials, then you will want to have a page of writing samples. What you will need to do is create sample articles, blog posts, and other materials that will showcase to potential clients the type of work you are capable of completing.

Now that you have your website set up and your list of potential clients and freelance websites in hand, you are now ready to venture into the world of freelancing.

Comments Welcome

If you have experience as a freelancer, I would love for you to share your experiences with my readers by commenting to this post. What are some of the obstacles/successes you have faced as a freelancer or blogger?

Please come back again to read the final in the series, part 5, where I discuss making money online as a success coach.

 

Self-Publishing Webinar for Bloggers

Self-Publishing Webinar for Bloggers

I usually save this for Freebie Fridays, but an exclusive webinar just came through my email and it is for tomorrow July 6th.

Are you a blogger or online entrepreneur hustling to find reliable income streams? Have you considered writing books, but you aren’t sure how to do it the right way or if it will really be profitable? Bloggers are uniquely positioned to be successful with self-publishing, and Barrie & Steve will show you the exact steps to leverage your platform, content, and expertise to build recurring income.

Barrie Davenport Co-Founder Authority Pub Academy

Barrie is a certified coach and top-ranked personal development blogger who is the author of 11 books and counting. She has used self-publishing to boost her online business and income and to attract coaching clients and over 600,000 monthly blog visitors.

Steve Scott Co-Founder Authority Pub Academy

Steve is a multiple best-selling author who has built a full-time 6-figure business around self-publishing books, with over 70 books and counting. 

In the webinar you will learn:

-How to nail down profitable book topics based on your blog niche

-The best ways to use your blog content to write multiple books

-The secrets to writing multiple books a year, even if you’re super busy

-How to ensure your books stand out from the crowd and fly off the shelf

-The best way to turn your blog followers into raving book fans

If you want to take your blog to the next level and turn your content and expertise into an income stream, this FREE webinar is just for you. Just click on the image below to take you to the registration page.

Image

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Membership Websites

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Membership Websites

How to Succeed in Making Money Online: Membership Sites

Welcome to the Making Money Online series. In part one, I introduced you to the concept of affiliates and discussed how to make money online with affiliate marketing programs. That was followed up with part two and the discussion about incorporating and developing information product creation to your website.

In the third part of the series, our main focus will be on membership marketing sites. There is a good reason that membership sites are popular business avenues with Internet Marketers. Its popularity stems from the fact that they provide a consistent monthly income and in a lot of cases, this can be a great deal of money.

What is a Membership Site

A membership site is a private website with exclusive content that allows members the ability to interact with one another. As the membership site owner, these members pay you a monthly fee to have access to the site and all of its contents. An example of a membership site is Authority, which is a highly popular content marketing training and networking community. It is so popular that they have a membership waiting list.

Researching Membership Sites

If you plan out and implement a membership site, it won’t take you months or years to generate enough income online to be able to support yourself. If you design it properly, you can grow your site as well as your income very quickly.

What you have to do first when thinking about creating a membership site is to figure out if you have an audience that’s willing to pay well for access to your site.

If you are thinking about starting a membership site in a particular niche but can’t find other sites in the same niche that can be a warning sign. Though it’s not always the case, not having competition in a niche could potentially mean that the audience is not interested enough in your idea.

But don’t let that stop you from doing a bit of research on the topic as it can also be a sign that your niche is too narrow. If you broaden your niche and find membership sites, then you have found your market.

When you have a niche in mind, you will want to look at other successful membership sites. A good suggestion is to join some of these other sites if possible. Think about it this way – if you were going to open a car dealership in a city, then the first thing you would do is scope out other car dealerships in the area.

You don’t do this so you can steal their cars or so you can duplicate their marketing. You do this so you can study the other dealerships’ successes and failures. Review these sites for:

  • What is working well
  • What does the site lack (add these to your own site)
  • Is the site worth the fee you are paying
  • How can you replicate the good things on your own site
  • Do they offer resources and are they easy to find

Knowing what works well in your niche can position your membership site for success.

Building Your Membership Site

The next thing you need to do is decide how you are going to build your membership site. You can build a membership site by using software like WordPress and a plugin like S2 Membership. This will help keep your costs down – especially in the beginning.

But if you do go this route, it also means that you are virtually on your own for technical support. Since the backend management is the toughest part of having your own membership site, you need to compile a list of trusted service providers.

You want several providers that are capable of dealing with technical problems and can troubleshoot if something breaks down and you need help. If you would rather not deal with this hassle, then you could consider paying for membership software like aMember Professional. This means that if something does break, you’ll have a dedicated team that you can reach out to for help.

When you start building your site, you’ll want to assemble a team of moderators. Unless you plan on being chained to your computer for days on end in the beginning, you’ll need moderators. These should be people that support your vision and can help enforce member rules.

You probably already have some followers who would make great moderators. Look for the people who always comment on your blog posts, that promote your newest products, and that may already be involved in other communities. To make it worth their while, you can give moderators free membership and even throw in some perks from time to time.

Where to Go From Here

In this article, I was only able to touch upon a fraction of the things you will need to consider when developing and implementing a membership site. If you are seriously considering setting up a membership site, I highly recommend doing further research and signing up for an ecourse which will take you through the steps from start to finish.

If you have a membership site, I would love for you to share your experiences with my readers by commenting to this post. If you are member of a membership site, what are some of your favorites and what things do you like about them?

Please come back again to read part 4 of the series where I discuss making money online as a freelancer.

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)