Affiliate marketing is a very large industry and has become a key source of online income for many thousands of professional bloggers. With more and more online businesses becoming involved in affiliate marketing, more opportunities have arisen for bloggers, like you and I, to make money with their blog. and to ultimately create passive income streams.
I always wanted to be a writer, but I was scared at what would happen, what could happen. I didn’t think I could monetize my dream, and my family (in particular my father) were very keen to tell me my dreams were “nice” but not realistic. And honestly, coming from a family filled with naysayers and non-believers, it was hard striking out on my own. But as I realized I needed to do something and break free from this all, it dawned on me that hey, I don’t need to be doing this full-time.
I thought you made a good point about how content should reflect the brand of a company’s voice. Posting related content seems like a huge part of getting a company’s name and services out there. I agree, people seems to respond well to content that reflects a certain company’s goals in a way that stands out from the competition. That would help to draw in more customers.
How you manage all those blog posts in a month, and what rate would you recommend for someone starting out. I’ve done a slew of blog posts for a private client, but for less than $10 a post. I’m looking to do blogging for private clients and was thinking of $10 or more per post as rate, but after reading your blog, I’m wondering if I’m selling myself short.

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If you’re ready to jump into content production and want to start writing right away, I understand. But at some point, you’ll need to define why you create content and what you’re trying to achieve with it. The decisions you make in this chapter will give you a strong foundation for your content marketing plan — and make you stand out as a content publishing guru.
If you wish you had a little more money in your pocket, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you have a variety of options when it comes to making money. Doing odd jobs is a quick and easy way to earn money. Similarly, reselling items or selling items you make can earn you extra cash. As another option, earn money online by writing a blog, freelancing, or doing online surveys.

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Find something that other people are interested in, too. If you choose to write about Himalayan basket weaving for men, you probably won’t have many readers, and you’ll have a hard time earning any income. Try to find something that combines your interests with things other people also care about. For my main blog, I write about money advice. I’m a personal finance nerd but, fortunately, there are people online looking for that type of information, too.


There’s no point in even starting a content marketing campaign if you’re not going to give it the attention it deserves. Have an in-house content manager or hire a nimble, qualified agency to ensure someone is treating your content marketing seriously. You’re highly unlikely to get good results if your content manager is not experienced, or if they’re responsible for another area of your business and content is not the priority.

Your content is usually not worth posting everywhere. Some traffic channels will be hard to leverage, so it’s much wiser to focus your energy on the platforms that bring increased results. You need to test, test, and test again. Figure out which channels are worth pursuing, and direct 80% of your best content into 20% of the best channels for your niche.
It may be that the real struggle you face with your client or boss is that they're afraid their industry isn't sexy enough for content marketing. It's not true—anything is interesting if it's framed well and shown to the right people. Your challenge here is to find that perfect angle to pitch to show them just how interesting content marketing for boring industries can be.
So much of the content being produced (especially in tight-knit industries such as digital marketing) merely parrots and regurgitates the opinions and viewpoints of a select few. This is why readers are rapidly becoming desensitized to content – if there are hundreds of blogs all saying the same things, why should readers waste their time consuming that content? This is what makes producing contrarian content so powerful.
Promote products at various price points. Even the little products (like Amazon ebooks) add up. If there is a truly useful product on the pricier side, it can still be worth the promotion even if only a few people buy it. If you’ve used a product of exceptional quality and it’s a good investment, or if it’s a product that’s unique, specialized or one-of-a-kind, go for it.
If you’re a small local retailer in bathroom equiment, you may limit yourself to making sure you can answer the questions of your customers and keep them loyal or make them buy more or have more people buy from you (word-of-mouth indeed). But, then again, maybe that local retailer wants to grow and decides to use content for it, which is perfectly possible (no boring or small businesses when it boils down to the possibilities of creating relevant content).
Work remotely for a call center. Because many call center jobs are location independent, finding work in this field is an easy way to earn some money from home. Dozens of sites list job openings for call-center representatives, including Freelancer.com and SimplyHired.com. Meanwhile, you should check local job listings for openings and opportunities as well.
But happy to hear how others are doing it. I'm sure there's more than one way to skin the cat. I wrote a blog a while back that you can get them like this: Look at local companies' Web sites and call the suckiest ones and ask if they need help keeping up their blog. Like shooting fish in a barrel. SO many businesses are at the point where they've just realized the power a blog could have to drive their business…and also realized they don't have time or ability to do it themselves. HUGE opportunity is out there.
Go local. Many people realize that this is valuable for brick and mortar brands. However, national ecommerce brands with large audiences in specific areas can benefit, too. For instance, a company that sells winter clothing may write a “Five Best Jackets for a Northeastern Blizzard” to take advantage of local events that are affecting their prospects.
There are many firms that offer content marketing services, often paired with SEO or PR. If you’re simply too busy to do it yourself and aren’t ready to manage it in-house, then hiring a firm may be your best option. But if you want to jump in and do your own content marketing the easiest way is to start blogging. It will likely be hard at first, but the more you do it, the better you’ll get at it. Following tips from websites like Copyblogger you’ll quickly learn how to craft content for your website or blog that will engage readers and turn them into customers or clients. But while technically good writing and the right headlines can help, it’s not the key to creating great content that is the best form of content marketing.
While our blog generates only a fraction of our total gross revenue, I am thankful to have opened up another income stream that I didn’t really understand even just two months ago. The best part about the blogging process so far is that it has generated opportunities for us to scale and grow our business that I had never considered when we first started.
I’ve been blogging for 2 years. I’ve got many emails from small business to post their ready content, some asked to be posted with the background that they could help so I’ll have material to post of my blog. I prefer to be a writer. I think I have given the clearly info on my website. What is the nice way to explain to them so it won’t be look as a rejection? Thank you.
What I learned over time was to limit the number of paid blogging gigs I do at any one time. Right now I’ve just wrapped up 4 years writing 3x a week for Entrepreneur, and am down to blogging for Forbes (3x a week) and Freelance Switch (usually once a week), plus my own blog. Beyond there I want article or white paper or different writing types. I had one point where I was doing upwards of 70 posts a month…and it was really exhausting me, and it was impossible to take a vacation! Couldn’t blog far enough ahead to take time off.
Great article. I recently came back into blogging. I hadn’t realized how much I had learnt from my first attempt. Now with the new blog I started about a month ago, I am seeing an increase of traffic everyday which is quite surprising and very exciting. So I have been reading all over how to monetize a blog. Your article is excellent and in-depth. Thank you for sharing I will definitely be using some your advice. Blessings.
To test these websites, you’ll be asked to visit the site in question and record your reactions and thoughts as you go through it. To get started making extra money online by testing websites, sign up for some of the most popular services like UserTesting.com, Userlytics, TryMyUI, Userfeel, TestingTime (for people outside the U.S), or Side Income Jobs.
Starting your own home business has never been easier, thanks to the internet. With the help of the internet you have access to people from all over the world, right from your own home. While there are many types of businesses you can start, affiliate marketing is one of the best. It can give you an extremely large income and all you have to do is learn some new skills. If you can read and write you can have a very successful online business.
Promote products that are stepping stones to products you will create in the future. This is a bit more advanced, but is a great way to think ahead. Amy Porterfield suggests thinking about the first thing your followers will need in order to get started with what you provide. For example, I teach people how to blog, so the first thing they need to start a blog is hosting. That’s why I am an affiliate for hosting.

Jaime, this is an excellent article. I’ve been blogging for fun for over four years, In the last year I’ve branched out and started a self-hosted blog about blogging for fun. I’m at the point think I have enough to offer on that subject and a few others. There are so many steps to get started, I think it overwhelms people, including those of us who are comfortable blogging. There are lots of courses available, but most of them that I’ve tried are pretty general. Do you recommend getting a coach?
7. Speak your mind: In this world of competition, you need to speak your own voice. Don’t look at your competitors and just focus on your qualities. Write unique content and market it. If you try to copy your competitors then it will harm your brand only. So write the unique content with your own experience and stand out from the rest. Though, it’s not a good idea to learn & understand your competitors strategies. Your goal should be to improvise their ideas to create something awesome. Here are few good tools that you can use to understand your competitors strategies.

Then once you’ve got your domain name and hosting sorted out, it’s time to pick a CMS, or Content Management System, that will let you update pages, build your blog and integrate with all the other services you need. It’s hard to go wrong with WordPress—the CMS powering close to a quarter of the internet. Keep in mind that eventually as you start growing traffic to your blog, you'll be wise to invest in a managed WordPress hosting plan from a company with great service like Kinsta, where all of the settings are custom-tailored and optimized to work particularly well with WordPress-powered websites.
Another way to find this information is to do a simple Google search. For example, one could place the following phrase into Google Search:  “(product name) + affiliate program”. (Replace “product name” with the name of the product you are promoting.) There is an interesting chrome addon called Affilitizer is available which makes this process easy.
I have a lot of great ideas, but most of them are just thoughts and theories, and it seems that no one would want to read about, even pay for, ideas in which I am not a complete expert on. My greatest talent, perhaps, is being a prolific writer. Otherwise, I’m more of a Cliff Craven I know a lot about some things, and some about a lot of things. How does THIS make MONEY??

One of the most important content marketing strategies is to watch your analytic reports. You need to check on them and measure what is working. Since the readers can change their minds, it can shift the way you write and market your content. Track the traffic sources for keywords, links, and other connections. Use alerts to monitor information related to the customer’s needs. You must find out what is driving them to your website, or your competitor’s websites. Outbrain’s platform will help you understand which reports provide valuable information to help develop future blog posts, and where you need to start targeting your customers with the right content.

That’s a great tip Sean, thanks! I was thinking about what you said in your post about some companies not putting that they have affiliate links and you having to do some digging and there are couple of companies/authors who made products I love and keep using, but I’m not sure how to go ahead and ask about the affiliate link. I read the post you linked below about asking for guest blogging, which I thought was a must-read, and so, if you think of doing a follow-up on this one, would love to read some of your tips and do’s and don’t about this. Thanks again, Sean, you’re doing some very inspiring work here!

Now you’ve got many different options to start earning online. If you saw something that really interests you, try it out and learn more about it. If you’re really wanting to make a full-time income online, you need to be dedicated to learning how to do what you want to do. There are tons of free resources out there. You just have to search for them!
Make your content available for syndication. There is a persistent myth that Google will penalize you if your content appears somewhere else. However, experts in the field at sites like WordStream say that there is little evidence that this is true. Many sites are looking for great content to supplement their own. Make it easy for them to use yours, with attribution, to put new eyes on your existing content. This can be especially valuable when your content is syndicated to sites that have higher rank in the SERPs than your own does.
If you would like to take a more subtle approach, include a product or service from your company that relates into your blog post. For example, let’s say that you are a wine connoisseur and that is what your blog is based around. In any post that is enticing your readers to open up a good bottle of Merlot or what have you, it would be wise to embed an ad for a quality, easy-to-use wine opener, wine glasses or stoppers that keep the wine fresh.
Where you post your content is important. It is also important who interacts with your content. These are things that people research before they do business with you. People want to know who trusts you, who endorses you and who is willing to promote you. Do your research to find the right platforms and influencers you want on your side. Then you have the daunting task of reaching out.
After being accepted into an affiliate program, marketers receive a unique URL that includes their affiliate ID. They share that unique URL with their subscribers, site visitors, and social networks via text links or ads. When someone clicks on that link, affiliate software records that click and any resulting product sales in the affiliate’s account. When commissions reach a pre-determined threshold, the affiliate is paid.
Hi Sam! I love your site. We should definitely connect. I’m a school counselor and recently launched a site for parents to address pertinent teen topics. Like you, I struggle with the ultimate service I’d eventually offer on my site, but Ramsay’s idea is a great start. He’s absolutely right that people are looking for fresh content for their sites! Best of luck to you and I hope we can collaborate.
I don't know if blogging really would work for plumbers…but it seems like it's very effective for everyone in professional services — lawyers, business-finance professionals, accountants, business service provides, pr pros, etc. A blog goes a long way to help them seem accessible and approachable, and can show their expertise. All my small-biz clients are in these types of niches.
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