Carol, I think you could have been a bit more tactful with that. While I agree that Nicolai, you may have better luck (an arguably would enjoy it more!) by finding blogging and marketing opportunities in your native language, I don’t think this is “self-evident” and I have seen non-native English speakers write content. However, these bloggers 1) were often paid less than their fluent and native counterparts, and 2) usually had an editor on stand-by to preview and edit their work before sending in drafts.
In April 2008 the State of New York inserted an item in the state budget asserting sales tax jurisdiction over Amazon.com sales to residents of New York, based on the existence of affiliate links from New York–based websites to Amazon. The state asserts that even one such affiliate constitutes Amazon having a business presence in the state, and is sufficient to allow New York to tax all Amazon sales to state residents. Amazon challenged the amendment and lost at the trial level in January 2009. The case is currently making its way through the New York appeals courts.
I’m not being mean, Mom, I’m being factual. Maybe you are completely fluent in English — in which case, these comments don’t apply to you. But I receive emails in broken, barely comprehensible English from foreign writers asking me to help them write for U.S. markets every single day. That’s who I’m talking to. If you can’t compose 2 grammatical correct sentences to ask about writing in English — you should write for markets where they speak your native language! I don’t know why people are offended by this suggestion. There are businesses and publications in every country.
Create tweetable facts. Compile a list of statistics and include a “click to tweet” link next to each one. Include the link back to the original post. Here’s an example called 10 Tweetable Facts from 2nd Annual B2B Marketing Trends 2012 Report. This strategy creates multiple entry points into a blog post and allows readers to easily tweet the stat they find most interesting. The ease with which readers can share your content boosts the potential for it to go viral.
I would like to agree with Amy. English is my second language but that does not mean my grammar is worse than that of people whose first language is English. I did my Bachelors degree in this country and I should say, I was surprised how most American classmates did not have proper grammar compared to mine. Also, not knowing a language is not being semi-literate. Being sensitive to other cultures would be a plus when you are trying to answer people’s questions online.
Collaborate with influencers. When relevant, quote influencers in your industry. Then, tag them in social media posts to let them know that you have mentioned them or linked to their site. Often, they will return the favor by resharing your post or linking back to something you’ve written. People who have absorbed many valuable content marketing tips generally realize that content marketing is not a zero sum game. You can share traffic and attention and both come out better for it.
Domain name trading has been around for the last couple decades, and while most slam-dunk names have long been sold off, there’s still plenty of others that you can get your hands on for relatively cheap and broker as a way to make money online. Before you dive in, however, beware that some experts doubt the long-term viability of this idea for making money online. However, there’s always the chance you might just land on a lucrative domain name for a future billion-dollar company. To get you started, here are some tips from GoDaddy, arguably the world’s largest and most famous repository of domain names.
Yaro, I appreciate your work and selfless effort to help others by publishing your experiences and money making advise. This article is a masterpiece. I recently sent you an invitation to connect on LinkedIn. And, after reading about your interest to develop personally (I assume professionally as well), I would like to share my life’s work and experiences on the topic.
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Blogs have many benefits for content marketing too. Do you need a blog for your organization? It all depends but there are many befits and reasons to at least have a corporate blog (which doesn’t mean it should be company-centric). Blogs have many inherent benefits, can serve multiple (content) marketing goals and there are dozens of good arguments to get started.
Becoming a part of an affiliate network is an excellent strategy for bloggers looking to up their current income or even just to begin actually making money from their blog. There are several options when it comes to affiliate marketing as well as strategies for making affiliate marketing work for you. Below I will teach you what is affiliate marketing, examples of affiliate marketing in blogging, affiliate strategies and some of the top affiliate networks to join.
6. IZEA – IZEA works in addition to a blog or on its own. You get paid to blog, tweet, take photos and take videos. The pay is mostly based on your following, so if you want to make money with your tweets, you’ll need to grow you Twitter following. Likewise, if you want to make money with blogs, you’ll need substantial blog traffic (more on blogging below).
Hi Carol – love your blog and really love this inspirational post! I just got a 3-month paying gig blogging for a small company once per week at a rate of $150 per post. I never would have felt comfortable bidding this if not for this post so many many thanks for giving me a pep in my step! I just wanted to know if there is a standard practice with how one should bill/invoice clients like these. For my design projects I just bill when the project is finalized. This is more on-going and so I feel more inclined to invoice twice a month so I’m paid consistently – but I’m unsure if this is best practice for independent bloggers. Would you mind sharing any insight you have in this very important area?
Use keywords (naturally): Identify your main keyword for the content, a few synonyms, and a few related keywords. Then make sure you’re actually using them in your content, headers, and page content. Don’t over-do it, though. Search engines have been cracking down on content that is “stuffed” with one or two keywords. Write for the reader, but do make sure those important words are present.
What kind of commission do they offer? One-time commissions or recurring commissions? For example, many programs pay you one time for sending a customer. On the other hand, some programs like membership sites or SaaS (software as a service) programs will pay you a commission as long as the person you referred is a paying customer. Recurring commissions are great when you can find them!
Books. Like movies, people often think of books as selling themselves, but savvy marketers don’t sell books just to sell books, they sell books as marketing tools. Michael Port’s sales manual Book Yourself Solid is a great read for entrepreneurs, salespeople, and marketers, and while I’m sure Port enjoys selling his book, the book is a tool for driving customers to his coaching and speaking services. Although with self-publishing it’s easier than ever to publish a book, there is still the perception that it’s difficult and that only reputable professionals can publish a business book. Publish your own, and even if people don’t read it you can still use it as a form of content marketing every time you’re introduced as “Author of…”
Many affiliate programs run with last-click attribution, where the affiliate receiving the last click before the sale gets 100% credit for the conversion. This is changing. With affiliate platforms providing new attribution models and reporting features, you are able to see a full-funnel, cross-channel view of how individual marketing tactics are working together. For example, you might see that a paid social campaign generated the first click, Affiliate X got click 2, and Affiliate Y got the last click. With this full picture, you can structure your affiliate commissions so that Affiliate X gets a percentage of the credit for the sale, even though they didn’t get the last click.
23. Affiliates – There are many affiliate networks, such as FlexOffers and CJ Affiliate that allow you to promote other people’s products and services. You simply put a link or a banner on your page and then you get a percentage if someone clicks through and buys the product/service. You’ll want to select products that are specifically within your blog’s category.This is an effective way to earn money once you have the traffic coming to your blog.
Earning income via Target affiliates, however, requires a bit of work. Cookies expire in just seven days, and commissions can be as low as just one percent, so you’ll need to be operating a high-traffic website in order to make serious cash with this program. But with Target’s much-beloved brand reputation and vast catalog, relevant product links can be a big earner for established influencers.
6. Content Should Reflect Brand Voice: This is a very important thing in content marketing. Your content should be such that it reflects your Brand. After all, you are doing content marketing for taking your brand to the next level. If you are having a good brand reputation then you can sell anything like a hotcake. If you are producing the content which does not reflect your brand voice then that content will not fulfil your goals. So always write the content which will stand out your brand from the crowd.