Is wealthy affiliate scam? Or a successful new business.

Wealthy Affiliate University – Scam? or Successful New Business..


Wealthy Affiliate University – SCAM? or SUCCESSFUL NEW BUSINESS? 

So, I’ve talked a lot about Wealthy Affiliate here, because it is a major part of my life and my income.

So here is my official review.

While my opinion as a member may be a bit biased, I promise to be completely objective here, detailing the GOOD and the BAD..

My personal experience of Wealthy Affiliate University…


 The Free Trial Offer

The free-trial deal was supposed to include most of “bells & whistles” of Wealthy Affiliate University.  Enough to try it out and make sure I liked the job before I committed to it full-time.

I initially joined for free, as promised.  Registration consisted of name and email, no question of a credit card whatsoever!  To prove I was a real person I had to confirm my email address.  That was that.

Once I was in, I’m told to setup a username, fill out my profile to introduce myself to the community. I was immediately given access to the lessons—10 lessons for a 10-day trial period.

I jumped right in and found the lessons to be incredibly fascinating!  Maybe most of you knew a little about affiliate marketing already, but it was mostly new information to me. I had no idea how so many people were making all this money online and how easy it could be for me to get in on it too.

My ten days worth of lessons were finished in two days!  I was overly eager, I zoomed through the lessons without waiting.

Here’s the gist of the lessons and what I learned..

Online Entrepreneurship Certifications:  10 Lessons

During the first course, they roll out the Welcome Mat..

“We’re so happy to have you here..  Here’s how to complete your profile, add your picture.. Here’s how to ask for help, and here’s a quick tour of Wealthy Affiliate”, blah, blah, blah…

Now while this IS very interesting, you can skip it, or skim through it and move on to the good stuff.

THE GOOD STUFF..

Here’s all the SECRETS I never knew—how to actually make money online.  How it’s all possible, how others are doing it.  CREATE CONTENT on a website, use KEYWORDS and SEO to get visitors, and GET COMMISSIONS from other businesses when those visitors click  on your links.

CHOOSING YOUR CONTENT TOPIC (Niche):

You pick a topic that interests you, and you start your website.  Your “content” that is necessary for the entire process to work, can be writing on your blog or website.  You can use your site to make an online store.  You can create videos and learn how to make money with those.. Whichever way you go, you’ll be learning how to GENERATE your own INCOME with your content.

TWO FREE WEBSITES:

Here’s your two free websites.  You get to design them, color, theme, etc..  You get to choose the names of both, and they’re widely available. You can add whatever you want to these sites, there are zero limits.

But, these are not custom domains—they are .SiteRubix.com sites (example: yoursite@siterubix .com).  You can do whatever you want with these two, and they’re yours as long as you’re a member—for free or paid.

Your SiteRubix websites are LIVE, and reachable by the public.  So, as soon as you publish your site, you are officially a webmaster with your own website online.

If you follow the lessons, you can make these sites successful.  However, most people decide to choose a custom domain after they design their ideal website.  This will be on your tab, as most domains cost about $10 to purchase, and as an annual recurring cost to keep it..

I was surprised by this, as it is not mentioned anywhere in the WA starter lessons.  But it’s a small price to pay for your very own personalized dot com website.

SETUP AND DESIGN:

I used to think that you’d have to be a programmer, or be prepared to dish out hundreds of bucks a month to have your own website.  I was so surprised to find out how easy and inexpensive it is!

The next few lessons show you in detail how to setup your website.  You can choose from thousands of different themes, and design it to give it the specific look you want.  You’re -shown step-by-step lessons of how to add categories, posts and pages, images..  It is all spelled out for you in text, and video walkthrough.  It’s so simple, and a lot of fun!

And keep in mind, it is all still FREE at this point!

The FINAL STARTER LESSONS:

I was already shown how to make money with my website, but these final lessons focus on the different types of content (articles, posts, videos, social media, etc) you can add, and how to attract visitors and ultimately profit from your content.

This is where you learn about SEO and how to use it.  SEO is “search engine optimization”, and it’s basically how to setup your website so that Google notices it..

Since it’s the search engines that will bring you the majority of your visitors (at least at first), you need to know what they people are looking for and what they like to see in a published website.  It’s really just a few simple steps that will quickly become second-nature to any website owner.

In two days (by Lesson 10), I had TWO published websites, live for the world to see.  Please keep in mind that both of these have changed in content and design many times over the years, as I continue to learn new things at WA on a daily basis.

Affiliate earnings and how much you can make.

Starting at Wealthy Affiliate, you’re given two sets of lessons.  You can start with either one, but most WA members eventually study and actively practice both earning methods.

Affiliate Certification Training

—  Certification Training teaches you how to make money from any niche, or topic of interest you choose.

Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp Training

—  Bootcamp teaches you how to promote Wealthy Affiliate (if you choose).

No matter which training you start with, you are carefully walked through the entire process.  The Bootcamp training is a fantastic advantage to the already beneficial membership.  Wealthy Affiliate is it’s own affiliate program that pays its members very generous commissions for referrals.

As a Premium WA member, you get $22.50 commission payment for anyone who signs up under your link.  And this is a recurring commission—meaning you get it each and every month as long as that person stays a member.

So even if you only get as few as three new members per week, that’s about $250 per month, every month.

And this is only through Wealthy Affiliate.  You will be promoting many different products or services in addition to WA, which has the potential to bring in a lot of extra money.

For example, I promote an awesome survey site called FusionCash, because it was where I started with online earning and where I made the most money.  Now, in promoting it, I make ten times more than I did without a website. It is one of my more profitable affiliate programs.

And all I did was mention FusionCash and post a link.  Simply talking about my success at FusionCash gets people interested and they click on the link, which almost always brings me a commission.

With each FusionCash click, I earn $1 – $2, which is a tiny amount compared to many other affiliate commision programs.  But this one little link brings in about $300-$400 per month all by itself.

And from my three websites, I promote about 200 different programs. It’s that easy.

Wealthy Affiliate brings in the majority of my income, but many, many other “free” programs add up to a lot of cash!

Now this may take a while of devoted blogging on your site to get to this point.  It took me about 6-8 months to see a steady stream of visitors, clicks and signups.

But the niches I chose off the bat were highly competitive.  Wealthy Affiliate gives you suggestions of very narrow fields which will bring in immediate traffic simply because of a lack of options.  You just answer the people’s questions.

As long as my websites are active and I’m continually doing what WA taught me, Google automatically continues to reward me with more visitors.

WA taught me how to it all, and I’m still learning new stuff every day.


Keeping that big money in mind, let me tell you my Wealthy Affiliate complaint.

The cost.

Wealthy Affiliate is not a free service.  It comes with a hefty monthly fee.

But let me clarify–the free trial was actually free as promised..  The two websites also promised, including designing and publishing, really was free as well..

However, after the 10-day free Starter trial period is over, you’re required to pay the first monthly fee if you want to continue on with the lessons and keep building up your website and your content, and most likely you will.

I promise, it’s unexpectedly very addictive!

Okay, so the good news is that you’re offered a discounted rate for the first month of $19.

If you’re still there 30 days later, you’re billed $47 for your next month and each following month that you remain a member.

Okay so I know exactly what you’re thinking because I thought it too. If you could see profitable results immediately, then it would be a piece of cake paying a monthly fee out.  But no, they tell you straight up that it will likely take a while before you see traffic and earnings coming in.  It is very likely that you’ll get a few commission payments straggle through during your first month and your second month..  By the third month, again this depends on which niche you’ve chosen, you will likely get your first steady stream of income.  Not enough to live on, and very likely it won’t be enough to cover your monthly payments yet either.  But if you continue to follow the lessons, and adding content to your website or blog on a regular basis, the people (and the big money) will come!

Kyle, the WA owner hosts all the video lessons himself. As skeptical as I usually am, I believed him when he kept saying, “just keep working, it’ll happen”.  He gives a time-frame for success somewhere around 3-8 months.  And by the 12 month mark, you’ve got cash payments coming in from all over the place on a daily basis.

But still, just starting out with something so new, you really don’t want to pay a bunch of money on a promise that things will come back to you eventually.  But that’s what I did.  I believed in it, and honestly, I was having fun and I didn’t want to quit!

At about the six month mark at Wealthy Affiliate, I started getting regular traffic, and clicks, and the payments slowly started coming in.  And mind you, I chose the hard “make money online” niche that everybody seems to be doing!  Another niche probably would have made it happen in half the time..

But the point is that now my monthly payments going into WA are a tiny portion of what WA is giving me each month.  I would be paying $47 on the 13th (or whatever day of the month that I happen to start my membership on), and I would get a $64 payment from Wealthy Affiliate send directly into my Paypal account on the first of the month.  The next month it would be higher, and the next month even higher, and on and on…  I quickly learned what a terrific value that service actually is.  I could have easily taken my website over to a different hosting company for a little bit cheaper, and left WA for good, saving myself that outgoing payment each month.  But not being a member, I lose my biggest monthly commission payment each month.

After a year, I had good money!  I went ahead and paid the yearly subscription fee of $375, which cut my monthly payments down to $29 per month.  And out of that $29 per month, I am getting $22.5 handed right back to me, per referral, for each and every month.  Wealthy Affiliate is easy to sell–it’s worth it and people can see that for themselves for free.

Worst case scenario–quit when your trial period’s up.  Nothing lost on your end, and a lot of new knowledge gained.

My favorite part about my new Internet business…

I recently had a family crisis which took all of my time and left all three of my sites completely neglected for about two months.  I was worried about losing the income after being away for so long.  But the flow of visitors, clicks, and commissions coming in never even slowed down!  My business was running, and thriving without me.

Set it and forget it..

Affiliate marketing is not exactly what you’d call a ‘passive income’, because you have to put in the work.  But once your content is published and your affiliate links are placed, it’s there forever.  Set it and forget it!  If I completely walked away from my websites today, the money would probably still be flowing in for about a year or two.


Is wealthy affiliate scam? Or a successful new business.

THE KEY TO SUCCESS at Wealthy Affiliate

Take advantage of the Wealthy Affiliate Community to learn tricks and tips.

When I joined, I automatically assumed that these people are my competition.  Why should I

turn to them with any questions or comments?  I’m not a social person, personally.  But there are no competitors there.  They’re all friendly and helpful.  It’s the strangest lifestyle.  Everyone has one common goal, but very different methods of getting there.  There are many successful people at WA, many of whom are owners of popular sites that you probably visit on a daily basis.  Ask any question, anytime, and you’ll get professional answers or suggestions, usually within minutes.

Only promote products and services that you believe in!

You will come across plenty of affiliate programs offering you outrageous, hard-to-pass-up commissions just for mentioning them or linking to them.  It is just bad business to promoting products or services or websites that you are unfamiliar with, or that you know your readers will not be happy with.  It may earn you a commission, but it will probably lose you respect and credibility with that reader who trusted you.

Follow the instructions step-by-step and it WORKS!  

If you complete each step of each lesson, you will earn money from your website. No limits.

And each step of the process was fun.  Every little step or accomplishment gets you excited and you’re ready to do more and more!

You can actually see how Google notices your hard work and rewards you with better rankings, more visitors to your site, and ultimately, more earnings.

Depending on your devotion, the sky is the limit from there.

After a year of blogging, I quit my full-time job and worked solely from home, earning more than I was before.

I am now up to three websites total, which bring in three incomes.

I am my own boss..  I work my own hours. It’s a completely new lifestyle.

Wealthy Affiliate changed my life.

Get your new business started for free with Wealthy Affiliate.

 

ClixSense Strategy for Maximum Earnings (without Referrals)

Clixsense strategy for maximizing your earnings potential.

Yes, referrals will be your best bet for making the most possible with Clisense.  If you are in a position to get an affiliate link out to a few hundred people, small incremental payments will start flooding in daily.  However, most people are not setup for this type of affiliate marketing.

While a ton of referrals will make a big difference in your Clixsense account, it is possible to beat out the rest of the Clixsense competition in PTC, microtask, offer and survey earnings alone.


Clixsense Strategy for Maximizing Earnings.. without Referrals

You can still earn a nice chunk of extra cash by taking part in the many other ClixSense activities.  The key to maximizing your Clixsense earning potential (without referrals) is the surveys, the ClixAddon, and the Daily Checklist bonus.




 

Install the ClixAddon (and keep it active!)

Your ClixSense strategy requires the ClixAddon so you can stay on top of what surveys, tasks and ads are available to you.The Clixsense addon is crucial for your Clixsense strategy, as it lets you know what’s available as it happens.

If you’re not familiar with ClixSense add on (the ClixAddon), find specific details here.

With the 800 people who are logged into Clixsense at any given time competing for the next task, good deals go fast.  They will probably not be there a few hours later.

The ClixAddon tells you what’s happening immediately, in real time, so you can be one of the first ones there and never miss a thing.  The first batch of participants in any of these areas (surveys, offers, PTC ads, tasks) has the best opportunity for earning.  They get more offered to them, and first picked for limited qualification requirements.

Leaving the ClixAddon running for an hour each day also contributes to your Daily Checklist bonus.  But if you see it there all the time and get used to the information it is giving you, you’ll notice how valuable it can be to you.


 

Complete the Daily Checklist bonus EVERYDAY..

The Daily Checklist bonus is the other area you should focus on every day.  This bonus rewards you for staying active on the site and coming back daily.  The percentage paid to you is  based on your entire personal earnings total, not including referral earnings.

The checklist is easy to complete if you’re there trying to earn anyway.  If you plan to earn the checklist bonus daily, you should definitely reconsider the Premium Membership.

After a while, you’ll notice that the more you earn from the site, the bigger this bonus gets. The amount will become too significant to pass up.

Go Premium!

Once you start increasing your personal earnings and completing your daily checklist on a daily basis, you should really consider going for the Premium Membership.  It absolutely is not necessary, but it more than doubles your daily bonuses.

Premium will cost you $17 per year, but is very worth it if you’re active on the site.  That Daily Checklist above is based on your total daily earnings from PTC ad, tasks, offers, surveys and ClixGrid prizes.

With Premium, your bonus doubles, from 7% to 16%, for completed checklists, with no cap or limit on what’s possible.

Use the daily checklist bonus in your ClixSense strategy for maximum earnings.

So, if you have a $30 day on Clixsense, that’s an extra $4.80 added to your account at the end of the day (compared to $2.10 for a Standard Member).


Update your profiles for the Clixsense surveys As part of your Clixsense strategy, be sure to update your survey profiles to get qualified for the higher paying surveys.

Clixsense is overly generous with its survey rewards.  If you qualified for each and everyone of these, you’d be set!

But these are not always so easy to qualify for.  What you need to understand is which type of person each survey is targeting by the questions being asked.  If you know what’s behind the survey questions being asked, they are much easier to qualify for.

Check out this list of secrets that the market researchers don’t want you to know, then go update your profile to fit the ‘profile’ they’re looking for.  You’ll qualify more often for the highest-paying surveys.

And sign up for as many of the survey companies attached to ClixSense.  The survey offers will flood in through your ClixAddon and you’ll boost your earnings fast!


ClixSense Strategy Conclusion..

If you follow this strategy, Clixsense can be a serious money-maker for you.  Over time, the longer you stay and remain active, the more money you will make.  Sign up for ClixSense if you haven’t yet.


 

My powerful secret..

While ClixSense is part of my daily earning strategy, there is another site that triples the amount ClixSense brings in.  Find out my #1 source of online income here.

Making Money with Clixsense

 

Guide to making money with Clixsense.

Clixsense has succeeded in making this site a one-stop-shop for all your earning needs.  There is such a variety at Clixsense, it’s hard to get bored.  And if you do, there’s a lot of cool games you can play to compete against other members.  It’s my first and last stop of most of my days, and I think it will be yours too.

So, here’s everything you need to know about making money with Clixsense.


WHO can work on Clixsense?

  • Residents of any country can work and be paid through Clixsense, as long as you have an account with at least one of the three payment options available to you: Paypal, Payza and Paytoo.
  • All members must be at least 16 years old.
  • Strict one-account-per-household rule:  One account, one email address, per household, per IP address.

Different ways of making money with Clixsense..


View PTC ads

Clixsense is most known for its PTC, or “paid to click” ads.  Advertisers pay Clixsense to show their ad to a certain number of people.  In return, Clixsense pays you and me, its members, to view these ads.  Win-Win-Win.

However, there is only a limited number of these available, which are on a first come, first serve basis.  Viewing PTC ads will pay out about 1/2 cent to 2 cents each.  Earning with PTC ads is simple and the cash really adds up in the end.


Surveys

Clixsense surveys are some of the highest paid surveys out there.  I am personally a survey freak–I cannot pass up a “10-minutes-for-$5 survey” no matter how busy I am.  And I can always count on Clixsense to have an abundance of these top-dollar surveys available.  Just be sure to follow these secrets to making the most money possible with surveys, so you’ll qualify more often and earn more cash.


Offers

Clixsense offers are hosted by other companies who are willing to pay for new customers to try out their product, service or website.  Usually these will require a credit card and sometimes even a purchase, but the reward for completing these is usually higher than anything else.

It is your choice which offers you choose to take part in.  It’s common (and acceptable) to give a credit card number to take part in a “free trial” offer, then cancel before your card is charged, and still be credited by Clixsense.  You just need to make sure you understand the specific rules and requirements of each offer before taking part.


Crowdflower microtasks

In case you’re unfamiliar with microtasking, these are tiny jobs for tiny payments.  Tasks usually take anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes and pay you for successfully completing them (generally 2 cents up to a few dollars).  There are a few microtasking sites around the web, but Crowdflower is the only one that spreads it tasks to third party hosts, like Clixsense.  You can find Crowdflower tasks at various sites, but Clixsense pays more for these than any other competing site.  

Crowdflower tasks are on a first come first serve basis.  Some times they have plenty available and other times there may be none available to you.  Task earnings can really add up, so it is good to keep checking back daily.


Referrals

Clixsense has an excellent referral program.  You get a percentage of each person who signs up under your personalized Clixsense affiliate link.  The commission is only about 5-10% per task or offer, which is small potatoes. But these add up.

If you sign up for Premium Membership, it becomes an 8-tier program, which means that you’ll get credit for your referral, and your referral’s referral, and so on up to 8 levels.  This can become very profitable with a good number of referrals.


Games

Okay, so you can’t really earn with the games, but it’s a great selection that is worth checking out.  They’re fun, and addictive.  You can compete against other Clixsense members in popular games like Bad Eggs Online and Learn to Fly.

 

Clixsense games don't really help with making money with clixsense, but they're fun and addictive.

There’s also great potential for making money with Clixsense Bonuses


Daily Checklist Bonus

Aside from your regular earnings, you can get an added bonus each day if you complete all of the items on the daily checklist.  This is here to encourage users to try out all of the ways to earn.  There’s even a bonus-activity bonus for completing the checklist regularly.  If you complete it on day one, day two, and day three, you will receive the activity bonus on day three.  As long as you continue to complete it every day, you will get it every day.  If you miss a day, then that three day rule starts all over again.

This doesn’t sound like much, but if you’re earning as much as possible with offers, surveys, tasks, and PTC clicks, these bonuses can really add to your total.

For completing the daily checklist bonus and activity bonus, a Standard Member gets 7% of his total earnings, while the Premium Member gets 16%.  This takes into account earnings from PTC clicks, offers, surveys, and microtasks.

Account Type:   Standard   Premium
Daily Checklist Bonus 5.0% 12.0%
ClixAddon Extra Bonus ¹ 1.0% 2.0%
Activity Extra Bonus ² 1.0% 2.0%
Maximum Possible Bonus 7.0% 16.0%

ClixGrid Bonuses

The ClixGrid is a fun chance game to earn an extra bonus up to $10.  Every member gets 30 clicks on the ClixGrid per day (60 clicks for Premium members).  After you click each square, you are sent to an ad page where you are required to watch for 10 seconds (or 5 seconds for Premium Members). You are then told whether or not that square was a winner, and are allowed to backspace back to the grid to continue clicking.

The ClixGrid is not really a game of luck, but rather statistics.  The more you play, the better your chances are of winning small bonuses.  So play daily.  If it gets boring, you can keep a movie running on a side window to watch while you’re clicking on your ClixGrid window.


ClixAddon

The Clixsense add on can be added to your browser to keep you in the Clixsense loop.  Installing it and keeping it active for an hour per day adds to your daily checklist bonus.

When installed, the ClixAddon displays a tiny button at the top right of your browser at all times, and flashes to tell you when new ads, surveys, offers or tasks are available.  A simple click on it brings up this shot:
ClixAddon is crucial to making money with Clixsense.

As you can see, it gives you detailed stats on your Clixsense account, including your tallied earnings, and what’s available for you as they come in.  On the right, it shows you notifications of surveys mostly, including the reward and time it will take you to complete each one.

I love the ClixAddon because it really maximizes my earnings.  I often forget throughout the day and it keeps me constantly reminded of ways I could be making money with Clixsense.

The ClixAddon is completely harmless to your computer.  It does not slow it down or cause crashes at all, and it does not bombard you with ads.


What is Clixsense Premium Membership?

Clixsense offers additional benefits for Premium Membership.  Cost of going Premium is:

  • $17 one-time annual fee
  • or $30 for a full two years

Premium Membership can boost your earnings in a few different areas, including:

  • Referrals–  Referrals earnings is the most significant difference you’ll notice by switching to a Premium Membership.  Commissions double on most referral activities.  See the chart below for exact changes in amounts.
  • Daily checklist bonus– Completing the daily checklist doubles the bonus earned from a possible 7% to 16%.  If you do everything on the list (which is easily attainable), you could earn 16% of your earnings.  Earnings for this bonus includes:  PTC ads clicks, ClixGrid prizes, completed CrowdFlower tasks and completed offers and surveys.
  • PTC ads–  Many Clixsense advertisers choose to only show their ads to Clixsense users who have established “purchasing power”.  This is why Premium members are usually offered more PTC ads than members who have not paid for Premium Membership.  But Clixsense warns extra PTC ads are offered with a Premium Membership, but are not guaranteed.
  • Extra Clixgrid Clicks–  Premium Membership doubles the amount of clix you get on the Clixgrid–60 per day instead of 30.  This in turn doubles your chances of winning.

Here’s the chart of Premium benefits posted on the Clixsense website.  Click the image below to see larger text.

Making more money with Clixsense Premium Membership.

How will I be paid with Clixsense?


Cash Transfer

Clixsense offers three ways to quickly and easily transfer your cash earnings: Paypal, Paytoo, and Payza.

  • Paytoo -(available in over 200 countries). You must sign up with Paytoo to find out if your country is on its list.

The great thing about Paytoo is that it does not require a bank account.  You can cashout your earnings (or add money to your Paytoo account) at an actual, physical location.  Check here to see if there’s one near you.

Check payment option

Checks are available to US and Canada members only.

Checks issued are only valid for 60 days.  If you lose it or for some other reason are unable to cash your Clixsense check, you can contact them to try and make other arrangements.  If you do not cash your check within 60 days, you will lose that money and Clixsense may even choose to close your account.  The do not issue refunds or credit money back to your Clixsense account after it has been issued through any method.


Clixsense minimum cashout amount?

Clixsense pays members upon request after they have reached the minimum limit in their earnings:

  • $8 for Standard members
  • $6 for Premium members

When does Clixsense pay?

This is one are where this site stands out from any other site.  Clixsense always pays what they promise and when the promise.  They are consistently reliable in this regard.

  • Cash Transfer payments are sent out on the Monday and Friday afternoon of each week (before 5pm eastern standard time).

If you request your payout by 2pm on a Monday or Friday, you will be paid the very same day.

Checks are mailed out on the 10th of each month, to the address you’ve listed on your Clixsense profile.

  • Check payments must be requested by the 7th for it to go out by the 10th.

Address/Identity Verification

US and Canada identity must be verified before being allowed to receive Paypal, Paytoo or Payza payments.  Your first requested payment is mandatory by check, sent with a four digit code which you enter into your account at Clixsense.  This verifies that the check was delivered and received at the address that you claimed was yours.  You must cash the check within 60 days to complete this verification process and be paid.


Clixsense Toolbar

The Clixsense toolbar seems pointless when you can get all you need from the ClixAddon.  I don’t recommend downloading the toolbar. Even Chrome advised me against it. This is just another one of those common, annoying toolbars, like the Yahoo and AOL ones, and it has no direct relationship to your Clixsense account, other than bombarding you with ads.  Plus, there is no cash incentive for downloading it.


ClixResearch

Clixsense Research is completely separate from Clixsense.  ClixResearch is strictly surveys, and is mirrored to another site called ClearVoice.  These are reasonably-rewarded surveys offered to members of any country.  Payment terms are different.  They offer Amazon gift card, restaurant voucher or Payoneer cash payments after you reach their $10 minimum.  ClixResearch is offered as a button at the top of your Clixsense account page.  You must fill out a completely different (and very detailed) profile questionnaire to start taking surveys with Clixsense Research.

Making money with Clixsense can extend to the separate Clixsense Research site.

Likewise, there are many other survey hosting sites attached to Clixsense.  I suggest you sign up with as many as possible and fill out those initial profiles to get more surveys offered to you.  I look for those from Global Test Market, Samplicio and LiveSample first, as they generally pay the most for your valuable time.


PTC Virus and Malware Warning

Clixsense claims in its User Agreement that they scan each PTC advertisement for viruses and malware, but do not evaluate the actual outside landing pages that each advertisement will lead you if clicked upon.  They are also careful to add that they are not held liable if you get any type of malware or virus on your computer.  And unfortunately, this is easily the case with some of these ads you will see on the site.  Watch and earn, but be careful where you click.  Any clicks leading you to a site outside of Clixsense could potentially be dangerous to your device.


Member Suspension/Cancellation Warnings:

  • If you go 90 days without logging in, you will become inactive and Clixsense will close your account out with a zero balance, which will not be returned to you if you reactivate your account later.
  • No chargebacks allowed for any purchase made through Clixsense.  For any payments made to Clixsense (for PTC ad credits, Premium Membership, etc), Clixsense will automatically suspend your account and charge you the amount owed plus a $20 chargeback fee to be reinstated.  Even if it is warranted, you should always get in touch with Clixsense with any issues first.
  • Absolutely no use of VPNs or proxy server.  This is considered fraud for cheating offers.  I’m not sure exactly what that means, but they’re pretty serious about it, so maybe you shouldn’t do it.
  • And like most survey/offer sites, Clixsense does not allow multiple accounts of the same person, the same household, or the same IP address.  Ideally, doing this would allow a person to complete the same offers and surveys twice which is considered fraud.  They will cancel your account instantly and keep all your earnings.

Clixsense and the Better Business Bureau

Clixsense is not accredited with the BBB.  They have not applied for accreditation and are not required to do so.  However, users still have the right to send in complaints to the Better Business Bureau about a non-accredited business, and often do so to get their complaint on file and visible to the public.  But Clixsense has absolutely zero complaints against them, which is surprising due to the length of time it has been in business and the great number of members the site has.  Either way, I take this as a great sign that others have had as good an experience as I’ve had with the site so far.


Conclusion..

Clixsense is an awesome site that I know you won’t be disappointed with.  It’s a well-established money-making site that pays generously and pays instantly.  Sign up, start earning and have fun!

If there something here that I didn’t cover, please ask.  I’ll answer.

Make Money Online - Affiliate Program 101.. Everything you need to get started with an affiliate marketing business.

Make Money Online Affiliate Program 101

Online affiliate programs make it incredibly easy for the average person to make some extra money online.  And with all the resources available out there, you can easily turn a few affiliate programs into a thriving affiliate marketing business.  

From the basics to getting started, we’re going to cover it all..

How to Make Money Online – Affiliate Program 101

 Here’s what’s included:

  • What is an affiliate program..
  • Different types of affiliate programs (and how you’re paid)..
  • Where to find affiliate programs..
  • How to make money online with an affiliate program..
  • Popular affiliate program lists..
  • How to get started..
  • How to get your own website FREE..

What is an affiliate program?

Affiliate marketing is a serious new contender in the online advertising world.  Companies online, big and small, pay average people like me and you to talk about their product, service, or website.

In joining an affiliate program, you are an affiliate for that company.  As an affiliate, you’re paid an incentive for talking about that business, and getting people to click on your link to go to that that website .  You can advertise your links by writing reviews on your own blog or website.  You can also post links on other sites like forums, or launch pay per click ads to get people to your affiliate site.

Just like a realtor gets paid a commission for selling someone else’s home, these companies pay you a commission for simply referring people to them.  In some cases, the commission only comes after the customer makes a purchase, but you’re always told up front what is required of your referrals before you sign up.


Different types of affiliate programs..

There are many different types of affiliate programs you can join.  Each one falls into one of the following three categories: pay-per-sale, pay-per-click, and pay-per-lead.  The category of the affiliate program determines what is required of your referrals after they click on your link.

Pay-per-sale affiliate programs-

-The customer clicks on your link heading to your promoted affiliate program, and actually makes a purchase from that other site.  And there are two types of pay-per-sale payments types:

  • Flat-rate commission-

This is a fixed commission amount paid to you for a customer sale.

Examples of flat-rate programs are MLM or Co-op programs, like Wealthy Affiliate or Affilorama or ZipNadaZilch.  Because the rate plans are fixed, you get a fixed amount for each sale you refer.   Most of these you have to pay to join yourself, but this is usually worth it because of the high-earning potential in this category.  More about these below.

  • Percentage-based commission-

They pay you a percentage of the total purchase price the customer spent with the advertiser.

An Example of a percentage commission pay-per-click affiliate program is Amazon.  You talk about an item they have for sale, your reader clicks on your link, and makes a purchase (any item), you get a 4-10% commission.

Pay-per-click affiliate programs-

This is where you designate a spot on your site for a bulk advertiser to automatically place ads that are relevant to your niche, or the general topic of your web pages.  You must have your own blog or website  for pay-per-click affiliate advertising.  This type of program pays tiny payments per click (1-20 cent average), and is really only worth it if you already have a large number of daily visitors to your site.

Some examples of pay-per-click affiliate programs are Google AdSense, and Adversal.

Pay-per-lead affiliate programs

This is the easiest type of affiliate program out there, because nothing is actually required of your referral other than signing up and confirming their email address.  Someone visits the site, joins for free and confirms their email address by clicking a link.  Simple.

One example of a pay-per-lead affiliate program is a site called Vindale Research.  This is a survey company that is completely free for you and your referrals to join, and they pay you a flat $5 for each person who signs up under your link.  It’s easy money!


Where to find affiliate programs.  

Affiliate programs are everywhere!

Websites, old and new, are competing for visitors on the web.  So when one site offers a competitive affiliate program, people are enticed to promote it, leading more traffic and business to that website.  In order to keep up, that site’s competitors must offer an affiliate program of their own.  And because of this, affiliate programs are spreading like wildfire.  Search for any topic you can imagine, and there are likely many matching affiliate programs for you to choose from.

There are also free directories, or networks of affiliate programs.  These are companies who take care of individual affiliate programs all in one network.  You join the network site, search their supply or simply go down the list and sign up with different programs right from one site.  And you’re paid all of your affiliate commissions directly through the directory site.  Some of these include PantheraLinkShare, Commission Junction, and ShareaSale.

The affiliate programs on these directories have a huge range of companies, products and services you can choose to promote.  Any possible niche you choose for your website can be complimented with relevant affiliate programs from these sites.


How can I make money online with an affiliate program?

Okay, so let’s assume you’ve gotten your website all set up and active, and the niche you’ve chosen is:  Baby products.

There are so many different avenues you could venture down with this niche.  Affiliate marketing is mostly based on content–which means lots of words (articles, posts) that are valuable to your reader.  So you will be writing about products for babies.  You can do your keyword research to find out what your readers want to know, and write it for them.

Write your first article on any related product of your choice.  Reviews of products are the perfect opportunity to reach people who want to know more about a product or service, and gives you the opportunity to tell them what they need to know, or give them options of other comparable products.

After you have your chosen product, do a search for the best, matching affiliate program.  Say you found this great toddler booster seat.  You do a search for it on various sites and find the best deal, and sign up with that site’s affiliate program.  It is likely that you will find similar baby-related products on Amazon, Walmart.com, and ToysRUs.com.  They give you an affiliate link, and you base your written content on that product, focusing on getting your reader to make the click.

You can also reverse that order–choose the affiliate program and browse their products for something in particular to promote.  Many people do this with product sites like Amazon–they find those top-selling items and become experts.  The best part about using Amazon is that if your referral clicks on your link, and chooses to buy a $1500 laptop instead, you still get credit for that.

And still another way to go about this is to find which baby products actual consumers search the most, then find the product and the affiliate program.  A simple Jaaxy keyword search for toddlers brings up a lot of questions about the “Teach my Toddler Learning Kit”.  I would know, if this was my niche, that I should learn as much as I can about that product and promote it.  I’d likely get a lot of visitors clicking on my site if I could show them more about what the product is and where to buy it for the best price.

You can also promote products or services from different affiliate programs on the same article.  You can promote a toddler training potty from Amazon.. an e-book on the best method to train your toddler on Clickbank..  and a potty training rewards kit from ToysRUs all in the same post.  The possibilities are endless..


Popular Product Affiliate Programs:

Amazon

  • Minimum 4% commission (up to 10% on varying categories).

Walmart (accessed through Linkshare)

  • 4% commission (1% on video games and electronics)

Affiliate Program Directory / Network Sites:

Panthera Interactive

  • Hosts a lot of great advertisers and very competitive rates.  $50 minimum to cashout.  Cash payments through Paypal, direct deposit, wire and check by mail.

LinkShare 

  • Now known as Rakuten.  Hosts thousands of affiliate programs in one spot, including Walmart, and many high-end programs like Lancome, Macy’s and Microsoft.  Linkshare has multiple options for any niche.  

ShareASale

  • Almost 4,000 businesses to choose from, including Reebok, Adidas and Shutterfly.  Each individual program has its own terms and varying percentages paid.

ClickBank – 

  • Affiliate programs for promoting digital information products.  Some are very popular, and easily sellable items, with very high commission rates (50%-75% on average).  

Commission Junction 

  • More than 3000 businesses to choose from, including Home Depot, Turbo Tax, and the Home Shopping Network.  Each individual program has it’s own terms and varying percentages paid.  

PeerFly

  • This one is a little different, as it hosts certain offers that you get a commission from if your referrals actually take part.  These types of offers appear in incentive sites like FusionCash and Swagbucks.  These types of programs can have very high-earning potential, as they include offers from some very well-known companies such as Target, Dell, and Disney.

Popular ‘Make Money’  Online Affiliate Program List:

Wealthy Affiliate

This is my top recommended Make Money online affiliate program.  This site makes it so easy to learn and succeed at an affiliate marketing business.  Literally everything you need is right at your fingertips, including:

  • Unlimited training
  • Keyword research tool  ($20 per month value)
  • Managed hosting for 25 websites ($20 value per website)
  • Instant technical help anytime you need it
  • Unlimited (siterubix) websites
  • Automatic website theme builder
  • Generous commission payouts ($22.50 per referral per month, every month).  Two measly referrals each month pays your monthly fee ($47/month).

Affilorama

AffiloBluePrint, is a packaged deal with most of what you need to get started with your website, including hosting for one year.  Cost: $197

Or Premium Affilorama is $67 month, and it offers a much more detailed training experience, also including:

  • Technical support
  • Keyword research tool
  • Website theme builder
  • Hosting for 15 websites.
  • Unlimited training needed

Motor Club of America (Get Weekly Paychecks)

You pay $20 per month and receive the actual motor-club service, and are paid commissions for each person who signs up under you and becomes an affiliate just like you did.  While it is possible to earn a good income with the Motor Club of America (MCA), you’re limited in your tools and resources, and can only promote the MCA with your website.

Cost:  $40 sign up fee, and $20 per month membership fee.

Empower Network

A very popular site offering training videos on how to sell the training videos to other people.  These are very high-dollar products, with many upsells.  You can start with a low joining fee, but are constantly pressured to purchase the next level.  And while the commissions are very high for you, you cannot earn commission for any of their levels until you have actually purchased that level yourself.  Here are the levels and costs to purchase:

  •  $25 per month (pre-loaded blog)
  •  $300 one-time fee (blog/marketing training)
  • $100 per month (motivation audios)
  • $497 one-time fee (High Ticket Academy)
  • $500 one-time fee (Costa Rica Videos)
  • $1,000 one-time fee ($15k Formula)
  • $3,500 one-time fee (Master’s Retreat)

Because costs are so high, referral sales will be fewer and far between than most other ‘make money online’ affiliate programs.  Find out more about Empower Network here.


How to get started with affiliate marketing.. 

You need your own website or blog to do this successfully.  You can get your own site these days for an unbelievably cheap price.  What you’ll need to start up and run your own website:

  • Domain
  • Web hosting
  • Theme
  • Website builder

Before you get overwhelmed, there are actually affiliate programs out there that will set you up with everything you need, and teach you everything else you need to know.  Wealthy Affiliate is my #1 recommendation for an all-in-one, make money online affiliate program that you can try out for free to see if you like it.  They don’t even ask for your credit card!

Wealthy Affiliate makes it simple!  Check out this sample tutorial on how easy it is to set up your own website.

Learn how to create you own website in under 30 seconds, and be on your way to making money with online affiliate programs.

Otherwise, it is possible to do all of this on your own.  You can get an inexpensive domain name at Namecheap, and hosting from popular sites like GoDaddy and HostGator.  All three options are geared toward the beginner, with setup instructions and walkthroughs.


Get a free website to try out..

Even if you decide not to go with an all-inclusive Make-Money-Online affiliate program, you can take advantage of a free trial and get two FREE websites to play around with.  If you sign up with Wealthy Affiliate, you get two free websites-no credit card required.  You can design your site how you want to, add any posts and pages and images you want to, and actually publish them online!

I highly recommend this for any newcomer to affiliate marketing.  It is a perfect (and free) way to test it out before committing.  You can write an article, sign up for affiliate programs, and earn extra money with these free sites, without paying a dime.  You also get a lot of detailed training (if you want it) and step-by-step instructions with each section.

Enter the name you want for your first website below and see if it’s available..


 

Conclusion..

Now you should have the basics down..  You’ve got some great affiliate programs to get started with and you know where to get your free “tester” website.  All you’ve got to do is get started and start earning your money!

Feel free to leave me a comment or ask any questions.. I’ll get back to you.

 

Wealthy Affiliate vs Affilorama

Wealthy Affiliate or Affilorama? Which is the easier way to online success?It should be clear by now that I am an avid Wealthy Affiliate advocate.  But I think I finally found something that might stack up to what WA offers.

After spending a lot of time digging into the Affilorama products, I’m quite impressed. If I had started with Affilorama when I was just learning, I would have been very satisfied with the system and the step-by-step “for-beginners” way in which Mark Ling personally delivers it.

Wealthy Affiliate vs Affilorama Products, including AffiloBluePrint, AffiloTheme, Affilorama Premium, and AffiloJetPack.. See which stacks up and who stands out.

I have personally tried and tested three out of the four Affilorama products: AffiloBlueprint, AffiloTheme, and Affilorama’s Premium.

The fourth product, the AffilioJetPack is still quite a bit out of my budget, but I’ve done my research, and I have to admit, it sounds very appealing.  We’ll go over these together here, and compare each product to what Wealthy Affiliate offers to see if they stack up or stand out.


Side-by-Side Reviews:  Wealthy Affiliate vs Affilorama..

Wealthy Affiliate vs Affilorama AffiloBluePrint system.. With a one-time fee, the AffiloBluePrint might actually come out on top.

Wealthy Affiliate vs AffiloBluePrint


Affilorama’s AffiloBlueprint is a one-time purchase that contains all the initial training you will need to start up and run an affiliate marketing business.  This is very beginner-oriented, as it gives you bitesize, easy to process steps to follow.  Here’s what you get with AffiloBlueprint:

AffiloBluePrint

Wealthy Affiliate vs Affilorama AffiloBluePrint system comes with bonus theme builder and essential marketing tools.

  • 90+ Step by step, in depth, for-beginners video lessons, teaching you everything you need to know about affiliate marketing.
  • Active private members’ forum is helpful for advice and extra tips from other users.
  • AffiloTheme website builder included as a bonus.. walks you through setting up your website with easy customization.
  •  Only covers one hosted site but lasts for an entire year (after your one-time purchase)
  • Includes one free month of Affilorama Premium membership (discussed below)
  • $197 One-time fee..  You pay the cost and it’s yours-you own it.  Lifetime access.
Compared to Wealthy Affiliate
  • Wealthy Affiliate University.. 120+ step-by-step video, text and live webinar training sessions, for starting your business and growing it over time.
  • Step-by-step guidance for creating and starting your websites with the Website Builder
  • Includes hosting for unlimited number of websites (as long as you’re a paying member)
  • Keyword and market research tool
  • Unlimited technical support for all your sites
  • Link tracking and campaign management
  • $47 monthly fee for month-to-month access (or $359 for a year’s access)

 

Cost Breakdown..


AffiloBluePrint Cost:

$197 one-time fee

$16.42 per month

.55 cents per day


Wealthy Affiliate Cost:

$359 one-year membership

$29.92 per month

.98 cents per day


Affilorama’s AffiloBluePrint might only offer half of what Wealthy Affiliate offers, but you get what you need for half the cost to you.  So I would say that AffiloBluePrint is probably the better choice for someone new and not quite ready to commit to a hefty monthly fee.

For the necessary knowledge and kick in the butt needed to get started, go for the AffiloBluePrint.  You are paying this one-time fee for a ton of guidance, and believe me, it is simple to follow.  You’re also given all the necessary resources you’ll need to get started as soon as you’re ready.  After you make this initial purchase, you will have absolutely no reason to not follow through and actually start your own website.

Even if you stopped here with AffiloBluePrint, you’re good to go for an entire year with one website, which to be honest, one site for a beginner is a full-time job as it is. Basically, AffiloBluePrint gives you everything you need to learn what to do and how to do it, start your website, have immediate hosting, and start making some money with it.  That’s really all you need right now.


Wealthy Affiliate vs Affilorama’s Premium


For those who are ready to go all-in, ready to commit, and just want to find the best, permanent  place for your business and your hosting..

Let’s compare Affilorama’s Premium membership to Wealthy Affiliate membership.

Out of all the Affilorama products, Affilorama Premium is the most comparable to Wealthy Affiliate.  They are both, all-inclusive, hands-on memberships guiding you through the entire process with knowledge and resources you’ll need along the way..

Affilorama Premium Membership

  • Continued lessons at your own pace
  • Free hosting for up to 15 sites  (much better deal!)
  • Niche content and keywords provided to you, they give you the keywords that will sell, you just construct the articles
  • Free customer support
Compared to the Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership
  • Continued lessons added daily
  • Hosting for unlimited websites
  • Keyword & market research tool
  • Free technical support for all your sites

Affilorama Premium’s Tools Included:Wealthy Affiliate vs Affilorama Premium Package. Both are very similar, but with a few striking differences.

  • Market strength analysis—researching your chosen niche options for profitability
  • Keyword suggestion tool—offers competitive keywords for better rankings
  • Popover bar, for collecting email addresses from your visitors
  • Social Snoop is a cool tool that analyzes the rank of a page in relation to social media, which plays a big part in the success of a website.
  • Backlink Checker—keeps you up to date on other sites that are linking to your own.
  • Search Ranking Genie—Check to see where you are ranking in the search engine results using your keywords. This is a valuable tool to be included, as it is difficult to find it online for free.
  • Website health checker, for beginner webmasters, this is an important tool to have, and you will always find a need for it.
Compared to Wealthy Affiliate’s Included Tools:
  • Keyword & market research tool
  • Website Builder walks you through the process easily, and is optimized for quick and easy setup.
  • Link Tracking and cloaking.. this is an invaluable tool that will cost you extra anywhere else. With link tracking, you’ll always know how many clicks you’re getting, and you can mask each link to protect your affiliate accounts.
  • Rapid Writer content publisher analyzes all of your articles for grammar, spelling, and search engine optimization.
  • Website health checker, with customized recommendations and instructions for improvement.

While both systems have comparable tools and resources available to you, Affilorama’s Premium really does stand out in this department.  It is true that most of them can be found for free either online or as a plugin, but it is nice to have them all in one place for you.

The one tool that I feel I am really missing at Wealthy Affiliate is the Search Ranking tool. Knowing how your keywords are doing and what you’re ranking for is valuable information to have at your fingertips, and as a WA member, I have always had to use a different service for this task.

Otherwise, both systems really stack up with equally impressive resources available.

 

Cost Breakdown..


Affilorama Premium Cost:

$67 per month

$2.20 per day


Wealthy Affiliate Cost:

$47 per month or $359 per year

.98 cents per day


With these two companies running nearly identical programs, including tools and resources, Wealthy Affiliate wins with the lower yearly cost.  Until Affilorama Premium is offered at a discounted annual rate, I’d suggest Wealthy Affiliate every time.

 

Test-Drive Both Systems (almost) Free..

Affilorama’s Premium offers a 30-day trial period for only $1.  You can try it out for a month (a slightly limited version) and simply quit if you decide you don’t want it. Try Affilorama’s Premium for $1.

And of course, as always, Wealthy Affiliate offers a trial period-the Starter Membership with 10 free days, no credit card required, and only $19 for the first month.  This is a limited version as well, but you actually get two free websites to test run.  In the first day, you can have two full websites up and running.  It’s so easy..  Try out Wealthy Affiliate for free right now.

Essentially, you could sign up with both right now, at the same time, and then decide which one you like better.

Wealthy Affiliate vs Affilorama AffiloJetPack Five-in-One Package

Affilorama’s “AffiloJetPack”


Affilorama’s AffiloJetPack is an “all-in-one, everything-you-will-need to get your own affiliate website right now” package.  This is ideal for people who are completely new, don’t know how to do it, and don’t want to wait or put in all the work.  It is truly turn-key, but comes with a hefty price tag–$997 for the whole shebang.

The AffiloJetPack includes:

  • 5 websites (niche ideas and basics, content research & keywords, pre-built and pre-installed themes)
  • 1 year of hosting for 1 website included  (which means you’ll have to pay for hosting for the additional 4)
  • Email & autoresponders included, a hefty value automatically included.
  • Have at least your first site up and running in a single afternoon.
  • $997 one-time fee (approximately $200 per website package)

While I admit that I still have not tried AffiloJetPack personally, it sounds almost ideal.  Possibly too good to be true.  It is difficult to find true negatives about the company, because so many people are promoting them.

But after trying out the company’s other packages and being very pleasantly surprised with what I purchased, I’d put my trust into the AffiloJetPack.  Furthermore, since it involves a third party payment center, ClickBank, you are guaranteed your money back within 60 days no matter what.  Affilorama cannot reject a requested refund while Clickbank is involved in the transaction.  So it is a guaranteed, 100% risk free purchase.

Compared to Wealthy Affiliate..

Really there’s no comparison here.  These are two completely different offerings.

However, Wealthy Affiliate has one major difference, and benefit over all Affilorama packages:  unlimited websites and hosting included.  This means that after you get the ball rolling and get more experienced, you could start additional sites and have them hosted for nothing extra.  You could have 50 sites up and running for whatever you choose to do with them.

Essentially, you could buy the AffiloJetPack package with 5 different websites included, and get them all hosted with a monthly membership at Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate charges $47 per month, but the best deal is by far $359 for a year.  The yearly rate works out to be .98 cents per day, for unlimited hosting and all of those perks previously mentioned.  Of course, most people want to test it out before committing to a full year, but most quickly recognize that value and pay for the year.


Summary..

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again..  With Wealthy Affiliate, you literally cannot go wrong.  I’m perfectly happy there, and I plan to stay there and take advantage of all the valuable resources they offer me.

But I think this comparison has proven that Affilorama is  a valid program that will get you where you want to go too.  You’ll learn what you need to learn, have help when you need it, with plenty of tools and resources at your immediate disposal as you discover the need for them as well.

With Wealthy Affiliate or Affilorama, you’d ultimately end up with your own money-making website.. You’d be creating your own long-term success with your very own affiliate marketing business.  I believe either system would be an excellent investment in your future.

Generating Income with a Blog

Ways of generating Income with a Blog..
Advertising makes the world go around, and the world of online blogging is no different.  People search for answers all day long, every single day. They go to Google and type in their questions, and those sites with the best answers (and most carefully chosen keywords) are displayed on the first page of Google’s search results.  Google’s first page is every blogger’s goal, because your chance of getting visitors is much better than anywhere else.

Here are the blogging basics you should know, including how you go about generating a good income with your blog, and how to test run your own for free before making a commitment.

What should you blog about?


Any topic you can imagine, there are people out there searching for it. You should pick a topic that you have some knowledge of, or are otherwise interested in. You’ll be writing In generating income with a blog, your biggest problem might just be what to blog about.  for people who are also interested in your chosen subject, so your knowledge and/or passion on the subject should shine through and be contagious.

So if, for example, you’re a big fan of ferrets, and the entire idea of ferrets just fascinates you, then that’s something you could successfully blog about. You don’t have to be a ferret expert.  You’ll likely be doing a lot of research on the subject in order to write your blog posts, so ultimately you will become an expert on the subject.

But how can you make money with a blog about ferrets?

Generating Income with a Blog


Websites without actual products for sale, otherwise known as “blogs”, make their money with different forms of advertising.  But advertising only has a chance to work if there is an audience there to see it.  And most bloggers don’t get too much traffic if their posts are stuck on page 5 the search results.

Google’s “Page-One, Position-One” is the average blogger’s ultimate goal.  Get to page one on Google, desirably in that first spot, and you get the best possible number of visitors to your site. If you have visitors on your site, you have better chances for advertisements on your page being clicked.

It usually takes a few months of steady, productive activity on your site before your articles are allowed to be promoted to that first page.  Google wants to deliver fresh, new helpful content to searchers, and they need you to prove yourself.  Once you’re there, any efforts at generating an income with your blog will start to pay off.

While there are many different ways to make money with advertising on a blog, the most commonly used are affiliate marketing and pay-per-click advertising.


 

There is a great all-in-one Affiliate Content Publishing lesson at Udemy.  These are paid lessons, and this one costs about $15, but you can use coupon code: JAN15 to get 65% off, making it less $5.25 (good through 1/31/15)


 

Affiliate marketing with articles..


In generating income with a blog, affiliate partnerships have great potential and can become your main method of earning.Also called content marketing..  You, as a blogger, write helpful pages, posts, articles, about your chosen niche or topic, answering questions that people have and are actively searching for.  You will have many opportunities to include products or services for sale in these articles, and get a commission when people make a purchase based on your article.  You’re creating a partnership agreement with these businesses–you are their “affiliate” when you send referrals their way and they pay you for it.

To generate affiliate income with a blog about ferrets (going back to our previous example), you would likely want to seek out businesses who sell any ferret products or services. A quick search for exotic pet-related affiliate programs gave me PETCO, who offers 8-11% commission for any sale made to a customer referred by your website.

So, say you write a helpful article on your blog about fancy ferrets cages, with a link to PETCO.com where they can see some of these awesome three-story cages for sale. Your visitor clicks on that link, and ends up making a purchase at PETCO for the cage (or anything else while they’re there).. You get paid 8-11% of the total that customer spent.

Amazon Associates

Amazon has a great affiliate program that many, many people profit from.  Amazon has products on its site that could essentially be promoted on any type of blog with any subject.  They pay 4-15% for total sales referred by your blog site, even if it’s not the actual product you were initially promoting that they purchased..

Clickbank, Shareasale, & AsSeenonPC

Multi level marketing opportunities like ZipNadaZilch can help out in generating income with a blog.. It's free to join, and it's really just another article on your blog with a chance to earn you money.

There are also affiliate hubs– websites where you can sign into your account and choose from among many different affiliate programs right there in one spot.  You’ll essentially get paid from one site, instead of many.  Some of these sites include Clickbank, Shareasale, and AsSeenonPC.  The site itself expects a small commission from your earned commissions, but it can make the entire process a lot easier for newbies.

ZipNadaZilch & Multi-level Marketing Programs

There are also companies you can join that pay out the big commissions for getting others to join.  These are usually considered multi-level marketing companies–they pay their members to do their advertising for them.  There’s good potential here, if you find one that you like.  A lot of them are scams, or just otherwise unethical in their business practices.  A good risk-free business in this category is ZipNadaZilch-it is free to join, and free to promote.  You get $20 for each person you refer who signs up, at the very least.  Depending on which ZNZ department you choose to promote, you can get paid up to $130 per person.

(Check out this related article: What is ZipNadaZilch?)

You can have multiple affiliate links on your pages, and spread throughout your site, thereby increasing your chances for commissions paid to you.  The more helpful your writing is, the better chance you’ll have of landing on Google’s page one.  Needless to say, this will increase your traffic as well as your advertising clicks and you’ll get paid more.

With word-of-mouth advertising spreading around the internet like wildfire, most online businesses offer affiliate programs to encourage bloggers and webmasters to talk about their company and their products.  So you should have no trouble finding good affiliate partners to work with.  Just be sure to always choose an honest and trustworthy company to promote.  Your goal should be to help your readers–this means not directing them right into a scam just so you can make money.  The honest and trustworthy blogger is always more successful in the long run.

 

Pay Per Click Advertising..


With pay per click advertising, you’re allowing other people to choose and place the ads on your site.   Google AdSense is a free program to join.  They’ll give you a short code, and give you step-by-step instructions on how to put it on your site.  You get to choose where you want the ads to be and insert the code into that spot.  You don’t have to have any technical experience to do this, it’s pretty easy.

With Google AdSense, Google determines what your site is about, and places ads that are relevant to your readers.  Obviously, an ad about fishing poles will probably not get too many clicks on a site about ferrets.  The more relevant the ads, the higher chance your readers will click on them and you will get paid.

Google AdSense payment per click varies, but it usually ranges about .10-80 cents each time their ad gets clicked on your blog. This isn’t much, but if you focus on great content and get your visitor numbers up, these pennies could really ad up.  And you don’t have to do anything–you get paid whether or not there was an actual purchase made.

Aside from Google AdSense, a few other worthwhile PPC sites to check out are Qadabra, Clicksor and Chitika

Most bloggers choose to mix paid-per-click advertising with some type of affiliate marketing advertising on their sites.  The amount of posts and pages you accumulate over time allows plenty of space to get creative and try out different methods and programs.

A blog is a great way to generate a full time income and long term success..

How to try out your own blog for FREE!


If you’re serious about blogging, Wealthy Affiliate is a great way to try out your own blog before committing, to see if you like it.

Here’s how it will go.. When you sign up with Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll get a 7 day free trial. In those 7 days, you’ll get two free websites, and all the lessons you’ll need to know how to create your website and set it up to make money.

And this is so much easier than you think.. I zipped through all my lessons and had my site up and running on the second day. I didn’t have it full of the necessary content yet, but it was a live website, and it was incredibly exciting!

After the 7 day trial period, you are expected to pay $19 for the first month, for Premium level, to which then you are given access to all of your guided instructions you’ll be needing. You’re also expected to purchase your own domain name at this point, which is usually about $10 per year. You don’t have to make this purchase yet, or even at all if you don’t want to. But if you’ve created a great website so far that you’re proud of, you’ll want to move it to a more profitable domain name than the free site you’re given by Wealthy Affiliate.

What I like about it is that you can get a lot done in those 7 days for free–getting your website up and running, designing it, writing your first articles.. By the end of the trial period, you’ll know if it’s for you or not.

If you decide not to continue, you can just quit without ever having to pay anything. If you do decide to stay, you can keep your two free sites, or transfer all the work you’ve done to your new domain.

Wealthy Affiliate taught me most of what I needed to know, but I’m still going back on a daily basis to get answers to big questions. I’m still naive on the technical aspects of running a Wealthy Affiliate is an invaluable resource for learning how to start generating income with a blog..  Plus get two free blogs to test out for free for 7 days..website, but they really make it so easy. Instead of turning to Google for all these types of questions, I go to the Wealthy Affiliate forum and ask my question there. Usually within 10 minutes I have my answer from experts and other advanced leaders within the group. It is an invaluable resource that I couldn’t live without.

Get more details about Wealthy Affiliate.

Getting started blogging should be an exciting new adventure.. Every little thing you add or contribute to your new site is your own creation and you’re proud of it.  It’s very exciting to see that new people are finding your site and actually reading it.  Generating income with a blog is definitely possible and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested.

Have any more questions about blogging?  Anything to add?  Leave a comment below..