Hey there, I’m Mahesh (@maheshone). I started learning and doing and experimenting web 2.0 stuff back in 2004 and eventually became a full-time computer nerd after graduation. Minterest is a digital marketing and technology journal that I founded in 2007 to feed my super curiosity (oh yeah, I’m a solo-blogger). I write about tech, marketing, and everything in between that excites me. And I love to work with small businesses to help them get the most out of the web. Outside of that, I'm equally passionate about the financial markets and I also spend a lot of time doing random things (see random facts about me). Say hi: @maheshone. Read More »

If you know anything well, a place, how to fix something, how to make something, how to do something, you can write a guide for it. You can sell your guide as an e-book, offer it as a download for a fee on your site or reach out to bloggers with similar content and ask if they will offer it as a paid download on their website (for a price of course).
Online marketing strategies vary based on the type of business and ultimate goal, however, one thing is for certain: Internet marketing is becoming a necessity. No matter your business type or size, online marketing provides a valuable way to connect with relevant customers for less. Don’t be scared off by the marketing Goliaths. The first step to success is to understanding what Internet marketing is and how your business can participate. You don’t have to be an expert to get started. With the right online marketing strategy, your company will be thriving in no time.
I am an English major and a herbalist with so many ideas and no extra income to fulfill them. I recently started renting my extra apartment in the attic with Airbnb. It’s amazing how fast I accumulated some money for few hours of work between guests. Now I want to persue all my dreams of opening an online herbal store, publishing my ebook of treating Ulcerative Colitis with herbs, blogs, and videos, and pretty much all of the ideas mentioned here. I will save this article as its really helpful for whomever needs some ideas…
Resist the temptation to make your content too product-centric.  The goal is to produce relevant information that benefits your readers, establishing you as a credible and valued source.  While you don’t want to overly sell your business or product in the content you create, it is important that all marketing pieces consistently reflect your brand.  Also, don’t miss the opportunity to include your company’s logo, Web site, and phone number on each piece you publish.
I would personally agree with linkshare.com as a great affiliate marketing platform to join as a publisher. Here’s why. Back in 2005 when I knew nothing about affiliate marketing and was using blogger.com as a free blogging platform without any experience whatsoever and joining Walmart.com as my first official affiliate program, I was able to insert Walmart affiliate in its in my blogger blog and earn a $72 commission. I was onto affiliate marketing for life from there.

Some of the world’s best software brands run their affiliate marketing programs on traditional affiliate networks. Below you may find a list of such affiliate networks as well as select examples of respective software programs (picked based on their performance at the time of this post) found on these networks. There are many other software-related opportunities on each network, and it is a good idea to join these networks to browse the options for yourself (either as an affiliate looking to monetize your efforts, or as a brand doing your competitive intelligence). Whether you will find a good match or not, will depend on the type of technology or software that your target audience is interested in.


When promoting affiliate offers, just make sure you are fully aware of all the terms and conditions attached to your affiliate program. Some programs can be strict about how they allow you to promote their products. For example, some may limit you to banner ads and links only, while others will allow you to use paid advertising, but won't allow email marketing.  

A relative newcomer to the affiliate space, MaxBounty was founded in 2004 in Ottawa, Canada. MaxBounty claims to be the only affiliate network built specifically for affiliates. MaxBounty is exclusively a CPA (Cost Per Action/Acquisition) company that doesn’t deal with ad banners or the like, just customer links that the publisher (blogger) chooses where to place on their website.

Who is your audience? What is your target market or niche? If you're targeting a specific niche like home security then perhaps you only need to sign up to ADT and SpyBase so your products match your audience. There’s no point promoting eco-mattresses to your blog that’s focused on reviewing drones. Again, you could sign up to a network that has a few different options in your field of interest or just go straight to your favourite suppliers and see if they have an affiliate program.

Also just known as SEO (it’s not some company position for those of you who are confused) is a great tool to use when promoting products. It basically is a process that allows the visibility of a website among search engines by using “natural or organic” searches. Although this does not really bring you results right away, it can be very productive in the future as long as you use white hat techniques. If you keep using clean methods to direct traffic in your website then you will surely reap its benefits in the end.
· You must be consistent. It is not possible that you do SEO today and be seen on the top of the SERPs forever. You must do it regularly. As the world of internet is so vast and dynamic, it might take as many as three months to see the results of your efforts. Every single day, you must have a time that can be dedicated purely to SEO. A little effort did every day will be giving better results than a single day of efforts.
The great news about building a website, though, is that you can build a wonderfully functioning and looking site with zero web building experience, today. Not just today, but in just a few hours. You don’t even need to spend a ton of money, either. YouTube is flooded with step-by-step videos on how to build a website or blog from scratch. You simply follow what they do on their screen and you do the same on yours. It’s best to search YouTube on your own for these videos by finding a site you think looks nice, but here’s an example of what I’m talking about.
“Where a lot of people mess up is they try to build a business or create a product that serves everybody, and by trying to serve everybody, you serve nobody. You have to specialize and niche down and find a market with a pain point that you, based on your experience, based on your education and based on your passion, can help,” he says. Your earnings will directly reflect how well you serve that particular audience, and the more your message resonates with them, the more opportunities you’ll have to sell to them.
Generally, successful subscription sites offer lots of in-depth content, such as useful articles, web-based seminars, live Q&A sessions, audio downloads, and member forums. For instance, a membership site might take an existing e-book, break it up into 12 chapters, create an audio recording to go with each chapter, add live interview footage from the author’s research, and turn it each chapter into a single session of a year-long course.
If that’s still too big a commitment for you, you can always rent out rooms in your house on a temporary basis to vacationers. House-sharing services, such as Airbnb and HomeAway, let you offer up a room in your house – or your whole house at a time when you’re away – to travelers who need a place to stay. However, you have to check with your local government first to make sure it’s legal, since some cities have zoning laws or administrative codes that either ban this kind of short-term rental or put major limits on it. Depending on where you live, you may need to get a permit or business license, have your property inspected, and collect and pay local taxes.
To make money with a membership site, you need keep adding fresh content each month, so existing members have an incentive to keep renewing their subscriptions. On top of that, you need to put time and money into marketing your site – through ads, interviews, blogs, podcasts, and search engine optimization – to attract new members. All this can make a subscription site less a source of passive income and more of a full-time business. As with other types of websites, you can pay someone else to maintain and market a site you’ve already built – creating a more passive income source – but, as always, that cuts into your profits.
Many people choose not to take this route because they get intimidated by complex applications and technology. The truth, however, is that you don’t need a fancy platform or special software to create a powerful online course. Your lessons can be sent out as emails, followed by action plans and/or video tutorials. This approach can be even more effective as most people check their email on daily basis. In fact, that’s the exact approach I took with some of my freedom eCourses.
If you are a photographer looking to diversify your income stream, putting together styled stock photo packages can be lucrative. For example, a package of 15 wedding-themed stock photos for $10. You can then market this to any bloggers or businesses who are in the wedding business for their use (photos of different engagement rings styles are super popular). Through this method, it’s possible to make a continuous stream of income off of photos you’ve taken once (similar to a licensing deal).
Keep Track of Bonuses. Different cards give you bonuses on different purchases, such as those made at movie theaters or home improvement stores – and with some cards, the bonus categories change every few months. To make sure you always get the biggest possible reward, keep a slip of paper in your wallet as a reminder of which cards are currently paying a bonus in different categories. That way, you can always use the card that gives you the most cash back.
SEO – Another popular method of promoting affiliate products but also the most difficult is Search Engine Optimization. SEO is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results. SEO doesn’t bring results instantly but it can be extremely rewarding in the long run.

Hi, Nice article. I am not sure about the process though. I can understand, finding a niche. But, when it comes to affiliate programs I get a little lost. Would I be promoting someone else's products? If so, no problem. I know I need to research high end products with gravity, are these products ones in certain stores, or companies, etc.?? If so, do I need to get permissions to be on an affiliate program with that company? Also, if it is products with a company, then how do I offer promotions on their products since they are not mine? Thank you, Nanette Vlahusich
Now, if you choose to deliver part or all of your course in video format, you can use professional video hosting sites like Wistia or Vimeo. Beside giving you the option of removing the hosting company’s logo, these services also provide analytics which can show you how effective your video is at holding your audience’s attention. Alternatively, you can use litmos, a learning management system that enables you to create an online course with your own branding, domain name, and landing page. There is no percentage cut taken from your revenue like Udemy. Instead there is a monthly fee for their service.
While your site is still new, it's a good idea to start capitalizing on someone else's audience. Continue focusing on building your own content, but also considering writing content for a few big, high-traffic blogs that are relevant for your niche. By writing content for a bigger site, you are able to get in front of another audience and showcase your expertise on a particular topic. This will eventually lead to more traffic to your site, as well. 
Smart Targeting. Whether you want to streamline your campaign according to device, ISP, carrier, OS, browser, language, or location, the smart targeting tools offered by Affise can help you tap into specific markets and increase conversion rates. Coupled with their CPAPI application, the utilization of these features facilitate precision-driven automation that maximizes ROIs in the long run.
Software is one of the most lucrative passive income streams but most online entrepreneurs shy away from it, mainly because of the technical aspect that is involved. The truth is that you don't need programming skills to build a software; the whole process can be outsourced fairly easily. You do need to know how to pick a good developer and, of course, have a winning idea that customers are willing to pay for.

Commission Splitting Capabilities. Every now and then, you may experience having multiple affiliates claiming referral commissions for the same sale. Most businesses use a last-click-wins model to resolve problems such as these, however, that fails to incentivize the influence that other affiliates may have had to make the sale. With AvantLink, you can utilize attribution data, so that you may divide the commission payout accordingly.
The CouchSurfing platform is a great example of what an online community entails. By uniting like-minded people that share the same passion and vision of traveling the world, CouchSurfing has created a movement that’s bigger than the brand itself. While building an engaged community is one part of the exercise, equally important is finding ways to monetize it.
Irwin Dominguez, another e-commerce entrepreneur who generated $1-million in sales within eight months of starting his dropshipping business has put it best, “I can’t find a reason why people shouldn’t give e-commerce entrepreneurship a try. With all the technology out there, it costs no money to get started and it couldn’t be any simpler. You literally have nothing to lose. And I’m surprised more people don’t use this to their benefit.”  
Seth Godin recently wrote a post on marketing ethics at his blog that has marketers talking. I applaud Seth's passion and his clever way of addressing marketing ethics in his book "All Marketers are Liars." It's a topic our profession needs to dialogue on and care about. I realize that business ethics books don't sell very well, so I'll keep this short and hope you'll look at Seth's post.
When you see the phrase “passive income” in an article, it’s often referring to money earned from passive income investments, such as dividend-yielding stocks or peer-to-peer lending. However, investing is only one way of earning income when you’re not working. There are a variety of other ways to set up a passive income stream by putting in an initial investment of time, money, or both – and there are even a few that don’t take very much of either.
In June, he put ads on his site with Google Adsense, and within the first hour, earned $1.08 with three clicks. He earned $5 the first day, $7 the second, and then eventually began pulling in $15-$30 a day. In October, he created an ebook exam study guide priced at $19.99. By month’s end, he earned $7,906.55 — more than he had ever previously earned in a month.
As Target is the second-largest general retailer in the United States, their affiliate program is primarily for American bloggers or publishers who can route visitors to relevant products. Overall, the program works much like Amazon’s does in that publishers (bloggers) get a small commission on sales, but Target’s gigantic product base (over one million items) and high brand recognition make their affiliate program a great option for influencers.
I just started out with Affiliate Marketing (idea # 8) and it is not as easy as people make out to be. For me, the hardest part so far, is learning Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and driving traffic to my website. I’m only 3 months into it, but I am confident that the site will begin to generate some incom., I have to give it 6-9 months, so we’ll see.

As one of the largest online retailers, ClickBank harnesses the awesome power of our digital marketing partners combined with a vast library of over 6 million unique products in order to reach 200 million customers around the world. We are committed to featuring products that satisfy our customers and providing entrepreneurs with the right tools and resources they need to create, publish and market their products in order to grow their business.
Several years ago, I attended a concert by singer-songwriter Julie Gold. She’s best known for her song “From a Distance,” which was recorded by Bette Midler in 1990, hit the top of the charts, and won a Grammy Award. When Gold performed that piece, she described it as “the song that gave me my freedom,” because the royalties from Midler’s recording had enabled her to give up her day job for good and become a full-time musician. This story shows that it’s possible for an artist who gets one really big break – such as a hit song, a successful movie, or a bestselling book – to live off the proceeds of that one success for life.
If you have built up an email list, you could also promote your affiliate offers via email promotions. Just make sure you build up a relationship with your audience first instead of going for the hard sell straightaway. The emails you send out must contain your affiliate links to products so when your audience click through. the sale is attributed to you. 
Who is your audience? What is your target market or niche? If you're targeting a specific niche like home security then perhaps you only need to sign up to ADT and SpyBase so your products match your audience. There’s no point promoting eco-mattresses to your blog that’s focused on reviewing drones. Again, you could sign up to a network that has a few different options in your field of interest or just go straight to your favourite suppliers and see if they have an affiliate program.
John has a daily (yes, daily) podcast where he features an interview with a successful entrepreneur. Now, John enjoys many hundreds of thousands of downloads per month, he’s written a book, has products and has opened up a ton of opportunities for sponsorships and partnerships that wouldn’t have come otherwise. He’s not the first person to have a show dedicated to interviewing rock star entrepreneurs—not even close—but he’s definitely the fastest to see these kinds of results.
The topic you choose must have enough depth that you can create a lot of content for it. This is important for building an authoritative site, for search engine optimization, and most importantly, for the end user. If you don't have enough content about a topic, you're not going to be taken very seriously as an authority on the topic and it's unlikely you can convince someone to make a purchase from you. 

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.
When do you want to get started?  If you are just starting and have no audience then some of the programs may not accept your application to become an affiliate, while others will let you get set up in minutes.  If you want to get started straight away then make sure you’re applying for programs that are less restrictive. Generally the larger, network style places will enable you to get going quickly while specific niche programs may require you to have a certain audience size or characteristics.
Spicyoffers is a Swiss-made private affiliate network that’s open only to handpicked publishers. You can promote their affiliate offers via website, social media, email, search, or even pay-per-call. If you have expertise in certain marketing channels you can get direct access to exclusive merchants that match your traffic. They also propose their in-house e-Commerce offers in exclusivity on the network. New offers are added every week.
One of the best-known ways to earn passive income is to own a rental property. Renting out a building can bring in a tidy sum of money each month, with little work in some cases – but it also requires a big chunk of cash up front to buy the property. Also, the money you collect in rent isn’t pure profit, as it also has to cover all your expenses as a landlord, including mortgage payments, property tax, insurance, maintenance, and any property management fees.
ShareASale is another larger affiliate network that has more than 4000 merchants listed where a thousand of them are exclusive to ShareAsale. One of the features that may make you fall in love with this program is the ease of use. As a beginner either a seller or an affiliate marketer, this site is extremely easy to use. Additionally, the platform offers various features such as Average Commission, Reversal Rates, Average Sale Amount, and Earnings per Click. With these payments, it is possible for you to access a campaign and let you know where to put more efforts on.
Ideal Setups for Each Business. The platform provides training sessions and support if a company is just getting started and needs more automation for manual tasks. One way to accomplish this is through Refersion’s Getting Started webinar, which is held twice a week. Advanced features, on the other hand, are available to businesses that require more customization in their affiliate program.

In this example, a blogger might put this link on their blog to try to get their readers to click through to your “blue widget” page and hopefully buy something. If the visitor who clicks on this link actually buys something, affiliate tracking software will automatically (usually – depends on what system you are using) pay your affiliate a percentage of the sale.


Credit Card Processing. Suppose you work for a company that sells credit card processing services to retail merchants. When a merchant signs on with you, you earn an up-front payment and continuing residual payments based on how many sales that merchant makes with your service. The higher the merchant’s sales volume, the bigger your residual payment – and the more merchants you sell your service to, the more of these payments you can collect.
It's easy to get started. As soon as you are accepted into the program you will be given access to our full Partner Portal where you can build the forms, links and other premium content to place on your website. We provide many easy-to-integrate options that will allow you to go live and start earning commissions right away. Contact our Partner Development Manager to get started today!
Amazon affiliate program is a great way to promote physical products through a reliable, trustworthy, and well-known online store. The fact that everyone knows Amazon is probably their biggest advantage. On the downside, commissions are fairly small - they start at 4% for most products and can go as high as 8% depending upon how many sales you make. However, when you send someone to Amazon, you earn a commission on whatever they buy within 24 hours of clicking your link, whether they end up buying the product you promoted or not. So, for example, if you promoted a book but the person you sent to Amazon ended up buying an expensive camera as well, you’ll get the commission for both the book and the camera. This can add up.
Given the growth in the sharing economy, your junk can start to pay for itself. For example, if you have some awesome vintage furniture inherited from your grandmother sitting in a storage unit, you can rent this out to photographers for their “styled shoots” which are becoming all the rage. If your furniture is more modern but you still can’t bear to get rid of it – perhaps a home stager will be interested.
You have the manpower and resources for it. While many processes involved in marketing can be automated, it is important to be hands-on when it comes to this scheme. You must be proactive in monitoring your affiliates and tracking your conversions to make sure you are properly compensating your partners. Additionally, you must be financially prepared to invest in these software.
8. Affiliate Partners Ltd. Affiliate Partners Ltd. is one of the first affiliate networks in the financial industry and is known as the affiliate network with the highest payouts (CPA) up to $600 for niches like trading, gaming, casino, sales funnels and many more. Working with them makes affiliate marketing much easier for you because of their very professional team which is always reachable in skype and by email. This network assures you the best affiliate network experience in the world with extra fast payouts and a 24/7 support.
Social media has the ability to connect individuals, groups and companies alike. Social media has the power to attract attention (ie. what’s trending on Twitter?) and deliver messages with a concise and powerful voice. Use your social media channels to share content and give your audience another opportunity to click through to your website. The more people see and share your social media posts, the more likely those posts are to drive traffic back to your website. This builds credibility and gives you another chance to leave an impression on potential clients.
4. Leave your mark socially. If your business isn’t on any social networking websites, then, well, you're living under a rock. Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg, and many other sites are the key to reaching your target audience and engaging them in insightful ways. Additionally, while you may have a social media presence, you may not be using it to its full potential.
This is a very common way to promote offers. For example, you will often see a blog post with links to certain products or services. If the reader clicks through and makes a purchase, the blog owner will make a commission. These in-text links blend in with other content on your site and are a great way of promoting an offer within your content, without being over-the-top salesy with banners. 
Amazon affiliate program is a great way to promote physical products through a reliable, trustworthy, and well-known online store. The fact that everyone knows Amazon is probably their biggest advantage. On the downside, commissions are fairly small - they start at 4% for most products and can go as high as 8% depending upon how many sales you make. However, when you send someone to Amazon, you earn a commission on whatever they buy within 24 hours of clicking your link, whether they end up buying the product you promoted or not. So, for example, if you promoted a book but the person you sent to Amazon ended up buying an expensive camera as well, you’ll get the commission for both the book and the camera. This can add up.
E-books and information products are well-suited for affiliate marketing beginners in this respect. They are relatively cheap across the board (fifty dollars on average in most niches) so buying a personal copy won’t set you back a lot. You are then in a position to offer an honest opinion on the book, and cater your message to the target audience.
You can earn money by blogging and writing on websites that pay you in cryptocurrencies if your content is liked by the readers. Also, if you already know that your content is valuable, you can directly monetize your content for cryptocurrencies for giving the full access to your content to the respective reader. Some of these websites that allow you to do so are:
Thanks for a nice job. I am currently promoting some of the affiliate programs listed here and making a few dollars from them. But I must say that making money from affiliate programs is not rocket science; it requires hard work and perseverance. Affiliate marketing keeps evolving daily and any serious affiliate should be ready to change tactics and invest time and money in order to beat the competition.
In Eric Reis’s The Lean Startup, a fantastic book about how today’s entrepreneurs and startup companies are approaching the way they create and innovate, Eric talks about how vital it is to use validated learning and scientific experimentation to be able to steer a company in the right direction. In other words, to use customer feedback and quantified data analysis (of real, non-vanity metrics) from a minimal viable product to make decisions and pivot a business one way or another.

I couldn’t talk about the basics of internet marketing without talking about social media marketing. Social media is still one of the best ways to connect with people, expand your brand, and engage new readers. Social media marketing comes in a variety of forms. There are the standards like providing interesting content through social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but other forms of social media marketing like community building sites, forums, and message boards like Pinterest or StumbleUpon are also quite valuable. Creating shareable content for a variety of social media sites is the key to successful social media marketing.
Although this article has been written in 2007, now in Feb 2014, I still find it full of great advice and tips. What I learned from this article is that when writing a review I should focus on how this product helped me achieve X instead of simply repeating and enforcing the features and benefits of the product that can also be found on the sales page.

What is important is that you understand that affiliate income grows because you show your readers how much they need something if they want to achieve a certain goal, and you do it over and over again. In some industries there are must have products if you want to master certain things and you can mention these products over and over again as you write new blog posts.
Don’t just hope and pray that visitors will buy; setup everything correctly and make it happen! If you think that visitors will click on your affiliate links and buy just because you placed dozens of affiliate links on your website then you are wrong! You need to have a structured plan in place. Affiliate marketing is a business so you will have a much better chance of succeeding if you treat it like one.
However, passive income has one big advantage: Once that work is done, the money continues to come in, with no additional effort on your part. This means that if you spend enough time during your working years setting up streams of passive income, you’ll eventually reach a point where you can collect enough to get by with little or no extra effort. And until then, you can enjoy the extra cash.
The PREMIER FARNELL Poland affiliate program grants access to a world leading high service, distributor of technology products, service, and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance, and repair. The company is focused on making it easier to get the products customers need, when they need them. The service offers fast access to the latest technology, …
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