Release Your Fears

Release Your Fears

You probably already know this deep down.
You want to start a business but it just doesn’t seem to happen. So what has been preventing you from doing that?

Fear!

Wouldn’t it be good to release your fears that are holding you back?

What are those Fears?

1) It’s hard work 

and so much easier and more satisfying to daydream about how it could/should/will than actually making a start and doing the work.  We’ll discuss how to stay motivated and stick at your goals even when the going gets tough. Then there’s the matter of feeling it’s not the right time: you procrastinate instead of looking for other work. This just needs inspiration to get you moving and revved up ready to go.

2) You’re afraid

This is very common and it condemns so many of us to a dull and unexciting lifestyle. We fear taking that leap and putting ourselves out there. It’s easier to imagine ourselves as very successful,  pretending we will get around to it, rather than actually putting ourselves out there and risk having it all go horribly wrong. Fear of failure looms large at such times and we tend to procrastinate.

But if you want to be successful then you can’t continue to procrastinate you have to take the plunge!

Are You Procrastinating?

Some examples of procrastinating include:

Endless Research

  • Spending ages researching, reading and taking courses on the topic instead of just getting stuck in. Continually needing more information to complete the plans to start. Working and reworking those business plans.research. Release your fears
  • There is nothing wrong with being thorough and getting it all laid out as much as possible but there comes a time when you need to make a start.

Working on projects and not completing them

  • You continually work on projects, spending a lot of time on each one but none get finished. Each time you get a new idea, the previous one is abandoned as not viable.
  • You just can’t somehow make it look really good.
  • Perfectionism is often just a delay tactic. Assess yourself!

Claiming the time isn’t right

  • We touched on this briefly but just to recap: the time is never right. You’re not travelling now because money isn’t good? Sure, save up some cash – but by then you’ll probably be at an exciting point in your career and not want to take a break. Then you’ll have a partner and not want to leave them. Then you’ll have a kid. There is never a good time to start a relationship, to get married, to have kids, to travel, to start a business. You do it anyway. And if you’re worried what other people might say? Then follow the advice to ‘ask for forgiveness, not permission’. Do it and worry about the consequences later. If it really means that much to you, then it is really the only option you have.

 Ignoring your own dissatisfaction. 

  • Do you know anyone in your life who clearly wants to be in a relationship and who ignores this fact by throwing themselves into their career? Every post on social media is about how excited they are about their new job, or about their travel. But you suspect that really, they just wish they had someone to go home to? In this case, they are trying to cover up one lacking area in their lives by focussing on the other. What about people who claim they are happy without pursuing their dream career because they have a family? But why not go for both? That way you can inspire your children and encourage them to follow their dreams.
  • Don’t make this mistake because you need to be fulfilled in every area of your life if you’re going to be truly happy.

Fear Setting or release your fears

If you still can’t overcome these psychological blocks though, then it time to employ a technique known as ‘fear setting’ that was described by Tim Ferriss in his book: The Four Hour Workweek.

The idea here is simple:

You are going to write down all of the things holding you back and all of the things you’re afraid of and then you’re going to present counter arguments, contingency plans and more to remove those fears. So take a moment to think about your goals and dreams and then write down all of the things that you want to accomplish. Write those goals and the steps you need to take as we discussed in the last chapter and then think about taking that first step right now. What’s holding you back? What are your fears? Be honest and thorough and make sure to include every possible concern.

Let’s say you want to start your own business. Here are some possible fears and concerns:

You don’t have the moneyNo Money

So look for something you can start up for minimal cost and do it alongside your job until you have built it up enough to leave and become your own boss. Nowadays is is the most usual way that people start a business.

Your partner is against the idea

They might be afraid that you will be successful and it will change you. Or they fear you won’t have enough time for them and your family and friends. Talking it through in depth and setting out boundaries may well get them onside. Point out that it’s for the future of your family. That while you may have less time at first, the ultimate goal is to have more family time to do more together.

You don’t have enough time!

This is a very common one. You are afraid you might have to give up the things you enjoy. Playing games online, watching TV, drinking with your friends. Being able to laze about on a weekend or days off.

If you are serious about a business and want to start it up alongside a job, then something has to go. You have to weigh up what’s more important to you, such as long term goals against short term gain.

Long term Goals: Looking forward to being your own boss and being able to work the hours you choose. Earning enough money to pay your bills and living costs easily, with plenty left over to do all the things you dream of. You have a winning mindset.

Short term gain: Nothing changes, you still see your friends, watch TV, play games and do nothing when you please. BUT nothing changes. The future looks exactly the same as the present, tied to a job and living for time off/weekends.

Your business might failBusiness Failure

This is true it might. What’s the worst that can happen? You have wasted a lot of time and need to change direction. If this happens, it is unlikely you will already have given up your job as the business would not have been earning enough.

So therefore you will continue working for someone else for longer. However, the dream is still alive and a possibility if you continue putting in the work.

You might lose your Job

Now this is a strong possibility in today’s climate whether you are starting a business on the side or not. This just means that it is more important to have alternative plans. Because of the Pandemic and lockdowns in most countries many real world businesses have closed.

Opportunities Abound!

Right now business is booming online, many savvy people are jumping on the bandwagon and starting their own online business.

Affiliate marketing is popular and growing at a great rate as so many companies are moving online entirely.

When I started I was concerned that there might be many of us fighting to represent a few companies. Have to say, I was shocked at the sheer numbers of companies there are online and now even more have moved online,  all needing affiliate marketers.

There are other alternatives too. Making and selling products yourself.

Dropshipping, where you advertise products on your website and once a customer orders you send that order on to the warehouse/company you are working with and they fulfil and post the order. Done and dusted!

Create graphics for people, build websites and look after them, write content for bloggers and the list goes on.

Just put “online work” or something similar into google and check it out.

What have you got to lose? Your fears and some time.

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Be sure to to research first, there are plenty of scam sites out there. If something looks too good to be true, it usually is.

If an “amazing opportunity” states: Up and running in 3 clicks/takes 5 minutes, so easy a newbie can do it and earning mega money, ie: thousands, within 2/12/24 hours, do NOT jump in.

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I recommend Wealthy Affiliate. I absolutely love it. I have learnt so much and continue to learn to keep my business growing.Free starter membership

It is FREE to join. No card required at all unless you decide to invest in yourself and your future and upgrade.

LOOK HERE, to see what you gain by going through my link.

It has excellent training, a brilliant community and fantastic Site Support. Its free to join and you can get a basic website created quite quickly. That’s the easy bit. You have access to free training and can learn the basics.

If you join the Premium version after a week, you get the first month half price. It is worth it for the cost of hosting, support and security alone, without all the training and the community.

Is it easy? NO. Is it quick to earn? NO.

Like any business that is meant to last, you build a solid foundation, build out, diversify and keep growing. It might be 6 months before you start earning but more likely longer, it all depends upon how much time and effort you put into it. Pretty much like anything really. Time and effort equals progress.


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Tips for a Successful Blog

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Now this blog post could cover pages and pages if I am not careful. There is nothing more exciting and fun than helping others. Like most people I love to impart the knowledge I have learnt, so I decided to pass on some tips for a successful blog.

The idea that sparked this post

I was reading a blog post about reasons for starting a blog. The writer said it needed to be personal which is correct. I call this the Why (read more HERE!). This is your reason for wanting to blog in the first place. It was reading that blog that gave me the idea for this blog. I started thinking about all the reasons people want a blog to start with.

My first blog

Many years ago I had a blog to showcase crafts, mine and other peoples. My particular ‘thing’ or style I suppose became a poem or ditty. I did a daily blog and always added a verse of some sort, usually related to what I had showcased, the theme. Sometimes it was about world situations or even the weather.

It built up regular viewers very quickly and was popular. Unfortunately people did not tell me until much later that it really helped their sales to be on there.

I also had no idea about monetising a blog in any way. I didn’t have time to read other blogs between family, work, making my own crafts to sell and blogging daily. So I missed an opportunity and gradually stopped blogging so much because it took up a chunk of time I needed for making, then it gradually stopped as life took over.

The trouble with something like writing a blog is, you need to be consistent. If you write regularly, it becomes a habit you do automatically. Miss a few and the habit is disappearing, blog sporadically and the habit disappears altogether.

Create your styleBe a blogger Tips for a Successful Blog

The blog also has to be personal in that you give it your voice which is your style.
That’s why copy and pasting doesn’t work, it looks and sounds impersonal. Plus if you have some or all of your content written for you, your blog won’t reflect your style or voice. Once you have attained success and have many followers then it is easier to let others write for you, a good writer will be able to give the writing at least some of your style and voice.

Many leaders in the blogging industry have a team that does the day to day stuff for them but the team will know how the blogger prefers each post to be.

People have a need to connect with other people. When your writing has your voice, that tone that makes it easily recognisable as yours, they will  feel a connection that brings them back, again and again.

How to give it a Voice

That’s easy, make it about something you are passionate about. Do you have a hobby, an interest, something you do for fun or used to do before life squeezed it out?

Can’t think of anything? What do you talk to others about? Gaming? Crafts, Books, sports, health, wellbeing, keep fit, weightlifting, needlework, embroidery, baking, cars, bikes, motorbikes, gardening?  The list is endless, it could go on for pages and pages. This amount gets the point across though.

It helps to know something about your subject which if it’s something you already love, you will know quite a bit about it.

If you can write as if you were talking to someone in the same room, explaining all about your passion, it makes the writing more personal and interesting to read.

Why do you need a blog?

Mainly because we all like to check something out before we buy. Also we don’t always know what we need so we go in search of answers to a problem.

Say you have a particular niche on …… gardening which is a growing interest not just to look pretty but for growing food. So those that are new to it but really fancy growing organic produce will go looking for information on how to make a start. They want to know what to grow and when and most importantly how to prepare the soil, whether raised beds are better and so on.

So the blog writer will consider all problems growers have, from new gardener to the experienced gardener  and write posts on solutions. Then you will have products, affiliate or otherwise, that you will recommend and they will find useful.

The gardening niche is just an example but it works much the same way in other niches.

How soon will I make money?

Like any business it will take time to build trust, via your blog posts and you will need to have quite a lot of posts on your site for Google to rank them high enough to get seen often. Google and other search engine rankings is what brings organic traffic to your site. These are the people specifically searching for what you are writing about.to blog or not to blog, that is the question

You will research and use keywords to bring those people to you. The keywords are the search terms people are using the most in search of information that they need.

So how long? Months if not a year or more. Though that depends upon how much time you have to research and write your posts and how many posts you can do in a week. If you can write quality posts every day, that will obviously make a difference to the time frame.

However, it is not a fast process, so earning will not be immediate or even in the near future. However once your site builds trust and the search engines decide you are an authority then traffic will build and along with it the chance to start earning sooner.

Mind you, if you have got to the point of asking about blogging or are looking for tips, you probably have the blog set up, if not actually started writing and you will know that it is not a fast solution to earning.

Pro’s and Cons of blogging

It can be hard at first, getting into the habit of writing more than a thousand words but it’s surprising how quickly you get used to it and the words start to flow without having to think too hard.

Many worry that they will run out of things to write about. I did at first but again once you have written several posts you find there are more and more ideas that spring up.

What about the research? That can be time consuming but mainly because you end up finding interesting ideas for more blog posts.

Traffic takes a long time to build up. social mediaNot necessarily. Organic traffic takes time to build but social media induced traffic can be much faster.
Make sure you set up social media business accounts from the start. If you only get a few minutes here and there it will help the followers to increase. The bigger the following the better the traffic.

What do you think?

Does it sound fun, adventurous, exciting, crazy, mad, daft or what? Some of them, all of them?

Me? I absolutely love it. It seemed a chore at first because I was constantly watching the word count but as I really got into it, I forgot all about how many words I was writing.

The amount of words became irrelevant, it was all about the information instead.

Where am I?

I am on the Wealthy Affiliate platform. They host my websites securely, have pretty much instant support and have an amazing amount of training on pretty much every subject you can think of to do with online selling and marketing.Free starter membership

I looked for a long time to find a platform like this. Am I biased. YES, I definitely am. I have been on Wealthy Affiliate for 15 months and loved every minute of it. I still love it and cannot imagine being anywhere else.

I have learnt so much in the 15 months. I can build wordpress websites, I learnt about SEO, plugins and keywords. I can research, write blog posts, know a lot more about social media and the list just goes on.

Nearly forgot another major bonus of the platform. The amazing and brilliant community. There are a lot that have been there many years and pop in and out to help and advise when they get the chance. People write blog posts on the platform itself and they are full of helpful and useful advice. If you ask a question it is generally answered quickly by different people.

If you haven’t already got a website or signed up for training, would you like to have a look at the platform I am on?

It is totally free to join and have a look about. No credit or debit cards asked for. Just a free membership so you can go in, have a look and have a go at the basic training. No strings, entirely your choice whether you stay or go.

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The truth about Affiliate Marketing

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There are so many myths flying around about affiliate marketing ……..

on how to be successful, how hard it is to be successful and what you actually need to have a successful affiliate marketing business.

So lets see the truth about affiliate marketing and show you that you are only a few steps away from creating  a viable home business opportunity.

Size of Email ListGmail. The truth about Affiliate Marketing

The size of your email list is one of the biggest misconceptions out there. People say you need a HUGE list to make money with affiliate marketing. NOT TRUE!

 The quality of the list is more important than the quantity. Mailing to 100,000 subscribers does not mean you will make sales. Having a list of buyers is so much better than having a list of subscribers that have opted in for a free report or ebook.

The free subscribers probably will buy from you but someone that has already bought from you before has trust in you and will be more likely to buy products you have recommended to them.
So the bigger the buyer email list the more likely it is you will get commissions and profits from your efforts to supply quality and value to them.

The general advice is:

  • It’s not just about delivering promotions to them all the time but also giving them advice and showing them results. Sending clickable links in each email is important so they can view your recommendations regularly.
    Emailing daily is a must to keep you and your brand at the top of your subscribers mind and inbox. Don’t let yourself get forgotten.
  • If you are not emailing your list AT LEAST once a day you are leaving money on the table. When people first begin making a new email list and check how many subscribers they have. They tend to see an email list with a huge number of subscribers as a successful one.  It is important but isn’t and shouldn’t be the only measurement of a successful affiliate email campaign.

All good advice but I am not sure that is entirely true to be honest. The amount of times I have subscribed to something interesting and have then unsubscribed due to the amount of emails is very high. I would say once a day is more than enough as I have heard others voice the opinion that more than one a day is the trigger to make them unsubscribe.

Many marketers do worry and try their best to maintain the overall number of subscribers on their lists. Keeping subscribers is important but it’s just as important to consider the message open rates, clicks through your links and sales conversions too.

Starting Outwebsite

Someone who’s starting to be an affiliate marketer might think about creating their first blog, making a niche website, or establishing an online store because these websites are platforms to generate profits. Whatever direction you go in, affiliate marketing, dropshipping or physical products you make or buy and sell, you will need a blog. Customers now like to read about the products they are thinking of buying or they come looking for solutions to problems you write about.

Setting up your own blog might be simple and easy from the start but it’s not the same story as you go through the process. How to secure a good number of viewers to your articles is the biggest problem for newbie bloggers.
It’s definitely hard to engage enough eyeballs when you are creating your new blog. You have to realize that you are competing in a huge and populated market that makes for very tough competition.

Next step

Having and offering a unique product is good, however you still have to provide satisfying and informative content to answer the never-ending questions. Knowing what your audiences really want is your ultimate goal in promoting your product.blog post, content

It’s important to allow your voice to come through, to have content that’s interesting and holds the readers interest. It’s important that it doesn’t come across as a pushy sales page. Your blog is to answer the questions that customers might ask about your particular niche. They have to learn to trust you before they will be inclined to buy through your affiliate links.Also, don’t forget that you are selling something that is not tangible. Adverts and affiliate links on your blog is what will bring in the money.

Content is king and trust is key to success.

Traffic

If you want to generate real profits you have to create a very big audience. Niche websites are easy to make but  the competition can be greater depending on the niche you choose. To get a large number of visitors to your sites, you need to enhance your Search Engine Optimization skills since search engine traffic eventually contributes to a large part of the total traffic going to a niche site. SEO can be time consuming and is always changing. You can always outsource this to stay in the search engine rankings.

However, regular organic traffic can take a lot of time to build. So in the meantime you build up your social media accounts as they can encourage traffic while you wait for Google to recognise your site.

Are you thinking that technical knowledge, selling skills and other things are the biggest hindrance to start your career in affiliate marketing? Well, these issues can be overcome and solved by a good work ethic and your determination to become a successful affiliate marketer. Don’t let them get in your way to having a business you really want.

Bonusesbonus

Bonuses are purely to persuade the potential customer to buy a particular product through your affiliate link and not from a different affiliate. Customers like to get something that adds value to their product or better still have bonuses that are more valuable than the original product, this makes a customer more likely to buy from you. Bonuses simply add value to the original offer product.

I would say that most of the time the bonuses are worth more than the product. They are needed as an incentive because you are selling the same thing as many other affiliates. The types of bonuses can swing the sale in your favour rather than someone else’s. Customers like getting value for money.

Offer Page

Having a well-written bonus offer page could make the sales flow more easily.

In my opinion more of the offer pages should be honest about their product. They all have a tendency to say the same thing.

  • Up and running in 3 clicks.
  • 5/10 minutes and your site will be earning money.
  • So simple a newbie could do it.
  • Earning within hours.

It’s only when you look closer on the page or in the Frequently Asked Questions, that there is a mention of training videos. I fell for one of those early on in learning affiliate marketing. When I got inside there were 15 sections of videos and the first one had 25 videos in it. The instructions stated that you must watch all the videos first. I was horrified, I just did not have that much time to waste.

Unfortunately, despite many messages sent, I did not get my money back. Really stupid of them because you never trust anything from that person again, the seller (affiliate marketer) or the person who created it. Plus anytime time someone asks if anyone knows what they are like you are going to say, Untrustworthy, don’t buy.

How to create bonuses.

Here are some ways for you to create bonuses. To start with, doing it by yourself is actually the easiest way to create a bonus offer, though a little bit of effort is needed to prepare for it just like doing a little research for your special report. Preparation saves money. You don’t need to spend much in making the bonus available to the customers when you do it yourself.

Another and easier route that is also often used in in affiliate marketing is the use of Private Label Rights. PLR products are created by someone else and you can buy the product and the rights to it, so essentially you own it. That way you can sell the product or offer it as a bonus or as part of a bonus package.

This is a good choice if you don’t have your own items as yet for bonuses offers. It would save you time and effort as well and with many you can edit the product and even put your own name to it.

Some affiliates also get together to share items for bonuses but this would need to be with someone you trust. Plus it would have to be worked out fairly for the benefit of both parties.

Have I put you off?

It does take time to get started, there is a lot to learn. There are also scammers out to take your money without offering anything tangible you can learn from.

BUT if you are keen, prepared to put in the time and effort to learn and do the work, then in time you can earn a full time income. You can work from anywhere including your home, work the hours you choose, though they will be long to start with. Especially if you start off doing this alongside the day job.

However, for the time and effort it will be worth it in the long run because you will have a business that isn’t affected by anything much.  Trends do change of course but as long as you keep that in mind and diversify you will stay ahead of the game.

Travel was affected by the Pandemic but if you have another blog that is a completely different niche such as …. fitness/home gyms/cycling etc, then you push that one more for the duration.

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WHY? Because they offered an actual look inside first for FREE. I got to learn how to build a wordpress website with the free training. I interacted with the community and liked what I saw. I was still wary but decided to do the first month at half price to check out what else was on offer. Once I did that I knew it was a great place to be and where I wanted to build my business.

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Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020

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What are the Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020?

Wealthy Affiliate is growing and changing as always but this year there are even bigger changes. The world is changing so  we must change with it. There has never been a better time to start an online business than right here and now.

Today we are looking at:

  • Working from home in a pandemic
  • The new pricing
  • About the new pricing
  • About the platform
  • The benefits of WA
  • The training
  • The community
  • The future

Working from home in a Pandemic

We have yet to see anything like this current pandemic. Hopefully it won’t happen again but the chances are it will. With worldwide travel easily accessible to all, there’s a very real chance it could happen again.masked world Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020 Viruses and diseases start spreading before we realise there is a problem. By the time we understand what is going on it is already spreading around the globe.

Life as we know it has changed drastically due to the pandemic with many countries in Lockdown trying to halt the spread.

Many companies have had to insist their employees work from home where possible. I believe that once this is over many companies will continue to encourage employees to work from home.

Previously many did not because of the concern their work force would not be focussed enough. Many were concerned they couldn’t have their regular productive meetings.

This Lockdown has proved to employers that this is not the case at all. Many of those working from home have reported much greater productivity without the distractions of being in an office and not wasting time on a commute to and from work. Meetings have gone ahead with technology utilised to assist. Now the companies realise that in many cases it is a better way of working.

There is a lot of good coming out of this already and more will come in the future. I suspect more businesses than ever will downsize their premises save on costs.

At this time, realising how easy online working is, more and more people are searching for work or a business so they can work from home all the time. It is an excellent time to make the leap. Get it started while you have more time and then build it up alongside your job until you are earning enough to be your own boss.

A lockdown is no one’s idea of Freedom but working from home is what many people dream of. Is freedom your goal?

The New Pricing coming

After May 11th 2020  the new pricing at Wealthy Affiliate will look like this:

  • Premium Yearly = $495 per year (NEW PRICE)
  • Premium Twice Yearly = $234 per 6 months (REMOVED)
  • Premium Monthly = $49 per month (UNCHANGED)
  • First Month Premium Monthly Offer = $19 First Month (UNCHANGED)

As you can see, the monthly price and first month price aren’t altered. The twice yearly pricing is no longer available and the yearly price has gone up.

About the New Yearly Pricing

Although the Premium Yearly price is going up there is more on offer. It made sense to go Premium before and if you look at industry standards and pricing it is still going to be a bargain to go Premium with the Yearly offer.

It just makes much more economic sense to pay yearly and business expenses are for many, tax deductible.

The full price Premium Yearly will include:

  • Free .com Domain.
  • $50 in Community Credits. 
  • $93 discount on paying month to month

So, what do you get for your money?

Everything works seamlessly to make working on your website/s easier. All the updates and integrations don’t affect the day to day usage for the members, it all goes on in the background.

Some features within the Websites platform here.

  • SiteBuilder
  • SiteContent
  • SiteComments
  • SiteHealth
  • SiteSpeed Extreme
  • SiteSupport
  • SiteEmail
  • SiteDomains
  • SiteMove

Hosting that’s State of the Art

Speed, security and reliability are all key with WA hosting, giving confidence that your website/s are on the most secure and fastest Managed WordPress Hosting platform in the industry. Comparable hosting to that received at Wealthy Affiliate could cost up to $250 per month, over $2,000 a year. It’s the comparisons that make me realise again how lucky I am to have found Wealthy Affiliate.Jaaxy Research Tools

Premium membership gives you access to Jaaxy Lite. This supplies unlimited keyword searches, alphabet soup searches as well as access to other platforms like Site Rank for your keyword, website and niche research needs.Jaaxy research tool

Some features available to you with Jaaxy.

  • Keyword Search
  • Keyword List Management
  • Search Analysis
  • Site Rank
  • Alphabet Soup Tool
  • Brainstorm Ideas

The Jaaxy platform also has changes and improvements planned for the coming months ahead.

Unlimited Training unlimited training Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020

When you get access to Wealthy Affiliate you are getting access to many resources. This includes training through tutorials, courses and challenges, as well as a lot of training from community members. If community members find a better and or easier way of doing something, they will create a training for others to benefit from their knowledge. I often think that there must be at least one training on anything you could think of related to online business available on Wealthy Affiliate.

Get Access to this training:

  • Online Entrepreneur Certification (all 50 Lessons)
  • Affiliate Bootcamp (all 70 lessons)
  • Weekly Training Updates (Tutorials, Videos, Live Classes)
  • Access to All Future Premium Training Content
  • Access to All Expert Blog Posts (tons of value weekly)

Live Classes

I must confess that as yet I haven’t actually made it to one of the live classes though I have watched and benefitted from some of them after the fact. It’s mainly because of the time difference. It’s getting late here by the time a lot of webinars run, so I have to see them after the fact. I don’t miss out though, they are always available to be watched.

The Live Events are very popular. I have often seen references to them the following day in a variety of blogs sharing snippets they learnt.

  • 52 Weekly Live Classes Per Year (100% value)
  • 400+ Hours of Past Classes
  • Unlimited Class Replays
  • Cameo Live Classes

The Community

There is a lot of expert help available at Wealthy Affiliate. It is home to some of the top affiliate marketers and internet entrepreneurs in the world. You can access that help via the Live Chat area, the comment platform and by asking questions of the community as a whole.community support

It’s amazing to think that there are literally thousands of years worth of experience  within the community and they are helping others every day.

We are a global community here at WA with people from every country in the world, with all different levels of experience and interests that are interacting and networking every day. it is the largest affiliate marketing community in the world with over 2.2 million members at this time.

There is of course the help you will receive from your mentor, the person you sign up through. Not all will stay in contact or even check in regularly but there are many who will. I feel this is an important part of the help available. Some will offer access to a course they have made or an ebook as a bonus to entice.

The Future is Bright for Wealthy Affiliate Members

The Wealthy Affiliate platform continually evolves and grows. The owners are very hands on and listen to their members ideas, implementing them and integrating them into the platform, constantly improving everything they can.

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How to start a profitable website

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Why are you here?

With all that’s going on in the world right now more people are realising it makes sense to have a back up plan.  What sort? How about an online business. You have obviously been thinking about it otherwise you wouldn’t be here.

You obviously want to know how to start a profitable website. Not much point wanting an unprofitable one after all.

So with more time you have been looking around online and if you are in the UK now know that lockdown will continue for at least another 3 weeks. Clearly a brilliant time to learn the basics and get a website up and running. The best time to create an online business.

Sooo….. what is the first thing you need to do to start a profitable website? Most people just leap in without giving much thought to what their website will be about. Surely its creating the website that’s important, isn’t it? You know, getting it built, adding the fancy bells and whistles to wow the customers. Not really. So how do you start a profitable website? Well you need to start right at the very beginning.

First you need to decide what the website is about.

Choosing A Profitable Website Topicfrog pulling a bag of cash. How to start a profitable website

You can’t just create a website about anything, it has to be a specific topic on which you have a decent amount of knowledge and interest. Well you can, but it would be pointless. You won’t know what you are talking about and it won’t be enjoyable.

The first step, before we do anything, is to decide what the site is actually going to talk about. You need to create a “niche” website. Niche is a word that refers to a small, profitable corner of a market. This means that your site will be very specific and focused on one topic. Your goal will be to dominate this “niche” and become an authority in it. Does that make sense?

Let me give you an example.

You may love sport and take part in a few. Through the process outlined below, you decide on something within that topic that is the right angle for you. You don’t create a website about sport in general. You narrow it down to a very specific piece of this topic (a niche). Through your research you may decide it would be best to create a website about the training process of one particular sport or about the clothing required. Though with the clothing, it could then be narrowed down further into a particular part, such as footwear. Now, THAT is a “niche”. If you became an authority on that specific topic, it would be something that could be very profitable for many years to come.

Isn’t bigger better?

So, you may be thinking “Why should I narrow it down so much? Wouldn’t it be better to go after any sports or at least all equipment needed including clothes or even just clothing?”

I know I thought the same when I started. I had many thoughts along the lines of: What if I run out of things to write about? Surely I need a bigger topic for more variety to make the site more interesting. No and no. You won’t run out of things to say, unless you pick the wrong topic, such as something you have no interest in.

Too much variety on different subjects isn’t good because it means your customer struggles to find what they are interested in amongst everything else you have written about.

Less is good

Wikipedia states: 

  • A niche market is the subset of the market on which a specific product is focused. The market niche defines the product features aimed at satisfying specific market needs, as well as the price range, production quality and the demographics that it is intended to target. It is also a small market segment.

A narrower niche means that there is less competition and the more you narrow down your topic, the amount of competition reduces further.

And the less competition, the greater chance you have of becoming an authority on your topic. When you become an authority it brings more people to your website, they learn to trust you and this brings them back.

HOW to choose your topicmaking a list

Make a list of everything you are passionate about.  Write everything down, everything you can think of.

Then, it’s time to research which of those passions and interests would make the best topic for your website. To do this you need to work out two simple things.

1) How many people are interested in your topic

2) How many other websites there are on this same topic. There are simple, free online tools that you can use to work it all out.

So, step number one is to see how many people are searching for your topic online. This gives us a rough estimate of how much demand there is for a website on this subject.  Visit the “Google AdWords Keyword Tool“. This is a free tool provided by Google and it will let you know a rough idea of how many times someone typed any particular keyword into Google.

How does it work?google adwords keywords

Lets find out. Clink on the link or type it in to google.

You should have a screen like the screenshot opposite. Then click on the blue button that says ‘Go to keyword planner’.

I am showing you as I do it for you, mainly because I have seen so many outdated instructions without anything to show you how it should look. Instructions are fine but you want to be sure you have the right page. Especially when you are discovering this for the first or even re discovering after a long time.

At this point I will confess that it has been a long time since I used this tool and it does look different. It’s also good for me to brush up on such tools and remember to use them. Such tools do make life easier.

And on to the next

So let’s say you decide you are keen on crafts, so you narrow it down to your 2 main interests in that very large topic, knitting and crochet. You put in crafts, knitting and crochet just to see what happens and to try out the tool.

There is less competition but still plenty of visitors looking and searching for information. So then you need to scan the list to find potential topics.

Altogether there were 2,651  results just from the 3 words.

Keywords that you provided:google adwords keywords 1

crochet

100K – 1 M   High

knitting

10K – 100 K  High

craft

100K – 1 M  High

So crafts and crochet both have 100,00 – 1,000,000 average monthly searches. So the narrower subject of crochet is more popular than knitting.

So we take that one and put that into the keyword planner. There are 667 results, just from crochet.

The top 5 that come up are these:google adwords keywords 1

crochet patterns

10K – 100K High

amigurumi

10K – 100K High

free crochet patterns

10K – 100K High

crochet blanket

10K – 100K High

crochet baby blanket

10K – 100K High

So crochet patterns and free crochet patterns are highly popular searches with amigurumi in between them.

A topic of patterns could be narrowed down further into amigurumi patterns. You will have noted that Amigurumi was another popular search. Or baby clothes , blankets, or more specifically, baby blankets  even.

While you are on the webpage “Google AdWords Keyword Tool“, spend some time playing with various words of ideas  that interest you. then choosing narrower subjects from the words offered. This will help you learn how it works and make it easier and faster when you are needing particular keyword.

What’s next?

Now you know that it’s possible to make a site about crochet patterns, you need to check the amount of sites that there already are about crochet patterns. Of course, if you find that there’s 100 million sites about crochet patterns, you will need to go back and look at other crochet niches.How to start a profitable website 2

To find this information, all we need is Google. So type Crochet patterns into Google  Now you look at the top of the page, just above the first entry where it says “About 132,000,000 results “.

This means that there is 132,000,000 web pages on this term. It may seem like a lot, but it’s not that bad because in reality, only percentage of those sites will be very good with high quality content. Compare it to the general term of crochet where you get: “About 891,000,000 results”.  Plus google will have scanned the entire internet for that search term, so even a mention will have that page included.

Another popular search was Crochet Blankets. Put into Google it came up with: About 106,000,000 results so lower still.

Just play around with your words and ideas until you have settled on what you want your niche site to be about.

Niche done, ready to go

Well not quite but that is a major step forward you have made a start. Many jump into building a website, buy the first domain name they think of and the first topic they think of. Many also go for a topic rather than a niche at first thinking it will be easier.

Admittedly it does sound as though it will be. The reality is, that 6 months down the line, you are likely to scrap that site and start again, having taken the steps of choosing a niche and domain name carefully.

That time won’t have been wasted, you will have learnt a lot. The original site could be kept for trying out new ideas or plug ins before adding them to your main site. Also could be something you might want to go back to.

A little planning in the early stages can save you a lot of time later.

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