The truth about Affiliate Marketing

The truth about Affiliate Marketing

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.

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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.

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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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I spent a lot of time researching before I jumped in to affiliate marketing. I had seen many that had my intuition screaming NO! But eventually I heard of Wealthy Affiliate and the general consensus was that it is a good place. I did a lot of further research and then decided to give it a try.

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.

You lose nothing by having a look and could gain a whole new future. Plus it comes with bonuses. READ HERE!

 

 

Easy Article Writing tips

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Writing Good Quality Articles  

The internet is all about content whether it’s good, bad, vague or weird. For you to attract traffic to your article or website you need unique content that captures a reader’s imagination and will keep them on the page and coming back for more. The use of keywords and link building  for SEO by search engines is a major challenge for all bloggers. This is where article writing tips come in handy, the more you know the easier it is

Major blog owners are using the correct ranking process, which is getting ranked by the consistent posting of good quality content.

Here are some Easy Article Writing tips

What is makes a good quality article? A quality article informs, entertains, convinces or converts, and conveys a compelling message in a clear and concise manner.

 Guides in the creation of a quality article.

  • Your article should contain resources that are useful.post Easy Article Writing tips
  • It should contain practical tips that your readers can use and easily apply. Step by step ‘How to’s’ are often popular.
  • If you are writing an article on a topic that encourages discussion, you should give an alternative view and encourage readers to discuss the topic.
  • Your content should have your ‘voice’ that makes it personal to you. Adding your own experiences can help the reader identify with you. Once your readers know the content is consistently good you will have established a degree of trust with them  that will bring them back regularly.
  • When writing your article any facts should be supported with references and links to the original post. That way they can check the original and read  further if they wish.
  • When writing about a topic or idea be sure the information good quality and up to date. It’s no good writing about methods of doing things on the internet from 10 years ago.

Wikipedia has a page on articles HERE

  • This page advises on article layout and style, and on making an article clear, precise and relevant to the reader.

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What Constitutes Bad Content

If there are quality articles, it means there should be rubbish articles also. Rubbish or bad articles are those that have no relevance, its just writing for writings sake.

Tips to avoid when writing a good article:

  • Affiliate links: Too many affiliate links is not considered a good idea.
  • To many repetitive sentences without substance can put people off. You sometimes see this when people are trying to reach a set word count. It may meet the criteria set but is boring for the reader.words crossed out
  • Too much of a hard sell is very off putting for potential customers and readers. You aren’t there to make a hard sales pitch. What you are there for is to introduce things that your customers will find useful or will solve a problem they may have. If a person makes enquiries and you cannot help with what they seek then you can always send them in the direction of help that is available. You wont get that sale but they will be back because you were so helpful and solved a problem for them.
  • Guest Posting: When writing articles for guest posting check their guidelines and write accordingly. Going off topic will not get it accepted.

Proofread all you write

Most of the time you write and just assume your content is good and it’s ready to publish without checking. That’s not always the case. You should proofread your articles and check the spelling etc. Though there are plug ins that will check spelling and give a reading on the SEO. A good one will also show when your article falls short in the SEO department with advice on what to add where. A good one that I use is Rank Math and its free. The website gives a rundown on all the features. Certainly worthwhile to give it  try. When I added it to my sites I went back over previous posts and discovered that many early ones had a very low score. Those were changed and re added to Google Console.

Programs like Grammarly and so many others can also be useful but even then its a good idea to check the article over just to ensure there isn’t a glaring error that was missed.

Check the word count too if you want it an optimum length to be indexed by Google and moved up the ranks.

Writers Block

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It happens to us all at some point or other. You sit down to write but words just won’t flow and you lose your focus. You try a bit of  brainstorming but that comes up blank too. Then you try reading a few blogs for inspiration, playing around with keywords but still the words aren’t there.

What do you do?

Talk to Someone

When you experience writers block, it  can be good to talk to someone.  To a friend or a family member maybe. Whoever is supportive of your work. Tell them  you are looking for inspiration and see what happens.

Do Some Exercises

Sometimes a block can be due to stress from an event or situation. In that case walk away from your work and focus on something else. Go for a walk or a run, if you like running, do yoga or some other form of exercise for a while.

More Ideas

Meditation can be an excellent way to set the mind free and bring new ideas.add new

Something I do is every time I get an idea for a post I write it as a post title. Then I will start writing a few lines that came with the idea. After coming to a natural halt, I will save the new post as a draft to add to later. I do this quite often as when the idea appears I might not have the time to research and write the piece there and then but I don’t want to forget about it.

That way there are often several blogs posts waiting to be fleshed out. If you have no ideas you can look through those waiting until one sparks interest. Or try adding a few more lines to each and one will have you writing more.

Sometimes we subconsciously sabotage ourselves. Read about limiting beliefs in this post. HERE!

The Variety of Article Styles

What sort of articles would be best for you to write?  So what sort are there?

  • Articles about tips (as this one)
  • Comparison articles ( comparing products)
  • Articles about personal experiences (depending upon the blog niche)
  • Review Articles
  • How to articles

There are of course more but this gives you the general idea.

In conclusion

So there are many variations to focus upon. The articles or posts you write will of course depend upon the niche you have chosen and that will determine your topics.

Whatever you focus upon, if you have personal experience the reader will often like to hear about it. It gives them a connection with you and helps build the trust.

The main thing is to fill your website/blog with good quality content that will be interesting enough to bring people back and rank well with Google. The more you rise up Googles ranks, the more traffic you are likely to get to your website.

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Simple Affiliate Marketing tips

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It doesn’t matter whether you are new to this or been doing it for years, it is an ongoing learning process. Everyone, it seems, is always interested in simple affiliate marketing tips. Knowledge is power and the more we know the better our businesses are.

Tips for Affiliate marketing.

Every, or maybe that should be, most affiliate marketers are always looking for the successful market that gives the biggest paycheck.

Some think there is a magic formula that is readily available for them if only they could find it.

Actually, it is both more complicated than that and easier than that. The magic formula is good marketing practices that have been proven over many years and of course, hard work and dedication.

There are basic formula’s that have worked before with online marketing and are continuing to work in the growing online affiliate marketing world of today. With these 3 simple affiliate marketing tips, you will be able to able to increase your sales and survive in the affiliate marketing online.

What are the basic formula’s?marketing Simple Affiliate Marketing tips

1. Using unique web pages

to promote each separate product you are marketing. Do not lump all of it together just to save time, effort or  money. It is best to have a site focusing on each and every separate niche and nothing more.

Always have product reviews on your website so visitors will have an initial understanding on what the products can do to and for those who buy them. Include testimonials from those who have already tried the product if you can. Check that your customers are willing to allow you to use their names and/or photos on the site of the product you are marketing.

You can also write articles highlighting the uses of the product and include them on the website as an additional page. Make the pages attractive, compelling and include calls to action on the information. Each headline should attract the readers to try and read more, even contact you. Highlight your special points. This will help your readers to learn what the page is about and will want to find out more.

2. Offer free downloadable ebooks

to your readers. If possible position them at the very top side of your page so it they simply cannot be missed. Try to create autoresponder messages that will be mailed to those who input their personal information into your sign up box. According to research, a sale is closed usually on the seventh contact with a prospect.b;og

Only two things can possibly happen with the web page alone: closed sale or the prospective customer leaving the page and never returning again. By placing useful information into their email inboxes at certain specified times, you will remind them of the product they thought they wanted to buy and hopefully will return later. Be sure that your content gives them specific reasons to buy the product. Don’t make it sound like a sales pitch because that can be off putting. The hard sell approach no longer works, people tend to back away.

Focus on important points like how your product can make life easier and more enjoyable and or solve a problem they may have. Include compelling subject lines in the email. As much as possible, avoid using the word “free” because there are still older spam filters that dumps those kind of contents into the junk before even anyone reading them first. Convince those who signed up for your free ebook that they will be missing something big if they do not avail of your products and services.

3. Get the right kind of traffic

that is targeted to your product. Just think, if the person who visited your website has no interest whatsoever in what you are offering, they will be among those who move on and never come back. Write articles for publication in e-zines and e-reports. This way you can locate publications that is focusing on your target customers and what you have put up might just grab their interest.

Try to write a minimum of 2 articles per week, with at least 800-1500 words in length, preferably more. By continuously writing good content you can generate more targeted readers to your site per day.
Always remember that only a small percentage of the people visiting your site are likely to buy your product or your services. Which is why we try to generate as much traffic as possible to our websites each day.

The tips given above are not difficult to do, if you think about it. It just requires time and action on your part, especially with writing content. The saying is: ‘Content is king’.

 

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There is always more to learn. Keep reading others hints and tips too. Knowledge really is power.

Not all tips will be useful bit over time you will learn to try out and use just the ones that resonate with you. If they feel right, they will be the most useful an just what you need.

You could read 50 tips and only get a handful of usable tips but that handful or even 1 or 2, could be the ones that make the difference and start you on the road to earning. .

Whether its tips or a new way of doing something, affiliate marketers are always learning because they need to keep up.

 

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Learn about Affiliate Marketing

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The easy and basic version for those who are only just discovering and want to learn about affiliate marketing.

What is affiliate marketing?

It’s a way of earning money online.

It works as a business, you apply to companies that appeal to you or have products in your chosen niche. You then become affiliated with the company if they accept you and then you promote their products for them.

They will supply you with advertising material such as banners and make links available to you, with your special code, so that each company knows who the traffic or sales come from.

When someone clicks on a link to a product and then buys, whether it’s digital or an actual physical product, the affiliate can earn a small commission from the sale.

It sounds simple and that is the basic premise but it takes hard work getting to that point. There are many online who say it’s easy, you can earn thousands a week while only working 2 hours per week. That is not realistic at all.

The reality is lots of training and many hours of hard work. If followed correctly the training works very well but it won’t happen overnight. Many try it for a month or two and give up saying it doesn’t work, having done very little of the training or put in much time. If you want to earn well, then you need to put in the time and  effort.

 

What is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is a platform for affiliate marketing. You can join at no cost, have a look round, try out the basic training and see what you think. wealthy affiliate Learn about Affiliate Marketing

There is no pressure to become a paying member. Though if you join within the first 7 days you get the first month at half price. If you decide to stay on you can pay monthly or yearly. Yearly  means you save quite a bit, so if you can do that it’s much more economical, but of course it depends on individual circumstances and how you feel about what there is on offer.

When I joined I was highly sceptical but the quality of the free training won me over, along with the welcoming community. Once I went to Premium and  saw what training was on offer for paid members, how much there was available and how comprehensive it is, I was hooked.

Building a website or starting one with the free training was exciting and then continuing on was even better. I couldn’t believe my luck and knew there and then I was staying.

What do you learn?

You learn how to build a wordpress website.

First of all though you have to decide what your website will be about.  You select a topic and narrow it down in to a niche which is a smaller more select area of the overall topic.

With that decided, next comes a name for your website.

I always avoided WordPress as it looked so complicated, so went for easier options. With the right training however, that is done step by step, even I could manage it. Being able to stop  and start the video to complete each piece was brilliant. Some parts I found easy but other sections I had to go over a few times until the penny dropped.

The sense of accomplishment was amazing.

Additions to your site

You learn about the best themes to use, to get your site looking the way you want it. Though you first start with a more limited selection on the free starter membership, still quite a few though, to choose from. At this stage you tend to use the first one that appeals, which is fine at this stage as you are just keen to have a website.

There are Plug ins that come with your website, basic ones essential to the running of it.plug ins

Not real world plugs of course, plug ins that go right inside your website that help with the running of it.

There are an amazing amount of plug ins that will do various things for your website. Often you will see people recommending various ones but experience has taught me to check my stats before and after.

There is training on how to create content (blog posts) for your site, again, step by step the best way to set it out and how to add pictures and videos.

There is also a section of the Wealthy Affiliate site that has lists of companies wanting affiliate marketers, so you don’t even have to do that yourself unless you want to.

I also realised that it doesn’t stop at affiliate marketing any of your sites can be used for any business that you want to run.

You have an amazing site you have created and can sell things you create, buy items to sell, or be an affiliate marketer. Or you can incorporate all 3, its entirely up to you. The only limits you have are those you impose on yourself.

How does it help me?

You can run any business you choose and you will have the help you need.dream big

You have an amazing site you have created and can sell things you create, buy items to sell, do coaching or be an affiliate marketer or anything else you fancy doing.

The only limits you have are those you impose on yourself.

There is training on just about any business related subject you can think of . Not only official training but also many from long term members who find a better way of doing something or a different way that’s easier.

I am pretty sure that most things you want to know about will have at least one training available, if not more.

The Benefits.

From 16th March there are changes to the amount of websites offered.

  • 1 website with the free membership and 10 websites with the Premium membership.
  • It used to be 2 websites with the free starter membership and 50 websites with the Premium membership.

You get great website hosting along with  top notch Security to keep it safe.

Website Speed that is fabulous in this fast paced world where everything has to be instant. It gives a better user experience for your site visitors.

Reliability. A platform that is reliable, where the owners are accessible and despite being so successful are still ready to help should you have a problem.

Support. The site support is brilliant. The response is very fast and any problems solved quickly, occasionally the impossible takes longer but still gets solved.

The free starter membership with training to get you started along with a website. Well 2 at the minute, until 16th March.

Did I mention the amazing community that have helped me and others countless times? They are the human side of Wealthy Affiliate, along with the owners Kyle and Carson. They too are very accessible, giving help and advice to everyone. Plus they keep updating the platform and are  constantly making improvements

Conclusion

Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to learn all you need to know about starting a business, whether it’s affiliate marketing or a different type of business.Wealthy Affiliate banner

All the tools are there in one place to help you succeed. Then as backup you have an amazing community who will cheer you on with successes, commiserate with the mistakes and lift you up if you feel down.

And every day you will see blog posts on the site that inspire you. They also teach you and spark ideas for your site and for new blog posts.

They also encourage everyone to sign up for the free membership first, there are very few platforms that do that. Wealthy affiliate do it because they have nothing to hide. There aren’t any upsells. If you decide to go premium, which is your choice, that is what you will pay, your membership only.

You can buy domain names through Wealthy Affiliate but you can buy them elsewhere if you prefer and migrate them in, the same if you already own a domain name.

So overall there are many benefits to coming to Wealthy Affiliate and giving us a try. Check it out for free and see what you think. All you will have lost is a bit of time.

What you could gain, is a better future. So why not come and join us today? CLICK HERE!

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How to Create an Online Business

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It’s a new year and the start of a new decade and time to make a better future.

How do you do that? By creating an online business.

Time to make the future you want.

You don’t change things by doing what you’ve always done. So now it’s time to change that, to create the future you have dreamed of.

How can you do that?

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Can I learn how to create an online business?

First you need to learn how.

There are ways to learn for free with many You Tube videos on the subject as well as blogs. There are also websites offering free online courses if you Google it.

These of course are limited in the amount of information they give you as many are selling more extensive courses themselves.

That route can take a while as you piece together the different amounts of information.

I tried this way but it always felt as though something was missing. Which is certainly not helpful.

How can I afford a good course?

There are always ways to save cash once you decide you want to invest in yourself and your future.

Do you pay for TV subscriptions? How much do you pay and do you need them all?

Do you eat out or have Takeaways? How about coffee on your way to work? Make savings on lunch and take your food from home and use refillable water bottles.

You can shop around to reduce your utility bills.

Shop around to cut back on food bills. Do click and collect rather than pay a delivery charge.

You don’t have spare time.

When you work full time, it’s easy to instantly dismiss the idea of doing extra work at home but it’s how many successful entrepreneurs started out.

So think about it.

Do you play games online, on a console? Do you watch television programmes, films, box sets?

Do you see where I am going with this?

If you want to build a better future then you need to make changes. Instead of slouching in front of a screen dozing, why not put that time to good use in front of a screen that has you wide awake and keen to do more?

What would I do?

Training. Running up steps.

Training!

No, not that sort of training, though the word does make me think of running in particular and being pushed to the limit.

Though if you sit all day a bit of walking or running is not a bad way to have a break.

I mean a different sort of training.

Learning how to build a website, how to find a niche, to master SEO, Keywords, blogging, social media and more.

Training that seems endless, tough at times but is exciting too.

Building a basic first website is fun and gives a massive sense of achievement.

What is a niche?

Is a small part of a wider subject. Such as Health. This is a large subject so you narrow it down to something you are interested in.

Some examples of this one subject.

* Health & Beauty Aids Retail
* Health & Diet Foods Retail
* Health & Medicine
* Health & Wellness Programs
* Health Aids
* Health and Beauty
* Health Associations
* Health Care Plans
* Health Care Professionals
* Health Care Providers
* Health Clubs
* Health Food Stores
* Health Spas
* Healthy Gut
* Hearing Aid Audiologists
* Hearing Aids & Assistive Devices Retail
* Heart Disease

There are, of course, hundreds of possibles niches covering a wide variety of subjects.

What is SEO?

SEO

Search Engine Optimisation.

Basically how to get the search engines to see your blog posts and rank them.

The higher the ranking the more your posts and site gets seen by people searching for what you are writing about.

 

What are Keywords?

The particular words and phrases that people use when they are searching for a subject they want to know about. Using the right ones help your posts move up the ranks to get seen.

Think about when you do an online search. The better the words you put in, the more descriptive, the better the results. Keywords give good results from both sides.

What is blogging?

Writing a blog post or an article which is more commonly known as content to those that have a website and blog.  You write information about your niche, solving problems, writing reviews and anything else relevant to your subject.. To do that you need to do research, check facts, create good post titles and find good keywords.

Many think of blogging as writing something fun, perhaps about your day, adding some pictures and that’s it done. This is unbelievably far from the truth. Well it is when you are blogging for a business. 1 post can take many hours to create.

Read article writing tips HERE!

Social Media

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Not the sort of social media where you keep in contact with family and friends but business social media.

You need accounts with the main platforms to share your blog posts and create posts that interest people so they become followers.

Followers are important as through them your work gets a wider audience. When people like, share or  comment on your posts, they then get seen by others from their circles too.

Social media has an important part to play in running any online business. It’s not enough enough to have a business, you also need customers. That means you need to advertise your site, blog posts and anything you sell or items you recommend that your customers might need or are searching for.

It can help with reaching potential followers of your site and the all important traffic, while you are building your content and rising in the ranks of search engines.

 

How soon would I be earning?

That is a question that comes up a lot as you can imagine. Especially as many watch videos for ‘systems’ that promise fast set up and money coming in within hours or a few days. Then just a couple of hours a week to keep it going.

Many people have been caught out with these.

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Well the one I recommend doesn’t work like that.

It teaches you the basics then moves on to the more in depth training to help you build a business that will last and grow. It’s focussed on building a good solid foundation that can continue to grow well into the future.

The official training is excellent and very extensive and there is also an endless amount of training available from members you have been on the site for years.

Some have started earning small amounts after a few months, others have taken longer. It all depends on the amount of time you have to give to your fledgling business and how much effort you are willing to put in.

Have I earned anything yet? Small amounts which are nice and shows the training works but I didn’t expect more or even that just yet as other commitments reduce the time I have available. I do however spend every spare minute I have on it.

So what is my recommendation?

Wealthy Affiliate!

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It is a hosting platform that as well as offering training and offers you hosting on up to 50 websites, 25 domain and 25 non domain.

The site support is excellent, responds promptly and solves minor problems instantly, difficult mostly within an hour or two and the impossible takes a bit longer.

There is a very large supportive community, that is always available and very inspiring.

They offer a free starter membership to look around, have a go at building a website and doing some basic training, which I was impressed with when I started. It made me take the next step, which was signing up for a month of Premium membership, which costs $49 or £37.44p.

That gives you the chance to examine what else is on offer and check out the premium training.

For me, after a week, I knew this was what I wanted and where I wanted to build my business.

I always recommend that you try the free membership first.

Letting you know of changes coming very soon.

Upcoming Hosting Changes, March 16th, 2020

We are moving to updated hosting plans in preparation of some significant launches in May, and the introduction of a standalone Managed WordPress Brand being launched Summer 2020.

These are how the hosting updates look:

Starter Membership1 Website, Formerly 2 Websites

Premium Membership: 10 Websites Any Type (NEW), Formerly 25 Own Domains / 25 Free Websites

Price changes from May 12th and more up to date information on changes HERE!

Think you can’t do it?

I say you can! If at 64 I can learn this while running a small crafting business, running a home and caring for grandchildren, then you definitely can. It’s all about attitude and believing in yourself.

Try it for free and see what you think. You lose nothing by looking. Then if you like what you see, take the leap and invest in yourself and your future. You are worth it!

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