Mistake #3: Giving your friend’s product a glowing review without actually being familiar with your friend’s product. This happens a lot in the affiliate marketing (and book marketing) world unfortunately. It’s a “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” type of situation. By all means, give your friend a glowing review, but if you haven’t actually read their book or taken their course or tried their product, don’t talk about it as though you have. Readers deserve honest recommendations! (Here’s an example of me helping to announce the launch of my friend’s book while being clear I hadn’t read it.)
Offer to watch children or pets. If you know anyone who has children or pets, you could easily begin a side gig as a babysitter or pet sitter. To let people know you’re interested, send out a group email describing your services, post an ad on Facebook, or tell friends and acquaintances about your availability in person or over the phone. You can also create a profile on a babysitting referral site like Care.com.
Be honest. Talk about what you like and don’t like. Be fair and build trust. It will serve you well later. For examples, check out my review posts about Elite Blog Academy and Self Publishing 101. I get emails frequently from people who tell me they decided to purchase one of those courses through my affiliate link because it was the most balanced review they found.
27. Sponsored/paid posts – Many blogs publish sponsored and paid posts. Sponsored posts are basically just posts about a specific brand, product or service. A company will pay you to publish an article about it. It’s similar with other paid posts as well. Your basically selling the spot for the article on your site. If you decide to take this route, you’ll want to build your traffic before you will get many offers.
The amount that Lonely Planet pays depends entirely on the scope of the project and whether you’re a guidebook author or just a content contributor for their blog. Of course, as a guidebook author you’ll be paid a salary, plus you’ll have money to pay for your travels in the destination you’re writing about. For the blog, we’ve heard that between $300 – $400 per article is possible, but they still accept some free posts too if you’re pitching as a “guest post” with a link back to your site.
As search engines have become more prominent, some affiliate marketers have shifted from sending e-mail spam to creating automatically generated web pages that often contain product data feeds provided by merchants. The goal of such web pages is to manipulate the relevancy or prominence of resources indexed by a search engine, also known as spamdexing. Each page can be targeted to a different niche market through the use of specific keywords, with the result being a skewed form of search engine optimization.
The technology we have available today allows us to massively automate many tasks that had to be manually done only a few years ago. This has reduced the level of technical ability required for people do things like build their own websites, set up landing pages and build lists of subscribers. You can literally build a website within minutes today, even if you have zero technical computer skills.
Many online job platforms such as Upwork.com also have their own system for recognizing and removing job scams. According to the site, many of them involve “employers” who try to pay workers outside the site’s payment system, and engage in some sort of check or money order fraud. For more tips on avoiding job scams on freelancing sites, read about it here.
A spin-off for web designers is to offer a landing page creation service. Well optimized landing pages can be the difference between a successful and a failing business. And, as creating the perfect landing page isn’t easy, this is a service many businesses are prepared to pay for. I know people who are earning 6 figures per year and all they do is create landing pages for businesses. There’s serious money to be made.
Contact the company directly. If you use a product or service and want to recommend it but you can’t find evidence of an affiliate program, consider approaching them and asking if they are willing to set one up (maybe with your help). Highlight your audience and the value of your recommendation. Explain that an affiliate program is simply rewarding happy customers (you!) for promoting, and they don’t have to pay until a sale is made.
Itchy Travel Feet is a blog aimed towards people born between 1946 and 1964. They are a personal travel site geared to active, travel-loving baby boomers. Essentially, they are looking for submissions that include personable and relatable content that is also informative. This means no top ten lists or cold city descriptions, etc. Even though the site is for baby boomers, they don’t specify anywhere on their site that you must be a baby boomer to apply.
India has been an established business for over 20 years and has a loyal following. We have been voted recently as Best Indian Restaurant in the state by Providence Journal and Rhode Island Monthly. We are looking for a creative thinker who is passionate about writing stories. He/She will be someone who understands and can write for our current and potential audiences. You will be working closely with our management team to develop engaging and compelling creative ideas, concepts, stories, and content to supplement our current (and growing) marketing goals and efforts across different media which are mostly online. We are ideally looking for someone who has a huge interest in Indian hospitality (food and culture wise). Topics to be written on the blog will be discussed and provided ahead of time. We are not requiring you to write long blog posts. On average you will be writing approximately 250 words. The key is to produce something engaging and fun for our audience. Our current website traffic averages to 6000-7000 visitors per month, Facebook followers are 8k+, and Instagram followers are 10k+. This would also be ideal for a student or someone who is trying to build their writing portfolio.
Mow lawns or plow driveways. If you’re willing to mow yards or shovel or plow snow in the winter, you could easily start your own snow removal and lawn mowing business on the side. While you can usually find work by reaching out to your local community via word-of-mouth, flyers, or online message boards, the website Plowz & Mowz allows you to set up an online profile and reach more customers in your area.
Affiliate marketing overlaps with other Internet marketing methods to some degree, because affiliates often use regular advertising methods. Those methods include organic search engine optimization (SEO), paid search engine marketing (PPC – Pay Per Click), e-mail marketing, content marketing, and (in some sense) display advertising. On the other hand, affiliates sometimes use less orthodox techniques, such as publishing reviews of products or services offered by a partner.
Buy and sell domain names. If you’re good at finding popular yet undiscovered domain names, you can make some cash on the side by buying and reselling websites. Think of it as digital real estate speculation. Domains are available on GoDaddy.com for as little as $2.99 per year, but are sometimes resold at far higher prices: According to Business Insider, the site MM.com sold for $1.2 million dollars in 2014. Once you find the perfect domain name to resell, you can market it on Flippa.com for a flat fee.
The implementation of affiliate marketing on the internet relies heavily on various techniques built into the design of many web-pages and websites, and the use of calls to external domains to track user actions (click tracking, Ad Sense) and to serve up content (advertising) to the user. Most of this activity adds time and is generally a nuisance to the casual web-surfer and is seen as visual clutter. Various countermeasures have evolved over time to prevent or eliminate the appearance of advertising when a web-page is rendered. Third party programs (Ad-Aware, Adblock Plus, Spybot, pop-up blockers, etc.) and particularly, the use of a comprehensive HOSTS file can effectively eliminate the visual clutter and the extra time and bandwidth needed to render many web pages. The use of specific entries in the HOSTS file to block these well-known and persistent marketing and click-tracking domains can also aid in reducing a system's exposure to malware by preventing the content of infected advertising or tracking servers to reach a user's web-browser.
It’s fairly easy to build your own website if you take advantage of the many free learning opportunities online. However, much of the population isn’t equipped to build their own site, or doesn’t have the time, which is why so many people make a living building websites and blogs for others. According to the BLS, around 16% of web developers were self-employed in 2016, with the vast majority able to work at home, or anywhere with a laptop and speedy Internet connection.
Transcription work from home jobs involve listening to audio files and typing out what you hear. While some types of transcription (such as medical) require training, it is possible to break into general transcription with little to no past experience. Before you start digging through the companies below, you may want to read this post about what general transcription involves and this post about the equipment transcribers use.
Sign up with focus groups in your area. Studies that you are eligible to participate in pop up sporadically but pay quite well – often more than $50 for an hour of your time. You can also look for focus groups online but will have to sort through a lot of bogus “opportunities” and sites that ask you to pay up-front for the privilege of participating before you find anything worthwhile.
Set up an account on Rover.com. Enjoy furry company once in a while? These days, many professional pet-sitters set up an account on Rover.com. With Rover.com, you can reach people in your area who are actively looking for someone to watch their dogs, cats, hamsters, or turtles, either in their home or your own. You can set your own rules and schedule and come up with your own pricing through the Rover.com pet-sitting platform.
I'm looking for someone who is smart, extremely organized, discrete, dedicated and trustworthy to be my executive virtual assistant. I'm looking for an effective individual who is extraordinarily detail-oriented. PLEASE NOTE: This is not an entry-level assistant position. You MUST have at least 2+ years experience as a Virtual Executive Assistant for an executive and/or business owner. I expect this role to be varied. There can be periods of relatively few interruptions to work on long-term projects. Occasionally, this can be a fast-paced, extremely detail-oriented and high-pressure role. You'll handle my personal as well as business details, including travel, file organization, corporate compliance tasks, some scheduling, customer calls and coordination with third parties. I have high expectations for myself and those with whom I work. My expectations for those working with me is to demonstrate ownership and accountability in their conduct and effectiveness. I am looking for someone with extreme attention to detail who enjoys negotiating deals, finding and coordinating the best service providers, optimizing travel arrangements, and who is proactive, system-oriented, and with whom it is pleasant to work. Initially, this will be a part-time role, with a vision to grow responsibilities as we develop trust working with each other. This position is designed to be remote, so you can work anywhere in the US. We communicate via email, text, chat, and phone. TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Assist with corporate compliance details including generating corporate minutes, interacting with bookkeeping/accounting, and reconciling accounts. Assist with the creation/review of business documents, contracts, and create/maintain an organized digital filing system. Facilitate real estate transaction tasks. Handle personal details such as shopping, ordering gifts, scheduling personal appointments, arranging service/maintenance calls, and maintaining household items. Book travel arrangements, including lodging, transportation, and activities. Arrange calls, meetings, and conferences as well as maintaining a personal and professional calendar all while making sure all details are handled in a clear and organized manner. Assist with monitoring of my inbox and emails, including responding to clients, customers, partners, and other business and personal contacts. KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Capability and confidence to proactively suggest and set up new systems and processes in order to streamline business and personal organization and functions. Ability to accomplish tasks and solve problems with minimal or no guidance. High level of experience and comfort with Google Apps. Workable knowledge of Podio, Evernote, MindMeister, and Zapier. Workable knowledge of real estate transactions. Ability to quickly learn new software applications. Ability to work under pressure to quickly and efficiently problem solve, while managing interruptions. Ability to manage multiple incoming requests, while ensuring that they are correctly prioritized, and relayed or handled at the appropriate time. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE At least 2+ years of experience as an Executive Assistant for a C-level executive, physician, or business owner. Must have exceptional organization skills, be detail oriented and highly efficient. Trustworthy, discreet, and possessing strong personal integrity. Workable initial knowledge of a real estate transaction and the tasks necessary to complete, with a willingness to learn knowledge gaps. Exceptional ability to communicate progress on multiple projects. Forward-thinker who can proactively handle circumstances and situations to head off any crisis situations. Experience managing an executive calendar. Must possess schedule flexibility. Top-notch communication via email and phone, external and internal. Proven ability to prioritize tasks. As this is a virtual position, must be a self-starter, highly disciplined, self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal oversight. Must be comfortable developing and working in a virtual relationship, and having a limited amount of face-time. less more
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