“Flipping” websites is were you buy (or build) & sell websites purely to make a profit. With huge free to join marketplaces like Flippa it’s really easy to get into & there’s certainly a lot of money to be made. A lot of the sites can sell for over 5 figures, some of which are often only relatively new. You can buy established sites in an attempt to hold them for a while & hope their value will increase or you can develop websites from scratch in the hope that they’ll interest buyers & sell for a good profit.
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Swagbucks: Swagbucks is free to sign up and easy to use. The concept is simple: earn points for watching videos, answering surveys and shopping online. Once you collect points, you can earn free gift cards to places like Target, Amazon and Starbucks. If you’re willing to put time into answering some surveys, you can earn some great gift cards for those items you want, but just can’t justify spending money on.
Hi Justin, thanks for your comment. Adsense can certainly be very lucrative – and it provides a very easy solution for webmasters to be able to make money from their websites. I’m afraid though I’m not to keen on the sound of the binary options – I mean of course it’s great to hear that you’re making money from them but believe me that’s very rare – and it’s also very unstable. At the end of the day when you strip it down binary options is basically just a gamble, there are no real trends to it it’s just pot luck. If I was you I’d personally look into building something more stable – maybe try increasing the popularity of your website to boost that Adsense income?
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Thanks Jure. That actually makes sense. Exactly: I’ve tested lowering the number of tips in a few posts and it’s helped CTR/organic traffic. One thing to keep in mind is that the number can also be: the year, time (like how long it will take to find what someone needs), % (like 25% off) etc. It doesn’t have to be the number of tips, classified ads, etc.
I really enjoyed your post, im building my own business from the ground up making custom furniture, lighting, and home decor. it took me a year to launch my website and now im trying to invite more traffic and ways for clients and interested parties to share my content and start buying my product. I liked the idea of Share triggers… im going to be incorporating that into my social media strategies. Any advice would go a long way. thanks again Brian
Once you have the traffic on your website, you want to be able to continually communicate with potential customers and move them down the sales funnel. The best strategy is to have a solid email marketing plan. To get people to opt-in to our email list, we create a highly desirable lead magnet that solves a problem your target audience is likely to have. Once you have their email address, put them through a welcome sequence of emails designed to help the customer know, like and trust your brand. Providing as much value as possible is key in this stage. When you do present them with a sales opportunity in the future, it will make them more likely to convert. - Matt Diggity, Diggity Marketing
You have also mentioned Quuu for article sharing and driving traffic. I have been using Quuu for quite sometime now and I don’t think they’re worth it. While the content does get shared a lot, there are hardly any clicks to the site. Even the clicks that are there, average time is like 0.02 seconds compared to more than 2 minutes for other sources of traffic on my website. I have heard a few guys having a similar experience with Quuu and so, I thought should let you know.
People are creatures of habit, so many times we always resort to tactics or strategies that worked for us before. However, with new startups or products, you would be wise to entertain new marketing or sales channels. For instance, maybe you had a cheap impulse buy consumer goods product for your first startup, but the next product you release is a more B2B-targeted, expensive product that requires a longer buying cycle. Facebook ads might not work for the later product, but perhaps direct sales, LinkedIn advertising or reseller partnerships could yield better results. - Andy Karuza, FenSens
As someone who is just starting out in the passive income / digital products world. Do you have any advice for measuring whether your chosen niche will be a successful revenue generator early on? I don’t want to waste a ton of time and advertising dollars if my niche can’t replace my current 9-5 income. I have studied my competitors and I know that they are making six figures but they also got into the game much earlier and their niche is slightly different.
Use accurate keywords for your content. The point of keywords is that they are the terms most people looking for your article by topic will search by. Check those with free Google terms and use the most popular relevant one in your title - a descriptive title to let them know right away what it is if it's a word with multiple meanings. Drawing blood for a phlebotomist is not the same thing as a comics artist drawing blood in a fight scene. Be very literal and then use the exact keywords several times in the article where they are relevant, as well as synonyms. Don't overdo it, or you look like you're trying to spam Google. Just use the keywords naturally when describing the topic.
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That means that if you have extra money just sitting idle, either in a checking account or a low yield savings account, you might be better suited to put those funds into something that can grow faster. Depending on your age and how much risk you are willing to take with your investments, you should be netting around 7% growth per year with a balanced portfolio. Of course, there will be ebbs and flows (and you won’t make money every day), but investing over the long term is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth.
It’s really easy to get started making money as an affiliate with sites like Wealthy Affiliate & it can be very rewarding indeed with some companies willing to pay over $100 just for 1 successful purchase. As an affiliate you’ll basically be selling other companies products or services for them & receiving a commission each time you manage to do so. The companies will give you a tracking link & instead of sending people directly to their website via their normal web address you simply send them through your affiliate link instead. That way they can track the sale back to you & credit your account.
20. Etsy – If you like to create arts and crafts, you can sell them on Etsy.It’s completely free to open an Etsy store. You simply sign up, post pictures of your creations and starting selling. You can choose your payment option, but PayPal is generally the easiest. Etsy makes it easy to sell and keep track of your inventory. There is a small listing fee and they take 3.5% of every sale you make.
This is something like Experts Exchange, except that it’s more general in nature. As a professional in just about any field, you can offer your expertise on JustAnswer. They are looking for professionals in various fields who will provide answers to reader’s questions. You can make money online by answering these questions and pointing people in the right direction to get the solutions that they need.
If you're a crafter, the internet is your showcase — and not only at auction sites like eBay. DeWitt Young of ObviousFront.etsy.com has had success turning her crafts into cash online. She has a booth at Etsy.com's Craft Mall, an amazing place where thousands of artisans and crafters offer their goods for sale. DeWitt turns salvaged parts from old TVs and VCRs into artsy necklaces, earrings, and figures. Colleen Jordan of wearableplanter uses 3D printing to create her necklaces called wearable planters.
How do I get started? To become an Interior Decorator (this is different from Interior Designer) I recommend starting a website, take quality photos of your work, ask friends and family if you can work for them at no charge to help add to your portfolio, once you’ve created a polished visualization of your work you can then start to charge for your service.
Nice writing style Ben. I’m finding out very quickly that to make any money writing, you have to read, read, and then read some more, no matter how smart you feel you are on a subject, before writing your first sentence. I have always been a fan of multiple income streams and am thrilled by the ideas of proofreading, editing, blogging, freelancing and transcribing. Having spent one of my careers doing just that for a large corporation, it’s a perfect fit, but now I can get credit for my work, thanks again for a great article.
23. Affiliates – There are many affiliate networks, such as FlexOffers and CJ Affiliate that allow you to promote other people’s products and services. You simply put a link or a banner on your page and then you get a percentage if someone clicks through and buys the product/service. You’ll want to select products that are specifically within your blog’s category.This is an effective way to earn money once you have the traffic coming to your blog.
However, with online employment comes fraudulent companies who scam job seekers into signing illegitimate offers. "There is currently a 61-to-1 scam ratio among work-at-home job leads on the internet — that is, for every legitimate job, there are 61 scams," says Christine Durst, cofounder of RatRaceRebellion.com and consultant to the FBI on internet scam.
Thanks for the very, very in-depth article. I am a real estate agent in Miami, Florida and have been blogging all-original content for the past 21 months on my website and watched traffic increase over time. I have been trying to grow my readership/leads/clients exponentially and have always heard about standard SEO backlink techniques and writing for my reader, not influencers. Recently, I have had a few of my articles picked up and backlinked by 2 of the largest real estate blogs in the country, which skyrocketed visits to my site. Realizing what I wrote about, that appealed to them, and now reading your article, I am going to continue writing in a way that will leverage those influencers to help me with quality backlinks.
Hi Brian, I’m so glad I found Backlinko! I’m downloading all the free guides you’re offering and taking notes. I started a blog last year, and I’ll just call it my “learning blog.” You help me understand that I need to change how I think about content creation (think keyword and topic, research it, THEN create content). So that will be the first strategy I implement for the new blog I plan on launching in the fall.
This way, when you do drive traffic, you know where that traffic is coming from. Otherwise, you're left in the dark. For example, if you do some content marketing on Quora.com or Medium.com, you could use the campaign source as simply Quora or Medium and the campaign medium as content_marketing and the term as the term you're working to rank for. Get the picture? Then, you'll see all the beautiful results directly in Google Analytics and you'll know specifically where your traffic came from.
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