Create A Hyper-Profitable Affiliate Business From Scratch

Affiliate programs allow you to boost traffic by leveraging other people’s audiences. By offering publishers a commission on sales they generate, you’re incentivizing positive reviews and word of mouth. Best of all, you only pay out when a genuine sale is made, meaning there’s minimal risk involved. Once your affiliate program is set up, you can leave it on autopilot and focus on other areas of your business. To get started, leverage a list of the best affiliate programs and decide which one is right for you.
There are websites out there such as CPAlead that will pay you each time you get somebody to complete an action. As an example you can sign up to CPAlead & lock a link, which means that when you share a link with somebody they’d have to complete a quick offer before they were redirected to it, resulting in you getting paid. There’s a whole load of different ways you can earn money via CPA for example if you own a website you can use their widget to require people to complete a quick offer before they can access it. Their payouts are pretty high and there’s an awful lot of people using CPAlead making well over $100 a day.
Blogging is something that requires patience, persistence and discipline. It may mean writing everyday for over a year before you really start to see any money from it. There are exceptions to the rule, but from my dealings with other bloggers, it seems to be pretty common to spend one or even two years building your blog, your brand and your authority, before making any serious amount of money.
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.
Sites like Cookening, EatWith, and MealSharing are to restaurants what Airbnb is to hotels. Sign up as a host to earn dough by cooking and serving meals to guests in your home. It's up to you what you want to cook and how many people you can accommodate. Cooks are paid directly through the site, so no cash ever changes hands. The earning potential for becoming a cooking host is $50-$100 per meal.
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A website called AchieveMint gives you points for engaging in healthy activities, like exercise, tracking your eating habits, or even taking health related surveys. Points can be redeemed either for cash (10,000 points are worth $10) or for Amazon Gift Cards. The app actually connects with other health apps, like Fitbit and MyFitnessPal, to track your progress.
The days when internet browsing was done exclusively on desktop PCs are long gone. Today, more people than ever before are using mobile devices to access the web, and if you force your visitors to pinch and scroll their way around your site, you’re basically telling them to go elsewhere. Even if you have a basic website, you still need to ensure that it is accessible and comfortably viewable across a range of devices, including smaller smartphones.
Hey Welhilm, from your comment I assume you mean you’d like to help companies promote their brands on social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram? There’s certainly a lot of money to be made in this area, but you should also be aware that there’s a lot of competition so you would need to really have a unique selling point to make yourself stand out. An easy way to find companies to reach out too would be to simply search local companies in your area & then check to see if they already have a presence on social media – if they don’t then you could reach out and offer them your help, for a charge. Hope that helps.

If you want to make sure your traffic and paid advertising efforts are working out, you need to have a system in place to measure actual results. One of the easiest and most effective ways to accomplish this is by placing a conversion tracking pixel on your confirmation page. This way you can see what traffic is generating leads and from where. The better tracking you have for this, the better campaign optimization and ROI options you can move forward with. Another tip is to start playing around with landing pages and split testing with new demographic targeting options. With all of these metrics and conversion tracking in place, there is no reason for you to have no idea how your advertising and paid marketing is converting. - Zac Johnson, Blogger


Maybe you don’t fancy working for yourself and would rather work for a company, but from your home. That’s possible thanks to Lionbridge, the website that’s said to advertise around 150 “serious” work from home jobs at any given time. The work required varies from job to job but usually you’ll have the benefit of being able to pick & choose the hours you work. Unfortunately though most jobs listed on the site do require a degree.
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.
Instead, try scratching for free using an Android app called Lucktastic. (It’s called Lucktastic Match for iOS.) Each day, it releases a new assortment of digital scratch-off tickets. Lucktastic says instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. You can also earn tokens that you can exchange for free gift cards to retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Kohl’s, Sephora and more.
There are websites out there such as CPAlead that will pay you each time you get somebody to complete an action. As an example you can sign up to CPAlead & lock a link, which means that when you share a link with somebody they’d have to complete a quick offer before they were redirected to it, resulting in you getting paid. There’s a whole load of different ways you can earn money via CPA for example if you own a website you can use their widget to require people to complete a quick offer before they can access it. Their payouts are pretty high and there’s an awful lot of people using CPAlead making well over $100 a day.
Social media is one of the most popular free marketing tools around, and plays a role in driving traffic to your website. Use Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to promote blog posts and other useful pages on your website. This way you can turn your social media audience into website visitors, and draw traffic from their networks if you post shareable content.
There are a variety of tasks that you may be asked to perform. This can include delivering documents, delivering food or restaurant meals, taking pictures of a building for a real estate developer, taking pictures of a menu in an upscale restaurant, or even delivering auto-parts. If you have a good working car (or even a good bicycle), time on your hands, and a lot of energy, this can be a real opportunity to make money online.

Great article as always. My wife is about to start a business about teaching (mainly) Mums how to film and edit little movies of their loved ones for posterity (www.lovethelittlethings.com launching soon). We have always struggled with thinking of and targeting relevant keywords because keywords like ‘videography’ and ‘family movies’ don’t really some up what she is about. Your article ties in with other learnings we have come across where we obviously need to reach out to right people and get them to share to get her product out there because purely focusing on keywords I don’t think will get us anywhere.

Do not be fooled by those traffic sellers promising thousands of hits an hour. What they really do is load up your URL in a program, along with a list of proxies. Then they run the program for a few hours. It looks like someone is on your site because your logs show visitors from thousands of different IPs. What happens in reality is your website is just pinged by the proxy, no one really sees your site. It is a waste of money.


Whilst entering competitions is mainly down to luck & doesn’t provide a guaranteed income you’d be quite surprised at just how many people have given up their day jobs to take “comping” up as a full time occupation. It’s said that there’s around 30,000 competitions running at any time in the UK which means providing you enter enough of them then your chances of coming out with a prize could be fairly high. With some prizes being worth over 50k it only takes one big win to set yourself up for a full year.
Hi Brian! Very good and exactly what I was looking for. I have a problem though, we are creating the first video editing software that edits video WHILE FILMING. We are video geeks with a lot of experience, however we are trying to appeal to GoPro users and video tutorial makers but we have little knowledge in that field. Any suggestions on how we write about that if we have no idea about the space?

Sending out regular newsletters and promoting offers through email is a great way to stay in touch with your customers and can also help to get traffic to your website. Provide useful information and links to pages on your website where they can learn more, such as through blog posts and landing pages for particular offers. Just make sure that you don`t continually bombard your readers with emails or your customers will either disengage with, delete, or unsubscribe from your emails.
2. InboxDollars – InboxDollars is similar to Swagbucks, since you’re going to be taking surveys, shopping, etc., so if you want to maximize your return, sign up with both websites. They also offer a search engine that pays you (like Swagbucks) and you get $5 just for signing up. I won’t continue to list survey sites one after another down the list, but if you want to get paid to take surveys, also check out GlobalTestMarket, E-Poll Surveys and Survey Club.
As far as Poker goes (at least for Texas Hold’em), I’d recommend sitting at a low stakes table (1/2 no-limit is the lowest most places have) and merely being observant/make casual conversation at the table for a while until you feel comfortable. If you’ve never played, just tell the dealer and they’ll be happy to help you out (most players will notice if you haven’t played before anyways so you’re not really at a loss there). Just play “tight” (a small range of strong starting hands) and that’s a pretty good place to start!

Jamie that’s genuinely awesome stuff – thanks for letting me in on that. Truth is I’ve seen an awful lot of people lately launching ‘Amazon’ businesses but I just haven’t got round to looking into it to see what’s actually going on. I will definitely take some time out to research this further and do a proper write up on it, giving you the credit of course for bringing it to my attention 🙂 Thanks again!
If you browse website marketplaces such as Flippa you’ll find a lot of sites for sale, but you’ll also find some webmasters who are just looking to sell a percentage of their website to raise funds so that they can improve it and grow. It doesn’t come without risks, but the sellers provide historical traffic & revenue information so you can generally make well informed decisions as to which websites look like they’re going to be a good investment. If you manage to get a few good earning sites under your belt it can be a really nice income, especially as a silent partner.
Guest post on other blogs, and invite other bloggers to guest post on your site. Guest posts are a great way to drive traffic between related blogs, and allow you to gain readers that might not normally make it to your site. Be sure to allow any guest posters to link back to their own site, and share any guest posts the same as you would your own posts.
Thanks for sharing these great tips last August! I’ve recently adopted them and I have a question (that’s kind of connected to the last post): how important would promoting content be when using this strategy? For example, through Google Adwords. As I guess that would depend on the circumstances, but I am trying to discover if there’s a ‘formula’ here. Thanks in advance!
Brian, I recently found your blog by following OKDork.com. Just want to say you’re really amazing with the content you put out here. It’s so helpful, especially for someone like me who is just starting out. I’m currently writing posts for a blog I plan to launch later this year. I think my niche is a little too broad and I have to figure out how to narrow it down. I essentially want to write about my current journey of overcoming my fears to start accomplishing the dreams i have for blogging, business, and travel. In doing so, I will share the best tips, tools, and tactics I can find, as well as what worked, what didn’t and why.
Organic traffic is the traffic you get when people follow links from a search engine results page and land on your site. Organic traffic contrasts with referral traffic which comes from links on other sites, and paid traffic, which is traffic resulting from ads. You can boost organic traffic by using content marketing, and by optimizing that content with SEO. Well-optimized content is more likely to get a high search ranking, and attract more clicks and traffic.
If you’re passionate about arts & crafts then using sites like Etsy you can turn your hobby into an income. Etsy is a huge online marketplace for handmade & vintage things & it’s a fantastic & fun way to make money for anybody into arts & crafts.. If you take a few minutes to browse through other sellers profile’s & read their feedback count you can see just how much money there is to be made with many sellers boasting over 500 sales.
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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