Can you make money with affiliate marketing? The short answer is yes, affiliate programs can earn a extra money and even a full-time income from home. Affiliate marketing is an ideal home business because it doesn’t require much money to get started, and you don’t have produce, stock or ship product inventory, or deliver a service. You’re essentially paid for referring new clients and customers to other businesses.
The Reality of Affiliate Marketing
The reality in affiliate marketing is much the same reality in other work-at-home ventures; there are a few who are filthy rich, a good number who are successful enough to meet their goals, and a ton who aren’t making anything. So, the question isn’t really whether or not affiliate marketing is a viable income option (it is), but whether or not you can make affiliate marketing work for you.
Pros of Affiliate Marketing
Low cost to get started. Most affiliate programs are free to join, so your costs are usually related to your referral/marketing methods.
No need to create a product or service.
Don’t have to stock or ship products.
Work anytime and from anywhere as long as you have Internet access.
Passive income potential, depending on how you market your affiliates programs.
Can be added on to current home business to create an additional income stream.It’s ideal for bloggers, coaches, information entrepreneurs, and anyone who has a website.
Cons of Affiliate Marketing
It can take time to generate the amount of traffic needed to result in income.
Affiliate hijacking can occur in which you’re not given credit for your referral. URL masking can help.
A bad affiliate can ruin your credibility. It’s important that you choose quality businesses to work with to avoid this.
No control over the businesses product, service, or how it does business.
Some companies have been known not to pay, although there are ways to screen and choose quality affiliate programs.
High competition. When you find a great program, you can bet that many others are promoting it as well.
Customer belongs to the merchant.Your stats will let you know how many sales where made of what product, but in most cases, you’ll have no information about who made the purchase, which makes it difficult to market for re-sales.
How to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer
Affiliate marketing isn’t hard but dose help to have some base of knowledge,planning and consistent effort to make a regular and liveable income.
Start right by learning about affiliate marketing and the steps required to be a success.
Choose only quality affiliate products and services. In fact, consider buying them yourself so you can attest to their quality. You’ll be judged by the product/services you promote, so don’t just focus on the income, but also on the quality.
Research the programs so you understand how and when you’re paid, and other important money issues you need to know to ensure the program is a good fit.
Choose affiliate items that match your niche or the content on your home business website or blog. For example, if you write about figure skating, affiliate links to motorcycles or a new set of saddlebags won’t do well.
Mix and match affiliate ads so you don’t overwhelm your visitors. In-content affiliate links usually have the best click through rates over image links.
Always disclose your affiliate relationship. Most visitors will probably understand that graphic ads will lead to your getting paid, but if you write a review or use an in-text link as a recommendation, you want your readers to know that may lead to compensation as well. This ensures you retain transparency and trust with your readers, but also, it’s required by the FTC’s endorsement rules.
Market, market, market. Don’t rely on SEO or social media alone to drive people to your website or blog to take advantage of your affiliate recommendations. Understand who your target market is, where you can find it, and how you can entice it to your site.
Start an email list. The most successful affiliate marketers use email in their affiliate marketing. Don’t put this off. Email marketing can increase your affiliate profits significantly.
Consider using a lead page and funnel system to market your affiliate business. Lure prospects to your email list with a great free offer, and from there you can send them to your affiliate product page. In your email system, you can offer more great free content and more affiliate offers.
Monitor the success of your affiliate programs, particularly if you have several programs and/or are also using other ad types, such as GoogleAdSense for making money. Sometimes having too many ads dilutes the site or distracts readers, resulting in lower performance.
Before starting i would consider to learn has much as you can about affiliate marketing.Learn to understand what makes a good successful affiliate marketer.
In the last 10 years social media has come along way and is used for all bases from company use, advertising, and personal communication. There is not a person i know that doesn’t use some sort of social media for example : Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/snap chat all of these are considered popular social media platforms. Over the years since these platforms have been accessible they have improved so much and made a lot things more accessible.
Here’s a little background history!
Facebook is a social networking service launched on February 4, 2004. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommate and fellow Harvard University student Eduardo Saverin.
Twitter began as an idea that Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (@Jack) had in 2006. Dorsey had originally imaginedTwitter as an SMS-based communications platform. … To recap, some of the key early players in Twitter’s history are Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams.
Instagram -It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 as a free mobile app exclusively for the iOS operating system.
Social media is considered the best way to keep in touch with long distance family and friends or even people you have lost contact over the years. Since smart phones/tablets were accessible applications have made it more fun and easier to use. No matter were you are in the world you can upload pictures/videos/tag friends/locations/activity/and live status so people can keep up to date with your activity.
Instagram and Twitter are considered more popular through celebrity activity uploading pictures and tweeting of award events and there day to day life’s.
You might be thinking that limiting your posts to 140 characters is no way to advertise your business, but you will be shocked to know that this social media platform has more than 320 million active monthly users who make use of the 140 character limit to pass on information. Businesses can use Twitter to interact with prospective clients, answer questions, release latest news and at the same time use the targeted ads with specific audiences. Twitter was founded on March 21, 2006, and has its headquarters in San Francisco, California.
Founded on December 14, 2002, and launched 0n May 5, 2003, LinkedIn is hands-down the most popular social media site for professional networking. The website is available in 24 languages and has over 400 million registered users. LinkedIn is great for people looking to connect with people in similar industries, networking with local professionals and displaying business related information and statistics.
While it’s no Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, Google+ has its place among the popular social media sites. Its SEO value alone makes it a must-use tool for any small business. Launched on December 15, 2011, Google+ has joined the big leagues registering 418 active million users as of December 2015.
YouTube — the largest and most popular video-based social media website — was founded on February 14, 2005, by three former PayPal employees. It was later bought by Google in November 2006 for $1.65 billion. YouTube has over 1 billion website visitors per month and is the second most popular search engine behind Google.
Launched in March 2010, Pinterest is a relatively newcomer in the social media arena. This platform consists of digital bulletin boards where businesses can pin their content. Pinterest announced September 2015 that it had acquired 100 million users. Small businesses whose target audience is mostly made up of women should definitely invest in Pinterest as more than half of its visitors are women.
Like Pinterest, Instagram is a visual social media platform. The site, launched on October 6, 2010, has more than 400 million active users and is owned by Facebook. Many of its users use it to post information about travel, fashion, food, art and similar subjects. The platform is also distinguished by its unique filters together with video and photo editing features. Almost 95 percent of Instagram users also use Facebook.
Tumblr is one of the most difficult to use social networking platforms, but it’s also one of the most interesting sites. The platform allows several different post formats, including quote posts, chat posts, video and photo posts as well as audio posts, so you are never limited in the type of content that you can share. Like Twitter, reblogging, which is more like retweeting, is quick and easy. The social networking website was founded by David Karp in February 2007 and currently hosts more than 200 million blogs.
Flickr, pronounced “Flicker,” is an online image and video hosting platform that was created by the then Vancouver-based Ludicorp on February 10, 2004, and later acquired by Yahoo in 2005. The platform is popular with users who share and embed photographs. As of October last year, Flickr had more than 112 million users and had its footprint in more than 63 countries. An average of a million photos are shared daily on Flickr.
This is a social news and entertainment networking website where registered users can submit content such as direct links and text posts. Users are also able to organize and determine their position on the site’s pages by voting submissions up or down. Submissions with the most positive votes appear in the top category or main page. Reddit was founded by University of Virginia roommates Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman on June 23, 2005. A decade later, the site boasts more than 36 million registered accounts and 231 million monthly visitors.
Snapchat is an image messaging application software product that was created by Reggie Brown, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy when they were students at Stanford University. The app was officially released in September 2011, and within a short span of time they have grown immensely registering an average of 100 million daily active users as of May 2015. More than 18 percent of all social media users use Snapchat.
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform instant messaging client for smartphones, PCs and tablets. The app relies on the Internet to send images, texts, documents, audio and video messages to other users that have the app installed on their devices. Launched in January 2010, WhatsApp Inc. was acquired by Facebook on February 19, 2004, for about $19.3 billion. Today, more than 1 billion people use the service to communicate with their friends, loved ones and even customers.
Capitalizing upon human curiosity is an ingenious idea that would lead to the creation and launch of Quorain June, 2009. The website, co-founded by two former Facebook employees, Charlie Cheever and Adam D’Angelo now claims that it received more than 80 million monthly unique visitors, with half of them coming from the U.S. So far, the question-and-answer website has managed to raise $141 in venture capital funds and while it doesn’t look ready to go public yet, it’s definitely a company to watch.
With over 40 million users, Vine is a rapidly growing video sharing social media app that allows users to share 6-second video clips with their followers. While this looks like a really short time for a video, businesses of all sizes are having tremendous success using the service. Vine was founded in June 2012 and later acquired by Twitter in October 2012, just before its official launch.
Periscope is a live video streaming mobile app that was developed by Joe Bernstein and Kayvon Beykpour. The two started the company in February 2014 and later sold it to Twitter for $100 million in March 2015. Four months after its March 2015 relaunch, Periscope said that it had surpassed 10 million accounts and in December the same year, Apple announced Periscope as the app of the year.
BizSugar is a social networking platform and niche resource for small business owners, entrepreneurs and managers. The site was created in 2007 by DBH Communications, Inc., a provider of award-winning business publications, and later acquired by Small Business Trends LLC, in 2009. The platform allows users to share videos, articles, blog posts, podcast among other content. It also allows users to view and vote on submissions by other members.
StumbleUpon is a discovery engine that finds and recommends content for its users. More than 25 million people use StumbleUpon for entertainment and information. In addition, more than 80,000 publishers, brands, and other marketers have used StumbleUpon’s Paid Discovery platform to promote their businesses. StumbleUpon was owned by eBay from May 2007 to April 2009, when Garrett Camp, Geoff Smith and several investors bought it back. It is now an independent, investor-backed startup once again.
This is a social bookmarking web service for discovering, storing and sharing web bookmarks. The site was founded by Peter Gadjokov and Joshua Schachter in 2003 and acquired in 2005 by Yahoo. By the end of 2008, Delicious claimed that it had bookmarked 180 million URLs and acquired more than 5.3 million users. The service was later sold to AVOS Systems in April 2011 who later sold it to Science Inc. In January this year, Delicious Media said that it had acquired the service.
Founded more than a decade ago (November 2004), Digg is a news aggregator with a curated front page that selects stories specifically for the Internet audience, The topics vary widely from trending political issues to science to viral Internet issues and anything in between. Digg supports sharing of content to other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. In 2015, the company claimed that it had about 11 million active monthly users.
Viber is a Voice over IP (VoIP) and instant messaging app for mobile devices that was developed and released by Viber Media on December 2, 2010. The app also allows for the exchange of audio, video and images between users. As of April 2014, Viber had accrued close to 600 million registered users and 230 monthly active users.
For many years now apple and Samsung have produced some of the best devices that technology has to offer from mobile/tablets/laptops. But there has always been that question which one is better ?. Well today’s article is gonna give you some insight on some personal reviews and specifications of both brands. Has a Iphone owner for many years i have had many mixed emotions to the device.
Processor. 412 MHz.
Front Camera. Yes.
Resolution. 320×480 pixels.
Rear Camera. 2-megapixel.
This was my first model Iphone its was released 11 July 2008 at this time apple was only well known for producing apple mac and ipods. I was very pleased with the first model its was my first touch screen device it had many applications to customise phone mobility. In personal preference i would say this was my stronger apple device for the reason why the casing around the phone was a lot more tougher so any small drops dint cause to much damage towards the device , also the battery life was a lot more long lasting applications was not to big at the time and didn’t cause to much battery drainage.
Processor. 1.3GHz dual-core.
Front Camera. 1.2-megapixel.
Resolution. 640×1136 pixels.
OS. iOS 6.1.4.
Rear Camera. 8-megapixel.
The iPhone 5 was my second iPhone device that i felt had good application and showed good personality. This was a fast working device and achieved all my satisfaction needs. Yet the battery life reduced has time went having to charge it more frequent which sometimes could be up to 3X a day. I feel like the charging devices was poorly designed with having to buy new one every couple months. The device also over heated after certain amount of time which was very worrying due to fire hazards. The durability of the phone was very poor scuffs and scratches showed very badly and chips around the corner of the phone did occur.
Dimension: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm.
OS: iOS 9 (upgrades to iOS 10)
Screen size: 4.7-inch.
Resolution: 750 x 1334.
CPU: Apple A9.
This is my current iPhone model iPhone 6 yet even though its slimmer then iPhone 5 i feel it has the same feel has the older model which was very disappointing. The battery life was still poor the charging device was the same model and not improved the casing around the phone was weaker. I felt like the applications was the same and boring.
Processor. 1.9GHz octa-core.
Front Camera. 8-megapixel.
Resolution. 1440×2960 pixels.
OS. Android 7.0.
Rear Camera. 12-megapixel.
IPS True Tone display.
A11 Bionic six-core CPU.
Main camera: 12Mp.
The last 2 images are Samsung galaxy 8 and iPhone 8 these are new released phones of this year. Has only iPhone user i can not go to deep into Samsung review but i can only demonstrate my knowledge of the device that i know. From reading reviews against both models it is not only ‘me’ that feels that apple are producing the same model with a little a change . Even though the specifications above show that both models have similarity i believe Samsung 8 has more application and more enjoyable to use.
What is blogging ? well today i am gonna discuss that question to you all in more detail. Blogging is a discussion or information of product or a event, blogging is a very popular hobbie /career for many people out there. Blogging is a perfect way of expressing your creativity and opinions to people helping them by giving them information they might not hold.
I have been blogging on and off for about a year expressing my views and sharing stories of my day to day life, and i have been given some great responses in that time. ‘Yes’ starting a blog is easy but gaining that additional following towards your blog is a challenge and it doesn’t just happen over night. For a great blog to work you have share great interest in a topic that people will find interesting and will continue to follow your blog as time will go on. I don’t consider my self a successful blogger but i don’t quit because i feel people are not taking notice, i continue because i enjoy expressing my self and in time people will follow and appreciate my stories.
Successful bloggers with great audience can make very good career out of blogging,there is many people who blog has career and make a good comfortable paycheck .There is many blogging tutorials on the internet and information to help you build a growing audience blog. YouTube is a great place to find a lot about building a blog has majority of you tubers are bloggers/vloggers
Point and Shoot Photography (How to create incredible photographs with whatever camera you have in your pocket)
Blog & Website Design for Non Designers (How to make your blog look incredible without spending a fortune)
The Art of Getting What You Want (How to use confidence and technique to get what you want from life, your relationships and your career)
Make Good Video for the Web (How to leverage the video medium to take your brand, blog, website, or business to the next level)
Self-Employment (The logistics behind how to start working for yourself (i.e. How to leave your job, find health insurance, set up an LLC, etc.)
How to write an e-bestseller (How could we document the process of creating an Amazon Kindle (or other electronic format) bestseller.)
Rapid Language Learning
How to become a better writer
How to lose weight and feel awesome (Even at middle age! The Primal/Paleo way)
Cycling. More specifically, urban commuting.
Apartment living (this could range from renter issues to decor, etc.)
Interior design blog
Eating organic on a tight budget
Health conscious, High mileage, Minimalist traveling
How to Become a Famous Rock-star
Life skills/life coaching for high school students
College planning for homeschoolers
Speaking in Public (How to overcome the fear to the audience; minimalistic approach to presentations, etc.)
A Family related site (Topics centered mostly on improving the relationship between family members; how to increase the creativity of kids and specially parents; how to help kids to find their passion and inner peace.)
With tattoos becoming more and more commonplace, many people are looking for tattoo artists with unique and distinctive tattoo styles to help them stand apart from the crowd. After all, isn’t part of the fun of having tattoos that you’re “different” in some way? Many artists are continuing to develop and evolve existing styles, but some artists are taking a different approach. One instance of a breakaway tattoo style is Trash Polka–a style that is bold and stands out in a crowd. But what is Trash Polka, what makes it so appealing, and what are the pros and cons to Trash Polka style tattoos?
Trash Polka is a style of tattoo art that began at Buena Vista Tattoo Club in Würzburg, Germany by Simone Plaff and Volko Merschky. The style resembles fine art collages in that in combines realistic images with smears, smudges, and kinetic designs that generate a discordant, chaotic look to the piece. Words are sometimes included. Trash Polka pieces are only done in red or black ink. According to Volko, this style is a combination of “realism and trash; the nature and the abstract; technology and humanity; past, present, and future; opposites that they are trying to urge into a creative dance to harmony and rhythm in tune with the body”.
I’ts a bold style ?
Trash Polka style tattoos stand out because of their use of both bold and fine lines and heavy use of black and red inks. Yes over time it will fade just like any other tattoo, but has a fresh dramatic piece it strikes out well.
I’ts a rare style ?
First, this style of tattooing is fairly new and it originated in the EU. Like any other trend this took of with a storm from its epic centre Germany before commonly moving across the world. They are very selected artist that do this style regularly normally world take a plane ticket to get this sort of tattoo because of the selected artists.
Should you get trash polka tattoo ?
Getting this type of tattoo all depends on personal taste like any other tattoo research designs and find a good artist that will give you the best of the style you choose. Personal opinion i think trash polka is very bold and very eye catching and definitely a style that will become a big trend in the years to come.
Here are my designs!
Here are some designs i have drawn exampling trash polka with a few colour changes.
Well today’s blog is about blogging and what it means to blog, you don’t have to be a professional writer to have a blog you just need good content to bring in a really good audience to read your content. I’m gonna share my experiences and my tips that i have read and used and still using to this day. I’m no professional i have only been writings blogs for the last 4 to 5 months .
Write about topics I like the most , identify a area i’m good at and find a audience in that section. ( Reddit)
Use different social media platforms to promote your blog but use them differently.
Good headliners that don’t tell to much.
List reasons in the blog the brain loves lists keeps the blog more interesting.
Boost social media engagement ( Photos /GIF/videos
Influence marketing adding branded names and links .
Be relentless and competitive .
Get a writing style.
Good layout .
These are some tips i’m currently using, but has every person knows to be a good blogger can take some time. Practice and research improves everything, i find reading other blogs, articles, books , and podcasts are good sources to help you gain knowledge about blogging.
I will be updating the blog piece weekly to help guide beginner bloggers has my self so we can work together and get the best experience by sharing knowledge and stories of our experiences .
No matter what stage you start up is, you will wanna continue to grow your social media organically and advertising. That if its for personal use or business use the technique is exactly the same.
Here are 7 effective tips to help and improve your social media audience on the top three social networks starting with strategies common to all of them:
Creating a strong social profiles and pages.
The strong starting point for all social media is profile and pages this includes having branded cover photos or profile photos. It also requires filling out your details for example https://twitter.com/ has 160- bio which make is short and sweet, which include websites and locations. https://facebook.com want a short description ,website , address and phone number.
2. Sharing quality content.
Before you startup gets going fully you need to focus and audience you wanna attract for example if you wanna be a blogger your audience are gonna be aimed for writers and other bloggers. Blogging has many tools like videos which can be uploaded on many social networks Twitter /Facebook/Youtube. Youtube is well know site for video uploading which help gain wide range audience depending on your content.
3. Adding links on social accounts.
Adding links to your social accounts is really effective method which makes your profile readers easily to find other accounts with your content like Twitter,Instagram;Facebook or even published websites . Links send your audience directly to your content with in a click.
4. Connecting social accounts.
Connecting social accounts is great way the gather a audience, by doing this you can send messages or post all at the same time on to 3 to 4 social accounts at the same time. Hootsuite application is great site that can link accounts and share post through many social accounts.
5. Follow your target audience.
Twitter allows you to follow up to 5.000 people. You can follow more after when people start to follow you, use twitter search and find people that target your audience.
6. Twitter advertising.
If you have an advertising budget, try Twitter advertising. Twitter will promote your account to your target audience members to encourage them to follow you.
7. Facebook pages.
If you click on the drop-down arrow next to your photo at the top right of your Facebook dashboard, you have the option to use Facebook as your page by selecting it from the list. This will allow you to ‘like’ other Facebook pages as your page and comment on them. Find pages where your target audience are engaged and start communicating with them with your page.
I have been a apprentice tattoo artist around 6 months now, and in that time I have learned a lot what the tattoo industry has to offer. Tattooing is a very competitive industry they are many great artists all over the world demonstrating unique styles and trends what are grabbing people’s attention all the time. Tattoos are getting more popular every year the amount of people that message, come through the doors of the studio and that attend tattoo conventions doubles constantly.
So what I’m going to write are some tips and advice I’ve picked up in last couple months that I’m going to share with you all, these tips and advice won’t really apply for experience artist has they should already know the industry well.
Even though artists don’t like to hear negative critiques of their work, and hurts to hear what aspects of tattooing you are failing on in a other sense this makes artist stronger. Makes the artist practice his/her weak spots and imminently the artist will improve and become a stronger artist.
Everyone knows the more you practice in anything you do the better you become, this is just the same has tattooing the more you practice the fundamentals and basics of tattooing the better you will become on the way. Speed is not essential at the start of your career that is skill that you will come over time the more you practice eventually all your skills will come together has one.
Yes, there are defiantly trends in tattooing for example Japanese, new school, black and grey realism, vintage traditional. These are styles that are currently going to this day and have been for many years, but still other styles are coming through the tattoo industry, it only takes one artist to create one unique style to start a following trend.
Research is very important in this job not just for design ideas or equipment but for your competition you want to research other artist work see what they are producing. Eventually if you planning to compete in conventions around the country most likely your competition will be there branding and networking is work.
Social media has become a big impact on today’s world and is used regular for everyday duty’s, having good following audience will boost your client base for example if you designs available you will post them on Instagram,Twitter,Facebook and people will view and recognise your work . Also, advertising your studio and calendar schedule of availability’s is a big advantage. Connect with other artist discuss work maybe guest spot at other studios.
Always keep a portfolio of your work it comes handy when clients want to see your progress or what kind of work you have done on other clients, show and demonstrate your strong drawing ability keep copies of your designs you never know when you going to need a similar style so you can reuse for reference.
Have fun with your job there no point carrying on stressing about how bad your tattoo turned out keep positive and confident smile enjoy your work, you will find out that you produce high quality work when you’re feeling happy and good about yourself.
Tattooing is fun but hard work there more you put in the more you get back out.
My name is Shay O’Connor and I’m a tattoo apprentice from Manchester.