This is probably the most asked question I get from new online bloggers and affiliate marketers. Before I get into the specifics, let’s look at the basics. It doesn’t matter if you started your blog yesterday or last year. The principles apply across the board. The tips I’m about to give you will produce results, assuming that you are promoting a product that is reputable and in demand.
Take a look at my featured post if you haven’t done so already. As you see my target audience is “new bloggers”. I started this blog with the sole intent of helping people who want to start a blog, or create a website and don’t know where to begin. After reading my post, “How to Start a Blog”, you will notice how detailed my instructions were. I also gave an example on finding a niche, and then narrowing down to a specific niche. There’s a video showing how to install a WordPress theme within your Bluehost control panel. Towards the end of the post, I gave a recap on what I mentioned in the post, and provided some additional resources.
As you can see, my blog is not the fanciest looking site on the Internet. But I get ninety-five percent of my sales from organic traffic. The reason I get sales, is because my content in my blog flows well and it provides valuable information to my audience. Make sure your blog flows well and reads easy. Don’t have a busy blog with banners everywhere. You only have one window of opportunity to capture your first time visitors. Keep your blog relevant. Whatever niche you chose, stay on topic. If your niche is about improving personal relationships, don’t place banner ads promoting smartphones. That will turn your audience away because they will feel that you are all over the place trying to make a quick buck.
The Fast Track to Get Your First Sale
If you just want to get a quick sale just for the sake of saying you made a sale, you can run a pay-per-click campaign. Pay-per-click is when you bid on keywords to promote a product or service. The higher you bid, the more likely your ad will appear on the front page of Google or Bing. If the keywords are very competitive, the cost will be higher. In essence you are buying targeted traffic to your site and hoping you get a sale. You can expect a one to two percent conversion rate from targeted traffic. Notice I said targeted traffic. Everybody that clicks your ad is not a targeted visitor. Some are just curious. Once you start seeing sales, you can determine if the profit margin was worth the campaign.
How to Earn a Passive Income
This is the best approach to earn an income online. A passive income is when you receive an income on a regular basis with little or no additional work to maintain your income. Earning a passive income takes time and a lot of hard work. I put in a lot of hours to start this blog. It took me less than sixty days before I made my first sale. I didn’t try to reinvent the wheel. I simply positioned myself to offer products that are in high demand.
How I Earn Money Online
Before I get directly into the details, please read my disclaimer.
Disclaimer: I am an affiliate marketer for various vendors such as Bluehost, Clickbank, Plimus, Avangate, and others. I recieve a commission on the products and services that are purchased on this blog. I make no guarantee of any financial results from any of these products or services. Individual results will vary. I promote these products and services based on either my personal experience, product reviews, or demand. If you decide to purchase anything on this site, please do so based on your own informed decision. If you have previously made purchases here before, I appreciate your continued support.
Now let’s get right to it. This may seem small and simple, but it works. I basically share information that help people who want to start their own blog. I recommend products such as Bluehost and other resources of the trade. Most of my sales comes from Bluehost, since my targeted audience usually do not have a registered domain name. I also have various ads throughout my blog. I get paid when people click the ads. Being honest, while helping people pays off. My primary focus is to help people and make the process of getting started as less stressful as possible. People feel comfortable enough that they rather purchase from my site as a show of appreciation for helping them by pointing them in the right direction.
You will never hear any slick talk from me. I will tell my success as well as my failures. I will share information that most people will sell you. My biggest reward comes when I reach someone and they actually take action to change their financial situation by starting a blog. When I receive emails from Bluehost saying that I have another referral, I smile and say my time and effort was well worth it.
To all of you who have purchased something from this site, whether signing up for Bluehost, buying resources, clicking an ad, or just forwarding my blog site to a friend or family member, I simply want to say thanks. I am so grateful that you would even take out the time to read any of my post. So if you haven’t signed up for a hosting account yet, or you know someone who mentioned that they are ready to start a blog or create a website, please forward this blog to them. Again thanks. Click here to signup for Bluehost.
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