How To Earn Extra Money? Start Blogging The Easy Way! Our guide to writing your way to more cash and less work. Learn how to fire your boss and live the SUPER Affiliate Lifestyle. Don’t laugh, everyone on planet earth can make money online with blog-based affiliate marketing.
Don’t be fooled, you can learn how to earn extra money and start blogging the easy way in just a few steps.
Learning how to earn extra money online is a dream for millions of people around the world but most either don’t start or are soon discouraged because they over-complicate the process. Worse yet many more will fall into the hands of dubious players and get scammed. Our goal is to point you in the right direction to turn skills you already have into a great side hustle or full-time income.
The basics of earning extra cash online in your spare time.
In this short guide, we will be providing an outline of the basic knowledge needed to start a blog the easy way and to earn extra money online. You will do this using the things you love doing, the skills you learned in school, and a business model called affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is similar to being a commissioned salesperson only the online store does the selling and you just have to get informed customers to go to the store. I know, it sounds too simple and in many ways it is. Like I said many people fail to start or just fail, try to over complicate the process. What will surprise you as well is how little money it takes to start your new business. Oh, I didn’t mention that this is a business you own and not another Just Over Broke. With a Boss breathing down your neck.
Fact is you can learn as fast or slow as you wish, do a post every week or a post every day, your choice and you can even blog naked for all I care. (Send Pics LOL)
What is a blog and what skills are needed?
A blog is a sort of online journal or diary of thoughts. It includes instructions, stories, tutorials, recipes, images, or just about anything you would keep track of in a hobby or interest of your choice. A great example would be my blog here at Affiliate3Percent.com where I offer a collection of articles on blogging, marketing, and home business. I also share notes on the programs I join or investigate in the form of program reviews.
The basic skills are to be able to read, and either type or verbally dictate the words you wish to use in your post. That’s right you can even leave the actual typing to a program like Dragon Naturally Speaking or do a rough outline and pay a freelancer to generate the final article.
Writing most reviews and posts is like doing book reports in school. Research your subject, find out all you can. If available to you examine the features if not find someone who has and read their findings. Compile a report on what you have found out in your own words. From there you would pick a few images related to your subject, and apply a few learned skills like soft search engine optimization and keyword research and click post.
What do you need to start a blog?
The following is a list of things you need to run a professional blog. By professionals, we mean doing things right and not falling for some free host bull poop, some amateurs hogwash, and some scammers bait and switch. You will need a quality source of training and it needs to be ongoing and up to date, but shouldn’t cost a small fortune either.
Most courses that run $500 or more are not up to date or complete. I know I have owned quite a few of them but one community I have found offers all you will ever need. That community is Wealthy Affiliate, and you can get your first ten lessons and 7 days of free support with no cost to you. Click here to read my review of the full system.
Even though I am a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate if you are on a budget you can learn about many of these tools and their uses on YouTube to get started. I only offer WA as a source of complete learning and ongoing up to date training and support because I use it and promote it as an affiliate.
Niche – Your road map to success begins here.
A niche is a topic you are passionate about. For me, it is helping others alleviate their payday woes and earn money online. I love affiliate marketing and network marketing alike and have devoted much of my 16+ years in Internet Marketing to training others in Blog-based affiliate strategies. Some of my training can be found inside the Premium Members Area at Wealthy Affiliate. These include my formula for generating 3 million monthly page views by leveraging other people’s content.
Some niche ideas that are work-related are marketing, business management, restaurant jobs, cooking, personal finance, fitness and more. Hobby interest could be sports, collecting, antiquing, garage sales, knitting, macrame, darts, toy collecting like Hotwheels or Barbie. The more direct and boiled down a niche is the better. You will learn about choosing a niche in the free lessons at Wealthy Affiliate if you take my offer.
Domain Name and Hosting Services
Often related to your niche but more importantly short and memorable your domain name is your professional address on the Internet. It’s what you will add to business cards, letterhead, flyers, online ads and more for as long as you are in business. Free websites do not give you a name that you own.
A Hosting Service is a place that will store the files that make your blog and make them available to internet users at your domain name. I will remind you that premium membership at Wealthy Affiliate includes hosting for 25 blogs on your own domains and 25 more free sub-domain blogs for a total of 50 sites. If you are not ready to take on $49 a month or $359 a year membership at this time you can get quality blog hosting for around $5 a month with a free domain name at https://pbsaver.com which is the blog hosting service owned by my family and me.
WordPress Blog Content Management System
1 in 3 websites and blogs online are built using WordPress CMS. The reason being is it professional, fast, easy to extend function, beautiful and filled with easy to use tools to make your life in blogging better. It is also the most SEO friendly and will be your home for life. Ignore Blogger, Wix, Weebly, and the other free platforms which share the same IP with the thousands of scammers that use them and lock in ownership of your content by installing WordPress following the instructions on your web host. Usually, 5 minutes or fewer and you have built your first blog.
Keyword Research Tool
You will need a keyword (search term) research tool like Jaaxy (reviewed here) which is also included in a premium version with a paid membership at Wealthy Affiliate. You will also need to use headline creator tools like Blog Topic Generator from Hubspot, and EMV Headline Analyzer from Advanced Marketing Institute. Another tool you can use to build down the niche and keyword selection is Google Trends. Sorry but you really do need a range of free tools to help find good headlines and search terms.
Affiliate programs are retail seller sites or affiliate networks which are groups of retail sellers who offer a commission for sales resulting from your online promotions. There are millions of products among millions of niche markets, and many of them offer lucrative commissions offers. I will list a few below to get you started but you can also think of a product or company you would like to promote and use the quoted tags “product+Affiliate” or “Company+Affiliate” to find offers available.
- Multi-Store Retailers Amazon.com and EBay.com offer great affiliate programs for millions of products.
- Affiliate Networks like Commission Junction, Share-a-Sale, and ClickBank offer multi-vendor affiliate programs under one roof.
- Sites like SFI or Strong Future International also offer a huge advantage to retail affiliates through systems like Rewardical Rewards which offer the ability to earn commissions on both online and offline product sales. SFI is also the affiliate program behind ECommergy commerce Forums which we reviewed here.
How To Earn Extra Money? Start Blogging The Easy Way! Summary.
I want to be the first to welcome you to the often high-profit world of blogging. While there is still a chance of failure, those who learn more, apply what they learn, give it at least 18 months to take hold and see desired results, and are ready to invest small sums to get going will see a far greater success rate than those expecting to get-rich-quick. I have seen small sums made in as little as one month, larger sums in as little as 3 months, most see profits in a year to 18 months.
We all learn at a different pace and have different levels of reading comprehension. If you have difficulty read lessons and watch videos a hundred times if needed \. This is not a race. Failure is usually the result of quitting inches from the next diamond referral. Don’t give up because everyone on planet earth can do this, especially you.
Be sure to leave a comment below if you are a soon to be blogger or if this post helped you in any way.