Affiliate marketing with or without blog or website
Affiliate marketing is a given in this list. Having a website or a blog with good traffic is a bonus if you want to do it without spending any money because it is hard to sell anything without customers.
To become an affiliate marketer you join up with a company. There are so many but some examples are
- Shareasale Etc Those sell products. You can also affiliate with for example web hosting providers or just about anything really but those three examples there are actual products and many other ones are services.
When you become an affiliate you chose what product you want to promote. If you have a website or blog you might pick one that fits into the topic of those otherwise it’s up to you really. Once you have chosen what you want to sell you get a personal link and that tells your affiliate if a sale comes from you.
If you don’t have a website or blog it’s going to be a little harder doing it for free. But if you are really good you can probably promote it in Facebook groups and on Instagram and google plus and Pinterest etc. All over social media.
A good idea to promote it is probably to create a facebook page for that product but if it is an affiliate product that has to be clear so make sure you read facebooks rules.
Here are some suggestions on how to promote your product:
- You can promote your own website ( where you have posts about your product too)
- You can make a product review on Youtube ( This is a great way if you are comfortable with being seen and heard )
- You can join a forum discussion and talk about your product and why it is good etc
- Social media
- Direct link sharing
Then if you are willing to spend any money on advertising there is
- Launch a Pay per click campaign
- Email marketing
- Facebook ads Etc
Make a webpage or Blog
This one might sound pretty easy and in some ways maybe it is but in other ways it’s really not. It will take time and effort and you (probably) won’t see any money for a long time.
But it’s all yours and you can talk about what interest you. It can be combined with affiliate marketing but it doesn’t have to be.
The most important thing is that you have good interesting posts on it because the most valuable thing to make money online is people. If you get a lot of people visiting your blog then you are golden.
I’ve talked a little in other posts about how pricey and in some ways hard it can be to start a website or blog and that is why I recommend joining Wealthy affiliate that I have talked about more in-depth Here but if you are a beginner and want to keep it simple you can try Blogger. Its fairly easy to use and it will make your blog look pretty 🙂
Google Adsense of course ties in with having your own webpage or blog.
It is free to join and it places ads on your page so if you get a lot of traffic to your site and then click on ads you can make a lot of money. It’s not so easy to get approved for Google Adsense. They require that you have a certain amount of post and content and etc. There are plenty of tutorials online about how to get approved.
Once you are approved you get a code that you copy into the HTML code of your page and after that Google Adsense does it all.it tracks your traffic, page views and earnings there is no maintenance or upkeep at all.
Being creative the arts and crafts kind of way
If you are one of those lucky and talented people that are very creative and inventive and good at arts and crafts I envy your talent. I’m one of those people that have an idea in my head and it is so beautiful but when I’m done it never looks the way it did in my head.* Sigh
Anyway if you have a talent for that type of thing you can sell your things on Etsy or Artfire Its really good if you have some unique products. I love coca cola breweriana for example and when I search Etsy for coca cola I just go giddy with excitement. Or Doctor Who. I once bought hand painted Doctor who valentine cards from Etsy, they were really lovely and so special because they were created and not mass produced.
Making and selling your own graphic t-shirts
Selling graphic t-shirts is big business. If you can come up with custom clever sayings or graphics you can use a site like Teespring or Printful or Cafepress / Spreadshirt / Undergroundshirts. You design it and sell it and they make and ship them.
No not flip-flops or flipping pancakes. Flipping is just selling old stuff. Apparently, some people do really well just reselling old stuff. Maybe start out clearing out stuff you don’t use. You know the saying “one mans junk is another man’s treasure”.
That’s a two for one really, you make a bit of cash and you get rid of stuff you don’t use. But if you want to take it up another level there is always auctions, charity shops etc where you can maybe buy nice stuff cheap and sell it on with a little profit. Environmentally friendly too, (Recycling).
Webinars / Courses/ Ebook
If you know a lot about something…Let say marketing for instance then you can use that and sell online courses on Udemy or Teachable. There are more platforms than just those two. Heres a good place to check that out; Course platforms.
Or you could use that knowledge to write an ebook. Write short books on what you know and post them to Amazon’s KDP (Kindle) and/or Amazon’s Createspace (Softcover).
I read about a guy who studies astronomy and put together an ebook in 2012 about “50 Things to See with a Small Telescope” and his sales have been growing steadily ever since. He says it took him about two months and it was mostly stuff he knew of the “top of his head”
One thing you can do if you can speak English and have a bachelor degree is tutoring. You can earn 14- 22$ an hour teaching Chinese kids English. In China, there are a couple of billion people and they need people to teach them English you’re going to be able to work your own schedule and everything is done online so you can have everything set up. You are going to need a good webcam and headset with a microphone so that you can communicate through the computer, everything is done on the computer so if you have a PC or a laptop you can do this job from anywhere you want to. Have a look here if you are interested.
Another site for tutoring is Tutor.com. They say “Our tutors are teachers, professors, adjuncts, Ph.D. students, and industry professionals, who are all passionate about their areas of expertise and eager to help students learn.” So if any of that fits you then check it out.
It seems to be the writers market these days. If you are a good writer there are so many opportunities out there for you.
Freelancing might be another way to go if you don’t feel like writing your own ebook or making your own website.
You can write anything really. Here are some sites that will pay you for blog posts:
– BlogMutt : which is worldwide content ;
– CrowdContent : which is available in the UK, Canada, USA, and Australia ;
– GreatContent : which is available worldwide ;
– Greenlight articles : which is available worldwide
– Listverse : which is also available worldwide.
Then there are those who will pay you for poetry posts:
– Threepennyreview : which pays around to $200 per poetry submission.
– Poetry Foundation : which pays $150
– Chicken Soup for the Soul : $200
– and then willow springs magazine : which pays $20
And these sites want product reviews:
– Sponsor reviews
– Review stream
– CIO com
And here’s three more general:
– Text broker
– Hire writer
– Words of worth
If you are charismatic and talkative and feel comfortable on cam then youtube could be a goldmine for you. Select a niche you are interested in and start making videos. Or combine it with marketing and do product reviews.
However, if you are more like me not so happy being on cam you can still use youtube. Let’s say you want to start a youtube channel about losing weight. You just load up youtube and start up a search for “lose weight” and similar search words. Then you click on the filter and then creative commons. You can’t use any video you want on youtube but you can do what you want with a video that is listed as creative commons. So now you can download that video and repost it on youtube or on facebook or whatever you want. In the beginning, you won’t have any followers so its good to upload quite aggressively.
And then you finish off by joining google Adsense with the youtube channel you just made or facebook or whatever and hopefully if its an interesting topic you should start getting some traffic. Ps This is totally legal to do as long as the video is creative commons.