Earning money with the Amazon Affiliate Program

If you want to earn money with your website, the Amazon Affiliate program can be your solution.

Besides a huge number of products, Amazon has already built up a lot of trust which really helps to turn visitors into income.

How can I start?

To start earning money with the Amazon Affiliate program is very simple.

You don’t need much knowledge or technical skills. In this article, I want to give you some more information about this affiliate program and how you can start.

How does the of the Amazon affiliate program work?

As an Amazon affiliate, you can create affiliate links for every product they offer. The link contains your partner ID and every link looks very similar.

With your affiliate link, you can now start earning money.

You can place your link inside your blog posts, your emails, you can post them on your social networks or you can create price comparisons.

Tip: If you use Amazon for several websites you can create custom tracking links so you can measure the performance of every single website.

If someone clicks on your link and buys something from Amazon you get a commission. You also get paid if they buy a different product than you have them linked to.

That means if someone buys a TV for $1.000 and you get 10% commission you get $100 for a single sale! Of course, the probability that someone buys a TV is very low but it still can happen 😉

These form of marketing is called affiliate marketing and is one of the most effective and most spread marketing form in the world! (If you are a beginner you can check out this guide)

For which niches is the Amazon affiliate program?

You can use Amazon in almost every niche possible! As they have products in every category and niche you’ll always find products for your website.

From different books to refrigerators (Yes that is also a niche) to sports equipment to milk and coffee.

That makes it very easy to find a fitting product and to place your link on your blog post, in your email, or on your landing page.

How can I sign up?

Signing up for the Amazon affiliate program is not very hard. You have to go to the Amazon Partner website and create an account. If you are already a customer of Amazon you can use this account so you don’t have to type in your contact details.

Amazon advertising tools

After signing up for the Amazon partner program you have access to all the different advertising tools.

You can edit most of the creatives so they fit for your website and audience.

In the following, I will show you all the different creatives you have access to:

Recommendation Ads

Amazon will place relevant products on your website. The products are based on your website content and the visiting user. That means if you have a website about fishing they most likely will show products about fishing.

However, if they see that the user was very interested in buying a new camera (had one in his shopping cart but didn’t buy) they will maybe show him cameras.

Search Ads

This will place a short search box on your website. The user can now search for products inside Amazon. That means the user can search inside Amazon for products without leaving your website.

Custom Ads

Here you can choose between 4-8 products you want to show on your website. So for example, if you have a blog about photography you can have a widget like “My favorite cameras for 2017”.

“My wishlist”

You can create a wishlist within Amazon and post that on your website so maybe one of your visitors will buy something from your list for you.

Some bloggers don’t want to earn money with their blog but they are happy about a small gift.

Amazon Site Stripe

This can be a very useful feature if you have several products you want to advertise. If you are logged into your Amazon Affiliate account and search the website you have a small stripe on the top of the website where you can instantly create links and banners of a product.

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One final tip

Take your time and read the Program Policies.

You don’t have to study them and remember everything but you should read and understand the most important points.

So for example, it is now allowed to use more than 100 product pictures of Amazon. That doesn’t apply to the Amazon logo.

You won’t risk your account by violating any given rules.

Blog vs. Landing page – what do you need?

“You need a blog!” – “No, all you need is a landing page!”

This could be a real conversation of two people discussing who is right.

But who is right?

What do you really need?

Today I’ll show you this.

But before that, I’ll explain more in detail what a “blog” and a “landing page” is.

What is the difference between a blog and a landing page?

What is a landing page?

A landing page is a single site on a website. It is a static page that doesn’t change regularly.

It will be used to either promote a product or to generate leads for email marketing.

Usually, a landing page for lead generation is very short while a sales page can be much longer. However, it can also happen that the sales page contains only a video.

Also, there is no navigation on a landing page.

You can also create a landing page with your CMS (e.g. WordPress). There are some themes which enable you to create landing pages. If your theme doesn’t have this feature you can use a plugin for that.

There is usually one single goal of a landing page. Either to create a lead or a sale. That’s why a landing page doesn’t have a navigation or a sidebar because the user should only focus on the landing page.

What is a blog?

A blog is a website which will be refreshed with new content regularly. Usually, there is a view with the newest posts on the top.

The length of these posts can vary. In an info niche, the length can be between 800-1500 words, in news niches there can also be short posts with 250-500 words.

In addition, a blog contains a navigation and a sidebar, sometimes two and sometimes none at all.

You can set up a blog with different CMS (Content Management System) like WordPress, Joomla, Drupa, etc. and you can code it yourself if you want to 😉

The goal of a blog is to generate readers and build trust to potential customers. In addition, you can generate leads for email marketing. Also, you position yourself as an expert in your niche.

So what do you need – Landing Page or Blog?

I think maybe you already know the right answer 😉

You should… wait for it 😉

… use both!

Use Landing Pages and a blog!

And that has several reasons.

3 Reasons for a Landing Page

Reason #1: You want to earn money online and for that, you need email marketing

Email marketing is your most important asset of your online business. So it really makes sense to start right away building your email list.

To get leads for your newsletter you need sign up forms. Of course, you can place sign up forms on the sidebar of your blog but the conversion rates of landing pages are much higher.

That means you can have more leads with the same amount of traffic on your landing page than on your blog.

Reason #2: The sales rate is higher on a Landing Page

In most of the niches, it is possible to create a digital product and sell it.

Of course, you can try to promote this on your blog but not many people will find your article and buy your product.

Also with the sidebar and the navigation, it is easy the user gets distracted.

On a landing page, it is much easier to explain the product and why it will help your visitor.

In addition, if you buy traffic (Google AdWords/Facebook PPC) it is much easier to measure the conversion rate of your product, as there is less distraction.

Reason #3: The signup rate is higher

Reason #2 also applies if you want to generate leads.

These are very good reasons for a landing page. So why should you use a blog?

3 Reasons for using a blog

Reason #4: Google loves blogs

With a blog, it is usually much easier to rank high on Google than with a landing page. One the one side, Google loves content. And on the other side, if you publish content regularly you have after some time a lot of content.

You wouldn’t find so much content on a long sales page.

That means, Google has more to index and you get better rankings with your keywords.

And that means more free traffic for you. Who doesn’t want to have that?

Reason #5: Nobody likes ads

If you publish helpful and interesting content on social networks it doesn’t look like an ad. If you publish instructions, tips, and ideas they will be seen as helpful content.

On the other side, landing pages are usually not welcome.

Reason #6: Trust is everything

With the help of a blog, you can position yourself as an expert in your niche and build trust to your reader (and potential customer). Your reader gets a lot of content from you and gets to know you and your brand better.

Think about it. When was the last time you bought an expensive digital product and from who? Have you found yourself a sales page without knowing the creator behind?

Or is it someone you already know longer and you visit his blog regularly?

Conclusion

Yes, you can live without a landing page. And yes you can live only with a landing page.

However, you are missing on some huge opportunities.

If you use landing pages and a blog you can have all the advantages of both!

Now I want to hear from you:

Do you use both, landing pages and a blog? Or maybe only one of it?

Or do you use nothing?

Let me know it by leaving a comment 🙂

Morfix Review – Scam or Opportunity?

Auto-liking, auto-commenting, auto-direct messaging, and auto-scheduling. These are only some of the great features Morfix promises on their website (see here).

But how good are the features working in reality? I tested this Instagram automation tool and in the following, you can see my results.

How does it work?

Morfix works very similar to Leadfriend. They help you grow your profile by engaging with other members in your niche. Before the algorithm can work you need to set up your account.

Setting up your account

Before you do anything else you need to pick a niche. Morfix has already predefined niches like:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Make money online
  • Food
  • Health and Fitness
  • etc.

You can also choose “custom” if your niche is different. Now you need to choose which options you want to use. Here is a screenshot of my account where you can see more details:Morfix screeshot

As you can see you can turn on and of automated liking, comments, following and unfollowing. So for example, if you don’t want to auto-comment you can turn that off.

Next, you can set up advanced auto follow/unfollow options. The screenshot below shows you all the options:

There are many different options you can set. If you have a rather new account you want to turn down the follow/unfollow speed so your Instagram account won’t be blocked.

In the next step, you can set up comments you want to be posted. This really depends on your goal. This can be for example “Great post! Be sure to check out our profile!”.

Now you can also set up hashtags and profiles you want to target.

Lastly, you can set up direct messages that should be sent out to new followers. Here you can vary with different versions.

One the one side this is great for split testing and on the other side, this needed to “trick” the Instagram algorithm. If you only have one version and this message gets sound out 50 times a day the algorithm thinks you are using a tool and will maybe block your account.

However, to avoid this you can create many different variations of one message.

Schedule posts

Another great feature of Morfix is auto-scheduling posts. You can either choose your own content or already created content from Morfix. They already give you access to hundreds of pictures in the Lifestyle, Entrepreneurship and Fitness niche. So if you don’t want to

So if you don’t want to create content you can use this content.

The idea of the scheduling feature is pretty good. However, I think it can be improved. At first, you have to schedule pictures in a different time zone (GMT +8) what can be very confusing.

Also, there is no option to see only pictures you haven’t posted, yet. So you always have to know which pictures you have posted and which you haven’t.

With a little practice, it gets easier but at the beginning, it can be really frustrating.

After scheduling your posts you can see in the logs if there has been a problem with posting your pictures. Unfortunately, there are sometimes errors and your picture couldn’t be posted.

I also have noticed that scheduled pictures have a much lower engagement rate than manually posted pictures. I think the Instagram algorithm notices if you schedule a lot of posts and lowers your engagement but that is just my opinion. (If you need a tool to schedule check out this tool)

Cost

Morfix offers different packages with different features.

Free account: You can start Morfix as a free member and use some of their features. You can automatically send out DMs to your new followers and activate the auto-like feature.

However, the messages and your scheduled posts are branded by Morfix. If you want to remove the branding you have to upgrade to the premium package.

Premium account: The premium account costs $37/month and has all the automation features for one account. That includes auto-liking, auto-commenting access to the affiliate program and training and much more.

If you want to use Morfix with more than one account you have to upgrade your account to Business.

Business account: The business account costs $97/month and includes up to 5 different Instagram accounts. In addition, you get invited to the auto engagement group which will help you boost your account.

Does it work?

I already had one account using Leadfriend but I wanted to test Morfix and created a second account. It all seemed very great until I started scheduling some posts.

As I already mentioned, you have to schedule the posts in a different time zone. That was really confusing at the beginning. But after the first 10 posts, it worked out pretty well.

They say that if you have a very new account you have to turn down the follow/unfollow speed so you won’t get blocked. However, I had my speed on the lowest level but I still had problems with it.

My account didn’t get banned but in the Morfix dashboard, it said that the Instagram algorithm throttled my account. That isn’t something bad, it just means that in the next 4-5 days the Morfix algorithm doesn’t work.

That is something completely different to Leadfriend where I never had any problems. However, when the algorithm is working the growth is very good.

Also, as I already described, the scheduled posts have a lower engagement rate than manually posted pictures.

Besides, these small problems the algorithm works out very good and I get new followers and leads every day.

The affiliate program

Morfix offers a very great affiliate program. Here are the two reasons about it that I liked the most:

Reason #1: Commission structure

For every referral in the premium package, you get $20/month recurring commissions. That means if you only refer two new members you account is free! For every business referral, you get $50/month recurring commissions.

This is a great opportunity to build a passive income stream!

Reason #2: Step-by-step training

Inside the Morfix backend, you get step-by-step affiliate training that really helps you to become a successful affiliate. The training is very detailed and should be enough to make money with Instagram.

Conclusion

Morfix is a very good tool for Instagram automation but it is not perfect. It has a great backend with many different settings and a great affiliate program.

However, there are some small problem with the tool but if you can live with these you’ll have access to a great tool. If you want to start your free trial check click here.

If you want to download a free ebook how you can earn your first $1.000 with Instagram click here.

Have you made any experiences with Morfix? Or maybe you are using another tool? Let me know by leaving a comment below 🙂

How to successfully sell products with affiliate marketing without any cost

Affiliate marketing is awesome!

All you need to do is to send traffic to another website and someone else takes care of the rest.

You don’t need to work on the product, create a sales page, take care of the customer support or anything else.

Plus, you can get 50% commissions with digital products.

If the price of the product is higher you can easily earn between $100-$500 per sale!

That sounds great, right?

But how can you get traffic to affiliate websites so that people will buy the product and you get your commission? And how can you do that without investing into traffic?

There are many different ways to do that, I’ll show you the most lucrative tactics in this article.

1. Write a blog article

Do you have a blog?

Then why don’t you write a review about that product? You don’t have to invest any money, just some time.

Attention!

Do never write about a product that doesn’t fit into your niche! That is the best way to destroy your blog.

I give you some examples:

  • Do you have a blog about golfing? Then don’t write something about online marketing.
  • Do you have a blog about finances? Then don’t waste your time writing about dog training.
  • Do you have a blog about electronics? Don’t write about a smoothie recipe book.

Why shouldn’t you do that?

1. The wrong target group

People who are visiting your blog have an interest in your niche. However, if you sell something from another niche you would have a very low sales rate.

2. You scare off your readers

You readers wouldn’t understand why you are writing about something completely different. Or they do understand (that you only want to earn money) and they never visit your blog again.

That’s why you should always market only products that could be interesting for your audience.

How to write an article that sells a digital product

Now you have found one or more products that fit your niche and now you want to sell them by writing a blog post.

So what do you need to do?

It is always a good idea to test the product. Only then you can really see for whom the product is for and what ad- and disadvantages the product has.

Only sell the products that you are using yourself and that you like. (Don’t recommend anything you wouldn’t buy yourself or recommend your best friends)

If you want to market a product you don’t know, buy it. You can see that as an investment because you’ll sell it in the future. Plus you’ll learn something from this product 🙂

If you don’t have the money to buy the product you can ask the vendor for a free copy of the product. Often they help you because they want you to advertise their product!

However, if course not everyone will help you if you don’t already have a successful blog or an email list.

After testing the product, you maybe already have results you can show and if you are convinced you can write an article about it.

It is important that you give value to your reader.

Don’t use the blog copies of the vendors! This can harm your rankings within Google and cost you a lot of traffic.

Write about a problem and how the product helped you to solve your problem, what experiences you have made with the problem and who you would recommend buying this product.

There is no product that is perfect for everyone. There are always target groups for products. So for example, Wealthy Affiliate is great for everyone who wants to build an online business based on affiliate marketing.

However, it is not great for people who want to sell their own products/services.

The more honest and authentic you write your article the more trust you build with your readers. That can help you with future recommendations.

2. Email Marketing

If you have an email list you can promote products to your affiliates. That’s free because you already generated the leads.

Here applies the same concept like with blog post.

Only recommend products you have tested and you would buy again.

You can either send the link to the product or you send a link to your blog post.

Small tip: It is a good idea to send out several emails to your list. In the first email you can send out your blog article and 2-3 days later you can send out an email with the affiliate link.

Is there another possibility if you don’t have a blog or an email list?

3. YouTube Video

To create a YouTube video you need some equipment. You need a microphone. That doesn’t have to be expensive. I have two different, one is a little more expensive and the other a little cheaper.

If you are planning on making several videos then I can recommend the more expensive one, you can really hear the difference. But both are very good for that cause.

If you are planning on recording your screen you don’t need a camera. Otherwise, you can take the camera of your phone, that should be enough for the beginning.

You can easily create a presentation with Google Drive.

Now you need a program to capture your video.

I’m now using Camtasia. This program is very good, however, it has also a very good price 😀 You can use it for free for 30 days and in this time you can make as many videos as possible 😉

Or you can use a free tool like Screencast-O-Matic. I did make my first videos with that, it is very simple to use. However, you can only take 15 minutes videos and the video is watermarked with their logo.

But it is for free 🙂

Conclusion

Affiliate marketing is amazing.

You don’t have any work with the product itself.

However, you can only make money if you send the right people to the right product. And that takes time.

But I believe that is a very good investment 🙂

Now I want to hear from you:

How do you recommend digital products?

And if you don’t what do you think is your favorite way? 🙂

Leadfriend Review – Scam or Opportunity?

If you search around for an Instagram automation tool that will help you grow your account, you’ll find many different tools. However, the problem with most of the tools is, that they are using robots.

The problem with robots is that they automatically like or comment posts. As an example, it can happen that the bot is commenting a photo with a funeral with “Awesome!”.

Of course, that will not happen a lot, but this is a really negative side effect.

In addition, from time to time when Instagram updates it algorithm the bots are not working properly and your account can be banned. These are all reasons not to use an automation tool that uses bots.

However, there are also many tools that are very helpful growing your Instagram account. One of them is Leadfriend.

Leadfriend is an Instagram automation agency that helps people grow their profile. (Check it out here)

How does it work?

Leadfriend helps to grow your Instagram account by interacting with other users in your niche. That means they like and comment posts, etc.

The most important part here is that there will be only real humans working with your account. That means if the Instagram algorithm chances there is absolutely no chance of getting banned!

In addition, they start following people that are interested in your niche. After a period of 2 days, they start unfollowing these people again. As stupid as this technique sounds as effective it is.

Think about it. If you get a new follower on Instagram you check out the account of the new follower. If you like the content of the account you start following back.

The greatest feature Leadfriend offers is automatic direct messaging. That means every new follower gets a direct message from your account. This is a great feature to build trust and to generate leads.

This is a great feature to build trust and to generate leads. For example, if you are a shop owner you can offer a coupon if they visit your store. This is a really effective technique.

Costs

Leadfriend offers different packages, depending on the number of accounts and the number of features.

Basic: The basic package costs $37/month and is for one account. They say you get up to 3X the growth of your competitors, advanced following/unfollowing and advanced liking/commenting.

MVP: The MVP package starts at $57/month and is also for one account. Additional to all the features of the basic package you get 5X the growth of your competitors and direct messaging.

BIZ: The BIZ package starts at $97 per month and can handle two accounts. Besides all the features of the MVP package, they offer 10X the growth of your competitors.

VIP: The biggest package is the VIP package for $137 per month. This package can handle up to 5 accounts and all the features of BIZ. In addition, you get access to an engagement group which can help you getting posts viral.

Does it work?

I was a little skeptical at the beginning because I never thought that something like that could actually work. However, I was bored of all the “growing work” of my Instagram account so I gave it a try.

And I have been absolutely blown away. My account started growing right away after setting it up and my daily work dropped from 1-2 hours a day to 15 minutes!

Now I only have to take care of the content and answer direct messages. The rest Leadfriend takes care of.

I’m able to grow my account for 600-1000 new followers each month with the Basic package. This is really great for only $37/month.

The affiliate program

Leadfriend offers also a very amazing affiliate program. And this has several reasons.

Reason #1: The commission structure.

You get $10,$25,$45,$65 monthly per referral and $10 monthly per second tier referral. This is a really great opportunity to build up passive income with Instagram!

Reason #2: Training

Leadfriend has some great step-by-step training in their backend. This can really help you closing sales and earn more money with your Instagram account.

Reason #3: Mentoring

If you join Leadfriend you get access to the Facebook group where the Co-Founder of Leadfriend will guide you and support you closing sales. This is very good if you are a newbie to affiliate marketing or need some support on your way.

So as you can see the affiliate program is amazing and there are also regular sales contests.

Conclusion

I can understand if you have been skeptical at the beginning. I have been there too! However, there are already 3,000 active users using Leadfriend to grow their accounts.

The Co-Founder and sales coach is a very cool guy and he’s very helpful everyone getting sales.

At the moment they offer a trial period of $1 for 5 days so it’s great if you want to give it a try! (Start your trial here)

Also, if you are interested in getting your account to the next level you can check out this website!

Have you tried out Leadfriend? What has been your experience with it? I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below!

5 Books Every Aspiring Online Entrepreneur Should Read

If you want to become a successful online entrepreneur you should always work hard on your business. However, you should work harder on your mindset and your knowledge.

There is a quote I really love about that:

The more you learn the more you earn

And I can totally agree with that. This not only applies to the online marketing world. The more value you can offer, the better you will be paid.

Think about the top business consultants. They earn as much as $10,000 a day just for giving advice!

One way to train your mind is by reading books. If you read about one hour a day you read up to 7 hours a week. That means you could read as much as one book per week.

That’s 52 books per year! And you can be sure that these will totally transform your mindset and your life. I had books that changed my whole thinking.

But back to online marketing. In this article, I want to show you my 5 top recommendations you should read to bring your business to the next level!

1. The 4-Hour Workweek By Timothy Ferriss

This book is my #1 recommendation. No book ever changed my thinking about outsourcing than this book. Timothy Ferris will explain you all the steps you need to build a fully automated income-generator. A fully automated system sets you free pursuing your passions(a.k.a. your “muse”), leaving you free to pursue your passions: other business plans, travel, hobbies, whatever.

Favorite Takeaway: I have never thought about sourcing out tasks because I always thought that I lose money. However, this book really changed my mind, because if you outsource tasks you gain one important thing: time. If you work an hour for new Instagram posts but you find someone who can do the same task for $10 you pay $10 for one hour. If you can make more than $10 in one hour it is a waste of time and money to do the task yourself.

You can get it here (Amazon).

2. The Fire Starter Sessions By Danielle LaPorte

If you want to be happy with your business and your life I can totally recommend to you this book. There are 16 beautifully designed sessions that will ignite the mind in ways that could change your career and life.
The passion of this book will grab you by the shoulders and shake action out of you.
This is definitely a book to read and re-read every year!

Favorite Takeaway: It was pretty hard to pick one favorite – because there are so many takeaways. But, generosity is where it’s at: “Make generosity part of your growth strategy. Don’t wait. Don’t wait until your stuff is selling or you’ve got enough of a cushion in your bank account. Don’t wait until you’ve got more time. Give now.”

You can get it here.

3. Permission Marketing

I always talk about the importance of email marketing. And this book will show you why email marketing can be so effective. Think about how much advertisement you see every day. TV commercial, newspaper ads, radio ads, banner ads at websites, etc. These ads try to get your attention by interrupting you.

However what if you could get permission to advertise to someone? If you don’t need to try to interrupt you by placing ads on buses or on the radio. This book will teach you how effective permission marketing looks like and how it can help your business.

Favorite Takeaway: If you bring value to the people they are much likely to listen to you than if you only try to sell them something. Giving value to the people should always be your #1 goal.

You can get it here.

4. 80/20 By Perry Marshal

I think that the 80/20 principle is by far the most important principle when it comes to marketing and productivity. The 80/20 principle is explained very simply. 20% of your customers make 80% of the revenue. 20% of the streets carry 80% of the traffic, etc.

That means if you focus only on the 20% that makes 80% of your revenue you have less work and you can make more money! That’s the dream, right?

Favorite Takeaway: This book changed my thinking in many ways. My favorite takeaway is that 20% of your tasks make 80% of your outcome. By figuring out the 20% I found a lot of time wasting tasks that didn’t help me build my business. Outsourcing these tasks has been a real breakthrough for me.

You can get the book here.

5. DotComSecrets by Russel Brunson

Russel Brunson is one of the marketing gurus when it comes to selling your own products or services. There aren’t many people who know more about sales funnels and how to earn more money with each customer. His book DotComSecrets shows you a lot of very effective techniques that can help you earn more money than your opponents.

What I really love about the book is the writing style. It is very easy to read despite the advanced techniques. I was so excited from this book that I finished to book within 2 days.

Favorite Takeaway: If you want to earn money with each customer you have to give him more value. So for example, if you have a best seller book you can offer him additional stuff like an audiobook. That way you can earn more with every sale. That also means you can invest more into traffic.

You can get it here on Amazon or get here a free copy only paying shipping costs.


These are all books that changed the way I see and think about my business. I can totally recommend to you to get these 5 books and read them as fast as possible 😉

What has been your experience with these books or do you think one book is missing? I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below!

When should you start outsourcing?

At the beginning, I want to ask you a simple question: Is time or money more valuable?

Before you answer this question I want you to think about it for a minute.

In my opinion, the most important value we have is time. We can’t buy more time or sell it. And we all have in common that we all have only a limited time on earth.

What does this mean? That means that you have to trade your time as your most valuable asset. You have to invest your time in the right things. But what has this all to do with online marketing?

One big advantage of online marketing is that it can be highly automated. That means your business is working for while you…

… spend time with your friends

… spend time with your family and kids

… relax on the beach while listing to the ocean

But how can you achieve that? You can achieve that by automating your business

Automate your business

One way to automate your business is by using an autoresponder (more info here). An autoresponder sends automated emails to new leads. That means you can build automated trust. These email will be sent to your leads regardless where you are or what you are doing.

However, there are many tasks where there isn’t technology that can help you. An example would be writing a new blog post. For all these tasks you can use outsourcing.

Outsourcing

Outsourcing means delegating tasks to workers outside of your company. So for example, if you go to Fiverr and delegate the task to design a 3D cover for a freebie you outsourced a task.

I think there is only a very small number of tasks you can’t outsource. You can outsource the writing of your blog post, the design of a landing page, the creation of a freebie and much more.

Why should you start outsourcing?

The first reason why you should start outsourcing is that you save time. Every task that you delegate you don’t have to do yourself. So for example, if you need one hour to write a blog post and you delegate that task you save yourself one hour of your time.

The second reason is that you can delegate tasks to experts and achieve a higher quality. If you don’t know how to design a banner you can skip the whole learning and trial and error process and have a high-quality banner right away.

You don’t need to be an expert in anything. You only need to let the experts work for you. That’s how real entrepreneurs think and work. With every task, you outsource you have more time to focus on working on your business.

You can’t build a business by answering support tickets the whole day. Save yourself a lot of time and effort by outsourcing tasks like this.

Simple rule for outsourcing

When I think about outsourcing I have a simple rule. I say that my time is worth at least $30/hour. Now I have a look at a task and how long I have to work on it. So for example, writing a new blog post costs me around one hour.

One hour of my time is worth $30 that means if I write the post myself it would “cost” me $30. If I can outsource the post creation for $25, I “saved” $5. So every task that has a lower cost of $30/hour should be tried to be delegated.

When should you start outsourcing?

When and how you should start outsourcing really depends on your time and your money. If you have a lot of time and not much money you should do most of the tasks yourself. The more money you have and the less time you want to invest the more tasks you should outsource.

For example, you start your business by doing all the tasks yourself. After a while, you start to make the first commissions. Then you can start outsourcing tasks and earn even more money with less effort. That’s the moment when you start automating your business.

The “bible” of outsourcing

When I started with online marketing I never thought of outsourcing. I thought that with every task I delegate I only lose money. I haven’t seen that I could save myself a lot of time and trouble if I start outsourcing.

This all changed when I read the “bible” of outsourcing. This book is called “The 4-hour Workweek” by Tim Ferris. You can get it here on Amazon:

I think this is one of the best guides you can get about outsourcing. It changed my whole thinking about outsourcing and I can really recommend it to everyone who wants to have more time.


As you can see outsourcing can save you a lot of time. Now I want to hear something from you! Do you have experience with outsourcing? Or have you already read the book? I would love the hear from you so please leave a comment below 🙂

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

If you are new to online marketing or blogging you may have already heard of affiliate marketing. But what is affiliate marketing and how can you use it to monetize your website?

What is affiliate marketing?

In affiliate marketing, you earn money by promoting and selling products from merchants. Usually, you get a link from the merchant referring to the sales page or checkout page of a product. If a user clicks on your link and purchases the product you’ll receive a commission.

That means the more people are purchasing a product over your link the more money you can make. There are many different affiliate programs with different commissions and products.

Why is it so effective?

Let’s say you are searching for a new book to read and you ask your friend for a recommendation. Your friend recommends you a book and says that it was very exciting and well written. What’s the possibility that you’ll buy this book?

I’m sure the answer is: really high. That’s one of the reasons why affiliate marketing is so effective. Because when you already build a connection to your audience and gained trust it will be very likely that they will buy your recommendation.

And for the process of building a relationship/acquiring new customers, your merchant is giving you a commission. Because they don’t need to do anything for marketing they are willing to give a part of their profit.

The second reason why affiliate marketing is so effective is that you can start right away. As you don’t need to create a product you can start selling right away. If you don’t have a website yet (create one in 30 seconds) you can post a picture of yourself with the product on Facebook.

Add the affiliate link and you have your first affiliate business. Very easy and fast, right?

Of course, on this way, you can’t get rich but you can start earning some money. However, there are other ways to sell your affiliate product.

How can you sell an affiliate product?

There are different ways to sell your affiliate product. I’ll show you the in my eyes the two most effective ones.

Write blog review

An effective way to promote an affiliate product is to write a review about it in your blog. You should write an honest article about that product. Say why that product excited you and to whom you would recommend it.

When people read your review and they liked it the possibility of a sale is high. Important is that the product fits into the interest of your audience. If you have a blog about losing weight and you write a review about a book that helps people earning money online you’ll not make a lot of sales.

If you can solve a problem if your audience with your product the conversion can be very good.

Email marketing

If you have an email list you can promote affiliate products to your subscribers. Here is again the rule that the products should fit the interests of your audience.

You can either write the review within the email text or you can refer them to your blog article. Both ways are good and effective.

If you don’t have an email list you should either start building one or borrow an email list.

Of course, you shouldn’t spam your email list. Try to alternate content emails and promotional emails.

With these two methods, I’m sure you’ll sell your first product soon. But where can you find affiliate products for your audience?

Where can you find affiliate programs?

Almost every bigger merchant/online shop has an affiliate program. Just search Google for a product and add “+ affiliate program”.

It is incredible how much affiliate programs out there: Amazon, Apple, Nike, Adidas, NBA and much much more. Just search around a little bit and you’ll find an affiliate program soon.

There are also affiliate networks. They have many affiliate products in one program. That makes it easier to keep track of your referrals and sales. Here are some examples:

And as I said there are many affiliate programs for online shops.

How much commission can you get?

The commission depends on the affiliate program and type of product. Digital products have usually a higher commission than physical products because they don’t have production costs. Also, the storage and the shipping costs fall upon.

There are also products like Wealthy Affiliate or GetReponse where you can get a monthly commission.

If you look around a little bit you can see that Amazon is giving you very small commissions (between 1% and 10%). However, I still recommend you to join the Amazon affiliate program. Why?

At first, Amazon has almost every type of product. I believe they have products in every niche you can be. That means you’ll always find products for your audience in Amazon.

Secondly, Amazon is one of the most trusted online shops worldwide. I believe that everyone trusts Amazon. That means the conversion will be much higher than with an unknown online shop.

Lastly, Amazon is giving you the commission for the whole shopping cart and not only your product. Let’s say you recommended a book to your visitor. He’s now visiting Amazon and purchasing a new TV (why not) and not your book.

But you get the commission! And for an expensive TV, the commission can be really high. That means a single sale can get you hundreds of dollars of commission. Of course, it is not very likely that they’ll buy an expensive TV but they could also take a second book and your commission is doubled.

That is why I think you should use the Amazon affiliate program.


I hope you can see now why so many people do affiliate marketing and why it is so effective. You can start selling products within minutes.

However, sometimes it is not that easy as it sounds. The principle of affiliate marketing is very simple but to really make good money you need to invest a lot more time and effort.

You need to learn how to build an online business, how to market to people, how to get traffic and so on…

If you need help with that I have written a free ebook where you’ll learn all the basics to build a successful online business (sign in here).

Now I want to hear something from you. What has been your biggest problem with affiliate marketing? What experiences have you made?

Should you sell affiliate products or your own products?

If you want to earn money with your online business there are many different possibilities. I believe that one of the best ways to monetize your traffic is to sell products.

If you want to sell products you have two possibilities. You can either sell your own products or sell products of someone else (affiliate marketing). Both of these choices have different advantages and disadvantages.

Now I want to have a better look at both sides so you can choose the side what is best for you. I’ll start with the most common way the affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing

If you sell someone else’s products you call that affiliate marketing. The principle is very simple and effective. As an affiliate, you get an affiliate link referring to the merchant. This is usually an online shop (for example Amazon). When people use your link to buy something you get a commission.

When people use your link to buy something from that merchant you get a commission.

The commission depends on the product and the online shop. In the Amazon affiliate program, you get up to 10%. The commission for digital products is usually much higher as there are no production costs. These can be between 50% and 80%.

Advantages of affiliate marketing

The big advantage of affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to take care of several things.

At first, you don’t have to create a product. Creating a product can take a lot of time and if you don’t have a lot of experience you never know if you can sell your product. That means creating a product can be very risky.

Also, you don’t have to create a sales funnel or a sales page. Creating a converting sales funnel or page can be very costly. And again, if you don’t have a lot of experience it will be very likely that no one will buy your product.

In addition to the product creation and the sales funnel you also don’t have to take care of shipping or the sales process.

And lastly, you don’t have to take care of the support. These are all processes that take a lot of time and effort.  And also you need experience so you’ll have a converting product.

But with affiliate marketing, all you need to do is to send traffic and you can earn money. The better your traffic converts into paying customers the more money you’ll make.

That means you have to “warm up” your traffic. I give you an example. Someone is searching for a coffee machine with vintage design. So they search in Google for “coffee machine vintage design”. Now they (hopefully) visit your

Now they (hopefully) visit your website where you have written a review about a coffee machine in vintage design. If they like what they read they maybe will click on your button and buy the coffee machine at Amazon.

That is called “warming up” the traffic. The easiest way to warm up traffic is to solve the problems of your target group. If they have a problem and you explain to them that they can solve that problem with this or that product the conversion rate can be very high.

Another benefit of affiliate marketing is that it is easily scalable. As the merchant is responsible for shipping all the products you don’t have more effort to sell 10 coffee machines or 1,000.

As it is in life, there are always advantages and disadvantages. Therefore there are also disadvantages in affiliate marketing.

Disadvantages of affiliate marketing

The biggest disadvantage of affiliate marketing is that you only get a part of the profit. If you would sell the product on your own you would have a much higher profit.

I’ll explain that more in detail when I talk about the advantages of selling your own product.

However, there is one other disadvantage that many people don’t know. What I talk about is controllability. In control of your commissions and your paycheck is your merchant.

I’ll explain you more in detail what I mean. Let’s say you sell a product with a monthly commission. And after some weeks you made it to earn more than $1,000 with this product.

Suddenly they drop their commission payout from 50% to 25%. That means that your monthly earning shrinks from $1,000 to $500. Of course, not many companies will do that but it can always happen that the company goes to bankrupt.

That’s why I would always have several affiliate products and not focus on only one.

I think you can see now that affiliate marketing can be a huge opportunity if you don’t have a lot of knowledge or experience. It is absolutely possible to earn really good money with affiliate marketing.

Sell your own product

Besides affiliate marketing, you have always the possibility to sell your own product. Selling your own product can be a huge challenge but also offers you a lot of opportunities.

If you have a good idea and there is none or no good affiliate product you can sell you can fill that gap with your own product. A product can either be a physical product or a digital product.

Selling a physical product is a much higher effort as you have to produce, store and ship it. In addition, you need money beforehand to start producing. However, if you have a product that you can produce and sell then go ahead 🙂

But this blog is more about online marketing businesses so I want to talk more about digital products. Digital products can be an ebook, a video course or anything like that.

The advantage of a digital product is that it is easily scalable. It doesn’t make a difference if you want to sell 100 or 10,000 ebooks. Also, the money you have to invest is very low. I think you can start selling a product with less than $100.

Advantages of selling your own product

The biggest benefit of selling your own product is that you make 100% profit and not only 50%. That means you have more money with the same number of sales.

In addition, you have much higher controllability. You can raise the price at any time and earn more money with the same number of sales. That means you are much more independent from other companies and their decisions.

Disadvantages of selling your own product

The advantages of selling affiliate products are the disadvantages of selling your own product. If you want to sell your own product you need besides your product a converting sales funnel.

This can be a really high challenge if you don’t have a lot of experience. There is the possibility to outsource these activities but this can be very costly.

If you sell a product you have also take care of the product. There are always people who have further questions or problems. And as the product owner, you have to take care of it. This can cost you a lot of time.

A very fast way to sell a product

There is one possibility how you can get the advantages of selling your own product without most of the disadvantages. You can sell PLR products. I already wrote something about PLR products in my last article (read here). These are products you can buy and then sell as often as you want.

They can be used as a freebie or you can sell them. The benefit is that with PLR products you have already a product and usually a sales page and promotional tools like banners or email swipes.

With a sales system like Sellfy, you can start selling your own products in minutes!

If you are in the personal development, earning money online niche I have something very cool for you. With ViralPLR you get one PLR product per month for free you can either sell or use it as a freebie. With an already built in sales page, web hosting and much more. And the best part is that you can use it for free.


I believe that selling products is one of the fastest ways to earn money online. If you want to you can take a picture with your most favorite book and post it to Facebook. Now you only need to add your Amazon affiliate link and you could make some money really easy and fast.

If you are new to online marketing I would recommend you to start with affiliate products. You have a much lower risk selling products from other people and you can make really good money with it.

What experience have you made? Have you already sold your own product? Let me know by leaving a comment below 🙂

Your perfect freebie

As I already mentioned in an earlier article, if you want to build a huge email list you need a freebie. And a freebie can be a free pdf report, free video course, an email course, free coaching lessons or a coupon. In the following, I will describe them in detail and the advantages/disadvantages of every freebie.

In the following, I will describe them in detail and the advantages/disadvantages of every freebie. Of course, I believe there are many other possible freebies but these are the most popular.

Free pdf report

One of the fastest and easiest ways to create a freebie is to write a pdf report. All you need is a problem your target group has and they are willing to give their email address for. Usually creating a list of something is a good idea.

Search a little bit in the forums of your target group and have a look at their problems. If you can solve their problem with your pdf report is it very likely that they give their email address for.

If you don’t want to create a freebie on your own you can buy a freebie. There are products called PLR products or private label products. By buying the rights you can sell this product or give it away for free.

There are different websites that offer ebooks that you can sell. A great website is Master Resale Rights. There are PLR products in every niche. (If you are in the personal development niche or earning money online niche have a look here)

The advantage of PLR products is that you get besides the pdf-report 3D covers of the ebook. That makes your freebie look very professional.

There is also the possibility to outsource the writing and designing of your freebie. That is slightly more effort but that makes it easier to have a unique report.

The advantage of a free pdf report is that you can produce it very fast and easy. Also, it is easy to scale it. It doesn’t make a difference if you have 10 sign ups per day or 1,000 sign ups per day.

The disadvantage is that the pdf report is not very personal. If you offer free coaching lessons it is easier to communicate with them. However, I think that is only a small disadvantage since you can build this relationship with a good autoresponder.

Free video course

Another great freebie is a free video course. That sounds very complicated but it isn’t. One possibility is that you can film yourself in front

One possibility is that you can film yourself in front of the camera. You don’t need to buy expensive equipment or software. For the beginning, it is totally fine to use the webcam of your laptop or the camera of your smartphone.

If you don’t want to be in front of the camera (totally understandable) you can also create a PowerPoint slide and film your screen and capture your voice, while you explain more in detail.

The advantage of a free video course is that they create much more trust than with a pdf report. They can see (or hear) you while you explain your topic more in detail. The trust of your audience will be much higher from the beginning.

Also, it is easy to scale. Once you have produced your video course you can send it out as often as you want.

The disadvantage of a video course is that it is more work to create one. You have to set up everything and maybe buy software for cutting.

Free email course

Instead of writing a report you can split the report into parts and send out the parts in an email course. An email course is a little more effort to create than a pdf report. However, it is easier to create a relationship with your audience with an email course because they will hear from you not once but many times (depending on the length of your email course).

Also, with an autoresponder,  you can set up your email course completely automatic. Creating an autoresponder is not very complicated and easy to set up (read here). So if they sign-up they will receive automated emails from you.

It is very easy to scale your email course. As your autoresponder sends out automated emails you don’t have to do anything.

The disadvantage besides the higher effort is that it is not sure that your audience will get all of your emails. There is the possibility that one of your lessons will be filtered as spam.

Free coaching lessons

If you are a coach or an expert in your field you can offer your audience free coaching lessons for signing up with their email address. This can be a great way to build your reputation within your target group.

The coaching lesson can be between 30 and 60 minutes and can be held over Skype or Google Hangouts. Of course, you should try to offer them very good coaching. If your coaching is very good it is very likely that they will tell their family and friends and this will lead to more sign-ups and/or reputation.

Also, the trust will be much higher and it is much easier to sell something to them.

The advantage of a coaching lesson is that you don’t have much work upfront. You don’t have to write a report or create a video course and you can start right away.

The big disadvantage is that coaching lessons are not scalable. With every sign-up, you have to organize the coaching lesson. Also, this coaching lesson is free so it is possible that if you have many sign-ups that you work the whole day without earning something.

And I think as an online marketer/blogger time is the most important concurrency so you should really think how you should invest your time.

Coupons

If you have a local business or an online shop creating coupons can be very good idea. Groupon was able to build a six figures email list by offering coupons. So as you can see, it is a very good opportunity to build a really huge list.

The benefit of a coupon is that you can create it really fast. If you have a good online shop system that shouldn’t be much effort. Also, the conversion of coupons is very good because who doesn’t want to save money? 🙂

It is also a very great way to bring them to your online shop because when they want to use your coupon they need to buy anything from you.

Offering coupons is also very easy to scale (if you want to). You can send out as many coupons as you want and build a big email list very easy.

The disadvantage is that with every coupon, you giving away profit. However, once you have gained their email address you can market to them a lifetime for free (if they don’t sign out).

I believe that is a great way for local businesses or online shops to build an email list.


As you can see every freebie has it’s advantages and disadvantages. It really depends on your type of business and the time you want to put into your freebie.

I have created an email course myself where you’ll learn in 7 days how to build the foundation of a successful online business (see here).

What has been your experience with freebies? What kind of freebies do you use? I want to know your experience so please leave a comment below 🙂