Can you make money online while you sleep? It sounds crazy, right? How can you earn while you sleep? Well, it’s possible and I’m telling you there is a way to earn money online while you sleep.
There is a catch though. You need to work on it right now in order to make money in the long run. There’s no easy formula for getting rich quickly. If you saw advertisements that tell you that you can earn a lot of money in a short period of time without working really hard, then they are scammers.
Now, here’s how can start online earning money.
Ever heard of affiliate marketing? It’s a sure way to make money while you sleep. Let me explain how this works.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
First, let me give you a brief overview of what affiliate marketing is.
If you search the web, there are a lot of explanations on how this system works, but let me put it in the simplest way that I can explain it to you. Affiliate marketing is partnering with an online retailer and helping them sell their products or promote it. Once they get a sale through you or get a visitor to their website through you, you get a percentage for each sale. It’s easy, right? It’s just like doing a referral.
Things to do to start being an affiliate marketer
1. Choose the right product or niche
For me, this is the hardest part. Choosing among hundreds of thousands of products to market is not an easy job. It takes intensive research and soul-searching.
Yes. You need to do some soul-searching to determine what your best interest is and if that product is needed by a lot of people. It is very important that you are passionate about what you are selling. Otherwise, you would just become bored and give up marketing it.
2. Find the right affiliate program
Okay so now you have chosen the product that you want.
There is another obstacle, however. There are a lot of brands that are available with the product that you want to market. Say for example you have chosen cosmetics. If you are a woman, you know there are hundreds of brands out there to choose from and it can be confusing to choose among them.
Take note that each company offers a different rate of commission for affiliates so you have to do your homework. You not only have to consider the commission earned for each product, but you also have to consider the marketability of the product or if the product will stand out. Remember people should be interested enough with the product in order to buy it so you can start online earning money.
After you have chosen the affiliate program or product for you, you should sign up for the program. Most of them are free so you don’t really need to spend money. All you have to do is sign up for the program, get a link to market the product and put it on your website. Then you are ready to make money.
Take note, however, that there are 2 types of links. The first one is an ad link where it shows the picture of the product on your site or the logo of the product which you can put anywhere in your website that you think people can easily see and click to. The second one is a content link. This is the link that you use to insert in the content of your website.
3. Build a Good Website
This is the most important part. You will need to set-up a website in order to sign-up for an affiliate marketing program. Make sure that the website you have set-up is good and have quality content in it so people will go to it and read it. Otherwise, you are just wasting your time.
Choose a good platform to create your site. If you are not really good with computers you can choose a user-friendly one or hire somebody to make your website.
Here are the pages your website should have
a. Home page – this is all about the product you are selling
b. About page – this page should have the details of the product and about you
c. Contact page – this page should have all the contact details that you want to share with the public
Of course, there are other pages that you can add like a blog page, terms of service, and other pages that are relevant to your product, but these are the most important ones.
4. Write quality content
You will need to do some writing as well so that people will go to your site. Why is that so? When you search online you are searching for information, you want to learn, right? So the content of your website must be interesting and informative. Otherwise, people will not go to your page.
The content must not also only provide answers, but the information in it should be accurate as well. This is important because you need the people that go to your website to feel that they know the product well so they will click on the link and buy that product.
Since there are a lot of affiliate marketing products out there you can easily be tempted with promoting a lot of different products. You should never do this because this will confuse your potential customers and get out of your website. Remember that the aim for affiliate marketing is to make the visitors of your page click the ad link or the content link to earn money.
6. Promote Your Website
There are several ways to promote your website. Here are some of them.
a. Social media marketing – this is a very common tool for promoting your website and a lot of online marketers are using this. We know that a lot of people are hooked-up on social media so this is a very effective means to gain potential customers. They set-up a page on the social media pages like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and interact with potential buyers by posting interesting stuff on their pages like “need-to-know stuff” and cute pictures or memes. This way, they attract more people to their site.
b. Email marketing – email marketing is a tool used by entrepreneurs to inform their customers or potential customers. Basically, you create a commercial email and send it. I have received a lot of these over the years and they are short, but informative messages about a product with a link to the website. This tool is also used to send content or articles related to the product you are marketing.
c. YouTube– a lot of people are watching YouTube and I admit I’m one of them. This is also a very effective tool to market your website. The rules are the same as when you are creating content for your website. Your video should be interesting, informative and accurate. Of course, it is a given that when you create a YouTube video, you need to have a very good camera and microphone.
d. Guest blogs – you can search for the top websites that are in your chosen niche and ask to do a guest blog. Since they are on the top, it’s a given that they have a lot of visitors on their site so the idea is to get their visitors interested in your website as well. Make sure that you include a link back your website when you do these guest blogs to get traffic to go to your website.
e. Search Engine Optimization – this is a very effective means to get traffic to your website. It means getting a top rank on the search engines so your page will appear or will be visible on the first page of the search engines when people do a search using keywords.
This is a very complicated process, though and it will take time to rank your website on the search engines. The process involves creating good quality content or blogs, searching for keywords that people search on the web often that is related to your product and using the keywords in your content so it will rank in the search engines.
7. Track your results
You can check the Google analytics to track the results of your affiliate link. Not only that, but you can use the data to inform your visitors through your content to help them understand that the affiliate product you are using is a very good product and is being used by a lot of people. Of course, you need to track your earnings as well. You always need to make sure that the products you are promoting perform better otherwise; you may consider changing your niche if it’s not performing well after several months.
Those are the steps that you need to know in order for you to be successful in online earning money. To succeed on it you need to start today and work on it. Eventually, your hard work will pay off and you will be making money while you sleep.