The second problem was the final night of the launch, I had a problem with payments going through. It’s still unclear why. But this is the worst time to have payment problems. I still have many payments outstanding that show $0 earnings, which is why I titled this post $5k and didn’t give the exact number at first – I didn’t know the total until the following day! I even had 2-3 people have to wait to buy until the day after the launch. Really terrible timing!
Next, you’ll need the right tools. You can be as complicated or simple as you want depending on your comfort with audio equipment, but at the minimum you’ll want a microphone and software for recording your voice. Companies like Behringer, Blue, Focusrite, and others sell studio-quality plug-and-play podcast setups that can get you recording today.
28. Subscription – If you think of something valuable (newsletter, online magazine, etc.) that you can consistently offer on a certain basis (weekly, monthly, etc.), you may want to offer a subscription service. This could be a fee charged each time your product is sent out or on a monthly basis. Either way, this has to be something that your customers can only get by subscribing to your website.
26. Services – You can offer a paid service, such as life coaching, blog coaching, goal setting or financial planning. Just be sure to investigate all the legal implications and make sure you’re not claiming to be a professional if you’re not one. With a service like this, you’re basically using your blog to sell yourself. You’ll need to convince people that you’re worth buying and then be able to back up your claims once they purchase your service.
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I want to point out that this post talks about the technicalities, strategies, tools, and recommendations I have for creating an online course and making money blogging. I want to be super duper clear that all of this only works if you’re providing enormous value in the content of your course. I knew that my course on mindset, productivity, time management, goal setting, and habits would sell because I was confident in my ability to deliver. Without this there is no course.

Travel blogging is a hard industry to break into. However, the rewards can be worth it, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be paid for traveling around the world! There are numerous ways to monetize a travel blog, but affiliate marketing should predominantly be your focus. On your blog, promote hotels, tours, equipment hire services, flights, and anything else travel related. Then take a cut of the proceeds as your audience books their holidays based on your recommendations.


Simon, I’ve got to tell you it’s so nice to hear you emphasize the fact that it takes effort to be successful as well as it does not happen overnight. Too many marketers and scammers promise overnight riches and we all no that’s not realistic. Your success ges to prove that anyone can build a successful online business. Best of success with your future endeavors. Keep living the dream!

A final option is a service such as Teachable or Ruzuku, both of which offer some of the benefits of self-hosted with the ease and speed of Udemy. These options have easy creation and upload like the course service marketplaces, but you can add your own domain, and customize your school like in self-hosted options. Some offer their resources for free, with more bells and whistles with paid plans. Most integrate with PayPal, or you can use their payment service.
This course is all about making money online via Clickbank. There are lots of courses. So what makes this special? This course teaches you to make money from Clickbank without a website or even a blog. In this course, Tan have made a clear tutorial on “identifying a product to sell in clickbank, finding product to create direct links, directing traffic to the products, best traffic sources, squeeze page designing and generating leads.”
(3) MOBE – My Online Business Empire is a very expensive product with a unique affiliate structure. You must buy in on different levels to be able to promote those levels or steps and earn money from them. It’s something like Digital Altitude which I wrote about here. My point is, I don’t like or recommend these types of programs as it seems you’re just buying for the opportunity to sell the same product to others and make huge commissions.
If you want to help shape products in their early stages, joining an online focus group or answering survey questions is a great way to make extra money online. They don’t pay as much as some of the other options we’ve highlighted, but you can join groups on sites like Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, and IPSOS that pay out through Amazon gift cards, check, or PayPal. You’ll be asked to provide a bit of information about your demographics (age, location, etc…), but after that you can get going making money through surveys.

So you have managed to set up a focus point in your newsletter and keep its content balanced. The next step is to properly inform your target audience about your content or the promotion you want to. An excellent way to do so is to have a subscription section in your landing page(s) or a dedicated landing page for it. Your ‘call to action’ needs to set expectations and let potential subscribers know exactly what your newsletter contains.

Moving on from that though he then covers an example of one of his own videos and goes over how to optimize the video for search traffic. One of his first videos only had about 190 views at the time he recorded the course but looking at all of them now, they are all getting close to 1 thousand views which actually does show he knows something about YouTube Marketing.
Mechanical Turk is Amazon's take on micro-jobs. These are small miniscule-jobs that you can do for other people, which they call HITs, or Human Intelligence Tasks. These are super simple tasks that anyone can do. Some examples are listing off some URLs with certain kinds of images for one cent, or recording a few phrases with a microphone for 6 cents.
I have 3 VAs. I couldn’t function without them. It doesn’t matter how big or how small a business is, they all need help running their day-to-day administrative tasks. Virtual assistants perform a variety of tasks that a traditional assistant or secretary would normally do, including making travel arrangements, paying bills, or managing expense reimbursements. I use them to upload content, optimize images, brief writers etc.
What a great idea for an online training course! Not a lot of people think of delivering an online meditation course, but I think there are some creative ways this could be done. When it comes to online payment, your LMS of choice will have ways to help you monetize your course. Payment processing can seem intimidating, but it’s not usually very complicated. As for video conferencing, there are a few options available, and the best one for your needs will depend on your course and how much you are willing to spend. You can use free options, like Skype or Google Hangouts, but if you plan to have a larger group on the call, or if you need more advanced conference controls, you may need to sign up a more powerful platform. I know that Zoom, GoToMeeting, and join.me are all popular options. I recommend you find a way to test them out and choose the one that works best for you.
There are financial benefits to entrepreneurship, but even more valuable is the freedom to live the life I want. We can (and often do) take a week off for a trip with the kids. I love being able to get up and eat breakfast with my family instead of having to rush out the door. Just being able to take the day off to go to the Zoo has been amazing. Our kids are only young once, right? I relish in the fact I can finally enjoy it.

Namely you have to understand that just because you pick a niche that doesn’t seem competitive, the days of just starting a site and blogging about it and hoping that good content will be enough to get you to page 1 is over with. Back in 2012, this strategy worked. But now in 2019 and beyond, affiliate marketing has become so much more competitive, that you now need a system of creating high quality back links to your site or you simply will not rank.
The second problem was the final night of the launch, I had a problem with payments going through. It’s still unclear why. But this is the worst time to have payment problems. I still have many payments outstanding that show $0 earnings, which is why I titled this post $5k and didn’t give the exact number at first – I didn’t know the total until the following day! I even had 2-3 people have to wait to buy until the day after the launch. Really terrible timing!
It is a good module to go through however if you have the time because it gives you further insight into the tactics and strategies online marketers have used. Sometimes knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what you should do. It can save you a lot of time down the road so you don’t fall victim to snake oil salesmen peddling yesterday’s junk (and there are many out there).
Tools & Resources: I’ve written a pretty comprehensive guide on the best web design software that covers both free and premium software packages. If you’re serious about becoming a web designer, then I recommend purchasing the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. At $49.99 per month, this is probably a bargain considering what you can achieve with this set of tools.
Note: Google is constantly making updates to the Google Keyword Planner, and sometimes won't display all the information you need to do proper keyword analysis. In the case that you can't get the information you need from the Google Keyword Planner, some other popular tools that provide the same information are Long Tail Pro and Secockpit. You can also do a Google search for "keyword research tool" and you'll find several other tools that provide that same information. Then just pick whatever tool you prefer and proceed as usual. :)

To be successful with any of these training courses and careers — you need to put in a lot of hard work! Success is not going to happen overnight and to be blunt, it's not always going to be easy. But if you're willing to put in the effort, complete the lessons, and work all the way through the course — you can be successful. If you're looking for an “easy way out” this list is not for you.
TIP #3: If you’re concerned about not being “expert enough” for people to buy from you, do not let this stop you from taking action. If you have some awesome credentials, great, you can use them in places like your profile or biography for these platforms. But if not, that’s fine too, just be honest. But also be creative with it and try and squeeze out as many strengths and accomplishments that you’ve achieved in your life, because your profile is really your opportunity to brag about all the things you’ve done and shine…kind of like the cover letter of a resume. The most important thing is that people want to buy from others they like, trust and that are just real and genuine and know what they’re talking about. And even though you may not consider yourself the tippy top “expert” in your entire niche yet, for the person who knows absolutely nothing about what you’re creating a course around, you’re a little more expert than they are. So, again, don’t let that fear stop you.

If you’ve got a way with words and expertise in a niche, there are plenty of sites that will pay for articles and content you write. Think of the sites you read regularly. What can you contribute to them that would be interesting? Research your niche and then look for ways to pitch articles. Many sites will simply have a submission or contact link in the footer. To get started, check out my full guide to becoming a freelance writer on the side and then submit your articles to places like Instash, Listverse, TopTenz, A List Apart, International Living, FundsforWriters, and Textbroker.


I have 3 VAs. I couldn’t function without them. It doesn’t matter how big or how small a business is, they all need help running their day-to-day administrative tasks. Virtual assistants perform a variety of tasks that a traditional assistant or secretary would normally do, including making travel arrangements, paying bills, or managing expense reimbursements. I use them to upload content, optimize images, brief writers etc.
17. Amazon – Have you heard of FBA? It stands for “Fulfilled by Amazon” and it’s getting pretty popular. Basically, you buy products (in bulk is best) and ship them to Amazon for them to store. When your products sell, Amazon packs them up, ships them out and sends you the money (after taking their cut). There are people making a full-time living from FBA, while others just do it for some extra money.
Really good article with some great tips. Affiliate marketing has the potential to earn lots of money and I'm hoping I can make it happen. I have tried the matched betting and it DEFINITELY works. The one thing I would say is that you need to check that any bets have been accepted by the bookmaker. I have had on occasion bets which look like they have been accepted but don't register in my account. Always go into your account and check outstanding bets or your bet history.
To get inspiration for the modules, I would jump on Twitter any time I saw a conversation about Scrivener. Through Twitter, I connected with people who used the program and could provide valuable insights. I even found people to test the beta version of my course through Twitter, and this was also a great way to figure out how much people would pay.
Caitlin Pyle has been earning a full-time income proofreading transcripts for court reporters since 2012. Today she teaches other aspiring proofreaders how to do the same. The full cost of her course is $897 — but it can be broken down into payment “chunks” of $197 (modules 1 – 2), $400 (modules 3 – 5), and $300 (modules 6 – 9). To figure out if proofreading is the right career path for you — sign up for Caitlin's FREE seven-day intro course.
Just be sure to put a lot of care into your product listings. Everything from the titles you use, to how effective the description is at convincing potential buyers your product is better than the rest, and even taking care to shoot high quality product photos can have a dramatic impact on your sales. I recommend using photo editing tools like Fotor, which gives you the ability to edit your images, create captivating graphic designs and more.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Most of the software and apps you use on a regular basis are made by massive companies or established development studios. Well, yes. But many successful apps, particularly those in the Apple and Google stores, are created and marketed by individuals and small businesses. In fact, independent developers made $20 billion in the App Store in 2016 alone.

The third mistake I made was creating and promoting content during the launch that didn’t directly relate to the course. I published a YouTube video that was about creating a money mindset and sent it to my list during my launch. I shouldn’t have done this because it caused people to have a reason to go somewhere else and look at that content instead of at the course.

23. Affiliates – There are many affiliate networks, such as FlexOffers and CJ Affiliate that allow you to promote other people’s products and services. You simply put a link or a banner on your page and then you get a percentage if someone clicks through and buys the product/service. You’ll want to select products that are specifically within your blog’s category.This is an effective way to earn money once you have the traffic coming to your blog.
Another big lesson I’ve learned is to go deep when you’re trying to reach an audience or develop a platform. One way to build a really profitable course is a strategy I’ve developed called “the 4-deep technique.” This technique asks you to niche down at least four levels until you’re really at the source of someone’s problem. Start with the pain then come up with a solution. If you want to create a successful product, it needs to be a pain reliever or something that solves someone’s problem in a way nothing else can.
As well as selling your eBooks, Amazon can also create paperback copies of your book. CreateSpace, an Amazon-owned company, will help you self-publish your book. A relatively straightforward process, you must upload your work to CreateSpace and submit it for review. Your book will then be displayed on Amazon, and printed on demand and shipped by CreateSpace when purchased. And you can collect up to 70% royalties for each book sold.
Equally, you can charge businesses to ‘claim’ their listing, a method used by many large directory sites like Google Business and Yelp. This involves companies paying to upgrade their listing and adding information such as their web address, social media links, images, and more. Other revenue streams include charging for ad space, adding affiliate links and even charging for services and products on your directory site.

If you’re willing to take on some risk and have the heart of a true hustler, you can make extra money online doing commission-only sales for startups and other businesses. While you won’t be getting a regular salary, with the right sales strategies and skills as an inside sales rep, you can make decent money for each sale you bring in. And because you’ll most likely be working with startups, if you can negotiate a little equity you could profit big time if you're pitching a solid product and the startup succeeds.
The second mistake worth mentioning is that my email list includes a lot of people who followed me when I wrote more about budgeting, so the match wasn’t 100% aligned. I’ve asked people to unsubscribe who aren’t into the new “design your dream life” theme of my blog, but many still remain. This is totally fine from a content perspective, but it just means that selling to this list is harder.
Now if you were to go it alone & try to figure things out yourself with paid ads then I’d definitely 100% recommend against it… But that’s where John Crestani’s Super Affiliate System comes into play as not only is he himself a paid ads expert, but he’s teamed up with 2 others to create the course (Tim Burd & Ronnie Sandlin) so the concept is that they’ll be able to help you avoid the pitfalls & see success from the off.
If you have any sort of skill (carpentry, photography, graphic design, computer programming, etc.) or any kind of hobby (drawing, playing piano, baking, yoga, etc.), you can teach that to people who know less than you. You don’t have to be a ‘guru’ or ‘expert’ to teach what you know to someone that wants to learn. You don’t even have to have teaching experience. That’s the beautiful thing about being a successful online teacher – most of them are just normal people who enjoy talking things they love.
Not only will this multiply the money you’re bringing in in a serious way, but it protects you against any sudden changes in the market or in your business. Remember that old saying about putting all your eggs in one basket? A few hours a week committed to just one or two of the following opportunities will put you in a much stronger position to be financially safe and independent.
Amazon Mechanical Turk is a service that lets you make money online through doing paid microtasks. Each task is something simple that requires human interaction like rating search results, checking for the right spelling on search terms, categorizing the tone of an article, or even basic translating. You can do these tasks from anywhere you want and make money online from the world’s largest e-retailer.
As far as the return policy goes, I have never asked for a refund so I can’t give an honest assessment of that process. I did, however, cancel my “recurring” membership months ago without any problems at all. I went back in my emails to see if I had contacted John directly about it but it looks like I just went through Clickbank. I’d be interested to hear how it turns out now that you’ve gone directly to them. I’ve never had any issues with Clickbank.

Looking in the comment section under the module video I can see that Facebook pages shared mostly all have a couple of likes at best and some don’t even load as they have been left too rot and be deactivated. Is that because they didn’t ask enough of their friends to like their page? Maybe it’s because they didn’t write a post every single day or is it because there was actually no good advice in this module.


To get started with Amazon affiliate marketing you will need to sign up with Amazon Affiliates. Then subtly market products on your site that are relevant to your niche and will be of interest to your audience. Make sure you only endorse high-quality products. If your visitors make a purchase on your recommendation but are not impressed with the item, you could quickly lose followers.
Writing an eBook and selling it on your blog can be a great money maker. Your eBook should be directly relevant to your blog’s content so you can sell your book to your existing audience. Creating a recipe eBook for a food blog or an eBook full of training plans to complement your fitness site are just a couple of examples that have the potential to sell.
Mechanical Turk is Amazon's take on micro-jobs. These are small miniscule-jobs that you can do for other people, which they call HITs, or Human Intelligence Tasks. These are super simple tasks that anyone can do. Some examples are listing off some URLs with certain kinds of images for one cent, or recording a few phrases with a microphone for 6 cents.
If you offer freelance services or have a physical services business, then creating a blog is a must. On your blog, you can write about the services you offer and how they will benefit your clients. Importantly you can add a ‘Services’ page, outlining the services you provide, what they include, and any other important information potential clients may need. This is an effective way to promote your services, generate leads, and increase your revenue.
Research individual companies in your desired niche: If possible, it’s always better to become an affiliate directly with a company (if they have an internal affiliate program), as no one else will be dipping into your commission rate. This is the preferred route for most of the prominent affiliate marketers, including Pat Flynn. Unfortunately, it’s also the most work, as you’ll have to do the research yourself to see who offers programs (they’re usually listed in the website footer).

Double check yourself, before you double wreck yourself. Make sure everything you send to a company, whether a résumé, an email or a portfolio, is good to go. Double check your grammar and wording, and for God’s sake use spell check! This is especially important when it comes to the company’s name. Don’t spell their name wrong and be sure to type it how they type it (e.g. Problogger, not Pro Blogger).

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