How to Make Money With Mobile Marketing

Oct 24, 2013 0


When it comes to a successful business, many owners know that advertising is the key. But with so many other businesses out there fighting for the consumer’s attention, it takes a truly savvy advertising campaign to stay competitive. And as many business owners can tell you, a great advertising campaign requires more than just the traditional advertising tactics like radio ads, billboards and direct mail; it also takes something that speaks to a new generation of consumers – mobile marketing. If this powerful advertising tool isn’t part of your campaign, then read on to learn more about how to make money with mobile marketing.

First, we need a good definition of mobile marketing. Basically, it involves the use of cell phones to target advertising to a specific group of consumers who “opt in”, or choose to receive advertisements. The most common way advertisers do this is through SMS or MMS – text messaging, either with words, audio, video or images. Take a minute now to imagine how many people you personally know who have cell phones. Then think about all the people they know who have cell phones. Are you starting to get a picture of how to make money with mobile devices?

One of the best ways to go about setting up an excellent mobile campaign is to either seek out the services of companies that specialize in mobile marketing, or to purchase a launch kit and do it yourself. If you are fairly smart when it comes to technology, then setting things up yourself with a kit is a good idea. If you aren’t, that’s okay! Learning how to make money with mobile marketing launch kits only works if you know what you are doing, and there’s nothing wrong with hiring a professional to get you started. There’s always the option of doing it yourself in the future, once you understand the basics.


The amount of potential customers you can reach through mobile marketing is huge, and in fact mobile marketing is one of the fastest growing methods of advertising. So if you’re ready to take your business advertising to the next level, then it’s time to get out there and learn more about how to make money with mobile marketing.

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How to Make Money Online with Google AdSense for Free

Oct 23, 2013 0

AdSense is perhaps the most popular way to make money online but is it for real? Can you still make money with AdSense? Can you make a living out of AdSense?  I will try and give you honest answers based on my experiences as an AdSense user but also examples from successful websites that are using AdSense.

What is Google AdSense?

The majority of Internet users are probably aware of Google AdSense but for the sake of keeping beginners up-to-date here is a quick overview about the program and major benefits:

  • It is own by Google
  • It’s a major source of income for Google (On 2012 Q3 earnings from AdSense was $3.13 billion which represents around 27% of Google’s revenue)
  • It is free for publishers
  • Advertisers use the Adwords program to advertise their products or services on AdSense websites. They only pay when someone clicks on their ads (PPC – Pay per click)
  • Publishers receive 68% of the revenue and Google 32%. For example if an advertiser pays $1 for a click then 68 cents will go to the publisher and 32 cents to Google.
  • The cost per click calculation is based on an auction type system
  • It is very easy to use
  • It is the most reliable advertising platform on the Internet  today and can generate the most revenue for publishers (compared to other similar PPC systems)
  • AdSense besides content web sites is also available for games, videos, mobiles and search products.

You can find out more details about Google AdSense in the AdSense Help Center.

What do you need to make money with AdSense?

So, AdSense is free, easy to use, you get 68% of the revenue – what else do you need to make money with AdSense?

You need a content rich website

AdSense loves content rich websites. Content can be of any kind (including text, images, videos), provided that it does not violate the AdSense content policies.

It is suggested though to have text on the pages as well so that the AdSense crawler can understand better what the website is about. AdSense is more suitable for websites that publish articles, case studies, how-to guides (like this one), but there are also success stories of other types of websites as well.

You need a high quality website

It’s not enough to publish content that does not violate AdSense content policies but you also need to provide for high quality content on a high quality web site. Google is liable to advertisers for the money the pay so they don’t want their ads to appear on low quality websites. In the past this was possible but the last couple of years they have more strict policies on the type of websites you can run AdSense.

You need a LOT of traffic

AdSense is a good way to make money online and it is perhaps the easiest method provided that you have a good amount of quality traffic coming to your website. I cannot give you an exact number because the amount of money you can make depends on the earnings per click (EPC) and click through rate (CTR), but I don’t usually advice my clients to run AdSense on websites that have less than 300-400 unique visits per day.

In general though, the more targeted traffic you have, the more money you can make with AdSense.

You need to target the right keywords

If you target the right keywords in your content then you can make more money with AdSense or with any other advertising platform. What are the right keywords? Keywords that are: (1) used by advertisers to promote their products so the competition is greater and (2) action keywords. Action keywords are more effective since the users are more likely to ‘take action’ i.e. convert after they click.

Let’s look at the following example: Assume that you have 2 websites in the weight loss niche that are running AdSense. Both websites receive the same amount of organic traffic and they have the ads in the same positions. The first one is getting visitors searching for: ‘weight loss tips’, ‘how to lose weight’, ‘lose belly fat’ and the other one is getting traffic from keywords like: ‘why drinking water is important’, ‘what to eat after dinner’, ‘how many meals to eat per day’.

The first website is likely to make more money with AdSense because more advertisers are interested for those keywords so the number of available relevant ads will be greater. Users are also likely to click the ads more often since users looking for tips or solutions to their problem are more likely to click on a relevant ad than users who are searching for general information.

This is also the reason why organic traffic is considered to be more valuable than any other form of traffic i.e. because it is highly targeted and converts better.

You need to fully comply with AdSense policies

As I said above AdSense represents 1/3 of Google’s revenue so they take the whole program very seriously. While it is relatively easy for everyone to get an AdSense account, if you don’t play by their rules 100% you risk losing your account.

Even if you are an existing or new AdSense publisher make sure that you read their policies before implementing AdSense on your website. Remove from your mind any ideas for tricking the system and always remember that they have hired the best people to make sure that nobody will be able to bypass their rules and policies.

You need to have a website with a purpose and not a MFA (made for AdSense) website

While AdSense is a great way to monetize a website, websites that are made for the sole purpose of running AdSense ads are not favorable by Google. I have mentioned this in a previous post: 5 reasons you are not making money online and what is important to understand is that you website or blog needs to have a clear purpose which goes beyond making money with AdSense.

Yes, you can use AdSense to make money from an established blog that has lots of traffic and visitors; you can use AdSense to make some extra money from you website while selling your own products and services as well, but it’s not a very good idea to make a blog and start publishing mediocre content for the sole purpose of getting organic visits and then run AdSense to make money. In the past this model may have worked, but not anymore.

Examples of websites making money with AdSense

To be more precise let me give you a couple of examples from websites that make money with AdSense. While reading the examples try to relate these websites with what I have explained above and try to understand how they have applied in practice all the guidelines.

Example 1: Digital Photography School

DPS is owned by Darren Rowse, the all famous Australian problogger. Darren was among the first people who managed to make a living online and if you read his story and income spread, AdSense played a very important role especially in the beginning.  Let’s see how he is utilizing AdSense on DPS.


He is using the maximum amount of Ads per page (3 units). One of the ads is ‘above the fold’ and the other two are below the fold but in the main content area and not sidebar (as we will below, this is very important).

Example 2: Spark People

Spark people is a community based website dedicated to healthy living. According to Alexa they generate more than 1,000,000 page views per day and they use AdSense alongside their own products and services.spark-people-adsense-1

As you can see from the screenshot above, they are using 3 AdSense units, 2 above the fold and one below, but all 3 are in the main content area and not sidebar.

Example 3: Calorie Secrets

I also use Adsense on Instead of charging for the products we are offering (calorie counter, food tracker, diet plan), we decided to have the products free and use AdSense to monetize our content.

I am using 3 AdSense ads per page, 1 above the fold and 2 below.calorie-secrets-adsense-1

What is common in all the above websites?

After seeing the above examples, can you tell what they have in common?

  • They are content rich websites, offering top quality content
  • They have lots of traffic (CalorieSecrets does not get the same amount of visits as DPS or SparkPeople but with 100,000 organic visits per month is enough to make money with AdSense).
  • They fully comply with Adsense policies.
  • They fully comply with webmaster guidelines
  • Although they have Ads above the fold, they are not interfering or damaging the user experience
  • They all have their ads in the main content are and not sidebar. The reason is simple: Click through Rate (CTR) in the main content area is greater than the sidebar and this translates to more clicks i.e. more money from AdSense.
  • They all offer other services/products and are not operating for the sole purpose of running AdSense.

Can you make a living with AdSense?

I have explained above what it takes to make money with AdSense but can you also make a living? In other words can you depend 100% on AdSense for all your expenses?

The answer is NO. The reason is not that you cannot make thousands of dollars per month with AdSense and make a good living, but because you cannot rely on a single source of income.

The on-line World is more dynamic than the offline World and you cannot assume that you will always have thousands of people that will visit your website and click on Ads and you cannot assume that AdSense will exist forever. Maybe it will, but you cannot base your income on it. Diversifying your risks and spreading your revenues is always the best practice either online or offline.

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Craigslist How To Make Money Online

Oct 21, 2013 3


Craigslist is an useful site devoted to bringing together customers and retailers. There are no charges to become a member of Anybody can become a member. All that is needed is a legitimate email address. You can start making money by selling items on

The characteristics are very unique compare to auction sites. is much more like a free classified ad site on . Almost everything can be located here from online dating to products for sale to services made available. Here are some tips for making money on


Primary thing to do is see what is posted in the category of products you want to offer. You can submit an ads for just about anything on Businesses post ads for products and services, folks sell cars, real estate, jewelry, musical equipment and much more. There is even a section of the site for free products and a place to post yard sales. Once you have an plan of what people are selling then you can now write an ad, take a photo of your product and post it.

Make a decision on what it is you want to offer. Good decisions are home furniture, car parts, arts and crafts products, baby things and pet items. Take really great snap shots and post the items in the appropriate category.

It pays to take the time to write a good ad. Make sure you spell check it. Nothing looks less professional than an ad with terrible spelling. Your ad is good for 45 days but you may want to repost it more often.


Make sure that you comply with all inquiries. After a week, you may want to cancel your ads and repost them so that your ad remains near the top. As your ad age ranges, it drops down toward the bottom of the page. If it is a well-known category, it may drop off to a second or third page. This is why you should keep renewing your ad no less than every 7 days.


Advertise your ad off-site. Link to your ad and send them in your emails and tell everyone you know about your listing. This will guarantee that your ad gets lots of views. For that reason the product is more likely to sell. Yet another strategy is to list different products in numerous categories. The more products you have to sell, the more likely that somebody will make a purchase. These are just a few concepts for making money on

You can merge selling products on with other sites. Use online auctions for smaller products that are easily shipped. Use for large items like home furniture, car parts, large toys and electronics. Have the customers come and pickup their items up. You should not have to be in charge for shipping. It is deemed that the buyers will pickup on


These are just a couple of ideas for making money on I am sure that you can think up many more. Start up a sideline business for little or no money adhering to the ideas in this article

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How To Make Money With Email Marketing Techniques

Oct 21, 2013 0


Learning how to make money with email marketing can be the most financially rewarding education you may ever get. Every email marketing guru knows that those who learn how to unite email promotion and Internet marketing are the ones who will always be the most successful online. Why? Because if things get slow all they have to do is write a message, hit send and broadcast it to the people on their list. Sounds pretty sweet doesn’t it?

Without exaggerating, it’s entirely possible to make over six figures a year with nothing more than a list of subscribers. Believe it or not, many successful entrepreneurs don’t even have their own website. Yet, they make money hand over fist every day with simple emails they took a few minutes to write.

Believe me, writing these emails are not as hard as you might think. If you can speak clearly, you can write clearly. If you can logically form a sentence when talking, you can put that same sentence in writing. So don’t be intimidated by negative thoughts before you get started.

With that said, here are 7 techniques you can put to use to make money with email marketing.


1. The truth is, if you can write and send an email to a friend or family member, then you can pull this off. The trick, if you want to call it that, is to think of everyone on your list as someone you know personally. In fact, when writing, make every effort to write as if you’re talking to a friend. One friend. Not a bunch of friends, just one. Your goal is to make a connection with each person on your list.

2. Personalize your messages. Since you are writing as if to a friend, always if possible, use the subscribers name in the greetings. Most autoresponders allow you to do this by adding a simple field such as {firstname}, or something like it, throughout your messages. Don’t over do it though. Including a persons name too many times in your messages may make it sound like hype. Remember you’re writing to a friend not a wallet!

3. Master the art of writing subject lines. Your subject line is probably the most important part of every email you send. If your subscribers don’t open the emails you send them it won’t matter how good your messages are. First and foremost, you must get those subject lines clicked on to make money!

Start taking notice of the emails you receive in your Inbox. Think about the ones that got your attention and why you opened them. Create a special folder within your email provider and call it “swipefile” so you can turn to it when you need inspiration.

Pay attention to the titles and subtitles of magazines and books in your industry. Magazine editors are masters at getting the attention of prospects with short catchy phrases. Think about this whenever you feel compelled to pick up a magazine and read it because of a subtitle on the cover. If possible, take note and write it down for later reference.

4. Make each email worth reading on it’s own merits. Make it informative. Give your subscribers something to chew on. Something they can use. But, don’t write in such away that they feel satisfied. The goal is to make them want to click on your links and get more information. As one email marketing guru likes to suggest, make your email messages “useful but incomplete”.

5. Never sell anything in your emails. Always, pre-sell. The ultimate goal of every message you send is to wet your subscribers appetite for whatever you’re promoting. Let them know that you’ve found something beneficially related to the subject of your email.

Never write or promote anything unrelated to the purpose of each particular list you may own. In other words, don’t send an email about “Internet marketing” to your “cheap vacation spots” list, or vice versa. You’ll lose your subscribers quick!

6. If possible, every once and a while, give something away free, such as a short special report. It doesn’t need to be long as long as it’s informative. Include affiliate links sprinkled throughout. Make it viral by telling your subscribers they can pass it around. This is an awesome way to grow your list and make money at the same time. For this to work, be sure and include a link to your opt-in page in your report.

7. If at all possible, seek out affiliate programs that pay residual commissions and promote those as well. When it comes to email marketing, this is the absolute best way to have the closest thing to a guaranteed income.

Without getting into targeted list building, autoresponders, opt-in page copywriting and so forth, this is in-a-nut-shell, how to make money with email marketing. Don’t let yourself or anyone else talk you out of doing it.

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How To Sell Clickbank Products And Make $100 – $500 Per Day

Oct 21, 2013 0

The following is the business model I use to make thousands of dollars every week with Clickbank. This is going to be long and detail post (over 2,300 words). I encourage you to read though the whole thing because this model works and has been proven over and over by myself and other affiliate marketers. While this model shows how to make money with Clickbank, the model can be applied to any other affiliate network or product (even a blog). I just happen to like Clickbank because information is one of the easiest products to promote and sell on the Internet.

Hit And Run Marketing Doesn’t Work

Most new affiliate marketers getting into the business do what I call hit and run affiliate marketing. It’s the model they’re all familiar with because it’s the one they hear about the most. The hit and run marketing steps goes something like this.

  1. Select a Clickbank (or any affiliate) product to promote
  2. Send traffic to the landing page with PPC/PPV
  3. PROFIT!

I’m sure you’ve all heard stories of affiliate marketers spending $10K a day to make $20K? It sounds great doesn’t it? The only problem is there are not many affiliate marketers who can do that. Also, those who are making a profit using the hit and run model are leaving a ton of money on the table.

Spending money on advertising to get one customer that you will never see again is one of the dumbest business move you can make. That’s like Best Buy spending $50K on a front page ad on the Wall Street Journal to have those customers buy one item and then never visit the store again. They’re go under in less than six months if that’s the case!

Another problem with the hit and run model is it’s not very stable. You have to keep spending money on advertising or the sales stop. You risk the chance of Google slapping your landing page because of a low quality score, you may run out of money tweaking the


ads/keywords/landing pages, competition can drive up bids to the point where you can’t make a profit, the advertiser may pull the offer, etc.

Real Businesses Are Built On Repeat Customers


Too many people think of Internet marketing as a game. It’s not. It’s a real business and real businesses are built on repeat customers. A restaurant can’t survive with first time customers only. The Apple Store, or any retail store, would go under in a few months if their customers visit the store once and never visit again.

If someone buys one Apple product, then he is likely to buy another product from Apple. The same thing holds true for affiliate marketing. If someone buys a Clickbank product from you, he is likely to buy another one. But that will never happen if all you do is hit and run marketing because you’ll never see that person again.

Repeat business is the key. It’s a lot easier and cheaper to market to a repeat customer than it is to acquire a new one. In fact, the average business spend seven times more in marketing cost to get a new customer than it does to keep an existing one. When you’re doing hit and run affiliate marketing, what you are in fact doing is spending that 7X more money to acquire a customer for SOMEONE ELSE! Can you see now why most hit and run affiliate marketers don’t make money?

A Clickbank Affiliate Model That Works

My Clickbank business model is more complex than the hit and run model. It will require more work on your part but unlike the the hit and run model, you will make way more money with it. Here are the steps.

  1. Choose a series of Clickbank products in the same niche to promote
  2. Create a free eBook about the niche to give away
  3. Create a squeeze page offering the free ebook
  4. Send traffic to the squeeze page
  5. Capture the lead coming to the squeeze page
  6. Deploy email auto responders with the Clickbank products
  7. Watch the money rack up in your Clickbank account

The main difference between my model and the hit and run model is I’m building a customer base. Instead of sending leads directly to the Clickbank landing page to buy the product and never see them again, I send them to my squeeze page to capture their emails so I can market products to them for weeks, months and years to come. This is a far more powerful marketing method.

The Money Is In The List

I’ve said many times before that the money is in the list but it bears repeating. The money really is in the list. Look at all the really big affiliate marketers. Guys like Frank Kern, John Reese, Shoemoney, etc. They all have huge mailing lists. And because they have huge lists, they don’t have to spend hundreds of thousands per month on advertising. John Reese refers to his list as his ATM. He just goes to it whenever he needs to make a withdraw.

When Shoe launched Shoemoney System on Clickbank, he built a prelaunch list of over 100,000 names. While Shoe did well with his system, that list he built is worth an extra $1 million a year in additional revenue because he’ll be able to use the list to promote other related products.

If you want to become a big Clickbank affiliate marketer (or blogger), you absolutely need an email list. That is your customer base. Without one, you’ll just be another hit and run affiliate marketer working for peanuts. Stop building other people’s customer base and start building your own.

Step 1 – Choose a Series of Clickbank Products


The first step to making money from Clickbank is to decide on the niche you want to target. Ideally, the niche should be a niche that you have a knowledge of and a passion for. If that’s not the case, then you can still make money with it but you wouldn’t have as much fun and to me, having fun is even more important than making the money.

The Clickbank Marketplace list thousands of products for you to promote. You can sort search results based on commission, sales, popularity and a bunch of other criteria. I like to get a copy of the product before deciding on whether to promote it. You can either email the advertiser for a copy or buy it from them and then refund it if you don’t want to promote it. All Clickbank products are covered by a 60 day money back policy.

Step 2 – Create a Free eBook

The best way to make people give you their email address is to offer them something they find valuable for free. This is where the eBook comes in. You can write it yourself or hire Michael Kwan to write it. If you’re really cheap, you can use a PLR eBook. They’re just like PLR articles but in eBook size. Personally, I recommend you write it yourself or hire out the writing. The quality of PLR leaves a lot to be desired.

The free eBook doesn’t have to be very big, 20 to 60 pages should do, but it does need to cover the same niche as the Clickbank products you plan to promote. This is why I said you should have a knowledge of the niche you plan to deal in.

Step 3 – Create a Squeeze Page To Promote The eBook


A squeeze page is a special kind of landing page that is created solely to act as an opt in for information – primarily email addresses – from potential subscribers. When people visit my blog, I want them to subscribe to my email list. However, because there is so much to see and read, the number of sign ups isn’t as high as it could be. By creating a separate squeeze page, the email sign up rate can skyrocket. While I can capture maybe 5% of people visiting my blog, I have seen squeeze pages with conversion rate has high as 60%!

The above screen shot is the squeeze page Jonathan Volk used to capture emails. By offering his Affiliate Marketing 101 guide for free, Jonathan was able to get 50% of the people visiting that page to opt into his email list.

The easiest way to create a squeeze page is with Squeeze Theme by Unique Blog Designs. Squeeze Theme is powered by WordPress and will allow you to create custom squeeze pages in minutes. Jonathan and I both use Squeeze Theme to create all our squeeze pages.

To use Squeeze Theme, all you need to do is choose the theme you want to run, add the text, photo or video, your Aweber email codes and let Squeeze Theme do the rest. Before Squeeze Theme came along, I had a designer do all my squeeze pages. Now, Squeeze Theme does it for me in just a few minutes.

Step 4 – Send Traffic To The Squeeze Page

Once the squeeze page has been created, you need to send traffic to it. The quickest way to do that is to use pay per click or pay per view advertising. However, that’s also the most expensive way. There are tons of lower cost or free methods for traffic generation. A little creatively can go a long way.

Try to think outside the box when it comes to traffic building. Look at what Jonathan did for his eBook. Instead of using PPC to send traffic to his squeeze page, he set up a contest to give away three Apple iPads. Two iPads will go to the top two affiliates who send the most referrals. However, the the 3rd iPad will be awarded to a random affiliate on a draw based on one entry per referral. By referring a friend to download Jonathan’s eBook, you earn an entry. Refer two friends and earn two entries and so on.

The three iPads will cost Jonathan about $1,800. Not cheap but not out of the budget for someone who want to build a real affiliate marketing business. So far, Jonathan’s promotion has worked extremely well and he should have a list of over 10,000 names before the contest is over. If 100,000 names are worth $1 million a year, 10,000 names would be worth $100,000 a year. That’s not a bad return on $1,800!

Step 5 – Capture The Lead

Lead capturing is the most important part of affiliate marketing. Your business is built around your list. Anything you can do to increase its size means more money for you. During the Affiliate Marketing 101 contest, Jonathan offered a 27″ iMac to anyone who can take over my 1st place spot in seven days. Nobody was able to beat me but you can bet a lot of people tried and Jonathan’s list benefited as a result.

While a squeeze page maybe the best way to get someone to give you his email address, you still need a system to handle and host the list. My recommended email service is Aweber. I’ve been using them for years and they are by far the best in the business. Aweber works seamlessly with Squeeze Theme and its web interface allows you to access it from any computer, anywhere in the world.

Aweber offers a $1 trial account for all new customers. The account is just like a normal Aweber account and includes unlimited email campaigns, newsletter, broadcasts and follow ups. It’s a great way to test drive Aweber to see what it can do for you. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you find that email marketing is not for you, contact Aweber within 30 days and they’ll give you the $1 back.

Step 6 – Deploy Auto Responders

Auto responders are emails that go out at a set date and interval. When someone subscribe to my blog, they are sent a series of auto responder emails. These emails are design to do three things.

  1. Build a relationship with the subscriber
  2. Promote my blog and brand
  3. Recommend products and services that help solve the reader’s problem


Setting up the auto responder is extremely easy and is no different than sending out a normal email. If you’re using Aweber, all you have to do is click “Follow Up” in the Message tab. This will allow you to create a follow up message to be sent to your new subscriber at a later date. Aweber allows you to set up an unlimited number of auto responders.

If you check the screen shot above, you’ll see that my first auto responder email goes out the instant someone signs up to my list. The second follow up email out goes out four days after the first and the rest goes out in one week intervals until there are no more follow ups.

This is also known as a sales funnel. The first few emails helps build your relationship with the subscriber. Later emails in the funnel are used to promote the Clickbank products. This setup works far better than any hit and run system. Research has shown that most prospect won’t buy on the first visit or email. They need to be hit over and over again. This is where the auto responder comes in. The sooner you set it up, the faster you’ll be in the money.

Step 7 – Watch The Money Rack Up In The Clickbank Account


This step is optional but I really enjoy it.

You now have the formula to a make massive amounts of money with Clickbank

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