Best Part Time Jobs for Retired People

Best Part Time Jobs for Retired People

Averages show that we are living longer, so naturally many of people reaching retirement age are ready to leave the job, but not necessarily hang up their boots.

Whether you are looking for a part time job to supplement your pension or something that is going to ensure you stay active – both physically and mentally, or even just to pay for holidays.  We have a number of suggestions for the best part time jobs for retired people.

There are the more obvious choices, which you might expect.  But then this is one that you might have never thought of and will allow you a lot more freedom than the others. But let’s start with the obvious choices:

Retail/Seasonal Jobs

When we think of part time jobs, we can often just think about the retail sector.  Offering shift work, which is quite flexibleRetail Work

and can often be close to home. This makes it an obvious choice, as we all have experience with customer service and their expectations are typically – Flexible and Offer Great Customer Service.

Will this be suitable for all retirees, not quite?  Some of you will find that this is a great option, it will keep the mind active and will mean we aren’t sitting around, which again is a great thing.  Active Body & Active Mind is always something my Grandad used to say.

However, this will not be an option for everyone. So, let’s explore some real opportunities where your experience and knowledge will be a key element.

Consultancy Jobs

Whatever industry you worked in, you will have a whole lot of experience that people are interested in gaining from you.  This is where a consultancy job could be an ideal choice for you.  A consultant is defined as “Someone who is an expert in a particular subject, who provides that knowledge”.Consultancy Jobs

Businesses are always actively seeking consultants and understand the need for such roles.  US businesses spent about $12 billion on them last year!

All industries won’t lend themselves to this option, but you will know from your industry if it is something that you could pursue.

There are a few things you need to consider prior to going with a Consultancy Role:

  • 1.Do you need any certifications/qualifications or a special licence?  Some industries will require you to have at least a BA in that subject before being signed onto a consultancy agency
  • 2.Are you an organised person? Organisation is a key attribute to successful consultants.
  • 3.Do you like to Network?  You will need to be able to build up a good contacts list to be effect in that given industry
  • 4.Set Long-term & Short-term goals. Any business model requires this, it also allows you to track successes against the amount of work you are putting in.

Here is a list of the top industries seeking Consultants.

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Auditing
  • Business
  • Business Writing
  • Career Counselling
  • Communications
  • Computer Programmer
  • Editorial Services
  • Executive Search (Head Hunting)
  • Gardening
  • Grantsmanship
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
  • Marketing
  • Payroll Management
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Taxes
  • Writing Services

If you have experience in any of these given industries and feel you still have something to offer in it, then becoming a consultant is a great direction to go with.

Offering your services out via freelancing or starting your own consultancy firm could be the next step for you.

Subject Matter Experts – Tutoring and Content Development

On a similar vein to the Consultancy roles, you could offer your services out just as a subject matter expert.  Becoming a freelance tutor, rather than committing to what would end up becoming quite a lot of work – consulting could take a lot of time up.  Whereas tutoring would be and could be based on your time available.

The pay looks reasonable and you only offer it when you are available.  The industries listed above would also be relevant to this topic.

Or an Option Where You Work from Home

Both options above are fine choices, you could easily earn some decent money and not have to work as much as you usedWork from Home

to.  But do you really want to still work from someone else?  Work to a rota system. There are many benefits to a retirement, including some well-deserved time to yourself.  So, my final option is one where you could work from pretty much anywhere.  You can also use your knowledge and experience, like the other options.  But the only boss is yourself.  Work when you want to, wherever you want to, and you will also benefit from meeting a lot of other like-minded people online doing it to.

The third option is a combination of blogging and affiliate marketing.

I know, this might sound like something that isn’t for you.  But hold that thought, let me describe it to you first.

We have talked about your experience and your knowledge being a prime ingredient in consulting or tutoring – Well that is exactly how you are going to earn money from home.  There are plenty of people out there online, looking for help with something.  Whether it is help with a product purchase. Help with a problem they have.  How-to guides. You name it someone is looking for help with it.

So, the third idea is you starting a blog in any niche that you are already experience in.  It doesn’t even have to be with something from your old job.  If you would consider yourself enthusiastic and knowledgeable around caravanning or the outdoors – that is an ideal choice for starting your own online business.

How does that lead to earning money, John?

This is where affiliate marketing comes into play.  Affiliate Marketing is where you earn a commission for introducing a buyer to a product. A prime example is Amazon.  The world’s biggest marketplace offers you a reward for referring someone to their site to buy an item.

To use an example, I am going to use an example I could use.  I am an enthusiastic photographer, I am doing wedding photography for Gem’s wedding business and I know a lot about digital cameras, photography and photoshop.

I could start a blog on this subject.  By incorporating a number of different guides, I could build trust with anyone visiting the website to show that I am someone they can trust.

As part of this blog, I also write a post about the ‘best digital cameras for beginners.  If someone came to my blog post about the best cameras for someone getting started and decided to follow my advice and clicked on my link, they would be taken to Amazon to purchase that camera.  My reward from Amazon is a percentage of the purchase price. So, if it is a $100 camera, I could earn $6, every time that someone follows my advice.

Just to expand on the opportunity, there are over 4 billion people with access to high-speed internet all searching online for help with pretty much anything and are often helped by bloggers and Affiliate Marketers.

Can I Get Help & Support?

First off, I want to say it might seem really complicated and difficult and this could put many people off.  But that is the one thing I want to dispel.  People of all ages are achieving success from affiliate marketing.  Regardless of their abilities, they all succeed because they have one thing in common.  Great Help & Support available at every step of the way.

Whether you feel you are not great at the computer, or I can’t write articles.  How do I research a niche?  These are all obstacles we can do together.

There is a training platform that I want to recommend that will offer you everything you need to get started and to continually grow your business until it is something where you would never have to consider a real job again.

Wealthy Affiliate offer great training, that is ideal for anyone of any skill level.  They offer websites and tools to get you started.  You will also gain access to a community of like-minded individuals all striving for the same goal. I often talk to members who at first stated they felt too old to learn again.  Then they come back to me, saying you were right.  I could do it.

The only barrier anyone has is themselves.  Doing it alone, it is easy to get lost.  But having access to people anytime of the day for help does make a massive difference.

Regardless of what niche you choose, there are ample opportunities from affiliate marketing.

If you want to learn more about what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer, then I highly recommend you read my review.

Or you could try out their platform with a free starter membership account. You will not need to enter any credit card details, unlike others.  Get a free starter membership account here.

Final Word

Enjoying your retirement should be your main focus.  If you need to get a part time job, then there are the usual opportunities out there.  But for the few, that really want to enjoy their retirement and not feel like they are working – I hope you explore Affiliate Marketing and blogging. You will find it really rewarding and not feeling too much like work.
If you have any further questions or want help with anything, please leave it in the comments.  I will come back to you as soon as.

Jaaxy, the Keyword Research Tool Review

Jaaxy, the Keyword Research Tool Review

One of the most fundamental basics of any online business will be keyword research.  Without keyword research you will be walking blind and hoping for the best.

Whether you are targeting SEO or PPC Marketing you need a keyword research tool you can rely on to help you get started and still be relevant when you become an experience Internet Marketer.  Today, we are going to explore Jaaxy.  Brought to us from the guys behind Wealthy Affiliate, we are going to see just how it stacks up.

I use affiliate links to help support the running of bestaffiliatemarketingtools.org, for more information click here.

Jaaxy Overview & Rankings Jaaxy the Keyword Research Tool Review

Name: Jaaxy

WebsiteJaaxy.com

Owners: Kyle & Carson from Wealthy Affiliate

Training:   4.8/5

Tools: 

 4.8/5

Support:   4.5/5

Price: $0 Starter, $49/month Pro, $99/month Enterprise. Free Jaaxy Lite for Premium WA members

BestAffiliateMarketingTools.org Rating:   4.7/5

A Quick Jaaxy Product Summary

Offering an easy to use layout and offering a number of important tools for an online business, Jaaxy delivers with its product.  Niche research, keyword research tool and tools to track your rankings in the search engines make this an ideal product for both the beginner and the more experience marketers.  The training and support are really effective too.  Being fully integrated into Wealthy Affiliate, means that they cover pretty much everything one would need to start an online business.

What is Jaaxy, a Product Overview

It would be wrong to just describe Jaaxy as a keyword research tool.  Yes, that is one of the functions, but after using the program you find that it has a number of great research features for an online business.  We will cover them more in detail later on in the review, but here is the list of tools provided:

  • Keyword Research Tool
  • Keyword Lists
  • Site Rank – Monitor Your Website Rankings
  • Search Analysis – Analyse Your Competition
  • Alphabet Soup – Uncover Millions of Niches & Keywords
  • Brainstorm HQ – Find Trending, Popular & Lucrative Ideas
  • Affiliate Programs – Search & Find Relevant Affiliate Programs in your Niche

Whether you are researching a new niche or wanting to expand your current niche, all of these tools are really useful.

Who is Jaaxy for?  Anyone Online!

Anyone with an online presence, needs to be doing keyword research and niche research.  SO quite honestly, the list is endless but here are a few to give you an idea:

  • Niche or Article Marketers
  • Freelance Writers
  • Professional Bloggers
  • Domain Buyer & Sellers
  • Pay-Per-Click Advertisers
  • Online Advertisers
  • YouTube Marketers
  • SEO Companies
  • Anyone who wants to keep an eye on their competition
  • Viral News Sites that want to know the latest trends to leverage
  • Internet Marketers looking for how high they are ranking in the Search Engine Results
  • Local Marketers
  • Local Businesses
  • Small Businesses
  • Affiliate Marketers
  • Email Marketers looking for relevant topics for their readers

What is Great about the Jaaxy Keyword Tool

  • Really Easy to Use
  • The Results appear super quick
  • Reliably Accurate Information
  • It is an online application, so no downloads
  • Use it on any device – PC, Mac or even Smartphone
  • Owners always keep the software up-to-date without any downtime
  • Will work for both SEO & PPC (Pay-Per-Click) strategies
  • Gathers data from Google, Bing & Yahoo (99% of the search audience) to get you the most accurate data.
  • Excellent Training Material
  • Awesome Support Team
  • Also offers a good affiliate program

What Could Be Improved by Jaaxy?

  • Cannot select whether you are targeting local or global search results
  • No option to choose the language – It is an English only Platform
  • Pro plan can be expensive if you are just starting out
  • Some of the features will not be relevant to everyone.

 Let’s Explore the Jaaxy Tools

We will start with the keyword research tool, and with quick results and easy to understand metrics it will bring you closer to understanding which keywords to target.

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Keyword Research

Just targeting any keyword will not yield the types of results you really want, and sometimes the keyword we want to use is actually not that great either.  Doing keyword research allows you to target the right keyword for the topic.  If you are just starting out, the best strategy is the low hanging fruit keyword.

I have typed a search term into Jaaxy below to give us an example to play with.  When we look at the results, you will see some headings and figures, let’s break those down.

Keyword Research - Jaaxy

Avg. (Monthly Searches) – The number of searches this keyword has on average per month across Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Traffic – the estimated number of clicks you could receive from being on the first page of Google

Quoted Search Results (QSR) – this is how many other posts/sites are ranking for that given keyword on Google. This is where Jaaxy is a step apart from others, as they use a state-of-the-art algorithm to produce precise keyword competition results.  You would need to manually do this in Google, otherwise.

Keyword Quality Indicator (KQI) – How good is the keyword.  Advice typically states the keyword must make sense.  It uses a traffic light system to let you know if it is good to use.  Green for great, yellow for ok and red is not advised.

SEO Power – Using a score between 0 and 100 this uses the previous results to give you a number based on how easy it would be to rank for. The higher the better.  Aim for 90 or better.

Domain Search – Lets you know if a given keyword has availability to make it a domain.

We can use these metrics to target the right keyword research tool, from one screen. Even though just “affiliate marketing tools” is a good keyword, it has 182 competing posts for that same keyword.  If you are experienced and know what you are doing you could easily target this and write a better post to get up top.  But starting out, there are better options.  To be honest, that is why my domain name is bestaffiliatemarketingtools.org as I had more chance of competing as this domain is still relatively new.

That is where I go back to the low-hanging-fruit analogy.

Low Hanging Fruit

If you keep targeting highly competitive keywords, you will struggle to get anywhere.  But if you target keywords that might not get a lot of monthly searches or traffic, but you target a lot of them you will still gain traffic but from more sources.  These types of keyword are typically called the low hanging fruit.  10 low hanging fruit keywords could actually get you more traffic than targeting one keyword that has loads of searches, but you don’t see any of it.

This is what using a keyword research tool like Jaaxy allows you to do.

Alphabet Soup

Whenever you start searching in Google, they will give you suggestions.  These are based on what other people are commonly searching for.  It is called Google Instant and is a fantastic tool for marketers researching a niche.  But it does take time.  What Jaaxy’s alphabet soup feature does is do all the hard work for you and displays it on one page.  In just a few seconds, you will see a whole list of ideas from that Google Instant feature.

Alphabet Soup - Jaaxy

From here you can search on any terms and get the metrics for that keyword, or you can brainstorm further on the concept.

Search Analysis (Competition)

This feature tells you who is ranking at the top of the search engines for a given niche/keyword. This will be your competition for that specific keyword. It is an important step when creating content to see who is ranking first for that keyword you are going to write an article for.  If you can write a better article, you have a good chance of knocking them off top spot. (the prime location for marketers).

I typed in best affiliate marketing tools, this shows me who I am competing against for that keyword.  Below is an example of the details of the post at the top.

Search Analysis - jaaxy

Affiliate Programs

This feature allows you to search for affiliate programs in your given niche. Quickly search for products on four affiliate program providers – Linkshare, Commission Junction, Digital River and Click Bank.  I am going to use the example of pet products to show you the details:

Affiliate Programs - Jaaxy

Site Rank

Keep track of where your website is in the search engines (Google, Bing or Yahoo) for any keyword. Dependant on your plan will determine how far they search for your site. For example, the starter membership will only check if you are on page one. But the pro version will check down to 20 pages. You can also select to track a keyword and keep an eye on it, is it staying consistent or not.  This is a useful feature once you start ranking well, you can then start to monitor your position

Brain Storm

Quickly see what is trending on Google trends, Alexa Topics, Amazon Best Sellers & Twitter Trends. Keeping an eye on the latest news for ideas is important, Jaaxy combines it all easily into one page. You can also add items to a brainstorm queue.

The Jaaxy Affiliate Program

You can also earn commissions for promoting Jaaxy.  Even someone using their free starter account will earn commissions.

Affiliate Program Commission Rates - Jaaxy

What is the Jaaxy Training Like?

You will find four high-quality training videos that cover all of the aspects of Jaaxy.  Kyle & Carson are not only the guys behind Jaaxy, but they are also the owners of Wealthy Affiliate.  They pride themselves on excellent training and this shows in these four videos.

  • 1.Jaaxy Keyword Research & Management
  • 2.Jaaxy Website Research & Analysis
  • 3.Niche Research Refinement
  • The Affiliate Program Walkthrough

Having benefitted from the four videos immensely I can say there will be no questions left after watching them to understand how Jaaxy works and the benefits you will gain.

What is the Jaaxy Support Like

Jaaxy is an online keyword research tool, that is always available and doesn’t suffer from techie bugs.  The training videos cover all aspects of the program and answer any questions you may have.  But as it is also integrated in the Wealthy Affiliate Platform – support is available there.

How Much Will Jaaxy Cost Me?

Jaaxy is a premium product and is designed to help anyone from the beginner to the professional.  But you might be surprised by the pricing.  Let’s start with the starter membership.  This is entirely free, you benefit from the affiliate program.  You are limited to 30 free searches – whether that be keyword, affiliate program, search analysis or site rank.

This plan is to give you some experience with the platform before deciding on a plan.

Pro Plan – $49/month.

The Pro plan benefits from the following:

  • 3x as fast as the starter plan
  • Unlimited keyword researches
  • QSR Keyword Competition (On Demand)
  • Domain Availability (On Demand)
  • SEO Power Analysis
  • Keyword Lists
  • Brain Storm feature
  • To do Lists
  • 2 simultaneous Search tabs
  • Competition Analysis

But there is a way of getting this plan free… I’ll share that secret shortly.

Enterprise Plan – $99/month.

Designed for Advanced Internet Marketers Who need to compile large lists for their own or customers businesses.

Benefits from the following:

  • 5x as fast
  • Instant Competition Analysis
  • Instant Domain Availability
  • Sort the Data by Results (i.e. SEO Power, Competition, etc.)
  • 5 tabbed searches
  • A lot more results on the Alphabet Soup option

Let me Share that Secret…

The Pro plan is the idea plan for any blogger, once anyone is established and looking at offering their services out is where the enterprise plan comes into its own.  But I did say there was a way of getting the (almost) Pro Plan for free.  This is called the Jaaxy Lite Membership and is only open to Premium Wealthy Affiliate Members.

I am a Premium Member of a platform called Wealthy Affiliate.  I mentioned them before, Kyle and Carson are the owners of both WA & Jaaxy.  Earlier this year, they made a change, and this meant that The Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool became fully integrated into the Premium Membership for Wealthy Affiliate.

They started offering a membership that included unlimited search terms, and we can also access it direct from the WA dashboard.

Wealthy Affiliate & Jaaxy combine

Why Would That Interest Me?

I know you might be thinking, that’s great but I am only after a keyword research tool.  Fine, but don’t discount the benefits until you have understood what Wealthy Affiliate can offer any blogger, internet marketer, small business owner. Pretty much anyone online.

See some key features here:

  • Training resources on all elements of an online business. Starting out, Scaling a Current Business. Promoting an Online business, SEO & PPC Marketing and much more
  • Effective Marketing Strategies, regardless of what your online business is
  • Top Quality Hosting for up to 50 websites with free SSL Certificates and a host of great tools to ensure your audience gets a great experience.
  • Live Weekly Webinars – Jay runs weekly webinars on all aspects on online business, recently running courses on selling and promoting a product, drop shipping, affiliate marketing business, Ranking content and much more.  All with replays available at any time.
  • Live Chat – access to a community of experts straightaway. Ask a question and get a response a lot quicker than other forums.
  • Top Quality Support from other members and access to Kyle & Carson for help with your business.

You will also find that if you want a higher package than the Jaaxy lite you get as a premium WA member, you will get discounts on the Pro & Enterprise packages of Jaaxy.

How Much Does a Premium WA Member Pay?

$49/month or $359/year.  That’s right, for the same price as the Jaaxy Pro Plan (which is $49/month) you will get access to the best platform online for people wanting to start successfully or scale their business effectively.  Many people have used both platforms to grow businesses to a full-time income and beyond.

There are a couple of related posts below, for if you want to learn more about Wealthy Affiliate.  But if you thought Jaaxy was great, then why not benefit from both for the same price?

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My Final Opinion of Jaaxy

If you haven’t realised the importance of keyword research, hopefully you do now.  Jaxxy offers a powerful tool, built by experts but offers it in a package that is avoidable to an online business.

Experience Marketers will find this tool helps them become more efficient and progress easier towards their goals.

Beginners will not feel overpowered by the same tool and will definitely benefit when starting out and challenging the current competition.  Having to manually click for some results does frustrate you at times.  But is something you can live with until you can progress to the higher plans.  But if you are just starting out and are struggling with getting started, I highly recommend you research Wealthy Affiliate and see what help and support they offer.  You will not be disappointed.  You will also gain access to Jaaxy too.

Take it for a test drive, with 30 free searches.  Type in your keyword in the box below and see for yourselves if it is worthwhile.

Jaaxy at a Glance…

Name: Jaaxy Keyword/Niche Research Tool Jaaxy the Keyword Research Tool Review

WebsiteJaaxy.com

Owners: Kyle & Carson (the guys behind both Jaaxy & Wealthy Affiliate)

Training:  4.8/5

Tools:   4.8/5

Support:   4.5/5

Price: $0 Starter, $49/month Pro, $99/month Enterprise. Free Jaaxy Lite for Premium WA members

BestAffiliateMarketingTools.org Rating:   4.7/5

Jaaxy is a fantastic keyword and niche research tool and is hands down the easiest and best I have used.  With the partnering of WA & Jaaxy, this makes it so much easier for beginners to advance to their dream of building their own business.  But any current business owner would still benefit from the overall tools and training on offer.  Learning is a key factor of any business owner, so keeping up to date has its own rewards.


Thanks for taking the time to read this review.  If you still have any questions or want to share some experiences with Jaaxy, then please write them in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

A Work from Home Business Opportunity – With Support

A Work from Home Business Opportunity - With Support

Have you been looking for a way of earning money with a home business?  Working from home has multiple benefits and we would all like to give up the day job and build our own business.

It is surprising how many people are actually looking for this kind of opportunity.  But most people fail…?  Know why? They didn’t know where to start, how to start.  They didn’t know what was possible and they didn’t get help and support.  I want to offer my help to anyone interested in follow my work from home business opportunity.

What if I could tell you a way you could start your own home business, from something that you love and get all the help and support you need to make it successful, including personal help from me.

If you are truly looking for a work from home business opportunity, you have come to the right place.

How a Passion Becomes a Business Opportunity

Passion led us here - How a passion becomes an online business

Why would a business opportunity start from a passion or hobby?  Let me ask you, if you and I would start having a chat about something you are passionate about… how much would you be able to offer into the subject. I bet you would have a lot to offer, a lot of knowledge and you would also be able to carry on research that subject and not getting bored.

That is why the business opportunity I am offering comes from a Passion.  Think about that hobby or passion you are into.  How many other people are researching, talking and buying products related to that passion?

I’ll give you an example, and this will give you the scope of the opportunity.

I would consider myself a big fan of sci-fi, particularly Star Trek.  I know, some of you will be thinking “oh dear”.  But bear with me.  I could stand and chat with other Star Trek fans all day long.  I recently went to a convention and saw the scale of people also interested in it too.

Now what if I started an online business focusing on Star Trek. What if I had the help and support to ensure that this business targeted Star Trek fans to gain traction.

What if people started visiting my online business and finding loads of interesting facts on it.  Then they also notice products on the website too, that they could purchase. (The merchandise is endless within that niche).

Now at that point, we have the premise of a great business model.  A website that focuses on giving Star Trek fans what they want.  Lots of useful information, details of upcoming conventions.  News from the latest series, etc. Details on the stars.

It is a great start, but I did mention products and I haven’t got any products… So, does that mean I cannot start an online business???

Nope, it just means that I need a different way of earning money from those products.

Build an Online Business with Affiliate Marketing

Just because I haven’t got any products or services in that given niche, doesn’t mean I cannot offer them.  But I would do it with a model called Affiliate Marketing.  It doesn’t have to be on Star Trek, obviously.  But think about what you are really interested in.  Even if you wouldn’t really call it a passion.  You will find that any interest can be turned into an affiliate marketing opportunity.

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Ok, lets explain what Affiliate Marketing is.

Affiliate Marketing is where you earn commissions, when someone you introduce to a product or services buys it.  It is more widespread, than you might think.  Amazon is the biggest marketplace in the world and they utilise Affiliate Marketing.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

It saves them a fortune on marketing campaigns, as all they do is pay out a percentage to the promoter on a successful sale.

What is the Opportunity from Affiliate Marketing?

Seriously, if someone takes Affiliate Marketing down the right road it can lead to a full-time income or even stretch to the point where you are earning a lot more than your day job would ever do.

Let’s use another example.  Let’s say you decide that gaming laptops is something you want to explore with Affiliate Marketing.

Gaming laptops is a fast-growing market and offers a great opportunity for an affiliate marketer.  The average price of a gaming laptop on Amazon is about $1,000.  You build a blog all around helping people with gaming laptops and you also promote some gaming laptops in the way of reviews and someone follows your affiliate link to the Amazon sales page and buys that gaming laptop (thanks to you). You have just earned $60 from that sale.  That might not sound like much.  But the art of affiliate marketing is to grow your business to the point where your traffic is hitting high levels.  So, all of a sudden, you might have sold 10 laptops – $600.  100 laptops – $6,000.

That is the opportunity that lies in Affiliate Marketing.  Whatever your passion or interests you can turn it into an online business – With the Right Help and Support.

Where Do I Get Help & Support?

There are a number of reasons why affiliate marketers fail, and the number one reason is they are not getting the right help and support. But there is also a couple of factors you need to also consider with it too.

This is not a get-rich-quick scheme.  There is no magic button online that will lead to instant earnings.  This is a business model based on hard work and dedication.

I would not be where I was today without the help and support, and the training that is on offer from the guys at Wealthy Affiliate.

Affiliate Marketing Training, Websites & Expert Help

If you truly want an online business that allows you to work from home, then I can highly recommend Affiliate Marketing.  It allows you to work from anywhere with an internet connection.  But the beauty of affiliate marketing is that it is a passive income source.  You do not need to be there to process the transaction, just enjoy the commissions.

Whether you are great with a computer or not, you will find that the training is the best you will find and gives a great step-by-step guide to launching an online business, a website and scaling it to a full-time income.

If you would like to learn more, I highly recommend you read my Wealthy Affiliate review.  They offer so much to someone who is looking for a work from home business opportunity and their success stories speak for themselves.  But the best thing about your platform is the help and support on offer from the owners, the community and me.

Build an Online Business

If you do decide to give Wealthy Affiliate a try, you will get instant access to me for any help and support you require.  Wealthy Affiliate offer a free starter membership, which gives you a great insight into the platform and what is on offer.

If you have any questions about the business opportunity or affiliate marketing, then please get in touch via the comments below.  I would to be able to help you with your pursuit of a work from home business opportunity.

Where Can I get Free SSL Certificates for my Website?

Where Can I get Free SSL Certificates for my Website_

If you haven’t realised the need for an SSL Certificate on your website, then now is the time to learn why you need one and more importantly how you can get SSL Certificates for your website without breaking the bank.

Typically, you will find it an expensive option with most web hosting services, but we have a recommendation that will not only give you SSL certificates for your websites – but also a lot of other features that will also benefit your website/business included.

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer; it establishes an encrypted (safe) link between an internet browser and a web server.What is an SSL Certificate

  Anyone who is searching the internet through a browser and see the padlock in the address bar knows that the website they are on is safe and secure. It also means that your personal data is safe.

An SSL Certificate is key to the security of a website and with the importance of protecting personal information nowadays, it is something that a lot of website owners are researching and deciding whether it is time to install it.  An SSL Certificate can be quite expensive if you are a small business owner who wants to take payments through their website, but in this article, I will be going through what an SSL certificate is, why your website might need it and more importantly how you can genuinely get it for free.

Any data that passes between the two is safe and secure.  You will notice that we have the padlock too.  We want to ensure we are all safe when browsing the internet.

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Why Does It Matter?

Think about the number of times that you are out and about on your smartphone and using a free Wi-Fi hotspot?  If no website had an SSL certificate, it could mean that you are more vulnerable to hackers getting your personal data.

As most of our web use is done via our phones nowadays, it makes it even more important that your website has an SSL Certificate

Why Does Your Website Need it?

As a business or website owner, there are some reasons why it is essential to have an SSL certificate.

1.E-Commerce

Any website that handles products or services to be bought from a visitor will need an SSL certificate to be able to handle payments.  If the person loves your products, but sees that you haven’t got a padlock, then they will probably not buy it.  You will also soon realise some payment handlers require SSL.

2.Capturing any Data

Building an email list, or even the comments section on your website captures personal data.  With the recent GDPR laws introduced in Europe, it is essential we comply with all the legalities of having an online business.  including the handling personal data.

3.Better Search Engine Results

Google owns two thirds of the overall search traffic and they have stated they are going to give website with an SSL certificates higher ranking than websites without one.  That could make a big difference to a business.  If you cannot get to page one of the search results, you will find it so much harder to have a profitable business.

4.Builds Trust

One of the key vibes of anything I learn about online business is that anything that builds your trust with the customer will lead to a better conversion rate.  An SSL certificate goes a long way to building trust online.Building Trust

Whether you are blogging, selling your own products or looking to build an online business – being able to get an SSL certificate is paramount.

But there are plenty of options out there, but many do not include an SSL certificate in their hosting.  Some are actually charging $100 per website, per year.  As you are searching for a free SSL certificate, the likelihood you will be able to afford that much are remote.

You have to pay for web hosting, we all know that.  Free Websites do not tend to allow you actually hard to do anything with it. But most web hosting does not include the SSL certificates as standard.  Our recommendation does.

Web Hosting with a Difference

Most web hosting service providers charge you based on how many visitors you get to your website, the more visitors you get the more you pay.  Not, with my web host.  I pay the same now as I did when I first launched my website.  I could get up to 500k visitors a month and not pay anything else.

Free websites do not have the ability or tools to actually make any money with it.  For example, a free website cannot have ads on them.  So, if you are just starting out, you will soon realise that you need a paid website.

If you are an established business, you will find that your web hosting is a key decision to moving forward and scaling your business.

I highly recommend WordPress to anyone, it is so versatile, and it accounts for over 50% of all websites online.  That says how popular it is.  I have can have up to 50 WordPress websites hosted at SiteRubix, all with an SSL certificate and they also benefit from the things below:

Security Features – Several layers of security to protect your website.  With over 27,000 hacking attempts thwarted last year

Safe & Secure Hosting

Daily Back-ups – Every 24 hours your website will be backed up, so you never have to worry about your website.  this is typically a premium option with most web hosts

Daily Backups

Double Hosting – Never worry about your website being down to your customers. If there is ever a problem, the second copy that runs all the time is swapped in within seconds to ensure your customer will never notice.  Again, this is something that few offers.

Double Hosting

Site Speed – Site speed is an important factor to your online business, if your customers have a slow experience on it, they will likely more on to another business.  Not great.  But SiteRubix offer a fantastic site speed, with fast hosting.

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Mobile Friendly – More and more people are surfing online on their phones.  Is your current hosting keeping up and offering mobile friendly websites?  SiteRubix ensure that all of their sites are good to go.

Like I said, your web hosting is an important decision, but you will only benefit from the best options out there.  You will also find that most hosting does not offer as much as SiteRubix does.

SiteRubix Hosting

I will also state that whilst you will be paying for web hosting, like you would for any decent hosting you will also get a Free SSL certificate for any website you host on their servers.

SiteRubix is from web hosting available from Wealthy Affiliate.

You might be asking why would I need to sign up with Wealthy Affiliate?  That’s only to do with Affiliate Marketing…  But that isn’t so not true.

Wealthy Affiliate offers its premium members 25 WordPress Hosted websites with SSL and all of the features above.  Which would benefit anyone online.

They specialise in training for online business:

  • Everything to do with WordPress
  • Getting Your Website Ranked
  • Getting Traffic
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Creating Engaging Content
  • Webinar Series (just a sample list)
    • Selling Your Own Products
    • Drop Shipping
    • How to Promote Your Ecommerce Business
    • Advancing Your Authority in Any Niche
  • Web Design

Along with training on affiliate marketing.  I know that at first glance it may seem like it is only for people who are looking for a way to earn from affiliate marketing.  But their web hosting is a fantastic feature for any business.  And can any business owner really say they don’t need to know how to get the best out of website ranking, WordPress, Social Media Marketing?  I found that even though Gem’s wedding stationary business isn’t affiliate marketing.  I used many of the things I learned from Wealthy Affiliate to great benefit.

There is More…

There are also some more benefits to a website owner with Wealthy Affiliate and SiteRubix.

A keyword research tool is essential to website rankings and creating content, included in a premium membership is Jaaxy.  A premium keyword research tool with some fantastic tools to help you with your business.

If you are looking to give your audience the best experience ever, that will also include an SSL Certificate, with a website that will never let you down – You can definitely benefit from Wealthy Affiliate.

  • Awesome Website Hosting
  • Awesome Business Training
  • Awesome Business Tools

You will also gain access to a community of other Internet Entrepreneurs for help and support at any point with your online business.  This is a great feature for beginners, but if consider yourself experienced.  What is your current hosting like?

Do you get all the features that are listed above?  Can you get help if you need ideas or advice?

If you would like to learn more about the website hosting at SiteRubix & Wealthy Affiliate, then I suggest you read my post What is the Best Web Hosting for WordPress.

If you would like to learn more about the whole Wealthy Affiliate platform, I recommend you read my Wealthy Affiliate Review.

I would say any small business owner would really benefit from the partnership of both and you would also learn how much you would gain from the platform.

How Much Does It All Cost?

This is the bit that you will really be interested in… Whilst the SSL Certificate is free for Premium Members, there is a need to invest in your business to get the best out of it going forward.  Free websites will not let you scale your business the way you need.  You will find that most will not even have an SSL Certificate.

Wealthy Affiliate combines training, website tools, website hosting, a keyword research tool and expert help and support.

All of these great features are included in their premium membership – which is $49/month or $359/year.

Not per website, but in total!  You can have up to 50 websites with SSL included for $49/month.  I have seen this be a $100 investment for each website – that would be $5k to just have an SSL certificate on them.

Many business owners start to scale their business, and some bloggers have 3 or 4 websites.  To have this many would mean most website owners couldn’t afford it.  But the benefits from Wealthy Affiliate will easily outweigh the initial investment.

But my ethos has always been around researching a product, before making a decision.  That is why I love the free starter membership.  You will gain access to the premium features for 7 days to take Wealthy Affiliate on a test drive.  You can have 2 free websites on the starter membership, which gives you ample time to test their hosting out.  See if it lives up to your expectations.

Can I Get Free SSL Certificates for my Website?

Free SSL with Wealthy Affiliate

You will find that any free website will not typically be able to get free ssl certificates.  But most paid web hosting services will offer it for a price.

SiteRubix from Wealthy Affiliate offers it freely with their Premium Membership.  25 full domains with an SSL certificate.  25 subdomains with an SSL certificate.  Awesome Training and Tools that can help you scale your business to the next level.

I personally feel that makes SiteRubix a number one choice for small website owners and bloggers.


If you have any further questions or comments about SSL certificates, Web Hosting or SiteRubix, then please write them in the comments.  I will respond as soon as I can. I would love to also hear about any experiences you may have had with Web Hosting and SSL certificates.  Are they now common place, or elsewhere too high a price?

How to Make Money with Your Passion

How to Make Money with your Passion

Making money from something that you are passionate about is ten times more likely to be successful than trying to pick something because it looks profitable… It also allows you to showcase being a subject matter expert which builds trust and mean that you remain motivated even when it is going through a tough patch.  But most of all, it means that you will totally enjoy it too.

Regardless of what you are passionate about, there are definitely ways to monetise it.  Gem is really creative and took her passion around arts and crafts and took it to a profitable business selling wedding stationary.  But that doesn’t mean we are all able to create products to sell.  But we don’t need to.  To make money, all we need is our passion and the help and support to turn it into an online business.

In this post, we will share with you how you can make money with your passion – with all of the help and support you will ever need.

I use affiliate links to maintain bestaffiliatemarketingtools.org, for more information click here.

How Does a Passion Lead to Making Money?

For starters, you will not be the only one in the world with a passion for the same subject, I’ll use myself as an example.  I am not the only person who likes:

  • PhotographyHow to Make Money with your Passion - Digital Photography
  • Sci-Fi
  • Technology
  • Helping People

Let’s just take those four subjects, I am not the only person who likes these subjects.  But the key will be is that if one of them is a passion, you will find that you are something of an expert in that subject.  But then again, there will be people who are looking to research a lot into these topics and that is your opportunity to make money from them.

But these topics on their own are quite broad and do not lead themselves immediately to an easy way of earning money online.

Let’s be honest, if it is a passion, you will find that if we dug deeper into one of those four you will find that there is a fantastic niche to target in one.

  • Photography – I am a wedding photographer for Gems’ Business, so I have a lot of knowledge and passion around photography, so wedding photography would be a niche
  • SciFi – (I’ll admit it) I am a big Star Trek fan, I would not describe myself as a subject matter expert, But I enjoy engaging in the ST community and enjoy the conventions.  I could utilise this niche as a target for making money.  I would probably narrow this one down to start with and start with ST Discovery, as it is the fresh content.
  • Technology – This is the broadest subject on the list. I love computer technology, so could focus on that one, but would need to narrow it down further, maybe to gaming laptops or accessories for them.
  • Helping People – This is the passion that is letting me earn money online. But is still quite broad, I focus on helping people get started online.

Every Passion or Interest Has an Audience

My point is, that whatever your passion is you will have an audience.  Why is that important, to make money online you need to create a brand that draws an audience in, to give you the opportunity to earn money.Every Passion has an Audience

There are over 4 billion people online with access to high-speed internet and they are always looking for useful articles, useful content, product reviews, how-to guides and an honest person who you can trust to provide these things.

That is where you come in.  I am really passionate about helping people get started online.  I am really enjoying being able to provide helpful information that allows people to leave the day job behind and do something that you really enjoy and are passionate about.

I love it, honestly!!

How Do I Make Money Online from My Passion Then?

Let’s go through the stages that you need to make money. You have your passion, that is a great start and many people are so unsure of which direction to go when picking the topic that their online business will be about.

But to the be honest, you may need to narrow it down to a niche, the broader the subject the harder it is (in the early stages).  This doesn’t mean that you will not end up with a business that covers a broader subject, but you will find the broader you start, the longer it will take to establish it.  If you target narrow, you can get a great start and get Google to love your business, then you can start to branch out.

An example makes it easier to explain.  If I chose Technology, then went down the computer route.  I would still be so broad, by a mile.

Yet, if I really thought about it I could do the following:

  • Computers (Broad)
  • Gaming PCs (Broad)
  • Gaming Laptops (Broad)
  • Gaming Laptop Accessories (Getter Better)
  • Gaming Laptop Mice or Gaming Laptop Decals (Niche)

By starting with the narrowest of let’s gaming mice for gaming laptops – it allows me to target the whole gaming PC market, but by starting with just the mice it gets you traffic, you can then expand and build up that traffic.

Traffic is your ultimate way to earning money for your Passion.  But you do need to fully understand how to get started.

Making Money from Your Passion comes from building up your audience and traffic, to give you the opportunity to earn money.  There are a couple of ways of earning money online and I’ll go through this now.

Ways to Make Money Online with Your Passion

There are two really good ways of earning money online.  But first, I do need to state that the best way of earning money online with your passion is by starting a blog website. You can then utilise the two ways to make money with your passion:

The first way is by selling advertising space on your blog website.  Google AdSense or other similar advertising companies pay you every time some clicks on an advert on your website or if you get a high number of impressions.  (Impressions are people seeing the ad, but not clicking it).  Like I said, this will take traffic to make it worthwhile, but there is a natural step in your business where this becomes an obvious direction.  Some companies like MediaVine, will not accept you until you are reaching a high amount of traffic.  But as long as your website is worthwhile, AdSense is a good choice.  I have it live on another website and it works.

The second way is from Affiliate Marketing.  This is by the far the best way to earn money from your passion.  You may not have heard of it, or you may be unsure of how it really works but it is a proven model and is the most common way bloggers earn money online.

How Affiliate Marketing Really Works

You have to remember that as most people are buying stuff online, there are actively doing research before they buy a product.  They are looking for subject matter experts to help them with their purchase decisions.  Was it the right product or service, how do they really work?  Someone I know is always out hiking every weekend, they are always active and they go through hiking boots like nobody’s business – until he started researching online.  He found a blogger who was always active too.  He followed his advice and bought his current boots from a recommendation this guys recommended and has never looked back.  He is now regularly checking out what this guy is writing about.  Where is hiking to, any recommendations for things to do with hiking, etc.  There is a real trust factor with this blogger now.

But this is the key – every time Paul (my friend) buys anything this blogger recommends; this blogger receives a commission.  That is Affiliate Marketing.

There will be people who are looking for your advice and help that you offer in and around your passion.

Your Passion turned into a blog website offering help, support, recommendations and reviews will lead you to the way of earning money online.  You will build up the traffic and then you can add ads.  They are also both passive ways of earning money online.  This means, unlike a physical shop, you do not need to be there to seal the sale.  You just add affiliate links to products or services you recommend and continue writing other articles all around your passion.

If you think writing is not your thing… seriously, don’t worry about it.  You should have seen my writing when I first started blogging – You can get help with that and I did.

If you are worried that you haven’t got a clue about building a website or anything to do with that – again, seriously do not worry about that I will show you where you can get all the help and support you need.

All the Help and Support You Need to Get Started!

I know what you may be thinking… it all sounds great John, but I haven’t got a clue how to do all that.

But, let me share with you my experience.  When I first started, I didn’t have a clue.  I didn’t know how to build a website, or even what affiliate marketing was. I wasn’t great at writing and knew nothing about how the search engines worked or keyword research.

But what I did know is, a lot about digital photography.  I could talk about it all day, I would consider it a passion and something where I could share a lot of helpful information from it.

What I want to introduce to you is a training platform that will take everything you can offer within that passion and teach you how to get your dream started.  Within every lesson is an easy to follow step-by-step guide that will take you through every step required to turn that passion into an online business.  By lesson 4 you will have your very own website.

Follow the training and you will learn how to utilise everything that is taught and offer to share your essential knowledge from your passion.

Whatever your passion is, someone else will also share it – but they want to engage with you, learn from you and see your recommendations.

But that is not all that is on offer.  No one gets anywhere on their own.

You will also gain access to a community of like-minded individuals who will be there to help and offer advice or support at any point.  If you ever have a question about your business, website or the direction you should go – the community will be there to help.

But I also offer my personal help and advice, any time you are stuck or need help reach out to me on the platform and I will there to help.

Turn a Passion into a Successful Online Business – with Wealthy Affiliate

2 years ago, I wasn’t online and didn’t have a clue how to get started.  But then I found the most helpful community, that has awesome training, websites and all of the tools needed to get online.  That platform is Wealthy Affiliate, here is my review.

I accepted an invitation to their platform and have never looked back.  The training is so easy to follow and will allow you to build a brand and business that will earn you money, if you invest the time and effort needed.

I will stress that this will take time and effort and is not a get-rich-quick scheme.  I am sorry, but I am yet to find a genuine scheme that allows you to earn money online overnight.  Any product that promises that is not worth even reading about.

But by building an online business from a passion, it will make you more likely to succeed.  The reason I say this is, it will take time.  It will be about 3 months before the search engines really take notice of your blog – that is the line where it starts to grow to where you need it to be.

Your passion in the subject will keep you going, when most Affiliate Marketers who fail are those that leave at this point thinking it hasn’t worked.

Trust in yourself and the training and you will definitely build an online business that will mean you will be doing it full-time within the right timescales.

If you would like to know more about Affiliate Marketing or Wealthy Affiliate, check out the posts below.  Doing your research is an important step in anything you do.

Related Post: How Does Affiliate Marketing Really Work?

Related Post: My Wealthy Affiliate Review

I will admit, I am fully loving helping people find genuine ways of making money online and building a business based on something they love.  That is the key to this and it works. Stay motivated, stay informed and follow the training and you will soon realise your own potential.  Good Luck


If you have any questions about starting an online business or affiliate marketing, then please leave them in the comments below.  If you want to share any experience or offer advice to people looking for ways to make money with your passion, please write them in the comments.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Is Solo Build It a Scam? Solo Build It Review

Solo Build It Review

If you have been doing some research on this platform, you will see a huge list of people with different opinions on Solo Build It.  Some people love it, some people hate it and then there are those who are just trying to promote it to earn a buck or two.

I am not an affiliate with Solo Build It and wanted to give you a different perspective.  Hopefully you will find some really useful information to help you make any decisions.

Solo Build It Overview & Rankings

Product Name: Solo Build ItSolo Build It Review - Is SBI a Scam?

Owners: Founded by Ken Evoy in 1997

Website URL: https://www.sitesell.com/

Training:

 4/5

Tools: 

 4/5

Support: 

 3.5/5

Success Stories: 

 4/5

Price: $29.99/month or $299/year

BestAffiliateMarketingTools.org Rating: 

 3.75/5

A Quick Solo Build It Summary

With good tools and training, this comprehensive platform can help people get started online with their own online business. But the platform itself can be a little restricting.

Recommended: Genuine Product, But Not Our Top Recommended Product.

What Exactly is Solo Build It?

Solo Build It is a membership program.  It provides you with training, tools and support to build your own online business from nothing.  It is advertised as an All-in-One platform as it includes everything you would need without any third-party tools – website builder, website hosting and a keyword research tool.

As part of any product, we do our research and you might find it interesting to know that Solo Build It used to be called Site Build It.  No why would a company go through the pain of changing its branding…?

This is where you realise, that Site Build It had quite a negative feeling online.  Quite frankly, it wasn’t living up to expectations.  The reputation of the company was being affected, and people were being put off the program.

So, it went through a revamp and has come back out as Solo Build It.  Seems like a logical decision.  You want people to trust your business, so if it is the right thing to do, I can understand it.

Who Does Solo Build It Benefit?

It is aimed at newbies, people just starting out in the online business world looking for training that will take them to where they need to be to earn money online.

Related Training: No.1 Recommended Training Platform

How Does Solo Build It Work?

SBI teaches people a process called C-T-P-M.

  • Content – Your website, blog, posts, etc.
  • Traffic – The different methods to getting visitors to your website
  • PreSell – Developing trust and a relationship between you and your potential customers
  • Monetise – Converting visitors into buyers

Whilst an experience marketer will understand the importance of these steps, a beginner would probably look at that and think ‘what does all that mean?’

If I explain it another way, borrowing some knowledge from Wealthy Affiliate (Our No.1 Recommended Product).  This process is much easier to understand.

  1. Choose an interest of yours that you could target a niche market from
  2. Build a website all about that niche
  3. Create Content, get them ranked on Google and then drive traffic to that website
  4. Recommended relevant affiliate products to your visitors and turn them into buyers

So, both WA & SBI have very similar concepts.  They both teach people how to get started online by building websites, creating content and driving traffic. Which will result in you making money.

That is how SBI works, which will hopefully end up with you earning money.  I personally recommend WA more, and I’ll explain that later in the review.

What is the Solo Build It Training Like?

The main training is called the ‘Action Guide’.  This is a 10-day course guiding you through building and monetising your website.  Whilst it states that, please keep in mind you will learn how to monetise your website.  You will not start earning in 10 days.  We would all love to earn within 10-days, but that is not feasible.  They will provide you with the information and knowledge to earn money – you need to do all the hard work to go and get it.

Let’s have a look at what is covered in the 10-day Action Guide: Solo Build It Review - Action Guide

  • Day 1: Master the All-Important Basics
  • Day 2: Develop Your Best Site Concept
  • Day 3: Brainstorm More Profitable Page Topics
  • Day 4: Investigate & Plan Monetisation Topics
  • Day 5: Refine Your Site Concept & Register Your Domain Name
  • Day 6: Build a Website That Gets a Click
  • Day 7: Build Free Traffic from a Variety of Sources
  • Day 8: Develop Relationships
  • Day 9: Know Your Visitors
  • Day 10: Monetise

The training covers a number of topics you will need to know, especially the bits around using their unique site builder.

What is the Solo Build It Tools Like?

SBI does offer a WordPress version, but as their main program is a different platform to WordPress all of their tools are built for that.  WordPress has tons of plugins that you can utilise for your website.  (Plugins give you functionality on your website).  So SBI have built their own:

  • Brainstorm it – keyword/niche research tool
  • SiteDesigner – Website Templates
  • SiteBuilder – Drag and drop page builder
  • Business Centre
  • Traffic Centre
  • PageManager
  • InfoCentre
  • DownloadCentre

Within each category, they also include some other tools for specific purposes.  Including social media tools, autoresponders, auto blogging functions, etc.

This makes the tools on offer really good for the price of $29.99 a month.  The only downside is they are quite technical and more geared to a more experience marketer.

What is Good Solo Build It?

90-day Money Back Guarantee

They give you a solid 3 months to test out their platform, and if you are not happy you can get your money back.  Which is a great think.  But you also need to fork out the money upfront.  I would be interested to see whether many do actually get their money back.

Whereas you can try out Wealthy Affiliate for free, no credit card required.

Great Training

SBI’s action guide does offer a lot of great and detailed training complete with step-by-step guide.  Offering a selection of videos and written training it can fit in with you.

Established Brand

It actually started out as a series of books, before creating a Site Builder with Site Build It in 2001.  Renaming itself in 2017 to Solo Build It.   But regardless of the change, it shows an established brand with a lot of experience in online business.

Affordable Price

It is a great price considering the training they offer in their program.  You get everything you need to get stated online for $29.99/month or $299/year.  The 90-day money back guarantee is a nice touch too.  There are many products out there that are charging hundreds of dollars for information that is not as good as this.

What Could Solo Build It Improve on?


Hard to Navigate

SBI does have a poor navigation system for its platform.  For example, it isn’t that easy to find where to actually log in.  Finding you need to use the email you receive to log in to the platform.  I would also say that a beginner will find it hard to get their head around the platform.  it can be overwhelming to find what you are looking for

Inactive Community

When you are starting out you want to be able to ask as many questions as you can and get quick responses.  But the SBI private forum is not that active.  Some members have complained about the lack of responses when they do ask a question. You can also find that if it is filled with only newbies, you will not get the answers you need.

Forums are hard to keep active, but Wealthy Affiliate have found great ways of keeping their platform active.  With a Pay-it-Forward mentality, you will always get a response. The forum is always active 24/7 and you will always get a response.  Check it out here.

Old School Websites

One of the things you find when you start researching the sites that are active from SBI, they are quite dated and do not stand up to sites that are utilising WordPress for example.

I found this one site and looking at it would put me off straightaway.  See it for yourself – Kids Partycabin.

My point is that if you cannot grab the attention of the reader within a couple of seconds, you are onto a losing strategy.  You are going to want to build a website that looks the part for your online business – some of the themes and designs will not lead to this.

You are Locked into Their Site Platform

Creating a website using their SiteDesigner and BlockBuilder software gives you a website that is nothing like WordPress, ( you can buy SBI for WP).  But you will find that many web hosting places will not accept them on their hosting.  So, you are stuck on their hosting for your site.  This means you are tied to them for life.

How Much Does Solo Build It Cost?

Having one SBI style domain will set you back $29.99 a month or $299 a year.  With all of the training available to you.  Which is great if you only want one domain.  But Gem and I run 2 websites, that would cost us double.  But we are thinking of opening a couple more, for more opportunities, this wouldn’t be worth it for any more than one site.

It does cost you less if you choose the WordPress option, which is $17 a month or $149 a year.  But you need to find your own hosting with this option.

Related Post: Get Awesome Training & 25 WordPress websites for $49/month

They also used to offer a 30-day free trial, but this has changed and now if you are unhappy you need to provide proof as to why you are not happy to get a refund.

What Is the Solo Build It Support Like?

Solo Build It offers 24/7 support and you can get help really quickly.  They also have a forum where you can interact with other members and ask questions.  But it is not as active as it used to be, so you might not get all the answers you are after.

My Honest Opinion of Solo Build It – Is it a Scam

Solo Build It is not a scam, let’s clear that up straightaway.  It is a comprehensive training platform which will help beginners get started online. I do find the fact they are still pushing their own Site Builders a bit of a problem.

WordPress is used by over 50% of websites for a reason.  It is so versatile and gives people freedom to achieve what they are particularly after.  But by focusing on their own platform, they do lock you in.  If you ever decide you want to grow and try something else, you cannot take your site with you easily.

Part of being a business owner is making your own decisions about what you use, and this is taken away from you in certain incidents with this program.

That is why I personally prefer Wealthy Affiliate.  Focusing on training that anyone can understand, offering 2 free WordPress websites and you can host up to 25 websites on your own domain with their membership.

Solo Build It at a Glance

Product Name: Solo Build It Solo Build It Review

Owners: Founded by Ken Evoy in 1997

Website URL: https://www.sitesell.com/

Training: 

 4/5

Tools: 

 4/5

Support: 

 3.5/5

Success Stories: 

 4/5

Price: $29.99/month or $299/year

BestAffiliateMarketingTools.org Rating: 

 3.75/5

Verdict: Genuine Product, But Not Our Top Recommended Product.


I am not saying that you will not earn money with Solo Build It, but I feel that the help and support at Wealthy Affiliate will benefit beginners more.  There is enough to learn online without tools that require you to fully understand them to use them.

With Wealthy Affiliate, you also gain access to a personal mentor, access to the owners Kyle and Carson for help and guidance and a proven track record.  Find out more in my Wealthy Affiliate Review.

If you have any questions or want to share your experiences, then please get in touch with a comment below.  I promise to come back to you ASAP.  thanks

5 Ways for Stay at Home Moms to Earn Money

5 Ways for Stay at Home Moms to Earn Money

Are you looking for ways to earn some extra money whilst you are at home? Looking after the kids can be a great thing, especially when so many others have to go to work and leave the children with childminders or grandparents.

What if there was a way you could earn money from home, and be able to spend time with the kids too?

Whether you are a stay at home mom or you want to find a way of earning money, so you don’t have to go back to work and leave the children, I am going to share with you 5 ways for Stay at Home Moms to Earn Money online.

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Earn Money by Completing Surveys or Watching Videos

This is a common way you will find when searching the internet.  Signing up with a website, such as Swagbucks allows youEarn Money Completing Surveys

to earn money from doing basic things like completing surveys, watching videos, even playing games.  The activities are relatively simple to complete, and they do not typically take very long to complete.  Depending on which one you sign up, will determine how you are paid.  For example, Swagbucks will pay you in Amazon gift cards, Prolific Surveys pays into your PayPal account.

But they are also not going to earn you a great deal of money, unless you are signed up with a number of them and spend quite a bit of time doing it.  I personally see this option as a way of earning some extra money for Christmas, then earning enough to replace a job.

My personal favourites are Swagbucks and Prolific Surveys.

Let’s move onto the options where you are more likely to earn a decent wage.

Freelancing

Freelancing

Offering your services out to website owners could be a good option for you.  Websites like Fiverr allow you to sign up and offer yourself out based on your skills.  Typically, bloggers are looking for people to write articles for them, but you may have skills like accounting, picture editing, etc.  There are many ways you could work from home and earn money from people hiring you to do things like accounts.

This is a really flexible work model, you input your timescales and really your only prerequisite is being able to sell yourself to get hired.

Once you have established yourself in the freelancing world, you could even get regular work from businesses.  If you give them what they ask for with a service they like, they could easily come back to you regularly for future work too.

I would advise that you are really honest if you are going down this route, as most sites work on a feedback system and you don’t want to get negative feedback, because you said you could do something (because of the price) but couldn’t deliver.

Selling Your Own Products or Services

This is the obvious option, if you are able to create your own products or have a service to offer, this could be a great way of earning money.

The two that spring to mind, is Gem’s wedding stationary business.  She creates bespoke wedding invitations that shipSelling Your Own Products - Wedding Invitaitions

across the world.  We have a website and eBay shop that promote this.

But then, I know people who offer their services such as “Ironing Services”.  If you don’t mind ironing, then you could earn money doing it for other people.

Obviously, there is more money in the first example, but this all depends on how much you are wanting to earn?

If you have a product or are able to create a product. I would suggest you start on eBay or even Facebook.   You will get a great idea of how popular they will be and also have the knowledge about your product to take it to the next level with your very own website.

Drop Shipping

One option, if you haven’t got your own products is drop shipping.  This is where you sign up with a wholesaler to gain access to their product list.  You then sell them via a website or eBay with a mark-up.  Once you receive notification that an item sells, you order the item off of the wholesaler and they ship it directly to the customer.  The customer assumes it has come from you, and you have also earned the difference between the prices.

On face value, this seems like an easy gig.  We use it on our wedding website, our wedding favours are a drop shipping item.  Someone orders one, we order it off of the wholesaler.  Great.

But I must also let you know about the drawbacks too.

  • Price Changes – You need to keep on top of the prices, if the prices have gone up but you haven’t updated your listings, then you are out of pocket.  To the point, you are paying more than the customer did
  • Complaints – If the delivery is late, or the package is broken.  You will be receiving the problems.  You will be in the middle, trying to resolve the situation
  • Wholesaler has stopped doing the item – This might be rare, but very hard to deal with if it happens.

I am not saying this to put you off, like I said we use it on our Wedding website – but you need to go into these things with all of the facts to help you make the right decision for you.

Blogging

This is my favourite.  Gem has her wedding stationary business, I have a blog that uses Affiliate Marketing to earn money.

Let me explain why, I love helping people.  I have benefitted massively from blogging, and I want to help other people who want to earn money online find genuine opportunities.  I will always call out the scams to protect people – So, naturally blogging about these things makes me happy.

Blogging is a great way of expressing yourself and many stay at home moms have actually started doing it and found they do not need to go back to work because it has worked for them.  Also, as a mom you have a lot of knowledge and experience to share that will help others.

There are over 4 billion active users of the internet, and typically they are all looking for help with something when they type a search into Google. Many expectant moms are asking questions every day that you will probably know the answer too.  I know when Gem was expecting we started researching loads.  But we also had a Will 8 weeks early, so we also started researching again when he arrived as he spends 6 weeks in hospital.  We were encouraged by a number of blogs we found of parents who had a similar experience, and it was very liberating to feel we were not alone.

But I also understand you might want to explore something that isn’t to do with motherhood you want to explore something that you are really interested in too.

Blogging allows you to create earning potential from anything that you are either really interested in or know a lot about.

The way to earn money from blogging is with Affiliate Marketing.

Related Post: How to Make Money from Blogging

Affiliate Marketing is the way many bloggers earn money online, and the premise is quite simple.  You earn a commission for introducing a buyer to a product.  Amazon is the world’s largest marketplace and has used affiliate marketing since its beginning.  If you create a blog that attracts people to it, and they read your posts and maybe a few products recommendations included in the mix and they choose to buy something from Amazon, you have just earned a percentage of the price.

Now, I will say it sounds simple but will require you to dedicate some time and effort to making this work.  You will also need to invest some time learning everything that you need to know to get it going.  But with the right help and support, this is the option that will bring you long-term success and mean that even after the kids have gone to school or even left home you will find that you are earning more than enough to do what you want to do and enjoy.

Being your own boss, has so many rewards with this model – but like I said you need the right help and support.

Where Can You Get That Support?

Help & Support to Get Started with a Blog

Blogging is the easy part but getting your head around all of the website and internet side used to be really difficult.  You needed to know how to use computer code and get your head around what the search engines wanted.

Now, it is such a great place to create a blog.  But there are many different factors you need to consider, and Gem and I would not be where we are today, if it wasn’t for Wealthy Affiliate.

Their training is awesome for anyone of any skill level.  Do not worry about the fact you do not know how to build a website.  Their step-by-step training is all you need to succeed online and achieve success with a blog, affiliate marketing and an online business.

But even if you have your own products and services – their SEO and Marketing training is second to none.  I have used their training to a massive success of Gem’s wedding stationary business.

There are just a couple of things you need to agree to, before you will see success with their training:

  • Commit to learning – there is plenty, but their training will ensure you understand it
  • Commit Time and Effort – Any option will require you to work hard at it to make it work
  • Ask questions whenever you are stuck!

You not only get training with Wealthy Affiliate, you get access to a community of Internet Entrepreneurs (like yourself) all looking at ways of making money online with blogging and affiliate marketers.

The people who succeed are the people who commit to learning, commit time and effort and ask questions all the time.

If you do decide to join, you will gain personal access to me – Ask me as many questions as you like. Ask the community or even ask the owners (Kyle and Carson).  They helped me massively when I started out and I wouldn’t know where I would be without Wealthy Affiliate.

Final Word

There you go, 5 different ways for Stay at Home Moms to Earn Money Online.  Depending on your goals, you can explore whichever feels right for you.

Completing surveys is fine, if you like to earn a fee quid.  But creating your own online business, utilising your own products, drop shipping or your own blog with affiliate marketing.  That is a great place to be and with the support of the training at Wealthy Affiliate, you will find it to be a success.

You do have to consider what your goals are, if it is to spend more time with the kids and earn enough so you do not have to get a job.  I personally prefer the blogging option.  You find many other stay at home moms have achieved this, and we regularly see them in the community at Wealthy Affiliate.

If you have any further questions about any of the topics covered in this post, please do not hesitate to write a comment below.  I promise to come back to you as soon as possible with an answer.

Good luck to you, whichever direction you choose to follow…

What is the Best Web Hosting Service for Small Business?

What is the Best Web Hosting Service for Small Business_

Getting the right web hosting service for your website is a really big decision.  Ensuring your website is protected from security risks and ensures your readers gets the best experience from it.

But then you also see that there are often strings attached to some web hosting and means that you end up having to pay over the odds to get the experience that was advertised with upsells.

But there is more to think about than just the features that are on offer, you need to consider whether you can trust the hosting and that they will ensure you experience no issues with your website.

What is Web Hosting & Why Does it Matter?

A web host is a service that allows to you put a website onto the internet.  They host your domain (your website) providing all of the technology and systems needed to make this happen.

Think of it as the foundation that you build a house on.  The better the foundation, the better the house will stand.

Picking a web host is an important decision, if you just pick the first one you see as it is free, could have a big impact on your business.  Some web hosts start free, but then as you start to grow your business, you find that the prices start to drastically go up as you grow.  Email addresses can sometimes be an additional product and SSL certificates are really important these days, but most still charge you an additional charge for this too.

You will also find that many will charge you per website for hosting, so if you have a couple of websites that are getting high traffic levels and need SSL certificates (you cannot do e-commerce without it) then you will easily see the prices shoot up.

What I want to share with you is the web hosting service I use, why they are a great partner to have for WordPress hosted websites.  I will also share the fact of how you can host 25 WordPress websites on their hosting platform for less than a dollar a day.

The WordPress web hosting service I recommend is SiteRubix.  It is a cloud-based web hosting platform with plenty of reasons why you can not only trust them, but really push your online business forward with them.

SiteRubix WordPress Web Hosting

Here are the features available with SiteRubix hosting.  They focus on implementing a lot of the features at the server end, which means it will not affect your website.  Whilst they take security seriously, it will not slow your site down.

Security Features

There is no compromise when it comes to security.  Websites become targets for hackers in the hope they can steal your information.  But you have nothing to worry about with SiteRubix.  They use their extensive knowledge of WordPress to prevent attacks, they prevented over 27 million hacking attempts last year, alone.  You never have to worry about your website.

SiteRubix Security

Backups Are Standard

What if you had an issues with a plugin, or you do something that ends up crashing your website… Would you be able to retrieve your information?  With SiteRubix, they realise that everyone can make mistakes.  But with your website backed up every 24 hours, you can remain calm and get it resolved easily and quickly.

Website Backups - SiteRubix

This is typically a paid advanced option with some hosting services but comes as standard with SiteRubix.

Double Hosting

You might be wondering what double hosting means, but first think about the fact that anytime your website is down, you are losing money.  If a customer cannot reach your website, they cannot make a purchase.

SO, double hosting means they always run a second copy of your site.  Which they can swap in anytime that your website is down.

SiteRubix - Double Hosting

Again, there are few hosting services who offer this included as standard.

Site Speed – SiteRubix will not slow you down

If you don’t realise the impact a slow website can have, then think about anytime you have logged into a website that takes ages to load… Most will not wait and will find an alternative.  SiteRubix ensures all of the hard graft is done at the server end, so you get a website that loads quicker than websites on other hosting.  Their average Site Speed score is 1.3 seconds.

Is Your WordPress Hosting Mobile Friendly?

Google has made the switch to monitor mobile friendly sites over desktop sites.  If your website is not mobile friendly, it will impact your rankings and your potential.  All websites hosted on SiteRubix optimised for any medium.  No need for additional plugins or anything to ensure your readers get the best experience.

SSL Certificates as Standard

A recent survey showed that only 51% of websites online have an SSL certificate.  Why is that an important figure.  Everyone is very conscious of the need to keep their personal data secure, but most people will not trust a website without it.  If you are planning on having an e-commerce business or want people to trust you – having an SSL certificate is paramount.  Google has also stated that it will rank a website with SSL on over a non-SSL website.

But many choose not to pay the high price most hosting services charge.  SiteRubix offer SSL certificates on any WordPress website you host on it within the premium membership.

Some charge over $100 per website for this.

Reasonable Priced

SiteRubix is offered from the guys who run Wealthy Affiliate.  A training platform that helps people with aspirations of an online business.  Even experience internet marketers will benefit from the training, but the key element that is great is the fact that you can host 25 full domains with all of the features above and 25 subdomains on their hosting with SSL included on each for the low monthly price of $49 or an annual price of $359.

That is the cost for up to 50 websites!! You could spend $300 dollars on one website with SSL for one year with some hosting services.

Web Hosting - SiteRubix

SiteRubix - Web Hosting

Other Cool Features

SiteHealth is a great feature that allows you to see how your website is getting on with regards to the search engines.

SiteComments is a great feature for getting high-quality comments to your posts, this can be a key factor in improving your rankings in the search engines.

SiteFeedback, this allows you to get some quality feedback on your website to help you improve your business.

Get Access to extensive training and classrooms via Wealthy Affiliate

You might think that by joining Wealthy Affiliate you would get access to a lot of training that isn’t relevant to you… But you would be so wrong.

Whether you are blogging, wanting an e-commerce platform or looking to build a business empire – the training available is second to none.

I have used the techniques I have learned from Wealthy Affiliate to grow both my affiliate marketing business, but also grow Gem’s Wedding Stationary e-commerce business.  Both our websites are hosted on SiteRubix and I have never had an issue.

Related Post: My Wealthy Affiliate Review

What is the Support Like?

There will inevitable be a moment where you need to contact support about something to do with your website, and the support at Wealthy Affiliate is second to none.  Send a support ticket to them and within a matter of minutes, they have typically fixed the problem and replied to tell you what to do or that everything is sorted.  Their support is awesome.

Final Word on SiteRubix & Wealthy Affiliate

If you are looking for the Best Web Hosting Service for WordPress, then you will find no better place than with Wealthy Affiliate.  There is enough hard work to do with an online business, without having to worry about your web hosting going down.  If you are new to the online world, you will find no better training platform than that on offer at Wealthy Affiliate.

But even if you are experienced, but have had enough of your current web hosting, then you will find that WA will offer you a high-quality website experience allowing you to scale your business effectively.

Their WordPress classroom will ensure you have all the knowledge you need to know about WordPress and get the best out of your WordPress website.

You don’t need to make any decisions, at this point.  Wealthy Affiliate offers you a free starter membership where you can experience the premium membership for 7 days without any commitment.  It gives you the chance to experience what you would benefit from with a premium membership.  If you already have a WordPress website, transferring it to the SiteRubix hosting is really simple to do with a premium membership.


If you have any further questions about Wealthy Affiliate or SiteRubix, then please leave them in the comments below. I will respond as soon as possible.  If you have any experience about the hosting, I would love to hear what your opinion is.

The Coffee Shop Millionaire Review

The Coffee Shop Millionaire Review

Is this the product that will lead you to earning millions from internet marketing? Or will it lead you up the garden path without sound results.  Find out more in this review.

Coffee Shop Millionaire Overview & Rankings

Product Name: Coffee Shop Millionaire  Coffee Shop Millionaire Review

Owners: Anthony Trister

Website URL: www.thecoffeeshipmillionaire.com

Training:

 2/5

Support:  

 2/5

Tools:

 2/5

Success Stories:

 1/5

Price: $37/month + Upsells

BestAffiliateMarketingTools.org Rating: 

2/5

A Quick Coffee Shop Millionaire Summary

With a misleading marketing campaign focusing on the millionaire status, this product can seem like an awesome platform to sign up with.  But there are hidden costs, a lot of upsells, outdated training and support that is lacking – this product is not one of the best.

See Our No.1 Recommended Product for learning Affiliate Marketing.


What Exactly is Coffee Shop Millionaire?

The Coffee Shop Millionaire program aims to teach you the basics you need to get started with internet marketing (affiliate marketing).  It has a number of training modules and lessons.  But the key theme with the program is that they are pitching the idea that you can become a millionaire following their training.

Now it is possible to earn good money with affiliate marketing, but there are very few who make it to the stage where they are earning millions of dollars with it.  It takes years to reach that stage, but this program pitches the idea that you can easily do this.

Who Does Coffee Shop Millionaire Benefit?

The training modules lend itself to all levels of ability in the internet marketing market.  Although, as most people searching for training in Internet/Affiliate Marketing are doing so as they are beginners, this is where it does fall down a little.

There are many assumptions that you already know something about Internet Marketing, which means whilst the pitch is aimed at beginners, the training is aimed at those who already have the knowledge needed to get started.

Although, one thing I can resonate with is the fact that Anthony talks about the amount of time and effort you will need to invest to make this work.  Which is something that some other programs shy away from.  Anthony is a millionaire because of the amount of work he has invested into his business.  You will need to work just as hard to reach that target.

Related Post: How to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

How Does Coffee Shop Millionaire Work?

Their training is spread across 12 modules, which cover different activities.  It also has a selection of Video tutorials.

They also have a community forum which is there to share experiences between members.

The initials claim from this product is you will receive a ‘cheat sheet’ that will outline a system to make $21k in just a couple of weeks without a product you own and without an email list.

That seems like an outrageous claim to state that you could be earning that within a couple of weeks.  If it was possible, wouldn’t everyone be doing it???

I know a number of experience Internet Marketers and they truly believe that is just a line that brings people into the fold.  Only a select few (those who already have the experience will reach those figures in the first year).

They also have a number of training modules on topics such as email marketing, video marketing, article submission and the local economy.  These are all valid topics, but the training at times is vague and outdated.  It also lacks some key elements.

What is Good About Coffee Shop Millionaire?

  • Initial Cost seems quite low
  • Anthony talks about the time and effort required to make this work

What Could Coffee Shop Millionaire Improve on?

  • Positive reviews online are manufactured (not real)
  • Upsells kick in as soon as you sign up
  • The millionaire tag leads to an expectation of that kind of earning potential, which is unrealistic for even the most successful users
  • Lots of complaints from other buyers online
  • Training is outdated and lacks substance

How Much Does Coffee Shop Millionaire Cost?

The initial membership cost is $37/month, which seems quite reasonable to join the Coffee Shop Millionaire Club.  This cost gets you into the training and support.  But as soon as you sign up, you get told you need to sign up with a product called the ‘Six Figure Success Club’.  This is that cheat sheet they were on about, but it is priced at $297.  There is no mention of this upfront, so does come out of the blue.  This is how they make their money.

But then there are other costs that you may not have considered.  To make all this work, you need a website, website hosting, an autoresponder to name a few.  All of these are not included in the price.

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What Is the Coffee Shop Millionaire Support Like?

There are the usual phone and email routes. There are also claims of an active community that is supposed to be active.  But many complaints show that only new people are active in the community, meaning you will not be getting any questions answered quickly.  The feedback about their email support is also a little lacking.

My Honest Opinion of Coffee Shop Millionaire

Whilst on the surface, this looks like a great product with an internet guru there to help you get started with your start in Internet Marketing.  But in reality, you will get a low-quality product that has out-of-date training and a support network that is lacking.  Expect hidden costs as soon as you sign up, which seems more of a Multi-Level-Marketing campaign and expect more costs to actually start your online business.

There are plenty of positive reviews online for this product, but when you dig a little deeper you will find that these are false reviews with an aim of earning them money by introducing people to this product.

If you can sit through the initial video, you will see that it seems a great product, but you will soon realise that only half of the information is available within the monthly subscription, leading to more opportunities to take you money from you.

Coffee Shop Millionaire at a Glance

Product Name: Coffee Shop Millionaire Coffee Shop Millionaire Review

Owners: Anthony Trister

Website URL:  www.coffeeshopmillionaire.com

Training:

2/5

Support:

  2/5

Tools:

 2/5

Success Stories:

 1/5

Price: $37/month + Upsells

BestAffiliateMarketingTools.org Rating:

2/5

Verdict:  OK, Expect Hidden Costs.  There are better options out there.

This is not a product that I would recommend.  If you are looking for a genuine way of starting out in affiliate marketing, with up-to-date training, expert help and support that will definitely lead you to a successful online business – then I recommend you read my Wealthy Affiliate Review.  With a proven track record, you will find that it is really supportive with anyone getting started online.


If you have any questions about the post or you would like to learn more about genuine ways of learning affiliate marketing without loads of upsells, then please get in touch.  Leave a comment below and I will come back to you ASAP.

How to Make Money from Writing Articles Online

How to Make Money from Writing Articles Online

Are you any good at writing quality articles?? Then there is a real opportunity for you to make some real money from writing articles online. I will go through the main ways you can explore this opportunity with some great tips on making it successful.

The first decision you will need to make is whether you decide to offer your services out for business owners to hire you out or whether you utilise this skill to starting your own online business and making money?

Let’s explore both options…

Freelancing

If you are just interested in earning extra money from writing the odd article for someone else’s business, then Freelancing is the route you can take.  There are sites like Fiverr, where you could get started relatively easily.

Website owners are often looking to offload some of the work from their businesses, and one of the ways to do this is to hire a writer to write an article for them.  There are a few things to consider with this route:

What is the Good Side of Freelancing?

  • Your Own Schedule – You create your own schedule, work when you want to work
  • No Commute – being able to work from home saves you a lot of time and money by not having to drive to work
  • Take your office with you – work where you want to work. You could write the article wherever you liked and upload it later on when you get WIFI.
  • Letting your creative side out – Often this is hard to do at the day job, especially when you have tasks to complete and it is a noisy environment.  Creating a calming environment at home and reap the benefits.
  • Time of Day – Are you a morning person…? Some of us are not, I am personally more productive on the evening.  You work whenever it is best for you.

What About the Cons of Freelancing?

  • When Do I Get Paid? – Some sites make it pre-paid before you do the work.  But the initial hardship is getting people to hire you.  It is a market where you need to stand out to make it work.  Others, you may not get paid until the job is completed.
  • Benefits? – You will be self-employed in this business.  depending on the country you live in, this can have effects on your health benefits, etc.  You will also have to consider filing your own tax
  • Distractions… – There are so many distractions at home that get in the way.  The children, the chores, watching tv.  You need to be quite disciplined when you work from home.
  • Are Your Writing for Yourself?  – If you are writing for yourself, writing articles will be an easier route.  But freelancing is typically writing for someone else.  This means a couple of things:
    • Your writing will be scrutinised and need to be good enough for them
    • It could be subjects that you find mundane/boring meaning it will be much harder to write quality content
  • How Long Will This Job Last? – If you do get a good gig and they decide to hire you for a number of articles, great!  But there will always be the times when you are not offered the work again.  You also never normally meet your employer, so this can also present its own barriers.

As a freelancer, you will always be the employee.  There will be certain elements you need to undertake and complete to ensure you get paid and receive positive feedback and hopefully repeat business.  But fundamentally, you will still be answering to someone.

Freelancing is available on a number of platforms, such as Fiverr or Upwork.  Freelancing is a viable option for someone looking to earn extra money, but if you are really looking for an opportunity where you are the boss, so you are writing articles for yourself – you may find my next suggestion right up your street.

Create Your Own Online Business with your Articles

There are many benefits to freelancing, but it still comes down to the same thing – you are working for someone else.  They will need to be happy with your article before they pay you and they will not always be on subjects you want to write about.

But if you started writing articles for your own online business, you will be writing articles that you will benefit from and be on a subject you want to write about.

Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all a walk in the park.  But neither is freelancing. You could always freelance as a side gig until your online business takes off.

But the freedom, that working on your own online business will bring will far outweigh any drawbacks it may have.

Let’s start with how your articles will lead to your earning money.  Blogging is by far the best way of building an online business from article writing.

Creating your own blog within a niche that you choose, will mean that you can stay motivated and power through writing plenty of articles in a subject you love.

Once you have started writing articles for your blog, you can then look at ways of monetising it.  I personally suggest affiliate marketing and using ads.  They both are a great way of monetising a blog and will lead to a full-time income with the right guidance.

Writing for yourself, means that you can concentrate on one concept – your business and its’s niche.

If you are freelancing, you could be getting inundated with orders.  Which is great for earning money, but they could be on any subject.  If you are a great writer, the orders will keep coming in – and it will feel like work and you will need to work really hard to keep up.

Working for your own business will be hard work, but if you are writing articles about a subject you love, it will feel a lot less like work.  I love helping people, so writing useful articles is something I find easy to do, especially when it is in a field, I know a lot about.

But if someone asked me to write an article on, let’s say “Arts & Crafts”.  I haven’t got the first clue, I would have to spend more time researching the subject, before even considering accepting the gig.

So, whilst I feel freelancing is a good idea – I personally prefer writing for myself and earning money from it too.  Let’s explore a little more about affiliate marketing, so you can know how you will earn money from your articles.

What Exactly is Affiliate Marketing and How Will My Articles Work?

Affiliate Marketing is where you earn a commission for introducing a buyer to a product.  If you have never heard of it, you might be surprised to know that many retailers use it as a cheaper way of advertising its products.  Amazon, for example is the biggest online marketplace and they have used it since it started.

Related Post: How Does Affiliate Marketing Really Work?

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

Rather than spending millions on advertising campaigns they can reward referrers with a percentage of the price of the product.  You will be surprised by how lucrative a model it can be if you can get it right…

So, how do your articles come into this model? 

High Quality Posts (articles) are a key to making it work.  High quality posts will lead to traffic – traffic is the key to either affiliate marketing or adverts to work.

Some people try and add affiliate links or adverts too soon to a blog and see no results.  Normally because they haven’t got the traffic yet or the content is poor.

But if you are able to write great content about your chosen niche, with great quality reviews of products – you will start to realise the potential this model brings to you and your writing.

Related Post: How to Make Money from Blogging

By all means, you can freelance and make some good money from it.  My only reservations are that you are writing for someone else who may or may not like it.  You could always get long term deals with website owners/companies to write articles.  Great.  But if you are freelance, they can end it quite quickly.  There is also no guarantee, that you will still enjoy doing it further down the road.

By using your ability to write articles within your own blog business, you can easily write content that you want to write, start to realise the online potential that brings with affiliate marketing, selling ad space, etc.  and realise that you will become a business owner with the freedom that can bring.

Get Expert Help Along the Way – Learn from the Best

Everyone needs help at times, and it is such a massive relief when you realise you are not on your own and you can get expert help and support at any point along your journey.  I started with my own online business a couple of years ago and I would not be where I am today with the help and support from the guys at Wealthy Affiliate.

People naturally assume they are just about Affiliate Marketing, but they offer so much more.

  • Training on all aspects of Online Business
  • Tools to Get You Ahead – Websites, Research Tools, Engagement Tools
  • Expert Help & Support Every Step of the Way
  • I’ll be your Personal Coach!!

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