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The Best Work from Home Jobs

Introduction:

There are advantages to working from home. To some, working at home is essential. This is especially true of invalids and those who are caring for children or other loved ones. If you work home you have here concerns, or at least different concerns, then those in the workplace. For example, you don’t have to get dressed up for work and so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on good clothing which would be required in outside employment. You also will have lower transportation cost because she will not need to leave home often and you will not be pouring gas in the gas time or putting tires on the rims of your car. You don’t need a new car to impress anyone. You can take care of pets and loved ones as needed without the cost of outside help. You can set your own hours and even determine your own income.

There are many opportunities to work at home using your own talents and skills. Also, many companies now will offer you employment where you can work from your home. You can combine opportunities and have a number of income sources while you’re working from home. You can use your time more effectively and you will not be spending time on the road for the most part. One exception would be if you are a consultant and need to travel to complete your work. I did some engineering consulting after I retired some of which was done for the State Department which I did for no cost except for transportation to South America and such. Often our work experiences allow us to do consulting after retirement.

You can find many work opportunities by making a search on the Internet. Just place work from home opportunities in your browser search window. However I would like to give used to helps that will give you a much larger perspective on working from home.

A List of 55 Businesses You Can Run From Your Home

Go to: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201588 to read about 55 work from home businesses.

Work From Home: The Top 100 Companies Offering Flexible Jobs In 2014

Go to http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2014/01/17/work-from-home-the-top-100-companies-offering-flexible-jobs-in-2014/#41fcb6153cca for a list of companies that support work from home.

Conclusion:

When you’re looking for a opportunities to work at home. Beware of con artist or gurus who want to be your mentor. The Internet is full of scammers. They will grab you by the hills and shake every last coin out of your pockets.

John

Wealth Affiliate

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Legitimate Work Home Jobs

Introduction

How Can I Support My Family. Minimum wage is not doing it?

How Can I Support My Family. Minimum wage is not doing it?

Folks often ask about legitimate work home jobs on the Internet. Are there illegitimate work home jobs? I think they are talking about jobs that are not scams promoted by Internet so-called gurus.

Gurus start out with a free offer. Then they sell you something for $37 promising you the world. Then they say that if you really want to own the world, you should buy this $67 product. What all of these things don’t work, and the groove knows they will not work, he offers to consult with you for $297.

There are many folks who have tried to earn money on the Internet you have instead been scammed by some guru who is actually taken them for thousands of dollars.

It’s no wonder that folks are looking for legitimate work home jobs. There are a number of ways to earn money on the Internet. However, these are the main ways that have worked for me.

1. Selling Your Own Products on the Internet

You can create your own products and sell them online. You can start by opening a free store such as ETSY. You will get immediate traffic to the store which is a major problem in starting any business on the Internet.

If you’re making the products by hand, and you get to the point where too many orders are coming in, you can contact local folks and asked them to help you in the production.

If your product is a digital product such as a book, you can publish it easily on Amazon and they will sell it for some

What kind of skills do you have? What have you learned from your past experiences?

Examples:

A. My wife’s caregiver’s son made a key ring holder in my kitchen using my tools. He put it up on a new ETSY store and sold it immediately. It was simply a board with some burned-in writing, which he created with my soldering iron, and some hooks which he screwed into the board. He has made many of these boards since.

B. Two of my granddaughters create and manufacture baby clothing. They have about a dozen employees helping them. Each of them is earning enough money to support the family and to send the husbands through college. They have an Etsy store and and their own website,

C. Another of my granddaughters has a partner. They import special leather from overseas and then manufacture waterproof and stain proof mats. They recently built a 3000 ft.² warehouse to house their product. My granddaughter says she’s going to start another business soon.

D. My No. 3 son is a veterinarian that he has an herb business. He sells books and lessons which he creates, other people’s books, textures and herbs which he sells on the Internet and that conventions in the Inter-mountain area. This business is also very successful.

E. By daughter is a RN, but she is also a professional artist. She started as a portrait artist, but because I started her painting when she was four-years-old and I painted landscapes and wildlife, she has started painting landscapes. She was in town this last weekend, and we went out in the countryside and photographed old barns and then went down to the Snake River where we photographed river scenes. She is is as persnickety about her photography as she is about her paintings which she sells from her own website and at local sales.

2. Selling Other People’s Products on the Internet

Here I am talking about real products, that must be shipped to the customer, that you did not create.

For example, you might go to a local manufacturer or craftsman and set up an arrangement to sell his or her products.

You can contact manufacturers and deal with those who will drop ship products to your customers.

Examples:

A. I sold books on the Internet for many years. Many of these were books that I bought at yard and estate sales. I sold them through Alibris.com and Amazon.com. The first book I sold was Birds of New Mexico. I purchased it for $.50 and immediately sold it for $150. Since I am a birder, I wished I had of kept it. (I still have a booklet, somewhat now obsolete, that I wrote some years back: How to Buy Books for Pennies and Sell Them for Dollars. I will send you a copy if you put 2 1-dollar bills in an envelope and sent it to TJ Books, 213 3rd. Ave. N., Buhl, ID 83316)

B. I have a friend in New York, Tyler Hicks, who publishes many books on how to make a living in business. I went to Bizland.com and set up a store with e-commerce capabilities so that I could take credit cards. All I had to do was place inventory in the store. I traffic package came with the store and so I was selling books immediately. I also listed books from other publishers.

C. I sold flagpoles and flagpole accessories for many years from my own site. They were dropship to my customers after they paid for them using my PayPal account which allows people to buy using credit cards.

D. A number of friends of mine use the Amazon Fulfillment Program. They decide on what product they want to sell, contact a foreign manufacturer to create and personalize it, have the product shipped to Amazon where Amazon handles all of the orders and customer relations. If you decide to do this, be prepared to create the Amazon sales page for your product. My friends are becoming very rich doing this. There are risk.

3. Promoting Other People’s Products on the Internet

I’m talking about promoting products, not selling them. The process is simply promoting products and sending the reader to the vendors sales page. The vendor ships a product and steals your customer from you because you don’t know who buys and who doesn’t. The vendor pays you commissions on the first sales, but not on subsequent sales.

I have a lot of friends that are making good money in affiliate marketing. The premier place to learn this is a Wealthy Affiliate.com. I have four friends in particular who worked their way through college as affiliate marketers.

It is best to do affiliate marketing from your own website. The website must be focused on ace certain segment of a large market called a niche market. People coming to your website are not looking for product in particular. They are looking for information and solutions to their problems. Therefore you must continually supply quality relevant information to your readers, suggesting products almost as an afterthought.

Examples:

Kyle and his bride and daughter. Kyle is co-owner of WA

A.  Kyle while in college, created an affiliate marketing business and six months and went full time at the end of his first year. Independently, Carson did the same thing. Both paid all of their college expenses in this way. They are the founders of WA.

B. Mark, from New Zealand, copied a friend and put a single batter on a single website and earn $50 a month just as his friend had. Mark set up many sites. He paid his fellow students, those majoring in English, to write copy for his websites. He had to rent a large home as office space for these writers. His father was amazed and went into business with him. He is the founder of Affilorama.

C. Steve and his wife, members of WA, met Dom and his bride-to- in Hawaii a few weeks ago and attended their wedding. Dom is an American living in Taiwan and is also a member of WA. These folks travel and are supported totally by affiliate marketing.

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Veronica is a from Sweden and likes to stay home with her kids.

D. Veronica is from Sweden and she wanted to stay home with her children. She supports yourself through affiliate marketing, she is also a member of WA, and she travels home to Sweden several times each year to see her family.

4. Blogging

Blogging is performed from a website. This site is a blogging site. The requirements for your website are the same as for affiliate marketing. You can earn money on your site through affiliate marketing, allowing others to post ads on your website and by allowing the search engines to place ads on your website. The main search engines are Google and Yahoo/Bing. You may be able to see some Bing ads on my site.

Conclusion to Legitimate Work Home Jobs:

These four ways are the ways that I use or have used to make money on the Internet. You can take surveys if you want to misrepresent yourself and earn money. The problem here is that you must fit the profile for the survey and so you may have to tell some lies in order to be allowed to take the survey.. There’s nothing like taking part of the survey and then being told that they really don’t want you to continue so you don’t get paid.

Data entry jobs are available on the Internet. I would rather’s toss hamburgers at McDonald’s. To me it was tedious and low-paying work.

You can make money as a writer on the Internet by peddling your services at fiverr.com or and other such sites. You also can create banners and logos and such and do the same thing many are doing this and earning money.

That’s enough for this old man! I have to eat some breakfast so that I can take my meds. Besides my wife’s caregiver will be here in a few minutes and I have to make sure that my wife has her meds before she gets here. I don’t want her to chew my ears out. You would think that she would have more respect for an 84-year-old man and her employer.

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John T. Jones, Ph.D.

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Work from Home Jobs for the Disabled

One advantages of marketing on the Internet is that you can work at home in your underware.

One advantages of marketing on the Internet is that you can work at home in your underwear.

Work from Home Jobs for the Disabled

Disabled folks not only have to deal with their ailments, they also have to deal with financial problems. For the disabled person by himself or herself, the problems are multiplied. I have a number of friends who are in this exact situation.

A friend of mine, a horse trainer, was thrown from a horse which injured her spinal column. She lives by herself with her dog. Times are tough for her, but she still is trying to earn a living using her computer.

Another friend was a professional musician. He no longer can work a regular job. He still has to support his family. He does it using his computer.

It sad that too many disabled people do not receive the help they need from family, friends or from the church they belong to.

Actually, it is pathetic.

Many handicap people, some under very difficult conditions, go to work every day outside the home. Some have specially equipped vans for a wheelchair or specially equipped cars so they can drive, some even have a service dog to help them. So they have to get up in the morning, get dressed, find something to eat, and then travel to work. I’m sure that many are exhausted by the time they get to the workplace.

Some handicapped people must stay at home confined to bed or a wheelchair. Some have the use of their hands, but some do not. Not having the use of your hands is a severe complication. However, at this minute, I am dictating into my computer. The main reason that I dictate is because I have carpal tunnel. But others cannot manipulate a keyboard and they must give their computer voice commands to accomplish what they want to accomplish.

Work at home jobs using a computer can be a very good alternative for a handicapped person. Still, he or she needs the ability to write.

Writers can always be hired, but that is an added expense.

If an individual has the use of his or her hands, she can create products. My granddaughters have a business which hires a dozen or so people. But their employees must have the use of both hands.

However, a person with the use of only one hand who has artistic capability, can produce artwork which can be sold on the Internet or in local shops. Even some souls without hands sometimes do this.

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Even I have an ETSY Store

You can market your own products on the Internet in a free store such as Etsy.

Affiliate Marketing

You can also market other peoples products which you never have to handle. You simply promote products on your website and direct folks to click on a link that goes to the vendor’s site. The vendors ships the product and pays you a sales commission. That is called affiliate marketing.

I suggest two places to go for training in affiliate marketing, not ignoring the fact that you must have a computer to do this. One is Affilorama. They have a number of tutorials there to help you get going.

Another place that is free is ClickBank where they have excellent training for affiliate marketing. ClickBank will provide you with digital products to promote.

The premier place for affiliate marketing training is Wealthy Affiliate. They recently added a free lifetime membership which will give you two free websites and will give you the initial training you need to be an affiliate marketer. From the start, they offer two affiliate programs that can help you pay your way. If you later decide to take out a premier membership which costs $47 a month (cut in half if you pay annually) , you will be trained extensively in marketing.

Although I have always sold products on the Internet rather than doing affiliate marketing, I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since 2008 which has helped my grandchildren and my son to create very profitable businesses. But now I’m 84 years old and I no longer sell products, I am doing much more affiliate marketing.

How Some Have or Are Hitting the Jackpot

The owner of Afillorama was a college student in New Zealand. A friend of his had a banner on his website and he received $50 a month from that banner, so he made up his own website and learned he could earn money.

Then he made many websites and hired English majors to write content on them. His dad saw that he was earning money and he joined him. Later, he decided to help others become affiliate marketers.

Kyle, the co-owner of Wealthy Affiliate University, began affiliate marketing when he was a college student. He used what is called PPC or pay-per-click, to drive traffic to his websites.

In the first six months he got to the point where he was earning a full-time income. By the end of the year, he decided to go into the business full-time.

Carson, Kyle’s friend, both to live in Vancouver, Canada, was also a student and he was pursuing the same path as Kyle. That’s when they join together and created Wealthy Affiliate.

Steve joined WA a year after I did. He is independent and he and his wife travel around the world with Steve working from his computer wherever he is. Steve earns over $30,000 a year just by using the WA affiliate programs. That is only part of his income.

Dom lives in Taiwan and he very recently took his fiancee to Hawaii, met up with Steve and his wife, and got married. He also makes his living as an affiliate marketer. Both of these gentlemen are good friends of mine.

Another dear friend, is Veronica. She has a  site called ItsVicky.com along with many other sites. She likes to work at home because she can be with her children. She was born and raised in Sweden and so she likes to go there every time she can. She goes several times a year all paid by affiliate marketing which she learned at WA. Vicky has a number of interest but seems to specialize in babies and children and promotes products in that area.

Pot Pie Girl, Jennifer, lives down south had always has made a great income by affiliate marketing. She is a longtime member of Wealthy Affiliate. She is a pro golfer so she likes to play the game and affiliate marketing gives her the time.

Rich, who lives in London, was experienced in advertising before he joined WA. Needless to say, he has been very successful as an affiliate marketer.

Getting Started!

I guess I could go on here all day mentioning people who are making their living as affiliate marketers had have been trained by WA that however, will not help you very much. What will help you is going to WA, signing up for a free membership, go through the Affiliate Boot Camp, starting two free sites and start promoting.

If you like what you are doing and have the ability and time, then I suggest that you become a Premium Member and start a new website using your own domain rather than a free domain.

You will be able to start your website from day one.

WA uses WordPress, as do many domain hosting companies, so you do not need to know any computer language to prepare your website. You will be given every detail in the boot camp.

To start, you will write a privacy page and the details of the page will be given to you. You will also write an about page where you will tell people about yourself.

You will easily import pictures into your documents from your computer. You will be given the links and be told how to promote wealthy affiliate.

You will be shown how to join the JAAXY keyword tool affiliate program. Your sales commissions from WA and from JAAXY will be paid through PayPal so you will need to set up a free account over there you will need an email address to do this.

You’ll be shown how to find a niche market which is a small part of a larger market. You can join the Amazon Associates program and then you can promote any Amazon product that you want to.

For example, say that your niche market is toddler’s. You can go to Amazon and find products and even brands. You can get the links to these products and place them on your website.

Another place to get links is CJ.com.

You will want to promote products that you know about so that you can recommend them or advise people not to buy them. To do this you have to be able to write because your website will not be recognized by the search engines unless you are providing a sufficient amount of quality information to your niche market.

For example, you could write an article about problems with breast-feeding. You could reference government links, Web M.D. links and Wikipedia. The search engines like you to link to these kinds of sites. (Notice that none of these sites will be in competition with you.)

In your article, you could recommend some good books on breast-feeding and link them to the Amazon site. You could also describe clothing for the mother that allows breast feeding and salves for sore nipples, etc.

You will want to set yourself up as an expert.

You do this by writing and advising. You might want to start an email list so that you can communicate further with your niche members.

The more desirable your site is, the higher the search engines will rank you. You want rankings on the first page of the search results for the keywords you are using in your articles.

You probably have the idea by now.

The following chart shows the different memberships at Wealthy Affiliate:

Conclusion:

Finding work from home jobs for the disabled can be complicated for some individuals, but there are ways to make a living using the Internet. You  can even avoid the worries about computer technology. You can do what others are doing.

Using affiliate marketing to earn a living is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work. Each blog (website) must be updated often, at the start at least two or three times a week (later, once a week). You need to learn how use a keyword tool. I use JAXXY but you will have a good free tool at WA. It can take up to a year to generate sufficient income but you should be going in about three to six months or so. After all, it is a business.

Three of my granddaughters have product businesses, two making products and one importing materials and then making them. It is a lot of work and you need to learn a lot about business. Put if you have product and get into an Internet store like ETSY, you can earn money almost instantly.

No matter which way you go, I would have a business plan. You can

Small Business Association. Start a business plan here now.

Small Business Association. Start a business plan here now.

create one at SBA.gov.

A Business Meeting

Right now, I have two of my granddaughters in my home visiting. They live in different states but they  each have a business which sells their products on the Internet. This morning has been one big business meeting between the two. They are very smart business women and it is fun to listen to them help each other in their businesses.

That too is one thing about WA. You will never be alone!

John

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

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Work From Home Businesses

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In this day and age there is a lot of interest in work from home businesses. The reason is that people are out of work or very unsatisfied with their work.

Too many folks  are earning too little for the amount of time they are working.

Some want to work from home just to make extra money to get by on. Many senior citizens are hard pressed and would prefer to work at home rather work at Walmart.

Others want to get out of the day job rat-race and start earning enough money so that they can do some of the things they cannot afford to do now.

I Hear From Friends

I retired over 20 years ago and started working part-time from home when I retired

I’ve been a member of Wealthy Affiliate University since 2008 and I have many friends there who work from home.

Veronica is from Sweden and she wanted to stay home with her two children. She works from home and pays her way to Sweden several times a year to see her family.

Steve travels to wherever he and his young wife want to go. Recently, he was in Hawaii to meet another friend of mine, Dom, who lives in Taiwan. He was married in Hawaii and Steve and his wife attended the wedding. Both Steve and Dom work from home. They happen to be “home” as long as they can reach a computer.

Ryan and Carson, who own Wealthy Affiliate, worked there way through college up in Vancouver by marketing on the Internet.

So did Ryan, whose mother raised him alone, who earned $500k while in college.

Two of my granddaughters are sending their husbands through college by working from home. One bought a almost new car this week end.

My son is a veterinarian, but he has had two work at home companies, having recently sold one of them to make more time for the more profitable one. He has 15 kids so he needs extra dough.

Working at home is not easy, not a get-rich-quick scheme, but it is a business that is easy to get into but one heap of hard work to get going.

My Home Business Experience

My first job was a work from home business. My friend, Paul, came to  my house and said, “John, grab your wagon.” I was about 8-years old.

This was at the end of the Great Depression and I’m not sure how I got a wagon,  But I did have a red wagon.

Paul didn’t say what we were going to do. We headed west on North Temple Street in Salt Lake City, cross the Jordan River bridge where the Donner party had camped one-day-too -long in 1846, then we headed towards the Salt Lake City airport.

I still didn’t know what we were going to do, but we started to pick up bottles and put them in the wagon. Sometimes I would pick up a bottle and Paul would say, “Not that one.” I soon learned that some bottles had value and some did not.

Red Wagon: The start of a business

Red Wagon: The start of a business

Eventually, the wagon was chock-full of bottles. We took them back into town to the Fairway Market. Ken Horsley counted the bottles and paid Paul the deposit.

I thought that we were finished so that we could start spending money for some stew meat, hot dogs and marshmallows. We could build a fire in my backyard to cook the stew and eat hot dogs while waiting for the stew to cook.

No such luck!

We pulled the wagon across the railroad tracks to the junkyard run by a lady who all the kids in the neighborhood said was a witch.

There were two junkyards next to each other, but I had never been into her junkyards because I was afraid that she was a witch. We sold scrap metal at the other junk yard, and when World War II started, we sold tin foil and rubber. We were not only afraid to go into her junkyard but she paid less for scrap.

The reason that Paul went into her junkyard was that she would sell us bottles at a lower price than the one we usually patronized.

I soon lost my fear of the old lady. She would come crawling out of that junk somewhere when we entered the yard to see what we wanted. I can still see her in raggedy  black clothes “crawling” out of the heaps.

We filled the wagon with bottles again and Paul paid her. She had a very long black purse that she pulled out of her multi layers of clothing and there she dropped the coins.

We took this load of bottles to the store and Ken Horsley purchased them. We repeated the process until Ken  said,” No more bottles!”

Finally we got the stew meat and went home and started cooking, a bunch of neighborhood kids joining in for hot dogs, stew and marshmallows. I remember we use to push extra potatoes into the coals and cook them too.

An Independent Family

Paul came from an independent family. His father had his own business, so did his older brother. He  told me that the middleman makes out best.  He knew these simple principles for business success:

  1. Find a Market
  2. Find a Product that Fits the Market
  3. Get the Product to the Market

Paul later purchased homes, converted them to muti-family units, and rented them out. Later he build condos. Paul was a great speculator and lost his fortune. But he built it back up again. I talk to him frequently and we remissness on past days.

Kids Used to Work from Home

Cutting Lawns is a work-from-home business. Many of us have done that. Some kids have done door-to-door selling at least for a youth organization or school. We use to shovel snow, but seldom got paid for it (a service to widows, etc.) We also did farm work.

Some kids, with the power of the Internet, start their own business and are very successful at it.

The point is that we are as adults still inclined to work from home, especially if it will get us “out of the deep stuff.”

Work From Home Businesses

Thinking Outside the box

Thinking Outside the box

Lot’s of folks want to make money but they never do. Why? Because they never get started!

Affiliate Marketer

One of the old timers in this business saw that a friend was making money from an affiliate program on his site to the sum of $50 each month. He became an affiliate for many companies and repeated the process many times with multiple sites, hiring writers to provide content for the sites. I have a number of friends who do this.

I am an affiliate marketer to some degree.  I have always preferred selling real products and dealing with customers. Affiliate marketers don’t deal with their customers so the vendor ends up owning the customers. That is the main disadvantage.

However, you can make a good living promoting other peoples products. The best training site is Wealthy Affiliate. I suggest that you start with a free membership, set up two free sites, and then decide if that is what you want to do.

When you know your way around and are ready for more depth of study, then become a full member. Here are the differences in membership:

Answering Service

If you can set up phone lines, one for each business you service, you can be in business. Make sure you check your state’s rules and regulations. Click here for more information.

Antique Refurnisher

You can buy furniture and refinish it for profit. You will need to know something about antiques so that you don’t turn $25,000 table into a $15 piece of junk. You can also finish furnishing for customers in your area. Click here for more information.

Artist or Designer

When my daughter was about 4 years old, along with the boys, we started painting together. My oldest son and my daughter, Alice, showed talent and interest (both required). When her husband was in residency, etc., I sent her money for professional training. Her husband continued the practice. She became a professional portrait artist, later finished an RN she couldn’t complete earlier, and then continued her art studies expanding to landscapes and such (simply because that is what I try to do.) She opened up a studio on the internet. (Click Here to see her art.)

Many artist and designer and illustrators earn income on the Internet as well by selling at fairs and exhibitions near there homes. There are artist on fivver.com who will supply artwork in about any form. Webmasters are always looking for logos and banners and headers and such. As I writer, I had 50 animals drawn for kids to color.

Some artist paint portraits children and such near there homes.

Book Dealer

I sold books on the Internet for years. I sold on Alibris.com and Amazon.com and I had a book site where I sold Tyler HIck’s books and he shipped them.

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JAAXY Keyword Tool Review

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

I have been using the JAAXY keyword tool since it was first introduced by the owners of Wealthy Affiliate University, my friends Kyle and Carson. This tool is specifically designed for affiliate marketers. In just a few words, tool gives the following properties of each word on a list of keywords that come up during your search. The best way to see this is by simply opening the window to Jaxxy.com.

1. Here you will find a list of your keywords.

2. The average number of keyword searches the keyword receives each month.

3. The number of visits that you receive on your website if you rank on the first page of Google.

4. Search results: the number of competing websites ranked Google for this exact keyword.

5. A keyword indicator light which is color-coded to show you which sites are best (green) to market your site.

6. Your SEO score which shows how likely you will write for this keyword on the first page of Google. A high score (90 – 100) indicates that an article written based on a particular keyword will be successful in ranking on Google.

7. The availability of a domain with your selected keywords.

8. A list of related keywords that will help you improve your search results.

If you’re a member of JAXXY like me, you will be able to promote JAAXY and receive commissions for others to join. This has always made taxi profitable to me.

My rating for JAAXY: ***** or 5 Star.



John

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Does Content Marketing Work?

Content Marketing Introduction


Content marketing is a favorite of affiliates, professional digital marketing companies, and marketing newbies alike. It’s easy to do, and it’s touted as being an effective way to reach out to people who are actually looking for the information that you have. That said, does it even work? A recent study published in Forbes suggests that it doesn’t work—unless done the right way. What’s the right way to do content marketing? Here are some tips:

Pick the right keywords.JAAXY 1

This is where a keyword tool should come in handy. If you’re not using the right keywords in your content, your content marketing is simply not going to work. If you are using the right keywords, however, you’re going to see a boost in your page traffic and, if you’re selling something, in your sales. A keyword tool can take a basic keyword and show you other keywords that you can use that might have better search volumes or lower competition.

Make sure your content is actually useful.

If your content isn’t useful, of course it’s not going to work. The theory behind content marketing is that internet surfers use search engines to look for information and that if you provide that information, they will be able to find you and the usefulness of the content will endear them to your brand. For that to work, you have to have content that is actually useful. This means it is well-written and contains information that your readers want to know.

You have to market that content.

It isn’t enough just to post something on your website and hope that people will find it. You have to get the word out about your content, either by Tweeting about it, posting about it on Facebook, or contacting big-name bloggers to write about your post or website.

Make sure your content is tailored to your niche.

You might be able to write a fascinating article about raising German shepherd puppies, but if that isn’t the main point of your website and has nothing to do with your business, your audience won’t care about it. It will either bring people to your website that won’t care about your brand or it will drive people away from your brand because you appear inconsistent and therefore not worthy of trust.

Summary:

Make sure your content is useful to those in your niche market. Use social media and other means to let readers know about it. Make sure that the content is not just useful but specific to your niche market.

John

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Easy Affiliate Marketing

John T. Jones, Ph.D. Buhl, Idaho

John T. Jones, Ph.D.
Buhl, Idaho

Introduction

There is no such thing as easy affiliate marketing. At one time, it was easy. Folks were clicking on banners and if you linked a banner to an affiliate link, you could make a sale for which you would gain a commission. Placing banners on your website will not make you rich as an affiliate marketer.

The search engines upon which affiliate marketers depend, hate affiliate marketers. So they do everything they can to make life miserable for them. The search engines want folks who are using their search function to find information that is relative to the information they are actually looking for. So crappy websites geared simply to pushing a product are dumped from the listings or buried so deep that it would take a month of Sundays to find them.

Affiliate Marketing Is a Business

If you’re going to go into affiliate marketing you need both training and a business plan. In my opinion, since I’ve been a member since 2008, Wealthy Affiliate is the premier site for learning affiliate marketing. You can join for free but if you want the whole shebang, you will need to be a premium member which costs $47 each month. I suggest that you pay annually where the cost is about one-half.

You can go to SBA.gov and prepare a business plan at no cost.

You really need to know where are you going before you take your first steps to success as an affiliate marketer.

Advantages to Being an Affiliate Marketer

There are some advantages to being an affiliate marketer:

1. You can work at home, if you have a computer. If you don’t have a computer, you can use a computer at the library.

2. Once the you have made enough money to leave your day job, you can save money on transportation, clothing, union dues, child care and other costs associated with working a day job.

3. Affiliate marketing can lead you to selling your own products, or products for which you have an exclusive, on the Internet.

4. The startup cost for affiliate marketing are low. The minimum cost are for purchasing a domain and having it hosted.

5. You have the potential of making a substantial income.

6. If you have a portable computing device with Internet access, you can work wherever you are.
7. You can work in your underwear if you want to.

Disadvantages of Affiliate Marketing

1. You do not have control of your own products. You are dependent upon vendors who may discontinue their affiliate programs or even compete with you.

2. You do not have control of your customers. Your vendor will pay you a high commission, often up to 100%, for your first sale. But you don’t know who the customer is and the vendor will make all of the back sales where the big money is.

3. You need to give your readers, the visitors to your website, a free gift to get them to sign up for your mailing list or newsletter. You probably will have to pay some like AWeber or GetResponse to maintain your list. You must sell (promote) to this list.

4. You must attract traffic to your website which can be either a lengthy or expensive procedure.

Writing Relevant Content

To be an affiliate marketer, you must supply continually information that is relevant to the niche you are working. A niche is a small segment of a larger market. You must work within that market to learn what people are like, what they want and what they need. Your job is to promote, not to sell. Selling is the job of the vendor.

You need to begin with keyword research. I use JAAXY because it was designed by affiliate marketers for affiliate marketers. Your keyword should be in your domain name and in the first paragraph of any post or article that you put up on the web. Using more keywords may be considered to be “stuffing”by the search engines. However, relevant keywords will come up natural as you write in the search engines will use these two characterize your article. Articles need to be at least 500 words for the search engine to determine its relevance.

Many affiliate marketers purchase content from writers at Elance.com or other sites. Whoever does the writing, it must be checked for proper spelling and grammar. Fiverr.com is a good place to purchase banners, logos and many other functions related to affiliate marketing.

How To Get Started in Affiliate Marketing

1. Find a niche market. Sometimes the best niche markets are based on your own skills, talents and education. Avoid the money-making niche at least to start. It is very competitive. It is better to look in a niche in relationships, expensive hobbies and health and beauty. But don’t limit yourself. A good niche should have magazines associated with the niche. Then you can see what the niche members are looking for by reading the magazine and am looking for related advertisements.

2. Go to SBA.gov and start preparing your business plan.
3. Learn how to do affiliate marketing. Just stay away from the gurus who will give you a gift and then sell you one thing after another and may actually give you harmful information that will delay your progress. Remember that the gurus are your competition in the money-making niche. I suggest you start at Wealthy Affiliate. If I were you, I would pay for a one-year premium membership because of the low cost. That also will help you to make the required commitment that you will have to have to be successful in Internet marketing. There will be no up sales or back sales by the owners, Carson and Kyle. If you don’t have the money, then use the free membership at WAU to get started.

4. Go to the affiliate networks for the companies themselves to obtain affiliate links. CJ.com is very popular. For Digital Products, I suggest that you use ClickBank.com.

5. Develop your own products or get access to products that you have an exclusive on. You can start with a free web store at Etsy.com to sell products that you make or older products that you may pick up at garage sales. My story is MyStuffy and my granddaughters’ store is YumBaby.
Having your own little store can bring you some extra cash that can be used to get you established in Internet marketing.

6. Buy your domain name, get it hosted, and build your website. Namecheap.com is a good place to buy your domain names and HostGator.com is a good place to host them. I use Wealthy Affiliate for my hosting because I’ve been there since 2008. Most all hosting companies provide WordPress.org themes and plug-ins. You will learn to do all of these functions if you join Wealthy Affiliate.

7. Keep updated on what is going on in the Internet. That is one reason it is nice to be part of a community of Internet marketers such as WAU.

John

P.S. If you visit WAU, my ID there is tjbooks.


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Tool of the Week: The Blog Process

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

Korea 1951. Ted Olean of Minnesota is on my left. May he rest in peace.

Korea 1951. Ted Olean of Minnesota is on my left. May he rest in peace.

 Lesson Objectives:

What is the purpose of your post? What is the objective of your blog post? How long should it be? How often should you post on a new site and on an older site and on a seasonal site? How should you attract readers to your post?

When you write a blog, what is your purpose?

Your purpose should be to give your readers useful information that they want or need. So let’s look at that first. Let’s consider:

● Content: What information do you want to impart?

● Length: How long should my blog post be.

● Purpose: What is my objective.

Your blog should start with a keyword search. If you are an affiliate marketer, I recommend that you use JAAXY. It was designed for affiliate marketers and it is more accurate than other keyword tools. It was developed by Wealthy Affiliate, the premier affiliate marketing training center on the Internet. (I’ve been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since May 29, 2008 although I started affiliate marketing long before that.)

You should have some idea of the subject you want to cover before you start. Do a keyword search. Enter this topic in the JAAXY search bar (the link will give you 30 free searches on Jaxxy). Now a fairly long list of keyword searches will come up. Click on QSR and look for a green light. Stay away if there is a red light think twice, if there is a yellow light. A green light will meet that you will have less competition.

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I also look at the number of visitors each month, the higher the better. So with a green light at a high visit count, you are in business. But don’t stop there. Look at the suggested keywords too. Click on the good ones and save them at JAAXY or download them. Now you have narrowed your topic down. You will be more focused in your writing.

eyeglassesNow how long should your blog post be? I have a tendency to write short post. However, that may be fine for my thought of the day, the it is probably not long enough if I am really trying to teach. A friend of mine, a longtime member of Wealthy Affiliate, suggested that I make my blog posts 1000 words long. I started that recently, but I am long-winded when I get started and my first blog post after learning that was 1500 words. But that is okay too. I suggest that you very your post late just to keep your readers in a good mood to follow your post. (This post is about 900 words.)

Now you know your topic and you know how long it will be. Good for you! But we also need to think about our objective. There should be two objectives. First you should follow the objective of your website. I suggest that you go to SBA and set up a business plan for your site. It is free to do so, you just have to fill in the blanks, and when you are finished, you will know what your business (site) is all about.

traffic 4Now you decide what the main objective of your post really is. Again, there may be more than one objective. The obvious one is that you want to teach your reader about your subject. Another purpose might be to introduce your readers to you. You also may have the purpose that you would want readers to click on one of your affiliate links or perhaps an e-book that you wrote.

SBAHow Often Should You Post

In my opinion is an old man who’s been on the Internet for a long time, I suggest that you blog on your site every day if it is a new site. You should do this for a year and you should watch the traffic on your site to make sure that it is growing. If it is not growing, then you must think again about your niche, the market that you have focused on, and your content.

For older sites, you should post at least once a week. If it is a site where you’re promoting seasonal products, then you should post every day throughout the season. For example, I am an affiliate of Amazon.com and I have been for many years. Right now is a holiday season so I post every day on that site which is my gift site.

Attracting Readers to Your Site

When I write a post and publish it, I send it to the social networks. I use the Sociable plug-in on WordPress. I always make sure that there are illustrations in my post, even if it is only my mug, so that I can pin it to one or more of my boards.

business manYou can advertise your post, pages or your sites by purchasing advertising. Buying ads from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are low cost ways of promoting your site. You can also use paid ads from Google, which I do not recommend because of changes they have made on their site, or Yahoo/MSN. Need to learn how to use pay per click, PPC, and pay per action, PPC ads. You must have a budget and you must set your limits so that they cannot put you in the poorhouse. You also will want to narrow down your market when you use a PPC site. If you can write in a second language, then consider posting to countries where that language is spoken. Check on that with your affiliate manager to see where the market is for your product. You might be surprised at the affiliate manager’s answer.

Well that should be long enough!

Good hunting!

toolboxJohn

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You Need to Write but Can’t

10123428-man-working-on-a-laptopThis is a perpetual problem, especially for those who need to put content on websites, in articles, in emails, in blogs, etc.

Some folks can write but they just don’t know it. So I wrote a blog at Wealthy Affiliate University to give the new members there a hand, to teach them how to write.

Maybe it will help you.

It is called So You Are Not a Writer. Click Here to read the article.

John

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