7 of the Best Affiliate Programs for Making Real Money

Out of all the ways you can make money creating content, affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to do it. You don’t have to build, market, or sell a product or service. You just have to insert affiliate links or ads in your content, which usually doesn’t cost any money, and then wait for people to click on them and buy something, earning you a commission. Once you partner with an eCommerce platform or business that has an affiliate program, you can pick out relevant products to promote on your website. Your partners will then send you custom links to their product pages that can track customers referred by your website. But what are the affiliate programs that can actually supplement your income or even become your main source of income? To help you partner with the best affiliate programs out there, we’ve put together a list of the affiliate programs that’ll help you make some real money. Best Affiliate Programs Amazon Associates Google AdSense eBay Partner Network Rakuten Marketing Affiliates Shopify’s Affiliate[…]

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11 Best Practices for Facebook Cover Photos & Videos [+ Templates]

When people arrive at your Facebook Page, where do you think they first look? I’ll give you some hints. It’s a visual piece of content that sits at the top of your Page. Its dimensions are 820 pixels wide by 312 pixels tall. It takes up almost a quarter of the screen on most desktop browsers. That’s right — it’s your Facebook cover photo. Sometimes called your Facebook banner, this graphic is one of the most noticeable parts of your Page. It’s therefore crucial that you follow Facebook cover photo best practices. Facebook Cover Photo Size Optimize your cover photo for the right dimensions: 820 pixels wide and 312 pixels tall for desktop, 640 pixels wide by 360 pixels tall for mobile. If your uploaded image is smaller than these dimensions, Facebook will stretch it to fit — making it look blurry. Whether you’re using Facebook to generate leads, close your next sale, or create a customer community, knowing how to make and optimize your cover photo is very important. And when you consider the[…]

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How to Find the Right Keywords to Rank #1 on Google For

Do you want more traffic? Well, who doesn’t? The reason you want more traffic is that you think more traffic equals more revenue. But here is what you’ll learn the hard way… as your traffic goes up, your revenue won’t increase at the same pace. And in many cases, as your traffic goes up, your revenue won’t increase one bit. In other words, if you get the wrong kind of traffic, you’ll find yourself spinning your wheels and becoming frustrated. It happens to all of us. So let me show you what I’ve learned the hard way. So how good is my search traffic? Take a look at the screenshot below. That’s a laundry list of keywords that drive me the most traffic. But there is an issue with a lot of those keywords. They drive traffic but not revenue. Keywords like affiliate marketing, SEO analyzer, SEO checker, and statistical significance calculator are all terms that won’t drive me any revenue. I don’t offer affiliate marketing services and anyone searching for terms like “SEO analyzer”[…]

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17 Charts That Show Where Social Media is Heading

You already know it’s harder to get traffic from the social web unless you spend money on ads. There’s nothing new with that fact… just look at the graph above: It breaks down how the average number of social shares per blog post has been dying year over year. But the reality is you can’t ignore platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube or any other new contender that comes out and gains traction. These social sites command so much traffic, that we have no choice but to be on them. Just look at the Similar Web numbers for Facebook… they get an estimated 19.2 billion visits a month. That’s ridiculous! And it’s not just Facebook either… according to Similar Web, all of the big platforms get tons of traffic: LinkedIn – 917 million visitors a month Twitter – 3.62 billion visitors a month YouTube – 22.77 billion visitors a month Pinterest – 722 million visitors a month Instagram – 2.86 billion visitors a month In other words, whether you like their algorithm tweaks or[…]

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17 Charts That Show Where Content Marketing is Heading

I started content marketing in the early days. So early that when I first met the WordPress founder, he had just raised $1.1 million for WordPress. Fast forward to today and WordPress is worth over a billion dollars. Similarly, when I first started with content marketing, there were less than 30 million blogs that existed and now there are over a billion. In other words, things have changed drastically and now it’s what more competitive. We are at a point where you already know you need to leverage content marketing. But what areas of content marketing should you focus on? How many blog posts do you need to write? What are the best ways to monetize your traffic? How can you ensure that what you are doing will work in the future? To shed some light on where content marketing is headed, I’ve gathered data from 183 companies who are all leveraging content marketing. Each company makes at least 5 million dollars in revenue a year and generates less than $1.9 billion a year. These[…]

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What Is Semi-Structured Data?

To consider what semi-structured data is, let’s start with an analogy — interviewing. Let’s say you’re conducting a semi-structured interview. This, as the name implies, falls somewhere in-between a structured and unstructured interview. For context, a structured interview is one in which the questions being asked, as well as the order in which they are asked, is pre-determined by your HR team and consistent for each candidate. An unstructured interview, on the other hand, is one in which the questions, and the order in which they are asked, is up to the discretion of the interviewer — and could be entirely different for each candidate. When you consider these two extremes, you can begin to see the benefits of semi-structured interviews, which are fairly consistent and quantitative (like a structured interview), but still provide the interviewer with a window for building rapport, and asking follow-up questions. Semi-structured data is similar in nature to a semi-structured interview — it’s not as messy and uncontrolled as unstructured data, but not as rigid and readily quantifiable as structured[…]

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