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It is possible for a person new to marketing to make money online for free; meaning selling products using totally free resources. You don't need a product, website, mailing list, or any of the other necessities of doing business online. Read on to discover how.
The way this is accomplished is by selling other people's products.
The way it works is you sign up to Mr. X's affiliate program, and promote his product for a commission. I'm going to give you a few ways to do this that doesn't cost you a penny. As long as you have a computer and an internet connection, you can make money online for free.
The first thing you need is a market, or people with money that want to buy something. Your job at the start is to figure out what it is people want to buy. This is where old-fashioned brainstorming comes into play.
The obvious place to start is by thinking of all the things you like to do - your hobbies, your job, your travels, favorite foods - the li st is endless.
Maybe you're a whiz at video games, or bass fishing. Any of these subjects has a possible customer base so it's just a matter of picking one and doing a little research.
Go to the Google Keyword Tool and type in your main keyword. This would be a broad term to begin with such as "weight loss" or "bass fishing" and then use the supplied keywords from that search to narrow it down from there.
An example would be bass fishing. A broad search for the keyword "bass fishing" returns 550,000 global searches and 368,000 local searches per month.
There is definitely enough interest in this topic for deeper exploration, although there is so much competition for that keyword, it'll be practically impossible to rank on the first page of the search engines, so let's "niche" it down a little further.
Looking down the list of keyword suggestions from Google keyword tool, we find the phrase "bass fishing techniques" that shows 18,100 global and 1 2,100 local searches with very little competition, so that's plenty of interest, and a real possibility of getting a good ranking.
In addition, bass fishermen are extremely passionate about the sport and spend tons of money every year on tackle and gear, so this is a great niche to look at.
Now, the next step is to find a product to offer them.
First, do we want to sell a hard (physical) product such as lures, rods, reels, and other tackle, or do we want to offer them digital products such as ebooks and reports, or maybe videos?
I say start with digital products because it's so much easier to deliver a digital product than a physical one. You have absolutely NO delivery cost either!
Let's head over to ClickBank.com and see if we can find something to offer our friends, the bass fishermen. You'll need to sign up for a free account if you don't have one already, but it's painless, and there are literally thousands of other products in the Marketpl ace you can promote as an affiliate.
Once you get your account set up, type your main keyword into the search box in the ClickBank Marketplace.
I typed in "bass fishing techniques" and the first product in line is one called "Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips" that sells for $ 29.95 and pays you 75% commissions or $ 20.02 in commission per sale. That's not too shabby, so let's go with that for now especially since he's offering a ton of bonuses to go with it; it should be a good seller.
Get your link from ClickBank and get ready to promote! You may want to get a free URL shortening link such as TinyURL or BudURL to not only cloak your link from affiliate commission thieves, but also so you have some click tracking to see how many clicks you get from your promotions.
Now, this is where it really gets interesting. We have a LOT more options for free promotion now than we did back when I started.
There are social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, social bookmarking, as in Squidoo and HubPages, along with press releases, article directories, blogs, and video sharing sites.
Guess what, we're going to use all of those and more. You're going to saturate the internet with your affiliate link, and you know what? It's not going to cost you a penny other than what you already spend for your internet bill every month.
These are all free resources you can use to promote products that also happen to be high traffic sites so it's only a matter of time before you start making sales.
Once you make some money, you can turn to various paid resources to speed up the process, but for now, you'll concentrate on the free ones.
The first thing you want to do now is write short 400-500 word article about bass fishing techniques.
Now, I can hear a lot of you already saying, "Well, I can't write an article!"
I say you can - it just takes a little focus and here's the easy way to do it.
Go to the sa les letter for the product and scroll down to the bullet points. These are the main benefits of the product, so you just choose 5-6 of the points, and take each point one at a time and expand on it; fill in the blanks, so to speak.
It won't take long before you've got a 400 - 500 word article. Be sure to include a "resource box" or an "about the author" box at the end of the article with your website link in it which we'll talk about in the next paragraph.
Go to Weebly.com and sign up for a free account and build yourself a free website. They have hundreds of cool templates to choose from, so it's not hard to come up with a great looking site in a few minutes. The content for your homepage will be the article you just wrote and submitted to the article directories. In the body of the article, include your cloaked affiliate link for the product.
Next, search Google for "article directories" without the quotation marks. This will give you a list of all the pl aces you can submit your articles online. The reason you're doing this is because Google and the other search engines crawl these article directory sites several times a day, and they will pick up your link for indexing, so get your article uploaded to several of these directories.
Next, go to Blogger.com and sign up for a free blog. So what is your first post going to be? You guessed it! The article you wrote with a link back to your free Weebly.com website.
You see, you want all these free resources pointing to your website which will then point to your affiliate link for the product. Your website may get picked up and indexed by the search engines, but more importantly, it may get discovered on all these other sites you have links on. The more places you have your website link, the better the chances of it getting clicked on.
Search Google for "top social bookmarking sites" and "top social networking sites" without the quotation marks. Once you get your list, sign up for free accounts at each one and include the link to your website in your profile for each one.
On some of them, you'll have the opportunity to have a "page" or article. This is where you paste the article you wrote.
On sites like Squidoo and Digg, people can rank your site. The better the content in your article, the better your site will be ranked, and more people checking it out, so be sure to write the best article you possibly can.
Now, there's a piece of software installed on practically every computer built since 2002 that's so grossly underused, it's almost a crime, and that's Windows Movie Maker! It's been installed on every Windows computer since the beginning of XP!
You need to make a short video to upload to the various video sharing sites.
This is a lot simpler than you may think. You simply take the article you wrote and go to http://sxc.hu and find some free stock photos that fit the theme of the article.
Open up Windows Movie Maker and paste in a photo and read from the article. You probably need 4-5 photos to make a 2- 3 minute video. Once you get your video finished, search for "video sharing sites" without the quotation marks. When you get a list of the top 15 or 20 free sites, open up accounts with each of them and start uploading your video.
Once you get your video uploaded to as many sites as you can, it's time to start over with a new article and go through the process again.
Using free resources, you won't see money coming in overnight, most likely, but if you stick with it, you could start seeing sales within a few days. It could possibly take a couple of weeks, and you may need to go through the process 2-3 times, but be patient - it will come. It's all a numbers game; the bigger your numbers, the better your chances of making money!
Once you start making money in this niche, find another one and set up the same system and establish another stream of income. After a while, you'll have a passive cash flow that you couldn't stop if you wanted to - true autopilot money, and it didn't cost you a dime up front!
Michael Worthington has been involved in direct sales and advertising for over 40 years and has been marketing online since 2003. For a "step by step", "fill in the blanks" video course on how to accomplish the plan laid out in this article, go to http://TheAffiliateRx.com/af
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