5 Qualities for Affiliate Marketing Online

5 Qualities for Affiliate Marketing Online

Affiliate Marketing, or Internet Marketing is a great opportunity to start earning money online and the premise is very simple. The problem with that is that people then assume it is easy and they will make money straightaway with little effort.  Having this attitude can lead to you becoming disheartened and giving up, or not bothering.

However, if you keep the 5 qualities for affiliate marketing online in mind you can be very successful at affiliate marketing. But let’s start with what affiliate marketing is…

What is Affiliate Marketing?

The simple explanation for affiliate marketing is a process to sell someone else’s product or service online and earning a commission. There are many affiliate programs out there, with Amazon being one that most people will know and being the biggest marketplace online is a great partner for being successful.

You then build a niche website, writing articles and product reviews that link to these products in Amazon.  If they go on to buy the product, you have just earned a commission.

Your niche can be on any subject, but preferably a subject you will want to keep on writing about and hopefully know lots about.

For example, a photographer might have a website showing people how to use a dslr type camera, all the different functions and capturing different types of photography.  That builds trust.  He then teams it with reviews of different dslr type cameras, or lenses, etc.  His readers would follow these links as he has recommended them and he earns commission from them.

There are many factors or qualities that are needed to become successful and start earning thousands a month.  Many affiliate marketers or display these qualities are earning on a regular basis.

Let’s go through the 5 qualities for affiliate marketing online success Continue reading “5 Qualities for Affiliate Marketing Online”

How to Become an Uber Driver

How to Become an Uber Driver

Uber is becoming more popular for both passengers and drivers, but before you apply to become a driver, find out what are the factors you need to consider before you do. Read on to learn everything about it.

Who or What is Uber?

Uber Technologies Inc. offer taxi services in 33 countries, but it isn’t in the traditional way of people phoning a number and waiting (hoping) a car turns up. They have turned the way people order taxis around and made it easier.

Their headquarters are in San Francisco, USA and started in 2009.

In the UK, it is in a number of cities and is becoming more popular with both passengers and drivers. At present all of their drivers, or partners as Uber prefer to name them, are treated as self-employed. Continue reading “How to Become an Uber Driver”

Receipt Hog Review

Receipt HogReceipt Hog Review

Overall Ranking:

Price: Free

Owners: InfoScout

Website: www.receipthog.com

Introduction

Market Research is key to many companies and their strategies to get people to buy new stuff. But how do they find out what people are buying?

That is a key reason why market research companies will pay for that information through either survey sites or this clever little app that is easy to use and rewards you too.

Their reasoning is very apt, you already purchase groceries, toiletries, etc. and what they want to know is what brands you are buying so they can share their results with these companies. As you already fork out money on them, why not get a little reward by sharing that information.  It is really easy to use, legitimate and is recommended by Martin Lewis’s moneysavingexpert.com. Continue reading “Receipt Hog Review”

Freedom Fast Lane Scam – Is it Really a Scam?

Freedom Fast Lane Review Freedom Fast Lane Scam

Overall Ranking: 60/100

Price: The Tribe – $5k/year, The Backroom $25k/year, BBB $2,997 one-off

Owners: Ryan Daniel Moran

Website: www.freedomfastlane.com

INTRODUCTION

Freedom Fastlane is a training program with a community which offers programs to aid it starting, or scaling up a business.  Their owner, Ryan Daniel Moran, shares his experience of how he went from selling little to becoming very successful and wealthy in the process.  There are a number of positives to this program, but at a high cost.  Is it worth it?  Find out more in my review. Continue reading “Freedom Fast Lane Scam – Is it Really a Scam?”

OnePoll Surveys Review

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 One PollOnePoll Surveys Review

Overall Ranking: 6.2 out of 10

Price: Free Sign-up

Owners: Part of SWNS (South West News Service)

Website: http://www.onepoll.com/

INTRODUCTION

One Poll is a UK based market research organisation.  It is part of the SWNS, South West News Service, which in turn is the UK’s largest independent Press Agency.  The specialise in PR and gathering information for big brands, their website show reputable brands such as Nationwide, TSB, ITV and Sky to name a few that use their services to gather market research.

So, they are very reputable and legitimate, but are they worth you spending your time in to complete some surveys? Will it pay well for that service?

In this review, I will share my personal experience and let you know…

Let’s start with what type of person is this for. Continue reading “OnePoll Surveys Review”

Prolific Surveys Review

Prolific Academic (Surveys)
Prolific Surveys Review

Overall Ranking: 7.5 out of 10

Price: Free

Owners: Oxford University Innovation

Website: https://www.prolific.ac/

INTRODUCTION

Online Surveys are a great way of earning a little extra money from your computer or phone. Having said that, actually earning enough to hit the threshold for payment isn’t always as easy as it seems, in this review I will discuss the good and the bad about Prolific Academic (Surveys) and let you know what I think about this survey site.

Prolific Academics is offered by the Oxford University Innovation Software Incubator, so is predominantly studies from universities around the globe, I just completed a study in decision making by a university in Norway. They offer rewards for you completing these surveys and use the tag line “Take part in world-leading research and earn money for yourself or charity”.

Continue reading “Prolific Surveys Review”

How to Become a Mystery Shopper for Free

How to become a mystery shopper for free

Ever considered being a Mystery Shopper?

It seems like one of those great jobs where you get paid to go shopping or get a free meal? In essence, it is this simple, however they do expect you to be able to go in and look at specific things and write up a report at the end.

Not to mention, the deadlines. But it is totally possibly to earn some extra money being a mystery shopper.  I will be describing how to become a mystery shopper for free, with 3 reputable providers.  They have some major retailers asking for feedback including Tesco, Argos and many restaurants, etc.

Whilst it isn’t a way of earning a full-time living, it is a great way for anyone to earn some extra money and if you already go to a lot of retailers or restaurants, then this might be great for you.

Note – this information is based on living in the UK, these 3 providers are all based in the UK and act on the UK retail and food markets. Continue reading “How to Become a Mystery Shopper for Free”

BlueHost WordPress Review

Overall Ranking:Bluehost WordPress Review

Price: For WordPress Standard starts at $19.99/month, normally $39.99/month

Owners: Endurance International Group Hldgs Inc.

Website: www.bluehost.com

Who are bluehost?

Bluehost was founded in 1996.  It has grown to a point where it hosts over 2 million websites and has been a recommended provider by WordPress.org since 2006. They are owner by Endurance International Group Holding Inc.

They offer a number of different hosting options; this review is based on their WordPress offering. They offer a number of options for those just starting out and those who are looking to grow their business. On initial research, there are a number of misleading reviews, this could possibly be down to their affiliate program offering anyone who promotes them to a reward of $68.  You recommend them to a new user and you receive this reward, this can sometimes lead to people promoting them even if they do not believe they are the best option.   To ensure my review is my own thoughts and impartial, I have not become an affiliate of this product.  I will only  recommend products I believe in and would use myself.

I have checked out a number of opinions, reviews and their website to give you my opinion, read on to see what I found.

Who is bluehost for?

Bluehost is recommended by WordPress.org and I can see that they have a number of benefits to using them, they have options including shared hosting, WordPress hosting, WooCommerce, VPS hosting, dedicated hosting, reseller hosting. So, they have any option that you may need, depending on your needs.  It can look confusing on their website though.  I looked at the website and saw $3.95/month for a shared hosting account. Which looked great, but was actually a very limited version.  I use WordPress, so if I wanted a WordPress Standard account with Bluehost, it would cost me $19.99/month to start.  But this is an offer which is normally $39.99.  so how long do I pay $19.99/month before the new price kicked.  This wasn’t very clear and still is unanswered.  What you get for that price was great, but still depending on your needs, the price could sky rocket a bit.

See below each type:

Shared Hosting: Designed for a new website starting out with low traffic, you use shared resources on the server.

Cloud Hosting: an upgrade to the shared hosting, it utilises multiple cloud servers.  It will automatically switch between servers based on any problems or traffic issues.

WordPress Hosting: optimized for WordPress websites, with support to protect the site against common threats.

WooCommerce Hosting: allow you to start an online store in WordPress.  WooCommerce is a popular plugin for WordPress.

VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting: allows you to use virtual dedicated resources in a shared environment.

Dedicated Server Hosting: a dedicated server for just your website. this allows you all the resources this can give you, but at the cost of you having to manage it yourself.

Pros

  • Number One recommended web hosting by WordPress.org.
  • 1-click install WordPress installation
  • 30-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.

Cons

  • The WordPress Managed accounts are very expensive compared to many of their competitors, check out SiteRubix (2 free sites with a free starter account)
  • Bluehost tend to try and get you to upsell quite regularly, which can get annoying
  • Investigations show their server uptime clocking in at only 99.0%, quite low for such a big provider.
  • Mixed views on their customer service, some stating they have had to wait a long time to get their ticket viewed and sorted
  • Wouldn’t say it would be great to someone who is totally new to WordPress, their training is based on someone who knows SEO, etc.

Training/Tools Available

They have a number of tools to help you, which they call their cPanel.  Which when one searches in their self-help to see what tools it actually offers, it comes up with a database error, this would be a concern for me, as it might affect your websites uptime as well.  But on the whole, users find the tools a great help towards their website.

Even though they promote themselves as a great starting point for someone new to a website, I still have yet to find anything that offers anything in the sense of extensive training for someone new it.  Having a website is only part of the journey, you need to understand SEO, the importance of relevant content, using google webmaster tools, even PPC (pay-per-click).

What is Their Support Like?

They have an option called Self-Help, which is basically a FAQ. Although I found that hard to navigate and it didn’t really answer my questions I had, especially around the WordPress option.  It was simple enough to answer how to install a WordPress site, which is made simple with a 1-click install option, but most providers offer this.

They also have a ticket system, where you can ask support for answers which is 24/7.  There seems to be a mixed view online about this.  Some say it’s great and they got a response straightaway, others are stating a massive delay.  BlueHost have over 2 million websites on their hosting, so there is bound to be a delay at certain times.

How Much Does It Cost?

Their shared hosting is very cheap, starting at $3.95/month but this is very limited with capacity, abilities, etc.  On the other hand, their WordPress managed accounts have all the features but is one of the most expensive providers out there.  Their standard package starts at $19.99 and this is an introductory offer.  The price is normally $39.99.

My frustration from the price comes from the fact that even the ultimate package still only offers 1 domain.

Bluehost WordPress Packages

Final Opinion & Verdict

All I have found about Bluehost is mainly positive, they have a number of hosting packages depending on what a user wants from it.  It does feel like they have spread their resources too thin when you hear the customer support team gets mixed views from a number of reviewers/users.

As far as WordPress Managed accounts, they offer free ssl, on all packages and with 1-click install it is easy to get started, but on the other hand their managed accounts are quite expensive compared to other competitors.

They do come recommended from WordPress.org and offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied.

Overall, I think if you are a complete newbie, wanting to start out in blogging, you would be better with Wealthy Affiliate, check out my review.  As a new starter, you need proper training and tools that will help you establish your business that Bluehost may not offer.

They could possibly be better alternatives for those that have a fully-fledged business already looking for a hosting provider, due to the support concerns, I would probably say these might not be for you.  Bluehost would be great for someone who knows what they are doing, is happy paying the price to get free ssl. My only pushback would be that even paying for the higher subscriptions, you are limited to one full domain website, SiteRubix offers 25 websites with free ssl for their premium members.  Their hosting also scores top marks.

Final Verdict

Bluehost is a great provider, but not our number one recommendation, seems too expensive compared to better alternatives, with too many upsells

Thanks for taking the time to read this review, if you have any thoughts on Bluehost – good or bad, then please let me know what you think.

John