Earn Money With Affiliate Marketing!

Ever wanted to make money from your website? Maybe you have dreamed about making money from a podcast or from your blog. If you have ever wondered how product reviews, or tutorials on YouTube could generate steady income, or wondered how to make money on social media, you are in the right place.

The term is “Affiliate Marketing” and it’s probably a lot easier than you think to make money this way. Today I will walk you through the process. We can discuss the upside and the downside, and you can judge for yourself if it’s right for you.

What exactly is Affiliate marketing?

To begin with, an affiliate marketing strategy is when a business pays others to promote their products or their services. For instance if you promote a particular brand of suitcase on your YouTube Channel and a visitor buys the same suitcase then in this instance the suitcase company would give you a commission.

There is a whole economy of people making money on the internet this way. It costs nothing to become an affiliate in most cases. You simply sign up, and start sharing the companies links to their products.

How does it work?

Joining an affiliate program is great but don’t just join any affiliate program. Look for higher quality items to recommend confidently. Don’t blindly join everything you come across. Most affiliate programs give you the choice to promote what you want to. Promote what makes sense to you, and remember to only recommend products you can trust. Furthermore, a lot of advertisers will offer different size banners and advertising graphics that you can pick from. This is nice because you can do whats right for you. Use only what fits with your preferences and ignore the rest.

Whenever a viewer clicks on one of these special banners or links, the advertiser will be able to track and give you credit for any purchases that they make.

Different kinds of companies will offer a few kinds of options for you to earn money. Below are some examples:

  1. Pay Per Lead: Payment is offered when a visitor provides contact info to the advertiser. (This is the hardest to make money at but still quite possible to succeed at.)
  2. Pay Per Click: Payment is offered when a visitor clicks on the merchants link
  3. Pay Per Sale: Payment is offered when a visitor buys something from the advertiser. Typically this can be in the form of a commission and tend to be the most lucrative.

Where to start? What affiliate programs should I look at first?

If you can justify it or it seems relevant to you and your following start with hosting. Hosting affiliates pay rates are some of the absolute highest rate or earning.

ASPnix and other hosting companies offer pretty competitive commission rates. For instance ASPnix offers a 50% commission on all sales.

Should I quit my day job?

In 2018 the field of affiliate marketing is still growing like a fire. For a number of reasons it’s really replaced a lot of other kinds of marketing on the internet but there are a few catches you should know.

-It’s really cheap to get into. There is no product to manage. No shelves to stock.

-It can be whatever you want it to be. Nearly anything on the internet can be made to earn money through affiliate marketing if done the right way. It all depends on you.

-It’s a passive form of income. Meaning, depending on your level of success you don’t need to manage it all of the time to generate income. Don’t take this to mean it doesn’t take any work at all. Like anything hard work and diligence pays off.

-You work from home. Those who find success in this field can work at their own pace and without the daily commute.

A final warning: You probably aren’t going to get rich overnight. Just because it’s a good opportunity to earn money doesn’t mean that you should necessarily quit your day job or give up your career. Don’t forget that like any new opportunity there is a learning curve. As you learn you will get better. As you get better you will make more money.

Pro Tip: Rookie mistake #1

Don’t forget to take your time. Don’t sign up for 3 dozen affiliates on your first day and find out afterwards that you can’t manage that many. Start slow, pick just a few good ones. Get comfortable with them before you start to grow some more.

In the end the real key to success is diligence and practice. Treat affiliate marketing like any other business and you will go far. As an honest way to drum up a little side money it really can be great but if your want to make this your full time gig you will need to invest yourself.

Color Psychology pt 2

If you haven’t yet, take a look at our first post on colors. This follow-up will focus more on the marketing potential in color and how to utilize that.

First off, you have probably seen a color wheel, but do you know how to utilize it? These terms may be helpful:

Color wheels are a helpful tool for assembling colors and intensities that complement each other. The hue is the brightest form of the color shown on the outside of the wheel. These are the purest form of the color and are not diluted with any white, black, or grey. Next is the tint, which has been mixed with white for a more pastel version of the same color. Third on the wheel, nearing the center, is the tone, which is the hue mixed with true grey for a more muted version. Lastly, closest to the center, is the shade which is the hue mixed with black for a rich, deep result.

Often in marketing, tints are used for female products while shades promote products geared toward men.

Think of the common colors we see around us. Pink is often associated with confectionary shops, red with fast food, calming greens with bookstores or organic markets, while blue is a common color in insurance companies and banks.

Color’s influence cannot be overstated.

The most important thing is that your design promotes readability. Blunt, complementary colors keep the text from fading into the background without contrast. For images or logos, colors schemes with the central item being the brightest color will focus attention without straining your viewers’ eyes.

Color schemes that consciously direct the eye’s path are often the most successful. For example, a website with a grey background, black text, and some red framing. If you organize the red so that it is associated with buttons, essential elements, and action, readers will be “trained” to recognize the highlighted sections as important.

Pros and Cons of Email Marketing


woman typingEmail marketing and newsletters can often be overlooked as outdated, as it has been around since the 1990’s. However e-newsletters have stood the test of time and still hold a place among the many methods vying for customers’ attention. If you are considering either adding a newsletter to your customer connection outreaches or getting rid of your newsletter, here are some pros and cons to consider.



  • Statistics are easy to read and interpret. Platforms are available to provide you with detailed statistics about interaction with your newsletter: who opens it up, their location at the time, which links were clicked and which avoided etc. From there you are able to identify and utilize the most helpful parts of the newsletter, target a more specific audience, and know what content that audience is looking for.
  • Pulls traffic to your website. Obviously the newsletter will contain a link to your website, but don’t stop there. Include a peek at your latest blog posts or your Twitter feed and invite them to participate in conversations hosted in those places.
  • Emphasizes personality. A newsletter opens up the possibility for the business owner to include short articles, updates, or personal stories. Making this personal connection is very important in customer relations. It will show you as down-to-earth and a real person, instead of a vague company entity.
  • Design and create your brand. You get full creative license in establishing a unique look for your company and keeping it consistent, yet interesting. Having an arrangement, color scheme, logo, and design that immediately makes your readers think of your brand is an essential marketing strategy and a strategy that newsletters will help you accomplish.
  • Cost efficient. The price of a newsletter is doubtlessly lower than that of a physical newsletter and maintenance is also far easier of a process.
  • Fully customizable. This covers both the content and the audience demographic. You can target specific interests of your audience by only sending relevant information. Some people will be interested in areas of your company or updates that others will not be. Being aware of this and focusing your information on those interested in it shows that you are connected to your audience and both respect and understand their interests.


  • Email overload. We all know the feeling of opening our inbox to find 35 unread emails waiting. It is easy for mail to get lost in the shuffle or deemed as less important and deleted without even opening it just to clear the clutter.
  • Spam filters. Everyone uses these and as handy as they can be for decluttering, anything advertisement related can automatically be sentenced to the spam folder.
  • Online marketing stretched thin. There are so many places today that require online presence: Facebook, Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn, and so forth. It can be hard to keep all of these platforms up and running with new content. You do not want to stretch your resources too thin. It is best to identify the platforms that are most helpful to your business and focus on those.
  • Unsubscribe buttons. It is as easy to sign up as to unsubscribe, unfortunately. While people are less picky about prioritizing what they choose to “like” on Facebook or follow on Twitter, having constant new unread emails can feel like a chore waiting to be checked off. The moment your newsletter stops being new and interesting, your audience levels will drop.