How to Make Money Online from Classified Ad Marketing

Classified ad marketing is a quick and easy way to make money online without having a website or blog. This is a great bum marketing technique.

It basically involves placing short text ads on free classified ad websites. Within each ad you place an affiliate link to a product you are promoting. When a visitor to your ad clicks the affiliate link they are taken to the merchants website and if they purchase a product from that site, you get a commission for that sale.

The trick here is to choose classified ad sites that already rank really well in Google. In this way you are not only getting the traffic from the classified ad site itself but you are also, and more importantly, getting search engine traffic as your ad will rank on the first page of Google…or at least that is our aim. A couple of good ones are Craigslist.com and usfreeads.com.

To make this work, you need to find keywords to use in your ads that are not very competitive. In other words, you don’t want to compete with millions of other websites to get your classified ad on the front page of a Google search so choosing low competitive keywords is the key.

Step 1: Choose a product

The first step is to find a product to promote. We recommend using Clickbank if you are just starting out but other affiliate networks include Commission Junction, Linkshare and Shareasale, just to name a few.

Now rather than repeat myself, take a look at my article on How to make money with forum marketing to see how to go about choosing a Clickbank product.

Step 2: Find keywords that relate to those products

In the title of your ad and also in the ad description you need to use appropriate keywords so that firstly people can find your ad when they do a search in Google or any of the other search engines and secondly so that your ad ranks highly in the search engines. Use Wordtracker or the free Google Keyword Tool to find keywords that relate to the product you chose to promote.

Step 3: Place your ads

There are a number of free classified ad sites on the Internet. Just do a search in Google and you will see plenty. The one we like to use however is called USFreeads. This site gets a lot of traffic and ranks well in Google so you don’t need to do much work to get your ad ranking.

You will need to sign up with USFreeads first – you can do that HERE.

When creating your ads the main things to remember are to use the keyword you choose in step 2 in the title of your ad and also as the main heading of the ad itself. Use H1 tags to highlight the title and then place the keyword another couple of times in the ad.

You will also need to add your affiliate links in the ad so that readers of your ad can click through to the product.

Step 4: Social Bookmarking

Once you have placed your ad you should add the link to a few bookmarking sites to boost the ads ranking. Also getting a few backlinks from other websites will help.

Important

Remember that this is a numbers game – the more ads you can put up the better. You will find that some ads do extremely well and get you a lot of sales whilst others will do nothing. This is why you can’t just stop at one ad – just keep pumping them out. If you can do 10 a day great, if you can do 20 even better. Just get as many up as your time allows. Even just two a day is better than nothing – by the end of the month you would have 60 ads up.

Once you start making money it is highly recommended that you pay for the monthly subscription to USFreeads. At $9.95 it is well worth it.

How to Make Money with Forum Marketing

Forum Marketing is an easy way to make money on the internet. The major advantage is that you don’t need to have a website or blog to do it.

What is a forum?

A forum is a website where like minded people get together to discuss a specific topic. Within the forum a user can post a ‘thread’ which is simply a topic for discussion. There could be hundreds of different threads going at any one time. Once a thread is posted other users can login and leave a response. Each response is added to the thread and hundreds or even thousands of responses can be posted.

To make money on forums you simply register with a forum and start posting your own responses to threads or you can even create your own threads. At the bottom of each response you leave you add one or more affiliate links to a product.

However, you don’t have to add it manually each time you make a post as forums have what’s known as a signature section where you can add your affiliate links. You only have to do this once and then each time you make a post to the forum your affiliate links will show up automatically at the bottom of your response.

The whole point to this is that you are trying to get readers of the forum to click on your affiliate links. The more posts you make, the more times your links will show up and the more likely they will get clicked on by a reader of the forum.

Step 1: Find a product to market

Before you can start making money with forum marketing you need to actually find a product to market. This doesn’t mean that you have to actually go out and purchase stock to sell. Instead you can become an affiliate and promote someone else’s product and make a commission with each person you refer who makes a purchase of that product.

You can find products in a variety of places but our recommendation is to start with Clickbank as it is easy to use and it has a range of very marketable products.

1. Sign up with Clickbank.

Your first step is to sign up with Clickbank. It’s free and once you have registered you will be ready to start choosing products to promote. Clickbank is the biggest online intermediary for digital downloadable products.

You can also find products at:

Commission Junction
Linkshare
ShareaSale

2. Click on Marketplace

At the top of the Clickbank screen is a link called ‘Marketplace’. Click on this link and start searching for products. There are thousands to choose from so you need to be a little bit picky as to what you choose as not all products will sell well.

If you are new to all of this, the best thing to do is to find a product that you are interested in. This will make it easier for you when you start leaving forum posts as at least you will have some knowledge of the topic. For instance, if you play the guitar then type in ‘guitar’ into the Clickbank search and see what products come up.

Now the absolute best thing you can do is actually buy the product yourself so you know that it is a quality product. That of course isn’t always practical so look for products that have a high gravity. What this actually means is that a lot of affiliates are promoting it which gives us an indication that it sells well.

Step 2: Find Related Forums

Once you have a product, you need to find forums that relate to your product. For instance, if you chose a dog training ebook then you need to look for forums relating to dogs, animals or pets. To do this head on over to Google search and type in variations of product keywords with the word ‘forum’. For example:

– ‘dog forum’
– ‘puppy forum’
– ‘animal forum’
– ‘pet forum’

This should provide you with a list of related forums that you can start adding comments to. Ensure that each forum is fairly active as your posts will be wasted. To do this just check the number of posts left and check the dates added. If the dates are within the past few days then you know that the forum is fairly active.

What to look for:

  • Read the forum rules first before signing up.
  • Ensure they allow signatures in your posts and allow affiliate links
  • Ensure they are active

Step 3: Sign up for each forum

Now you need to register with each related forum. Just look for a place on the forum page called ‘Register’ or something similar.

Step 4: Start leaving posts

Before you start adding affiliate links it is important that you read the rules of the forum. You should also spend some time just reading through the forum to see what sorts of discussions are going on and what questions are being asked.

To do this, click on a thread that interests you and read what the person has to say. You will probably find responses under that initial thread so read each of those as well as it will give you an idea of what sorts of things are spoken about.

If you have something to contribute then look for a button or link that allows you to respond. It will be say something like ‘Respond to this thread’ or ‘Reply’ or ‘Add a response’. Just click on that and you will be presented with a box where you can type in your response. Once you have done that just click on the button or link that allows you to post to the forum. It will say something like ‘Save’ or ‘Post’ or ‘Submit’ or something similar.

Don’t be shy about making posts. You have to start somewhere so just provide your thoughts and then move onto the next thread. Add four or five responses to get the hang of it.

Important

1. Never spam the forum. In other words don’t write your posts just to promote your product. You will be thrown out of the forum quick smart if you do this. You don’t want to even mention the product you are promoting in your responses. This is done via your signature which we will come to next.

2. Never leave short answers like ‘nice post’ or ‘great idea’. This is not contributing to the forum in any way and again you will probably be thrown out. Leave good quality responses that provide value to the forum.

Step 5: Add your signature

Most forums have a signature section which allows you to add some text and a link or two below each of your forum posts. Some forums require you to add a certain amount of posts before you can add a signature. This may well be worth the effort if the forum is very active.

To add a signature look for the CPanel or CP or user admin area of the forum. You have to be logged in to access this section. Once in this area you may need to click around on the menu bar to see where the signature section is hidden. It is not always obvious.

Once you have found it you will need to add the Clickbank hoplink to this section. To get your Clickbank hoplink you just click on the “create hoplink” link under the product your are going to promote and then type in your Clickbank nickname. You would have created this when you registered with Clickbank.

BUT you don’t just want to add the link to the signature section as that would be really boring and nobody would click on it. You need to find something that will entice the person to click so start thinking of a catchy phrase or sentence that you can use to incorporate with your affiliate link. For instance if you are promoting a dog ebook then you might use one of the following:

– Proven methods to stop your dog from barking. Click here to see how.
– In just five minutes you can teach your dog to sit. Click here to see how.
– My dog was a biter. Click here to see how I fixed it.

Now you don’t want to lie here and make up stories so ensure that what you say in your signature is accurate.

Now you just need to combine your text with your Clickbank hoplink. Forums usually use a type of code called BBCode which uses a system of tags, There are a number of tags we can use but for our affiliate link we want to use the [url] tag.

So lets just say we have our text that we want to use which is: “Proven methods to stop your dog from barking. Click here to see how” and we also have our Clickbank hoplink which is http://www.myclickbanknickname.dogtrainingebook.com.

Now we want the reader to be able to click on the words ‘Click here’ in our piece of text so we need to add a link to those words. To create the code for this we do the following:

[url=http://www.myclickbanknickname.dogtrainingebook.com]Click here[/url]

We then add our text around this as follows:

Proven methods to stop your dog from barking. [url=http://www.wspc25.dogtrainingebook.com]Click here[/url] to see how.

This will display as follows:

Proven methods to stop your dog from barking. Click here to see how.

Once you have done this then save your changes and click the Preview link if the forum has one so you can see if your link works. If they don’t have a preview link then the only way to check is to create a post in the forum and see if your signature shows up correctly at the end of your post.

Now What?

Just start leaving as many forum posts as you can on as many forums as you can. But always keep in mind that you need to provide value to the forum by writing good quality responses. You are better off in the long run providing quality rather than quantity as other readers are more likely to click on your link if you have something of value to say.

Good Luck!!

Top 8 Best Clickbank Products to Promote

Best Clickbank ProductsHere is a list of the top 8 best Clickbank products based on gravity, sale amount, refunds and just our general experience with conversion rates.

1. Wealthy Affiliate University Membership

UPDATE!!!…Since this blog post was written things have changed and Wealthy Affiliate now has a a free sign-up option. This is great news for those wanting to promote this product because you can get a good idea of what’s inside before paying.

Actually this one isn’t in Clickbank but I had to put it in because I know for a fact that it converts extremely well. We are averaging one sale for every 40 people we send to the Wealthy Affiliate website.  Some of you may say that you can get better than that BUT the big advantage of Wealthy Affiliate (WA) is that as long as the person remains a member we continue to get a recurring monthly commission. And so far, 75% of the people we have referred have remained members.

For each sign up you either receive $20 per month if they are paying monthly or $175 if they pay for a year.

The drawback is that you have to be a member of Wealthy Affiliate in order to become an affiliate but it worked out well for us because within the first month of joining WA we referred two people so the commission we receive from referring them covers our monthly fee. Of course we have referred quite a few more since then but it is nice to know that our monthly membership is now paid for.

WA includes extensive stats so you can see where your sales are coming from. They also provide keyword lists that you can use in your promotion and tutorials on using Google Adwords, article marketing, Squidoo and other bum marketing techniques.

Definitely recommended.

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2. Legit Online Jobs

We actually signed up with Legit Online Jobs months ago and they are one we definitely recommend to our readers so we know it is worth promoting. You can read our review of it here.

Legit Online Jobs is a great product to promote because it encompasses so many different ways of making money online including data entry, bum marketing techniques, paid surveys, ebay marketing and much more. This means that you can find thousands of keywords to use to promote it.

Paying out at over $30 per sale it only takes a 3 or 4 sales a day to start making a full time income from it.

This product has a very low refund rate.

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3. Strip That Fat

The weight loss industry is huge and big money can be made from it. This product has just hit the internet in a big way and is converting extremely well. The product includes a couple of ebooks plus an online diet generator. It’s well presented and the landing page is professional and clean.

Paying a commission of around $38 a sale this is one worth promoting.

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4. Beating Adwords

We purchased Beating Adwords as we were in desperate need of help after experiencing the Google Adwords slap when our cost per click leaped to $10 and more for some keywords. This ebook solved that problem for us and helped to increase our page quality score and reduce our bid prices dramatically.

Beating Adwords has a very low refund rate and pays a nice commission at just over $30. It is well written and covers everything anyone will need to improve their Google Adwords campaigns as well as going into detail about writing ads and creating landing pages.

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5. Official Secret Restaurant Recipes

This is a great seller and converts really well. This is another ebook with a very low refund rate so you can be assured that buyers are happy with the product.

The landing page is well presented and you can’t help but want to buy this after seeing how many secret recipes you get. The price of the ebok at $29.97 is reasonable so sales are more likely. You get just over $20 per sale so it is well worth promoting. We’ve done well with this one.

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6. Acne Free in 3 Days

If you had acne you couldn’t help but buy this product. The landing page has everything you would ever need to increase conversions with its before and after photos and its ‘as seen on tv’ approach.

Paying out at $21.50 per sale and with a low refund rate, this is a good one to promote.

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7. Fat Loss for Idiots

Another weight loss ebook that does extremely well. Check out their landing page. It’s different and it works. They work at attracting people who want quick weight loss which is pretty much everyone.

The payout is just over $30 per sale and refunds are very low.

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8. World of Warcraft Secrets

World of Warcraft is huge and good money can be made from this niche. It helps if you know a little about this online game before promoting but it isn’t necessary.

The landing page is well presented with lots of bonuses and the video is quite convincing. There are thousands of keywords that can be sourced to promote this product.

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