In a few days time I will have been using Squidoo for six years! It’s amazing to think that when I first started, my intention was simply to promote my genealogy websites and a small community that I had built. Today I am generating a not unreasonable amount of income from working in a variety of niches. But I have also spread my wings and am generating more income from my own sites.
I was asked to write an article about how I had gone about doing that and in particular about something which has enabled me to really spread my wings beyond Amazon.
It’s quite easy to get caught up building more and more pages at the free sites that are available to those of us writing online. As a way of creating an income through affiliate marketing they make things very easy for us.
Many people will be familiar with affiliate marketing sites such as Commission Junction where you are able to promote products from many companies and earn money from doing so. But you are still building someone else’s website aren’t you? We are all familiar with the problems that can create in the longer term. Not least of course is that the owners may decide to close the site, or they can lock your pages and cut off your source of income or many of the other issues that can occur when you do not own the site.
So what do you need to do? How can you start to create your own income stream which is not reliant on someone else? Over the last year this is something that I have been asked about more and more as people have become aware that this is something I have been doing.
Let me be very clear before you read any further. There are costs associated with creating your own web properties, whether that be domain names and hosting; plugins for blogs that automate processes or having content created. Some of those costs you can reduce by taking on the work yourself (content generation as an example) but some of those costs you cannot avoid. So if you are looking to increase your earnings from outside from free to use sites such as Squidoo, Hubpages, Zujava, Wizzley and other platforms, you have to accept that there are expenses involved. However, please do note that you should never spend money that you cannot afford to lose.
Throughout 2011 my focus was on building up a set of sites which generated income from Amazon. In large part this was because I was familiar with them through Squidoo and other free to use sites. That has worked and I am now seeing the amount I earn from Amazon on my own account exceeding the monies I earn from Squidoo each month.
However, something that has really got me excited during 2012 is building sites which promote products from Affiliate Programmes which pay higher commissions. Namely those that we ordinarily find on Commission Junction, ShareASale and the like. Whereas I get 7.5% at Amazon many of the programmes within CJ etc pay circa 30% per sale or above.
Initially creating these sort of sites was laborious to put it mildly and then I had a brainwave! I had been using a site some years ago quite successfully which I stopped using for various reasons which had nothing to do with the site itself. A site which enables you to generate affiliate product stores using a WP Plugin.
So I went back and took another look and was impressed with the way they had improved the offering and rather than providing specific sites each month, as they used to, they had made it so that you could now create an affiliate store populated with products from Merchants you are affiliated with!
Bingo! I subscribed to the 5 sites per month option and I am really very happy.
Rather than me trying to explain how the site works why not take a look at Datafeedr and see what you think? Is it time for you to break free and build an income for yourself?
I know some people prefer watching videos to reading about things so if that’s you take a look at the video tutorial that Datafeedr offers. One of the things that strikes me about their videos is how comprehensive they are and how you are literally taken step by step through the process of creating your own affiliate marketing websites.