Is this possible to make money from home? I have seen so many questions like this and the answer is YES! Just go to Google and search for that term, you will see plenty of posts about this topic. But what is the best way to make money from home? While you are overwhelmed with a pool of information in the internet and do not know what to trust, let me help you first understand the basic concept of the online money making machine.
Shoes can bring you a fortune!
Let’s start with “Shoes“, something practical. A friend asked me the other day “Where can I buy sneakers online?”. I then got in my computer and searched for different brands of sneakers in local stores. I came across a site about shoes and saw they were advertising a pair of Paranorman Foamposites with a cost of more than $1500. I was intrigued by this because shoes is such a small personal item that people use everyday. This particular shoes already costs more than a washing machine which is a much bigger item.
To be honest, I do not care much about what type of shoes I wear everyday. As long as I feel comfortable and it has a reasonable price, I will give it a thumb up. My shoes that I wear casually costed me about 50 bucks. I also have another dress shoes for work that I bought for about 150 bucks. (Okay!, it was $300 but I bought it on Black Friday so I got half the price off.) It drives me crazy to see people out there are willing to pay more than $1000 just for a pair of sneakers. Some folks even own 5 or 6 of them. If you are a fan of sneakers, you should know better than me on this one.
With that kind of price in the market, have you ever thought about how to make money with shoes? Do you know that the shoes industry is growing rapidly and it has a lot of potential? I did a little research on some of the biggest brands out there. You can see for yourself how much they are making recently. Adidas for example, the net income from continuing operations nearly doubles to € 291 million in the second quarter of 2016. What about the giant Nike? The chart below presents Nike’s net income worldwide from 2005 to 2016.
It is $3.76 billions in 2016 that I am talking about. What if I show you a way to get a piece out of it while sitting in one place? Would you be interested?
In fact, I already showed you the very first important step which is doing research on the shoes market. aka your “niche”. (Please click here if you do not know what a niche is.) Now, since you are curious about making money with shoes, it’s good to go further on knowing what you need and what tools are available for you to make your plan work.
If you read my introduction to affiliate marketing, you will have an idea of what I am about to say. First, let me just say..Yes! We are going online! Make sure that you follow this post till the end, and you will have an answer for how to sell shoes online? or in general, how to sell anything online?.
Identifying a niche is very important and in this case, we know it is about shoes. Shoes might sound a little too broad so it’s up to you to narrow it down to sneakers, or athletic shoes, or boots,…etc. After having a niche in your mind, you will need a website to advertise different brands of shoes. You might say “Oh no!..I have no experience on website development”. You might also feel overwhelmed about the idea of having your own website since it is a completely new concept to you. However, do you know that millions of websites nowadays are operated by ordinary folks like you and me?
Building a website is much easier than you think. In fact, you can start right now by thinking for yourself a domain which will represent your website. It’s like “marketingworld360.com” is my domain. Type it in the box below to check for availability.
As you can see, it is completely free which is perfect for you as a beginner or if you are low in budget. After having a domain, click on “Build it Now” to proceed to the next step or click here if you have difficulty. I have written a post about how you can build a website for free there. It only takes you 4 steps to create a website.
Shoes Affiliate Programs
Now, you have yourself a website, what you should do next is to search for a shoes affiliate program. Start with Google by typing in “shoes affiliate program“.
Above is my screen shot of Google after I search for the term. As you see, it is so popular that I didn’t need to type the word in full. Here, I just go into “heels.com” and “shoes.com” and show you how their affiliate programs look like:
I think it would be nice to pick one example of women’ shoes and another one for men’ shoes. For heels.com, the base rate is 9%. I went in and checked for the prices and saw lots of items being marketed at $350. As your sale goes up, you will be able to earn up to 20% commission. For shoes.com, let’s use 15% commission and $120 average sale. Below, I prepare a spreadsheet so that you can have an idea of your potential income from these 2 websites.
Let’s say that you sell 5 pairs from each website a day, you are looking at $247.50/day. And for 10 pairs, you are talking about $495/day. How would you feel when you can earn $495 a day? Pretty awesome huh? I bet your regular job does not pay you that much unless you have reached the high management level in your field. How long do you think it will take for you to get to that level? Probably from 7 to 10 years or even more than that.
I am proposing you a plan that you can sit at home and make a fortune. Does it sound like a good new to you so far? I actually have more good news for you! What I just showed you above was my research of two programs at the moment I was writing this post. There are plenty of shoes affiliate programs out there. If you get accepted to 10 programs like these, imagine what kind of money you will make! I will let you do the math here:) By the way, to get accepted in these programs are very easy since you are helping them to sell their products. You will be fine as long as your website does not promote adult materials, violence, hatred or bigotry, or illegal activities.
Hint: Follow celebrities and see what type of shoes they wear. Football, Soccer and Basketball players are definitely recommended! Do research on those shoes and start promoting them.
See what Kevin Hart was wearing, a Nike LeBron 13 “All-Star”
(Photo by Peter Llewellyn for USA Today Sports)
Now, you may ask what if I don’t want to promote shoes? What if I want to promote fitness? Absolutely! Let me give you some ideas: gym equipment, gym outfit, meal plan, nutrition, supplement,…etc.
What if you don’t know what to promote or you have too many things in your mind to pick from? Let me ask you if you love animals? Dog? Cat? Horse? or even Reptile? Sure! You can help promote bed, cage, food, toy or training program for animals,…etc. Really, you can make money from anything nowadays.
How about turning hobby into money? Why not? Do you love art, music, sport or anything you like? Some ideas for you are to promote art supplies, artists, musical album, sportswear, sport drink,…etc.
Since the day I started working online, I have seen people promoting all kind of things. All you have to do is to go look for an affiliate program available for whatever idea you have in your mind. Then you go look for what kind of offer they have. Some programs pay 5% commission, some others pay 50% or even 75% commission.
Content is the key to success!
Now, you have built your website, looked for different affiliate programs and seen your potential income. What to do next?
The answer is to have an audience. If you have been researching around the internet, you might have seen people asking on “how to get traffic for my website?” or “how to increase traffic for my website?”. And let me tell you the best way to do that is to write contents. This is how you show your hard work!
Content is one of the most important factors for growing your online business since you need a high ranking in search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. Your job is to bring traffic as much as possible to your page and higher ranking means more traffic. There are two types of traffic in my opinion. The first type is traffic from advertising and the other is traffic from Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
For the first type, you can get traffic through advertising companies. There are many of them out there. Check you my post on LeadsLeap for more information on how the program works. I would recommend LeadsLeap to those of you who have websites about making money online or any topic related to this.
You can also get traffic through social media. People have started making money online for a very long time. It was a different story 5 to 10 years ago when Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms were just a breath of fresh air. Now, they have blossomed and have gained audience from all over the world. You have to take advantage of these social media to advertise your products. That is how you get your words out to the world.
The second type of traffic is what you want and it’s the key to every successful blogger out there. The reason for that is very simple, you are bringing in organic traffic to your website. They are the people who genuinely looking for information and your page happens to be the one that they visit. Now, how you are going to achieve this is through keyword.
Jaaxy is a keyword program that I use. It is free to sign up and you are allowed to use up to 30 keyword searches with your free membership. After that, it is totally an option if you want to upgrade your membership to unlock for more searches and other features. I will do a demonstration so that you will get an idea of how this tool works. Let’s say that you are writing a review on a pair of running shoes and you want to target a keyword “athletic shoes“.
Above is a partial screen shot of the keyword “athletic shoes” that I searched. The program gives you other relative terms and their data. “Avg” means the average number of searches that the keyword receives per month. “Traffic” means visits to your website if you achieve first page ranking in search engines.
The program also provides you other important information like “QSR” – the number of competing websites ranked in Google for this exact keyword, your SEO score and many other features.
With that said, if your post is ranked in the first page of Google with keyword “athletic shoes“, you will get about 28000 visits a month to your website. Assume that only 10% of these people end up buying or 2800 buyers, how much do you think you will make? Probably more than what you can make in half a year doing your regular job. Now, you have an answer for “how to increase traffic for my website?”. You also see the importance of keyword tools and why they charge you for their services.
I know what you are about to do here. You will probably go to Google and search for “what is the best keyword tool for free?” out there. Don’t! Since I have tried that and the truth is those tools will not provide you what you need. What you are really looking for is what they will charge you.
So far, I have covered on creating and hosting a website and keyword search tool. These services themselves could cost you $40 to $80 a month depending on company and your need. Without proper training and support, you will get lost and not know what to do. There are many training programs out there and believe me..they are NOT cheap! I would say the range is about $50 to $200. Many companies do up-sell after you sign up, and in order for you to get a better package, you will have to spend more money.
Therefore, for those of you who just started out or are in low budget, what you should do here is to look for an alternative plan which benefits you the most at the lowest cost. I have done my research in many programs and it is good to say that Wealthy Affiliate meets the requirement. Check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate here.
Wealthy Affiliate has been in the business for 11 years and has built a very good reputation. Also, I have to mention that there is NO up-sell in the program! You get what you pay for. (Please refer to the chart below.) The program is a total package. Everything you need is in there to help you go from scratch to ultimate financial freedom.
You may have a lot of concern as you just started out. Here, I make a list of things that you need to worry about as you begin to make money online:
- Where to buy domains?
- How to host my website?
- How to develop my website?
- Where to get training?
- What is the best keyword tool?
- How to get traffic?
- How to get ranked in search engines?
At Wealthy Affiliate, you will find answers for all of those questions. The program offers free sign up and gives you a 7-day-trial without charging you anything. If I were you, I would definitely take advantage of this opportunity. After 7 days, if you do not like what you see, feel free to walk away without losing anything.
Every success starts with the decision to try! Sign up for free and I will see you inside!
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