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Affiliate Marketing for Beginners: How to Make Your First Affiliate Marketing Sale in 7 Steps

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Affiliate Marketing for Beginners: How to Make Your First Affiliate Marketing Sale in 7 Steps

The lure of affiliate marketing is undeniable; who can resist passive income?

But to make that passive income happen, you have got to put in some work first.

To succeed in affiliate marketing, there are a number of crucial steps you must take before you earn that first affiliate profits. And these steps are, well … not passive.

The good news is that if you’re determined to make this work and are willing to put in the time and effort, you’re already well on your way to affiliate marketing success.

All the work you put in is to help you make your first affiliate marketing sale. There is nothing like a first sale to motivate you and make you keep at it.

So, what do you need to do to get started?

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7 Steps to Earning Your First Affiliate Commission

We’ve broken down the process into seven steps for affiliate marketing beginners. Following this guide will set you on the right course and have you earning your first commission in no time.

1. Choose a Niche

Before you even begin building your first site, you’ll need to decide which niche you’re going to target.

Obviously, if you don’t know what your site is about or who you’re going to target with it, you can’t really build a site around it…can you?

If you’ve already figured this one out, way to go! This is undoubtedly one of the most difficult and overwhelming steps.

If you don’t quite know what your niche is yet, here’s some advice that you might find useful.

Some key questions to ask yourself when determining your niche are:

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  • What topics am I already passionate about?

It’s much easier to work on something if you’re passionate about it. Plus, when you have a passion, you’re usually quite knowledgeable about it too, so that definitely helps. For example if you have a passion about about makeup, your niche of choice might be makeup related, too.

  • Is there money in this niche?

While following your passion is definitely the recommended option, sometimes the possibility of making money in a profitable niche trumps passion. So, you might not necessarily know much about your niche, but if it’s likely to make you money, you can always learn more about it, right?

For example, KitchenFaucetDivas is clearly a site that was built for profit, not passion. Unless of course there is someone out there with a serious passion for kitchen faucets! 😉

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  • What topic could I see myself easily writing 25, 50, or 100 blog posts about?

The topic you choose must have enough depth that you can create a lot of content for it. This is important for building an authoritative site, for search engine optimization, and most importantly, for the end user. If you don’t have enough content about a topic, you’re not going to be taken very seriously as an authority on the topic and it’s unlikely you can convince someone to make a purchase from you.

MoneySavingExpert is a great example of a site with a topic for which you would have a never ending supply of content ideas.

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  • Is there room in this niche for another affiliate marketer?

There are several profitable niches that are also very popular among affiliate markets (e.g., weight loss). Before jumping on board with a hugely popular niche, make sure there’s enough room for you. That is — will you be able to make money and compete with already established marketers? If not, keep looking.

  • Is there enough interest in/demand for products in this niche?

The niche you choose might draw enough interest from your audience when it comes to reading and acquiring knowledge, but are they willing to buy relevant products too? Without consumer interest in products, your niche isn’t going to make you much money.

  • Are there affiliate programs available in this niche?

This is obviously a crucial factor to consider. You might come up with an idea for a niche you know a lot about, but are there affiliate programs for the niche? No affiliate program = no sales. Time to look for a different niche.

Additional Resources for Choosing a Niche

Want to learn more about choosing a profitable niche? Here are some excellent resources we recommend for further reading:

2. Research Affiliate Programs

Once you’ve decided on a niche, it’s time to find out what’s out there in terms of programs and products to promote. You’ve probably already done a bit of research for this while researching your niche — now you need to dig deeper.

Choosing an affiliate program will take some work, but don’t be afraid to invest a significant amount of time into it because this is, of course, where your income will come from. Choosing the right program will make it well worth your while!

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When choosing an affiliate program, keep these key points in mind:

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  • What type of merchants use the program/ affiliate network? 

You want to make sure other similar sellers are also using the network, as this can help you gauge your likelihood of success with the particular program.

  • How much commission are you likely to make from the products?

Make sure you sign up for programs that are profitable and generate a sufficient return in on investment. Some tips:

  • If using ClickBank, products should have over a 50% commission (preferably 60%), and have a high gravity rating (meaning they’re in demand).
  • For CPA (cost-per-action) programs, commissions should be over $1, and products shouldn’t be overly restrictive in how you can promote them.
  • For physical products, look for commissions over $40.
  • Do you want to be associated with the products and services?

The products and services you will be promoting to your audience must be relevant and good quality. Make sure you believe in them and know everything about them, because this will be crucial to you delivering the sales pitch to your audience. You need to build trust with your audience so make sure the products and services you choose to promote are trustworthy enough.

Ads like the one below often lead to sketchy products — do you want to be associated with a product that promises results that may or may not be true?

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  • What kind of support does the program provide?

Be sure to check what kind of customer support you can expect from your affiliate program once you have signed up. Do your research online and if possible, speak to other sellers using the program to get their thoughts. Can you speak to someone via phone or Skype or do you have to wait 72 hours for email responses? Be clear on this because trust me, you will need support at one point or another.

Additional Resources to Find the Right Affiliate Program

We’ve given you a few quick tips to help you choose an affiliate program that is right for you. For more information, be sure to check out the following:

3. Build a Site

Steps 1 and 2 are all about research and figuring out what’s possible and profitable. Now, it’s time to start putting your research into action.

Assuming you don’t already have a website built, this will be the next step. Fortunately, building a site isn’t as complicated or labor-intensive as it was in the past.

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If you’re a newbie to building sites, the easiest way to set up a site is by using WordPress. The WordPress CMS is very easy to use and while coding skills can come in handy, for the most part you will not require any tech knowledge to set up your site.

You need to follow a few steps to have your site up and running:

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  • Buy a domain.

Your domain is the address for your website (e.g., www.affilorama.com) so this is the first thing you will need to do when setting up your site. Considering there are millions of websites on the internet, it’s possible that the domain name you want may already be taken by someone else. So make sure you have several options in mind. Be sure to read our advice on how to choose a good domain name.

There are several places you can buy a domain, including our very own Affilorama Domain service. Other well-known options are: GoDaddy and NameCheap.

  • Purchase and set up hosting. 

If your domain is your address, hosting is like the actual house within which your site will live. It’s your own little slice of the internet — the place where all your website files live. Hosting is very affordable these days, so don’t unnecessarily scrimp on costs. Go with a reputable, reliable provider because your affiliate marketing business depends on it.

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For more details on how to choose a reliable host, make sure to read our free lesson on What to Look for in a Hosting Provider. Some affordable and reliable hosting providers we recommend are GoDaddy, HostGator and BlueHost.

If you purchase your domain and hosting from different companies, you will need to link the two together. Don’t panic, it’s a simple process. Check out our lesson: Linking your Domain with Your Hosting.

  • Install WordPress.

Once your hosting is set up, you need to install a content management system (CMS) for your site. We recommend WordPress because it is easy to use and a beginner (like you!) can quite quickly figure out how it works. Most good hosting providers will have a one-click install option for WordPress, which means it will only take you a couple of minutes and you will have WordPress installed on your site.

  • Install your theme.

A WordPress theme provides all the styling of a site that you (and your audience) see on the front end. There are thousands of themes available, so choosing one might seem daunting at start. Our advice: go with something simple and easy to customize. You can always change it later.

The AffiloTheme is a great option. Completely customizable, and built specifically for affiliate marketers, you can use this WordPress theme to bypass much of the initial learning curve other affiliate marketers will experience. You can also search for themes on a site like Theme Forest.

  • Create content.

Finally, once your site is ready, it’s time to create content for it. The content you create must be relevant to your niche but also interesting and engaging enough to keep your audience coming back. You should also ensure the site content is search engine-friendly. More details about content creation in Step 4.

Additional Resources for Building Your Site

For more information on building your first affiliate marketing website, we recommend the following resources:

4. Produce Excellent Content

Now that your site is set up and you’ve joined an affiliate program, you’re ready to begin perhaps the most time-consuming (but potentially rewarding) part of the affiliate business: Producing content.

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This is where the overused but truer-than-ever phrase “content is king” comes into play.

Your goal for your site will be to establish it as an authority site in your niche, and the main way to do this is to consistently produce unique, high-quality content.

This could consist of:

  • Product reviews.

Your affiliate site model could be based off writing reviews about different products or services. This is a common model and if done well, can prove very useful in generating affiliate income.

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For example, The Wire Cutter is focused on writing reviews of several different kinds of products and helping their readers make the best decision about the product they want to buy. After reading a review on their site, if the user clicks through to the product/service using the affiliate link, The Wire Cutter will earn a commission from.

  • Blog posts that address common problems, questions or issues relevant to your target market.

Creating blog content is a very useful and effective way of consistently building content on a site. When creating blog posts, it’s a good idea to do some keyword research to figure out what it is that your audience is interested in and searching for online. Also, be sure to research competitors, forums and social media to narrow down on topics for your blog.

For example, Security Guard Training HQ has a very extensive blog on a variety of topics relevant for anyone interested in security guard training, jobs and more.

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  • Evergreen content.

If you are building a site that has the potential for information that will never age and remain useful for your audience, you have the opportunity to create what is known as evergreen content. It’s important to carry out extensive keyword research before planning any evergreen content for a site like this, as your site could hugely benefit from the proper usage of keywords within such content.

For example, the content on Super Weddings is useful whether you’re organizing a wedding today or next year. All the content on the site is created accordingly. To make things easier for the audience, it is separated into categories to make it very convenient for the reader to find what they’re looking for. This, of course, is also very good for SEO.

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  • Informational products.

Giving away a free informational product such as an e-book, an email series or a mini-course is a popular tactic many affiliate marketers use. Usually, your readers will have to provide their email addresses to receive the product from you. You can then use this to sell to them via email marketing. Additionally, an informational product can generate interest in the actual product you’re trying to sell. If your product is popular enough and brings enough traffic to your site, you could also monetize the traffic in other ways, such as AdSense.

A good example is DatingMetrics, where you’re tempted with a Free Texting Crash Course in exchange for your email. The real marketing will begin once the user has downloaded this course.

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The type of content you create for your website will largely depend on your niche, as certain types of content perform better in some niches than others.

Remember: Purchasing generic content is NOT an effective method to build your site. While it may be tempting to populate your site this way, in the long run it won’t help you to position yourself as an expert in your niche (and ultimately means less traffic and fewer sales).

Additional Resources for Creating Your Content

5. Build an Audience

Building an audience for your site will, in some ways, follow naturally once you start producing excellent content. An interested audience will not only bring you consistent traffic, but also result in consistent sales for you.

So how do you start building an audience for a completely new site? Here are some ideas:

  • Promote your content via social media.

The easiest and most common way to start building an audience for a website is via social media. Depending on your niche and industry, you can choose from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and several other niche and location-specific networks. Building up an engaged and interested following on social media is a great opportunity to build relationships and once you have their trust, promote your products and services to them.

I’ll use MoneySavingExpert.com as an example again. The site has over 154,000 likes on its Facebook page and it connects with the audience by sharing links to content but also asking money-saving/budgeting related questions. The highly engaged readers then visit the website, where they read content and no doubt make purchases.

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  • Guest post on high-traffic blogs.

While your site is still new, it’s a good idea to start capitalizing on someone else’s audience. Continue focusing on building your own content, but also considering writing content for a few big, high-traffic blogs that are relevant for your niche. By writing content for a bigger site, you are able to get in front of another audience and showcase your expertise on a particular topic. This will eventually lead to more traffic to your site, as well.

  • Build an email list.

Let no one tell you that email marketing is dead. An email list is crucial for every affiliate marketer. You can start building up your email list with a lead magnet (like the information products mentioned previously) or even just by encouraging your audience to sign up for your updates. You can then push your content to this audience via email and also direct them to your affiliate offers. Don’t be sleazy about the sales, but if you build up enough trust with your email audience; when the time comes, they will not mind purchasing a product from you.

  • Use basic SEO techniques to increase search engine traffic to your site.

Organic search remains an important source of traffic for any website, so it’s important that you optimize your website for search engines as well. When creating your content, you must always do so keeping the reader in mind first, but don’t forget to follow a few basic SEO principles as well.

Learn SEO yourself or hire a good SEO marketer to help you maximize on-page and off-page SEO opportunities for your site. If your site starts to appear in search results for terms relevant to your niche, it will be a huge boost towards building your audience (and your sales)!

  • Invest in paid advertising.

Many affiliate marketers use paid advertising to generate additional traffic to their site and drive more sales. Paid advertising on social media is often a good place to start, as these networks tend to be more affordable.You may also want to consider taking out inexpensive banner ads on small niche sites. Depending on your niche, Google AdWords could also be a good option to drive some paid traffic to your site.

Additional Resources for Building Your Audience

If you’re interested in learning more about how to build an audience and start generating traffic for your site, check out the following resources:

6. Promote Affiliate Offers

Finally, the part we’ve all been waiting for!

This, my friends, is where things really kick into high gear. Many fly-by-night affiliates will jump right to this step and bypass steps 1–5 completely. And this is what will set you apart.

Once you’ve shown that you can offer something of value in your niche, it’s time to continue adding value by promoting products that will be useful and helpful for your audience.

You can promote your offers in a number of ways. It will depend on the type of site you’ve built and also what you’re selling. Some ideas include:

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  • Product reviews.

Write honest, real reviews about products. Build up trust with your audience, and remember that they rely on your opinion. Don’t just point out all the positives of a product and gloss over the negatives. An honest opinion will be valued. Add compelling images and make mention of useful features, specifications and other details.

Your product review can then link to the page (with your affiliate ID attached), where your audience can make a purchase if they’re interested. If do, hooray! You’ve made your first sale.

  • Banner ads.

You can put up banners on your site, to promote your affiliate offers. Most affiliate programs will usually provide their own creatives when you sign up for their offers. All you have to do is insert the banner on a highly trafficked page (your affiliate tracking is usually embedded within the code). Banner ads in the right locations can do a great job of driving sales.

Below are some examples of banners that Templatic provides to its affiliates.

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  • In-text content links.

This is a very common way to promote offers. For example, you will often see a blog post with links to certain products or services. If the reader clicks through and makes a purchase, the blog owner will make a commission. These in-text links blend in with other content on your site and are a great way of promoting an offer within your content, without being over-the-top salesy with banners.

  • Email promotions.

If you have built up an email list, you could also promote your affiliate offers via email promotions. Just make sure you build up a relationship with your audience first instead of going for the hard sell straightaway. The emails you send out must contain your affiliate links to products so when your audience click through. the sale is attributed to you.

  • Discounts and giveaways. 

Many affiliate programs will often run promotions with good discounts or giveaways that might be attractive to your audience. For example, if you’re an Amazon Associate and the site have a big Holiday Sale, it would be the perfect opportunity for you to promote discounts to your website visitors. This is a great way to promote your offers while also providing good value to your audience.

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When promoting affiliate offers, just make sure you are fully aware of all the terms and conditions attached to your affiliate program. Some programs can be strict about how they allow you to promote their products. For example, some may limit you to banner ads and links only, while others will allow you to use paid advertising, but won’t allow email marketing.

Also, make sure you have a disclaimer on your website that advises your audience that you may have links that promote affiliate offers. This is necessary for several affiliate programs and also a basic courtesy to your website visitors. In the U.S., the FTC mandates disclosure for affiliate marketers (and anyone issuing endorsements), as well.

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7. Rinse, Lather, and Repeat

Now that you’re done with Steps 1 – 6, Step 7 is simply to keep doing what you’re doing. Yes, seriously!

Your ongoing work as an affiliate marketer will be to repeat steps 4 – 6 on a continual basis. Building a site up to a point where it can make you consistent income takes a bit of work and you must be willing to constantly create, promote, market, innovate and of course, sell.

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Review of Key Points

It can feel overwhelming to do all the necessary work involved in setting up your site and building your reputation. But trust me, once you’ve made that first sale, all the hard work will be worth it!

To sum it all up, making your first affiliate commission requires a bit of work but if you break it all down and follow it step by step, it won’t seem so overwhelming at all. Here’s a quick recap of what you need to do:

  1. Choose your niche.
  2. Research different affiliate programs and products.
  3. Build a site.
  4. Produce excellent content.
  5. Build an audience.
  6. Promote your affiliate product(s).
  7. Repeat steps #4–7 on a continual basis!

As you can see, there is a tried-and-true strategy when it comes to affiliate marketing for beginners. Put in the work, and you’ll soon be reaping the rewards of your first sale.

Do you feel overwhelmed about making that first affiliate sale? What’s holding you back from getting started? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll be happy to help. 

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16 Passive Income Side Gigs To Make More Money in 2024

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In a recent article, Ramit Sethi shared his top 16 passive income ideas if you want to earn more money in 2024. These ideas range from investing in the stock market or real estate to starting a podcast.

Read More: How I Make $5,000 a Month in Passive Income Doing Just 10 Hours of Work a Year
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If you’re looking for ways to boost your income this year, here’s what Sethi suggested — in no particular order — and how to make them work for you.

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Write and Publish eBooks

Writing a successful eBook requires knowing and understanding your audience and what they need.

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Some audiences might look for how-to guides or self-help books, while others simply want a good story. Whatever the case may be, knowing is the first step to making this a lucrative side gig for you.

It’s also important to be knowledgeable about the topic or niche you’re writing about. That way, you can become an expert and build your own brand, thus increasing your reach and sales.

You can publish eBooks on platforms like Amazon.

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Creating Online Courses

If you’re skilled in a specific niche, you could create and sell courses related to it online. You’ll need to understand your audience and what they want. It also helps to be skilled at marketing and social media.

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Sethi suggested creating a “learning journey,” which starts your audience on the path from complete novice to becoming experts themselves. Over time, yours could become the go-to course for people all over the world.

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Create Exclusive Membership Sites or Content Communities

For this one, you’ll need to create a platform or online presence where you can reach and connect with your ideal audience. From there, you can start building members-only sites that individuals must pay a small fee to access.

They get exclusive content, while you earn extra cash. Resources or information on those exclusive sites could include videos, forums, eBooks, and more.

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Start a Podcast

Do you have a great voice and something worth talking about? If so, you might want to start a podcast.

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With a podcast, you can generate income through speaking and sharing what you know with your audience. To become successful takes time and a lot of commitment. You’ll need to regularly come up with episode ideas, record them, edit them and promote them.

But once you’re off the ground, you can build a loyal fanbase and make reliable income. You can increase your earnings potential by adding exclusive content to sell to your premium followers, as well as via advertisements and sponsorships.

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Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing entails recommending products you believe in to your audience. You can do this in many different ways, such as through blogs, videos or social media platforms. Every time someone in your audience uses your referral link to buy a product, you’ll receive a commission.

Be authentic when using affiliate marketing, though. Make sure your audience knows about your partnerships and only recommend products you personally stand behind.

By doing this, you can build even more trust with your audience, while establishing a lucrative system for affiliate marketing.

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Sell Stock Videos and Photos

If you enjoy taking photos or making videos, then consider selling your creations on platforms like Adobe Stock and Shutterstock.

The competition can be tough, especially at first, so be persistent and only put out the highest quality of goods. Try to make everything a little bit your own, a little unique, so that it stands out.

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Low-Yield Savings Accounts

A traditional savings account, or low-yield savings account, is a low-risk way of growing your money. It’s slow, yes, but steady. And if you contribute regularly to your account, you can boost your savings more quickly over time.

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Make a YouTube Channel

Creating a YouTube channel is another way to general passive income. It takes a lot of time and persistence to get started, but it can be worth it in the end.

Start by deciding which niche, field, or topics you want to film or stream and stick with them. You can earn money from advertisements, affiliate marketing and sponsorships.

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Dropshipping

Dropshipping involves selling goods you don’t currently have. You can do it through an online platform or store, like Etsy.

Every time a customer buys something you’re selling, their order goes to a third-party supplier that makes that item and ships it to them. All you need to do is maintain your online shop and market the products.

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Rent Out Your Things

If you have a lot of useful items that you don’t often use, such as power tools or bicycles, you can rent them out to others for a price. You can do this on platforms like PeerRenters or Fat Llama.

To get started, you’ll need to determine the price and list your item so others can find it.

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Use High-Yield Savings Accounts or CDs

High-yield savings accounts (HYSAs) are savings accounts with a higher than usual yield, or rate of return. As with traditional savings accounts, you can access your money at any time. The more you contribute to the account and the longer it remains there, the more money it can generate.

Certificates of deposits (CDs) are similar to HYSAs, but they often have an even higher yield. The trade-off is that your cash is wrapped up in the account until the CD matures, or the term is up.

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Both options are low-risk and can help you build small amounts of passive side income.

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Invest in Dividend Stocks

Investing in dividend stocks is riskier than HYSAs or CDs, but it can also have greater returns. With these, you buy shares of a specific company and receive a portion of that company’s earnings at regular intervals.

Choose companies with a good track record of dividend payouts and growth potential. Diversify your investments to minimize risk, too.

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Get Into Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

If you don’t want to purchase property yourself, you can still invest in REITs and generate passive income that way.

REITs let you invest in real estate without having to manage your properties yourself. They still generate income in the form of regular dividend payments, but they’re more liquid than buying property.

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Use Money Market Accounts

A money market account is similar to a savings account, but it generally has a higher interest rate. In exchange, you may have to maintain a higher minimum balance or face more withdrawal limits or restrictions.

The good news is that these accounts are very low risk, making them a good option for building small amounts of passive income.

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Purchase Bonds and Bond Index Funds

You can also generate money in the form of bonds and bond index funds.

A bond is essentially a loan that you give to a corporation or the government. In return, you receive steady interest payments.

With a bond index fund, you essentially give investors a set amount of cash that they use to invest in different bonds. These funds offer you more portfolio diversification and can reduce the overall risk.

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Since bonds are generally less volatile than, say, stocks, they’re a good option for more conservative investors looking to earn money passively.

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Buy Real Estate

If you don’t mind the process of buying, maintaining, and selling or renting out property, you can always get into real estate investing. You can flip homes or rent out buildings for a profit.

Do your due diligence before getting into real estate, though. Research different areas, current market trends, interest rates (unless you’re buying in cash) and property types to ensure you’re getting the best return on your investment.

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Looking for the best generative AI tools? 

You’re not alone. Professionals everywhere are eager to tap into the potential of generative AI, recognizing its ability to streamline workflows, spark creativity, and boost productivity.

In this post, we’ll look at the 10 best generative AI tools available, exploring their features, capabilities, and how they can change your workflow forever.

Let’s dive in:

Let’s start with the general-use AI tools!

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1. ChatGPT

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ChatGPT is the most popular all-in-one generative AI tool on the market. Designed by OpenAI, the high-tech chatbot can understand and generate human-like responses on various topics.

From writing and coding to solving math problems and giving relationship advice, ChatGPT has you covered on all fronts. It’s trained on over 570 GB of data (still expanding); it only needs one prompt to give you an in-depth, thorough answer.

One of ChatGPT’s greatest abilities is that it can remember past interactions. This allows it to give more refined responses by learning from your previous queries. You can also train the chatbot to adapt its style or tone according to your preferences. 

With the launch of GPT-4, the chatbot gained new features like AI image generation, access to the internet, and third-party plugins. All of this is available in the paid ChatGPT Plus plan, which currently costs $20 USD per month.

Key Features

  • Condense lengthy text into digestible summaries 
  • Debug code and auto-fix complex errors 
  • Eliminate language barriers with accurate text translation
  • Swiftly solve math problems of varying complexities

Pricing

ChatGPT is free to use. You can upgrade to ChatGPT Plus for $20 per month to access the newer GPT-4 model and other cool features.


2. Gemini

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Gemini, formerly known as Bard, is a progressive generative AI tool built by Google. 

Perhaps the most notable highlight of the chatbot is its access to the Google search engine. This allows it to read websites in real-time and extract up-to-date information.

Gemini can also interpret YouTube videos, provide location-based suggestions, and understand voice commands.

Unlike ChatGPT, the free version of Gemini can generate AI images and browse the internet. It also has a bunch of new options like response modification and easy sharing for collaboration.

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Gemini is already showing promising results amongst other generative AI models, and its capabilities will only increase in the near future.

Key Features

  • Choose from 40+ languages to interact with Gemini
  • Use both text + images for more comprehensive results
  • Conduct real-time web analysis via Google Search
  • Write and debug code across various programming languages

Pricing

Gemini is free to use. You can also purchase Gemini Advanced for $20 per month to access their 1.0 Ultra model, along with 2TB of storage and various extensions.


3. DALL-E

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DALL-E is an advanced generative AI model capable of producing images from textual descriptions.

Developed by OpenAI, the tool can create stunning visuals in various styles. Some of its best use cases include generating logos, illustrations, thumbnails, or even posters for marketing.

DALL-E can also repaint over existing pictures or create variations of artwork in multiple styles within minutes.

Currently, DALL-E is exclusive to ChatGPT’s paid version. And despite some limitations, it remains a valuable tool for crafting illustrations and marketing artwork.

Key Features

  • Generating hyper-realistic images in various styles
  • Place text or titles on AI-generated images
  • Design infographics, comics, or logos
  • Fine-tune outputs with basic commands

Pricing

DALL-E is only available as a part of ChatGPT Plus, which costs $20 per month.


Best Generative AI Tools for Content & Coding

Creators have lots of options here.

4. Jasper 

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Jasper is a revolutionary AI co-pilot that automates and simplifies content generation. It has a library of 50+ templates for creative tasks like blogging, text summarizing, and copywriting.

One of the many strengths of Jasper is its refined outputs and personalization. Unlike traditional machine learning models, Jasper can produce extremely convincing captions and content—something that has proven to boost conversions and results for marketers.

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Its intuitive interface allows users to tweak various parameters such as tone, style, and more. Additionally, businesses can preserve their unique brand voice to generate consistent ad copy with every command.

With recent updates, Jasper has shifted into an AI-powered project management and team collaboration tool—making it a must-have for content strategists and brand managers.

Key Features

  • Create visually appealing images with AI art generation
  • Engage in conversations with an integrated chat feature
  • Find templates for product descriptions, social captions, and more
  • Access Jasper’s features while writing emails via its Chrome extension

Pricing

Jasper is available in a variety of affordable plans:

  • Creator: $49 per month (single seat)
  • Pro: $69 per month (single seat)
  • Business: Requires a quotation

You can try out both the Creator and Pro plans with a 7-day free trial and save 20% on yearly billing.

Want to learn more about Jasper? Check out our full Jasper AI Review: Is It Still The Best AI Writing Assistant?


5. Koala

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Koala is one of the best generative AI tools in the market for SEO content creation. 

Powered by GPT-4, the tool lets you create ready-to-publish long-form content within minutes. It conducts real-time SERP analysis to evaluate competitors, find the right keywords, and use them to write fully optimized blogs and articles.

To publish this content, you can connect Koala to your WordPress site for one-click uploads. Website owners can choose from 7 writing styles and 4 POVs, and edit H2/H3 subheadings for more fine-tuned outputs.

If you want to dominate your niche with stellar articles, Koala is the perfect platform to generate informative and SEO-optimized long-form content on a budget.

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Key Features

  • Performs real-time SERP analysis for keyword optimization
  • Choose from 7 writing styles and 4 POVs for human-like readability
  • Automatically adds AI images, YouTube videos, and internal links
  • Bundle comes with KoalaWriter + SEO-focused chatbot 

Pricing

Koala has a free version that uses GPT-3.5 and is capped at 5,000 words/day.

You can also purchase one of their paid plans:

  • Essentials: $9 per month (15,000 words + 250 messages)
  • Starter: $25 per month (45,000 words + 500 messages)
  • Professional: $49 per month (100,000 words + 1,000 messages)

More plans are available for agencies that require greater outputs. Koala also provide a free trial limited to 5,000 words and 25 chat messages.

To learn more about Koala and its content creation abilities, read our KoalaWriter Review: AI-Powered SEO Content At A Great Price?


6. Claude

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Claude is a cutting-edge AI assistant tailored for businesses and professionals. 

Its capabilities extend to handling various text-processing tasks, including content creation, coding, and creative writing.

Claude can adapt to your tone/style to hold naturalistic conversations while safeguarding your data with strict privacy measures.

Whether you’re seeking to generate bulk content, boost productivity, or enhance customer support, Claude’s versatile features are at your disposal. 

Claude is available both as a chatbot and an API that can be integrated with your app or website.

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Key Features

  • Produce in-depth responses of up to 75,000 words
  • Generate text, translate languages, and create diverse content 
  • Upload up to 10MB files for large data processing
  • Secure usage with advanced filtering systems

Pricing

Claude chatbot is currently free to use in certain countries.

You can also upgrade to Claude Pro chatbot for $20 per month to get improved GPT models, high priority, and more usage.

To find out the pricing model of Claude’s API, click here.


7. GitHub Copilot

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GitHub Copilot is the go-to generative AI tool for both new and seasoned coders. It’s powered by OpenAI Codex and offers on-the-spot suggestions to developers.

As a virtual coding assistant, Copilot can understand your codebase, fix bugs, create new features, and suggest improvements.

The recent upgrade to GPT-4 sharpens Copilot’s suggestions even further, making it better at handling specific tasks and ignoring off-topic queries.

Copilot can also help troubleshoot, providing solutions for errors directly from the terminal. One example is recommending a change in the Node version to avoid compatibility issues.

Github Copilot offers flexible pricing and free access for students, teachers, and open-source maintainers. 

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Key Features

  • Analyzes existing code to offer relevant suggestions
  • Auto-complete repetitive sections of code
  • Utilize Python, JavaScript, Ruby, C++, and more
  • Collaborative coding features for large teams

Pricing

GitHub Copilot is available for individuals at $10 per month.

For organizations, GitHub has two plans priced for one user:

  • Copilot Business: $19 per month
  • Copilot Enterprise: $39 per month

8. AlphaCode 

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AlphaCode is an advanced programming platform developed by Google DeepMind. 

The platform stands out for its ability to accelerate programming through features like auto-completion and error detection. 

AlphaCode can generate multiple solutions and not just auto-complete lines of code. This allows programmers to explore different approaches and solve problems creatively.

AlphaCode is powered by a state-of-the-art Large Language Model (LLM) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) that’s extremely capable of understanding human prompts and translating them into functional code. 

While the interface of AlphaCode is quite basic, its raw power and open-source nature make it particularly attractive for coding competitions and software development.

Key Features

  • Highly accurate code predicting algorithm saves time
  • Detects error in real-time and provides fixes
  • Cluster similar solutions to reduce complexity
  • Submit up to ten solutions per problem to increase success chances 

Pricing

AlphaCode is completely free to use.


9. Cohere Generate

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Cohere’s Generate is a transformative text-generation AI tool for turning ideas into impactful words.

Powered by an advanced RAG (Retrieval Augmented Generation) model, Cohere Generate excels at producing engaging copy with factual accuracy.

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Its extensive dataset and fine-tuned models make content generation tasks a breeze. Customers can effortlessly generate ad copy, landing pages, and product descriptions with Cohere Generate.

Moreover, its understanding of natural language and code structures simplifies coding tasks, saving tons of time.

Overall, Cohere’s Generate is a super-reliable tool for improving workflow efficiency, whether you’re a marketer, copywriter, or just an everyday user.

Key Features

  • RAG-powered chatbot ensures accuracy and safety
  • Augment research with intelligent paper conversations
  • Get instant responses tailored to your needs via an integrated chatbot
  • Communicate seamlessly in 100+ languages

Pricing

Cohere Generate is currently available as an API. You can test their model for free using their Playground.

Pricing for the Production API start at:

  • Command: $1/mil token (Input) | $2/mil token (Output)
  • Command Light: $0.30/mil token (Input) | $0.60/mil token (Output)

For greater capacities, you can contact Cohere’s sales team.


AI is increasingly getting better at all types of media!

10. Synthesia

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Synthesia is an AI text-to-speech tool designed for creating digital videos using AI avatars. 

It can write a well-written script on nearly any topic in 120+ languages, convert it into human-like narration, and apply it to realistic AI avatars.

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Synthesia has a user-friendly dashboard filled with various templates and 160+ AI avatars to ease the video creation process. 

Users can also build AI clones of their face and voice, select an accent of their choice, and display closed captions in multiple styles with the platform.

While Synthesia’s avatars struggle to imitate natural expressions and emotions, it remains one of the top platforms for AI voiceovers in the market.

Key Features

  • Design or choose from 160+ AI avatars for use in videos
  • Build engaging scripts for various video formats
  • Choose from 120+ languages, accents, and tones
  • Built-in tool to capture short screen recordings for demonstrations

Pricing

Synthesia is available with three priced plans:

  • Starter: $22 per month (120 min. per year)
  • Creator: $67 per month (360 min. per year)
  • Enterprise: Contact sales team

To test Synethsia, you can create a free basic video. Or, you can contact their sales team for a free demo.


11. ElevenLabs

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ElevenLabs is another cutting-edge text-to-speech tool that specializes in AI voice generation.

It has a full suite of generative AI tools, including voice cloning, 29 languages+accents, a dubbing studio, and more.

Users can also customize various settings in ElevenLabs to fine-tune their voiceovers’ emotional range and clarity.

Production houses and YouTube channels can particularly benefit from ElevenLabs. Just upload a video file, and ElevenLabs will automatically translate it into 29 languages with extreme accuracy.

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Their long-form voiceover tool called ‘Projects’ is another game-changer, making it simple to convert thousands of words into realistic voiceovers for audiobooks.

With flexible pricing plans and a free version, ElevenLabs is an indispensable tool for creators and publishers.

Key Features

  • Generate voiceovers in 29 languages and 120+ voices
  • Customize clarity and vocal styling with sliders
  • Clone your voice with incredible realism
  • Voiceover books and large documents with Dubbing Studio

Pricing

ElevenLabs has a free plan that lets you voiceover 10,000 characters per month.

For more capacity and features, you can purchase one of their plans:

  • Starter: $5 per month (30,000 characters)
  • Creator: $22 per month (100,000 characters)
  • Independent: $99 per month (500,000 characters)
  • Business: $330 per month (2,000,000 characters)

12. MidJourney

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MidJourney is a highly capable text-to-image AI tool for digital artists and designers.

Using a powerful diffusion model, MidJourney can create photorealistic images from simple descriptions. It’s significantly better at replicating textures and generating edges than DALL-E 3.

MidJourney is currently available on a Discord server with four paid plans starting from $10. While the tool is capped at 2048×2048 resolution, its realistic outputs and accurate structures compensate for the slight lack of resolution.

MidJourney’s version six represents a leap forward in AI-driven art creation. Its users will enjoy greater control and precision in bringing their imaginative visions to life. 

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Key Features

  • Hyper-realistic image generation with accurate textures
  • Remove and replace image backgrounds with ease
  • Create visuals in multiple stylistic ranges
  • Extensive control over images (aspect ratio, size, etc.)

Pricing

MidJourney is available in a variety of paid plans:

  • Basic: $10 per month
  • Standard: $30 per month
  • Pro: $60 per month
  • Mega: $120 per month

That’s it for our list of the best generative AI tools. Each one of these platforms is the best in their category and offers plenty of value for the money. 

Whether you’re a content creator, graphic designer, or programmer, you will find them handy for reducing manual work and completing tasks and projects. 

Try one of them yourself and see the power of generative artificial intelligence first-hand. 

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Affiliate marketing is a prominent avenue for bloggers to convert content into revenue streams. By partnering with affiliate networks, travel bloggers can seamlessly integrate product recommendations into their narratives, providing value to their audience while earning commissions for generated sales. Here’s a curated list of some of the best affiliate network programs tailored for travel bloggers. [This article contains affiliate links to trusted partners]

Amazon Associates

Amazon Associates is a pioneer in affiliate marketing, offering many products suitable for travel niches. Amazon’s extensive inventory caters to diverse audience interests, from travel gear and accessories to books and electronics. The program’s simplicity, global presence, and reliable tracking system make it an attractive choice for beginners and seasoned bloggers.

TravelPayouts

Travelpayouts is a premier affiliate marketing platform tailored specifically for travel bloggers, offering a comprehensive array of affiliate opportunities within the travel industry. Through Travelpayouts, travel bloggers can promote flights, hotels, car rentals, travel insurance, and other travel-related services, tapping into a vast network of trusted brands and travel providers. One of the standout features of Travelpayouts is its wide range of affiliate tools, including customizable widgets, search forms, and API integration, enabling bloggers to seamlessly integrate travel offers into their content and enhance user engagement.

Partnerize

Partnerize offers a robust affiliate marketing platform that caters to the unique needs of travel bloggers, providing access to a range of affiliate opportunities within the travel industry. Through Partnerize, travel bloggers can forge partnerships with leading travel brands, airlines, hotel chains, online travel agencies, and tour operators, enabling them to promote a wide array of travel-related products and services to their audience.

Impact

For travel bloggers seeking affiliate opportunities, Impact offers access to a range of reputable travel brands, airlines, hotel chains, online travel agencies, and tour operators. Impact provides bloggers with advanced tracking and reporting tools to monitor their performance in real-time and optimize their affiliate campaigns for maximum conversions. With its user-friendly interface and transparent commission structure, Impact.com presents travel bloggers with lucrative opportunities to monetize their content.

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CJ Affiliate (formerly Commission Junction)

CJ Affiliate boasts an extensive network of advertisers across various industries, including travel. With reputable travel brands like Expedia, Marriott, and TripAdvisor in its portfolio, CJ Affiliate provides bloggers access to high-converting offers and exclusive promotional opportunities. Its user-friendly interface and robust reporting tools streamline the affiliate marketing process, enabling bloggers to optimize their campaigns for maximum revenue generation.

ShareASale

ShareASale features an eclectic mix of merchants offering travel-related products and services, from luggage and travel accessories to tour packages and travel insurance. Bloggers can leverage ShareASale’s platform to discover niche-specific affiliate programs, access creative assets, and track real-time performance metrics. With its transparent commission structure and reliable payment system, ShareASale remains a preferred choice for travel bloggers seeking monetization opportunities.

Awin

Awin features an extensive network of travel advertisers, encompassing airlines, hotel chains, online travel agencies, and tour operators. By joining Awin’s affiliate program, bloggers can effectively access travel offers, promotional incentives, and performance insights to optimize their affiliate marketing efforts. With its global reach and reputable brand partners, Awin presents a compelling opportunity for travel bloggers to monetize their online presence.

Affiliate Networks for Travel Bloggers

Affiliate marketing is a viable avenue for travel bloggers to monetize their passion for exploration and storytelling. By strategically partnering with affiliate network programs like Amazon Associates, CJ Affiliate, ShareASale, or Awin, travel bloggers can unlock new revenue streams while enriching their audience’s travel experiences.

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Alexandrea Sumuel is a nationally syndicated travel writer and founder of the Wander With Alex travel blog. With 16 years of online marketing and SEO experience, a business management and information technology degree, and a profitable travel blog, she can help you start a travel blog or accelerate your existing blog with one-on-one coaching.

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