The Different Roads of Passive Income Generation

There are numerous paths that will allow an individual to achieve a level of passive income generation. I am involved with a few different programs – all that work for me – that allow me to set up systems and drive traffic that will ultimately create residual and passive income streams, all from the comfort of my home.

So what are some of these passive income generation techniques? The methods that I participate in are: blogging, affiliate marketing, mlm or network marketing and referral marketing. I’ve been involved with the cash gifting activity in the past, but I no longer promote gifting as a passive income generation technique due to legal issues.

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Passive Income Generation Through Blogging

Setting up a blog today is a very simple thing to do and one of the key platforms I use for passive income generation. By writing about topics and subjects that I am already interested and passionate about, I can drive traffic to my site that consists of like-minded individuals and this “automatic” traffic is the foundation for passive income generation. This allows me to monetize my blogs in different ways, all which create a passive lifestyle.

Passive Income Generation and the Empower Network – It Really Works!

While I often will create a unique domain name and set up a WordPress blog on my own, generating traffic by ranking well on search engines can take a bit of time. A shortcut to passive income generation when utilizing the blogging platform is by getting involved with a system like the Empower Network.

There are a few reasons to join the Empower Network that make sense. First of all the blogging network of EN allows marketers access to a huge opportunity to leverage the content of their fellow marketers. Mainly you will benefit from content on the network by being able to achieve higher page ranking in the search engines. With a new blog this could take quite some time, but with EN you could be achieving the higher rankings within days.

As far as passive income generation is concerned, the Empower Network is a wonderful opportunity for those that are just getting started online as well as providing another opportunity for those of us with a little more experience.

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Monetizing Your Blog For Passive Income Generation

In terms of monetizing your blog, that can be done in a variety of ways. If you are able to drive enough traffic to your site then putting adsense advertising is one way of passive income generation. You can also sell spots on your blog to others for banner advertising, although I choose to put affiliate banners in many of those locations.

The more traffic that you generate to your blog, the more opportunities you have to be able to create varied income streams, so traffic generation is key to your overall success.

Affiliate Marketing and Passive Income Generation

Posting affiliate links in different locations on the Internet can be a phenomenal way of developing passive income. While this isn’t necessarily “passive” in the literal sense, if you post links and create articles with links to different affiliate programs, you can get a similar passive income generation feel to your efforts. Once you have a certain amount of traffic coming to a sales page for your products then it is more of a matter of maintaining the site and the traffic.

MLM and Network Marketing Passive Income Generation

This may be one of the better methods of developing a passive income, but I you have to be careful here as network marketing, while being a business model that I absolutely love, is not without its problems. For example, by their very nature, network marketing programs require some type of constant purchase of products whether it come through an auto-ship or through the sales of product to different customers outside your home.

The problem generally lies in the fact that most people cannot afford an auto-ship over an extended period of time and many folks don’t take the time, don’t feel comfortable doing or are too consumed with their current work lifestyle to go out and sell products. So what is the solution?

In my most humble of opinions, the simplest method would be to learn to generate a small amount of income with a more simpler program and use the profits from this type of program contribute to the marketing and advertising budget of a larger, more complicated program. You can use affiliate programs for this purpose or you can use other methods like referral marketing to do this as well.

Ultimately, network marketing is more of a long-term type of business model and success within this field require more experience in business and marketing, all that can be gathered by promoting more basic business models first before moving into this field of passive income generation.

Referral Marketing: My New Favorite Passive Income Generation

It’s no secret that I like simple money making programs and there are very few that are simpler than the programs from Zip Nada Zilch, the ZNZ One and ZNZ Big Cash programs.

As referral programs, these systems require you to participate in them before you actually are in a position to refer others to them, but that is actually a good thing. With the ZNZ programs mentioned above, you are required to participate in trial offers with different businesses. You can cancel your account before you are ever charged a membership fee or you may choose to keep the product or service. Once you sign up with your trial membership however, you are then eligible to refer others to the site presenting you with the opportunity of passive income generation.

Like affiliate marketing, this type of program is all about generating traffic to your site. I recommend using a blogging platform to locate and attract targeted visitors to your site, but once done through article marketing, video marketing and more, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of a residual income. One of the keys with these programs is making sure that you have a marketing system in place like the Online Payday System.

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In the end, learning to utilize the leverage of the internet along with using marketing systems and a good income earning program is what will see you to your goals. The opportunity for passive income generation has never been so available for so many as it is today.

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Information Overload! 16 Steps to Page One!

steps to page oneI speak with a lot of people every week that are interested in making money online and internet marketing as a career. They all tell me that they don’t really know where to start. They talk about how much information there is to learn and how overwhelming it all seems…information overload, very typical and while there is a lot to learn, you also have to learn when to apply it.

Here Is Your Online Guarantee

Another lesson that you will want to learn, and this is one of those guarantee moments as in I guarantee that this will happen to you. Ready? Here it comes…You are going to make mistakes! What??? Yep, that’s right, you are going to make a mistake. You are going to write a post that veers off of topic from time to time. You are going to forget all of the little SEO elements for your article. It may not hit page 1…OMG!

Remember one thing. This was passed on to me from a friend a long time ago. We both worked for a plumbing company and some guy was telling my friend he had never broken a toilet on installation. My friend, a real wise guy, looked at him and replied, “Then you haven’t installed enough of them.”

The lesson was simple. Those that don’t make mistakes aren’t doing much if anything at all. Don’t be scared. Get out there and make mistakes and then learn from them. You’ve heard the term “fail your way to success,” haven’t you? Of course you have. The Japanese proverb goes like this:

Fall down seven times, get up eight

One of the problems I see in this business, and others, is folks that are learning and starting to get a grasp of what is happening begin to focus on the little things so much that they forget to market. I mean you have someone that is worried about how well placed their key phrase is within their blog post. Then, of course, they need to find the right image or two for the article and craft the right header tags and title…got to make sure that the SEO is just so!

Am I Doing This Thing Right?

Then there is the whole matter of back links, how many do we need? Oh shoot, I forgot to bookmark this article, better get back there and do that…what was that site again? Ping.fm? Yeah, that’s the one. Is it done?

What about facebook, did I put anything on facebook? Did I make a post? Oh crap, what else did I forget? Am I ever going to get this thing down? Why does it keep changing?!

Does that sound familiar at all? Listen, I know there are a lot of steps when it comes to working up a key phrase and trying to get it on the first page of Google, nothing wrong with that, but remember that while there is a science to getting on the first page of Google and the other search engines with our content, there is also an art to online marketing. Sometimes less is more.

Facebook Fun?

I remember when I first started toying with facebook. As with anything new, I started reading everything I could trying to find the “secrets” of the social media gurus. I did everything for a while. I went out and made tons of “friend” requests, joined various groups and essentially wasted a LOT of time on the site checking out other profiles when I could have been applying that effort to something more rewarding in terms of traffic.

That said, I like facebook because it is a great place for me to market my blog posts and get some immediate traffic. I’m still building my traffic stats up, but it’s tripled in the last month or so (and not from facebook). Like everyone else, I’m learning. I’m learning not to waste my time on worrying about how many back links I’m getting and where from. I’m learning to write my articles well, to provide good, useful information to people that are interested in similar subjects. I’m learning to build a subscriber base.

I’m not suggesting that you don’t put together a good strategy of a few methods and techniques, but relax. If this stuff is work, then you are doing something wrong! Have fun.

For every five or six posts that I make, there is only one or two that I am writing in order to generate specific, targeted traffic. Why? Because it takes too damn long to get all of the necessaries out of the way so that the article or post will rank well on the search engines. Since I like to post everyday, or close to it, trying to hit #1 for everything is just a bit ridiculous. Sometimes I just want to write, sometimes I just have something to say – or carry on about.

My Crazy Linking Strategy, So Cool I Can’t Keep Up!

When I am ranking I do have a strategy, I do have a process and if you would like to copy it, then be my guest. It goes like this:

  1. Bad-ass research – You just have to find the right key phrase. Good traffic, but not a lot of competition. A little is OK, but not a lot.
  2. Write an interesting article – This isn’t that hard. Remember that you are unique, some people will relate to you, some won’t. Write for yourself. Just make sure it is useful material for the next guy. If you have a sense of humor, use it, but don’t make it a comedy piece unless you are a comedian and it is a comedy piece.
  3. SEO – Make sure all of your on page SEO stuff is sorted out properly. h1,h2 and h3 tags with the key phrase, title with the key phrase, key phrase in the body 1.5% to 3% density, an image with the alt phrase set to your key phrase, an internal follow link and any external links made no follow links. Got that?
  4. Pings! – Go to pingler.com and send out pings. You should also have an updated ping list set up in your WordPress site also. Yippee! Don’t spam with your pings. There is a good plugin that you may want to install titled cbnet ping optimizer. Sort of guards against you accidentally pinging over and over when you are updating a post.
  5. Ping.fm – There it is, set up your social bookmarks and submit links to all of them. This takes care of facebook too (link your YouTube account with your facebook account and that will also give you a good post on facebook.)
  6. Socialmonkee – If you don’t have a socialmonkee account, get one, it’s free to use and it works! Those are two wonderful criteria for joining any bookmarking site!
  7. Second article – Now write a second article on the same key phrase and submit this one to ezinearticles.com – they are still the King when it comes to ezine sites.
  8. Third article – Told ya this was work! Write a third article and spin it with the best spinner software. Get a 75% or better spin on your article and then generate 500 or so articles.
  9. Submit Articles – First post articles on five to ten article directories pointing links back to your original post. Copy these URL addresses – you’ll need them later.
  10. Post on Unique Article Wizard – Take 3 of your spun articles and post them on unique article wizard. Point the links in the author’s resource box to your blog post and domain.
  11. Submit more articles! – Submit to ten more articles with links pointing back to the second tier articles (the original articles you submitted to).
  12. Unique Article Wizard…again! – Post another three articles on UAW. Link back to the original articles.
  13. Hubpages and Squidoo – use both hubpages.com and squidoo.com and point the links back to your domain and post.
  14. Video – Make a video around the same key phrase. Post the video on YouTube with links back to your blog post. Go to ping.fm again and post to your social sites with this video.
  15. Unique Article Wizard Act III – Submit yet another three articles to UAW and link back to your hubpages and Youtube video.
  16. PDF – Make a pdf file of your blog article and submit it to:
    1. Scribd.com
    2. SlideShare.com
  17. Take a break, you deserve it!

Now that you have “the list,” get off of your butt and make something happen. Experiment, find out what works for you. Don’t stop until you start seeing the results you want to see. Whether you are just putting a bunch of information out there to get off of your chest or you are trying to make money online (I do it with simple money making programs and more) at least now you have an idea of how to get the natural, organic traffic from the search engines.

If you are like me, you are going to want to get this thing going to the point where it is getting bigger on its own and you are sipping Mai Tai’s and curling your toes in the sand, but for God’s sake, no matter what, make sure you have a good time – this is suppose to be fun!

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Does Social Media Work?

does social media workWe are all told we need to have a facebook account or we need to be twitter friendly, we just have to develop a YouTube channel, but in reality does social media work in terms of being a necessity for the modern day marketer? I think it does and here are a few reasons why.

Does Social Media Work For Traffic Generation

When asking the question does social media work we are asking if this method works for driving targeted visitors to our websites or money making programs or blogs, whatever it may be. We may simply want to provide information surrounding an idea and this becomes a very effective way to do that. I mean let’s get real here, how would you manage five thousand “friends” on an intimate level in the first place? You may be able to set up systems to be able to effectively communicate and share ideas, but socialize…I don’t really think so.

With that said, does social media work in terms of developing relationships and, once again, I think that it does. We are able to establish pages with our videos, we are able to provide “snippets” of our thoughts as we move through the day. Utilizing these social sites and channels we are able to share ourselves with others and these folks are able to connect with us, to relate to what we are saying.

Does Social Media Work For Disbursing Information Effectively

I can post a “status” message saying something about how to drive traffic to a blog or a website and put a link to one of my blog posts or articles. There may be someone out there that connects with this information because it may be something they have been searching for, something they need. If you write an informative and accurate post about traffic generation and this individual is able to profit as a result of implementing the information you have provided then you may have a long-term subscriber, reader and even promoter of your blog.

This is a simple example, but it illustrates one way in which social media can help. Does social media work? Of course it does. We are always talking about building a list, the money is in the list, so on and so forth, but most people new to the internet do not have a list, so how can they market effectively?

does social media workDoes Social Media Work For The Novice Marketer

The answer obviously lies in learning how to exploit social media and other sites in order to access lists that already exist. There are hundreds of millions of people on facebook with their profiles that provide you with a lot of information. Many people fill out a profile and tell you exactly what it is that they are looking for, what they are involved with and maybe even what they wish to learn more about. There are groups with titles like Internet Marketing, Make Money Online or Succeed in MLM. Most of these groups collect members that are looking for information to help them succeed within these and other markets.

By joining groups on facebook and posting to these groups you set yourself out to be a leader, to be an expert in the field. You want to create the perspective at the very least that you are someone that many of these folks can come to for the answers. Sure, you may still be learning, but you can do research, you can write and you can set up a blog post to send people to.

Within groups on facebook you can post links to programs that you are working, products or services that may help some of these folks with their own marketing efforts. In the end, you can drive thousands of people to your site simply by posting information – unique, original and useful information – within these groups.

This article is not going to be a definitive answer to or explanation to how utilize social media. Rather this article simply answers a question that many ask, “Does social media work?” There are many different ways to exploit social media for our own purposes whether they are commercially driven or for more philanthropic endeavors and this post is simply a call to you to start looking for additional resources and specifics on how to utilize and implement the techniques and strategies that social media marketers use. If  I were to list everything out there available to you I could probably write a book, a large book, but as fast as the internet moves I would have to revise the finished product almost every time I completed it.

Does Social Media Work? Yes

Ultimately, finding the information that you need to harness the leverage and compounding effects of the internet will lead you to the social networks and the strategies and methods marketers employ to make use of these systems for your own purposes. The only thing I can really say is get out there, sign up and start posting, don’t sit around asking does social media work because it does, you’ve probably arrived here as a result of, in one way or another, social media marketing.

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Network Marketing System For MLM Success

What is a Network Marketing System

So what is a network marketing system? Basically, a network marketing system is an organized system put in place to help you do a few things within the mlm industry and your own program. Most often you will find systems that many marketers are already using for their programs and you may have even filled out an opt-in form and one through the system.

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Why You Need a Network Marketing System For Your Program

Today there are several people marketing their programs online and a good network marketing system in place can give you a slight edge in terms of giving your program a leg up when it comes to effectively marketing your opportunity online.

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