How to Promote Others and Make Money Out of It

affiliate management

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online. If you’re just getting started this is a good way to get your “feet wet” in the online business world without having to create your own products or services. If you’re an experienced marketer, affiliate marketing can add a nice amount of extra income to your business.

This report will help you get started in affiliate marketing and maximize your sales for super affiliate status.

What is a super affiliate?

A super affiliate is an affiliate who takes affiliate marketing seriously and doesn’t simply throw up a bunch of banners or ads on their site (these don’t really work too well). A super affiliate will take the time to review a product, write a comprehensive product review, and even set up a separate domain to promote a specific product. A super affiliate also knows the importance of building their list so they can further promote products to their customer base.

How does affiliate marketing work?

Simply, you sell other people’s products on your websites and blogs. When you see a product you would like to promote, you can sign up for the affiliate program and start promoting that product on your website. As an affiliate, you will receive your own unique ID which will track any sales sent from your site to the affiliate site.

A good affiliate program will also give you information on where and how you can track your sales, where your clicks are coming from and payment information.

You can find affiliate programs through networks like Commission Junction ( or These networks act like “middle men” and take a certain percentage of every sale sold through them. You will also be paid directly through the network rather than from the vendor.

The plus with these types of programs is that you can choose as many programs as you’d like all in one convenient place and payment is quite easy to track.

The downside is you don’t often get the same promotional tools or training that individual affiliate programs will offer you. Many individual affiliate programs (especially those related to information products) will also offer you higher commissions.

Here are a few places where you can find affiliate programs to promote:

When you first get started in affiliate marketing, it can be a pretty daunting process. It can all look pretty confusing but by following a few simple rules you can get started and learn more as you go along.

Can I Monetize My Blogs?

make money from blogging

Absolutely.  Once you’ve got a good stream of traffic coming in, monetizing your blogs is a cinch.  Today’s most popular method of monetizing blogs is allowing advertisements on it.  And the company offering the world’s largest online contextual advertising program is Google.  This program is known as Adsense.

By signing-up with Adsense, you are allowing Google to place targeted ads on your blog that are relevant to the theme of your blog.  If a reader sees an ad and clicks on it out of interest, you earn yourself some money.  The more readers that click on the ads, the more money you make.  There are people making a full-time income doing nothing but creating sites for Adsense.  This may not necessarily be the best way to monetize your blog, but it is one of the easiest.

There are many more types of advertising programs like CPC advertising, Impression-Based Ads, Text Ads, etc.  Take some time to study which advertising model works best for your blog.

The other way of monetizing your blog is to place affiliate links throughout your content. is an example of a company that offers an affiliate program.  Signing-up for it is free as with most companies offering such programs.  Commission Junction is another.  If you find a product that appeals to both you and your audience, you can sign-up as an affiliate to sell it.  Doing so involves either placing banners on your site, or text-links that you can weave into your content.  When a reader clicks on that link or banner and buys the product, you earn a commission.

make moneyHere are some other ideas you could implement towards monetizing your blog:

  • Seeking sponsorship
  • Donations or tip jars
  • Selling merchandise
  • Selling content via a subscription-based model. Your subscribers pay to read your high-value posts. To make this work, you need to offer something very unique to your readers that they can’t get anywhere else.
  • Get paid to write for a blog network. Sites like and, provide a revenue share on advertising. Other sites may pay you per post.
  • Turn your blog content into a book. You can self-publish a print book or sell it in ebook format.
  • Selling original downloadable products like ebooks and information products.

Ultimately, the key to making your business blog an overwhelming success is to keep it real and have fun with it.  Make it a point to interact with everyone of your subscribers.  The truth about publishing a blog is that it does not belong to you.  It belongs to the community.  Use this to your advantage to tap into the minds of your readers.  If you’re planning a new product, ask them for some of the features they would like to see in it.  The blog makes it a perfect feedback mechanism to get the answers you need to make your business an ongoing success.

How to Make Your First Kindle Book Cover


Now it’s time to create your first eBook cover with Box Shot King.  Before deciding on a template, consider the venue where this book cover is going to be displayed.  For example, if you want to upload a Kindle eBook, go to and take a look at how similar books in your genre appear. You won’t have any control over this in Amazon:  You’ll merely upload your cover photo as a placeholder, which will appear without any 3D effects.  (Don’t worry:  Box Shot King will allow you to create a “Flat Cover” version of your 3D graphics.)

On your website, however, you’ll want to spice things up a little more.  You want your book to read as a “real” book, so choose one of Box Shot King’s 3D templates.

Step 1.  Choose your Template


Step 2.  Choose your Background

The moment you choose your eBook cover template, Box Shot King will present you with a selection of backgrounds.


Choose one, upload your own, check out web resources for further backgrounds or customize the default style with your own colors.

When you select one, it will populate in your canvas area, and you can resize to the area you want to select, as well as move your borders around to capture just the right area.


Once you like what you see in the selection area, press the orange “Select and continue” button.


Step 3.  Create Your Title

When creating your title, make sure the font supports the feel and tone of your book.  For example, if you are producing a Hallowe’en collection of spooky recipes, you might choose a “creepy” font – one that people traditionally and automatically associate with horror movies — such as “Zombie Zone” or “Nightmare”.


(Remember, you add text by pressing the “Insert Text” button, once your background has loaded in.  Type your text into the textarea box; then apply your desired font and effects.)


You will also now be able to drag-to-resize your title, so it will fit anywhere you want on your cover. Press the “Submit” button, once you have typed in your Title and applied your selected effects. Your title will now render over your background.  You can then drag-and-resize it by the corner of your bounding box, as well as reposition it on your “page”.


Note that you can customize your Title text even further, using the options available in the editing bar:


Step 4.  Add an Image

Click on the “Insert Images” tab in your top, horizontal menu, and select a tab; then select a graphic; much as you selected your background.


You can select from galleries, stock photos or upload your own from this location.  (You can also use the “Upload Images” tab instead of the “Insert Images” tab.). Your graphic will render (i.e. load slowly within the canvas) and be added to your cover.


You can:

  • Resize it by dragging
  • Move it around
  • Send it behind your text.  (You are working here in layers.)

Step 5. Edit Your Image and Working with Layers

By default, since you created your graphic after your text, it automatically populates as the front [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][top] layer.  You may not want the title underneath your graphic, so:

a. Click on the element you want at the front (i.e. your title text).  You will know if you have selected your graphic or your title, because the element you click on will be outlined in white.  (Use the double arrow as your click point for drag-resizing or moving.) 


b. Once you have the element you want to position on top selected, click on the “Bring to Front” button


Previously, your graphic was right over top of your title, coloring the letters.


Move your text to the front by selecting the title and pressing the “Bring to Front” button puts your graphic behind the text letters, which usually looks more finished and professional.


Remember; if you don’t like the graphic behind the text after moving it, you can send it “back” again by:

  • Selecting the graphic
  • Pressing “Bring to front”

You can add as many graphics and text elements as you want.

But what if you find part of the image is obscuring your text, yet you still want it on front?

You can simply cut out the offending portion by pressing the “Cut Selected Area” button and moving your editing window until the area you want deleted is greyed-out.


Then press “Cut”.



Step 6.  Save Your Cover

When you are completely happy with the finished look of your eCover, press the black and red “Finalize” button.


Your final eCover graphic will display, along with a menu bar on top giving details about its contents, including:

  • Background color
  • Width (in pixels)
  • Height (in pixels)

This is what your finished 3D cover will look like, displayed on your Sales page or anywhere else on your website:


You can now choose to:

  • Edit your cover
  • Download your cover

If you are happy with the look of your graphic, click “Download”.

If you are not happy with any of the elements, just click on the “Edit” button and you will be able to go back and tweak that element.

Step 7.  Creating a Transparent Background

For seamless integration into your website, create a transparent background to your actual, finished eCover graphic by simply checking the “Transparent” radio button.


You will know you were successful because the white page background to your finished cover will instantly change to a checkered background, which in the graphic design world signifies transparency.  And the “Background Color” tab will display the word “transparent” inside its textarea box, instead of displaying a color code.

You will not see these checkers on your website.  Instead, your actual website background color will show through behind your book cover.  (White is the best color for displaying elements such as eBook covers, especially if they contain effects such as drop shadows.)

Any final graphic file with a transparent background will download as a .PNG file.  Note that if you change that to a .JPG file, you will lose the transparency.

Step 8.  Creating your “flat” Book Cover

But wait – we’re not quite finished yet.  Remember how we looked at earlier?  We realized that Amazon does not display book covers in 3D.  Instead, they want a perfectly flat graphic.

When you are ready to “Download”, you can create that Amazon-style flat rendition of your eBook cover very easily – simply by pressing the “Download 2D” button.


You can do this before or after you press the “Download” button for your main 3D eCover…


You will instantly be rendered an Amazon “placeholder” version of your eCover that looks like this:


Make sure your size is consistent with Amazon’s 1/6 ratio (height and width ratio).

Amazon’s ideal recommended size is 1,563 X 2,500 pixels, but you can downsize all the way to the Amazon minimum of 625 X 1,000 pixels.

You can adjust the size right on your 2D screen:


Once you’ve downloaded your flat file to your desktop, you can then upload this graphic to Amazon to act as your placeholder.

Step 9.  Retrieving your Covers

Your created eCovers are not lost, once downloaded – it’s not a one-shot deal, when it comes to creation.  They are stored in the cloud, in your Box Shot King files, and you can access them again at any time.

To do so:

1.     Open the Box Shot King home page and click on the “Members” tab

2.     Log in

3.     Click on the anchor text “Click here” under the “Welcome [Your Name]” heading

26-retrieving-your-ecovers4.     Click on the “My ECovers” tab.


 5.     Click on the “Edit” button within the thumbnail of the version you want to edit.


And that’s how easy it is to create, customize and retrieve your first eBook cover with Box Shot King.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

4 Proven Methods to Find Popular eBook Topics


If there’s one thing that’s clear from more than a decade of eBook publishing, topics tend to go in trends. One moment motivational topics might be all the rage, then a year or so later it completely dies down. Then eBooks about online options trading take off. That might die down a little, then all of a sudden a whole slew of “How to Start an E-commerce Website” eBooks hit the market and make millions.

Finding popular eBook topics is a great way to jump in front of an emerging trend. Instead of trying to come up with an idea that people might like, you can figure out what people do like right now instead.

So how do you find popular eBook topics? Here are a few different tactics you can use.

Using CB Engine for Clickbank Products

Clickbank is the largest eBook repository on the internet, second only to eReader bookstores (like the Kindle store.) It’s a great place to look for eBook ideas. It’s also a great place to feel out potential new trends.

Unfortunately, Clickbank’s marketplace is quite a poor research tool. You can sort by popularity or gravity – And that’s it. It doesn’t give you much data.

Instead of using Clickbank’s native marketplace, many internet marketers choose to use websites that aggregate data from Clickbank instead. There are a few of them around. CB Engine is one of the most popular ones, with most of its features available for free.

Begin by going to “CB Best Gain” in the left hand side column. This shows you the Clickbank products that have improved in rankings the fastest recently. This is a much more useful statistic than gravity or popularity, because you want to look for new ideas that are catching on rather than products that have already been popular for months.


Here’s what the screen looks like:


You can change the criteria you’re searching by along the top. You can look at high momentum products, products moving up, products that are gaining steadily, products that are getting more popular and have big payouts and so on.

If you click on a product, you’ll be taken to that product’s data page. Here you’ll see all the vital stats you need to know about the product.


Click “Graph” along the top to see a visual representation of the product’s gravity trend, as well as its previous gravity stats by date.


This technique can help you find new eBooks as they’re taking off, but before the market gets saturated. Look for trends, look for big jumpers, look for multiple eBooks on the same topic that are taking off at the same time. Look for things that seem to indicate a new opportunity.

Doing Keyword Research

Another way to look for potential popular topics is to do keyword research.

Begin by jotting down a bunch of different potential ideas for your book. For instance, let’s say you’re in the weight loss industry. You might jot down ideas like:

  • Weight loss for people who’ve just had a baby
  • Weight loss for video gamers who don’t get exercise
  • Weight loss for vegetarians
  • Weight loss for people who love chocolate
  • Etc

Come up with as many ideas as you can. Then head over to the Google Keyword Tool, then type in some of the ideas you’re thinking of using, one at a time.

Google will tell you about how many people search for your keyword every month. Below the keyword you typed in, Google will also tell you the search volume for a number of related keywords.

In this case, you can see that the general topic gets about 40,000 searches a month. Smaller sub-topics get quite a few searches a month as well. So you might put a check mark next to that idea as having strong potential.

Do the same with your next topic. For instance, let’s look at post pregnancy weight loss.

In this case, it seems that vegetarian weight loss is about three times as popular as post pregnancy weight loss.

One important thing to notice is that the keyword “pregnancy weight loss” does get 90,000 searches a month. But if you type it into Google, you’ll find that this search phrase encompasses people who want to lose weight during pregnancy, people who are losing weight during pregnancy and are worried, among a myriad of other topics, including weight loss after pregnancy.

It’s less clear cut because of that one keyword, but it still seems vegetarian weight loss generally has more demand than post-pregnancy weight loss, based on the numbers.

Rinse and repeat this process for all your ideas to get a sense for how many people are looking for the solution you’re thinking of providing.

Browsing Amazon

The Amazon bookstore can be another great way to come up with popular book ideas. Start by heading over to the Editor’s Picks section. You can choose other sections, too. Look through these different lists to see what kind of books are doing well.

You can also sort the category further by going to a more specific subcategory. That’ll really help you get a sense for what’s doing well in your specific niche.


Count Forum Questions

Another way you can find problems that people are eager to solve is to go to internet forums and look for common questions.

For example, if you’re in the fishing niche, you might head over to a fishing message board and spend some time looking around. What kinds of questions are people asking? Is there an abnormally high amount of questions around certain topics? Are there new questions you haven’t heard before? Are there questions being asked that seem to have no good answers?

You can also conduct a search for terms like “how to” or “how do I” or “question.”


This brings up exactly the kind of person you’re looking for: People who came to the forum looking for help. Again, look for patterns in the questions people are asking. The more people asking about it, the better your chances of success with an eBook on that topic.

These are four different ways you can find popular eBook topics. Do your research before you start writing and make sure you’re jumping into a market that’s positioned for success.

How to Get Review Content for Your Website


If you’re planning on starting a review website, it can be a daunting task to site and write all the reviews yourself. While you’ll likely be creating plenty of your own content, there are other great sources you can use to fill your product review website.

NOTE: If you do receive free products or you pay someone to help write reviews for your site, make sure you include the appropriate disclosures and that you’re legally compliant.


How to Get Free Products to Review

Buying all the products you plan to review can get expensive, so try these ways to get free products for your website.


  • Look at other sites that review products in your niche and look for disclaimers saying they received the product for free. When you see certain products being reviewed regularly, it’s quite likely that the company readily gives away product in exchange for review.


  • Contact companies directly and let them know that you would like to review their product. Include honest information about your website demographics and traffic. You can also show them a sample review, so they know how you approach your reviews.


  • Place a product review request form on your website. Once your traffic grows, you will find that companies will be contacting you for a review.


Remember, keep your reputation intact. Never promise a positive review in exchange for free product. Always include object information in your product reviews, whether it is good or bad.


Do it Yourself

  • Write product reviews. Make a list of products you plan to review, the key features you should be looking at and start writing.


  • Write product comparisons. Consumers are always looking for help on making an appropriate product decision and comparisons are one way to help them make the decision. Create categories of products (ex. smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) and put together comparison charts and other useful information.


  • Take photos of products. While photos are rarely enough on their own, they can certainly add a wealth of information to a product review. Take and publish product photos readily.


  • Create screenshots of products used on your computer. A similar idea to photos, you can also take a picture of your computer screen and share. You can do this with software, websites you want to demonstrate and more.


  • Take a video of yourself demonstrating the product. If you don’t feel like writing, show your readers how the product works through video.


  • Take a video of other people talking about the product. If you’re not familiar with a product, but you know someone who is, ask them some questions and ask them to show the product in a video.


Free Reviews 

  • Use the Product Reviews features of the Amazon Associates program. This allows you to display review details from Amazon on your website. NOTE: This doesn’t include actually text from the review, but shows ratings and a number of reviews, so users can click through to see them.


Just log into your Associates program and when you create an image or text only link, you’ll see the option for adding product review information.

According to Amazon, “When users hover over a preview-enhanced link, either a text link or image link, a small window appears containing valuable content and information about the product you’re advertising. Our test results show that visitors who see a Product Preview have high click-through and conversion rates — helping you earn more fees.”

When setting up your link, choose “Text Only” or “Image Only”:


The first piece of code is for your text or image:


 Then there is another optional piece of code that allows you to add the Product Review component.


 When you place both pieces of code on your website, the link looks something like this:


When your user hovers over the link, a box like this appears:


  • Check the affiliate program you’re working with to see if they have any reviews available for publishing. They might have a product profile sheet or customer submitted reviews, so ask.


  • Allow users to submit their ratings and reviews. One of the best ways to enrich your website content is to let users participate, so make it easy for them to share their opinion.

You can use the GD Star Rating WordPress plugin to automate this for you. Here’s a sample of how the plugin can look on your website. You can do a lot of customization with this plugin, so you can decide exactly how users can participate.


  • Embed YouTube videos into your website. Simply search YouTube for “[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][product name] review” and find something that you find relevant to your product review page.

When you find a video you want to put on your site, look for the “Share” link on the video page. Then choose the “Embed” option below. It will give the code you need to put on your website to display the video. You can choose the size of the video screen and other options before you copy and paste the code.

Once you’ve published the review on your site, consider adding your own thoughts about the video to give your readers a fresh and unique perspective from your website.

Review Template


[Insert Product Name] Product Review: [Add Brief Opinion/Benefit]


[ADD PRODUCT PHOTO] Add introductory paragraph to explain what the product is, why your reviewing it, its main benefits, etc.


About [Internet Product Name]:

[Make a bulleted list of features and any benefits you’d like to highlight. The bullets below are a guideline and may not suit every product]


  • Description:
  • Format / Size / etc.:
  • Seller:
  • Price:
  • Main Features:


[Next Include paragraphs that address factors like durability, usefulness, quality of information, performance, user experience. Use a subheadline for each factor you discuss. Examples below:]


Entertainment Value [for example – could be another factor]

Insert details about entertainment value. Write down how you determined the entertainment value, if you took opinions of others, etc.  


Efficiency [for example – could be another factor]

Insert details about efficiency. Insert details about efficiency. Talk about how you tested the product, where you gathered further information about efficiency from other users.


Who This Product is Suitable For

Insert details about who would most benefit from this product and even include an honest warning for whom it’s not suitable for. Ex. Advanced users; those who are more concerned about price than quality, etc.


Feature & Benefit Comparison

If you can, add a little comparison with another product, so your readers can make the best buying decision possible.


Overall Opinion

Summarize your opinion and add some further suggestions on how to use the product. Don’t forget to tell your readers where to buy the product again.


Note to Review: Add plenty of photos and if possible, a video, demonstrating the product. Show how the product is used for the best review possible.

Submitting Your eBook to the Kindle Store


Getting your eBook on the Kindle format is a powerful way to get exposure to a group of people that may never actively search for your book online. You’ll be exposed to people who are ready and willing to spend money and can purchase your book quickly and easily at the click of a button.

Amazon’s process for submitting an eBook used to be long and complicated, requiring an ISBN number and a lengthy application process similar to its physical book process.

With the Kindle’s new Digital Text Platform (DTP) you can now submit your eBook to the Kindle quickly and easily. Here’s how.

Step 1: Sign In to the DTP


Go to:

You’ll be presented with the introduction page. Sign in to your Amazon account.


Step 2: Add Seller Information


When you log onto the DTP system, you’ll immediately be presented with a screen that says “Your account information is incomplete.”

That’s because you currently have an account for buying books on Amazon but not for selling books on Amazon.

Click the “Update Now” button to give Amazon the necessary information to have an account that can submit books to the Kindle.



Step 3: Fill Out Your Account Information




You’ll be presented with an account information page that should be mostly self-explanatory. Fill out your name, tax ID / SSN number and how you’d like to receive your payments.


Step 4: Add Your First eBook

Once you save your changes, you’ll be returned to the main screen. Click “Add a new title” to add your first eBook.


Step 5: Fill Out the Book Details


When you click the add button, you’ll be presented with a long page of options for your book. Here’s what each section means.


1) Provide the title of your book and the description. Remember that these are two of the most important things people will use to consider whether to buy your book or not. The title and description should be both descriptive and compelling.

2) Book contributors – Who are the authors?

3) Publishing Details – What language is the book in? Everything else is optional.

There’s more when you scroll down …


1) Do you own the rights or is the book in the public domain?

2) What category does the book belong in? This will help people who don’t know of your title find your book. If you’re unsure, look for books similar to yours and see what categories they put themselves in. You should also add a few keywords to make the book easier to find.

3) Your book cover. Perhaps more than any other factor, your book cover is what will catch attention and get people to buy your book.

4) Upload your book. Amazon prefers HTML format, though they can accept PDF format as well.

Click Continue when you’ve completed everything on the first page.

Step 6: Set Your Rights and Pricing


When you hit continue, you’ll be taken to the rights & pricing page:


Here you’ll set whether you want to sell the book all over the world or just in certain parts of the world. You’ll also set your royalty percentage and your listing price.

Once you hit submit, your book will be reviewed by Amazon. Once you receive approval, your eBook will be live on the Kindle store!