Today I’ll be looking at my top 3 ways to create a website and earn money from it. This is not a ‘get rich quick’ post (as none of my posts ever will be unless I find a legit way to do so) but if you employ any (or all) of these methods with some time and effort, you will earn money from your website.
The main idea of making money online is that you need to offer value for your guests. Whether it’s needed information, a good laugh, or an actual product that you sell it’s all about VALUE. No one will buy from you if you’re not offering anything for their time. In fact, your visitors will ‘bounce’ (click on one page of your site and then immediately leave) more often than not, so no matter which of these you hope to make work for you, if you offer nothing you will get nothing. Just keep that in mind.
(If you need information on web builders vs hosting, please check this article to see which you would feel more comfortable with while building your site.)
Money Making Idea #1: Product Sales
This is a great one for creators but you can also do a direct marketing site with a number of different companies that will be happy to have you sell for them.
Honestly, this isn’t my favorite because you have to deal with actual physical products, customer service, shipping, etc. I would much rather leave all that to someone else. However, if that is your thing and you want to tackle owning an actual ‘online storefront’ then this is the one for you.
A few of the programs on offer for your actual storefront are:
- Build your own ecommerce website
And these are only a fraction of the ways to open a storefront on the web.
As for the direct marketing, I’m sure you know plenty of these common names and brands:
- Young Living
- Pampered Chef
And, again, that’s a tiny fraction of the direct sales companies you could sell for. There are literal directories online where you can find companies offering products for anyone living any kind of lifestyle. Some may even handle the customer service and shipping for you, so be sure to check all of their FAQ’s and policies.
Many of these companies require you to ‘buy in’ though, so you may need to offer up some collateral in order to begin. Most of these are under $300 though, so if you’re interested just be aware. However, these brands already have exposure and traffic associated with their name so you may get a bit more interest from your customers this way.
Also, it’s a good segway into having a ‘real life’ business as well as online as you can always sell in your community as well. Just be sure to check with your local government regarding sales tax and if you need any licensing to do direct marketing in your area.
Money Making Idea #2: Offer A Service
This idea is very similar to idea #1 but instead of a tangible product you’re selling a skill that you possess. I know a few people who offer music lessons online either through Skype or an actual listing site (or app) like Fiverr.
I know what you’re thinking, “If I use a listing app why would I need a site?”
People are looking for information on why they should choose YOU over anyone else. Many of these sites offer little in the way of credentialing, experience, etc. To build your value to those who would buy your services you need to sell yourself to them. Build a social presence: have a Facebook page for your business, Instagram, Twitter and post YouTube videos of you performing your chosen skill.
You need to become the expert your guests look to when they need your specific services. It’s all about Value.
Money Making Idea #3: Affiliate Marketing
This one is near and dear to my heart since it is what I do. You don’t have to deal with products or customer service (for the most part) and you basically use your website as an information hub on whatever unique niche interests you.
It does take time and effort (like any of these ideas) and a lot of research as well as writing, but it’s definitely a great option if you want something that, once established, will keep producing income even if you take a break for a little while.
Granted just like the above ideas it’s a great idea to create a more complete online social identity as well but there are plenty of affiliate marketers who just concentrate on websites, maintaining a sort of anonymous ‘corporate’ feel to their sites.
Personally, I like being a little more casual and personal. I feel like it adds to my credibility because you can figure out pretty quick that I’m just one human being writing articles and trying to make this ‘online’ thing work, just like you.
As for companies looking to pay you for using their links, much like direct marketing companies, your choices are endless. And, again, there are directories dedicated to affiliate programs. How you choose is based on your niche and the level of your traffic, since some affiliate programs are for established sites with a ton of traffic but there are plenty for beginners as well!
The best thing to do with Affiliate links is to write an article and every company you mention, just see if they have an affiliate program. Most do. If you apply and are denied it’s not a big deal; just reapply once you have the traffic to support it. You’ll be surprised at how many programs are just a simple sign up to get your link.
As a final thought I would like to say that this is not a definitive list of ways to create a website and earn money from it. They are just my top 3 and the ones I have tried myself so i know there’s potential there.
In reality, you have to judge what your capabilities are and how much time and effort you are willing to put into your chosen project, or projects. Ultimately, you can do one or all of these with great results.
I hope you found my article to be informative and have given you ideas on how to use a website to earn income, now it’s up to you to make your dream a reality!
If you have an experiences, opinions or other options for income-earning websites be sure to comment below!
Cat / Fascinatura – The Rebel Entrepreneur
Oh boy, do I have one for you today. I went in deep just for you and have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s jump in.
What Is Four Percent?
It’s headed by fast-talking owner Vick Strizheus who is a rather infamous affiliate marketer that, apparently, has a rather deviant past. I have read that he actually had a system much like his ‘Four Percent Challenge’ some time ago and actually changed his students’ affiliate links to his own to get all of their sales for himself.
There was also his insurance policy scam in North Dakota… the other affiliate training programs just like ‘Four Percent Success Challenge’ that no longer exist…
Unfortunately, I did not find any *actual* evidence of these things, however. No news coverage, no court records, nothing. If you search Vick’s name and ‘scam’ though, they’re pretty synonymous it seems, at least online.
Now, I hate to spread rumors but in this online world of scams and scammers I want to put the word out on anyone who seems less than legit.
Honestly though, if his system is pulling in as many people as it seems he probably doesn’t have to steal links anymore and I will show you why.
I Went To His Webinar
Yep, sat through two hours of him talking about what his system could do for me and the (I assume fake) 396 people in the ‘chatroom’. It was definitely recorded even though it was supposedly live and on the top of the chat it stated that messages would only be seen by the presenter to have minimal ‘distraction’.
Sure Vick, sure.
This is the lead page I saw. Honestly, it definitely has the same feel as a ‘Computer Process’ page. I figured this would be quick and easy since it was most likely going to lead me there. What it did was lead me down an entire other rabbithole.
So, here we are at the registration page. I like that they have arrows to tell me what I’m doing. Apparently they expect people who register to be idiots.
Then again, maybe I am? I totally did register (I wonder how many robo calls and unwanted emails I’ll be getting now?) but it was for science! FOR YOU! My beloved readers. I do these things so you won’t have to.
(I mean, unless you think sitting listening to a recorded Ukrainian guy talk circles around a fake room of people about his ’14 years and $350,000 worth of experience’ is your idea of a good time. If that’s the case, have at it!)
I’ve been registered! Imagine my excitement at getting that message!
Then I saw the recommendation: Block Out 2 Hours of Uninterrupted Time.
Ugh. 2 hours? Geez. Okay. I mean, if it’ll make me start earning $10k a day, totally in. It’s worth it.
Another recommendation was to go to the link provided 5 mins in advance and only on a laptop or desktop. Of course, my jaded mind was like, “This is where the virus comes and eats my computer…” but I obeyed and followed the link about five minutes before and was pleasantly surprised to find no such things were awaiting me; just a blank video screen like any other webinar I’ve ever gone to.
(Hm. I should probably run another full scan on my computer though… just in case. Meh. Right after I write this.)
So here I was, anticipating the webinar that would change my existence forever. I grabbed a soda and went to bathroom (not in that order) and voila! It was go time.
I literally have shots of pretty much every slide in this 2 hour presentation. He never really says how his system works, just gives diagrams of his various ‘engines’, photos of his family on his yacht, on vacation, people who he taught to make millions with his systems (are they real people though? That was my thought even without prior knowledge of his past).
The whole thing was exactly as I expected, but I will tell you that Vick is highly likable and he tries very hard to also be relatable and it actually works. I almost believed him! Imagine!
The picture above is Vick’s version of his reviews on Trustpilot. While he was showing this I went to the actual Trustpilot site and looked up ‘Four Percent Challenge’. I got this:
Still 5 stars (you can buy reviews, let’s be honest here) but only 706. I mean, it’s a small thing but even on their own site (yes…. I’ll get to that) it’s the 706 number. I guess if you’ve paid the ridiculous amount to get in (I’ll….. *sigh* get to that part) you’ve drank the Kool-aid and won’t check into things.
I nearly drank the Kool-Aid I’ll be honest; Vick is very convincing. He seems very sincere, he’s likeable, he genuinely seems like he has your best interest at heart but it’s business! It’s not personal and the Four Percent website is proof.
I’ll get to that. Just hang on. (And this is his technique as well, “I’ll get to the point real soon, just let me go over 300 more slides first!” at the end I wanted to reach into my screen and slap Vick just so he’d cut to the freaking chase!)
Please don’t slap me. I have more slides to share with you!
This is one of the ‘Family’ slides, an attempt (and a great one) at being relatable and likable. No idea if this is actually his family or some paid extras but that’s not what we’re looking at here.
You know, for being ‘the top traffic expert … since 2005’ I’ve never heard of him until now and I *am* an affiliate marketer. All I find when I search his name are the allegations, if I’m honest. I mean, if he really is the top in the business it’s really sad that that is overshadowed by his past.
So take that lesson: If you scam, it will follow you. No matter how successful you become people will doubt you and your motives.
Be honest, folks. It might be a slower grind but a person with integrity will have more trust in this online world full of lies and scams.
Anyhow, back to it.
I sat through more than 2 hours of the webinar and finally, after I think 10 slides going through all the benefits and Vick’s ‘estimate’ of the worth of each piece of the puzzle we got this:
Dang dude. You are expensive!
However, in true informercial form (and after a few more screens) the true price was revealed:
But WAIT!!! There’s more!!!
By the end of this thing he was offering extra classes, an ‘Automated Selling Machine’ and a few other things that I learned were standard, even in their free membership.
Oh yes! Apparently there’s a free membership Vick mentions nothing about. A little try before you buy would have been nice before the heavy handed sales tactics happened.
So, I buy in ($197.00/mo) and then, what do you think happens? That’s right! The upsell!
Lifetime Membership! Holy cow!!! I get everything for always and forever? Mind you, if past experiences with Vick tell us anything, it’s that these ‘Lifetime’ memberships are very limited time offers (since every one of his 3 – 4 other ‘affiliate training’ sites are now no more).
(Sorry, couldn’t fit everything this amazing deal had in it on my screen. I’ll give you a spoiler: Probably not worth it.)
((See? Automated Selling Machines. I wish I could tell you what the heck that was, but I never saw mine. I even tried to contact their customer service about it. No answer. I was very sad.))
Apparently this lifetime membership would get you in deep with these guys. We’re talking yacht parties, status, hookers and blackjack… well, he didn’t say the last two but that was the feel I was getting from all of the promises. He said something like “Since you committed to this, we treat you a little different around here.”
Sure Vick. At this point he was definitely striking me more as the con man I’d later learn he actually was in the past.
Lifetime membership for $1,300… so, let’s see.
The price Vick originally stated (after he came down from $22k, of course) was $1,497.
I already gave him $197.00.
That + $1,300 = $1,497.00!!!
Wow! So I could be a lifetime member for the original price he quoted?? Can he not do math because that seems like a bargain.
-That was sarcasm, folks.-
So, I wonder how many people actually do that? No wonder his bank rolls were crazy high.
Honestly, it’s genius. Come up with a system, teach people with no guarantees it’ll work, charge them $197.00 to sign up and then $1,300 for something that, ultimately, probably means nothing and BAM! You’re rich.
I do respect that on a weird, super villian level.
Anyhow, I am not a lifetime member (we will see if I rue the day) and I arrived at my dashboard.
The member site is incredibly masculine and looks like Netflix took too much testosterone.
I saw that my ‘Challenge’ was available… but I looked and looked and saw no automatic selling machine or extra training… basically none of the ‘extras’ I was lured into purchasing. I sent a message to customer service and waited.
The ‘Community’ is a closed Facebook Group I was never approved for (maybe that was the ‘status’ that was promised if I signed up for life…) and there are some classes that were inactive. I was assuming that they’d unlock after the Challenge, but nope!
I love the ‘3 easy payments of $765’; easy, huh? I think I’d rather feed my family, but thanks.
Oh Vick, more upsells? You’re so predictable.
Yes! You get to pay Vick another $2k if you want this training on ‘Internet Traffic Mastery’. I mean, he made it seem like the entire wealth of his 14 year ‘education’ he spent $350k on was in what I just bought! How could he hold back on me like that?? He said he was my ‘friend and mentor’. #crushed
I mean, if I had gotten my automatic selling machine and started making my $10k a month, maybe then. Yes! That must be it! You follow the system and then you just buy the trainings outright, and the lifetime membership (as you can still get that for $2.5k even after the incredible $1.3k offer has been passed up) after a month or two.
There were more classes for less money, and even free ones done by members, but it all felt empty and impersonal to me. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by the warmth and comraderie of Wealthy Affiliate but it just seemed lonely.
I had to get you a screenshot of the ‘All Programs’ page. Totally looks like a racing game.
Well folks, that was as deep into Four Percent as I got. That was enough for me to cancel my membership and request a refund. We’ll see if I get my $197.00 back from Vick or if I have to contact my credit card company. I’ll be sure to update here either way.
I just wanted to say that Vick was very likable and the past is the past but I don’t like Four Percent’s selling tactics or high level upsells. I can’t really say it’s a scam because I honestly don’t know but you can be sure I’ll be keeping an eye on them to see if thier lifetime memberships vaporize along with a lot of people’s dreams (and their money).
Four Percent Group
Fees: $197.00/mo, $1,497.00 more for lifetime membership / price seems to vary depending on how you join (webinar vs website or affiliate link)
Upsells: Yes, lots of them for thousands of dollars
Verdict: I wouldn’t do it but you do you.
But WAIT!!! There’s MORE!!!
I saved the best thing for those few, special people that actually read this entire blog post!!!!!!!!
I saved you a ‘Success Pill’ from my ‘Success Challenge’! Careful though, it’s ‘Max Strength’.
Catharyn / Fascinaturu – The Rebel Entrepreneur
I’ve made quite a few websites in my lifetime, believe it or not. It’s gotten so much easier to get a site up and running in no time at all, at least a homepage and a few posts. When it comes to advanced widgets and things like e-commerce, well, it still can get rather complicated.
Very few companies offer thorough tutorials or actual training on how to actually get it working with analytics, social media, e-commerce and email lists.
I’ll be looking at one hosting and one building platfom to compare them. I’ve tried both so I’ll give more in-depth knowledge about them as we go.
The Difference in Web Hosting vs Web Builder
The difference between a web ‘hosting’ service and a web ‘builder’ is not so obvious to those that haven’t done this before.
Web hosing services are usually for those who have a base knowledge of website design. They may have a builder that they use, usually a proprietary software program unique to their service, but many don’t really have that. It’s mainly a framework for you to build your site from scratch or to import an existing site into.
It’s mainly a blank slate for you to create with.
If you have the training and know how, this might be your first choice but if you’re just beginning be prepared for a lot of trial and error, reading many ‘how to’s’ that may or may not work for your particular needs or shelling out money to your web hosting’s design team to do it for you (and you will be contacted by them multiple times, whether you are successfully building your site or not).
A website builder is more beginner friendly. It generally has themes for you to choose from with various modules and widgets you can use to personalize the user experience. Some have included tutorials to help those of us who have no knowledge of website development but sometimes they can be hard to follow and not really touch on the actual portion we’re having issues with. My biggest pet peeve is when the platform has changed, but the tutorial is outdated and not for the current version. That’s always a pain.
Another big difference is that web builders often have ‘free’ hosting. Mind you, it’s not high quality and you will not be number one on their list if you have issues and need help, nor will you have your own domain name (for example, my domain is www.rebel-entrepreneur.org your free website name would be something like www.somehostingcompaniesurl/freesite/whateveryouractualwebsitenameis.whateversuffixtheydecidetogiveyou). Ok, so that example is ridiculous but I swear a couple of my early sites had addresses that long!
Web Hosting services often do not have anything free. The lowest cost plans are, again, not high quality and you are the last on their list if you need help. Also, my experience is that you get emails and calls telling you about their specials and web building team in order to upsell you on more of their services or a higher tier of hosting from them.
You may also get emails from other hosting companies trying to lure you away from your current hosting servce, depending on who they sell your information to. It’s a cut throat business, you have to decide wat’s right for you because they are not looking out for your best interest, trust me on that.
Or don’t. You don’t have to take my word for it but anyone who’s been doing this long enough would tell you the same thing. It’s not personal, it’s business.
((Keep in mind that this will not be an exhaustive list of webhosting/bulding services. I just want to show you what to look for, what to expect and the differences between the two services are. I may do actual reviews on specific companies later as their own posts but that is not the purpose of this particular post.))
Let’s Get Specific!
Web Hosting Service
We’re going to examine the web hosting service ‘GoDaddy.com’ first. I’ve actually used their service and when I had a site with them I noticed the lack of tutorials and general help without contacting their web building specialists was very limited. I was often stalled on building because I had to send an email or give them a call (and be pit on hold for who knows how long) in order to get the help I needed.
I did not stay with them long. I hope they’ve improved.
Let’s look at their plans:
So, we have Economy, Deluxe and Ultimate.
With the Economy plan ($1.00/mo for 1 year, $8.99/mo after that) you get:
This was the plan I had.
1 website – I would hope so. That is why we’re here after all.
Unmetered bandwidth – which means that they don’t limit the amount of storage and bandwidth your site can use as long as it doesn’t go against the Hosting Agreement. The interesting part is that if it does conflict with the agreement you can upgrade, probably at full price, or they’ll limit your resources. They assure you that this rarely happens but will you be the one it happens to?
100GB of storage – Pretty interesting that the above statement mentions that they don’t limit your storage but for Economy class, they’ll make an exception.
Free Microsoft Office Business email for a year – That’s great if you have Microsoft Office. If you don’t that part is fairly useless. Feel free to disregard.
Free domain with Annual Plan – I love ‘free’ things.
Overall, not bad as long as you don’t threated the stability of their servers or need more than 100GB of space.
With the Deluxe plan ($7.99/mo for 1 year, $11.99/mo after that) you get:
Everything stated above plus these goodies:
Unmetered storage – There’s that unlimited storage they mentioned in the little tooltip you get if you click on the little ‘?’ thingy! Of course, like the unmetered bandwidth, if your site singlehandedly threatens doom upon their entire network you’ll need to be sequestered to a private server, at your cost of course.
And…. that’s it. The storage is what makes it Deluxe.
With the Ultimate plan ($12.99/mo for 1 year, $16.99/mo after that) you get:
Everything covered above plus:
Unlimited websites – You can unleash an army of Hello Kitty websites upon the world just like you’ve always dreamed! Just kidding (well, not really, you could if you wanted to). There’s no fine print here. Build your website empire, they’ll support you.
2x processing power and memory – No specifics here. Unsure what the base power and memory are so I’m unsure what this really means. ‘Better, faster, stronger’ is the message I get here (but without specifics? Hard to prove).
Free SSL certificate (with restrictions) – I’m going to quote them here because I don’t want to get this wrong: ‘A $79.99/yr value, GoDaddy SSL Certificate keeps transactions with your website secure using strong 2048-bit encryption. SSL Certificate is free for 1 year with purchase. After the initial free year, SSL Certificate will automatically renew at the then-current price until canceled. You may cancel automatic renewal at any time in your GoDaddy account.’ Hm. What are the restrictions?
I did some digging and it seems the restrictions are that you have one SSL certificate on one domain. So, you can encrypt one of your Hello Kitty domains but not the other fifteen. However, all 1,150 of your Hello Kitty Adventure blog posts on that one domain are covered by that SSL.
(It’s for e-commerce sites. If a site has a valid SSL certificate it means that your transaction is encrypted and your information is as safe as it can be online. Unless a breach happens, but that’s a whole other thing.)
Got it? Good.
If you type in ‘GoDaddy Reviews’ you will see many sites with a wild swing in ratings. From as low as 1.3 stars (ouch!) to close to 5 stars. If you haven’t guessed, I trust no one, so I’m assuming the truth is somewhere between 2 – 4 stars. Average ratings, really. Nothing absolutely awful nor a world changing boon to the internet.
One site pretty much of summed up my experience with GoDaddy:
Yeah, that was pretty much it. It’s all good until it’s no good.
So, that was the big ‘Daddy’ of hosting services, let’s take a look at an equally popular and prominent web building service: WIX.
My experience with Wix was actually pretty good. I didn’t dive too deep, but I really liked some of their animated themes. Their web builder is pretty easy to follow but the actual customization left a lot to be desired.
For example, I liked my header and how the animation played in the background but I hated the way my posts presented themselves in weird boxes on the foreground. I actually preferred another themes’ carousel effect for the posts… alas, I was never able to marry the two worlds and get what I wanted. It just wasn’t possible the way the themes are created.
Honestly, that’s the issue with themes: they are only so customizable if you have limited knowledge of the code used.
I’m not an expert on web building. I used to know some HTML at one point in my life. It was how to make a certain banner on a certain site (I think it was a Yahoo site actually) and I found the code with instructions on some Yahoo forum on building websites.
My knowledge of HTML and coding equates with my knowledge of French. Being able to say, “Bonjour mon ami, comment ca va?” does not mean I speak fluent French.
If you know code, by all means use it to modify things. Mind you, if the theme is proprietary you may not be able to.
Let’s look at the plans, shall we?
Oh dear… they have plans for websites and for business. I gather the regular websites cannot be e-commerce sites but let’s look anyway:
There was so much listed on the VIP and Pro plans that it wouldn’t fit on my screen but I’ll be going over them point by point.
Keep in mind that you can build a free site on WIX using their templates and such, they are very basic and don’t include all the extras you get if you sign up for a paid plan.
We have Combo, Unlimited, Pro and VIP for just websites.
With the Combo plan ($13/mo) you get:
2GB of bandwidth – Limited bandwidth but this is just for one site, I guess.
3GB of storage – Limited storage
Connect your domain – I guess if you have a domain you can connect your Wix site to it. Makes sense if you want to quickly build a site and then pop in into your domain.
Remove Wix Ads – That’s one thing with ‘free’ sites; they use your real estate to advertise. Honestly, I’d rather use my site to advertise for my benefit with affiliate links but I suppose if you don’t pay with money you pay by working for them.
30 video minutes – in case you want to host videos on your site
Free domain for 1 year – I guess that’s in case you don’t have a domain to connect to. I wonder how much the domain is after that year is up?
Ok! So as we can see after the first year your domain will be $14.95 per year (less if you sign up for multiple years). Then again saving a dollar a year isn’t much, if I’m being honest.
Now that that mystery is solved, let’s move on.
With the Unlimited Plan ($17/mo) you get:
Unlimited bandwidth – This is a big deal to them, apparently. I mean, they named this plan after that one point.
10GB of storage (I feel like they bold the things so I should follow suit) – WOW! 10GB?! Dang… Don’t get me wrong, it’s better than the Combo plan but it’s still not a lot.
Next two points, blah blah, same as the ‘Combo’…
1 video hour – more vids for the kids!
$300 ad vouchers – Hm? Ad vouchers? What are these??
Nice! Now, this is something I can get behind. I have no idea how far $300 would get you in Google but as of right now I have exactly $0 in my budget for Google ads. This would put $300 in that budget.
Site Booster App ($60 value) – *sigh* Hang on, I’ll go look…
Further down the rabbit hole we go! The Site Booster app is a third party app that gives your site instant visibility in search engines.
What I gather is that these guys act as agents that list your site in various places (Pintrest, Whatsapp, etc) and update your information as needed, let you know when you get a review. All you do is provide them with the information you want on your listings and they do the rest.
I’m unsure they do more than good SEO and time will do for you but it sounds amazing.
Of course I found reviews!
As you can see, the newest review is not a good one. I read through and most of the reviews are either 5 stars or 1 star and the 1 stars all say the same thing: wrong details in the listing. I also saw that the company responds to these reviews pretty quickly and if they made your ad, not someone else (and maybe not you), they are happy to correct the mistake.
I mean, they do say they’ll ‘update as needed’… I’d say a mistake (no matter who is at fault) is cause for an update. No need to play the blame game with your clients, after all.
I’d want a little more information on this before I bought into it for $6.99 a month.
Whew! Back to Wix… we got a little distracted there!
Visitor Analytics App – Now this one I have covered. You can actually get Google Analytics for free for any website so I know it’s not 100% necessary and if they want you to pay after the one year is up? Say no.
With the Pro Plan ($22/mo) you get:
Everything included in the Combo and Unlimited plus:
200GB of storage – Double the storage of the ‘Unlimited’ plan. This is the most you can get from Wix for a non-commercial site.
2 video hours – even more videos on your site! Honestly, I’m unsure what this means. Most of the people I know link their YouTube videos on their website so I’m not sure if that counts or if they means a full video uploaded onto the site. I would imagine two hours of video would eat into your 200GB, no matter how bold their font.
Events Calendar – handy if you’re planning events either on your site (giveaways, video releases, posting schedule) or in your community.
Professional Logo – This is interesting as well. It makes me wonder if it’s really yours if you decide to take your site elsewhere.
….. One Sec
Ahhhh. It’s a ‘Logo Builder’ program that Wix has that is only included in a few premium packages. You just take different png and vector files, change colors and add text to make a logo. So, it is yours once it’s created but it’s nothing you can’t do with a proper image editing program.
Social Media Logo – I assume it’s like the ‘professional’ logo but works with social media platforms.
With the VIP Plan ($39/mo) you get:
Everything mentioned in the previous plans along with:
Priority Response – Buyer beware. This means anyone not a VIP is not a priority.
VIP Support – Again, unless you’re willing to pay more you are not a priority (I sense a theme with these companies).
I will be covering the Wix Business plans later in a full review!
Speaking of Reviews:
Overall great reviews from what I could see; all 4 – 5 star ratings. I have to say, Wix was definitely one of my favorites despite it’s shortcomings and it seems they’ve really build a great brand.
(The rest of the sites on the page when I searched ‘Wix Reviews’ were ads for other web builders. Go figure!)
As you can see, Wix is more of a full service platform. They have everything you need to build a brand online (and more, it seems) and if you’re having issues or don’t want to build your own site they have listings of Webmasters that will be happy to do it for you (for a nominal fee, of course).
GoDaddy is more of a self serve platform, as most web hosting services tend to be.
Onto My Current Favorite Platform!
To be honest with you, this is not a fair review as no web hosting nor web building platform can compare with my favorite go to:
No joke. Wealthy Affiliate is a web hosting and web building platform all in one plus you get training in website building, social media marketing, YouTube marketing, affiliate marketing and so much more. This doesn’t even include the amazing community at WA.
Let’s look at the details:
Here we are. There are two plans at Wealthy Affiliate, Free and Premium.
What you get with the Free plan ($0/mo) :
Live support for 7 days – Well, hm. I doubt you’ll run into big problems in a week. Then again, I don’t know you or your life but this seems short to me.
Personal Affiliate Blog – Yep, can confirm you get a blog on the platform. Most people seem to use this as a weird advertising experiment or to teach things, sometimes completely unrelated to websites, affiliate marketing or WA but it keeps things interesting.
(There are a lot of the ‘Click Bait’ titles on blogs like “WA is a Scam!” but then they’re all about WA by turning it around. It’s a safe space to try your ideas on marketing or to just share your experiences on your journey. I tried the click bait title of ‘I’m Done!”, most popular blog I ever wrote. It works…)
Websites – 2 websites. Yes, fully functioning sites but not domains. They are on the ‘siterubix’ domain but they are 100% your sites.
Beginner Training Course – Honestly, if you joined WA just for this and stayed free while doing the things you learn on your free sites you’d be fairly set. It’d take more time but you could totally build a lucrative affiliate site just doing this. I did it for a while before going Premium.
Affiliate Bootcamp Training, Phase 1 only – This is the training to become an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate itself, which is a damn fine affiliate program. It makes sense that phase 1 would be it; like a taste of the ‘good stuff’ before they cut you off. Clever.
Video Walk-Throughs – These are invaluable to me. I learn by doing, so I start one of these babies up and follow along. I pause when I attempt a step and can go back if I don’t quite get it. They’re great!
Keyword Research Tool (aka Jaaxy), 30 searches – I love Jaaxy. Like, legit love. This is what I use for my keyword research, domain searches, niche research to decide on new blog posts, etc. Jaaxy is my go to tool.
2 Training Classrooms – This is where you learn things beyond the basic training. These are classes put on by our more senior (and more successful) members.
Affiliate Program – If you want to start right in on an affiliate program for free, you can jump right in with WA’s program. You don’t get as much of a percentage as a Premium member but that’s understandable considering how much you’re getting out of a free membership.
Earn While You Learn – I’m assuming this is related to being able to jump into training and becoming an affiliate right away. How this is a legit perk though? Meh. It’s really up to you and the amount of effort you put in, it’s not like they actually give you a stipend to advertise for them. Know what I’m saying?
1-on-1 Coaching, first 7 days – Unsure what this is, to be honest. I have recieved no 1-on-1 coaching and I’m a Premium member. I guess if I needed it I’d know what it was.
With the Premium Plan ($47/month) you get:
Live Support – Unlimited. I would hope so. What they don’t say is that the support is super fast and very responsive if you go through the correct channels. Emailing the owners directly and ranting on your blog won’t do it. Gotta go through support channels; let the nice customer service agents do their jobs.
Private Messaging – I haven’t used this yet. I mainly communicate with other affiliates via our blogs but I guess it has a reason for existing other than the canned messages I get from Kyle, Carson (the owners) and my ‘personal coach’.
((I have no idea if my personal coach is an actual person or just an algorythm that’s programmed to send me a pre-made message once in a while. He never posts anything on his blog or on my blog, I never see any activity from him whatsoever and you can BET I’m following his pixelated ass to try and figure it out!))
Unlimited Websites – Yes folks! The dream of your very own army of Hello Kitty websites is within reach here at WA. I know that gets you excited.
Website Security Package – Wait a minute. Hold up. You mean the free ones aren’t secure? Well, that sounds bad…
Website Backup – I know this is just a redundancy feature, actually. WA is continuously storing the sites and has many systems installed so nothing ever happens to your site and you have zero downtime. No joke. Kyle mentions it repeatedly in training videos. However, it is nice to be able to back all your hard work up onto your own hard drive for safe keeping. (That reminds me, I gotta do that again.)
All Phases of the Bootcamp Training – The Bootcamp is great. It’s kind of a fast track training to get you bringing in money asap. I really am enjoying it.
Live Video Classes – These are on Friday evenings but if you miss it they’re all on the WA site. Haven’t even touched them yet. Soon…
Unlimited searches on Jaaxy – This is keyword searches, not the other modules. You get full access but limited searches on some of the other things. It’s okay though, I still love me some Jaaxy!
12 Training Classrooms
2x higher payout for the Affiliate Program – Cha ching!
Unlimited 1-on-1 Coaching
Well, I’ll be honest: the only reviews I could find by searching were by my fellow affiliates and those are obviously biased. The one I thought had promise (as it wasn’t 4-5/5 stars) had incorrect information about WA.
So, I’m just going to make a shameless plug and direct you here: My Wealthy Affiliate Review
Now, I’ll never say WA is for everyone, that it’s easy or perfect. It’s not.
You get out what you put in, sometimes it takes a long time to see results, sometimes people are annoying, the automated messages from Kyle and Carson (and my ‘personal coach’) bug me… but overall I really love it.
Honestly and truly, I really do and that’s worth the monthly payment.
Mind you, when I start pulling in enough to pay that monthly due I’ll love it even more!
I’m going to close by asking you for your experiences with web hosting vs web builders. What did you like? What did you hate?
Catharyn /Fascinatura – The Rebel Entrepreneur
Today I will be exploring what a Niche is when discussing website development and affiliate marketing.
Niche In A Nutshell
When I talk about a ‘niche’ I’m referring to the subject of your website. My niche is how to make money online with a focus on affiliate marketing and Wealthy Affiliate, however a niche can be literally any subject.
For example, I’m Goth. Have been for most of my life and I’m constantly searching for clothes, makeup tutorials, hairstyles, music, etc. I could easily choose just one of these as a niche and it would still be a very broad niche. I could choose Gothic dresses or eye makeup or a particular band as a niche and it would still be successful.
Mind you, if you choose a micro niche like this you must be aware of the limitations. I’m unsure of the exact numbers of Goths in the world but it is a ‘subculture’ for a reason.
Most internet marketers start off with a proven, generally lucrative niche like affiliate marketing, diets, fitness, health and lifestyle blogs, etc. then get into a micro niche. However, if you want to just dive in headfirst into your micro niche, go for it! It might take a little more time to get the ball rolling money-wise but you may have a far more loyal following than a niche that is saturated by other websites on the internet.
How Do I Choose?
My adivce on this is ‘go with your gut’. After all, you’re going to need to write over a hundred articles on the subject so being passionate about it is key. You don’t need to know much about it to start off with though so don’t worry about that. You’ll have to do tons of research on the subject so you’ll become an expert on it after a while.
An exercise I like to do when trying to choose a niche is to brainstorm. Write down all of my interests on paper (you can do it on your computer as well, I just like the visceral feel of writing down my options). Start broad and zero in on really specific things relating to the broader subjects. You may be surprised by what you get.
An Exercise To Help You Decide
Now, the next step requires a keyword search tool like Jaaxy but you can do it with a search engine as well, it’s just not as efficient in my opinion. You’re going to plug those specific terms into the search bar and see what pops up. With the keyword tool you’ll see a readout to guide you on which keywords are best with lowest competiton, with the search engine method you’ll actually see your competition on the front page.
Look at what comes up. Browse the sites. What do you like about them? What can you improve upon? Make notes.
Which keywords have less competition?
This can seem daunting as you look at your competitors but don’t worry, they were just like you at one point and you can be just as successful as they are with time and effort.
Next, you’re going to use what Kyle at WA calls the ‘Alphabet Soup’ method to get a few blog ideas just to whet your appetite for the work that’s involved.
You plug your main keyword (or niche you’re exploring) into a search engine (I recommend Google as 75% of internet users use it) and then put an ‘a’ after it. See what comes up. Write down your favorite results.
After ‘a’ delete it and type ‘b’, repeat. You can do this as far as you want and get literally hundreds of ideas for articles.
Which subjects interest you the most? Which ones do you not want to write articles on? Pay attention to that feeling. If you’re going to make it as an affilitate marketer you’ll have to consistently produce content for your page. You need to be excited about your niche.
It’s not an all or nothing decision. With this research you have subjects for multiple niche sites and that is valuable information. You must decide on one for now but in time you’ll develop other sites so don’t fret about it too much.
There’s no such thing as a wrong niche.
Some may take more time than others to develop but success is guaranteed if you are willing to put in the work required. I’ll never tell you this is an easy path to self reliance but is anything worth having easy to get?
If you wish, research the affiliate programs you’d be employing in your niche. See what incentives they offer, requirements, etc. You can approach this like job hunting: who pays the best? Do they offer benefits other than money? Are the Pay Per Click (PPC) or Pay Per Action (you get paid for every sale)? How are their reviews from both customers and affiliates?
The more research you do, the more prepared you’ll be and the more sure of your niche you’ll be.
Your niche should be something you’re passionate about, something you’ll enjoy learning about and a subject you feel like you can write about for hours on end. Don’t worry about whether it’s the right answer; there are no wrong answers here. If the prospect of exploring your niche is as motivating as the thought of being self reliant, then it’s the right one.
You can always make more niche websites later on. The main thing is that you get going, stay motivated and do the work.
Do you have a niche you’re passionate about? Stuck deciding between a couple (or a few)? Have any additional tips you’d like to share? Comment below!
Catharyn / Fascinatura – The Rebel Entrepreneur
Today I’ll be reviewing Jaaxy; a keyword reasearch platform that will help leverage SEO (search Engine Optimization) to help increase your ranking on the search engines and get more traffic to your site.
There are over 4 billion people online right now, all using phrases called keywords to search for information on the web. You can use this knowledge to your advantage by targeting the high traffic keywords which gets you better rankings on search engines.
Jaaxy has the reputation as one of the best keyword research tools online. Using Jaaxy will help you get more traffic on your website, write articles on subjects people are searching for, help you develop ideas for your keyword targeted blogs and reviews, and much more.
What Exactly Is Jaaxy?
Jaaxy is a fantastic keyword and market research tool that will provide accurate, real time reports for all of your research needs. From keyword research to researching popular domains, Jaaxy can do it all.
Jaaxy comes with the following modules:
- Keyword Research Tool
- Alphabet Soup
- Domain Search
- Competition Research
So let’s look at these modules in depth.
Keyword Research Tool
Keyword – This shows the keyword you searched for and related keywords.
Avg. – Shows how many times people search for that word or phrase in a month.
Traffic – This shows the amount of traffic you may receive in a month when using that keyword.
QSR – Stands for ‘quoted search results’ meaning how many competing websites are using that specific word or phrase.
KQI – Stands for keyword quality indicators. Green is good, yellow is caution and red is a no-go.
SEO – This is the number that is based on traffic and competition. The higher the number, the better your chances of being ranked #1 on the search results page of Google if you use those keywords.
Domains – Lets you to see if the keywords have exact match domain names, giving them a high ranking.
Related – Shows you additional keywords or phrases as options. This may give you more high ranking keywords to use.
Brainstorming – This gives you the latest trends related to that word or phrase.
The brainstorming tool gives you a better idea of the current market trends. It gives you information from Google Trends, Alexa Topics, Amazons Bestseller, and Twitter Trends. The brainstorming feature also has a keyword planner where you can save your different keyword ideas while looking at what’s popular right now.
Alphabet Soup Tool
The alphabet soup technique is another great tool offered by Jaaxy. It provides topics and keywords for every letter in the alphabet related to your search. This tool is a fantastic brainstorming tool when you need ideas for your blog posts or new site niches.
SiteRank or Competition Research
This site ranking tool will tell you where a particular page or post stands in Google rankings. It gives you the page number, location, keywords, meta-data, backlinks and more.
This tool searches for available domains with the keywords you provided. You can find valuable domains this way to use or claim for later (or to sell to other website builders).
This tool lets you ‘spy’ on your competition, seeing how they rank, their SEO, even backlinks. A powerful tool that can definitely give you an advantage.
Pros and Cons
- You don’t have to spend hours searching through multiple platforms for information on keywords.
- No more guessing if your niche or keywords will get traffic or provide decent SEO.
- You can check your rankings on search engines instantly and even have Jaaxy automatically check your keywords daily to see if there’s any movement.
- You can find valuable domains using the Domains tool, buy them and sell them at a profit.
- Jaaxy also has an affiliate program.
- Jaaxy’s free plan is only 30 keyword searches with no access to the other modules. Once you have used your free searches, you will be asked to buy either their Pro or Enterprise packages.
How Much Does Jaaxy Cost?
There are four plans that Jaaxy offers:
Free – The free program allows you to perform 30 keyword searches to try out their service.
Pro – $49.00/month. This gives you access to unlimited keyword searches, several SiteRank analysis scans, alphabet soup searches and multi-threaded searches.
Enterprise – $99.00/month. This includes everything in the Pro plan has plus premium features such as automated QSR, search analysis, and more.
Lite – This plan is only available to Wealthy Affiliate Premium members. This version gives you pretty much everything the Pro plan gives you but is included in your Premium membership cost.
Want To Try It?
Just type in your keyword below and give Jaaxy a try!
Jaaxy’s platform is beneficial to anyone that has a marketing website. Period. It gives you a real advantage over anyone not using the Jaaxy tool. It puts you ahead of your competition and helps you gain higher rankings and more free traffic to your site. That is why I think Jaaxy is the best keyword research tool for SEO.
Price: Free, $49/month, $99/month
Do you have any experience with Jaaxy or any other keyword research tools? Any tips and tricks? Comment below!
Catharyn / Fascinatura – The Rebel Entrepreneur