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The Secret To Online Success Is Passive Income

Sure, everyone tells you that the secret to online success is to have a list but a list is absolutely useless unless you have a product or series of products that you can sell. Let’s face facts, one good product just won’t cut it because once you’ve sold it to your list the money just dries up until you find another good product to sell. It’s important that whatever you’re offering your list is of great value to them otherwise your list, the one you took so long to build up, will start to shrink.

They say affiliate marketing is the way to go but once again you’re facing the same problem, you’re forever trying to sell something to people. How many affiliates have you joined where they’ve promised you can make a great income, but more than that you can also earn heaps by signing people up under you. The problem is that everyone is so busy building their downline no-one is making any sales and so no-one is making any money.

This is why the first thing I do is try the product affiliate to see whether or not there is money to be made and once I’ve proven it can be done I write a post to show others how I did it. So you see I’m not selling the downline aspect, I’m showing them how to make money. If they decide to join up under me and follow my example not only will they make money, a percentage of their earnings will find it’s way to me. That is what a passive income is all about.

The trick is to find something that is free to join and isn’t too hard and time consuming and actually has the potential to make money. I’ve found several that works and I’m going to use this post to link to them.

  • How To Make Money Off A Popular Post: This post describes how you can use MediaPass to turn a post into a passive income machine. As long as your post provides useful content, content that solves a problem or shows others how to do something better, then it can earn you money. I’m happy to report that others have followed my lead and are doing fairly well from it. I’m actually making more from their efforts than from my own. I’m in the process of creating more posts where I can use MediaPass so that I can catch up.
  • Final Update On Snap Dollars: In case you’re wondering as to the reason I’m linking to updated posts, its because they provide links to all the previous posts thereby giving all the information possible. SnapDollars is one of those sites that could be making me more money if only those who joined under me pulled their finger out and got some work done. :lol_ee:

Apart from these and other minor players there is one passive income avenue that I’ve decided to exploit further. When picking a product or service to promote its best to pick one that people need to purchase on a regular basis. One that is earning me an average of $40 a month is Oz Lotteries and all from a few posts I had written. You see, once someone signs up under me I earn a commission every time they purchase a ticket, which they do on a regular basis, and when there’s a jackpot my earnings go up. So I figured what I need is a site dedicated to online lotteries.

Naturally the first thing I needed to do was to find the right domain and to aid me in this I used Market Samurai‘s Domain Feature. I used to do this online by typing one site after another to see if it’s been taken. The problem with this was that I used to forget which ones I had tried.

Market Samurai Domains

With Market Samurai I simply typed all the domains I could think of and then asked it to search for the ones that were available. I told it to concentrate just on dot coms  and not to come up with any offshoots. Out of the ones it narrowed it down to I chose three that I liked, getonlinelotto, getonlinelottery and buyonlinelottotickets. Not wanting to miss out on any of them I decided to purchase all three using DYNADOT for only $9.75 each. For an extra $2 I could have domain privacy meaning I could hide my personal information cutting back on email spam and the like.Heck I reckon at $5 per month I’ll even use them to host my new site.

Once I had them all parked, for free with the possibility of earning some money while I decide on how to use them, I again turned to Market Samurai but this time I used its SEO Competition feature to see what I was up against using buy online lottery tickets as my keywords. This feature gives you a lot of information about your competitors.

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Apart from PR you’re also given;

  • IC (Index Count):  The number of pages on this domain indexed within Google.
  • BLP (Page Backlinks): The total number of links pointing to a specific URL, not including any links from the website itself.
  • BLD (Domain Backlinks): The total number of external links pointing to any page on that domain, again not including any from the website itself.
  • BLEG ( Backlinks): The total number of links pointing to a webpage from .gov/.edu sites.
  • DMOZ (DMOZ Directory): Whether it’s listed on DMOZ.
  • YAH (Yahoo Directory): Whether it’s listed on Yahoo.
  • Title (Keyword In Title): Whether the webpage <title> tag contains the keyword
  • URL (Keyword in URL): Whether the webpage url contains the keywords.
  • Desc (Keyword in description): Whether the keywords appear in the <meta> description tag.
  • Head (Keyword in header): Whether the words appear in then <h1>, <h2>, <h3> etc. tags within the page content
  • CA (Google Cache Age): The number of days since Google last reindexed the page.

You can even add custom urls to see how you stack up against specific websites. I added as this was the closest one to the domain I had chosen. Comparing the results shows me exactly what I am up against and what I need to do to improve my own future standing.

Naturally I will be using the Flexsqueeze theme as it’s classic features will enable me to produce a great looking site with the minimum of effort. I will also be looking at other lottery sites to promote as the more I can offer my visitors the greater the chance of getting them to join.

Other than lottery sites, what others would you recommend to improve your passive income.

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  1. Nice. Thanks for sharing some tips.

    I am using Market Samurai myself and just like you I can’t help but think that it’s a really great tool.

    As for recommendations, I can’t think of one as I don’t have that much experience in this business yet. That’s why I value the tips you share on your blog.

  2. For me to create passive income I intend to write content about products that never go out of fashion, i.e. office products. Once these pages get ranked, people find them consistently over time. The problem with this strategy is maintaining a ranking. One could argue there is little such thing as true auto-pilot income…

    1. The problem with that Matt is without constantly updating your pages the traffic will drop off as other more active entrepreneurs take over.
      Sire recently posted…Ah- If Only All I Had To Do Was BlogMy Profile

  3. Thanks for sharing about Market Samurai. Passive income makers can really bring in some cash with little work and could last a lifetime.

    1. Especially if you start off on the right track.

  4. Peter
    This is great hands on info.
    No promises just facts and figures on how to make a little cash.

    As for Market Samurai – it’s a great piece of kit.
    Once in a lifetime payment – free updates – and great training videos on their site.

    Appreciate you trying and sharing.
    Keith Davis recently posted…Online Video- Un Art… Une TechniqueMy Profile

    1. Market Samurai is the best. I’m still learning my way around but every time I fire it up I learn something new and it really cut down on a lot of research time for this latest project. Who am I kidding, if it wasn’t for MS I wouldn’t have done any research at all as I’ve always just taken the first domain that is available.
      Sire recently posted…Will Google Penalise You For Using ZaparenaMy Profile

  5. I’m a huge fan of Passive Income. But somehow blogging income is not really passive; for the blog has to be periodically updated. For me online passive income means Referral earnings from programs such as SponsoredTweets, Text Link Ads etc. since once I refer people to them, I earn lifetime commissions and that truly is income without any work !
    Harshit Singhal recently posted…Amazonian Profit Plan ReviewMy Profile

        1. I’ve outlined my favourite one in this post and up to know I’ve only promoted them from within the blog itself. Other than Zaparena I haven’t used any means of promotion.

          I do however have high hopes for my online lottery site. I don’t think I will be using adsense on that site so I will be open to all manner of site promotion.
          Sire recently posted…Is It Ethical For Bloggers To Do Paid PostsMy Profile

  6. I am just using Google Adsense and Amazon Associated program to monetize my blog and getting incoming money.

  7. I greatly appreciate the vital information here. Actually I’ve been using Market Samurai now, its a paid version. this tool is very useful and very powerful. Where you can find out exactly how many backlinks you have and your competitors have, what position you are in Google. This tool really works out for me. This is the greatest tool I’ve ever had.
    Conde recently posted…Using Free Methods To Drive Traffic In Internet Marketing- The Pros And Cons Part 2My Profile

  8. Passive income has been one of my projects lately, too. As much as I love being a freelance writer and that is my bread and butter, I would love to have a consistent passive income coming in, in the near future. Before my children leave home anyway. :)

    I’ve linked to my residual earnings blog this time instead of my regular one, in case you’d like to check it out.
    Danielle McGaw recently posted…Way BehindMy Profile

    1. Danielle, I would love to check it out. As to a passive income, it’s something everyone dreams about but doesn’t know how to come about it. I’m actively searching for ways to achieve one and I’m all about sharing it with my readers.
      Sire recently posted…To Tweet Or Not To Tweet- That Is The QuestionMy Profile

  9. Have you considered looking at expired/expiring domain names, I have picked up a few good ones so far, one was even registered in 2000 which was a nice bonus. You get to use other peoples creativity as some of the domain names can be very good.
    khaled recently posted…What Are RhinestonesMy Profile

  10. Thanks for the post! Trying to find ways to make money online can be hard with everyone and their sister telling you how to do it. I really like your point about finding products that people need regularly. When you focus on technology for example, it is going to be obsolete in a few months and require you to start all over with the newest edition.

    1. I’ve been selling stuff to people in the real world for most of my life and I’ve learned that necessities are what brings people in on a regular basis. It’s a little harder to find this type of product online but when you do it should work as long as you market it properly.
      Sire recently posted…Will Google Penalise You For Using ZaparenaMy Profile

  11. Which version of Market Samurai are you using personally and how much it costs to buy one? I need to buy this tool for myself, can you suggest me where to get it?

    1. DJ, I have the latest version as updates are free. You will find the link in the post. Do what I did, try the free version first, I think it’s seven days free trial, and then if you like it, and I’m sure you will, you can purchase the full version. Once you’ve done that I you can join their affiliate program so you can start promoting it to your readers and make even more money.

      1. Ok, I’ve just downloaded the trial of market samurai, It doesn’t allows me to use many features ao I think I should buy one for myself….

        1. That’s weird DJ because when I got the trial version I was able to use all of it’s features. The only constraint was that it ran out in a week but I bought it way before it expired as I could see the merit in it, not to mention the substantial savings for purchasing it early.

  12. Absolutely right..

    There are many ways to earn online. Only matter is, we need to try everything. Experience counts. Thanks for some info, which are unknown to me. Let me try these…

    Musthafa Ullal

    1. Yes, especially as something that did not work for someone else may work for you.

  13. Twitter:
    Interesting stuff, Sire. That Market Samurai product is really working out well for you. The next time I have, well, free time, I might think about checking that bad boy out some more.

    You know, I still think you could be doing a heck of a lot more with your photography site. For all the ads you have on there, you don’t have any products specific to photography, and I think you’re missing a great opportunity there.
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…When Lack Of Time Gets In The WayMy Profile

    1. Market Samurai is great, well worth the money.

      As for my photo site, all those ads are photo related’ but you’re right I should feature some actual products.

  14. I have been using Market Samurai for a couple months now, to market a variety of sites, and I can’t say enough positive things about it. You can gain so many insights into how your chief competitors are dominating the market for even very specific long tail keywords. I like your recommendations here.

    1. That is so true Jamie, and I am learning more and more each time I use it.

  15. Market Samurai is the bomb. I use it everyday and love it.
    Great article on a great topic.

    1. As do all who use this great keyword research tool.

  16. I’ve been hearing a lot of really good things about Market Samurai lately. I, personally, have never used it though. I use SEOmoz and that suits me just fine for now.

    Just out of curiosity, do you use SEOmoz and, if so, do you find some of its capabilities better when compared to Market Samurai?

    1. I’m afraid I’ve never used it Petra so I can’t give you a comparison between the two.

  17. Hey Sire,

    One great point you make about earning passive income is having affiliates under you. The programs I earn the most from are at least two-tiered, but they are few and far between because so many affiliate programs only use PayPal, which forbids tiered activity. A real party pooper!

    I’m very interested in MediaPass. I have some older how-to posts that have consistently remained popular with the tech crowd. Thanks for sharing these.

    And congrats on your new lottery site!

    1. Thanks Vernessa. You know, while having affiliates under you is a good thing the problem is most of them are too busy signing up people under them they’re not making any money and if they’re not making any money neither are you. That’s why I feel getting people who buy lotteries to sign under me is the perfect solution. They’re not in it to sign up others, all they want is to buy tickets and every time they do I make money. Sweet huh? :thumbup_tb:

  18. I have market samurai and I haven’t really though of maximizing it’s potential to look for keywords that will help me boost my blog and rank on them. I was thinking that maybe, if I provide good content to my readers then basically they will want to link to it or something like that. I am thinking of migrating to seomoz as they have more tools. Would you recommend that?
    Russell recently posted…My First Blog How I Became a Work at Home MomMy Profile

    1. No point in having Market Samurai if you’re not going to use it Russell. Don’t worry if you don’t know what you’re doing, most of us were in the same boat when we bought it. Just go through the tutorials and you will pick up all you need to know.

      Good luck with your blog. :thumbup_tb:

  19. I purchased market samurai and I have been watching several tutorials. I want to get your honest opinion because I am confused. Is the best way to go using the Golden Keywords as indicated by Market Samurai? Do you recommend it? I am still in the keyword research process and I will be setting up my own blog. Any feedback will be appreciated!

  20. I purchased market samurai and I have been watching several tutorials. I want to get your honest opinion because I am confused. Is the best way to go using the Golden Keywords as indicated by Market Samurai? Do you recommend it? I am still in the keyword research process and I will be setting up my own blog.

    1. I’m not sure what you mean Rene. Market Samurai helps you to find the ‘golden nuggets’ which are the best keywords to use after filtering out all the rest. If you’re just starting to use it I would go through it step by step. I watched the video first and then I did the steps buy following the write up under the video.

  21. Thank you so much for sharing this post! Market Samurai was just introduced to me two weeks ago. And for me, it was the most interesting and efficient marketing tool I’ve learned. It has one complete package of info & features that you may have found from different marketing tools.

    1. It certainly is a complete package Adie and one that users are very happy with.

  22. Thanks so much on this post. I’m a fan of passive income. What I’ve been doing so far is building niche sites and rank them on the search engines. I your idea of promoting affiliate programs with 2 tier commission plans is a good one also. However, from my experience most of those who go into such programs do not really put in the much needed effort as only aim at gathering sub-affiliates under them.

    But indeed I see your point in this post its worth trying out.

  23. nice information, good post !

  24. I didn’t know I can use Market Samurai to check if the domain has been taken or not. Can I use that feature although I am only using the free version? I use this software for work and keyword research. Such a great post I’d like to consider. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. I take it your free version of Market Samurai hasn’t expired yet? If not I see no reason why it wouldn’t work.

  25. Its been such a long time since I used Market Samurai, I used to use it back when it first came out and it was still free. Once it came out of its beta phase I never paid for it so I have not used it since. Pretty cool to see that domain feature, makes me wanna try it again.


    1. That’s only one small part of MS Jean, it does so much more than that.

  26. Great post. Market samurai seems like a powerful program. I’ll have to check it out. Thank you.

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