The Ultimate HTML 5 Cheat Sheet Infographic

The Ultimate HTML 5 Cheat Sheet Infographic

When I first started making websites and money online, there was no such thing as WordPress. In fact, the process of creating a website was quite complex. Here’s how it would typical go for a site owner back in the 90s and early 2000s.

  • Use a program like Microsoft FrontPage to create a site (or)
  • Design a site in Photoshop and cut it into HTML
  • Upload each update to your site through FTP software
  • Update your site in site editor software, reupload through FTP

The process was quite tedious compared to how simple everything is today, and the image below pretty much sums up what it would look like if you wanted to make updates to your website back in the days of static websites and HTML. It’s safe to say that if there were no WordPress, there simply wouldn’t be as many websites and blogs on the internet today… as it’s now just a push button process and for more site owners and bloggers, there is no need to even know what HTML of FTP is.

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However, just because WordPress is now the content management platform of choice, doesn’t mean there still isn’t a need for HTML. Most websites and blogs are still made up of HTML, you just don’t see it unless you are a coder, site designer or mess around with formatting and setting.

Everything You Need to Know About HTML 5

Through the HTML 5 Mega Cheat Sheet infographic below (provided by MakeaWebsiteHub.com), site owners and designers can find everything they needed to know in terms of what HTML coding to use. Also covered within the infographic below, you will find tags, existing attributes in HTML 4 and 5, mobile HTML, HTML 5 browser support, event handler content attributes and canvas elements.

HTML 5 Cheat Sheet

Top 7 Lead Capture Tools for Growing a Mailing List

Top 7 Lead Capture Tools for Growing a Mailing List

Customer acquisition is one of the most important aspects of building your brand. Your customers are your ticket to success, so you need to find creative ways to bring more customers in, but not just any customers — customers who will become brand evangelists.

You also want to survey your audience and find out what they want as you try to improve your content, service or products. Measuring the success of your efforts along the way can be an important part of your strategy.

However, acquiring customers can be costly if you don’t choose the right tools.

For bloggers, site owners and everyone in between, it’s important to have plenty of tools in your arsenal. Lead generation is one of the most important aspects of our business that allows us to scale in size, while also automating the process.

There are plenty of custom-created software that you can invest in, but there are also many helpful tools on the web that may serve your purposes as well. Many of which I will be covering in the list below.

Which Tools are Best for Capturing Website Leads?

Lead generation tools can be a bit confusing sometimes regarding which ones to use and how to implement the technology to maximize your impact on your target audience. Your leads generation tools should be easy to access and use, not too expensive, and they should allow you to focus on the market you want to reach.

We have scoured the web to find some of the best capture tools that will help you grow a mailing list and improve your email marketing campaigns.

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Hello Bar

Hello Bar is one of the most effective, yet unobtrusive ways to grow a mailing list and grab the attention of your audience. You’ve likely already seen this tool already being used on various websites and blogs, and the way the tool works is quite simple.

Site owners can add Hello Bar to their site through the use of a WordPress plugin or placing a line of code on their site. In short, it’s a simple Javascript embed code, so it’s compatible with nearly every CMS. Once this is in place, a sticky, non-scrolling bar will appear at the top of any web page you like. The end result is an attractive, yet prominent place that can be used for promoting your latest content, collecting emails for your mailing list or even to simply bring awareness to your latest sales or promotions.

Another great feature of Hello Bar, is that it’s free for all site owners. Premium features, such  as RSS feed integrations (for dynamic promotion of the latest blog posts), SSL compatibility and removal of Hello Bar’s branding are also available for anyone looking to pay a few dollars per month to upgrade.

MailOptin

MailOptin is a powerful WordPress plugin that allows site owners and bloggers to easily convert new and existing site visitors into email list subscribers and high-value leads. Through the use of their WordPress plugin and platform, users will have the ability to not only create custom forms and automate triggered emails for their lists, they also have the necessary tools and tracking in place to build a powerful relationship that nurtures and engages with them in the process — all within WordPress.

When it comes to the actual creation of lead generation forms for your site, MailOptin has a wide range of options to choose from. Some of the most popular and effective solutions are their lightbox popup, notification bar, slide in windows and also before/after post subscription forms. In summary, MailOptin offers all of the subscription form options and customizations necessary for turning your site content and traffic into a lead generation machine. Download the MailOptin WordPress plugin for free, and also upgrade your account to unlock all features.

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GetResponse

GetResponse is another good tool for creating and growing your leads list. It allows you to create personalized emails, welcomes, and birthday messages through a convenient autoresponder and set up a series of emails for your contact lists.

You can set it up and forget about, it and it will keep working for you while you sleep. Customers will get notifications if they sign up for your newsletters and you can manage all of your contacts in one place.

Don’t forget to check out my GetResponse Popup Windows post on how 10 different sites are using the service to increase conversions on their own sites.

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Gravity Forms

One of the greatest things about using WordPress to power a site, is that it’s easy to create a contact form of your own. However, there are plenty of tools out there to bring contact forms and engagement to a whole new level.

Gravity Forms is a tool that does exactly that. Not only can you completely customize the look, feel and options for your forms, you can also easily integrate with other platforms like Aweber, MailChimp, Paypal and more. In short, this is the perfect tool if you want to create customized forms on your site for building your mailing, or just for customization over simple contact forms.

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WP Subscribe Pro

WP Subscribe Pro is a good tool to use to generate more leads for your mailing lists. With this tool, you can boost your traffic to subscribers and collect leads to promote your brand.

WP Subscribe Pro supports many other tools as well including Feedburner, MailChimp, and Aweber. It is a plug-in that you will be able to use within your blog and website to capture emails of interested visitors. It allows you to integrate your email campaign within your website and blog.

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LeadFlows by Hubspot

LeadFlows by Hubspot allows you to use onboard analytics to figure out what is working best on your site and what needs to be changed. It helps, you build contacts, and it, allows you to plan your strategies with your email campaigns and organize your contacts. You can select the features you want to use and check the progress of your campaigns as you go.

It’s also free, so you don’t have to pay monthly premiums to keep it.

Lead Generation Card

There is a cool tool called the Twitter Lead Generation Card which allows you to let users express interest in what your brand offers.

You can let your users securely share their email addresses with businesses without leaving Twitter or having to fill out forms of any kind. This is a quick and easy way to build your leads while analyzing how it is working.

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Scroll-Triggered Pop-up

This tool called “Scroll-Triggered Popup” is designed to help you get the attention of visitors who have engaged with your site. You can specify the events you wish to track such as the percentage of the scroll and verify that visitors are engaged with the content you are presenting on your page.

The purpose of this tool is to:

  • Get more subscribers to your newsletter
  • Make it easy to share your posts
  • Fill out a contact form
  • Display best offers
  • Share related content

It’s very customizable and you can display any content or call-to-action within the plugin. Pop-ups can be obtrusive but this tool seems to be fairly unobtrusive and just allows visitors to add themselves to the list of email subscribers if they choose to do so. They can also exit out of the application if they don’t want to.

Best Tools for Growing Your Mailing List

These are just seven examples of leads capture tools. There are more available on the web for you to discover and try out, and plenty of examples and case studies to guide you along the way. Think about how you want to utilize your content and what types of groups you want to reach. All of these tools can help you in some way but some of them are more robust than others.

Hello Bar is a snazzy way to increase engagement without taking up a lot of website space. GetResponse is great because of the autoresponders and instant notifications capabilities. Gravity Forms is also another great tool for all site owners to consider since we all need contact forms.

Only you know how much you can afford to invest in your email lead generation and outreach, but these tools are a good sampling of price ranges that allow you to build your brand while building your mailing list over time.

Whatever tools you choose, it’s best to try out the features first and see what works and what doesn’t. With time you’ll learn which features are the most important to your business and which ones you can do without.

The goal is to utilize either free or premium tools that will help you reach your business goals and cut your customer acquisition costs down.

How to Make Money with Academic Writing Affiliate Programs

How to Make Money with Academic Writing Affiliate Programs

One of the greatest things about the world of internet marketing and business is that there is always going to be someone to find a way to monetize anything. We’ve seen this with social networks, mobile applications, content writing, online courses and everything in between. No matter what it is, people will find a way to make money with it — and even more so if they’ve provided a solution to people’s needs, or simply a way for someone to not work, yet still get more accomplished.

A perfect example of this can be seen with “Back to School” shopping, which generates billions of dollars every year. Not only is it a great business model, it’s one that also happens time and time again like clockwork. If you have a business or way to make money with anything relating to education and schools, you know you are going to make money year after year.

However, there are some other ways to make money off this niche event and target audience that you may not have even thought possible. While unethical in the eyes of most people, I am simply here to portray the industry and different ways people and brands are making money online.

This latest trend is through the use of “academic writing services“.

Making Money with Academic Services

Similar to a content writing service like TextBroker, there are also independent niche-focused sites that offer academic and professional writing services to anyone “who simply doesn’t have the time” to complete such writing projects on their own.

The concept of these sites is really nothing out of the ordinary — except that they have a target audience of students and professionals, who are usually expected to be doing their own writing. However, at the same time, people are searching for these types of services online, and are paying for them in the process.

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All of which comes back to internet marketing, and why it makes perfect sense for these content creation networks to have an affiliate network of their own as well.

Today we are going to look at one of these networks, see the types of offers they are promoting and also how affiliates can make money in the process.

However, before doing so, I want to make it clear that anyone using or promoting these sites are doing so at their own will and risk. Plagiarism is serious business and not something you want to mess around with, but it’s likely going to happen anyway. This business of outsourced academic writing can be compared to that of cigarettes — it’s probably not good for you, but people are going to do it anyway.

With that said… let’s take a look at byOffers Affiliate Network and what they have to offer.

byOffers Academic Wrting Network

byOffer is an affiliate network, focused solely on the concept of academic writing services. Like most ad networks, the platform makes it easy for anyone to join, select offers and start promoting them throughout the internet. However, unlike other ad networks… only writing service based offers will be found on byOffers. Such services offered by these sites and offers include essays, reports, dissertations for doctoral or masters’ degrees, and other types of academic writing.

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Before jumping into the specs of the network and the different offers to choose from, one thing I really do like about the network and their design is how they list their top webmaster earnings on the main page. Not only is this a cool way to show sites are actually making money with the service, but it’s also a great motivation factor for any network to promote to their audience.

While their top partners aren’t earning thousands of dollars daily, you do have to consider the niche audience and lack of competition in this space. Still, with top affiliates earning around $10,000 a month, it’s nothing to sneeze at.

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As mentioned earlier, all of the offers on the network are education and writing based, which means you will likely earn a high-CPA or a rev-share based on any referred customers. There is also a commission plan in place for affiliates to earn lifetime commissions on referred customers as well. More on that later…

In addition to earning money with writing networks like byOffers, the option is also there to outsource your writing through other freelance marketplaces and custom writing sites. In an effort to better serve your audience and save time, sites like CheapWritingHelp.com make it easier for anyone to do a short write up on the type of content they are looking for, then paying to have it completed by a professional writer. The benefit here is that you can hire someone to create original content for your site, while also promoting a writing affiliate program in the process.

byOffers Affiliate Dashboard

As with most affiliate networks, once you sign up and get approved for an account, you will then have access to a members area where you can select offers and change any important account details needed. From this familiar HasOffers powered dashboard area, you can also pull reports, see quick stats from the apast 7 days and also view any recent news or offers being added to the network.

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Since most affiliate marketers are already familiar with the concept of affiliate networks and the HasOffers platform, we can move along to the actual offers found on the network.

 

ByOffers Offers and Payouts

As mentioned earlier, you will only find education and academic writing services on byOffers. This makes it quite each and niche for any affiliates looking to promote such offers.

Through the screenshot below, you can see many of these offers pay out quite nicely — with rev-share in the 55% range and CPA’s of $15+ on referred customers.

It’s also important to note that ByOffers is accepting traffic and customers from all around the world. This includes the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates.

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There are currently over 20 different offers available on the network, though many of them are for the same sites and just available in different payout structures (CPA/rev-share).

What a Typical Writing Offer Looks Like

Below you will find a screenshot of what it looks like when you click on one of the offers you want to promote. You will see a preview of the actual site or landing page, along with details on the offer, a summary, conversion flow process, payout structure and any restrictions that might be in place (like no email, spam or fraud).

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When you visit the landing pages of the offers available on ByOffers, you will understand the concept of these sites and why they work so well. It’s essentially a premium writing services for academic and professional service. Below you will see a breakdown of how you can select the type of paper you want, the grade/education level, subject, topic, sources, paper format and much more.

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The final price of a project will change based on the different options selected above. There is a minimum purchase of $30 required, with a rate of $7.50 per page. So if an affiliate was to promote this offer on a 55% rev-share, they would be looking to make at least $15 per referred sale.

Payments are sent out to affiliates through PayPal, Payoneer or wire transfer as soon as the minimum threshold of $50 has been met — which could be accomplished off just one order. Also, since these sites are pretty direct in what they are offering, affiliates are likely to see higher conversions rates as well.

Make Money Promoting byOffers Writing Services

In the world of affiliate marketing, the concept here is nothing new — promote a service and get paid for any referred customers.

However, in the world of education and content creation, this probably isn’t the type of offer many people would want to promote to their audience. Though… as mentioned before, there is always going to be a way to find an audience and monetize whatever it is they are looking for.

Millions of people are searching for content writing services online — for whatever reason it might be. That audience has a need and once they find a solution, they are going to purchase it. Should an affiliate marketer want to take an advantage of this opportunity, byOffers might be a great way to do that.

At the end of the day, plagiarism is wrong… and don’t do anything stupid that could get you in trouble. I’m simply letting you know the opportunity exists, and that people are making money off this new found opportunity that apparently has a massive demand.