5 Easy-to-Create Info Products That Sell and Are Highly Marketable in Kenya

One of the best and time-tested ways of making money in Kenya is to produce and sell your own info products. E/books, movies, audio files, you name them. Info products that sell well have a very large potential to generate a passive income and allow you to work from the comfort of your home. What I like most about info products is that anyone can create them, no matter the type of business they run, offline or online.

5 Easy-to-Create Info Products That Are Highly Marketable in Kenya

When we talk about infoproducts, a lot of people think about ebooks, which are the common type of info product out there. The range of infoproducts you can create however extend beyond ebooks and online reports. Here is a glimpse at some of the other less explored forms of infoproducts that you can create to make money.

  1. Voices to Text

Some people find that speech comes to them naturally. They can speak more coherently than they can write. Others are super slow in typing, and this hinders the amount of content they can produce typing. If you prefer to dictate your thoughts rather than write them down, you can make use of recording software that automatically translates voices into text. The most popular and affordable voice-text translation software is Dragon Naturally Speaking. You can also use Google Voice to record and translate your thoughts.

After you have translated your voice into text, all that you will have to do is edit the document to ensure that no misunderstanding with the software occurred.

  1. Recorded Interviews

Did you know that you can sell audio clips of your recorded interviews? Get out there and conduct interviews with experts in your field of interest, you will get a ready-to-sell infoproduct that requires very little additional work on your part.

A lot of people prefer to download audio clips on their Mp3 players and listen to them as they work or walk.

You can even outsource for a freelancer to transcribe your audio so that people who prefer to read your interview can also do so. Skype lets you record voices if you cannot make to be in a one-on-one meeting with your interview. There are also a set of audio recorders that will allow you to record your conversation over the phone.

If you can make to have a live meeting with your interviewee, you will need to invest in a professional audio recorder. There are many brands of audio recorders out there, but a lot of people prefer the Olympus WS-803 Voice Recorder.

3.      Create Screencast Tutorials

Visual communication is by far the best means of communication. This probably explains why there are millions of videos uploaded on YouTube after every few hours. The good thing about screencasts is you do not have to invest in expensive video recording equipment.

You can easily create a series of tutorials by recording actions on your screen and backing them up with an audio recording. Camtasia and Jing are by far the best screencast recording software out there.

4.      Slideshow Videos

One of the easiest ways to make money from creating infoproducts is to create a slideshow in PowerPoint and then convert it into video format. If you already have PowerPoint installed in your computer, simply pick a beautiful template, add some graphics, screen captures, bullet points and make an informative slideshow.

You can add a recording of yourself on the slideshow giving the tutorial instructions. Additionally, you can include music clips in the background to make the slideshow more compelling.

5.      Outsource for the Infoproduct you want

If the above recommendations are so complicated for you, you can always outsource the work to an expert freelancer. Elance and Odesk are two freelance websites that are full of able freelance. Another cheaper option where you can get premium quality info products created for you at an all-time low-cost is Fiverr.

With so many easy and free ways to create your info products, there is really no reason why you should let your inability to write comprehensive sentences stop you from making money using infoproducts. Even if you are good in writing, it is advisable that you have info products in various formats to increase the chances of you scoring a lead. You also end up owning a lot of killer info products that you use on your optin-in forms or for sale in the various online stores in Kenya.

In our next discussion, we will be looking at how you can market the info products you have created. What do you think would be the most effective way to market your info products? Leave a comment below, and let us meet in our next discussion.

How I Use Shoeboxed To Keep Track of My Staggering Freelancing Income

As a media practitioner and an online freelance writer with tonnes of work to do, and the same amount of invoices to bill and keep track of, I often find myself overwhelmed by the paper work. And carrying all the scripts for my stories isn’t as easy too. Compound this with the dreaded tax returns filing and you have a situation to drive you completely nuts. The mathematics would simply overwhelm me. But it doesn’t, thanks to Shoeboxed.com.

My discovery of Shoeboxed was very accidental, but sticking with this great team has been the best experience and has calmed all my paperwork anxiety.

What I was doing was looking for a secretary to do some of my filings. I took my search to the internet and one thing led to the other. This is how this dedicated team works; you forward them your receipts, business cards, bills and other paper clutter that you need sorted and filed online, they scan them and save them for you in a secure online account, completely sorted and very easy to find

If you have ever used a scanner, then you would very well understand the agony of standing in front of a scanner waiting to scan more than one rim of papers.en the best experience and has calmed all my paperwork anxiety. What I was doing was looking for a secretary to do some of my filings. I took my search to the internet and one thing led to the other. This is how this dedicated team works; you forward them your receipts, business cards, bills and other paper clutter that you need sorted and filed online, they scan them and save them for you in a secure online account, completely sorted and very easy to find. If you have ever used a scanner, then you would very well understand the agony of standing in front of a scanner waiting to scan more than one rim of papers.

The largest beneficiaries of Shoeboxed however, are the majority of us with multiple businesses and the same number of revenue sources. With Shoemaker, you can be sure that when it comes to filing your income tax returns, every single of your receipts will be easy to find and enter. For people with lots of work related expenses this could translate to increased chances of bargaining yourself a hefty tax refund from the IRS.

And by the way, you don’t have to worry about the security of your documents. Shoeboxed uses 256-bit SSL security, which is what most of the US banks use too.

Prices and Bundles

The Shoeboxed pricing and bundles come in three categories, Lite, Classic and Business. I have generally found out that the choice of a package depends with the amount of documents you want them to handle for you. I personally use their Classic bundle. After choosing either one of the above plans, you can choose whether you want per month billing or annual billing. I personally prefer the annual billing as it frees me from the anxiety of having to worry about the bills every month.
Shoeboxed also has a trial version which offers all the features of the paid versions and allows you to scan and upload up to 50 of your documents. This is a great way to test Shoeboxed and see if it fits your needs before you make the commitment to pay.

25 Proven Strategies to Make Money With a Blog in Kenya

We always talk of making money in Kenya blogging. The question that I then hear from a lot of newbie bloggers is how exactly do you monetize your blog?

Will Blogger and WordPress start giving you cash the moment you open a free blogging account with them?

What is the trick to making money from blogging?

These questions might appear dead simple to an accomplished blogger but they are a cause of many sleepless nights to a lot of newbies. Blog monetization is not easy and you will need more than a free blogging platform and a knack for writing to finally start seeing any considerable income from your blog.

There are several ways in which you can make money from your blog in Kenya. Here are some of the ways that I personally use.

Ways That You Can Use to Make Money With a Blog in Kenya

  • Ad sense Advertising

Most of my niche websites are monetized from Google ad sense. And contrary to what some Kenyans say, you can actually make money from ad sense in Kenya if you have a high-traffic niche website. I have cashed more than $5,000 from the time my first niche site was accepted by Google adsense one year ago.

  • Affiliate Marketing

Simply put, affiliate marketing is the modern day .com salesmanship. You sign up with an affiliate program,  If there is one area where you can make thousands of shillings almost overnight, it has to be with affiliate marketing programs. Join Commission Junction or Linkshare and start promoting merchant products.

You will however need a US-based bank account to withdraw from the two mentioned affiliate programs. This can be achieved by signing up for a Payoneer Card, which comes with a US Payment Service. Click here to sign for a Payoneer MasterCard and get $25.00 deposited into your account for free now.

  • Sponsored Reviews and Mentions

You can make money from your blog in Kenya by running sponsored reviews on your blog.

When you run an authoritative and high traffic blog, you can offer businesspeople a chance to have their post/article appear in your blog in exchange for money. You can easily find businesses that do sponsored reviews by visiting http://www.sponsoredreviews.com.

  • Selling a Product or Service through Your blog

This is the surest way to earn money from your blog in Kenya. In fact, a lot of people believe that in order to have a sustainable income from your blog, you need to sell a product or service on your blog.

I for instance sell an e-course on how to make money online in Kenya. I also promote my freelance writing services on this blog, and that keeps me afloat. Very soon, I will be launching an ebook on this space. You can also have a look at some of the other services you can create and sell in Kenya for a profit info products.

I will point out something before I show you how you can make money using the above methods. A lot of Kenyan blogs on this topic make it look like it is dead simple to start a bog and start counting the dollars. The sad truth is that it can take you up to a year before you taste your first online dollar generated by your blog. It is not entirely impossible to make money blogging, but it requires a lot skills and patient.

Before you even think of monetizing your blog, here are a few considerations to make

Blogging is Not a Hobby, It is a Business

I am not saying that you cannot make blogging your hobby, but show me how many of your hobbies are making you money. The reason why a lot of Kenyans are not making money from their blogs is because they do it as ‘a side thing’. This is different from what you will find bloggers in other countries do. They start a blog primarily as a source of income. Here are some of the things they do that a lot of Kenyan bloggers are not willing to do.

 

  1. They target profitable keywords and have an audience in mind before they put their first words down.
  2. They spend time working on search engine optimization (SEO) for their blogs.
  3. They build quality links to their blogs.
  4. They hire professional copywriters to come up with content for their blogs
  5. The bottom line is- they treat blogging like a business

It is only when you get into this mindset that you will start to make money blogging.

 

Start Blogging Professionally

I hear a lot of advice that lean towards starting a free blog in blogger.com or wordpress.com to first test the waters. My mind cringes every time I hear this. Starting cheap is not the way to go if you want to make money blogging. These is the reasons why:

  1. It is much harder to monetize a free blog than a self-hosted one.
  2. A lot of advertising networks balk from free blogs.
  3. You will hardly hear a product buying reviews from a free blog.
  4. Selling your products on a free blog is even harder
  5. WordPress.com does not allow you to carry any ads on your free blog
  6. Migrating your blog from a free service to a paid one is a headache

If you really want to make make money blogging, you have to treat it like any other business. My advice is that you sign up with a web hosting company like ipage. You will get a free domain name for one year and their charges for one year hosting are less than $20. (1500/=).

Start Blogging With a Plan

If you have decided that you want to make money blogging, start out with a plan. At Blogscheme, we basically start by researching keywords for our niche websites.

These are websites that are restrained to a particular profitable niche and keyword. Our latest niche website for example is an informational resource website about surfing boards. (remember we are in Kenya) but this does not stop us from serving information to guys in Iceland. This is why I also mentioned that it is absolutely possible to make money from ad sense in Kenya.

We did our keyword research, bumped across this one and vroom! We are headed towards the top page of Google. Now, that is what I call conscious blogging. This is how we make money blogging in Kenya.

Search Engine Optimization

There is something that a lot of bloggers don’t tell you.

One of these facts is that even the best designed blog won’t make money without conscious on-page and off-page Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Onpage optimization is easier to achieve. By installing the WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast and following the provided guidelines, you can start to take effective control of your onpage SEO.

Unfortunately, off-page SEO is not as easy. It involves quality link building through social media sharing, blog commenting and guest posting. You can hire me to take care of your offpage SEO at any time.

Writing high quality articles will also attract other bloggers to link to you naturally. The role of SEO in the whole matrix is to make your content discover-able by your target audience. Keyword help point Google bots to what your content is about. It uses these signals to fetch your pages to users who are typing those queries in the search box.

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The Easiest Way To Move From Standard Affiliate to Super Affiliate Status

Affiliate marketing has been one of the greatest ways to make money with a blog in Kenya. Finding great affiliate products in your blog’s niche is a walk in the park, and this is what makes affiliate marketers who know what they are doing get filthy rich almost overnight.

There are hundreds of incredible affiliate marketing programs that offer a lot of tools and materials to help you market their products. What you do with these great tools and what you are able to accomplish is however entirely up to you.

You can make to be a wealthy-affiliate if you want. You can also choose to be just another affiliate marketer who struggles day by day to make ends meet.

Who Is A Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy affiliates generate considerable vast amount of income from the products that they promote. There are able to sustain their lavish lifestyles simply from affiliate marketing.

Living examples of wealthy affiliates include John Chow and Pat Flynn. These are guys that never have to worry about where their daily bread will surface from. They developed mechanisms that ensure that they get a passive and residual income every month simply from blogging.

Wealthy affiliates are different from every day standard affiliates who oftentimes have to supplement their online income with a 9-5 job!

Why should you aim for the Wealthy Affiliate Status

  1. Income

Wealthy and super affiliate marketers make a decent six figure income per month. This is the most significant value of being a super affiliate.

  1. Special Treatment by Programs You are Promoting

A lot of companies give special treatment to their super affiliates. You may benefit from higher commissions than the standard affiliates, first preference on testing out new products, as well as premium level support.

The Easiest Way to Go From a Standard Affiliate to a Super Affiliate

If you have set any goals in your affiliate marketing campaigns, becoming a super wealthy affiliate should be one of them. Get there with an ‘I can make it mentality’, and set up a strategy to support your winner attitude.

I may not be able to assist much if you have an inferior attitude about affiliate marketing programs but I can at least guide you on the strategies to achieve the super wealthy affiliate status.

  1. Publish Content on a Daily Basis

Content is your best tool when it comes to affiliate marketing. Make a point of publishing content on a daily basis.

Nothing will ever work as well as content when it comes to lead conversions. Not the most shiny ad banner. Not the very well placed banner. Nothing.

The type of content to publish include:

  1. Track, Measure and Test

Failing to keep track of your metrics is similar to walking blindfolded in a dark alley. Make sure you have a way of tracking where your prospects and leads are coming from and where they are going after leaving your blog.

Track their activities on your site. What are they clicking on? What is motivating them to click? Tracking, measuring and testing is the best way to mold your affiliate marketing program into an income generating machine.

  1. Use the Provided Resources

A lot of affiliate programs will provide you with banners, buttons, different types of text links, promotional videos, forms and all manner of promotional tool. Do not ignore any of these materials if you want to succeed as an affiliate marketer.

The materials have been developed, tested and proven to be viable. That is why your affiliate program makes them available to you.

  1. Your Own Promotional Material

I am an affiliate for the Aweber Email Autoresponder and one of the most converting affiliate campaign I have ever ran offered an e-book to everyone who signed up for the $1 Aweber Pilot Test. I have never seen such a high level of conversion to date. I am still running the ad in one of my blogs and enjoying the conversions.

What am I saying?

Don’t stop at the promotional materials that your affiliate program provides. Craft your own promotional material too.

  1. Aim to Build a Loyal Community

Hey, that lead is not a cash machine. She is a person who has genuine needs. She needs to be taken care of, to feel loved and cared for. If you want to achieve the super affiliate status, you cannot afford to treat your leads like cash emitting machines.

Once your leads start trusting you, you begin to see more clickthroughs and conversions. Of course the best way to do this is to offer highly informational content on your blog.

  1. Follow UP

There is one reason why I will always recommend the Aweber Autoresponder to every affiliate marketer. It makes the work of following up on your leads dead simple. Using Aweber, You can set up a follow-up series that should nurture your leads to conversion. You can also segment your leads according to the actions that they take on your site.

If you do nothing else after reading this article, make sure you test the Aweber autoresponder. It costs only $1.00 to pilot-test it.

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Phew! I need to take a break. Sorry for the information overload. Sometimes I just find myself going on and on and on and forgetting that you have other stuff to take care of. But honestly, I hope this article will be more than helpful and that it will be the beginning of your journey to becoming a wealthy affiliate. Remember affiliate marketing is about helping others live a meaningful life. Say it as it is.

Till next time.

The Naked Truth About Affiliate Marketing Programs

I am usually appalled by the number of internet marketers in Kenya who sign up for affiliate marketing programs thinking that they can make money online simply by dropping an affiliate link in their blog content without committing themselves to marketing the products over the long-haul.

Successful web marketing, like conventional door-door sales marketing, will more often than not make you break a sweat. If you are not having headaches and back pains promoting your affiliate marketing products, you are probably doing it wrong.

95% of online marketers who start with the drop-a-link-for-’em mentality end up giviaffiliate marketing programsng up on affiliate marketing, leaving the other 5% to reap all the benefits of successful affiliate marketing. They get surprised when they hear of fellas making big bucks through affiliate marketing.

The truth is that those who fail in online marketing ignore a very vital element of affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing, like any other business requires more than a casual approach. Of course running a blog that commands significant traffic is a basic foundation for affiliate marketing. I still believe that the best way to get traffic flowing to your blog is to create blog farms. Farm blogs that are specifically created to target your audience and contains relevant information will always win you leads, no matter what anyone else may say.

But having traffic in itself will not convert those leads.

  1. Choose The Products You Want To Promote Carefully

If you are like many affiliate marketers, you already have a running blog and you probably do not want to start a blog for every product that you choose to promote. It is therefore important that you choose affiliate products that are related to your niche. This gives your blog a form of coherence.

Your audience gets to understand what your blog is really about. They start viewing you as an authority in that subject. They begin trusting you to a point they are ready to test-drive any product that you recommend. That is practical affiliate marketing.

  1. Tap Into The Power Of Aweber Autoresponder Emails

I did not want to put this point across as ‘tap into the power of email marketing’ although that is how it should read. This because I believe Aweber is inherently the only email marketing software that every affiliate marketer should be using. It is dead simple to set up email broadcasts and follow-up series and you can get started for only $1.00 by clicking on this link.

  1. Start Niche Blogs to Promote Your Affiliate Products

If your website does not relate to a certain lucrative affiliate product that you would like to start promoting, the alternative is to start a niche website for that product.

I believe that affiliate marketing is only going to intensify globally as internet marketing grows. My guess is that most of us who are already in it will continue to see money pile in the bank by starting niche websites and blogs.

  1. Don’t Give UP

The general question that I ask affiliate marketers in my classes is where they would like to see themselves in 3 years’ time?

Affiliate marketing has the power to take you to wherever you want to be, if you hold on for long enough. No one is going to promise you easy money here. But there is money for those who are willing to put in the effort.

  1. Anyone Can Be Successful in Affiliate Marketing.

The thing I like about affiliate marketing is that anyone can succeed at it. It doesn’t require any formal training. I have seen bloggers who started from nothing grow into millionaires after a few years of hard work. The question that you should really be asking yourself is what is keeping you from reaping success as an affiliate marketer.

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The 15 Blog Post Title Writing Tips That Work Like a Charm

What is in a blog post title and why should you pay particular attention to it?  Titles draw audience in to your content and as such should be crafted creatively. The search engines also give prominence to the words in your titles when measuring the relevance of your blog posts. Post titles play a very crucial role in the SEO of your blog.

If you want to draw your audience right into your blog post and signal to search engine bots that your page is about a certain topic, you have no other alternative than to make sure your blog post titles are expertly written.

Here are a few tips for creating killer blog posts:

  • Throw in Some Grammatical Styles

Writing your blog post titles in an uninspired title does not spark off passion with your audience. If you have ever been in a literature class, then you might understand the importance of such stylistic devices like personalization and alliteration. Make good use of them.

  • Add Adjectives to your blog titles

Consider the two titles below

  1. How to write blog post titles, and
  2. How to write catchy blog post titles

If you were the reader, which one would you click on? Adjectives add magic to your titles.

Also Read: How to Make Money With a Blog in Kenya.

  • Accuracy and Specificity

Don’t let your blog post headline become vague. Make your titles as specific as you can and make sure the content delivers on that specificity.

  • Promise. Benefits and Problem Solvers

You blog post headlines should promise to fulfill a certain need that your reader has. This will entice them to actually click to read what you have to say.

  • Match the headline’s tone to your audience

Who is your blog post targeted at? Make sure that the tone on the title is something that will reflect well with this target audience.

  • Make it Unique

You can’t afford to have your blog post titles reading like every other blog title in the blogosphere.

  • Look for inspiration from elsewhere

When researching on how to write great blog post titles, do not rely on the competitors in your niche. Look for inspiration elsewhere as this will make you stand out from your niche competition.

  • Be sensational

Sensational topics and topics that are the foundation of great debates always make for great titles. You however need to make sure that your content backs up your sensational headline.

Do not make your blog post title controversial or sensational just for the sake of it. If the content on the page does not match the title, you are only hurting yourself.

  • Questions in Blog Post Titles

How do you tell if a blog post title is ideal for your audience? Using questions as your blog post headlines motivates your audience to want to know the answer.

  • Get the Right Keyword

Keep in mind that the Google Penguin is going after over-optimization, not optimization. Use the Google adwords tool to research some good keywords to go with the title of your blog posts.

  • Use Catchy Phrases

There are a few phrases that when used together with blog post titles, lead to more title click-through. These include ‘how to’, tips for and numbered titles.

  • Vary Your Titles Formulas

There are several proven formulas for making your blog post titles clickable but relying only on one formula makes your blog posts look redundant.

Refer directly to the reader by using pronouns such as ‘you’ and ‘your’. For example, ‘how to take your business from grace to great

  • Make Use of Lists

Starting your blog title by hinting that your content contain a list of things is a great way to increase the clicks to your blog.

  • Have it Short and Focused

Short titles carry the blogging crown! Blog post titles that are eight words or less have been found to be the most effective.