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15 FREE RESOURCES TO BUILD YOUR WEBSITES

15 free resources to build your websites

All of us Newbies to the world of “Affiliate Marketing” need a good solid foundation for our business, which is our websites. Sometimes we just do not have the money to pay for the things that we need, so I have been doing a little research to see what resources are out there for free, or super cheap.

Here, I will show you what I have discovered on the internet, a veritable treasure trove of free resources that you can upgrade at a later date, once the money comes in.

So hold onto your hats, here they are and I hope you like them:

RESOURCES FOR IMAGES

1. UNSPLASH – have beautiful, high-quality free images you can download and use for any project. No acknowledgment or fee is required. I use unsplash a lot; it helps if you have an idea of what sort of image you are looking for, otherwise you will be browsing for ages and it is easy to get diverted by beautiful images. Be clear about what you want and don’t get side-tracked.

2. PIXABAY – have photos, illustrations, vector graphics and videos. No acknowledgment or fee is required. If you cannot find what you want on unsplash then pixabay should be your next stop.

3.  FREE DIGITAL PHOTOS   every image is free, with an option to buy larger images at reasonable prices. You can download free and premium stock photos and illustrations for websites, advertising materials, newspapers, magazines, eBooks, book covers and pages, music artwork, software applications and much more.

Remember some images with higher resolution will cost you money. Do not be tempted at this stage. You need to have your pages load quickly, so resist the temptation. Smaller images are fast loading on your website and will increase your standing with Google, and you will be rewarded with higher rankings.

4. GETTY IMAGES  Has royalty free images and also has a range of high-quality images at a price.

5. PEXELS  is another great website for free images. I have used this site a few times as well.

RESOURCES FOR FREE GIFTS

6. IDplr.com is an AMAZING company that has a FREE member’s area for 500 products for which you will have the resell rights. These products can be eBooks, Software and Scripts, Videos, Articles and Graphics. I love, love, LOVE free stuff!

Check to see if the product you want for your niche has the give-away rights. Some products are limited in what you can do with them. It is good to look around and see what stock they have that suits your niche.

There is a GOLD members section if you see something that you must have the rights for, but it’s not in the free section. You may decide to make your eBook as a PDF to give away; the only investment would be your time. But time is valuable, so this website is a great idea and a huge time saver. If you are interested in giving gifts to your subscribers, then IDplr is the site for you.

RESOURCES TO DESIGN INFOGRAPHICS

7. CANVA is amazing for designing Pins or anything else for social media. You can use their graphics package for free. They have premade designs where you can just change the text to suit your website. Some of the designs are not free but there are enough of both for you to enjoy. The graphics are for all social media, so they have figured out the size and shape depending on if you want it for Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or anything else. I download files as .png and the quality is excellent. After spending only 2 hours, I knocked out 12 designs for my Pinterest Boards… Awesome!

SNAPPA  I have to admit I loved the software that Snappa had to offer and their video tutorial showed just how quick and easy it is to smash out quality graphics. The down-side is if you want to save your work, you have to pay for the up-grade $120 for the year. I have Photoshop and Adobe Painter, so I don’t need Snappa, but as a graphics package, I have to say I was impressed. Snappa has a vast image base for you to design your logos or whatever your need.

Once my website is financially working, I would seriously consider this package because the templates are all set out for social media, and it would be a massive time saver. The upside is you can still do the design at snappa and then take a screenshot of your work. It will not be high resolution, but if you are on a shoe-string, it will do.

8. PEBBLED  This website claims that Pebbled is better than Snappa, and they offer for you to try them free for 15 days. They say they are the only design and web development company you will ever need. I guess if you are organised, and know what kind of logos and graphics you need; you have two weeks to bash it all out before the door slams in your face. Just make sure to make backups of your files before the 15 days is up.
I invite you to check them out for yourself. Personally, I am hooked on Snappa.

RESOURCES FOR OUTSOURCING JOBS CHEAP (Not free)

9. FIVERR– I wrote a blog on Fiverr, and this is a service that I will be looking at in the future once I get to the stage where I am building my funnel and building out my subscribers list.  Fiverr can supply you with cheap labour for just about anything. Some people will write you a blog for $5. I don’t know if it will be a quality blog, but I take a whole day to write a single blog so even if you have to edit it still saves time.  I use Grammarly to edit my work before I cut and paste into the WA editing page. The reason I do a double edit is Grammarly, and the WA programs look at different aspects of Grammar and spelling. I think Grammarly is a better program for non-US English. Check out my Fiverr blog here if you are interested. Click Here


PLACES FOR SHARING CONTENT TO EXPAND YOUR VISIBILITY

10. SLIDESHARE is a community for sharing your eBook to increase your audience base. Eventually, you will be producing your own eBooks, I know you don’t think so but the way of the future is YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and eBooks. Slide share will broaden your audience and bring them to your website, which is where you need them. Keep SlideShare in mind.

11. QUORA– Is another community for sharing information, and if you can answer questions in your niche, it is a great place to draw people to your website for the information they are looking for and a great chance for getting more subscribers.

I just signed up and got my first follower after an hour. That’s pretty cool.

 

RESOURCES FROM SUCCESSFUL AFFILIATE MARKETERS

12. BUZZSUMO  this is a website by Joe Pulizzi, and it is geared towards Influencer marketing. http://buzzsumo.com/knowledge/buzzsumo-api/ will take you to their latest knowledge base for posts. There is some fascinating reading there.

13. OKDORK –  Noah Kagan has some resources that you can look at on his website. They say knowledge is power, so when you have finished digesting everything Wealthy Affiliates has to offer, you can check out other viewpoints and their resources.

Noah has a page with his favourite Tools,

  • 3 favourite Videos
  • 3 favourite Podcast Episodes
  • 3 Favourite Guides all of these are related to affiliate marketing.

14.  SMASHWORDS  is free to join, and it can help you to publish your eBook, it also has free eBooks for you to download in every niche. I am not sure if you get the rights to give the free eBooks away on your site, but that would be easy enough to find out. They have books on every subject so there might be something to can find for yourself to help give you ideas for your niche. Check it out – it looks pretty cool.

15.  SNIPLY – I use the free version of sniply all the time to post my blogs on social media. It is fun, fun, fun and you can save your sniply shortcodes to a data file for when you want to repost old material to keep it in the public’s eye. There is an upgrade, but you can wait for that when you have money in the bank.

 

So that is it for this blog. I hope you find something in this list you can use for your websites. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment box, and I will get back to you ASAP.

Bye for now Coucka  

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HOW TO WORK ONLINE FROM HOME

 

If you are looking for some extra income there are literally hundreds of websites posting work for transcriptionists or for someone to do small computer jobs. Working online from home is going to be the way of the future, so embrace the idea and think about what you would like to do for a living and see if FIVERR can accommodate you.

Fiverr

Okay, FIVERR is a company that outsources small jobs for business people who are on a tight budget. They seem to do the job of finding your customers in the most efficient way possible. Customers will connect with Fiverr and make a request under the following categories.

  • Logo design – If you click on the above image it will take you to a sample page of the kinds of professional logos you can expect.
  • Writing & translation
  • Music
  • Audio
  • Video & animation
  • Graphics & design
  • Digital marketing
  • Fun and lifestyle.

There are subcategories and literally thousands of online jobs you can do. If you just look at the banner I produced at the top of the page. This shows you only two jobs that people have chosen for themselves. You can literally start a business from home just with this one website.

You can charge for your service from $5 up to $10K by offering your clients three option packages.

    • Basic Package let say for $5 to $10
    • Intermediate Package for $15 to $45
    • An Ultimate Package for $50 to ??? whatever you want.

Things to be aware of

FIVERR will take 20% of the money you earn as they are providing you a service by connecting you with clients, so be aware and factor that expense into your pricing. Remember you also will have to pay tax too so add in that percentage also.

Example – you might want $15 to write a 300-word article for a magazine. Add on 20% for FIVERR which will make it $18 then let’s say the tax is 10%, so add on another $1.80, so the cost for your GIG would be $19.80 for you to write your 300-word article.

A typical request from a client can be for something like an e-cover book design for an affiliate, or you might be asked to do some blog content writing, or you might decide to go online and hit like buttons on certain Facebook or Pinterest pages for a client. Maybe even design a logo. There are literally hundreds of different jobs you can do.

For this blog, I will choose my interest and go through the process of offering my skills as a graphics designer to FIVERR at a price that is a little more realistic than $5.

The information you will need to provide

The first step is to:

  • Log onto https://www.fiverr.com/login click the green join button at the top right-hand corner, then enter your best email address, one that you check regularly.
  • Choose a Username – I would choose Coucka
  • Choose a Password – 8 characters or longer, with upper and lower case letters and numbers. Then hit JOIN. (Remember to keep a copy of this information in case you forget it.)
  • In the menu bar at the top click on “Become A Seller”
  • Fill out the profile page and give as much detail as you can for the type of job you would be interested in doing and how many hours a week you will work.
  • FIVERR will want your social contact details as well to verify you are legitimate.
  • Spend some time looking at the categories and subcategories to see what a good fit is for you.
  • Think about the kinds of jobs you could do quickly for five or ten dollars.
  • Once you know what you want to do for clients, then you can fill out the next document asking you what services you will provide. FIVERR likes to call it your GIG.
  • Then you will need to fill out your GIG Package, there is a 5-minute video tutorial showing you exactly the kind of information needed for a preformatted package. So you will need to spend a half hour, or so, filling out that form.
  • Don’t undersell your services. I will be offering a Basic Package for $10, A Professional Package for $25 and An Ultimate Package for $50. If the client wants your product or service urgently then I would add a surcharge of $10? (that price would be up to you)
  • FIVERR then asks me to set up a GIG gallery of three examples of logos and E-covers that are typical of what I will produce for my customers. They also offer to host a 75-second video of your GIG offering. I think this is optional, but it can increase your offers from clients by 40% (apparently). Below is one design I mocked up for Fiverr.

If the job description is vague and the client doesn’t really know what he wants, then that can be a problem. So ask for a lot of details like preferred colours, the exact text needed for the title and subtext etc. This will save you re-editing and in your packages let the clients know how many redo’s you will allow before the price goes up.

If you do go into graphics and do not have the software, you can use a free online app. I found a really easy to use app called SNAPPA  https://snappa.com .  You can log in and start designing with a limited pallet for free if you like using the app and want more features and unlimited templates then it is $120 for the year.

Here is a video showing you how easy Snappa is to use it lasts around 10 minutes. But this is a fantastic tool for you to create your own graphics and add them to your website if you want to.

Snappa Video

Spend as much time as you need to think your packages through. Your skills are valuable and you have bills to pay so be realistic. Check out their example pages in your area of expertise which will help you.

Remember when you first start out, be available and consistent.

You can create one GIG see how you go with it and if you are doing well and want to do more you can create a second GIG perhaps trying something new that you enjoy.

It will not take long before clients will come back looking for you. You can make this a part-time job for a little extra pocket money, or this could be a full-time job depending on your level of interest.

Perhaps, like the man above, you too might like to be playing pranks. This can be a fun way to earn money online.

Remember it is called FIVERR https://www.fiverr.com and this company just may set you free from you’re your annoying boss and less than thrilling current occupation. The good thing is you can try it for a few months before you jump in full time.

I hope you enjoyed this little blog. I will be showing you other ways to make money online. So if you are interested you can leave your email in the box at the top of the page and I will send you out other blog posts.

Also, remember that affiliate marketing is a long-term business to set up. Wealthy affiliates is the smart choice to join with. It is free to join and you can try before you buy. There is nowhere else that will give you two free websites, 10 free lessons and a community of thousands to help support you when you are down or stuck. Click Wealthy Affiliate if you want to want to learn how to generate passive income.

If you choose otherwise, then FIVERR is an option to look at. Click the image below.

If you have any questions you can leave them in the comment box and I will get back to you ASAP.