As you probably know there are tons of websites, blogs, and e-books on the Internet which is all about “How To Make Money With Google” but I bet none of those websites or e-books is going to tell you ‘exactly’ how they’re profiting from Google. I have gone through almost all of those top results on Google for the keyword “Make Money With Google”. And I have noticed that some of those top results are spammy, some are selling eBooks and others have simply introduced Google AdSense (you know AdSense, don’t you?).
It’s okay but all they tell you is to create a website, write content, place ads, and drive traffic. There ends everything. Now, have you ever come across an ad that says “Make Money With Google”? If so, then it’s all about Google’s advertising programs called Google AdSense and Google AdWords. But unfortunately most of those ads were scams and Google eventually banned all those advertisers.
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Google Advertising Programs: Google AdWords & Google AdSense
Google AdWords is Google’s flagship advertising platform and Google AdSense is an advertising network that allows publishers like you and me to earn money by displaying relevant ads on our websites.
It’s not possible to make money with Google AdSense without a website (unless you join some of those revenue sharing websites or forums). Again it takes time, dedication and most importantly you have to write quality content.
So just forget about that as I’m going to show you exactly how to make money with Google AdWords (or Microsoft adCenter) even when you don’t have a website or can’t write the content by yourself. All you need to do is sign up for an Affiliate Network and pay-per-click advertising networks like Google AdWords or Microsoft adCenter. You can get started for free by joining a couple of affiliate networks and can kick-start your campaigns using free pay per click advertising credits (or you can contact me for free advertising credits).
What is Pay Per Click advertising?
Pay Per Click (or Cost Per Click) advertising is a form of online advertising in which the advertisers pay only when someone clicks their ad. Google AdWords and Microsoft adCenter (which is a single platform for advertising on Bing and Yahoo! Search) are the leaders in Pay Per Click advertising which connects you to millions of potential customers who is looking for your product or service. To get a better insight on pay-per-click ads & it’s working check out How Does Google Make Money.
Step-By-Step Guide To Make Money Online With Google AdWords (For Beginners)
Before I start let me remind you a couple of things. I’m not going to make you rich overnight and it’s not one of those “Get Rich Quick” schemes as I don’t promise any guaranteed income. But since it worked for me it should work for you as well.
Affiliate Marketing Without A Website [Example]
Affiliate Marketing is an internet marketing channel in which advertisers (or companies who offer a product or service) pay publishers on a pay-for-performance basis. Unlike Google AdSense you don’t need a website to get started although it’s recommended. You’re only paid for results (and not for clicks) which could be a sale or a lead (user fill a form and complete registration). Learn What Is Affiliate Marketing And How Does It Work.
In A Nutshell: Affiliate Marketing + Pay Per Click Advertising
- Join Affiliate Networks (Commission Junction, ClickBank, ShareASale etc.)
- Apply for various affiliate programs in a niche (e.g. Payday Loans, Web Hosting etc.)
- Promote the affiliate program that offers maximum payout and with a good track record.
- Sign up for Google AdWords and/or Microsoft adCenter (use free coupons)
- Start your ad campaigns by creating ads and the right keywords (use long tail keywords).
- Your ads appear on major pay per click search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.
- Potential customers click on your ad and completes a lead/sale.
- You earn the commission via your affiliate network which tracks the lead/sale.
Now, I’m going to show you exactly how to make money online without a website by promoting Payday Loans’ affiliate programs, as an example, on Google AdWords (you can do the same on Microsoft adCenter and/or other pay-per-click advertising networks).
1. Join Affiliate Network(s)
The first step to making money online without a website is to join few affiliate programs via an affiliate network. Check out the Top 10 Affiliate Networks For Affiliate Marketing. I personally recommend Commission Junction (widely known as CJ) as it’s the most popular affiliate network and is the preferred affiliate platform of Apple, Dell, Yahoo!, HP, Lenovo, AT&T, E*Trade, Mint, Western Union and other top brands. Join Commission Junction for free as a Publisher.
2. Apply For Various Affiliate Programs
Okay. Now you have joined Commission Junction. Right? Let’s say you want to promote few of the “payday loans” affiliate programs on Commission Junction (there are tons of payday loans affiliate programs on CJ offering anywhere between $30 to $100 per approved lead).
Just log on to CJ Account Manger (your welcome page) and navigate to “Get Links“. Enter “payday loans” in the search field and review all the programs listed there and apply for the one which have the maximum EPC (What is EPC?). Let’s say you have applied for “PaydayLoans Pay Big” affiliate program which pays up to $70 per approved lead. If they denied your application then you can contact their affiliate team via CJ Mail or by sending a direct e-mail to their affiliate manager (CJ displays the contact information of all advertisers in “Advertiser Detail” window).
3. Promote The Affiliate Program With Maximum Benefit
I have selected “PaydayLoans Pay Big” affiliate program since it offers good commission with high EPC. That’s not all they offer commissions for new as well as previous customers. Also, they represents three of the top converting payday lenders so a single application gives access to more programs and options.
Once you join an affiliate program you will get the affiliate links (tracking links) from CJ which you have to promote by various means – Google AdWords, Microsoft adCenter, Banner ads, Text Link Ads, Blogs etc.
4. Sign Up For Google AdWords (Or Microsoft adCenter)
Now, sign up for Google AdWords and/or Microsoft adCenter. You can get started for free as both Google and Bing offers free coupons to its advertisers. Sign up for adCenter here and get coupon credits worth up to $50 free which you can use to advertise on Bing and Yahoo! You can contact me for free AdWords coupon (limited number only).
Watch the above video to setup an AdWords account and check out the official Microsoft Advertising Help for adCenter video tutorials.
5. Start Your Campaign(s)
I assume that you have created an AdWords or an adCenter account. Now, it’s time to create your first ad campaign. Let’s say you’re promoting the advertiser “PaydayLoans Pay Big”.
It basically involves 5 steps:
(a). Choose your target locations, networks (search or display network) and devices (desktops, mobiles, tablets)
Use your common sense while choosing these options. If you’re promoting payday loans then your target country must be U.S only since the product which you’re promoting is for U.S citizens only. And the devices should be desktop and laptop computers. Why? Because those affiliate networks usually don’t track sales via mobile devices or tablets and hence you won’t get a commission for that.
(b). Choose your budget per day and maximum cost per click you’re willing to pay
Make sure that you split your monthly budget wisely. I suggest you to try automatic bidding at first so that you get an idea about what others are paying top placements.
(c). Create your ads (write an effective ad copy that sells)
I used the following ad copy to promote the affiliate program of payday loans provider WeGiveCash.com (a CJ advertiser) which worked well for me on adCenter. Why adCenter?
(d). Select keywords that match your ads to potential customers
Keyword selection is the most important part in a pay-per-click advertising campaigns. If your campaign is about “Payday Loans” then most people go for the top keywords like “payday loans” or “payday loans online” itself. Of course there are the most important keywords one should focus but it doesn’t mean that they will convert like other long tail keywords do. If a person is searching for “Payday Loans” then he/she may be looking something else as well. But if someone is searching for “cash advance payday loans in one hour” then most probably he/she is looking for a loan in one hour. So your focus should be to target those customers. Download a list of over 2,000 keywords related to “Payday Loans” by clicking here.
(e). Enter your billing information
Finally, enter your billing information like your name, address, credit card information etc. You can sign up for an AdWords account even without a Credit Card by choosing the manual payment option and can run your campaigns by applying a coupon code.
AdWords don’t accept PayPal but adCenter advertisers in the U.S. have the option to use PayPal as the payment method. Others have the option to pay via Credit Cards or Debit Cards or Virtual Cards (Prepaid).
Need More Help? Try Google AdWords Help Center!
6. Your Ads Appear On Google
Once you start your campaign and created your ads Google’s bots will review the ads and will approve or deny in minutes. If your campaign is approved then your ad will appear on Google’s search results page.
7. Customers Click Your Ad
Customers search for keywords (related to payday loans) that you have selected and your ad will be shown to them. They click your ad and it leads them to the advertiser’s website where they may apply for payday a loan.
8. You Earn A Commission
Once the payday loan application submitted by the customer is approved by the advertiser you get a commission. Most of the payday loan affiliate programs pay only for approved loans. But I guess there are others which pays for leads as well. It means you get paid even if the loan application is denied.
BONUS: Earn $30 Only For Activating A “Payday Loan Affiliate Program” On CJ
I used the advertiser “PaydayLoans Pay Big” in this whole case study. Now is the right time to join their affiliate program on CJ as they’re offering $30 to all affiliates who activates their affiliate program.
The promotion will be available during the month of July only. You must place compliant contents of all the three payday lenders they represent. Your bonus will be credited to your CJ account at the end of the month once they verify that your website has the contents of all the three lenders.
If you have any queries then feel free to drop a comment below and I’ll be happy to assist you.