Earn Watching Videos!

There are several get-paid-to (GPT) sites that are presented as work from home opportunities. They offer prospects such as getting paid watching videos, doing surveys, and other simple online tasks. While some of these websites are legitimate, there is a need for caution so as not to fall prey to some of the over-hyped claims from their promoters.

It’s understandable that these sites attract good traffic thanks to the data of the total payouts that welcomes you as your eyes get on their home pages. There is a temptation to look at those figures with euphoria without analyzing the payout per customer.  Yes, while making money online is a  possibility considering the increasing population on the internet, it is necessary to know what might work for you and what might not.

For sure online activity poses enough risks to users to warrant caution for any financially motivated step to be taken on it. Of course, it is necessary to do enough research before investing in any undertaking, more so on the internet. A recent report from the BBC underscored the importance of such due diligence. It was discovered that some endorsements from the social media marketing influencers were flawed as the products being promoted were either imitations or of low quality. The recommendation from the report was that there is a need for care to be taken for online decisions.

For this reason, I review some of these get-paid-to sites that offer rewards for tasks such as watching videos and then I offer my verdict at the end. It should be mentioned that Trustpilot has a number of customer reviews for these websites and this is what formed the basis of the conclusions below:

Earnably Review 3.50/5.00

Earnably offers multiple ways to earn, and it’s a great site to earn a little extra money online. It’s free and it is one of the most popular get-paid-to sites. You earn digital rewards and gift cards by completing offers, taking surveys, and watching videos from their over 30+ partners.

What is clear about Earnably is their quick response to either complaints or technical issues. Looks like they have a number of satisfied customers with one claiming that their daily survey tasks pay well. There are many who have already redeemed several times through PayPal.

However, there were logging issues cited by some customers. The complaint was that there was a looping problem in some login attempts. The support service could only advise a change of network for those using static IP addresses.

However, Earnably is only available in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand,  Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.

Swagbucks Reviews 3.25/5.00

Swagbucks claims that one can theoretically earn up to $5 a day. More realistically, though, users can make about $90 a month — more than $1,000 a year.  This is just for watching videos!

Swagbucks towers above the other get-paid-to sites in paying out efforts.  A 20 – 30 minutes survey might earn $25. You answer surveys, shop online, and get cashback, explore new apps games and more and get paid for it.

What you make can be spent on occasional video games or even cashed out to PayPal. They also offer free gift cards.

However, some people feel there are times when it is a total waste of time when you spend 30 to 60 minutes only to find that the link doesn’t work or that you are disqualified when doing some tasks. The other complaints are that half the surveys never work and are seldom fixed. It is seen that the more gift cards you get, the less the surveys.

On the positive side is that it is available in most of the countries.

Timebucks Review 3.25/5.00

Timebucks has many earning options and they pay you weekly. Watching videos is another way to make extra cash on TimeBucks. You watch short videos and get paid after viewing for a certain number of seconds.

The difference between TimeBucks and other similar programs is that it pays you in cash, rather than in gift cards, which makes it stand out from other Get-Paid-To sites. However, surveys, though are the main source of income, are limited to countries outside the USA. Besides, It takes a long time to get the threshold amount of $10.

Tasks and offers are mostly available but the reward is very low. They’re also a lot of surveys indicating that there are either not suitable or not available. It also takes more than a month to get $10. If you can’t get this threshold, you don’t earn on your account wallet.

A major plus is that It’s available almost in all the countries globally.

InboxDollars Review – Rate 2.50/5.00

InboxDollars is said to be the number 1 site for anyone looking to earn some extra money for watching videos, taking surveys, and other online activities. Inboxdollars has been around for 20 years, and the company says it has paid its members more than $59 million since 2000.  It’s claimed that the search toolbar alone can earn you an instant $1 credit and can potentially net you up to $57 a year. The payouts on activities range from a few cents to a few dollars depending on what you choose.

There are several customers that feel that the site is fun and easy to use. Some claim that they have received checks with amounts reaching $30 dollars within days. Some said they made almost $200 within a few months of joining.

However, the majority of recent reviews have not been so good. There is a general feeling that service has changed for the worst. The customers most complained that they no longer make as much watching videos or doing surveys. In fact, surveys, which are the major income earner can be so involving, and waste your time even when you are not qualified only to know that at the end. They are some surveys that are no longer accessible.

To cap it all, Inboxdollars is no longer accepting membership outside the United States.

Verdict

The opportunity cost of spending hours on the get-paid-to sites may be too high. It is not only a waste of your time but also of your electricity and your internet bill. So basically this not the best way to earn money online. You can as well spend time watching videos to learn. There are a lot of videos that will teach you how to make money online on YouTube.  You can also choose to watch videos to learn to earn on Wealth Affiliate. While you can make money with get-paid-to sites, the amounts are too low to bother unless you are doing it for fun or for just some extra bucks to get you going.

Wealth Affiliate actually offers free training with an option to go premium. Many people have learned the art of making money online through their training.

The training includes video walkthroughs which make it easy for you to take a deliberate effort on the path of online entrepreneurship.

 

Please let me know your views, comment below.

Case Against MLMs & What You Can Do About It

In looking for home-based opportunities, Market Level Marketing (MLM) (or networking marketing) programs have for many years been offered as an option. Over the years there have been discussions as to whether in the first place these programs are legal or even ethical. In his book, “The Case (for and) against Multi-level Marketing,” Jon M. Taylor, MBA, Ph.D provides the strongest critical voice against MLMs.

DISMAL STATISTICS

According to Taylor’s research, the dropout rates are scaring. In his assessment of these probabilities, he insists that one is better off gambling than getting involved in these MLM programs. The following is the data that his  study revealed:

  • A minimum of 50% of MLM representatives drops out in the first year.
  • A minimum of 90% of representatives leaves within five years.
  • By year 10, at least 95% of representatives would have dropped out.

What is of great concern is that there is favorable comparative data on the average failure rates of non-MLM small businesses. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses fare better with 20% not making it past the first year, about 50% of them lasting five years or longer, and about a third making it past 10 years.

Taylor argues that based on the extraordinary loss rates MLM programs must not be promoted either as an “income opportunity” or as a “business opportunity”. He argues that this in itself is a misrepresentation. He details factors that make this model ‘unethical,’ though legal in many jurisdictions. He argues that in an MLM model, the market is assumed to be virgin and infinite which is not always true.  There is also the question of whether the prices of MLM products are competitive enough to be sold at listed retail prices. This raises the question as to whether the losses of the hapless downlines are what gives undue gain to their upline.

YOUR OWN RESEARCH

In 2017, AARP Foundation, a not for profit organization which helps vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity, did a study which revealed that only one-quarter of participants make a profit — and of those, 53% make less than $5,000.​ These findings call into question a promise often made by MLM companies of financial freedom through their programs and explain how crucial it is to do your own fact-finding when considering whether an MLM opportunity is right for you. Besides, you need to check that you are not joining a scam before it is too late.

When critical data is missing, such as the actual average income per participant, the reality of a business opportunity may be ill-advised. In the absence of any proper analysis, the easiest approach may be, first of all, to check whether the products or services offered are of benefit to you or your family. In such a case, the justification for your enrolment could be having access to beneficial products at a discounted membership price. This presupposes that your non-monetary benefits are quite crucial to you and your loved ones.

PRODUCT OR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY?

Prudently, care must be taken to research the alternatives and to check whether the pricing is acceptable. Where you can establish a target market, with proper analysis, you may go ahead, approaching it as a business opportunity. In the final analysis, you would make such a decision knowing that this is a high-risk undertaking.

The internet is a valuable source of data that can be used to make informed decisions. However, there are many single-level marketing opportunities that may have a much higher income than a typical MLM business. This category may include retailing products or services and also affiliate marketing programs.

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

I have been involved in a number of MLMs and most of them I stopped on the way. There was one promoting fashion wear, the other marketing financial literature, the worst was traffic monsoon, offering advertising services, which was stopped by the US SEC. My experience in all this led me to the conclusion that one must fully come to grips of the business they seek to promote. For this reason, I am reluctant to give a sales pitch for my current MLM program.

I am currently an independent distributor with LONGRICH. However, my approach has been to leverage its market analysis and seek to identify a niche that I can personally exploit. This brand is vigorously promoted by mostly independent distributors. In the midst of the noise perhaps some aspects of the business model may be sugar-coated. It is for this reason that I am taking my time to understand the model. However, there is the part that I can easily decipher so far and that is the products being sold.

A REVIEW OF SOME OF LONGRICH PRODUCTS

Longrich is a multinational corporation with an advanced research and development program. They manufacture products under OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) & ODM (Original Design Manufacturers) for multinational companies like Walmart, Unilever, Marks & Spencer, Estee Launder, Avon, Tesco, etc.

Longrich has over 2,000 products from eight different categories. They manufacture top quality, unique, and highly effective products. They have a wide range of products which include health and fitness appliances, beauty products, personal care, skincare, dietary supplements, household equipment, furniture, detergents, cosmetics, pet care products and so much more.

ALKALINE ANTIOXIDANT PI CUP

The biggest appeal for their products is that one of them has been of great benefit to me. After I purchased a Longrich Alkaline Antioxidant Pi Cup, my digestion improved after using it. I had struggled with the problem of constipation for more than twenty years.  Now that I drink water from this cup, I have daily bowel movements. To understand how this worked for me, I researched on the internet and came across an article by Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, one of the leading scientists researching the microbiome, who aptly underscored the importance of alkaline water. He said Hydrochloric acid as essential as it is for the stomach, can cause gut complications if there is too much of it. He, therefore, recommends natural alkaline water not only for optimal acid levels but also for the promotion of the growth of good bacteria and fungi for the digestive system. He further adds that drinking alkaline water regularly can cleanse the colon, flushing out toxins and free radicals away from the digestive tract.

There has been a lot of studies that have been done on the benefits of alkaline water and quite admittedly it has hardly been conclusive. However, I do lean on the positive side of the argument because of my personal experience. I have even heard of cases where the intake of alkaline water helped someone to stabilize their blood pressure. There is also an account on the internet where someone was relieved of kidney stones as a result of the use of the Alkaline water cup.

An NDTV report cited a study published in 2016 where 150 mice, in an experiment, consumed alkaline water over a period of 3 years. The study results showed probable signs of slower aging in those that lived on alkaline water during the period. The benefits would also include stronger bones and weight loss. Overall, the proponents of alkaline water insist that it helps the immune system to battle foreign pathogens and gives protection from many diseases and health issues. I tend to agree with them.

With my personal experience and some of the data that I have extracted, it made me check for these “alkaline products,” beyond Longrich. I found that the cost that I incurred of $45 was quite a bargain because I found it going around US$148 on Amazon and around $85 on eBay. Similar products fetch around those amounts offering a potential of a good gross margin return on investment. There were other brands to look for like aQuasafe, Invigorated Water, APEX, and Aqua-Ionizer Pro offering me latitude in terms of any future business considerations.

ANION SANITARY PADS

Further, on my product assessment of Longrich products, there are sanitary products that not only meet the hygienic demands of women but also provide additional benefits in the form of Anion enhancements. Anions are naturally occurring and are known to increase the general healthiness and well-being of women. Following their extensive research and testing, Longrich developed anion sanitary napkin that inhibits the reproduction of anaerobic bacteria and improves women`s self-protection and disease prevention ability and vaginal itching.

The traditional padding of the sanitary napkin is made from paper pulp, which is the outcome of processing recycled substances.  There was a study from WHO that established that 62% of gynecological diseases suffered by women are as a result of poor-quality sanitary napkins. “Anion” sanitary napkin, on the other hand, is made from water-absorbing particles, fully wrapped by strictly sterilized, dust-free paper. It firmly meets the national hygiene standard. With my further checks of other brands, I found these notable names Winalite Qiray and Shuya. The prices for Longrich Superbklean napkins are quite competitive and within an acceptable range.

ORAL HEALTH FLUORIDE FREE TOOTHPASTE

Based on decades of research, fluoride has a proven track record of protecting teeth and improving oral health. However, excessive exposure to fluoride has been linked to numerous health issues. There is a definite danger of dental and skeletal fluorosis.

A safer alternative to fluoride, especially for children is a toothpaste with xylitol. Clinical studies are reporting promising results of tooth decay prevention with xylitol.

Longrich toothpaste is fluoride-free and is combined with xylitol as an alternative to those concerned with the effects of fluoride. I looked out for the other brands like Tom’s of Maine, Hello Oral Care, Dr. Sheffield, Spry Xylitol, and Epic Dental and I found that the prices of most of these brands are on the higher side in comparison to the Longrich toothpaste.

CONCLUSION

The choice is yours. You might want to ignore MLMs in terms of business opportunities. But how about their products? It might be a good idea to seriously consider the benefits of being championed in their marketing campaign. If you use these products, chances are that you fall in love with them as I did. The appreciation of the products could be a conduit of a business opportunity!

Please comment below and let me know what you think.

Make Money Creating Online Courses

All my life I had not heard a city called Roseburg, Oregon, USA. But there was a day I was frantically searching the internet for a skill that has been missing in my locker. Playing the piano has always been a dream but I had not found a course tailored to my schedule. Thinking the cyber world will offer a solution, I googled “piano for beginners.” I was pleasantly intrigued when I landed on something called “play the piano or keyboard for the very beginners.” This sparkled my eyes and that is the way I got connected to a music trainer, who trains online, in Roseburg thousands of miles away.

The internet is the biggest bridge mankind has ever developed and it can be a great platform for you to showcase your skill. It is just a matter of having the right passion and strategy and that can afford you a chance to make money creating online courses. One thing that is very basic in entrepreneurship is to discover the problem folks are facing and then offer solutions. If you aim to help people especially in a huge space like the internet, you will soon be connected to thousands of people near and far away.

In the times we are living, online learning has not only become popular but in some cases mandatory. Just this week in the USA, it was reported by several networks that most of the international students might be sent home as most of the universities are exclusively teaching online. There was a survey done by Bramble, a popular learning portal where most of the respondents indicated that they were not willing to go back to the traditional way of learning.

Online learning or training can be about anything that can generate enough interest. It could be a language lesson (I have seen online teaching on how to properly pronounce English words). It could be how to stop your android looping or to switch it off if it froze. The most important outcome is to know how to structure whatever you are offering into a course that will attract people over and over again.

What are some of the popular personal training courses online?

There are many courses offered online and some of these could provide a niche course that you may need to make money online and to work at home:

Music

A very recent report by the Indianapolis Business Journal reported one online piano tutoring company hitting a high note of demand. Of course, it was through an online search for piano lessons that I found myself learning music during the lockdown. So, if you know how to play a musical instrument, ensure that you organize your theory notes and offer those lessons systematically and easily to follow format.

Graphic Design

If you are apt at creating visual content and implementing them into multiple types of media, you might be a person being sought for by others on the internet. If you can convince one how useful this skill could be in business and how to get the tools together and you methodically go through the process, you might be the next online tutor.

Computer and Technology

Today Technology is not just an icing on the cake, it is the cake itself. There a lot of subjects being offered in this area. This might include programming, application software, and phones. For instance, you can take people through the process of preparing Powerpoint Presentations or Microsoft Excel lessons.

Diet and Nutrition

With the problem of obesity and most of the people checking their belly fat, its time for grandma’s recipes. There are those forgotten cuisines that might need revisiting.

Fitness and Health

Fitness trainers have seized on the opportunity of many people who are desperately trying to keep fit and healthy. There is also interest in the supplements that are available to give people wellness. For this reason, a course that takes them into the process may just be the way to go.

Entrepreneurship

At the heart of human livelihood and survival, is the ability to form enterprises that are the drivers of the socio-economic activities in our communities. Entrepreneurship is increasingly becoming a necessity as the economy faces the aftershocks of the pandemic. Offering courses in this area, therefore, is expected to always generate high demand.

How do you create a course online?

Becoming a course provider online does not have to be done at school. f you follow the below steps, you will be well on your way to becoming a professional online tutor:

  • Understand the core principles of the course
  • Ground yourself with the history of the Course
  • Familiarize yourself with the topics and focus on solving problems creatively
  • Offer preliminary lessons for free before subsequently including premium content
  • Learn from other professionals
  • Develop your proficiency, intuition, and flow
  • Put together a portfolio and blog
  • Participate in professional communities
  • Diversify your skillset (enroll in another course)
  • Consider advanced study & development (either online or at school)

What tools do you need to start your online course?

The tools can be as basic as a Laptop with a webcam and a Microsoft PowerPoint Office application. However, some web-based tools and platforms could help you to augment your resources and these could include the following:

1. Udemy

This eLearning platform is equipped with content creation tools such as PDF documents, PowerPoint, etc. Although 50% of your sales is deducted as payment to the platform, Udemy does have a captive market of more than 12 million students.

2. Teachable

Whereas Udemy restricts control of branding and pricing by the instructors, Teachable allows autonomy for the instructors. They even have a free eBook that clearly explains how to go about course creation, video creation, slides presentation, etc.

3. Thinkific

Thinkific is a platform that enables you to create an online course at a low-cost. It makes it easy for you to create, market, and sell your content. It gives you the ability to host your content and course materials (including PDF, video, audio and more), gives you the ability to deliver free, paid and subscription courses and to market your online course with a custom domain and branded landing page. With Thinkific you don’t worry about the issues of hosting your videos.

4. Beaver Builder

This works with those who already have a WordPress website and would like to host their online course there. It is an affordable word press page builder and it will work with your existing website to professionally design sales pages.

5. Camtasia

Camtasia will help you create videos and allows you to edit them to look like professionally filmed videos. You can use Camtasia to record the Powerpoint presentations and the good news is that there is a 30-day trial to check it out.

6. Vimeo

Vimeo has both free and paid options that allow you to upload, host, and share videos in high-quality HD. Once your videos are uploaded to Vimeo, you can share the link or embed them to your website for online course participants to watch. It has many privacy options to regulate either free or premium access to your content.

7. Zoom

Where you have to host a live online course content, Zoom will allow you to do so for free for 50 participants and within 40 minutes. If you choose to have more than that, then you can upgrade. This is currently the most popular remote working software for most webinars.

8. Zapier

Zapier is an app that allows you to connect different apps and create automation. It will bring together tools like Thinkific, MailChimp, and Zoom and helps to do your work with easy

There are many other established names in the eLearning industry which include WizI, Ruzuku, Educadium, LearnWorlds, Academy Of Mine, CourseCraft, and Skillshare. With platforms like Ruzuku, you don’t need much knowledge of technology whilst Educadium has a trial period where you are taught how to polish your course presentations. The options are wide and far-reaching and you can start making money creating courses online today.

How do you make money online with training?

The money you will make will mostly depend on the quality you give your learners and on your brand. The rate will depend on how serious the problem you solve is. You can consider a tiered structure where some courses are higher than others or at times a membership fee will do. In terms of marketing, you may choose to incorporate an affiliate system to it. However, It may be advisable to start with a free offering or trial period and then to kick in the charges at an appropriate stage in the process.

You can leverage on the internet by becoming a course creator. The tools are available for you to start even today! So, start online courses and start making money working at home.

Work From Home Proofreading

I came across a story of someone who stumbled on a business working from home. Interestingly what started as a by the way matter was soon transformed into a fulltime career earning $3-$5k/month. Eventually, it became a booming business. This is an account of the owner of “Proofread Anywhere”, Caitlin Pyles, who in early 2015 launched a course called Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™. She became a multimillionaire within four years! Little wonder then that she has been featured by Forbes, Business Insider, Fast Company, and many more respectable publications. She is now helping other people own proofreading business. In her training, she offers marketable skills for those passionate in this trade to start a business.

There are many more stories out there of regular people who found some proofreader jobs online and went ahead to make it a career and succeded while working from home.

Is proofreading the same as editing?

No, not all. Editing is part of the writing process where one strives to improve the structure, quality, and readability of the draft while ensuring that the obvious spelling and grammatical errors are corrected

Proofreading comes after editing and it is a stage where one reads to mark off any errors that might have been overlooked at the editing stage.

How can you become a proofreader?

While being a proofreader can come naturally with a good command of English, there is always the need to have some certification. This is because finding online proofreading jobs for beginners might be a  daunting task. Courses like Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ will offer one the key steps not only to become competent but also marketable in this field. A Course structure also helps in providing a network and a team of mentors who will help to shorten the learning curve as well as give one a sense of direction.

Caitlin Pyle, from Proofread Anywhere fame, has two very popular courses that can help a beginner find their feet in creating their own successful proofreading business from scratch. It might be a good idea to start with them.

Is Proofreading in demand?

According to a recruitment.com outlook, proofreading is expected to have a formidable increase in demand. With the growing attraction, there will be more opportunity for work from home proofreading jobs. The flexibility of remote working, with more tools coming onto the market, could be ideal as a side hassle or for a stay at home mom who wants some extra income. There are many part-time proofreading jobs online and many people are being employed as long as they demonstrate an expected level of skillset.

There is a lot of content on the internet today and this would only get better. With this body of knowledge always expanding, the following will command demand for proofreaders:

  • Newspapers/periodical/book/directory publishers
  • Professional scientific/technical services
  • Employment services
  • Motion picture and video industries
  • Advertising/PR/related services

Where can one get hired as a proofreader?

As a beginner, you could visit Proofreading Services who are hiring part-time and full-time proofreaders. As long as you can demonstrate superlative proofreading and editing skills, there is a chance for you. There is a selection test that you undergo and in case you don’t meet the criteria, they will refer you to other sites that might be a possibility for you.

Some key phrases to help with your search

The search engines have made it possible for you to check proofreader jobs online. Keyword search of the following will get you going:

  • Proofreader
  • proofreading
  • editor
  • editing
  • copy editor
  • line editor
  • academic editor
  • book editor

We have numerous websites that delve into the details of this area and you will discover them as you use any search engine. However, it will be important to caution that the internet is a place where nothing ought to be taken at face value. Giving away your details may make you vulnerable. For this reason, you need to be sure you are dealing with legit sites and avoid any that promises you overnight success.

Are there any tools that can help with proofreading?

There is quite a number but we can just look at a couple:

  1. Microsoft Word

This is a useful tool that highlights the sentences that have grammatical errors or those that have any misspellings. There is a possibility of using macros that help to check grammar. However, Microsoft is limited and so there might a need to check on other useful tools.

  1. Grammarly editing and proofreading

Grammarly is quite popular as it is simple to use and one can sync it with all web applications including email. It works differently from a word processor as it can identity words correctly spelled but used in a wrong context and lacking in terms of vocabulary.

3.  PerfectIt

This software appeals to most of the health editors.  It is used with Microsoft word and also has free apps available to check abbreviations or spelling consistency in your writing. Style guides can be adapted by customizing PerfectIt that brand requirements are met.

  1. Hemingway Editor

This application will help to simplify your content by improving your readability and flow.

  1. Phrase Express

This tool can complete or correct phrases. It can expand abbreviations thereby saving you time.

Google Docs – This allows the sharing of documents online and it will also help with markup procedures and adding of comments. Alternatively, Dropbox can be used to share documents.

Why should you give it a go?

With the desperate situation that many find themselves in this post-covid19 era, it will be important to have an open mind and even try on non -traditional occupations.

Proofreading is a work from home opportunity that requires exploring as long as your English diction is impeccable. There are openings daily for freelance proofreading jobs even for beginners. There are also plenty of part-time proofreading jobs online. Your skill can help you get going in this career.

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool FC Resurgence: A Success Packaged from the Boardroom!

Anfield was lit last Thursday night, despite the lockdown measures, just after it was confirmed that Liverpool were the champions of England. With seven games to spare, the new champions had broken a record in winding up so early in the season.

Liverpool’s last title win was when Kenny Dalglish, as manager, led a grief-stricken club to the summit in 1989/90 season. This was the 11th time they had won the championship in a period of 20 years. And that particular year it was a touch of comfort with the Hillsborough disaster taking place earlier in the season. However, from that time they went on a pause unbelievably for 30 solid years!

During this drought, the exploits of the club were still a global phenomenon.  They had some famous stories like the “Liverpool Istanbul champions league night” of 2005 and the sweet victory in Madrid in 2019. For a team that had success in Europe, the premier league was shockingly elusive. As the league became bigger and more famous due to a wider TV audience, their faithful and adoring fans were becoming increasingly impatient.

For three decades, Liverpool chased the premier league without success. How the mighty had fallen! They needed to step up a gear and this they did in the recent years as they charged closer and closer. It was just a matter of time before a breakthrough would arrive. The 2018/19 season could have been the year to re-establish themselves at the top only to miss out by a point to Manchester City. The fact that they went through the season with only a single loss confirmed they were back where they belonged. And coming back they did this season only to be delayed by coronavirus. But when the league restarted and their fierce rivals Manchester City lost at Chelsea, Liverpool were English champions again!

The transformation that has made Liverpool compete at the very top is mainly attributed to the peerless German Coach Jurgen Klopp. In Klopp, Liverpool found a manager of vision and real character and who completely transformed the club and made it an irresistible force. Their work rate is second to none and their winning mentality is unmatched. One just need to be reminded of that night when they humbled Messi and co four nil at Anfield to overcome a three nil deficit suffered in the first leg at the Barnabeu. They would match on to lift the champions league trophy. This was at a back of a superb performance of 2018 where they only lost the trophy to Real Madrid in the finals of the campaign.

Liverpool’s premier league wins have been ridiculously high in the reign of Klopp. They have only lost twice in the past two seasons! In the likes of Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino, Van Dyke and others, they have undoubtedly world class players. The team is a group of winners and results on match days speak volumes.

In the midst of the euphoria, however, it is possible to overlook those who work behind the scenes to make success a possibility. Liverpool was almost on the brink of administration a decade ago. But now the fortunes have turned and it has a lot to do with the top hierarchy. Liverpool became a global brand when they won the title 11 times between 1970 and 1990. This success was to a great extent associated to John Smith who had been a chairman from 1973 and only stepped down in 1990. During his tenure, Liverpool enjoyed its greatest spell of success. He was a firm believer of stability and continuity and was behind the highly managerial appointments of Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish. In his resume, he added a remarkable business acumen that helped to provide the much-needed resource base for the club.

When he finally left, Liverpool forgot how to win the league. However, the brand he left ensured that there was enough fanbase to push for improvements whenever things were not going on well. Liverpool never walked alone even during its tumultuous times that surfaced when it was sold to American businessmen George Gillett and Tom Hicks on 6 February 2007. Disagreements between Gillett and Hicks, and the fans’ lack of support for them, forced the pair to seek to sell the club.

With the club facing a possible administration it was sold to Fenway Sports Group (formerly New England Sports Ventures), on 15 October 2010 for £300m (FSG is jointly owned by John W. Henry and Tom Werner). The major shareholders quickly took a back seat and put suitable men to run the club. The Liverpool FC board that was put in place ensured that they made right key decisions and invested the necessary money to help the club progress in all areas.

Much of the current success for Liverpool emanated from Mike Gordon, Fenway Sports Group president. According to the Guardian, he is the man behind the decisions for hiring Klopp, the signing of Virgil van Dijk, the sale of Philippe Coutinho and investment in infrastructure. Gordon has been astute in his major calls and his biggest decisions have shaped Liverpool’s present and long-term future. Gordon made his own mistakes at the beginning but was quick to learn from them. He is said to have dismissed Brendan Rodgers based on a strategic consideration to pave way for the direction he was comfortable with regardless of the results at the time. His preference for a sporting model over a promising manager and preserving the club’s vast commercial appeal while keeping the fans onside was key to the Club’s success. He welcomed the charismatic Klopp, a two-times Bundesliga-winner to Anfield and then promoted the analytical Michael Edwards, to Sporting Director in 2016. Klopp has had no qualms working with his technical director and that harmony has been central to Liverpool’s revival.

Liverpool premier league resurgence shows the crucial role governance and management issues play to attain success in a football club let alone in any organization. The new owners put together a board that understood not only the ethos of the club but also the key areas that needed focus. Their stakeholder analysis was spot on. They needed the fans on their side and with tabs on what mattered most, financial success was only a matter of time. Now, with Klopp in charge, they have one of the strongest and youngest squads in Europe and a stable financial outlook. Liverpool recently rose two places in the Deloitte Football Money League to rank seventh. There are also reports suggesting that the club is now making profits in millions. It is evident that FSG have scored on their promise of making the club self-sustaining.

Finally, and importantly, the supporters that stuck with the club demonstrates to us that building brand loyalty is very key for sustained competitiveness. Secondly, the fans sticking with the club shows that persistence pays. As long as you keep pushing, and don’t give up, one day your dreams will come true. The Liverpool fans can now sing their anthem, you never walk alone loudly. And without doubt many others will join in that chorus!

Wealth Affiliates Review – Best Work From Home Training

Wealthy Affiliates Review – Best Work from Home Training

Product: – Wealthy Affiliate (WA)

Overall Ranking: – 9.5 out of 10

Price: – $0.00 Starter Membership

Premium: $49.00 Per Month ($495.00 per Year)

Owners: – Kyle and Carson

Website: – https://www.wealthyaffiliate.com

What Is Wealthy Affiliate All About?

If you are like me who had been looking for a legit work from home opportunity, WA might just be for you. From day one, the reality of work from home online and earning some dollars becomes a possibility.  Indeed, this program will give you the right tools to make money working from home. You might not start right away as it’s not a get rich scheme. Yes, Wealthy Affiliate is Not A Scam. That is the reason that all the necessary principles are sought and the right support provided!

What amazed me most with this program was that I got enough training to build this website; I mean moneymultiples.com, phew!!! What was never in my wildest imagination became easy and straightforward. It also guided me to different affiliate programs on the internet. You wouldn’t know that the internet is a world of unending opportunities until WA gives you the glimpse of what is there!

What to Expect?

WA has been in the business of helping people to build their own online businesses for more than two decades now. Their tools and materials are up to date. As at now they boast of a premium membership of over 2 million members and counting! These are some of the experiences that you could expect:

  1. Free simplified Training from the beginning with video support
  2. Community members support, Live and interactive help, questions are answered almost instantaneously 24 7!
  3. Free tools to build and design websites
  4. State of the art, secure and fast hosting
  5. Access to Industry mentors
  6. Continuous Training like Bootcamps and so forth
  7. Completely FREE to Get Started!

There is also a new keyword SEO tool called Jaaxy, one of the best you will ever come across and it is free and you can learn it. This assists you with the low hanging fruits of keywords or keyword phrases that will rank in Google. You are already ahead of the competition in WA!

Affiliate Program In Wealth Affiliate

Not only do you get trained on affiliate marketing in WA, the platform allows you access to its own affiliate links. Yes, WA offers itself as an online affiliate marketing business for premium members.

Anyone who joins WA through clicking on the links on your website and goes on to become a premium member, will help you generate commissions for your enterprise. See, your business begins from there. Commissions are generous, around 50%!

How do you start?

When you join Starter Membership, you will be granted instant access to the WA community. This includes access to live chat, with 500 training modules, 3 classrooms, networking, commenting, a free website and free access to the keyword tool.

Once you are signed up, free or premium all you need to START is available for you. By joining WA you enroll yourself into the world of online entrepreneurship. From there, you wouldn’t look elsewhere as you will have everything you need and more.

Its time to start, but before then, a few things you need to know, just in case you would:

  1. The full support in the program lasts only for one week unless you go premium.
  2. As a starter you will be able to create one free website which will be available for 6 months and will be deleted then unless you upgrade to premium. As premium you are allowed to host up to 10 websites.
  3. There is an early bird discount of $30 in the first week that allows you to pay initial amount of only $19. However, the moment you upgrade you will be paying $49 per month.
  4. You buy your own brandable domain around $13 otherwise there is a free website platform (also known as SiteRubix) that helps you to customize your own site. Please take note that being premium doesn’t give you your own brandable domain name, you have to buy it and it is yours for keeps even when you are no longer a member of WA!!
  5. However, there is a possibility that all these could be covered by your hard work and enterprise as long as you keep at it.

“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”

― Michelle Obama

Please comment below and let that home office open.

 

 

Earn money affiliate marketing

There is a sense of insecurity that a pandemic like the novel coronavirus wields. It leaves behind an economy in tatters. So how to survive the bad economy is a crucially important topic. It is very apparent that jobs post covid will be a challenge and therefore alternative means of livelihood need to be sought.

Affiliate marketing is one such an option. This is a low risk digital marketing model where you advertise products on behalf of a partner online and get commissions for all the clicks passing through your site. You only need to pick a profitable niche for your online business. A niche is simply a specialized market for a specific target group.

There is a low capital investment outlay as the model eliminates inventory and other distribution activities such as shipping and handling. Your major focus becomes only driving traffic to the websites where you provide links to your prospects. There is therefore need to understand how to deal with building sites, content building, search engines optimization and all that will enable you to be identifiable on the net.

Most people will recoil at the idea of building their own sites. This is not a very big hurdle as there are programs that will take you through the process without breaking a sweat. They will in fact give you the necessary training to help you start not only affiliate marketing but an entire online business!

This e-commerce model requires a lot of hard work and a good budget for marketing and advertising. You may choose social media, email marketing, blogging and whatever method that will work for you. As you get to understand the customers purchase life cycle and all that goes into it, you soon begin to build a successful enterprise. As long as you find yourself focusing on helping people, there will be enough visits on your site to make you profitable. In fact, the internet is a world of about 4 billion people!

It might take you time to monetize your sites or pages. However, in the due course every effort expended could prove worthwhile and result in a lifetime success. As the cliché goes “Rome was never built in a day.” Of course, it started a stone at a time and that is what you do.

Why should you give it a thought?

1. There is flexibility of choice. This should motivate you and give you the needed drive as you specialize in what interests you. There is a sense of fulfillment as you select from the millions of different products and services available online, and you only promote what appeals to you.

2. There are a lot of willing customers and when you connect to the appropriate target group, you don’t need much “selling” and persuasion. The internet has made it easier for anyone to find potential customers who are already searching for the products or services that they are offering. It is easy to use tools like google analytics and see the keyword searches that might be attractive.

3. With Affiliate marketing, you might only need the cost of your internet to get going. It is like buying a shop on the busy street for a song! This is the cheapest business to embark on that even a kid coming out of high school can do and become highly successful, seriously!

We have at least two types of affiliate programs available,  These are Affiliate networks and independent affiliate programs. Affiliate “networks” are centralized collections, in most cases in thousands, of affiliate programs that you can join through one network. This makes it convenient to promote many different programs at the same time (even in different niches) and receive one payment.

Some of the more common examples of these networks are:

(1) Commission Junction

(2) Awin

(3) LinkShare

(4) ShareASale

(5) Clickbank.com

On the other hand, we have independent affiliate programs. The largest affiliate program in the world by far, and an example of an independent affiliate program is Amazon.com. Amazon boasts of over 500,000,000 products on their program and they are growing daily as more sellers join. Their commissions are not very high, they range from 1-10% but with incessant and huge volumes of purchases from them annually, the earnings can only be substantial.

Wealth Affiliate is another example of an independent affiliate program. It offers very good commissions, lucratively pegged at 50%. For the record, Wealth Affiliate happens to be one of the best work from home training programs.

They are many other affiliate programs, you just have to google or bing and the search results will be so overwhelming.

How does Affiliate Marketing differ from Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)?

Although MLM, or network marketing, is a business model that has some similarities to affiliate marketing, the two are not exactly the same. For MLM you often have to get people to sign up to a program you are promoting. As you recruit more people called down-liners, you are compensated for it. Additionally, when these down liners sell, you earn commissions. You earn multiple levels of commissions through your recruitment. MLM in short will encourage you to build a team as you promote a service or product. On the contrary, with affiliate marketing there is no need of a team, one individual is enough to do all the promotions.

Secondly, most of the Affiliate programs are free whereas MLM programs have member starter fees which in some cases is the minimum initial products that you have to buy.

The other difference is that in affiliate marketing you have complete control of what to sell. Affiliate marketing gives you more control and authority over your business. In contrast, in MLM, you can only sell the products of the MLM program you’re involved with. To take matters further, your concern is not only the product of the MLM but also its business model. Most of the people involved might not even understand the inherent aspects of the compensation plan which is part of the sales pitch. This might cause them to misinform and misdirect others to join. In some cases, there have been downright exaggerated claims which brings the question of ethics. This is what makes MLM to be abhorred by some people.

Unfortunately, get rich quick, ponzi or pyramid schemes find the network marketing a very good model to adopt. So, for anyone involved in MLM, there will be questions of legitimacy and legality. However, there are many MLM programs that are legit but one must only understand and ask the right questions. Other than knowing whether it is legit, it will be important to understand the market niche that you will be dealing with.

In summary, the following would be the noticeable differences:

  1. Membership starter fees and (even stocking) with MLM
  2. Recruitment of people with MLM.
  3. Flexibility with affiliate marketing, your own niche, brand and business model
  4. Online time with affiliate marketing which might not always be the case with MLM
  5. Definite residue income and in most cases bonuses and scholarships with MLM,  With Affiliate marketing the built brand may eventually result in a residue income.

In the end, both marketing models require hard work and a sense of direction and can both be rewardable. But I prefer affiliate marketing!