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How To Make Money With CPA: Content Locking

How To Make Money With CPA: Content Locking

Hello, name is Joshua Miller. I blog about making money, the internet, and programming. I’ve been CPA marketing since 2012. Throughout that time, I’ve experienced the highs and some occasional lows.

Today, you’re going to learn something new. You’re going to learn how to make money with CPA, specifically through content locking.

The beauty of making money through CPA is that you earn money creating content that you’re interested in, passionate over, or know lots about. Sure, you’ll have to put in a little bit of effort to get started, and a relatively small amount of money to get a website up and running. Thankfully, you don’t need to know how to program a website. You’ll make money while you sleep, and earn while you’re at work. Most importantly, you’ll be able to repeat the process and compound your earnings.

In a month from now you could have cold hard cash sitting your bank account. That’s a nice thought, right?

What You Are Going To Learn In This Tutorial

  • What CPA marketing is
  • A few key terms that you should know before you start
  • How content locking works (in regard to CPA marketing)
  • The Top 3 CPA networks – and the one that I use
  • How to find a profitable niche to target, and how to make sure there is a demand for it
  • Starting a website, getting a cheap domain with hosting, and installing WordPress
  • Some great methods to create content that you can lock
  • Simple but effective tried-and-tested techniques to drive visitors to your site
  • How to optimize your earnings so you earn the big bucks

Hopefully you’re enticed to read my tutorial by now. However, I must stress before we start, don’t skip any content unless you already have (or know) the content I’m deconstructing.

What Is CPA Marketing?

CPA stands for “Cost per action”. This term refers to the cost an advertiser pays for every action completed. For example, an apple advertiser pays you $1 every time that you get your friend to eat an apple.

CPA marketing works by getting “publishers” to advertise offers to their viewers. However, instead of paying for views or clicks on the offers, the publisher is paid when a certain pre-determined action is completed.

An “action” can be anything. They tend to be simple to achieve, such as getting your viewers to:

  • Fill in a short form, such as submitting an email address
  • Get a quote for something, for example insurance
  • Signing up for a free trial
  • Entering a competition
  • Buying a product
  • Doing a small survey
  • Voting in a poll
  • Downloading an application

Content locking makes this process much easier to do. By locking content you will incentivise the completion of the action.

Key Terms & Concepts Used In CPA Marketing

CPA marketing can be as hard or as easy as you want to make it. By understanding the key terms and abbreviations, the dashboards and statistics will make way more sense.

  • Publisher – A person that creates and distributes content, like a blogger or a musician, for example.
  • Locker – Something that asks a user to complete an offer in order to proceed to the content, URL, or download. (Check out an example here.)
  • EPC – Earning Per Click (Earnings are divided by amount of clicks on an offer).
  • Leads – Completed actions, potential sales generated, amount of people that have made you some money.
  • CTR / CR – Click-through rate. This is the amount of people that make you money versus the amount of people that have clicked an offer.
  • Niche – A section of a market. For example, “red socks” is a niche in the “socks” market.

How Content Locking Works

The incentivisation principle I previously mentioned is key to the content locking concept.

For example, if I decided to write a short eBook called 10 Weight Loss Tips that Are Proven to Work, I would “lock” the download and ask my visitor to sign up to a dieting newsletter so they could download the eBook. I would then be paid anywhere between $1 – $20+ (on average) per download. This is obviously dependent on the offers available on the network at the time.

I will explain how to create content effectively later in the tutorial, but you need to join a CPA network first.

The Top 3 CPA Networks For Content Locking

Now that you understand CPA and how content locking works in theory, it’s time for you join a CPA network what provides the content lockers.

The CPA network is the company that connects you to the advertisers. They handle the hard work. They provide pre-set out-of-the-box lockers for you to use.

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Most of them require an application process. To get ahead quickly, you should sign up to one as soon as possible. Be truthful and fill it out to the best of your ability. Hopefully, you’ll be accepted by the time you’ve read this tutorial!

#1. CPAGrip (personal favourite)

I’ve been with CPAGrip for at least 2 years now. They’ve never missed a payment. They also provide highly competitive rates on their offers, as well as having a super user-friendly dashboard.

If you’re not the most tech-savvy, I would strongly advise this network simply on the basis that the dashboard is so easy to use.

CPAGrip

    Once you sign up, check out the chat-room-style facility in the dashboard. You can ask questions, contact the affiliate, and discuss CPA marketing content with the rest of the community. This is a very powerful tool that you should definitely take advantage of.

    Main Features:

    • Page lockers
    • URL/File lockers
    • Offer walls
    • Virtual currency lockers
    • Referall program

    #2. AdWorkMedia

    AWM is a network that definitely deserves a place in the Top 3. It has the same features as CPAGrip but has a lot more pre-set lockers, as well as a product checkout locker for multiple offer completion, and some other more advanced features.

    The only notable downside is the slightly more complex dashboard, but don’t let that deter you.

    #3. CPALead

    The guys and gals at CPALead proudly state that they “invented content-locking”. They also offer the opportunity to lock adult content – something that other networks rarely offer. More or less, they have the same features as CPAGrip and AWM. Their dashboard is fairly straight-forward.

    Now that you’ve chosen a network, you need to start considering a niche. It’s important to research that section of the market you’re going to providing content for.

    Finding A Profitable Niche

    Most people go for the ever-green niches when they first start out; however, they can prove difficult due to the amount of competing websites. Ever-green niches are niches such as weight-loss, investment strategies, relationship advise, or ache treatment. In other words, these are niches that don’t die.

    The best tactic is to find a niche that is trending.

    #1. How To Find Trending Niches

    If you want to start making money really fast, the best way forward is to start locking content in trending niches. These are specific niches that are really popular at the moment, like headlines in the news, on TV, or season specific.

    Daily news provides a fantastic source of trending niches. Keep your eyes on current events. When breaking news comes out about some software (or concept, or person), create some relevant content. This could be an eBook on how to get, achieve, or create the content. It could be anything from a set of artwork you’ve created, to a competition page to win the item. Essentially, it could be absolutely anything that you could potentially lock.

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    Google Trends

      If you want to find the very hottest in content on the internet then you should check out Google Trends, which highlights the most searched for content each and every day. It also has a ton of statistics.

      #2. How To Research What’s In Demand For Your Niche

      There’s no point entering a niche if there’s no demand or traffic for it, unless of course, you’re going to create the demand (which is hard).

      It’s much better to use tools such as Google AdWords: Keyword Planner to determine how many people are searching for the content on the internet. This tool allows you to type in a certain keyword and it will show you how many people are searching for it per month.

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        I’ll discuss later on how you’ll rank your website on Google so that you can start feeding that traffic to your lockers. If you’d like a tutorial on how to use the Keyword Planner tool to find strong niches check out this great tutorial by eCommerceFuel.

        Once you’ve got a good idea for a niche that you want to enter, your going to need some where to start putting your content.

        The Easiest Way To Start A Website

        Once you’ve found yourself a killer niche that’s got some obvious demand and great potential gap for traffic, you need to setup a website.

        Scary concept? Hopefully not, but thankfully I’m going to show the easiest way to start a website without learning any programming or web-design.

        A little web-design knowledge and experience with WordPress will help, but it’s not really not essential. Once you’ve started making money from CPA you’ll probably want to make more, in which case you’ll probably find yourself interested in learning HTML and CSS. That’s a little while off yet though.

        #1. First, You Need Hosting And A Domain Name

        • Hosting – A “rented” place on a server somewhere for your website to live on. It sounds more complex than it is.
        • Domain Name – Your .com-style name for your website. For example, TrueMiller.com is the domain name for my blog.

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          HostGator is the most popular hosting provider on the internet. Fortunately for you, they offer domains along with their hosting packages.

          Use the HostGator Coupon code: TRUEMILLER. This will get your first month of hosting for $0.01.

          I would advise purchasing the Baby Package. It has unlimited add-on domains (for when you make more sites), unlimited disk-space, unlimited bandwidth, a shared SSL certificate (keeps your website secure), and it makes it super easy to install WordPress.

          I cannot stress how important it is to consider a good niche-relevant domain. Buying the domain “BlueBabyToys.com” will be an utter waste of time and money if your going to be creating content about “The Cabbage Diet”.

          Remember, make your domain niche-relevant, or at least make it catchy and unspecific – like Tumblr, Twitter, or Google.

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          #2. Next Up: Install WordPress

          WordPress is the most popular content management system used on the web. A content management system is basically software that runs your website for you. This means you don’t need to know how to program. The software handles all the difficult stuff and is ready to work of the box. The best part is that it’s free and it’s super-easy to install once you’ve purchased your HostGator hosting package.

          To make a long story short, here’s a tutorial offered by HostGator on how to install WordPress to your site using the “Quick Install” feature in your hosting panel.

          Quickly Get To Grips With WordPress

          It’s not difficult to use at all. You have a posts section, plugins, themes, and a handful of other relevantly named sections. I’m not going to write a huge WordPress tutorial, so here’s another WordPress introduction video that will take you through every aspect.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1adVEWOEpcc

          It’s important to make your site look fairly attractive. This is easily achieved by using the free themes from the WordPress themes library.

          Now you’re going to need to create some content for your site.

          Simple & Effective Method To Create Content That You Can Lock

          Information products are the easiest things for you to start distributing.

          • eBooks
          • Video Guides
          • Audiobooks

          You can distribute anything: software, videos, music,  and art. For now, I’ll advise on information products. The same concepts can be applied to anything.

          Now you’re probably thinking, “I don’t know how to write an eBook”, or “I don’t anything about weight-loss”. Writing an eBook is simple. You can write up a document in Microsoft Word (or any word processing alternative) and export the file as a .pdf file. There you have it, your eBook is ready to go. The majority of content you need to create an eBook is readily available on the internet.

          For example, if I were to create an eBook I’d simply pull information from sources such as:

          These sources are all reputable sources and most people would have no problem rewriting some of the given points. If it were a chore, Freelancer.com provides a great platform for you to pay expert freelancers to do the writing for you. A 1000-2000 word passage would only cost in the region of $10-$30.

          #1. How To Make An Attractive Information Product With Ease

          I mentioned earlier that you can make an eBook by writing a Word document and saving it as a .pdf file. It really is as simple as that.

          Let’s theorize that you’ve started a diet website called “JoshsSuperDiet.com”. Now you need to create a product with a catchy name, like “How To Get Ripped: 9 Simple Expert-Verified Methods”.

          Next I’ll Google “how to get ripped”, and I’ll open the top few articles. Each article will have a few methods on how to get ripped.

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            Grab your 9 favorite methods and rewrite them into your Word document. Throw in a copyright disclaimer so you can sue anyone that distributes your eBook without your consent. Here’s some copy and paste copyright disclaimers.

            Finally, save your product as a .pdf. Next, upload your book to a file-host such as Zippyshare or Mega. Make sure that you set your upload to “Private” so that your link isn’t put onto Google.

            #2. Find Hot Content Within Your Niche

            You’ll employ the same method as earlier. Use Google Trends to find what’s hot. If you’ve started a dieting site, you could look for celebrities in the news that look especially attractive. Using their name as the selling point, you could then put out a new eBook called 5 Ways To Get Slim: Like Kim K at VMAs – or something like that!

            Driving Traffic To Your Website

            So, you’ve got your site up, you’ve written a little information about your product, and you’ve locked the download link for people that want it. Next up, you need some traffic. This is hard for many; however, there are good methods available.

            #1. Search Engine Submissions

            First of all, you need to submit your site to the search engines. Otherwise people can’t find you. Here’s a list of a few:

            If you go through each search engine’s webmaster’s dashboard than you’ll also be able to submit your sitemap, which has a number of benefits.

            #2. Get On Social Media

            Create pages on social media. Most people are on social media networks, so put yourself out there too. Simple. The first obvious few are: Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. However, Pinterest is fantastic too. It’s great for pictures especially. Any good site or reputable business will have a social media account. It’s an incredibly overlooked SEO indicator. Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch with your customers. They can follow you, share your content, which helps you rank better on search engines.

            #3. Make Videos And Post Them On YouTube

            YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world – and it’s all videos. It’s bigger than AOL, Bing, and Yahoo. Videos are great marketing tools. You can influence your viewers to buy things. More importantly, you can tell them about how your fantastic diet eBook is available for free when they sign-up to a simple offer. People love free stuff, right? Right.

            If you’ve never made a video before, you can pick one up for $5 from Fiverr.com. $5 is pennies to pay for a high-quality video with a voice-over, especially when you could make more than that after one download!

            It’s important that you optimize your YouTube videos. Read this article I wrote on how to rank YouTube videos quickly and effectively.

            #4. Boost Your YouTube Videos And Your Website

            This is the most important part of getting traffic to your locked content.

            You need to boost it. You need to increase views, subscribers, and likes. You also need to increase the comments – good comments. The best place for this is SEOClerks. Click the link and you’ll see what I mean first hand. You can get YouTube packages including a few 1000 views, 100s of subscribers, 100s of comments, and likes for $1-$5. It’s a measly investment to rank your YouTube videos #1 for the keyword that you’re aiming at.

            There are also other services available where the sellers will boost your site to the page 1 of Google. Obviously, this presents a very strong possibility to make money.

            Optimizing Your Offers

            Once your traffic starts rolling and you start making some money, then you need to optimize your offers. You don’t want to end up being paid pennies when you could be earning dollars for each download.

            And that’s all…

            Of course, now you’ll want to put all of these new strategies into practice. Bookmark this page and come back, or check out some more making money tutorials I’ve written. Please, feel free to ask any questions!

            Remember to share this super tutorial with friends and family.

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            Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

            Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

            I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

            How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

            Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

            So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

            1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

            Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

            For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

            Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

            “When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

            2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

            These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

            This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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            But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

            Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

            For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

            There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

            3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

            It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

            Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

            4. Use Your Phone Wisely

            Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

            If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

            5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

            If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

            In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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            One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

            6. Use a “To Don’t” List

            We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

            But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

            Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

            7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

            When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

            Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

            “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

            And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

            8. Be Concise

            Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

            One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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            Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

            • Making new contacts
            • Talking about yourself at a job interview
            • Meeting people at conferences or parties
            • Phone calls to new clients

            9. Ask the Right Questions

            “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

            How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

            When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

            Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

            Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

            10. Learn as Much as You Can

            You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

            Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

            “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

            11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

            No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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            If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

            What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

            Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

            12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

            As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

            But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

            The Bottom Line

            The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

            Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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