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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.

      adwords keyword planner

        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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            Last Updated on January 13, 2020

            Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

            Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

            Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to determine next steps.

            Many people settle for a career that no longer brings satisfaction. Most will respond by stating, “I am surviving” if a colleague asks them “How’s work?”

            Settling for a job to pay bills and maintain a lifestyle is stagnation. You can re-direct the journey of a career with confidence by taking control of future decisions. After all, you deserve to be live a happy life that will offer a work-life balance.

            Let’s look at the reasons why you need a career change and how to choose a career for a more fulfilling life.

            How to Know if You Need a Career Change?

            The challenges of dissatisfaction in a career can have a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, our mental health can lead to the obvious appearance of stress, aging, weight gain and internal health issues.

            You deserve a career that will fulfill the inner desire of true happiness. Here are common factors that it is time for you to change your career.

            Physical Signs

            Are you aging since you started your job? Do you have anxiety? What about work-related injuries?

            It feels amazing to receive a pay cheque, but you deserve to work in an environment that brings out the best of you. If the work environment is hazardous, speak to your boss about alternative options.

            In the case that colleagues or your boss take advantage of your kindness, feeling the anxiety of fear of losing your job because of a high-stress environment may not be right for you.

            Mental Signs

            One out of five Americans has mental health issues, according to Mental Health America.[1] In most cases, it is related to stress.

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            I remember working at a job in a work environment where harassment was acceptable. I had to walk on eggshells to avoid crossing the line with colleagues. My friends started to notice the difference in that I seemed out of character. It was then that I knew that changing a career to freelancing was the right decision.

            Here is a list of mental signs of workplace unhappiness:

            • The tension in your neck
            • Difficulties with sleeping
            • Unable to concentrate
            • High anxiety
            • Depression

            If you start to feel your self-esteem is diminishing, it is time to consider if working in a high-stress industry is for you. The truth is, this negative energy will be transferred to people in your life like friends and family.

            Are You Sure You’re Not Changing for the Wrong Reason?

            Most people that feel they need a career are frustrated with their situation at work. Do you really understand your current situation at work?

            The reason it is important to think about the work situation is some people decide to change career for factors that are insignificant. Factors that can potentially change if the person works in a different department or new organization.

            Here is a list of unimportant factors to think about before you decide to make the transition:

            Desire for an Increase of Salary

            The desire for a higher income can persuade some to believe they are in the wrong career. The issue with this is more money requires more time in the office or taking on several positions at a time.

            At times, pursuing a high-income role can be the complete opposite of what one is expected. It is what happens when a colleague leaves a company to a new one and returns several years later.

            Overnight Decision

            Let’s face it. We make overnight decisions when stressed out or disappointed with situations at work. The problem with a quick decision is the negative and positive points is overlooked.

            Rejected for a Promotion

            I have heard stories of managers that applied ten times for a position throughout a 5-year period. Yes, it sounds to be a lengthy process, but at times, a promotion requires time. Avoid changing a career if you do not see the results of a promotion currently.

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            Bored at Work

            Think deeply about this point. If you work a job that is repetitive, it is normal to feel bored. You can spice it up by changing the appearance of your desk, socializing with new employees in a different department, joining a leadership committee at work or coming to work with enthusiasm. Sometimes, all it takes is you to change jobs into a fun situation.

            A career change can take time, networking, education and the job search process can be a journey. Here is a list of things to consider before making a final decision:

            • How long have you worked in your career?
            • What is the problem at work? Do you work well with the team?
            • Do you receive recognition?
            • Can you consider working in a new department?

            If after reviewing your work situation and none of the above recommendations can help, then it’s time to make a career change.

            How a Career Change Will Change Your Life

            I have a friend that works in the medical industry. She was once a nurse working directly with patients in one of the top hospitals in her area. After five years, she started to internalize the issues with her patients to the point where she felt depressed after work hours. It impacted her relationship with her family and she almost lost herself.

            One day, she decided to wake up and take control of her destiny. She started applying for new medical jobs in the office. It meant working on medical documentation of patients which is not an ideal career based on what society expects a medical professional to perform. But she started to feel happier.

            It is a classic example of a person that was negatively impacted by issues at work, stayed in the same industry but changed careers.

            A career change can fulfill a lifelong dream, increase one’s self-esteem or revive the excitement for one’s work.

            You know a career change can be the right decision to make if you experience one or all of these:

            • Working in a negative workplace: Don’t be discouraged. A negative workplace can be changed by working at a new organization.
            • Working with a difficult boss: The challenges of working with a difficult boss can be stressful. All it takes is communication. You can address the issue directly with a manager professionally and respectfully.
            • Feeling lost about what you do: Most people stay at their jobs and settle for mediocrity because of the fear of failure or the unknown. The rise to success often comes with working a tedious role or stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. If you fear the idea of being involved in activities that are new, remember that life is short. Mediocrity will only continue to make you feel as if life is passing you by.

            How to Make a Career Change Successfully

            The ultimate key to success is to go through a career transition step by step to avoid making the wrong decision.

            1. Write a Career Plan

            A career plan has a dead line for action steps that includes taking new courses, learning a new language, networking or improving issues at work.[2] A career plan should be kept in your wallet because it will motivate you to keep pursuing the role.

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            You can learn how to set your career plan here.

            2. Weigh Your Options

            If you have a degree in Accounting, write down five positions in this industry of interest. The good news is diplomas and degrees can be used to a variety of roles to choose.

            You don’t have to stick to what society holds a top job. In the end, choosing the right role that will make you happy is priceless.

            3. Be Real About the Pros and Cons

            It is time to be honest about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the job market that are impacting the current situation.

            A SWOT Analysis of a career can include:[3]

            • Economic factors
            • Direct competition: Is this role in high demand?
            • Location: Do you need to move? If the goal is to work in tech and living in Cincinnati is not realistic, consider moving to San Francisco.
            • Achievements: To stand out from the competition achievements like awards, committee involvement, freelance work or volunteering is a recipe for success.
            • Education: Do you need to go back to school? Education can be expensive. However, online courses, webinars or self-study is an option.

              A career blueprint is the first step to creating realistic goals. A person without goals will be disappointed without a clear direction of what to do next.

              4. Find a Mentor or Career Coach

              A mentor or a career coach that works in the desired position can share the pros and cons of working in the role. Here is a list of questions to ask a mentor:

              • What is required to be successful in the role?
              • What certification or educational development is needed?
              • What are the challenges of the role?
              • Is there potential for career advancement?

              A chat at a coffee shop with a mentor can change your mind about the desire for a career change.

              Find out how to pick a good mentor for yourself in this article: How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed

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              5. Research Salary

              Some people decide to change careers for a role that pays less or perks like benefits to make up for the difference in previous to potential salary.

              It can reveal the cities throughout the country that offer a higher salary for those that have an interest in relocating for work.

              6. Be Realistic

              If your goal is to move up into an executive position, it is time to be honest about where you are in your career.

              For example, if boardroom meetings, high-level discussions about financials or attending weekly networking events are boring, an executive role may not be right for you. If you are an introvert and working with people every day is nerve wrecking, you need to reconsider a job in sales.

              Ask yourself if you can work in this role for the next five years of your life. If other benefits that come with the role are enticing, other roles are fit that will make you happy.

              7. Volunteer First

              A person that wants to become a manager should take on volunteer opportunities to experience the reality of the position.

              Becoming a committee member to pursue a presidential opportunity can provide a perspective on leadership, maintaining a budget and public speaking.

              Volunteer in a role until you are certain that it is the right opportunity.

              8. Prepare Your Career Tools

              I recommend asking a boss, colleague or mentor for career tools. If you prefer professional assistance, you can seek out resume writing assistance. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing career tools:

              • Online search: Search your name online to see what shows up. I recommend searching images that are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other sites on a personal account. The last thing you want to realize is the job search is unsuccessful because there is unprofessional content you posted online.
              • Be LinkedIn ready: Recruiters conduct a LinkedIn search to see if the work experience is the same on a resume. Remember to change the wording on LinkedIn from the resume, or it will appear there was no effort put into creating the profile.
              • Portfolio: A portfolio of work is recommended for people that work in the arts, writing, graphic design and other fields. I recommend a portfolio online and one that is available in hand when attending job interviews or networking meetups.
              • Cover letter: A good cover writer will always impress your potential employers. Here’s how to write a killer cover letter that stands out from others.

              Bottom Line

              It takes time to move towards a new career. Pay attention to the physical and mental signs to maintain your health. You deserve to work in happiness and come home stress-free. If you avoid the common mistakes people make, you will find a job and discover the role in a career field that is the best fit with your skillsets.

              Master these action steps and changing career paths will be on your terms to make the best decision for your future.

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              Reference

              [1] Mental Health America: The State of Mental Health in America
              [2] MIT Global Education & Career Development: Make a Career Plan
              [3] Creately: Personal SWOT Analysis to Assess and Improve Yourself

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