Month: August 2020

Prayer Guide For Belivers

The word “prayer” is very common to us all, yet most people do not understand the full meaning of it. Today, places of worship abound, where people gather for worship, to praise and pray to God, our Almighty Creator. Diverse doctrines of all biblical based religions and faiths cannot and will not change the “ever known ancient” pattern of prayer and supplication showcased in the scriptures. Learning how to pray to God and constantly praying has helped a lot of people get out of troubles, both in our time and in biblical times.

The scripture is the standard upon which one can rely and experience the superfluous imminence and transcendent light from God. Through prayers, one can tap from the divine energy of God; the energy will help unlock the doors and windows of blessings, success, healing, good health, uplift and spiritual bliss, etc.

What is Prayer?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, prayer is an address to God in word or thought. Prayer means talking to God in the form of giving Him praise, thanks, expressing one’s needs or desires. However, I define prayer as the “Consciousness tune-up of the inner self”, toward the throne of the presence of the Almighty God.

What I mean is that, when we pray, we tend to elevate our consciousness towards a more lofty existence than the one we are already in. When we pray, we are actually bringing ourselves closer to a communion with the divine; and when we have a communion with our creator, when we in a meeting with our maker, we have every opportunity to tender our request.

A good example to describe the instance of praying to God is one having a meeting with a king. Imagine you have the opportunity once a year to meet with the king of your land, won’t you prepare the best way you can and cherish every moment of the meeting. If we will do so for an earthly king and ruler, how much more we should do for the ruler of the whole universe. The most interesting part is that, the ruler of the whole universe desires and is ever willing to listen to our prayers.

We talk to God through prayers while He talks to us through the scriptures.

There is no distinction to a class of people for whom prayer is made for. Everyone can pray depending on one’s understanding of actually what prayer is and what one needs.

The challenging vicissitudes of life cannot come to an end as long as this earth endures {Genesis 8:22}

The essence of prayer is to draw us closer to our creator and at the same time we can use the opportunity to entreat our creator to ease off our problems and grant us our heart desires.

It is written in the scriptures, thus: “A prayer of Moses the man of God” {Psalm 90:1}. Moses of the bible, the son of Amram and the greatest prophet of all, understood the efficacy of prayer, and he prayed. The entire Bible is one long story of the prayers of God’s people and how he answered them and is still answering them today.

Understanding Prayer
In the book of Genesis, it is stated “Jacob in his dream saw ladder plunged from the earth reaching the heaven. Angels were ascending and descending from it to earth. {Genesis 28:12}. It means that man’s pure thought (meditative prayer} and pure verbal statement (invocative prayer} to God, ascends through the gate (ladder) of prayer plunged from earth to heaven.

Prayer then can be said to be the request of whatever one needs with supplications to the almighty God; who in turn supplies it to him from the throne (store house) through the same ladder of request.

Service Of The Heart
The prime aim of prayer is to achieve the highest degree of closeness and unification with our creator. It is also the expression of one’s total reliance on God thus coming closer and closer to him. It is the service of the heart (Deut 11:13). When trouble and calamity befall a person, he has only one perfect option – to turn to his creator (God). If one can understand that his trouble is a message from God, if one will understand that, sometimes God allows troubles to befall a man to draw his attention towards Him, he will immediately respond and seek closeness and unity with his primary source of his existence which is God Himself. When God allows certain troubles to befall us, He is reminding us the need to repent and return to Him. (Psalm 77; 79; 51 and 130)

It is obvious that to achieve closeness to God while praying, one should not be preoccupied with his/her daily problems. According to the great thinkers in matters of prayer; “when one wants to pray, he should walk a distance of two doors and only there should he pray”. This simply means that there are two steps preparation to prayer. One must move out of the road that connects him with his daily needs which impedes his concentration on his prayers. It’s only then that one can enter the roads bringing him closer to God.

Combining Effort and Prayer
Prayer is transformative. Distractions impede performance. Do not say I have prayed thereby abandoning the efforts of praying more. With effort comes progress, if not total success. One who is despaired will never advance. Also, as one prays, he should work hard in order to beautify his prayers.

Payer + Hardwork = Success

People rely solely on miracles these days. A miracle can only take place when effort complements prayer. (Exodus 14:21-23; 26-28)

The Commandment To Prayer
The law of prayer is not to render honour with the mouth while the heart is distant. But from the innermost heart should one supplicate for mercy from God. (Deut 26:8-10 and Psalm 27:8). This is man’s greatest fulfilment and the only finest acquisition on earth he can strive for. The door is open and our inner self beckons for the priceless minutes of prayer; let us enter.

Problems and Need of Man
From the very day man sinned against his creator, his problems issued forth (Gen. 3:16-19). No one’s life is devoid of problems and needs. We need to strive with effort and prayer to excel in areas of work, good health, healing, success, peace, business, marriage, etc.

Every good thing is at the reach of man (Gen. 1:28-30).

God understands every language, it doesn’t matter the language you speak, nor how fluently you speak; only make sure you pray with the proper intention and focus. When you pray, free your mind and pour out you heart to God. If you feel like crying, cry, because a broken and a contrite heart God do not despise (psalms 51:17). Do not hold back your emotions before God. And do not forget that faith in God is the secret to answered prayers.

I have already written about the Biblical definition of Faith.

How To Pray

Now to learning how to pray to God:

1. Prepare your mind and heart:
Prayer is an action that requires the unification of the mind and the heart. Our heart harbours emotions while our mind nurtures thoughts and reasons. Our hearts create the emotions that spark thoughts and our minds decide how to express those thoughts. To pray, one needs to unify his mind and heart, and that is when we say that we are in the mood to pray. To be in the mood to pray, means, we have aligned our minds to express our hearts’ emotions.

You do not necessarily need to go to the mountains to put yourself in the mood to pray, but you need to create the awareness of divinity around you before you can pray fervently. God is everywhere, but to feel His presence, you need to tune up the divine consciousness around you before we can feel it.

Some of the ways to prepare the mind and heart to pray to God.
Singing praises and worships before praying: Doing this elevates our consciousness from the mundane to a lofty consciousness and realm of existence.
Meditation: This involvesclearing the mind of every thought and focusing on one thought, which is the divine. Meditation will assist you to feel vibrations of higher frequencies that normally you cannot feel. In meditation your body will be there but your consciousness is somewhere else. Meditation is most times practiced by people who have mastered how to control their thoughts and emotions.
Concentration: This practice involves clearing your mind of every distraction to give attention to a particular action. This is some worth like meditation. But meditation sometimes requires the use of certain materials to influence consciousness tune-up. It might also require you go to a quiet place; however, to concentrate does not necessarily need such. This is the practice that suits short prayers in an uncomfortable environment.

2. Start by Thanking God
When you are in the mood to pray to God, the first action in prayer is to offer thanks to the creator for all He has done, is doing and will continue to do. When we appreciate Him for all He has done, He will be willing to do more. Thank Him for the gift of life, health, business, food shelter, money, safety, etc; remember that whatsoever you have is the gift of God, for riches and honour come from the Lord 1 Chronicles 29:12.

3. Ask for divine forgiveness.
The next prayer point after thanking God should be asking Him for forgiveness. The bible says “Blessed is the man whose sins the Lord does not count against.” Psalm 32:2.

It is also stated in the book of Isaiah 59:1-2 saying “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save nor His ear dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from God”. However, we do not need to panic as long as we have made up to repent, return to God and ask for forgiveness, “For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord; repent and live.” Ezekiel 18:32.

The bible also says: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7-14. From this portion of the bible, we can understand that asking and receiving God’s forgiveness guaranties answered prayers

4. Speak as the Spirit Leads
At this point you can table all your requests and supplications before the Almighty God, however, make sure you also ask Him for the grace to always draw close to Him and to always do His will. When you ask God for something, implore His grace and favour. “For His mercies endures forever.” Psalm 136-2.

Ask your needs from God with sincerity of heart. Say your heartfelt prayers with a broken and a contrite; heart for God does not despise such heart. Psalm 51-17. When you request form God of anything, do not ask randomly, be specific and give reasons why He should do what you asked of Him. For example, when you ask God for money, tell Him what you need the money for, e.g. education, feeding, charity, etc. Doing so will make you ask reasonably and for a reasonable course.

5.Thank God in Anticipation for a Favourable Answer
When you do this, it’s as if God is the one now owing you. For you have declared to him that you have unwavering faith in Him.

6. Pray for Others
When we pray to God for others, our prayers get answered faster. So, consider praying for others as you pray for yourself.

7. Back up your Prayer with Events in the Bible
Reminding God how He helped others in the bible and why He should help you, because he never changes. Use the power embedded in the book of psalms and other bible portions to complement your prayers.

Spiritual Activities That Work with Prayers

1. Fasting
As a religious term, fasting can be defined as the process of abstaining from eating food during a prayer session. It is a ritual that was commanded by God in the bible Leviticus 23:32, and was practiced by a lot of people in the bible.

Fasting is a spiritual exercise that helps in spiritual growth and imbues spiritual discipline. Most times in the scriptures when people fasted, they did so as a penance intended to serve as reparation for the act of sin. 1Samuel 7:5-7, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Jonah 3:69. In biblical era, fasting is most sometimes associated with acts like wearing sackcloth and putting ashes on the head.

There is a mystical and spiritual benefit associated with fasting. When one fasts, he burns fat and blood, in this process; it is as if the person in question is already bringing himself/herself as a living sacrifice before God. Fasting is a very wonderful tool that can be utilised in prayer, especially when it is done with sincerity of heart as opposed to a show off fasting which the bible condemns. Isaiah 58:34.

2. Keeping the Laws of God

One cannot be in sin that grace may abide. If you love me keep my commandments. A lot of people, in the name of receiving grace, have rejected the laws of God. The laws of which God Himself said which “keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the lord.” Leviticus 18:5.

Ezekiel 18:9 says “He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps them. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

The book of proverbs 7:2 says: “keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. If we can adhere to the secular laws of man that does not guarantee eternal life, how much more the laws of our heavenly father who can destroy our soul. Obeying the laws of God as much as we can tells God that we care about Him to honour Him, He will in turn honour our prayers, for the bible says: “Those who honour me I will honour, but those who despise me I will disdain.” 1 Samuel 2:30.”

3. Giving Charity

Almsgiving is a very spiritually elevating gesture. Our soul feel immense joy when we remember an act of kindness we offered to someone else, so also does God feel. Everyone is God’s children, helping one of God’s children makes God happy, and no one ever loses by doing what is right. Yes! Temptation comes, trials come, all are for the good when we overcome them, and it’s just a matter of time.

It is written in the scriptures saying: “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, I command you to be open-handed toward your fellow Israelite who is poor and needy in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11. The bible also says: the foreigner residing among you must be treated as a native-born. Love them as yourself…” Leviticus 19:34.

Giving charity after a prayer session is a very powerful gesture that can bring quick answer to a prayer. Also, when you are praying for a child, helping orphans will not be a bad idea as well as visiting the sick. Charity has a way of turning events around.

4. Use of the Book of Psalms

One of the books of the bible that is full of prayers and supplications on any topic you can ever think of is the book of psalms. Reading and singing the Psalms is one of the most ancient spiritual practices. Using psalms to pray will definitely enhance your praying experience. Praying God’s words back to Him is a powerful way to pray, and that is what the book of Psalms can assist you to do.

The Psalms are God’s own prayer book for us and are great way to God’s words back to Him. Within the Psalms, every human emotion is covered, from grief, despair, and confession to praised, joy, and thanksgiving. Timeless laments and evergreen praises words that have been sung and prayed for thousands of years; ancient words that still speak to us today. The Psalms can help one develop a sound and well ordered prayer language.

Method of Using the Book of Psalms to Pray to God
Read and pray one chapter each day. This method entails reading one chapter of the book of Psalm each day, thereby working your way up from one chapter to another. This method will help you develop your prayer language and learn the book of Psalms. It will also help you broaden your prayers to include topics you may not have otherwise prayed for.
Use topical Psalms as a base for your prayers. In the process of learning the book of Psalms, you may be drawn to certain ones for various needs. You may decide to pray certain psalms for certain days like grief, a psalm to comfort you in hard times, a Psalm for giving thanks, etc. It’s a good thing to memorize a psalm which you can sing any time the need calls, like Psalm 23 —“the Lord is my shepherd”, which is a popular Psalm. As for me, my favourite is Psalm 121.
Sing the Psalms. King David sang the Psalms as songs. You can still do same today. You can find music for each of the psalms in various hymn books and contemporary worship songs. Sing them before praying; sing them in the middle of your prayers. Sing them at work, sing them while working walking. The bible says my mouth shall sing your praise all day long, if you form the habit of singing the psalm every time, you have succeeded in drawing your being closer to the divine being.
Short Prayers
Sometimes, some situations call for a short prayer that does not give the person praying the chance to make any prior preparations. For example, you are in an airplane and the pilot announces that there is a technical problem with the engine; in such a situation, you don’t have time for preparatory rituals, you just go ahead and make that pressing request from God for safety. Many people did it in the scripture and it worked. Elijah did it at Mount Carmel 1Kings 18:36-38; Eliezer did it in Aram Naharaim Genesis 24:11-21.

Having learnt what prayer is and how to pray, it’s time to put them into action. This piece of writing is not to give you fish, but to teach you how to catch fish. The prayer practices listed below have been tried by many and they worked, you can also give it a try.

Few Prayer Points and their Prayer Guides

The following are some of the problems of man and prayers which can bring solutions and happiness in one’s life. Those who have practiced it testified of the answers the Almighty God offered, thereby relieving them of their problems.

Prayer for Multiplying One’s Business and Wealth

Recite Genesis 30:37-43 (x7) in the morning, afternoon and evening for 7 days consecutively with immense concentration. Add midnight prayers with Psalms 20 and 121, for it has been known by the masters of mystics that the heavenly doors of blessings are always open during the watch of the night. After the 7 day period of prayers, give charity to the less privileged and orphans.

Prayer for Success in Academic Pursuit
Do not rely on magic pens and exam malpractices as most people do. There is no magic that can see you through but your efforts in reading your books with prayers will always carry you on. No one is created to be a failure. It is laziness and distraction that bring many down in their academic pursuit. If you are having problems in your exams or academic pursuit, the following prayers will see you through.

Recite Psalm 45 and Ezekiel 36:24-28 hourly. This should be done for 4days conclude the prayer by reciting 2 chronicles 6:38-40.

Prayer for Healing the Sick

Repentance from one’s bad ways and returning to God almighty for mercy is the first step. Then recite Exodus 34:6-7, Psalm 51 and 67, followed by psalms 20,6,9,18,55,69,90,91,102,103,116 and 142. If the sick person’s name has a meaning that does not pertain to life, change it to another that pertains to life if necessary. Call on the angel – Rafael for healing. Conclusively, recite Isaiah 38:4-20 and Numbers 12:13

Prayer for Court Case
Firstly, make sure you are not guilty of the crime you are accused of. If you are guilty, then go and make peace with the person you have a dispute with. If you can avoid going to court in the first place, please do so, there is no gain in dispute.

NOTE: If you have a police/Court case and you are passing through injustice in the matter, do the following:

Observe some hours of fasting for 3 days. On each day, recite Psalms 1, 2, 3. Invoke the angel who rules on the pillar of justice – Atsalyah (53x). Conclude with Jeremiah 50:29-34.

Note: Where you see the names – Babylon and Chaldean, replace with the names of your accusers, the police or court judge. Do this for 3 days; you will experience true justice and victory. Conclude with Psalm 7.

Prayer for Disappointments
It could be that every of your appointment turns out bitter in the end, and you go home disappointed. Don’t worry; every problem has a cure and its end will be the beginning a joy.

Recite: Isaiah 51:9-11; Psalms 40; 54; 57; 77. As you pray add this statement:

He redeemed my soul from going down to the grave. It’s not in me that walk to direct my footsteps but in the God that created me. He has made my way straight and has levelled mountains before me. There shall I walk and not stumble and I shall rejoice in his presence (7x).

Prayer for Barreness
Have you been barren for years after marriage? The law of the almighty creator says: be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth exceedingly

This is a positive commandment but its only sin that breech this not to happen. The bitterness of barrenness can be compared to that of the death of a beloved. Hanah’s prayer changed her situation. Yours can change too. Do the following:

Pray for forgiveness of sin reciting Psalms 51 and 130.
Observe 7days of midnight prayers especially between the 7th and 15th day of the appearance of the new moon. Recite psalm 113 and 1 Samuel 2:1-5.
Give charity to motherless babies and joy will follow you for the barrenness will no more.
Prayer for Connection and Uplift
Success comes through hard work and prayer; there is no magic that can withhold you from attaining your goal if you go for it. The following prayer steps have proved to be efficacious in providing divine open doors to many that applied them.

Observe four (4) days chain prayer, chain prayer means bringing your supplication before the throne of the Almighty timely; it can be one hourly, two hourly or three hourly throughout the prayer period. The chain prayer should start from morning to sunset. It might seem to be a big challenge, but remember that that every good thing comes with a sacrifice, in this case the sacrifice you are making is having a communion with your creator, and I don’t think there is any companion better than that. In those periods of your prayer, avoid talking to anyone until your prayer is over.

As you pray, tell the Almighty why He should uplift you and tell Him what you will do in His name when He gives you the connection you are asking for. Recite psalms 8, 65, 113:1-8 and 1 Samuel 2:6-10. At the conclusion of each day’s prayer say the following:

The God of hosts, praise worthy is the man who trust in you. Oh God save me, may the king of kings answer me as I call. Let light, Love and power of God, restore His plan for me on earth. Say this three (3) times.

Prayer for Marriage

The book of Genesis said that Adam woke up and saw Eve, therefore he said:

“This is the bone of my bones…” (Genesis 2:23-24). To find one’s spouse is easy as surely as the process is committed into the hands of the Almighty Creator. The scripture says “And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahai-roi, for he dwelt in the south country. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field (a house of prayer) at the evening, and he lifted up his eyes and saw…” {Gen. 24:62-65}

It’s all about lifting up of your spiritual eyes toward the throne of the maker of all; you will behold your spouse. Take the following steps in other to achieve positive result.

Be punctual and regular to the house of God praying for 7 consecutive days. Also in the evening, never forget to be in God’s house for your prayers for it was at the time of the evening prayer that Elijah the prophet received the answers to his prayers at mount Carmel.
Recite psalms 32, 38, 70, 71, 121 and 124 each day of your stay in the house of prayer.
Try as much as possible to visit a marriage ceremony and give gift to the couples.
Prayer for Help in Troublesome Times
The following steps will help you out of your troubles.

Reflect on your past ways, observe total repentance and return to your maker in whole heartedness. Confession of sins helps to reduce, if not totally remove troubles.
Observe some days of fasting (if possible) and pray with the following psalms 16, 20, 25, 38, 54, 81, 85, 86, 87, 102, 130 and 142.
NOTE: Fasting can atone sins quickly; for the one who fasts, burns his/her fats and blood as if he/she brought a sacrifice upon the alter of GOD.

At the end of your prayers for at least 4 days, give alms to the poor, destitute and widow, with faith and trust in God, all your problems will vanish.
In all your prayers always make this divine biblical in all your prayers always say this biblical verse: three times “O Lord God, master of hosts, hear my prayer, give ear oh God of Jacob Selah.”

The will of the almighty creator who is blessed forever, is not that man he created in his image should perish but, that man should live and serve Him. God bestowed upon man, the power to control the forces of nature and bring nature to his service. This includes both seen and unseen forces and demons.

Genesis 1:27-30, made us to understand that our God wants man to exercise control over nature. He has given us dominion over He created. With prayer we can move mountains and perform miracles. Joshua son of Nun, prayed and the sun stood firm and the moon stayed still until the Isrealites got victory. Joshua 10:12-14.

No problem in life is permanent, it will dispel when we invite our creator, so, turn to God in prayer and your problems will be solved.

ASIDE
It is written in the book of Jeremiah 51:62-63, thus:

“Then say, ‘Lord, you have said you will destroy this place, so that neither people nor animals will live in it; it will be desolate forever.’ When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates. Then say, ‘So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring on her. And her people will fall.’”

This part of the article is an aside; it is for people who desire to know more and make the best out of the bible. The bible we have is a very great tool we can use to solve all our problems if we know how to use it. In the passage above, we read about a ritual Jeremiah performed against the enemies of Israel as He prayed. As he threw the scroll inside the river he said:”So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring on her.” The reason why God allowed that to be recorded in the scriptures is because he wants us to make good use of it.

However, because of feeble minds that will read this article, we did not talk about mystical acts that initiate quick answers to prayers. Remember that when Moses parted the Sea of reeds, he was praying and God told him to stop praying and perform a ritual by striking the water. Some problems in life need rituals and actions and not only prayers.

So, if you would like to know more about the various rituals of the bible and how to use them to obtain quick answers to prayers, comment bellow.

Kindly share this post is you find it helpful, if there is anything you did not understand or any prayer point you want us to write a guide on, or if you wish to understand the deeper meaning of certain things discussed in this book, please comment bellow.

11 best ways to monetize a website in 2020 (with examples)


A candid guide on how to monetize a website in 2020. Understand how to build a profitable website or blog. Spoiler: a lot of hard work!

 

Can you earn a good income from your new website? The answer is a definite “yes.” But it takes a lot of hard work.

At Webflow, we like to be radically candid about everything we do. And website monetization is the type of topic that requires maximum transparency.

As blogging and influencer marketing become professions instead of hobbies, it’s easy to assume that making money on the internet is simple. You can just create a blog, choose one of the frequently recommended monetization strategies, and watch your bank balance go up.

Technically, that’s true.

Around 68% of bloggers make less than $5,000 per year, but most new bloggers will quit before they see those first dollars roll in.

That’s because creating a website is easy. But maintaining it means a lot of unpaid hours before monetization starts to work.

However, if you power through that initial stage, build up your audience, publish new content regularly, find your target audience on social media and bring them onto your email list — and do all of the above month over month — you have a good chance of success.

Website monetization pays off

Blogging has become a serious business.

And like any venture, it can net you some cash. As Financial Samurai, an investment banker turned professional blogger, noted: “Nobody leaves a $750,000 a year job to blog full time unless there wasn’t incredible financial upside as well.”

Michelle Gardner, of Making Sense of Cents, says she consistently earns 6 figures per month blogging about finance and has earned over $5 million since starting her blog.

Woah.

And BuzzFeed generated over $300 million in total revenue in 2018 from a mix of sponsored deals, pay-per-view advertising, and ecommerce sales.

All of those websites took years to build up their readership, credibility, and traffic. And that landed them in the top 1% of earners.

But smaller websites can make a good profit too.

ConvertKit survey found that established, full-time bloggers generated a mean income of $54,108 per year, with average expenses of $15,895 and profits of $38,016.

Yes, the money is there for people who work for it. But a website isn’t a cash machine running on autopilot. To earn a profit, you’ll need to invest the time (and often money) into:

And only then comes the fun money-making part.

How to monetize your website: 11 actionable strategies

This guide won’t teach you how to make loads of moolah in a few clicks, but it can show you how to get tangible ROI from all the work you pour into your website.

Here are 11 proven ways to monetize your website in 2020:

1. Experiment with affiliate marketing

As an affiliate marketer, you earn a commission from every referral you make to another business.

For instance, if you are apart of the Webflow affiliate program, you’ll receive a revenue share from each person who clicks your affiliate link and sets up a paid account.

Book bloggers can earn some extra cash if a reader buys a book through the blog’s affiliate links (often through Amazon). If you buy a jacket recommended by a fashion blogger, they might receive a percentage of that sale too. You get the picture.

Seems simple, right?

But here’s an important caveat: To succeed with affiliate marketing without damaging your integrity and reputation, you need to:

  • Properly disclose any affiliate links or relationships you have (no one likes a sleazy pitch)
  • Recommend products and services your audience cares about
  • Don’t go on a frenzy of promoting anything and everything (without testing the product or at least checking its reviews)

Keeping all of the above in mind, let’s take a look at the different types of quality content you can create to earn a good commission.

Product reviews

As many as 78% of customers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. And loads of us browse reviews before making a purchase. As an affiliate, you can fill in that information gap and publish reviews of the products you’ve tried and liked.

Tom’s Guide specializes in reviewing consumer tech and has earned a strong reputation for detailed, unbiased reviews (that do contain affiliate links).

Tutorials

You can deliver tons of value to your audience, and pitch a product at the same time, by creating a tutorial around it.

This type of affiliate marketing content works best for recommending:

  • Software and online tools
  • Beauty and makeup
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Hobby-related products

WebsiteSetup created a +10,000 word guide explaining all the nuts and bolts of setting up a WordPress website for beginners. Nick Schäferhoff provides a detailed step-by-step walkthrough and recommends a host of free and paid (affiliated) tools along the way. Now imagine doing this, but for Webflow!

how to create a website for beginners

Recommended tools and resources

Create a dedicated page on your website where you list all your favorite tools, apps, books, and anything else you genuinely enjoy. Include affiliate links when relevant and say your readers can support you by purchasing from the affiliate links.

For example, on my website, I list my favorite books (can vouch for every one of them!). Smart Blogger recommends different blogging tools their team swears by.

Or take Jan Losert for example, who became a top Webflow affiliate in 3 months by creating UI kits for Webflow users.

2. Create and sell a product (digital or physical)

Selling a digital product is an excellent monetization method if you’re short on time because it doesn’t require continuous content creation work (like blog posts do). You create the product, then invest time in promoting it to your audience and new readers.

Physical product sales require a bit more attention. But you can delegate inventory management, fulfillment, and shipping to a third-party provider and focus on customer service and marketing above everything else.

Let’s take a closer look at the types of products you can create and sell.

Ebooks and audiobooks

Pack your expertise into an actionable guide and attach a price tag to it. Yes, you’ll need to put in a ton of work beforehand and:

  • Become an expert in something
  • Sit down and type those words
  • Transcribe them to audio (optional)
  • Design a cover
  • Prep a marketing campaign

But once you are done with all those steps, you can sit back and earn some passive income from your books. Mridu Khullar Relph from The International Freelancer packed her decades of journalism and content marketing experience into a series of ebooks, retailing for $4.99 each.

Launch an e-course

Online courses are another way to productize your expertise and earn a recurring income whenever you launch or (relaunch) your course.

Marie Forleo and her signature B-School training program is a prime example of how you can earn 8 figures per year by “creating a life you love and teaching others to do so.”

marie forleo's course

The e-learning market is climbing toward the $325 billion mark, so you won’t be short on students if your e-course is good!

Build and sell an application, plugin, or other software

Use your website as a launchpad for a new software product. Survey your readers to find a problem an app or a plugin could solve. Test a minimum viable product with a small group of beta users. Launch with Webflow to a warmed-up audience.

Sell digital downloadables

If you have some graphic design skills (or resources to hire a designer), put a digital product on sale on your website. Here are some product ideas:

  • Templates, checklists, trackers
  • Blog graphics
  • Stock photo bundles
  • Photoshop presets
  • Illustrations
  • Website themes (including Webflow templates)
  • Premium design elements (icons, fonts, etc.)
  • Video effects or stock footage
  • Audio elements (jingles, brand tunes, etc.)

Sell merch

Add an ecommerce CMS to your website, connect a third-party fulfillment service, and start selling branded merch.

For example, the popular Wait But Why blog has a quirky store featuring tees, toys, posters, and other doohickeys with recurring blog characters like the panic monster.

wait but why merch

The best part? You can sell your own products without the headache of logistics and shipping by connecting your store to an on-demand printing platform. Such services take care of product customizations, fulfillment, and logistics.
Some of the popular options are:

  • Teespring: on-demand apparel printing
  • Spreadshirt: apparel, phone cases, and accessories
  • KITE: over 250 product types supported

This monetization strategy works best for creative, personality-driven blogs in the lifestyle niche.

Related reads: 6 proven ecommerce business models thriving in 2020

3. Start a paid membership website

Set up a private thematic area on your website and pack it with extra value that justifies the price tag. You can use something like MemberStack to easily bring this functionality to your website.

The most popular types of membership sites include:

  • Paid communities featuring private forums, discussion boards, members directory, masterminds, special discounts, and more. Example: Traffic Think Tank
  • Education buffets sell access to a bundle of courses, webinars, podcasts, and other educational resources. Example: Game Arts Academy
  • Mastermind and accountability groups organize group coaching and mastermind sessions with a small-knit group of students. Example: Mark’d Women

Spinoff idea: Paid job board

Got a lot of industry connections and more freelance work than you can handle?

Create a paid job board or referral group to exchange those jobs with others. That’s how Carol Tice, a veteran freelance writer, monetizes her website.

freelance writers den

4. Monetize access to your email list

Do you spend hours meticulously curating your newsletter and creating content for it?

Ask your readers to chip in for the effort. Most will gladly agree because they already know how great your content is.

The Economist (Espresso) has been running a paid newsletter since 2014, and since it’s still up today, we can assume this monetization strategy pays off.

You can use Revue or Substack to set up a paid email newsletter and protect your content from public sharing.

5. Publish sponsored posts and product reviews

Another way to leverage your website audience is to negotiate sponsorship deals with other companies. You can charge for:

  • Publishing a post on a relevant topic with a link to the sponsor website (advertorials)
  • Reviewing one of the sponsor’s products in your article (sponsored reviews)
  • Including their content in your email newsletter (newsletter sponsorship)
  • Any bonus promotion on social media

While sponsored content isn’t a scalable website monetization strategy (unless you want to turn your blog into an advertising board), it can yield you some extra cash.

Alexis from Fitnancials says she charges brands $750–$1,500 per post and an extra $100 for social media promotion.

Important: Always properly disclose any advertising relationships you have and mark all such content as “sponsored.” To avoid SEO penalties, add rel=”sponsored” or rel=”nofollow” attributes to such links per Google recommendations.

6. Gate some of your content

Take a page from news publishers and restrict access to some of your content to premium subscribers. You can place a paywall for some of your longer, deeper, and more researched posts like Mark Manson does.

mark manson's content

Most of his personal essays are free to read. But if you want to enjoy audio versions of all articles and “new perspectives and poop jokes” (in Mark’s words), you can pay $4 per month for access. Again, you can use MemberStack to bring this functionality to your website.

7. Accept donations

There’s no shame in asking your readers to support you (instead of pestering them with ads). Pro gamers, comics writers, artists, and other creative types will often have a cohort of raving fans ready to donate some cash.

Maria Popova, the author of Brain Pickings, is completely honest with her readers and says: “Every week for more than 13 years, I have been pouring tremendous time, thought, love, and resources into Brain Pickings, which remains free (and ad-free) and is made possible by patronage.” On the sidebar, she has 2 separate donation buttons for recurring sponsorship and one-off donations.

accept donations on your website

You can accept donations via an on-site PayPal donation form or through a third-party patronage service like Patreon or Buy Me a Coffee.

8. Monetize your expertise

Use your website as a portfolio to promote your skills and services online. Freelancers with personal websites tend to charge 65% more per hour than folks without one.

So set up that Hire Me page! With the freelance economy growing year over year, you won’t stay long without a gig.

Not sure what services to pitch?

Here are some ideas:

  • Website design and development (you can pick up this skill in Webflow University)
  • App development
  • Graphic design
  • Virtual assistant services
  • Copywriting and content marketing
  • Editing and proofreading
  • SEO and digital marketing
  • Transcriptionist services
  • Recruiting and career services
  • Any other service you can do remotely

Spinoff idea: Advertise in-person services

Can’t fully deliver your service online? You can still use your website to find clients in your area and pitch other in-person services such as:

  • Workshops
  • Retreats
  • Speaking engagements
  • Face-to-face consulting

For example, Smashing Magazine, one of the most established resources on web design and development, runs regular conferences and workshops around the world.

smashingmag conf

Another spinoff idea: Provide one-on-one coaching sessions

Offer your readers an opportunity to pick your brain and receive proactive mentorship on the thing you are truly best at.

Private coaching is a good alternative to in-person workshops and requires less upfront investment than online courses.

According to Forbes, some of the fastest-growing coaching niches right now are:

  • Women empowerment
  • Employee engagement and satisfaction
  • Chronic illness
  • Sexuality
  • Sales

But if you are an expert in something else, chances are high someone out there will want to pay for your advice and mentorship.

9. Start a premium certification program

If you are an established authority in your industry and have a strong personal or business brand, you can launch a certification program. Think of it as an advanced training program or e-course with homework, exams, and grading.

Copyblogger has its Authority program (soon to be Digital Commerce Academy) for content marketers and writers. Joanna Weibe from Copyhackers runs a Copy School for conversion copywriters.

Both blogs (and the people behind them) have undeniable credibility within their industry, which gives their programs a stamp of approval.

10. Set up a dropshipping store

Inventory management, fulfillment, and shipping are the 3 least exciting aspects of ecommerce. Dropshipping is a fulfillment method that eliminates these.

As a dropshipper, you don’t keep any stock. Your supplier does. And they ensure that everything is packaged with care and shipped to the customer on time while you are working hard to keep those orders coming.

According to Niche Pursuits, as a solo business owner, you can make $1,000 to $5,000 per month if you put in the work. That is:

  • Set up a nice ecommerce storefront
  • Find reliable suppliers
  • Invest in pay-per-click ads to promote your products
  • Provide good customer service
  • Look into other ways of growing your store traffic

If you get tired of running the dropshipping store, you can easily sell it to someone else for 20–30 times your monthly revenue. Speaking of selling …

11. Flip websites

If you’re good at building websites, you can make a good living by selling them for an attractive price to others. Affiliate, membership, ecommerce, and dropshipping sites usually go for the highest price. But you can also flip personal blogs, news sites, or any other “digital estate” that you own.

Your website valuation will depend on several factors:

  • Niche
  • Monetization model
  • Monthly revenue to expenses ratio
  • Amount of traffic
  • SEO metrics
  • Conversion rates
  • Social media follower count

According to Greg Elfrink from Empire Flippers, you can expect to make 20-50 times of your monthly revenue for a well-maintained, growing website.

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4 website monetization strategies to drop in 2020

Between content creation, email marketing, and maintenance, it’s easy to opt for a seemingly simple monetization strategy like display ads over a more complex one (e-course creation).

But if you ever want to earn a full-time income from your website, don’t waste your time on the next 4 strategies.

1. Display ads

With a huge variety of ad networks out there, it’s easy to think that blog ads can make you some good money.

Spoiler: They don’t.

While it’s easy to place some banners on your blog, you won’t earn much from them.

Here’s why:

  • 25% of internet users use ad blocking software, meaning they don’t see your ads.
  • To earn $100,000 with Google AdSense, you need to have approximately 20,000 daily website visitors (plus 25% more to make up for those using ad blockers).
  • Most people have mixed feelings about online ads.

According to Vieo Design, a whopping 91% of people find today’s ads more intrusive than 2–3 years ago. And 79% feel that retargeting ads are getting too obnoxious and creepy.

The bottom line: Ads don’t add value to your blog.

On the contrary, they undermine your brand and alienate some readers. At the same time, the ROI from them is too low for most bloggers to even bother.

2. Selling links

Sponsored posts, when properly disclosed, won’t mess up your search engine rankings. But explicitly stating that you’ll “include a do-follow link to your website for a price” is a surefire way to receive a penalty.

On numerous occasions, the Google Web Spam team has warned bloggers against selling backlinks or participating in any other link schemes.

Google's link schemes

So if someone approaches you with such an offer, pass on it.

3. Infolinks

Infolinks often gets mentioned as one of the popular ways to monetize your blog — in posts from the early 2000s.

Back in the day, this was a popular in-text advertising network that paid cash for displaying mildly relevant ads whenever a user clicked on the link.

Recognize those underlined links from the early internet days? Source: YouTube

Infolinks just doesn’t work today, and it’s not worth monetizing your website with it.

4. RSS feed ads

RSS feed ads are another old-school monetization method that should be retired by now.

There are only a few people who read RSS feeds these days (or maintain one on their blog). Apart from making your website look cluttered, these ads may not make a real impact.

Audience comes first, monetization second

Your website audience is your most valuable asset.

None of the monetization strategies mentioned in this post will work unless you invest the time in growing your readership and establishing your reputation online.

Build an attractive, user-friendly website first. Take the time to figure out your niche, publish several dozen value-packed blog posts, and set up a newsletter. Engage with your early readers by answering their comments, emails, and messages on social media. Build a rapport with your readership and then look into one of the monetization strategies on this list.

Do you need to apply every strategy listed? Nope.

You can earn good money by using just one method. But you can also add more income streams to your mix and see how your audience responds to them.

For example, as a freelancer, you can first use your website to sell your services. Then you can launch a personal coaching offering to diversify your income. Next, you can repackage your coaching services into an online course or invite your coaching clients to a freelance retreat. Somewhere in between, you can create a product (for instance, a contract template) or monetize your newsletter.

Experiment with different approaches. Scale what’s working. Ditch what’s not. That’s how you turn your website into a money-making machine.

Post-UTME Test To Begin Sept. 7 — JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has shifted the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) screening for the 2020 admission processes till Sept.7 in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the country.

The board said the shift in the date of the admission process from the earlier announced Aug. 21 was to accommodate candidates who would be taking part in this year’s school-based Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Board Registrar, made this known on Monday, after a consultative virtual meeting with Vice Chancellors, Rectors, and Provosts of tertiary institutions.

According to him, the view of JAMB is that while we go on consulting at a point when it becomes necessary for decision, we should all come together and take decisions.

“Presently as you are aware, WAEC starts the Senior School Certificate Examination on Aug. 17, it will go on till Sept. 7.

“Similarly, on Sept. 2 or thereabout, NABTEB will commence its own examination that will go on till Oct. 15, and immediately after that, NECO starts from the 5th to Nov.18.

“Rather than making candidates run, particularly, when they will have to write their school certificate exam in different towns and rush to universities elsewhere for post-UTME, like somebody rushing from Sokoto to Ibadan for post-UTME, we believe as a custodian of the highest sector of the education system, we should avoid that,” Oloyede said.

The JAMB boss said institutions whose post-UTME screening was mandatory for candidates would have to spread such exercise in two phases.

“For those institutions who want to take post-UTME, that cannot be earlier than the 7th of September and it will be held twice – from 7th September to 4th of October, and then it will be held for the second time on the 18th of November to mop up those who are taking their school certificate examination,” he said.

Oloyede, who commended the various submissions of heads of tertiary institutions during the meeting, said institutions that conducted admissions without the administration of any-post UTME screening, should also ensure candidates whose SSCE results would be released toward the end of the year were not denied participation in the admission exercise.

He said that the board had withheld results of candidates that sat for the 2020 UTME at Correctional Service Centres (prisons) over suspected infractions.

“There are candidates who took exams in the correctional centres  that we know are not prisoners, so we wrote to the correctional centres to explain how that happens, because we did not want non-prisoners to take advantage of the concessions we give to inmates,” Oloyede said.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the virtual meeting attracted 488 participants from across all states in the country.

It was attended by JAMB’s Director of Administration, Aliyu Muhammed; Director of Finance, Muktar Bello; Director of Information Communication Technology, Fabian Okoro,; Director of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, among others. (NAN)