Blogging is a hugely popular pastime in Ireland, with many bloggers building respectable online followings in everything from healthy eating to beauty, sport, interior design, parenting and more. The best thing about such an interest is that social channels like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter allow you to take control of your own advertising for the content you create, pushing out your message the way you want it to be communicated.
It’s right to be suspicious of free money. The way cash back sites like Ebates work is that they act as an affiliate for online merchants. When you buy a product from the merchant through Ebates, Ebates gets a commission. The trick is that cash back sites then give you a part of the commission they earn as cash back. That way it’s a win-win-win – the merchant gets a sale, Ebates gets paid, and you spend less cash on something that you were going to buy anyway.
MaxBounty works exclusively with digital products, usually about giving one’s email or signing up for a newsletter. MaxBounty has CPA, Pay-per-call, and CPL campaigns that you can choose from. MaxBounty is involved in a large number of verticals, including market research, real estate, social games, finance, dating, and diet, but is primarily designed for marketers seeking to acquire new leads.

"Not really because you can do that remotely as well," said Ms Pitzer. "In the very beginning I would feel that that was missing, and then after I started learning more about what it was to be a virtual worker. I found messaging apps, like Slack, which allows you to have multiple channels. It's a room for you to talk about the weather, or if you saw something funny, or what you did at the weekend."
Upselling is a sales technique where the salesperson encourages a more expensive purchase by a customer by persuading them to get an upgraded version of an item or to purchase add-ons. Remember our food processor example? That food processor could probably be best used with a book of recipes, which also can be purchased at the same company’s website. Upselling is an affiliate marketers’ secret weapon to gaining extra affiliate sales.
Some IDA-client companies have already implemented a 100 per cent work-from-home operation, such as Shopify, which has a 300-plus workforce here. Another multinational example is the AppleCare At Home Advisor Ireland programme, which was set up just over five years ago. There are now hundreds of Apple advisers working across the country – and all receive the same benefits package, including paid time off and product discounts, as office-based employees.
In the past, large affiliates were the mainstay, as catch-all coupon and media sites gave traffic to hundreds or thousands of advertisers. This is not so much the case anymore. With consumers using long-tail keywords and searching for very specific products and services, influencers can leverage their hyper-focused niche for affiliate marketing success. Influencers may not send advertisers huge amounts of traffic, but the audience they do send is credible, targeted, and has higher conversion rates. 
That being said, LinkConnector’s platform looks and feels outdated and is rather clumsily designed. Their dashboard also makes it difficult to find “hot” products or compare conversion rates, leaving affiliates somewhat in the dark about which products to choose. Ironically, despite their low-quality website, they offer some of the best customer service in the affiliate space.
A standard bit of Money Doctor advice – but this time, I really mean creative! Many of us say we have a book in us, but the thought of sitting down and writing one, submitting to countless publishers, trying to source an agent and doing all the other work is prohibitive to many. But if you do find yourself typing the hours away and ending up with something to show for it, there is a way to capitalise on your musings.
With Nielsen, you can make an easy $50 per year just to keep their app on your devices. The app collects anonymous usage statistics. It’s also low impact, so it won’t take up space or reduce the speed you get on your browsing device. You’ll earn $50 for the first year that you have the app installed. You don’t need to change your habits. You don’t need to write reports. Just download the app and earn!
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