Step one: Go to sleep. Step two: PAYDAY.

What an impossibly perfect concept. But could it be possible with a little creativity? Yes. Here's how.

Bloggers are a group of people that have made the commitment to building a following by posting consistent, quality content. But most of the time, the efforts of bloggers go tragically uncompensated. For most, blogging is a labor of love, but it's definitely possible to reap some green rewards with affiliate program marketing.

Affiliate program marketing is a process which allows you to link established and substantial merchants to your website and earn a piece of the action on the resulting sales. There is a huge opportunity to grow here. Companies like CJ (Commission Junction) make the set-up easy. They have a broad network of accounts, they handle all the recordkeeping, and best of all, they make the payments directly to you. Advertisers are broken down into easy categories like accessories, consumer goods, electronics, clothing and gifts so it's simple to navigate options to improve your income potential. It's a true one-stop solution for managing your product advertising.

Which companies have affiliates programs?

Amazon and PETCO represent two major merchants that pay high commissions. Knowing how much people love (and spend money on) their pets, PETCO pays commissions up to 15% on pet supplies. According to the APPA (American Pet Products Association), over $60 billion was spent in the U.S. in the Pet Industry in 2015. That's a huge, furry addressable audience!

But can this really add up? Suppose you have a loyal following of 1,000 and have several top links. Taking advantage of affiliate program marketing could give you the opportunity to make commission every day while just doing your daily activities. Then you go to sleep and there you go.

Another huge market is to those who order stuff online. Amazon's affiliate program pays up to 10%. Best of all, you can customize your offerings to match your audience to the best product mix. Though the caveat is, the more traffic to your site, the more money you can make. So get that traffic going!

Without having to sell out to corporate America, and with a little web savvy, you can link a few merchants and use your financial gains to help subsidize your expenses. Maximizing your income through diversification of income sources is a smart way to make more money. Make your website work harder for you, especially while you sleep.

For more on how to get started with affiliate program marketing, click here.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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