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Most Popular Work From Home Jobs In 2021

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Happy New Year!
Aside from not having to deal with traffic, there are other benefits to working from home. For example, you’ll save money because you don’t have to eat out or head to your local cafe for your cup of Joe. You’ll also save from having to buy outfits for work.
Popular Work From Home Jobs To Look Out For In 2021
No doubt the type of work from home jobs have changed over the years. Back in the day there were only customer service and telemarketing jobs. And the opportunities were far and few inbetween.
Today, you can find popular remote jobs in these fields:
customer service reps
sales
website and app testers
chat and email reps
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Not to mention the plethora of side hustle opportunities to make extra money.
Where To Find Work From Home Jobs
For starters you want your resources to be from trusted websites like ZipRecruiter who is also powering our work from home job search page with fresh job leads daily!
You can also check out FlexJobs* for remote jobs leads.
For a limited time use code NEWYEAR for up to 50% off membership at Flexjobs.

Get A Head Start On Your Job Search Here
Here is a list of companies to get a head start on your search for a remote job.
Email and Chat Reps
Apple
Convergys
My Live Pro
Support.com
Talk2RepTeleTech
Website and App Testing
Analysia
Enroll
Hire My Mom
Intellizoom
MyCrowd
StartUpLift
Tester Work
TestingTime
TryMyUI
UserBrain
UserFeel
Userlytics
UserTesting
WhatUsersDo
For customer service rep jobs, check out this post that has a list of more than 100 companies. And click here to get a list of transcription companies.
Good luck!

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12 Passive Income Ideas to Help You Make Money in 2021

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Originally published by James Royal on Bankrate.com.Passive income can be a great way to help you generate extra cash flow, and the economic upheaval largely caused by the COVID-19 crisis is a testament to the value of having multiple streams of income.
With the pandemic throwing the job situation of many Americans into disarray, passive income helps you bridge the gap if you suddenly become unemployed or even if you voluntarily take time away from work.

With passive income you can have money coming in even as you pursue your primary job, or if you’re able to build up a solid stream of passive income, you might want to kick back a little. Either way, a passive income gives you extra security.
And if you’re worried about being able to save enough of your earnings to meet your retirement goals, building wealth through passive income is a strategy that might appeal to you, too.
What is passive income?
Passive income includes regular earnings from a source other than an employer or contractor. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says passive income can come from two sources: rental property or a business in which one does not actively participate, such as being paid book royalties or stock dividends.
“Many people think that passive income is about getting something for nothing,” says financial coach and retired hedge fund manager Todd Tresidder. “It has a ‘get-rich-quick’ appeal … but in the end, it still involves work. You just give the work upfront.”
In practice, you may do some or all of the work upfront, but passive income often involves some additional labor along the way, too. You may have to keep your product updated or your rental property well-maintained, in order to keep the passive dollars flowing.
But if you’re committed to the strategy, it can be a great way to generate income and you’ll create some extra financial security for yourself along the way.
12 passive income ideas for building wealth
If you’re thinking about creating a passive income stream, check out these 12 strategies and learn what it takes to be successful with them, while also understanding the risks associated with each idea.
1. Selling information products
One popular strategy for passive income is establishing an information product, such as an e-book, or an audio or video course, then kicking back while cash rolls in from the sale of your product. Courses can be distributed and sold through sites such as Udemy, SkillShare and Coursera.
Alternatively, you might consider a “freemium model” – building up a following with free content and then charging for more detailed information or for those who want to know more. For example, language teachers and stock-picking advice may use this model. The free content acts as a demonstration of your expertise, and may attract those looking to go to the next level.
As a third alternative on this theme, you could use advertisements (or sponsors) to generate your income, while you provide information or content to a growing audience on a free platform such as YouTube. For example, take your love of video games or music and turn it into content.

Opportunity: Information products can deliver an excellent income stream, because you make money easily after the initial outlay of time.
Risk: “It takes a massive amount of effort to create the product,” Tresidder says. “And to make good money from it, it has to be great. There’s no room for trash out there.”
Tresidder says you must build a strong platform, market your products and plan for more products if you want to be successful.
“One product is not a business unless you get really lucky,” Tresidder says. “The best way to sell an existing product is to create more excellent products.”
Once you master the business model, you can generate a good income stream, he says.
2. Rental income
Investing in rental properties is an effective way to earn passive income. But it often requires more work than people expect.
If you don’t take the time to learn how to make it a profitable venture, you could lose your investment and then some, says John H. Graves, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) in the Los Angeles area and author of “The 7% Solution: You Can Afford a Comfortable Retirement.”
Opportunity: To earn passive income from rental properties, Graves says you must determine three things:
How much return you want on the investment.
The property’s total costs and expenses.
The financial risks of owning the property.
For example, if your goal is to earn $10,000 a year in rental income and the property has a monthly mortgage of $2,000 and costs another $300 a month for taxes and other expenses, you’d have to charge $3,133 in monthly rent to reach your goal.
Risk: There are a few questions to consider: Is there a market for your property? What if you get a tenant who pays late or damages the property? What if you’re unable to rent out your property? Any of these factors could put a big dent in your passive income.

And the pandemic has posed new challenges, too. Due to the economic downturn, you may suddenly have tenants who can no longer pay their rent, while you may still have a mortgage of your own to pay. Or you may not be able to rent the home out for as much as you could before, as incomes decline. So you’ll want to weigh these risks and have contingency plans in place to protect yourself.
3. Affiliate marketing
With affiliate marketing, website owners, social media “influencers” or bloggers promote a third party’s product by including a link to the product on their site or social media account. Amazon might be the best-known affiliate partner, but eBay, Awin and ShareASale are among the larger names, too. And Instagram and TikTok have become huge platforms for those looking to grow a following and promote products.
You could also consider growing an email list to draw attention to your blog or otherwise direct people to products and services that they might want.
Opportunity: When a visitor clicks on the link and makes a purchase from the third-party affiliate, the site owner earns a commission. The commission might range from 3 to 7 percent, so it will likely take significant traffic to your site to generate serious income. But if you can grow your following or have a more lucrative niche (such as software, financial services or fitness), you may be able to make some serious coin.
Affiliate marketing is considered passive because, in theory, you can earn money just by adding a link to your site or social media account. In reality, you won’t earn anything if you can’t attract readers to your site to click on the link and buy something.
Risk: If you’re just starting out, you’ll have to take time to create content and build traffic. It can take significant time to build a following, and you’ll have to find the right formula for attracting that audience, a process that itself might take a while. Worse, once you’ve spent all that energy, your audience may be apt to flee to the next popular influencer, trend or social media platform.
4. Flip retail products
Take advantage of online sales platforms such as eBay or Amazon, and sell products that you find at cut-rate prices elsewhere. You’ll arbitrage the difference in your purchase and sale prices, and may be able build a following of individuals who track your deals.
Opportunity: You’ll be able to take advantage of price differences between what you can find and what the average consumer may be able to find. This could work especially well if you have a contact who can help you access discounted merchandise that few other people can find. Or you may be able to find valuable merchandise that others have simply overlooked.
Risk: While sales can happen at any time online, helping make this strategy passive, you’ll definitely have to hustle to find a reliable source of products. And you’ll have to really know the market so that you’re not buying at a price that’s too high. Otherwise you may end up with products that no one wants or whose price you have to drastically cut in order to sell.
5. Peer-to-peer lending
A peer-to-peer (P2P) loan is a personal loan made between you and a borrower, facilitated through a third-party intermediary such as Prosper or LendingClub. Other players include Funding Circle, which targets businesses and has higher borrowing limits, and Payoff, which targets better credit risks.
Opportunity: As a lender, you earn income via interest payments made on the loans. But because the loan is unsecured, you face the risk of default, meaning you could end up with nothing.
To cut that risk, you need to do two things:
Diversify your lending portfolio by investing smaller amounts over multiple loans. At Prosper.com and LendingClub, the minimum investment per loan is $25.
Analyze historical data on the prospective borrowers to make informed picks.
Risk: It takes time to master the metrics of P2P lending, so it’s not entirely passive, and you’ll want to carefully vet your prospective borrowers, and because you’re investing in multiple loans, you must pay close attention to payments received. Whatever you make in interest should be reinvested if you want to build income.
Economic recessions can also make high-yielding personal loans a more likely candidate for default, too, so if COVID-19 continues to hurt the economy, these loans may go bad at higher than historical rates.
6. Dividend stocks
Shareholders in companies with dividend-yielding stocks receive a payment at regular intervals from the company. Companies pay cash dividends on a quarterly basis out of their profits, and all you need to do is own the stock. Dividends are paid per share of stock, so the more shares you own, the higher your payout.

Opportunity: Since the income from the stocks isn’t related to any activity other than the initial financial investment, owning dividend-yielding stocks can be one of the most passive forms of making money. The money will simply be deposited in your brokerage account.
Risk: The tricky part is choosing the right stocks. Graves warns that too many novices jump into the market without thoroughly investigating the company issuing the stock.
“You’ve got to investigate each company’s website and be comfortable with their financial statements,” Graves says. “You should spend two to three weeks investigating each company.”
That said, there are ways to invest in dividend-yielding stocks without spending a huge amount of time evaluating companies. Graves advises going with exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. ETFs are investment funds that hold assets such as stocks, commodities and bonds, but they trade like stocks.
“ETFs are an ideal choice for novices because they are easy to understand, highly liquid, inexpensive and have far better potential returns because of far lower costs than mutual funds,” Graves says.
Another key risk is that stocks or ETFs can move down significantly in short periods of time, especially during times of uncertainty, as in 2020 when the coronavirus crisis shocked financial markets. Economic stress can also cause some companies to cut their dividends entirely, while diversified funds may feel less of a pinch.
Compare your investing options with Bankrate’s brokerage reviews.
7. Create an app
Creating an app could be a way to make that upfront investment of time and then reap the reward over time. Your app might be a game or one that helps mobile users perform some hard-to-do function. Once your app is public, users download it and you can generate income.
Opportunity: An app has huge upside, if you can design something that catches the fancy of your audience. You’ll have to consider how best to generate sales from your app. For example, you might run in-app ads or otherwise have users pay a nominal fee for downloading the app.
If your app gains popularity or you receive feedback, you’ll likely need to add incremental features to keep the app relevant and popular.
Risk: The biggest risk here is probably that you use your time unprofitably. If you commit little or no money to the project (or money that you would have spent anyway, for example, on hardware), you have little financial downside here. However, it’s a crowded market and truly successful apps must offer a compelling value or experience to users. You’ll also want to make sure that if your app collects any data that it’s in compliance with privacy laws, which differ across the globe.
8. REITs
A REIT is a real estate investment trust, which is a fancy name for a company that owns and manages real estate. REITs have a special legal structure so that they pay little or no corporate income tax if they pass along most of their income to shareholders.
Opportunity: You can purchase REITs on the stock market just like any other company or dividend stock. You’ll earn whatever the REIT pays out as a dividend, and the best REITs have a record of increasing their dividend on an annual basis, so you could have a growing stream of dividends over time.
Like dividend stocks, individual REITs can be more risky than owning an ETF consisting of dozens of REIT stocks. A fund provides immediate diversification and is usually a lot safer than buying individual stocks — and you’ll still get a nice payout.
Risk: Just like dividend stocks, you’ll have to be able to pick the good REITs, and that means you’ll need to analyze each of the businesses that you might buy — a time-consuming process. And while it’s a passive activity, you can lose a lot of money if you don’t know what you’re doing.

REIT dividends are not protected from tough economic times, either. If the REIT doesn’t generate enough income, it will likely have to cut its dividend or eliminate it entirely. So your passive income may get hit just when you want it most.
9. A bond ladder
A bond ladder is a series of bonds that mature at different times over a period of years. The staggered maturities allow you to decrease reinvestment risk, which is the risk of tying up your money when bonds offer too-low interest payments.
Opportunity: A bond ladder is a classic passive investment that has appealed to retirees and near-retirees for decades. You can sit back and collect your interest payments, and when the bond matures, you “extend the ladder,” rolling that principal into a new set of bonds. For example, you might start with bonds of one year, three years, five years and seven years.
In a year, when the first bond matures, you have bonds remaining of two years, four years and six years. You can use the proceeds from the recently matured bond to buy another one year or roll out to a longer duration, for example, an eight-year bond.
Risk: A bond ladder eliminates one of the major risks of buying bonds – the risk that when your bond matures you have to buy a new bond when interest rates might not be favorable.
Bonds come with other risks, too. While Treasury bonds are backed by the federal government, corporate bonds are not, so you could lose your principal. And you’ll want to own many bonds to diversify your risk and eliminate the risk of any single bond hurting your overall portfolio.
Because of these concerns, many investors turn to bond ETFs, which provide a diversified fund of bonds that you can set up into a ladder, eliminating the risk of a single bond hurting your returns.
10. Invest in a high-yield CD or savings account
Investing in a high-yield certificate of deposit (CD) or savings account at an online bank can allow you to generate a passive income and also get one of the highest interest rates in the country. You won’t even have to leave your house to make money.
Opportunity: To make the most of your CD, you’ll want to do a quick search of the nation’s top CD rates or the top savings accounts. It’s usually much more advantageous to go with an online bank rather than your local bank, because you’ll be able to select the top rate available in the country. And you’ll still enjoy a guaranteed return of principal up to $250,000, if your financial institution is backed by the FDIC.
Risk: As long as your bank is backed by the FDIC and within limits, your principal is safe. So investing in a CD or savings account is about as safe a return as you can find. However, while these accounts are safe, they’re returning even less these days than before. And with the Federal Reserve targeting 2 percent inflation, you’re likely to lose out to inflation in the short term at least. Nevertheless, a CD or savings account will yield better than holding your money in cash or in a non-interest-bearing checking account where you’ll receive approximately zero.

11. Rent out your home short-term
This straightforward strategy takes advantage of space that you’re not using anyway and turns it into a money-making opportunity. If you’re going away for the summer or have to be out of town for a while, or maybe even just want to travel, consider renting out your current space while you’re gone.
Opportunity: You can list your space on any number of websites, such as Airbnb, and set the rental terms yourself. You’ll collect a check for your efforts with minimal extra work, especially if you’re renting to a tenant who may be in place for a few months.
Risk: You don’t have a lot of financial downside here, though letting strangers stay in your house is a risk that’s atypical of most passive investments. Tenants may deface or even destroy your property or even steal valuables, for example.
12. Advertise on your car
You may be able to earn some extra money by simply driving your car around town. Contact a specialized advertising agency, which will evaluate your driving habits, including where you drive and how many miles. If you’re a match with one of their advertisers, the agency will “wrap” your car with the ads at no cost to you. Agencies are looking for newer cars, and drivers should have a clean driving record.
Opportunity: While you do have to get out and drive, if you’re already putting in the mileage anyway, then this is a great way to earn hundreds per month with little or no extra cost. Drivers can be paid by the mile.
Risk: If this idea looks interesting, be extra careful to find a legitimate operation to partner with. Many fraudsters set up scams in this space to try and bilk you out of thousands.
How many streams of income should you have?
There is no “one size fits all” advice when it comes to generating income streams. How many sources of income you have should depend upon where you are financially, and what your financial goals for the future are. But having at least a few is a good start.
“You’ll catch more fish with multiple lines in the water,” says Greg McBride, CFA, chief financial analyst at Bankrate. “In addition to the earned income generated from your human capital, rental properties, income-producing securities and business ventures are a great way to diversify your income stream.”
Of course, you’ll want to make sure that putting in effort into a new passive income stream isn’t causing you to lose focus on your other streams. So you do want to balance your efforts and make sure you’re choosing the best opportunities for your time.
Minimize your taxes on passive income
A passive income can be a great strategy for generating side income, but you’ll also generate a tax liability for your effort. But you can reduce the tax bite and prepare for your future, too, by setting yourself up as a business and creating a retirement account. This strategy won’t work for all these passive strategies, however, and you’ll have to be a legitimate business to qualify.

Register with the IRS and receive a tax identification number for your business.
Then contact a broker who can open a self-employed retirement account such as Charles Schwab or Fidelity.
Determine which kind of retirement account might work best for your needs.
Two of the most popular options are the solo 401(k) and the SEP IRA. If you stash the cash in a traditional 401(k) or SEP IRA, you can take a tax break on this year’s taxes. The solo 401(k) is great because you can stash up to 100 percent of your earnings into the account, up to the annual maximum. Meanwhile, the SEP IRA allows you to contribute only at a 25 percent rate.
If you’re thinking of going this route, compare the differences between the two account types.
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Continuing trends & new opportunities: 5 predictions for email marketing

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In 2020, we saw a vast increase in the usage of email marketing as the volume of senders skyrocketed. Will this trend continue into 2021? Or should we expect a different kind of disruption in the coming year?
Based on insight from several of our in-house experts at Validity, below are our top five predictions for email marketing in 2021.
These trends include: Inbox overload, alternatives to open rate tracking, increasing email fraud, more intent-based marketing, and greater use of AMP.
Here’s how these trends will impact marketers in 2021.

In 2020, we saw a vast increase in the usage of email marketing as the volume of senders skyrocketed. Will this trend continue into 2021? Or should we expect a different kind of disruption in the coming year?
I checked in with several of our in-house experts at Validity, and here are our top five predictions for email marketing in 2021:
Inbox overload
With email maintaining its role as the most trusted digital marketing channel, especially during a pandemic, list sizes have grown significantly.

According to our data, year-over-year global email volumes are already up by 25%. And those numbers continue trending upward. This ongoing expansion of email volume will make it harder to get into people’s inboxes, and harder to get people to engage with the messages they do receive in 2021.
Alternatives to open rate tracking
The open-rate key performance indicators (KPI) are becoming increasingly unreliable. At Validity’s recent Summit, Marcel Becker, director of product management at Verizon Media (which powers Yahoo! Mail and AOL), told us that actual open rates may be three times lower than what’s being reported.

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Causes include increased image caching, especially on mobile devices, and bot-driven signups, which lead to artificially inflated open rates. Legal considerations may also prompt a shift away from open rate tracking: In Europe, an open tracking pixel is deemed a cookie, making it subject to specific consent requirements.
In 2021, we think senders will focus on more useful KPIs than open rates, such as the amount of time people actually spend reading and engaging with emails.
Increasing email fraud
In April, Gmail said it was blocking 18 million malware and phishing emails each day—and more than 240 million spam emails daily—all of which were using COVID-19 as a lure. These kinds of attacks are continuing to grow and evolve. Bad actors will often impersonate a trusted website, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), by using a fake subdomain like who.int.
In the coming year, we predict legitimate marketers will take additional steps to protect their brands, their sender reputations, and their customers from this kind of fraud by implementing a Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC) policy.
The DMARC standard is designed to give domain owners control over who sends emails on behalf of their domains and their subdomains. At the Summit, Becker said his personal wish is for 100% adoption of DMARC in 2021.
More intent-based marketing
In 2020, many brands realized they needed to communicate with their customers using greater empathy: less selling, more focus on We’re in this together, how can we help you? This isn’t going away in 2021.
In fact, we believe many companies will connect with customers even more effectively in the new year. Signup profiles are one way in which we see senders segmenting their lists more effectively, in this case based on a subscriber’s intent.
Did this person sign up because of a particular product being offered, an affinity with the brand, or some other benefit? Progressive profiling, in which marketers gather small amounts of data at a time, often via a series of forms on their website, also can help companies tailor email content, tone of voice, timing, and so on to better serve each audience segment.
This type of intent-based marketing has the potential to help senders increase engagement and conversions, as well as reduce complaints and unsubscribes.
Emerging technology
We predict more senders will be using Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) for email in 2021 to deliver rich, engaging experiences within the inbox. With AMP for email, consumers don’t have to click a link, then wait for a web page to load.
Instead, companies like Booking.com, Pinterest, Doodle, and Babylon Health are weaving website-like functionality into the email itself, including drop-down lists, carousels, and customer surveys, which increase engagement and reduce friction in the sales process.
We’ll also see greater adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) for such things as subject line and headline optimization, as well as augmented reality (AR) to bring more of an in-store, “try it on” experience into the inbox.
To stand out in crowded inboxes in 2021, senders will be employing new technologies, and getting to know their customers better, in order to make messages more relevant, more compelling, and more actionable.
To do that, marketers will need good, clean data, and a way to make sense of it all. And they’ll need to protect their brands, customers, and reputations from fraudulent email activity. By doing so, they’ll be able to leverage the power of email to engage more deeply with customers, which ultimately benefits everyone.

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The problem of data collection: One in 10 consumers know almost nothing about what’s happening with their data

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Publicis Sapient and Google Cloud partnered with Ipsos to create The Data Collection & Consent Survey (DCCS).
5000 people across five countries — Great Britain, France, Germany, the U.S., and Australia – participated in the survey.
The goal of the survey was to better understand what people know, feel, and want when it comes to corporate data collection and sensitivities around data privacy.
The Publicis Sapient survey drilled down into data sentiment within nine industries, including retail, financial services, health services, and consumer products.
To get a deeper understanding of each country’s findings, including a wealth of statistics and charts, download the complete report from ClickZ.

Publicis Sapient and Google Cloud recently partnered with Ipsos to create The Data Collection & Consent Survey The goal of the survey was to better understand what people know, feel, and want when it comes to corporate data collection.
In this post, we’ll unpack some of the key findings and data points from the survey. You can download the entire report, The Data Collection & Consent Survey, here.

Content produced in partnership with Publicis Sapient.
A positive outlook on technology, a negative view of data collection
The majority of those surveyed felt that technology has a positive impact on their personal lives, though this was more overwhelmingly the case in the U.S., Great Britain, and Australia. France and Germany took a more neutral stance.

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When it comes to data privacy, however, the sentiment wasn’t as positive. While 75% of American respondents believe it’s possible to have data privacy in today’s technology-driven world, a significant portion of respondents (one in five) worry about being able to maintain their privacy while online.
That worry is present across all five countries included in the survey, with roughly half of respondents feeling negative about the data collected about them.

“Despite their belief that technology has a positive effect on people’s lives, the majority worry that the data companies collect on them can be harmful and feel their data is worth more than the free services they receive in exchange,” writes Publicis Sapient.
In order to make people feel better about giving you their data, you have to build trust.
Counterintuitively, data control increases brand trust
Building trust may sound simple enough, but there’s more to it than simply notifying people about your data practices and getting consent.
The results of the survey showed that people want nuanced control over their data. U.S. consumers, in particular, placed the highest trust in companies that allow them to manipulate their own data.
Over 70% of U.S. respondents said they were more likely to do business with a company if they were offered the opportunity to delete their information. U.S. consumers also valued the ability to turn off location tracking, delete their browsing history, choose whom a company shares information with, and review the information that companies have about them.
Per the report: “Companies that prove themselves to be trustworthy and responsible in their dealings with personal data will have a better reputation and ultimately attract more customers.”
Another key finding: about 40% of respondents, regardless of country, felt that their data is worth more than the free services they receive in exchange.

The report includes specifics on the type of data people are willing to exchange (or not) based on different industries and services — for example, 76% of American respondents were unwilling to share their banking information in order to get help with their home budget. The type of information people are willing to freely share varies based on the country.

As the above chart illustrates, Americans, Britons, and Australians are much more likely than the French or Germans to share race/ethnicity, contact info, personal info, and location.
Data sharing by industry
The survey drilled down into data sentiment within nine industries including retail, financial services, health services, and consumer products. There are too many insights about consumer sentiment surrounding data privacy and sharing by industry to list here, but top takeaways include:
Finance: About 50% of Americans share personal data online or in apps with financial service companies
Healthcare: About 70% of Australians, Britons, and Americans are willing to share their personal and contact information with healthcare companies while online/in apps
CPG: 58% of French respondents were not willing to share any personal data with CPG companies while online/in apps, versus 47% of Americans and 43% of Britons and Australians
Retail: About half of Australians, Americans, and Britons and a third of French and Germans are willing to share their contact information with retail companies while online/in apps
Other industries included in the report are Food Delivery & Restaurants, Transportation, Travel & Hospitality, and Technology/Media/Telecom, Government and Generic Services.
Better communication is the key to better data
Publicis Sapient stresses that clear communication about why a company is collecting data and how they plan to use it is important for improving relationships with customers. Clear communication builds trust. Informed consumers feel more confident with sharing their valuable information. This is clearly an area where companies can improve, regardless of country.
Publicis Sapient writes, “On average, four in five people in all five countries say they know little to nothing about what companies do with the data they collect.” 
The majority (80+ percent) of consumers didn’t know about nine key data topics as shown in the following chart.

Using the nine topics above, Publicis Sapient developed a single measurement of people’s knowledge of what companies do with their data. The report contains a breakdown of this data knowledge index by country, and further breaks it down by sex and age group (Gen Z through Baby Boomers).
Understanding what kind of data presents the most concern for individuals, which sectors consumers are most worried about sharing information with, and the nuances of how consumers view data sharing based on country, age, and demographic can help you formulate a comprehensive data collection and consent strategy.
To get a deeper understanding of each country’s findings, including a wealth of additional statistics and charts, download the complete report, The Data Collection & Consent Survey.

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11 Key Facts About Remote Work

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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.With millions of Americans moving to working remotely in 2020, the work landscape has changed dramatically. And with that, so too has the perception of remote work as the benefits for employers and employees alike have come to light.
Having a choice of work environment and location is now a key factor for many job seekers when searching for a better work-life balance and evaluating new career opportunities.
Just how much has remote work impacted the notion of business as usual? Here are some intriguing remote work statistics that offer a by-the-numbers look at where things stand.

Remote Work “Works” for Companies
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The massive transition to remote work during the pandemic was a necessity for office-based companies that wanted to maintain operations. But the majority of companies want to continue with some form of remote work post-pandemic.
A Gartner survey of company leaders found that more than 80% plan to allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time after the pandemic, and 47% will allow employees to work from home full-time. In a PwC survey of 669 CEOs, 78% agree that remote collaboration is here to stay for the long-term.
Remote Work Attracts and Retains Talent
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In a recent FlexJobs survey, 65% of respondents reported wanting to be full-time remote employees post-pandemic, and 31% said they want a hybrid remote work environment — that’s 96% who desire some form of remote work.
What’s more, 27% of workers said that the ability to work from home is so important to them that they are willing to take a 10% to 20% pay cut to work remotely. And, 81% said they would be more loyal to their employer if they had flexible work options.
Remote Work Is Good for Business
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Research shows that businesses lose $600 billion a year to workplace distractions and that remote workers are 35% to 40% more productive than their in-office counterparts.
Among performance-based remote work statistics in 2020, 94% of surveyed employers report that company productivity has been the same (67%) or higher (27%) since employees started working from home during the pandemic.

Remote Work Increases Job Satisfaction
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Despite a tumultuous year in 2020, remote workers report a Workforce Happiness Index of 75 out of 100, compared with 71 for in-office employees. And, remote employees are more likely to report being satisfied with their jobs than office-based workers (57% versus 50%). All in all, those working from home report more positive measurements on almost every question related to job satisfaction.
Remote Workers Are More Productive
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According to FlexJobs’ survey, 95% of respondents say their productivity has been higher or the same working from home, and 51% report being more productive when working remotely. Top reasons for increased productivity include:
Fewer interruptions
More focused time
Quieter work environment
More comfortable workspace
Not being involved in office politics
Despite pandemic challenges, working parents also report increased productivity, with 49% of working mothers and 50% of working fathers saying they are more productive working from home.
In a Boston Consulting Group study, 75% of employees working remotely report being able to maintain or improve productivity on their individual tasks, and 51% say the same about collaborative tasks.
Remote Work Leads to Better Mental Health
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In a survey with Mental Health America, FlexJobs found that respondents with flexible work options (including remote work) report better mental health. In fact, employees without access to flexible work are nearly two times more likely to have poor or very poor mental health.
Of those who do have flexible work options, 48% say their work-life balance is excellent or very good, and 54% have the emotional support they need at work, compared with 36% and 45% for respondents without flexible work.
Remote Workers Make More Money
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According to Owl Labs’ State of Remote Work report, remote workers earn more than $100,000 per year more than two times as often as on-site workers. While 74% of remote workers earn less than $100,000 and 26% earn more, that compares with 92% and 8% of on-site workers, respectively.
PayScale analyzed thousands of salaries and determined that remote workers make 8.3% more than non-remote workers with the same job and qualifications and earn 7.5% more in general — not accounting for years of experience, job title, or location.
Add to that the ability to save more money — FlexJobs estimates $4,000 a year — and remote workers come out on top.
Remote Work Is Environmentally Friendly
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One silver lining of the pandemic is that it necessitated human behavioral changes that have led to slowed deforestation rates, reduced air pollution, and improved water quality all over the world.
This positive environmental impact is due, in part, to the millions of people who transitioned to working from home, thereby reducing traffic congestion and air pollution from commuting.
When 3.9 million employees work from home at least half time, they reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking more than 600,000 cars off the road for an entire year. Considering that 1 in 4 Americans are expected to work remotely in 2021 (approximately 39 million), that number jumps to 6 million cars. With an estimated 13 to 27 million people working from home in coming years, remote work could reduce commuting miles by 70 to 140 billion every year!
And by making environmentally sound choices — like opting to use less paper and monitoring their air conditioning, heating, and lighting — remote workers have the same potential impact on air quality as planting an entire forest of 91 million trees.
Remote Work Is More Favorable in Certain Areas
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According to research by WalletHub, all states are not considered equal when it comes to working from home, with some having more favorable remote-work conditions than others.
Based on 12 metrics, Delaware, Washington, and New Hampshire came out on top. Some of the data points that helped determine which states were most suited to remote work include:
Number of people working from home
Internet access and cost
Price of electricity
Median and average home square footage
Remote Work Is Impacting Real Estate
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Remote work gives people more options for where they live, reducing the necessity to live near large metropolitan city centers in order to maximize career potential. And with companies allowing employees to work from home permanently, remote workers are taking advantage of their new location independence, including the 27% of respondents considering a move from our FlexJobs survey.
Whether it’s to flee cities with a high cost of living or to find more space to spread out, remote workers are realizing that they have more real estate choices than ever. According to Zillow, 4.5% of renters in the U.S. (nearly 2 million renter households) who would otherwise be priced out of their current market can now purchase a starter home somewhere else in the U.S., thanks to remote work.
San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the U.S., is feeling the burn as remote employees search for more affordable digs. In fact, housing inventory there is up 96% over last year, while listing prices have dropped by 5%. Manhattan is also experiencing a 4.2% drop in home values as residents leave for suburban markets.
Remote Work Is Here to Stay
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According to Upwork, 41.8% of the American workforce continues to work remotely. Although an estimated 26.7% will still be working from home through 2021, 36.2 million Americans (22% of the workforce) will be working remotely by 2025. This is a staggering 87% increase from the number of remote workers prior to the pandemic!

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The Lockdown Formula Review: Jono’s Rubbish System Exposed!

One thing that sets me off is using a long-standing and totally exhausting crisis to get into people’s pockets. 
I’ve made this review to set your expectations right. 
Jono’s The Lockdown Formula tells you it’s the “vaccine for your financial health” in a time when your “financial future is uncertain”, you’re worried your company cannot conquer the pandemic, and when you “wish to afford struggling family members”. 
I get the fact that internet marketing strategies involve leveraging the latest news and people’s pain points to get traffic, but this just over the edge. 
What makes it worse is aside from claiming to be the solution to your pandemic woes, it fails to live up to its promises digging the hole deeper for your income hopes.
Every part of the sales page tries to position itself as the solution to the problems the pandemic brought. 
Jono says, “you can’t control the outbreak, but you can have an income breakout”. 
Not!
I’m happy you came across my review before you let Jono get the best of you because I can tell you right now, The Lockdown Formula is not what it claims to be. 

What We’ll Cover In This Review:

The Lockdown Formula Sales Page Is Nuts
The Lockdown Formula is an affiliate marketing training and landing page builder created by Dawud Islam, Zeeshan Ahmed, and Jono Armstrong. 
Although Dawud presents most of the training, with Jono Armstrong in the picture, you can expect a fully bloated type of sales page. This is what he’s good at and this is what you’ll see with most of his other products like:
Unlike him wearing a face mask in the sales page video showing he’s keeping himself safe, he’s not protecting you from scammy products because this is where he makes money from. 
The Lockdown Formula Sales Page Hype
On the sales page he says the Lockdown Formula is: 
Step-by-step simple because it’s “specifically built for stay-at-home marketers”
Proven effective saying it got them 5-figures per month
Has fast results “in as little as a few short days”
Jono goes on to say you won’t need:
Experience and tech skills
To make videos
An email list
Your own products
Naturally, you’d be reassured to know this stuff especially if you’re a beginner. But frankly, all these are lousy claims you’ll see for yourself once you get to the sales page.
You won’t need to pay for it to see it, I’ll show you the inside of this system in a while. 
I’d first like to debunk those hullaballoos before moving on to the next section. 
1. Claiming it’s step-by-step simple is not actually a good thing. You’d be like a kindergartner taught to trace along the lines.
You’re not a kid. You have to understand what you’re doing instead of just being told what and where to click. 
2. It’s not proven to be effective. The income proof they show you in the sales page is not a result of how much they made while using the system, it’s how much they made from selling the system to others. 
3. It doesn’t have fast results. You can’t simply make money with affiliate marketing overnight just by being taught what things to click on. 
If you want a realistic picture of how much you can make with affiliate marketing, listen to Simon as he explains it to you. 
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4. You need experience and skills. Unless you learn the ropes of the business, you won’t have control over your business and you’re never moving forward. If you just rely on this shabby system, your business will turn to ashes when The Lockdown Formula shuts down. 
5. The Lockdown Formula actually requires you to make YouTube videos. I’ll explain this better on the next section. 
6. You’ll need an email list. Part of the landing page you’re going to make is capturing people’s emails. 
7. You might not need your own products, which is a great element in making money with affiliate marketing, but you’ll be promoting lousy offers with The Lockdown Formula you might as well make your own. 
The Hype Isn’t Over Yet Though
Ironically, Jono says The Lockdown Formula helps you avoid risking your money, but that’s exactly what you do when you invest in his system. 
He also says it’s “recession-proof” because you’re tapping into a growing market, it will never get saturated. 
Here’s the thing:
Jono and his friends are relying on digital products sold on JVZoo, Warriorplus, and ClickBank. Most of the products you’ll find in these marketplaces, if not all, are low-quality affiliate offers with high refund rates. 
It’s not a sustainable way to make money with affiliate marketing. 
If you want to make money for the long-term with affiliate marketing, Wealthy Affiliate’s training will give you the legit guide from scratch. 
If you’ve seen the sales page, you’ll realize how long it is but never really get to understand what The Lockdown Formula is all about. 
Quite disappointing, right?
So, I’ll show you now what The Lockdown Formula really is. 
The Lockdown Formula Affiliate Marketing Training
The affiliate marketing training is the 1st part of The Lockdown Formula’s course. It simply teaches you the very basics of affiliate marketing you can learn for free on YouTube. 

It then teaches you to pick affiliate offers in marketplaces I said earlier, again infested with low-quality offers.
After you pick your offers, you’re taught to make a landing page for it choosing from the shabby pre-built ones on the page builder. 

And that’s basically it for this part.
Disappointed? You should be!

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The Lockdown Formula Traffic Training
The Lockdown Formula’s traffic training is found on tigerstraffic.com. You can find a link to this in the affiliate marketing training. 
The traffic training teaches you to use:
1. Mailers
A group of people, each with an email list you exchange with to pitch your offers to. 
You won’t get anybody to check your offer, let alone open email because the people on the list are so fed up with all the spammy emails they receive they stopped checking them out. 
2. Traffic Exchanges
Works similar to the first method. Plus you’re not guaranteed targeted traffic which means lesser chances for you to convert people you spam.
3. Quora, FaceBook, Classified Ads Board
You basically share your landing page links in these platforms and expect people to click on them. 
Will they?
Highly unlikely. 
Unless you have a large following, who see you as a credible person to pitch these kinds of offers, no one will take you seriously. No one will click on your links, no one will see your offers, you won’t make money. 
4. Blogging
You also need to establish your credibility in blogging. You don’t become an authority overnight no matter how good your blogs are. So unlike what Jono claims you will make money in days, it actually takes forever to see any results especially because The Lockdown doesn’t teach you how to do blogging. 
If you’re good enough, you even have to wait for months, even years. 
Why do I know this?
I’ve written over 200 blogs in the past 2 years, getting it to rank on the search engines doesn’t happen overnight. 
5. YouTube
Remember when Jono claimed you won’t need to make videos? Then what’s this traffic training doing here?
YouTube marketing is pretty much the same with blogging. Getting people to see your offers doesn’t happen overnight. 
And mind you, they won’t teach these traffic sources comprehensively. They’ll just touch the tip of the you’re on your own. 
There are also “bonus traffic sources”. These are more email lists from other people. But to get to them you have to hand each one of them you’re email.

Watch out for an avalanche of spammy emails in your inbox!
The Lockdown Formula’s Shabby Landing Page Builder
The Lockdown Formula’s pre-built templates are utterly boring. No one would click on them. 
Check out this sample landing page you can build for your affiliate offers:

Lousy, right?
Unlike what Jono claims you won’t need a list, the button on the upper left allows you to embed an email form to you landing page so you can build an email list.
But then again, what will you do with those emails? The Lockdown Formula won’t teach you anything about email marketing. 
And if you check you check right on top, you’ll realize this page isn’t secure. How will anybody trust their email addresses to it?
So, you see, when I said there are no pros here, it’s not unfounded. 
Is The Lockdown Formula A Scam?
The Lockdown Formula is definitely a scam. It promises over the top income claims but provides lousy training and software that will never make a dime. Not living up to their claims make them a scam.
What Do You Do Now?
Ditch this shabby affiliate marketing training and invest in a more time-tested and sustainable one like Wealthy Affiliate.
With Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll learn everything a beginner affiliate marketer deserves. From how to pick the highest converting products up to sustainable sources that really bring people to your offers. 
It’s time-tested because you’ll get to meet real people who have tried and succeeded in affiliate marketing with the help of Wealthy Affiliate. You get success tips from them too!
But you don’t have to take my word for it. You can check out this comprehensive Wealthy Affiliate review to see the real score with this training.
Disappointed? Enraged?
Were you disappointed with the pre-built landing page templates? Were you enraged with the false income claims especially because they’ve exploit your needs in these trying times? Tell us what you feel in the comments section below. 

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Affiliate Titan X Review: The Training Has Huge Gaps

Hi, I’m IG and welcome to my Affiliate Titan X review!
Who doesn’t want to make $1000s online daily just by investing spare change?
Sounds tempting with the lesser risk, right? But there’s a lot to know before you reach into your pockets. 
Although this may seem like a good deal out of your $5 by offering training and some tools, you’re bound to disappointingly find out there’s really no value to what you’re paying for. 
I’ll get you an overview of what Affiliate Titan X is, tell you how it works. I’ll also explain to you why this is not a worthy deal to get you into a better position of whether you should buy this or not. 
Let’s face it, if you buy this and find out it’s nothing but a shabby affiliate product, you didn’t just waste $5, you’ve also wasted a lot of your precious time. 
It will be an empty investment altogether. 
Don’t worry. By the end of this review, even if you find out Affiliate Titan X is a lousy product, you won’t finish this review with a heavy heart. I’ll be telling you of an alternative that’s way more valuable than any hyped-up make money online system.

What We’ll Cover In This Review:

What Is Affiliate Titan X?
Affiliate Titan X is a July 2018 JVZoo product created by Chris X and Ken. It is a package of eBooks and videos as training materials and some software to build websites, find affiliate offers, and make videos. 
It says its video maker is “the fastest way to create videos” so you can get 3,000 visitors for your offers daily. 
Sounds like it’s too good of a deal for a $5 system if you ask me.
The sales page says Affiliate Titan X is originally priced at $97. Don’t believe this gimmick.
Where will you ever find a valuable system with its price cut enough to make its worth spare change? 
This only happens when the system isn’t worth anything in the first place. 
But here’s more:
It tells you it produces “explosive results” by helping you make almost $10,000 in affiliate commission on an everyday basis!
Think again:
Are Chris and Ken generous enough to sell you something worth a dime so you’ll make a fortune?
If they were really as generous as they portray themselves to be, why don’t they just give the system for free?
Everybody would’ve become rich in an instant!
But then again, have you heard of anybody who got rich because of Affiliate Titan X?
Me neither. 
Affiliate Titan X’s Lousy Software Package
Once you pay up $5 for Affiliate Titan X, you’ll get access to affiliate offer finders: King of the Zon, Launch Pulse, and CB 250. You’ll also get a landing page template called 1 Click Affiliate and a video maker called Rapid Video Ranker.
King Of The Zon
It’s essentially an Amazon search bar. You can use this tool to search for Amazon affiliate offers.
But while will you have to pay for this if you can just directly go to Amazon to find affiliate offers?
It doesn’t even provide in-depth information about the offers.

Here’s what’s worse:
King Of The Zon turned out to be a free software so there’s no use paying Affiliate Titan X for it. 
CB 250
CB 250 is pretty much like King of The Zon, only instead of finding Amazon products, you’ll get ClickBank products. 
You can do the same search in ClickBank and CB 250 doesn’t offer any advantage to using it instead of directly searching in ClickBank’s marketplace so why bother buying it?

Launch Pulse
Launch Pulse works similar to King of the Zon and CB 250. The only difference is you find upcoming affiliate offers here. 

1 Click Affiliate
1 Click Affiliate, as I’ve mentioned earlier is a landing page template you can use to pitch your affiliate offers. 
It’s supposed to create your websites for you, but the sad part is they just spin the content, and you end up with something unclear and bewildering to read. 
Let me ask you:
Will you get interested in a product if you can’t understand its sales page? 
I thought so too. 
Rapid Video Ranker
This software supposedly helps you create videos you can upload to a lot of places. 
I wouldn’t describe it as the sales page portrays it. It says it a “simple” video editor but to me it’s more of a shabby video editor. 
All it does is create slideshow-based videos any kid can do. It’s like a PowerPoint presentation uploaded on YouTube. 
At best, any person who stumbles upon your video will be out and running in 2 seconds flat. Worse, you’ll even get a bad comment and bad rating. 
Affiliate Titan X Training
Affiliate Titan X summarizes its training in 3 steps:
1. Find a good affiliate offer to sell.
2. Create a campaign using 1 Click Affiliate in just 1 minute. 
3. Drive traffic to your offers using videos you create with Rapid Video Ranker. 
Mind you, this is not something new, it’s an old age strategy in creating traffic-generating content. 
And it doesn’t look good for you. Since it’s been around for some time and a lot of affiliate marketers have been doing it, this method is over-saturated, you’ll hardly get anyone to notice your video. 
Don’t get me wrong, using YouTube as a traffic source has good potential. But it’s not as easy as how Chris and Ken make it seem. 
If there’s a single thing they did right, it’s teaching you the very basics of affiliate marketing. But it’s so basic it’s not enough. 
Everything after that is pure rubbish. 
The training teaches you to use pre-written scripts to use on your videos. They tell you what targets keywords, title, and description to use. Basically, they’re teaching you to make “affiliate reviews”. 
If you’ve seen most affiliate reviews about digital product on Youtube, they aren’t actually reviews. They’re just the sales page pulled and transformed into a video. 
How do you expect people to get interested in your video when they’ve seen and heard everything on the sales page in the first place?
They’re too shabby, you’ll never get anybody to buy your offer, let alone click on your sales page. 
It won’t work. 
There are just too many so-called affiliate marketers making it and you’re not doing real product reviews in the first place!
It’s just a shabby way to promote products they know little about and cloaking it as a review video. 
Check this out for instance:

I searched for “Affiliate Titan X reviews” and the YouTube search results listed a bunch of so-called product reviews with barely anybody watching them.
If you follow what Affiliate Titan X is teaching, you’ll end up with videos like these. 
Frankly, if you but Affiliate Titan X, you’ll merely be taught to make “review videos” that will never make anyone convert. It’s such a waste of money, even if it’s just $5.  
Affiliate Titan X is an utterly shallow training teaching you ankle-deep information when you need a neck-deep training to start making money online. 
The disconnect is just too large, I don’t believe it will ever live up to its $10,000 per day income hype. 
If you want to get a real picture of how much money you’ll make with affiliate marketing, here’s Simon to explain it to you. 
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Why You Can’t Make Money With Affiliate Titan X
1. Nobody Buys At First Glance
It’s highly unlikely anybody who lands on your video, even if it’s decent enough to consume, will immediately decide to buy what you pitch to them.
There’s a marketing strategy called “Buyer’s Journey” where you put people in a funnel with the ultimate goal of getting them to convert and come back for more. 
You can’t reach this goal with just one video. (A lousy one if you use Affiliate Titan X)
You’re whole YouTube channel or website must help people get aware of who you are, why you’re credible, and what you are pitching. You give them good reasons to convert. 
They should know who you are so they can start building trust in you. 
Nothing about this strategy is taught in Affiliate Titan X. 
Question:
When was the last time you trusted a random, overly-energetic voice over-promising you over-the-edge income claims? 
Never, right?
I know you’re too smart for that. 
2. You’ll Need To Spend More
Making decent and sustainable money online requires more than just a $5 investment. 
At the very least, you’ll need to pay for domain and hosting for your own website which costs $30-$40 per year, and good quality training which costs around $500-$600 per year. 
Think about it:
It’s completely nuts to start cliff climbing without even learning how to tie a rope. 
The same principle goes for making money online. Unless you invest in learning how it works, you’ll be in for a huge painful fall.
True, there’s good money in affiliate marketing. But you’ll only get to that point when you’ve invested in learning the skill set needed. 
Is Affiliate Titan X A Scam? 
Yes, Affiliate Titan X is a scam. The system misleadingly tells you there’s value to the package it provides when in reality you can find them for free elsewhere. What makes it more of a scam is promising sky-high income claims you couldn’t achieve just by relying on the training alone.
Where Do You Go From Here?
Pull the plug on overly hyped systems and start learning the ropes of affiliate marketing yourself with good training.
Invest in training that takes you by the hand while teaching you everything from scratch. 
Let’s face it, the more you know about the business, the better your control is. 
Wealthy Affiliate offers you this kind of training. You’ll get to learn about affiliate marketing right from how you build it up to how you maintain it. 
You’ll learn of the best sustainable traffic solutions you won’t get to learn with shiny systems like Affiliate Titan X. 
If you’re interested in giving it a shot, the 1st 10 lessons are free for you to try. 
To get you started, check out this comprehensive Wealthy Affiliate review to learn more about what this training can offer you. 
What’s Your Take?
Were you convinced Affiliate Titan X has lousy software? Were you disappointed to learn how shallow the training is? Tell us what you feel in the comments section below. 

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The Lost Code Review: Misleading Income Claims By Brendan

Hi and welcome to my The Lost Code review, I’m IG by the way, a researcher and a full-time blogger on online money-making opportunities.
Today’s goal is to reveal if there is truth to the claims that you can make a massive $4,762.73 per week if you follow The Lost Code training.
Is it a legit course or is it just another scam?
Will you make money in under an hour with this or will it take you years to see some trickle back from your investment?
If you’re ready to know the answers, let’s dive in!

What We’ll Cover In This Review:

How Brendan Pictures The Lost Code To Be
Brendan Mace and Jono Armstrong have partnered to supposedly give you a YouTube marketing training course that works like an income-generating treasure. The Lost Code is training on how you can earn a high-ticket commission with the help of videos.
This is not the first training Brendan and Jono have together. They also have: 
With The Lost Code, you’re going to do affiliate marketing with YouTube videos as the way to drive people to your offers instead of the usual landing pages or squeeze pages.
Why Brendan Named It The Lost Code
Brendan gave 2 reasons why he came up with this product name.
1. The “bad guys” (he doesn’t explain who) supposedly doesn’t want you to use this method so they can stay reach while keeping you poor. He ways when you find this, your life will change. 
There’s no telling if it’s a good change or a bad one.
But if you’re keeping your hopes up with this, I think the latter will happen. 
2. Apparently, Brendan says it’s “literally the easiest way to make money online” if you just follow the steps he made. 
Here’s the real deal:
Tons of people are competing to get user attention on YouTube, things won’t be easy when you try to find out how you get people to notice you. 
Believe me, you have to pour a lot of research into the work. I’ve been doing SEO for some time now and there is a lot of things you need to tweak and consider. 
It’s doable, but not as easy and as fast as how Brendan says it. 
What You Get Vs What Brendan Is Telling You
I’ll give you a list of what Brendan tells you on the sales page and the reality behind those hypes. I’ve got to tell you right off the bat, this can turn your interest in The Lost Code off.
1. Brand New And Never Seen Before
It’s not brand new and it has been seen before. Since 2005, YouTube videos have been used as a marketing strategy, 13 years before The Lost Code came to exist.
Contrary to what Brendan says, this is not a completely original marketing strategy. 
2. 100% Newbie-Friendly
The Lost Code can be good if you’re new to using YouTube videos to drive people to your offers. However, if you’re a complete newbie to making money online, The Lost Code will do you little good. 
The training it covers is about how you can market your product. If you have no idea what to sell and who to sells to, you won’t get to learn these on The Lost Code. 
3. Take 15-20 Minutes To Make Money
That’s a crazy short period of time. No matter how good your videos are and how many you upload in one time, if you haven’t built credibility, you won’t get people to convert. 
Getting people to trust you doesn’t happen overnight, it will take months and even years to build your credibility. 
4. You Can Make $4,000+ Per Week
In the long run, when you know the ropes and apply the right strategies, making 4 grand won’t be a pie in the sky. 
However, just relying on The Lost Code won’t get you there. You’ll need more in-depth training on affiliate marketing which this course won’t cover, something Wealthy Affiliate will. 
But here’s a sobering thought:
After Brendan promises massive dollars, the disclaimer clearly says, you can’t hold Brendan liable in case you don’t make a cent out of The Lost Code.
Apparently, there’s no guarantee you can make the amount of money he promises you. 
The Very Basic Training You Get In The Lost Code
Inside the member’s area, you’ll see the list of topics on the left about what you’ll learn in The Lost Code. The videos range from 3 minutes to 57 minutes. 
Inside you’ll get: 
A Welcome video
An Overview of The Lost Code
Case Study and Proof (it’s just a bunch of claims about money coming in but not really showing how the exact steps of how you make the money)
The Lost Code Money Pages where they’ll teach you to create landing pages to promote affiliate offers
Audition Money Method which is supposed to be a strategy to spike conversions

Simple Little Promos where Jono comes in teaching you about including bonuses to get people to buy the product from you and now anyone else
Your Very Own Webinar – Here’s the thing, they’re pitching The Lost Code to beginners, how are these people supposed to create a web seminar if they still have to learn things themselves.

Traffic Method 1 supposedly teaching you how you can get free traffic from YouTube
Traffic Method 2 which are paid ads on Bing

Traffic Method 3 are underground sources where they tell you to use one of their flopped traffic products to drive invisible traffic to your offers
List Building Hack where they teach you to build an email list but not teach you what email marketing is all about. 
These videos will only teach the very basic things about setting up your YouTube videos, why they rank, and some on-page SEO. 
Disappointingly, the training covers just those things. You have to tap onto other courses to learn everything about affiliate marketing and to bring your online income skills to the next level.
The Reality About The Lost Code Strategy
The training is ok but it’s not enough and it’s not as easy as they say making money is. You’re not going to start making money in just a quarter of an hour especially if you’re just starting out. 
Brendan is setting wrong expectations for you. The method isn’t even new. 
Here’s why I say you can’t make money in just 15-20 minutes:
The thing with YouTube marketing, especially in ranking organically, it takes time to build up. You have t make your presence known and prove you’re worth listening to.
Think about this:
Will you quickly believe a stranger who just randomly walks up to you saying you can make $4,000 per week?
Of course not!
Unless he proves his credibility, you won’t trust a thing he says. The same principle holds true for YouTube marketing and building organic traffic. 
Even if you upload 100 videos today it still takes some time to build authority and to rank on YouTube, it’s a long-term strategy. 
If you apply The Lost Code training, you definitely need to learn the ropes of affiliate marketing too. 
You have to know:
What people buy
Who they buy from
How you get them to trust you
How you generate traffic that converts
How to build relationships with your customers to become they’re go to seller
You should know these things, but The Lost Code doesn’t cover it in the training. 
Again, the videos will supposedly help you make high-ticket commissions. High-ticket commissions only happen if you have high-ticket products.
Since you’re a beginner, they’ve leveraging on your innocence on how affiliate marketing works by offering you their Project Profit Academy training where you supposedly get 50% of the sales when someone buys it from you. 
If you think about it, you’re logically just paying them to teach you how they can use you to make more money. 
Don’t get me started on any claims they care for you that’s why they made this training hullaballoos. The logic clearly debunks it. 
Is The Lost Code A Scam?
No, The Lost Code is not a scam because you do get basic decent training on YouTube marketing. However, it’s not something I’d recommend to you because the claims are too basic and misleading, you’ll end up disappointed.
Plus, it’s so basic, it doesn’t cover everything you need to know about affiliate marketing.
My Last Thoughts On The Lost Code
It’s way wiser if you invest in a piece of training that provides everything you need to know about making money online. 
Although The Lost Code has a very cheap front-end, you’ll either end up spending more for upsells or in a completely different training to cover for the learning gaps in The Lost Code.
Training like the one provided by Wealthy Affiliate gets every beginner a great jumpstart in making money online. 
It includes a test period where you don’t have to shed a single cent to start learning followed by a comprehensive training that covers everything from scratch and last but not least, a community of affiliate marketers who have tried the training themselves. 
If you’re interested in knowing more about Wealthy Affiliate, head on to this comprehensive Wealthy Affiliate review to get an answer to your questions about the training.
What Can You Say?
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