Turn blog into business

Turn Your blog into a business with affiliate marketing

In this article, we will cover how to turn a blog into a business with affiliate marketing.  Affiliate marketing is the perfect business model for monetizing your blog because it provides an opportunity for passive income and you can scale up without having to deal with inventory or shipping costs. It’s also much easier than becoming an expert in just …

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Clickbank marketplace

Sell Affiliate Products From The Clickbank Marketplace

Today I’m going to show you how to make money with the Clickbank marketplace as an affiliate marketer. By the end of this post you’ll understand the Clickbank basics and why gravity is important. You’ll also learn how to select products that produce recurring income so your business can have …

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Get Affiliate Traffic

The Ultimate Way To Drive Free Traffic To Your Affiliate Links

Today, you will learn the ultimate way to get traffic to your affiliate links, for free. Today is the seventh module of my free course that I also have been uploading to my YouTube Channel, where I teach you how to build an affiliate marketing business without a website. I’ve also …

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Youtube Affiliate Marketing: The Formula For Success

In this article, we are going to talk about how my students are using Youtube to drive traffic in their affiliate marketing businesses. This is the seventh module of my free course. Previously we looked at how to structure an affiliate marketing business without a website. I showed you how …

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Keyword Research Tools

8 Free Keyword Research Tools For Affiliate Marketers

Knowing which keywords to use can be confusing and frustrating, so I’m going to show you a quick and easy method to do proficient keyword research. Today is the 4th module in my free affiliate marketing course. Previously, we looked at how to build and organize an affiliate marketing business …

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Fast Way To Find Affiliate Products That Sell

Choosing the right affiliate products to promote and sell can be a minefield, so today you’re going to learn how to do it right – the first time. Previously we talked about how to structure an affiliate marketing business without a website, how to choose a niche, and today you’re …

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Increase affiliate sales

The Secret To Increasing Your Affiliate Sales

Imagine if you always knew the exact words to say to get people to buy products through your affiliate link. You’d quickly increase your affiliate sales, right? Today we are going to be talking about the science and the art of persuasive marketing, so you know exactly what you need …

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Affiliate Marketing Without A Website? A Beginners Guide

Can you really build an affiliate marketing business without a website? Yes, you can. And I will show you how, but there is something that separates the people who succeed from the ones who don’t. You see, today is the first lesson in a new series that will teach you …

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The Mistake That Kills Affiliate Marketing Business

You know, every day I get a bunch of emails from people asking me to look at their websites and tell them where they’re doing wrong. But let’s face it. Most people who start affiliate marketing fail. And you know you what? They usually fail pretty quickly, because as harsh …

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Content Marketing Strategy

The Ultimate Content Marketing Strategy for Passive Income

This is the ultimate content marketing strategy for making reliable passive income online. I’ve simplified the entire process and made it so simple anyone can replicate it. So today you will learn how to: Grow an audience online Monetize it for passive income Achieve it in less than 6 months …

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Affiliate Marketing Guide

The Ultimate Guide To Building An Affiliate Marketing Site (For Free & In 30 Minutes)

Affiliate marketing?

Don’t get sucked into the hype, brah.

There’s a lot of it out there.

And there’s a lot of misinformation as a result. It’s usually found in emails and articles filled with links that promote questionable products (and the author receives a high commission on each sale… oh what a conscience).

You’ve probably seen some of the sludge out there, you might have even been tricked by it too.

But it’s designed to trick you.

The hype only exists to take your money.

For that reason you will not find a single affiliate link in this tutorial.

That’s because I value your trust more than commission.

So put your wallet away.

Here’s what you’ll learn today:

  • Why you don’t need to spend money
  • Learn to find the right niche
  • The pros and cons of free web hosting
  • The fast way to build an email list
  • How to build a profitable relationship
  • The best way to profit from helping your tribe

That’s a lot of stuff, right? There’s a reason why this is called the ultimate guide.

Affiliate Marketing Without Investment?

Affiliate Marketing has become an extremely popular way to build an internet business – sometimes with absolutely zero initial investment.

So today’s article will accompany a training video I uploaded to the Profit Copilot YouTube channel, teaching you how to start and run your own affiliate marketing business, and walk you all the way through to making your very first sale.

This is a great business model for those who are new to marketing or running an online business in general, as well as those who are not completely sure if it is the route they want to take for the long run. Investing a significant amount of money into a business model you either do not know about or are unsure of, can be a surefire way to waste your funds.

However, it’s always useful to invest money in the correct tools and training courses when it comes to any business, so that’s a great option to help you succeed more quickly.

When you start an online business for free, you must be prepared to work harder and wait a little longer to reach the results you want.

So here, I’ll teach you how to find the right niche for you and start your own affiliate marketing business.

We will even look into free web hosting.

That’s right.

You can get web hosting for free, read on to find out more about this and how you can do this for yourself.

The Truth About Niche Research

The first starting point is  of course niche research.

And we’ve all seen blog posts and videos that talk about which niches have the most potential for profit.

Forget everything you’ve been told about niche research.

Don’t even start worrying about long tail keywords, and exact match domains.

Here’s the truth.

There is money in almost every niche out there, if you market it correctly.

Think about it.

So, investigate the niches that interest you. If you’re unsure, look at the types of sites you visit the most, the types of books you read and videos you watch. Your goal here is to find the topic you feel at home with; the niche you know and feel comfortable with and most importantly, the one you’re passionate about.

One you’ve decided on the niche you’d like to begin working with, head over to Amazon and search for it.

That’s the big clue here; if it’s on Amazon then there’s a market for it.

affiliate marketing niche research

For example, I am extremely passionate about music and although I am a terrible guitar player, it’s something I love to talk about, learn about and surround myself with.

So if you watch the training video, you’ll see that I used “guitars” as my niche example.

One of the first items that showed-up in the Amazon search results was a best-selling guitar book for beginners. It was a sponsored post, which shows that since someone paid to have their post advertised on Amazon, there is a good amount of money to be made in that area.

There are many guitar books for sale on Amazon, and people are buying them every day.

This looks like a good niche, if only I had the mad-skillz on guitar.

But what about your interests? Well since you’re reading this I’m going to assume that you’re interested in marketing, to some degree.

So I used marketing as my next example, (as this is also something I’m very passionate about) and it showed similar results to the guitar niche.

There were a lot of products and books on the topic (Kindle, audiobook, etc.) and quite a few sponsored adverts.

When you see books being written and/or released within your niche, it’s a good indication that it’s going to be a profitable area.

Once you’ve done your niche research, you can move on to the second stage; finding web hosting.

The Great Web Hosting Debate

Web hosting a massive area and it comes in two flavours; paid and free.

There are people on both sides of the debate who defend their position fiercely.

Now, before I continue, I can’t stress enough how valuable having paid web hosting it is. There are many reasons for this, from technical support to having total control over your business, but the most important is that it is much easier to monetize a paid, self-hosted website.

But if you intend on using free hosting, I suggest going to WordPress (.com not .org) and signing up there.

free WordPress hosting

There is a big difference between the two sites, but when it comes to a brand-new Affiliate Marketing business, the free version of WordPress can be a great place to start.

Although if you read the website’s Terms of Service section, and I highly encourage you to do this, you will see that you cannot monetize it in the same way you would be able to with the self-hosted .org version. So, plan to switch over to a self-hosted site when you feel your business is growing.

When creating your free WordPress website, you’ll have the option to choose your niche and a hosting plan. My suggestion is to choose the free plan and steer clear of any paid hosting option, regardless of what stage your business is in. When you choose to let WordPress host your website for you, you are subjected to their Terms of Service, but when you are self-hosted, you have complete control of the site and what you can do with it.

When you’re done signing up, WordPress will give you your new domain name.

Paste this URL into your address bar, voila!

This is your new website.

Once you’ve done this, you can take some time to set up your website’s theme, content and information. Be sure to get familiar with creating and posting blogs, because you’ll need this skill when using an affiliate marketing business model.

Free Autoresponders

One of the most important skills you’ll need to learn is how to build an email list. Most of your profits in affiliate marketing are tied directly to your email list and the relationship you create with your contacts. You’ll want to choose an email service and start building your list.

There are hundreds of services for email marketing, and many of them allow you to build a contact list for free. In my Affiliate Marketing video, I investigated a few including MailChimp and SendinBlue as well as Mailer Lite, but the first discourages affiliate marketing (although they do allow affiliate links) so I used the second for the tutorial.

Mailer Lite is currently in the stage of accepting applications for free use, so you can look into that as well.

Again, you’ll want to look at the Terms of Service sections for these email marketing platforms, as some do not allow or discourage all affiliate marketing, while others may discourage some niches and accept others.

I kept this in mind while designing this training course so that it is applicable with almost any platform.

Many of them discourage it simply since there are affiliate marketing businesses out there that buy or find individual’s contact information to build a random list and essentially spam people. We aren’t doing that here; this course and method is completely ethical and protects your clients’ information.

We will target specific audiences with specific products, as well as suggestions and service recommendations that will be valuable to them.

So, using SendinBlue, I first began by creating an email list. This is a very easy service to use. I do have more advanced training courses that can walk you through this process, but for now, just create a basic email list. SendinBlue is a great platform to use if you’re looking for a zero-investment business startup.

SendinBlue also offers you the ability to create forms that you connect to and embed on your website.

You’ll want to first create a sign-up form and/or a newsletter form and copy the link, so you can post it on your affiliated social media accounts and your affiliate marketing website. You may want to spend some time crafting a better-looking form, add the link to the form and save it. Test this link to make sure it takes you back to your site.

So now, we have the affiliate marketing niche, free web hosting and we’ve started to build an email list. Your next step will be to start developing a relationship with the individuals on your email list. A simple way to do this is to create an incentive for them to sign up on your page.

Build Your Email List Fast

To build your affiliate email list faster, you  have to know what your visitors want.

Then you give something of value to them, that would incentivise them to subscribe (and eventually become a customer).

On my example sign up page, I offered “one simple trick to build an email list fast and free”.

You can do some research into email marketing and find content that you can share with these individuals. (Many email marketing services and platforms offer this content in the form of examples or fillable forms and downloads.)

As of this time, the Terms and Services for EzineArticles.com allow you to republish content from online articles for free, if you include links and credit the original authors, so this may be a great option as well.

Reading these conditions during the tutorial video, it showed that the service asks that you respect copyrights when sharing materials, agree to include a full resource box or signature line at the end of the article, and agree not to change the title or article content in anyway.

What I’m using for my “freebie” here is a relevant article that appeals to my specific audience.

This is easy to make; I just copied and pasted the article from Ezine.

I took its full title/headline, copyright information and all links included (remember, this is a part of their Terms and Conditions!) and pasted it all into a new email and set it to automatically send to new subscribers – by making a new email campaign.

Be sure to edit and test this campaign email to make sure you like how it looks and that all links work and take you to the right website. You can even give the email an engaging introduction, create some tension or drama to hook them and pull them into the content.

Once your campaign is ready to be sent, you can set a schedule with triggers, for this one you’ll want to make it your ‘welcome’ message and then save it.

So, by this point, you’ve set up your website and your sign-up form, you’ve provided something to incentivise potential leads to share their information with you, and now you’ll want to ask something in return.

You’ll do this by promoting products through affiliate links.

Money, Money, Money

Although many of you will think of Amazon first when it comes to affiliate marketing, I much prefer to use other companies; simply because, while Amazon has thousands of products and is a very popular e-commerce site, their commission rates are very low (about 4%).

It is very difficult to make any kind of profit from Amazon’s affiliate program (Amazon Associates) unless you can spend a lot of time and money from the get-go and are promoting many low-ticket products at a time, or are able to sell some very expensive, high-ticket items.

I have made more profit by using other programs and promoting different items.

Now you’ll want to really start to promote your products. Head over to Clickbank and visit their marketplace, where you can research these products within your niche and choose which ones you would like to promote.

You will want to narrow down your niche as much as you can if it is very wide to begin with. Through clickbank, you’ll be able to see the cost of these products, as well as the commission you’ll make, and it’s free to use for affiliate marketing.

In my video, I narrowed down my search to ‘email marketing’ and found that the average product cost was about $200 with a 50% to 75% commission rate. You get this commission once a customer purchases a product through your affiliate link.

There is also a rating-type system in Clickbank called gravity, which many less ethical or pay-to-play marketers will look for, but you want to ignore this and instead focus on items that will bring value. If you’re unsure about whether something is considered valuable, ask yourself if it is a product that connects with you and your audience, if it is something they would need and get use out of, and if it serves a purpose. If it does not move onto the next.

Clickbank will then allow you to create a tracking ID/link for different forms of sharing and promotion. For this specific step, you’ll want to choose an email link.

The product(s) you chose will be in the second email you send to your followers, so you’ll want this tracking ID to see how well the email is performing. Whenever someone clicks this link and purchases the product, you will receive a commission! Bear in mind though, that some products must be pre-approved for sale, so you’ll want to choose those that do not require a waiting period when you first start your affiliate marketing business.

It pays to keep in mind that the commission rates for digital products and physical products tend to differ quite a bit, so keep this in mind when promoting products through affiliate programs. I encourage people to go for the digital products as they have a much higher profit margin.

Would you rather make $200 by selling physical products, or thousands by promoting the digital ones?


Brining It All Together

Now that you’ve got your products picked out and your affiliate link ready, you can go back into the email campaigns and set up automation, so that the email marketing platform sends another email, just as we did previously, but this time with the affiliate link.

A great way to start this is to create that email and address the problem that your audience is having, and how your promoted project is going to solve that problem for them.

You can either write this out yourself or, like the last email, use pre-written content. Add this affiliate link at the top of your email so it is front and center! Then, share the article or relevant content with a message stating that you thought your clients would be interested in this information.

Affiliate marketing using these methods is not only ethical, but it works. Every time you contact the individuals on your email list, you are providing them with something useful that they enjoy engaging with. Those who feel that they truly have the problem you’re addressing will trust your advice and recommendations more and are more likely to click through and purchase these items.

Always make sure to be genuine, snappy, engaging, and excited when you share these products and content. Build trust and rapport with your audience and they’ll give the same to you!

What Next?

Once you’ve got your affiliate machine built, how are you going to get traffic and leads?

I’ve got some free training that will show you organic traffic methods profitcopilot.com/traffic

5 Essential WordPress Plugins For Affiliate Marketers

Today, I want to share with you the five most effective WordPress plugins that you can use for Affiliate Marketing.

Because you know the drill, I don’t need to explain affiliate marketing, so this will be a fairly cut and dry article. Simple. 

Plus I’ll share some information about each option so that you can make the best decision on which you feel would fit your affiliate marketing needs. 

  1. Thirsty Affiliates

Thirsty Affiliates is, in my opinion, the best and most efficient plugin for this type of marketing. The plugin allows you to organize your affiliate links into different categories or niches and lets you cloak your affiliate links so they look more ‘natural’ on your website. Thirty Affiliates acts as a link-shortener and gives you useful statistics that you can use to improve your affiliate marketing campaigns through WordPress.

  1. Amazon Product

Amazon Product is a plugin that lets you add Amazon products to new and existing posts on your WordPress website. It can help you find and add the right Amazon products for your audience, and it automatically monetizes each product by connecting it to your Amazon Affiliate ID. This is helpful for those individuals who may be short on time when it comes to searching for and adding products, as well as those who may not have the technical finesse to add each one into posts in a neat, natural way.

  1. Amazon Auto Links

This is another Amazon affiliate plugin, and shows the latest products added to Amazon and relevant to your niche. Amazon Auto Links chooses products that best match your audience and displays them on your WordPress site by inserting them into your posts automatically. It also gives you the option to display products in the sidebar area, so that they are visible to your visitors as they navigate through your website.

Auto Links is pretty easy to use and mostly automated, so it’s extremely useful to individuals that aren’t yet comfortable with choosing and adding affiliate products.

  1. Thrive Leads & Thrive Architect

These are actually two separate, but corresponding plugins. They plugins are what I use most frequently and what I feel to be the most useful out of the entire list. Together, Thrive Leads and Thrive Architect help you to capture leads at every point on your website. They allow you to create stunning squeeze pages, widget sidebars, notification bars, exit intent pop-ups, contact forms, sign up requests and more.

I use just about every single product that Thrive has created, but use Thrive Leads and Thrive Architect most often. If you look around Profit Co-Pilot you’ll see these plugins in action at the frontend. At the backend, they offer detailed statistics and the ability to split-test everything you curate so that you’re able to truly maximize your conversions. Thrive plugins are a great alternative to spending hundreds of dollars a month on Clickfunnels.

  1. Affiliate Manager

The last plugin on this list is primarily for individuals who sell their own products and recruit affiliates. Affiliate Manager is used to help you manage your affiliates and promote your products. It allows for real-time tracking and reporting, as well as ad tracking, so that you can see exactly what’s happening among your affiliates. If you want to know who’s bringing in the most sales or doing the most promotion at any given time, Affiliate Manager is the plugin you’ll want to use. It also integrates with almost every WordPress shopping cart, which is a major advantage.

Now that you have this list of some of the best Affiliate Marketing plugins, you’ll be able to focus on gaining more traffic and subscribers to your site and your social media accounts.

If you want more information and profitable tips, be sure to go to profitcopilot.com/traffic for my absolutely free, no-strings-attached training course! And as always, make sure you’re following my YouTube channel and blog for new, helpful articles and videos every week.

My 3 Most Profitable Passive Income Methods

You’re about to learn the 3 most profitable passive income systems that I have ever used. 

This is 100% based on my personal experience.

I am going to show you what has worked the most for me and what I had the most success with.

You need to pay attention to this if you want to generate passive income for yourself.

This is what actually works.

All the systems that I’m discussing here are simple.

Anyone can use them to make passive income.

What is TRUE Passive Income?

You see, technology is no longer a barrier.

However, passive income does require some work.

There’s a little bit of a misconception about passive income.

But rest assured, once you’ve set it up and you put the work in, you can profit from that work forever.

You do need to tweak it every now and then, just to make sure that everything is running as it should be.

The advice is to start now because you’re going to reap the rewards later.

Remember, the sooner you start the sooner, you will see those results.

The 3 Ways to Make Passive Income

  • Ad Revenue and Sponsored Ads

This is the first passive income system that I used.

I have had some success with it.

These are banner ads.

I’m sure we’re all familiar with banner ads.

Then there can also be sponsored posts.

I’ve had success with both of these, though I’ve had more success with responsive posts than banner ads.

How does it work?

It works like this – you get paid either a flat fee, PPC, or CPM.

  • Flat fee: A flat fee can be, say a $150 for a sponsored post.

You can get paid through every click that banner ad receives, which is typically fairly low.

  • CPM: CPM is that for every 1000 people who see that banner ad, you earn somewhere between 10 cents and $5, depending on your website, all the traffic combined and on your niche.

Some platforms use a mix of CPM and PPC (pay-per-click).

This business model and this passive income system is good for viral and high traffic websites.

If you have a low traffic website, I would probably give it a miss for the moment.

My highest earning using this passive income method…

My personal highest earnings per month using this passive income system has been around $3,000 per month.

Which is okay, it’s enough to live on.

A hundred percent of my income was made through ad revenue at one point in my life.

Passive Income Systems I recommend for this method

So, if you like the idea of this passive income system, I will recommend using:

  • Google Adsense

They tend to have the highest CPM and click-through rate payouts in the business.

  • Adblade

You can also use ad blade. I’ve had great success with Adblade

  • Taboolah
  • Buy Sell Ads

You can list your website on buy sell ads, and then deal directly with advertisers.

This way you can earn more revenue instead of using a middleman.

  • Affiliate Marketing

The second most profitable passive income system that I have used is affiliate marketing.

In this, you earn a commission based on referrals.

So, you refer people to a product, and you earn a commission.

  • Physical products (low commission)

Now when it comes to physical products, the commission is typically a lot lower.

I think at Amazon it starts around 4% of every sale.

  • Digital products (high commission)

Digital products command a much higher commission.

That’s between 50% and 75% per sale.

If you’re interested in affiliate marketing, I would absolutely recommend that you start with digital products first, because you get to earn a lot more.

This works best with email marketing, not cold traffic.

So a lot of people enter affiliate marketing using banner ads.

They put ads and links on their website to a sales page.

And it doesn’t convert.

Value-based marketing

(value+pitch = profit)

The best way to get that conversion happening is through an email list.

You do value based marketing.

So, you deliver high quality, educational, and transformational content to your audience – your email list, and then you make a pitch.

So, you’re warming people up first before going straight in for the pitch.

My earning through affiliate marketing…

My highest earnings per month from affiliate marketing has been relatively low.

It’s been about $4,000 per month.

Which is still enough to live on.

But if you’re interested in this business model, then I can recommend Amazon if you want to sell physical products.

When it comes to selling physical products, I would encourage you to sell high ticket items – things like big HD TVs, etc instead of small items.

For digital products, Clickbank is a good starting point.

JVzoo and Warrior Plus, these are all great sources of digital products that you can earn a commission on.

Info Products

The single most profitable passive income system for me has been info products.

These are ebooks online, courses, masterminds.

This is true passive income.

  • You automate a sale system.
  • Once it’s set up, it just runs forever.

The e-learning industry is insanely lucrative.

The best thing is these digital products are very easy to make.

You probably already have everything you need to get started if you can use Google Docs or Microsoft Word, or PowerPoint.

You already have everything you need to make digital information products.

These things are just ebooks.

And even the more advanced ones just use slides.

Exactly like I’m doing right now.

And they sell so well because customers buy for experience not for qualifications.

What I mean by that is if you have hands-on experience in something, and you figured out a quick way to achieve results – people will buy that.

People want results.

They’re not interested in learning the background, and the theory, and all the boring book learning stuff that these traditional experts will sell them.

People just want to get the results fast.

And they want to buy from people who are like them.

Who have been in a similar situation to them and managed to overcome those problems.

This is why the info product industry is so lucrative.

My earning using info products…

I know from personal experience how lucrative it can be, because my highest earnings from selling information products has been $12,000 per month.

So, if you like the idea of selling your own information products then you can sell them on:

  • Your site
  • Udemy
  • Teachable

We’ve got a whole wide range of different sources and places we can sell these products.

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Well, info products are the way to go, right?”

And, you are right so for.

This is why, I’ve got a 100% free training course that will show you how to make information products.

  • Why most people fail and how you can succeed?

Around 95% of people who try to start an online business, specifically a passive income stream fail.

I’m going to show you how you can be in the 5% who succeed.

Realistic numbers and earning potential

I’m also going to show you realistic numbers of your earnings potential.

I’m going to keep it very realistic, showing you what is actually achievable and how you can make fairly decent profit from relatively low figures.

We don’t need a massive high conversion rate to make a good income.

I’m sure you’ve already seen people throwing around crazy figures: six-figure, seven-figure incomes.

Listen, those guys have been doing this stuff for a long time.

For me personally, I launched my first information product in 2009.

So, it’s a long time ago now.

Which is why I can get the results that look impressive.

So, I’m going to show you what kind of results to expect when you first start out.

Nobody else shows you that.

Everybody wants to kind of wow you with the six-figure income, and the seven-figure income.

I’m not going to do that because that’s not realistic in the start.

We’re going to stay with our feet firmly on the ground in reality.

You’re going to see what is actually achievable.

And you might be surprised by what I reveal to you

Passive income framework for maximum profit

I’m also going to show you the passive income framework that you can use to maximize your profit.

This is how we create an interlinking chain of small information products that steadily increases in value and profit over time.

This framework, when we zoom out, you can actually apply it to your entire business.

It is powerful.

It is the framework that I use and all successful online marketers and entrepreneurs use.

I’m going to show you how to make and launch your first ebook.

What I’m going to do is give you the six sections that you need to fill in

  • You’re going to write a paragraph for each set, and use that as your starting point.

Of course you can delve into it and write as much content as you want but this is a really good starting point.

You will have some structure and framework to use that will help guide you to make your first ebook.

It’s going to be really useful to you.

If you want all this training you can have it completely free by going to: https://profitcopilot.com/passiveincome