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Link earning in SEO

This is an interesting article on SEOMOZ posted by Randfish. He describes that SEO link building is dead and hence those trying to acquire links as a means to build ranking will no longer be counted and even be penalised. So what does this mean as far as building links are concerned. It means that, try not to build links but try to earn your links. What this means is that, earning links that will bring you relevant traffic. This means, no more anchor texts, no more directory submissions, link exchanges  reciprocal links, buying links but instead you need good links that you have earned.

So what constitutes of earning links? They mean social sharing. For instance if a visitor is on your site and likes your content, they will share and if its that good then it will get more shares and eventually magnified. So you have earned links. 

Earn links directly by content, this means that the content is so good that people want to link to you, embed your story, write about it, blog about it and refer you to others. Again you have earned links. A link from a powerful site from your own industry is worth hundreds of article directory submissions. 

Watch this video to understand to understand more about link earning means

Aweber Review: Start using Aweber for $1

Once you’ve decided you’re ready to start building your list, it’s time to sign up for an autoresponder service. I highly recommend using Aweber and there are a couple of good reasons for that. Let me give you a quick overview of why I highly recommend this particular list building service.

Aweber is easy to use

Aweber has been around for quite some time and they are constantly making improvements to their system. What does that mean for you? They continue to make it easier for you to grow your list and to then turn around and email them.

One of the things you’re going to want to do is to set up your first list. Aweber has a step-by-step wizard that will walk you through the entire process. And if you’re not sure what to do along the way, there are video tutorials to help you. By the way, since so many people are using Aweber, there are lots of helpful tutorials on YouTube as well.

How To Put a Aweber Form on Your WordPress Blog:

Next, you’ll want to include a signup form on your blog. Aweber makes it easy with an entire library of templates to choose from. No matter what niche or industry you are in, you’re bound to find one that’s a good fit for your blog. Once you’re done editing your form, you can just copy and paste the code. Or… if you’re using WordPress to run your blog, you can use the handy Aweber plugin to include the form in your blog’s sidebar.

Deliverability of Aweber

Another big reason why so many marketers use Aweber is because they have one of the best email deliverability rates in the industry. In other words, they make sure that your emails get into your subscribers’ inboxes instead of their spam folder. I don’t have to tell you that that’s a big advantage.

You Can Get Started for $1

Yes, you read that right … you can get started for just a dollar for your first month. After that you’ll pay $19 per month. This gives you 30 days to start growing your list - and more importantly - start profiting from it. Getting to the point where you’re making at least $20 per month as a direct result of your list, isn’t very hard. Let’s run through a simple little example.

Let’s say you build a list of 100 subscribers (I’ll show you how to do that in the next section). You also find a product you can promote to that list that pays a $20 commission per sale. You email your list, recommending the product and get just one person to buy and your Aweber bill for next month is taken care of.

The following month, you get better at this list building stuff and add 150 new subscribers to your list. This is in addition to the 100 you already have, so you are now the proud owner of a list of 250 subscribers. You send a few more emails to them, including one promoting the affiliate product again. This time, 3 people end up buying, netting you an extra $60.

From there you just rinse and repeat. Keep growing your list and keep emailing them. As your list grows, so will the cost of Aweber, but that’s ok because as your list grows, so will the online income that you’re making from it.




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Article marketing tips

One of my favorite strategies of making money online is by article marketing. The basic idea is to write an article, include a resource box with a link to your blog or affiliate link and opt-in page and then submit it to some of the popular article directories.

You’ll get some traffic directly from those sites, but the real purpose behind this strategy is to allow other webmasters and bloggers to find your article and publish it on their sites. Whenever that happens, you’ll see a nice increase in traffic to your blog and a boost in subscribers.

What Should I Write About?

That’s a question I hear quite a bit. You want to write articles that are closely related to your blog. You also want to be very specific in each article. Think about some of the problems and issues your readers are facing… those are the types of topics you want to write about. As your site becomes more popular, this will get easier because your readers will tell you what they want to learn more about. For now, think back to some of the questions you had when just starting out.

Another option is to visit popular forums and look for questions that are asked. You can also browse some of the article directories and look what other people have written about in the category that best relates to your blog.

Once you have your topic, write a helpful article of about 400 to 500 words. Answer the question you started out with or simply share 5 to 7 tips on a topic. Most forums will allow you to place a signature in our profile; you always place a link here.

Don’t forget to spend some time crafting your author resource box. This is where you’ll lead readers from the article page back to your blog. I like to include two links. The first goes directly to the home page of my blog, the second to my opt-in page to get readers on my list.

Where Should I Submit My Articles?

Now that you’ve written your article, it’s time to submit it to some of the popular article directories. Below you’ll find a short list of directories I like to use. This is by no means a complete list. As you get more comfortable with article marketing, you’ll find other directories, but this is a good starting point.

• Ezinearticles.com
• ArticleBase.com
• GoArticles.com
• Isnare.com
• IdeaMarketer.com
• ArticleSnatch.com

How Many Should I Write?

If you’re just starting out, a good goal may be to write and submit one article per week. That’s enough to get a small trickle of traffic to your site. Of course more is always better (provided the quality of your articles doesn’t suffer). If you can manage three articles per week, great! If you’re really ambitious you may even write one per day. I don’t recommend aiming for more than that or you’ll quickly get burned out.

Article marketing is all about consistent effort. Find a number you’re comfortable with and then make sure that come hell or high water you’re getting those articles written and submitted.

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Introduction to Affiliate Marketing 

How to get subscribers fast

Let me share the big secret to building a list with you. It’s all about figuring out how to get your first 100 subscribers. Once you’ve learned that, you can simply do more of what you’re already doing to build your list faster. I’ll share three simple strategies with you that you can use to build your list. Best of all, all three of them are free and won’t take you long to implement. Let’s get started.

Blog Commenting

One of the easiest ways to get traffic and subscribers to your list is to comment on other popular blogs. Find about 10 of them and visit them several times a week. When appropriate, leave a great comment. Don’t just write “Great post, enjoyed reading it.” Instead, add to the conversation and share something of value.

This will encourage readers to click on your name and click through to your blog to learn more about you. From there you can start to get them on your list by having a signup box in the sidebar of your blog.

Forum Participation

Find 3 to 5 active forums in your niche and start participating. The important thing is to find forums that get quite a few new posts per day. They are the ones that get a fair amount of traffic and have a loyal readership. Look through posts and make sure there are at least 10 or so from today before you add it to your list of forums to start participating in. Sign up for each of those active forums and spend a few minutes creating a profile that includes a picture, some info about you and most importantly a link back to your blog.

Answer questions and be helpful on the forum. If allowed, include a signature file that invites readers to check out your blog and sign up for your newsletter. I recommend spending 15 to 30 minutes a day on these forums. You should see a few new signups per week from this activity alone. As you start to accumulate more and more posts on these forums and become known as a bit of an expert in your field, you’ll see signup percentages increase.

Write an Article

Last but not least, sit down and write a 400 word article on a topic that’s closely related to your blog. Make it helpful and interesting. At the end of your article, you’ll include an author resource box that will link back to your blog. 

Submit the article to article directories. You should see a steady little stream of new visitors to your blog and a percentage of those will sign up for your list. 


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Interview with Allie Rambles – work at home mum

"Allie Rambles"
Allie Rambles
Interview with Allie Rambles, blogger and stay at home mom of Ramblings of a WAHM. Allie has been blogging, learning and earning, sharing and teaching income online since September 2010. You can catch her on her blog.

What is your blog about?
My blog, Ramblings of a WAHM, is documentation of my journey to earn online income.  What I have succeeded and failed at is there for others to learn. You can find out more about my blog here.

When did you start your website?
I started the blog in October 2010.  It feels like yesterday though, time flies.

Why did you start blogging?
My husband bought "The Four Hour Workweek" by Tim Ferriss.  I picked it up one evening and started reading it.  His ideas were so fascinating that I needed to know more.  This is where I discovered the amazing bloggers online that were earning a living and talking about it.  I felt I could do the same thing and started Ramblings of a WAHM.

How often do you update it?
In the beginning I was posting about 2-3 times per week.  But I am working on building a business around what I do online and this takes me away from my blog more.  So now it is about once a week.  But it is always about what I am doing elsewhere on the Internet.

Where do you get the inspiration for your posts?
That is a good question.  Nowadays mostly from what I am doing but there has been times other bloggers inspire me to write something.

What is the single most thing you like about blogging?
The comments, which to me are feedback to how I am performing as a blogger.

Where do you see your blog in the next 2 years?
Funny you ask that, I just put together my first ever business plan and in it I have written projections for the next year but I didn't go further.  The Internet is ever changing and I feel I can't predict how well I will do.

But to answer your question, in 2 years I will still be cranking away at publishing posts about my journey, earning a full time income online and always growing to do and learn more.

What do you do for SEO?
There is so much that all I can do is direct you back to my blog, I have a post about what I do for seo.  But in short I have a handful of keywords I work with to rank on Google as I high I can.  I strategically place the keywords in my posts but still keeping that feel of word fluidity for the reader.  After I publish I will backlink by with social media and blog commenting.

Do you allow guest posts?
Yes I do but I am very picky.  My blog is my baby and I am very protective of her.

Do you have your own products?
No yet, but I plan to.

Do you offer any services, if yes what are they?
This is one arena I don't explore ...yet.  Maybe someday.

Do you have any advice to new bloggers?
Run.  Run as fast as you can.  Blogging will suck the life out of you.  I'm just kidding.  I love blogging.  But it can be very life draining at times.  Be sure to put time limits on your online activities.  Get outdoors.  Get coffee with friends.  Play with your kids.  Go read a book.  Get offline often.  

15 high PR blog directories to submit your blog to

Some would say that directory submissions are dead. I am afraid that’s not the case. Good directories still have authority and can make a huge difference to your search engine ranking. So if you are dreaming of becoming famous, making a lot of money from your online venture, looking at ways to increase your website rankings, then here is a list of places you can submit your website to. Remember they are quality directories and you will need more than a website to get accepted, what you need is a quality website. If you already have a quality site then head over to their sites and submit by all means. But if you have just started, I suggest you let your site age and then submit.

Fiverr Gig Ideas

Fiverr is a great place to buy and sell things. It’s like a mini-market place where you can buy/sell virtually anything although most of the things sold and bought are digital. I have been selling my services on Fiverr and this month became a second tier seller. I can’t say I make a huge amount of money but the time it takes for me to complete a gig is next to nothing. Its passive income. Here is a screen shot of the collections I made in a few days. 

A big drawback with Fiverr is that it takes 20% of your earnings. So if you sell a gig for $5, you will get back $4. But then it provides you with a massive market place.

I have used Fiverr quite a lot and suits my purpose well. Most of the things that I buy and sell are SEO related and other promotional stuff including articles. There are some who really despise Fiverr. For instance, there are those who wish Fiverr was not around so that they can sell their services for more on places such freelancer.com or Scriptlance. Fiverr has changed all that, you can head over to Fiverr and buy articles for just a few dollars. It definitely has raised competition which is good for buyers. Although you have to watch out for quality, but if you look hard enough, you can great stuff on it.

So how do you make money on Fiverr? There are number of things you can do. Sit down and think hard about your qualities, your abilities, things you can do, things you are already doing and see if you can make money out of it. Do a little brain storming.

There are some who simply dress up in a banana costume and sing happy birthday. Can you do that, with a twist? I can’t, perhaps you can. Why not give that a shot? I remember seeing a Welshman singing “happy birthday” in a thong; it actually went down very well.

So if you are considering selling something on Fiverr, here are some Fiverr gig ideas;

Article into Video Gigs
Article Spinning/Rewriting Gigs
Article Submission Gigs
Article Writing Gigs
Backlink Building Gigs
Banner Design Gigs
Domain Research Gigs
Ecover Design Gigs
Facebook Fan Pages Gigs
Facebook Marketing Gigs
Keyword Research Gigs
Logo Design Gigs
Minisite Design Gigs
Minisite Templates Gigs
Press Release Submission Gigs
Press Release Writing Gigs
RSS Submission Gigs
Social Bookmarking Gigs
Video Promotion Gigs
Video Testimonial Gigs
Voice Over Gigs
Website Submission Gigs
Singh Happy Birthday Gigs

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How to Buy Facebook Shares?

It has happened. You can now buy Facebook shares. When LinkedIn started trading its shares went from $45 in its IPO pricing to $122.70 within the first few hours of trading. But then it has never touched that price again. Now it stands above $100. It didn't happen with Facebook. But nonehetheless it’s the most widely used social media site in the world, you could make a lot of money. Learn how to buy Facebook shares from Russell Pearlman who tells us the best ways for investors to buy Facebook's shares.



Internet marketing is the new gold rush

"Ashley Qualls of Detroit", "Ashley Qualls" There are perhaps millions of people who go online every single day to look for opportunities on the internet. This is perhaps the modern day “Internet gold rush” that started at the turn of the century and amazingly there are no signs of slowing down.

As a matter of fact, most web analytics companies are saying that more and more people are trying to make a fortune on the internet today. For both the optimistic and the skeptical, it is now known that people from all walks of life are trying their hand at some form of Internet marketing. My personal feeling is that every single person has thought about it.

There are many wide stories of success on the internet. Many fake and many true. Have you head of the 17 year old girl named Ashley Qualls of Detroit, Michigan who was so fond of MySpace so much that she made a site sharing free MySpace templates. Her website became so famous that she is now a millionaire with an income of $70,000 a month through advertisement.  Why not go ahead and Google her name and see for yourself.

Email Marketing 101

Over and over again, you’re going to hear, “The gold is in the list!” You hear that and instantly get worried because you don’t HAVE a list. Well that’s an easy thing to fix.

The problem starts when people don’t build their list the right way, or they abuse their list just to tap into that “gold” and watch as it dwindles down and dries up because you let word get around that you’re nothing but a product pusher.

So we’re going to go over five things you need to know about list building, and we’ll start with how you view this whole opportunity of communication with your customers and prospects.

How to find good people for outsourcing

Many online marketers are now outsourcing leaving them to concentrate on promoting their websites. Successfully outsourcing of tasks is all about finding the right people. Don't assume everyone is right for you just because they are offering something for $10. You will be investing your time to train them, however briefly, and assign them work and that is valuable time you could be spending on your business. So take this seriously and you'll get the most out of every 10 bucks you spend. Here are a few tips for finding great people for outsourcing your online work.

Look at Feedback

Every service provider has a feedback section where people can post their comments. Read the comments of anyone you want to hire and go with your gut about what it all means. Some sellers have a star next to their offers that say 'Top Rated Seller', this is a good thing, hire them!
If someone has very little feedback yet, realize you are taking a chance with them. If someone has a lot of negative feedback, that's a sure sign not to hire them. Another thing to look for is someone who's been on the site for quite some time but has not gotten much work. There's not too many reasons to avoid hiring people on even a popular site like Fiverr unless patchy work is involved.

Request Samples

If you’re hiring someone for writing, graphics, video or any other deliverable, ask to see samples of their work. You can learn a lot about both the quality of the work you can expect and their style by looking at some of their previous work.  Ideally you want to look at a variety of samples to be able to judge if this person will be able to produce what you’re looking for.
For example, if you see one style of ebook cover in the sample file that isn’t what you’re looking for, consider asking for a different sample. It may also help to show them something similar to what you’re looking for and then asking if they can show you something they’ve done along those lines.
Keep in mind that service providers will show their best work in their samples. If they're a professional then you could try searching on Google to see if you can find other work they've done. Or you could just try them out. Obviously you don't want to spend a ton of time checking out this person. You find the right balance of research vs. hiring and then give them a try.

Expect To Try A Few People

Don’t get discouraged if things don’t work out on the first gig, even if you checked feedback, requested samples, or the person came highly recommended by a colleague. 

Instead, hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Expect to go through a few different people before you find someone that’s a good match for you and your website.
Once you find that great graphic designer or writer, keep working with them. Even better, find two or three people for each task, so you’re able to get work done whenever you need it even if your “regular” graphics guy or writer isn’t available.


Finding good people to work with does take up time and effort on your part but it's well worth it for your online business. There are good and great service providers out there – go find them!

Outsourcing your internet marketing requirements

Outsourcing can be a fantastic way to grow a new business or to turn a profitable business into a powerhouse. The problem is, not everyone has the budget to hire someone on for several hours per week or even per month. But there are many places you can outsource your content writing, banner/header making, your SEO efforts. Recently I have been trying out Fiverr. I have written about an introduction on Fiverr and how to make money on Fiverr. Fiverr is a great place to start outsourcing and it's a great place to get some experience before you move on to work with someone on a more permanent basis. 

There are all sorts of different tasks you can outsource for your online business. Here are just a few ideas to get you started. 

Graphics

Whether you need a new logo, a few button ads, or an ebook cover, Freelance websites are great places to find graphic designers that will create those graphics for you for next to nothing. Look for someone with a good reputation and request samples of their work. This helps make sure that their style matches what you want in your design. 

Graphics are often a little tricky to outsource until the person you are working with really knows you personally and understands the style and look you're going for. Keep this in mind when hiring and either be willing to try something new or be open to making a few attempts before you find someone who really hits on a look you want.

Also look for a designer who will do at least one or more revisions so you do have the opportunity to provide feedback and have some tweaks as needed. If you are going to use Fiverr then don't expect them to move mountains and recreate graphics for just $5 or you'll just be disappointed with the results. A good attitude to have with this sort of thing is to expect the worst and hope for the best.
Compare what you're getting to hiring the services of a professional who charges going rate and you'll really get a good idea of the kind of deal you're getting on Fiverr. If you find someone good, keep their information and hire them again because good graphics people are very hard to find!

Articles and Blog Posts

Obviously you need content for your business and it needs to be high quality stuff. Good writers are gems to be treasured. You're on the hunt for a few good ones to keep and assign lots of work to so they don't leave you.


To get started, here are a few tips:
-        Keep your initial writing assignments simple. Good first jobs are things like 7 Tips to X, 5 Ways to X or How to X. Don't get too deep and give them a structure to follow.
-        Make sure your writer shows you some samples. When you look at these samples check for grammar, spelling, proper layout (opening, body, closing), make sure each article has one main point.
-        Don't hire one writer to do a dozen articles right from the beginning. Get her to do about three and then review. If you're happy with those, then hire her for more.

One problem you’ll likely come across when working with writers is that the work won’t be turned in on time. You can read reviews left by others who've worked with this person, make sure they are positive and that there's no mention of an issue with meeting deadlines.

Another potential problem to be aware of if copyright infringement. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to simply copy and paste articles found on other sites. For that reason, it’s a good idea to use a service such as copyscape to check the originality of any articles you purchase from writers you don’t know – whether you find them on Fiverr or some other site.

Link Building

You can also find all sorts of link building gigs on the site. You’ll find everything from offers to set up profile pages to directory submissions to forum participation. Stay away from any listings that sound like a lot of hype and try out any link building gig on a smaller niche site first before risking your money making sites. Overall success and quality of work is very hit or miss in this category.

Social Media

This category has all sorts of interesting options from offers to get a certain amount of friends and followers for you to gigs of people with a large social media following who are offering to tweet or Facebook your message. 

If you can find a tweeter with a following that’s a good match for your product or service, this could be a great way to expand your brand and make some sales.

WARNING – Be careful with this one. You don't want to pay someone to spam for you. That will have a negative impact on your business and it's just not ethical. I'll tell you right now that just because it's on Fiverr or any freelance site, it doesn't mean that they're not spamming. You must do your own due diligence and figure out if the source is legit or if they're getting blocked left, right and center. You know how annoying it is to be spammed. You don't want to be the person doing it, even inadvertently.

Videos

Video is one of the most fun categories to browse through on Fiverr. People are offering to record all kinds of fun stuff from creating a Lego animation with your messages to sleep-talking your website name. One of the most useful offers is for voice-over services. You record a short video – perhaps a simple PowerPoint presentation – and have a professional voice-over artist read your script. These short videos make fantastic promotional pieces.

You’ll also find a lot of offers to record a video testimonial. This is highly not recommended! It's unethical and it's also illegal to pose fake testimonials as real ones. I know TV commercials get away with it but we all know they are actors and there is a disclosure. Trying to make a fake video testimonial look real is not cool and people can see it a mile away.

Make sure to do your research and use it for good, not evil. The tips you've found in this article are just the beginning. I'm sure with a little creativity and some time on the site you'll find many more ways to use the services offered there to grow your business. 

Further reading:

Introduction to buying services on Fiverr

Buying on Fiverr is a pretty easy process.  You find what you need, pay via Paypal and then wait for the other person to get back to you with questions or the finished project. All communication is done via the Fiverr interface, which makes the process simple and painless – no lost or misplaced emails to deal with.

Don't let the simplicity fool you, though. If you're not careful you can suck up a lot of valuable time on Fiverr. Between the browsing and the hiring and the decisions on details, you can easily spend hours on the site, and since you’re outsourcing to save time, not waste it, you need to be careful.

Here are some tips for making the Fiverr hiring process as smooth as possible, from sign-up to finished product.

Sign Up For a Free Account

Start by singing up for an account. All you need is a valid email address to get started. You will be asked to confirm your account before you can order a gig. The sign-up process is quick and easy, you’re just setting up a username and password for the site.

You have the option to set up a profile for your Fiverr account including a picture and some info about yourself. Unless you’re planning on offering Gigs on the site, there’s no reason to fill out all that stuff. If you do decide to fill out your profile, it won’t hurt to use keywords, but unfortunately your description cannot contain live links.

Browse Through the Categories or Use the Search Function

Next it’s time to take a look at what some of the users on Fiverr have to offer. Start by browsing through the category that most closely matches what you need done. If you’re looking for someone to create an ebook cover for you, start with the graphics section. If you’re looking for someone to proofread your latest report, look in the writing section. It’s a lot of fun to browse categories to see what others are willing to do for $5, but that can easily turn into a huge time suck. Better to go in with a plan, so you can get in and out efficiently.

If browsing the 600,000 listings on Fiverr seems a little overwhelming, you can use the search tool instead. Whether you’re looking for an ebook cover, blog post, or singing telegram, the on-site search engine is the fastest way to find it. You can also sort the results by highest-rated, newest, whether it has a video, or offers express delivery.  

Compare Providers – Look at Feedback

Once you’ve found a few providers that are offering the gigs you’re interested in, it’s time to compare them. This is actually pretty easy since the price per gig is the same. Look at how long they’ve been a member of Fiverr, how many gigs they’ve done in the past and what kind of feedback they’ve been getting. This is one of the greatest advantages to using Fiverr – you can sample multiple service providers with small projects before you start handing them over big orders.

If you’re ordering a graphic or having some articles written, you may want to ask for samples of the service provider's work before you order. This will give you a chance to look at their style and find one that’s close to what you’re looking for.

For graphics, look for people that offer to do at least one or two revisions for you in case the end result isn’t quite what you were looking for. It's great to see example of their work as well, displayed on the offer page so you can easily see their style and abilities.

Ordering a Gig – Be Prepared

Once you’ve narrowed it down to just one person, it’s time to order the gig. You’ll be sent over to paypal to make your $5 payment. Once that’s done, you’re sent back to the Fiverr site where it’s time to give some details on the gig. Be as detailed and specific as possible here. Some service providers do a great job at asking you what exactly they need to get started, while others are a bit more vague.

The more information you can give them from the start, the sooner they get the final product to you and the more likely it is to be the result you wanted. For example, if you’re ordering an ebook graphic, be specific about size, colors used, title of the ebook, author name and anything else you would like on the cover. Spending a little time here will be well worth it in the long run and make your first fiverr gig a big success.

Also, keep in mind that you will be communicating with the service provider through the Fiverr website, and will need to log in to grab your delivered product.

Buying services on Fiverr can be a very rewarding experience. A caveat is that you should expect a few flops. Not every service provider is going to be stellar and that's to be expected. The good news is that it's only going to cost you five bucks to sort through the duds and come up with some great people you can work with again and again. If you had to go through websites and randomly surf online to find these people it would likely cost you a whole lot more time and money than you'll be spending on Fiverr. Good luck and go order a gig!

How to make money on Fiverr

Fiverr is a website that allows you to offer a service called a “gig” to the world for 5 American dollars. Although it may seem trivial at first, you will be amazed to know that serious money can be made on this site. There are many professionals and non-professionals alike who are making money offering a range of services including website design to painting and singing in a peculiar fashion or simply in their underwear.

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Fiverr allows you create service called gigs for people to pick from. So when a user buys something, they will pay you $5 for a service that you provide. But you will only end up with$4 that you can withdraw to your PayPal account. But before you can do that, you will have to wait 14 days before you can withdraw your funds. After you have delivered you services, users can give leave feedbacks just under your Fiverr gigs, something like an eBay feedback. This actually helps you to build customer trust and will get more orders if you have many positive feedbacks. So try to do a good job and build customer trust. Many of buyers of your gigs are return customers.

You will have to think of some ideas, ideas that are unique. Think of a talent you have, be it writing skill, singing skills, playing a musical instrument or just simply jumping up and down in a banana costume and singing happy birthday. As long as it’s unique, something out of the box; you’re in, you are can make some decent money easily with the comfort of your own home. It’s all about thinking laterally. Even if you don’t, you can utilise some of your talent and you can make money doing something for other people.


There are a range of categories to choose from; Gifts, Graphics, Video, Social Marketing, Travel, Writing, Advertising, Music & Audio, Fun & Bizarre, Tips & Advice, Business, Technology, Programming and Other. 

There are also a range of things you can do. Some of the things that are coming of my mind are;

1. Offer to make videos for about 1 to 3 minutes advertising someone's business or website.

2. Sing a song. You can sing a song you know and then record it for your buyers to dedicate to a loved one.

3. Writing services. There is a great demand for writing services. If you show case some of your previous work, you can get lots of customers.

4. Offer tips and advice on how to repair a broken relationship. I know this is strange but people do need advice.

5. Offer to teach a computer program.

6. Offer to teach a language or anything you like.

7. Offer to send someone’s website to your Facebook fans, or Tweet then on Twitter.

8. Do some fun, bizarre or weird stuff.

9. Other things include selling digital products, tips and advice, fortune telling, ridiculous things, softwares, instant backlinks from your websites, Facebook fans, making cartoons of your photos, writing articles, press releases social bookmarking, selling eBooks, etc.

10. Sending post cards from your place to buys friends/family etc.

11. Offer to be someone’s girlfriend or boyfriend for a week on Facebook.

Drawbacks of making money on Fiverr:

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There are some draw backs of using Fiverr. For instance, you can only withdraw your money after 14 days, Fiverr takes a 20% cut (1$ per every 5). It does seem a little unfair to take a very high commission. Then when you withdraw your earning, PayPal will take another share of 2%. So you end up something around $3.92 per gig sold. You really have to think if you want to spend a lot of time trying to do something for that small an amount. No wonder there are hundreds of people from India trying to sell things as $3.92 converts to little more than 200 Indian rupees which is not bad. But if you are from the United States, you are not expected to work for that low an amount unless the gig takes you just minutes to do.

Another drawback is that Fiverr is full of spammers offering thousands of Facebook fans, LinkedIn connections which are defiantly not the right way to attain such things. This lowers the credibility of Fiverr as they do not do anything about it. I saw a gig offering a text link from a page rank of 7. I could clearly tell from the website that it was a faked page rank. This is cheating.

In addition, there is a huge competition, as more and more people become aware of Fiverr, more and more people are trying their luck. Sometimes gigs are never found even though you are offering something great; due to a large number of gigs offering the same thing, you will be lucky to sell your gigs.

There will be very high expectations from buyers. They will expect you to deliver one of the most professional gigs to be found on the whole world in spite offering just 5 dollars. For example, if you are offering to make logos, some buyers will expect one of the best logos ever designed and will expect you to do unlimited changes to it. Let’s face it, some buyers are going to be stupid and will not understand.

Lots of gigs are offered by inexperienced and irresponsible people who do not care about anything other than making money. After you have sold a gig and offered the best possible service, some buyers will simply leave a negative feedback hampering your gig sales. There are some reports of Fiverr banning accounts and confiscating your hard earned money. Although this has not happened to me and I have just read it on the internet, it’s difficult to verify this. But this has also been said about Adsense. The question to ask is, why would they do something like this, if you make money, they are make money too. 

Conclusion:

All in all, Fiverr offers a great and exciting way to make some money on the side. Do not expect to get rich. So I suggest you do sign for free, you have nothing to loose other than a few minutes. But remember and ask yourself the question; is $4 dollars is worth your time or not? If the gigs you have to offer takes a few minutes to do then perhaps it’s worth trying it out. Perhaps if you have a digital product then you should defiantly try it out, since all you have to do is email the product to the buyer.  If you have a talent, think about it and why not offer it. I am sure if it’s creative enough, you will bound to get some attention. If you become a top rated seller on Fiverr, you will have your gigs featured, and then you have a real chance to make money with the Fiverr programme

Kindly leave any feedbacks about your experiences on making money with Fiverr.

What You Need to Know About Working from Home

Whatever kind of business you do from home, you’re going to need an area where you can work and maintain your records. If you’ve never worked from home before, you might not know what you really need to have on hand and what you can afford to wait to get.


Having the right room and the equipment that you need can help you bring in more income, so it’s always best to start out on the right foot. Your main piece of equipment will be a computer with Internet access. Dealing with a temperamental machine can cut your productivity time, so if you have an older computer, you’ll want to upgrade right away.



Space for a home office doesn't mean you have to have a room solely devoted as your work area, but it’s always better to create that divide between work and home, especially if you have a family.



It can help create that boundary you’ll need. Besides a separate space, you also may need a printer and fax machine. You don’t have to break the bank to buy your supplies - and if your budget doesn't allow for any extras, you can stick to having just a computer and get your faxes sent to your email inbox through a provider that offers such a service.



If you choose to have a paperless office, make sure that you keep backup copies by using an online storage service. Many storage services are free of charge. Others charge a nominal fee.



If you’ve been searching for work at home, then you know that not all companies are legitimate. Always check out a company before agreeing to work for or with them. Make sure that you read all of the disclaimers they have on their website or in their business literature.



What testimonials do they have? If it’s a company that you have to pay to get started with, what do they offer in terms of reimbursement if you change your mind? Do a Google check on the company to see if they have a multitude of complaints against them.



You can find legitimate companies through online board postings, through marketing forums and through websites that network with and promote work at home companies. Doing your homework is crucial to ensure you don’t get taken advantage of.



You can set up a home business as a freelancer. The niche you choose to freelance in will depend on your passion and skills. The market is wide open online for a variety of interests - from writing to web design to freelance artists to life coaches.



Becoming an entrepreneur is the American dream for many and you can make that dream happen for you. One of the fastest growing ways to become an entrepreneur and work from home is to go into the field of Internet marketingAffiliate marketing is relatively easy to break into and because of its diversity in niches, can appeal to a wide audience.

How to create an eBook for free

We are now in the era of the digital world where things happens with the click of a button. Gone are the days when had to write letters and then post them through mail. Nowadays we can chat for free, send messages for free, video chat for on Skype and engage on social networking sites for free. Similarly, people are no longer interested in buying hard copies of books as it’s difficult to carry around specially the bulky ones. People want something that is digitised where they can turn on and off with the click of a button. Kindle eBooks and eBooks online, reading through iBooks, iPads, IPhone has become more of common thing. It’s easier as people do not have to carry it around and can read on their computer screen while still at work. Perhaps it is early to say that paper books will vanish but it is sufficient to say that reading trends are changing.


If you are one of those who wants to write a book but do not want to look for a publisher or spend thousands to get it self-published, then eBooks is the best way to go. Nowadays it’s very easy to create an eBook and easy to either give it away or and even sell and make money from it.
So how do you create an eBook for free? First things first, you need to write an eBook. The hardest part is perhaps writing it. After it has been written, it can then be published in a variety of formats. It’s about getting the word out there that you have compiled something for people to read. So after having written an eBook, you will need to convert your eBook so that people can download them and read either by printing them from their computers or downloading them on electronic reading devices. People might want to read on Amazon Kindles, or a as PDF file on their computer, or as ePub file (short for electronic publication) or through apps on smart phones. Alternative option is to create a free website and then publish them as an HTML, meaning that you can easily publish them on a website or create your own website so that people do not need to download but can easily read by visiting the website.

So the options are as follows for your eBook:
Convert your eBook into a PDF file and then upload them on file sharing sites. The word format can be converted using several free PDF converters. There are some sites that will ask you to upload your file and then convert them to the required format and then send them the file to your email account. You will need to check every single detail on the converted format. The images, punctuation marks are prone to changes when being converted from world to PDF.

There are many open source tools to assist you to create your eBook and eBook editors. Some of them include; Sigil which is an wysiwyg eBook editor that allows one to create ePub files. Alternatively you can write them in word and then convert it into ePub and other formats using Calibre.
Then you will need to upload them on document sharing sites. There are many of them. Google also provides one called Google Docs. Other ones include Scribd, DocStoc, Slide Share, Slide Six, 4shared, We Papers, AuthorStream, eDocr, issuu, Calemeo, Yudu, DocShare, eSnips, SlideBoom, Empessr, MyPlick and many more. Most if not all of them are free to use. Once you have created an account with them, you can upload your converted PDF files and then share them with others. Many of them have inbuilt electronic readers while many of them allow you to charge money for them.

Another great option is to create and publish them online. Once your eBook as been written, it can easily be published online by converting them into web pages. There are many free website platforms. One such platform is Google’s Blogger. You can sign in using Google account and create a blog. Here you can publish them for free, chapter by chapter. You can allow people to read or make it private. It’s a great way to publish and show case your writing talents on the web. You can also put some advertisements such as GoogleAdsense or join affiliate to make money from your eBook online.  

If you are hoping to sell your eBook then there are many places you can easily sell. Lulu is a book place where you can join for free and create an eBook selling system. You will also need a good cover to make the book attractive. Although the saying that “you cannot judge the book by its covers”, but you can at least attract buyers to the book and convince them in buying it. Some of the online publicators have their own eBook cover making system but it’s not convincingly good. If you are serious, you can make it a cover on Photoshop or you can make one on numerous free eBook cover makers.

There are so many places where your precious eBooks can be sold over and over again without the hassle of printing. The next question to ask is “where to sell your eBooks”? Some of the best places include other than the one mentioned earlier are your free website with integrated paypal button, PayLoadz, eBay, eBookBay, Amzon, iTunes Store and many more.

So there you have it. Write an eBook or get someone else to write it for you, and then get the word out to the world that you have written a document. The best thing is to create a buzz about it on social networking sites such as FaceBook, Twitter, Digg, writer’s forums and many other places.   

If you want to learn how to create an eBook and make money from then this eBook by Tiffany Dow called “Building an eBook Empire” tells you how to create and make money online. She is an affiliate marketer and lots of things can be learnt from her. The book has been classed as the top online making money guides. I bought the book and benefited tremendously, not only I was able to understand how to create an eBook but also how to set up websites and how to market them, from creating eBook covers, what programmes to join and ultimately make money from it.  

What is network marketing?

What Makes a Good Network Marketing Home Business?
Working at home is a dream that many people have. Some never act on that dream because they just don’t feel confident enough to make their dreams come to fruition. Others give hands and feet to their dreams and make it a reality. They enrich their lives, have more time to spend with their loved ones and build a cushion to help sustain their financial portfolio for their golden years. 

The highlight of network marketing is that you can be any age, young or old, you can come from any financial background and you can live anywhere to get started and succeed at it. The term networking means that you’re connecting with people - and through those connections you’re establishing relationships that will benefit both you and them. 

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If your situation is one where money is a pressing matter (it’s not always that way for some who just have an interest in working from home), then services are the fastest route to making money.

The premise of offering services is this:

You are not yet experienced and successful online. But there are MANY who are. And they range on levels of success – some make multi millions. Others make enough to survive on and are trying to grow their business but simply can’t without a bit of extra help to free up some of their time.

So you step in to alleviate their time management woes. You’re going to either be doing things they don’t have time for – OR, taking over tasks they don’t know HOW to do (like some people can’t write).

How to create an eBook

Having your own info product is intimidating. You may question your expertise or think no one would buy an eBook from you – but you’re probably wrong on all counts.

Print publications are slowly going the way of the dinosaurs – toward extinction. More people get their news and information online, or via their mobile electronic devices, such as iPads, smart phones, and ereaders.

This is bad news for media companies based in print, but it’s wonderful news for people who can now self publish their creations without having to go through the grueling process of traditional publishing houses.

An info product can be created and sold on your own site, or you can put it on Amazon for print order (they’ll print it on demand each time it’s ordered). It can also be housed and available for Kindle readers.

So we’re going to go over the main steps you’ll need to know. You can dig down deeper into it if you decide this is a business model you want to pursue. But try not to neglect info product publishing forever – because it really enhances your authority. 

How to make money with Google Adsense

When you’re doing things like blogging about your products (or someone else’s), there’s going to be room in the sidebar area for you to put things. Some people put an opt in box there, links to their social networking profiles, or hyperlinked images to the products they sell.

But don’t forget about using the space for ad revenue, too. Blogs in particular can be high traffic entities, so publishers and product owners love the idea of placing their ads on your blog.

Most people know these are not personal endorsements by you. If anyone asks, just be honest and let them know that’s a paid ad spot. There are two methods you can use to fill the ad space in your blog – or static website – AdSense and Direct Sales. 

Selling Ad Space on Your Sites

Selling ad space on your website will usually be an option once you get your traffic flowing in on a regular basis. Ad buyers will want to see stats of your site – and you can usually prove this by using a free tool called Google Analytics.

You can sell ad space in your sidebar, for example. You’ll do the very same thing in order to place the ad that you did with AdSense, only you’ll have the customer give you the code.

They may want a text hyperlink or an image ad.

Don’t let them have control over exactly what’s in the ad – set a few parameters. For example, you may restrict racy images for a dating site ad if you have an innocent parental site.

And don’t let them include text on the ad that makes it look as if it’s a personal recommendation coming from you.

What do you charge?

For this question, it’s going to depends on many factors – not just traffic. You’re going to want to see how competitive pricing is for ads in your niche. You might even contact some competitors of yours and ask them what they would charge for ad space.

Because traffic is what ties all business models in the Internet marketing world together, it’s important that you learn as much as possible about pulling in the right kind of visitors, so let’s move on to that topic now.

Brand your online business

We see it all the time with celebrities – branding that looks like a cute nickname, when it’s really a whole lot more than that.

The Barefoot Contessa from the Food Network is a good example of branding. You instantly get the image of a beautiful Italian woman leisurely cooking a delicious homemade meal in the comfort of her own home.

30-Minute Meals is a brand that isn’t instantly connected to a person’s name, but immediately, you grasp the concept – simple and easy. This would appeal to very busy people.

Paula Deen used to be “The Lady and Sons” when she was starting out and had her sons as part of her main business. She became so popular that her name overshadowed her starting business brand. 

Prepare your family to work from home

When you first tell friends and family that you’re going to pursue a work at home career, be prepared for some less than enthusiastic responses. This is normal and understandable so try not to get defensive about it.

The key is to learn how to best handle their reactions and assuage their fears. You’re going to have to plan your business out a little so that you can present them with the facts and let them see that you’re serious and you know what you’re doing. 

Are you sure you want to work online

You might be rolling your eyes thinking mindset isn’t an issue, but you’d be surprised. It can cripple you before you even start becoming financially successful online. 

There’s No Room for Desperation

Many people reading this are here because they’re desperate for money. It’s a trap that can cause you to make poor business decisions and it may even put you further in debt.

People are desperate for money for a variety of reasons:

·         They just got laid off and can’t find a job.
·         They’re employed fulltime, but unable to make ends meet.
·         They make ends meet but have zero money left over for luxuries.
·         They’re retired but their income doesn’t afford them the lifestyle they want.
·         They want to be a contributing member of the household.

If you’re unemployed and desperate for money, it might be faster to take a job below your normal income offline to take the pressure off with bill collectors. Building an online business takes time. 

That doesn’t mean you can’t start earning right away, but consider these details:

·         If you’re an affiliate for a site like Amazon, you’re going to be waiting 60 days to get paid for today’s earnings.
·         If you get hired for a long-term project like the creation of an eBook, for example, the funds will sit in escrow while you do the work and you won’t get the money until it’s delivered.
·         If you’re selling digital products, you may have to wait for the site to pick up in traffic before you start making significant sales.

You may only be able to work on your online business part time, and that’s okay! But it’ll take a bit longer to see formidable earnings.

Desperation is a cancer on your business growth, so don’t give in to it. If you need to, get an offline job to cover the bills and take baby steps as you grow this online business into something that eventually takes over your need to be employed elsewhere. 

Test the Waters Before You Commit

Keeping desperation at bay, you want to take time to evaluate which business model you want to pursue. This guide is going to cover the main ones (and there are micro models too).

You want to look at each one to see where you wish to begin. But I want you to keep this in mind: you never want all your eggs in one basket.

You’re going to choose one model to build the foundation with and then add the others to your online marketing strategy. For example, you might:

·         Start with the offer of ghostwriting services.
·         Add an info product of your own.
·         Begin promoting other people’s products as an affiliate.
·         Include some ads and start collecting revenue.

Do some online searches and learn as much as you can for free about the various ways to make money online. Do this before you pay money for any products.

If you see that a system just isn’t for you – meaning it’s not personally satisfying and you’re dreading working on it each day, then drop it and move on to something that you enjoy.

After all, why choose a work at home career if you’re not in charge of your destination? This should be profitable, but it should also be enjoyable! 

Fail Your Way to Success

Did you start an affiliate site and not make any sales? Launch a product and no one bought it? Don’t give up! Just find out the reasons why your business model didn’t perform and tweak them for success. The great thing about working at home online is that your content and strategies can be altered quickly and you’re continually learning new things.