Sunday, October 31, 2010

Monetizing your Blog

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Tips for Monetizing your Blog




I ran across a list from LifeisSweet, a fellow ListMyFive writer, on Ways to Monetize Blogs and just had to share. For those of you just starting out - this list will give you a good idea as to how you can make money with your blogs.

For those who are not just starting out with blogging but perhaps needs help turning their blogs into revenue building income streams I'd recommend finding a site that offers very detailed and step by step methods, such as  the Niche Blogger,  to help get you and your website where you want to be.  .
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Update on List My 5

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I'm still just starting out on the ListMy5 site and before I continue I have to say that I do like this site. I have every intention of continuing to use it as a means for residual income and plan to see how things go.

So far on the site I've only created about 14 shorter lists spread out over the course of the past 3 weeks and have started to see some pennies trickling in (48 of them so far - screen shots below). Considering the newness of this site that's not too bad. It won't replace other online revenue streams but it looks to be on a path to being a great addition to the other means of online residual income that I use.

I've added screen shots below just to provide a bit of validity and so you can actually how spread out the lists I created actually were: Note I've included screen shots of my lists page because the overview shows 23 articles but 9 of those are drafts - leaving only 14 published. The green circle entails published - orange circle - not published.





Advertising -

I've noticed over the past 2 days that the ads I see on my own articles and those of fellow freelance writer's articles are all the same (I've included screen shots below). 3 ads for the same political candidate - this made me curious so I posted on the forums and found that others are not seeing the same ads as me - it appears that some of the ads that they are seeing are ones associated with things they've searched or things perhaps popular in their locations. Now I know that the political ads are not showing up based on my search history or on my article topics so I'm curious to find out just how these ads are being selected.

At this point in time I'm thinking that this means of advertising is not going to pay off. Hopefully they will make a change to this in the very near future, as in my personal opinion - having dealt with many sites where you earn off of advertising revenue - I've yet to seen ads pay consistently that are based on such criteria. Seriously, if my daughter searches out Barbie and I therefore see Barbie ads on an article I'm reading about health those are not going to offer me additional information on what I'm looking for nor are they going to grab my attention.

(Note the article screen shot below is not mine it is actually a great list contributed by BestMommy - here is a link to the original article: Friends to Have on List My 5 part 1 )






UPDATE:  I am happy to report that for today I am seeing new advertisements on the freelance lists. No longer just the 3 ads for the same thing. And a few of them even appear to be related to the actual article topic!! This for me is wonderful news! 

Update on previous Update: OOPS spoke too soon the unappealing trio is back! 
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Make Residual Income Creating Lists

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There is a new site on the internet horizon that some freelance writers are saying is going to "go big". The site layout and set up has a strangely familiar feel for many who use to contribute to the, no longer existent, eHow WCP program.

All you have to do is merely create Top 5 lists. These can be anything from the the Top 5 ways to Improve your health, Top 5 Nostalgic Christmas Movies, Top 5 Places Kids Eat Free in Stillwater Oklahoma, Top 5 Reasons to Fly on the Airbus A380, Top 5 Work From Home Jobs etc etc - you get the point. And by creating and submitting these "lists" you can earn residual income.

FYI's
As previously stated this work from home site is new and if you've been on the internet for any amount of time you know that it takes a while to gain recognition from search engines. This basically means don't sign up with high expectations just yet - but definitely sign up (some of us are already earning). The more quality contributors and contributions on the site the better and faster the search engine rankings will come.

If you are a freelance writer and are interested in another potential residual income site then you need to check out ListMy5.com and sign up. It really is simple and if you can make a few extra bucks that's even better.

(Don't forget - just in case you missed it to check out The Niche Blogger Course)
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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Data Collection

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If you are looking for a real work from home position there is a company out there called Westat.

What is it?

This work from home job is a part time and temporary position with the possibility or something a little more long term. You get paid by the hour for collecting data via the phone. A lot of the call are cold calls but for an hourly wage, that you can get paid working from home, it is definitely something to consider!

Once you are accepted on at Westat for a home based position and you get your schedule they will route calls through their network which will then ring in to your home phone. This will ensure your personal privacy as well as ensure that the company covers the cost of any calls placed.

If you have the stomach for some cold calling, have the desire to work from home you can apply here for this home based job.
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