If you’ve got a way with words and expertise in a niche, there are plenty of sites that will pay for articles and content you write. Think of the sites you read regularly. What can you contribute to them that would be interesting? Research your niche and then look for ways to pitch articles. Many sites will simply have a submission or contact link in the footer. To get started, check out my full guide to becoming a freelance writer on the side and then submit your articles to places like Listverse, TopTenz, A List Apart, International Living, FundsforWriters, and Textbroker.
Wow no need to look anywhere else for guidance. Couple of questions Spencer. Should one use your own name or aliases when creating a couple of niche sites? What happens when your site gets really popular (can only happen if you follow this great advice ), should you go for VPS hosting? Is Bluehost friendly towards multiple niche sites being hosted?
Great post as all ways. I’ve just started to work on some of my nearly dead sites. I found the Back-link Strategy from Pat Flynn, and have been half following it, so yes it works. I kinda worked out that I had only been doing half the job, by writing the content, and some basic social media links and pinging.. It is a lot more work then that, that’s for sure.
This really breaks down the fact of how finding the right keywords within your niche can really benefit you in the long run. A lot of newbies usually don’t understand the whole keyword concept and quite frankly there aren’t many people who just come out and be up and honest and show you not tell you how to do it. While reading this, I took a lot of notes on finding them because I understand how important it is to my success.
Also, the editors at Textbroker are extremely nit picky. During the time that I worked for them I received several reviews of my articles from the Textbroker editors in which they explained that they had rated one of my articles with a 3 instead of 4 because, in their opinion, I didn’t use the best phrasing for some concept that I was describing. (They would show me an exert from my article, and then tell me how they would have wrote the same thing, basically saying that I should have wrote it their way, and because I didn’t, my rating was lower.)
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Validated Response provides their home based agents with a flexible schedule as they work as independent contractors for the company. Their requirements are quite basic and include the need for a good computer with reliable internet, interpersonal skills and a good phone voice. No experience is requires as they are willing to train you for the position.
Focus Forward – This is another transcription company often looking for independent contractors! They don’t list experience as a requirement; instead, you must take and pass a test in order to be considered as a transcriber. If you pass the test, you can set your own schedule and work as much or as little as you want. (They advertise themselves as pretty busy, stating they “have a virtually unlimited supply of projects!”) Payment is bi-monthly via Paypal. It generally takes them about 2 business days to process your test. Once you start transcribing with them, you can expect to make $0.40 per audio minutes at first, but that rate may increase with your experience, depending on the project.
Use keywords and phrases in content: Your content should contain key words or phrases that someone would type into Google when searching on a particular subject. Think of what someone would type into google and include this keyword or phrase in your blog post etc. For example, someone might search “how to train a dog to sit”. Your blog post should contain this phrase at the beginning, middle and end of the blog post.
Double check yourself, before you double wreck yourself. Make sure everything you send to a company, whether a résumé, an email or a portfolio, is good to go. Double check your grammar and wording, and for God’s sake use spell check! This is especially important when it comes to the company’s name. Don’t spell their name wrong and be sure to type it how they type it (e.g. Problogger, not Pro Blogger).
That’s a great idea, Chad, and I’ve been considering some form of that (creating a little giveaway eBook for a list specifically targeted at those who land on this page). I do like the idea of an e-mail course, as it might be easier to create in a short period of time. It’s going on my to-do list for this week, so hopefully I do it sooner than later…
I am sure you all are tired of the millions of scams and fake websites that claim you can make money from home. In a moment of weakness, you may have been tricked by one of these “infomercial-get-rich-quick” websites that promise you will make thousands of dollars per month. Then, you find out that there is always a catch or they keep billing you when they said it would only be a one-time fee. I know there are many stay-at-home moms and people just barely making it looking to make some extra cash. Fusion Cash is the only website that I have had good success with actually being paid for doing trial offers, taking surveys, and joining online clubs.
This California mom who started selling handmade headbands and socks on Etsy “hoping to make a couple extra bucks” now clears more than $70,000 a month. These results are not common, but I like this story because she went at it just hoping to make a little money and then took the opportunity further. The moral of the story: Start small, get started. Here’s a beginner’s guide to making money on Etsy to get you on the right track.
These endeavors aren’t without traps and challenges, though, so before we take a look at some legitimate ways to make money from your home, let’s review a few things that you should avoid. Unfortunately, if you want to earn an honest living from home, you’re also a common target of scammers, especially in these economically tough times. But if you keep these simple rules in mind, you won’t become a victim of one of the many work from home scams.
Do you know, Google sets high standards for contents because of the search queries and demands it receives each day around the globe. It is one of the largest search engines catering to 3.5 billion searches every day. To make sure that your blog posts stand the test of time and rank on the first page of the search query, you need to write SEObased blogs (both on page and off page), and optimize your website’s content as per SEO standards. The best way to sell products is to choose your niche after finding your passion (which can also be your niche) and talk about it at length, adding relevant ad texts near the posts.
I may as well start with something I know well. When I started out as a freelance writer 20 years ago, things were very different. I wrote mostly for magazines, and I had to rely on snail mail to send out drafts and queries. I’d wait weeks for a response from my editors. Not many people had the patience for it, and few stuck around long enough to ever start earning a real income from it.
Not only should you never have to pay anything for independent contractor work – unless you choose to get yourself a certification to open up your job options – but you should never give away any work for free when bidding on a job or pursuing a contract. Don’t work on spec – meaning, don’t create a finished piece of work before the client formally agrees to pay you.
Accommodate Multiple Forms of Payment: Many deal-seekers carry cash, but you want to accommodate every potential buyer. So, in the days leading up to the event, consider purchasing a point-of-sale system that can accept credit cards. Square is a popular and relatively cost-effective option: it doesn’t cost anything upfront and bundles credit card processing fees into its own per-transaction fees, resulting in a net expense of 2.75% for most transactions (net of $97.25 for every $100 charged). This is a small price to pay to capture the ever-growing cashless consumer demographic. On the day before the sale, visit the bank and grab $100 in small bills and coin rolls to ensure you’ll have enough change for buyers who do prefer cash.
Find a niche in which you’d be willing to put in the work to speak at a conference. If you’re just trying to jump into a niche to make money and leave, your site will suffer and will likely under perform its potential. If you find a niche that you’d be willing to put in the work to become well known enough to speak at a conference on, you’ll not only build a “niche site”, but you’ll build an authority site – which has much longer longevity.
28. Subscription – If you think of something valuable (newsletter, online magazine, etc.) that you can consistently offer on a certain basis (weekly, monthly, etc.), you may want to offer a subscription service. This could be a fee charged each time your product is sent out or on a monthly basis. Either way, this has to be something that your customers can only get by subscribing to your website.
I’m not sure I understand the question entirely James, but I’ll do my best. From my experience, I firstly avoid any BROAD keywords out there, as they are very vague and do not really help me identify the niche: Health, weight loss, make money are all examples of keywords whose traffic data (which is huge) is something I would never rely on to make a site out of.
Next, you need to set up and build your YouTube channel. Your YouTube channel is your homebase for all your content. If you already have a Google account for Gmail or Google Drive, then you can use that to log-in to YouTube and start setting up your channel. Pick a username that works for you and is memorable (if you’re using an existing Google account you’ll have to edit your username in Google+).
Yeah it is, but you should make money elsewhere before you enter such a big market. I personally feel it takes allot more experience and skill to succeed in this field. I personally wouldn't rank for the broad terms but if you can find specific products with keyword value go for it but you should probably make money online first before you market or teach it.
Because the fee is so small but the task takes so little time, the strategy is to do as many of them as possible. However, be sure to read the fine print because many of these companies have a minimum payout, meaning that if you earn $8.55 doing 20 micro jobs, you may have to wait until you’ve earned as much as $50 to actually get your money. Read more about some of the pitfalls of this kind of work.
It’s something akin to picking stocks. You want to buy undervalued domains, and sell them later on at a higher price. For example, you can pick a domain that is out of favor, but could be related to some future event. So if you decide that the stock market is likely to crash in the future, you can buy a domain that includes the words stock market crash during a rising market, and then sell it in a falling market.
Creating your own food blog, will not only be fun, but done well it should also be profitable. Link your site to affiliate cooking products, sell your food photos, create and sell your own physical cookbook, or launch a cooking app. Equally, you could turn your cooking blog into a membership site. You would then share all your content, including recipes, how to videos, food photographs, and much more, with only your paid up members.
Now I’m not sure how to proceed. Do I spend money and time attempting to drive traffic to the site and just hope that I eventually get accepted into the affiliate programs or do I rethink my monetization strategy completely? Since the site is a tool rather than a collection of information articles, it’s more difficult to generate organic search traffic so paid advertising may be the best option. It’s hard to spend money on advertising though when you aren’t sure if it will ever result in earning money.
Creating space for banner ads on your website is another way to generate a revenue from adverts. However for this type of advertising you will need to contact businesses directly and ask them if they would like to advertise on your website. The upside is that you can charge a set amount, or even a recurring monthly fee, to business to promote their services on your site. Using a WordPress plugin like AdSanity is an effective way to manage this type of advertising.
Working as a freelancer is a great way to make money online from the comfort of your own home. The beauty of freelancing is that you can tailor it to suit your needs. You can freelance for a couple of hours a week in the evenings to help save up for a holiday or some much needed home improvements. Or carve out a full-time job for yourself, giving you a more satisfying work-life balance and enabling you to do the simpler things in life like taking the kids to school. With so many jobs available online, freelancing is becoming more and more popular.
I love the idea and that they make it so easy because the retail world is due for this type of disruption. This doesn’t happen as much with jeans and other daily wear items but those things you wear less than half a dozen times, like more formal dresses or accessories, just collect dust. You might as well recapture some of the value by selling it. Thanks for sharing your experience!
While Etsy is fantastic for handmade goods that you’ve already created, if you’ve got killer designs that would look good on phone cases, t-shirts, or even wall hangings, pillows, and duvets, you can sell them on Society6 without paying anything to start. Society6 lets artists upload their designs and create their own shops where they choose what products their designs can be used on. That means one design can be used to make a whole range of awesome products that are printed and shipped on demand whenever someone buys from you. With top creators making thousands every month just from selling their designs.
I also am using Tumblr with my own custom domain since Tumblr allows for using custom domains free of charge. I am not familiar with SEO at all, with the exception of what it actually is. But other than that, I don’t understand how I would go about adjusting my site so that it is more successful in terms of SEO. I downloaded the plug-in you suggested, but have no idea how I even go about installing it or whatnot on my site. Do you have a tutorial for this?
After you’ve been freelancing for a few months, you should have some good samples, testimonials, and experience that will give you the leverage to start going after bigger and better-paying freelance opportunities. Remember to set up your digital footprint from the beginning, the majority of social media sites are free to join, as well as a basic blog from WordPress or Blogger. For more information on setting up your freelance business,
Now, making money online should seem like a pleasurable activity. Why wouldn't we do just about anything to see things through, since it would be a major source of pleasure, right? Wrong. In the beginning, like anything else, we might get really excited about it. We might also set our hopes very high. But that all comes crashing down when we begin to fail.
The two popular ones are Poshmark and TheRealReal. Both make it dead simple to sell (and buy!) luxury items. The RealReal will pay you 60% of the sale price (more if you sell a lot) and Poshmark has a tiered commission structure. Sale prices under $15 pay a $2.95 flat fee and everything else is just 20%. Tradesy is another company and they take just 9%.
25. Products – You can create your own product, such as an ebook or computer software. You would then use your blog as a promotion tool to get people to buy your product. As long as you create a legitimate product with a whole lot of value, you should be able to get some buyers, but like everything else with a blog, you’ll need the traffic to get the sells.
Years ago, I joined Epinions and wrote reviews of products I liked. The model was simple – write a review, get paid a little for every pageview and every commissionable sale the review generated. It was a fun little foray into the Internet and getting paid to write about a product seemed fun. Epinions was later acquired by eBay and shuttered in 2014.
Often, what happens is that we run into unscrupulous Internet Marketers (IMs) who have less-than altruistic intentions of extracting money from you rather than helping you to make it. However, this isn't something new. People have been falling for networking marketing, pyramid schemes, and affiliate marketing scams since before the start of the net.
Food. The second word in “Bed and Breakfast” is just as important as the first. Some B&Bs have tried to serve their guests muffins, juice, and coffee in the mornings, but the most successful hosts understand that the breakfast they serve will make a lasting impression on their guests. You can get creative and serve the type of breakfast traditional for the area that you’re in. For instance, if your home is located in the South, then eggs, grits, and biscuits may go over well, while Southwest guests may appreciate a traditional Tex-Mex meal. Whatever you decide, make it memorable and make sure that your guests feel welcome and appreciated. Make it memorable, and they’ll spread the word for you.
Do you constantly come up with witty one-liners? Do you dream of the days of Mad Men-style advertising? If you’ve got some branding chops or just come up with imaginative copy, there are lots of opportunities to make money online through company naming and slogan contests. If you think you have a knack for names check out namingforce.com and squadhelp.com. If you dream of coming up with witty copy, try coming up with company slogans on Slogan Slingers and Get a Slogan.
Way with Words – Way with Words is looking for transcribers in the US! No transcribing experience is required; they’ll just have you do both an online and an offline assessment. You should have excellent hearing and a good understanding of US English to perform this job, along with a wide vocabulary and extensive general knowledge. They also expect their transcribers to hit their deadlines. Pay starts out at $0.40 per audio minutes, and they state their best transcribers make up to $1.38 per audio minute.
Equipment. The largest, and most important, piece of equipment that you’ll need is a high-quality sewing machine. They can range in price from about $2,000 up to $6,000, and you’ll want the best one that you can afford. Other pieces of equipment will vary, depending on what you want to specialize in. For instance, if you intend to make custom draperies, you’ll need a serger, and a drapery steamer.
Another site worth checking out is BookScouter, which will check the selling price on 55 different vendors. The list will include the offer price, how they pay (Paypal, check, etc.) as well as whether they pay for shipping and under what terms. If you have a lot of books to sell, they can search up to 3000 ISBNs in a single request if you upgrade to BookScouter Pro. There is also historical prices too in case you want to review trends.
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Before I talk about some of the methods for making money online, I wanted to address the role of pain versus pleasure. Every decision that we make in life is weighed on a pain-versus-pleasure scale. We will always do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure, plain and simple. However, this is also what holds us back from succeeding in any endeavor.
The online application process for these jobs—or perhaps “gigs” is the better word, since they're all for independent contractors—is pretty simple and straightforward with very little required of candidates. Some of these opportunities—like the micro-jobs—you could very well apply and start the same day. And these jobs require very little commitment and can typically be done on your own schedule.
Build a member-based course and sell it online. You can use existing platforms like Udemy or Teachable or Kajabi to do this. Or, you can build your own through software like ClickFunnels and even other cloud-based membership platforms. What can you sell in a course format that would help you deliver real value to others and in turn make a serious amount of money?
Advertising. You won’t have any quests until you get the word around about your room. Start locally by putting a sign in your front yard and spreading the word through friends and family. Next, build a small website and make sure that you attract the search engine spiders by using the keywords people would likely search for when looking for a place to stay in your area. In addition, there are sites that specialize in promoting specific areas and their attractions, such as BedandBreakfast.com and Airbnb – your Bed and Breakfast should be listed there.
Writing copy for websites is another great freelancing option for those who have a way with words. Copywriting can involve writing the text for websites, press releases, promotional offline materials including leaflets and brochures, and any other professional text for businesses. Writing copy can be better paid than blog writing. However, clients can be more fussy, as they want the highest quality writing for the forefront of their website or advertising campaigns. Many freelance writers offer both copywriting and blog writing amongst their services. This can be a good way to juggle regular but lower paid clients (blogging) with the higher paid but ad-hoc project based copy work.
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Amazon is a great way to unload used books. But, you can also sell a variety of other items on Amazon as well. You could opt to start an Amazon FBA. You could source products on Aliexpress and drop-ship them from Amazon. That gives you a near-hands-free method of running an ecommerce business without much of the hassles of personally dealing with returns and customer service.
6. Pay more attention to paid traffic, especially Facebook advertising in 2015. This has been a big shift in my strategy. Google is unpredictable. And SEO traffic is not really free as people say. Paid traffic is different. You turn it on when you need it. Unless you stop paying, you consistently get traffic. The key is to get the math right with a good sales funnel.
For sure! I think that’s something Jeff and I have learned rather quickly is to definitely not put all your eggs in one basket. We had 1-2 affiliates that we promoted for the longest time that were by and large our main sources of income. We realized that if we lost even 1 of those affiliates we would be in for a huge world of hurt when it came to our monthly intake.
ZZZProfits.com stands out to me as a bit of an outlier here because it’s the only root domain ranking on page 1, and has the least amount of content overall. However, it’s a PR4 site and has a ton of backlinks. The site seems like your typical internet marketing blog with a nice, clean design, however there are some red flags (the most “popular” post on the site only has 17 comments).
This is a simple method that ANYONE can do to make money online with no money needed. Yes, you read that right. The age old saying is “it takes money to make money” but I’m going to show you how that is not true. I’m going to show you how I showed a friend of mine who was as a broke as a joke to make money online starting out with nothing. Here’s the secret, become a middleman. Now, that won’t satisfy you because you want to be spoon fed. Fine, I’ll throw you a bone. I’ll throw you a big bone. Open wide, here it comes.
Alas, not all businesses have the capacity to run call-only ads. The good news: landing pages can just as, if not far more, effective. One mistake that we see far too many advertisers make is failing to customize their landing pages according to a keyword. Think of it this way: should the advertisement you attach to “make money online” direct a prospect to the same landing page as your landing page for “how can I work from home?” The answer is a hard no. By making your landing pages as relevant and targeted as possible, you increase the chances of driving a conversion that much higher. Plus, landing page relevance is a factor behind Quality Score—the Google metric that determines where your ads show and how much you pay per click.
My top tip for building a successful niche website is to devote much of your time to research. Research the niche to make sure that it is worth the effort. Research competition on the first page of the general keyword and industry, and then for long-tail keywords. Research long-tail keywords and start building those groupings based on what user intent will be (you’ll start ranking a lot quicker). Research linking and link building possibilities before you start creating this type of web entity. And, finally, research content creators to get good, quality content – Google is rewarding authority sites, over niche sites, so don’t make them look so ‘niche’. I also think the idea of a niche site is slowly going to evolve.
Offering specific online SEO services is also another online freelancer role that businesses are crying out for. If you know how to improve a website’s SEO by doing keyword research, creating content that can rank in search engines, adding metadata / schema to posts and pages, and building backlinks to a domain, to name a few tasks, then this could be a great line of work for you.
Being a freelance writer isn’t always glamorous. Landing your first gig is not easy, as clients prefer hiring writers with a great work review. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a living by offering writing services online. Start small and build up your client portfolio. Look for some entry-level sites that will pay you to write while honing your skills.
I read somewhere that when you have found a keyword with Jaaxy you should google the keyword you have found to see if there are authority sites on page one as these can’t be beaten. I see in other comments there was mention of Longtail Pro kw tool – have you managed to check this? I am really not sure how to proceed – should I just continue with Jaaxy as I have done so far and wait?
These three points may seem like common sense, but the truth is that the people who run these scams are very good at what they do. They’ve been able to deceive many intelligent people because they present their “opportunities” so well that almost anyone will believe them. When you’re looking for a new job or extra income, it’s easy to get lulled in to a comfort zone where they can take advantage of you. Keep your guard up – always.
I enjoyed reading your post on how to build a niche site. niche or not, it is not as easy as people make it; whatever you think of doing; someone else is already doing it, and as markets get tougher, then everything else gets harder also; Most of my sites are amazon based, and no bucket of joy either; all of my amazon sites are in decline, so much that I am starting to think about dumping them, as they cost me more to keep them then what I am making….