Diligence. In this industry, the line between scams and honest businesses is blurry, so you need to do your homework before accepting a position. Call the Better Business Bureau in your area to find out if there have been any complaints filed against the company, and do an online search on their name. Alpine Access is a well-respected company in the field, and Call Center Careers is a great place to look for legitimate call centers looking to hire.
As far as Poker goes (at least for Texas Hold’em), I’d recommend sitting at a low stakes table (1/2 no-limit is the lowest most places have) and merely being observant/make casual conversation at the table for a while until you feel comfortable. If you’ve never played, just tell the dealer and they’ll be happy to help you out (most players will notice if you haven’t played before anyways so you’re not really at a loss there). Just play “tight” (a small range of strong starting hands) and that’s a pretty good place to start!
If you are a fast typist, you can find general transcription jobs that you can do from home using your typing skills. Some companies offer general transcription jobs to people without prior transcription experience. Instead, you will most likely have to pass their transcription and typing tests. General transcription jobs require you to listen to audio files of personal conversations, college lectures, business meetings etc and then transcribing them into text files for the targeted audience to understand easily. At first, doing general transcription jobs can be really intimidating for beginners but as you get used to it over time, you will get better at doing them. Here are some sites and companies offering transcription jobs that require no prior relevant experience.
Nowadays I recommend to pick up a niche that you really like and think of spending money to make it grow faster. If you want traffic, visits, sales and conversions, you need to treat your niche site like a business, and businesses require time and money. Money is the best way to shorten the time you need to wait to grow a website, and once you start seeing results within just a few days or weeks, you won’t ever go back to just writing and waiting for months to get ranked on a big search engine. So pick up a niche that you can enjoy (otherwise you’ll try to avoid writing unconsciously), save some money to spend on Ads (Facebook is a great choice to get started) and start writing content.
Running and charging for webinars can be a great way to build a following in your niche, demonstrate that you are an expert in your field, and make a profit. Hosting a webinar can be hard work. They need to first be promoted, provide original and valuable information, and include interactive elements so your audience can ask questions and engage with your topic. However, once you have built up a large blog following, each webinar can be extremely profitable.
Just curious, how much time would you say it would take the average person who has a decent understanding of how to do much of what you covered to get through all of these steps? Just a rough estimate. And how long, again, on average, after doing all of this would it take before that person starts seeing $500/month in a medium competitive niche – one that you would consider being pretty ideal?
BKA Content – If you’re interested in getting your feet wet with freelance writing, BKA Content may be a good entry-level fit for you. They’re looking for creative, passionate writers to add to their team of content-producers. They’re keen on fostering a team mentality with their independent contractors, to keep them motivated and producing. Beyond focusing on motivation online, they also sponsor community events, throw a BBQ every year, and often run writer initiatives like blog competitions and photo contests. Requirements include having access to Microsoft Word and the Internet, along with a Gmail address and a Paypal account. Also, BKA Content hires only US citizens currently. Pay periods are every 2 weeks, and writers average between $8 and $14 per hour.
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.
Sorry for being rude but before you jump in something make sure you get your facts right. I am not a guru by any means, infact I am just 4 months old as far as my blogging background is concerned, but I am glad i didn’t start a make money online blog. That’s another thing i managed to avoid this by accident 😛 I started with an educational blog by accident as I didn’t know about monetization, niches and stuff at that time. Although the CPC sucks big time courtesy Indian traffic but considering the low competition and number of searches it evens out 😛 Anyways I am just sharing my experience which might be useful to some guys who are yet to embark their blogging journey.
Thank you for the clear, concise road-map for building a successful monetized site without relying on spam. Since my retirement from teaching in 2012, I have been freelancing as a writer/photographer and have had some success, but my ambition is to have my own website up and running so that I can write for myself and still earn money. I have not dedicated enough time to writing quality content or marketing my website, but this article has inspired me to dig in and get it moving in the right direction. Again, thanks for an article that was worth reading and may you continue to have great success with your endeavors.