I, like many other people, have had niche sites hit by Google before because of aggressive link building. By minimizing offsite SEO, you are lowering the risk your site will get hit while increasing ROI with easy keywords that your competition is not targeting; a win-win situation. A caveat to what I mentioned above is to do the process manually. Sure, there are tools to help aid in your keyword research phase, but nothing will ever beat human intuition. This is why I spend so much time digging up keywords, because other people are not. If you devote the time, results will come.
If you have your own eCommerce store, social media is the perfect platform to showcase your products. Demonstrate your products in use and tell your social following why they need to buy your merchandise. Most social media channels allow you to add ‘buy’ buttons your pages, allowing your followers to easily click through to your site and make a purchase.
Thanks for the great post. I have some questions related to the programs like Google Keyword Tool and Market Samurai. When I try to register for the Google Keyword tool it asks for my website. However, I haven’t created a website yet. I just wanted to check how it works. Do I have to create a website before using these programs or can I just practice and check some statistics before getting serious?

Thanks for such a great resource! I also was having a hard time selecting the best one! I finally made up my mind after I went over all of the entries word for word, followed the links, and went to the sites mentioned on each submission . Whew! To me, the winner is Stuart Walker. As an aside, it is a tremendous feather in Stuart’s cap that he gave Matt Woodward similar tips that increased his business by 469% . Matt Woodward by 469% – unbelievable! I checked out both websites and saw why the tremendous increase.
There are bloggers who have created a large site first and then diverted their attention in building small niche sites. That worked for them but it may not work for you. You don’t know what is going to work for you. My advise here is to create 5 small sites first and generate revenue from each. Once that happens, then create the 6th site and make it big. If the sixth site falls, you have 5 options to fall back to.
Merch by Amazon is another service offered by Amazon that will enable you to make money online without any initial outlay. To get started you need to create an account with Merch by Amazon. Then simply design some T-shirt logos or slogans, and upload them to your Merch account. You will need to choose a T-shirt type, color, and price, and Amazon will create product pages for each T-shirt. When someone makes a purchase, Amazon takes care of production and shipping. And you are paid a royalty for your design.
Most of the time when a work at home job charges any sort of fee, there is a concern it's a scam. FlexJobs is the only work at home job leads site that absolutely guarantees their listings will be scam-free. They've been recommended by major media outlets like CNN, Forbes, and USA Today. I've also been a member and have never seen a single scam listed.
The last one is a Blogspot blog that has a ton of content, links, and seems to be regularly updated.  Suspiciously, it has over 400,000 backlinks and has been around for 6 years, yet it’s a PR0.  Posts don’t seem to receive any comments, which is an indication that the site is more of a content farm than a collection of compelling and valuable content.  Glancing through a few of the articles, they seem to be of lower quality.

Backlinks: Back-linking refers to having links from other authoritative websites linking to your websites. The more incoming links you have coming to your site the higher you will rank in search engines. You can create backlinks to your website by submitting articles on Reddit by posting in the sub Reddit that pertains to your site subject. Furthermore, you can submit articles with links to your site on article submitting sites such as Stumble Upon and HubPages.
Fiverr is a website that allows you to sell your service for $5. There are all kinds of crazy things people are offering and getting paid for on there -- like taking a picture holding a sign, recording two sentences in an Irish accent, recording a video singing a certain song, and even prank calling a friend all for $5. So if you have a little creativity, there are some fun ways to make some money on the side.
Conduent -Conduent is looking for Tier 1 Tech support advisors to provide troubleshooting for their customers. They’re keen to find people who are good at figuring out how technology works and multitasking across various programs. They’re interested in providing their customers a top-flight customer service experience, so they want troubleshooters who are also friendly and engaging with the self-discipline to remain professional while working from home. They do want their prospective advisors to have 6 months experience in customer service – but that experience can come from previously working via phone, chat, or in person. Pretty much all of us have that these days, especially if you’ve ever worked retail! Schedules are flexible, falling between 7 AM CST and 11 PM CST. This is a full-time work-at-home position with benefits.

Paige, many plug ins are free. Some are paid. I do have paid ones, but only a few. You will be able to get going after that, but you do want to purchase a theme. I’d suggest Genesis and a child theme. You can see all the things that I recommend here on my blogging resources page, most of which are free. 🙂 I would NOT suggest a free theme for someone who wants to make money blogging. That is something you want to pay for, along with hosting.


Re-selling web hosting will enable you to make money hosting your own client’s websites. Large hosting companies like HostGator allow you to white label their hosting services. You could start your own hosting business or, if you are a web designer, include hosting into your web design packages. And the best of it is the hosting companies take care of the hosting for you, so all you need to worry about is selling.
As you can see, the list above provides different online jobs for college students with no experience. Hopefully, you can find some great alternatives to try out. You can always start with one and add another online job if your schedule allows it. The best part is that you’ll be able to make some extra money to cover some expenses during your college years!
In this case, the business opportunity lies in having the first movers advantage and creating a niche website which focuses extensively on Korean watches. If your website has good enough material on Korean watches and slowly emerges as the best possible resource people refer for buying and learning more about that particular segment, gradually it will turn into a viable business.
Do you see all of those articles, tutorials and guides all over the Internet? Somebody wrote every one of them! If you have decent writing ability (no, you don’t need a journalism degree!), and knowledge in a few specific topic areas, you can be one of those writers. It’s an opportunity to make money online and without ever leaving your home. It’s also the kind of venture that can start out as a small side business, but grow into a full-time career.
If you don’t mind doing other people’s chores, then TaskRabbit is a great option for making money online. Earn extra income by walking your neighbor’s dog or mowing Mr. Smith’s lawn. It might seem like not the most lucrative option, but the top taskers reportedly earn as much as $7000 a month, making this a full-time way to make money online for some.
If you try the offers with bigger payouts, it will almost always be something where you sign up for a free trial of 7, 10, or 30 days, and they send you a product, software, or perform a service during that free trial period. Only choose the ones that say “instant credit”, but make sure you know exactly what needs to be done to receive the credit. Sometimes you need to become a paying customer to receive the credit, and that’s not worth it unless the offer is $30.00 and you can pay $5 to become a paying customer. You get my drift? Once you sign up for a trial offer, write down your account information and write down the date you signed up, how long the trial lasts, and the customer support number. You need the contact phone number to cancel the trial offer before they charge your credit card. Don’t wait until the last day, because they might pull something shady on you and still charge your credit card. Also, don’t cancel the offer immediately. The companies will pick up on this and stop using Fusion Cash as their affiliate.

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This is so inspiring (as I am reading 8 of your posts right now)… is this really possible? As a young wife, recent college graduate, living overseas with my husband in the military, many of my plans/goals are upside down… I have zero job prospects here and already wanted to start a blog, this makes it that much more of a dream to start. Any suggestions?

In this case, the business opportunity lies in having the first movers advantage and creating a niche website which focuses extensively on Korean watches. If your website has good enough material on Korean watches and slowly emerges as the best possible resource people refer for buying and learning more about that particular segment, gradually it will turn into a viable business.


Earlier, I mentioned Google rewarding authority sites that might be niche site, but don’t look so niche. Before, we could create a site targeted to one long-tail keyword and then build a few pages each focused on related but different keywords and produce 400-750 words of content. Now, Google wants questions answered, fresh content that expands on previous needs and better quality. Now, Google and Bing, with Yandex and the rest to follow I’m sure, needs 1000+ words, media-richness, call-to-actions, internal linking beyond keyword bumping and citations of authority sources. Get people talking, too! Start debates, even in boring niches! Check out this comparison of Nespresso vs Keurig – a usually boring niche made interesting and engaging.
Again, not every post/low competition keyword you find will hit the bulls eye, but don’t dwell on this. Simply keep searching for more keywords & writing up excellent content. Overtime, you may even see old posts rise up in the ranks which you though would never appear on the first page. I speak from experience as this does happen more often than you think 🙂
19. eBay – Of course you can’t read an article about making money online that doesn’t mention eBay. You can start an eBay store and get serious about it or you can just sell some stuff to declutter your home. Either way, I’ve made my fair share from selling on eBay and it’s still a popular way to earn money. If you decide to start an actual eBay store, you’ll want to find a drop-ship business like Doba that will store and ship items straight to your customers so you don’t have to deal with an inventory.

I almost didn't list Swagbucks here because, while it's a great rewards site, they list in their terms that you can't expect for up to 10 days after you cash out. However, it's still an option to earn fast cash because some people report getting paid much faster than this. You can redeem you SB (Swagbucks) for Amazon codes, Paypal cash, and gift cards to popular merchandisers among other things. These points build up quickly thanks the the large number of things you can do on the site to earn. I've used this site and been paid many times. 

Start by taking other courses you’re interested in: Not only is this important competitor and opportunity analysis, but it also gives you an idea of how a course could or should look and feel. What’s the pacing like? Is it via email, video, in-person chats? Once you understand how you want your course to look, it’s time to decide what it should include. Those same courses are a great starting place. How can you make your course better or more interesting? Do you have experience others don’t?
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?
Work Space. When acting as a consultant, the probability is high that clients will be visiting your home office. Therefore, you need to have a neat, professional home office that is welcoming to guests. Try to locate your work space in a quiet, even secluded, area of the house. A converted garage space with its own entrance works well, giving you a private space for work and adding to your credibility.
After having read through this article I actually went and read your article on LSI too. I must say I’ve found both extremely helpful! I had no idea what LSI even was up till now and I fear one of my sites may actually be being penalized as the same terms repeat through out each post page and may look like “keyword stuffing” from Google’s point of view, even though that was never my intention.
Don’t focus on things that won’t make a big difference at the beginning like website design and creating social accounts in every network. Just focus on what works and what’s going to bring you visits, conversions and revenue. If you don’t seem to get good results after a few weeks and your ads aren’t good, its either your content or there’s a lot of competition. Learn from them! With this strategy you can go from 0 to 4 figures per month in just a few weeks. Something that could take 6 months or more with SEO.
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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.
Skill. If you’re going to sew for other people, your skills need to be far above average. If you’re a beginner or an average seamstress, wait until you improve their skills before attempting to earn money in this type of business. If people are going to trust their wedding dresses or their favorite sports jacket to you, you must be able to handle them with care and the utmost skill.

I’ve covered no-experience-necessary transcription jobs quite a bit already. If you think you’d like to give typing a try, check out these 19 transcription companies that will hire beginners. You might also want to read my complete beginner’s guide to work from home typing jobs. Both articles are a great place to start if you want to get paid to type — no experience required.


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.
Matched Betting (not available in the USA) enables you to gamble (nearly) risk-free. I say nearly as there is always room for error! It involves placing bets on all outcomes of an event, using free online bets given out by the Bookies. Although it may take a while to get your head around the concept, Matched Betting can make a substantial addition to your monthly income.
My next self-funded business hit $160,000 in revenue in its first year alone. After that first taste of self-made success, I’ve gone on to sign consulting contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars with startups like LinkedIn and Google, launch profitable online courses, and build a following of hundreds of thousands for this blog and my podcast series.
Fiverr – Fiverr is a huge marketplace where you can sell all kinds of work. From products, like drawings and videos, to services, like a review of your website or resume. Fiverr's differentiator is everything costs just $5 at a baseline, though you can sell add-ons like faster delivery, etc; for more. The marketplace is huge and there's a lot of fun and creative things you can do.
Provide excellent customer service. Answer any questions buyers post as quickly as possible. Be professional and courteous. Positive communication builds your reputation with buyers and gets you return business. Also, package your product well and ship it out quickly. Allowing an item to become damaged or taking too long to ship can negatively affect your reputation among buyers. Wrap all items, especially fragile ones, in appropriate packaging. Commit to shipping items as soon as you receive payment.[32]
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Medium is an online community where anyone can post articles and essays and get them in front of their audience of millions of monthly readers. While it can be a great place to build your audience for your own blog or find customers for your consulting business, with Medium’s new Partner Program, you can now make money online whenever someone reads your articles. Register for free and you can choose whether your articles are freely available or only readable by those people paying $5/month for a premium Medium membership. You’ll make money based on the amount of people who read and engage with your posts each month.

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.


Ebay is a bellwether. It's been around since nearly the start of the online boom. But, like any other platform, success can seem fleeting if you don't know what you're doing. Selling items on eBay, professionally that is, can be an art form. Getting people interested in your auctions isn't always easy, especially when there's hefty competition and low demand for what you're selling.
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