The first step in building an online business is to START! Yes, That´s right just begin and commit to a long time (1 year) of daily work online learning and focus. Once you have started an online business and have learned about the tools you need, you must not rest on your laurels and ‘build’…
If you are looking for legitimate ways to make money online, then you have probably heard of paid surveys. In essence, paid surveys are online polls designed to collect opinions about products and services. Upon completion of these surveys, the companies who administer them pay you for your time. Let’s get a little more granular on how these work.
How Do Paid Surveys Work?
The number one question people have about paid surveys is, how do these work? It all starts with a business. Businesses, large and small, need information from consumers about their current and future products and services to help them better run their organizations. To get this information, they hire marketing research firms to help.
These marketing research firms put together strategic surveys in which they administer to their registered base of participants. They collect their responses, analyze the data, and return the data with their findings to the business. From there, the business can then decide if they need to revise current products and services or add additional ones to their line up.
The businesses pay these marketing research firms to collect and analyze the data and then the firms pay the end user for their opinions. That is how these “paid survey” companies have the money to pay you for completing surveys.
How Do You Get Started?
After folks understand how paid surveys work, their next question is typically, how do I get started? To start off, you will have to find a great directory of paid surveys. You see, there are dozens of legitimate paid survey companies out there, but there are also lots of scammers waiting to take advantage of you. Find a directory of paid surveys will help you weed out the legitimate companies from the scammers.
Once you find a paid survey directory, you will need to sign up for all the companies. The more companies you can sign up with, the more surveys you can take. The more surveys you can take and complete, the more money you will make. It’s really that simple.
Once you sign up, you will start to get paid surveys coming to your email account. It is important that you take all of them, even those that may not sound that interesting to you. You need to remember that if you stop taking the surveys, these companies will stop sending them to you and you will have wasted valuable time, so keep taking them religiously!
How Do You Get Paid?
Now that you are taking surveys and completing them, the last question is, how do I get paid? Most survey companies award you points for taking surveys. These points can then be converted to cash. You will need to find the payout section of each site and select whether you want to be paid by check or through PayPal. I like to get paid through PayPal so I can have my money now.
As you complete you surveys, you will be able to track your points and then cash them out. Folks will generally start to redeem their points after a week or two.
As you can see, paid surveys are truly a legitimate way of making money online. It does require some effort on your part, but nothing in this world is free. If you have anything you would like to add to the post, or if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.
Guest post by Steve Anderson, VP of ProfitablePaidSurveys.com, the leading provider of paid surveys online. To learn more about paid surveys, you can visit their site or check out their blog.
It is a fact. You can’t deny that part of people’s daily routine is opening their social media accounts. Of course, Facebook is on top of them. Facebook has over 2 billions of users, and it is considered the most powerful social media today. This is the reason why most of the businessmen take Facebook…
The title of this article might be a little confusing, so please allow me to explain. When people come to us asking how to create a successful ecommerce store, what they really want to know is what are the steps. For example, they want to know how to choose a niche, how to source products, how to build a website etc. When we first wrote Retail Rebellion, this is also what we focused on giving people. Give them what they want right? The problem with this is that it feeds the school/uni/career (SUC) mentality that we all tend to bring when we first start out in business.
A SUC mentality is where you are fed everything. You might think that you did the research, that you came up with the creative, that you implemented that new system at your workplace, but in reality, it was all part of a system that told you what to go and do, and you went and did it. The great challenge of entrepreneurship is when you wake up, sit down in front of a computer screen, and have no idea what you should be doing next. That is typically when somebody might give us a call and want to meet for a coffee. The problem we’ve found is that although we are often happy to do this, and you may find it helpful for whatever your next step might be, you have to understand that at some point, you won’t be able to do this anymore. The reasons might be that we are no longer about to help for personal reasons, or simply that your specific niche starts to require ideas, thoughts and actions that ours don’t. Every product niche is different, and often serves different customers, who see value in a different way, or come into contact with your business in a different way. Some niches are Instagram plays for example, while others aren’t.
A mentor or a coach can help you speed up your journey for sure, but ultimately every one who wants to be a successful entrepreneur needs to be able to sit down in front of a computer, with no external input, and come up with new ideas and new experiments for their own business. If you are unable to ever progress to this level, you will eventually fail – guaranteed. Tess and I got into the mentoring/coaching game because we wanted to be to others what we could never find for ourselves – someone who has “been there done that”. We do realise now though, that we had the bonus of having to figure everything out for ourselves, and that has given us the benefit of self-reliance.
For many people, the idea of having to solve everything by yourself without a guide might be daunting (even after ten years it still is to us), but picture the bright side. If you can cross over to being a bonafide entrepreneur, then you will become someone who can always solve problems in the marketplace without being fed by anyone else. Jobs come and jobs go, money comes and money goes, businesses come and businesses go, but the confidence and ability to solve problems and provide value to the marketplace can never be taken from you, so long as you commit to taking responsibility for your own learning, experimenting and problem solving. So instead of watching another video or reading another article on whether or not Facebook Ads will work for your niche, go and launch a few ads and start testing for yourself, or hire someone to do it for you (with a pre-determined idea of what the tests will be and what outcomes will result in a pass/fail). Either way, get experimenting and learn for yourself what works and what doesn’t. This is the ultimate financial independence.
Traffic to me is the simplest thing on the planet. It is so easy to get! All you have to do is provide people with a solution to their problem and they will come, read it and they will share it with their friends!
I have created over 100 ‘top list’ type posts which have been viewed by millions. They are so popular and well received that they have been featured on Reddit Homepage, New York Times, Yahoo News & one even became a Trending Topic on Twitter! The best part… I can get these types of posts created for just $25. Let me teach you how.
Why Creating Lists Will Drastically Increase Your Traffic
When you Google, think what you are typing in, let’s say you are looking for a cure for a health problem. Just for example, you are going to type in Cure Acid Reflux. That’s a big search term. Firstly you would be surprised how many people don’t name the article what people are searching for in Google. This blows my mind. Why are you calling your article something fancy and using words people don’t ever use, just to make yourself look smart. No one is typing that in Google, so you shouldn’t be naming your posts that.
I’m no SEO expert, there I said it. But I do get around 200,000 visitors a month from Google alone so it’s kind of a big deal for me.
Here’s what I believe: Google ranks sites which are naturally awesome. Forget everything about buying links and social love. Just imagine that your posts are so cool, people spend ages on your site and people love to share your stuff. That’s what GOOGLE wants! Great content because they are in the content industry. There job is to provide users with the right content and the best possible option, if yours is not that, then you don’t rank so well.
Back to my health post, I will call it :
10 Ways To Cure Acid Reflux
Somewhere I heard that odd numbers work better for open rates and marketing so I often will change the 10 for 7, 11, 13, 17 basically any odd number that looks good. I will decide how many I want before I even create the post. Ofcourse, it sometimes changes as I’m writing the post.
What you don’t want to do is call your article something like:
Surefire Ways To Eradicate Acid Reflux
I’m sure someone will type in Eradicate Acid Reflux every month or two but Surefire Ways? No Way!
You think this is an extreme example? Heck no, this is a nice example.
Tip 1. Name Your Posts Something People Search For!
Here’s where top lists dominate:
- Firstly, they are quite long so people tend to spend a while reading them.
- Each part is in section, for example, our Cure Acid Reflux post, its 7 cures, so we have 7 headlines with each option. Because of this, people can quickly decide YES, there’s something here I am willing to do, so I will read it all. I think a lot of articles don’t do well because people are not prepared to commit time to read a page if they don’t think it’s going to help them.
- The title says exactly what you get, so you know what you are getting into.
- When shared on social media, again, people know what they are about to get. Often people will retweet and share blog posts just because of the title, not even knowing if the article is good or not.
Step 1. To Dominating Any Industry
Post a large amount of amazing articles. That’s what I do, I show up in dozens of industry’s and just do the same old top list posts but for different industry’s. Here’s some examples:
Blogging/Make Money Industry
- Top 30 Most Influential People In Blogger
- 10 Reasons Why It Rocks To Be a Internet Entrepreneur
- 10 Christmas Gifts For Entrepreneurs
- 17 Tips To Cure Bloggers Block
- 20 Bloggers To Follow on Facebook
- Top 30 Most Influential People In Photography
- 10 Reasons Why It Rocks To be a Photographer
- 10 Christmas Gifts For Photographers
- 17 Tips To Fix Bad Photos
- 20 Photographers To Follow on Facebook
- Top 30 Most Influential People in Natural Health
- 10 Reasons Why It Rocks To Be Healthy
- 10 Christmas Gifts for Super Healthy People
- 17 Tips To Cure Acid Reflux
- 20 Health Experts To Follow on Facebook
Young Entrepreneur Industry
- Top 30 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs
- 10 Reasons Why It Rocks To Be a Young Entrepreneur
- 10 Christmas Gifts For Young Entrepreneurs
- 17 Tips To Stop People Treating You Different Because Of Your Age
- 20 Young Entrepreneurs To Follow On Facebook
See how easy it is?
And it doesn’t stop there. Each post can be done in so many other ways. For example:
10 Reasons Why It Rocks To Be a Photographer… you could flip this on it’s head and do 10 Reasons Why It Sucks…
Tip 2. Turn One Top List Into a Series of Top Lists
Remember our post suggestion: 20 Bloggers To Follow on Facebook
How about doing that with every social network:
- 20 Bloggers To Follow on Twitter
- 20 Bloggers To Follow on Youtube
- 20 Bloggers To Follow on Pinterest
- 20 Bloggers To Follow on Google+
Instead of doing a post such as “20 Ways To Improve Your Website” – you could split it into a series and niche each one down, so for example:
- 10 Ways To Improve Your Websites Load Time
- 10 Ways To Improve Your Websites Usability
- 10 Ways To Improve Your Websites Blog Layout
- 10 Ways To Improve your Websites Conversion Rate
Step 2. Getting Articles Created (20 at a time)
So in order to achieve a lot of success with our blogs, we need a lot of content… by doing basically no actual work. This is important because as a business owner we can’t be doing everything ourselves, so we need to outsource what other people can do for us.
The great thing about top list articles, is they are more or less just research. Almost anyone can write them. The first article I ever outsourced was way back in 2009 and since then, has recieved over 1,000,000 visitors. All I had to do is hire someone and pay them $50. Still to do this day, I get thousands of visitors to my website every month because of that blog post. So don’t just think about how much traffic you will get today from a post but how much traffic you can get in the future.
Right now, one of the easiest places to hire a writer is Fiverr. They have a huge selection of writers and you can get your post written in under 24 hours. So if you want to test this strategy out, click here to hire someone to write your articles for you!
Tip 3. Be Specific With What You Want
If you want great articles, you have to give great guidelines. When you hire someone, I always include instructions so they know what I expect from them. This is what I send them:
Guidelines For Writing Awesome Articles For My Website
The majority of people who write articles for us, will go on to write many more. Please follow my article outline and guidelines to ensure your article is well received and accepted. Failure to do so will result in your article being declined.
All posts should be well researched.
If the article is numbered, please number it 1. 2. 3. etc (not #1 #2 #3 or 1 – 2 – 3 -)
If the title is broad, for example, 50 Places to Visit in 50 States of America, then please give a broad selection of choice. So for example, don’t make all 50 places landmarks, split it up so their is variety, for example, Landmarks, Famous Restaurants, Bars, Theme Parks, Extreme Things To Do and so on.
Be consistent with how you lay your article out, for example, I sometimes see people write post titles with the attraction first, followed by location. Then there will be 1 or 2 titles without a location. Each title needs to be in the same format.
Below is an example of how I like articles to be laid out:
Introduction to post. (This needs to be informative and make them want to carry on reading.)
Subheadline, in h2 tags. <h2>Your Subheadline</h2>
Information why you should do what this title suggestions.
[There should be one line between each element.]
Examples of successful posts written:
As you can see in the final part of this post, I guide writers through exactly what I want. Even giving them examples of writers who have already followed our guidelines. This is key to having success with outsourcing article writing.
So just to recap what you need to do:
- Download our 110 top list headline templates, it’s FREE!
- Go through our headlines and decide on the 10 that you think will be most successful on your blog.
- Go to Fiverr and hire a writer or several writers to create this content for you.
- Publish content on your website and enjoy the benefits of top list articles.
- Repeat the first 4 steps over and over again.
That’s all there is to our top list strategy. It works for us and it’s worked for thousands of other IncomeDiary readers as well, so why not give it a try?
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It’s taking most of the attention over any other content. I’m talking about Video! We can’t deny the fact that videos are taking over most of the traffic right now. And that’s the reason why most of the marketers are into it. According to Forbes, it is predicted to be the most effective format of…
Company employees often fantasize about working from home. With cheaper commuting costs, fewer distractions and no boss, working from home seems like the American dream. Of course there are advantages and disadvantages with everything, and working from home isn’t for everyone. But just in case you’re considering starting a business from the comfort of your own home, here are some of the advantages (and of course, disadvantages) you can expect.
The boss is one of the biggest challenges of any job. When you work from home, you are the boss. While it’s nice not to have to answer to someone else, you still have to answer to someone. Your clients need results by a pre-determined deadline and bills are due on certain dates. You are now directly responsible when things go wrong.
However, if you’re one of those people who would rather lead instead of follow, or if you have a problem with people telling you what to do, you will thrive as your own boss.
Without costs associated with commuting, like transportation costs and daily lunches, working from home may be more affordable than traveling to the office. Of course you will be responsible for paying for everything that a business needs to survive. Utilities, Internet access, advertising, cost estimating software and meals are now all on you. There is also the issue of taxes.
Unless you telecommute and receive benefits from the company, your tax and insurance costs increase. As an independent contractor, you must pay self-employment taxes, contribute to Social Security and pay the full amount of your health and life insurance policies. Without matching funds from your employer, these expenses quickly add up.
On the bright side, you can wear whatever you want (no pants? No problem!) You can work wherever you want (including the comfort of your own bed), and you can make your own coffee, breakfast, and lunch, which is way more affordable than eating out in the long run.
This is one of the greatest advantages of working from home. You can set your own hours and work at your own pace. Client meetings, project deadlines, bill due dates and balancing work and family require you to conform to a time clock in order to make money, but you will still have more flexibility working from home than you would in an office.
As long as you keep your clients happy, you are free to schedule your time as you please. If you want to sleep in until noon every day and work a little later into the night, that’s fine! Perhaps your spouse works early and someone needs to take the kids to school every morning—you are free to do that.
This one is tricky. At the office, your co-workers, the telephone, the water cooler, boss demands and client meetings distract you from your work. It’s easy to think that someone who works from home can just lock his or her home office door and work distraction-free.
In reality, different distractions plague home-based workers. Personal calls, dirty dishes, computer games and family responsibilities can steal time during the day. Likewise, friends and family often think that it’s okay to bother you because you’re home. This all depends on how crazy your home life is. If you don’t have children and you live alone, you will have minimum distractions. If you do have children and you work at home, you may have a few more distractions. The main thing to remember is that even though you’re at home, you’re still at work. Once you balance that out you’ll learn how to manage your distractions.
Like everything else, working from home definitely has its advantages and disadvantages. The real question you need to ask yourself is do you think you would thrive better in an environment where you are fully responsible for yourself and your company, or do you need that office mindset to be productive. Everyone is different, you just need to figure out where you would produce the best you.
Guest Poster Byline: Michelle is an aspiring writer and blogger with a passion for the Internet, specifically social media and blogging. She loves how social media connects people across the globe, and appreciates that blogging gives her the opportunity to voice her thoughts and share advice with an unlimited audience.
There are probably countless ways to earn money online which people are exploring because of its high potential for flexibility and freedom. Just imagine being able to work from the comforts of your own home or anywhere in the world while earning. Are you one of the many people who are looking for proven ways…
Guest blogging has quickly become one of the most popular methods for promoting a business or increasing traffic to an already established blog.
Not only does it direct immediate traffic to your blog after a reader finishes the blog post and clicks your link to find more of your content, the support given to your site by the host site via the link is very important to Google, and eventually, in terms of how Google ranks your site.
So, given the knowledge that it’s beneficial in more than one way, if you have not yet explored guest blogging for your own site, it might be the next best thing you can do!� Not sure where to start?� Try some of these tips to get started.
1) Ask Your Blogging Friends
When just starting out, the best thing you can do is to guest blog on sites that you are already friends with.� This way you’ll already know the content type, tone and style of the blog and can write appropriately to match, with very little effort.� You’ll also know what’s already been covered so you can avoid duplicating content.
This will allow you to build up a solid portfolio, which you can then use to show potential sites that you do not already know as proof that you are a well qualified guest blogger. �I started out blogging specifically about patio heaters�and had to begin with working friends within the heater industry before branching out into other areas like blogging.
2) Find Related Sites via Blog Rolls
The next easiest way to find sites is to read the blog roll lists on the sites that you are currently guest writing for.� This gives you a direct connection to the new blog.� You can even begin your pitch with something like, “You may have seen me on ___________ (fill in with the name of the blog that links out to his blog).”� This potential blogger will feel like he is repaying a favor to the original blogger who linked out to his site, simply by allowing you to write for him.� He will also have seen your writing validated by being published on a site, and he will be that much more likely to accept a guest post from you.
3)�Take Advantage of Google
Google will become your best friend after you have exhausted blogs you know and the blogs that those blogs know.� You can easily type in your content topic, such as “Linux” in connection with “guest blog.”� Your search query will look something like this: “Linnux AND guest blog.”� By typing this in, Google will provide you with a list of other people who have written a guest blog about Linnux.� You can see what sites they wrote for and, knowing that those sites accept guest bloggers, attempt to get your own writing posted on those sites.
4) Search Forums
Sites like myblogguest.com actually have forums where people post “Want Ads” for guest bloggers.� They are typically broken down into category, so if you are hoping to write about Technology or about WordPress, you can go to the appropriate category and find blog owners who are actively seeking out guest bloggers to contribute valuable content to their sites.
Remember, no matter who you contact, be extremely professional and attempt to answer all their questions before they have a chance to ask them.� By doing this, you will save them time in writing you a lengthy email asking details you could have already provided.� Provide them with excellent content and chances are good they will recommend you to other sites as well.� As long as you’re writing good content and keeping a very professional demeanor, you shouldn’t have any problem finding excellent quality sites to write for!� So go get started and get ready for higher traffic to start coming in!
After blogging for any extended amount of time, it’s bound to happen. Maybe you’re the exception to the rule, the Energizer Bunny of the blogosphere, if you will. But for the rest of us, there’s a good shot that given enough time, you’ll start to lose your edge. Whether your voice becomes flat, your content becomes a bit stale, or your overall feel just gets a dated look, a blog that isn’t sharp and on point is not a blog that will sustain readers. Likewise, it will probably not even sustain you. Chances are, you’ll get frustrated, burnt out and unsure about what to do next. So, if you’re drifting that way or are possibly already in that spot, here are some ideas you may want to try in order to get that cutting edge back.
You’re going to have to put your detective hat on for this one. When you start getting dull, chances are very high that your content is all starting to sound the same. This point is ridiculously easy to get to. You start running short on time or your blog just becomes a smaller priority in your life and so the tendency to spend any decent amount of time prepping for said blog post is infrequent. And, let’s face it: surface info is only interesting for so long. (For you and readers alike.) So, take a day, a couple days, a week even, if you can manage it, and put some serious time into digging down deep into your niche. Find what’s going on underground. Find something you can bring to light that not every other blog on the subject has already uncovered. Discover a potential in-the-future-idea that’s bubbling around. Or maybe even come up with your own crazy futuristic idea of what might happen or could happen. Be inventive. Have some fun with it!
Develop an Alias
When you’re dull, one of my most favorite ways to escape the doldrums is to become a whole new person altogether. If you’re afraid to take on a whole new voice and personality and attribute it to yourself, then develop an alias. Go all out with this. Pick a name and then work up a background. Yeah, I know, you’ll feel foolish, but whatever: it works and you need some help. (Well not now, of course, this is all potential). Pick your occupation, your hobbies, what your favorite wine is and what makes you smile. What ticks you off and what gets you fired up. The better the picture you have of this person, not only will the amount of fun you have increase ten-fold, you’ll write a much stronger piece. Try and go as far away from your normal as possible. If you’re always sassy and sarcastic, try your hand at something more braniac style. If you always write straightforward, well-researched, linear pieces then by all means, throw some creativity in there! Be punchy, be witty. You’ll still be able to stay on topic, but you’ll give your blog a breath of fresh air that will probably not only relieve you but your readers too. Who knows, you might want to give your alias a chance at a weekly post.
When you all on your own just aren’t cutting it, consider teaming up with some bloggers who are really on their game. This could mean co-writing a few posts till you get your pizzazz back, maybe taking a blogging class, or maybe even taking a class on whatever it is you blog about (marketing, cooking, etc.). Sometimes it just takes a few more great minds in close proximity to yours to get you re-excited about the topic at hand. And, when you’re excited, your voice naturally comes alive, your energy level that you devote towards your blog expands and you find yourself getting creative more easily. You might go all out and re-style, you might just start producing pieces just dripping in inspiration, and you may even discover a new side to your voice you hadn’t discovered before.
Take a Step Back
When all else fails, allow yourself to take a step back. Take a few posts off. Schedule in some fantastic guest bloggers to fill the spaces. And let yourself take a breather. Don’t make yourself read one more news article, one more cookbook, one more blog on the same topic until you actually start to crave it. At some point, when you very first started this whole blog idea, you thought you’d have enough ideas and inspiration to last you forever and then some, right? Right. So, it’s doubtful that your passion for the topic is entirely dead and once you aren’t around it, you’ll probably miss it. And by the time you come back to it, the wealth of information that will have accumulated in your absence will probably be more than enough to trigger countless new ideas. You may even have to post some response/rebuttal pieces to your guest bloggers, you never know.
Ever walk outside to your car or bike or motorcycle or outdoor sidewalk, stop suddenly and silently bemoan to yourself, “Oh if ONLY I had ALL of the nifty coolio SEO tips just one one paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaage!”?
If so, fear not, beloved reader!
and you’ll see the UCL of all SEOs in the entire known galaxy!
It’s pretty neat too – it covers:
SEO is one of those esoteric thingees that lots of folk feel uncomfortable tackling because OMG how on EARTH could anyone compete with those page 1 rankings?
However, that is short-sighted indeed. SEO is an ongoing, long-term adventure… it makes *superb* sense to just do it and implement the suggestions you read and ideally watch, day after day, as your site rankings improve.
Fact is, you could create a nifty 1 page cheatsheet about it as well like so:
Step 1.) Read up on all beginners SEO tutorials
Step 2.) Install Yoast SEO plugin for a quick fix
Step 3.) Configure said Yoast plugin for a quicker fix
Resources that help include:
SEO truly is NOT difficult to tackle – you just have to give yourself permission to make it so!