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Three Different Ways To Make Money On The Internet

In this article, I will give a rundown on some of the most popular different ways to make money on the internet. Each method has its merits - and drawbacks. It is up to you to do the research into each method and figure out which avenue to explore. Bear in mind that sometimes these methods work best together to create a wonderful synergetic effect.

1. Pay-per-click advertising: This method involves placing small adverts on major search engines and websites. Try running a Google search for almost any term, and you will find a list of sponsored links down the right hand column. This is an example of pay-per-click advertising using Google's own program, Adwords.

The idea behind PPC is simple. You write a small ad based on some keywords. You agree to pay a maximum amount of money each time a visitor clicks on your advert; this can be as low as a few cents to as much as many tens of dollars. Generally speaking, the services which provide the most lucrative commissions, such as insurance and loans, will cost you a lot more per visitor. If you can make more money from your commissions/sales from the visitors you lead to your website than you spend on PPC costs, then you are succeeding. It is the fastest way to make money online, but be warned - it is something of an art, despite the simplicity of the execution.

2. Blogging: This really is all the rage at the moment. Blogs used to be glorified diaries, journals to record your personal thoughts. Recently however they have evolved into small, free mini-websites which can be easily monetised.

For example, you can set up a free blog in a matter of minutes. Then you can add some affiliate links to products relative to your niche in there and some Google Adsense (the flip side of Adwords, I.e. instead of being the advertiser, you are the publisher, and therefore receive money for every click a visitor makes on one of the adverts put on your website).

Again, there are techniques you must know if you wish to pursue a successful career blogging. The good news is that there are some excellent eBooks on the market which will take you step-by-step through the entire process. They are well worth the investment. In my opinion, this is the best option for the complete newcomer; feasibly you can replace your job income with just blogs, and it provides great all-round training that will allow you to succeed in just about any other area of net marketing. Of all the different ways to make money on the internet, this is the one you should definitely start with.

3. Launching your own product: This is probably the most lucrative option on the table, but arguably the hardest to do successfully. You could choose to write an ebook, or even launch some software (not as daunting as it sounds - effectively you would come up with the idea and hire a freelance programmer to build the software for you).
Creating the product is the easy part, though you have to be as sure as you can that it appeals to an audience that will definitely want to purchase it. You could then upload the product to Clickbank and seek out some affiliates.

However, the best chance you have of getting big traffic and big sales is to participate in joint ventures. Joint ventures involve two or more people coming together in a mutually beneficial relationship. Let's say you have created an excellent ebook on cookery. You could the approach some internet marketers who have big lists of email addresses which are targeted for the cookery niche. They could send out a mass email to their list endorsing your product, taking a slice of all sales (usually the majority). Joint venturing is a whole new facet to internet marketing, and one that is well worth spending time reading about if you wish to create your own product.

There are a heck of a lot more different ways to make money on the internet, but many represent different spins on existing ideas. You can be a relative newcomer to the internet marketing scene, but if you can show some imagination and innovation, you could find yourself becoming very wealthy in a short period of time. Always be prepared to learn and experiment, but first and foremost just get stuck in.

Jack Silver recently quit his job to become a full-time, self-employed internet marketer. Although he only started in the business in 2006, he has quickly been able to replace his income online. To read exactly how Jack did it, you can visit his free website at (http://www.moneyinpyjamas.wordpress.com)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Key Elements to Internet Marketing

So you have a website, and you want to increase your traffic to sell your product. There are thousands of the websites just like yours, so how will you be seen? There are basically 3 options. You can pay some company thousands of dollars to market your site for you; you can hire someone full time to do the marketing for you; or you can do the marketing yourself. This guide will give you the basic knowledge you need to market your website successfully at your own pace.

First, you need to have realistic expectations. Web sites do not get in the top 10 in search engines over night. There is a lot of hard work that needs to be put into a site for it to rank high. I would grab a pen and paper and write down your main competitors. Then I would use the Google Toolbar to check their pagerank and incoming links to see how they rank. The higher the pagerank and more links pointing to your site, the higher your site will be in the search engines. Once you see how many links are pointing to their site and how good their pagerank is, you have an idea how much work is needed to get your site listed.

Link trading is the process in which you will get these links pointing to your site. You need to contact other similar, good ranked pages and tell them how trading links will benefit both sites, and then link to them, and in exchange they will link to you. The more pages linking to you the better, but remember quality, relevant high pagerank sites is what your looking for, you want your link to be on a pagerank 2 site as least, preferably 3+. Managing your link exchange program takes time, some software on the market can do this for you, some of the software is good, some bad. I would recommend adding the links to your site manually to start, until you get a better understanding of the SEO world.

Articles are another good method to establish links to your site. Unlike a regular link exchange which is just a sentence with a link, publishing an article you wrote will give other websites quality content about your business / products and also link back to your site. Most article sites do not require a link back to them, so when your link is published search engines count that link better then a standard link exchange because you are not linking back.

One-way links is just that, a link to your site, but in return you do not link back. Articles are great one-way links, but so are directories! There are numerous directories on the internet ranging from shopping to home improvement. You can go to these sites, and either for free, or a small fee you can submit your site to them. Having your site listed in the major directories benefits your site in 2 ways. First, you get a link back to your site, increasing your link popularity, and second, people searching the directories for your product may see your site and buy from you.

As you can see, getting your site listed in the major search engines will take some time to do, you need to manage a link exchange program, submit your article to publishers and directories, and maintain your current website, but remember if you take your time, and establish your presence steadily over time, then your website will begin climbing in the search engines, and you will begin to enjoy the benefits of increased traffic.
by: Brandon L. Wilcox

5 Tips For New Internet Surfers

When you are new to the web, trying to start a new business to make a living online, you need advices to make your surffing life easier...
Everyday, thousands of new surfers open their browsers for the first time, it is confusing in the beginning, but if you have some good advices in the early beginning, you can surf easier and faster with a friendly browser...
Tip 1: Surf in security.
The first action that you will do if you are new to the net is to open your browser to surf. If you have a PC, like most of the Internet population. You will have Internet explorer installed in your computer, but it is not the best browser available on the net, and it is in fact limited. You may think that it is hard to surf on Internet.
When you will discover Mozilla Firefox, you will be even more happy to surf on Internet, for sure.
One of the first reason you should use Firefox is the integrated Firewall, which protect you against spyware and other adawares.
Tip 2: No need to tape
http://www.---.com all the time.
The second reason to choose Firefox is that you save time; for instance, when you went on
ebay.com yesterday, you wrote: http://www.ebay.com with Firefox, you just tape “e” in the address bar of your browser, then http://www.ebay.com will appear in the drop down menu, it's like magic, and it's fun too.
Tip 3: See all your pages in only one window.
I really love this one; you can surf in tab. That is really powerful.
For instance, with Internet Explorer, whenever you click on a link, you have 2 choice: open the page in the same window, or open it in a new window. Firefox enable you to open several pages in one window.
Let's explain: you are now looking
yahoo.com, and you want to see the news, you just right click on the link, select open in a new tab, and you have now two pages in only one window. To switch between your pages, you just need to click on anyone of the page you want to look in, all that in the same window. You can open fifteen windows in one time if you want.
Better, you can bookmark(in Internet explorer, bookmark is favorites) a tab, and open it later. It is a very intelligent way of surfing. It is very efficient when you are doing some researches on a subject, on google for example.
Tip 4: All your downloads at the same place.
The fourth reason to choose Firefox is that when you download a file on your computer, sometimes, you want to open it, but you face a problem: Where did you save that file? With Firefox, just click on tools, and then you select download, and a pop up window appear. You just scroll to find your program. It will save you time and a lot of headaches.
However, it is recommended, for the first time, to save your download on your desktop, then after save your file in the folder you choose. You can download firefox for Free. You just type firefox in
google.com and you're done.
Tip 5: Don't forget a good anti virus,
While you surf on Internet, some hijackers will attempt to damage your computer, by introducing a virus in it. If you don't take your precaution, you may loose all that is stored in your hard disk. You can download AVG, which is excellent at
download.com.
There is a lot to learn when you start on Internet, but take your time. And everything will go smoothly.
by: Franck Silvestre

Thursday, July 13, 2006

How To Drive Traffic To Your Site Without Paying Big Bucks

Everybody who owns a website dreams about getting tons of traffic directed to it. But getting your site noticed out of literally millions of sites can be a pretty tedious task sometimes. Many people think that they need to invest hundreds or thousands through pay per click search engines or SEO programs in order to get any traffic, but that simply is not the case. There is a simple way to get your site noticed that requires no money at all: content. In this article we will discuss how to use content on your site to draw in more traffic via search engines.
One popular misconception that a lot of people have is that Meta Tags are the key to getting search engine traffic. This simply is not true. While meta tags are important, what really draws a search engines attention is content. The more content you have about a subject on your site, the higher your chances are of getting traffic from search engines. But remember to mention your topic plenty of times on the page. You do not have to get too redundant with it, but it is essential to mention your keywords at least six times. Also, you must write actual content, not just the keyword over and over again, because this is called keyword spamming, and it has been said that it can actually get you blocked from engines. Another good tip while creating your content pages is to make them single pages, do make them frame based, because some engines have a harder time picking this up.
How many content pages you need depends on what your site is. If you are doing something that is unique you may not need many pages. If you are working in a saturated market, however, you may need dozens, maybe hundreds of articles to get your site to the top of the search engines. This may sound like a lot of work, but it is not that bad once you start doing it. Just do a few articles a day, and within a month you will likely have have more than enough content to pull in the traffic you deserve. And if you need help building the content, there are countless sites that offer either free or very cheap content for your sites. Remember: if you build the content, they will come!
by: Ed Rodriguez

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Importance Of Blog Design And Make It Your Own... by Edwardo Mascasas

Blogs have increased popularity over this past months. Many people have started to create their personal blogs to express their thoughts and feelings. Internet companies have also started their blogs to inform consumers on the latest product news and reviews.
Because of this, blogs are also being used as internet marketing media. Before, internet marketing is done by placing banners and links on popular websites, such as news and information sites. Links were also included on newsletters and marketing letters sent to the members of their mailing lists.
Many people spend time reading blogs. People read their friend's blogs, their favorite author's blogs, blogs on topics that they are interested in, and blogs on product reviews. With the increasing popularity of blogging, it is even feared that people rely on blogs to get the latest news.
While getting news reports from blogs isn't reliable, some people look for product reviews through blogs. In some cases, this is more dependable. While it is true that some media persons are being paid to write good reviews about a certain product, blog writers write about their actual experiences on products and services from a company.
Since there are many people who read and start their own blogs, blogs are a good medium to market a product. With the increasing blog traffic means increase in product sales.
Blog traffic can be increased by joining affiliate programs and sites, which will list your blog under a certain search category or name. You can also have your blog advertised in popular websites. This, however, will cost some money and is not advisable if you have just started blogging.
A writer who has just launched his/her blog will want as much traffic as possible to increase advertisements on the site. Also, some advertisers pay every time their link is clicked or the page that has their link is viewed.
When you have increased traffic on your blog, you should try to keep you visitors coming back and recommending your blog to friends and colleagues.
This can be done by having informative or amusing content and good blog layout and design. You may develop your blog's content or you can also acquire the services of a web content writer to provide you with the blog articles.
The blog's layout and design also plays a big role. While most of the companies offering free blog hosting offer pre-selected templates, there are also some that allows customization that if you utilize this feature correctly can increase your blog's traffic.
Here are a few tips to make your blog stand out from the millions of blogs out there that have standard designs.
* Customize the banner
The banner usually has the most generic designs that are common to the blogs from a blogging company or service.
You can personalize this banner by having a graphic with the dimensions of the banner. You can also edit the graphic so that it will also include the title of your blog.
In this case, you can create your own graphic or you can purchase professional looking graphics online for less than $10.
* Personalizing photos
Of course, most of the photos that you will be posting will be your own. However, if you don't customize the photos before posting them, you may miss maximizing the enhancing benefits graphics can add to the page. Adding photo borders can help the photo stand out from the page.
It can also add to the design of your blog. You can choose a standard border or you can also create your own border which can be associated with your blog's templates.
* Add a favicon
Don't you think sites with icons on the address bar before the website's URL are cool? Many people do. These favicons add a professional look to the URL. These easy to do using photo or graphic editing softwares.
* Check out blog templates, layouts, backgrounds, textures and skins from sites
There are sites that offer free blog templates, layouts, backgrounds, textures and skins. You can make use of these so your blog will not look generic like most of the blogs hosted by the service provider.
* Include RSS feeds
This is a cool way to inform people with newsreaders about your blog headlines. Tutorials on RSS feeds are available on the internet.
* Audio makes your blog more personal
Not only does audio personalizes the blog; it can also keep your visitors coming back. You can try having streaming radio stations, mp3 file or playlists loading with your blog.
* Advertisements
If you have signed-up with Google Ad-Sense, which I am sure you would like to do, make sure that the ads are conveniently placed that these will not hinder your readers' ease in accessing the information on your blog.
Try using these tips and you can definitely increase and retain traffic on your blog.

Monday, July 10, 2006

5 Deadly mistakes people make when starting a website

Posted in Alexei's Projects at 1:57 am by Alexei

  1. 70% of average users would pick cheaper hosting, but not necessarily the one which is best for them. When picking hosting things like server type, bandwidth, web space and uptime need to be taken into assumption.
  2. Domain names are picked irrelevantly to the theme of the website
  3. Not many users know that buying hosting and domain names from the same provider is usually more expensive
  4. Some domain names are registered through services which register the domains in their own name, not in the name of customer (like supposed to)
  5. Quite often users do not realize where their hosting is physically located. You should try to avoid hosting in areas which are likely to be affected by natural disasters

Friday, July 07, 2006

The Problem with many Internet Businesses ...


The problem with so many Internet businesses is that they are often run by just one person. But surely that's a good thing right? Well, it can be - it means that you have complete control over everything you are doing and you know exactly what is going on with every aspect of the business at all times. BUT there is one big downside which is that each individual only has 24 hours in the day and this means there is a clear limit as to how much work you can actually get done in that time.
Don't get me wrong, I am as guilty as everyone else who falls into this trap. I am a self-confessed control freak and for years I wouldn't outsource any of my business tasks. If I wanted to do something, I would spend hours/days/weeks working out how to do it myself rather than letting someone else handle the work for me. The upside of this approach was that I did learn a lot but the downside was that I wasted a huge amount of time. Over the years I have got a lot better at outsourcing work but I still tend to only outsource small jobs rather than entire projects, with the rest of the work being completed by yours truly.
When I decided to create my most recent online venture, SimplyWholesale, I decided to adopt a completely different strategy. Not only did I decide to outsource the entire web design/build side of the project but I also took on a business partner on a 50/50 basis. My main reason for this major deviation from my 'normal' approach was that I just didn't want to do a lot of the work which was required. After working online for close to 10 years, I had had enough of building websites, designing scripts and carrying out some of the other mundane tasks involved in setting up a new Internet business.
Getting rid of the website design and build was a considerable weight off my shoulders and it was/is fantastic to have a competent web designer at the end of the phone. Whilst I still carry out minor updates/improvements to the new site, if I need anything more complicated doing I simply send an email to the design team and it gets done for me. Of course there is a cost involved in doing things this way but the time saving and decreased stress levels are well worth it!
The main benefit I have seen however is from working with a business partner. I have worked with Dave (co-director of SimplyWholesale) in the past on various projects but this is the first time that we have committed the majority of our working week to one joint venture. Although it is pretty obvious that having two people working on the same business will double your effective output, it is only when you experience this that you realize how much difference this actually makes....
There are now large chunks of running SimplyWholesale which I just don't have to worry about or even think about much of the time. These areas fall under Dave's control and it is his job to worry about them. It works both ways of course and there are plenty of things that Dave doesn't have to deal with because they are my jobs.
We all like to think that we are good at everything but the truth is that some people are far better at filling certain roles than others and there are many things that Dave can do a lot better than I can so it makes sense that he should do them.
When it comes down to it, the only way that a business (either online or offline) can continue to grow is by employing additional staff. Even with something as flexible as the Internet, where it is possible for a one-man band business to earn a substantial income with much of the work on auto-pilot, there will come a time when the owner runs out of time each week (or just decides that he doesn't want to work as many hours each day).
Because of the way that so many Internet business start, it is so easy to get sucked into doing everything yourself. It isn't like opening a shop for example where you know that you will need staff because you don't want to be in the shop eight hours a day/six days a week. Many online businesses start off as tiny concerns run from a bedroom somewhere and gradually grow into 'proper' businesses. By this time, the owner has probably already fallen into the trap of doing everything and it can seem like an impossible situation to get out of.
If this sounds like you (or if you are about to start a new online business), spend some time thinking about how you could get someone else to handle some of your workload. You will probably be surprised at how much difference it makes to your income, lifestyle and business overall.
Remember, you don't need to rush out and hire staff - how about training your husband/wife/partner etc to do some of your day to day tasks? Even if you manage to snatch back just a couple of hours a day, your business (and your life) will definitely see the benefits.....
Richard Grady has been helping people earn online since 1998. To view Richard's latest website, SimplyWholesale, visit http://www.simplywholesale.co.uk/ To subscribe to his bi-weekly newsletter, please visit: http://www.thetraderonline.com/newsletter.html

Create A Money Making Website Fast - With Your Telephone
One of the "best kept secrets" of Internet marketing is putting up a simple website that is basically nothing but audio interviews.
I have several sites that are like this -- just audio interviews (in .mp3 format) and .pdf transcripts of the audio interviews.
I find an expert or a product to sell, pick up the phone, call the author or expert, and talk with them. I record the call, edit the audio on my computer (it's very easy and cheap to do yourself if you're strapped for cash) and upload it.
Sometimes within just a matter of hours sales pour in from that one interview.
Sounds simple, doesn't it?
It is simple. Which is why I think so few people do it.
In fact, if I had a nickel for every time someone said, "I have a mind to use your format myself!" I'd be a multi millionaire. But people don't do it. Which means the few of us who do use this format can make a bundle.
And best of all:
You don't need any fancy website designing skills or anything like that. All you need is netscape composer or a cheap HTML program that's "point and click."
It doesn’t have to be fancy. People just want the information. My sites aren’t that fancy. You have the headline. You have the description. You have the interview. You just model it after that.
And you know what the best part of doing this is?
All you need is a phone, a computer and some time and you can do the exact same thing.
Michael Senoff is a sought-after Internet marketer, interviewer and business coach with more than 50,000 students on four continents. He is also an expert on showing people how to create their own high ticket information products from scratch using just your telephone. For a 100% FREE REPORT that reveals how you can take your own ordinary book, e-book or even a concept and turn it into a information product you can sell for up to $3,900 or more go to: http://hardtofindseminars.com/Audio_Marketing_Service.htm