Tuesday, April 21, 2015

20 Legitimate Ways to Make Money Writing Online

Google AdSense is a major way of making money when you own a blog or website. Google AdSense is a very huge Ad network website. Google AdSense accepts writers from all over the world. Create content of about 30 to 40 pages and then sign up for the Google AdSense program. If accepted, AdSense will provide you with a code to place at certain pages of your blog or website. The payment will depend on per click, and on how much the advertisers are paying Google AdSense for ads placed on your website or blog pages. It could be between 0.02 to $15 per click.

 All the ads cost differently you know. Nobody could really tell except Google. It is not that hard to be accepted on the Google AdSense program. You have to have a Google or a Gmail account. If you don’t have it yet, sign up for Gmail account at www.Google.com. If you have a lot of content, maybe about 30 pages or more on your site and blog then you may apply and then start monetizing. The older your website or blog gets, the more clicks and thus more money.

2.    www.HubPages.com  

HubPages has a great reputation. They are similar to Squiidoo.They hire writers from all over the world. Create HubPages account at www.HubPages.com and start earning money online. It is free and very easy to create. You earn money by clicks on advertisements with Google AdSense and by being an Amazon and EBay Affiliate as well as through referrals. It’s easy becoming Amazon Associate and EBay Affiliate. You need to create an account on www.Amazon.com and after being accepted a few minutes later, you can start selling and promoting Amazon products on your HubPages and earn passive money. Passive earning means the money you get paid through clicks as the money adds up as time goes on.  You will be provided with a link ID for you to start earning money. 

The money is not much but it accumulates with time every time a buyer clicks on your links. With Ebay, you have to create a store for the products to be bid on and sold at Ebay EBay Partner Network . It has to be on 1 product niche. Once you have your EPN account, get your Campaign ID number and you are ready to roll. You will  earn between 50% and 75%  commission of their revenue on winning bids as well as by buy it now transactions. EBay also pays you between $25.00 and $35.00 for each new user that registers through your site, as well as affiliates performance rewards. All you have to do is build a lot of hubs and great content and watch them gain traffic whilst you earn money. Make sure you advertise your hubs so as to gain followers and traffic and remember that the best way is to provide very useful and great quality content.

3.    Chikita.com

 www.Chikita.com is a well reputable online advertising network and has more than 300 000 publishers around the world. They accept writers from all over the world. You can use Chikita in conjunction with Google AdSense. Create an account at Chikita.com and AdSense and start writing as soon as you get accepted and then start earning money online by advertising CPC ads on www.Chikita.com.  Just like Google AdSense, you put the code on your web pages and it will display targeted ads to your visitors.

4.    YahooVoices.com

www.Yahoo!Voices.com formerly known as Associated Content is a performance and upfront payment website that accepts everyone worldwide. You can write 200 words and up articles for Yahoo! Voices, about anything that you like and make money. There is no acceptance process. You will start to write your article immediately and submit it for upfront or performance payment or both and get paid between $2 and $5. International writers will get paid for every 1000 clicks not upfront payment. You will get paid $1.50 for over 1000 views. As you continue to have more traffic, Yahoo Voices will pay you passive payment as the money continues to accumulate.  The payment will be by PayPal.

5.    Wisegeek.com

www.WiseGeek.com  is a content site that provides information on many subjects like History, Science, “How To”, tech, writing etc. WiseGeek pays between $11 and $14 per article. WiseGeek hires international writers as well. The application process is simple; as long as you have 2 samples of at least 300 words and a resume/ CV you stand a chance of being accepted. You may claim about 10 articles at a time if you wish to. WiseGeek pays through PayPal.

6.    Textbroker.com

www.Textbroker.com  is free to register. They have simpler and shorter projects and pay lesser. They accept articles of about 200 words and up and almost every topic. You don’t need to have a Google AdSense account to be accepted. All you have to do is take on the assignment and do it on time. You get paid from $2 to $8 by PayPal as soon as the client pays your article. Textbroker only hires people from USA and recently have another one called www.textbroker.uk that hires people in UK.

7.    Squidoo.com

If you decide to be a writer at www.Squidoo.com, you are expected to have a Google AdSense and Amazon account. Squidoo is comparable to HubPages in the sense that it will get the Ad money from Google AdSense Ad program, Amazon Associates and EBay Affiliate programs. The affiliates will give Squidoo all the money and Squidoo will share with you 50%. With the Ad program Squidoo has tier payment system. If your lenses rank up to 2000 – 3000 you can earn from $60-$100+ per top lens, second rank tier-2000-8000  gets about $30 or less and the third tier gets lesser money.

8.     Brighthub.com

www.BrightHub.com is an upfront payment website. BrightHub.com pays only US citizens upfront payment and users from international countries are accepted for page view bonuses. They pay about $10 per article and $3 for 1000 page views. They pay through www.PayPal.com and their minimum payment is $20 monthly. It is difficult to be approved. You have to be an expert on technical and Science field of some sort. You have to apply and go through several channels and once accepted you will write by selecting topics form their dashboard.

9.    QualityGal.com

www.QualityGal.com hires international writers as well as US writers. They pay upfront payment. It has a long and detailed application procedure which requires you to send filled in and signed application, written sample, valid photo ID, a signed content release W-9 tax forms and confidentiality agreement forms. The articles are simple and you will have to research and place links as well. If you have about 29 links you can get paid $15 and the more links the more money.

10. DemandStudio.com

www.DemandStudio.com  hires title editors and article writers. The writers are paid from as much as $7.50 up to $20 for an article of 500 words and more. Demand studio hires people from USA and Canada only. They have guidelines to follow and a lot of articles to choose from. They pay bi weekly by PayPal.

11. Helium.com

www.Helium.com is good for new and inexperienced writers. You will create a new account and start writing. Helium accepts US residents and other countries as well and pays between $0.50 - $2.50 per article. They pay minimum of $25 by PayPal and $100 by check monthly. Helium is also an Ad revenue and referral money revenue website. The good thing with Helium is you don't need to have AdSense account.

www.WorkforceLogic.com, www.LionBridge.com,www.LeapForce.com and www.ButtlerHill.com are similar. They are search engine evaluation websites. They hire both Search Engine Researchers and Google Interface Raters. A Search Engine Researcher is one who does research on the internet. You get paid between $14 and $20 per hour at the end of the month by PayPal. Work as an independent contractor whether it’s part time or full time. Send your resume on their websites and if you get accepted you can work from 10 hours a week and no more than 30 hours per week. They don’t hire writers outside of USA except for Leap Force and Lion Bridge which hire internationally.

13. DemandMediaStudios.com

www.DemandMediaStudios.com controls sites such as www.eHow.com  and www.LiveStrong.com . You can write “How To”, short informational articles, and other topics such as science, fitness, home, garden, auto, careers etc, from $15 to $50 per article. The Payment is twice per week for accepted articles and done by PayPal and check. Demand Media Studios want qualifications, a bit of experience and writing skills. You will have to provide a 400+ words writing sample. If you are approved for a section, your first few articles will be thoroughly checked, but after that you will usually be able to choose as many of the suggested titles as you want to write about.

14. Guru.com

www.Guru.com  is an online job board sort of website. You apply for a free or premium membership account and then bid on jobs. The premium starts from a month to yearly subscription. Set up your profile, upload a resume with references and credentials as well as sample articles. Start bidding for work. Remember it takes time and effort. The pay depends on the client.

15. Bubblews.com

Bubblews is a network whereby one can earn by just writing posts. You can write anything from personal stuff to more professional posts. Whatever you feel like writing about. Bubblews pays about $0.10 each post and that usually adds up really fast though. Sign up for free and make sure you put your professional looking profile picture. Make sure you provide a link to your Facebook page or Blog if you have one. Bubblews pays through PayPal, check as well as gift cards. Bubblews also has this thing called "Buy Me This"-  where by you can ask Bubblews to buy you something you want in the net  instead of having  them send you real money.

16. Elance.com

www.Elance.com is a website that bloggers can make money writing, creating webpages, writing brochures or reports, making illustrations, photography, programming and other graphic design works. It is free and legit. Elance pays very well. They start from about $28 per hour and the good thing is that they hire people all around the world. You as a blogger/writer bids on a job and when the client chooses your creation and wants to learn about you before giving you a go ahead, you will be sent an email by Elance and email will be your means of communication with the client. The emails will go through Elance always. Elance pays through PayPal.

17. Tutor.com

Make money by tutoring and teaching students online through www.Tutor.com and www.EHomeWorkhelp.com . Tutor subjects such as Maths, English and Social Studies and get paid between $14 to $1400 per month.

18.  About.com

www.About.com is a website whereby if you get hired you will share tips in your expert field. There is a variety of topics to choose from and they pay per article. You could be a topic Guide and writer and get paid about $500+ per monthly. About.com has a long hiring process

19. Fliyxa.com

www.Fliyxa.com is one of the best 100% Google AdSense revenue sharing website. Make money by writing and sharing videos or photos. First you have to register for free. Just fill up the form, verify your email address and you are ready to start earning. By the way, you will need to have a Google AdSense account as well to start earning. Flixya will automatically place ads on your blog or website pages with lots of content and you will earn money with Google AdSense.

20.  CroudSource.com

CrowdSource is also known as write.com. they are a Content mills website and pay about $10 per 400 word article if you get a top tier qualification ions. First you will have to write a test and submit a written sample. You can write “how to” articles, recipes, Q&A, reviews etc. in 400 word length and get paid.

10 Good and Affordable Web Hosting Sites

Things to Consider when Looking for a Host Company

1.      Automatic installer should be provided on the package so that you do not need to install the software by yourself.
2.      The web hosting company must provide good customer service and be very reliable.
3.      Make sure they have a lot of templates included for you to have a variety of choices.
4.      Consider the disk space and speed provided as well.

Register a Domain Name

It is important that your domain name should be very relevant to your website content. Make sure your domain name is easy to remember and very simple to read. I f you can, please keep it as short as possible as well. In my own opinion- and I am certain most people will agree with me, A .com is better than a .net,.org,etc as it is really popular. For example, if you are going to build a cooking website or blog, you could pick a domain name like: “howtocook.com” or “learnhowtocook.com”.

Where to Purchase a Domain Name

There are some free webhosts websites that will need you to purchase a domain name from other domain name hosts and some that have packages that come with free domain names. Below is a few of the websites you could purchase a domain name.

1.      www.bluehost.com
2.      www.godaddy.com
3.      www.camecheap.com
4.      www.hostgator.com

10 Good and Affordable Web Hosting Sites

1.      Blogger.com (Free)
2.      WordPress.com (Free)
3.      Tumblr.com (Free)
4.      Godaddy.com
5.      Bluehost.com
6.      Hostgator.com
7.      Greengeeks.com
8.      Inmotion.com
9.      Dreamhost.com
10.    WordPress.org

1. Blogger.com

Blogger is owned and powered by Google. It is one of the first web hosting sites I used with my beauty blog (http://makeuptrendsbeautytrends.blogspot.com/). Blogger is free and very easy to use. You need to have a Google or Gmail account. If you do not have a Google account, please sign up at www.google.com. It is free and easy to sign up. With blogger, you have a choice of keeping it simple or when you are comfortable enough customize your theme. 

Blogger has limited space storage and most people upgrade or move to web hosting sites such as wordpress.org, Hostgator.com, Bluehost.com, Greengeek.com, Godaddy.com etc. when their businesses grow bigger. The only problem I noticed is that your address will be like,”yourdomainname”.blogspot.com which seems a bit unprofessional to me. Otherwise once you can afford the paid self-hosts, blogger helps you to transfer your website.

2. Wordpress.com

Www.wordpress.com is free and easy to use. Note that it is a .com not an .org. You can customize your theme. Your domain name will be “YourDomainName”.wordpress.com. Wordpress.com is good for beginners and if in future you need more space as your business grows or need a more professional looking site and or want to be flexible, you can move your website or blog to www.godaddy.com, www.bluehost.com,www.hostgator.comwww.wordpress.org  etc to start self-hosting.You will need to pay though.

3.  Wordpress.org

Www.wordpress.org is very easy to set up and use. It is self-hosted, meaning that you will need to use it with a host company such as Hostgator, Bluehost and Godaddy. First you will have to buy a domain name on websites such as, Mediatemple, Bluehost and Hostgator. Most of the host companies such as Bluehost and Hostgator have software that can easily help to install Word Press with a click of a button. This makes the process of installing Wordpress ridiculously easy. All you have to do is register or sign up at WordPress.org, then open your hosting account(Bluehost,Hostgator,Godaddy etc.), and select auto-install, follow the guidelines, and in a couple of minutes your installation will be complete and you will have all control and power over your blog.

4.  Tumblr.com

It is free and very simple to join. It is the least customizable. Tumblr’s aim is to get new bloggers and web masters up and running very quickly hense the simplicity. Some people use it as a social media platform. Tumblr just like Blogger.com and wordpress.com is good for beginners. You can register your own domain where ever you want. Your pick. (Hostgator, Bluehost, Godaddy etc) and Tumblr won't charge you to use it. You will be responsible for all the work as these hosts companies are self hosted and fees as they charge as well- associated with registering your domain elsewhere.

5.  Bluehost.com

Bluehost hosting is the best, cheaper, organized, easier, and reliable Wordpress hosting.With Bluehost you can instantly be set up.

  • Bluehost offers free domain name. 
  • You can have more than 1 domain on your account. 
  • Bluehost offers free website builder as well as a lot of templates.
  • It has a Wordpress install that you can click once and automatically be installed. 
  • Bluehost has monthly transfer, email accounts, 24/7 customer service, toll free telephone number, live chat, email support, ticket system, wizard for step by step guides, video tutorials to learn how to use your account, forum etc.
  • The 'basic" package start at $3.95 per month and has unlimited bandwidth.
  • The "Plus" package has unmerited bandwidth and unlimited space and costs $5.95 monthly.
  • The "Prime" packages cost $5.95 per month. has unmerited bandwidth and unlimited space and is the recommended. 
  •  It supports Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and the more than any secure payment method called PayPal. By the way PayPal is free and more secure. 
  • You can have your money back anytime as they have the Guarantee if you feel you want your refund. 

After switching from blogger and SBI I am now hosting my beauty and make up blog with Bluehost and I am planning on having multiple blogs.

Hostgator is one of the best web hosting sites. You can register one and or multiple domain names with Hostgator. Hostgator has various packages that start from as little as $2.95 to $5.95 per month. Coupons are always available and are so helpful. 

  • The "Hatchling" Plan is $2.95 per month which is good if you are still starting out and only need a single domain. 
  • The "Baby" Plan is suitable for you if you intend on having more than 1 domain and want to grow your business. They have unlimited disk space and costs $4.95 per month.
  •  The "Business" Plan allows unlimited domains, has a toll free VOIP number and costs about $5.95 per month. This is the recommended one and is good for high traffic eCommerce blogs.

7. Godaddy.com

Godaddy is the biggest of the web hosting industry compared to other domain registrars. They have million domain names that they host. They are reliable and competent. 

  • Their customer service is average. 
  • You can email or phone them 24 hours. They are quick to respond despite the fact that as a huge company they have a lot of customers to help. 
  • Godaddy has some of the best domain searching features available. 
  •  Godaddy’s beginner plan costs about $2.99 per month and once your business grows you will have to upgrade to the Business Plan which costs $19.99.
  • Www.godaddy.com always has massive specials.

8. Greengeeks.com

Greengeeks.com is one of the good web hosting sites to register your website and your domain name. It is Eco friendly web hosting.Greengeeks have very reasonable prices as well. 

  • Greengeeks.com has wonderful customer service, offers video tutorials, FAQs and an education center where clients can find articles and “how to” information.
  •   Greengeeks hosting plans pricing start from as little as $3.95 per month and covers unlimited disk space, bandwidth and unlimited domains. 

9.   Inmotion.com

Inmotion web hosting has a very good customer service and  is very reliable. 

  • Inmotion provides free premium web builder and free advertising and marketing credits.
  • Inmotion.com web hosting has a package plan called "Launch" which has unlimited disc space and costs about $5.99 per month. With "Launch" Plan, you are allowed to have only 2 websites in 1 account.
  •  The "Power Package" Plan has unlimited disc space, costs $7.99 per month and allows you to have 6 websites on 1 account. 
  • The "Pro Package" Plan provides unlimited disc space, costs $13.99 per month and you are allowed to have only 25 websites on 1 account.
  •  Mind you, coupons and specials are always available.
  •  Inmotion has a free automated backups.
  •  Inmotion has a 90 day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with their service. 

10.   Dreamhost.com

Dreamhost.com is a web hosting site for domain registration. 

  • They provide shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated server, and cloud hosting. Dreamhost.com is very similar to Bluehost.com but Bluehost is a little cheaper and definitely better than Dreamhost.
  •  Dreamhost plans start at $7.95 per month and support is limited via the offline methods only.
  • You are allowed to contact Dreamhost through a phone call or live chat though.

Bring Heavy Traffic to your Blog or Website

It is not easy to get traffic to a blog or website, especially a new one. It is frustrating more especially when you are broke and ready to start monetizing and earning. Below are a few free ways to learn how to build and increase traffic to your blog or website.

1.      Content is always king.

Like they say- Content is King. It is the honest truth. Most monetizing websites such as Google AdSense will not accept you unless you have lots of content. If you don’t have content, readers will not come back to your site or blog to click on your ads.  Make sure you give out all that you know. Offer free, original, unique, useful and helpful content to your readers so that they will return and never even think of going somewhere else for information that is more quality than yours. Don’t leave anything out nor hold back anything, let the content be informative because you will have lots of competition.  Teach your visitors so that they have a reason for coming back to your blog or website thus you will have high earning potential.  By the way make sure that  it’s your own content, not copied and pasted from other websites.

2.      Use Google Ad Words and Market samurai  keyword Tool for your SEO.

These tools are very powerful and utterly useful in helping you find great keywords (SEO) to use on your blog or website. Then you can use these (SEO) - that is keywords that make your website rank high on Google by putting them on your article headings, body and Meta Tags.

3.      High Paying Niche.

Some people will tell you to make sure you research first about the most popular niches because some niches pay more than others. I say stick to a topic niche of what you love and know best because you will never get bored, or get stuck on what to tell your readers. I know it makes a lot of sense because you can earn better. For example, the ads on a site that is about “making money” will pay more than a site for “softball games”.

4.      Submit a sitemap.xtm file to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other major search engines so that your website shows up in their search engines.

5.      Enhance your website or blog with adding short simple to follow videos and attractive pictures that are relevant to your content or what you are writing about. This will definitely improve your traffic as some people prefer and enjoy listening and watching videos as well as pictures much better than reading.

6.    Get back links on your website.

Always get back links and comment on other blogs. Make sure that you leave your link on their threads all the time.

7.      Exchange links with other websites.

8.    Social Media.

Use social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pintrest, instagram and Twitter. Follow and share content with others. The social media will help to promote and market your blog or website. Make sure that you follow others so that you have followers as well.

9.      Use E-zines, email marketing and participate on forums and discussion boards of similar topic to yours. You can even start discussions yourself. Use big search engines such as Google, Bing, MSN and Yahoo.

10. Word Of Mouth.

Word of mouth is one powerful tool for promoting your blog or website thus bringing traffic along.

11. Freebies.

12. Give out free bies such as eBooks, attractive fliers, software such as DVDs, CDs as well as free downloads.

13. Social Network.

 Make sure you promote your sites through social media-Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pintrest etc.

In conclusion, promoting your website will bring heavy traffic to your blog or website thus making it possible for you to monetize and make money. Traffic plays a major role in making money with big monetizing websites such as Google AdSense, Hubpages, Chikita etc. The heavier traffic in your blog or site, the more clicks you will get, and the money you will earn. .

Monday, April 20, 2015

What are the benefits of RSS?

RSS stands for Rich Site Summary. If you have websites that you really favor and want to go back to time and again and keep up with the latest or just even visit, RSS is another way to subscribe to those site and receive their updates. You will have to subscribe to it though.

RSS is a similar way of long ago when you would ‘bookmark’ websites in your browser and manually return to them for updates. RSS data is small and fast loading that it can easily be used with services like cell phones or PDA's.

Why RSS? Benefits of RSS

·         RSS is suited for people who regularly use the web to retrieve the updates of       content from favorite the sites.
·         No need to visit each site individually thus time saving.
·         No need to join each site's email newsletter.
·         You will be getting up to date information sent to you and be able to read it in your own time.
·         You can choose to view the news you want, interest you and are relevant to your work.
·         Separate wanted information from spam.
·         Increase your site traffic.

What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed

·         Get an RSS feed Reader.
·         There are free, basic and easy to use feeders such as Google Reader, loglines etc.
·         The free feeders are basic and work more like emails.
·          Subscribe to the feed.
·         You will notice that unread entries from your favorite sites will be “bold”.
·         You have an option of clicking through to the actual site or moving to the next unread item.

More RSS Feeders

RSS feeders are available for different platforms. Some are even free. You may notice that a lot of sites will have a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know that a feed is available. So try to look for the small orange icons on the home pages on the right side.

1.      MyYahoo

It is free, web based and one of the fastest readers when it comes to loading in the articles of multiple RSS feeds. It is very reliable as well.

2.    Bloglines

 It is Free and web based. First create an account and confirm registration in your email. Subscribe to the feed. Choose whatever Blogline subscription feeds you like. Click subscription button and you are set.

3.    FeedReader

It is compatible with Windows, free and very simple feed reader that easily handles large number of feeds. It does not require java and other complicated files.

4.    FeedForAll

You have to pay for it in order to create RSS feeds to upload to your website. It also has specialized tools for creating podcast feeds for iTunes.

    5.    NewsGator

It is compatible with Windows.