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One of the most valuable benefits to making your living on the Internet is that you can work from anywhere. You could be hanging out on a beach in the Bahamas, sipping on some espresso in Florence, or navigating through a computer lover’s paradise in Taipei. If you’re online, you can make money. And while traveling around the world and experiencing difficult cultures certainly ...
Let me preface this by saying that I am neither an accountant nor a lawyer and laws can vary drastically from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. It is in your best interest to consult with a tax professional if you have any questions or are seeking any clarification. With that said, if you make any amount of money on the Internet in any sort of self-employed fashion, there’s a good ...
Most of the talk about how to make money from Facebook comes from the perspective of monetizing the Facebook pages you might have rather than monetizing your own personal profile. I have talked before about how sharing your page’s posts on your personal profile can increase your organic reach, but what if you could make some real money from your personal profile directly? Of c ...
The notion of a chatbot isn’t exactly new. People have been writing these pieces of software to simulate a conversation using natural language for years with varying levels of success. It’s even possible that you may have received a telemarketing call at some point where you weren’t talking to a real person at all.
Quick! Name the most important social network that should be a part of your overall marketing plan. Chances are that Facebook was the first network that came to mind. Some of you might have thought of Twitter too. And while there are countless other social media platforms out there and many more are created all the time, it’s become pretty clear that Facebook and Twitter are t ...
Running a giveaway or a contest is a great strategy for getting your brand noticed online. It helps to develop a positive brand association and you just might open yourself up to new audiences, new cheerleaders and new customers. It’s easy enough to set up a contest on your blog or website. You just have to figure out how you want people to enter.
What happens when you are the small fish in a big pond? No matter how ambitious or how imaginative you may be, you are competing for the same food as the much bigger fish who have been feasting in these waters long before you showed up. Competition is fierce and, if you’re joining the game late and with fewer resources, you start off at a significant disadvantage.
If you build it, they will come. And they will click. And they will convert and buy and provide a never-ending supply of residual income for you. If only affiliate marketing were quite so simple. The truth of the matter is that you need to arm yourself with the right data so you can continue to optimize your campaigns and maximize your profit.
You can choose to monetize your blog any number of different ways. Starting with ad networks like Google AdSense is a very common practice, as is promoting a variety of products and services through affiliate marketing. As your site continues to grow, you may be able to attract another revenue stream, one that can be both a lot of fun and potentially very lucrative.
As a platform, Facebook has changed and evolved significantly with the times. It may have started out as a way for college classmates to keep in touch, but it’s so much more than that now. It’s a legitimate marketing platform for companies of all types and sizes and, more recently, it is becoming a legitimate publishing platform too. We’re going far beyond the Facebook notes of old.
As professionals who make our living online, the proliferation of the Internet and the widespread adoption of connected mobile devices like smartphones and tablets has been more than welcome. After all, it’s because of these advances in technology that we’ve been able to do what we do. But as dearly departed Uncle Ben told us so many years ago, with great power comes great responsibility.
One of the first and most important pieces of advice you’ll receive when it comes to blogging for a living is that you should treat it like a real business. If you look at your blog as nothing more than a side hustle, as little more than a hobby that happens to generate an Adsense check every once in a while, then it’s never going to amount to anything more than that.
Social media is a funny thing. When Twitter first burst onto the scene ten years ago, most people dismissed the microblogging platform as being unimportant and insignificant. Who cares what you had for lunch, right? Today, Twitter is one of the most important marketing platforms for business of all sizes. The same thing happened with Instagram.
How you go about getting your blog and its individual blog posts ranked in Google has changed considerably over the years. Google’s algorithm continues to get more complicated and more sophisticated with each passing day, so tactics and techniques that may have proven effective in the past could actually turn out to be counter-productive today.
After spending all that time and effort in crafting together your beautiful blog posts, it can be disheartening to watch as that precious content slowly gets buried in the archive. These older posts may still generate some residual traffic through search engines and other sources, but it’s obvious enough that your newer content will always be front and center on your blog.
You’ve likely heard the saying “a big fish in a small pond” and how you might feel like you’re larger than life when you restrict your perspective to such a narrow point of view. The world of blogging can operate the same kind of way. If you’re thinking about starting a new blog in a new niche or vertical, and the goal is ultimately to generate some decent revenue from this we ...
Everyone understands that backlinks are at the heart of search engine optimization. There are countless other factors involved, both on-page and off-page, but having other websites link to your website has been and always will be a critical factor in determining the relative “value” of your site in the eyes of Google.
One of the ways you can choose to monetize your blog is through direct advertising. This is when you partner or collaborate with a company directly, oftentimes in the form of sponsored content or native advertising. It could involve sponsored posts, brand ambassadorship, sponsored reviews, social media sharing or any number of other possible promotional methods.
It has oftentimes been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Especially when you’re approaching a much more visual subject on your blog, having several pictures can be worth even more. This is true when you’re covering an event, reviewing a product, or otherwise illustrating any number of possible blog topics.
Content is king. It’s an old adage that has withstood the test of time, but no one ever said that the content necessarily had to be original nor did they say that you had to be the one to create it. They just said that you had to have it. Have you ever wanted to populate your blog with useful articles to drive traffic, but you couldn’t be bothered to write these articles yourse ...