Archive for July, 2009

Twitter Tools to Take up More of Your Time

July 26th, 2009

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Everyone’s talking about Twitter. I have held off on writing anything about the microblogging site until this point because I haven’t played with it too much.

Well now I’ve played with Twitter a little but and I have some thoughts about it. But these are for a later post. This post is about some simple Twitter tools, applications, and mashups you can use to make your experience with the platform more efficient, easier to manage, and more fun.

HashTags.org is an app that helps you keep track of what topics people are talking about on Twittertwitter-tools-online-business

The keyword here is “simple.” These apps aren’t confusing or intimidating–and most of them can be very useful or at least fun to take a look at. The list of 105 Twitter tools is at SingleFunction.

Update. Instead of writing a new post about Twitter apps, I figured I would include this new link in this post. This is a post called 15 Twitter Tools for People who Work Online. It’s at freelance folder, a website dedicated to the freelance lifestyle. Now go waste more time. Just kidding–if you utilize these tools correctly, you can probably save time and be more efficient.

Can You Make Money with Internet Marketing?

July 19th, 2009

The answer to this question is, yes you can. But it isn’t easy. Well, it isn’t as easy as people seem to think it is.

It’s pretty funny how many people out there start blogs, websites, or even internet video series and think that just because they put their content up on the web and splash a few keywords around that thousands of people are going to find their content and fall in love with it.

The truth is that making money with internet marketing is probably as hard as making money in any other kind of job. Just because internet marketing involves the internet doesn’t mean it’s easy. But for some reason many people believe it is.

One of the reasons is that the barrier to entry is so low. Anyone can log into blogger.com and start a free blog. You can choose a domain name, write a post, and publish it in minutes. We are used to things happening quickly on the internet.

The making money online part takes some time. But if you put the effort into it and work at it you will be able to achieve your goals of creating income streams on the internet.

What does it take to make money online?

In short, it takes getting a lot of traffic to your website or sales page and converting that traffic into an income stream either by selling something or displaying advertisements to your visitors. You are either selling a product or selling your audiences attention to a third party advertiser. ?The advertising networks you might use are Adsense or Chitika–there are quite a few. ?It’s important to test several to see which ones work best.

I’ve simplified things here, but essentially this is how you make money with internet marketing. The real thing you need to do is attract an audience. In my next post, I will write about how to gain traffic or an audience to you website.

But if you were wondering, yes you can make money online. But it’s not easy. It takes time, effort, knowledge, and the ability to figure out what’s working for you and what’s not. Some people have difficulty letting go of a project that’s not working for them, but sometimes you have to let go. It is amazing how quickly your time can disappear when you are trying to tackle too many things at once.

The best internet marketers figure out what’s working and multiply their efforts, while discarding the things that are only taking up time and aren’t profitable. Successful online business entrepreneurs also find partners to work with, which is a great thing to do so you can focus on your strengths while your partner can focus on his or hers.

Subscribe to this site so you can read more posts like this one. I have a lot of good stuff planned, so stay tuned.

PS. ?If you’re getting traffic to your website from Bing, read this article about Bing vs. Google ad revenue.

How Do You Get Paid by Hubpages?

July 13th, 2009

I noticed that quite a few people visited my site last week wondering how you get paid by hubpages. I wrote two pieces recently about how to make money online with hubpages, in which I wrote a little about how you can actually earn some income from the work you write at the site. Read them here if you want to learn more about how to do it. Then come back to this post for more clarification.

Make Money Online with Hubpages (part 1)

Make Money with Hubpages – Backlinks (part 2)

Sign up at Hubpages

The truth is that Hubpages does not pay you at all. What I mean to say is the owners of the site never issue a check in your name or send you a residual payment. Publishers have the opportunity to earn from the impressions of their pages–the amount of times a web surfer views their pages.

What you need to do to make money on Hubpages is sign up with Google Adsense. This is the primary way people make money from their content at Hubpages. Adsense ads appear around your content as text links or images. When clicked by a visitor to your work, you earn money 6 out of 10 times.

Now how much you earn per click with this advertising network depends on a few factors: the quality of your content, the kind of traffic you receive, and what you write about. The better your content, the more people will link to it and the more people will see it. More importantly, advertisers will want their ads to pop up on your pages if you create high quality content. If you create spammy, low quality work, you may have ads blocked by some merchants. Would you want your product or service associated with something that looks like crap?

Make Money on Hubpages with Search Engine Traffic

If you receive natural search engine traffic to your hubs (which is an important thing in any internet marketing venture), you should be able to earn some money from your work. Search engine traffic is known to convert well into a click or a sale because the type of visitor looking for something on a search engine is looking for a solution to a problem and may find what they are looking for in a text ad on your hub. This type of web surfer may be more “click-happy” than someone with a more focused objective.

Look at it this way: this type of visitor to your hub is literally “searching” for something. Advertisements are a legitimate way to help these people solve their problem. At the end of the day, if you are helpful and informative, you will earn some money for your efforts. Give and you shall receive.

How to Make Money with Hubpages Content: It’s About What You Write

The biggest indicator of what you may earn per click comes from what you write about. If you write a post about bathroom renovation, you will probably be able to earn more money with Hubpages than if you write a review of the movie Batman Begins. The reason is simple. Services and products associated with bathroom restoration are more expensive than products associated with movies. A business selling high end products has more money to advertise with because its products have higher margins, and thus a greater payout if a sale is a made or a prospective customer’s email is collected for an emailing list.

That being said, you should write about what you want to because life is short. Have fun. If you write about movies or your favorite park in town (random, I know), you may still be able to earn substantial money if it is really well done and pulls a lot of traffic. It is a lot easier to write about something you are genuinely interested in and passionate about rather than just looking for expensive terms to base you articles about. Furthermore, there are other ways to make money online with Hubpages.

Make Money on Hubpages through Referral Programs

 Amazon and eBay are integrated into the design of hubpages and can easily be added to your hubs through your editing dock. You have to sign up individually with both of these companies in order to become an affiliate and start referring products. Once you start making referrals, you will be paid directly by Amazon and eBay.

There are two ways to use these referral links. You can hand select each individual product or type in the keywords of your hub and sort of set it on autopilot to have related products automatically pop up. It really depends what you are writing about. ?Say you write an informational hub about Rolex watches. You may want to set an ebay link at the end of your hub to display related products. Rolex watches on sale will appear. But say you are writing about a specific model from this watchmaker. ?You may want to hand select the model because it may be more specific to what you are writing about.

More Traffic Equals More Money on Hubpages

The keys to doing well with your hubs are traffic, traffic, and more traffic. I am repetitive here and only half-kidding. But it is true that the more traffic you receive to your work online, the more money you will be able to make. If you take a second to look at the online environment and put out of your head terms like “Search Engine Optimization” (or SEO) and “Search Engine Marketing”, you begin to realize that writing quality articles that inform, enlighten, or entertain is what will create traffic for you.

The cream rises to the top. Sure, there are less than incredible websites, blogs, and probably some hubs, that gain a ton of traffic, but are spammy and useless. This is the exception to the rule, however. This kind of content simply will not last and writing low quality stuff just makes it hard to encourage more people to read it. And the people who read it sure aren’t going to link to it or tell their friends about it.

Making money online is not easy–and it is honestly a lot easier to do it by writing great content that people can find and that helps people out in some way. This will not only help you get real links back to your work, but it will help through word or mouth, and over time, you will get more “love” from search engines.

Learn how to properly use keyword phrases. And keep writing even when you aren’t earning any money and even when you have no traffic.  Sign up for Hubpages.