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9 Tips to Market Yourself as a Freelancer and Make Money

December 23rd, 2009

freelancer-at-workI read a great article at Vandelay Design Blog about 9 tips on how to start marketing yourself as a freelancer.

It’s definitely worth a read because it has a few tips any entrepreneur or freelancer will find valuable–that is, if you actually put them to use.

That’s the hard part right?  There is no shortage of advice out there, but there is a shortage of action after receipt of said advice. 

The three tips that really stood out to me in this article are the following:

#1 Consider Your Ultimate Goals.  Many entrepreneurs, me included, rush right into the work instead of taking the time to set goals and figure out just where they want to be at the end of the year or at the end of five.  It makes it hard to get anywhere without a roadmap.  Taking time to set goals and milestones is well worth it because it gives you something to aim at.  You’ll know better which work to focus on and which to ditch.  It will start to become clearer where you should put your marketing efforts and where you shouldn’t.

#4 Consider Your Ideal Target Market.  Taking the time to figure out who can benefit from your work and more importantly who will pay for your work is incredibly helpful.  When I started taking more time figuring out who I could sell articles to and writing them with these people in mind, I sold 4 the next day.  It helps to know your market.

#9 Consider Blogging.  A blog can be a great way to get attention to your portfolio.  It’s also a great networking tool and a good way to establish yourself as someone who knows what he or she is doing.  Plus you can impress people with your amazing writing skills!  You can start a free blog at Blogger.com or WordPress.coms

Your blog may also open up additional revenue streams–it’s almost impossible that it wouldn’t.  Either you’ll meet a new client or another freelancer who wants to team up on a project or you find an advertiser.  Blogging is a great way to show others what you are doing and what your are about.

Read also, 9 Ways to Be a Better Blogger and Marketer.

Hubpages: Make Money with eBay

November 10th, 2009

In addition to the main revenue streams, Hubpages allows you to make money from the eBay and Amazon affiliate links you add to your pieces of writing or, “hubs.”

These additions can be quite lucrative. I read one story about a writer on Hubpages who received an eBay click-through for a Rolex Watch (his hub is an informative guide to the high quality luxury timepieces) and earned $125 from the one sale.

Obviously, this is a special circumstance, and the article is about a very high priced item, but you can see how you can earn some money with the eBay affiliate program.

There has been a change to the eBay Partner Network (the affiliate program). Publishers who send traffic to eBay will no longer be paid per action, but rather by click. eBay is calling it a move to “Quality Click Pricing.”

In other words, you will be paid a certain amount of money per click that sends traffic to eBay, and no longer will you receive a percentage of the sale price of a good sold to your traffic.

The $125 payment for a Rolex is no longer possible, but that was always a very tough sale to begin with.

Personally, I have already earned more money from eBay since this new program has been instated than I ever did before. It’s hard to get your traffic to actually buy something, so for less savvy publishers and “marketers” this move to pay per click should improve earnings.

It has for me.

Sign up for Hubpages and get started writing and earning.  If you want to. :)

Hubpages Adsense Earnings for August

August 31st, 2009

Since I’ve written several posts about how to make money with Hubpages, I figured I would give you a look at my Hubpages earnings just to let you know that it really is possible to make money writing good content at the site.  

Read my post on how to make money with Hubpages.

First of all, Hubpages is a site where you can sign up for an account, write content, and earn money from Adsense ads that are displayed when you publish your work.  You get to keep 60 percent of the revenue while Hubpages, quite fairly, gets to keep 40 percent.  The exposure and traffic you will get just by publishing on the site is well-worth the site’s cut of profits.  

My Hubpages Earnings for August were $76.30.  

I have about 30 Hubs that get most of my traffic and, admittedly, some of them are based on low paying keywords.  I know these earnings could have been higher if I had a stronger focus on higher cost per click terms. But some of the lower paying niche I write about are fun and I like them, so I’m not going to stop. There are some simple ways to earn more money with your Hubs, which I write about in a few of my articles here.

These earnings required no outside promotion or any link-building other than linking from similar Hubs, which is something you want to do when you can.  See the above link for more details about back-links.  

What I want you to take out of this earnings statement is that you can earn money on Hubpages too.  The great part is I have already written these hubs and, in terms of search, they will only do better.  Older content earns more traffic over time.  These hubs are like pieces of online real estate that will earn money every single month.

So, as I add more hubs, my income will only increase.  And if I pay attention to higher earning keywords and niches, I will earn more money as well. One lesson I’ve learned is that it can be a little disheartening when you see how low some hubs pay because it’s all related to products and advertisers in your given niche. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing about these subjects because, frankly, it’s not all about money–at least, not all the time.

The second thing I want you to get out of this Hubpages income report is that your hubs will be indexed more quickly by Google and other search engines, you will gain higher pagerank faster, and will earn more traffic in a shorter amount of time than you would starting a brand new blog.

I’m not trying to discourage you from starting your own money-making blog, I just want to relate that you can harness the power and authority of a well-respected site to make money online while also promoting yourself and your own website. I will post one of these income reports every month, so stay tuned.

If you haven’t yet, subscribe to my RSS feed so you can get these posts delivered to you and don’t have to worry about bookmarking them. If you’re interested in making money on Hubpages (even though making money isn’t what it’s all about), definitely keep an eye on this site, because I’m interested in it as well and will provide tips from my own experience.

If you write internet content, Hubpages is a great place to write some articles.  Sign up here.

Quick Hubpages Tips:

Do some keyword research and write a good, descriptive title.  This will help you gain more traffic.

When you can, link from one related Hub to another related Hub.  This not only helps your reader find the information they’re looking for, it also helps you create more traffic, and thus, more opportunity to make money from Hubpages.

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)

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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.