Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Need cash?

Work from home and blogging. I need to write more about this. There are communities of bloggers popping up all over the place. Not your typical blogging community but places where you submit a blog and the owners do all the marketing. People join these communities specifically to earn money. The way it works is that you start a blog and an adsense account. When you submit a blog your ads are shown half the time and the owner of the communities ads are shown the other half of the time.
I signed up with one of these communties a little over a month ago to see if it would work. It did improve my earnings but I had a couple of concerns and this morning when I logged in my concerns increased to the point that I pulled my adsense information just to be safe.
If you have an adsense acct it is kind of like gold. You want to protect it at all costs. My concern with this community is that they may have people who don't understand this and just click in an effort to be "helpful". This may sound like no big deal but to the advertisers who are paying for those clicks it is a very big deal. Sure I imagine they expect to have a certain number of clicks that don't generate any income but if they are seeing a ton of click throughs with no increase in revenue it could get frustrating. This means that they would pull their google acct and in turn google loses money and in turn you lose money.
I think that within these communities you probably get a lot of people with no experience with google and adsense. They just see that they can join, write about anything they want and as long as they write everyday they have the potential to make a lot of money. After awhile they realize they need clicks to make money so they start clicking. They ask others to click their links and in exchange they will click back. They just don't really understand that some people really depend on adsense as an income and that they are putting everyone in jeopardy.
You can make money from blogging and using google adsense but it really isn't imperative that you go through one of these "communities". Try setting up your own blog and adsense acct right here at blogger. Join feedburner and pingomatic to make it easy to get your blog out there. Read some articles on publishing and managing a blog and you will do fine!


Friday, January 06, 2006

You can make money from home but don't fall for the scams. Anyone who wants you to pay for a membership fee or for a list or just for the chance to work for them is probably going to take your money and run.There are tons of people claiming you can make thousands of dollars a month just for taking surveys. There are people claiming you can make money shopping and get to keep all the stuff you buy. There are people who want you to give away free airline tickets and you get to make $100 for each ticket you give away, people who claim you can make money stuffing envelopes or making crafts.The truth is that you never have to pay someone to work for them. Never pay a one time membership fee or for a list of survey companies or mystery shopping companies.If you want to stuff envelopes you won't get far and the same goes for the crafts. There are also some newer scams that involve "payment processors" or something close to that. These people want to send you money have you deposit it in your acct and then send western union them a portion and you keep a portion. One reason for this is that they are stealing money out of peoples bank accts and it can't be traced through western union.I need to add something here. When I say never pay someone to work for them, I mean just that. This does NOT include start up costs that you will incur if you go into direct sales. When you join a direct sales company there is typically a fee for your starter kit. This is a valid fee. Direct sales companies are along the lines of Avon, Mary Kay, Leaving Prints, Tupperware, etc. There are tons of different companies you can sell for.There are free lists of survey companies and mystery shopping companies all over the place and you can get to my free list by following the link at the bottom of this post. Good luck in your endeavors!

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Working at home through the holidays

Working at home through the holidays was hard! It was hard to stay focused, it was hard to find customers that weren't busy with the holidays themselves and it was hard to get everything done in general!
The upside was that everyone was looking for good deals and there were lots of good deals to be found. This made the affiliate promotions pretty darn easy!
For next year I would advise having a plan. Save some of your previous months earnings in case your holiday earnings aren't what you hoped for.
Make sure you set some goals and stick to them. If you need to work 4 hours a day to make enough money to live on you should set a goal to work a set time period during the day and don't let other things get in the way. Plan on needing to set aside time for parties, baking, friends, etc and then decide what hours you will work each day.
The thing I found hardest was the need to shop! I wanted to shop instead of work. I wanted to chat instead of work. I wanted to play instead of work.
Now that all the fun is over it is also hard to get back to a normal schedule and routine. It is also a relief though as well.
It is nice to get up in the morning and know that I can get to work and not have to focus a lot of my energy on holiday planning.
I guess the important message here is that you will need to spend some time planning your work schedule through the holidays instead of letting yourself fly by the seat of your pants and get sidetracked!

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