Sunday, 28 September 2008

Getting Paid to Search the Internet

I wrote a post recently about using Homepages to search the internet and getting paid. Well, to be honest, I didn't really use it that much after I signed up. But then I started thinking about it and said to myself, "Why not?"

I search on the internet every day, anyway, so why not get some money while I'm doing it? I realised that the only real question is, "Is it a good search engine?"

Well, I started using it and found that using the Yahoo! search engine that Homepages uses, the results were as good as any other engine. So, why not use it?

You're not going to make a fortune, OK, but you're not doing any extra work and getting some money in the meantime. And if you get referrals, then it can become quite a useful little sum.

How much can you make? Well, I'll take the example they give on their website -

If you make an average of 5 searches per day - which is quite a conservative estimate actually - then you make just £1.50 per month and £18.25 per year. However, if you have 10 referrals, who in turn have 10 referrals, who also have 10 referrals (3 levels under you), and each of them makes an average of 5 searches, then you will be making about £48 per month or £584 per year.

The amounts are in British pounds, as the company is based in the UK.

This not a huge sum, obviously, but the essence of the matter as far as I see it, is that it's all extra cash for something you do anyway. You're not putting in any extra effort at all to get it.

So, I now use it regularly every day.

Convinced?

OK, then sign up for Homepages!! It's free, anyway!


Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Promote Your Blog by Creating Your Own Widget

I have just created my own widget for one of my blogs Authentic Greek Recipes - you can see it near the bottom of the left sidebar. This contains the recent posts, along with photos from the blog, and I created it really easily at Widgetbox.

I have placed it on each of my blogs to help bring more traffic to Authentic Greek Recipes. The good thing at Widgetbox is that you can also make your widget a Facebook application, and then invite friends on Facebook. Once you have at least 5 who accept, you can register it in the Facebook Application Directory.

Widgetbox also has its own network, with various Channels, or categories. I have joined the Food group, and this can increase your traffic in 2 ways. Through visitors to the Network Channel itself and also, each member has a Channel widget on their blog with yours on it, so visitors to all these blogs can visit yours from there.

Neat!

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Win $15 to your Paypal Account

Here's a chance to win $15 in a competition at the Youth Ministry Ideas blog.

All you have to do is blog about the competition post and then leave a comment. This is another of the Win it Wednesday competitions that are held at the Youth Ministry Ideas blog every ....Wednesday!

Good Luck!

Monday, 22 September 2008

Increase Your AdSense Revenue

The keywords that are used by Google in their Adsense programme have different values, which means that people clicking on some ads will generate more cash for you than on others. So if you can find out which keywords have a greater value, then you can use those that are relevant to your content to help get better returns.

Googlest.com have produced a 13 page document with the Top Paying Google Adsense Keywords which is available to download for only $5.

This is a great aid for those using Adsense, but obviously only keywords that are related to what your blog is about and can be naturally integrated should be used.

You may notice that I have added a new widget on the left sidebar, which is regularly updated with AdSense Tips to help optimise your use of AdSense on your site.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Doubling Your Entrecard Drops in Almost the Same Time

I've recently found a way to double the number of Entrecards I drop on in the same amount of time. This is not just by having a list of the sites with Entrecard that open quickly and dropping on them every day.

What I do is that I go to my Drops Inbox and click on a site there, then when it is open I drop on their card and then click on the site that is advertised on their EC widget. I close the first site - in the meantime, the second is opening up - and go to the next site in the Drops Inbox. While this is opening up, I drop on the site from the first widget, drop on it and close it. This process is repeated for each one.

In this way, you take advantage of the time it takes to close one window and open another to drop on another EC card. As I say, it practically doubles the number of drops in the same amount of time.

As well as saving time and increasing the number of EC credits I get, it also ensures that I am visiting a much wider variety of blogs.

When I am EC dropping, I like to stop and look at blogs that interest me. There are blogs that I know and like, and if they have a new post, I stop and read it. If it is a new blog (to me), I will often take a good look at what they are writing and also how their blog is designed and what they are doing that could be of benefit to my blogs.

Perhaps lots of people on Entrecard are already using this method of dropping and I've just cottoned on to it, but I thought I'd like to share it anyway.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

SEO Book

If you're not an expert - and I'm certainly not - then you need to try and get as much help as you can. I've been wanting to try and work on my search engine optimisation to get increase targetted traffic to my blogs and I downloaded the SEO Book for free.

I'm really starting to get a handle on it now - they provide tools for keyword suggestions and research amongst others and there are free tips, as well as search engine optimisation learning guides and video. After I joined, they also followed up with e-mails about Keywords, Strategy and Link building.

I also found the blog on their site to be especially useful - I've been learning a lot about Tags and Linking!

There is a lot to learn in order to become successful, but thankfully there experts out there - like the authors of SEO Book - to help us.



Saturday, 13 September 2008

How Many Blogs Should You Have?

I was recently reading a post on someone's blog. I can't remember the exact words, but it was something to the effect that if you have more than one blog when you are beginning, then that's a recipe for failure.

I think I would only agree with that if you don't have the time. If you have a full-time job and you blog only in your spare time, then, yes, I don't think you'll have much time to maintain more than one blog at the required standard.

However, if you have the time and if you want to start making money at some point, then I think you should definitely have more than one blog.

The basic thing that you need to see is whether the subject of each blog is something which you can quite comfortably write about continuously for the long-term. I just started a few months ago, and I looked at what there was that I could blog about. I didn't really think about what niche I should get into - pretty much all the niches have been covered as far as I can see, and even if there are some not fully covered, could I comfortably blog about them?

So I decided what I could blog about long-term - even permanently, if necessary - and started.

I have 6 blogs at the moment and there are 2 main reasons for this -
- There is minimal income going to be coming in to begin with, so at least multiply this to make it something more worthwhile.
- I didn't know which of the blogs would be successful, so it's a kind of trial to find out what went well and to build on it.

My Authentic Greek Recipes blog was set up because my wife is an expert cook and we live in Greece. There are loads of cooking blogs out there, but it's something we know about and can develop. I tend to focus more on everyday recipes from here in the country, rather than more"classic" ones. The advantage of this blog is that there are lots of food communities, where you can find targetted traffic, and even in Entrecard with its "flash" traffic, there are many bloggers who are also genuinely interested in the subject.

The blog has just been given a Google Page Rank 3 after a few months and traffic from search engines is about 40% of total traffic.

I live in Corfu, so it was logical to blog about it in some way. I am well-informed about real estate and hotels on the island, so I set up 2 blogs - Corfu Property and Corfu Holiday Accommodation - which are basically information blogs. The positive side of these blogs blogs is that when targetted traffic builds up, the AdSense ads especially are completely geared to what they are looking for. The down side is that they are not really suitable vehicles for PPP type sponsored posts - though my intention is to create sponsored posts and ads directly from local sources once the traffic is up to acceptable levels.

I created Corfu Chronicles to allow myself the "license", if you like, to write about just anything I wanted - whether it be about Corfu itself or something else I'd like to talk about. I felt it was important that I had this kind of outlet.

Daily Joke is really there just to see how it goes.

The last blog I set up was this one - Money From Nothing. I needed the outlet to write about making money online and also a means of getting my own share of the income from the huge community of money-making bloggers out there.

At the moment, I'm trying to think about anything else that I could comfortably blog about, to increase and develop my "stable". If and when I come up with anything, I'll be sure to let you know!

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Get Free Back Links

I've just started using SubmitterBot to submit my blogs for free to directories and get back links.

SubmitterBot is what they term a semi-automatic directory submission tool. You just register for free and then add the URLs you want to submit. When you press Start Submitting, you are presented with each of the 446 directories one at a time, you decide whether you want to submit to it or not, then choose the category and submit your site.

It's semi-automatic because you choose which of the directories you want, along with the category in each one. They say it should take about 30 minutes to do it for each of your sites, but I found it actually took a little bit longer - but maybe that was just me.

It's free and it creates new links, so I'm hoping that it's going to be another tool to build up back links, Page Rank and traffic.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Answer Questions and Bring Visitors to your Site

I have just signed up for Yahoo Answers. Here you can gradually establish yourself as an expert in your field by answering questions that people post and direct them to your blog(s). I'm going to be focussing on questions about Greek cooking, to bring traffic to my blog Authentic Greek Recipes and on Corfu and Greece, which will bring them to my blogs Corfu Property, Corfu Chronicles and Corfu Holiday Accommodation.

I'll see how it goes and post about the results later.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Earn Money whilst Searching the Internet

I've just signed up at Homepages, where you can make money whilst searching the web. You just use Homepages to make your normal searches and you get paid for each search. It is powered by Yahoo, so you don't need to worry about the quality of the search results.

In addition to making money from your own searches, you can also make income from referrals. You get a percentage from the searches that your referrals make for up to 3 levels of referrals.

Sign up for free, and get paid to do what you do anyway.





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