Thursday, 15 December 2011

Set Up A Fans Leaderboard For Your Facebook Page

 A good way to encourage your fans to engage on your Facebook Page is to set up a Fans Leaderboard. Fans receive points for posting, comments and Likes.

You can get this free application from Booshaka and when you install it, a custom tab called Top Fans is added to your page.

You can view the stats of each fan listed to see how they have participated. The app gives a complete history of the fan’s activity on your page.

To install the app, just go to Booshaka and click the blue Install button. They also have a Top Fans Pro version that rewards the top fans with perks.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Get More Out Of Your Facebook Page By Improving Your EdgeRank

Do you have a Facebook Page?

You may think that the more 'likers' ('Fans' as they used to be called) you have, the more outreach you have. However, this is not necessarily the case. Facebook has something called Edgerank, which determines how much of your content is actually seen on people's newsfeeds.

There are ways to improve your Edgerank - including posting more photos and videos. Your blog may be on Networked Blogs and each post is automatically posted on your FB Page as well, but you need also to post directly to the Page and in general create greater engagement.

There is a White Paper on the subject, which you can download for free here.

You can also check what the Edgerank for your Page is at EdgeRank Checker here.

 How did your Page score? How do you think you can improve it?

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Adding A Job Board To Your Blog

You may not have thought about adding a Job Board to your blog, but it offers two benefits in particular -

It offers something useful to your readers, especially if you have a niche blog.

It can make you some money. You can get paid when people visit sponsored job ads and when employers pay for an ad on the board.

Below are 2 free tools to set up your own Job Board. The good thing is that they will populate the board with available jobs even before you get people paying for ads. You can choose the fields that are relevant to your site and so only those type of job vacancies will appear.

Simply Hired Job-A-Matic


 I used Simply Hired to set up a Foodies Job Board on my blog Authentic Greek Recipes. You can take a look at it here.

Have any of you installed a job board? What do you think?

Thursday, 2 June 2011

New Google +1 Button Available. How To Add It To Blogger

The new Google +1 Button is now on general release. I've just installed it and you can see it at the top of the posts in this blog now. By clicking on the button, you can recommend the posts to other readers - the short video below shows how it works.

The button is simple enough to install and if you have a Blogger blog, then you can find very quick and simple instructions here.

For detailed information you can also visit Google here.

Have you installed it? What do you think?

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Get Paid $50 Just For Signing Up At DomainIt

Earn cash with your website. $50 signup bonus!

Good news for potential affiliates! DomainIt will pay you $50 when you sign up as an affiliate with them.

DomainIt, which was founded in 1996, provides Domain Names, Web Hosting, E-Mail Services, Design Templates, Web Promotion and other Tools and Resources. The prices are also extremely affordable - up to 74% cheaper than competitors.

And the good news is that you can sign up as an affiliate quickly and easily and get $50 placed in your affiliate account straight away. Your earnings are processed at the end of the following month - so your February earnings will be paid out on April 1st. Payments are made either by PayPal or by check and there's a relatively low payment threshold - $25.

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

How To Publish And Sell Your Own E-Book

If you want to publish your own e-book and to sell it yourself, then this can be done relatively easily. And it can be done without spending a cent! I'm going to discuss the process after you have written and prepared your book. You can publish it and sell it through a combination of PayLoadz and Paypal, including getting affiliates to sell for you.

You will need to convert your file into PDF. If you don't have a converter, then a very simple way to do it is to use Open Office. This is a free set of programs - Text, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Drawing, Database, Formula - and if you use the Text program, you have the option to convert it to PDF.

Go and register at PayLoadz and then go to Create New Product To Sell. Once you have filled in the details, you upload your pdf file and cover image. They will let you have a Buy Now button to place on your selling page and the payments will be done through PayPal. PayLoadz will also give you a code to give to affiliates and then handle the affiliate selling procedure and letting you have reports. Your e-book can also be made available to affiliates on PayLoadz, who are looking for products to sell.

Simple and free!


Having said all that,  I myself am looking for affiliates to sell the following 2 e-books. You may choose either or both, depending on what you feel would be appropriate on your site.

The e-book Greek Vegetarian Recipes sells for $3.50 and affiliates get $1 per sale - a pretty generous percentage!
If you are interested in becoming an affiliate for this book, then just click on this link.

 The e-book Super Jokes - with over 250 pages of quality jokes - sells for $3 and affiliates again get $1 per sale.
If you are interested in becoming an affiliate for this book, then just click on this link.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Chitika Pays Me Every Month

I've been using Chitika for a while now, but over the last few months I've been receiving payments from them at the end of every month.

Chitika ads are what are called 'behaviourly targetted'. That means that they respond to what people using search engines are looking for. In other words, if you search for hotels, then the ads displayed will be related to that. For this reason you can use them along with AdSense.

So if you get a decent amount of traffic from search engines - and especially from North America - then I would suggest trying it out. There are two particular practical advantages to Chitika. The payout threshold is very low - $10; and they pay through PayPal. If you want to be paid by check, then the threshold is $50. So if your earnings are over $10 for February, then at the end of March the money will be in your PayPal account.

As I said at the beginning, I've been comfortably over the threshold over the last few months and it's nice to see the money in your account at the end of the month!

Definitely worth a try!

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Thursday, 10 February 2011

Publish Your Book For Free With CreateSpace

If you want to publish a book to sell on the internet, then CreateSpace is an excellent option. A part of Amazon, CreateSpace will let you publish your book with them for free.

We have just brought out our recipe book with them - Authentic Greek Recipes - and it has already started selling. However, I have to say that if you are doing it for the first time, then perhaps you're going to spend more time getting it together than perhaps should be necessary.

The procedure itself is pretty smooth, but you don't fully know what the procedure is until you actually go through each stage. For that reason I'll give you a brief summary of what you have to do until your book is available for sale - I only wish that CreateSpace gave this summary to new users.

- Obviously you need to have the material you want to publish.
- Choose the size you want your book to be and you can download a formatted template from their Resources section. Use this template to put the material for your book. I find this an excellent resource as you don't need to worry about formatting it with margin sizes etc.
- Once this is ready, convert it into a pdf file. If you have photos, then they need to be at least 300 dpi.
- If you can't or don't want to create your own cover, then there is a selection of cover templates to choose from.
- You have to choose whether you want colour or black and white. Obviously, black and white is going to allow you to set a lower price.
- Once you have your pdf file and cover ready, you submit them for approval. They say that this takes up to 48 hours, but I found that they responded within 12 hours. You will be told if it is acceptable or what problems need to be fixed.
- If you stay with the free option, then your book will only be available from CreateSpace - in other words just direct selling from you. There is a ProPlan, however, which is just under $40 a year, with which you can make it available on Amazon plus they promote it to other sellers and libraries and institutions. You also get a higher royalty with ProPlan.
- However, even if you don't use ProPlan you still have to pay the cost price of the book plus shipping for them to send it to you to approve before it's made available.
- You can electronically approve it once you've seen it. Then you have to choose the price. They give you a minimum to sell on CreateSpace and a higher minimum for it to be available on Amazon.
- On CreateSpace you have the option to create discounts if you want.

That is a brief summary of publishing your own book with them and so far I have been happy with the results. Is there anyone else who has used them? Or anyone thinking about it?
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