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How to Make Money Work from Home

When you work from home, there are many benefits to be had but also some disadvantages that you should be aware of too. This post takes a brief look at the ups and downs of that work from home ethic to take advantage of the reach of the Internet make money online.

The benefits of working at home are obvious in that there is no daily commute to the office or place of work, which saves a lot of time. In some cases, it can save 2 or 3 hours or ore every day which adds up to a lot of time each week. Just think about this. If you only take 2 hours of travelling each day with an hour there and an hour back, in a 5 day week, you have “worked” an extra 10 hour day for nothing! If your commute is 3 hours a day that’s a massive 15 hour day you have used up for nothing!

When you work from home, that time is yours again and you can spend it any way you like. You can use it to work a little longer each day and be more productive, or you can spend it with your family. You won’t feel so tired in the evenings and be more prone to doing some activity with your family and friends that you couldn’t even contemplate before when you would doubtless arrive home exhausted after yet another scramble home in the rush hour.

Working from home at your own online business means you have no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder. How liberating is that! No over-zealous twit writing your progress report for a boss who probably can’t match your face to your name and company ID number. No inter office politics, waiting for someone to leave or die before you can get a promotion and a raise. No putting up with a demented talk-aholic bending your ear about what they saw on TV last night 8 hours a day. You get the picture.

The main downside for a lot of people to working from home is the sudden lack of driving motivation. Suddenly, you are not forced to work at an unnaturally over-productive rate and you can easily become demotivated. You have to stay on top of your work and re,ember that this is your business and your livelihood and make sure you discipline yourself to get the day’s work done in the time you have allotted to do it.

Interruptions from family members is also a potential setback and you have to explain to them that even though you are at home, you are still working and they should try to leave you be unless there is something really important to disturb you with.

You still need to take breaks and importantly a lunch break, so don’t eat lunch at your desk if you can help it. You also should set yourself working hours and not be tempted to stay at your desk way after you should have stopped just because you’re there and that time used to be spent travelling anyway!

Okay, that’ll do for this post and I hope it has given you some pointers on what to do and what not to do when you work from home at your own online business.

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How to Make Money from Blogging Part III

Well, after the last two instalments if this mini series, as its turned out to be, its time to get on with the next one already. As I mentioned in the last post, we need to look at the process of getting links to your blog if you want to stand any realistic chance of ranking well in the SERPs for your chosen keywords. So how do you go about doing that?

Well, there are several ways of getting links pointing to your blog and some of these have been tried and tested for a few years, found to work well and still work well today. They take some work on your behalf and getting lots of them can be a lot of work. But before I get into them, I want to point one thing out.

Automation is a very attractive means of getting links and there are several pretty good software packages out there that can do that. The only problem with them in the main is that they will only get you very low quality links. That said, if you can get a thousand crap links, its better than nothing and will help your blog rank in some uncompetitive long tail keyword niches, so there are benefits. There is another big problem is that if you get too many links too fast, Google will know what you’re doing and may impose a penalty on your site, which can be a ranking slap that could prove costly if your site is already making some money. So be careful!

Personally, I don’t use automation to get links as I prefer to get them as naturally as possible and I like my links to come from places that already have some trust with the search engines. That’s a lot more work, but in the long run it is worth it as a handful of authority links will help a site outrank one that has thousands of crap links. So here’s the deal as to manual link getting.

Write original articles and post them to places like ezine articles, hub pages and infobarrel. These are more than article directories and carry some SERPs authority, so links from your articles posted at these places will have more authority right off the bat.

Next, do some do-follow blog commenting. While these are considered crappy links, they are good for linking to the articles you just posted to the aforementioned sites to boost their authority further…

Build some support sites using free blogging platforms like blogger, wordpress, blinkweb, blogetery etc. You should write decent posts in these and link out sparingly to your main site from in-post links anchored to your keywords. Then link to these posts from do-follow blogs comments to get them some authority.

Post in forums related to your niche. Most forums will let you place a link to your site in your sig and you can also place a link in your profile. Guess what? Link to your profile from do-follow blog comments!

Sign up for authority web 2.0 sites and place a link in your profile and then link to that profile from, yep you guessed it… do-follow blog comments! While you’re at it, you can use the social sites to submit your site to for more crappy links – they all count! You can use a free tool called onlywire.com to submit your blog posts to a collection of social sites all from a single submission.

Ok, that should be enough to get you going. Don’t work too hard, or should I say DO work too hard!

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How to Make Money from Blogging Part II

Ok, welcome back. In the previous post, I was looking at how you can make money from blogging and I started explaining about how you will not make any money from social traffic. I did touch on traffic derived from search engines and this is where I’ll continue the subject.

Traffic from the search engines, as opposed to social traffic, are not seasoned surfers but are simply regular folks that are looking for something. If they find your blog on the first page of Google and click on it, they will read your front page in the hope of finding what it is they are looking for. If they don’t find it, they will often click an ad if that ad promises to give them what they want. That’s how you make your money, by providing enough information to attract visitors but not giving them the actual answers to what they need but rather give it to them in the form of ads, which they will click in their search.

Now those ads can be PPC, like adsense where you get paid an amount per click, or they can be affiliate ads where you get paid if the visitor clicks through to the vendor’s site and buys the product. Either way you get paid and the more visitors you can attract from the search engines, the more your ads will get clicked and the more money you will make. Its really that simple.

But getting your blog to feature on the front page of the search engines for a well searched term is next to impossible, isn’t it?

Well, it depends on what you know. For sure, if your blog is about credit cards and you want to get it to feature anywhere near the front page for that term or keyword, or in fact the many longer associated terms, also known as long tail keywords, then you don’t stand sop much as a snowball’s chance in hell of getting up amongst the high fliers. Why? Because there is so much money to be made in that niche that competition for those keywords is as fierce as it gets.Some goes for niches such as loans, finance, weight loss, autos, insurance, mortgages, health, make money…

There are a lot of niches that you should not spend too much time on in fruitless competition with sites that will eat your little blog alive. But there are countless other niches that you can work at that are far less competitive and you will stand a much better chance of featuring in the search engine index for a wide spectrum of related terms, which can attract a lot of traffic and make you a lot of money. Finding those niches takes research and that’s something you are going to have to do by yourself. That’s because no self respecting marketer is going to reveal to you their cherished money making niches that they probably spent many hours locating only to have you come along and take a proportion of their earnings for the privilege!

So the grunt work of finding profitable niches is where you lay your foundation and you tailor your blog to match the niche you have found. Then you need to write about that niche including as many of the related keywords as possible in your blog posts. Then you need to obtain links to your posts as well as to your blog’s homepage. Those links need to be anchored with your keywords.

To get those links, you are going to have to work hard and long, boring hours, but it is necessary work and it is the ONLY way you are going to get onto the first page of Google’s index for any terms worth working for.

As for how to get links and how to use them, well, that’s the subject for a future post.

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