Friday, September 14, 2012

Sell your college essays online

Do you know that you can sell each of your high school and college essays for up to $25 or beyond to online sellers?

If you love to read, and are good at analyzing and dissecting literary texts, you may want to earn some extra income from writing literature essays for Gradesaver. They offer freelance writers a reasonable fee of $25 per Literature essay and $50 for successful college application essays, and payments are made via check. However, upon submission of your essays, it will take a matter of 10 to 12 weeks before they can respond to you with regard to whether they accept your essay or not. If they decide to accept your essay after a long and tedious process of reviewing it, they will publish it on their website and you will be deemed as having surrendered to them the exclusive rights to your essay. In cases where they decline your essay, you will still retain the sole rights to your essay.

Another area where you can profit from selling essays is, which is an avenue for you to put up your essays for sale to willing buyers. There are many categories of essays on different topics listed on the website, and it's pretty hard to compete with all these other sellers for the business of just a few. You are allowed to set your own price for the essays, but if you were to charge too high a price for a topic in a way that is not too proportionate to the demand for it, chances are you won't be able to profit much from this endeavour.

How to make money with Youtube, Metacafe and Dailymotion

1. Metacafe - This is a great way to generate a steady stream of passive income for yourself. You can make videos on subjects you are passionate and knowledgeable about and reap the rewards by simply getting as many people as possible to view your videos. When uploading the video, make sure you check the "Yes, I want to submit my video to Producer Rewards". You are entitled to earn up to $5 for each 1000 views of your video, and you will receive your first payout of $100 once you reach the 20,000-view threshold. However, videos containing pornography and obscene language are automatically disqualified. In addition, your content has to be original and unique. You can't just try to profit from others' works, especially if they are copyrighted. If you already have a firm grasp of what people in general are looking for on video-sharing sites, you should be able to get quite a decent amount of views for your vids.

2. Dailymotion - You can simply join the Publishers Network and start to integrate videos to your blogs or websites. You will get a share of the revenue generated from the ads shown on the Dailymotion videos that you have shared on your sites. It's a pretty easy method to make some quick bucks out of blogging, but do not just post a random vid on your blog and expect people to view it. You can help to promote the video by expressing your views and opinions about the video itself or just post a blog entry that is appropriate and relevant to what is in the video. If you can't, at least make an effort to give a brief description of what it is all about. 

3. Youtube - You need to have an Adsense account before you can opt to monetise your videos on Youtube. However, it can be hard to make money on Youtube, given the fact that most people tend not to show much interest in the ads being displayed alongside your vids as they are usually more concerned about the actual content of the vid itself. It's pay per click, which means you might not get a single cent even if your vids get an average of 1000 views per day. If you are lucky, you might get a few clicks here and there from viewers who accidentally clicked on the ad in a bid to close it. That being said, it's still worth a try. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

How to earn money from blogging

We all know that there are many prominent bloggers out there who could rake in thousands of dollars each month just by writing about the intimate and personal details about their lives. Some of them could even bank on their popularity to win deals and endorsements amounting to millions of dollars. So how did they manage to achieve that? To some of us, it appears to be a mean feat, but it is actually pretty simple.

Always try to include some shocking and attention-grabbing antics that are bound to get people interested. This is probably going to bring in a steady stream of visitors to your site as it will make them look forward to what is in store for them next.  You might even be able to build a reputation for yourself as “the queen of shock” or things like that. In other words, develop your own tone, personality and style, preferably one that is so distinct and unique that others will find it hard to follow.

If you don’t mind writing about juicy gossip and sensational details about your private life, people won’t mind reading it, but of course, do it only when you feel comfortable about opening up and sharing matters that may be personal to you. Some bloggers indulge in self-revelation of scandals that they are embroiled in and have no qualms bragging about their association with certain celebrities. Sometimes, these techniques work to their advantage, and they managed to turn themselves into mini celebs. There is, of course, a price to be paid, for willingly placing your life under the scrutiny of others. You might attract unwanted attention from stalkers. But the main reason why blogs are so popular is because it appeals to the inner voyeur in all of us. It is somehow strange that human beings derive pleasure and satisfaction from peeking into others’ private lives, but you can always rely on this factor to bring in extra income for yourself.

Dabble with controversial stuff. Sometimes this involves making harsh and critical comments about others that will alert people to your website. Like all introductions to an essay, you need to provide a “hook”, and the controversial stuff that you bring into your blog is what fascinates your readers and encourages them to read on. It is a strange kind of motivation, but it is true. One way to do it is to make some very immature and insensible comments about someone famous, but be careful not to get yourself into some legal trouble, just go along the lines of gently mocking or making fun of a group of people you know will get slightly offended. You might run into danger of going against the sentiments of the general crowd out there, but you will get lots of exposure for your blog as it increases people’s curiosity, making them wonder what exactly is going on. This is an excellent way to generate publicity for your blog. In Singapore, a man who made irresponsible and chauvinist remarks about women attracted lots of readers to his blog recently as news of his generalised statements spread in the local tabloids. In one of his blog entries, he reportedly compared local female actresses to prostitutes as he was convinced most of them have had paid sex through one means or another. He received harsh rebuke and censure from people from all walks of life, including a Member of Parliament. He became an overnight “sensation” for all the wrong reasons, but the negative responses to his comments are inconsequential as he got what he wants, publicity that is. Who knows? He might be making use of this opportunity to get his fifteen minutes of fame and glory. Generating lots of hoo-ha on your blog is a stunt that we can all leverage on to reach a wider range of audience.

Raising a huckus about an issue might also get you somewhere. For instance, the recent case of the blogger who complained about the decision that the Diners En Blanc organisers made to disinvite him from the event after he has professed that he will bring tau huay and chwee kuay to the venue. The decision to ban authentic local fare to the so-called “posh” picnic becomes a focal point of people’s attacks and an issue of contention. People start to take notice and pay attention to what is coming out of his blog (mainly food reviews). Previously, not many were aware of this blogger’s existence. Be as loud and bold as possible. This is the antic that Singaporean bloggers like to resort to. He became famous instantly. 

Focus on the current hot stuff. Discussing or even attacking certain personalities who are currently trending on most search engines throughout the world could help to create buzz for your blog as more people are likely to search for the person’s name. One way of going about this is simply to find out what are some of the top key words and phrases that have been coming up in recent searches.  

In general, if you are a novice blogger and do not know what to write, write about yourself, others, or anything that excites you. Focus your discussion on general issues and current topics that are interesting and relevant to people’s lives, but most importantly, it has to be something that you are passionate about. 

These are not foolproof techniques of getting you fans and followers on your blog, but they are certainly ways of attracting traffic to your site.

For information on other ways to earn money from blogging for specific sites, read my other post here

Friday, September 7, 2012

Promoting Your Website: 14 Shrewd Marketing Strategies

There are many ways to promote your website. Here are some of the ways you can get your website recognised by millions of internet users out there:

1. Contribute an article about your company to a free content provider like Wikipedia, linger in chatrooms, guestbooks, forums or discussion boards and offer your priceless advice to thousands of people in need of help on public information and opinion-sharing sites such as Yahoo Answers, Answerbag, Askville and Mylot.

2. Set up a company profile on websites such as Myspace or Facebook, which may help to grow, expand and widen your network of connections, this would ensure a guaranteed traffic to your site that otherwise mostly consists of regular and return readers.

3. Market your product through dropping informative comments on others' blogs, social-networking site profiles (on Friendster, Myspace, Facebook, Hi5, Bebo etc) and remember to include your web url on it, but just be careful not to end up becoming a nuisance for there is every danger that if you over-do that, you might be accused of being a spammer.

4. Contribute free-to-republish articles to websites like Articleworld, Articlebase and Articlecity. Expertscolumn, an India-based freelance writing site, even promises to pay you $1 per 1000 impressions for your article. This could be a great source of passive income for you if you enjoy writing.

5. Promote your services on websites offering relevant products, but are unlikely to serve as substitutes. For instance, if you are a social-networking website that offers the chance for people from different countries to mix around and engage in language exchange (some sort of language pal thing), you might consider marketing on a site like Facebook. It is easy for people to take notice of your ad if it is placed on the left-hand column. It would grab a user's attention immediately the moment it appears on his or her homepage. Since you are specialising in a niche area, there is no way any potential rivals or competitors can direct traffic away from you or rob you of your visitors.

6. Take part in free traffic exchange programs, which allow you to exchange links with other people so that they can put your ads up on their website while you do the same for them. If you are using Adbrite, you can also consider uploading your ad to Spott, a free link exchange spot. You just need to copy and paste and they will take care of the rest. Alternatively, you may want to check out sites like Traffic Exchange Directory and see what you can do from there. Also, try Freerelevantlinks, TrafficSwarm and Blogexplosion if you have the time.

7. Take note of websites that allow you to post free classified ads. If you are a fledging entrepreneur who has just established a business and is trying to prove your competence, this could be the most cost-effective way.

Here are three websites I sieved out from the zillions I can find

8. There are more ways of getting around this than you can think of. You can also join Google or Yahoo groups and allow people the opportunity to subscribe to your newsletters.

9. Search Engine Optimisation: Add your url to search engines to enable easy ferreting for your potential visitors. You can explore these by visiting SubmitExpress, Addme, EngineSeeker (they offer the solution of distributing your url to the many search engines and directories out there) or you may visit the homepage of websites like Google, Gigablast, Bing, MSN, Yahoo, Netscape,Tygo, Altavista, AOL, alltheweb and add them yourself. Also, you may want to add them to dmoz and read the articles on searchenginewatch. Use technorati tags if you wish. It may make it easier for web surfers to find your site.

10. Throw in controversial content to engage the young. Be loud, bold and eye-catching in your ad campaigns so as to catch the attention of people who would eventually go on to purchase your product.

11. Keep the interests of your current clientele in mind. If need be, ask them for their opinions and feedback before making any decisions. You may wish to conduct surveys and polls to find out what their preferences are.

12. Be aware of your target audience. For instance, if you are a social escort agency, you know your intended audience isn't teenage boys, but a more mature crowd who could afford to pay for your services. Suppose you are a high-class restaurant and is looking to hire staff whose main task is to wait on tables. Will you target your ad at fresh college graduates? You know you won't. So what you do is, you turn your attention to a group of foreign immigrants who are willing to work long hours for lower wages, and college students, who are eager to work part-time so as to earn their own keep. Such are the people you will need for your restaurant. Hence, you will need to tailor your ads carefully in a way that will encourage them to work for you. This is about ensuring that the right message hit the right people. Will you market your bluegrass music to a group of young punks who prefer anytime to listen to hip-hop instead? No. If you really wish to reach out to this potential consumer base, you might need to force yourself to produce records that appeal to them and their musical tastes. So change has to be in place. However, some companies refuse to limit themselves to predicting and following market trends, they prefer to set them instead. What I am saying is, in the metaphorical sense of the word, if you wish to reach both sides of the audience, you need to invent a new wave of music that mixes both bluegrass and hip-hop, if you could.

13. Do not work, let your blog work for you. If you are someone who is used to employing shrewd marketing strategies, you might wish to set up a blog and get your blog listed on Blogarama or some other blog directories. If you are already a blogger, you may wish to join bloggers' networking sites such as bloglog and blogcatalog to win yourself some fans in the blogosphere. Some of the more popular blogging engines out there include livejournal,wordpress (you can also add your url there for free at and eblogger. All of these can assist you in building your web presence, which is crucial for you to succeed. These are sure ways to help rake in money for your website.

14. A final precaution: Avoid placing too many ads on the same page as it would make your page slow to load. Also, minimise your usage of pop-ups and pop-under ads. Do not use more than one on one page.