Minterest » Internet Marketing http://www.minterest.org tech. marketing. mashups. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:38:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Write Today; Monetize Tomorrow! [Blogging Tips] http://www.minterest.org/write-today-monetize-tomorrow/ http://www.minterest.org/write-today-monetize-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:37:59 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=8907 A recent blog post by Jim Connolly inspired me to write this blog post. In that blog post he mentioned about a best selling Kickstarter book written by the awesomest Seth Godin. When people said it took Seth 3 hours to write that book Seth said it took him around 8 years. Yes! That’s how long [...]

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A recent blog post by Jim Connolly inspired me to write this blog post. In that blog post he mentioned about a best selling Kickstarter book written by the awesomest Seth Godin. When people said it took Seth 3 hours to write that book Seth said it took him around 8 years.

Yes!

That’s how long it took him, writing blog posts almost every day, to build a big enough community to reach his Kickstarter target in 3 hours.

You know what? It applies to blogging as well.

I’ve noticed a gazillion “How To Start A Blog In 5 Minutes” videos and tutorials. But the reality is that it doesn’t work that way. You know Why? They’re all basically about how to buy a domain name (i.e, your own .com address like minterest.com), web hosting plan (i.e, your own web server space where you can upload files), and install blogging software (WordPress or similar software).

Yes, that’s all you can do in 5 minutes and it’s so far away from a perfect blog as there are a lot of other things that you must know and should do.

And if you read somewhere that blogging is easy then that’s not really true. Blogging is simple but not easy. It takes time, patience, some money, and a lot of effort and learning to get going. Yes, it’s possible to create a new WordPress blog and publish your first article in less than 10 minutes but it will probably look like this and not like this.

Your First 365 Posts Are The Worst Blog Posts Ever

Wondering about 365? Well, it’s just a number assuming that you published one blog post everyday in the first year. I started Minterest back in 2007 and later in 2011 I had around 365 blog posts that was sending me around 300 unique visits a day. But what’s interesting to me was few evergreen posts were sending most of the traffic. So then I decided to write in-depth content covering almost all aspects of the topic. And in less than 10 months I increased the traffic by 5 times. The search traffic zoomed to 1,500+ visits a day.

Read: Why 365 Blog Posts Is All You Need To Become A Successful Blogger

Then there was a Google penalty and I decided to clean my archived blog posts. Yes, there were low quality content, thin content, and some duplicate content as well. I deleted every single post that were outdated, news topic, or something that I didn’t like and ended up with just 130 blog posts or so from 500+. Again, even after deletion the traffic was not affected in anyway and it obviously means that all the deleted blog posts were sending nearly zero traffic.

You want to become a good blogger? Then read and write a lot. Yes, A LOTTT. It’s practice that makes us perfect.

Read: The Definitive Guide To Writing A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post

My Message To You…

You don’t start a blog to make money. I would say don’t even think about it.

Just focus on writing and writing only.  Because, when you have the content it will naturally attract traffic (though little promotion won’t hurt) and when you have the traffic then there’s a way to monetize it and you can do it any day.

Like Darren Rowse has written,

If you have just one reader and your blog changes their life your blog is big enough.

It’s all about whether you’re giving up or not. If you’re consistently creating high quality content then your website traffic (your income too) and your personal brand will grow naturally over time.

Read: 15 Blogging Tips To Supercharge Your Next Blog Post

And no, you don’t really need a million visits to make money from your blog. In fact, back in 2007-08 when I had less than 100 visits a day I monetized a niche blog perfectly and was able to generate $1,000s a month in affiliate income.

Happy Blogging!

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The Internet Marketing Handbook – 101+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools http://www.minterest.org/the-internet-marketing-handbook/ http://www.minterest.org/the-internet-marketing-handbook/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=8100 Internet marketing is huge and it’s getting bigger. If you’re looking for internet marketing resources then you may be confused about where to start since you’ll come across a lot of jargons and terms. So here are over 101 resources that you will ever need as an internet marketer. It’s your starting point so I’m [...]

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Internet Marketing

Internet marketing is huge and it’s getting bigger. If you’re looking for internet marketing resources then you may be confused about where to start since you’ll come across a lot of jargons and terms. So here are over 101 resources that you will ever need as an internet marketer. It’s your starting point so I’m sure that you can take it forward from here.

101+ Internet Marketing Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

I’ve organized the resources into the following categories: Content Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Web Analytics, Landing Pages, Conversion Optimization, Internet Marketing Blogs & Forums, and Internet Marketing Tools.

Internet Marketing Guides

If you’re new to internet marketing and are looking for a complete guide then the following resources will help you. They cover almost all aspects of internet marketing in a systematic and easy to consume way.

Read: The Blogger’s Handbook | Minterest

Content Marketing

Content marketing is all about creating high quality content to naturally attract targeted traffic to your website. If you need more clarity then I think Copyblogger has got a perfect definition:

Content Marketing means creating and sharing valuable free content to attract and convert prospects into customers, and customers into repeat buyers. The type of content you share is closely related to what you sell; in other words, you’re educating people so that they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you.

Today, content marketing is one of the primary marketing strategies of startup companies to attract targeted audience. The best example is, Buffer Blog. And here’s a sample blog post 30 Things You Buy That Are More Expensive Than Todoist Premium by Todoist Blog that instantly convinced me to buy their premium plan. Yes, Todoist is my favorite task manager app.

Read: The Freelance Writer’s Handbook | Minterest

Search Marketing

Search Marketing is the process of improving the visibility of your website in search engines. It includes: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM). Search Engine Optimization is the process of optimizing the website in order to get more organic traffic from search engines. While Search Engine Marketing is all about buying targeted traffic via pay-per-click search ads.

Here I’ll be featuring only search engine marketing resources but you can check out the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Handbook and Link Building Handbook for all things SEO.

Read: Search Marketing Resources | Search Engine Land

Social Media Marketing

Social Media MarketingImage Credit: Flickr

Social media is more important than ever. If your brand is not on social media then it’s like you don’t exist. Hence it’s very important to have a social media marketing strategy. Here I’ve featured some in-depth guides to social media marketing and some of the best social media tools to manage your social presence.

If you’re a social media fanatic then you already know that Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn are the top 5 social networks out there for marketers. So here you’ll find everything you need to know about: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn marketing.

Twitter

Facebook

Google+

Pinterest

LinkedIn

Read: Getting Started With Social Media [Resources] | Social Media Examiner

Email Marketing

Email marketing is not dead! It may not be as effective as search marketing in the short term but it’s more powerful than social media or any other online marketing channel in the long term.

Read: Why You Should Consider Email Marketing Before Any Other | LinkedIn

Web Analytics

Web Analytics is the process of analyzing the visitors to a website. If you’re a marketer then your web analytics will answer questions like: where your visitors are coming from, what they’re doing on your website, why are they leaving your website, are they coming back to your website, and many more. Here you’ll find some of the best web analytics resources.

Read: 13 Google Analytics Alternatives You Probably Don’t Know | Minterest

Landing Pages

A Landing Page is a web page, specifically designed for just one purpose at a time. It can be used for lead generation, could be a simple Call To Action that instructs the user to subscribe to a newsletter or to download an ebook, or to do something similar. It can involve images, videos, audio or just a few paragraphs.

Think of a golf course… a landing page is the putting green that you drive the ball (prospect) to. Once on the green, the goal is to get the ball into the hole. Likewise, the goal of the copy and design of a landing page is to get the prospect to take your desired action.

I’m featuring here some of the best landing page resources that I’ve collected over the past few months.

  1. What Is A Landing Page? | Unbounce
  2. The Anatomy Of A High Converting Landing Page [Infographic] | Quick Sprout
  3. The Definitive Guide To Landing Page Optimization| Quick Sprout
  4. More Landing Page Tips, Examples And Resources | Search Engine Journal
  5. The Most Entertaining Guide To Landing Page Optimization | Moz
  6. How To Create A Page That Converts At 21.7% [Case Study] | Backlinko
  7. 22 Brutally Honest Landing Page Critiques | Unbounce
  8. 7 Ways We Increased Our Blog’s Conversion Rate By 260% [Tips] | Startup Moon

Read: Landing Pages Turn Traffic Into Money | Copyblogger

Conversion Optimization

Conversion Optimization is the process of optimizing the landing pages or the whole website itself so as to increase the conversion rate (or sales).

Conversion optimization is part art (listening to your gut) and part science (listening to the numbers) – it’s about making informed decisions and scientifically A/B testing your hypothesis to make your landing pages perform better.

It’s very important because when we make changes to a design we’ve to make sure that it doesn’t impact the sales or user experience in a negative way.

Read: 17 Of The Best Conversion Optimization Blogs On The Internet | Crazy Egg

Random Internet Marketing Articles

Here I’m featuring some random internet marketing content that I find very interesting. I focused on topics related to – Remarketing, Growth Hacking, Branding, and Small Business.

Read: The Definitive Guide To Writing A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post | Minterest

Internet Marketing Blogs

Internet Marketing is growing rapidly and if you’re an internet marketer then it’s very important to stay up-to-date with the marketing industry. The following internet marketing blogs will help you to keep yourself informed about the internet marketing news and strategies. Learn from the experts!

  1. Copyblogger – for copywriting tips and advices.
  2. Avinash Kaushik – a digital marketing and analytics blog.
  3. Seth Godin – a marketing journal by the author of fifteen bestsellers.
  4. Quick Sprout – for awesome online marketing content.
  5. KISSmetrics – for analytics, marketing, and testing.
  6. Buffer – for all things social media.
  7. Jim’s Marketing Blog – for marketing ideas to help you grow your business.
  8. Unbounce – for landing page and conversion optimization.
  9. AWeber – for email marketing tips and strategies.
  10. Moz – for the awesomest search marketing content.
  11. Search Engine Journal – for search marketing news.
  12. Econsultancy – for digital marketing insights and analysis.
  13. Groove – a journey to $100,000/month.
  14. Search Engine Watch – for search marketing news, tips, and strategies.
  15. Sprout Social – for social media news, tips, and analysis.
  16. Business 2 Community – for small business news, trends, and analysis.

Read: My Favorite Tech & Marketing Blogs | Minterest

Internet Marketing Forums

If you’ve any marketing questions or would like to find like-minded people on the internet then an online forum is a good place to start. You can join any of these internet marketing forums – to discuss all things marketing.

Tools For Internet Marketers

We all need tools to get things done, right? So here’s a mashup of some of the best tools available for internet marketers (most of them are free!). They will assist you in your marketing efforts and help you to manage your marketing campaigns more effectively.

Read: Web Directory For Bloggers, Marketers & Webmasters | Minterest

Conclusion

Apart from the above categories there are a dozen of other internet marketing concepts like: affiliate marketing, display advertising, referral marketing, etc. but I haven’t included them as going forward you’ll come across those concepts naturally.

Have I missed your favorite internet marketing resource? If so, let me know as a comment below and I’ll be glad to list here.

Happy Marketing! :)

First Published: May 2014; Last Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014

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15 Blogs You Should Really Read If You Are A Freelance Writer http://www.minterest.org/must-read-blogs-for-freelance-writers/ http://www.minterest.org/must-read-blogs-for-freelance-writers/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:50:20 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=8426 I love reading blogs that offers tips for freelancers (especially freelance writers). Primarily because these blogs publish awesome content on productivity, writing tips, and marketing tips too. So many interesting blog posts are there on these blogs, which might interest you as a writer or even as a marketer. Do you want to become a better writer? [...]

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I love reading blogs that offers tips for freelancers (especially freelance writers). Primarily because these blogs publish awesome content on productivity, writing tips, and marketing tips too. So many interesting blog posts are there on these blogs, which might interest you as a writer or even as a marketer.

Do you want to become a better writer? Then start reading a lot. I mean a lot.

15 (+ Bonus 5) Must-Read Blogs For Freelance Writers

In this post, I have decided to feature some of the blogs that I care to read any time. These blogs lets ideas to flow. Infact, there is never a dull moment when you read any of them.

I’ve also included some blog posts from each blog, so that you can get started. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a newbie or an experienced writer. They have immense value.

Apart from these blogs, you must always follow the top 10 blogs in your niche. For example, if you are writing  topics on Internet Marketing and Technology, then you can also subscribe to My Favorite Tech & Marketing Blogs.

1. Copyblogger

Copyblogger

Copyblogger is perhaps the most popular content marketing blog that teaches people how to create killer content. As you probably know, Content marketing is the new SEO and the team at Copybloggers know it better than we do.

They have come out with this perfect definition on Content marketing:

Content Marketing means creating and sharing valuable free content to attract and convert prospects into customers, and customers into repeat buyers. The type of content you share is closely related to what you sell; in other words, you’re educating people so that they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you.

So if you’re a writer and is able to deliver killer content that attracts customers, then you’re going to rock freelance writing.

2. ProBlogger

ProBlogger

If you know what “blog” or “blogging” is, then there’s every chance that you know Darren Rowse and ProBlogger.net. Darren is one of the world’s most successful professional bloggers. ProBlogger basically focuses on all things “Blogging & Blogging Tips,” but it’s equally useful for freelance writers as it’s about writing too.

3. Leaving Work Behind

Leaving Work Behind

Tom Ewer is a full-time freelance writer freelance writer, and a blogger. At Leaving Work Behind, he shares his personal experiences as a writer and even motivates you to become a better writer.

4. Buffer Blog

Buffer

Buffer is a social media app that helps you manage your social media accounts. The Buffer Blog is their official blog, and is not exactly about freelance writing. They excel on writing very powerful blog posts focusing on content marketing, social media, and productivity. Buffer’s blog is another classic example of acquiring customers via content marketing, because their content helped them to attract 1000s of paying customers.

5. Passive Panda

Passive Panda

Passive Panda doesn’t publish new blog posts frequently and in fact the blog is not updated since the past one year or so. But the reason why I included Passive Panda is because of its evergreen resources for freelance writers.

7 Blogs For Freelance Writing Tips, Advices, and Ideas

You can learn a lot from other freelance writers out there and here I’m listing some of my favorite blogs for freelance writers.

6. Men With Pens

Men With Pens

7. Goins, Writer

Goins, Writer

8. The Write Life

The Write Life

9. Write To Done

Write To Done

10. Guerrilla Freelancing

Guerrilla Freelancing

11. Make A Living Writing

Make A Living Writing

12. Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl is:

Your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language.

3 Blogs For Tips About All Things In Life

The next three blogs are for daily inspiration and writing ideas. If you’re a writer who focuses on lifestyle topics, then make sure that you don’t miss any of these.

13. Zen Habits

Zen Habits

14. The Daily Positive

The Daily Positive

15. Lifehack

Lifehack

BONUS: More Resources For Freelance Writers

16. Minterest

Minterest

Well, you can call me biased to include my own blog here when it’s not exactly about freelancing. But I just wanted to highlight some of my blog posts, that are meant for freelance writers. :)

17. Quick Sprout

Quick Sprout

If you’re a digital marketer then you know Neil Patel and his Internet marketing blog Quick Sprout. Yes, it is true that he writes mostly about Internet marketing and Blogging.  I highly recommend the blog for any freelance writer,as there is much to be learnt from his experiences.

18. Medium

Medium

Medium is not actually a blog, but a new publishing platform like WordPress.com, Blogger.com, etc. If you’ve written a good piece of content or a story, then you can publish it on Medium. Likewise, you can discover interesting articles by other members. They even select their Top 10 stories every month. What makes Medium different from traditional blogging platforms is that you don’t need large audience or subscribers to get attention. It is proven.

19. Jim’s Marketing Blog

Jims Marketing Blog

I subscribed to Jim’s blog recently only, and I totally love it. He provides regular marketing tips with great value. What’s interesting is that his blog posts are short, and easy to consume, with great value.

20. Seth Godin

Seth Godin

Seth Godin is an American author, veteran marketer, and a public speaker. Again, his blog posts about marketing tips and business are also short, valuable, and to the point.

Conclusion

I’m not a professional writer and  it’s possible that I might have missed your favorite blog. If  you have any favorites other than these, let me know as a comment below and I’ll be glad to review and add it to the above list.

So which is your favorite blog that offers great value to freelance writers and bloggers?

Happy Writing! :)

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13 Digital Media Resources That You Don’t Want To Miss [April 25, 2014] http://www.minterest.org/13-digital-media-resources-042514/ http://www.minterest.org/13-digital-media-resources-042514/#respond Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:05:49 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=7982 Minteresting Friday is a digital media mashup by Minterest that compiles the finest Blogging, Internet Marketing, Social Media, Tech, and Web 2.0 resources that you don’t want to miss. My Picks – #Inspiration #Lifehacks Focusing On One Thing Is How You Get Meaningful Work Done @ Medium 7 Reasons Why You Will Never Do Anything [...]

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Friday

Minteresting Friday is a digital media mashup by Minterest that compiles the finest Blogging, Internet Marketing, Social Media, Tech, and Web 2.0 resources that you don’t want to miss.

My Picks – #Inspiration #Lifehacks

  • Focusing On One Thing Is How You Get Meaningful Work Done @ Medium
  • 7 Reasons Why You Will Never Do Anything Amazing With Your Life @ Medium
  • The Complete Flake’s Guide To Getting Things Done @ Copyblogger

Blogging – #How-to #Tips

  • 17 Advanced Methods For Promoting Your New Piece Of Content @ KISSmetrics
  • 15 Types Of Content That Will Drive You More Traffic @ Quick Sprout

Internet Marketing – #Content #SEO

  • How To Score Your Website’s SEO In 10 Minutes Or Less @ Quick Sprout
  • How To Drive Over $15k Worth of Conversions Through One Giveaway @ Unbounce

Social Media – #SMM #Tips

  • The 7-Day Plan For Improving Your Marketing Metrics Week Over Week @ Buffer
  • Why Social Is the New SEO @ Quick Sprout

Tech – #Entrepreneurship #Startup

  • Innovation Often Starts With The Ordinary @ Medium
  • Almost Everything I Knew About Starting A Business Was Wrong @ Businesses Grow

Web 2.0 – #Design #UX #Webmaster

  • How To Perform An A/B Test On Headlines, Tweets, Traffic & More @ Buffer
  • 8 Powerful Takeaways From Eye Tracking Studies @ Quick Sprout

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Mashups

Minteresting Friday is a digital media mashup by Minterest that compiles the finest Blogging, Internet Marketing, Social Media, Tech, and Web 2.0 resources that you don’t want to miss.

My Picks – #Tech #Inspiration

  • A Cloud For Everyone, On Every Device @ TechNet
  • How The iPhone Was Created By A ‘Cluster of Assholes’ @ Cult Of Mac
  • 15 Things Highly Focused People Don’t Do @ Lifehack

Blogging – #Tips

  • How Long Should Each Blog Post Be? A Data Driven Answer @ Quick Sprout
  • How I Cut My Writing Time From 2 Days To 4 Hours @ Buffer

Internet Marketing – #Content

  • YouTube Reveals The Secret Formula To Content Marketing Success @ SEW
  • 12 Ways To Extend The Life Of Every Article You Write @ Buffer

Social Media – #Marketing #Tips

  • How To Target Your Email Subscribers With Facebook Ads @ SocialMouths
  • How To Easily Double Your Traffic From Social Media @ KISSmetrics

Tech – #Apps #iOS

  • Office For iPhone And Android Phones Is Now Completely Free @ The Next Web
  • Office For iPad Review: Surprisingly Worth The Wait @ TechCrunch

Web 2.0 – #Tools #Webmaster

  • Increasing Search Traffic By 20,000 Visitors Per Month Without Full CMS Access @ Moz
  • The Best Online Tools To Know Everything About a Website @ Labnol

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Make Money Online: 101 Websites For Anyone And Everyone http://www.minterest.org/101-websites-to-make-money-online/ http://www.minterest.org/101-websites-to-make-money-online/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:20:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=6662 First Published: October 15, 2013; Last Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 If you’re a blogger or a internet marketer or even a beginner then you already know that it’s POSSIBLE to make money online. And what’s interesting about it is that, there are a lot of ways to make money online – from selling ads, [...]

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First Published: October 15, 2013; Last Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

If you’re a blogger or a internet marketer or even a beginner then you already know that it’s POSSIBLE to make money online. And what’s interesting about it is that, there are a lot of ways to make money online – from selling ads, e-books, affiliate marketing, freelance writing, podcasting, consulting, designing, coding, etc.

So I’m going to highlight some of those online income streams but don’t expect overnight success because creating an income stream requires a lot of work and patience. But if you are a beginner and clueless about where to start then this should help you to focus on that. If you have any trouble with any of these options then leave a comment below or you can e-mail me and I’ll do my best to find the best resource to help you.

Make Money Online With Your Website

Do you have a website or a blog? If so, then then selling advertisements is the easiest way to make money online. Since there are tons of ad networks on the Internet you have to make sure that you choose the best ad network to maximize the revenue.

But if you can create your own products then it’s the best way to make money because that way you’re actually building a passive income stream online. You can use your own blog or website to market your products so that people will buy it when they’re convinced.

Advertising networks can be Cost Per Click (CPC), Cost Per Mille (CPM), or Cost Per Action (CPA). A Cost Per Click network pays you each time a user clicks on your ad and the actual amount that you’ll get is determined by the advertiser. Now a Cost Per Mille network or simply a Cost Per Impression network pays for every 1,000 page views that you generate. If they pay $1 for every 1,000 page views then you’ll get $30 if the number of page views a month is 30,000.

Read: How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000 With Ads

Now I’m going to list some of the popular ad networks in each category. If you’re looking for a comprehensive list then check out 24 Google AdSense Alternatives for more CPC and CPM networks and also check out the Top 10 Affiliate Networks for more CPA networks.

Cost Per Click (CPC) Ad Networks

1. Google AdSense

2. Yahoo! Bing Network (powered by Media.net)

3. Chitika

4. Clicksor

5. Infolinks

Cost Per Mille (CPM) Ad Networks

6. Advertising.com (by AOL.com)

7. Burst Media

8. Casale Media

9. OpenX

10. PulsePoint

11. Technorati Media

12. Tribal Fusion

13. ValueClick Media

14. YesAdvertising

In-Image Ad Networks

15. GumGum

16. Luminate

Pop Under Ad Networks

17. InfinityAds

Cost Per Action (CPA) Affiliate Networks

18. Commission Junction (CJ)

19. LinkShare

20. Neverblue

21. PeerFly

22. ShareASale

Cost Per Sale (CPS) Affiliate Networks

23. Amazon Associates

24. ClickBank

Sell Ads Directly To Advertisers

You can always sell ads directly when someone wants to buy a banner ad, or text links, or even a sponsored post on your blog. But if you’re not lucky enough then you have to become a part of a bigger network where you can showcase your ad inventory.

25. BuySellAds

26. DoubleClick

Automated Affiliate Marketing

You have a website or a blog which is getting good targeted traffic but don’t know how to monetize it? Then you can try the following automated affiliate marketing networks. It converts all the normal links in your website to affiliate links and you make money when clicks result in sales or leads.

So by joining these networks you’ll get access to thousands of affiliate programs without applying individually and you don’t have to manage any affiliate programs or links or anything as they offer a centralized reporting as well.

27. Skimlinks

28. VigLink

In-house Affiliate Programs

If you like a product then obviously you write about it, tweet about it, and tell your friends, right? Now how about getting paid for that? That’s right! If you check the websites of most Internet companies (others too) then you can find their affiliate program. So you can use the affiliate links while promoting their products and they’ll pay you for referring new customers to them. They may have their own in-house affiliate program, or one that is managed by an affiliate network, or both.

29. eBay Partner Network

30. iTunes Affiliate Program

…and much more.

Bloggers: Sell Text Links & Sponsored Posts

If you have a good quality website then advertisers will try their best to buy a text link or a sponsored post from you. But wait, selling text links is against Google’s Webmaster Guidelines and they may ban your website from its search results unless the links are rel=”nofollow”.

Sell Text Links

31. AdBeans

32. Digital Point

33. LinkWorth

34. TextLinkBrokers

35. TNX.net

36. WarriorForum

Sell Sponsored Posts

37. Blogsvertise

38. PayPerPost

39. ReviewMe

40. SponsoredReviews

Join Ad Networks For Bloggers

41. BlogHer (for Women bloggers)

42. Content.ad

43. Foodie Blogroll (for food blogs)

44. PostJoint

45. Taboola

46. Written – license your content and make money.

Start A Newsletter

If you have loyal traffic then it’s a good idea to start a newsletter so that you can engage with your readers in a more friendly way. And it’s also one of the best way to market your products since people usually don’t buy your product when they first visit your website/blog for the first time.

47. MailChimp – design and send email marketing campaigns.

Are You A Freelance Writer?

Content is King on websites. Content is often outsourced so if you have got good writing skills then you can make a living writing online. Here are some content marketplaces where you can sell your content.

48. Constant-Content

49. ContentBLVD

50. Digital Point

51. ProBlogger Job Board & BloggingPro Job Board

52. Textbroker

53. WriterAccess

Read: Make Money As A Freelancer: At No Cost & Zero Promotion

Are You A Professional Writer?

If you’re a professional writer then you can contribute content to some of the top content provides like Yahoo!, AOL, About.com, etc. and get upfront payment.

54. About.com

55. Break Studios

56. Demand Studios

57. Yahoo Contributor Network

Read: Make Money Writing Articles: Top 10 Sites That Pay Upfront

Are You A Graphic/Web Designer?

58. 99designs

59. crowdSPRING

60. Design Contest

61. Freelancer Contests

62. Freelancer Marketplace

63. Microlancer

Make Money Sharing & Creating Videos

64. YouTube Partner Program – Upload videos on YouTube and make money from ads.

65. Break – You can earn up to $600 if your Video is featured on Break.com homepage.

66. Dailymotion Publisher – Share Dailymotion videos on your website, blog and social profiles and get a share of their advertising revenue.

67. Dailymotion Official – Upload videos on Dailymotion to earn advertising revenue. And you earn extra revenue when those videos are shared on your own websites, blogs, social profiles, or any third-party websites.

68. Vimeo – Make money sharing videos on Vimeo.

Click Photos? Sell Your Photos & Graphics!

69. 123RF

70. Fotolia

71. Getty Images

72. iStock Photo

73. Shutterstock

Like To Do Micro-jobs?

Now you can offer your micro service online and get paid for it. You post what you’re willing to do for $5 or even $50 and get paid when you deliver the work. It’s that simple!

Micro-jobs Marketplace

74. Fiverr

75. SEOClerks

76. Gigbucks

Read: How To Make Money Online With Micro Job Sites

Have A Skill?

Try any of the following freelance marketplaces to find freelance jobs or to sell your service. You can become a virtual assistant, manage the social media profiles of a company/person, design a website, design a logo, offer translation, etc.

Freelance Marketplace

77. eLance

78. Freelancer

79. Guru

80. oDesk

81. Digital Point Services

Offer Expert Advice

82. Clarity.fm – If you’re an expert in some field and can give expert advice then you can charge advice seeking users by the minute.

Be A Tester

83. UserTesting.com – UserTesting.com pays you up to $15 per test to evaluate websites’ usability and clarity.

84. uTest – uTest compensates testers for approved reports they submit.

Sell, Sell, Sell

Today, online marketplaces are extremely popular and you can sell almost anything online.

Sell E-books

85. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

86. iBooks

87. Blurb

88. ClickBank

89. E-junkie

90. Lulu

91. Scribd

Read: How I Wrote a $30,000 eBook (And You Can Too) | ViperChill

Sell Your Domain Names

92. BrandBucket – Sell your brandable domain names.

93. GoDaddy Auctions

94. Sedo

Sell Your Websites

95. Flippa

96. WebsiteBroker

Sell Everything Else

97. Amazon

98. Craigslist

99. eBay

100. Etsy – Sell all things handmade, vintage, and supplies.

101. Quirky – Got an innovative idea? You can sell it on Quirky and make money.

Of course, there are hundreds of other ways to make money online. I haven’t included the not so easy ways to make money online like selling your apps or music or movies on iTunes, Google Play Store, Windows Store, Amazon etc.

Let me know if I missed your favorite website and I’ll feature it here. :)

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The Blogger's Handbook
First Published: 2012; Last Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014

No matter if you’re a newbie or an experienced blogger, you want to take your blog to the next level. Don’t you? Here’s a list of over 101 blogging resources which should help you to start a blog and make it a better one. I have categorized the resources so that it won’t confuse those first time bloggers who probably have dozens of questions. Of course there are literally hundreds of blogs which helps you to “Make Money Blogging” but those blogs post the same content over and over again. So, I have made sure that there are no two blog posts that share the same stuff here.

How To Start A Blog: A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

Before I actually start, let me remind you something, this guide is NOT one of those “How To Make Money Online” course but it will help you to build a successful blog and make money from it. It’s a guide to blogging covering almost all aspects of blogging and must be useful to both beginners and professional bloggers.

Let’s Get Started!!

In a nutshell, I have organized the blogging resources based on the following categories:

Blogging Basics

Blogging

The blogging basics introduce you a “Blog” which is a web journal, or an online diary. It answers the following questions: What are the differences between a blog and a website? Any benefits? What you should blog about? How to become an authority blog?

Blogging Platforms: Blogger vs. WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

Blogger vs. WordPress

Blogger is a web-based tool by Google that helps you publish your content to the web instantly. Blogspot is a weblog-hosting service run by Blogger and is integrated with Blogger.

WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS). It is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.

WordPress.com is the free hosted version of WordPress. You can sign up immediately for a free WordPress blog and start blogging within seconds. You don’t have to download any software or pay for domain or web hosting. WordPress.com has hundreds of themes, and includes the functionality of many plugins, but you can’t upload your own plugins or themes.

Blogger.com offers a http://example.blogspot.com address while WordPress.com offers a http://example.wordpress.com address.

 WordPress.org is an open source and free blogging software. You can upload and install themes and plugins, run ads, and edit the database. It is completely customizable and can be used for almost anything.

Domain Names

Once you identify a niche, it’s time to register a new domain name for your blog. A domain name is a lot more than you think. It’s your identity to the outside world so it must be easy to say, remember and spell. Your domain name should essentially reflect your niche so it must be unique and concise. Ideally, it should be a .COM, .NET, .ORG or a country code top level domain such as .us, .in, .co etc.

Web Hosting

Now that you have purchased a domain name, you need a web hosting to setup your WordPress blog. Almost all the top web hosting companies offers one-click WordPress installation and it takes less than 5 minutes to setup the blog as you don’t have to download anything. I personally recommend HostGator and it is recommended by WordPress.org as well.

Blogging – Tips, Resources & How To’s

It covers everything you wanted to know about WordPress (assuming that you chose WordPress over Blogspot as your blogging platform) from installation, to set up, to maintenance and some other stuff.

Content Creation

“The key to building a quality website that performs well in search is to focus your website and content on users, not search engines.”

Whenever you’re thinking about search engines, it’s much, much, much more important to think about the quality of your content. For example, on my blog, I don’t post every day. Sometimes I don’t post every week. But I try to make sure that each post has something useful about it… – Matt Cutts, Head of Google’s Webspam Team

Blogging Frequency: How Often Should You Post?

How important is the frequency of updates on a blog?

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO is an acronym for “Search Engine Optimization”. Search Engine Optimization is the process of improving the visibility of your blog/website in search engine results pages (SERPs) for the targeted keywords. If it sounds novel to you, then I would encourage you to read the SEO Starter Guide by Google. Also, do follow Webmaster Guidelines so that you get enough Google love.

Pay Per Click Advertising

If you want to drive targeted traffic to your blog/website then you may consider pay-per-click advertising. I recommend this only if you are selling a product or service. Otherwise you don’t really have to consider this.

Drive Traffic To Your Blog

A blog without traffic is just like a dead blog. You have to content. Now, how to drive traffic to your blog? Below are some of the useful resources that should help you to build traffic to your blog.

Monetize Your Blog: Make Money Blogging

Make Money Blogging

Your blog is valuable (learn how to value your blog here) because when you have descent traffic you can make quick bucks by placing Google AdSense ads. However, it’s not easy to get approval these days. So, you have to wait until your blog is established. But you can try any of the following AdSense alternatives instead.

Where To Get Support For Your Blog?

Help
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Your blog is up and running, right? Now, where to get support for your blog? If you’re using a Premium WordPress Theme then you will get the support from your Theme developer. Otherwise you can depend on Support Forums by WordPress, Blogger or independent Webmaster Forums. If you have an issue and none of those forum members were able to help you then you may have to hire a WordPress developer.

  • WordPress Codex – Documentation, tutorials and best practices for WordPress.
  • WordPress.org Forums – It’s the official community support forums for self-hosted WordPress.org blogs.
  • WordPress.com Forums – It’s the official community support forums for WordPress.com blogs.
  • WordPress Resources – It’s the best place to learn more about WordPress with the answers to common problems or situations that arise when using WordPress.
  • Blogger.com Help – Official help page of Blogspot with How-to’s and insights.
  • Blogger.com Product Forum – Share your Blogger expertise and seek out answers in this user-powered community.

Let me know if I missed a category or some useful resource so that I can update the list. And feel free to contact me or leave a comment below if you have any trouble with any of these resources. I’ll do my best to help you or will suggest an alternate resource.

Happy Blogging! :)

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