Monday, April 14, 2008

Could You Be Doing More to Make Money Online?

People come to me all the time with the same old sob story about how they aren't making any money even though they "have been working at it for a whole month" - or maybe even a few months. It brings up one very big question in my mind every time... Are you really doing all you can to make money online?

I don't mean spending your days looking for some great money making opportunity that is going to make you rich by next week. Good luck with that! If you find it then please tell me, I would love to know what it is. But I guarantee you won't ever find it.

What I mean is, are you really working and doing all you can to make money online? How much time do you spend each day at your computer strictly doing tasks that are going to help you make money right now or in the future? I would be willing to bet it's not a lot!

Just because you have been "working at home" for months supposedly doing all you can to make money online doesn't mean you really have been. Do you work every day? How many hours? Are you really working or just on your computer doing who knows what?

Watching videos on YouTube, checking your Myspace ten times and emailing all your buddies the latest funny forward isn't going to make you any money! Neither are all the other things you are wasting your time doing while you are supposed to be building your online business.

The point is that real internet marketers, making the big bucks, probably put in more real work in a couple days than all these people whining about not making any money do in a month.

Sit your butt down, without any distractions, for a set period of time every single day and really get some work done. As long as you consistently do a few things to actually grow your online business on a daily basis you will start to make money before you know it.

Once the money starts rolling in it's NOT time to stop working or slow down at all. That should just be the incentive you need to work even harder.

Making money online is not rocket science. Just about everyone can do it if they really want to. All it takes is for you to actually do some work on a consistent basis.

Dedicated to your home business success,
Trent Brownrigg
Free Money Making Tips


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Saturday, April 12, 2008

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

I Won A New 20" Monitor and It Arrived Today!

The great folks over at the Work at Home Community of have held some awesome contests in the past couple years and I was the winner of the most recent one.

What did I win? I suppose the title of this post probably tipped you off, but if you are still unsure...

It's a new computer monitor. Actually it's a Black Acer AL2016WBbd 20" WSXGA Widescreen LCD Monitor to be exact.

The UPS driver pulled up today and I immediately got excited because I just knew he had to be delivering my new monitor. I was right.

As soon as I got it in the house I hooked it up. And I love it!

This will help me tremendously when building my work at home websites because I can now view them in all sorts of sizes to see what they will look like to my visitors with various screen sizes. So I can give my visitors a better user experience.

It will also help me with my home business in many other ways simply because my other monitor was old and out of date. I was very much in need of an upgrade.

Not to mention watching videos online is about a million times better on this new monitor than it was on my old one. It's so much bigger, clearer and easier on my eyes.

I was going to get my digital camera out and take a picture of it to show you what it looks like, but I got lazy. Instead, I found one online. The picture you see above is the exact monitor that I won.

Anyway, I am just very happy to have won this nice prize and wanted to share it with all my wonderful home business tips blog readers.

I highly recommend you become a member of the Work at Home Community so you won't miss any of their contests.

Well, that's pretty much all for now.

Dedicated to your home business success,
Trent Brownrigg

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How To Make Money Blogging - 10 Step Solution

First, we all want to know How to Make Money Online, and one of the best ways I have found is by creating blogs. In this article I intend to show you how you too can learn How to Make Money Blogging by telling you how combining the techniques I have gathered from across the web helps to make me $$$ every day.

Second, I am not trying to sell you my latest "Get Rich Quick" scheme because I don't have one. Each eBook you read will have a wealth of information within them which will, without a doubt, help you to discover the secrets of How to Make Money Online. I am only going to tell you which ones out of the 100's available you SHOULD read if you too want to make lots of money.

I use a 10 step guide to setting up and starting all of my blogs.

I will give you a list of the top 10 resources later that I use and recommend to everyone who is serious about making lots of money online. One of the vital aspects people seem to miss out when they first get into blogging is the fact that their blog must contain information that people want to read.

Many bloggers are looking through closed eyes in this regard and if you browse through 50 blogs you will notice that most will tell you they know How to Make Money with Blogs when really all they tell you is where they went on their vacation or how many cars they have.

Are you ready to learn How to Make Money Blogging?

If the answer is YES then read on and start to make money with your blog. I am not here to tell you how to write your blog, that's up to you, but what I am about to tell you is the 10 things I use to make money on the internet. You can choose to use these techniques or not, that's your prerogative.

Step 1 - Finding a Topic

Turn off your computer, grab a pen and some paper and sit somewhere you can relax but also stay focused (if you are just starting out this step can be a pain because we all want to know How to Make Money Online and we want to know how to make it NOW). Think of a topic you are interested in and write it down (this helps because you will be more committed to trying instead of giving up in a day or two) and also make sure it is something other people are interested in too. A couple of ways I use to think of a topic is by using MetaSpy to find out what people are searching for, Ask IQ to find what's popular and VRE Toolbar to find out how many people search for the topic (this is also useful later on to get traffic). Write down your top five keywords, you will want to use them later in your blog.

Step 2 - Create Your Blog

Find and create your blog online. I like to use Blogger but other popular Blog platforms are Wordpress and Movable Type. You can find all the help in the program you use to get information when setting up the blog. Create your content, make it original, and make it informative. This is one of the main keys to learn How to Make Money with Blogs. You need to include the keywords you wrote down in Step 1 in the content of your blog. Try not to overuse these as it sends out bad signals to the search engines, and this is 100% not what you want.

Step 3 - Go Google

Sign up for Google Adsense and insert the code in the margin of your blog. You can customize your ads in many ways, such as including text links or image links. I prefer the text links only, as they are easier to blend in with your blog and don't take the focus away from the information. Google Adsense will probably not make you a millionaire but it is an instant way of generating a small amount of money.

If you want to track where your visitors are coming from with regards to direct hits or from search engine results then I would suggest you use Google Analytics and again you can get all the help you need setting that up from within the program.

You will also want to add your URL to Google's index.

Step 4 - Find Something to Sell

If you don't want to sell anything and are happy with the income Google Adsense is bringing in then you can skip this step. If you want to maximize your income and truly learn How to Make Money with Blogs you will want to find an affiliate program to join. A couple of affiliate programs I would suggest are ClickBank and Commission Junction. You can sell anything from office furniture, pet supplies, movies and clothing to PC games, Dieting tips and Audio software.

Whatever program you join will give you help inserting the code you will need to insert into your blog, but be sure you do this correctly or you WILL NOT earn money from your visitors. If you do not know how to edit HTML, W3Schools HTML tutorial is a great place to start.

Step 5 - Social Bookmarking

There is no better advertising than word of mouth, but the next best thing is social bookmarking. You will want to make things easier for people to do this. Social bookmarking sites I use and recommend are OnlyWire and SocialMarker and they are used for people to share their bookmarks or websites that they have liked with other people in their online community.

I would not suggest you add your own links to these services, but provide visitors to your website the ability to do so.

Step 6 - Write an Article

Whether your blog is about a specific product, for example a certain MP3 Player you are promoting, or just about giving people information, I would suggest you to write an article or a review of it. Most article directories require articles of 500 words and over so I would use this as a rule when writing to ensure your article is published.

Submit your article to any of the 100's which are out there. I personally use a few of the Top Article directories such as EzineArticles, Article Dashboard,, isnare and SearchWarp. I also use a nifty piece of software called Article Submitter which will submit your articles to over 600 article directories, which saves you lots of time and leaves you to focus on writing your blogs.

Step 7 - Ping The Hell Out Of It

Every time you add new information to your blog, you want to let the blog directories know about it, this is known as pinging. Some Blog providers automatically send out pings when you update, but to be on the safe side you will want to do this manually too. ONLY PING WHEN YOU UPDATE.

There are a couple of Ping sites I use which will send a ping to multiple blog directories at the same time. PingMyBlog would be my first port of call and then if for some reason that site is down I would use Ping-o-matic. Remember, to only ping when you update or you could get blacklisted, and that is bad.

Step 8 - Yahoo! Answers and Forums

One of the easiest ways to get targeted visitors to your blog is to make use of the people you want to target. I would suggest you sign up to at LEAST one forum in the topic you are writing about, and don't just go straight in there and start posting comments for people to look at your blog, they won't.

The secret is to add the link to your blog in your signature and actively become a member of the forum, posting relevant topics and starting debates within them. The more you post, the more your link will show, and if you provide someone with good info the chances are higher they will click your link.

Yahoo! Answers is along the same lines as forums but the beauty of this is it's viewed by thousands of visitors each day. If you don't already have a Yahoo! account get one and then login and search for questions relating to the topic of your blog and answer them well. You can then insert the link to your blog and as with the forums, if you answer well you may have not only earned yourself a point or two on Yahoo!, but also earned a visitor to your blog.

Step 9 - Update Your Blog

This can be by several means, one is to add new reviews or content to your blog, and if you are going to do this I suggest updating every couple of days. This helps to keep the search engines happy as they love to see new and original content.

Another way of updating your blog and keeping the content fresh is to add RSS feeds to it. Make sure the feeds are relevant to your blog and provide visitors with helpful information. Visitors to a World of Warcraft blog don't want to read feeds about knitting, or do they?

Step 10 - More, More, More

Repeat steps 1 - 10, this is the only way How to Make Money Blogging.

Step 11 - A Bonus Step

If you have your own product or newsletter, give your visitors an easy way to sign up to receive updates or information. This helps you to contact the visitor again with more great info or products you wish to sell.

How to Make Money Online is easy if you follow the above steps.

Some important things to remember so you don't get disheartened with your blog is the fact that you will not become a millionaire overnight, it takes hard work and a lot of effort. If you are really serious about learning How to Make Money with Blogs then stick with it and eventually you will have an Ah-Ha moment. This is when things start to work and you think to yourself Ah-Ha, that's how they do it. Your moment could be sooner than you think.

My Top 10 resources I use and recommend are:

1. Rob Benwell's Blogging to The Bank 2.0

2. Wordpress Goldmine

3. Rob Atherton's Building A Blog Empire For Profit

4. The Blog Challenge

5. Hinge Marketing Magic

6. Blogging For Riches - Complete Video Tutorial

7. Social Bookmarking Demon

8. Adsense Inbox

9. Wordpress SEO Sniper

10. RSS, Blogs and Syndication...

About the author:

My name is Andy I'm 31 and I'm from Manchester, UK I like to read a lot (Discworld, Sci-Fantasy) and listen to music (The Doors, Wu-Tang, Amy Winehouse, Kaiser Chiefs, Blondie, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix). I also try to be a skateboarder when I get time and dry weather. Please view and leave comments on my blog.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

What Do You Want to Know?

I just realized that this blog contains somewhere around 400 posts about all sorts of topics pertaining to home business, working at home, making money online and many other general internet marketing topics.

However, in the 4 years this blog has been going, I don't recall ever asking you, my readers, what YOU want me to blog about. So, I am asking right now.... What do you want to know?

Is there anything in particular that you want to know about online business?

Do you want to know more about specific methods for making money online?

Are you wondering how to go about ranking higher in search engines?

Do you want more information on work at home jobs and opportunities?

Would you like more reviews or recommendations of home business opportunities?

Or are there any other internet marketing topics that you want me to blog about?

I've always called this the "free home business tips" blog and I want to make sure you are getting the business tips that you need. Leave a comment on this post with anything you want to know more about or any suggestions you have for topics. If you don't want to post it publicly as a comment then go ahead and contact me privately.

Dedicated to your online success,
Trent Brownrigg
Free Home Business Tips

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