Wednesday, May 30, 2007

How to Increase your Opportunities in PayPerPost

Lately every time I have been into PayPerPost there has only been about one opportunity available to me - this is a bit of a concern as in about a week I am cutting down to full time work of only 3 days a week so I need to get my hands on every extra dollar that I can.

The reason I am cutting down on my full time work is primarily so that I can spend more time with my young family. They are only little kids for a very brief snapshot of time so I want to make the most of it.

Anyway I have another Blog which doesn't really do much and it has its own domain and is a wordpress blog. The blog is www.sirblogger.com so I thought that as that is now over 90 days and has a pagerank of 3 I would submit it to PayPerPost and see how things were looking. The main reason I thought that I was not getting many offers was the fact that this site is on a blogspot domain and a lot of advertisers don't seem that keen on that.

My Sir Blogger site was approved today and I eagerly logged into PPP and as suspected the amount of available opportunities had jumped from 1 to 34! This was great I quickly did a sponsored post on my Sir Blogger site and the checked some settings and noticed that this site did not have even one category selected - this was the primary reason that I only had one available opportunity. Anyway I selected a couple of relevant categories and now I suddenly have 48 available opportunities.

Things are looking up - so if you have a similar issue log in and check that you have suitable categories selected for your site. Also it can pay to install the PPP tools as some advertisers require that.

Or stop delaying and get that domain name and wordpress blog underway - it will start paying for itself in no time at all!

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Keyword Density - SEO for Bloggers

Keyword density is something that you may or may not of heard of. When it comes to the SEO optimization of a page it should be right up there with title tags. We are going to explore in this article how Keyword Density can be used in the battle to optimize the content of your site for search engines.

What is Keyword Density?
Keyword Density is the number of times that a keyword is shown on a page in comparison to other words. Search Engines use this as part of their algorithm to determine a pages ranking or relevance to a particular keyword search.

What is the best Keyword Density?
Well unfortunately noone really knows however if you overdo it the search engines will think you are spamming and then you will really take a hit. One method that you can use to get an idea of the ideal keyword density for your keywords is to check a few URLs for keyword denstiy from the top results that are showing up on Google.

One handy tool http://www.gorank.com/seotools/ lets you type in up to 5 URLs and it will do a comparison on them all. I have run this on my favourite term "Make Money Fast" and the results are as below.

Now we can see from the results that the first couple of sites (which are number 1 and 2 in the google search results for the term "Make Money Fast" mention the term a lot more than what my site does, for me it could certainly pay to increase the density of this term on my site.

A Word of Warning
Be very careful when doing this, increase the density very gradually, dont just go and match whatever the top site is, as the search engines could punish you and that won't help your cause at all - my suggestion is to gradually increase the density over a few weeks and constantly monitor your results with a tool like the one we looked at in this article -Tracking Keywords - Bloggers Toolkit Series

Keyword Density is one of the major contributing factors to a good search engine ranking for your given words. Something I will be keeping a very close eye on in the future.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Will you conquer the Mountain?

Blogging for money is as much about persistence as it is street smarts. You are never going to make it unless you are absolutely committed to achieving your goals and I am going to give you some examples of committed Bloggers so that you can see what I mean. These are the bloggers that you could be modelling yourself on if you want to be successful in the pursuit of making money online.

At the end of the day when it comes to being known about in the blogosphere and the search engines often the quantity and consistency is as important if not more than the actual quality of the writing itself.

Mikes Money Making Mission - Mike is Mr Consistent, he averages almost 30 quality posts a month and his site continues to grow. Mikes been around long enough to know how to stick to something and I can see him already well on his way up the mountain.

Make Money Online Kumiko's CashQuest - Kumiko is also a consistent Blogger and has written some great posts. She has now recently changed to her own domain name and is doing a great job of minimizing the hit that her rankings could of taken by doing this.

Dosh Dosh - Maki is a Star when it comes to pumping out quality articles one after the other and they never appear to be sponsored ones either. I just checked out Maki's alexa ranking and its in the top 12,000 sites in the world. Awesome.

Lets look at what it takes to be like them, then you can just replicate what they do and experience the same success.

Consistent Posts
All the above Bloggers are consistent posters, this means that several times a week new articles are appearing on their sites. (except for Mikes recent two week holiday - haven't you heard of guest bloggers Mike!)

Analysis
These Bloggers know about key words, how to get traffic and analyze whats going on with their sites. Without knowing where you have been so far and where you are going you might as well be blind folded.

Targets/Goals
You need to set yourself goals if you are going to have any chance of reaching them. I myself have daily goals, weekly and of course monthly goals. Its a great feeling of accomplishment to achieve your goals. Do you think these bloggers have goals - I am sure they do, they might not always broadcast it but they will be there.

Planning
You need to plan out your week, I have some sites I post weekly on, some almost daily and other tasks that need doing like backing up, writing sponsored posts etc. Each day I have a plan of what I need to do and try to get that out of the way before I start surfing and seeing what everyone else is up to. I know that if I work to my plan I will reach my goals - if I slack off I probably won't. My guess is that the blogs I mentioned previously also have a plan that they work to. When Kumiko decided to get a new domain name she didn't just go and get one and start a new blog she worked out how best to get everyone to change their links, worked out the best way to create buzz about it and made the transition a very smooth one.

Versatility
Although planning and staying on task is important you also need to be able to react or act quickly to any opportunities that come up. Don't plan your day so much that you don't have a bit of breathing space to take on new things.

Continued Learning
Ongoing learning is also what I would consider to be an important ingredient for the successful climbing of the virtual mountain. You need to stay on top of blogging trends, technology and whats going on out there. New ways of making money are always appearing and unfortunately if you snooze you can lose.



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Featured Post - Digital Photo Frames

A digital photo frame is a great idea for a gift. Imagine being able to visit your mother in-laws house and simply upload a new set of photos to her digital frames!

The digital picture frames are stylish and the ones I looked at had built in speakers and could take flash card memory as an extra. The flash cards come in four sizes 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1 GB. Its probably worth buying the 1GB flash memory card because that way you are not likely to run out of space, and your guests will never see the same photo more than once!

Make Faster Money with Auction Ads

To improve the fresh look of the Auction Ads that you are running on your site it is a good idea to include multiple keywords in the code. This means that each page view will cycle through a different keyword and display a different set of Auction Ads each time.

I keep trying different things with my Auction Ads because although I get a number of click throughs the money earned is very small to date. Maybe this is just not the right place for them what are your thoughts? Have you tried Auction Ads and had any success?

I have a couple of niche sites selling used products that I am hoping to see some results on however its early days yet so hard to tell whats going to happen.

How to add multiple Keywords in your Auction Ad code
To actually implement what we are talking about all you need to do is chose your list of keywords and insert it into your keyword tag line within your AuctionAds javascript.


For example:
auctionads_ad_kw = “cars; motorbikes; Americas Cup; Make Money Fast Books; cowboy hats”;

Its not hard to do as you can probably see and definetly worth a shot. Visitors that return to your site on a regular basis will be pleased to see a different array of adverts and less inclined to become blind to them.

As an additional promotion that Auction Ads are running at the moment is a ten challenge where they would like you to give the Auction Ads a trial run for the next ten days. As an added incentive they will pay you 5 dollars as an incentive to give it a go. (new signups only). So if you want to earn an easy 5 dollars I suggest you head along to Auction Ads and give it a shot.

Good Luck!

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When I used to work in Tech Support I had more than my fair share of experience with network cables. One company I used to work for had a patch panel that was looked like something out of a bad science fiction movie, often if you unplugged something by accident it could take you hours to try and trace where it had come from.


There is something classy about a tidy patch panel, and if I ever have one I can call my own I will take pride in making it easy to work on.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Make Enough Money with a Part Time Income?

When I first started trying to make money fast online every dollar was a huge buzz - over April and May I will come close to cracking $500 US dollars and this is only a part time. The problem is that where do you draw the line and say that's enough - is it really ever going to be enough or is it simply human nature to continue to strive for more and more.

Every dollar has its price no matter what anyone says, time spent online is time away from your family or your friends and it has to be worth it.

I spend so much time glued to a computer - all day at my day job and a few hours each night blogging and working on my sites that its actually starting to cause me physical pain! I have to really start being conscious about sitting properly and getting enough rest breaks otherwise I may seriously injure myself and that would definitely slow down the money making.

While I am writing this I am listening to a podcast by Yaro Starak and he is interviewing Tim Ferriss about the 4 hour working week. Its all about separating your income from hours and something that I need to get a lot better at.

One thing that I have realized lately is that all our lives we are trained to work 5 days a week 8 hours a day and this is a hard mindset to get out of. We then keep doing this for 40 or so years and then we retire and can relax. Well the problem with this model is that the best years of your life are over and you spent them all working for someone else. Is this what you really want from your life?

Why not spend a few years building passive income sources and then simply cut down or stop working altogether - this is not only achievable but can happen quite quickly if you really set your mind to it.

One recurring theme that I keep hearing on pod casts and articles from successful bloggers and entrepreneurs is that a lot of people just don't get on and try stuff. They spend there time thinking about doing it and trying to convince themselves that they need to do it however end up just drifting along.

So what I am trying to say - sorry for waffling on - is that if you are keen to make money online just get into it, start to work on projects that will make you money in the future and make sure you allow yourself time to make money now as well because that is what will help to motivate you. Set yourself exponentially increasing targets that challenge you each and every month and just get into it!

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Make Money Fast Weekly Update

Its been an interesting week so far in the Money Making world of Blogging. These are the highlights so far...

Kumiko launches her new Make Money Online domain name with competitions and fanfare for all. Now Kumiko as we all know is one smart cookie and she is getting sites to change their links to her new domain name by offering competition prize incentives. If you have a link to her old site I suggest you change it now and make the most of her offer.

This site finally started ranking on Google for the keywords "Make Money Fast" - at this point in time we are way down at around position 178 177 but hope to climb the ladder in the weeks ahead!

Maki gets into the wordpress theme business with the Prosense Wordpress theme available for free downloads.

In desperation Agloco give John Chow a go with their semi functioning view bar.. Blogger John Chow Uses Viewbar

I am now concerned about whether Bloggerwave is going to pay me... have just been paid by Blogging Ads and have found a new site which I am trying called Blog to Profit. Now Blog to Profit are quite cool in the way that you can write about whatever you like as long as you have a link to the keywords they supply. Further details to come.

In case you are wondering we have again passed our Target earning figure for this month. This is month 9 of our exponential growth experiment and full details will be posted at the end of the month.



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When you finally decide to become a professional blogger one of the first things that you need to do is set up your office furniture. Now as someone that sits at a computer for more than 13 hours a day I can tell you the body starts to suffer after a while, so if you think a laptop at the kitchen bench is going to suffice, think again. Its important to get ergonomic and comfortable furniture sorted for your office.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Google Trends - Assisting in our PPC Campaigns

I read this article on shoemoneys site Pay Per Click Targeting Tools - TFS Day 2 and it immediately got me thinking about how I could apply it to my own PPC experiment.

Firstly regarding that experiment I am struggling to get Click throughs - so far I have only had about 5 people click on the ads and none of them have brought anything. By highly targeting the geographical location via Google Trends I am going to try and improve the click through rate without spending a fortune.

By using this tool I found that one of the products that I was trying to sell specifically to the states is hardly searched for in the states at all - however is very popular in Scotland for instance. Armed with this new information I am going to tailor my campaign now specifically to Scotland and set myself up as an Amazon UK affiliate.

Amazon UK is exactly the same as Amazon US when it comes to setting up Astores so it was quite simple to simply set one up and change the region and link in my Google Adwords setup.

Its a constant process - try something - adjust - try again

Eventually for those that persevere success will come - well lets hope so anyway.

How to use Google Trends
Here is an example of how to use the Google Trends site to find a unique or popular market for your PPC campaign. Lets say we are looking at selling Star Wars DVD's we can head along to www.google.com/trends and find out what areas are hot on Star Wars DVD's. In this case it is Hungary! There are some other not so obvious results that can be farmed.

Armed with this information we can then find a more unique market where we can pay less for our campaign and get better results.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Make Money Fast Ranks

If you head to http://search.msn.com/ and type in "Make Money Fast" with any luck this site will be sitting at around number 2. Now from what I can figure out it appears that MSN puts a lot of weight into the title tag, however with Google the title tag although important does not hold as much weight with their algorithm.

So don't think Google is the only one out there - they are the biggest but you are probably better off appearing on page 1 of MSN than page 12 of Google.

My site is appearing right underneath wikipedia and I am now getting daily visits from this very term being typed into MSN.

If you want to achieve this kind of result for your own blog (and your own words of course) you may want to take a look at our SEO articles.




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It has always been a dream of mine to head off for a couple of weeks on one of the many cruises that are available around the world. Cocktails, relaxation and experiencing new places sounds like a great way to spend some time.

I like the massive cruise liners that are like floating cities with multiple bars, restaurants and a jogging track around the ship that takes half an hour to cover!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Degrees of Monetization – Its not a Crime

A lot of Bloggers monetize their sites one way or another – and there seems to be a lot of discussion that goes around about what is an acceptable level of monetization and what is to much.

Well I guess it is really up to the individual – as remember no matter what anyone says it’s a free world out there (well most of it anyway). So if you want to fill your Blog up with Sponsored Posts go right ahead, and give yourself a pat on the back for your entrepreneurial spirit. Maybe you are going about it the wrong way however who really knows unless they are some kind of fortune teller.

If you get bagged for it check out the baggers site – do they have any form of advertising? Maybe a swapped link or two? Well its all about degrees and I don’t think that anyone is really qualified to draw the line – do you?

Is there like a Blogger panel of Judges that you can get to visit your site and give you the big thumbs up? And if there was do you think that by giving them a free link on your page rank 6 site they could be perhaps swayed a bit?

Maybe 5 sponsored posts is ok a month but 6 isn’t? or 4 are if they are related to your blog in some bizarre way? I don’t think there is a rule book out there so you might as well make up your own – or simply do whatever you want.

Come on – I think most of us like to make a few bucks and as long as we are not hurting anyone lets do it. If of course you don’t want to make money that’s fine to.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Landing Page PPC - Amazon Astore Experiment Continued...

2 Days ago we created an Amazon Astore to be used as a kind of landing page for a PPC experiment - its been an interesting ride so far and I have come across a few things already that I think its worthwhile sharing.

Google AdWords
You can set up multiple ads for a single campaign on Google AdWords. This means that if you set up your Landing page with 5 different types of Beer for example, you could create a campaign of Beer and set up a different advert for each beer type. This helps to qualify the click throughs. The way I go about it is to try and attract the most specific traffic that I can - surely this must help the conversion rate.

Budget - you can set a budget for each campaign that you are running. At the moment I am now running four campaigns and each has a budget of one dollar a day - this stops it running away on you if you pick a really popular keyword!

Its very efficient so far I have had hundreds of impressions but only one click through - this means I can slowly raise my bid until I am getting the required amount of click throughs and keep adjusting it from there. Its better to start bidding low for keywords and work your way up - there is also a keyword traffic estimator tool which helps predict what kind of placements your adverts will get.

Trademarks - In the Google Adwords adverts that you set up you can't use words that are trademarked like "Nike" or "Amazon" in the text of the advert. Also you can't make unproven claims like "Number 1" or "the Best" if however you believe you should be able to you can request an exception - I gather an actual Human would come into the process if you chose this option.

Country - think about the country you are wanting to target. If your landing page is an Amazon US Astore its probably best to only target United States Google Searches. This is configurable when you set up your AdWords campaign.

Amazon Astores
You can set each Astore up under a different affiliate tracking ID, this is recommended of course so you can see what systems are working best for you.

Astores can actually end up ranking on Google - so think carefully about the title and keywords that you use in the text when you are creating your stores.

You can have up to 100 Astores set up under your affiliate id. Each Astore can include a link back to your website - think about that for a while.... I don't actually link back at this point in time because I want the visitors to buy something, not surf off to check out a blog site.

I think it will take at least 7 to 10 days before I can get some decent data on this experiment - stay tuned for updates

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Make Money Blogging with BloggingAds.com

I'm impressed with BloggingAds - these guys have really come to the party especially for lazy bloggers like myself who sometimes can't be bothered writing our own Sponsored Posts! Now its taken about 4 or 5 days to get my Blogs approved with these guys but I am pleased to say that it has been worth the wait.

Sign up
Straightforward signup however as mentioned previously took nearly a week to get my blogs approved. Once approved they send you an email and straight away you can login and start making some money.

Opportunities
When I logged in today there were 8 opportunities available, you are limited to 3 per month per blog. As I have two blogs that means of course double. Most of the posts are paying $5 each with one slightly less than this. The beauty of the bloggingads system though is that if you don't want to write the article yourself they have written them for you. This reduces the time factor enormously as you just copy, paste and post. If however you are keen to write it yourself and put something unique out there you can also do that. For an example of the type of advert that you will be posting you can check out the previous article to this one - its one of their sponsored posts.

Payment
BloggingAds pay weekly via paypal. Its nice to have a variety of payments coming in at different times. Its always a buzz getting an email that money has just been deposited in your paypal account.

Summary
These guys are going on my definitive list of paid to post sites - as long as the opportunities keep coming one of the easiest ways to make money I have seen to date. (And I've looked at a lot!)



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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Landing Pages - Can they Make Money Fast?

One of the problems when trying to make money from a Blog or a website is that if you don't have a product that you are actually selling then it can be extremely difficult to make anything more than pocket money unless of course you have an extremely high amount of traffic.

One way that Internet Marketers DO make money is by selling a product (their own or as an affiliate) and there are of course a lot of ways of doing it. One way is to create a landing page for the product that you are trying to sell and then setting up a PPC campaign to drive qualified traffic to the site. As the traffic is looking for what you are selling theoretically it should not be to hard to convert the visits into money - that's the theory and some people seem to do it very well indeed.

My Landing Page Experiment and Colossal Budget
Fortunately I am already set up with Google AdWords as I have used them in the past to promote some of my other sites. I am going to try a small experiment and see if I can make a profit with a pay per click campaign. I have set a budget of 1 dollar a day which if all goes well could potentially bring me around 15 click throughs a day. I will run it for 20 days and then reassess.

The Product
I have set up an Amazon Astore page with a particular product that I found. It has a large number of people searching for it when I check the http://freekeywords.wordtracker.com/ tool however when I type the product into Google there are not many sponsored adverts meaning I should be able to get some cheap clicks.

The AdWord Campaign
I have created highly targeted keyword advertisements for specific phrases related to this product and they are sent straight to my astore page. Luckily for me the adverts I have bought are very cheap - I have set up four in the advert campaign each targeted to a specific version of the product. I am only paying between 6 and 7 cents a click NZ so thats only about 4 cents US. I only need a small conversion amount probably about 5 percent to make money.

The AStore Page - My Landing Page
I have set this page up with a very simple format, there is simply 9 photo products with about 4 variations. The ads I have created are specific for these 4 variations to help both the price of the clicks and the conversion rate. By this I mean that if I was selling Blue Pens I would have blue pens on the astore page and the advert would say Blue Pens. You would pay a lot more for just pens and likely get a lot less conversions because the person might actually be after crimson pens.

The Unknown
I have never tried a campaign like this before - I have no idea how much traffic I am going get and what kind of conversions (if any) they will turn into. If this works I can see MASSIVE potential however it can't be this easy surely - or everyone would be doing it.

I will post updates as and when I get them. Below are a couple of sites I visited in my research about landing pages.

Creating Landing Pages that Convert

Seal the Deal: 10 Tips for Writing the Ultimate Landing Page

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Creamaid - not for this Blogger

As part of building up the definitive list of paid post sites I wandered along and had a look at creamaid. Now creamaid is a little different from other paid post sites and to be honest its pretty damn confusing (plus misleading) so I have decided not to add it to the list. I want the list to be one where if you are interested in getting paid for your blog posts you can just work through the sites, sign up and start earning money. Creamaid took me a long while to get my head around and then when I tried to actually do a post the one that I tried which even though it said it was available wasn't. I had spent nearly 40 minutes looking through the opportunities and trying to figure out who was actually going to pay me so ended up giving up.

I'm going to work you through how I tried to use the site and you can make your own opinion as to whether its worthwhile or not. Anyway you don't appear to actually join the site you just choose an opportunity from the apparently plenty supplied. I chose an SEO consultants site and was planning on writing an article as to what SEO consultants could do for a companies website. This is why I thought it would be available...


Displayed opportunity


Now I thought that I could write a great article regarding this, especially after reading the more information as below. I could really fit this into the content of of my site - and make some money to boot.

Your mission should you choose to accept it


However when I press the button, all excited about this new tree of money that I have discovered I get creamaids version of a "Dear John" letter...

Oh Dear...

Anyway enough time wasted for me - time that could be spent making some fast money from the other sites on the list.

In the interests of all - and because I believe in taking one for the team I tried again with one that seemed so boring that surely noone would want to post an article on it. This one was titled "Job Hunting for Sign Language Interpreters" however I had exactly the same result. Maybe some companies just do this to get traffic for their sites. If so creamaid need to clamp down on it ASAP as Bloggers are just going to get annoyed and take their posts somewhere else. I am of the opinion that if there are no posts available it shouldn't be displayed for all to see as having posts available - however they are still in beta so maybe this is just some kind of bug.

Anyway I would be interested in hearing your story if you have written a post for creamaid and how easy was it? For now they are not going to get onto my list.

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Make Quick Money with BloggerWave

Bloggerwave are looking for Bloggers. I have recently joined them as part of my ongoing mission to make money fast online.


Sign up
Sign up was a breeze and both of the blogs that I submitted to them were approved within 24 hours.

Opportunities
Although not many opportunities they do pay a bit better than a lot of Paid to Blog type sites so this was pleasing to see. It looks like they are going to have a lot more opportunities coming up soon (they are quite new on the scene)

Payment
BloggerWave pay monthly via PayPal, its good to think ahead when you are making money online and getting paid monthly is a great way to ensure that you reach the targets that you set yourself for the month ahead. It helps to run your Blog like a business if you are serious about making money online so its important to ensure constant cash flow is coming in.

Summary
So far from what I have seen from this site its all looking great. The site is quick, and easy to use and they have some great paying opportunities. I hope they manage to get more as I will certainly be looking for work from this site.

Blog for Money with Smorty

Smorty is a get paid for blogging company that I have recently joined. They have a nice modern interface and its easy to navigate through the site.

Sign Up
Signing up was a painless process and my blog was approved in a matter of hours which was particularly impressive.

Opportunities
Smorty's posts will pay you a minimum of 6 dollars for a post and they need to be at least 150 words with a maximum of 400. Only one outgoing link should be supplied in the article and that should be to the anchor text supplied. One small issue that I found that was with any of the opportunities that I was looking at it was not really clear what the actual anchor text was meant to be so I could only assume that it was the title of the opportunity - once you go to submit the article it then tells you which anchor text to use. I think it should tell you as part of the details of the opportunity.

They don't appear to have a great deal of opportunities available right now however hopefully this will improve as they solidify their position in the "blog advertising" arena.

Payment
Smorty's pay weekly by Paypal which is great, I prefer to be paid either weekly or fortnightly personally as its a pain holding out a month for payments which some pay post companies tend to do.

Summary
Nice clean site with a professionally look and feel - a site I plan to be using frequently in the months ahead as we continue on our mission.


Sunday, May 13, 2007

Make Money Fast from our Definitive List of Paid Post Sites

I am looking at creating a definitive list of "Paid to Blog" type sites and need your help as I am sure there are more out there than what I have listed here. If you have another one please let me know (via a comment or email to robstgeorge at gmail dot com) so I can add it to the list.

I am creating this list as a resource, each site that I am advised of firstly I will join it and make sure its all legit, each of the sites below I have tried with the exception of Reviewme where no one has yet requested a review of this site - however I have seen plenty of other bloggers successfully earn money from it so its OK for the list.

So if you are looking at making some fast money online you can simply work your way through the list and sign up with each company. Most have minimum requirements so its best if your blog is at least 90 days old and regularly updated for a start.

I will add more details to this post as more information comes to hand.

Payperpost read our review

Blogitive

Blogsvertise

Loudlaunch read our review

PayU2Blog


SponsoredReviews read our review

Reviewme


Smorty
read our review

BloggingAds read our review

Blogger Wave read our review

Any more we need to review? Please let us know and we will check it out.

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

3 Ways to Make it Rain


It's interesting to see how Bloggers can make their sites literally start raining with visitors and it seems to come down to one thing - writing a great article that gets linked to by big name bloggers that get a ton of traffic. I would like to look at a few of the the top articles I have seen in the last year that have made "it rain" so we can try and figure out what they have in common.

Number 1 - Write something controversial
If you haven't heard of Kumiko Suzuki then your living under a rock - she knows all about controversy and she knows how to write an article. Check out..

AGLOCO Will Not Make Money Online! Ever!

What made it so interesting?

Well Kumiko wrote this article on February 11th 2007, I am not to up to the play on the whole Agloco timeline but I'm sure glad I haven't wasted any time on it, heres a few quotes from their blog to show what has happened since Kumiko's blog..these were all taken from the AGLOCO Company Blog

Algloco Motivated and Inspiring 21 February..


I wrote a comment other day that addressed exactly the type of question Members sometimes get in trying to recruit others to AGLOCO, namely: “AGLOCO sounds too good to be true. Why am I getting paid without putting anything into it?”

Well that sounds great where to from here though - was Kumiko right and will it never happen?

Dynamic and Invigorated still 26 February

f you have been reading the comments on the previous post to this blog, you have
seen there is a lively debate going on regarding the signup page, external links, and the length of time the system keeps your referral.

Whoops where's our viewbar March 1st

Viewbar release: A few weeks ago, I said on this blog, “The Viewbar is currently slated for a March release”, and March 1st is now upon us (a couple of you were optimistic and hoped for a release on the first of the month). I know that the Viewbar will not be released in the first half of March. Our tech lead flew to Shanghai this morning to work directly with our six engineers there. I’ll give you more of an update when I hear back from him.

Lets take the attention off the viewbar for a while 8 March

I have blogged a lot lately about Members being AGLOCO founders and how the ‘Members who stick their necks out’ will benefit from AGLOCO’s success. And we must recognize the importance of these efforts. But EVERY Member needs to be able to share in the advantages AGLOCO has to offer. Without delivering on that promise, AGLOCO would fail.

It is nearly here that damn Viewbar - really truely 21st March

Viewbar Update: The engineers have informed me that the Viewbar release is currently scheduled for between Monday April 2 and Monday, April 16 (between 12
and 26 days from now.) I will keep you posted as I continue to hear word from them on progress. As they continually remind me, this is all dependent on the results of QA testing.

Oh yes April is the month - the Viewbar is not far away... 3rd April

April is upon us, and as we have mentioned previously on this blog, the Viewbar is slated for release this month. We will be sending an email directly to each Member when their account is authorized for Viewbar download with more detailed
information regarding the software release. Here are a few initial details:

Oh damn maybe April is not quite gonna make it ... 11th April


I have just got word from our Shanghai based tech team with an update on the Viewbar status. Most of the QA tests are going well with the exception of the ad
servers. The team is currently integrating the Viewbar with the ad servers so that the Viewbar will have ads (and revenue) ready to go when it launches (it would not make too much sense to release a Viewbar that was not making any money). So, while the Viewbar is still on track for release this month, making the April 2nd to 16th window is getting more difficult – and, yes, the Shanghai team has been working seven days a week for quite a while now and will continue to do so until the Viewbar is released.

Damn Viewbar won't talk ... 16th April


Before I talk about Apple, let me give you today’s Viewbar update. As mentioned previously, our delaying item is getting our partners’ ad servers to ‘talk’ correctly to the Viewbar.

Viewbar is nearly here? ... 30th April


All Members should have received an update email (I have copied it at the bottom of this post). If you are a Member and did not get an email over the weekend you need to correct this, as it is the only way to get the Viewbar notice with downloading instructions. If you did not get it, try going into your account to make sure we have a current email address on file (if it is correct and you still did not get an email, check your junk/spam folders).

Viewbar not quite ready yet .. 7th May


Viewbar quality tests are still going on. As I mentioned in the comment area of my previous post, all tests of the Viewbar have passed except for the ad servers. We had expected our testing to be finished by now, but this advertising integration is not proving easy to solve. All of us on the development team are anxious to see the Viewbar distributed to our Members, as we are now two months behind our initially planned launch date.

Well does Kumiko have some kind of supernatural powers of vision into the future or was Agloco never going to make money? Lucky for us at the Million Dollar Experiment we didn't waste any time on it! So that is one way to make a post pay off, predict the future about a controversial subject.

Number 2 - Include a Celebrity in your Article
Now the best thing is that Kumiko then backs it up - proves it was no fluke and does it again this time with an article about 6 Lessons Britney Spears Can Teach You About Blogging. What a way to launch your blog into the stratosphere with 2 great articles that gets everyone a buzzing. She may not have Britney calling her up for friendly shopping trips (with her and her mother) however its a great way to score some traffic.

Number 3 - Interview someone important and/or well known
If you interview a famous blogger or internet marketer all the bloggers are going to come a running. Here is a prime example Bloggers Face-Off: Darren Rowse vs. Jeremy Shoemoney


There we have it, 3 tried and proven methods that can help create a great article that is read by thousands instead of just another "also ran" article that may lie gathering dust for eternity. Most people like a little scandal, a bit of celebrity and few laughs. If you can roll all that into one great article you may be the next person having to buy a new server.


Good Luck!


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Friday, May 11, 2007

Featured Post - folding tables

They are great for camping, rumpus rooms or anywhere that space is an issue. I'm talking about folding tables - its amazing how much room can be saved in small areas if you can simply fold the table away. Sometimes you need to think outside the square and factor possible scenarios like this into your house or room decoration plans.

Make Money Fast hits the Ranks at Page 20

Finally today we started ranking for the words that we began to optimize approximately 4 weeks ago. The words are "Make Money Fast" , now I have a cunning plan we all know how hard it is to get links with the perfect anchor text however do I have a deal for you. If you link to me with my 3 words as the anchor text I will return the favour, just leave me a post with the details and I will deal to it.

Currently page 20 is where we are sitting and position 190, certainly a start however we need to get climbing and would ideally like to be somewhere around page 1.

This would be a "win win" situation as both of us can help our search rankings and you don't have to write a long review or anything like that just mention this site in a post. Here's an example of the kind of thing you could write "look at the ways Rob StGeorge is attempting to Make Money Fast."

Once the comments close on this post the offer closes with it - only family friendly decent sites will be linked to.

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Featured Post - Can Money Buy Love?

When it comes to payperpost you bet it can. The easier it is to make money fast out of online programs the more I love them and payperpost have been a reasonable earner and I guess sponsor of the Million Dollar Experiment Down Under.

If you are looking to get paid to blog then these guys have to be considered although I have noticed lately that they don't appear to have as many opportunities available as what they did a few months ago.

To date I have earned just over 95 dollars from Payperpost and this one will push me over the magic 100 dollar mark.
Its not easy work, however its not that hard either and if you do enough of the posts they can start to add up quite significantly. Its probably quite possible to earn several thousand dollars a year if enough time and effort is put into it.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Are you a Tortoise or a Hare?

Since October 2006 when I started this blog I have consistently posted articles on it. At least 3 or 4 a week and have maintained this for 7 1/2 months. My traffic rise has been nowhere near as meteoric as some sites however it is the classic tale of the tortoise races the hare. I have seen a lot of sites come and go meanwhile I just keep pumping out the articles - trying new things and sharing them all with my readers. You may be interested to see what this consistency does for a blogs traffic so here's the graph since October 2006.

You will notice we are only 9 days into May yet already over half of Aprils traffic - so its going to be another good month. Looking at this graph and seeing the results over the previous months I can't really see it levelling out for a long time anyway because as you get more traffic more people link to you and there is more content for the search engines - plus you learn new and better techniques as time goes on.

The money gets better
Last month was the first month where the money earned was better than a bit of pocket money however I really had to work for it. If you missed it - April Summary of our Make Money Fast Million Dollar Experiment Down Under -266-00 US Dollars was created Online in April. This month it may be a struggle to beat that as I am again trying to get passive income on the increase and have not been hitting the sponsored posts even half as much this month. Its always interesting and exciting to think that by creating one great and unique article it can create an ongoing and passive income for many years to come.

Set achievable goals
About 2 or 3 months into this Blog I must admit I did hit the wall a few times and I was getting discouraged with the effort that was required to maintain the momentum however I dug in and kept it going. I have set small goals along the way like breaking into the top 100,000 of Technorati, then the top 50,000, then the top 20,000 now I am aiming for the top 10,000. Its stuff like this that keeps you going and gives you a great sense of satisfaction as each target is accomplished and you can move onto the next.

Learn from the Pros
Other bloggers are doing it and doing it very well - find gurus that you respect and can learn off and try and mimic their success. I'm talking about ProBlogger, Shoemoney and Yaro - these guys all share many of their secrets so you should be reading their articles everyday, listening to pod casts about SEO, traffic building and the do's and dont's of websites and Blogs. The key though is to not only read about them - do them!

Of course sleep may become a thing of the past, however you can even learn to need less of it..How to Become an Early Riser

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Make Money Fast Keyword Update

A summary and recap of our Make Money Fast Keyword Experiment
A few weeks ago I started to concentrate and optimize the keywords of my Blog towards something that would I believed at the time bring in a decent amount of Search Engine traffic. I decided to use the words "Make Money Fast" and I thought I would share with you how it is going and also recap on exactly what I did so that you can do the same if you wish to give your search engine traffic a boost.


Please use different words of course - it would be no great thing if we were all fighting over the same search space - don't worry there is plenty of other great phrases for everyone!

The initial Article related to this was Make Money Fast - An experiment in Choosing Words and was written on Friday the 13th of April of all days. Now it is almost a month later so its time to recap and see whats been happening.

The results to date
Every day when I check the search engine results I am now seeing a large number of referrals from various combinations of the Make Money Fast phrase for example today here are a few of them...you can click on them to see the Google search results.

how to make money really fast vancouver
make money in nz
how to make money with a dollar

how to earn 100 dollars fast

Well as you can see its working well and although I am nowhere on the horizon for the actual three words exactly (yet!) I am ranking well and pulling in good traffic from all kinds of similar phrases.

That's the results now if you have a Blog and are interested in doing something similar here's what you need to do..

1. Choose the phrase , best to make it 3 or 4 words
You want to choose something popular but not to popular. My favourite tool for keyword checking at the moment is this one.. http://freekeywords.wordtracker.com/ its very easy to use. Anyway you want to find a phrase that is regularly searched for but not to sought after. For example every man and his blog is trying to rank for "make money online" so there's probably not to much point in trying that your self.

To find out what your chances are going to be like do a search on Google for your chosen words and see what the quantity and quality of your competitors are like. This is the part that will make or break you so choose very carefully and don't be to picky. Its better to get 20 or 30 searches picking up your site and ranking on the first page than to be on page 27 of something really popular.

2. Change your Blog title to have these words at the beginning of your title
This is one of the most important places to have your keywords (along with content) so make sure these words come first.

3. Start mentioning your words often
Write posts that include the words, for example I have written articles like Make Money Fast method of the week - stuff like that is great and try and mention the words a few times in the articles that you are writing. Don't spam it though or the search engines could punish you which would not do your rankings any good at all!

4. Try and get people to link to you with the chosen words as Anchor Text
- and if you have multiple sites do this yourself.

Its 4 fairly simple steps and if you are looking at boosting the search engine traffic on your site I strongly recommend that you get into it. After 3 or 4 weeks you will start noticing results and if you do it well it can be a real boost to your traffic and your online earnings. Its ongoing as well and as you add more and more content related to your key phrase things should steadily improve.

Good Luck!

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Featured Post - transfer tank

A fully sized transfer tank can be a handy addition to any utility vehicle, they are designed for the transfer of fuel (normally diesel) to remote or off site heavy equipment. There are a wide range of transfer tanks that you can purchase and the type that you end up buying will be dependant on the specifics of your requirements at the time.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

I've been Tagged - Why do I blog?

I have been tagged by George at Can I Make Big Money Online to tell you the five reasons why I blog, if you get tagged like this the plan is to write the post including a link back to the person that tagged you and you can then choose 5 people and tag them. I notice that George actually tagged 9 people and thats one of the great things about blogging, you can bend the rules (or make them up!) as you go.

Here goes...

1./ To create a way of working for myself doing something I enjoy
I really enjoy Blogging and I like finding the different ways to create money out of cyberspace - although this is really two reasons in one it is the primary reason why I am blogging.

2./ To market my other websites by increasing traffic to them
Thats one of the reasons I blog - to promote my other websites and provide links to them. I would say that more people do this than probably admit it, however I can't see the point in hiding the fact.

3./ Communication
I have been on the internet for years - back in the mid nineties I was even a little addicted to MIRC there for a while, however this Blog has been the best form of communication that I have ever used online. Theres a great community of friendly and talented Bloggers out there that are all interested in helping each other out for the common good - these are the sites I link to and talk about on a regular basis.

4./ Something to talk about at Parties
When you live in NZ with a very small blogging population its a great conversation starter! However most people have no idea at what you are talking about. Peoples innate curiosity normally makes them want to find out however.


5./ Keeps me off the streets!
If I wasn't doing this I'd probably be watching TV, this has got to better for the brain.



I tag Greg, Tay, Grant, Maria and Sandra


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Featured Post - tend skin

A daily skincare regime can do wonders for the long term health and well being of your skin - there are a lot of products in the skin care range and one particular product that is great for ingrown hairs is tend skin . This product was initially developed as a local pain killer however it was noticed (accidentally!) that it was extremely successful at reducing and treating ingrown hairs.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Make Money Fast with Google Adsense

Out of all the programs that I have tried there is one program that has consistently earned me a small but steady (and increasing) amount of money and that is Google AdSense. Once you have a site that is earning more than its hosting fees you can simply create another one and another one. Before you know it you have a number of sites earning money and you can then experiment with Ad placement as well as the look and different types of adverts and see what converts the best for you.

Less is sometimes more
If you fill your entire site up with Google AdSense then you are probably going to far. You need to leave some room for content - my largest earning site has one skyscraper on the left and a small link block on the right. The sidebar skyscraper has the best conversion on that site however didn't do well at all on this blog. So different sites have different results- it doesn't really matter what anyone says you need to experiment. I suggest you create channels for the ad units, try a placement for a month and check your results. Then try something else for the next month - if its better great keep it. If not revert back to the previous or try something else again.

Potential Exponential Increase
The great thing about Google AdSense is that by increasing your traffic you can normally increase your earnings in a similar manner. Think about what you earn now and multiply it by 10 - certainly achievable and what about if you multiply that by 10. Before you know it as long as you can continue to increase your traffic you are going to be giving yourself constant pay rises - something no employer is going to do for you!

Passive?
Is Google AdSense really passive? Well probably not as you do need to work away at building and maintaining the traffic to your site however if you have a website that grows by itself (e.g a popular forum or similar) then Google AdSense could potentially grow without any effort from yourself. It can earn you money while you sleep though which is a great start.

Money in the Bank
At today's approximate US interest rates I worked out how much money in the bank it would take to earn as much as a scale of monthly Google AdSense amounts. Please refer to the table below.

Its interesting to see that to make $50 per month with money in the bank would take savings of 12000 dollars if we were looking at a 5% interest rate. To make $80 per month would take a whopping $20000! Its probably a lot easier to make a couple of websites and fill them with good content than it is to save twenty grand, however I will leave that up to you to decide for yourself.


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If you would like to get away for some relaxing times with friends or family you may want to consider a Pigeon Forge cabin rental. Lifes not all about work as I am sure you already know - its really important to take time out and recharge. Holidays are precious so why not spend them somewhere beautiful and experience the Smokey Mountains in luxury.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Million Dollar Experiment Down Under Donates Prize Winnings to Charity

A week or so ago this site was lucky enough to win $30 US Dollars through a Google Pagerank Competition run by Kumiko Suzuki - announcement is here. Predict My PageRank Competition Winner!!

We decided to donate the full winnings to charity and thanks to everyone that recommended worthy charities. Initially I was intending going international with the donation however ended up with a cause a bit closer to home. I donated to Cure Kids a great charity that turns research into hope for thousands of kids in NZ. Note at today's currency rate $40 NZ dollars was approximately $30 US dollars.

Featured Post - Death Insurance

Its something most of us try not to think about to much but is your family going to be sorted if you pass away? Its a good idea to have some kind of Death insurance as this gives you the peace of mind that if the unthinkable did happen money at least would not be a concern for the ones you leave behind.

Online Auctions - Open a second hand store with Auction Ads

There's been a lot of talk about Auction Ads of late - one blogger at least appears to be doing very well out of them - Auction Ads - Reader Reviews . My blog gets a great click through rate on the ads (you can see these adverts on the left sidebar), however to date the money earned has been quite minimal. If you have a niche market in mind that could be related to something that sells well on eBay it could be worthwhile setting up a site around this and filling it up with Auction Ads and get writing some unique and quality content about the product.


I myself intend to start up a few blogs like this however are going to have to wait for a few weeks to get into it when I have a bit more time on my hands.

Setting up Ads for your site
To set up the ad script for your site the easiest way to explain would be that it is similar to setting up AdSense code - however less clicks to get there. Its dead easy.

You can run them alongside Google Adsense because they are not contextual, (The Auction ads that are served to your site are determined by keywords that you type in at set-up time.)

Affiliate Program
The affiliate program that Auction Ads run is fantastic, just by displaying the ad code on your site you are automatically becoming a referrer as well, if any clicks through to Auction Ads from your site a 30 days referral cookie is placed on their PC. As an affiliate you will earn...


a bonus 2% of all revenue generated by that user for the 6 months

Sounds like a good deal for minimum effort. I can definitely see Auction Ads becoming a large part of my online income in the future - I'm planning on targeting some specific second hand type niche markets and try and get these sites ranking well on Google - visitors should convert very well as the products that they will see auctions for will be the very items they have just searched for.

If you have been running with Auction Ads how have you found them to date? It would be great to get your comments so we can see which kind of sites they are best suited to.

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