Monthly Archives: September 2008

Make Money at Home: Preparing Your Environment

27 September 2008, by A. Cedilla

In a previous 4 part series that can be seen here, I wrote about using your PC and workstation ergonomically and how to avoid getting repetitive stress injuries (RSI) and also how to protect your kids from getting PC-related injuries as well.

In two other articles, one on data storage here and the other on disaster recovery here , I covered data protection, security and storage issues.

 

In this follow-up, I’m just recapping what you may have forgotten or dismissed as not being all that important on all the previously mentioned issues above. In addition, I’ll also tackle some of the attitudes that may hinder your work flow at home.
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Blogging Basics: Incubating Fresh Blog Content

25 September 2008, by A. Cedilla

3rd of 3 parts

When you first start your blog, you probably have so much to say that you have no problem posting every day. After a while, you begin to run out of ideas and you can’t seem to come up with fresh content. Every blogger has this problem from time to time. It’s normal.
So how do you keep the blog going — keep it fresh and full of value? Here are some ideas:

Do a top 10 list – Bloggers and their readers love lists.

  • “The top 10 mistakes people do when trying _______ for the first time.”
  • “The top 10 reasons to pick ______.”

Lists tend to be easier to write and take less time to formulate. If you can’t come up with 10, perhaps you can make it the top 3 or top 5.

Ask an expert – Approach someone who is very knowledgeable in your blog niche and you may find they’ll be happy to do an interview, especially if they have a new product just launched and would like the exposure. Put together some thoughtful questions and ask them to write out their answers. The beauty of this blog post is that aside from asking the questions, the interviewee does all the work!
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Blogging Basics: Your Blogging Schedule

21 September 2008, by A. Cedilla

2nd of 3 parts

Does the idea of scheduling your blogging seem forced? Uncreative? Posting to your blog shouldn’t happen only when you feel “moved” to create an award-winning post. Blogging needs to be done regularly to provide good content for your readers, to get better at writing and to maximize your profits.

Set yourself up with a schedule to post on your blogs. Take a realistic look at your business and figure out where blogging should be on your list of priorities.

The objective is not to be constantly blogging, forsaking all else, but to bring blogging forward a bit from your low priority pile of things to do. Take a look at your business model and where blogging fits in. If your blogs are currently your only platform for making money, then naturally blogging should be high priority.

Your blogging schedule is up to you and can certainly be changed when your circumstances change. Perhaps you’re going to temporarily blog daily on your internet marketing blog because you’re promoting an affiliate product or you’re just about to launch your new ebook. On a regular week you might consider blogging everyday, but alternating between all your blogs.
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Blogging Basics: Making Money Without A Website

18 September 2008, by A. Cedilla

1st of 3 parts

You’ve heard about online marketing as a way to make some extra money on the side, but you don’t have any programming skills and have nothing you can think of to sell that isn’t already being offered everywhere. Can you still become successful and make money marketing online? In a nutshell: Yes.

There are a number of ways to make money online without a website. Blogging is one.

Blogging is an activity where you make a web page (Don’t worry, you won’t need web wizard skills. Blogger, Typepad and WordPress, among others, have templates and a set-up process that takes all the guesswork out of making a blog) that you update every few days with posts about your chosen subject. Visitors can comment on your posts for others to see. You can place advertising on your blog – provided automatically by Google – and get paid whenever anyone clicks on one of those ads.
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Blogging Tips: Creating a Course on Your Favorite Topic 2

13 September 2008, by A. Cedilla

Part 2 of 2

In the first half of this series we covered the first three steps of the ADDIE model: analysis, design and development. In this last part, we’ll finish up with implementation and evaluation.

Implementation
This is continuing the action to completion. This is the moment you’ve waited for, finally presenting your project to the world!

Depending on your delivery format, this step is your upload, blog post, product launch, course roll-out, first class, or the day you come face to face with the learners wanting to take your course.

Evaluation

Once you’ve presented your course, regardless of the medium, you must evaluate, evaluate, evaluate! This isn’t only the evaluation of student progress in your course (which can show you if your lessons are easily absorbed or not, or how effective your approach is, among other things), but also an evaluation of YOUR content, design and delivery.

Ask these questions during your evaluation: Did the students enjoy studying my presentation? Did they reach the learning objectives? Where can I make improvements to content, activities and delivery of my course?

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Blogging Tips: Creating a Course on Your Favorite Topic 1

12 September 2008, by A. Cedilla

 Part 1 of 2

If you have a particular field of interest that you feel very passionately about, and you want to create a tutorial about it so you can share the love, you may be a little fuzzy on where to start.

Whether you plan to make a short tutorial or a formal course that would require more time and effort, you don”t need to worry because there’s a way you can use to get your course or tutorial completed.

It’s called the ADDIE model. It isn’t a template or a document; it’s a process to help you in creating your course efficiently and effectively.

The steps of the process are:  Analysis -Design РDevelopment РImplementation -Evaluation

Analysis
This initial step identifies your audience, and covers the following areas:

  • How to get their attention and keep it on you (E.g good title application, excellent lead-ins to your offered tutorial which list the benefits they could get by availing of what you offer.)
  • Finding out what they need from you, and if you can give it to them, and how (in what medium, under what time constraints, etc.)

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Using All Of The Search Engine Pie

08 September 2008, by A. Cedilla

There is a critical viewpoint that many internet marketers are missing about SEO techniques and getting websites ranked high in the search engines. And it all goes back to the elementary principle of the “whole” being the sum total of all of its parts. This simple, yet often forgotten principle is alive and well in Internet Marketing and search engine dominance.

 

These techniques are so subtle, so easy and look so small in the bigger picture that many feel they’re not worth doing simply because they seem so insignificant.

Many think,”If it’s that easy, it’s not really worth doing…” And yet, each of these really simple techniques, when added together creates a commanding website structure that will result in search engine dominance.
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Using The Power of Leverage

06 September 2008, by A. Cedilla

Many people have already discovered how to use the Internet to make a lot of money. Aside from some tech savvy, discipline and a solid plan, they have also used the power of leverage.

Leverage is defined as “using given resources in such a way that the potential positive or negative outcome is magnified and/or enhanced.

Internet marketing lets you access a global audience. While you’ve probably read about or heard of people, like Ashley Qualls , who struck it rich from her MySpace themes business, many more people have found Internet marketing to be a frustrating experience.

They know that the money’s out there waiting to be made, but they struggle to make even a modest income, with a majority actually make a loss each month. The sales they do have don’t make up for the money or effort they spend on buying the latest e-books, purchasing private label rights or paying monthly membership fees.
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Back To Basics: Affiliate Marketing Benefits

02 September 2008, by A. Cedilla

Many entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises and companies use affiliate marketing as the quick solution to getting relatively low cost, highly focused traffic to their websites or to a “warm-up” site that boosts the chances of a customer actually buying something from the main site.

The affiliate marketing solution is a solid and very effective web marketing method which helps reduce a company’s overall marketing costs in the following ways:

  • Because the company only pays for quality performance , they don’t have to shoulder the usual costs and problems included in using permanent workers, like taxes, health insurance, benefits, absenteeism, etc;
  • It’s the most efficient use of outsourcing available now, where the company pays for a service on a microscopic scale which eliminates outsourcing companies adding a mark-up to cover risks taken or money invested.

 

Affiliates
Affiliates are prepared to risk and the first to take advantage of new emerging trends and technologies where more established advertisers do not dare to be active, and it is this nimble economy that affiliates can best earn their money. Why?

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Back To Basics: Affiliate Marketing

01 September 2008, by A. Cedilla

Online affiliate marketing has become by far one of the most effective, efficient and easiest ways to make your products and brand known, and make money at the same time. It’s also considered a very profitable and beneficial revenue sharing business relationship between the affiliate marketer and the merchant.

 

What is affiliate marketing?
Simply put affiliate marketing is a revenue sharing agreement between a business owner – the merchant – and a website owner -the affiliate. The website owner agrees to promote the products or services and the merchant who offers them. He advertises the merchant’s products or services on his site– you may remember various ads, links and banners on websites or popular blogs you’ve just visited — and in return gets a commission for every successful referral.

 

Every time a prospect is referred to the merchant’s web site through the affiliate’s efforts and makes a purchase (pay-per-sale method) or visits (pay-per-click method) or registers (pay per-lead method) he earns a commission. Unless one of these actions takes place the merchant does not pay anything.
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