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5 Ways for College Students to Make Money Online

There are several thousands of college students interested in finding out how they can earn money on the internet. College students do not have a lot of time because of classes, studying, activities, and so on. Assuming that college students need money as quickly as possible, blogging is not always a feasible option due to the amount of time and commitment it takes to maintain a blog. So, how can college students make extra money online? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Online Surveys, Get Paid To (GPT), Read Emails, etc

There are a number of different companies that have hundreds, even thousands of emails that need to be read every day. Of course, the top executives of major businesses do not have hours every day to spend reading emails. The solutions they find is outsourcing to other people, like college students looking to make a little extra money. You should be able to find several companies willing to outsource such tedious tasks as online surveys, product testing, mystery shopping and more.

2. Freelance Writing

Can you string a sentence together? If so, then you have what it takes to earn extra money online as a freelance writer. You do not have to have a degree in English or journalism to succeed. In fact, if you are able to write in a way that is easy for others to read, they you have everything you need, You can find work online by signing up for job posting services and finding projects that you can do.

3. eBay & Amazon

College students have been quite successful with selling stuff on eBay and/or Amazon to make a little extra cash when they need it. As a college student, you most likely have stuff that you can sell to other college students. In addition, other college students have stuff that they may be willing to let you sell on the online auction site for them and earn fair commission. You can also find dropshippers or wholesalers that are great places to find products for you to sell and earn money on eBay. Garage sales and estate sales are also great places to find stuff to sell that will not cost you a lot of money up front.

4. Online Tutoring

The pay for this type of service varies from one college student to the next. Some companies are available that you can sign up with if you prefer. In fact, online tutoring is a service that is in high demand these days, and getting more and more popular by the minute. If you enjoy helping other people to learn, online tutoring may be the perfect way for you to make money online. Depending on the service you decide to go with, you can expect to work from a couple of hours or more every week.

5. Online Juror

Do you know what lawyers do to practice and hone their talents? Places are available online that stage mock court trails so lawyers can get the practice that they need. If you become an online juror, you can expect to make as much as $60 depending on the complexity of the case. There is no guarantee that you will get a case, but it is worth a try if you need to earn a little extra money.

So, if you are a college student that needs some extra cash, or are looking for ways to jumpstart your future, you may find some good opportunities to do just that above!

Working At Home – Does Any One Take You Seriously?

I’ve been working at home, full-time, for a few years now. It hasn’t been as easy I thought it would be, but it has been very fulfilling. It’s not just the realities of building a passive income business which has its challenges, its the issue of people’s reactions to the fact that I stay home all day and have no children or other “obvious” reason to be there. You need to grow a thick skin if you are planning on building your own business – particularly if you are doing it online.

Very, very few people understand how I make money online. Most people think the height of sophistication on the internet is being able to use Facebook or Twitter. Many of my friends use neither and some still haven’t really gotten a handle on email yet!

Therefore, trying to actually make them understand that I make a living developing my websites and being paid by advertisers (which is even the simplest explanation of it) leaves them at best thinking I am a web designer for hire, and worst – well I hate to think what dark and illegal things they think I do working from home all day. I know many of them think I just sleep all day or watch TV. I’ve even been told that I need to “get a real job” on a few occasions, and the funny thing is that I make more money than those people do while doing it on my own terms, and they have jobs they hate while making less than I do – yet I am the one that needs to get a real job in their minds. Haha!

Though I will say, before you can get other people to take your work at home business seriously – you need to take it seriously yourself. I have never owned my own business before this. It took me quite a long time to understand the correct answer to when someone asked me what I did for a living was “I am an entrepreneur, I am the owner of my own online business”. Its not a hobby or an experiment – and until you stop thinking it of like that you will find it hard to get others to take you seriously. And you do want your business to be taken seriously. First off, it will make it a lot easier to control your time. Having worked away from home for most of my life I love the fact that I can take deliveries during the day, run errands, be there for the someone to fix anything that breaks, and so on. But you don’t want to become the social center of the neighborhood if you are trying to get some work done! Set boundaries with friends and family so they don’t just drop by when they feel like it and stay for hours.

Also remember to dream big – don’t talk about making some “pin money” or “a little cash on the side” – because oddly if you talk that way that is all that you will make – a little. Its called a self-limiting belief and they are alive and well for many people starting their own work from home business – particularly women.

So take your business seriously. Get yourself some business cards, a decent computer setup, a comfortable chair, working hours, and a separate home office if possible. If you can’t handle the accounts or the technical stuff – outsource them – building a successful passive income business means that you will need to invest in your business as well. That’s probably the single biggest way to take it to the next level.

3 Simple Internet Business Ideas You Can Start Today

When it comes to making money online, there’s a virtually unlimited supply of internet business ideas and opportunities to choose from. Having so many choices is often the problem for many people because they get overwhelmed and can’t figure out where to start.

If you’re going to really make money online, it’s important to take action on each new thing you learn rather than getting caught up in simply reading about what you should be doing. If you just learn and never do anything, you will go into information overload and won’t ever make money.

I believe one of the most important aspects of making money online is taking action (and most internet marketers will agree with me). You can’t just sit back and wait for the money to come to you because that’s never going to happen. Trust me, I wish it would!

Below I am going to list a few of the most popular and fairly simple internet business ideas. You can do these as a part time internet business or a full time work at home based business. The time you put into your business is totally up to you, but you do need to make sure you devote some time each day or you won’t earn any money.

1) Become an Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate marketing involves promoting products and services online with a special link that is given to you when you sign up for the affiliate program. Typically this involves building websites around specific niches that contain affiliate links to the products and services you are promoting in that niche.

These can be informational sites, content sites, product reviews sites, social media, or blogs that link to products that you think your visitors would be interested in. You then receive a percentage of the profits for each sale made through your affiliate link. The basics of affiliate marketing are really very simple, however actually making money as an affiliate marketer isn’t as easy as it sounds.

2) Provide an Online Business Service

Are you good at niche research, web design, copywriting, graphic design, content writing, SEO, or something else? There is high demand for these skills and many more, so if you can offer one of these services, consider signing up at a freelance site like upwork where you can hire yourself out for pay. This is a fantastic way to make money online from home as there are literally thousands of people online looking to hire people to perform these services for them.

3) Make Money Online with Adsense

You can build niche websites, use SEO to get them ranked in search engines to bring in targeted traffic, put Adsense on them, and earn money every time your visitors click on the ads. This does require some learning and practice to figure out how to do niche research, SEO, and Adsense placement. However, it can be done by almost anyone and it’s one of the best internet business ideas.

These are just a few simple internet business ideas to get you started making money from your own online business. You can do them individually or combine them into one business. As you get more experience you will also figure out other ways to make money online.

How to Make Money Selling Advertising on Your Website or Blog

If you own a website or blog, run an internet marketing business, or work at home online, then you probably know what advertising options such as Google Adsense are and how they are basically an easy way to sell advertising space on your site/blog. You also might know that it can be put on just about any website or blog and that it is one of the most popular ways for website owners to make money online. It’s no secret that selling advertising on a website or blog is a great way to make money online, but many people don’t fully understand how to do it.

One of the best ways to make money online is by selling direct advertising on your website or blog. This goes far beyond Adsense ads. If you have built up a popular site then it’s pretty easy to find people who will pay you big money to advertise on it. I make thousands of dollars per month from people buying advertising on my blogs/sites.

Part of the allure of selling advertising is that the income is relatively passive and residual. You pretty much know how much you are going to make each month (barring any cancellations) and you don’t always have to be hoping for affiliate sales, Adsense clicks or other ways you make money from your website via your visitors performing an action. Sure you will probably have some advertisers cancel every once in a while, and have to find new ones to replace them, but for the most part income from selling advertising is pretty consistent.

There are services out there that will help find advertisers for you but they will take a percentage of the earnings. These services can be good because they make it a lot easier to find advertisers. However, I don’t use them because I like to get all the money from advertisers on my sites and I want to be in control of who is advertising on my sites. I like to find the advertisers myself so I don’t have to worry about losing any of the revenue or having the possibility of links being placed on my site to websites that I don’t want on there. This is more work because once you find them you have to take the payments, put up their ads, and keep track of them. But it’s not very hard if you get a good system in place.

So, how do you sell advertising for your website?

Let’s dig in…

There Are 2 Major Ways to Sell Advertising on Your Website

1) Revenue Share Advertising

Revenue share advertising is a very popular way that website owners can earn money with ads. Google Adsense is an example of revenue share advertising. These are sites that find the advertisers for you and then, when somebody clicks on the links that are displayed on your site, they give you a share of the revenue created by the click. The amount of money per click varies depending on the deal made between the revenue share company and the advertiser. This is information you usually don’t get to know.

Revenue share programs are great because they are very easy to set up. Basically all you do is sign up for the program, insert some code into your website template and the ads will show up. Not much extra work is needed on your part.

Of course, revenue share programs also have their disadvantages. For instance, Google Adsense has some very strict rules about what you are allowed to do with your ads. Make sure that you read and understand the terms of service before you click the “I agree” button. It is very easy to inadvertently commit “click fraud” with Adsense and once your account gets suspended, you won’t ever be allowed to reinstate it.

Another disadvantage of revenue share advertising is that you don’t get all the money from the ads on your site. They company usually takes just as much (or more) than you get. It’s the price you pay for the ease of use and them finding the advertisers for you.

One thing to remember with revenue share programs is that no matter what one you choose, make sure that you understand what they expect from you and what you are allowed to do and not allowed to do with your ads.

2) Direct Advertising

Direct advertising is fairly self-explanatory. You find the advertisers, display their ads on your site and collect the money. This is the best way to make money through advertising if you want to keep 100% of the profit from the ads. Of course, the disadvantage of direct advertising is that it’s not nearly as easy to implement as revenue share and you have to find your own advertisers for your site.

Before you start hunting down direct advertisers, you will want to decide which kinds of ads you want to run. Do some research and see what kind of ads work well on other sites similar to yours. You only want to run ads that are at least somewhat related to the content of your site.

Then make sure that you understand how to implement the ads into your website or blog template. You will need to know a little bit about coding to make your advertising look professional. Finally, you will need to know about the business side of advertising. You will need contracts and invoices and a way to keep track of individual clients. While direct advertising usually brings in more profit, it is far more time consuming and harder to keep track of than revenue sharing advertising.

Whichever advertising method you choose to make money online, be sure you understand the advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of each method as well as expectations of everyone involved. Advertisers can be very fickle and so can your readers. Some readers don’t respond well to sites that are covered in ads, so you will want to make sure that you strike a balance between content and ads. This is important because, if you lose readers, you’ll lose advertisers and income.

Revenue share advertising and direct advertising are both very good ways to make money online and are simple enough for just about anyone to implement. Remember that if one method doesn’t work for you, you can simply try the other. I actually recommend utilizing both so you can make even more money and spread it out a little between multiple income streams.

How to Find Blog Advertisers

Here are some ways to find advertisers for your blog so you can make more money from it…

1. Google your main keyword phrase and a few of your secondary keyword phrases. Now, take a look at the Adwords ads at the top of the search results. These ads are from businesses and entrepreneurs who are promoting websites in your niche to make money, and they are paying for traffic. You already know they are willing to spend money advertising for your keywords, so why not try to contact them and see if they want to advertise on your blog? They could buy a banner or text link on your blog for a set dollar amount per month.

2. Find other sites/blogs in the same niche, or similar niches, as yours that sell advertising and contact the people advertising on them to let them know you also sell ads on your site. You could even ask the blog owner where he gets his advertisers. Most bloggers are very helpful and would be happy to give you some information.

3. Go to the sections of forums or facebook groups in your niche where you can post that you are selling advertising. That should get you quite a few new advertisers. You could also post a special offer for ads spots on your blog.

4. Check out various affiliate networks and see if you can find affiliates who might be interested in advertising on your site.

5. Take a look at offline advertisers. This one is a little more complicated because you are dealing with people who are not usually as internet savvy as those above. However, if you look in newspapers and magazines in your local area, you might find businesses in your niche that would be interested in advertising on your blog. You’ll probably have to educate them a little so preparing a short report with screen shots of traffic and keywords would be a good idea. Don’t talk down to these folks because they aren’t stupid, but realize that terms you consider to be common (like RSS) might be a foreign language to them.

That is about all you really need to find advertisers so you can make money from your blog. There are plenty of other ways to make money blogging but selling advertising is definitely one of the best, and it’s relatively easy to do. Go find a few new advertisers right now using the methods above and before you know it, you will be a master at it, and making bank!

Tips for Selling Advertising

Here are some tips I have learned about how to make money online selling advertising since I started doing it:

* Be specific on what your advertising options and prices are. A confused advertiser will either not pay you to advertise on your site or they will complain later because they didn’t get what they thought they were paying for. If you look at any of my advertising pages you will see that I always lay out exactly what they get and how much it will cost.

* Offer a lot of options. Again if you look at any of my home business advertising pages you will see that I typically offer 10+ advertising options. Having more options increases the chances that you have an option that will fit the needs of most potential advertisers. You can’t make money selling advertising if you don’t have options that people want.

* Set the right price. It’s difficult to know exactly how much you should be charging but you want to get it close because if you overcharge you will lose advertisers and if you undercharge you won’t be maximizing your earnings. Take a look at what other sites in your niche with similar traffic as yours are charging and go from there.

* Only accept certain ads. You don’t want to have ads and links on your site to other sites that aren’t even remotely related to yours. You also don’t want bad neighborhood or banned sites linked from yours. Be sure to state on your advertising page what sites you will and won’t accept. And check each new advertiser’s site before accepting the ad. Deny them and refund their money if you need to.

* Don’t be sneaky. You must give your advertisers what they pay for. Don’t cut their ad time short, or hide it, or do anything else sneaky and unethical. You will lose advertisers very quickly if you do this. You can’t make money if your advertisers are mad.

* Keep track of the ads. You don’t want to accidentally remove an ad that shouldn’t be deleted or keep an ad up long after they have cancelled. Make sure you know which ads are supposed to be up and which need to be taken down.

* Put the ads up quickly. When an advertisers pays for a spot on your site you should get the ad up very quickly. They have already paid for the spot for a specified amount of time and you are wasting their money if you don’t put it up right away.

* Promote your advertising. You can’t make money selling advertising if nobody knows they can buy ads on your site. You should actively promote that you allow advertising on your site/blog. Get keyword anchored inbound links to your advertising page so you can rank higher in search engines, tell other site owners in your niche, put links to it in forum signatures and blog posts, etc… Any way you can to get the word out.

That’s basically all there is to it. Now you know how to make money online selling advertising. It’s one of the best ways to earn money from your website or blog and I highly recommend it as an additional source of income.

Are The Online Marketing Gurus Ripping Us Off?

There has been a lot of talk around the forums and social media lately about guru bashing and how they just rip us poor innocent dumb suckers off. Well, I thought it was about time that I put all of this nonsense in perspective. I’m not saying that there aren’t bad people in the world, because there are. But just because somebody is a guru doesn’t make them a bad person or a con artist. They obviously did something worthwhile to get to the level where other people are even using the word “guru” to talk about them!

I understand that there are all kinds of people out there, as far as intelligence level goes. Some people are really bright and can spot a snake oil salesman a mile away. And then there are those of us who will believe anything that we’re told. So it’s not fair to put all the blame on the consumer. The merchant has to take some responsibility. However, and I’m going to use college as an example, there has to come a point where even if we’re as dumb as pet rocks, we have to take some responsibility as well.

Why do I bring up college? Well, when I was 17 years old, I graduated high school and was all prepared to go to college. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do. The only thing left to do was pay my tuition — which was a hell of a lot more than a guru seminar — take my classes, graduate, and (hopefully) get a job afterwards.

I spent a whole year after college looking for work. I couldn’t get one person to hire me. Now, did I go back to my college and tell them that they ripped me off because I couldn’t get a job? Of course not. I wouldn’t have thought of it. Nobody would have. Truth is, when you went to college, no promises were made. You were going in the hopes that you’d have a better chance TO find a job once you got out. But ultimately, there were no guarantees.

And yet, when we buy a $97 ebook or a $997 seminar, we expect to come out of it with enough ammunition to make 6 figures within a month. I don’t know where this entitlement mentality comes from, but it’s certainly isn’t the guru’s fault. Do they put up sales pages that make us think that all we have to do is buy their product and we’ll be rich? Maybe, but no more so than the college recruiter who comes to your high school and tells you how 75% of their students start out at $30,000+ a year. What they don’t tell you is that the other 25% don’t get any jobs at all and most of the others are still living in huge debt without a wage high enough to keep up with their bills.

Before we start pointing fingers at the gurus, maybe it’s time we took a look at ourselves. Are we putting in the effort we should be putting in? Are we spending the money we need to on advertising? Do we have the skills necessary to write compelling ads? If not, are we willing to learn?

Until we can answer those questions honestly, we might want to hold off on blaming the gurus for our failures.