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How to Boost Your Blogging Profits in 10 Minutes

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

There are a ton of ways out there to monetize a blog. First and foremost, though, a blog should have meaningful content that attracts and retains readers. Once you have that (or even before the fact), you can monetize your blog in a number of ways. Here are some of my favorite ways:

 

1) Text-Link-Ads – Signing up for Text Link Ads is a breeze. All you have to do is submit your website for review and install the code they give you, and your site is automatically listed in a database where advertisers can find your website to place text links on. The amount you can earn per link sold is relative to the popularity and search engine rankings of your blog, but this is definitely one of the easiest ways to make money blogging. I can also sell links on my website without going through TLA so I don’t have to pay TLA their share, but TLA makes it easy to find advertisers.

2) WidgetBucks– Another really cool way to start bringing in some cash is through WidgetBucks. WidgetBucks lets you put up a custom widget anywhere on your site and it autotically puts up ads related to your content(i.e., if you have a digital camera blog up, it will show ads of digital cameras). The widget looks very clean and can be customized to blend in with your website and only takes a minute to set up.

3) Sell advertising space- This one is obvious. Let your readers know that they can advertise on your blog for a set monthly fee. Speaking of which, spots are currently going for $50 per month on this blog.

4) Affiliate marketing– If you haven’t already noticed, I’m pretty big on affiliate marketing. You can make a lot of money on your blog just by reviewing different products and earning a commission on items people buy through your link. To do this well, you have to be able to write well-constructed reviews that are actually helpful to people. To learn more about affiliate marketing and how you can make a killing with it, visit WealthyAffiliate.com. This is definitely the most lucrative method for making money blogging, or elsewhere.

With a little effort and some creativity, you can make blogging a beneficial and lucrative hobby/business. I hope these tips have been helpful and have encouraged you to start making more money today.

 

Make Money in College

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Students who want to make money in college absolutely must be in affiliate marketing if they are looking for a way to build a smart (passive) income. College has enough stress and worries to deal with and having enough money should not be one college students should be facing if they take action with vigor today.

Why do I believe all college students are able to and should be active in building an affiliate marketing business?

Well first of all, building an affiliate marketing business offers invaluable experience in being a self-starter, managing your money, learning about value, and of course starting and running your own business. It also gives you a sense of independence and if you take this independence to its highest levels during college, you will more than likely not NEED to get a job after college.

Another reason why I believe college students should be involved in affiliate marketing is of course because it allows students to make money in college. More than that it allows you to make money in college when you want and it really is up to you as to how much money you want to make. Flexibility I believe is extremely valuable when it comes to a career and more so when you are in college. With the schedules I’ve had as a college student, it definitely wasn’t feasible  to work even a part-time job with set hours. Affiliate marketing allows college students to make money in college on their terms, which is really true blessing.

Most of all, however, while I won’t tell you it is easy to start making money online, it certainly is do-able. And if you’re a college student like me (er- ex-college student) you probably have enough of a handle on computers and don’t need to go through the obstacles of learning the basics of a website before you start seeing those dollar signs. Seriously- I know it’s one thing to be naive but it’s another to be completely cynical and it actually is possible start making serious money online as a college student. There are however scams out there that will prey upon newbies and seek their hard earned money. Don’t fall into that trap. Seriously, DON’T.

I do recommend however that instead of jumping in the game blind you get some guidance first. It will cost you A LOT less in the long run (trust me, I know). One of the best places to learn how to start making money online is WealthyAffiliate.com. I know I mentioned scams a second ago, but this is NOT one of them. In fact, it is one of the few legitimate (and I can count how many legit sites there are on one hand so there aren’t many) that actually does what it promises. If you have WealthyAffiliate under your belt you will be unstoppable. You won’t even have to go to those pesky college career fairs once you’ve harnessed the power of WA. Head over to RichFratBoy.com and learn about how you can make money in college RIGHT NOW and earn some cool bonuses when you sign up from there. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by unless you want to be like your fellow college mates stuck in a sucky job market.

How to Make $15 in 15 Minutes

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Facebook is the greatest thing ever not just for the social networking abilities it allows- but also for how ridiculously easy it has made it for the average internet marketer to turn a buck on the Internet.

True- getting your ads approved on Facebook is a little tricky, but after you get used to it you get a feel for what kind of stuff gets approved and what doesn’t. But all it really takes is finding a suitable offer from any affiliate network such as NeverBlueAds, creating a very simple ad in Facebook Ads Manager, selecting the criteria of the people you are looking to target- you can narrow it down by sex, region, college, and even what year in college they’re in- and more.

That’s it. No keywords, no placement issues. Just hit submit and watch your stats. If you have a compelling enough ad, are running a good offer, and are targeting correctly, you can expect to make a good amount of change in a very short amount of time. The first time I made an ad on Facebook I made $15 in 15 minutes. Needless to say, I was pretty surprised and it’s only grown since then.

So go ahead give it a shot. You’ll never learn if you don’t try.

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You can expand your knowledge about affiliate marketing and discover how I’ve been able to make money every month by checking out RichFratBoy.com right now.

What Would You Do?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

I’m really torn right now between two living situations and could use some help.

I signed into a one year apartment lease sharing with two other people in July for an apartment by campus. Rent is about $500 a month and I’d be living with a couple of my friends. I would be sharing a room for $500 a month, not have my own room. I signed up for the lease knowing that I wouldn’t be going to school for the first semester and so that I could motivate myself to make enough money to pay rent through affiliate marketing.

Just recently I was convinced that it would be a better idea to save money and live at home with the parents and have my own room. I’ve found a sublet already, someone who would take my place on the lease. I’d be away from my social life, however, and I have no car so no way of going out and about on my own. Furthermore, with free rent and food, along with everything else- I don’t know if I’d be so motivated to make as much money each month.

Even if I were to live home til December, I would be back in school in January and again needing to be back on campus – or commuting with a cheap 4k or 5k car that at this point I don’t know how I will even afford.

So basically live on campus, sharing a room, for 500 a month, with the ability to see friends, and have the motivation to make enough money per month.

Or live at home, with no car, for free, but maybe lose motivation to make enough money for myself.

I kind of want to be the daredevil and forgo the 500 a month in rent just to force myself to make that much per month via AM.

What would you do?

Upcoming Series

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

I’m still here guys. And still on entrepreneurial hold. So here’s what happened/is happening:

I’m doing an internship at Target in order to get some experience and have as a “backup” for the future.

I would like to think, however, that it will be my last job ever.

Also, I paused all of my campaigns last month because one of my networks- CPAEmpire claimed they never got my W-9 form so I couldn’t get paid last month. That caused me to hit my credit card limit and be unable to resume my campaigns for that month. But I should receive the check this week and be able to resume my campaigns fairly soon.

I’ve noticed that a lot of people are curious about affiliate marketing and it’s one of those businesses where you have to lose some money before you make some money. That’s just the way it is and if you can’t stomach that, don’t even bother getting in. Anyway, I’m going to be doing a series on things newbie affiliate marketers should be looking out for in order to avoid getting completely demolished- the first of which should appear tomorrow. I really want to help the readers of this site with anything they want to know about AM because I know they’re smart enough to make money in AM. For now, however, good night.

The Ultimate Summer Job for College Students

Sunday, May 25th, 2008
  • You get to be your own boss.
  • You make tons more money than you would at any ordinary summer job.
  • You’ll keep making money even after the summer’s over with little effort on your part.
  • You don’t have to go door-to-door or sell knives to family and friends.

What job am I talking about? I’m talking about being an Affiliate Marketer.

An affiliate what?

Affiliate marketer- in simple terms- a person that gets paid a commission every time they sell a product for a business or get them relevant information like leads on people interested in buying cars.

Now, there is a warning attached to this. Affiliate marketing is not just for anyone. You have to be dedicated, willing to take losses, and creative / forward-thinking. This industry is definitely not for someone who’s not driven.

If you are driven, however, there is tons to be made just by being creative and proactive in the everyday world that you live in. Business opportunities start to pop up everywhere once you get in the affiliate marketing mindset and money making opportunities are everywhere.

One of the best things about affiliate marketing is that it is the way the majority of business will be conducted in the future. Everyone knows that people buy what their friends by and affiliate marketing is one step detached from that. It’s not your friend telling you what to buy, nor is it the company, but rather someone in between. Plus, business would rather you risk your advertising dollars than they risk them themselves and are willing to pay people like me and you- who know how and who to market- to bring more business to them.

If you’d like to learn more about affiliate marketing, I suggest checking out this lens on how to make money while in college with affiliate marketing.

Be Wise When Looking for a Credit Card

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I was never a big fan of the term “building your credit.”

It all seemed like a ploy to be rewarded for building liabilities, and the credit card companies banking on you to not pay them back on time.

However, in this day in age it’s nearly impossible to live without a credit card, and so when you’re looking for one you should definitely look hard for one that provides good terms such as a low-interest credit card with small or no annual fees.

I remember when I got my first credit cards I pretty much applied to whoever sent me a letter in the mail when I entered college. I asked my buddy how he picked his credit cards and he said he went with Capital One because they were the first ones to send him a credit card and “won the race” (which he now regrets having in his wallet).

And if you don’t have such great credit, you should also do your due diligence and look for a credit card that will help do the most to keep your credit in good shape. There are credit cards out there designed for people with bad credit, and with due diligence I’m sure they can find a credit card that works best for their needs.

If you do have bad credit, check out sites like RestoreMyCreditReport.com.
Just be wise and financially responsible when it comes to your spending, and you should be able to build or turn around your credit score.

About Time I Got Off My Ass

Monday, April 28th, 2008
YES- that’s right. I’m finally actually DOING things like I used to.Part of the reason is that I’m finally PRIORITIZING. I always knew what was more important to me, but for fear of failure and what others would think, I took the leap later than sooner.

I’ve taken a break from college right now. I have the opportunity to go back within a semester or two, and whether I do that depends on a lot of things

Right now- I’m heavily into affiliate marketing and a well-learning student at another University- Wealthy Affiliate University. I’ve learned a ton from WA and was in fact a member last summer, but had to quit my membership due to lack of time and focus in December. Now, I’m back as a member however, and have been for the past three months and am loving it. Wealthy Affiliate just DOESN’T stop getting better- it’s the most valuable source for affiliate marketers and people looking to become affiliate marketers out there.

In fact, these guys are coming out with a brand new tool that’s supposed to change the industry on May 6th, the day they drastically up their membership price (rightfully so, because they provide way too much at the current price point). I can’t wait until this tool comes out – I’m sure I’m going to hit my goal of $100 a day by the end of May much sooner. By the way, if you sign up before May 6th, you’ll be locked into the $29.99 a month price FOREVER, no matter how much WA charges new members in the future.

I’m actually promoting WA right now (only WA members are allowed to promote their product), even though I could be putting the same effort into other products and earning a much bigger commission. However, I feel like their’s is such a great product and something I’m actually passionate about, so it doesn’t take much effort to promote it. I also want everyone (especially those my age) to come look at the possibilities of making extra income in ways other than your usual side job and put to use the creativity people my age have so much of.

If you have any questions about affiliate marketing or Wealthy Affiliate, feel free to contact me. Make sure you sign up before May 6th if you’re thinking about it, to get locked into the current price.

Oh, and if you’re a college student, check out my page at www.RichFratBoy.com, to get the exclusive bonuses I’m offering.

I’d love to hear from you guys on what you guys think about Wealthy Affiliate if you are a member yourself.

News Flash! College Students Earning More Than Professors

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

In this day and age, it’s not surprising to hear about young people making an income off of the Internet. However, this is on a different level. College students are ditching their part-time jobs and work-study jobs, considering they are earning more than their professors. These lay out the secrets on how to make money while in college.

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Interview with Mike, Owner of Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

What challenges does your company face in general as well as in the HR (hiring) sense?

Staffing is a double edged sword when your business is in a college town like New Brunswick.  We have no shortage of help.  College students flood my restaurant almost daily in search of work.  That’s the good news.  Now the bad news, college kids are not that reliable.  Must view a job in any restaurant as a pit stop on the road to real life.  As such, they do not take the work seriously and as a result we experience high turn-over.  It is expensive to constantly hire and train new people.  We have another restaurant located at the Jersey Shore.  We have the opposite problem at that location.  It is impossible to find anyone to work.  The pool of qualified workers that actually want to work in a restaurant is almost non-existent.  As a result we have entice people with a greater salary and benefits.  This also costs us money.

Can you describe the hiring and firing processes?

We hire more people than we need because sooner or later someone just stops showing up for work.  We have two interviews when we hire.  A modest amount of experience is required to get the job.  A little bit of luck is also required due to the 100’s of applications we receive each month.  To get fired you have to earn three strikes.  Each time an employee makes a big mistake we fill out a form that both employee and employer sign.  After three strikes the employee is fired.

How do you keep talented employees?

This is a restaurant in a college town. Most talented employees eventually get jobs that offer more growth potential.  The ones we have that stay, we try to treat with respect and dignity.  We try to compensate them well.  These seems to work.

What are some of your daily activities and the amount of time you spend on each activity?

I own the joint.  I have hired people to handle most responsibilities.  I handle the books, and all accounting functions.

Are there any programs / events run by the company to try to promote employee interactions and camaraderie? If so, please describe.

We plan two trips a year.  We might rent busses and take the entire restaurant to Atlantic City.  We have rented party boats and gone fishing.  Any type of event where we can get everyone out of the restaurant is a good thing.

How have local demographics effected the people you hire and has diversity played a role?

No.  We hire the best candidate at the time we need help.  Most of our candidates seem to have the same background.  As a result we are not as diverse as I would like to be.  That being said, we always try to hire the best person for the job.

What are the risks / benefits of over- versus under-staffing?

It is always better to have too many people than too few people.  If you have too many people the people that are hungry and want to work will work harder to keep their job.  They will fight to survive.  If you have too few people they have the upper-hand.  If they are late or don’t show up, there is no penalty because you can’t fire them… as you already are short personnel.

 
Hi, I'm Rohail, affiliate marketer and serial entrepreneur. Follow my trials and triumphs in affiliate marketing as I give you an inside look at the industry and what it takes to be successful.


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