Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ezine is a well known article directory which many people use as a method of article marketing, due to the fact that the articles that are places on here tend to rank well with Google. As with any other content mill type site, you are able to use your own byline and get a link back to your own website. One big difference between Ezine and other content sites though is that there is no payment for posting articles here. People do it for the links and the traffic that they will potentially get. People may come to Ezine and find your article to use on their site, in their newsletter, etc, but they are supposed to make sure to include your resource box with it, so that your contact information and link stays intact.

Even though there is no pay, for many people the Google rankings that you can accomplish through Ezine is enough for many people to continue to post here. Another great thing with Ezine is they sponsor writing contests every once in a while which is 100 articles in 100 days. There are even prizes to be won if you complete the challenge. I have not accomplished this yet, but am hoping to this fall.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Creating a Porfolio

Most freelancers never have enough work on their plate, and they need to market themselves. I have run into several that still continue to look for work, even when they are doing as much as they can, and have overflow work. This is due to the fact that you never know when a source of income is going to dry up and you will need to replace this.

One recommended method of marketing yourself if to create an online portfolio. This will mean creating a website or blog to showcase your talents. No matter what you do – write, web design, virtual assistant – you can benefit from a website to let people know what you are capable of doing, examples of your work if it is possible to share, your rates, and other information people need to know. If you are able to get references or letters of recommendation to post, these can be helpful as well.

You want to make sure you get your own domain name to go with this website. This does not mean you have to go to a paid hosting site, but a domain shows people you are more serious about what you are doing. If you are just freelancing personally, not under a business name, you may want to register your name. If you prefer to work under a business name, then you likely will register that.
As with anything else, make sure you keep your portfolio current. If you change your rates, make sure you post that in advance of the new rates, as well as a date they come into effect. Add certifications or awards when you receive them, as this helps to show that you are an expert and that you truly know what you are doing.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Now updated!

Oops, forgot to update for my August goals.

I have set them at $250, but I'm not sure if I will make it or not as I have not been doing as much work for my one private client of my own choice.  I also lost a client as well, which would have been a guaranteed $80 for the month.

How to Make Money on the Internet Without Selling Anything

Many people feel that trying to make money on the Internet is an impossible dream in that anything you find on the Internet is a scam and will not pay.  This is not true, you just have to be careful and make sure that what you are looking into is legit, just like with any opportunity you see in the newspaper or elsewhere.


Doing the research to discover if a site is legit or not can be a bit of effort, but it is worth it to take some time and research and find out, before investing your time and finding out the site has a bad reputation.



Click here to read more

Monday, August 9, 2010

July Earnings

I realize I am a little late posting this, but I haven't had anyone email me looking for the numbers.  :)

I ended up earning $250.60 after fees for July. 


Writing - $245.02
Swagbucks - $10
Surveys - $13.50

My fees were $17.92

I have set a goal for August of $250

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Helium


Helium is one of the revenue sharing sites that I have signed up for and have done some writing for.  One of the great things about Helium is that you can get an upfront payment if the article you write is one of the first five on any particular topic.  If you are the first article, you get an extra bonus as well.  How much you get on the upfront depends on how many stars you have for writing, but you can earn up to $2.50 each.  The zero article bonus is a dollar per article.  This means you could earn up to $3.50 just to submit an article.  Beyond this, you are able to earn money when people view your article. 
Helium pays once they owe you $25.  They do only payout twice a month, so you will want to make sure you pay attention to the various deadlines to make sure your work is submitted in time to get paid when you want to be.
Please email me if you decide to sign up, as I can get a referral credit