Monday, September 20, 2010

How to Utililze Facebook as a Promotional Tool

With the rise of social media, a lot of people are getting onto Facebook and using it as a marketing tool for their business.  Some people just create a second profile for their business, or they decide to create a fan page on their regular Facebook profile.  Either way, there are some steps that you need to make sure to take.

Full Profile – Make sure your profile is complete.  This includes a picture, your website, and anything else that is relevant to what you want to promote.  This should be completed as soon as you create your profile, as people like pictures.
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Residual Income Writing

One of the things that many writers (or other Internet entrepreneurs) are looking to create is residual income.  This means something that is created once and then it continues to earn money for you.

I had heard about Suite101 previously, but just chalked it up to a site I would try in the future, as I was trying other sites.  But at the urgings of a few people, I decided to try it now.  I had applied previously and was not accepted, but third times the charm, and I was accepted (I just heard only 20% are accepted to the site).

Anyways, I put up a few different articles at the end of August, and I have already started to earn pennies on them.  While it is not a lot of money, it’s a start.  I had signed up with a different site, put up 26 articles and have gotten nothing.  So making some pennies within a few days is a great start!

I have heard that once you have 50+ articles on Suite101 that a person will start to notice an increase in their income.  Hopefully I can have that many up within the next month or two.  I will post another review once I have more experience here.

If you want to see some of my work, here is my link:
http://www.suite101.com/profile.cfm/skcandles

Sunday, September 5, 2010

August Summary

Well, I came out a little bit short in August.  I did take 2 weeks off from one of my private clients, or else I likely would not have had a problem.  I also have started with a new residual site, but have not posted much there to make any judgements yet.

Writing - $227
Swagbucks - $10
Fees - $16.10

Total Earned - $220.90

My goal for September is $200, as I will be out of town for a while and not writing during that time.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Key to Blogging Success

Many people create a blog for a variety of reasons.  Some people want to post about their personal life or something specific within their life; others want to use a blog as way to promote their business.  When you decide to create a blog, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind in order for it to be a success.

Current – One of the biggest issues people have when they have a blog is continuing to post.  It is important that you are posting on a regular basis, no one wants to come to your blog in May and see that you have not updated since January.  It does not look good for your or whatever you are promoting.  A great tool to help you with this is a scheduler, which most blog platforms have for you to use.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Writing Fees


I got into a discussion the other day about writing for money.  My friend is a professional writer and does it full time; she has the university degree and the education to support it.  Myself, I am a hobby writer at best, and write strictly for a bit of fun and a bit of spare money.
We got discussing the rates that we write for, and compared to her, I write for pennies.  I polled others that do similar work to what I do, and the top rate was about 20 cents per word.  But, even though some of our rates are low, everyone is able to make an hourly rate that is acceptable to them and they want to make.  Typically this means several articles within an hour.
According to my professional friend, an article should take at least an hour to write between the research and the writing of it.  She also sent me a link of the rates that are becoming standard in Canada for writers. 
I wonder if this is a sign that there is more than one type of writer.  One type of writer being those that work in the professional world whether it is academia or print articles and those that work through the Internet for websites, whether it is a client or a content mill.  And with each type of writer comes a different set of rules and price ranges that one can expect to make.
Personally, I know if I were writing for a magazine, I would take a lot more care with my articles than I do with those on the Internet.  I don’t know about how you view the Internet, but when I am looking for information like what I am writing, I tend to skim anyways, so if there are small grammar errors, I am not too likely to notice them.  
What do you think about this?