Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Secrets to Free Advertising

If you're short on money, but you've got a little time, then there are several ways that you can advertise your business and start earning very easily.

Your first step to promoting using free advertising is to find as many free classified ad sites online as you can. Post your ads.

The secret to writing a great ad is to study good headlines. Write a good headline, and you'll make it a lot easier for others to click your ad.

You can study newspaper ads, Google Adwords, as well as classified ads on these free sites. You'll get plenty of good ideas you can incorporate into your own ads.

Another thing you can do is to write articles. There are tons of article directories on the internet that are looking for great content.

(Sites like US Free Ads will allow you to post your articles and reviews on their site. Don't forget to submit your articles to sites that offer revenue sharing. It's a great oppportunity for you to advertise your business and earn a little money at the same time.)

You can give them great content and brand yourself as an expert on your topic at the same time.

To write really great articles, you should first know your topic. If you don't know your topic as well as you would like, then do a little research to fill out your education.

Craft a good title (headline). Like classified ads, a good headline will draw your readers in and get them to at least take a look at your article.

Don't forget your resource box either. Make sure you include a reason for readers to click back to your website and include a url to your website.

You can also get local. Many small towns have radio stations and local newspapers. Local, smaller operations are always looking for content, as well as guests.

It certainly doesn't hurt to put in a call to these places and find out what they're looking for. Try to offer them something valuable.

You might even be able to submit articles, press releases, or other content. Who knows, you might even end up with a column at the local newspaper!

Some other easy and inexpensive ways to advertise your business are business cards, flyers, circulars, and local bulletin boards.

Hand out your business cards to others. Post flyers on as many local bulletin boards as you can. Don't be shy about talking about your business.

If you have something free to give away, it might not even be a bad idea to post an ad in the classifieds of your local paper. You can also look for free papers that accept ads. You may have even better luck there.

Although it will cost you a little money, these free circulars, like Thrifty Nickel, can become an easy outlet for you in promoting your business.

(Don't forget to post these free offers on the free classified ad sites either.)

You certainly shouldn't overlook your local markets because people like to buy from those they know.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Cookstown learns how to earn on ebay

NORTHERN Ireland Electricity (NIE) is sponsoring the first ever Ebay training event in Cookstown.

The course, which is being run with the support of Cookstown Enterprise Centre, will take place at Cookstown Enterprise Centre on Thursday and Friday, October 18-19 (2pm-4.30pm on Thursday and 9.30am-4.30pm on Friday).

The course offers training to Cookstown businesses on how to master the art of making money on ebay.

The 'Basics of selling on ebay' course is being delivered by Michael Hughes, the only trained and approved ebay education specialist in Ireland.

The training, which is for small and medium-sized businesses within the area, will cover amongst other things how to register on Ebay, how to research, buy and sell on Ebay, plus how to spot scams and avoid them.

Alison Moore of NIE said, "Ebay now has over 200 million subscribers worldwide, 15 million of them in the UK alone.

"Sales on ebay this year will top £25 billion and around one million users make all or most of their income on it. UK residents spend more per head online than any other population in Europe.

"This is an excellent business opportunity for Cookstown businesses to set out their stall and sell their wares on the worldwide web.

"NIE is delighted to be able to support this first of a kind training course in Ireland."

Recent research conducted indicates that Northern Ireland companies are at the bottom of internet usage and online selling, which is also true for Ebay sales.

Ciaran Higgins, Manager of Cookstown Enterprise Centre, added, "Northern Ireland small businesses are missing out on significant online domestic sales and export opportunities.

"A recent survey reported that Ebay has created up to 30,000 new jobs within the 'cottage industry' type businesses in the UK, giving previously unsustainable and rural based businesses an export lifeline.

"It has the potential to offer small businesses a more level playing field than has previously existed in terms of successfully capturing on-line sales opportunities and getting established within the export market."

Course participants will receive training from Ebay trainer Michael Hughes, the only featured instructor in Europe.

As a precursor to becoming an accredited trainer, Michael has been in business for 20 years and has been trading on ebay for the last 18 months.

In that time, he has generated additional £30,000 revenue via the internet auction site.

"I know from experience that ebay opens up a world of opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses," he said.

"With your own website you have to design, maintain, manage and market it yourself whereas on ebay 95% of that work is done for you and an audience of 200 million can see your products."

If you are interested in finding out more about this Ebay training course, please contact Michael on 028 7083 4600.

Craigslist: The Easiest Way To Make Money Online

There are virtually 1000s of techniques to attain money online and sometime it may become a little puzzling with each of these so called "opportunities." Then what represents the simplest method to earn money online? There really isn't the safest way to make money online. Looking upon your skills and talent are how you decide what work best.

Nevertheless if you're an individual who barely began making money online and have got no more idea what to do and do not prefer to waste your money then Craigslist is the 1st base you had better head to.

What is Craiglist and why it's one of the finest free way to bring in money online?

1. Craigslist is the most favourite classified ads web site of all time. Craigslist is acknowledged because of their severe rules and policy. Whatever spam ads will get erased almost instantly by users or their staff. A lot of Internet Marketers receive hassle with this and can't seem to get their advertisements to appear on the site.

2. Craigslist is free to utilize. Although they are so popular, they allow us to use it free to post our ads in numerous cities and country. Numerous multitude have used Craigslist to purchase trade goods and service from others. Those that are fortunate enough to know how to use Craigslist with wisdom have created 1000s of bucks. A few even bring in $500-1000 per month with Craigslist applying their free service.

3. Craigslist is strict. This is a good thing because that means fewer competitor for you if you know how to apply it correctly.

So altogether, Craiglist is just immense for sharp Internet Marketers and you never pay a cent to advertise on their web site. I recommend you to start using Craigslist now and begin experiencing with it. It is flourishing by the seconds and bear huge potential for those bright enough to utilize it.

Bringing in money on Craigslist is the simplest way of all time but most never arrives at it.

1. They don't know how to acquire high CTR.

2. They don't know how to post correctly so it passes the spam filter.

3. They give up way too easily once Craigslist disapprove them since they do not know how to post right.


Monday, October 1, 2007

Learn the basics of student finance

Staying on top of spending is key to a healthy bank balance at university, but if you really want to keep your finances in shape and save money, a good place to start is the account itself. Here, Times Money runs through the student finance basics, from current accounts and credit cards to loans and bursaries.

Student bank accounts

The chances are that you will be with the bank you use as a student for at least three years, if not the rest of your life, so give yourself time to think carefully before signing up.

David Malcolm, finance officer for the National Union of Students, suggests looking at the details, which could make a big difference. An interest-free overdraft will come as standard, but ask how much you will be charged if you go over your limit. Mr Malcolm says: “Also think about logistics: are there branches nearby and how much support is there for students in those branches?”

Halifax is offering the biggest free overdraft this year, at £2,750 from the first year. That figure is set for the full three years, rather than increasing gradually, as with most other student overdrafts. However, this is an “up to” figure, so not everyone will be eligible for the full amount. NatWest gives students a five-year Young Persons Railcard, which cuts train fares by up to a third. The free overdraft starts at £1,250, rising to £1,600 in your third year. Lloyds TSB, meanwhile, has a £1,500 free overdraft and promises £75 cash back after your first year, but only to those who manage the impossible and stay in credit.

Mr Malcolm adds: “The trick is to look beyond the gimmicks. Something useful, such as the railcard, will always be popular because, though inexpensive, you can save a lot more money over the course of five years.”

Most banks allow graduates a bit of time to pay back their student overdrafts interest-free. HSBC has reversed its decision to end free overdrafts for graduates, but others, such as Halifax, allow only a year to repay the free overdraft before charging you interest.

Credit cards

You are likely to be offered a credit card, or sent one automatically, when you open a student bank account, but remember that these cards must be handled with extreme caution.

Halifax and NatWest, for example, add student credit cards to their current account packages and charge interest of 17.9 per cent and 18.9 per cent respectively. Blow £500 on the NatWest card and, sticking to the minimum monthly repayment of 2.25 per cent, you will be paying it off for 14 years at a total cost of £1,104.20.

Lisa Taylor, of Moneyfacts, the financial website, says that credit cards should be used only in emergencies, adding: “It is easy to get caught out. The interest adds up quickly and paying off the balance is hard if you are not earning.”

It is likely that your card will be designed specifically for students. The Barclays Student credit card has the lowest rate, at 14.9 per cent, and includes delivery protection for online purchases, free text reminders of payment dates and fraud protection.

If you have already racked up credit card debts, perhaps on a gap year, it may be worth consolidating the debt with a 0 per cent balance transfer. The Virgin Money MasterCard charges 0 per cent on balance transfers for 15 months, but remember that the rate then rises to 15.9 per cent. For large purchases, such as a laptop computer, you could use the Purchase Card from Halifax, which offers 0 per cent on purchases for 15 months. After that, however, the balance is charged at 14.9 per cent.

As with all credit cards, if you clear the balance by the end of the month, rather than sticking to the minimum payment, you will avoid paying any interest at all.


Student loans are designed to cover tuition fees and help with living costs. Interest is charged at the rate of inflation. The maximum loan amounts are £3,070 a year for tuition fees and £6,315 a year for maintenance.

New students from low-income households – with income, after allowances, of less than £38,330 – are eligible for a nonrepayable maintenance grant of up to £2,765 a year. Information on funding is online at www.studentsupportdirect.co.uk and you can apply for grants and loans at www.direct.gov.uk .

This year’s deadline for loan and grant applications was June 29, but late applications are accepted until nine months after your course’s start date. Latecomers may receive their first instalment after the start of term, which can make for tough budgeting.

You must start to repay the loans once you are earning more than £15,000 a year. Repayments are 9 per cent of income above this and are deducted from your salary. The self-employed make repayments directly to the Student Loans Company.


There is more financial support available than you probably realise. A survey by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) this year found that two thirds of students did not realise that their university could offer nonrepayable bursaries from £305 to £1,000.

Next month the Government is starting a campaign to let students know what is available. Your first stop should be the Bursary Aware map at www.bursarymap.direct.gov.uk, which gives details of all bursaries available from universities and higher education institutions in England.

Jenna Khalfan, of the NUS, says: “There are different pockets of money available and students often miss out because it is not made clear. It can be an easily missed tick-box on a form that is the difference between getting a bursary or not.”

Universities that charge full tuition fees of £3,070 have to offer bursaries of at least £305, though many offer more to students from households with income of less than £17,900. From next year, this threshold will rise to £25,000.

The Aim Higher website at www.aimhigher.ac.uk has a list of the different sources of financial support. These include the Access to Learning fund and specific funds to help the disabled and students with children.

Don’t dismiss savings opportunities

Student savings may sound like an oxymoron, but if you can put away a little, it will prove invaluable if you are hit with unexpected expenses.

A tax-free instant-access Isa from National Counties Building Society can be opened with as little as £1 and pays a market-leading 6.26 per cent.

If you are not working and need not worry about tax on your savings, a standard online savings account will work just as well as an Isa. Sainsbury’s Bank’s Internet Saver pays 6.25 per cent.

Sue Hannums, of AWD Chase de Vere, the independent financial adviser, suggests putting a chunk of your student loan in a savings account. “You can drip-feed money into your student account and earn interest on the rest,” she says.


Anna Griffiths, 22, is starting her third year studying psychology at Roehampton University, London. She has a student account with Halifax, with a free overdraft of £2,750.

Miss Griffiths, left, has a student credit card with Halifax, which she leaves at home. “It is useful to have one,” she says, “but I don’t trust myself to carry it around with me.”

She also has a web-saver savings account with Halifax, where she keeps the cash she saved while working over the summer.

Her advice to new students is to set a weekly budget and put aside money for the household bills, adding: “It is hard to stick to, but it’s easy to run out of money if you do not.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Students Earn Money, Bragging Rights Competing Against Rival Schools in Online Contest - TypoBounty.com

Students are earning money for reporting the errors they see online through the TypoBounty.com contest. By employing their newly acquired knowledge to company websites, they are creating the classic win-win situation. Students are gaining financial benefits, educational benefits and self-confidence. Companies gain professional copy and an enhanced ability to sell their products and services.

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) September 24, 2007 -- Students are using www.TypoBounty.com to earn money and bragging rights in the Internet competition of the ages. TypoBounty.com is a fun, new website where companies offer cash rewards to students for locating and reporting errors on their web properties.

The continuation of student rivalries in this online free contest benefits both the companies and the students in many ways.

It is a classic win-win situation. Students gain a fun means of earning money to live the college lifestyle without the near poverty experience, usually associated with college life. The money can be used to supplement student loans. Companies gain perfected copy and the focused attention of a powerful demographic.

Since students are able to contribute to online organizations and earn over $2.00 per reported error, one can see why this is becoming popular. Since, students are able to earn cash right from their dorm room with nothing more than a computer and an Internet connection, college students are uniquely suited to earn while helping companies succeed without overloading their already hectic schedules.

There are educational benefits for students as well. As students compete they review real live business offerings and employ and reinforce the communication techniques they've enhanced during their years of school. Since students are required not only to report the errors, but to provide an optional solution as well, students learn how to steer clear of common mistakes once they deploy their own businesses strategies and websites.

Students also gain an opportunity to shine in front of prospective employers, as this is really a competition that allows students to display their grasp of the need for attention to detail, communication skills, and marketing skills.

"I believe that Texas A&M will do well in this contest." says Pete R. "Our student body tends to rise to challenges such as this."

Students learn to structure their proposals, and test the skills that they have acquired in the real world of business. Companies then agree or disagree with the suggestion. Money changes hands when the suggestion is valid.

The competition, educational benefits and school pride draws many students. The cash rewards of the contest draw even more. Students actually get a chance to make a difference online and stand out.

It is essentially an intelligence and dedication contest between schools and individuals. It requires maturity, intelligence, communication skills, marketing skills and a certain level of attention to detail. Students not only learn what businesses are doing wrong, they also gain understanding of what real companies are doing right. This provides invaluable insight into the business world.

Students are positively contributing to something that they use daily and companies seeking to market to the college demographic have an opportunity to gain the attention they seek.

All college students are welcomed. Some of the rivalries that are brewing in this new competition include:
Army vs. Navy, Florida State vs. Miami, Air Force vs. Colorado State, Akron vs. Kent, Akron vs. Youngstown St., Alabama vs. Tennessee, Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State, Alabama State vs. Tuskegee, Albion (MI) vs. Olivet (MI), Alcorn State vs. Jackson State, Amherst vs. Williams, Appalachian State vs. Western Carolina, Arizona vs. Arizona State, Arizona vs. New Mexico, Arkansas vs. LSU, Auburn vs. Georgia, Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M, Boise State vs. Idaho, Boston College vs. Notre Dame, Bowling Green vs. Toledo, BYU vs. Utah, BYU vs. Utah State, California vs. Stanford, Cal-Davis vs. Cal-State Sacramento, Carleton College vs. St. Olaf, Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan, Cincinnati vs. Louisville, Cincinnati vs. Miami (OH), Citadel vs. VMI, Clemson vs. N.C. State, Clemson vs. South Carolina, Coast Guard. vs. Rensselar, Colorado vs. Colorado State, Colorado vs. Nebraska, Colorado State vs. Wyoming, Cornell vs. Pennsylvania, Cortland State vs. Ithaca, Dartmouth vs. Princeton, DePauw vs. Wabash, Dickinson vs. Franklin & Marshall, Dickinson vs. Gettysburg, Duke vs. North Carolina, East Carolina vs. N.C. State, Elizabeth City State vs. Norfolk State, Florida vs. Florida State, Florida vs. Georgia, Florida vs. Tennessee, Franklin College vs. Hanover College, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech, Grambling vs. Southern, Harvard vs. Yale, Hope vs. Kalamazoo, Houston vs. Rice, Idaho vs. Montana, Illinois vs. Northwestern, Illinois vs. Ohio State, Illinois vs. Purdue, Indiana vs. Kentucky, Indiana vs. Michigan State, Indiana vs. Purdue, Indiana (PA) vs. Slippery Rock, Iowa vs. Iowa State, Iowa vs. Minnesota, Iowa State vs. Missouri, Jackson State vs. Tennessee State, , Jackson State vs. Southern, Jacksonville State vs. Troy State, Juniata College vs. Susquehanna, Kansas vs. Kansas State, Kansas vs. Missouri, Kentucky vs. Louisville, Kentucky vs. Tennessee, Knox vs. Monmouth, Lafayette vs. Lehigh, Louisiana vs. McNeese State, LSU vs. Ole Miss, LSU vs. Tulane, Marshall vs. Ohio, Miami (FL) vs. Syracuse, Miami (OH) vs. Ohio, Michigan vs. Michigan State, Michigan vs. Minnesota, Michigan vs. Ohio State, Michigan State vs. Notre Dame, Michigan State vs. Penn State, Middle Tennessee State vs. Tennessee Tech, Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss, Missouri vs. Nebraska, Missouri Southern State vs. Pittsburg State(KS), Montana vs. Montana St., Morehouse vs. Tuskegee, Nebraska vs. Oklahoma, Nevada vs. UNLV, Newberry (SC) vs. Presbyterian College (SC), New Mexico vs. New Mexico State, New Mexico vs. UTEP, New Mexico State vs. UTEP, North Carolina vs. North Carolina State, North Carolina A&T vs. North Carolina Central, North Dakota vs. North Dakota State, Northwestern State (LA) vs. Stephen F. Austin, Notre Dame vs. Purdue, Notre Dame vs. USC, Occidental vs. Pomona, Oklahoma vs. Texas, Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, Oregon vs. Oregon State, Pennsylvania vs. Princeton, Penn State vs. Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia, Prairie View A&M vs. Texas Southern, Rensselaer vs. Union, Rensselaer vs. Worcester Tech, Richmond vs. William & Mary, Samford vs. Troy State, SMU vs. TCU, Syracuse vs. West Virginia, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt, Texas vs. Texas A&M, UCLA vs. USC, Utah vs. Utah State, Virginia vs. Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia, Washington vs. Washington State.

More students and non-students are joining this competition daily.


Monday, September 24, 2007

Make Money Online With Blogging To The Bank 2.0

BLOGGING is easy but only a few blogs get noticed. The blogs like Engadget, Boing Boing, Problogger are among the top ones that are highly searched for. Every one of us might be interested in duplicating these most successful blogs.

There is a opinion that only Darren Rowse and John Chow could earn millions with their blogs. But when you follow the exact steps for blogging you too can make money online for life long.

Let me review the latest ebook on Blog marketing by renowned author Rob Benwell - Blogging to the Bank 2.0. It is a complete step-by-step blueprint for making the most successful search engine friendly blogs.

Blogging to the Bank 2.0 reveals a simple formula to create blogs instantaneously that helps to make money online without having a product or website of your own. You do not need to be proficient in HTML.

The success of the blog depends upon the traffic it receives. Blogging to the Bank clearly explains how to get traffic from the search engines and Web 2.0. Moreover it laid emphasis on SEO techniques to get thousands of quality backlinks so that your blog rockets up in the search engine results.

Personally I feel that Blogging to the Bank is definitely one of the best ebooks I've ever come across to build a successful niche blog. It teaches you the solid blogging techniques that can earn decent money over the internet. It covers all the basics of pro blogging and monetization.

The author Rob Benwell claims that his blogging blueprint makes you to earn in millions. However I feel that as the earning potential is dependent on multiple factors, it may not be a correct statement. But I agree that with his cutting edge promotional tips you could begin earning a decent money atleast in thousands (not millions as posed by the author).

Blogging to the Bank 2.0 is not a get rich quick scheme guide but in fact a legal blueprint for effective blogging to make money online. Truly this is a must have informational guide for every blogger.
Cher K. Markov

Friday, September 21, 2007

The Marketer Guys Makes a Come Back!

Here is a word the Marketer Guy himself has to say about earning money on the internet

Dear friend !

Have you ever wanted to earn money online? Furthermore, have you ever wanted to make a living using your computer?

If you\'ve tried and failed before, relax. It\'s not your fault! I\'ve been there too. I\'ve followed trillions and zillions of scams and fake guru advice. This equals a loss of thousands and thousands of dollars. But I found a way out of this.

I finally made it to my first $100 dollars. Then I went a step further and made $500. Guess what? $1000 and $2000 checks didn\'t delay too much.

After that you can easily find your own way to make a part or full time job from the Internet. This is real money, no \"million dollar\" impossible to believe stories. This is real, bill paying cash. And oh yes. You\'ve got it.


If you can do a simple little research, point and click and have the guts and motivation to make it online, then you are like me. I now can make money working a few hours each day (or each week when I feel lazy).

I made my way to success. You can do it too, without the desperate mistakes I made.\"

I am currently using his methods and making tons of cash and traffic.


by EditorChoice

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Earn 100% Commissions On Internet Marketing Scripts

ScriptDojo is a blog, though they called it a review site, about internet marketing scripts, affiliate tools and product launches. Each product post, in a blog format, is not really a review about it but merely a description on the product. Below each post, it has a link where it will go to the sales page of the certain product. That link is designed for ScriptDojo’s unique Affiliate Program in which you can earn 100% commissions generated from your referral URL.

Highlights and Benefits
ScriptDojo’s affiliate program concept was not new to me and as I have remembered, I knew and joined one affiliate program which works very similar with them. But in your case, their concept might be different and you may only know it by now. Below are some of the unique benefits when you join ScriptDojo affiliate program.

1. Dozens Of Products To Promote
As I mentioned aboved, the products are posted in a blog format, thus, more and more products are added on a regular basis. If ScriptDojo post another product on their site, it will automatically become one of yours. In addition, with ScriptDojo you will be one of those who will know first about new products about internet marketing.

2. Earn 100% Commissions
When someone go to ScriptDojo’s site from your referral URL and purchase one of those internet marketing products, you will earn all the commissions.

3. Earn From Your Lists
Their site is just a blog format as I repeatedly mentioned and it has also an option to join in their mailing list. When you refer visitors to them and didn’t purchase any item but join in their mailing list, you still have a chance to earn from that visitors in the future. They will send email to their list with your affiliate ID encoded in it when there’s a product launches. Therefore, if your referred visitors that joined in their mailing list buy the new product launches (which they send through email), you will earn the commissions.

4. Earn From Your Affiliates
Same with the above process, you can make money from your afiliates if they buy on the new product launches.

As you might have noticed, their biggest asset would be the products itself as they will continually add new one at a time. However, it costs just $0.01 for the first 30 days (at the time of writing) and then $9.95 per month thereafter to stay with their affiliate program. This makes them again different from others since most affiliate programs are free. Visit ScriptDojo now and start make money online today with internet marketing scripts, affiliate tools and product launches.

Ramil Alcibar

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Sunshine is where the savings are

Fishers cyber-entrepreneur hosts online shopping community from home

Like many stay-at-home moms on a budget, Rachel Brolsma of Noblesville turned to the Internet for money-saving solutions for everyday living. But with a whole universe of sites dedicated to bargain hunting, which ones are trustworthy?

“A lot of times online you kind of question different businesses that you go into and you can run into problems,” Brolsma said.

Then she found www.sunshinerewards.com, an online shopping community where Brolsma not only finds discounts but earns cash back on purchases. The site is the brainchild of Tricia Meyer of Fishers.

Like Brolsma, Meyer is a stay-at-home mom. From a cozy office tucked between her 4- and 6-year-old daughters’ bedrooms, the former lawyer turned cyber-entrepreneur guides Sunshine members through an expansive array of retailers offering bargains. Members can find anything from Apple Computers to Zales diamonds.

“We’re a loyalty community,” Meyer said. “You have two choices. You can either join as a member and be a full part of the community, or you can just come in to do your shopping and you’ll still get all the same discounts, same coupons as everybody else, you just won’t get the cash back rewards. If you join as a member, it’s free to sign up.”

Meyer isn’t a middle man. She doesn’t process any transactions. Members scan discounts and cash back rewards from a list of hundreds of retailers like Barnes & Noble, Dell Computers, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Hyatt Hotels.

Once they’ve found what they want, they click over to the retailer’s site and purchase directly from them.

Meyer earns fees from the retailers for every Sunshine Rewards member who clicks over to the retailer’s site from the Sunshine Rewards site. She then splits the fees with her members. Cash back rewards can range from 1 percent to as much as 15 percent. Brolsma is taking her rewards to Disney World.

“A lot of my rewards have helped me pay for almost a third of our trip that we’re getting ready to take on Friday,” she said.

Membership has grown mainly through cyber buzz about the service. Since going online two years ago, more than 6,500 members nationwide have joined. Meyer expects the company to earn approximately $500,000 this year.

The site includes a message board where members can clue each other in to deals, share ideas, rate retailers or simply chat about various topics. Members can also earn money taking online surveys through the site.

“We add coupons like crazy. We add coupons all day, every day,” Meyer said. “A lot of them are exclusive coupons that we work directly with the companies to exclusive so they can’t get them anywhere else except from us.”

With the holidays coming up, Meyer has added new features to the site to help members find the products they are looking for faster. But for Brolsma, just knowing there is a real person to go to for help is what makes Sunshine Rewards her first stop when she’s out to shop.

“If there is even one little thing that you have a question on, she’s just so quick to get back to you,” Brolsma said. “She’s personal with every single person on there.”

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Orange can let the secrets out of the bag today

Today, Orange County commissioners are slated to decide whether tens of millions of dollars in tax money can continue to be spent in secret.

We're talking about the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the not-for-profit agency that is slated to receive nearly $50 million in hotel taxes this year alone.

For years, this private agency has eagerly lapped up public money -- while shunning public scrutiny. The bureau, for instance, refused to say how much tax money has been spent on everything from executives' salaries and expense reports to dinners and travel.

But now, infused with more cash than ever, thanks to a recent hike in the resort tax -- and with financial scandals at visitors bureaus in other parts of the country making headlines -- county officials are finally talking about toughening up their contract with the CVB.

The vote on the new contract is scheduled for today. And some of the new provisions show promise. But it's far from perfect.

What to like

The bureau itself has agreed to divulge the salaries of a few more of its top executives. And the agency has toned down what was once an intense lobbying campaign to keep information from you.

The county has beefed up accountability and auditing requirements, asking the agency for more detailed accounting of its spending and an audit committee.

The county has included specific language that bans tax money from being spent on adult entertainment and gambling. One would like to think this was already common sense. But tell that to residents in Palm Beach and Fresno, Calif., where their CVB officials were caught doing everything from stealing money to spending it at Victoria's Secret.

What not to like

The CVB still wants to keep most of its salaries secret. No public agency works like that. And considering that the CVB has been known to provide its CEO with a compensation package in excess of $300,000 -- and who-knows-what for its eight vice presidents -- that's a lot of unknown money.

While the county has asked the CVB to beef up its audits and internal checks, there's no guarantee that specific and line-item details will ever be available for public inspection. Instead, county officials would have to ask for much of the information before you can see it.

Current plans do not call for turning the agency into a public one that would be subject to the state's public-records law. They should -- just like leaders did with the visitors bureau in Orlando's chief rival, Las Vegas.

Hopefully, Mayor Rich Crotty and county commissioners will ask a few more tough questions this morning before approving the contract.

Commissioner Linda Stewart plans to. She has long approached this matter the way most of you would -- trying to comprehend any legitimate reasons not to let the public see how its money is spent. Not surprisingly, she hasn't come up with many.

Stewart said Monday that she still hopes to push for more disclosure about salaries, contracts and spending in general -- with the information placed online for residents to see.

It's hard to think of why any of Stewart's peers would oppose her efforts. Would any of them really want to be remembered as the politician who voted to keep secrets about how tax money is spent?

Sure, the CVB has understandable concerns about not wanting to give competing markets sneak peeks on its marketing plans. So public-record exemptions can be allowed.

But it's hard to see how divulging things like salaries, contracts with consultants and expense reports would somehow put Orlando at a disadvantage for luring visitors.

New CVB chief Gary Sain said last week that he has tried to be responsive to concerns. And he's taken some steps in that direction.

But if the county isn't going to take the agency public and let the full "Sunshine" laws in, it should at least make sure that the public has enough light to see what's really going on.

What Would Walt Do?

Disney may need to take a timeout. The theme park recently raised parking rates to $11 a car on the heels of raising single-day ticket prices to $71 for adults and $60 for children ages 3 to 9. You're now talking more than $270 for a family of four to spend a single day at a park. And yet now comes word that the park may be experimenting with a system that would allow the customers who stay at the resort's most-expensive hotels to get through the ride lines faster than others. Yes, we now have the possibility of blatant classism . . . in Fantasyland. You know, ol' Walt himself once said: "You reach a point where you don't work for money." It's hard to imagine, though, that the average American working stiff will ever reach that point -- not if he has any hope of taking his family to one of Walt's parks, anyway.

Hey, politics is entertainment

In the past few days, Florida's political pages have started looking more like Daily Variety. We have Republican Gov. Charlie Crist traveling to Sundance to meet with Robert Redford about the environment; South Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Connie Mack announcing his engagement to Sonny Bono's widow, fellow GOP Rep. Mary; and Law & Order actor Fred Thompson announcing the Florida swing of his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. No wonder complaints about "Hollywood liberals" have died down.

Scott Maxwell, who thinks it would take a slick politician to keep a straight face while arguing to keep information about public money away from the public, can be reached at 407-420-6141 or smaxwell@orlandosentinel.com.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Easy Way to Make Money from home on eBay

(ARA) - For a mom working from home, a part-time second job, or as a hobby that pays, you can make extra money selling on eBay. All you need is a computer and a few hours.

Ruth G., a homemaker in Rexburg, Idaho, who's been an eBay seller for some time says, "I have a 17-month-old son and another baby on the way, so [making] a real financial contribution to our family budget AND [being] at home as a mom is very important to me. In just a couple of hours a week, I am able to meet our financial goals, leaving me plenty of time to do the things that are really important to me in life."

Many folks out there are curious about eBay. How do you build up your buying score? How does PayPal work? What is involved in the auction process? These are just a few questions about getting started as an auctioneer, and they all get answered in "eBay Tips For Dummies," just part of the Auction Success Kit. This downloadable "book" provides the answers.

Also included are 14 bonus chapters that provide what you need to get started and be successful. Chapter topics include: streamlining your eBay business by leveraging eBay technologies; fast and effective techniques for finding items to sell; and starting and automating your eBay business. These books reveal some of eBay's best kept secrets, and advice on how to get bids. Included in the kit is a free, 14-day trial to BidFuel.com, a membership service that offers access to everything required, including the inventory you're going to sell.

BidFuel.com is an eBay sellers' inventory supplier, offering literally thousands of products with member discounts of up to 90 percent off. They keep the products so you don't need to store, pack or ship anything. BidFuel takes care of it all.

As reported on "60 Minutes Wednesday," In 2001, 50 million people were using the eBay Web site. Today, more than 125 million people worldwide use the site, with people buying and selling more than $1,000 worth of merchandise every second. "eBay seems to have tapped into something uniquely American and entrepreneurial… where anyone can be a buyer or a seller," says correspondent Charlie Rose. "As many as 150,000 people have literally given up their jobs to create their own businesses selling on eBay."

The BidFuel Auction Success Kit is the ORIGINAL eBay starter kit. Gain financial independence, pay off debt, or earn extra cash with this free offer at www.auctionsuccesskit.com/tips.

*For Dummies is a registered trademark of Wiley Publishing, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Used here by license.

By ARA Content

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Profiting from Adsense

You've probably heard a lot about Google AdSense, but you may not know just what it is. Well, for one thing, it's one of the hottest new ways to make money online without having to do a whole lot. If you've read Robert Kiyosaki's book, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", you know that passive income is the best kind of income to have.

You'll have to invest just a little bit of time in learning about it, but once you get it set up you can look forward to seeing those nice checks roll in. Or, if you're totally online, seeing money flow into your PayPal account.

Google AdSense is a fast and absolutely ridiculously easy way for people with websites of all types and sizes to put up and display relevant Google ads on the content pages of their site and earn money.

So what kind of ads do you have to put up? That's the good part. You don't have to decide. Google does it for you. AdSense always delivers relevant ads that are precisely targeted on a page-by-page basis to the content that people find on your site. For example, if you have a page that tells the story of your pet fish, Google will send you ads for that site that are for pet stores, fish food, fish bowls, aquariums. You get the picture.

Here's the thing you need to know: Google has no strict criteria for acceptance into the AdSense program, and Ad Sense doesn't hit you with a minimum traffic requirement. The only criteria they're really sticky about is the standard "acceptable content" requirements, and that's pretty standard almost anywhere.

Once you've been accepted into Google AdSense, you'll be able to get the AdSense advertisements on any site you own using the same ad code, provided you obey the Google guidelines. (And that's very, very important more on that later.)

It's easy to get started with AdSense and it only takes a few minutes. You fill out one single online application and that's it. Once you’re approved, it takes only minutes to set up AdSense; all you have to do is copy and paste a designated block of HTML into the source code for your site. Once you do that, targeted ads will start showing up on your website and start watching those nice checks roll in.

While i can't guarantee results, of course, since a lot of your success lies in your own hands, i wouldn't have written this article if i didn't believe in the power of Google AdSense. A lot of webmasters are making a lot of money off of AdSense, and there's no reason you shouldn't be one of them.

The Easy Way to Make Money on eBay

To date, comparisons of AdWords rates with AdSense earnings add up to commissions of between 40% and 60%. People speculate all the time on user boards as to why Google refuses to publish its commission rates, but no one has the answer. It might have something to do with legal reasons or it could just be that Google wants to retain the ability to change rates without having to send out an announcement about it each time, which costs money.

by Gabriel Clyde

Monday, September 3, 2007

Get paid to use your mobile

Telecom company Noodle will pay you to make and receive calls on your handset, writes Ali Hussain

FANCY being paid every time you use your mobile? It may sound too good to be true, but a free mobile-phone service that can be used alongside an existing contract is offering customers money back each time they make or receive a call.

Some customers are already making up to £100 a week, more than enough to cover a phone’s running costs, according to Noodle, the telecom firm providing the service.

Noodle customers make 2p a minute if they make or receive a call during peak hours and 1p at other times. You can also make money by signing up a friend. You earn money each time you receive a call on your Noodle number, which is obtained by texting “Noodle” to 81025. Calls made by dialling the Noodle number first also earn money.

There is no contract or monthly fee and you can keep your mobile number and any free bundled minutes you have with your existing provider.

If you have free minutes to spare you earn money every time you use the phone. Once you run out of bundled minutes you cut the cost of your calls by up to 2p a minute by calling via Noodle.

Rob Barnes at comparison firm Moneysupermarket, said: “It’s exciting to see a new entrant creating a different product that is so good other networks should be replicating it. There are no discernible drawbacks and the product works.”

After obtaining a Noodle number, you can register online to set up an account. You can then see how much money you have accumulated. There is no need to provide bank details though transferring money to your account is easier if you do. You have to wait 60 days after setting up your Noodle plan before you can withdraw money.

To earn extra by signing other people on to the network, you register a unique word of your choice online. You then ask people to text Noodle followed by your word to 81025.

Savvy customers have set up websites where they encourage people they have never even met to join. Noodlesuper.com or Natter2.com, which look similar to the official Noodle website but are not affiliated, invite you to text “Noodle Super” or “Noodle Natter” to 81025. This will connect you to the Noodle network but also make the website owners money when you use your service.

Some customers have preset a Noodle number on their phones so it is dialled automatically each time they make a call.

Joe Weston, 21, a student at the University of the West of England in Bristol has an Orange contract that costs £45 a month. He has been using Noodle for four weeks and has made £22, covering about half the cost of his mobile contract.

He uses his Noodle number each time he makes calls and has signed up five other students, his older brother and his uncle, so he makes money each time they use the service as well. “I’m hoping to get a few more people to sign up and hopefully cover my entire monthly bill,” he said.

Noodle, owned by the private-equity firm Gerrard Bailey, is able to pass money on to customers because mobile operators pay to connect calls to rival networks.

When a T-Mobile customer makes a call to an Orange phone, for example, T-Mobile pays Orange a fee to connect the call to its customer.

If you make or receive a call on your Noodle number, the caller’s mobile operator has to pay Noodle. A slice of this is then passed on to the customer.

The service also allows you to make cheap or free international calls. Mobile users can pay over £1 a minute to make a call and they are also charged to receive them. The European Commission’s clampdown on overseas call charges, which will slash the cost to 38p a minute, takes effect this month.

But Noodle will still be cheaper. Most international calls, including to America, Australia and Canada, are charged at a local rate so are free if you have spare bundled minutes. You will also be making 2p a minute at peak times so you will in effect be paid to chat to friends and family abroad.

There are some downsides to the service. If a Noodle user calls you on your Noodle number, the caller makes the money not you. Also, you do not make any money at weekends.

All major operators allow customers to use Noodle apart from T-Mobile, which blocks its customers from making a call using the service. A T-Mobile spokesman said the operator was “not averse to working with Noodle” and that it was in discussions with the firm.

Some experts believe that it won’t be around for long though. Anthony Ball, director of comparison firm Onecompare.com, said: “The networks won’t like it and are sure to close the loophole that Noodle is exploiting.”


Register for an account by texting NOODLE to 81025. You will receive a text with a Noodle mobile number and a pin to access your account on noodle.co.uk. To make calls, you dial your Noodle number and wait for a dial tone before calling. If you give your Noodle number to friends and colleagues, you make money every time they call you. You make more money by signing up other people.

CashCrate - another method to earn money online

Other than serving ads on my blog, putting Amazon affiliated links within my content, I recently use GPT (Get Paid To) sites to earn some money online. What GPT means is that you will get paid to:
-Fill up survey
-Sign up for trials
-Request for free samples
-Enter a contest
-Apply for a credit card

There are literally thousands of GPT site in the internet, with hundreds popping up everyday. There are some scam sites definitely and also some sites that fold before they can pay their customers. The two sites I am referring you to have good reviews and well established track record for paying their customers.

The web interface is nice and clean, not those flashy banner type site. After you join up, there are three offers categories to get you started.
Cash offers - where you will complete offers to earn cash. The one I complete is to sign up for eMusic trial to earn $3.oo.
Points offers - to earn points that can use to exchange for Sony PSP or XBOX360.
Daily survey - earn $0.75 per day filling surveys.

The problem for me is that I am from Singapore, so there are only a few offers for me to complete. I am also not eligible for the daily survey. If you are U.S. based, you will benefit the most. That’s why I am using it’s referral system.
How does the referral program work?

The referral program has two levels. You get paid 20% of what your direct referrals make and 10% of what THEIR referrals make. Members can make hundreds a month just by referring other members to our free program!

From Cashcrate FAQ

To see proof of payment from Cashcrate, go to their Official “I got paid!” Thread. at their forum.

Other reviews of Cashcrate:
CashCrate - Get Paid completing Offers and Make Money Online - From Dosh Dosh
CashCrate Proof Of Payment: $116.56- From Bloggingfingers

I hereby refer you to sign up at Cashcrate. Sign up now to start making money online.


Friday, August 31, 2007

Make money at home, work online

Search the Internet for work-at-home opportunities and the results are pages deep. It's true you can use the Internet to increase your income and do it from home, but proceed with caution. There are plenty of scammers who make their money by taking yours.

There's no quick way to Internet riches. To earn money, you need to provide some sort of service in return for pay. Like real-life jobs, you may need to pass a test or a background check before getting hired. How much you can make depends on your skill and experience. But where possible, I've listed average pay rates.


If you have special talents, consider freelance work. Freelancing isn't just for writers. Designers, programmers, business professionals, engineers and even administrative assistants will find opportunities.

Many small sites list freelance opportunities. Some let you bid on projects for free. For more opportunities, try Elance.com, Guru.com or Sologig.com. Expect to pay $100 or more for an annual membership.

As a freelancer, you won't have the security of a full-time job. Projects could be sporadic. You may spend more time finding work than working when you start out. But you set your own hourly or per-project rates.

Customer service

If you're experienced in customer service, you can do this virtually. In addition to your own computer and a landline, you need a quiet environment. You can pick your own hours. You'll earn between $6 and $30 per hour. Try Arise.com, LiveOps.com or WorkingSol.com.

Virtual concierge

Virtual concierges handle errands and inquiries. You may be assigned mundane tasks like scheduling appointments. Or, you may get wacky requests, like locating clothing donned by a movie star.

You need strong customer service skills. Try VIPdesk.com. Or, if you can sell yourself, start your own service. Compensation starts at $14 an hour.


Have strong typing skills and a good command of the English language? Consider transcription work. Experience is required, and you must type 75 words per minute. Visit Tigerfish.com and ProductionTranscripts.com.

Direct sales

If you're good at selling, consider direct sales. Many companies have programs, and it isn't just Tupperware or Avon. You can sell in person or via the Internet.

The Direct Selling Association (www.dsa.org) will match companies to your interests. It also offers advice. Visit the individual companies' sites for information on their programs.


If teaching is your passion, become an online tutor. You connect with students via online chat.

Be prepared to take a rigorous test. Teaching experience may be required. Start by visiting SmartThinking.com or Tutor.com. Expect to make $10 per hour.

Help for the disabled

Telecommuting is particularly beneficial for some disabled people. The National Telecommuting Institute (www.nticentral.org) helps individuals with disabilities find work-from-home opportunities. You'll find job listings and advice.

Watch out for scams

You'll find plenty of scam artists when you look for work-at-home opportunities.

Be wary of companies that promise extraordinary sums of money for little work or opportunities that require a substantial investment. In most cases, there shouldn't be up-front fees for getting started. With direct sales, you may need to buy products. Don't pay more than $500. And make sure the company will take back unsold stock.

Before you get involved with a company, do an online search. Type the company name, along with "scam" into a search engine. You'll see if others have had bad experiences with a company. Also, check with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) for complaints.

E-mail gnstech@gns.gannett.com.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Free Clickbank Mall - Earn Easy Money Online

Cher K. Markov

Affiliate Internet Marketing is one of the very few sectors of
home business which is creating waves. Day-by-day, more and more affiliate marketers are entering into the arena of affiliate marketing with a dream of making BIG and earn easy money. It could happen only when it is a tested or proven affiliate program which requires investment. But for a newbie in affiliate marketing world, it is very difficult to spend hundreds of dollars.

As an internet marketer, I regularly browse the internet and find easy ways to make money online. Let me share with you a proven money making system which is absolutely FREE. DownloadsOnline is a Clickbank Directory where one can earn upto 75% commission on top selling affiliate products.

This Free Clickbank Mall is not an automated internet income generating scheme. It is neither a get rich quick system nor a system that promises shower of dollars overnight. The concept of the Free Clickbank Mall is that it provides a link when visitors purchase anything from your mall, you will earn up to 75% Commission of its price. It also provides a Free Clickbank Search Box (a code has to be placed on the website or blog) with which you can earn money.

It is possible to earn money without having an own web site. With free clickbank mall, you need not bother about web hosting and web designing. Simply you need to concentrate on driving traffic to the mall.

The USP of free clickbank mall is that unlike other clickbank malls there is no affiliate information found in the Titles and Descriptions. In other Clickbank malls you will notice affiliate oriented titles and descriptions (ex: affiliates make 75%, make $43 per sale etc.) that are not shopper friendly and reduce your income.

The beauty of this Free Clickbank mall is that one can customize it starting from the header of the mall to the description of the products. Other Clickbank malls in the affiliate market allow you to promote only the main page, but here one can promote any type of products or services, categories or sub-categories or any page of your mall in addition to the main page.

There is a lot of support for this Free Clickbank Mall in the form of forums. What more one can expect for FREE? Indeed it is a great thing for newbie’s to avail this golden opportunity. It would be fair to recommend this Free Clickbank Mall for new and average affiliate marketers.


Earn Extra Income Opportunity – Jump On The Advertising Campaign

Written by Editors Choice

With millions of blogs and web sites online, many people still miss out on the great online home business opportunity that it provides.

Advertising on the web has exploded over the last few years. People have begun to realize how many people surf the web, and how some well placed ads can help generate more income for them and give them the perfect earn extra income opportunity and the ability to work at home.

You can take advantage of this and make money online easily. All you need to have is a web site. You can get one for free and just add your own content. Anything that will interest people will do. Write your own articles on politics or any subject that interests you and it will be sure to interest like minded people.

You can also use this idea on your business web site. Next you need to find some ads. Google ads are great, and Yahoo has recently come out with their own ads too. They are free to ad to your web site and every time someone clicks on your ad, you will be paid money. How’s that for an earn extra income opportunity.

There are also several different click as you go ads available on the internet. Make sure you read what they’re offering you, and choose the one that will benefit you the most.

You can also advertise ad space on your web site. Some people might be willing to pay you some money monthly or yearly for ad space on your site. This is a great way to make money online and if successful this can provide the perfect internet based home business.

If you have one web site with google ads, the income may not seem very impressive at first, but multiply that income by several web sites, and suddenly you’re making some pretty decent extra money. And to top it all off, you get to work at home on something you enjoy.

Good deal, huh?

All you have to do now is work on your web site to develop your own internet based home business. It really is that easy and an excellent earn extra income opportunity.

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Seven Tips To Cut Your Bills

By Alison Hunt

Regular readers and contributors to our fantastic Dealing with Debt discussion board will know what it is to suffer the stress of owing money to credit card companies, personal loan lenders and other financial institutions.

Many of them have discovered that with some dedication and darn hard work you can follow The Fool's strategy and set up realistic payment plans, cut back in other areas and get those finances back under control.

But you don't have to owe money to creditors to struggle financially. After all, five interest rate rises in the last 12 months have meant that many of us are now struggling with our mortgages.

What's more, the cost of living has continued to increase while many companies fail to give even inflation-matching pay rises. And of course, those surviving on meagre pensions feel it the most. All in all, if you feel like you have less money each month now than you did a year ago, chances are your outgoings have been creeping up without you realising.

So what can we do to cope? Well while you may not be able to make a difference to some of your outgoings, you can certainly make some changes elsewhere and claw money back that way.

Depending on how dedicated you are to the cause you can save tens of pounds, to hundreds each month, simply by keeping a tight rein on your finances and aiming to shave pounds off every expense. Check out these tips on how to tackle those bills:

1. Mortgage

Check through your list of bills to be paid each month. If you have a mortgage, find out when its introductory period is over and make a note in your diary to remortgage three months before. With lender's standard variable rates set at anything up to 8.5% you don't want to fall foul of even one of these expensive payments.

2. Utilities

If you haven't changed your gas and electricity supplier(s) for a while, check that you can't get a cheaper deal. Don't forget that if you pay by direct debit your provider could be sitting on a pile of your overpaid payments (which can be as much as a few hundred pounds!) so claim that back. And if you have fewer people in your home than bedrooms, fitting a water meter could shave pounds off your water bill.

3. Digital TV

Do you really need that digital TV subscription? At my home, we ditched our package with Virgin for a £40 Freeview box this year and I can honestly say that we don't miss those extra channels (but certainly notice the missing direct debit).

4. Phone calls

And if you use your landline a lot but pay for each phone call individually, examine your usage pattern. You could find you can save by either opting into a suitable cheap calling package with your provider (for example, you can pay an extra £3.45 per month for BT Together which gives all evening and weekend calls for free) or by picking an override company such as 1899 (especially if you make a lot of overseas calls).

Of course, once you've chosen your plan you must try and stick to making calls during the times that you can do so for free (or most cheaply). And don't forget, you can avoid having to dial those rip-off 0870 numbers by checking for an alternative number with saynoto0870.

Better still, if you have broadband check out one of the many internet (VOIP) call providers such as Skype or Vonage and make calls from your PC for free. And speaking of broadband, you could find switching supplier could save you a packet. That said, don't be a slave to broadband. If you barely use it, could you save by cancelling the contract and simply using the connection at work?

5. Mobile Phone

Check your mobile phone bill and see how many of those inclusive minutes you actually use. With tariffs starting at around £35 per month (that's £420+ per year!) you want to be pretty sure you're getting your money's worth -- and if you're an occasional user a pay as you go phone could work out to be a far cheaper option.

If you're still paying your provider a fiver or more a month for insurance, find out why it's a rip off and ditch it. And if you are a mobile phone junkie, a cheap way to get a swanky new phone can be to check out a cashback deal.

6. Gym Membership

As for gym membership, ensure that you're getting your money's worth -- do you go at least twice a week? Could paying per trip to the local council run gym/pool save you money? If so, save yourself that £40+ per month (or £480 per year!) and cancel it.

7. Contact lenses

And if you pay for your contact lenses each month, did you know you can save a fortune by buying in bulk from an online discount company? Check out Postoptics.co.uk, Tesco and Sainsbury's -- you can even earn reward points with your order.

And don't forget to scan your bank statement for old direct debits that you no longer use -- and cancel them!

So those are some of the ways we can cut our outgoings by attacking our bills. In my next article, I'll give my tips on how we can do the same to those household expenses.


Affiliate Marketing: Make Money From Your Blog

PopShops service makes it easy to market products related to your content.
Richard Morochove

You can make money by selling products or services on the Web. But what if you have no products of your own to offer?

If you run a popular informational Web site--perhaps a blog--there are several ways to capitalize on the value of your Web visitors and develop a new source of business income. One of the most popular methods is affiliate marketing, which lets you earn money by marketing other businesses' products and services on your Web site.

A new service from PopShops.com lets you create virtual storefronts to advertise affiliate products on your Web site or blog. PopShops doesn't work easily with every type of blog, but it can make quick work of designing and setting up a storefront. The basic service is free; editions with more capabilities cost up to $30 per month.
How Affiliate Marketing Works

Some businesses let you sign up directly with them to sell their products, but many have joined affiliate networks. An affiliate network eases the administrative burden for both the business with something to sell and the information publisher who wants to earn money by marketing third-party products.

As a publisher, when you join an affiliate network, you gain access to dozens or even hundreds of potential advertisers at one fell swoop. Advertisers benefit since they don't need to cut thousands of little checks each month to pay each of the publishers selling their products. They pay the network, which makes one monthly payment to the publishers, accumulating earnings from all advertisers on the network. Generally these networks set a minimum amount that you must earn before they send you payment--for example, if you earn $40 per month and the minimum is $100, you won't get paid until the end of the third month, when you'll get a check for $120.

Typically, publisher earnings are based upon visitor purchases or some other desired action. In other words, the publisher makes money only when someone clicks an ad link on their site and makes a purchase from the advertiser. The publisher's earnings might be either a percentage of that sale or a flat fee.

Some affiliate network advertising merchants are well-known and established businesses, such as Kodak and Panasonic. Others you may have never heard of.
How PopShops Helps Publishers

There are many affiliate networks: LinkShare and Commission Junction are two established ones. Each network has its own conditions for accepting publishers and its own methods for how you must add advertiser links to your site.

The ad-linking requirements can read like so much technobabble to new publishers. That's where PopShops can help. The service integrates with several popular affiliate networks to ease the burden of designing a virtual storefront, selecting suitable products for it, and creating the ad-linking code for your online store.

Once you sign up with PopShops, you can use its Shopbuilder tool to view a list of all advertising merchants it supports. Clicking on an advertiser lets you drill down and view its products. Then you can click on a product to add its image and link to your virtual store.

The ad-linking code for the store is created by PopShops. When you're done, you publish your store by inserting the PopShops code into your Web page.

The beauty of PopShops is how easy it makes creating a store that mixes and matches products from different merchants from several affiliate networks. Currently, PopShops supports five affiliate networks (Commission Junction, LinkShare, Performics, Red Galoshes, ShareASale) with data feeds from over 1000 merchants offering more than 22 million products.
PopShops Limitations

You can set up a PopShops account in 5 minutes, but you're on your own when it comes to creating accounts with the affiliate networks that the service supports.

To join an affiliate network you'll need to do your homework and gather some information. Most networks want details on the number of your monthly site visitors, the content that your site contains, targeted visitor demographics, and so on. Count on spending at least 20 minutes to complete each affiliate network publisher application.

Once your application is approved by an affiliate network, you can enter your affiliate account name into your PopShops account.

Not all advertisers on affiliate networks offer data feeds; PopShops limits you to those which do.

PopShops has a widget that you can plug into a Blogger or TypePad blog. Support for WordPress is weaker, though a plug-in is planned. For now, WordPress bloggers will need to play with JavaScript or PHP settings to use PopShops. Frankly, if you have the technical savvy to do this, you probably don't need the training wheels that PopShops offers.
Can You Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?

You must welcome a significant number of site visitors to make money using affiliate marketing. If your site receives just five or ten unique visitors per day, don't waste your time joining an affiliate network or setting up a virtual store; your time would be better spent increasing the popularity of your site and improving its content.

I recommend holding off on affiliate network marketing until you receive at least 1000 unique visitors per month. Even at that level, your affiliate earnings will likely be skimpy. Perhaps you'll earn enough to pay your Web hosting bill with enough left over to treat yourself to lunch. However, your site won't deliver a sizable supplemental income.

Another key element to success is matching the interests of your visitors to the products that you offer in your virtual store. For example, if you publish a blog related to outdoors activities, camping gear may be a good choice.

If your site receives many visitors and you select appealing products and services, affiliate marketing can be profitable. You may earn thousands of dollars each month--I know, because I've done it.
Is PopShops Worth It?

PopShops' basic free service lets you establish up to ten virtual stores, marketing up to 100 products per store. You risk little using the freebie service--just an investment of some time to sign up and then to modify your Web site.

PopShops Pro ($5 per month) can create an unlimited number of shops and lets you add search engine-friendly code. PopShops Enterprise ($30 per month) also lets you manage multiple affiliate IDs, which could be useful if you run several different Web sites. A 15-day free trial is available for Pro and Enterprise accounts.

If you already run affiliate marketing sites and have your ad-linking procedures worked out, I recommend you test the free service to check out PopShops on one site. You can upgrade to a more-capable paid account if you believe the service is worth it.


Make Money Online – So Many Possibilities

Written by Editor Choice

The internet offers us a plethora of opportunities that offline ventures just plain can’t reproduce. We enjoy spending money like online shopping, losing money from gambling, and making money with online internet marketing. Many people who dream of financial freedom want to learn how to make money on the internet. What’s the best way?

There’s really no easy answer to that question. The internet offers so many possibilities. Almost any hobby or skill can be use to make money on the internet. You can sell an ebook on a subject your passionate about, or you can sell other people’s products and earn affiliate commission. Other people choose the freelance route, such as freelance writing, web-designing, typing, and programming.

Some internet entrepreneurs have learned that simply having a web site with traffic can generate a good income. Placing other companies’ ads on their traffic generating website can be very lucrative. This method can take quite a bit of time and work, but in time, you can build up your “virtual real estate” to produce massive amounts of income. These are just a few of the MANY ways to earn an income online. However, many people are interested in making the most money possible.
The bottom line is that that there is no best way to make money online. The easiest way for you to start generating income online is to use your imagination and be creative, utilizing your natural talents and abilities. Some people say doing what you love is always the best way, and that’s always a good place to start. Doing what you enjoy doing, and making money in the process – what could possibly be better than that?

There are also many “get rich quick” schemes floating around. Don’t buy into the fact that all get rich quick systems are scams. Many people will tell you if it’s too good to be true, it usually is. But when it comes to the internet, I’ve found the opposite to be true. The fact of the matter is, most people that feel they just got scammed by another product, are really only scamming themselves. They buy a product that promises them riches beyond their belief, and then in return, expect that product to magically work for them. This is NEVER the case. Every system, every “scheme”, and every get rich product requires the right attitude, effort, and perseverance.

The truth is, 90% of the people who buy a new product that promises them riches will fail. However, it’s not the product that is at fault, it’s the person. Success is 80% mentality and 20% skill. For example, that same product that made one person fail, can be deadly in the hands of the right person, with the right attitude. I’ve seen people fail with spectacular products, and I’ve seen people explode their income with dead-beat products.

I promise that if you treat your new online business as a business, with the right work ethic and mentality, you will succeed every time. The internet is wide open with possibilities, and the money is out there. You just need to find your niche. Here’s to your success.

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