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29 April 2011

28 April 2011

4 Things You Can Learn from AddThis Analytics

The AddThis Analytics are an extremely useful tool for Social Media Optimization. We want to make sure you are taking advantage of the data we provide you to really gauge your audience and how they are interacting with your content.

* Tracking overall outbound shares and inbound clicks back to your site. This not only helps you to see what content and topics are resonating with your users, but also encourages more frequent posting.

* Knowing which services are the most popular among your audience. Are there other ways you can increase your site or brand presence on that network?

* Using the Audience Analytics to help tailor your content. You can plan articles around your users interests as well as target ads to your influencers.

* Seeing what days of the week content is shared the most. This can help you to plan the timing of when certain articles get published.

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23 April 2011

Earn Money With My PayPal Account

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PayPal has grown to become a widespread method of payment for both buyers and merchants alike. As the utility of the PayPal service has grown, so has the number of people who have money in a PayPal account. An increasing number of them are finding ways to earn money with their PayPal accounts by making some simple adjustments.

  1. Log in to your PayPal account.
  2. Click "Money Market" near the bottom of the screen on your "My Account Page."
  3. Click "Enroll Now" to enroll your PayPal account in the money market program that sweeps the balance of your account into a money market fund on a daily basis. This means your money will always be accessible like it is now, plus you will earn money on every dollar in your account every day.
  4. Next, click "Referrals" at the bottom of the "My Account" page. (It is near where you clicked on "Money Market.") You will get two kinds of codes. One is a link that you can add to any email or other format you chose. The second is code that can be placed on a website. Both will pay you $1,000 anytime someone signs up for a PayPal Merchant account after clicking on your link.

22 April 2011

Tips for a Successful Home Based Business

Many people start home businesses without realizing how much work is involved. In fact, many people start home based businesses thinking that they don't have to work at all! Running a successful home based business takes work and planning. Here are ten tips on running a successful home based business.

1. Realize that you have to work. You will not be a millionaire in two weeks. You will not have instant success. You will be a success if you work at it. You will get out what you put into it. Don't fall for scams that promise your riches overnight with little or no work.

2. Keep regular business hours. Some people start out in their home businesses working too many hours, while others don't work enough hours. You have to work, but you have to work within reason. Putting in twenty hour days isn't healthy. It also doesn't do your family much good - and the majority of people who start home based businesses do so for the purpose of spending more time with their families. Eight to ten hours per day is sufficient. Tomorrow is a new day.

3. Get and stay organized. Organization is one of the many keys to success. If your home office is scattered with paperwork and files, you are not organized. Make it a point to set up a filing system that works, and at the end of each day, file your papers, put away file folders, and straighten your desk. Each week, dust your office, removing everything from the desk. If you are organized you will look and feel more organized, and you will find that you are much more productive.

4. Cut down on distractions. It is often hard to work at home, especially if you have small children. In the case of small children, the only thing you can do is arrange your work schedule around them, or take them to a daycare. You can also try to involve them in your work, giving them small jobs to do. Other distractions are friends, neighbors, and family members who see that you are home, but cannot comprehend that you are really working. For those people, you will have to be direct and firm, letting them know that you are indeed working. Tell them what your business hours are, and ask them not to intrude during those hours - try nice first.

5. Get a separate phone line. For a more professional appearance, get a business phone line installed in your home. Make sure that this phone is only used for business calls, and when it rings, answer it professionally, using your business name. This will keep many family wars from breaking out - especially if you have teenagers! Have a separate line for your computer as well, or a DSL connection.

6. Outsource work when you can. In the beginning, you will probably need to do all the work yourself, unless you have a large budget. But eventually, you will have the means to outsource some work. Don't be afraid to do this. Virtual assistants are quite handy, and they free up your time to do more marketing, or to take on more clients. Often, by outsourcing work, you increase your income. Don't look at outsourcing as an expense - look at it as an investment!

7. Don't work in your pajamas. You've heard the old stories about people working from their kitchen tables in their pajamas. Maybe that's true, and maybe it isn't. True or not, you should not work in your pajamas - or from your kitchen table if you can avoid it! When you look professional, you feel professional, and you act professional. This doesn't mean that you have to dress up to go to your home office - but please, do get dressed, comb your hair, and brush your teeth. When you take care of yourself, you do better work.

8. Don't cut yourself off from the world. At traditional businesses, you have the opportunity to talk to other people, exchange ideas, and have human contact throughout the day. Lack of human contact is a problem for many people when they start out in a home based business. You can expect to spend quite a bit of time alone. But you can remedy this. Have lunch with friends or old co-workers. Find forums where other work from home professionals hang out. Just make sure you get a dose of human contact everyday.

9. Marketing will take up most of your time. Make time for other things as well. As a home business owner, you will spend about 90% of your time marketing. That leaves only 10% of your time for administrative duties, and for performing services for clients, if your business is service based. For this reason, it is important that you schedule your time wisely. Either set aside two full days for marketing each week, or set aside several hours each day for marketing, and make sure that you have time to do other duties as well. Without marketing, you don't have a business!

10. Beware of burnout. Many people fail at their home businesses simply because they get burned out. That is why it is important to choose something that you enjoy when determining what type of work you will do in your home based business. This is the most important tip for running a successful home based business - make sure that you enjoy what you do. It may be work. Sometimes it will even feel like work. But you should enjoy it anyway!


21 April 2011

Blogging Tips For Beginners

On the face of it, blogging is easy. You just tap away, the search engines crawl all over your website and surfers find your words of wisdom. Of course, things aren’t always quite as easy so here are some blogging tips for beginners to make your new blogging career as successful as possible.

1. Get your blog looking nice
OK, I know you’re itching to get started writing but if your site looks like a dogs dinner, no-one is going to be impressed when they reach it. Invest a little bit of time in choosing a theme that looks attractive but at the same time isn’t cluttered. Not too many people enjoy reading red text on a green background for instance. If you’re not sure, stick with a plain but stylish design rather than try to force too many design elements into a cramped space.

2. Check the setup is OK
By this I mean things like “permalinks” which dictate how the pages on your blog are named. They’re not intuitive by default on WordPress, so change your permalink structure to a custom one that reads /%postname%/
Other settings should also be checked such as how often each post is pinged (once is preferable) and where it’s pinged to – you can download lists of different ping services but don’t go over the top on these as most of the main sites ping the minor ones anyway. Pinging is an easy way of telling the search engines you’ve written something new and you should see the spiders crawling all over your new content when you write it.

3. Submit your feed
Yes, I know, this still isn’t writing content! You automatically have an RSS feed when you create a blog – it’s usually just the main url followed by /feed/
Submit this to the main feed sites and they’ll get the word out from your blog to other places in the blogosphere, helping you to publicise your blog and make it more popular.

4. Don’t drone on
Keep your posts to a reasonable length. This will depend a bit on your personality and also the topic you’re covering but it’s better to keep things concise that drone on for what seems like War and Peace. Split long paragraphs up. Use bullet points. Use videos and images. Make your page interesting so that even if it is a long post, it doesn’t seem that way because your readers have become engrossed in what you have to say.

5. Make your titles interesting
If your titles sound like something out of your school English lesson, chances are that they’re boring. Remember that your titles are the first thing your readers will see, either on your blog or when they find you in the search engines. The more interesting your title, the more likely people are to click on it. Of course, your blog article then has to live up to the promise of the title but that should be easy enough as you’ve already given yourself a good starting point.


A Quick Way to Choose Affiliate Marketing Niche

The secret to success in your affiliate marketing is getting into the right niche. You have to spend time researching; you have to look for products in demand since that means more money for you. Do not waste your valuable time on a niche with no demand.

You have to consider a niche you are interested in too because you are going to spend time writing articles, building a website or blog and marketing. If you are not a fun of the product it will be hard to sing praises because most of your writing will be how the customer will benefit from the products. Customers can read between the lines and see you are just a sales person and you do not want that to come across in your writing. Your passion will be your marketing magnet without that you will not succeed in affiliate marketing

Make a list of problems people face everyday, or interests and hobbies that may be of interest to people who are looking for your product or the product you are marketing.

Look for people who are marketing the same product, your objective will be to do a better job in your content writing and presentations. Do not worry if the competition is tough most times it is easy to beat them if you can provide superior reviews or unbiased. Remember you are dealing with people who are well informed in most cases and are able to differentiate the good and the top of the line.


Google Adsense Tips & Tools Collection

Google Adsense is an amazing contextual advertising program that lets you earn revenue from your site by a variety of revenue generating programs. Pay per click ads, Adsense for search, referrals for Firefox with Google toolbar, Picassa, Google Pack and the adsense program itself. This is a compilation of common Google tips and tools to make more money from Google Adsense.

Google Adsense Guideline

Adsense Starter Demos
  • Google Adsense Tour – introducing you to the Adsense program.
  • Getting Started Demo: learn to sign in, copying and pasting your code, setting up alternate ads, and using your Competitive Ad Filter.
  • Help with Ad Code Demo: troubleshoot basic problems when implementing your code. Also covers how to implement your code using two different types of WYSIWYG software.
  • Payment Demo: learn about the AdSense payment cycle, from a click on your ads to money in the bank!
  • Optimization Demo: learn how to use ad size and placement to maximize your AdSense revenue.

Track Adsense Income, Statistics and Clicks
  • Adsense Notifier – Firefox extension that displays your Adsense earnings on the Firefox statusbar.
  • SysSense – personal desktop Google AdSense monitor. It keeps your current Google AdSense information in the Windows system tray.
  • Adsense Widget – a Mac Dashboard widget that automatically logs into your AdSense Google account and displays the last 6-days of revenue generated from your Google advertising account.
  • Stats for AdSense widget – allows you to view your Google AdSense reports directly from your Mac OS X Dashboard.
  • Adsense Status – GoogleDesktop plugin to View earnings information from your Google Adsense account in the Google Desktop sidebar. Available information: page impressions, clicks, page CTR, page eCPM, and your earnings.
  • Adsense Alert – desktop client monitors your adsense earnings.
  • Performancing Metrics – a free professional grade blog statistics service that track limited adsense click data
  • Adsense earnings RSS feed – a simple script that will create an RSS feed with your daily Adsense earnings to track via your regular feed reader.
  • Google AdSense Charts and Graphs – chart your adsense data in a multidimensional line charts.
  • AdSenseLog is a tool for checking and analyzing your Adsense ads data (Content, Search, Custom/URL channels and Referrals).

Google Adsense Optimization Tips
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"Laughter is the best medicine... unless you're asthmatic - then it's 'Ventolin'."

An old joke I know, and as an asthmatic, I have to say it's got a ring of truth to it... If only there was such a thing as a 'Laughter Inhaler' - comic relief at the touch of a button! Hopefully this site of mine will be the next best thing.

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