aking money online used to pretty much require you to have your own Web site, products to sell and some marketing savvy. But a new generation of dot-coms have arisen that will pay you for what you know and who you know without you having to be a web designer or a marketing genius.
But it’s hard to tell hype from the real deal. I did a search on “make money online” and “making money online”, and much of the information out there is just promoting various infoproducts, mostly about Internet marketing. I see why people sometimes ask, “Is anyone making money online besides Internet marketing experts?”
So I put together a list of business opportunities with legitimate companies that:
- Pay cash, not just points towards rewards or a chance to win money
- Don’t require you to have your own Web domain or your own products
- Don’t involve any hard-selling
- Aren’t just promoting more Internet marketing
- Give a good return on your time investment
In the interest of objectivity, none of the links below are affiliate links, and none of them have paid or provided any other consideration for their presence here. These are legitimate companies with business models that allow you to get paid for a wide range of activities. Help friends find better jobs.
Sites like ReferEarns, Zyoin, Who Do You Know For Dough?, Bohire and WiseStepp connect employers with prospective employees, many of whom are already employed and not actively job-hunting, via networking – the people who know these qualified candidates. Rewards for referring a candidate who gets hired range from $50 on up to several thousand dollars – not chump change. If you know a lot of job-seekers (and who doesn’t these days?), this is a great way to break into the recruiting business with
Promote the post on Twitter
I do this via the Feedburner Socialize plugin and don’t need to retweet my articles manually except I may do it once or twice a day hours after the post goes live just as a refresher.
Promote the post on Facebook
I do this via NetworkedBlogs which auto sends the feed of my blog to my Facebook profile and my Facebook fan page. Again I don’t have to manually promote on Facebook as my profile is already updated from this feed.
Submit the article to BlogEngage
BlogEngage is one of my highest sources of referral traffic and I actually am paying per month to submit my articles automatically via my feed. This means I am not doing this manually for DragonBlogger.com but I still take the time to vote on my articles and other articles. I also submit my articles manually on my poetry and personal blog still to BlogEngage.
Submit the article to Digg
Again, Digg now allows you to feed in your articles via RSS so I don’t have to submit the articles to Digg manually anymore.
Submit the Article to StumbleUpon
I only do this on rare occasion and only 1 out of every 10 of my articles do I submit to StumbleUpon to avoid saturation. StumbleUpon network will tend to ban or penalize users who only stumble their own content so I make sure I stumble and submit other articles fairly often as well.
I sometimes will submit an article to Sphinn, Reddit and other networks but my combined traffic from other submission networks is less than 1% of my total blog traffic so I do not spend much time submitting to these networks. If I feel an article should be on all the networks I leverage OnlyWire to submit my article to all my article directories at once. You can read more about onlywire and how I use the service. I also recommend Social Marker which can help submit your article to many directories in a short time span.
Mostly though after an article goes live I will interact with my readers by responding to comments in a timely fashion and when I do promote my article on social networks I ask people to share their views, comment or provide feedback rather than just read the article to try to incite interaction.
CommentLuv and Comment Drops
I try to visit at least 3-5 blogs every day at night before I go to bed and read a few other articles leaving comments and feedback for the writer. I really like blogs that use the CommentLuv plugin as I tend to leave more comments on these type of blogs than IntenseDebate or Disqus only blogs with no trackback. I particularly don’t like the default Blogspot comment system and everyone on a BlogSpot blog should be using CommentLuv for their readers.
Sometimes if I particularly want to promote a post I will schedule 1 update per day in Hootsuite every other day for that article for a week or two. If I want the article to be promoted long term, I will log into Twaitter and set my article to promote every day at a set hour for the next 30, 60 or 90 days. I also leverage the Tweet Old Post plugin which randomly reposts my articles on Twitter from my archives to generate traffic for some of my older posts. I try not to publish an update but once every 2 hours to prevent overspamming, some sites can send out updates every 10-15 minutes for articles which can be too much in my opinion unless your site produces new articles every few hours.
I don’t spend a lot of time promoting my content on social networks or article submission directories, this is why a low percentage (17% of my traffic comes from referral sites). I do however take the time to visit and leave comments on other blogs for the interaction and courtesy. I try to visit most people who leave a comment on my blog but I don’t have time to accomplish this more than 50% of the time. Mostly I let the search engines drive most traffic to my blog and this is why 65% of my traffic comes from Search Engines. Making sure your posts are optimized for keywords and you are using something like All in One SEO Pack will help bring in more traffic to your articles than most social media promotions unless you have a massive social network anyway in my opinion.
Listen. I’ve seen this thing in action. I’m not one to promote software or affiliate programs just to make a buck, which is actually why I started my top 10 lists. The top 10 lists are a combination of all the cools things I’ve found while banging around the Internet for the last 10 years, and a way for YOU to tell me what you think. Reviews, rating and comments so you can help drive the best of the best to the top of the top 10 lists.
But this thing. OMG. Like I said, I’ve seen it in action. As a serial entrepreneur, I immediately saw the potential this software has to really drive some amazing amounts of traffic to your website, blog, fanpage or even brick and mortar store! It uses contest marketing, which all the big dogs know exactly how to work, in a huge viral marketing way. You’ve even participated in their schemes by buying a soda at 7-Eleven, just to get the Farmville prizes or buying a Big Mac for the Monopoly pieces. This is how it works!
You start up a contest and blow it out the roof. You award people points in the contest for telling ALL THEIR FRIENDS about what you’re doing. Obviously, people who want to win what you’re offering (which by the way can be something huge like a trip or something teensy like a hat) will just hit buttons on Facebook, Twitter and the like to get the word out about your contest. Depending upon how you work it, you’ll even get people writing articles, press releases and making YouTube videos about YOUR WEBSITE! Because….they’ll get more points and that gets them closer to winning your prize.
I really can’t explain this concept of contest marketing with the excitement that its due. I’m a crappy copywriter. But if you just go watch the video, you’ll get it. If you’ve been busting yer @$$ trying to get traffic to your site, as soon as you see how this works, you’ll sit back, breathe a sigh of relief and KNOW, just like I did, that this is it. This is the one. The third video in a series of three has just been released. Watch them all, but be sure check out the third one. It’s amazing.
The Montessori method is an approach to educating children based on the research and experiences of Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870–1952).
Montessori (pronounced MON-tuh-SORE-ee) education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician. She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children’s learning processes. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed a “prepared environment” in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities. Now, nearly a century after Maria Montessori’s first casa dei bambini (“children’s house”) in Rome, Montessori education is found all over the world, spanning ages from birth to adolescence.
When it comes to good nutrition during pregnancy, the pioneering work of Dr. Tom Brewer remains a good model to this day. Dr. Brewer’s research and practice experience showed that good nutrition could prevent a number of problems during pregnancy, including preeclampsia, placental abruption, premature birth, anemia and even miscarriage and still birth. Many of Dr. Brewer’s patients were from lower income families and had poor eating habits, but with a little nutritional instruction, they went on to have pregnancy outcomes that surpassed those of their more affluent and educated neighbors. From this research, Dr. Brewer developed a diet that’s easy to understand, easy to afford and imminently practical.
Central to the Brewer diet is eating an adequate amount of protein every single day. Protein provides the basic building blocks of the body, and you are, after all, building a new body. Our bodies can’t store protein, so we must eat enough of it every day to meet our needs. Dr. Brewer recommended that pregnancy women consume an average of 80 to 100 grams of protein each day that they’re pregnant. This is higher than hat most “modern” diet plans recommend, but the extra demands placed on the body by pregnancy justify this higher intake.
Getting adequate protein, however, doesn’t have to be expensive and it certainly doesn’t mean gorging on steak. Dr. Brewer recommended that his patients eat two eggs each day and have four cups of milk. Not only does this provide valuable protein along with a considerable variety of nutrients, but these foods are inexpensive, versatile and readily available. Eggs can be prepared in a variety of ways, and you can include eggs that are used in the preparation of other foods as well. There’s also a wide variety of milk products that you can choose from, including cottage cheese, yogurt and hard cheeses. Of course, you should avoid uncooked eggs, soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk and blue veined cheeses which may harbor dangerous bacteria. Your remaining protein requirements should be met by consuming lean meats such as chicken, turkey and fish, as well as certain cuts of pork, beef and lamb.