I’ve been having a lot of fun making easy money with Blogsvertise,a paid blogging site. It’s easy to register,then add all of your URLS into their system,so advertisers can make you offers. Sometimes they want links,sometimes they want to post poorly written “guest blog”entries. Honestly,I don’t care what they want me to post,as long as it isn’t obscene or offensive. I have a few awesome plugins I use to keep the paid blogging situation under control…
Kontera WordPress Plugin
I have Kontera’s text-link ad system running on several of my sites. I also have Infolinks running on a few. The Kontera WordPress plugin allows me to disable the intext ads for all my sponsored posts. The terms of agreement with the post-sponsoring companies are that the post must stay on your site for 30 days,sometimes 90 days,depending which agency you’re using. Sometimes I delete the posts after they have matured,other times I don’t. I have no rhyme or reason,but I guess I should. Either way,using this plugin,I can specify that newer posts under x days old have no Kontera ads (thereby ensuring readers aren’t ambushed with ads on the latest articles and my paid post isn’t rejected due to the placement of additional ads) I chose to disable all ads in the sponsored category. I should have a more official policy on deleting paid posts,but I don’t. I’m not that organized. When I add new ones I tend to peek for mature sponsored posts to delete. I guess that’s a system,right?
Advanced category Excluder This allows me to keep the sponsored posts off of my RSS feed. As a matter of fact,I’m also using it to keep this very post available ONLY through RSS and direct link. I wouldn’t want paid advertisers to come here &see that they’ve been swindled. It isn’t exactly swindling- they’re advertising here so they can get a dofollow link from a PR3 site. And they’re getting one. Search engines still crawl the page that has their post. But I definitely don’t want my regular readers to think that I’d let such a lame guest-post exist,or that I really think sports equipment is a big deal.
So this plugin allows you to exclude certain categories from- RSS feed,home page navigation,archiving,search engine indexing,widgets and site search. It also has some functions for links,but I haven’t explored that. the setup is easy- categories don’t show up unless there’s a post in them. So I had to go to an older post and add the ‘sponsored”category to the post,then go back into the plugin setup to exclude the category,then when I added my sponsored post,it was excluded right away. Then,I went back to the older post and removed the sponsored designation.
In order to make this post only visible to my subscribers,I have excluded its category from the homepage and made sure it was visible to RSS subscribers.
So which wordpress plugins do you find most beneficial for paid blogging? Don’t tell me you’re not getting paid to blog? that’s one of the coolest things about niche blogging,once your site reaches a decent PR,you can get paid to post things sometimes. Visit this company to get started. They send you emails every time you have a new task. You can take the task or reject it,you can also ask for more money and set a minimum. I set my minimum at like $10 and so far I’ve gotten at least 10 offers each week. Can’t beat that And some of them are for $20 posts. It’s so much fun
A boycott of Amazon- she must be kidding,right? Relax- I wasn’t calling for a boycott,I was just asking you to never simply type Amazon.com into your browser,that’s all. Whether you’re spending $5 or $500- somewhere there’s a work-at-home mom who could conceivably make a few pennies from the sale. My Amazon.com earnings are enough to pay for my school books every month,plus some other books I want to read just to keep my mind sharp. I know moms who save their Amazon commissions all year long just so they can do their Xmas shopping online.
But when you use your browser to visit Amazon.com instead of clicking on the link in a mom-blog,no mommy benefits. No matter what you buy on your visit,Amazon gives a small (very small) percentage to the person who referred you. If no one refers you,they keep it. It doesn’t cost you any more to shop Amazon from a mom-owned-blog- and it doesn’t cost you any less to go straight to Amazon.com directly.
SOoooo- Bookmark your favorite mommyblog- and change the name to AMAZON SHOPPING in your bookmark menu (or something like that) and next time you’re tempted to shop Amazon- share the commission with someone you care about.
If that’s me- first make sure you’re visiting the permalink for this post (instead of the main site) by clicking here –(permalink for this very post)
Then- access amazon through the magic doorway below- which is a completely random book you don’t even need to order because the minute you arrive,Amazon will KNOW that I sent you and whatever you buy,I will get a small (very small,like 6%) portion of. (to end with a preposition,sorry)
Thanks- AND- I’ll never know who ordered what,but I can see what was ordered. So if you plan to purchase something naughty don’t worry- I’ll never know it was you. all they show me is the name of the item ordered and how much I received for the sale.
Do you get these? Here are a few I’ve gotten lately. I’ll tell you what they’re all about in a minute…
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Wow. It’s easy to be flattered when I see that finally someone appreciates the ”unparalleled lucidity”in my guidelines. Is this some kind of joke? A few years ago,I would have assumed it was from someone who didn’t speak English very well. Today,I know better.
What makes it so obvious that the comment is SPAM?
The commenter’s inability to communicate in English
Excessive compliments on a rather mundane topic
The fact that their URL was listed as something like buy cheap viagra online
It all adds up to SPAM. Here are a few other ones I’ve received lately:
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I find these bogus compliments amusing. I once wrote a post about analyzing blog stats and received,from one of these geniuses,a three paragraph comment of praise,all about how much of an inspiration I am,and how generous it is for such a busy businessman to devote so much time and energy into helping the less fortunate.
These people are paid to sit in cybercafe’s in a third world country,creating backlinks to someone’s (poorly written) niche blog.. Some bozo buys software that collects the submit code for the comment fields and these guys copy and paste their useless comments into as many blogs as they can,in an effort to get their spam website ranked higher in the SERPS. The comments are nonsense for a few reasons.
They’re not really in response to your post (even though you really are awesome)
The original author probably doesn’t speak English
The comment is “spun”several times,replacing random words with their synonyms until they no longer make sense
Sometimes they’re just a bunch of random URL’s,without any comment text
Sometimes the commenter’s name is actually listed as “Asian models”or “Paxil refunds”
Excessive praise is often SPAM. You know your posts,you know your style. Some posts easily lend themselves to excessive praise. ”How I saved my daughter’s life”and “Why I became a marriage coach”are two such titles that might inspire readers to heap praises upon you. ”How to strip the paint off your barstools”and “Easy mac and cheese recipes”are probably not things that will change a reader’s life. If you get a strange comment with excessive praise,you might want to mark it as SPAM. With WordPress,you can edit or remove the URL from the comment and approve it anyway if you want. Sometimes that can be funny. You can also change the URL,if that’s your style. You could possibly use it to create incoming links to your own articles and be your own spammer. You could even respond to your bogus commenter for the amusement of your readers.
But you have to do something. You can’t reward their spam-linking efforts by leaving their comment intact. Linking away to crappy sites can bring down your ranking,too. Even if it’s a nofollow link,you look like a loser in Google’s eyes for linking to garbage.
The dofollow sites I own tend to get more junk-spam-comments than the nofollow sites. Akismet blocks most of them,but not all.
I have my sites set up so that regular readers’comments are automatically approved. Whenever I log in to add content,I check the pending comments. I also have them sent to my email so that I can approve the good ones instantly.
Anyway- what’s the funniest SPAM comment you have received?
Roundup articles are a little like “freebies”for web content writers. Presumably you’ve been writing in the same niche for a while and have several articles about a few very precise topics.
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A roundup article is basically a compilation of all those articles,with links to several of them.
An example of one of my roundup articles is Financial Literacy for Kids for the record,it’s making absolutely no money on Squidoo,in fact,my Squidoo income for about 7 lenses is less than $5. I’m not saying they suck,because I do get clickovers,but I also have not gone through their training yet to see how to maximize income there. I know other writers who do well with the site,but that’s not my goal or my point there. I like them for roundup articles because I can organize excerpts and links to my other work in one easy set of incoming links. It’s all about the incoming link. It also provides me with an easy place to look up my other work on the subject,so I can see what else I’ve done.
OK- so if you take a look at it,you’ll see that I’ve linked to articles on Examiner,Suite101 and eHow. I’ve also linked to an Amazon aStore,embedded into a page on one of my other sites. I also have a paragraph on the bottom with several Amazon links embedded.
Squidoo wants new content added regularly,I fail at the “regularly”part,but I do update them whenever I add a new related topic to my body of work.
If you’re using my “ALL my URL’s”spreadsheet,that should be easy- just by searching the spreadsheet for your keyword or subject,you’ll be able to find related articles for a roundup post.
Other places to publish Roundup Articles:
Examiner.com is an excellent place for roundups because they encourage outgoing links
Your blogs and niche websites are great places for roundups
1- gather the URLs,titles and excerpts for articles in a similar niche
2- compile them into an article for whichever site you’ve chosen (no rule against publishing elsewhere,but you should probably reword them or rearrange the content to avoid duplication. I can think of three techniques for this:
a-write a fresh,keyword-rich introduction paragraph and then use each article for its own paragraph,posting excerpts and hyperlinked titles
b- write an original article and work in the hyperlinks organically,using meaningful (keyworded) anchor text.
c- write an original article and list “You might also like”or “For more information,check out…”or “resources:”at the end of the article
3- tweet,Facebook,Stumble,Digg or something. Whatever your social promotion technique is,apply it to this article just like the others.
4- enjoy the little rankings boost and publicity your other articles get as a result of this “freebie”
The title of Speak and Grow Rich always made me think that there must be an easier way to make money selling words. With public speaking,you don’t even have to write them down,right?
I think I’m pretty funny in my head while I’m washing dishes;thinking compelling thoughts in a mental narrative that only the bubbles seem to appreciate.
But in my two or three small public-speaking experiences,I’ve proven that real live audiences are a lot more difficult to amuse than the dishes.
Still- poise in front of a crowd is an important skill and one day when my kids are grown and I’m making some sort of wedding toast or Thanksgiving announcement,I don’t want to sound like a jackass. So I’ve come across some free public-speaking resources that I’d like to share with you.
The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie I’ve come across others,too. I will share them here over the next few days,as I dig through my bookmarks.
Max Simon’s blog and the sales materials for his “sold out seminar secrets”were also helpful. Seriously- join his email list,it’s the best spam you’ll ever get I wish that were an affiliate link,but it’s not.
I got a note form the Minneapolis Homeschooling Examiner saying “Just saw that you’re Lisa Jo Rudy too. I thought I was the only examiner to have all my articles eaten by her profile!”
Confused,I headed over to examiner to look up this Lisa Jo- was she stealing my articles? Hardly- she writes about autism and “informal education.”Cool new topic,but she hadn’t stolen anything from me..
Then I went to my profile
And found hers
And I logged in,wondering if I’d been booted from the system. Everything looked alright in my publishing interface. So I clicked to view my most recent article..
and there was Lisa Jo Rudy’s profile.
Her profile is getting traffic that’s supposed to be going to my articles.
I wonder how long this has been going on. My last article was 4 days ago,so it hasn’t been too long.
All the links I’ve set up to drive traffic to my articles are now driving traffic to her profile.
Is this deliberate,or is this an accident?
I’ve submitted a help ticket,I’ll keep you posted.
EDITED- support ticket has been received and the issue is queue’d So far my profile and my most recent articles are still being redirected to her profile. As soon as I see that it’s changed I will place an addendum here
EDITED- the problem has been solved And I just got paid.
I keep a page with this title on each one of my sites,saved as a draft or password protected. I use it as a general “things to do next”and a place to document the invisible work I’ve done on the site. It’s amazing that I can remember what each of my six kids wore to Grandma’s birthday party in 2007,but I can’t remember what articles I was planning to put on each site.
Each of my niche sites has a specific set of keywords they target initially,then as they grow I add new clusters of keywords (visualize Google’s wonder wheel,sort of)
As I look through my statcounter reports,sometimes I change my “plan”and choose to develop a different aspect of the site. This all gets documented on the “note to self”page.
Whenever I stumble upon a site that makes me say “Wow- this is good stuff,I can use this as a resource for my site”I add the URL to an annotated listing that tells me exactly what I liked about it (because I do forget. ”Why did I bookmark this?”)
I used to use a physical notebook for planning,and I still do to some extent,but when I’m visiting a site in order to add content,I find it easier to just consult my note,which I also use to keep track of the time I spend working on each site (like a time clock)
So- do you have any silly organizational strategies for managing blogs on multiple topics?
If you haven’t heard of Bukisa as a writing site,it’s probably because it’s not taken very seriously as a source of income. The site pays on a monthly $/1000 which changes,based on the previous month’s earnings for the entire site. Consequently,crappy articles are paid at the same rate as good articles,and it’s all about “driving traffic”for some writers who get paid more while other writers are writing nice SEO (creating the income)
The current $/1000 is around $3.50 and that’s significantly lower than my Suite101 $/1000 so I’m not about to convert. However,I’m not unhappy with my experience there.
I use Bukisa as a place to house my articles that I just can’t fit elsewhere. I’ve renamed some Demand Studios rejects,I’ve reworked some Rent-a-coder disasters. But over the past 18 months I’ve made $210 for 13 articles. That works out to a little over $16 per article. That’s not so bad. Clearly,I’m posting less than 1 article a month,so the $10-$20 residual income check I get each month is for basically nothing.
Another cool thing about Bukisa is that you get paid for your recruits. So when people read your articles,if they sign up to write for Bukisa,you get paid. If you send a friend your referral link,you get paid a percentage of their income (without them losing anything) and the pay scale goes three levels deep. So you get paid for your grand-recruits,too. I love it because when I need a quote or an outbound link for something,I head over to my recruits’articles because when I help THEM,it helps me,too. (So don’t just sign up,sign up under me,thank you
AND- they have some sort of thing where they want us all to recruit people to add their video and audio files,too. I haven’t explored that,I’m not a big fan of the sound of my own voice
So if you plan to try Bukisa,please use my referral link and understand what you’re getting into- you need to use good SEO in order to get traffic unless you want to beg everyone on your email list to read your articles. But the residuals come forever and you earn on your recruits.
I haven’t explored using Bukisa as a second home for mature (over 1 yr old) Suite101 articles yet,so far I’ve been using TypeAMom (excellent revenue) and Orato (not so much)
The site also allows out-bound links in your articles,so you can use the Bukisa articles to create incoming links to your other articles,in a roundup post or for a set of articles on a common theme.
The term “massive exposure”in the ad below is quite a stretch,but you can make a few bucks with legitimate recruits and SEO articles you can’t place elsewhere. Good luck
Here are some of my Bukisa recruits,kicking butt and earning income. Let their success be an inspiration to you:
Jen Stewart and publishes mostly how-to and parenting related articles.
Tyan Young has been with the site for just a few months but she’s doing well with fashion and celebrity gossip articles
J Geurian specializes in articles about animals,especially dogs and dog training
Tracy Smith is new and her earnings are moving up my chart- she writes abotu saving money (always a hot niche) and family topics
and,to prove that the articles I’m placing there are random…
I haven’t been over to textbroker for a while. There are a few reasons.
#1- I’ve faxed in my w9 and apparently they didn’t get it. Even though the fax machine said the transmission succeeded and all the other documents I sent that day,to several other companies were received just fine. I don’t have a fax at my house so I have to drive into town,it’s 50 miles round trip so I’m not in a hurry to gather my documents,my 6 children and either A- pay $3.50 a page at mail and more or B- leave my kids in the car while I fax from a friend’s back office
#2- I applied to be a 5 star writer in May of 2010. I’ve had 4 stars for a really long time. They put out a “cattle call”for writers who had at least ten 4 star ratings. I didn’t scroll through every page,but on the front page of my history,49 out of 50 articles were rated as 4 stars (meaning that they lived up to the expected standard of quality) Some impressed the purchasers so much that they ended up sending in direct orders,even though I raised my direct rate to above the 4 star level.
In applying for five stars,I was told that it would take a while,but honestly I didn’t expect it to take 3 months.
Because every member of our editorial team will review your work,it may take some time. Please continue to submit articles so that we can evaluate you in a timely manner.
So what do you think. Has anyone else had trouble with their evaluation process?
And what’s up with not accepting a w9 by email? Everyone else does. There’s no logical reason to cause such a drama-of-logistics for a w9. Honestly,it’s ridiculous.
OK- I hope this article comes out right. I’m not used to writing ABOUT html code,but the topic is so important that I need to share it.
So- it’s arts and crafts time,blogger style.
Step 1- create your graphic
If you already HAVE a graphic,you can skip ahead a few paragraphs to the coding section of this article. If not,then you need to create one. GIMP is a free graphic design program that works so very closely to the way Adobe Photoshop works. It seems like a shame to spend a few hundred dollars on PhotoShop when GIMP is so awesome.
Be sure you use only rights-cleared images in your design. Also,you should consider wisely the SIZE of your proposed button. I make mine 125×125,it’s pretty standard. For one of my sites,I plan to experiment with a few different sizes and dimensions,like banners and skyscrapers. I’ve seen this done nicely on another site (can’t remember,sorry) where a blogger had an entire page devoted to different ways readers can link to her blog,with various graphics in several sizes,some designed to link to the front page and others designed to link to specific noteworthy posts.
Step 2- Upload your graphic
If you’re using WordPress,just click “media”on the left sidebar and add the image to your library. If you’re using Blogger (why aren’t you using wordpress?) you’ll need to create a post with the image and save it as a draft in order to find the file location for the image
Step 3- Make the code
OK- the code we’re making is to SHOW the graphic,with a text area underneath it where readers can highlight and copy the code in order to paste it on their site.
In order to create the graphic image link,replace the red text below with YOUR specific URL and the green text below with YOUR image file
That’s the simple code to CREATE the graphic link. Most of you probably could have figured that out on your own. Place that code in your sidebar to SHOW your graphic link to your own site.
Step 3 part 2- Give readers the code
That’s the tricky part because the minute you put code in your sidebar,it comes to life,right? I was able to enter the code above directly into a visual editor on WordPress,so that the code shows,instead of coming to life. In order to allow readers to copy the code,you need to protect it by putting it in a text area. The red text below shows what I’ve ADDED to the code,in order to protect it.