Project Online Income

Computers, internet and online income opportunities

December 11, 2019

Time to get serious and focus on blogging

Once a blog is set and online it is time to get serious, it is time to focus on blogging and have the job done. Last year I was testing and experimenting on all fields. This doesn’t give me much time to work on the blog itself as much as I want so it let it forgotten. But not yet.

My goals were not set very high and I’ve managed to accomplish what I’ve planned for last year. Same results can be achieved within three months or less if worked harder or been in a different niche. Never the less, I’ve got the results I planned to achieve.

A year spent on searching, learning, testing and optimizing gives me insight what has to be improved and where I have to work harder. Must focus on blogging this year.

Experimenting with content strategy, posting frequency, traffic building, seo optimization, promotion, blog design, ads, ad formats and their placement are just some of the stuff that must be tested. Optimizing for best performance is another hard task to be managed. Do it right and you’re one step closer to your goals.

All these has to be done when starting a blog, just after you publish your first post and in the first few months of blogging. To do all of this needs time, and time is precious. Doing every day tasks may not be enough. Few hours after a day work may just not be enough. Will need to work harder, and there is such a little spare time to accomplish so many things.  Have to focus on blogging and all blogging related stuff. So I have made 4 quotes (the ones in red) to remind me:

“Work hard. Lack of time is just an excuse”

To be honest, I’ve set my goals lower than I could manage and that is OK for a part time blogger as myself having just a couple of hours a day available to spend on blogging. There are a lot of tasks to do and this takes hours (days even for some bigger tasks such as video content, rewriting old posts or changing a blog theme).

Lack of time is just an excuse not to work. If wish to build a successful blog I must to:

“Get serious and have the job done”

Create a blogging strategy and stay to it. Blogging does not mean only content creation but marketing, SEO , graphic design and much more. Set goals first. Make a list of tasks needed. Separate tasks  and goals into global (at the end of the year) and daily tasks. Making a timetable, a schedule of some kind will help a lot to stay organized and track your progress.

A complete blogging strategy consists of 4 strategies:

  1. content creation strategy
  2. marketing strategy
  3. traffic growth strategy
  4. SEO strategy

Smaller tasks that has to be done on daily basis are most important part of a blogging strategy. Smaller tasks are easy to do. Finish one and go to the next. This is also easier to track.

“Split the job into smaller tasks”

Complete blogging strategy for already setup blog incorporate many things which can be split into:

  • Search for new ideas
  • Search for content and subjects to write
  • Blog post resume
  • New blog post titles
  • Writing content
  • Creating images and video
  • Curating posts
  • Including keywords in a post
  • Publishing new posts
  • Ping new post
  • Promotion on social media networks
  • Answering on comments
  • Recycle/republish an old post
  • Commenting on other blogs and social media
  • Building relations with other bloggers
  • Guest blogging on other blogs
  • Traffic analysis
  • Other traffic growth methods
  • Choosing ad formats
  • Ads placement
  • Performance tracking
  • Optimization
  • Visual improvement
  • Onsite SEO
  • Offsite SEO
  • Offline promotion
  • Creating incentives
  • Writing an ebook
  • Running an email list and get subscribers
  • Creating a product or service
  • Monetization
  • Side projects
  • Running a second blog ?

Running all these tasks is a hard and time consuming job. But if you want to be successful as a blogger must focus on blogging completely.

“Stay focused on blogging, work hard and will succeed” 

All above has to be done in the next year. On a daily basis, day by day 365 days. Sounds hard! It is. Must be confident, believe in my self, focus on blogging and work hard. And stay on the path a small reminder:


Blogging qoutes

December 10, 2019

Ways to make money online or how to make an online income

There are many ways to make money online or how to make an online income. 

Some works and some don't. You'll have to try it yourself and see what works for you the best. If the first doesn't work don't despair, go to next and try it.
ways to make money online
It is not my intention with this post to create a list of all available opportunities but just to give you a lead where and what to look for.

Here is my short list:

  • - ways that doesn't need anything special like surfing, clicking, view videos, playing games, take surveys, sharing links, sweepstakes
  • playing games can get you paid by playing paid games, if good playing your favourites can stream videos of you playing and earn while playing, or join a competition and win some prizes
  • ways to make money by writing reviews, articles, blog posts, copywriting and ghostwriting for a site
  • ways to earn by using your expertise as providing virtual assistance, tutoring, freelancing, providing services and support
  • ways to sale online by selling on Ebay or elsewhere, running your own personalized online shop and selling your own products or drop shipping
  • ways to earn by using your creativity like taking photos, designing t-shirts, printable stuff, making music and videos, creating art
  • blogging and running a site can become a good business if have a good content, working promotion strategy time to build large audience and resources
  • affiliate marketing is the way where promote a product or a service (refer people to join) and get commissions

I'm sure I missed some, there has to be more but looking for them may be hard and time consuming.

Certainly there are few others not listed here, but start using only one from the list and combining with others later will give the results. (Not so much as expected but enough for a start).
time for start is now
Personally, I have tried and use most of them and all are giving certain results depending on time and effort used to utilize a particular method. Some are easier and don't need any technical knowledge, some need skills and time.

For a start, choose one that suits you best and start with it, learn how it works and measure the results. After that try another if not satisfied or if it is working but you need more and have time to try something new.

Me myself prefer freelancing and blogging but also don't miss a chance to tke a nice photo and post it. If you’re artistic soul designing or writing are the ones you must try.

“Its up to you, where and how, time for start is now.”

December 09, 2019

Creating online income streams

Creating online income streams is very important if you want to be successful. Making money online is possible and inevitable if ever start building an online presence. Whatever you choose to start with, whether it is blogging, freelancing, affiliate marketing etc. it will make you money if you are dedicated to work on it.

Amount you’ll earn might not be much but every cent counts. Some ways brings a lot of money, some don’t. Depends of how much time and effort are willing to invest results may differ.

Work harder and results will be better. Focusing on only one thing that generates money is a good strategy but not always the best one. If one brings money, why not adding another income stream.

Generally there are two paths in creating online income streams:

Focus on just one or two online income streams

Focus on just one online income stream that works. Put an effort, work hard, learn how to utilize it to the max and use them every day. When become an expert for it, go to another one, analyse its potential and start working on it but don’t forget the first one which is already well established brings you good results.

Freelancing is one that works for me. Must try it if have expertise and can deliver high quality results to your customers. Other possible options are freelance writing or running an online shop. Trick is to stick to it, stay focused and put all the efforts and time you can to that particular online income opportunity.

Diversify on many fields

If one or several online income streams are not enough (You’ve tried but results are not very promising), may try to diversify your efforts on several fields at once.

When running multiple online income streams, must stay organized and schedule your tasks or soon you’ll get confused and forgetful, don’t know what have to do on every single online opportunity you’ve joined. which leads to abandon it even it is working. Affiliate marketing is the main field here, but you can combine with anything else including previously mentioned few. Have to join many programs and try to promote each and every one you’ve joined to get a percent of an affiliate sale.

1, 2, 3 or more


PROS ans CONS of the two paths of creating online income streams


Few online income streams

Multiple online income streams

PROS

CONS

PROS

CONS

Small number of opportunities. Usually 1 or 2Run many online income streams (more the better)Large number of opportunities
Easy to manage your daily tasksSome are set and forget
online income opportunities
Hard to track and manage all the tasks and programs you’ve joined and promoting
Can schedule tasks and set your own working hoursCan schedule and automate some of the tasksPromote extensively
(but do not SPAM)
Easy to track and measureHave to measure and analyse results from many different sources
Do something you likeConsumes same ammount of time every dayMany tasks to run may consume most of day
Do something you know and have expertizeMay become monotoneous and boringWill learn new skills.Some tasks are not very interesting
Search for new opportunities is not necessaryResearchConstant search for fresh opportunities and building referral downlines
Staying focused on several tasks onlyStaying organized is a skill you must learn the hard wayStaying organized is tough skill to master
Can replace your job with work from homeHard workValuable addition to a monthly income
Results are goodVariable resultsResuslts can sometimes be discouraging
Don’t need to advertise agresivelyLearn how to promote and sellPromotion cost time (and) money

No matter which path you choose follow a few rules:


  • Stay focused on the tasks you run
  • Stay organized
  • Schedule daily tasks
  • Automate as much as possible
  • Measure your efforts
  • Track and analyse results

Implementing the above steps will help a lot whatever opportunity you choose and opportunities are many. Can monetize your skills and expertise as a freelancer. May choose to run an online store selling yours or other peoples physical or downloadable products. May join an online photography competition and win a prize. Play games and get paid for it. Or become an affiliate marketer promoting products and services on social media.

A lot of opportunities are out there, just pick one or as many as want and start working on it. Results will come soon.

December 08, 2019

Five steps for building web presence

You have connected to internet, registered for Google, signed up for Facebook... It is time to build your web presence

Step 1: Planing and start up

When starting a web presence, first you’ll have to think about the name you will use (or a nickname), the subject and the goals you want to achieve. You can always use your real name. It may be easier and build trust to your audience that there is a real person behind all this or use a nickname. This is completely up to you. Althou Google and most social media always suggest using your real name.

Next requirement is to have an email account registered. This is essential, but having an interesting email such as yourname@WhoAmI.com or admin@yoursitename.com is even better. If you buy a domain you’ll have the notch which is pretty cool and professional. If you want a personal nickname as mail name should check a bit more on mail.com. I’m sure you’ll find something that suits you.

Must have a plan and do an extensive research before go to step two. This means that you'll have to write the ideas you have, goals you want to achieve and everything you need to do about, including tools, promotion strategy, budget and timeline. If want to start a blog just go to the step two, but if want something more like freelancing, affiliate marketing, online shopping business must think harder and research.

Step 2: Building a website

Now it is time to build your name. The best and easiest is to open a blog and start blogging about your interests and the subject you’ll choose. You may create a website also. Difference between blog and a website is that blog is regularly updated and more personal (depends of your writing style). Websites are more rigid and business oriented but now days every site has a blog and every blog has a sales page so differences melts. Whatever you choose it should look compelling to visitors and have interesting content.

Building a site may need a bit technical knowledge and creativity but I’m sure you’ll handle it if started with a blog or build a site with Weebly. Don’t forget to get a domain first. Instead of using a free subdomain buy a top level domain with a name that is related to your idea, your business, things you plan to do and the goals you aim. Spending 10$ for a good domain name is an investment you must do when starting online.

Next is to build your content. Its up to you and your niche (the subject you choose to write about) how much content and how often you post but MORE IS THE BETTER.

Your posts must be long informative and be of use to your audience. Just a text is not good so must add some images, photos or even better a video.

Step 3: Social networking

Social networks (or social media) helps you build an audience, spread the word about you, your ideas and thoughts, your site and your business and build ties with people sharing simmilar interests and others that need your services. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram , LinkedIn are just a few on top of the list of some 500+ officially listed internationally social networks. The real number is much larger and grows every day. As a reference visit AddThis. You might like put a sharing buttons on your site to let your visitors share your links and thoughts.

web presence

Step 4: Getting visitors attention

This part is a bit tricky. You’ll have to be very creative to make your site stand out of the competition. You may even hire professionals to help. Good looking and useful content is sometimes worthless if you don’t have visitors. Althou you can drive visitors to come to your site you must assure they will come back again. Offering a free neswletters, a free membership or free stuff always draw attention. So you must utilize these tactics to make your visitors come back again and again.

Step 5: More promotion

Social networks (especially Facebook) may bring a lot of visitors. But you’ll have to do more. Guest posting on similar sites and forums give results especially if you use same nickname/signature. Guest posting will help you share ideas with site owners about the subjects you both cover. Also you may share links use more promotion and work on your SEO.

FINAL TIP: You’ll need to try everything you can get and use everything that works or works less to build your web presence. It will pays off later

Five things you need for starting your online venture

When you need a job done, you need the right tools.

Same thing for starting something that is computer related. Before starting anything, you’ll need an agenda – a plan of some kind. Even just a pale idea how to start and what to do might not sound very optimististic, but don't worry help is here somewhere (on this site).

When it is about computers and internet you'll need a computer (or a smartphone), some software installed or online apps.

This is what you need next:

1. For a start you’ll need to write down your plan at least, so you’ll need a notepad. There are many similar ones but get some with line numbering and syntax coloring (for a programming languages) which can be very handy later when you’ll need to work with larger texts and pieces of code for your site/s or do some programming.

2. As most of the job has to be done online, you’ll also need a browser. A good tabbed browser is a must. I prefer Google Chrome but Mozilla Firefox for its many extensions and add-ons that makes the things even easier.

3. Must register for a Google mail account. Why? With registering, you’ll get a access to a ton of useful stuff including free tools, free software, advertising tools and ways to promote and monetize your stuff.

online venture


4. Once you have an email account you have to sign up for social media like Facebook, Twitter and so on. This will help promote your sites and stuff and with bigger audience bigger the results

5. Last but not least is a payment processor - way you can collect the money you've earned. Easiest way is PayPal ofcourse but there are many more. Its good to have a bank account and a credit card for larger amounts.

These are just some things for a start that can’t live without but later you’ll need a lot more desktop software, online tools and apps. You’ll have to master using them as you’ll need them many to get the work done quickly and quality.

This sounds hard at first but its not, trust me, even my grandma uses notepad to write down the daily shopping list, and a few more for other daily tasks :)


November 10, 2019

Few words about domains and domain names


So, You have an idea for creating a website.

The first thing you'll need is address of your website, a Domain Name, a specific name your site will be called and "summoned" from. In my case www.projectonlineincome.com was ideal as it explains what this blog is about. I was lucky that its still available e.g. someone else didn’t registered it yet.

There are many domains out there: .com, .net, org, .edu are Top Level Domains (TLD) and most desirable of all. There are many more such as .ws, .tv, .aero, .name, .eu,…  Also there are TLDs for countries: .fr(France), .ca(Canada) .mx(Mexico) etc. Trick is that you’ll have to register one and pay for it.

Subdomains

There are subdomains also and they are usually free. They look like: “yoursitename.something.com” or “anothersite.com/yoursitename.com” or yoursitename.co.cc. you have the idea what I’m talking about – they are too long and make your site doesn’t look profesional and not great to the search engines too. So may forget about subdomains and get a domain.

top level domain names


Domains

www your domain dot com

If you want to be recognizable in years to come a top level domain is a must. Yoursitename.com is the best by far. Before deciding on the name and get it, should consider some things first:


  • Name will point to your site so should be associated with the niche, product or a goal you want to achieve/promote) as this will help protect and build your brand in the future.
  • Make the name easy to remember. Short names are better. Name should be associated in a matter with the site.
  • Stay away from numbers in the name or whole combinations like the 456.com.
  • Special characters in your domain name like !@$%^&, are not allowed, but can use hyphens – as a word spacer. Search engines can read separated words by hyphens but if you can avoid them and not use them in the name at all is better.
  • Should check if the domain name you desire is available eg not already registered by someone else.

Checking a domain name availability is made thru a domain registrar site or a hosting company. There are many sites, I personally prefer Name.com which is specialized for domain name registrations which I have used before and was satisfied with the service and simple user interface.

If desired domain name is available it will be listed along with available alternative suggestions and prices. You can register and buy it immediately.

By default a domain is registered for 1 year and renewed each year but you can choose to register on longer term. Can purchase additional services such as whois privacy – this means your info will stay hidden when someone search for information about who owns the site, where is registered, hosted etc. Additionally can purchase an email account for your domain eg. yourname@yoursitename.com.

If a domain is already registered, You may back order it to be bought by you when registration expires but it might not work so don’t waste some 45$ and think about some other name that is available.

There are places (even marketplaces) to buy already registered domain names and completely established sites running for years that have tons of daily visits and make money for their owners but that is very expensive.

About the price of a domain name, it usually varies between 9$ -14$ plus additional services except for established sites. Hosting companies may include the price of domain in their hosting plans which is simpler, but I prefer to have domain name and hosting registered on separate sites (it is easier to change to a new hosting then to transfer a domain, and a maybe cheaper).

September 17, 2019

Three reasons why to start blogging and what can you learn from it

For a start of this blog lets talk about blogging a bit. This was my old post from 2016, so updating it now would be a good idea for a start.

So, Lets Start!


Starting a blog and blogging is a way to express yourself, share your thoughts, ideas and experience and help others in a way. This is the main reason why to start blogging. A personal satisfaction.

Another reason is what you can learn from it and this may be a bitter truth in 99%



When You start your first blog you'll meet many obstacles. 


At first, You will just have a foggy idea what will be the main topic (the niche). Very often You'll have no idea what to post about, but not having idea is not the worst thing at all. You will not not have any visitors to see your posts for writing each you needed hours and hours to research a topic and write a decent post about it.

While you struggle for traffic, you'll spend valuable time trying to promote your site for free and even pay for it but nothing gives a desired result. Meanwhile you'll stuck on social media trying to get attention everywhere you can and that will not be enough.

Yes, you'll get a handful of visitors, some even interested for what you have to offer but that is not even close enough to what you meant to achieve.

Not to mention SEO (you'll stuck here before you know and will not even know what's happening). Running tasks on all fronts will quickly disorient You and soon you'll loose interest in running your blog and You'll just leave it, wasting Your time and Your money spent in the last few months that You've experimenting with blogging. What a waste! This is the worst case scenario everyone have experienced, me too.

But I've learned a few valuable things from my failure:

- Don't give up! Don't give up if something is not working. Try harder and find another way if still not working. Stay determined and go on.

- Build your blog content first. Stay focused on your niche and don't make far away trips. Post regularly, more often is good. Every day if you can, if not at least once or twice a week with a good nice valuable content. Post length should not be less than 400 words, 2000 words and more are preferred, with a smart titles and using a desired keywords phrases in your texts. In time your writing skills will improve greatly and you'll be able to create blog posts like a pro.

- Organize your daily tasks. Will need to write down, bookmark visited sites or use some software for this as you'll have to visit and join hundreds of sites, some just bookmark for their content and services but can not memorize them all. I have an excell spread sheet for this purpose, I've make years ago which greatly helps me to stay organized and focused on other stuff.

- Utilize the 20/80 rule. This is a great practice to use 20% of time for building content and 80% promoting it and searching for ideas for the next post.

- Doesn't having visitors at start is normal. Work hard on promotion. Stay focused on one or two methods for building traffic, not all. Same with social media. Your main focus should be becoming popular on the most used ones and then slightly try promoting on other social networks.

- SEO is important but not so necessary in the first months while strugling to build content. If your blog is on Blogger/Blogspot you don't have to change almost anything, just add description of your blog and make it visible for the search engines. For Wordpress blogs there are many SEO plug-ins that makes the search engine optimization easier. Use them.

While blogging, will need to visit thousands sites, online tools, services. Sometimes will need to join and estimate their usefulness and check how it works. Will learn new technical terms and will improve your tech skills and while learning new ones, get knowledge of specific methods and strategies to use for building your blog and getting visitors etc. All this will make you ready for the WEB, and you'll be step closer to your success.

And again, Don't give up! Visitors will come to your blog only if it have some value for them. Think about this, create a useful content that is interesting, valuable and easy to read. Work on promotion and seo too. Work hard! And results will come sooner or later. This depends of the niche and amount of time and budget. In my case, running a blog about blogging :) and online income opportunities, two very saturated subjects with several thousands similar sites and blogs, many of them existing and building authority for years is not an easy task. But I'm determined and will not give up in the next few months.

All previous sounds good but its not easy to achieve. Sometimes is so disappointing when you realize that you've worked hard a whole month for free or less.


Why bother blogging if there is not a compensation involved?


A blog can earn you money and can even earn you a lot. But not expect too much, at least not in the beginning.

How much?

Few hundred, few thousands, 6-7 figures, who knows, sky is the limit,... MMM... I don't think so!!!


Most of the new blogs doesn't make any money at all. While its so easy to implement adSense in your blog it will not deliver more than a buck a month if you don't have many visitors. Same is for other ad networks and other types of advertising, but income will rise as the number of visitors rise. Be stubborn, stay focused, work hard and don't give up if not working, keep working and result will come in time.

Earnings greatly depends of increasing the amount of traffic,and if only way of monetizing is thru ads, website traffic is the only factor you have to keep an eye and work on.

About the numbers, don't expect too much! I'll be happy if this blog become self sustainable within next three months. This means the blog contextual advertisements pays the costs for one year domain registration (about 14$) for twelve months (eg to reach 1.17$ a month from advertising). But since this is my first month I don't have any relevant data. From previous attempts for the first month only 0.30$ which was expected. By the end of the year my estimation is to have about 5$ a month at month 12 from ads alone which will make this blog self sustainable in full, paying for the domain name, paid hosting and migration to Wordpress. But this doesn't count the time and effort spent.

These values are true and realistic to achieve. At first sight it seems too little and not worth the effort. But believe me, in long terms, it worth the time and/or money invested althou really positive results are visible after two – three years. Till then, will have to work hard on promotion and utilize some of the techniques to increase income:

- Adding additional ad units will help a bit.

- Using ads from other ad networks along side adSense might help. Direct banner ads will help too if able to find an interested party willing to advertise here :)

- Displaying ads are not the only way to monetize a blog. Can promote and sell products and earn commissions. Promote affiliate opportunities, sell things erc. But more about this in some other posts.


3 reasons why to start a blog


These are the main three reasons why to start blogging. I have added a few quick tips how to start and what problems to face and get over with. If money is not your main reason for blogging, all you have to do is start it right now, work hard and don't give up if things are not going as expected.

Personally, I've started this blog partly as a challenge to show what I have learned from all my previous attempts, to build a successful site and partly to compare how much will achieve from planned. Things have changed quite a lot since my last attempt but this time I will not stop and I'm determined to pass over all the obstacles on the way of building this blog successful.

September 09, 2019

Old banner of an old site with a new location

This is my first post for my old blog. And this time I'll try to do it wright. (I hope!)

So it is time to start again. And where to start? Having an idea and a concept is enough for a start, but what you really need is to start working on it.

So lets start.

The easiest way to start is from top to bottom. And the top banner or a logo on a homepage might be the first thing you'll want to add on your site. I do that right now.