6 Ways to Earn Extra Cash as a Blogger

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If you are a blogger and are looking for ways to make extra money, this post has some great ideas beyond the usual recommendations to place advertisements or do product reviews. Since you’ve developed a unique skill set and are going to be spending your time online anyway, why not put those assets to work for you outside blogging? Here are some examples:

Social Media Manager

To land this gig, you’ll need to be social media savvy and active on multiple channels. Pitch a business you already love; they will be more likely to hire someone who truly believes in the product. Negotiate your rate in cash or products based on time spent per week or per month. A good starting rate might be $20 or $30 per hour. Be prepared for a trial period; some businesses are interested in results before hiring a manager long-term. read more

4 Online Alternatives to Paypal

paypalThere are many online payment services besides Paypal, which is undoubtedly the largest and best-known. If you are looking for an alternative for whatever reason (avoiding fees, better service, ethics, etc.), this post is for you. I Googled Paypal alternatives but most articles gave me 10 or 15 sites to wade through. That’s a lot of time and hassle, and many of the sites were either extremely limited, more expensive than Paypal or targeted towards a very small niche market.

It’s best to pick an alternative that’s easy to join, easy to use, and easy for OTHER people to use, too. After all, exchanging money is a two-way street. “But what if people don’t want to use XYZ service to pay me or receive money from me?” you might ask. I personally think that’s a very minor issue. After all, we sign up and login in to online stores all the time, and give them our email address and credit card information. Why is it so hard to do this for an online payment service? read more

How to Host a Giveaway on a Free WordPress Blog

Do you have a free blog through WordPress? Are you interested in hosting a giveaway, or posting a product review and giveaway? Then you’ll want to be aware of what is and isn’t allowed!

On a free WordPress blog you cannot imbed Javascript or Flash. (Well, ok actually you can, but the workaround is a bit complicated and requires signing up for a Tagul account.) That means no entry forms like Rafflecopter or Giveaway Tools. Why is this prohibited by Wordpess? The official answer is “all blogs are on the same multiuser blogging platform…that means a single bad script would bring down many blogs.” To put this into simpler terms, it’s for everyone’s security. read more

How to Name Your Pet, or Anything Else for that Matter

It seems like something around here always needs a name. A new kitten, a new stuffed animal, a new baby…… or maybe it’s work-related (a business, product, club or non-profit).

People often ask me for help in choosing a name for these types of things. In fact, out of all of my blog posts, the one with the most hits by far has been my entry from 2009 entitled How to Name Your Farm or Ranch. Apparently, it really struck a chord.

Anyway, just for a little bit of fun today, I want to introduce you to some of our pets, and how I happened upon their names. Hopefully, this will give you some ideas and inspiration for your own naming projects. read more

How to Name Your Business

Naming your business or product is a crucial element in the marketing process. Here is a step-by-step approach to finding the right name and some helpful tips to consider when launching your business or product online.

Step 1: Start with a Naming Brief

Before you can find a good name you’ll need to develop a road map for success. That’s what a naming brief is. A written document which defines your goals and objectives for the name. Without this guidance, you will be literally fumbling around in the dark for a great name. Be realistic and realize that it will take some research and strategy. This is how the “big guys” do it, and it works! A useful naming brief asks and answers such basic questions as: read more