How To Make Money Uploading Files Online

Making money uploading files online is a new concept for me that I stumbled upon while researching another issue to write about here.

Make Money Uploading FilesWhile we know about all the bigger ways to earn money online, uploading files falls under the lesser category that can give you a few hundred dollars per month if you can market the files well.

What exactly is file uploading?

Let’s suppose you have a document about “Tips to lose weight in 14 days.” You want to earn from it. How can you? You can make use of file sharing services where you upload files and earn money whenever anyone downloads the document.

You can also promote your files with blog readers, in forum discussions, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and other social networking platforms.

Where do I find file sharing services to make money by uploading files?

For my readers I have researched and listed here file sharing sites which I found to be credible. However, the list is not a recommendation. Please visit the site and join after you are fully satisfied with its authenticity.

  1. Uploading (uploading.com) – You earn $20 per 1000 downloads.
  1. File Factory (filefactory.com) – You earn $15 per 1000 downloads and 20% commission when you sell their membership. You also earn 20% for referrals.
  1. Easy-Share (easy-share.com) – You earn $20 per 1000 downloads and 20% commissions when you sell their membership.
  1. BizHat (bizhat.com) – You earn $1 as signup bonus, $0.1 for referrals and $0.001 for each download.
  1. Share Cash (sharecash.org) – I think this site pays more than other file sharing sites. You can earn between $200 and $600 per 1000 downloads.
  1. File Sonic (filesonic.com) – Except for Hong Kong, the services are available worldwide. You earn $1 to $35 per 1000 downloads. This file sharing service site is ideal for aspiring artists.
  1. Hot File (hotfile.com) – You earn $2 to $15 per 1000 downloads and payments are automated, that is, you don’t have to withdraw manually.
  1. Upload Station (uploadstation.com) – You earn anywhere between $0.80 to $32 per 1000 downloads and the minimum payout is $20.
  1.  File Serve (fileserve.com) – A reputable site for media file downloads. They pay up to $25 per 1000 downloads.

The file sharing sites work worldwide. However, if you are from remote areas, please check the list of countries before signing up.

PayPal, MoneyBookers, and bank transfers are the preferred modes of sending money. The payments are dispersed weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

Are the file sharing sites free to join?

Yes, most are free to join. Check out the individual sites for details.

Do I need to join all of them?

Yes, join as many file sharing sites as you want. It will maximize your income potential. Moreover, if you depend on one file sharing site to host all your documents, the server can overload and create problems while downloading.

Are there copyright issues?

The sites are uploading your files so there are no copyright issues. You can upload the same file in as many file sharing sites as you want. As far as I could research, the sites do not have any rules stating that a user cannot use the same file on other file sharing websites.

BUT, make sure all the files you use are original. You cannot upload files containing movies, songs and other videos as your own. Whatever file you want to earn money from should be created by you only or you should have full copyrights to use it any way you want.

Tip – If you want to increase file sharing downloads; use the service while creating an email list. As a blogger, you want to create an email list for business. Right?

Therefore, as an incentive for visitors to sign up, upload a free eBook through the file sharing networks and use that link for visitors to download the free eBook and leave their email id in return.

The major plus point…

You do not need a website to earn money. You use the file sharing platform and your promotional tools, that’s it!

Are there any specific places to promote?

Like you have file sharing sites, you also have file sharing forums. You can drop the file links on the forms given by these forums or sign up with the forum and leave the links as you go on posting…

I found a listing of trustworthy forums for promotion. Some of them were: Hongfire.com, Warez-bb.org, forumw.org, animea.net, filestube.com, nattawat.org, forums.linkbucks.com, amaderforum.com, projectw.org, downarchive.com and others.

3 Tips How To Make Money Uploading Files

  1. Check the visitor location – Most of the file sharing sites pays high when the downloader is from the UK,USA and Europe. Before signing up, try to search the visitors profile and/or find the rate for 1000 downloads in your country.
  1. Use popular sites – Use popular forums, discussion boards, and social networking sites to market the file links. Before sharing on forums and discussion boards, read the TOS. Sometimes forums may ban user accounts if the user posts too many links.
  1. Save uploading time – Use FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and remote upload tools to download and upload files quickly. The FTP is the standard method of uploading files on the net while the remote upload tool transfers data from a remote location to another. In remote transfer, you don’t have to download files from one particular site and then upload it to another; and it does use up the bandwidth as well.

While sharing files will not make you a ton of money, it can help you to earn a bit and pay off small expenses like website hosting, membership accounts, Internet charges and others.

File sharing is a good option as a side source of income. In fact, if you can write well, you can create eBooks on buzzing topics at the moment and give them away for free.

If you are an Internet marketer, you should consider sharing files as a great method of list building and free product/service promotion.

Have you used this method of earning money online before? What was your experience? Share with us below.

The Optimist Creed…Are You under Positivity Illusion?

Between April and September 2011, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported that small businesses in the US became less optimistic about future prospects. This was visible in the Small Business Optimism Index that fell 1.8 points from 89.9.

positive illusionsThis lack of optimism was due to small businesses weakening expectations in the coming few months. The chief economist at NIFB, William Dunkelberg said that “with such a dim outlook, owners are not going to do a lot of hiring or expanding”. Not only the NFIB, the Grant Thornton Business Optimism Index also shows a similar result based on three criteria –US economy, business growth and employment.

If you are in the US and a small business entrepreneur, you are perhaps going through a similar situation yourself. With the US credit rating deflated and the debt situation equally worse, small businesses are finding it harder to sustain themselves.

In this situation, when people were asked whether you are optimistic about the future, I think they are primarily asking two questions:

  1. Is there a place for optimism in our present condition?
  1. Where do you stand in the optimism index?

Again, in conditions like this, people often become a victim of “positivity illusion” or “optimism bias”.

Optimism bias is a condition where people measure their chances of experiencing a good outcome or bad outcome against others. By a good outcome, one generally means getting a job, financial security, healthy kids and a successful marriage.

By a bad outcome, one generally means health problems, loss of jobs, marriages breaking apart and other things.

SO, when people ask what you think about the future, they are measuring their own chances of faring either good or bad against the other person’s chances. It is natural human behavior to think like this; however, in the long run, it will create problems.

Whenever there is any problem, a person first thinks of securing themselves and then thinks about the well being of other people.

In an economy that the US is facing now, it is necessary to give up this positivity illusion, that is, worry less about how you as an individual is faring and be more concerned about the community you live in… because if the community is prosperous, you are prosperous.

I know that it is difficult for small businesses to survive in a turbulent economy but one does have to make the best of what they have; however, one should never be overoptimistic. It is good to be optimistic, but you should never be under the illusion that everything is fine nor should you be overoptimistic – either way, you will have a false sense of well being.

Then, let me ask you —

Do you have reasons to be optimistic in the current economic downturn?

There are, according to me. Even though there are many empty glasses strewn around, there are glasses that are half-full, which should be inspiration enough for you. The glasses half-full teach a very important lesson – the possibility of improvement.

The present recession is a major indication of how human folly can be very dangerous for us. Economic projections of the last few years have done us more harm than good.

It is not that today’s economic conditions will have a cataclysmic effect on us and we will change for the better suddenly, but there is always a tiny light of hope. HOPE is what we humans survive on.

We can only learn from our follies and learn to change.

What can we change?

  • We can learn to be positively optimistic, without being under illusions.
  • We can learn to live frugally.
  • We can learn to save money.
  • We can learn to volunteer for the betterment of the community.
  • We can learn to use sustainable goods.
  • We can learn to use natural sources of energy.
  • We can learn to become more financially responsible.
  • We can learn to care for others.

If you think optimistically, it is good for you. Just make sure your optimism does not rub others the wrong way. Don’t be overoptimistic and optimistically illusioned. Keep your thoughts balanced and try to analyze your conditions intelligently.

Know what optimism is and how your perception defines you here.

Using the Traffic Exchange Method to Make Money Online

Getting traffic is a sore spot for Internet marketers. After all, what all can marketers do to gain traffic? Most importantly, how to sustain that traffic to create repeat business?

make money with traffic exchangesOver the years, Internet marketing competition has tripled…all of us are looking for easy and affordable ways to get traffic. We all know about paid traffic, but let’s tell you about another way to get traffic online you may not know too much about – Traffic Exchanges.

In the Traffic Exchange method, you sign up with websites that facilitates exchange of traffic. You are asked to visit other websites and in return, the facilitating website gives you credits. When you have earned substantial credits, the facilitating website will send YOU traffic equal to the credits earned. In short…

YOU visit websites

YOU earn credits

YOU get traffic

Again, as a traffic exchange user:

  • You do not buy anything
  • You have less attention span
  • You are interested in traffic only
  • You get to earn money

Advantage:

Internet marketers who are just starting out with their blog or website can use the traffic exchange method to get initial traffic flow or traction.

Disadvantage:

The process is time consuming.

How To Make Money with Traffic Exchanges?

Quite simply, you can earn money from the traffic exchange method by selling the accumulated credits.

It is not mandatory to use your credits to get traffic. Almost all traffic exchange facilitators allow you to SELL those credits to other marketers who are searching for ways to get traffic.

Should you sell all the credits you have earned? Definitely, NO!

Suppose you have 10,000 credits. You can use 5,000 credits to get traffic to your own website or blog, and you can sell off the rest.

The credit buyers are usually those people who do not have much time to visit other websites and earn traffic.

You won’t become a millionaire earning money from traffic credit sales but you can easily earn a few hundred dollars to fund your other Internet marketing components.

Other ways to make money with traffic exchanges:

  • Cash for Surfing Websites
  • Cash for Referrals
  • Referral Contests
  • Surfing Contests for Cash
  • Paid to Click Ads
  • Commission for Referral Purchase

Out of these, a marketer can focus on creating a downline (referrals) and earn money for referring them to join and commission whenever the downline makes a purchase.

Traffic Exchanges are not specific…

Another problem with traffic exchanges are that they’re not targeted towards any particular market. What we mean is that if you are promoting your “beauty” website, it is not possible to browse other “beauty-related” websites on traffic exchanges.

The traffic exchange websites are free to join and all kinds of websites are registered here. The administration or rather the software does not identify the websites in specific categories. You get to visit all and you earn credits.

Not All Websites have Value…

If you are a shrewd business person, you will use this to your advantage. When you browse other websites on traffic exchange links, you will not only come across possible competitive websites (if any) but you get to promote your business fiercely when you see that the pages you are being sent have no or very little value.

As long as a majority of people are promoting the wrong page and in the wrong way, use it to further your benefit.

What to Promote?

Even if the traffic exchange method is a good way to earn money, you don’t want to waste the opportunity by promoting the wrong products or pages.

It is NOT a good idea to directly promote a page that is trying to sell something to the surfer. A surfer does not have any intention to purchase at that time but only interested to earn credits.

Since the traffic exchanges are controlled by a time limit, a marketer can, let’s say, offer a freebie, some tips or ‘how to’ information, or ask the surfer to leave their email info. The time a marketer gets to impress the surfer is a maximum of 30 seconds or sometimes less.

How many hours per day to surf?

Some people surf 5 hours a day, some 1 hour per day and yet others surf when they feel like it. As a new online marketer, you can surf an hour daily to get some traffic to the site.

The BIGGEST Advantage of the Traffic Exchange Method…

You can use the traffic exchange method to build email lists and generate leads. In the long run, you can use the traffic exchange method to promote your own Internet marketing product rather than just an affiliate product.

The email list created through this method will go a long way. Create a goal of sending out 100 emails within a span of 3 months. With this list in hand, the marketer can promote his/her products.

Traffic Exchange Etiquette

Don’t be under the wrong impression that you can open multiple website pages, view them randomly and close the tabs. One could adapt this method 8-9 years back but not any more.

The traffic exchange facilitators have made their system cheat-proof, which means one has to remain on the web page for 30 seconds for the credit to show in the account. And, if you swap tabs, the timer will pause and only resume when you return to the webpage. This is the standard operational criteria adopted these days.

Since the same procedure works the other way round, make sure that your splash page is interesting and useful for the surfers to leave their email info.

With traffic exchanges, you get to earn money and receive website visitors to your online promotional activities at the same time.

How To Make a Zip File Using Secure Zip Video

What are Zip Files and why do people use them?

Zip files (.zip ) are single files, sometimes called “archives,” that contain one or more compressed files.

How To Make a Zip FileIf you wish to send several computer files to someone, it is best to compress or zip it into one single .zip file. Doing so also allows you to compress the file size and make it easier to transfer.

Zip files save time, space and makes downloading software and transferring e-mail attachments faster.

Typical uses for Zip files include;

  • Distributing files on the Internet
  • Sending a group of related files to an associate
  • Saving disk space

There are many different kinds of Zip File programs to choose from, some free and some paid.

For this how to make a zip file video, we’re using Secure Zip, a paid service but it does come with a 30-day free trial.

Watch How To Make a Zip File Using Secure Zip Video

10 Reasons Why Google + is Better Than Facebook?

The Google Plus is the final nail in the coffin for Facebook. Google Plus seems to have fulfilled the only lacking factor for Google Inc. – its own social networking platform that can compete with Facebook.

10 Reasons Why Google + is Better Than Facebook?While researching google plus vs facebook for this piece, I came across several user comments hailing Google as the ‘undisputed power’ or ‘undisputed giant’ online. Well…it might be true!

Come to think of it, Google now owns the largest advertising revenue sharing network; the biggest free video sharing network (YouTube), a large blogger network and now it’s on its way to become the biggest social networking site ever.

I am not being biased…simply stating the popular mass mentality about google + vs facebook.

Let’s look at the 10 reasons why Google Plus is better than Facebook

  1. Clears Clutter with Tagging Control – Facebook allows everyone to tag photos and does not inform its users. This interferes with one’s privacy because a person is still tagged even if the person does not want to be tagged. In contrast, Google + allows you to choose people who can tag you and whether they are allowed to mention the location of tagging. When you use Google +, the option to tag is enabled for every user. You can change this setting and choose the circles who can tag you.
  1. Huddle Mobile Application – The mobile application used by Facebook does not match Google + innovative Huddle mobile app. The application gives Google + users better connectivity via mobile phone through an integrated social network platform – Huddle. It is a chat application to communicate with your Circles and it is especially suitable for Android users. For those who are still using a Smartphone like Blackberry and iPhone, they can use the HTML 5 apps of Google +.
  1. Enhanced Privacy Control – While Facebook is a firm believer of making everything public, Google + believes in the privacy of its users. Constant Facebook updates are destroying whatever privacy users enjoyed previously. Even if you delete your account, the status reflects it! Trying desperately to compete with Google +, Facebook has banned exporting your contacts and pictures out of Facebook into Google. To make Google + more user-friendly, it introduced Google Takeout which allows users to export pictures, profile details, stream and contacts to anywhere the user wants.
  1. Geo-Tagging – When Google + was launched, Facebook didn’t have any way of sharing the location of users on the Facebook wall. But again, Facebook wants to beat the competition and thus introduced its own geo-tagging feature. However, the credit for originality goes to Google + that shares the current location of the user with his/her Circles. This feature has to be enabled as it is disabled by default.
  1. Friend List Management – Google has introduced the concept of Circles where users create their own circles, name them and categorize their contacts accordingly. While some many find this feature time consuming, especially those with a large number of friends list, it is nonetheless essential to categorize for privacy reasons. You may not want to share a stream with ‘colleagues’ but you would share with your ‘friends’…. Google + Circles helps allow you to do this. You can use the HTML 5 drag and drop feature to list your friends in Circles. This interface is much better than Facebook, which has also introduced its own ‘listing’ segment but using it is definitely messy.
  1. It’s a Complete Package – Now you don’t need to log in to Facebook and say ‘Hi’ to your office staff or catch up with your friends by logging in separately to any other social media platform. With Google +, you have better business production and social life all concentrated into one place. You have access to calendars, its application market, word processing, GTalk, Gmail and a host of other applications at one place….a complete package!!!
  1. Google + Hangout – Facebook is way behind Google + when it comes to video chatting. True, Facebook sealed a deal with Skype and just introduced the video chat feature but what Google + did is far better because you can actually see and speak with others without worrying about quality as Google has enhanced its processor speed and video chat quality which is much better than what Skype can manage at this time. You can create your Hangout zones through Google + profile page, invite friends and chat away!
  1. It’s a Top Search Engine Company – Google is a brand. Period. It can stand alone on its own without getting involved in other third party groups. The fact that it has merged with other online companies to widen their productivity and connection shows its brand power. Google has experience to challenge any competitors. Introducing Google + solidifies its online brand.
  1. Google + Games – Are you bored with Farmville and FishVille? Those are decidedly games for kids. If you want a stress buster at the end of the day or something to churn your mind and help you concentrate better, head over to Google + Sparks. Here you can find stuff you are interested in easily, right from fashion to music… you just place your search and Sparks will send stuff related to your interest.
  1. No Advertisements – This might change in the future but as of now Google + does not have any advertisements while Facebook has lots of them. Facebook, even though it is free, looks more like a business platform day-by-day. It maybe possible Google will start placing ads as well, but as of now, it is perfect. Google + is also thinking of intruding a business page for users where, I think, all the advertisement placements should be directed.

These were your 10 reasons why Google + is better than Facebook. Google + is in the beginning stages so we all have to wait and watch how it really performs.

Moreover, the usability of Google + is still a bit restricted because not many people are switching from other social media sites to Google +. Everyone is waiting – waiting to see what Facebook is going to do to sustain the Google + effect and what Google + will do to attract more social media users.

For all our Facebook loyal fans, wait for our next segment on reasons why Facebook is better than Google Plus.

What are your thoughts on Google + and Facebook competition? Share with us below.

Visa Mastercard Scam…Yet Another One

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m really, really sick and tired of all these scams that pop up every time I turn around.

Visa Mastercard ScamAnd I’m not just saying that too blow off steam. My Mother-in-law got taken for $15,000 last year from one of these no-good, rotten conglomerates that have nothing better to do but to feed off of the elderly, scaring them into submission, using their grandchildren as the targets.

If you ask me, these people all need shot…

And just yesterday I was talking with my credit card company because a recurring deduction was not being taken out. They informed me that a no-name company overseas was attempting to add some kind of charge to my account that was not authorized.

I say “kudos” to my credit company for flagging my account and putting a hold on it until the situation was rectified. Yes, maybe a little bit of an inconvenience at the moment but hey, I like an honest company that is looking out for me for a change.

This is the third time this has happened to me in one year and the year isn’t over yet.

Working from home, when that telephone rings – my guard goes up…

Anyway, I guess there’s a new “Scam” out there that I wanted to make sure all of you knew about so I’m forwarding it on to you all.

This one is pretty creative; they have your info. All they need is your security number that is on the back of your card and if given out…they’re good to go.

Here’s what they do so PLEASE, be aware…

Visa / MasterCard FRAUD

Royal Bank received this communication about the newest scam. This is happening in the Midwest right now and moving.

This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece they want..

Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it.

This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard telephone Credit Card Scam works, you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself. One of our employees was called on Wednesday from ‘VISA,’ and I was called on Thursday from ‘MasterCard.’

The visa & mastercard telephone credit card scam works like this:

Person calling says – ‘This is (name), and I’m calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460, Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I’m calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketing company based in Arizona ?’ When you say ‘No’, the caller continues with, ‘Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?’ You say ‘yes’.

The caller continues – ‘I will be starting a Fraud Investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. ‘Do you need me to read it again?’

Here’s the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works – The caller then says, ‘I need to verify you are in possession of your card’. He’ll ask you to ‘turn your card over and look for some numbers’. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the last 3 are the Security Numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the last 3 numbers to him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he’ll say, ‘That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?’

After you say no, the caller then thanks you and states, ‘Don’t hesitate to call back if you do’, and hangs up. You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the card number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20 minutes to ask a question. Are we were glad we did! The REAL VISA Security Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of $497.99 was charged to our card. We made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is reissuing us a new number.. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don’t give it to them. Instead, tell them you’ll call VISA or Master Card directly for verification of their conversation..

The real VISA told us that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you’re receiving a credit; however, by the time you get your statement you’ll see charges for purchases you didn’t make, and by then it’s almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report.

What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a ‘Jason Richardson of MasterCard’ with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA Scam. This time I didn’t let him finish. I hung up! We filed a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we know that this scam is happening. I dealt with a similar situation this morning, with the caller telling me that $3,097 had been charged to my account for plane tickets to Spain , and so on through the above routine..

It appears that this IS a very active scam, and evidently quite successful.

Income Insider’s readers, you need to be vigilant…let others know about this. The more knowledge we gain and share about these sleazy people, the less successful they’ll become…

Looking out for our loyal subscribers is what Income Insiders is all about. We help you make money and we also want to help you keep it!

Know of any other scams? Please, let us know so we can be informed and pass it on…

Can You Earn Money Through Forum Discussions?

Forums are open platforms where users can sign up free of cost, start new ‘threads’ (discussion topics) and communicate with fellow forum participants through posted messages.

Some people confuse forums with chat rooms. Chat rooms are entirely different. In forums, you can hold both public and private communication and turn those discussions into a money earning source.

make money online forumYou can earn a few dollars to hundreds of dollars from forum discussions if you know how to make use of them…So, let’s get started.

Are forums free to join?

Yes, they are. There are no memberships fees asked later in any of the forums you will find online.

Can you have more than one account?

No, you cannot. If you have more than one account, all of them will be banned. The forums register your IP address and the area you log in from. If you are using more than one email id to access forums, you can easily be caught.

How do basic forums work?

Forums always pay for starting discussion threads and for receiving responses on your threads. One of the most popular discussion forums online today is MyLot.com. This forum pays its forum posters on the basis of quality responses, images uploaded and other website usage. At the moment, they have 234,800+ members, a huge number for any forum.

You also get to earn for referring friends. Not only this, a forum will pay you a share when your referrals actively participate in the discussions.

The payout…?

Every forum has its own payout threshold. It can be $5 or $50. You can also select your own payment threshold. The preferred mode of payment is PayPal. Most of the payouts are on monthly basis.

This is important…

You have to keep in mind that not all forums pay its members for discussions. Some forums are used in two ways – for discussions and for Internet marketing.

You can earn lots if you use online forums for the purpose of Internet marketing, including selling products, eBooks and creating back links. In fact, forums are a treasure trove for online marketers.

Read on to know how you should go about making money from forums

[1] Find the RIGHT marketing forum network. You have to research and select the forum you would want to join. Look for niche-specific forums where you can gain expert status and build a rapport with other Internet marketers. Also, forums are an excellent way to gain traffic to your website/blog.

[2] Don’t begin product marketing at the outset. Most of the forum moderators will ban the account if the account user begins to promote products and services immediately after joining. You will be considered as a spammer.

First, you create the account and spend around 3-4 weeks getting to know your fellow marketers and then you can start with your promotions. Assuming that you would have created a favorable and trustworthy impression on other marketers, you will have greater success with forum earnings.

[3] Use forum signatures. While you are waiting to promote your products and services, you can begin indirectly by placing your website and/or blog link/s in your forum post signature space. However, be sure to read the forum’s TOS because some forums do not allow you to post affiliate links in the signature line while others allow only those links that go directly to the users’ website/blog.

Take the signature thing seriously because it is also a chance to show up on Google search engine results, especially when you are posting on popular forums.

Google spiders crawl and index forum posts as well, which means if you have interesting and popular posts to your credit, it will automatically rank on Google, along with the website/blog URL.

In fact, if you are a clever writer, you can use targeted keywords in your discussions and post them on forums. Make sure the keyword insertions do not look forced or spam and the keywords itself should not be out of context or unrelated to the discussion topic.

[4] Be serious about posting. Don’t think that forum discussions are a quick way to build a client base online. You have to be diligent and serious about forum participation. Most of the Internet marketers registered on forums fail to succeed because they just post a few times and disappear. Instead… acclimatize yourself with the forum and create interesting discussion topics.

[5] Build relationships. Forums are a good way to build trusted relationships and to become a valued member of the community. Involve your time in forum networking.

[6] Give review copies. For forum marketers promoting their product or service online for the first time, it works when you create a promotion thread on the forum and invite others to review it.

By review, one means that you send the product or lend the service free of cost the first time and ask other forum users to read, use or apply it. Ideally, those forum users who have a good feedback score/rating and experience should be welcomed.

You can give away, let’s say, 10 review copies, and when you receive positive feedback, you open the product/service for sale, using the feedback received as recommendations.

[7] Use your feedback. Of course, the feedback you received on the forum will help you to make money but don’t forget to use those feedback to promote the products and services at other sites. In fact, you can link the forum to your website in the testimonials section as a proof for people who can expect value for their money in buying from you.

Or, you can send the forum feedback link to new clients that you contact outside the forum as proof of your authenticity and credibility.

To conclude, forum discussions are one of the best ways to earn money online. You can earn through discussions and promoting products or services, or both. It is a quick and effective way to create your business presence online.

And to answer the question asked in the blog title, you can earn a great deal of cash through forum discussions.

14 Common SEO Mistakes You Should NEVER Make

There are some mistakes in SEO which are unforgivable. If you make these mistakes, no matter how much money and tactics you put forth, you will never make huge profits. Your website still won’t be able to get a good ranking and your business will be suffering heavily.

Common SEO Mistakes

The mistakes are listed below along with the ways to avoid them…

1. Never keep your Google AdWords Tool set to Broad Match mode.

SEO MistakesThe “Broad match” mode in the Google AdWords Tool is something that must be avoided because it includes multiple word phrases while showing a number of queries about the specified keyword.

For example, if you are searching for a number of queries on belt, it will include results of queries like leather belt, cheap belts and others. So, you don’t come to know the exact number of queries, which can be harmful for your business.

You should always remember to deselect the option of “Broad match” mode in Google AdWords tool before performing a search for a keyword.  You should select the option of Exact Match mode.

2. Don’t do too much of internal linking.

Your page should just contain links to related topics and not all the links you want your site to link with. This discourages visitors to visit to your site. The site should not be clogged with internal links.

3. You should always log in to view free tools.

Most of the regularly used web based tools restrict the information if you are not logged in. You should always be logged in to gain full information. Incomplete information is always dangerous for any Internet business. This helps to get information to better the optimization of your website.

4. Always switch off your Google Instant.

You should always switch off the Google Instant before adding parameters at the end of SERP URLs. Without switching it off, the URL parameters of your website doesn’t work.

5. You should design your URLs according to the keywords used.

You should start with making a list of the most desired keywords then using the keywords in appropriate places throughout your content and then make keyword pairs to match with the URL of your website.

6. Always use the keyword used by the customers.

You may sometimes think to use industry accepted terms as your keywords but the customers generally have no idea about the industrial terms. They use very basic terms and language to make their search.

Therefore, the keywords should always be selected according to the words popular among the users and not the technical words.

For example, people love to search for kitchen appliances instead of kitchen electrics though kitchen electric is the technically accepted term. As your priority is to get customers, you should start using their language instead of being adamant on your industrial terms.

7. Never use the removal tool.

You should not use the removal tools if you want the spiders to take your permission before accessing your URL. Instead you can use Metarobot noindex Meta tags. It is used to remove links temporarily.

8. Don’t skip the keyword brainstorming phase.

You may find it boring and tiring to go through the keyword brainstorming phase but it helps a lot to improve your business. If you don’t want to work a lot for it, you can choose Google Suggest, a very easy to use application that let’s you decide keywords. It auto completes all the work.

You can include pages containing interesting facts related to products you deal in. This will interest people to visit your site more often and will help in your business tremendously.

9. You should always return a 404 status code when the URL is non-existent.

Google always checks if your site is fake or real. You are always supposed to return a 404 code when the requested URL is non-existent. This makes you trustworthy in the eyes of Google. Talk to the webmaster about installing the 404 status message.

10. You should get yourself a web host to host blogs.

You may think it is useless to waste money when you get options of free hosted blogs on WordPress.com and Blogger.com. The fact is that they are not that flexible and don’t even install your choice of plug-ins.

It may be costly to hire a web host just for blogging but it is worth it. Your purpose of a blog is to get more customers and this purpose can’t be fulfilled using free hosted blogs.

11. You should always have links of the top pages on your home page.

You should always think in terms of SEO while displaying content on your home page. The links that are most popular should appear on the home page.

Think in terms of ranking on Google so you should always choose the popular products and put them on your homepage to increase the number of visitors.

12. Build links to pages that are related to your links.

Many marketers overlook the importance of building links to the pages that link to their website. There may be no visible direct benefit but there are a lot of indirect benefits of building links. For instance, you can count the number of visitors visiting you through these indirect links.

13. You should try using canonical tags.

Canonical Tags are “codes used by search engine crawlers/spiders to tell search engines what URL is the original version of your webpage”. The canonical tag may not always be useful but it does help a lot if you are creating ecommerce websites. You should always use it because you never know what can be a turning point in Internet marketing.

14. Always perform an IP neighborhood check before entering a new IP neighborhood.

It is very important to perform this test before entering a new IP neighborhood so that you know that you are not sharing your IP address with any fraudulent websites that have a bad reputation. This affects your business a lot. Moreover, you can check out your competitors and find out the websites they own.

You can check IP neighborhood through free websites like WebsiteNeighbors.com. They also show Google PR ranking and Alexa rank for each website.

In closing…

These points may seem very basic but not following these rules can do harm to your business beyond repair. Hence, these common SEO mistakes are unforgivable.