Demystifying Bounce Rate Using Google Analytics

Many bloggers, Internet marketers and small business owners have an incorrect understanding of what the term “bounce rate” actually is and the role it plays in business. We think that if we have less than a 50% bounce rate, our blog is among the best; however, this is a very wrong impression.

Whether you should be happy about the blog’s bounce rate depends on a lot of factors. A blog with a 90% average bounce rate may be more useful than the one with a 35% average bounce rate.

Therefore, let’s demystify the bounce rate syndrome.

What is Bounce Rate?

The Google Analytics bounce rate tool measures the conversion rate and/or functions as the popularity meter for the specific blog page, website or landing page. Internet marketers regularly suggest that bloggers should try to keep the bounce rate below 50% but as we will see in this post, it doesn’t matter that much.

When do you have a bounce?

You have a bounce, either less or more, when someone visits a particular web page, spends some time on it and leaves. The visitor does not interact with anymore pages.

Does the Google methodology have any faults?

When you view Google Analytics, it not only gives you the bounce rate but the time spent on the site.

Now let’s see what Google has to say about them.

On ‘Bounce Rate’

If a user leaves your site after loading the first page, regardless of any interaction, this is considered a bounce.

On ‘Time on Site’

If users are only loading one page on your site, irrespective of how much they interact with that page, their time on site is 0:00 to Google Analytics.

For instance, if you visit any of the Income Insiders blog pages, read the content in 59 seconds, and leave without clicking on any other page, Google Analytics will show the bounce rate as 100.00% and the time on site as 0:00, not 59 seconds.

The above situation can happen despite the fact that the page you visited was excellent, exactly what you were looking for and highly recommended by you for others.

For the blog webmaster, the performance for the page will be 0 and the webmaster is likely to place the page back in ‘drafts’ for “non-performance,” which will be a very negative action.

Therefore, YES, the Google Analytics bounce page evaluation is not entirely foolproof.

The Google algorithm becomes more misleading for the following reasons:

1. Your blog has a form to capture leads or direct visitors to a landing page. This means that when a user comes to a page, spots the landing page link in 35 seconds, navigates away from the page, signs up or buys a product / service, Google Analytics will give you a 100% bounce rate but in reality, the 100% bounce rate gave you a SALE.

2. You deliberately recommend users to external links. Hence, it is entirely possible that the user may want to click on the external link and navigate away.

3. If the user finds all the information on one page and spends minutes reading it, why would the same user click on any other webpage link? But Analytics does not consider this. Thus, if the user spends 10 minutes on the same page, it will still be shown as 100% bounce rate. You think – is this good or bad?

Other reasons for a higher bounce rate:

1. The visitor clicks on the ads and navigates away.

2. The visitor types a new URL on the browser or closes the browser altogether.

3. The visitor hits the “back” button.

Should you worry about a high bounce rate?

To answer this, you should do a holistic assessment of the blog/website. It entirely depends on the purpose – the aim of the blog.

Google Analytics is undoubtedly a powerful tool but you must know when to take it seriously and when not to.

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If the website/blog is a lead capture page, informative knowledge base, displays an opt-in form or a subscription page, a higher bounce rate is not unusual; hence, nothing to worry about.

BUT, if you have a blog like a million others publishing content, AdSense ads, and affiliate ads, you DO need less than at least a 60% bounce rate.

Use the tips to lower the bounce rate.

Tips to Improve Bounce Rate

Simple formula –>to reduce bounce rate, you need to RETAIN visitors.

The tips below tell you how to improve bounce rate.

1. Add videos. Use YouTube or create your own, and embed it within the blog post.

2. Add a “Related Posts” plugin from the WordPress plugin database. The plugin will show similar posts at the end of the blog, prompting the reader to check those too.

3. Use a search box.

4. Give internal links. It will be better if the internal links are from the blog itself. Of course, if your blog is new, this is hard to do but don’t forget it.

5. The “Subscription” box should be clearly visible on the blog.

6. The blog should be easy to navigate. Place categories and recent posts links in clear visibility.

7. Do not fill the blog with banner ads. It makes the blog look cluttered; hence, loss of visitors.

8. Write informative content.

9. External or internal links should open in a new window.

10. Improve the load time of the site.

11. Articles longer than 1000 words should be split into parts.

12. Remove pop-up ads. They are annoying.


Don’t fret about bounce rates all the time. It’s significant too but first, perform an assessment of your blog and identify how much significance the bounce rate will have for you.

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80 Productivity and Marketing Tools – Part One

We Internet marketers tend to spend a lot of time surfing the web for productivity and marketing tools. One cannot define a fixed list of tools that marketers need; therefore, when marketers really need such handy tools, they don’t find any!

Productivity and Marketing ToolsWith this thought in mind, we have created a list of 80 productivity and marketing tools that you need no matter what product or service you are marketing. Unless specifically mentioned, all these tools are for FREE.

Since the list is very exhaustive, it will be published in eight parts, containing 10 tools in each.

Productivity and Marketing Tools

1. Name: 7-ZIP


Description: 7-Zip is an open source platform, an alternative to Win Zip. This is a free tool whereas Win Zip comes with a 40-day trial period and then a paid subscription. The 7-ZIP is under GNU LGPL license.

The software can be used on any computer – both personal and commercial. It is suitable for Windows XP /Vista/ Windows 7 / 2003 / 2000 / 2008 / 1998/ NT / ME.

This tool compresses 30% to 70% better than Win Zip.

Use: Marketers need the Zip tool to upload heavy files, create eBook downloads and other tasks.

2. Name: Audacity


Description: This is a free multilingual audio tool which can be used to record and edit audio files. This works on Windows, GNU, Linux, and Mac operating systems.

Audacity can be used to record live audio; cut, paste and mix audio; convert tapes into CDs and lots more.

Use: Bloggers, website owners and marketers can use this tool to create important audio files, embed it on sales pages or on their blogs for listeners.

3. Name: AVG


Description: It is free anti-virus software – the most downloaded free anti-virus. These days you really need to use advanced security systems to prevent hackers from playing havoc with your PC/laptop.

It is used by more than 100 million people. Unlike other security systems, this does not slow down your system and has identity protection enabled to secure your personal data.

Use: Protect PC/laptop/notebook from hacking, virus, Trojan, spyware, malware and other computer infecting components.

4. Name: Adobe Reader


Description: It is another free, important – digital marketing tool your online business cannot do without. And the download includes Adobe® AIR® latest version.

Use: After Adobe Reader installation, you can easily view, download and read PDF files on your computer. You do not need Internet connectivity to open downloaded Adobe files.

5. Name: Backlink Watch


Description: Backlinks are important to measure the success ratio of your inbound marketing efforts.

This is a free backlink checker tool that will tell you how many backlinks a blog/website has, the PR of the backlink giving URL, the number of Outbound Links visible on the backlink giving page, flag ‘no-follow’ links, and highlight the anchor keyword.

Just type the URL and you will get the list.

Use: Check backlinks.

6. Name: Browser Shots


Description: The Browser Shot is a really impressive tool to know how your website will look on various browsing systems. A blog may work fine on IE but may look worse on Chrome.

Hence, the genesis of this tool; it will show how the blog/website looks on Linux, Windows, Mac and BSD browsers. There are more than 100 browser versions listed. Either choose all or choose a few specific ones – your choice.

Tip – Check Google Analytics account and see the list of browsers from where visitors view your site. Select those for Browser Shot.

Use: Check browser compatibility.

7. Name: C Cleaner


Description: The C Cleaner cleanses unused or useless files from your computer. The tool makes the computer faster and protects your online privacy. It cleans the temporary files, cookies, history, index, form history, download history from IE, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari.

When you visit the download link above, choose either Download for PC or Download for Mac.

Use: Computer cleaner software.  It is good for Internet marketers.

8. Name: Color Cop


Description: It is a multipurpose color tool which indentifies various hex colors, copies to the clipboard and can be further used. Visit the download link and click on the English version of the software.

It has multiple output options with Visual Basic, Visual C + +, Delphihex, HTML hex, RGB float and PowerBuilder. See the list of features.

Use: Programmers and web designers can use Color Cop specifically. If you are into website designing, this is a very good tool to learn / practice / experiment with various color combinations and codes.

9. Name: Create Space

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Description: It is a free publishing tool; enabling authors to self publish their fictional or non-fictional books to a wider audience. This is basically on-demand publishing and the website works in conjunction with Amazon’s Kindle.

There is a good royalty program too. The royalty varies whether you are publishing on Amazon, other e-Stores and/or going through a direct distribution system.

Their free tools also include developing a cover page and proofreading.

Use: Good for budding authors. Marketers can get their self authored quality eBooks published as well.

10. Name: Down for Everyone

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Description: If you want to check whether the site is up and running not only for you but for everyone, this is the best tool.

Visit the link, type the site URL, and hit Enter. It will let you know instantly if your site is working or not.

Use: Site checking. Good tool for small business and marketing websites that constantly needs high uptime.

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41) Earn Money with Forums

Forums are live discussion boards that attract a lot of footfall because of the kind of information you get to view there.

Ways to Make Money in 2012Either you can join existing forums like Warrior Forum or you can create your own forum. Either way you can use them as an investment strategy to earn money. On your own forum, you can make money by showing advertisements.

Once the forum starts getting a high number of memberships, you can also open a premium registration or upgrade facility and offer premium products and services.

No Internet marketing guru will tell you the real worth of forums but it is there..believe it.


42) Sell links on Blogs

There are marketers who would love to pay you for placing permanent links on your blog content. Of course, there is a certain criteria like:

  • Blog Page Ranking
  • Alexa Rank
  • Traffic

Even if your blog is PR1, you can try this strategy. Or if it is not, you can still try because there are certain people who are willing to look at content quality and not PR or traffic.

What you have to do is place the link on your chosen keyword or the one provided by the client. The cost of such links starts from $1 and well, there is no limit.

It all depends on your negotiation.


43) Become a Virtual Assistant

Are you good at being a secretary or a personal assistant? Can you respond to official mails – or provide live customer care support?

If you can, try being a virtual assistant. There are short term online courses to prepare you for the same. 99 percent of the time, virtual assistants are needed by small business owners to help them make their businesses run more smoothly.

You can work from your home and your earnings will depend on the work you are performing. Experienced virtual assistants can charge $50 per hour so you can start with a basic $10 per hour.

Your earnings will depend on your efforts and abilities.


44) Use Paid Search Engines

While not all search engines are as big as Google or Yahoo, there are other search engines which are ready to pay you using their search tool to find relevant information.

Yes, they offer money in cents but if you search Google and Yahoo daily, you can spend some time on other upcoming search engines.


45) Earn Money with Triond

Triond is one of the oldest article submission sites which will pay you for writing articles for them and they also have an AdSense revenue sharing program for you to integrate your AdSense account with your articles.

However, you are given 50 percent of the revenue only and the rest is kept by Triond.

There is a third money making option too – Triond pays you a certain amount based on the kind of page views received on all articles.

The payments are made every month and they even send you an earning statement.


46) Create Software

If you are a techie person, you can make LOTS of money online by developing and selling software with a license. You can either develop software for others or make your own software and sell them online.

After you have made your software, create an official website to market it, establish an automatic payment gateway and you are done. Use lots of online marketing techniques and if your product has value, there will be sales.


47) Participate in Online Contests

This won’t give you a regular source of income and neither will I suggest you to make it one but sometimes, it is worthwhile to participate in online contests.

99 percent of the time these contests pay cash prizes. There are software development contests, app contents, writing contests…a whole Pandora box is out there.

Just Google the kind of content you would like to participate in, such as “writing contests” and choose whichever you like.


48) Earn Money with M Turk

M Turk is a venture of Amazon where they provide Human Intelligence Tasks to people. M Turk is one of the most legitimate ways to make money online. You can answer questions, do language translations, data entry, make logos and lots of other tasks.

The tasks carry a specific price and has to be done in the allotted time. For registered Amazon users, you can log in with the same account or create a new one.

You don’t have to wait for application approval. You can start working as soon as you login.


49) Earn Money with Advertise Space

Advertise Space is the next best alternative to Buy Sell Ads. It does not have a huge marketplace like Buy Sell Ads but if you are a new publisher, just starting out with your blog, you should experiment with Advertise Space.

They don’t check your PR or the amount of traffic. The blog is approved instantly and you can start bidding for advertising space.

The current payout is $25 and PayPal is the mode of payment.


50) Earning Money with Global Test Market

Global Test Market has been in existence since 1999 and is a legitimate online survey network.

You can join the network if you are more than 14 years old. Every survey gives you about 100 points and once you have accumulated 1000 points, it is converted into $50.

You can get payment through PayPal or shopping vouchers.



I am sure there are more than 50 ways to make money online and if you can cleverly choose even 10 of them, you are set for 2014.

Do share with us your online money making method in the comments section below. 🙂

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31) Earn Money with Flickr

Ways to Make MoneyFlickr does not offer any direct earning money methods as we have seen in the earlier sites but you can still earn money from them.

If you have a good eye for photography, you can use Flickr to post stock images that cannot be downloaded for free. If they are of high quality and resolution, you can put them up for sale at a suitable price.

Further, if you are into affiliate marketing, you can embed the affiliate links with images using the notes function. Therefore, when anyone clicks on those links and buys a product, you get paid.

With Flickr, you can be innovative in your marketing.

32) Earning Money with Meta Cafe

Like we had discussed about YouTube earlier, Meta Cafe is another similar video portal for revenue earnings. They have a program where you need to create your own videos and earn it on Meta Cafe.

To start earning, each of your uploaded videos should have a minimum of 20,000 views and a 3 rating. After this, you get to earn a maximum of $5 for every 1000 views.

Personally, if you know about video creating, then only you should go for this earning money online method because there is no point in outsourcing this task as the rate of return is much less – $5 for 1000 views.

33) Earn Money with Buy Sell Ads

If you are a blogger, you would know how difficult it is to directly contact advertisers and sell ad space on your blog. If you contact 100 people, 95% will turn down the offer.

However, if you want to get rid of the direct contact and getting turned down trend, you should join Buy Sell Ads. It is a direct advertising network where bloggers register their blogs for advertisers to see and buy your blog ad space.

Buy Sell Ads has a huge marketplace so you have a greater chance to get advertisers. Publishers (you) are paid 75% of the total advertisement revenue and the remaining 25% is kept by the administration as their fees.

34) Earn Money with Slice the Pie

If you are a big music junkie, Slice the Pie is where you should try making money online. As far as I am aware, their earning money program is unique because they pay you for commenting or reviewing the uploaded music videos.

The only condition is you have to listen to the music tracks for at least one full minute before you start commenting or reviewing.

If music is your passion, you might as well start earning from it!

35) Earning Money with Yahoo! Answers

One of the largest question-answer sites today, the Yahoo! Answers portal offers a very big platform for the clever affiliate marketer to try and make commissions.

Please note that Yahoo! Answers does not offer a direct or official earning money online option. What you can do is keep niche affiliate links ready, browse through the question sections in the selected niche, offer genuine answers and stick the affiliate link in the end.

If the affiliate product you are offering is really good, in the way that it solves the person’s problem, there is a high chance that the person will buy it too, giving you affiliate commission.

Most importantly, Yahoo does not ban us from leaving affiliate links. However, it does not mean that you will leave the same link in every question, in which case it will be considered as spam.

36) Earning Money making Twitter Backgrounds

If you are good in designing, you can make money from Twitter by designing Twitter backgrounds. Since Twitter is being increasingly used by business personnel’s to market their products and services, there is a demand out there for business-specific brand name building and Twitter background building is also involved in it.

You can create a separate website to show the twitter designs and promote the same using twitter. This is how twitter becomes your marketing channel as the source of earning money too.

Check out this list of best twitter profile designs.

37) Earning Money through Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking sites like and really provides bloggers extensive content exposure and traffic but social bookmarking is a painful task, especially for those bloggers who upload more than one post daily. Logging in to bookmarking sites to bookmark the blog is time consuming.

Therefore, many bloggers outsource this task and this is where you come in as the service provider. You can provide the social bookmarking service for bloggers, combined with other blogger services as well.

38) Earning Money by Making WordPress Themes

More than half of the blogging population uses WordPress themes for blogging because of its easy content management system and navigation. Most of the time, bloggers look for free themes but if they like one theme particularly, they are willing to pay for it too.

And if you are good with CSS, PHP and HTML coding, try creating a WordPress theme which you can sell through professional theme websites. This is important if you want people to take you seriously and buy for you.

Moreover, if earning money is not your criteria then you can give away the themes for free and it will give you a back link since the footer of the theme will contain your details.

39) Earning Money with Hub Pages

In 2011, after the Google and Panda update, many people complained about losing their Hub Page traffic and earnings but if you are starting now, it is good because you have a higher chance of content ranking, traffic and revenue earning.

What you need to do is create hubs, include Amazon, eBay or AdSense links in the hubs and publish it. You get 100% of the earnings generated from your links and 60% from the money generated from your hub content.

Hub Pages is one of my few chosen places to earn money from my writing skill.

Read in detail about making money from Hub Pages.

40) Earning Money with Helium

Helium is another writing portal where you can earn advertising revenues and money from the content page views. Like Hub Pages, you have to create high quality content. Sometimes, if the internal editing department likes your hub very much they will consider buying it upfront or ask you to write on specific topics.

Otherwise, you can earn between 1 USD and 5 USD for every 1000 page views per content piece.

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21) Earn with

Gather is a paid social networking site that pays you money to remain active on the social site. Its similar to Facebook; the only difference being that Gather pays you for being active and Facebook does not. You can earn on Gather by doing the following:

    Ways to Make Money Online in 2012

  • Posting videos
  • Posting pictures
  • Updating status
  • Using their apps
  • Playing games and others

Whatever points you accumulate through these tasks can be redeemed in the form of cash and/or Amazon vouchers and other gift cards.

I think this is a very new and novel way of earning cash through social media. In fact, if you are good in reviewing, you can review products or services you have used on Gather and get paid for the same.

Again, I would say, this kind of earning source will not tide you over every month but it can surely pay your little menacing bills, cover gift costs, buy something extra for yourself and so on.

22) Earn Money with She Told Me

While researching for this list, I came across She Told Me. Apparently, it is the biggest AdSense sharing revenue network these days.

In this, you get to write your own chosen articles and get paid. I don’t know whether they pay upfront for the articles but they surely pay for the AdSense revenues.

Here the AdSense is divided into 3 blocks – one block is for the writer (yours), the second block is for She Told Me and the third block is for the referrer (if any) who recommended the website.

The best thing – if you already have a Chitika advertisement account, you can insert your own Chitika ads and earn 100% revenue from them.

Signing up is free.

23) Earn Money with

Hits4Pay is one of the oldest sponsored email reading networks online since 1998. Here you get a signing bonus of $5 and they pay you 2 cents for every email you read. Sometimes the emails pay you 5 cents but those are rare.

If you refer people and they sign up, you get 2 cents for every email read by the referral.

The payout is $25, credited to your account through PayPal.

24) Earn Money with

Like She Told Me, Xomba is another AdSense revenue sharing portal where you write content for Xomba and enter into a 60-40 partnership ratio. Xomba gives you 60% of the advertisement revenue.

Obviously, the content has to be highly search engine optimized to get any kind of revenue. There is an extensive list of topics for you to choose. You can write on anything as long as it is relevant and you should have an AdSense account.

Signing up is free.

25) Earn Money with Commission Junction

Like ClickBank, Commission Junction (CJ) is another highly popular and credible network for affiliate earnings. There is a huge repository of digital products like web hosting services, domains, software, eBooks and others.

The commission percentage is between 2% and 70%. Like with any other affiliate network, all you have to do is:

  • Create an account
  • Fill in payment details
  • Select a product with good commissions
  • Review it (if you want)
  • Spread the word around with relevant affiliate links

…and earn affiliate commission. Commission is paid out for every valid sale. The minimum payout if 100 USD and the common mode of payment is PayPal.

Please check out their payment details for country specific payment options.

26) Earn Money with Sponsored Tweets

Supposedly the most trusted way to earn money online through Twitter advertising, Sponsored Tweets pays you for posting paid tweets on your Twitter account. It is not an issue if you use multiple Twitter accounts for tweeting.

There are two options – Pay Per Click and Pay Per Tweet – the Pay Per Click can offer about $5 per click and the Pay Per Tweet can sometimes offer $150 per tweet. Of course, the amount per click or per tweet depends on what you are tweeting about.

50 USD is the minimum payout and you’ll need a PayPal account for receiving the money.

Signing up is free.

27) Earn Money with Text Link Ads (TLA)

Text Link Ads (TLA) is yet another advertising network where the advertisers pay for displaying texts and hyperlinks to the publisher. (the blogger) I would suggest that you sign up for TLA only if you have PR 1+. PR 0 blogs rarely get an opportunity to display ads.

The advertisers place their ads for a fixed period of time. The price of the text links are to be set by the publisher. (you) Be careful while setting this price because you get only 50% of the amount because the remaining goes to TLA as their earning. Therefore, it is a 50%-50% revenue account.

You are either paid through PayPal or TLA vouchers and the minimum amount you should have for payment is $25 for those who want to be paid through prepaid Master Card or through global checks.

28) Earn Money with Sponsored Reviews

If you are interesting in reviewing products and services on your blog but you are having a hard time finding paid review sponsors, Sponsored Reviews is one of the best marketplaces to try.

Here you register the membership account, link your blog, set the price and start bidding on paid sponsors.

Please note that you will receive only 50% of the amount you set for reviews as the other 50% is taken by Sponsored Reviews. Moreover, the chances of your blog getting good offers depends on its PR and the number of daily page views and unique visitors. The maximum you can get is $500 per review.

Payments are credited every 2 weeks into PayPal and there is no minimum payout criteria.

29) Earn Money with

Fiverr is one of its kind initiator of the mini-marketplace concept where you can sell anything for a fiver. ($5) The Fiverr company deducts $1 from each seller so you basically get $4 per sale.

What can you sell? Your answer is – anything under the sun. For instance, you can find writing services, voiceover services, tattoo designing, web designing, poetry writing, sand writing…and hundreds of others.

When I visited the site a few days back, one gig caught my eye – there was this gig wherein the girl would write your name or the ad (am not sure!) on her lips, take a picture and send it to the buyer. Very weird! But she is the top-rated seller there. So as I said, you can sell just about anything 🙂

30) Earn Money with eHow

A few months back, eHow partnered with Demand Studios to build a network of quality writers. eHow is famous for its “how-to” articles that gives you step-by-step solutions or tutorials.

You can try to become an eHow writer. Your earning is generated through the number of page views the content receives every month.

Last I checked, Demand Studios were taking writers only from the US and Canada so unless you are in these countries, it is impossible to become an eHow writer.

Nevertheless, the earning potential is wide and you are paid through PayPal.

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11. Create Niche Blogs

Unlike regular blogs, niche blogs are keyword centric, which are targeted to rank high on search engines. For instance, there are many people blogging about mobiles, but only a few are talking about Nokia ONLY.

Make Money Online in 2012So if you have a site whose content is only about Nokia, you are creating a niche blog which has higher chances of better keyword rankings. Later you can add contextual ads and earn money.

Or, you can sell the niche blogs at a very high price if it has 1) good content; 2) high traffic; 3) ad revenue potential.

You can read an inspiring post about blogs that sold for millions.

12. Social Network Activity

Apart from Facebook and Twitter, there are many other social networking sites that have found a new way to make money online and distribute a portion of the revenue to their down line.

These social networking sites ask you to sign up and pay you for using the social network. As more members sign up, it increases the social network owner’s chances of displaying more advertisements and earn revenue.

I don’t know whether this method is legal or not but such social networking sites do exist and people are earning from them regularly.

13. Trading on FOREX

FOREX trading is similar to share trading with the difference that in FOREX you have to buy and sell currencies. The value of currency differs with every country. For instance, USD 1 = 51.30 INR and this value changes everyday.

FOREX trading is very lucrative. You can find various online FOREX trading platforms like To make profits via this strategy, you have to first reserve foreign currencies for a period of time and when the value of the currency increases, you can sell off those currencies and earn your profit.

Of course, don’t expect to earn from Day 1. You have to research currency valuation for the last 6 months at least to see how your chosen currencies have trended in the market and then you should make the plunge.

14. High Yielding Investment Programs

There are various financial institutions online where you can invest your money for a fixed period of time. These are called high yielding investment programs because they give you periodic fixed returns for the whole duration of the investment, until the last day of the fixed deposition.

At the end, you get back the total amount you had invested as the principal sum. For instance, you invest $20,000 for 3 years with a periodic return of $1000 every five – six months. At the end of 3 years, you get back the whole $20,000 in principal.

This is a good source of investment for long-term secondary income.

15. Start your Own Web Store

Are you good in creating knitted sweaters? Or, are you good in making handmade jewelry? Or are you a writer who is interested in creating eBooks?

With the Internet, it has become doubly easy to sell online. What can you sell? Anything that is worthy of every buck spent by the buyer. There are online premium platforms where you can create your online store and make money from those sales.

If you are interested in affiliate marketing, you can create an E-store of affiliate products, market them and earn commissions.

In other words, you run a full fledged business right from your own home. Just make sure the products are of quality and they are easily shipped all over the world, unless it is an exclusive digital product.

16. Become a Guest Author

It is a misconception that guest authors work for free. Of course, unless you are yourself a blogger and want to guest post on other blogs to increase backlinks, there is no money involved.

However, there are clients out there who are willing to hire only guest posters to research high Page Ranking (PR) blogs, pitch them, write guest posts, publish them and get backlinks to the client websites…and you are paid for all this stuff.

If you have good writing skills, you can easily charge $20 per guest blog of 500 words. You can also create a list of PR 2 blogs to contact freelance clients. A client will always be impressed with a ready made list.

17. Online Teaching

If you don’t want any physical teaching job, you can become an online teacher. Online teachers are in great demand in the US and UK where parents usually prefer Indian teachers because of their vast subject-based knowledge resource.

You can either create an independent website offering online teaching services or you can join online tutorial websites and charge on a per hour basis.

If you are teaching online, be expected to get students from around the world. You need to think about this because there will definitely be time zone differences, sometimes 12-13 hours time difference.

Online teaching is a very lucrative business.

18. Create Search Engine

Google allows you to create a separate search engine for your website. You can do this through AdSense.

First you need a website with good content, then you can custom embed the AdSense codes along with AdSense ads. Therefore, whenever anyone uses your website as a search engine and clicks on the ads displayed, you get to earn money.

It is not easy to make this search engine. You have to read about AdSense in detail to implement this strategy. Not to forget that if your website has good traffic footfall daily, the earning potential increases a lot.

19. Review Products

Before the Internet, there was radio advertisements, TV advertisements, fliers, and other marketing methods that asked consumers to review products and give the company representatives their honest feedback.

Now the companies have left the traditional marketing methodology and have shifted online. They look for people who can review their products, either free or paid, and write about them. This new trend is known as Blogger Marketing.

You only need a website/blog, the skill to write a review and good traffic. Depending on the deal you have with the company, you can even get a small percentage share for sales coming through your website/blog. But don’t confuse this with affiliate marketing, it is entirely different.

You can earn anywhere between $10 – $50+ per product review.

20. Create Tunes

Recall your favorite advertising tunes from your childhood that you used to love very much! These days audio producing companies turn to online tune makers for creating advertising tunes or music for their songs.

Visit and you will be amazed by the variety of such services. You can use Fruity Loops, a tune generator software, to create great tunes and sell them to advertising companies for all they are worth.

Best is to open an E-Store of tunes, hang a price tag and let buyers take their pick.

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50 Ways to Make Money Online – Part One

As I had written almost a year back, the Internet is still the Pandora box waiting for us to make money online in 2014.

Ways to Make Money OnlineIn the last 14 years, we have come across plenty of make money online options. Below is a list of the top and the best 50 ways to earn quite handsomely in the year – 2014.

Note: We will post 10 at a time…

This list consists of only those ways which I think, both theoretically and practically, will be able to give us really good returns.

Earning Potential – Approx. $5 to $5000+ per month


50 Ways to Make Money Online


1. Flipping Domains

You can make really good money if you know how to select premium domains and sell them online, known popularly as flipping domains. How does this work?

…and then you put this up for sale.

People are willing to pay for these kinds of websites because everything is almost done for them.

However, if you do not want to create websites/blogs, add content and ads, just buy premium domain names and sell them after some time. I have seen such kind of domain names being bought for more than $1000 whose original price was not more than $20. The older the domain name is, you get a better price.

2. Affiliate Marketing

Income Insiders has an entire section devoted to affiliate marketing. If you are interested in sales and marketing, try affiliate marketing by all means. Of course, some may tell you that this field is over flowing, that it has become saturated.

But the fact is only about 10% of affiliate marketers are able to make money online while the others fail. So you actually have 90% of the market open for you to explore.

Affiliate networks like eBay and Amazon pay around 75% commission to affiliate. You can join any affiliate network you want, promote the products, get sales and you earn commissions.

The potential of earning money online through affiliate marketing is unlimited. Period.

3. Designing Logos

Logo designers are in great demand. Not everyone is a designer and neither does 100% of the web users know how to use Photoshop to design logos.

Visit mini marketplaces like and you will be amazed to see just how many people are willing to offer logo designing services for just $5, excluding the $1 commission charges.

A Logo gives a company brand image. If you are good at logo designing, make it your niche and start promoting yourself on freelancing websites like,, and others to start your freelance web designer career.

4. Sell eBooks

Digital book or electronic book, call it whatever you may like, selling eBooks will continue to be a lucrative proposition in 2014. In a world of information overload, there is a demand for quality content still, which eBooks are in a position to provide.

Whether you write your own eBooks or you become an affiliate for eBooks written by others, it is a wonderful opportunity to make money online. In fact, if you have written your own eBook, you can maximize earnings by putting it up on the market for affiliates.

Like this you can create your own affiliate market and increase sales, which gives you maximum profit.

5. Facebook Money

I feel Facebook is becoming a monopoly in itself by trying to compete with Google. Hardly a day goes by for those 500 million active Facebook users when they do not login to Facebook. This trend gives you two opportunities:

  • Market your product and services on Facebook and get contacted by clients.
  • There are many apps on Facebook which gives money making opportunities. For instance, there is a Facebook-centric writing network and again, there is a service which pays you to sign up on other websites. The second one may not pay much but no problem, the agenda is to earn money. Even a penny is money.

If you want to target Facebook, I suggest you remain online there as much as you can in any given day and explore the possibilities.

6. Earn Money with GPT Websites

GPT or “Get Paid To” websites are those websites where you have to sign up and do various “odd jobs” online which you normally do sometimes but without receiving any payment in return.

For instance, the GPT websites can ask you to fill out surveys, post tweets, click on ads, surf the net and other such things. It takes barely an hour daily for this kind of work.

People who are using such sites to make a marginal amount of quick money online without implementing any skills other than the skill of browsing the Internet can make use of the GPT websites.

But beware – there are many fraud GPT sites out there too so just Google the GPT website name to read user reviews first.

7. YouTube Channel

A housewife, bored with sitting at home doing nothing, started to share her cooking videos on YouTube regularly. Within two months, her YouTube channel had million views and she started earning from YouTube video advertisements. She earned $1000 one month.

Later, YouTube offered her partnership and now she earns a guaranteed $1500+ every month from those videos.

This is the power of video content marketing. If you have any skills that you think will benefit people, make YouTube your major earning source.

8. Sharing Files

Income Insiders has a detailed blog post on making money by sharing files. You earn when people download the files you upload. What do these files have? Anything!

You can upload information based files, data files, general subject based info and others. These files can be both text-based and image-based. Here the earning depends on the type of file you have uploaded and the number of downloads. Most of the websites pay per 1000 downloads.

Read the above linked blog post. You will see a resource list of many high paying and reputed websites paying money by sharing files.

However, please make sure that these files do not infringe copyright.

9. Google AdSense

You can read about making money with Google AdSense in detail from here.

Google AdSense is undoubtedly the first and foremost choice of people who want to make money online through advertisement revenues. It is a misconception that you need a website or a blog to make money online from AdSense.

In fact, there are lots of AdSense revenue sharing websites that will allow you to integrate Google AdSense advertisements with your content and allow you to earn revenue.

If you are not ready for the first way, I suggest that you play around with AdSense a bit through the content revenue generation system before starting blogs and websites.

10. eBay Selling and Affiliate-ship

eBay, one of the largest online shopping portals, allows you to sell goods online and earn money by becoming a product affiliate too and turn eBay marketplace into a second income source.

If you have a garage full of old sporting goods or a massive library of books or anything else that has value, list them on eBay, select the country you can ship to, set the price or choose auction mode and you are set.

Alternatively, if you have a blog or website, you can become an eBay affiliate to sell products and earn commissions.

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4 Reasons Why People Choose One Affiliate Over Another

Judy and Andrew, residing in the US, have been working as affiliate marketers for the last 10 years. In terms of experience and skill, both of them are similar. However, Judy earns about $5000 in affiliate sales per month while Andrew’s effort doesn’t give him more than $3000 per month.

A good $2000 difference is not to be taken with a grain of salt!

4 Reasons Why People Choose One Affiliate Over AnotherIf I ask why does Judy earn more than Andrew? Place the same situation in a wider context and the question becomes – Why would a buyer choose to purchase from affiliate ‘A’ rather than affiliate ‘B’? Knowing these differences will make a hell of a difference to your affiliate marketing business.

Here are few important reasons that can either skyrocket your earnings or take you down the broke road.

Brand Positioning

If you position the affiliate brand correctly, fifty percent of the battle is won. By brand positioning, I mean how you want new and existing consumers to perceive your product. Unlike the past decade, affiliate marketing is not about signing up for hundreds of affiliate products, posting a banner ad on the blog and raking in the moolah.

No, it’s a lot more than that. Any wrong step, you are doomed. Take the example of Nestle. In 2011, they came under social media fire when they asked visitors not to use an alternative version of the Nestle logo as it is “copyright infringement.” People were angry. Here is a snippet of the conversation:

You see, Nestle thought they were right by enforcing rules but the way they handled the whole thing spoiled their brand image and thus, spoiled their brand positioning.

As an affiliate marketer, you have to be conscious about the kind of products you are dealing with, that is, whether it is a product you want people to associate with your image. Position the affiliate brand, be selective!

Moral – Buyers are perceptive of brand positioning. You cannot take them for a ride.

State Facts

Do NOT cook up stories just because you want a particular product to sell. I know this is hard to follow especially when you know that by tweaking or cooking up a favorable story to appeal to the masses will ultimately give you better sales, try to refrain from it because when people will come to know how you misled them, you can say bye-bye to repeat customers.

This is the age of Word of Mouth (WOM) marketing. You mislead people, 100 people will know. You are honest with them, 500 people are more likely to recommend you. Which one would you prefer?

When you prepare the affiliate sales page, state the facts as it is. As you might have noticed on Income Insiders Free Guides pages, it states exactly what the product is all about – there is no exaggeration and hence, you get a better response.

Moral – Buyers want facts. How will “this” product help ME?

Persuasion vs. Exploitation

Both are tactics used by affiliate marketers to sell online. Which one should you favor – Persuasion or Exploitation? 90% of the affiliate marketers fail because they try to exploit people, that is, they wrongly maneuver them into buying a product.

Often times we have come across sales pages / offers where you are promised a “tell all” goody if you sign up. You sign up and come across another page that asks for money, a heavily discounted offer, to maximize earning potential with the elusive goody promised to you. Such multi-level propositions do not work anymore.

Consumers are clever to see right through it.

On the other hand, any experienced sales copywriter will tell you that you have to be persuasive to make affiliate sales. By persuasion, I do not mean stalking the user with offers or blasting their inbox with emails.

You should use persuasion skills while writing the sales page and related web content. Make the content relative for the readers so that they can associate with it. The user should think – “Let me try this out” or “I think this product will help me in my business” rather than “what nonsense is this page saying?” Getting the point?

Most skilled copywriters say that using words like fast – guaranteed – limited – testimonial – discount – sale – free and new trickles down the reader’s mind and perception, and motivates them to purchase.

Moral – Never exploit, use persuasion tactics.

Timely and Methodical Promotions

Affiliate marketing is a booming multi-million dollar industry where people are looking for honest marketers with solid opinions, and they are willing to subscribe to their list when they come across such marketers. This is the reason why the big shots of the affiliate world have thousands of people on their subscriber list.

Another reason why your affiliate marketing efforts do not show substantial results is because you don’t know when to promote and what strategy to follow. Every marketer has a strategy. While some feel newsletters convert well, others feel accurate reviews on blogs converts better.

This involves a bit of playing around. You cannot zero in on a specific strategy unless you try and test them out yourself. No marketing guru can ever tell you, “Okay, this is the best method for you to use”…no, they can’t. It all depends on your product, the time and the method.

For instance, research shows that people are most likely to open and read newsletters and/or blogs on Tuesdays or Thursday’s around lunchtime when their mind is off of their work. Of course, no marketing report has ever been able to suggest when the best marketing sales happen but for starters, research about sales during festive holidays, national holidays, seasonal sales, day-specific sales and others.

Moral – Develop a method and know when to promote. Don’t just follow others blindly.


Therefore, from the story in the beginning, Judy earns more than Andrew because:

  • Her brand / PR is better positioned.
  • She is honest about product benefits.
  • She does persuasive affiliate marketing.
  • She follows a method.
  • She knows when to promote.
What do you say?

Top List of Ping Sites for WordPress and Ping Plugin for Easy Management

When using WordPress for building a website or a blog, the unavoidable thing you need to have is a WordPress ping list. You need this list if you want to receive the best exposure for the website or blog because through this list you can notify many services that you have published a new post.

List of Ping SitesIts importance doubles when you are in the habit of publishing quality posts daily and even more when you have just started with WordPress. You need all the exposure you can manage.

By default, WordPress does have a limited set of ping options. Currently, is set as the default option. What you need to do is add the list of ping sites mentioned below to your WordPress ping list.

Where to add the list?

  1. Login to WordPress
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Writings tab
  4. Scroll down and you will see space for adding ping list.
  5. Copy paste the list below
  6. Click Save

List of Ping Sites

What happens when you ping?

When the ping services updates the readers of a new post, various background processes take place instantly which are instrumental in getting the blog indexed quickly and obviously, responsible for bringing a huge amount of traffic. Therefore, whenever a ping is sent;

1) The websites receiving the pings adds the blog on their directory, giving you one-way links.

2) Some websites will feature your blog in the updated blog list.

3) Search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing will start to crawl your blog faster and index web pages.

4) Faster indexing means faster traffic.

5) WordPress and check update services to know whether you have updated anything on the blog and if you have, the scripts move the blog to the top of the list or they place a link indicating new content.

6) Getting listed on is no less than a dream come true. With thousands of unique visits received by Technorati, you cannot imagine the possibility of receiving an insane amount of traffic from them.

Pinging – A Major Flaw

Until now, pinging has been very goody goody, right? But stop right there! Because there is a major drawback of pinging, that is, whenever you make edits to your published blogs, the edited or revised blog keeps getting pinged too.

So suppose you make 15 edits to one blog in a span of 30 minutes, then the blog will get pinged 15 times. Repeated pinging will get the WordPress sites banned from ping services.

Use pinging with caution. Either you have to be very sure about the blog content before publishing to avoid edits or use this WordPress plugin.

Ping Plugin

During my research and experience, I have come to realize the Max Blog Press Ping Optimizer plugin is one of the best you need to have to get rid of the flaw.

It is a free plugin (requires one-time registration) and has the following features:

  1. It will not send unnecessary pings while you are updating an existing post.
  2. It will send only one ping about the published post. Future edits are not repeatedly pinged.
  3. Previously, the default WordPress pinging use to send pings even while you were scheduling the blog posts. However, with this plugin, you can schedule without this headache and the posts will be pinged only once, after they are live.


Pinging is no doubt a powerful tool to get your WordPress blog more traffic and fast indexing. Take note of the above flaw and use the plugin to avoid it.

PS: if you come across any ping sites that require manual submission, please do not ping a post more than once within 24 hours.