Saturday, January 17, 2009

Take Advantage of Social Networking Communities to Make Money Online

Life is always about give and take. You just can't take forever without being expected to give something back. And if you give and give, you can expect to get back automatically. Making money online works a bit like this as well. Since most of us have by now determined that the get rich quick schemes never actually work, we know that making money online takes some work and some time. However, you don't have to go it alone like you might have had to several years ago. There are whole communities of people online trying to make money using their skills. Get into one of these communities, help out a friend and almost always you'll get the favor returned.

One of the best places for returning the favor is Tagfoot. Tagfoot is a great social bookmarking community. Not only does Tagfoot share revenue from advertising sales, but you also join a group of people who love sharing and helping each other out. Many Squidoo lensmasters belong to Tagfoot, so lots of lenses are shared, rated, viewed and commented on. Whether you create great lenses, write superb articles, want to share blog posts, or some great news you discovered on the internet, friends are there to help you out, and as always with an online community, it's great when you return the favor.


Gather is another fun place to post articles, thoughts, questions, observations and stories. Gather also offers a money making opportunity by giving you points for all your contributions to the site. Points can be redeemed for Paypal cash or other great gifts. There are groups especially created on Gather for commenting and rating other people's posts, images, videos and more. You get out what you put into this social networking group.

Squidoo offers you the opportunity to make money creating webpages, called lenses. Any topic which you find interesting, or for which you have knowledge, you are encouraged to (easily) create a page with images, information, links, videos and more. You can earn money with ad revenue share, plus direct affiliate links with Amazon, eBay, Cafe Press, etc. There are many options to dress up your pages and Squidoo is just a fun place to be. Join groups or browse other lensmaster profiles to make friends. People on Squidoo are wonderful about supporting each other's work. You'll find many of the same people on Squidoo, Tagfoot, Twitter and in other social networking communities.

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No matter what social bookmarking or networking group, or groups, that you choose to join - or for that matter, whatever other communities you decide to join - writing on eHow, answering questions on Yahoo Answers, whatever - it is sort of an unwritten rule in the world of the internet to return the favor. If someone leaves you a comment, go and check out their work as well. This kind of behavior establishes long-term internet friendships and you never know who you might meet. There are lots of people with lots of knowledge to share. Take advantage of the knowledge and return the favor to see your own page views, hits, and sales increase.

To add your profile names for a plethora of social bookmarking and social networking groups like Twitter, Tagfoot, Gather, MySpace, etc, visit this page. You will need to be signed into Squidoo to add your link. I look forward to meeting you and swapping stories!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Best Website Hosting Company EVER!

If you're in the game to make money online then you're probably like me. You probably dream up 27 ideas per day and want to build a website for all of them. I'm finding that places like Squidoo give me a fantastic solution to my want for creating a website for everything I think of. Example: I've managed to create a pretty fancy selection of pages like 80's Pop Stars: Where are They Now, and Squidoo lenses for all my Zany Zodiacs Horoscopes. I'm enjoying the lovely amounts of traffic that come from belonging to the Squidoo community coupled with the amazing Google Rank that Squidoo has earned.

But just need a website! Whether you're just an internet junkie like me, or you want to run a full-fledged online business, I've got your answer for a web host. Look no further. The Design Shoppe offers anything and everything that I've ever wanted and more. And as an aside, The Design Shoppe offers an affiliate program, but I'm not signed up because I just love Julie and the gang so much that it's not necessary...and you know how I love to collect opportunities for cash flow!! But let me just say that I've been dealing with The Design Shoppe for over 8 years now. A hosting account with sufficient space, ample databases, ample bandwidth and a vast array of plug-ins, add-ons, and templates make the $12.95 per month a joy to pay. Of course she offers plans that are more expensive, and a couple that are less expensive, but I always shoot for the $12.95 per month since it offers SQL and PHP. (I like to dig around inside PHP once in a while and impress myself with what I can do!)

Even if you're a beginner to HTML, PHP, Javascript, or anything else that may be necessary to design a site, The Design Shoppe has you covered with amazing templates, a site builder, and even access to Joomla, Wordpress and other great installs through Fantastico.

And the customer service..... STELLAR! I have asked many a question over the past 8+ years and it's never been long before I receive a pleasant and helpful answer from Julie or one of her crew. The Design Shoppe's home page features information for everything available to you, plus don't miss the testimonials. Everyone pretty much says the same thing because it's absolutely true. Get in a bind, Julie will fix it immediately. Need an account, Julie will set it up promptly. Ask a crazy question, Julie will give you the best answer she can find.

Of course I don't have experience with any other hosting companies because I got lucky the first go around. So I can't 'actually' say this is the best web hosting company EVER because I have no experience otherwise. But I will say that I have never, not once, been disappointed in the 8+ years we've done business. Check it out for yourself. You will not be sorry.

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