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Small Niche Blogs Making Money

Friday, June 21st, 2013

While the biggest reward of blogging is the fact that you can share your thoughts with the rest of the world, there are also other things that some people hope to achieve. Maintaining a blog can be quite expensive, especially if you spend money on promotion and web design. That is why making some money from your blog is often necessary to keep it online. Here are my thoughts about blogs targeting a small niche, and their ability to make money:

  • You have a small audience, because you just target a particular niche. This does not mean you will not have many visitors, but you need to keep this in mind. You have to focus in order to avoid writing off-topic posts.
  • There are not many affiliate programs to choose. On the other hand, those which will really fit into your site can give you a big profit. It is all about targeted advertising.
  • It might be harder to have other sites linking to you, so consider link exchanges with sites dealing with a similar topic. Such sites may be very pleased that you are suggesting a link exchange, as they probably do not receive such a request very often. On the other hand, sites dealing with very popular topics might have a lot of competition, and may not be that eager to agree to a link exchange.
  • Choosing Between Browsers?

    Monday, May 27th, 2013

    Which browser should I choose? This is the question which many people ask, while others spend hours upon hours in order to prove that their browser is superior. While I also have a browser preference, this is not really what I wanted to talk about this time, as I rather want to point out something else. With so many browsers advertising that they are the best, we often feel like we have to make a specific choice, and that is not really the case. Some people might not know it, but you can actually have multiple browsers installed on your computer. You can use Firefox, IE, and Opera interchangeably, and you do not have to be limited to just one. You may wish to use Firefox when accessing dangerous sites, as Firefox is considered to be the safest browser. On the other hand, you may also want to use Internet Explorer when you want to open some of your bookmarked pages, because most websites are compatible with IE. You can use Opera when you feel like you want to quickly jump from one tab to another, as Opera is a very fast browser. Remember that you do not have to limit yourself to just one browser.

    Surfing While at Work

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

    The problem with working in an office is that you might not always be busy. And when a worker is not busy, he might be tempted to start looking for something to do, like surfing the Web, or writing emails. There are many people who just surf the Internet for fun during work, or use their email for other purposes then strictly work. According to the study conducted by AMA (American Management Association) among three hundred companies US companies more than a quarter of employees were fired because of misusing email, and every third worker has been let go for not using the Internet properly at work. Whereas accessing pornographic sites during working hours was the main reason for being fired for misusing the Internet, simply surfing the Web was the reason one third of the employees lost their employment. Office workers are also being downsized for the misuses of emails, mostly because of the inappropriate language used in correspondence. Twenty five percent of bosses said that they fired their staff because of excessive personal use of email.

    I think that it is quite apparent that a worker should not access pornographic websites, or other sites considered to be offensive. When it comes to emails avoiding using vulgar language is another thing that employees should remember about. Workers should also realize that in order to have everything under control many companies monitor their Internet connections, and as a matter of fact, it has been said that 66% of companies monitor their Internet connections. In many cases companies do not even have to notify employees that their activity at the computer is monitored. Every employee should remember that and try to represent their company in the best way possible. Employees should also try to use their time effectively because they are usually paid on a per hour basis. Of course, employees also deserve privacy to some degree, so monitoring Internet connections may not be the best way to motivate employees to work more efficiently.

    iPod Thieves

    Sunday, January 20th, 2013

    One of the hottest devices on the market are iPods. They are useful and they look great. Who would not want to have one? Maybe some people who own a Pocket PC are an exception, as they realize that both devices have similar features. I think that many people cannot resist purchasing an iPod. This can actually be a problem, because iPods also attract thieves. The rate of robberies is generally growing, and many experts claim that this is due to expensive handheld devices such as iPods. Such devices cost a lot, can be easily stolen, and quickly hidden. They are a very hot commodity for thieves, so I suggest you take this into consideration. Do not go to any dangerous places if you cannot afford your iPod to be stolen. Do not spend too much money on this device, as it can be stolen. You can also lose your iPod, because it is so small. If you commute to work or to school and cannot resist to use your iPod in a public place, do it in such a way that a potential thief will not know that you hold an iPod. You can, for example, hold your bag open and have your iPod hidden there while you will still be able to use it. However, maybe a better solution is to simply read a book in order to avoid worrying about potential robberies.

    Convincing People to Pay For Music

    Monday, December 10th, 2012

    It seems that there is a very large group of Internet users who are downloading music without paying for it. They are not only downloading a few mp3 files, but around half of them are claiming that they are actually copying whole hard drives full of music. On average, it is reported that people download approximately 50 tracks without paying for them. Is there any way to force people to pay for music? It is hard to say, but I am quite sure that the best way to do it is to offer the consumers what they want. Why not give them access to the whole library of music for, let us say, 10 dollars per month, or allow them to download 50 tracks per month for some reasonable fee? There are many ways to do so. In the United States the legal system becomes more hostile against those who download music that is copyrighted. In fact, it becomes more and more difficult for people in the US to download any music at all, as they might be afraid of the consequences. If this is the case, they are left with the option of purchasing music, which they might not be able to afford. Why not offer them a more reasonable price? Why not sell music at a lower price? This solution that would allow people to buy more CDs at a reasonable price and would probably reduce music piracy.

    Security in Office Buildings

    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

    When I used to work in a big company, each visitor that wanted to enter our property was asked to wear a temporary ID. I think that it was a very good decision for my company managers to make it that way, and prevent unwanted people from getting into rooms where valuable data is stored on computers of the employees. Security in places like financial institutions or other companies is very important. I am not talking here only about identifying visitors, but also employees, especially in bigger companies where not everybody knows each other, and somebody who has bad intentions might want to pretend an employee in order to steal important data or cause a lot of damage. Even smaller companies may want to consider asking their employees or visitors to wear IDs. All that is really needed is a printer. It is easy to print such IDs on regular printers and as long a printer has an ink cartridge or other cartridge, there should be no obstacles to start printing such IDs. I think that workplaces that ask their employees to wear IDs may appear to be more professional. In my opinion, it is also a good way to increase security.

    Drop Shipping

    Sunday, November 4th, 2012

    Today I would like to write some words regarding the drop shipping technique on eBay. Let me tell those not familiar with the subject that drop shipping is a technique in which the seller does not keep goods in stock, but instead transfers customer orders to wholesalers who ship the goods to the customer. Anyway, after researching drop shipping, I found that there are many scammers out there, or at least people that are using ethically questionable tactics. For example, there is a review site that rates drop shippers and the website is actually owned by the company that is rated as the best drop shipper. Of course, there are also some legitimate drop shippers. From what I have researched the easiest way to get a list of real drop shippers that would be interested in selling their items to a small owned business is to use the services of companies like WorldWideBrands. I would also want to list a few drop shippers that seem to have good reputation. The reason I want to do this is that while WorldWideBrands may be the easiest way to obtain a list of drop shippers, they charge around $250 for their services. So here is a list of drop shippers where you do not pay any account set-up fees:

    moteng.com – More than 20,000 Sport & Camping & Name brand items
    Wynit.com – More than 5000 name brand electronics
    WholesaleDiscoveries.com – 1000′s of General Merchandise Items
    Jewelrysprite.com – More than 5000 pieces Fine Jewelry
    Petra.com – Electronic Accessories
    TrademarkPoker.com – Poker Wholesaler/Dropshipper

    Please note that usually legitimate drop shippers require the customer to provide a Federal Tax ID.


    Monday, March 7th, 2011

    I am not an expert when it comes to holidays. One of those things that I do not know a lot about is camping. I remember camping when I was a kid, but I have not done it in many years. I heard somebody talking about camping a few days ago on the street. This made me think about camping again. One thing I am afraid most when it comes to camping are caravan camping sites. I do not remember any caravan site from the times when I was a kid, so it would be difficult for me to decide what I like about a particular caravan camping site and what I do not like about it.

    Do You Like Discussions?

    Friday, November 5th, 2010

    If you like writing and taking part in discussions, you can earn some money by posting on forums. Some time ago I was visiting MyLot in order to check out the discussion forums and to post on them. There is a variety of subjects on which you can express your opinion. For the first post I have written there, I got paid 2 cents, whereas the person that referred me to the website earned 1 cent. The length of your posts is going to affect the amount of money you are going to be paid per post. You have to understand that you are not going to earn a fortune there, but this is an opportunity for people who are eager to discuss different topics with others, while getting paid a bit. I often visit many different types forums where people discuss various topics. In many of them, the authors of posts write very long messages, as they have plenty to share with others. The truth is that they are not going to be paid for it. If they like to write so much, would it not be a good idea for them to go to MyLot where they can do what they like and additionally get paid for it? Being rewarded for what they are doing would surely motivate them.

    Avoid Scams

    Monday, October 11th, 2010

    A lot of bloggers might be interested in trying to earn some money online. There is nothing wrong with that, however, it is important to avoid scams. In this article I am going to write how specifically you can check if a particular website is a scam. Great tools for this are forums that are created for this sole purpose. The website that I use the most is scam.com. This forum has almost two dozen different scam categories like: Internet scams, work from home scams, auction scams, and even religious scams. I was not reading about scams from each category; however, I understand quite well what this site has to offer.

    Anyway the best way to use this forum is to take advantage out of the search box. I will give an example of Doba which is an online dropshipper. Simply write Doba in the search box. In this case, this particular query returned a few dozen results. After reading a few posts you will see that although Doba is not completely a scam, and might not be categorized as a scam by some people, the prices are so high that you will not make any profit by selling on eBay, even though Doba encourages it. I would still categorize this company as a scam, since they are selling products that are suppose to make you money, but of course they will not. This is just an example of what you can learn by checking whether a specific company is a scam.

    I hope this information will make you better equipped to recognize scams. Feel free to search Google for similar websites, as there are a lot more places where people are discussing specific online businesses. There are many scams on the Internet, but we do not have to be helpless.