How To Make Money With Your Laptop: 3 Savvy Ideas

Do you have web skills? Would you like to learn how to make money with your laptop? Maybe you’re a WordPress fanatic with a new or established blog that rocks your corner of the universe. Perhaps you’re a savvy wordsmith that dishes awesome fashion tips, meal ideas or other great advice and tips.

how to make money with your laptop

If this describes you and you’re well versed in all things web, consider offering your services to others who don’t have – but need these skills. This could be small business owners, individuals who have a site or blog but need help in promoting it or it could be a specific sub niche (say, for example accounting) you’re familiar and experienced with.

You might be surprised to find out how others are willing to pay for your writing, social media and web development knowledge. Don’t underestimate how your deft use of Facebook or better yet Instagram (which according to this 2017 web trends article) is poised for massive business growth this year.

Massive business growth? That means you are or will be in high  demand for sometime. Many small business owners need help as they don’t have the time to manage or learn social media – if you already do; this is a prime opportunity for you. Take it.

Below are three ways to make money with your laptop and web based skills. Read on.

How To Make Money With Your Laptop

1. Pinterest Power User? Offer A Service

When Twitter first came out there was hesitation (for years) to jump on board and this includes bloggers and business owners. As with any new social media site there will always be those who sign up right away (early adopters) and those who wait a bit to see how things pan out.

Same goes with Pinterest. Even though Pinterest has been around for several years now, it doesn’t mean it’s been mastered by users or casual observers. It hasn’t, not by a long shot. I’ve been on it for years and have yet to see a return. Mainly because I spend way more time on Facebook than I do on other networks – which is the case with others as well.

However if you’re a Pinterest power user and have learned how to reap rewards from it, teach others how. They will pay you and pay you handsomely. First thing is to create a page on your blog letting others know how YOU have used Pinterest for traffic, leads, sales, etc. and how you can help others do the same. List your rates, contact information and then promote the page on Pinterest itself.This is where your potential customers are – go there. Try it this week and do let us know how it goes.

Get a free month of tailwind to help you schedule your pins better.

2. Blogging for Small Business Owners

There are a ton of small business owners who either have started a blog but don’t have the time to update it or have not yet started a blog but would like to. This is where you come in. You can go after a very specific niche (such as real estate brokers, if that’s your specialty) or market to a broad audience.

The goal though is to make yourself known in the space and then to reach out and get the word out about your “blogging for small business owners” service. You can charge per blog post or a weekly recurring fee. For recurring payments, you can use Paypal or invoice directly through another established provider. Put your online shingle up straight away and get to promoting yourself; once you net that FIRST client – you’ll be glad you did.

3. Local Niche Writing

This idea is similar to the blogging one mentioned above except you would be focusing on your local market as opposed to web clients. Again it’s always best to niche out and not market to anyone and everyone. Go after a specific client group. This will make your marketing efforts easier and faster. You can try to market by zip code, by category of business (auto repair shops, dentists, coffee houses, etc) or maybe even local home based businesses.

How would you find them? The local chamber of commerce is a great start, as they often publish an updated directory of new businesses in the area by just these metrics – zip code, category of business, new business, local business and so on.

You can reach them via phone calls, emails probably best (as they’re busy) and (you can track your conversations) or in person by visiting the establishment. Again you might be surprised at the results, get your local marketing mojo hat on and give this idea a good go.

Don’t let your savvy web based skills go to waste, earn a side income or more by helping others achieve their online business goals. What you make is up to you and your market.

Missy Diaz writes on many different topics including personal finance for Wealth Kept – a financial education blog that aims to make money topics educational, informative and fun. Wealth Kept is updated weekly – visit us today to discuss other money making and money saving ideas.

Here are 3 easy ways to make money with your laptop

What Is Affiliate Marketing And How It Works

If you’re new to blogging community, you might have heard about making money with affiliate marketing. Maybe you asked yourself: what is affiliate marketing and how it works?

what is affiliate marketing and how it works

Affiliate marketing can be a great avenue to increase traffic to your website and generate additional income. However, you shouldn’t start affiliate marketing without doing your research first. Just adding affiliate links willy-nilly won’t help much. you’ll end up spending too much time on something that won’t work for you.

Many bloggers think affiliate marketing will make them a quick buck without doing much work or preparation. The truth is that in order for affiliate marketing to be profitable, it’s going to take time, effort, research, and perseverance.

If affiliate marketing is something you are interested in, take this quiz and evaluate the responses so you can learn more about what affiliate marketing is and how you can use it to your advantage.

Ready to make some affiliate income? The Affiliate marketing masterclass by Robin and Leslie will show you how!

1. Affiliate marketing is an Internet-based method of marketing that…

a) uses one website to drive web traffic to another website
b) is based on revenue sharing
c) both a and b

Answer is C – In affiliate marketing, a business offers compensation to affiliates for each lead or customer that comes as a result of the affiliate’s marketing efforts.

Affiliate marketing includes search engine optimization, paid search engine marketing, e-mail marketing, and display advertising. In order to be compensated, the majority of affiliate programs use revenue sharing or cost per sale (CPS). Other affiliate programs use cost per action (CPA) or cost-per-click (CPC).

2. The affiliate marketing industry has four key players:

a) the merchant, the network, blogs, and web banners
b) the merchant, the network, the affiliate, and the customer
c) the retailer, the publisher, search engines, and text advertisements

Answer is B – The merchant is the retailer or brand. The network acts as a liaison between the affiliate and the merchant. The affiliate is the publisher. And lastly, the customer is the person who experiences the marketing.

3. In order to be a successful affiliate marketer, you will need the following:

a) your own website and a newsletter
b) an e-book and your own product to promote
c) multiple e-mail addresses and your own product to promote

Answer is A – In order to be a top-selling affiliate marketer, you will need to have both your own website and a newsletter. The website is your affiliate marketing ground and it will also help you collect e-mails addresses (build a client list). Once you have a list, you can stay fresh in your customers’ minds,  earn their trust and bring them back to your affiliate offers.

4. True or false: You don’t need a product of your own to promote as an affiliate marketer.

True – It is not necessary for an affiliate marketer to have their own product. An affiliate marketer is free to promote virtually anyone’s product.

5. True or false: As an affiliate marketer, you are in charge of handling product shipping, support, and refunds.

False – Product shipping, support, and refunds are never affiliate marketer’s responsibility. The merchant takes care of it all.

Now that you know a little bit more about what affiliate marketing is and how it works, you can use this effective money-making model to grow your business.

One of the best guides I’ve come around that teaches affiliate marketing is the Affiliate marketing masterclass by Robin and Leslie: it’s what helped me make affiliate income 😉

Wonder what affiliate marketing is about? Learn all about it here.

Top 10 Cyber Security Tips

Last year was a year of struggle for me in my business. My main site got hacked and as a result I lost my Pinterest account connected to it. After a few weeks of back and forth emails without any results, I decided to start over, and this time secure my site with the help of Sucuri. Today I want to share with you my top 10 cyber security tips, so you and your web properties can stay safe this New Year.

top 10 cyber security tips

Many people are put off with the term cyber security. They think it involves highly technological processes and elaborate computer knowledge. Not at all. Cyber security is about identifying threats and taking measures as simple as creating an indecipherable password. There is nothing too technical about that. In fact, cyber security measures are all too simple to follow. Check out the following cyber security safety tips.

Top 10 Cyber Security Tips

1. Use strong passwords

This should be a given, but so many still use passwords that are way too easy to guess. Avoid using names, birthdays, addresses, and other personal information as password. Do not use a word found in the dictionary as well, since hackers have found a way to decipher dictionary-generated passwords using certain tools. In general, a good password is at least eight-characters long and should be hard to crack. You can combine upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. One good practice is to form a password from a phrase. For example, you can create t1$!C4gtMpSd from “This is so I can’t forget my password.” You can use other methods with which you can form unique and cryptic passwords.

2. Change your password periodically

This is important especially if, at some point, you have to disclose your password. Remember not to write it down, or if you need to, discard the paper immediately. You never know the danger negligence can impose on your security.

3. Be careful with emails

Unsolicited emails are sometimes the onset of cyber attacks. Remember not to open attached files from unknown senders, as they may contain malware that can open backdoors for hackers. Clicking on the links can also direct you to some compromising websites, so be cautious. If a link looks suspicious, look it up on the web and do a quick research. Avoid giving information to unknown senders as well. The rule of thumb is to ignore seemingly malicious mails. Do not reply to and forward them.

4. Install security programs on your computer and keep them updated

It is very important to have anti-virus and anti-spyware software and to keep your firewall on. Poorly secured systems are open doors for attackers and intruders, but these software programs keep viruses and spyware from penetrating and crippling your system. The firewall, on the other hand, guards your system from unauthorized access to your computer. Some operating systems allow automatic security updates. Check if yours have this option.

5. Avoid opening files sent through Instant Messenger

These files do not undergo scanning and might carry security threats to your computer.

6. Ignore the links in pop-up windows

Block pop-up ads and windows to close an entryway for malware and other forms of attack.

7. Avoid downloading files, programs, applications, or tools from unknown websites

More often than not, these free downloadable files are loaded with threats. Before you download, make sure the website is a credible source.

8. Make sure to keep your system clean

Remove any tool, application, or program that is not used. Check also unused default programs installed on your operating system. It’s better to have few programs than have many but unused ones, which can only slow down your computer and be an opening for malicious attacks.

9. Backup Your Data Regularly

It’s very important that you keep an up to date backup of your data. It can be the difference between a very stressful time (if your computer dies and is attacked), and a nice,  easy, thought out recovery of what’s important to you.

10. Keep All Applications Updated

Update your applications as soon as they get a patch or update, to keep any unsavory activity off your computer.

Why Is It Important To Stay On top Of Cyber Security

A poorly secured computer runs the risk of being hijacked and left as a zombie machine. Secretly, the hacker uses this computer to gain access to personal and confidential accounts and information. Next thing you know, your credit card has been used for unauthorized purchases, your savings account has been ransacked, your competitor has spied on your company, and the list can go on and on.

But some simple and easy-to-follow cyber security tips can eliminate the possibility of falling prey to any of these cyber crimes.

Now, if you want to keep your WordPress sites safe form hackers, make sure you check out the WP Lockdown.

Top 10 Cyber Security Tips to keep you sane and your computer safe

How To Add An Amazon Affiliate Link On WordPress

Earlier today, I was talking to a friend about how to add an amazon affiliate link on wordpress, and I thought others may have the same question.

I am sure there is more than one way to do this, but here is how I do it: it works great and it’s easy to implement if you want to make money with amazon affiliate links.

How To Add An Amazon Affiliate Link On WordPress

How to add an Amazon affiliate link on wordpress

Let’s say I want to link to a Wireless USB Plantronics Headset, since a lot of us, internet marketers need a headset.

Here are the steps I usually go through:

1. Find the item I want to add to my page on on Amazon

2. Click on the HTML tab here in my WordPress, so I can add the code (if you add it into the visual tab you’ll end up with code on your page, instead of a picture or a link).

text tab

3. If I want my picture to be surrounded by text, I’ll add this code: <div style=”float:left;margin:15px;”></div>. It will give me the option to align the picture left or right, whichever fits my page better, and also gives me some white space around the image, so that the text doesn’t go up against my picture.

4. Then, I’ll go to Amazon and get my code. If you are logged into your account, you’ll have a stripe at the top of your page, and here you can choose what type of link you want to add to your wordpress site.

How to easily add Amaozn tect links to your website

Make sure you choose the tracking ID specific to the project you are working on, so you can track where your sales are coming from. You can create tracking IDs specific to a site, or even specific to a page. Don’t use the same ID on all your sites: you’ll never know what’s working and what’s not.

5. After you choose your specific tracking ID, you can choose what type of link you want. Here’s what you’ll see, depending on which typo of link you want.

If you want to use a text link, you’ll see this: I always choose the short link to keep things tidy.

amazon text link

If using a combination of text and image, it will look like this:

text and image link to amazon

And if you choose an image link, it will give you the option to choose the size of your image. It will look like this:

image link to amazon

6. Now go back to your site, click in between the <div> brackets, and paste the code there: you now have your link to amazon.

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Do you have any questions? Feel free to ask them below.

This is how I’ve been adding links to my wordpress sites for many years, but a few months ago, I came across a service that helps me create my image links a lot easier and more attractive! It’s called easy product displays, and works not only with Amazon, but also with Share a sale merchants and Zazzle. You can also create beautiful displays for other merchants by entering just a bit of information. This way, all your images are uniform on your site.

Here’s how a link to the above headset looks like:

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This is the largest size possible, but you can also create smaller images that you align to one side or the other, or you can create product showcases, like this:

Nikon KeyMission 360 4K Ultra HD Action Camera with Built-in Wi-Fi + 32GB Micro SDHC Memory Card + Digital Compact Bag + 43Nikon KeyMission 360 4K Ultra HD Action Camera with Built-in Wi-Fi + 32GB Micro SDHC Memory Card + Digital Compact Bag + 433Csmart Octopus Style Portable and adjustable Tripod Stand Holder for iPhone, Cellphone ,Camera with Universal Clip and Remote (Black)3Csmart Octopus Style Portable and adjustable Tripod Stand Holder for iPhone, Cellphone ,Camera with Universal Clip and Remote (Black)NCH Software Video EssentialsNCH Software Video Essentials

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Social Media For Beginners

Learn how to use social media for beginnersWhether you started a blog to promote your real estate business, restaurant or flower shop, one thing is clear: Social media is a key ingredient in your overall marketing efforts. As outlined on countless blogs and sites, social media plays a big role in “search” and in being found online.

In other words we no longer can do one without the other. They both go hand in hand. So let’s take a look at a few social media for beginners tips to help you use social media as part of your overall blog marketing arsenal.

5 Social Media Tips for Beginners

1. Integrate Social Media From The Beginning

Don’t wait till you’ve become established and popular. Add social media to your blog from day one. You never know who will be listening or who might pick up an interest in your site and want to connect with you via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google Plus. So we consider it a smart move on your behalf to include social media on your blog right away from day one.

2. Make Your Content Easy To Share

There are lots of plugins, add-ons and widgets that allow you to place Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook on your blog. However some work better than others and some are more streamlined than others. Find the tool that works best for you and your specific blog design, colors, size and so on. Also it might be best not too add to many buttons and widgets, as a reader might get confused on which one to use. Make it easy: the easier the better. Never underestimate the power of EASY.

3. Use It Yourself

Are you an active user of one (or more) of the social networks? We understand that each one is time consuming and therefore you might not be able to contribute regularly to each. In this case, it might be necessary to “cherry pick” and decide which one you prefer and will become an active member of. Whichever one you choose, go for it – at full throttle.

Need help with Facebook? This quick and easy to read report will give you the facts.

4. Keep Up With Changes

Another constant in social media is the myriad of changes that take place. Facebook alone is known for their constant upgrades and changes. This can be hard to manage and or keep up with, however no one wants to be “behind the ball”. So in this case, one thing you can do is to subscribe to the various blogs and sites that keep up with the changes for you. Mashable comes to mind, they usually report on the various changes from the big three in social media.

5. If You Don’t Have Time, Outsource Social Media

If you simply do not have the time to incorporate social media for your blog at this time. Then it might be necessary to outsource the task. Look in the various job boards that have job listings in social media such as the Problogger Job Board. This one only charges $50 for a listing that last 30 days. A good deal since this is a job board visited daily by web professionals who are experienced and savvy with social media.

Using a blog today to promote a business has become commonplace and for good reason. It works. When used correctly and strategically it can bring you traffic, sales, clients, prospects, leads, etc. When combined with social media it can bring about untold wonders.

Guest article written by Missy Diaz who works for various clients including a website builder tool on the web.

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