Nov 28, 2011

Swagbucks - The Power Of Points

   An new-old website I recently joined is Swagbucks.  It is a reward points website, which I tend to stay away from, however they have ALOT to offer.  It is very easy to earn and win points, a.k.a. "swagbucks", and they offer killer prizes to redeem with your points earned.

   There are a couple of ways to earn points once you're a member of the site.  The most popular, easiest, and fastest way to win "swagbucks" is by searching the internet.  You can win anywhere from 1 to 50 swagbucks when you search the internet through their site or downloadable toolbar.  How much and how often you when seem to be random, however I have noticed that when I wait two to three hours between searching, I normally win.

   You can also take surveys and daily polls to earn swagbucks.  The surveys vary in amount of swagbucks rewarded, but the daily polls offer one point only.  That may sound like a waste of time, but it takes a total of 30 seconds and you can do it every day.

  There are also games you can play, videos you can watch, and many other things you can do to earn swagbucks.  And of course they offer referral rewards by matching the amount of swagbucks your referrals win from searching the internet and giving the same amount to you.

   Now the prizes, which is no doubt the most important part of this article!  There are TONS of prizes you can redeem with you swagbucks.  There is the swagstore, which displays all the different types of products you can choose from including things like a PS3, XBOX 360, iPad nano, and many many more!  Of course, the more expensive the product, the more swagbucks you have to spend.

   Overall, Swagbucks is an awesome website.  You can earn points for doing easy tasks such as searching the internet, playing fun games, and answering daily polls and redeem those points for great prizes!  What are you waiting for?  Join and start earning!

Sep 13, 2011

Drop Shipping - Things You Should Know

    Drop shipping is a great way to make money from home using the internet. Drop shipping, in a nut shell, is selling products to consumers online without the risk of spending your own money upfront. When you drop ship, you list products of your choice on your website/ebay/amazon and do not purchase those products until you are paid beforehand by a customer. This eliminates you fronting your money and taking up all of your space in your garage to store your inventory. However, in order to drop ship, you must first create drop shipping accounts with suppliers.  You can do this by directly applying to companies (which requires you to apply for and have an EIN number) or you can use a third party company.

   The site I personally used was Doba. They charged me around $200.00 for a little over a year of service from their company. I am sure you are thinking about how I just said you don't have to spend money up front, but it was well worth it. Doba has thousands of suppliers with millions of products to list on my website and ebay. Instead of working directly with thousands of suppliers, Doba did it for me. For a fee of $200.00.

   The next step is to sell the products online.  You can use eBay or create your own site.  I have done both, and eBay isn't recommended.  There is so much competition it's unreal.  In order to even sell anything on eBay you have to mark the price so low, you make a dollar or two off of each item you sell (of course it also depends on what you're trying to sell).  Then there is also the slight setback of your rankings.  When you're new on eBay, people will tend to buy from someone who has already been on the site for a long period of time and who also has very good ratings.  I have had much better success using a website storefront.  There are numerous web hosting companies that offer eCommerce websites, however, I recommend  Get your own online store -- in minutes! Quick Shopping Cart®

   Now before you get too exited and think you're going to make over $1,000 the first month you sign up, calm down. Although it sounds easy enough, there are numerous things which determine how profitable, if profitable at all, this can be. You must first create a site (or you can use eBay mentioned beforehand). Then, you must generate traffic to your site by creating a whole lot of back links, as well as other means of SEO (search engine optimization). Then you have to get your site indexed and crawled by search engines, which isn't as hard as it sounds. Then you must get your ranking up on those search engines, which includes the back linking and a long list of other things mentioned beforehand, in order to even begin to see a little sliver of profit. So, don't expect to make any money for the first few months, unless you already have an established site with a lot of traffic and incorporate drop shipping on it.  I'm not trying to discourage you, but I've been there and done that.  It's always better to expect less and get more, then to expect more and get less.

   So in closing, drop shipping can be very profitable if you know what you're doing and you are determine to do so.  You must have time and money to invest.  It is a great legitimate work from home opportunity however, it may take some time to actually see some profit.  You must also keep your expectations reasonable.  Once up and running though, it can be a very lucrative business.


Sep 10, 2011

Backlinking - The SEO Workhorse

   Building backlinks to your pages is an essential part of SEO (short for Search Engine Optimization) for two reasons. The first reason is that it helps your pages get indexed faster, which is very important because you want the search engines to find them as soon as possible and crawl them regularly. The second reason is that it helps your pages get higher search engine rankings for the keywords of your choice. The more backlinks you have, the better. Period.

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