Nov 27

Make Money Online

I don’t intend this blog to become yet another “how I make $30,000 a month by blogging” site but, if some of you readers do have blogs or sites and are interested in monetising them, there are a couple of books I have read recently which offer some good advice.

The first one,
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income

is a comprehensive but easy read by two professional bloggers who do actually make  good money at it. The book is full of easy to follow tips and methods to help drive traffic to a blog, and then how to get the visitors to part with their cash. It covers selling ad space, affiliate links, buying and selling existing blogs and the technical side of setting things up.

It also has interesting sections about posting etiquette, leaving comments, how often to post, what to write about and what to avoid. This is a pretty comprehensive guide to blogging, regardless of whether you are in it for the money or not. I recommend it.

The second book;
The 4-hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

Takes a much more unusual look at making money online, as it becomes a means to an end, living a free existence of travel, hobbies and adventure, all paid for by online methods. The author Tim Ferriss’ main methods involve creating, or re-selling digital products online. The beauty of these type of products is that the whole process can be automated, from purchase to delivery, meaning the seller only needs to keep a general eye over what is going on from anywhere in the world.

The book includes sections on how to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want, how blue chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs, how to eliminate 50 per cent of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist, how exchange your career for life for short work bursts and frequent ‘mini-retirements’, how to train your boss to value performance over presence, or kill your job (or company) if it’s beyond repair, how to cultivate selective ignorance – and create time – with a low-information diet, how to get free housing worldwide and airfare at 50-80 per cent off; how to fill the void and create a meaningful life after removing work and the office and how to live the life you want – now. 

It’s an interesting concept and well worth the time to read it. Another recomendation!

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