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Making Money Online

The internet is presenting many great opportunities to earn income.

Each day more people are discovering the power of the internet and are finding ways to earn income beyond what they are making at their jobs.

The path to internet wealth is not always easy and will require that you be dedicated and treat your internet business seriously which means you will need to put the time, effort and also some money to make it work.

A Moral Debate

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Some people have strong personal feelings with respect to making money from their blogs.  If you think commercializing your blog is evil, immoral, unethical, uncool, lame, greedy, obnoxious, or anything along those lines, then don’t commercialize it. Read this article by Steve Pavlina on the decision of whether to make a blog commercial.

Ebay

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Ebay is an American Internet company that manages eBay.com, an online auction and shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell goods and services worldwide. In addition to its original U.S. website, eBay has established localized websites in several other countries. eBay Inc also owns PayPal, Skype, and other businesses.

Ebay has bought a whole group on to the internet and taught them about internet shopping. Most outlets pride themselves that they have secure systems. The good thing about Paypal is that you can have a stash of cash there and avoid using your credit card.

If you are sensible it is all quite safe. Make it a practice to use reputable dealers and be prudent about where you shop and about who you give your credit details to. You wouldn't wander around Rome with your credit card sticking out your back pocket and should not do it on the internet either.

Paypal

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Paypal is an online purchase merchant which makes it possible to buy and sell online without any hassles over currency.

Amazon Associates

Associates

Launched in 1996, Associates is Amazon.com's affiliate marketing program. By linking to Amazon products and services you can add compelling content for your site visitors enjoyment and receive up to 10% in referral fees for doing so.

A store is a new Associates product that gives you the power to create a professional online store, in minutes and without the need for programming skills, that can be embedded within or linked to from your website.

Squiddo

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Why have a lens at Squidoo? For starters, a lens makes it easy for you to: Set up a signpost online. Recommend your favorite stuff. Meet new customers. Spread an idea. Sell more stuff. Fundraise for your favorite charity. Send readers to your blog. Earn some pizza money. Get discovered more online. Make a fan page. Get yourself hired. And a lot more.

 

Day 13

"For most people trying to make money online there is a very steep curve and you should not expect yours to be any different. Your internet income will probably be very little or maybe even non-existent for many months, then it might increase slowly for a while. Then, seemingly out of nowhere it can take a sharp turn upward and continue to increase rapidly."

Boutique Blogs

Erika Nicole arrived at Soul Food just in time for the Advent Season. In her promotion Erika Nicole says that she "knows you are a busy woman. She knows that the career woman doesn't have time to shop, that she doesn't have time to browse the net or browse through all the stores at the mall. But she wants to look good and keep up with the latest trends and fashion.

Everyone can relax. HerShoeAddiction is going to tell you what to buy. You will find the best items here with coupons if any are available.

This blog captured my attention because it names itself as a boutique and is a fun shop front. It is a work of art and provides plenty of eye candy for those seeking a bit of no stress retail therapy. I would never have found such fun leggings if I had not visited Erika's store.

You may not want to actually set up a boutique store or have a shopfront but on the other hand you may be very interested to learn that there are many ways to sell over the internet and your blog can earn you some extra cash. Some people will suggest that there are fortunes to be made but generally there is no such thing as an overnight success. You have to work hard to entice people to shop on the internet.

Erika Nicole on Running a E-Boutique

I'm no savvy millionaire blogger but these are things that have been helpful to me in being profitable selling online.   First let me say that this is one of the most joyful and satisfying things I have done to create an income. Retail is such a large industry and people especially women like to spend money.  Her Shoe Addiction attracts internet savvy fashion forward women of all races all over the world of all ages. 

In addition my customer base is college students, young working professional, avid book readers, collectors and men and women who love shoes.  As the site administrator and owner I spend many hours per day shopping for great deals and hot trendy items to showcase.  The taste can be described as upscale, sleek, modern and classic.  Saying all of this I will list Erika's Do's & Don't of Selling Online.  Enjoy!

Do's

1. Only sell things you truly like. If I don't like it you won't find it on my site.

2. Do think of yourself as a business owner.

3. Have a plan.

4. Post daily. This keeps the audience coming back regularly.

5. Interact with other people virtually with similar interests. You will find this to be the most valuable asset. 

6. Write down attainable goals. How many products do you want to sell each day?

7. Use affiliate markets if you don't have your own product to sell.

8. Have fun!

Don't

1. Lose focus.  Hence the reason for the written plan.

2. Forget you must enjoy what you do.

3. Let other people's ideas hinder your ideas

4. Think it's not ok to get lost in the virtual world. It's nicer here.

5. Think inside the box

6. Be afraid of the unknown

7. Stop learning.

8. Forget to remember the customer is why you are in business.

Creativity Portal

The Creativity Portal offers a vast array of free information and is a great resource for those seeking creative inspiration. Chris Dunmire, who founded the site, has a business arm to the site. Creativity Slush Printables are charming products that she retails through the site. If you have a look at her Christmas Tree promotion page

Christmas Tree

you will see that you can buy and download this product. Chris is making use of Adobe, Paypal and Adsense on this paper craft product. Adsense is a Google advertising program. You can use all these things on your blogs if that is what you want.