Top 3 Employment Jobs Online For Broke College Students

Employment jobs online can be lucrative for anyone, but especially for you as a college student. Why? As a college student, you’re probably always broke. You often times depend on your parents to send you money. That sucks!

Never Enough Money for Books

Your student loans are barely able to cover your tuition and dormitory fees. You can barely buy your math text book, which costs close to $200. Forget about lab fees! The cafeteria is even too expensive for you. So you’ve decided to apply to the many employment jobs online that you’ve seen advertised on the web.

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing – Get Rich Quick Scams

In your quest for employment jobs online, you’ve gotten scammed by all of those get rich overnight websites. They promise you that they will tell you the real “secret” to making millions online. Like all others desperate to make money fast online, you shell out big bucks – only to realize that you’ve been had again! So what can you do to increase your chances of landing an online job that will allow you to earn more than enough for college tuition, dormitory fees, school books and keg parties?

Top 3 Employment Jobs Online

If you want to make good money from the comfort of your dorm room, the best employment jobs online are:

Affiliate Marketing
Blogging
Making Squidoo Lenses

Affiliate Marketing – Affiliate marketing is the best kind of job for college students because you can literally make $1,000s of dollars in a matter of weeks, even days if you learn the right techniques. The best part about affiliate marketing is you don’t need a website and you can promote your affiliate products using totally free methods.

Blogging – Blogging is a very lucrative way to make extra money for college. It’s free to get your own blog. Just go to blogger.com and create a blog on something that really interests you. You want to pick an affiliate product through an affiliate network like Clickbank, which is free. Then start blogging every other day about your topic. Make sure you put your affiliate link in your anchor text so when someone clicks on it, they will go to the merchant’s sales page and hopefully, make a purchase!

Squidoo Lenses – This is my favorite way to make money online. Squidoo is free and it allows you to not only create lenses on your favorite topics, you can add all sorts of cool videos, pictures and HTML codes to make your lens interesting and fun to read. Of course, adding your affiliate link into your Squidoo lens is the whole point. You can monetize your Squidoo lens and start earning residual income from just one lens for months and even years to come.

These are the best free employment jobs online for any college student looking to work part-time or full time while studying in the comfort of their dormitory.

Are you tired of being a broke student on campus? Would you like to learn how non-conventional employment jobs online like affiliate marketing and making Squidoo lenses can become a source of residual income for you?

When You Should Use Your Real Name on Your Blog (And When You Shouldn’t)

Writers have long used pseudonyms on their books and other forms of writing. And a blog is no different.

There are many reasons you might have to use a pseudonym. And many times, you should avoid them. In this article, I’m going to share three of each.

You should never use your real name when…

1. You are performing Blog Administration

One of the realities with the internet is that there are always people who want to break into places they shouldn’t be. Sometimes, it is for profit. Sometimes, it is for ego. And sometimes, it is pure maliciousness. But whatever the reason, they typically do a lot of damage to your blog, and your reputation. In fact, if you don’t realize they’ve done it quickly enough, you may find your blog being delisted by the search engines. One method of breaking into websites is to use error messages, posts and other methods to identify your administrator. To help fight that always use a name that isn’t guessable as your administrator id. Use that id only for administration.

2. You are intending to sell your blog

This is also true for any business you are hoping to sell. If you use your own name, the person who buys your blog will want to continue using your name. After all, you’ve built up a reputation and part of what they are buying is your reputation. And that means you may find yourself in the unenviable position of not owning your own name.

3. You are writing about your employer

This is typically called career suicide. Of course, if you are acting as a mouthpiece for your employer you may use your own name. However, any other references to employers — past or present — should be done using a pseudonym. Otherwise, you may find that angry outburst being held against you during your next interview.

On the other hand, you should always use your real name when…

1. You are using your blog to build your personal reputation

If your blog exists to build up a reputation — as most do — you need to associate that blog with an individual. If it’s your reputation you are building, then it’s your name you need to be using. After all, there isn’t much point in building the reputation of an imaginary person.

2. You are using your blog for job search

One variation on the reputation blog is the job search blog. While this may include branding articles, its primary focus is on providing information for recruiters and potential employers. In order to be effective you need this type of blog to use your name. Otherwise an imaginary person might get the job offer you wanted.

3. You are using your blog to build your company’s reputation

Many consulting companies use blogs to brand themselves as experts in their fields. In this case, you do not need to worry about your name being sold. If the company is sold, the company’s name and reputation are being exchanged. In that case, having your name on articles will help build your reputation as an expert as well as the company’s reputation.

Blogs: The New E-Tool

What are blogs?

Blogs are frequently updated web pages on which authors post articles about news items, interesting websites, and their thoughts and just about anything that interests the author. Blogs are the newest information age revolution that allows individuals to express themselves to the world.

Blogs operate using a content management system, where the blog owner can add, edit, and delete content from the blog to keep it updated as quickly and efficiently as possible.

They were originally used as online journals, or diaries, which were the mainstay of teenagers who love to write down their most private thoughts. However, given the Internet is a public information space and anyone with an Internet connecion can read your online journal it is not a good place to be posting those private thoughts.

Who should use blogs?

Blogging first came on the seen during the 2004 election, now has exploded as a marketing tool for companies, such as Sun Microsystems, StonyField Farms, and Kowabunga Technologies with the intent on bypassing traditional media of reaching customers. With more people finding companies by searching the Internet, and with 32 million Americans reading blogs, this makes blogging a cost effective tool for marketing.

Blogs would be perfect for college students. Many college professors require that their students keep a journal of their activities so that they can see how the student is progressing and if the student is learning the material. Some college professors even advise students to set time immediately after class to do their writing activity in their journal.

This journal activity can be done using blogs, where the professor can go to the website and view the blogs of his or her students. The professor can see first hand who is actively doing the activity, and contribute to a discussion with the student by posting a comment, thus creating a two-way dialogue.

Let’s assume that the student is taking a course on Organization Behavior and is reading an interesting chapter on Interpersonal Communications in Organizations. At the beginning of the lecture, the professor hands out the lecture notes, usually as PowerPoint slides so the student can follow along. The first slide lists the learning objectives that the professor expects the student to be able to do upon completion of the lecture. Here is an example of a learning objective:

Describe the process of communication and its role in organizations

After class, the student can go to the computer center on campus and login to his blog, and attempt to explain what the process of communication based on the lecture. Being able to write about something in your own words immediately after hearing it can help in the learning process.

The Downsides of Blogging

Fear of negative comments

Blogs invite negative comments because there are a lot of people out there that just love to trash people and don’t have anything nice to say. Companies should not be deterred. Blogs have a feature where you can moderate each and every comment that is made by a visitor, and the blog owner can choose to accept it or reject it at his discretion.

The comments made by visitors reading a blog creates a two-way dialogue between the writer and the readers creating an opportunity for acquiring new knowledge which can lead to learning. However, for learning to take place, action is required to be taken on that knowledge, for learning is a relatively permanent change in behavior produced by experience and the acquisition of knowledge.

Inappropriate content written by employees

Two employees were fired from their respective companies for what they posted on their blogs. Mark Jen was fired from Google for writing about the companies health care plan. A Delta Airlines flight attendant was also fired for writing about her escapades, some of which were sexual in nature.

There needs to be policies in place regulating what employees can and cannot write about in their blogs. However, the blog must be company owned, such as within a company website. If an employee of a company starts a blog on his own time for his own engagement, the company cannot regulate what that employee writes about in his blog. If the employer attempts to regulate that employee’s behavior, that would be a violation of his first amendment rights.

Employers need to thread carefully so that they do not intrude in their employees personal lives. What an employee does on his or her own time is the employee’s own business and not the employer.

What can a business use a blog for?

Implement a newsletter

Blogs come with an archiving function where posts that are published are archived on a monthly bases. This is about the same frequency as a regular email newsletter. Visitors to your blog can view past issues to see what was written in past months.

Newsletters are published documents describing information of interest to customers, employees, or anyone that is interested in learning more about that company regarding the array of business and nonbusiness issues. Blogs can be used as a delivery method for bringing these same news and announcements about a company, products/services and the online industry in general that the company is in. Whereas newsletters tend to be a one-way communication tool and are more impersonal, using blogs as newsletters can make it more personal by creating a two-way dialogue.

Blogs can be a huge opportunity for small businesses and be a very real threat for email newsletter companies, such as Vertical Response and Constant Contact [http://www.constantcontact.com/index.jsp]. These companies help small businesses build their email lists, publish their newsletters, and manage their email marketing campaigns. Small business owners only pay for the number of email newsletters that they send. The cost can range from as low as $15 for 1,000 to &750 for as much as 100,000 email newsletters.

By using a blog to publish a newsletter, the small business owner can save this money. The money saved can then be allocated to investing in the training and development of their employees, another critical aspect of running a business.

Improve a web presence

Search engines want to provide high quality search results for their visitors. Search engines love blogs and favor sites that are updated frequently.

Websites can get indexed almost instantaneously. Everytime you publish an article to your blog, it pings other websites. Pinging lets dozens of services know your website has been updated, thus increases traffic to your blog.

Become a published author

Everyone has an area of expertise, or core competency. Usually this area of expertise is based on a strong interest of the owner. You could haved owned a web design company and handled all of the Human Resources activities for your company because you had a strong interest in that field. Perhaps within this field you developed a strong interest in attracting and selecting the best candidates for your company. Maybe you tweaked the employment interview and turned it into an oral examination for the job applicant.

By writing articles, you will become known as an expert on the topics you write about. This will give you and your business extra credibility which will help you compete against your competition as you demonstrate your expertise.

To get started blogging, small businesses can save money by purchasing a reseller webhosting account, such as that from HostGator. A reseller hosting account is a tad more pricey, but cheaper in the long term. You have the ability to host unlimited number of websites without having to contact your web hosting provider and set up new account. You have to pay for every new hosting account, which can be a strain on your budget. With a reseller hosting account you will be able to create a hosting account for no additional cost (except for the domain registration).

Blogs are here to stay. As more people continue to learn what a blog is, it will continue to evolve with many new uses.

Free Work From Home Employments

Are you looking to start earning money from home and don’t have any startup capital to invest in your business? The truth is, there are very few business opportunities that don’t require startup capital. Another thing to bear in mind is, the more capital to have to inject in a business, the more income you can make from it. However, we are going to briefly talk about some of the free work from home employments.

Affiliate program is the most recommended business opportunity that does require any start up capital. Most affiliate companies allow you to join their team without any out of pocket cost. And you will be provided with an affiliate website, marketing tools, training and support to help you succeed. Bear in mind you will only get paid on commission basis if you generate a sale. Since you do not have capital to promote your site, you can make use of free marketing technique which will of course take longer time. You can inject some of the income you generate from these free marketing methods

Become a freelancer and offer article writing services to companies. There are several reputable companies looking for people who have a good writing skill. You can take advantage of these since it doesn’t require any cost rather you will be paid for every unique article you submit.

You can create a free blog and take the time to learn some marketing skills and build your blog traffic. Without sufficient traffic, anyone can hardly make money from a website or blog. Once your blog is getting lots of traffic you can start selling ad space or monetize it with Google ad sense program and get paid for clicks.

Another free work from home employment is to become a virtual assistant for a company. A lot of companies both online and offline tends to hire people to work for them on the internet from the comfort of their homes. A virtual assistant carries out the job of a customer care agent, typist, general office work, internet marketing, SEO and others. First of all, you will need to sign up for this offer and you will be called for interview and you fit their shoes you will be employed from your home to work for a company.

Paid survey is an easy way to earn income without spending any money. Simply sign up for a handful of reputable survey company and you will be sent short questionnaire that you can answer and get rewarded for sharing your opinion.

There is still other free work from home employments but the above are worth putting into consideration.

Self Employment Ideas: Earn Money Blogging

In my continued search for profitable self employment ideas online, one recurring opportunity presents itself for consideration. That is blogging. But how does one earn money blogging, and what does one blog about? The experts who have actually made an income writing content and articles on the internet use a variety of techniques to become successful bloggers. As for the subject of their blogs, the pros insist that they write about what they know. For a beginner like myself, that will result in writer’s block (blogger’s block?) every time. Nothing makes my mind go blank faster than someone asking me what I know. So, for the sake of all of us clueless, yet ambitious newbies, I will start by relaying some of the methods used by others to make a living blogging on the internet.

One common method bloggers use to generate revenue online is affiliate marketing. More and more businesses are using outside marketers called affiliates to generate sales or leads. They pay the affiliate a fee or a percentage of the sale for sending a customer to their business’ website to make purchases. What does this have to do with blogging? The affiliate needs an outlet to attract potential buyers. Usually this is accomplished by setting up a website. The site will only attract traffic if it contains content for which a group of people have an interest. Bloggers fulfill that interest by writing articles or reviews on related subjects and posting them on websites. The products that an affiliate offers on the site are generally also related to that interest. When a potential buyer wants to learn more about a particular product, he or she will click on a link supplied by the affiliate that sends the customer to the business selling the product. There are websites dedicated to offering affiliate marketers a plethora of different product options to promote. Because this can be very confusing to a beginner who is interested in blogging for income, more advanced avenues for earning money become available to bloggers.

Experienced bloggers develop programs to teach others the techniques that they learned over the years to become successful online entrepreneurs. These programs contain detailed tutorials about setting up websites and using methods that will attract traffic to the sites. Advanced bloggers also write e-books for this purpose as well as many other subjects that people have an interest in on the internet.

Because this article is geared toward beginners to internet commerce, I will not go into further detail at this time. These are just a few of the ways that an individual can earn money blogging. As we invest more and more time and effort into researching self employment ideas online, a whole new world of opportunity will be made available to us.

What Can You Learn From a Career Blog?

There was a time when most people stayed in one jobs for their entire life, but recent research shows that now that has changed quite a bit. It is not at all unusual for people to have several different careers during their life and dozens of jobs, so making sure that you are ready for when the next big change is about to happen is important. A career blog can help you with that.

What Is a Career Blog?

If you have not yet discovered the world of blogging, then a career blog is one that is usually written by someone who is working in a particular industry or who has some expertise in recruiting in that industry. Although there are certainly some generic blogs, it is usually a good idea to read or subscribe to those blogs that are specifically aimed at your ideal career choice.

How Can They Help You?

The first thing that you will learn when you start to looking at career blogs online is that they can be very beneficial in finding a job. They may not have actual listings of jobs that you can apply for, but they will give you information on what current employers are looking for in addition to how you should design your resume so that it gets the most attention from employers.

Depending on the type of career blog that you are look at, you might find that you can learn more about the industry, changes in the industry, or even more specific types of jobs that you should be looking for – ones that you wouldn’t know about if you didn’t know someone in the industry.

Is a Recruiter Necessary?

There are some career blogs that are designed only to push you in the direction of signing up with a recruiter, but unless you are working in a very specific and highly paid job, recruitment companies will not help you. The best advice that you can get from a blog or any type of employment company is to brush up your resume and make sure that it is completely in line with what people are looking for these days. You can learn a lot about improving your resume from a career blog and they can even evaluate what you have to see if there is some way to make it more enticing for employers.

What Else Can You Learn?

There is also a lot of information online regarding how to look for jobs online, and also how to ensure that your online persona matches what you would like to be represented to potential employers. If you have not done so in a while, it is always a good idea to do a search online of your own identity, including any email address that you will be utilizing for your job searches, to make sure that all of the information that shows up is positive. If not, then this may be a good time for you to heed the advice of many a career blog, and clean up your online identity.

Six Ways to Direct Traffic Towards Your Online Blog

To have high volumes of online traffic, blogging is an efficient method. But, should you truly wish to direct large numbers of online traffic towards your blog, you will be required to perform more than simply blogging.

What follows are six methods to direct traffic onto your online blog.

1. Develop superior content which contains large amounts of phrases and keywords. Doing this will provide a couple of advantages. Firstly, superior and helpful content shall maintain the interest of your visitors on a consistent basis, then they may purchase the goods you market through your site. Secondly, new content which includes keywords shall increase the ranking of your site on search engines. This in turn will direct traffic to your online site.

2. To direct traffic towards your site, maximize the wording in your titles for search engines to properly index. It will be a requirement for you to maximize your titles for your blog articles, including employing proper phrases and keywords, which netizens will employ when searching the Internet for information. This shall enable your site to be visible within search engines, then your site shall be highly ranked with each of the keywords, thus directing traffic towards your site.

3. Employ email promotions within your online blog. Doing so will be an efficient method to have readers return to your online blog, including developing an email list. It is crucial to possess your very own list, this will enable you to sell your good to that list. Through the use of an auto responder, you will be able to send messages regarding blog updates, thus directing traffic to your online blog.

4. Another alternate method of directing traffic to your online blog is by the use of social bookmarking. Should you be highly ranked on well-known bookmarking websites, you may direct higher numbers of visitors to your sites.

5. For increased traffic to your online blog, start an RSS feed. This is yet another method to have visitors return to your online blog. Because when your readers sign up for your RSS feed, they shall continuously receive updates. This will keep your viewers coming back to read your online blog each time you post a new update.

6. You may deploy a few of your posts on your blog by converting the posts into helpful articles. All that is required is to include more content in your posts, write a catchy title, and submit it as an article. One of the best strategies for generating traffic is composing and publishing articles.

Employment Screening – Getting It Done Right

Employment screening means, essentially, checking out a job candidate’s background. Is the person who he or she claims to be, with the qualifications stated in the resume or job application? Does the candidate have any criminal convictions or other disqualifying qualities or issues?

It’s easy to get employment screening done nowadays – a few mouse clicks will get you an online report on just about anybody via one of the hundreds of Web-based employment screening companies out there. But, frankly, many of the screening services being offered online are cursory and, well, unreliable at best. Are you sure you’re really getting a valid, reliable screening report? Will it stand up to scrutiny if a legal issue (e.g., God forbid, a lawsuit) ever happens to your company? To judge this, you need to know a little about employment-related background checking, which is what this brief article is about.

First, you should be aware that pre-employment screening in the U.S. is closely regulated by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and various state employment laws. The law does of course permit employers to conduct background checks on potential employees, but employers are required to disclose in writing to the job applicant that they intend to do so, and if an “adverse action” is taken due to information found in the background check (i.e., the person is not hired), then the employer has to inform the applicant of this and disclose the specific unfavorable information uncovered.

Oftentimes, such unfavorable information consists of a criminal records finding. A thorough pre-employment check should always include a comprehensive criminal records search. If your job candidate has been convicted of fraud or other serious crimes in the past, this is obviously relevant to your employment decision (although the law requires you to consider each case of a criminal record finding on an individual basis in terms of its seriousness and job relevancy.)

It’s also important to be aware that many “third-party” pre-employment screening services (especially Web-based companies) do a less-than-adequate job of searching criminal records. They simply don’t cast a wide enough net in their searches. Most conduct criminal records searches only in the state-of-residence or even just the county-of-residence of the job applicant. So your applicant may have a fraud conviction, or even a lengthy rap sheet, in another state, but come up clean on the pre-employment check.

Many people with criminal records are quite aware of this shortcoming, and simply move out-of-state when job hunting.

That’s why your screening company should run a national database criminal records search as part of the screening process. Unfortunately, the best national criminal records databases currently available to the public are incomplete. They omit data from numerous counties across the country and sometimes contain out-of-date data. So it’s important to supplement the national database criminal records search with onsite searches at county courthouses in your job applicant’s counties-of-residence. All reputable pre-employment screening agencies have this capability.

Accepting your screening agency’s “standard” pre-employment screening report, if it checks for criminal records only in your applicant’s state-of-residence, is clearly inadequate. Your otherwise-impressive applicant may have a history of serious fraud convictions or other crimes in another state.

But even the criminal records searches described above are not enough. To be really thorough, your screening agency must also check:

— Aliases. Has your job candidate been convicted of a crime under another name?
— Warrants. Is your candidate wanted somewhere in the U.S.? Although you can’t legally deny an applicant a job for this reason, you can suggest that he/she reapply once the criminal warrant is cleared up. The same is true if the applicant is out on bail pending prosecution. You can ask the candidate to reapply after appearing in court and clearing the matter. (Note that you can’t legally inquire whether your candidate is in a drug rehabilitation program, however, as this may fall under the Americans With Disabilities Act, and compromise your position should litigation ever occur.)
— Federal convictions, such an income tax evasion, mail fraud, drug trafficking, and immigration law offenses.
— International “wanted” lists, such as Interpol’s.
— And yes, even terrorist watch lists. Why not? — it’s easy to do.

Unfortunately, very few pre-employment screening companies are this thorough. To most, pre-employment screening is a “volume” business and each applicant you submit gets a quick and cursory (not to say “quick and dirty”) once-over. However, if you specifically request the above additional searches, most will comply.

After An Employment Offer Has Been Made

Past workers’ comp claims are the most obvious type of public record to research at this stage. You can’t legally check to determine if your job applicant has a history of making workers’ compensation claims prior to making an offer of employment. Workers’ compensation history searches must always be conducted post-offer. However, this type of information can obviously be a valuable tool in your fraud-fighting arsenal. Not only can it identify habitual claim filers, it can also help your company avoid placing new employees in positions that may pose risk of re-injury.

Note, however, that employers may not rescind an offer due to finding claims and must make a reasonable effort to accommodate a previously-injured worker. Even so, a workers’ comp history search can be useful at the time a new employee is brought aboard in verifying his/her employment record supplied on the job application. If an applicant has failed to list a previous employer against which he/she filed a claim, this says something about the employee’s integrity and likelihood to file future claims.

Currently, workers compensation history data is available in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wyoming. California requires prior written approval by the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers Compensation Electronic Data Exchange (EDEX). Your pre-employment screening agency should be able to provide the needed forms.

Workers compensation searches are not available in: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

So criminal records (if thoroughly researched) and workers’ compensation histories can be extremely helpful — what other types of public information might be useful in the investigation of a suspicious claim? There are innumerable categories of records and searches that could be mentioned. Here are a few to consider:

— Civil Suits. You can research civil suits online through most counties’ websites. A good listing of county websites and phone numbers is available on Background Check Gateway.
— Facebook, MySpace, and other social networking sites. Did your candidate post pictures of himself/herself surfboarding off Malibu while collecting disability? Interesting.
— Newsgroups. Did you know that at Google Groups you can search someone’s postings to newsgroups (of which there are thousands and thousands nowadays) going back years? Yet many people have no idea their postings are public information which can easily be tracked by their name or email address. What’s your candidate talking about these days in the NASCAR Enthusiast newsgroup?
— Blogs. Same principle. If your candidate, like millions of us, keeps a chatty public diary online (i.e., blog), you can listen in via IceRocket.com.
— Career sites. Is your candidate applying for other jobs by posting a resume on Monster.com or other career sites? It might be revealing to find out what qualifications he/she is claiming in those applications.

— Real Estate. Has your candidate recently taken out a mortgage on a new house or condo? This can be an indicator of financial stability, an important qualification for many types of positions. You can research this at SearchSystems.net, among many other sites.

Accessing public records used to be an incredibly difficult chore. Your main tool in the “old days” was shoe leather as you plodded from courthouse to courthouse digging out dusty records. Now, with the Internet, it’s easy. You can access public records on your job applicant or employee which are scattered nationwide in minutes. Give it a try and you’ll soon wonder why you never made full use of public records as an employment-screening tool before!

5 Rules to Creating Valuable Targeted Content on Your Blog

2011 is going to prove a rather cumbersome year for aspiring bloggers all over the globe. With millions of writers, niche experts and companies vying for competitive traffic, how is the lone wolf to make his living in this harsh economic climate? Design, submit, monetize = earn right? Have you heard of Steve Pavlina, a popular blogger who isn’t afraid to flaunt his somewhat bulky income? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Steve, and have followed his progress on & off for years now. He launched his site in 2004 just like Darren Rowse’s problogger.com. Launching a blog in 2011 however, is poles apart from the early days of blogging. Due to many burgeoning authors jumping on the bandwagon, earning an income from your online ventures in 2011 is competitive and incredibly difficult. With that being said, how exactly are we supposed to earn solid revenue publishing content online? After writing for a number of successful blog’s spanning from freelance writing to social media, I’d like to share my thoughts on the current state of affairs, and how you can take advantage.

Focus on great content

Content is vital, it’s better to have one informative, useful blog as opposed to ten short drafts that no one will read. If you have something truly useful to say then say it, don’t break it up into smaller posts for the benefit of traffic. Provided you post something worth its weight; people will link to it, and when people link to your article, you benefit in terms of traffic anyway. Just think from a readers perspective for a moment. As a reader, would you rather..

1.Read five staggered articles about back-linking strategies or

2.Read one well written, unique, easily scanable article with all the information you need to back-link efficiently? A one stop shop if you will. bear in mind that successful bloggers always leave the full cake for their readers, not a trail of bread crumbs. So to take full advantage of great content, here’s the very checklist I use when writing each post.

Rule 1 – Write for humans, not search engines. This valuable tip comes straight from Google’s mouth, and its absolutely right as far as I’m concerned. Search engines will not derive any value from your blog, but readers will, and if readers gain value from it, search engines will almost certainly pick it up.

Rule 2 – Keep things simple, but don’t treat your audience like idiots. If someone lands on an article regarding advanced CSS tips, chances are that person has a basic understanding of said subject. As a result, rehashing the basics over & over will only serve to denigrate your point. Use plain English, and keep your points coherent.

Rule 3 – Treat your post like a step-by-step tutorial. The only reason you would publish content online, is to give your honest opinion and the benefit of your experience on a particular genre, and people will read your article to acquire the knowledge you have on that Genre. If your readers leave more confused than when they started your article, it obviously wasn’t very good.

Rule 4 – Form your argument before you start typing. Pulling a u-turn half way through your post will only confuse your audience, it’s a meant to be an informative tool, not internal dialogue. Consistency is key here, make sure the end of your post reflects the start.

Rule 5 – Write for “scanners”. Very few people will take the time to read through your entire article, especially if its a mammoth 5000 word essay. Therefore, keeping your key points and subtitles correctly segmented is vital to get your point across. If a reader is only interested in one of your ten *key points*, they need to be able to find it quickly, otherwise they will bounce. Remember, if people haven’t paid for your content, it wont hold any value without genuine interest.

To wrap up

The internet has been dubbed the “information super highway”, and if your site contains no valuable information, your bounce rate will be incredibly poor. Provide great information however, and your content will truly work on your behalf.

Work At Home Employment Opportunities – Top 5 Employment Ideas

Work at home employment is a luxury many, many people would like to have, especially these days with unemployment so high and the economy in such a rough state. Perhaps you’re a stay at home mom who wants to bring more money into the house, or maybe you’ve recently been laid off and are struggling to find a job, or you might be tired of the pressures from work and want to start transitioning to a work at home employment position to enjoy the freedom and independence it provides.

The good news is that anyone with a computer connected to the internet can start an online business to start generating income. There are a huge number of opportunities available on the internet for anyone to get started with. However, you will want to get familiar with the various types of opportunities and understand how they operate.

Below are my top five ideas for a work at home employment opportunity.

1. Online Support

Leverage the internet and put your technical or people skills to use by providing support to companies or individuals from the comfort of your home. There are free or low-cost remote management and desktop control software available for troubleshooting issues.

2. Outsourcing

With the growth of the Internet, many people are now independently working for companies that outsource jobs to people with skills in writing, web design, computer programming, graphic design, research and more. Sites like Elance allow you set up a profile showcasing your skills and then submit proposals on job postings from companies or individuals who need the work completed.

3. Direct Selling

With your website (or an eBay auction site) you can resell products obtained at wholesale prices. The manufacturer can agree to drop ship directly to customers, saving you from the stocking and shipping headache. Children’s items, sporting accessories and collectible gifts are all product ideas for this work at home employment opportunity.

4. Blogging

Blogs have become a popular way for people to make income online since blogs rank high in the search engines. However, new content is needed on a regular basis to stay current, so many internet marketers pay to have individuals post blog content for their sites.

5. Affiliate Marketing

Often found in top work at home employment listings because it can be inexpensive to set up. You can set up a blog for reviewing products and have affiliate links on your site that provide income to you when people make purchases through your site.

The last three of the opportunities listed above are for the entrepreneurial folks who would rather work for themselves than anyone else. Those opportunities can really pay off if you have the right marketing skills and understand keyword research. Be sure to complete your due diligence on any work at home employment opportunity before paying any required costs.