Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

Shout Louder If You Want to Get Noticed

I was rejected today, for not having enough followers, enough shares, or enough content on the website. In a perfect example of how unless you make yourself busy making noise, you might not get invited to the party.

The website I´m talking about is supposed to help bloggers succeed with their blog.  The goal is to brainstorm, ask for feedback and ask ideas etc. So I asked for case studies of real rags to riches stories. None of these people who left the corporate world to start their own business.  I wanted stories about real people who have gone from zero to making a living. They did not have to be rich, but certainly making enough to cover their needs or replacing a 9-5.

My article request was rejected because AlternativeIncomeReport.com " looks a bit quiet and there is no community / shares to be seen."  They are right. The Alternative Income Report is my passion, not my business, so I work on it whenever I can, but it is not my main source of income. I also do not want to get attention by writing a ton of content just to get traffic, but that has  no soul.

I spent three years working as a copywriter producing what I like to call ´content fodder´. The goal of the articles I wrote were to get search engine attention by including relevant keywords. It had to sound half decent, but other than that, the rules were pretty relaxed.  It was soul destroying.

To get the message out I will have to do it at some point - but I am going to wait until I hire my Virtual Assistant full-time to do it!

As I said, my business is selling property, my mission is to help mothers to work from home and the unemployed to find work online.

Right now there are only around 80 out of 785 opportunities posted online. I have to write the courses and add them to the site, as well as the search filter, coaching information .... it´s going to be huge!

The concept of Alternative Income is going to creep into the online psyche in a slow, organic way. There will be no loud brass band announcing it, but it is going to offer hope to millions worldwide.  The world desperately needs alternatives for those who can´t work at a regular job and I plan to keep on posting them ... one at a time.

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At Pond5 you can upload videos, photos, illustrations, music, SFX, after effects and 3D. You set your own price and keep 50% when a sale is made.

There are no exclusivity restrictions, you retain the copyright and can change the price at any time.

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  • Type Freelance, Online
  • Eligibility International
  • Investment required? No
Published in Selling
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Additional Info

  • Type Freelance, Online, Telecommute Job
  • Eligibility US
  • Investment required? No
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Supporting
Working from home means being on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your office is lurking in a corner of your house, calling you to do just one more thing over and over again. The result is long days, no days off, and weeks that in blend in to one another.
 
This week I had a meltdown. I could not pinpoint any one specific thing that triggered it, I just know that I felt unbelievably frustrated. In my head everything was going wrong, nothing was working, and I felt trapped. It felt weird. I am the person who always sees the silver lining. I always find a way around problems. I don´t get depressed. ´Never give up´ and all that positive mumbo jumbo. Except this week.
 
I know it was bad because my husband kept phoning to see how I was and offered to take the day off work and take the kids out so I could have some free time. Even the kids looked scared.  When Mrs Motivator goes quiet, they think something is very, very, wrong.
 
Luckily I had to take my son to basketball and hang around for four hours, and then take him and his friends to the cinema. I wanted to watch the film as well as Guardians of the Galaxy looked funny, and boy did I need a dose of funny this week.
 
An hours drive to basketball, waiting for four hours,  and two hours to get home after dropping them off. Thinking about it I was cursing about how much time I was going to waste, how ´busy´ I was and how I needed to be online. Blah, blah, blah.
 
Busy does not mean effective. Anyone who has worked from home knows that you can be sitting in front of the computer for hours - that doesn´t mean you get a lot of work done.
 
After waiting for hours, driving for miles and getting to bed at 3am in the morning, I felt like a new woman the next day.
 
- The basketball 3x3 tournament was at a coastal town so I got to walk along the beach and get some fresh air.
 
- I got to socialise with the other parents and have some adult conversation.
 
- The movie was really good fun and made me laugh more than I had in a long time.
 
- The kids and I also got to do something fun together instead of being stuck in the house while I was working.
 
It may seem obvious, but when working from home you often get so focused on what you are doing, you forget the power of taking time out. If I had stayed at home, there would have been nothing to get me out of my funk. I would have been miserable to live with and completely ineffective.
 
Working mothers definitely need to pay more attention to taking time out as they are so used to being available 24 hours a day. Add to that your business which has no closing time and a personal project you want to get off the ground and you have a meltdown brewing.
 
As soon as you start losing focus, as soon as you feel exhausted, frustrated or lacking in motivation - GET OUT. It could be something as simple as a walk around the block, going for a coffee, going for a run or meeting friends. The important thing is to break the funk because you are not doing yourself or those who have to live  with you any favours!
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  • Type Freelance, Online
  • Eligibility International
  • Investment required? No
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Selling
I was listening to a webinar recently run by guys claiming to make over a 100,000 dollars a year selling t-shirts. They used the usual formula of giving some great information and making a big deal about not selling you anything on the webinar.  
 
They did make a big deal about their mastermind course though, over and over again! Which is OK because we are all in the business of selling one thing or another.  That is how we make money and the wheels of the economy keep on turning. So far so good, until they dismiss the majority of the population as financially irresponsible. A caller asked how much they needed to get started making that kind of money and if they could do it with no money to pay for advertising.
 
Boom.
 
Then came the lecture. The speaker said if you can´t run your personal finances successfully, then you won´t succeed in business. His little rant went on to imply that everyone can save thousands by getting a second job, not wasting money on products (just theirs), and being more responsible.
 
Wow.
 
This from the people who in the same call said that if you didn´t have the money you should get a loan from anywhere you could to invest in your t-shirt business. Borrow it from friends and tell them you will pay it back. Max out your credit card. Do whatever it takes. They are talking about thousands of dollars to invest in advertising! How is that not more of the financial irresponsibility they were just complaining about?
 
They did stress this was not a venture for the weak hearted and should not be done if you were not prepared to put your life and soul into it. Well done boys. 
 
I admire people who succeed online. I know it takes hard work, hours of dedication and making sacrifices. That doesn´t mean you should judge others by your standards.
 
You have no idea why people are in debt. They may live somewhere it is almost impossible to get work and they can´t afford to move. They may have fallen ill and can no longer do a regular job. They may not have the support they need to keep going.  Their self-esteem might be so low they can´t even imagine speaking out. The list is endless.
 
So many people accept their situation, think they have no option and continue to struggle in misery for the rest of their lives. Often because they are so exhausted by life and see no way out. Struggle becomes the norm. Then they hear things like ´if you don´t have thousands to invest in your business don´t bother´.  There goes the little flicker of hope snuffed out forever.
 
Maybe you won´t make 100,000 dollars a year, but if you manage to improve your current situation then that is progress!
 
So let the big boys do their own thing and concentrate on what is right for you. Do what you can with what you have right now.
 

If you are ready to find out more about making money selling t-shirts take a look at Tee Inspector. He talks about using Facebook ads as the main way to get sales, but also shows you people who make sales without Facebook.. Loads of information, software and videos to walk you through it.  www.teeinspector.com

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  • Eligibility International
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  • Need Experience? No
Published in Testing
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  • Eligibility International
  • Investment required? No
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Testing
As a general rule I am against paying for sites that claim to offer work at home or telecommute. The vast majority are trying to make money from a membership site that offers little information. They might only have a handful of jobs, or they offer a list of jobs that are embedded from job search aggregators that you could search for free. The most outrageous example I have seen are websites made to look like a news site to give it more credibility. At the end of the day it is money for nothing.
 
Over the last 15 years of looking for work from home jobs, I have only found a handful of websites I would consider paying for. One of them is Flexjobs.
 
Flexjobs provides up to date listings of genuine telecommute jobs or work from home jobs, and employers post jobs on the site because it is an authority for telecommuting jobs.
 
They charge $14.95 a month, or $49.95 a year to access the contact information for all the latest jobs they have listed, as well as special partner offers, customer support and helpful articles.
 
Some people object to the idea of paying for these job listings. Normally I would agree, but with Flexjobs I understand why they do it.
 
Flexjobs is a business. There is a huge amount of information on the website that takes time and dedication to maintain and update. They hire people to search the internet for genuine job offers and screen the companies that offer them. All of this takes time and money, and when you think about it, at $14.95 dollars per month, you are paying 50 cents per day to save yourself hours and hours of time searching for jobs yourself, and researching the companies involved.
 
Of course, if you pay the membership fee, search the first day and then forget about it until the last day before it runs, you have wasted your money.
 
To find a telecommute job, you need to search every single day. You need to apply for all the jobs that you are interested in. You need to keep checking to see if new job offers have been added and apply immediately.  The more jobs you apply for, the more likely it is you will get a job offer.  Flexjobs is making it easier by weeding out all the dodgy work from home offers for you.
 
Most of the jobs are US based but they sometimes have jobs for international applicants. You can browse through the jobs listings before coming a member and will only need to sign up if you find something that you want to apply for.
 

Search through the telecommute jobs at Flexjobs.com

 
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If you have decided that blogging is your preferred Alternative Income route, then one of the fastest ways to learn is with Yaro Starak who runs www.entrepreneurs-journey.com. He gives you so much information in an easy to follow format, that literally takes you step by step from wondering what the hell you could possibly write about that makes money, to building up a successful blog.

Yaro has been blogging successfully for years and has created a massive amount of information on his blog, which he has put together one page - Step by Step Guide to Make Money Blogging - so you know exactly where to go to find the information  you need.

I like his style. He is what some might call an ´internet guru´ and he is certainly a blogging guru, but he does it in a way that provides lots of value to readers without using the hard sell. Of course he uses marketing tactics and copywriting triggers to get you to enroll in his programs (he is running a business after all),but not before providing you with a ridiculous amount of information for free.

His case studies of students from his programs will certainly be an inspiration and are well worth a read. The different examples show you how people, from all walks of life and blogging about topics in very different markets, can be so successful.

WARNING:  If you decide to read his website, you won´t have any excuse to prevent you from starting your own blog. Everything you need is on this page as he directs you to all the resources you need.  Make the most of it. Usually you get a trickle of information and are left wandering in the online jungle to figure out the rest for yourself.

I bet you think I must be an affiliate of his because I am gushing over this one page. Wrong. This is not an affiliate link and I am not in his mastermind group. I just get excited when I find something so useful and I know it can help you too!

Read the Yaro Starak Step by Step Guide to Make Money Blogging

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