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The issue of Internet scams is very complex, and if you want to protect yourself from them, then you also need to be well informed. Even though the type of scams I want to write about are not directly related to blogging, every Internet user is going to encounter at least some of them during his life. I also think that any person who wants to be a webmaster should really be well informed about such issues – it will save you a lot of money and time. This time I would like to discuss a so called “Second Chance Offer” scam that people fall for every year.
Let us assume that you are visiting a popular online auctions website like eBay, and you bid on an expensive item that you really want to have. Then you notice that the item was not sold because it did not meet the reserve price. Later, you are contacted about a “second chance offer” from the seller, who agrees to sell you the item for the price you were willing to pay. The catch is that he asks for a payment/deposit before he sends the item, and guess what? He never sends the item. There are 2 explanations for this:
- Since you bought the item outside of eBay or any other auction site, you are not protected by the auction site at all. The seller will not receive a negative feedback, and there is probably little you can do.
- Since you bought the item outside of the auction site, there is a big probability that the person who received the money is not even the real seller! He might have used a similar email address as the real seller or some other means to fool you.
Some people look for really attractive offers on eBay, and later plan to resell them for a higher price. If you are considering earning some additional money this way, beware of all of the scammers. On the other hand, if you buy an item from a reputable seller you are being protected pretty well, so don’t start panicking.
Ever since I started looking on the Internet for money making opportunities, I knew that I had to be very careful when it comes to various programs because in reality they could be scams. However, there are websites like scam.com that could be helpful. I am sure that there are a lot more sites of this type that deal with the topic of scams, and if you are looking for money making opportunities, you might benefit from such sites.
The first impression when one visits this site is generally very positive. There are a lot of categories that you can browse through. Some of them might not be that interesting to bloggers, but many will be useful, for example, Internet Scams or Work at Home Scams. This webpage is very easy to navigate. The most efficient way to look for things is to use their search option in the top right corner of the screen. You may wish, for example, to search for opinions about programs like MyLot. This will result in many posts on the topic. Since the website contains a lot of unbiased opinions posted by real people, you can generally trust the messages you will be reading. When it comes to MyLot, the program according to the majority of people writing on the subject is not a scam, although it cannot also be treated as a reliable way to make money. The idea behind MyLot is that a person is paid for posting on a forum, and gets paid approximately one cent for a post.
What I like about websites that deal with scams is that you are going to find opinions based on true experience. Such websites are as real as the people who post on it, and this is why such websites are useful.
From time to time there is a buzz in the blogosphere about actions that Google undertakes in order to update the Page Rank of our websites. This often makes webmasters think what else they can do to improve the number of valuable links pointing to their sites. While asking for link exchanges might be a good idea, it is often time consuming. I know that it can be hard for some people to convince webmasters to link to a blog that has a lower PR, and that it might be better to look at some other alternatives in this case.
The top commentators plug-in might be the solution for people who have problems obtaining links. I want to point out how you can benefit from others having this attractive plug-in on their sites, especially if they have high Google Page Rank. Simply comment on blogs that have this plug-in enabled, and that have relatively high PR. After some time you will see your name being displayed on the main page of the blog. It will not only give you higher PR when the next update happens, but also a lot of satisfaction for being distinguished among others for your dedication to leave comments. While Google Page Rank is only one of many ranking systems, it also might effect the number of visitors you are going to receive, so that is why it is important not to ignore it.
Many Internet users try to make some money online. While there are many ways to make money online, it is important to learn to avoid so-called “get rich” scams. There are a lot of places over the Internet where you can find promises of making $200 per hour doing very easy tasks: filling out surveys, data entry, participating in multi-level marketing etc. My advice is, do not believe such claims. If they were true, everyone would quit their jobs and start earning money like that. Rather focus your efforts on programs will offer a steady way to earn money. ‘Get rich’ scams prey on our greed so watch out for them and have realistic expectations. In the beginning it might be difficult for you to discern which making money online techniques are genuine or not. However, with the time passing by and with your growing experience, you will have more expertise to be able to say which money making offers are a scam. There are opportunities on the Internet that will allow you to make fast and easy money, but they might not last very long. As a result, they not bring you a lot of money at all. Also be careful not to give your credit card details to anybody on the Internet. Even if for some reason you will not get paid for the job you did, it will only result in wasted time, but not money.
Some vehicles are more useful than other vehicles are. For example, cars are necessary to allow their owners get anywhere they want in a matter of minutes. Cars are not the only types of useful vehicles. Another good example of useful vehicles are rvs. You should not have problems finding some rvs for sale. If you would rather not invest in a new road vehicle, you can always rent one for the duration of your vacation. This is a better alternative if you know that you do not go on vacation often enough to justify the purchase of a road vehicle.
Many people fear to invest some money, because they feel that investing is too risky for them. While it might be the case, it is important to remember that while some investments are risky, some are not risky at all. In order to overcome your fear of investing, do something about it, such as:
-Open a saving account. Savings accounts are considered one of the least risky investments, yet they are profitable. Opening your savings account will usually be your first step to overcoming your fear of investing.
-Do not invest in too many things at the same time. Start small. Invest in one place. Wait a little bit and see how your investment goes. If it goes well, consider invest some more money in it.
-Experiment with different ways of investing. Do not be limited to one way only. Do not think that only one way of investing can bring you money.
-Invest only as much as you can afford to lose.
-Discuss your investment with your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. Never go for your investments alone.
It seems that many business owners quit blogging. Are you interested what the reasons are? Are we really that different from business bloggers? We also try to “sell a product”, but in our case it is our blog itself. Here are the reasons why many business people give up on blogging:
1. They are not happy with the amount of comments left by visitors.
2. According to them, they do not have enough subscribers.
3. They do not observe an increase in traffic coming to their main website.
4. They find it difficult to come up with fresh new content for the blog every day or week. Blogs that are not being updated often might not serve their purpose.
5. They cannot work out how to promote products and services via their blog. It is not that easy to promote different products from various industries on a blog.
Maintaining a blog costs money. That is why if there are going to be negligible benefits, then it is a wise choice for a business to delete such a blog. Regular bloggers are in a different position, as they are not oriented on increasing their income. They are rather focused on having influence over other people and interacting with users all over the world. That is why there are some blogs that have been out for years, and they are still performing very well.
Social networking has become part and parcel of the lives of millions of people today. If a person wants to be noticeable on the Internet, he needs to choose to participate in social networking whether he wants it or not. With such a big number of social networks, one can have problems deciding where to go. A Social Media Agency can guide a person or a company by offering them some advice on where to go. Major social networking platforms are always a way to start building your online presence. There are many of them, but participating in them is worth the effort.
Managing a successful website takes a lot of time and money. That is why many webmasters decide to monetize their site. For webmasters looking for ways to monetize their site, there are different options to choose from, including CPM networks. Those networks operate on the basis of number of impressions, contrary to PPC networks. For a blogger this means that you get paid per each thousand impressions. Sometimes the amount you can earn is not high and it might be $0.10. However, in other cases it can be equal to even greater than $10. In any case, you need a lot of traffic if you want to monetize your site this way. It is important that your site should have dozens or even hundreds of visitors per day. The advantage of this system is that you do not have to place ads in intrusive areas, as from your point of view it does not matter if your visitors click on the links. Even if none of your visitors click on links you will still get paid. This way you can rather attract people to click on links that point to different pages on your website.
This type of advertising is especially attractive for those bloggers who have many visitors, but for some reason the click-through-rate is rather low. If a webmaster having a low CTR website would use the services of PPC networks, he would hardly earn any money. On the other hand, CPM networks look like a great way to monetize many sites. If you are in a similar position, then perhaps you should consider trying them out.
Many people are looking for ways to make some extra money. In such a case it is definitely a good idea to have multiple streams of income. That is why I thought that I should give you some ideas how to achieve that goal. Here is a list of common ways webmasters earn money:
• Selling ad space. This is a good idea for larger websites with many visitors. You will probably not earn a lot if you have very few visitors. That is why this may only be an option for more popular websites.
• Product sales. This depends how good you are at selling and marketing. You will need to convince your visitors that the products you sell are worth buying. If you put some work into SEO, then those Internet users who search for some products using search engines might stumble on your website.
• Pay-Per-Click Ads. If you integrate your ads in a clever way, this will maximize your income. It is probably the most popular way to get extra cash. Of course, you may need to blend in the ads properly and have a lot of traffic to earn a lot of money.
• Affiliate programs. Many people are making a lot of money with affiliate programs. Of course, how much you earn will depend on your marketing skills.
The order I listed different ways to earn money is random, and what will be the main source of your income depends on your abilities, interests, and probably the niche of your blog.