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Is it Actually Possible to Make Money with Twitter?

by on Apr.24, 2012, under Make Money Online

It’s no secret that people love to jump on the latest trends and fads. And right now social media sites are the cool thing to be on, with Twitter being among the most popular of them all. So naturally, there are thousands of people asking the same question every day…”Is it truly possible to make money with twitter?” The answer to that question is, YES!

However, with that being said, if you are going to be successful using Twitter to earn money online, you need to be absolutely sure you are not one of the many wannabe internet marketers out there doing it all wrong without a clue. This post will help you to avoid the dark side of tweeting for cash.

The first thing you need to know is that if you are going to sign up for Twitter with the intentions of spamming like crazy, you might as well forget about it. You will get reported and your account will be deleted before you have a chance to get anywhere with it. And even if you do happen to slide under the radar without getting deleted, you still won’t make any money because nobody will read your spam posts.

The best strategy for becoming successful at Twitter is by actually building up a following and legitimately participating in the community. It is a social networking type of site so you need to be social. You should talk about yourself and what you are doing with your life and business, give useful tips, be creative, helpful, and entertaining. Share information about your niche that your followers actually want to read.

If you have your own blog then one great way to semi-automate your participation is to integrate your blogging efforts with your social media efforts. Make it so every time you post it gets tweeted on your profile. Or maybe you have written a free report covering something about your niche that you are an expert on? Why not give it away for free to your Twitter followers? When you share useful information you will find that your followers will grow just by word of mouth sharing of your tips.

Obviously a great way to help all of this along is to publish the link to your Twitter profile anywhere it is allowed. This would be in your blogs sidebar, the signature file of forums you participate in, other social media site profiles, and so on. And if you submit articles to directories, they often have an option where each time you get an article published it will be tweeted out to all of your followers.

In the end, what you want all of this to do is build up a strong reputation for yourself. Once that has happened, you will find that the trust and following you have gotten will turn into a lot of sales if you roll out your marketing promotions strategically. Always contribute much more than you pitch sales. That is vital!

If used correctly there’s little doubt that Twitter can be quite profitable. It can certainly be used as one tactic for earning money online.


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Dot Com Pho – Hot Or Not Edition

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Make Money Online

Normally, Orange County is a nice hot place to host Dot Com Pho. However, some cloud decided to play games with us today. One minute, the cloud would block the sun and make us feel the cold chill of the wind. The next minute, it would let the sun shine through and we’ll be sizzling again. I guess this is mother nature’s version of hot or not. We went from T-shirts to jacket to T-shirts, and back to jackets again. Well, everyone did except for the Bow Tie man, who is always wearing at least four layers of clothing no matter how hot or not it is.

For this edition of Dot Com Pho, we have some hot females doing a not so hot job trying to get people to take a survey, we try to get the CBC to pick up the lunch tab for next week, some guys have all the luck and then there’s Oscar Gonzalez, and a whole lot more. Anyone is welcome to join the fun at Dot Com Pho. Follow me on Twitter to find the time and location of the next one.



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How To Increase Website Earnings Webinar Replay

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Make Money Online

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Here’s a replay of the webinar I did with Chris Guthrie and Spencer Haws on how to increase the income of your niche websites without increasing your traffic through proper site layout, advertising sizes and color choices. Chris and Spencer collectively generate thousands of dollars a month with Amazon, Adsense and other affiliate programs, and it was great to have them share their knowledge with you.

During the webinar, Chris and Spencer showcased a new WordPress theme that solves a lot of the problems that plague niche website creation and made a special offer for it to Webinar attendees. I’m happy to extend that offer to you.

The Niche Website Theme is one of the best WordPress themes I’ve come across to create niche websites quickly and profitably. Between now and Sunday April 15th, you can pick up the theme for only $67. Try it for a full 60 days, and if it’s not everything you hoped for, send Chris and Spencer an email and they’ll give you a full refund, no questions asked. Enjoy the webinar.

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Why I Removed Livefyre Comments From My Blog

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Make Money Online

Sharp readers are noticing that the Livefyre comment system has been removed from my blog and replaced with normal WordPress comments. I’ve been using Livefyre since November of last year and for the most part, it’s been a positive experience. However, Livefyre has quite a few drawbacks that made me remove them.

It Slowed The Loading of The Blog

Site performance took a slowdown with Livefyre comments. You really noticed it on the 728×90 top banner. It would be the last thing to load and took a long time to do it. This might be caused by the Livefyre plugin not playing nice with my OIO advertising plugin, but the instant I turned off livefyre, load speed decreased noticeably.

You Can’t Edit The Comments

It drove me up the wall that I couldn’t edit a commentator’s comment. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I never touch a comment, but there are rare occasions when I need to edit for swearing, incorrect data, or personal attacks on another commentator. Livefyre has no comment editing features. You can either delete the entire comment or let it stand.

Livefyre told me they’re working on a comment edit feature, and it should be ready in 30 days. However, they told me that 60 days ago. I got tired of waiting.

Livefyre Can Get Your In Trouble with Google

To help prevent spam, Google has stated that links in blog comments should be nofollow. However, links in Livefyre comment don’t have any nofollow tags. Not only could this get you trouble with Google, it could increase the amount of spam your blog gets. This is funny because the number one reason for switching to Livefyre was to get rid of spam.

I have noticed an increase in the number of comments with links in them. And since Livefyre doesn’t have a comment edit feature, I couldn’t remove the links. I had to delete the entire comment.

No Integration with Aweber

Aweber has a great WordPress plugin that allows subscribers to sign up to your list when they leave a comment on your blog – without having to fill out a separate web form.

Newsletter sign up

This is a great way to build your mailing list because potential subscriber doesn’t need to fill out a separate form. Checking a box while already leaving a comment is a lot easier than commenting, then finding and filling out a completely different web form. However, Livefyre and Aweber don’t work together. The Aweber plugin works only with normal WordPress comments.

The number of spam has increased tremendously since Livefyre was removed. However, Akismet is doing a great job killing them. I have to go back to check the spam folder everyday to check for legit comments. When Livefyre was running, the spam folder always said zero, so I never had to check it. This is what I will miss most about Livefyre.



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How New Media Has Transformed Traditional Journalism

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Make Money Online

New communication technologies have always driven change in the media. From Gutenberg’s printing press to the internet – the media realm has undergone drastic transformations with each new medium, bringing methodologies and techniques that have defined and shaped journalism.

Come the age of internet and web 2.0 and we are witnessing a media metamorphosis like never before. Not only has the digital age made information dissemination faster and more efficient, it has fundamentally altered the direction of this information flow. Gone are the days when information used to flow in a one-way, “top-down” fashion, from the powerful media barons to the passive audiences. Now, thanks to the social media boom, the audience is actively involved in the kind of content that is aired and published in addition to producing that content themselves.

A technologically empowered public has given birth to new form of journalism altogether, popularly called “participatory journalism”, “grassroots journalism”, “citizen journalism” or “crowd-sourced journalism”.

Social media platforms like blogs, micro-blogging websites like Twitter and social networks like Facebook, MySpace, and Reditt etc are at the pinnacle of this new media revolution. The development of user-friendly, low cost or free online content management tools like Blogger, BlogSpot, WordPress, Tumblr etc have helped facilitate the rapid growth and popularity of independently managed websites that are now sharing the role that was traditionally occupied by the mainstream media.

While some established media owners and professionals have responded to this new “invasion of the audience” with suspicion, skepticism and even derision, others have gladly accepted it and integrated new media into the conventional newsroom. Audiences, readers or subscribers are now empowered by the multiple choices available in the marketplace that are faster at disseminating mews. Add to that the collapse in advertising revenue faced by a large number of media organizations globally, and you have the perfect formula that spells the demise of traditional print. Internet journalism in the form of news websites utilizing multimedia platforms, blogs and citizen journalism are now taking the place of mainstream print media.

The diminishing importance of print has been abetted by the competition from television news. Breaking stories are already broadcast on televisions and news websites as they happen, making their appearance in the next day’s newspaper pointless. Those who believe that newspaper provides analysis and in-depth reporting (that electronic media doesn’t), can find more dynamic versions of said in-depth reporting on news websites and blogs. By the time a story makes it to the news paper, it has already been covered with all possible angels on television channels and news websites.

Breaking grounds with breaking news

Anyone with even a little exposure to today’s social media would be able to vouch for how social networks and micro-blogging platforms like Facebook and Twitter have been effective mediums for breaking news along with providing discussions and analysis. A number of major news events have been broken and reported in-depth on the social media by citizens.

A major example is the news of Osama bin Laden’s killing which was first reported on Twitter by a Pakistani blogger Sohaib Athar when he unknowingly live tweeted the entire episode as US helicopters raided bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad (Pakistan). After a number a number of tweets that served as a live report for the entire raid, Athar tweeted “Uh oh, now I’m the guy who live-blogged the Osama raid without knowing it”.

Similarly, reports of number of bomb blasts have often made it to twitter first before being reported on the local media. It is believed that the Mumbai terrorist attacks were first reported on Twitter. Describing the role played by Twitter in breaking the news, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone described how the first Twitter report of the ground shaking during earthquake tremors in California came nine minutes before the first associated press alert.

Conclusion

While these trends show how new technologies and new journalism concepts are being embraced by the mainstream media, there is a need for traditional media to be cautious in its use of social media. Concerns about credibility and ethics are not unfounded. There is always the risk of inaccuracy, deliberate misinformation and spin. As one of the fundamental principles of journalism holds, being right trumps being first. Only organizations that are able to adapt themselves to changing technology, while adhering to the essential principles of journalism, will be able to survive in the future.

Sohail Qaisar runs a technology review blog, which is also a guest posting blog. Checkout his article on a very interesting topic related to graphics cards, NVIDIA or ATI? If you want to write a guest article for his blog or hire him as a writer for your blog, then contact him through: contact@gamesht.com



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