Friday, October 30, 2009

8 Resources for Starting an Online Store

Do you want to start an online store, but don't know where to start? Here I will list several resources to help you start an online store.

Books About Starting an Online Store

There are many, many books available to help you start an online business. Here I list a few of my favorite books on how to start an online store.

This book tells you step-by-step how to start an online store. The author, Jeremy Shepherd, provides real life examples, making his lessons on how to start an online store easy to follow and understand. Shepherd starts at the beginning (choosing what to sell in your online store), through advertising and making sure your online store stays in the green.
This is one of the popular "For Dummies" far, every "For Dummies" book I have read to date has been awesome, and Web Stores Do It Yourself For Dummies is no exception. I recommend this book if you want to learn how to start an online store.

Last but not least, I recommend Starting A Yahoo! Business For Dummies. I told you I like these "For Dummies" books! Anyway, this book will teach you how to start, manage, advertise and market your Yahoo! online store. This book tells you step by step how to create a Yahoo online store, then includes how to advertise and how to use the best images to sell more products in your online store.

Online Resources on How To Start An Online Store

I have compiled a list of websites that have valuable information on starting an online store. Here's some great websites to help you on your journey of opening your own online store:

Here is a video from E-how on how to create an online store:

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Work at Home with LiveOps!

This is part 5 in the Companies that Hire Work at Home Employees Series. Please check out earlier articles:

  1. Part 1 - Work at Home With Alpine Access

  2. Part 2 - Work at Home With Convergys

  3. Part 3 - Work at Home With Extended Presence

  4. Part 4 - Work at Home With Internet Girl Friday

  5. Part 5 - Work at Home with LiveOps

Work at Home With LiveOps!

LiveOps offers work at home opportunities in the following areas:

  • Inbound Sales Calls

  • Casual Dining

  • Customer Service

  • Insurance Sales

  • Outbound Sales Calls

  • Spanish & French Phone Services

If you have any of the above skills, then a work at home position with LiveOps might be right for you. It is important to note that if you get a work at home job with LiveOps, you are considered an independent contractor, or freelancer. They do not count their work at home workers as employees.

What does this mean for you? Basically, other than getting paid, a work at home position with LiveOps does not have any benefits. LiveOps work at home people do not get health insurance, 401k coverage or vacation time.

LiveOp Wants Work at Home Licensed Insurance Agents

If you are a licensed insurance agent, you should definitely check out a work at home position with LiveOps. A work at home licensed insurance agent with LiveOps takes inbound sales calls. There are several reasons a licensed insurance agent should consider a work at home position with LiveOps:

  • First of all, the licensed insurance agent work at home position has the largest earning potential out of all LiveOps work at home positions.

  • The second benefit a licensed insurance agent has is the network available on LiveOps. Share tips and tricks, and just chat with other licensed insurance agents.

  • All calls from LiveOps' insurance clients must be taken by a licensed insurance agent. This means more time for the work at home licensed insurance agents to take phone calls.

  • Because licensed insurance agents that work at home for LiveOps are considered freelancers, you will be free to take other work at home positions.

How Do LiveOps Work at Home Freelancers Make Money?

How much you make as a work at home freelancer for LiveOps depends...some of LiveOps' clients pay 0.25 per minute of phone talk time, others pay a base rate plus a commission, and still others pay straight commission.

If you choose to work at home for LiveOps, you are a freelancer; you will be responsible for your own invoicing, taxes, insurance, and the quality you choose to present to your clients. As in any business venture, the more you put into your work, the more you will make.

Requirements to Work at Home for LiveOps

Well, first of all to work at home for LiveOps, you must be at least 18 years old. You must also take at least one call every 42 days to retain your Independent Contractor status. You can work at home with LiveOps if you live within the 48 contiguous states.

When you apply to work at home with LiveOps, LiveOps will perform a credit and background check, so you must be able to pass both of those.

Work at Home with LiveOps Technical Requirements

Obviously, if you want to work at home with LiveOps, you have to have a computer, and the Internet. But specifically, what does LiveOps require their work at home freelancers to have?

  • at least 1 GHz processor

  • fast internet service; either DSL or Cable

  • a minimum of 1 GB of RAM

  • Windows XP or Vista

  • Internet Explorer 7

  • Java 2 Version 1.5

  • at least 1 USB port

  • the following Microsoft recommended system configuration settings:

    • Windows Update should be set to automatically update

    • Windows Firefall must be enabled

    • active ant-virus software, also set to update automatically

    • anti-spyware and Ad-Aware software

  • a 1024 x 728 pixel capable monitor

  • a soundcard & speakers or headphones

  • printer

To work at home with LiveOps, you must also have a landline phone line separate from your home phone, and a corded headset. They support standard corded telephone service, as well as digital phone service offered by AT&T UVerse, Verizon FIOS and ComCast Digital Voice. All extra services, such as voicemail and call waiting, must not be on the phone line.

Work at Home with LiveOps Application Process

It is simple to apply for a work at home position as a freelancer with LiveOps.

First, you fill out their basic application. This includes some skill tests and a voice audition.

Next, LiveOps will review your work at home application. If your skills match those of LiveOps' current clients, you may be extended an invitation.

If you receive an invitation, you will be given some paperwork to fill out. LiveOps also performs credit and background checks on all work at home applicants. They will run these checks now.

After you send your paperwork to LiveOps, and they verify your credit and background checks, you will be added to the LiveOps Home business platform.

You will then need to complete online certifications before beginning work.

One downside with applying for work at home positions with LiveOps is that they do charge $50 for the background and credit check. Another is that you do not get paid during your certification times.

But, I encourage you to check out the work at home opportunity offered by LiveOps for yourself.


Do you, or have you in the past, held a work at home position with LiveOps? Or perhaps you have applied for a work at home position with LiveOps? Leave a comment and let me know your experiences! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Homeschooling DoFollow Blog List

OK, here's a list of homeschooling dofollow blogs. Hope this helps y'all with your homeschooling blog SEO! :-)

Homeschooling DOFOLLOW Blog List

  1. Loving Learning in the Home

  2. Parenting Homeschooling

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Work at Home With Internet Girl Friday!

Part 4 in a series of 10 companies that hire at home workers.

  1. Part 1: Work at Home with Alpine Access

  2. Part 2: Work at Home with Convergys

  3. Part 3: Work at Home with Extended Presence

  4. Part 4 - Work at Home With Internet Girl Friday

  5. Part 5 - Work at Home with LiveOps

What is Internet Girl Friday?

Internet Girl Friday is a group of virtual assistants. If you have good office skills, you may just fit in at Internet Girl Friday. The Internet Girl Friday group does work such as setting up blogs, sending press releases, bookkeeping, making travel arrangements, appointment setting...pretty much the same as an in-house personal assistant, just...virtually!

Services Offered by Internet Girl Friday

Internet Girl Friday offers services in 4 different categories: Social Marketing Services, Web & Graphic Design, Traditional Marketing Services and Administrative Services.

Social Marketing Services

Internet Girl Friday's social marketing services consist of profile creation on sites such as Facebook, Myspace or LinkedIn. They provide network creation, keyword optimization and more.

Internet Girl Friday will also maintain these social profiles, and employ viral marketing techniques like tweeting & blog commenting.

Web & Graphic Design Services

If you know how to do any kind of web design or graphic design, including CSS, Wordpress, get the idea...then Internet Girl Friday may be looking for you! There isn't much to say to describe this category, I think the category name says it all!

Traditional Marketing Services

Tried and true marketing techniques such as press releases, lead generation and more are also provided by the team at Internet Girl Friday.

Administration Services

Internet Girl Friday offers the more traditional personal assistant services as well. This category covers all different types of bookkeeping, typing, Internet research, data entry, business communication...and let's face it, there are a lot of us out there with these skills!

Internet Girl Friday Application Process

Here's the link to apply for a position with Internet Girl Friday. According to their site, Internet Girl Friday is rather selective with the employment process; only 1 or 2 people are invited to work for Internet Girl Friday per week. There are tests that you have to take AFTER you are invited to join the Internet Girl Friday team.

The application to work for Internet Girl Friday consists of the normal information: name, SSN, address, phone number, etc. Then you choose your top skills from the checklist. The final question is how much you want to be paid an hour, and how many hours you are available to work per week.

Learn To Work Online

Internet Girl Friday also teaches you how to start your own virtual business. Click here to visit the Internet Girl Friday work at home training site.

Do you have experience with Internet Girl Friday? Let us know!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

How to Make Your Blogger Blog a "DoFollow" Blog

Many people want to comment on blogs that will lend page rank to their site or blog. Therefore, they are looking for links without the "nofollow" tag (also known as "dofollow" links).

One way to attract comments to your site is to make your blog a "dofollow" blog. However, if you have a blog on Blogger, you may not know how...

Here's a YouTube Video I found on how to make your Blogger Blog a "dofollow" blog:

Book Review: ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett have combined their blogging for money expertise in the book ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income.

If you are serious about blogging for money, then you have got to buy this book ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income.

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income will tell you everything you need to know about blogging for money.

The following chapters have a wealth of information that will help you succeed at blogging for money:

  • Chapter 1 - Blogging for Money

  • Chapter 2 - Niche Blogging

  • Chapter 3 - Setting Up Your Blog

  • Chapter 4 - Blog Writing

  • Chapter 5 - Blog Income and Earning Strategies

  • Chapter 6 - Buying and Selling Blogs

  • Chapter 7 - Blog Networks

  • Chapter 8 - Blog Promotion and Marketing

  • Chapter 9 - Secrets of Successful Blogs

  • Chapter 10 - Creating Something Worthwhile

Chapter 1 - Blogging for Money

Chapter 1 - Blogging for Money covers the blogging basics: what a blog is, benefits to blogging, and the variety of ways you can make money blogging. You will learn how to measure a blog's success and how to add interaction to your blog.

Chapter 2 - Niche Blogging

If you want to be successful at blogging for money, there are a number of questions on niche blogging every blogger should ask. What is niche blogging? Why is a niche blog a better choice than a generic blog? How do I choose my niche?

Rowse and Garrett answer all these questions in Chapter 2 - Niche Blogging.

Chapter 3 - Setting Up Your Blog

Chapter 3 of Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income discusses different blogging platforms. You will learn valuable information to help you make an educated decision on which blogging platform to use.

Chapter 4 - Blog Writing

This is one of my favorite chapters. Find out valuable tips for writing your content, such as varying your types of post, how often to write blog entries...even some advice on how to write series to keep your readers coming back for more!

Chapter 5 - Blog Income and Earning Strategies

This chapter discusses different ways your blog can make you money, from PPC advertising to selling ads on your site, and even some affiliate discussion & hiring your writing skills to other bloggers.

Chapter 6 - Buying and Selling Blogs

If you're looking to buy an established blog, this chapter tells you how. You can learn how to work up your blog to sell, or purchase an inexpensive blog, fix it up & sell it again.

Chapter 7 - Blog Networks

Ever wonder what a blog network is? This chapter will tell you!

Chapter 8 - Blog Promotion and Marketing

And here's perhaps the most important chapter of all (but that's just my opinion). Find out the best & most effective ways to get visitors to your blog!

Chapter 9 - Secrets of Successful Blogs

Hmmmm....I think the title of this chapter speaks for itself! This chapter analyzes the top 100 Technorati blogs.

Chapter 10 - Creating Something Worthwhile

Make your blog stand out, and lend value that will entice readers to your blog.

If you're serious about making money blogging, then you cannot live without this book.

Monday, October 19, 2009

How to Get Quality Backlinks Part 2

Looking for How to Get Quality Backlinks Part 1?

Now you know how to find sites to put your backlinks on. Find sites within your niche with a high page rank. Now we'll discuss exactly how you go about getting your quality backlinks.

First, set up a spreadsheet to keep track of where you put your backlinks. You can set it up like this:

NumberDateWebsite NameWebsite URLGoogle PageRank

Now you're ready to go!

Checking Google PageRank

First you must know how to check a page's pagerank. If you've found a blog or website that you want to put your backlink on, check their pagerank. This PageRank Checker is a priceless tool. All you do is type in a web address, type in the captcha code, and hit enter.

How to Create Your Backlinks

Now you want to find dofollow sites to post your backlink. One way to do this is by commenting on blogs, another is to join forums, and yet another way to get quality backlinks is to join community sites.

Remember from How to Get Quality Backlinks Part 1 that you have to find sites within your niche to get high quality backlinks. These sites have to be "dofollow" how do you find sites within your niche without "nofollow" tags?

Finding DoFollow Blogs in Your Niche

There are a few free tools you can use. First, find dofollow blogs. All you have to do is type in your niche keyword. For example, if your blog is on crocheting blankets, type in "crochet blankets". The results will be dofollow blogs in your niche.

I'm currently testing out a few other tools for finding dofollow blogs, and I will be creating another post about the good ones I find. :-)

Get Backlinks by Blog Commenting

So, now you have your list of blogs within your niche that are dofollow blogs. Now, you read some entries that interest you and post a comment on them. IMPORTANT!!! DO NOT leave spam comments merely to get your link out there. All of us want some meaningful comments that give feedback or conversation about what the post is about.

So what, exactly, constitutes a spammy comment? Simple...basically just remember that you shouldn't put simple posts like "Thanks" or "Great post"...these comments are not helpful, do not contribute to the overall value of the post, and therefore should be avoided.

The type of post you want to leave is simple. Basically, if there's something in the post you have experienced, share it. If you disagree with something in the post, say why and give supporting facts that support your opinion. Only post if you have something constructive to say!

Get Quality Backlinks by Joining Forums

You can get quality backlinks by joining forums as well. Like the blogs, you will want to remember to find forums in your niche and do not spam. Most forum owners will delete inactive or spammy accounts. This is why Angela & Paul's Backlinks isn't a good idea.

If you find a forum that is interesting, and that you will be active on, go ahead and put your link on it. This is a great way to get a quality backlink to your blog or website.

But joining forums also has other benefits that you may not can discover new things about your niche, which will give you more topics to write about, and let you learn new things. You can also meet new people that share the same interests.

Bottom line, don't join a forum merely to post a link. If you join and post your backlink, make sure you are somewhat active so that you can glean the other benefits from joining!

Get Quality Backlinks By Joining Community Sites

The final way to get quality backlinks to your site is by joining a community site. Again, make sure you aren't spamming the site. If you join a community, be part of the community. Take the time to create a profile, create your backlinks, and be an active member of the community.

I am working on getting lists of dofollow blogs for you. Here is my list of dofollow blogs for making money online. This list will continue to grow as I find more dofollow blogs, and I will be posting other categories of dofollow blogs in the very near future.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

How to Get Quality Backlinks

What's all the hype about backlinks? What IS a backlink? I'm sure you have a lot of questions, and are dying to find out, once and for all, how to get quality backlinks. I've done a lot of research in the last couple of weeks, experimenting with backlinks, and what it I thought I'd share my findings, and tell y'all how to get quality backlinks.

What is a Backlink?

A backlink is simply a one-way link to your blog or website that is on another site. Knowing how to get quality backlinks will help raise your rankings in the search engines. Having quality backlinks shows the search engines that your site is important enough to link to, so it raises your worth in their "eyes".

What is a "Quality" Backlink?

You must take into consideration the pagerank of the site, the quality of your link, the niche of your website or blog and dofollow/nofollow.

A Site's Pagerank

A quality backlink is one that is on a site the search engines see as important. In other words, get quality backlinks by putting your backlinks on sites that the search engines have a high regard for; i.e., high pagerank sites. When you are placing your backlinks, you want higher page rank websites. You can check the pagerank of the website before placing your backlink.

Your Link Quality

When I say link quality, I mean the content of your link. For example, if you're posting comments to get backlinks, don't just post "Great post!" or "Thanks for the post" want to actually read what you're commenting on, and contribute to a discussion about what you read. Make it meaningful, so people will want to clink on your link to see what else you have to say!

If you're posting to forums or community sites, don't just set up a "fake" (also known as spammy) account that you're never going to visit again. You want to become a somewhat active member of the forum/community. From experience, I can tell you that just setting up accounts to put your link on community sites and forums is NOT going to give you quality backlinks. Read more here.

Your Niche

The best way to get quality backlinks is to stay within your niche. If your blog or website is on photography, why would you post a backlink to a rape crisis center?? (sorry, speaking from experience with Angela and Paul's backlinks again) Read other blogs about the same topic as your website/blog. Post MEANINGFUL comments. Join community sites on photography, pictures, whatever part of photography you are interested in. This will also benefit you, as you will find others who share your passion, and discussions on these sites will help give you topics for your blog!

The point of trying to get quality backlinks is to raise your reputation; the best way is to have other sites in the same topic link to you. Therefore, when working on building your backlinks, concentrate on sites with high pagerank in the same niche as your blog/website.

DoFollow vs NoFollow

There's a lot of hullaballoo right now about "dofollow" and "nofollow". Let's first discuss what exactly they mean.

"DoFollow" means that the page tells the search engine to "follow" that link. This means that if you post your backlink on a site with "dofollow" tags, the search engines WILL count it as a backlink to your site.

"NoFollow" tags are for links a site/blog owner does NOT want the search engines to follow. If you post your backlink on sites with "nofollow" tags, then they won't help you at all in your quest for quality backlinks.

The hardest part is trying to find blogs & websites with "dofollow" tags. Here's a list of Dofollow blogs in the making money online category. I am continuously updating this list, and will be adding other categories in the near future.

Well, that's all I have time for tonight...tomorrow I will give instructions on how to find "dofollow" blogs, and how exactly to create your high quality backlinks. I have told you what you need to look for, and tomorrow will tell you HOW to do it. Have a great night!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Expert SEO Consultant

The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk

So, in another post, I told y'all about oDesk, the site where freelancers can find work. I'm not doing too a few jobs going on oDesk, and I'm making pretty good money!

Anyway, I think my entry mentioned that oDesk offers assessment tests; this way, freelancers can provide proof that they have the skills companies are looking for. I took the SEO oDesk assessment test, and scored in the top 10%!!

The test merely makes me look good in the eyes of potential employers. But, if you are looking to do some freelance work, I definitely recommend you head over to oDesk!!

Do any of you do freelance work on oDesk? Let me know what you think!

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