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09 February 2018

How to Make Money from Virily and 6 More Revenue Sharing Sites (Reblog)

Janice Wald is an award-winning blogger and her areas of expertise are blogging and social media. I follow her blog and I follow her on social media. She is very active on social media and all around the web, and when I see her name, I have to peek! She's simply irresistible. ☺

Her blog, mostlyblogging.com, is loaded with guidance, advice, tips, and tricks, etc.  Everything you need for successful blogging. While perusing the Quora Q&A website, I came across her response to a question - "Do You Blog Outside Quora?" - and that led me to the blog post below. (Treasure hunting is always good when you actually find treasure!)  

I was very interested in reading her review of Virily.com, as I joined this blogging community in June 2017.  It's 2018.  I'm still there.  But I was just wondering if she knew something about the site that I didn't know!  So many sites like Virily have come and gone in the blink of an eye!

Happy to say that her blog post was very encouraging.  Sharing the link to her post and for what it's worth, my additional "two cents" (below the post link).  I think this site is a wonderful social blogging community and I would recommend it to anyone, but especially to newbie bloggers.  If you're thinking of becoming a blogger and you need to start somewhere to gain experience, start with VirilySign up is FREE!







My “Two Cents” About Virily (and the other writing sites):

I am currently a very satisfied blogger in the Virily community. Member since June 2017. I was very hesitant to join. Got talked into joining so many communities just like Virily, only to be disappointed. But Virily has been a pleasant surprise. 

But now I'm like: “Uummm? Should I stay or should I go?” (O.o) LOL. I've been psychologically conditioned by the other sites to expect the site to disappear! But you know what? Right now. It's kind of fun! And it is proving to be profitable.

I think sites built using the revenue-sharing business model, i.e. that primarily rely on ad revenues to stay afloat, can survive. Two things are needed. Honest staff and loyal members. Both are absolutely necessary. Sad to say but my experience with other sites has been that the staff or management was not straight up! The members certainly didn't want the site to shut down!  That was evident!  

By contrast, I have found the Virily site owners, staff and management, to be very involved with the daily administration of the site; they respond to their messages promptly; they keep members apprised of significant changes, and they're based in Estonia. ☺  I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but if the folks from Estonia are as nice as these people, that country is now on my Travel and Vaction bucket list. ☺ 

Regards the other sites mentioned, in addition to Virly?

  • Hubpages was recently acquired and is under new management. My HUBs are articles that are evergreen content and though the earning is slow, I do get paid
  • Tried InfoBarrel and Snipsly. Had no success. Do not make your decision based on my experience.
  • Started with Daily Two Cents when they started and have experienced the changes with this platform. I would recommend joining, although some of my friends did not like it. To each his own.  My experience has been good. 
  • Seekyt was great but when the site changed owners, I deleted my content and left. Wish them success though.  The site looks lovely.

Virily's publishing module is not just for blogging.  You can create quizzes, polls, lists; shared embedded content and videos, as well as write.  It is a very lively social community.  It's like Facebook, only you can earn extra income for most of your social activity.  Just check their FAQ for details.  Below are links to some of my posts, supplied as examples to give you an idea of content that is considered acceptable.








06 January 2018

It's 2018! Tumblr is Still Here!

Despite the fact that Tumblr changed owners more than once and loyal users panicked each time. Despite the fact that David Karp, the creator of Tumblr, left the company at the end of 2017. It's 2018, a brand new year and Tumblr is still here and so far still true to its original mission, that is to be "a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. It's where your interests connect you with your people." Whew! That was some sweating huh?


Tumblr remains an excellent #blogging, #microblogging and #socialmedia platform. It's very flexible and has many features to make blogging and social sharing easy. It's free to create an account. Use it for #socialnetworking #professionalnetoworking #affiliatemarketing #blogging #microblogging #articlewriting #freelancewriting #workathome #homebusiness #business and as a complement to your blogs on Blogspot or other blogging platforms.




My primary Tumblr is “FoxNet2017



Find a wide range of general info: from #Art to Work at Home Tips ( #tipsandtricks #businessadvice #newbies #newbiebloggers ) to #SocietyandCulture (almost everything except porn and scary stuff like zombies. LOL.)


My secondary Tumblr blogs are:


#curatedcontent from #aroundtheweb

Curating the best content from around the web, especially the best of Tumblr, 
is like sharing golden fruit with friends.



Food Ways
#FoodandDrink #foodies #foodlovers


General #Healthcare Info


#OnlineShopping #WishList


Hope you visit.
If you're on Tumblr hope you follow.
(P.S.  I'm also on Instagram. ☺)


Tumblr is an excellent #blogging, #microblogging and #socialmedia platform. It's very flexible and has many features to make blogging and social sharing easy. It's free to create an account. Use it for #socialnetworking #professionalnetoworking #affiliatemarketing #blogging #microblogging #articlewriting #freelancewriting #workathome #homebusiness #business ♦ My primary Tumblr is “FoxNet2017” ♦ https://foxnet2017.tumblr.com/ ♦ Find a wide range of general info: from #Art to Work at Home Tips ( #tipsandtricks #businessadvice #newbies #newbiebloggers ) to #SocietyandCulture (almost everything except porn and scary stuff like zombies. LOL.) ♦ ♦ My secondary Tumblr blogs are: ♦ My Fox Nooze ♦ #curatedcontent from #aroundtheweb ♦ https://foxnooze.tumblr.com ♦ ♦ “Food Ways” ♦ https://foodways2017.tumblr.com ♦ #FoodandDrink #foodies #foodlovers ♦ ♦ “RX4Wellness” ♦ https://rx4wellness.tumblr.com ♦ General #Healthcare Info ♦ ♦ “Go Shopping Bees” ♦ https://goshoppingbees.tumblr.com ♦ #OnlineShopping #WishList ♦ ♦ Hope you visit. ♦ If you're on Tumblr hope you follow.
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David Karp, founder of Tumblr, leaves company


David Karp, founder of Tumblr, announced on Thursday (27) his departure from the company and the resignation to the position of chief executive of the online platform. Tumblr belongs to Yahoo since 2013, which was purchased by Verizon last year. Inside the telecommunications company, the internet company joined AOL in a new business area, called Oath.

06 September 2017

Blogging Tips: Refresh Your Old Content

Revisiting your old blog posts is always a good idea, if for no other reason than to fix the broken links. But with the constantly evolving and ever-changing online landscape, the content or information may need to be updated. Particularly if you published reviews and/or recommendations. If you have been blogging for a while then you know this is a must-do task. If you're a newbie blogger, you will bookmark this tip for future reference. 




Occasionally, an update is totally pointless. You need to delete the post or the article and just get rid of it! If you're an online entrepreneur, this is a project you should do in your “down time”, i.e. after you've taken care of your priority tasks: banging out blog posts (or articles), responding to comments, social media sharing and other blog promotion activities, etc. Perhaps set aside a few hours each week or every other week to revisit and review old blog posts.


If you have affiliate marketing websites or blogs, sometimes vendors you are approved for discontinue their program. You don't always get the memo or the eMail. You should test your referral links at your site to make sure they lead the visitor to correct landing page. Often my click testing indicated the link is inactive which is not only upsetting because there was no notification as to “when” that happened, but it also makes you wonder how many other people also clicked it, got the error message, and then left your site never to return. (My thoughts or worries.)


There are supposedly free tools that can help you with this effort, i.e. help you find broken links. They are available but I have yet to use one successfully. However, others have. So don't let my lack of skills hinder you.


It's your work and if it's perfectly good work, don't let it go to waste. This blogging tip can not be stressed enough. If you serious about your blogging, then make time to refresh or update your old content. Content that dates back several years may still be critical and relevant. Do your best to salvage what you can. You never know.  May be a gold mine buried in there!


Don't just take my advice. Listen to the advice of professionals.


Wake Up Old Blogs Posts And Get Them Working Again | Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs











04 September 2017

Advice for Newbie Bloggers ~ 5 Tips That Bear Repeating

This post to encourage others out there who may have their mind set to tread this path to making money online. It is extremely easy to get discouraged and give up. My first blog post at this blog is dated April 9, 2014.  

It's a mess!! All those strikethroughs. I left them to remind me not to give up! Have had a lot of learning experiences on the road to trying to become a successful blogger. Yes, I did say “trying”. I know it's been 3 years but the goal I'm aiming for - generating consistent monthly income from monetized blogs and affiliate marketing websites - has not yet been achieved.



I am an active participant in a discussion forum called SEOClerks, where you can learn and earn about blogging, writing, affiliate marketing, SEO and a myriad of other tips and tricks that aspiring webmasters need to know.  
(Note:  This community is free to join.)  

A question was asked about advice for newbie bloggers.  Below (below the star) is the response I contributed.

What tips do you recommend for beginners in blogging?



Tip #1 ~ I did not know about communities and forums when I started blogging. But I'm glad I eventually found out about their existence. If for no other reason that I no longer feel like I'm all alone.

Groups on Facebook and Communities on Google Plus are OK.  But if you can find a blogging community or a forum, join it. Try to find one where you can learn and earn. You'll get support and can commiserate with fellow members who are also trying to find their way through the blogging maze.

Join an online writing community, also. It's for article writers. Similar to blogging communities. It helps improve your writing skills.  Most of them have revenue-share programs, along with supportive Admin and members.

If you can afford to pay for the blogging courses offered, then go ahead. If you can't, that's where these communities and forums come in handy. Forums like SEOClerks, for example.  :)


Tip #2 Find blogs you really enjoy reading (search via Bloglovin or sites like that or blog directories), subscribe and visit often. Leave comments. Find the bloggers that will approve your comments and will also allow you to associate your blog URL to your name as a backlink. Not kidding. If you leave comments on a blog post, they go into moderation and you never receive approval or your comments don't become visible online, leave that blog in the dust! There are too many other bloggers out there who would happy to have visitors that leave comments behind.  Leave worthwhile comments. Not one-word exclamations or boring one-liners that make the blogger think you didn't even bother to read their post.

Tip #3 ~ There are many free blog publishing platforms to get started. If you are interested in trying to earn income from your blog, find out what the rules are about monetizing your blog. All blogging platforms are not created equal. Some allow certain things and some don't. You break the rules you will have your blog deleted in a heartbeat!

Tip #4 BUDGETING:  Anything that requires a monetary investment and you have the money to pay for it, then go ahead. If you don't have money, use what you have. Your brains, your skills, a laptop (or whatever device you use), and Internet access.

Tip #5 Most important. Don't expect immediate success. Be patient. Be persistent. Persevere.





21 June 2017

Activities You Should Be Aware Can Cause the Elimination of Your Blog

Wake up one day and discover that your blog was deleted?  

Start scratching your head wondering what you did?



The link below is to a post at "We Blog Better".  It makes for a very handy checklist.  Although as I scanned the list, it made me wonder why bloggers would not know this.  However, it is possible that many do NOT realize these activities could get their blog removed.  What I really like is that Guest Blogging and offering free samples of Oreo cookies are NOT on the list.  YAY!  Totally awesome because I have more than one blog and would like to extend an invitation to anyone out there reading this who would be interested. 


Would you be interested in providing a Guest Post for this blog or any of my other blogs? Feel free to contact me via eMail:
cmoneyspinner@gmail.com
SUBJECT: Guest Blog Post
I would be honored!
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P.S.  I haven’t gotten to the point where I can hand out free Oreo cookies but I can tell you where you can get free samples of bath products.  Click here. :)
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31 March 2017

Experimenting with Blogspot

Gave my blog a little “cosmetic surgery”. This is what happens when you are in “self-teach learn as you go” mode.


Use a do-it-yourself tool or application for years and then one day you have an “Ah hah” moment because you finally figure out what the “button” is for!


Usually my attention is devoted to my Tumblr blog, but decided that there was something not quite right with the look of my Blogger ( Blogspot ) blog. 



Hmmm … ? What can I do that I haven't done before? Have you ever changed the fonts for the blog post titles and dates or added highlights? It's a simple thing but for me it was a revelation!


Well I didn't want to get overly ambitious since it was my first time but clicked on the “Customize” button for the template dared myself.


Clicked on “Advanced” and boldly went where I have never gone before!


Changed the font for my post title so that it could stand out more and increased the font size for the dates and even highlighted it in blue. That was it! Didn't dare go any further for fear things might get screwed up. Very pleased with my blogging adventure!





My Blog Stop! created using the official Google Blogger (Blogspot) blog publishing platform


(Screenshot below created using Fireshot, a Firefox browser add-on.)


Screenshot by Fireshot





Original source link: Experimenting with Blogspot - Persona Paper




19 November 2016

My First Blog Post at My Blog Stop! Welcome! (UPDATE)

My first blog post (My First Blog Post at My Blog Stop! Welcome!) was dated 2014. Don't laugh! Yes.  There are a lot of strikethroughs.  To borrow from Alanis Morissette's song lyrics: "You live. You learn."


It's almost the end of 2016 and this blog is still here!!



The American Thanksgiving holiday is next week and that this blog has not been deleted is on my list of things to be thankful for.  :)

Presidential Thanksgiving Facts

Thanksgivings Around the World

 


Here is the list of my blogs (or blogging attempts, if your prefer).  Obviously I don't have to include this one on this list, since you're here and reading this.









Below are sample posts. Hope you are impressed! :)


#FoodieFriday : Cool Foodies and Food Lovers Celebrating Their "Firsts" on Twitter

Happy Friday! (It's FoodieFriday!) Always searching for like-minded food lovers and found people celebrating their "firsts". First food blog post. First food article accepted at a major site. Etc. Here are their tweets. Interesting variation. French food; Health / Energy Food tips; Asian food; Vegan recipes; and Food Photography.







Shop for Gifts in My Gold Mine

⋅ Before I started this online shopping site, I had been sharing my shopping finds and wish list at another that I call "The Other Shopping Channel" . ...



Finding the Path to Successful Affiliate Marketing

Read everywhere about people who earn money from affiliate marketing or advertising affiliate products. Several years back, saw a write-up about an online entrepreneur who insisted he earned thousands of dollars in affiliate referral commissions. Also said it was really easy to do!

07 July 2016

5 don'ts for promoting your blog (Reblog)

A look back.  Revisiting sites where I found valuable information when I first started my blogging adventures. It is good to know this site still has online content available to the public. Left a comment at this post in 2013. It's 3 years later and the "Don'ts" in this post are still relevant. Interested in becoming a successful blogger? Check out this advice from Suresh Vurity, author and owner of way2earning.com.

5 don'ts for promoting your blog



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Official Blogger Blog: Keep your readers interested with the AdSense Guide to Audience Engagement (Reblog)

 

09 May 2016

Official Blogger Blog: Keep your readers interested with the AdSense Guide to Audience Engagement (Reblog)

Latest tips and advice from the Google Blogger (Blogspot) Team. Reblogging, sharing and saving this tip.  Handy reference.



Official Blogger Blog: Keep your readers interested with the AdSense Guide to Audience Engagement




26 April 2016

Change Your Blog Name and Tagline

In a previous post a response was provided to the question:

How Often Do You Update Your Blog Content? 


In that post, I also explained that after joining a blogging community, BlogJob.com and being allowed to create a blog there, there was the task of giving the blog a name and a tagline. The blog is not yet a year old and it has become necessary to make an executive decision.

Decided that the blog name and tagline needed to be changed. It wasn't difficult to do since the blog URL remains the same no matter how many times the name changes.

Also needed to add an icon. Icon or favicons are an integral part of a website or blog's online identity.

Took care of the easiest task first. Went into the theme customizer and added an icon. Finally decided on the flag of Texas in the shape of the state of Texas as my icon. Since my plans are for Austin, Texas to be our final stop. Our family has relocated more than once. But I'm tired of moving.

Next task. Changed the name and tagline for my site to something more “generic”.

OLD blog name: Cmoneyspinner Keeps on Blogging
NEW blog name: My Pain, Your Gain


OLD blog tagline: Let the blogging adventures continue.
NEW blog tagline: Advice for newbies and others who want to work at home. Learn from my mistakes.


Cha-cha-cha-changes. :)

Hope you visit at your earliest convenience.  :)
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16 April 2016

How Often Do You Update Your Blog Content?

Publishing several blogs is time-consuming, but rewarding. In addition to this blog, My BlogStop!, my other blog, My Pain, Your Gain on BlogJob.com (formerly Cmoneyspinner Keeps on Blogging), is starting to shape up quite nicely.

Curious about the blog's title? The story is:
This blog here at Blogspot was supposed to be my last blogging initiative. However, someone brought this blogging community to my attention. The sign up was free. They have points rewards system. The members are nice and the site owners are very responsive. The opportunity was irresistible! Why stop? Hence, the blog title "Cmoneyspinner Keeps on Blogging". Decided to keep on blogging.  Then changed the blog name to "My Pain, Your Gain".

Just updated one of my posts published it during my first month at BlogJob. Found an irresistible picture and I just had to use it somewhere! It was perfect for the post.


Which brings me to my question for this post.

  • How often do you update your blog content?


Once read the advice of Mike Allton, a social mediaexpert who is active on Google Plus and he says bloggers should update and/or recycle or "revive" their content regularly.  He recommends:  "... invest your time in past posts that you have actual reason and evidence to support the renewed interest."
Besides that, links get outdated and it affects your rankings in the search engine. Bad links = Poor quality content.  That makes sense! 

It's good advice to heed but to be honest ... my blog posts are reviewed and updated mainly because … eh! … you get a little older, you get a little wiser.

Gaining experience with dogged persistence and consistent publishing should … I said “should” … should make one a bit more savvy about better ways to blog. When I revisit my own content (anywhere from 3 to 6 months after the initial publication), more often than not my own impression of my own material is:

 “Hmmm ... This material could definitely be presented better.”


Isn't it this way for every blogger?? :)

If not, it should be. 
 






22 January 2016

What is a Subscriber?

See the little chicklet with the red heart? I use the Google FeedBurner tool to burn feeds for my various blogs. There are several ways to get people to subscribe to your blog feed. This little chicklet is just one of them.
I heart FeedBurner

I'm okay with the chicklet and I really really love the Feedburner. But I noticed something interesting about "My Feeds" almost right from the very start. The Subscriber count.


Yeah. (???) The number looks ... questionable? ... unreasonable? ... mysterious?


I'm going to settle on the word "squirrelly". Even though my spellchecker indicates that it's not a word.


The numbers don't make sense! So I'm thinking, they must be some sort of secret code and I've always had my theory about Rocky and Bullwinkle. So that's why I decided "squirrelly" was the best way to describe my subscriber count.


Anyway I found the answer to my puzzle, as to why the numbers look unreal.





I am so glad that I read the response, because it clarifies everything!!


Love the Feedburner tool. It is a valuable helpful tool and I will continue to use it until Google tells me it's no longer free or for whatever reason or for no reason at all, I just won't be allowed to use it. It's theirs. They own it. They can tell me to take a hike!


But I don't think I'm going to rely on the number of subscribers who supposedly hold their breath and wake up each morning checking their eMail messages or waiting to receive notifications that I've published another blog post!!


WHY? Because based on the response I read.


THE NUMBER IS BOGUS!! 

Happy Smiley Face

 

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