One of the easiest ways to get hired as a freelance writer is to apply from Job Boards like Problogger Job Board. Unlike freelancing site like elance.com, most of the job boards postings are meant for long term contract.
In fact, people often counts job boards with freelancing websites as both of them are gold mines of jobs for freelancers. However, both freelancing website and job boards are completely different from each other. Comparing to freelancing websites, contractors approach differently to job boards and their needs from job boards are also different.
Freelancing Website vs. Job Boards
- Long term projects: Unlike freelancing websites, contractors will have to pay an amount for listing the job on popular job boards like Problogger job board. And the listings are kept on the board for a month. So most of the works are for long term and NOT urgent low quality work.
- Easier to apply: Comparing to Freelancing sites, it doesn’t matter if you are a total newbie and haven’t won a gig as freelancer till date . You can easily win the gig if your application stands out.
- Job boards may accept many application: On freelancing sites contractors lists specific jobs, and among the applications contractors receive, they choose one or only a few applications and delegate the work to those selected applicants. However, approach of the contractors to job boards are different. On job boards, contractors get a full month to test and revise the freelancers. So you would lose the job if you won’t keep up with the contractors.
I’ve been using various methods to promote the Blogger to WordPress migration services which I provide here on WPBlogTips.
I mainly use banner advertising for this. (Learn how I advert. my services using Banner Advertising ) Though AdWords is one of the most effective and laser targeted way for advertising a product or services I was afraid to use it for 2 reasons.
Reason #1: AdWords has a big learning curve
Reason #2: Main keywords I promote has lower keyword search volume
One of the sexiest ways of making money from blogging is via affiliate marketing. Unlike other methods like making money by selling advertising spaces for e.g. AdSense, affiliate marketing is comparatively harder.
Here are how most of the people tries to make money as an affiliate and what mistakes they often commit on the go and how to resolve it.
1. Writing product reviews
This is one of the popular ways to promote a product. There are many examples from different bloggers that this could be one of the greatest ways to do affiliate marketing.
However, writing product review could be an awesome way however, this would not work for newbie bloggers. Here is why
Fiverr is no longer a $5 thing. According to Fiverr, 80% of sellers who sell gigs on Fiverr are looking for financial freedom and wanted to become their own boss. For 14% of sellers Fiverr is their PRIMARY SOURCE OF INCOME. Obviously, Fiverr is no longer JUST a $5 stuff.
For start up like ours, Fiverr is like a jetpack.
It help us to reach to the potential clients who could pay MORE which help us to grow our business in long run and also help us to make some extra nice income from selling gigs.
When I bought this blog, I had a few things in my mind.
I wanted to grow this blog to next level by publishing consistent quality articles.
Everything started great but overtime the life has changed a bit…
I quit my 9 to 5 job and started working at a design startup which was co-founded by me and one of my college mates. As life got busier and work exceeded from 8 hours a day to 10-14 hours, now I am finding hard time to keep the enthusiasm for publishing regular articles here and publishing guest posts.
Not boasting but just a truth…. I am one of the busiest landing page seller on Fiverr (LOL!)
In last 27 days I’ve sold about 50 landing pages. And as of now, I’ve been getting 2-5 landing page orders daily.
I know… for majority of the newbie sellers, getting started on Fiverr is a pain. Because newbie seller has to compete with other big guys who already had big reputation there. So if you are one among those newbies, this article is for you.
1.Be prepared before listing
I always believe in reinvesting money in business, whether it is online or offline.
Though, I am not making huge money by blogging, I always make sure to reinvest the money to my blog.
So far, I’ve tried different advertising options like AdWords and BuySellAds to promote the services (Blogger to WordPress Migration) I’ve been providing on this blog. Because there is a big learning curve for AdWords, I stopped using it and focused more on banner ad promotion by BuySellAds.
Why BuySellAds not AdWords?
It is true that using AdWords you can buy highly targeted traffic. But here are 2 reasons why I don’t currently use AdWords for promotion.
1. Big learning curve
Unless you try it you could not find it. I’ve done advertisement for about $100 so far on AdWords but drastically fail to bring targeted visitors to my blog. Believe it or not, the learning curve is huge.
Instead BuySellAds is much easier to set up. You can bring highly targeted traffic with no hassle. It all depends on which website or blog you choose to advertise.
2. High cost
For each click on AdWords I’ve paid approximately $0.30 – $1 which is more than what I could afford. Instead for BSA, I gotta pay just about $0.1- $0.2 for a click.
Here are 7 simple steps I used to promote my blog using BuySellAds.
The prices for internet sites tends to be dropping a little bit compared to the previous year.
Also I guess the resourcing of these sites kind of varies a lot, so we see different quality blogs in some of those niches come through which tend to drop the price down was well
- Andrew Knibble, Flippa’s Operations Manager [Source: Problogger Interview]
A couple of months ago I read an article of Daniel Scocco pointing that currently most of the websites are undervalued. He continued that as of current trends website and blog can be bought for just about 24 times the monthly income. But if you invest on offline business you gotta pay about 60 times the monthly income. So obviously this is the right time for buying a blog.
He then predicted that because online and offline investment has to be balanced, in coming years website selling price will increase.
Right now is especially good time to buy websites because, as you saw from the numbers above, the valuations of online assets are still undervalued when compared to offline ones. This won’t last forever, though.
Over time purchasing and owning a website that makes money will become a lot more common, and by then valuations will start increasing…
…so sooner or later online and offline investments will need to be in balance.
- Daniel Scocco, DailyBlogTips.com
But the current trends shows that things are happening opposite to what Daniel has predicted. Sometimes it may take more times for balancing both the online and offline investments. However, here are some of the interesting facts Andrew revealed at Affiliate Summit West, Las Vegas.
Current Flippa Trends
To be honest, I don’t know why people use Aweber.
I think most of the people are blindly following the “Gurus” without analyzing various products available in the market.
I am really sorry for my slang. But I have no other words to express. I just got an email from one of my readers. His PR3 blog CSdoon.org (Alexa 55k) just got deleted by Google.
Reason for deletion… spamming!!!
Think about his condition. His hard work to bring that blog to an awesome position has just wasted! And that all due to automatic spam prevention robot.