Let's get right down to business. As you all might know, I have been a little worried coming into 2014 as far as my part time online career is concerned. This is because of a few things:
1. I didn't get as much done online in 2013 as I would have liked, so I have felt a little behind coming into 2014 (but that's okay! Right?)
2. Bubblews (which seemed like a dream come true) has forsaken me and many others; they still owe me money for my work and yet they have stopped responding to my emails. In 2013, I thought Bubblews was going to be one of my big tickets for making this whole thing a FULL time career... but alas...
3. This is year 5 of my part time, online, freelance-creative-spirit career so there is more pressure to see bigger results now from family and friends...
But I cannot let the worry get me down. And believe me, I haven't been. I've been a busy bee!
So what have I been working on?
Well, over the past few weeks, I have decided that I want to focus my energies on a small, select group of websites that actually work to make me money AND that I really enjoy using. So I am working on:
List My Five
Getting upfront payments, even small ones, can sometimes add to one's peace of mind...)
I am also working on finishing up my 2nd book of poetry for Createspace.
You can see the 1st book here:
"The Beauty of the Bohemian Life" on Createspace
"The Beauty of the Bohemian Life" on Amazon
But let's talk more about these sites I am going to be making money on this year...
Squidoo is not only one of my favorites sites to make money with, but is also just one of my favorite sites. On Squidoo, writers can create "lenses" on a wide assortment of topics (pretty much whatever you want), add pictures, polls, Amazon shopping modules that you ALSO earn money from, and so much more! Squidoo members are also rewarded for their efforts with trophies, points, and special accolades for quality work and commitment to the site, which feels great! AND, to top it off, Squidoo makes it easy to donate to a plethora of different charities. (Some of my favorites to donate to include the ASPCA, Invisible Children, Room to Read, The March of Dimes, and the Squidoo Charity Fund.)
Here are a few of my lenses to check out:
PonchoMeg's Guide to Hippie, Bohemian, Free-Spirited Living: A Lens for the Counterculture
The Hippie, Bohemian, Free-Spirit Guide to Getting a Job
PonchoMeg's Guide to "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
50 Ways to Be a Better Human Being
PonchoMeg's Complete Guide to Wedding Music
These ALL have made me money. All of my lenses have.
I love Squidoo!
List My Five
List My Five is not the biggest money maker out there, but it DOES make money and it sure is fun and easy. Seriously, I think List My Five is one of the easiest sites to use to make money online off of your writing. Why?
Well, all you have to do is come up with top 5 lists for pretty much WHATEVER YOU WANT! You don't even need to include an introduction if you don't want to! It's optional!
Just 5 things...
Here are some examples of my work, including a few that could help out if you join List My Five:
Reasons I STILL Love List My Five
Things to Write About on List My Five
Ways to Write 50 List My Five Lists in 5 Days
Ways for Writers to Make Money Online
Online Training Opportunities for Hippies, Bohemians, and Free-Spirits
Scents Hippies Love to Smell
MyLikes is an awesome, easy program that allows you to advertise and promote cool slideshows, news stories, quizzes, celebrity gossip, and more! You can also put stuff from "Around the Web" on your website that earns you money from clicks too. (Look around my blogs - you'll see them!)
One of the coolest features of MyLikes right now is a custom domain for your big stories you share from Likes and MyLikes. When people click on the stories through your site, you make money.
Here is MY personal site through MyLikes:
Sponsored Tweets is a great way to make a little extra money through Twitter if you have a good number of followers. It also has a referral program to help you bring in MORE money!
I love Sponsored Tweets. I have been with them for almost the entire time that I have worked online part time as a freelance-creative-spirit and I have NEVER had any problems with them. They pay, they provide me with quality advertisers (that I STILL get to decide on supporting or not) AND they make it really easy to put ads up on Twitter. I love it!
Hits4Pay is a seriously awesome and easy way to make money online. It is NOT a get rich quick scheme; it takes time to build up your account and your referrals. But once you do - easy!
Even if you don't refer anyone, you can still make money with Hits4Pay, but you will have to work a little harder.
So what do you do on Hits4Pay you ask? Well, all you do is create an account, fill out tax forms, confirm your email address and Paypal email address, and then you can work. Hits4Pay will send you Paid E-Mails in your messaging system on their site. All you have to do is read the email, click to look at the advertiser's website, and then Hits4Pay credits your account.
There is no buying, no signing up for offers you don't want, no hassles; just easy micro-work. A few cents here, a few cents there, and soon enough, you have the $25 minimum you need to cash out. I am already almost there and I JUST signed up last month.
I love it! To me, it is better than Swagbucks and Cashcrate! (And I still like and use those sites from time to time... I'm just saying that I think that Hits4Pay stands above the rest!)
Fiverr is a great website where one can offer up "Gigs" starting at $5.00
The possibilities are almost limitless.
How it Works:
When you get hired for one of your "Gigs" on Fiverr you have a set amount of time (set by yourself) to complete the task and deliver it to the client. Once that is done and everyone is pleased, you get paid. $5 is divided between you and Fiverr - with Fiverr only taking $1.00 and giving you $4.00 out of every $5.00. Awesome!
I love Fiverr. I just started there in February of 2014, but I have already been pretty successful. I've made $32 already (Off of just one "Gig") and I have no doubts I will make more.
To see what I'm offering on Fiverr right now, click here: http://www.fiverr.com/ponchomeg
Blogging is not an easy way to make money. If someone tells you it is, they are either lying, or they have some kind of amazing trick up their sleeve. It can be an amazing way to make money, but it is not easy.
To make money with blogs, you have to supply great content, quality traffic, and know how to sell - whether it's your ideas, your products and services, or other peoples' products and services.
My blogs are not always my focus, (except maybe this one and my main one) so please do not let them be a guide for you on how to best make a blog. BUT, that being said... I have still made money off of ALL of my blogs. Whether it was from Google Adsense, Amazon Affiliates, selling my book, getting referrals, or whatever; I have made money on them.
So I AM going to make sure that I keep them as more of my focus now.
Here are my Blogs:
And I also have a Tumblr blog - which is great for stuff like MyLikes and for sharing posts from Squidoo, List My Five, and my Blogger blogs:
I hope that by sharing the best ways for ME to make money in 2014 that I have helped you too. If you need any MORE assistance, please feel free to let me know! I love to help!
Connect with me on:
Facebook: PonchoMeg: The Modern Bohemian
Google+: +Meagan Earls
Or shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace and Love to ALL!!!