essential books for bloggers

The following post is a list of books that would be helpful for bloggers - particularly those wishing to make a business from their blogging activities. It has been compiled both from my own suggestions as well as those of a number of other bloggers (see the bottom of the list for those who helped).
When I called for suggestions for books I said that they don’t have to be blogging specific (although they can be) but rather they should be books that help bloggers to improve any aspect of their blogging. As a result the topics in the list are quite wide and cover a range of topics including marketing, creative thinking, web development, other business topics as well as a few blog specific books. I’ve tried to put them in some sort of categories - however I don’t know all of them so please forgive me if my categories are not quite right. All books are linked to Amazon with affiliate links

Blogging

Blog Marketing

Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers

The Corporate Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know to Get It Right

Blogwild!: A Guide for Small Business Blogging

Blogging for Business: Everything You Need to Know and Why You Should Care

Buzz Marketing with Blogs For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance))

Money For Content and Your Clicks For Free: Turning Web Sites, Blogs, and Podcasts Into Cash

Copy Writing

Zen in the Art of Writing

Write It Right: The Ground Rules for Self-Editing Like the Pros

1000 Most Important Words

Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing

On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (OnWriting Well)

Rules for Writers

Choose the Right Word: Second Edition

Advertising Secrets of the Written Word: The Ultimate Resource on How to Write

Breakthrough Advertising: How to Write Ads That Shatter Traditions and Sales Records

Hot Text: Web Writing that Works

Advertising Secrets of the Written Word

Tested Advertising Methods

Ogilvy on Advertising

The Story Factor

Business

The Art of War: The oldest military treatise in the world

Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual

Power of An Hour: Business and Life Mastery in One Hour A Week

An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths

Marketing

All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World

The Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness

Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

Gonzo Marketing: Winning Through Worst Practices

Permission Marketing : Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers

Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?: Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing

Advertising Headlines That Make You Rich

Creative Thinking

Serious Creativity: Using the Power of Lateral Thinking to Create New Ideas

Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step (Perennial Library)

Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition)

A Technique for Producing Ideas (Advertising Age Classics Library)

Six Thinking Hats

Miscellaneous

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance in the Age of Information

That’s Not What I Meant!

The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization
The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, and Progress

Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition

A Rulebook for Arguments

Discovering Arguments: An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Writing with Readings (2nd Edition)

The Art of Looking Sideways

Communities Dominate Brands

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd Edition)

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Syndicating Web Sites with RSS Feeds For Dummies

Join Me!

How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built

Rivers of Revenue: What to Do When the Money Stops Flowing

The 80/20 Principle

The Wisdom of Crowds

The AdSense Code: What Google Never Told You About Making Money with AdSense

Make Easy Money with Google: Using the AdSense Advertising Program

10 techniques to get more comments on your blog

1. Invite Comments - I notice that when I specifically invite comments that people leave them in higher numbers than when I don’t. To some degree this confuses me as most of my readers know that they can leave comments on any post - but I guess inviting a comment triggers a response to some extent. Also keep in mind that new readers that are unfamiliar with blogging don’t always know about comments or how to use them - invitations to participate in well laid out and easy to use comments systems are good for helping them participate.

2. Ask Questions - Including specific questions in posts definitely helps get higher numbers of comments. I find that when I include questions in my headings that it is a particularly effective way of getting a response from readers as you set a question in their mind from the first moments of your post.

3. Be Open Ended - If you say everything there is to say on a topic you’re less likely to get others adding their opinions because you’ll have covered what they might have added. While you don’t want to purposely leave too many things unsaid there is an art to writing open ended posts that leaves room for your readers to be experts also.

4. Interact with comments left - If you’re not willing to use your own comments section why would your readers? If someone leaves a comment interact with them. This gets harder as your blog grows but it’s particularly important in the early days of your blog as it shows your readers that their comments are valued, it creates a culture of interactivity and gives the impression to other readers that your comments section is an active place that you as the blogger value. As the activity in your comments section grows you may find you need to be slightly less active in it as readers will start to take over on answering questions and creating community - however don’t completely ignore your comment threads.

5. Set Boundaries - I noticed that shortly after I set the rules for my comments section that my comment numbers jumped up a little. I’m not sure if it was just a coincidence or whether readers responded to knowing what was and wasn’t acceptable. It’s just a theory but I think a well managed and moderated comments section that is free of spam and that deals with well with people stepping out of line is an attractive thing to readers. I personally don’t mind people expressing different opinions to one another in comments but when I sense things are getting a little out of hand and too personal I often step in to attempt to bring some order to the situation (I rarely delete non spam comments). I find that people have responded to this and that comment threads generally stay constructive as a result.

6. Be humble - I find that readers respond very well to posts that show your own weaknesses, failings and the gaps in your own knowledge rather than those posts where you come across as knowing everything there is to know on a topic. People are attracted to humility and are more likely to respond to it than a post written in a tone of someone who might harshly respond to their comments.

7. Be gracious - Related to humility is grace. There are times where you as the blogger will get something wrong in your posts. It might be spelling or grammar, it could be the crux of your argument or some other aspect of your blogging. When a someone leaves a comment that shows your failing it’s very easy to respond harshly in a defensive manner. We’ve all seen the flaming that can ensue. While it’s not easy - a graceful approach to comments where you admit where you are wrong and others is right can bring out the lurkers and make them feel a little safer in leaving comments.

8. Be controversial? - I put a question mark after this one because it doesn’t always work (and I personally avoid it as much as I can these days) - but there’s nothing like controversy to get people commenting on your blog. Of course with controversy comes other consequences - one of which is the risk of putting off less vocal members of your readership.

9. ‘Reward’ Comments - There are many ways of acknowledging and ‘rewarding’ good comments that range from simply including a ‘good comment’ remark through to highlighting them in other posts that you write. Drawing attention to your readers who use comments well affirms them but also draws attention of other readers to good use of your comments section.

10. Make it Easy to Comment - I leave a lot of comments on a lot of blogs each week - but there is one situation where I rarely leave a comment - even if the post deserves it - blogs that require me to login before making a comment. Maybe I’m lazy (actually there’s no maybe about it) or maybe there’s something inside me that worries about giving out my personal details - but when I see a comments section that requires registration I almost always (95% or more of the time) leave the blog without leaving the comment that I want to make. While I totally understand the temptation to require registration for comments (combatting spam in most cases) something inside me resists participating in such comments sections. Registration is a hurdle you put in front of your readers that some will be willing to leap but that others will balk at (the same is often said about other comments section requirements that go beyond the basics). Keep your comments section as simple and as easy to use as possible.

So - what do you think? How have you increased the levels of comments on your blog (had to ask)?

How to stay fit in winter

  • It’s a must to exercise during winters because you tend to feel more hungry than usual and working out regulates your hunger.
  • Try and do cardio early in the morning because you can burn more percentage fat. Weight training should be done in the evenings.
  • If you are doing a combination of weight training and cardio in the morning do weight training first as you will be able to push weights with great intensity, burn more percentage fat and increase your BMR.
  • Ideally work out for an hour but this is excluding your warm up and cool down time. Keep in mind to increase your warm up time as the body takes time to warm up in winter. After you warm up, do some stretching and then work out.
  • If you exercise or stretch on a cold body you will pull a muscle.

how to drive traffic to your affiliate programs

One key to affiliate programs succeeding is that you have enough traffic that actually sees your affiliate links. There is little point in actually deep linking to products on pages that no one actually visits. So how can you increase the chances of people seeing and potentially clicking your affiliate links?

  • Cross Linking - a technique that I use quite a bit on some of my blogs is to cross link between posts. I don’t do it for the sake of it but if I’ve written previously on a topic I’ll link to it - particularly if that page is one that I consider to be a page that will convert well.
  • Highlight Key Posts - identify those pages on your blog that have the highest potential to convert and then highlight them in your menu or sidebar. Also check out TLA’s Feedvertising program that lets you set up advertising to any site (including pages on your own blog) in your own feeds.
  • Advertising - if you have a page that converts particularly well consider actually advertising it using programs like Performancing’s Ad Program, BlogAds (blogads.com) or AdWords.
  • Fine Tuning Tips
    So taking all of the above into consideration - a few take home assignments for you to put into place in the lead up to the end of the year:
  • Take some time out to surf your own archives looking for posts that are ideal for linking to affiliate products
  • Add deep links to affiliate programs from posts in your archives
  • Check previously used affiliate links to see if they still link to live pages
  • Identify high converting posts (or potential ones) and work on driving traffic to them.

9 ways to find great post ideas for your blog

I’d add to the list Topix.net (which offers some similar tools to the above) as well as Bloglines ’search’ feature which lets you set keywords that will show blogs talking about those words in a folder.
Having said that - the majority of posts that I write these days come from other sources. Here are 9 more idea sources to add to randfish’s 10:
Conversations - it’s amazing how many ideas come from the chats I have with other bloggers, co-workers, readers, friends and family both in real life and via IM or email.
Reader Questions - related to this is responding to questions asked by readers
Reader Comments - similarly, the comments left on your blog can be a treasure trove of ideas for future posts
Other Blogs - like this post, I find the writing of others often stimulates posts that build on, extend or bounce off their ideas. Don’t forget to dig around in other people’s archives also as it isn’t only current posts that are places where you’ll get ideas. Of course always give credit to the source of your ideas.
Books, Newspapers, Magazines - I’m increasingly finding inspiration in offline sources of information
Mad Ideas - ever been laying in bed at night and get a crazy idea! I don’t just chuckle to myself when they come - I get up and write them down. It’s amazing how many of them end up being key posts for me later.
Experience - a fairly large proportion of my post ideas come directly out of an experience that I’m having on the topic. Problems, achievements, challenges and mistakes are often the best source of useful posts as you’ll find readers relate well to them.
Brainstorming - I take time out each week to specifically come up with ideas to post about. While most of my posts ‘just come to me’ through my day to day rhythm - I’m a big believer in working hard on story ideas also and have a folder permanently on my desktop filled with text documents that have little else in them except for a topic idea and perhaps a few jotted down notes - all to work on later.
Archives - dig around in your own blog’s archives and you’ll be amazed at the opportunities that you’ll find. Look for half finished ideas, opportunities to update your ideas or even topics that your newer readers wouldn’t have seen before.

10 Web Tools to Help Generate Blog Content Ideas

  • In order to remain in their audience's good graces, bloggers need great posts - and that means they need great ideas. SEOmoz has produced an average of more than 2 unique posts each day for the last couple years (~1500 posts over ~740 days) - but it's no easy task. Sometimes ideas for content come to you and it feels as though you can't write enough. Other days, you have to force yourself to find meaningful content. After you've built an audience, the responsibility becomes even heavier - you've created expectations that must be fulfilled.Even the most experienced blogger can feel overwhelmed sometimes when sitting down to write a post. Personally, when I'm stuck in a rut for content ideas, the following web tools have helped me get the juices flowing:
  • Usenet / GG Groups - http://groups.google.com/ : The discussions that take place at Google Groups bring diverse perspectives and have a significant history to draw upon. On occassion, I'll search for a specific topic, but more often, I'm simply browsing through the SEO, search engines or Google specific groups.
  • Technorati : Among all the tools listed here, Technorati is possibly the best for researching the most current topics or thoughts on the web. Their rankings of blog posts by date means that even a basic search for SEO or AdSense or NFL will bring up highly relevant, timely posts. Sometimes, these posts spark debate or disagreement, other times, they open up a whole new idea for information to be shared. Their latest feature - hot tags this hour
  • Craigslist : When I visit Craigslist for blog ideas, I almost always refer to three sections - jobs, services and the discussion section. You can see a sample search for SEO at all three - 1, 2, 3. Craigslist, like Technorati, is up-to-date, but it's a less tech-savvy and often more "average joe" crowd, which can make for an interesting dichotomy. Changing towns and search terms will get you even more material. (BTW - If you've ever wondered where the SEO spammers and scammers live, it's right here)
  • Del.icio.us : Del.icio.us' popular page has become so well read that it's no longer a great source for unique topics. The specific tag pages, however, function much like Technorati, in that they provide timely links to pages that people have bookmarked. Pages like those for SEO, Google, Web2.0, business and even economics frequently features blog-worthy material I can leverage.
  • Stumble : UponThe best way to use StumbleUpon is to follow their Buzz page and use the "tag" option in the toolbar. Stumblers often have a preference for humor and the absurd, but nothing says that can't make for good blog inspiration.
    Google / Yahoo! : NewsThe news services from Google & Yahoo! provide access to tens of thousands of press releases and news articles every day. Search is the best way to go, although I've also been known to use the tech tab at Yahoo! and Google's Sci/Tech section, too.
  • Keyword Tools : If you're seeking a direct path to what users want to find on your blog, searching for potential topics broadly at tools like Overture, MSN AdCenter, SEOBook's & Digitalpoint's makes it easy. The insight you can achieve is invaluable - despite the inaccuracy of the numbers, the number of questions I've found that need answering by searching for "keyword" or "google ranking" or "search engine" suggests a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.
  • Wikipedia : The obvious choice here is to look only at the articles, but I find that many times the discussion can be equally interesting. The search function is the best way to go, as the categorization structure isn't very user-friendly, yet.
    Digg & Reddit : Both sites take user submissions and user votes, and both are best referenced using a search. You can sort by category at Digg (i.e. tech industry news or business & finance) and use several subreddits (though these are not great). The better option is to search.
  • Yahoo! Answers : Like Google Groups, but with a better interface, and oftentimes more mainstream questions, Yahoo! Answers is a feedbag for the content-hungry blogger. I like using the Internet category as well as searching (i.e. SEO, Google ranking, etc.)

Are there any tools or services you rely upon to inspire blog material?

Get Paid to Sell FREE Email Accounts

Yes, this is a real, legitimate opportunity but it's kinda tricky, however, VERY PROFITABLE! This is not my highest recommendation for earning online, but it's super easy and can definitely get you a few quick bucks!
There's two steps to making money off of this program. First let me tell you the basics.
You get paid .05 cents for every single person you get to create a totally free email account. You are paid by a non profit organization who has the goal of saving the rainforest.
How it works is simple. Planetsave (the non profit organization) is funded by a company called FOC. FOC pays the monies for each free email account created because they will place a small advertisement on the bottom of every email sent out and hope that the readers will donate to their cause.
There’s no gimmicks to begin earning money either. You can start as soon as you create an account. You never have to invest in anything either.
So here’s what you have to do to earn this way:
First you need to be a Share-a-Sale affiliate. This is a pretty credible affiliate program that will allow you to join a ton of work from home programs – many like the one I am telling you about.
Joining Share-a-Sale is totally free.
Once you have become a Share-a –Sale member you can join as many programs as you want. Every programs details are there for you to read. You can even partner with major brand names like Block Buster, Tupper wear, etc. Once you have earned $50 from all of your merchants COMBINED you get paid. It’s not hard to do. I like that it’s a cumulative total of your sales, not an individual total, this makes it east to cash out. So if you decide to only join a single program you can, and they’ll mail you a check as soon as you hit $50. Or join a whole bunch of programs and see what happens. I love that they give you everything you need to get going: text links, banners and some companies even have well written advertisements that you only have to copy and paste to use!
So create your free account with Share-A-Sale here:
http://www.shareasale.com/

The Best places for promoting your website

How would you like to increase your traffic without spending a penny? Well, I'm compiling a nice list of websites you can submit your sites to, to increase your page rank, traffic and most importantly - PROFIT.


If you have any other fantastic ideas, post them up!

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Make $75/hr by Participating in Googles Focus Group!

A new way to make some serious money is by working with Google through their new “Google Experience Research Program”. Accepted applicants will be working directly with Google to provide feedback on Google products, both existing ones and those that are still in development. For example, they might ask you to try out a prototype and give feedback on it, or they might interview you over the phone to help plan a new product. Google takes their “Google Experience Research Program” very seriously by offering a nice $75-per-hour “incentive” foe those who are accepted into this program.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please use this link to sign up and a Google representative will contact you if you are selected. All information collected on the application falls under Googles privacy policy and will not be shared or sold to any outside company – this means you don’t have to worry about telephone solicitors, spam or any other problems.

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Using Myspace to Make Money - Get Paid for Bulletins and Banners!

Here’s the ultimate opportunity for anyone wishing to make money off myspace. Using your myspace account to turn a profit is very easy for anyone to do and it doesn’t take any technical knowledge either! Myspace Money Maker is a company that specializes in myspace advertising. They are basically the middlemen for businesses looking to advertise. The majority of these businesses probably either can afford television advertising or they wish to reach a much larger audience for way less money. How better to do so than through myspace. The problem is that these businesses don’t have the ability to reach lots of people because they don’t have REAL profiles. They might have a myspace profile but since it’s strictly for business they rarely receive friends requests. And what good does a bulletin do if 5 people are going to read it? So these businesses contact “middlemen” like Myspace Money Maker and pay them to find people like you and I who have myspace profiles with real friends attached to them. They then PAY US to post bulletins or display banners on our site.

Wanna get involved? There are very few requirements –

To become a Banner Poster, all you have to have is:

  • You must have at least 100 friends.
  • You must have pay pal to receive payment.
  • You must add Myspace Money Maker to your friends.
  • You must place their banner on your page.
  • You must not delete their banner from your page for a month.
  • And yes, they do actually check to make sure it’s there! So no cheating!

To Become a Bulletin Poster, all you need is:

  • You must have at least 100 friends.
  • You must have pay pal to receive payment.
  • You must add Myspace Money Maker to your friends.
  • You must post a bulletin.
  • You must not delete the bulletin.
  • Only 1 bulletin per user.
  • You must post the bulletin the way they send it to you. No changing words or adding images, signatures, etc.

So the big question now is “How much do I earn for posting bulletins?!”

Pay is made on the following scale:

If you have 100 – 500 Friends you will make $1 per bulletin

500-1000 Friends - $2

1000 – 2000 Friends - $3

2000 – 3000 Friends - $4

and so on, with pay increasing by $1 for every 1,000 friends until you hit 10,000 Friends, then you will make $10 per bulletin and 20,000+ Friends gets you a whopping $15 each! Wow!

So as you can see this can really be profitable, especially if you have a few thousand friends.

Granted, a buck may not seem like a whole lot but consider the fact that all you are doing is posting one simple bulletin, it’s actually not bad at all! Especially if you can get multiple jobs in a day. This is by far one of the easiest ways to make an additional $10, $20 or even $50+ a month for doing basically nothing!

To participate in this maony making opportunity, go HERE! It's as simple as that (NOT A REFERRAL LINK!)

Get Paid to Write Video Game Reviews And Cheat Codes

Work From Home: Cheat Code Central (CCC)
Rating: ***
Good: A great opportunity for young people who are looking for extra cash. Great pay per review.Bad: Must donate 15 free articles to receive payment.

Do you love gaming? Want to make money by writing about your favorite video games If so the CheatCC.com may be a good place for you to earn a few extra bucks while doing what you love. CheatCC (Cheat Code Central) is a website that has cheat codes for almost every game imaginable for Xbox, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, Xbox 360 and PC games. The only cheats they are not looking for at this time are Game Cube.

You will have the opportunity to work for CheatCC if you are a real gamer, live in the US or Japan (other countries are accepted, but not preferred), own one of the previously mentioned gaming systems and Gamers who are familiar with playing online via Xbox Live, PS2 network adapter and /or broadband PC.

CheatCC pays a whopping $10 for every accepted review after the 15th review. This means that unfortunately you do have to write 15 reviews with absolutely no pay, but for a beginner writer this is a great opportunity to streamline your process and learn the best way to produce a great article.

Once you have submitted your 16th review , you will need to provide CCC with your Social Security Number and they will send out a check for the correct amount you are owed. The process is really simple and checks arrive within 2 weeks.

Other rules:
Reviews must be copied into the body of an e-mail. No attachments will be opened due to security reasons.
Reviews are published on a first come first serve basis, meaning that if a game is exceptionally popular, it may have already been reviewed by tons of people.
So get to new games asap!Games reviewed should be no older than one month old. Please do not submit anything older.
Check www.ebgames.com for the latest releases if you aren't sure.Reviews must be at least 800 words (more is fine)You must be 17 years of age or older!
No exceptions!Reviews must be spell and grammar checked - remember this is like a job interview!
Send your best work possible - you may only get one chance to wow us with your work!Tell us about yourself - age, name, favorite games, what systems you own etc..
This is very important!We will only answer those who send acceptable submissions. We apologize that we cannot reply to everyone and we thank you for your efforts.All reviews are checked against plagiarism and those found guilty of copy and pasting others hard work will be reported to their ISP.
Writers are NOT refunded for video game rentals or other similar fees.CCC doesn’t give out free games to review

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity or signing up, then Here's the link to the CCC site: CHEAT CODE CENTRAL

Get Paid to Wear Artificial Nails!

This is such an awesome opportunity for women who love wearing artificial nails! NAILENE is a super cool company to work for because not only do you make a few extra bucks but you also get FREE NAILS!

Here's their blurb:

Nailene designers have been hard at work creating a dynamic collection of new nail products. Your opinion is greatly valued to ensure we offer a product for every woman and every occasion. Please complete the below questionnaire to be registered as an Official 2006 Nailene Product Tester. All fields must be completed to participate.

So please sign up HERE! There's no membership fee or anything!

Freelance jobs

100+ CURRENT Freelance Writing Jobs

Here's a list of over 100 CURRENTLY AVAILABLE writing positions. Some are technical others are whimsical and just about everything in between. It is not possible for me to investigate every single listing so please take the time to research the company before applying.

Auto Safety Grant WriterCan You Help Write a Book - Denver
Proposal Writer Needed ImmediatelyWriter Needed for Music Reviews - $1 per word
Hispanic Magazine Seeks Staff for Multiple PositionsFormat My Screenplay - $70
English to German Translation of WebsitePress ReleaseFreelance Writers - Las Vegas
Business to Business Magazine Writers - $50 - $120
Writers Needed - Broward County
Freelance Blogger/EditorPolicy & Procedure Writer - 3 - 6 month contract
Site Optimization Editor - $15
Freelance Editor - NYC
Seo Copywriters NeededCopywriter for Internet NeededSpanish Translators - Dallas - $16 per hour
French Translators - Dallas - $16 per hour
Immediate Need: Passage Writer - Texas
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Editor Needed - $150
Boston Regional Guide - BabyZone.com
How-To Writer - 50% Royalty
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Writers/Editors/Translastors for Educational PublishersWriter for Literary Magazine - Up to $400 per
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Espresso Fiction - $30
Prism International - $40 per page
Dark Recesses - .03 per word
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Blogger - $1,000 per month
Content Writers - I'm not sure about pay. It could be a very low payer.
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Business Plan - Hanover
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Comedy Ensemble Script - Must be low budget
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Write Expose Articles for Service Snitch - $50
Temporary Web Editor - NYC
Software Company Seeks Temporary Tech Writer for 6 -8 Week Project - NYC
Norway Article Needed to be Translated to English - $30
Marketing Editor - NYC
Great Opportunity for All Writers - NYC
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Temporary Editor - Pittsfield MA
Freelance Writers - Toronto - .20 per word
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Experienced Content Writer for Health Website - Phoenix
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Tech & Business Writers Needed ASAP - .70 per word
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Online Editor - Silver Spring MDOffline Editor - Silver Spring MD
Financial Writer for Several ProjectsBloom Magazine Seeks Writers - .15 per word
Freelance Food & Beverage Writer - Houston
Creative Writer for Fashion AdvertisementsExperienced Grant Writer Needed - Los Angeles
Freelance Travel Copywriter - $75 - $150
Technical Pharmaceutical Copywriter - Morristown NJ
Looking for a Ghostwriter - NYC
New Local Paper Seeks new/arts reporters/editors & columnists - Williamsburg/Greenpoint Brooklyn
Write Profile and Personal Ad ResponsesContinental - Guidelines
Freelance Writer/Producer - Santa Monica
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Wanted Resume WritersGLBT Atlnta Community Magazine Seeks Content - $225 - $100
Web Content Copywriters NeededWriters NeededGay Pop Culture Writer for Online WebsiteEditor - Chicago - Project Basis
Common Ties - $200 - $1000
Moscow CorrespondentWine Reviewer & Writer NeededNot for Tourists Web Contributor - Atlanta - $50
Journals FreelancersCourse Writer - Nursing, Medical Assistance - $1500
Transcriber & Editor - $10 per hour
Learning through History - Byzantium
Freelance Writer - Ziff Davis Media - San Francisco
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Internet Start Up/Business Writing Opportunity - $15 per hour
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Looking for Writer/Research Coordinator - $100
Screenwriter - NYC
English Proofreader - 1 month project - NYC
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Content Developer - $200
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Write Greeting Cards for CASH!

Write Greeting Cards for CASH!

Looking for a unique way to make some money?
Are you creative?
Love poetry?
If so then have you ever thought about writing greeting cards?

Being a greeting card writer can be very fun and rewarding. Not only do you get the opportunity to have people worldwide view your work but you also get paid to do it!Most major companies, such as Hallmark have a huge bankroll and hire in-house employees their own card writers. These people work full time to produce al those cute (and expensive) greeting cards that you see at your local retail store. However, smaller companies don’t have that kind of budget so they do the second best thing – hire it out to people like you and I!So the killer question is – “How much do these people pay?”I have discovered that most companies pay about $50 - $400 per original card! WOW! You do the math here – if you create 3 cards every week and make $400 every card…

So as you can see, this really is an awesome paid opportunity!
I bet you want to know more, don’t you?
Ok, here’s all the details –Just about anyone can become a greeting card writer.
Becoming a greeting card writer is super easy – especially since I am going to PROVIDE YOU WITH ALL THE LINKS!!!

But before you start making up “cards” lets discuss a few important details of what you should and shouldn’t submit.

*These are generalizations

What You SHOULD Submit:

Contemporary prose or poetry written from personal experience that reflects the thoughts and feelings people today want to communicate to one another, but don't always know how to put into words.
Greeting cards capture genuine emotions on topics such as love, friendship, family, missing you, and other real-life subjects, most companies suggest that you have a friend, relative, or someone else in your life in mind as you write.Writings on special occasions (birthday, anniversary, congratulations, etc.), as well as the challenges, difficulties, and aspirations of life are also considered. It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with each individual companies products prior to submitting material, but don't study them too hard because they’re only looking for new, original, and creative writings, not copy-cat cards.

What You SHOULDN’T Submit:

Rhymed poetry, religious verse, one-liners, or humor.
*Unless specifically requested, of course!
Try to avoid frequently overused words and phrases, such as "special," "gift," "sending you a hug," "birthday wishes for you," and "angel”.
Your chances of getting published will drastically decrease if you submit work directly related to mothers, sons, daughters, and love. For these themes, most companies will only consider writings that are refreshing and unique or that express age-old sentiments in new and different ways. (Hint: Avoid lines like "You were always there for me," "I remember when you were a baby," "I am so proud of you," or "You are my dream come true.")

What to Expect:

After you have written your card you will be asked to submit it via email. Occasionally some publishers ask for all submission to be sent US Mail (aka “Snail Mail”).
Plan on waiting several days to several weeks for a response. Some companies even ask for a SASE so they can return unwanted materials to you. Just be sure to read ALL the guidelines or else you will be wasting your time!
Know ahead of time that you will be selling full rights to your work, so don’t even consider trying to double dip by reusing the phrases for another company or anywhere else for that matter. If you try to be sneaky you can end up paying some serious fines or even getting jail time. Copyright infringement is a crime that publishers don’t take lightly, even the small publishers. So play it honest and you’ll make lots of money!

COMSTOCK CARDS - Looking for artists as well as writers. $50+ per accepted piece

Ephemera - $50 plus per each original slogan purchased

Blue Mountain Cards - $300 for each accepted submission.

PSG - Artists and Writer needed. Compensation is determined by each submission. Payments will vary.

Recycled Paper Greetings - Writers and Artists wanted. Payment varies.

Renaissance Greeting Cards - Writers and Artists. Payment varies.

*Do you have a particular company in mind that you want to write for? Just because it’s not on my list doesn’t mean they’re not looking for writers! Always check the FAQ section of sites or read the “Guidelines”, most often, if they do hire out their work they will have how to submit listed there!

Make money by sell your photos online

Sell Photos for Extra Money!

Are you still seeking ways to make money online with no investment? Of course you are, that’s why you’re reading this article! Well, here’s another golden opportunity for anyone looking to make some extra cash long term.

Selling photos to companies can be a great way to turn a profit every month because there’s minimal work involved and once you have uploaded your images they can sell for as long as the company is in business. Your images are always going to be available so you will be able to make money any time of day, any month of the year. I like opportunities like this because unlike having to spend time taking surveys or reading emails, you are able to earn when you’re not even able to be on the computer!

This “job” is perfect for people who already love photography and have lots of images that they want to share.

This is NOT a good opportunity for people who have few images or don’t take digital photos. If you’re still using a regular camera (not a digital), this is going to be way too much work because you’ll have to scan all of your pics, possibly resize them and so on.

Now if this sounds like something you’re interested in, here’s some great places to work with:

DREAMSTIME - Dreamstime has a pretty cool set up. Photographers upload their images and get paid 60% every time the image is downloaded. This can really add up because their system is based on “Levels”.

As soon as a new photo is uploaded it is considered a “Level 1” and you will earn $.50 - $2.40 for each download, depending on the subject, exclusive right/non-exclusive rights, etc.Each photograph will be classified as a Level 2 after it has been downloaded 100 times. This bumps your pay up to $1.50 - $7.20 per download.After 500 downloads your image is raised to a level 3 and will earn you between $2.50 and $12.00 every time it’s downloaded!So you can clearly see how fast the money can add up here!Dreamstime is a cool company because it’s not just all about photography.
Illustrators can upload Vector images as well!


Stock Photos, Search and Download Now!

50 Cents a download Whenever a person downloads one of your photos account balance increases by 50 cents. When your account balance reaches $30 you can request Paypal withdrawal to 'cash out' your account, or when you reach $50 you can request a check be mailed to you. Really simple program!
or click on the image below
Stock Photos, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Photo Search

FOTILIA.COM - Sell your images and earn a percentage. As a photographer you will make 33% - 80% per each image when it is purchased. The commission depends on if the image was sold exclusively or non exclusively. This is a neat program because you get to set your own prices and change them as needed!

SHUTTERSHOCK - .25 cents per download no matter what. Upload tons of pics really fast. This is a super easy company to work for. I have already made over $75 in two months through them!

How to French braid your hair


  • Take a bunch of hair above your forehead. Divide the section into three even pieces, start your French braid.
  • Wrap your left thumb around the left section, palm facing front, fingers sticking straight up. Ditto for the right side. Let the middle section lie against the head.
  • Make a fist around the left section of hair, turning your hand so that your fingers rest on the head. Bring the section of hair in your right hand across the middle section and hook it with your left index finger.
  • Lead with the right thumb and cut about a 1-inch section of hair straight across the head, straight at the hairline and moving toward the middle section. Collect the middle section and pull all of the hair tight. The line of hair in each section should lie flat and smooth.
  • Make a fist with the right hand, fingers facing scalp. Reach the right index finger over the middle and hook the section of hair that’s in your left fist. Pull it out, keeping a grid on the braid sections in your right hand.
  • Let the section in your left hand dangle. Lead with the left thumb and cut a section of hair straight across the head, collect the middle section, then pull all the hair tight.
  • Extend your left index finger to hook the section of hair that’s in your right fist. Continue until the French braid is complete.

How to organise your bookshelf




  • Before u begin organizing your bookshelf, u need to see what kinds of books u have.
  • Make a physical list of the different genres or types of books u have, romance novels, science fiction, reference books, and so on.
  • Books should be where u will use them, though u might want to put your nice-looking books on all subject at a place that visitors to your home see.
  • Alphabetize books by author or title, or simply group books together by subject or genre.
  • Print out the list and store it on or near a bookshelf to locate them easily, when u want to refer to it.

How to handle a family membre's anger


  • Communication is the key. Talk out the problem clearly with them.
  • Forgive and forget. If a relative continues to hurt u and apologises after each occurrence, learn to forgive and move on.
  • Pratice avoidance. If your family membre continues to offend u after have made it clear how u feel, take a step back from relationship.
  • Be kind. Those who r hardest to love r often the ones that need it most. When an unlovable person feels loved, his or her outlook can change dramatically.