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Earn Money from Amazon

Earn Money from Amazon

You’ve probably heard before a lot of hype about how much money you can make with affiliate programs. Maybe you’ve even set up a site yourself, only to find that after buying the domain, a few bucks a month in hosting, software or a web designer to design your site, etc., that the piddle affiliate fees hardly even covered your cost. Well, here’s the hype-free way to really make money with an Amazon. COM affiliate site. And it’ll only take a day to make the site.

The secret? Low cost, low effort.
1. If you don’t already know it, learn some basic HTML. You have to do this to keep your costs down and still get what you want. Even if the site is basically laid out for you, you’re going to need to know how to insert images, create hyperlinks, and do some basic text formatting. Our HTML Guide offers a free 10-week HTML class and a great collection of beginning HTML tutorials.

Get over any anxiety you have about this. Just do it. You’ll thank me for it later.
2. Decide on your topic. You’re going to be doing product reviews and recommendations, so pick a topic that you enjoy and know something about. If you can’t stay passionate about the topic, that will show, and it also won’t hold your interest. Choose a narrow enough niche to be distinctive, e.g., bands from your city, left-handed guitarists, music for a certain kind of dancing, authors of a certain religion, books about arts & crafts, etc.
3. Choose your domain name. Make it keyword-rich, not clever. Think how people will find your site in the search engines. Here are some ideas (all available when I first wrote this, though a cfew have been snatched up): Music:,,,,, Books:,,, Others:,,
4. Register your domain name. If you’re not technically inclined at all, register your domain wherever you set up your hosting in step 5. Otherwise, you can save a few bucks by choosing a lower-cost provider. Not a big deal for one or two sites, but it can be for ten or twenty. I use GoDaddy, who have great domain management tools and are less than $ 10 a year. The least expensive I’ve found from a reputable source is 1&1, whose price is around $ 7 a year last I checked.
5. Set up your web hosting. This is where most people get burned. For this kind of site, you do not need $ 10 a month web hosting! Our Online Business Guide has a list of Cheap Web Hosting for Under $ 10. Some are as little as $ 4 a month, with unlimited domains, i.e., you can run several sites like this on the same hosting package.
6. Install blog software. “Blog, you say?” Yes. It will give your site all the structure you need, plus make it easy to quickly post new content. My pick is WordPress, which is open source (i.e., free), easy to install and use, and yet very powerful. Many hosts have a one-step installation process for it, or you can download it and follow their installation instructions.
7. Make it pretty. One of the great things about WordPress is the huge variety of templates available for it — they can completely change the look-and-feel. Our Weblogs Guide has a list of 5 Sites for Free WordPress Themes, where you can find hundreds of free WordPress themes.
8. Set up categories. Most blog software allows you to create sub-categories to help organize your entries. This will help visitors narrow in even more specifically on their interests. For example, might have one group of categories for genre — rock, country, blues, etc. — and another for city of origin — Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, etc.
9. Sign up as an Amazon Associate. It’s simple and free. Just visit Amazon and click on the Join Associates link at the bottom of the page (here’s a direct link for your convenience). Your site should already have at least the basic setup done, even if you don’t have any content there yet, as they’ll review the site manually before approval.
10. Create your blog posting bookmarks/links. There are two links that are going to be essential for you to make this easy. First is the blog posting link. In your blog software, on the posting page (see their instructions), at the bottom of the page there should be a “bookmarklet”. Click on the link (and hold the mouse) and drag it up to your Links toolbar in your browser (assuming Internet Explorer), or your Favorites menu. This will allow you to blog a product with one mouse click.
11. Create your Amazon Build-A-Link bookmark/link. This will make it easy to build the link with your affiliate ID built in. Log in to Associates Central, look in the left navigation sidebar, go to Build-A-Link, and under Static Links, find Individual Items. Click and drag this onto your Links toolbar or Favorites menu.
12. Build your first link. Go to Amazon and log in with your Associates account. Find the product you want to review and use the Site Stripe (gray stripe at the top of the screen that you’ll see when logged in as an Associate) to get your personalized link to the item. They also offer a variety of other options for creating links and banners.
13. Blog your review. Now click on your blog posting link (Press It! by default in WordPress). If you’re using WordPress, you should now see two pieces of link code in your posting form, the first one ending with “Associates Build-A-Link >”. Delete through that point. The second part is a link to the product with your Amazon Associate ID built in. Now just write your product review, choose the appropriate categories for it, and hit Publish.
14. Build out your site. Before you promote your site, you want to have some substantial content there. Write several product reviews. Have at least 2-3 in each category you’ve created. You may also want to make a categories for articles, news, and commentary about your topic. The more content your site has, the better. And the great thing is that while you’re writing all this, the search engines are getting notified automatically, assuming you turned on the notifications mentioned in step 6.
15. Promote your site. The best free way to do this is to communicate with other bloggers writing about similar topics, and to participate in online communities where your topic is discussed. See the Online Business Networking category for ideas, as well as the Internet Marketing category.

1. You have to learn some basic HTML and basic concepts about running a web site. It’s just not that hard. If you have to rely on purchased software, you won’t be able to get exactly what you want, you won’t know what to do when things go wrong, and you’ll end up spending money you don’t need to. Spend the time to learn it. It will be well worth the investment.
2. I slightly recommend music over books and other products, mainly because you can listen to the clips of an entire album in about 10 minutes and get a good enough feel for it (without buying it) to do a short review. If you have another topic that you’re passionate about, great, but make sure you have a unique angle on the topic. People can get reviews about a lot of those consumer products anywhere. You need to give them a reason to come to your site.
3. To pick up some extra pennies, sign up for Google AdSense. It probably won’t generate a lot of revenue, but it’s free to sign up and completely effortless to maintain.
4. Set reasonable expectations for earnings. You’ve only invested $ 20. You’re going to make 5% on most products. That means that you need to sell $ 400 worth of stuff to make back your investment. To make $ 20 an hour, what you write must generate $ 400 worth of purchases. You get credit for other purchases customers you send make while at Amazon besides just the product you linked to, so it’s not as hard as it may sound. It won’t make you rich, but it’s not hard to be profitable, and it builds over time.
What You Need:
• A credit card with about $ 20 available

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DIY Villa Parker Wedding from Lindsay B Photography

Article by Ebridalgowns

Today is just a Colorado-lovin’ kind of day on the LBB blog. We spent all morning with a gorgeous fusion wedding set in the Rockies, and now we’re switching gears to a fantastic DIY affair the lovely Lindsay B Photography sent our way. Set at the always gorgeous Villa Parker, this wedding was filled to the brim with all sorts of homespun details – from the gorgeous fabric florals to the homemade granola favors. It’s beyond what I could imagine for a DIY soiree, and this isn’t even all of it! Click here to check out the rest in the full image gallery.

Phil and I met in 2006 in a bar in downtown New York City. We were both there with friends and started talking, and realized we were both wearing blue Vans sneakers (which would later be our save-the-date!). A few days later Phil took me on our first date to a vegan restaurant, a very smooth move since I’m a vegan, and he is not. We discovered we had a lot in common beyond our sneakers and ever since then we’ve been inseparable. After four years of dating we got engaged on Memorial Day.

I started planning right away. I combed magazines, Esty and blogs for inspiration and got a lot of ideas, but things really started falling into place when we found our venue, Villa Parker. We decided to have the wedding in Colorado, where I am from, instead of New York City, where we live, for a few reasons–it was much more cost effective, my mom was on the ground there and could do a lot of planning, and it would be a fun destination for our friends and family. We felt the Villa had a rustic “Colorado” feel but was also very beautiful with great indoor and outdoor options for our ceremony and reception, so we chose it as our venue. From there some themes began to solidify– purple and blue vintage fabric, kraft paper, mason jars, hearts, owls and cupcakes all inspired me and were woven throughout the wedding from the invites to décor.

I love crafting and have very handy friends and family, so the wedding became a real community effort packed full of hand-made details. We made almost everything for the wedding, from the napkins, cake stands and cake toppers to the programs, lemonade straws and escort cards. I was very ambitious taking on so many projects and there is no way they would have come together so beautifully without all of the help everyone readily offered. There were a handful of nights my parents and I stayed up late tying ribbons, stuffing bags, gluing and ironing, and while it was tedious work we had a lot of fun together. One of our favorite hand-made touches of the day was beautiful cover for our chuppah my mother-in-law worked on for a year hand embroidering which was an incredible gesture and something we will cherish forever. She also baked bags of her famous granola for everyone to take at the end of the night as favors for a yummy breakfast the next day.

The flowers were one of my favorite parts of the day, and our florist was wonderful to work with. I had made fabric boutonnieres for all of the groomsmen. She took the same fabric and included it in my bouquet and the bridesmaid’s bouquets and corsages for family. Wildflower arrangements sat on the tables in clear mason jars alongside lanterns made out of gorgeous antique blue mason jars. The table numbers were little chalkboard hearts, and we used chalkboards for signs throughout the Wedding–a nod to the fact that I am a preschool teacher and come from a family of teachers. Another meaningful detail was that the tables were lined with kraft paper from a roll my grandfather used in his pharmacy almost 50 years ago! Our guestbook was a DIY photobooth using a laptop computer; my cousin and her friend manned the whole evening. Guests took silly pictures with props and then printed them on index cards and wrote notes below their picture before taping it in a scrapbook–the results were fabulous and so much fun to look at the next day while eating leftover cupcakes!

Our whole wedding day – from getting ready by having a Michael Jackson dance party with my bridesmaids and bridesmen to when we made our grand exit to our limo with a sparkler send off (a surprise from the maid of honor) – was truly magic. The thing that stands out the most to Phil and I though is our ceremony, which our Rabbi made very personal and meaningful. We come from two different religious backgrounds (Catholic and Jewish) and the Rabbi helped our families work together to incorporate traditions to honor both faiths. Phil and I also created our own ketubah, or Jewish marriage contract, that reflected exactly what we wanted to pledge to each other, which was read at the ceremony. Standing in the warm Colorado sun under the beautiful chuppah that Phil’s mother made and knowing all of our friends and family were there supporting us was the best feeling in the world–we both felt so lucky and grateful. We can’t believe how quickly the day passed but felt like it turned out just the way we wanted–it was a ton of fun and felt exactly like “us.”

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Microstock Photography And How To Make Money From Your Digital Photos

Article by learndigitalphotography

Microstock, by many is referred to as an accessible offshoot of the traditional forms of stock photography agencies. In Microstock, an amateur photographer does not face multiple rejections and gets paid on every single photograph he has put for sale. So, unlike in the stock photography websites, you do not have to sit idle on your hard drive waiting for the approval and then sale of your posted photograph. Instead, those pictures that meet rejection by stock photography are cordially approved by Microstock and sold at low prices to a large segment of consumers.

For starters, especially students, Microstock is the best agency to start their photography career. This agency not only kick starts a student’s career, but also gives immense boost to contemplate this career for a long term. Here’s how Microstock is good for students:

Saves you from multiple rejections: The predominant reason for students opting for selling their pictures in Microstock, is its easy acceptance of the pictures of sorts. Unlike stock photography agencies, there are no stringent standards observed in accepting pictures. This gives an immense boost to amateur students still at the stage of bettering themselves as photographers to taste and experience the world of professional photography. Once you forward your picture to Microstock, they source your image through internet promptly. They open your image for sale to a wide array of potential consumers and sell them at a very low price, ranging from few cents to dollars. Though, in Microstock, your single picture is sold at a meager price, but it is much better than the means of Stockphotography sites where you have to wait for a long term to let your picture be sold at a decent price. On the other hand, Microstock guarantees the sale of each and every picture and an opportunity to earn big through the sale of your numerous pictures.

Free participation: Unlike the stock photography sites, subscription with Microstock is absolutely free. You do not have to spend even a single penny to start marketing your pictures with Microstock. You can take your professional photography as your freelancing assignments which save you from the pain of continuous interventions from a daunting boss. Here, you’ll be your own boss to decide your own working time and the time to take a break. Also, the amount of income you want to generate is entirely in your hands. The more you send across the pictures, the more you’ll get paid. With no deadlines to follow, you get your leisure time to craft your best work with utmost precision and then send across for sale.

Opportunity to learn: Microstock offers a great platform for amateur photographers to home their skills. This site offers a comprehensive and success driven instructions and guidelines on improvising oneself as a photographer. It will guide on minute details that can help you to better the standard of your pictures. For learners, Microstock is a full time professional teacher that makes you adept on what sells and what does not.

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From Horse Feeders To Chicken Incubators – It Is Not Grandpa’s Farm Anymore

Article by Daniel Marcus Manson

Farming has always played a major part in the history of the world. Besides the small city areas, the rest of the land held thousands of small family owned farms that would feed the community that they lived in, and supply, any neighboring cities with fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats.

People were proud to put in a hard day’s work on their farms because they knew the satisfaction that they would get out of their harvest each year. It seems that although times were much simpler back then, it took a lot more work to do things. This is because people did not have some of the inventions and technology that there is available today.

A farm used to have several acres of land so that farmers were able to grow a few different crops, maybe have an orchard, a family garden, and room for their animals to roam. Not all farms raised animals to slaughter to sell; many farms only raised enough animals that they would need to feed themselves.

This is because taking care of and feeding a large herd of animals could get pricey. However, on farms nowadays it is common to see bags of feed mixes and feeders, instead of roaming room. For example, a farmer would buy a mix of oats and other items to feed their horses and then put it into Horse feeders so that they could control when and how much the horse eats.

There has been much additional advancement in the farming industry that has reduced the amount of actual physical labor the farmers must endure in order to keep their farms going. As well as other advancements that assist in maintaining certain situations so that farmers have more control over things that were previously thought to be left up to fate and the environment. For instance, people have created chicken incubators so that they can control the temperature that an egg is hatched in, while at the same time keeping it safe.

John L. Carlson comes from a family with a history of farming experience. In fact, he is the first generation of his family that has not grown up on some form of a farm. All of his ancestors have either worked on a family farm or found employment on someone else’s farm, helping to raise cows in the stables, hatch chicks in a chicken incubator, and grow crops by tilling and sowing the fields. Mr. Carlson has heard the stories of how hard the work was and the sense of accomplishment that came from working with the land and raising one’s own livestock. However, since times have changed farming is no longer the same as it once was. Instead of having, acres and acres of land for the horses to graze on farmers now have horse feeders that they are able to feed from so that a lot of extra land is not necessary.

Daniel Marcus Manson

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