10 Ways to make Money Online

30 10 2007

So you want to make money online huh? Well its obvious for people to get into this thought when they’ve surfed the net for like, some few years! So anyways, i myself earn money online. I have a few ways to do that. But as i was surfing the net as usual i found something interesting about making money online. So, i wanted you all to know about it and here it is!

1. Offer your professional expertise in an online marketplace.These days, you can do more than just sell your old books via Amazon and your old Coach handbags via eBay—now you can sell your professional capabilities in a marketplace. No longer are you limited to looking for a permanent or contract job on Web 1.0 style job sites like Monster or CareerBuilder. The new breed of freelancing and project-oriented sites let companies needing help describe their projects. Then freelancers and small businesses offer bids or ideas or proposals from which those buyers can choose.

Elance covers everything from programming and writing to consulting and design, while RentACoder focuses on software, natch. If you’re a graphic designer, check out options like Design Outpost or LogoWorks–you don’t have to find the customers, they’ll come to you. Wannabe industry analysts might sign up for TechDirt’s Insight Community, a marketplace for ideas about technology marketing.

2. Sell photos on stock photography sites. If people regularly oooo and aaaaah over your Flickr pics, maybe you’re destined for photographic greatness or maybe just for a few extra dollars. It’s easier than ever to get your photos out in front of the public, which of course means a tremendous amount of competition, but also means it might be an convenient way for you to build up a secondary income stream. Where can you upload and market your photos? Try Fotolia, Dreamstime, Shutterstock, and Big Stock Photo.

3. Blog for pay. Despite the explosion of blogs, it’s hard to find good writers who can turn around a solidly-written post on an interesting topic quickly. GigaOM is always looking for bloggers with great content ideas and solid writing skills. How do you get noticed? Comment and link to blogging network sites. Write blog posts that are polished and not overly personal (although showing some personality is a plus).

4. Or start your own blog network. If you like the business side of things–selling advertising, hiring and managing employees, attracting investors–and have the stomach to go up against the likes of Weblogs, Inc., GigaOmniMedia, b5media, maybe you should make an entire business out of blogs. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll get a lot of time to write yourself though.

5. Provide service and support for open source software. Just because the software is free doesn’t mean you can’t make money on it–just ask Red Hat, a well-known distributor of Linux that sports a market cap of more than four billion dollars. As a solo web worker, you might not want to jump in and compete with big companies offering Linux support, but how about offering support for web content management systems like WordPress or Drupal? After getting comfortable with your own installation, you can pretty easily jump into helping other people set them up and configure them.

6. Online life coaching. Who has time to go meet a personal coach at an office? And don’t the new generation of web workers need to be met by their coaches in the same way that they work: via email, IM, and VoIP? You could, of course, go through some life coaching certification program, but on the web, reputation is more important than credentials. I bet Tony Robbins isn’t certified as a life coach–and no one can argue with his success. For an example of someone building up their profile and business online as a coach, check out Pamela Slim of Ganas Consulting and the Escape from Cubicle Nation blog.

7. Virtually assist other web workers. Freelancers and small businesses desperately need help running their businesses, but they’re not about to hire a secretary to come sit in the family room and answer phone calls. As a virtual assistant, you might do anything from making travel reservations to handling expense reimbursements to paying bills to arranging for a dog sitter. And you do it all from your own home office, interacting with your clients online and by phone. You can make $20 and up an hour doing this sort of work, depending on your expertise.

8. Build services atop Amazon Web Services. Elastic computing on AWS is so cool… and so incredibly primitive right now. Did you know that you can’t even count on your virtual hard drive on EC2 to store your data permanently? That’s why people are making money right now by offering services on top of AWS. Make it easier for people to use Amazon’s scalability web infrastructure like Enomaly has with elasticlive, a scalable web hosting platform built on AWS.

9. Write reviews for pay or perks. If you blog for any length of time on a particular topic–parenting, mobile phones, or PCs, for example–you will likely be approached to do book or product reviews. You can get free stuff this way, but are you selling your soul? Is there any such thing as a free laptop? These are decisions you’ll have to make for yourself, because no one agrees upon what ethical rules apply to bloggers. Even less do people agree on services like PayPerPost that pay you to write reviews on your blog. Check out disclosure rules closely and see whether such a gig would meet your own personal standards or not.

10. Become a virtual gold farmer. A half million Chinese now earn income by acquiring and selling World of Warcraft gold to gamers in other countries. If you’re not a young person living in China, this probably isn’t a viable option for you. But what’s intriguing about it is the opportunity to make real money working in a virtual economy. People are making real-world money in Second Life too.

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First Look: Hulu Combines Ease of Use, Content, Advertising

30 10 2007

Broadcasters can’t deny that video-sharing sites like YouTube have promotional potential, but NBC Universal and News Corp. have had enough. Hardly impressed with YouTube’s attempts to placate copyright owners like themselves, the two media giants set out to create their own online distribution platform, called Hulu, which launches to a limited audience today.

For NBC and News Corp. the hook was simple enough. By pooling their content (along with shows from cable channels including Bravo, E!, the SciFi Channel, USA and others) on their own website, they could create a relatively safe haven from piracy while still getting their hottest shows in front of an internet audience. From that central idea, the assembled parties designed Hulu, drawing on the elements that made broadcast television a success — a closed platform, and regularly updated content and advertising.

Based on our test drive, it seems like Hulu got most of the formula right.

The user interface is what we’ve come to expect from web video players — slick and Flash-based. Viewing content works almost exactly as it does on YouTube. The control panel is hidden; you roll the mouse over the player window to reveal options to share the video via e-mail, get its URL, embed it into your own site, or “pop out” the player into its own window. Our favorite (and the most superfluous) command was the option to “lower the lights.” Once you toggle that option, the browser window surrounding the video goes from white to dark gray to add emphasis to the onscreen action.

Despite the familiar interface, the most glaring difference between Hulu and its would-be peers is the lack of an upload option. Since the site is a promotional tool for its owners, the focus is entirely on distributing premium content. There’s no option for users to upload content, remix it or produce their own mashups. On Hulu, the networks are running the show.

Hulu hosts an impressive list of shows (and even a few movies), but there are quite a few shortcomings. For instance, only the current seasons of popular shows like Heroes and House are available. And Hulu does not allow you to download video to your computer for later viewing. If you want to delve into previous seasons or download content for keeps, you’re better off purchasing the DVD or trying your luck with iTunes.

From NBC and News Corp.’s perspective, of course, Hulu’s killer feature is advertising. Previously, when NBC’s Saturday Night Live short “Lazy Sunday” saw viral success, NBC lost ad revenue. As users bootlegged clips and uploaded them to YouTube, NBC was left out of the clickthrough loop.

Hulu aims to rectify that by accompanying its full-length content with an omnipresent yet relatively low-key ad scheme. Whether we were viewing episodes of NBC’s hit series The Office or a montage of footage from The Simpsons, there was some sort of advertising appearing alongside. While watching a short clip like SNL‘s “Dick In a Box” we saw banner ads above the top of the player, right next to a brief synopsis and run-time information. But for longer videos, like a full episode of Heroes or a full-length film such as Weekend at Bernie’s, we saw a mixture of banner ads and pre- or mid-roll ads, which appear in the video stream itself.

Even with its mid-roll ads, Hulu seems to keep its web audience in mind. For instance, while watching The Simpsons we saw three ads for Axe body spray over the course of an episode: One right after the title sequence, another about a third of the way in, and then a final ad right before the end of the show. The good news for viewers is that the ads are brief (30 seconds or less) and are clearly marked in the timeline. The end result plays out relatively seamlessly — even when the clip is embedded in a third-party site.

Hulu’s executives have already stated that they wanted to scale back advertising compared to broadcast content. We’re not sure what to make of that sentiment (since the whole point was to reclaim ad revenue), but they apparently keep to their word. For example, we saw the Axe ads the first time we watched a Simpsons episode, but on subsequent viewings the ads didn’t play, even though they were highlighted in the timeline. This is because Hulu inserts its ads based on the total viewing time you’ve spent on the site, so if you’ve watched 10 brief clips, you’re not going to get ads every time. But if you’re watching longer content back-to-back, you may encounter ads more often.

Overall, Hulu is a well designed, easy-to-use video site with some popular content. It’s also a clear compromise between the expectations of viewers raised on a diet of YouTube clips and the economic needs of a raft of blue-suited entertainment executives. Whether it satisfies both parties over the long term remains to be seen.