How to make Money with any Hobby

Introduction

How many of us dream about making extra money for themselves? How many want to become their own boss? And how many have dreamed about making money with something close to them, like a hobby, interest or passion? You would also like to work from home? Nowadays, with the growing internet possibilities this has become possible for all of us.

But how many of us know how to do this? Answer: not so many and even if you have an idea, most of us will be scared to undertake such a daring enterprise. The good news is that with the growth of the internet, especially the Google search engine, tons of opportunities have presented themselves. The secret is that there are opportunities for each and everyone of us and yes also for you! 

In this article I am going to give you the best option available right now, one that combines all of the advantages mentioned above and so much more. And I can assure you it will be scam free, if you would be afraid of losing money. What is the secret here? 

Having your own website

To take away any mystery, this is going to be about creating, owning and operating your own website or even sites. Now you might be thinking, oh dear I might not be able to do that. I can tell you now that with the right support and guidance anybody can do this, but you need to find the right training and support. Some time ago I started this website from scratch, not knowing too much about the techniques involved and here is the thing: you do not need to know all the website techniques, as it is already there and you would have a website within 30 minutes.

However, your main task will be to build out your website, which means hard work and effort.

Website strategy

It is the law of the land that in order to make money with your website, you will need to have an audience (people who come to visit your site). The underlying sequence is the following process:

Website>niche>blogging>traffic>audience>business>making money.

The crux of this process is finding a niche, which would be a group of people who you are going to help with a problem. Get this: any niche is good. But is it good for you? Here is what experts in the business suggest: look to yourselfmake your hobby your niche and find out what your personal interests, hobbies and passions are (pet care, beauty products, types of sports, literally anything will do). Make your choice based on the following assumptions: you need to be able to research, study, talk and most importantly write about your topic on a day to day basis. No need to be an authority on the subject, but certainly wanting to become one. I have written an article about finding a niche that you can find here.

Blogging

Building out your website means that you will be adding content by way of blogging. Always bear in mind that any article you write should be relevant to your niche, should be helping your potential customer and should be engaging them in order to have them take action, such as ask a question, counter your content (to start a discussion on the topic), or have them go to another of your articles through internal linking. Like I did in former paragraph.

Remember that all of this should be done with the aim to get the all important traffic to your site. To that purpose your website will have very effective Search Engine Optimization or SEO. I am talking here about the various search engines present like Google, Bing and Yahoo and where Google is by far the greatest. Your articles will be written in such a way that they will easily be found and accepted (indexed) by these search engines. By then your website url, which illustrates your niche, will also have been indexed by the search engines (examples: howtobeatyourboss.com and chardonnayfans.com).

After indexing your post or blog or article the search engines will rank it, give it a place on one of their pages, we would prefer page 1, position 1 but page 1 is very good. I have published an article of how to best write quality content, which you can click here.

Traffic

So how do you get a high enough ranking in the search engines? Well, besides SEO there is a mechanism that is working with keywords and phrases. Everyone of your articles should have a keyword in its title which should be repeated within the first 100 words of the post. I will explain here what the meaning of this is.

In search engines people type in search criteria in order to find answers to their questions such as how to beat my boss? or how to deal with an annoying boss? Both of these search criteria are called keywords and they will give you an idea how many times a keyword is typed in and what your competition for this keyword will be. The program I will propose has a separate Free keyword search system which is going to help you find the right keywords! The better the keyword, the higher the rankings and the higher the traffic to your website.

I have described this system in detail here.

Your audience

If you are going to talk to people and help them solve a problem, you better find out who it is you are talking to. For some niches this might be obvious, like finding a job for men over 50 or stay at home moms. For others this might not be so clear, as in chardonnayfans.com.

find out who your visitors areThere are some ways of finding out who the people are that you want to support. One way is to go to the internet and find out what people talk about. Examples of that are Quora.com, Google.com and Answers.com which are in essence question and answers fora. Visit there and discover who is talking about what, relevant to your niche of course.

During your extensive training you will be asked to establish a link from your site to Google Analytics, which automatically analyses what people click on your posts, how many, age, gender and location, which is another very useful and Free tool to be used.

But how are you going to do business?

So now you have a website, built out your quality content, are ranked in search engines and there is a rise in people clicking to your content. In any of the niches we choose, there will be products, services and other help you can offer to your audience. Do you need to first buy the goods, services or others? The answer is: you do not and the solution is found in affiliate marketing. For your niche you will join an affiliate marketing program of the applicable merchant, again for Free, and you will promote their products on your website. Promoting is usually done by reviewing the products.

As their affiliate, you will send people from your site to merchant’s site via a unique link and when people buy, you will receive a commission. So, no buying or selling, no storage keeping, no logistics involved, you are only involved in the marketing campaign.

How to implement all this?

On the internet there are several programs that offer to teach you all of this, some legitimate, some are not. So why not enlist with the best of them all, Wealthy Affiliate (WA), which is scam free and completely affordable. As a member of this platform for some years, I have written a personal review on all the ins and outs, pros and cons on WA, which will answer many of your questions. That article has a link through which you can access a one week free trial, without any commitments from your side.

Anyway, I am open to all questions you may have on this truly unique and maybe once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Feel free to put them in the comment boxes below and I will respond with 24 hours.

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10 Ways to overcome Negativism on the Work Floor

Introduction

I have always been on the optimistic side and consider myself lucky to be that way. Things are generally going well with the world, and with you too! You just don’t want to see it. An important part of anybody’s life is work. Recent studies on the work floor found that there are some ten filters causing you to look negatively at your office environment. Well people, there is no need for such negativity. I have listed these filters below and will explain to you how you can overcome those pessimistic barriers. There is of course a sure way of overcoming negativism by becoming your own boss, which I will outline below.

1. Our categorising mindset

Instinctively we divide the world into two camps: we and them; the poor and the rich; highly and lowly educated; the management and the wage slaves; coffee drinkers and tea licks. Handy when we were still post-neanderthals who had to decide in one second whether we were running into a bear (danger) or a deer (food). But reality is much more complicated. You should realise that the middle group is usually much larger than the two extremes. So if you hate those pretentious Nespresso drinkers in the office, remember that they also drink instant coffee or a cup of tea on holiday and that most colleagues use the same coffee machine. Older colleagues who shoot all your innovation proposals? Often they also have fresh ideas, if you ask them you might be able to bridge the gap.

2. Our pessimism

The sea level is rising, the over-fishing is worrying, terrorism is increasing, house prices are exploding, the head office is releasing middle management and your speech at that work-group meeting was completely dead. We tend to think that everything is going worse. Here is why: (a) we tend to romanticize the past (it was always better in the past), (b) bad news gets more attention in the media / WhatsApp groups while everything that goes well is not noticed, and (c) we’re more on emotions than on facts . Yes, bad news is always there, but that does not mean that it can not go well at the same time. Beware of your rosy past (was it better in the past?). Train yourself to recognize good news, because yes there is enough good news, just be actively looking for it.

3. Life is not a straight line

When we take a bike, we constantly estimate how other traffic users will behave. Usually they move in a straight line, which leads to our straight-line life is not a straight lineintuition. Unfortunately, reality is more complicated. The world population is not growing in a straight line. Your salary does not increase every year, your weight does not decrease by 1 kilo every month. Usually we see curves in the shape of an S, a slide or a curvature. Losing weight starts very quickly in the beginning, after that the results slow down. Your salary makes all sorts of strange jumps (from executor, to management to CFO). Remember that nature rarely offers straight lines, so why would your coffee use or salary growth meet that pattern?

4. Being afraid

Critical thinking is always difficult, but when you are afraid it is virtually impossible. If your brain is overcome by fear, there is no room for facts. Strangely enough, we are most afraid of snakes, spiders, heights and prisoners in a small space. Not really something you run into every day. Also present: fear of terrorist acts. But remember that the risk of a bomb attack in the parking garage of your office is minimal. Facebook and all other media choose stories that they know will stimulate your fear instinct. If you get a panic attack, take as few decisions as possible, calm down and calculate how much risk you are really running. 

Just know that there are a lot of fearmongers out there (usually for financial gain). The best example for that I think is the HIV hype. Have sex with somebody and you will get it, was somewhat out of proportion.

5. Number fear

You will be presented with a list of policy objectives that you and your department must strive for. They all sound equally important, but the 120,000 euro increase in turnover within a year sounds ambitious and most important. We are inclined to hang back from large numbers and it is hard not to feel apply the 80/20 ruledeflated, how are we going to do this? To bypass your size instinct, you have to put that 120,000 into context. If your branch has a turnover of 4 million, then the 120,000 turnover looks already small. Apply the 80/20 rule accordingly. The two, three parts that cover 80 percent of your budget together offer the most chance of improvement. Ignore the rest. That’s how you turn a giant into a dwarf.

6. Generalising

Because of the sinus movement we divide the world into two categories: we and them. Because we can not immerse ourselves in everything and everyone, we like to generalize about ‘them’. We work in a hip office, our clients live in the countryside. Every generalization about ‘the province’ hampers our view on commercial opportunities. “The majority have a gas cooker in the house.” But a majority only has to be 51 percent, so that would still offer a 49 percent chance for electric cooker pots. Do not consider yourself ‘normal’ and the rest as deviant. Beware of speaking examples, which you remember easily but are perhaps the exception! Generalizing is part of life, but beware of the categories you use.

7. One sided thinking

A dime is never a quarter. Someone who has done college can never get an academic way of thinking. Young mothers will never be as ambitious and avoid one-sided thinkingenergetic at work as childless ladies. The world is as it is and does not change: instinctively we think that people / peoples do not change, ‘because that is their fate’. But slow change is also change. Some young mothers are part-time world champions, but if the company arranges particularly good childcare and is flexible in terms of working hours, that will change quickly. Many college graduates only discover their true academic passion after having earned their college diploma. The world is and will keep moving, so be prepared to update your current knowledge and talk to your oldest colleague: then you will see how everything really changes.

8. The all-encompassing idea

We find simple ideas very attractive. We enjoy that moment when we really understand something. Delicious when one idea explains all sorts of other things. In business, the idea is that you can better leave everything to the free market, because that automatically comes with the best solution. The more mail suppliers, train operators, coffee roasters, the better. It saves a lot of time to apply your favorite idea to everything. But it does limit your imagination. Instead use creativity. Realize that nobody is the perfect expert, that even their knowledge is limited. There are no explanatory solutions.

9. Scapegoating

You have written a paper, but it has not been printed in an edition of 100 but of 1,000. How did that happen? Because of our scapegoat instinct we go looking for a clear simple reason why something bad happened. You knew you needed a hundred copies, so it is not up to you. Your secretary? The trainee at the printmaking you the scapegoat shop who carried out the assignment? We are looking for a scapegoat that fits our beliefs, so if you find trainees overestimating redundant workers, you look for it in that direction. If you prefer to keep everything in your own hands and do not want a department secretary, then the solution is clear. For all kinds of issues we look at the media, foreigners, shareholders, computers etc. Too easy. Look for the causes of the problem, not for villains. If you have found that cause, you will feel a lot better.

10. Now or never!

You have to decide whether you need to buy those new laptops for the department. Your colleagues complain about the old mess with which they work. The seller calls that you have to decide now, otherwise the offer will expire and ‘you will miss your chance for good’. The urgency instinct ensures that we immediately want to take action as soon as we see a danger looming. Handy with that lion hidden in the grass. But for that computer acquisition it does not help that this tendency to act quickly prevents you from thinking analytically and encourages you to take drastic, ill-considered measures. The urgency almost always comes along. Take a deep breath. Require the seller’s data on the laptops to be purchased. Beware of jubilant predictions: how often does ICT make its promises? Do not take drastic action, you keep a better mood and you will reap respect with your colleagues.

Final thoughts

If the above sounds good to you, then you are going to be ok. But what if all of this does not work out for you? You still have this annoying boss, lousy colleagues and noisy work environment. Then you should take other action like changing jobs or start working from home and be your own boss. Google will give you all the possibilities available, but how to take the right one?  Read here my full review of the world’s best internet opportunity for making money from home.