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I want to make money from home

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Many people ask me about how do I get work, where do I find work, and how can they earn from home, so I will try to answer them in this post, First let me tell you about myself:

I used to find/get work from RAC (RentaCoder.Com), I did my first project on RAC back in September 2005, I got only one dollar from that project (I actually submitted 4$ as the bid amount, but RAC deducted 3$ of their ‘fees’)

Well, after that project I did some more tiny project for 10$, 15$, 20$, once I had good rankings and testimonials I started submitting bids on bigger projects, then I got projects for as low as 90$ and as high as 600$

In September 2006, Two of my frequent clients on RAC contacted me outside RAC and we started working outside RAC Since then I have only done 4-6 projects on RAC You can click here to see my RAC profile

Right now I have a permanent job at DirectorsAdvantage one of the clients I found & worked with on RAC I was working with him as a free-lancer since July 2006, and as a full-time employee since October 2008

Oh I forgot to say that I am a PHP/mySQL Web-Developer from Karachi, Pakistan

So that was about me, now for you guys I don’t know many ways to earn from home, or even if I do know some I am not sure if they work or how they work So I am going to write about the things that I have tried myself and have succeeded

  1. Rent a Coder, the one I talked above, this was the most successful one I will write a detailed post about who can use RAC and how to use RAC next (after this one I mean)
  2. Blogging, I had very little luck with this, but then again I have not tried sincerely enough ;d (Read Light Within blog for more info)
  3. Entertainment Website, Maybe the most difficult, I have not earned myself much from entertainment websites But I know people who are earning from them I have worked with ApniISP so I know the basics You just have to give the freshest hottest content before everyone else Keep updated with the news, something’s happening like Prime Minister Gilani’s Speech, Upload it first on your site, and share it quickly using Twitter, Facebook, DIGG etc, Some cool new song just got released? You already have the video? oh wow UPLOAD

I have only tried these three, but seriously speaking if you have some skills that can be used on projects available at RAC, you should go with that it’s way easier to earn by doing what you already know, and then again Blogs OR Websites can be created and kept updated in your leisure time You can give it 2 to 3 hours (or even more) daily no?

Please stay tuned to find out what you need to know to work with RentACoder, and I will also write about a few things about RAC that I learned ‘the hard way’ (by losing real money I mean)

Comments & Feedback will be highly appreciated and will also motivate me to write on this subject more

-Salman

(Please note: I am not affiliated with Rent A Coder, I have used their serviecs as a coder only, and I will not be getting any benefit by sending you guys to Rent A Coder except for maybe some duayen from people who will find it very useful and fruitful)

How to market your blog

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I am not an expert on this it’s quite obvious by looking at my own blogs stats but here are some tid-bits I have learned and I know work (I just don’t have enough time to do these myself;d) so I think I will share them here, they might come useful to you or some other experts will correct/add/contribute so it will eventually help me as well hmm

Oh well here goes:

1) Look for forums that have sections like “Show off your website” (or blog in our case), you can submit your site there and members there will be able to see that post, it’s not counted as spam and people check those sections quite regularly

And participate generally in discussions as well, don’t feel shy to share things that you know Just let the knowledge out

2) In the beginning register for all aggregators, like Bloggerspk, TeaBreak, PakBlogging etc They bring good and very diverse traffic, but if you already have a good user base then aggregators will most probably affect you negatively [more: http://bloggers.pk/forum/discussion/12/blog-aggregators-affecting-search-engines/]

3) Submit to multiple (even very tiny) search engines using tools like addmecom – they will add your links to search engines that you didn’t even know about

4) If you are at facebook, share everything you write on your blog with Facebook’s share link utility, you can also import RSS feeds etc There are more new stuff like Facebook connect which you can use to allow facebook users to post comments with there facebook ID (I am using that at: http://blog.skdev.net , original: http://www.sociable.es/facebook-connect/ )

5) Use trackbacks, add in your post links to relevant and high ranking websites, most sites with blogs have auto trackbacks enabled so your linking them means your link will be visible in there post as well (in trackbacks I mean)

6) Participate in other’s blogs, Comments on posts, pages etc, especially where some relevant to your blog debate is happening like if you write about Politics you can participate in almost all blogs that talk about current situations

7) Submit to blog directories (search for “blog directories” on google)

8) Use sitemap’s and submit them to google (for wordpress: http://www.arnebrachhold.de/projects/wordpress-plugins/google-xml-sitemaps-generator/)

9) Share your work on others sites with a link back to your site

10) Socialize with other bloggers, tags, references, comments on each other’s blogs etc etc

11) Use sites like MyBlogLog, Yahoo! Answers, Squidoo, Myspace, Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Delicious

12) and the most important, KEEP WRITING, don’t get dishearten if you are not getting enough traffic Just keep writing and keep working on links, backlinks, trackbacks, sharing, socializing public/traffic will eventually come 🙂 Just be consistent

-Salman