Monthly Archives: November 2013

Making Side Money On The Yahoo Contributor Network

Yahoo Contributor Network (formerly known as Associated Content) is an online platform where writers can publish content on a variety of interests and passions while getting paid to do it. Associated Content was purchased in 2011 by Yahoo for $100 million. Soon thereafter, Associated Content became known as Associated Content by Yahoo and then the Yahoo Contributor Network. The purchase was a move to provide more content to its audience at a much lower cost. The web address for viewing content and logging in to an account is www.voices.yahoo.com. Contributors are allowed to produce and submit almost any type of content to the website, provided that it does not violate the terms of service agreement and that it Is not deemed as offensive.

When I joined back in 2009, the website was a bit more liberal in allowing most contributors to place content on its website. Contributors mainly needed to have the ability to produce original content, with marginal to fair writing skills and good (not great) English grammar and spelling skills. However, over the past few years, there were several updates to the Google search engine algorithms. Websites with poorly written, duplicate content were penalized with lower rankings in the Google search engine. Associated Content developed a reputation in certain writing circles as a “content farm”, meaning that much of the content placed on the website was viewed by some as poor quality. I won’t call anyone out, but based on some of the articles that I have read there from certain contributors, I found that to be partially true.

Prior to the Google updates, I was able to write an article and publish it on Associated Content almost immediately. Nowadays, the process of submitting an article and having it accepted by the Yahoo Contributor Network is more rigourous. All articles must be reviewed by an editor and is usually accepted or denied within 10 business days. If the content passes the muster of the Submission Guidelines then it is good to go and usually published. Article length is generally between 400-600 words.

Contributors have the choice of submitting unsolicited articles or submitting articles from the Assignment Desk. An “unsolicited article” is an article that a contributor writes on a topic of his or her choice. An “Assignment Desk” article is just as the name implies: the contributor will go to the Assignment Desk and select an assignment there to write about and then submit the finished article to an editor for review. There are usually guidelines that need to be followed for submitting an Assignment Desk article, such as how much the contributor can expect to be paid for accepted articles and how many words the article must be.

There are two main systems of compensation with this website: Performance Payments and Upfront Payments. Performance payments are based on the amount of views that an article receives. It is calculated and paid in the range of $1- $2 per 1000 views to an article. So for example, you have an article that recieves 2700 page views in one month. And your performance payment level is $1.50 per 1000 pages views, then you will be paid $4.05 for that particular month and that article. Assignments for Upfront Payments are obtained through the Yahoo Contributor Assignment Desk. Articles have the potential to earn performance payments for as long as the article remains published through YCN.

Although the pay is not great for an experienced professional writer, it is a good way for a newbie to the game of blogging/ internet writing to get his or her feet wet, gain some exposure, and earn a few extra dollars. Contributors aren’t allowed to use their profile and articles for self-promotion purposes. They are allowed to place links to their “affilliations”, blogs and websites in their contributor profiles, though. I have been contacted in my inbox by people interested in having me write for them. So it is a good way to network and put yourself out there.

In order to be eligible to write for The Yahoo Contributor Network, you will need to be a U.S. Citizen or resident and at least 18 years old, with a valid PayPal account. If you want to use a pen name, this is permitted. At the same time YCN has rules about the type of pen names you can use and suggests that you use your real name and a good profile picture of yourself.

All in all, my experience with YCN has been a positive one. I have not had any major problems with comment trolls or spammers. I simply delete the few offensive comments and block the pain-in-the-ass commenting and keep it moving. Their forums and blog generate a lot of useful information as well. I had to contact the staff of Yahoo only once or twice for help with some website technical issues and questions. Those times the staff responded in a few business days and were able to address my concerns quickly.

One thing that the Yahoo Contributor Network has that it did not have when I started, is the Academy. Contributors learn more about how to navigate through the system and produce better quality content through the Academy. It is open to both new and seasoned Yahoo contributors. Enrollees learn things like, how to set up an eye catching profile, how to promote their content, and how to use proper SEO in content.

Have I made lots of money? No. There are definitely other platforms where professional writers command a higher pay for their work. When I run the numbers and average everything out. My articles have generated around $3 each since I started producing content on YCN. Bare in mind that I only have less than 40 articles published there and that I have not published an article on that platform, since 2011. Yet my articles still generate a little residual income.

Other things to consider are that I haven’t asked for Upfront Payments on my articles and the earning on my published articles are from Performance Payments. I have not been very active with YCN lately, nor have I promoted the content that I produced since 2010. There was even a period of time that I missed out on Performance Pay, because I did not log into my account regularly. I would say that my earnings are probably in line with my minimal output and participation.

If did more work, then it is only logical that my earnings potential would increase. There are many contributors to YCN who earn hundreds or even thousands of dollars monthly at YCN. These are contributors whom have gained notoriety through consistent production and hard work.

The amount that you earn may also depend on the demand for the topic and type of content that you produce. I have found that certain topics such as celebrity gossip and current events may garner more page views on some of their sites. This will translate into more money. My highest paying article on YCN has to do with a salacious topic about a former reality TV personality. It’s sad to say, but unless you have a huge following, other topics/genres like history or sociology are not as popular. In my opinion it is a reflection of American obsession with popular culture.

If you love to write and express yourself, then The Yahoo Contributor Network may be a good match for you. Check it out!  www.voices.yahoo.com

 

© Copyright 2013 Susan Broadbelt

www.cashmoneyhustle.com

Make Some Extra Cash on Fiverr.com

Fiverr.com is a website where people can sign up to buy and sell Gigs for a base price of $5. A Gig is simply a task or service offered by a seller on Fiverr.com. The thing that sets this website apart from similar websites is that sellers may offer Gigs ranging from the mundane to bizarre and outrageous. Almost anything goes (of course users must operate within the terms of service agreement).

The seller is limited by his or her own imagination. A Gig buyer might also be able to work something out as far as modification of the Gig. I have purchased a few Gigs on this website and they worked out well. I am considering further use of the website by selling my own services. The following are examples of Gigs that I have seen offered on the website:

  • Graphic artistry (creating web banners, editing photos, digitally produced drawing, etc)
  • Transcription services
  • Proofreading and copyrighting services
  • Writing essays and website content
  • Voice over work
  • Crafting
  • Internet marketing and SEO consulting

Here are some of the more strange and unusual types of Gigs that I have seen offered:

  • “I will get ghetto on video.”
  • “I will translate your message into Jamaican patois”
  • “I will do an impersonation of Christopher Walken”
  • “I will do an impersonation of Robert DeNiro”
  • “I will hold your company logo and take fun photos”

These are just a few of the things that people are willing to do for only $5. The way that sellers receive payment is through PayPal or via a Fiverr Revenue car. The seller receives $4 into their account after a Gig is paid for and completed. Fiverr receives $1 out of the five dollars earned by the seller. PayPal also, charges a small percentage of the $4 deposited into a PayPal account.

 

 

Five dollars does not seem like much money. It does add up quickly for the seller that is able to build up a large base of repeat customers. The marketplace on Fiverr is very competetive. Good marketing and word of mouth advertising are useful tools in winning more business on Fiverr.com.

 

There several sellers that are able to make a full time living from Fiverr.com, but I think that the majority of sellers probably earn a part-time income there. It is evident that sellers with feedback in the thousands have made thousands of dollars through Fiverr. The most successful sellers offer a very unusual service or products, which are not easily replicated, thus minimizing competition in the same niche.

 

The website has a ratings system, and buyers are able to leave feedback about their experience. Sellers that provide consistent great service, will naturally receive good feedback and the opportunity to offer “Gig Extras” for more money than the basic $5. There are some people that are able to upsell Gig Extras, that cost $5 to $100 or more. Some people also make money through purchasing Gigs on Fiverr and then reselling the service at a premium. It is a form of arbitrage and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you know what you are doing and you find a reputable and reliable seller on Fiverr. I think that is where the real money is.

 

If you decided to sell a Gig on Fiverr, be sure to create a very thorough description. Spell out exactly what you will do as part of the service that you offer, as well as limitations. It is best to suggest that buyers ask questions prior to placing an order. Always make customer service and getting Gigs completed as quickly as possible a priority.

 

I placed a few Gigs on Fiverr and the next day, someone placed an order for my service. The Gig was cancelled, because the purchaser wanted much more than what I offered through the Gig. So far, I’ve had positive experiences with the sellers that I did business with. I bought a Gig and was very satisfied with the level of service that I received. Let’s see what happens with this website.

 

© Copyright 2013 Susan Broadbelt

Websites That Reward Users For Shopping, Taking Surveys, Signing Up For Offers

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to join by the links, I may receive a commission.  All of the websites are free to join and I never had an major issues in my dealings with them.

Shopping is one of the most addictive habits on the planet (and fun to boot). It is also, a necessary evil, so why not make some money from what you were already planning to buy anyway? Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just a few days away. With the holiday season upon us, these websites can save you possibly hundreds of dollars in bargains, as well. When I shop on these websites, I try and run the numbers to see which one will offer me the best deal with the highest rewards.

Most of the websites that I list below will credit your account with points or cash  as rewards for shopping and signing up for offers through their website. Some of the sign up offers on these websites are 100% free. There are other offers which require members to pay something up front and then the account is later credited.

As far as the trial offers go, credit cards are required for most. If the trial is cancelled before the trial period is up, then this could constitute fraud and the member account may not be credited. I would not sign up for or purchase something that I have no use for, just to get a little money. I personally don’t sign up for offers that ask for too much personal information or a credit card. Always remember that if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But that’s just my take on things.

It is highly recommended that if you register for any of these websites that you set up a separate free e-mail account. That’s because you will probably get several e-mail notifications from these websites. Therefore, you should not use your primary, business e-mail to register with these websites. The websites that I list below are reputable and don’t engage in spam. However, somewhere along the way, spammers may slip through the cracks when you sign up for several offers.

All of these sites have their own rules about when earnings can be redeemed and how they are redeemed. Most of the time members are paid by gift cards, e-gift certificate, check, or PayPal. These are the websites:

1. MyPoints– This business started in 2004. There are hundreds of merchants that members can shop through to get deals and earn points per dollars spent. MyPoints sends their members e-mails regarding some of their deals and offers. This site rewards members in points. The points can then be redeemed for gift cards, with hundreds of different merchants  to choose from or PayPal.

 


Shop online, earn gift cards!

2. Cash Crate– This website has several opportunities to make money by taking surveys and signing up for free offers. It also, has a very good referral program for users. Cash Crate pays by check for newer members and the cash out threshold is $20.

Get Paid To Do Free Offers!

3. Send Earnings– New members receive a $5.00 sign up bonus into their account. I have been a member of this website since 2010 and it was redesigned. The layout is nicer and more user friendly. You may also earn money by playing games and redeeming coupons. The cash out threshold is $30 and the payment is sent as a check.



 

4. SwagBucks– This is probably the most well known and popular website of its type. Members earn “Swagbucks” which are converted to cash and later redeemed. You can earn Swagbucks by taking surveys, participating in daily polls, playing games, watching videos, etc. Members are able to cash out upon reaching an account balance of $5.

 

5. Ebates– This is one of my favorite websites for deal shopping online.  People who join receive a free gift card, if they make a purchase of at least $25 by a specified period of time. Members that shop through the website, usually receive a rebate as a percentage of money spent at certain websites and on certain products.  You have read carefully. Ebates offers coupon codes for deeper savings at checkout.  The minimum cash out balance must be $5.01.  The rebate can be redeemed as a check or through PayPal.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

 

6. Vindale Research– This website does not really offer deals that appeal to me. It does give members the opportunity to earn money by taking surveys. So I mainly use the website to complete free offers and take surveys for pay. They pay by PayPal or check. The minimum account balance for cashout is $50.

©  Copyright 2013  Susan Broadbelt

Can you run a small business under the table?

Disclaimer:  I am not an attorney, financial adviser, or an accountant.  The information provided here is mainly commentary.  I encourage you to do your own research and seek the advice of qualified and licensed professionals.

Some people run “under the table” when operating a small business.  What I mean, is that they don’t advertise their small business and rely on word of mouth.  They run on a cash only basis and they don’t report their earnings to the IRS or the state government if required.  Some people that run businesses under the table might be able to get away with it for a long time.

 

At some point, if the business owner operates long enough, he or she will be caught and reported. The obvious advantages of operating a business under the table is that business owner chooses to evade the red tape of obtaining business licenses, forming a legal business structure, getting insurance, collecting federal taxes, and Social Security taxes from employees, etc.  So people that don’t want to go through all these hassles and headaches may choose to evade the system.  They save themselves lots of upfront costs and time in the beginning.

 

Obviously there are both advantages and disadvantages to running a business this way. One disadvantage to operating a business under the radar is that if the local government finds out, the business can be shut down.  On top of that, the government has the authority to levy fines against a business owner operating without the proper license.  It is a minor inconvenience to have to go through the trouble of obtaining a license from your city, county, and or state.  At the same time, a business license does not cost much and it will go a long way towards protecting the business owner from inquiries by the police, code enforcement officers, or other government officials.

 

Another disadvantage that I see with operating a business under the radar is that you forfeit tax benefits.  There so many tax deductions available to business owners that would reduce a businesses tax bill.  A few that I can think of off the top of my head are the Keogh plan and the SEP-IRA.  Both of these are tax-deferred retirement plans for business owners.  They both allow the business owner to contribute more money to the each plan, per year than the traditional IRA.

 

Receiving tax deductions from the IRS or state government entails filing business tax returns and keeping very meticulous records.  Business owners have to know where all of the money is flowing to and from in the business.  Business owners are wise to keep good records in the event of an audit, also.

 

What about liabilities?  Depending upon the type of business that you run, you may need to obtain liability insurance to cover your business and your property.  Most reputable insurance companies will want proof that you are operating a legitimate business before providing coverage.  The last thing that any business needs is a lawsuit or some sort of catastrophe that threatens to deplete the business’s financial resources.

 

Many cities, counties, or states will require businesses to collect sales tax from customers for products sold and services rendered.  Of course, this depends upon what the local ordinances and laws are in the state where business is headquartered. Also, business owners need proof of income at some point in order to obtain credit.  What if you want to purchase a home or a car? What about renting an apartment or applying for a credit card?  These things all require some sort of proof of income. A business owner operating under the table, won’t have enough proof or documentation to get credit.

 

You probably don’t need to form a legitimate business if you are engaged in a hobby and aren’t making much of any money at all.  It all really depends partly on the type of business and what the laws are in your jurisdiction.  Some types of businesses do not require a license and may not be regulated by the state or local government where the business is located.  You will have to determine for yourself whether the risks of operating a small business under the table are worth the reward.

© Copyright 2013  Susan Broadbelt

www.cashmoneyhustle.com

What is a hustler?

One day, I was sitting at the dining room table eating breakfast and my little nephew looked at me and said, “Auntie, you’re not a money hustler!”.  I was wearing an oversized t-shirt which I  “borrowed” from my father.  The t-shirt is very worn, with holes, but it is still one of my favorite things to sleep in.  The front of the t-shirt bares a graphic design with a wad of hundred dollar bills and the phrase, “I am a hustler”.

I pondered what my nephew had said for a few seconds and then asked him, “What is a hustler?”.  He told me that a hustler is a dope dealer or robber.  Although, it bothered me that he thought this way of hustlers, it didn’t entirely shock me.  This conception is really a prevailing thought in the way that many people perceive hustlers.  Since the word “hustler” carries a negative connotation,  when it is uttered, it instantly conjures up imagery of pimps, prostitutes, the con man, the booster (professional thief), strippers, drug dealers, cliques, etc.

The media has also influenced the way that we view hustlers.  I grew up in the 70s and 80s and am very familiar with shows like Starsky and Hutch.  I remember quite well, the character Huggie Bear played by Antonio Fargas, a small time hustler/informant.  If you have ever watched the movie “American Gangster”, starring Denzel Washington, you probably know that it is based on the true story of Frank Lucas who rose from small time hustler status to global hustler/ heroin importer. These are just a few examples of images that come to mind when we hear the word “hustler”.

But really there are different types of hustlers.  Yes, the characters that I just mentioned do play roles in the game of hustling, but they are just different types of players in the game.  You might agree or disagree with me on this, but here’s my definition of a hustler, as explained to my nephew:

A hustler is a person that seeks and knows how to take advantage of ways to earn money in order to improve his or her quality of life. A true hustler (one who has mastered the art and science) always has a solid plan with clear objectives and takes consistent, right action to achieve the objectives.  He or she simply knows how to “make it happen.” A true hustler also, understands how to enhance their mind in order to improve his or her quality of life.

Being a hustler can encompass many characteristics, but it is not limited by gender, sex, race, age, religion, socioeconomic status, or geographic location.  It doesn’t matter whether you are single, married, or have children.  Like I said,  there are different types of hustlers.  Employees, self-employed small business owners, and investors are examples of hustlers. Lil Wayne, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet, and Beyonce are all hustlers (at least by my definition).  Some people are better at their hustling game than others, and some people choose legal ways of hustling instead of  illegal means.

This situation with my nephew is partly what inspired me to start this blog.  The other part of it is that, I don’t claim to be an expert or guru at hustling or making money.  This blog is focused on discussion and exploration of ways to make money.  The economy is in a slump and many people are either having trouble finding or keeping a job.  We are living in a world that is shifting more towards a globalized economy. We have shifted into the Information Age and relying more heavily on technology.

Society is placing more value on technological and scientific advancement. Just to give you an example, I was watching a TV show about John-Deere.  This company uses multimillion dollar computers and machinery in order to manufacture most of their products.  Their manufacturing process turns out a more accurate and precisely put together product.  It also speeds up the manufacturing process and reduces the need for human beings, thus cutting jobs.

As another example, look at what is going on with the United States Postal Service.  This organization is not able to keep up with the fast paced changes in the way consumers communicate and ship packages. Consumers have greater options for making bill payments and communicating. The end result is that the United States Postal Service will need change its business model to keep up with the times or else. Therefore, those whom have not prepared themselves (companies and individuals) and adapted to the changes in technology are getting left behind.

With all this said, we are living in an era where it has never been easier to obtain information and make money.  The advent of the Internet and the computer has made it almost seamless to communicate with others and conduct business from almost anywhere on the planet.  The Internet and advances in technology have made it easier for companies and governments to outsource jobs overseas.  I want people to come to the realization that they should not rely on the government or a job for income. Don’t wait for the government to create a job for you. Don’t expect for your job to be safe and secure for the next five to twenty years, either.

Although, I mentioned above that some hustlers choose to engage in illegal activities to earn money, I have no interest in illegal ways to make money.  Some people don’t care how they make money, but I am concerned about ways of earning money which are strictly legal, because I value my freedom and reputation.  Oftentimes, the risks of engaging in illegal acts to make money are not worth the reward.  I must also point out that I have no interest in get rich quick schemes.  Also, it is beyond the scope of this post to engage in a philosophical discussion on the ethics and morality of hustling.

What are your thoughts?  Post a comment below.

© Copyright 2013   Susan Broadbelt

www.cashmoneyhustle.com

5 places to make money online without your own website

1. Ebay Brings buyers and sellers together from all over the world. It allows people to buy and sell almost anything that is legal. Used clothes, jewelry, sports memorabilia, clocks, cosmetics, and anything you can think of can be sold on ebay.com. New sellers can very easily get started by going through their closets and garages for things to unload on ebay. They have a feedback system which applies to rating mostly sellers.  This system allows sellers to design comprehensive listings to sell products in both the fixed price, “Buy It Now” and auction format. Ebay takes a small percentage of every sale made from their website. Also, ebay charges certain other fees for listing items for sale. You will need to set up a free PayPal account, in order to send and receive payments through ebay.

 
2. Craigslist This is an internet based classified ads site, that allows you to post ads for products and services to sell. It is also an option used for finding a job, buying or selling real estate, finding a roommate, etc. Unlike selling on ebay or amazon.com, it is completely free to post ads and sell stuff. There are no listing fees, no final value fees when your stuff is sold and no PayPal fees (unless you use PayPal to collect payment). Many people use Craigslist to find stuff for dirt cheap and then resell the stuff on ebay or somewhere else. Craigslist dealers need to be extra vigilant, though. I think that most people that use Craigslist don’t experience major problems. However, there is a small percentage of crazy people out there who will try to rob and scam Craigslist users. So watch out.

 

3. Yahoo! Voices (formerly associated content) : This is revenue sharing website that pays content providers that submit content. It is part of the Yahoo Contributor Network. Writers don’t have to be a master of the English language to write for this website, either. You can earn residual income by writing about subjects that you are knowledgeable in. Content providers can receive upfront payments for accepting certain assignments and/or “periodic performance payments” based on page views. All payments are sent through PayPal. It is free to join this website.

 
4. HubPages: A writing platform that allows content providers to write about and publish almost anything. It is completely free to join. Writers may earn money in many ways including, through HubPages earnings program, Google Adsense, Amazon affiliates program, ebay affiliates program, contests, etc. HubPages pays its contributors through PayPal. Adsense payments are made separately from Google, Inc. Hubpages also has paid Apprenticeship program for good writers that want to improve their skills at producing content for Hubs.

 

5. Fiverr This is an interesting website that allows sellers to post a “gig” for $5. The seller receives $4 out of the $5 and Fiverr receives $1. Sellers receive payment from Fiverr within 48 hours of completing gigs. The money can then be transferred to a PayPal account or a Fiverr Revenue Card. People may post ordinary gigs or services or they may post some bizarre, outlandish, and specialized services that they are willing to complete for willing buyers. One of the beauties of Fiverr is that it allows you to start with little or no experience, be extremely creative and gain exposure.

© Copyright 2013  Susan Broadbelt

www.cashmoneyhustle.com

 

Why You Might Want to Switch From A Free Website Hosting Service to Self-Hosted Service

If you haven’t already set up your own website or blog you might want think carefully about getting it done. Having your own blog or website is like owning your own real estate on the web. It will also, increase your opportunities to make money on the web. If you already have your own website or blog, then kudos to you.

I will talk more about Blogger and WordPress in this post.  I know that there are several other services, such as TypePad or Tumblr, that allow users to build and host blogs/websites.  But, Blogger and WordPress are the most popular ones.  At this juncture, they are the only blogging platforms that I have experience with.

Now, WordPress has two different websites:  WordPress.com and WordPress.org.  WordPress.com is a free hosted blogging platform and the blog is hosted on WordPress servers. WordPress.org is a paid, self-hosted platform.  A website owner would need to purchase a domain name and then pay for the blog to be hosted on a server.

In some ways, I feel that Blogger is unduly scorned or shunned in the professional blogging community.  Some other webmasters and bloggers feel that Blogger is a low-quality platform, since it is a free service provided by Google, Inc.  I have heard a few people say that your audience will not take you seriously if you use blogger.  I disagree and there are many  successful people out there on the net building a following and making money with Blogger.  I appreciate this service because it has allowed me to take my time and “get my feet”.  I have been able to learn and experiment with blogging, at my own pace, at very little cost.

However, there are a few pitfalls with using Blogger.  The main ones being safety of your content and customization of your blog.  The Blogger composer is an HTML editor that also allows the user to edit text, upload media files, creating links, embedding YouTube videos, etc. It has the feel of a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor. Google provides some free,  customizable templates with the service.  In my opinion, the Blogger composer is a little weak in comparison to the WordPress.org dashboard, which allows the user to do much more (i.e. install pluggins, greater selection of themes, etc.).

Of course, webmasters and bloggers whom are familiar with HTML and CSS can manually customize their Blogger blogs to suit their tastes and style.  But, this can be daunting and time-consuming for a person that lacks the knowledge and experience to do this.  If one were to pay a professional to customize the Blogger blog it would become an expensive proposition as well as a waste of money.  A professional web designer would probably prefer to code the blog from scratch or use a more robust platform to build the blog, such as Dreamweaver or WordPress. With a WordPress theme, you could get a beautiful layout on your blog or website, and customize it without having to mess around much with code.

I take issue with the safety of content displayed on Blogger.  What I mean, is that even though you retain copyright ownership of any content hosted on blogger, the platform itself is not yours.  Blogger belongs to Google, Inc.  Therefore, at anytime Google can decide that it no longer wants to host your content.  If you check out the terms of service agreement, you will understand that Google does have this right.  Google could decide to start charging for hosting services, pictures uploads, and a myriad of concerns.  How would you feel if one day your tried log in to your Blogger account and it were closed?  All of your time would have been wasted, unless your blog were backed-up somewhere.  Now all of this is hypothetical and may be improbable (but not impossible).  I have heard of these types of situations occurring with other free blogging platforms, though.

I have not made the switch yet on one of my blogs, since I am still trying to organize some things there, and tie up some lose ends.  That blog is a blog more for fun and casual blogging, so making a switch from Blogger to WordPress.org is not the highest of priorities for it right now.  I did buy a domain name for that blog, instead of using the generic free blog domain name (www.yourblogname.blogspot.com vs. www.yourblogname.com) . You could purchase a domain name for fairly cheap- about $10 a year. I got mine through Godaddy.com. It think that having your own domain name just looks better.

As you have probably noted, this blog is a WordPress blog, hosted with Bluehost. Hosting is not very expensive and services run anywhere from $8 -$20 per month for small websites or blogs.   Moving forward, on any other blog that I start, I will most likely be use WordPress, with paid, self-hosting.

A disadvantage that I see with using a free-hosted WordPress blog is that you can’t place your own ads on the blog.  Wordpress may choose to run their own ads on your free hosted blog space, though.  In addition, with free-hosted blogs there is very little customer service for bloggers.  Yes, there are forum at Blogger and WordPress, where other bloggers might answer your questions.  At the same, very few people will be willing to actually “hold your hand” and walk you through technical issues (unless you pay them of course).

So, if you are using a Blogger blog (or another free hosting service like WordPress.com), you may want to consider making a switch to another self-hosted, blogging platform, like WordPress. Blogger is a wonderful service, especially for the casual blogger.  I am definitely not knocking it. At the same time, building a website/blog with the intent to make money requires more services and tools than I feel that Blogger has to offer.  Better yet, If you are just getting started with building a website or blog, use your own self-hosted blogging platform rather than a free hosted service.

© Copyright 2013 Susan Broadbelt

www.cashmoneyhustle.com