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5 Home Business Ideas To Make Money Online
By Paul Jesse

Every day hundreds of thousands of people around the world quit their 9 to 5 job with the hope of working for themselves. Because of the continuous expansion of the internet, it is very realistic to have success from home and make money online. Before you can begin making money online, you have to have an idea. Here are 5 home business ideas to help you begin making money online.

1. Article writing

Article writing and recently soared to the top of the list because of the constant demand for fresh and enticing content on the internet. Article writing is great because of the multiple ways you can make money online through it. Whether you are advertising your own products or website in articles or promoting affiliate programs with text links within the articles, you can easily turn article writing into a successful home business.

2. Online advertising

A majority of the people that have a home business are well aware of online advertising and the potential you have to make a large income from it. Online advertising however is going in the opposite direction of article writing today. You can still make a decent amount of money from Google ads and Yahoo ads, but the overall amount is gradually decreasing over the past couple of years.

3. Affiliate programs

Affiliate programs are great ways to make money online because of your ability to market several affiliate programs at one time. However, people need to realize that in order to have success with affiliate programs, you have to treat it like a business of your own. Constant research and learning the ins and outs of the product you are promoting is necessary to have any kind of success at all.

4. eBay

As crazy as it may sound, there are people on the internet making a lot of money from eBay. eBay has made it possible for the average person who is not an expert in the business industry to make a large amount of money from selling things. What may be junk to you might be worth several hundreds of dollars to someone else, you never know.

5. Start your own website

Starting your own website is almost essential for any type of home business, and it will certainly make things easier on you for the above ideas as well. Having a website allows you to market and promote certain products of your own. You can also place surveys and other small money-makers on your website to produce cash. Obviously, you can also make money from your own website through affiliate programs, online advertising and article writing.

The sky is the limit when it comes to making money online today because of the plethora of options you have. Just know that many times it is a trial and error basis because nothing is guaranteed in the internet industry.

Paul Jesse is a retired government employee, private pilot and author of numerous home business articles. He earns commissions from several affiliate programs every month. He invites you to visit his website.

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Make Money From Forums
By Steven Gillman

If you have a website about a topic you enjoy, you can make money from discussion forums. Talk, post links to your site, get traffic. Traffic means money, right? If not, try different affiliate programs or Google Adwords. The worst sites should get a couple cents per visitor. Now here's how to talk and make money.

Search "forum" plus the topic of your site on Google or Alta Vista. For my first site, I searched "backpacking + forum" and in the pages of results I found several good forums. I also searched related topics like "hiking" too. You can also check, and other sites that have forums on many topics.

Registration is usually giving your email address and choosing a password. Some forums allow guests to post without registering. Once registered, browse the forum topics, and post a response to anything, just to "learn the ropes".

Income From Discussion Forums

The point of posting in forums is to get readers to come to your web site. Sure it's fun to give advice and discuss things of interest to you, but that's secondary. With that in mind, do the following:

1. Always link to your site. If they don't allow any links, find another forum.

2. Don't "spam." Sales pitches will be removed. Offer honest advice, or express an opinion, then sign off with your name and the link to your site.

3. Ask for help from others. This is an effective and acceptable way to "advertise." Enter a topic like "Can I get some advice?" and post something like, "I just started a meditation site. If some of you would visit and tell me what you think, I'd really appreciate it." Have a link to the site. People love to help, and to give opinions, and they'll click on those ads while they're at your site.

4. Look at total "views." Many forums show the total times each "thread" has been viewed. When you see some with many more than others, get in on those, or start a new thread on the same topic. Go where the traffic is, and get some of it.

I didn't like the idea of forums until I made a few posts, and saw my traffic and revenue climb for days afterwards. That convinced me. Just be polite, offer some value to others, and always have a link to your site. Many other secrets of using forums are covered in my newsletter, but this should be get you started. Talk and make money today.

Steve Gillman writes on many money-related topics. To learn more, and to subscribe for FREE to "Web Site Optimization Secrets," go to:

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