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Success Of The Shade Room

 

Success Of The Shade Room

 

The Shade Room

 

On my Facebook timeline, I ran across this interview of Angie Nwandu, owner of the gossip blog, The Shade Room.

Although I’m not a fan of celebrity gossip, it was worth watching. After all, I love stories from people who’ve been successful in earning an income from the Internet:

As you may know, I’m a strong advocated of blogging. It’s a powerful tool used to attracted large audiences of every niche. There’s also monetization benefits too!

I’m also a proponent of social media. Working towards growing a dedicated following on popular social platforms may prove to pay off.

For many new comers attempting to drive traffic to their websites, they may face the challenge of competing against more established sites with high Domain Authority.

With social media, this gives users a chance to build an audience.

By the way, check out my cool tips on coming up with brand-able names from hashtags.

Things To Consider

Some things I got from The Shade Room interview:

  • She went with celebrity blogging in spite of the naysayers. Several  opportunities for bloggers are becoming competitive. Find creative ways to stand out.
  • Angie harnessed the power of Instagram.  Incidentally,  HappyGreyLucky gives advice on organically growing Instagram followers.
  • The founder posted content regularly. Post frequency matters.
  • She valued her first 3,500 followers and engaged with them as a way to connect with them.
  • She leveraged her following base by selling advertising space on her website.
  • Her audience were more interested in what THEY wanted as opposed to her blogging opinions. Give the people what they want.
  • Diversify topics as the audience grows

Conclusion..

While I’m not a fan of gossip blogs, it’s always nice to hear of their success stories. The Shade Room offers another example of how the Internet is a benefit to hard work and a great idea.

The Popularity of YouTube in India

The Popularity of YouTube in India

 

The popularity of YouTube in India

The most popular YouTube videos in India get hundreds of thousands of views every week, attesting to the popularity of the video sharing service in India. Like in the Hollywood-dominated West the popular YouTube videos in India are the latest trailers of new Bollywood releases or the hottest songs from Indian rock stars or musicians.

Tamil actor/singer Dhanush’s “Why this Kolaveri” was perhaps one of the most popular YouTube videos in India and had an impact similar to the one created by the incredibly famous and record breaking YouTube sensation, Gangnam Style by South Korean pop start PSY.

Browsing through YouTube, along with Facebook, is what a majority of Indians do on their mobile phones. India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world, and most Indian buyers use their ultra-cheap smartphones to watch videos on YouTube.

The Importance of Mobile

Indeed, mobile is the most important part of YouTube’s India strategy, as the company owned by Google focuses on non-PC devices in countries with relatively lower PC and internet penetration such as India. Worldwide, mobile accounts for 25% of YouTube’s daily views, 1 billion in all, and this percentage is much higher in lower income countries such as India, or for that matter, in Africa.

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India is one of YouTube’s top five markets in the world and hence quite significant. YouTube’s primary focus is to keep growing alongside, as the penetration of smartphones, internet and “smart” DTH television grows in India. The primary focus, as discussed earlier, is on mobile penetration. YouTube plans to take advantage of the rising popularity of YouTube videos in India by integrating YouTube videos with direct-to-home (DTH) television subscriptions provided by Indian companies such as with Airtel, Tata Sky and Dish TV.

Not Just A Bollywood Thing

While the most popular YouTube videos in India have related to Bollywood, it is not necessarily the case that all top content providers in India for YouTube have links to movies to India’s “City of Dreams”.

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There are a plenty of content providers for YouTube in the country who have done remarkably well with their educational videos – such as, “how to change your hard drive”, product review videos – “New Google Nexus 6 Review” or “iPhone 6 Review” or some thrilling videos such as the video of stuntmen in Mumbai performing dangerous acrobatics on a moving train, which became viral, and eventually created a huge political storm, leading to stricter monitoring of Indian trains.

Point is, there is a great hunger in India for new and original videos, interesting videos, and they may have nothing whatsoever to do with Bollywood.

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YouTube Popularity For Politics

Even politicians in India have taken to YouTube in a big way for their campaigning, none more so than India’s popular prime minister, Narendra Modi. Mr. Modi made YouTube and other social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook the corner stones of his campaigning in the recently concluded election, which he won by a landslide victory. Mr. Modi has been a pioneer in Indian politics and very good with technology – which makes him very popular among India’s young voters. Any YouTube video of the new Indian prime minister’s speeches, was likely to get hundreds of thousands of views. Indeed, fans of the Indian prime minister have a dedicated YouTube channel where his speeches were broadcasted. Hence, it’s not outlandish to suggest that YouTube could claim a small but significant role in Mr. Modi being the prime minister of India today!

YouTube-India Partnerships

Some of the most popular YouTube videos in India have been partnerships. YouTube has had highly successful partnerships with content creators such as the India Comedy Week a few years back, during which over 400 hours of comedy content were hosted by YouTube that featured originals and some all-time favorite TV comedy shows such as Mamman Bhai, Dilli Ki Billi and Shit People Say.

YouTube’s Diverse Language Options

Another important thing done by YouTube is not to cater to India’s most popular languages – Hindi and English – alone. YouTube has made a concerted effort to target speakers of other major Indian languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Malyalam, Gujarati, Punjabi as well as various dialects of Hindi such as Bhojpuri and Rajasthani.

Moving Forward

While doing business in India, YouTube has been smarter than many other multinational companies. The big reason for YouTube’s great success in India is how well the US based company has “Indianized” itself and adapted to Indian tastes and sensibilities. And the best part is that, we have seen nothing yet – YouTube will only get stronger and more popular in India over the next few years.

12 Cool Ways to Make Money Online

12 Cool Ways to Make Money Online

Ways to Make Money

 

So you’ve decided that you want to create an additional stream of income to fund that exotic trip on your bucket list, and you’re determined to use the internet to supplement your earnings. You will want to find an online niche that is unique, useful to potential users, and can generate enough revenue to help make that bucket list a bit shorter. Beyond fulfilling bucket list items, you dream of success so great that you can fire your boss and strike out on your own to make your fortune.

Then perhaps you’ve been looking for some ways to make money.
Before you give the boss his or her walking papers, consider that finding a money making online niche and turning it into reality requires a lot of time, hard work and research. Information gathering is crucial, and not just any information, but the right information. Unfortunately, there are far too many “get rich on autopilot” scams, with empty or ambiguous promises of “being up and running in a few weeks”. This information, in the form of a “system” (at a special price) may actually be:

⦁ The Wrong Information
⦁ Outdated Information
⦁ Information That One Realizes Could Have Been Obtained for Free

Buying one of these “get rich” systems is tempting for sure, but chances are very high that the only person making any money will be the one selling the system to you! Hard work, persistence and tons of free information available in cyberspace and elsewhere will help you achieve financial success and independence. And therefore, behold, the (free) suggested list for what’s creating an online revenue stream.

Top 15 Money Making List

 

1 – Author a Blog 

Reading, contributing to, or commenting on blogs has become an everyday routine for many internet users. Expertise, commitment and business savvy are all important to success.

Blogging has created a fantastic conduit for encouraging diversity and advocating for minorities, with the likes of Necole Kane  (hellonecole.comxonecole.com), Fred Mwangaguhunga of MediaTakeout.com, Zoe Griffin, Andy Torres of Style Scrapbook, David Badash’s The New Civil Rights Movement, or Viviana Hurtado and The Wise Latina Club, just to name a few . These sites and many other top blogs enjoy huge amounts of traffic and a large following on social media.

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Create your own successful blog and you’ll have advertisers begging to pay you for ad space (Read Advertising)!

Read this previous blog post which goes further in detail on blogging.

2 – Utilize Affiliate Marketing/Programs

You can become an affiliate marketer (free!) through your website, blog, review site, e-mail list (see below), newsletter or other online presence. Links, or ads, placed on your site produce income when a visitor clicks on the link and makes a purchase at the advertiser’s site, rewarding you a commission. Clickbank, JVZoo, CJ Affiliate (formerly Commission Junction) and Amazon Affiliates are examples of companies that can assist you in becoming a successful affiliate marketer.

 

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Other affiliate websites worth joining:

 

A word of caution: while there are many sites offering courses promising one to become a super affiliate, it’s recommended to take advantage of free resources to assist in proper guidance. The popular Warriors’ Forum has an enormous amount of recent and up to date discussion posts from seasoned Internet Marketers. Additionally, Affilorama offers both free and premium membership services.

3 – Wall Street Laptop – Online Investing & Trading

Your rent or mortgage payment is just out of reach, or that fabulous vacation you wanted to take isn’t going to be possible for another year. Why deny yourself what you want when you can use the internet to generate income?  Consider trading in the financial markets as a way to make money that not many know about.

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These aren’t “get rich quick schemes,” you need to study and work at it for it to work for you. Be assured, with knowledge and effort, you can take these strategies and make them into money-making opportunities.

They are as follows:

  • Day Trading By day trading, we are talking about buying and selling stocks quickly during the course of a day.Sometimes you will hang onto to a stock for just a few hours, sometimes minutes. When you want to make money as a day trader, you would scout companies with high betas. This means looking for businesses which are more volatile than the overall market.You’ll find the most volatile stocks in the market are often what’s called penny stocks. These stocks trade for $5 or less per share. For example, if a stock has a beta of 2.1, the stock could climb or drop 2.1 times as fast as the market, if the market’s value begins to climb or drop. Day traders look for these potentials because fast gains can be had as they ride each volatile stock for only a short while. See this post to read more details on Jason Bond and swing trading.
  • FOREX Trading In the forex market, you buy or sell currencies.To do this, you place a trade in the foreign exchange (FOREX) market. The mechanics of a trade are very much the same as you would find in the stock market. If you have any experience in trading, you should be able to to do this fairly easily.The object of forex trading is to exchange one currency for another in the expectation that the price will change, so that the currency you bought will increase in value compared to the one you sold.  Potential investors can discover more by reading a previous post, social trading, as it relates to both forex and penny stocks.
  • Binary Options You can make money in binary option trading if you follow a system. The key is to control risk.  A trader can never lose too much money on any particular trade.

A put option is an contract giving the owner the right, but not the obligation, to sell an underlying security, like stocks or bonds, at a specific price within a preset time. This is the opposite of a call option, which gives the contract holder the right to buy shares.

A call option is an agreement that gives an investor the right to exercise the option to buy an underlying security at a specific price within a preset time period.

In theory, you have a 50% chance of being correct on any trade whether you buy a call or a put option. To make money, you only need to be correct on about 60% of the trades you take. When you are making money in binary options, the outcome of a trade can be influenced by the other people participating and the outside environment. The outcome of a binary options trade can be anticipated by the current environment when the trade is executed. You don’t have to be right by much to be on the money making side.

  • Contract for Difference Trading Making money from CFD trading (Contracts For Difference) involves taking advantage of rising prices (long positions), or dropping prices (short positions) on stocks or bonds. The CFD is a contract between two parties, a buyer and a seller, to exchange the difference between the opening price and the closing price of a contract. When this difference is a negative amount, then the buyer pays that amount to the seller.

To make money, you need to:

  1. Understand past patterns, so you can better predict future movements
  2.  Forecast momentum, so you can “ride the wave”
  3. Swing trading by looking for stocks currently trading either above or below their normal range
  4. Taking out two positions in the same industry – one goes long while the other goes short

4 – Ad Networks

Selling advertising directly on your site can provide a steady cash flow. Using a tool such as Google AdSense can make the process easy and effective, providing access to a large existing pool of advertisers. Advertising networks love websites that attract a lot of traffic, so it’s important to work on generating unique and regular visitors each month, using this as leverage for placed ads to attract large audiences.

5 – Data Entry Online Jobs /Utilize Virtual Assistant Services

Fiverr, UpWork, and Time-etc are all examples of companies that specialize in providing virtual assistance in all kinds of business endeavors. You can freelance through these companies to use your skills and talents to make money doing what you love to do, and in many cases at your own hours! These services may include, but not exclusive to: Billing Clerk, Ghost Blogger, Business Card Designer, eNewsletter Publisher, Security Monitoring or Online Course Developers and Language Programming. Imagine taking advantage of freelance data entry jobs for hire on vacation in Thailand, Brazil or Belize!

See the previous posts regarding extra income from Udemy courses and data entry.

6 – Use Ecommerce Sites

Amazon and eBay are two well-known ecommerce sites that you can use to make money. Both provide platforms that allow you to sell products in different ways to hundreds of millions of potential buyers. Alternatively, you can set up your own site with the help of specialists, or give it a go on your own. As the saying goes, “If you build it they will come”. As an example, you could create the next best virtual flea market to bring potential sellers together in exchange for a percentage of each sale with dropshipping. Or, perhaps you have an idea of a product of your own? Either way, with the right amount of research and effort, the possibilities are endless.

 7 – Apps Development

Come up with an app that people decide they can’t live without, and watch the money roll in. Consider Chad Mureta of AppEmpire, now worth millions, who created his first app, a bestseller called Fingerprint Security Pro, with no prior experience. In-app purchasing can generate additional revenue, and in-app advertising is another potential money maker. Small business owners are realizing the impact that mobile apps can have on their bottom line, and the demand for those with the skills to create such apps is huge.

Many apps are bought and sold on Flippa.

8 – Freelance Writing

If writing is your thing, you can become a freelance writer for SEO content companies such as FiverrWriter Access,  BKA Content, or freelance exclusively for a company or a select blog or blogs. As online and social media presence becomes more and more important for a company’s survival, a gifted writer can use their talents to create some respectable income.

9 – Domain & Website Flipping

Flippa.com, NameJet.com and other auction sites facilitate the buying and selling of domain names that have expired for a variety of reasons. With some skill and tenaciousness, flipping domains and websites can be one of the simplest methods to make money online, in many cases for a considerable profit. Website flipping involves the buying of a site, improving it, and then reselling it at a higher price. A low initial investment and the chance to make money off the site even while improvements are being made can make this process lucrative as well.

Read previous entries for more: selling domains and social match phrases.

10 – E-mail List Building

Combined with a blog site following or strong social media base, successful marketers know the power of generating huge prospects, which serves as a rewarding source of passive income. In exchange for submitting an e-mail via an opt-in form, subscribers receive updates, free ebooks or discount deals (to name a few). The next step comes from sending an “e-mail blast” (MailChimp, Constant Contact and SendGrid are just a few of the top electronic marketing services used to reach potential leads) with products or services, such as those from affiliate programs. Whether you choose to build an email list with or without a website, it’s important to note that numbers are everything, giving marketers enough opportunities to monetize their website traffic or Facebook fans.

 11  – Write an E-book

With the advent of self-publishing, anyone can write and publish an e-book, with the potential to be read by millions all over the world. Whether it be fiction or non-fiction such as a how-to or a self-help book, the possibilities are limitless and the income potential great.

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12 – Utilize YouTube

Creating original content on your own YouTube channel is a great way to generate revenue. The key is to create fun, engaging content that is not only appealing to many users, but to advertisers as well. Quality content submitted on a regular basis creates and nurtures advertising relationships that will last and create income over the long term. If interested, you may learn more here.

In Conclusion

Although there is no easy path to making lots of money online, there are so many opportunities available that there should be something for everyone. These 15 methods only scratch the surface of what is possible through hard work, determination, skill, lots of research, and a little luck. Choose something that appeals to you and go for it – you could be the next internet millionaire!

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The Emergence of the Social Trader

The Emergence of the Social Trader

Social Trader

 

A lot of the previous blog posts have dealt with investing and how technology and the internet have made things easier for the common woman and man. So it’s no surprise to introduce another concept: The Social Trader.

Social trading is a practice online investors employ to make financial decisions, in which they utilize user-generated financial content from sites such as Profit.ly and Etoro.com. Sites like these help the social trader to analyze financial data by supplying a common ground for copying and comparing trades, strategies, and techniques. Before social trading was possible, copy traders and investors had to rely solely on technical analysis to make investment decisions.  Today’s social trading investors are able to trade data-feeds of social indicators online with other traders.

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Social or copy trading allows online trading with the assistance of others. Many social traders claim that this ability greatly shortens the time necessary to move from being a novice to becoming an experienced Forex (Foreign Exchange Market) trader. All foreign currencies are traded in this over-the-counter market, which is the most liquid and biggest world market today. Social traders can watch others take trades, interact with other traders, and then copy, or duplicate, the most successful trades, and in the process learn why top performers choose the trades they do. By using copy trades, a new trader can learn what strategies work or what strategies don’t work.

 

What are some of the key features of social trading?

Transparency – By using trading platforms like InvestFeed or eToro, a social trader can find out the performance statistics of other traders, past and present positions, plus current market sentiment, which allows members all the information they need in order to appraise the site contributor’s credibility

Monetization -The ability to convert an object or asset into legal tender or money. It is possible for copy traders to learn a great variety of data about other users which will benefit them in the long run.

Cooperative trading – Through these online sites newer traders have the chance to work cooperatively in trading teams, pool funds, share information, and divide research up collaboratively.

Information flow – Social traders can benefit greatly by studying information exchanges that flow freely between financial investors. Freely exchanged information is valuable to individual investors.

How does copy trading compare to social trading?

Copy trading capabilities are available with assorted financial trading operators as one part of a bigger social trading platform. Copy trading permits financial market traders to automatically copy any positions that are managed or opened by a particular investor inside the social trading network. A portion of the funds of a copy trader is linked to a copied investor’s account. This means that all trades initiated by the investor being copied, like opening or closing positions, or assigning Take Profit and Stop Loss orders, will then be executed in the account of the copying trader, depending upon the allotted trading funds of the copier and the proportion of the investor’s account that is being copied. Copy traders usually have the right to disconnect from any copied trades and begin to manage these trades themselves.

 

A study of copy trades in 2012 demonstrated that traders who did copy trades on eToro with a “suggested investor” were 6 to 10% more successful than manual traders, and four percent more successful than copy traders of random investors. Research is on-going to fine tune a trader’s capacity to benefit sustainably from copy trading.

Social trading has become increasingly popular. Here is a listing of the most popular social trading networks available today:

  • eToro – This site is a social trading network as well as a broker and focuses on novice investors. New investors like this site’s simple mobile friendly interface A review of eToro can be found toward the end of this article
  • ZuluTrade – This site currently has the greatest number of investors and traders online. They provide complete trade copying plus social interaction capabilities
  • Ayondo – This German based site was the first to offer auto trading to UK customers in order to “spreadbetForex accounts. They offer stocks, indices, fx, bonds, interest rates, and commodities
  • Copyop – This is the most advanced and leading trading network for social binary options
  • CM Trading CopyKat – On this site you can copy and follow traders through a special “CopyKatSIRIX trading platform. Members can mirror trades from everybody on SIRIX
  • Profit.ly – This huge website deals specifically with instructing people on penny trading ins and outs. This site offers email stock-pick alerts, SMS, plus a private chat-room where users can find help. A review of this copy trading site can be found immediately below.

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Because they’ve become slightly more popular compared to the rest, we shall examine Profit.ly and eToro further:

Social Trading With Profit.ly

Profit.ly was created to introduce accountability, data-driven optimization, transparency and measurement into the world of online trading. Copy trades exist in abundance. However, concerns about stock manipulation as well as industry regulations sometimes prevent affiliates and members from being able to share information openly all the time. For this reason Profit.ly allows investors and traders to make private profiles where they can enjoy total account privacy.

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This online site has advanced analytic tools which allow social traders to measure their performance, and at the same time make a knowledgeable analysis of which trade setups work the best for them. Traders can choose from various different products that include the capability to track profits, verify trades, get on leaderboards, message and follow other traders, plus view the stats of other traders for $29.95 a month. $49.95 a month allows a copy trader to make a private profile (but you won’t have access to other traders’ stats). The Pro level costs $74.95 a month and includes a private profile, as well as access to the statistics of other traders.

Profit.ly founder Timothy Sykes has made a career of exposing misinformation and fraud in the online guru and penny stock industries. A new feature of Profit.ly is called the “Bernie Madoff“, which allows community members to weed out and expose those traders that are possible liars.

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Click image to visit Profit.ly, the Social Trading Platform

Social Trading With eToro

Founded by Jonathan Assia, eToro.com, “the Facebook of trading”, is currently the leading social trade network in the world (excluding the US). More than 5 million investors are using this social investment network. Opening an account with eToro gives you immediate access to CopyTrader, which advertises that members can choose to copy from more than 3 million traders. Once you open an account you can utilize their OpenBook platform for searching top social investors. When a potential trader to be copied is spotted, a user can allocate a part of their funds and begin copy trading. Any information that the copy trader submits is immediately protected by state-of-the-art encryption technology to ensure that your information won’t be shared with any third parties. A new account can be funded with PayPal, Moneygram, or credit card.

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Click image to visit eToro, the world’s leading social trading network

One interesting feature of eToro is that if “popular traders” are copied, they’ll be rewarded. Depending on how many copiers a Popular Trader has, they’ll receive monthly fixed commission payments. The topmost “Elite” traders will receive annually 2% of all funds that are under their management, as well as totally commission free trading. In July of 2016 eToro updated their “Popular Investor Dashboard” to include a CRM (Customer Relationship Management System) which enables more interactions between copiers and Popular Investors. There’s currently more than 5 million users on eToro, which appeals to professional traders that are interested in making some extra cash for their trading skills.

To discover more details on the popular Social Trading platform, consider reading the full blog post review on eToro.

eToro Review The Social Trading Giant

eToro Review: The Social Trading Giant etoro review

 

Here, we’ll get into an eToro review of the largest social trading website in the world. But first, for the unaware, let’s start with the basics.

Social Trading Platform

Social trading is the process via which investors use online data and financial content sourced from a multitude of web applications as the main source to drive financial decisions. Etoro introduced a new way to trade on the internet. In 2010, the company launched OpenBook, which is a crowdsourced investment platform. Using this platform, it is possible for first-time or inexperienced traders to copy the transactions of top investors in the foreign exchange marketplace.

 

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EToro Revolution

EToro is widely considered the first and most advanced social trading platform. Subscribers have an immediate in with a community of experienced traders, as well as a social network within the investment world. EToro provides all the tools needed to trade in the modern marketplace. The platform enables you to:

  • Perform retail trading on the open market
  • Observe the other traders and copy their transactions
  • Use Copy Trading feature on the platform to automatically duplicate all trades made by your selected traders you choose

How it Works

EToro compiles the activity of all users and shares it with the entire community. This works like a financial transaction social network. Users can even like, comment and share on a user-generated feed.

Every trader gets assigned a public profile, which is open for consultations. Your performance is public and everyone can follow everyone else and replicate them.

EToro’s Performance Data

Once you’ve found a Professional Investor you want to copy, just click on their name. This brings up their profile, portfolio, stats, open trades, even their history and investment friends. This screen displays live trading feed of the trader. You have access to each live trade and any comments from other social traders, some of whom openly discuss their own trades. This is a tremendous opportunity for newcomers to learn the lay of the land.

EToro is second to none when it comes to the ability to quickly share information. Every investor can follow selected traders without copying trades automatically.

Video Example of Copying Top Traders

 

Markets Section

EToro Markets displays all products, such as currency pairs and stocks, that can be traded via CFDs (contract for difference, a contract between a buyer and seller that pays the current value minus the value at contract time).

Copy Trading

Generally, CopyTrader is an eToro tool that allows subscribers to choose a trader to copy and select an amount to copy for investments. You can watch how your account performs using this strategy. Here is additional information to consider before trying out this feature:

  •  Minimum investment is $100. Maximum investment is $500,000.
  • You can follow a maximum of 100 traders.
  • Minimum amount for copying is $1.

EToro Search Feature

This functionality lets you search for people or stock symbols and returns information on trades pertaining to the search criteria. The Top 100 traders, holding the most profits realized in the current week, are displayed. Here, you can review 10 instruments (indices, currency pairs and commodities) that they are trading at the moment.

EToro Advanced Search

Advanced Search filters on eToro help you figure out your favorite traders. The feature includes a risk level filter. You can search profiles by Average Position, Weekly Drawdown, Gain, Leverage, Winning Weeks, Win Ratio, Exposure and Min. # Trades.

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Click image to browse eToro’s Social Trading Platform

Tips for Investing on eToro

  • Don’t always pick traders with the highest returns. Opt for frequent investors over “one hit wonders.”
  • Look for consistent, long-term returns, say 10-20% over the past six months.
  • To start, be conservative. Take advantage of the filtering tools to find traders with low-medium average risk
  • Diversify your investments over a bunch of traders; you can follow up to 100.
  • Etoro has real-time stock trading, and many investors who hedge and invest in forex and stocks simultaneously have more reliable long-term performance.

EToro Pros and Cons

Here are some great things about EToro:

  • Has tight fixed spreads
  • Guarantees stop losses and limit orders
  • Does not charge trade commissions
  • Available in four languages
  • Trade in Bitcoin currency
  • Price alerts
  • One click trades
  • Automated trading
  • Islamic and Arabic friendly

These are the cons:

  • Inactivity fee if not active in one year
  • Currently not available for United States citizens
  • No direct market access
  • No scalping
  • No VPS services
  • Charges fees to deposit and withdraw funds

Basically, eToro simplifies the amount of analysis that you have to do as an investor. This is a tool that lets you invest without siphoning through endless graphical performance data.

Some Attributes of Worthy Traders You Should Copy

  1. Their profile feed includes posts that demonstrate market knowledge
  2. Have low drawdowns (how much they’ve been down this week or month) under 10 percent.
  3. Consistent investment won’t have ridiculous returns in a short period of time. Look for long-term consistency, because these are sustainable without being reckless.

Islamic Trading Account

Islamic law forbids usurious interest rates in lending or borrowing money. This includes stock exchanges. The requirements to prevent Riba (usurious lending) include:

  • Stocks must be bought and sold without delay
  • Monies for each trade must be paid for upon the time of the transaction
  • Currencies should be directly moved from the seller’s account to the buyer’s
  • There can be no interest on any trades.
  • If any indication of usurious interest is detected, the contract is void as forbidden (Haram).
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Etoro – Available for opening an Islamic Forex Account. Click image to view site in Arabic

To resolve this issue, a trader can buy as much as his current balance allows or borrow from a broker, who cannot receive any usurious interest rates on the transaction. Also, no interest can be obtained from contracts ongoing for 24 hours or more, which means that the daily rollover of interest has to be zero on a consistent basis.

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Conclusions

The eToro website is dynamic and easier to use. Looking back through old reviews, it is easy to see how much they evolved and are still evolving. As the first and still premium social trading platform, they have set the bar high and rising. With easy to understand interfaces and constantly advancing tools, this site is an easy “Yes, please.” Starting risks are very low; you can join for $100 and, as long as you make one investment a year, there are no transaction fees.

It is great that they have an Islamic account that respects the Islamic culture in a very straight-forward way. That kind of forethought attracts diversity, which can only improve the social investing gene pool, in my opinion.

One thing I did not see anywhere was the risk of heavy investors manipulating trade. It seems to me that it would be easy enough to band together a with few super investors and create some real chaos. It apparently hasn’t happened yet, so, for now, I am going to enjoy my relatively new eToro count and see how well my performance tracks against my advice.

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How to Start a Food Blog and Make Money

How to Start a Food Blog and Make Money

 

How to Start a Food Blog and Make Money

 

Food blogs have become hugely popular in recent times. But is it really possible to give up your usual 9-to-5 grind, start a food blog and make money from writing about your favorite dishes? Yes! As previously stated, there’s power in blogging for income. Read on to find out how to start a food blog and make money.

Step #1: Start The Blog.

It’s time to start the blog. Get a domain name (GoDaddy sells the cheapest domain names) and sign up for web hosting (HostGator is a good option). Once that’s done, you can go ahead and install WordPress for free. Now, look for premium WordPress themes for food blogs. You will find many at Theme Forest.

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Step #2: Plan The Content

Start planning your content. You will have to do a fair bit of reading and do your research on healthy and sumptuous dishes that people love and want to know more about.

People generally want to have great food, but don’t want to spend too much time on its preparation and would like the ingredients to be reasonably priced and easily available. Those are the dishes you should cover with your blog.

You can have your own specialty or cover a range of cuisines, and create a special weekly recipe for the blog. You will need to learn to take great photographs of the dishes with your iPhone or with an advanced camera.

Step #3: Driving Traffic to Your Food Blog

Attract your audience with a Facebook page. Additionally, you should use a combination of social media advertising and Google AdWords to drive traffic to your blog. You should start by sharing photos of your dishes on photo sharing sites Instagram and Pinterest to drive traffic from them.

You should shoot videos of yourself cooking special dishes and share them on YouTube, with a detailed explanation of the whole process. Writing eBooks and selling them on Amazon is another great way to drive traffic to your site.

Step #4: Monetize The Food Blog

There are several different ways to monetize a food blog. You can try your hand at affiliate marketing, which means marketing products belonging to a different company on your blog, leading your visitors to the product page on the seller or manufacturer’s website where they can make the purchase, in return for a commission on every sale.

You can market the equipment or ingredients used to make your dishes for example. You can review various different types of blenders or write about the various health benefits of the ingredients. You could also review various cookbooks and diet books on ClickBank.

Don’t forget to lead your visitors to a link to an appropriate page on your affiliate network – which could be Amazon, ClickBank or something else. When they buy something, you make money. Your commission could be anything from 8% to 45% on each sale.
Other ways of making money from your food blog include selling advertising space on a pay-per-click network such as Google AdSense, or BuySellAds.

You can place ads from a local restaurant or food store on your blog for a fixed monthly fee.  Another popular technique is to sell an eBook with dozens of recipes for $5 or more on your blog.

Final Thoughts – How Much Money Can You Make as a Food Blogger?

The possibilities for making money from your food blog are limitless. There are many food bloggers that make $10,000/month or more from their blogs, just by following their passion, using some of the advice given here and developing a dedicated readership. Are you up to the challenge? Start a food blog, give it your best shot, you never know what could happen.

 

Top 5 Alternative Sites like Udemy

Top 5 Alternative Sites like Udemy

Alternative Sites like Udemy

Udemy is the most popular online learning platform in the world. It is without doubt a great avenue for making a decent online income. But it does have some disadvantages – there are so many courses available on Udemy that it is so easy to get lost in the crowd.
Also, there isn’t much of a quality control on Udemy. Almost anyone can post a course here, there are no restrictions. So, finding a great course is very difficult, almost like finding a needle in a haystack.
So you may want to look for an Udemy alternative.

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So you may want to look for an Udemy alternative.

Here are the top alternative sites like Udemy…

 

Khan Academy

Educator Salman Khan’s Khan Academy is perhaps the best alternative to Udemy. It offers small video lectures on various technical subjects and builds engagement with the audience through practical assignments. Khan Academy checks your program and evaluates your performance in the exercises, and offers personalized support depending on your skill level. Khan Academy is free to use and is available in over 20 languages.

Coursera

Coursera is one of the most popular alternatives to Udemy. It has only a limited number of courses, most of which are syndicated from some of the top universities and educational institutions around the word. Many of the courses on Coursera are taught by university professors. You can take some of the courses for free. Other courses require a payment to be made. You will be given a certificate of achievement for getting through the courses, which can be regarded as a credit in academic programs.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a popular educational site where you have to pay for the courses. Like Udemy, Lynda focuses on providing learners with important skills that makes them employable in the highly competitive digital working environment of today. You will learn office software proficiency, computer programming, graphic design, audio engineering, videography, and presentation skills. Most of the courses on Lynda are video based, but one of the big advantages is that it allows you to search for video transcripts. You can also add various videos and prepare your own custom playlist.

Udacity

Udacity is a Udemy alternative that offers just 100 free courses and 9 paid courses called as Nanodegrees. What makes it unique is that its courses have been created in partnership with major technology companies such as Facebook, Google and SalesForce. These courses can be counted as academic credits. You can start with easy courses that require little knowledge or technical expertise and then gradually work your way to more complex technical courses.

Skillshare 

Skillshare is another Udemy competitor that offers video courses in marketing, photography, design, fine art and music production. The courses are highly specialized and taught by experts in their respective fields. Some of the famous Skillshare are, social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk, real estate entrepreneur and Shark Tank host Barbara Corcoran and fashion designer Marc Ecko.  There’s a mix of free courses and paid by subscription courses on Skillshare.

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Internet And Politics: The Case For Freedom And Opportunity

Internet And Politics: The Case For Freedom And Opportunity

Internet And Politics

 

 

Every presidential election campaign seems to have at least one candidate who decides to take on the traditional media. By and large, these politicians never do well, as a result. Most wind up dropping out in the primaries. Such was not the case in 2016 for Republican Donald J. Trump, a self-professed outsider, who decried both liberal and conservative journalists. Instead, Trump was able to obliterate both his in-party competition and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

So, how did this all happen? How could Trump challenge the establishment press, yet still come out on top. He did so largely by having a strong social media presence. Trump ran a high-tech campaign that others will surely use as a roadmap for political success.
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Following are the key components of this 21st century political campaign strategy and some predictions for the future of American politics.

 

Live Video Events

Trump realized that live video was the way to go. Yet, rather than relying on television to broadcast him, Trump used Facebook and other social media outlets. He could get his message to both followers and those sitting on the fence free of charge. No need to pay for commercial advertising. No need to wait for the networks to put him on the air.

On September 3, 2016, Donald Trump addressed potential black voters in a live streamed event in Detroit, bypassing the media.

In October 2016, Trump, the overall winner, had over thirty-three live Facebook events, compared with only eleven for Clinton.

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Trump also garnered more social media followers than others. For example, he had five million more Facebook fans than Clinton. These people received a daily onslaught of images and posts to compliment live events.

It is important to remember that all of this social media publicity came largely free of charge.

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What does it all mean for the future of politics?

First, no serious political candidate can ignore or fail to appreciate social media. Trump demonstrated that a candidate can openly express disdain for the press, yet still win.

The old belief that the press is the “fourth branch” of the government is no longer applicable; instead, the internet just might deserve that moniker from now on.

 


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Second, the public of the 21st century is on the go. Most people have mobile devices and want their news instantaneously. They want a notification that their candidate is giving a live speech and the ability to click an icon to watch the event immediately. Forgot about racing home to catch a debate. In 2016, Trump was better able to embrace this new political reality than others.

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Third, the costs of running a political campaign may go down. If 2016 is any indicator, candidates can be successful without having to spend exorbitant amounts on traditional television and radio commercial slots.

Fourth, and perhaps most significant, social media could democratize politics. Think about it. The mainstream media, consisting of journalists, who quite often think alike, will no longer be the dominant force in how the public perceives a candidate. The politicians of today can now get their messages to voters unfiltered. Moreover, as stated above, they can do so without having to pay for it. Candidates only need set up a few social media accounts. In effect, some of the traditional barriers to political entry have fallen.

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For these reasons, and more, the internet and social media will be keys to political success for a long time to come.

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Internet And Politics

The 2016 election victory of Donald Trump reminds us of the 1960 Presidential debate, the first carried live on television. Those who watched the event knew Kennedy won; meanwhile, listeners had a likewise certainty that Nixon came out on top. Well, the difference was the medium.

Television changed politics because people could see candidates rather merely hear them. Kennedy appeared polished. Nixon seemed sweaty and nervous. Of course, JFK won the election.

Social media is having a similar effect on politics. Just as television pushed radio to the side, the internet will do the same to traditional media.

Social Match Phrase and Domains From Hashtags

Social Match Phrase and Domains: The New Hope for the Future

social match phrase

Time was when a page filled with key-word-rich content, inundated with back links, and fitted nicely with an excellent domain name was all anyone needed to generate excellent rankings with Google. In the early days, such rankings were easily manipulated, and many website designers and content providers had found easy ways to rise above their competition for gold star hits. Those Googlers, though, are serious about their product and its effectiveness, though, and ever since those days, they have worked toward algorithms that nip rankings manipulation in the bud. Two of their most effective attempts to date have been Panda and Penguin.
When an algorithm causes your site to be flagged, the results can be devastating. For many businesses, professionals, and field experts, blog and site popularity is crucial to success, and so they will stop at nothing to ensure their sites are the first to be consulted in their realm of expertise.

For these people, like you, the effectiveness of these two algorithms is very important. In cases where the information supplied, the content provided, and the back links shared are of very good to excellent quality, Panda will have little effect. Such sites are written and maintained by providers who understand the nature of their own business and contribute to the ongoing and evolving discussions within their field. Their content is engaging, provocative, and extremely useful to those accessing it. Whenever and wherever these elements come into serious question and the answers seem dubious, site owners stand to fall in Google’s eyes and presentation.
Panda is designed to flag sites and pages that share thin, machine-created, duplicated, or otherwise questionable content.

Always working toward ensuring the highest quality results are returned to their searchers, Google has developed and honed this algorithm through many improvements. The effects are significant. Like Panda, Penguin determines which sites employ “black hat” or less-than-honest search engine optimization (SEO) methods. Specifically interested in pages that pad back links to garner undeserved attention, this algorithm serves some purpose but is not as effective as Panda.

Many niche site creators find that determining key words and generating exact match domains from those helps those searching for particular information or products to find them. Building their sites around the key words with relevant and valuable information, these providers stand to gain high Google rankings with Panda and Penguin approval, so long as they are respectful of the general integrity rules governing quality SEO.

Combining descriptive and accurate information with pointed domain names, the creators of valuable websites need not fear these algorithms. Instead of growing anxious that they may lose their optimum rankings, they should continue to work to provide content that is deserving of those rankings consistently and frequently. Additionally, they should remember that sites replete with duplicate or thin content will be sure to be noticed by Panda and those sharing numerous irrelevant or poor quality links will be flagged by Penguin.

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Social Match Domains: The Pearly Gates of Hashtags

It should come as no surprise that time is of the essence when it comes to making money from blogs, domain flipping, and web publishing overall. Every day, innumerable people come to the web to make their daily wage or small fortunes. Marketing information, entertainment, and social comprehension, these entrepreneurs have their thumbs on the pulse of today’s audiences. Among the most important tools for entering any social media conversation is the hashtag. First introduced on Twitter as a means by which to streamline referencing and discussion, this tag type is, indeed, one of the most useful tools for those who take their web savvy straight to the bank.

As these prove to be elemental to modern conversation, it makes sense that web content creators would be interested in addressing their usefulness as domain names. A sense of that usefulness may be gleaned from considering the value that star power generates. In cases where the hashtag addresses interest in a particular celebrity or hero, everyone searching for information on that person may have a personal curiosity about the hashtag. Furthermore, even if they are not completely aware of the force a popular tag generates, the people employing it can be excellent sources for information, lead others to various sources of the tag itself, and help to create frenzy around the notion. Nearly all sites with any social media presence acknowledge trending topics, and this is directly related to the usefulness of the hashtags involved.

Choosing domain names that match social media hashtags enables those hoping to generate income from domain flipping and blogging to ride waves of popular content that may last quite a while. Regardless of the duration of the topics significance, a domain flipper stands to make a lot of money if she or he strikes while the iron is hot, so to speak. Waiting too long will result in loss of interest in the topic at hand and a lost opportunity for bloggers and entrepreneurs.

Those who hope to turn a great topic into social match domain greatness must remember that content is key. Once you have secured the domain name as your own, building its value through quality content generation makes the best sense. Every valuable bit of content you add to the site stands to help increase its value, and that means a better price when it is time to pass it on to a buyer.

Social Match Hashtags For Facebook Fan pages

For people looking to use popular phrases or hashtags to generate revenue on a Facebook page, the most important step is to generate page views. In this manner, a business can build a customer base that could potentially purchase a product from the company. In addition, the fan page would generate revenue from people looking to advertise on the popular page. The biggest hurdle to overcome involves generating page views from the popular hashtag or phrase.

When generating interest from a hashtag or popular phrase, there are some important tips to keep in mind. First of all, do not flood your Facebook fan page with an inordinate amount of useless hashtags. Search engines will catch on to this strategy and rank the page lower, making it more difficult to generate visibility for the page. Instead, use your page only to generate a conversation or further the discussion. For example, if the Facebook fan page involved a company that was marketing an online dating app, the hashtag (and page name) might be #onlinedatingapp. Notice that this phrase is something that people might use a search engine to locate. When people enter the phrase into the search engine, this fan page is likely to appear high on the list.

Next, make sure the viral words are specific to whatever industry you’re a part of. This means that if the industry has specific jargon that is employed by its members, take advantage of this jargon and turn it into a page based on that term. Many industries employ terminology that is specific to that arena. When these people search for specific items in search engines using this jargon, the Facebook fan page will appear higher on the list and generate more page views. This is a great opportunity to sell products to people in the industry or generate more ad revenue due to the popularity of the page.

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In addition, try to incorporate the other aspects of social media and use this to drive traffic to the Facebook page. Perhaps the business already has an active twitter account with numerous followers. Anyone running this twitter page can easily tell what hashtags on the page generate more discussion from its followers than others. Take the most popular hashtag from the twitter account and use this to drive the Facebook fan page. People who enjoy the hashtag will likely flow directly to the Facebook fan page for more information. In addition, certain photos on Instagram receive more attention than others. This is easy to decipher based on the number of likes, comments, or shares a photo receives. Don’t be afraid to post these photos on the Facebook fan page either. This is a great way to increase traffic.

Furthermore, don’t be afraid to take advantage of other trends and use them on the Facebook page itself. For example, on Thursday popular hashtags are #ThirstyThursday or #ThrowbackThursday. Use these hashtags on the Facebook fan page as a way to increase the amount of traffic to a page on a given day. This will help to rope in readers who may read the rest of the content and decide to visit more frequently on other days

News and current events has also proven to be a hit for social match phrases. Below are a few terms that have been converted into Facebook pages and/or domains:

#DrainTheSwamp

#BasketofDeplorables

#RespekOnMyName

Instead of using the hashtags to join in on the discussion, these phrases have become actual pages to generate a large fan base with active engagement. By converting terms into pages, one has the opportunity to share content with their followers, which should include videos, photos, articles or content from a provider’s personal blog (preferably). Monetization may come from affiliate programs, products (Teespring, Zazzle, Shopify), or any service of a particular business.
While some might surmise that the death nail has been tapped on quick flipping domains, hashtag social match domains are a new twist on an excellent approach to web content generation.

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Best Affiliate Marketing Business Opportunities

Best Affiliate Marketing Business Opportunities
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What are the best affiliate marketing business opportunities in 2016?

Affiliate marketing never remains the same; it changes every year in one way or another. 2015 saw several developments in the world of affiliate marketing and 2016 has been a great year as well.
Let’s look at some of the latest trends in affiliate marketing in 2016 and how you can make the most of them.

Higher Focus On the Niche

As an affiliate marketer, you can no longer market any product or service you want. Today, marketers have to focus on a narrow niche in order to improve their rankings on Google’s SERPs, get a higher traffic and built trust and credibility with their audience. Marketers have to target niche markets or to subsets of consumers with specific hobbies, interests or goals such as reading or football. Or they have to now target a certain demographic – Millennials. Also, many marketers now target audiences that share a particular value or political ideology – liberal or conservative. So, marketers of today sell products that are specific to the niche being targeted by them.  Websites like Affilorama  and Wealthy Affiliates offer free and upgraded tools to guide users to potential success. Be sure to utilize as much information as possible.

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Mobile Marketing is Bigger than Ever

If you’re an affiliate marketer, you must target the mobile, or rather, optimize your websites for all mobile platforms. The Internet Retailer says that 36 percent of affiliate sales in early 2015 were conducted by mobile. You should take advantage of features such as push notifications, GPS and other features of smartphones that you help you boost your affiliate sales. It would help to have a mobile friendly app as well.

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Facebook is Now Integral to Affiliate Marketing

There’s a lot of money to be made on Facebook if you are an affiliate marketer provided you know how to take advantage of what Facebook has to offer. Indeed, Facebook offers plenty of opportunities for higher profits and it is the biggest and most powerful social media site with over 1.6 billion members.
As a marketer, you should try to make one or two of your posts (with an embedded affiliate link) go viral on Facebook. That is the best advertising you will get anywhere, and it hardly costs anything. Facebook Advertising is powerful and is a critical part of affiliate marketing.

You should use Facebook Ads to expand your reach beyond your current clients. When people on Facebook see their friends give their seal of trust to a product or a service with a “like” button, they are more likely to buy it.

 

You should galvanize your current clients to run effective affiliate marketing campaigns on Facebook. It is much easier to win your current clients to the cause and to motivate them to spread the word to their friends on the mammoth social network.

Converting Sales through Webinars

Webinars are among the most effective tools for affiliate marketers to grow their business. A webinar is an online presentation that allows you to showcase your affiliate products or services in the most interesting way possible. It is also a great way to increase your client base and drive more sales.

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Webinars allow marketers to engage with a live audience and give potential customers the chance to ask questions, get their doubts cleared and to see live demos of what the product or service can do for them. You can also record your webinars and use the recorded webinars to target more customers and get more sales.

Leveraging an E-mail List

Email marketing is one of the most powerful affiliate marketing techniques and still a great way to drive sales. Most affiliate marketers are in a rush to outdo the other and end up spending more than what they really should on advertising.

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Email marketing on the other hand, is the most cost-effective marketing technique that offers the most impressive ROI to marketers. The trick is to build an e-mail list and then to leverage your email marketing channel to drive more sales.
Most affiliate networks report experiencing a surge in traffic every time their affiliates send out emails about a product or service to their subscribers.

According to marketing research firm ExactTarget, every $1 USD spent on email marketing gives you a return of $44. Also, email marketing converts 3 times as much as social media marketing. It is 40 times as effective as Facebook or Twitter at getting new customers and improves conversion by 17%.

Email marketing allows marketers to introduce new clients to a product or service in the most unobtrusive and yet effective manner possible and is a technique that never fails.

Although affiliate marketing has become a challenge, it does not necessarily mean it has to be, Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities free and paid to overcome there obstacles.

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