Making Cash On The Web is a serious attempt to compile useful information about making money on the internet. It is a combination of things that I have learned myself, as well as information culled from other sources. It is NOT about get rich quick schemes, or wierd marketing programs. I am not going to sell you anything.
If you don’t already have business cards for your site, you should get some immediately.
I use my business cards to promote the site in a variety of ways.
The first is the most obvious: I hand them out to friends, business associates, and people that I meet. Sometimes I hand over a couple and ask them to pass one on.
I also will take them with me in my wallet and stick them on any community bulletin boards that I come across. Quite often grocery stores, banks, libraries and other high traffic areas have bulletin boards for people to post notices on.
Since my principal site is about a hobby, I take a bunch with me when I go to a hobby show. I leave them lying on counters, tables, bathroom sinks, and anywhere else where a hobbyist is likely to be.
If you know the show’s organizers, ask if you can put your cards on the registration desk for people to pick up when they get all the rest of their convention goodies.
The best thing is that you can get started by getting business cars for free. A company called VistaPrint offers 250 free full color cards for you to get started. They’re great.
I started my blogging career on TypePad. I knew almost nothing about web hosting and setting up a site, and yet I knew that I wanted more flexibility than any of the “free” blog sites offered.
After much research into various “paid” blog sites, I settled on TypePad. It simply offered the most flexibility and power. I used TypePad for a year and was very happy with the results. During that time, I established my audience as a blogger and it set the stage for further success.
So why am I not on TypePad any more? I outgrew it. I wanted to add all kinds of other software applications such as forums, web directories and so on. Fortunately, I was able to take all of the blog posts that I had made with me when I migrated to a different system.
I recently brought all of my websites together under a Limited Liability Corporation.
LLCs are a relatively recent form of business organization that combines the benefits of both a corporation and a partnership. In an LLC, the personal liability of the members is limited to what they invest, just like a corporation. On the other hand, the LLC has the tax liability of a partnership.
Another advantage of the LLC is that it is relatively easy to form and maintain. In most states, a single individual can form an LLC, but in cases of LLCs with multiple members, management can take any number of forms, as outlined in the Operating Agreement.
While forming an LLC is not as difficult or as tricky as forming a regular corporation, it still can betime consuming. Fortunately, there are a number of online services that can help you navigate the procedures.
One good online legal company is LegalZoom.
LegalZoom, founded by attorney Robert Shapiro, is the premier online legal document service center. LegalZoom provides quality legal documents and document services at a fraction of the cost of an attorney. LegalZoom even reviews documents before sent back to the purchaser. Consumers and small businesses benefit from the efficiency provided by LegalZoom, which is why LegalZoom has been recognized and applauded by Yahoo!, USAToday, Popular Science, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and the N.Y. Times.
In addition to handling LLC filings, LegalZoom also can file Wills, Divorces, Incorporations, Trademarks, LLCs, Prenuptial Agreements, Living Trusts, and other legal documents. Basic fees start at just $29.00.
DomainsBot has a great—and free tool—for helping you find great domain names. Use the “advanced search” options to find not only available domain names with your keyword, but also domain names with other, related keywords. I’ve found some terrific names using this tool.
This is one of the many things where I’m kicking myself and saying “Why Didn’t I Think Of That.” A college student put up a web page where he sold ads by the pixel. One million pixels available. And one millions dollars when it was filled.