Q. How old are you, and when did you start your online ventures?
I am just shy of 29 and I began working online 2 years ago.
Q. Please give us an overview of your online money making history.
I started working at online in order to raise my daughter at home. Since that time, I've also had another daughter and have been able to earn more than I made at my previous outside of the home jobs. My husband quit his job in August to work at home with me, and we're making more now than we did when he was working for someone else. I started with freelance ghostwriting, and have built up a nice list of clients through marketing myself. I create PLR content and wrote an ebook on ghostwriting on the 'net called The Content Chef. I also have a membership site, Sell Your Writing Online, that teaches people to use their writing to make money.
Q. If you had to give just one tip to those out there trying to copy
your success, what would it be?
Work with what you are good at, and try to make money using that. Just focus on one thing and make that work before moving onto the next thing. I focused on writing and have developed several income streams from that skill.
Q. What trends in the online world do you think are going to make
people millions over the next 5 years?
It's hard to predict what will happen in 5 years, since the Internet changes so much each month! So far, it seems like video, membership sites and creating virtual real estate empires are becoming huge trends. And Web 2.0 sites aren't going anywhere. If you're married to static html pages with no social marketing, you're not going to go very far.
Q. Do you have any plans for future websites or online projects? If so, can you briefly describe them?
I recently acquired "Sell Your Writing Online", so I'm excited about transforming that into a workable, useful site. There are so many ways to make money online with writing I know that it will be a valuable resource to a lot of people. I'm also working on some affiliate marketing projects and some joint ventures with other top writers.
Q. What is your best Search Engine Optimization tip?
In my articles, I always use the keyword twice in the first paragraph and once per paragraph. It works well, and doesn't look too keyword stuffed.
Q. Do you think the future will present more money making opportunities for the common web author/marketer, or will the market become saturated only allowing those who have already established themselves to succeed financially online?
I think there's always room for people who are new to internet marketing. The technology and focus of the business change so that people who were once established have to change their plans. There are so many different ways to make money, it's possible for anyone to find their niche.
Q. What blogs do you read most often?
Besides my own, I read a lot of writing blogs like www.hopewrites.com
, but for Internet marketing I like http://ez-onlinemoney.com/blog/
Q. How do you motivate yourself when things are not going the way you would like them to?
I just realize that my end goal is still out their to be attained. Even if I lose a "battle" or two, the war is yet to be decided. A small set back shouldn't equal throwing in the towel.
Q. What is one thing that you know about making money online that you don't think 99% of the rest of the entrepreneurs out there know?
(Could be an seo technique, a way to make more sales, a way to but costs, or anything at all)
I've thought a lot about this topic and I don't think that what I know is *that* far out of the realm of common understanding. I think more entrepreneurs need to focus on engaging their reader, instead of just focusing on keywords only.
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