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How a teenager can earn some pocket money online

Piggy savings bankMost teenagers need to find ways of earning pocket money to support their social life. They can do odd jobs for their family, friends and neighbours. Or work part-time doing a paper round or helping in a restaurant.

It is also possible for teenagers to earn money online, depending on their skills and overall computer knowledge. Below are listed a few ideas:

1.   Start a website or a blog. For example, if you are good with art and graphics you could sell banners, theme layouts, backgrounds, avatars and the ever-popular signatures. If you are under 18 you would need to ask a parent to open a PayPal account on your behalf to accept payments and donations.

There are many examples and resources available on the Internet to give you some inspiration.

2.   You can also earn some pocket money by taking surveys online or reviewing products. Some companies will pay you in the form of a cheque, and others will give you discounts on products or vouchers.

I would recommend that if you are going to do this kind of online work that you open up a new email account specifically for taking the load of emails you will receive from the numerous companies asking you to take their survey or review their products since your personal information will be passed on to other companies. If is far more time-consuming otherwise having to sift through your current personal email account looking for your friends’ emails in the midst of the countless companies’ emails you will receive promoting their products.

3.    If you have a talent for writing you can make money by writing articles for other people. A quick search on Google will bring up many websites where people are specifically wanting – and paying for – skilled writers to write articles for them on a regular basis. This work can all be done at home online, and will bring in enough cash to not only support your social life, but also for you to save up for the latest gadget.

4.   If you have a skill for taking photos and a decent camera you can submit your photos online to companies such as iStockPhoto who will give you a commission each time someone buys your photo from their website.

5.   You can make good money by selling things on eBay and Craigslist. You would need to get your parents permission first, and ask them to open an account on your behalf if you are under 18. This is a good way of also clearing up any clutter you may have lying around the house, or that has been stored in the attic or garage for some time just accumulating dust. When pricing your items make sure you take into account the extra money needed for you to pack and post the items.

6.   If you have quite decent grades at school or college in a particular subject such as mathematics, physics or a foreign language – and have patience – you can work part-time at teaching other children or teenagers to help them improve their grades. This can work online, and there are many people out there requesting help. I would recommend doing a Google search and finding this type of work locally – or as close to your home as possible – because this way you can supplement the help you give online with possibly physical home-to-home work. Your local online newspapers and your local area or town’s online website would be the first place to start looking for teaching jobs.

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Basic Rules for Choosing The Right Affiliate Program

Joining an affiliate program is a great way to start earning a sizeable income on the Internet without many of the hassles that come with running your own business. Follow these basic rules to find the right one for you.

1. Find a great quality product or service

Remember that any recommendation you make will reflect directly on you. If you recommend a great quality product, the people you recommend it to will always trust you and be interested in future recommendations that you make. If you recommend a bad quality product, people will likely hesitate to act on any future offers you recommend. Only recommend products that you truly believe in.

2. Look for an affiliate program that offers top commissions

It is perfectly reasonable for you to expect to be paid 30% to 50% of the profits on each product sold. 5% to 10% is very low. You should look for companies who understand the lifetime value of new customers you refer and appreciate your efforts. Only consider joining programs that show a similar level of respect for their affiliates.

3. Make sure they have a high sales conversion ratio

Make sure that the affiliate program is turning a reasonable number of visitors into sales. If not, then your efforts directing traffic to their website will be completely wasted. A 1% conversion ratio (1 out of every 100 visitors) is quite good, 2%+ is better.

4. Be sure that you will be credited for every sales you make

You should find out what kind of tracking software the affiliate program that you are interested in joining uses. You must look for a program that uses quality affiliate tracking software that is reliable and tracks all (online, by phone, fax, mail orders, etc.) because there are many companies who only track online orders, and this means that you will never get credit for anywhere from 5% – 10% of your affiliate sales. Make sure they have a high sales conversion ratio and a good tracking software.

5. They should allow you to access your sales statistics real time

The affiliate program you join should give you a special username and password that you can use to access your own personal affiliate sales information right on their website. Many affiliate programs have done this, but in case they have not, you should reconsider whether to join them.

6. Look for a program that teaches you to maximize your affiliate sales

A good affiliate program will provide you with everything you need to be successful. They will provide you with traffic-generating banners, text-links, and recommendation letter templates. They will tell you which techniques work well in which circumstances. Find an affiliate program that is similarly dedicated to educating their affiliates.

7. Make sure they are reputable

There have been known caes where people who have worked really hard making a lot of sales for a company, but then have never been paid or forced to wait months and months to get their money. If you have any concerns about a company that you are thinking of doing business with, ask for references and do some checks on them before you join them.

8. Be sure to read all contracts and agreements

Before you join any affiliate program make sure that you read all contracts and agreements very carefully. Pay very close attention to exclusivity clauses in the agreement. Be careful that any affiliate agreement or contract you sign does not restrict you.

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12 Items You Cannot Sell On eBay

There are certain items that cannot be sold on eBay. Also, bear in mind that some items are copyright protected and if spotted on eBay may lead to the seller being imprisoned. Below is a list of definite no-no’s.

  1. Firearms and weapons.
  2. Alcoholic drinks.
  3. Cigarettes and cigars.
  4. Prescription drugs.
  5. Raffles and prizes, including lottery tickets.
  6. Animals and wildlife products, including stuffed birds and pelts from endangered species.
  7. Satellite and cable TV descramblers.
  8. Mobile phone service contracts.
  9. Replicas of designer handbags, designer sunglasses and designer clothing.
  10. CD and DVD copies of music, films and TV shows.
  11. CD and DVD copies of software and computer games.
  12. Mailing lists and personal information.

There are other items which are prohibited, or have restrictions imposed upon them. If in doubt as whether an item can be listed on eBay visit their Prohibited and Restricted Items page which gives clear rules as to what can and cannot be sold.

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10 ways to make money with your digital camera

There are countless ways in which one can make money using a digital camera, and below I’ve outlined some of the more obvious. If you enjoy taking photographs (as I do) then you can amalgamate your hobby with your work! You won’t make a fortune, but you could probably earn enough as a second income to pay the bills.

Pet photos
Advertise a Pet Photography business where you photograph pets with their owners. Most owners won’t struggle to take a photograph with their pet all by themselves. You can be the one who makes it easy on them. Not only can you charge for the service and your time, but you can offer the photograph in its digital form or as a print that you can mail to them later – either created by your own photo printer or by a photo processing service.

Fishing contests
Be around at the end of a fishing contest to take photographs of the contestants that didn’t even think about bringing a camera. Most fishermen are more concerned about fishing than carrying cameras, and most fisherman also want a picture of their stringer full of fish or the big one that they’re going to have mounted.

Be in position to get great shots of folks and floats in the parade and sell the prints back to the individuals or to their family members. The folks who take part in the parades are often too busy to take pictures before or after, so someone who captures them in action might really be doing them a favour – and a profitable service.

Landmark and tourist photographer
If there’s a famous landmark in your area offer your photography services to tourists who want their photo taken in front of it. Even if the tourists are carrying a camera and get someone else to take their photo, often the camera won’t be digital with a display so it means the tourists won’t know how the picture turns out until they’re long gone. With your digital camera, you should be able to show them it’s a good picture. Continue reading 10 ways to make money with your digital camera

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26 Tips on How to be Safe in Your eBay Selling and Buying

The following are some of the most important guidelines which should be applied when using eBay.

Stock photos and descriptions
Because they don’t have the item they are “selling” some fraudsters use a stock photograph of the item. And they will probably use the manufacturer’s product description too. So, stock photos and no original description might be a sign. Search for other auctions by the same seller, and see if they are brazen enough to advertise the same item more than once.

A price too good to be true often isn’t true
A fraudster wants your money quickly so you may find they offer to close their auction early with you as the “winner” having bid a price which you know to be somewhat of a bargain. Why would anyone close their auction early if the price hadn’t reached market levels? I’ll give you one guess.

High value or high volume, newly registered sellers
Although the vast majority of new sellers are genuine and honest, be cautious of buying from people selling high value items in bulk, very early on in their eBay career. This pattern isn’t quite normal. Think back to your own first sales. You would have been tentative, and probably have tried single, low value items initially. So, a new seller fitting this profile may be someone who has perhaps been previously suspended and has registered another ID. Continue reading 26 Tips on How to be Safe in Your eBay Selling and Buying

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Make Money Selling Prints and Advertisements on eBay

Old prints are good sellers, especially popular themes like animals, sports (especially golf and horse racing), royalty, music hall artists, topographical (named locations) and children.

Very early / old  magazines and periodicals contained lots of prints, and advertisements,  the best being Illustrated London News and Punch. All you do is remove prints carefully, trim the rough edges, package to protect and make them more attractive, then list them on eBay.

These tips will help you get started in this hugely profitable business:

  • Frame your prints for extra add-on value. Look for old (antique and modern) picture frames at car boot and garage sales, flea markets and collectors’ fairs, and make a point of visiting auctions where boxes of frames can be bought cheaply.
  • Hand-colour and mount or frame black and white prints and engravings to increase the value of even the most common and cheapest print.
  • Give a Certificate of Authenticity. This is simply a sheet of paper, with or without decorative border, which testifies that the print is original and taken from a specific source published on a particular date. The certificate is always taped lightly to the back of the print in the mount so that it cannot be removed and added to another print obtained elsewhere. Continue reading Make Money Selling Prints and Advertisements on eBay

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8 Dolls To Sell on eBay

Dolls have always been big sellers as eBay collectibles and eight of them are especially strong sellers.

Cabbage Patch Kids began in 1978 and are never “sold”. They are ‘born’ at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia and proud parents pay an ‘adoption fee’. The Cabbage Patch Kids were one of the greatest toy phenomenons of the later 20th century. At one time, it was a common sight to see grown women shopping and lunching with their babies in hand. In restaurants, the Kids had their own chairs and were always appropriately dressed for the weather.

Precious Moments began in the early 1970s when creator Sam Butcher began drawing the endearing teardrop-eye children as gifts for family and friends. Today Sam’s Precious Moments artwork is among the most recognized in the world, and eBay prices reflect this popularity.

Madame Alexander dolls were created in 1923. These beloved dolls range from Charlie Brown to babies and children to elegant dressed women to glamorous and famous women like Greta Garbo and Judy Garland. With all the varieties of costumes, a single doll can be a 1920s flapper as easily as a member of the court of Louis XIV. Continue reading 8 Dolls To Sell on eBay

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A Niche Marketing Model in 2 Easy Steps

Step 1: You must research a niche market and determine what the surfer really wants

First and most importantly you will have to research a market. I use the popular best-selling Microniche Finder software to guide me, which is faultless and so easy to use. However, there are also a number of free tools available online, including Google AdWords keyword tool and KeyWordFinder.

Step 2:  Put together your profit strategy

Options for doing this include:

Create a review website
You could create a website reviewing different types of your chosen niche product, including information on the product (e.g. sizes, models, brands, uses). Many times product manufacturers already have this type of information already created to better sell their product. If they do ask them if you can use the information to add content to your website. Better still, ask these manufacturers of your chosen niche product if they have an affiliate program for the product. If not, be prepared to ask them if you could set up one for them and negotiate a percentage of the sales for yourself.

Create an e-book or physical product
If you cannot write e-book yourself you can outsource this writing project to a professional writer at the following sites:

Generate extra revenue by joining the Google Adsense program
Sign up for the Adsense revenue sharing program at Each time someone clicks on one of  the ads on your website you will get paid a percentage of what the advertiser pays to Google. It is easy – and free – to get set up with Adsense and the ads are automatically targeted to be relevant to your visitors’ interests.

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5 Money-Making Ideas for your Online Business

Making money the Google way
By using Google Adwords to promote products to web searchers on the Google search engine. You simply create ads to attract interested people. When they click on your ad you are charged for that click. The visitor is directed to your site where you can sell them products. The advantage is you get to leverage the Google traffic. You can purchase clicks for as low as 5 cents. Lastly, done properly, you can test dozens of different ads and campaigns allowing you to perfect your selling system.

Making tons of money selling someone else’s stuff
Affiliate marketing is the manner in which you market a product for someone else, known as the merchant. In return for providing a qualified buyer, the merchant agrees to pay you a commission. The beauty of this type of business is that you can take advantage of hot products, you can easily create a large cash flow by setting up dozens of small income streams promoting hundreds of products. In other words, the business is scalable. Once you learn to make money selling a product for one merchant, you can reproduce that for another. For this to work, the critical step that you need to master is getting traffic. You can use the Google AdWords method or start your own site. Getting traffic, either inexpensive or free, will be the lifeblood of your business.

Turn treasure into dollars or euros with Ebay
Ebay is the world’s largest online auction system. People from all over the world use Ebay on a daily basis t sell everything from toasters to antiques. In order to make money on Ebay you have to research what is selling at the moment, source that product for a great price and then start creating auctions. It sounds easy, but the truth is that there is a lot of work involved, especially if you have to ship all those products from your home. If you are organized, can research efficiently and patiently, and can negotiate with suppliers than you can really make money with Ebay. Continue reading 5 Money-Making Ideas for your Online Business

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How to get the best shopping deals over the Internet?

Online shopping has taken over the Internet by storm where convenience and simplicity has replaced, or at least complimented, more conventional shopping in specialty stores or malls. Although the shopping experience has always been fun and a stress reliever for many, online shopping has become so much the norm that it is actually possible to get products at different prices through different websites. In fact, expert online shoppers will also be able to tell you how and which sites you should visit get great bargains.

Price comparison websites
Over the Internet, shoppers can visit portals like, and to conduct price comparisons. These sites compile price information from other websites that are selling the items that you are looking for. Therefore, instead of visiting a range of websites to compare prices on your own, you can do this in just one virtual location. And of course there are many shopping portals which are dedicated only to your own country of residence, which can save you on postage and packing (in some cases this will be free of charge). There are specialised portals for, for example, computer hardware and software, music, DVDs, etc.

Online Coupons
It’s amazing that many deals that can be found through conventional shopping methods, have a similar virtual version as well. If you are in the habit of cutting up discount coupons, you can do the same when you do your shopping online. Some sites feature special coupons from hundreds of online stores in which you can run a search by store or by a specific product. Make sure that the coupons you download and print – or the voucher code you have been given – is valid in your country of residence. Continue reading How to get the best shopping deals over the Internet?

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