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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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