Sunday, May 04, 2014

How to Create Click Bait.

Making click bait is what Google wants you to do.  The very clear instruction is to create compelling content for people which they can link to or share either on their web sites or on social media.  There are lots of ways to do this but the fastest is to use the most popular shareable items on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter etc.

What is the most shared item?  Images with pithy quotes, cute images, images of kittens, puppies, ducklings or any baby animal really or videos of these same things.  Is there a pattern coming through here?

What I will show you is how to use free resources to create a click bait image which you can post on your website, share on Facebook, pin etc.  As part of the tutorial I’ll also use free resources ad show you how to make multiple versions of the output which you can also share.

I started on Google Drive and made a presentation slideshow which I saved as a pptx and as a pdf.  In the process of making the slideshow I also made a video of me making a click bait image with a quote.  I posted the pptx to AuthorStream.com


and slideshare.com.

This is from slideshare.

I also saved the slideshow as a pdf.
Then I used Camtasia to create a video for YouTube because I have run out of credits for AuthorStream.  The video is here.

But the subject of all of this is the click bait image so here it is

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What I will do with this is post it to Facebook and Pinterest and then link to both.

My links are really just the kickstart for the traffic but the real traffic comes from the sharing.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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How To Make Money Writing Articles.

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How to make money writing articles online.

If you feel like this poor lady and are searching for a way to make some additional money by using the Internet you might be interested in writing articles.

Even in a busy mothers life there is room to write a short article or two. All you need to do is find about an hour on a semi-regular basis and you could be making a little additional money in a matter of weeks.

If you are thinking, ‘I don’t have the time', 'I don’t know what to write about', 'I haven’t written anything since college’ or similar thoughts then please stay with this while I show you how you can write for pay.

Most of us are time poor these days, we seem to need at least 27 hours in every day and we still don’t get everything done we want to get done.  As far as I can determine in my own life it’s simply because I don’t say No often enough.

I agree to do this, that and the other thing when I don’t have the time to do the things I want to do particularly the things which will impact my income.  I found I had a lot more time to use the way I want to use it when got in the habit of not agreeing with avery request.  The best way to do this is not to say No but to say ‘Can I get back to you on that?'

Now you’re taking control of your time without being firm, what some people would call rude.  By not agreeing immediately most of these requests will be redirected to someone else or forgotten completely.

What to write about?  

Do you have a hobby?  If so there’s a good place to start otherwise you can write about how you budget, the recipe your kids like the best, where to get the best coupons, how to pick a good piece of fruit or steak, what you chose the BBQ you did, why you chose the toys you bought the kids for Christmas.  Everything you do can become an article and people will read them because they are just like you and want to know how to do these things.

Everyone knows more about one or more subjects than a whole lot of other people, you write for them not those who know more than you, you read them for ideas.

Looking for more ideas?  Go to Amazon and look at the kindle books available, look at the best sellers.  Try the local book stores, look at the articles in the magazines at the checkout.  Ideas are everywhere.  You cannot get your article in front of everyone and nor can anyone else so there is a very good chance that the person reading your article hasn’t read the one that inspired you to write it.

In any case, your article will give a different perspective on the subject which may appeal to the reader better even if they have read the one which inspired you.  Do not copy other peoples articles, that won’t help you at all but you cannot copyright ideas so you can copy other writers ideas, just not their writing.

Haven’t written for a while?  

Yep, we’ve all been there as well.  The skills are still in place though, it’s a bit like riding a bicycle or skating, once you learn you never really lose the skills so it doesn’t take long to get back into it.

We are not talking about writing an essay that will be marked by some academic either, you’re writing to your sister, your aunt, your mother, your brother, your uncle or your father.  The spelling should be right and the grammar should be close enough but none of it has to be perfect, this is a conversation where you share something you think they might be interested in.

Just like this article ;-).

Where do you put your article to make money with it?

That actually sort of depends what you want to do.  Many people want to create some sort of Internet presence so they set up a blog to post all their articles on.  That’s what this is on.  This is a free blogging platform that Google owns, all you have to do is sign up and start writing and posting your articles.

You could go to one of many free sites across the Internet and do essentially the same thing.  I would suggest you start here at http://blogger.com because it’s very easy to get started.  You can always change later if you want.  If you already have a website, free or paid, then use that but just get going.  Make money from these sites by adding affiliate links to sites which will pay you for sending them customers.  I’ll talk about this in another post soon.

You can also make money by selling your articles on a whole bunch of different websites, check out this list of 101 sites to see the different ways you can do this.

If you put your articles on a site called Squidoo.com you can add links onto your page (called a lens in Squidoo talk) very easily and they’ll give you all the revenue.  Another site which does the same is Hubpages.com.  Both of these are free to join and use.

In summary:-

Can you find the time to write?  Yes you can.

Can you find subjects to write about?  Yes you can.

Can you write?  Yes you can.

Can you make money writing articles online?  Yes you can.

Give a go, you might just find that you love it and you do make sufficient additional money to make your life a whole lot easier.

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