Friday, September 28, 2007

When Opportunity Knocks, Use the Peephole

I'm looking for a few good ideas for monetizing the blogs and websites I have now, so that I can make money while developing another website or three.

Right now, Google's AdSense is working pretty well, but my traffic is nowhere near high enough for the ads to pay for the hosting costs and, more to the point, my time.

I've already found, and rejected, an attractive affiliate plan. It looked great: I use my existing artwork, add a little promotional copy, a banner and a link to the company, and I'd be good to go.

Just one problem: I wouldn't get money, I'd get credit for that company's products. I'll probably use the program, but now it's a lower-priority project. That affiliate program is legitimate: its only disadvantage is that it pays in credits toward purchases, not cash.

Several years ago, I looked into one of those work-at-home offers. When I saw how much equipment I'd need to buy, I stopped looking.

The point is, when something knocks, look through the peephole to make sure it's opportunity.

The five-dollar phrase is "due diligence." The economy-priced version is "common sense."

This is where I either put together a monograph on how to separate scams from opportunities, or give you a short list of resources that do the same thing.

A list is easier:

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