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Teens and College Students Make Money Online!

Before the Internet age was introduced, the average teen and college student looking for a job had few choices such as babysitting, life guarding, caddying and the normal (not to mention boring) employment opportunities that are available to the youth. These opportunities, while still available today, represent only a small portion of the options that are available to teenagers today. The Internet has opened up an entirely new world, filled with opportunity, promise, and ways for teens and college students to make money online. If done correctly, teens can make thousands of dollars each month on the Internet. On this blog I will show you, most likely a teen/student, how to make hundreds of dollars in your first month of taking paid online surveys. Scroll down or check out the blog archive to the right to get started!

Top 2 ways to start earning today!

1.) CASHCRATE (100% Free) - Check out my $397.71 Cashcrate check if you haven't already. It is from December 2012. I make at least $500 a month (updated October 2013) with this program and it is entirely free to join. You only have to be 13 years old to join, so this is a great way to earn some extra money as a teen (as well as college students). By far the best and easiest way to start making money today. Cashcrate is an extremely reputable website and they have over 2 million members! The best thing about them is that you never need to use a credit card for anything. I signed up in June 2008 and to this day I have yet to use one, however I am still making hundreds of dollars, each month! I HIGHLY recommend Cashcrate over any other PTC website.

2.) SQUISHY CASH (100% Free) - Similar to Cashcrate and Fusion Cash. You complete free surveys and are paid a commission. Perfect for teens looking to make some cash on their spare time.

How to Use Youtube to Drive Traffic to your Blog

Lately I have been hearing a lot of success stories coming from website owners stating how they have been received loads of traffic from Youtube. In the past, I have heard of people doing this, however the success has been limited and often times web-masters just end up wasting their time in their efforts. This has since changed as Youtube has grown to one of the top 3 websites in the world in terms of traffic according to Alexa Top 500 Global Sites. People watch a staggering 2 billion videos each day and according to youtube, every minute, 24 hours of video is uploaded.

Practically every teen and college student in the United States is using Youtube, why don't you as a blog owner take advantage of those unbelievable numbers and share in the profit? Here are some helpful hints once you have a channel and are ready to gain some loyal blog readers.

1.) Link in the Description
This one seems pretty obvious, but I see people forget more often than not. If you make a popular video  why miss out on potential targeted traffic by forgetting to add a silly thing like your URL. Make sure you add it to the beginning of the video description as it will be the first thing that stands out to the viewer.

2.) Get Traffic to Your Video
Whats the point of having a good video that you spent hours on if no one views it? If your video becomes popular and generates a lot of views, then there is a good chance that your website will also receive a lot of views in exchange. Just like you have used SEO on your website in the past, they same goes for youtube and your videos. That includes adding good tags/keywords, writing articles linking to your video, using Facebook or Twitter....you know the drill. If you can generate good traffic to your well made video and tell them to click on your link, more often than not they will. This means more $$ for you.

3.) Tell Them to Click Your Link!
Whats the point of creating a video, putting your link in the description and not taking the time to tell the viewers that you want them to view your website. Put emphasis that there is a link to your website in the description and you want them to click on it.

4.) Put your website URL in your actual video
Using simple video editing software you should always put your websites URL into the actual video if your main goal is to generate traffic. You should remember that often times videos are shared and embedded onto different websites. This means that your link is being shared and viewed all over the internet, and not just on Youtube. Maybe add it as a watermark in the corner, so as not to obstruct the viewers view, but so that they know it is there.

There you have it, make sure you apply all 4 ideas from above when attempting to use Youtube to generate traffic. These simple, yet effective tips can work wonders for you!

Post any comments/questions below and thank you for reading!!

Make Money Online By Growing Your Social Media

Being a blogger and attempting to make money online as a teen can be a tricky subject. Add attempting to get a steady flow of loyal readers on top of that and you've got yourself an even harder obstacle to tackle. If you're looking for an extremely effective way to add readers on top of your search engine optimization efforts, social media is the way to go. In the beginning of the 21st century, social media has seen an incredible boom. To think that Facebook was launched less than 10 years ago and already has close to 1.5 billion users is mind boggling.  What better way to capture readers than to use those stats to your advantage. Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when using social media to boost your blog:

1.) Give people reasons to follow you
If you feel like your in a rut give your followers something fresh, something new. Nothing is worse than drawing in readers with interesting status updates, then completely dropping the ball and forgetting to post for a month...and by that time all your new followers are probably gone. So stay on top of your social media, don't forget to post and when you do, give your followers reasons to follow you.

2.) Start Conversations
Encourage your readers to leave comments and actually respond to them! You don't want your readers to think your account is simply a robot, but instead a real person with real emotions that has actual conversations with readers. By doing this you will build steady relationships with your readers and they will be more likely to share your posts via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.

3.) Don't be afraid to try new platforms
When I first started my social media efforts I stuck to the two biggest ones, Facebook and Twitter. Now believe me, I had incredible success using those two than before I did. However, once I began using other platforms such as Tumblr, Google Plus and Pinterest I found that I was receiving more traffic than ever. Keep in mind though that you should never sway away from Facebook and Twitter as those are by far the most popular, but by using others as a supplement to those two is the idea I'm trying to get at. Just be open to new programs that often come out!

4.) Stay on top of current trends
Adding on to the last tip, make sure that you consistently put in an avid effort to stay on top of the latest trends in social media. You don't want to find your marketing plan come to an end at Facebook and Twitter while another new platform is expanding at an astounding rate and you are left picking your nose. Instead, be open to new ideas and be creative with your efforts, however, ensure that you always have your blogs reader's best interest in mind and aren't just trying to flood your website with the wrong type of visitors.

5.) Understand your target audience
By understanding your target audience, your status updates will reach more people in a more effective method. For example, this blog is catered towards teens and college students trying to make money online. Do you think a good post would be about how to raise and care for your child? I think you know the answer. How about a post on the latest methods to monetize your blog? Perfect! Make posts that your followers will want to read or else you will just find yourself losing readers faster than you can say "oh no."

Benefits of Making a Blog as a Teen or College Student

Have you ever considered writing and a blog to make some extra income online? Chances are you have, however chances are that you also quit after a few months. The current blog you are reading How Teens and College Students Make Money Online was created about 4 years ago. In that time I have written very few articles, however this blog still ranks fairly high for the search terms "teens make money online" or "college students make money online." Due to that, I am still making money off it, with little work each month.

I also own a few other blogs on the topics of Stock market trading as well as a Detroit Red Wings blog. I put a little bit more effort into those blogs and am making even more money off them each month. Long story short, if you are considering making a blog to make some extra money and can write about a simple topic, do it. When I first made this blog 4 years ago, I was in high school and had no idea that it would still be around in 4 years, let alone still making me money. I am now in college and do not have nearly enough time to be constantly updating it, however when I do my earnings increase. While I am not getting rich off of it, it's a fantastic way to earn some extra money each month.

At first, creating a blog is a lot of work. You have to find the right niche, do keyword research, get backlinks, etc. However, after the beginning stages are over you will find yourself doing less and less work, while earning more and more money off of services such as Adsense (which is what I use) due to increased traffic. So if you are on the fence about whether or not to create a blog and already have an interesting niche that people would want to learn more about, then go for it! I can guarantee that your future self will be kicking you if you decide not to do it. This is corny, but....you wont succeed unless you try. Good luck and make some money online!

How to Make Money Writing Articles

As a teen or college student looking to make some extra money online, what better way then to hone in on your essay writing abilities you learned from school to earn to you some extra cash. Submitting articles to websites such as EzineArticles can yield you a serious profit...if you know what you're doing. Here are 6 ways to increase your profits when submitting articles.

1.) Promote Affiliate Products
Promoting affiliate products is a great way to utilize article writing. You can promote products in your author bio and create commissions on all the sales you refer. However, make sure that you direct readers to a URL that you own, because directing them to a link you don't own will get your article deleted.

2.) Start a Mailing List
Collect your website visitor names as well as emails and regularly email them a newsletter containing promotions to your website. This will keep readers updated on your content and have them coming back for more each week.

3.) Promote Your Website
Promoting your website through article marketing is probably the most widely used goal of article marketing. In your bio, use a backlink to link directly to your website to your blog or website. You will get direct traffic from the article, as well as increased SEO which will increase your search engine rankings. Article marketing is one of, if not the best way to boost your backlinks.

4.) Start a Blog
Begin publishing a blog. Blogs are regularly updated with fresh information and articles, so search engines often love them. Break up your larger articles and post several shorter ones each week.

5.) Content Sites With Adsense
Use articles you submit to directories in order to gain visitors to your content blog/website. Pack your blog with tons of useful information and you are guaranteed to be lots free traffic. Use Adsense to place ads throughout your blog so you can monetize your traffic.

6.) Build Information Products
This may take a while, but after you have created a good amount of useful articles, compile them into an e-book. Obviously change some things up here and there so the reader doesn't read the exact same articles again, but eventually you will be well on your way to selling an informative e-book.

There you have it! If you follow these tips you will surely be able to make a decent income with writing articles. Remember, work smarter and not harder. Good luck!