Seven Passsive Income Ideas – The Ultimate Monetization Solution

Monetization is the keyword of the times when it comes to blogs, websites, and other online real-estate. Whether you’re an online magazine, newspaper, or mommy blog earning revenue, especially recurring passive income is what makes the Interwebs go ’round. While some people do start blogs for the sheer love of writing, most people really do hope to make money online. The great thing is, the Internet is so wide open in terms of how you can make money but the best kind of money to make is through recurring revenue and passive income streams.

Earning recurring passive income is the best way to keep your business afloat even during down times like vacation and illness. Recurring passive income is money that you will earn week after week or month after month without that much daily upkeep. You can add many levels of recurring income to your business model even as a service provider.

Here are some passive income ideas you can start right now to set up a few passive income streams.

Advertising — The space above, below and around your website content can be space that earns money every month. The best way to do it is to just have a set monthly fee for various spots on your site, and size of the advertisement. (tip: You can make extra money designing the ads!) At some point you can even join an advertising network which will enable you to outsource most of the work involved with having advertising on your site.

eBook Sales — Either write an eBook within your expertise, compile old blog posts into an eBook, or sell someone else’s eBook. If you write your own eBook you can sell it on Amazon via Kindle or Barnes & Noble via the Nook. The options for eBook sales are truly unlimited. People love getting information instantly and if you have knowledge to share, you can offer an eBook.

eCourses — Depending upon your niche you can create an eCourse to help others learn to do something. Whether it is weight loss, natural parenting, or how to start a website for profit, you can do it via an eCourse. In fact, you can start accepting members to your eCourse before the entire course is developed. Just get an outline, do the introductions, the first week of the course, and start selling it. Sales well motivate you to keep going. Once you’re done with the writing part, it’s all profit and passive income from there.

Job Board — Charge people to either post openings to your job board, or access your job board. Either way, you can make a nice profit depending on if the niche is right. This is really great for work at home sites, local community shopping sites, and career sites.

Affiliate Sales — (my favorite one) An affiliate earns a percentage of money for a product sold, but this can go both ways. You can both be an affiliate for someone else, and you can offer your own affiliate program for your products and services.

Paid Message Board / Community — If you have a good number of visitors to your website or blog, as well as comments, it might be a good indication that a paid membership site or community would be appreciated. It is a lot of work to have a message board and community so be prepared by asking for volunteers to help monitor the community in exchange for free membership to put it on autopilot.

Fee Based Blog — There are some really popular writers who are now charging for access to read an entire blog post. This model seems to be working for some but you must have a good following before trying this. It works for Tax Mama, and many professionals who have information to share that would normally cost thousands but they can give it for dollars due to the amount of people who sign up.

Keep looking around for opportunities and ideas to add even more residual passive income revenus streams into your business. After all, once you’ve got one site successfully running, you’ll get the next one started in no time.

To your “passive Income” success!

Passive Income Ideas


Product review websites are hot property. It’s true, there is real money to be made by creating your very own niche product review website or blog.

Just look at sites like Yelp!, Angie’s List, Epinions, and more. Product review sites sell products and make money both for the site owner (publisher) and for the product owner (vendor). But, with so many product review sites already available how can you create a money making product review website?

How To Make Money With Product Review Websites

It all starts with what you know and who you know. Choose a niche that resonates with your own life. If you’re a mother, choose a mommy niche because you’re likely already an expert. You can promote products that moms who are like you will want, use and enjoy. If you’re a breastfeeding mom you can create a niche site devoted to all things breastfeeding. You can review breast pumps, nursing shirts and bras, creams, lotions and even vitamins. As long as the products are related to breast feeding you’ll attract the right audience.

Your niche is not as important as the fact that it’s focused, comprehensive and frank. You can’t beat around the bush, or lie to people about a product. If they buy it, they’ll return it, in which case you won’t get the cash for the product review anyway. If they don’t return it, they still won’t come back to your product review site for information on which products to buy. You’ll have lost the reader’s trust and nothing is as important as your reader’s trust.

Create a product review website that is super focused on one niche catering to people ready to buy

Give the Good with the Bad — Every product has good and bad points therefore, it is imperative that you tell the audience that. A good formula is tell them the good, tell them the bad, and leave them with the good again.

You don’t have to completely destroy a product with a bad review, unless you just need to, but you can be honest and mention the bad with the good. Your audience will appreciate it and the product creators may just change their product due to your honest assessment.

Know your Audience — You can’t find the right products if you don’t know who your audience is. Additionally, it is important to write a product review directed toward that audience. Knowing the audience will ensure that you know what buzz words to use that creates trust, and realization that they need the product you’re talking about.

Give All the Information — Your readers need to know who produces the product or service, where they can buy it, and that you make a percentage of sales or that you were given a free product or all of the above. It is important to tell the truth and in this case, not telling can be illegal. Readers must know whether you paid for the product to review it, or whether you were given a review copy, sample or example.

Practice Good SEO — If you want a lot of visitors to come to your product review website then you must practice good SEO. SEO is search engine optimization. This means that you work to optimize your website for the benefit of a search engine like Google so that visitors can find your website.

Choose a domain name that has search terms in it, create content containing those search terms, and load it with products that have descriptions containing search terms that your target market is looking for.

Don’t try to be ironic with domain names and headlines. A review site is not a newspaper, use keywords spelled correctly that promote products that your target audience needs.

Which brings me to the next issue regarding your website, the platform or software that you build it with. I’ll just say it straight out, use self-hosted WordPress to build your website. It’s a free open source platform that can be modified in so many ways using free and custom themes as well as plugins, and widgets that you can create a very unique website for each niche product review site that you want to build.

It’s also very easy to understand and the WordPress community are among the kindest and most helpful of all the website and blogging technologies there are.

All the best with your product reviews :)

How To Make Money With Product Review Websites

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This year has been all about the power of social networking — specifically the “Big Three”:  Facebook, Twitter… and LinkedIn.

Today we’re going to focus on LinkedIn, dispelling common myths and taking a look at some of the unique ways it can help you build your business.

What Is LinkedIn? – LinkedIn For Dummies

LinkedIn is a social network, just like Facebook or Twitter.  However, the emphasis with LinkedIn is on the “network” rather than the “social”.

It used to be thought of as a place where professional, post-graduate males between 28-40 posted resumes or CV’s on the net, but with social networks realizing they’re at the crest of power, with the phenomenon of social search posing a serious threat to Google and its algorithms, that has changed.

Here’s a look at the new, broad demographic for LinkedIn, courtesy of

What is LinkedIn? - LinkedIn For Dummies

The areas to concentrate on here are those parts of the green bars extending beyond the dotted, vertical lines:  This represents the segment of population visiting the site that is “over indexed”, meaning that as a percentage per hundred visitors, it’s higher than the norm.

So today’s strongest LinkedIn demographic looks as follows:

  • Male
  • 35-50 years old
  • Asian and Caucasian
  • Childless
  • Earning between $60-100k
  • Earning over 100k
  • College or Grad School

On the surface, scanning the list above seems to say that not much has changed: But when you see how closely the female segment is gaining on the male (49% female-51% male), there seems to be a definite shift (which is only going to increase).  College graduates (a minority before) are also now well-represented and over indexed.

If you are a 28 year old Hispanic female with two children, does this mean you should ignore this broad demographic?  Definitely not!  It means that you’ll keep the focus professional and, well, focused.  LinkedIn is still your business card, resume or CV on the net… only now it is so much more, with the most vocal and visible group not fitting Quantcast’s broad demographic but often forming the strongest presence you’ll connect with, depending on your contact list.

Here’s the beauty of LinkedIn:  You set your own demographic by importing contacts from or linking:

  • Your email address book
  • Twitter
  • Your blog

In addition, LinkedIn now has some exceptionally powerful features it never had before — one of them unique.  This particular feature allows you to:

  • Post “recommendations” (i.e. testimonials) for your network contacts
  • Allow them to post recommendations about you

LinkedIn Groups also provides a decided advantage in building and refining your own personal demographic.  You can join or even start a group very easily, connecting with like-minded industry professionals who are not yet in your address book.  By doing this, you are connecting with your target niche.

This is especially advantageous if you have a B2B (business-to-business) service business:  You can pick up permanent jobs or land projects with astonishing ease.

How to Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is best used for networking.  Not only can you find clients if you’re a B2B service, you can also make yourself known to potential JV partners — as well as help yourself to a host of high-end insider tips and leads.

LinkedIn operates by allowing you to post the following:

  • Your Profile
  • Your Profile Photo
  • Your Resume or CV
  • A Summary (the equivalent of a “Resource Box” in article marketing)

You can also:

  • Join groups
  • Ask for recommendations
  • SEO-optimize your LinkedIn URL
  • SEO-optimize your keywords in your Summary section
  • Add your own, custom anchor text to your links
  • Answer member questions as an instant “expert”
  • Connect your Twitter and Facebook account
  • Searching by Companies you may have worked for or currently do business with

You can also add up to three URLs to your websites or blogs.

Take time to set up your profile.  It is the best source of free professional advertising and promotion you could ever hope to get.

Four LinkedIn Do’s and Don’ts

Nevertheless, there is an accepted etiquette to LinkedIn.  And Rule # 1 is… never indiscriminately invite people to join your network or group because you think it will be advantageous.  This group is far less tolerant of  “hit and miss” random requests than is, say, Facebook.  Here’s a typical reaction, quoted on BNET:  “I get LinkedIn requests from people I’ve never met, but they’ve seen my name along with my company, so they send a request.  I’m tired of it.  Tell people to stop.  I feel guilty not helping these people, but I also refuse to recommend someone if I don’t know what kind of worker they are.”

Rule # 2: Update your status. Regularly.  Not only will you miss amazing freelance or job opportunities if you don’t, but LinkedIn only works if you remember to use it!  (All too many people make the mistake of saying: “There.  I’ve got my profile posted on LinkedIn — that’s all I need.”

It’s not a static “business card” — it’s more of a living gallery of who you are and what you can offer.

Rule # 3: Use recommendations wisely — both giving and requesting.

Be choosy about who you ask.  Always ask those who know you well.  Asking people who are peripheral is more likely to result in a “no” (or in having your request ignored).  After all, you wouldn’t walk up to the Vice President of a large corporation and ask him to write you a letter of recommendation if the closest you’d ever come to getting to know him consisted of watching him onstage at the annual meeting.

Be sparing also in giving recommendations:  Resist the temptation to please your friends and curry favor, if that’s something you’ve gotten into the habit of doing on other networks such as Facebook or Twitter.  Make sure that your word carries weight; and that a recommendation from you is “pure gold”.

Rule # 4: It’s a very simple one:  Never send people network requests (“friend” requests) without changing the default message to something more personal.  This is the default message, below…

What is LinkedIn? - LinkedIn For Dummies

Testing has proved to many internet entrepreneurs that a better response rate is garnered when that message is personalized and a reason added.

LinkedIn encourages you to round up as many contacts as you can — but that’s more to their advantage than yours.  Choosing your contacts is very much like defining and targeting your ideal customer:  It’s better to have a smaller “list” that is highly responsive and appreciative — one that connects and engages naturally, with enthusiasm, tied by common interests — than a huge, generic one.

Take some time to browse through all the tutorials and sections.  Join two or three groups, seek out contacts from three or four companies and add business friends and contacts you know well from your address book.

What is LinkedIn? - LinkedIn For Dummies

Then study your new contacts’ profiles and summaries.  See how they network and model yourself after the style that feels most comfortable and fits in with your business image, branding and “voice.”

Using LinkedIn Groups

Joining a group is a great way to make your voice heard (and your face seen) in the LinkedIn community.  You’ll be notified of new threads and posts, and you can simply click and comment.

What is LinkedIn? - LinkedIn For Dummies

Just make sure your comments add value to the discussion.  You should never make do with comments such as:  “Great point, Cliff!

Addressing a specific point from an expert or involved stance goes a long way towards adding value.

And if you can conclude your comment with a call to action (or at least make it an “open” statement, inviting further opinion or questioning, as opposed to a “closed” one) you’ll be welcomed as someone who livens up the group and keeps the ball rolling and in play.

Using LinkedIn Answers

Another effective way to set yourself up quickly as an authority voice: Provide valuable responses to questions asked in LinkedIn’s “Answers” section.

What is LinkedIn? - LinkedIn For Dummies


The most important point to remember about LinkedIn is that it is primarily professional in focus.  Various discussions can often be informal or friendly, but even so, “fluff” is cut out and people are there to make points, as well as provide or receive quick, focused expertise.

It is also multi-layered, with many other flexible options for boosting your credibility there — or losing it.

Use it wisely.  And well.

Hope you enjoyed this post about What Is LinkedIn? – LinkedIn For Dummies!

All The Best,

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Starting and running a small business is an exciting venture, one wrought with technology pitfalls, money wasters, and time suckers. However, if you use WordPress as your website building technology you can develop a lean business model that will surpass your competition while still having a fully functional, interactive and dynamic website. What’s more, your website will look better too, because WordPress is visually pleasing, has awesome typography, and looks modern.

WordPress is not just a blogging platform. If you think that, then you’re confused with service as a blog hosting service and the platform. The “WordPress” that runs, which is available on is just the platform, and you can use that same system on your own server. Additionally, many web hosting companies will install an initial instance of WordPress for you, using whatever is the current default theme. This makes using WordPress to build your business site even more convenient, because you don’t actually need to know anything about servers and the technology behind it.

wordpress for small business

WordPress is SEO optimized — SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, this is important because the way people find your business website  is by searching for it via a search engine like Google. Being able to have an optimized website will make it that much easier for your potential clients to locate your business website.

WordPress is easy to use — The fact that WordPress is easy to use is really an understatement. Yes, you will need to learn a few things, but if you can use your bank’s online website, Facebook, or other popular destinations, then you can learn how to use self-hosted WordPress as your online business website building platform.

WordPress has tons of extensions — Due to neat little programs called “plugins” it’s simple to extend your business website’s functionality. This makes it possible to start small, and then increase the types of content you offer your clients and potential clients on your site such as, message boards, a members only area, affiliate area and more.

WordPress is very popular — Due to the fact that so many people use it, develop it, and out and out love WordPress this makes it very simple to find information about working with WordPress. Being open source software,  means that many different people who understand code can develop plugins, create tutorials, learn to be WordPress service providers easier and more.

It’s free — What more can be said about the fact that the initial platform is free? Many times people think that free equates to bad, but the truth is, in the case of software, open source means it is often more functional than other types of proprietary software.

Premium Available — You can purchase premium themes and plugins which often make your website look better, have more built in features and superior functionality than the ones you can get free from to create an even more professional image. And what’s more, you can start out with free, and upgrade as your business becomes more profitable.

To Your WordPress Success ;)