Lori, of B Money Savvy, mentioned this program and asked if I knew anything about it. Since I didn’t, I went and did my usual bit of signing up for it to see what was behind it.

The basic idea is that this company has setup a fairly typical landing page to apply online for credit cards. They’ve done a good job of categorizing cards based on their reward type, interest rates, cash back amount, etc. While this review isn’t about landing pages, this is a great example of a site that keeps people there until they find what they want.

So with a great landing page that’s linked to various credit cards via affiliate links, what they need next is a lot of traffic going to that page. The traditional approach would be to pay for PPC ads and hope that the amount paid for the ads wasn’t more than the amount they made from the affiliate programs.

These folks didn’t go that route. Instead they created their own affiliate program, and pay people to drive traffic to their site. As an affiliate you get a decent payout for every approved credit card application made through your affiliate link. The biggest payout you can get is $110.40 (with the upgrade option, more on that below) for a Business Gold Rewards card. If you go to the American Express affiliate program, you’ll see that the commission for that card is $200. So the people running are splitting the commission with you.

Why should you want to split the commission? Well, they do have a great landing page. And to create the same thing you’d have to sign up for a dozen or so affiliate programs through Commission Junction, which is a bit of a hassle, and then create the website, and then drive traffic to it. By being an affiliate of, all you have to do is drive traffic to it. You don’t make as much money as you could otherwise, but it’s far easier.

The cost is $1 for the first month, $37.95 every month after the first. The $37.95 fee is waived as soon as you’ve had 4 people be approved for credit cards through your affiliate link. The $37.95 fee is pretty outrageous, given that they’re not really providing you with anything more than an affiliate link, but it does motivate people to get those first 4 signups (one of those is probably the person themselves, and the other ones family or friends), which makes everyone money.

There is an upgrade option, too. For a single payment of $21.95 you can get the highest commission level, which gets you the $110.40 for the highest paying card. Without the upgrade, you’re making $96 for the same sale. At the lower end of card payouts, an upgraded member makes $31.05 and a non-upgraded member makes $27.

Upgrading makes sense once you start getting regular signups, other than friends and family.

As an opportunity, this one is pretty reasonable. It isn’t MLM, and they don’t try to get much money out of you unless you can’t manage to get 4 credit cards approved in your first month. Since it isn’t MLM, though, it’s up to your own personal effort to get traffic to your site.

This is a popular niche, though, if you can still call something a niche after it’s popular. On Squidoo, there are 869 lenses about credit cards, all having some sort of affliliate link in them. On Google Adwords, to get in the top position for the very broad keyword “credit card” would cost about $13, which is way too much to be profitable. There are still some relevant long tail keywords that can be had for under $0.50, which might be low enough to be profitable. Most people are advertising this in the traditional ways, so going non-traditional might work well.

If you’re good at getting free traffic to a website, you can throw a bunch of traffic at your affiliate link and hope some of it sticks. Or if you’re good at PPC advertising, you can drive some targeted traffic that way and probably do pretty well.

If you’re not good at either, you probably won’t have much luck at this opportunity.

Agloco Viewbar to be Released

I don’t normally jump on popular news and write posts about it, but since this is directly related to previous posts I’ve done, I wanted to mention it.

Agloco has announced that the viewbar will be released Monday, June 4th.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with Agloco, the viewbar is a piece of software that sits on your computer, just above your Windows task bar. The viewbar displays advertisements, allows you to perform Internet searches, and will have some hooks to let you buy products from and other companies.

All of this makes Agloco money, as advertisers pay them to get access to their guaranteed audience. Agloco then shares that ad revenue with their members.

Two things factor into how much of the ad revenue you get. One is the amount of time you spend online with the viewbar active. You can get credit for up to 5 hours a month. The other is the number of referrals you have brought into Agloco. The reasoning being that a larger pool of members means they can charge advertisers more, and so there’s more money to share with members.

You’re basically getting paid for surfing the web, which is something you do anyway (or you wouldn’t be reading this).

If you haven’t already signed up with Agloco, you should do so relatively soon so that you’re ready when the viewbar is released. At this point nobody is sure exactly how much money is involved (except we know John Chow is going to get most of it). But since it’s free money, it’s worth doing.

Some people have asked me, “If I’m only getting credit for 5 hours a month, should I close the viewbar down after 5 hours?” My take on this is that the longer everyone has their viewbars up, the larger the pool of advertising money to be shared. So even though you only get credit for 5 hours in terms of your percentage of the pot, leaving the viewbar up increases the size of the pot.

What do you think? Is signing up for Agloco the thing to do, or is it all a big scam of some sort?

Why This Is Not A Review of John Chow’s Ebook

I was going to just ignore John Chow’s ebook and get on with posting new material. I’m not particularly fond of rehashing the current popular posts, and I have a backlog of original content to add to the blog.

But, when you write a blog about making money online, and one of the world’s most successful bloggers writes an ebook about making money online, people are going to wonder if you’re paying attention if you don’t at least mention it. So this post is about why I’m not reviewing John Chow’s ebook.

It isn’t evil

John seems to take great pride in calling his distribution of a free ebook to drive traffic to his site “evil”, and his readership buys it. The fact is, this technique has been around for years, and can’t really even be considered particularly clever these days. It is a good solid technique that works well, though.

It’s repackaged forum posts

Everything in the ebook is available in the archives of John’s blog. There’s no value added here, no roadmap for beginning bloggers to follow. Just a jumble of posts that you have to wade through to create your own roadmap. I put this on par with collecting public domain documents into an ebook and distributing it.

John’s blog is not about making money online

Despite the huge success of his positioning for the keyword “make money online”, John’s blog is no longer about making money online. It’s for making money online. Displaying advertisements on a blog that attracts newcomers to the idea of making money online is misleading. Someone new to the Internet or blogs might click on an advertisement and think it’s something John endorses. That’s one of the reasons I do not, and have no plans to, display ads on this blog.

Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with repackaging old forum posts into an ebook and giving it away to boost traffic to your site. But there’s also nothing original about it, and it doesn’t really deserve the hype it’s getting.

What do you think?

Make Money Online with Urbanread

At the risk of spamming my own blog (this is the fourth post that’ll show up in the email subscription feed for the day), I just ran across something that deserves mention.

One of the objections to Squidoo lenses has always been that you’re shaing Adsense revenue with everyone else. And, Adsense has restrictions about the site that displays ads, which leaves out some sites.

Urbanread attempts to solve both of those problems with their “News with a Profit” program.

The basic idea is this: you paste the Urbanread code into your blog, website, or Squidoo lens. The Urbanread code uses an iframe, which is allowed by Squidoo, so no worries about trying to use javascript on a Squidoo lens. The code will display a news headline along with a link to read more.

When the user clicks the link to read more, they’re taken to a page at Urbanread that lists various web-based articles on the topic. The page at Urbanread includes Google Adsense ads that have your Adsense id in them. When a user clicks on one of the Adsense ads, you get the money for that click directly into your Adsense account.

The page also contains non-Adsense ads that, presumably, feed back to Urbanread to make them money.

Urbanread is still in beta, but there are some issues they need to fix. Most important is that there doesn’t seem to be a way to target the news to a specific topic. This makes it suitable for a non-niche website, but not for a website devoted to a specific topic.

For example, here’s the current headline being shown by the Urbanread code:

As you can see, it isn’t targeted to the topic of making money online. This makes it unlikely that anyone reading this post will actually click on it to read more (unless you do it out of sheer perversity, now that I’ve said you won’t).

Another problem is that the Adsense ads are still displaying public service ads. This could be because Urbanread is still in beta, but it’s not a great sign. You don’t make money with public service ads. Edit: the ads are now showing non-public service ads, so no worries there.

The technology used by Urbanread is nothing new. You’ve always been able to use an iframe on a Squidoo lens or web page to display content from another web page, including Adsense ads.

What Urbanread does is make it easier to implement. You don’t need a web host to put your Adsense code on, you just copy in their code to your Squidoo lens or blog. In fact, their integration with Blogger makes it a one click affair to add Urbanread code to your Blogger blog. Take a look at my personal blog to see the results.

Urbanread also makes it seem as if you’re providing a service to your readers by giving them news links. This could be a powerful strategy, assuming that they allow some targeting of news topics so you can match it to your page’s content.

So, right now I’d say that Urbanread isn’t quite ready for primetime. They do offer referral bonuses, though, so if you assume they’ll work out the issues involved eventually, it makes it worth signing up now. With proper subject targeting, this would be a powerful tool for Squidoo lenses and blogs.

Getting started with Urbanread requires signing up for an Adsense account if you don’t already have one.

Get Paid To Click Ads

I promised some safer opportunities than what I talked about in my MLM case study, and here’s one: get paid to click ads.

Online advertising is a multi-billion dollar a year investment by companies that are desperate to get you to look at what they have to offer.  Some of those companies are taking the paid to click route, where you get paid a modest fee, usually one or two cents, for looking at their advertisement. 

Their reasoning goes, if enough people look at the advertisement, someone is bound to be interested and buy.  This is hugely untargeted traffic, from an advertiser’s point of view, and I’d think it isn’t the best use of their advertising dollars.  But we can take advantage of their desire for live eyes to view their ads.

Here’s a selection of programs that all pay you to either view or click on ads.  I’m not trying to be comprehensive here, just provide an overview of what’s available.


AGLOCO is a paid to surf company.  You run a small program called a viewbar on your computer, and while you surf the web targeted advertisements are displayed in the viewbar.  You get paid a portion of what the advertisers pay for displaying the ad.

If you also them purchase something through viewbar, say a book from, you’ll earn a part of the commission on that purchase.

Note that AGLOCO is still in the pre-launch phase as the viewbar development finishes.  Signing up now will ensure you get the viewbar when it’s ready.

The real earning power with AGLOCO comes from referring other people to the program, since that means there’s a larger pool of users to attract higher paying advertisers.


ClixSense is a program that pays you to click on ads and view an advertiser’s web page for about 30 seconds.  While there’s no requirement you actually look at the page (you can open it and then work in another window while waiting for your account to be credited), the assumption is that you’ll see the page even if just for a few seconds when it first comes up.

The vast majority of the clicks are worth one or two cents.  By paying a $10 annual fee, you’ll get access to higher paying clicks. 

One tip when creating your profile in ClixSense.  Check every box when they ask for your areas of interest.  They’ll use those to determine which ads to show you.  Since our focus isn’t on finding products, but on getting paid to click ads, having as many ads available as possible is the idea.

ClixSense also has a referral program, where you earn 10% of whatever your referrals earn.

Inbox Dollars

Inbox Dollars is primarily a paid survey site.  They do send emails that they pay you to read, which consists of clicking a link in the email to view an advertiser’s page.  But the primary purpose of the emails is to get you back to their site where they’ll remind you to take a survey. 

Pay per email read is generally about 5 cents.  They control how often they send emails, so you cannot work harder to read more emails. 

Surveys typically pay $1, and there are also various free offers that pay up to $2, and free trials that pay up to $15. 

Inbox Dollars has a referral program, too, paying you $5 for each person you refer.  They also have a signup bonus, where you get $5 just for signing up.

Earnings Potential

So how much can you earn with these free programs?

Well, AGLOCO earnings are unknown, since the viewbar isn’t available yet.  Let’s focus on ClixSense and Inbox Dollars.

Assume an average pay per click on ClixSense of 1 cent.  You can get higher priced clicks, but not often enough to affect the average if you’re going for high volume.  Assume a minute viewing each ad page.  You only need 30 seconds, but if you’re switching windows to do something else you probably won’t check back in 30 seconds every time. 

If you have a couple of hours free each evening, with weekends off, that’s about 40 hours a month, for about $24 per month.  Nothing to write home about, but if you’re on the computer anyway you might as well get the money for it. 

Inbox Dollars earnings for paid emails will be about 5 cents a day, for a total of $1.50 each month.  The real earnings with Inbox Dollars comes from paid surveys and trial offers. 

Let’s say you take their daily survey for $1 every weekday, and complete one trial offer a week for $10.  That brings you up to $61.50 each month. 

So your total earnings between the two programs would be $85.50 each month for a couple of hours investment each weekday. 

Many beginning bloggers don’t get up to this level of earnings.  But with blogging you get far more leverage for higher earnings, if your blog becomes popular. 

Use a New Email Address

When you sign up for these programs, do not use your regular email address.  You won’t get a huge amount of email, but it’s best to isolate your personal email from this sort of traffic, just in case your email gets onto a spam list of some sort. 

You can get a free email address with plenty of space at


You can get paid to click ads, but the amount of money you make from any one click is small.  So, as the saying goes, you have to make up for it in volume.  Join as many programs as possible, and click as many of their ads as you can in a day. 

You’ll make far more money creating a popular blog or website, but getting paid to click ads requires far less creative energy, if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t think they have anything interesting to say (I disagree, but that’s the subject of another post).

Regular readers will remember my Marketing Pond review.  Marketing Pond consolidates quite a few paid to click opportunities, including those mentioned above, under one banner, making it easy to join them all and to take advantage of the various programs’ referral bonuses.

Have any experiences with paid to click programs?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Marketing Pond Review

I ran across Marketing Pond just the other day, and it’s an interesting enough concept to deserve an in-depth review.

The website makes the following claims:

  • An autopilot income: this is something most every opportunity claims, so no surprise there.
  • Free advertising
  • Free website
  • Free opportunity
  • Free ebooks

The website mentions a downline, so right away we know we’re dealing with some sort of network marketing. My basic rule with network marketing is that in order to be a reasonable opportunity, the people you recruit cannot be paying your income. Otherwise it breaks down eventually.

Since Marketing Pond advertised itself as free, I signed up to get a closer look at what they offer.

The website itself isn’t extremely clear on this. When you sign up, you get to a page listing 27 different programs (11 free advertising programs, and 16 money making opportunities). Each program has a spot where you can put your affiliate id for that program, and a link to where you can signup for the program.

After puzzling through the rest of the website, it turns out that Marketing Pond is what I’ll call an “opportunity aggregator”, but the rest of the world calls a “downline builder”. All of the programs listed provide some benefit for referring new members to the service. Promoting more than a few of these programs individually would be a pain, and dilute your efforts.

What Marketing Pond does is provide a central place for signups for these programs. You promote Marketing Pond, and anyone who signs up under your referral will then sign up under each of the 27 programs under your referal for those programs, automatically (Marketing Pond automatically puts your affiliate id in the right spot for each program).

When I realized what Marketing Pond was doing, I was a bit amazed that I hadn’t thought of it myself. As a programmer, I could create a website like Marketing Pond with no trouble. And it makes a lot of sense to promote a single website rather than try to promote dozens. I’d never thought of it, but someone did.

The hardest part about getting started with Marketing Pond is signing up for all the programs. If you’re already a member of a program, you just put in your affiliate id. There’s no requirement that you sign up through Marketing Pond. You should sign up for any you aren’t already a member of through Marketing Pond, though, to give your sponsor proper credit and make sure you get credit from your referrals.

It took me a few hours to sign up for all the programs. Some are more involved than others, and all had confirmation emails and an opt-in process.

I want to give a brief overview of each of the programs involved. I’ll post more detailed reviews of the interesting ones later. The programs fall into two general categories: opportunities and advertising.

The opportunities are where you make money, and the advertising programs all provide a boost to your marketing efforts as you get more and more people signed up under you at Marketing Pond.

Opportunities at Marketing Pond

  • Agloco: Get paid to surf the web. I’ve written about this before.
  • Inbox Dollars: Get paid to read email and take surveys. You get $5 for just signing up.
  • Take the Internet Back: Get paid to look at advertisements. You get $10 for just signing up.
  • Slash My Search: Get paid to make web searches, or for referring others to make web searches.
  • Treasure Trooper: Get paid to participate in free trial offers. Make a portion of what your referrals make.
  • Cash Crate: Get paid to complete surveys and join websites. Make a portion of what your referrals make.
  • Clicks Matrix: Primarily a traffic exchange, but you can also get paid to view websites
  • Donkey Mails: Get paid to read emails and view advertisements.
  • No Minimum: Get paid to read emails and view advertisements.
  • MyLot: Like MySpace, but you’re paid to participate.
  • Clix Sense: Get paid to view advertisements, plus earn a portion of what your referrals earn.
  • AdBux: Get paid to view advertisements, plus earn a portion of what your referrals earn.
  • LinksGrand: Get paid to view advertisments, plus earn a portion of what your referrals earn.
  • Word Linx: Get paid to view advertisements, plus earn a portion of what your referrals earn.
  • Hits4Pay: Get paid to view advertisements.
  • Deals N Cash: Get paid to view advertisements, plus $5 for signing up. Make a portion of what your referrals earn.

Now, clearly you’re not going to be active in all of these. Inbox Dollars and Take the Internet Back are easy enough, since they send you emails and pay you to read them (generally about $0.05 per email). One or two of the others may strike your fancy, but you won’t participate in them all. Go ahead and sign up for each through Marketing Pond, though, to take advantage of the referral bonuses.

Advertising Programs at Marketing Pond

  • Traffic Digger: Typical viral advertising, the more people you refer, the more times your ad is shown.
  • Ad Grid Network: This one is an ad exchange. You show their ad block on a website, and your ad gets shown on other people’s websites. You can see an example of the ad block on my personal blog.
  • Page Swirl: They provide ad rotating on a page swirl page. If you upgrade to paid options, they’ll use various traffic exchanges to advertise your page swirl page.
  • Traffic Swarm: You get credits by viewing other people’s pages, that are then used to show your page. The best option is to include Traffic Swarm links on your website. That way your links show up on other people’s website, rather than just being seen by other Traffic Swarm users. Here’s an example of Traffic Swarm links (these opportunities are not being recommended, this is just an example of using Traffic Swarm):
  • Traffic Roundup: Another one where you earn credits by viewing other people’s sites that are then used to show your site.
  • Free Viral: In this one, when you go to the Free Viral page, you see 7 advertisements. To sign up, you must click on each advertisement to get a code. After you signup, your ad is put into the list (through the above link, my ad is in the #1 spot), and as people sign up under you it gets pushed down the list. Eventually it can be seen by thousands of people as they signup.
  • Link Referral: Another view a site to get credits deal, but they also include the option to review a site for more credits. A reviewer is going to pay more attention to the site, so is a better prospect.
  • Link Scout: By promoting your Link Scout page, you get your ad viewed. You can also earn credits by viewing other ads.
  • Traffic Wave Profits: Another advertising aggregator that has one or two programs in common with Marketing Pond, but also has a paid program or two.
  • Big Daddy Pays: A search engine that lets you place ads by bidding on keywords. Everyone who joins gets one top spot on any available keyword for free. Your ads cost credits, which you earn by viewing other ads or by reading email announcements from Big Daddy Pays.
  • Hits2U: Your ads are displayed on the Hit2U page. This also seems to be a feeder for GDI (Global Domains International), which is a company that sells .ws domains and hosts them for $10 a month. They pay you to refer new people to them.

One of the key points in most traffic exchanges is that you only have a few seconds to interest someone who is really only interested in getting credits for their own website. So your page has to catch their attention quickly.

The advertising programs can be used to advertise any opportunity, not just Marketing Pond, so it would be useful to join just for those if you already have an opportunity you’re promoting.


While the number of programs in Marketing Pond can be overwhelming, it’s quite a clever concept. You promote one website rather than 27, and automatically get referrals for the 27 programs.

That said, you probably won’t be able to keep up with all the traffic exchanges. Most give you some free credits to get started, though, which you can use to advertise Marketing Pond itself.

I wouldn’t recommend doing this with Free Viral, though, since the only people who see your ad are the ones you’re referring (e.g. the people already signed up with Marketing Pond). Instead, pick another opportunity to advertise with Free Viral, something you think Marketing Pond users would appreciate (e.g. something free).

With the signup bonuses and a few paid emails, I made about $22 the first day. That isn’t sustainable, since the signup bonuses accounted for $20 of that. But that was just from reading emails and taking a couple of surveys.

Will I keep up with taking surveys and reading free emails? Not to that level, since the amount of time needed is large enough I can’t justify it. Someone who needed the money more than I do might have a different perspective.

The concept of the opportunity aggregator or downline builder is an interesting one. Marketing Pond is themed around traffic exchanges and easy ways to get a little bit of money online. I could see the idea being used for other sorts of network marketing opportunities, too. As a free service, Marketing Pond beats page rotators hands down.

Let me know what you think!

More Internet Profit Sharing

More and more people are catching on to the power of online profit sharing.

I just ran across Peerit, a Bit Torrent network that allows you to seed files for sale. The basic idea is that you see a file you have the rights to sell (photos or movies you’ve taken, documents you’ve written, etc). You set the amount that you want the item to sell for, and the amount that you’re willing to payout to people who help seed the file. The example used on the site itself is a product that sells for $12, and has a payout of $2.

Someone buys your product and downloads it using the special Peerit client. They’ve paid you $12. They now seed that product. Another person buys your product, and there are two seeders (you and your first customer). The third person gets half the file from you and half from your first customer. The new customer pays you $12. You owe the first customer $1, half of the payout since they provided half the file.

This is an interesting take on the problem of encouraging people to seed files in Bit Torrent. It does assume that the content you’re sharing is worth paying for, and that you have the rights to sell it. I’m not sure how it’ll work out in practice, but I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

Internet Profit Sharing

In a previous post, I mentioned that the two main ways of making money online were advertising and sales.

That’s still true, but the normal method of making money has always been to create and promote your own website. Either a blog with advertising on it, or recommending affiliate links. A number of companies are taking this model and turning it on end by including member profit sharing.

As an example, let’s say you go to your favorite blog, Engadget. Well, it may not be your favorite blog, but according to Technorati it’s the most popular blog in the world. So for the sake of argument, let’s say you go there.

Along the top of the blog is a line of text links that are Adsense advertisements. Every time a user clicks on one of those links, Engadget makes some money. As the most popular blog in the world, Engadget gets a lot of people viewing the blog and clicking on those links, adding up a lot of advertising money.

An Internet profit sharing company would give its members some of that money back. The advantage as a member is that you can take advantage of a website that’s already promoted and popular instead of building your own.

Companies that are doing this include Cambrian House, Squidoo, and Agloco.

Cambrian House is a company that advocates crowdsourced software. This is software built by whoever in the Cambrian House community who wants to participate in building it, for as long as they want to participate. You might know how to program, or create graphics, or write good copy…all of those are needed skills for an online project. The profit sharing comes into play when the project starts to make money. Every member has a certain percentage of the profit depending on their participation in the project.

Cambrian House has another form of profit sharing, too. Just by signing up as a member of Cambrian House, you get one share of stock in Cambrian House. The stock is currently worth $1 a share.

You can sign up and claim your share of stock at the Cambrian House web site.

Squidoo, mentioned in an earlier post, is advertising based profit sharing. Pages on Squidoo are written by members on a variety of topics, and advertising profits from all the sites are put into a pool. Members are paid a percentage of that pool based on the popularity of the pages they’ve written.

Sign up at the Squidoo website and write a few web pages on any topic you want to start earning your share of the profits.

AGLOCO also pays members a percentage of advertising profits. I’ve written about them in a previous post, but here’s a recap: you allow advertisers to display advertisements to you while you view web pages. You get paid a percentage of profits based on how many hours you view web pages each day, and how many other people you’ve recruited. They reward recruiting other members, because that makes the pool of advertising profits larger.

Sign up at the AGLOCO website.

The best part of the current trend in Internet profit sharing companies is that it’s free to join each of them. They all acknowledge that they would make no profits at all without their members, and so make it as easy as possible to become a member, and then give back to the members.

If you know of other Internet profit sharing companies, I’d love to hear about them.

Get Paid to Surf the Web

About ten years ago there were quite a few companies that offered deals where you could get paid to surf the web.

Sounds too good to be true, right? That’s what I thought at the time, and ignored the offers.

Fast forward to today: I now understand that advertising space is at a premium on the Internet. Advertisers regularly pay to display advertisements to people willing to look at them. Generally this money goes to the owners of the web sites you visit. The paid to surf companies turn this around, and give part of the money back to you. After all, you’re providing the eyes the advertisers are paying for, so you should get some of the money back.

The latest incarnation of the paid to surf company is AGLOCO. They combine network marketing with paid to surf, and as such have gotten a lot of criticism from people who distrust network marketing (otherwise known as MLM).

The basic fallacy with most MLM programs is that the people at the bottom must spend money to support the people who recruited them. Eventually this breaks down. You can read more about this at my Squidoo page, How Does MLM Work?.

AGLOCO avoids this problem by making it free to join. You do not pay any money into the system, the advertisers do. In return, you offer space on your computer screen for them to display advertisements, and you get a piece of the money they pay to do so. The network marketing aspect of it is that if you recruit more people into AGLOCO, you get a slightly larger percentage of the profits.

As of this writing, AGLOCO is still in the pre-launch stage. This means that they are recruiting people, but do not have the software (the viewbar) ready to allow you to get paid to surf. This doesn’t mean you should wait to join, though. I see this as a no-brainer. You join now and recruit a few others to join, and when the viewbar is released you’ll start getting paid to do what you already do.

To join AGLOCO, click the banner below.

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How To Monetize Your Website

Word of the Day: Monetize

I first came across this word a few months ago, when I started my current foray into making money online. It’s a great word, catchy.

What it means is to make money off of something you already own, generally by selling advertisements. You could monetize your car, for example, by selling ad space on it. That ad space would have a specific value, based on how popular your car was, how many people see it during the course of a normal day, where you park it, etc.

On the Internet, websites are monetized all the time. You’d be hard pressed to find a website that isn’t monetized these days, even if it’s just through a few Google ads shown discretely somewhere on the page.

The key to monetizing a web site is that advertisers want people to see their ads, and the more people the better. So a website that gets good traffic coming through is valuable to advertisers, especially if the content of the website matches what the advertiser is selling (this is called targeted traffic).

What does this have to do with making money online?

Well, one way to make money online is to start a website and sell advertising space on it. Using Google’s Adsense, you can let Google decide what ads are good fits for your website’s content. Everyone seems to want to advertise with Google, so you would have a good selection of advertisers.

Certainly, making any significant amount of money this way requires a great deal of traffic coming through your website, so a personal home page probably won’t make you rich.

My experiences with monetizing web sites have not been successful, primarily because the websites I create never get much traffic. You’ll also note that this website does not have generic advertisements on it…each advertisement on this site was picked because it represents a program for making money on the Internet that I feel is worth your time (except for the examples of Adsense ads below).

Here’s an example of what an Adsense ad block would look like.

Edit: Adsense ads are not currently displaying. Could be a problem with upgrading to WordPress 2.2, but I’m still investigating.

To get started monetizing your website, you should be comfortable editing the HTML of your pages. You should also already have a website up and running. Then sign up for Adsense using the button below, and wait a few days for approval email. The approval email will contain a link to the Adsense control panel, which will provide you with the HTML you need to paste into your site.