1. The Reverse Job Board
The mini pitch: “Buy and sell work online.”
What it is: You know all those job boards you see littered around the web? This is a job board flipped on its head. Think of it as a “work wanted” board. Instead of employers posting job offers, this is a place for service providers to post requests for work.
How it works: Designers, developers, writers, and anyone else wanting work can post their request, together with the percentage or fixed fee they’d pay to someone providing a lead.
Why it’s hot: More people than ever are turning to the web as a source of work. Sometimes it’s very hard to find it, or very time-consuming to browse offers and make pitches. Wouldn’t it be great if people could find work for you? And imagine getting paid just for referring someone you know who needs a new website or logo design.
Where the money is: Take a commission when work is successfully placed, or charge a monthly fee to either buy requests or see contact details. Continue reading
Registering your website
You should register your new website with the Open Directory Project, dmoz.org. This has limited effect on your ranking these days compared to years gone by, but will help your site be recognised by search engines while it is new (although obtaining a listing on dmoz can take quite some time). Dmoz listing is free but requires that your site follows some guidelines. There are other directories you can consider, most of which require paying a fee. It’s not strictly necessary to register with a directory to grow your site’s popularity, so do not invest major effort in doing so. If your site is already well established and its content is optimized, getting listed in any single directory will not have further impact on your search ranking, as search engines will already have a clear idea of your site’s popularity for given search terms. You can also register directly with individual search engines.
WebPlus offers easy integration with free Google and Bing Webmaster services, which provide a direct way to manage your search settings with those providers. You can ‘validate’ your website by adding piece of code or a single file to your site, proving that you are the site owner and establishing your role as master and commander of a website. You can also set up visitor analytics, advertising, and other services. Continue reading
Here are some ideas for how to get more traffic to your blog (click the links for more helpful resources).
- Leave thoughtful comments on other people’s blogs.
- Write shorter posts.
- Blog consistently.
- Write less.
- Be a resource.
- Use trackbacks. Continue reading