Aside from having a skill, especially as a web designer, promoting that skill to getting jobs, is another very difficult thing as a Nigerian. Nothing is impossible but how do you pave your ways around thousands of web designers, to secure web designer jobs?
In this post, I will be sharing with us a secret method I use to pull web designer jobs for myself and make more money.
How to Get a Web Designer Job
First and foremost, you need to be sure you are good with the skill, either with WORDPRESS, BLOGGER, or you are a developer, either way, you need to verily identify yourself, and practice more if it is necessary. This is because you are dealing with people who are risking their online web appearance in your hands. This means you have to ensure you are good with your skill and could prove yourself with your client’s desired results.
Fiverr is a freelancing platform that enables you to offer your service to thousands of buyer, who will hopefully place an order from you and and make you more money.
Fiverr can be very difficult as the competition level is high, you can, however, read my post on how to rank your Fiverr gig and get orders this will guide you into creating a good profile and as well optimizing your gig, giving you chances of appearing on buyers search results.
Using Finelib Business Directory
Finelib is a Nigerian business directory, where business owner, brands, organisations, come to drop their names for awareness and brand identity.
Finelib has a directory for business in almost every state, and every categories you can ever think about, from Travels, Agric, Shopping, Transportation, News and Entertainments and more as much as you can count. With thousands of listing here, it indicates this sites are looking towards an online appearance and also build their brand reputation.
This is the exact method I use to pull jobs easily, most of the business being listed are neither a good website or any at all. This is where you have to come in. Visit www.finelib.com
You can decide to choose from any of the states available or from the business categories.
For Instance I am choosing a travel category; you can decide to choose the category of travel you want, based on the type of web designer jobs you can handle.
there are hundreds of business, listed here with or without a website;
The list keeps going on and on, this is where you need to diligently work, click on the more info tab, the business details will appear to you, this gives you chances of seeing those businesses with no website URL or a poorly designed website.
The above sites has no website, and yet they call themselves travel agency, what integrity are they building, this are the category of business you need to pitch, their email address and hotlines are available, you can give them a call, this is more reliable as they are communicating with someone they can trust.
Use the state to search for more, explore other categories as well, not just travels, mail them in a professional tone and carefully crafted content, don’t be too full of your self or showcasing professionalism, NO rather, let them know why their business isn’t improving, what their competitors are doing, what they have been loosing, importance of appearing on search results, importance of having a good online presence, then give them an offer. After stating their problems and what they have been loosing, then offer them a solution, if you have a website you have previously designed, send it across to them, show them the analytics to the site and the improvements it is still going to get.
If you don’y have a previously don job, then try to be calm and not too forward, use the right selling words to portray yourself.
Doing this, you have gotten yourself a web designer job, the major idea is to sell your self nicely. Your first trial might not work, second might not, don’t give up yet, at least a mail to 2-3 business everyday and a reminder to the previous one all on a daily basis, you will surely get results.
Thank you for taking your time to read this far, another important thing is your pricing, do that nicely, don’t extort or exploit them, they will always need you as their site developer, so be good.
If you have found this post very resourceful, I have taken due diligence to bring it down here to you, I bet there are many people who won’t tell you this, only at a price, so kindly drop your comment, in appreciation or a question if you have any.
7 Best Google AdSense Alternatives To Make Money From Your Website
Looking for the best alternatives to Google AdSense that will help you monetize your website?
Although AdSense is certainly the biggest name in display advertising, the only alternative is far from being this.
Whether you are looking for something to replace AdSense completely or just another additional advertising option, there are plenty of other services you can use to monetize your site.
I’ve listed 7 of the best advertising channels in this article. Some offer almost a 1:1 replacement for AdSense, while others give you something somewhat unique, such as text ads, suggestions for contextual products and more.
7 best Google AdSense alternatives for 2020 and beyond
Media.net is the most common 1:1 AdSense alternative in this list, as it is Yahoo / Bing’s personalized ad product. It will serve relevant advertisements based on the content of each page of your website, including text and ads
You can make your own custom display ads, like AdSense, or let Media.net find out the sizes that produce the best results for you.
If you’re just seeking one alternative to AdSense on this list, I ‘d suggest it is this one.
Media.net ‘s minimum payout is $100 which is a little higher than some of the other AdSense alternatives on this list.
Monumetric helps you make money by filling out your ad inventory with the highest available CPM offerings. Essentially, you set up the stock of ads on your site that you have available. Then, Monumetric helps you fill it out in the way you earn the most money for the impressions you get.
Monumetric has a reputation for being publisher-focused, with tools to help you control the advertisements are shown on your site and where they appear.
For instance, if you don’t want to show ads from a particular company or industry, Monumetric makes it easy for you to avoid those advertisers.
Monumetric works with websites that start at only 10,000 page views per month. However, Monumetric will charge a one-time setup fee of $99 if the site is under 80,000 page views.
BuySellAds is noteworthy in that it is not about displaying contextual ads automatically like you get with AdSense. You should then list your ad inventory on the BuySellAds marketplace, where advertisers should buy it directly.
You might say , for example, “I’ve got this footer ad spot that gets 30,000 impressions. I’m going to sell it for $300 a month ». Then, through BuySellAds, advertisers can easily buy that inventory – it’s all automated.
If you like this strategy, give the BuySellAds certainly a look.
The only downside is that if you are getting over 100,000 page views per month, BuySellAds will only work with your site.
Note: You’ll have ad space available at some point and nothing will display until you sell your ad space. You can configure “backfill” ads to run before your ads sell, to ensure you don’t miss out. One choice is to choose high-converting affiliate deals from common affiliate marketing sites-they will send you copy and paste banner codes.
Amazon Associates is an associate network of Amazon itself.
While a lot of people think more about Amazon Associates when it comes to manually inserting specific affiliate links into content, Amazon Associates also has its own personalized advertising service called Native Shopping Ads.
For Native Shopping Advertising, Amazon can view related items automatically, based on the content of each page on your site. If your visitors click on those items and make a purchase, you will receive an affiliate fee just as if you had inserted the connection yourself manually.
The only drawback is that you’re only only going to get paid if someone makes a purchase-you ‘re not going to get paid either for impressions or clicks like AdSense.
For Amazon Partners the minimum bonus requirement is $10.
If you decide to use Amazon Associates, make sure you are familiar with all of the rules, as Amazon Associates is much more stringent than other affiliate networks. You can’t hide the Amazon partner connections, for example.
With a variety of different ad types, PropellerAds can help you monetize your website, including some aggressive ad types that may or may not be right for you.
The two ad formats that are ideally suited are:
- Native banners that have contextual advertisements relevant to your content.
- Smart links that take users to the most important deal automatically.
If you’d like to become more aggressive, PropellerAds can also help …
- Click / click ads
- Interstitials that appear on your site before or after specified pages.
- Push notifications which allow you to advertise even after the person has left your site (if they approve your push notification request).
PropellerAds offers weekly payouts and just $5 is the minimum amount of payment.
Skimlinks uses a similar approach to the network Sovrn /Commerce (VigLink), which you have seen above.
Essentially, it searches your material for mentions of the Skimlinks network’s more than 48,500 affiliate merchants. Skimlinks will automatically add an affiliate link if it finds a mention to give you a chance to earn a commission.
The good thing is that you don’t have to deal with a lot of different services, as it has so many partner merchants in its network.
The minimum charge is just $10, but Skimlinks works on a Net 90 basis , meaning you ‘re going to have to wait a little to get paid.
Bidvertiser lets you use a range of ad formats to monetize your website, including show banners, popunders, sliders, smart links and programmatic advertising.
They ensure 100 percent coverage for both desktop and mobile visitors, meaning that you will always have some type of ad display.
While Bidvertiser does support some more aggressive types of ads (like popunders), they have a compliance team to make sure the advertisers themselves are up and up.
At Bidvertiser the minimum payout is just $10.
Blog Monetization Tactics
This post wouldn’t be complete without including any ideas on how to actually monetize your blog. Before you use any of these tactics you need to consider whether they work with or against your blogging goals.
For example, if you want to earn money from ad networks like AdSense and build your mailing list, you need to remember that more distractions can often cause lower conversions. The average lifetime value of a mailing list subscriber is higher than a few $ or even a few cents that you may earn when someone clicks on an ad and leaves your website – a lot higher.
It’s worth thinking about.
It doesn’t have to be anything complex like developing some sort of software. As a blogger you have skills and you can get paid to use those skills. If you’re a subject matter expert, it’s worth considering consulting or offering training too.
You will need a dedicated page to list your services at the very least, but you’ll get better conversion rates if you have a dedicated landing page for each of your services.
Sell direct ads
Selling ads directly from your blog can be a great way to increase your revenue. If you’re a WordPress user then there are plenty of advertising plugins to help you automate the process to some extent.
That would rely on your blog or you to get ad sales but you would get 100% of your revenue, or you could use a solution like BuySellAds.com – your site would get listed and put in front of potential advertisers, but it does mean giving up a % of your ad revenue.
Display CPC ads
I’m not a fan of CPC ads but it needs to be mentioned. With CPC ads you will earn money each time someone clicks on one of the ads.
Typically, to make this worthwhile you will need a significant amount of traffic. The % pay out will depend on how much advertisers are bidding for the ads that are displayed on your site. In the good old days, plenty of bloggers made serious cash with Google AdSense by working in niches that advertisers were bidding extremely high amounts. It was a great way to make money. The downside now is that it’s difficult to serve targeted ads thanks to things like remarketing.
The other downside is that visitors will be leaving your site for just a few cents in some cases – not very worthwhile if your blog is new and chances are that it’s not worthwhile even when your blog is established.
If you want to give it a shot, here are a few ad networks to try:
Sell your own products
One of the big things that I’ve picked up from Shane Melaugh in a group interview that I published last year was that the real difference to his success came when he started releasing his own products.
If you can create your own themes, plugins or software then you definitely have a big advantage but it’s not the only way. Creating an eBook or a training course out of what you know can be just as successful.
Getting started with selling your own products is extremely easy thanks to the technology available.
A lot of brands are looking for exposure and some are willing to pay for it. Selling sponsored posts can be a good way to generate some additional revenue. It’s important to ensure that you label any posts as ‘sponsored’ and it’s worth adding the nofollow tag to highlight to search engines that it’s a paid link.
This does mean waiting for marketers/brands to approach you, but you could try using sites like PayPerPost that pay bloggers to review products etc.
Paid newsletter with exclusive content
This is another option that you could try, although it’s not as popular as it used to be. Having said that, despite how much free content there is on the web, some of the best content is kept locked away from public consumption.
Create a paid membership site
Membership sites are a great way to generate recurring revenue. You could offer exclusive content, a paid forum or both. These typically work best when you continue to add value and give your members a reason to stay with you.
Thanks to the likes of WordPress, there are plenty of solutions available to help you get started.
Promote affiliate programs
Affiliate marketing is probably one of the most popular ways to earn money from your blog. When you sign up for an affiliate program you will get your own special referral link, when someone clicks on the link and makes a purchase you will get a commission.
The best way to do this is to promote products you’ve used, that way you can write detailed reviews. You may want to promote affiliate programs to your list, but your subscribers will appreciate it if you don’t turn your list into a ‘every single one of my emails is promoting a product’ type list.
It’s worth noting that certain niches will have affiliate programs with very low commission percentages whereas others will be a lot higher. Plenty of products will have their own affiliate program where you can sign up directly and others will use an affiliate network.
Promote CPA programs
CPA stands for ‘Cost Per Action’ – it’s similar to affiliate marketing because it involves the use of a referral link but it relies on people performing a certain action for you to get a pay-out.
The ‘action’ required can vary. Some may be email submits, others may be software downloads or product purchases.
Some programs will offer you as little as a few cents, whereas others can be in excess of $30.
Typically the higher the pay-out, the less likely someone would be to complete an action.
Getting signed up for a CPA network is usually more of a challenge than getting approved for any old affiliate program.
In fact, to get signed up for a few listed below I had to have telephone interviews and send over various pieces of information. That was a while back, not sure if that’s changed.
Start your own ecommerce store
What? Create my own ecommerce store? Yep, you read that right!
This is definitely one of the most challenging monetization strategies we’ve discussed in this list, but bear with me for a moment.
Let’s say you run a food blog for example. There is no end to products you could sell to your readers. The easiest way to tackle this would be to sell recipe based eBooks to your readers – with an ecommerce approach you’d make it easy for people to add multiple books to their order.
And from a user perspective it would work out well because they can pick and choose what they like. Then there’s all of the physical products you could sell. Anything from physical recipe books to utensils. But let’s step back from all of the cool possibilities for a moment and return to the real world.
This isn’t an option for everyone, so I’d recommend putting a lot of thought into this if it is an option. If you want to sell physical products then you need some seed money but you also need to treat your blog like a real business and it may involve hiring support staff & storage space. All that can make it tricky.
Then again, you don’t have to go down the route of physical products – digital products can be just as, if not more effective. And it’s easier to do.
How to use Keyword in your Blog Content
Since search engines use keywords as a starting point when filtering results, it is incredibly important that you know how to properly use keywords in your content so that your content can be found, indexed and rated better.
Although there are many opinions about how keywords should be researched and used, I would like to give you basic and quick step-by-step instructions on the correct and safe use of keywords in all the content you have written/published.
How Many Keywords Should You Use On A Page?
When it comes to how many keywords to display on a page, the answer largely depends on what keywords you want to use, how they relate to each other, and whether they promote the message of the content. With proper keyword research, however, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a list of 5 to 10 keywords. That being said, that doesn’t mean you should focus on all 10.
There are 3 main types of keywords:
- Primary Keyword
- Secondary Keywords
- Additional Keywords
Our primary keyword is the focus of the entire article, so the title and resulting content should reflect this. You can’t really write much of the content on two different topics, so only one main keyword should be used.
Secondary keywords are complementary to primary keywords, but only minor deviations. As a rule, a main topic contains 3-5 main discussion points. So it makes sense to use a handful of these secondary keywords.
Additional keywords are all other related keywords that are worded or spelled differently than the first two but mean the same thing. This is a trap to try to get different variations of your main keywords to try to rate them all.
In most cases, depending on the length of the content, there are a total of 3 to 8. This is divided into 1 main keyword, 1-3 secondary keywords and 1-4 additional keywords. This gives you the opportunity to start ranking for one of them and later even re-optimize your content based on your current ranking.
Using more than 8 additional keywords (assuming you don’t have incredibly long or extremely short content) can appear spam. It is incredibly difficult to incorporate them into natural writing for a content writer and is really not required. You will find that related keywords appear naturally and automatically when you write content based on some really good keywords. Doing more generally hurts readability and stands out like a thumb for both Google readers and page crawlers.
Where to Use Keywords in Your Content Writing
It’s easy to say, “You need to add keywords for SEO”, but implementation is quite another. In fact, there are certain rules and best practices for adding keywords to a website that can make your efforts much more rewarding.
You must include keywords in your written content by doing the following:
Insert Keywords in Your SEO Title Tag
Please note that I said the SEO title and not the title of your main article. You will optimize it in just a minute. First, let’s get some useful keyword data in your SEO title tag (also known as title meta tag). This title tag is similar to the meta description in that it is the name of the page that search engine results pages (SERP) see when they search for a keyword phrase. This title can be clicked on by the SERPs and leads the user directly to his page.
How to write SEO keywords in a meta title tag
Similar to meta descriptions, you only need to use a few characters (approx. 50-60) when writing your SEO title tag. For this reason, you typically want to limit your title tag to only your primary keyword and company name. This is the most concise, user-friendly and SEO method to do it.
Use Keywords in Your Article Title
If possible, insert the keyword in the title of your content. Since Google combines this title heading with its meta description to draw a picture of the content, it is very useful to have the keyword in the title as long as it can be used naturally.
If the keyword in the title cannot be used naturally, use a variant that still understands the meaning of the article while tapping on some of the main keywords in your keyword phrase.
Use Keywords in Your Meta Description
This is one of the most basic ways to add keywords to SEO, but is often overlooked. The meta description serves as a simple summary to describe what the content is about. So if you put the keyword in this summary, Google can better filter your results. It’s a powerful way to attach 1 or 2 of your key keywords to a portion of your page that is directly provided by search engines.
Reminder: A meta description consists of 160 characters (or 20 to 25 words) and describes what your page is about. This description appears under a page name and URL when people search for a keyword in search engines. Here is an example of a meta description as it appears on the search engine results page (SERP).
First, it is important to have the right tools. If you use WordPress, download the Yoast SEO plugin. With this little plugin, you can quickly optimize your content for SEO and readability and get points for entering your SEO meta description and your SEO title tag.
If you then use SEO keywords in a meta description, you must use the keyword at least once, but not more than twice. However, make sure you prioritize a useful and engaging description before filling in keywords, as this is the first thing anyone reads before visiting your website.
Use Keyword Within the First 200 Words
Knowing that Google is checking the first 200 words of a blog post, it is very important that you put your primary keyword in the first sentence or paragraph as much as possible without compromising the quality of the content. Similarly, you should try to use at least one secondary keyword in the first 200 words (but not in the first sentence).
Keep in mind that Google is trying to get a full picture of what the article is about. You need to be careful to get Google where you want to go and don’t get confused when tweaking content for keywords. This means that your primary keyword should be saved in all important places, your secondary keywords next and then all other additional keywords. Think of this as a usage pyramid with the primary keywords at the top.
The focus of the article (and introduction) is on the top of the primary section, supplemented by secondary and, finally, additional keywords to form a complete keyword structure and strategy for this piece.
Insert Keywords Naturally Throughout the Article
In what appears to be an SEO-centric digital world, it’s easy to forget that the reader comes first. You should never compromise your reader’s ability to engage, be informed, and educated about your content because keyword placement is poor. But believe me, it happens all the time. Here is a solution that allows you to write your keywords more naturally in your content.
One way to write keywords more naturally is to use “stop words” when writing keywords. These are words that can be inserted into keyword phrases so that they can read more naturally without decreasing their rank.
Use Keywords in the Last 200 Words
Just as an article introduction is important because it sets the framework for the content, the conclusion (or the last 200 words) could be considered as important, if not more important. For this reason, try to insert your primary keyword again near the last paragraph or next to the last paragraph, and add a secondary keyword if possible.
For blog posts, it’s generally best to include a call to action (or CTA) in the last paragraph. So if you can tweak the main keyword, that’s great! If not, read it as mentioned above in the penultimate paragraph.
Use Keywords in Headers or Headings (H1s, H2s, H3s, etc)
The heading (or headings) is a formatting tool that most text editors offer so you can share your text. From a purely visual point of view, they are essential. Large amounts of sales content, the end of which is not in sight, are intimidating and are often skipped completely. By using content sharing headings, you can visually move the reader to the most important or most interested points.
From an SEO perspective, headlines can be even more important. The HTML tags used to identify H1, H2, H3, etc. are also ranked notes so that Google knows what is most important in the content. Adding keywords to content headings may be the best way to rate multiple keywords. The more content you have, the more headlines you’ll have, so longer content generally ranks better than shorter content.
When a keyword is used in headings, the importance and importance of the keywords are emphasized. This way, search engines know how relevant these keywords are to your content.
Use Keywords in Image Alt-tags
If you don’t use images when writing content, ensure you do so. I cannot overemphasize the amount of opportunities you are missing unless you use visual cues(images) to educate, involve, and inform your readers and prospects. Writing pictures and content (and videos) perfectly matches the engagement of the users.
Regarding the use of keywords, using your keywords in an alt image tag can help make them appear when you search for an image. This can help users get to your content indirectly.
Images not only help share text and add color, personality, but it can also be a great opportunity to add keywords to your website. Take advantage of the ability to insert images into your articles and the blessed alt text that you can edit.
Use Keywords in URL
Last but not least, when adding keywords to your website you should try to include your main keyword in the URL of the main page of the article you wrote. If you followed the steps above and inserted your primary keyword in the title of your article, it should automatically appear in the URL when you publish it. But even if your title is similar to the main keyword but doesn’t contain it completely, you should change your page URL to include it later.
How Many Keywords Should You Put in Your Content?
This is a great question that is often discussed and discussed among SEOs. The real answer is that it only depends on the type of keywords and the length of your content.
However, the general rule of thumb is that you should try to include your primary keyword approximately every 100-150 words. So when you write an article with 1000 words, it is appropriate to insert the main keyword about 7 to 10 times. Also note that you want to distribute these keyword instances evenly throughout the article. You don’t want all 7 instances of your primary keyword to be in the same 200-word section, or you lose the flow of a consistent keyword topic at all times.
Secondary and additional keywords should not be included in the article more than your primary keyword. Regardless of your basis for using your primary keyword in your content, decrease the value for secondary keywords by about 25% and for additional keywords by another 25%. This helps you maintain a healthy keyword structure that Google crawlers should be able to follow easily.
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Make sure to use this guide seemingly in your next blog content, it is not all about Keyword Research (though important), but having a content well optimized is very idea, as google now rank sites with good user intent contents, the the above How to use keyword guide, your next blog post should be a spark. Also, always ensure you submit your sitemap on google search console.
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