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So first start by saying I have "Real" Online work but it requires me to work about 30 mins a day... I work on this other stuff 8-10 hours a day and earn a full-time income alone from this stuff alone...
I'm not including any affiliate signs ups I get when I say earning a living from this
I highly advise you get a cheap Laptop to work on... You cant use your phone ( for the work stuff )
I would recommend something like a Thinkpad 430i, I'm pretty sure I bought one for £85 as I needed a cheap laptop for something else and its been solid
normally they come with dud batteries, You can find a replacement HERE
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Neevo
Clickworker | non-Ref ( I will get 5 when you earn 10 )
Prolific.co
Populus Live
GG2U $1 Bonus | non-ref ( No Bonus ) - I will get 5% of what you earn
Timebucks(I think $1 bonus) | Non-Ref ( No Bonus ) - I will earn 15% of what you earn

Panelbase - Sign up HERE ( Quidco £10 Bonus )| Non- Ref ( No Bonus ) - Quidco will pay you £0.80p to sign up and if you sign up through my link you will also get a £10 bonus on Quidco when you reach £5 cashback
Some decent surveys on here, I normally check and do them when they are over £1

I mainly focus my time on Appen, If there is no work on Appen then I will see if there are tasks on Neevo if not then I move to the other sites... I only use the lower-paying survey sites when I have nothing else to do
I still do have something that guaranteed you money regardless, So even if I have a slow do saying this there is no pressure because my other work is there. This past week happen has been slow for me but I was able to smash out thousands of tasks on Neevo which made that up
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Here is also some good offers on a few different sites, They should be the highest paying for that offer
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You will get the bonus once you reach £10 payable cashback
Once you have signed up, here are the offers
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Bonus is once you reach £5 cashback
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Paddy Power Games £20 Cashback - Deposit and wager £10
Panelbase - £0.80p - Create an account and do a survey ( I highly recommend using this site )
Pick My Postcode - £.80p - Create an account.
booking buddy - 2p ( Can do 3x per day ) - Make a search.
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To get the £4 bonus you need to earn 300SB in your first month, Since the offers at the bottom I would do the two offers listed, Then make the rest up by doing 3/4 Surveys but other than this please do not waste your time on Swagbucks doing surveys, I only do them if to complete swago or if they are pretty high paying.
AyeT- CyberGhost VPN Free Trial - 54SB
Adgem - Norton VPN Free Trial - 63SB
100SB Bonus - Install the Swagbutton
Rise of Kingdoms - 4000SB - Get to hall Level 17
Lottoland - 1300SB - Click the offer and it will take you to the sign-up and will cost £1 ( Make sure auto-renewal isn't on )
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GG2U - REF( I think you get $1 Bonus ) | NON-REF ( No $1 if there is a bonus )
William hill ( Find this under Gaming Offers ) - Deposit £10 and wager £10 - Around £27 Back
Normally the Gala offers pay higher but none of them are available anywhere, Normally pay around £40, on TCB or Quidco but they have no offers right now for them
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Ysense - REF( Don't think there is a bonus |NON - REF
Click Offers, Then Offertory
Final Fantasy 100K Power - $10.16. I did this before and I spent £1 and completed really quickly, It was an XP reward I bought, It gave millions of Hero XP which gave enough power
I highly advise you don't waste time on this site doing surveys
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Lionbridge - Like happen but this is more strict and I also found Appen paid more for the Project I am on.
Teamwork- Like Appen and Lionbridge, I have done some work for them in the past everything was fine and paid on time.
Apple at Home Advisor - Work at home Advisor for Apple. Pretty sure they send you an iMac to work on tho I could be wrong
Pretty sure Amazon has remote work also. If you google a company and then "Remote" or at home, It should let you see if they have work
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I had these 3 on a list Its transcription work but Appen, Lionbridge, and Teamwork offer this and probably best going for them.
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transcribeme
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Sites/Apps that are legit + my thoughts on them
Swagbucks ( Around £4 Bonus ) | non-ref ( No Bonus )
I only do offers on here but I always check other sites before doing them to see if better paying elsewhere and I do swago when it comes up - Do not do surveys unless they are offering a few £ as they normally DQ - Only do Offers, Don't waste your time on anything else
Serpclix| non-ref
You install the plugin and it pops up with a task to search for a website... I barely use it but I would say its worth using for some extra cash ( Some users say £10-£30 a month on here )
Branded Surveys| non-ref
Had a few payouts, Too many DQ would avoid unless nothing else
Life Points
Had some decent paying surveys, But too many DQ.. I would personally avoid
Qmee ( 50p Bonus ) | non-ref ( No Bonus )
In my opinion, it's not worth the time, I do probably 1 or 2 surveys per week and I only touch the ones 75p + unless they take to long... I don't think you should focus anytime on it unless you have nothing else.
Ysense
Don't waste your time, I listed an offer for it above other than them offers.. Don't bother, People only want sign-ups to this cause they pay like 15% of earnings and I think around £5 when someone reached a certain amount
SliceThePie- Don't bother, Its clearly about 10p an hour
HoneyGain ($5 Bonus I think ) | Non- Ref ( No Bonus )
It uses your unused internet in the background, it's perfectly safe personally for me I've not had much luck but it comes down to location and how many devices you are using
20Cogs ( £20 Bonus on cashout ) | Non-ref ( No Bonus )
This is legit but most offers do pay better elsewhere and you need to hit 20 confirmed cogs before they payout, I have done offers on here and have my 20cogs pending but make sure you always check other sites to make sure you are getting the most amount of profit... I mostly do offers on here that I have not seen anywhere else.
PrizeRebel - Don't waste your time.
Microworkers - Can pay decent if you can rattle off some fast task but - Its a pain to get paid, Customer service pretty much ignores you and a lot of the jobs and links are sketchy as hell
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I know nothing about this stuff but you can also teach English online and get paid for it. You might need an ESL certificate. The pay is pretty decent if you can get work If this is something you are interested in I highly advise you do some research for it because its decent work
vipkid- Teach English to kids online, If you want to find more I would advise you to look through Reddit as a lot of users on here use this for work, There are more sites than just this that you can work for, I think they pay from $15-$25 per hour.
QKid- Same as vipkid teaching English online- I think this pays up to $20 per hour
gogokid- Teach English Online $14-25 per hour
There will be more sites than this but these are the ones I know of.
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Amazon FBA
I don't recommend you bring crap in from china there is enough of that,,, My advise would start small, Start by Buying stock from Supermarkets or other online retailers this is called retail arbitrage and then sending that in but make sure you are allowed to sell in that category, also if your going down the video game route that you sell Used video games and older back catalog titles as these hold higher profit margins than new stock, Lego, Toys, etc are good things to keep an eye out for you can also look for this sort of stuff on the Facebook market place
There is very little profit in new stock unless you can pick it up and most of the time you'd be selling at a loss because the big retailers can sell it for the price you buy it
Use Amazons courier ( they use ups) it's like £5 to send in a 15KG Box
Get the hang of it to figure out what works for YOU! Don't follow anyone on youtube and what they say to do... Of course, if you want to make serious money which you can do, You will need to get suppliers, etc but no one will tell you where to get these, and the ones found easily through google search will make you very little if any money using... Here is also some things I recommend using ( I use them or have used them )
Barcode Scanner ( I only use my PC so need scanner )
Barcode Scanner With Stand
Epson XP-3100
FBA Labels
Bags - I use a mixture of different one but these are fine for smaller things.
You don't need to buy the best printer or anything like that these work perfectly fine... You only need that stuff if you're doing thousands of labels per day
As I said before, Don't be scared to try this its actually pretty fun and can make good money just please people on youtube UK and US, Try it see what works for you
Also Amazon handmade but I still think Facebook is a great way to start selling handmade stuff ( if its quality )
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Gambling
First, I recommend you don't touch anything to do with this stuff if you have any mental health problems, feel lonely, etc this can ruin your life if you go off the deep end
Matched Betting - You can make good money from this and I think everyone should do it, It's not complicated once you get the hang of it but don't use Profit Accumulator or the other one that charges £17 a month, in my opinion, it isn't worth it ... You could use something like Team Profit to get the hang of it and then take the £1 profit accumulator trial then get more info from there but cancel before the £17 month
The more money you have to do this the more you're going to make, It can be pretty slow if you are starting with a low amount of money but when you're doing these, Make sure you check cashback sites or offerwalls to see if they will pay you for signing up
People promote PA because they have a good affiliate program

Gambling CPA/RS
This is different and you need a website or social media platform, You would have deals with the casinos, Bookmakers, etc But the money, if you get it right, is absolutely ridiculous... This is why you see these guys on youtube spinning such high amount of cash on the casino, If you are good at building sites or have a boatload of cash to chuck at this
You would post them and when people sign up through your link you could be on CPA ( Cost per Acquisition ) RS= Revenue share, So you would get % of a player losses or you could be on a hybrid
This money is life-changing if you get it right but since there is so much cash it is not easy... These sites are spending 10s of thousands a month to be at the top search results.
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Cashback Websites
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TopCashBack (£5 Bonus ) | nonref ( No Bonus )
£5 Bonus once you reach £10 payable cashback, I listed some good deals at the top of the post ( Check yourself for more on the site ) Also can save money when shopping online
Quidco (£10 Bonus) |non-ref ( No bonus )
You get the £10 bonus once you reach £5 cashback, Same as top cashback... Some offers listed above and you can also get cashback shopping online
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My favorite Offer
Xendpay (£10 Bonus | non-ref( No bonus )
Sign up and Verify your account, Make a transfer of £100 and you will get £10 free.. You can just transfer the money to yourself but you will need an account that takes euros as you need to send £ to euro
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Before you sign up to an offer on this sub, Please check on cashback sites to see if they pay more than a ref link, Example is the Azimo link it has been posted on this sub on the past few days, You only get £10 from that but you will get £25 through Quidco + £10 bonus if you are new to the site
There is also a scam that's posted a lot on Reddit, They claim to pay you $25 to sign up then $25 per person you sign up, This is a scam they go by a few different names sites all look the same with the same fake payouts
I hope this helps someone out.
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Collusion, fraud, spam accounts, and more: The month long story of UCLA's most controversial student election

The following was adapted from posts originally made to SubredditDrama and may overexplain issues for students who are already familiar with UCLA culture. However, new admits should be able to follow along given the extra context.
If there are any subscandals I missed that you think contribute to the story in a significant way, please link the appropriate posts and I'll try to work them in.

Key Terms

North Campus: The northern half of the campus that houses humanities and social science departments. Colloquially used to describe anything related to the humanities.
South Campus: The southern half of the campus that houses the science departments. Colloquially used to describe anything related to the sciences.
USAC: Undergraduate Students Association Council, the undergraduate student government at UCLA. Known for being filled with north campus majors.
Daily Bruin u/daily-bruin: A student run newspaper. Known for being filled with north campus majors.
Slate: UCLA's version of a political party

Background

Due to low engagement, last years spring elections saw 3 unfilled seats in USAC that required a special election during the fall quarter. A south campus major, Orion Smedley, ran on a platform to bring back a bus connecting UCLA to LAX that had been discontinued due to low usage several months before. In their election endorsements, the Daily Bruin wrote
The board does not endorse Smedley because of his narrow focus on small-scale visions and his lack of comprehensive understanding of the position. Smedley’s goals – such as organizing a bus between UCLA and LAX – showed him to be out of touch with student needs, as the lack of student use caused the FlyAway bus to be phased out earlier this year.
Orion went on to win a seat in the special election making him one of the few political outsiders as most USAC members are voted into the council after years of working their way up a slate.

The Referendum

On April 8th, the Daily Bruin reported that USAC had approved candidates and referenda for an online ballot due to campus closures in the wake of COVID-19. In this ballot was a particularly contentious referendum, Cultivating Unity for Bruins (CUB). The CUB referendum would increase student fees by $15 per quarter and $9 per summer session in order to fund the creation of a Black Resource Center, maintain meditation spaces, and offset the rent of the Transfer Student Center.
A post was made onto UCLA the next day calling for students to vote down the referendum. The post garnered much attention as many students were unaware that these measures had been passed. The referendum sparked backlash as many had recently lost their jobs, campus resources would not be accessible due to closures, and the Community Programs Office had $2.7 million unaccounted for. The subreddit began to fill with threads demanding accountability from USAC President Robert Watson.
In response to the outcry, USAC ordered its affiliates to make reddit accounts to downvote threads that were bringing negative attention to the CUB referendum. These messages were instead posted onto UCLA which only served to further foment backlash against the CUB referendum.
Students began to dig into USAC financials only to discover other information of which many had been previously unaware. In particular they discovered most accounts were overfunded even accounting for spring quarter expenses. Many were also shocked to learn that USAC officers were paid stipends of up to $10K a year for serving on the council.
After this story broke, students flooded the USAC public meetings that had been moved to Zoom. During the meeting immediately following the backlash against the CUB referendum, all USAC officers, save Orion, voiced their continued support for CUB. Orion stated he did not think the time was appropriate for a fee increase but planned to abstain from voting as he was running for USAC president in the coming elections. Throughout the meeting, other officers berated Orion for not supporting the referendum (Timestamps in the comments). During the Zoom meeting, a participant vandalized the chat with racist remarks which prompted the hosts to remove students from the meeting. Soon after, USAC officers took to other forms of social media, where they had more support, to continue attacking Orion. Students responded by shaming council members that had attacked Orion and removed students from a public meeting.
In response to USAC's mishandling of the CUB referendum backlash, the Daily Bruin wrote an article chastising members of USAC.
Student representatives are supposed to focus their offices’ firepower on students’ problems, not on one another. But recently, the voice of the student body has largely been composed of Twitter rants and screenshot exposes. Tensions between Undergraduate Students Association Council members have boiled over into the public social media sphere over the Cultivating Unity for Bruins Referendum, a proposed referendum on the upcoming USAC election ballot.
Soon afterwards, an unrelated scandal was brought to light by Orion. He claimed that on March 10th, USAC voted against an independent judiciary with only he and another officer in opposition.

The Election

In the same article that announced the CUB referendum would be on the ballot, it was revealed that Orion had formed his own slate, Cost Cutting Innovations (CCI), and would be seeking the presidency. He would be facing Naomi of For the People (FTP), the slate with the greatest representation in USAC, and three other Independent candidates. The fallout over the USAC's mishandling of the CUB referendum gave Orion and his slate an unexpected surge of support. He became the posterchild of reduced student fees after he was the only one to state his opposition to the referendum.
As election week approached, UCLA was rocked by several instances of fraud, where students posing as members of both Naomi and Orion's campaigns made unsanctioned posts. The moderators stepped in and began requiring verification from users claiming to represent candidates.
As election week was about to kick off, the Daily Bruin released their endorsements of candidates. To the dismay of many, the Daily Bruin endorsed FTP candidates nearly straight down the ballot. Users were quick to notice the amateurish reporting of the editorial board and called out discrepancies online.
In their endorsement for FTP's Zuleika over CCI's Deven they cited both of their lack of experience in student government as transfer students but gave very different spins.
Zuleika
While she lacks experience on USAC, Bravo has a wide range of leadership experience working with the Students with Dependents Program and the Transfer Leadership Coalition.
 
Deven
Additionally, her lack of experience within USAC raises concern given the rigorous and sometimes toxic environment of student government, and we worry that her ideas may get lost in the transition.
A user pointed out that the USAC and the Daily Bruin had strong incentives provide legitimacy for each other. The user observed that south campus majors are less inclined to participate in student government because it is not in line with their career goals. The growing threat to USAC due to an increased number of south campus majors running on the CCI slate this year revealed to many students that the initiatives of previous administrations had merely been for show and were not focused on real student issues.
South campus majors don't run for office. More importantly they don't vote. So when it comes to it, USAC is filled with the same people who push initiatives that stroke the "woke" ego that is so pervasive among the self proclaimed journalists at the Daily Bruin while the few [who] do push for South Campus specific plans get called "out of touch". It's absurd that a candidate can run on a campaign that wants to restore a tangible service to students and gets called out of touch while another candidate is praised for adding seats for students we don't know to a senate we've never heard of.
This message resonated with the UCLA userbase that skews heavily towards south campus. Students attacked the Daily Bruin and USAC for working together to maintain a system that allowed faux politicians and journalists to push unrealistic agendas for the purpose of advancing their careers and to the detriment of real student's problems. They alleged USAC and the Daily Bruin were out of touch with the student body after they had repeatedly endorsed candidates with the same type of lofty, good-on-paper agendas over candidates with realistic, sensible plans.
The start of election week was plagued by several more scandals. On Sunday, students also discovered that the the elections board, u/uclaelectionsboard, had paid for actors Brian Baumgartner and Lena Headey to record videos encouraging students to vote. Students complained this was a waste of student fees during a contentious election currently being fought over student fee raises.
On Monday morning, an email, seeming to address incidents of racism, was sent out to all UCLA students. The email stated that racist attacks had been made against the CUB Referendum, citing specifically the incident where racial slurs were used during a public Zoom meeting. The USAC President, Elections Board Chair, and leaders of various ethnic student groups signed on to urge students to participate in the current elections.
Students accused USAC of violating election codes by sending partisan information to students over a service to which all students are required to subscribe.
If you believe that USAC president Robert Watson violated campaign guidelines by sending an email to all undergraduates encouraging a 'yes' vote on the CUB referendum, click here [go to 'report a violation'] to file a complaint.
I recommend you cite Regulation 2.1.a.i of the Social Media Guidelines.
The Social Media Guidelines for campaigning, Regulation 2.1.a.i, state that campaign literature cannot be sent to email lists that all students are required to subscribe to." [note: such as the undergraduate student directory]
Campaigning is defined in the election code, section 8.2.1.a (page 27) as:
[A]ny effort by any individual or group to influence the decision of any student in support of or against any USAC candidate, slate, initiative, referendum, recall, or constitutional amendment appearing on the ballot in the next election through the use of verbal or nonverbal interaction, electronic correspondence of any kind, or the use of physical materials. (emphasis mine)
Students called upon the Elections Board, the independent administrators of the election, to investigate the incident. Despite high activity in encouraging students to vote just hours before, the Election Board account went silent.
Further violations of election code occurred when students posted screenshots of unsolicited texts messages they had received from an individual endorsing the FTP slate.
After a two day investigation, the elections board found the complaint to be invalid.
The Board first makes it clear that the main reason behind its approval of this letter was to take a clear stand in solidarity against incidents of hate speech that have occurred as a result of the ongoing debate about the CUB referendum
Many of the petitioners took issue with the sentence “These instances further highlight the inadequacy of space where Black students are able to feel safe and welcome on and off campus.” The Board agrees that this line itself could possibly be construed as campaigning as one of the components of the referenda is the construction of a Black Bruin Resource Center, which was mentioned in the email. On the other hand, the Board also agrees that this line itself could be construed as entirely factual by others and that the inclusion of “off campus” makes it so that racism as a whole is being addressed, with “on-campus” being used as a reference to the University. The Board acknowledges the petitioners’ concerns but this is ultimately a matter of subjective interpretation.
They also wrote
The third paragraph of the email discusses the CUB referendum, but only in the context of the racist incidents that have occured; these incidents are among the ones that the Board denounced in a April 15th statement.
Many students responded by repeatedly asking for examples of racist incidents other than one in the Zoom meeting. Students also noticed a lack of justification on why the email was not sent immediately after the incidents happened.
Allegations of conspiracy grew when a screenshot of the USAC President claiming he had been given information on the current state of the election was posted onto UCLA. Fury continued to mount against the elections board for this perceived impropriety. However, in this thread, the elections board defended itself by claiming they had no knowledge on the results, only the number of votes cast. Students continued to take issue with this statement asking why this information had only been made available to members of USAC.

The Results

At 6 PM Friday, five hours after voting had concluded, the elections board announced the results of the election. With the highest voter turnout since 2016:
Unexpectedly, the results were a mixed bag with many projecting a sweep by either side, contingent on the pass or fail of the CUB referendum. Despite both sides gaining and conceding ground, drama continued to ensue.
Shocked that CUB had failed, supporters of the referendum took to twitter and began accusing UCLA of racism. Reddit users also posted and criticized screenshots of several tweets by Naomi.[1]
As the fervor over the elections died down, some took the opportunity to remind the student body of the alleged misconduct of USAC, the elections board, and the Daily Bruin. However, it is unclear if the student body will have the momentum and memory to hold the newly elected USAC accountable to transparency and real change after this particularly contentious election.
[1] : It is the opinion of the author that the second tweet can be construed as frustration at middle class people for not joining the plight of lower class people. Whether it is true, that middle class people do not support lower class people, is subject to debate.

Author's thoughts

Since this section is my own opinion, I won't be adding sources unless its about an event that actually happened.
First I would like to start off by disclosing my biases. I completed my undergrad at UCLA and am currently a graduate student in a south campus major. Graduate students are governed by the Graduate Students Association (GSA) and have no stake in USAC. I also happen to know some members of the Daily Bruin's editorial board and their political beliefs; although, I have not been in contact with them for the duration of this event.
I'm extremely disappointed by USAC, the elections board, and the Daily Bruin for their behavior during this election cycle. While much of the evidence regarding collusion is circumstantial, it's hard to give them the benefit of the doubt, especially when many of these organizations have obtained notoriety for engaging in playground politics.
USAC and supporters of the CUB referendum have failed in every attempt to engage in civil discourse with the opposition. As a somewhat liberal individual, I probably have voted in favor of CUB, if I were an undergrad, barring a pandemic and the unaccounted $2.7 million. USAC and supporters refused to attack the argument: a student fee increase during a pandemic and by the least transparent USAC in recent history is a bad idea, opting instead to call all detractors racist. If these students wish to be future leaders and activists in America, they need to do better. On an unrelated note, this is why no one takes liberals, and by proxy college students, seriously. If your first reaction to disagreement is to scream racism, you don't know what you're doing.
If you take your role on USAC seriously, and I know many do because it's what many want as a career, you have to be accountable. Real governments are accountable to the people they serve. If you read this story not knowing that it was a college government, you would think it was a democracy on the verge of collapsing into a totalitarian state. Which is kind of ironic considering how dyed in the wool liberal some of these people claim to be.
Despite actively engaging with students on UCLA in the days prior to election week, the elections board has been eerily silent since allegations of franking came out on Monday. I read the full Notice of Findings and am obligated to believe that a thorough investigation was conducted by an independent board. However, that is not to say that their actions were not incredibly suspect. As students, we know who is friends with who and it makes it very difficult to believe that members of the elections board did not have a personal stake in CUB despite statements to the contrary. However, in a democracy, they are entitled to the benefit of the doubt and the court of public opinion has brought nothing but circumstantial evidence. If this new USAC takes transparency seriously, I think commitments to increasing oversight would be a much needed reassurance.
With regards to the Daily Bruin, I hate being misinformed. So much that if you knew me in real life, you might be able to guess who I was based on how much I insist people go directly to the source material. I understand that journalists are not paid just to report the facts but also to give their opinions. But with that said, many of writers who covered this story let personal politics affect their ability to report the facts first.
There was a sub scandal that I didn't cover in the main story where students alleged that the Daily Bruin deliberately put off reporting on the fee increases as to not bring attention to its negative impacts. Several people[2], [3] asked the Daily Bruin to report on the story when it first came out. But it took three weeks for the article to come out and it came out after voting had already started. While I would like to give them the benefit of the doubt, I wouldn't put it past the editors I know to strategize like this and others were keen to keep track as well
But it looks like they never got around to it. How tf could they fail to cover something so substantial? And boy, how convenient was that... considering that they also recently announced that they endorse the fee increase (referendum).
There was a UCLA student in the comments of the SubredditDrama post that said I was being unfair to the Daily Bruin. I openly admit I don't much like the Daily Bruin and agree their opinion pieces hot garbage. But their investigative pieces have been incredibly lackluster as well. Their report on the unaccounted $2.7 million was the best I'd read from them but they failed to report on its connections to concerns of transparency as it relates to the recent election.
Another thing that is incredibly concerning is the lack of south campus representation in USAC and the Daily Bruin. It was pointed out in the comments of the SubredditDrama post that the Daily Bruin does employ south campus majors in the stack, their data visualization and tech blog. I spoke to a friend who is a graduated member of the Daily Bruin about this story and they said they weren't surprised. The south campus staffers were not really concerned with campus politics and mostly kept to themselves.
Which leads us to south campus representation in USAC. It's true that internships and research experience is way more valuable careerwise to south campus majors so they don't really bother with USAC. But I hope that changes after this year. The bigger issue is with the USAC establishment denying representation of the south campus perspective, as evidenced by the tweets linked above
... my platform will explicitly include banning south campus majors from running for office or voting ...
Hyperbole aside, it's disconcerting that people are trying to paint the result of the referendum as a north vs south argument. There is north vs south culture at UCLA which is discussed mostly as a joke but sometimes seriously, e.g. north campus majors are attractive but unhireable and south campus majors are goblins but will be rich, the north side of campus looks beautiful and the south side is trash, etc. But that north vs south culture isn't the reason CUB failed. It's the reason referenda like CUB are allowed to exist to begin with.
No one is doubting that marginalized communities need our support. But if you read the linked threads and articles, you would have seen dozens of acronyms, CPO, CRC, SIOC, CEC, CSC, SREC[4], CAC, CTP, AAC, AAP, MO, TLC, UCSA, SWC, CAPS, and more. There is not a single "run of the mill" student that can tell you what each of these stand for, what they do, and how some of them are different from each other. I also made one of those up and challenge anyone to tell me which one is fake without looking them up.
UCLA is a huge school and I get that there needs to be a lot of groups to cater to some large populations. But it's alarming how easily some groups are made to serve a seemingly niche purpose, funded all on the student's dime. If I didn't know any better, I would think that some of these groups were made just to push some esoteric social justice agenda and make resume padders for friends of officials. South campus demands realistic and practical goals, as evidenced by CCI's slate. But when south campus doesn't participate, the runaway north campus effect goes on to create groups after every color of the rainbow spending money on things students don't know about.
If USAC wants referenda to pass or fail on their own merits, they have to engage the other half of the campus while they're being written. There is no point in north campus throwing referendum after referendum at the student body for it to be voted down after south campus grows tired of increased fees without representation. If USAC wants students to take future referenda seriously, they can't disenfranchise south campus.
USAC, do better.
u/uclaelectionsboard, do better.
u/daily-bruin, do better.
Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.
Erratum: [4] CREC should be SREC.
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Use Google Analytics To See Where Your Best Traffic Is Coming From 📈

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Three weeks ago I got accepted to CXL institutes' conversion optimisation mini-degree scholarship. It claims to be one of the most thorough conversion rate optimisation training programs in the world. As part of the scholarship, I have to write an essay about what I learn each week. This is my third report so far.
In my experience, the majority of people who have analytics set up use it to see how much traffic their website is getting. This is a shame because, with a little bit of effort, it can tell you so much more useful information. Over the next 10 minutes I'll show you how to understand where your traffic is coming from, and what your conversion rate for each source of traffic is.

How Google Analytics Buckets Your Traffic

To make sense of your analytics you must understand that there are 9 default types of traffic.
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I prefer to think of these as five main groups:
  1. Organic - If someone finds your website on a search engine then it counts as organic traffic.
  2. Referral - When someone comes to your site from a link on someone else's website then that’s referral traffic.
  3. Social - If traffic comes from a link shared social media platforms like Facebook or twitter then it’s Social.
  4. Email - this is when someone clicks on a link in an email you've sent out.
  5. Ads - Display, Paid Search, Affiliate marketing and all other advertising counts as paid advertising.
The reason I've simplified it down to these categories is because it reflects the three main ways people get traffic online:
  1. You can produce amazing content and work on getting it ranked on search engines to get organic traffic. This takes time, effort and dedication but once you get ranked the traffic keeps coming.
  2. You can work on sharing links to your website on forums, in comments and discussions, and any other place you can find a relevant audience for your product. Referral traffic works instantly, but people's attention churns just as fast so you have to stay at it constantly. Technically, Social is just referral traffic but I like the distinction because people who follow you on social media are already in your orbit. Typically, with other referral traffic you are putting yourself out there and exposing yourself to an entirely new audience. The same rules apply to Email, technically this is referral traffic, plus these people are already in your orbit since they are on your mailing list. Still, the category is practical because it keeps the referral category cleaner by not diluting it with email traffic.
  3. Then you have paid advertising. If you don't want to hustle, you have to pay for your traffic.
These categories are just Google’s default buckets, you can create your own. Lots of people promote their products via public speaking, networking, trade shows, etc; you can set up custom categories so that traffic from these efforts don't end up in another category. For example, if I want to do a cold email outreach campaign then I could label this under the default Email category, but I associate email with my mailing list. Instead I could create an entirely new category called Outreach and have all my cold email traffic show up there.
Lastly, direct traffic, this is when someone types your URL directly into the browser. This is more of a catch-all for when Google doesn’t know where the traffic is coming from. If you give business cards out at networking events, there is no way that Google can know this, so it will just get lumped under direct traffic. The way to solve this is to teach Google where your traffic is coming from.

How To Teach Google Where Your Traffic Is Coming From

Google does a fair job of figuring out where your traffic is coming from. However, with the networking example above, it is impossible for Google to know that you met someone at an event. The solution here is to use UTM links. A UTM link is like a regular website link except that it has a string of information appended to the end of it (UTM stands for Urchin Tracker module, Urchin was the name of the company before Google acquired it).
For example, the link to this article is https://learninglog.svbtle.com/ga
A UTM link would be https://learninglog.svbtle.com/ga?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=my-blog-demo-link
If you click on the first link it will just show up as any referral traffic in my Analytics, clicking on the second one will tell me that you clicked on the demo example link on my blog. That string of information at the end, after the ? tells Google the source of the traffic and how you want to categorize it.
Creating a UTM link is not complicated, you can just use a UTM link generator. I'll link to the one I use in the footer. Most people also use link shorteners to mask these long ugly links.
All you have to do is add the original link to the first field in the generator and then enter the relevant information for the source of the traffic. You are given 5 fields to fill out. I'm not going to explain what all the fields do because you only need to know two to get started: Source and Medium.
The source is where your traffic is coming from. If you parse through the example UTM link above you'll see that it says utm_source=my-blog-demo-link in the string. This means my-blog-demo-link is the source and that is what will show up in my analytics dashboard when people click on this link.
The medium refers to the 9 default categories we were talking about earlier. In this case, it's a link in a blog so I'm labelling it referral traffic. It is important to use lowercasing when defining a medium otherwise it won’t work. The default categories are a known convention so I suggest sticking to one of the category names when possible. Unnecessarily creating your own makes it's harder for new people to understand your analytics in the future.
Telling Google the Medium will give you a traffic pie chart that looks something like this in the Acquisition > Overview pane.
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The colourful pie chart in the top left corner tells me that more than half of my traffic is Social and 6% of it comes from referral. On the other hand 33% of it is labelled 'Direct', this is because I hadn't started using UTM links for that traffic and Google doesn't know how to categorize it. This is why it makes sense to start using UTM links as soon as you can.
If you then click on one of the Mediums in the table, for example Social, it will show you all your sources of social traffic.
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Twitter and Facebook are my top two sources of traffic and about 17% of the traffic is 'not set'. Again, this illustrates why it makes sense to start using UTM tags.

Cleaning Up Fractured Traffic

The view I like to spend most of my time on is Acquisition > All Traffic > Source/Medium.
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The first column shows me my top 10 sources of traffic sources and their medium. The rest of the columns then help me understand how that traffic is performing.
This table is a bit messy because there are 3 rows with the same sources. There facebook.com, m.facebook.com and l.facebook.com. This happens because facebook uses different servers for different views. This is unhelpful. What I want is a single row that just tells me how much traffic I am getting from facebook.
The way to clean this up is to use a filter.
Go to your test view before you create a new filter. If you don't have one, set one up before you start adding filters. Filters can be dangerous, once data starts getting filtered out there is no way to retrieve it, so you want to set up a test view where you can test the filter works as expected before applying it to all your analytics data.
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In your test view, create a new filter, give it a name and then click on the custom tab and then select the search and replace option.
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In the filter field you want you want to select campaign source, then in the search string you want to use regex to tell it to find any source that ends with facebook.com ^.*facebook.com$, and then in the replace string field you give it the new name you want it to use. I've linked to a neat guide on getting started with regex in the links in the footer.
Rather than having three different types of facebook traffic in my sources panel, now it will all just show up under a single facebook label. You can repeat these steps for any kind of fractured traffic by just replacing the domain name in the example above.
The next thing I did was create a UTM parameter for the links I share in facebook groups so that I can distinguish it from when I share stuff with my friends on facebook. This is why some facebook traffic has started showing up as facebook-groups in the screenshot above.
The last thing we need to clean this up is a referral exclusion list. You can do this by going to the property settings. I’ve highlighted the button in red on the screenshot below.
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Referral exclusion means removing your own domains from your traffic. I have sources like joshpitzalis and learninglog showing up in my traffic. These are both my own sites. To prevent this from continuing to happen I've added both of these domains to the referral exclusion list.
Unfortunately, none of these changes will apply in retrospect so it's important to make these changes as soon as you can. Now that the measures are in place, cleaner traffic will slowly drown out the messiness.
Now we know how much traffic we're getting, where it's coming from and how it gets broken down. The next piece of the puzzle is to figure out which source of traffic is having the biggest impact to your business.

Tracking How Well Your Traffic Converts

A conversion is just a measurement of how many people do something. If 1000 people visit your website and 20 of them sign up to your mailing list then your mailing list's conversion rate is 2% (20/1000 X 100).
Before you can track any kind of conversion you have to figure out what it is you want people to do. In the example above we want people to sign up to our mailing list. For most Saas businesses the goal of the landing page is to get people to sign up.
You are allowed to track 20 goals in google analytics. To keep things simple I recommend just starting with your single most important goal.
To set up a goal in Analytics you must go to the admin section, and then click on the goals in the view column, and then click on the red 'create goal' button. This will take you to the following page:
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If you want to track people filling out a registration form then you will need to set up an event goal so that you can track the registration form submission event. You will need to go into the form in your landing page source code and trigger the event on submit. Depending on how you have analytics setup, you will need to do this with Google Tag Manager or the Google Analytics event trigger (or however else your project tracks events).
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When you fire the event you will need to define an event category and an event action. The category is the broad grouping of the event; so 'sign-up' or ‘registration’ or something like that. The action is the specific behaviour you are tracking, for example 'form submission'. Labels and values are optional. If you have multiple signup forms you can use a label to add info about which form fired the event. If the signup is paid you can also allocate a dollar value to the action. These last two are optional.
That was a bit complicated but you must set up a goal in order to track your conversion rate. If event goals sound too complicated, then a simpler alternative is to set up a destination goal. This tracks when people land on a specific page. To do this you must create a page that people can only reach after completing your goal. You simply add the url of the destination page to the goal and you are done. This is often why people direct you to a thank you page when you download something online. You could also have a welcome page that people only visit once after they sign up. However, you must make sure people don’t see the welcome page every time they login otherwise it will skew your metrics. This is why, for signups, event goals make more sense. There are two other types of goals but those are more suited for blogs and content focused websites so I won't go into those.
Once you have set up your goal, the source/medium page from before will have a whole new section appended to the end of it called Conversion. In this case, my goal for my website is to get people to book in an initial conversation.
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This page now has three groups of column, acquisition, behaviour and conversion ( I have outlined the conversion column in orange above).
The acquisition column tells you how much traffic is coming from each of your sources. This is what almost everyone uses Analytics for.
The behaviour column tells you how engaged a source of traffic is. There are three sub columns, you have the bounce rate (the percentage of people that view a page once, do nothing else and then leave), pages per session and the average session duration. These three columns help me assess the quality of my traffic.
If I just looked at the acquisition column (and tally up all my fractured facebook sources) I would see that I am getting most of my amount of traffic from Facebook. However, if you look at the behaviour column you can see that my Facebook traffic has a much higher bounce rate than anything else. It also shows me that people who come from Twitter spend a lot longer on the site and view more pages per visit. So thanks to the behaviour columns I can tell that Facebook might be giving me more traffic, but Twitter is clearly giving me better traffic.
The final column is Conversion, this shows you the result of all this traffic and engagement. In the screenshot above we can see that one person booked a consultation with me (this is the goal I have set up on my website). Unfortunately this person came from the direct medium so analytics can’t tell me how this person found my website. Had I started using UTM links sooner I'd see what source of traffic this conversion came from. As more conversions start coming in with cleaner traffic data I will be able to tell where my highest converting traffic is coming from.
There are lots of other things you can do with the conversion section. You can set up multiple goals, you can have multi channel goals, you can even set up neat visualisations to see where people drop out of your sales funnel but I don't recommend diving into all that until you need to. Trying to learn analytics in its entirety is a waste of time. A much better approach is to ask an important question, and then just learn enough to answer that question. A good baseline is to understand how much traffic you get, where it is coming from and how well it is converting. Now you know how to answer all three of those questions.

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Some Effective Ways To Promote Your Blog!

This is actually a reply I made to a question over on Quora but I wanted to share it here on Reddit too. I have only copy and pasted my reply over to Reddit and then readded the relevant images/videos. Due to this, some parts may seem a little off or have me referring to stuff as if this post is on Quora but it should still be able to provide value to some people with any luck :).

Organic Search Traffic

To promote your blog via search engine optimization to pull traffic from search engines such as Google and Bing, you have to start with that goal in mind from the very start of the process with your keyword research. Your goal is to find low competition keywords that your domain should easily be able to rank for and pull traffic to your domain from the search engines.
Although there are a number of keyword research tools out there that promise to make this process quick and easy, in my experience, they are a waste of money and deliver a large number of false positives and can potentially waste you a ton of time by publishing articles you will never rank for. Although there are a few different methods that you can use for your keyword acquisition, the main one that I have been using for my latest project is a tool called Answer The Public.
Although it is a freemium tool, you get a few free searches per day that should be plenty for anyone just starting out and trying to get ideas for potential keywords. Simply head over to Answer The Public, put some initial seed keywords into the tool and let it do its thing. At this stage of the process, the broader the initial keyword the better as you want Answer The Public to pull as many potential keywords as it can.
The image below shows an example of what Answer The Public will deliver for an example keyword search for the term “best pens” and ask you scroll down the page, it shows you many more ideas.
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Once the tool has finished coming up with keyword ideas for you, click the download to CSV button and it will download all of the ideas in a spreadsheet for you. You can save your time a bunch of time and effort at this stage if you use the Keywords Everywhere plugin for Chrome to get the predicted search volumes for your keywords to allow you to try and only target the ones that are getting monthly searches in Google so you can choose your potential articles better.
The image below is an example of how using the Keywords Everywhere plugin will show the predicted search volume for a term from the “best pens” example pull from Answer The Public in the Google Search Results page shown by the Red arrow but you can also import keywords into the plugin for bulk searching too.
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If you do opt to run the keywords from Answer The Public through Keywords Everywhere, delete all of the keywords that remain that are under the search volume limit that you feel is fit for you. Keep in mind though, this search volume is only a prediction and once ranked, your page will also be pulling traffic from secondary keywords, LSI phrases, and one time searches too meaning that even something with a predicted search volume of 10 can end up pulling over 100 hits per month to your domain.
Next comes the long and boring task of manually checking the search engines for the competition for the list of keywords you have. Although this can initially take you a ton of time, as you get better at it, you can usually spend a few seconds looking at a search engine results page for a keyword and work out if it's worth targeting or not.
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Sidenote For Reddit - I have this post on Reddit about one of my old keyword research methods that may be helpful if you are brand new to blogging. It has not aged well due to the Google search engine process evolving over the years but may be helpful to some but keep in mind, the method in my article will likley deliver a large number of false positives that may never rank in modern Google. I go into more detail on the weaknesses of the method in this post and show how that particular method is not really ideal and you should evolve your own method from it ASAP. Anyway, back to the Quora answer.
Although the effectiveness of this first tip is becoming less and less relevant with each new update to the Google algorithm, one thing that you can look for when manually checking your keywords is predicted total results shown above. As you can see, in descending order from top to bottom for four example keywords from the Answer The Public pull for “best pens” have drastically different total results for the keywords as shown by the Red arrows.
As I mentioned, this is becoming less and less effective with each new update to the Google algorithm as they are getting better at understanding searcher intent but at the time of writing this answer, the “About xx,xxx” result count is still helpful. The lower the count the better but you still have to check the actual websites ranking on the first page of Google for your terms.
Although Moz definitely does have its flaws, the free Moz Bar plugin for Chrome can save you a ton of time for this stage of the process. Unfortunately, the Moz crawler is not as good as some of its competitors but its domain authority score (DA) can still be helpful with an example shown in the image below.
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Again, it is from a search from one of the keywords for the example batch from Answer The Public but as you can see, the top domain has a DA of 17 while the second domain has a DA of 40. The higher the DA, the stronger that domain will be and the harder it is going to be for you to beat it usually. The more compeating domains with a low DA rating on the first page of Google the better the chances you have for your domain to rank.
Go through all of the keywords in your spreadsheet from your Answer The Public pull for the niche that you have chosen. You can add two new columns to your spreadsheet and manually add the “About xx,xxx comparing pages” number as well as the number of low DA domains on the first page for each keyword to work out what the lowest competition pages are.
Next you have to write your content for these keywords and this can take you hours of time depending on the type of content you are writing. The majority of my articles are at least 2000 words with some being over 5000 words depending on what I am targeting so each article will likely take you a few hours to publish. Thankfully though, I have shared 11 tips and tricks that you are able to implement in your own article writing journey in this post that are well worth implementing. They can help you save a large amount of time on each article you publish allowing you to publish more and more content in a shorter period of time.
Another thing that I commonly see people make mistakes with is how they actually format their articles too. I have also made this post where I go over how I format both my informational intent and buyer intent content with examples to try and show people how they should be trying to format their articles for optimal income generation too, if you are planning on publishing content for a large amount of buyer intent keywords then it is well worth watching.
Another thing that I would like to share is that if you are planning on publishing a large amount of content based around buyer intent keywords then in my experience, having comparison tables in your articles can help to increase your click-through rate to help increase your income potential. Unfortunately though, a large amount of the tools and plugins out there that allow you to quickly and easily make these comparison tables cost money but I have this post where I go over how you are able to make your own comparison tables quickly with free tools.
Once you have published your article, you will still likely have to wait between four and eight months if your domain is brand new to see any traffic due to the Google sandbox effect. In my experience, this is unavoidable and something all new blogs have to deal with in Google these days.
Even once your domain is out of this initial sandbox period though, any new articles that you do publish will still likley take around three months to get out of their own mini sandbox period too. This is totally normal and out of everyone I know who does this, there is not one single person who does not experience this effect. Try not to get down and give up before you have gave your content plenty of time to get out of the sandbox and start to pull traffic from Google.
This is basically the process for how I am building my new domain but this new project is based around informational content with its income coming from display ads. Most of my older domains are based around buyer intent keywords and the Amazon Affiliate program and if you keep on scaling it up, you can earn a nice amount of income. The screenshot below is from my Amazon One Link dashboard and as you can see, the highest income day I have had to date from doing this is almost $345!
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I will now be quickly going over some of the other ways that you are able to promote your blog but to date, I have primarily focused on getting traffic from organic sources such as search engines like Google and Bing as covered above.

Social Media

Social media can be a minefield, a few years back Facebook reduced their organic reach for your content that you share meaning that even if someone follows your page, very few people will actually see it unless you pay for the Facebook ads to promote your content. Due to this, most people have moved away from Facebook that I know to use other platforms.
Twitter and Instagram can potentially be solid sources of traffic depending on your niche but traffic leaking via hashtag search is becoming harder and harder to do. A common black hat technique for these two platforms was to use the mother and child system with your main account acting as the mother and a large number of automated accounts acting as the child account to promote the mother account but this does not work anywhere near as well as it used to.
Pinterest is kind of a mix between a social media platform, a social bookmarking platform, and a image search engine. I am actually trying to for my new domain as I have seen some people pulling massive amounts of traffic from Pinterest but the niche of your blog will definitely play a large part in the amount of traffic you will b able to get.

Social Bookmarking

Unfortunately, in 2020, the majority of the popular social bookmarking sites such as Stumbleupon have all gone under. The main one with solid traffic is Reddit and depending on the sub-reddit admins, it can be a nightmare to traffic leak and promote your blog on there.
I promote some of my content on Reddit with decent success but I have been a member of the communities I post in for years and have a good reputation and only promote high-quality content in there. Depending on your niche and the amount of time that you are willing to put into Reddit, it can be a decent traffic source but it is usually a one-hit wonder rather than long term traffic.
You will likley want some form of email opt in or browser notification plugin running to try and let you keep remarketing your content to the hits you can pull from Reddit. You can try to get your content ranking in the top section of the subreddit with the most upvotes as many people new to a niche and familiar with Reddit will organic the posts by top/all and result in residual traffic but this is niche dependent.

Forums

Niche relevant forums can potentially be an excellent source of traffic but again, this will depend on your niche and your reputation on the forum. I have managed to do some excellent promotion in a number of forums relevant to some of my niches whereas in other niches for other projects it has failed massively.
If you are an established member of some niche relevant forums then you can try to promote your blog there but again, it is often short term traffic similar to Reddit. You goal is to try and share some content that is so good that the admin team of the forum will pin it and result in residual long term traffic for years to come.

Q&A Sites

As you have seen throughout this answer, I have shared some of my own content for my YouTube channel that goes into some specific aspects of some parts of the organic traffic process in more detail. This is essentially me promoting my content and although I am promoting YouTube videos, you can use sites like Quora and Yahoo Answers to promote your blog too.
Depending on how well your answer does, you can sometimes get some solid traffic back to your own projects but again, this is going to be niche dependent as some niches will likley not do too well on Q&A sites whereas others can sometimes pull large amounts of traffic.

Blog Commenting

Blog commenting is an older method of promoting your blog that is nowhere near as effective as it used to be. The idea was that you would go to other blogs covering similar content to your own and publish a comment on their content with a link back to your own niche-related content. I have never actually tried this one myself but I have seen some blogs getting over 10,000 hits a month that friends who using this method on a large number of other blogs.
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6 Ways Your Employer Can Contribute to Your Financial Wellness - SoFi Blog

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by SoFi
July 17, 2020 at 12:36PM
To help employees gain better control over their finances, more and more employers are offering financial wellness benefits as part of their compensation packages. The number of employers that offer financial wellness programs through the workplace is expected to nearly double within the next few years, according to research from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company .
So, while employers continue to implement financial wellness programs, what does this mean for you? In this post, we’ll define financial wellness and the important role it plays in the workplace as well as breakdown some of the benefits you can expect to see from employers and how to use them to your advantage.
We’ve also added some suggestions submitted by our Twitter followers participating in SoFi’s #MoneyMonday sweepstakes prompt “What additional benefit would you like your employer to offer?”

What is Financial Wellness?

Financial wellness is balancing your current financial well-being and tackling daily tasks while preparing for a secure financial future. This includes addressing behaviors that promote positive financial decision-making as well as identifying those that might negatively impact an employee’s financial situation.
Since financial goals and priorities will change throughout an employee’s life, it’s important to grasp the concept of money management and to adapt when goals and objectives change.

Employers Have a Big Impact on Financial Wellness

Finances touch every aspect of employees’ financial lives. Employees who are more in control of their finances may be more productive and focused in the workplace.
Employers who understand the importance of financial wellness can provide personal workplace benefits, tips for improving your financial health, and offer access to guidance that will help improve employees’ financial lives at large.

Financial Wellness Benefits Offerings

Employers offer a variety of benefits that help employees’ financial lives in a myriad of ways. Here are some of the benefits offerings you may encounter as part of a financial wellness program in the workplace.

A 401(k) Match

The most popular benefit our Twitter followers said they’d like to see offered by their employer was some sort of 401k benefit.
“DEFINITELY a 401k match program !!!” – Cliff P.
“I would love employer matches on 401K contributions!” – Carey C.
According to the IRS , “A 401k is a feature of a qualified defined contribution plan that allows employees to contribute a portion of their wages to individual accounts.”
Essentially, employees and employers can contribute to a retirement savings account sponsored by the employer.
Although 401(k) plans make it simple for employees to start saving for retirement, some companies will match contributions up to a certain amount to give employees an extra retirement-savings boost.
A 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan can be a powerful resource for building a secure retirement—and an employer match can add a substantial amount to an employee’s nest egg.”
For example, if your employer matches your contributions dollar-for-dollar up to three percent of your salary, your savings may double if you take full advantage. Assuming the investment in the account doesn’t increase, if you set aside $42,000 by the time you retire, you will have set aside $84,000. The extra $42,000 is essentially free money.

Financial Planning Education

Financial planning education is one of the top financial well-being initiatives that many companies offer. From helping employees select the right investments for their 401(k)s to providing a platform to help employees manage their day-to-day expenses, companies may offer a wide range of tools, resources, and services to help employees manage their money.
While receiving a 401(k) match or additional financial support is great, it may not be as useful as gaining the knowledge of how to manage your money. Taking advantage of a financial planning education benefit may help you navigate your finances for years to come.
Here’s what some of our Twitter followers suggested they’d like to see added to their benefits package:
“Financial wellness classes for all employees.” – Patrice
“Seminars on retirement plans.” – Karen B.

Funds for Emergencies

For employees who need to pay for emergency expenses such as damages due to a car accident or home repair, employers may offer employee relief or compassion funds. Some employers are matching contributions to an employee’s personal account, offering payroll advances, and short-term loans that can be repaid through payroll deduction.
Offering these programs may make it less likely for employees to tap into their retirement savings if they have cash reserves or assistance accessible. Therefore, employees can shift their focus to long-term savings and retirement planning.
Here’s one idea from a follower on Twitter:
“Right now a good benefit would be unemployment insurance through the workplace so we could fund our own emergencies…” – Billy

Healthcare Savings Accounts

Overall healthcare costs — including all private and public spending — are anticipated to rise by an average of 5.5 percent per year over the next decade — growing from $3.5 trillion in 2017 to $6 trillion by 2027 .
As healthcare costs continue to rise, many employees may feel the financial weight of affording medical expenses. While many employees may not consider healthcare a financial wellness benefit, employers who offer support can ease the financial burden of healthcare costs now and in the future.
Some employers offer a Health Savings Account (HSA) in conjunction with high-deductible health insurance plans. An HSA is a tax-advantaged account that helps employees prepare to pay for healthcare costs such as doctors’ visits or prescriptions. HSAs have several other benefits including:
• Pre-tax contributions, potential gains, and withdrawals can be used for qualified medical expenses and are exempt from taxation.
• The unused balance car carries over into the next year.
• Fund in HSA accounts can be invested which may provide long-term growth potential to afford future healthcare costs.
• The funds in the account never expire and will pass to a beneficiary upon the account holder’s passing.
While employers are not required to offer a high-deductible health insurance plan in conjunction with an HSA, many employers do offer this benefit. If your employer does, it’s wise to explore how an HSA may be beneficial to your financial wellness.

Caregiving Assistance

Nearly half of employees perform some type of caregiving activities.
That’s why Twitter follower Maddy claims she’d love to see a “daycare/preschool assistant” added to her employer’s benefit package.
Caregiving tasks such as taking someone to a medical appointment, buying groceries, preparing meals, or paying bills can take a financial toll on many employees. Caregiving can also impact productivity and workplace performance.
Therefore, employers who offer caregiving benefits may lessen the financial and time demands that caregiving requires. Some benefits may include:
• Sick days or paid leave to care for a loved one
• Flexible schedule to accommodate caregiving needs
• Work from home flexibility
So, whether you’re caring for a child or an aging parent, ask your employer about the benefits they offer to help with your caregiving needs.

Student Loan Repayment

The latest student loan debt statistics for 2020 show how serious the student loan debt crisis has become for borrowers across all demographics and age groups. There are 45 million borrowers who collectively owe nearly $1.6 trillion in student loan debt in the U.S. Student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category – behind only mortgage debt – and higher than both credit cards and auto loans.
With so many Americans paying off student debt, some employers are offering an employer student loan repayment program to help with repayment. From increasing compensation to account for current debt payments or matching payments up to a certain amount, employers are implementing strategies that are helping their employees eliminate their debt.
Here’s what one of our followers on Twitter had to say:
“One benefit my employer could offer is a percentage each month towards my student loans. Fingers crossed it happens in the near future!” – Betty
If you’re repaying your student loans and your employer offers a student loan repayment benefit, it can really help with the most burdensome student loan payments.

Other Offerings

If your company doesn’t offer some sort of financial wellness benefit, they may provide other incentives such as annual raise opportunities, referral bonuses, or professional development training.
If your options are limited, you may want to speak with your employer to determine if they are willing to offer any of these benefits to improve your financial well-being.

Taking Advantage of Financial Wellness Benefit at Work

Whether you’re looking for a new job or you have worked in your position for years, it’s important to understand all benefits an employer offers. Sometimes even if you have worked at an organization for years, you might not be aware of all of the financial wellness benefits available.
Taking full advantage of all benefits offered may help improve your financial well-being and future financial security.
But, keep in mind, your employer’s financial wellness benefits may not be the only solution available. In the instance your employer doesn’t offer help repaying your student loans, you may want to consider student loan refinancing as a way to deal with student loan debt.
Student loan refinancing is when you consolidate your student loans with a private lender and receive new rates and terms. While the exact process can vary by lender, the general idea is that a borrower consolidates their existing student loan debt with a new loan, and qualifying borrowers might be able to secure a lower interest rate. It is important to note that if you do choose to refinance your federal student loans, you forfeit your ability to qualify for federal benefits.
Borrowers interested in refinancing their student loans may want to consider SoFi. You can check your rates in just two minutes.
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SoFi Student Loan Refinance
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Some Effective Ways To Promote Your Blogs.

Some Effective Ways To Promote Your Blogs.
This is actually a reply I made to a question over on Quora but I wanted to share it here on Reddit too as I can likley link to this post in the future as people are always reaching out and asking for ways that they are able to promote their blogs. I have only copy and pasted my replay over to Reddit and then readded the relevant images/videos. Due to this, some parts may seem a little off or have me referring to stuff as if this post is on Quora but it should still be able to provide value to some people with any luck :).

Organic Search Traffic

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The above screenshot is from my Google Analytics account for my latest domain that I started in August 2019, the dip in traffic at the end of March/start of April 2020 is due to the virus lockdown and people not searching as much but as you can see, the traffic picked up and recovered shortly after. In addition to this, the traffic may not look like much when it comes to volume but this is an affiliate site targeting buyer intent terms and usually makes me over $100 per 1000 hits to the domain, sometimes its as high as $130 per 1000 hits too.
To promote your blog via search engine optimization to pull traffic from search engines such as Google and Bing, you have to start with that goal in mind from the very start of the process with your keyword research. You goal is to find low competition keywords that your domain should easily be able to rank for and pull traffic to your domain from the search engines.
Although there are a number of keyword research tools out there that promise to make this process quick and easy, in my experience, they are a waste of money and deliver a large number of false positives and can potentially waste you a ton of time by publishing articles you will never rank for. Although there are a few different methods that you can use for your keyword acquisition, the main one that I have been using for my latest project is a tool called Answer The Public.
Although it is a freemium tool, you get a few free searches per day that should be plenty for anyone just starting out and trying to get ideas for potential keywords. Simply head over to Answer The Public, put some initial seed keywords into the tool and let it do its thing. At this stage of the process, the broader the initial keyword the better as you want Answer The Public to pull as many potential keywords as it can.
The image below shows an example of what Answer The Public will deliver for an example keyword search for the term “best pens” and ask you scroll down the page, it shows you many more ideas.
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Once the tool has finished coming up with keyword ideas for you, click the download to CSV button and it will download all of the ideas in a spreadsheet for you. You can save your time a bunch of time and effort at this stage if you use the Keywords Everywhere plugin for Chrome to get the predicted search volumes for your keywords to allow you to try and only target the ones that are getting monthly searches in Google so you can choose your potential articles better.
The image below is an example of how using the Keywords Everywhere plugin will show the predicted search volume for a term from the “best pens” example pull from Answer The Public in the Google Search Results page shown by the Red arrow but you can also import keywords into the plugin for bulk searching too.
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If you do opt to run the keywords from Answer The Public through Keywords Everywhere, delete all of the keywords that remain that are under the search volume limit that you feel is fit for you. Keep in mind though, this search volume is only a prediction and once ranked, your page will also be pulling traffic from secondary keywords, LSI phrases, and one time searches too meaning that even something with a predicted search volume of 10 can end up pulling over 100 hits per month to your domain.
Next comes the long and boring task of manually checking the search engines for the competition for the list of keywords you have. Although this can initially take you a ton of time, as you get better at it, you can usually spend a few seconds looking at a search engine results page for a keyword and work out if it's worth targeting or not.
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Sidenote For Reddit - I have this post on Reddit about one of my old keyword research methods that may be helpful if you are brand new to blogging. It has not aged well due to the Google search engine process evolving over the years but may be helpful to some but keep in mind, the method in my article will likley deliver a large number of false positives that may never rank in modern Google. I go into more detail on the weaknesses of the method in this video and show how that particular method is not really ideal and you should evolve your own method from it ASAP. Anyway, back to the Quora answer.
Although the effectiveness of this first tip is becoming less and less relevant with each new update to the Google algorithm, one thing that you can look for when manually checking your keywords is predicted total results shown above. As you can see, in descending order from top to bottom for four example keywords from the Answer The Public pull for “best pens” have drastically different total results for the keywords as shown by the Red arrows.
As I mentioned, this is becoming less and less effective with each new update to the Google algorithm as they are getting better at understanding searcher intent but at the time of writing this answer, the “About xx,xxx” result count is still helpful. The lower the count the better but you still have to check the actual websites ranking on the first page of Google for your terms.
Although Moz definitely does have its flaws, the free Moz Bar plugin for Chrome can save you a ton of time for this stage of the process. Unfortunately, the Moz crawler is not as good as some of its competitors but its domain authority score (DA) can still be helpful with an example shown in the image below.
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Again, it is from a search from one of the keywords for the example batch from Answer The Public but as you can see, the top domain has a DA of 17 while the second domain has a DA of 40. The higher the DA, the stronger that domain will be and the harder it is going to be for you to beat it usually. The more compeating domains with a low DA rating on the first page of Google the better the chances you have for your domain to rank.
Go through all of the keywords in your spreadsheet from your Answer The Public pull for the niche that you have chosen. You can add two new columns to your spreadsheet and manually add the “About xx,xxx comparing pages” number as well as the number of low DA domains on the first page for each keyword to work out what the lowest competition pages are.
Next you have to write your content for these keywords and this can take you hours of time depending on the type of content you are writing. The majority of my articles are at least 2000 words with some being over 5000 words depending on what I am targeting so each article will likely take you a few hours to publish. Thankfully though, I have shared 11 tips and tricks that you are able to implement in your own article writing journey in this video that are well worth implementing. They can help you save a large amount of time on each article you publish allowing you to publish more and more content in a shorter period of time.
Another thing that I commonly see people make mistakes with is how they actually format their articles too. I have also published this video where I go over how I format both my informational intent and buyer intent content with examples to try and show people how they should be trying to format their articles for optimal income generation too, if you are planning on publishing content for a large amount of buyer intent keywords then it is well worth watching.
Another thing that I would like to share is that if you are planning on publishing a large amount of content based around buyer intent keywords then in my experience, having comparison tables in your articles can help to increase your click-through rate to help increase your income potential. Unfortunately though, a large amount of the tools and plugins out there that allow you to quickly and easily make these comparison tables cost money but I have this video where I go over how you are able to make your own comparison tables quickly with free tools.
Once you have published your article, you will still likely have to wait between four and eight months if your domain is brand new to see any traffic due to the Google sandbox effect. In my experience, this is unavoidable and something all new blogs have to deal with in Google these days.
Even once your domain is out of this initial sandbox period though, any new articles that you do publish will still likley take around three months to get out of their own mini sandbox period too. This is totally normal and out of everyone I know who does this, there is not one single person who does not experience this effect. Try not to get down and give up before you have gave your content plenty of time to get out of the sandbox and start to pull traffic from Google.
This is basically the process for how I am building my new domain but this new project is based around informational content with its income coming from display ads. Most of my older domains are based around buyer intent keywords and the Amazon Affiliate program and if you keep on scaling it up, you can earn a nice amount of income. The screenshot below is from my Amazon One Link dashboard and as you can see, the highest income day I have had to date from doing this is almost $345!
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I will now be quickly going over some of the other ways that you are able to promote your blog but to date, I have primarily focused on getting traffic from organic sources such as search engines like Google and Bing.

Social Media

Social media can be a minefield, a few years back Facebook reduced their organic reach for your content that you share meaning that even if someone follows your page, very few people will actually see it unless you pay for the Facebook ads to promote your content. Due to this, most people have moved away from Facebook that I know to use other platforms.
Twitter and Instagram can potentially be solid sources of traffic depending on your niche but traffic leaking via hashtag search is becoming harder and harder to do. A common black hat technique for these two platforms was to use the mother and child system with your main account acting as the mother and a large number of automated accounts acting as the child account to promote the mother account but this does not work anywhere near as well as it used to.
Pinterest is kind of a mix between a social media platform, a social bookmarking platform, and a image search engine. I am actually trying to for my new domain as I have seen some people pulling massive amounts of traffic from Pinterest but the niche of your blog will definitely play a large part in the amount of traffic you will b able to get.

Social Bookmarking

Unfortunately, in 2020, the majority of the popular social bookmarking sites such as Stumbleupon have all gone under. The main one with solid traffic is Reddit and depending on the sub-reddit admins, it can be a nightmare to traffic leak and promote your blog on there.
I promote some of my content on Reddit with decent success but I have been a member of the communities I post in for years and have a good reputation and only promote high-quality content in there. Depending on your niche and the amount of time that you are willing to put into Reddit, it can be a decent traffic source but it is usually a one-hit wonder rather than long term traffic.
You will likley want some form of email opt in or browser notification plugin running to try and let you keep remarketing your content to the hits you can pull from Reddit. You can try to get your content ranking in the top section of the subreddit with the most upvotes as many people new to a niche and familiar with Reddit will organic the posts by top/all and result in residual traffic but this is niche dependent.

Forums

Niche relevant forums can potentially be an excellent source of traffic but again, this will depend on your niche and your reputation on the forum. I have managed to do some excellent promotion in a number of forums relevant to some of my niches whereas in other niches for other projects it has failed massively.
If you are an established member of some niche relevant forums then you can try to promote your blog there but again, it is often short term traffic similar to Reddit. You goal is to try and share some content that is so good that the admin team of the forum will pin it and result in residual long term traffic for years to come.

Q&A Sites

As you have seen throughout this answer, I have shared some of my own content for my YouTube channel that goes into some specific aspects of some parts of the organic traffic process in more detail. This is essentially me promoting my content and although I am promoting YouTube videos, you can use sites like Quora and Yahoo Answers to promote your blog too.
Depending on how well your answer does, you can sometimes get some solid traffic back to your own projects but again, this is going to be niche dependent as some niches will likley not do too well on Q&A sites whereas others can sometimes pull large amounts of traffic.

Blog Commenting

Blog commenting is an older method of promoting your blog that is nowhere near as effective as it used to be. The idea was that you would go to other blogs covering similar content to your own and publish a comment on their content with a link back to your own niche-related content. I have never actually tried this one myself but I have seen some blogs getting over 10,000 hits a month that friends who using this method on a large number of other blogs.

Moving Forward With My Own Projects

That brings me to the end of my answer, as I touched on earlier, I actually started a new blog at the start of the month and I am planning to grow it until it has an income of at least $10,000 a month. I will be posting weekly updates on the growth progress as well as a number of other tips and tricks that I pick-up along the way on my YouTube channel so you can check it out and follow along if you like.
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Making a Full Time income online (UK) + Offers + Money Bonuses

So first start by saying I have "Real" Online work but it requires me to work about 30 mins a day... I work on this other stuff 8-10 hours a day and earn a full-time income alone from this stuff alone... I do not include any ref links or other affiliate sign-ups I get.
I highly advise you get a cheap Laptop to work on... You cant use your phone ( for the work stuff )
I would recommend something like a Thinkpad 430i, I'm pretty sure I bought one for £85 as I needed a cheap laptop for something else and its been solid
normally they come with dud batteries, You can find a replacement HERE
Appen | non-ref ( I will get $25 if you work I think its 100 hours )
Neevo
Clickworker | non-Ref ( I will get 5 or 10 when you earn 5
Prolific.co
Populus Live
GG2U $1 Bonus | non-ref ( No Bonus ) - I will get 5% of what you earn
Timebucks(I think $1 bonus) | Non-Ref ( No Bonus ) - I will earn 15% of what you earn
Everything above this is what I use almost every day unless I have a lot of work on Appen I just keep on that
Panelbase - Sign up HERE ( Quidco £10 Bonus )| Non- Ref ( No Bonus ) - Quidco will pay you £0.80p to sign up and if you sign up through my link you will also get a £10 bonus on Quidco when you reach £5 cashback
Some decent surveys on here, I normally check and do them when they are over £1
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Here is also some good offers on a few different sites, They should be the highest paying for that offer
TopCashBack - REF (£5 BONUS ) | NON-REF( NO BONUS)
You will get the bonus once you reach £10 payable cashback
Once you have signed up, here are the offers
They also have a £15 Cashback on a Just Eat order of £15, Worth it for some free food
Betfair Poker - £50 Cashback for signing up and playing £10 of poker | £10 Spend
GiffGaff - £10 Cashback - Order and activate a new sim, The Cheapest package is £6
SearchLoto - £0.82 - Create your account, Make 25 Searched, and use Free Ticket.
Experian - £3 - Sign up for a new account
Graze - £2.47, Order your first box then cancel when it arrives
Totally Money - £2.10 - Make an account and get a free credit report
Tastecard - £3.30 - Free 2 Months trial
Booking buddy - 2p ( Can do 3x per day ) - Make a search.
Quidco - REF ( £10 Bonus ) | NON-REF ( NO BONUS )
Bonus is once you reach £5 cashback
Azimo - £25 Cashback - Make a Minimum Transfer of £151 ( Send the transfer to your other account )
Paddy Power Games £20 Cashback - Deposit and wager £10
Panelbase - £0.80p - Create an account and do a survey ( I highly recommend using this site )
Pick My Postcode - £.80p - Create an account.
booking buddy - 2p ( Can do 3x per day ) - Make a search.
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Swagbucks - REF ( Around £4 BONUS ) | NON-REF ( NO BONUS )
To get the £4 bonus you need to earn 300SB in your first month, Since the offers at the bottom I would do the two offers listed, Then make the rest up by doing 3/4 Surveys but other than this please do not waste your time on Swagbucks doing surveys, I only do them if to complete swago or if they are pretty high paying.
AyeT- CyberGhost VPN Free Trial - 54SB
Adgem - Norton VPN Free Trial - 63SB
100SB Bonus - Install the Swagbutton
Rise of Kingdoms - 4000SB - Get to hall Level 17
Lottoland - 1300SB - Click the offer and it will take you to the sign-up and will cost £1 ( Make sure auto-renewal isn't on )
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GG2U - REF( I think you get $1 Bonus ) | NON-REF ( No $1 if there is a bonus )
William hill ( Find this under Gaming Offers ) - Deposit £10 and wager £10 - Around £27 Back
Normally the Gala offers pay higher but none of them are available anywhere, Normally pay around £40, on TCB or Quidco but they have no offers right now for them
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Ysense - REF( Don't think there is a bonus |NON - REF
Click Offers, Then Offertory
Final Fantasy 100K Power - $10.16. I did this before and I spent £1 and completed really quickly, It was an XP reward I bought, It gave millions of Hero XP which gave enough power
I highly advise you don't waste time on this site doing surveys
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Lionbridge - Like happen but this is more strict and I also found Appen paid more for the Project I am on.
Teamwork- Like Appen and Lionbridge, I have done some work for them in the past everything was fine and paid on time.
Apple at Home Advisor - Work at home Advisor for Apple. Pretty sure they send you an iMac to work on tho I could be wrong
Pretty sure Amazon has remote work also. If you google a company and then "Remote" or at home, It should let you see if they have work
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Sites/Apps that are legit + my thoughts on them
Swagbucks ( Around £4 Bonus ) | non-ref ( No Bonus )
I only do offers on here but I always check other sites before doing them to see if better paying elsewhere and I do swago when it comes up - Do not do surveys unless they are offering a few £ as they normally DQ - Only do Offers, Don't waste your time on anything else
Serpclix| non-ref
You install the plugin and it pops up with a task to search for a website... I barely use it but I would say its worth using for some extra cash ( Some users say £10-£30 a month on here )
Branded Surveys| non-ref
Had a few payouts, Too many DQ would avoid unless nothing else
Life Points
Had some decent paying surveys, But too many DQ.. I would personally avoid
Qmee ( 50p Bonus ) | non-ref ( No Bonus )
In my opinion, it's not worth the time, I do probably 1 or 2 surveys per week and I only touch the ones 75p + unless they take to long... I don't think you should focus anytime on it unless you have nothing else.
Ysense
Don't waste your time, I listed an offer for it above other than them offers.. Don't bother, People only want sign-ups to this cause they pay like 15% of earnings and I think around £5 when someone reached a certain amount
SliceThePie- Don't bother, Its clearly about 10p an hour
HoneyGain ($5 Bonus I think ) | Non- Ref ( No Bonus )
It uses your unused internet in the background, it's perfectly safe personally for me I've not had much luck but it comes down to location and how many devices you are using
20Cogs ( £20 Bonus on cashout ) | Non-ref ( No Bonus )
This is legit but most offers do pay better elsewhere and you need to hit 20 confirmed cogs before they payout, I have done offers on here and have my 20cogs pending but make sure you always check other sites to make sure you are getting the most amount of profit... I mostly do offers on here that I have not seen anywhere else.
PrizeRebel - Don't waste your time.
Microworkers - Can pay decent if you can rattle off some fast task but - Its a pain to get paid, Customer service pretty much ignores you and a lot of the jobs and links are sketchy as hell
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I know nothing about this stuff but you can also teach English online and get paid for it. You might need an ESL certificate. The pay is pretty decent if you can get work If this is something you are interested in I highly advise you do some research for it because its decent work
vipkid- Teach English to kids online, If you want to find more I would advise you to look through Reddit as a lot of users on here use this for work, There are more sites than just this that you can work for, I think they pay from $15-$25 per hour.
QKid- Same as vipkid teaching English online- I think this pays up to $20 per hour
gogokid- Teach English Online $14-25 per hour
There will be more sites than this but these are the ones I know of.
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Amazon FBA
I don't recommend you bring crap in from china there is enough of that,,, My advise would start small, Start by Buying stock from Supermarkets or other online retailers this is called retail arbitrage and then sending that in but make sure you are allowed to sell in that category, also if your going down the video game route that you sell Used video games and older back catalog titles as these hold higher profit margins than new stock, Lego, Toys, etc are good things to keep an eye out for you can also look for this sort of stuff on the Facebook market place
There is very little profit in new stock unless you can pick it up and most of the time you'd be selling at a loss because the big retailers can sell it for the price you buy it
Use Amazons courier ( they use ups) it's like £5 to send in a 15KG Box
You need to start, Get the hang of it to figure out what works for YOU! Don't follow anyone on youtube and what they say to do... Of course, if you want to make serious money which you can do, You will need to get suppliers, etc but no one will tell you where to get these and the ones found easily through google search will make you very little if any money using... Here is also some things I recommend using ( I use them or have used them )
Amazon handmade is also good ( That's if you make stuff )
Barcode Scanner ( I only use my PC so need scanner )
Barcode Scanner With Stand
Epson XP-3100
FBA Labels
Bags - I use a mixture of different one but these are fine for smaller things.
You don't need to buy the best printer or anything like that these work perfectly fine... You only need that stuff if you're doing thousands of labels per day
As I said before, Don't be scared to try this its actually pretty fun and can make good money just please people on youtube UK and US, Try it see what works for you
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Gambling
First, I recommend you don't touch anything to do with this stuff if you have any mental health problems, feel lonely, etc this can ruin your life if you go off the deep end
Matched Betting - You can make good money from this and I think everyone should do it, It's not complicated once you get the hang of it but don't use Profit Accumulator or the other one that charges £17 a month, in my opinion, it isn't worth it ... You could use something like Team Profit to get the hang of it and then take the £1 profit accumulator trial then get more info from there but cancel before the £17 month
People promote PA because they have a good affiliate program
Gambling CPA/RS
This is different and you need a website or social media platform, You would have deals with the casinos, Bookmakers, etc But the money, if you get it right, is absolutely ridiculous... This is why you see these guys on youtube spinning such high amount of cash, If you are good at building sites or have a boatload of cash to chuck at this
You would post them and when people sign up through your link you could be on CPA ( Cost per Acquisition ) RS= Revenue share, So you would get % of a player losses or you could be on a hybrid
This money is life-changing if you get it right but since there is so much cash it is not easy... These sites are spending 10s of thousands a month to be at the top search results.
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There is a lot of people on here that don't post their links on threads and I don't know why
Trading212 (£3-£80 bonus) | non-ref ( no bonus )
Sign up and Verify your account, Then deposit £1 and you will get a free random share between £3-£80
the sign-ups have come from that thread, I have had 3 sign-ups and got £45, This is why you should your links in these threads.( I don't post it anywhere else )
Post it in HERE
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Cashback Websites
JoinHoney | non-ref - Saves you money by searching for coupon codes, I place a monthly order on a website and it saves me between 20-40 each time, Well worth installing when you shop online
TopCashBack (£5 Bonus ) | nonref ( No Bonus )
£5 Bonus once you reach £10 payable cashback, I listed some good deals at the top of the post ( Check yourself for more on the site ) Also can save money when shopping online
Quidco (£10 Bonus) |non-ref ( No bonus )
You get the £10 bonus once you reach £5 cashback, Same as top cashback... Some offers listed above and you can also get cashback shopping online
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My favorite Offer
Xendpay (£10 Bonus | non-ref( No bonus )
Sign up and Verify your account, Make a transfer of £100 and you will get £10 free.. You can just transfer the money to yourself but you will need an account that takes euros as you need to send £ to euro
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Before you sign up to an offer on this sub, Please check on cashback sites to see if they pay more than a ref link, Example is the Azimo link it has been posted on this sub on the past few days, You only get £10 from that but you will get £25 through Quidco + £10 bonus if you are new to the site
Things I would avoid
Rebate Websites, Lazybucks (They use your personal Facebook and run ads)
There is also a scam that's posted a lot on Reddit, They claim to pay you $25 to sign up then $25 per person you sign up, This is a scam they go by a few different names sites all look the same with the same fake payouts
I hope this helps someone out.
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Some Effective Ways To Promote Your Blog!

This is actually a reply I made to a question over on Quora but I wanted to share it here on Reddit too. I have only copy and pasted my reply over to Reddit and then readded the relevant images/videos. Due to this, some parts may seem a little off or have me referring to stuff as if this post is on Quora but it should still be able to provide value to some people with any luck :).

Organic Search Traffic

To promote your blog via search engine optimization to pull traffic from search engines such as Google and Bing, you have to start with that goal in mind from the very start of the process with your keyword research. Your goal is to find low competition keywords that your domain should easily be able to rank for and pull traffic to your domain from the search engines.
Although there are a number of keyword research tools out there that promise to make this process quick and easy, in my experience, they are a waste of money and deliver a large number of false positives and can potentially waste you a ton of time by publishing articles you will never rank for. Although there are a few different methods that you can use for your keyword acquisition, the main one that I have been using for my latest project is a tool called Answer The Public.
Although it is a freemium tool, you get a few free searches per day that should be plenty for anyone just starting out and trying to get ideas for potential keywords. Simply head over to Answer The Public, put some initial seed keywords into the tool and let it do its thing. At this stage of the process, the broader the initial keyword the better as you want Answer The Public to pull as many potential keywords as it can.
The image below shows an example of what Answer The Public will deliver for an example keyword search for the term “best pens” and ask you scroll down the page, it shows you many more ideas.
https://i.imgur.com/Npphe3U.png
Once the tool has finished coming up with keyword ideas for you, click the download to CSV button and it will download all of the ideas in a spreadsheet for you. You can save your time a bunch of time and effort at this stage if you use the Keywords Everywhere plugin for Chrome to get the predicted search volumes for your keywords to allow you to try and only target the ones that are getting monthly searches in Google so you can choose your potential articles better.
The image below is an example of how using the Keywords Everywhere plugin will show the predicted search volume for a term from the “best pens” example pull from Answer The Public in the Google Search Results page shown by the Red arrow but you can also import keywords into the plugin for bulk searching too.
https://i.imgur.com/SvqUcuL.png
If you do opt to run the keywords from Answer The Public through Keywords Everywhere, delete all of the keywords that remain that are under the search volume limit that you feel is fit for you. Keep in mind though, this search volume is only a prediction and once ranked, your page will also be pulling traffic from secondary keywords, LSI phrases, and one time searches too meaning that even something with a predicted search volume of 10 can end up pulling over 100 hits per month to your domain.
Next comes the long and boring task of manually checking the search engines for the competition for the list of keywords you have. Although this can initially take you a ton of time, as you get better at it, you can usually spend a few seconds looking at a search engine results page for a keyword and work out if it's worth targeting or not.
https://i.imgur.com/VlEEgWh.png
Sidenote For Reddit - I have this post on Reddit about one of my old keyword research methods that may be helpful if you are brand new to blogging. It has not aged well due to the Google search engine process evolving over the years but may be helpful to some but keep in mind, the method in my article will likley deliver a large number of false positives that may never rank in modern Google. I go into more detail on the weaknesses of the method in this post and show how that particular method is not really ideal and you should evolve your own method from it ASAP. Anyway, back to the Quora answer.
Although the effectiveness of this first tip is becoming less and less relevant with each new update to the Google algorithm, one thing that you can look for when manually checking your keywords is predicted total results shown above. As you can see, in descending order from top to bottom for four example keywords from the Answer The Public pull for “best pens” have drastically different total results for the keywords as shown by the Red arrows.
As I mentioned, this is becoming less and less effective with each new update to the Google algorithm as they are getting better at understanding searcher intent but at the time of writing this answer, the “About xx,xxx” result count is still helpful. The lower the count the better but you still have to check the actual websites ranking on the first page of Google for your terms.
Although Moz definitely does have its flaws, the free Moz Bar plugin for Chrome can save you a ton of time for this stage of the process. Unfortunately, the Moz crawler is not as good as some of its competitors but its domain authority score (DA) can still be helpful with an example shown in the image below.
https://i.imgur.com/SuZyxJ8.png
Again, it is from a search from one of the keywords for the example batch from Answer The Public but as you can see, the top domain has a DA of 17 while the second domain has a DA of 40. The higher the DA, the stronger that domain will be and the harder it is going to be for you to beat it usually. The more compeating domains with a low DA rating on the first page of Google the better the chances you have for your domain to rank.
Go through all of the keywords in your spreadsheet from your Answer The Public pull for the niche that you have chosen. You can add two new columns to your spreadsheet and manually add the “About xx,xxx comparing pages” number as well as the number of low DA domains on the first page for each keyword to work out what the lowest competition pages are.
Next you have to write your content for these keywords and this can take you hours of time depending on the type of content you are writing. The majority of my articles are at least 2000 words with some being over 5000 words depending on what I am targeting so each article will likely take you a few hours to publish. Thankfully though, I have shared 11 tips and tricks that you are able to implement in your own article writing journey in this post that are well worth implementing. They can help you save a large amount of time on each article you publish allowing you to publish more and more content in a shorter period of time.
Another thing that I commonly see people make mistakes with is how they actually format their articles too. I have also made this post where I go over how I format both my informational intent and buyer intent content with examples to try and show people how they should be trying to format their articles for optimal income generation too, if you are planning on publishing content for a large amount of buyer intent keywords then it is well worth watching.
Another thing that I would like to share is that if you are planning on publishing a large amount of content based around buyer intent keywords then in my experience, having comparison tables in your articles can help to increase your click-through rate to help increase your income potential. Unfortunately though, a large amount of the tools and plugins out there that allow you to quickly and easily make these comparison tables cost money but I have this post where I go over how you are able to make your own comparison tables quickly with free tools.
Once you have published your article, you will still likely have to wait between four and eight months if your domain is brand new to see any traffic due to the Google sandbox effect. In my experience, this is unavoidable and something all new blogs have to deal with in Google these days.
Even once your domain is out of this initial sandbox period though, any new articles that you do publish will still likley take around three months to get out of their own mini sandbox period too. This is totally normal and out of everyone I know who does this, there is not one single person who does not experience this effect. Try not to get down and give up before you have gave your content plenty of time to get out of the sandbox and start to pull traffic from Google.
This is basically the process for how I am building my new domain but this new project is based around informational content with its income coming from display ads. Most of my older domains are based around buyer intent keywords and the Amazon Affiliate program and if you keep on scaling it up, you can earn a nice amount of income. The screenshot below is from my Amazon One Link dashboard and as you can see, the highest income day I have had to date from doing this is almost $345!
https://i.imgur.com/6KSU4AV.png
I will now be quickly going over some of the other ways that you are able to promote your blog but to date, I have primarily focused on getting traffic from organic sources such as search engines like Google and Bing as covered above.

Social Media

Social media can be a minefield, a few years back Facebook reduced their organic reach for your content that you share meaning that even if someone follows your page, very few people will actually see it unless you pay for the Facebook ads to promote your content. Due to this, most people have moved away from Facebook that I know to use other platforms.
Twitter and Instagram can potentially be solid sources of traffic depending on your niche but traffic leaking via hashtag search is becoming harder and harder to do. A common black hat technique for these two platforms was to use the mother and child system with your main account acting as the mother and a large number of automated accounts acting as the child account to promote the mother account but this does not work anywhere near as well as it used to.
Pinterest is kind of a mix between a social media platform, a social bookmarking platform, and a image search engine. I am actually trying to for my new domain as I have seen some people pulling massive amounts of traffic from Pinterest but the niche of your blog will definitely play a large part in the amount of traffic you will b able to get.

Social Bookmarking

Unfortunately, in 2020, the majority of the popular social bookmarking sites such as Stumbleupon have all gone under. The main one with solid traffic is Reddit and depending on the sub-reddit admins, it can be a nightmare to traffic leak and promote your blog on there.
I promote some of my content on Reddit with decent success but I have been a member of the communities I post in for years and have a good reputation and only promote high-quality content in there. Depending on your niche and the amount of time that you are willing to put into Reddit, it can be a decent traffic source but it is usually a one-hit wonder rather than long term traffic.
You will likley want some form of email opt in or browser notification plugin running to try and let you keep remarketing your content to the hits you can pull from Reddit. You can try to get your content ranking in the top section of the subreddit with the most upvotes as many people new to a niche and familiar with Reddit will organic the posts by top/all and result in residual traffic but this is niche dependent.

Forums

Niche relevant forums can potentially be an excellent source of traffic but again, this will depend on your niche and your reputation on the forum. I have managed to do some excellent promotion in a number of forums relevant to some of my niches whereas in other niches for other projects it has failed massively.
If you are an established member of some niche relevant forums then you can try to promote your blog there but again, it is often short term traffic similar to Reddit. You goal is to try and share some content that is so good that the admin team of the forum will pin it and result in residual long term traffic for years to come.

Q&A Sites

As you have seen throughout this answer, I have shared some of my own content for my YouTube channel that goes into some specific aspects of some parts of the organic traffic process in more detail. This is essentially me promoting my content and although I am promoting YouTube videos, you can use sites like Quora and Yahoo Answers to promote your blog too.
Depending on how well your answer does, you can sometimes get some solid traffic back to your own projects but again, this is going to be niche dependent as some niches will likley not do too well on Q&A sites whereas others can sometimes pull large amounts of traffic.

Blog Commenting

Blog commenting is an older method of promoting your blog that is nowhere near as effective as it used to be. The idea was that you would go to other blogs covering similar content to your own and publish a comment on their content with a link back to your own niche-related content. I have never actually tried this one myself but I have seen some blogs getting over 10,000 hits a month that friends who using this method on a large number of other blogs.
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Some Effective Ways To Promote Your Blog!

This is actually a reply I made to a question over on Quora but I wanted to share it here on Reddit too. I have only copy and pasted my reply over to Reddit and then readded the relevant images/videos. Due to this, some parts may seem a little off or have me referring to stuff as if this post is on Quora but it should still be able to provide value to some people with any luck :).

Organic Search Traffic

To promote your blog via search engine optimization to pull traffic from search engines such as Google and Bing, you have to start with that goal in mind from the very start of the process with your keyword research. Your goal is to find low competition keywords that your domain should easily be able to rank for and pull traffic to your domain from the search engines.
Although there are a number of keyword research tools out there that promise to make this process quick and easy, in my experience, they are a waste of money and deliver a large number of false positives and can potentially waste you a ton of time by publishing articles you will never rank for. Although there are a few different methods that you can use for your keyword acquisition, the main one that I have been using for my latest project is a tool called Answer The Public.
Although it is a freemium tool, you get a few free searches per day that should be plenty for anyone just starting out and trying to get ideas for potential keywords. Simply head over to Answer The Public, put some initial seed keywords into the tool and let it do its thing. At this stage of the process, the broader the initial keyword the better as you want Answer The Public to pull as many potential keywords as it can.
The image below shows an example of what Answer The Public will deliver for an example keyword search for the term “best pens” and ask you scroll down the page, it shows you many more ideas.
https://i.imgur.com/Npphe3U.png
Once the tool has finished coming up with keyword ideas for you, click the download to CSV button and it will download all of the ideas in a spreadsheet for you. You can save your time a bunch of time and effort at this stage if you use the Keywords Everywhere plugin for Chrome to get the predicted search volumes for your keywords to allow you to try and only target the ones that are getting monthly searches in Google so you can choose your potential articles better.
The image below is an example of how using the Keywords Everywhere plugin will show the predicted search volume for a term from the “best pens” example pull from Answer The Public in the Google Search Results page shown by the Red arrow but you can also import keywords into the plugin for bulk searching too.
https://i.imgur.com/SvqUcuL.png
If you do opt to run the keywords from Answer The Public through Keywords Everywhere, delete all of the keywords that remain that are under the search volume limit that you feel is fit for you. Keep in mind though, this search volume is only a prediction and once ranked, your page will also be pulling traffic from secondary keywords, LSI phrases, and one time searches too meaning that even something with a predicted search volume of 10 can end up pulling over 100 hits per month to your domain.
Next comes the long and boring task of manually checking the search engines for the competition for the list of keywords you have. Although this can initially take you a ton of time, as you get better at it, you can usually spend a few seconds looking at a search engine results page for a keyword and work out if it's worth targeting or not.
https://i.imgur.com/VlEEgWh.png
Sidenote For Reddit - I have this post on Reddit about one of my old keyword research methods that may be helpful if you are brand new to blogging. It has not aged well due to the Google search engine process evolving over the years but may be helpful to some but keep in mind, the method in my article will likley deliver a large number of false positives that may never rank in modern Google. I go into more detail on the weaknesses of the method in this post and show how that particular method is not really ideal and you should evolve your own method from it ASAP. Anyway, back to the Quora answer.
Although the effectiveness of this first tip is becoming less and less relevant with each new update to the Google algorithm, one thing that you can look for when manually checking your keywords is predicted total results shown above. As you can see, in descending order from top to bottom for four example keywords from the Answer The Public pull for “best pens” have drastically different total results for the keywords as shown by the Red arrows.
As I mentioned, this is becoming less and less effective with each new update to the Google algorithm as they are getting better at understanding searcher intent but at the time of writing this answer, the “About xx,xxx” result count is still helpful. The lower the count the better but you still have to check the actual websites ranking on the first page of Google for your terms.
Although Moz definitely does have its flaws, the free Moz Bar plugin for Chrome can save you a ton of time for this stage of the process. Unfortunately, the Moz crawler is not as good as some of its competitors but its domain authority score (DA) can still be helpful with an example shown in the image below.
https://i.imgur.com/SuZyxJ8.png
Again, it is from a search from one of the keywords for the example batch from Answer The Public but as you can see, the top domain has a DA of 17 while the second domain has a DA of 40. The higher the DA, the stronger that domain will be and the harder it is going to be for you to beat it usually. The more compeating domains with a low DA rating on the first page of Google the better the chances you have for your domain to rank.
Go through all of the keywords in your spreadsheet from your Answer The Public pull for the niche that you have chosen. You can add two new columns to your spreadsheet and manually add the “About xx,xxx comparing pages” number as well as the number of low DA domains on the first page for each keyword to work out what the lowest competition pages are.
Next you have to write your content for these keywords and this can take you hours of time depending on the type of content you are writing. The majority of my articles are at least 2000 words with some being over 5000 words depending on what I am targeting so each article will likely take you a few hours to publish. Thankfully though, I have shared 11 tips and tricks that you are able to implement in your own article writing journey in this post that are well worth implementing. They can help you save a large amount of time on each article you publish allowing you to publish more and more content in a shorter period of time.
Another thing that I commonly see people make mistakes with is how they actually format their articles too. I have also made this post where I go over how I format both my informational intent and buyer intent content with examples to try and show people how they should be trying to format their articles for optimal income generation too, if you are planning on publishing content for a large amount of buyer intent keywords then it is well worth watching.
Another thing that I would like to share is that if you are planning on publishing a large amount of content based around buyer intent keywords then in my experience, having comparison tables in your articles can help to increase your click-through rate to help increase your income potential. Unfortunately though, a large amount of the tools and plugins out there that allow you to quickly and easily make these comparison tables cost money but I have this post where I go over how you are able to make your own comparison tables quickly with free tools.
Once you have published your article, you will still likely have to wait between four and eight months if your domain is brand new to see any traffic due to the Google sandbox effect. In my experience, this is unavoidable and something all new blogs have to deal with in Google these days.
Even once your domain is out of this initial sandbox period though, any new articles that you do publish will still likley take around three months to get out of their own mini sandbox period too. This is totally normal and out of everyone I know who does this, there is not one single person who does not experience this effect. Try not to get down and give up before you have gave your content plenty of time to get out of the sandbox and start to pull traffic from Google.
This is basically the process for how I am building my new domain but this new project is based around informational content with its income coming from display ads. Most of my older domains are based around buyer intent keywords and the Amazon Affiliate program and if you keep on scaling it up, you can earn a nice amount of income. The screenshot below is from my Amazon One Link dashboard and as you can see, the highest income day I have had to date from doing this is almost $345!
https://i.imgur.com/6KSU4AV.png
I will now be quickly going over some of the other ways that you are able to promote your blog but to date, I have primarily focused on getting traffic from organic sources such as search engines like Google and Bing as covered above.

Social Media

Social media can be a minefield, a few years back Facebook reduced their organic reach for your content that you share meaning that even if someone follows your page, very few people will actually see it unless you pay for the Facebook ads to promote your content. Due to this, most people have moved away from Facebook that I know to use other platforms.
Twitter and Instagram can potentially be solid sources of traffic depending on your niche but traffic leaking via hashtag search is becoming harder and harder to do. A common black hat technique for these two platforms was to use the mother and child system with your main account acting as the mother and a large number of automated accounts acting as the child account to promote the mother account but this does not work anywhere near as well as it used to.
Pinterest is kind of a mix between a social media platform, a social bookmarking platform, and a image search engine. I am actually trying to for my new domain as I have seen some people pulling massive amounts of traffic from Pinterest but the niche of your blog will definitely play a large part in the amount of traffic you will b able to get.

Social Bookmarking

Unfortunately, in 2020, the majority of the popular social bookmarking sites such as Stumbleupon have all gone under. The main one with solid traffic is Reddit and depending on the sub-reddit admins, it can be a nightmare to traffic leak and promote your blog on there.
I promote some of my content on Reddit with decent success but I have been a member of the communities I post in for years and have a good reputation and only promote high-quality content in there. Depending on your niche and the amount of time that you are willing to put into Reddit, it can be a decent traffic source but it is usually a one-hit wonder rather than long term traffic.
You will likley want some form of email opt in or browser notification plugin running to try and let you keep remarketing your content to the hits you can pull from Reddit. You can try to get your content ranking in the top section of the subreddit with the most upvotes as many people new to a niche and familiar with Reddit will organic the posts by top/all and result in residual traffic but this is niche dependent.

Forums

Niche relevant forums can potentially be an excellent source of traffic but again, this will depend on your niche and your reputation on the forum. I have managed to do some excellent promotion in a number of forums relevant to some of my niches whereas in other niches for other projects it has failed massively.
If you are an established member of some niche relevant forums then you can try to promote your blog there but again, it is often short term traffic similar to Reddit. You goal is to try and share some content that is so good that the admin team of the forum will pin it and result in residual long term traffic for years to come.

Q&A Sites

As you have seen throughout this answer, I have shared some of my own content for my YouTube channel that goes into some specific aspects of some parts of the organic traffic process in more detail. This is essentially me promoting my content and although I am promoting YouTube videos, you can use sites like Quora and Yahoo Answers to promote your blog too.
Depending on how well your answer does, you can sometimes get some solid traffic back to your own projects but again, this is going to be niche dependent as some niches will likley not do too well on Q&A sites whereas others can sometimes pull large amounts of traffic.

Blog Commenting

Blog commenting is an older method of promoting your blog that is nowhere near as effective as it used to be. The idea was that you would go to other blogs covering similar content to your own and publish a comment on their content with a link back to your own niche-related content. I have never actually tried this one myself but I have seen some blogs getting over 10,000 hits a month that friends who using this method on a large number of other blogs.
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Some Effective Ways To Promote Your Blog!

This is actually a reply I made to a question over on Quora but I wanted to share it here on Reddit too. I have only copy and pasted my reply over to Reddit and then readded the relevant images/videos. Due to this, some parts may seem a little off or have me referring to stuff as if this post is on Quora but it should still be able to provide value to some people with any luck :).

Organic Search Traffic

To promote your blog via search engine optimization to pull traffic from search engines such as Google and Bing, you have to start with that goal in mind from the very start of the process with your keyword research. Your goal is to find low competition keywords that your domain should easily be able to rank for and pull traffic to your domain from the search engines.
Although there are a number of keyword research tools out there that promise to make this process quick and easy, in my experience, they are a waste of money and deliver a large number of false positives and can potentially waste you a ton of time by publishing articles you will never rank for. Although there are a few different methods that you can use for your keyword acquisition, the main one that I have been using for my latest project is a tool called Answer The Public.
Although it is a freemium tool, you get a few free searches per day that should be plenty for anyone just starting out and trying to get ideas for potential keywords. Simply head over to Answer The Public, put some initial seed keywords into the tool and let it do its thing. At this stage of the process, the broader the initial keyword the better as you want Answer The Public to pull as many potential keywords as it can.
The image below shows an example of what Answer The Public will deliver for an example keyword search for the term “best pens” and ask you scroll down the page, it shows you many more ideas.
https://i.imgur.com/Npphe3U.png
Once the tool has finished coming up with keyword ideas for you, click the download to CSV button and it will download all of the ideas in a spreadsheet for you. You can save your time a bunch of time and effort at this stage if you use the Keywords Everywhere plugin for Chrome to get the predicted search volumes for your keywords to allow you to try and only target the ones that are getting monthly searches in Google so you can choose your potential articles better.
The image below is an example of how using the Keywords Everywhere plugin will show the predicted search volume for a term from the “best pens” example pull from Answer The Public in the Google Search Results page shown by the Red arrow but you can also import keywords into the plugin for bulk searching too.
https://i.imgur.com/SvqUcuL.png
If you do opt to run the keywords from Answer The Public through Keywords Everywhere, delete all of the keywords that remain that are under the search volume limit that you feel is fit for you. Keep in mind though, this search volume is only a prediction and once ranked, your page will also be pulling traffic from secondary keywords, LSI phrases, and one time searches too meaning that even something with a predicted search volume of 10 can end up pulling over 100 hits per month to your domain.
Next comes the long and boring task of manually checking the search engines for the competition for the list of keywords you have. Although this can initially take you a ton of time, as you get better at it, you can usually spend a few seconds looking at a search engine results page for a keyword and work out if it's worth targeting or not.
https://i.imgur.com/VlEEgWh.png
Sidenote For Reddit - I have this post on Reddit about one of my old keyword research methods that may be helpful if you are brand new to blogging. It has not aged well due to the Google search engine process evolving over the years but may be helpful to some but keep in mind, the method in my article will likley deliver a large number of false positives that may never rank in modern Google. I go into more detail on the weaknesses of the method in this post and show how that particular method is not really ideal and you should evolve your own method from it ASAP. Anyway, back to the Quora answer.
Although the effectiveness of this first tip is becoming less and less relevant with each new update to the Google algorithm, one thing that you can look for when manually checking your keywords is predicted total results shown above. As you can see, in descending order from top to bottom for four example keywords from the Answer The Public pull for “best pens” have drastically different total results for the keywords as shown by the Red arrows.
As I mentioned, this is becoming less and less effective with each new update to the Google algorithm as they are getting better at understanding searcher intent but at the time of writing this answer, the “About xx,xxx” result count is still helpful. The lower the count the better but you still have to check the actual websites ranking on the first page of Google for your terms.
Although Moz definitely does have its flaws, the free Moz Bar plugin for Chrome can save you a ton of time for this stage of the process. Unfortunately, the Moz crawler is not as good as some of its competitors but its domain authority score (DA) can still be helpful with an example shown in the image below.
https://i.imgur.com/SuZyxJ8.png
Again, it is from a search from one of the keywords for the example batch from Answer The Public but as you can see, the top domain has a DA of 17 while the second domain has a DA of 40. The higher the DA, the stronger that domain will be and the harder it is going to be for you to beat it usually. The more compeating domains with a low DA rating on the first page of Google the better the chances you have for your domain to rank.
Go through all of the keywords in your spreadsheet from your Answer The Public pull for the niche that you have chosen. You can add two new columns to your spreadsheet and manually add the “About xx,xxx comparing pages” number as well as the number of low DA domains on the first page for each keyword to work out what the lowest competition pages are.
Next you have to write your content for these keywords and this can take you hours of time depending on the type of content you are writing. The majority of my articles are at least 2000 words with some being over 5000 words depending on what I am targeting so each article will likely take you a few hours to publish. Thankfully though, I have shared 11 tips and tricks that you are able to implement in your own article writing journey in this post that are well worth implementing. They can help you save a large amount of time on each article you publish allowing you to publish more and more content in a shorter period of time.
Another thing that I commonly see people make mistakes with is how they actually format their articles too. I have also made this post where I go over how I format both my informational intent and buyer intent content with examples to try and show people how they should be trying to format their articles for optimal income generation too, if you are planning on publishing content for a large amount of buyer intent keywords then it is well worth watching.
Another thing that I would like to share is that if you are planning on publishing a large amount of content based around buyer intent keywords then in my experience, having comparison tables in your articles can help to increase your click-through rate to help increase your income potential. Unfortunately though, a large amount of the tools and plugins out there that allow you to quickly and easily make these comparison tables cost money but I have this post where I go over how you are able to make your own comparison tables quickly with free tools.
Once you have published your article, you will still likely have to wait between four and eight months if your domain is brand new to see any traffic due to the Google sandbox effect. In my experience, this is unavoidable and something all new blogs have to deal with in Google these days.
Even once your domain is out of this initial sandbox period though, any new articles that you do publish will still likley take around three months to get out of their own mini sandbox period too. This is totally normal and out of everyone I know who does this, there is not one single person who does not experience this effect. Try not to get down and give up before you have gave your content plenty of time to get out of the sandbox and start to pull traffic from Google.
This is basically the process for how I am building my new domain but this new project is based around informational content with its income coming from display ads. Most of my older domains are based around buyer intent keywords and the Amazon Affiliate program and if you keep on scaling it up, you can earn a nice amount of income. The screenshot below is from my Amazon One Link dashboard and as you can see, the highest income day I have had to date from doing this is almost $345!
https://i.imgur.com/6KSU4AV.png
I will now be quickly going over some of the other ways that you are able to promote your blog but to date, I have primarily focused on getting traffic from organic sources such as search engines like Google and Bing as covered above.

Social Media

Social media can be a minefield, a few years back Facebook reduced their organic reach for your content that you share meaning that even if someone follows your page, very few people will actually see it unless you pay for the Facebook ads to promote your content. Due to this, most people have moved away from Facebook that I know to use other platforms.
Twitter and Instagram can potentially be solid sources of traffic depending on your niche but traffic leaking via hashtag search is becoming harder and harder to do. A common black hat technique for these two platforms was to use the mother and child system with your main account acting as the mother and a large number of automated accounts acting as the child account to promote the mother account but this does not work anywhere near as well as it used to.
Pinterest is kind of a mix between a social media platform, a social bookmarking platform, and a image search engine. I am actually trying to for my new domain as I have seen some people pulling massive amounts of traffic from Pinterest but the niche of your blog will definitely play a large part in the amount of traffic you will b able to get.

Social Bookmarking

Unfortunately, in 2020, the majority of the popular social bookmarking sites such as Stumbleupon have all gone under. The main one with solid traffic is Reddit and depending on the sub-reddit admins, it can be a nightmare to traffic leak and promote your blog on there.
I promote some of my content on Reddit with decent success but I have been a member of the communities I post in for years and have a good reputation and only promote high-quality content in there. Depending on your niche and the amount of time that you are willing to put into Reddit, it can be a decent traffic source but it is usually a one-hit-wonder rather than long term traffic.
You will likley want some form of email opt in or browser notification plugin running to try and let you keep remarketing your content to the hits you can pull from Reddit. You can try to get your content ranking in the top section of the subreddit with the most upvotes as many people new to a niche and familiar with Reddit will organic the posts by top/all and result in residual traffic but this is niche dependent.

Forums

Niche relevant forums can potentially be an excellent source of traffic but again, this will depend on your niche and your reputation on the forum. I have managed to do some excellent promotion in a number of forums relevant to some of my niches whereas in other niches for other projects it has failed massively.
If you are an established member of some niche relevant forums then you can try to promote your blog there but again, it is often short term traffic similar to Reddit. You goal is to try and share some content that is so good that the admin team of the forum will pin it and result in residual long term traffic for years to come.

Q&A Sites

As you have seen throughout this answer, I have shared some of my own content for my YouTube channel that goes into some specific aspects of some parts of the organic traffic process in more detail. This is essentially me promoting my content and although I am promoting YouTube videos, you can use sites like Quora and Yahoo Answers to promote your blog too.
Depending on how well your answer does, you can sometimes get some solid traffic back to your own projects but again, this is going to be niche dependent as some niches will likley not do too well on Q&A sites whereas others can sometimes pull large amounts of traffic.

Blog Commenting

Blog commenting is an older method of promoting your blog that is nowhere near as effective as it used to be. The idea was that you would go to other blogs covering similar content to your own and publish a comment on their content with a link back to your own niche-related content. I have never actually tried this one myself but I have seen some blogs getting over 10,000 hits a month that friends who using this method on a large number of other blogs.
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