ShareFind out how to use it to monetize your blog Quora is now a very common name for those who are looking for some of the best answers for their questions. In fact, it has silently replaced Yahoo answers as the most popular question and answer platform. I would rather call it as a knowledge sharing platform more than anything else. Quora which was founded in the year 2009, is one of the most popular websites in the world today and gets tons of hits everyday. So how do I use Quora ?  As stated earlier, you can ask any type of questions and then also select users whom you would want to answer it. Additionally, other active users will also come in to share their experience . What sets Quora different from any other platform is the huge database of questions from almost every sphere of life along with some super active authors. You can ask almost anything and everything, and you definitely can expect an answer soon ! How can I use Quora to make money ? That’s a good question ! Let’s try to explore the possible opportunities which can impact your earnings directly or indirectly. Drive quality traffic to your blog or website – Blogging is one of the best ways to make money for quite sometime now . In fact many bloggers are doing it on a full-time basis and making a decent income. In India some of the famous bloggers are Harsh Agarwal, Amit Agarwal, Amit Bhiwani to name a few ! (you might see my name here as well in future 🙂 ) We all know that traffic is the one of the biggest factor which determines how famous and money-making is your blog and Quora can definitely be a big helping hand in that. You just need to explore the questions which you feel can answer properly. Explain your points clearly which helps others as well who are following the same question. This will result in people liking your post and up voting it simultaneously. At the end of your answer you can leave a URL of your blog. You can also mention about your website/blog in your profile. This will give you quality backlink from a very high PR website. More traffic will turn into more hits and more CPC if you have Google Adsense up and running. Use Quora to make money from affiliate marketing – As mentioned above, a lot depends on what kind of quality answers you give to the audience. You can use this point to make money from the affiliate marketing as well. Let’s take an example that some asked this question in the forum ” Which is the best entry-level DSLR for shooting YouTube videos” ? Assuming that you already are an affiliate marketer, a simple and high quality answer will attract a lot of people who had similar questions and in the process of explaining your answer, you can leave a best buy link from of one of the online shop portal. Once someone buys a product using that link, you earn a percentage in the form of commission ! READ : BEST AFFILIATE PROGRAM IN INDIA Using Quora to offer your services – If you are a web developer or an SEO expert or may in that case someone who has an expertise on the service you provide, then Quora is an ideal platform for you. If someone has a question with regards to any of the services that you offer and if your answers is really informative then you definitely can fancy your chances of getting people looking for your consultation. You can then charge them for it. Use Quora for Tips and Tricks – You must have a fair bit of idea till now that it is a platform where you can meet experts from all over the world and from different sectors. You can use those tips and knowledge from the gurus and use it to make your blog/website better and more socially interactive to get organic traffic and better search rank on Google. VERDICT In a nutshell, Quora is arguably one of the best tool for new bloggers and YouTubers to get some quality traffic and hits. If used efficiently, can really be that final reason which differentiates a successful and a not so successful blog. How many of you use Quora ? let us know ! ...

ShareDo you know that you don’t need to be driver to earn from Uber ? Sounds interesting ? Read on.. UberDost Uber has been around for quite some time now and has reasonable well to capture Indian roads. Uber and Ola have competed fiercely against each other to enjoy the market share and they have really redefined the way we commute. In one of my earlier post, I made a comparative study between these two giants on the basis of different parameters and revealed who the winner is ! That is of course my personal opinion 🙂 READ – OLA VS UBER Last year, Uber faced a shortage of drivers and tried to incorporate various ways to attract good drivers to join the fleet of the aggregator service and eventually zeroed down to the old school but the most effective method ‘Affiliate marketing’ Uber started a program to monetarily reward those who referred good drivers and make money out of it and named it UberDost. Under UberDost referral program, Uber pays Rs 5,000 per successful referral in Bengaluru, and Rs 3,000 in Mumbai and Hyderabad; the three cities where the program is operational. Uber says it now has over 5,000 Dosts, and the number is increasing on a daily basis. How do I use it ? UberDost If you want to refer any driver to Uber under the Uberdost campaign, you have to use the specially designed app for this program. You just need to install ‘UberDost’ app by visiting your google playstore. Once you have downloaded the app, just give your referral details like name, vehicle number, license number etc. and Hola ! you are all set to get your referral amount. UberDost Few important points to keep in mind:- Complete the Uber driver partner on-boarding process and be a first-time driver partner of Uber Sign-up as a partner with Uber using your unique referral link Complete their 10th trip as a partner via the Uber platform within 120 days of your referral One of the primary reason Uber has started the referral campaign is to expand its reach in the Indian roads as it is arguably one of their most prospering market. Additionally, the app will also guide you in terms of the nearest on-boarding center for the new drivers to make the process even more streamlined. Nearest Onboarding Center in Bengaluru I have personally come across a lot of referrals who have been successful in making a handsome earning from this campaign. In fact, some of them have taken it as full time job ! It is however interesting to note that Uber is present roughly in just 26 cities in India, compared to rival Ola’s over 102 cities. Ola has their own methods of adding new drivers to their fleet using different marketing strategies. However, I strongly feel that UberDost is surely going to boost Uber’s earning in the long run.   ...

ShareHow can you make big money on ebay ? Apparently, this is a common question that most of the newbie has when it comes to selling on ebay. Read on to know how.. We all know that ebay is one of the world’s most widely used platform to buy and sell. When we talk about the ease of using the website, setting up your merchant account hardly takes time. With so many sellers out there, how do I create a mark for my listing? Yes, you are absolutely right. Ebay has tons of sellers globally and creating your own niche definitely takes time ! But hey ! we are not here to talk about the usual story of selling your stuff online. You can get thousands of information online for doing it. In this post, I wanted to share with you some tips on making a decent money on ebay.com Ebay sellers have 2 options to sell their product :- Buy it Now – Using this option ebay sellers put a fixed price for their listed items along with the quantity and other details. Interested buyers can purchase the same using PaisaPay where in you can use credit card, debit card, bank transfer etc to place the order Auction Method – As the name suggests, when a seller intends to find out the reaction of the buyers, so instead of putting a fixed price, they ask users to bid for the product.  In the process, one who places the highest bid in a given time frame has the right to buy it. When it comes to the ‘auction’ method, buyers generally end up making a very handsome money as they get a clear pulse of how their listed product is performing in terms of demand factor. To earn a decent money on ebay.com using this pricing method, your product should be unique  🙂 Yes, that’s the secret ! I have come across many sellers who have been quite successful in getting an overwhelming response for their listings. They usually start with a very low price which can be as low as $0.99 and end up getting somewhere around $1000 ! ebay listing of antique products   Bid history   ebay Listing – Antique product How do we effectively list our product on ebay.com for maximum optimization ? Below are some of the steps which you can keep in mind while using ebay for selling your product :- Use good quality Images – To attract maximum eye balls it very important to have a lot of quality images. Your image should clearly project the product and its finer details in a simple way. Remember no one wants to look at a blurred or unclear photos at the end of the day. Good Description – Your product should highlight on its uniqueness. Additionally,using good keywords adds a lot of volume to your listing. Write the complete description of your products in a catchy style. Understand in the perspective of a potential buyer who would buy your product, he/she should feel the curiosity to buy it. Facts and Figures – Keep your facts right and up to date because when it comes to selling a unique and antique product on ebay, its value is directly proportional to the accuracy of the data. Rarer and older the product, more number of bids it will attract. Ask Price – You can see clearly from the images above that a product which has an initial ask price of $0.99 ended up being sold at $4,051 !  never put an exorbitant price for your listing . If your product is unique and rare, trust me folks it will command a decent bid. Essentially, keeping a low price also helps you to understand the difference between the floor and ceiling price. Make it Social – Needless to say, social media platform plays a pivotal role in attracting interested buyers across the globe. Try to publish your post on different social networking websites. Marketing and advertising help your listing to get the much-needed impetus. READ – Best Affiliate Program in India There are some websites and directories like whatsellsbest.com and auctionguide.com which will help you in finding what sells hot on ebay. Ebay is truly a great platform for both sellers and the buyers. Moreover, setting up your account is simple and easy. The customer service team is excellent and will help you at every juncture to streamline your selling experience. You can use PayPal which is worlds biggest online payment processor to do international transactions safely. Moreover, it is very easy to link PayPal to your savings bank account as well. For ebay India and other users, please note that you should visit ebay.com. This is where you get international listing. Cheers ! ...

ShareOne of the easiest way to make money from the comfort of your home. What is Airbnb ? Airbnb Reviews Today I will discuss with you a rather unconventional but easy way to make money. Yes, the easy way ! In my earlier posts of making money online, hard work and understanding of affiliate marketing play a pivotal role in making it successful. However, I still feel that affiliate marketing is one of the best way to generate a passive source of income. In case you don’t have all the time in this world and still want to earn some decent income, Airbnb is just for you . What is Airbnb ? How does that work ? Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations. The user base include hosts and travelers: hosts list and rent out their spaces or room, and travelers search for and book accommodations in close to 195 countries globally. Airbnb works on the concept of Peer-to-Peer accommodation. As per Wikipedia, Peer-to-peer property rental is the process whereby an existing house owner makes their house or an empty room available for others to rent for short periods of time as an alternative form of accommodation. Let’s understand in a better way how the entire setup works This platform helps to connect the host and the guest in almost a similar way as most of the travel website do. The major difference being as a host, you can even offer your unused space, a room or even the entire space to your guest. I am a Host, how do I go about it ? Take care of the Basics – Register yourself as a host on the website and list your space which you want to offer to your guests. This is absolutely free and you have the option of choosing whom to host depending on your preference. Make sure to clearly highlight what you have to offer beds, bathrooms, amenities etc. Set up the Ambience – Upload the best photos and write a nice and interesting description of your place along with a crisp title. Remember, you will have to focus on what you have to offer to your guest apart from your place. This is very important if you want to stand out from the rest. Projecting your place as an ideal home stay will fetch you better results than just a rental ! Final Push Up – Update the price, availability of your space and other details and you are all set to accept your guests. Points to Ponder for Hosts:- Hosts can add in other charges to a guest by adding a security deposit before the booking along with some other fees depending on your preference. In the beginning, it is strongly advisable to do a good research in finding out what should be a competitive price for your space as you don’t want to lose out because of high cost factor. You will have to shell out hosting fee (Airbnb commission) which is around 3% of the total price. It is important that you understand Airbnb’s hosting standards for listing accuracy, communication with guests, keeping your reservation commitments, cleaning your place for each guest and providing basic amenities such as soap, towel, toilet papers etc. Airbnb holds the payment for 24 hours post the guest check in and is released via online transfer, PayPal , ECS, wire e.t.c usually after 1-2 days . No offline cash transaction is encouraged and is considered against the TOS of Airbnb. If you are a tenant and still want to share your place and make some money, please make sure that your landlord/owner is fine with it (You know what I mean 🙂 ) Positive reviews play a very important role if you want to make a good money. It is of utmost importance to get yourself verified on Airbnb by uploading the required set of documents. This will enhance the ‘Trust Factor’ and you will surely get more request. Important Points for Guests:- Guests can search the database of properties at any time, but to book a space, you need to have a profile created with the necessary documents to do so. You can send a message through an internal messaging system and clarify your doubts if at all a need arises. On time communication really helps to streamline the entire experience of your travel and stay. Travelers pay a guest service fee of 5-10% on top of the reservation to cover services such as 24/7 customer support and the Host Guarantee and above all to help the website run smoothly Additional costs may be involved such as Currency exchange fee, VAT, local taxes etc. It is important to respect the privacy policy of your host to enjoy a great stay. Remember as a responsible citizen we represent our nation and state and take pride in that ! Before you click ‘BOOK’ button, do a good research by going through a lot of reviews and feedback, social media profiles and other important details of your host. Safety always comes first and should never be neglected at any cost. Airbnb Safety Measure Safety Measures – Host Guarantee Airbnb has a very a good Safety and Protection policy for its users. In order to claim it in case of any untoward incident, you just need to fill in a simple form and submit it online READ: Airbnb Peace of Mind Guarantee Pros :- It is a wonderful platform where in people from different place can meet and get to know each other in terms of culture, tradition, food etc. A good way to make money by hosting your unused place to travelers. On the other hand, if you are a guest, trust me it is a good option to consider especially if you are a solo traveler. Airbnb takes the safety and trust of both the parties very seriously. Host can have a piece of mind as they are protected under the ‘Host Guarantee’ policy up to ₹6,00,00,000 ! Excellent customer service team . Trust me they take each and every issue very seriously. The website has really grown over a period of time and I have come across very good reviews by the users from different parts of the world. Website is user-friendly and easy to navigate. Average earnings Airbnb Host Cons :- Although, it is very safe (World is still a good place to live :-)), there have been some incidents in the past which has not been very good. Things are way better now. As a host, you need to keep a check on your belongings. I am not here to form any opinion, but it is always a great idea to keep your valuable belongings at a safer place. Airbnb charges can be sometimes little on the higher side, including the taxes, for the guest but that totally depends on your destination and choice. Airbnb terms of services are strict and you will have to abide by it at every point of time Not everything is protected under the protection policy, so users are requested to go through the guidelines very carefully. My personal experience has been really good and had a chance to host guests from Poland and Austria. Needless to say, I made a decent amount of money during the stay period along with couple of good friends ! Verdict Airbnb is really an innovative and a great market place to connect the host and the guest. It is a great choice for someone who doesn’t want to burn a big hotel on accommodation. Additionally, if you want to earn some decent cash by sharing your room or unused place, it is really good. Although, there are some risks associated with a P2P rental sharing system like Airbnb, however, if you are cautious and follow the necessary guidelines, it is worth giving a try ! You can go through the reviews of a lot of travelers who love sharing their experience.   Imagesource       ...

ShareWhich one stands out as a winner recently ??Amazon or Flipkart In my earlier post on How to make money without a website?, I had shared some tips to make money online. ‘Affiliate Marketing’ is one of the best way to make money online, however, you need to understand which programs to focus more. Today I will update you with some of the recent changes in both Flipkart’s and Amazon’s affiliate programs. Which one do I prefer ? Read on … Amazon India Amazon has always been one of the best paying affiliate programs in India and around the globe, countless users have monetized their website and blogs using the same and I am one of them. One of the most important reason which makes amazon.in associate’s program appealing is the commission rates that it offers across different segments. Take a look at this :- Advertising Rate – August 2016   If you notice, the advertising rates are pretty good across most of the categories around 10%, specially in clothing and shoes, as it will fetch you 12% commission rates. I have summed up the pros of amazon.in associates program below – Attractive advertising rate across most of the categories, up to 12 % You don’t even need a blog or a website to start earning . You can promote the products using social media platform as well The tracking system is very efficient and almost all the orders are tracked properly The advertising rates remain the same throughout, regardless of the sale generated from desktop or mobile platform Amazon is a global leader and a reputed name in e-commerce space, hence payments are always on time Nice and simple user interface Payment is transferred directly to your bank account Please note that, as per the TOS you will not earn any advertising fees if you use amazon for placing your own order. In fact if you do so there are chances that your account may be suspended. Read : Amazon India affiliate program operating agreement Now let’s see some of the drawbacks of Amazon affiliate campaign. As we say, nothing is perfect in this world 🙂 You don’t have a customer care agent speaking to you over the phone for any clarification, email is the only medium of get in touch with the associate’s service team Sale is not tracked on a real-time basis and is updated once in 24 hours Now I would highlight the reason why amazon.in has received a lot of negative feedback from the affiliates recently. We all agree that smart phone is one of the highest selling section on any e-commerce portal. In fact most of my income comes in from that segment. With an ever-increasing demand in the new and exclusive launches of smartphones, this was a hot favorite among us You will clearly understand what I am talking about, if you look at the screenshot below – No Advertising Fee   Almost close to 18 flagship and best-selling smartphones will not fetch you any commission despite you promoting and generating sales for the company ! In fact a considerable amount of affiliate partners have seen their revenue drop substantially because of this. Amazon should re-consider?their decision of putting limitations on the best sellers as this is clearly impacting their affiliate partners. Flipkart This affiliate program is another name that the online money makers in India trust a lot. ?It has evolved as a company over a period of time and is now the market leader in India’s e-commerce platform. Flipkart’s affiliate program too offers a variety of categories and products which you can use to monetize your blog or website. READ: Flipkart affiliate commission structure for the month of August, 2016 I will summarize the pros and the drawbacks below -: Pros Attractive advertising rates up to 15% A website/blog is not mandatory, as long as you can generate revenue for the company, you are free to promote it everywhere User Interface is relatively better now and you can easily create affiliate links for a product within the portal Affiliates can make money even by promoting the products on the app, unlike Amazon, which doesn’t pay anything for app based sales? The payments are mostly on time to your bank accounts Drawbacks You can clarify your doubts only via emails just like amazon (I wish I could speak to someone ). The commissions are not standardized, i.e it has a different fee structure for the sales generated via app and website. Additionally, the commission structure is customized depending on the new and existing user. The tracking program is not the best, sometimes sales don’t show up in your order and earnings list. However, recently they have improved it a lot. Let me share an interesting fact ! Honestly speaking, this is probably the reason my inclination has tilted more towards Flipkart for my earnings. The no 1 e-commerce company of India has not put any limitation on the commission earned from the qualifying sale of a product . You will be paid for all the orders placed using your tracking link. I won’t discount that the advertising rates on the smart phone section is very little, but it just kind of gives you a satisfaction that ‘something is always better than nothing’ . If you can push harder to get the sales on app, you can make good money. Verdict – Owing to the recent policy adopted by amazon, which is not to offer any commission on the hot selling exclusive launches in smartphone’s category, my vote goes to Flipkart. We ought to accept that affiliate earning is not easy and requires a dedicated and consistent effort, which I guess amazon has failed to understand. Which one do you prefer ? Please share your favorite with us !     ...

ShareBack then, I didn’t even have a Blog or a Website ! This may sound a bit unbelievable but it is true. Today I will share my secret of earning online without a website or a Blog. I got to know about Amazon and Flipkart affiliate program last year and immediately started exploring it. Needless to say, time was never on my side as I was working full-time (even now I have a 9-6 Job). However, I gave it a shot. Firstly, let’s understand what is an affiliate program ? In simple terms, when you promote any product or link on your website/Blog and drive traffic to the advertised website and if the user buys a product using your link, you get a commission out of that ! The amount of commission totally depends on the product which is purchased. Interestingly, if a user lands up to the advertised website via your link, and purchases other stuff as well , you end up getting a commission . Take a look at Flipkart’s affiliate portal below :- Okay, that sounds great 🙂 . Now I will tell you how I made a pretty decent money without owning a website or even a blog ! I had two challenges to overcome before I could start. What am I going to promote ? How am I going to do it without a proper platform ? I was very sure that if I have to make this work, the product which I am promoting has to be in great demand and that actually made a lot of sense, isn’t it ?   I created a Facebook page and started promoting products which primarily catered to exclusive launches and were not easy to get hold of ! Predominantly, smartphones launched in flash sale and invite systems were the ones that I targeted and covered an extensive reviews of the same along with the troubleshooting steps. Soon, my member list started growing immensely and my hard work started paying dividends as I was able to make a small but decent side income. Post that, I also covered other products on my Facebook page and spent a very small amount to promote it on other platforms like Quikr, Olx etc. One thing which is very important here is you will have to work very smart to get the buyers. I prefer saying ‘smart’ because apart from time, you need to understand the buying habits of the readers and the trending stuff. I have become a kind of technical consultant for my family, relatives, friends and Colleague where in most of them approach me for their online buying needs and when they buy the ?product using my link, I make some money out of it ! Please note that you ideally do not need a website to sign up for affiliate programs of Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal. Just sign up for the account and get an instant approval. After this, you can start promoting the products. You can take a look at my earnings from Flipkart and Amazon below – Amazon Earning   Flipkart Earnings Yeah, I know that this amount is not an eye-popping as compared to some other bloggers and website, but considering the fact that I manage my regular job and this, I have no complaints ! There are some other sources for me as well which I use to generate revenue online and will be sharing that in another post very soon. The important take away from my story would be the following -: Understand what you are good at promoting Ask yourself, if you have the right expertise to do the same or not Choose a right Social media platform for it and start spreading the news pertaining to that Remember, word of mouth advertising is not only free, but the most effective 🙂 Last but not the least keep yourself updated, follow various news feeds and channels and be confident There is no denying of the fact that if you want to have a sustained method of earning online, creating a website or a Blog is the best way (Something which I have recently started 🙂 ) If you would want to know more about it or would need any help in creating a blog, feel free to CONTACT me . Cheers ! Manish ...

ShareA Beginners Guide on Creating a YouTube channel YouTube is a video sharing website by Google and is arguably one of the most visited in the WWW universe. There are a lot of different niche and segments which people use to connect to the internet in a real time kind of environment. A user gets leverage to upload, view, share, comment and host of other features to get connected to the world. We have a lot of YouTube channels now which has been liked and appreciated by YouTubers across the world. Additionally, YouTube can help you to make money as well, if you are able to generate quality traffic and good content. Once you start getting good visits to your channel , google reaches out to you for a proposal to monetize the channel by putting ads of the advertisers in your videos. As per YouTube creator academy, these are some of the best tips to monetize your channel. Get good traffic and quality videos – Before considering YouTube as an additional source of income, you need to grow your audience and have quality content to get loyal customers who subscribe to your videos Connecting YouTube channel with AdSense account – Enable your channel for monetization. Connect your YouTube channel to an AdSense account in order to earn money and get paid for your monetized videos. Take a minute to get to know the kinds of videos you can monetizeand the different ad formats. Select “monetize with ads” for your videos and choose which ad formats and videos you want from Creator Studio app and in video manager. Keep making great videosThe most important step towards making a great video is to have a proper setup which will enable you to start your channel. Below you would find a list of items which would come in very handy in the entire process and are my personal recommendation : High Quality Camera – You need to have a high quality camera which has HD recording facility. In simple terms, none of us would ideally want to watch a movie if the print quality is not great and this law holds good in this case as well. You can check out this. If you are looking for a cheaper range, you can consider this . Voice recorder/Mic – A good video needs to be accompanied by digital quality audio. Remember, you are presenting your thoughts and ideas to the audience which signifies the importance of a good voice recorder. You can have a look at this Basic Tripod – I wish everything could have been sufficed by selfies 🙂 but yes, the world is more than just selfies. You would need a sturdy and may be a basic tripod to start of. This tripod will be used to keep your camera recorder at a steady position which will result in better video output. You can buy it from here Editing Software – You do have a lot of free option when it comes to software for editing purpose. To start of you can consider lightworks, videoshop, splice etc and later move on to the premium version. Last but not the least, hardware and software truly make our life simpler and exciting, but it also boils down to your passion, thought process and your dedication which will take it to a next level. Making money via YouTube channel is not a” quick to get rich scheme” as initially you might find the process really slow, but if your videos are able to generate good traffic, it surely would be a great fun 😀 PC – Flickr (Korosirego) Cheers ! ...