Showing posts with label Students’ Guide to Blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Students’ Guide to Blogging. Show all posts

Turn on AdSense shopping links

If you are a Google Adsense user, you'll find the new Shopping Links useful. It's in beta and will slowly be released to the Adsense publisher community. 

How to  turn on AdSense shopping links

You can find it in the Optimisation Tab: Optimisation > Lab > Use the toggle to turn shopping links on.

How to turn on AdSense shopping links

What AdSense said about the shopping links

AdSense will add shopping links to the content of your eligible pages. Shopping links provide end-users with relevant options to buy from. 

The links take users to shopping ads and may help increase your earnings.

Video explanation


How will Shopping Links monetise?

You'll get paid if users click the shopping links and click any of the ads displayed.

This lab will:

  • Automatically place shopping links on eligible pages on your site(s) for a percentage of users.
  • Continue showing your existing ads for all users.
AdSense Shopping links will appear on your page's main content as hyperlinks, targeting the existing words whenever Google detects a "shoppable product mention". 

By clicking on the link users are shown a number of shopping ads for the product. 

If you click on the link and buy the product on display, you'll get a commission for it. 

Here is the Google help document on this new feature.


Happy monetising!

How to Make Money Online Blog and YouTube

This post will help you to make money online. With the increasing access to the Internet in Papua New Guinea, many young people have the privilege others never had in the past - having access to social media, blogs and other Internet sites. 


YouTube, Blog, website and Adsense

PNG subscribers on Facebook and Twitter have increased dramatically over the years due to the presence of Internet data companies like Digicel, Telikom PNG and Bmobile-Vodafone. 

Start A Blog - Earn Money Online 

A good way to utilise Internet access is to talk about our beautiful country. Start your own blog for free. An example is this blog. The reward (money you make) depends on the visitors to your blog.

In addition, the benefits that come with blogging and connecting with your social media followers, both abroad and PNG, is massive. Apart from disseminating information, you remember vital facts - facts that are relevant to matters close to your heart!

It is rewarding - both educational and monetary gains. 

    Let's have a look at the 3 ways to make money online and how to monetise your work. 

    Three Ways to Make Money Online

    Ok, here are the practical tips to start earning some rewards online. Click on the links provided to explore the opportunities.

    1. Start a Free/Paid blog

    This blog is an example of a free blog. This was started in 2014. It took 2 years before we had good traffic to monetise. 

    Bear in mind that blogging is not for the faint-hearted. It can take years before you get good traffic/visitors and monetise your work. (Two ways to monetise a blog are briefly described in 2 and 3) 

    As mentioned, focus on your interest. Make blogging a hobby and the rest will fall in place. 

    We've got great Blogging Tips with pictures and guides here: How To Start a Personal Blog  & How to A Blog on Wordpress.




    2. YouTube Channel 

    YouTube channels are a great way to showcase things you are good at. Successful YouTubers are those that have the ability to make some 'boring subject' look amazing. If you are one of them, you can do that right now. Some examples are:
    • Gardening Hobbies
    • Musical/Singing Talents
    • Producing how-to videos
    Videos eligible for monetisation are usually those that are unique. In fact, how-to and music videos are popular and get lots of views on YouTube. 

    The more videos and interest you generate from views and impressions will make you money.

    To monetise you'll need at least 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of watch time. That means that if you put in the work now, you can monetise your video in the next 12 months, at the least. 


    3. Write and Earn Money or Mobile Credits Online 

    PNG Insight is looking for writers to write interesting articles for us. You can make money online now by submitting your first article to us. Read about the PNG Writers' Initiative

    Here are some of the work produced by PNG Writers. Take a look if you need inspiration.
    Write for us today and earn cash or mobile phone credits - your choice! The contact email is info@pnginsight.com


    Two Monetisation Methods that Work

    Setting up a blog, website or YouTube Channel is the first step - only the starting point. As mentioned earlier, it can take years (if you are lucky, months) to fully monetise and start making money. 

    So, when you have generated enough traffic and interest, try these two ways to make money online. 

    1. Amazon Associate Account - Worth Trying

    Amazon associate program is one way to make money online. You can join and start immediately by referring social friends and family members.

    There are several platforms you can use to earn from Amazon. You can promote them via social networks like Twitter, Facebook, etc or on blogs and websites.

    Amazon has easy-to-use URL shortener and widgets to help you on your way to making extra money online.

    Please note that not anyone can become Amazon Affiliate today. Amazon has changed its Terms and Conditions and therefore it has become difficult for people in certain countries like PNG to join the program. 

    However, for anyone living overseas (Australia, New Zealand or the US) and who have a membership account, you can join the affiliate program easily.

    2. AdSense - Takes Time But Works

    AdSense is Google’s technology. It shows advertisements to customers. If they click on them, you make money. The money you make online will depend on how competitive visitors keywords are; and how many people visit your website or view your YouTube video. 

    The more competitive, the higher it cost the advertisers and the more you make – from several pennies to a few pounds. 

    In fact, Google is paying you for space you make available for the advertisements. To get an Adsense account you have got to own a website or blog. So, start blogging. Get yourself a website, if you can. 

    WordPress and Google Blogger are available options. I would recommend Blogger if you are starting off.

    Here are tips to get started on How to Start a Blog and Make Money Online. You can submit an article to use here - Submit Articles to PNG Insight

    Passion for Personal Development

    You can also use the opportunities to your advantage regardless of where you are, whether it be in PNG or overseas. Start something you are passionate about and reward yourself for it. Make no mistake, if you are thinking of making quick money online, you might as well try something else.

    These four words of encouragement will help you to make blogging a successful hobby: 
    • First, have a passion for what you do, focus on the big picture instead of how much you make monthly. 
    • Second, remind yourself that monetisation is second. It is advertisements.
    • Third, it will take a lot of time and effort, so be patient. 
    • Finally, do not put your whole life in it – this is not a job to be serious with, let it be a hobby – let it be passive. 

    Recommended articles for successful young people

    This is a collection of articles for making money by writing and building blogs or websites based on your passion. I repeat PASSION. (This blog is an example of using free BLOGGER to create something that you are passionate about.)

    If you have a talent for something or someone tell's you that you are creative, these ideas will make you successful. CLICK ON THE LINKS TO GET FREE INFO.


    Life after Secondary School and Uni is about How to Make Money - Job

    Many students are looking for opportunities after Grade 12 and universities to find nothing. Some are probably not well prepared (or prepare themselves well) for life after school.

    This post is the first of a series on PNG Insight. It aims to help teenagers use the Internet and technology to live productive lives after school and how to make money online.


    Below is the first part of the series on 'How to Start a Personal Free Blog at School'.

    You can read (and download) the complete 7-page series. Click on the image to access the information. 


    how to make money

    The young people today have opportunities that many in the past did not have - access to the Internet, social media and computers for example. In fact, with access to the Internet and technology comes lots of opportunities too. There are many ways to use the internet to improve your lives.

    3 powerful ways to bring out the best in you

    Here are three powerful ways to bring out the best in you. Say no to the wasted and lazy times. Starve your distraction. Feed your focus. Start with these and you'll position yourself in a comfortable position to win after school life.

    1. Read
    Picking up a book is the hard part. When you have actually picked up the book and read it, you would not want to put it down. That is where the adventure starts.

    You go on new and exciting adventures every time you read. Challenge yourself to read one or two books every term. 

    2. Write
    One way to showcase your creativity is to write. Writing is a skill not many people develop early. It takes time and effort to stitch together sentences, paragraphs and articles. Like many things, developing writing skill needs practice. 

    Use Social Media and free blogs and be creative. Avoid slang. Write in full sentences. Write about things you are *passionate* about. Your passion will bring the best out of you. You'll enjoy every moment of writing for a long time.

    Your first true writing will not be the final. You'll go on and create amazing and inspiring work. So start now. Find out about how to Create a Blog here.

    3. Make money
    Learn how to make money early. If you know how to make money at Secondary School or uni and perfect the skill at doing it, you'll go on to becoming a successful person after school.

    In fact, you do not have to work for someone else. Many people start early at school or uni and become successful along the way. 

    Kill two birds with one stone

    Have you heard of the common saying 'kill two birds with one stone? This is it - you do something to make money and develop your life skills while doing it. 

    Some examples of making money online you are still at the school include the following start-ups:

    1. Blogging (and developing your writing skills) 
    2. Maths or English Tuition (develop your numeracy and literacy skills)
    3. Social Media Marketing and Promotion agents (develop your social media skills and put the time you spend on social media into something useful)
    4. Website/WordPress developer (develop your creativity)
    5. YouTuber (create trending and viral YouTube clips)

    You can, actually, make money out of the 5 examples presented to you above. Students who are great with the use of the Internet and technology can do well in these areas. 

    Why start now?

    Internet penetration in Papua New Guinea is better than it was 10 years ago. Some insiders believe that that the mobile coverage in Papua New Guinea for both bmobile/Telkom PNG and Digicel combined is over 95%. 

    Recent talks of building a high-speed broadband facility in and around Papua New Guinea is promising. So how can young Papua New Guineans be part of this revolution? The answer is simple - get on the bandwagon before you are left behind. 

    If you - a Secondary or Uni student - don't do it now, someone else will do it. Start now while the Internet market in Papua New Guinea is unsaturated.

    Create your future

    Only you can prepare yourself for life after school. Read. Write. Learn how to make money. Do all three and you'll come out prepared to face real life. 

    Read the complete series here or message PNG Insight on Twitter to get a copy of the FREE e-Book. 



    Spelling and Grammar Check Tool Students Should Use To Eliminate Errors

    Students and those just leaving universities (or colleges) may find correcting spelling and grammar daunting. In the series ‘PNG Students Blogging Guide’ I mentioned 5 tools for student writers to use. In this post, I would like to elaborate on why one of the tools I stated earlier, Grammarly, is a must Spelling and Grammar check tool to use every time when finalising your important assessment or resume or CV.


    Let me first ask 5 quick questions for writers and students to ponder:

    1. Are you doing your school work in English?  
    2. Is English your second language? 
    3. Do you find correcting spelling and grammar errors tricky? 
    4. Have you often identify errors in your submitted work after it was marked? 
    5.Do you want your final work to be error free?

    If the answer to the five questions is YES, read on to find out why the tool can help you improve the overall outcome of your work. 

    Spelling and Grammar check


    Grammarly is an online Spelling and Grammar check tool. That means that you have to have access to the Internet to use it. Many institutions have ‘blocker’ installed in their network gateways which may not allow you to use Grammarly. But there is a way around it – you can use ‘data’ tethering. Connect your laptop to smartphone. Checking for gramatical errors and spelling mistakes using Grammarly is, in fact, a better way to eliminate any errors in your final work before submitting or publishing it. 

    Grammarly is a *free* online tool. You simply have to open an account and start using it. The spelling and grammar tool identifies errors and prompts you to correct the errors. I am always surprised at the number of error counts whenever I used it (see the example in the diagram).

    Try it and see how many errors you may have missed whilst proof-reading your work.




    English as a second language 


    English is not the first language is 'the' reason why I decided to include this post in the series ‘PNG Students Blogging Guide’. From experience, once as a student and even now, English as a second language comes with some levels of difficulty when thinking and writing in English. Obviously, this is true for many students in PNG who may also have English as a third or even fourth language!

    So, it is important to use tools and aids that are now available to make writing appealing to teachers and other readers. Using the free version of Grammarly is one way you can polish your writing and make readers like your work.


    How it works…


    As mentioned earlier and also in Part 2 of ‘PNG Students Blogging Guide’, Grammarly is easy to use. Use your email, Gmail or social media accounts to open Grammarly account. There are two ways to use it: as an add-on on Chrome browser or saved URL in ‘favorite’ folder and use it when you need it.

    When you have opened an account, simply copy your work and paste it into Grammarly task-pane. Spelling and Grammar check will automatically show the stats of errors and suggest corrections to be made.  That’s it!

    Summary


    Grammarly is a free online tool you can use to make your important work stand-out.



    You may also be interested to take a look at PNG Insight’s Guide to Students’ Blogging:


    1. PNG Students Blogging Guide Part 1: How to Start a Blog and Grow Your Writing Potential


    2. PNG Students Blogging Guide Part 2: Five Free Online Tools For Creating Stunning Blog


    Five Free Online Tools For Creating Stunning Website - Make Money Online

    The second part of Students Blogging Guide attempts to show how easy it can be for students to create a blog. I will also briefly highlight the 5 useful tools you can use to create a great blog as a beginner. Though this series is for students, any person interested in blogging can also use the tips to start a blog.


    As mentioned in Part 1, blogging is a useful way to improve students’ writing skills. That is why I would like to (again) encourage students, both secondary and tertiary students, to take blogging as a means to improve your writing potential. A 600 – 800 word post is just right to get a good Google ranking. Some examples of blog posts include assessments, poems, short stories and many more. You may not need plenty of mobile phone *data* to publish your work. Write offline (using Microsoft Word for example) and post when you are online – to help you here is the link to tethering your smartphone and laptop. From experience, 60 Megabyte is sufficient to publish your post.

    So if you have not started yet, take a look at how easy it is to create a blog. You only need your Gmail account to become a blog owner. That is as easy as it is! Start a blog.

    5 useful tools for student bloggers

    Here are the 5 online tools that will make your blog stand-out from the others.

    Grammarly is a useful online grammar and spelling checker. Just copy and paste your final  assignment or blog post in the window pane and click Check Your Text. Obliviously, English is second (even third) language for many Papua New Guineans. Grammarly, the Grammar and Spelling checker tool, is one blogging tool I've used many times and I'd recommend it highly to any student wanting to eliminate errors in their assessments and write-ups. Check it out here.

    Make sure you have used the correct English version by choosing English (US) or English (UK), or whichever one you prefer. Grammarly is free on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers. You can install the app as an add-on on Chrome or use the online version to check your work for both Grammar and Spelling errors.


    2.  Social Media
    It is important to create social media accounts for your blog. Social media is probably the most important platform for reaching a wider readership. My top picks are Google +, Twitter and Facebook. These three are the most used platforms in PNG. 

    If you are planning to use images on your blog, try Pinterest. In fact, Pinterest is a useful tool for showcasing your work as well as getting visitors to your blog. Another way to find the ideal social media platform, fit for your blog, is to experiment with various platforms that you believe will give your blog a good coverage and stick with it.


    3. Images/visuals and messages

    Creating attractive visuals and powerful messages are good for your blog. Think of it this way: the images attract readers, and the messages give the readers a taste of what post is about. So, make the images appealing to attract readers and messages stimulating so that the readers will want to read further.

    Many people are good with Photoshop. If you are one of them, please use Photoshop to create or collate better images to use on your website. For biginners, the two free image editors I have been using are Canvas and Ribbet. My favorite is Ribbet. You can auto-edit photos, add texts, use free photos and do many other formatting styles. 

    Many of the photos on PNG Insight are examples of what you can do with an image editor like Canvas and Ribbet. My top tip is to always keep your photos the *same size*. Consistency is the key to making your blog stand out amongst the others.


    4. Google Search Console & Google Analytic
    Look at insights to your blog

    Google Search Console (GSC) and Google Analytics (GA) provides insights into your blog or website. The GSC is, in simple terms, the platform where you tell Google about your website by submitting URLs. For example GA is the platform where Google provides you (the blogger or webmaster) with the data and information about your blog or website.

    So, if you want to understand how your blog works (and improve its performance) you’ve got to use both platforms provided by Google – and they are free!


    5. Google Trends and Adword Keyword Search


    Rank well on Google - visibility!

    This is the important part of blogging that many beginners ignore or did not know about. If you want to rank well in Google’s searches, you must learn to identify (and use the keyword in a post) that you want Google rank you for. For example, this blog has ranked well (first and third on Google) for the keyword ‘free education policy in png’.

    It’s not hard. You just have to identify what is trending on Google and used Adword Keyword Search to choose a keyword. Then, use the keyword in your writing (and also in the post’s search description before publishing it). It is basically, the anchor text that Google shows to people in search results when the search matches your keyword.

    In fact, these may seem like a mountain of work to do. It, probably, is. But blogging is fun and easy if you do it right from the start. In Part 3 of the series of Students’ Guide to Blogging we will look at how to *value* your blog. This is interesting so stay in tune.


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    Check out the complete series on Student's Guide to Blogging here.

    How to Start a Blog and Grow Your Writing Potential - MAKE MONEY ONLINE

    Students who have an interest in words and how to put them together to create stories (I am referring to writing) will find blogging a pathway to enhancing their creativity. Write about the topics you are passionate about in class (assignments, poems, etc) and the stories and mishaps of student's life is the best starting point. Blogging is also a way to improve your literature and writing skills!



    In this dying age where students' writing ability has much to be desired, I would encourage students to take up blogging - challenge yourself to write something nice and appealing to others. 

    You just need to hook up to the internet and start publishing your work. Okay, think about all the work you have with you, either in your computer hard-disk or carry around in flash drive. Are there any good maths, or science or Literature work of very good quality? If the answer is yes, do justice to your effort and hardwork and publish it online. There is no harm in sharing.

    MAKE MONEY ONLINE 

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    To start...
    1. Create/use an email account
    2. Create a blog (blogger or wordpress)



    Note: There are standard templates to use. Also simple HTML codes you can use to tweak your blog like the drop-down menu above. If you want any help, message me on Twitter on leave a comment below and I will help where I can.
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    Perhaps the important point here is for students to develop writing skills by starting now. Do not let anyone tell you that you cannot start, yet. I want to encourage, if not every, the majority of the university students to take an active interest in developing your writing skills. 

    Take a look at what others are doing, how they form their sentences and develop the style that suits their audience. Use the skills you may have learned to your advantage to grow as a writer/blogger. In time, you will find that those skills are transferable. 

    By this I mean you can use them in another writing genre such as academic writing,  report writing, etc as you grow as a person.

    WRITING AND BLOGGING TO MAKE MONEY ONLINE


    Papua New Guineans who have an interest in writing, especially blogging, will attest to the fact the writing is a learning journey. It is about self-enrichment. 

    You become aware of what is important, learn and grow as you write about things that matter to you and the community you belong to. Blog sphere, for example, is a place where you can WRITE about your inner thoughts, opinions and feelings, and grow. 

    As I mentioned earlier, you go from leap-to-bound where you develop a style of writing skill that is transferable in academic circles or at work. In 5 to 10 years time, you'll look back with satisfaction.

    FREE WRITING AND BLOGGING TOOLS TO MAKE MONEY ONLINE


    I'd like to encourage university students to start blogging and sharing ideas online as a means to develop your writing skills. You can use blogger (the platform I am using for PNG Insight) or Wordpress. 

    There are FREE versions available. When you have been blogging and have enough content, you can move onward and upward. This means getting your *own domain* and *host* your own website and *value* it. (I'll write about free online tools and how to value your blog in Parts 2 & 3. So stay in-tune).

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    Check out the complete series on Student's Guide to Blogging here.