Category Archives: Earn at Home

Ways to make money from home, mostly via the Internet.

5 Legit Work at Home Opportunities

Customer service jobs are legitimate work at home opportunities.Follow a link promising “big money working from home” and there’s going to be a scam at the other end. However, when you’re satisfied with making “decent money working from home” you can connect with some legitimate work from home jobs.

If you’ve been asking yourself, “How can I work from home?” I have some solid answers for you today and some links that will get you started in your search for the perfect online job. I’ve avoided the work at home jobs that are mostly sales related because few people want to work from home in the cold call sales field.

This list is mostly customer service jobs. Successful applicants work online dealing with customer issues and solving problems. The money isn’t huge, usually $8.00 to $12.00 an hour. However, you don’t have to commute when you’re working an online job and in many cases you can schedule your work at home hours to fit your needs. Students and others with unusual schedules often find that working jobs from home can be the perfect match. This kind of work can also be a good first step for starting your own business from home.

Further, if you’re about to start looking for a full time job that would require you to pay for child care, you might find that you actually end up with more money in your pocket at the end of the month with a work from home online job.

Some of these companies hire workers as regular employees. Others hire customer service representatives as contractors. If you work as a contractor, you’ll have to deal with your own income taxes. The company won’t withhold anything from your pay.

All of these jobs require a computer – almost always a PC – and a high-speed Internet connection. It can be either a cable hookup or DSL. Some also require a a standard phone line and a headset. If you’re hired, you’ll be trained how to work at home using their software. Some companies pay for training.

Explore these legit work at home opportunities. Many of these sites also give you excellent details on what to expect working in a home-based customer service call center.

Get More YouTube Views With Links

Increase Youtube views with links.I discussed how to make money on YouTube recently. Of course, if you’re serious about going down this road, you need to maximize the number of views your videos get.

There should be a common thread running through your videos. I mentioned that I had posted several videos about fishing that were beginning to get some views. Here’s a way to use your own YouTube videos to leverage more views.

You can put YouTube links in your videos that take viewers to your other videos. I’ve put links at the end of my fishing videos that prompt viewers to watch another one of my videos. Scan to the end of this fishing video if you would like to see an example of what I’m talking about. Also, I’ve made a video that demonstrates how YouTube annotations are used to make a link within a YouTube video.

Once you have some videos on YouTube, this is easy to do. Here are the steps:

  1. From your video manager page press the little downward pointing triangle next to “Edit.” You’ll get a drop-down menu. Select “annotations.”
  2. When you get to the Annotations page, press the “Add Annotation” button.
  3. You then have several styles of “annotations” you can add, however not all of them can be used to create a clickable YouTube link. The four that can be used as links are:
    • Speech Bubble. Yeah, this is pretty much like you see in comic books.
    • Note. A box that pops up containing text. This is what you’ll probably want.
    • Spotlight. Text appears in an area when the users hover over it with their mouse.
    • Label. A label to call out something in your video.
  4. After you select the type of annotation you want to use as a YouTube link, you need to press the “Link” button near the bottom of the page. By default, annotations are not links; you need to select this option.
  5. Your annotation will appear on your video. You can drag it around, resize it and enter the text you want for your YouTube link. It’s like a Post-it Note on your video.
  6. You also need to enter the times when you want the annotation to appear and disappear within your video. If you have a series of videos, you’ll probably want to put your annotation links toward the end of your videos.
  7. Enter the URL of the video you want to link to.
  8. Press the “Save” and “Publish” buttons.

That’s about it. After you’ve done it once, you’ll find it easy to link to a YouTube video from within another video. You’ll be putting links in YouTube videos like a pro and your viewers will be able to easily navigate from one of your videos to another.

If you’re a better visual leaner, take a look at the video I’ve made that demonstrates these steps.


How To Make Money on Youtube

Make money with Youtube VideosAuthor Marsha Sinetar made a big splash in 1989 with her book Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow. With all the different ways to earn money on the Internet today, this advice is easier to follow than ever before—especially if you like discussing the things you love or showing them to others on videos.

Here’s an example from my personal experience. I love fishing, specifically fly fishing. Some time ago I decided I’d like to share some of my fishing experiences with friends and family by posting videos on Youtube. This little exercise combined two things I love doing—fishing and putting together short videos for others to enjoy.

Every so often when I went fishing, I’d take a little video recorder with me and capture my experience. When I got home I’d bring the video into my computer, do some editing, add a few titles and then upload it to Youtube. Every time I did this I posted links to my new videos on my Facebook page.

Honestly, I didn’t check my Youtube account very often, but when I did login and look at my channel, I noticed that far more people than my Facebook friends had seen my fishing videos. Then one day I received an email from Youtube asking me if I’d like to “monetize” some of my videos. Suddenly the world of Youtube monetization opened up for me.

When some videos get enough views, Youtube asks the person who created the video if they would like to include Youtube advertising on their videos. That’s why they mean by “monetize.” My fishing videos had well less than 1,000 views when Youtube allowed me to start monetizing Youtube videos that I posted. Now it seems they give me the opportunity to monetize any video I upload.

Some creative video producers have found out how to how to make money on Youtube in a very big way and that’s all they do for a living. That certainly is not me, but I am finding ways to incrementally make money on Youtube, and you can too.

What is your passion? Is it something you can share in a Youtube video? If you can capture something on video that you already do, why not do it? It wouldn’t be very much extra effort, you would learn some valuable video editing skills and if you begin to get some viewers, Youtube will probably invite you to participate in their Youtube advertising program.

Before you know it, you could be making money on Youtube.

When Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow was originally published, Marsha Sinetar probably could not have imagined how well the Internet would help people follow their dreams, and ideas like monetizing Youtube videos were at least a decade away.

TIP: I’ve told you about my fishing videos, but I haven’t told you about my most popular video. My local AAA baseball team has a fireworks show after almost every weekend game. I videoed it once. That fireworks video gets more views than anything else I’ve posted. So my advice to you: be ready to video anything you find interesting.